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Obituaries: Jones; Kepley; Lake; McCord

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Beverlee Ruth Jones

Beverlee Ruth Jones: 1946 – 2024

Beverlee R. Jones passed away at home, March 15, 2024 at the age of 77.  Beverlee was born July 22, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to John W. and Ruth  Woodruff Jones.

Beverlee was involved with the art community here in Cheyenne, and was part of the Three Crows Gallery and Gifts. She was a great artist and made wonderful silver jewelry and watercolors.

Beverlee has been cremated and her ashes will be spread at a Celebration of Life later in the summer.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Stanley G Kepley

Stanley G Kepley: 1954 – 2024

Stanley Gene Kepley, 69, of Cheyenne passed suddenly on March 21, 2024, after a brief illness. He was born on July 17, 1954, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Georgianna (Waldrip) and Ernest Jr. Kepley. They moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming a few years later, where he grew up. He attended East High School and enjoyed tending to the plants at McIntyre’s Garden Center.

After graduation he worked in Yellowstone National Park where he gained his love for the environment. He then went on to Laramie County Community College and graduated with his associates degree.

Stan worked as an engineer/conductor for 42 years on the railroad and worked the Cheyenne to North Platte route. The hours were rough at times, but he loved his job. He retired in March of 2017 and began living it up in retirement.

During retirement, he spent a lot of time on his property where he hiked, biked, kayaked, fished, and spent time with his four-legged best friend, Moose. He worked part time at the Civic Center in Cheyenne as an usher. He loved to see the different talent come to town and meet different people. He also made almost monthly trips to see his daughter in Pinedale. Together they enjoyed local recreation and outdoor adventures.

He is survived by his daughter, Taylor Kepley; sister, Susan L. Chambers (Rick); brother, Steven L. Kepley (Dee); nieces and nephews: Tia Clark (Troy), Cara Nett (Jeremy), Sean Chambers (Cara), Josh Kepley; great-nieces-and-nephews: Thayne Nett, Charlotte Chambers, Max Chambers; and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Georgianna and Ernest Jr. Kepley; and his sister, Sally Kepley.

The family will hold a service at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel in Cheyenne, Wyoming on April 1, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. To send family condolences please visit www.wrcfuneral.com

Richard “Dick” Lake

Richard “Dick” Lake: 1955 – 2024

Richard “Dick” E. Lake, a beloved father, grandfather, friend, and community member, passed away on March 20, 2024 at his ranch in Burns, Wyoming, after a lengthy battle with illness. He was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, on June 28, 1955, to Monte Joseph Lake and Laura Ann (Williams) Lake.

Throughout his life, Dick was known for his vibrant personality and love for socializing. Friends affectionately called him “Magpie” for his lively conversations. His infectious sense of humor and collection of dirty jokes brought joy to all who knew him. Dick had a deep appreciation for nature; he enjoyed hunting, searching for arrowheads, and feeding wild birds on his ranch. His fondness for animals extended to his beloved dogs Neva, Reba, and Misty. Dick stated he “never met a critter he didn’t like”.

Professionally, Dick dedicated 27 years of service as an Engineer for Union Pacific Railroad. In his retirement, he actively participated in various organizations such as the Board of Burns Fire Department and held lifelong memberships with clubs such as the North American Hunting Club, Foxtrotting Horse Breed Association, and the Elks Club. He also belonged to Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Dick’s commitment to community service was recognized when he received the “Role Model” award from Cathedral Home for Children in 1999, for his success as an adult after having graduated from their program in 1972.

Family was at the core of Dick’s life. He not only adored his daughters, Melissa (Jason) Custer (McMinnville, Oregon) and Tanya (Michael) Madsen (Torrington, Wyoming), but also served as a legal guardian to Devon Hedrick (Huntsville, Arkansas) and DJ Rupp (Cheyenne, Wyoming). His grandchildren: Alexis, Andrew “AJ,” & Aaron; and great-grandchildren: Jasper and Azalea were the light of his life. Dick is survived by siblings: Laura Lee Lake (Casper, Wyoming), Monica Jo Lake (Lacey, Washington), and Robert E. Lake (St. Genevieve, Missouri) and numerous cousins; nieces; and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; an infant brother, John Monte Lake; and sisters, Anita Vasquez and Diane Lake.

In honoring Dick’s memory, let us celebrate a life well-lived—a life marked by laughter, love for family, passion for nature, and dedication to serving others. His legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

At his request, there will be no funeral. The family will gather for a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Cathedral Home for Children via this link https://www.cathedralhome.org

Diana Lynne McCord-Christy

Diana Lynne McCord-Christy: 1952 – 2024

Diana Lynne McCord-Christy, 72, of Cheyenne, passed at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 13,1952, in Cheyenne Wyoming to Lois A. Stephens and Charles E. Morris.

Diana was a homemaker who committed herself to taking care of her family and her dogs. Diana always loved playing bingo. Diana enjoyed the bingo nights when she got to bring her grandchildren, Katelynn McCord and Isabel Williams with her. Diana looked forward to going to the movies on Tuesdays for Discount Day and hanging out with her girlfriends. She enjoyed traveling to new places and taking pictures. Diana enjoyed being with family most of all.

Diana is survived by husband, Larry Christy; daughter, Shelley Kokai; son, Jason McCord; grandchildren: Kyleigh McVay, Katelynn McCord of Oklahoma, Isabel Willams of Oklahoma and Jack McCord of Cheyenne; and her five great-grandchildren.

Diana was preceded in death by her first husband, Jerry McCord; her parents, Lois A. Stephens and Charles E. Morris; her brother and her granddaughter, Hannah Mattox; and her beloved dog, Sophie.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Pallbearers will be: Jason McCord, Isabel Williams, Spencer Anderson, Chaz McDanel, Jeffery McCord and William McCord.