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Obituaries: Acton, Sr.; Clark; Dudley; Huckfeldt

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David 'Dave' Acton, Sr.

David “Dave” Acton, Sr.: 1942 – 2023

Dave Acton, Sr., 81, peacefully rode off into the sunset surrounded by family on August 27, 2023, at Davis Hospice, Cheyenne Wyoming.

He was born March 11, 1942, to Roy P. and Ethel A. (Smart) Acton in Nodaway, Iowa.
Dave’s family moved to Cheyenne when he was two years old. He grew up in Cheyenne, competed in rough stock rodeo events until he graduated Cheyenne High in 1960. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves, worked at Cheyenne lumber yards, and worked in construction prior to joining the Cheyenne Fire Department. He served the community for 29 years, retiring in 2000.

Dave loved rodeo and the western way of life, including meeting his wife at Cheyenne Frontier Days. He and the family continued to compete in local rodeos, hauling kids to Little Britches, Youth, HS rodeos and jackpots. He enjoyed team roping with the kids and friends and helped gather cattle on local ranches.

Dave also volunteered at Cheyenne Frontier Days for over 30 years. He was a member of the Heels since 1983, served as the Rodeo (Contestants) Chairman 1992-1994, and served as an officer of the Buckle Club.

After retiring from the Fire Department, Dave enjoyed playing golf, dancing, fishing, metal art, making hunting knives, stained glass, and spending time with the family and friends. He became a NASCAR fan, going to races with the kids in Las Vegas and Phoenix; even did a “ride along” in one of the Richard Petty Cars.

He is survived by his wife, Avis (Houston) of 57 years; son, David (Kara) Acton Jr. of Burns; daughter, Kimm (Kevin) Brookshire of Cheyenne; brother, Jim (Jeannie) Acton of Burns; sister, Patsy (Jim) Roehr of Cheyenne; sister-in-Law, Cheryl Houston of Aurora, Colorado; three grandchildren: Anthony, Addison and Gracie Acton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimer’s Foundation or Davis Hospice-Cheyenne.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Buckle Club September 9, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be a short service, family presentation and video, followed by fellowship with food and refreshments.

David Allen Clark

David Allen Clark: 1964 – 2023

David Clark, 59, of Cheyenne, passed on August 26, 2023, at University of Colorado Anschutz Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Dave had battled type 1 diabetes since the age of three

He was born on February 26, 1964, to Bernice (Klements) & Forrest Clark in Pheonix, Arizona. Dave lived most of his life in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was a part of the graduating class of 1982 at East High School.

After high school, Dave went to Colorado State University with an interest in microbiology and genetics. Eventually, he transferred to Laramie County Community College and graduated from the x-ray technician program. He worked as an x-ray tech for many years at the hospitals in Cheyenne; this was also where he met his late wife Rene (DeHerrera) Clark who was a nurse. He also worked in a Greeley clinic as well. Dave had a passion for taking care of others, he always said it was his life purpose.

Due to Dave’s diabetes, he had to stop his passion being an x-ray tech because of kidney failure. Thankfully, he received a kidney donor, and he went back to work at the State of Wyoming. He had worked there a handful of years, helped and met many people there before having to retire due to medical reasons.

Dave had a passion for athletics and coaching, especially softball and baseball. He had coached his children and many athletes over the years. He loved seeing the growth of skill and confidence in his athletes. Fundamentals was his favorite to focus on. As his children grew up, he would go to their adult softball games and tournaments, either cheering them on from the stands or being a base coach on the field. Outside of coaching, he also played in various softball and volleyball leagues with friends and hospital coworkers.

If you didn’t see Dave at the ball fields, you could see him attending mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, volunteering at St. Mary’s Catholic school, walking around car shows, browsing antique shops, going to or watching Rockies games, visiting Poudre Canyon, enjoying poker nights, or jamming to Rock & Roll music somewhere. He loved human connections and could make friends and conversations anywhere he went. His family, children, and grandchildren meant so much to him; they enjoyed having family nights often.

Dave is survived by his children: Michelle Clark (Chris Rivera), Nicholas Clark (Cedes Clark); step-daughter, Bridget Garcia (Chuck); sister, Cindy Lamblin (Bret); brother, Phil Clark (Anita); grandchildren, Dominick, Mariana, Ryker; in-laws, Abe & Roberta DeHerrera; sister-in-law, Brenda Bundy (Dennis), Natalie Fry (Bob), Beverly DeHerrera (Jay Otto), Alison Hayden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rene Clark; mother, Bernice Clark; father, Forrest Clark.

Vigil for the deceased will be Tuesday, September 5, 5:30 p.m., at Wiederspahn Radomsky Chapel of Chimes.

Funeral Liturgy will be Wednesday, September 6, 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. To honor Dave, please wear Rock & Roll shirts, softball/baseball jerseys/shirts, hot rod/car shirts, or medical scrubs.

Joyce Joann Dudley

Joyce Joann Dudley: 1934 – 2023

Joyce Joann Dudley, born to Robert and Lena Dudley, on January 6, 1934, in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2023, in Cheyenne. Surrounded by her loving family during her final moments, Joyce’s departure here brought here into the presence of her Lord and Savior.

One of her proudest accomplishments was owning her own beauty shop in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Through her skills and dedication, she not only enhanced the outer beauty of her clients but also uplifted their spirits and fostered self-confidence.

Joyce leaves behind a void in the lives of her daughter, Debi Smith; her son Gary Jenkins; and her grand- and great-grandchildren.

With a heart full of gratitude for every precious moment shared with Joyce Joann Dudley, let us take comfort in knowing that she is now at peace. Though we mourn the loss of such an incredible woman, may we also celebrate the beautiful life she lived and honor the everlasting impact she made on our hearts.

A service is being planned for the beginning of November, with details to come soon.

Lois Huckfeldt

Lois Huckfeldt: 1942 – 2023

Lois was born in Denver, Colorado in 1942, the third child of six to Clarence “Casey” & Wilma “Billie” Dryer.  The oldest girl in a large family, she was a caregiver from an early age for her younger siblings and Grandmother.  She is survived by her loving husband, Carl; and her five children: Richard Dean, Robert, John, Peggy & David.  She is also survived by her sister, Mary Parker and her brother, Joseph Dryer; as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lois met Carl when she was 17 while working at the local drive-in movie theater.  He had recently finished his tour of duty in the Air Force and had settled in Colorado.  Their romance ignited quickly and within a year they were married and had their first child, Richard Dean.  Four more children would follow over the next 11 years.  Carl worked as a truck driver while Lois made a home & cared for the children.  In addition to keeping a home, she worked to help bring income to the family. She held multiple jobs during her working years, providing an in-home day care, house cleaner, plastics production company, Yellow Front retail, Target, doctors office, Tel-electronics, and a fireplace supply company, doing general bookkeeping and office management work.

She loved cooking for the family & hosting gatherings.  She could feed an army and usually did, often looking up from the supper table to find kids, not her own, but she fed them just the same.  Even with 5 kids at home, she would take in every stray animal someone brought to her with little protest.  She was a pet lover and shared her home with Lady, Middie, Willie, and countless others, including her darling Cupcake who she leaves in Carl’s loving care.

She and Carl began their marriage in the southern part of Denver, before moving to Brighton in the mid 80’s.  She and Carl raised their kids with a healthy mix of love and discipline.  She would often beam with pride saying, “I raised all my kids to be excellent mothers… even my boys”.  She was a fiercely protective Mama Bear when anyone accused “The Huckfeldt Kids” of wrongdoing.  But she was an equally fierce disciplinarian if she found out the accusations were true.  She was quick with a hug or a swat on the behind, whichever the situation called for.  Her children and grandchildren were her biggest source of pride.  Her five kids gave her 13 grandkids and 21 great grandkids so far with three more on the way.  She was a loving and caring mother, counselor, and best friend. She loved them all and kept tabs on everyone, whether they knew it or not. Her memory and recall were fantastic.  Even when the rest of us had problems remembering names and dates, she could do so with ease. She was the connecting thread of the family keeping all informed of each other’s business.

Despite having five kids in a three-bedroom home, she was a stickler for keeping everything and everyone clean and presentable.   She loved to rearrange furniture and decorate. She had an eye for design and loved to express her creativity through painting, sewing and crafts.

When the kids were little, they would often camp in the Rocky Mountain National Forest.  No electrical or water hook ups, just nature in all its glory.  They would load the family into the van & small Pop-Up camper.  The kids would sleep under the stars in sleeping bags, while she and Carl slept inside. Family lore tells of one such camping trip when a “big cat” was heard curiously sniffing and walking around the kids as they slept soundly under the fold-out bed of the camper. She and Carl quietly listened to the footsteps and heavy breaths of the animal with a gun cocked and ready if the animal’s curiosity should turn harmful.  The cat moved on and the kids slept unknowing.  She would proudly boast that they “raised sound sleepers and tough kids.” 

Lois’s luck is legendary.  She loved “going up the hill” to Blackhawk with Carl.  Her favorite was the penny slots and on more than one occasion she would find a penny and stick it in a nearby slot and win big.  Lucky Lady!

In 1995, after all the kids were out of the house, they retired to Pine Bluff, Wyoming where they’ve lived for 27 years in a small, picturesque town nestled against the big bluff overlooking the expansive prairie.

There are very few stories of Lois which don’t include Carl. They’ve been a match set for 62 years, much to the dismay of some, who thought they rushed into marriage too young.  At a recent family wedding the DJ invited all married couples to the dance floor and quickly excused them in order, starting with the most recently married.  Carl and Lois were the last remaining dancers beaming at each other as the onlookers, most of whom were their decedents, cheered them on.

Though she is gone, she is in each of us as living legacies of a life well lived.

Lois will be interred at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.  Services will be scheduled at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to:

Carl Huckfeldt

PO Box 105

Pine Bluff, WY 82082

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