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Obituaries: Reidel, Knutson, Sidwell

Verlin W. Reidel

Verlin W. Reidel, 86, of Cheyenne, passed away peacefully at home on May 16, 2020, after a year-long battle with lung cancer. 

He was born January 21, 1934, in Hayes, KS, and grew up in the Denver area.  He served in the US Army and, while stationed in Germany, met and married Rosi Boger in Frankfurt in 1959.  During their 45-year marriage, they raised three children, Patricia (Chuck) Gilmore, now of Broomfield, CO, Julie (Tracy) Stephens of Orange Park, FL, and Christopher Reidel of Denver before Rosi’s death in 2004.  The family lived in Denver, Cheyenne, and Portland as Verlin worked with the Union Pacific Railroad, retiring after 43  1/2 years.  

Upon his marriage to Joan Humphrey on May 30, 2009, Cheyenne again became his home, where he was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, High Plains Drifters RV club, and FMCA.

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Verlin’s survivors include Joan and his children; stepchildren, Lori Poole of Bayard, NE, Melanie Sonntag of Greeley, CO, and Dennis (Charlene) Humphrey of Cheyenne; sister, Darlene (Dick) Moseng of Lakeland, FL; five grandchildren, Eric Stephens, Andrea Gilmore, Nicole Stephens, Matthew Gilmore, and Sam Gilmore; two great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and other extended family.  

In addition to Rosi, Verlin was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Tillie (Mermis) Reidel; sister, Mary Ann Luke; and stepson, Cris Humphrey.  

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, with a Vigil for the Deceased to follow at 6:00 p.m.  A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, May 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.  Due to social distancing regulations, attendance will be as space allows. Please be prepared to wear a face mask.  To attend the Funeral Liturgy remotely, on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., please go to to leave condolences and/or obtain a viewing link.  Interment will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.  

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center home hospice program,, or a charity of your choice.

Shirley Ann Crerar Kuntson

Shirley Ann Crerar Kuntson, 82, passed away at her home with family by her side. She was born December 17, 1937, Savannah, Georgia to Woodrow and Lessie Woods.

Shirley loved many things like fishing, hunting, and gardening, but her greatest love was her family.

She is survived by her sons, Donald Allen Crerar from Cheyenne, Gary Lee Crerar from Florida; daughters, Debra Crerar, Tammy Crerar, Brenda Ann Crerar all from Cheyenne; 7 grandchildren, Utah and Dakota Crerar, Tony Perry, Donnie Crerar, Ricky Perry, Dusty Adamson, Tami Kay; 6 great-grandchildren and many friends and family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Interment to follow service at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

Harold F. Sidwell

Harold F. Sidwell, 81, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away May 16, 2020, at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Harold was born May 14, 1939 in Fort Collins, Colorado, a son of the late Frederick and Georgia (Townley) Sidwell.

Harold loved farming and ranching and was actively involved in numerous organizations including serving as president of Belvore Grazing Association, Oklahoma Hereford Association, Wyoming Hereford Association, Colorado Hereford Association, American Hereford Association, Weld RE-9 School Board, Nunn Presbyterian Church, and served as a deacon for the First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne. He was inducted into the American Hereford Association Hall of Fame in 2011, and he was honored as a Century Hereford Breeder within the American Hereford Association in 2008. Harold exhibited many champion Herefords on a local, state, and national level. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and his three passions: God, family, and Horned Hereford cattle.

Harold is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Sidwell of 61 years; sons, Warren (Jolene) Sidwell and Bryan (Linda) Sidwell; daughter, Cheryl Sidwell; brother, Richard (Becky) Sidwell; grandson, Matthew (Laurie) Sidwell; granddaughters, Valerie Langston, Shaylea (Sheldon) Chadwick, and Brooke Hinojosa-Sidwell; and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Harold “Todd” Sidwell; and brother, Walter Sidwell.

A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Nunn, Colorado. A celebration of life will be held later this summer with a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nunn Fire Department.

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