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Obituaries: Atkinson, Montoya, Bloem, Ludgate

Chris Montoya

Wanda Sue Atkinson: February 19, 1964 – November 6, 2021 (age 57)

It is with great sorrow that we announce our beloved Wanda has passed away on Saturday, November 6 at Wyoming Medical Center due to complications from COVID.

Wanda was born in Vernal, Utah to Gale and Priscilla Land, who were very surprised when baby ‘Wanda’ was born 5 minutes after her twin sister ‘Rhonda.’ Wanda was raised in Casper, Wyoming, where she attended Garfield, Crest Hill, and Southridge Elementary Schools. She also attended CY Junior High and graduated in the Class of 1982 at Natrona County High School.

Wanda started working at the age of 14 years old at Deli Heaven. She also worked for Casper Orthopedics, was a Caretaker for Marcelle Torczyner — who she loved with all her heart — and worked at Wear Parts, Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, and, until now, Southridge Elementary and Target.

On April 20, 1996, she married T.K. Atkinson and they had 2 sons, Clayton and Wyatt, the true loves of her life. Her whole heart was dedicated to her sons. “Loud and Proud” was her motto, and she was forever their number-one fan. Wanda took great pride in being their mom. Teaching her boys to dance made her heart so happy that she could have two-stepped and jitterbugged across Wyoming with them.

Wanda loved to dress nice and always looked so beautiful in all her fashionable clothes, shoes, and matching jewelry. She could always be found cheering on her sons, nieces, and nephews at all of their events.

Everyone that met Wanda — 4-H families, Wrestling families, and cowboy families — had an instant love for her. She was the kind of friend that if you had a favorite thing, she would go to the end of the earth to find it for you. Everything Wanda did, she did with her whole heart.

Wanda was preceded in death by her infant brother Gale John and her grandparents Amadeo and Francis Sisneros and Veryl and Maxine Land.

She is survived by her “little boys” Clayton and Wyatt; parents Gale and Priscilla; sisters Rhonda (Dave) Mundorf and Becky Land (Rick); brother Bryan (Bobbie) Land; nephew Matthew (Iveeth) Gifford; nieces Acacia (Justin) Orr, Ashlee (Matt) Clark and Mackenzie Tille (fiancé Austin Luers); great-nephews Grayson Gifford and Hunter and Harrison Orr; and great-nieces Harper Orr and Sophie Gifford, by whom she was affectionately referred to as “BUDDY.” Wanda is also survived by her loving boy-friend Mark Ningen, the father of her sons T.K. Atkinson, and many close friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Restoration Church at 10 a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at Yellowstone Garage at 5 p.m.

 In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being set for Clayton and Wyatt Atkinson at First Interstate Bank.

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


Chris Montoya

Chris Montoya: August 19, 1968 – November 5, 2021 (age 53)

Chris Jasper Montoya, 53, resident of Rawlins, passed away on November 5, 2021.

He was born August 19, 1968 in Rawlins, Wyoming, to Nancy Montoya.

Chris had two children: son Dante Sebastian Sellars (Stormie) and daughter Zandra Rose Houston. He also had a granddaughter Willow Raign Sellars and special nieces Elaine, Elisha, Lorena, Shaliah, Yvette, Amy Jo and Alexis.

Chris enjoyed spending time with friends, telling jokes and helping family and anyone who needed a hand. He was a beloved member of a “tribe” of first cousins as number 47 and was especially known for his beautiful smile and genuine kindness.

Chris is survived by his siblings Annette Montoya (Chet), Shirine Nealy (Jeff), Lee Montoya, Joe Calderon, and Rita Wallace; godmother Shirley Johanson; father Ben Martinez; and his extended family.

Chris was preceded in death by his mother Nancy Martinez.

Chris will be deeply missed by all his family and affectionately remembered by all his numerous friends.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, November 20, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rawlins.

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


Robert Laverne Bloem

Robert Laverne Bloem: 1965 – 2021

Robert (Rob) Bloem was born November 8, 1965 in Douglas, Wyoming to Jack and Charlene Bloem.

He passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021. 

Rob was raised in Glenrock, Wyoming, where he made friends with everyone he spoke to.

He met his wife, Dunia Bloem, in 2013 and they married in March 2017.

Rob spent most of his time outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He passed this trait on to his wife, 5 children, and 2 grandchildren. Rob took part in many fishing tournaments during the summer with friends and family. He loved spending the weekend on the boat or in the mountain.

When he wasn’t outdoors, he spent his time at the bowling alley. He was a part of multiple bowling leagues, where he met a great deal of his friends.

Rob and his wife enjoyed riding on his Harley and attending the annual Sturgis rally. On Friday nights, you would find Rob at a football field or a school gym around the state, where he would be cheering on his children while they played sports.

His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. 

Rob is survived by his wife Dunia; five children Tiffany Bloem of Gillette, WY and Jesi Orozco, Elias Orozco, Aidan Orozco, and Rylan Orozco of Glenrock, WY; parents Jack and Charlene Bloem of Glenrock, WY; siblings Brenda (Dave) Belgarde of Grand Prairie, TX and Mike Bloem of Glenrock, WY; grandchildren Kreed Bloem and Kora Bloem of Gillette, WY; niece and nephews Keri Belgarde of Grand Prairie, TX, Ty Bloem of Glenrock, WY, and Kolbe Bloem of Glenrock, WY; and many extended family members. 

A Celebration of Life will be held for Rob on Saturday, November 13 at 4 p.m. at the Glenrock Middle School in Glenrock, WY. Donations can be made in Rob’s memory to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation.


Robert “Bob” Earl Ludgate

Robert “Bob” Earl Ludgate: October 15, 1934 – November 7, 2021 (age 87)

Robert (Bob) Earl Ludgate, 87, of Casper, Wyoming passed away November 7, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Bob was born in Cloquet, Minnesota on October 15, 1934 to James and Margaret (Hawkins) Ludgate. His family moved to Wyoming in his teen years and he graduated from Midwest High School in 1954. He married Kleo Long in Midwest, Wyoming on May 29, 1955. He worked in the oil field for over 40 years and he and Kleo also owned and operated Locktite Anchors for over 15 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, older brother Jim, and his wife.

He is survived by his brothers Wallace and David Ludgate; sisters Donna (Ludgate) Hudson and Rosemary (Ludgate) Witzel; daughter Candy (Ludgate) Cook and husband Rich Cook; son Robert Randy Ludgate and wife Lesley Wharton Ludgate; granddaughters Hava (Cook) Meronk, Holly (Cook) Carpenter, Chelsea Ludgate and Sara Ludgate; and five great-grandchildren.

Per his request, no service will be held.

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

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