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Obituaries: Hehr; Martinez; Tucker

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Loni G. Hehr

Loni G. Hehr: 1941 – 2023

Loni G. Hehr, 81, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away on March 21, 2023. Born on Sept. 18, 1941, in Cheyenne, Loni was the first of three children born to Emil G. Hehr and Beuna E. Nolan Hehr Metzler.

After serving in the Army Reserves, Loni was an auto mechanic for Cheyenne Dodge and Caterpillar. He went on to be a salesman for Jolley Rogers RV Sales and retired as a custodian for the State of Wyoming.

He married Joyce Martens on Oct. 7, 1977. Over the years, Loni and Joyce’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, watching TV, playing cards and dominoes.

Loni is survived by son Shawn Hehr (Kathy) of Cheyenne, step-children Sheryl Kovalcik (Johnny) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kennie Martens of Cheyenne, Connie Powell (Scott) of Cheyenne, sister Kathy Hehr Alden (John) of Cheyenne, sister-in-law Susan Hehr of Green River, Wyoming, sister-in-law Doris King of Cheyenne, step-sister-in-law Mary Etta Metzler of Torrance, California, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Loni was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joyce Hehr, brother Kerry Hehr, step-father Edward Metzler, stepbrothers Jerry Metzler, Jack Metzler, Don Metzler and daughter-in-law Debbie Martens.

Cremation has taken place at Wiederspahn-Radomsky. A brief gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 1 p.m. in the Rugged Cross Chapel at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens, 4701 Christensen Road.


Corina M. Martinez

Corina M. Martinez: 1934 – 2023

Corina M. Martinez, 88, of Cheyenne, passed at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 22, 1934, in Cleveland, New Mexico, to Rojerio and Eloisa Medina.

Corina was employed by Memorial Hospital (currently Cheyenne Regional Medical Center) for over 20 years as a dietary assistant, working closely with the dietitians.

Corina loved cooking for her family and friends from scratch and by recipe, making certain her table decor truly represented the holiday or occasion. Corina loved to camp in the Snowy Range with family and friends, as well as liking to fish. She crocheted many a blanket for her children and grandchildren with utmost care and love.

Corina visited Las Vegas, Nevada, and Black Hawk, Colorado, many times with her husband, enjoying the gambling atmosphere. Corina and Frank were avid Colorado Rockies fans, often attending games or ensuring they watched on TV. She loved spending time at home, especially celebrating any occasion that brought family together.

She truly loved her children and grandchildren making a point to attend weddings, graduations, birthdays and any special occasion. Corina was a long-standing member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years and on the Bereavement Committee, helping to coordinate funeral dinners.

Corina was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother first and foremost. She cherished and treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as “DeeDee”! DeeDee had a spirited personality and always made people around her comfortable, often using her sharp wit to make you laugh!

She is survived by her children, Fran Fox (Ron), Jesse Martinez, Eva Egolf (Dennis), Franklin Martinez (MaryAnn), Moses, Josephine Lynch (Christopher), and Vivian Vasquez (Joseph); grandchildren Adrienne Graham (J.D.), Aaron Sanchez (Jessica), Leila Harlan, Eloisa Partusch (Mikey), Alberia Martinez, Jacob Martinez (Jaime), Joel Martinez (Alexis), Cody Martinez (Kari), Michael Egolf, Jacquelyn Vasquez (Pablo), Cristina Martinez, Chelsey Arnone (Alec), Jesse Martinez, Eliza Martinez, Angela Vasquez, and Ryan Lynch; and great-grandchildren McKenzie Harlan, Makenna Harlan, Raymond Sanders, Jordan Graham, Haylee Sanchez, Colten Sanchez, Alexis Martinez, Kira Soto, Clayten Sanchez, Joshua Martinez, Cody Sanchez, Josie Martinez, Marcus Valdivia, Quentin Martinez, Parker Arnone, Amy Martinez, and Avery Arnone.

Corina was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank A. Martinez, of 61 years, and granddaughters Catherine Nicole Payne and Jennifer Lynn Aragon.

Vigil for the Deceased will be at 5 p.m., Monday, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Funeral Liturgy will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment at Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Abbey of St. Walburga, 1029 Benedictine Way, Virginia Dale, CO 80536.

To send the family condolences, please visit www.wrcfuneral.com.


Sarita S. Tucker

Sarita S. Tucker: 1961 – 2023

Sarita S. Tucker, 62, died 29 March, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Sarita was born Feb. 15, 1961, to Leslie D. and Sona F. Tucker, who raised her in a military family. Sarita went on to proudly serve her country in her own military career, spending 20 years travelling all over the globe as an Air Force mechanic. She had multiple overseas tours and several combat tours.

After her military career ended, Sarita was hired to work for the Bureau of Land Management from 2001 to 2008. She enjoyed the work, supported the BLM mission, and appreciated the intricate balance of public land usage. She participated in the Wild Horse Adoption Program and helped build the Land Office in Wild Horse Gulch for Cheyenne Frontier Days at Frontier Park. While working at BLM, Sarita attended Park University and earned a Degree in Business with a minor in Economics.

In 2010, she was given the opportunity to work with the Department of the Air Force/WY National Guard as the Logistics Readiness and Mobility Coordinator. She began with the 30th Airlift Squadron, then worked with the 153rd Maintenance Squadron until her retirement.

Sarita decided to make Cheyenne her home in June 2001. She chose Cheyenne because it was close to home (Aurora, Colorado), is a military town, and she loved the community. She enjoyed everything Cheyenne had to offer; Cheyenne Frontier Days, the cattle drive to the holding pens for the rodeo, she participated in CFD parades as Smokey Bear, in Super Day, and in triathlons.

Sarita had a larger-than-life personality, a ready smile, quick wit, and a fiery sense of humor. She was always generous and helpful to anyone who needed it. She loved animals and rescued several cats and dogs. Zoey, her beloved Black Lab cross, stole her heart and became her constant companion. She enjoyed going on cruises, game nights with friends, good food, playing Mexican Train, sunny days, and long chats on her deck. She loved creating a beautiful home in a western flair leaning more toward natural materials. Her bright light will not be diminished by her passing, and she will be fondly remembered by the many friends she made along the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents Leslie D. and Sonia F. Tucker.

She is survived by her brother, Keith (Gail) Tucker; sister, Tayna Tucker, and family; Sophia and Lynn Johnson, Tevia Daley, Amber and Trevor Larson, Rex and Brooke Johnson, Gracie, Ella, and Luke Maser, Avilynn, Mirari and Xhaiden Larson, as well as many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Black Dog Animal Rescue.


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