Frank Z. Gonzales: 1925 – 2023
Frank Gonzales, 97, of Casper, Wyoming passed away Saturday, September 9, 2023. A longtime resident of Casper passed away at home, surrounded by his loving wife Jessie and his step-son Nick.
Frank retired from Black Hills Trucking where he had worked as a brake specialist for many years.
Frank was a great fisherman, and loved bowling, hunting, baseball, and golfing as well. He spent a lot of time at the mall with his cronies.
He is survived by his two daughters, Gloria Trujillo and Francine Rodriguez; son Gary Gonzales; his four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Jack James and Pamela Ann Miller: 1942, 1948 – 2023
Mr. Jack James Miller passed away Monday, September 11, 2023 in Casper, Wyoming. Wife, Pamela Ann Miller, passed away April 7, 2023 in Casper, Wyoming.
Jack was born October 4, 1942 in Worland, Wyoming to Robert and Arlene Miller, where the family lived and farmed. After graduating from Worland High School, Jack worked for the Miller Brother’s farms. He served in the National Guard and began working at Tommerup Machine Shop in Worland and retired with them. He started his own business, Black Bart Restoration. He was an avid lifelong truck and tractor puller and traveled across the country and Canada competing in all but two states. Jack could design, fabricate, and fix anything fathomable!
Pamela Ann Collingwood was born October 27, 1948 in Greybull, Wyoming to Allen and Faye Collingwood. She graduated from Greybull High School and attended college at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Pam worked as a secretary for Worland Middle School for many years and retired with Washakie Medical Center’s accounts payable. Pam was a lifelong learner and loved taking classes throughout her life. She loved making quilts and donated many of them to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and other non-profit organizations. Pam was amazingly creative and was skilled at every possible craft and art form!
Jack and Pam met in Worland and were married in Idaho in 1990. They made their home in Worland, Wyoming. They rescued many pets, enjoyed bowling and tractor pulling together. They hosted many family gatherings and picnics in their big, beautiful yard. They were proud to work and create their home’s beautiful landscaping and gardens.
Jack and Pam are survived by children, Heather (Steve) Gilmore of Casper; Robyn (Byron) Welter of Havre, Montana; Misty Maier of Arizona; Michele Watters of Arizona; Curtis (Julie) Geer of Corning, Iowa; siblings, Linda Allred of Worland; Sandi (Randy) Baugh of Torrington; Ranee Collingwood of Casper; Katherine Miller of Mississippi; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for both Jack and Pam will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at the Worland Senior Center, 300 South 14th Street, Worland, Wyoming 82401.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Jack and Pam’s favorite charity, New Hope Humane Society, PO Box 1704, Worland, WY 82401.
Deena Kay Russell: 1960 – 2023
Deena Kay Russell passed away unexpectedly on September 10, 2023 at her home. She was 62 years old.
Deena was born on November 15, 1960 to Carol Marie Russell (Eddy) and James Floyd Russell in Douglas Wyoming. Deena attended school in Douglas Wyoming and graduated from DHS in the class of 1979, where she participated in FBLA and was on the swim and diving team. After graduation, Deena moved to Laramie and attended school at the University of Wyoming, seeking a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She spent the majority of the rest of her life between Douglas and Casper Wyoming.
The majority of Deena’s career, she worked for the railroad, both Chicago & Northwestern Transportation and Union Pacific. She took pride in this job and enjoyed working her way from rail crew all the way up to being an engineer for several years. Aside from this she also worked as a lifeguard, in different accounting jobs and most recently, prior to retirement enjoyed working for IReach as a Direct Support Specialist.
Deena had five children; Jon, Morgan, Kyle, Kelsey and Lucas. She always encouraged her children to compete in sports and enjoyed cheering them on.
Deena enjoyed watching sports, sewing, and skiing in her younger years. She didn’t cook a lot, however when she did she enjoyed it and made a great meatloaf, the best Thanksgiving stuffing, and a mean potato salad, these will never be able to be recreated.
Deena was preceded in death by her father James Floyd Russell in 1967 and her mother Carol Marie Russell earlier this year in April of 2023.
She is survived by her two brothers, Bob (Rhonda) Russell of Shawnee, and David (Stephanie) Russell of Pueblo Colorado; and her five children: Jon Russell of Douglas Wyoming, Morgan (Matthew ‘Cody’) McCullough of Casper Wyoming, Kyle McClary of Casper Wyoming, Kelsey (Sean) Keegan of Casper Wyoming and Lucas (Adalee) Russell of Glenrock Wyoming; and her four grandchildren: Maxton and Madalynn McCullough and Landynn and Logan Keegan, all of Casper Wyoming.
A celebration of life will be held for Deena at the Moose Lodge in Douglas Wyoming on Saturday, September 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Muryl J. Underwood: 1941 – 2023
A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 21, 2023 at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Fri. Sept. 22, 2023 at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery. Father Philip Vaske will officiate.
Phillip Lewis Zaugg: 1985 – 2023
Phillip Lewis Zaugg, 37, of Rapid City, South Dakota, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2023, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Phillip was born on September 24, 1985, to Tracy Zaugg and Patricia Jacobsen in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Growing up, Phill spent a great deal of time fishing with his grandfather, Marlin, and throwing the baseball around with his dad. He attended Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2004. Soon after, he pursued a career in the food industry as a chef and later worked as an electrician’s apprentice.
In 2010, Phill met Christina Fischer at the restaurant they worked at, and for an entire year he tried tirelessly to impress her. Finally, in 2012, Christina and Phill made it official and have been together every day thereafter. The two of them made a beautiful, loving home together raising their four children: Zoey, Isabelle, Adalynn, and Ellroy.
Phillip was a force of nature, constantly entertaining his friends and family with his goofy sense of humor. Phill was determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, and he often mentioned that at any chance he got. Phill was unendingly proud of his children and Christina and always tried his best to support them in all their activities by cheering loudly at softball games and track meets and by coaching Ellroy’s little league baseball team.
Phillip enjoyed gaming with his friends and son, loved all things Batman, and could be found jamming out to his favorite musicians Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton. Phill was an avid sports fan and cheered his heart out for the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a passionate outdoors man and loved fishing, camping, and spending his time in the sunshine when he wasn’t at home.
Anyone who knew Phillip knew that he was the most loving father, son, brother, and fiancé a family could ask for.
Phillip was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and uncle; his maternal grandmother; and his father-in-law.
Phillip is survived by his fiancé Christina and their children: Zoey Fischer, Isabelle Fischer, Adalynn Fischer, and Ellroy Zaugg; his parents Tracy Zaugg (Susan), Patricia Jacobsen (Rick) and Lynn Bitterman; his mother-in-law Catherine Morris; his siblings: Cynthia Laakso (Ryan), Allison Gammon (Colton), Trevor Bitterman (Miranda), Kimberly King (David), and Thomas Zaugg (Kayli); his step-siblings: Trisha Toews, Alexander Kessel, Zach Kessel, Richard Jacobsen, and Lia Jacobsen; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to Kinkade Funeral Home in Sturgis, South Dakota. There will be a celebration of life for Phill on September 24, 2023.