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Obituaries: Vopni, Rohweder, Farris

James “Buddy” Vopni

James “Buddy” Vopni, 64, of Cheyenne, passed away October 8, 2020 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. He was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 30, 1956 to James and Bernice (Weedon) Vopni.

James was about three months old when his mother brought him from Japan to Canada to visit family. He grew up in Kentucky, New York and Wyoming. Making Cheyenne his home. Buddy spent 3 years in the Army and most of that time was spent in Germany.

He enjoyed many things in life, one of those was his Harley. He loved getting his wind therapy. James also loved being with his mom and going to the Elks Lodge to spend time with her. And as a child at heart loved his looney tunes.

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He is survived by his mother, many family members as well as longtime friends.

James is preceded by his father, brother, both sets of grandparents and a nephew, Jeremy Scot.

Cremation has taken place, and services will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Elks Lodge.


Betty “Rogene” Rohweder

Betty “Rogene” Rohweder, 92 died October 4, 2020 in Spokane, Washington at Hospice of Spokane.

Rogene was born August 10, 1928 in Pratt, Kansas. She was living with her daughter in Washington for the last 19 months. She was a 70 year resident of the Burns and Cheyenne area. Dan and Rogene had many life long friends in the area.

Rogene is survived by her sons, Roger Easley (Sandy), Wenatchee, WA; Wayne Rohweder (Susan), Cheyenne; daughters Alice Speirs (Craig),Medical Lake, WA and Joyce Crutchfield, Austin, TX; grandchildren Lance Speirs (Jenni), Medical Lake, WA; Danny Crutchfield (LaShonda), Merzon, TX; Joey Reynolds (Justin), Round Rock, Tx; Patrick Speirs (Ashley) Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan; Cord Easley (Alison), Wenatchee, WA; Drew Easley (Lauren) Wenatchee, WA and Kelly Easley, Florida. And 14 great grand children.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel of Cheyenne; her beloved grandmother “Muzzy” Violet Rogers, Yate Center, Kansas; her mother Nettie Heckel and stepfather Clarence, Yate Center, Kansas; her father Howard Frink, Cheyenne; sister Wanda Bauresfeld, Yate Center, Kansas and brother Robert Frink, St. John, Kansas.

Rogene will be cremated and placed in granite alongside her husband in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens, Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Eleanor “Ellie” Anne Farris

Eleanor “Ellie” Anne Farris, 80, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away on October 8, 2020, due to complications from COPD at Davis Hospice Center.

Ellie was born January 22, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, to Robert and Natalie (Jones) Wolf.

She is survived by her husband, Bert Farris, sons Tony Farris (Tracy Taylor), Charlie Farris, and Joe Farris (Otty); grandchildren Christian Farris (Heather), Anthony Farris (Kiera), and Danielle Satton (Zach) all of Denver; Cody Farris and Cheyanne Farris of Cheyenne; Devany Farris (Ryan Zuniga) and Skye Farris of Cheyenne; great-grandchildren Lucas and Logan Farris of Denver; brother Ken Wolf (Donna) of St. Charles, MO; sister Nikki Graham (Ross) of Marleton, NJ; sisters-in-law Marjorie Faris Kissel (Paul) of Florida, Suzanne Sands (Dale) of Rosedale, Alberta, CA, and Doris Snider (Lou) of Arizona; brothers-in-law Mike Craig (Olga) of Cheyenne and Larry Harris (Judy) of Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and her very close friends Monica Lane, Edie Biggio and many others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Natalie and Robert Wolf.

Ellie was an outstanding athlete in her youth, graduating from Normandy High School in St. Louis, where she was a outstanding sprinter and jumper. She attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC where she met her future husband Bert. After they married on June 27, 1960 they moved to Cheyenne. She worked as personnel manager for Sears Roebuck for over 25 years and then took a position with DFS at the State of Wyoming where she retired after 20 years.

Ellie was an avid bowler in many adult leagues in Cheyenne. She also was a fast pitch softball catcher in adult leagues in Cheyenne where often times she had the highest batting average of around .800. She enjoyed hunting with her boys. In her later years she spent time watching her grandchildren compete in athletics and perform in activities. She also enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and the occasional casino. She enjoyed sewing projects, reading, flower gardening, puzzles, crosswords, and her beloved pets, most recently Missy.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes, 1900 E. 19th Street, Cheyenne, WY. The services will be live streamed for those unable to attend.


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