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Obituaries: Kasztner, Lucous, Cardwell

Norbert Hans Jorge "Norby" Kasztner

Norbert Hans Jorge “Norby” Kasztner: 1953 – 2022

Norbert Hans Jorge Kasztner, 68, of Casper, died May 15, 2022 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions after complications from a lifelong battle with type-1 diabetes.

He was born on August 22, 1953 to Gyula and Nelly Kasztner in Moutier, Switzerland. He married Cindy (Wood) on April 15, 1994 and they had two children, Keily and Cody.

Norby worked in construction and owned various businesses, including Kastner Construction and Roxy’s Old Fashioned Candy and Antiques. Norby loved riding his trike around Casper, but nothing made him happier than spending time with his family, friends, grandchildren and pets.

Norby is survived by his wife Cindy; daughter Keily (Matthew) Fisher; son Cody (Samantha); five grandchildren Maisey, Michael, Sturgis, August and Houston; and Sisters Edel Baumgartner and Katalin Bohir.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gyula and Nelly as well as his brother Gyula.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service at Newcomer Funeral Home (710 E. 2nd St., Casper, WY 82601) on Friday, May 27 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Norby supported Meals on Wheels, so memorials or donations may be made to Natrona County Meals on Wheels.


Thomas William Lucous

Thomas William Lucous: July 28, 1929 – May 12, 2022 (age 92)

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through Thomas W. Lucous.

Thomas was given life by his creator and was born on July 28, 1929 to Wallace and Anna Lucous. On August 1, 1929, he received the gift of Holy Baptism and became a child of God. On March 23, 1969, he publicly confessed his faith and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Thomas remained an active member at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Casper. He passed away on May 12 in Casper, Wyoming.   

Thomas is survived by sisters Polly Jameson and Peg Chronaberry, brother Gary Lucous, son Charles Allen Lucous of Palatine, Illinois; and daughter Jane St. Croix Ireland of Aspen, Colorado. 

A memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1240 S. Missouri Ave., Casper, WY 82609. A service of Military Honors will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery, 80 Veterans Road, Evansville, WY 82636.

Arrangements are under the care of Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82601.


Roger A. Cardwell

Roger A. Cardwell: January 16, 1946 – May 11, 2022 (age 76)

Roger Allen Cardwell, 76, of Mills, passed away May 11, 2022, in his home. 

Roger was born January 16, 1946, in Sisseton, South Dakota, to Violet Elinor Lindstrom. He was raised by Violet and his stepfather, Delton Everett Cardwell. He attended North High School in Minneapolis. At 17, he left high school and joined the military on January 24, 1963. Roger served in the U.S. Army, 101st 82nd Airborne, from 1963 to 1970. During that time, he completed his basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Afterward, he went to jump school in Fort Benning, Georgia. He did two tours in Vietnam, and he worked under General Westmoreland while serving in Vietnam. After he got hurt, he became Westmoreland’s personal cook. He was honorably discharged from the Army on May 31, 1970, receiving the fourth highest award, the Bronze Star. He continued to serve his country through the Minnesota National Guard, and when he moved to Wyoming, he served in the Wyoming National Guard.

Roger married Gracia Ann Piechowski on June 16, 1973, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ortonville, Minnesota. They had two children, Tanya Marie in 1978 and Marc Allen in 1981. Roger moved to Casper in 1979. Gracia and Tanya followed him in 1980. Roger and Gracia would later divorce.

Roger worked as a plumber for a number of years in Ortonville, Minnesota, and Casper, Wyoming. Throughout his 20s and 30s, Roger had jobs that were focused on plumbing, heating, A/C and refrigeration. With this knowledge, Roger decided to go to Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington and get a degree in HVAC & Refrigeration. After college, he was the Maintenance Supervisor at the Dick Cheney building in downtown Casper, as well as other federal buildings around Wyoming. He did everything from running the boilers and fire alarms to setting up the Nativity Scene at Christmas.

Roger loved horses. From a young age, he would go to his Grandma and Grandpa Lindstrom in Summit, South Dakota, during the summers. He would help put up hay and work the farm. That’s where his love of horses began. This would become a lifelong passion. As an adult, Roger owned numerous horses. His favorites were Junior, an Appaloosa, and Tryann, a Bay quarter horse. Roger enjoyed not only riding horses but breaking and shoeing them. He also loved trailing cattle and sheep. Roger adored living in Wyoming. He helped work various cattle and sheep ranches in the area, fostering his love of the West with his daughter and son. 

Roger also loved hunting antelope, deer, elk and moose. It was a pastime he and his son enjoyed together every year they would draw hunting tags. One of Roger’s proudest moments was when he drew his cow moose tag in 1996. He and his son, Marc, went to Bounderant, Wyoming, and completed a successful hunt. Then, in the fall of 2001, Marc drew a tag for a bull moose and on October 2, he too, was successful. Both hunts, Roger and his son packed the animals out on horses. 

Roger also enjoyed spending time at hunting camp in the Bighorns, parking at Hunter’s Corral and camping at Soldier Park outside of Buffalo, Wyoming. He and his children would go visit Dave and Sharon Sprung, good friends from Ortonville, there several times a year. His son has fond memories of hunting camp. A motto known to all was “what happens in hunting camp, stays in hunting camp.”

Roger adored old-time country and western music. He would always have it playing. His children fondly remember him listening to Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. He also enjoyed watching Elvis movies. One of his daughter Tanya’s fondest memories is listening to country music and riding countless hours and hundreds of miles on horseback with her dad. Another fond memory is baking with him. Roger was a fabulous baker. He enjoyed making homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. And finally, Roger could grow anything! He had the greenest thumb around. The last couple of years, he was in charge of growing tomatoes for Tanya to make and freeze pasta sauce for the winter.

Roger met Cheryl Cross, and they enjoyed many happy years together before her death in 2019. They bonded over Fast Action Bingo. Roger enjoyed spending quality time, not only with Cheryl, but also with her children, Travis and Shasta, and their families. 

Roger was preceded in death by his mother Violet; stepfather Delton Cardwell; and sisters Judy Elaine Cardwell, Gloria Jean Cardwell, and Jacqueline (Cardwell) Dormady. He is survived by his daughter Tanya (Jon) Wassink; his son Marc (Nicole) Cardwell; his grandsons Brandon, Darrick, and Calob Wassink; his granddaughter Baily Smith; his grandsons Owen and Luke Cardwell; Cheryl’s children Travis Cross and Shasta (Justin) McDaniel; Cheryl’s grandchildren Alycia Cross, Wyley (Kellee) Cross, Domino, and Jayde; his brothers Larry (Chung), James (Susan), Ronald (Judy), and Delton (Wanda) Cardwell; his sisters Mary “Suzy” (Armando) Argumudo and Diane Crouch; and several nieces and nephews, plus numerous friends.

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

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