Reginald Christman of Gillette, Wyoming was called Home on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
Reg was born in Sheldon, ND on March 12, 1938 to Edward and Hannah Christman. He joined three older brothers, Charles, Richard (Dick) and Warren. His childhood was spent on the family farm on the banks of the Red River in Ransom County ND.
Around 1948 the family moved to Casper. In 1957 Reg graduated from NCHS. During his high school years, he was active in ROTC. During that time, he worked as a sack boy at the Westridge Commissary. He also worked for Pacific Fruit and Produce.
After Graduation Reg worked for the Walter Schultz Distributing Company in Casper.
Reg joined the Wyoming National Guard and proudly served for nine years, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
On May 31, 1959 Reg married Valerie Hunter. They later divorced in 1989. From that union, 2 children were born, Lesa (Brian) Klein and David (Tonya) Christman. They gave him three grandchildren Adam (Kelsey) Rennick, Alesa (Eric) Stryker and Parker Christman, and 6 great-grandchildren.
In 1963 Reg joined the Casper Fire Department and after 23 incredible years he retired in 1985. During this time, he worked his way up to the rank of Division Chief. Reg loved being a fireman and all the friends he made during that time. Toward the end of his career, he had the honor of training the next generation in the skills to become firefighters.
Retirement didn’t mean rest for Reg. He painted houses and then went to work for Highland Park Community Church as a custodian.
On July 14, 1990 he married Wilma Cepel in Casper. She passed away on April 24th 2001. From this marriage Reg’s family grew with three children, LeAnne (Bozz) Bennett, Curtis Cepel and Bruce Cepel. There were three more grandchildren, JoLee (Jason) Krebs, Sarah (Dean) Scoggin and Stephanie Hobson and an additional 6 great-grandchildren.
Reg retired (again) from Highland Park and focused his time on family, fishing and his beloved garden. Many evenings were spent on his back deck watching deer, enjoying the natural beauty created by God and calling friends and family. “Don’t let your meat loaf and keep your powder dry” was a favorite saying for Reg.
On June 13, 2015 He married Gloria Solomon in Casper. From this marriage Reg’s family grew even more with two children, Kari (Larry) Skalicky and Tanya (Tim) Miller, five grandchildren Nic (Kat) Skalicky, Chris (Ashelie) Skalicky, Brianna (Greg) Green, Faithe (Liam) Dell and Codi Brown, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers Charles and Warren, and Wilma.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife Gloria, his brother Dick, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Reg’s memory to the Casper College Foundation for the Fire Science Program. 125 College Dr. 82601.
A Celebration Reg’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:00pm. Newcomer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating in the chapel. A virtual feed will be available on the Newcomer website.
A reception will follow immediately following the service at the VFW, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail.
Private family internment will follow at a later date.
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