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Today's Obituaries: Underbrink and Hawkins

[image: 110554.jpg] ​Memorial Services for *Lloyd “Lee” Underbrink*, age 85, will be announced at a later date. He was born February 16, 1930 at Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the son of Lloyd Lester and Susie (Holden) Underbrink. He was raised in Scottsbluff valley and graduated from Gering High School, Scottsbluff Junior College (now Western Nebraska), and the University of Nebraska. He served in the 101st Screaming Eagles during the Korean War and attended graduate school at the University of Denver after the conflict. Lee married Marilyn Spahn of Scottsbluff on June 7, 1951. While still in high school he began part time work for Masek Auto Supply Co. in Gering, Nebraska and worked at Masek’s until 1990. He was transferred to this company’s Casper store in 1956 and was President of this firm’s Masek Sports Division at the time of his death. He went through the scouting organization from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout to Scoutmaster while in Nebraska. In semi-retirement he was well known as an amateur historian specializing in Wyoming and Western Trails History. He was a charter member and two term National Director of the Oregon-California-Trails Association. He was awarded this associations highest award the “Meritorious Achievement Award”. He was a past President of the Natrona County Historical Society and a lifetime member of the Wyoming State Historical Society. The State Society awarded him the “L.C. Bishop Award” for his involvement in preserving Wyoming’s history and “The Cumulative Achievement” award for his long dedication to history. One of his joys was leading thousands over the Oregon Trail Road to Martin’s Cove and to other trail sites. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of history with others. He wrote many articles on Wyoming History for the Casper Journal. He enjoyed playing bridge and traveling throughout the world. Lee was a western history book collector and had an excellent personal library. He was active in the exhibit and design committee of The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper. His other interests included photography and he was a long time member of the Casper Photography Association. His wife Marilyn, his parents, a brother and a sister preceded him in death. He leaves behind his daughter, Laurel Walton, sons Scott and David, five grandchildren and his traveling partner Burch Okes. The family would appreciate memorial contributions in his name to The National Historic Trails Center Foundation. His friends and family will miss his good cheer and energy! [image: 110553.jpg] ​On November 14, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. Heaven gained an amazing angel. On April 18, 1940 *James R. Hawkins* was born to Rector and Thelma Ann (Dame) Hawkins near Sesser, Illinois. He was raised in Southern Illinois and graduated in 1958 from Benton Community High School. He was raised on a farm and continued his farming career at Old Ben Coal. In 1980, he moved to Green River, Wyoming where he continued his career working in the trona mines at Tenneco Minerals which later became Solvay Minerals. He retired from Solvay in February 2004 due to Parkinson's. In 1956 he began dating the love of his life, Leona Dennis. In 1961 they were united in marriage in Sesser, Illinois. To this union three children were born. When he passed away a big piece of Leona’s heart went with him. He is survived by his wife of 54 years. One son James of Colorado, 2 daughters; Denise (Don) Roahrig of Elko, NV and Deborah Church of Casper, WY. Additionally he is survived by 8 grandchildren, James (Heather) Hawkins of Rock Springs, WY, Amanda (Carl) LemMon of Green River, WY, Robert (Rachel) Hawkins of Green River, WY, Frank Patrick and Jared Olguin both of Casper, WY, Matthew (Mary) Church of Cheyenne, WY, Rebecca Mason and Sonya Roahrig both of Elko, NV, sixteen great grandchildren and one sister, Ramona Carney of Crane, MO, one daughter in law Cheryl Greene of Greybull, WY, one nephew Josh (Rebekah) Carney of Denton, TX and several cousins and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in law Herbert and Myrtie Dennis, one granddaughter Jessica, daughter in law Betty Hawkins, his grandparents and several aunts and uncles. There will be a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Fox Funeral Home in Rock Springs. Rev. Michael Davis of Sulphur Springs, TX will officiate. There will be an inurnment at the River View Cemetery in Green River immediately following the service. Memorial contributions in James’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. #obits #oilcity #news