CHEYENNE – Donna Lou Lovercheck, 90, died Feb. 13, 2019 at her apartment in Primrose Retirement Center in Cheyenne.
Donna was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Anthem, Iowa. Her family relocated to Mitchell, Neb., where she obtained her elementary and secondary education. She married Donald Dean Lovercheck on May 23, 1951, and spent the remainder of her life as a rancher. She became known as a taskmaster who devoted tremendous energy to ranch life.
Donna and Dean had two sons, Ronald Martin and Otis Dean, who grew up with their mother as their biggest fan. She never missed any of their sporting events and could be heard screaming as they competed in athletic events. Her other interests were Eastern Star, where she progressed through all the chairs, playing pinochle with her card group, and traveling with Dean in their motor home. She loved hosting family dinners for her siblings and their families and continued this practice for her sons.
Donna’s devotion to her sons extended to her grandchildren whom she adored and catered to. Raedene and Justin, Tanis and Keylee spent many of their summer hours at the CP ranch. During these summers, Donna and Dean would take the kids camping, boating and fishing. Donna was devoted to her family.
Donna is survived by her two sons, Ronald Lovercheck (Sharon), La Grange; Otis Lovercheck (LaNita), Cheyenne; grandchildren Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders (Clint) Casper; Keylee Lovercheck, Cheyenne; Raedene Messenger (Kirk) Cheyenne; Justin Lovercheck (Brenda), La Grange; Great-grandchildren Dallas Messenger Jackson (Chad) Cheyenne; Casey Messenger (Ashley) Dakota Haller (Tony) Cheyenne; Lanie Kay Messenger, Portland, Ore.; Savannah Messenger, Laramie; Chase Hunnel, Cheyenne; Chase Lovercheck La Grange, Kelci Ann Lovercheck, La Grange, Tiana Saunders, St. Augustine, Fla.; Josh Saunders and Sami Saunders, both of Casper.
Donna’s seven great-greatgrandchildren are Mark James, Maggie Lou and Memphis Haller, Mason Ronald and Spencer Lane Jackson, Liliana Edith and Cash Michael Messenger. Donna is also survived by her brother, Alvin ”Bud”Duncan.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband Donald Dean, her parents John Wesley Neifert and Ethel May Coyle Neifert and her step-father Jim Babcock, brothers, Fred, John, Bob, Keith “Bud” Neifert and her grandson-in-law Mark Messenger.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 18, at First United Methodist Church, Cheyenne, with burial at the La Grange Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy in Donna’s name can be made to Local Special Olympics Cheyenne; Marsha Dial 2641 Buick Road 82009 and LaGrange Fire & Rescue Unit.