Jane S. Dalke passed away peacefully in her home in Laramie, Wyoming, on Aug. 20, 2020, at the age of 81.
Jane was born to Andrew and Clara Stewart in Corvallis, Montana, on Dec. 26, 1938. She was the youngest of three daughters, joining her older sisters Marion and Harriet. Jane graduated from Twin Bridges High School, in Montana, in 1957.
Jane married Kenneth E. Dalke in Twin Bridges, Montana, on Dec. 27, 1957. As a couple they were involved in agriculture, owning various farms and ranches. Thirty years were primarily spent farming in Powell. In 1985, they moved to Laramie, owning and managing rental properties. In 1994, they expanded again, purchasing a ranch near Encampment, Wyoming. Jane continued to be involved in all the businesses even after her husband’s passing in 2005.
Jane was a hard worker beside her husband, operating tractors, driving grain trucks, canning and freezing produce, raising chickens, sewing and cooking countless meals. She was known for expressing her opinion and dispensing mostly well received advice. Jane was a loyal supporter of University of Wyoming athletics. Her greatest love was serving God, including having nondenominational fellowship meetings in their various homes.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her sister, Harriet Elden.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Jack) Riker of Encampment, Wyoming; son Jim Dalke of Laguna Niguel, California; granddaughters Lindsey (Joe) Riker-Fisher of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Danielle (Jason) Litton of Cody; sister Marion Kitto of Toston, Montana; and many, many friends.
Funeral services are Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home, 2133 East Rainbow Avenue, in Laramie, with burial at the Mountain View Cemetery in Encampment, at 3 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laramie, 1754 Centennial Drive, Laramie, WY 82070, or a charity of your choice.