Obituaries: Gertsch, Larson, Jones, Jahr Jr. - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: Gertsch, Larson, Jones, Jahr Jr.

Paul Howard Gertsch

Paul Howard Gertsch, 73, of Cheyenne, died on Monday, May 31, 2021 in Cheyenne.

He was born on May 20, 1948 in Fort Collins, Colorado and graduated Harrison High School in 1966.

Paul was a general contractor in the construction of hundreds of homes in Northern Colorado, Rock Springs and Cheyenne. He was active in Wyoming and Laramie County Homebuilders Association, serving as its president for several years and the Laramie County Volunteer Fire Department for fifteen years, serving as its chief for seven years. He was involved in Frontier Days, serving as the parade chair for several years. Most recently, Paul was active in Cheyenne Hills Church and helped with construction of the Barn building and remodel of the kid’s area. He loved fishing, boating and Wednesday morning coffee with his many good friends.

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Paul is survived by his wife Jeanne; his daughters, Gretchen Minazumi, Tanya Paige and Heather Yowell; his sisters, Karen Caruana and Susan Ferguson; and by Jeanne’s children, Jerrie Weinrich, Cindy Snyder, Brandon Lackey and Cassidy Lackey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Clifford Gertsch.
Paul had a profound impact on the community through his many professional and civic efforts, along with the extensive network of friends and partners that he served over the years. He was a champion at bringing people together to accomplish great things. He was a trustworthy voice of reason and everyone considered him a friend. Most importantly, Paul was a good, kind, and loving man. He committed his life to Christ in later years and was deeply committed to his faith God. His family will miss him dearly.

Services will be Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Cheyenne Hills Church.


Barbara Ruth Larson

Barbara Ruth Larson joined her loving husband, Donald Larson, in heaven on May 28th, 2021. She was 75 years old.

She was born on February 27th, 1946 in Minneapolis, MN.

The oldest of five children, Barb was raised in Appleton, MN and graduated from Appleton High School in 1964.

The result of a blind date, Barb met Don, the love of her life, at a dance in Madison, MN, in the spring of 1966. That evening, she told her friends that she had met the man she would marry. She did just that on March 30, 1967, in Minneapolis.

In 1971, with three children in tow, they moved to Cheyenne, WY and planted solid roots for their young family.

In 1977, she began her first career with the phone company. She retired after 23 years to begin her second career as Director of First Impressions at Hickey & Evans, LLP for nearly 20 years.

Barbara will be remembered as a sweet, generous soul. Her family called her a “marshmallow” because she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was quick to cry during sappy commercials, each time she watched someone opening a gift she had chosen for them, and whenever she had to say goodbye to a loved one, no matter for how long.

She was an avid shopper and accumulated a variety of “foo foo” collections including antiques, spoons, stuffed bears, shoes, and enough greeting cards to open her own shop.

Barb enjoyed watching Blue Bloods and Big Bang Theory reruns, football, golf, and playing Wordscapes on her phone.

Sunday dinners with her kids and grandkids brought her special joy.

She was fiercely loyal and devoted to her family and always available to lend a hand. She nurtured even her oldest friendships, regardless of geographic distance. She was happy to chat for hours on the phone with friends and always made time to meet with them for lunch.

She had a great sense of humor and especially loved a good blonde joke.
She loved traveling and had the good fortune to visit many historic places and countries over the years with Don, including a wonderful trip to Italy with a large portion of the family in the summer of 2017.

She is survived by four siblings: Richard Krebs (Pat) of Appleton, MN, Steve Krebs of Las Vegas, NV, Lee Krebs of Las Vegas, NV, and Jane Henshaw of Apex, NC. She was an amazing mother to three children: Jacki Larson Donner, Steven Larson, and David Larson, all of Cheyenne, WY. She relished being “Gramcracker” to two grandchildren: Kiel Golike (Stephanie) of Chicago, IL, and Reid Golike (Paulitta) of Cheyenne, WY. She was so excited about her recent promotion to “Gigi” to her two great grandchildren: Rebecca Golike and Nathan Golike, both of Chicago, IL.

In addition to Don, she was preceded in death by her parents, Rita Krebs Lee and Robert Krebs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes. Her ashes will be combined with Don’s for final disposition.
In lieu of gifts to the family, please consider a donation in Barb’s memory to the Friday Food Bag Foundation at http://cheyenneffbag.org.

Celebrations of life will be held in Cheyenne, WY and Appleton, MN later this summer.


Barbara Eileen Jones

Barbara Eileen Jones, 96, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away on May 31, 2021 at the Life Care Center with her family by her side.

Barbara was born May 6, 1925 on the family farm near Slater, Wyoming, to Earl and Hilda M.  (Larson) Harvey. She was united in marriage on December 6, 1942 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Gene L. “Casey” Jones. Barbara and Casey lived on a wheat farm on the Slater Flats where they raised their family. In 1977, they sold the farm and moved to Yuma, Arizona. After her husband’s death in 1988, Barbara moved to Cheyenne to be near family and friends.

She was a long-time member of the Slater Woman’s Club, a Foster Grandmother at Afflerbach and Hobbs Schools, a member of the North Cheyenne Baptist Church.  Above all, she loved her family.  Family came first regardless of what else was happening.  Her love, guidance, and good cooking will be missed.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Patrice Denisson (Tim) of Cheyenne; and two granddaughters Jennifer Denisson and Nikki Dennison.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Michael; parents; sisters, Hazel Bomgardner and Kathleen Hopkins; and a brother, Robert Harvey.

Private family services will be held at a later date, followed by interment in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, located at 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001.


Loyd W Jahr Jr.

Loyd W. Jahr Jr., 79, of Cheyenne, WY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He is now reunited with his loving wife, LaVetta.

Loyd was born March 24, 1942 in Moorhead, Minnesota to Loyd Sr. and Viola Jahr.

Loyd worked at Frontier Refinery until he retired, and he owned Jahr Housing. He enjoyed racing stock cars and watching NASCAR.

Mr. Jahr is survived by his loving cat, Zero; brother, John (Sally) Jahr; sister-in-law, Roxy Jahr; both his daughters, Kimberly Moody, and Kris (Todd) Barowsky; grandchildren, Cecil (Vanessa) Dietz, Brandi (Glen) Harnish, Ryan (Jaclyn) Scott, Haley (Dylln) Rider, Tyler Holcomb, and Austin Bates; and great-grandchildren; Axel, Reaygon, Jackson, Henry, Emaleigh, Rosie, Estrella, and Cazmeraie; and many lifelong friends.

Loyd is preceded in death by his wife LaVetta, both his parents, brother, Jules Jahr, and his grandson, Kyle.

Cremation has taken place and Mr. Jahr’s memorial service will be Wednesday, June 9, at 2:00 P.M. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Reception will be held at Loyd’s house directly following the memorial.


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