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Obituaries: Dentlinger; Finn; Larramendy; Priest; Rich; Robidoux; Shobe; Tibbetts

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Allan Dentlinger

Allan Dentlinger: 1952 – 2023

Mass of Christian Burial for Allan Dentlinger will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church with Father Bryce Lundgren officiating; interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Allan Louis Dentlinger, a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and hardworking member of the Gillette community, passed away on September 19 2023, at the age of 70.

Born on October 2, 1952, in Carroll, Iowa, Allan was the son of the late Alphonse and Catherine Dentlinger (Anstoeter).  Allan attended grade school in Halbur and later went on to complete his high school education at Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, Iowa. Allan proudly served in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged.

In 1980, he made the decision to start a new chapter in his life and relocated to Gillette, Wyoming. It was here that he was able to showcase his dedication and passion for his work with various oil field companies, including Gane Production, First Energy Services, Basic Energy Services, and Fuller Construction. In 1986, Allan met Roxann and later got married on June 10, 1989.

Allan will forever be cherished and remembered by his loving wife, Roxann Dentlinger, who stood by his side through thick and thin. He will also be fondly remembered by his brothers, Loran Dentlinger, Glenn Dentlinger, Keith Dentlinger; and his sisters, Joyce Plunkett, Linda Halbur, Nancy Dentlinger, and Julie Casper. Furthermore, Allan’s memory will live on through his stepdaughter, Ashley Delgado; and his four adoring grandchildren: Marissa Greene, Alicia Larsen, Hector Delgado, and Araceli Delgado.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Francis Dentlinger. 

Levi Marvin Finn

Levi Marvin Finn: 2000 – 2023

Levi Marvin Finn, age 23 left this earth to soon on September 17, 2023 at his home in Gillette, Wyoming. Levi was born February 19, 2000 in Spearfish, South Dakota to Eric and Virginia (Erland) Finn.

Levi spent the majority of his childhood in Sundance, Wyoming where he received most of his schooling.

In 2018 he graduated from the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy in Guernsey, Wyoming where he received his GED. He received top marks in his class and got his CDL License.

After graduation he worked at Firesteel Well Service in Moorcroft, Wyoming as a truck driver until 2020. He went to work at Rib n Chop Steakhouse as a cook in Gillette, Wyoming, by 2022 he had been promoted to kitchen manager. In Spring of 2023, after the birth of his daughter he went back to work at Firesteel Well Service, where he remained until the time of his death.

Levi leaves behind daughter Viviana Finn; siblings: Leaf Erland, Lacy Finn, Erica Finn, Trinity Finn, Madison Finn, and Rosemary Hlavka; father Eric Finn; uncles: Robert Finn and David Finn, Jeremy Kiel, and Sidney ‘Sid’ Erland; aunt Anita Lawson; nephew Bently Finn; maternal grandparents: Don Erland and Phyllis Southard; paternal grandparents: Marvin Finn and Dottie Styles; and several cousins and extended family.

Levi was part of a very blended family and leaves behind several ‘step’ family members.

Levi was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Hlavka (Earland).

Memorial services will be held and the Methodist Church in Sundance, Wyoming at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 25 2023. A burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to his mother. There will be a time of fellowship at the Crook County Courthouse basement afterwards.  

Helen Marie Jansen Larramendy

Helen Marie Jansen Larramendy: 1941 – 2023

Born on March 29, 1941 to Joseph and Marie (Propp) Jansen in Casper Wyoming, Helen grew up in an age of hard work, frugality, and strong family ties.  She attended St. Anthony Parochial School and NCHS, graduating with the class of 1959. 

After moving to Seattle, Washington, she received a BA from University of Washington. She was a longtime executive assistant for Seattle philanthropist, Samuel Stroum and family.  She loved Seattle and took great pride in showing visitors all it had to offer.  She hosted visits from her Colorado and California family, and made trips to Colorado and Wyoming for birthdays and reunions. Visits with family always included walks, cooking, laughing, and playing family games.  She was an avid reader and collector of books and art, a trusted friend, a follower of rules, and world traveler.

She passed away on June 7, 2023 at the age of 82.She is survived by daughter, Michaelanne Land (Marvin) Seattle; grandson, Michael Land, Washington D.C.; and sisters, Roberta Hoppe, Casper, Wyoming, and Dorothy Brock (Jim) Thornton, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Mike Larramendy; and beloved Schnoodle, Joey.

A stone was placed in her memory at the Freeland Cemetery, as was her wish. We miss her.

John Allen Priest

John Allen Priest: 1932 – 2023

Master Sergeant John Allen Priest (Ret.) passed away at age 91 on September 11, 2023. He was born on May 31, 1932 to Vincent and Oda Priest in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

In 1951 John joined the U.S. Air Force where he proudly served for twenty four years.John married Ruth Eloise Williams on February 9, 1952. They were married for 71 years and were blessed with four beautiful children: Susie, Mike, Laurie, and Kelly.

John’s career in the USAF took the family all over the world where he served in seven states and 11 countries.

After retiring in 1974, John worked for Larimer County and subsequently for Platte River Power, wherein he touched many through his powerful gifts of conversation and humor.

John was a talented woodworker and he built many beautiful pieces for his family. He was also a voracious reader, a Broncos and Corn Huskers fan, an avid tomato grower, and was known for his insatiable sweet tooth.

Above all, John was loving, generous, and kind. He is survived by his wife Eloise, four children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and innumerable friends who will miss him tremendously.

John’s funeral will be held at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church 1900 S Taft Hill Rd. Fort Collins at 10am on Saturday, September 23. Inurnment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, with full Military Honors by the F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY.

Memorials may be made in John’s name to Tunnel to Towers, online at www.t2t.org

Gretchen Garnet Rich

Gretchen Garnet Rich: 1947 – 2023

Gretchen Garnet Rich (nee Speece) passed away on September 14, 2023 in Gillette, Wyoming after a long illness.  Born November 28, 1947 to the late Harry and Wynn (Hubler) Speece in Yankton, South Dakota, Gretchen was “Big Sis” to Peter Speece of Denver, Colorado and Todd Speece of Malvern, Pennsylvania.  She leaves behind her daughter, Lisa Arhart (Neal); her four grandchildren: Rebecca (Dean) Velikaneye, Kaitlynn (Thomas) Moss, Bridgette (Damian) Hill, and Mark Pinkal; as well as seven great grandchildren – Theodore and Aiden Velikaneye; Isabella, Sebastian, Matthew, and Landon Moss; and Ashton Hill.  Gretchen’s youngest daughter, Joy Roberts, predeceased her in 2015.

Gretchen graduated from Yankton High School in 1965 and went to Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri.  She completed her undergraduate work at Yankton College where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1977.  She went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota in 1981.  She married Larry Roberts in 1967 and had two beautiful daughters, Lisa Roberts Arhart in 1970 and Joy Roberts in 1973. 

This marriage ended in divorce, and she later married Frank Rich which also ended in divorce.  Gretchen’s love of both reading and teaching gave her the drive to take on a college-level teaching career.  Gretchen taught college-level courses in English at Huron College in South Dakota (later Si Tanka University) and then Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota.  Her love of reading, teaching, and sharing her life with others were all driving forces in her life, but the love of her daughters, Joy and Lisa, and of South Dakota were always foremost in her mind. 

Gretchen’s Memorial service will be held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 255 West Flying Circle Drive, Gillette, Wyoming on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.   

Billy Joe Robidoux

Billy Joe Robidoux: 1949 – 2023

Billy Joe Robidoux, beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2023, at his residence in Wright, Wyoming, at the age of 74.

Born on May 26, 1949, in the picturesque town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Billy Joe was a true lover of the great outdoors. Billy Joe’s zest for life was evident in his hobbies and passions. He found solace on the serene waters, where he spent countless days pursuing his love for fishing. The rugged beauty of the Tetons beckoned him, and he was proud to own a hunting camp in those majestic mountains. 

Professionally, Billy Joe dedicated several years of his life to Thunder Basin Coal and Gilmore. He was a proud entrepreneur, owning and operating Wright Tru-Value, where he warmly served his community. Billy Joe’s vibrant spirit and warm heart endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda Robidoux; son, James Robidoux; and daughter, Jerri Murray. He is preceded in death by father, James Robidoux; mother, Faye Robidoux; grandparents, Louis and Anna Laura (Ruby) Robidoux and Jenny and Charles Rawlings; and brother, Jerry Robidoux.

In remembrance of Billy Joe’s remarkable life, a public visitation will be held on September 22, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wright, Wyoming. The ceremony will be a heartfelt celebration of Billy Joe’s life, where friends and family can share anecdotes and memories of their time spent together. 

Billy Joe Robidoux brought joy and laughter to the lives of those he encountered. His vibrant personality and love for nature will forever remain in our hearts. 

Michael “Mike” Jay Shobe

Michael “Mike” Jay Shobe: 1959 – 2023

On the evening of September 17, 2023, Mike passed away peacefully from Huntington’s Disease (HD). Mike was being visited and comforted by family members at Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming at the time of his passing. Mike was 64 years old.

Mike was born to Charles A. and Freda M. Shobe on August 26, 1959, in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was the youngest of their eight children.

Mike and his dad moved to Gillette in 1974. It was there he graduated high school, made lifelong friends, and met his future bride, Barbara Larson. Mike and Barb were married on August 29, 1980. They raised two children, Candie and Jonathan. He was a loving husband and father, and was always making sure his family knew that he “loved you more.”

Mike was a man of many talents. He could fix your roof, he could fix your tire, he could fix your car, and he could fix you an omelet. He had many passions and spent his time building model planes and model trains, reading up on World War II history, hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.

A role Mike took very seriously was the role of “Uncle Mike.” It didn’t matter to him if you were blood or not. There was always an open door, a seat at the kitchen table, or a listening ear for his nieces and nephews.

As his disease progressed, Mike spent his time tending his yard, playing fetch with his beloved Sparky, and as an advocate for HD.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother Freda; his father Charles; and three of his brothers: Art, Jerry, and Harold. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barb; daughter Candie (Kevin) Lanyon; son Jon Shobe; brother Bill (Marse) Shobe; sisters: Pat (Robert) Berger, Margie Shobe, and Connie (Wayne) Cundy; grandsons Mitchell, Jacob, Jarrett, and Hayden; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m., at Legacy Rehabilitation Center.

Condolences may be sent to Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, 1000 S. Douglas Highway, Gillette, Wyoming, 82716, or a donation can be made in Mike’s memory to the Huntington’s  Disease Society of America.

Lorraine Tibbetts

Lorraine Tibbetts: 1935 – 2023

The fierce, loving, and tenacious woman we called Mom, Grams, and Lorraine passed away at The Legacy Living & Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming on September 19, 2023, at the age of 88. Lorraine (Chavez) Tibbetts was born in Denver, Colorado on March 13, 1935. Lorraine was raised by her grandparents, Saturnina and Juan Chavez. During her high school years, she joined her father, Tom Chavez, who lived in Great Falls, Montana.

In 1952 she met and married Virgil Walker in Great Falls, Montana. They welcomed two children, Sheryl (Walker) Lee and Tom Walker. They later divorced. Lorraine then met her one and only “Tall Blonde”, Ivan Tibbetts. They joyously added two children to their family: Russchal (Tibbetts) Weaver and Dwight Tibbetts. Lorraine & Ivan later moved to Gillette, Wyoming to be closer to family as their age progressed. Ivan passed away in 1994. She missed him dearly and often talked about looking for a “Tall Blonde,” knowing that no one could fill his shoes.

Professionally, Lorraine was truly a woman of her own making. Always willing to do whatever it took, whether it be grueling physical labor or long days in a hot kitchen, she created her own success. Lorraine owned and operated Robbie’s Restaurant in Great Falls, Montana for many years. As a successful and memorable dining location, the family still to this day runs into folks who remembers the legacy of Robbie’s.

In personal endeavors, Lorraine held true to her spirit of doing and mastering anything she put her mind to. In her earlier years she enjoyed camping with her family in the beautiful Montana mountains, raising her farm critters, cooking, dancing, and enjoying the Moose Club. She loved having birds as pets and tended to them with loving and tender care. Later, she had many fond years of participating in The Senior Center activities including painting and yoga in Campbell County, Wyoming. Always having a knack for creating lasting and humor-fueled friendships, Lorraine also enjoyed hobbies with friends and family including The Red Hat Club, sewing, pottery, and painting. Many of these friendships became family to Lorraine as she ferociously participated in her own life’s interests and joys. Once Lorraine considered you family, you were always family to her regardless of circumstances.

To be an honored grandchild of Lorraine was to know unrelenting everlasting love. “Grams” was intentional and purposeful in making sure each one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren knew their worth, their value and their purpose in her eyes. By learning the very things that her grandchildren loved, she spent years spoiling us with individualized gifts and cooking our favorite things every time we visited. Due to the everlasting love of her own grandmother which helped break many negative cycles in Grams’ life, we believe she embodied the very same approach with her own grandchildren to continue to leave the next generation better equipped for success in life.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Sheryl Lee of Portland, Oregon, Tom (Adair) Walker of Gillette, Wyoming, Russchal Weaver of Great Falls, Montana and Dwight Tibbetts of Casper, Wyoming; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many friends who became family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Tibbetts; brothers Gilbert Chavez & Marvin Chavez; and a beloved Aunt Ramona.

A private family Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Activities Department at The Legacy Living & Rehabilitation Center, Campbell County Senior Center Activities Department, or the National Audubon Society.