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Harlan Ribnik, M.D.

December 13, 1952 — March 5, 2024

Cheyenne

Harlan Ribnik, a beloved doctor in Cheyenne, has passed away at the age of 71. Harlan leaves behind a legacy of compassion, humor, and dedication to his profession.

Throughout his career as a Doctor specializing in pain management at Pain Consultants of the Rockies, Harlan touched the lives of countless individuals in need. His patients remember him not only for his expertise but also for his lightheartedness and ability to bring a smile to their faces even in challenging moments. One patient fondly recalls his witty remark before a colon procedure, "This too will pass!" - exemplifying Harlan's ability to bring levity to any situation.

Harlan's academic accomplishments were vast, earning him respect and admiration in the medical community. From a bachelor's degree in mathematics to a master's degree in computer science and finally a medical degree and a specialty in anesthesiology/pain management, Harlan's thirst for knowledge knew no bounds.

His personality was larger than life - he was known as a walking encyclopedia, well-read, and always ready to join in on the fun. An unabashed gun collector, pilot, photographer, and trivia enthusiast, Harlan had a wide range of interests that kept him constantly engaged with the world around him. His love for his family and country shone through in everything he did. Notably, he adored his dogs and was devoted to them beyond measure.

Beyond his professional and personal pursuits, Harlan dedicated over 20 years of service to the military. Starting in high school with ROTC and later transitioning to the US Army Reserves where he deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, Harlan's commitment to his country was unwavering.

Harlan is survived by his sisters Susie Ribnik and Dr. Linda Ribnik, brother-in-law Dr. David Demaine, nieces Molly Ribnik, Katy Demaine-Webster and Marina Demaine, daughter Erin Naill, son-in-law Nate Naill, grandsons Lane Naill and Carter Naill. He is also survived by his ex-wife Dr. Georgia Young, stepsons Jason Decker, David Young and Micah Young, daughter-in-law Cindi Decker and grandchildren Brittany and Brianna Decker.

In this time of mourning, let us remember Harlan Ribnik for the incredible individual he was - dedicated healer, loving family man, loyal friend, and true patriot. May his memory live on in the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

The graveside service to honor Harlan's life will be held on March 12th at 10am, at the Jewish Cemetery in Cheyenne.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to causes near and dear to Harlan's heart - the Cheyenne Animal Shelter or the Civil Air Patrol.

May his memory be a blessing.
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