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Obituaries: Halfpop; Herr

Douglas “Fudd” Ernest Halfpop: May 4, 1954 — October 29, 2022

Memorial service for Douglas “Fudd” Halfpop will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2022 at Family Life Church with Pastor Dan Knust officiating; with a reception for follow at Bell Knob Golf Course from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Douglas “Fudd” Halfpop embarked unexpectedly on October 29, 2022 for his last camping trip to the great big beyond. While it was a trip no one was expecting, we can be sure he arrived at the pearly gates with a joyous “PERFECT!” Fudd was born in Hubbard, IA on May 4, 1954 to Elda Jane and Eugene Halfpop. Although he left the state at a young age, he loved to make the impromptu trip home to visit family and friends.

After high school, Fudd was easily convinced by his good friend John to move to Gillette, WY and become a coal miner. Little did he know that he would find his forever home in the “ol’ hole in the ground.” Fudd embodied the expression “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” In his words, he didn’t work at the mine for 47 years, only “participated.” Anyone who worked with Fudd knows he did more than participate.

His hard work and dedication helped move billions of tons of coal nationwide in his career and built him lifelong friendships throughout the basin. The coal mine was his second home. On his seven-off, Fudd enjoyed the simple things in life – finding a new camping spot, shooting under par, racking up MEPs with his gym buddies, buying his granddaughter all the toys she wanted, and sipping on speedy goats.

Those who knew him could hear him enter a room, before they saw him. That boisterous voice was quick to crack a joke, offer to buy you a beer, or tell you the corn prices. In his 68 years, Fudd left a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness that will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his children, Angelica (Mike) Fishbeck and Austin (Emily) Halfpop; granddaughter, Kinzley Fishbeck; partner, Susan Weeks; beloved pets, Gracie and Otis; siblings, Becky (Duane) Maifield, Craig (Linda) Halfpop, and Dave (Lintha) Halfpop; and many other friends and family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends and family swing by their local car wash – Fudd would’ve wanted everyone to have a sparkling ride on his day. If you are so inclined to donate, the family hopes to purchase a bench and plaque to be placed in Fudd’s honor at Bell Nob.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com

Linda Herr: 1947 – 2022

Linda Herr, 75, passed away October 12, 2022, at Life Care Center, Casper under hospice care with Norma and Priscilla at her side.

She was born in Parkston. SD to Reno and Luella (Pietz) Herr July, 26, 1947. She joined older sister Norma (LeRoy)Bertsch.

She attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, pursing a degree in teaching. She taught one year in Mobridge, SD and then in Gillette from 1970-2002.

She enjoyed reading, peyote beading, traveling and trips to casinos. Upon retiring she and Priscilla enjoyed traveling in their RV. Eventually they settled in Casa Grande for winter months.

She was cremated and her wishes was for her ashes to be scattered.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Norma and special friend and companion, Priscilla Hegedus.


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