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Obituaries: McDaniel, Laycock, Allen, Moore

Kenneth D. McDaniel

Kenneth D. McDaniel, 66, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away Saturday morning, July 25, 2020 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Kenneth was born February 1, 1954 in Cheyenne, a son of the late Johnson and Betty Lou (Swearingen) McDaniel.

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

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Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.


Anita Simon Laycock Hunt

Anita Simon Laycock Hunt passed away July 17, 2020 at Granite Rehab.

She was born December 17, 1940 in Cheyenne to James R. Simon and Dorothy Dearmin Simon. When she was six years of age the family moved to Jackson, Wyoming where her father took on the position as director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Park. It is there that Anita’s love of animals began. In 1952 her father signed on as a cinematographer for Walt Disney and the family moved several times over the next seven years. Destinations included Banff, Canada and Racife, Brazil.

Anita, an avid beauty pageant contestant was chosen Miss Wyoming in 1960. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1962 with a degree in Spanish and later with a degree in Criminology. Both degrees served her well. When not working she raised Australian Shepherds and enjoyed owning and showing rare dog breeds. Anita later developed a talent for painting both in water color and oil.

Anita was preceded in death by two husbands, Maurice Percy Laycock in 1975 and Eldon William “Bill” Hunt in 2018; her parents; sibling, James Anthony Simon; and nephew, Michael.

Private services have been held in Olivet Cemetery.


Jean Allen

Jean Allen, nee Vines, 88, of Cheyenne passed away July 20, 2020.  She was born August 7, 1931 in Sundance, WY to William and Alice Vines.  As the youngest of a large family, she spent her childhood in Sundance helping her mother run a boarding house. Coincidentally that is where Jean met and married her loving husband, Clark Allen of 59 years.  Jean received an English degree from the University of Wyoming and taught school in Sundance.

In 1959, Jean moved to Cheyenne where she raised her family.  She was an active member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, a Girl Scout leader, and volunteered at the local hospital.

Jean and Clark traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. She was an avid birder and an enthusiastic wildflower hunter. 

Jean was a loving wife and mother and is survived by her daughter, Kay of Cheyenne; son, Steve (Gayle) of Longmont, CO and a large extended family of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark Allen.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be announced at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Christopher’s Church, 2602 Deming Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82001 or a charity of your choice.


Raymond Allen Moore

Raymond Allen Moore, 75, of Lander, Wyoming died July 24, 2020 after fighting many years of illness and pain. Ray is survived by his wife, Carol (Axtell) of Lander, Wyoming; daughter, Sheila Moore (Dora) of Laramie, Wyoming; grandson, Clayton Long (Anna Maria) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; grandson, Patrick Long of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and great-grandchildren, Samuel, Connor, and Cecilia. He is preceded in death by his parents; two siblings; and very recently his daughter, Teresa Moore, who he greatly mourned and promised to hug for everyone.

He was born in Billings, Montana on November 1, 1944 where he and his four siblings enjoyed their parents’ many  adventures and work. He thrived caring for multiple farm animals and driving delivery vehicles. He remembers early morning cow milking and making sure the barn cats got a taste. He also enjoyed playing baseball and winning gallons of root beer to share with his family. Ray moved to Wyoming for work, living briefly with his brother Darrell, before meeting Carol in Jeffrey City, Wyoming. He and Carol raised two daughters in their home on Goodrich Drive in Lander. Ray worked most of his life  at the Atlantic City iron ore mine. When the mine closed some workers left the area or refused to take lower paying jobs. Ray quickly took work as he was never afraid to do so. He was working for  Fremont County Weed and Pest before retiring with illness.

Ray was an extremely hard worker. Growing up his parents depended on him to do tasks others did not want to do. He would put his true grit to work to complete the task. He carried this skill throughout his life whether he received recognition for his efforts or not. He provided a comfortable life for his daughters complete with dolls, toys, and pets of their heart’s desires. He often reminisced of his time working in the mines and the people who he came to know and enjoy seeing. He put in many hours of overtime and was a dependable person at work and in private life. He was always present for his children’s and grandchildren’s events. There was never a doubt his smiling admiration would be in the crowd.

When Ray was not working, he was hunting , fishing, or playing cribbage with his loved ones. He especially enjoyed time with his father-in-law hunting and later taught his grandchildren how to navigate the plains and mountains of Wyoming for game. He had no trophies of his own on his walls but kept them in memory in his heart. During trips he would share his reminiscing with pleasure. He leaves many treasured trophies of the same manner with those who love and miss him.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lander with a funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church.  An interment service will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.


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