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Obituaries: Cardenas, Souza Jr., Shain

Mike Cardenas

Mike Cardenas: 1936 – 2020

Mike Cardenas, 84, was born in Moses, New Mexico to Jose Mike and Ricarda Cardenas. He peacefully left this world on November 30, 2020 with his daughter and son by his side. He fought a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. We will miss him dearly, but we are thankful that he has been set free.

He married Camilla Ulibarri in 1954. And they had three children from their loving union. He married his forever love, Janette Wolfe on December 23, 1976. They loved to travel together and spend the winters in Yuma Arizona. Janette proceeded him in death in 2009. He found comfort in his fur companions, Brandi, Tuff, and Sassy in his later years.

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He served in the US Army as a Helicopter mechanic during the Korean war. He was a drilling foreman for Amoco ( 1974) until his retirement. He was also a bar owner. He owned the Tumble Inn in Powder River, Wyoming, known all around for the enchiladas. He also owned The Lost Soldier Bar in Bairoil Wyo. Mike was a “jack of all trades.” He was creative and could build or fix anything that you asked him to from cars to houses and everything in between. He liked to stay busy. After retirement he worked as an independent contractor building ramps and putting in grab bars and rails. He often paid for the materials out of his own pocket for people who could not afford it. He was very generous helping family and friends. He had a sarcastic sense of humor and we all remember him combing back his slick dark hair!

He is survived by his children. Timothy (Barb ) Cardenas, Michael (Jeannie) Cardenas, and Judy ( Kevin) Costalez, step children, Donna Fasula, Carroll ( Teri) Manning, and Sandra Manning, granddaughter Chasity Flores, sisters Barbara Lewis, Joann ( Tom) Cardenas, brothers, Richard ( Mary) Cardenas, Louie ( Peggy) Cardenas, and Dave ( Sandy) Cardenas, 9 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.

He was greeted by his wife, parents, son, brothers, sisters, stepson, and other relatives. There will be no services at his request. The family plans to have a small graveside gathering in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, we lovingly request that you GO HOME AND HUG YOUR LOVED ONES AND TELL THEM THAT YOU LOVE THEM. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s association in his memory.


Herbert M. “Herb” Souza, Jr.

Herbert M. “Herb” Souza, Jr.: 1937 – 2020

Herbert (Herb) Moniz Souza, Jr. of Evansville, passed away Wednesday, November 25th, 2020.

He will be cremated and receive military honors at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.

Herb was born July 11th, 1937 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the son of Herbert M. Sr. and Helena (Sylvia) Souza. He lived in MA, CO, and FL then moved to Evansville, Wyoming in 2012 to be closer to family.

Herb married Theresa Ann Souza (Brunette) on July 19th, 1959 and faithfully honored their wedding vows until he was summoned by the angels.

Herb was a great provider and mentor for his family. He was an entrepreneur and had a passion for creating and working with wood as well as working with animals. Herb welcomed all challenges and his passion for adventure led him to buying a cattle ranch in Calhan CO and traveling to Africa to weld infrastructure in a glass factory. He loved watching old western movies in his spare time.

Herb served in the USAF from Oct. 1954 thru Sep. 1958 and was recognized for serving honorably during the Korean War conflict. He often displayed his patriotism by wearing a Veterans ball cap.

He is survived by his spouse of 61 years, Theresa; sons, Scott and Eric Souza; daughter Donna Souza; grandchildren; Erica Souza, Eric Reyes; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews as well as his close companion, a Chihuahua named “Cha Cha”.

His passing was preceded by the death of his parents; his brother Raymond, sisters; Dorothy DaCosta and Carol Gauvin (Cabral); and grandson Joshua Souza.

In lieu of sending flowers, please donate to his favorite charity, St Joseph’s Indian School, www.stjo.org .
A private family gathering will be held at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, Casper, WY.

Military honors will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday December 9, 2020 at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.


Jeanne Shain

Jeanne Shain: March 30, 1953 ~ December 1, 2020 (age 67)

Jeanne Anne Shain: March 30, 1953 to December 1, 2020 (age 67)

With heavy hearts, Jeanne Shain, age 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at Shepherd of the Valley in Casper, WY, after a long, hard fought battle with frontotemporal dementia. Jeanne was born March 30, 1953, in Casper, WY, to Stanton and Dorothy (Reiter) Miller. She was always patient but fun loving, even a spitfire at times. She was also very beautiful, participating in beauty contests and cheerleading when she was a teenager. Her smile will always be remembered.  

Jeanne married the love of her life of 47 years, Richard Shain, on May 30, 1973. She worked various jobs over the years in retail and in banking, but her most prized job was being a mother. Not only to her 3 biological and 5 adopted children, but to over 300 foster children! She truly loved kids and especially babies. Jeanne was very nurturing and would take care of everyone. She also loved her fur babies, had a knack for cake baking and decorating, and could not pass up a family camping trip.

Jeanne is survived by her husband Richard Shain, her mother Dorothy Bourbon, her brother James Miller (Trish), her sister Judith Strozzi (Wayne), her sister-in-law Sue Kallhoff  (Kenny), her son Tracy Houser (Devon), her daughter Tamara Kraft (Kevin), her daughter Babette Bartow (Nick), her daughter Kendale Shain, her daughter Kaitlin Reineke (Nate), her daughter Kaylee Shain, her son Milan Shain, her son Isaiah Shain, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nephews that loved her dearly. She is proceeded in death by her father Stanton Miller.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Wyoming Dementia Care in Jeanne’s memory.