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  • Edward William Gantz Jr.

    Apr 11, 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 Stinson. Together they raised six children. He spent... Full story

  • Rolland "Butch" Helkenn

    Apr 11, 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 family farm located one mile east and one mile sou... Full story

  • Betty Wilson

    Mar 14, 2024

    Betty Wilson, 91 of Hulett, Wyoming passed away on March 5, 2024 at Crook County Hospital, surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty was born on May 29, 1932, in Atwood Indiana to Wesley and Ethel Orcutt. She grew up on a farm outside of Atwood, Indiana with her sisters, Helen and Genevieve and her brothers, Bob and Albert. Betty was the baby of the family and had many stories of life on the farm, especially of Albert and her adventures with him. When her sister, Helen, married Jerry Jervis, a Baptist Minister, t... Full story

  • Winifred Darlene Bush

    Feb 29, 2024

    Winnifred Darlene Bush, age 90 years young and a life long resident of Wyoming, passed away peacefully in her sleep, and went to see her Lord on the morning of January 16, 2024. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Winifred, or Winnie as people called her, was born in a small cabin up Whitetail Creek to George Malvin and Edith Lorene (Williams) Watts on June 13, 1933. She grew up with one brother George Jr. and three sisters, Nellie, Mae and Linda. Winnie was enrolled at the Russell School up... Full story

  • Lloyd Charles Park

    Feb 29, 2024

    Lloyd Charles Park arrived with a bang on the July 3, 2023 to the parents of Brian Park and Lesley Raber-Park of Alzada, Montana. The world wasn't ready for the little firecracker Baby Lloyd Charles was. He was often known as Squishy, Lil LC but mostly known as Smushy. Smushy was a fighter. He spent a lot of time at the Children's Hospital overcoming all his medical battles. Including the discovery that he had very rare syndrome associated with Xia-Gibbs. When Baby Lloyd came home, he continued to thrive. He grew into a chunky, happy, healthy b... Full story

  • 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 country school. During this time, she met a local boy... Full story

  • Ronald Gale Rounds

    Feb 15, 2024

    Ronald Gale Rounds, 86, of Creede, Colorado passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024, at Sundance Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was a beloved father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ron was born on May 7, 1937, in Sturgis, South Dakota to Phillip and Ollie Rounds. He was one of four children. Ron attended high school in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, graduating on May 22, 1956. While living and working at a repair shop in Belle Fourche, Ron married Flora May Westland in April 1957. Of this marr... Full story

  • 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 grandchildren, Kaden and Logan Heeter. She always had pictures... Full story

  • Winifred "Winnie" Darlene Bush

    Jan 25, 2024

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our sweet mother, Winifred “Winnie” Darlene Bush. She passed peacefully on the morning of January 16, 2024. She was 90 years old and lived in the Hulett area most of her life. She left behind a huge family and many friends. We will have a celebration of her life on June 15, 2024, at the Hulett Civic Center. We hope you will be able to be there.... Full story

  • 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 received many awards and accomplishments. He was... Full story

  • Randall Jay Harvey

    Jan 11, 2024

    Randall Jay Harvey, 63, of Hulett, Wyoming, took his eternal ride on December 26, 2023. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully at his home. He was known to most as Harv. Harv was born to Ralph and Dorothy (Bebensee) Harvey on March 21, 1960, in Brookings, South Dakota. His childhood was spent thinking up adventures on a farm just west of Aurora, South Dakota. At the age of 18, he began his life's adventure when he left Brookings and moved to Lead, South Dakota where he worked at the Homestake Mine. From there he continued to New Mexico, Texas, W... Full story

  • James Vernon Royer

    Jan 11, 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 his own ranch dog, Sadie. Sadie went everywhere... Full story

  • 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, rabbits or frogs, you name it! In his late 20s, hi... Full story

  • 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 and they spent 63 wonderful years loving, annoying...

  • 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 President, on the Student Council, Member of National... Full story

  • Phillis Goodman

    Dec 7, 2023

    Phillis Goodman, 81, of Story, Wyoming, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at her home with her loving family at her side. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home. Following the service interment will take place at Quiet Rest Cemetery in Story. A reception will then take place at the Story Women’s Club. If you cannot attend, please join the family via ZOOM. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87064673278?pwd=4ocNq74jbYAAjFGu25bQ9JMsBXRfrp.1 Passcode: 103436 Online condolences may be w... Full story

  • Albert Dwayne Ridgway, Jr.

    Nov 16, 2023

    Albert Dwayne Ridgway, Jr. 74, of Aladdin, Wyoming, passed away November 11, 2023, in Rapid City, South Dakota, following a brief illness. Al was born in Wagner, South Dakota, to Albert Sr., and Pearl (Bradley) Ridgway and was the youngest of seven children. On that hot August day, the only member of the family to be born in a hospital. His siblings fondly remember walking into the hospital to meet their baby brother. As a young child, Jr. lived on a farm near Marty, South Dakota. He attended Ree Country School until the eighth grade. His... Full story

  • Jami Marie Brown

    Nov 9, 2023

    Jami Marie Brown, age 40, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away quietly October 27 at the Monument Health hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, after a long and hard-fought battle with renal failure. Jami was born in Fallon, Nevada, on November 16, 1982, to Kelly and Paula Brown. She grew up in Hulett, Wyoming and graduated from Hulett High School. She enjoyed rodeo and working with horses. She loved helping on the ranch and doing ranch work for other people. Jami was always ready to help anyone who needed a hand up. She was passionate about workin... Full story

  • Carter Nielson Stephens

    Nov 2, 2023

    Carter Nielson Stephens, or "Niel" as he was known to most, passed away on October 22, 2023, at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming at the age of 88. Niel was born on November 9, 1934 in Spearfish, South Dakota to L.D. and AnnaBelle (Nielsen) Stephens. He was raised with his younger brother, Pete, in Alva, Wyoming. Their mother taught at various rural schools, so that is where Niel got his early education. He went on to graduate from Hulett High School. In 1957, he was drafted into the Army. When his service ended in 1959, he ga... Full story

  • Loren Christensen

    Nov 2, 2023

    Loren Christensen, 75 of Spearfish, South Dakota, was born on December 27, 1947, in Deadwood, South Dakota and passed away on October 25, 2023. He attended grade school in Buffalo and White River, South Dakota. His sophomore year, his family moved to Spearfish to take over the family ranch. While in high school he was active in choir, football, basketball and plays. On December 28, 1967, he married Claudia Conklin, his high school sweetheart and love of his life. They were married 56 years and blessed with two children, Jason and Michelle. He a... Full story

  • Don Wilbur

    Nov 2, 2023

    Don Wilbur, age 42 of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Thursday, October 26, 2023 from injuries sustained in a tragic single vehicle accident near Sundance, Wyoming. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche, with Kim Bachman officiating. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Inurnment will take place 10 a.m. Monday, November 6, at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche. Memorials are preferred in lieu... Full story

  • Allison Leigh Bush-Forsberg

    Oct 19, 2023

    Allison Leigh Bush-Forsberg passed on October, Friday the 13th – a witchy day for a witchy woman. She left us at the age of 50 due to complications with cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones. Born September 18, 1973 in Casper, Wyoming. Allison was a skilled artist, a supportive mother, a compassionate sister, a loving wife, a dedicated daughter and an adoring friend. While raising her daughter, Raena, Allison achieved a masters degree in art – following a creative passion she had felt all her life. In 2009, Allison and her husband, Gar... Full story

  • Thomas Wayne Symonds

    Oct 19, 2023

    Thomas Wayne Symonds was born to Harry and Genevieve Belhuemer Symonds on December 22, 1940, in a little one room white house on the creek in Whitewood, South Dakota, the youngest of seven children. The family later moved to Sturgis when Tom was a very small child. He attended school in Sturgis and throughout his teenage years he worked for Frances Haley and on Pete Quick's dairy. In 1957, he went to work for Clinton Hoffmann at Alzada, Montana. Tom rode saddle broncs and it was at Gene Brimmers' Alzada Rodeo that he met his future wife, Peggy... Full story

  • Beverly Watts

    Oct 5, 2023

    Beverly "Bev" Watts, born on February 8, 1958, left this world on September 25, 2023 after a courageous and valiant battle with multiple sclerosis. Bev was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend who touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her. On May 18, 1979, she embarked on a journey of love and commitment when she married Rene Watts. Their union was blessed with two wonderful sons, Justin and Tyler, who would become the pride and joy of her life. In the summer of 1976, Bev embarked on a long and fulfilling career... Full story

  • Jimmy Dale Schlosser

    Oct 5, 2023

    Jimmy Dale Schlosser was born to Jim C. and Katherine (Kari) Schlosser on August 30, 1959, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. His father was so excited to have a son that Jimmy's sister, Treva, who was only 28 months old at the time, remembers her dad running in, smiling and yelling, "Mama had a great big boy!" He was delighted he had a son. Jim grew up in Belle Fourche and learned invaluable lessons about life while working with his dad building the family trucking business. As a boy, still too young to drive, he could change a tire faster than... Full story

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