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Obituaries: Belmont; Fordyce; Presley; Weeding

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William Roger Belmont

William Roger Belmont: 1944 – 2024

William Roger Belmont, a dedicated and hardworking man, passed away on April 12, 2024, at Campbell County Memorial Health. He was born on December 30, 1944, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bill, as he was affectionately known, lived a fulfilling life filled with love, service, and dedication to his family and community.

Bill’s journey began on a farm near Hill City, South Dakota, where he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. After graduating high school in 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and bravely served his country during a five-year tour in Vietnam. His service on an ammunition ship off the coast of Vietnam and later in Danang showcased his unwavering commitment to duty. Bill was honorably discharged in 1968, having shown great courage and resilience during his time in the military.

After his discharge from the Navy, Bill moved to Gillette, Wyoming, where he started a new chapter in his life. He worked in the oilfield industry, starting from pulling units and eventually owning one of his own. Over the years, he transitioned into the chemical business as a warehouse delivery man before retiring in 2012. Bill’s strong work ethic and determination were evident throughout his career. Bill had a kind heart and a caring soul which drew people towards him effortlessly.

In 1970, he met Kayleen Naylor, whom he married and had two children with, Karla Jean Belmont Hix and William “Bill” Thomas Belmont. He was a loving and caring father who always prioritized teaching his kids about the importance of family and taking responsibility. They would spend most weekends skiing and camping, and Bill would often make his famous Hobo dinner on the campfire.

After their divorce, he bought land out by Rozet, Wyoming, and encouraged his children’s participation in 4H and other related programs. In a twist of fate and when Bill least expected it, he found love again with Gail Sandy, whom he married on April 20, 2002. In 2005, Bill and his beloved wife Gail took on the role of guardians for Gail’s four grandchildren, raising them as their own. This selfless act exemplified Bill’s deep sense of family values and his willingness to go above and beyond for those he loved. He found immense joy in attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sports events, cherishing every moment spent with them.

Beyond his professional achievements and commitments to his family, Bill had a passion for outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed taking care of his chickens and assisting with ranch chores like feeding cows and brandings on Clarky Reynolds Ranch and other ranches near the Adon Road. Bill even supplied goats for NHR from 1993-2002.

In this time of mourning, Bill is survived by his loving wife Gail Belmont, of Rozet, Wyoming, who stood by him through thick and thin; his adopted sons, (grandsons) LeRoy and John Belmont; daughter, Karla (Mike) Hix of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; son, William T. Belmont of Sheridan, Wyoming; stepson, Jason Sandy of North Dakota; his grandchildren: Kortney Hix of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Mikayla Hix of Parker, Colorado, Kyle Hix of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Brittany Orozco of Gillette, Wyoming, Andreana Armstrong of Gillette, Wyoming, Tanya (Adam) Lara of Rozet, Wyoming; his great-grandchildren: Adrian Lara, Korbin Christensen Orozco, Skylah Christensen, Karson Christensen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Florence Belmont; brothers, Calvin and Milo (Bud) Belmont; sisters: Pat (Bill) Smith, Noreene (Dave) Guiser, Francis (Louis) Pettit, Linda (Melvin) Heirmeier, and Nadine (Ed) Henschel; father in law, Roy Hampton; step-mother-in-law, Bernice Hampton; mother-in-law, Thelma Landers; brother-in-law, Roger Landers; sister-in-law, Elaine Hampton; and stepfather-in-law, Richard Landers.

His memory will forever be cherished by all who knew him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and colleague. William Roger Belmont’s life was one well-lived; a legacy of hard work, love for family, service to country, and unwavering dedication to those around him. May his soul rest in eternal peace knowing that he touched the lives of many with kindness and compassion.

Betty Fordyce: 1954 – 2024

With profound sorrow, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Betty Fordyce.

Surrounded by her adoring family, she peacefully met her savior, Jesus Christ, on March 18, 2024. Known for her boundless love, gentle spirit, and unwavering strength, Betty leaves an indelible mark on our hearts.

Throughout her earthly journey, she exuded remarkable virtues of kindness, patience, and a heart overflowing with compassion. Her steady commitment to her family and her husband of 51 years was unparalleled. She instilled in us timeless values: the importance of respect, firm sibling bonds, and the pursuit of our dreams with determination.

Her exceptional culinary skills brought joy to our family gatherings, with her homemade cherry cheesecake holding a special place in our memories. As a woman of relentless faith, Betty found solace in the lord. She devoted herself to serving her church community, where she found a loving extended family.

Her fight against cancer in recent years demonstrated her indomitable spirit and unshakable faith. While our hearts ache at her absence, we find comfort in the knowledge that she is reunited with our heavenly father. Her smile, hugs, and love will forever linger in our hearts, guiding us through life’s challenges and inspiring us to live with purpose and compassion.

We bid farewell to our beloved mother, knowing that her legacy of love, strength, and persistent faith will continue to shine brightly within us. May her memory be a testament to the transformative power of a life lived in service to others.

Until we meet again, Mom, we love you immeasurably.

Lynne Avis Presley

Lynne Avis Presley: 1942 – 2024

Lynne Avis Presley was called home on April 13, 2024. She was born on June 10, 1942, and raised in Hartford, Connetticut. She ventured west, first living in Colorado where she started a career in communications. Finally, she moved in 1975 to Worland, Wyoming, making that her home where she continued to work for an Answering Service.

Also, while in Worland, Lynne served as Post Madam President for Eagles Post #3096 from 1988-1990. In 1992, Lynne moved to Gillette, making it her hometown. She gained employment with S.T.A.R.R. Communication until her retirement, while working at S.T.A.R.R. Lynne was an avid member of the Relay for Life Team. Upon her retirement she became a volunteer for Crook County Family Violence and GARF.

Among her hobbies, Lynne loved to crochet, she loved to read, to go fishing, and she always had a puzzle nearby, she loved to cook especially baking cookies, and of course Lynne’s love for cats. Lynne lived up to Christian values, helping many whether with a hot meal or words of encouragement. She loved listening to old time Country Gospel music.

Preceding her in death, her parents; a sister; and life partner, Dean Hines. Survivors include her son, James Eric Large; and grandson, Matt Collins both of Casper, Wyoming.

Lynne left behind friends that became family. Carol Bui, her lifelong friend, became her sister at heart. Also included: Pat Martinez, Ashley Larson, John and Teresa Ludemann, April Stuckey, Pamela Shultz, and Dee Stotts.

Lynne will be dearly missed. Per her wishes no services are scheduled but there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. 

Chase Allen Weeding

Chase Allen Weeding: 1985 – 2024

Chase Weeding, 38, a beloved partner, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend passed away April 12, 2024, in Deadwood, South Dakota, after a tragic accident.

Chase was born July 21, 1985, to Dan and Valerie Weeding of Gillette, Wyoming.  Chase grew up in Gillette, enjoying everything from Boy Scouts, soccer, tee-ball, karate to archery.  Chase looked forward to the annual summer trips to Minnesota to spend time with his cousins.  Chase enjoyed beating his dad at a game of golf and was a Minnesota Vikings fanatic.

Chase graduated from Campbell County High School in 2003, with high high hopes of traveling, exploring this beautiful world and feeding his soul by feeding people.  But first, he made sure to spend time with everyone; having never met a stranger.  Weekend poker nights and karaoke are still some of the favorite memories with his friends.  

He started his journey into cooking, working locally at Prime Rib, Pokey’s and Pizza Carrello. Chase headed to California in 2012, where he attended and graduated from the San Diego Culinary Institute.  This was the catalyst to advancing his life and career to levels he had only dreamed of.

Chase returned to Wyoming where he planted himself in the beautiful mountainside town of Buffalo.  He became “Chef Chase” at The Cantina, working for Mark and Dawnille Riddle.  Dreams grew big and quickly he developed Buffalo’s first 5-Star menu and restaurant, 4th on Main.  This restaurant quickly became a local favorite and sought out by travelers from all over the world.  Chase’s culinary creations were an experience in themselves.  4th on Main was Chase’s pièce de résistance.

During Chase’s time in Buffalo, he met the love of his life, Tiffany O’Neil.  He quickly became best friends with her children and enjoyed every minute spent with them.  Lake trips, family game nights and recently the addition of ducks, turkey and chickens….Chase finally had his perfect little family.

Chase is survived by fiancé, Tiffany O’Neil and her children, Alexandra, Mackenzie, Van and Lane; father, Dan (Sherry) Weeding; stepbrothers: Justin Emery, Shawn Emery, Jesse Emery; sister, Carrie Anne Ellison (Quenton); niece, Tajah Edwards; sister, Christina Dodge (Joe); nephews, Jack and Luke Dodge; grandmother, Sharon Henrichs; and grandmother, JoAnne Weeding; stepbrothers, Zach Browen and Jeremy Browen.

He is preceded in death by mother, Valerie Weeding; stepfather, Ronald Browen; grandfather, Denis Weeding; grandfather, Allen Hudson; grandmother, Janet Hudso; and uncle, Mike Weeding. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Gillette Memorial Chapel on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.  A burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah followed by a luncheon at the American Legion Post #42.

Flowers, cards and condolences can be sent to Gillette Memorial Chapel at 210 W. 5th Street Gillette, WY 82718.