- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Alvin Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming state legislator, preservationist and the husband of U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, has died at age 65.

A statement released by Lummis’ congressional office said Wiederspahn died in his sleep at home in Cheyenne.

“Annaliese and I know that God has taken Al home to Heaven, but right now our hearts are broken,” Lummis said in the statement. Annaliese Wiederspahn is the couple’s only child.

Wiederspahn was a Democratic state legislator for 10 years, serving in both the House and the Senate.

He was a lawyer, a rancher and a historic preservationist who led the renovation of the historic Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne. Wiederspahn also was the founder and former chairman of the Cheyenne Downtown Development authority.

Wiederspahn volunteered for several local boards, including the COMEA House homeless shelter, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

He and Lummis married in 1983, while he was in the state House and she was taking a two-year break from the Legislature to earn her law degree.

Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes funeral director Amy Peterson burial arrangements are being handled by the funeral home Weiderspahn’s parents started, Peterson said.

Lummis, a Republican, is running for her fourth term in Congress.

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