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Obituaries: Jones; Andrews; Zent – Casper, WY Oil Town News

Larry Melvin Jones: June 11, 1936 — October 23, 2022

Larry Melvin Jones was born on June 11, 1936. He died on October 23, 2022 surrounded by his family. Larry was born to Fern Naomi (Dixon) Jones and Melvin Howard Jones in Redfield, Iowa and moved to Perry, Iowa 6 weeks later. Larry attended Drake University and later earned his Masters in Educational Administration from UNC Greeley. Larry began his teaching career in the early 1960s in Tatitlek, Alaska and went on to teach in Casper, Wyoming at Dean Morgan Jr. High. He later served as principal of Fort Caspar Elementary School and Mills Elementary School. The rest of his career was spent as principal of Southridge Elementary School. At the same time, he was also a trustee of Willow Creek Elementary School. In 1964 Larry married the love of his life Joyce Eleanor Priest. Joyce had made a bet with her college roommates that she would be able to get this guy to “help” with the charcoal grill and the rest was history. They were married for 58 years until his death. Larry and Joyce welcomed two children, Scott in 1967 and Julie in 1969. Over the years Larry became a seasoned world traveler traveling across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Besides travelling, Larry loved history and made it his hobby, especially Antarctic explorers. Larry was an avid outdoorsman and passed on his passion for hiking, hunting, fly fishing and kayaking to his entire family, including his grandchildren. Larry and his family enjoyed outdoor activities together at the family cabin outside Grand Teton National Park from which many memories were made. His favorite place was sitting on the deck of the family cabin in the sun in his adirondack chair, smoking one of his many pipes of which he was an aficionado while having “tea” with his brandy and later in the scotch of the life. Larry also instilled a love of dogs in his family after growing up with his first dog Old Bob, his children’s first dog, Pepsi, and his last dog, Leidy.

Larry is predeceased by his parents Fern and Melvin Jones, his brother-in-law Frank Franco and his nephews Tom Franco and Mike Priest.

Larry is survived by his wife Joyce, his children Scott (Pamela) Jones and Julie (Brian) Gross, his grandchildren Morgan Jones, Emily Jones, Hannah (Josh) Williams, Allison Gross, Zoey Gross, his great-grand- daughter Delilah, sister Linda Franco, sister-in-law Carol LaFaver (Don), brother-in-law Bill Priest, nephews Mark Priest and Dan LaFaver.

Memorials can be made for the Healing Waters Project.

Services will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 701 S. Wolcott Street. A reception will follow at the church.


Mary Augusta (Benson) Andrews

Mary Augusta (Benson) Andrews: 1923 – 2022

Mary was born on August 4, 1923, to Erasmus Stockton Benson and Gertrude (Saylor) Benson, in Abilene, Texas.

During his childhood, his family moved to Nebraska. After graduating from high school, Mary attended Manhattan Bible College. There, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry. She was able to do her internship in New York doing street ministry, attracting people by playing her accordion.

After graduating, she returned to Nebraska where she met the love of her life, Bernard Andrews. Together they raised six children and had many farm and ranch adventures, and supported Bernard in the energy industry.

Throughout her life, she has been involved in children’s and women’s ministries and has supported various missionaries around the world.
She had a gift for hospitality and was happiest inviting people over to her house for meals, dessert, or to play games.

Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law, Laurie Andrews, her children, Larry (Connie) Andrews, Darrell Andrews, Howard (Kathy) Andrews, Mary Lou Batalden (Jared) and Robert (Nodjaha) Andrews, her brother, Howard Benson of Tampa, Florida, thirteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, several siblings, her beloved husband, Bernard, and her eldest son, Gary.

A memorial service will be held on October 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Paradise Valley Christian Church, 188 Valley Drive, Casper, Wyoming.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the assisted living staff at Edgewood Meadow Wind and the staff at Wyoming Medical Center for all of the loving care they provided to our mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Paradise Valley Christian Church Building Fund or the Wyoming Rescue Mission.


Angeline Ann Zent

Angeline Ann Zent: 1930 – 2022

Angeline Ann Zent died on October 23, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on March 13, 1930. Her parents were Frank Joseph and Elizabeth Ann (Fischer) Rothschiller. Angeline or Angie as her friends called her was the middle child of eleven children. Child of the Great Depression and teenager of World War II. It was there that she found the love of history and reading, which she carried all her life. The 92 years between them were filled with family, multiple homes and residences, and his endless love for God and his family.

In 1951 she married Robert Duane Zent in Mandan, N D. They later divorced. Their children are: Susan (Leslie), John (Jane), Robert (Becky), Dewey, Lee (Michelle) and Carole (Brad). She was preceded in death by her parents; Frank and Elizabeth Rothschiller, siblings; Francis, Beatrice, Betty, Geraldine (Gerry), Loretta, Richard (Bud), Tom and Mary, an infant son, Dewey Carroll, a grandson, Curtis Wayne James and a great-grandson, Nixon Finn David . Angie is survived by her brother, Jim Rothschiller and a sister, Rita White, her five children, fourteen grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren.

Angie was an excellent cook and baker. She poured her love into her baked goods, making everything from elaborate cakes, perfectly baked pies and specialty cookies. She was particularly known for her Angel Food Cake, Cinnamon Rolls and Date Pinwheels. She also passed down many German noodle dishes and soups that take her children back in time whenever they are prepared or mentioned: Chicken Liver Soup, Kase Knipp, Ram-noodle, and German Sausage. Growing up during the Great Depression, Angie was frugal and resourceful. She lost nothing and maintained a positive attitude even under difficult circumstances. She was grateful for what she had and cared more about others than herself. Later in her life, she worked in the food industry and was a loving caregiver to her family and friends. She was a practicing Catholic, a member of St Patrick’s parish for forty years and supported various Catholic charities with her time, talents and finances.

For the past 8 1/2 years, Angie has been a resident of Garden Square. She loved and trusted the staff at Garden Square who gave her their friendship and love in return. In lieu of donations, please contribute to your favorite charity. Cremation has taken place with funeral services to be held in North Dakota at a later date. She will be remembered and will be missed by her large family and many friends, as she touched their lives.

Arrangements are under the direction of newcomer Casper Chapel