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Bernard Beaumont

Bernard Beumont: 1953 – 2024

A Memorial Service for Bernard A. Beltran Beaumont, 70, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday March 2, 2024, at the Journey Church ,3601 Southern Dr., Gillette, Wyoming, 82718.  

Bernard A. Beltran Beaumont was born on Oct. 7, 1953, in Morocco to Jean and Emily Beltran. He joined his loved ones as an angel on Feb. 2, 2024, surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Beaumont; stepdaughter, Valerie Rose; and his son-in-law, Jeremy Rose.

He was a man of christian faith, from which he never wavered. Bernard at five years old moved to his home country of Toulouse, France where he later served in the French Marine Infantry in 1973. His career in the US started as a translator for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. for several years.

He was a man of art and had a PHD in the art field. He sculpted in many establishments in the D.C. area until he was severely injured. He also worked as a realtor for a short period of time. He later retired from VW of Alexandria.

Bernard’s greatest joy was taking long walks with his wife, Mary and cooking her extravagant meals. He loved going to the Seafood Warf in Washington D.C. to purchase fresh fish.  At night you could catch him sitting on his deck that he built, puffing his moist Montecristo cigar. He was so proud of the home renovations he and his wife did together that included he and his wife’s beautiful land scapings.  He planted her the prettiest exotic Hibiscus she’d ever seen. He really enjoyed it when their family members, his stepchildren and grandchildren would fly out to visit. He took the opportunity to cook some of his favorite dishes for them. Lastly, Bernard loved going on spur of the moment drives with his wife to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and have lunch at his favorite spot, the “Dobin House.”  

He is survived by his wife Mary Beaumont; stepchildren: Valerie Rose and her husband ,Jeremy Rose; David Apodaca and his fiancé, Jennifer. He was a proud grandpa to Locklyn Petersen, Jais and Brielle Rose; as well as David, Jennifer and their girls, Bella and Sofia.

He had a unique relationship with all the family members that he met and got to spend time with. He is the fifth of his siblings to go to heaven, leaving behind Dominique Fernandez. Bernard also has many nephews, nieces, and friends that are all grieving at the loss of such a kind and gentle person. There are too many to name, but they all know he loved them. 

Bernard is being welcomed by his parents, Jean and Emily Beltran; his beloved siblings, Christiane Embry, Jean Fernandez, Vincent Beltran, and Josette Bastie. He will also be welcomed by his in-laws, Juan and Theresa Roman; and brother-in-law, Johnny Roman.

Words cannot express the joy he has to be reunited with them. Bernard will be loved and deeply missed by all.  

Jack Bell

Jack Bell: 1940 – 2024

Surrounded by his family, Jack Bell passed away peacefully on February 22, 2024 at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming. Jack was born August 9, 1940 in Gillette, Wyoming, to Melvin “Mutt” and Doris (Mooney) Bell.  

At a very early age he learned how to drive a truck and began hauling cattle to Omaha, Nebraska for the Bell and Mooney trucking company. He did attend CCHS but he decided that work life was a whole lot more enjoyable and profitable than attending school so he quit school to make his life in the trucking industry.

He married the love of his life, Dianne Reimers, on Dec. 4, 1957 in Sturgis, South Dakota. In true Jack fashion, he would always laugh and have a gleam in his eye when he told the story of how they got married. They welcomed two boys into their life, Rick Bell in Nov. 1958 and Jack William Bell in Nov. 1962, who both reside in Gillette.

In 1965 Jack bought Kenneth Mooney’s portion of Bell and Mooney trucking and became a partner with his dad.  He continued to haul livestock, feed, gas, propane, water, oil and mud to not only local businesses and ranchers but across the country as well.  The stories of his days on the road could rival none but luckily, he always came home in one piece.  He was very dedicated to driving truck and was named the truck driver of the year in 1964. After he sold Bell and Mooney trucking company, he worked for a few different companies in the Gillette area from hauling livestock to hauling beer. The job he retired from, at the age of 75, was hauling equipment for Freund Construction Company in Gillette. He spent his life in the trucking business but since he was born into it and started driving truck at the age of 14, there wasn’t much else he knew or wanted to do.

In his spare time, he loved to go fishing and loved being on the mountain.  He also loved to go to the Moose Lodge and spend time socializing with his friends and we would always jokingly say, “If those walls could talk.” Anyone who knew Jack well knew he always had a story; some would leave you laughing for days and others just made you shake your head and leave you wondering. However, if you truly knew Jack, you never questioned his stories because, with him, anything was possible. Jack had a sense of humor and had a knack for giving everyone a nickname. It usually fit the person well because Jack had a good sense of character for people. Just to name a few of his pet nicknames for people are Clinton, Rocky, Rudy and Herman.  

Jack is preceded in death by his mom and dad; his wife, Dianne; his sisters, Alice and Carol; brothers, Dennie and Gary; daughter in-law, Gayle Bell; and grandson, Chad Bell. He is survived by his sister, Judy Stephens of Sundance, Wyoming; his sons, Rick (Tammy) Bell, Jack William Bell; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

We should all be so lucky to have the kind of friends he had and to have the life stories like he had. He lived a full life, he worked hard and you always knew where you stood with him and what was on his mind. He will be remembered well and greatly missed by those that knew him. May his stories live on in everyone’s memories and if you ever need a smile, just remember one of your favorite Jack stories.

There is an informal celebration of life gathering planned at the Moose Lodge March 9, 2024 starting at 2:00 p.m. His friends are invited to come and share memories and stories and give Jack the sendoff he would have wanted. In lieu of cards and flowers please donate to your favorite charity in Jack’s name. 

Kurt Andrew Jones

Kurt Andrew Jones: 1968 – 2024

Funeral service for Kurt Jones will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2024 at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Community Room with Pastor Ernie Bishop officiating; interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Kurt Andrew Jones, age 55 of Gillette, Wyoming passed away on February 24, 2024 in Gillette from complications of lung and brain cancer.

He was born to Carl and Shirley (Crawford) Jones on July 31, 1968 in Springfield, Illinois. He grew up in Petersburg, Illinois until the age of six; moved to Lincoln, Illinois and resided there until 2001, at which time he moved to his own personal paradise and dream place to live since second grade, Wyoming. He started grain and livestock farming with his parents in grade school through high school and after college for 10 years.

He was a beekeeper from third grade through high school. He was involved in 4-H from third grade through high school and FFA in high school. He received many awards for Beekeeping and Cattle Showmanship. He graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urban with a Bachelor’s degree in Science & Agriculture in 1990.

He began working for Century Geophysical (Century Wire line) in 2001 and enjoyed working there for 18 years, traveling all over the country until his termination due to downsizing in June 2019. In 2019, he went to work for WESCO until his cancer diagnosis in 2021. He was also known to be a very intelligent man and “Jack of all trades” throughout his life.

He married Christina (Bone) Johnson in Lincoln, Illinois on July 16, 2005 and shared three beautiful children together: David Bone, Brandi (Johnson) Adams and Hollie (Johnson) Adkins. He is survived by spouse, Christina Jones; one brother (best friend), Warren “Mitch” Smith of Illinois; mother, Shirley (Crawford) Jones of Illinois; uncle, Dave Crawford of Illinois; nieces, Ashley Smith and partner Jon Organ and Jamie Baker of Illinois; nephew, Nathaniel Smith and spouse Audra of Illinois; three children and spouses, David and Lisa (Atteberry) Bone, Brandi and Dakota Adams, Hollie and Ryan Adkins of Wyoming; and 10 grandchildren: Daisy, Michael, Chloe Bone, Jerry, Caradoc, Chloe Adkins, Denali, Ezra, Huntar and Adayha of Illinois and Wyoming.

He was preceded in death by father, Carl E. Jones; grandparents, Rogers and Eleanor Crawford; Harry and Pearl Geriets; Earl Jones and nephew, Justin Smith.

He enjoyed cutting wood, woodworking, camping, shooting at the gun range, mechanics, Outlaw Country music, history and reading. His two favorite books were “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine and “The Strenuous Life” by Theodore Roosevelt. He had a unique sense of humor, loved his family, friends and animals of all kinds. Memorials are suggested to help with expenses left behind due to illness.


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