Obituaries: Horton, Martinez, Merril, Englan - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: Horton, Martinez, Merril, Englan

Keith Raymond Horton

Keith Raymond Horton was with family in his home when he went home to the Lord on July 15, 2020. Keith was born in Dafter, Michigan to Henry and Larine Horton on July 24, 1932. He was the youngest of eight children. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952, and served 24 years, prior to retiring as a Master Sergeant from FE Warren Air Force Base. Keith then became very active in the Cheyenne real estate community. Keith was committed to his faith and was very active in the church.

Keith is survived by the love of his life, Ilene Horton, his wife of 43 years; his dear friends, Dick and Carol Dubay; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Keith’s name should go to First United Methodist Church or the organization of your choice.

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Keith’s celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church on July 29 at 1:00 PM. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Chris Martinez

Chris Martinez, 85, of Cheyenne passed away July 14, 2020 at Davis Hospice Center.

He was born November 7, 1934 in Rainsville, NM.  He was an aerospace engineer, having worked on the moon program and the space shuttle for Thiokel Industries.  He married Donna Hilder on June 24, 1974 and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife; four children; one step-child; one sister; and several nephews, including Kelly McDonald.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maximillio and Adelina Martinez.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.

Condolences may be mailed to 1221 Ahrens Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82007.

JoAnn Merrill

JoAnn Merrill, 90, of Cheyenne, died on July 14, 2020.

She was born on November 25, 1929 in Cheyenne.

JoAnn graduated from LaGrange High School with honors and received a full scholarship to the University of Wyoming. However, she opted to marry Max Merrill instead. They were married for 58 years before his death on February 11, 2006.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, and reading.

JoAnn is survived by three children, Pamela Landry (Fred) of Cheyenne, Steven Merrill (Gail) of Beaverton, Oregon, and Timothy Merrill (Tammie) of Wake Forest, North Carolina; twelve grandchildren, Jeremy Cox, Betsy Oblak, Chad Cox, Kristen Richter, Heidi Ketterman, Christine Landry, Morgan DiGiallonardo, Jordan Merrill, Alexis Merrill, Cameron Merrill, Kayla Merrill and Sondra Brown; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Frank and Catherine Groves; two daughters, Melody Cox and Rhonda Breazile; and her siblings, Pete Groves, Viola Schamp, Jack Groves, Buck Groves, Mary Bishop, Hannah Groves and Beulah Webster.

There will be no services at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bonnie Englan

Bonnie Englan, 69, died July 15, 2020 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
She was born July 7, 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Richard and Jeanne Englan.

Bonnie was a polisher for Grobet for seven years and then worked as a cashier for Total for ten years.

She was a member of Cheyenne Evangelical Free Church.

Bonnie was also very passionate about her dogs.

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