Billy Unangst, 59 died on Monday August 30th in Casper. He was born December 7, 1961 to William and Jo Unangst.
Billy traveled the rodeo circuit after school and loved riding bulls and broncs. He was a cowboy through and through. He later moved to Las Vegas with his wife Tina and their 4 children. He worked for his grandfather in the construction business even helping build a wing of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. He realized that he needed a job with more pay and benefits for his growing family.
Billy tried out for the Las Vegas Metro Police Force and worked as a Corrections Officer until his retirement in 2012. He loved the job and the people he worked with. Everyone always enjoyed his stories of that time.
After his wife Tina passed in 2008 and after his retirement, he decided to travel full time in his RV. He met his wife Doreen at a rodeo in Casper in 2015 and they fell in love immediately. They married just two short months later. Doreen retired early and they enjoyed four years of traveling the country visiting friends, family and exploring new sights. They wintered in the south as they hated cold Wyoming winters.
Grandchildren were tops on his list. He probably loved being a grandpa more than anything else. He thrived on chaos with them and would gladly have had them all together on the road with him. There were many road trips in the RV with some of the older ones and he loved taking them fishing. Family was so important to him.
Billy was friends with everyone he ever met. He would do anything for everyone and never ask for anything in return. He gave his all right up to the very end.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife Tina, daughter Tierney Lehman, dad Bill and numerous aunts who all held a special place in his heart.
Billy is survived by his wife Doreen, mother Jo Scott, brother Charlie (Karen) Unangst and his combined blending of his and hers children. Lacye (Cliff) Anderson, Josh, Justyn and Blaine Obert, Zach Lehman, Jennifer (Joe) Garnier, Michelle (Paul) Givens, Keith (Jenni) Gabrielson, Marcus (Thao) Southwick and John (Kayla) Southwick. He also had several adoptive daughters who were mothers to his grandchildren; Kristina, Michelle, Isabella, Rachele and Jennifer. All of these people were his children, it didn’t matter who their biological parents were. That is who he was.
He will be so greatly missed by his grandchildren: Hayden, Skyrah, Lorelei and Calliope Anderson; Brendin and Tarryn Lehman; Talon, Lilly, Addilyn and Kian Obert; Joey and Jake Garnier; Ethan Givens; Paige and Kendall Holmes; Urijah and MacKinnon Southwick. His nieces Parys and Elaina, his nephews Jaryd and Evan.
Billy is also survived by all his brothers and sisters in blue. We salute you all.
In lieu of flowers donations are being taken to establish a memorial through Suicide Awareness. Cards can be sent to Doreen Unangst, 3542 Partridge Lane, Casper, WY 82604. If you cannot be with us in person, please be with us in thought and prayer at this very difficult time in our lives. Thank you.
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