Howard B. Cheney

Mar 25, 2014 Staff

Howard B. Cheney, of Riverton, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at home. He was 87 years old.

Viewing and visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. A second visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, in Plainview, Neb., at Ashburn Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Plainview, Neb.

Howard Bly Cheney was born June 19, 1916, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Walter and Frances G. Rich Cheney.

His early years were spent in Nebraska. When he was 11, his family moved to his uncle's White Thunder Ranch near Phillip, S.D. He attended school on the ranch until high school when he boarded in Rapid City, S.D., and attended Rapid City High School. His family said he loved woodworking, ballroom dancing, music and playing in the high school band.

After graduating high school in 1934, he returned to the family's farm in Plainview, Neb., where he farmed and ranched until 1968. His family said ballroom dancing was his passion during those years.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, served on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, and was honorably discharged in 1946.

Eventually he decided to sell the farm and search for a job that would allow him to enjoy his hobbies -- hunting, fishing and riding horses. His family said he loved animals of all kinds, especially horses.

He worked at Wind River Dude Ranch west of Dubois, which allowed him to enjoy the various activities he had read about in Outdoor Life. This included working and guiding in the ranch's big-game hunting camp.

It was at this ranch that he met his future wife, Beverly Ann O'Rear, and they married in 1972 in Wall, S.D.

He left Dubois briefly to work on the C Lazy U guest ranch in Colorado and the lumberyard in Wall, S.D. In 1974 he and his wife returned to Wyoming to manage the Wind River Ranch Lumberyard and Planing Mill at Kinnear.

He retired in 1988, and he and his wife had lived in Riverton since then.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and his brother's children, Linda (Ed) Eisenbraun, William Cheney, Susan Dedekam, Luke (Renita) Cheney, Eva (Rich) Hatcher, Thomas (Linda) Cheney, Rachel Whitcher and Martha (Monte) Whitcher and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Julian F. Cheney; sister-in-law Marva Cheney; and infant son Dick Cheney.

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