Obituaries: Hemicker, Atkinson, Tinnell, Cooper

Uwe Hemicker: 1964 – 2022

Uwe Hemicker, 57, of Casper, Wyoming, died unexpectedly on January 16, 2022 at home with his wife from heart failure. He was born on November 5, 1964. He was doing what he loved most, spending time at home with his wife and his dog Zip.

Uwe was predeceased by his parents Margot and Arthur Hemicker, nephew Randall Hemicker. He is survived by his wife Pauline Hemicker, son; Daniel Uwe, two daughters; Nickie Ann, Rayna Marie. Sister; Barbara Carrick, husband and two nieces. Brother; Juergen Hemicker, wife, niece and nephew. Son; Tyler Hemicker and wife from California. Previous wife Lindajean Hilley, daughter; Crystal Hilley and husband of Alabama, son; Brian Hemicker, wife and 3 children, United States Navy.

With a heart of gold, Uwe was everyone’s friend, he was a loyal man and he stayed true to his word. He had a great sense of humor and contagious sarcasm. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A private celebration of life will take place.

Marilyn Maureen Atkinson

Marilyn Maureen Atkinson: 1936 – 2022

Marilynn Maureen Atkinson, 85, of Casper, died Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Life Care of Casper.

Marilynn was born on April 9, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Grace Free. She married the late Richard Atkinson in 1951. They had 5 sons and 1 daughter. They lived in Marshalltown, Iowa until 1972, then they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming and later to Casper.

Marilynn was an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by three children; Michael (Anne) from Boulder, Colorado, Laurie Kihle (Ron) from Wichita, Kansas, Wesley (Sandy) from Casper, Wyoming. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon Moorefield of Fort Worth, Texas, 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and 2 more expected this spring.

She was predeceased by her mother, her husband, 3 of her sons; Kelly, Danny and Wade and 1 granddaughter, Jackie.

A celebration of life will take place this summer when her family can enjoy a barbecue and the outdoors that have always been a pleasure for Marilynn.

Jack Lee Tinnell

Jack Lee Tinnell: 1949 – 2022

Jack Lee Tinnell was born September 19, 1949 in Lander WY to Howard and Charlotte Tinnell and grew up in Jackson Hole, WY.

After high school, he joined the Army Transportation Corp and served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He graduated from the Wyoming State Law Enforcement Academy and spent nearly twenty years as an EMT and police officer, retiring as Chief of Police of Reinbeck, IA.

He earned his master’s degree at Iowa State University while working at Living History Farms near Des Moines, IA, then became executive director of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site in Olathe, KS.

A Christian of many talents, including blacksmithing and leatherwork, he and his wife Lois moved to Cottonwood, AZ in 2003 where he spent his retirement years as a jeep guide, cowboy actor and author. Jack died on January 16, 2022 in Cotton Poplar.

He is survived by his loving wife Lois, his daughter Stephanie (Jon) Greener of Kansas, his sons Ryan and Josh of Wyoming and his son-in-law Ward Norem of Phoenix, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, as well as best friends Wayne, JW and Dan.

A celebration of life will be held at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come say hello to the family and share wonderful memories of Jack.

Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Evanston, WY. An online guestbook is available to sign at

Thomas A Cooper

Thomas A. Cooper: 1939 – 2022

Thomas Adam Cooper, 82, died peacefully surrounded by his family in Sidney Neb.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no public service.

He was born in Casper Wyoming on July 13, 1939 to Thomas and Leona Cooper and was the youngest of 4 siblings. He graduated from NCHS in 1957.

In 1958, he married Peggy Sue Mayhue. Married 64 years and together they had 3 children Susan (husband Robert) Ommen of Lodgepole NE, Pamela (husband Robert) Shiba of Tucson AZ and Thomas (wife Sandra) Cooper of Laurel MT.

He is survived by his wife, 3 children and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 1 sister Elizabeth Heckadorn of Arvada CO.

He was predeceased by his parents and two siblings.

Tom was a real jack-of-all-trades, from construction to a business owner (Coop’s Liquor). He was an avid outdoorsman, but his favorite thing was spending time with his family.

In lieu of flowers, all donations will be made to the family for a future nursing scholarship.

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