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Obituaries: Wolford, Hoag, Vitto, Huntley

Angela Delores Wolford

Angela Delores Wolford: 1981 – 2021

Angela Delores Wolford, 40, of Casper, Wyoming passed away Monday, October 25, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

She was born on February 3, 1981 in Jacksonville, Florida. Her parents, Douglas and Wilhelmina Wolford, raised Angela with her two brothers Michael and Christopher.

The family relocated all over the United States due to her father being in the service. She settled in Casper, Wyoming, graduating from Natrona County High School. She became a proud mother of two children, Caitlin and Caden. Angela loved Florida, dolphins, and traveling and spending time with her family and her pets.

She was preceded in death by her youngest brother Michael L. Wolford, who passed away in 2007; her grandparents Roy and Angelina Reynolds; her great-grandparents Leon and Margaret Dicandio; and many great-aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her daughter Caitlin Aispuro, son Caden Wolford, parents Douglas and Wilhelmina Wolford, brother Christopher Bretas, nephew Michael Bretas, niece Natalie Bretas, and fur babies Sonic and Bella.


Dr. James Hoag

Dr. James Hoag: 1925 – 2021

James Arthur Hoag passed away October 15, 2021 in Casper, WY. He was born in Torrance, California on March 15, 1925 to Robert A. and Leah Hoag. He married June Brady August 15, 1946. After graduation from high school, he served in the navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Southern California Dental School in 1952. He practiced dentistry for 40 years in Jackson, California, where he and his wife raised two sons. He loved flying and flew privately for many years in his 1947 Bonanza. Jim also had a passion for modeling airplanes, HO and N gauge railroad cars and steam engines. In 1982, Jim and June moved to their dream retirement home in Santa Cruz, CA, with a view of Monterey Bay, and lived there for 35 years before moving to Casper near family.

He is survived by sons James (Susan) of Casper and Gregory (Irene) of Lynchburg, VA; grandson Jason (Erin) Hoag of Battle Ground, IN; and two great-grandchildren Tirsa and Cameron. He was predeceased by his wife June Hoag. Memorials may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, 329 S. Wilson Ave., Casper, WY 82601.


Rod Vitto

Rod Vitto: 1952 – 2021

Rod Vitto, 69, of Casper passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021.

He was born to the late Gene and Harlene Vitto on September 3, 1952 in Casper, Wyoming. He was a ranch kid who knew how to work hard and play hard, especially when it came to motorcycles and cars. His family ventured to Oregon in his teenage years, where he graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield in 1970 and met his soulmate, Renea Vitto (Hiibschman). Rod met Renea through her older brother Harry, who dragged Rod home for a family dinner one night. It was love at first sight for Renea. Rod immediately became part of the family and in 1972 he and Renea married and began their adventurous story together. As a true city kid, it took a bit more than just a little encouragement from Rod for Renea to learn to love fast cars, motorcycles, fishing and hunting.

After high school, Rod obtained his associates degree in architectural drafting. While his career experiences took a winding path, they led him and his family back to his native Wyoming and made his goal of becoming a general contractor a reality. His greatest success was operating his own business. He took tremendous pride in his craftsmanship and loved to teach anything and everything he knew to anyone willing to learn.

Family was the only thing Rod took greater pride in than his work and skill. He and Renea have a daughter and son whose accomplishments he reveled in. He taught them the value of hard work, to never settle and how to be independent. He learned one of life’s greatest joys when he became “Papa” to three amazing grandkids whom he cherished.

He had only recently ventured into his retirement years, more by force from his family than his own choosing, and had grandiose plans of catching the biggest fish out of Pathfinder that anyone had ever seen, traveling to Alaska to learn how to make totem poles, and reviving those spontaneous adventures he and Renea once enjoyed.

Rod is survived by his wife of nearly fifty years Renea, his daughter Angie (Kevin) Miller of Casper, his son Tony Vitto of Spearfish, SD, grandchildren Emily and Kyle Miller and Taylor Vitto, sister Holly (Glen) Slaybaugh of Casper, and sisters Sue (Gary) Munkres and Beth (Alan) Hunter of Oregon. He is also survived by a long list of beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jim Parker.

Services will be held Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, with a gathering to follow at Ramkota Hotel.


Gloria Louise Huntley

Gloria Louise Huntley: 1932 – 2021

Gloria Louise Huntley (Burks) passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 13, 2021 at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming.

Gloria was born to Louis R. and Corrine N. Burks on March 26, 1932 in Haskell, Arkansas. After high school, Gloria worked for the telephone company, operating the switchboard.  

She met the love of her life Billy John Huntley, who worked in construction, and they married on August 21, 1954 in Little Rock, Arkansas. They had three children: BeaJay, Belinda Jon, and Barry Joe.  

In 1964, B.J.’s career path took the family to Wyoming.  

In 1969, Gloria opened a used furniture store with a church friend. It was called the House of Bargains. Soon her store had new and used furniture. The store was doing great, so they decided to move the store to downtown Casper. Eventually they changed its name to Wyoming Furniture Mart and expanded to Riverton and Gillette.  

In 1975, B.J., Gloria, and their son Joe moved to Gillette. While in Gillette, Gloria continued her love for bowling. She enjoyed many trips with her family, boating at the lake, watching movies, spending time with her kids, and working.   

She finally retired in 2007.  

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Corrine Burks, her husband B.J., and her sister Geneva Davis.

Gloria is survived by her nephew Bobby Davis; three children BeaJay (Nick) Simque of Gillette, WY, Belinda (Tim) Coughlin of Casper, WY, and Barry Joe (Wendy) Huntley of Lakeland, FL; seven grandchildren Heather (Jason) Casebolt, Samantha (William) Rutenber, Tasha (PJ) Butler, Justin Coughlin, Nichole (Matt) Adams, Brittany (Chase) Simque and Amanda Simque; and seven great-grandchildren Brooklyn Casebolt, Jameson Coughlin, Damian Simque, Brynlie Coughlin, Hudson Casebolt, Alexandria Simque, and Preslyn Casebolt.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring/summer of 2022 at the Simque residence. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Camelanes Bowling Center or  Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center.  

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716.

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