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Ian Winston Boutelle

Ian Winston Boutelle: 1972 – 2023

Ian Winston Boutelle, 50, of Cheyenne, passed at home on August 17, 2023.

He was born on September 8, 1972, in Aurora, Colorado to Patricia and Ron Boutelle.

He was employed by Albertsons in Cheyenne.

He is survived by his partner of 12 years, Emily Kerlee; his mother Patricia Boutelle of Longmont, Colorado; father Ron Boutelle and stepmother Kay Boutelle of Canyon Lake, Texas; his children: daughter Shawni, son Noah, son Preston Boutelle of Colorado; children Landyn, Jaxon, Ryan and Bostyn Boutelle of Cheyenne; brother Patrick Boutelle of Texas; and sister Julia of New York; granddaughters; along with several nieces and nephews.

Ian was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Kathleen LaVonne Bowers

Kathleen LaVonne Bowers: 1929 – 2023

Kathleen LaVonne Bowers, 93, of Aurora, Nebraska, left this earth for her heavenly home on August 16, 2023.

Kathleen was born on September 2, 1929 to Esther and Ernest Judy in Norton, Summit County, Ohio, at her uncle’s house. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1947. She was an excellent student, especially in her Business classes, which led to secretarial jobs, working for Dow Chemical and Social Security.

Kathleen met her future husband, Richard Alvin Bowers at the Barberton First Baptist Church in 1949, at a church social where they were repairing toys and making Taffy. The couple married on September 6, 1952, at the same church. They were blessed with two children, Gary Dale in 1961 and Linda Kay in 1962. After their births, Kathleen devoted herself to her family and home full time. She was always ready to listen to her children and grandchildren when they dropped by to chat, showing them all that they were the most important thing in her life!

Richard’s career in nursing took the family all across the country. They enjoyed living in many different locations, allowing them to explore new sights. The family enjoyed camping and had many adventures with their children and grandchildren.

Kathleen’s relationship with her savior, Jesus Christ, was very important to her. As a young teenager, she even made sure her brothers and sisters got to church each Sunday. And her future mother-in-law, Mary Bowers, was her Sunday School teacher at one point. Kathleen was an active member of each church she attended, often teaching Sunday School and working in the nursery.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Bowers after 67 years of marriage; her parents, Esther and Ernest Judy; her siblings Dwight Judy, Arthur Judy, and Joy Scheetz; and a granddaughter, Kristin Barrett.

She is survived by her children: Gary (Shauna) Bowers of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Linda (James) Barrett of Hastings, Nebraska; grandchildren Danielle (Samuel) Bayliss of Ranchester, Wyoming; Kristi (Eric) Holifield of Sheridan, Wyoming; Joshua (Roger) Barrett of Chievres, Belgium; Kimberly (Daniel) Buller of Hastings, Nebraska; Holly (Andrew) Fauth of Sheridan, Wyoming; Paul Bowers (fiancé Chelsea Clarkson) of Sheridan, Wyoming; Nathan Barrett of Gainsville, Florida; and Larissa Barrett of Hastings, Nebraska; great grandchildren Tristan, Riley & Caroline Holifield of Sheridan, Wyoming, Benjamin, Sophia, Emma & Noah Buller of Hastings, Nebraska, and Matthias & Gabriella Bayliss of Ranchester, Wyoming. She was dearly loved and is already sorely missed!

A memorial service will take place in Sheridan, Wyoming. The family is very grateful for the wonderful care given to Kathleen during the nine months she lived at Memorial Community Care in Aurora, Nebraska!

David John Broadhurst

David John Broadhurst: 1962 – 2023

David John Broadhurst, 60, of Cheyenne, died on August 22, 2023 in Cheyenne.

He was born on November 9, 1962 in Norwalk, Connecticut.

David worked in the janitorial and construction trade. He was interested in electronics and fixing old computers.

He is survived by his siblings, William Broadhurst, Patricia Mceachron, and Deborah Patterson; a niece, Katie; nephews and niece, Kevin, Steven, Christopher and Megan; as well as great nieces and nephews, and many cousins and there families.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Stroud; and his father, William Broadhurst.

Gregory Leroy Dudley

Gregory Leroy Dudley: 1954 – 2023

Gregory L. Dudley, a Cheyenne native and long-time resident passed away August 16 after a brief illness, at the age of 69 years.   Mr. Dudley descended from two prominent Cheyenne families: His great-grandfather was the Honorable Leroy Grant, Wyoming’s third auditor, who served from 1899-1911.  His grandfather was John Hardung, a charter member of the Zion Congregational Church.

Greg was a 1974 graduate of Central High School, and was employed by the Laramie County School District as well as Wyott Manufacturing prior to his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy J. Dudley and mother, Pauline (Hardung) Dudley.  He will be laid to rest in the Grant/Dudley plot in Lakeview Cemetery between his late sister, Susan F. Tipton and niece, Jennifer S. Tipton.

Greg is survived by his nephew Kelly S. Tipton and several cousins in Wyoming and Colorado.

Arrangements have been made the Schrader firm and notice of services will follow.

Amy Renee Dunn

Amy Renee Dunn: 1973 – 2023

Amy Renee Dunn (Pennington) was an extraordinary mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Amy left this world peacefully and pain free on August 13, 2023, at the age of 49. She fought Metastatic Breast Cancer for 7 years; showing her true strength, dignity, bravery, and dedication to her children all the way until the end. Amy passed in her home in Torrington, Wyoming, surrounded by her closest family and friends she considered family.

She was born to Betty and Louis Pennington on November 8, 1973, in Houston, Texas where she was welcomed by her siblings, Deanna and Richard. Louis went on to have another daughter: Christy. Amy became a mother at a young age and poured herself into raising her five children: Leslie, Josh, Mercedes, Devon, and Shaelynn. Amy enjoyed learning and spent many of her adult years in college where she explored Nursing, Massage Therapy, and Medical Assistance. She ultimately decided to continue her career in Food Service Management where she stayed for the remainder of her life. Although Amy did not see herself as a people person, she touched the lives of many and made friends everywhere she went. Amy won many awards throughout her management in Food Service, where she was recognized for the cleanliness and efficiency of facilities she managed. Employees of hers always spoke highly of her and enjoyed her lighthearted & caring management style.

Amy met her two best friends Crystal and Natalie when she was in pre-school. They grew together, went through challenging times together, and remained friends all through her life. Amy could always be found near a Taco Bell and passed her love for the food on to her children. She was always a good listener, not much of a talker, so much so that when on the phone with her most of the time was spent talking while listening to her breathe. Amy connected to music and was known to take long drives listening to Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Madonna, Def Leppard, Tiffany, and any mixes that were made for her.

Amy enjoyed sewing, she created many blankets, day-to-day outfits, Halloween and Theater costumes, car seat covers, and so much more. She also enjoyed playing catch with her children and grandchildren every chance she got, often using it as time to connect and talk about life. Amy had a knack for finding joy in the simpler things in life, such as, spending time with her family laughing (Amy had a wonderful and sarcastic sense of humor that often made people laugh and question her sanity simultaneously), going to the lake, camping, taking trips, going to the beach, watching movies with loved ones, going to dinner at her favorite restaurants, supporting her children & grandchildren at sporting & academic events, teaching people how to cook, and braiding her daughter’s hair.

Amy is survived by her five children: daughter Leslie Proudfoot (32) of Casper, Wyoming; son Joshua (Josh) Proudfoot (32) and daughter-in-law Kristian Proudfoot of Casper, Wyoming; daughter Mercedes (Sadi) Hatcher (28) and son-in-law Ian Hatcher of Torrington, Wyoming; son Devon Proudfoot (17) of Torrington, Wyoming; daughter Shaelynn Dunn (11) of Torrington, Wyoming; grandchildren: Jeremiuh Proudfoot, Brayden Hatcher, Mercy McIntosh, Paxton McIntosh, Jaxen Proudfoot, Koltyn McIntosh, Raylan Hatcher, Rosealeigh Proudfoot, Tyr Banner; brother Richard (Rick) Pennington of Grandview, Texas; sister Deanna (Dede) Pennington Reyna of Show Low, Arizona; sister Christy Pennington of Houston, Texas; chosen sister & lifelong friend Crystal Lybbert of Casper, Wyoming; chosen sister & lifelong friend Natalie Rollins-Allen of Casper, Wyoming; along with five nieces and nephews; and her cat Panda.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Betty Pennington on October 26, 2011 & Louis Pennington on July 23, 2016; her dogs Tiny & Sugar Pie Honey Bear.

Amy will be having an open Celebration of Life at 10:00 a.m. on September 9, 2023, located at Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming. We ask that you dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable, keep in mind we will be celebrating her life!

Larry Truman Hayes

Larry Truman Hayes: 1944 – 2023

Our community sadly lost a member on Sunday, August 13, 2023, when Larry T. Hayes, most notably known to his family as “Pop” passed away due to complications from a fall sustained on August 6, 2023 as well as heart failure that was brought on by the fall.

Larry was born June 9, 1944 in Oskaloosa, Iowa the son of Lloyd T. Hayes and Helen D.

(Carlson) Hayes. His contributions to the lives of his family members were many over the years. He served 22 years in the US. Airforce retiring in 1991. He then went to work for Unicover in Cheyenne for over 20 years.

Larry is survived by ex-wife Dorothy Hayes of Torrington, Wyoming; son Lee Tony Hayes; daughter Tammie Lynn Hayes; a granddaughter, Shelby Gregory; grandson Ethan Martin; and a great-granddaughter Hanna Gregory all of Cheyenne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Donna Low Hayes; and a great-grandson Anthony Hayes.

His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of his family and friends whom he interacted with, as well as those who knew him. Please come and share your stories of remembrance, Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Schrader Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m.

Margaret J. Heiniger

Margaret J. Heiniger: 1931 – 2023

Margaret (Peggy) Heiniger was born on December 25, 1931 in Topeka Kansas. Peggy married Keith Heiniger on June 7, 1953 at the First Congregational Church in Seneca, Kansas. She graduated from Nurses Training from Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas in 1953. She worked numerous nursing jobs from 1953 through 1977, while raising a family during the period while Keith was in the United States Air Force. From 1976 through 1993 she worked as a Recovery Room Nurse, and ultimately became the Head Recovery Room Nurse at Depaul Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1993 she joined the nursing staff at Yellowstone Surgery Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming and retired from that position in 2010.

In her spare time, Peggy was an avid golfer. She became a member of the Cheyenne Airport Golf Course, where she joined both Ladies Day Groups and the TWILITE League. She loved to golf and made many close friends, some friendships lasting 30 years plus.

Peggy treasured her family, she was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was blessed with an amazingly full life filled with family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters: Christine Johnson of Reno, Nevada, Lauri Heiniger of Parker, Colorado and Kelli Starr Peters of Las Vegas, Nevada; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Heiniger; daughter, Victoria Carlisle; and two grandchildren, Sean Johnson and Jennifer Starr.

Memorial Services will be on Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.

Following the service, there will be a reception for friends and family at the Airport Golf Club at 1:30 p.m. A private burial will be at a later date in the Seneca City Cemetery, Seneca, Kansas. Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of the Kansas Arrangements.

Brooke Lynn Howard

Brooke Lynn Howard: 1998 – 2023

“She Believed She Could, So She Did.” ~R.S. Grey

Brooke packed so much life into her 25 years. She spent her first seven weeks in the hospital nursery and the next 1325 weeks never looking back. She loved showing livestock but never did just the minimum. Over the years she showed goats, sheep, horses, cattle, cats, chickens, dogs, pigs, rabbits and even a fish. As she got older, she found more joy in helping younger 4-H and FFA members succeed than in winning herself.

Once Brooke met you, it didn’t matter if she had just seen you yesterday or a year ago, she always greeted you with a smile, shiny blue eyes and originally blonde hair. She loved to give hugs. She loved music and dancing even in the middle of the barn while fitting livestock. When she wasn’t in the barn she shared her grandmother’s love for books. No matter where she was headed, a book could be found in tow.

Brooke graduated from West Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Communications and a degree in radiology from Amarillo College. But she found her true passion when she joined Operation Homeport as a Navy Child and Youth Program Specialist at the Navy base in Bethesda, Maryland.

Brooke’s mother Georgia A. Younglove would like to invite family and friends to join in a Celebration of Life for Brooke at the Burn’s Town Hall on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. This time of remembrance will include dinner. A memorial fund has been set-up with the Wyoming FFA Foundation.

Jayne Lynn Knudson

Jayne Lynn Knudson: 1956 – 2023

Jayne Lynn Knudson, 67, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023, after a brief battle of cancer. She was born on February 4, 1956, to Richard and Jo Bliss.

Jayne married Randy Knudson on September 19, 1986, and later divorced. They had three daughters: Rhea, Amanda, and Meagan.

Jayne loved being a stay-at-home mom while her children were younger. Once they were in school, she became a real estate agent and enjoyed working with future homeowners to find their forever homes. Later she embraced her passion for plants and flowers by working at Johnny Appleseed. She made some of the most beautiful arrangements you’d ever seen. Jayne decided to enroll in Casper College and earned her associate degree and became a Respiratory Therapist. She retired in 2021 and continued with her gardening. During her retirement, Jayne thoroughly adored her cats and chickens and embraced the prepper lifestyle.

She is survived by her children: Rhea Knudson of Cabot, Arkansas, Amanda (Isaac) Wentz of Sparks, Nevada, and Meagan (Spencer) Hard of Casper, Wyoming; her grandchildren: Nicole and Ashtyn Buchholz, Layla and Paisley Hard; siblings: Dan (Doris) Bliss of San Diego, California, and Evette (Vince) Pagano of Niagara Falls, New York; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Jayne was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Jo Bliss; her child Terry; and her grandchild Grayson Lynn.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at Newcomer Casper Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.

Laurence Johnson

Laurence Johnson: 1933 – 2023

Larry didn’t want an obituary in the paper, so this is his story on the web 😉

Laurence (AKA Larry) Johnson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 26, 1933, one of three children born to Eben and Audria (AKA Audra) Johnson.  His love of learning, his gift for engineering and building, as well as his love of aviation, was evident early in his life in his perchance to design model planes, and, later, he even took a clandestine ‘joyride’ in a private plane with friends that ended without damage, beyond crops, in a farmer’s field.  

He was raised in the Episcopal church and even sang as a member, and sometimes soloist, of the boys choir, a position which once afforded him the serendipitous opportunity to sing The Lord’s Prayer in duet with Nelson Eddy.

At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Air Force where he served as a pilot, navigator, and instructor actively participating in the tail end of the Berlin Airlift, combat missions in Vietnam and as an instructor, teaching young pilots how to fly the T-38 Talon as well as use equipment on other planes for mission-critical tasks. He also served as a navigator on the C-123 Globemaster flying frequent NATO missions during the cold war and it was both his ingenuity and ‘out of the box’ thinking on these and other missions that recommended him to a Top Secret think tank that he served in for many years after his military retirement.

While many would be content to build a career in the military, Larry initially sought to pursue concurrent dreams by also making a name for himself as a skilled and ingenuitive stock car driver in the Sports Car Club of America.  While he owned several sporty cars, including one of the first Corvettes, when it came to racing, his passion was a stock Austin Healy known on the track as the Rusty Red Devil, and he made a practice of studying the rules each year to see what modifications were disallowed so he could tweak the ones that weren’t.  This let him adjust his engine to peak, allowable, performance, and when coupled with his keen, strategic mind, he was often able to beat cars in his division considered faster.  He raced for several years until he decided racing was not an appropriate hobby for a family man and the Air Force expressed its disapproval resulting in the retirement of the Rusty Red Devil and the sale of his other cars. 

So while his career as a race car driver was cut short, his military career continued.  Throughout his military career, he earned several medals and awards. Among those he displayed were his consecutive Air Medals (one with first and second oak leaf clusters) for Meritorious Achievement While Participating in Aerial Flight from August 30 1969 through March 20, 1970, an Outstanding Instructor Award from James Connally AFB Waco TX, and his Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for performing his job with exemplary knowledge and outstanding airmanship under extremely hazardous conditions as a navigator on a C-130 performing a night flair/forward air controller mission in an area of intense antiaircraft artillery on January 13, 1970.  

This particular mission gave him the opportunity to join another exclusive military order – The Order of the Jolly Green Giant – when unexpected circumstances resulted in an unplanned deployment of his parachute, and he was pulled from the plane and into the night.  The improperly deployed chute failed to open, and Larry assumed he was going to die until God gave him an image of his first wife and young daughter and reminded him he had something to live for.  Enabled by a sudden surge of energy, he tried three times to climb a chute rated ‘unclimbable’ before he hit the trees.  He was estimated to have hit the jungle floor at 55 miles an hour and suffered injuries that would prove to have life-long consequences, but he was alive.  Employing skills taught in the military, he survived the night, with the enemy actively searching for him, until dawn’s early light brought a two-rotor Jolly Green Giant helicopter and crew to lift him from the jungle with a sling.  Miraculously, he walked out of the hospital the next day, but doctors warned his injuries would become debilitating and leave him in a wheelchair as he grew older.  In typical Larry fashion, however, he would prove them wrong.

All told, his military career would not only encompass aviation but missiles and he would serve in Texas, Delaware, Louisiana, California, Iceland, Alaska, and Okinawa before finally ending his military career at F. E. Warren Air Force Base retiring with the rank of Major.

After retiring, he sought to fulfil the dreams of his first wife, Ginna, who he had met while stationed in Waco, Texas.  They had one daughter, Cristina, born on FE Warren, and adopted a son, Kevin.  Ginna enjoyed horses and square dancing so they purchased property west of town and built a custom house with a living room big enough for two full squares.  Along with horses came a small herd of cattle, started with bottle babies bought at auction, and the kids grew up involved in 4-H.  He also helped a friend try his hand at opening a tire retread plant.  The product was good, but health issues from the fall were beginning to take a physical toll, and the plant eventually failed as did his marriage leaving him in the position of a single father.  That is when he decided it was time to take up an old mantle.

Larry went back to school to update his transcript and received his teaching certification through the University of Wyoming.  He hired on with Laramie County School District Number One, starting as an agriculture teacher at East High School where he devised numerous student projects designed to incorporate multiple academic skills.  His skills, however, weren’t just needed there.  From agriculture, he moved to East High’s industrial arts where his projects continued to challenge students to think ‘outside the box’ and use all their skills.  One project, in particular, was an ambitious student-designed, self-propelled, trailer-mounted generator and workstation complete with radio and tape player that earned the grand champion ribbon for mechanics projects at the 1988 Wyoming State Fair.  After working at East High School, he briefly retired from teaching but was asked to come back as a science teacher at McCormick Junior High School. Eventually, he was transferred to Carey Junior High School where he worked with a science team of two other teachers specializing in life science. Larry was known for perfecting the dissection lesson of an actual frog which he centered around the important job skill of following instructions exactly and taught that lesson to not only students, but their parents who he pulled in to assist with the dissections.  Larry’s outgoing personality, unconventional approach, and meticulous teaching style nurtured many young students and inspired more than one to delve into science-based careers. In addition, recognizing the value of hands-on learning, Larry was the advisor for the after-school model-building club.  In fact, at the time he retired for the final time, he was advocating for a program where students would learn to build, and then fly, an actual plane.

Through these many years of teaching, Larry’s children grew up and moved on to lives of their own.  He married his second wife, Carolyn, and as his first wife supported his love of racing, his second wife recognized his desire to fly.  Larry was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and he spent many hours working on his own plane, chosen carefully for its capability to perform acrobatic maneuvers in Wyoming’s high altitudes.  In addition, he was a member pilot of the Young Eagles, a program in which pilots sought to foster a love of flying in young people by taking them for actual flights in their private planes.  After retiring from teaching, he continued working on his prized Cessna aircraft and started working on an experimental aircraft that was powered by a Corvair engine. Sadly, he was unable to finish this project because of worsening health issues.

Not wanting to become ‘lazy’ in his retirement, however, Larry involved himself in the automotive world again, albeit at a more reasonable pace. He went to work for the local NAPA auto parts store delivering parts to various auto businesses in town, making friends with a good many mechanics.

Larry finally lost his life to pancreatic cancer, and nothing short of that could have taken him down.  At McCormick, he was still spry enough to engage his science class in a foot race and beat a good portion of the class and at the age of 70 he was doing aerobics.  He kept astounding the doctors with his persistent and stubborn ability to keep moving, and while those who knew him knew the growing pain he dealt with on a daily basis as a result of his fall into the blackness, he was never once relegated to the predicted wheelchair.  

Among the many people who will miss Larry are is his wife Carolyn, his son Kevin, his daughter Cristina and her husband Russell, and their children, Larry’s precious grandchildren, Alyssa, Rebecca, and Joshua.

Larry also leaves behind his first wife, Sarah.

Instead of flowers, Larry would appreciate donations to one of the following organizations,

Cheyenne Young Eagles – (information to be added soon)

Cheyenne Animal Shelter – Donate in person or online.  Please designate ‘In memory of Larry Johnson’ in the memo/comments.  (https://www.cheyenneanimalshelter.org/donate)

There will be no funeral services or reception at this time at Larry’s request, but the family will be planning a celebration of life to be held at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church in the future.  Watch the local paper for the invitation and be prepared to come with pictures and stories.  

Bill Mill

Bill Mill: 1935 – 2023

William Gould Mill passed away in his sleep Saturday morning, August 5, 2023 at home in Cheyenne, Wyoming. “Bill” was 88 years old. He was born March 17, 1935 in Casper, Wyoming to William J. Mill and Dorothy G. Mill of Lusk.

Bill grew up in Lusk and Yoder, Wyoming. His family moved to Torrington during his senior year of high school. He was very active in ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corp) throughout his junior and senior high school years and it was with great pleasure and honor that Bill served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. during the Korean war era. Afterwards, he returned home and married Judith J. Donoho in 1956. They moved to San Diego where Bill worked for Convair as an electrical technician on current and experiment aircraft, a job that he loved, but Wyoming always beckoned. Some family members and a couple of friends joined them in California. After 3 years they returned to Torrington where he excelled at being a DJ and ad salesman for KGOS radio. Bill’s on-air wit and personality caught the attention of Wayne G. Vanderpoel, the local State Farm Insurance Agent who believed he had found some untapped talent and, in 1962, Bill started his career as a State Farm Insurance Agent in Loveland, Colorado.

Bill met many people and made many friends along the way as he was active in the Elks Club, Optimist Club and Jr. Achievement. He enjoyed being an EMT and volunteer fireman for the Loveland Fire Department for many years. He continued DJ-ing at KLOV as the “Midnight Cowboy.” In 1975, Bill moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming to become a District Manager for State Farm. He hired and enjoyed helping many men and women in southeast Wyoming become successful State Farm Agents.

On December 22, 1984, at Bear Creek Community Church, he married his heart’s true love, Catherina “Kim” Patterson, of Cheyenne, Wyoming. They enjoyed over 38 years together, with every moment being more cherished than the last. They retired from State Farm in 1995.

Bill loved to fly and did: from sail planes to helicopters to jet fighters and many, many aircraft in-between, even in a 747 simulator. He held a Commercial pilot’s license. He loved to travel on a moment’s notice and no road trip was ever too long. He loved to go to coffee with the guys, work on computers, build computers, build anything and take anything apart so he could fix it and put it back together. He loved to help friends in any way he could, help in the kitchen, make his special salad, read and listen to books, acquire new knowledge, spend time with old friends, spend time in the mountains, take every back road, be near the ocean, watch a green flash, watch the stars, satellites and the ISS travel around the earth, dream about space and men who go there and how they got there. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, floating the North Platte river, camping with his agents ever year, listening to country music, bluegrass, symphony orchestra music, live theater and writing poetry. He never tired of watching eagles, hummingbirds, baby birds fledge, airplanes, trains, clouds, thunderstorms roll across the prairie, all species of wildlife, the ever-changing scenery as he drove, wide open spaces and buying new cars. He was an accomplished, published photographer and could play the piano, guitar, banjo and mandolin. Chasing storms and tornadoes was a favorite past time as he and Kim were both trained Weather Spotters for the National Weather Service.

He was extremely funny, generous and patient.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Barbara Christiansen and Patricia Grieve; daughter, Elizabeth Mill; former wife, Judith Shade, and many, many friends.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Kim; daughters, Pamela Mill, and Kimberly Mill; grandchildren, Dr. Zane (Ariel) Maroney, M.D., and Dr.Trisstin Maroney, M.D.; two great grandsons; brother-in-law Rick (Sandy) Patterson, sister-in-law, Donnica Jones, many nieces and nephews, some cousins and and a few dear friends. He felt very good and hopeful about the future he saw in the upcoming generations of the family.

The family wishes to personally thank Dr. Dimiter Orahovats, the telemetry floor nurses and aids and hospitalists at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for his exceptional care during his long stay earlier this year, the amazing team at Acute Rehab Center, CRMC-East, the unparalleled Home Health Care team from CRMC that helped him excel and thrive again, his special physical therapists at Hands On Physical Therapy-West, his friends who never gave up on him and especially everyone that prayed for us.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to K-9’s for Mobility (11805 Campstool Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007), Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (1920 Thomes Ave # 400, Cheyenne, WY 82001), or the Cheyenne Animal Shelter 800 Southwest Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82007).
A Joyous Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, August 29th at 2 p.m. at Wiederspahn’s Chapel of the Chimes with reception to follow immediately at the Gathering Place.

For those wishing to attend but not able, the service will be available to watch livestream on Bill’s obit website the day of the service. https://wrcfuneral.com

Interment of Bill’s ashes in Beth El Cemetery will be held by the family later at a later date.

Debra “Charly” Reynolds

Debra “Charly” Reynolds: 1954 – 2023

Debra (“Charly”) Lynn Reynolds, 68, of Cheyenne died August 17, 2023 at her residence.

She was born November 16, 1954 to Walter and Betty in California. Debra earned the nickname “Charly” in high school and it stuck throughout her life.

She enjoyed many occupations during her 68 years including real estate agent, store manager, baker, warehouse worker, and others.

She enjoyed retirement most of all so she could spend time with her pets. She was an avid animal lover, loved everything about snow and started every morning with her hot tea and creamer.

She is survived by her daughter Ruth (Michael) Huff; grandchildren, Kaedyn and Abigail; and son Mac Reynolds, all of Cheyenne. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Shirley K. Swedensky

Shirley K. Swedensky: 1939 – 2023

Shirley Kay (Kiser) Swedensky, 83, of Cheyenne, passed at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

She was born on December 15, 1939, in Green River, Wyoming to Coy Kiser and Dorothy Todd. Shirley went to Lincoln High School in Green River, Wyoming, studied at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas and got her Medication Nurse license at Bishop College in Dallas, Texas.

In her early career, Shirley was a Medication Nurse at Silent Night Nursing Home in Lancaster, Texas. Later in life before she retired, she worked as a custodian for the Red Oak School District in Red Oak, Texas with her husband Jerry.

Shirley had many hobbies, such as writing poetry, canning jams, fruits and vegetables. Also, she and Jerry liked doing country western dancing at local clubs and centers. After retirement, Shirley and Jerry enjoyed camping and doing road trips to visit the Civil War historical sites.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Gerald; son Todd (wife Cheryl); sisters, Marilyn and Dena; granddaughter, Nikki; grandson, Charles (wife Tiffany); granddaughter Tammy; twin granddaughters, Kaitlyn (Michael) and Hailey ( Kale); and many great grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Coy Kiser; mother, Dorothy Toon; son, Tommy Don; baby daughter, Tammy Dee; sisters, Joan, Karen, Linda; and brothers Charles, Denny, Boyd and Gene.

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