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2222 Russell Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-634-1568
William Roeseler

William E. "Willie" Roeseler

Saturday, June 27th, 1931 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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William E. “Willie” Roeseler, of Cheyenne, died on Monday, July 15, 2019 after succumbing to a difficult battle with COPD.

Willie was born on June 27, 1931 in Cheyenne. He attended St. Mary's School, and graduated in 1949.

In 1949, Willie went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad where he started as an apprentice electrician, and retired forty-two years later as a locomotive engineer. During his time at UP, Willie proudly served as Local Chairman, and Vice General Chairman for the United Transportation Union. Along with serving Local 28, he served as Delegate to four International Conventions.

In 1954, Willie was drafted into the U.S. Army. He spent 15 months stationed in France as part of an Engineer Battalion before being honorably discharged in 1956. Upon leaving the service, Willie returned to Cheyenne.

Willie's interested included aviation and cooking. He first soloed in 1950, then earned his private's pilots license. In 1988, Willie earned his Single Engine Seaplane rating. He also enjoyed flying his own Cessna 150 until 1997. In cooking, Willie won the Wyoming State Beef Cook-Off in 1983. He also attended the Cordon Bleu London School and the Ecole Des Artes Cuisinier in Lyon, France. Willie loved sharing his culinary talents with friends and neighbors.

Willie is survived by his wife, Diana F. “Danny” Roeseler, sister Loretta Bonham of Missoula, MT, and three children, Adam Roeseler of Hermosa, SD; Steve (Kelly ne O'Connor) Roeseler of Atoka, TN; and Sarah (Dale) Brandt of St. Libory, IL; seven grandchildren, Ian Plamann, Kayla Roeseler Hammond, Nicholas Roeseler, Brandon Roeseler, Emily Cohen, Elissa Cohen, and August Brandt; and one great grandchild, Liam Hammond.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sarah (ne Powell) Roeseler of Cheyenne, and a brother James Powell of Ireland.

A Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Cathedral with interment to follow in Olivet Cemetery, with military honors.

Contributions can be made to the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens.

Arrangements are under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home.
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, July 18th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary's Cathedral
    2101 Central Ave.
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    Father August Koeune
  • Interment

    Olivet Cemetery
    Pershing Blvd.
    CHEYENNE, WY 82001
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JoAnne Gostas

Posted at 11:20pm
Of course, we were very sad to learn of Willie's passing (he was "Bill" to us) even though we knew he was struggling mightily. Bill and Danny introduced us to Torremolinas where they visited often. It was a memorable time we spent there many years ago in their company. I was always very impressed with Bill's love of gourmet cooking and his eagerness to learn the right techniques for all the special dishes he prepared. We'll remember fondly stories of their trips to Nevada for that special Basque beverage. We'll miss knowing you're cooking on earth; hope you are dishing it out in a better place!
Jody & Ted Gostas


Posted at 09:16pm
So very sorry for your loss. I thank God to have had the great pleasure getting to know Bill. I managed a seafood shop for Safeway, Bill was my favorite customer! He spent many days telling me stories of his travels and the food he prepared. Bill and Danny had myself my husband and even my daughter over to their house on several occasions for his fabulous dinners, what a treat it was! Thank you Bill, you’ll always have a special place in our hearts. God Bless Much Love Isabel and Bob Waddell

joe grady

Posted at 12:26pm
Iam so sad to hear about your loss, He was always such a good man to our Family, You and all oar in my Family's prayers at this time The Grady,s

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Posted at 03:19pm
Danny, Adam, Steve, Sarah - our deepest and sincerest condolences. May the lifetime of loving memories you shared surround and comfort you. Love you!
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