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Obituaries: Melchert; Dunlap; Johnson; Mooney; Sterrett

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Betty Jo Melchert

Betty Jo Melchert: 1951 – 2024

Betty Jo (BJ) Melchert, 72, died February 27, 2024, in her Gillette home following a relatively brief illness.

She was born March 1, 1951, in Deadwood, South Dakota; the daughter of Floyd and Betty (Lyons) Varland. She grew up in Newell, graduating from Newell High School in 1969. On December 9, 1969, she married Clifford Melchert who survives in Gillette. She is also survived by a brother, Ron (Nita) Varland; nephews, Keith (Stacie) Morell and John (Sarah) Varland; nieces, Vikki (Alan) Gifford and Alison (Pat) Hinkle. Other survivors include great-nieces, Katie Remington and Harper Hinkle; and great-nephews, Patrick (Trinity) Hamling, David Alan Morell, and Josh and Timothy Varland. She also is survived by her longtime best friend, Charlie Gearhart of Gillette.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Gaylene Morell; and brother-in-law, David V. Morell.

Betty Jo was a long-time associate of Knecht Lumber, having retired in 2016. She was an accomplished embroiderer, an avid reader, and a thoughtful relative who remembered and celebrated birthdays and holidays with cards on those special occasions. She was a long-standing member of the Eagle’s club and American Legion auxiliary. She had become a lifetime member of the Eagles. She loved camping and boating (no fishing poles allowed) playing cards and all-around fun with Bob and Charlie Gearhart.

Katherin Virginia Dunlap: 1929 – 2024

Katherin Virginia Dunlap, age 94 of Gillette and Moorcroft, passed away at Primrose Community Living on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Philip Ord Johnson

Philip Ord Johnson: 1956 – 2024

Philip passed in the early hours on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming at the age of 68.

He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who know and love him.  Arrangements for Phil are in the planning stages.

Jamie Mooney

Jamie Mooney: 1978 – 2024

Jamie Mooney of Campbell County, age 45, passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Memorial service for Jamie will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Steve Carnahan officiating. 

Scott Matthew Sterrett: 1984 – 2024

Scott passed unexpectedly on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the age of 40.  His memory will live on through all who know and love him, and he will be sadly missed by those he touched.  Arrangements are currently pending.