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Miscellaneous Converse County, Wyoming Obituaries


April 12, 2000
Lowell Buster 'Buzz' Witt
Funeral services for Lowell Buster “Buzz” Witt, 80, will be held at 3 p.m. April 12 at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas, with Rev. Martin Strom of the Congregational United Church of Christ officiating. Full military graveside rites and inurnment will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. Mr. Witt died April 8 at his apartment in Douglas. He was born February 14, 1920, in Oshkosh, Neb., the son of Emit and Addie Rose (Buckley) Primrose. He grew up in Douglas. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 9, 1942, and was honorably discharged on Feb. 8, 1946, as a corporal. His tour included duty in the Pacific area at Guadalcanal, Gilbert Islands and the Marianas Islands. He knew many people because of the bartending business in which he was engaged. He was a member of the Elks and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go to auctions, where his friends knew him as #14. Mr. Witt is survived by three children, David A. Witt and wife Linda of Casper, Robert L. Witt and wife Kathy of Rock Springs, and Linda C. Cardwell and husband Jim of Rosebud, Mo.; three brothers, Joe Witt and Marvin Witt of Casper and Ronald “Skip” Witt of Nebraska; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard L. Witt; and a brother, Richard “Dick” Witt. Memorials to the Douglas Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 192, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Home of Douglas is in charge of arrangements.

June 14, 2000
Chad Steven Garls
Funeral services for Chad Steven Garls, 18, were held June 12 in the Douglas High School auditorium. Rev. Rodney Saunders of First Methodist Church, Rev. Merrill Lanker retired from Congregational United Church of Christ, Father Andrew Duncan of St. James Catholic Church and Rev. Bill Moore of First United Methodist Church in Casper officiated, with Tony Ramsey and Dunbar Ivy, M.D. as readers. Chad died June 6 in Mazatlan, Mexico, from an accident while he was vacationing following his graduation from high school. He was born Dec. 25, 1981, in Pekin, Ill., to Steven Dale and Beverly Joyce (Murphy) Garls. They lived in Pekin until 1988 when they moved to Douglas, where Chad was educated in Douglas schools. He graduated from Douglas High School May 21. He competed in BMX racing at the local, state and national levels, enjoyed snowboarding, hunting, camping, canoeing and loved music and art. He received awards for drawings from the Wyoming State Fair and Wyoming Art Symposium competitions and had a poem published He received numerous scholarships and was planning to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. His goal was a career in business and communications. Chad is survived by his parents, Steve and Bev Garls of Douglas; maternal grandmother Doshia Cleo Murphy and paternal grandfather Rolan W. Garls, both of Pekin, Ill.; aunts Barbara Joan Dunniway of Pekin, Sue Scott of Marquette Heights, Ill., and Diane Wilson of Pekin; and uncles Edward Murphy Jr. of Green Valley, Ill., Gerald W. Murphy of Fort Wayne, Ind., Daniel Garls of Cincinnati and Kenneth Garls of Pekin. Pallbearers were Richard Schumacker, Jesse Gefroh, Chris Crispell, Ryan Olsen, Jake Jacobs and Ryan Salmon. Memorials to the Chad Garls Memorial Fund, in care of Converse County Bank, Box 689, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

October 4, 2000
Trisha Broadway
Services for Trisha Broadway, 18, of Groom, Texas, were held Sept. 29 in Amarillo, Texas. She was born in Riverton. She graduated from Groom High School where she played basketball and ran track. She was involved in the U.I.L. Speech Club. She worked as a secretary at Lason's in Amarillo and was a member of King Memorial United Methodist church in Whitney, Texas. She is survived by her parents, Ernie and Dedra Blount of Amarillo, and Ronnie and Joe Broadway of Havre, Mont.; four sisters, Kira Broadway of Amarillo, Sarah Broadway of Amarillo, Kayla Blount of White Deer, Texas, and Casey Blount of Joliet, Mont.; two brothers, Chris Blount of Vega, Texas, and Jeremy Blount of Lubbock, Texas; grandparents Barbara and Ron Broadway of Powell, Nick Valdez of Denver, Fran and Lloyd McAllister of Riverton, and Dorothy Blount of Billings; great-grandmother Ellidia Valdez of Douglas; aunts Maria Sierocki and Vicki Valdez Allen of Douglas; and uncles Cisco Valdez and Richard Valdez of Douglas. Memorials to the Groom Ambulance Service, Box 111, Groom, Texas, 79039, would be appreciated by the family.

October 18, 2000
Frederick C. 'Fred' McLaughlin
Funeral liturgy for Frederick C. “Fred” McLaughlin, 33, was held Oct. 14 at St. James Catholic Church in Douglas with Fr. Andrew Duncan as celebrant. Vigil for the deceased was held Oct. 13 at Converse Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Douglas Park Cemetery. Mr. McLaughlin died Oct. 9 in Crawford, Neb., of a sudden illness. He was born June 25, 1967, in Alliance, Neb., the son of Harold Frederick and Marian (Tucker) Meng. He attended kindergarten at Copperas Cove, Texas, and continued his schooling in Lyman and then at Mitchell, Neb. He graduated from Campbell County High School in Gillette in 1985. He attended DeVry Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., and received an associates degree in electronics as well as certification as an electronic technician. He married Patricia Forsell on Aug. 8, 1987, in Gillette. He worked for three years for the city of Gillette, and moved to Douglas on Oct. 4, 1992. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for the past 11 years. Mr. McLaughlin was an adult member of the Girl Scouts of America, serving as camp coordinator and cookie chairman. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He enjoyed snowmobiling, golf, fishing and computers. He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Douglas; two daughters, Tiffany and Cassandra McLaughlin of the family home in Douglas; his parents, Philip and Marian Christophers of Gillette and Douglas; mother and father-in-law, Francis and Carol Forsell of Gillette; four sisters, Regina Jasak of Ludlow, Mass., Gail Bontempo of Salt Lake City, Deette Lee of Magna, Utah, and Michelle Harris of Casper; and three brothers-in-law, Joe Forsell and Jim Forsell of Gillette and John Forsell of Casper. He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandparents; and his paternal grandparents. Serving as pallbearers were Scott Harris, Jim Bobbit, John Bauder, Terry Uttenhove, Jim Lynch, Michael Koetter, Gus Walczyk and Dwight Golder. Honorary pallbearers were all of his family and friends. Memorials to the Fred McLaughlin Memorial Fund, in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

January 17, 2001
Julia Reese Bennett
Memorial services for Julia Reese Bennett, 62, will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. James Catholic Church in Douglas. Father Drew Duncan will officiate. Mrs. Bennett died Jan. 10 in Abaline, Texas, following a heart attack. She was born Nov. 30, 1938, to Luella and Henry Reese in Douglas. She was reared and educated in Douglas and graduated from Douglas High School in 1956. In 1957, she married Tim Cross in Douglas. To this union three children were born. In 1971, she moved to Texas and married Don Bennett. They lived in various parts of the state with the Diamond Back Company. Mrs. Bennett was active in the Boer Goat Cookoff in Lorraine, Texas. She was a member of the Wyoming Outfitters Association. She loved the outdoors, hunting and especially her grandchildren. She was well-known for her rattlesnake jewelry and rattlesnake mounts. She is survived by her husband, Don, of Lorraine, Texas; son George Cross and his wife Lona; daughters Julie Evins and husband Doyle of Douglas, Lea Walker and husband Howard of Douglas; grandchildren Nate and Nicholas Cross, Wendy Walker and Doyle and Daniel Evins, all of Douglas; and sister Norma Lample of Wasilla, Ala. She was preceded in death by her parents. Interment was at Spade Ranch Cemetery in Colorado City, Texas.

April 12, 2000
Shirley Ann Castor
Graveside services and interment for Shirley Ann Castor, 73, will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 at Douglas Park Cemetery with Pastor Dan Hickman of Assembly of God Church officiating. Mrs. Castor died April 10 at Weston County Manor in Newcastle, where she was a resident. She was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Frank and Ruth R. (Roembach) Fero. She is survived by her son Charles H. Castor of Rock Springs; daughter Cheri Mitchell of Spearfish, S.D.; sister Patty Campbell of Sheridan; brother Rex Fero of Layton, Utah; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Castor, and son Craig. Memorials to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

October 18, 2000
Cleo Dale Fetzer
Funeral services for Cleo Dale Fetzer, 82, were held Oct. 17 at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas with Rev. Rodney Saunders of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Douglas Park Cemetery. Mrs. Fetzer died Oct. 12 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was born Jan. 19, 1918, in Delta, Colo. She lived and worked mainly in Sterling, Colo., and in Douglas as a waitress and cook. She married Albert W. Fetzer on Aug. 9, 1971, in Cheyenne. The couple moved to Douglas later that year. She worked at the 50 Flags, Bright's Cafe and the Skelly Big Wheel restaurants. She also volunteered at the Douglas Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed doing puzzles and traveling. Mrs. Fetzer is survived by her husband Albert of Douglas; three children, John and wife Pauline Michael of Arvada, Colo., Carolyn Clinton of Yerington, Nev., and Marella and husband Jack Smith of Douglas; a brother, Charles V. Owens of Sterling, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Donald Dale Michael; and a grandson, Rex Rhamy. Serving as pallbearers were Brace Rhamy, Chris Rhamy, Travis Rhamy, Gale Rhamy, Wayne Rhamy and Jack Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Lane Day, Ben Ramos and Phil Molendor. Memorials to the Cleo D. Fetzer Memorial Fund in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of arrangements.

January 10, 2001
Ollie Sterling Wells
No local services were held for Ollie Sterling Wells, 85, who died Jan. 4 at Casper. He was born March 25, 1915, in Sargent, Neb., to Ora Edwin and Gertie Olive Doty Wells. He grew up on farms in Nebraska and South Dakota, working with his family. He moved to the Pavilion area with his family in the 1930s. In 1942, he married Leona Ruth Eisenach in Lincoln, Neb. Soon after, he was drafted into the Army and served overseas in Italy. He drove ammunition trucks there until the war ended. Mr. Wells went to work for Sinclair Oil and Gas in 1945 at Muskrat, a place only old-timers could remember. He worked at Sand Draw until 1960 when he transferred to Gillette and worked for Atlantic Richfield until his retirement in 1980. In 1985, the family moved back to Riverton. He moved to Douglas last year. After retirement, Mr. Wells worked with his brother Lyle recycling oil field products. He also collected and restored old wagons and sheep wagons until his health required his complete retirement. He loved camping, fishing and hunting in the Wind River Valley and mountains. He was always willing to help anyone who needed assistance. Mr. Wells is survived by his brother, Lyle Wells of Riverton; sisters Cora Thompson of Casper, Zora Kirby of Clarkson, Wash., and Lourena Kirby of Thermopolis; children Patricia Ann Adkison of Douglas, Donna Jean Berg of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, and Ollie Edwin Wells of Thornton, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leona; brothers Wayne and Gerald; sister Eunice; and great-grandson Caleb Adkison.

January 12, 2000
Clara Esther Fulton
Funeral services for Clara Esther Fulton, 82, were Jan. 11 at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas. The Rev. Martin Strom of Congregational United Church of Christ officiated. Interment was at Douglas Park Cemetery. Mrs. Fulton died Jan. 7 at her home in Douglas after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 9, 1917, near Edgemont, S.D., to Jesse M. and Lenore E. (Wickersham) Johnson. She was reared and educated in Edgemont and graduated from Edgemont High School in 1935. She married Stuart T. Fulton on Sept. 28, 1935 in Edgemont at the Congregational Parsonage. They resided in Osage for a year, moving to Edgemont, then later to Shawnee, and in 1941 to Douglas. They made their living in the building trade, raising their family and building Fulton Construction Company with Clara doing the bookkeeping. They sold the business and moved to California in 1960. They resided in several California towns including Solvang, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Torrance and retired to Yosemite Lakes Park. Mrs. Fulton kept books for a furniture manufacturer as well as on various rental properties they owned. In 1992 they returned to Douglas, renewing old friendships and making new ones. Mrs. Fulton was active in the community, supporting activities her children were involved in, such as scouting, 4-H, etc. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Past Noble Grands, Garden Club, homemakers, Congregational Women's Circle, Ladies of the Lake – serving in various offices and on several community boards. Mrs. Fulton loved people and was easily loved by all who met her. She is survived by her husband Stuart Fulton of Douglas; children Barbara and husband Arthur Taylor of Nipomo, Calif., Janet and husband Norman Negrete of Douglas, and Richard and wife Ruth Fulton of Douglas; siblings Agnes and husband Bill Davis of Willard, Utah, Joyce Reynolds of Gerber, Calif., Merele Johnson of Hot Springs, S.D., brother-in-law Bob Corbett of Ketchikan, Alaska; eight grandchildren, David Taylor, DeeAnn Brazil, Brent Negret, Joni Breaux, Debora Fulton, Michael Fulton, Steven Fulton and Susan Foley; and 17 great-grandchildren, Justin and Kristi Brazil, Greg Negrete, Joli and Natalie Breaux, Emily, Laura, Brian and Jeremy Fulton, Jessica and Nicholas Fulton, and Spencer, Erin, Christopher, Nathanial, Meriah and Tessa Fulton. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Elnore Corbett; brother Howard Johnson; and an infant sister. Serving as pallbearers were Earl Shatto, Stan Lundberg, Cody Harnden, Darrel Butts, Michael Fulton and Steven Fulton. A memorial to the Converse County Hospice program in care of the Converse Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box X, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of arrangements.

February 23, 2000
Mabel Edna Ballard Dixon
Services for Mabel Edna Ballard Dixon, 93, will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Douglas Park Cemetery. Mrs. Dixon died Feb. 4 from a massive stroke. She was born March 15, 1907, in Decatur County, Kan., to pioneer ranching parents Daniel W. (D.W.) and Mary Elizabeth Markle Ballard. The family moved to Douglas when Mabel was a young girl. She was reared and educated in Douglas and graduated from Douglas High School. She married William Sherman Dixon in June 1926. Mr. Dixon died in 1962. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Melvin, Emmett, Carroll and Daniel Otis; and twin great-granddaughters Alyssa and Jessica Ball. She is survived by a daughter, Lois Dixon Moore and son-in-law Robert of Grand Ronde, Ore.; sons and daughters-in-law William M. and Sue Dixon Sr. of Wyoming, Gene and Sydney Dixon of South Carolina and Robert and Patricia Dixon of Wyoming; granddaughters Orrelle Moore Dennis, Bobbi Moore Swindle, Elena Moore Johnson, Lori Dixon Kalon, Beverly Dixon Black, Jody Dixon Ball, Kay Ann Dixon Crandy and Tracy Dixon Edmiston; grandsons Steven Dixon, Wayne Dixon, Michael Dixon, James Dixon, Dustin Dixon and William M. Dixon Jr.; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Anna Ballard; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins. Bollman Funeral Home of Dallas, Ore., is in charge of arrangements.

June 7, 2000
Raymond C. Jones
No local services were held for Raymond C. Jones, 79, of Moorcroft. He died June 2 at his home following a battle with cancer. Mr. Jones was born April 9, 1921, at Fort Towson, Okla., to Charlie W. and Inez Lillian (Floyd) Jones. He moved with his family to Texas in a covered wagon at a young age. When he was 15 years old, he joined a Conservation Corps camp at Estes Park, Colo. He entered the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Mr. Jones married Janie Sue Alford on Nov. 18, 1955, at Hugo, Okla. They lived at various locations while he worked as a driller in the oil fields. The couple moved to Moorcroft in 1969. He retired in 1983. Mr. Jones was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He enjoyed camping and fishing during his younger years. He loved to play bingo and garden and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors. He is survived by his children, Shirley Duncan of Denver, Patsy Pollat of Aladdin and Danny Jones and Rebecca Blakeman of Moorcroft; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers Lee Jones and Tom Jones of Arkansas, Clifford Jones of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Bill Jones of Winnsboro, Texas; and sisters Ophelia Hood of Talco, Texas, and Charlene “Sis” Wesson of Winnsboro. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie, on June 22, 1995; son Clifford Claude Jones; granddaughter Heather Blakeman; great-grandson Justin Jones; and his parents. A memorial has been established to benefit the VFW in Moorcroft, and donations may be sent in care of Wilson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 734, Gillette 82717.

September 20, 2000
J. Emmett Carver
Funeral services for J. Emmett Carver, 97, were held Sept. 16 at Sun City, Ariz. He died Sept. 13 at Salt Lake City. Mr. Carver was born July 12, 1903, in Crocker, Mo. He was reared and educated in Missouri and graduated from Highland University in 1928. In 1930 he moved to Douglas and taught school until 1936. He owned the Standard Service Station and, later, the Kandy Koop. He was a postal carrier and clerk for 24 years until his retirement in 1970, when he moved to Sun City. He moved to Salt Lake City in 1996 and lived there until the time of his death. He married Lillian Russell on July 16, 1931. They were married 52 years at the time of her death in 1983. Mr. Carver enjoyed playing golf, baseball and chess. He and his wife enjoyed the great outdoors, and he climbed Laramie Peak when he was 64 years old. He loved doing yard work and prided himself all his life on his well-kept yards. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Sun City and a Mason in good standing at Ashlar Lodge #10 A.F. & A.M. in Douglas since Jan. 5, 1955. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; grandson Brett Carothers; parents Willis and Minerva; sisters Lena, Edna, Peg, Francis, Marie and Beatrice; and brothers Scott, Bill and Stewart. He is survived by daughters Beverly Carver of Phoenix and Judy Martin of Salt Lake City; brother Diz Carver of Crocker, Mo.; grandchildren Brad Carothers of San Jose, Calif., Brenda Carson of Glendale, Ariz., Natalie Jeffery of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jamie Pergeau of Phoenix; and great-grandchildren Brynt and Kyle Carson and J.T., Court and Alyvia Jeffery. Honorary pallbearers were Brad Carothers, Anthony Carson, Diz Carver, Kim Carver, Cliff Hanson, John Jeffrey, Larry Martin, Jamie Pergeau and Bud Turner. Memorials to the American Cancer Society in care of Converse County Bank would be appreciated by the family.

October 18, 2000
Erwin Gene 'Pat' Pavlacky
Erwin Gene “Pat” Pavlacky, the son of Nora and August Pavlacky born in Lusk on Nov. 1, 1929, died Oct. 13. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ardith L. Pavlacky, six children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. Mr. Pavlacky left Wyoming when he was 14 to see the world. He joined the Air Force when he was 17 and served in England from about 1946-49. After getting out of the service, he traveled all over the U.S. doing all kinds of jobs, trying to find his niche in life. He was a jack of all trades and master of none. In 1953, he met Ardith through her two sons. They got married and moved around until moving back to Wyoming. His dream was to have a small farm in Wyoming, so he and the family moved back to the Casper area. But his dream was not yet to be realized. Jobs were pretty scarce at the time, so he took work where he could find it, which meant more traveling and moving. They ended up in Big Piney where they lived for about 10 years. He worked for a company which transferred him to Idaho where they lived for 10 years before being transferred to Oregon. They bought a house on two acres in Eagle Creek, Ore., and had cows, sheep and chickens. He got a taste of his dream until he retired from the Williams Corporation in 1988. He and Ardith moved to Orin Junction where they lived until 1994, when they decided to buy land in Shawnee. They had a few chickens, tended a garden, fed the wild deer and greeted the sunrise every morning. He always said that he loved Wyoming for its wide open spaces, blue skies and sunshine. He was born in Wyoming and wanted to die in Wyoming. He finally attained his dream. Mr. Pavlacky was one of the most patient, kindest, warmest-hearted people known. He was a good father and teacher. He was an animal lover and a great musician and shared that love with his family. When he left the world, he didn't leave alone. He took part of all his family and Wyoming with him when God called him home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home in Lusk with Pastor Tom Strock officiating.

January 10, 2001
Eric Christopher Routon
Eric Christopher Routon, 29, died Dec. 8. From age 9 until his death, he lived at the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley, Okla. Eric was a special child who charmed people with his laugh and the gleam in his eyes. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him. Eric is survived by his father, George Routon of Broken Arrow, Okla.; mother and stepfather Robbie and Ernest Orrell of Glenrock; brother and sister-in-law Wayde and Helen Routon and their sons Bryan, Mike and Mark of Redmond, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law Pamela and Jeff Hamar of Castle Rock, Colo.; and grandmother Thelma Wilkinson of Oklahoma City, Okla. Eric was also blessed with a host of loving aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and their families. The family is grateful to those at the Pauls Valley Center who chose to be close to Eric. Your love and caring will always be remembered. Our love and thanks also go to all the giving volunteers who worked with Eric as a child. Your tireless efforts have special meaning to us. As a family, we feel that Eric touched in return all who reached out to touch him. Funeral services were held Dec. 13 in the Guardian Midtown Chapel, with burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Donations to the Cerebral Palsy Institute, 2200 S. Jasmine Street, Denver 80222, would be greatly appreciated by the family.

December 11, 2001
Melvin Lee Reeves
Funeral services for Melvin Lee Reeves, 53, will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at First United Methodist Church in Douglas with Rev. Rodney Saunders officiating and with military honors by Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8. Mr. Reeves died Dec. 1 at his home in Douglas. He was born May 21, 1948, in Lander to Cecil Ardis and Vera Mae (Williamson) Reeves. The family moved to Douglas in 1948, where he was reared and educated, graduating from Douglas High School in 1966. He joined the Navy May 20, 1968, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged March 8, 1972, as an E-4. He received the National Defense Service Medal. He married Denise Pauline Krill on March 16, 1981, in Douglas. He worked with Exxon in 1972, for 20 years at Interline Resources as a maintenance foreman and plant manager, and the past seven years for Mark Hollis as a mechanic. Mr. Reeves was an avid bowler and enjoyed drag racing and car sports. He was a member of Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8. He was a loving and kind person to his family and friends. Mr. Reeves is survived by his wife Denise of Douglas; son Ken Reeves of Douglas; brothers Doug Reeves and wife Sharon of Denver and Keith Reeves and wife Delores of Gillette; sister Glennita Speerschneider and husband Roger of Valrico, Fla.; sister-in-law Debra Miles and husband Dave of Hollister, Calif.; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Reeves on May 7, 1956, and Vera Reeves on Feb. 26, 1983; and one brother, Pete Reeves. Pallbearers will be Doug Reeves, Ken Reeves, Shad Reeves, Randy Reeves, Pat Peak and Dave Haldeman. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Reeves, Dave Miles and John Marshall. Memorials to the Melvin Lee Reeves Memorial for Cancer Research in care of Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas, P.O. Box X, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.

December 11, 2001
Mary Jane Carson
Memorial services for Mary Jane Carson, 63, will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas. Mrs. Carson died Dec. 1 in Casper following an extended illness. She was born in Dowagiac, Mich., April 23, 1938, to Joseph and Alice DeCock. The family moved to Harlowton, Mont., in 1939 and in 1945 moved to a ranch out of Melville, Mont., where Mary grew up. She attended grade school in Melville and graduated from Sweetgrass County High School in Big Timber, Mont. She earned her beautician license in Billings. She married Dale Carson of Bill in 1961. They lived on Dale's family ranch where she was a faithful right hand to her husband and the bookkeeper for the ranching operations. Although they had no children, her knack for nurturing was increased as she had many pets, including bum lambs, cats, dogs and even some cottontail rabbits. Her favorite hobby for may years was doing plastic canvas projects, which she shared with many friends and loved ones. Mrs. Carson is survived by her mother, Alice DeCock of Melville; husband Dale Carson of Bill; brothers Robert and John and wife Linda, all of Melville; and niece and nephews Dean DeCock and Sara DeCock of Bozeman and Greg Phillips Hild of Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph DeCock. Memorials to the Douglas Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 192, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family. Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of arrangements.

December 11, 2001
Timothy C. Lesco
Timothy C. Lesco, 52, of Cheyenne died Nov. 27 at Cheyenne Healthcare Center. Cremation has taken place. Mr. Lesco lived in Douglas during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was born Nov. 30, 1949, in Arkansas City, Kan. His family moved to Oklahoma and then to Wyoming when he was 3. He graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1966. Mr. Lesco served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era and was stationed in Thailand. He was a meat cutter for Safeway food stores in Douglas, Cheyenne and Colorado Springs for 30 years. Mr. Lesco is survived by sons Michael Lesco and James Lesco of Colorado Springs, William Lesco of Anchorage, Alaska, and Shane Lane of Colorado Springs; daughters Bambi Morton of Shepherd, Mont., and Nikole "Nikki" Hazen of Alexandria, Va.; parents Don and Lillie Lesco of Cheyenne; brother Don Lesco Jr. of Anchorage; and eight grandchildren. Memorial services were held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes in Cheyenne. Friends may contribute to United Medical Center Hospice, 2600 E. 18th Street, Cheyenne, 82001.

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