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Marilyn Ladd

Marilyn Ladd: 1933 – 2024

In the peacefulness of her home and with her family beside her, Marilyn Ladd passed away on the morning of May 23, 2024.  Marilyn’s was a life well lived and richly rewarded by the love of the family and friends she walked through life with. 

Born on October 15, 1933 in Denver, Colorado to Saxton and Mary McReynolds, Marilyn was the oldest of five children.  In that immediate family setting, Marilyn developed qualities that stayed with her throughout her long life.  She was treasured as a daughter and big sister because of her outgoing personality, humor, compassion, courage and eternally positive attitude. Marilyn was particularly close to Rae Marie, the youngest in the family, and their bond as sisters and friends was one that only grew stronger and more meaningful. As Marilyn would have hoped, Rae Marie sat next to her in her final hours.

The McReynolds Family moved to Casper when Marilyn was five years old. They first moved into a home on the corner of 13th and Durbin and subsequently moved to other residences in downtown Casper.  Hers was an industrious family and Marilyn and brothers John and Dave made some pocket money and many lifelong friends at their fishing worm stand.  The late Dick Sedar, always a keeper of Casper history and one of those lifelong friends, spoke highly of the fishing worms sold by the McReynolds kids on Jackson Street. 

On August 29, 1953 Marilyn married Bill Ladd.  If there is one decision in Marilyn’s life that defined her and contributed the most to a wonderful life, marrying Bill was that pivotal choice.  She found in Bill a loving and devoted husband, unquestionably the world’s best father and grandfather,  a best friend, a hard worker, a ski buddy, a travel companion and a steady force in the tides of her life.  Marilyn and Bill embraced and celebrated the good times in life – so many of those times spent on ski slopes and at Alcova. They knew how to have fun and they shared their spirit of adventure in generous measure with their children Bruce, John and Lee Anne.

Marilyn and Bill and their young family moved into a home in 1961 built by Bill on Carmel Drive.  Raising a family in their home on Carmel Drive remained some of Marilyn’s very best memories.  She loved the home, she loved the neighborhood and the neighbors, and she placed great value on the foundation of our family that 3640 Carmel Drive always symbolized for her.  The years on Carmel coincided with areas of Marilyn’s life that meant so much to her: a ladies gourmet group that lasted, in some fashion, to this day; playing in tennis leagues; attending mass at Our Lady of Fatima and St. Anthony churches; sharing her skiing prowess as a ski instructor at Hogadon for 30 years; downsizing from a Chrysler station wagon to a Porsche Targa in the mid 70’s (she wore that car well!); seeing her children off to college; and being a recognizable face in the Casper community.  Marilyn’s smile and style were made brighter and better because of the joyful years on Carmel Drive.

Marilyn and Bill lived for six years in Santa Rosa, California. While Bill owned and operated an engineering firm, Marilyn passed the California Real Estate Exam and began a 30 year career as a real estate agent.  Moving back to Wyoming in 1993, Marilyn continued in real estate until she retired at the age of 84.  She found tremendous fulfillment during her time as a real estate agent.  She was fearless, hard working and determined. She engaged with the business community and with her clients in meaningful ways.  Recognized for her professionalism and service to the Casper community, many opportunities became available to her: serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club including a term as president, serving on the Board of Directors of American National Bank and participating in Leadership Wyoming. 

Connecting with people came easily to Marilyn, in large part because of her authentic concern for the well-being of others.  If you were a friend of Marilyn’s – of which she had many – you should know you hold a non-transferable title to a part of her heart.  She was “all in” with the people she cared about.  Most notably, Marilyn’s greatest wish was for her grandchildren, Tom Ladd, Taylor Walter and Amy Ladd, to find a sense of purpose and contentment in life.  She was steadfast in her support of and love for her grandchildren. Her devotion to them was clearly met with their devotion to her, and the bond shared between grandmother and grandchildren during her lifetime was palpable and poignant.  Witnessing Tom, Taylor and Amy this last week as they stayed with their grandmother through her final moments served as a testament to what mattered the most in Marilyn’s life:  love of family and the immeasurable blessings found there.

A picture of Marilyn’s life would not be complete without the acknowledgement of the devotion of our dad to our mom.  Long lives come with health challenges that can be daunting and considerable.  Our brave mother knew well such challenges.  Armed with a healthcare team including Drs. Louis Pisters (MD Anderson, Houston, Texas), Joe Mickelson, Paul Jones and Michel Skaf, Marilyn met her health challenges with grit and resilience.  More than anything or anyone, her Super Power on that front was our dad. In his role as husband and caregiver, Bill utilized his patience, instincts, love and compassion to care for Marilyn in a grace-filled manner that has been awe inspiring. 

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Bill of Casper; her children: Bruce (Anne) of Alcova, Wyoming, John (Mariana) of Houston, Texas, Lee Anne of Casper; her grandchildren: Tom (Emily) of Denver, Colorado, Taylor (Elliott) of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Amy (Bobby) of Heber City, Utah; her sister, Rae Marie (Bob) of Sheridan, Wyoming; sister-in-law, Linda Fellwock (Chuck) of Evansville, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. 

Marilyn is predeceased by her parents; and siblings: Dave, John and Sally.

A celebration of life will be held this summer and announced closer to the date. Our family is indebted for the care provided by Central Wyoming Hospice. In lieu of flowers, Marilyn’s memory would be best served if you would consider a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming.

Terry Ray Bosecker

Terry Ray Bosecker: 1954 – 2024

Memorial service for Terry Bosecker will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2024 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Corey Young officiating. Terry Ray Bosecker, 70, of Gillette, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from medical complications due to an accidental fall.

Terry was born in Evansville, Indiana on January 3, 1954 to Loretta (Hartman) and Melburn Bosecker. After graduating from Reitz High School in Evansville, Terry attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry and later in life Terry attained his MBA.

In 1978, Terry moved to Gillette, Wyoming to work in the coal industry. After 36 years, he retired as a general supervisor at Alpha Coal West.

Terry was an avid outdoorsman. He traveled extensively in South Africa, New Zealand and throughout North America hunting big game animals. He participated in trap shooting, in which he won numerous awards. He also enjoyed welding, fabricating and wood working. At the time of his death, he was building a shop to accommodate these hobbies. Terry was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Gillette, where he was active as an usher, volunteer and on the board of trustees.

He cherished time spent with his wife, Janet, working out at the gym, watching sports together, and being with treasured friends. They also enjoyed vacationing in Arizona to visit his daughter, Rachel, son-in-law, Ty, and twin granddaughters, Piper and Payton. So many wonderful memories shared. He was especially close to his brother, Larry, as life-long hunting buddies, and spoke to each other several times a week. He appreciated time spent with his three coffee groups, shooting the breeze and solving the world’s problems.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Rachel (Ty) Phillips; his two granddaughters, Piper and Payton Phillips; his brother, Larry Bosecker; niece, Laney Ford, and her daughter Maggie; nephew, Neil (Emily) Bosecker, and his son Tilden Bosecker. He is preceded in death by his parents, Loretta and Melburn Bosecker; along with his sister-in-law, Brenda Bosecker.

Terry’s solution to every problem was: “This too shall pass.”