Cover photo for John E. Japp, Sr.'s Obituary
1936 John 2024

John E. Japp, Sr.

February 18, 1936 — May 28, 2024

John E. Japp, Sr., age 88, of Bar Nunn, WY, passed away on May 28, 2024, in Spearman, TX. He was born on February 18, 1936, in Gillette, WY, to Ernest and Elsie (Schuett) Japp.

John is survived by his three children: John (Penny) Japp, Jr. of Gillette, WY, Jacqueline (Chris) Brewer of Newport News, VA, and Julie (Scot) Martin of Spearman, TX; his grandchildren: Aaron Brewer, J.R. (Timber) Japp, Nikki (Brian) Halpain, Garrett (Heather) Martin, Stuart Martin, and Malory (Jace) Foster; his nine great-grandchildren; his only sister, Ruth (Harry) Wolff of Gillette, WY; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Juanita.

John graduated from Campbell County High School in 1954 and attended Mechanics School at Casper College. He met Juanita Reust of Guymon, OK, at the First Baptist Church in Casper, and she became his bride of 60 years. Together, they owned and operated Big “J” Coin & Antiques for many years. In the late 1970s, John attended auctioneering school in Kansas City and soon ended his 23-year career as a USPS letter carrier to pursue his calling as a full-time estate auctioneer, with business locations in Casper and Gillette.

John and Juanita were founding and lifetime members of the Casper Antique & Collector’s Club, the Casper Coin Club, and the Wyoming Auctioneer’s Association. John was also a lifetime member of A.CT.R.A. and the NRA. He was highly respected for his honesty and integrity in the auction business and was well-known for his quick wit and humor during bid calling. For over 40 years, he graciously volunteered his services to call a wide variety of  benefit auctions in the Casper and surrounding areas. John was an avid collector of Wyoming tokens, license plates, and books, and possessed a profound knowledge of Wyoming history. To John, a good day was any day spent in Wyoming, particularly if it involved fishing, (though he didn’t favor eating them.) His grandchildren looked forward to hearing him repeat the true story of his pet prairie dog, Clarissa, as well as any of his fabled tales. He was such a compelling storyteller and trickster that sometimes it was hard to discern his true tales from the deceptively convincing ones. Time spent in John Japp’s presence was always time well spent.

A funeral service to bid adieu will be held on June 13, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, WY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casper Meals on Wheels or the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper.

Arrangements are under the care of Bustard’s Funeral Home.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Boyd Avenue Baptist Church

1930 Boyd Ave, Casper, WY 82604

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Mountain time)

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Reception

Thursday, June 13, 2024

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Mountain time)

Boyd Avenue Baptist Church

1930 Boyd Ave, Casper, WY 82604

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