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Obituaries: Shields; Glover; Gonzales; Montoya; Mills

Mackenzie Alan Shields

Mackenzie Alan Shields: 1990 – 2023

Mackenzie Alan Shields, 33, passed away in the early morning hours of Oct. 8, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was taken too soon from those who loved him, but the Lord understood his struggle and called him home. 

Mackenzie, or “Mac” as he was known by his loved ones,  was born on April 1, 1990, to Alan and Rina Shields in Oberlin, Kansas. Mac grew up in both Colby, Kansas, and Las Vegas, Nevada, before ultimately settling in Colby and later Cheyenne. It was in Cheyenne where he met his one true love, Jaime Elliott, in 2020. In June 2021, Mac and Jaime married in Wellington, Colorado, and soon after, their beloved son, Layne William Shields, was born on Aug. 18, 2022. 

Mac’s early passions included skateboarding and bicycling. Later, as a lifelong music enthusiast, he also taught himself to play the guitar. Mac was an avid reader and loved Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allan Poe. As Mac was very open to learning new skills, he discovered he had a talent for crocheting. To his family’s surprise he presented loved ones with extremely well-made blankets and toys. 

Mac also loved working with animals. In his youth, he thrived on a farm in Las Vegas alongside many horses, goats, and chickens. For several years, he proved himself as a hard worker in the oil field, contributing intensely to a pulling unit crew. 

Mac worked on Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colorado, from November 2020 to June 2021, where he thrived amongst new friends who were fighting the same struggles as himself. At this amazing place, he also formed special friendships with Carl the turkey and Aria the goat. He graduated from the program with flying colors, due to his passion for not only helping others, but also for his commitment to improving himself through recovery. Mac had a special enthusiasm for life, and was incredibly humble as he felt it was his mission to help and support those around him.

Although Mac was headstrong, and even a bit stubborn at times, he had an immense heart and an equally immense sense of humor. 

He was a devoted father, and for a while had the honor of caring for his son Layne on a daily basis, which brought incredible light to his life. With Jaime, Mac thrived as a doting husband who spoke openly of her love as one of the biggest blessings in his life. He often relayed how lucky he was to have married her, and how lucky he was to have built a beautiful life.  

Mackenzie is survived by his wife, Jaime, and his son, Layne. Mac is also survived by his father, Alan Shields, mother Rina Brungardt, his many cousins, and an immensely loving network of family and friends in Colorado and Kansas. 

A memorial service will be held, with details to follow.


Michael Leroy Glover

Michael Leroy Glover: 1969 – 2023

Michael Leroy Glover, known to those closest to him as Mike, passed away on Oct. 9, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was born on Sept. 8, 1969, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mike’s journey through life was marked by resilience, ambition and an unwavering love for his family.

From humble beginnings, Mike embarked on a remarkable career that spanned various industries. He started at Wendy’s before dedicating 20 years of his life to Petrochem Insulation. During his time there, he honed his skills as an insulator and estimator and had the opportunity to work with renowned companies such as Budweiser, Coors and New Belgium. As an astute businessman and real estate investor later in life, he left a lasting impression on those he worked with.

Beyond his professional achievements, Mike found true joy in spending time with his loved ones. His family held a special place in his heart, and he cherished every moment shared with them. An exceptional cook renowned for his culinary talents, he delighted in preparing delicious meals for family gatherings. Whether it was grilling under the summer sun or creating intricate dishes during festive occasions, Mike’s culinary prowess brought smiles to the faces of all who sat at his table.

During peaceful days when the wind whispered through the trees and the sun bathed the landscape in golden hues, Mike would hop onto his motorcycle and embark on exhilarating adventures. The open road offered solace and freedom as he ventured into the great unknown with each twist and turn. His motorcycle became a gateway to self-reflection and an expression of his adventurous spirit.

Ever faithful beside him was Whitey, his loyal canine companion who held a cherished place in Mike’s heart. Their bond grew stronger with each passing day; they were inseparable friends who gave one another comfort and unwavering companionship.

As an uncle, brother and devoted sibling, Mike admirably fulfilled his roles. Always willing to lend a helping hand or provide support, he was a pillar of strength for his loved ones. His wisdom and guidance were sought after, and he never shied away from offering sound advice with a touch of humor.

Mike possessed a warm and welcoming personality that made him the life of every gathering. His infectious laughter filled the room, and his quick wit brought joy to those around him. He had an exceptional talent for bestowing nicknames upon friends and family, endearing himself to all with a playful spirit.

A diligent worker with an unwavering work ethic, Mike tackled each new challenge with determination. He approached life head-on, never backing down in the face of adversity. Beneath his kind-hearted nature resided a man eager to explore new horizons and expand his knowledge. His ambition propelled him forward, always seeking out opportunities to learn and grow.

In his leisure time, Mike indulged in various interests that brought him immense pleasure. An avid cook, he reveled in experimenting with flavors and techniques in the kitchen. Auctions held a special allure for him, as did the thrill of bidding on treasured items. He found solace in playing Diablo 3 and enjoyed the exhilaration of shooting guns responsibly.

With an undeniable passion for politics and a love for engaging discussions, Mike kept himself informed on current affairs. His favorite movie, “The Shining,” embodied his fascination with horror films that took audiences on thrilling journeys into the depths of human psyche.

Mike’s love for life extended beyond specific activities; he relished drives that allowed him to take in the beauty of the world around him. Fireworks ignited a child-like wonder within him as he marveled at their dazzling displays in the night sky. Embarrassing his daughters with playful antics provided moments of levity amidst life’s challenges — a testament to his fun-loving and mischievous nature.

Rock music served as a constant backdrop to Mike’s life, amplifying his energetic spirit and fueling his zest for adventure. Engaging in roughhousing with loved ones was second nature to him, allowing him to cement the bonds he held dear.

Among Mike’s proudest accomplishments was his success as a business owner. With unwavering dedication and astute decision-making skills, he left an indelible mark on the industry he loved. However, it was as a father that Mike found his greatest source of pride. His three daughters, who survived him, Kristina Vizina, Michala Glover, and Emily Glover, were the lights of his life. He spoke of them with unwavering admiration, boasting of their achievements with a heart full of love.

Mike is survived by his loving ex-wife Geri Glover, who stood by his side throughout their journey together. Their bond was unyielding and provided a firm foundation for all they accomplished as a couple.

Amongst those left grieving is Mike’s devoted brother Lennis Glover, who shared in countless memories and experiences over the years. Similarly, Andrew Glover, Mike’s half-brother, stands united in sorrow but grateful for the moments they shared.

Michael Leroy Glover will be remembered as an individual whose vibrant spirit brought joy to every room he entered. His laughter lingers in our hearts, and his wisdom will continue to guide us through life’s twists and turns. As we celebrate the life he lived — a life filled with love, laughter, and indomitable courage — we find solace in knowing that he has forever left an indelible impact on our souls.

May he rest in peace knowing that he made a difference — forever cherished and never forgotten.


Clara Gonzales

Clara Gonzales: 1935 – 2023

Clara Gonzales, a beloved member of her family and community, passed away on Oct. 11, 2023, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Born on Nov. 1, 1935, in Maes, New Mexico, Clara’s life was defined by compassion, faith, and a zest for life that touched the hearts of all who knew her.

Raised by her grandmother, who was a local medicine woman and midwife in Maes, New Mexico, Clara learned valuable skills and wisdom that would shape her journey. From an early age, she embraced these teachings and carried them throughout her life. Clara’s education was not confined to textbooks but rather rooted in the values of tradition and heritage.

Clara’s warm personality made her a joy to be around. She effortlessly made others feel welcome and included in any gathering. Her kind and loving nature were matched only by her unwavering faith in humanity. Clara led by example and left an indelible mark on the lives she touched.

One of Clara’s many remarkable qualities was her phenomenal cooking abilities. Family gatherings were always an occasion to look forward to because of the delicious meals she would prepare with love. Alongside her culinary skills, Clara had a passion for collecting rocks, telling stories that captured the imagination of all who listened, and coloring pictures that brought vibrancy to the world around her.

Clara’s proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly her children and grandchildren. Through the depth of her love and dedication as a mother, she nurtured their dreams and aspirations, empowering them to become the best versions of themselves.

Throughout Clara’s life journey, she shared unimaginable joy with those closest to her. Her smile had a contagious effect on everyone fortunate enough to witness it. Not only did Clara possess a great sense of humor that never failed to light up a room, but she also had an uncanny ability to find solace amidst life’s challenges.

On Oct. 11, surrounded by her beloved family and cherished friends, Clara Gonzales peacefully passed away. Her legacy of love, compassion, and faith will continue to inspire and guide those who hold her memory close to their hearts.

Clara is survived by her loving children: Theresa Gonzales, Victoria Gonzales, Christine Potter, Amado Gonzales Jr., Margie Carrera, Zandra Lopez, Irene Gonzales, Frankie Gonzales (grandson she raised as her own), and 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Clara was preceded in death by her mother Albina Grano, father Luciano Maes, stepfather Eppie Grano, husband Amado Gonzales, daughters Alva Pena and Lorraine Trujillo, and son Frankie Gonzales.

As we gather to celebrate Clara’s vibrant life and bid her farewell in the embrace of eternity’s realm, let us remember the profound impact she had on our lives. In death as in life, may she find eternal peace.

Rosary: Oct. 19, 2023, 3 p.m., Schrader Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Ave., Cheyenne, WY

Memorial Service: Oct. 20, 2023, 9 a.m., Schrader Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Ave., Cheyenne, WY

Reception: Oct. 20, 2023, Noon, St. Joseph’s Church, 603 House Ave., Cheyenne, WY


Ernest Gilbert Montoya

Ernest Gilbert Montoya: 1947 – 2023

Gilbert E. Montoya, 75, of Rawlins, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Oct. 4, 2023. He was
surrounded by his loved ones.

He laughed and joked with all his healthcare workers who aided him as he bravely fought cancer. He was the best patient around. He was set in his own ways. If he liked or didn’t like something, you knew about it.

He was a friend to many. He was a gifted musician who loved to play the guitar and learned it at a very young age. He grew up listening to his father and uncles as they entertained generations of family and friends. In his early life, he played with his brothers in a band of second-generation entertainers. They were very popular and handsome.

He married the love of his life, June, in 1967.

He is survived by his sisters: Rose, Lori (Andrew), Vee, Patsy, and Eva (John); his loving children: Diane, Darlene (Glen), Ernestina (Damion), Ernie, Irene, Tanzianna (Dre), Sierra, and Santiago; grandchildren: Andrew, Mckayla, Jeremia, Katrina, Leanna Lee, Dakota, Demarco, Angeles, Mathew, Delaney, Gianni, Halo, Luxarie, Ciomi and Asher; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was like a father to many of his grandchildren. Tracy Martinez and Isabel Pacheco were loving companions.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Crusita (Mary); son Brian; brothers: Roger, Rudy, Floyd, Charlie (Sylvia), Arthur (Arlene); sisters: Emma and Nancy.

As per Ernie’s request, no services will be held.

Darlene, Tanzianna and Family
P.S.
We love you and will always be in our hearts.
The music will never die, and the stars will all shine on.
Always and forever your loving children and loving grandchildren.


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Charles B. Mills: 1940 – 2023

Charles B. Mills, 82, of Cheyenne, passed at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1940, in Lander, Wyoming, to Marie and Marion Mills.

Charles served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and 21 years in the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.

He was the first officer to retire from the jail staff.

Charles was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved nothing more than building with wood. He also supported the Nomads of Colorado and had many friends there.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Faye; son, Anthony; daughter, Jennifer; son in law, Kyle; and three grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents; daughter, Rebecca; two sisters; and one brother.

A family service will be held at a later date.


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