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Obituaries: Hayden; Cochran Jr.; Edwards

Gary Bruce Hayden

Gary Bruce Hayden: 1948 – 2022

Gary Bruce Hayden passed away on November 9, 2022, at Central Wyoming Hospice with his family by his side. 

Gary was born in Gillette, Wyoming, on January 5, 1948, to Darrell and Maureen (McClure) Hayden. He and his wife Karen were married for 54 years. They have two children, Gwen Barstad and Wes Hayden. 

Gary also had three granddaughters that he loved spending time with and enjoyed watching in their many sports and activities. He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1966 and was a member of the state championship high school basketball team. 

He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He worked at Plateau Supply for 20 years, and was the owner of Party Time Liquor for 41 years. 

Gary and Karen spent their winters in Peoria, Arizona. Gary’s favorite pastime was playing golf with friends and family. Gary also enjoyed playing poker and other card games. 

He is survived by his wife Karen (Mankin) Hayden; daughter Gwen Barstad (Scott); son Wes Hayden (Shannon O’Quinn); granddaughters Taylor, Tatum, and Darby Barstad; two sisters, Linda Curtis (Dave) and Beverly Stovall; one brother, Tony Hayden (Karen); and multiple nieces and nephews.  

A celebration of life will be held on December 27, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Casper Country Club.  Memorials can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice in Gary’s name.

Harold (“Jim”) James Cochran Jr.

Harold (“Jim”) James Cochran Jr.: 1949 – 2022

Passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Jim was born on April 17, 1949, to Harold James Cochran Sr. and Maxine Elizabeth Cochran in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Harold and Maxine moved to Wyoming in Jim’s early years.

Jim attended high school at Natrona County High School and shortly after finishing high school, Jim attended WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming. Jim married his high school sweetheart, Darlene K Brown, on June 1, 1968, and settled in Casper, Wyoming.

Jim took pride in hard work and getting his hands dirty. He started work in the oilfield at JPS, Jim’s Pipe Service, a family-owned business. He settled into his career when he started work at the Shirley Basin Uranium Mine for Getty Mine Company in 1978. Jim and Darlene started their family shortly after they said “I do.” Paul Anthony Cochran was born to the couple on March 30, 1969. Jim and Darlene decided to expand the family and welcomed their first daughter, Angel Dawn (Cochran) Guptill, on August 28, 1975. They completed their family when Tiffany Kay (Cochran) Yeager was born on February 16, 1976.

Jim continued his career with Getty Mine company until August 28, 1985, when he suffered a life-altering injury. After the injury caused him to slow down, he was able to pursue his passion for horses. He was involved in horse racing in the mountain west region from the late ’80s into the late ’90s.

Jim had a great love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Several places in Wyoming were near to his heart but his favorite was spending time in the Dubois/Jackson Hole area. The mountains were where he felt at home.

Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years Darlene Cochran; lifelong best friend and “brother” Leon Cox; children Paul Cochran, Angel (Tim) Guptill and Tiffany Yeager; sister Lenda Sanders; grandchildren Christopher (Karla) Cochran, Niky (Dakota) Hawkins, Kati Cochran, Alex Cochran and Tristan Cochran. Jim was fortunate to have all of his family residing in Casper, Wyoming.

Jim is also survived by several great-grandchildren whom he loved very much. Great-grandchildren include Ernie and Lucas Drake, Xander and Jasper Guptill, Dakota Hawkins Jr., Weslynn Cochran, Layne Cochran, Layla and AnnaLynne Trujillo and Braxton Hawkins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Jim’s memory to Hunting with Heroes — Wyoming P.O. Box 51736, Casper, WY 82605.

Mary Evelyn Edwards

Mary Evelyn Edwards: January 13, 1928 – November 5, 2022

Mary Evelina (“Evelyn”) Edwards, of Gillette, died November 5, 2022, in Casper, Wyoming, surrounded by family. She was 94 years old. She was born January 13, 1928, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Tony and Mary Capillupo.

She was the fifth daughter born to the couple. She attended Sheridan-area schools and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1946. She graduated from Denver Business College and worked for IBM and Safeway in Denver. She returned to Sheridan in 1957, where she met Dudley Edwards. After a six-week whirlwind romance, they were married May 4, 1957. In 1967, she and Dudley purchased Tudor Cleaners from Dudley’s parents. They worked together every day from that day until 1981, when they sold the cleaning business. They lived in Hawaii and Arizona before settling in Hawthorne, Nevada. In Nevada they worked together at the DZB (government contractor). In 1996, they moved to Gillette to be near their son Dudley and daughter Kelly. Evelyn and Dudley enjoyed playing golf and following the Wyoming Cowboys football. She was an excellent cook and a doting grandmother.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Dudley; her parents; and four sisters, Rose Capillupo, Nina Ostrander, Conjetta Capillupo, and Katie Smith.

She is survived by her son Dudley Jr. of Gillette, daughter Kelly (Floyd) Hamilton, five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

 At her request, there will be no services.

The family would like to thank the healthcare workers on sixth floor of Banner Wyoming Medical Center for their gentle care of our mother.