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Obituaries: Bartel; Cox; Miles; Muzzy; Quinlan; Renneisen; Siltzer; Zunker

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Ashley Eugene Curtis Bartel

Ashley Eugene Curtis Bartel: 1980 – 2023

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Ashley Bartel on August 23, 2023. He was a son, brother, and friend, who left us all too soon at the age of 42.

Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ashley’s inquisitive nature and boundless curiosity led him to discover a multitude of interests. As a child, he found joy in the world of wrestling, “Star Wars” and the movie “E.T.” which nurtured his imagination and sense of wonder.

As he grew, Ashley’s love for creativity could be seen in his drawings and the crafting of miniature model cars. As an adult, he found solace in fixing cars, BBQing, riding bikes, and watching movies.

Though Ashley’s physical presence may be gone, his spirit lives on in the hearts and memories of all who knew him. His enthusiasm for life and his dedication to his passions will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to call him friend or family.

In the book of life, Ashley Bartel’s chapter has come to an early end. May he rest in peace, forever riding on the winds of the memories he created and the lives he touched.

Glen Alan Cox

Glen Alan Cox: 1980 – 2023

Glen Alan Cox, age 43, died unexpectedly on August 24th in a motorcycle accident. He is survived by his wife Danielle; his children Zai and Carter; and three stepchildren: Kylie, Reese (David), and CJ. Glen is also survived by his parents Roger, and Bonnie Cox; and five siblings Roger (Andrea), Allison (Steve), Michael (Tonya), Kris (Danny), and Joline (Ty). He was the favorite uncle to 19 nieces and nephews and 16 great nieces and nephews.

Glen was born in Cody, Wyoming on April 23, 1980, but spent most of his childhood building forts in the deserts of Apple Valley, California. As a freshman in high school Glen’s family moved to Evanston, Wyoming where he developed a love of computer programming, an incredible work ethic, became the family geek squad hero, and gained a poodle. He graduated from Evanston High School in 1998 and promptly served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Roseville, California. Those two years serving the Lord solidified a faith in Christ that was a driving force for the rest of his life. Upon his return, Glen attended the University of Wyoming. During those years in Laramie, Glen met and married his first wife, and became a father to two rascal children, Zai Elizabeth in 2004 and Carter Alan in 2006. He graduated with a computer science degree and promptly moved to Cheyenne Wyoming in 2007 where he has remained ever since. For 16 years, Glen worked for Dish Network and has built strong friendships with many of his coworkers. Glen’s need for stability and his perfectionist personality drove him to be an incredibly hard worker.

In February of 2020, Glen married Danielle Erickson and blended their families to include his two children and her three children. The family got to know one another all too well during the Covid quarantine of 2020.

Glen was a planner and an organizer from the time he was young. He loved others through service and was always there the second you needed him. His large family has countless memories of playing video games and watching every movie he ever loved with him. He was the funniest tease, the biggest kid in every room, the craziest uncle, the first to love on babies, and he was never happier than when he was with his family. His dedications to his kids never wavered and he instilled in them his love of all things sci-fi and space. His quirky personality is unmatched, and its absence will leave a hole in all our lives.

Funeral services for Glen Alan Cox will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (309 Western Hills Blvd) on Thursday, August 31 at 2:00 pm. A viewing will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jerry Miles

Jerry Miles: 1936 – 2023

Jerry Dean Miles passed away in his home on August 20, 2023 at the age of 87.  Jerry graduated from high school in 1954 from Central High in Cheyenne.  He then served in the Navy and later the Merchant Marines and Coast Guard.  He received service medals from China, Korea, and the Cold War, as well as a Bronze Star in Korea, and a Purple Heart. 

He is preceded in death by his longtime companion, JoAnn Chaney.  

Graveside services will be Thursday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. with military honors at Mountain View Memorial Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the VFW or a charity of your choice.

Wendi Lou Muzzy

Wendi Lou Muzzy: 1964 – 2023

Wendi Lou (Prisbrey) Muzzy, beloved mother, daughter, sister, and wife, passed away on August 24, 2023, at her residence. She was 58 years of age.

Born on September 19, 1964, in Granger, Utah, Wendi’s life journey was colored by the warmth of family and the serenity of her upbringing. Her formative years on a small farm in Olathe, Colorado, allowed her to develop a deep connection with nature and a strong sense of the value of hard work; values instilled in her by her father and mother, Jack and Valita Prisbrey. These foundational principles became the cornerstones of Wendi’s remarkable life.

Wendi’s genuine warmth and compassionate nature endeared her to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Wendi possessed an innate ability to connect with people, transcending differences and forging friendships that stood the test of time. Her genuine kindness and unwavering support provided solace in times of joy and challenge alike. From her early years protecting her older sister to her unwavering loyalty in marriage, Wendi’s compassion knew no bounds.

On August 27, 1983, Wendi embarked on a lifelong journey of love and companionship with her high school sweetheart, John Edward Muzzy. Their love led them through the Navy life in San Diego and later across the country, embracing the adventures of his truck driving career.

Beyond her dedication to others, Wendi was an accomplished individual in her own right. She found joy in playing the lottery and scratch tickets, baking, crafts, panning for gold, and sharing her talents and creations with those around her. Her pursuit of excellence and infectious enthusiasm left an indelible mark on her loved ones, inspiring them to reach for their best selves.

Wendi was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Valita Prisbrey; sister, Davida; a niece; two nephews and her grandparents.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband, John Edward Muzzy of Cheyenne, Wyoming; son, J.J. (John Edward Muzzy, Jr.); daughter, Amanda (Bleu) Zamora (both of Colorado Springs, Colorado); sisters, Tammalee (Earl) Keysaw of Riverton, Wyoming, Katrina Snow of Casper, Wyoming, and Jalita (Lawrence) Sanderson of Montrose, Colorado; as well as two brothers, Jason (Candis) Prisbrey of Olathe, Colorado, and Jeremy Prisbrey of Logan, Utah; as well as three grandchildren (Ariella, Jaxson, and Mikey); and fourteen nieces and nephews. She leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and a commitment to making the world a better place.

A memorial service to honor Wendi’s life will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 12-noon, followed by a public service from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her funeral service is scheduled at the Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory in Delta, Colorado, on Saturday, September 2, 2023, 10:00 a.m., with her final resting place in the Olathe Cemetery next to her father and mother.

Wendi Muzzy’s legacy of love and compassion will forever inspire us to make the world a better place, just as she did throughout her remarkable life. In the tapestry of our memories, families are indeed forever.

Casey John Quinlan

Casey John Quinlan: 1962 – 2023

Casey John Quinlan, 61, of Cheyenne, died on August 24, 2023 in Cheyenne.

He was born in San Jose, California.

Casey worked at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center. He was a volunteer for the contracts act committee at CFD for many years, loved hunting, was always there to help anyone who needed it, abd never met a stranger, but his greatest joy was telling jokes.

He is survived by his daughter, Megan Matthews; sisters, Colleen Lee and Margaret “Peggy” Quinlan; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends that were near and dear to his heart.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Quinlan; his father, William “Bill” Quinlan; and his sister, Mary Liz Langley.

Sally Renneisen

Sally Renneisen: 1920 – 2023

After 103 years, 4 months and 14 days, Soledad “Sally” Solera Renneisen was called home surrounded by family.

She touched the lives of many with her wisdom, love, generosity and unwavering strength. She lived a remarkable life.

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica on April 6, 1920. She met the love of her life, Alfred and they moved to the United States. Together they had eight children before his death in 1965.

She was a true force of nature, defying the odds and embracing life with an indomitable spirit. She watched her family grow before her eyes and loved to remind everyone of the legacy that began when two people fell in love. Sally taught us the value of resilience, reminding us that age is just a number and every moment is a gift to be cherished. She will be deeply missed, but her love will forever guide us.

Clyde W. Siltzer

Clyde W. Siltzer: 1937 – 2023

Clyde (Mack) W. Siltzer Jr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on August 23, 2023.  He was 86 years old at the time of his death. Mack leaves a void that will not be filled. He was a handsome and extraordinary man. Mack was born on May, 19, 1937 in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, to Clyde and Carrie Siltzer. While growing up in Wrightsville, Mack was a standout on his high school basketball team, which earned him a full ride college scholarship. Even with that attractive offer, Mack instead wanted to see what the world had to offer beyond the metal foundries of Pennsylvania. So he chose to join the military, serve his country, and make a career in the Air Force. His love of travel began there and did not end.

Mack joined the United States Air Force in 1956 and served faithfully for 32 years.  His first assignment was at Seymore Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Mack had told his mother he was going down south to find a beautiful southern belle that he could marry; and Mack did exactly that.  This is where he met the love of his life, Betty Jane Capps. He saw Betty singing at the USO as one of the entertainers, and immediately fell head over heels in love with her. Mack knew he had to have her in his life. Betty wasn’t that easy to sway, but Mack was tenacious and he chased her until she gave in. He chased her all across North Carolina, following her in ambulances while she worked if he had to; just for a chance to see her. Mack married Betty on November 11, 1960. Their love story lasted for 63 years. During that time they have raised two sons; Randy and Jody, whom Mack loved dearly. Mack was a devoted husband and father who always had time to spend with his family.  Mack also adored his grandchildren, Colby, Evan, Rachel, Julia, and Kate. He truly loved them more than anything.

After meeting and marrying the couple were then stationed at Royal Air Force Base Bentwaters in Suffolk England, where Mack furthered his career and grew to love pheasant hunting and Labrador retrievers.  After a short remote post in Alaska, Mack and Betty moved to Cheyenne, WY where Mack was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base.  Mack would serve at F.E. Warren as a Security Police Supervisor for the rest of his career. He retired in 1988 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank achievable.  Mack then went on to earn his associates degrees in Fire and Public Safety and Psychology from Laramie County Community College. Even after his retirement he did not slow down learning and serving his family and community.

Mack had a passion for cooking and immensely enjoyed barbecuing for his family and friends.  He loved teaching his children and grandchildren his favorite “secret” recipes, especially his world-famous boiled shrimp with peppery cocktail sauce. His other many interests included wildlife preservation, fishing, gardening, fishing, hunting, fishing, golfing, and cruising the local farmer’s markets at the crack of dawn with his family. As well as a real love for fishing. Mack and Betty enjoyed their home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and the many friends they had there. He also loved travelling around the world with Betty and friends. Even though his time in the Air Force had taken him to many of these places already, he was happy to go again with his bride at his side. If Betty wanted to go, so would Mack; after some insistence of course.

Mack was an enthusiastic volunteer with the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for decades, where he served on the Parade Committee and Grounds Committee.  He was later elected into the CFD Heels in recognition for his many years of dedicated service. Mack had memberships in the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, and Trout Unlimited.

As we bid farewell to Mack, and honor the immense impact he had on this world, please join the family for funeral services. These will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at 1:00 at Schrader’s Funeral Home. Internment in the veteran’s section of Beth El Cemetery and a reception also at Schrader’s to follow the service. Mack may not be with us any longer physically, but his spirit continues on in the hearts and memories of the many lives he touched.  

Mack will be remembered as a quiet, kind and generous person with a great sense of humor and a huge love for his family and the natural world. 

Mack was preceded in death by his parents; his two sisters, Sally and Norma; and a grandson, Cale Austin Siltzer.  He is survived by his adoring wife Betty; sons, Randy (Kathy) and Jody (Tina); his brother Michael; brother William; sister Joyce; sister Barbara; and his grandchildren: Colby, Evan, Rachel, Julia, and Kate.

Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming  82001.

Jo P Zunker

Jo P. Zunker: 1940 – 2023

Jo Patricia Zunker passed away at Poudre Valley Hospital after battling Alzheimer’s disease and heart failure. Jo’s two sons were at her bedside when she was called home.

Jo was born on April 23, 1940, in Rochester, Minnesota to Lester H. Rheingans and Mabel A. Rheingans (Herman).

Jo was a P.E. teacher for 36 years, teaching for 31 years in LCSD#1. Jo was an avid reader and loved the Delta Kappa Gamma book sale. Jo also volunteered with the CFD Western Art Show where she oversaw the “bar queens.” Jo will be missed by the “Old Broads” where solutions for all of the world’s troubles could be found.

Jo is survived by her son, Karl and his daughter Mya; and her son, Kurt, his wife, Kasadee, and their daughters, Klaire, Katelynn, Karlee, and Khloee; and sister, Nancy Gammon.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George; dad, Lester (who tragically passed 3 months before Jo was born); mother, Mabel; and stepdad, (who raised Jo as if she was his own daughter) Max Ponto.

Jo’s Vigil for the Deceased will be Thursday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Her Memorial Service will be Friday, September 8, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with a reception to follow at the Kiwanis House, located in Lion’s Park.

In lieu of flowers, please donations to the Old West Museum in honor of Jo.

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