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Obituaries: Cermak, Crandall, Davenport, Dike, Jones, Kornegay, Nadeau, Powell

Joi Cermak

Joi Cermak: May 11, 1957 – July 20, 2022

Joi Cermak (Burr), of Cheyenne, passed away in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

She was born on May 11, 1957 in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Joe and Joyce Burr (Ellenberger).

She is survived by her daughter Christina (Chris) Alba, son Darren (Claire) Morse and their four children.


Joi was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no services.

Harvey Crandall

Harvey L. Crandall: Sept. 4, 1931 – July 21, 2022

Harvey Leroy Crandall, a long-time resident of Strasburg, Colorado, passed away on July 21, 2022, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at the age of 90.


Harvey was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado, on Sept. 4, 1931, the third of seven children. He quit school after the ninth grade to work on the family farm in Hoyt, Colorado. Harvey was drafted to the Army on Feb. 1, 1952, and served in the Korean War as a heavy artillery specialist. He was released from active-duty service in 1954 and served his remaining term in the Army Reserves.

When asked what Harvey did for a living, the answer was always “everything”. He knew how to do most anything, and if he didn’t know, he would improvise and find a way. Harvey moved houses; he farmed; he raised cattle; he worked heavy equipment; he built roads and highways including portions of I-70, I-25, I-80, and Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park; he sold cars, he built houses; he did excavation; he was a mechanic; and he sold lots and lots of parts. If you didn’t want advice, you shouldn’t ask because Harvey was always full of “advice.”

Harvey married the love of his life, Sandra “Eileen” Becker, on July 28, 1961. Together they raised three daughters, Cheryl, Carol, and Connie. Harvey and Eileen sold the Crandall farm in Hoyt, Colorado, in 1972 and moved the family to Strasburg, Colorado. Harvey and Eileen built and opened Crandall Auto Parts and the Strasburg Self Serv gas station in 1976. They later expanded the business to include the car wash and Harv’s Repair. Harvey retired in 1995.

Harvey loved to travel with Eileen in the motorhome and go fishing with the boat. He also enjoyed taking quick trips with Eileen in his airplane, especially for a fly in breakfast. He enjoyed going to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in the winters after his retirement.


Harvey is survived by his daughters Cheryl (Ed) Humbert, Strasburg, Colorado; Carol (Rick) Rohn, Wiggins, Colorado; and Connie Crandall (Don Timm), Cheyenne, Wyoming; his brother Harley Crandall (Doris Fox), Leander, Texas; and sisters Dorothy (Richard) Loring, Tyringham, Massachusetts, and Gladys Chantker, Longmont, Colorado; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Harvey was preceded in death by his wife Sandra “Eileen” Crandall, brother Howard Crandall, and two sisters Florence Greenwalt and Charlotte Skaggs.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at the Bennett VFW Hall, Bennett, Colorado, on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 11 a.m.

Jeanne E. “Frenchie” Davenport

Jeanne E. “Frenchie” Davenport: Feb. 4, 1935 – July 27, 2022


Jeanne E. “Frenchie” Davenport, 87, of Cheyenne, died on July 27, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. She was born on June 4, 1935, in Secourt, France.

Frenchie came to the United States in her mid 20s. Frenchie was the first Go-Go dancer in Wyoming and a cocktail waitress for 35 years at the Club Araby, The Lamp Lounge and The Cloud Nine Lounge at the Cheyenne Airport; retiring in the early 1990s.

Frenchie loved to have fun, laugh and to host parties for friends in her beautiful back yard full of flowers and fountains; she hosted former Gov. Herschler a few times as well. Even after years of retirement, she could see a friend in the community and remember exactly what they drank and ask about their family members by name.

Momma also enjoyed her family and watching it grow. She had five children, five step-children, 11 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 16 great-step-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She loved to garden and grow flowers and plants both indoors and out; her yard was like a serene and beautiful park. She enjoyed sitting in her sunroom with a nice glass of red wine to relax.

Momma loved to travel around the U.S. and the world; especially to go back home to France for visits and to Mexico with Bob. It goes without saying that Momma continued to dance even into her 80s, as she did at her 84th birthday party at the Crown.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane Kennedy (fiancé, Steven); her son, Patrick Davenport (Brenda), her daughter, Corine Carrigan (fiancé, Kirk); stepdaughters, Shirley Stouffer (John); Diana Sweet (Bob); Debbie McDaniel and stepsons John Hardung (Carol) and R. E. Alexander, grandchildren Alicia Powell (Fiancé Tony); Sheena Powell; Trina Money (Pete); Tiffany Nordmark (Jake); Nathan Davenport (Mandy); Jennifer and Mandy Hood; Aliis Odom; Ashton Davis (Mike); Mackenzie Davis (Trenton); Makai Carrigan, great-grandchildren Xavier Powell; Dominyk Gomez; Neveah Romero; Kayden Powell-Fujihara; Emily, Joel, Aaron, Andrew, and Benjamin Money; Morgan, Avalynn, and Brynleigh Nordmark; Kaedyn and Leo Davenport; Gabryl and Alana Pixley; and Hayden Bell, Genevieve and Cody; Layton, Weston and Kinsley Odom; and the newest apple of her eye, Rowan Eldridge.

Frenchie was preceded in death by her husbands, Delano Davenport, Harold Hardung, and the love of her life, Robert Alexander; her son Jack Davenport, her daughter Debbie Davenport and step-daughter Ellen Poynter.

Services were at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel with a reception at The Gathering Place.

Loran Dike

Loran Dewayne Dike Jr.: Dec. 21, 1955 – July 22, 2022

Loran Dewayne Dike Jr., 66 years old, of Henry, Nebraska, went to heaven on July 22, 2022. Dewayne was born on Dec. 21, 1955, in Denver, Colorado to his mother Norma Dike and father Loran Dike. Dewayne married Debra on June 22, 1992.

Dewayne enjoyed tormenting his family and friends with his obnoxious pranks and crazy sense of humor. He enjoyed hanging out at the lake with his family and friends as well as his three dogs Rosco, Shelby and Coco who followed him everywhere.

Dewayne was survived by his wife, Debra; his son, Aaron; two daughters, Amy and Jasmine; five stepchildren, Brian, Joseph, Patrick, Kellie and Deanna; his brother, Richard and Darlene Dike of Torrington, Wyoming; nephews, John and Jeremie; niece, Stacey; his sister, Shelia and Steve Hatch of Thornton, Colorado; his nephew, Alan; his nieces, Tina and Nickole; nephew, Gary; 16 grandchildren; and many other loving family members.

Dewayne was preceded in death by his mother, Norma; his father, Loren Dike; his sisters, Judy and Susan; nephew, Paul; and niece Crystal.

At Dewayne’s request no services will be held.

Dewayne will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him and will be forever in our hearts. We are sincerely grateful to the many friends and family who have given us support and comfort during this time of loss.

James Jones

James Randal Jones: Dec. 18, 1953 – July 25, 2022

James Randal Jones, 69, was born Dec. 18, 1953, and died on July 25, 2022.

James was a beloved husband, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife Helen Jones, Brothers Herbert (Veronika) Jones of Clarksville, Tennessee, Ronald (Jo Ann) P. Jones of Cheyenne, a son James Jones of Rocksprings, Wyoming, daughters Jennifer and Lisa, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Father John R. Jones and Mother Dolores A. Jones.

There will be no services.

Jennie Kornegay

Jennie Lee Kornegay: June 5, 1949 – July 26, 2022

Jennie Lee Kornegay, 73, of Cheyenne, died on July 26, 2022, in Cheyenne.

She was born on June 5, 1949, in Denver, Colorado.

Jennie is survived by her son, Jeffrey Allen Kornegay of Denver; and a brother, Howard Elder (Angie) of Cheyenne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Orville Elder and Evelyn Joan Elder; and a brother, Ernest Elder.

Burial was in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

Ronald Nadeau

Ronald James Nadeau: Dec. 10, 1961 – July 21, 2022

Ronald James Nadeau, 60, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2022, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado,, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his cherished fiancé, Linda Edmunds-Scofield.

Ron was born on Dec. 10, 1961, in New Britain, Connecticut, to the late Lucien and Theresa Voisine Nadeau. Once he graduated high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving several years as a combat engineer. After hanging up his boots, he worked for several years as a machine operator at Colt Firearms, a long-haul truck driver for Guida’s Dairy.

Ron was a big man with a heart to match. His immense devotion and love for his family and friends was unwavering. Everyone who knew Ron has a “crazy Ron story” to tell. There indeed was never a dull moment in his presence. His friends and family would describe him as the most genuine person they have every met. Ron loved ocean fishing, four wheeling and camping. He was also an avid builder and flyer of model airplanes, and a long-time member of the Wintonbury Flying Club in Connecticut and the Cheyenne Hill Hoppers.

Ron is survived by his fiancé; two step-children Morgan Ivers of Miami, FL and Thomas Ivers of New Britain, Connecticut; his five brothers and sisters Gerald Nadeau (Mary) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Philip Nadeau of Carney Point, New Jersey; Robert Nadeau (Sandra) of New Britain, Connecticut; Elaine Lopez (Ray) of North Carolina; and last but not least, his beloved furry companion, Chloe, who never once left his side.

He is preceded in death by his two sisters Rena Schoonmaker (Lester) and Jacqueline Leigh (Michael).

A Celebration of Life in Cheyenne was held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 6919 Buttercup Drive and a Celebration of Life with full military honors in Connecticut will be held on Oct. 15, 2022. Details to follow.

Melvin Powell Jr.

Melvin Arlie Powell Jr.: Oct. 20, 1950 – July 23, 2022

Melvin Arlie Powell Jr., 71, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died on July 23, 2022, in Cheyenne. He was born on Oct. 20, 1950, in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Services were at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.