1965 - December 25, 2007
Casey C. McKee was born Jan. 4, 1965, in Craig.
He died Dec. 25, 2007, in Torrington, Wyo., after a 2 1/2 year battle against melanoma cancer. Casey lived his entire life on the family ranch except for 2 1/2 years when the family ranched in Marlow, Okla. Casey always said he loved three things in life: the feeder cattle business, trading commodities and basketball.
Throughout his school years, Casey spent every spare moment with a basketball in his hand, whether it was the cold winter nights shooting hoops or watching the big kids play ball until he was finally old enough to join them.
From junior high through high school, Casey was a tremendous and very valued member of the Little Snake River ball teams, winning numerous MVP awards and being on state tournament teams. After graduating from high school in 1983, Casey attended the University of Wyoming for two years. He returned from college to help run the family ranch.
Casey enjoyed the family ranch, and loved watching the wildlife while doing his work on the ranch. He knew and understood livestock and every aspect of the livestock industry. He traveled to various ranches in several states receiving cattle, spending a great deal of time in Nevada. He enjoyed the friendships he developed with the ranchers he dealt with.
Casey married DeeDee Dickinson on June 25, 1999 at the Winter Ranch in Sweetwater Country, Wyo. The couple spent most of their time working side-by-side whether it was gathering and trailing cattle, doctoring, feeding, processing or shipping cattle. They made many trips to California to spay heifers or receive cattle in Nevada. Many of the road trips they took were to check cattle in feedlots in Idaho, Utah, Nebraska and Texas.
Casey was on the FSA board as well as being active in the agriculture community.
In 2001, Casey returned to his basketball passion. He coached junior high basketball at the Baggs School, fostering his passion for the game with the players. Casey enjoyed working with the kids, teaching the game to them, especially how to play defense. Casey liked the coaching so much he even volunteered assisting coaching high school basketball before becoming the assistant coach in 2004. DeeDee drove him the last few months of his coaching junior high ball. She said those times were enjoyable and educational just to listen to Casey talk about his boys and the game of basketball.
Casey was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Lottie McKee and Frank and Vera Wells.
Casey is survived by his wife, DeeDee; mother Frankie, of Savery; father Al and wife Kaye, of Torrington; brother Cody and wife Cindy, of Torrington; in-laws Dick and Polly Dickinson, T Wright Dickinson, Marc and Gerda Dickinson, Jean Dickinson, Jack Lyttle and Millie Radosevich; nieces and nephews Lilah and Nolan McKee; Kate, Ira and Ian (Casey's godson) Dickinson. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Services for Casey McKee will be at noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at the Baggs School. Father Tom Sheridan and Pastor Paul Presrud will officiate. Buses will be available to take people to the Reader Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Casey McKee Scholarship Fund; Bank of Commerce, PO Box 50 in Rawlins, Wyo.