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Obituary: William R. Rabou

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William R. Rabou

William R. Rabou: 1942 – 2023

William R. Rabou, a beloved member of the Albin community, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2023, in Cheyenne. He was born on July 1, 1942, in Kimball, Nebraska to Raymond and Lavon (Mathews) Rabou.

From a young age, William had a deep connection to his hometown and the family ranch that had been passed down through generations. Following in his family’s footsteps, he dedicated himself to the land and livestock business as an integral part of Rabou Ranch LLC.

William participated in 4-H growing up.  He was in FFA all four years of high school and had the opportunity to judge livestock at the National Western FFA Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, Colorado in 1958.  The team won champion honors. He enjoyed three years of basketball in high school, was in track for two years, involved in student council, state FFA judging contest and the school plays.  He graduated in 1960 from Albin High School.  William attended the University of Wyoming for two years, and was a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard for several years.  William returned to Albin as a fourth generation resident on the family ranch, and continued ranching for the rest of his life.

William’s life was enriched by love and partnerships. In 1968, he married Sharon Sandridge of Kimball, Nebraska, and together they welcomed their daughter Stacy Malm into the world. In 1985 he married Dixie (Chesnut) Sherwin of Laramie, Wyoming. Dixie brought three children into their lives: Candy, Kathy, and Dan.

In October of 2020, Bill and Dixie made the decision to move to Laramie, Wyoming in order to be closer to medical care. Sadly, Dixie preceded William in death on January 21, 2023. Following her passing, William moved to Pointe Frontier in Cheyenne on February 25 of the same year. It was there that he resided until his passing.

William is preceded in death by his parents; brother Bob; sister-in-law Norma; brother-in-law Bob Hale; and stepdaughter Kathy Kendall.

William leaves behind a family who loved him dearly. His memory will forever live on through his daughter Stacy (Andy) Malm and his sister Margaret (Carlee) Sheridan. He also leaves behind his stepchildren, Candy Sherwin and Dan Sherwin, who held a special place in his heart.

His legacy continues through the lives of his grandchildren: Katelin (Avery) Jamerman, Karissa Malm, and Kaden Malm. The arrival of his step-granddaughter Keighley Sherwin brought him great joy. Additionally, William was blessed with the presence of a great-grandson, Carson Jamerman.

William also leaves behind sisters-in-law Peggy (Billy) Joyce and Rhonda (Bobby) Berger and numerous nieces and nephews, who were cherished members of his extended family. He will be remembered fondly by his friends and family.

A Funeral Service and Celebration of William’s life will be held on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Albin Community Center. The burial will follow at the Albin Cemetery. The family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to either the Albin Community Center or the Albin Community Care Fund.

Throughout his journey, William touched countless lives with his kindness and dedication. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


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