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Obituaries: Abeyta; Lewis; Roark; Sneesby; Strayer

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Michael Ray Abeyta

Michael Ray Abeyta: 1985 – 2023

Michael was born August 21, 1985, to Daniel and LaDonna Abeyta in Beaver, Oklahoma. He was an iron welder. He enjoyed fishing, working out, and riding his motorcycle. Michael was very artistic and enjoyed drawing and doing tattoos. When Michael was not working, he was spending time with his girlfriend Desiree and family.

Michael is survived by his parents, Daniel and Ursula Abeyta, and LaDonna and Able Camargo; children: Michael Taylor, Vida Taylor, JaviAnna Taylor, Ray Abeyta; siblings: Daniel Abeyta Jr, LaRae Abeyta, Lawrence Abeyta; girlfriend, Desiree Renteria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael is preceded in death by his brother, Dominic Abeyta.

Our loss feels unbearable right now, but we know that our love for Michael will be with us forever. There will be Visitation on Thursday, from 9am-4pm, at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. A funeral service will be Friday, at 2:30 p.m., at Restoration Fellowship Church, with a reception to follow.


Gary Alan Lewis

Gary Alan Lewis: 1956 – 2023

Gary Alan Lewis, 67 of Cheyenne Wyoming passed away peacefully on November 22, 2023. He was born November 16, 1956.

Gary made many friends during the 40 years he was with Magic City and before that, as a boy, at the Cheyenne Opportunity School. He worked at many places in Cheyenne and touched many lives.

He will be remembered by everyone for his cheerful laugh and long memory. If Gary met you once, you were no longer a stranger but a friend. He would shake your hand warmly and call you by name the next time he saw you out and about. He loved to cheer people up and could always be relied on to make your day better with his smile and happy personality. He loved Frontier Days, and especially liked to put on his cowboy hat, go to pancake breakfasts or walk around Frontier Park to see the sights. He was ready every year with his favorite concession order; a smoked turkey leg, a corndog, and some cotton candy.

He loved to go for car rides around town with his younger brother or older sister and could always convince them that an ice cream or coffee would be the perfect end to their drive. Gay liked to joke and have fun, and was known to play tricks on his siblings, nieces, nephews and roommates. He will be missed.

Gary is survived by five brothers: Mark, John, Glen, Dan, and Jim Lewis; and one sister, Mary R White. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Eugene and Marian Lewis; and two brothers, Rush and Paul Lewis.

Services will be held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes, December 9, 2023, at 10 a.m. A gathering for friends and family will be held after the service.


Janeen Roark

Janeen Roark: 1956 – 2023

Janeen Roark, 67 of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

She was born on January 17, 1956 in Upland California to Leslie Keyes Cutting Jr. and Marjorie Jane Crum. She married Garrett Roark on November 15, 1975 in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Janeen was the oldest with three siblings. She graduated from Grants Pass High School in the class of 1974. She also attended Rogue Community College as well as beauty school. She was devoted to her family and her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She was personally invested in each member of her family’s life.

As a pastor’s/minister’s wife, she was committed to a personal relationship with God. She was a prayer warrior known far and wide for her willingness to go to God on others’ behalf. She leaves a legacy of faith and hope.

She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting, and cooking for her family, a drive in the mountains, and going to Walden for a Sutter’s Meal at the bowling alley, or having a tea party with her grandkids. Janeen loved to laugh and make others happy with her joyful demeanor. She had an infectious laugh which will always be remembered. Janeen always made people feel welcome at the Thanksgiving table if they did not have a place to go, and she made sure you didn’t leave her house hungry anytime you stopped by.

She loved to make her grandchildren pancakes and chocolate waffles to make sure they felt loved and cared for. She was the very best cheerleader, patting your shoulder saying, “You’re the best!”

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Garrett Roark; a daughter, Jennifer Redenbaugh, and husband Bart of Cheyenne, Wyoming; with grandchildren: Briella, Brianna, Brody and Brenton Redenbaugh; a daughter, Abby Barber and husband Ivan of Grants Pass, Oregon; with children Jillian Schlegel, Jemma and Jaelyn Barber; a nephew, Calvin Robertson amd wife Ashley, of Owasso, Oklahoma; with children William Kallal, Allison and Zane Robertson.

She is also survived by her brother, Leslie Daniel Cutting of Grants Pass, Oregon; and her sister, Lori C Anderson of San Diego, California; and many nieces and nephews as well as close friends will miss her.

Janeen was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Pamela Cutting.

She loved fiercely and will be greatly missed by many.


Gregory W. Sneesby

Gregory W. Sneesby: 1946 – 2023

Gregory Wayne Sneesby, 77, died on November 23, 2023 surrounded in love by his wife, children, and sister, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Born September 24, 1946 to Roger and Gladys (Deyo) Sneesby, in Wheatland, Wyoming, he spent his early childhood in Chugwater before moving to the family farm in Carpenter. He attended Carpenter Elementary School and High School, graduating in 1965, He was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, raising registered Hampshire sheep and swine, and was selected as an FFA State Farmer.

He was a proud graduate of University of Wyoming, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. It was at the university that he met Karine Gard, whom he married in June 1969. They were married for 54 years and had three children Ann (Aaron Koch) Sneesby-Koch, Eric (Stephanie) Sneesby, and Ashley (Russell Stippich) Sneesby.

Greg’s job as a project engineer on missile sites, among other vocations, took the family on many adventures moving to North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, California, and Colorado Greg and Karine returned to Wyoming for good and built their dream home in Carpenter on the family far, where he was an organic wheat farmer and spoiled his dogs.

Greg loved fast cars, particularly his 1966 Corvette Stingray, and loud music (he was known to sneak AC/DC into the Christmas morning playlist). He was a voracious reader and crossword puzzler. He could fix or build anything; he had a knack for mechanics and carpentry. He’ll be remembered, among his amazing accomplishments as a husband, father, brother and friend, for his sense of humor and legendary eye-rolls.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sister, Karen Sneesby Deyo of Evanston, Wyoming; and his grandchildren, Beatrix Koch and Roger Koch of Denver, Colorado.

Please consider, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Davis Hospice Center, Cheyenne’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, or the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. A Memorial service is planned for December 7, 2023 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Cheyenne.


Lois Marlene Strayer

Lois Marlene Strayer: 1937 – 2023

Marlene Strayer passed away November 20, 2023. Marlene (Crosier) Strayer was born on May 15, 1937, in Akron, Colorado to Alva and Dorothy Crosier. She lived in Akron until moving to Greeley, Colorado in 1957. She also lived in Grover, Colorado, Carpenter and Veteran, Wyoming until moving to Cheyenne in 1969.

She worked with LCSD#1 for 17 years before retiring in 1994. She also owned and operated Wyoming Milk Can Cooking until her retirement in 1998. Marlene often said she cooked in “half the garages in Cheyenne”. She was also a member of the Elks Lodge #660 in Cheyenne.

She is survived by daughters, Lorye McLeod of Ft. Collins and Kelly Brown of Cheyenne; granddaughter Niki (Nate) Dale; great-grandsons Kylon and Kaysen of Gillette, Wyoming; brother Ken (Vonnie) Crosier of Centennial, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister; and husband Ike, who passed away in 1994.

Contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, 2015 So. Greeley Hwy, Cheyenne, WY 82007.


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