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Obituaries: Caskey; Mansur; Maurer

Patricia Caskey

Patricia Annette Caskey: 1953 – 2023

Patricia Annette Caskey, born Patricia Annette Towner, 65, went to be with her Heavenly Father in the early morning of Oct. 10, 2023, at 12:10 a.m. at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Patricia had suffered a cardiac event that was exacerbated by advanced-stage cancer. She was surrounded by many of those she cared for as she passed away peacefully.

Patricia was born on the evening of Feb. 23, 1958, in Gunnison, Colorado, and was raised by John LeRoy and Betty Jane (Roberts) Towner, where she enjoyed spending time on her grandfather’s farm in the Gunnison Valley (which she was quick to mention now lies underneath Blue Mesa Reservoir), and later moved to Jeffrey City, Wyoming, where she had many fond memories of spending time with friends and family, including her “tricycle buddy,” Becky Jo Roberts, and her brother, Charlie. 

Patricia later returned to Colorado and graduated from Florence High School in Florence, Colorado, in 1977. Afterward, she attended the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Clearfield, Utah, which offered her the opportunity to attend the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University – Pueblo). It was here she met her first husband, Peter Veach Dewees, who was also studying there, whom she married on Nov. 11, 1979, in Pueblo. From this union their three children were “hatched” — Ian Allen (born May 30, 1983, in Colorado Springs, Colorado), Sarah Jane (born July 19, 1985, in Colorado Springs, Colorado [don’t tell anyone!]), and Aaron Thomas (born Oct. 11, 1987, in Worland, Wyoming). 

Patricia and Peter moved to Thermopolis, Wyoming, in 1985; to be closer to family, which included Betty Lou (Stewart) Fare, among others; then to Riverton, and later settled in Lander, Wyoming, in 1989. Patricia and Peter were divorced in Lander in 2000, at which point Patricia continued to live there and raised her children. 

While living in Lander, Patricia continued to pursue her education, eventually earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Central Wyoming College. While working on her education and raising her very, ahem, “lively” children, she supported them by working in the heathcare industry with medically disabled people at Wyoming Life Resource Center, and at times with Community Reentry Services and Showboat Retirement Center in Lander; many times working two jobs at once. She finally retired from WLRC in 2021. Her work ethic was an inspiration to her children and those around her.

Later on in her life, her two grandchildren were born to her daughter Sarah; Samuel Allen Smith (born May 9, 2005, in Riverton, Wyoming), and Elora Lou Smith (born June 25, 2007, in Casper). Patricia doted on her grandchildren at every possible opportunity, and followed their every milestone with great interest. 

Patrica also remarried during this era, marrying Gerald Michaelson Caskey on Sept. 21, 2016, in Lander, Wyoming. They remained at each other’s side, literally, to the very end.

Patricia enjoyed many hobbies in her spare time, including crocheting, cooking and canning. Many family members and friends enjoyed her homemade apple butter, peach jam, and many other canned goods, which frequently found their way across the United States. She also liked to travel whenever possible with her family, and spending time outside with them. 

If she wasn’t outside with family and friends; she could be frequently found indoors shopping at any store that sparked her interest. This is a trait that, to the chagrin of their spouses, was passed on to her children. She also had a special place in her heart for animals, adopting many dogs and cats over the years and nursing them back to health. 

The holiday season was a special time for her as well, which was further punctuated by Gerry’s uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus. She also appreciated a good laugh at any given opportunity.

She was preceded in death by many loved ones, including John LeRoy and Betty Jane Towner; Charlie and Mary Beth Roberts, William Boyd “Bill” Stewart, and Betty Lou Stewart-Fare; also preceded in death was an infant granddaughter, Lillian Piper Dewees.

She is survived by her husband Gerry, and family members Bill and Leann Griffith of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Robert “Bob” Stewart of Chico, California; Anthony and Rebecca Green of Washington; Charlie Roberts of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Howard and Marie Fare of Gillette, Wyoming; Glenn Towner of Rawlins, Wyoming; Linda and David Hardin of Casper, Wyoming; and Joseph and Amy Moore of San Antonio, Texas. Pat is also survived by her three children; Ian Dewees of Central Point, Oregon; Eric and Sarah Kraft of Casper, Wyoming, with grandkids Sam and Elora; Aaron and Amanda Dewees of Casper, Wyoming, ex-husband Peter Dewees of Casper, Wyoming, along with numerous nephews and nieces.

This obituary wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging her many friends, almost too numerous to name, whom Pat regarded as much as many regard family.

By Patricia’s request, there will be no funeral at this time; an informal memorial will be held in summer 2024 at a time and place yet to be determined.  Cremation will be performed by Bustard’s and Jacoby Funeral Home in Casper.

Patricia’s family would like to extend a special thank-you to the ICU unit at Banner Health Wyoming Medical Center for their expert and compassionate care during Pat’s final hours, and also to Trac Pfeifer, PA at Lander Medical Clinic for his professional care and friendship to Pat over the years.

The Informal Memorial of Aug. 31, 2024, in Lander, Wyoming, location to be announced.

Jean Ann Mansur

Jean Ann Mansur: 1929 – 2023

Jean Ann Mansur, a 71-year resident of northeast Wyoming, passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, at the Primrose Retirement Community in Gillette, Wyoming.

Jean, born on May 14, 1929, was raised and educated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The daughter of Loren and Ernestine Thompson, she had one brother, Lowell.

In September 1950, she married Robert Mansur, also of Minneapolis. In 1952, a 70-plus year Wyoming residency would begin upon relocating to Gillette. With Robert’s passing in June 2017, their upcoming wedding anniversary would have marked 67 years of marriage.

She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her brother, Lowell; sons, Bruce (Gloria), Steve (Cathy), Glenn, David (Raeann), Richard (Maria); and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jean was a devoted, caring wife and mother who will be forever loved and missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her. The family would like to thank the staff of Primrose for the compassionate care during Jean’s occupancy. A private memorial service for family is pending.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY 82716.

Dale Gordon Maurer Sr.

Dale Gordon Maurer Sr.: 1934 – 2023

Dale Maurer Sr., 89, passed away Oct. 14, 2023, in Gillette, Wyoming. He was the sixth of seven children, born May 9, 1934, to Mabel (Hatch) and Henry Maurer in Sumner, Iowa.

He finished the eighth grade in Sumner. He then worked on the family farm and found odd jobs to help the family. At 16 he left home, eventually ending up in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, where he worked for his brother, Donald, as a farmhand.

On April 8, 1954, Dale was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. After basic training in Camp Gordon, Georgia, he returned to Hixton, Wisconsin, to marry the love of his life, DeVon Dunn, on June 20, 1954. They moved to Georgia and from there he was deployed to Korea where he was a telephone installer/repairman.

On March 8, 1956, Dale was discharged from the Army, and he and DeVon returned to Black River Falls to begin their life and start their family. They had six children (Dale, Jr. (Bud), Daniel, Ann (stillborn), Russell, Robert and Marc).

Dale and DeVon moved numerous times in their 54 years of marriage between Wisconsin, Iowa and Wyoming. Dale often said he must have some gypsy blood in him because he always needed to be on the move. The majority of his career was spent as an over-the-road truck driver which took him all over the country, but his heart never left the farm. He loved working with tractors, tending a huge garden, raising and riding horses, hunting, fishing and living in the country. He longed for the simple, country life.

Since DeVon passed in 2008, he has looked forward to the day when they would be together again. They shared the love of a lifetime.

Dale is survived by two siblings, Ruth Frisch of Waterloo, Iowa, and Gene Maurer of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, as well as a sister-in-law Clarice Maurer of Florida. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, his many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly as well as his many close friends.

Dale’s memory will be forever in our hearts.

A memorial service will be at the American Legion in Gillette on Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon. We will gather around the table to enjoy a meal and raise our coffee cups in celebration of Dale’s life. Inurnment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY 82716.