Angela Sue Downey Koenig, the daughter of Chuck and Charlotte Downey, passed away July 31 at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, after a brief and wicked fight with aggressive cancer.
Angie was born Monday, Oct. 17, 1955, in Riverton, the eldest of five Downey girls, to Charles Henry and Charlotte Pauline (Williamson) Downey. She was raised on the family farm in Missouri Valley, near Riverton, and attended Shoshoni Public School in Shoshoni, Wyoming for all 12 years. She graduated as salutatorian of the Class of 1974, attended the University of Wyoming and Laramie County Community College. Angela earned her LPN certification from LCCC after marrying Michael D. Koenig on July 3, 1976.
Angie dedicated her entire her life to her nursing vocation, serving her community, and the Great State of Wyoming. Perhaps her greatest contribution was her unparalleled knowledge and tenacity to advocate for and enroll seniors in Medicare prescription plans. As a volunteer for many years, she assisted hundreds of seniors annually to find the most affordable plan. She found her voice in helping others.
Angie and Mike had one son, Ryan Joseph who resides with his wife, Courtney and their three sons, Weston, Clinton “Mack”, and Royce in Pittsburg, Kan. Joining them on the family farm was her greatest joy – including supporting the boys’ 4-H projects by establishing the 4K Livestock, LLC. Nana’s legacy lives on.
Angie was also an avid sports fan, and her love for the Wyoming Cowboys was evident in every aspect of her life – her wardrobe, her home décor, her favorite stories and even her car. She was a proud member of the Cowboy Joe Club and could be heard cheering for the Pokes from her long-standing seats on the 35 yard-line – just nine rows up from the field. Go Pokes!
Angie was preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Downey, stepson, Michael S. Koenig, and her husband’s parents. In addition to Ryan and his family, Angie is survived by her four sisters, Colleen Posey, Mary Jo Currey, Erin Nuxoll and their families and Sister Ginger Downey OLVM.
In celebration of her life, a service will be held in Wheatland, at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. with live streaming for those unable to attend and to accommodate the safety precautions in place due to the COVID pandemic. For details of Angie’s journey, please check CaringBridge.org (Angie Koenig), which has journal entries, photographs, and place for sharing memories of this remarkable woman. The link for the live stream is https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/6611341
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com