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Obituaries: Hypes, West

Patricia Gay Hypes

Patricia Gay Hypes: 1955 – 2022

Patricia Gay Hypes (“Pat in a Hat”) died peacefully on April 21, 2022 at Wyoming Medical Center with family by her side. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 3, 1955. She was preceded in death by her brother Kevin Ellis, her parents Sue Joyce Pickett and Joseph Hypes, and her step-parents Bob Pickett and Effie Hypes.

She is survived by her sisters Joann Dotson and Elizabeth Barbee, and her brother Jack Hypes. Patricia’s daughter Misty Fleetwood: son Loren Beall, wife Melissa Harris, and sons Carter and Parker Beall. Granddaughter Lexie Larkins, husband Nick Larkins, daughter Audrey Larkins, and another baby girl on the way. Granddaughter Laney Kennedy. Patricia’s daughter Tricia Sheppard Ewen: husband Beau Ewen, daughter Hunter McCann, son Thomas McCann III, and daughter Rylie McCann. Patricia’s son Mitchell Sheppard: son Mitchell Sheppard II and daughter Reese Sheppard.

Pat worked in hospitality most of her life. Her passions were trivia, cooking, dancing, her dogs, and, most importantly, her grandkids. She always knew how to be the life of the party and make the room smile and laugh. We will all miss our “Mom,” “Nana,” “Auntie,” and “Friend.”

We will always carry your memory in our hearts.


Donald Lee West

Donald Lee West: October 27, 1925 – April 20, 2022 (age 96)

Donald Lee West, age 96, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away peacefully at his home on April 20, 2022. 

Don was born on October 27, 1925, in Douglas, Wyoming. He attended the University of Nebraska, where he majored in sculpture and minored in design. After moving to Casper, Don became known for his commercial graphic art projects. In fact, there were probably few in the state that did not see one of his decal designs on an oil field truck or on a hardhat. Don’s heart frequently drew him back to the family farm. He enjoyed gardening, whether on a large plot on the farm or on a postage stamp in his backyard. He also enjoyed exploring the vast Wyoming wilderness, which inspired much of his art. He enjoyed carving Dryads, which he felt was an extension of the Wyoming wilderness. Don was jovial and fun loving, always up for a good game of ping-pong or ready with a practical joke or some captivating true story that was always stranger than fiction. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and especially his dear wife, Harriet, on Alcova Lake.

Don was predeceased by his parents Forrest and Fay West, his brother William F. (and Esther) West Jr., and his wife of over 70 years Harriet. He is survived by his nephew William F. West, III (Cheryl), niece Terri West Saelee (Ko), sister-in-law Barbara Elrod (Charles), brother-in-law Gary Pickel (Janet), and many other loving family members and lifelong friends.

A memorial celebration will be held on May 7, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Casper Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2625 Casper Mountain Road, Casper, WY 82601.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Girls and Boys Club of Central Wyoming, 1701 East K St., Casper, WY 82601. Phone: (307) 234-2456.

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


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