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Obituaries: Armstrong; Bolejack; Chaney; Larramendy; Ojeda; Perry; Priest; Steele; Vredenburg

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Robert "Bobby" Harrison Armstrong Jr.

Robert “Bobby” Harrison Armstrong Jr.: 2005 – 2023

Robert “Bobby” Harrison Armstrong, Jr, son of Robert Harrison Armstrong, Srl, and Julie & Clayton Connell, passed away at home on September 15, 2023.

He is survived by his brothers; sisters; nephews and niece; grandparents; and aunts and uncles. Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please send either plants or donate to Grace for 2 Brothers for suicide awareness.


Wanda Bolejack

Wanda Bolejack: 1933 – 2023

Wanda Louise Bolejack (Graham) was born in Labbett County, Kansas, November 26, 1933. She was the oldest of 17 children. Wanda was the valedictorian of her high school in Steele City, Nebraska. After graduation, she became a schoolteacher before going to Cosmetology school. After receiving her degree, she opened her own salon and worked as a beautician and later as an instructor in Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming.

She married Albert Bolejack on Jan 26,1953. Together they had four boys: Wayne, Delbert, Bryan, and Kevin. She moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in the early 1990’s, where she became a senior regent for the Moose Lodge and loved to go dancing and listen to music any chance she got. She enjoyed camping, horses and the great outdoors but more than anything she loved her family and friends. Amongst her other great talents, she played the piano, the organ, and she loved to sing.

She is survived by her three sons, Wayne, Bryan and Kevin; eight siblings, Lavonne Hooper, Kathy Davis, Cindy Fuller, Diane Graham, Bob Graham, Dennis Graham, Daryl Graham, and Sam Graham. She was blessed with 22 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Bolejack; her parents, Chester and Phillis Graham; two brothers, Cecile and Keith Graham; as well as 6 other little angels in heaven, her son Delbert Bolejack, three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, 10:00 a.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.


Harold D. Chaney

Harold D. Chaney: 1942 – 2023

Harold D. Chaney, 81, of Cheyenne, passed at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 5, 1942, in Cleburne, Texas to John and Truo Chaney. He spent most of his life enjoying the sunshine in Southern California. He proudly served his country as a Marine. Harold was passionate about his family. Spending time together laughing, playing games, or working on projects with his boys. He enjoyed looking at older model cars and model trains. He loved listening to music from the 50’s and 60’s.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Sharon; his three boys: Ron and his wife Jan, Dean and his wife Lynette, and Burt and his wife Raelene; along with his five grandchildren and two great granddaughters: Jayna, Hannah, Matthew, Jaime, Karl, Emersyn, and Lydia. Harold is also survived by his brother John and sister Garnett.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family service.


Helen Marie Jansen Larramendy

Helen Marie Jansen Larramendy: 1941 – 2023

Born on March 29, 1941 to Joseph and Marie (Propp) Jansen in Casper Wyoming, Helen grew up in an age of hard work, frugality, and strong family ties.  She attended St. Anthony Parochial School and NCHS, graduating with the class of 1959. 

After moving to Seattle, Washington, she received a BA from University of Washington. She was a longtime executive assistant for Seattle philanthropist, Samuel Stroum and family.  She loved Seattle and took great pride in showing visitors all it had to offer.  She hosted visits from her Colorado and California family, and made trips to Colorado and Wyoming for birthdays and reunions. Visits with family always included walks, cooking, laughing, and playing family games.  She was an avid reader and collector of books and art, a trusted friend, a follower of rules, and world traveler.

She passed away on June 7, 2023 at the age of 82.She is survived by daughter, Michaelanne Land (Marvin) Seattle; grandson, Michael Land, Washington D.C.; and sisters, Roberta Hoppe, Casper, Wyoming, and Dorothy Brock (Jim) Thornton, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Mike Larramendy; and beloved Schnoodle, Joey.

A stone was placed in her memory at the Freeland Cemetery, as was her wish. We miss her.


Louie Ojeda

Louie Ojeda: 1927 – 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Louis “Louie” Ojeda, a beloved father, brother, grandfather, great grand-father and friend. After 96 years, Louie went home to be with our lord and savior, and to be reunited with his beloved “Bea” on September 16, 2023. Born June 27, 1927 in Salamanca, Mexico, he lived a long and humble life, filling ours with immeasurable love and a lifetime of memories. 

In 1929, Louie came to the United States with his parents Pedro & Sabina and sister Josie. He married the love of his life, Mary Beatrice Ojeda on April 14, 1958. For 17 years Louie worked for the C&S Railway as a fireman/hostler on locomotive steam engines, and was a baseball player for MAC (The Mexican Athletic Club). After steam engines became obsolete, Louie went on to be an auto-mechanic for the remainder of his career and raised 3 children with Bea by his side. Throughout his life he was always in his garage building things; whether it be bird houses, planter boxes, windmills, or helping the grandkids with school projects. He was very talented with his hands and wood working, a hobby that always kept him busy. Louie prided himself in having a beautiful yard, with green grass and beautiful flowers. He thoroughly enjoyed sitting in his lawn chair and hand watering his lawn, a hobby he did just days before his passing.

While his generosity and selflessness were apparent, he truly possessed an unwavering commitment to his family, lending a hand, shoulder, or ear wherever it was needed most. Starting from the oldest grandchild to the youngest; Louie never missed a day picking up one (or all) of the girls from school, and never hesitated to give all of himself to his family; never saying no, and always being present for whoever needed him. Our sweet Grandpa attended every single sporting event, baptism, communion, family dinner, holiday get-together, or party. Whatever the occasion, he was present. He was the one constant in all of our lives, always making being present his priority. Louie truly cherished his roles as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He radiated love, commitment, and loyalty. He was a faithful man of God, attending church every Sunday with his oldest son, Richard.  

Bea was the love of his life, whose passing in 2005 left him heartbroken. Grandma Bea & Grandpa Louie would always host the most elaborate Christmas lights display, and have the entire family together on Christmas Eve. After Bea’s passing, putting his own sorrow aside, he continued with the tradition of having the entire family together at his house; a gesture he surely carried on for Bea and for his family. His dedication to family was his driving force to continue on for 18 more years after Bea’s passing.

Louie will be remembered not only for his selflessness but also for the profound impact he had on everyone he encountered. His gentle demeanor resonated deeply with anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, yet he was stubborn as a bull! He possessed a rare ability to sympathize without having to say a word, connect, and inspire, effortlessly leaving a lasting impression on our hearts.

Louie is survived by his sons, Richard & Steven; siblings: Jimmy, Paul, & Rachel; granddaughters: Krista, Ciarra, Rhiannon, Taylor, Desirae, Jordyn, Peyton; grandsons: David, Derek, and Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Sophia; daughters-in-lawL Monique, Lisa, & Lavelle.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro & Sabina Ojeda; first wife, Helen Ojeda; wife, Mary “Bea” Ojeda; siblings: Robert, Josephine and Ramona; son, Anthony Ojeda; grandson, Isaac Ojeda; great-grandson, Silas Ojeda.

Though his physical presence may no longer grace our lives, we know that his spirit will forever live on in our memories.  We will share those stories of his remarkable life, for years to come. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary soul, let us carry forward the lessons he taught us about family, love, loyalty and being present.

In honor of Louie’s remarkable 96 years of life, we celebrate the legacy he leaves behind. May his life continue to inspire all those that he touched, and may his acts of kindness echo through the ages. Louie, you have fulfilled your role here, taking care of all of us, and you have taught us well. Now, rest peacefully alongside our loved ones.

A catholic service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m., September 22, 2023 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with a reception to follow. Details provided at the service. We invite all who knew and loved Louie to join us in celebrating his life.


Carl Perry

Carl Perry: 1954 – 2023

Carl H. Perry, 69, passed away on September 19, 2023, after a long battle with heart disease.
He was born on March 25, 1954, to Harold C. “Bill” and Margaret Perry in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Carl graduated from East High School in 1972. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in
the Air National Guard. After completing boot-camp and MOS classes for “parachute-rigger”, he
came back to Cheyenne on leave, and led a hiking group up in Vedauwoo, only to get caught in
a thunderstorm. While checking if the granite was dry enough to hike back down, he slipped and
is one of the few people to have successfully logged a 483 ft. free-fall, (ironically) without a
parachute. Which also ended his military career early.

After getting patched up, he worked across the country as a cook and engineer until 1978. It
was then that with his sister Michele Christenson and brother Clint Perry, they started Canyon
Chapel Ministries at San Miguel Ranch, in Norwood, CO (near Telluride). Where he lived -on
and off- and thrived as a jack-of-all-trades; Head Chef – of their restaurant, Volunteer Paramedic
and ambulance driver, Chief Facilities Engineer, Hunting Guide, general contractor, and as a
computer repair and IT technician.

On February 14, 2014, Carl married his high school sweetheart, Connie Irwin Perry, after they
had a 42 year pause in their relationship. Picking up right where they left off, thick as thieves,
and were inseparable upon their reunion. She brought him back home to Cheyenne with her
wiles.

Carl is preceded in passing by his parents, Bill & Margaret; older sister, Shauna; and older
Brother, Clint.

He is survived by his sister, Michele; wife Connie; son, Bill and (Donna); daughter,
Julia and (Leo); and stepsons David and Brian Hondel. He also has two grandsons and a
granddaughter and numerous extended family members.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23r 2023, at The Gathering Place, across the street from Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It will be a carry-in/covered-dish lunch.


John Allen Priest

John Allen Priest: 1932 – 2023

Master Sergeant John Allen Priest (Ret.) passed away at age 91 on September 11, 2023. He was born on May 31, 1932 to Vincent and Oda Priest in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

In 1951 John joined the U.S. Air Force where he proudly served for twenty four years.John married Ruth Eloise Williams on February 9, 1952. They were married for 71 years and were blessed with four beautiful children: Susie, Mike, Laurie, and Kelly.

John’s career in the USAF took the family all over the world where he served in seven states and 11 countries.

After retiring in 1974, John worked for Larimer County and subsequently for Platte River Power, wherein he touched many through his powerful gifts of conversation and humor.

John was a talented woodworker and he built many beautiful pieces for his family. He was also a voracious reader, a Broncos and Corn Huskers fan, an avid tomato grower, and was known for his insatiable sweet tooth.

Above all, John was loving, generous, and kind. He is survived by his wife Eloise, four children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and innumerable friends who will miss him tremendously.

John’s funeral will be held at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church 1900 S Taft Hill Rd. Fort Collins at 10am on Saturday, September 23. Inurnment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, with full Military Honors by the F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY.

Memorials may be made in John’s name to Tunnel to Towers, online at www.t2t.org


Shirley Ann Steele

Shirley Ann Steele: 1936 – 2023

Shirley Ann (Vader) Steele, 87, of Cheyenne, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 23, 1936, on a farm north of Mankato, Kansas, to Lewis Jakey Vader and Ernestine June (Lyons) Vader.

Shirley enjoyed crafts, sewing, plastic canvas, crocheting, and knitting. Shirley also enjoyed water aerobics and bowling. Shirley’s most treasured occupation was her life spent as a homemaker and raising her children.

Shirley is survived by her children: Keith (Jeannie) Steele, Leah (Mike) McKnight, Carmen (Ed Maitner) Milbury, Gary (Vickie) Steele, and Larry (JoEllen) Steele. Shirley has 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She also survived by her sister, Clarabelle; brother Harlow; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harold Steele; her parents, Jake and Earnestine Vader; brother Jerry Vader; and sister, Jaci Whelchel.

Viewing will take place Friday, September 22, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Wiederspahn Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes located at 1900 E. 19th Street, Cheyenne.

The services will be a 9:30 a.m., September 23, 2023. The services will be streamed live on www.wrcfuneral.com.


Christine Judith Vredenburg

Christine Judith Vredenburg: 1967 – 2023

Christine Judith Vredenburg was welcomed into her eternal home on September 6, 2023.
Christine was born on May 11, 1967 to Theodore Charles and Maria Martha Vredenburg in
Long Beach, California. She was the third of four children. Her family gave her the nickname “Beanie” as
she was tall and thin like a string bean. As she grew, she became extremely fond of horses
and eventually, owned and trained two of her own, Gypsy and Nutmeg. She spent hours in the
corral practicing dressage.

Christine graduated from Seton Catholic High in 1986 and went on to receive her Associates in
Horse Management from LCCC. She pursued various interests to include running the stables
for a Girl Scout Camp in Southern California and attending modeling school in Denver,
Colorado. Eventually, Christine went on to achieve her Bachelors degree in Administration of
Justice with a minor in Latin. She worked briefly for a law office, as well as the District Court
Office in Cheyenne.

Christine gave birth to her son, Nathaniel Vredenburg on July 24, 1999. She was a gentle,
caring mother who devoted herself to his Catholic upbringing and education.

Christine was artistic, graceful, shy at times, comedic, and most importantly prayerful. She was
generous to those in need. Christine was a member of St Mary’s Church and considered
herself a devout Catholic.

Christine spent the last years of her life, assisting her son as he graduated from UW. Her
journey, while not without suffering, was never without hope. She will always be remembered for
her devotion to her son, her dedication to her faith, and her love of animals (Desmond, the
family cat will miss her).

Christine is preceded in death by her father, Theodore C. Vredenburg and sister in law, Lyn
Vredenburg. She is survived by her mother, Maria M Vredenburg; her son, Nathaniel C
Vredenburg; her brothers, Ted (Cara) Vredenburg and Dan Vredenburg; her sister, Marianne
(James) Leas; her nieces and nephews; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Vigil for the Deceased will be Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.
Funeral Liturgy will be Friday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral.


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