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Margaret "Peg" Ann Evans

Margaret “Peg” Ann Evans: 1932 – 2023

Margaret (Peg) Evans, 91, lifelong Casper resident passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023.

Peg’s Wyoming ties began when her grandmother and grandfather homesteaded near Van Tassel, Wyoming, in the late 1800s. Her mom and dad homesteaded west of Casper in the 1920s, ranching and running a dairy. That is where Peg grew up. There was no running water. Also, there was no electricity to their property, so her dad used to hook an automobile battery to a windmill to charge the battery enough that they could listen to the radio in the evenings. They had no telephone for many years. She attended schools in Casper, graduating from Natrona County High School. 

Peg married Terrance (Terry) Lincoln, an automotive technician and raised two kids, Richard (Rick) Lincoln and Rebecca (Becky) Lincoln. Peg was very involved in her kids’ education, teaching them at home even before kindergarten. As her children grew up sometimes (as a form of discipline) she would open a volume of the Encyclopedia Britannia, pick a random entry and tell the offending child to write a book report about the subject. She was a PTA mom, home room mom and girl scout troop leader. Weekends were spent taking her kids to drag strips and stock car races with her husband. Terry passed away in 1970.

She liked to clean house while listening to music. Peg was a great cook and could make any kind of wild meat taste wonderful. She was also an animal lover, except for snakes. She had to deal with too many rattlesnakes growing up on the homestead. She liked watching NASCAR races, NHRA races and she loved watching football, especially her beloved Broncos, Chiefs and Bills. 

Peg worked mainly as a bookkeeper at a few Casper businesses before becoming the manager of an H&R Block office for over 10 years. She finished out her career as the treasurer of Lynx Transport for over 20 years.

Peg married Korean War veteran Darrel Evans and they moved to a ranch west of Casper. They ran angus cattle and some llamas. They were avid bowlers and enjoyed playing on leagues at El Marko Lanes for many years, even bowling in the Senior Olympics. Darrel passed away in 2011.

Peg was preceded in death by an infant daughter; both husbands; her parents; and all of her grandparents. She is survived by her children; her grandson, Brion and his wife, Angela; and her great- granddaughter, Taylor; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Cremation has already taken place. A private burial was held at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery  in Evansville, Wyoming on Friday, October 20, 2023, where she was interred with her late husband, Darrel. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Casper Humane Society, 849 East E Street, Casper, WY 82601.

Henry Ricky Gonzales

Henry Ricky Gonzales: 1961– 2023

Henry passed on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Facility in Gillette at the age of 62.  He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who know and love him.  

Funeral services for Henry will be conducted in New Mexico and are in the planning stages.

Mark Wade Hood: 1957 – 2023

Mark passed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at his care facility in Gillette at the age of 66. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who know and love him.

Mark Wade Hood was born September 9, 1957 in Lindsey, California to Hayden Hood and Della May Hodge. He attended Porterville High School in Porterville CA. Mark grew up in Porterville, California and moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 2015 to be closer to his kids and grandkids.

He leaves behind his daughter, Ashley Hood of Porterville, California; son, Mark Hood of Gillette Wyoming; daughter, Candise Beyl and son-in-law, Ryan Beyl of Gillette, Wyoming; and brother, Rusty Hood of Cortez, Colorado.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents; his brother, Rocky Hood; his grandson, Tristan Giddens; and granddaughter, Madison Giddens.

A small memorial service will be held in his hometown at a later date. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716.

James Dean McRae

James Dean McRae: 1962 – 2023

James Dean McRae was anxious to be born and came a month early on May 22, 1962, to Patricia (Boyer) Sather and Frank McRae in Sidney, Montana. He was the easiest baby to raise and always content.
Jimmy Dean grew up surrounded by a large family which included his siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, many cousins, and lifelong friends. He attended school in Sidney & Savage where he participated in wrestling, football, and boxing.                    

Seismic work took him to Wyoming where he found the loves of his life – Brenda, Seaver and Savanah. They were his pride and joy. He met Brenda one night when they were both out on the town and were never apart again. They were married on May 25, 1990, and became a family. He had such a sense of humor and loved to tease Brenda, taking every opportunity to do so, was just one of the many fun and passionate parts to their relationship.

From the day they first met, their chemistry and love for each other was undeniable and truly admirable to everyone that knew them. Brenda and Jim had a love that one could only truly describe as one between soulmates. Known as “everyone’s favorite nephew,” Jim, James, Jimmy Dean – he was known to everyone as a jokester and never a stranger to any, for long. By the end of any conversation upon meeting a new face, he walked away with a new friend. Trusted God loved the outdoors (especially fishing & camping with his family), and his moose of a dog, Snickers. He was his own man, even as a child, was soft hearted, and as a child didn’t like his picture taken. He loved getting together with family and friends. He was always searching for something to eat and kept his eye on Grandma

Boyer’s cookie jar, hoping there was a treat inside; his favorite was her No-Bakes. But the most important things in his life were his wife, son, daughter, and grandchildren.

So many memories with Dad. Seaver’s favorites included Lake De Smet and Elitch Gardens Theme Park. Savanha remembers Mom and Dad’s first trip without the kids and she wasn’t sure if they would come back, but of course they did. It was so important to take care of his family and he worked hard to be able to do so. Due to getting injured in the oil field, he started trucking. After the sudden passing of the love of his life, his cherished wife Brenda, he moved to Sidney to help his mother with her recovery from an accident and was able to find employment with Sidney Sugars, carrying on the legacy of Boyer men working in the sugar beet industry. Once the factory closed, he found employment with Border Steele.

Jim passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, in Sidney, Montana. We will all miss him and his hugs. He gave the best hugs ever.

Jim is survived by his children: daughter, Savanha McRae and granddaughter, Jayce; son, Seaver McRae (Chantel) and grandsons: Dalton, Dylan, Jaxton, and granddaughter, Keira; his mother, Pat Sather; stepmother, Barb McRae; siblings: Francis McRae (Teri), Collette Olson, Gene McRae, Thomas Sather (Jason), Glenn McRae (Angel), Nicole McRae, John Flynn, Rick Flynn, George Flynn, and Berta Walter; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife Brenda; father, Frank; grandparents, Francis and Rose Boyer and Glenn and Ellen McRae; his stepfather, Tom Sather; father-in-law, Daniel Laher; sister-in-law, Ivy Laher; brother-in-law, Kurt Olson; and many cherished family and friends.                                                                        

Family and friends are invited to join in celebrating his life, on Friday November 3. A burial service begins at 4:00 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, immediately followed by a reception at Big Lost Meadery. A potluck will be provided by the family and any additional food items are welcomed. Any outside drinks are prohibited. In lieu of flowers, any contributions to help support the family during this time are welcomed and appreciated.

Kenneth A. York

Kenneth A. York: 1952 – 2023

Ken was born in Longview Washington to Dick and Mary York. He was the baby of the family and loved.

He spent a life behind a steering wheel driving big rigs. He was an honored Vietnam War veteran and loved his country.

He is preceded in death by both his parents; a brother; and his beloved wife, Caty.

He is survived by his brother Larry; sister Karen; and his three children: Lyndsay, Jessica, Ken II and several grandchildren. Ken went home to his wife on October 16, 2023.