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Thomas Hammell

Thomas Hammell: August 23, 1961 – September 5, 2021 (age 60)

On Sunday, September 5, 2021, Thomas Allen Hammell of Evansville, Wyoming left this life at the age of 60 years. He passed doing what he loved in his favorite place: riding his motorcycle in the Bighorn Mountains. 

Tom was born on August 23, 1961 in Edgemont, South Dakota to Bill and Marlys Hammell. He graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1979, and attended the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in the ’80s. He opened B&T Fabrication, Inc. in 1991, which is still in operation. Tom loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Some of his favorite pastimes were camping, fishing, and hunting. 

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He is survived by his children Joshua and Kristi Hammell of Black Hawk, SD, Alicia and Cory Pritchard of Spearfish, SD, and Jonathan Hammell of Casper, WY; grandchildren Beige Pritchard, Braydon Hammell, Isabella Hammell, Drexel Pritchard, Sophia Hammell, Emerson Pritchard, and Jayce Hammell; parents Bill and Marlys Hammell of Lusk, WY; sister Connie Chadwell of Gainesville, GA; nephews and nieces Bryan Hammell, Chas Chadwell, and Toni Vasquez; and many other family and friends that loved him dearly.

Please join us in a Celebration of Life for Tom on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at his home at 11580 East Platte River Road, Evansville, WY. Refreshments will be provided. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Tom Hammell Memorial at Reliant Federal Credit Union.

Tom would like to be remembered by the following statement: “Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money :)”

The Meaning of Life by: Paulo Coelho

On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.
For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”
The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking.
How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”
And God saw it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said,
“Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh.
For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”
The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years?
That’s a pretty long time to perform.
How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”
And God, again saw it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said,
“You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family.
For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”
The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”
And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said,
“Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”
But the human said, “Only twenty years?
Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back,
the ten the monkey gave back,
and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”
“Okay,” said God, “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.
For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.

Tom says:

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information.
I’m doing it as a public service.
If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82601.

Dawn Yutzy

Dawn Yutzy: June 4, 1973 – August 28, 2021 (age 48)

Dawn Ann Roozeboom Yutzy (Dewey), 48, of Latta, South Carolina passed away on August 28, 2021 at 5:11 a.m. with her husband Lyle at her side in Casper, Wyoming.

Dawn was born in Olympia, Washington to parents Bobbi (Keating) Roozeboom and Richard Keating. Dawn graduated from high school in Vernonia, Oregon in 1991. Dawn was recognized throughout her high school years as an excellent journalist, receiving numerous awards.  

Dawn had enough credits to receive her BS degree in some declared field of study but chose course work in the areas that interested her vs. achieving a degree. Dawn wasn’t about a title; she was about learning and knowledge and was a very intelligent woman. Dawn received her real estate license in 2006 and worked with Sage Creek Realty. She excelled in that arena as well as providing Lyle the experience and understanding of home remodeling. Together, they flipped several of their rental properties.

Many of you know, Dawn had her own set of rules that she played by.  Her stubbornness, intelligence and morals often got in the way and she did what was right versus what most do, which is whatever it takes to stay in the game. She just chose not to play sometimes.  

In each of their homes, Dawn put a picture of Jesus and below it says, “When in doubt — look up”.  

Dawn went on to achieve her mastery of life coaching credentials and was in the process of creating her own social media platform that focused on pure health and happiness for the masses. Dawn was knowledgeable and interested in self-sustainment. Please visit her website at

Dawn worked tenaciously to balance home, the needs of the boys and her own career secondary to Lyle’s. Dawn would rant and rave, but always tried her best to teach the boys what right and wrong look like. Everyone always said Lyle had more patience, but that truly wasn’t the case. This past year, Dawn homeschooled their youngest, Mark, which was rewarding for them both as Mark learned in new and different ways. Dawn carried the burdens of her family unselfishly.

Dawn and Lyle enjoyed many interests and hobbies together, generally around the outdoors. They backpacked, hunted and fished together and yet she was flexible enough to turn from “mountain girl” to comfortably attend a formal event. Lyle was always so proud to have her at his side.

The family is very grateful for the army of the worldwide prayer warriors throughout and now as everyone tries to accept Dawn’s passing as the will of God.

In Wyoming, the celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at the Jeffery Center, 315 W. Pine St. Rawlins, WY 82301 on November 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Please make any memorial donations to the Sinclair Baptist Church.

Dawn is survived by her husband Lyle Maynard Yutzy of Latta, SC; her children Shawn Ostrander (Mickell) of Billings, MT and Ezekiel and Mark Yutzy of Latta, SC; her siblings Colleen Keating Ashley and Janet Keating Carroll of Alaska, Paula Roozeboom Sheen and John and Harold Roozeboom of Burns, OR, Michael Hall of La Pine, OR, Rich Yutzy of Lewiston, ID, and Jinja Yutzy of Kent, WA; Emma, Laura and Daniel Yutzy of Hutchinson, KS; her parents Barbara Roozeboom of Rawlins WY, Jim Roozeboom of Burns OR; Sherry (Richard) George of Rio Rico, AZ; and Maynard (Jaynie) Yutzy of Hutchinson, KS; her grandmother Phylis Roozeboom of Eddieville, IA; and her grandchildren Tyler, Luke and Casey Ostrander of Billings, MT. 

She is predeceased by her biological father, Richard Keating. Dawn is going to severely miss the triplets and all the blessings that Shawn and Mickell shared with her and she will be severely missed by those left behind.

Dawn was an intensely vibrant person who deeply loved the Lord and her family. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. Psalm 23 does a great job of describing the faith Dawn had: “The lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; he guides me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou dost prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies; thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.”