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  • Henry 'JR' Bury, Jr.

    Feb 15, 2024

    Henry “JR” Bury, Jr. passed away February 5, 2024, in Arlington, Texas, after suffering injuries from a fall resulting in hospitalization where he passed after several weeks. Henry was born June 24, 1949, to Henry and Virginia Bury in Thermopolis, Wyo. He spent his youth in Thermopolis and graduated high school in 1967. After a year of college, he enlisted in the US Army. He fought in the Vietnam War from 1968-1970 where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. Henry returned to Thermopolis where he married Pat Grogan and has a son, Chr... Full story

  • Jeanne (Roberts) McMillan

    Feb 15, 2024

    Jeanne McMillan died on February 3, 2024, of natural causes while receiving care at the Thermopolis Rehab and Wellness Center. Over the past few years, she had three heart attacks and other illnesses that were too much for her to recover from. She was born a twin, Johnny, in Kirby, Wyo., to Martha Branscom. Martha married Joe Roberts on Jan 21, 1950. Joe adopted Johnny and Jeanne in 1950. Jeanne attended school in Thermopolis. She married in 1963, from that union they had three children, Larry,... Full story

  • Carol Ann Smith

    Feb 8, 2024

    Carol Ann Smith passed away at the age of 76 on February 1, 2024, at Hot Springs Health after a period of declining health. She was born in Torrington, Wyo., to Jack and Marie Saultz and was baby sister to Kaye Burnett. They moved to Thermopolis in 1957 and she graduated from Hot Springs County High School in 1965. Carol married the love of her life, David Smith in 1973 and they just recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. She was most proud of her two daughters, Jackie and Linsey. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren,...

  • Bobbi Brown Barrasso

    Feb 1, 2024

    Bobette Kay (Bobbi) Brown Barrasso died on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, following a heroic two-year battle with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. She remained optimistic and courageous to the very end. She left the earth looking forward to being with her parents and God in heaven. She leaves behind her daughter Hadley, her husband John and faithful friends far and wide. Bobbi was born in Thermopolis, Wyo., on July 20, 1953, to Robert and Jeralyn Brown. She was raised with a love of God, family and... Full story

  • Earl James Jackson

    Feb 1, 2024

    Earl James Jackson, age 69, died Friday, January 26, 2024, at his residence after a long battle with cancer. He was born on April 22, 1954, in Pottsville, Pa., to William Carl, Sr. and Stella (Lazowsky) Jackson. On October 2, 1982, in Riverton, Wyo., he married Gemdelin Scott, who survives. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and a friend of many as a longtime resident of Thermopolis. He was a talented woodworker and craftsman and built furniture that can be found in homes... Full story

  • William P. Metzler

    Feb 1, 2024

    William P. Metzler, (Bill), formerly from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., passed away on November 20, 2023, at the age of 66, in Thermopolis, Wyo., After High School Bill enlisted in the US Navy and served on the ship USS Tripoli. He was Honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1977. In 1989 Bill graduated from Central Wyoming College with an Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Radio Broadcasting. About 20 years ago Bill moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., taking a job at the Holiday Inn, before retirement.... Full story

  • Franklin Scott Skeen

    Jan 25, 2024

    Franklin Scott Skeen passed away on January 15, 2024, at home peacefully in Thermopolis, Wyo., at the age of 69. He leaves behind a legacy of unwavering love as a father, brother and grandfather. Born January 29, 1954, in Basin, Wyo., he was the son of Richard "Dick" and Dorothy (Myers) Skeen. He was a graduate of Powell Senior High School in 1972 and attended Northwest Community College in Powell where he met his future wife Susan Hadley. They were married in October of 1976 and were blessed... Full story

  • Thomas Anthony Sullivan, Jr.

    Jan 25, 2024

    Thomas Anthony Sullivan, Jr., 58, passed away peacefully, after his 1 and a half year long battle with cancer on January 16, 2024, in Billings, Mont., with his wife, Cindy by his side. Tommy was born in Thermopolis, Wyo., on July 30, 1965, to Thomas A. "Sully" and Jeanne Lee (Agnew) Sullivan. After graduating from HSCHS in 1983, Tommy moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he played golf for Grand Canyon College and Glendale Community College. He later got his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and... Full story

  • John William Henrie, Jr.

    Jan 18, 2024

    John "Buster" William Henrie, Jr., 56, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 7, 2024. He was born on January 12, 1967, to John William Henrie, Sr. and LaWana Jeneanne Coulter. John lived in numerous states early in his life as his dad chased oil rigs in the Mountain West. The Henrie family moved to Shoshoni, Wyo., when John was in kindergarten and lived there through his graduation from Shoshoni High School in 1985. John married Vicki Jarrard in the summer of 1986.... Full story

  • Lois Seidel

    Jan 18, 2024

    Lois L. Seidel, 81 went to be with the Lord she loved on Thursday January 11, 2024. Born in 1942 the daughter of Harold and Thelma Griffin in Guthrie Center Iowa, she was the last living sibling of 6 born to her parents. Married to Harvey Seidel on June 7, 1962, Harvey and Lois celebrated 61 years of marriage in 2023. Lois loved being a pastor's wife and was a Sunday School teacher as well as working in all aspects of the church ministry. She, along with her husband, were missionaries here in... Full story

  • Shirley Ann Elliott

    Jan 11, 2024

    Shirley Ann Elliott, 72, passed away Friday, December 29, 2023, at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyo., where she had resided since 2014. The daughter of Samuel and Joyce (Hovey) Haynes, Jr, she was born April 25, 1951, in Thermopolis, Wyo.. Raised and schooled in Hamilton Dome, she attended Casper College. She then taught in a Montessori School in Illinois. In the early '80's she married Jake D. Elliott at her grandparents' home in Thermopolis. Shirley was a member of the Lions' Club... Full story

  • Charles 'Charlie' Clifford Ferree

    Jan 4, 2024

    Charles "Charlie" Clifford Ferree, of Thermopolis, passed away on December 25, 2023. He was born on June 28, 1964. Charlie was a man of many hobbies and trades; we never quite knew what was coming next. The latest being coyote calling, catching walleye with the grandkids, and tying flies. At different times it was building a house, football, wrestling, trapping and the list goes on. The commonality of all this was family and a Labrador by his side. Charlie married Kari Ferree June 27, 1992, and... Full story

  • Charles 'Charlie' Clifford Ferree

    Dec 28, 2023

    Charles “Charlie” Clifford Ferree passed away on December 25, 2023. He was born on June 28, 1964. The family invites you to celebrate the life and legacy of this incredible man who left his mark on every life he touched. Join them on Saturday, Dec. 30, for a rosary and funeral rights at St. Francis Church, 815 Arapahoe in Thermopolis, beginning at 1 p.m. Following the services, there will be a reception with refreshments at 2:30 p.m. at 719 North Highway 20. A full obituary will appear in next week’s Independent Record.... Full story

  • Vicki Jean Person

    Dec 28, 2023

    Vicki Jean Person, 72, passed away of natural causes in her country home on December 19, 2023. She grew up in Butte, Mont., the middle child of three, and went to the University of Utah to study Dance. There she met, married her 1st husband Val Gibson, and started her family. She came to Thermopolis in 1980 and discovered her calling as a Caregiver. She was diagnosed with MS in 1994, but had been in remission for the last 30 years. She worked as a CNA at HSCMH making an impression on every soul... Full story

  • Kathleen 'Peggy' Toepke

    Dec 28, 2023

    Kathleen "Peggy" Toepke, 94, died Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness. The daughter of Henry and Ellen (Shobe) Starck, she was born June 20, 1929, in Bismarck, N. D. She grew up in Judson, finishing first grade and transferred through 10th grade at McVille, N.D., then graduated from Bismarck High School. After completing nursing school in Bismarck, she married Kermit James Toepke in Judson, N.D. They resided in Watford City, N.D., for 31 years where she... Full story

  • Goldie Mae Warren

    Dec 14, 2023

    Goldie Mae Warren, 85, of Worland, Wyo., passed away peacefully at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on December 7, 2023. She was born on February 9, 1938, in Cameron, Okla., to Elbert and Margaret Jane (Glenn) Ridenour. Goldie spent her formative years in Cameron, Okla., where she developed the values and warmth that defined her character throughout her life. Her journey took an unexpected turn when she crossed paths with Lawrence "Pinky", her future husband, at Fort Chaffee in... Full story

  • Zoe Ann Lain

    Dec 7, 2023

    Zoe Ann Lain passed away on September 28, 2023, in Placerville, Calif., at the age of 81. She leaves behind a legacy of unwavering love and commitment as a single mother, sister, grandmother, friend, and a dedicated grade school teacher. Born on June 2, 1942, Zoe was a native of Thermopolis, Wyo. She was the daughter of Roscoe and Eunice Zimmerman and grew up alongside her sister and best friend, Priscilla, cultivating a strong sense of fierce independence and strength from an early age. Zoe’s life was marked by her passion for education. She g...

  • Terry 'Buster' Lackey

    Nov 30, 2023

    Our loving brother, Terry “Buster” Lackey passed away in Billings, Mont., on November 3, 2023. Terry was born to parents Bob and Ruby Lackey in Wichita Falls, Texas, on January 28,1961. The family moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., where he remained, making Thermopolis his forever home. Buster will be missed by his siblings, family and friends. He is remembered as a “real sweetheart”. He leaves behind sisters, Sherry Tervo and and Brenda Burgess; and brothers, Danny, Marty and Bryan Lackey. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Teddy and Keri; l... Full story

  • Sarah Lucinda Stanley

    Nov 30, 2023

    Sarah Lucinda Stanley, 85, passed away at Washakie Medical Center on November 10, 2023. She was born on January 30, 1938 to William Orlen and Sarah Lucinda (Byington) Sizemore in Fallon, Nevada. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.... Full story

  • Jacklyn Ruth Snively

    Nov 23, 2023

    Jacklyn Ruth Snively passed away on November 11, 2023, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. Jackie was born in Ely, Nev. to Jesse and Ruth Wixom on Jan. 10, 1941. She attended high school in Big Piney, Wyo. She enjoyed camping, fishing, cooking and could browse through recipes for hours. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge for 51 years. Her family moved from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Big Piney, Wyo., when she was in high school. She met and married the love of her life, John Snively on... Full story

  • Lee Rathbun

    Nov 16, 2023

    Lee Rathbun, 60, passed away Tuesday morning after battling colon cancer. Lee was born August 6, 1963, to Jennie Lee (Haynes) Rathbun and Orin "Bill" Rathbun in Thermopolis, Wyo. He lived in Thermopolis most of his life; except for parts of his childhood when his father was serving in the US Navy. Lee had a good childhood surrounded by close friends that turned into lifetime friends. He worked most of his adult life on the oil rigs. However, his true passion was cars and mechanic work. He was... Full story

  • Steven Len Toth

    Nov 16, 2023

    Steven Len Toth passed away on October 23, 2023, at his home in Mesa, Ariz., after facing several health problems. He was born on January 11,1947, in Thermopolis to Louis S. Toth and Alice Ruth Toth. He grew up attending school in Thermopolis and was a proud member of Hot Springs County High School graduating class of 1965. After graduation, he attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming before honorably serving in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973. After completion of basic train... Full story

  • George L Rupp

    Nov 16, 2023

    George L. Rupp grew up in Pennsylvania but loved his years out West in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. He was the middle son, of three boys (Vern, George & John) to parents Adam and Stella Rupp. In 1959, George met his beloved wife, Mary on a blind date. They were married two years later and spent 56 wonderful years together. They had three children Darlene (Clark) Davis, Jeff (Rosalee) Rupp, and Gloria (Kyle) Geffre with 6 grandchildren, Ryan Davis, Samantha Hanes, Matthew Williams, Rachael... Full story

  • Elizabeth Frances 'Betty' Brizendin

    Nov 16, 2023

    Elizabeth Frances "Betty" Brizendine, 102, passed away November 9, 2023, in Thermopolis. She was born March 29, 1921, in Santa Rosa, Calif., the daughter of Ivan and Elizabeth (Keefer) Allen. She graduated from high school in Biggs, Calif., in 1939. On June 28, 1941, she married Edgar E. Brizendine. To this union was born three children, Donna, Raymond and Lynn. They resided in California until moving to Wyoming in 2012 to be near family. A devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother, her f... Full story

  • Billie Lou Bruckner

    Nov 16, 2023

    Billie Lou Bruckner of Casper, Wyo., passed away peacefully, in Casper, with her family by her side on November 9. Billie was born in Worland, Wyo., to Margie and Eugene (Tweet) Bunch on August 9, 1943. She grew up in Thermopolis, Wyo. She spent a lot of her childhood with her loving grandparents, Dave and Ruby King. Billie Lou married Kenny Westlake of Riverton, Wyo., and in that marriage they had a daughter, Penny Kaye. They later divorced and Billie Lou met and married Gary McDaniel in... Full story

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