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Obituaries: Grant; Reyes; Rogers; Sanchez

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Lance "Lanny" Grant

Lance “Lanny” Grant: 1954 – 2024

Lance Linus Grant, 70, of Cheyenne passed away at his home on Tuesday June 18, 2024, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 11, 1954, in Cheyenne to Jack and Jessie Grant. Lanny was a dedicated Union Pacific railroad Engineer for 42 years and happily retired to spend time with his family. Throughout his eventful and active life, Lanny lived for sports. Starting with a decorated career in Little League, to his accolades in football and basketball at Saint Mary’s High School, to his constant time spent on the softball diamond and the hardwood. Lanny couldn’t resist a high pitch to tomahawk or an opportunity to take a hook shot from virtually anywhere on the court.

Later in life, Lanny transitioned to a focus on all University of Wyoming athletic events, the Buffalo Bills, and the bird sanctuary he created in his backyard.

Lanny married Karon Gay Shipman on August 19, 1978, and from this happy union they had three children, all of which survive him: Adam Grant (Christine), Derek Grant (Katie), and Jade Herstein (Jeff). Gay Grant preceded him in death on November 22, 2009. He then married Linda Shaklee on September 8, 2014, who survives him.

He is also survived by his brother, Rocky Grant (Peggy); stepchildren: Casey Fosher (Tami), Cory Fosher (Emily); 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lanny was also preceded in death by: Jack Grant, Jessie Grant, Sharron Dienes, Dennis Grant, Bennett Grant and Connie Grant.

Vigil service will be held at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel on June 23, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. Mass will be held at Saint-Mary’s Cathedral on June 24, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Dominego Cesar Reyes: 2006 – 2024

Dominego Cesar Reyes, 18, of Cheyenne passed away on June 15, 2024. He was born on January 26, 2006, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Tina Barnhart and Uriel Reyes, Jr.

Dominego grew up in Cheyenne. He loved hanging out with his family, especially watching movies with his mom. He loved his dog, Prince, who went everywhere with him. He also liked going hunting and fishing with his grandpa and brother. He liked listing to music while he played video games. He was excited to start welding school in the fall.

He is survived by his mother, Tina Barnhart; father, Uriel Reyes, Jr.; brother, Joseph Reyes; grandfather, Mike Barnhart; uncle, Tony Barnhart; aunt, Cassie Barnhart; cousin, Shane Barnhart; his Nina, Vanessa Hernandez; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandmother, Mary Anne Barnhart; and great-grandmother, Maria Medina.

Alice Evonne Rogers: 1955 – 2024

Evonne passed away on February 16, after fighting a series of illnesses and injuries for better than a decade. After each setback, she would rally and find a way to continue on until her last illness.

She was born on June 2, 1955, in Laramie Wyoming to A.R. (Rex) Rogers and Margaret N. (Holseapple) Rogers. Evonne graduated from Riverton High School in 1973 and initially went to the University of Wyoming on a full scholarship. She ultimately graduated from U.W. with a BS degree in Mathematics in 1983 after an interruption in her academic career, finishing her degree a few classes at a time.

Evonne married her soulmate in 1983, and she and her husband Ron were blessed with the birth of their daughter Corinne in 1992.
Evonne made a career in computer programming/ computer systems administration. She worked as a programmer/analyst for UW Atmospheric Science, UW computer services, and then worked for a while as a consultant on the pilot program in Wyoming to move food stamp and child nutrition benefits to smart cards.

She then went to work for the State of Wyoming and was the Y2K coordinator for the state to prevent system failures due to the millennium problem. She finished her career as the telecom administrator for the state when illness forced her retirement.

In addition to her other work activities Evonne was also a farm wife after she and Ron moved the family farm near Albin, Wyoming upon the retirement of Ron’s folks in 1987. She cheerfully and enthusiastically helped with all the farm activities, running equipment, driving truck, delivering hay and being a mechanic – all while raising a garden, managing accounting and all the other sundry chores, relaxing with cross-stitch and crocheting projects in her spare time.

Evonne was a Majority Member of Job’s Daughters and started working as an adult leader around 1985, working with the girls for almost 30 years (18 of those years before her daughter was old enough to join). She served on Bethel councils in Laramie and Cheyenne, ultimately acting as a Bethel guardian for four different bethels. She also served as Grand Bethel Guardian of Wyoming and Grand Guardian of Wyoming. She had a passionate belief in the growth and development, and compassionate support for Jobie’s. One of her proudest moments was receiving the Degree of Royal Purple recognizing her efforts.

She was also a committed member of the Order of the Eastern Star, working and sharing with her sisters and brothers of Burns Chapter #41 for 27 years. She served at various times a Worthy Matron, and was the meals chairman, planning, coordinating and cooking for the various meal projects used by the chapter as fund raisers. She was appointed Grand Chapter Musician in the 2022-23 Grand Family.

Evonne is survived by the husband, Ron Siekert; daughter, Corinne; brother, Alan Rogers and his spouse Kathy; brother-in-law, Rick Carlson and spouse Jane; sister-in-law, Pamela Damm; and six nieces and nephews.

Services to be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. A light luncheon will follow at the Masonic Temple, 1820 Capitol Ave. Memorials in lieu of flowers should go to The Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation or to a charity of your choice.

John Michael Sanchez: 1946 – 2024

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, opa, brother, and friend, John Michael Sanchez.

A man known for his friendliness, generosity, intelligence, and charm, John passed away peacefully at his home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 11, 2024, at the age of 77. His ever-present smile and terrific sense of humor will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

John was born on December 16, 1946, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Marcelino and Mary Sanchez. He graduated from Central High School in Omaha in 1965 and began his career with Union Pacific Railroad soon after.

In addition to his diligent 37-year allegiance to the railroad, John and his wife, Maria Barbara Sanchez, co-owned A Step Ahead Salon for 38 years. Together, they built not only a business but an enduring legacy of hard work, dedication, and community spirit.

John’s greatest joy in life was his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Maria Barbara Sanchez, and their four children: Lisa (Tony) Lowham of Lander, Wyoming; Debbie (Thom) Niedergerke of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado; Mike Sanchez of Lander, Wyoming; and Christina (Uriah) Mills of Krabi, Thailand. He was a proud grandfather (“opa”) to eight grandchildren: Noah Lowham, Eli Lowham, Gabriel Lowham, Dominic Lowham, Mikel Niedergerke, Johan Niedergerke, Juniper Mills, and Neptune Mills, and one great-grandchild, Rahm Lowham. John was the beloved brother of James Sanchez of Ohio; Kathy (Stu) Lauver of Nebraska; Rick (Suzanne) Sanchez of Colorado; and Mark (Michelle) Sanchez of South Carolina.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Marcelino and Mary Sanchez; and his daughter-in-law, Chantel Bowen-Sanchez.

John’s family and friends were the cornerstone of his happiness. The time he spent making memories and traveling with his loved ones shaped his rich and fulfilling life. At the end of his life, John found great peace and a deepened faith, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of love and laughter.

John Michael Sanchez’s spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. His memory will be cherished by his family and friends who will always remember his kind and generous nature. May he rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the love and light he so freely shared with the world.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.