Boyce Ray “Bozz” Bennett, Jr.: 1963 – 2023
Boyce “Bozz” Ray Bennett Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep January 28, 2023. He was born November 28, 1963 on Thanksgiving Day in Greeley, Colorado. Boyce was a sweet and thoughtful child. Growing up he had a sense of responsibility for his younger siblings that he later instilled in his own children. With a love of football, he started playing at the age of nine and played through high school. His senior year the Windsor Wizards took state on Boyce’s eighteenth birthday. He was inducted into the Windsor High School hall of fame for his athletic achievement.Boyce participated in every extra curricular activity he could including, class president, speech and debate, drama, musicals, jazz choir, and marching band. His love of music led to him teaching himself to play the guitar and working in radio.
He chose the radio name Bozz Collins working for KUAD in Windsor. His inspiration for this name came from Bozz Scaggs and Phil Collins. Bozz went on to work for KLOV serving all of Northern Colorado. He transferred with his then wife, Jana Rumsby to Casper, Wyoming to work at KVOC. He later worked at K2 Radio. Later divorced, Bozz met the mother of his children, Janet Fulton, (later divorced) working events at the Beacon. Bozz picked up some shifts and became quite the mixologist. Bozz had many various jobs, but his passion was always in sales. He worked at White’s Mountain Chevrolet for many years. Keeping cars in his heart, he pursued a position at Wells Fargo working with the north western automotive finance department. In need of a change, Bozz pursued a management position in the restaurant business. This sparked his passion for food.
Bozz always used the phrase “food is love” at family gatherings. He dove into this passion head first and even met his wife LeAnn shopping at one of his favorite grocery stores. They married July 19, 2014 and blended their families together. They spent eleven beautiful years as best friends and soul mates. Bozz never referred to his additional family as step children, instead they were his bonus family. Bozz returned to his life long passion in sales at Paradise Auto with his good friend Dave Matula. His daily attire was a Hawaiian shirt because “every day was paradise.”
Keeping his passion for food high on his list Bozz took cooking classes and joined numerous barbecuing and smoking groups on facebook where he exchanged recipes and “food porn” with his friends. If you cooked good looking food there was a guaranteed thumbs up from Bozz after sending him a photo.
Bozz loved guns, his freedom and his country. He was a huge Trump supporter. His passion for politics resulted in a surprise write-in candidacy for a position with the Republican Party.
Having been born on Thanksgiving Day it was naturally his favorite holiday. He said he got his three favorite things for his birthday every year: food, family, and football. Bozz was a genuinely happy man. He had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh so contagiously that you found yourself laughing with him even if the joke was at your expense. He was a loving son, dedicated husband, devoted father to all his children, and proud grandad. There is nothing like a hug from Bozz. Bozz was a big personality with a big family and an even bigger heart.
Preceded in death by his father Boyce Ray Bennett Sr.
Survived by: his mother Pennie Ellen Bennett, his wife LeAnn Bennett, his children: Emily (Kam) Fairfield their son George, Brent (Kelsey) Bennett their daughter Sienna, Audrey Bennett his bonus children: JoLee (Jason) Krebs their children Kayla (Jeffrey) Heckman and Kaiden, Sarah (Dean) Scoggin and their daughter Emily Voss her son Marcellus Houston, Stephanie Voss and her children Ashlyn, Luke and Nichole, his brother John (Cindy) Bennett their sons Alex Bennett and Andy (Cherise) Bennett their daughters Kennedy and Emery, his sister Kim (Jim) Rydbom their children Mickie and Mason as well as many friends, coworkers, and other extended family.
The family would like to invite you to a celebration of life on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00PM at the Best Western Downtown Casper Hotel, formerly known as the Parkway Plaza. Please wear Hawaiian shirts and, or bright colors to honor the bright and colorful man Bozz was. If you have a photo with Bozz please bring it and write your name and a short blurb of how you knew Bozz on the back to leave with the family.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the deceased’s wife LeAnn. Please contact Dave Matula at Paradise Auto, 5555 CY Avenue, Casper, WY, 82604 to make donations.
Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.
Celebration of Life:
Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 2:00pm
Best Western Downtown Casper Hotel, 123 W E St, Casper, WY 82601
Lennie Winfield: 1932 – 2023
Lennie Winfield, 90, of Riverton passed peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Thursday morning, February 2, 2023. At her request a private family service was held at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton, Wyoming.
Lennie Louise Spring was born on April 12, 1932 in Buckeye, Arizona to Wilburn Neal and Corrine (Oakes) Spring. She was enrolled in the Choctaw Tribe but also had Cherokee in her family lineage. Lennie was the oldest child, who along with her family moved from Hugo, Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression in a Model T with a rumble seat to Hanford, California. During the trip she helped cook, clean, and took care of her younger siblings. From a young age, Lennie desired to see Elvis but her momma thought he was too wild.
Lennie loved baseball and especially enjoyed tetherball in her youth. In school she was chosen to play on the boys’ 8th grade baseball team when there were not enough boys.
On July 3, 1948, Lennie married the love of her life, Darrell Hugh Winfield, in Hanford, California. The couple were married for 66 years before Darrell passed in 2015. Together they raised one son, Brian, and five daughters, Janet, Nancy, Linda, Debi, and Darlene. In 1968, the family moved to Daniel, Wyoming where they remained until January of 1974, when they moved the family to start the WD/Winfield ranch outside of Riverton, Wyoming.
Family was Lennie’s highest priority, highest success, and devotion. Raising children and helping out others were Lennie and Darrell’s passion. Lennie’s family said she was a very giving and supportive individual, always thinking of everyone’s needs before her own. She was satisfied while surrounded by loving children. The family will always remember her strong spirit that was warm, caring and had a glowing spark. During her illness, Lennie would light up as someone came through the door for a visit. She was always thankful and giving, never took and always gave.
Lennie enjoyed and excelled in cooking; winning Blue Ribbons for her sour cream raisin pies, rye and white bread, peanut brittle, and green chili. She also had a fondness for gardening.
Lennie and Darrell enjoyed many rodeos together especially the Gymkhanas at Pavillion, where they were long time supporters of their time, energy, and in kind to the youth rodeos. Many fond memories were made when Lennie and Darrell would take first place in the rodeo ribbon roping. Everyone delighted in watching Lennie when Darrell would match her in arm wrestling competitions and foot races; where Lennie usually won.
She is survived by son, Brian Winfield; daughters, Janet Mendes, Nancy Eppler, Linda Saunders and husband, Dailen Jones, Debi Walters, Darlene Raymond and husband Robert; three grandchildren the couple raised, Kelly, Kari, and Katie Winfield, one great grandchild, Aspen Winfield; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sister, Bealy Joaquin; of California; brother, Dean Spring and wife Wendy of Arizona; brothers-in-law, Ray Winfield of Oklahoma, Manual Thomas, from California, Stan Garcia of California; and numerous friends that were considered family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilburn “Springer” and Corrine (Oakes) Spring; husband, Darrell Winfield; great grandson, Clay Walters; sisters, Cora Lee Thomas and Nancy Sue Garcia; sons-in-law, Dan Mendes, Billy Eppler, Guy Faris, and Dave Walters; brothers and sister in-law, Tony Joaquin, Bill Winfield, Barbara White, Norman White, Marilyn Brooks, Buddy Winfield, Billye Winfield; parents-in-law, Marion and Dapalean Winfield; and many close family friends.
Memorials may be made to the Fremont County Youth Rodeo Association or to the Donor’s choice of any organization dedicated to benefit children. Memorials may be sent in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, Wyoming 82501.
On-line condolences may be made at TheDavisFuneralHome.com.
Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.