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Obituaries: Hardingham; Hubbard; Kroon; Schutt

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Eva Hardingham

Eva Hardingham: 1943 – 2024

Eva Lira Hardingham, 81, of Cheyenne, passed at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 12, 1943, in Penjamo, Guanajuato, Mexico to Ricardo and Susana Lira.

Eva worked primarily in the hospitality industry. She prided herself on working hard in her employment as well as her hobbies, including gardening and taking care of her animals.

She loved her family, enjoyed socializing, and cherished her strong Catholic upbringing. She is survived by her husband, David Hardingham; son, Ignacio (Jennifer) Garro; daughter, Arcelia (Raymundo) Bocanegra; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Eva was preceded in death by her parents and 13 siblings.

Drais Loyal Hubbard: 1976 – 2024

Drais Loyal Anthony de Gomez Hubbard, 48, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed at Polaris Rehabilitation and Care Center while recovering from an illness. His girlfriend, Katy Bauer, was by his side.

He was born on January 12, 1976, in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Damon A. Hubbard and Linda V. Hubbard. Drais was a plumber by trade, and his final job was as caretaker for the Chris Cline Ranch in the Upper Green River Valley in northwest Wyoming’s Sublette County. Drais loved living in the Upper Green and had many good friends in the area.

He was known and loved for his loyalty to friends and family, excellent work ethic, unique sense of humor, intelligence, and kindness. He had many interests including world history, firearms, world travel, politics, and construction and building, among others.

Drais is survived by his mother, Linda V. Hubbard of Pueblo, Colorado; sister, Charta (Hubbard) Davidson of Laveen, Arizona; brother-in-law, Elliott Davidson of Laveen, Arizona; girlfriend, Katy Bauer of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and several aunts and uncles in the Colorado area.

Drais was preceded in death by his father, Damon A. Hubbard of Laramie, Wyoming; paternal grandfather, Byron Hubbard of Hugoton, Kansas; paternal grandmother, Helen Frizzell of Laramie, Wyoming; maternal grandfather, Andres Gomez of Trinidad, Colorado; and maternal grandmother, Maria H. Gomez of Pueblo, Colorado.

A Celebration of Life is being planned in Pinedale, Wyoming, date to be determined. The family encourages readers to share their stories and memories of Drais.

Edwin Kroon: 1930 – 2024

Edwin Harold Kroon, M.D.

Psychiatrist, Mentor, devoted husband and father. 

Edwin (Ed) died on June 23, 2024 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after a hard fought battle to continue the life he loved so much. He was born June 11, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Edward and Susan Kroon. As a child he enjoyed camping and road trips with his parents and brother, Arnold and developed a lifelong love of the outdoors and travel. During WW2, he spent summers working on his uncle’s farm and learned about hard work. He attended Grand Rapids Christian High School and had treasured memories of his time and the people there. He fell in love with Colorado and the mountains during a family road trip to Denver in 1946.

Ed attended Calvin College 1948 to 1952 and graduated with a degree in pre-med, chemistry and biology. It was there he met his future wife of nearly 69 years, Ruth Belanus. They were engaged in 1951 but waited until 1955 to marry, due to his attendance at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated in 1956. 

Ed and Ruth moved to Denver for his internship at Porter Hospital. This was where their first daughter Sue was born. When a childhood friend developed schizophrenia it spurred Ed’s interest in psychiatry and he returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a residency at their Neuro Psychiatric Institute. While they were living there, daughters Karen and Laura were born. 

The next step in his life was two years of active service as a psychiatrist in the US Army. He served first at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and then at Fort Ord California. Ed and Ruth used this opportunity to explore both state’s natural wonders, hiking and camping with the family. 

Following his active duty, in 1962, Ed started working as the psychiatrist at Bethesda Hospital, a Christian Psychiatric Hospital in Denver. He remained there until 1988. While there, he also worked as a consulting Psychiatrist at Bethesda Midwest and Bethesda California, regularly flying to their locations. He provided training and served as a resource for Pastoral Counselors in the Denver area and Steamboat Springs. His children remember that he was almost always home for dinner but many an evening was spent in long conversations on the phone with patients or providers. During this time he also started a life-long participation in a variety of mission groups. These included Sun Valley, Rehoboth and the Baptist Mission of Nigeria.

Ed was a Life Member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Colorado Psychiatric Society. He also participated in the Christian Medical Society, serving terms as President of the Psychiatric and the Colorado sections.

In 1988, he started a Private Practice in the Denver area and part-time Medical Director of the Psych-Health Center in Grand Junction. In 1989 he began a long standing relationship with CompHealth working Locum Tenens assignments. This provided the opportunity for travel and exploration as well as the work he loved. It also provided the flexibility for mission work and travel. 

He continued locum tenens work until 2013; achieving an award from the APA he was very proud of, for 53 years of service as a psychiatrist. He was always very private about his work but the many letters found after his death from grateful patients and colleagues over the years prove the value of his lifelong contribution.

Ed took every opportunity to explore, hike and camp in Colorado and neighboring states. Over the years he accomplished numerous summits of 14,000 foot peaks, often with Ruth but also with the Colorado Mountain Club. Particularly memorable, was over a month long trip spent driving the Alaskan Highway (not paved yet) with their young daughters and touring Alaska together in a small tent trailer. 

When camping lost its allure for Ruth and as middle age approached, they bought a condo in the mountain town, of Grand Lake, on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. This was an area that they had come to love. It was to be their refuge for many years. 

The last 10 years of his life he had to deal with his and Ruth’s significant health concerns. He cared for Ruth until her death in February 2024. He then moved to Cheyenne and was looking forward to continuing his life there near family and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (Belanus) Kroon; and his brother, Arnold Kroon. His life will be cherished in the lives of his three daughters: Suanne (Eric) Sittner of Centennial Colorado, Karen Kroon of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Laura (Bruce) Millar of Essex Junction, Vermont; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three nieces; one nephew; and many friends.

Lee Ann Schutt: 1965 – 2024

Lee Ann Schutt, born on April 7, 1965, in Great Lake, Illinois, has left a profound impact on all who were fortunate enough to know her. She passed away on June 26, 2024, in her home in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Lee Ann’s vibrant spirit and unwavering love for life will forever be cherished by who had the pleasure of crossing paths with her. Her memories will be engraved in our hearts as we remember her fondly for the joy she brought into the world. She had a passion for celebrating Christmas like no other; the simple act of setting up the tree and watching her family open presents brought her immense happiness. Lee Ann’s culinary skills were unmatched – she was known for baking the best cinnamon rolls and cooking delicious eggs Benedict for breakfast.

Described as incredibly beautiful, kind, and loyal, Lee Ann had a gift for making everyone around her laugh. Her infectious energy was welcoming and comforting to all who sought solace in her presence. Her light shone brightly during her time on earth and will continue to illuminate our lives even in her absence.

Among her proudest accomplishments were her two beloved children, Melanie and Leah, whom she cherished more than anything else in this world. She leaves behind a legacy of love and warmth that will live on through them.

Lee Ann found joy in watching and attending sports games, indulging in good TV shows and movies, and dancing away at live concerts – passions that enriched her life immensely.

In this time of mourning, we remember Lee Ann’s surviving family – her daughters, Melanie Schutt Garcia and Leah Marie Brown; her husband, Brian Andrew Beglau; Leigh Ann Harvey, her best friend; as well as her mother, Deborah Bernice Schutt. Their grief is felt deeply by all who knew Lee Ann.

In loving memory of Lee Ann Schutt – a beacon of light extinguished too soon but whose warmth will forever linger in our hearts. May she rest in peace knowing she was loved beyond measure.

A celebration of life will be held on July 20, 2024 at 1pm at the Cheyenne Derby Gaming Parlor. Located at 1510 E. Pershing BLVD Cheyenne, WY 82001 on the west side of the building near the liquor store. Please reach out to Melanie Garcia with questions.