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Kerry Barney

Kerry Barney: 1950 – 2024

Kerry Michael Barney, 73, of Cheyenne, passed away at home with his wife by his side on January 28, 2024.

Kerry was born on February 5, 1950, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Wendall and LeOma Barney.

Kerry went into the Air Force after graduating from high school. He served his country proudly for 23 years. He retired as a Master Sergeant. He then worked for Sutherlands for 11 years and for Lowes for six years. He retired completely after that because of his M.S.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Mary; son, Kerry Jr., (Esther); daughter, Heather Heiskell (John); grandchildren: Contessa, Morris, Kerry III, Gabriel and Elliot; two brothers, Wayne (Lois) and Clay (Paula); their children; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Those who have preceded him in death are his dad, Wendall Ray Barney; mom, LeOma Barney; brothers, Kent, Verlynn and Shane; aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Services will be held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel, 1900 East 19th St., Cheyenne, Wyoming on February 8, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.

Elizabeth “Ibby” Davis

Elizabeth “Ibby” Davis: 1939 – 2024

Elizabeth Potter Davis, affectionately known as Ibby, entered this world in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 21, 1939, to Russell Sherman Potter and Louise Burdorf Potter. Ibby grew up in Wyoming, Ohio and met her forever friend, Robert (Rick) James Davis in kindergarten, 79 years ago. They would be celebrating their 62nd anniversary this August. Her life was defined by family, community, and art.

Ibby took pride in the accomplishments of her children: Katie Davis Crawford (Bill) and Stuart Ashby Davis (Laura). Her role as grandmother “Gribby” brought immeasurable joy, and she reveled in the love she shared with her five grandboys: Alex and Ian Crawford in Colorado, and Anderson, Griffin, and Beckett Davis in Maryland. Her extended family in Cheyenne included many close friends, among them the “Gourmet Group,” who provided 50 years of laughter, fun and support.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Louise and Russell; and her sister, Ann Potter Pedley.
She is survived by nephews, Art Pedley; grandniece, Alita, Russell Pedley (Leslie); grandnephew, Andrew; and her niece, Sally Pedley (Pat Abrams). Additionally, Ibby is remembered by her cousin, Sally Hayes (Gary); and their daughters, Sarah and Emily.

She was a proud graduate of Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio and continued at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she served as the President of her senior class. Ibby’s pursuit of knowledge took her to Miami University in Miami, Ohio, where she earned a master’s degree in advanced studies and contributed to the Dean of Women’s staff. Ibby’s commitment to education extended beyond her own learning as she taught school in Rochester, New York and Cincinnati, Ohio for 11 years.

The United States Air Force brought Ibby and Rick to Cheyenne in 1969, and the people they met over the two years of his service brought them back to the city permanently in 1973. Over the years Ibby contributed much to the community. She was an esteemed member and board participant of many organizations including the Cheyenne Women’s Civic League, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Old West Museum, Chamber Singers, the Depot, the Attention House, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Wyoming Children’s Society, where she was an honoree of their annual Gala. She served as the PEO AD President, served on the Laramie County Arts Council, National Society of Colonial Dames, the Mayor’s Art Committee, and contributed her time and expertise to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Her dedication to education and community welfare extended to her participation in the LCSD 1 Committee. She and Rick were most recently honored in November at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Denim & Diamonds gala.

Ibby was a celebrated local artist, contributing many paintings to charity auctions over the years. Her passion for creativity and learning was expressed through her participation in art classes over the course of 40 years at Laramie County Community College, where she met some of her dearest friends. She also studied art at the Cincinnati Art Academy and University of Rochester.

Ibby was truly in her element serving on the staff of Governor Mike Sullivan, where she used her creativity and poise to enhance the communication efforts of the office. She also served on his re-election campaign.

In the tapestry of Ibby’s life, every thread represents a commitment to family, community, and the arts. Her legacy will forever echo through the institutions she touched, the lives she enriched, and the community she so passionately served.

A memorial service to celebrate Ibby will be on Thursday, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 3:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Old West Museum.

Van A. Gray

Van A. Gray: 1954 – 2024

Van A. Gray, of Burns, passed away peacefully, January 31, at CRMC surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on September 30, 1954, in Cheyenne, to Alvin and Marguerite Gray. He graduated from East High School in 1973 and married the love of his life, Janice Andersen in October, 1979. Van was a UPRR Conductor and retired in 2016, after 39 years of service. He enjoyed camping, traveling to NASCAR races, watching his grandchildren play sports, tinkering in his shop, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife; children: Amber Barrett (Jeremie), Kevin Gray (Lindy), and Stacey Hoffman (Brooks); his eight grandchildren; sisters, Yvonne Ware and Jody Walter; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charlie.

A celebration of life is planned February 17 at the CFD Event Center, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the CFD Crisis Fund.

Jack L. Neufeld

Jack L. Neufeld: 1950 – 2024

Jack L Neufeld died on January 25, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming following a short illness. Jack was born and raised in Oregon where he still has several relatives. He was a Vietnam veteran and a passionate Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. He loved to fish, garden, read, and watch TV. Jack was known for his friendly demeanor and ability to make friends. He was a member of Meadowbrooke Church in Cheyenne at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his children: Becky Hagerman of Ruther Glen, Virginia, Rosmarie (James) McMullen of Lamar, Missouri, and Rubin (Tracy) Neufeld of Cheyenne, Wyoming; grandchildren: Brittany Johnson of Montgomery, Illinois, Madelyn and Jacob Hagerman of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Emily Hagerman of Kersey, Colorado, Camille, Bethany, Brand, and Sarah Hagerman of Ruther Glen, Virginia, Elizabeth (Lance) James of Bolivar, Missouri, Rebekah (Jared) Kinsey of Lamar, Missouri, Kathryn McMullen of El Cajon, California, and Faith McMullen of Lamar, Missouri, Melodie Neufeld of Cheyenne, Wyoming; great-grandchildren: Lili and Avery Johnson of Montgomery, Illinois, Michael Hagerman of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mae, Elora, Johanna, and Frederick Luebbert, Avinley and Ryozen James of Bolivar, Missouri, and Gotham and Irelia Kinsey of Lamar, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rubin John and Lula Eva Neufeld; stepmother, Marie Neufeld; brother, John Neufeld; sister, Karen Hostetler, all of Oregon; and his beloved wife, Janetlee (Kuffel) Neufeld, to whom he had been married for 46 years.

He met Janetlee in Cheyenne, Wyoming while stationed there. After his time in the Air Force, they went on to live in Nebraska, Missouri, and finally came full circle when moving back to Cheyenne. Jack had many jobs over the years, but his final and perhaps favorite job was being a caregiver to his wife, Janetlee. He faithfully took care of her for many years before she passed eight years ago. They were constant companions and it was rare to see one without the other. Jack’s faith was strong and, in fact, he led Janet to believe in the lord as well later in life. It is a comfort to know that he is no longer living alone but has been reunited with his beloved wife and his lord. The family would like to thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

Paula Diane Schultz

Paula Diane Schultz: 1942 – 2024

Paula Diane Schultz, 81, of Cheyenne, passed at Davis Hospice surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 15, 1942, Syracuse, Kansas to Pauline Mercedes Seba (Foote) and Valdo Seba.

Paula worked at many different jobs over her lifetime. She worked for Western Electric in Lee’s Summit, Missouri for several years before working in real estate, bookkeeping and as a purchasing agent for Russell Stover Candies in Kansas City, Missouri. As a single mother she would work up to three jobs at a time to support herself and her daughter, Catherine.

Paula’s hobbies included cross stitch, embroidery, macrame, and reading. One of her absolute favorite things to do was to fly. Though she learned to fly later in her life she pursued it as a passion and obtained her Private Pilot’s License and was the owner of a Cessna 120 and a Grumman Tiger and a member of the 99s, a women’s flying organization.

Her friendly smile and kind demeanor endeared her to everyone and she will be missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine; son-in-law, Andy White; three grandsons: Ian, Kyle, and Jason; and three great-grandchildren.

Paula was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline; and father, Valdo Seba.

Services to be determined later.

Sandra K. Thomas

Sandra K. Thomas: 1958 – 2024

Mrs. Sandra K. Thomas (widow of J.T Thomas) passed away at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne on January 26, 2024.

She was born January 17, 1958, to Henry and Alma Metz. She has a brother, Gary Metz, and sister, Mary Jane Roach.

She worked at Family Dollar before retiring in 2011.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, (Johnny J.T. Thomas); her father, (Henry Metz); her mother, (Alma Metz); and brother, (Gary Metz).

She is survived by her sister, Mary Jane Roach; daughters: Tori Grandpre of Wheatland, Wyoming, Michelle “Angie” White of South Dakota, and Staci Kutsulis of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

To name a few grandchildren: Xavier Schmidt, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Xander Goelz, Wheatland, Wyoming; Dylan and Cayden Kutsulis, of Cheyenne, Wyoming; so many more and many great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies included going thrift shopping; she always loved looking for something different and unique. She loved spending time with her family and grandkids and telling them stories. Her favorite shows included Hell’s Kitchen and Survivor.

A note from Tori:
I love you first and foremost I’m gonna miss our time and phone calls, but I know that you are free and reunited with dad and at peace thank you for loving me. Love always, your “Brat”.

Kenneth P. Young

Kenneth P. Young: 1938 – 2024

Kenneth Young Sr., 85, of Cheyenne, died January 27, surrounded by loving family.

Born July 31 in Sissonville, West Virginia, son of Clyde and Mabel Young. Ken spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force, 30 years FE Warren AFB Civil Service Firefighter/Station Chief and 20 years school as a bus driver with Laramie County School District.

Ken is survived by daughter, Tammy Young of Vancouver, Washington; and son Kenny Young (Teresa), of Hillsdale, Wyoming; daughter, Roxanne Klas (Dean) of Camas, Washington; and son, Craig Allen of Cheyenne, Wyoming; as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Young; his parents; and siblings: Betty Gillespie, Orval Young, Donald Young, Gloria Mullins, Jerry Young, and Robert Young.

Ken was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed playing cribbage, where he was a cribbage league founding father. He enjoyed talking and having a drink with his legion “family”. He was an avid football fan along with many other sports. Ken’s favorite was his dog Kellie, who went with him everywhere.

His Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., February 23, 2024, at the American Legion.