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Obituaries: Andrews; Harris; Pino; Raymond; Thompson; Zumo

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Steven Andrews

Steven Andrews: 1948 – 2023

On the morning of October 28 2023, heaven gained an angel that we on earth called husband, dad, grandpa, and brother.

Steven C Andrews was born on July 14, 1948 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Helen and Charles Andrews. Steven had a love for hunting, fishing, football, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren who were his world. There was always a smile on his face; even in his last days he found the strength. A smile that we will remember and hold close to our hearts. 

He is preceded in death by his mother Helen; his father Charles; his brother Chuck; son Charles; and grandson Craig.

He is survived by his wife Linda; daughter Christy(Michael); son Jeremiah(Jessica); sister Constance(Bob); his grandchildren; and great-grandchildren: Christopher, Kylee(Robert), Emma, Morgan, Jayden, and Levi.

Steven worked and retired from Sarah Lee Bread Company in 2004. He spent the years following doing what he loved. We will cherish each memory we have with him. A celebration of life is being planned and information regarding that will be announced at a later date.


Susan Kay Harris (Gibbard)

Susan Kay Harris (Gibbard): 1961 – 2023

Susan Kay Harris (Gibbard), 61, passed away in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on October 27, 2023, after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

Susan was born on November 30, 1961, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attended St. Mary’s School and was involved in endless clubs and sports. She was creative, funny, athletic, and hard-working.

Susan is survived by her husband; father; brothers; daughters (and their spouses); grandchildren; and her beloved puppies. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.

Susan requested a small graveside service with her closest friends and family. If you would like to make a donation, please feel free to do so at the Oncology Department at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado. They were so good to her.


Helen Pino

Helen Pino: 1941 – 2023

Helen B Pino, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, October 27, 2023.

She was born in April 1941, in Cheyenne to Joseph and Angela (Landeros) Tamayo. Helen was a woman of faith. She walked a quiet love walk towards all she encountered. Helen was a humble, faithful, hard worker at whatever she did.

She was employee of the month at Memorial Hospital in March 1974. Worked at the Historic Hitching Post, Cheyenne Steam and Laundry, and La Quinta where she received a 5-year service award. And she retired from the LCCC cafeteria.

Her favorite hobby was embroidering flour sack kitchen towels. She also loved crocheting, quilting, and cooking for her family.

Helen is survived by her seven children: Sylvia, Debbie (Fred), Michael (Tina), David (Liz), Katharine, Myra (Michael), Joe (Nancy); three brothers; and six sisters; 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one on the way!

Helen was preceded in death by her son, John; grandson, Christopher; parents, Joesph and Angela; siblings: Wallace, Steve, Bruce, Ramona; twin sister; husbands: Arthur Vigil, Fred Brown and Robert Pino.

Visitation will be held Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, in Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. A reception will follow at The Gathering Place, 1900 E. 22nd Street, across from the funeral home.


Kenneth Wayne Raymond

Kenneth Wayne Raymond: 1922 – 2023

Longtime Carbon County rancher Kenneth Wayne Raymond passed away at home on October 25, 2023 at the age of 100 years. 

He began his life December 11, 1922 on a farm in Larimer County Colorado with his parents, Burdette and Mabel Raymond, and brother Roy.  He graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1941 and majored in Animal Husbandry at Colorado State University.  

They continued to farm in Colorado until they purchased the UT Ranch, now known as Ferris Mountain Ranch, in the summer of 1949.  The ranch, and Ken in particular, have won several awards over the years.  In 1983 it was Rancher of the Year for Carbon County.  Ken was given the Bureau of Land Management Stewardship Award in 1998 and Landowner of the Year in 2000.  In September of 2000, Wyoming Wildlife Magazine wrote an article recognizing his outstanding contributions to wildlife management.  He helped restore deer, sage grouse, ducks and geese back to Ferris Mountain.  He also worked with Wyoming Game and Fish to establish a walk-in area for hunters.  In 2004 he won the Carbon County Pioneer Top Hand Award.  In 2005 he was asked by then Governor Dave Freudenthal to be on his committee to represent agriculture landowners on the Hunting Segment of Tourism Industry Task Force.  In 2007 he was honored as Wyoming’s Outstanding Older Worker and received a free trip to Washington DC. 

Ken was president of the Carbon County Historical Society for 12 years and when Wyoming turned 100 years old he produced a video tape of the county’s history which won the highest award presented. 

Ken was deeply involved in 4-H for over 20 years and was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame.  He was also a lifetime member of Rawlins Elks Lodge #609. 

Horseshoe pitching became his passion in the early 1970’s and he was very good at it.  He was the Wyoming State Champion 14 times and went to 3 World Horseshoe Tournaments where he placed 11th, 10th and 2nd in his class.  He is listed in the Wyoming Horseshoe Pitchers’ Hall of Fame in several categories. He was also a competitive bowler for over 30 years.

Survivors include his son Gary Raymond (Judy); his daughters Donna Overeem and Sandy Wilson (Kurt); his grandchildren: Kerrie Langmade, Kim Morrison, Kellie Overeem, Chris Dixon, Matt Wilson, Loni Wilson, Mabel Raymond and Kenny Raymond; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his adored wife Ruth of 52 years; daughter Cheryl Dixon; son-in-law Earl Dixon; son-in-law Marty Overeem; brother Roy Raymond and his wife Mary; and his parents.

Please join us as we celebrate his life Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rawlins Elks Lodge #609, 405 W. Buffalo Street in Rawlins, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations to the Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund and mailed to P. O. Box 609 Rawlins, WY 82301.     


Darwin L. Thompson

Darwin L. Thompson: 1935 – 2023

Darwin L. Thompson, 88, formerly of Cheyenne, passed away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 24, 2023. He was born in Alliance, Nebraska, the third of five children. He grew up in Edgemont, South Dakota and had many stories about growing up working on a farm outside of town.

Darwin met Phyllis Freouf in Martin, South Dakota and they married in 1956. They were blessed with four daughters. He was a great dad, encouraging his daughters in all of their activities.

Darwin always had the best kept yard on the street with a perfectly manicured lawn! He enjoyed basketball and baseball as a young man and played basketball with any daughters who would play with him (and their boyfriends) in the driveway. In retirement he rode his bike hundreds of miles and played softball on a retirement team in Apache Junction, Arizona. He and Phyllis were members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a member of the Cheyenne Moose Lodge #257.

Darwin was a power lineman. He began his career in Martin, South Dakota with the Rural Electrification Administration and retired from the Department of Energy in Cheyenne in 1994.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; brothers, Gordon “Bud” Thompson and Floyd Thompson; sisters, Beverly Rusk (Gayle) and Norma Jean Keil (Dwight “Doc”); and son-in-law Andy Guerra.

He is survived by his daughters: Charlene Guerra of Independence, Montana, Monica Peterson (Mick) of Farmington, New Mexico, Deanna Johnson (Karl) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Sandy Kreutner (Dale) of Brandon, South Dakota; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandsons; sisters-in-law, Donna Thompson and Norma Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

Vigil for the Deceased will be Friday, 5:00 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.
Funeral Liturgy will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


Jasper John Zumo

Jasper John Zumo: 1935 – 2023

Jasper John Zumo, a beloved member of the Cheyenne community, has passed away at the age of 88. Born on June 22, 1935, in his cherished hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jasper’s life was filled with love, laughter, and meaningful connections. A man known for his vibrant spirit and dedication to his loved ones, Jasper leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire all who knew him.

Jasper’s professional journey led him to work in the warehouse for Safeway. With unwavering commitment and hard work, he dedicated himself to his job and became an integral part of the team. His colleagues remember him as a reliable and diligent worker who always had a smile on his face. Another role where Jasper truly shined was as a protective big brother to Connie. His sister Connie fondly reminisces about Jasper’s unwavering support and how she always felt safe with him by her side. He was even rumored to have scared off a few suitors in her younger days.

In 2017, the Zumo family gathered in Cheyenne for a joyous occasion—a wedding that brought everyone together. But it was the days following the wedding that forever etched themselves into their hearts. The family converged at Connie’s house to witness the grandeur of a total solar eclipse—an event they shared with awe-filled wonderment. For Jasper, this cherished memory encapsulated the joy and unity of their bond—a day that would be treasured by each family member.

Jasper’s educational journey concluded with him graduating from Cheyenne High School—a milestone that filled him with pride. His time in school prepared him for the adventures that lay ahead while instilling in him values of perseverance and lifelong learning.

The Marines held a special place in Jasper’s heart, as he served diligently from 1954 to 1957 during Peace Time. Stationed in both Japan and California, he fulfilled his duty to his country with honor and dedication. Proudly wearing the uniform, Jasper exemplified bravery and selflessness, leaving an indelible mark on those who served alongside him. Jasper fell in love with California during this time, and he ultimately would live there for over 60 years. Many of the friends he made in California fondly referred to him as “Uncle Jasper” because once Jasper was a friend to you, he truly became family. Jasper lived in Oakland, Sacramento, and in Antelope all in California until in 2020 his family moved him back to Cheyenne, Wyoming due to health concerns.

Outside of his professional and military duties, Jasper possessed a zest for life that was truly infectious. He found solace and joy in playing the Frottier—an instrument also known as the washboard—as a part of a Zydeco Band. For 15 remarkable years, he shared his love for music and Cajun melodies with countless audiences who couldn’t help but tap their feet along to the rhythm. His passion for music was palpable, and it brought him tremendous happiness throughout his life.

Jasper’s proudest accomplishment remained his service as a Marine—a chapter in his life that defined him. The camaraderie he experienced and the principles instilled in him during his time in the military shaped Jasper into the compassionate, determined individual he became.

On October 27, 2023, Cheyenne lost one of its most cherished sons as Jasper breathed his last breath in the city he held dear. His passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all those who knew him. However, amidst their grief, they take comfort in knowing that the memories they shared with Jasper will forever be etched in their hearts—memories like the solar eclipse that served as a testament to their unbreakable bond.

In honor of Jasper’s remarkable life, funeral services will be held on November 2, 2023. The funeral service will commence at 2:00 p.m. at Schrader Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home located at 2222 Russell Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Friends and relatives are invited to gather there to pay their respects to a life well-lived. A burial service will take place at Cheyenne National Cemetery on the following day on November 3, 2023, starting at 10:00 a.m. This will be the final farewell as Jasper is laid to rest in a place befitting his service and dedication to his country. The cemetery, nestled on Hildreth Rd in Cheyenne, will provide a peaceful and serene backdrop for his eternal rest.

Jasper John Zumo’s memory will forever endure through those who survive him. His brother Pasquale Zumo; Pasquale’s wife Marlene; his sister Connie Waszak; as well as sister-in-law Billie (Charles’s wife) carry the torch of his legacy, ensuring that his light continues to shine brightly in their hearts.

In addition to his siblings, Jasper leaves behind a grieving family that includes many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Charles Vincent Zumo; father John Zumo; and mother Virginia Zumo.

One of Jasper’s most fond memories was a trip with his mother. He took her to Italy, visiting Rome and the Vatican as well as Sicily where the family has it roots. They travelled throughout Europe and bought a Volkswagen in Germany. It was a beautiful and joy filled time together words can not even describe.

The collective loss is immeasurable, and the grief of this loss is shared by all who knew Jasper.

To honor the remarkable life of Jasper John Zumo, let us remember him as the fun-loving and carefree soul who loved life to its fullest. May his memory serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though he may no longer be among us, Jasper’s spirit lives on through every melody played on a washboard and through the treasured memories shared with loved ones.

In this time of sadness, let us find solace in celebrating the life that Jasper led—a life marked by love, laughter, music, and unwavering dedication to family and country. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that he made a profound difference in the lives of those around him.


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