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  • Judy M. Meisner

    May 23, 2024

    Judy M. Meisner, 77 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Spearfish, South Dakota. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance, a reception will follow at the Sundance United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at

  • Robert A. Schnaible

    May 23, 2024

    Robert A. Schnaible, age 86, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Sunday, May 19, 2024 at the Crook County Long Term Care Center in Sundance, Wyoming. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2024 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the...

  • Mark Louis Huseby

    May 16, 2024

    Mark Louis Huseby, 65, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on May 6, 2024. He was born December 25, 1958, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Eric and Jeannie Huseby. Mark attended country school on the Huseby Ranch from kindergarten through 2nd grade. He would go out at recess and milk the family cow "Ginger" for a quick cup of milk. Mark then attended Hulett School, where he graduated. While in high school, he met a lovely young lady, Terry Ridinger. The two married on January 2, 1976 and planted...

  • Torrey Tope

    May 2, 2024

    Torrey Tope, 34 of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed away on April 22, 2024. Torrey Lavern Tope was born in Belle Fourche on March 20, 1990, to Jay and Wilma (Allen) Tope. He attended grade school at Billup School in Otter, Montana and Four Oaks in Crook County, Wyoming. He then finished his education being homeschooled with his siblings. Torrey graduated in 2008. He worked on the family ranches and eventually started his own scrap business in Belle Fourche, which he currently operated....

  • Monty J. Clark

    Apr 25, 2024

    Monty J. Clark, 68, of Beulah, Wyoming, passed away on April 12, 2024, in his home. Monty was born to Lewis and Shirley Clark, on February 23, 1956 in Bozeman, Montana. His early childhood was spent in the Madison Valley of Montana, where he loved exploring the great outdoors with his siblings. Monty left home at a young age to start working, he was always a hard worker. In the early '80s, Monty relocated to Gillette, Wyoming, marking the beginning of his distinguished career as a carpenter and...

  • Karl Henrik Frederiksen

    Apr 18, 2024

    Karl Henrik Frederiksen was born January 8, 1930 to Johan and Martha (Pedersen) Frederiksen in Horton, Wyoming. Karl joined his loving wife of 71 years in Heaven on April 9, 2024 with his family by his side. Karl's education was cut short after the eighth grade because he was needed at home to help provide for his family and run the farm. On June 1, 1952, Karl married the most beautiful girl in Crook County, Iris (Joan) Dudrey, at the Methodist Church in Sundance, Wyoming. They were the first...

  • Edward William Gantz Jr.

    Apr 4, 2024

    Edward William Gantz Jr., 84, of Alva, Wyoming, passed away peacefully with his family beside him on March 31, 2024. Ed was born on October 22, 1939, to Edward Gantz Sr. and Margaret (Sipe) Gantz. He grew up on the family ranch where he lived until the time of his death. He attended his primary school years at Belle Country School that was located on the family ranch. Later he attended school in Hulett, graduating in 1957. In the summer of 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna...

  • Rolland "Butch" Helkenn

    Apr 4, 2024

    Rolland “Butch” Helkenn, 86, of Sundance, Wyoming entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2024. Butch was born on January 14, 1938, in Clark, South Dakota to Edward and LaVerne (Kruthoff) Helkenn. He grew up with four brothers, one sister and one uncle on the home place located in Fordham Township. He attended Fordham Elementary and Logan High School, where he met his wife, Betty Marie Carter. They married on October 11, 1956 and shortly thereafter moved to their own...

  • Sharon Lynn Hacker

    Mar 28, 2024

    Sharon Lynn Hacker, 85, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away at the Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. Sharon Lynn Hacker was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world on March 23, 2024, after a brief illness. Sharon was born to Keith and Ruth Likens on August 11, 1938. She was the oldest of four siblings- Sharon, Phil, Jack and Mary (Susie). Sharon married her husband James in 1970. They spent years in Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska before...

  • Kevin Buckmiller

    Mar 28, 2024

    Kevin Buckmiller passed away unexpectedly at his home in Moorcroft, Wyoming on March 19, 2024. He was 64 years old. Kevin was born September 30, 1959 in Newcastle, Wyoming to Herbert and Irene (Ames) Buckmiller. He was the second of four children. He attended school in Moorcroft and grew up on the family ranch outside of town. Kevin began a lifelong career and a love for trucks at an early age when he went to work for Kummerfeld Construction. At that time, he was married to Cathi Hoff and to...

  • Caryolyn Frances Farnum

    Mar 21, 2024

    Caryolyn (Marlowe) Farnum, 92, passed peacefully into God's arms on March 8, 2024, at Wyoming Assisted Living in Sundance, Wyoming. In 1931, she was born in Belmont, New York, in a five generational home, still occupied by our family. She had a full nursing career as a geriatric nurse. Carolyn retired from the Crook County Long Term Care, being the senior to many of her residents. She lived in and traveled the entirety of the United States. Carolyn called Florida, Louisiana, New York and...

  • Betty Wilson

    Mar 14, 2024

    Betty Wilson, 91 of Hulett, Wyoming passed away on March 5, 2024 at Crook County Hospital, surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty was born on May 29, 1932, in Atwood Indiana to Wesley and Ethel Orcutt. She grew up on a farm outside of Atwood, Indiana with her sisters, Helen and Genevieve and her brothers, Bob and Albert. Betty was the baby of the family and had many stories of life on the farm, especially of Albert and her adventures with him. When her sister,...

  • Albert A. Pickerd

    Mar 14, 2024

    Albert A. Pickerd, age 78, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on March 7, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Spearfish, South Dakota, on March 4, 1946, the son of Orville G. Pickerd and Fletta Hathaway. Albert was a devoted husband, stepfather, and, most importantly, grandpa/great grandpa. He grew up living between South Dakota and Wyoming. He graduated from Sundance High School, where he received recognition for being Student of the Month from...

  • Joyce Elaine Lincoln

    Mar 14, 2024

    Joyce Elaine (Kline) Lincoln passed away peacefully on February 25, 2024, at Weston County Manor. She was the fifth child in a family of six children. Joyce was born on September 29, 1931, in Juanita, Nebraska to Orville and Myrtle (Pinkerton) Kline. While still a small child, the family moved to a homestead south of Newcastle, Wyoming. Joyce attended school in Newcastle, graduating in 1949. While attending high school and in the summer, she worked as a telephone operator in Newcastle. Joyce...

  • Charlotte Betts

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charlotte Betts, 79, passed away on March 6, 2024, at Rolling Hills Healthcare in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She was born on December 28, 1944, to Cecil and Louise Dandridge in Seattle, Washington. She spent her childhood in Lead, South Dakota, and then Spearfish Canyon. She graduated from Lead High School as a very proud member of the class of 1962. She moved to California, where she lived the next four years, briefly marrying Bob Bender and giving birth to her first child, Cherie, in San...

  • Charles Paul

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charles "Chuck" Paul was born on June 21, 1941, in Nelson County, North Dakota to Russell and Alyce Paul. Chuck died at the Crook County Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming, on March 6, 2024, where Jesus welcomed him into heaven and he was reunited with the love of his life, Joann, his grandson, Ward, and great-grandson Logan. Chuck grew up on the family farm in North Dakota and graduated from Lead High School in 1959. Chuck and Joann were married on July 8, 1960, and had three children. David and...

  • Winifred Darlene Bush

    Feb 29, 2024

    Winnifred Darlene Bush, age 90 years young and a life long resident of Wyoming, passed away peacefully in her sleep, and went to see her Lord on the morning of January 16, 2024. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Winifred, or Winnie as people called her, was born in a small cabin up Whitetail Creek to George Malvin and Edith Lorene (Williams) Watts on June 13, 1933. She grew up with one brother George Jr. and three sisters, Nellie, Mae and...

  • Lloyd Charles Park

    Feb 29, 2024

    Lloyd Charles Park arrived with a bang on the July 3, 2023 to the parents of Brian Park and Lesley Raber-Park of Alzada, Montana. The world wasn't ready for the little firecracker Baby Lloyd Charles was. He was often known as Squishy, Lil LC but mostly known as Smushy. Smushy was a fighter. He spent a lot of time at the Children's Hospital overcoming all his medical battles. Including the discovery that he had very rare syndrome associated with Xia-Gibbs. When Baby Lloyd came home, he continued...

  • Jeffrey Gerald Cotney

    Feb 29, 2024

    Jeffrey Gerald Cotney, a respected patriarch, esteemed husband, devoted brother, beloved son, adored uncle and cherished friend of Gillette, Wyoming, gracefully departed this life in the comforting embrace of his devoted family on February 21, 2024. Jeff's journey began amidst the sun-kissed landscapes of Mesa, Arizona, on March 2, 1984, cradled in the tender care of his parents, Gerald Cotney and Barbara Houston. He shared his childhood with his dear brother, TJ Russell and his loyal sibling,...

  • Joyce E. Lincoln

    Feb 29, 2024

    Joyce E. Lincoln, 92, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the Weston County Manor in Newcastle, Wyoming. Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at

  • Donna Mae Waugh

    Feb 15, 2024

    Donna Mae Waugh entered the gates of Heaven on February 3, 2024 at the age of 89. She was born November 8, 1934, the eldest of four children born to Fred W. and Hilda F. Tschetter at Aladdin, Wyoming. As a child the family moved frequently, finally settling in Sundance, Wyoming where Donna attended school in "Old Stoney", graduating valedictorian of her class in 1952. She then attended Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota. After graduating, she taught at Lame Jones...

  • Ronald Gale Rounds

    Feb 15, 2024

    Ronald Gale Rounds, 86, of Creede, Colorado passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024, at Sundance Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was a beloved father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ron was born on May 7, 1937, in Sturgis, South Dakota to Phillip and Ollie Rounds. He was one of four children. Ron attended high school in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, graduating on May 22, 1956. While living and working at a repair shop in Belle Fourche, Ron marr...

  • Tracy R. (Thompson) Wilson

    Feb 15, 2024

    Tracy Renee Wilson passed away January 9, 2024, after a short battle with cancer. Tracy was born September 8, 1964, to Robert and Charlotte Holyoak in Sundance, Wyoming. Tracy was the second of four children and was raised in Moorcroft, Wyoming. She later started her own family with two beautiful children, Amanda and Derrick. Marriage later took her family to Oregon where she started a long-time career at Hewlett Packard, where she worked 26+ years until her passing. Tracy had two...

  • Coyle Richard Love

    Feb 8, 2024

    Coyle Richard Love, (Allee) born in Gillette, Wyoming on October 20, 2003 went with the Lord on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, after a motorcycle accident. He lived his life to the fullest until his last day. Coyle loved to be surrounded by friends and family and knew no strangers. Days were filled with adventures shooting his multitude of guns, golfing, snowboarding, hunting, kayaking, traveling, fishing, driving ATVs, brandings, photography and he was up to do anything if you asked. Coyle...

  • Terry Elvina Helmer

    Feb 8, 2024

    Terry Elvina Helmer, 68, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming. Terry Elvina Helmer came into this world on September 23, 1955, to parents Vern and Elsie Helmer. As the youngest of four children in the Helmer household, Terry became quick friends with every animal she met. It was not much of a surprise when Terry would bottle-feed raccoons and ride the family cow. Terry started her family when...

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