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Our club members that have passed on.

Bruce McDonald, KF7CFY

Bruce making contacts during Field Day, 2011

Bruce McDonald, 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Wyoming Medical Center.

He was born June 25, 1939 to the late Ralph and late Pearl (Mihalski) of Newcastle, WY graduating from Newcastle High School in 1957.

In 1958 he married Bev Bartling and to this union was born two children, son Randy and daughter Rhonda. Moving to Denver, CO., Bruce worked writing and revising top secret design manuals for the Titan Missile program. Eventually returning to Wyoming, he worked as a Geophysical Logging Engineer and Electronics Engineer for various companies in the Energy Industry. In 1983 he started Strata Data, Inc., a geophysical logging company.

Having only semi-retired, he also enjoyed being a key member and treasurer of the Casper Amateur Radio Club, making many good friends there. In his later years, Bruce played a key role in the capture, rehabilitation and homing of many of Casper’s stray and feral cat population.

He is survived by: his wife of almost 57 years Bev, son Randy (Frances) of Casper, daughter Rhonda of Casper, grandsons, Shaun Tipton, of Casper. Erik Tipton of Greeley, CO and Ethan Hennek of NAF Atsugi, Japan, brother Pat (Francine) of Anchorage, AK and numerous nieces and nephews.

David A. Allerheiligen MD, N0AXE

Dave, N0AXE

Friday, July 16, 2010 4:40 pm

David A, Allerheiligen MD, 62, of Casper, died Wednesday July 14, of a massive heart attack while pursuing one of his favorite hobbies, operating his ham radios.

Dave was a man of many interests, and his life was one of adventure, both professionally and personally. Practicing family medicine was his primary career choice, and he did that successfully for a decade in McCook NE, but he also earned a degree and worked in electrical engineering, served time as a Commander/flight surgeon in the U.S. Coast Guard and led Wyoming Medical Center's occupational health program.

He enjoyed sharing his medical knowledge while serving for 10 years on the faculty of the University of Wyoming's Family Practice Residency Program in Casper. In 1998 he was the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Family Medicine's Alumnus of the Year.

In his private life, Dave was a sailor and a pilot, a proud member of Civil Air Patrol and a licensed ham radio operator active in the Casper Amateur Radio Club. The "Happy Days" Venture 22 tried the waters from the North Carolina sounds to reservoirs in Nebraska and Wyoming. Some of his best adventures in his Mooney aircraft were traveling over the Canadian Rockies to Alaska and flying to the Bahamas. He loved sailing with his in-laws Jim and Edwina Young in the Bahamas. When his poor health made it impossible to fly his Mooney, he and friends Michael Bums of Fort Collins, CO and Nick Phillips of Red Feather Lakes CO built their own experimental aircraft.

In his younger years, he ran five marathons, backpacked in the Rockies and participated in the 1987 BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska).

Dave was born on May 9,1948 in Concordia, KS, to Arnold and Mildred Allerheiligen. He spent most of his growing up years in Holdrege, NE. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then continued his education at the University of Nebraska Medical School in Omaha.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Casper; children, U.S.A.F. Lt. Col. Nathan Allerheiligen and wife Susan of Little Rock, AR, and Christine Kleckner and husband John of Eden Prairie, MN; his father of Holdrege, NE; brothers, Ronald of St. James, MO, Milton of Holdrege, NE and William of Harvard, IL.; grandchildren Ashley, Matt, James, Alii, Marc, Drew, Sarah, Rachel and Isabel; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a son, Craig.

He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church.

Graveside services will take place at Park Hill Cemetery in Syracuse, NE, where many family members are buried.

Charles R. "Bob" Thrapp, W7AYH

Bob, W7AYH working the bands.
- Field Day, 2008.

Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:30 AM MDT

Charles R. “Bob” Thrapp was called home on Monday, August 17, 2009. Charles was born on August 21, 1931 in Boise Idaho to Charles Russell and Martha Adel Thrapp. He graduated from West Seattle High in 1950. He later served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. In 1956 he married the love of his life Carol Marie Norseth in Helena Montana. He then pursued a career in the Telecommunications industry with Mountain Bell, SBS, and MCI World Com. Bob and Carol raised their family in Montana and then his career led them to Louisiana, Virginia, Colorado and Texas. After retiring they spent years traveling in a motor home, eventually settling in Casper WY. He was a Ham Radio enthusiast, loved to fish, and he dearly loved his pets.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of 53 years; three sons, Wade and his wife Cari of Spokane, WA, Kevin and his wife Amber of Lander, WY, Brian of Missoula, MT; one daughter, Stacy and her husband Mark of Casper, WY; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren and brother, Edwin Thrapp of Graham WA.

He was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Byron Thrapp.

Richard Doyle, W7BIG

Rich, W7BIG cook'n up some good grub.
- Field Day, 2003. (1940-2004)

Richard Dellayan Doyle, 63, was found dead at his home on Monday, March 15, 2004, as a probable result of complications with his struggle with diabetes.

Richard was born Oct. 8, 1940 in his grandparent's home in Cody, WY, the first son born to Ruth and Francis Doyle. He was raised and educated in Bridger, Montana. The family traveled throughout Montana and N. Dakota, following dad's work. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956.

After rough necking in Texas, he returned to Wyoming and was a truck driver hauling petroleum products since the 80s.

Richard had been married four or five times. For him, marriage was an 'occupational hazard'! He was known for being bullheaded and opinionated, but had a big heart and was ready to help out when needed.

As a hobby, Richard was a ham radio operator; active in the Casper Amateur Club; Am. Radio Emergency Comm. System and enjoyed talking to other ham operators around the world - a hobby he shared with his brother, Jim. He also loved to hunt and fish when he was in good health. He was raised Roman Catholic and later became a member of the Church of Later-Day-Saints.

Richard was pre-deceased by his parents, a son, Edward Doyle, and twin grandsons born to Virginia.

He is survived by brother, James F. Doyle and his wife, Nancy; a step brother, David Gunn, both of Casper,; a daughter, Virginia Lee Hightower of Abilene, Tx and three additional children that were adopted out: Tony Lee, Julie and Tina Marie, whereabouts unknown; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, all of Abilene; stepmother, Sue Doyle; and two nieces, Kim Doyle of Branson, MO and Amy Doyle of Colorado Springs, CO.

...along with many long-time friends and work associates.