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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-25-09

Gary Leon Sandquist, 71, of Cheyenne Wyo., passed away May 3, 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born on January 3, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Arthur and Iva Peterson of Fairfield Community. Gary grew up in the Fairfield community north west of Paoli, Colo., and attended school through the 8th grade and continued on to Haxtun High School up until age 16.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He sailed the world on the light aircraft carrier the USS Bennington. He was very proud of his service and spoke fondly of it. After he wasdischarged from the Navy he went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.



In 1962 he met and married Micki Williams and to this union were born Gary Don, Kelly Jo and John Arthur. His work in the oil field took them from Kimball, Neb., to Miles City, Mont. to Alice, Texas and many places in between. In the early 70’s after the tragic death of his brother Dewayne, Gary and his family moved back to Crook, Colo. where he was eventually diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome disease. He took a position with Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick and later moved to Wray, Colo., where a second ranch was bought. He eventually left his job with the Cottonwood Ranch. This took him back to his beloved oilfield as he became a tool pusher on his brother-in-law’s drilling rigs. Eventually and sadly, his marriage ended. Even as his health declined, he still continued to work as much as he could. He drove a tractor for a farmer in Ault, Colo. He continued with this until his health forced him to retire. At that time he was a daily visitor at many of the local cafes where you could find him reminiscing with friends. He never knew a stranger. As his health worsened he went to live in the VA Home in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was well liked and was quite the social guy loving to both tell and listen to stories. It seemed to Donny whenever he called, Gary was never in his room. He finally put two and two together and started calling the Nurses Station to talk to him. Gary was taken from us suddenly as a result of COPD.

We loved him very much and will miss him profoundly.



He is survived by his son Donny, wife Michelle and grandsons Joshua, Tristan (TJ) and Trace of Wray, Colo., daughter Kelly & her husband Victor Johnson, Ft. Collins, Colo., grandson Zachary and granddaughter Shalaney and his son John, Wray, Colo., sisters Edith Kain, Doris Jecminek and Lois Sandquist, brothers Glen and wife Thelma and Jay and wife Melanie plus many nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 8, 2009 at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Fairfield, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, parents Art and Iva , two brothers Allan Keith & DeWayne and brother in-law Freddy Kain and nephew Owen Kain.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001.

Gary Leon Sandquist, 71, of Cheyenne Wyo., passed away May 3, 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born on January 3, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Arthur and Iva Peterson of Fairfield Community. Gary grew up in the Fairfield community north west of Paoli, Colo., and attended school through the 8th grade and continued on to Haxtun High School up until age 16.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He sailed the world on the light aircraft carrier the USS Bennington. He was very proud of his service and spoke fondly of it. After he wasdischarged from the Navy he went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.

In 1962 he met and married Micki Williams and to this union were born Gary Don, Kelly Jo and John Arthur. His work in the oil field took them from Kimball, Neb., to Miles City, Mont. to Alice, Texas and many places in between. In the early 70’s after the tragic death of his brother Dewayne, Gary and his family moved back to Crook, Colo. where he was eventually diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome disease. He took a position with Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick and later moved to Wray, Colo., where a second ranch was bought. He eventually left his job with the Cottonwood Ranch. This took him back to his beloved oilfield as he became a tool pusher on his brother-in-law’s drilling rigs. Eventually and sadly, his marriage ended. Even as his health declined, he still continued to work as much as he could. He drove a tractor for a farmer in Ault, Colo. He continued with this until his health forced him to retire. At that time he was a daily visitor at many of the local cafes where you could find him reminiscing with friends. He never knew a stranger. As his health worsened he went to live in the VA Home in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was well liked and was quite the social guy loving to both tell and listen to stories. It seemed to Donny whenever he called, Gary was never in his room. He finally put two and two together and started calling the Nurses Station to talk to him. Gary was taken from us suddenly as a result of COPD.

We loved him very much and will miss him profoundly.

He is survived by his son Donny, wife Michelle and grandsons Joshua, Tristan (TJ) and Trace of Wray, Colo., daughter Kelly & her husband Victor Johnson, Ft. Collins, Colo., grandson Zachary and granddaughter Shalaney and his son John, Wray, Colo., sisters Edith Kain, Doris Jecminek and Lois Sandquist, brothers Glen and wife Thelma and Jay and wife Melanie plus many nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 8, 2009 at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Fairfield, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, parents Art and Iva , two brothers Allan Keith & DeWayne and brother in-law Freddy Kain and nephew Owen Kain.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001.

Gary Leon Sandquist, 71, of Cheyenne Wyo., passed away May 3, 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born on January 3, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Arthur and Iva Peterson of Fairfield Community. Gary grew up in the Fairfield community north west of Paoli, Colo., and attended school through the 8th grade and continued on to Haxtun High School up until age 16.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He sailed the world on the light aircraft carrier the USS Bennington. He was very proud of his service and spoke fondly of it. After he wasdischarged from the Navy he went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.

In 1962 he met and married Micki Williams and to this union were born Gary Don, Kelly Jo and John Arthur. His work in the oil field took them from Kimball, Neb., to Miles City, Mont. to Alice, Texas and many places in between. In the early 70’s after the tragic death of his brother Dewayne, Gary and his family moved back to Crook, Colo. where he was eventually diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome disease. He took a position with Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick and later moved to Wray, Colo., where a second ranch was bought. He eventually left his job with the Cottonwood Ranch. This took him back to his beloved oilfield as he became a tool pusher on his brother-in-law’s drilling rigs. Eventually and sadly, his marriage ended. Even as his health declined, he still continued to work as much as he could. He drove a tractor for a farmer in Ault, Colo. He continued with this until his health forced him to retire. At that time he was a daily visitor at many of the local cafes where you could find him reminiscing with friends. He never knew a stranger. As his health worsened he went to live in the VA Home in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was well liked and was quite the social guy loving to both tell and listen to stories. It seemed to Donny whenever he called, Gary was never in his room. He finally put two and two together and started calling the Nurses Station to talk to him. Gary was taken from us suddenly as a result of COPD.

We loved him very much and will miss him profoundly.

He is survived by his son Donny, wife Michelle and grandsons Joshua, Tristan (TJ) and Trace of Wray, Colo., daughter Kelly & her husband Victor Johnson, Ft. Collins, Colo., grandson Zachary and granddaughter Shalaney and his son John, Wray, Colo., sisters Edith Kain, Doris Jecminek and Lois Sandquist, brothers Glen and wife Thelma and Jay and wife Melanie plus many nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 8, 2009 at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Fairfield, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, parents Art and Iva , two brothers Allan Keith & DeWayne and brother in-law Freddy Kain and nephew Owen Kain.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001.

Gary Leon Sandquist, 71, of Cheyenne Wyo., passed away May 3, 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born on January 3, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Arthur and Iva Peterson of Fairfield Community. Gary grew up in the Fairfield community north west of Paoli, Colo., and attended school through the 8th grade and continued on to Haxtun High School up until age 16.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He sailed the world on the light aircraft carrier the USS Bennington. He was very proud of his service and spoke fondly of it. After he wasdischarged from the Navy he went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.

In 1962 he met and married Micki Williams and to this union were born Gary Don, Kelly Jo and John Arthur. His work in the oil field took them from Kimball, Neb., to Miles City, Mont. to Alice, Texas and many places in between. In the early 70’s after the tragic death of his brother Dewayne, Gary and his family moved back to Crook, Colo. where he was eventually diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome disease. He took a position with Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick and later moved to Wray, Colo., where a second ranch was bought. He eventually left his job with the Cottonwood Ranch. This took him back to his beloved oilfield as he became a tool pusher on his brother-in-law’s drilling rigs. Eventually and sadly, his marriage ended. Even as his health declined, he still continued to work as much as he could. He drove a tractor for a farmer in Ault, Colo. He continued with this until his health forced him to retire. At that time he was a daily visitor at many of the local cafes where you could find him reminiscing with friends. He never knew a stranger. As his health worsened he went to live in the VA Home in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was well liked and was quite the social guy loving to both tell and listen to stories. It seemed to Donny whenever he called, Gary was never in his room. He finally put two and two together and started calling the Nurses Station to talk to him. Gary was taken from us suddenly as a result of COPD.

We loved him very much and will miss him profoundly.

He is survived by his son Donny, wife Michelle and grandsons Joshua, Tristan (TJ) and Trace of Wray, Colo., daughter Kelly & her husband Victor Johnson, Ft. Collins, Colo., grandson Zachary and granddaughter Shalaney and his son John, Wray, Colo., sisters Edith Kain, Doris Jecminek and Lois Sandquist, brothers Glen and wife Thelma and Jay and wife Melanie plus many nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 8, 2009 at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Fairfield, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, parents Art and Iva , two brothers Allan Keith & DeWayne and brother in-law Freddy Kain and nephew Owen Kain.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001.

Gary Leon Sandquist, 71, of Cheyenne Wyo., passed away May 3, 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born on January 3, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Arthur and Iva Peterson of Fairfield Community. Gary grew up in the Fairfield community north west of Paoli, Colo., and attended school through the 8th grade and continued on to Haxtun High School up until age 16.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He sailed the world on the light aircraft carrier the USS Bennington. He was very proud of his service and spoke fondly of it. After he wasdischarged from the Navy he went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.

In 1962 he met and married Micki Williams and to this union were born Gary Don, Kelly Jo and John Arthur. His work in the oil field took them from Kimball, Neb., to Miles City, Mont. to Alice, Texas and many places in between. In the early 70’s after the tragic death of his brother Dewayne, Gary and his family moved back to Crook, Colo. where he was eventually diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome disease. He took a position with Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick and later moved to Wray, Colo., where a second ranch was bought. He eventually left his job with the Cottonwood Ranch. This took him back to his beloved oilfield as he became a tool pusher on his brother-in-law’s drilling rigs. Eventually and sadly, his marriage ended. Even as his health declined, he still continued to work as much as he could. He drove a tractor for a farmer in Ault, Colo. He continued with this until his health forced him to retire. At that time he was a daily visitor at many of the local cafes where you could find him reminiscing with friends. He never knew a stranger. As his health worsened he went to live in the VA Home in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was well liked and was quite the social guy loving to both tell and listen to stories. It seemed to Donny whenever he called, Gary was never in his room. He finally put two and two together and started calling the Nurses Station to talk to him. Gary was taken from us suddenly as a result of COPD.

We loved him very much and will miss him profoundly.

He is survived by his son Donny, wife Michelle and grandsons Joshua, Tristan (TJ) and Trace of Wray, Colo., daughter Kelly & her husband Victor Johnson, Ft. Collins, Colo., grandson Zachary and granddaughter Shalaney and his son John, Wray, Colo., sisters Edith Kain, Doris Jecminek and Lois Sandquist, brothers Glen and wife Thelma and Jay and wife Melanie plus many nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 8, 2009 at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Fairfield, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, parents Art and Iva , two brothers Allan Keith & DeWayne and brother in-law Freddy Kain and nephew Owen Kain.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001.

Gary Leon Sandquist, 71, of Cheyenne Wyo., passed away May 3, 2009 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born on January 3, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Arthur and Iva Peterson of Fairfield Community. Gary grew up in the Fairfield community north west of Paoli, Colo., and attended school through the 8th grade and continued on to Haxtun High School up until age 16.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He sailed the world on the light aircraft carrier the USS Bennington. He was very proud of his service and spoke fondly of it. After he wasdischarged from the Navy he went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.

In 1962 he met and married Micki Williams and to this union were born Gary Don, Kelly Jo and John Arthur. His work in the oil field took them from Kimball, Neb., to Miles City, Mont. to Alice, Texas and many places in between. In the early 70’s after the tragic death of his brother Dewayne, Gary and his family moved back to Crook, Colo. where he was eventually diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome disease. He took a position with Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick and later moved to Wray, Colo., where a second ranch was bought. He eventually left his job with the Cottonwood Ranch. This took him back to his beloved oilfield as he became a tool pusher on his brother-in-law’s drilling rigs. Eventually and sadly, his marriage ended. Even as his health declined, he still continued to work as much as he could. He drove a tractor for a farmer in Ault, Colo. He continued with this until his health forced him to retire. At that time he was a daily visitor at many of the local cafes where you could find him reminiscing with friends. He never knew a stranger. As his health worsened he went to live in the VA Home in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was well liked and was quite the social guy loving to both tell and listen to stories. It seemed to Donny whenever he called, Gary was never in his room. He finally put two and two together and started calling the Nurses Station to talk to him. Gary was taken from us suddenly as a result of COPD.

We loved him very much and will miss him profoundly.

He is survived by his son Donny, wife Michelle and grandsons Joshua, Tristan (TJ) and Trace of Wray, Colo., daughter Kelly & her husband Victor Johnson, Ft. Collins, Colo., grandson Zachary and granddaughter Shalaney and his son John, Wray, Colo., sisters Edith Kain, Doris Jecminek and Lois Sandquist, brothers Glen and wife Thelma and Jay and wife Melanie plus many nieces and nephews.

Services were held May 8, 2009 at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Fairfield, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, parents Art and Iva , two brothers Allan Keith & DeWayne and brother in-law Freddy Kain and nephew Owen Kain.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VA Center 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001.


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