In Loving Memory of Katherine Renea Wheeler Yocam

Katherine was born May 31, 1973, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She passed away on April 8, 2017, at home, on the ranch, in Kim, Colorado, after many months of illness.


yocam kKatherine was baptized by Great-Great Cousin, Rev. Allie Davenport at First United Methodist Church in Paris Texas, August 19, 1973. She and her family lived in several locations in the Dallas, Texas, area. She graduated high school from Alexander Academy, Richardson, Texas as a member of National Honor Society. In high school, she pursued her artistic and musical (flute) interests. She attended South West Texas University, San Marcus, Texas. She moved to Raton, NM in 2001. She graduated with a BS in Elementary and Special Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico, while working and caring for two small children and living in Raton. Katherine married the love of her life, Gene David Yocam on May 16, 2004. She was a ranch wife and loved to work with her husband and care for the animals.  Her interests were quilting, reading and cake decorating for her family. Her goal as a mother was to instill the love and obedience to God’s word in her three children. Her newest love was her two precious grandchildren.


She is survived by husband, Gene David Yocam; sons, Lance Reginald Yocam & Rex Benjamin Yocam of the home in Kim, CO, daughter, Amanda Marie (Brandon Lee) Hare, and grandchildren, Austin Grace Hare and Brantley David Hare, all of Kim, CO, mother and father Edwin Reginald Wheeler and Ilona Marie Dygert Wheeler of Vega, TX, brother, Marshall Clayton (Clay) (Teresa Lynn) Wheeler, nieces; Shelby Lynn Wheeler & Mickala Caitlyn Wheeler all of Orono, ME, niece Lauren Bronwyn Wheeler of Albuquerque, NM; in-laws Gary and Jennie Yocam and Dale (Samantha) Yocam of Kim. Other survivors include numerous family members and friends.


Katherine was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Amanda Geraldine Pendley Dygert, maternal grandfather Kenneth Elston Dygert, paternal grandmother Treasa Mollie Gallimore Wheeler, paternal grandfather Marshall Rex Wheeler, niece, Carlye Blake Yocam and uncle, Randal Elston Dygert.


Funeral is at the Kim,CO School Gym Friday 1PM.


Peacock Larson Funeral Home La Junta, CO.

2 comments on “In Loving Memory of Katherine Renea Wheeler Yocam

  1. Nancy Gomez says:

    I am saddened to hear this news, I attended Highlands with Katherine, she was a dear freind. God Bless you all and prayers and thoughts to your family,

  2. We are so sorry to hear this. We knew Katherine when we were neighbors with her parents, here in Raton. Sincere condolences to all the family