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Obituaries: Janney; Przymus

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Rodrick Baird Janney

Rodrick Baird Janney: 1939 – 2024

Rodrick B. Janney, 84, of Cheyenne, passed at Davis Hospice surrounded by his loving family on the morning of December 25, 2023.

He was born on November 20, 1939, in Sheridan, Wyoming to J. Baird and Jeanette Janney. He married Connie Wilson on September 1, 1973.

Rod graduated from Sheridan High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1958. Rod graduated from the University of Denver in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the University of Wyoming in 1986 with a Master’s in Public Administration.

His work career was extensive, starting with Arthur Andersen & Co. as a Public Accountant in San Francisco, California from 1963 to 1966; continuing with the U.S. State Department, Agency for International Development, Saigon, Vietnam from 1966 to 1968; the University of Wyoming Financial Office in 1969; the State of Wyoming Governor’s Planning Committee, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Program as Deputy Administrator from 1970 to 1975; the State of Wyoming Department of Administration and Fiscal Control, Budget Division as a Budget Analyst from 1975 to 1979 and as the Budget Administrator from 1979 to 1984; the University of Wyoming as the Deputy Vice President of Finance from 1984 to 1985; Laramie County Community College as the Dean of Business Services from 1985 to 1997; and the Wyoming National Guard as the Deputy Military Administrator from 1997 to 2002.

Rod also served on the State of Wyoming Retirement Board, the United Medical Center Board, and the Laramie County Community College Building Authority.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; son, Paul (Samantha) Janney and daughter Jennifer Janney; grandchildren, Daisy and Caleb Janney; sisters, Lynn (Randy) Reece and Edie (Larry Biggio) Liotis; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Lorraine Quarberg, Tim and Lori Wilson, Mary Cordova, Jim Cordova, Karen Wilson, Tim and Therese Hupp, Tom and Ronda Wilson, Brian and Virginia Harris, and Robert Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, J. Baird and Jeanette Janney; in-laws, Gene and Frances Wilson; and brothers-in-law DeLoyd Quarberg and Dan Wilson.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, June 28, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
The service will be live streamed, to connect please use the following link:
http://www.stmarycathedral.com , then click on video/live stream tab.


Michael “Mike” Roy Przymus: 1954 – 2024

Mike Przymus, 70, of Cheyenne, peacefully departed this earth on June 20, 2024, surrounded by love until his final breath. Mike was born in Cheyenne on March 22, 1954, to Edmund and Catherine Przymus and remained a proud Wyoming native throughout his life.

Mike attended school in Cheyenne, graduating from East High School before pursuing his passion for automotive technology at Laramie County Community College. Mike joined the Wyoming Air National Guard in 1974 and he was assigned full-time to the 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in 1983 as an AC-130 Crew Chief. Through his meticulous maintenance of the aircraft, he ensured the safety of the aircrew for countless missions, both at home and overseas. He also made significant contributions to the Wyoming Air National Guard Flag Heritage Team, participating in 563 flag ceremonies and funerals. He was also part of the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) unit in which his team provided aerial support during forest firefighting operations. He completed four deployments, for which he often volunteered, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He loved his job and traveled the world over in support of his country. Mike retired as a Master Sergeant from the Wyoming Air National Guard in 2012, after 38 years of service.

Mike met Cherie McNinch in Cheyenne and they later married in 1977. Together, they raised three daughters: Jaclyn (Jaci), Jessica, and Alissa. Mike was a wonderful dad and adored his girls. During his free time, he loved working on vehicles and frequently volunteered his time to help friends and family. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mike often reminisced about the fishing trips he took to the boundary waters with his friends from the Wyoming Air National Guard. Mike’s unwavering commitment to family, strong work ethic, and steadfast reliability touched the lives of all who knew him.

Mike was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2013 and while it was a long and difficult road for him, he faced it with courage and resilience. He remains deeply cherished by many, leaving behind a legacy of integrity and kindness. He was the best of the best, one of the good ones.

Mike is survived by his three daughters: Jaclyn Przymus, Jessica Goodrich, and Alissa Martin; as well as his four grandchildren: Madison and Austin Goodrich, Oliver Przymus, and Isabella Rivera, all of whom he loved very much. He is also survived by his brothers, Patrick and Daniel Przymus; and his sister, Susan Miller; and many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.


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