Obituaries: Cox, Gutierrez, McNierney

Shawn Ray Cox

Shawn Ray Cox, 49, of Buffalo, Wyoming passed away July 17, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming.

Shawn was born August 23, 1969 in Kremmling, Colorado to parents, Carol and Will Cox. Shawn was raised and attended school in Buffalo, and graduated Buffalo High School with the Class of 1987. He later attended the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College and Adam State in Colorado. He was a proud member of Sigma Chi, where he honed his culinary skills on his unsuspecting fraternity brothers.

Sometimes he was lovingly known as “The Giggle Box Cowboy”, “Shawny Bonnie”, Bubble Butt” and “Bun” by his friends, fellow lifeguards, debate team members, swim team, fraternity brothers and family.

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Blessed with a brilliant mind, Shawn excelled in all things technical and mechanical, which led him to become an accomplished and sought- after IT specialist. He worked for the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, IBM His current work family at DigeTeks declares a more fun work environment when Shawn was in the office. Shawn also worked in construction and was a fourth- generation member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He and his dad had the good fortune to work together to build his parents’ home in Buffalo. However, his favorite job was a stay at home nanny for his adopted nieces and often needed advice from his Aunt Anita on the skills of wrangling small children.

Shawn grew up loving hunting, fishing and camping. He also loved competitive swimming. His quick wit and gifted debate skills earned him a qualification for the National Debate Team. He enjoyed gaming and anything computer related. His bubbly personality usually made him the group entertainer because of his ability to adapt, be it in a family and friend crowd of 3 or a crowd of 3,000. Shawn had exemplary culinary skills and could often be found in the kitchen preparing delicious meals for family and friends. While his meals were always a crowd pleaser, his cleanup skills were not as highly regarded. He was also a self-proclaimed coffee snob as-long-as it was expensive, as ordered and fast!

Shawn was a beloved son to his parents of Buffalo, Will and Carol Cox, his brother Brad Cox of Corinth Texas, sister-in-law, Courtney Cox and his niece Abigail and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who will forever love and miss him. 

Proceeding him in passing were his maternal grandparents, Shirley Louise Steinfeldt Clayton, Benner and Robert R. Benner of Colorado, and his Uncle James Clayton of Mountain Home, Arkansas; His paternal grandparents, Wallace N. Cox and Patricia (Patsy) Marshall Cox both from Summit County Colorado and two cousins, Anthony O’Mailia of Craig Colorado and Bobby Dean Madden of Grand Junction, Colorado.

In his usual spirit of giving, Shawn bestowed the gift of organ donation so that others may be blessed with the gift of life. The family extends their sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses, doctors and ICU staff and emergency care providers of the Wyoming Medical Center for their extraordinary care and concern provided to Shawn and his family.

A celebration of life will take place on August 10 at the Bighorn Baptist Church at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be made in Shawn’s memory to the Donor Alliance for Organ and Tissue Donation at 200 Spruce Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80230 


Floy Gutierrez

Floy Gutierrez, age 52, of Casper, Wyoming passed away July 26, 2019. Floy was born August 8, 1966 in Meeker, Colorado to Eloy Gutierrez and Lora (Romero) Martinez. He graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1984. He enlisted in the United States Navy in December of 1988 and served in the Gulf War. He was honorably discharged in May of 1998. He worked at Walmart for many years. Floy was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Floy enjoyed watching movies, cooking, and reading a good book with a cup of coffee. His greatest moments were telling stories, joking around, and making others laugh. 

Floy was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony, grandma and grandpa. He is survived by his mom, Lora Martinez, his sisters, Dolores Flores, Clara (Chuck) Jones, Irene Maestas, Birdy (Steve) Malsom, Lori Gutierrez, brother, Willy (Shawna) Gutierrez; nieces, Berdeena, Christina, Ursela, and Emily; nephews, Frank, Tino, and Antwan, Ramon, Tim, and Socorro, and all of their families, and his extended family members. 

A Rosary will be held at 6:00 pm, Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, August 2, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Military Honors and interment will follow at Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus in Floy’s memory. 


Tim McNierney

On July 27, 2019, at age 65, we lost a beloved son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather. Tim was born to John William (deceased) and Shirley Elizabeth McNierney on August 15, 1953, in Laramie. As a child, he attended St. Laurence School and graduated from Laramie High School in 1971. After graduation, he attended the University of Wyoming where he received his degree in Psychology with a Masters in Reading. On September 23, 1994, Tim married the love of his life, Odella Boyles. He became a cherished father/friend to Lisa and Matthew Boyles, and later a grandfather to Ruby and Lowden. 

Tim had a rewarding and lengthy career in Casper as a probation officer, retiring as a supervisor from the Wyoming Department of Corrections at the age of 55. During Tim’s retirement, he never wasted a day. He and Odella shared a passion for reading, gardening, mountain hikes on Sundays – and especially playing with their grandchildren Ruby and Lowden. He was an avid outdoorsman, sharing his time with family and friends fishing, hunting, golfing, biking, hiking, snowboarding and skiing. He had a quirky sense of humor, mostly laughing at himself. Tim enjoyed teaching and sharing his knowledge – and occasionally challenging our views – on a wide array of subjects. He will be deeply missed.

Tim is survived by his mother, Shirley; wife, Odella and children, Lisa (Todd) Jamieson and their daughter Ruby; son Matthew (Heather) Boyles and their son Lowden; siblings, Mark, Dan (Susie), Coleen (Mark Holder); nieces and nephews, Savannah (Matthew); Ash (Afton); Britta (Keith); Joe (Sara).

A Celebration of Life in Casper will be held Tuesday, August 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, and a Memorial Mass in Laramie, Saturday, August 10th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church, officiated by Father Jerry Rodensel.