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Tom Davis: August 15, 1937 — November 10, 2022

Funeral service for Tom F. Davis, 85, of Moorcroft will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church in Moorcroft, with Voy Cox officiating.

Interment will follow in the Moorcroft Cemetery. Mr Davis died at his home Thursday, November 10, 2022.

Tom was born August 15, 1937 in Sundance, WY to Tex and Isabel (Zimmerschied) Davis of Moorcroft. He grew up cowboying but his work also included road construction, all things related to the oil field, and over-the-road trucking. However, his heart was always in ranching.

While working a construction job in Casper he met Angie Manderfeld.  They married October 8, 1960, and had three children:  John (Jamie) Davis of Oshoto, Kris Davis of Wenatchee, WA, and Kathy (Leroy) Sabe  of Billings, MT. He was a founding member of the Moorcroft Jubilee, and a member of the Crook County Horseman’s Association and the Moorcroft Rodeo Club. He was instrumental in the construction of the Moorcroft arena.

He also served as Crook County commissioner and volunteer fire fighter. Tom enjoyed fishing and camping in the Big Horns, and hunting elk; the last of which he harvested last year.

After he and Angie’s retirement in 2004 they moved to the family place south of Oshoto where most summer nights you could find him sitting on the back deck, swatting flies with a toddy in hand; enjoying the view of the Tower and watching the wildlife.

He never met a stranger and will be missed by friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Angie, all three children and spouses, as well as his sister, Donna Garrison; niece, Jeannie Cunningham and nephew, Don Garrison, all of Powell.  Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Tex and Isabel.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Tom’s name are suggested to benefit the Oshoto Volunteer Fire Department, Zone 25. Donations can be sent to 1754 D Road, Moorcroft, WY 82721.

Nina O. Bannister

Nina O. Bannister: March 3, 1928 — November 12, 2022

Funeral services for Nina Bannister will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 18, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Nina went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 12, 2022. She was 94.

She was born in Oshoto, WY to Jakob and Elizabeth (Wiebe) Reimer on March 3, 1928. She was the ninth of nine children so, her dad always said that is why he named her Nina. She started school in 1935 in Hulett, WY and really did walk miles to school one way with her siblings.

The family later moved to Sundance, WY where she attended High School. She was the prettiest girl in her class; at least that is what her future husband always said. Gene Bannister and Nina Reimer eloped to Hardin, MT with their two best friends. All four got married as Montana didn’t require parental consent. She later joked that she didn’t know what she was thinking!

The couple moved to Sheridan, WY where Gene built their first house. Their first child David was born July 8, 1949 followed by Linda who was born on Nina’s birthday March 3, 1951; next was Connie born on October 2, 1952 and four years later they would complete their family with the birth of Steve on June 16, 1956.

They made their home in several towns including Red Lodge, MT, Cody, WY and finally settled in Gillette, WY. Gene and Nina opened Gene’s Furniture and with exception of helping Gene open the store, helping with big sales or being short-handed; Nina was a stay-at-home Mama.

She started a childcare business in 1980 and would help raise a multitude of children before retiring in 2007.

Nina was a woman of deep faith, and her greatest desire was to see her children, grandchildren, and all those greats come to salvation in Jesus. She also hummed all the time which was the sign of a thankful heart.

Nina is survived by her children, David (Mary) Bannister; Linda (Steve) Bricker, Connie (Tom) Rothenbueler, and Steve (Gerri) Bannister; 12 grandchildren: Jeff, Tim and Andy Carsrud, Stephanie McKown, Geneil Hansen, Brian Bannister, Zac and Beau Rothenbueler, Katie Carpenter, Stevie, Taylor, Lucas Bannister, Pepper West and J.B. Bricker and many “greats”.

Nina is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gene Bannister, brothers, Hank, Alvin, Loyd and Carl Reimer, sisters, Stella, Annie, Ida, and Zelma.

Nina was the last one in her family from the greatest generation. There was a great entourage that greeted her in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to “Gillette Young Life”, 1303 4th Ave., Gillette, WY, 82716. Condolences may be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com

Ruby Schlup

Ruby Schlup: October 1, 1926 — November 14, 2022

Funeral services for Ruby Schlup, 96, of Sundance, WY, will be held 10:00am, Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Walker Funeral Home, 410 S. Medical Arts Court, Gillette. with Pastor George Keralis officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday, November 21, 2022 at Walker Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Virgil Schlup at Black Hills, National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday. Ruby passed away Monday, November 14, 2022, at Weston County Health Services.

Ruby Emeline (Bruner) Schlup, 96, was born October 1, 1926, in Lamar, Nebraska, the daughter of Silas and Sylvia (Bonger) Bruner. She is a graduate of high school / Colorado State College of Education, Greeley Colorado. She was united in marriage to a long-time rancher, Virgil Schlup, of lnyan Kara Mountain, south of Sundance, on August 6, 1945, at Custer, S.D. The couple made their home at the Schlup homestead where they raised two children. In 2014, she moved from her beloved family ranch to Primrose Retirement Community, in Gillette, WY., where she embraced making new friends and playing Tri-ominoes every evening. She took pride in being a member of the Crook County Cowbells and the 4-H Leader. She loved her garden, beautiful flowers and smiled as she watched the blue birds. She also enjoyed sewing, baking and cooking for the family and friends on the ranch. Ruby never knew a stranger and loved everyone she met. She will be forever missed. Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Marlon (Lois) Schlup of Douglas, Wyo., daughter, Sharon (Bill) Kern, Gillette, Wyo.; five grandchildren: Marci (Trevor) Hall, Amanda Schlup, Ella, Tyler (Michelle) Kern, Travis (Jess) Kern, Colt Kern and Heather Kern; sister, Lola Matoush  and brother, Silas Bruner both of Colorado Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil; her parents and one sister.

The Ruby Schlup Memorial has been established to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Donations can be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 S. Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716.


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