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Obituaries: Hitt; Watson; Comin; Fiegel; Winters; Nelson; Evans; McKelvey; Spangler; Perala; Tafoya; Loveridge; Horton

James Edward Hitt

James Edward Hitt: 1968 – 2023

James Edward Hitt, affectionately known as Ed, was born on Sept. 6, 1968, in Battle Mountain, Nevada. He was the beloved son of Dan and Jeanette Hitt, and a brother to his sister Jodie. Ed’s journey through life was filled with adventure, love, and a deep passion for the things he held dear.

His devotion to family was unwavering, and he was a loving father to his son, Corey Hitt, and his daughters, Kaila Frye and Dani Hitt. Ed’s pride and joy were his grandchildren: Zailey, Madi, Braylynn, Riot, Kaid, and Kyvin, who brought immense joy and laughter into his life.

Ed possessed an incredible talent for mechanics. Known for his ability to fix cars with an expertise that was truly remarkable, his hands seem to possess a magic touch. He could diagnose and repair just about any automotive problem with ease, but more importantly, Ed was known as a mechanic you could trust. Friends and family often turned to him for assistance, knowing that he could work wonders under the hood of a vehicle.

Ed loved the great outdoors. When friends and family remember Ed, they likely think of countless times spent together camping or on a boat at Keyhole. Ed’s love for Keyhole and the Pine Haven area was so great that he and his family built a cabin for all to gather. Ed ultimately made the cabin his permanent home for the last seven years. He also enjoyed ATVing in his side-by-side in South Dakota, annual trips with the crew to “hunting” camp,  and spending the day at the beach.

Ed had a passion for cooking, particularly when it came to smoking meat and experimenting with new recipes. His particular style was culinarily adventurous: he never met a food he wouldn’t put on the smoker, and he was likely to throw an extra ingredient or two in there. His recipes were never quite the same twice. His fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants approach naturally resulted in a few mishaps, but most of the time, it was damn good. His gatherings were always filled with laughter, delicious flavors, and cherished memories.

Ed’s warm smile and welcoming presence made him a true friend to all who knew him. He was hardworking, generous, forgiving, and caring. His kind heart and willingness to lend a helping hand endeared him to many, leaving a lasting impact on their lives.

Ed left this world on Oct. 8, 2023, after his MDS progressed to acute myeloid leukemia, leaving behind a void that can never be filled. His memory will be forever cherished by his family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of sharing in his adventures and the warmth of his love.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at the Community Rooms at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 14, 2023. Please join us in honoring his memory, sharing stories, and of course, eating some delicious food.

The family requests that you honor Ed’s love of Aloha shirts by wearing Hawaiian style clothing. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Melvin Watson

Melvin Watson: 1940 – 2023

Melvin (Mel) Carl Watson, 83, passed away peacefully at Cottonwood Creek surrounded by his loving wife and family. Mel battled Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s for many years.

Mel was born July 31,1940, in Greeley, Colorado, to Carl and Helen Watson. Mel was drafted to the U.S. Army right out of high school, where he served in the Korean War. After the Army, he returned to his hometown of Milliken, Colorado, working as a bus driver for the school district. In 1968, he started a long career driving for Greyhound bus lines. He retired from Greyhound in 2004. He began another career working for Laramie County School District 1 as a school bus driver and head custodian for Hobbs Elementary. After retirement from the school district, he went to work for the City of Cheyenne street and Alley Department as their tool man. He loved his time there.

Mel made many friends throughout his wonderful life. He was a very caring and sweet man and would do anything to help anyone who needed it.

Mel was able to travel and enjoy many places before his Parkinson’s no longer allowed it. Mel will be missed by so many, especially his wife and family who loved him dearly.

Thank you to all the CNAs and nurses who took wonderful care of him throughout the last few years and through till the end.

Mel is survived by his loving wife, Laura who after 46 years of marriage will miss him deeply. He is also survived by his daughters, Sherri Schlabs (Mike), Christie Yurek (Wayne) and Terrie Schnitzer; one grandson, Derek Barker; five granddaughters, Kendra Yurek, Nicole Quigley, Logan Yurek, Chelsie Schlabs, Micayla Dodson; one great-granddaughter, Shaylyn Juarez; and three great-grandsons, Gaberiel Yurek, Tristian Barker, Stetson Quigley.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Watson; and his brother, John David Watson.
Per his wishes, Mel will be cremated. There will be a memorial service at First Christian Church, 219 W. 27th St., Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001 on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow at the church. There will be a private family placing of the urn.

The service will be live streamed by the church at the following address for those unable to attend the service in person. Web address: https://youtube.com/@firstchristianchurchcheyen114?si=h316TpWFK3PhkbWo

Thea Faye Comin

Thea Faye Comin: 1931 – 2023

Thea Comin (Randolph) passed away on Oct. 7. Thea was born April 28, 1931, in Auburn, Iowa, but spent most of her childhood in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

One of five children, Thea grew up attending St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cheyenne and attended Cheyenne High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Herb Comin, in 1949 and they made Laramie their home for 40 years before moving to a warmer climate in Torrington where they owned JS Carwash.

There they owned for 25 years before moving back to Cheyenne to be closer to family.

Thea joins Herb, her brothers and sisters, her grandson Trey, and many friends and family in heaven.

She is survived by her two daughters, Cathy Bowman (Kim) and Cheryl Schwartz (Jim), her granddaughters Desiree Garcia (Joe) and Amber Holen, her grandson Bo Bowman and a number of great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Thea loved football and was a life-long Broncos devotee until the Buffalo Bills drafted Josh Allen and she became a devoted member of Bills Mafia. She also loved the Wyoming Cowboys, Judge Judy, Lay’s Potato Chips, Spice Drops candy, and laughing with the people she loved.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Cheyenne.

Norman C. Fiegel

Norman C. Fiegel: 1939 – 2023

Norman C. Fiegel, 84, of Cheyenne, passed at Cheyenne Life Care, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 12, 1939, in Omro, Wisconsin, to Lester and Jessie (Fisher) Fiegel.

He grew up in Omro and graduated from Omro High School in 1957. Soon after graduating he joined the United States Air Force and proudly served four years. During this time Norman started his family having sons, William Norman, Jr., and Chris. All of them have served in the military as well.

Norman met his loving wife, Shirley, and married her in 1989. And they joined families giving Norman and herself stepchildren. Norman loved to hunt, fish and camp, they as a family did that very regularly.

After the Air Force he owned a service station in Ft. Collins building his mechanic skills. Eventually working and retiring from the Nebraska Department of Roads after 25 years.

Survived by his wife, Shirley; children, William, Norman, Jr., and Chris; stepchild, Michael Lovato; sister Marilyn; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Debbie Lovato; brothers, Lowell and Leroy; sister, Eleanor Kujarua.

Service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, in Miracle Valley Church. Burial to follow the service at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

Bruce Winters

Bruce Winters: 1960 – 2023

Bruce Winters passed into the heavenly realm on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, two days before his 63rd birthday. He was 62 years of age.

Bruce loved the outdoors and spent most of his life there. He loved camping and fishing. He had many trades and was a natural at all of them. He worked as a carpenter, home insulation and roofing. He was kind and never turned away from anyone in need. He would give his last dime to help someone else and go without.

Bruce was born in California on Oct. 6, 1960. He was a very simple man and enjoyed simple things. He loved to laugh and just relax with people.

He is survived by four daughters, Melissa Flowers, Melinda Paris, Tiffany Winters, and Jasmine Winters, and his step daughter, Stephanie Beckham, two brothers, Monte Davis and Fred McLemore, and one sister, Mary Davis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Renee Winters, son, Bryan Winters, mother, Mary Turner, father , William Winters, and step son, Chris Williams.

Bruce will be dearly missed by those who knew him. He will be laid to rest with his mother in Perry, Oklahoma at Grace Hill Cemetery. A small family and friends union will be made at time of burial.

Cody Keith Nelson

Cody Nelson: 1980 – 2023

Cody Keith Nelson was born on Oct. 30, 1980, in Kimball, Nebraska. He passed away in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Oct. 2, 2023.

After he was born, he moved back to the Nelson Ranch with his parents Charles and Janice Nelson where Cody and his sister Jodi stayed until 1989 when they moved to Cheyenne. He went to Gilchrist Elementary and McCormick Junior High before he moved on to graduate from Central High School in 1999. He then proceeded to get his certification as a motorcycle technician from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix Arizona in 2001 with top tech honors.

His love for motorcycles was undeniable and went on to become a Master Technician. He loved to work on them and go cruising with his friends.

Growing up, he had a passion for skateboarding and was even featured in Thrasher magazine. He played baseball and wrestled throughout high school, enjoyed hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding and woodworking in the shop. He started his career at Maverick Cycles working and rebuilding motorcycles before he moved on to Thunder Mountain to do the same. After many years of do that, he decided to make a career change to construction starting at Knife River and most recently at Vaughn Concrete.

In 2015, his life forever changed with the birth of his daughter, Audrina, who was the light of his eye and center of his whole world. They would go to the arcades together, collect and paint rocks, ride bicycles, go fishing and stay home just hanging out with each other.

Cody is preceded in death by his grandparents, Keith and Fern Nelson and Galen White; father, Charles Nelson; cousin, Pamela Nelson; and nephew, Branden Butner.

He is survived by his Wife, Karla; daughter, Audrina; mother, Janice Nelson; siblings, Jodi, Christopher and Michael (Jenny); grandmother, Carol White, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cody was dearly loved and will be truly missed by family and friends.

Dr. Kayleen “Kate” Evans

Dr. Kayleen “Kate” A. Evans: 1954 – 2023

Cheyenne native Dr. Kayleen “Kate” Evans passed away Oct. 1, 2023. A memorial service will be held Oct. 13, 2023.

Kate was born Aug. 2, 1954, to Tom and Jody “JoAnn” Evans in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The family moved to Burkburnett, Texas, where Kate graduated from high school in 1972. She later attended college at the University of Wyoming, obtaining a bachelor of science in biology. She continued her studies in graduate programs at the University of Wyoming, Ohio State, and the Canary Islands where she conducted research in biology and botany. Later, she completed a doctorate of medicine in the Dominican Republic and earned a Fellow in Infectious Diseases from the University of Missouri Columbia in 1991.

She worked for many years as a doctor specializing in infectious diseases and women’s health prior to returning to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 2000 where she worked at Internal Medicine Group prior to joining the Cheyenne Veteran’s Administration Hospital in 2001, where she retired from in 2020.

Kate was involved in a multitude of programs caring for veterans including the nursing home and community living center, infectious diseases, wound care, liver clinic, spinal cord injury, and palliative care and hospice.

She was an avid traveler and was able to visit many places where she enjoyed viewing wildlife and wild areas. She most recently visited polar bears in Manitoba, Canada. Kate loved bird watching, caring for her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, baking delicious bread, and visiting family and friends.

She was an avid reader and talented knitter and each one of the sweaters, mittens, hats, and scarves she made for her family members and friends will be cherished even more. Animals were an important part of her life and many dogs, stray cats, and the occasional rabbit benefited from her care. Kate cared deeply for her patients, friends, and family.

Her kindness and generosity have made the world a better place for many and she is greatly missed.

Survivors include her brother Michael and wife Joyce Evans of Fort Laramie, Wyoming, brother Patrick and wife Patsy Evans of Pocatello, Idaho, cousin David Crisler and wife Marti Irish of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, cousin Janet and husband Bob Dare of Colorado Springs, Colorado, cousin Sandy and husband Chuck Baxter of Mesa, Arizona, and aunt Shirley Crisler of Mesa, Arizona, three nieces and a nephew, and many great-nieces and nephews.

Patricia McKelvey

Patricia (Lorher) McKelvey: 1936 – 2023

Patricia McKelvey, of Cheyenne, passed at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, with family by her side as she gained her wings. She was born on Sept. 25, 1936, in Douglas, Wyoming, to Joseph and Agnes Lorher.

Patricia worked passionately for Laramie County School District 1 and loved spending time with family and friends, as well as being a 4-H leader for many years. She also was the Chairperson for the Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium and Celebration.

She is survived by her daughters, Jane Prysock and Susan Braden; grandchildren, Jamie Prysock, Joel Bliss, and Kristeen Nagle; great-grandchildren, Kallianne Bliss, Arianna Bliss, Zan Bliss, McKenzie Nagle, and Avery Nagle; siblings, Ted Lohrer, Lad (Edward) Lohrer, and Ruth Fulton; as well as many cousins across the U.S.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Agnes Lohrer; son, Brian McKelvey; husband, Jack McKelvey; brothers, Jerry and Thomas Lorhre; sisters, Joanne Lohrer, Mayree Lohrer, Helen Featherstone, and Linda Melton.

Patricia’s remembrance ceremony will be held in June 2024 in Douglas, Wyoming.

In lieu of sending flowers or food, the family respectfully asks that those who wish to pay respects to Patricia please donate to The Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Bobby Ray Spangler

Bobby Ray Spangler: 1957 – 2023

Bobby Ray Spangler, known to his loved ones as Bob, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2023, at the Lifecare Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was born on Feb. 18, 1957, in Cheyenne and spent his life making lasting memories with his family and friends.

Bob embarked on a career that spanned across various fields. He initially worked at the family-owned Spangler Service Station in Joyce, Louisiana, before moving on to Ripp Griffin in Moriarty, New Mexico. Eventually, he settled in LaGrange, Wyoming, where he worked for Ellis Kessler as a mechanic and handyman. Bob’s dedication to his craft led him to Walmart in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

While Bob had an illustrious career, he truly excelled at being a loving presence in the lives of those around him. His vibrant personality touched all who knew him. Always armed with an incredible sense of humor, Bob had a legendary ability to make people laugh. He would play pranks on everyone and enjoyed sneaking up behind others to give them a fright by snorting loudly.

When it came to hobbies and interests, Bob had many diverse passions. He relished solving puzzles and playing dominos. The call of the wild beckoned him to spend time hunting and fishing amidst nature’s beauty. Camping was another activity that allowed him to connect with his adventurous spirit. On quieter days, he found solace in playing solitaire or indulging in computer games. Bob also possessed a talent for playing pool and enjoyed watching westerns that transported him back to yesteryears. Rain or shine, he could often be found strolling around outdoors.

Bob’s educational journey included graduating from Winnfield High School in Louisiana. He further honed his skills at Trade school where he studied mechanics — an area that would become his professional calling.

Amongst all of Bob’s accomplishments, none made him prouder than marrying the love of his life, Delores (Dee). He cherished their bond and appreciated how they found their way to each other after waiting patiently. Bob formed a special relationship with Dee’s daughter, Nicole, whom he adored dearly. She was his angel, and he was immensely proud of her. Furthermore, Bob held a deep appreciation for Nicole’s caring nature towards him and her mother.

Bob is survived by his mother Doris Spangler, sister Donna Heinz, nieces Dee Gwin and Tina Erickson, numerous relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Delores Spangler, father Andrew Spangler and brother Rick Spangler.

In addition to his immediate family, Bob touched the lives of many others who will forever miss him. His niece Dee Gwin and Tina Erickson held a special place in his heart. Numerous relatives and friends have been lucky enough to share in the joy that Bob brought into their lives.

Bob had an enormous heart and lived life to its fullest extent. He possessed a giving spirit and was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. His charismatic personality and numerous words often carried one particular phrase: “WHATEVER,” a testament to his no-nonsense approach to life.

As we bid farewell to Bob, we remember the joy he brought through laughter and pranks, the love he shared with his family, and the zest with which he embraced every moment. His loss leaves a void that can never be filled, but may we find solace in knowing that he left behind a legacy of kindness and humor that will live on in our hearts.

Rest in peace, dear Bob. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at Hillsdale Methodist Church, 4235 Hills St., Hillsdale, Wyoming, 82060, on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, at 4 p.m.

Bernita R. Perala

Bernita R. Perala: 1940 – 2023

Bernita R. Perala passed away on Oct. 8, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Born on Nov. 10, 1940, in Fruita, Colorado, to Lois Tufly Wolverton and Howard Elmer Tufly. Bernita led a life dedicated to her family and the pursuit of knowledge.

From a young age, Bernita exhibited a passion for learning and nurturing young minds. After completing her education, she embarked on a fulfilling career in education that spanned several decades. Bernita’s impact on the lives of her students was immeasurable. She had the remarkable ability to connect with each child and create an inclusive and engaging learning environment.

Bernita’s love for her family was unparalleled. She cherished every moment spent with her loved ones and wholeheartedly embraced family reunions and gatherings. Whether it was celebrating milestones or simply enjoying each other’s company, Bernita reveled in the warmth and joy that came from being surrounded by family. She took great pleasure in creating lasting memories through these special moments.

Known for her innate ability to see the best in people regardless of their circumstances, Bernita possessed a genuine love for humanity. Her welcoming nature made everyone feel valued and appreciated. Bernita’s kind heart touched the lives of many individuals who were lucky enough to cross paths with her.

In addition to her dedication to education and family life, Bernita had other interests that brought her great joy. She found solace in reading and took pleasure in sharing literary works with those around her. Furthermore, she had a talent for making blankets and comforters for her loved ones — a labor of love that represented both her creativity and affection.

Among the proudest accomplishments of Bernita’s life was being a pillar of support for her immediate and extended family. In 1965, she married the love of her life, Robert Perala, and together they raised two sons, Dan Perala and Greg Perala. Balancing the demands of motherhood while working full-time since the early 1980s was no easy feat, but Bernita approached it with grace, determination, and boundless love.

Bernita’s legacy lives on through her surviving family members and friends who feel grateful for the time they had with her. She is survived by her sister, Darlene Boyce, whose bond was forged through a lifetime of shared experiences. Her sons Daniel and Gregory Perala, her daughter in law, Christine, grandchildren Hunter Perala, Jessica Warren, her husband Clayton, Karen Perala, Brooke Stewart, her husband Asa and great grandson Dawson Warren.

The loss of Bernita R. Perala leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew her. Yet, as we gather to remember her life and reflect on the profound impact she had on all those she touched, let us find solace in the lessons she imparted and the cherished memories that will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace alongside her loved ones who have gone before her.

Gloria J. Tafoya

Gloria Tafoya: 1934 – 2023

Gloria J. Tafoya passed peacefully on Oct. 4, 2023. She was surrounded by her loving family. Gloria was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and married Lee Tafoya on Jan. 12, 1951. Upon marriage, they moved to California, where Lee was stationed in the Navy during the Korean War. Gloria enjoyed their time in California, as she and Lee spent hours with the Navy wounded sailors.

Upon their return to Cheyenne, they lived in a small apartment until they could finish building their first home. They both enjoyed attending the Assembly of God Church. Gloria was able to be a stay at home mother until her three daughters were old enough for her to seek employment. She went to work for Holding’s Little America two weeks prior to their opening and remained until her retirement 35 years later. While working there, several of the initial employees and the Holdings became very close personal friends, which continued until her death. This group was often referred to as the “committee,” which included several of her fellow managers. She considered it a privilege to call Earl and Carol Holding friends. Upon Lee’s death Gloria worked at Rosie O’s coffee cart at the hospital, where she became a “favorite” of all the hospital employees.

Gloria also enjoyed sewing, embroidery, counted cross stich, crocheting, dolls and miniatures. She also was a member of Cheyenne Women’s Civic League for many years and helped make hundreds of ornaments for the annual Christmas House.

Her greatest joy was the many hours spent with Lee, her daughters and extended grandkids and great-grandkids. The annual Christmas trip to Denver was very important to her, along with the “traditional” family dinners for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A family trip to Hawaii in 1983 was one of her greatest memories. Laughter was an essential part of any activity that the family was involved in. Family picnics in the park were a great time to share any and all of our shenanigans.

Church was always very important to Gloria. Sunday morning service at Cheyenne Hills Church was a personal mandate. She enjoyed studying her Bible and attending a small Bible study group at the Landmark Condominiums, where she resided for almost 20 years. Afternoons spent on the patio at the Landmark, were also one of her favorite activities.

Friday evenings were a special time for her, as her nephew Danny O’Grady and his wife Trish always invited her for dinner, frequently including her niece, Bonnie Kaanaana, from Hawaii when visiting.

Her family would like to thank Bonnie Kaanaana and Carol Tafoya for the care and love provided to Gloria over the last several months of Gloria’s life. Their help was immeasurable and greatly appreciated!

Gloria was sweet and kind to everyone she met. She would help anyone that needed it, whether asked or not.

Gloria was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lee, parents Jess and Lorene Tucker, brothers Wilford, Von Dell, Johnny, and sisters Donna Jane, Doris and Carol.

She is survived by her brother, Larry Tucker, daughters Brenda Fernandez (Pat), Marla Norman (Greg) and Monica Perkins (David), grandchildren Felix Bocanegra, Stephen Bocanegra (Meredith), Lazaro Fernandez (Heather), Tasha Marshall (Rob Eichhorn), Jennifer Morrison (Chris), Corey Lincoln (Emily), Cristopher Lincoln, Kathleen Perkins (Justin), Kellie Johnson (Colt)and great-grandchildren Ashlee Western (Ethan), Cameron Marshall (Amanda), Noah Fernandez (Kenslie), Atalie Marshall (Michael James), Isaac Edmondson, Daniel Cox, Elijah Cox, Hannaniah Cox, Nora Bocanegra and Samuel Bocanegra.

Services were Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Cheyenne Hills Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cheyenne Hills Church, which she loved.

Margaret Ann Loveridge

Margaret Loveridge: 1939 – 2023

Margaret Ann Loveridge, preferred to as Peggy or Grandma, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Oct. 4, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Born on March 13, 1939, in Cheyenne. Peggy was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend. Her presence brought joy and comfort to all who knew her and her smile would light up the room.

Peggy was a kindergarten teacher at Bain Elementary school.

She was a devoted member of Eastern star for 60-plus years, she was the Worthy Grand Matron of the State of Wyoming with Don Heiser Worthy Grand Patron for Eastern Star for the year of 1996-1997 in the 100th Session Past, Present, and Future.

She was a charter member of Frontier Methodist church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Charles Baillie, sister Lousie Britthouer and son Matt Loveridge.

Remembered by her loving husband, Charyl (Butch) Loveridge, and her brother, Donald (Judy) Baillie; children: Jeremy Loveridge and Melissa Loveridge-Cullen (Ed Cullen); grandchildren: Lissa Hallett, (Rob) Tyler Loveridge, (Britney) Jesi Lofink (Ryley Hoadley) Megan Lofink (Ben Oster); great-grandchildren: Zade and Rainn Hallett, Lily, Matthew, Layla Loveridge, and numerous nieces and nephews and many more.

A memorial service took place at Frontier United Methodist Church, located at 1888 E. Four Mile Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009, on Saturday the 7th of October at 3 p.m. Participants are invited to gather and pay their respects for Peggy’s life and legacy.

The funeral will include the Funeral Service of the Order of the Eastern Star, honoring Peggy’s affiliation and dedication to this cherished organization.

In honor of Peggy’s compassionate spirit and her desire to bring forth goodness in the world, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital in her name. Peggy held a special place in her heart for children and supported the hospital’s mission to provide care and support to those in need. Symbols of love and remembrance, are also welcomed as tributes to her cherished memory.

The loss of Peggy is deeply felt by her loving family, close friends, and all those whose lives she touched. Her legacy serves as a reminder of the power of love, devotion, and kindness that she embodied throughout her life. May her soul find eternal peace.

Here is a quote that she would love: “Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Suess.

Peggy has requested bright colors to be worn because of her love of Christmas and color.

A reception will follow in the basement of the church after the service.

Randall Horton

Randall Horton: 1960 – 2023

Randall Horton, who had many family members in the Cheyenne community, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 30, 2023. Born on Aug. 27, 1960, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Randy led a fulfilling life defined by hard work and devotion to his loved ones.

Randy graduated from Green River High School in 1978, where he acquired a solid foundation for the future that awaited him. Following his education, Randy embarked on a career in various professions but, most recently, with Mendard’s in Cheyenne where he worked for several years.

Although Randy was a private person by nature, those fortunate enough to know him could attest to his remarkable sense of humor. Additionally his love for movies and television series was apparent through his extensive collection of DVDs, which he cherished dearly.

Randy also nurtured an adventurous spirit during his youth. Hunting, fishing, and camping were among his favorite activities which allowed him to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors. Furthermore, he acquired invaluable skills in home repairs over time and selflessly utilized them not just for himself but also for others who needed assistance.

For Randy, his proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly the children he leaves behind — Jessica Jewkes, Michelle Fandrich, and Sean Horton. He spoke of them often and shared memories of their childhood and current events with anyone who would lend an ear.

Randy’s loyalty extended beyond immediate family as well. His brother Craig Horton, who preceded him in death, was not only related by blood but also served as a close companion throughout their lives. Together they shared numerous adventures and created memories that would forever be treasured.

He leaves behind his loving father, Larry Horton, his caring mother, Sharon Horton and his adoring sister, Debbie Mier. Their support and love provided a solid foundation upon which Randy leaned into. Moreover, Randy leaves a legacy of five grandsons and one granddaughter, who will enjoy the memories of him shared by his family.

The legacy of Randall Horton will live on through the memories he created with his loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace, forever occupying a special place in our hearts.