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Betty Lou Bean

Betty Lou Bean: 1937 – 2023

Betty Lou Bean was born on December 8, 1937, in Boomer, West Virginia, and died peacefully on October 17th, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

She lived a full life and was loved by many. Her three daughters, Lou Ann Wilson, Christy Weathermon, and Pam Allsop; as well as ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, will remember her for her sweet hugs and her sass.

Her heavenly welcome committee includes her parents; 12 siblings; one grandchild; two husbands; and four wagging tails.

A casual celebration of life will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Cheyenne on October 28, 2023, at 2:30 p.m., with a small reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Caring Edge of Cheyenne, as they were such a blessing to Betty and her family in her final days.


Sylvia Childers

Sylvia Childers: 1943 – 2023

Sylvia Childers passed on October 19, 2023 from heart failure in Loveland, Colorado. She was born on May 20, 1943 in Cheyenne Wyoming. She was raised by her grandparents Lottie and Steve McCoy on a ranch South of Cheyenne. Sylvia spent her life on the ranch raising cattle and adoring her beloved husband, Buster. She married Buster on April 19, 1963. Sylvia and Buster took great pride in continuing what Lottie and Steve started.

Sylvia and Buster loved their cows and horses but especially their cat Bandjo.

In their younger years they spent every fall hunting elk near Pinedale; every summer was spent working in the fields. They spent the cool evenings fishing and hunting arrow heads.

She is survived by her husband Buster; cat, Bandjo; and many close friends.

The service for Sylvia will be held on Monday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception at The Gathering Place immediately following.


Christopher Cottle

Christopher Cottle: 1956 – 2023

On October 22, 2023, Christopher Lynn Cottle, 67, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends by his side after a lengthy but courageous battle with cancer. Known as “Popop” by his favorite people, Chris was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Chris was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on March 7, 1956, to Robert and Marjorie (Armstrong) Cottle. He spent his childhood in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Brighton, Colorado, and Leadville, Colorado, and graduated from Lake County High School in 1974. In 1978, Chris met the love of his life, Anjula (Osborn), whom he married in 1980.

Employed by Xcel Energy (formally Public Service), Chris worked as an electric meter man in Lake and Summit County, Colorado. In 2001, he and his family relocated back to his roots in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he continued his line of work with Cheyenne Light & Power before retiring in 2014. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Chris spent the remainder of his days enjoying retirement with his family and grandchildren by his side and will always be remembered for his kindness, selflessness, grace, and strength.

Chris is survived by his wife, Anjula; twin daughters, Carol Mitchelson and Stacey (Michael) Haugen; grandchildren, Finn and Charlie; sisters, Robin (Allen) Vinzant and Karen (Bob) Reed; brother, Randy (Mary), and numerous other nieces, nephews, and family members.

Chris is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Marge; and infant twin daughters.

A service for Chris will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.


Margaret “Peg” Ann Evans: 1932 – 2023

Margaret (Peg) Evans, 91, lifelong Casper resident passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023.

Peg’s Wyoming ties began when her grandmother and grandfather homesteaded near Van Tassel, Wyoming, in the late 1800s. Her mom and dad homesteaded west of Casper in the 1920s, ranching and running a dairy. That is where Peg grew up. There was no running water. Also, there was no electricity to their property, so her dad used to hook an automobile battery to a windmill to charge the battery enough that they could listen to the radio in the evenings. They had no telephone for many years. She attended schools in Casper, graduating from Natrona County High School. 

Peg married Terrance (Terry) Lincoln, an automotive technician and raised two kids, Richard (Rick) Lincoln and Rebecca (Becky) Lincoln. Peg was very involved in her kids’ education, teaching them at home even before kindergarten. As her children grew up sometimes (as a form of discipline) she would open a volume of the Encyclopedia Britannia, pick a random entry and tell the offending child to write a book report about the subject. She was a PTA mom, home room mom and girl scout troop leader. Weekends were spent taking her kids to drag strips and stock car races with her husband. Terry passed away in 1970.

She liked to clean house while listening to music. Peg was a great cook and could make any kind of wild meat taste wonderful. She was also an animal lover, except for snakes. She had to deal with too many rattlesnakes growing up on the homestead. She liked watching NASCAR races, NHRA races and she loved watching football, especially her beloved Broncos, Chiefs and Bills. 

Peg worked mainly as a bookkeeper at a few Casper businesses before becoming the manager of an H&R Block office for over 10 years. She finished out her career as the treasurer of Lynx Transport for over 20 years.

Peg married Korean War veteran Darrel Evans and they moved to a ranch west of Casper. They ran angus cattle and some llamas. They were avid bowlers and enjoyed playing on leagues at El Marko Lanes for many years, even bowling in the Senior Olympics. Darrel passed away in 2011.

Peg was preceded in death by an infant daughter; both husbands; her parents; and all of her grandparents. She is survived by her children; her grandson, Brion and his wife, Angela; and her great- granddaughter, Taylor; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Cremation has already taken place. A private burial was held at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery  in Evansville, Wyoming on Friday, October 20, 2023, where she was interred with her late husband, Darrel. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Casper Humane Society, 849 East E Street, Casper, WY 82601.


Robert Larson

Robert Larson: 1925 – 2025

Robert J. Larson, 98, a longtime resident of Cheyenne passed away peacefully in his sleep at his memory care facility in Denver, Colorado on the morning of October 14, 2023. Robert, (Bob) was preceded in death by his beloved wife Shirley in 2021.

Bob was born to Homer and Mildred Larson in Hastings, Nebraska. He served in the 15th Army Corps as a tail gunner in WWII. He completed 24 missions that flew out of Italy. After being discharged, he signed up for the Reserves. He was recalled to service from 1951-1955 as an officer in the Ordinance Corps. Serving in Aberdeen, MD and Kaiserslautern, Germany.

He married Shirley Trontell on February 14, 1953, who was teaching in the American Dependent Schools in Kaiserslautern. After discharge Bob pursued his degrees including a BS from Nebraska and an MS from Wyoming Universities.

Bob and Shirley settled in Cheyenne, where Bob taught science at Johnson Jr High and eventually Central High, where he taught biology. In 1971 he became involved in environmental activities for the school district, including a project that evolved into ECO Lab, and finally as district Science Coordinator until his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of professional organization CTA, WEA, NEA and RTA as well as Delta Kappa professional society where he served as president for one year. His civic involvements included 10 years if service as the Laramie County Recreation Board and Laramie County Conservation District as a board member.

Bob and Shirley enjoyed their homes in Cheyenne, cabin in Mountain Home Wyoming, and farm in Grover, Colorado before settling in at Pointe Frontier for their sunset years.

After Shirley’s death Bob spent his last years at Springbrooke Retirement in Denver to be near his sister in law, Joan Carroll and nephew, John Carroll.

Bob and Shirley have been parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cheyenne since 1957. His funeral mass will be celebrated there on October 30th, 2023 beginning at 1:00 pm, preceded by a Meet and Greet with the family at 12:30 p.m.


John William Roope

John William Roope: 1942 – 2023

John William Roope, 81, of Cheyenne, died on October 15, 2023 in Cheyenne. He was born on August 28, 1942 in Dublin, Virginia.

John was in the US Navy on the SS Kitty Hawk. He was also a long haul truck driver with Roadway and stood firmly behind his Teamsters title. He loved playing Keno and working on his 1954 Chevy “Sponge Bob.” He loved being able to be down at The Moose Lodge or American Legion, he always said that they meant a lot to him as a VET. His most cherished hobbie was getting to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His grandsons and great-great-grandsons were one of the biggest joys in his life, but he would always tell you how much he loved his girls. They were the apples of his eye.

He is survived by his loving wife ,Peggy Jo Roope; his children: Gene McDowell (Ronette) , Jesstine McDowell , Bobby McDowell (Candi) , John Roope (Robyn) , Pam Bawden (Luke), and Tim Roope (Andrea); his siblings: Reatha Duncan, Charles Roope, Myrna Holland and Linda Sheilds-Roope; his grandchildren: Kristy Romero (Anthony), Jessica Garrison(Alan) Brittany McDowell, Trisha Young (Jordon), Kelly Myers, Jeremiah Myers, Kelton Hanely, Davin Hanley(Laura), Lucia Roope, Jaxson Roope, Bobby McDowell; and his great-grandchildren: Gabriel ,Lorenzo,Latycia, Avery, Hailey, Zoey, Evan, Lilly-Ann, Addelynn, Stella, Brayden,Kadence, and Ace.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Eliza Jane and Willie Roope; his siblings, Anna Jane and Jerry Roope; his grandson, Daniel Holder; and great-grandson, Vincent Jimenez.


Cynthia Lee “Cindy” White

Cynthia Lee “Cindy” White: 1942 – 2023

Cynthia (Cindy) Lee White, 81, of Cheyenne, died peacefully on October 15, 2023 at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne with a friend by her side.

She was born on September 19, 1942 in Springfield, Illinois to parents William and Anita Conner, had a son, Sean Pregent, from her first marriage, and married the love of her life, Roy White in 1978.

Cindy lived and worked in many places. She had four careers: as a kindergarten teacher; with the Red Cross Vietnam Service during the war; 30 years at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland; and as Associate Pastor at First Christian Church in Cheyenne where she led the Senior Ministry for many years.

She was actively involved in the Cheyenne and Crystal Lake communities that she loved so much. Cindy had numerous interests. She was a Past Matron of an Eastern Star Chapter in Maryland, member of the Harmony #53 Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Cheyenne, member of Cowgirls of the West and loved all things “cowgirl.” She collected eagles, angels and crosses, and loved music and dancing. Cindy never knew a stranger, showed love and compassion for everyone she met, and was a bright star in the lives of all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Sean Pregent of Maryland and by her many friends in Cheyenne and across the U.S.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anita Conner; and her husband, Roy White. Services will be Monday, October 30, 10:00 a.m., at First Christian Church, 219 West 27th St, Cheyenne.

The service will be Live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/@firstchristianchurchcheyen114/streams Interment will be October 31, 10:00a.m., at the Cheyenne National Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Wiederspahn Radomsky Funeral Home in Cheyenne.

Friends who wish may contribute to Cowgirls of the West or the First Christian Church of Cheyenne.


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