Samuel “Sam” Shelstad

Samuel (“Sam”) Henry Gunder Shelstad, age 20, of Laramie, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Colorado passed away on July 26, 2018.  He was the beloved son of his mother, Kristen Sprinkle, his father Mark Shelstad, and step-mother Jenn Geringer. He was a 2016 graduate of Laramie High School and had enrolled for classes with Front Range Community College for this fall.  Sam had been a manager at Little Caesars of Laramie in 2017-2018. He had a wry sense of humor and liked playing with his cat Simba. Sam loved being outdoors and hiking with his friends at Vedauwoo.


He is survived by his sister, Yi Yan Shelstad of Laramie, Wyoming; and preceded by his brother, Zachary Shelstad.  Other surviving family members include his grandparents, Marilyn and Leo Sprinkle of Laramie, Wyoming; Ethel and Marlowe Shelstad of Madison, Minnesota; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 4,2018 at Montgomery – Stryker Funeral Home, at 10:00 a.m. Following the service will be an inurnment at Greenhill Cemetery, and reception at Spring Creek Elementary School gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Sam’s name to the National Suicide Hotline or the Laramie Animal Welfare.


Arrangements are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.  To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please go to

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Condolences (12)

  • Linda Hottenstein

    Oh Kristen. My heart is breaking for you. Please know that I love you and am holding you close in my heart. Wish I could be there to hug you in person. I remember Sam as a cute, smiley little guy who looked like his beautiful Mom. God bless you my friend. Linda Hottenstein

  • Karen Robertson & Doug Johnson

    We are so very sorry for your loss of Sam. No one should have to cope with the pain and grief that you have endured. Please know we love you and you are in our thoughts. Rest In Peace Sam - and may you and Zachary be together in spirit. Love, Karen Robertson & Doug Johnson

  • Heidi Zuniga

    Dear Mark: My thoughts are with you and your family. My deepest condolences.

  • Verretta Family

    Dear Kristen, Mark and Yi Yan, We are so saddened by this news. Please know that we love you all and are keeping you in our prayers. Much love, Shelby, Rocco, Lucy Tru and Finley

  • Karen Utt

    So sorry to hear about the loss your son. Our family sends our condolences and prayers. Karen, Mike, Annika and Anja Utt

  • martha pheneger

    i was so sad to hear of your loss of sam. i let linda hottenstein know. martha

  • Kara Bruin

    If the love that your family and friends had for you could have saved you, you would have lived forever. You will always be in our hearts and minds. See you on the other side of the stars Sam

  • Jodi Darrough

    Kristen and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I am coming down on Saturday to support you.

  • Alicia Conrardy

    Dear Mark, I was deeply saddened to hear the news of your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Alicia

  • Debbie

    I’m so sorry to hear of your sons passing, Kristen know you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Debbie Christensen Howshar

  • Joseph Rohwein

    My heart truly does hurt to hear this news, iv known Sam sence highscool. He has always been an amazing friend and person. I will always think of him on new adventures to come. Rest easy brother. - Joseph Rohwein

  • Walrath Family

    We are heart sick about the loss of Sam. There are no words to express this grief. We love you all and are saying many prayers and sending much love & support. Sincerely, Josh and Tina Walrath


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