Judith H. Hornbeck, 65, of Sheridan, WY, died Sunday, August 8, 2004 in Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.
Mrs. Hornbeck was born July 7, 1939 in Hanna, WY to LeRoy H. and Evelyn (Christensen) Hansen. She grew up and attended grade school in Elk Mountain, WY, graduating from Hanna High School in 1957. Judy then attended the University of Wyoming receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1961.
Judy taught elementary school in Rawlins, WY from 1962 to 1964. She married John (Jack) Hornbeck in the Episcopal Church in Rawlins, WY August 23, 1964. Judy taught school for 2 years in Berthoud, CO before moving to Green River, WY where she taught in the school district there for 2 years. She then became a stay-at-home mom for the next 18 years raising 2 boys. During this time, Judy was a substitute teacher in the Sheridan School District for several years. Since 1986, her time has been spent living in Sheridan during the winter months with summertime being spent at the family ranch near Elk Mountain, WY.
Mrs. Hornbeck was a member of St. Peterís Episcopal Church in Sheridan where she was active in the womenís groups of St. Peterís, including the Vestry and Alter Guild, and St. Margaretís. Judy was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the Nile in Hanna, a Past President of Chapter AB, P.E.O., Sheridan, a member of Preceptor Tau of Beta Sigma Phi, and the Sheridan Genealogy Club, the Sheridan Doll Club and the Red Hat Society.
Judy enjoyed antiques, doll collecting, her yard work, supporting the University of Wyoming basketball and football programs, dish collecting, family history, and spending time with her dog and her family.
Mrs. Hornbeck was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Hansen in 1997.
Judy is survived by her husband, John Hornbeck, of Sheridan, WY; 2 sons, Scott Hornbeck, of Fort Collins, CO, and David Hornbeck, wife Kim, & 1 new grand daughter, Mattie Hornbeck, who was born July, 31, 2004, all of Casper, WY; 1 brother, William Hansen, and wife, Dee, of Houston, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Judy will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 9th, 2004, and from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 10th, 2004 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hornbeck will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 11th, 2004 at St. Peterís Episcopal Church, Sheridan, with the Rev. Kevin Jones and the Rev. Cannon Raymond Clark officiating. Funeral services will also be held 1:30 P.M. Thursday, August 12th, 2004 at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, WY, with burial in the Laramie Cemetery. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Judy may be made to the Judy Hornbeck Memorial Fund, in Care of St. Peterís Episcopal Church, 1 S. Tschirgi St. Sheridan, WY 82801
George Koltiska, age 83 of Sheridan, WY, died August 7, 2004. He was born July 7, 1921, at the family ranch on Upper Cat Creek east of Sheridan to Paul & Marie (Orros) Koltiska.
George attended the Prairie Dog School. He joined the Marine Corps in 1942 at the beginning of WWII and after boot camp was shipped to the South Pacific where he served for 3 years, 9 months and 18 days.
He married Lena Welch on September 14, 1946, at the home of her sister, Margaret Pilch, on Lower Prairie Dog. George and Lena mad their home on the their ranch on Cat Creek where they raised four children and where George resided until his death.
George and his brother Paul purchased Mulholland Machinery in 1956 and renamed it KB Tractor Company.
George was on the ASCS Board, the Farm Home Administration Board, and was one of the main organizers of the Certified Seed Program in Sheridan County. He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge #520 and a member of the American Legion. George was a lifelong member of Holy Name Catholic Church and a Fourth Degree Knight.
George loved music. He played the fiddle in a band with his brother Paul, Slim Peterson and Olin Fowler. George loved jam sessions with friends and family.
George loved family. His abundant love was not only shared with his wife, children, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren but with his brothers, sister, nieces and nephews. Throughout his lifetime he believed that family was more important than anything else was. Family gatherings were his happiest times.
George was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers, and brothers Mike, John, Paul and a sister Elizabeth Briggs Speath. He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Lena; children Audrey Koltiska, Gary (Vicki), Deborah Adams (Warren) and Robert (Dawn); grandchildren Tom ďTJĒ Koltiska, Travis, Jason & Justin Koltiska, Genie Adams Mayfield and Trent Adams, Kristi, Megan 7 Brandon Koltiska; great grandchildren Gabrielle & Paden Koltiska, Sadie Koltiska, Patrick & Makayla Mayfield and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vigil service will be 7:00pm on Tuesday (Aug. 10th) from Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00am on Wednesday from Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Ronald Stolcis officiating. Interment will be in Sheridan Elks Cemetery. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials may benefit the George Koltiska Arbor Fund, in care of Brenda Torrens, Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 9000, Sheridan, WY 82801. George loved his trees and this fund will be used to purchase trees to be planted in Sheridan County.
Gerald T. "Jerry" Laya, 77 of Ranchester, passed away at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County on Thursday, August 19, 2004.
Mr. Laya was born September 7, 1927, in Kooi, WY, to Joe and Mary Laya. He attended school in Acme and graduated from Sheridan High School. Following high school, he served in the Army then went on to the University of Wyoming to earn a Bachelorís Degree in Business. He married Suzanne Williams, his wife of fifty-two years. The couple had three children together, Gary Laya, Steven Laya, and Deb Laya Johnston. Jerry was best known for his years at V.C. Johnston Lumber Co. and as the owner of Country Gardens in Ranchester. He was a member of the Ranchester Rotary Club. Jerry served the town of Ranchester as a councilman for many years and one term as mayor. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunted upland birds, but his true passion was gardening.
Mr. Laya was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Steven; and a sister, Joan. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Ranchester; his two children, Gary Laya and his wife Teri of Ranchester and Deb Johnston and her husband Greg of Sheridan; his four grandchildren, Brian, Jerry Ray, Jami, and Stephanie; his brother Bill Laya of Sheridan; and his sister Beverly Pilch of Cheyenne.
Cremation has taken place locally in Sheridan, and a Celebration of Life with special dedication will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2004, in the Ranchester Park with Pastor Dan Keller officiating. Arrangements are with Kane Funeral Home.
Flowers may be sent to the family home at 335 Gillette Street in Ranchester and memorials be made in Geraldís name to the Dog and Cat Shelter in care of Janet Evans, Cowboy State Bank, P.O. Box 6026, Ranchester, WY 82801.
Pearl Lucas; age 95, of Sheridan, WY, died Monday, August 16, 2004, in Sheridan Manor.
Pearl was born March 9, 1909, in Texas to Thomas & Sena (Armstrong) Wright.
The family came to Wyoming in 1919 and she graduated from Sheridan High School in 1927. She married Joseph Lucas in Billings, MT, on May 23, 1936. During WWII, she worked in defense and they moved to California. They returned to Sheridan in the 1960ís and she was manager of Ileneís Dress Shop and a clerk in several other stores until she retired. Pearl was a member of the Sheridan Wesleyan Church and Eastern Star. She loved reading, raising flowers and visiting with friends.
Her parents, husband, sister and brother preceded her in death.
Pearl is survived by a niece and many friends.
Memorial service will be 2:00pm on Thursday (Aug. 19th) from Sheridan Wesleyan Church with Pastor Chuck Lucas officiating.
Memorials may benefit the Sheridan Wesleyan Church, 404 W. Brundage Lane, Sheridan
Emery E. Matthews, 86 of Sheridan passed away at his residence on Saturday, August 28, 2004.
Mr. Matthews was born onOctober 30, 1917, in Grand Island, Nebraska to Norman and Martha (Underhill) Matthews. In 1937 he met Betty LaRue Burke at the Baptist Church in Grand Island and they would later be married in 1941. He was a member of the Nebraska National Guard. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was assigned to the 490th Bomb Squadron known as the "Burma Bridge Busters". Emery fought in WWII and was stationed in The China, Burma, India Theater. Following his military service, Emery went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller, and after many years he retired from civil service. Emery loved his church, family, and country. He enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, reading, swimming, walking, fishing, and hunting. He loved watching sports on T.V. Emery was a lifetime member of the Story Lions Club and the Elks Lodge and was also a member of the Big Horn Mountain Masonic lodge No. 43 and the Kalif Shrine.
Emery was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother and his brother Wesley; and his sister Berniece Kelly. He is survived by his wife, Betty of Sheridan; his son, Stephen Emery Matthews of Oakland, California; his daughter, Betty Jean Matthews of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; his three grandchildren, Lori Breeden, Jodi Douglass, and Kelli Cox; and his six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Spenser, Nicole, Dalton, Paris, and Timber.
Cremation has taken place locally in Sheridan and Memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 3, 2004 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Doug Melius officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Emeryís name to the First Presbyterian Church or Hospice of the Big Horns in care of Karen Green, First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 2007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Merle M. Persinger, age 75, of Sheridan, WY, died Monday, August 9, 2004, in the V.A. Medical Center, Sheridan.
He was born on November 25, 1928, in Glendale, CA, to Orlo & Margaret (Scott) Persinger.
Melvin grew up and graduated high school in Wheatland, WY. He attended Technical College. He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War. After the service, Melvin lived in California where he met and married Delores Conforti in 1956. He worked construction until working in engineering for L.M. Cox. He worked at L.M. Cox until he retired in 1974 when he moved to Sheridan. Merle enjoyed hunting, fishing and gun collecting and was a member of the American Legion.
Melvin is survived by his two sons Kim Persinger of Billings, MT and Jim Persinger of Cartersville, GA; and five grandchildren.
Private committal service will be later.
Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Jeri B. Saunders, 62 of Sheridan passed away at Deaconess Medical Center in Billings, MT on Monday, August 23, 2004.
Mrs. Saunders was born March 27, 1942, in Basin, Wyoming, to Henry and Viola (Breen) Wilmot. She attended school in Upton, Wyoming and graduated from Upton High School. Jeri went on to graduate from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors Degree with honors. She married W.G. "Jerry" Saunders on June 9, 1963 in Casper, Wyoming. Jeri taught in Denver, Colorado for three years until her husband finished medical school. The two lived in Albuquerque, NM for a year, Anchorage, Alaska for three years, back to Albuquerque for another three years then to Sheridan in 1973. Jeri began substitute teaching in Sheridan after her children started school. She went to teaching full time when the school district implemented the gifted and talented program for the students which she taught until her retirement. Jeri enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, reading, and spending time at their cabin in the Big Horn Mountains. She was a member of the P.E.O., the Red Hat Society, and the Presbyterian Womenís Circle. Jeri was on the board of directors of Family Planning of the Big Horns and an elder at First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Saunders was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband
Dr. W.G. Saunders of Sheridan; her three daughters, Brenda Sauro and her husband Greg of Woodbury, MN, Wendy Murray and her husband Mike and Stacy Sweeney and her husband Mike both of Sheridan; her seven grandchildren, Janika, Ellison, and Kael Sweeney, Brad and Michael Sauro, and McKenzie and Easton Murray; her brother,
Bill Wilmot of Missoula, Montana; and her sister, Joyce Mangus of Mesa, Arizona.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 27, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Doug Melius officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the University of Wyoming Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church in care of Kay Roush, First Federal Bank, P.O. Box 6007, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Anne Kukuchka Smith passed away peacefully on August 5, 2004 surrounded by many members of her family.
Anne was born in Kooi, Wyoming, the first daughter to George and Anna Banas Kukuchka on October 6, 1922. She attended grade school in Kooi until 5th grade, she then completed her education in Ranchester where her family purchased a ranch. While in highschool she was a member of the state champion Ranchester Rustlers basketball team.
On July 17, 1939 she married Charles H. Smith in Hardin, Montana. This marriage was later blessed at Saint Thomas Catholic Church in Monarch. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Antoinette (Toni) Davis, Charles E. (Ed) Smith, Theresa (Teri) Luskin, and John M. Smith. Anne had nine grandchildren, Stuart Davis of Boise, ID, Gregory Davis of Soldotna, AK, Matthew Davis of Banner, WY, Kristen Luskin DelNegro of Richland, WA, Andrew Luskin of Saratoga Springs, NY, Melissa and Kellie Smith of Buckingham, PA, Meghan Smith of Kotzebue, AK, and Alicia Smith of Sheridan. She also had two great grandchildren, Claire Davis of Boise, ID, and Olivia Davis of Soldotna, AK.
In her younger days Anne loved to spend her time fly fishing, she also loved to collect recipes and cook and create her own dishes. She was well known for her hospitality and wonderful cooking. Her flowers were a special joy to her, and during Christmas her house was always beautifully decorated, especially her Christmas trees.
Anne was employed for many years as a cook at the Ranch House in Ranchester and also at the Golden Steer in Sheridan, until her retirement at the age of 78. She was well known for her wonderful and unique soups. She was an avid sports fan, following basketball and football for the Tongue River Eagles and Wyoming Cowboys. She also enjoyed attending the sporting events of her grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband, and four brothers, George (Curly), John, Paul, and Edward Kukuchka. She is survived by her children and grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters, Andy Kukuchka of Big Horn, Michael Kukuchka of Sheridan, Helen Fagenbush of Salt Lake City, UT, and Margaret Melton of Sheridan. Also, her friend and companion Peaches.
She was greatly loved and will be missed by her family and friends.
A rosary will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, August 9, 2004 at Kane Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at Holy Name Catholic Church with The Reverend Ron Stolcis officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
The family has requested that memorials be made in Anneís name to Tongue River Pro Start in care of Jane Evans, Cowboy State Bank, P.O. Box 6026, Sheridan , WY 82801.
Marjorie J. Sweigert, 93, of Sheridan, WY, died Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Sheridan Manor.
Mrs. Sweigert was born February 19, 1911 in Park Ridge, IL to Charles William and Alyce E. (Snyder) Potter. She grew up and attended schools in Park Ridge, and graduated from Alvernia High School in Chicago in 1928.
Mrs. Sweigert married Clarence James Sweigert in IL in 1930, and she spend her lifetime in IL, working as a business woman for the Chicago Board of Education, the Theater Arts Magazine, and the Northbrook Weekly Magazine in Northbrook, IL.
She was a member of A.A.R.P, and the Catholic Church.
Mrs. Sweigert enjoyed sewing, handcrafts, art, and very accomplished at crocheting, which was displayed at Sheridan Manor. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Sweigert was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence, and two sisters.
She is survived by 1 daughter, Marilyn C. Fischer, (Kenneth) of Sheridan, WY; 1 son, Robert James Sweigert, (Rosemary) of Columbia, TN; 4 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and 2 step great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mrs. Sweigert may be made to Sheridan Manor, 1851 Big Horn Ave., Sheridan, WY 82801
August G. Talcott, 93, of Sheridan, WY, died Monday, August 23, 2004 in Sheridan Manor.
Mr. Talcott was born April 7, 1911 in Central Valley, New York to August Belmont and Marguerite ( Schick) Talcott. The family moved to Sheridan when he was 3 years old, and Mr. Talcott spent his entire life in the Sheridan area painting with his father and brothers, and later with his son, which became known as A. G. Talcott and Son Painting. August retired in 1977.
Mr. Talcott married Dorothy Brenner in Sheridan on February 14, 1934. August was a member of the Painterís and Drywall Finisherís Union. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son, 1 grandchild, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Mr. Talcott is survived by one son, Ronald Talcott, of Everett, WA; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Funeral service for Mr. Talcott will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 26, 2004 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Nellie M. Willis, 76, of Sheridan, WY, died Friday, August 13, 2004 at her residence.
Mrs. Willis was born June 4, 1928 in Kewanee, IL to John W. and Mattie B. (Lowry) Whiles. She grew up and attended schools in Wethersfield and Kewanee, IL, graduating from Kewanee High School in 1946. Mrs. Willis married Harold Willis October 13, 1962 in Erie, IL. Mr. Willis died in 1987, and Mrs. Willis moved to Sheridan, WY in 1989.
Mrs. Willis loved taking rides in the mountains looking for wildlife, especially moose, fishing, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 son, and 1 grandson.
Mrs. Willis is survived by 2 sons; John Farran, of Kewanee, IL, and Robert Farran, of Sheridan, WY; 1 daughter, Vicki Peterson, of Booneville, IN; 1 brother, Richard Whiles, of Coal Valley, IL; 1 sister, Lena Lyle, of Sheridan, WY; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
At Mrs. Willis request, cremation has taken place, and a private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.
Memorials in memory of Mrs. Willis may be made to the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith St., or Hospice of the Big Horns, 1401 West 5th St., Sheridan, WY 82801