CASPER—Detmer Rex “Abe” Knapp passed away peacefully on February 7, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family.
Abe was born in Gillette, Wyoming on February 12, 1944 to Robert and Reba Knapp. He grew up with his sister, Rita Neville, in Gillette where he forged lifelong friendships and helped with the family businesses. He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1962.
After high school, Abe served as a sergeant in the US Army. He was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War and upon his return home he attended the University of Wyoming; earning his Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering. He later went on to earn his Professional Engineering license and worked as a Structural Engineer in Casper until his retirement in 2009.
Abe was an accomplished fly fisherman, enjoyed flying model airplanes and all things Disney. But, by far, his most beloved activity was spending time with his family and grandchildren, who filled his life with immeasurable pleasure and joy. He was always quick to tell a listening ear how proud he was of his “beebies”. Abe was also a proud Master Mason and active member of the Casper Shrine Club. He even attended Clown College and loved “clowning up” for local Shrine parades and activities. Abe always had a bright smile and his kindness touched all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughters, Sage and husband Shelby Brooks of Casper, and Ashley and husband M. Kent Risien of New Braunfels, Texas; sister, Rita and husband Frank Neville of Casper; and grandchildren, Jackson and Harper Brooks, Emma Grace, and Isla and Lucy Risien. He also leaves behind a beloved niece, nephew and multiple cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant granddaughter, Lola.
Abe’s presence will be sorely missed, however his love of family and his big heart will always be remembered.
Services will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10 AM at Highland Park Community Church with a reception to follow. Interment of his ashes will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette, Wyoming with a reception to follow at the Gillette Masonic Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Casper Shrine Club in his honor.
CASPER—Clarence Wendell Culbertson, 98, of Casper, went to meet his Lord peacefully in his sleep, February 6, 2020. He was born September 25, 1921 to Clarence and Lucille (Sheets) Culbertson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated high school in Pueblo, took Post-Graduate studies, then went two years to Central Bible School in Springfield, Missouri. When WW II began, he enlisted in the Navy and became a Radio and Radar Technician. He married Arlene Williams in 1943 and after his South Pacific tour of duty on aircraft carriers in war zones, he was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer.
Wendell worked for Conoco 36 years as an Inventory and Accounting Engineer until retirement. He then earned an Associate of Arts degree from Casper College and excelled at his painting hobby. After 59 happy years of marriage, Arlene passed away. He later married Lolabee Thompson and they gave each other over 16 years of love and care.
Wendell faithfully served his church, Casper Faith Assembly of God for 63 years and the Gideons International Bible Ministry. He received the Silver Beaver award for adult leadership in the local Boy Scout Program.
Wendell is survived by his loving wife, Lola Culbertson; his son, Richard (Donna) Culbertson; and daughter, RheaAnn (Garth) Crowe; stepsons, Tom (Connie) Thompson, Larry (Brenda) Thompson, and Jeff (Julie) Thompson; stepdaughter, Starla (Mike) Rockert; along with numerous grandchildren and relatives.
Preceding Wendell in death was his wife, Arlene Culbertson; his parents, Clarence and Lucille Culbertson; his brother, Marvin Culbertson; and his sister, Alta Moore.
Services will be at Casper Faith at 10 a.m., Friday, February 14, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideons International for Bible distribution world-wide.
CASPER—It is with sadness that the family of John Hilton Randall, 60, announces his passing.
John left us peacefully on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Mountain View Living Center, Sheridan Veterans Administration Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming.
He was born Tuesday, March 24, 1959 to Hilton Earl and Elva “June” (Babcock) Randall in Casper, Wyoming. John was raised and educated in Casper. After school he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California, and was honorably discharged. After his service he returned to Wyoming and worked in Casper and in Evanston, Wyoming, where he made his home.
John was an iron-worker and was involved in building many power plants, and during lay-off periods he operated his own construction handy-man business. He worked as bartender and on occasion ran hot shot loads. John lived the Wyoming lifestyle, camping, hunting, and fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling and made several trips across the country and to Hawaii. John had a willingness to lend a hand and always would “pitch-in” to help.
John was diagnosed with a rare dementia and moved to the Sheridan V.A. Medical Center in Sheridan. He then moved into the Mountain View Living Center at the Sheridan V.A., where he spent his last few years.
John was preceded in by his father, Hilton, on April 8, 2001 and his mother, June, on December 15, 2012.
John is survived by his sister, Bonnie (Steve) Wilson; nephews, Jason (Brandy) Crotteau and Craig Wilson; his niece, Katie (Kody) Pivik; great-nephew, Maverik Pivik; and cousin, Charlie (Dale) Coe. John had a large circle of close friends in Evanston and the Montegue Family, whom he loved as his own.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at the Wheatland Cemetery in Wheatland, Wyoming with Reverend Tom Peacock of the Wheatland United Methodist Church officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Laramie Peak VFW Post #3558, and Ora Call American Legion Post #10.
John’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire medical and support staff at the Mountain View Living Center and the Sheridan V.A. John was well cared for by so many of you. Your kindness, care, and concern were not unnoticed and you are all deeply appreciated.
Memorials may be made to the Volunteer Program, Sheridan V.A., 1898 Fort Road, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801. Please make the checks payable to Sheridan V.A.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.