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Obituaries: Deselms, Durner, Cowley

Norma Jean Sandberg Deselms

Norma Jean Sandberg Deselms, 90, of the Golden Prairie Community (North of Burns, Wyoming) died February 14, 2020 at the Davis Hospice Center.

She was the oldest child born to Earnest and Eunice Sandberg on April 10, 1929 in Kimball, Nebraska. 

Norma attended 1st through 12th grade in Burns graduating in 1947.  After graduation, she attended the University of Wyoming and then Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, earning a teaching certificate.  She taught in one room school houses in North Laramie County.

She married Kenneth Deselms at the Golden Prairie Baptist Church on April 7, 1951.

Norma is survived by sons, Howard (Carrie) Deselms of Albin, WY, Joseph (Suzanne) Deselms of Burns, WY, and Harvey Deselms of Cheyenne, WY; daughter, Shirley (Don) Carpenter of Cheyenne; five grandchildren, Kirstin Deselms, Hugh Deselms, Silas Deselms, Breanna Carpenter and Kayla Deselms; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Darlene Palmer of Wheatland, WY, and Sharon Hahn of Grover, CO; and brother, Dale Sandberg of Burns, WY. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest and Eunice Sandberg; husband, Kenneth; son, Robert; granddaughter, Sierra; brothers, Earnest Sandberg, Jr. and Eldon Sandberg; and sister, Elouise Shellhart.

A memory service will be celebrated on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.  A light luncheon will follow at the Schrader Reception Center.  Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.

Friends may contribute to Golden Prairie Baptist Church, Davis Hospice Center or the charity of their choice.

Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, Cheyenne, Wyoming  82001.


Cheryl Durner

Cheryl Durner, 57, of Cheyenne, died Feb. 13, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. She was born April 28, 1962, in McCook, Nebraska to parents Robert and Karen Durner.

She is survived by daughter, Amanda (Steven) Blaney; sisters, Janet (Ernie) Croston and Robin Durner (Mel Chavez); nieces, Shelbe Chavez and Ashley Durner; and nephew, Brayden Chavez.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, in Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Burial at Lakeview Cemetery.


William“Bill” R. Cowley

William“Bill” R. Cowley, 84, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Davis Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born December 7, 1935 in Cheyenne, a son of the late Thomas C. and Dorothy M. (McCarty) Cowley.

Bill retired from Mountain Bell/US West in 1995 as the Manager of Buildings and Real Estate after 25 years of faithful service. He was a third-generation brick mason and was particularly proud of his family’s work on numerous Cheyenne buildings including The Albany Restaurant, the Masonic Temple and the Cheyenne Airfield Fountain on 8th Avenue.  A lifelong resident of Cheyenne, Bill volunteered for more than 40 years for Cheyenne Frontier Days and was a proud member of HEELS.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed spending time outdoors where he had a passion for planting trees. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother and friend, and will be dearly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Tracy (Robert) Aylward and son, Scott (Maria) Cowley, and their mother, Lynette Martens; son, Jeff (Mandy) Cowley and son, Craig (Heather) Cowley; sister, Pat (Ed) Smith; and grandchildren, Ashley, Alissa, Garret, Blane, Roree, Braxton, Jaidyn and Hagen.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom Cowley.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made the CFD Scholarship or the Crisis Fund.


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