Obituaries: Blase; Dinton; Glover; Massey; McGlade; Moore; Quealy; Roseburr Jr.; Shirley; Tomlinson

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Edwin Joseph Blase: 1938 – 2023

Edwin J. Blase (84) of Lodi, California passed away on May 5, 2023, surrounded by his family.

Ed was born on July 31, 1938 in Salinas, California.  He served in the U.S. Army Military Police and then spent 30 Years as a Deputy Sheriff in Santa Clara County. 

He was a cop’s cop and all-around great guy. 

Ed was also very involved with the West San Jose Lions Club, the Stockton Pacifica Lions Club and Casper Mountain Lions Club, where he often traveled to Mexico to help with glasses for those in need.

After retirement Ed & his wife Cindy relocated from California to Casper, Wyoming and, for 20 years, he called it home.

Ed is survived by his wife, Cindy, and six children: Helene, Bill, Chris, Bobby, Carrie and John. 

He was a loving Papa to 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Cherokee Memorial in Lodi, California on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Vineyard Chapel.

Dakota Allan Ditton: 1997 – 2023

Dakota Allan Ditton, 25, of Casper, Wyoming died Sunday, May 7, 2023 unexpectedly at his home in Casper.

Dakota was always a reliable friend who you could call for anything and he’d be there for you no matter what.

He loved being outside; often hunting, fishing, and hiking. He loved his son, Mason, more than anything.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kelly Leroy Owens.

He is survived by his loving wife, Berlynn Monet Ditton; son, Mason Ezra-Kern Owens; mother, Stacey Clark; brother, Blake Heard; sister, Shyanna Belle Clark; grandmother, Susan Faunce.

James Robert Glover

James Robert Glover: 1958 – 2023

James (Jim) Robert Glover, 64, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023 surrounded by family after battling a lengthy illness. He was born June 27, 1958 in Leadville, Colorado to Carl and Billie Glover.

Jim grew up in Colorado and Montana and, as a man of faith with an adventurous spirit, chose to live his life and raise his family in the West because of his reverence for the outdoors and love of the mountains. His faith and family were the foundations of his life and he lived every day full of joy and thankfulness for all of those around him.

After graduating from the University of Montana, Jim spent the majority of his career as a financial advisor. He devoted his life to helping individuals and families accomplish their goals and dreams and his diligence in helping them achieve financial security was evident through the genuine and long-term connections that resulted with those that had the opportunity to work with him.

Since arriving In Casper in 1984, Jim has been an active member in the Casper business community and was involved in numerous organizations. He was a member of the Certified Financial Planners Association and served on the True Care Foundation board.

He is survived by his wife Susan; his daughter Stephanie, her husband Jeremiah Hensley and their children Elizabeth and Ophelia; his son Nicholas, and his wife Amber; his lifelong friend Dale Clark; his very special Aunt Janet; his brother Daniel, and his wife Alice; and numerous other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Steven Cass.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 4100 Casper Mountain Road, on May 20th, 2023 at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Jim’s devotion to faith and education with donations to Casper Christian School, PO Box 652, Casper, WY 82602 with a note in the memo line, “In memory of Jim Glover”, or to the charity of your choice.

Morris Robert Massey

Morris Robert Massey: 1931 – 2023

Morris was born in Custer, South Dakota to Clara (Rittberger) & Robert Massey. He had one older brother, Bruce, and a younger sister, Pauline.

After spending his first 12 years in Custer, the family moved to Tensleep, Wyoming where his father worked as a ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. As one might expect from a teen in small-town Wyoming, he was involved in his fair share of mischief. His shenanigans didn’t stop him from graduating first in his class of nine at Tensleep High School.

He enlisted in the Navy as soon as he graduated so he could, “Get the hell out of Tensleep!” His desire to be a doctor led him to serve as a hospital corpsman, stationed in Hawaii, during the Korean War. After the war ended, he returned to Wyoming to attend the University of Wyoming where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, graduating first in his class again. The brilliant man then decided he would pursue a degree in law and was admitted in Laramie without reservation or even an exam. He graduated with honors and was offered a job with a law firm in Casper, by Bill Brown, where he became senior partner and practiced for nearly sixty years.

His work ethic, devotion to integrity, and honor was second to none.

Morris met the love of his life, Susan, in the Fall of 1965 and they were married on April 16, six months later. Together they traveled the world, shared friendships, and nurtured love. They adopted a son, Adrian, in August 1970, and a daughter, Claire, in April 1972. The family love persists 57 years later.

Morris was generally a quiet man. He would sit in a room full of people listening to the conversation and, when appropriate, insert his dry witticism and make everyone laugh. He was a history buff and a voracious reader, often consuming an entire 300+ page book on Christmas day. He loved Susan’s gourmet cooking, particularly dessert. He meticulously tended a beautiful rose garden and had tomatoes for days during the warm Casper summers. He enjoyed a round of golf with friends at the Country Club. He was a big fan of the Denver Broncos and would spend many a Sunday cussing at the television. Some of his favorite memories were of fly fishing the rivers and streams of Wyoming and Montana with Adrian.

He was the kindest, gentlest, most generous man and he will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him.

Morris is survived by Susan, Adrian (Kelly), Claire (Josh); his grandsons River and Sage, and Pauline. He was preceded in death by Clara, Robert, Bruce, and granddaughters Josie & Olivia.

A service and reception will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper on Saturday, May 20th at 10:30 a.m.

If you plan on attending, please wear joyful colors! Donations in his name will be graciously accepted by Central Wyoming Hospice at 319 S Wilson Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601; St. Mark’s at 701 S Wolcott, Casper, Wy 82601; or charity of choice.

Thomas Joseph McGlade

Thomas Joseph McGlade: 1928 – 2023

Thomas McGlade, 94, passed away May 8th, 2023, at Meadow Winds Assisted Living in Casper, Wyoming.

Tom was born in Waterloo, Iowa to Joseph and Loretta (Weiland) McGlade on December 1, 1928. He grew up in Waterloo, attended Sacred Heart Church and school, and spent his early adult years working as a third-generation bricklayer in the Waterloo area. He was a Seabee in the Naval Reserve and became a police-officer in Waterloo, working his way up to Sergeant.

He met his first wife, Catherine Harn, while delivering papers to her house. They were married in April of 1948 and raised five children: Thomas W., Suzanne, Daniel, John and William.

The family later moved to Deadwood, South Dakota after taking annual vacations in the Hills. While in Deadwood, Tom worked at different jobs including trucking, logging and police work. He and Catherine later divorced, and Tom briefly moved back to Waterloo. He returned to Deadwood and eventually moved to Whitewood, South Dakota, where he became the town’s Police Chief. It was in Whitewood where he met his second wife, Meriel Lillis and her three young boys. They married in April of 1977 and with her boys, Tom started a new chapter in his life.

During his time in Whitewood, Tom was Police Chief (and only policeman), served on the city council and later served as Mayor. Tom resided in Whitewood until his 91st birthday when he moved to Casper and his new home at Meadow Winds. Tom resided at Meadow Winds until his passing.

Tom is survived by five of his six children with Catherine: Tom (Donna) McGlade, Sue (Tim) Hinker, Dan (Teresa) McGlade, John (Mindy) McGlade, Bill (Kelly) McGlade and one stepson, Ricky Lillis. Tom was also blessed with his grandchildren: Jeff, Amy, Jared, Nick, Nicholas, Katie Jo, Erin, Joshua, Daniel Allen, Austin, and Kaitlyn, as well as several great-grandchildren. Tom is also survived by his brother Richard (Dorothy) McGlade as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine; second wife Meriel; Tom and Catherine’s first born, Kathleen (passed shortly after her birth); his parents Joseph and Loretta; as well as two of Meriel’s three boys: Clayton and Curtis Lillis.

Tom will be cremated and interred at his family plot in Whitewood overlooking his adopted town, home, and the beauty of his beloved Black Hills.

The family thanks the administration, nurses and staff of Meadow Winds for the wonderful home they provided Tom; the directors and nurses of Caring Edge Hospice for their loving care; and Tom’s fellow residents at Meadow Wind for enthusiastically welcoming him into their community.

Elva Jean “E.J.” Moore

Elva Jean “E.J.” Moore: 1930 – 2023

Longtime Sinclair resident Elva Jean (EJ) Moore passed away on March 11, at the Mountain Home Assisted Living facility in Casper Wyoming. She was 92. “E.J.” was born on November 6, 1930 to Henry and Elva Jones in Sheridan, Wyoming. She grew up outside of Kaycee, Wyoming with her sister and two brothers. She married Rolland (Rollie) Moore on August 4, 1959. They made their home in Sinclair, raising three children Mick, Nancy and Dale.

She was preceded in death by husband Rollie; her parents; and brother Bill.

She is survived by Mick from Rock Springs, Wyoming; Nancy; son-in-law Eric; and grandson Christopher Luse from Casper, Wyoming and Dale from Ridgedale Montana.

She is also survived by sister Beverly Clarke from Casper, Wyoming and brother Wilbur Jones from Kaycee, Wyoming, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Sinclair Baptist Church on Thursday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.

John Michael Quealy

John Michael Quealy: 1926 – 2023

John M. Quealy, 96, a lifelong resident of Casper, Wyoming, passed away peacefully May 8th at Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions.

John was born in Casper on July 30, 1926 to Michael Roche Quealy and Anna Regan Quealy and attended St. Anthony’s and Natrona County High School. He joined the Navy on July 27, 1944, served in the Asiatic Pacific area during WWII, and was discharged June 19, 1946.

John returned to Casper where he met the love of his life, Cherie Mueller, at the Comet Club (now known as The Beacon Club). They were married March 28, 1949 in Richmond, Indiana and spent the next 66 years together in Casper. They had three children: Candy, Michael and Dan.

John retired from the Texaco Refinery and Cherie retired from 1st Interstate Bank, after which they spent their time relaxing and travelling the US to visit family and friends.

An avid outdoorsman, John loved Wyoming, and you didn’t have to ask him twice to go camping, fishing or elk hunting – especially in the Big Horns (Thanks Frank and Lucy!). John got the trapshooting bug and was very active in the Rocky Mountain Gun Club, serving as President in 1970 and 1978; he was inducted into the Wyoming State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

When not outdoors, you could find John at home – loading shells for his next shoot or tying flies for his next fishing adventure.

John was preceded in death by his wife Cherie; his parents; his sister Mary; two children, Candy and Michael; and one grandson, Rod.

Survivors include son Dan (Lynn) of Casper; sister Ann of Fresno, California; granddaughters Leah Quealy of Denver, Colorado; Darcy Black (Karen) of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Alana Archuleta of Casper, as well as several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and interment for both John & Cherie will be held Tuesday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery. Casual dress.

The family requests no flowers, but donations to Central Wyoming Hospice in Cherie & John’s names would be greatly appreciated.

George “Porgy” Roseburr Jr.

George “Porgy” Roseburr Jr.: 1951 – 2023

George “Porgy” Roseburr, Jr., 72, of Casper, Wyoming died Thursday, May 11, 2023 at Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions in Casper.

Porgy was born on February 5, 1951 in Casper, Wyoming to George Roseburr, Sr. and Vivian Mae Green.

Porgy attended Dean Morgan Junior High School and graduated from Natrona County High School. Porgy was an avid basketball player during and after school. He then attended Casper College.

After his schooling, he started his working career with the City of Casper Sanitation, Haliburton, and Casper Concrete. In May of 2004, Porgy took over the family business, Roseburr Janitorial Services where he operated until the pandemic forced him to retire. Porgy married Ellison Roseburr in 2008 in the living room of the family home.

During his retirement and new found time, Porgy loved spending time with friends and family, especially his time with his granddaughter, Jazzlynn; attending her school functions and sporting events. Porgy was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan; he also loved to play and watch basketball. In his younger years he would go to Riverview park and play anyone willing to pick up the ball. Porgy also enjoyed spending time playing cards, watching westerns and working on cars with his father, George Roseburr, Sr. whom also recently passed away.

Porgy is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald; two sisters, Myra Jean and Vickie Kelly; four nieces; and his three nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Ellison Roseburr; daughters, LaNicia Washington Roseburr, DaLayna Cook and Jacqueline Smith; stepchildren, Michelle McDaniel, Monique Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Shamika Johnson, Dante Johnson; 9 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.

A celebration of Porgy’s Life will be held, the time and location will be posted as it becomes available.

Carl Wayne Shirley

Carl Wayne Shirley: 1959 – 2023

Carl was born in San Jose, California, later moving to Casper, Wyoming where he retired from Black Hills Bentonite in 2020, to enjoy his retirement RV’ing full time.

Carl loved riding his Harley, camping at Pete’s Draw on the North Platte River, and fly fishing.

Carl is survived by his wife Julia; son Michael; and son’s-and-daughter-in-law, Gregory and Jackie, and Joshua and Stacy.

He also was a proud grandfather of Harper, River, Parker, Gabriel and Wyatt Shirley.

A Celebration of Life will be held May 27, 2023, 11:30 a.m. at the Fremont Canyon walking bridge below the dam.

George “Tom” Mitzel Tomlinson

George “Tom” Mitzel Tomlinson: 1940 – 2023

George “Tom” Mitzel Tomlinson, 83, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away peacefully on April 5, 2023 at home surrounded by family.

He was born on January 31, 1940, in Charlotte, North Carolina to Bruce Allen Tomlinson and Julia McClain Tomlinson.

When Tom was six his family moved to Los Angeles, California. His innate work ethic was evident at an early age as he delivered newspapers to 300 homes at the age of ten and stocked shelves for the Jewel Tea Company at twelve.

He loved going to the beach, everything cars, and was an expert marksman on the rifle team of Morningside High where he graduated in 1958.

After studying architecture, Tom enlisted in the US Air Force where he faithfully served our country maintaining our nation’s nuclear warheads. It was while he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver that he met and married his wife of nearly 62 years, Betty Irene Wilkens Tomlinson.

His Air Force career took them and their three children, David, Darren (Neal), and Denise to Colorado, California, the Netherlands, North Dakota, Louisiana, Kansas, and Wyoming. He also served several unaccompanied tours in South Korea, Turkey and on the island of Okinawa in Japan. After retiring from the Air Force, he spent many years with Bell & Howell and eventually retired from Wyoming Trophy and Engraving.

Tom was an exceptionally hard-working man; often working second jobs and volunteering as a Scoutmaster for the boys’ scout troops. He enjoyed collecting N-gauge model trains and watching trains -particularly the Big Boy steam engines. He retired in Cheyenne due to his love of hunting deer, elk, moose, and antelope until he was no longer able. Later in life he rekindled his passion for cars. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and Oak Spokes Antique Auto Club. He enjoyed driving his 1955 Pontiac Star Chief, especially in the Cheyenne Frontier Days parades.

Tom will be remembered for his kind, cheerful, warm-hearted disposition. He was witty, humorous, and always had a funny story or a joke to share. He was easy-going; never complaining about his health issues or saying a bad word about anyone. In fact, it was rare for him to even speak a bad word. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his wife Betty Tomlinson; sons David (Barbara) Tomlinson, Neal (Amy) Tomlinson and daughter Denise Tomlinson Freeman; grandchildren, Andrea Tomlinson, Ava Tomlinson, Max Tosi, Jeremy Kleist, Heather (Matt) Kleist Schutz, Kristina Kleist; great-grandson Landon Schutz; brother Ben (Rita) Tomlinson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was welcomed into his heavenly home by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, located at 1836 Hot Springs Ave. Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001, with Father Mike Carr officiating.

His ashes will be buried with full military honors at 2:00 p.m. at the Cheyenne National Cemetery, 8611 Hildreth Rd, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009. Please come prepared for inclement weather and arrive no earlier than 1:50 p.m. Please park on the right side of the paved cemetery road to allow for immediate family and the funeral vehicle to pass on the left side.

Memorial donations may be made to the CFD Military Committee, Veterans Rock or Davis Hospice Center.

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