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Obituaries: Roper, Heger

Ila Smith Roper

Ila Roper: August 20, 1956 – August 28, 2022

It is with broken hearts we share the passing of our beloved wife, mother and Nana, Ila Smith Roper. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving husband and all of her children on Sunday, August 28, 2022. She was born on August 20, 1956 to Lyndon and Barbara Smith in Los Angeles, CA.

Ila married Rick Roper on October 29th, 1976 in the Idaho Falls Temple.

She is survived by her husband Rick; and her seven children, Jamie (husband, Chris and children, Kayden, Trace, Brooks, Avery and Crosby), Shan (husband, Jed and children, Jonah, Ella, Aurora, and Bennett), Josh (wife, Jen and children, Presley, Gage, Braelynn, and Brigg), Landon (wife, Laura and child, Zailey), Jordan (wife, Haylie and children, Ilee, Emmett, Ruby and Daisy), Breanne (husband, Joseph and children, Conley and Eloise), Bethany (husband, Quinn and children, Perri and Banks).


Services will be held on Thursday, September 1st at the LDS church at 309 Western Hills Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82009, following a public viewing from 6:00-6:45 pm. Her celebration of life will begin at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org in honor of Ila’s grandson, Trace Jensen.

Janet Lee Heger

Janet Lee Heger: July 24, 1946 – August 27, 2022

Janet Lee Olinger Heger, 76, of Cheyenne passed away on August 27, 2022, in Cheyenne. She was born on July 24, 1946, in Battle Creek, Michigan to Carlton and Betty Olinger.


Janet married Richard G. Heger on June 14,1969.

Janet graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went on to Western Michigan University to complete her bachelor’s degree in 1968. Janet began teaching mathematics in Ring Lardner Jr. High School in Niles, Michigan until the early 70’s. Janet and Richard moved to Colorado and in 1983 she resumed teaching mathematics at Ignacio Middle School in Ignacio, CO. In 1989 she started teaching at Lamar High School in Lamar, CO. In 1989 she taught at Haxtun High School in Haxtun, CO., and then finished her teaching career at Yuma High School in Yuma, CO. Janet completed her first Master’s degree in Education in 1989, from Adams State College. Her second Master’s degree was completed in 1998 in Mathematics from University of Northern Colorado.

Throughout her career, Janet received multiple recognitions, including:  Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2001), Colorado Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Award (2002) and Yuma Bank of Colorado’s Teacher of the Year Award (2005).

Janet was a devoted wife, mom, and grandmother.  She loved time with her family camping, cooking, and traveling.  Her personal interests included sewing and using her mathematical mind to play games and complete puzzles.  As a devout Catholic, Janet was always known as a kind, caring and ethical woman.


Janet is survived by her husband Richard G. Heger of Cheyenne; daughters Michelle (Scott) Chamberlin of Laramie, WY.; Kate (Chris) Canine of Johnstown, CO.; and 2 grandchildren; Nolan and Winston Chamberlin; sister Karlene Olinger of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Janet is preceded in death by her parents; Carlton and Betty Olinger

A Visitation will take place at Lakeview chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home on Wednesday August 31, 2022, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm with a Vigil for the deceased to follow at 5:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday September 1, 2022, at St Mary’s Cathedral starting at 10:30 am with internment to follow at Cheyenne National Cemetery.

Services are entrusted to the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001 and condolences may be offered at www.schradercares.com.


In lieu of flowers, please send charitable donations to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009.