Rick Ackerman (Central)

Birth Date: 1950-02-21
Deceased Date: 2012-05-30
Richard “Rick” E. Ackerman, 62, of Cheyenne died May 30 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 21, 1950, in Cheyenne to Fay and Dorothy Ackerman. Rick was a caring and generous person who loved spending time with his family. Rick cherished his children and found great joy in spending time with his grandchildren. Some of his happiest moments included simply watching his grandchildren play. Rick also enjoyed riding motorcycles with his friends and always looked forward to the next road trip.

Throughout his career as a carpenter and contractor, he worked for Al Rogers, Foose Construction, and owned Empire Construction when he built many structures he was proud of, many of them local landmarks. He loved building and working with his father most of all. He retired from Laramie County School District No. 1.

He was baptized, received first communion and confirmation at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a member of the Carpenter’ Union. He graduated from high school in Cheyenne.

He is survived by a son, Ryan Ackerman of Cheyenne; daughter, Jennifer Ackerman of Cheyenne; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ackerman, Jonathan Ackerman and Ashley Bunch; sister, Sharon Ackerman Kelley of Cheyenne; step-mother, Ella Ackerman; step-brothers, Douglas Randles and Gregory Randles, both of Las Vegas; step-sister, Linda Brunner of Cheyenne and his significant other, Misty Grass, and her son, Shadoe Jensen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay Ackerman and Dorothy Williams; and a brother, John Wayne Ackerman.

Visitation was Sunday at Schrader Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today in Schrader Chapel with the Rev. Dana Lightsey officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens. After the interment, a celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3005 Thomes Ave. Friends and family are invited to bring a potluck dish and a favorite memory to share.

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Harry G. Adams (Central)

Birth Date: 1950-05-11
Deceased Date: 2001-12-26
Harry G. "Sonny" Adams, 51, of Kilgore, Neb., died Dec. 26 at Bryant Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born May 11, 1950, in Rapid City, S.D., and had lived here since 1964 with residences also in Valentine, Neb., Kilgore, Neb.

Mr. Adams was owner of Adams' Saddlery.

He was the author of "SaddleMaker's Shop Manual: and was a regular writer for "Leathercrafters Journal."

Mr. Adams was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by two sons, Eric K. Adams, and Roy O. Adams, both of Cheyenne; three daughters, Betty M. Adams and Cora B. Adams, both of Orem, Utah, Iris L. Adams of San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Kevin Johnson of Douglas; three sisters, Joyce Sadowski, Loretta Cubba and Donna Hanson, all of Cheyenne; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Betty Adams.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lincolnway Chapel with Bishop Jay Harnish conducting. Interment will be in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Eric Adams, Kevin Johnson, Rich McIntosh, Wayne Sadowski, Randy McIntosh and Tim McIntosh.

Services are under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes.

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Cindy Adams (East)

Terie Miyamoto - January 4th, 2018
I remember Cindy with a smiling face and always upbeat personality.  She got in engaged while we were still in high school and we were in awe of her ring!!!  
Ran into her again on a skiing trip to Steamboat when we were in our early 20's and she was still fun and friendly to all!!

Donald D. Adler (East)

Birth Date: 1949-08-27
Deceased Date: 2000-09-07
Donald D. Adler, 51, of Cheyenne died Sept. 7 at the V.A. Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 27, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Neb., and had lived here for more than 40 years.  Mr. Adler was a cement finisher.

He served in the Unites State Navy for four years and in the Reserves for 18 years.
He married Cynthia "Cindy" Adler on June 8, 1986, in Las Vegas.

He was a member of VFW Post #1881.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Adler of Cheyenne; one son, Adam Adler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one step-son, Christopher Ortega of Cheyenne; one daughter, Amy Adler of Colorado Springs; his mother and step-father, Frances and Grover Williams of Cheyenne; two sisters, Judy Petrovic of Larson, Colo., and Barbara "Bobbie" Ratliff of Tucson, Ariz., and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow "Woody" Adler.
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Bennett Allen (East)

Birth Date: 1948-12-30
Deceased Date: 2021-03-25
Bennett Lee “Ben” Allen, 72, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away Thursday morning, March 25, 2021 at Aspen Winds Assisted Living.

Ben was born December 30, 1948 in Cheyenne, a son of the late Orla and Furne (Vosler) Allen.

Ben worked as a mechanic for F.E. Warren Air Force Base.  He enjoyed volunteering for Cheyenne Frontier Days and was a recipient of the CFD Volunteer of the Year award.  He will be remembered for his love of family and for his animals.

Ben is survived by his loving wife, Fern Allen; son, Travis Allen; step-sons, Corey (Melissa) Penny and Brady Penny; brothers, Sam and Jay Allen; sister, Julie Ruppert; and four grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and a sister.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bennett Lee "Ben" Allen, please visit our floral store.

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Adelina "Theresa" Archuleta (Central)

Birth Date: 1950-03-07
Deceased Date: 2011-11-24
Adelina T. “Teri” Archuleta Muth, 61, of Cheyenne died Nov. 24 at Lifecare Center of Cheyenne.

She was born March 7, 1950, in Chacon, N.M., to Antonio and Sally Archuleta. She was an executive secretary for the Howard Hughes Corporation. She also was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a hospital candy striper in her youth. She loved to skydive, walk on the beach and above all else loved being a Mom.

She is survived by her children, Nicole Muth and Robert Michael Muth, both of Sacramento, Calif.; parents, Antonio “Tony” and Sally Archuleta of Cheyenne; siblings, David (Sharon) Archuleta, of Las Vegas, Dorothy (Patrick) Brandt of Troy, Idaho, Carol Archuleta of Omaha, Neb., and June (Max) Ochoa of Omaha; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a nephew, Anthony James Ochoa; and a great-nephew, Mika Archuleta.

Friends may make a memorial contribution to the Teri Archuleta Muth Memorial Fund, 503 W. Fifth St., Cheyenne, WY 82007.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Schrader Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at <a href="\""" data-cke-saved-href="\" \\"\""="">

Friends may make a special prayer and light a candle for Teri as a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family would like to express much gratitude to Lifecare of Cheyenne for the special care they gave to Teri during her stay there.
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John Edward Arias (East)

Birth Date: 1949-10-23
Deceased Date: 2020-06-26
John E. Arias passed away peacefully on June 25, 2020 at his home in Littleton, CO. John was born October 23, 1949 in Cheyenne, WY to Lillie and Ruben Arias.

John was a loving husband, father and grandfather; proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from the United States Army in 1996.

John will be dearly missed by his surviving family, including wife Debbie; sons Mike, Matt, Mark; grandchildren Alea, Liliana, Sage, Kaiya, Aspen, Blake, Elysia, Elijah; daughters-in-law Shawndala, Courtney, Amy; and many beloved extended family and friends. The family would like to thank Denver Hospice for their wonderful care.

Interment will take place at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on Thursday, July 9 at 9:30 am. Due to COVID-19 precautions, service will be limited to 100 people.
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Kathy Balcaen Martin (East)

Birth Date: 1949-12-01
Deceased Date: 2014-12-03
Kathy Ann Martin (Balcaen), 65, of Las Vegas, formerly of Cheyenne, passed away Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.

Kathy was born Dec. 1, 1949, in Cheyenne. She was raised in Cheyenne by Elmer and Carlene Balcaen as the oldest of four children, who all looked up to her for support and guidance.

Kathy was a devoted mother of two and a faithful wife - always laboring and giving of herself for the care and encouragement of her family. Despite a long history of battling cancer, she stayed positive and continued making personal sacrifices for other people's well-being.

When she wasn't working and caring for her family, she poured out her passion on her pets, gardening, knitting, art and photography. She was an avid bowler, water-skier, diver and horseback rider, and she was a former member of Cheyenne Saddle Tramps and Cheyenne Boat and Ski Club.

She worked in her past at the Wyoming Supreme Court, Department of Family Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada and was the co-owner of S&K Trucking.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Martin; two children, Jeff Daniels (Savannah) of Boston and Luke Daniels (Pam) of Wichita, Kan.; siblings, Debbie Lathrop, and Kerry and Kevin Balcaen; two stepchildren, Steve Martin Jr. and Barb Shafer; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Carlene Balcaen.

Cremation has taken place, and a wake honoring her memory will be from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at 920 Pony Express Road, Cheyenne WY 82009.

Donations in her memory to American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Kathy, you will be dearly missed!
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Patrick J. Beaton (St.Mary's)

Birth Date: 1949-08-24
Deceased Date: 2005-12-15
Patrick J. Beaton, 56, formerly of Cheyenne died Dec. 15 at his home in Scottsbluff, Neb.

He was born Aug. 24, 1949, in Fargo, N.D., to Don and Margaret Beaton.

He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Cheyenne in 1968.

Mr. Beaton is survived by his mother, Margaret Beaton of New Castle, Penn.; brothers, Father Kevin J. Beaton of New Castle; and Brian F. Beaton of Fargo; a sister, Maureen Lenza of Butler, Penn.; uncles, aunts, two nephews and a niece and numerous cousins.

A funeral mass was held Dec. 20 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Fr. Kevin Beaton officiating.

Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo.

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Gene Benton (East)

Birth Date: 1950-06-23
Deceased Date: 2021-01-13
Allan Eugene Benton, 70, of Cody, died Jan. 13, 2021, from complications of COVID-19.
Born June 23, 1950, in Laramie to Allan and Armella Benton, he graduated from Cheyenne East High School in 1968, skipping the graduation ceremony to go fishing.
He attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming until he skipped a semester in 1971 and promptly got drafted by the Army. Instead, he hightailed it to the Naval Recruiter and enlisted in the Navy.
Upon completion of basic training, he was chosen by his company commander as an Outstanding Recruit by virtue of his initiative, perseverance, and devotion to duty. In 1972, he attended submarine school in Groton, Conn., and became a radio operator and ballistic missile submarine technician on the U.S.S. James Monroe stationed out of Pearl Harbor and Guam. Upon completing active duty, he spent two years in the Naval Reserve.
At this time, he returned to the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in History which led to a lifetime of reading, and an impressive ability to remember historical dates and facts. In 1980, he began his 26-year career at Mountain Bell (Ma Bell) in Cody. He was a central office electronics technician and earned several radio and telephone certifications from the FCC. 
He particularly enjoyed providing technical services to Yellowstone National Park. He spent several summers working out of Yellowstone Lake Lodge and Gardner, Mont., where he kept his horse, Murphy, and enjoyed packing into the Yellowstone backcountry on his days off.  
In the winter months the Park was serviced with snow machines, and he told tales of going over what was thought to be a snow drift, but turned out to be an unhappy, sleeping, snow-covered buffalo. He also told adventurous stories of servicing the radio tower on top of Mount Washburn and helping keep the service going during the Park fires of 1988.
During the Christmas season of 1987, he met the love of his life, the former Sheri Floyd. Floyd, also a Navy veteran and single mother of two young boys, had picked up an extra job as a server to earn Christmas money. One night, Benton was playing in a dart league and Floyd was their server. After casual conversation and flirtation, he was totally taken with her, and that night he told his friends, “That’s the woman I am going to marry.”
Floyd was not interested at first, but romantic gestures won her over. He would often leave surprise gifts in her car like flowers or a rocking horse for her boys. The deal was cinched when he showed up at her house before she got off work, to bring a VCR, movies, and pizza to her boys. They were married May 21,1988, at the Wayfarers Chapel on the banks of the North Fork River. Last spring, they celebrated 32 years of marriage.
Benton loved hunting, fly-fishing, golfing, camping and was a gourmet cook. A devoted member of the Elks Lodge, his baked beans were always requested for the Senior Elks Fishing trip, and he was a master at cooking prime rib. He was extremely pleased and honored to receive the Elk of the Year award in 1994. He was also involved in the Kiwanis Club and for years taught their hunter safety course which he deemed extremely important and was very patient at. He taught a multitude of people including his sons, grandchildren and their friends.
At home on the golf course since high school, Benton played in leagues, tournaments and was proud of making a hole-in-one. In the past several years Benton’s favorite past time was heading to the desert with their side-by-side known as “The Blue Thing ” to hunt meteors with a metal detector.
He was an extremely kind man with a big heart and was the source of much joy. Deeply loved by his family, Benton is survived by his wife Sheri, his son Bryan M. Floyd, wife (Danielle); son Christopher Floyd; granddaughters Ashley, Alexa, Grace and Ava; grandsons Hunter and Michael; sisters Ruth Benton, husband (Tod), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jan Poulson, husband (Jeff), Sioux City, Iowa; Barb Lawyer, husband (Bob), Cheyenne; his uncle Cliff Kirk, Gillette, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Memorials in his name can be sent to The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (
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