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Obituaries: Daly; Propes, Sr.; Burden II

John Ray Daly

John Ray Daly: 1963 – 2022

Born December 08, 1963 – Passed November 07, 2022

John was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, to Rosalyn (Graves) Daly and Patrick Daly. He was the second youngest of five children. Shortly after John was born, the family moved to Casper, Wyoming, where he spent his childhood. He attended Mountain View Elementary, Dean Morgan Junior High and Natrona County High School. His siblings include his brother Patrick and Patrick’s wife Sherry Daly, sister Karen (Daly) Harned, brother Neal and Neal’s wife Jeanna Daly and brother Mike Daly.

Survivors include his wife and partner in life Rose A. Haynes and his son Bobby Hovland. His grandchildren include Jonathan and his wife Alaina, granddaughter Mercedes, grandson Aiden, grandson Tristen and his great-grandchildren Landon, Bentley, Addie and Tatum.

He had many nieces, nephews and a whole pack of grand-nieces and -nephews that looked at him as “Uncle John.” There are many stories that involve Chandra, Monica, Daphne, Brian, Kayla Rose, Jamie, Shelley and Lola. Uncle John was a big part in multiple generations of his family, continuing to have relationships with Kayla and Ellie, Colten, Mercedes, Vanity and Malcom, Carly and Maggie, and Neveah and Jameson. There is no doubt when it comes to the love he has for all of his family and no doubt when it comes to the love he has from all of his family.

Whether it was for employment, his family and lastly for himself he worked hard at whatever job he had in front of him. He was always willing to help anyone at any time. His hobbies included working with wood, leather and “cold beer.” Floating the river with his family, friends and “cold beer.” Most of all spending time with “cold beer” and all the various animals which he dearly loved. Riding his horses, having a “cold beer,” and just enjoying the lifestyle he had surrounded himself with. Although none of this mattered when it came to Dolly — time stopped, volume increased and the singing began. John was a truly blessed man with a quick wit and great sense of humor. He had a way of being honest and insensitive at times but still would make you laugh, think and enjoy the moment.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper Chapel. 

Services are Monday, November 21, 2022, at 1 p.m., VFW Post 9439, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail, Casper, WY 82601.

Ray E. Propes, Sr.

Ray E. Propes, Sr.: January 30, 1937 – November 9, 2022

Ray was born in Glasgo, Kentucky, to Arlin and Sammy Christeen Propes on January 30, 1937. He was the oldest of eight children. He dropped out of school in eighth grade to go work in a factory to help support his family. He joined the Army and when he returned home he got right back to work. He married Judith Ann on December 16, 1962. He had two children prior to his marriage, Gordon Casey and Tony Casey. When he married Judy, he adopted her oldest daughter, Diana, and they had three more children together, Ray Propes Jr., Laura Propes and Steven Propes. Ray was a jack of all trades. He was a farmer, a millwright, a truck driver, a contractor, a mechanic; he did plumbing and electrical, and he programmed computer chips for the Subaru plant. He moved to Casper, Wyoming, in 1970 and he maintained residences in Wyoming and Indiana for 52 years. He was loved by many and has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss him deeply. He loved animals and always had a pet raccoon or pet squirrel around. Ray loved feeding the birds, as well.

He was preceded in death by his wife Judith Ann Propes; his parents Arlin and Sammy Christeen Propes; his sisters Gladys, Louann, Marge, and Shirley; his sons Gordon Casey-Propes, Tony Casey-Propes, and Steven Propes; and his grandsons Johnny Casey and Ethan DeSchneau.

He is survived by his brothers Richard, Jimmy and Billy Propes; his children Diana DeSchneau, Ray Propes Jr., and Laura Graham; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with one great-great-grandchild on the way.

A graveside service is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 10 a.m., where he will be laid to rest at the Highland Park Cemetery in Casper, Wyoming.

Ray Burden, II

Ray Burden, II: December 9, 1959 – November 7, 2022

Arthur Ray Burden II (“Ray”) passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Casper, Wyoming. Ray was born to Martha Kathryn Burden and Arthur Ray Burden in San Francisco, California, on December 9, 1959. 

He has re-united with his brothers Keith and Steve and his parents Ray and Marty.

Ray and his brothers spent weekends terrorizing San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, where his grandparents owned souvenir shops and the telescopes that looked out to Alcatraz. Memories included multiple trips through Madame Trousseau’s Wax Museum; once, when Ray recognized a new sculpture, an English Bobby who REALLY looked real, he looked really close and poked him in the eye — HE WAS REAL! They all ran! Other memories include pushing all the buttons on a skyscraper elevator then getting off on the second floor and running down the stairs. And pouring chocolate milk from a two-story balcony down onto outside diners, so if you were one of the unfortunate travelers that got doused with chocolate milk in Ghirardelli Square, I am sure Ray is really sorry.

Later, the family moved to Pleasanton. The boys would climb a GIANT sycamore tree. One day they decided to race down. 40 feet from the ground Ray slipped and fell through the air, landing back flat on a barbwire fence that catapulted him over and dropped him on his face. He got up laughing, “I WON, I BEAT YOU DOWN!”

Later, the family moved to Dublin, and after watching a movie about being drawn and quartered, the boys decided to try to hang and draw Ray, right as the new neighbors were moving in. They never let the kids come over to play with the Burden boys.

As a teen, his brother Darrell had a Chevy LUV four-wheel drive, and he and Ray went four-wheeling. Ray would not put on his seatbelt; he got bounced off the roof, onto the floorboard and wanted out, said he would ride in back and hang onto the roll bar, where he proceeded to get launched out of the back of the truck. Darrell stopped; Ray got back in and promptly buckled his seatbelt.

Ray got a Boy Scout badge in lifesaving swimming by jumping in the river and saving a drowning boy. He risked himself to save another — that was Ray.

Competitive throughout his life, he was known as the “Iceman,” winning numerous trophies and competitions in darts.

He worked as a metal fabricator at Western MacArthur with his dad, as a Master Bartender, a tow truck driver, as a greeter at Walmart and as a local, long- and short-haul truck driver for many years and absolutely loved his family at Swift. 

He was well educated, a lifelong learner, had a memory like a steel trap (for useless information); he was a good brother, a great friend, as generous as they come, truly one of a kind. Even in death, Ray was an Organ and Tissue Donor; his generosity lives on. 

Ray will be deeply missed by friends, family and co-workers across the country.

In lieu of flowers, burn something down, blow something up, lend a helping hand and be kind (or sarcastic) to each other.   

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