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Obituaries: Stanko; White; Butcher

Darla Kay Stanko

Darla Kay Stanko: 1959 – 2023

Darla Stanko went home to be with the good lord on February 28, 2023. She died peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with illness. She was 63 years of age. 

Darla was born September 1, 1959 in Casper, WY, to Elmer Johnson and his wife Deloris Johnson (Byer). Darla was the third child out of four. Casper is where Darla considers home lived often and there for many years. She attended Natrona County High School.

After high school she met Edward Stanko. On August 13, 1980 they were married. They later moved to North Dakota. In North Dakota they welcomed a daughter. JeanAnn Stanko was born July 15th, 1981.

The couple would move from Casper, WY, North Dakota, and then Florida so Ed could pursue his studies. Later the couple divorced and Darla accompanied by her daughter JeanAnn moved back to Casper where she raised JeanAnn.

Darla had numerous jobs in Real Estate prior to finding her path in phlebotomy at Wyoming Medical Center. She worked as a phlebotomist for several years. These are some of her favorite jobs. In 2001 and 2005 Darla with her daughter welcomed two grandchildren, whom she adored. In 2014 Darla moved to Oklahoma to be with life long friend Debbie Acebo. They enjoyed spending time reliving old times and finding new adventures.

When her health took a turn for the worse, she moved back to Casper, WY. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Lotti and Lee Jonhson, her maternal grandparents George and Harriet Byer, and by her parents Elmer and Deloris Johnson.

She is survived by her siblings Ellen Bremner of Edmonton Alberta, Elmer Johnson of Casper,wy  Delwin Johnson of Casper, Wy. her daughter JeanAnn Stanko, Nephew Jason Johnson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, her grandchildren Mykenzie Coleman-Stanko and Ethan Stanko along with many cousins on both sides of the family. 

Per her request she will be cremated and her ashes placed with her father. No services will be held but there will be a life celebration at a later date.

Linda Louise White

Linda Louise White: 1949 – 2023

Linda was born in Cheyenne, WY before her family moved to Casper, WY in 1948.

After HS, she attended Casper College where she met Allan Catellier, whom she married August 12, 1967. They enjoyed 15 happy years of marriage, started Allan’s Imports, and went about raising 5 boys. Linda was active in her Church and various activities when Allan experienced a rare aneurism in 1982, lapsed into a coma, passing away in July, 1983.

For the next decade, Linda faced single mom challenges with grace, courage, and loving support from her family and close friends. Linda met Dr. Stephen White in 1992 while working at NCSD#1. They married in October, 1993, and blended their families with 6 children at home. Job opportunities in Cheyenne, and Englewood, CO resulted in a move to Highlands Ranch, CO where they have resided since 2000. Linda was active in Church, Botanical Gardens, and numerous Arts & Craft clubs over the years, devoting herself to a loving extended family, with 14 grandchildren.

In 2008, she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia (CLL), but her faith, grace, and courage allowed her to live a full and active life. In 2022, her cancer morphed into myeloma and despite heroic efforts, she passed into the arms of Jesus at home at 5:54am, February 23, 2023. 

She is survived by Stephen, sisters Julie Dawson and Kathy Catellier, sons Michael, Todd, Craig, Ryan, and Aaron Catellier, step children Sarah and Jonathan, daughters-in-law Debbie, Alisa, and Dominique Catellier, and grandchildren Yohannon Yeager, Kaitlin, Allan, Carter, Lilyana, Courtney, Breah, Isaac, Jonah, Levi, Langley, and Casper Catellier, and Sebastian and Synnova Latonero.

Her loving impact and influence have been enormous. She will be greatly missed and long remembered.

Gordon W. Butcher

Gordon W. Butcher: 1943 – 2023

Gordon W. Butcher, 79, of Bar Nunn, Wyoming passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 7, 1943 in Murphysboro, IL.

Gordon taught at Freeburg High School for 39 years. He was an active volunteer in both Wyoming and Illinois, including: Hunter Safety Instructor, Meals on Wheels, Wyoming Medical Center, Rescue Mission, Senior Side Walkers, and many others.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alden and Evelyn Butcher; sister, Marita Donohue; and brother-in-law, Phil Ohlendorf, Sr.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra Butcher; daughters, Melinda (Colemon) Dean of Casper, WY and Kelli (Rick) Huber of Palmer Lake, CO; granddaughter, Caroline (Tavio Pirocchi) DeWitt of Denver, CO; brother-in-law, Rob Donohue of O’Fallon, IL; and sister-in-law, Rita Ohlendorf of Freeburg, IL.

Service information will be posted as it becomes available.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.