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.
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.
June 29, 1958 to April 11, 2005
Jerry Kelly, 46, of Andrews,
He was born June 29, 1958, in
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
Cremation was under the direction of McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.
Gina Hoy Ryerson
January 12, 1958 to December 27, 2000
Gina H. Ryerson, 42, of
June 24,1958 to April 26, 2000
Brian Don Tottenhoff, 41, of
Bret R. Leeper
August 11, 1958 to August 14, 1990
Bret R. Leeper, 32 of
September 16,1957 to May 27, 1982
A 24-year old man who was a native of
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
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
He is survived by his wife Lois, and one child, Amber Dawn Hankin.
Other survivors include his mother, Ruthanna Wold,
Also surviving are brothers and sister David Hankin,