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Obituaries: Jacobson; Thrift; Vickrey

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Thomas L Jacobson

Thomas L Jacobson: 1958 – 2024

Thomas Lee Jacobson, 65, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was called to be with God on June 25 at 3:00 p.m. after a long journey battling a rare brain disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). For Tom and the family, 3:00 pm is special and significant, as it is the hour of “The Divine Mercy,” a sign he was lifted by the hands of God at his passing.

Tom was born on August 25, 1958 to Lee and Myrtle Jacobson in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was the third of four siblings. Tom graduated from Central High School, after which, he pursued a career in real estate. Tom started his journey by opening the first RE/MAX franchise in Cheyenne. He felt compelled to start his own legacy and established Best Properties Inc., as the broker/owner. Almost 30 years later, Tom decided to join the #1 Properties family, and excelled as one of the most beloved and trusted agents. With his positive outlook, will power, and unwavering patience, he handled the hurdles of life with ease. You wanted Tom on your team, and there are many individuals who will feel the impact of his absence.

Tom’s life was defined by sharing a joy and passion in his faith in Christ. He exhibited a thirst for knowledge and passionately shared his discoveries. He was lit through a spiritual fire of optimism. His drive and motivation for life was unparalleled. The joy and gratitude in which he lived his life were exhibited through his work-ethic, curiosity, and devotion to God in all aspects of life: family, career, and hobbies. Tom was a mechanical enthusiast: he built and raced dragsters, loved motorcycles, tractors, vintage trucks and, as a licensed pilot, airplanes. He was a creative spirit: carpentry, photography, poetry, writing, and a skilled pianist who enjoyed all genres. He was an avid outdoorsman: bird hunting, camping, archery and fishing. He was a lover and caretaker of all living beings: trees, flowers, geese, chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses, and dogs. He was a minister of the community: CFD Security and Indian committees, Heels, Safe House, Comea Shelter, St. Mary’s, and Knights of Columbus, among others. He was committed to health and wellness: exercising daily, bicycling, researching best practice in all areas, and reading. He was intrigued by travel to experience the world: visiting Guatemala, Israel, Spain, Portugal, France, and traveling throughout the US.

Tom led his life defined by a deep trust and knowing in God. He was selfless, compassionate, and devoted his life to helping others. He was a fountain of wisdom that spouted morals, values, life hacks, savvy business ideals and above all, the word of God. As a 65 plus year Cheyenne native, Tom touched the lives of countless community members, which was not a goal, but a calling. Everywhere he went, he would know the face, name, and story of individuals with genuine care.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Kathleen; children: Theresa, Andy, Kirsten, Annaliese and second son, Troy; his three siblings: Connie Jacobson Degn, Cathie Jacobson Heuer, Carol Jacobson McLellan and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was driven by a deep commitment to family and faith. Throughout their marriage, he and Kathleen instilled these values in their children and his legacy lives in and through them.

A vigil will be held July 11 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by a funeral service July 12 at 10:00 a.m. The reception will be held directly afterward at Cheyenne Botanical Gardens from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

As Tom prioritized finding joy in life and sharing it with others, the family asks that you do the same. Go forth and experience the “value for life,” “every day in every way,” and share it with those around you.

If you feel moved, please reach out and tell us, or relay, another joyful memory you shared with Tom!
In lieu of flowers, consider supporting: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cheyenne Comea Shelter, Safe House, or the CJD Foundation.


Mickey “Strumps” Ann Thrift: 1954 – 2024

Mickey Ann Thrift, 69, of Cheyenne, passed in her home on Sunday, June 23, 2024 surrounded by her three children, as well as in a houseful of loving family members.

She was born on December 31, 1954 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Robert and Doris Jean Porter, as the last of their six kids.

Before her debilitating and cruel battle with Scleroderma forced her hand to medically retire in 2018, Mickey proudly worked at the Wyoming Head Start Program, previously known as La Petite Academy. She was employed with them for 15 years. She held a few positions prior to that after moving back to Cheyenne in 1997. She had lived in South Carolina from 1989 to 1997. There she worked as a bank teller for a brief period and then became the “Beautification Specialist” for the First Baptist Church, as well as running a private home cleaning business in Blacksburg, South Carolina. She lived in Fairbanks, Alaska from 1982 to 1989, and there she worked as a bank teller with Eielson Federal Credit Union on Eielson AFB from 1985 to 1988. Previous to that she ran a private day care business in home.

Her passions were KIDS, her family and friends, and her faith in God. She didn’t know a stranger. She was an avid poetry writer, joke teller, practical joker and prankster. I’m sure her legendary stories will live on even longer than any of us. She loved her pets and her home. She belonged to the Calvary Chapel church here in Cheyenne where she faithfully served the Lord for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie; three sons: Casey, Scott, and Austin; daughters in “love,” Darcy, Jennifer, and Gina; her 10 beloved grandchildren: Sierra, Kegan, Nicole, Jayden, Cheyenne, Neveah, Odin, Milo, Jonah and Rosalynn; her six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and one remaining sister, Shirley.

Mickey was preceded in death by her dad, Robert Porter; mom, Doris Jean; stepdad, Walter Crom; as well as her three brothers: Dale, Larry and Glen Porter; and one sister, June Dunn.

Services will be held at Calvary Chapel on Friday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m.


John C Vickrey: 1952 – 2024

John passed away June 22, 2024 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  

John was born December 1, 1952 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC. He attended school in Torrington, Wyoming and graduated in 1971.  

Not knowing what he wanted to do in life, he joined the Army and was stationed in Germany.  

Upon leaving the service, he met and married Marianne Almazan and to them a daughter, Deidre, was born. They later divorced.  

In 1988, he re-met Idalou Mort Cope and they married later that year.

John worked construction and was a jack of all trades.  He was also an avid hunter and fisherman, “pulling fish from the water and birds from the sky,” and moose, deer, and antelope.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his youngest sister, Janet; and his oldest sister, Susan.  

He is survived by his wife, Idalou; his sister, Judy,; his brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Rita; his daughter, Deidre and her son David.  

He was a beloved uncle to his nieces and nephews and his great-nieces-and-nephews.  

Cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest by his parents in Kemmerer.


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