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Obituaries: Case, Spielman

Kevin Douglas CaseDecember 21, 1979 – July 10, 2022

Kevin Douglas Case was born December 21, 1979 to Patty and Lester Case in Gillette, Wyoming, who he was incredibly close to throughout his life.

He grew up in Rozet, Wyoming with his siblings; BJ (Greg) Fleak, Lester Case, Randy (Wendy) Case, and Cody Case. Kevin had a large extended family, with whom he made many wonderful memories. His aunts; Hazi (Bob) Gilroy, Cheri (Ron) Mooney, Betty (Keith) Troll, Robin (Ken) Conway, and more who all watched as Kevin grew from a mischievous and rambunctious youth into a thoughtful and charismatic adult. In 2006 he welcomed his only child into the world with the birth of his son Derrik. In Derrik’s youth he and Kevin were inseparable and often enjoyed their shared interest in cars and monster trucks. Derrik has grown into a wonderful young man that his father would certainly be proud of.

He is also survived by many other aunts, uncles, and cousins who all played an important part of Kevin’s life. He was a beloved uncle to his nephews; Anthony Fleak and Randy Case, and nieces; Kayla (Corey) Schwartz, Shantel (Dalton) Shanks, Mercedes Case, and Miranda Case. He also enjoyed watching his great nieces, Kylie, Raelynn, Addalynn, and nephew Tyson grow up. 

 Once Kevin had grown up he headed off to work on the oil rigs with his father Lester, brother Randy, and brother-in-law Greg. They made an incredible team and enjoyed the memories they got to experience together. Kevin was a dedicated worker throughout any job he had and often brought his coworkers joy with his humor and lighthearted personality. 

Kevin spent his career developing his talent at maneuvering tractors, with performing daredevil stunts in his backhoe being his favorite. 

Kevin left this world far too soon and will be deeply missed by those he left behind. His infectious laugh and laidback nature will be remembered fondly. He was a beloved son, a thoughtful brother, a loving father, a humorous uncle, and overall a great friend. Kevin passed away on July 10th 2022 at the age of 42.  

Jesse Ray Spielman

Jesse Ray Spielman: 1965 – 2022

Name: Jesse Ray Spielman

Year of Birth: October 20, 1965

Place of Birth: Gillette, Wyoming

Date of Death: July 5, 2022

Parents Names: Vivian Hawkinson and Donald Spielman

Siblings: Aaron (Jacque) Spielman, Shelly (Mark) Hecker

Jesse peacefully passed away in Denver, Colorado on July 5, 2022.

Jesse was born to Vivian (Martin) and Donald Spielman on October 20th 1965 in Gillette Wy. Jesse graduated from Moorcroft High School in 1984. He graduated from Casper College in 1986 with an Associate of Arts Degree.  Jesse married Anne Stotts on November 8th, 1997.  Their beautiful son, Joshua Spielman was born on September 15th 1998. Joshua was Jesse’s greatest joy. He would always announce his love and pride in him to whomever would listen. Jesse and Anne divorced in 2003 but always co-parented. Jesse’s heart was broken into a million pieces when his son passed away in 2020, but Jesse remained emotionally supportive to Anne up until his death.


Jesse was an accomplished superintendent in the industrial and commercial construction field for most of his life. His job required a lot of travel and because of that he lived in numerous states including Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Texas and Florida. Jesse enjoyed teaching others and he would normally finish a job ahead of schedule and under budget. He took a lot of pride in his work and he cared about the well-being of his employer and employees who were often his friends and family.  


Jesse never failed to make others laugh with his goofy humor, especially with his mom and sister Shelly, they always seemed to compete at who could be the silliest. He was quick witted and always enjoyed a party. Jesse was an avid sports fan, he loved to watch basketball and football, but his favorite teams later in life were always the teams that his 

son and nephews were playing on. Jesse was a great basketball player and continued to play in gym leagues for many years where he still outplayed much younger men. He loved racing motocross, especially in his early years with his brother Aaron who Jesse always said was faster and the best dressed. He enjoyed spending time at various Wyoming lakes boating and hanging out with his family and friends, fishing in the Big Horn Mountains, and fishing with his dad at Lake DeSmet.  He will always be remembered for his big heart and the love that he had for his son Joshua.


Jesse is preceded in death by his son Joshua, his maternal and paternal Grandparents, Uncle David Martin and his cousin Dustyn Norfolk.


Jesse is survived by his Mother – Vivian (Chuck) Hawkinson, Father – Donald Spielman, Brother- Aaron (Jacque) Spielman, Sister – Shelly (Mark) Hecker, Nephews – Michael (Emma) Spielman, and Jacob Spielman, Great Nephew – Spencer Spielman, Niece – Morgan Hecker and numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins.


A celebration of life will be held:

New Life Church


The Landing Building

1000 Comanche Ave.

Gillette, WY 82718