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Obituaries: Gleason; Walton

William Michael Gleason

William Michael Gleason: November 17, 1953 — January 28, 2023

William “Bill” Michael Gleason was born November17, 1953 to Wendell “Bud” Gleason and Gail (Butler) Gleason in Gillette, WY.  He passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Bill was raised in Weston, WY on the Gleason ranch from the age of 1.5 with his siblings Denise, Burt and Wendy.  He attended schools in Campbell County graduating from Campbell County High School in 1972.

Bill married Deb Babcock whom he later divorced.  During this time, he worked in the oilfield as a driller and occasionally on the ranch.  Bill enjoyed traveling the United States on his motorcycle.  He married Kim Kosmicki and later divorced.

On January 28, 1986, Bill was in a vehicle accident which left him paralyzed.  He lived for a time in Fort Collins, CO and owned a tattoo shop.  He also worked with Mike Gaffield doing woodwork. He later moved back to Gillette.

Bill was a very talented leather craftsman and had a gift with wood working.  He loved History and trying new things. Bill was a man who inspired all who knew him.  He did more in his wheelchair than many able-bodied men could do.  Bill was blessed with many friends who he called brother and was always ready to hug and tell them he loved them. 

Bill is survived by his mother Gail Gleason, brother Burt Gleason and sisters Denise Bradford and Wendy Gleason. He is also survived by 3 nieces and 4 nephews along with several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Bud Gleason and grandparents.

The family would like to thank Brent and Billie for their love and care for Bill. Also thank you to all the friend’s that would stop to visit and always showed support throughout all the years.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date at the family ranch.  

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, MT.  Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette WY 82716.

Scott Hugh Walton

Scott Hugh Walton: 1960 – 2023

On January 11th, 2023, Scott H. Walton (62) passed away at his home in Casper, Wyoming.

Scott entered this world on Tuesday, October 25th, 1960 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He was greeted by two loving parents John and Barbara Walton. They would provide him with a good childhood and give him all the love along the way.

Six years later, he would be blessed with his sister, Cari who would give him someone to terrorize as most older brothers do, but protect her as his own. As soon as Scott was able to ride anything with wheels, he became obsessed.

His love for anything with a motor started at an early age and evolved into what would be a lifetime career. So, when he graduated high school in 1979, he knew exactly what he wanted to do, go drive trucks, so that is what he did. Along the way he would learn to be a long haul trucker, operations manager, crane operator, well rounded mechanic, and one hell of a handyman. 

He would also learn how to be a father.

At the age of 27, his life would be forever changed with the birth of his first daughter, Sable. A bond was formed that day that would grow to be more than just a father-daughter relationship, they would become lifelong best friends. There was no topic left untalked about and nothing ever left unsaid between the two. Scott’s next present would come about two years later, just in time for his birthday. On October 20th, 1989, his second daughter, Afton was born. He was so grateful to have her company and was so proud of the woman that she would become, especially when she became a NASCAR fan. Afton would also let him experience being a grandfather by giving birth to Adam Wayne and Mia Joy.

Everything changed in Scott’s world with the birth of his two daughters. One of the main driving forces in Scott’s life was to provide a good life for his daughters and in that he succeeded. Sometimes, it meant working a lot of overtime, sometimes it meant working on holidays and weekends, but in his two children he found the reason to “keep on truckin.” 

His compassion would also be seen in the way he cared for others. He was the guy who would donate his time, his money, and his effort without a second thought to those in need. Whether it meant helping people out financially to get them through a tough time or pulling over on the side of the highway to help people with their vehicles. It was just something he did because that is the kind of person he was.

Always there to support and lend a helping hand. He filled his days doing what he loved; caring for others and driving. Particularly, his motorcycle, which he would ride around town even in what others would consider questionable weather. He rode his motorcycle every chance that he had and to destinations that gave him joy.

There would be no way to track the mileage that Scott Walton has accrued over his lifetime. From motorcycles to semis, and everything in between. No one will ever know, but he will be remembered fondly in the life that he lived between all of those miles.

The Walton family is under the care of Newcomers funeral home. Services will be held Saturday, February 11th at 2pm.