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Obituaries: Jones, Shien, Hamilton

Dan Julius Jones

Dan Julius Jones: 1956 – 2022

Dan Julius Jones, age 66, was called home June 20, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dan was born January 20, 1956, the son of Julius and Velma Jones, in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

He was raised in Sunnyside and Salt Lake City, Utah, until moving up to Green River, Wyoming, and working for Brown and Root Construction.

Dan met and later married his wife, Jane Speer, on November 13, 1976. Green River was Dan and Jane’s home for over 35 years while Dan was working for Stauffer and they were raising their two children.

Dan was forced into medical retirement at the young age of 50, so it was then that he and Jane found their new home in Casper, Wyoming.

Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend to many. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, woodworking, four-wheeling in the boonies, antiques, talking life, a cold beer, Marlboro Reds, and “jamming out” to tunes.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Jane; son Dustin Jones of Casper, Wyoming; daughter Amy and husband Rich Fischer; and beloved grandson Ryan Fischer, all of Green River, Wyoming; brother Tim Jones and wife Suzanne of Green River, Wyoming; brother Lamar Jones and wife Becky; sister Vicki Bowdidge and husband Russ, all of Utah; sister Tracie Jones of Rock Springs, Wyoming; sisters-in-law Sylvia Murphy and husband Jeff of Roswell, New Mexico, and Molly Jennings and husband Mike of Midland, Texas; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and loyal companions Gritz and Trixie.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents Julius and Velma Jones and his sister Judy Hoesch.

A sincere thank you to Dr. Nelson, head nurse Becky and CNA Rei at Wyoming Medical Center for their wonderful care and understanding. Also a sincere thank you to Central Wyoming Hospice nurses Amy and Heaven for visits of healing, tears, laughter, and compassion.

Dan’s wishes were to have no services; however, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family respectfully requests donations in Dan’s memory be made to the Casper Humane Society or Hospice.

Sherri Rathbun Shein

Sherri Rathbun Shein: 1949 – 2022

Sherri was born Sharon Ann Rathbun on October 9, 1949, to Floyd and Berneal Rathbun in California, and passed away on June 17, 2022.

Her early years were spent in the redwood forests of northern California and in the sagebrush country of southern Idaho. Most of her growing-up years were in Jerome, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. After high school, she attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington, until the death of her father in a car accident, after which she spent some time taking care of her mother, who was severely injured in the same accident. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay area in California, where she worked for United Airlines, which enabled her to do quite a bit of traveling. She flew to various destinations in Europe, England and North America, often taking her mother along on these trips. She was married to Scott Shein in Boise, Idaho, on March 5, 1983. They lived in Helena, Montana, where they had two children, Natalie and Joshua, who were her heart and soul, pride and joy. After their divorce in 1989, Sherri and the children moved to Willows, California, where she became a certified CNA and in-home healthcare aide. During her time there, she also started different businesses including Willowsheen properties and lawncare. After the children left home, she moved to Casper, Wyoming, and lived there the rest of her life.

She made her choice to serve God as a teenager, and was so thankful for her relationship with her heavenly Father; it was her greatest comfort in her last days when her health was failing. Sherri enjoyed traveling, cooking and having a close circle of friends whom she could visit with. She very much appreciated the fellowship, friendship and help of God’s people in the different places she lived. She loved volunteering for the Foster Grandparent Program and was awarded the Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Floyd and Berneal Rathbun.  

She is survived by her former spouse Scott Shein of Helena, MT; her daughter Natalie (Zane) Potter of Casper, WY; her son Joshua Shein of Sheridan, WY; her brother Gary Rathbun of Placerville, CA; her grandchildren Hunter Shein, Gage Shein, Brielle Potter and Easton Potter; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be held at Restoration Church in Casper, Wyoming, on July 9, 2022, at 3 p.m.

Bernice Ann Hamilton (Hoke)

Bernice Ann Hamilton (Hoke): Wednesday, August 19, 1936 – Saturday, June 18, 2022

Today our dearest mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went to be with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Bernice came to Grays Harbor from Casper, Wyoming, in May 1965 and lived in Aberdeen, Neilton and Montesano with her husband and children.

She loved bowling, sewing, crocheting, cooking, and her friends, but most of all she loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband “Jack” Hamilton, her brother Ronald Hoke, her nephew Timothy Pruitt, her father Adolf Hoke, and her mother and her stepfather Mildred and Harrison “Tee” Pruitt.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen and husband Phillip Bennett of Hurt, Virginia; son John and wife Gwen Hamilton of Wishkah Valley; and son David Hamilton of Montesano, Washington.

Bernice had six grandchildren, Carly, Jonathan, Rachel, Lisa, Megan and Amy; and eight great-grandchildren, Izabel Harris, Cole and Conner Christenson, Logan and Landon Hamilton, Lathan and Landon Stone, and Olivia Bennett. She is also survived by a brother, Gary Pruitt and his wife Patty; a sister, Cynthia Myers of Casper, Wyoming; her nephews Chris and Jason Pruitt, Gary Myers of South Dakota; and a niece, Milan Case of Casper, Wyoming.

A special thanks to Angie Rau for all the many tireless hours she devoted to Bernice at home and at the nursing home in her final days.

Bernice will be greatly missed by all who knew her and we are truly blessed to have had the privilege to have her as our mother. Per our mother’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.

The children of Bernice “Bernie” Hamilton.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen, Washington.