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Obituaries: Climer; Maddy - Casper, WY Oil City News

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Obituaries: Climer; Maddy

W. Dennis Climer

W. Dennis Climer: November 27, 1942 – March 11, 2023

Willard “Dennis” Climer passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones on March 11, 2023.

He was born on November 27, 1942, to Harry Willard and Ruby Marie (O’Dell) Climer in Springfield, Missouri.

He graduated from High School in Braymer, Missouri in 1960. He then went on to marry Mary Luann Peirce in 1961 and was blessed with twin daughters, Sherri and Terri, and a son, Jerry. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Kansas City, Missouri and he raised his family in Missouri until deciding to make a career move and taking the family to Wyoming in 1974. He then turned to construction and being an electrician.

Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and was on a bowling league for several years. In his later years he enjoyed being part of the Shrine Booster Club and was always available for the fund raisers including the Annual Shrimp Feast and Crab Boil. He also got great pleasure in driving his little Shrine car in the parades.

If any of his children or grandchildren needed something constructed or repaired, Dennis was always available to make it a reality or get it fixed. At the time of his passing, he was helping his grandson Logan flip houses.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his children, Sherri (Jesse) Lafferty, Terri Coffman and Jerry (Pam) Climer. His grandchildren; Shane (Heidi) Walling, Nichole (David) Kaczorowski, Lindsey and Logan Coffman, Mark, Sam and Elizabeth Baumgartner. His great grandchildren Braydon (Robbin) Walling, Austin Wray, Kyler, Landin and Braeley Kaczorowski. Deegan and Dane Walling and Peyton Sutton and a very special great- great granddaughter Mavis Walling.

Also survived by his sister, Dixie Flamm, several nieces and nephews of Missouri, and friends of 60 years, Jim and Elaine Badger and their family of Casper.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Casper Shrine Club with a reception following.

Please bring your best fishing story or Shriner memory to share with the family.

Dr. James A. Maddy

Dr. James A. Maddy: 1938 – 2023

James Allen Maddy died Monday, March 13, 2023; he was 85 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judith Whitsitt Maddy; their children Jim (Christine) Maddy, Jeff Maddy, Julie (Tom) Haider, Jeanie Maddy, Jin-Joo Maddy, and Jo-Lin (Mike) Stephenson; their grandchildren Sarah (Zach) Hamilton, Nicholas (Elise) Maddy, Natalie Maddy, Alex (Jacoby) Hinton, June Haider, Danielle Maddy, Katie (Mike) Grage; and great-grandchildren Zoe Maddy, Sheridan Maddy, Sundance Maddy, Max Grage.

James was born in Roanake, Virginia to Bob and Dorothy Maddy, on March 1, 1938. He grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He went to college in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt University, then attended Vanderbilt School of Medicine. He met his wife, Judy, while working as a third-year medical student at Vanderbilt Hospital on the floor on which she was the head nurse. They were married, June 2, 1962, four months after their first date.
After marrying, they lived in Nashville and had their first child. They then moved to Lexington, Kentucky, in the mid-60s and had three more children. They moved to Casper 52 years ago. During the 1970s, they adopted two children from Korea.

Dr. Maddy had a private practice as an internal medicine specialist at Casper Clinic. He was one of the first endocrinologists in Wyoming and cared for most of the diabetic persons in Casper. He opened the first Wyoming Osteoporosis Center in the late 1990s and continued this practice until 2020. He served on the Wyoming Board of Medicine and was appointed as governor for a number of years.

He was an avid fly fisherman and went on yearly fishing trips for decades to the Middle Fork of the Powder River, in Hole in the Wall country outside Kaycee, Wyoming, with his brothers-in-law, Tom and Sam Whitsitt, and friend Larry Giddings.

He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories and jokes. He loved the outdoors and took his family on camping trips every summer. He happily coached his sons in the Casper Midget Football Association when they were young and was not so happily made to sit through dance recitals for his daughters; he loved to dance (the jitterbug with his wife and kids and grandkids), cook (his famous Dad’s soup), and read stories to his grandkids and great grandkids. He and his wife also shared a love for animals and always had a houseful of dogs and cats.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 18, at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church. Please go to the Newcomer Funeral Home website to livestream the memorial service if you are unable to attend in person. The Maddy family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Casper Humane Society in his name.

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper.