Obituaries: Kamarad, Bauman, Johansen, Wood - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: Kamarad, Bauman, Johansen, Wood

Seth Edan Kamarad

Seth Edan Kamarad was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on December 9th, 1977 to Susan Kamarad Troudt and Dennis Kamarad. Seth passed peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021.

Seth grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming surrounded by family and friends who supported his love of sports, music, and humor. Seth’s fascination with music began with his first piano lesson at age four. He enjoyed exploring every musical genre and was known for participating in garage bands. Young Seth spent time on the golf course with his grandfather, Robert Bishop, learning to love and respect all sports. His athletic talent was noticed when his Little League baseball career began at seven years under the coaching of his father. Seth played organized basketball from grade school through high school. He dedicated himself to the Cheyenne Soccer Club, Cheyenne Sting, and East High School where he won multiple state titles as a midfielder. He enjoyed hosting Super Bowl parties and supported Dallas Cowboys and Nebraska Cornhuskers.           

After graduating from East High School in 1996, Seth attended Hastings College, playing soccer and studying Pre-Medicine.

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Seth was blessed with two daughters with Katherine Kamarad, Madison and Delanie.  He supported his girls with every endeavor whether it was their Head Coach for Cheyenne Soccer Club or as videographer for their dance performances at Bodylines Dance Theater.  Seth also made many road trips through the years and could be found coaching his nieces’ and nephew’s games. 

Seth was an assistant soccer coach at Central High, continuing his support of soccer and his community. Seth worked as a CNA, EMT, Disc Jockey, Certified Harley Mechanic, and held many responsibilities at Foot of the Rockies. Seth was a proud member of the Local 192 Plumbing and Pipefitters Union and became a journeyman upon completion of the apprenticeship program. He went on to teach classes prior to becoming the Plumbers and Pipefitters Training Coordinator and continued to teach while holding this title.

Seth joked sarcastically and played air guitar like his big brother, Jeremy. He cooked, gardened, and sewed the way his mom taught him. His knack for collecting vinyls and posters was inherited from his dad. Anyone who knew Seth appreciated his willingness to assist others in any way possible. From mowing yards to shoveling snow, he helped discretely and left without requesting acknowledgment. His life will be honored by his family, and his memory will live on through fishing trips, mountain biking, camping, and passing on his love of sports and music.

Seth is preceded in death by, his grandparents, Richard Kamarad; Robert and Rita Bishop.

He is survived by his two daughters, Madison (fiancé, Ryan Haakenson) and Delanie Kamarad; his parents, Dennis Kamarad, Susan and Dennis Troudt; his brother, Jeremy Kamarad, his wife Kelly, and their children, Grace, Cole, and Claire Kamarad; his grandmother, Evelyn Kamarad; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either:

Seth Kamarad Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Cheyenne Soccer Club (Cheyenne Soccer Club, PO Box 2774 Cheyenne, WY 82003)

Delanie and Madison Kamarad’s College Fund (Checks payable to Jeremy Kamarad or Susan Troudt, Blue Federal Credit Union, 6523 Yellowstone Rd. Cheyenne, WY 82009)

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021 in the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home. A reception will follow in the Schrader Reception Center.

In honor of Seth’s love for sports and music, the family invites you to wear your favorite golf, soccer, or concert attire, including shorts.


Leola Maxiene Bauman

Leola Maxiene Bauman, 88, born July 31, 1932, in the family home in Ovid, CO, to George Edward Soppe and Ludmilla (Lillian Margaret) Schwynoch, went home to Jesus on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Greeley, CO.

She grew up in Denver, CO, then her parents made the move to Carpenter, WY, in junior high school. She graduated from Carpenter High School in 1951. She was employed by Carpenter School as head cook, prior to marrying her high school sweetheart, Darold Jean Bauman, in 1953. They moved on to the family ranch at Carpenter, WY, where they were instrumental in establishing one of the first Charolais herds in the Rocky Mountain region while raising their family.

Leola established a national women’s Charolais organization called Charolais-dees to support the American International Charolais Association. She founded the American International Junior Charolais Foundation and its scholarship program, raising the initial $30,000 in one afternoon. Leola served on the board for the American International Junior Charolais Association, which supported the youth of the industry.

Leola supported her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in 4-H, FFA, sports and all events they participated in. Over the years, she opened her home to countless youth, young teenagers and young adults. There were few times when there were less than 10 people for every meal she prepared at the ranch house! Many, many more than her own five children, called her Mom and Grandma.

Having a very special connection to dogs, Leola always had at least one, usually a boxer. She was also an avid card player, belonging to several card groups and playing at almost all family gatherings. Other talents and hobbies included participating in and attending theatrical events, oil painting, making china dolls, and sewing for her family and making living history clothing, 

She was known for her homemade meals for every ranch cattle sale, usually making 480 homemade dinner rolls, 96 pies, salad bar, prime rib and baked potato bar.  She fed 300-700 people for cattle sales. She prepared meals for various tour groups, from Japan and France to name a few. She loved to make people feel comfortable in her home, loved to serve others, and loved to share a meal with folks.

Leola is preceded in death by Darold Jean Bauman (husband), George Soppe (father), Lud Soppe (mother), Rodney Soppe (brother), and Ann Bauman and Shirley Castleberry (sisters-in-law). Leola is survived by Maxine Soppe (sister-in-law), children Debra and Ben Brown (Briggsdale, CO), John and Patsy Bauman (Aurora, MO), Paula and Jim Taylor (Burns, WY), Bruce and Debbie Bauman (Carpenter WY), Brett and Tammy Bauman (Cheyenne, WY), (10) grandchildren, Matt Idler, Molly and Ray Bredehoft, Jaimel and Shawn Blajszczak, Katy and Tim Strasser, Kendal and Scott Sedman, Kassi and Ian Glassman, Chance Bauman, Tate Bauman, Daniek and Andrew Long, James Taylor and (15) great grandchildren Gabriel Tasma, Madi Tasma, Kaitlynn Idler, Kenlie Blajszczak, Caroline Bredehoft, Dakota Strasser, Tori Blajszczak, Ben Bredehoft, Caden Glassman, Kyla Strasser, Hallie Strasser, Trigg Sedman, Nora Glassman, Dawsyn Sedman, and Logan Glassman plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Viewing at Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001, Saturday, June 12, 2021, 4-6 pm.

Celebration of Life at Little America, 2800 West Lincolnway Cheyenne, WY, 82009, Monday, June 14, 2021, 3:30 pm Service, 5:00 pm Reception. Food will be provided.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made in Leola’s name to the American Charolais Foundation Scholarship Program, AIJCF, 11700 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153.

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


Diane Marie Johansen

Diane Marie Johansen,75, passed away peacefully June 3, 2021 at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne. Diane was born in Laramie, Wyoming on November 1, 1945.

Diane graduated from Green River High School in 1963.  She then attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. Diane began and ended her teaching career in Lander, Wyoming at Lander Valley High School. She taught German and math until she retired in 2000 after 33 years as a dedicated educator. Diane’s love of sports led her to coach girl’s volleyball and track and field. She was loved by her students who fondly called her “Ms. Jo” or “Coach Jo”.  She was a loyal fan of all University of Wyoming sports.

Diane was a master quilt maker making hundreds of quilts during her lifetime winning awards and making many people appreciative and happy with her wonderful creative and colorful designs.  She was a member of several quilting organizations and taught others the art of quilting through workshops and classes.

Diane was an avid international traveler often traveling with friends and also escorting high school students on trips to Europe.

Diane is survived by her brother, Bill Johansen and wife, Terri; sister-in-law, Adrian Johansen; and nieces Kelly Neal, Alexis Garrett and Heather Comstock.

The family would like to thank the kind nurses and staff at the Davis Hospice Center.  She was well cared for by these wonderful people. In Diane’s memory, donations may be made to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Rd., Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009.

Diane touched many hearts, where she will remain forever.

A private service for family and friends will be held at a later date.  Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.


Gregg Wood

Gregg Wood, 79, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away June 2, 2021 in Cheyenne after a lengthy illness. 

Gregg was born June 21, 1941 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Woodrow and Naomi Wood.  He spent his childhood in Winner, South Dakota and parts of Nebraska before graduating from McCook High School.  He attended college in Hastings, Nebraska before joining the United States Army and finished his education at Chadron State College.  He moved to Torrington, Wyoming in 1967 where he met and married his wife, LouEllen in 1968.  In 1973, the now family of four moved to Cheyenne where Gregg earned his Master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado and spent a career as Social Service Section Manager for Laramie County.  Retirement did not slow him down as he spent time working for Magic City Enterprises, as volunteer for CFD parades, and performed at many nursing facilities in town.

Gregg will be fondly remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and his many hobbies.  An incredibly talented musician, he played guitar, banjo and loved bluegrass.  He sang his whole life, most recently performing with the Silver Sage band.  He loved riding motorcycles, owned several and even raced in his youth.  He also spent many years as a licensed Ham radio operator, and was an avid collector of many things.  

Gregg is survived by his wife, LouEllen of Cheyenne; brother, Kelly (Leslie) Wood; son, Scott (Sheila) Pekarek; daughter, Julie (Wade) Wilkinson; and son, Ryan (Amanda) Wood.  He was also Poppa to Reece (Madison) Pekarek, Morgen (Josh) James, Breanna (Drew) Hoffman, Cameron Wilkinson, Nicholas Wood and Xavier Wood; as well as new great-grandson, Harvey Pekarek.  

A memorial service will be held on June 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Christian Church in Cheyenne. 

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


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