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Winferd 'Fred' Oyler

Winferd ‘Fred’ Oyler: CHEYENNE — Funeral services for Col. Winferd “Fred” Oyler, 86, former director of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Schrader Funeral Home in Cheyenne with the Rev. Dan Clark of St. Peter’s Anglican Church officiating. A reception will follow at the funeral home. He died at home on Dec. 29, 2017, in Cheyenne, where he had resided since 1977. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project; National Processing Center; P. O. Box 758540; Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8540.

Anthony 'Tony' Mead

Anthony ‘Tony’ Mead: CASPER — A Mass of Resurrection for Anthony “Tony” Dean Mead, 33, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. He died Dec. 28, 2017, at Wyoming Medical Center. Newcomer Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a gofund me page set up by the family,

Albert L. Jordan

Albert L. Jordan: CASPER — No services will be held for Albert L. Jordan, 70. He died Dec. 30, 2017, at Wyoming Medical Center. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Newcomer Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Cliff 'Cliffy' Rogers

Cliff ‘Cliffy’ Rogers: CASPER — A memorial service for longtime Casper resident Cliff “Cliffy” Rogers, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Sunrise Baptist Church, 3990 S. McKinley, followed by a reception at the Elks Lodge. He died Nov. 28, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army. Memorial contributions may be made to Casper Baseball, P.O. Box 3554, Casper, 82602; or Brain Injury Alliance, 123 W. 1st St., Ste. 400, Casper, 82601.

William 'Gene' Kennedy

William ‘Gene’ Kennedy: WHEATLAND — A funeral service for William Eugene “Gene” Kennedy, 84, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at the First Christian Church in Wheatland with Pastor David Dick officiating. He died Dec. 29, 2017, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital with his wife by his side. Memorial contributions can be made to the Shiners Hospital, 1275 East Fairfax Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.

Doris Ann Bryson

Doris Ann Bryson: DOUGLAS — Funeral services for Doris Ann Bryson, 83, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Douglas with the Rev. Tom Strock officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery. She died Dec. 30, 2017, at the Douglas Care Center. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas Senior Citizens’ Center, P.O. Box 192, Douglas, Wyoming 82633.

Butch Johnson

Butch Johnson: BUFFALO — Funeral services for Butch Johnson, 74, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with the Rev. Doug Wasinger officiating. A reception will follow the funeral at the American Legion Hall in Buffalo. A private family interment will be held at a later date. He died at his home in Buffalo on Dec. 28, 2017. Donations in his memory may be made to the Johnson County Cowgirls Rodeo or the Welch Cancer Center in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.

Town Crier: Sports & Recreation

Learn to cross country ski

The Casper Nordic Club is offering Mangus Ski League lessons for all ages, child and adult, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., on Sundays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, and Feb. 4.

Classes start promptly at 1:30 p.m., and organizers advise arriving early for best parking and time to gear-up.

Registration forms are available at Mountain Sports, Zeelos, 42 Degrees North and the Nordic Trail Center. Also available is online registration,

Look for updated information on the Casper Nordic Club Facebook page. Late on-site registration is available before the first session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a $5 late fee applies.

Required are ski passes, (available at the lodge, ski stores and the Natrona County Roads, Parks, and Bridges office, 538 SW Wyoming Blvd, Mills), and a signed Risk and Release Form, available with registration form.

Fees: Nordic Club members $70 for first person; $60 additional family member/s; non-member $80 for first person; $70 for additional family member/s.

Become a Nordic Club member. It saves money on lessons, clinics, and races. Members are invited to the annual trail clean-up and Oktoberfest. The Nordic Club supports local high school and middle school ski teams. With your money and help, improvements will continue to the trail system.

Questions: Call Tori at 259-9299.

Make plans for ice fishing derby

The Pathfinder Boat and Fishing Club is hosting the 29th annual “HAWG” Ice Fishing Derby, Jan. 27 and 28, 2018, at the Diabase Shelter at Pathfinder Reservoir. $57,000 in cash and prizes possible. Hourly cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25. Drawings for door prizes and ice augers. Tickets available in Casper for $35 at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Wagner’s Outdoor Outfitters, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the Hideaway Bar during regular business hours through Friday January 26; at Sloane’s in Alcova until 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and at the Pathfinder Reservoir Diabase Shelter Friday, Jan. 26 until noon Saturday, Jan. 27, or online at Limited RV spaces with electricity available for $35 per night, or $100 for Thursday through Saturday. For reservations, call Randy Bird at 234-9308. Hot food and refreshments will be available.

Hoops for youth, high school

Registration is now open for the upcoming youth basketball league and the new high school basketball league at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. The youth league is open to all boys and girls in kindergarten through 6th grade, while the high school league is for those in grades 9-12.

Games and practices for youth will be at the Boys & Girls Club gymnasiums Monday through Friday evenings. The season begins Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, and ends in March. Registration deadline is Jan. 9, 2018. The cost is $25 per child. All participants must be members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. Annual memberships are $10 per child. You can register at any Club site (Lincoln, Journey, Paradise Valley, or Verda James Elementary or Main Club) in Casper. You can download a registration form at

The high school league will hold games on Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club with the season beginning on January 20, 2018 and running through March. Registration is $15 per child plus a club membership. Deadline to register is Jan. 10, 2018.

With more than 250 kids expected to register, volunteer coaches are needed to make the season a success.

Experience is not required, but a general knowledge of the sport is helpful. Coaching is more than teaching a sport. It’s being a trusted mentor for youth and being able to instill a sense of good sportsmanship in the players.

If you have any questions about the leagues or would like to volunteer to coach, contact Jake Wilson at 235-5694, ext. 3.

Cody Wayne Allen

Cheyenne, Wyoming / September 19, 1985 — December 28, 2017

Cody Wayne Allen, was born September 19, 1985 to Bill and DeeAnn Allen in Casper, WY. He attended Paradise Valley Elementary, CY Junior High, and graduated in 2004 from Natrona County High School. Growing up he played hockey and discovered his lifelong love for the game of baseball. He hit his first homerun at Washington Park. He was so proud.

He had resided in Cheyenne for the last 7 years. He worked a variety of jobs where he never met a stranger. In the short 32 years that Cody was with us, he impacted countless lives, more than he knew. He enjoyed spending time with his family, loved fishing and the outdoors, and going to baseball games.

While Cody struggled with addiction for over half his life, it did not define who he was. To know Cody was to love him. He had a big smile, gave great hugs, had a charismatic personality, and a dry wicked sense of humor.

Cody died December 28, 2017, in Cheyenne from a heroin overdose. His body and soul had suffered enough and couldn’t handle anymore. He is in a much better place, free from his burdens.

Cody was preceded in death by his hero, his dad.

Cody is survived by his mom and stepdad, Dee and Joe Thoms; sisters, Amy (Mason) Sale and Stephanie (Josh) Hardee; nieces, Chloe, Macy, Elsie and Quincie Sale, Lauren and Claire Hardee; nephew, Dawson Hardee; and beloved dog, Tonto.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Comea Shelter, 1504 Stinson Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001 or the Black Dog Animal Rescue, 3619 Evans Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001, in Cody’s memory.

In the New Year, please resolve to mend, build, and strengthen relationships because tomorrow isn’t promised and life is too short.

Life Commemoration services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, at the Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.

Condolences to

James "J.C." Mangus

Casper, Wyoming / December 1, 1959 — December 29, 2017

James “J.C.” Mangus, age 58, passed away at his home in Casper, WY, Friday, December 29, 2017. He was born December 1, 1959, in Lusk, WY.

J.C. grew up in Newcastle, WY and graduated from Newcastle High in 1978. He immediately went to work for Updike Brothers and remained with Key Energy until he retired due to illness. J.C. never met a stranger and was immediately liked by everyone he met. His quick wit made him a joy to be around. His Wyoming roots ran deep. He loved spending time driving the back roads exploring and enjoying nature. He was an avid gun collector and woodworker and spent numerous hours enjoying his hobbies.

J.C. is survived by his mother, Karen Bruce and spouse Max of Gillette, WY; sister, Sandi Chitwood and spouse Bob of Spring, TX; sister, Kim Toliver and spouse Mike, of Rapid City, SD; uncle, Rex Groves and spouse Sandy of Lance Creek WY; nephew, T.J. Ayres and spouse Crystal of Newcastle, WY; niece, Ashley Diaz and spouse Jason of Newcastle, WY; niece, Kelsi Gonzalez of Denver, CO; one great niece and several great nephews, as well as all of his friends.

No funeral services will be held. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

J.C. had a great love of animals. Donations can be made in his name to The Casper Humane Society.

To share a special memory of J.C. or leave a condolence message for his family, please visit

Kathleen Maria Powell

Kathleen Maria Powell: SHERIDAN — A viewing for Kathleen Maria Powell, 70, will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will be held in the Sheridan Elks Memorial Cemetery. She died Dec. 29, 2017, at her residence. Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Kelly Blaine Richards

Kelly Blaine Richards: ROCK SPRINGS — Funeral services for Kelly Blaine Richards, 68, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at The Church of Latter-day Saints, 2055 Edgar Street, Rock Springs. Interment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Friends may call the church one hour prior to services. He died Dec. 26, 2017 in Rock Springs.

Town Crier: This Just In

Free intro to weights

It’s time to think about new year’s resolutions and improving health and fitness is one of the best ways to start out the new year. The Casper Recreation Center is offering free Introduction to Weight & Fitness Equipment classes at 10 a.m., on Saturday or 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9. Patty Kempf, certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, will help those who want to get started with a fitness program but aren’t sure where to start. Learn proper form and use of equipment including free weights, cardio machines and fitness equipment and get tips on setting up a program to fit individual needs and goals.

Reserve a spot by calling 235-8383, stopping by the Casper Recreation Center at 1801 E 4th Street, or going online at

Thanks to Probation & Parole

Joshua’s Storehouse would like to give a great big thank you to Jay from Probation and Parole for the wonderful food drive he ran. He was tremendously successful, collecting over 2,700 pounds of food along with some cash donations. A lot of local residents will benefit from his hard work.

Gymnastics at rec center

Improve coordination, strength, and flexibility with the Casper Recreation Center’s gymnastics classes beginning Saturday, Jan. 13 or Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The Gym Jam class for toddlers age 18 months to 3 years and their parents is held on Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 4:40 p.m. This class creates an enriching parent/child environment focusing on movement, tumbling, games, music, and social interaction. Registration fee is $50 for the seven-week session.

Tot Tumbling for ages 3 to 4 is held on Wednesday from 4:45 to 5:25 p.m. Children will have fun learning to tumble and be introduced to gymnastic equipment including balance beam, vault, and bars. Registration fee is $66 for the nine-week session.

Youth Beginning Gymnastics is for ages 5 and over and is held on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. or Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Students will learn balance, coordination, and body awareness while working on tumbling, balance beam, vault, and bars. Registration fee is $78 for the nine-week session.

Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Gymnastics is for ages 6 and up who have taken the beginning class and have permission from the instructors to move up. This class is held Saturday from 11:05 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $105 for the nine-week session.

Culture of Wellness roundtable

The new year signifies a new start and for many people that means vowing to be more healthy in the coming year. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control to help define and create a Culture of Wellness for youth among out-of-school time providers. The Club is hosting a round table discussion on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the All-American Center. Lunch will be provided.

The objectives of the pilot project are to promote a Culture of Wellness for youth in communities, work with partner agencies to develop and disseminate evidence-based tools and resources to educate and communicate best practices in healthy eating and physical activity, and build partnerships to promote a Culture of Wellness in school districts and other out-of-school time providers.

This round table discussion will bring together agencies and out of school providers to share ideas, best practices, and barriers to healthy outcomes among youth.

For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact Jessica Baxter at 235-4079 or RSVP deadline is Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.