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John E. Japp, Sr.

John E. Japp, Sr.: 1936 – 2024

John E. Japp, Sr., age 88, of Bar Nunn, WY, passed away on May 28, 2024, in Spearman, Texas. He was born on February 18, 1936, in Gillette, Wyoming to Ernest and Elsie (Schuett) Japp.

John is survived by his three children: John (Penny) Japp, Jr., Gillette, Wyoming, Jacqueline (Chris) Brewer of Newport News, Virgina, and Julie (Scot) Martin of Spearman, Texas; his grandchildren: Aaron Brewer, J.R. (Timber) Japp, Nikki (Brian) Halpain, Garrett (Heather) Martin, Stuart Martin, and Malory (Jace) Foster; his nine great-grandchildren; his only sister, Ruth (Harry) Wolff of Gillette, Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Juanita.

John graduated from Campbell County High School in 1954 and attended Mechanics School at Casper College. He met Juanita Reust of Guymon, Oklahoma, at the First Baptist Church in Casper, and she became his bride of 60 years. Together, they owned and operated Big “J” Coin & Antiques for many years. In the late 1970s, John attended auctioneering school in Kansas City and soon ended his 23-year career as a USPS letter carrier to pursue his calling as a full-time estate auctioneer, with business locations in Casper and Gillette.

John and Juanita were founding and lifetime members of the Casper Antique & Collector’s Club, the Casper Coin Club, and the Wyoming Auctioneer’s Association. John was also a lifetime member of A.CT.R.A. and the NRA. He was highly respected for his honesty and integrity in the auction business and was well-known for his quick wit and humor during bid calling. For over 40 years, he graciously volunteered his services to call a wide variety  benefit auctions in the Casper and surrounding areas. John was an avid collector of Wyoming tokens, license plates, and books, and possessed a profound knowledge of Wyoming history.

To John, a good day was any day spent in Wyoming, particularly if it involved fishing (though he didn’t favor eating them). His grandchildren looked forward to hearing him repeat the true story of his pet prairie dog, Clarissa, as well as any of his fabled tales. He was such a compelling storyteller and trickster that sometimes it was hard to discern his true tales from the deceptively convincing ones. Time spent in John Japp’s presence was always time well spent.

A funeral service to bid adieu will be held on June 13, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casper Meals on Wheels or the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper.

Arrangements are under the care of Bustard’s Funeral Home.


David Braun

David Braun: 1955 – 2024

David Braun, 69, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away peacefully Friday evening, May 24, 2024, surrounded by loved ones.

David was born on April 2, 1995 to Richard “Emerson” Braun and Carol June Carver Braun. He grew up in Ohio with seven siblings: Richard Braun, Gary Braun, Stephen Braun, Danial McClure, Carla Peter, Shane McClure, and Tammy Erdman. He was preceded in death by his father, Emerson; and brother, Stephen. He is survived by his mother, Carol McClure; his wife; and six of his siblings.

He was a devoted husband to his wife, Frances, for over 30 years. David was a father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, veteran, and generous friend. Dave’s legacy is one of service and kindness, he was always willing to help others.

Born on April 2, 1955, David served honorably in the United States Army before dedicating over 30 years to the Department of Veterans Affairs. His retirement in 2021 marked the end of a distinguished career, but his commitment to service and helping others continued.

Dave had a passion and skill for rehabbing cars, and he was often found in his driveway, garage, or at his friends’ homes helping them with repairs on their cars. His mechanical skills and willingness to assist others were well-known and deeply appreciated. Dave’s friends remember him as a man of few words, a skilled mechanic, very knowledgeable, and always on the lookout for parts to fix someone’s car. 

A memorial service for Dave will be held on June 24, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at the Schrader Funeral Home Chapel, Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in David’s name to Veterans’ Rock (307) 514-0035.


Ginette V. “Jean” Larkin: 1927 – 2024

Ginette V. “Jean” Larkin, 97, of Cheyenne, died on June 3, 2024 in Cheyenne.

She was born on February 10, 1927 in Paris, France.

Jean volunteered at the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, Old West Museum, Audubon Society, and the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

She is survived by two daughters, Valerie Graham and Catherine Wallace.

Cremation and burial of her urn have taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.


Domingo Medina

Domingo Medina: 1941 – 2024

Domingo B. Medina, 82, of Cheyenne, died Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Sierra Hills Assisted Living Center.

Domingo was born on September 23, 1941, in Guadalupita, New Mexico, and had lived in Cheyenne for 67 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Eagles Lodge and was an avid bingo player.

Mr. Medina is survived by his four sons: Dominick (Lee) Medina, Matthew Medina, Billy (Lori) Medina, Adam (Danelle) Medina; daughter, Bernadette (Donaldo) Medina; two sisters, Rosa Romero of Cheyenne and Mercy Cruz of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Phoebie; parents, Blas Sr. and Ruperta (Garcia) Medina; five brothers and three sisters.

The Vigil for the Deceased will be Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Funeral Liturgy will be Thursday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Emilio Cabrera as the celebrant. Reception immediately following mass at the reception hall. Cremation and burial services will take place at a later date.


Donald “Donnie” Nelson

Donald “Donnie” Nelson: 1962 – 2024

Donald “Donnie” Nelson, 61, of Cheyenne passed away in the great outdoors, surrounded by nature. He was born on November 15, 1962, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Donald Lee and Lois Ann Nelson.

Donnie dedicated his career to the craft of carpentry, working tirelessly for various companies throughout his life. His skilled hands built countless homes and structures, leaving a lasting legacy of his craftmanship and dedication. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail, work ethic, and the pride he took in his work.

Beyond his professional life, Donnie was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting, shed hunting, camping, and riding ATVs. He found solace and adventure in the wilderness, always eager to explore new trails and camp under the stars. His love for nature was evident for all who knew him, and he often shared his adventures with friends and family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Chrissie; his children: Nicole Jenkins; Dakota (Jeff) Ponce; Dalton (Brailey) Nelson; and Zach (Kayla) Parrish; grandchildren: Shaylin, Landin, Kayana, Kayden, Kai, Savvy, Axell, and baby Nelson; siblings: William (Noralee) Nelson; Ronald (Carmen) Nelson; and Sheila Rhynsburger. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earl Nelson; and brother-in-law, Patrick Rhynsburger.

Donnie loved and adored his wife, children, and grandchildren deeply and with his whole heart. He was truly loved by so many extended family and friends. We would love for anyone who feels comfortable to come forward during the service to tell a short story about Donnie. If you do not feel comfortable speaking, we would welcome your story in writing to be read aloud for you.

Service and Celebration of Life will take place at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Event Center, 1230 E. 8th Ave., Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Laramie County Loss Team or Laramie County Grief Support Group.


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