William Joseph Michalcewicz, of Laramie, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the age of 73. Bill was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of Joseph and Stella (née Funk) Michalcewicz. He was a graduate of Scotch Plains High School class of 1960. Right out of high school, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country until 1967. He moved to California, then to Utah where he started a family. Bill was an adventurous man who loved the outdoors; he enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, camping and hiking. He recently attended Charis Bible College where he received a two year bible certificate. Bills greatest joy in life was his family, he cherished his grandchildren and loved to spoil them every opportunity he had. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Tanya Michalcewicz.
Phebe M. Smith, 91, of Laramie, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.
A vigil and rosary service for Eleanor Anne Marchant will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 and funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, both at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church. Interment at Greenhill Cemetery will follow the mass, followed by a reception at St. Laurence.
Sept. 10, 1947-Sept. 21, 2016
Lynn Rees, 98, of Mesa, Arizona, passed to a better place Sept. 10, 2016. Lynn was born Dec. 5, 1917, in Pontlottyn, Wales, to Llewellyn and Mary Jane (née Wheeler) Rees. He came to the U.S. at the age of 5, and the family settled in Orient, Illinois, where his father was a coal miner. After a few years in Orient, they moved to Chicago, where Lynn attended public schools. He graduated from high school in 1935 and enrolled at the University of Illinois, receiving his diploma in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1941 and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in January 1946. He served in Europe and Japan. Prior to his discharge, Lynn married Gladys DeBerry, whom he met in Laramie during Army training. They married in July 1944, in San Luis Obispo, California, and were happily married for 61 years. After Lynn’s discharge, they moved to Laramie, where Lynn enrolled in the University of Wyoming Law School, from which he received his law degree in 1948. Lynn set up a law practice and quickly became involved in many community activities. He played softball until his late 40s and coached numerous youth baseball teams. He served as Albany County prosecuting attorney for many years and continued his law practice until 1985. At that time, Lynn and Gladdi began “snowbirding” between Laramie and Mesa, a practice they continued until Gladdi’s passing in 2005. Lynn enjoyed sports of all kinds, loved music and reading and would sing you a song at the drop of a hat. He received many awards for his legal and civic accomplishments and was recognized as a decent and honorable man.
Christopher Michael De Young passed away Sept. 21, 2016. He was born Aug. 27, 1973, in Duarte, California, to Michael and Barbara (née Maxwell) De Young. Chris and his three brothers, Jonathan, Benjamin and Matthew, moved with their parents to Pocatello, Idaho, in 1976, where he attended schools and was an active member of the Pocatello/Blackfoot swim club throughout childhood, including at Pocatello High School. Driven and hard-working, even as a young adult, Chris set a personal goal to swim at the university level and moved to Hyrum, Utah, to train under Coach Toby at Mountain Crest High School his senior year. Christopher was recruited to swim for the University of Wyoming on scholarship and, as an all-around swimmer specializing in freestyle, was a four-year letter winner. With some lingering credit requirements needed to finish his undergraduate degree, Chris had to find a way to pay tuition for an additional year of coursework; he surprised everyone by landing another athletic scholarship through the UW Spirit Program Coed Team and helped lead the crowds at War Memorial in cheering on the Cowboys for a year!
George “Flip” McConnaughey, of Casper, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. A full obituary will be published. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Highland Park Community Church in Casper.
Christopher De Young, 43, of Laramie, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Laramie. A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St., with the Reverend Rhett Ivey officiating.
Alice Wood, 74, of Laramie, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. She was born May 11, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Richard K. Rasmussen, 80, died Sept. 18, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born in Laramie, the son of Roy Jorgen and Mary Wrench Rasmussen. He attended University High School in Laramie, graduating in 1954. He completed his education at the University of Wyoming, receiving a bachelor degree in journalism in 1958. While at the university, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a member of Fourth Estate, the American Military Engineers, yearbook editor and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served for 20 years in the Army, with deployment to Europe and twic, to Vietnam. He retired in 1978 as lieutenant colonel and returned to Laramie. In 1995, he moved to Kansas City for health reasons and remained there and was active with his church.
Patricia R. Guthrie, of Laramie, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Pat’s loving spirit and aware consciousness left her aged, failing body with a grace and freedom of character as exemplary as her well-lived existence. With Pat as she passed were her children at her bedside, her loving and connected grandchildren and caring hospice staff. Family and friends, statewide, were near and dear in thought and prayer. As a hospice volunteer played classical guitar at her bedside, Patricia embraced a state of unburdened, unconditional love and moved on with clear faith in both God’s redemption and therein, reunion with her beloved husband Jack.