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Sublette Examiner
Volume 6, Number 42 - January 11, 2007
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Naomi Pape

Naomi Pape passed away on Jan. 8, 2007, at her home at Pape Ranches in Daniel, Wyoming, at age 41.

Naomi was born on September 30, 1965, in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, where her father worked as a mining geologist. She moved numerous times with her family around North America and, as a young girl, lived for many years in northeastern Wyoming in “bentonite country.” She always had a love for the Equality State.

Naomi met her future husband, David, while they were both attending the University of Wyoming at Laramie. She graduated from UW, married David and became a prominent citizen of Sublette County. She served her community for many years as a member of the Sublette County Recreation Board; she was a long-term President of the Bronx Homemakers Club; she was active in the Daniel 4-H Club; she was a substitute teacher in the Pinedale School system; she worked at the Mental Health Clinic; she taught dance classes to pre-schoolers; she was active in the “Kickin’ Cancer” group in Sublette County; and she was a member of PEO.

For more than 12 years Naomi fought a valiant battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, David, and daughter, Hadley; by her parents, Lorraine and Sandy Wise of Pinedale; by her brother, Jeffrey of Calgary, Alberta; by nine nieces and nephews; by uncles and aunts; and by her in-laws, Norman and Barbara Pape, Jane Potempa and family, and Fred Pape and family.

Naomi was a shining light to all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to “Kickin’ Cancer” in Sublette County, at P.O. Box 383, Daniel, Wyoming, 83115.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Pinedale School Auditorium on Saturday, January 13 at 1 p.m., followed with a gathering of friends and family at Rendezvous Pointe.

Steven “Bruce” Wickersham

Steven “Bruce” Wickersham, 56, of Bondurant died Jan. 6, 2007 on Dell Creek, near the Little Jenny Ranch in Bondurant.

He was born April 26, 1950 to Norman (Norrie) and Doris (Dout) Wickersham in Lusk.

He attended grade school at District 76 rural Sioux County and high school at Sioux County High School graduating in 1968.

Bruce was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, trapping and riding. His love for the Wyoming mountains was unquenchable. Being in the outdoors chasing cows with his dogs, or hunting was his life. Raising quality quarter horses with the X hanging four brand on the hip was a life long passion. Many are spread through the country.

Bruce spent many years on the home place before moving to Cody in 1988. In Cody he rode range and did some outfitting. In following years he rode range in Cooke City, Mont. and Dixon, Wyo. among other places before going to the Little Jenny Ranch in 2004. Little Jenny is where he called “home” until his death. During the winter months he would come back to the home ranch at Harrison, Neb.

The fall of 2006 Bruce won a hunting trip to Africa and has spent the last months happily planning and preparing for his trip.

Survivors include his parents Norrie and Doris; brothers Scott and wife Michelle of Glenrock, Mike of Harrison, Neb., Neal of Concord, Conn., one sister Becky and husband George Serres of Crawford, Neb., along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. His family loved him dearly and will miss him greatly.

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