Obituaries

Cassandra “Casey” Lynne Puett, 34, of Sheridan, died at her home on Saturday, January 12, 2019 of natural causes. Casey was born on Valentine’s Day, 1984 and was adopted by her parents, Bruce and Barbara Puett on Christmas Eve, 1985. Casey’s loving spirit and grateful heart embraced her adoptive parents. Casey shared with others that she was so proud to be adopted.

Duane Verley, 61, Espanola, NM, passed away of natural causes on January 8, 2019.
Duane was born February 26, 1957 in Rawlins, WY, the son of James and Sharon Verley.

Carrie E. Dahl, 63, of Sheridan passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the Westview Health Care Center. She was born in Bend, OR on November 26, 1955.

Lois Balkenbush (91) passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019, at the Westview Healthcare Center surrounded by loving family.

Jay Lanka, 72, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 in Ranchester, WY. He was proceeded in death by his parents Leonard and Angeline Lanka, his first wife Juanita Bloom, and his nephew, Zachary Lanka. Jay was born on October 23, 1946 in Lewellen, NE and raised in Bridgeport, NE. He attended Chadron State College prior to serving in the Navy.

Natalie Ann Miller, 58, of Sheridan passed away peacefully on December 28, 2018, at her residence in Sheridan Wyoming. Natalie was the first-born to Norman Miller and Mikell “Mickie” Miller on July 28, 1960 in Guam - Andersen AFB. Natalie moved from Guam to Mississippi where her brother, Andrew Miller and sister, Julie (Miller) Way were born.

Dale William Hamilton was born on March 13, 1958 in South Dakota. He peacefully passed away at his home on January 8, 2019, at age 60, in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Frank F. Johnson, 75, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019, at Sheridan Manor, surrounded by his loving family. Though he was born in Utah, to Jesse F. and Geneva Dwyer Johnson, and spent his early childhood there, he considered Sheridan to be his home, and was always happy to return here.

Esther Katherine McKenzie was born March 31, 1926 in Norwalk, Iowa to Lyle and Matilda Gates. She was the youngest of 6 children, all of whom were brothers.
When she was starting first grade, her oldest brother was graduating from high school.

Steve Danny Mann, 65, of Sheridan, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at his residence.

Today, the world is less bright and 2019 begins without the loving warmth of the beautiful lady who has graced us with her smile, her laughter, her tears and her loving and generous heart for the last 75 years. Hallie Jane (McCoy) Oleson, Jane to most, born October 12, 1943, left our world December 31, 2018.

Alex-Cine Napolitano, 70, of Sheridan, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Sheridan Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. A gathering with a luncheon for family and friends will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at Champion Funeral Home. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Champion Funeral Home.

David Elmer Friant of Sheridan passed away peacefully at home January 3, 2019. He was 93.
Born in Illinois, David married Fern, nee Hafka, January 28, 1950. Together they farmed for many years and retired to Wyoming to be with family.
David was preceded in death by his sister Pearl, and brothers Charles, Walter, Carl and Irvin. He is survived by his sister Irene and her husband Ed.

Robert Eugene Severance, 72, formerly of Sheridan, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2019 at Shepherd of the Valley in Casper, WY. Bob was born November 6, 1946 in Sheridan, WY, to parents, Milton and Ethel (Niles) Severance.

Swanee L. Wilson, 85, of Sheridan passed away on January 1, 2019, in Billings, MT. Swanee was born on September 3, 1933 in Spokane, WA to Edward and Fern (Glover) Roberts. They were divorced in 1936. Swanee lived with her mother and Aunt Mabel Roberts in Fort Collins, CO. Her mother married Edward Kay in 1940.