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Obituaries: Chastaine; Kirk; Patman

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Flora Jean Chastaine

Flora Jean Chastaine: 1942 – 2023

Flora “Jean” Chastaine, 81, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on November 5, 2023.

Jean was born on March 29, 1942 to Andy and Ruby Burrough in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jean lost her parents at a young age which led her to being raised by her Aunt Lorena.

Jean married her first husband, Donald Griffin, in 1958. The two of them had two children. Donald’s work led them to move to Montana and eventually leading them to their home in Wyoming. They later divorced in 1982. Jean later married John Chastaine; together they called Gillette their home. 

Jean had a loving and caring heart, which led her into her career of nursing. She spent most of her nursing career serving the elderly in long term care facilities. Those who knew Jean, will always remember her love for Toby Keith and country music.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her son, Leonard Griffin.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Gerry) Hallcroft; her grandchildren: Jeanne Dee, Devin, Amanda, Cody, Cheyenne, Lauren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held in Oklahoma on a later date.

Clifford Andrew Kirk

Clifford Andrew Kirk: 1969 – 2023

Clifford Andrew Kirk, a beloved father, friend, and grandfather, passed away on October 29, 2023, in Gillette, Wyoming from cancer. He was born on June 9, 1969, in Casper, Wyoming. Andy’s departure has left a void in the lives of all who knew him.

Andy’s career was spent at First National Bank in Gillette as a maintenance man. His dedication and hard work were evident in everything he did. Colleagues remember him as a reliable and trustworthy individual who always went above and beyond to ensure that everything was in order.

Outside of work, Andy had numerous hobbies and interests that brought him joy. He loved to read and would often immerse himself in books to escape into different worlds. Woodworking was another passion of his. His craftsmanship was impeccable, and he took great pride in creating beautiful pieces with his own hands.

One of Andy’s fondest memories involved going to the cabin with his children and playing hide and seek on the 4-wheelers. These cherished moments highlighted his playful nature and the unbreakable bond he shared with his children. Andy’s children will always carry these memories close to their hearts.

Andy was not only an incredible father but also a beloved grandfather. Spending time with family and friends brought him immense joy. He cherished every moment spent with his grandchildren and took every opportunity to shower them with love and affection.

Described as very sarcastic, Andy had an uncanny ability to make people laugh even during the most challenging times. His witty remarks would brighten up any room, leaving those around him in stitches of laughter. He had a unique talent for finding humor in everyday life.

Educationally, Andy graduated from Campbell County High School in 1987. He was passionate about music and played in the high school band—an experience that cultivated his love for melody and rhythm.

Andy’s service, a Celebration of Life, will be held on November 10, 2023, at the Gillette Memorial Chapel located at 210 West Fifth St, Gillette, Wyoming. The ceremony will commence at 4:00 p.m. and will be a time for friends and family to come together to honor and remember Andy’s remarkable life.

Andy is survived by his children, Bryce Kirk and Nichelle Rinkenberger. His legacy lives on through them and the lessons he imparted during his time on earth. He is also survived by his brother, Chris Kirk and five grandchildren who will carry his memory with them always. Preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Geraldine (Anselmi) Kirk; son, Ben Butler; and nephew, Kyle Kirk.

In this time of mourning, let us remember Clifford Andrew Kirk for the joy he brought into our lives, his unwavering love for his family, and the laughter that filled our hearts. May his soul find eternal peace and may we find solace in the memories we shared with him.

Charles Allen Patman

Charles Allen Patman: 2004 – 2023

Charles Allen Patman II, 19, unexpectedly passed away Thursday, November 2, 2023, as the result of an undetected health issue at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Charles was born August 16, 2004, in Amarillo, Texas to Jeremy and Amy Patman and raised in Borger, Texas.

Charlie quickly gained the nickname ‘Cap’ and instantly captured the love of all his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Cap was blessed with a sister, Elizabeth Patman, and they became great friends. Cap and his family moved to Houston, Texas for 18 months, then spent eight years in Edmond, Oklahoma where he formed many great friendships.

By this time, Charlie had eight cousins: Braegan Patman and Magnus Foster of Ozark, Missouri; Whaetly, Lylianna, Quinlyjoe and Inzlyelise Chaloupek of Fairmont, Oklahoma; and Ben and Zoe Jeter of Abilene, Texas.

Cap’s family moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 2019 where he got to experience real winters, snow skiing and becoming a young man. In the four years in Wyoming, Cap’s childhood nickname outgrew him, and he became Charlie. He was very active in Boy Scouts where he earned the Arrow of Light, Senior Patrol Leader, and the Star Rank. He participated in clay shooting, dabbled in music, loved the band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and his favorite thing, the High School Science Club. Charlie was raised in the Methodist Church. He was a sweet, kind young man and extraordinarily loyal to all his friends and family.

Charlie was a 2023 graduate of Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming. He was a freshman at the University of Wyoming and majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Photography. He was an avid reader and a bright student with a wealth of knowledge. Charlie was enjoying college life.

Charlie is survived by his parents, Jeremy and Amy Patman and his sister, Elizabeth “Ella” of Gillette, Wyoming; his grandparents: William and Fran Patman of Borger, Texas and J. Stuart Wilson of Winder, Georgia; his great-grandmother, Marjorie Strebeck of Clovis, New Mexico; aunts and uncles: Elizabeth (Shad) Chaloupek of Fairmont, Oklahoma; Natalie (Kale) Foster of Ozark, Missouri; and Alana (Doug) Jeter of Abilene, Texas; his cousins; many great aunts and uncles; and a large extended family. During Charlie’s short time on earth, he blessed the lives of many people, and the lives of those he touched will be forever hollow.

Charlie was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sharon Strebeck Wilson; great-grandfathers, Charles Allen Patman and C.B. Strebeck; and the rest of his great grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at Living Rock Church, 2801 Antler Rd, Gillette, Wyoming. Services will also be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Kingswood Methodist Church, 2600 N Main St., Clovis, New Mexico. Charlie will be buried next to his grandmother at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1601 E. Llano Estacado, Clovis, New Mexico. Honorary pallbearers will be: Braegan Patman, Ben Jeter, Whaetly Chaloupek, Magnus Foster, Korbin Hunt, Cooper Stevens, and Jack Tinnell.

Memorial donations may be given to Campbell County High School Science Club, University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, or McMurry University.