William “Whitey” Wemmer
05/19/1936 - 09-14-2021
On September 14, 2021. William “Whitey” Wemmer III passed away at his home and into God’s loving arms. A warrior for his family and in life, Whitey was 85 years old.
He was born on May 19, 1936 to William Wemmer Jr and Bernice Olga Peterson-Wemmer in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up on a small family farm raising Asparagus, vegetables, milk cows & chickens. The family moved to Casper in 1957/58 to his dad’s hometown of Casper, Wyoming.
Whitey was married to Roberta Jean Chester in 1959; they had three children, Melody Sue, Robby Lew and LaVina Rae. They divorced in 1966. He married Rose Marie Richardson on December 24, 1970 and embraced her five children: Donny, Cyndi, Belva, Jeannie and Randy Richardson. Whitey and Rose were together for 40+ years until her death in February 2006.
Whitey worked heavy construction most of his adult life and split his career between the Uranium mines of Shirley Basin & working on the Alaska Pipeline - building the roads and laying the pipe. In 1982 he and Rose purchased the Eagle Bowl Cafe and ran the restaurant/catering until 1992 when he decided to retire. He also spent 3-4 years developing Bull Whip Catering and perfecting his famous Bull Whip Sausage. He sold the business to his partner, Weinrich’s in the late 1990’s. After he retired, Whitey also did a bit of repo work and car hauling for several local dealerships and car lots.
Golf, motorcycles, fishing and cooking were passionate hobbies for him. You would likely find Whitey on the Paradise Valley Golf course, riding his favorite bike, fishing at Glendo/ Pathfinder or cooking his famous Green Chili at home for family and friends. He loved music and would often play his electric organ or guitar at his many barbeques and get-togethers.
He was preceeded in death by his wife Rose Marie Wemmer, step-sons Donny Richardson and most recently, Randy Richardson. He is survived by his natural children, Melody Sue Gill, Robby Lew Wemmer and LaVina Rae Altebaumer; plus his three step-daughters, Cyndi Hill, Belva Castill, Jean Brown and his only sister, Evelyn O’Connor of Asheland, NE.
Whitey Wemmer was a force of nature, determined to provide the best life possible to his family. His friends knew him to be kind, generous and a party guy --- and boy, could he PARTY!
His favorite thing to say when anyone was even a little sick was:
“You Die, We Party!”
We take comfort in believing he would say to us... Right Now...:
“I Died, YOU Party!”