Danny Lee Ashland: 1955 – 2023
Danny Ashland, 67, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2023, after a brief battle with pneumonia and end stage emphysema. He was a loving husband, father, brother and stepfather. He was a devoted member of the Alcoholics Anonymous community and helped many people overcome their addiction to find hope and healing.
Danny was born on August 26, 1955, to Harold Keith and Gloria Rae Ashland in Forest City, Iowa. Danny had three siblings. Big sister Cindy, and two little brothers, Dave and Teri. Danny grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and attended high school there. He knew early on that he wanted to help other people. His career includes jobs at the Children’s Home, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Central Wyoming Counseling Center where he assisted the mentally ill folks in our community. He retired from the Counseling Center in 2015.
Danny met his first wife Connie when they were in high school and getting ready for college. They were married for 25 years and they adopted a sweet little girl they named Kristy in 1991. Kristy was the apple of her daddy’s eye! They shared a special relationship and Danny loved Kristy with all his heart! Dan and Connie divorced in 2002.
In 2001, Danny met his future wife, Lisa Dudley while the two worked at Vocational Rehabilitation. They married on March 8, 2003. They had a lot of fun! They bought a pop up camper in 2016 and spent almost every weekend camping! Danny loved camping! It lifted his soul to be out in nature!
Danny struggled with alcoholism for most of his adult life. He walked into AA in 2007 and had been sober ever since! He loved the AA way of life and became a sponsor for other men wanting to quit alcohol. He loved that organization. He was a big part of it and helped many by sharing his experience, strength and hope. Danny would have celebrated 16 years of sobriety on August 23rd, 2023.
Danny was a beautiful soul. He was generous, he was a true gentleman. He was soft spoken, but so sharp. We had many laughs privately. Being our true selves to each other. I love you Dan. So much! I will never forget you, and I expect you to be waiting for me when it’s my time!
Danny is survived by his wife Lisa; daughter Kristy; sister Cindy (Tracy Krsnak); Dave (Tammy); Teri, (Roxanne); step-daughter Ashley Dudley; and many nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled for September 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Bustard’s and Jacoby. Memorials may be sent to the 12/24 Club or Natrona County Meals on Wheels.
Jenalee M. Bullock: 1983 – 2023
With heavy hearts and profound sadness, we mourn the passing of Jenalee Marie Bullock, a cherished daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend. She graced this world with her presence on March 23, 1983, in Casper, Wyoming, and peacefully left us on August 22, 2023, in Madisonville, Texas. Jenalee was a beacon of light in our lives and her memory will forever be etched in our hearts.
Jenalee was born to her loving parents, Melanie (Holmes) Tait and Ardoth “Artie” Bullock. Her family was her rock, and their unwavering support and love were the foundation upon which she built her remarkable life.
From an early age, Jenalee showed a passion for physical fitness and an unyielding drive to achieve greatness. She dedicated countless hours to honing her physique, embracing a lifestyle that revolved around the gym, hard work, and perseverance. Jenalee’s dedication paid off as she fearlessly competed in team triathlons and bikini fitness events, inspiring all who witnessed her strength and determination.
Not only was Jenalee a force to be reckoned with in the fitness world, but she also had an adventurous spirit that led her to explore the vast wonders of our world. Travel was her escape, her way of immersing herself in different cultures and experiencing the beauty that lies beyond our familiar horizons. Her travels enriched her soul and provided her with memories that will forever be cherished.
Educated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Management and on the way to achieving a Masters Degree, Jenalee channeled her passion for life and her unwavering devotion into her career in sales. She made a lasting impact in her career, leaving an indelible mark on everyone she encountered. Her infectious enthusiasm, magnetic personality, and exceptional sales acumen made her an invaluable asset to her colleagues and clients alike.
Jenalee’s departure leaves a void in our lives that can never be filled. However, the memories we shared, the laughter we enjoyed, and the love we felt will forever be treasured. She will be remembered as a remarkable woman who lived life to the fullest, embracing each day with vigor and zest.
Jenalee was preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents; uncle, Tom Holmes (2001); and step-father, J.T. Tait (2023).
Jenalee leaves behind to honor her memory mother, Melanie Tait of Madisonville, Texas; father, Artie Bullock and wife, Shirley of Manville, Wyoming; brother, Brian Bullock & wife, Alyssa of Casper, Wyoming; close friend, Georgia Pell of Mesa, Arizona, and uncle, Drew Holmes and wife, Cynthia of Indiana; as well as, niece, Livianna and nephews, Stephen, Xavier, Uriah, Asa and Jonah.
To honor her memory, a funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Faith Baptist Church, Madisonville, Texas, where family and friends will gather to celebrate Jenalee’s remarkable journey. Let us come together to share stories, reminisce about the joy she brought into our lives, and find solace in one another’s company. Pastor of the church, Mike Cousins, will officiate the service. Jenalee will be laid to rest in Wyoming Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Casper, Wyoming at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
As we bid farewell to Jenalee Marie Bullock, let us remember her as the radiant soul who touched our lives with her infectious spirit. May we find comfort in knowing that she has found eternal peace, forever watching over us from above.
Rest in peace, dear Jenalee. Your light will forever shine in our hearts.
Marguerite Delores Holtz Carr: 1927 – 2023
Marguerite H. Carr passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, August 18, 2023.
Marguerite was born on February 21, 1927, in Willow City, North Dakota the daughter of the late Bernice Viola Fahrnkoph and Cliffton Edward Henry Holtz. She had one sister, Marion Feuerhelm who she dearly loved. Marion preceded her in death on May 17, 2010. Marguerite attended school in Willow City and graduated with the class of 1944.
She married Rueben P. Odegaard, and they had one daughter, Patricia LaVonne. They later divorced. Along with her daughter Patty, they moved to Casper, Wyoming in December of 1959
On October 25, 1972, she married the love of her life, Leland Carr. He owned the Goose Egg Inn, and they ran it together for many years. After selling it they bought the Belair Motel. Marguerite obtained her realtor license and then became a Broker opening her own realty company, Bel Air Realty. They purchased a trailer at Alcova Lake where they enjoyed many summers, Leland preceded her in death on December 8, 1994.
Several years later John Kennedy entered her life as her companion. They enjoyed each other’s company and continued enjoying Alcova Lake. He preceded her in death on April 5, 2022. Marguerite continued to enjoy summers at Alcova, and one of the many highlights was Friday nights with her best buddy Connie Burnette at the Boat Club.
Marguerite was a member of the Red Hats Society and the Girls Night Out Bunco group. She was a member of the Mount Hope Lutheran Church. She also was a member of the Eagles, Elks, and the Casper Boat Club. She had a love for her schnauzers, Candy, Jackie, and Johnny.
Survivors include one daughter, Patty Berg and her husband Tom of Rock Springs, Wyoming; two grandsons, Jason Recker and his wife Seslie of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Josh Recker of Salt Lake City, Utah; two great-grandsons, Benji and Jack Recker; and several nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Friday, August 25 at Bustards & Jacoby Funeral Home from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Mount Hope Lutheran Church, 2300 Hickory Street on Saturday, August 26 at 10;00 a.m., followed by interment services at Highland Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Elks Lodge.
Roberta J. “Bobbie” Harrington: 1939 – 2023
Roberta J. “Bobbie” Harrington, 83, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on August 20, 2023.
Bobbie was born in Riverton, Wyoming on December 13, 1939. She graduated from Riverton High School and attended some college courses. She received certificates in Floral Design and Horticulture.
Bobbie worked as a Florist Designer at Johnny Appleseed for over 20 years and then ventured out on her own to create her own flower shop called Bobbie’s Floral.
Bobbie enjoyed playing her organ, boating, camping with family, garage selling, bingo, and dancing. Most of all, Bobbie loved gardening, as she was part of the Master Gardeners Club in Casper.
She also traveled around Wyoming to judge floral entries in the County Fairs. She was an avid member of the Eagles Club where she did most of her dancing. She enjoyed the company of all her beloved pets through the years.
Bobbie is survived by her son, David (Lori) Ost of Tennessee and her daughter, Shanna (Davey) Harrington of Casper, Wyoming; her sisters, Janice Lott of Casper, Wyoming and Judy Johnson of Windsor, Colorado. She is also survived by her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, whom she adored.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Jean Ewing; and her oldest daughter, Sara Ost Noggle.
A viewing will be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Chapel on August 28, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Chapel on August 29, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow services at Highland Cemetery. Please join the family for a reception at the Casper Shrine Club, located at 1501 W. 39th St. Casper, Wyoming.
Saying goodbye is so difficult, but I’m thankful you’re released from the difficulties of this life.
We love you more, more.
Jayne Lynn Knudson: 1956 – 2023
Jayne Lynn Knudson, 67, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023, after a brief battle of cancer. She was born on February 4, 1956, to Richard and Jo Bliss.
Jayne married Randy Knudson on September 19, 1986, and later divorced. They had three daughters: Rhea, Amanda, and Meagan.
Jayne loved being a stay-at-home mom while her children were younger. Once they were in school, she became a real estate agent and enjoyed working with future homeowners to find their forever homes. Later she embraced her passion for plants and flowers by working at Johnny Appleseed. She made some of the most beautiful arrangements you’d ever seen. Jayne decided to enroll in Casper College and earned her associate degree and became a Respiratory Therapist. She retired in 2021 and continued with her gardening. During her retirement, Jayne thoroughly adored her cats and chickens and embraced the prepper lifestyle.
She is survived by her children: Rhea Knudson of Cabot, Arkansas, Amanda (Isaac) Wentz of Sparks, Nevada, and Meagan (Spencer) Hard of Casper, Wyoming; her grandchildren: Nicole and Ashtyn Buchholz, Layla and Paisley Hard; siblings: Dan (Doris) Bliss of San Diego, California, and Evette (Vince) Pagano of Niagara Falls, New York; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Jayne was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Jo Bliss; her child Terry; and her grandchild Grayson Lynn.
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at Newcomer Casper Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.
James Rodger Thompson: 1949 – 2023
James Rodger Thompson, known to most as Rodger, 73, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on August 9, 2023 in Casper Wyoming at Banner Medical Center.
Rodger was born in Casper, Wyoming to James Reid and Nora Mae Lorraine (Feezer) Thompson on November 3, 1949. He attended school in Casper from Garfield Elementary to CY Junior High, the first year of the school, and on to Natrona County High School where he was part of the graduating class of ’68.
Rodger went on to join the Navy and served our country during the Vietnam War. During his years of service he was stationed on 3 ships, the USS Lucid, the USS Enterprise and the USS Brownson. He served with honor and was happy to return home to Casper when discharged.
Rodger began his working years pipefitting at Watco in Casper. In 1978 he started working at Amoco and worked there until the refinery in Casper closed in 1991. Rodger was the lead for the United Way fundraiser for the Amoco Refinery employees and like everything else he did he did it with his stamp of integrity . After Amoco closed he decided to go to Casper College and determine what his next career path would be. He dabbled in a number of different fields all in the name of education. He truly enjoyed learning new things and always loved to share the new knowledge with others. Not long after, he became the manager of Sunrise Mall and many of the kids in the surrounding neighbor hoods knew that they were not going to get away with any shenanigans there. He finished with his final career, driving truck for Richardson Trucking. His love of this great land we call Wyoming was only increased with the opportunity to drive the back roads all across the state.
Rodger is survived by the love of his life, Cecilia “Maureen” (Simms) Thompson; beloved daughter Leticia (Terry) Drake; brother Thomas Lynn (Donna) Thompson; brother in-law Michael (Judy) Simms; grandsons Patrick (Amanda) Drake, Jesse Morgan, William Thompson; granddaughters Jaylee Schnabel, Isabelle Drake; great grandchildren Harleigh and Desmond Drake; nephews Dray (Cassie) Thompson, Joe Thompson, TJ (Misty) Thompson, and niece Doris Thompson. He is preceded in death by his parents James Reid and Nora Mae Lorraine (Feezer) Thompson; his brother William “Bill” Thompson; and his dear son Kyle Rodger Thompson.
Funeral services and Veteran’s honors will be held at Casper First Church of the Nazarene on September 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. , with the pastors of the church officiating. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow the service at the same location. Burial will be held on a separate date for immediate family at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery. Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home will be handling funeral arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to CasperNaz at 2020 S Jefferson, Casper Wyoming 82601.