Kenneth “Ken” Edward Stebner

Kenneth (Ken) Edward Stebner, 79, of Rawlins passed away on November 10th, 2023 in Laramie. Ken was born in Laramie on April 5th, 1944 to Charlie and Mary Stebner. He led a life defined by deep connection to family, enduring friendships, and rich experiences.

He grew up in Laramie, sharing many adventures with his older brother, Ron Stebner, his younger sister, Marilyn Stebner Kite, and many close friends. After graduating from Laramie High School in 1962, he went on to earn a B.A. in History from the University of Wyoming in 1968. He took full advantage of the college experience, enjoying his time as a Sigma Chi and founding member of the Turtles. He served his country as a member of the Army during Vietnam. Upon his return from his tour of duty, he used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend law school with his sister, Marilyn, wishing to continue serving the citizens of the state of Wyoming. He began his career in law in 1975 at legal services on the Wind River Indian Reservation and went on serve as a Deputy County Attorney in Sheridan County. After a brief stint in private practice, he was appointed to the bench as a justice of the peace in Carbon County in 1982 and began a distinguished career in the state judiciary, serving as a county court judge and then as a district court judge for the Second Judicial District, which includes Carbon and Albany Counties, until his retirement in 2004. 

Throughout his life, Ken’s heart always belonged to Wyoming’s wild places, especially the Snowy Range, the Red Desert, and the Wind Rivers. He met Karey Huff, his wife of 46 years, in Fremont County, where they began a life filled with adventures hunting, fishing, and backpacking. Ken and Karey raised their two children, Dan and Ann, in Rawlins and in those same beloved wilds. They continued to share his legacy with their own families, with Ann marrying Rob Steele in 2009 and Dan marrying Stacy Sewell in 2015. Ken was grateful to spend time in the country with them and, later, with his three grandchildren, Stebner (Ann & Rob) and Bess and Charlie (Dan & Stacy). His family survives him and will honor his memory by “going to the hills,” as he always put it.

A celebration-of-life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or gifts to the family, memorial donations can be made to a fund in his honor:

The Judge Kenneth Stebner Memorial Fund

University of Wyoming Foundation

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

222 South 22nd Street

Laramie, WY 82070

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Condolences (8)

  • Steve Skordas

    I will miss my good friend greatly. I will always remember fondly our back pack trips, golfing trips, weekly golf at Rochelle Ranch and talking Cowboy football.

  • Maxine S Chisholm

    I just learned about Ken passing. I followed his life from across the street and afar. He had a amazing life and great parents who were friends of ours. I send my love from Mesquite NV. Maxine Chisholm

  • Ann Zwickl Williams

    Dear Karey and family, I just learned of Kenny’s passing and my heart hurts for you all. I have so many lovely memories of you all because of Mike. I would really like to call Karey but don't have her number. Would you mind texting it to me please, Marlyn? My number is 307-262-2092. Thinking of you all, Ann Zwickl Williams

  • Jodi Brayton

    Kenny Stebner was such a good and fair judge and wonderful man. He made a difference in my life with his deep and honest nature and his love of the mountains. My heartfelt condolences to his family. We truly lost a good one.

  • Joe and Lin (Robinson) Gilbert

    We just learned of Ken's passing and are deeply saddened. Our condolences to Karey and all of the Stebner family. As game wardens in Carbon County in the early 1980s we were happy to have had a judge that understood and supported wildlife conservation and law enforcement. We always enjoyed visiting with Ken. Joe and Lin (Robinson) Gilbert

  • Harold Newbrough

    So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a neighbor. During my years as a Deputy Sheriff he was County Court judge and then District Court judge. He was a lot of fun to be around.

  • Mike and Meg (Davis) Alley

    We are very sad to hear of Ken's passing. Although it has been years since we connected, we have fond memories of Ken's smile, laugh, and charming demeanor. Or condolences to Karey and family and the Stebner family. Mike and Meg Alley

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Mike and Meg. It's so good to hear from all who knew and cared for Ken. He was truly one of the good ones. Marilyn

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