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Obituaries: Hawkes; Edwards; Jerue

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Lowell Ernie Hawkes Sr.

Lowell Ernie Hawkes Sr.: 1948 – 2024

Ernie Sr. Was born to Lowell Creed Hawkes and Doris Caves on August 29, 1948 in Casper, Wyoming.

He loved his family and would do anything for them. He loved working on cars, fishing, and wrestling, and Bingo! He was a great father, brother, grandfather, and son.

He passed in his sleep.

He leaves behind a daughter, Tamara Hawkes; a son, Lowell Ernie Hawkes Jr.; granddaughters: Emillia and Elizabeth; a grandson, Leopold; and the person he trusted with everything, Naomi.

Charles Eugene Edwards

Charles Eugene Edwards: 1958 – 2024

Graveside service for Charles Edwards will take place at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota. Public visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2024 at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Charles (Eddie) Eugene Edwards, a loving dad and grandpa, passed away on May 8, 2024, at the age of 65 from complications from COPD. He was born on September 1, 1958, in Anchorage, Alaska, and most recently resided in Casper, Wyoming.

He served in the Marine Corps from December 29, 1977, to January 28, 1982, proudly upholding the motto “Semper Fi.” Eddie was a Civil Engineer by profession, having attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Eddie found joy in his work and excelled in his career. Eddie was known for his passion for building things and enjoyed his favorite TV show, M.A.S.H. In his free time, he loved to play foosball and spend time with his family.

Nicknamed Eddie, he was a man who always loved to talk and engage with others. Eddie’s proudest accomplishments were being a wonderful dad to his son, Chris Edwards, and daughter, Kalee Edwards, as well as a beloved grandpa to his granddaughter, Emery Edwards.

He is survived by Cynthia Edwards, sister; Jim Edwards, brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Edwards; former wife, Karen Edwards; former mother-in-law, Lorraine Klingler; and former father-in-law, Boyd Klingler.

Despite at times being affected by a debilitating illness, Eddie made a positive impact in his community. He founded the Marine Corps League in Gillette, helped with other charitable endeavors and volunteered at the Soup Kitchen and other places for many years. Eddie will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.

His memory will be cherished forever, and his legacy of love and dedication to family will live on through those he leaves behind. 

Michelle Marie Jerue

Michelle Marie Jerue: 1963 – 2024

Michelle Marie Jerue, 61, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2024, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones.

Michelle, known to her loved ones as Shelley, was born on January 9, 1963, in Anaconda, Montana, to her late mother, Dorothy Johnson. Shelley was a loving, caring, and compassionate individual who dedicated her life to caregiving and customer service. Her many years of experience in these fields reflected her passion for helping others. She was known for her hardworking and dependable nature, traits that made her an exceptional caregiver and a reliable friend. 

In her free time, Shelley enjoyed indulging in her hobbies of crafting, traveling, baking, cooking, and entertaining, always surrounded by her beloved family. Her quirky sense of humor, patience, assertiveness, and positive outlook on life made her a joy to be around. Her friends and family will always remember her for her sarcasm, strength, and ability to bring laughter to any situation. 

Shelley is survived by her sons, Howard Nuzum (Vanessa) and Matthew Nuzum (Kari); daughters, Mariha Nuzum (Neil) and Barbara Gaught (Brandon); brothers, Bryan Durocher (Anthony) and Darryl Durocher; multiple grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amanda Rae Durocher; birth mother, Dorothy Johnson; adopted mother, Elaine Nelson; sister, Bobbi Stucki; brother, Joe Durocher; and grandchildren: Taylor Frost Nuzum and Kaid Thomas Nuzum. 

Unwavering and unconditional love is the gift she gave to all who had the pleasure of knowing her, and the unwavering and unconditional love of our lord in heaven will be her gift in return. Let us remember her by the brave and selfless way she fought in the beginning, the middle, and the end of life. 

A celebration of Shelley’s life will be held in Gillette, Wyoming; date and location yet to be determined. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.