Obituaries: Slater, Hanlon, Miller, Pouliot, Barcus - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: Slater, Hanlon, Miller, Pouliot, Barcus

Dr. Paul Vernon Slater

Dr. Paul Vernon Slater, 89, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, of Cheyenne, died on July 12, 2020 in Cheyenne.

He was born on December 15, 1930, in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Paul had a happy childhood growing up in Moundsville swimming, diving and playing football. He attended the University of West Virginia on a football and academic scholarship where he played middle linebacker. He went on to the University of Maryland Medical School where he also completed a general surgery residency. Paul then completed a plastic surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic and surgical fellowships in cancer of the head and neck and hand surgery at Yale University.

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While interning at Milwaukee General Hospital, he met the love of his life, Mary Krizek. After their marriage, they moved to Coronado, CA, where Paul was stationed in the Navy. Following naval service, Paul and Mary relocated to Wyoming, where they could raise their family and enjoy the great outdoors. Paul instilled in all his children a love for hiking, mountain climbing and skiing. In his 40s, Paul earned his private pilot’s license and enjoyed many years pursuing his love of flying. Paul practiced plastic surgery in Wyoming for over 30 years.

He is survived by his children, Richard C. Slater (Mary) of Cheyenne, Dr. Paul D. Slater (Cristin) of Boise, ID, Thomas M. Slater (Kimberly) of McKinney, TX, Elizabeth Slater Jasper (David) of Denver, CO, and 10 grandchildren.

Dr. Slater was preceded in death by his parents, W.A. and Jessie Slater, his brother Carl Slater, wife, Mary Krizek Slater and son, Robert J. Slater.

Private family graveside services will be held, and a celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Virginia Hanlon

Virginia Hanlon, 87, of Cheyenne died on July 12, 2020 in Cheyenne.

She was born on April 24, 1933 in Cheyenne during a huge snow storm and has resided here her entire life.

Virginia was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She loved working in her yard, planting and caring for flowers. She also enjoyed riding and owning horses and was a huge fan of CJ Box and Craig Johnson books, and tried to be present at signings in Cheyenne. She always looked forward to the next release.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen Hanlon (Linda) of Cheyenne and Timothy G. Hanlon (Carisa) of Thornton, Colorado; two daughters, Tina Byrd (Mark) of Thornton and Leigh Hanlon of Cody; 10 grandchildren, Ben Hanlon (Loni), Meghan Hanlon, Michelle Hampshire (Jason), Melissa Toland (Vaughn), Mallory Rogers (Conn), Trevor Byrd, Torrie VanPelt, Tanner VanPelt, Brandy DeHuff (Scott) and Kristi Saucke (Andrew); six great-grandchildren, Brayden Saucke, Austin Saucke, Jackson DeHuff, Arya DeHuff, Cohen Hanlon, Everett Hanlon; a sister, Darlene; and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Hubert on March 24, 2012 after 61 years of marriage.

Private family graveside services will be held.

Friends may visit her obituary page at
Please contribute to Davis Hospice or Cheyenne Botanical Gardens.

Susan Miller

Susan Miller (1959 – 2020), 61, passed away unexpectedly July 13, 2020.

We will revel in all the good Susan gifted this world. Her love for her children – Andi, Melissa, and Nick – and her nine grandchildren was steadfast, patient, and enduring. For her mother and father, Susan committed constant care and compassion. Her 24-years of devoted partnership with Wayne Hammitt was a quiet demonstration of true love and deep friendship. Susan was a pillar of strength for her families in Cheyenne and Washington. For others, she was our teacher, a confidant, a neighbor, a giver, an honest friend, a motivator, a clever wit – our rock. Never one to dote on herself, Susan looked for ways to improve the lives of others – from covert home makeovers, to delivering books to students in need, or from washing piles of dishes after a celebration, to bringing wry humor into every situation.

Susan fancied a round of golf (especially in the solitude of Kimball, NE), all Gonzaga sports, and Rockies baseball. She enjoyed reading, tackling crossword puzzles, gardening, and traveling to visit family. She also cherished the power of a good nap and an ice-cold Coca-Cola.

Susan was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Jimmie Barker. She is survived by her parents, Carl and Claudia Miller, daughters Andrea (Jeff) Barker and Melissa (Jacob) Ojeda, son Nicholas (Marie) Barker, best friend, Wayne Hammitt and his children Rebecca (Cody) Fournier and Jennifer (Brad) Hammitt, nine grandchildren, Eleccia, Ava, NovaRey, August, Ayden, Finnegan, Oliver, Lex and Ada, three brothers, Jim, Michael, and David Miller and their families, and her family in Washington.

A casual gathering to celebrate Susan’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, friends can donate to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and COMEA House.

Despite her absence, we will embrace her enthusiasm, her love for others, and her mantra: “Make good choices!”

Marcel Roger Pouliot

Marcel Roger Pouliot, 81, of Cheyenne, WY, passed away on July 11, 2020 at his home in Cheyenne. He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on November 18, 1938. Cremation has taken place and private services were held.

Patricia Ellen Barcus,

Patricia Ellen Barcus, 71, of Cheyenne died on July 14, 2020 in Cheyenne.
She was born on April 29, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Patricia was a bookkeeper and cashier at Sutherlands She enjoyed family get togethers, reading and gardening.

She is survived by her daughters, Jessica Artery-Herrera (Julie Herrera), Jennifer Reuer, and Dawn Guille (Ken); sisters, Debra Fidone and Kathy Brooks (Jack); six grandchildren, Jade Hoffman (Heidi), Jonathan Hoffman, Blair Durham, Tyler Barnhart (Zenovia), Julia Artery, and Jack Artery; and two great-grandchildren, Annabelle and Paisley Hoffman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Doris Fidone.

Services will be Monday, 2:00 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. To view a live webcast of the services please visit her obituary page at

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