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September 29, 2004 9:58 am

Lewis A. Roney

Written by Tribune Staff

(July 7, 1922 - Sept. 28, 2004)

Former Powell and University of Wyoming athletic star, Lewis A. Roney, died at Lifecare Center of Cheyenne on Tuesday, Sept. 28. He was 82.

He was born on a farm July 7, 1922 at Powell, the son of Paul and Mae Roney. He graduated from Powell High School in 1940 and enrolled at UW the same year. He played on the 1943 national championship basketball team for the Cowboys.

In July of 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific until September, 1946.
He married Billie Marie Molander in Rawlins on July 3, 1944. After the war, he returned to UW and finished his degree. He began his teaching career in Laramie in 1947, teaching math,and industrial arts and coaching football, basketball and track until his retirementin 1984.

He was preceded in death by his wife Billie.

Survivors include two sons and their families, Lew of Cheyenne, and Ted of Newport Beach, Calif.; a brother, Bill and family in Billings, Mont.; and a brother-in-law, Frank Molander and family of Fremont, Calif.

Private family services were held, and cremation has taken place.