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Obituaries: Romero Sr; McDowell; Hemenover; Smith; Cowell; Galeotos; Larison;

Anthony Luis Romero Sr.

Anthony Luis Romero Sr.: May 2, 1983 – November 9, 2022

Anthony Luis Romero of Cheyenne, WY, gained his wings on November 9, 2022 in Northglenn, CO. He was born on May 2, 1983 in Cheyenne.

Anthony married Jacqueline on August 5, 2010.

Anthony loved hard, he showed everyone what loyalty is and loved his family beyond words. Anthony, AKA Bubba, was full of life and always made people feel accepted and made everyone laugh like no other. Anthony was also a big Foody and loved his lowriders. Anthony was also a big kid at heart and was obsessed with the old school ninja turtles.

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Anthony is survived by his wife Jacqueline Romero of Cheyenne; children, Destiny Gilbert (Kyle), Desiray Serrano (Jorge); Anthony Jr, Arianna Romero, Marquez Romero, six grandchildren; grandmother, Ida Valerio; parents, Louis & Bella Romero; siblings, Shelly Thomas (Tom), Israel Romero (Cyndi); nieces & nephews, Dylan Thomas (Kristie), Ceirra Thomas (Adam), Breyana Romero, Izzy Jr (Shyloh), and six great nieces & nephews.

Private services will be held for family and friends and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Sherrie L. McDowell

Sherrie L. McDowell: April 20, 1948 – November 11, 2022

Sherrie L. McDowell, 74, of Cheyenne passed away November 11, 2022 in Cheyenne.

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She was born April 20, 1948 in Manchester, KY to Alonzo and Madge Loudeen Garrison.  She married Gary McDowell on July 11, 1970 in Uravan, Colorado.  Sherrie began her teaching career at St. Mary’s High School and transitioned to Laramie County School District #1 as a homebound teacher. She finished as an English teacher at Central High School.  She was a member on CTEA, WEA and NEA.

Sherrie is survived by her husband, Gary McDowell of Cheyenne; son, Marc (Tina) McDowell of Cheyenne; grandchildren Jacob (Alyssa) , London and Lily Perry-Tatem; and great-granddaughter, Gwendolyn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Charlene Muirhead, Joyce Ann Hoevener, Dorothy Blake and Elaine Oliver.

Services will be held at  noon on Saturday, November 19, 2022 in the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home with a reception to follow in the Schrader Reception Center.

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Celeste M Hemenover: November 17, 1957 – November 12, 2022

Celeste Michelle Hemenover, 64, of Cheyenne passed away November 12, 2022, in Cheyenne.

She was born November 17, 1957, in Cheyenne Wyoming, to James and Charlotte McChesney. 

She is survived by her husband, William Hemenover of Cheyenne; stepdaughter Cara (Chris) Johnson of Alabama; and 2 step grandchildren, Tavia and Briley.

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She was preceded in death by her parents James and Charlotte McChesney.

Cremation services are under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Celeste’s name to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter or a charity of your choice.


William “Bill” M. Smith

William “Bill” M. Smith: October 17, 1927 – November 12, 2022

William “Bill” M. Smith, 95, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away on November 12, 2022 at Davis Hospice Center under the care of awesome nurses.

Bill was born on a farm in Illinois where he grew up. When he was 17, he joined the Navy during WWII and served on a tanker in the China Sea. He was forever a patriot. When he returned home to Illinois, he began his career in the construction business. After Bill retired, he enjoyed many craft hobbies, such as wood carving and leather stamping. He was a huge John Deere fan.

He married Patsy Lynn and they had three daughters. After Patsy passed away from cancer, he married Estella. For health reasons, they moved to Wyoming for a drier climate. Bill loved the wide-open blue skies of Wyoming. He wrote his autobiography for his family.

He is preceded by his parents, Zennetta and Jesse Smith and six siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Stella; three daughters, Tricia, Jana and Marla; four grandchildren, Bo, Travis, Teniel and Lindsay; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Turner, Parker, Peyton, Beckham and Maeve.

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


Steve W. Cowell

Steve W. Cowell: April 14, 1947 – November 11, 2022

Steve W. Cowell, 75, of Cheyenne passed away November 11, 2022.

He was born April 14, 1947 in Havre, Montana to Glen and Ethel Cowell.  He met Sharon, his wife of 51 years, in Anaconda, Montana, They were married on August 23, 1971.

Steve was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and uncle. He was a butcher and retired after 40 years in the industry. He enjoyed watching football, basketball and going to Colorado Rockies baseball games. He loved making meals for his family and neighbors and was considered quite the grill-master.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Cheyenne;  three daughters, Stephanie (Doug) Himmelberg of Ft. Collins, CO, Heather (Mark) Wilson of Cheyenne, and Dana (Ron) Carvalho of Wellington, CO; four grandchildren, whom he loved very much, Brooklyn, Delaney, TJ and Eric; brother Jeff (Laura) Cowell of Big Timber, MT and sister Ann (Richard) Kuntz of Harlem, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Cowell.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at 3:00 on November 28, 2022 at Schrader Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


John S. Galeotos

John S. Galeotos: May 14, 1935 – November 12, 2022

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, John Spiros Galeotos passed away at the age of 87 in his home in Cheyenne, Wyoming after an amazing life full of family, friends and many successful business endeavors.  John’s father, Spiro (Sam), immigrated from Tripoli, Greece in 1911. Sam married the former Elaine (Helen) Bechikas and John was born on May 14, 1935 in Cheyenne.  John attended Cheyenne High School where he met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Gardner.  They graduated in 1953 and were married on April 28th, 1957 in Cheyenne.  In 1954, John joined the Wyoming Air National Guard 187th Aeromed Transportation Squadron and served eight years, attaining the rank of TSgt. 

John completed his degree in Business Administration at the University of Wyoming in 1960  and then moved back to Cheyenne to help his father run the family business, The Blue Bird.  In 1965, John became the Director of the Cheyenne Housing Authority (CHA) and Cheyenne Urban Renewal Board.  In 1974, John expanded his involvement in these areas to include the Directorship of Community Development, Economic Development and Planning Departments for the City of Cheyenne. In 1978, he created HOM (Housing and Office Management) to assist other Wyoming communities with their community development and affordable housing needs.  John was also instrumental in establishing the Wyoming Housing Opportunities Association (WHOA), which is a non-profit organization that develops affordable housing projects in urban and rural settings.  In addition to managing affordable housing, the CHA, under John’s direction, established the Senior Center for Laramie County and was the sponsor agency for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  They administered the senior meal program at seven meal sites, serving over 81,000 meals each year, the supportive service program, the health program, as well as the Milton E. Nichols Wellness Center.  In 1977, John, along with his brothers Elias, Paul and Frank, opened up Uncle Charlies restaurant and liquor store which remains a popular dining establishment in Cheyenne.

He was on many local and national boards including The Board of Governors for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), President of the Mountain Plains NAHRO, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA).  John was also active in the Cheyenne community as a member of the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club, the Military Affairs Committee, the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for the YMCA, Board of Trustees for the Cheyenne Elks and a member of the Board of Directors for Western States Bank.  He was Chairman of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Security Committee (1979-1981), a member of the Board of Directors for CFD, past President of the CFD Buckle Club, and a life member of the Order of AHEPA.

In 1996, he was nominated by Who’s Who for outstanding business executives, and in 2000 he received the WCDA Award of Excellence for his dedication to the development and preservation of affordable housing in the State of Wyoming. John retired in 2003 with Mayor Jack Spiker declaring June 27th 2003, John S. Galeotos Day in Cheyenne.

John and Barbara loved to travel abroad and enjoyed the winter months at their home in Scottsdale, Arizona.  They were season ticket holders for UW Football and Basketball for over 50 years and traveled to many bowl games and basketball tournaments.  Spending time with the grandchildren was always at the top of the list and Fridays were reserved for spending time with life-long friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Helen Galeotos; his wife, Barbara of 63 years; his sister-in-law, Debbie Galeotos; and his nephew, Christ Galeotos. 

John is survived by his children, Cheryl Johnson (TJ) of Laramie; and their children, Tommy and Alexandra; his son, John Galeotos (Peggy) of Cheyenne and their daughter Molly; his brothers Elias (Angie), Paul, Frank (Merrie Kay), and many nephews and nieces.  

 A Trisagion Service will be held on November 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.  Funeral services will take place on November 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church with a Celebration of Life at Uncle Charlies following the services.

 In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wyoming Children’s Society, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter or the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Services are under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home and condolences may be offered at www.schradercares.com.


Ronald W. Larison

Ronald W. Larison: May 9, 1948 – November 13, 2022

Ronald W. Larison, 74, of Cheyenne passed away November 13, 2022 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 9, 1948 in Kansas, City, MO to Archie and Shirley Larison.  He married Mary Miller in May of 1972 in Ogden UT.  He was a veteran of the US Air Force for 24 years.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.

He is survived by his son, Adam (Samantha) Larison of Omaha; daughter Amy (Russell) Oster of Spangdahlem, Germany; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and his wife, Mary Larison.

Visitation will be Monday at 10:00 a.m.  in the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home with a service to follow at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow in the Schrader Reception Center  A private interment with military honors will be at Cheyenne National Cemetery.


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