MARION, Ark.—John Patrick Albanese, age 93, a long-time Casper resident, died on February 21, 2019 in Marion, Arkansas where he had moved to be near his daughter and son-in-law.
John was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 11, 1925 to John Salvatore and Helen (Black) Albanese. John left Newark in 1943 when he joined the U. S. Army to serve in WWII. He served in Europe and was awarded a purple heart and a bronze star for bravery. After the war, John attended the University of Wyoming where he earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Geology and met and married Evelyn Gerda Jacobsen.
They moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1962 and it was there that they settled with their two children. They were married for 68 years and traveled all over the world as John served on boards and committees and worked in his fields of petroleum geology and geo-archaeology. He continued his work well into his 80’s, sharing his expertise and passion for archaeology and geology, acting as a mentor to many.
John loved his adopted state of Wyoming, and anyone who got to take a “short drive” or tour with him learned all about teepee rings, Wyoming history, mineral stratification, and a number of other things from someone who truly knew and understood the subject matter.
He was a fine cook, and much of the fresh produce he used came from the large vegetable garden he planted and tended annually. John had many other interests including reading, creating mosaic art, making wine, watching wildlife, and spending time with friends and family.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 2014, and his son, Richard John Albanese, in 2018.
He is survived by his daughter, Arlene Albanese Roberts (John), of West Memphis, AR; two granddaughters, Kara Reed (Aaron) of Leavenworth, KS and Lisa Albanese of Billings, MT; three great-grandchildren, Bryn and Grant Reed, and Arazia Ruffino; and his sister, Helen Albanese Pallante of New Jersey.
Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, 3740 Jourgensen Avenue; Casper, WY 82604.