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  • Mark Louis Huseby

    May 16, 2024

    Mark Louis Huseby, 65, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on May 6, 2024. He was born December 25, 1958, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Eric and Jeannie Huseby. Mark attended country school on the Huseby Ranch from kindergarten through 2nd grade. He would go out at recess and milk the family cow "Ginger" for a quick cup of milk. Mark then attended Hulett School, where he graduated. While in high school, he met a lovely young lady, Terry Ridinger. The two married on January 2, 1976 and planted...

  • James Edward Blakeman

    May 16, 2024

    James Edward Blakeman, 73, Sturgis, South Dakota, passed away at his home on April 27, 2024. Jim was born in Vancouver, Washington, on June 6, 1950. As a child, he moved with his family to Moorcroft, Wyoming and then to Spearfish, South Dakota, for a short while before re-locating to Sturgis, where he lived the remainder of his life. Jim joined the Army in 1968 and returned to Sturgis after. He was married to Deborah Heupel from 1979 until he was widowed in 2018. In his younger years, he worked...

  • Torrey Tope

    May 2, 2024

    Torrey Tope, 34 of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed away on April 22, 2024. Torrey Lavern Tope was born in Belle Fourche on March 20, 1990, to Jay and Wilma (Allen) Tope. He attended grade school at Billup School in Otter, Montana and Four Oaks in Crook County, Wyoming. He then finished his education being homeschooled with his siblings. Torrey graduated in 2008. He worked on the family ranches and eventually started his own scrap business in Belle Fourche, which he currently operated....

  • Edward William Gantz Jr.

    Apr 4, 2024

    Edward William Gantz Jr., 84, of Alva, Wyoming, passed away peacefully with his family beside him on March 31, 2024. Ed was born on October 22, 1939, to Edward Gantz Sr. and Margaret (Sipe) Gantz. He grew up on the family ranch where he lived until the time of his death. He attended his primary school years at Belle Country School that was located on the family ranch. Later he attended school in Hulett, graduating in 1957. In the summer of 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna...

  • Rolland "Butch" Helkenn

    Apr 4, 2024

    Rolland “Butch” Helkenn, 86, of Sundance, Wyoming entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2024. Butch was born on January 14, 1938, in Clark, South Dakota to Edward and LaVerne (Kruthoff) Helkenn. He grew up with four brothers, one sister and one uncle on the home place located in Fordham Township. He attended Fordham Elementary and Logan High School, where he met his wife, Betty Marie Carter. They married on October 11, 1956 and shortly thereafter moved to their own...

  • Sharon Lynn Hacker

    Mar 28, 2024

    Sharon Lynn Hacker, 85, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away at the Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. Sharon Lynn Hacker was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world on March 23, 2024, after a brief illness. Sharon was born to Keith and Ruth Likens on August 11, 1938. She was the oldest of four siblings- Sharon, Phil, Jack and Mary (Susie). Sharon married her husband James in 1970. They spent years in Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska before...

  • Kevin Buckmiller

    Mar 28, 2024

    Kevin Buckmiller passed away unexpectedly at his home in Moorcroft, Wyoming on March 19, 2024. He was 64 years old. Kevin was born September 30, 1959 in Newcastle, Wyoming to Herbert and Irene (Ames) Buckmiller. He was the second of four children. He attended school in Moorcroft and grew up on the family ranch outside of town. Kevin began a lifelong career and a love for trucks at an early age when he went to work for Kummerfeld Construction. At that time, he was married to Cathi Hoff and to...

  • Charlotte Betts

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charlotte Betts, 79, passed away on March 6, 2024, at Rolling Hills Healthcare in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She was born on December 28, 1944, to Cecil and Louise Dandridge in Seattle, Washington. She spent her childhood in Lead, South Dakota, and then Spearfish Canyon. She graduated from Lead High School as a very proud member of the class of 1962. She moved to California, where she lived the next four years, briefly marrying Bob Bender and giving birth to her first child, Cherie, in San...

  • Katherin Dunlap

    Feb 29, 2024

    Katherin Dunlap passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Primrose Retirement Community in Gillette, Wyoming. She was 94 years old. Kathie was born Katherin Virginia Sehn to Fred and Rose (Oliver) Sehn in Moorcroft, Wyoming, on June 25, 1929. She was the oldest of three children. Katerin attended school in Moorcroft and graduated in 1948. She attended college in Spearfish, South Dakota, earning her degree there. Katherin met and married Larry Dunlap in July of 1952. They resided in Casper,...

  • Allen F. Ketterling

    Feb 22, 2024

    Allen F. Ketterling, "Hoss", was born June 2, 1934, to Sam and Mattie Ketterling in Ekle, Colorado. Due to his mother's health, he was raised by his grandparents, Bert and Vinnie Starling. He passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the age of 89. On June 5, 1955, he married Jane Harling and two children were born to this union, Terry and Debra. They later divorced. In 1960, Al built a pipe laying machine that was used in oil fields where he was foreman at that time. In 1986,...

  • Donna Mae Waugh

    Feb 15, 2024

    Donna Mae Waugh entered the gates of Heaven on February 3, 2024 at the age of 89. She was born November 8, 1934, the eldest of four children born to Fred W. and Hilda F. Tschetter at Aladdin, Wyoming. As a child the family moved frequently, finally settling in Sundance, Wyoming where Donna attended school in "Old Stoney", graduating valedictorian of her class in 1952. She then attended Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota. After graduating, she taught at Lame Jones...

  • Tracy R. (Thompson) Wilson

    Feb 15, 2024

    Tracy Renee Wilson passed away January 9, 2024, after a short battle with cancer. Tracy was born September 8, 1964, to Robert and Charlotte Holyoak in Sundance, Wyoming. Tracy was the second of four children and was raised in Moorcroft, Wyoming. She later started her own family with two beautiful children, Amanda and Derrick. Marriage later took her family to Oregon where she started a long-time career at Hewlett Packard, where she worked 26+ years until her passing. Tracy had two...

  • Terry Elvina Helmer

    Feb 8, 2024

    Terry Elvina Helmer, 68, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming. Terry Elvina Helmer came into this world on September 23, 1955, to parents Vern and Elsie Helmer. As the youngest of four children in the Helmer household, Terry became quick friends with every animal she met. It was not much of a surprise when Terry would bottle-feed raccoons and ride the family cow. Terry started her family when...

  • Harvey Harold Bauder

    Feb 8, 2024

    Harvey Harold Bauder, 90, of McLaughlin, South Dakota, passed away on Thursday January 25, 2024. Harvey was born on December 8, 1933, making him the second youngest of 13 children to Jacob and Caroline (Mertz) Bauder. He was born and raised in McLaughlin, where he resided for most of his life, except for his time in the service. In 1954, Harvey enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Korean Conflict where he was an elevation setter (because he was too small to handle the shell...

  • Dick William Graham

    Jan 18, 2024

    Dick William Graham went to be with his Lord and Savior, on January 9, 2024, after a courageous fight against AML. Dick was born April 4, 1948, or as he would say 4-4-48, to Joe and Eunice (Prell) Graham and welcomed home to the ranch by his big brother, Joe, known by everyone else as Dave. He attended country school until the sixth grade and then he continued his education in Moorcroft, Wyoming. Dick was an athlete competing in football, basketball and track. During his time as an athlete, he...

  • Carl Edward Shepherd

    Jan 11, 2024

    Carl Edward Shepherd, who most knew as "Ed", went peacefully to his eternal home on the 1st of January 2024, with the love of his life by his side. Born February 5, 1951, in Pine Mountain, Kentucky, to Elva (Gilliam) and Carl Shepherd, one of six children. In 1968, Ed moved to Moorcroft, Wyoming, pursuing a career in the oilfield. Not only did this move create a lifetime of great opportunity, but it was also here found the love of his life. June 1969, in a small-town cafe and a glimpse of an eye...

  • Dianne Marie Wenande

    Jan 11, 2024

    Beloved wife, mother and cowgirl. Dianne was born in Gillette, Wyoming on June 28, 1952 to Bob and Bonnie Wenande. She was raised on the family ranch north of Gillette. She attended country school and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1970. Her love of rodeo began at the Little Levi rodeos and continued into the NRCA Rodeo Association. She loved her horses and enjoyed her time training them. She and her husband, Ron enjoyed splitting their time between their homes in Sundance,...

  • James Vernon Royer

    Jan 4, 2024

    James Vernon Royer was born June 11, 1962 to Gary and Ruth Royer in Pierre, South Dakota. He spent most of his young life on a ranch being a typical young boy raising mischief. As he grew, he learned the ranch life and helped his father work cows. Jim learned how to drive tractors and trucks and used that knowledge to wrangle cattle and occasionally bring in small calves in the truck bed. In 1977, Gary and his family moved to Sundance, Wyoming. James continued his ranch work there and even got...

  • Edwin Sisson

    Jan 4, 2024

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Edwin Sisson on December 29, 2023 at Weston Country Hospital in Newcastle, Wyoming. He fought a short but courageous battle with cancer. Born on September 6, 1935 in Stanley, Iowa to Ancil and Ona (Hefner) Sisson, he was the youngest of three siblings. Edwin attended schools in Iowa, Minneapolis and Wyoming before graduating from Moorcroft High School in 1954. On September 20, 1959 he married his beloved Carol Lee Kummerfeld. Together they...

  • Chuck Graf

    Dec 28, 2023

    Chuck Graf was born and raised in Onaga, Kansas to parents Ellen and Ted Graf. He grew up with two older brothers, Jerry and Larry, plus many cousins, second cousins and even a double cousin, Daryl Graf. Chuck graduated from Onaga High School in 1969 and went on to NCK in Beloit, Kansas, where he graduated in welding, working for several companies before running his family's bar and grill, aka: "Ted's Grill." His first love was always hunting since his childhood; be it deer, quail, coyotes,...

  • Ellen Griffis

    Dec 21, 2023

    Funeral services for longtime Hulett, Wyoming, resident Ellen Griffis will be held December 22, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Greater Hulett Community Center. Pastor Wayne Wilson of Newcastle, Wyoming will be officiant. Mary Ellen (Morris) Griffis left this world peacefully on December 12, 2023, at the age of 82. She was born to Glenn and Edna Morris on November 8, 1941. Ellen was the youngest of six kids. She graduated from Hulett High School in 1960. Ellen married Gene Griffis on November 25, 1960...

  • Patsy Ann Jensen

    Dec 7, 2023

    Patsy Ann Jensen, age 86 was called home to the Lord on November 27, 2023. Patsy was born on November 24, 1937, in Garrison, North Dakota to Fred and Hilda Tschetter. She is survived by her siblings sister Donna Waugh, brother Fred D. Tschetter and sister Peggy (Gary) Jensen. Patsy graduated from Sundance High School as the class Salutatorian on May 18, 1955. Patsy was very involved within her high school. She was a Sundance Cheerleader, involved in the Pep Club, FHA President, Class Vice...

  • Robert "Bob" Lee Plemmons

    Dec 7, 2023

    Robert "Bob" Lee Plemmons went to be with the Lord on November 17, 2023, in Clemmons, North Carolina. Bob was born in Gillette, Wyoming on March 20, 1956, to Harold and Mary (Sohl) Plemmons. He graduated from Moorcroft High School and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University. Bob had a generous and caring heart full of joy and good humor. He loved entertaining people and bringing joy into the lives of others. This passion led him to becoming an Activity Coordinator...

  • Roderick "Rod" Thornton

    Dec 7, 2023

    Some things are worse than death which means not all deaths may be as tragic as another. There is still the grief of losing a loved one but knowing that they are finally free of misery helps in accepting the loss. At the Billings Clinic Hospital, on November 29, 2023, at the age of 84, Roderick Raymond Thornton was released from a life that had all but ended a few months earlier due to complications resulting from Myasthenia Gravis. Born on June 14, 1939 in Houlton, Maine to Raymond Thornton...

  • Billie Jo Bauman

    Dec 7, 2023

    Billie Jo was born in Casper, Wyoming, on July 10, 1970. Billie Jo succumbed to pancreatic cancer. She fought a great fight. She moved to Rapid City to finish her life with her pride and joy, her son, Cody Bauman. She often stated she found her happy place. I believe it was divine providence that she died on her gramma, Billie’s birthdate. Billie Jo Bauman, 53, of Rapid City, South Dakota, died Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Monument Health Hospice House. She is survived by her son, Cody of Rapid City; her mom, Teresa and stepdad, Joe S...

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