Obituaries: Carlson, Rushing, Temte, Payton, Ruegsegger - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: Carlson, Rushing, Temte, Payton, Ruegsegger

Chip Carlson

Chip Carlson, 84, died January 4, 2022 at Davis Hospice Center.

Chip was a Cheyenne historian and author who devoted twenty years to investigating and documenting the Tom Horn episode of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The results of that work were three published books. The most recent, Tom Horn: Blood on the Moon – Dark History of the Murderous Cattle Detective, won the annual award for history/biography of the Wyoming State Historical Society.

For seven years, he was a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Wyoming Council for the Humanities. He was also a member of the Wyoming Historical Society and Western Writers of America.

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In 1993 he organized the retrial of Tom Horn in the Laramie County Courthouse, which attracted international attention to Wyoming and resulted in Horn’s acquittal. The New York Times reported on the trial and summarized it with the headline “Once Guilty, Now Innocent, But Still Dead.”

He worked as a consultant on a permanent exhibit on Tom Horn at the location where the gallows stood in the old Laramie County Courthouse.

He was a graduate of Colgate University, where he was editor of his college newspaper, with a major in philosophy and a minor in Spanish. While in college he studied in South America as a member of the Argentine Study Group. After graduation he worked in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Minnesota and Canada. He moved to Wyoming in 1977.

Chip was employed by Pitney Bowes, Cheyenne Frontier Days and Sierra Trading Post. For many years he was a volunteer on the Concessions Committee for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Chip loved Wyoming, hunting, the Boston Red Sox and large dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, John, Lisa, Jenna and Tina; stepsons, Alan and Ken; sister, Anne; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials in his memory may be sent to Black Dog Animal Rescue, 2407 E. 9th, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82001

A private family service will be held in the summer of 2022.

Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.


Kenneth D. Rushing

Kenneth D. Rushing, 29, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away suddenly on January 1, 2022.

Kenneth was born March 26, 1992 in Pierre, South Dakota.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.  Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Pierre, South Dakota at a later date.


Nancy Jean Temte

Nancy Jean Temte, 70, passed away December 17, 2021 at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. Nancy was born April 24, 1951 in Oklahoma City, OK to John N. and Marion J. Temte. The family moved to Cheyenne, WY in 1962, where she graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 1970.
Nancy worked as a service representative for the phone company, starting her career in Cheyenne when it was known as Mountain Bell. She finished her career in Colorado, where she retired. Nancy enjoyed people, whether she was helping customers with their needs, or offering help to friends and family. She was a very loving daughter, sister and friend, and was always “fun Aunt Nancy” to her nieces and nephews. She had a passion for collecting dolls, which started as a child and continued throughout her life.
She is survived by her siblings: Lynn Atherton, Littleton, CO; John Temte (Marsha), Cheyenne, WY; Tom Temte (Myrna), Spokane, WA; Stan Temte (Linda), Laramie, WY; Patty Brandt (Keith), Sheridan, WY; Peggy DeCecco (Steve), Casper, WY; and Dean Temte (Annette), Cheyenne, WY. She is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held January 15 at 10:00 AM at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes, 1900 East 19th Street, Cheyenne, WY. Per Nancy’s wishes, there will be no visitation and cremation has taken place. Internment will be at Memorial Gardens in Cheyenne, WY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels.


Christine Berta Payton

Christine Berta Payton, 96, of Cheyenne, died on January 4, 2022 in Cheyenne.
She was born in Schwanowitz, Germany on July 17, 1925.
Christine came to the United States in 1949 and became a naturalized citizen in 1957. She spent most of her adult life in Glen Burnie, Maryland but also lived in Bad Tolz, Germany and New Orleans, Louisiana.
She traveled in parts of Germany, Austria, England, Belgium, Holland, Poland and wherever her son and his family were for Christmas – Lusby, Maryland, Hampton, Virginia, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, or Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Georg and Elsa Bänisch; and her husband, Alexander.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothea Bänisch of Pforzheim, Germany; a son, Donald Payton (Jeanne) of Cheyenne; grandsons, Richard Payton (Megan) of Gypsum, Colorado and Stephen Payton of Ft. Collins, Colorado; great grandchildren, Rose, Conner, and Arthur; plus, the rest of the Worldwide Mishpoke.
She was a daughter, sister, Army Wife, Mom, Omi, friend, and confidant. Whe was a loving, faithful, and caring woman and no better Mom or friend existed. She was always interested in others, and was a helpful and renowned cook and baker, at times mischievous and curious. She loved to read, talk, explore new places, and a good fireworks display. She was proud to stand for three service anthems – Army, Marine, and Navy. A grandchild, cat or dog was a welcome lap companion. Christine worked as a pre-school assistant, choir member, and Sunday School and Confirmation Teacher. She was a member of Glen Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland, Christ Lutheran Church in Elevetaon, Maryland, and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was also a Lutheran Missionary Society Volunteer in Baltimore, Maryland and a Red Hat Society Member in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Services will be Friday, 1:00 p.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church with burial to follow in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.


Daniel Paul Ruegsegger

Daniel Paul Ruegsegger, 61, of Cheyenne, passed away suddenly at his home on January 3, 2022. He was born on December 19, 1960, in Moscow, Idaho to Harvey and Bonnie Ruegsegger.

Dan enjoyed working on his trucks, off-roading, and hanging out with friends. He also liked surfing the internet for interesting things and finding answers to problems that came up for family and friends. He was an avid collector of firearms and loved going shooting with his friends.

He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Ruegsegger; sister, Debbie Steele; and brother Dave Ruegsegger.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Ruegsegger and wife, Nancy Ruegsegger.
Memorial plans will be announced at a future date.


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