Obituaries: Wilson, Kerr, Baker

Joseph Allen Wilson

Newcomer Casper Chapel will host a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1pm for Joseph Allen Wilson. Joe passed away peacefully, from a courageous battle with cancer, in the care of his family and Central Wyoming Hospice, on November 29, 2018.

Joe was born on June 24, 1957, in Casper, Wyoming to Marvin and Mary (Moore) Wilson. In his youth, Joe participated in Casper Boy Scouts Troop and the Order of the Arrow. He and his family were active members in the St. Anthony’s Church and School community. In high school, Joe competed on the NCHS gymnastics team and as a cross country runner. He graduated from Natrona County High school in 1976.

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Joe learned about the art of construction from his father and other mentors. He built, finished or renovated many homes and buildings in the Casper area. While living in Oregon, Joe taught these skills to other young men learning the trade, while he studied AutoCad. He was excited to continue his studies at Gillette College, where he had begun designing blueprints for new construction. Joe will be remembered, fondly, for his sense of humor, perseverance, faith, and hope. He will be missed by his children, family and friends.

Joe is proceeded in death by his parents, Marvin and Mary Wilson, an infant sister, and several of his Aunts and Uncles.

Joe is survived by his children; Alicia Wilson of California and Joe Wilson II of Missouri. His siblings include; Chuck Wilson, Caro (Hank) Washut, and Patti (Dave) Axmacher of Casper; Don (Elisa) Wilson of Montana, and Paul Wilson of Oklahoma. His grandchildren include: Joe, Aidden, Eva, and a new baby in February.

Joe and his family were blessed to receive assistance and counsel from so many wonderful Wyoming organizations and their staff: Central Wyoming Hospice, Pastor Joseph Pomroy of Highland Park Community Church, Elkhorn Rehabilitation, Rocky Mountain Oncology, Meals on Wheels, CATC, Celebrate Recovery, Journey Church of Gillette, 2nd Chance Ministries of Gillette, Community Action, Wyoming Medical Center, Wyoming Independent Living, and Epsilon Health Services. We remain truly grateful to all those on this short list and to the many others who provided support care that we may not have listed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s memory may be made to:

Celebrate Recovery at Highland Park Church
5725 Highland Drive Casper Wyoming 82609 (attn: Celebrate Recovery)

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God
601 Carey Ave Gillette, Wyoming 82716 (attn: Celebrate Recovery)

Central Wyoming Hospice
319 S Wilson St Casper Wyoming 82601

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Audrey “Grinny” Kerr

Audrey “Grinny” Kerr: It is with deep sadness that the Kerr family announces the passing of our dearly loved mother, Audrey Kerr, age 91. She was known as “Grinny” by her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She was surrounded by family members at her daughters’ home when the Lord called her to her eternal home on November 21, 2018.

Audrey was born in her maternal grandmother’s house to James and Hattie (nee: Trojanowska) Danielewicz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 1, 1927. She was a first generation of Polish immigrants in her family to be born in the United States. She was raised on the south side of Milwaukee in the Polish neighborhood of Lincoln Village where she graduated from Saint Mary’s Catholic Girls Academy. After High School, she attended the Burrows Office Machines Academy which prepared her for Secretarial positions.

While growing up on the south side of Milwaukee, she attended The Basilica of St. Josaphat with her family and many relatives. It was in this church where she developed a strong love for the Lord. It was also in this Basilica where on April 15, 1950, she married Harold L. Kerr from Wichita, Kansas. After the wedding, Harold and Audrey moved to Grand Junction, CO and then in 1951, to Casper, WY.

In Casper, Audrey was a stay-at-home Mom. She and Harold raised seven children. After her children were grown, she started her work career again. She was first self-employed, cleaning houses. She then worked for Donell’s Candy, Hallmark Cards, and finally as the Secretary for the Casper Little League Baseball.

In Casper, Harold and Audrey attended St. Anthony and St. Patrick Catholic churches. In later years, after the death of her husband, she started attending Highland Park Community Church with her children, where she was baptized before the congregation. Her love for the Lord continued to grow and the study of God’s Word and her prayer life deepened. Many people were the recipients of her prayers.

Raising an athletic family, Audrey developed a love for sports. She amazed her family as she never learned to drive but could be seen attending many of her children’s sporting events and other activities. She walked to get there. Until the day she passed away, she loved watching baseball, football, basketball and tennis on TV. She was known to place $1.00 bets with her son-in-law, Duane.

Another great joy in her life was baking. Her kitchen counters were always filled with many varieties of freshly baked cookies, cakes and pies. If anyone stopped by, they generally left with a cookie or two in hand. Later in life Audrey would bake cookies and take them out to a Nursing Home and hand them out to the residents.

She also loved sending out cards and letters of encouragement to family and friends, especially church members. Her notes always included a joke or two. The outside of the envelopes were always decorated with stickers of many sorts along with more jokes. She always said she hoped to brighten a postman’s day when he or she delivered the mail.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, her brother Richard Daniels, and an infant son.

She is survived by her 7 children: Greg (Vicky) of Scottsbluff, NE, Chad (Debbie) of Salt Lake City, UT, and Sandy (Duane) Burd, Jim (Ruth), Tom (Renea), Pam (Rick) Speakman, and Kelly (Pam) all of Casper. She is also survived by 23 Grandchildren and 23 Great-Grandchildren.

Audrey loved everyone she met. She always tried to brighten someone’s day. If a person visited her they always received a farewell wish as they left, “God go with you.” The most important thing Mom would want everyone to remember her by was, she loved the Lord Jesus.

There will be a viewing at the Newcomer Casper Chapel, Thursday, December 6th at 6-8 pm. A memorial service will be held at Highland Park Community Church on Saturday, December 8th at 11am. Reception to follow.

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Willard “Bink” Garrett Baker

Willard “Bink” Garrett Baker, 90, of Casper, passed away Monday November 26th, 2018.

Bink was born on April 17, 1928 in Beallsville, Ohio to Francis and Hazel Baker. He was the 3rd of nine children.

Bink attended school in Beallsville and graduated from Beallsville High School in 1948. In 1950, He served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952, in which time he was stationed in South Korea during the Korean War. Upon returning home, he went back to work at his old job while searching for his next adventure.

While having “drinks” one evening at a bar in Beallsville, he stumbled into a couple of ranchers from Wyoming who informed him that if he were to come out to Wyoming, he would have a job! This was the beginning of his “Cowboy” phase in life. He worked ranches in and around Sundance, Wyoming. This was a wonderful place to fulfill his love of hunting and fishing. This passion lead to his interest in taxidermy. While living in Sundance, he also took on other jobs, such as logging.

While living in Sundance, he met the love of his life, Kathy. Amazed by all his family, he married Kathy on September 2, 1975. Together they had two daughters, Brenda and Sheri. Together, with the two girls, they relocated to Upton where Bink began his career on the Burlington Northern Railroad until his retirement. Throughout his career, he worked hard and provided for his family.

In 2000, Kathy and Bink moved to Riverton, WY and then to Casper, WY in 2014 for the remainder of his life. Together, Kathy and he spent 43 wonderful years together.

Bink had several loves in his life. He loved to fish and anyone who has vivid memories of being with him, includes times spent fishing at one time or another.

Bink also dearly loved his family. He would spend as much time as he could with Kathy. He loved spoiling his daughters and two granddaughters. He enjoyed watching his daughters and granddaughters with all their sports and activities.

He would take his family to the outdoors as much as possible. He loved camping, fishing, hunting and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

He loved playing cards and making paper airplanes with his granddaughters. They said Papa Bink made the best paper airplanes.

Family and friends were important to Bink. His eyes would light up when someone he knew walked in the room. He was such a warm person and made everyone feel loved when they were around them. He was selfless and would do anything for anyone.

Bink was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Hazel Baker, brothers Warren, Wilford and Lowell Baker.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughters Brenda Baker (Wes) of Rock Springs, Wyoming, daughter Sheri and Bill Russell of Casper, Wyoming, granddaughters Chayci and Braylee Russell of Casper, Wyoming, brothers Waine and Grace Baker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, brother Fred and Doris Baker of Beallsville, Ohio, sisters Iona and Larry of Rittman Ohio, Lois Groves of Somerton, Ohio and Bernice Howell of Jerusalem, Ohio, along with several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Newcomer Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 1, followed by a celebration of life at The Tate Pumphouse Trail Center, 1775 W 1st Street, Casper, WY 82604