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John Newton Morris

John Newton Morris, 82, widely known citizen of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away July 3, 2014, after a valiant battle with lymphoma.

John Morris was born July 5, 1931, in Giles County, Tenn., son of Turner and Elizabeth Morris of Campbellsville, Tenn.

John attended the University of Tennessee his freshman year and he, along with five other Tennessee football players, followed Bowden Wyatt to the University of Wyoming the following year. He was a member of the championship Gator Bowl team in 1951. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agriculture Business and Veternarian Science. It was at the university where he met Norma Jean Bell of Cheyenne who became his wife of 60 years.

John was commissioned through the University of Wyoming ROTC in 1954 as a second lieutenant. He was then stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where he completed the basic infantry officer course. He was an infantry platoon leader at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., specializing in hand-to-hand combat.

John dedicated his life not only to his family, but also to his community, church, and his state. His commitment to the preservation of land and water is indicative by the boards he served on: the Environmental Quality Council, Citizens Water Advisory Council and Land Quality Advisory Board. He was a member of the prestigious Military Advisory Council at Warren Air force Base and the Wyoming Bancorporation. As a member of Kiwanis, he received the George F. Hixon fellow award. He was chairman of the Laramie County Fair Board, member of the HEELS, and Cowboy Joe Club.

John and Norma generously opened their home and extended the use of their beautiful ranch hosting the Governor’s Western Art Show picnic for decades, St. Mary’s Parish mass and picnic, and the announcements of two former Wyoming Governors’ campaign bids.

John and his wife Norma were both inductees into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. After serving on the racing committee, he became the night show arena director, a position he held for thirty years. He was an advocate for humane treatment of animals and the safety of cowboys. John provided calves for the roping and Mexican steers for dogging events. In the mid 60s, John and his family started the cattle drive to Cheyenne Frontier Days Park, a tradition that continues today. His commitment to Cheyenne Frontier Days for over 60 years has greatly contributed to the success of the show.

He is survived by his three daughters, Betsy Morris Graham of Cheyenne, Wyo., and San Francisco, Karen and Curt Gowdy Jr. of New Canaan, Conn., and Marcy and Tom Habbe of Rapid City, S.D.; his 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His wife, Norma Bell Morris, and grandson, Thomas Joseph Habbe, preceded him in death.

Services were held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on July 11, 2014.

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Juanita Joy Richner
Juanita Joy Richner (Punky), 78, of Casper, Wyo., passed away July 4, 2014.
She was born in Columbus, Neb., to Lola May Shiveley Jerome and Glenn Jerome.
She married Edward Richner October 10, 1954, in Denver, Colo.
Juanita was the head cook for the Jefferson County School’s for 11 years before she and Ed purchased a ranch in the Leo Community, north of Hanna, Wyo., in 1976. Shortly after they established the Miracle Mile Ranch. Juanita kept busy with 10 cabins, a store, trailer park and feeding many fishermen, hunters, dam workers and geology students from Ohio. Every 4th of July she hosted a big crowd of family and friends, along with the usual volleyball games and water fights! She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed every minute of it. Juanita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Survivors include her husband, Ed of Casper, Wyo.; Daughter, Bonnie (Bob) Haddock of Craig, Colo.; Son, Ron (Stacey) Richner of Alcova, Wyo.; Daughter, Lynn (Gary) Vivion of Bingham, Neb.; Sister, Yvonne Tatham of Denver, Colo.; Brother, Kenneth Jerome of Denver, Colo.; Sister In-law, Shirley Jerome of Denver, Colo.; Six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Juanita was preceded in death by mother, Lola Jerome; father, Glenn Jerome Sr. and brother, Glenn Jerome Jr.
A Celebration of Life service will be held July 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. (MST) at Juanita’s son, Ron’s farm; 18177 State Highway 220, Alcova, Wyo. ❖

Cary Lee Lewis
Cary Lewis, 47, tragically passed away on June 30, 2014.
He was born on July 8, 1966 in Boulder, Colo., to Jack and Judy Lewis.
In January 1970, Cary and his family moved to the west side of North Park to ranch.
From an early age, Cary became a very skilled woodworker and carpenter and developed a deep love of ranching, livestock and all animals. Cary participated in FFA at North Park High School for all four years and was president of his senior class. Cary graduated in 1984.
In 1993, Cary and his father and mother purchased a ranch at Rand and have ranched there ever since. He was also very active in the community and served on numerous boards, including the Owl Mountain Partnership and the North Park Fair Board.
He loved ranching, the outdoors, animals, North Park and never met a stranger.
He is survived by his daughter Cora, his mother Judy, his father Jack, his twin sister Cathy, younger brother Mike, his uncle Don Lewis and numerous other relatives.
A private Catholic funeral mass will be held in July. A celebration of his life will take place this coming fall. ❖

William Joseph Lousberg

William Joseph Lousberg, 79, of Frederick, Colo., passed away April 21, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colo.

Bill was born on April 26, 1934 in Fleming, Colo., to William and Mary Berg Lousberg.

After graduating from Boulder High School in 1952, Bill served two years in the Army.

In 1965 Bill and Sherrill Paquette were married.

Bill lived his entire life in Colorado. He worked in both farming and construction in Boulder and Wiggins. After retiring in 2010 Bill moved to Frederick.

Bill was a member of the Boulder Rural Volunteer Fire Department and Boulder Elks Lodge No. 566. Bill took great interest in his family, and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He loved camping in the mountains and snow birding in the RV during the winter months with friends and relatives. His Catholic religion was extremely important to him. Over the years Bill built many great friendships through his kindness, generosity and an enjoyable sense of humor.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sherrill; sons, Jay Lousberg (Khanny) of Wiggins, Colo., and Jim Lousberg of Wiggins, Colo.; grandchildren, Shawnee of Loveland, Colo., Ellyna, Kelli, and Jason of Wiggins, Colo., and Kyle of Fort Collins, Colo. He is survived by five sisters and two brothers.

Bill was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey William Lousberg and Joel Adam Lousberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 30, 2014, at Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Burial was May 1, 2014, at Hoyt Cemetery in Hoyt, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003 or or the Abby of St. Walburga, 1029 Benedictine Way, Virginia Dale, Colo.,

Iline Daigh

Iline Daigh, 90, of Newcastle, Wyo., passed away July 4, 2014, at Weston County Manor.

She was born along with her triplet sisters on November 30, 1923, in Washington, Kan., to Lester Potter and Faye (Blocker) Potter.

She graduated high school in 1941 in Ogallala. Neb. While going to school she worked in her parent’s grocery store and was a member of the girls basketball team.

On July 12, 1942, she married John Daigh at Ogallala, Neb. The couple traveled from one coast to the other until John got out of the service in 1945. They stayed in Nebraska for a few years and then moved to Wyoming when John went to work for Continental Oil Co. for 34 years. They retired in 1983 to Newcastle, Wyo.

She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auciliary. She enjoyed camping and get togethers with her family and friends; going south for the winter; picture puzzles; and embroidering.

Survivors include four sons, Wayne (Charlotte) Daigh of Newcastle, Wyo., Robert (Sharon) Daigh of Wright, Wyo., Leslie (LuAnn) Daigh of Boyd, Texas, and James (Kari) Daigh of Newcastle, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Sheila (Mike) Gregory, Cindy (Joe) Corley, Darbie (John) Moss, Aimee Daigh, Laurri (Kevin) Perrin, Carrie Hansen, and Justin Daigh; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; a great-great-granddaughter; eight step-grandchildren; 15 great-step-grandchildren; triplet sister, Maxine Hammond of Ogallala, Neb.; and sister-in-law, Ila Potter of Fort Collins, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a son, Jerry Wayne Daigh; a grandson, David Wayne Daigh; a great-grandson, Landon Hansen; triplet great-grandchildren, Lucas, Brook and Payton Hansen; sisters, Ruthcile Washa and triplet infant sister, Pauline; brothers, Dean and Leroy Potter; brothers-in-law, Harvey Hammond and John Washa; and sister-in-law, Ila Marie Potter.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. ❖

Learnard C. Turley “Tex”

Learnard C. Turley “Tex,” 78, of Ft. Lupton, Colo., passed away June 20, 2014.

Tex was born to Quille and Novella Turley on November 6, 1935 in La Mesa, Texas.

He married Jenny Packer March 24, 1979.

Tex worked as a truck driver hauling hay, cattle and gravel for the majority of his working life. A short time he worked as a commercial fisherman, while living in CoQuille, Oregon, also ran a riding stable in Arizona.

Tex is survived by his soul-mate/wife Jenny and their children Vernon, Arlene (Ryan), David (Debra), Sarah, Doug (Stacey), Mary, Naomi, Dirk and Dale (Martha). His surviving sisters are LaVon and Myrna; 14 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Wilma and one brother Dewayne.

The Celebration of his life was held June 25, 2014, at The First Baptist Church in Hudson, Colo. ❖

Herman LeRoy Peterson

Herman LeRoy Peterson, 62, of La Salle, Colo., passed away July 6, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born July 17, 1951, in Greeley, Colo., to Herman and Dorothy (Plumb) Peterson.

He married Connie R. Stroh on October 23, 1970 in Greeley, Colo.

Herman graduated from Platte Valley High School in Kersey, Colo., in 1969. He graduated from the Electronic Technical Institute in Denver, Colo., in 1970.

Herman worked for Freeman Truck Bodies from 1970 to 1997, and then started Peterson Fabrication with his son Greg in 1997.

Herman was a Jack of All Trades; he was quite the handyman fixing anything that needed to be fixed. He enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with grandkids and going to the kid’s activities, gardening, driving, water skiing, roasting marshmallows with the grandkids, and driving tractor.

He is survived by his wife Connie Peterson of La Salle, Colo.; parents Herman and Dorothy Peterson of Kersey, Colo.; children Cindy Walker of La Salle, Colo., Greg (Amber) Peterson of La Salle, Colo.; brother Randy (Laura) Peterson of Kersey, Colo.; sisters Marsha (Ron) Baker of Kersey, Colo., and Sandy (Rod) Roose of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren Jeremy and Adam Walker, and Sawyer and Owen Peterson.

Services were held July 11, 2014, a St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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