NLJ Staff


March 9, 1953–Sept. 27, 2021

Bill R. Pedersen, 68, of Newcastle, Wyo., passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. 

He was born on March 9, 1953, to John and Meredith (Kirkman) Pedersen in Ainsworth, Neb. Bill grew up with his two brothers, Jim and Joe. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1971. 

He met, then married Tamra Kay Mann on Aug. 17, 1973, and together they had a son, Shane. They divorced in 1984 and Bill moved to Colorado where he met Michelle Cisar and they lived in Arvada, Colo., before moving to Newcastle, where they settled. Together they raised a granddaughter, Destini Boyle. 

Bill and Michelle loved the time in Newcastle growing their “hobby farm” — he was a true cowboy at heart. Everyone that met Bill quickly learned he had a tender, giving heart, they immediately grew to love him and he treated everyone as his friend. Bill had so much knowledge and loved to share his wisdom. His step-children would look to Bill for advice and he never judged them but only showed love and support.

He is survived by his father, John (Della) Pedersen of Farmington, N.M.; fiancée, Michelle Cisar of Newcastle; son, Shane (Linda) Pedersen of Pierce, Neb.; grandchildren, Ashley Pedersen, Noah Pedersen, Madalyn Pedersen all of Pierce, and Destini Boyle of Newcastle; and numerous other family members.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be planned soon, please watch for updates as information will be posted. Special messages for the family can be left at


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