Edna Karen Elmer


Karen Elmer passed away on Wednesday, April 12, at Banner Hospital in Casper, after  a long battle with cancer that she fought hard, to stay with her husband, Robert Elmer, and her dog, Katie.

Karen was born on March 13, 1954, and attended schools in Powell, graduating from Powell High School. She was very active as a student and was the head twirler for the band. She performed halftime shows and was a homecoming queen attendant. She attended Northwest College in Powell, as well.

On April 1, 1974, she was married to Robert B. Elmer and, over the years, lived in several towns in Wyoming. She was employed by Northwest College in Powell in the Student Loan Department. Later, when Bob and Karen moved to Rock Springs, she worked at Western Wyoming Community College, climbing all way up the ladder to eventually being the assistant to the president of the college, until 2004, when she retired.

They had a son, Dave, who attended Powell High School, and then went on to the University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a degree in business administration. Dave joined the family business out of college and attained many honors and designations. Wendy Paul, with many insurance honors as well, had joined the agency previously and, after meeting each other, they were married and had a son, Keaton Elmer, and they all live in Casper.

Dave and Wendy went on to be employed by HUB International, which is the largest privately-owned insurance agency in the world, and both hold higher positions!

In addition, Bob and Karen purchased an independent insurance agency in 1992, where she was vice president. The agency grew very substantially over the next 13 years, and dealt mainly in very large commercial accounts and their contract bonding needs.

Eventually, the agency got very large and was eventually licensed in 10 states, until it was sold in 2006. It was selected 11 times in the top two percent of agencies in the country as a “Best Practices Agency,” mainly for customer service! Karen served a big  part as vice president helping her husband, Bob.

Karen had many friends and acquaintances, which lasted for many years in being strong friendships. She was a caring person and did many things for others if she could  help. She will be sorely missed by her husband, Bob, and all those who knew her.