Obituaries: Svilar, Pownell, Graham, Neuman - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Obituaries: Svilar, Pownell, Graham, Neuman

Tommy Rade Svilar

Tommy Rade Svilar: 1958 – 2021

Tommy Rade Svilar was born August 21, 1958 in Riverton, Wyoming to Eli Don Svilar and Mary Ann (Sterkel) Svilar.

Tom was raised by his aunt Sophie Saya (Svilar) Irwin and John L. Irwin.

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Tom is survived by his brother Dan (Shelly) Svilar of Ephrata, Washington; sister Deb (Dennis) Smith of Casper, Wyoming; and sister Dawn Svilar of Maryville, Tennessee.

Tom is also survived by his daughters Chandra Bernhardt of Wisconsin and Alicia Svilar of Alaska; sons Jason, Michael, and Tommy Svilar, also of Alaska; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Tom worked most of his life in the oilfield on drilling rigs. His favorite pastime was fishing.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Rada and Milka Svilar and George and Amelia Sterkel, his parents, and his aunt and uncle Sophie and John Irwin.

No services are planned at this time.


Diana Lynn Pownell

Diana Lynn Pownell: January 28, 1958 – September 14, 2021 (age 63)

Diana Lynn Pownell went to be with the Lord September 14, 2021.

Diana was born January 28, 1958 to Morvin and Fern Carter. Later, she was joined by her four siblings. She grew up in Coalton, West Virginia. After several moves, she returned back to WV, where she met the love of her life, Donald Pownell, in 1974. They were later married on February 6, 1976. Together they enjoyed married life for a few years before the arrival of their daughter Wendy and a few years later their son Kevin.

They lived in WV for many years until they moved to Buffalo, WY in 1997. There, she worked for the Veterans Home of Buffalo, Wyoming for 20 years. After retiring, they moved to Casper, WY to be closer to their son and daughter and their six grandchildren.

Diana’s joy was her children and grandchildren. She was always found on a baseball, football or softball field cheering her grandkids on or driving them around to practices. She also loved the Lord and her many friends she met at church throughout the years.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years Don Pownell; children Wendy (Ray) Nowakowski and Kevin (Charissa) Pownell; grandchildren Michael and Brandon Nowakowski, Koltyn, Kyla, Kylinn and Kespyn Pownell; mother Fern Carter; sister Frances Weissberg; and brother Mark Carter.

She was preceded in death by her dad Morvin and her siblings James and Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Academy School at 1800 S. Conwell St., Casper, WY, also contactable at 307-266-5417.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church at 1800 S. Conwell St., Casper, WY .


Paul Graham: December 14, 1952 – September 13, 2021 (age 68)

Paul Graham, age 68, of Mills, Wyoming, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021. Paul was born December 14, 1952 to Robert and Mary Graham in Akron, Ohio. He was raised in a large family. At the young age of 17, he began his career as a machinist. Up until his passing, he was still working hard. Some of his favorite things were spending time with his dogs and enjoying the outdoors.

Paul was an incredibly kind and generous person that everybody loved and could always count on.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Becky and granddaughter Taylor Macy.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years Diane Graham; sons Anthony (Colleen) Crandall, Shawn (Mykael) Graham, Eric (Natalie) Graham, and Tiavin Macy; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous others that he considered family.

A celebration will be held at Gruner Brothers Brewery on Sept. 20, 2021 from 4-6 p.m.


Bill Neuman: April 24, 1957 – September 9, 2021 (age 64)

William August Neuman, 64, of Casper, Wyoming passed away September 9, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center. William was born April 24, 1957 in Roundup, Montana to John and Connie (Pullman) Neuman.

William was an EMT/ Firefighter at a young age until he began working for Schwan’s Delivery. After that, he began his career in Sales at Tripeny, where he was for a very little time until he started with Greiner Ford, where he stayed until he retired this year in March of 2021. Greiner Motor Company valued him and was proud to have him as a coworker.

His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren. He collected wooden boxes and salt and pepper shakers, along with other things that interested him. Bill was an extremely generous person. He would go out of his way to help anybody in need.

He is survived by his two sons Alan and Kirby Neuman, son-in-law Jeremiah Schrader, three grandchildren, beloved dog Rodeo, and many countless friends.

He is preceded by his daughter Tracy Schrader, parents, and sister Debbie.

Instead of a memorial service, there will be a celebration of life potluck at paradise valley park on September 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. The family would appreciate a favorite dish brought.

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