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Obituaries: Kopcho; Tammen

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Michael Anthony Kopcho

Michael Anthony Kopcho: 1977 – 2024

Michael Anthony Kopcho, “Kopcho,” “Kop,” was called home because of a sudden medical event to our lord and savior on April 15, 2024. Michael was born on May 11, 1977, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Larry Gene Sr. and Rosemarie (Tafoya) Kopcho. He began working at eleven years old at the Tribune Eagle as a paper boy; he worked every day of his life from that point forward.

His employer for the last 22 years was Quality Brand (formerly Orrison Distribution). Michael was known throughout his life for his strong work ethic, he was very proud of the amazing things he accomplished in his life and worked hard to provide for his family.

Kop married the love of his life, his best friend, Brandi Mae (Henning) with a Bronco-themed wedding on July 21, 2001. Together they enjoyed long motorcycle rides, cruising in their lime green Mustang, garage sales, and just spending time together. They are truly soulmates and were inseparable. Kopcho insisted they do everything together as a team. Along with spending time with Brandi, he enjoyed spending time with his children, Matthew Joseph, Alyssa Mae, and Malakai Craig, and his fur grand pups, Shadow and Lazarus, and always had to have his ice cream.

Kopcho had a smile that could light up a room. He had a big heart and loved hard and deeply. Whenever he wanted something, he would not give up until it was his. He was in his second year of sobriety, one of the hardest battles of his life, but we will forever be proud of him.

Kopcho is survived by his loving wife of 24 years this year, Brandi Mae; his children: Matthew Joseph (Brooke), Alyssa Mae, and Malakai Craig Kopcho; his parents, Larry Gene Sr. and Rosemarie Kopcho; in-laws, Craig and Terry Henning; brother, Larry Jr. (Tawnee); sister, Erlinda (David) New; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews that he loved very much.

There will be a public viewing on April 23, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Services will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Family Harvest Church. The interment will be at Beth-El Cemetery followed by a reception at Family Harvest Church. Help us celebrate his life and dress colorfully and casual. If you ride a motorcycle, please ride in support of Kopcho.

Jeffrey Thomas Tammen

Jeffrey Thomas Tammen: 1965 – 2024

Jeffrey Thomas Tammen (Jeff) died unexpectedly on Monday, April 15 2024 while visiting friends in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Jeff is survived by his four children: Michael Tammen (Sydney), Dominic Garcia-Tammen (Ashley), Joshua Tammen, and Jessica Tammen (Jake); his two sisters, Alisa Holt (Eric) and Cindy Rice; his five nephews: Travis Lake (Jennifer), Justin Lake, Ross Holt, Fox Holt and Lane Holt; his niece, April Hudson (Brad); his two grandchildren, Amarra Tammen and Jameson Fogg; and his two beloved dogs, Laddie and Sadie.

Jeff is also survived by the following individuals who were all important people in his life; Faith and John Vroman; Dawn Garcia-Espinoza (Brian); Kenneth Garcia (Bobbi-Jo); Jonnie Vroman (Aaron); Chanda Snook; and his great friend, Kevin Boheler.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Leota Tammen; and his brother-in-law Rocky Vroman.

Jeff was born on March 2, 1965 to parents Thomas and Leota Tammen in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jeff spent most of his life in Cheyenne before moving to Casper, Wyoming, his place of residence at the time of his passing. Jeff graduated from East High School in 1984 before attending Laramie County Community College where he would graduate with a degree in Radiography in 1991.

Jeff was a highly respected Multimodality Radiologic Technologist. Most recently, he was an employee of Banner Health in Casper, Wyoming. Jeff also spent a significant portion of his career at Cheyenne Radiology Group and was a current nominee for the position of President in The Wyoming Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Jeff proudly organized and hosted an annual Pheasant hunt and was an active second generation member of the Shriners Club where he would frequently volunteer at group events. In his younger years, Jeff was a decorated bull rider and avid rodeo enthusiast. He would participate in many events and competitions throughout the states during his time dedicated to the sport. Jeff also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending quality time with his friends and family.

Services will be held April 25 at 2:00 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel,1900 East 19th St., Cheyenne Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Jeff’s name to the Shriners Club, whose causes Jeff strongly supported. If interested, Please send donations to the following address:

Shrine Boosters Care of Jeff Tammen
301 Thelma Dr. #245
Casper, WY 82609