Obituaries: Cardran Jr., Corson, Shell, Brown, Kellick

William George Cardran Jr.: May 3, 1971 – August 16, 2021 (50 years old)

Bill was born May 3, 1971 in Huntington Beach, CA and died August 16, 2021. He moved to Casper, WY in 1982 with his family.

He worked in the oil field and drove big rigs most of his life. Currently, he was working for DJ Express from the terminal office in Casper, WY.

Bill was a successful hunter and fisherman when he was young. He liked to ride his Harley in his spare time.

He has many friends and family members who will miss his sense of humor and infectious laugh. He was always available and ready to help others.

He was predeceased by his sister Christina Cardran-Wirtala.

He is survived by his parents William Cardran, Sr. and Lou Cardran; nieces and nephews Ashlee Wirtala, Chasee Wirtala, Patrice Nicholson and Robert Elswick; brother-in-law Sean Wirtala; uncles and aunts Devan Freed, Julie Freed-Hanson, Mike Hanson, Harold “Dean” and Janice Williams; and several wonderful cousins.

Cremation took place through Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home. Per his wishes, no service will take place.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Bill Cardran, 1655 Bellaire Drive, Casper, WY 82604 to help with funeral expenses.

Arrangements are in the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82601.

Marion “Bud” Corson

Marion “Bud” Corson: December 24, 1931 – August 15, 2021 (89 years old)

Marion Richard “Bud” Corson, 89, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2021 at Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas, WY.

Bud was born in Mobridge, South Dakota on December 24, 1931 and in 1977 moved to Glendo, Wyoming where he would live out the rest of his life. Bud proudly served in the United States Army from October 16, 1952 to June 28, 1954. He earned a Purple Heart for his service to his country during the Korean War. After honorably separating from active duty, he continued his service in the reserves until 1960. On September 17, 1955, he married the love of his life Frankie. In 1968 Bud opened his own business, Bud’s Auto and Truck Service, in Evansville, Wyoming. He retired in 1978 and worked as a handyman for the Howard General Store for several years, where he befriended many residents of the small community.

Over the years Bud has had many clients and friends. However, it is his special bond with his cat and his dog that will constitute his greatest friendships. Bud was always the first to lend a hand and would be happy to teach anyone who wanted to learn how to solve problems, whether it was plumbing, construction, electrical or fixing a small engine. Bud was a member of the American Legion and the Lions Club. He also served one term as a city council member and building inspector in Evansville, WY. He enjoyed boating and fishing with his family. He loved his cargo room and the hunt. However, tinkering in his garage was one of Bud’s favorite activities.

Bud is survived by his children Cheri Chucker, Barbara O’Rourke, Damon Corson and Delroy Corson; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his ex-wife Anita Corson.

He is pursued in death by his wife Frankie, his parents and his four brothers.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

A visitation for Bud will be held on Tuesday, 8/24/2021 from 4-6 p.m. at the Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home on Wednesday, 8/25/2021 at 11:00 a.m., followed by military honors at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery.

Kenneth Shell

Kenneth Shell: August 18, 1950 – August 17, 2021 (70 years old)

Kenneth Eugene Shell was born August 18, 1950 to Thomas E. Shell and Maxine A. (Dalzell) Shell.

He lived his youth with his brothers William (Bill) and John Robert (Bobbie) on ranches in the Sheridan/Buffalo area. He graduated from Johnson County High School in Buffalo, Wyoming in 1968.

Ken moved to Casper in 1972, where he met and married his best friend Susan Petersen. They married in 1976 and have two amazing children, Justin and Amy.

He has worked for several trucking companies including Salt Creek Freightways, PIE and Northwest Transport. He retired from Nalco Chemical in 2018.

He loved Wyoming and the outdoors. Ken was a devoted husband and father. Family was the most important thing in his life.

Ken is survived by his wife Susan Shell, son Justin (Kate) Shell, daughter Amy Shell, brother Bill Shell (Marcia), nephew Matt Shell and niece Keela (Lane) Goodwin.

Ken was predeceased by his parents Thomas E. (John) Shell and Maxine Shell, and his brother John Robert Shell.

The Shell family will host a celebration of life for Ken, to be held August 31, 2021 at the Bustard & Jacoby Visitor Center in Casper at 4 p.m.

Please come with your favorite stories and memories of him to share with his friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ken’s name to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions ( or the Wyoming Foundation For Cancer Care (

I Brown

J.E. Brown: April 27, 1924 – August 18, 2021 (97 years old)

Surrounded by his loved ones, JE passed away peacefully from his home here to join his beloved wife of 72 years Laura Bell and his friends and family in paradise.

Born in Littlefield, Texas on 4/27/24, he was the youngest of 11 children. He was the direct descendant of “First Families of Texas” and “Texas Ranger”.

He was a proud patriot and loved and fought for his country in World War II. He received a Purple Heart for his service in the Philippines.

Shortly after the war, he married the love of his life Laura Bell and left to work for Exxon. He worked for Exxon until his retirement and was widely known for his work ethic and integrity. He worked hard and provided a good life for Laura and their three children. After his retirement, they traveled and visited the many friends they had made over the years.

He was known for his kindness and generosity. He has long contributed to many charities and was quick to help anyone in need. His donations, directly and through charities, have helped many people.

He had a quick wit and a great sense of humor and loved to have fun with his friends and family. He loved and respected nature. He also enjoyed fishing, especially with Laura and her family.

He is survived by his daughter Anita Johnson (Maynard), his son Larry Brown (Cheryl) and his son-in-law Calvin DeWitt.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Travis Lawhorn (Becky), Michael Brown (Erica), Mike Todd DeWitt (Shannon), Jennifer Harshman (Shaun), Denny Volk, Jerry Volk (Roberta) and Marco Barrientos; great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

He is predeceased by his wife Laura Bell Brown, his daughter Linda DeWitt, his grandson Terry Lawhorn and his granddaughters Natalie Brown Miller, Amanda DeWitt Barrientos and Tami DeWitt.

He was loved and respected by many and will be forever missed.

Steven Royce Kellick

Steven Royce Kellick: 1962 – 2021

Steve Kellick went to join his Lord and Savior on August 16, 2021.

He was born in Ventura, California on February 13, 1962.

Steve loved being with his dogs and he loved camping. He also enjoyed fly fishing and racing.

He is survived by his children Ashli ​​Kellick, Steven Kellick and Emma Kellick; his brother Jeff Kellick and his wife Annette; his sister Michelle Wiggins and her husband Doug; and his father Royce Kellick.

He is predeceased by his mother Deloise Kellick.

A celebration of his life will be held at the VFW on Bryan Stock Trail on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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