Michael Evans “Mike” Whiting, age 78, from Casper, Wyoming, passed away on July 8, 2023, at Wyoming Medical Center.
Michael was born in Provo, Utah to Leonard C. Whiting and Bessie A. Evans Whiting on April 23, 1945. He lived out his life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
After moving to Casper in 1954, Mike and his brother Gerry launched individual paper routes for Rocky Mountain News. At one point, his accomplishments in paper delivery were significant enough to earn a trip to Disneyland. He attended Natrona County High School, where he graduated in 1965. In 1966, Michael was drafted into the United States Army where he progressed to the rank of Sergeant E-5 Squad Leader and was capable of more one-armed pushups than anyone who challenged him. After being honorably discharged in 1968, Michael started his uranium mining career at Petrotomics Company until 1985 when he retired as a Mill Shift Foreman.
Beginning at age 12, Mike tirelessly pursued his lifelong hobby of raising and racing homing pigeons. He spent his leaves from military service visiting the internationally known pigeon lofts of Europe. His prized pigeons were of the De Smet-Matthys bloodline, originating in Belgium. Mike’s success at racing pigeons sent his birds as far as South Africa. Mike also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting the breeze with his buddies.
Mike’s family meant the world to him. He is survived by his two daughters Roxanne Whiting-McCurdy and Miquelle Whiting-Bernard. In addition are his 5 grandchildren: Spencer and Pierce Bernard; Rayanne, Raquel, and Ryan McCurdy. His remaining siblings include his sister Jackie Hein of Concord, California and his brother Gerry Whiting of Provo, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Bessie Whiting and his sister Jeanine Olds.
The funeral service will be held at Bustards on Tuesday July 18, 2023, with Bishop Dykes officiating. His burial will follow at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery, with a reception to follow located at Bull Horn Brewing, formerly known as the Yellowstone Garage.
A funeral service will be held at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 18 at 10:00 AM. Military honors will be rendered at Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery following the funeral.