Obituaries: Shanks, Wuertley, Lewis – Casper, WY Oil City News

Jeremy Dean “Shanks” Shanks: 1984-2022

Jeremy “Shanks” Dean Shanks, 37, died unexpectedly on January 3, 2022 at his residence. He was born on October 19, 1984 in Columbus Ohio at OSU Hospital to Kenda (Shanks) Osborn.

Shanks graduated from Belpre High School, born in 2002. After graduating, he briefly studied at Columbus State Community College before moving to Casper, WY in 2006. Known for his flair as a bartender and direction driller for full rod construction, no one can forget his professional cornhole board making skills. He was the nicest man who always helped others and was always there when someone needed help. His annual shanksgiving brought many of his best friends together and left lasting memories.

Shanks was an avid Buckeyes fan, and could always be found in some basketball shorts that watched football all season; if it wasn’t football season, it wouldn’t be surprising to know that Jeremy was enjoying his day-long naps when he watched the ID channel. Shanks loved old cars and went to auto shows, collected baseball cards, drove boats on the lake, snowmobiles, house projects and would rarely be seen without a fair amount of grizzly tobacco in his back pocket.

Jeremy Dean Shanks was continued in the death by Judith Irene “G-Funk” and Kenneth Eugene “Grandpa” Shanks. In addition to his 1967 Oldsmobile 442, his dogs (“G” and “Jax”), a brother, Kendrick Osborn (traveling with a niece / nephew), mother, Kenda Osborn, many uncles, aunts, cousins, and a big one survived (non-bloody) family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

A shanksgiving celebration is planned and will be announced shortly. The cremation took place under the care of the newcomer Funeral Home in Casper, WY. Those with a special wish to remember Jeremy Dean Shanks can give gifts to the 12-24 Club, 500 S Wolcott St, Casper, WY 82601.


Robert Nelson Wuertley

Robert Nelson Wuertley: 1950-2022

Robert (Bob) Nelson Wuertley was born on November 7, 1950 in Billings, Montana, to Robert F. and Juanita M. (Richardson) Wuertley. He died on January 6, 2022 at the Casper Mountain Rehabilitation and Care Facility of complications from Alzheimer’s.

At the time of his birth, the family lived in Lodge Grass, Montana. They moved to Midwest, Wyoming in 1953, Kimball, Nebraska in 1957, and Brush, Colorado in 1961. In 1966 they moved to Riverton, Wyoming. Bob attended Riverton High School, which he graduated with the 1969 class. He also attended Central Wyoming College in Riverton for 2 years (when the college was still in its infancy). He worked for Safeway while he was in high school. He married Adene Lohrenz Brill on June 26, 1971. In 1972 he was hired by Amoco Production Co. and moved with Adene to Brighton, Colorado, where he worked in the Ft. Lupton area. Their son Jay was born in Brighton in 1974. They then moved to Longmont before applying for a transfer back to Wyoming. In 1976 Bob, Adene and Jay moved to Bairoil, Wyoming, where he worked at the old Plant 22, then at the Wertz Gasworks and then as a foreman at the Amoco CO2 gas processing plant. Their son Adam was born in 1977. Bob was with Amoco for 27.5 years and then worked for Merit Energy for 7 years after the company bought the field from Amoco. Bob retired in 2007. He was known for his knowledge of the gas processing plant and was valued by his staff over the years. Bob also served in the Bairoil Volunteer Fired Department for 25 years and attended several Amoco training schools to learn how to handle fires in the oil field.

Bob loved everything that had to do with nature. He liked to fish, especially at Pathfinder Reservoir with his boat, and he liked to fish ice and fly fishing too. He was very practiced in tying flies and also reloading his own ammunition. He loved hunting sage, antelopes, deer and elk and was fortunate enough to once issue an elk permit and harvest an elk. He and Adene enjoyed riding 4 bikes and riding their side x side. He loved living in Bairoil and the vastness it has to offer. He particularly enjoyed driving his old trucks around on the desert and mountain roads to Green Mountain. Bob loved his ’69 Chevy trucks and had a special place in his heart for his 1955 Chevy Bel Air, which he bought for $ 50 from a Riverton farmer at the age of 18 and reassembled with the help of his good friend. Pat Hutchison.

Bob loved his boys and was very proud of them. He loved his dogs and enjoyed feeding and watching the various birds that frequented the feeding places in his yard. Bob could identify them all and was very knowledgeable about Wyoming wildlife.

Bob leaves behind his wife, Adene von Bairoil; Sons Jay, Rawlins, Wyoming, and Adam (Tammy) Evansville, Wyoming; Sister Linda Bennett (Robert) Dayton, Nevada; Brother Ron Wuertley (Renee) Pinedale, Wyoming; Nephew Brandon Bennett (Tierney), Reno Nevada; Brent Bennett (Jennifer) Buffalo, Wyoming; Erin Rossman (Michelle) Cheyenne, Wyoming; Isaiah Henson (Kathy) Two Ports, Minnesota; Niece Diahn Erikson (Scott) Colorado Springs, Colorado; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Bob will be missed by many friends and family, especially his 50 year old wife and boys, but we know he is now at peace in the arms of Jesus.
Her memorial for Bob only reminds of him and, if possible, of his service on Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the newcomer Funeral Home in Casper. Dress casually, that’s how Bob would have dressed, he was a casual guy.

If you choose to, you can remember him with a memorial to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Bairoil Community Baptist Church, PO Box 71, Bairoil, WY 82322.


Letter from Dutson Lewis: 1931-2022

Ileta Dutson Lewis von Lander passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of January 1, 2022. The funeral mass will be celebrated on January 17th at 2 p.m. in the Catholic Church of St. Antonius in Casper with a public viewing of 1: 1: 45 p.m. The cremation will take place in the newcomer funeral home with the burial at a later date in her family’s grave in Ririe-Shelton Cemetery in Ririe, ID.

Ileta was born on September 29, 1931 in Rigby, ID and grew up in nearby Ririe. After graduating from Ririe High in 1949, she worked for Western Union, moved to Provo, then to Cheyenne in 1952, and later to Casper, where she met Richard “Dick” Lewis in September 1953 and married. In 1964 they moved to Lander and returned to Casper in 1975, where Dick died on December 31, 1981. In 1987 she moved back to Lander and vowed never to move again.

Ileta loved working with her hands, whether it be woodwork, knitting, crocheting or gardening. A friend of everyone, especially the children, she worked with the Foster Grandparent Program for many years until her health deteriorated.

She is survived by her children; Roxana Cobb and Jerry Lewis from Casper, Dennis Lewis from Phoenix, AZ, and Michael and Mark (wife Joette) Lewis from Lander; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband Richard, their son Russell Lewis, their grandson Joshua Lewis, their parents Richard Glenn and Alverta Porter Dutson, their little sister and their brothers precede in death; Thurlo, Verlon and Ronald Dutson.

Instead of flowers, donations can also be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the ASPCA.

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