The following obituaries appeared in the April 12, 2023 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
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On Tuesday April 4, 2023, Steven John Langedyke, loving husband, father, uncle, and friend, peacefully passed away at the age of 57, after a valiant 14 month battle with Pancreatic cancer. He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends, who were always entertained by his stories, colorful come-aparts, and his quick-witted sense of humor. He truly brought the life to the party.
Steve was born on April 20, 1965 to Richard and Helen Langedyke in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was the little brother to Nicholas, Jeffrey (Kay), Susan King, and the big brother to Karen (Dennis) Greene. When Steve was about to start 1st grade, they decided that they wanted to shovel snow for the rest of their lives, so they switched the sand for the snow. Just kidding… They loved the mountains and all that Idaho had to offer. Although he wanted to spend most of his time out playing and hunting with his big brothers and buddies, Steve made sure to make time for his education. While attending high school he was a member of the Soda Pops, where he shared his beauti- ful voice with those around him. He graduated from Soda Springs High school in 1983. Even though his music teachers told him he should pursue a career in music, he decided he wanted to go to Idaho State University where he pursued his passion in Chemistry.
Speaking of chemistry, when he locked eyes with a beautiful, brown-haired babe from Bancroft named LeAnn, their connection was undeniable and their love was unbreakable. They sealed the deal on November 4, 1989 in Bancroft, Idaho. Their romance lasted 32 years and they were blessed with two children Sara (Steven) of Kemmerer and Caden of Soda Springs, along with six grandchildren, Colt, Bridger, Pacen, Emma, Kallaway, and Miles; both Steve and LeAnn agreed that if they could’ve had the grandchildren first, they would have. “Grandchildren are the gift God gives you for not killin’ your kids.” as he would say often.
Steve was an extremely hard worker, dedicated and determined to provide for his family and give them the life they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in this world, he always made time for his nieces and nephews, whether they went for a cruise in the blazer jamming out to some tunes, or by attending their extracurricular activities, he was always there and to make sure they felt his love. He was unendingly proud of his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his brothers, his sisters, his nieces, and his nephews.
Steve was raised in a home full of love and where he was taught the value of hard work and how you need money in order to go play. He started as a box boy at Lallatin’s and as he got older he moved to different departments. He then decided it was time to go back to school. He used that knowledge and became employed at Kerr McGee Chemical until it shut down. He then went over the hill to JR Simplot Company where he was currently employed to date. Through his various employers, he met many strangers who turned into lifelong friends. Steve was never scared to take on new opportunities and did everything with honesty and integrity. He had very strong values and was well liked by everyone, mostly due to his positive energy.
He loved the reset and rejuvenation he would get when he would lace up his boots to go out and enjoy every season Idaho had to offer, whether it be ice fishing, throwing a fly on the river, or stalking big game animals with his bow or rifle. Steve loved and cherished all the times he had with his family and friends up Millcreek Canyon; where laughter could be heard two canyons over and hunting stories became memories.
Steve’s ability to see the good in all things was overwhelming. He got the type of news that would make anyone ask God, “Why me?” but Steve saw it as, “Why not me.” He said that God knew that he was strong enough to fight this battle and that if he had faith in God and carried out true perseverance, he would receive a miracle. He exhausted every effort to show the cancer that he was boss. In those 14 months, he still went to work, went on a family vacation to Costa Rica, attended dance recitals, baseball and soccer games, he renewed his vows with his beautiful bride, LeAnn, he shot and tracked a bull elk with his bow, he went tent camping for a couple bear hunts, he sang and danced at an Eagles concert, he participated in numerous shooting competitions, and at the end of each day he still prayed with his wife and read the good book each night.
Although his body became tired and weak, his mind did not. Up until his last breath, he recognized everyone who came to see him and made sure that we felt comfort in knowing that everything will be okay and that he was ready to be with the Lord. Those 14 months were the miracle we all prayed for, we got to live each day to the fullest knowing that we were on borrowed time. Steve taught us all that God is GOOD all of the time and that if you trust in him, he will bless you with eternal life.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother, and his brother-in-law.
In Lieu of flowers– go make memories with your families, don’t hold grudges, love your day, and remember nobody fights alone.
Jed Arlo Miller was born on August 30, 1961 to Arlo Robert Miller and Roberta Bronnenberg in Afton, Wyoming and passed away on March 30, 2023 in his home at the age of 61.
Jed was a beloved father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He has two sisters Cindy and Trina and three half-sisters Julie, Candi, and Tish. At the young age he loved helping his grandma and grandpa Miller on the homestead.
He went to Star Valley High School where he excelled in sports – his favorite being wrestling. He went to college at the University of Wyoming and Dixie College.
One summer he went to visit his mother in Alaska and was asked to help on a crab fishing boat – he caught the fishing fever and crab fished for 17 years.
Jed met Lisa Foutz, they later married in 1989 and built a house in Star Valley. They had two children, Morgan and Garrett.
On his breaks from fishing he helped his dad run the cattle ranch-calving, haying, or anything that needed to be done – he loved working on the ranch. Jed also worked at JR Simplot for many years. In 2011 his grandson Cruz was born and became his little buddy.
Jed is survived by his children, Morgan and Garrett, grandson Cruz, sisters Cindy, Trina, Julie, Candi, Tish, and stepmom Dianne Miller.
Jed is loved by many and will be greatly missed, but we are content knowing he is no longer in pain. People were drawn to Jed and his fun loving personality. He has made many friends in every stage of his life. His family and friends could always count on him to help day or night.