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Obituaries: Brown; Hardzog; Kennedy; Kittelson; Querry, Sr.; Serna; Windom

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John E. Brown

John E. Brown: 1941 – 2023

John Brown passed away peacefully August 14, 2023.

John was born in Rawlins, Wyoming to Ed A. Brown and Ira Mae Brown. He graduated from Cheyenne High in 1959. He attended Berkley School of Music in Boston.

When John returned to Cheyenne, he began his career as a jazz pianist and later opened a music store called Amazing Music. John married Betty Zeman in 1966.

John is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty; and son Lowell Romsa.

He is survived by son John E. Brown II; daughter Susan Romsa Danat; sister Jo Heatherington; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no services.

Patty R. Hardzog

Patty R. Hardzog: 1934 – 2023

Patty Richards Hardzog, 89, passed away on August 12, 2023, at her home in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Patty was born on March 21, 1934, to Wayne and Elizabeth (Small) Richards. She was preceded in death by her husband Randall Hardzog; daughter Sherrie Hardzog Glenn; son John Leonard and son-in-law Kevin Holloway. She is survived by her children Mary Leonard Gilleland and husband Roy, Brenda Leonard Holloway, Christine Leonard, Julie Leonard Arp and husband Bryan, Nancy Hardzog Stark and husband Todd, and David Hardzog and wife Kylle. Her surviving grandchildren include Mary’s children Sean Gilleland, Brandon Gilleland, Bethany Gilleland Mathems, and Seneca Geron; John’s children Joshua Leonard, Jennifer Leonard, and Zachary Lussman; Sherrie’s children Lacey Glenn Boodleman and Jessica Glenn; David’s children Eric Hardzog, Chad Hardzog, Echo Hardzog Contreras, and Heidi Hardzog Sifford; Brenda’s children Bailey Holloway and Kirby Holloway; Nancy’s daughter Alecia Stark Duncan; Julie’s daughters Allison Arp and Alexis Arp. She also has many precious great-grandchildren, such an abundance of family!

Patty was born in Nashville, Illinois and lived there with her parents, grandparents, and extended family nearby until the age of 13. She often recounted her memories of walking the streets of Nashville in her childhood, visiting her grandfather’s popcorn stand and her grandparent’s restaurant, her uncle’s barber shop and another uncle’s gas station, spending time in her grandma’s garden and living in the apartment above the restaurant. Elizabeth later married Roscoe Helms, their lives forever changed and enriched by a generous and kind stepfather. Patty and her mother joined Roscoe as he served in the Army in Bavaria, Germany in 1947. At the age of 13, she was charmed and entranced with Germany and began a lifelong love of Germany and travel. She graduated from high school in Long Beach, California and went to nursing school in St. Louis, Missouri.

She became a certified Nurse Practitioner for Women’s Reproductive Health in 1975 and worked for WY Family Planning, CO Planned Parenthood, and as a civilian for the US ARMY in this role. Patty’s nursing career included positions as ward nurse, surgical nurse, labor and delivery nurse, elder care nurse, and school nurse.

Just out of nursing school, Patty married Robert Joseph Leonard on September 3, 1955.  Patty loved her extended Leonard family and sisters-in-law, and they had lifelong friendships. They lived for a short time in Omaha, Nebraska where they welcomed Mary and John. They moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 1958 and added Brenda, Christine, and Julie to the family. The family moved to Torrington, Wyoming in 1970 where Patty was an elementary school nurse.

In 1974 Patty married Randy Hardzog and the combined family moved to Rawlins, Wyoming. She learned to be a cowgirl, and enjoyed many years of roping events, kids and grandkids activities, going dancing, and beloved camping trips and trail rides with her family and friends in Wyoming.

Patty and Randy then spent many years on the Front Range of Colorado as their family grew and spread and added joy and activity to their lives. As they neared retirement, they were able to achieve a lifelong goal of returning to live in Europe as her career led her to Heidelberg, Germany as a civilian nurse for the US Army. From 1993 to 1997, they lived their dream of working and living abroad and welcomed many of their family and friends to join in their adventures and travel. She wrote beautiful letters to her mother and children from Germany describing their travels and the sights, sounds, and tastes of their European adventure. Patty and Randy returned to their home in Cheyenne and enjoyed many visits with their dear German friends, retirement hobbies, travel, and family, until Randy passed in 2006. Patty continued her hobbies and pursuits and enjoyed more travel, welcomed great-grandchildren, and was at home with family until the end of her life.

Patty was involved in many singing and card groups over the years, enjoyed pinochle, poker, and canasta games, and loved her Red Hat events. Her library list is many pages long, as an avid reader and mystery lover. She was a pro at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit and had a deep knowledge of world history, geography, and religion. She loved wildlife, horses, and dogs – from her first dog as child, Midgie, to her last Westie, Molly, and golden retrievers Kazzie, Ranger, and Gracie.  She was a woman of determination and grit, who believed you could have what you wanted in this life and made it happen in her own. She was known for her beautiful blue eyes, glitzy jewelry, class, and sense of style.

Patty’s passion for travel led her to visit 39 countries and most of the United States. She slept under a world map above her bed. She went ocean cruising, river cruising, zip lining, adventuring, and fine dining in her retirement years and was sometimes hard to keep up with! She loved UW football games, watching PBS, all things British, telling jokes and stories, diet coke, cookies, movies, reading, playing games, singing, line dancing, crafting, decorating, shopping, game shows, garage sales, mountains, castles, festivals, parades, campfires, horseback rides, fireworks, and time spent by the backyard pond. She loved her family deeply and held her friends dear.

We thank you all for your love of Patty, your support of our family and your calls, emails, and prayers.

Fred Kennedy

Fred Kennedy: 1938 – 2023

Harold Fredrick Kennedy Jr., 85 years old, of Boise, Idaho, passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2023.

At Fred’s request, no funeral services will be conducted, and his ashes will be spread on a mountain overlooking the cabin in Featherville he and his family had for almost 40 years, as close as possible to where the ashes of his wife Patty were spread in 2017. 

Fred was born on February 17, 1938, at Rio Tinto, Nevada, the son of Harold and Gail Kennedy (Gail Forest Green).  Fred attended grade school, junior high and high school in Mountain Home, graduating from Mountain Home High School in 1956.  Fred attended and graduated from the University of Idaho, where he was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity.

Fred married Patty Scofield, a classmate of his in the Mountain Home schools, on January 3, 1959, and Fred and Patty moved to Moscow, Idaho, where Fred resumed his studies at the University of Idaho.  The family then moved to Washington D.C., where Fred attended George Washington University Law School, while serving on the staff of U.S. Senator Frank Church.  Upon graduation from law school, the family moved back to Mountain Home in 1963, where they lived and raised their family for the next 7 plus years while Fred practiced law and served as the Elmore County Prosecuting Attorney.  In 1971, the family moved to Boise, where they resided for the next 30 years.  During that time, Fred served as a Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Anthony Park and practiced law in several law firms. In 1991, Fred served as a legal advisor to the senior management of SCP Global Technologies, a high tech manufacturing company.  In 2000, Fred and Patty returned to live in Mountain Home and at their cabin in Featherville.  In 2002, Fred was elected to serve in the Idaho State Senate, representing Boise and Elmore Counties, serving on the Agricultural Affairs, Health and Welfare, Resources and Environment committees, and the Legislative Council. 

During the early years of their lengthy marriage, Fred and Patty had three lovely children, Tammy, Teresa and John.  While the children were growing up and attending schools, Fred and Patty, along with their three children, spent a significant amount of time in the mountains at the family cabin in Featherville.  After retirement, Fred and Patty lived in Featherville at the family cabin, and later in Arizona and Texas. After Patty lost her battle with cancer in 2017, while living with their daughter in Texas, Fred returned to live in Boise until January 2023 when he moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Fred always enjoyed giving to his family, friends and others in need, rather than receiving.  His greatest love was his wife Patty of nearly 59 years, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He will be sorely missed by all of them, and by other relatives and his many close friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his mother and father; his sister Julie Garcia; his wife Patty; his daughter, Tammy Kennedy Zehner; and by his grandson, John L. Kennedy. 

Survivors include his two children, Teresa Kennedy of Tyler, Texas, and John Kennedy, of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his sister, Jo Black, of Mountain Home; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins. 

Memorials may be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch or to the charity of your choice.

Jerald “Jerry” Kittelson

Jerald “Jerry” Kittelson: 1947 – 2023

Jerald (Jerry) Kittelson, 76, of Rawlins Wyoming passed away on August 12, 2023 in Cheyenne with his loving family by his side.

He was born on March 17, 1947 in Volga South Dakota to Peter and Opal Kittelson. They soon moved to Wyoming and made it his forever home.

Jerry had many occupations throughout his life including ranch hand, carpenter, construction worker, diesel mechanic and eventually retiring from the Wyoming State Penitentiary after almost 25 years as the motor pool supervisor. After that he passed his time doing what he loved best at BiRite Guns.

His hobbies included anything to do with guns, leather work and Wyoming history. He loved spending time with family and his numerous grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lillian; son, Ken (Twila) Tudor; daughter, Jeni (Mike) Wolfe; and youngest daughter, Tami (Gordon) Kinnison; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Opal; siblings Rick, John, Karl and Bertha; a grandson Josh; a granddaughter, Shanowa; and a great-grandson, Levi.

Services will be a celebration of life at his favorite location at Battle Mountain on Saturday August 26. Friends, family and acquaintances are invited to attend the picnic and scattering of the ashes. Family will have the directions soon.

Donald Gerald Querry, Sr.

Donald Gerald Querry, Sr.: 1928 – 2023

Don was born November 26, 1928, in South Bend Indiana to Floyd and Mazelle (Polley) Querry. He fell asleep in death August 2, 2023, at the Platte County Legacy Home in Wheatland, Wyoming. Don was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Fannie, whom he married on May 1, 1948.

Don symbolized his dedication to Jehovah God by water baptism in July 1943 and from that time until his physical and mental strength no longer permitted, he was very active in the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. For the next 35 years, Don and Fannie lived in and near South Bend zealously serving in different congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in that area as they were asked to assist them. This gave them the opportunity to be known and loved by many dear friends in many places.

In 1978 they moved to Wheatland to be near their son and daughter-in-law Don Jr. and Linda, and their only grandchildren at the time, Jason, and Joshua. At one time they were asked to move to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to be of assistance to that congregation for a time. As was their custom, they gladly did so, again gaining new and dearly loved friends there. We are comforted that they have both now truly “fought the fine fight” and ‘run the race to the finish’ (2 Timothy 4:7).

In addition to his wife Fannie, Don was also preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Miriam, Bernice, Charles, Opal, Shirley, and Robert.

In addition to many nieces and nephews and their families, Don is survived by his son Don Jr. and his wife Linda of Wheatland; three grandchildren: Jason Querry and wife Jenny and their daughters Meredith and Morgan of Wheatland, Joshua Querry and his wife Jocey and their daughters Omni and Adelaide of Jackson Wyoming, and Johannah (Querry) Niemi and her husband Jason and their son Gunner of Wheatland.

Christopher Armando Serna

Christopher Armando Serna: 1988 – 2023

Our beloved father, son, grandson, brother and nephew, Christopher Armando Serna passed away on August 10, 2023

Christopher was born in Lovell, Wyoming to Priscilla (Serna) Romero on January 4, 1988.

His children were his pride and joy. He loved to spend every minute with them or call. Christopher loved to camp, fish, listen to music and help everybody.

Christopher will be missed by so many.

Christopher is survived by his loving children: Carlos, Katalina and Anastasia and wife Lupita Serna; his mother Priscilla (Tony); stepfather Chris Romero; Tina (Cody) Spencer; grandmothers Catherine Ortiz and Cecilia Romero; brothers: Leon (Samantha) Romero, Marco Romero, Chris (Meghan) Valencia, Dominic Romero and Riley Forman; sister: Danielle (Danny) Gumm, Alexandria Romero and Lydia (RJ) Spencer, Cecilia (Chris) Spencer; uncles: Raul (Roxanne) Serna, Crystal (Rico) Gibson and Ed Romero; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-aunts and great-uncles.

Ilene M. Windom

Ilene M. Windom: 1933 – 2023

Ilene Mae Windom passed away on August 8, 2023.

Ilene was born August 22, 1933 to Albie Kucera Stokl and Frank Stokl on a farm near Gibbon, Nebraska. She attended schools in Ravenna, Nebraska and Kearney State Teachers College.

Ilene taught rural elementary school in Buffalo County, Nebraska. In 1952, Ilene married John Windom in Ravenna, Nebraska. They had one son, Eric Windom. During the first 20 years of marriage, they followed John’s Air Force career to California, Florida, New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, Newfoundland, Arizona, Wyoming, Maine and Oklahoma. They settled in Cheyenne in 1972.

Ilene was an avid collector of antiques, collectibles and dolls. She was affiliated with the Antique Study Group Questors, the Shy Ann Dollies Doll Club, FEWAFB Chapel, the Red Hatters, and was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church.

Ilene and John were in the rental business in Cheyenne for 23 years. Ilene is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Albey Stokl; and her husband, John Windom.

She is survived by her son, Eric (LuAnn) Windom of Sterling Colorado; her grandsons, Pierce and Colin (Chelsee) Windom of Sterling Colorado; and three great-grandchildren: Albey, Evelyn and Emmett Windom.

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