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Scott Kelland Smith

Scott Kelland Smith: May 30, 1958 – October 25, 2022

Scott Kelland Smith, 63, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away in the presence of loving family and joined his loved ones at the heavenly picnic table on October 25, 2022, in Casper.

Scott was born in Benson, Minnesota, to Evelyn and Vance Smith. He went to high school at Mound Westonka Senior High School and graduated in 1976. He went on to earn a Culinary Arts Degree at Hennepin Technical Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He worked as an accomplished chef for Togwatee Mountain Lodge Restaurant and Steigler’s Restaurant, and was the head chef and assisted in opening the Snake River Brewing Co. (aka Jackson Hole Pub and Brewery) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Some of his pizzas are still on the menu! He enjoyed not only passionately feeding people with divine cuisine, but also acting with Stage III Community Theater in Casper, Wyoming; writing poetry; and, above all, MUSIC. Scott participated in many charity events over the years that were held at his favorite watering hole, Butch’s, in Casper. He loved unconditionally, especially his family and friends, and encouraged all whom he interacted with to enjoy “the little things” in life, one day at a time. The last two years of his life, he was cared for by a kind neighbor and friend. He will be missed!

Miss Me – But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rights in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little — but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared:
Miss me — but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan.
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me — but let me go.

By Edgar Albert Guest

Scott is survived by his sister Jeremy Klosterman; his first wife and mother of his girls Tammy Smith; his daughter and son-in-law Kassi and Jason Baker; his daughter Abby Smith; his grandchildren Kelland, Jackson, Bella and Charlie; and his great-grandchildren Swayze, Leo, and Kenai. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved very much. Scott is also survived by many friends that became his beloved family. He was preceded in death by his second wife Karrie Smith; his parents Evelyn and Vance; his brothers Donald and Perry; and his sisters Patricia, Stephanie, and Sarah.

Scott made his wishes known that there would be no funeral services, but instead there will be three celebration of life parties in his honor in Minnesota; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Casper.

Instead of flowers, donations may be sent to his daughter to help pay for costs.

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

James Boyer Christian

James Boyer Christian: 1965 – 2022

James Christian was born 11-3-1965 in Lorain, Ohio, and passed away at home in Mills, Wyoming, on 10-10-2022.

Jim was a very caring, generous man. He enjoyed riding motorcycles as well as spending time with family and friends. He was always up for an adventure or helping others when he was able…Jim will be missed by many.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and best friend Vicki.

Jim is survived by his brothers Danny of Thailand, Layman Jr., Jimmy John, Ricky, and Albert, all of Ohio; his sister Drenda of Ohio; his brother Cory of Casper; his stepdaughter Nikki; three grandchildren Alyssa, Justin, and Cora; and two great-grandchildren Brinleighe and Kartur, all of Casper.