Jasper John Zumo, a beloved member of the Cheyenne community, has passed away at the age of 88. Born on June 22, 1935, in his cherished hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jasper's life was filled with love, laughter, and meaningful connections. A man known for his vibrant spirit and dedication to his loved ones, Jasper leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire all who knew him.
Jasper's professional journey led him to work in the warehouse for Safeway. With unwavering commitment and hard work, he dedicated himself to his job and became an integral part of the team. His colleagues remember him as a reliable and diligent worker who always had a smile on his face. Another role where Jasper truly shined was as a protective big brother to Connie. His sister Connie fondly reminisces about Jasper's unwavering support and how she always felt safe with him by her side. He was even rumored to have scared off a few suitors in her younger days.
In 2017, the Zumo family gathered in Cheyenne for a joyous occasion—a wedding that brought everyone together. But it was the days following the wedding that forever etched themselves into their hearts. The family converged at Connie's house to witness the grandeur of a total solar eclipse—an event they shared with awe-filled wonderment. For Jasper, this cherished memory encapsulated the joy and unity of their bond—a day that would be treasured by each family member.
Jasper's educational journey concluded with him graduating from Cheyenne High School—a milestone that filled him with pride. His time in school prepared him for the adventures that lay ahead while instilling in him values of perseverance and lifelong learning.
The Marines held a special place in Jasper's heart, as he served diligently from 1954 to 1957 during Peace Time. Stationed in both Japan and California, he fulfilled his duty to his country with honor and dedication. Proudly wearing the uniform, Jasper exemplified bravery and selflessness, leaving an indelible mark on those who served alongside him. Jasper fell in love with California during this time, and he ultimately would live there for over 60 years. Many of the friends he made in California fondly referred to him as "Uncle Jasper" because once Jasper was a friend to you, he truly became family. Jasper lived in Oakland, Sacramento, and in Antelope all in California until in 2020 his family moved him back to Cheyenne, Wyoming due to health concerns.
Outside of his professional and military duties, Jasper possessed a zest for life that was truly infectious. He found solace and joy in playing the Frottier—an instrument also known as the washboard—as a part of a Zydeco Band. For 15 remarkable years, he shared his love for music and Cajun melodies with countless audiences who couldn't help but tap their feet along to the rhythm. His passion for music was palpable, and it brought him tremendous happiness throughout his life.
Jasper's proudest accomplishment remained his service as a Marine—a chapter in his life that defined him. The camaraderie he experienced and the principles instilled in him during his time in the military shaped Jasper into the compassionate, determined individual he became.
On October 27, 2023, Cheyenne lost one of its most cherished sons as Jasper breathed his last breath in the city he held dear. His passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all those who knew him. However, amidst their grief, they take comfort in knowing that the memories they shared with Jasper will forever be etched in their hearts—memories like the solar eclipse that served as a testament to their unbreakable bond.
In honor of Jasper's remarkable life, funeral services will be held on November 2nd, 2023. The Funeral Service will commence at 2:00 PM at Schrader Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home located at 2222 Russell Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Friends and relatives are invited to gather there to pay their respects to a life well-lived. A burial service will take place at Cheyenne National Cemetery on the following day on November 3rd, 2023, starting at 10:00 AM. This will be the final farewell as Jasper is laid to rest in a place befitting his service and dedication to his country. The cemetery, nestled on Hildreth Rd in Cheyenne, will provide a peaceful and serene backdrop for his eternal rest.
Jasper John Zumo's memory will forever endure through those who survive him. His brother Pasquale Zumo, Pasquale's wife Marlene, his sister Connie Waszak, as well as sister in law Billie (Charles's wife) carry the torch of his legacy, ensuring that his light continues to shine brightly in their hearts.
In addition to his siblings, Jasper leaves behind a grieving family that includes many nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his brother Charles Vincent Zumo, father John Zumo, and mother Virginia Zumo. One of Jasper's most fond memories was a trip with his mother. He took her to Italy, visiting Rome and the Vatican as well as Sicily where the family has it roots. They travelled throughout Europe and bought a Volkswagen in Germany. It was a beautiful and joy filled time together words can not even describe.
The collective loss is immeasurable, and the grief of this loss is shared by all who knew Jasper.
To honor the remarkable life of Jasper John Zumo, let us remember him as the fun-loving and carefree soul who loved life to its fullest. May his memory serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though he may no longer be among us, Jasper's spirit lives on through every melody played on a washboard and through the treasured memories shared with loved ones.
In this time of sadness, let us find solace in celebrating the life that Jasper led—a life marked by love, laughter, music, and unwavering dedication to family and country. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that he made a profound difference in the lives of those around him.