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Greg A. Tubridy

Greg A. Tubridy: September 9, 1958 – May 21, 2022

Greg Tubridy, 63, of Casper Wyoming, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

He was born Sept. 9, 1958, in Casper, Wyoming, to George Tubridy and Joan Tubridy (Clark). He grew up in Casper and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1976.

Greg married Dolly Hibbs on May 18, 1995. They have two boys, Grant Tubridy and Connor Tubridy. Greg and Dolly were later divorced.

Greg studied tirelessly and earned his Master Electrician’s license in 1997. He worked in that field for several years until the call to be of service to his community brought him to law enforcement and firefighting.

He found the perfect fit when he joined the Casper/Natrona County International Airport Public Safety Department in 2006. Greg was a valuable part of the Airport Public Safety family for 16 years, achieving the rank of Captain. He held various certifications including Peace Officer Basic, Fire Fighter 1 & 2, and Emergency Medical Responder. He was also an instructor for the Wyoming Regional ARFF Training Facility.

Greg was a kind, caring and generous person. He once said that he was happiest when he was helping people. If you flew in or out of the Natrona County International Airport, chances are Greg may have struck up a conversation with you and helped you in some way.

He volunteered as a mentor with the Casper Police Athletic League at the Casper Boxing Club and loved the time he spent with the young people there. He looked forward each Christmas season to Shop with a Cop and treasured his interactions while shopping with the children who participated in that program.

Greg is survived by his sons, Grant Tubridy and Connor Tubridy; by his father, George Tubridy; by his sister, Jan DeBeer (Steve Bozich); his nephew, Kyle DeBeer (Bryann); his Airport Public Safety family; and so, so many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Tubridy; all of his grandparents and all of his aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his memory to the Casper Humane Society or the Casper Boxing Club, as he was dedicated to and an advocate for these two organizations.


Shirley Ann Nash

Shirley Ann Nash: April 10, 1932 – December 24, 2022

Shirley Ann Nash was the second child of Thelma and Robert Brown of Grover Colorado, born on April 10, 1932. She passed away in the arms of her daughter, Sharlynn and her son-in-law, Jim on Christmas Eve.

She and her siblings Don, Roger, Phyllis, Colleen, Elaine and Arlon enjoyed living in the wide-open spaces of the dry lands of Colorado. She met and fell in love with William Paul Nash and his three children, Kenny, Jean, and James. They were married in 1950. She always felt so blessed to have them in their lives and loved them dearly.

Paul and Shirley welcomed Ernie who passed in infancy. Later they welcomed Sharlynn and Linda Kay to the wonderful, blended family. They made their home in Greeley, Colorado, while the family was young and later moved the family to Cheyenne eventually settling in Casper in 1968. She was proud of her home on 15th Street and took great pride in her yard and gardens. Her husband Paul passed in 1996.

In 2007, Shirley made her home in Meadow Acres with her daughter and son-in-law, Jim, whom she felt the sun rose and set with. With her son, James and son-in-law, Jim, her new home was set, and she felt on top of the world, enjoying the wide-open country spaces as well as being able to watch over her family.

She was truly a giving soul and spent time working as a nurse’s aide and working at the Kmart deli. Although she never truly enjoyed working, preferring to tend to her family, she always enjoyed meeting and visiting with everyone she met. She never met a stranger.

She was very involved in the AA and Al-anon programs with her husband. They traveled all over the country encouraging thousands of people with their love and support. They made new and forever friends and were always ready to help those who were willing to help themselves create a better life.

Shirley had a deep and binding relationship with God, always praying for his will to be shown to her and the strength to carry it out.

Shirley was a gentle soul, described as gentle as a lamb. But she could also be as playful as a lamb. She loved joking and teasing her kids and grandchildren. She loved to cook, known for her ‘world famous hot rolls’. She enjoyed traveling, especially if it involved gambling. Fishing was a favorite pass time, insisting on keeping and cooking the first fish, a sucker, that she caught. She took great pride in gardening and growing beautiful plants. She enjoyed puzzles and word search. But most of all she enjoyed visiting with family and friends always quick to sit and have a cup of coffee.

Shirley had an extensive family. She was blessed with 15 grandkids, 35 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was always over the moon to welcome a new family member to her family. She was a true mother hen and loved nothing more than to gather her babies around her no matter how old they were.

She is survived by her daughter Sharlynn and son-in-law, Jim Kountz of Casper; granddaughters, Jan Nelson and family of Casper, Stacy and Frank Gruber and family of Colorado, daughter-in-law, Cheryl Nash and family of Oregon, and Ron Smith and family of Oregon. Also surviving her are her siblings, Colleen Hart, Roger Brown, Elaine Werner, Arlon Brown, and Shirley’s best friend Mary Caviston.

The family would like to thank Gwendi, Shirley’s case manager for the elderly program and her aide Tory for all their love, guidance and care. A special thank you to Central Wyoming Hospice for the assistance in helping Sharlynn honor her mother’s final wishes.

No services are planned, please feel free to leave words of remembrance for the family.


Nancy Madden

Nancy Madden: April 10, 1966 – December 20, 2022

Nancy A. Madden took her final breath on Dec. 20, 2022, at the age of 56. Due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, she is now able to be at rest with our heavenly father.

While her time here on Earth was short, she had a full life. Being born in Delaware on April 10, 1966, she was adopted by Earl Pierce and Dorothy Walker. She moved to Wyoming in her teenage years but never forgot her Delaware roots.

She is survived by a daughter Sarah (Adam) Hoffman, sons Christopher (Jennifer) Madden and Mathew Madden. Grandchildren Olivia, Isaac, Ella Hoffman, and Hunter Madden.

She was surrounded by family as she passed. While it is sad to say goodbye, she gets to know herself again.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Wyoming Dementia Care, PO Box 1493, Casper WY 82602.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.


Michael Jeffery Sannes

Michael Jeffery Sannes: January 8, 1962 – December 24, 2022

Michael Jeffery Sannes, at age 60, lost his long battle with COPD on Dec. 24 at home in Casper, Wyoming. Michael was born January 8, 1962, to Frank and Mary Jo Sannes in Sheridan, Wyoming. No public services are planned at this time. A small family and friend gathering will be determined later.

He is preceeded in death by his father and mother, Frank M. Sannes and Mary Jo Sannes, his sister Kathleen Boss (Lonnie Boss), his niece Megan Geis (Ken Geis). He is survived by his siblings, Susan Skarland Kamm (Timothy Kamm), Paul M. Sannes (Elizabeth), Kenneth R. Sannes, Kristin M. Sannes, and Brynn D. Sannes, nieces and nephews Rojan Agahi, Kristofer Hanson, Nicholas Kamm, Erin Greenheck, and Vivian Georgius. He is also survived by his constant companion, Shotty (Shotgun), his Rat Terrier who faithfully rode 10’s of thousands of miles across the west with Mike.

Michael lived most of his life in Casper working throughout Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. He worked at various jobs in the oil patch culminating in an extended stretch working and managing a Hot Shot business prior to retiring. Michael graduated high school in 1980 and completed several years of higher education at Casper College and the University of Wyoming.

Michael was always one to pitch in to help anyone that genuinely needed a hand. His good nature was accompanied with a quick wit that kept his family and friends entertained in virtually all circumstances. He will be truly missed.

Donations to www.copdfoundation.org, the COPD Foundation in memory of Mike are greatly appreciated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.


John “Jack” Joseph Blomstrom

John “Jack” Joseph Blomstrom: January 22, 1950 – December 26, 2022

John (Jack) Joseph Blomstrom, 72, passed away from complications due to COVID in Casper early Monday morning, Dec. 26, 2022. He was born to Mary and Lloyd Blomstrom on Jan. 22, 1950, in Winner, South Dakota.

After graduating from Winner High School, Jack attended the University of Wyoming. Despite his average height, he was able to walk on to the Wyoming basketball team and played for a year. He graduated from UW with his bachelor’s degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the field artillery through ROTC. He went on to study at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, obtaining his law degree in 1975 and entering into the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corps.

He married Sue Gilloon that summer, and the Army sent them to Mannheim, Germany, for three years. Their next assignment was to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and they had their first child, Molly, there in 1980. After leaving the Army, he spent a short time in Dallas working for the U.S. Department of Energy. In 1982, Jack took a job for True Oil in Casper, Wyoming. Eventually, Jack was promoted to general council for the True companies.

It was in Casper that their next two children, John and Rich, were born in 1982 and 1988 respectively. He loved his job, his employers, their families, and his coworkers. He considered the job a blessing, and enjoyed it so much that he stayed on with the company for 40 years. Jack was a part of several different organizations, including Rocky Mountain Legal Foundation and the United Way.

Jack enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing as well as golf, but he sacrificed these hobbies so that he could focus more on being the best husband and father possible to his family. The only thing that took priority over his family was his faith. He attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for 40 years and enjoyed serving in the parish, taking on many roles in the Church over the years.

Jack’s kindness, generous spirit, and selflessness will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.

Jack is survived by his wife Sue; their three children: Molly and John (wife Nancy) of Casper, Wyoming, and Rich (fiancée Dana) of Austin, Texas; his brother Bob (wife Brooke) of Dallas, Texas; his sister Sally Thompson (husband Bill) of New Smyrna, Florida; and his brother-in-law Duke Schneller (wife Gayle) of Custer, South Dakota. He is also survived by four grandchildren, with another due in 2023, and ten nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Peg Schneller.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to True Care Women’s Resource Center or St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish Catholic School.

A viewing was held at the Newcomer Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, followed by a Rosary from 7 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, followed by internment at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.


Lew Howard Cooksey

Lew Howard Cooksey: April 5, 1945 – December 19, 2022

Lew Cooksey was born the 5th of April 1945, he passed peacefully in his sleep on the 19th of December 2022.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Corinne, this past February. They are back together again for Christmas. He was also preceded in death by his wife Corinne; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cooksey, and a sister, Iva Cooksey.

He leaves behind his children Shawn Marie Gehred and grandchildren: Sam, Michael and Jenny and Guy Cooksey and his wife, Adrianne and grandchildren: Addie and Mason; sister Fran (Tom) Akovenko; Carol Hultberg; Vala (James) Shuck; Rhea (Gareth) Cooksey-Dixon; Hal (Gayle) Cooksey and Reva (Richard) Reese.

Two years ago he was diagnosed with three types of invasive cancers. Initially, he was not given a very good prognosis. But he was stubborn, smart and received excellent medical care from the Casper medical community.

Lew was born in Miles City, Montana. After moving around due to his father’s construction work, he did attend Custer County High School.(Gratefully he attended his class reunions the last few years in Miles City) He went to Montana State on a football scholarship. He was almost drafted by the Cleveland Browns but the U.S. Navy requested him first during the Vietnam conflict. He served in the US Navy from 1966 to 1989 serving as a corpsman and eventually became a Physician Assistant. He traveled the world serving his country from sea to shining sea.

On Sept. 22 1972, he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal:

“The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Achievement medal to
Hospital Corpsman First Class
Lew Howard Cooksey
United States Navy
For service as set forth in the following Citation:
“For professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties as the leading petty
officer in the medical department in USS Long Beach (CGN-9) from 5 March 1971 to 24 March

Petty Officer COOKSEY consistently performed his duties in an exemplary and highly
professional manner. Serving during a demanding period in the ship’s history. Petty Officer
Cooksey was instrumental in his department’s being in a fully combat ready and state
preparatory to the ship’s crucial 1972 Western Pacific deployment. Effectively re-organizing the
administrative procedures in his department, Petty Officer Cooksey established procedures
which resulted in greater availability of medical services to the crew. In addition, Petty Officer
Cooksey became active in the drug abuse problem, and was instrumental in establishing an
effective (amnesty) program on the LONG BEACH. His marked “people – oriented” manner
influenced those working with him, and was of significant benefit in maintaining crew morale.
Petty Officer COOKSEY’s inspired leadership, professionalism. And devotion to duty reflected
great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States
Naval Service.”
For the Secretary of the Navy,
NELS C. JOHNSON
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commander FIRST Fleet

I think this summed up his devotion to family, friends, and country. He always went above and beyond for people. He was skilled in his medical profession but also excelled in home construction, electrical work, plumbing, welding, car repair (engine and body work), highway and bridge construction, Yes — he built a runway, too — in the middle of the Nevada desert. There was little he could not do or achieve if he wanted.

He was almost drafted by the Cleveland Browns but the U.S. Navy requested him first during the Vietnam conflict. He had an amazing military career, he had the honor of serving as medical staff for President Ronald Regan while the president rode horses at Quantico Virginia Marine Corp base. He did not tell his family this until some time in the 2010’s . He took his confidentiality seriously. There is so much he did that we will never know. But that was also what made him the man of honor he was.

When he moved to Casper Wyoming in 1992, he and his wife truly put down roots. He had an amazing medical career, working at InstaCare, the VA Medical Clinic and then at Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas. Lew took care of so many people. He had kids run up to him in stores happy to see him. Lew also helped out at Silver Fox Steakhouse (where his wife worked). He enjoyed collecting John Deere Tractors, trucks, cars, trailers, cement mixers, tools, things he got a deal on and so on and so on. His property became Lew’s Red Neck Emporium of curiosities. But he also knew everything he had and he was always willing to help others.

And people knew they could rely on him to help.

He was one of a kind. He is now on the road again.


Kelly Young Beckstead

Kelly Young Beckstead: November 27, 1989 – December 28, 2022

Kelly Beckstead of Casper passed on Dec. 28, 2022. There will be a celebration of Kelly’s life on Friday, Jan. 13, 2022, at 5 p.m. at Occasions by Cory, 303 S. Wolcott St., Casper, WY 82601.


Lowell L. Campbell

Lowell L. Campbell: February 17, 1979 – December 17, 2022

Lowell Leroy Campbell, 43, of Mills, Wyoming, passed away on Dec. 17, 2022, in Casper, Wyoming. Leroy was born in Drumright, Oklahoma, to Lowell and Jeanette Campbell on Feb. 17, 1979.

Leroy had attended Rawlins High School and later got his CDL and was currently working for PC Transport. He loved outdoor adventures, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family.

Leroy is survived by his wife Kira Campbell of Casper and their three children Winter and Forestt Campbell and stepson Dakota Wells as well as his three children from a previous marriage Samantha Swartz, Jazmin Campbell and Devin Campbell. Parents Lowell and Jeanette Campbell, granddaughter Esmerie Swartz, brother Basil Campbell, sisters JoAnn Wallace and Rhonda Campbell, niece Tina Layle, nephews Cory Campbell, Richard Kjelsrud and Nathaniel Kjelsrud. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Wayne and Rita Campbell and Alfred and Opal Race.

Funeral services will be held at Bustards and Jacoby in Casper, Wyoming, on Jan. 7, 2023, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tim Adams officiating. Celebration of life will follow after the services.


Sally Grooms

Sally Grooms: May 2, 1930 – December 24, 2022

Priscilla (Sally) Anne Grooms, age 92, passed away on Dec. 24 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born to Clarence and Eva Mae Kellogg on May 2, 1930, in Valentine, Nebraska, and spent her childhood on the family ranch near Sparks, Nebraska.

In 1952 Sally married Ed Grooms in Valentine, Nebraska. They moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska, in 1954, then moved to Chadron, Nebraska in 1964 and in 1966 moved to Torrington, Wyoming, followed by a transfer to Worland, Wyoming, in 1977. The couple moved to Casper, Wyoming, in 2018.

Sally worked at various jobs throughout her working life such as church secretary, elementary school librarian, Avon sales, realtor, and a position in the Washakie County District Court office. Sally had two sons, Ted (1953) and Greg (1956). Family and friends were her top priority. She was known for her baking, family meals, coffees with friends and holiday gatherings. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Worland and attended First Christian Church regularly in Casper.

Sally is survived by her husband of 70 years, Ed, her sons Ted (Jennifer) of Casper and Greg (Tammy) of Worland, grandchildren Nicholas Grooms (Maggie) of Casper, Crystal Mangano (Chris) of Los Angeles, Tyler Grooms of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Lindsay Grooms of Tulsa, Oklahoma, great granddaughters McKenzie and Natalie, and a sister Linda Moss (Tom) of Worland, and their children, Jennifer (Jimmy) Beasley of Pomfret, Maryland and Tom Moss, Jr. of Worland, as well as Ed’s brothers and wives, Alvin Grooms (Pauline), Ord, Nebraska, Harold Grooms (Wanda), Lincoln, Nebraska, and Donald Grooms (Connie), Littleton, Colorado, and Mildred Grooms, Kearney, Nebraska, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and brother-in-law Eugene Grooms.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at First Christian Church in Casper. The service can be streamed on the First Christian Church website, fcccasper.org. First Presbyterian Church in Worland will host the memorial service via streaming on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. as well. Refreshments will be served after the service at each church. Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 405 S. 15th, Worland, WY 82401. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Central Wyoming Hospice and Primrose Retirement Community.


Jeanette Marie Decker

Jeanette Marie Decker: July 6, 1937– December 26, 2022

Jeanette Marie Decker, age 85, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away at her home on Dec. 26, 2022. Jeanette was born July 6, 1937, to Floyd Ray and Hattie Lehman in Logan, Iowa. She was the oldest of two child born.

She attended schools in Logan, Iowa. She met Charles Albert Decker and were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1954, in Carson City, Nevada. Jeanette was a homemaker for the majority of her life, taking care of her family. Her favorite hobbies were quilting and rock hounding. She had a love for dogs, especially poodles. Jeanette was in Tops, and enjoyed playing Bingo, putting ceramics together, and jewelry making.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two children, Cathy and Gary, and grandchild, Jake Seachrist.

She is survived by Patty, Sally, and Lorie, 13 grandchildren, one sister, Ann Turner, numerous great-grandkids and one great-great grandchild.

A viewing for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home until the start of the service beginning at 2 p.m.

Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


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