Please honor the memories of these classmates who are no longer with us.
They are listed in reverse order of the dates that they passed. If you know of anybody we have missed, please let us know so that we can remember them here.
March 8, 1958 to February 7, 2016
Jeffrey R. Lowe, 57, of Denver died Feb. 7 at University Hospital in Aurora, Colo.
He was born March 8, 1958, in Carson City, Nev. Jeff lived in Cheyenne from 1971 to 2011 before moving to Denver.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, and his Master of Social Work from Denver University.
Jeff was a network tele-health manager for the Veteran’s Administration.
He enjoyed carpentry, fishing, camping, traveling, collecting coins, history and the Denver Broncos.
Jeff is survived by his daughters, Amy Gundy (Josh) of Littleton, Colo., and Jennifer Lowe (Adam Kelly) of Denver; his son, John Lowe of Denver; his partner, Richard Ferretti of Denver; two sisters, Dianne Lowe-Carpenter (Tom) and Debbie Martens (Kennie), both of Cheyenne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Peggy Lowe; two brothers, David and Danny Lowe; and a sister, Donna Krause.
A celebration of his life will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday in The Loft at Element Church. Please bring a story or memory to share.
Friends who wish may also contribute to their local Special Olympics Chapter.
Brenda Ley Douglas
August 8, 1957 to January 18, 2015
Brenda Sue Douglas, 57, of Grapeland, Texas, met her Lord and Savior on Jan. 18.
She was born Aug. 8, 1957, in Cheyenne and graduated from Cheyenne's East High in 1976. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, listening to the radio and playing bingo.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Ley of Cheyenne; and her husband, J.B. Douglas of Grapeland.
She is survived by her mother, Fern Ley of Cheyenne; sister, Janice Rath (Tom) of Cheyenne; sister, Connie Weinrich (Tom) of Sedalia, Colo.; and three sons, James Douglas (Dana) of Grapeland, Jacob Douglas (Karrie) of Elkhart, Texas, and Jay Douglas (JoBeth) of Grapeland. Her pride and joy were her five grandchildren and her beloved dog.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Denson Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Elkhart.
Donations may be made in Brenda's memory to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.
This is a paid obituary.
January 2, 1958 to April 21, 2013
Jon Robert Latta, 55, of Glendora, Calif., died April 21, 2013 at his home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born Jan. 2, 1958, in Torrington to Betty (Herdt) and Robert Latta. The family moved to Cheyenne, and Jon graduated from Cheyenne’s East High in 1976. He moved to California in 1979 and created a staffing agency, Sterling USA Inc.
Jon married the love of his life, Jessica Westin, on Nov. 16, 2006. He enjoyed sailing, cooking, traveling and the Broncos. Jon lived life to the fullest and will always be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie; stepchildren, Elyse and Jake Westin; his mother, Betty Latta; brother, Jay Latta (Nadine); sister, Jan Pierson (Stuart); nephews, David Latta and Michael, Trey, Alex and Mathew Pierson; his aunts and uncles; and his faithful dog, Abbey.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert.
Zeta Walling, Sandy Utah
December 11, 1957 to October 1, 2011
No obituary available.
April 4, 1958 to September 10, 2010
Kevin D. Best, 52, of Richmond, Ill., died Sept. 10, 2010 at home.
He was born in Cheyenne on April 4, 1958. He was the son of Derrel (deceased) and Sherry (Best) Bain. Kevin lived in Cheyenne until 2008 when he moved to Oregon for a brief time and then to Richmond, where he has since resided.
Kevin graduated from Cheyenne's East High School in 1976 and later returned to school to get his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming and his Master of Social Work from Denver University. He was employed by Peak Wellness Center for a number of years.
Those who knew Kevin considered him to be a caring person and a loving father. Kevin had a unique sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. Kevin was an avid sports fan, loved the outdoors and especially loved animals. Kevin will be greatly missed by many.
Kevin is survived by his daughter, Brianna Best of Cheyenne; his mother, Sherry Bain of Cheyenne; one sister and brother-in-law, Kysa and Larry Meek of Richmond, Ill.; one stepbrother, Herman Hedrick; two nieces; as well as aunts and cousins.
Kevin dedicated his life to helping others, including the homeless, those who struggle with mental illness and the elderly. If you wish to make a donation in Kevin's memory, please make a contribution to the Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless.
Sharon Braden Skipper
September 16, 1957 to March 1, 2010
Sharon Rose Skipper, 52, of Cheyenne passed away March 1 at her home.
Sharon died after fighting a four-year battle with cancer, but the cancer did not win. She never gave in, nor gave up. Sharon worked full time through the various treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery through December 2009. She continued to work part-time through the end of January.
Sharon was born Sept. 16, 1957, in Cheyenne, the daughter of Helen and John Braden. Sharon was known as "Penny" to family and older close friends. This was because when Sharon was born, her father said she was no bigger than a penny. Sharon was a life-long resident of Cheyenne.
She graduated from Cheyenne's East High in 1976 and later went back to school, earning an associate degree from Laramie County Community College. Sharon owned and operated BS Boards, a small custom skateboard shop on Randall Avenue. Sharon also worked for Mountain Bell/AT&T and for Dr. John E. Winter II at his several different offices over the years.
As a natural-born artist, Sharon expressed her abilities through sewing and crafting. She also was a pretty good cook in her own right. Just ask anyone who had the good fortune to sample her deviled eggs or baked beans. Sharon was also a craftswoman, who delighted in receiving power tools to aid in her next project and felt vindicated by completed projects. Sharon was a leader, mentor, coworker and friend to all those to whom she felt it necessary to show their importance to what was being done. She was a very caring person, always putting others first.
Sharon valued her family most of all, being first a servant to her family. Her last days were comforted by her own special memories of times which she had spent with family and close friends. Sharon's hopes were for all to be successful, strong, loving and although independent, she wanted us all to remember to take care of each other.
Sharon was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Donald Braden.
Sharon is survived by her loving husband, David Skipper, whom she married in November 1989; two daughters, Aubrey Braden, Chasity (Kevin) McDermott of Laramie; and son, Quenton Skipper. She is continually loved by two sisters, Sandra (Ronald) Vinyard and Jacklyn Braden of Colorado; and brother, Jack (Norma) Braden of Alabama. Sharon also loved dearly and was loved by all her 13 nieces and 12 nephews.
Over the years, Sharon also had several cats, dogs, fish and iguanas. Her home was not complete without pets.
Cremation has already taken place. Interment will be at a later date. There will be a remembrance for Sharon and a celebration of her life 4-7 p.m. Friday in the dining room at the Cheyenne Masonic Temple located at the corner of 19th Street and Capitol Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Davis Hospice Center, Cheyenne Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choice.
November 15, 1957 to March 8, 2009
David L. Collins, 51, of Cheyenne died March 8 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 15, 1957, in Delta, Colo., and had lived here most of his life.
He was a journeyman carpenter and enjoyed hunting, river floating, camping, playing golf, fishing and listening to music.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Nancy, whom he married on March 23, 1992; his mother and stepfather, Verona and Roger Reese of Canon City, Colo.; brother, Dennis Collins of Cheyenne; sister, Peggy Schinkel of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edwin and Iva Collins and Earl and Hazel Everson; Uncle Leroy and his mother-in-law, Doris Allen.
Celebration of his life will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Am Vets, 3839 E. Lincolnway (previously the Outlaw).
Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.
Jennifer Johnson Post
July 21, 1958 to January 9, 2007
Jennifer Post, 48, died January 9th, 2007 in Cheyenne. Mrs. Post was born July 21, 1958 in Powell and had lived in Cheyenne for 46 years. She had a bachelors degree in teaching and was in the U.S. Army Reserves for several years. Mrs. Post is survived by her daughter, Meghann Gooden of Cheyenne; three grandchildren, and two brothers, Greg Johnson of Cheyenne and Mark Johnson of Jackson Hole. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald "Don" and Edna Johnson.
Ron L. Hoffer, Jr
November 29, 1957 to August 5, 2006
On August 5, 2005, Ron L. Hoffer Jr., 48 of Chandler, Arizona was unexpectedly reunited with his daughter, who preceded him in death in 1983. Ron will be deeply missed by his family, pets and all who knew him.
Ron was born in Cheyenne on November 29, 1957 and moved to Arizona in 1983 with many co-workers and friends affiliated with U S West.
Ron is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sandy Hoffer; a daughter, Ashley Hoffer; two sisters, Lori Medina and her husband, Billy and Tracy Sanchez and her husband, Paul; in-laws, Diana Cook, Larrie and Amie Elson, and Jacque and Tom Burns; eight nieces and five nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Dianne Hoffer; and a daughter, Kristen Nicole Hoffer.
June 29, 1958 to April 11, 2005
Jerry Kelly, 46, of Andrews, Texas, died April 11,2005 at his residence.
He was born June 29, 1958, in Cheyenne. He moved to Andrews in 1996 from Wyoming. He married Ginger Noeau Kahalekulu on May 25, 1997, in Andrews. Mr. Kelly was a truck driver and an Episcopalian.
He is survived by his wife, Ginger Kahalekulu-Kelly of Andrews; three sons, Jack Daniel Kelly of Mississippi, Cameron and Shaughnessy Kelly of Andrews; two daughters, Jessica Kelly of Georgia and Joanna Kelly of Mississippi; a stepdaughter, Christina Covarrubio of Odessa, Texas; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Church of the Nazarene, 490 NE 1400, in Andrews with Rev. Clay Hale officiating.
Cremation was under the direction of McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.
Dale A. Tennant
October 20, 1957 to August 14, 2004
Dale Allen Tennant, 46, of Cheyenne died Aug. 14, 2004 in Cheyenne.
He was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Cheyenne and had lived here all of his life.
Mr. Tennant worked in quality control for the Wyoming Department of Transportation Material Lab for 15 years.
He is survived by a brother, Douglas Stundon of Cheyenne; two sisters, Bonnie Kirkwood of Casper and Carolyn Bartow of Cheyenne; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Mary Tennant.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. today at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes with the Rev. Ray Moss officiating.
Cremation with interment of his urn will be in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of his friends and family.
Friends may contribute to Stride Learning Center.
April 18, 1957 to July 25, 2003
Kevin C. Ray, 46, died July 25, 2003
He was born April 18, 1957, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Williams and Dorothy
He had been a resident of Hitchinson, Kan., since 1988, formerly living in
Cheyenne. He attended Junction City High School and graduated from East High School in Cheyenne.
He was a general manager for the Big M Truck Stop for 10 years and most recent
was a general manager for PlazaGo for nine months.
He married Rene'e Kelley in Cheyenne on Aug. 23, 1986.
He is survived by his wife; his parents of Cheyenne; two sons, Cpl. Paul D.
Ray of San Diego and Kenneth C. Ray of Haven, Kan.; one brother, Bill Ray of
Pine Bluffs; two sisters, Cindy Davis in Chapman, Kan., and Kim Cox of
Cheyenne; and two grandchildren.
Gina Hoy Ryerson
January 12, 1958 to December 27, 2000
Gina H. Ryerson, 42, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Dec. 27, 2000 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was born in Cheyenne on Jan. 12, 1958 to Donald and Phyllis (Owens) Hoy. Mrs. Ryerson attended schools in Cheyenne, the University of Wyoming, and the Colorado Institute of Art. She was married to R. Marshall Ryerson on Sept. 26, 1981 in Georgetown, Colo. She moved with her family from Colorado to Midland, Mich., in 1989 and began a career with Dow Chemical Company. Mrs. Ryerson is survived by her husband; her daughter Jayme and son Levi of Grand Rapids; her parents of Torrington, a brother, Randy Hoy of Cornville Ariz.; a sister, Sandy Barnes of Wheatland; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Arrangements are under the direction of Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Service in Grand Rapids. Friends may contribute to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Torrington.
June 24,1958 to April 26, 2000
Brian Don Tottenhoff, 41, of Cheyenne died April 26, 2000 in Cheyenne. He was born June 24, 1958, in Cheyenne and had lived here all of his life. Mr. Tottenhoff was a plumber/pipefitter for P.S. Cook for many years. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and the Pipefitters Local. Mr. Tottenhoff is survived by his daughter, Brianna Tottenhoff of Livermore, Colo.; his father and step-mother, Donald and Ginger Tottenhoff of Peoria, Ariz.; and a sister, Lezlie Laybourn of Carbondale, Colo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Tottenhoff. Vigil for the Deceased will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes. Funeral Liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral with the Rev. Gary Ruzicka as the celebrant. Interment will be in Olivet Cemetery. Friends may contribute to the Multiple Sclerosis Association or St. Mary's Cathedral.
June 3, 1958 to October, 9, 1997
Dan E. Waegener, 39, of 2307 E 11th St. in Cheyenne, died Tuesday in Cheyenne.
He was born June 3, 1958, in Burns and had been a lifelong resident of Cheyenne
He was a bartender. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion and the American Legion Honor Guard.
He is survived by his wife, Tonya Waegener of Cheyenne; a stepson, Levi D. Tatum of Cheyenne; a daughter, Amanda May Waegener of Cheyenne; two brothers, Duaine Hagstrom of Cheyenne, and Steven Hagstrom of Portland, Ore.; two sisters, Paula Jones and Kathy Crozier, both of Cheyenne, and his stepfather, Paul Jones of Cheyenne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Waegener and Ramona Jones.
Frederick M. Harman
September 6, 1957 to October 31, 1996
Frederick Mark Harman, 39, of Denver died Thursday, October 31, 1996 at home.
He was born September 16, 1957 in Rangoon, Burma, and immigrated to the United States. He grew up in Cheyenne.
He attended the University of Wyoming and the Colorado Institute of Art.
He was employed by the Children's Hospital in Denver and worked in the graphic arts and advertising professions.
Harman is survived by his father, Frank Harman Sr. of Cheyenne; four brothers, Frank Jr. of Louisville KY, Farley of Rocklin, CA, and Felix and Floyd, both of Denver; a sister, Fiona Von Krosigk of Cheyenne; grandmother, Daw Ohn Harman of Cheyenne; six nieces; and a companion, Brian Beagle of Denver.
Services will be Tuesday at the Children's Hospital in Denver.
Bret R. Leeper
August 11, 1958 to August 14, 1990
Bret R. Leeper, 32 of Denver died there August 14, 1990. He was born in Cheyenne on August 11, 1958, and graduated from East High School in 1976. He attended college in Denver and had worked in Cheyenne until 1982, when he returned to Denver. Leeper is survived by his wife, Jeanette, his mother, Martha Herrold of Tucson, Arizona and two brothers, William P. “Tad” Leeper of Omaha, Nebraska, and Michael R. “Myke” Leeper of Denver. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Ben M Leeper. Memorial services will be 9:00 A.M. Monday at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda in Denver. Family and friends will be received at the home of Myk Leeper, 252 S Grant in Denver from 1-9 P.M. Sunday. Friends may contribute to the Bret R. Leeper Memorial Fund in care of Women’s Bank, 821 17th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
Leslie Chapman Shattuck
August 1, 1958 to January 30, 1985
Leslie N. Shattuck, 26, of 347 Cribbon Ave., died January 30, 1985 at Memorial Hospital. A home-maker and cosmetologist, she was born August 1, 1958 in Cheyenne.
She is survived by her husband, Robert F. Shattuck of Cheyenne; a son, Kevin Aaron Shattuck and a daughter Mandie Elizabeth Shattuck, both of Cheyenne; her parents Lee and Marjorie Chapman of Cheyenne and her grandmother, Frances Jeffriers of Moro, Ore.
She is also survived by two brothers, Russell L. Chapman and USMC Corp. David J. Chapman and a sister, Terri L. Frazier, all of Cheyenne.
September 16,1957 to May 27, 1982
A 24-year old man who was a native of Cheyenne died Thursday, May 27, 1982 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, OR.
Services for Richard Hankin will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at Schrader’s with the Rev. Donald C Malone officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery
Pallbearers will be William Hesson, Paul Gormly, Henry Buseck, Linwood Baird, John Rothwell and Neil Whitehead.
Hankin was born here in 1957 and lived in Cheyenne until 1976 when he moved to Sweet Home, OR, where he was employed as a landscape architect. He was a member of Sweet Home Community Chapel Church.
He is survived by his wife Lois, and one child, Amber Dawn Hankin.
Other survivors include his mother, Ruthanna Wold, Cheyenne; father, Howard Hankin, Laramie and grandparents Frank and Mary Hankin, Harriman and Ethel Jones, Sweet Home.
Also surviving are brothers and sister David Hankin, Cheyenne, Jerry Hankin, Laramie and Gail Hankin, also Laramie.
1957 to 1975
Our friend Jerry passed away before graduation. We don' have a lot of information on him, but this navy picture indicates that he may have dropped out to serve our country. Anyone who has better information, please contact us.