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Obituaries: Mathieu, Castillo, Barker

Alfred Roland “Matt” Mathieu

Alfred Roland “Matt” Mathieu, 83, of Cheyenne, died on February 7, 2021 in Cheyenne.

He was born on May 7, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in teh U.S. Air Force and was the owner of the Bunkhouse Bar.

He is survived by his children, Crystal Smith (David) and Gene Mathieu; and his stepchildren, Alison Stoffel (Tim), Cindy Papay, Amy King (Brandon), Lauray Hayward, and Daniel Papay.

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Due to COVID restrictions, no funeral is planned. Friends who wish may contribute to any veterans organization.

Theresa Ellen Castillo

Theresa Ellen Castillo
September 11, 1948 – February 7, 2021

Theresa Ellen Castillo passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. Born on September 11th in Ledoux, NM to Celestino and Patsy Pino, she was raised on a small farm with her siblings in Torrington, WY.

Theresa worked in the career field of early childhood education for most of her life. In 1968, she began volunteering at the local Head Start program in Scottsbluff, NE. Then throughout the 1970s, she volunteered and worked at the local Head Start program in North Platte, NE. After relocating with her family to Cheyenne, WY, she continued her career at the local Head Start program. In the mid-1990s, she became a small business owner, opening her own licensed childcare center, A Bright Beginning, in Cheyenne, WY. In the 2000s, she opened her own licensed home childcare preschool, Discovery World, in Cheyenne, WY. In 2006, she was awarded with the State of Wyoming Department of Family Services Building the Future: Outstanding Service to Children and Families Award, recognizing commitment to excellence in early childhood education. In 2018, after 50 years of teaching 1000s of children and serving 100s of families, “Ms. Theresa” retired from the profession.

Theresa enjoyed shopping for “hidden treasures” at local thrift shops and planning celebratory events, such as baby showers, preschool graduation ceremonies, and Christmas programs. However, most of all, she enjoyed communicating with her “Lord, Jesus Christ,” attending church services at Restoration Fellowship International Church, and practicing her faith through various deeds and acts ranging from teaching Sunday school, planning and conducting donation drives for children (i.e., Christmas bags and bicycles), to providing long-term care for family members. She always said, “it’s better to give than receive” and “the Lord will always pay you back in return.” This was her ethos and calling—serving the Lord and others.

Theresa is survived by her children: Patricia (Rick) Westbrook, Eddie (Lyn) Castillo; Thomas (Minerva) Castillo, Jason (Danielle) Castillo; Marcus Castillo, and Samantha (Mike) Castillo-Vandeventer; 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; former husband, Eduardo Castillo; siblings, Lydia Castro, Roque (Vicki) Pino, Ronnie Pino, Florence Marquez, Tina Barrientos, and Patti Pino; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Theresa is preceded in death by her loving parents, Celestino Pino and Patsy (Abel) Ruiz-Serna, and her grandson, Micheal Castillo.

The Visitation is Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 9am-4pm at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes. The Prayer Service is Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 6-7pm at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes (Livestream). The Funeral Service is Friday, February 19, 2021 from 10am-12pm at Restoration Fellowship International Church (Livestream) located at 522 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82007. Following the Funeral Service is the interment at Memorial Gardens, located at 1900 East 19th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001. Due to COVID-19, masks are required to be worn during services and social distancing will be practiced. In Theresa’s memory, please take every precaution to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others around you by wearing a mask and taking COVID-19 seriously. It is real and it ended her life unexpectedly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Restoration Fellowship International Church—use “Push Pay” text messaging from iPhone or Android (or download the app). Type “77977” for telephone number, and in body of the text messaging type “RFIchurch.” You will receive a text message link (“Click” it) and under “Tithes” choose “Other” and make your donation or send check to the address above for Restoration Fellowship International Church.

Donald Eugene Barker

Donald Eugene Barker, 93, of Cheyenne Wyoming passed away on February 8, 2021 while a resident at Spring Creek Inn in Bozeman, MT. Don was born on August 22, 1927 in Glaymorgan, Wise County, Virginia. He was the 2nd of nine children born to William Wade and Lilly Collins Barker. He is survived by brothers Jack, Jim, and Dallas Barker.

Don dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy and served on a troop ship in the Philippines (1945) and the USS Hydes (1946). After his discharge from the Navy he returned to Virginia and received his high school diploma. He met and married Maudie Alene Johnson in Wise, Virginia, in 1948 and went to work at the local telephone company. In 1951 He Joined the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the advanced detachment providing communications for the new base and landing strips in Korea. During his Air Force assignments in the advanced communications division, Don and his family lived in Georgia, Omaha, Spain, and Newfoundland before he was assigned to Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

In 1968 Don was assigned to the Air Force Advisory Group Viet Nam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and served until assigned to Biloxi, Mississippi. After retirement from United States Air Force on January 31, 1970, Don returned to his family in Cheyenne and went to work for Wycomco and then the State of Wyoming State Radio Shop. He retired in 1990 and became a Major in the Wyoming Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Don was preceded in death by Maudie, and in his golden years met and married Marion Theibault of Toms River, New Jersey. Marion overcame her fear of the Wild West, its open spaces, and wild animals, and moved with Don to Cheyenne where they spent many years enjoying each other’s company.

Don was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed collecting rocks of all kinds. It has been said that there isn’t a rock in Wyoming that hasn’t been picked up, turned over, and scrutinized by Don. For many years he was honored as dedicated Scout Master of Francis E. Warren Boy Scout Troops. With his family, he enjoyed the forest cabin he built and spent many wonderful weekends exploring the mountains around Keystone, Wyoming.

Don is survived by his son Donald Lee Barker (Lynn), Arlington, WA, daughter Eugenia Alene Tiemann, Bozeman, MT (Jim, deceased), son Douglas Karl Barker, West Des Moines, IA, grandsons Anthony Donald Bontadelli (Becca) and Canaan Richard Bontadelli (Kristen), and awesome greatgrandchildren Maiah, Jackson, Riley, Hadley, Colter, and Elliott Bontadelli all of whom he dearly loved and who loved him in return.

A private family service will be held at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Don’s remarkable life will be held at a later date.

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