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 preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Debbie Lovato; brothers, Lowell and Leroy; sister, Eleanor Kujarua.
Dwight C. Giorgis: 1948 – 2023
Dwight C. Giorgis, 75, of Cheyenne, was called home on October 10, 2023 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 25, 1948 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Dominick and Lucille Giorgis.
While growing up. Dwight, spent summers in Montana working on his grandfathers’ ranch with his brothers, Richard, David and Gary. This time in Montana helped guide Dwight to be an avid skier, hiker, bicyclist, and world traveler.
Dwight earned the rank of Eagle Scout along with his brother David from the Boy Scouts of America in Rock Springs. In addition, he swam for Rock Springs and went to state swimming the 100 meter breaststroke.
After high school, Dwight entered the University of Wyoming in 1967 where he met the love of his life Kathy (Schemp) Giorgis. He and Kathy moved back to Rock Springs where Kathy started her teaching career. He was able to complete his degree in Physics in 1972 and because he had some computer experience, he was hired by Mountain Fuel. Thus began his career in computers and his eventual retirement from the State of Wyoming as a systems programmer.
As his first real passion was Scouting, Dwight loved to backpack with family and friends. While transversing his favorite trails in the Wind River Range company was always required. His wilderness expedition partners included his twin brother David Giorgis and his wife Rita, Harold Herring and his children Shelley and Ryan. He truly loved the mountains and sharing it with his companions.
Along with his wilderness experiences, Dwight enjoyed his work. While living and working in Cheyenne, he developed many lifelong relationships with an incredible group of people. Travelling the United States and sometimes the world on cruises and bus tours with Sue and Les Humphrey, Phil and Marcia Cameron, Chuck and Joyce Nelson, Linda Lush, Barb Dorr and John Boshears, Diane Nelson, Randy and Lois Huff, Tom and Starla Mason, Alan and Viola Ose, Jeff and Konnie Bonds, Harold Herring and Lee Stevens, Gary Giorgis and his wife Susan Lunt, as well as his best friend David Giorgis and his wife Rita.
When not traveling with friends he enjoyed time in Cheyenne with Eric Nelson and Nancy Abraham, Rod and Margaret Hawkins, Bob and Carolyn Helling, Maura Weddle, Mike and Beth Johnson, longtime family friend Shirley Jacoby and the entire group at the Tuesday Night Drinking Club.
With friends and family always willing to share an adventure, he developed some fairly bad habits. Road biking for charities and fun, with Les and Sue Humphrey, playing softball, joining the Sun, Snow & Surf Ski Club that would allow him to ski all around the Rocky Mountains, taking time to ski local areas especially his favorites, Steamboat Springs and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dwight, David, Rita, Harold, Vic, Nancy and others from the East coast always seemed to find the time to enjoy a few runs, even though work got in the way. When he was blessed with children, he waited for a bit then trained them both as future partners on the hill. He loved the sport and shared it with his children and grandchildren.
As a father, he was a good dad, Dwight did everything he could to instruct the next generation. A coach to Ryan’s soccer team when they needed one. Travelling across these United States to support Ryan and his team. Volunteering with Boy Scouts of America to help Scouts like Ryan reach the rank of Eagle.
All this activity meant that he needed a place to work out. The YMCA became his home away from home, at least during the lunch hour. Passionate about his activities, he diligently worked out Monday thru Friday to make sure he could lead the pack when on the mountain whether hiking, biking, or backpacking.
As an alumnus of the University of Wyoming, he became an avid fan enjoying the UW Cowboys (and Cowgirls) basketball and football teams. He was able to watch the Cowboys beat Fresno State at the hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Dwight is survived by his true love of 54 years, Kathy Giorigs; daughter, Shelley (Giorgis) Vandel, and husband, Michael; son, Ryan Giorgis; twin brother, David Giorgis, and wife, Rita; brother, Gary Giorgis, and wife, Susan Lunt; sister- in-law, Karen Giorgis; granddaughter, Jade Vandel; and grandson, Caleb Vandel. This also includes his nephews and families, Dan and Ryan Giorgis, Scott and Tania Giorgis and Craig and Karen Giorgis; as well as cousins, Chuck and Cookie Wolfe. Also in his life were Kathy’s sisters and their families, Karen and Bill Tennant, and Bob and Kim Arserio, along with their children, Simon and Stacey Tompkins, Brian and Jasmine Colonna, Landin and Lyndsey Smith, and Rick and Michelle Tennant, and their families.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Lucille Giorgis; and his brother, Richard Giorgis.
The Memorial Service will be Monday, November 6, at 10:00 a.m., at First United Methodist, with a reception to follow.
The family requests everyone to wear bright or flowered attire to the service.
Donations made be made in his name to the local YMCA or First United Methodist Church.
Barbara Jacques: 1955 – 2023
Barbara Huggins-Jacques went to her heavenly reward on Oct. 12, 2923 after dealing with multiple health issues. She was born on Nov. 19, 1955 in Rapid City to William R. and Rosemary Huggins. Barbara attended the Rapid City public school system and graduated from Rapid City Central High School. Later, she earned a four-year teacher’s degree from Black Hills State College and taught elementary school in the Douglas school system.
Barbara married Robert Jacques when he was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in the 70s. They moved to Cheyenne when he was hired by the USAF missile program at FE Warren AFB. Barbara was employed as a cashier at the base commissary for many years. After retiring from the commissary, Barbara worked in the gardening dept. at the Cheyenne Lowes store, until her medical problems caused her to retire.
Her lifelong devout catholic faith was a major force in Barbara’s life. Barbara had compassion and kindness for everyone and their life issues. Animals meant a lot to Barbara too.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; an aunt; and two uncles. Also, several beloved dogs who meant so much to Barbara and now are in their heavenly rewards with her too.
Survivors include her husband Robert; Cheyenne; a brother, Bill, Rapid City, South Dakota; a brother, Robert (Janet), Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and a niece, Kristin Huggins-Clark (Craig), Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Chester “Chet” Ray Jackson: 1950 – 2023
Chester “Chet” Ray Jackson, 72, of Cheyenne, passed away at home with his loving wife by his side. He was born Dec. 11, 1950, in Billings, Montana to Sterling Jackson and Wanda (Cormier) Husom.
Chet was a good and faithful husband. He adored every part of his loving family. He proudly served this country as a Marine; this was something he had a lot of pride for. He was a cowboy through and through; he did rough stock rodeo, roping, and ranching. Chet drove truck, hauling cattle for many years and then heavy equipment. Later in his career he became and escort for the oversized loads. Chet retired about 4 years ago and enjoyed the time he had to ride his Harley.
He loved to mow a lot of yards in Burns, for those that needed help. And when the Wyoming snow would fall he would pull out his tractor to clear out roads and parking lots for those that needed to work. Besides his wife and family who he adored he had a love for his dog, Ginger that was unmeasurable, he unfortunately lost her to cancer two years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Debra; sister, Vicky (Jerry); brother-in-law, Warren; stepson, Jim (Jackie); sons, Chad and Lance; daughter, Chrissy; grandchildren, Dustin, Bailey, Taylor, Cash, Chase, Cody, Kaylee, Jacob, and Addie; and two great grandchildren.
Chet was preceded in death by his parents, Sterling and Wanda; sister, Dixie; and his beloved dog, Ginger.
Services may be announced at a later time.
James Fredrick McCurdy: 1941 – 2023
James Fredrick McCurdy, 82, of Cheyenne, died on October 16, 2023 in Loveland, Colorado.
He was born on July 4, 1941 in Boulder, Colorado.
Services will be at Abundant Life Tabernacle, 5450 River Ranch Parkway, Johnstown CO 80534 at 4pm on Saturday, October 21, 2023 with Reverend Garrett Roark officiating.
Carol Ann Pralle: 1935 – 2023
Carol Ann Pralle, a beloved woman known for her loving spirit and dedication to others, has passed away on October 15, 2023. She was born on June 17, 1935, in Alexandria Nebraska, to her loving parents Jack and Mildred Johnson.
Throughout her life, Carol demonstrated a passion for helping others in any way she could. Her career as a professional volunteer and demonstration server and presenter for Sam’s Club was marked by her unwavering commitment to making a difference. She dedicated countless hours of her time and energy to lending a hand to those in need.
One of Carol’s proudest accomplishments was her involvement with the Girl Scouts of America. She exemplified the Girl Scout values, spending an impressive 45 years as a dedicated member. Her commitment did not go unnoticed, as she received the highest honor a scout can achieve, the prestigious “Thanks Badge.” Not content with simply being a member, Carol became a Girl Scout Leader and Camp Director, leaving an indelible impact on countless young girls’ lives. Additionally, she served on the Wyoming Girl Scout Council, furthering the organization’s mission in the community.
Carol’s warmhearted nature lit up every room she entered. She approached life with love and relished in creating special moments with family and friends. Her infectious smile and joyful laughter enriched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her. Carol’s legacy of love will continue to inspire those who were touched by her kindness.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Norman Pralle; her parents, Jack and Mildred Johnson; sister, Bonnie Hunt; niece, Wendy Stiggie; and daughter, Rhonda Christie.
She is survived by daughter, Lisa Cahoon; son-in-law, Dan Christie and wife Kim; grandsons, Mathew Christie and Nicholas Christie; granddaughter, Shawna Harriger and husband Cody; great-grandsons: Brandon Weyant, Bryon Christie, and Cash Christie; granddaughters-in-law Katie Bennet (Cash’s mom) and Betsey Roedocker (Brandon and Bryon’s mom); and many other cherished relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service to honor Carol’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 23, 2023, at Schrader Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home located at 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82001.
Carol Ann Pralle’s kind heart and unwavering dedication to serving others will be greatly missed. She leaves behind a legacy of love that will continue to bring comfort and inspiration to all those who were fortunate enough to have shared in her life. As we say our goodbyes, let us remember the lessons she taught us about compassion, generosity, and the profound joy that comes from selflessly giving to others. May her soul find eternal peace
In lieu of flowers, Carol requested donations to go to Meals On Wheels of Cheyenne, 2015 S Greeley Hwy, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82007 (307)-635-5542.
Adam Paul Rainwater: 1974 – 2023
Adam Paul Rainwater, born on November 3, 1974, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, left this world on October 11, 2023. Adam was a loving son, brother, nephew, and uncle who touched the lives of everyone he met. His compassionate nature and genuine care for others made him a cherished member of his family and community.
From a young age, Adam showed a deep appreciation for his loved ones. He cared deeply about his family and friends, always going out of his way to ensure their well-being and happiness. His kindness knew no bounds, and he consistently went above and beyond to make those around him feel valued and supported.
Adam had a zest for life that was infectious. He found joy in countless hobbies and interests but held a particular passion for the Denver Broncos football team, Nascar races, and Motocross events. He would often gather with friends to cheer on his favorite teams or watch thrilling races together. The excitement in his eyes during these moments was unparalleled.
Nature held a special place in Adam’s heart. He reveled in the great outdoors and found solace in exploring the wilderness through camping and fishing trips with loved ones. The serenity of nature provided him with much-needed peace.
Adam’s passing leaves an immeasurable void in the lives of those who knew him best. He was preceded in death by his father, Estel Rainwater; mother, Janice Rainwater; his brothers, Jimmy Rainwater and Randall Rainwater; and his nephew Jimi Rainwater.
Amidst this grief, Adam is survived by his brothers: Jerry Rainwater, Michael Rainwater, Mark (Amanda) Rainwater; sister, Karen (Ruben) Diaz; Nancy Rainwater, (sister-in-law); nephews: Brian (Heather) Rainwater, Robert (Helena Roberts) Rainwater, Ryan (Jamie) Rainwater, Donovan Rainwater, Derik Rainwater, Chris (Sierra) Rainwater, Jon (Wadioni) Rainwater, Mark Rainwater Jr, and Antonio Diaz; nieces: Chasity Diaz, Chelsea Rainwater, and Stormy Rainwater. His numerous aunts and uncles also join in mourning his loss.
Adam’s impact on those around him was profound. The memories of his kind spirit and infectious laughter will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be deeply missed for his unwavering love, and compassionate nature.
In memory of Adam Paul Rainwater, may his soul find eternal peace, knowing that he made an indelible mark on this world through his love and kindness. Rest in peace, Adam, as your spirit continues to shine brightly in our hearts forever.
Anthony Daniel Staples: 1949 – 2023
Anthony Daniel Staples, known affectionately as Tony, passed away on October 15, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of laughter, love, and a zest for life. Born on August 22, 1949, in Washington DC to his parents Horace and Betty Staples, Anthony grew up with a mischievous spark in his eye and a quick wit that could light up any room.
Throughout his varied career, Anthony took on a multitude of roles, each one showcasing his diverse talents and passion for helping others. From being a long haul truck driver to a high school teacher, he dedicated himself to making a difference in the lives of those he encountered. He also worked diligently with the state of Florida as a juvenile delinquency officer and later as a child abuse investigator. In his final adult career phase, Anthony served as the director of Social Work in nursing homes along the picturesque coast of western Florida.
While Anthony was often busy with work during his children’s formative years, he cherished every moment he could spend with them and the rest of his family. Tony was an avid fan of family-oriented activities such as rebuilding classic 1960s model Mustangs. His meticulous craftsmanship earned him recognition at various car shows. And when it came to creating lifelong memories, Anthony went all out. From white water rafting adventures in the Smoky Mountains to embarking on epic cross-country trips with the whole family, including driving for six hours on a ferry to Yarmouth Nova Scotia – he made sure every experience left an indelible mark.
The importance of family cannot be overstated when talking about Anthony’s life. He believed in its power and held it dear to his heart. His dedication inspired his eldest daughter Jennifer to pursue her education at the age of 40 after witnessing her father’s remarkable achievement: earning a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Liberty University when he himself turned 60. Anthony’s desire to instill a thirst for knowledge in those around him was truly remarkable.
Throughout his life, Anthony had an extraordinary ability to bring a smile to everyone he encountered. With his raunchy and perverted “Old-Man” sense of humor, he ensured there was never a dull moment in his presence. He firmly believed that if someone wasn’t smiling or laughing, he hadn’t done his job correctly. Even in his final moments, while discussing his regrets with the hospital nursing staff, he managed to inject humor into the conversation.
An avid history buff, particularly of the Old West, Anthony admired legendary figures like Wyatt Earp and strove to learn everything he could about their lives. He cherished sharing this knowledge with anyone willing to listen, allowing others to partake in his enthusiasm for the past. Anthony had an undeniable cowboy spirit, finding inspiration in the great Chris LeDoux. Alongside his love for history, he enjoyed classic cars, unwinding with friends and coworkers over a few drinks after work, and simply spending quality time with his cherished family.
When reflecting on Anthony’s proudest accomplishments, it becomes apparent that it was his children and family life that held the highest place of honor in his heart. Despite facing challenges within his marriage, he always strived to be the man he aspired to be—a loving father and devoted family man.
Anthony Daniel Staples is survived by his adoring children: Jennifer Inmon, Anthony Staples II, Erin Dalton, Dusti Brewer; and seven grandchildren whose lives have been forever enriched by their time spent with their beloved grandparent. He also leaves behind cherished memories shared with Thelma Carter (maternal grandmother); Richard Staples (brother); and a vast circle of friends who were touched by Tony’s infectious laughter and warm embrace.
As we bid farewell to our dear Tony Staples, let us not mourn but celebrate the life of a man who made us laugh, taught us the importance of family, and lived his life with an unrivaled passion. May his legacy forever inspire us to embrace joy, seek knowledge, and above all else, share a good joke with those around us. Farewell, Tony. Your memory will forever bring smiles to our faces.
James Vogler: 1928 – 2023
James Vogler, a beloved and respected member of the community, passed away on October 14, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was born on April 13, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri and adopted by Shirl and Bertha Vogler at a few weeks old. James, or Jim as he was affectionately known, spent his life serving his country, ambitiously pursuing various ventures, and cherishing his loved ones.
Jim’s life journey began when he joined the United States Navy as an officer. He dedicated himself to the service of his nation with honor and valor. After retiring from active duty, Jim returned to Kimball, Nebraska to join his father in the grocery business. For over 30 years, they served the community with dedication and commitment.
Always striving for new challenges and adventures, Jim transitioned into hydroponic farming after leaving the grocery business. He became a pioneer in his field and traveled all over Nebraska collaborating with the University of Nebraska’s School of Agriculture as an adjunct. His innovative contributions helped shape the future of agriculture in the region.
Education played a significant role in Jim’s life. He attended Kemper Military School where he honed his discipline and leadership skills. Following that, Jim pursued higher education at the prestigious US Naval Academy. Finally, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Jim was an avid catch-and-release fly fisherman from a young age. He experienced the joy of catching his first trout at just six years old – a moment that ignited a lifelong passion for fishing. With son Eric by his side, he spent countless hours on rivers throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Their fishing adventures created memories that will forever be treasured.
Jim possessed not only an adventurous spirit but also impressive craftsmanship skills. In his wood shop, he skillfully crafted segmented wooden bowls through which he expressed his creativity and love for the art of woodworking. His dedication to this craft exemplified the patience, precision, and attention to detail that characterized Jim’s approach to life.
One of Jim’s proudest accomplishments was his integral role in the development of the Four Winds Golf course in Kimball. Through his vision and perseverance, he contributed significantly to the establishment of a renowned golfing destination that brought joy and recreation to many.
Above all, Jim cherished his family and always made time for them. He was a loving husband to Janet Vogler, who stood by his side through thick and thin. Their unwavering bond was an inspiration to all who knew them. Jim was a devoted father to Robin (Nelson) Vogler and Chris (Tom) Bass. His love extended to his grandchildren, Riley (Lindsay) Kallhoff and Erin (Joe) Love, as well as his great-granddaughters, Blakley and Blaire Kallhoff.
Jim Vogler leaves behind a legacy of hard work, determination, and kindness. He will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched throughout his remarkable journey. As we bid farewell to this exceptional man, let us remember him for his achievements, his unwavering love for family, and the impact he made on both the local community and beyond.
In honor of Jim’s memory, a private memorial service will be held for immediate family members only. The family requests that donations be made in Jim’s name to Platte River Veterans Fly Fishing, P.O. Box 2414, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or online at Platterivers.com.