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Obituaries: Larsen, Gravitt, Wemmer, Mons, Taylor

Verna Larsen

Verna Larsen: June 6, 1935 – September 14, 2021 (age 86)

Verna was born June 6, 1935 to George and Isabelle Dickman in Elmcreek, Nebraska. The family moved to Kinnear, Wyoming in 1940. Verna attended Morton School all twelve years, and one year at University of Wyoming.

Verna met Martin Larsen at the Lutheran Church activity through her sister, Shirley. Verna and Martin married April 21, 1957 in Kinnear at Mount Hope Lutheran Church. They bought a Dairy Farm from Martin’s parents, and also started a family. They had six children. Four children graduated from Shoshoni School, and two from Riverton School. They sold the Dairy Farm in 1981, and moved to Riverton. In 1998, they moved to New Mexico. Martin died in 2005, and Verna moved to Casper in 2006, passing away in Casper.

Verna enjoyed her family activities, when possible. Verna enjoyed her church family, and singing with the Meadowlarks group.

Verna is survived by her children Dwayne (Jane), Gale (Hope), Darlene, Connie (Dale) Miller, Gene (Heidi), and Allen (Katrina). Verna has twenty grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.  Verna is survived by all her siblings: Robert “Bob” Dickman, Sally Villers, Jerry “Jack “ Dickman, Mike (Sorena) Dickman, Shirley Dickman, Larry “Jim” (Kathy) Dickman, and Gary (Ruth) Dickman. Verna was preceded in death by her parents George and Isabelle Dickman, and her husband Martin of 48 years married.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount Hope Lutheran School.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1240 South Missouri Ave., Casper, WY 82609. Reception and luncheon following service. Grave Sight Memorial will take place October 3, 2021 in Riverton at Mountain View Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.

James Olynn “J.O.” Gravitt

James Olynn “J.O.” Gravitt: 1920 – 2021

James Olynn “J.O.” Gravitt, 100, of Casper, Wyoming died Sunday, September 19, 2021. J.O. was born on Nov. 23, 1920 in Catoosa, Oklahoma to Luther and Metta Gravitt. He proudly served in the Navy during WWII on the destroyer USS Nicholas as a Machinist Mate in the engine room.

J.O. was a longtime member of the VFW Post #10677 in Casper. He was a proud-proud American and supported Hillsdale College in Michigan among other charities such as the NRA and the Republican Party.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 30 years Gwen Gravitt. He is survived by his daughter Becky Peterson as well as a host of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 at Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery with a reception to follow at the VFW Casper Mustang Post.

William “Whitey” Wemmer: May 19, 1936 – September 14, 2021 (age 85)

On September 14, 2021, William “Whitey” Wemmer III passed away at his home and into God’s loving arms. A warrior for his family and in life, Whitey was 85 years old.

He was born on May 19, 1936 to William Wemmer Jr and Bernice Olga Peterson-Wemmer in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up on a small family farm raising asparagus, vegetables, milk cows and chickens. The family moved in 1957/58 to his dad’s hometown of Casper, Wyoming.

Whitey was married to Roberta Jean Chester in 1959; they had three children: Melody Sue, Robby Lew and LaVina Rae. They divorced in 1966. He married Rose Marie Richardson on December 24, 1970 and embraced her five children: Donny, Cyndi, Belva, Jeannie and Randy Richardson. Whitey and Rose were together for 40+ years until her death in February 2006.

Whitey worked heavy construction most of his adult life and split his career between the uranium mines of Shirley Basin & working on the Alaska Pipeline, building the roads and laying the pipe. In 1982, he and Rose purchased the Eagle Bowl Café and ran the restaurant/catering until 1992 when he decided to retire. He also spent 3-4 years developing Bull Whip Catering and perfecting his famous Bull Whip Sausage. He sold the business to his partner, Weinrich’s, in the late 1990s. After he retired, Whitey also did a bit of repo work and car hauling for several local dealerships and car lots.

Golf, motorcycles, fishing and cooking were passionate hobbies for him. You would likely find Whitey on the Paradise Valley Golf course, riding his favorite bike, fishing at Glendo/Pathfinder or cooking his famous green chili at home for family and friends. He loved music and would often play his electric organ or guitar at his many barbeques and get-togethers.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rose Marie Wemmer and stepsons Donny Richardson and most recently Randy Richardson. He is survived by his natural children Melody Sue Gill, Robby Lew Wemmer and LaVina Rae Altebaumer; his three step-daughters Cyndi Hill, Belva Castill, and Jean Brown; and his only sister Evelyn O’Connor of Asheland, NE.

Whitey Wemmer was a force of nature, determined to provide the best life possible to his family. His friends knew him to be kind, generous and a party guy — and boy, could he PARTY!

His favorite thing to say when anyone was even a little sick was:

“You die, we party!”

We take comfort in believing he would say to us right now:

“I died, YOU party!”

Timothy James Mons: September 20, 1964 – September 17, 2021 (age 56)

Timothy James Mons passed away unexpectedly at age 56. Tim is preceded in death by his father Jerry Mons.

Tim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother whose memory will live on through his wife Roxanne Mons, daughters and sons-in-law Jennifer and John Dibala and Jacalyn and Jeremy Craft, granddaughters Emmalyn Dibala and Khilani Craft, grandson Kaeden Craft, mother Carolyn Mons, and brothers Tom (Chrissy) Mons and Todd (Judy) Mons.

Tim will be forever remembered by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Tim was born in Taylor, Michigan in 1964, then, as a child, moved to Gaylord, Michigan with his parents and brothers. Tim lived in Gaylord for most of his adult life, working at North Pointe Glass for many years. In the early 2000s, Tim moved to Kansas, where he met his wife Roxanne, and then on to Wyoming shortly after.

He enjoyed cooking and grilling, fishing, and watching football. Tim was hardworking and had a kind, loving heart. He also had an incredible sense of humor and could always make people around him laugh. Tim was forever willing to use his life experience for the benefit of others, a trait that became apparent to anyone he encountered. Later in his adult life, Tim developed a deeper relationship with God and began studying the Bible and sharing his belief with those around him, a passion which he credited to those he encountered at Set Free Church in Riverton, Wyoming.

When you think of Tim, it is our hope that you will celebrate the good memories you have of him. Always remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest.

Following Tim’s wishes, there will not be a service at this time. Anyone who would like to share a memory of Tim or send condolences to the family is encouraged to do so by emailing intimsmemory21@gmail.com.

Joan Taylor: June 26, 1941 – September 18, 2021 (age 80)

Joan Marie Taylor, 80, of Rolling Hills passed away on September 18, 2021 in Casper. Joan was born in Chicago to Frank & Claudia Schank.

As a teenager, her family moved to Iowa, where she later met her husband, Richard “Dick” Taylor, whom she married in 1971, and they celebrated 50 years together this year. They moved to Wyoming in 1973, where they lived in Rock Springs and Casper before settling in Rolling Hills. 

She took over ownership of Rolling Hills Services, a local waste management company. Committed to family, they adopted a daughter (Rhonda) and a son (Frank) and embraced over twenty foster children, each of whom they poured their hearts and lives into, over the years. 

An advocate for people with developmental disabilities, Joan fought for their better care and education in Natrona County. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers Richard and Mike. 

Joan is survived by her husband Richard “Dick”, her daughter Rhonda Taylor and her son Frank Rudy. No services will be held.

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