Obituaries: Helgeson, Mitchell, Gilmore, Westcott

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Baby Berdine Helgeson: 1949 – 2022

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Bebe Helgeson, 72, on April 12, 2022. She passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was ready and excited to be with her Lord and Saviour.

Bebe Berdine Cummings was born on July 14, 1949 in Basin, Wyoming. She married Wes Helgeson on May 20, 1978. Wes was a loving husband who cared for her until the end.

As a young adult, she came to love Jesus. She often said that loving Jesus had changed her life. She loved to study the word of God and felt lucky that we were all forgiven by his grace.

Bebe loved her children, Shane, Pepper and Zac. She was that mom who immersed herself in everything from decorating the school bus before leaving for state meetings to organizing concession stands for wrestling to spoiling friends and family with special and individualized care packages. And we can’t forget how lucky she felt for the addition of Angie, Randal, and Jake.

She especially loved her grandchildren, Cynthia, Braden and Natalie. They were the real apple of his eye. If you knew her, you knew how proud she was of each one of them.

Baby loved to laugh. She liked to make others laugh. She was often known as a prankster, with April Fools being her second favorite holiday. Some of his common sayings were “It’s just duck!” or “I’m glad you could see me!”

She was incredibly generous with her time and gifts. She has many friends who see her as family.

Bebe is survived by husband Wes Helgeson, son Shane (Angela) Nelson, daughter Pepper (Randal) Jo Six, son Zac Helgeson, granddaughter Cynthia (Jake) Smith (Nelson), grandson Braden Six and her granddaughter Natalie Six.

This Easter will be very special knowing that she will be united with Christ, singing her favorite hymns, “To God be the glory” and “Lord most high”. Sing loud, mom! We will miss you.

Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church (601 S. Ninth St., Douglas, Wyoming 82633) on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. After the interment, there will be a reception in the basement.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 S. Wilson St., Casper, WY 82601
Zion Lutheran Church, 601 S. Ninth St., Douglas, Wyoming 82633


Mary Jane Anne Mitchell

Mary Jane Anne Mitchell: February 25, 1935 – April 5, 2022 (87 years old)

Mary Jane A. Mitchell was born to Carl and Katherine Schneidt on February 25, 1935 in Broadus, Montana. Mary Jane died on April 5, 2022 at her home. She grew up in Miles City, Montana and graduated from Custer County High School in 1953. She began her career as a telephone operator, working for Mountain Bell and later for the Wyoming Medical Center. She retired in 2007. She married Eugene Mitchell on June 6, 1959 and later divorced. She loved to cook and never missed an opportunity to bake a birthday cake for her family and friends. She was known for her homemade dill pickles, banana bread, and divinity. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.

She is survived by Tracy Vigo (Marvin), Michele Nash (Garry) and Robyn Meyer (Shawn); Brandon Nash (Jessica), Tiffany Nash, Tasha Vigo, Nick Mitchell (Brooke), and Ava Nash; his sisters Joyce and Ella; and his brothers Carl and James.

Mary Jane was predeceased by her parents; sisters Margaret, Irene, Liz and Dolly; and his brother Billy.

Funeral will be held at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home on April 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.


Randy Gilmore

Randy Gilmore: June 21, 1968 – April 7, 2022 (53 years old)

Leslie “Randy” Gilmore, 53, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming. Randy was the fifth born to William Gilmore Jr. and Ruth (McGinnis) Gilmore on June 21, 1968 in Casper, WY.

Randy was an avid fan of 80s rock bands, detecting metal with his neighbor and playing video games. He enjoyed the hunting trips he took with his family, practicing his “Bobby Flay” techniques while grilling and trying to grow the perfect tomato. He had a love for the dogs he raised and the iced tea he never did without. Randy liked to tell jokes and play tricks. He was one of a kind, someone you wanted in your corner. He lent a helping hand to family and friends, helped his brother decorate Bar Nunn’s fire trucks for the Christmas parade, and volunteered at local food banks. Randy will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his brother Jay and his wife Cheryl Gilmore; brother Wes and his wife Shannon Gilmore; sister Tammy and her husband Mark Waltman; nephews Steve and Jason; nieces Jacci, Trish, Tawnee and Jordan; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents William and Ruth Gilmore and his older brother William H. Gilmore.

In order to honor Randy’s wishes, there will be no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite animal shelter.


Bryan Jack Westcott

BryanJack Westcott: November 18, 1940 – April 7, 2022 (81 years old)

Bryan Jack Westcott died on April 7, 2022 at Wyoming Medical Center at the age of 81. Bryan was born to Virginia Ryan Westcott and Gurney Westcott in Alpena, Michigan on November 18, 1940. He attended schools in Atlanta, Michigan and graduated from Atlanta High School in 1959. Bryan and his father came to hunt in Wyoming when he was growing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and beaver trapping with his father. Maybe that’s what drew Bryan to Wyoming.

Bryan was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy. He served four years on active duty and two years in the reserve. After completing boot camp, he was ordered to attend Seabee Construction School in Port Hueneme, California. After graduating, he was assigned to the MCB10 Construction Battalion. After his Seabee training, he was deployed to Guam, Adak, Alaska, the Philippines and finally Vietnam. After his years of service, he was honorably discharged. He then returned to Michigan and worked with his father in the construction industry. He also continued to learn the construction trade from his cousin at Steel Structures in Casper.

Bryan and Cheryll (Zuech) Westcott were married on June 14, 1980, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Bryan and Cheryll decided to move to Casper, Wyoming. In Casper, Bryan had a successful career as a union carpenter, and he also owned and operated CB Locksmith Company. Bryan became very active with the Vietnam Veterans group. For many years he traveled to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to march with his fellow veterans in the Veterans Day Parade. He was a real patriot.

Bryan was an avid hunter. His last hunting trip with his father was in Idaho on a successful mountain lion hunt. His latest hunting adventure was in the Arctic Circle of the Northwest Territories on a successful seven-day muskox hunt. Bryan built and enjoyed his trophy room and took pride in showing off his big game trophies to his many friends while entertaining them with his sense of humor. He also enjoyed golfing, riding motorcycles, and taking his dogs for rides in his truck.

Bryan is survived by Cheryll, his wife of 42 years; his sister Kelly Woolman (Bob) of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews; and her poodle Ruby.

He was predeceased by his parents Gurney and Virginia, his brother Jeff and his sister Candy.

Services will be held at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery, Evansville, Wyoming on Thursday, April 21 at 11 a.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Casper Humane Society, Food for Thought in Casper, or the charity of your choice.

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


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