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Obituaries: Anderson; Bennington; Spickard

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Robert Norman Anderson

Robert Norman Anderson: 1937 – 2024

Robert Norman Anderson was born on December 14, 1937 in Los Angeles, California where he learned to swim in the Pacific Ocean.

Robert completed high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming while his father was stationed at FE Warren AFB. Bob married Joyce Anita Johnson of Cheyenne in 1960. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in August 1926, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, after barely passing French. There he made a lifelong friend in R. Lynn Kirlin.

Robert enlisted as a reservist in the US Air Force upon graduation, following the career path of his father and older brother, achieving the rank of Captain and subsequently had assignments in Oregon, Thailand, New Mexico, Montana, Mississippi, and an extended time in San Antonio, Texas. Robert had the challenging assignment of teaching ROTC at the University of Montana, Missoula during the Vietnam war. Robert later re-enlisted as a non-commissioned officer. In the 1970s Robert quit smoking cold turkey after a scare with throat cancer. He became an adamant non-smoker. Robert retired from the Air Force in San Antonio and worked as both a real estate agent and a substitute school teacher specializing in Government. Robert eventually settled in his wife’s hometown of Cheyenne where he raised his granddaughter Abigail Wolfe.

Three of Robert’s grandchildren, Haley, Grace, and Abigail Wolfe, lived with Robert and Joyce in Cheyenne. Over time, Robert transformed from a strict disciplinarian to a compassionate grandfather. In his later years Robert was cared for by his granddaughter, Grace Wolfe.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Anderson; as well as his older brother, Ronald Cameron Anderson. He is survived by his two children, Lesley Nicole Heffner and Ronald Eugene Anderson; his wife, Joyce; as well as four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Interment and graveside service will be held June 14, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. MST. at the Cheyenne National Veterans’ Cemetery.

Robert disliked floral fragrances. Instead of flowers please donate to the USO in his name.

Murray James Bennington

Murray James Bennington: 1939 – 2024

Murray J. Bennington, 85, of Cheyenne, passed away at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 9, 1939, in Newmarket, Ontario Canada to Kenneth and Carmeta Bennington (Camack). He married the love of his life, Vivian Teufel on April 28, 1961.

Murray served in the Army National Guard in Wisconsin from 1959-1961 and Army Reserves in Illinois from 1961-1965 as a sharpshooter. He was an automotive professional most of his life. His hobbies included dirt bike riding in the mountains, restoring old Mopar cars and skeet shooting.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Bennington; son, Mike (Wendy) Bennington of Loveland, Colorado; grandchildren, Wes and Kayla of Loveland, Colorado, Brian (Ann) Bennington of Holland Landing, Ontario Canada, Dale Wilkins, sister, of Bloomington, Indiana; nephews: Tim (Lauren) Calabrese of Dallas, Texas, Jon (Chel) Calabrese of Dallas, Texas, Ken (Kim) of Bloomington, Indiana, Ben (Sara) of Bloomington, Indiana; step-brother, Bill (Meisy) Jackson; niece, Marla; and nephew, Bret Jackson and their children; and numerous grand-nephews and nieces.

Daniel B Spickard

Daniel B Spickard: 1955 – 2024

Daniel Bruce Spickard, of Cheyenne, formerly Erie, Colorado, passed at home May 9, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1955, in Denver, Colorado to Kenneth Charles Spickard and Donna Leigh Pearce.

Daniel was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who was stationed in San Diego, California; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Norfolk, Virginia, where he became a certified surgical technician. After he was honorably discharged, the family moved back to Colorado.

Daniel worked at Boulder Memorial Hospital for seven years, then Boulder Community Hospital for over 15 years. There he volunteered for many surgical missions to Mexico providing free surgeries to mainly children.

He loved riding his motorcycles, attending the Sturgis Bike Rally multiple times through the years with friends. He was always drawing, writing stories and poems which his family remembered with smiles. Daniel was a volunteer fireman with the Erie Fire Dept. and loved the adventure of it. He was active in the Boulder Seventh Day Adventist Church and would take time off many summers to help with Mission Impacts which provided free summer camps to kids on the various reservations around the country.

He is survived by his wife, Cornelia (nee Newbold); daughters, Amanda (Mike) Spanbauer of Berthoud, Colorado and Melissa (Craig) Blanckaert of La Salle, Colorado; sister, Karen Farris of Phoenix, Arizona and brother, James Spickard of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren: Andy and Jakob Spanbauer; Aine, Laurana and Daegan Blanckaert.

Daniel was preceded in death by both his parents; brothers, Kenneth Wayne Spickard and Mark Spickard; son, Ryan Spickard; and grandson, Willem Baran.

Services will be held June 21, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Wyoming National Cemetery. Hildreth Rd, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009.