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Obituaries: Van Horn, Wilson, Franz

Kiel Robbert Van Horn

Kiel Robbert Van Horn, 37, passed away August 2, 2021 in Cheyenne.

He was born June 4, 1984 in Cheyenne, graduated from Cheyenne East High School in 2002 and The Art Institute of Colorado in 2006 with his degree in Industrial Design.

After graduating from college, he was employed in marketing, design and manufacturing with companies in the Denver area.  He also became an accomplished amateur chef, and was employed at some high-end area restaurants and clubs.

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Kiel returned to Cheyenne in 2019 and after briefly working at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, he accepted the position as Facilities Preparator for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, where he was employed until his untimely passing.  He loved his work at the Museum and often said he was fortunate to work with the staff, volunteers, patrons and donors as well as apply his life-long skills and appreciation of the arts.

Kiel is survived by his parents, Gay and Phil Van Horn, brother Scott and sister-in-law Christy, niece and nephew Laura and Jacob Van Horn, aunts and uncles Janie and Rick Thamer of Boise, Lisa and Dave Halsey of Wheatland, Andee and Dan Ahrens of Castle Rock, Mike and Sue Van Horn in Missouri, Patrick and Wendy Van Horn in California, cousins: Katie (Pat) Wickman of Boise, Sarah (Eric) Daniels of Denver, Cortney (Kalen) Peterson of Seattle, Ben (Ailee) Thamer of Amarillo, Anna Ahrens in Texas and John Daniel (JD) Ahrens in Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Bob and Maxine Afflerbach and Bert and Frances Van Horn. 

The family requests that gifts in his memory be made to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, on-line or 4610 Carey Avenue, 82001 or the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, on-line or 710 South Lions Park Drive, 82001.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home Monday, August 9th, at 1:00 p.m.

Services are under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.


Scottie A. (Brooks) Wilson

Scottie A. (Brooks) Wilson, age 80, formerly of Morristown, TN, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at her home in Cheyenne, WY.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest L. (MeMe) Wilson, her parents, and multiple siblings.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Melissa Wilson of Cheyenne, Wyoming, two brothers, Don and Randall Brooks, and multiple nieces and nephews. 

Scottie, Ernest, and David were the prior owners of Wilson Funeral Home located in Bulls Gap, TN. For many years she also was the owner of Mary’s Beauty Shop in Morristown, TN.  Scottie was an avid fan of crafting, sewing, reading and gospel music. She played piano at church as well as countless funeral and memorial services. Her kind, simple and gentle nature was her greatest gift to all who knew her. Her faith, an inspiration to both family and friends, her servants’ heart and unconditional love, a legacy to be cherished.

A private memorial service is being planned on the family’s ranch in Cheyenne, WY with a memorial service later in Morristown, TN.

Arrangements are being handled by Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Penny Lynn Franz

Penny Franz owner of Ewe Count died unexpectedly on July 31, 2021 at the age of 64. She was born June 29, 1957 to Harold and Betty Gipe in Great Falls, MT.

Penny is survived by her mother Betty Gipe, sister, Debra (Emmett) Walker, daughter, Jennifer (Tom) Smith, two grandchildren Heather and Charles Smith and nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Preceded in death by her father, Harold Gipe, grandmother, Mabel Walker and grandfather Ralph Walker.

Penny had been creating artwork all her life and shared her passion by opening Ewe Count in November 1994. In addition to providing knitting, cross stich, and crochet supplies, Penny volunteered her time in many community events and donated lots of time and products to Project Linus, Warm Up America, Caps for Kids, Knitted Knockers, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations. Penny was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church.

Her passion will be missed by the knitting and cross-stich community, the many friends she has made and her family.

Services will be held 3pm, Friday August 6, 2021, at Faith United Methodist, 522 E 6th St Cheyenne, WY.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Faith United Methodist Church in Cheyenne, WY.


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