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Elizabeth Marie "Liz" Brown

Elizabeth Marie “Liz” Brown: 1974 – 2024

Elizabeth Marie Brown, 49 of Cheyenne, was called home to her lord and savior on January 31, 2024. She was born July 15, 1974, in Cheyenne to CJ Brown and Patricia Ann Brown. She would become a wonderful older sister to both Kimberly and Daniel.

Elizabeth attended Central High School, graduating in 1992. She then went on to LCCC and obtained her Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She continued to Colorado State University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Lastly, with her wit and brilliance, she stayed in Colorado to earn her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

She started working for the Wyoming Department of Transportation but eventually moved on to the State of Wyoming, Department of Revenue as an Accounting Specialist.

Elizabeth exuded love. When she loved, she loved wholeheartedly. Elephants! Elephants! Elephants! Although she was not a biological mother, she treated her nieces and nephew as her own. She was extremely selfless when it came to helping others. Her favorites were tutoring, accounting, and going on adventures to find a new food spot she researched. Her excitement was contagious.

She is survived by her father, CJ; mother, Patricia; sister, Kimberly; and brother, Daniel; her aunts: Elizabeth Potter, Earlean Burnett, Marylean Cutler, Shirley Robinson, and Vera Jones; her uncles, Mose Brown Jr., and James Reid; nieces and nephew, Nevaeh, Tayzia, Jasmine, and Xavier; and also survived by extended family; dear friends; and her brothers and sisters from church, New Kingdom COGIC.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mose Sr, and Ira Brown; maternal grandparents, Samuel and Pearl Reid; aunts: Evelyn Reid, Libby Musgrow, and Sarah Reed; uncles, JB Brown and John S. Jenkins; and her godparents, Andrew and Betty Stiggers.

Services will be held Friday, February 9, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Wiedersphan-Radomsky Chapel with a reception to immediately follow at The Gathering Place.

The family kindly requests in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Elizabeth Brown Memorial Fund at Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union or simply remember her in your prayers.

Pamela Jane Kerbs

Pamela Jane Kerbs: 1948 – 2024

Pamela Jane (Deiterman) Kerbs, 75, of Cheyenne Wyoming, passed away at home on February
1, 2024.

She was born in Waco Texas on November 24, 1948 to Marie (Ellis) and Wilfred (Bill)

Pam worked for the VA Administrative Services in Cheyenne for many years, and retired in
2013. Pam loved her horse, cats, and dogs as well as her other farm animals, and had many
that she cared for at home. She was very creative and loved to bake and sew for her
grandchildren and great grandchildren, creating quilts, Halloween costumes, and even a
wedding dress.

She is survived by her brothers, Doug and Steve Deiterman; sister, Phyllis Ochs; husband, Roger
Kerbs of Cheyenne; her children, Ethan Jordan (Missy) of Lorena, Texas and Tiffany Carlson (Chris)
of Cheyenne, Wyoming; step-children, Bryon Kerbs (Veronica) and Leah Dennon (Gary) of Fort
Collins, Colorado. Pam had 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held for Pam in Cheyenne at Wiederspahn Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes
February 5,2024, then she will be buried in Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Black Dog Animal Rescue.

Michael Reiff

Michael Reiff: 1947 – 2024

Michael Reiff, affectionately known as Mike, passed peacefully in his home in Cheyenne, Wyoming January 30, 2024. He left behind a legacy of kindness, love, and generosity that touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was born on January 5, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska to Lee and Mildred Reiff.

Mike’s infectious love for life was evident from a young age. One of fondest memories shared by Pat was when Mike took him for a ride in his Boss 302 when he was just a little kid. This exhilarating experience created a bond between them that would last a lifetime. Another cherished memory involved Pat sneaking out to ride his bike from his own house down to Mike’s house when he was only seven years old—a mischievous adventure that highlighted their deep friendship.

As a true cowboy at heart, Mike found solace and fulfillment in rodeo. He embraced the adrenaline rush of being a bull rider and willingly shared that passion with others. He dedicated countless hours of his time to Cheyenne Frontier Days, serving on multiple committees and contributing immensely to its success. Mike’s commitment and love for the rodeo community will always be remembered.

During those carefree summer days, Pat eagerly looked forward to spending time at Mike’s house in Superior, Nebraska. Mike would take young Pat prairie dog hunting with a .22 caliber rifle—an experience that stirred up excitement and left lasting memories. They also made trips to the chicken coop together to collect fresh eggs—an activity that symbolized Mike’s nurturing and giving nature.

Ever the selfless individual, Mike went above and beyond to help make his niece Taylor’s wedding day truly special. The night before the wedding, a storm caused havoc with fallen tree branches and trunks scattered around. Without hesitation, Mike rolled up his sleeves and worked tirelessly alongside others to clean up the mess. He demonstrated that love and support extended beyond words, but through steadfast actions.

Mike’s thoughtfulness knew no bounds, and he never missed an opportunity to celebrate his loved ones’ milestones. His thoughtfully penned poems found their way into cards, delivered with warmth and affection on their special days. Each poem was a testament to Mike’s creativity and his ability to touch hearts through simple yet profound gestures.

Faith played an essential role in Mike’s life, as he honored others by having Mass said for them. His devotion and spiritual compass guided him to show compassion and generosity towards those who needed it most. It is a testament to the depth of his character that he embraced these acts of kindness wholeheartedly.

Beneath his cowboy exterior, Mike possessed a kind and loving soul that radiated warmth to all who knew him. His generous nature knew no bounds, extending far beyond the ranching life he cherished. He selflessly gave his time and resources to several charitable organizations, leaving a lasting impact on the community he held dear. As a neighbor, friend, and family member, Mike was deeply loved and appreciated by all.

Mike is survived by his brothers, Terry and Pat; son, Lee; and grandson, Aiden. Mike joins his beloved daughter, Carol. Mike also leaves behind a multitude of friends whose lives were forever touched by his love and friendship. Though physical distance may separate us now, the memories of Mike will forever unite our hearts in celebration of a remarkable individual who made this world a better place.

As we bid farewell to Mike today, let us remember him for his unwavering spirit, heartfelt compassion, and zest for life that will continue to inspire us all. May his soul find eternal peace on the open plains as he rides off into the sunset—forever a cowboy at heart.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m.

Pamelia “Pam” Schuetz

Pamelia “Pam” Schuetz: 1945 – 2024

Pamelia “Pam” Schuetz, 78, of Cheyenne, died on January 30, 2024 in Cheyenne.

She was born on June 22, 1945 in Crawford, Nebraska.

Pam’s first job was with Tom’s Garden Spot where she enjoyed “playing in the dirt.” She then became a Realtor for Century 21 Bell. She was Realtor of the Year in 1989.

After leaving real estate, she worked for the Cheyenne Board of Realtors, Pro Management, Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union and Schreiner, Westcamp and Schmerge, where she retired in 2017.

She volunteered during the Old West Museum Art Show and also volunteered at the Old West Museum during Frontier Days.

She enjoyed hanging out at the Airport Golf Course with her friends and family.

She is survived by her brother, Emmett (Jan) Hale of Belmont, Nebraska; her daughters, Brenda (Ron) Fanning and Wendy Pino; her grandsons: Christopher (Jaime) Schuetz, Kevin Pino, and Cody Harris; and her great grandchildren, Jayda Schuetz, Anora and Leon Harris.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ellis and Dora Hale; her husband, Joel Schuetz; and her son, Dennis Schuetz.

Her favorite saying was “Have a group hug for me.” So, everyone please have a group hug for her.

Services will be Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Daniel Hart Smith

Daniel Hart Smith: 1978 – 2024

Daniel Hart Smith, 45, of Cheyenne, died on January 3, 2024 in Cheyenne.

He was born on February 8, 1978 in Cheyenne.

Daniel graduated from East High School in 1999 and was a courtesy clerk at Albertson’s.

He is survived by his mother, Denise Smith; a brother, Adam Smith; a niece, Makayla Smith; a nephew, Justin Smith; and a great-niece, Timber Spurrier.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father, Steven Hart Smith.

Services will be Saturday, February 10, 2024, 1:00 p.m., at Cheyenne Berean Church.