Cheyenne, WY Engineer and Fireman Run Down in Train Yards, Jan 1953

Cheyenne, Wyoming newspaper
16 January 1953; Front Page/Page 13

Engineer, Fireman Run Down in Yards

A Union Pacific railroad engineer and fireman were run over and killed by an engine in the railroad's freight yards here this morning.

The Union Pacific said the two men, Jack L. Connelly, 36, engineer, and Carl Dean Erickson, 26-year-old fireman, both of Cheyenne, were leaving the roundhouse to board their engine for a scheduled run and failed to see the other engine approaching as they walked down the tracks.

Engineer D. B. Miller was backing his engine down the track and apparently did not see the two men. County Coroner Robert Grace said that both men died instantly.

Grace said an inquest has been tentatively planned for Tuesday evening.

Funeral arrangements for both men are being handled by Weiderspahn and Grace mortuary of Cheyenne and are incomplete.

Erickson, resident of Cheyenne for nearly five years, lived at 606 East 3rd. Born in Westville, OK, he attended LaPorte High School near Ft. Collins, CO. He served with the armed forces from 1945 to 1948 stationed in the Philippines.

He leaves his wife, Belva Jean and a year old daughter, Carol Lee. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Erickson, of Westville, OK; three brothers, Forrest of Denver, Roy of Ft Collins and Orville of Wichita, KS, and a sister, Mrs. Inez Ives of Daly City, California.

Connelly, born in Moberly, MO, had also lived in Cheyenne for five years. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, Elk's Lodge and St. Mary's parish.

He leaves his wife, Wannell and three daughters, Virginia, Georgiann and Cindy Lu, all of the home address, 2527 East 13th, Cheyenne; his mother, Mrs. Margaret M. Connelly of Dallas, TX; two brothers, Harold of Laramie and Bob of Moberly, MO; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Conners of Moberly, and Mrs. Dave. Neicwinder(sic) of Quincy, IL.

Tentative plans are to have funeral and burial for Connelly in Moberly.

Jack L. Connelly
Find A Grave Memorial #90277138

Carl Dean Erickson
Find A Grave Memorial #49599003