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Obituaries: Basile; Sowards; Havner; Pelletier

Peter Basile

Peter Basile: March 2, 1954 – January 7, 2023

Peter L Basile, 68 of Cheyenne, WY went onto be with Jesus on January 7, 2023 with his family by his side.   March 2, 1954, Peter was born in Denver Colorado to Helen and Sam Basile.  He lived a full and wonderful life.

Peter married Pam (aka Sam) March 18, 1977 in Colorado where they lived until moving to Wyoming.  He is survived by Pam and his daughter, Mandi, the light of his life.  Also, surviving siblings are Sam (Jan) Basile,  Linda Basile, Mary Lou (Ron) Kulbe, Rosemary (Kenny Barbari ), Rocky Basile, Dino (Tammy)Basile, Anne (Cris) Vanner  and Gina along with many nieces and nephews all of whom he cherished and loved. 

Peter was preceded in death by Sam and Helen Basile.

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Peter’s degree in accounting led him to a career as Payroll Manager for LCSD# 2 and Great Lakes Aviation.  He looked forward each year to helping others with their tax preparation, all due to his love for  numbers and the challenges.   

He had been invited and served on the boards for First Education Credit Union,  United Way and Stride learning center.  He fondly supported  Special Olympics and other such organizations. 

His retirement afforded him the time to spend time in his yard, always perfecting and grooming or organizing and re-organizing his garage. 

Peter was brave beyond measure at times in achieving, accomplishing goals and dreams.  He was a perfectionist.  He was highly respected by his peers and friends. He was humble and put others above his own needs or desires. His kindness and generosity knew no limits.  He was always open other’s needs and quick  to reach out and offer kindness and meet the needs the best he could.    

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On Christmas Day, he realized his “mission” in life was to share his salvation experience with his family wanting to assure he would see them all again one day in Heaven. 

Until we meet again Peter…….

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Peter Basile Charity Memorial Funds to 120 W. Carlson Cheyenne, WY 82001 to carry on his commitment to various charities special to his heart. 

Services will be at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne, on January 23, 2023 at 1:00 PM

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Bryce Sowards

Bryce Sowards: October 29, 1940 – January 9, 2023

Arthur “Bryce” Sowards, 82, longtime resident of Rapid City, SD and current resident of Pine Bluffs, WY, went home to his heavenly father on January 9, 2023 at Davis Hospice in Cheyenne, WY after his nearly ten year battle with cancer.

Bryce was born on October 29, 1940, to Harriet and C. Ed Sowards. Growing up Bryce enjoyed working with horses on the ranch with his father. He graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1959 and attended Black Hills State University after High School.

On August 3rd, 1963, he married Darlene Powell in Caputa, SD. Bryce and Darlene went on to have two sons, Mauryce and Carroll.

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During his life Bryce worked at the beef/sheep unit of the SDSU Research Station in Buffalo, SD and as an electrician for the City of Rapid City before going full time into ranching and milking cows. He then drove tour buses for Black Hills Greyline and retired as a school bus driver and teacher’s aid in the Special Education Department for the Rapid City School District.

Bryce had a true passion for horses, ranching and haying. One of his proudest achievements was being awarded for logging 250+ horseback hours with the AQHA Riding Program after his retirement. During his lifetime, he rode over 100 different horses and he could name almost all of them. Bryce was proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He also shared his passion for livestock as a long time 4H eader. Bryce had a longing for music, especially the older gospel hymns. Bryce was never afraid to share God’s word and his relationship with Jesus Christ with people he met.

Bryce was preceded in death by his parents and wife Darlene Sowards. He is survived by his son Mauryce and his wife Orsi of Fishtail, MT, Son Carroll and his wife Christine of Burns, WY, Brother Dean and his wife Carol of Caputa, SD, Brother Wayne and his wife Michael of Clark, CO. His Grandchildren, Cody and his wife Michelle, Dustin and his wife Eden, Jessica Willert(Sowards) and her husband Cordell, Colton and his wife Emily. Along with his four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Crossroads Community Church on January 13, 2023 at 1pm with a graveside service to follow. In Lieu of flowers, those that wish may donate to the Crossroad Community Church building fund.


Madonna LaNelle Havner

Madonna LaNelle Havner: August 11, 1925 – January 12, 2023

Madonna LaNelle Morrison Havner was born Aug 11, 1925 in Hereford, TX and passed away Jan 12, 2023 in Cheyenne, WY at 97 years of age.  Madonna was daughter to Ai and Anabelle Morrison; sister to four; wife to Paul Havner; mother to Donna Lou, Paul (Mackey), Nathan, and Wendy Sue; and grandmother to 3 generations of grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by Paul, Mackey, and Wendy Sue. Madonna retired from the Social Security Administration, where she received many commendations for her excellent work. She was also very active in her church at the local, state, and national levels and served as an officer in the Women’s Missionary Union at the state and national levels. 

Madonna loved to travel and try new foods (especially sweets!) and remained active well into her later years, even dancing the Jitterbug once in her 80s! Ever energetic and deeply involved in the lives of her family and church community, Madonna’s incisive wit and contagious laughter will be missed. 


Frances Pelletier

Frances Pelletier: August 31, 1949 – January 13, 2023

Frances Pelletier passed away peacefully at 8:30 Friday, January 13th, at Life Care Center in Cheyenne.

She was born in 1949 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Felicia and Macario Hernandez, the second youngest of 8 children.

Fran excelled at sewing, cooking and was a beautiful singer throughout her life. In 1972 she met and married René Pierre PelletierJr. and they adopted a daughter, Jocelyn in 1980. She worked in retail during the first years of her marriage, but was a homemaker most of her adult life. She was a wonderful mother and eventually grandmother to Autumn Lee Bouch (born in 2009). Fran was known to be a very loving, humorous, giving and patient caretaker to those closest to her.

Preceded in death by her parents; Fran also lost her siblings: Marguerite (who died early in infancy), Arthur, Angelo, Rudy, Samuel and Albert in her lifetime. Her best friend and oldest sister; Olga Stuck of Ocala, Florida passed in 2021, so her middle sister, Phyllis Bard of Cheyenne is her last, beloved, surviving sibling.

Frances though living a very private life, loved her nieces, nephews, and cousins very much. She was particularly close to Carmel and Jerry Rodriguez, and their daughter Andrea Siddharth, all of Thornton, Colorado.

Fran was an incredibly talented singes seamstress and cook. Her pursuits included interior decorating and visiting the beautiful mountain valley of Estes Park, Colorado, whenever possible. She will be greatly missed and always loved.


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