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Obituaries: Boettner; Sanchez; Munyon

Thomas E Boettner

Thomas E Boettner: August 12, 1950 – March 15, 2023

Thomas “Tom” Edward Boettner, 72 of Cheyenne, left this world at home surrounded by family, on March 15th, 2022, Tom entered the world August 12th, 1950, in Ann Arbor Michigan, to Edward and Irene Boettner.

He moved to Jackson hole Wyoming in the 80’s to pursue his love of skiing. There he met his first wife, and his first child was born. He then moved to Cheyenne where he had his second child.

Tom spent his working career with Xerox, which reflected his need to tinker, fix and build. While working at Xerox he met his current love, Stephanie, and for 27 years Steph and Tom loved each other fiercely, and deeply.

Tom loved to golf, work on cars, kitties, and all things sports. He was a gentle man who loved to laugh.

Tom is survived by his life partner, Steph; son, Bryan (Elizabeth); daughter, Erin (Patrick); 2 bright eyed grandchildren, Flint and Calvin; and brother, Don.

A Memorial Service is Tuesday, March 21, at 2 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.

Dora N. Sanchez

Dora N. Sanchez: January 10, 1935 – March 15, 2023

Dora N. Sanchez, 88, of Cheyenne, died on March 15, 2023 in Cheyenne.

She was born on January 10, 1935 in Rainsville, New Mexico.

Dora worked for the Laramie County School District as a cook for many years. She liked to cook and always enjoyed having her family over for meals. In her younger years, she played women’s softball for the Lobos Club, and loved Mexican music, dancing, and gambling with her siblings. She had 24 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Her catholic faith was the source of her courage and strength.

She is survived by her 10 children, Gilbert (Sandra), Shirley (Joseph), Barbara (Ramon), Willie, Patsy (Albert), Benjie (Vickie), Debbie (Enrique), Ralph, Frankie (Teresa), and Bert (Diane); and five brothers, Abe Rivera, Fidencio Rivera, Gerald Rivera, George Rivera, and Lawrence Rivera.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elias and Victoria Rivera; her brother, Frankie Rivera; her sisters, Alice Garcia, Cleo Lucero, Evelyn Garrido; and her grandson, Xavier Sanchez.

Vigil for the Deceased will be Monday, 6:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Private family burial will be at a later date.

Esther R. Munyon

Esther R. Munyon: October 25, 1930 – March 12, 2023

Esther Rebecca Halfman was born on October 25, 1930 in Tribune, Kansas. She was raised in a sod house, with her brother John, and her sisters Marie, Mildred, Golda, and Doris. Notice the hand-cranked, wooden washing machine in the background of the photo posted in the gallery below.

Her mother, Anna Halfman, cooked food on a wood-burning stove, canned food in jars, hand-stitched clothing for the family, and was a “sod-buster” who broke the western Kansas sod behind two horses. A photo of Anna on a plow is in the gallery below.

In another photo below, you can see Esther holding a cat, next to two of her sisters, Doris and Golda. Esther told her sons that the dresses they were wearing were hand-sewn by her mother, from flour and feed bags, which came with printed patterns so they could be used as clothing material.

Esther Halfman attended the Greeley County schools. She began her schooling at 4 years of age, and graduated from the Greeley County High School in May, 1947. Her graduation photo is in the gallery below.

For a time Esther worked in a cafe in Tribune, Kansas. She was a pleasant, attractive young woman who greeted and served local customers and people who were traveling through.

She met Stanley Louis Munyon, who traveled with a crew of laborers helping with the wheat harvest. Esther and Stanley married on October 10, 1948, when they were both 17 years old.  Their wedding photo is included in the gallery below.

They had three sons: Stanley Stephen Munyon, born March 21, 1951; Timothy Lewis Munyon, born April 24, 1952, and James Lee Munyon, born March 30, 1955. Esther raised her three sons as a pastor’s wife, necessarily finding ways to be frugal, such as sewing their shirts from patterns purchased from the Sears catalog, using a Kenmore (Sears) sewing machine. 

After her sons were mostly raised, she found a job at the C.A. Norgren pneumatics plant in Littleton, Colorado, where she worked in the bookkeeping and payroll department until she retired.

Esther Munyon passed away at 3:59 PM on March 12, 2023, at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Halfman, her husband Stanley, her brother John, and her sisters Marie, Mildred, Golda, and Doris. She is survived by her sons Timothy and James, her grandchildren Mark Munyon and Sheila Huseman, and her great-grandchildren Aubrey and Grayson Huseman.

Her remains will be interred at the Forest Hill cemetery near Ashton, Kansas, south of Wichita.

Her memorial service will be live streamed, and the link will be included below, next to the service time once it is avaliable.

The family asks that instead of sending flowers, those who are willing may make a modest donation in her name to:

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