Chadron Record Obituaries: 2005

Wilma Joyce (Baker) Arner
Jan. 1, 1929 -Jan. 27, 2005

Funeral services for Wilma Joyce (Baker) Arner were Feb. 3 at United Methodist Church in Whitney, with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial was at Crawford City Cemetery.

Mrs. Arner died Jan. 27, at Chadron. A memorial has been established for the 4-H Fashion Review construction medal project. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Wilma Joyce (Baker) Arner was born to Jack and Gladys (Beck) Baker, who at the time lived on the Everett Roby places south east of Crawford, on Jan. 1, 1929.

On December 20, 1947, she married Milton Arner in Hot Springs, S.D. For the first few years they made their home on the Lloyd Arner place, where their two daughters, Darlene and Carma were born. From Nov. 1950 to Nov. 1951, they lived on the Health place north of Crawford. They then purchased and moved to their current home east of Whitney. In 1955 a son, Steve was born.

Wilma was one of many who helped start and organize the Whitney School hot lunch program by donating many hours. Through her children's school years, you could find Wilma helping with the holiday parties at the school, driving to field trips and attending activities.

She was a strong supporter of the school PTA, Earth Lodge Extension Club, the Make it With Wool Contest and the Whitney Methodist Church (WSCS). She was a leader in Dawes County 4-H sewing and cooking and was honored many times for her years of dedication, the last honor being a pin for 30 years of continued support to the 4-H program.

In 1984, Wilma started having problems with her health. Rheumatoid arthritis made it hard for her continue the life style she enjoyed. In the fall of 2002, her health started to fail more, and she moved to Crest View Care Center in Chadron. The past few years the crew at Crest View has been a part of her family. She enjoyed and appreciated the care they gave her.

Survivors include: her husband Milton Arner of Whitney; son Steve and wife Diana Arner of Whitney; daughters Darlene and husband Terry Cottier of Sherman Texas., Carma and husband Robert Magenheimer of Castaic, Calif.; brother Bill Baker and wife Ila of Bridgeport; sister Leona Brown and husband Bob of Hot Springs, S.D., and grandchildren Chadd Arner of Chadron, Nikki Arner of Chadron, Heather Cottier of Texas and Scott Cottier of Texas.

Kenneth Aspden
July 13, 1925 - Jan. 11, 2005

Kenneth Aspden of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away in the Cheyenne Hospital Jan. 11.

Memorial services were Jan 15, at the Hay Springs Cemetery with Reverend David McCreary officiating.

Kenneth was born July 13, 1925 to Ray and Kathrine (Willis) Aspden. He graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1943.

In October 1949 he was united in marriage to Alice Perkins. To the union four children were born.

He is survived by: three daughters, Colleen Christensen and husband Barry of Kingman, Ariz., Rhonda Templeman and husband Dale, of Greeley, Colo., Kathy Aspden also of Greeley, and son Willis Aspden of Centralia, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, his parents, a sister Echo Hedgelin and brothers Ira and Richard.

Betty Jean Bannan
Aug. 13, 1930 - Jan. 26, 2005

Memorial services for Betty Bannan of Alliance were held Jan. 29, at Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial was at Crawford City Cemetery.

Mrs. Bannan died Jan. 26 at Scottsbluff. She was 74.

Mrs. Bannan was born Aug. 13, 1930 in Dyersburg, Tenn., to Mr. and Mrs. Delmar and Lucille Appling.

Survivors include: her son Michael Bannan of Alliance; daughters Judy Cramer of Woodbridge, Va., Jean and husband Brad Garner of Blair, and Carol Marcus of Woodbridge, Va.; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William, and daughter Becky Hays.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Robert E. Bannan
Aug. 4, 1920 - July 10, 2005

Robert E. Bannan, age 84, died July 10 at Chadron Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Donella Silveira officiating. Military services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard.

A memorial has been established for the Chadron Senior Center or the donor's choice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mr. Bannan was born to Robert L. Bannan and Elva Webster Bannan in Sioux County. During his childhood he lived in Sioux County and Eastern Wyoming where his father was employed by the C&NW railroad.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and served until 1945. Part of his service was in what is now Iraq.

On May 12, 1945 he married Delora J. Bannan in Chadron. The majority of his work life was spent in ranch work in Sioux County and as Veteran's Service Officer for Dawes County.

He will always be remembered for his love for his family, his loyalty to friends, his quick wit, and his love of country.

He is survived by: his wife Delora; five children, Donna J. Pierce and husband Howard of Cheyenne, Wyo., Mary L. Hardin and husband Royce of Banning, Calif., Robert M. Bannan and wife Linda of Lewisville, Texas., Thomas M. Bannan and wife Vana of Chadron, William J. Bannan and wife Vicki of Cheyenne, Wyo., one brother Richard O. Bannan and wife Marjorie of Windcrest, Texas, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Beatrice B. Bartlett

Dec. 15, 2005

Beatrice B. Bartlett, Denver, Colo., passed away quietly on Dec. 15. A memorial service was December 28 at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society; 2255 S. Oneida, Denver, Colo. 80224; Central Presbyterian Church; 1660 Sherman; Denver, Colo. 80224; and Chadron State College.

Beatrice Bartlett was born in Newport and moved to San Diego after college. She was married to Brad Bartlett and mother of Brian Bartlett. Following her marriage to Brad, they moved to Denver where she continued a teaching career spanning 42 years.

Bill Baum
Jan. 6-1973-Oct. 31, 2005

Bill Baum, 32, of Howard, S.D. died on Oct. 31 at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Funeral services were Nov. 7 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard and Nov. 8, at the Auditorium in Lebanon, S.D. Burial was at Lebanon Cemetery.

Alfred William Baum was born Jan. 6, 1973, in Pierre, S.D. to Linda L (Frost) and Alfred J. Baum of Lebanon. He grew up in the Chamberlain area. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1990. He graduated from Ogallala, Neb. High School in 1991 and attended Chadron State College from 1991 to1994. He graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1997 at Kansas City, Mo. He started his practice at the Howard Chiropractic Center in Howard in July of 1997. In 2002 he married Karla Wulf in Mitchell.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Service Club, Bowling League, Jaycees, Boy Scouts and Ducks Unlimited. He trained as an EMT and volunteered on the Miner County Ambulance Service. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, S.D. Chiropractors Association, S.D. EMT Association, and North American Hunting Association.

He is survived by his wife Karla; mother and stepfather Linda and Doug Ekberg; one sister, Jessica (Jason) Long; grandmother and stepgrandfather Bernice and Tony Frost and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and adopted brother Zachary.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred J. Baum; his grandfather, Alfred C. Baum; maternal grandparents William and Genevive Frost; aunt Carol Frost; and cousin Marty Frost.

Frederick James Bear Killer
Feb. 26, 1950-July 10, 2005

Frederick James Bear Killer, 55, passed away at home in Alliance on July 10, 2005.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, July 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Alliance.

Memorials may be given for the education of his grandchildren. Donations may be sent in care of the family at 615 Potash, Alliance, Neb. 69301.

Fred was born in Allen, South Dakota to Sampson and Rose Marie (Brown Eyes) Bear Killer on February 26, 1950. He attended school in Chadron. He served in Army during the Vietnam War. Fred was a member of the American Legion

He married Helen Clem on December 22, 1973 and they had two children, Suzanne and Christopher.

Fred attended WNCC in Sidney and worked in various body shops in Rapid City, S.D. and later owned Twin City Body Shop in Lead. He also worked for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead. He moved to Alliance and began working for Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad in 1988 until his death.

Survivors include his wife Helen, daughter Suzanne and grandson Tyler of Alliance, son Chris and wife Cody and unborn grandchild of North Platte; brothers Frank Bear Killer of Lincoln, Sam Bear Killer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sisters Judy Bear Killer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Donna Bear Killer (Randy) Cady of Cedar Rapids, Marie Bear Killer (Dave) of Springville, Iowa, numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law.

Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Cleone (McCoy) Beman

Oct. 28, 1937 -March 11, 2005

Funeral services for Dorothy Cleone (McCoy) Beman of rural Sioux County will be held Thursday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Christ Community Church in Crawford with Pastor Matt Parker officiating. Burial will follow at the Glendale Cemetery.

Mrs. Beman died March 11 at the University Hospital in Denver.

A memorial has been established at Security First Bank in Crawford and Harrison to help the family with final expenses.

Dorothy was born Oct. 28, 1937 in Crawford to Marion K. and Lela McCoy.

She grew up in rural Sioux County, attending Glen School and Crawford High School through graduation.

Dorothy married Jerry Beman, her high school sweetheart, December 31, 1955. To this union were born three daughters: Vicky, Cheryl and Jerri Sue.

Dorothy traveled with Jerry during his military career, until his retirement in 1975, when they moved back to the family ranch where she grew up. She loved ranch life, working outdoors, music, art. She loved her family, most of all. She was very giving of her time, willing to help out anyone in need. Dorothy helped care for her elderly father, and spent many years caring for her mother.

Dorothy was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, holding many different offices over the years.

She is survived by: her mother; her daughters Vicky Dunn and husband Pete of Harrison, Cheryl Wright and husband Ray of Hemingford, Jerri Sue and her husband Rod of Whitney; sisters Anna Mae Reece of Crawford, Lee Taylor and husband Danny Wood of Chadron; brother LaVerne McCoy and wife Jo, and Gerald McCoy and wife Lois of rural Sioux County; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and husband.

Marguerite T. Bentzien
March 21, 1912 ñ June 30, 2005

Marguerite was born in Parmalee, S.D. on the Rosebud Reservation to Ethel and Ernest Hultberg. The Hultberg family appreciated the Native American culture and embraced its people.

In 1921 they moved to Chadron where Marguerite finished her education then taught in a one room rural school-house for a year before marrying Harold Bentzien on June 4, 1933.

Friends of the family will recall that their three children Donna, Carol and Ben were born in Chadron. Harold was the Chadron Water Commissioner. They moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1942.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Pinkney, on April 20, 2005.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 72 years, Harold Bentzien; daughter Donna Roberts of La Jolla, Calif.; son: Ben Bentzien of El Cajon, Calif., four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four nephews, many cousins and friends.

Gordon C. Bergman

May 21, 1934-Mar 22, 2005

Gordon C. Bergman passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Missoula, Mont. on March 22.

A memorial service was held March 28 at the SHEC Community Center with Pastor John Erbele officiating.

Gordon was born May 21, 1934 in Chadron, the only son of Charles and Velma Bergman. As a young man, he attended schools in Chadron and Gordon where his mother was a teacher. He graduated high school in 1951.

On October 18, 1952, he married Marie Piper, the love of his life for the past 52 years.

He started his working career on the family farm in Nebraska. In 1966, he moved his family of five to Missoula. He started in the logging business as a sawyer and worked his way u p to become a logging contractor until his retirement.

Gordon took great and caring pleasure in his family and the outdoors of Montana. He enjoyed his garden, refurbishing bicycles, hunting huckleberries and finding a good load of fire wood, all of which he enjoyed doing with his wife Marie. His other passion was golfing with family and all the good friends he made at the local courses.

He is survived by: his wife Marie; daughter Cindy Shields; two sons Lee Bergman and wife Robbie, Mike Bergman; grandkids: Curt and Kila Shields, Michael and Jamie Bergman all of Missoula, David Ambrose, Kalispell, and great-grand kids Fileana and Trinity.

Leona Berlie
Nov. 15, 1916 - Oct. 17, 2005

Leona Mae Johnson Berlie passed away on Oct. 17, 2005 at the Hemingford Community Care Center.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 22, at the Chadron United Methodist Church with Rev. Seth Leypoldt officiating.

Leona Mae Johnson was born to Charles Johnson and Hannah Olson Johnson on Nov. 15, 1916 at their farm near Bloomington. She graduated from Bloomington High School.

After marrying Donald David Berlie on Sept. 2, 1940, the couple moved to Alliance. There two daughters, Donna and Sharon were born. The family moved to Chadron in 1946.

After working as a bookkeeper for Don during his years as a bulk agent for Texaco, Leona worked for Ross Transfer and later for the Chadron Community Hospital. She then worked in the media center at Chadron State College until her retirement. She and Don were managers of Camp Norwesca at the time of his death. Leona was active in the United Methodist Church and the Dawes County Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and husband. Her survivors include her daughters: Donna (Dan) Contonis, Sharon (Bernard) Cripps; five grandchildren: thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a large extended family.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of the arrangements. Designated memorials are Prairie Haven Hospice of Alliance and Camp Norwesca. Memorial gifts may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.

Richard (Dick) Best
April 25, 1942-July 17, 2005

Richard (Dick) Best, 63, died July 17, in Oklahoma City, Okla. after fighting colon cancer for six months.

A memorial service took place July 20 at the Covenant Community Church, Yukon, Okla.

Richard was born in Forest City, Iowa and grew up in McCook. Prior to graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His tour of duty was extended one year as he participated in supporting the United States interests during the Cuban missile crisis. His ship took part in the blockade of Cuba, and forced a Russian submarine bound for Cuba to surface and reroute back to Russia.

Richard's two favorite hobbies were reading and crossword puzzles - New York Times crossword puzzles! Richard was known to read a book a day and he thrived on mystery and suspense novels.

He is survived by: his father, Frank Best of Albuquerque N. M.; two brothers, Robert of Richardson, Texas and Tom of Omaha; two sisters, Marilyn Best and Terry Sue Bowlby, both from Oklahoma City; and three grown children, Nicole Beck, Richard Campbell and Terrance Campbell.

Richard was preceded in death by his brother Ronald and mother Bertha Kennedy Best.

His grandparents were Gilbert and Laura Kennedy of Chadron and Frank and Doris Best of Chadron.

Richard's remains will be interred with his grandmother Kennedy at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.

Reta R. Blundell
July 16, 1922 - July 31, 2005

Graveside memorial services for Rita R. Blundell of Chadron will be held Sept. 3, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Blundell died July 31, 2005 at Chadron. She was 83. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Her survivors include her sons: Ron Blundell and wife Judy of Longville, Minn., Dennis Blundell and wife Janice of Chadron, Gary Blundell and wife Dixie of Parker, Colo.; brothers: Merle Smith and Aldrich Smith of Chadron; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Blundell was born July 16, 1922 in Alliance to Fenner and Alice Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and brother Otis Smith.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Winifred E. Bourret
Dec. 3, 1919 - Aug. 21, 2005

Funeral services for Winifred E. Bourret of Harrison will be held today (Aug. 24) at 11 a.m. at Church of the Nativity with Father James O'Kane officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Harrison. Vigil services were Aug 23 with Bob Shockley officiating.

Mrs. Bourret died Aug. 21 at Crawford. She was 85. A memorial has been established for Nebraska Children's Home and Harrison Rescue Unit.

Donations may be sent to Security First Bank, Third and Main, Harrison, Neb. 69346.

Mrs. Bourret was born Dec. 3, 1919 in a farmhouse in Sioux County to Charles and Estelle Hutchison.

She was a member of the Altar Society, Elks Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary.

Her survivors include: her sons Steve Bourret of White Rock, N.M., Kelly Bourret of North Platte, and John Bourret of Harrison; daughter Mary Armatys of Central City; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Elizabeth Betts Bovard
Nov. 27, 2005

Elizabeth Betts Bovard, wife of the late Maxwell Orr Bovard, and formerly of Fremont, Ohio, passed away on November 27, 2005 in Harrison.

Mrs. Bovard was born at Lumbardy Grove in South Hill, Va., and lived in Fremont, Ohio until 2001.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deaconess as well as a Sunday School teacher form many years. She was a member and past president of the Cosmopolitan Club and a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Mrs. Bovard is survived by two daughters; Mary Munson of Harrison and Betsy Maddox of Columbia, Ill.; a brother: Jack in Rocky Mount, Va., ad four grandsons.

Memorials have been sent to the Methodist Church of Harrison or the Sioux County Historical Society.

Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford is in charge of the arrangements.

Keith Windsor Boyer
March 28, 1936 -July 8, 2005

Keith Boyer died at Chadron Community Hospital on July 8 at the age of 69.

He will be remembered at a celebration of his life on July 31, at the city park in Hay Springs. Friends and family are asked to join at the park on the 31st at 10:30 a.m. for the services followed by a park picnic lunch and visiting.

A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Rescue Unit Fund and may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347

Keith Boyer was born on March 28, 1936 in Mullen, to Windsor and Verna Boyer. He grew up in the Mullen area and graduated from the 12th grade in 1954. In later years he and his family resided in the Valentine, Chadron and Hay Springs area.

Keith spent most of his life doing some form of building construction. In later years when his health prevented him from doing much physical labor he spent his time on woodworking projects and his vegetable garden. He especially enjoyed drives with Bonnie in the country, his dog Bea, visits with friends and spending time with his granddaughter.

He and his wife Bonnie were married nearly 50 years. They were married in Crookston on September 11, 1955.

Survivors include: his wife, Bonnie, a daughter Pama and her husband Tyler of Hay Springs and the joy of his life, granddaughter Michaela Metcalf, two sisters, Jean Warden in Colorado and Eva Leach in California as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by two sons Henry Eugene in infancy and Kenton Keith at the age of 19, his parents, sister Clarice Piercy, brothers Fred Boyer, Wayne Boyer, and Frank Boyer and nephews Charles Boyer and Donnie Judy.

Teresa Arlene Brooks
May 22, 2005

Funeral services for Teresa Arlene Brooks, 60, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, (today) at the Gorman Funeral Homes- Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyo., with Reverend Doctor Robert D. Firebaugh of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Teresa Brooks, a former resident of Douglas and more recently of Crawford, died at the Chadron Community Hospital on Sunday, May 22.

Family and friends may call the funeral home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A memorial to the Shelby J. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Converse County Bank, PO Box 689, Douglas, Wyo. 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa Arlene Brooks
May 24, 1954-May 22, 2005

Funeral services for Teresa Arlene Brooks, 50, were held Wednesday, May 25, at the Gorman Funeral Home - Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyo., with Reverend Doctor Robert D. Firebaugh of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Teresa Brooks, a former resident of Douglas and more recently Crawford, died at the Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services in Chadron on May 22.

She was born May 24, 1954 in McCook, the daughter of Albert 'Vern' and Barbara (Campbell) Lenz. She was reared and educated in Sutherland, graduating from Sutherland High School in 1972. She was married to Myron J. Brooks on August 16, 1975 in Buffalo, Wyo. They resided in Linch, Wyo., and then in 1981 moved to Douglas. She worked for the Douglas Veterinary Hospital for several years. In 1997 they moved to Crawford, where they owned and operated bars and restaurants in the area. She loved golfing and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters: Michelle and husband Brian Buckingham and their children Brianna, Allison and Brock all of Mountain Home, Idaho, Kary and husband Shea Gunkel and their son Cael all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; mother and step-father: Barbara and Tom Kennedy of Sutherland; father Lenz; four sisters: Audrey Boggs, Julie Gamble, Karen Kinnaman and Sandra Rodgers; three brothers: Kent Lenz, Kim Lenz and Rick Lenz.

She was preceded in death by her husband Myron, on May 17, 2004 and her son Shelby J. Brooks on March 16, 2001.

A memorial to the Shelby J. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Converse County Bank, PO Box 689, Douglas, WY 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Frances Fleshman Brott

March 30, 1915-March 27, 2005

Dorothy Frances Fleshman Brott, 89, of Bridgeport, died on March 27 at the Heritage Care Center where she has resided since April, 2000.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, March 31, at 2 pm at the Redington Church in Redington with Pastor Rick Parker officiating. Interment will be at the Redington Cemetery beside her husband Tom. Memorials may be sent to Ann Lembke, HC 85 Box 76, Bridgeport, Neb. 69336 where the family will distribute them to the Morrill County Memorial

Hospital, and the Redington Church. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.bbchapels.com.

Frances was born at Belmont March 30, 1915 to Frank and Anna Fleshman. She received her education at Crawford. She married Tom Brott on November 28, 1934. She and Tom lived and farmed in the Crawford area until their retirement in 1992. At that time they moved to Chadron for four years and then to Bridgeport to be near their daughter and family.

Survivors include her daughter, Elmeda Ann Lembke, son-in-law, Myron Lembke; grand children Ryan Lembke and Lacie Lembke; extended family granddaughter Michelle Lembke; great-granddaughter Christy Lembke, all of Bridgeport; several nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Ruby Brott of Mitchell.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Tom Brott, sisters Bessie Aschwege and Agnes Brott, and one brother, Walter Fleshman.

Susan Brown
May 16, 1919 - June 7, 2005

Funeral services for Susan Brown are Friday, June 10 at the United Methodist Church in Rushville with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial is at Fairview Cemetery.

Brown died June 7 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was 86. A memorial has been established for United Methodist Church General Budget and donations may be sent to Security First Bank; PO Box 550; Rushville, NE 69360.

Her survivors include her husband Francis Ray Brown of Rushville; sons: David and wife Carol of South Carolina and Lavern and wife Roxie of Rushville; daughters: Norma and husband Norman Amenda of Rapid City, S.D.; brothers: John Winter of Alliance; Dexter Winter and Carlyle Winter, both of Rushville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Brown was born May 16, 1919 in Rushville to Carl and Myrtle Winter.

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jamie M. Bunner

May 2, 1983-March 8, 2005

Jamie M. Bunner, 21, of Sidney, and a senior at Chadron State College, died Tuesday morning March 8, as the result of an automobile accident east of Chadron.

Funeral Services were March 12 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sidney with Fr. Edward Cortney and Fr. Jim Novakowski officiating. Interment was in the Gates Cemetery, west of Sargent.

A memorial has been established in care of the family.

Jamie Marie Bunner was born May 2, 1983 in Kimball, Nebraska, the daughter of Charles and Nancy (Slagle) Bunner. She received her elementary education in the Potter Schools through the third grade before moving to Sidney where she graduated from Sidney High School in 2001.

She was attending college at Chadron State College, working towards a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. She spent the last two years working for the Office of Human Development in Chadron. At the time of her accident she was on her way to Omaha to be with her fiancé.

Jamie was active in volleyball, the speech team for four years, of which she qualified for state two years and received a medal at state her junior year. She was active with Jobs Daughters in Sidney and Kimball where she served as a past Honored Queen and as Miss Congeniality in 2000.

While in Chadron as a freshman she served as an Adopted Angel for grandparents in nursing homes. Jamie loved working with crafts and enjoyed giving of her time to help other people. She especially enjoyed working with children.

Survivors include her parents Chuck and Nancy Bunner of Sidney; her fiancé Cody Bequin of Rushville; three brothers, Jim Bunner of Kearney, Tyler Bunner of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Tad Bunner of Bakersfield, Calif.; one sister, Stacy Ban and her husband Mike of Elbert, Colo. and their children Ashley, Andrew and Austin; grandparents John and Ella Mae Bunner of Lincoln, Ill.; foster sister Pam Luby and her husband Tim of Kansas City, Kan. and their children; special friends Deb Walker of Ainsworth, Nebraska, Jerry and Julie Wamsley of Sidney and their children ; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Her maternal grandparents, Floyd and Mildred Slagle, preceded her in death.

Renee Joan Burress-Mahon
May 17, 1982-Sept. 7, 2005

Renee Joan Burress-Mahon died Sept. 7 in an auto accident. Funeral services were Sept. 12 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kremmling, Colo. and at the city auditorium in Gordon on Sept. 14.

Renee Burress was born to Marty and Jean Burress on May 17, 1982 in Hettinger, N.D. She graduated from Isabel High School in Isabel, S.D. and received a bachelor's degree from Chadron State College. During high school and college, Renee was involved in numerous activities including the South Dakota Rodeo Association and the Nebraska State Rodeo Association. In high school she was an all-conference athlete in volleyball and basketball. She graduated as her high school valedictorian.

Renee loved life and thoroughly engaged in its journey. This journey caused her path to cross with Jake Mahon to whom she was to be married on Oct. 1, 2005.

She was known for her love of animals especially those needing medical attention, as well as those needing to be rescued from the animal shelter. All who knew her characterized her as being ornery, stubborn, softhearted and genuine. Her zeal for life always spilled over into her relationships and work. In her relationships, she was fair and genuine - always honest with people.

She loved her work - especially her job at the Kremmling Memorial Hospital where she was the patient financial supervisor.

Renee is survived by her fiancé Jake Mahon of Kremmling; parents, Marty and Jeannie Burress of Ogallala; brother Tee Burress and special friend, Holly Maher of Mitchell, S. D.; maternal grandfather, Bub Nelson of Gordon; uncle Doug Nelson and wife Phyllis and uncle Gary Nelson and wife Betty, all of Gordon; aunt Carol Vincent and husband Roger of Rushville; uncle Bill Burress and wife Barb of Isabel, S. D.; aunt Joan Buckles and husband Buck of Merriman; aunt Janet Walker and husband Chub of North Platte; aunt Shirley Besco and husband Daryl of Allen, S. D.; aunt Judy Hanna and husband Tom of Arizona; and many more aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is also survived by her fiancé's family: parents Jim and Linda Mahon of Kremmling, Colo.; Pepper Whittlef and husband Scott of Pueblo, Colo.

Jodi Lin (Tobiasson) Cain
Sept. 16, 1981- Nov. 26, 2005

Jodi Lin (Tobiasson) Cain, age 24, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, November 26 while at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 10 a.m., at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chadron.

Memorials in the memory of Jodi for a Midland Lutheran College Nursing Scholarship may be sent to First National Bank of North Platte, PO Box 511, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Jodi was born in North Platte on September 16, 1981. She grew up in Chadron and graduated from Chadron High School in 2000 as one of the valedictorians of her class.

In May, 2005 Jodi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, receiving her BSN degree.

Jodi was active with many church, school and 4-H activities. Most recently she received the Nebraska State Student Nurse of the Year Award and the Army Nurse Corps Spirit of Nursing Award.

Jodi is survived by: her loving husband, Nathan; her parents Marty and Dorotheda Tobiasson; her brother and family Trent and Cammie Tobiasson, Nathan and Ashley, of Alliance; brother Troy Tobiasson of Chadron; grandparents Donald and Helen Tobiasson of North Platte; and Nathan's parents Gary and Sandy Cain; brother Brett; sisters Sara and Lindsey Cain of Walford, Iowa; as well as loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: Richard E. and Edna (Helms) Downing.

Lucille Mary Carlson
Mar. 15, 1915 - Sept. 9, 2005

Funeral services for Lucille Mary Carlson of Chadron were held Sept. 13, at St. Patrick's Church with Father Ed Cortney officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.

Mrs. Carlson died Sept. 9 at Crestview Care Center. She was 90. A memorial has been established for Chadron Rescue Unit or Crestview Fountain Fund. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mrs. Carlson was born March 15, 1915 in Norfolk to Henry and Mary Otradovsky.

Her survivors include: her husband Ray of Chadron; sons Don and LuAnn Carlson of Lincoln, Gary and Elaine Carlson of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother Charles Otradovsky of Creighton; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Doris Evelyn Carpenter
Dec. 14, 1924 - Jan. 10, 2005

Doris Evelyn Carpenter, 80, of Rushville, died Jan. 10 at her home with family members at her side.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 15 at the United Methodist Church in Gordon with Pastor Corey, Jenkins and Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to be given to the Clinton United Methodist Church or the Colorado Chapter of the ALS Association, Donations may be sent to Security First Bank, PO Box 550, Rushville, Neb. 69360.

Doris Carpenter was born on December 14, 1924, in Gordon to Clida and Florence (Glover) Cunningham. She grew up near Clinton, and graduated from high school in Clinton.

Doris married Edward Orrin Bayliss, Sept. 26, 1945, in Gordon and they had five children. On May 21, 1985, she married Robert J. Hergert at Hot Springs, S.D.

On June 27, 1989, she was united in marriage to Harlan Claude Carpenter, in Rapid City, S.D.

She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church, the UMW Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed doing needle work, working jigsaw puzzles, reading and many activities with her family.

She is survived by: her daughters Leah (Dennis) King of Alliance, Diana (Jerry) Robb of Wright, Wyo., Janice (Tom) Kearns of Arvada, Colo., Judy (Bob) Brown of Wheatridge, Colo.: five step-children Mike and Mary Jane of New Castle, Wyo., Paul and Mary of Cincinnati, Ohio, Keith and Ellen of Albuquerque, N.M., Marilyn and Dan of Alliance, and Denise of Alliance; 15 grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Eddie and Bob, a son, Edward Jr. and sister Hope Saxton.

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.

Bernice Louise Carrozzo
July 16, 1922 - Aug. 25, 2005

Bernice Louis Carrozzo passed away August 25 at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs at the age of 83.

A memorial fund has been established in Bernice's name for Pioneer Manor. Memorials may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, who are in charge of the arrangements, at PO Box 443; Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Internment will be at Lyon's Nebraska at a later date.

Bernice was born to Otto and Olga Louise (Weiden) Tarbutton on July 16, 1922 in Lyons. She attended country school near Lyons and Oakland. Bernice graduated in 1940 from Bancroft High School in Bancroft. After graduation, she worked in Lincoln and attended the University. Bernice worked in Washington, D.C. and supported the World War II effort by working for the federal government decoding Japanese messages. She met Vincent N. Carrozzo and was united in marriage March 16, 1946. No children were born to this union. The couple moved to Massapequa, New York and later lived many years in Islip, on Long Island in New York. In 1983 they moved to Grand Island to retire.

Bernice was a devoted wife. She was a tireless worker in the United Methodist Church belonging to the United Methodist Women's Group and Ruth Circle. She took great pride in her home and enjoyed friends, family and church.

Alzheimer's disease started robbing Bernice of her quality of life in the early 2000's. She spent the last years of her life in Western Nebraska to be close to her niece.

Bernice leaves behind two nieces Vicki Lin (Tarbutton) Keep, of Cotesfield and Teri Lea (Tarbutton) Hunzeker of Hay Springs, and many beloved friends and family.

Preceding Bernice in death were her loving husband Vincent N. Carrozzo, her parents Olga and Otto, and her only brother Edwin W. Tarbutton.

Raymond V. Carlson
Feb. 7, 1915 - Oct. 3, 2005

Funeral services for Raymond V. Carlson of Chadron were Thursday, Oct. 6 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Loren Pohlmeier officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.Military services were provided by the Chadron Veteran's Honor Guard.

Mr. Carlson died Oct. 3 at Chadron. He was 90.

A memorial has been established for Prairie Pine Lodge or Chadron Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Mr. Carlson was born Feb. 7, 1915 on a farm near Elgin.

Mr. Carlson was a graduate of the University of Nebraska-College of Agriculture. He farmed until 1937. He moved to Creighton and went to work with Nebraska Public Power District.

Survivors include: his sons Don Carlson and wife LuAnne of Lincoln, and Gary Carlson and wife Elaine of Las Vegas, Nev.; one grandchild and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Barbara J. Carson
Jan. 19, 1934 - May 20, 2005

Funeral services for Barbara J. Carson of Chadron are May 23, 2005 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Edward Cortney officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville. Wake services were held Sun. May 22.

Mrs. Carson died May 20, 2005 at Chadron Community Hospital. She was 71. A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers for cancer research in memory of Barbara Carson. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Her survivors include her sons: Michael Gerald Carson and wife Susan of Douglas, Wyo., David Matthew Carson of North Platte; daughters: Sheryl Marie Carson of Sheridan, Wyo., Mary Lou Hindman and husband Delbert of Hay Springs; sisters: Vivian Sanders and husband Vincent of San Jose, Calif.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Carson was born Jan. 19, 1934 in Geddes, S.D. to Matthew and Mary (Scott) Biggins.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Edie Cashon
May 27, 1967 - Aug. 23, 2005

Funeral services for Edie Cashon of Carson City, Nev., were held August 29 at Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron with Pastor Matt Parker and Pastor Don Mathis officiating. Burial will be at the Catholic Cemetery in Chadron.

Mrs. Cashon died Aug. 23 at Regional West Hospital in Scottsbluff. She was 38. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Edith 'Edie' Irene (Warren) Cashon was born in Alliance May 27, 1967 to Jo and Bert Warren. She passed away Aug. 23, 2005. She graduated from Sioux County High School in 1985.

Being a 'people' person, Edie loved working at various jobs where she could meet and visit with people. She began working away from home at age 16 being employed at Fort Robinson and Absalon Food Center in Crawford. After moving to Chadron, she continued working in grocery stores as well as the Chadron Post Office.

In 1993, she met the love of her life, Mike Cashon, to whom she was married in Deadwood, S.D., September 18, 1993.

In 1995, she and her husband Mike moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he attended and graduated from a motorcycle mechanics institution and she attended and graduated from a Medical Technical College.

In 2000, Edie and Mike moved to Carson City, Nev., where they made their home and where Edie was employed at several nedical clinics.

Edie enjoyed making crafts and being with people. She loved her many places of employment where she could interact with people, making her many dear friends. Her greatest love was her husband Mike, their dogs Nitro and Angel, and her birds.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather: Jo and LaVerne McCoy of Crawford; father and step-mother Bert and Helen Warren of Torrington, Wyo.; mother-in-Law: Sally Cashon of Chadron; a stepdaughter Lacey Woods and husband Steve and two grandchildren, of Glendale, Ariz.; one brother Gerry Jake Warren and Bobbi of Kiowa, Colo.; five stepbrothers: Rod and Joyce McCoy of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Roger and Kathy McCoy, Roy and Chris McCoy all of Hemingford; Ed and Shelly McCoy of Scottsbluff; and Brad Greenly of Torrington, Wyo. two stepsisters: Debbie and Herb Fricke of Crawford; and LeAnna and Rick Johnson of Houston, Texas; two sisters-in-law: Pat Gamble and husband Tony of Omaha, Cherie Hanchett of Hawaii; brothers-in-law: Ron Cashon of Chadron, Anthony Cashon Jr., and wife Bernetta of Morrill, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband, Mike Cashon, grandparents Jake and Irene Hymer, grandfather Marion McCoy, and father-in-law Anthony Cashon.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Micheal R. Cashon
April 12, 1956 - July 23, 2005

Michael R. Cashon of Carson City, Nev., formerly of Chadron passed away at Lake Tahoe, Calif., on July 23, 2005. He was born on April 12, 1956 in Chadron to Tony and Sally Cashon.

He graduated from Chadron High School in 1974. While attending high school he worked for George Grosh at the Chuck Wagon. He was also employed at Lambert Lumber Yard and Chadron State College. During his life he enjoyed helping everyone and most of all working on and riding motorcycles. It was not uncommon for the Sturgis riders to stop at his home at sometime or other asking for his advice. With all that he found the time and knowledge to build or make things for friends who wanted his expertise.

In 1993 he met the love of his life Edie Warren; they were married Sept. 18, 1993 at Deadwood S.D. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1995 to further his love of motorcycles by attending Motorcycle Mechanics Institution, after graduating in 1997 he and four associates acquired the Harley Davidson Dealership in 1998. In 2000 they moved to Carson City, Nev., where he was currently employed at Niotan.

His survivors include his wife; Edie Cashon of Carson City, Nev.; mother: Sally Cashon of Chadron; daughter: Lacey Woods and husband Steve; grandchildren: Jayden and Makala of Glendale, Ariz; sisters: Pat Gamble and husband Tony of Omaha; Cherie Hanchett of Hawaii; brothers: Ron Cashon of Chadron; Anthony Cashon Sr. and wife Bernetta of Morrill, NE. Many Nieces, nephews and cousins.

Chamberlain Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements. The funeral was held August 2, with Father Ed Cortney officiating. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Gary D. Chasek
Sept. 19, 1949 - Jan. 21, 2005

Funeral services for Gary D. Chasek of Chadron will be today Wed. Jan 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Ed. Cortney officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Chasek was died on Jan. 21, at Chadron. He was 55. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Mr. Chasek was born Sept 19, 1949 in Chadron to Howard and Jeanette Marie (Gochnauer) Chasek.

Survivors include: his sons K.C. Chasek of Alliance; his long time companion "Scooter"; brother Bernard Chasek and wife Pattie of Chadron; sister Janel Dexter of Chadron; and grandson: Beaux Chasek.

Hermie Beth Cilek
Feb. 25, 1917 - Aug. 27, 2005

Funeral services for Hermie Cilek, 88, of Chadron, formerly of Hay Springs, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 2 at the Hay Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Rodney Heilbrun and Rev. Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial will be in the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Hermie Beth Cilek died August 27. For the last seven months she resided at Pioneer Manor.

A memorial has been established for the Bud and Hermie Cilek Scholarship Fund or the Sheridan County 4-H. Memorials may be sent in the care of Chamberlain-Drabbels, POB 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Hermie Cilek was born Feb. 25, 1917. In 1938 she married Elmer Cilek and lived on their ranch in Beaver Valley north of Hay Springs, until she moved to Chadron in 1991.

She taught in the rural schools for Sheridan County for four years, was a 4-H leader for 25 years and took and active role in organizations such as the county historical group, Beaver Valley Jolly Neighbors, the Utopia Women, PEO and lately her book club. She was always interested in travel, new books and her private library. Another highlight in her life was the love of flowers and gardening. The association of many friends was her life's main blessing as she continues to be widely remembered for the 88 years of her earthly journey.

She is survived by: her son Clark and wife Pamela of St. Charles, Mo.; daughter Carolyn Cilek of Twisp, Wash.; brother Jim and wife June Vahrenkamp of Chadron; sister Marge and husband Jerry Panwitz of Alliance; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Joan Joyce Clarke
July 24, 1934 - Oct. 10, 2005

Funeral services for Jan Clarke were Oct. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Chadron with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.

After a courageous battle with cancer, Jo Clarke passed away at her home in Chadron with her family at her side. At the time of her death Jo was 71.

Jo was born on July 24, 1934 in Ainsworth to Robert and Margaret Sielaff. On May 2, 1952 Jo was married to A.C. Clarke. They lived in Long Pine for nine years where they started their family. After making lifelong friendships there they moved to Valentine. She worked there as the Omaha World Herald Distributor.

In 1962 Jo and family moved to Chadron where they raised their family. After A.C. retired, they moved to Whitney. Jo moved back to Chadron in 1999 where she lived until the time of her death.

Jo was very active in the community. Some of her community involvements included Business and Professional Women, Chamber of Commerce, Beta Sigma Phi, and Chadron Arts Council. She was also actively involved in many other community groups and was always ready to volunteer when asked. During her years in the Chadron area Jo made countless friendships. Jo will be missed by the many lives she touched and friendships she made.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Margaret Sielaff and husband A.C. Clarke.

She is survived by her sister: Jan Huet of Fairfield Bay, Ark., Son Craig and wife Deb of Hot Springs, S.D., Benny and wife Traci of Alliance; daughter: Melody and husband Brian Carnahan of Chadron; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society. Donation may be sent to eh First National Bank of Chadron.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of the arrangements.

Joan Joyce Clarke
July 24, 1934-Oct. 10, 2005

Funeral services for Joan Joyce Clarke of Chadron will be Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Clarke died Oct. 10 at home. She was 71.

A memorial has been established for the Cancer Society. donations may be sent to First National Bank of Chadron.

Mrs. Clarke was born July 24, 1934.

Survivors include Her sons, Craig and Deb Clarke and Benny and Traci Clark, all of Alliance and daughter Melody and Brian Carnahan of Chadron.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.C. Clarke.

Arrangements are in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron

Veree Clark
November 24, 1913 - April 8, 2005

Veree Clark, a long time Chadron resident, passed away Friday April 8 2005 at the Chadron Municipal Hospital. Memorial services will be held at the Chamberlain Morturary on highway twenty, west of Chadron on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 3:00 PM.

Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husband Harold in 1983 and her two older brothers Kenneth Thompson in 1981 and Harold Thompson in 1983. She was born Wilma Veree Thompson in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1913 and moved to Western Nebraska when her parents, Walter and Viva Thompson, homesteaded south of Sidney, Nebraska very near the Colorado border.

After her father died in the flu epidemic in 1920, her mother married Carlton Knight and they moved to Chadron in 1927 to facilitate a college education for the three children, all of whom subsequently attended Chadron State College.

After teaching at the original Trunk Butte rural school for one year, Veree married Harold Clark on June 2, 1934. She lived Chadron for the remainder of her life with the exception of a few months in Rapid City in 1936 and five years in Colorado Springs during World War II. In 1946, Veree and Harold returned to Chadron to purchase a sheet metal and heating business from Willis Pascoe. Their business was named the Metal Products Company and they operated it until 1961 when they sold the business to Mason and Pauline McNutt (Willis Pascoe's daughter). Today the business with the same name, in the same location, is operated by Wayne Lembke.

Mrs. Clark was active in the Rebecca's, as a RSVP volunteer, with the first Methodist Church and was a member of the Chadron, Does. She is survived by her friend Jack Lindeken and her sons Franklin of Fairfax, Virginia and Calvin of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her grandchildren include Laura Clark of Blacksburg, Virginia, Lisa Clark of Leonardtown, Maryland, and Christopher Clark of Pine City, Minnesota. Veree Clark has resided at the Prairie Pine Lodge since 2000. Those who prefer to provide donations in lieu of flowers may contribute to the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department or the Chadron Senior Center.

Bill Brown Coffee
Jan. 23, 1922 - Oct. 8, 2005

Mr. Coffee died Oct. 8 at home. He was 83. A memorial has been established for the Harrison Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank in Harrison.

Funeral services for Bill Brown Coffee of Harrison were Oct. 12 at United Methodist Church with Pastor Babe Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery.

His survivors include his wife Virginia Coffee of Harrison; daughters, Claire Coffee Brown and Tom of Schenectady, N.Y., Sara and Gary Radil of Omaha, Ann and Larry Wackman of Brenham, Texas, and Sue and Greg Rusie of Omaha; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Coffee was born Jan. 23, 1922 in Chadron to John Toney and Hazel (Berry) Coffee. He was preceded in death by John ”Buff“ Buffington Coffee.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Betty Jean Coryell
Sept. 13, 1926-April 23, 2005

Betty Jean Coryell, 78) died April 23 in Spokane, Wash. after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be April 28 at 10 a.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, with committal services to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1403 W. 3rd Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99204.

Betty Jean Coryell was born Sept. 13, 1926 in Chadron, the daughter of Cornelious H. and Vera M. Hanks. Betty was the most thoughtful, loving mother, wife and sister anyone could ever hope to have. She spent her life dedicated to her husband, and raising a strong family of three boys and one girl. She was very active in the local golfing community.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, William L. Coryell of Spokane; children Larry (Maggie) Coryell of Las Vegas, Nev., Barbara (Gene) Sloan of Tigard, Ore., Joseph Coryell of Spokane and John (Sharon) Coryell of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; brother Marvin Hanks of Chadron; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson Anthony Coryell. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hennessey Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. 99207.

Jack G. Cramblet
May 8, 1934-March 3, 2005

Jack G. Cramblet died Thursday, March 3, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance.

Graveside services will be Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was born May 8, 1934 in Hulett, Wyoming to Charles A. and Bertha Mae (Ash) Cramblet. His family lived in Chadron during his youth.

The family then lived in Eugene, Oregon, Sioux City, Iowa. He came to the Crawford area in 1995 and then to Alliance in 1997.

He is survived by his mother Bertha Mae Olson of Mesa, Ariz., daughter Jacqueline, brothers, Donald Cramblet of Alliance, Billy Ray Cramblet and

sister Mary Ann Smith both of Monmouth, Ore., and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, sister Dorothy Jean Winslow and a niece.

Cedar Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bill Dawkins, Jr.
Feb. 15, 1921 - Feb. 6, 2005

Funeral services for Bill Dawkins of Chadron were held Feb. 8 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Edward Cortney officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron. Full military services provided by the Chadron Honor Guard.

Mr. Dawkins died Feb. 6 at Chadron. He was 83. A memorial has been established for Chadron Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mr. Dawkins was born February 15, 1921 in Caputa, S.D. to Mr. and Mrs. William Turner and Nellie Dawkins.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. from 1942 to1946 and was stationed in England. He owned and operated Deluxe Cleaners for 30 years.

Survivors include: his wife Millie (Masek) Dawkins of Chadron; son Bill Dawkins III of Chadron; daughter Judy and husband Bob Connell of Scottsbluff; sister Lucile Combs of Valentine; grandchildren Jill and Rodger Hinson of Fort Collins, Colo., Michael Connell and Jamie of Scottsbluff, Rusty Dawkins of Lincoln, Rob Dawkins and Jessica of Gordon.

John “Jack” Dean
Sept. 23, 1915 - Oct. 16, 2005

John Dean was born in Fairmont, the eldest of four children, to John Sanford and Amy Stines Dean on Sept. 23, 1915, and died peacefully in Sacramento, California on Oct. 16, 2005.

He graduated from Fairmont High in 1934, and moved to Chicago where he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II, from 1942 until 1946. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln for a year as a pre-med student.

On Sept. 1, 1948 he married Mildred Theresa Starks of Fairmont, and they moved to Memphis, Tenn. where John attended the Southern College of Optometry and graduated in 1951. He practiced optometry in Grant, Bellevue and Omaha for many years until his retirement in 1980. John and Mildred moved to Chadron in 1985 where they lived for 16 years. In 2001, they moved to Sacramento, Calif. to be closer to their children.

Jack, as he was known by his friends and family, was a wonderful father and devoted husband. He was a skilled craftsman, a museum docent, an art and railroad aficionado, and a volunteer in all the church communities where he lived delivering Meals on Wheels and willingly helping friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Dean, a naval pilot killed in WWII, sister Dorothy Dean Moul and husband Francis, and brother George Dean and wife Joyce Palmer Dean.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Theresa Dean, daughter Amy T. Dean and husband Bernard Davitto of Sacramento, Calif., son Phillip V. Dean and wife Rebecca of Eureka, Calif., grandchildren Anne, Matthew, Carli, Kelsey and Nickolas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests that remembrances be made to the University of California, Davis, Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, Dean Memorial Fund, 4860 Y St., Suite 2400, Sacramento, CA 95817; payable to: UC Regents.

Victor Carl Dede
Victor Carl Dede, peacefully passed away on Friday, Feb., 11 in Lincoln.

Services were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Feb. 17. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

He was the son of Rudolph and Edna (Graebner) Dede of Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was a veteran of World War II-Pacific and of the Korean War.

Mr. Dede owned Babcock Insurance Agency in Chadron for many years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marolyn Joyce (Noecker) Dede of Brentwood, Iowa.; and husband of Alice E. 'Dollie' (Gabel) Dede of Lincoln.

Survivors include: sons Bradley S. Dede of Pacific, Mo., Brian A. Dede of Hot Springs, S.D.; step-daughter Nancy Lorenz of Lincoln; daughter-in-law Kristina Shaw-Dede of Lincoln; three grandchildren; sisters Marjorie Nebel of Kirkwood, Mo., and Lucille Cole of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and brother Norman Dede of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shirley Dierksen
Dec. 8, 1929 - Oct. 10, 2005

Graveside services for Shirley Dierksen were Oct. 14 at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Donella Silveira officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Dierksen died Oct. 10, 2005 at Crest View Care Center. She was 75. A memorial has been established for the American Red Cross of Chadron. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

She was affiliated with the American Legion Auxiliary; Delta Master Bata Sigma Phi and the Bridge Club.

Her survivors include her husband: William Dierksen; sons: Bill Dierksen of Chadron Brent and Kandy Dierksen of Scottsbluff; seven nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Dierksen was born Dec. 8, 2005 in Crawford to Edgar and Ruth (McLeese) Peterson.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Gary William Dodd
Oct. 12, 1942 - Dec. 2, 2005

Funeral services for Gary William Dodd of Crawford will be held Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at Crawford Methodist Church with Reverend Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial will be at the Crawford Cemetery.

Mr. Dodd died Dec. 2, at Chadron Community Hospital. He was 63. A memorial has been established for Crawford Rural Fire Board and United Methodist Church. Donations may be sent to Mima Lou Dodd, 262 Dyer Rd, Crawford, Neb. 69339.

Mr. Dodd was born Oct. 12, 1942 in Crawford to William Henry and Hilda Dorene (Seegrist) Dodd.

Mr. Dodd was a member of the Rural Fire Department, and was a Methodist Church Trustee.

His survivors include: his wife: Mima Lou Dodd of Crawford; son Kalvin and Kristi Dodd of Crawford; daughters Toilyn and Troy Flick of Hay Springs, Tessa and Todd Boggs of Crawford, Tonita Groskopf of Crawford; brothers John and Janet Dodd of Crawford, David Dodd of Crawford; nieces Shasta Monahan of Washington, Ginger Dodd of Scottsbluff; and nine grandchildren.

Wilma Lula Dotson
July 31, 1915 - Oct. 26, 2005

Wilma Lula Dotson passed away on October 26 at the age of 90.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs with Pastor Rodney Heilbrun officiating. Interment of the ashes will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs.

Wilma Dotson was born to Lula and Joseph Lnenicka on July 31, 1915, in Gordon. She attended Hay Springs public schools and graduated valedictorian in 1934. In 1937, she graduated cum laude with a two-year degree from Chadron State College.

On September 7, 1938, she married Phillip S. Dotson and they remained devoted to each other. He preceded her in death on January 8, 1977.

Her volunteer activities in the Methodist Church included serving on or participating in the following activities: the building committee for the new church in the 1950's; Board of Trustees; Administrative Board; Pastoral Relations committee; organ committee; Mariners Board; Ruth Circle Bible Study; and choir. She and her husband Phil sang in the choir and for funerals for many years.

Wilma was active in many civic groups. In the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), she served as Worthy Matron, and Phil was Worthy Patron, in 1963, and she was a Grand Representative from 1965-1970, served as Guardian Council for three years, and was a Third Grand Messenger. In Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), she was president 1976-1978, and president of Past Matrons 1975-1976. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.

In 1963, she was selected as Hay Springs Clerk of the Year. Wilma retired in 1975 after 28 years with the Northwestern State Bank.

Survivors include nephew: Wade Lnenicka and niece Susan Johnston, both of Smyrna, Ga.

Wilma was preceded in death last month by her brother William J. Lnenicka of Atlanta.

Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Gaylen Roy (Curley) Douthit
Dec. 29, 1947-April 30, 2005

Funeral services for Gaylen Roy Douthit of Saginaw, Texas will be held Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Crawford with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial will be at Crawford City Cemetery. Military services will be provided by the Veteranís Honor Guard of Chadron.

Mr. Douthit died April 30 at James L. West Hospice Unit. He was 57. A memorial has been established, donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Crawford.

Gaylen Douthit was born December 29, 1947 in Chadron to Mr. and Mrs. Dale and Wanda Douthit.

He was a member of the Crawford Eagle's Club.

Survivors include: his wife Shirley Douthit of Saginaw Texas; Father Dale Douthit of Crawford; son Timothy and wife Jennifer Douthit of Fort Worth, Texas; brothers Lonnie and wife Verona Douthit of Crawford; father-in-law Dwayne Krueger; brother-in-law Steve Krueger of Crawford; sisters Norma Cozad of Woodlake; twin sister Gayle and husband Dan Stetson of Chadron; sister-in-laws Sharon Kloverdanz and husband Jerry of Sterling, Colo., Sandy Krueger of Crawford, and Lois Douthit of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda; brother, Melvin; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Krueger.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Betty L. Downer
Nov. 17, 1918-May 23, 2005

Betty L. Downer, 86 of Gering, died Monday, May 23, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Her funeral service is May 26, at Gering Memorial Chapel. Interment was at West Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Nebraska High School Rodeo, Chadron State Track and Field or Gering Summer Band Program. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.

Betty Downer was born to Robert and Beulah (Rashaw) Franklin, Nov. 17, 1918 in McGrew. She graduated from McGrew High School in 1936 and Chadron State College in 1939. She began teaching at Harrisburg High School in 1939 where she met her husband, Allerton Downer. They lived in Banner County until 1957 when they moved to Gering.

Betty was a 4-H leader for before she began teaching at Melbeta High School. During her career at Melbeta she held many positions including classroom

teacher, volleyball and track coach for 15 years, as well as serving as principal for a short time. She retired in 1985 after teaching 28 years in Melbeta.

She enjoyed her family first and foremost and never missed a chance to watch and encourage them in their various endeavors. She took great pride in her flowers and yard, which kept her active.

In September, 2004, she and her family received the Family Tree Award during Family Day at Chadron State College. The award was presented to families that have had at least three generations attend CSC.

Betty was an active member and currently historian of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Nebraska Retired Teacher's Association.

Survivors include: her daughters, Mary Jo Hoffman of Alliance, Alice and Jerry Wineman of Gering, Nora and Mick Sandine of Papillon, and son Hal
and Linda Downer of Mitchell; 10 grandchildren; sisters Margie and Howard Downer of Harrisburg, Lois and Bob Ramig, sister-in-law Marguerite Bjornsen of Vancouver, Wash., and Maxine Corr of Gering, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister, two brothers and one son-in-law Jerry Hoffman.

Margaret Ann Dreyer
May 17, 1928 - Feb. 9, 2005

Margaret Ann Dreyer died February, 9, 2005

Following services, interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville on February 12.

Margaret Ann Dreyer was born May 17, 1928 to Valentine and Mary Bos Nadobny at Rushville. Several homesteads in the area were home to her and her family, including the Old Jules Fruit Farm south of Hay Springs.

She attended several rural schools, including Banner School, Dist. 35, which all of her children later attended. She graduated from Rushville High School in 1946.

After a short period of employment for a cannery in Washington State, she returned to the area, and taught for three years in rural schools.

She married Richard Dreyer on June 6, 1949 in Waverly, Iowa. She became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rushville, and was a steadfast leader and laborer there the rest of her life.

She and Richard settled on a farm south of Hay Springs, where they engaged in dairying and diversified farming. She instilled in her family a love of the land, pride in hard work, and the importance of surrendering one's life to God.

She tenderly and lovingly nurtured her children Ron, Eileen, Daryl, Wayne, John, Trudy, and Joe, just as she nurtured the flowers with which she brightened their home.

In 1982, she and Richard moved to Rushville, where she continued to nurture plants and flowers in and around their home.

Her service to her Lord, and love of people were carried into her activities with the Banner Community Club, VFW auxiliary, Women of the Evangelical Church, Farm Bureau Women's Association, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

She is survived by: her children Ron and wife Marie of Rushville, Daryl of Rushville, Wayne and wife Penny of Hay Springs, John and wife, Judie of Denver, Colo., Trudy and husband Scott, of Minneola, Kan., Joe of Gordon; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, a sister Florence and husband, Delmar, brother John Nadobny and wife, Lorene; sister-in-law: Verna Nadobny; in-laws: Elmer Dreyer, Ralph and Joyce Dreyer, Clarence and Doris Dreyer and Faye Dreyer.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Richard; infant daughter, Irene; daughter Eileen; son-in-law: Gary Riggs; brother Bill Nadobny; brother-in-law Harold Dreyer; sister-in-law Delores Dreyer; and grandson Michael Dreyer.

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Donna E. Dwyer
Feb. 2, 1959 -Feb. 21, 2005

Donna E. Dwyer, 46, of Bryan, Ohio passed away on Monday, February 21, at her residence.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan with Rev. Robert Marrow officiating.

Born February 2, 1959 in Black River Falls, Wisc., Donna Dwyer was the daughter of Frank A and Katherine R. (Betz) Keach.

She married Timothy A. Dwyer on May 27, 1978 and he preceded her in death on January 28, 1998.

She was a hostess at Judy Rae's in Bryan. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan and had been active in the choir and with the Junior High Youth Group. She had also been co-chairperson of the local MDA fundraising with her husband Tim for many years and was active with the Bryan area Boy Scouts and the Great Banquet Community in Bryan.

She is survived by: her sons Casey Dwyer and Daniel Dwyer both of Bryan; a brother James A. Keach of Crete; sisters Rose and husband Larry Fankhauser of Chadron; Amy and husband John Coates of Chadron; and her maternal grandmother: Helen Betz of Black River Falls, Wis.

Her husband, parents and a brother Robert M. Keach preceded her in death.

Alta “Nadine” Ellicott
Nov. 18, 1935 - Nov. 28, 2005

Funeral services for Alta “Nadine” Ellicott of Harrison will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Methodist Church in Harrison with Pastor Babe Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Van Tassell, Wyo.

Mrs. Ellicott died Nov. 28, 2005 at Crawford. She was 70. A memorial has been established for the Harrison Methodist Church or the Harrison Fire Department. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

She was affiliated with the Harrison Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

Her survivors include her husband: Paul Ellicott of Harrison; mother: Pearl Carpenter of Kimball; sons: Don Ellicott and wife Lisa of Bartley, Jim Ellicott and wife Marla of Harrison, Mike Ellicott of Harrison; daughter: Karen Ellicott of Lincoln; sisters: Norma Stolz of Kimball, Twila Davis of Whitman, Texas; brothers: Frank Carpenter and wife Suzanne of Virginia Beach, Va., Cyril Carpenter and wife Jean of Parker, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Ellicott was born Nov. 18, 1935 in Alliance to Willard and Edna Pearl Carpenter.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Shirley M. Ellis

Dec. 17, 1927-Mar. 11, 2005

Shirley M. Ellis passed away Friday, March 11 at the Chadron Community Hospital at the age of 77.

Funeral services were March 14 at the Chamberlain Chapel Funeral Chapel in Chadron. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.

Shirley Mae Scott was born December 17, 1927 to Jim and Ruby Scoot at the farm home north of Hay Springs. As a child the family moved to Bethel Community south of Whitney. She grew up there and attended country school. She graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1946.

Shirley married Don Grant October 31, 1946. They had four children: Kay, Kelly, and twins Kyle and Kevin who died shortly after birth. Shirley and Don separated in 1975.

On May 1, 1976 Shirley married Gordon Ellis in Rushville. Gordon and Shirley retired from ranching in 1991 and moved to Chadron.

Shirley became a resident of the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs on January 21, 2005.

She is survived by: her husband, Gordon; children Kay and Terry Hull of Dubois, Wyo., Kelly and Vickie Grant of Gordon; four grandchildren; step children Larry and Sherryl Knobloch of Hills, Minn., Carolyn and Bernard Jones of Chadron, Randy and Tralice Ellis of New Underwood, S.D.; eleven step grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren.

Shey was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim; sister, Roberta and twin sons.

Joan Matthies Elwood
Dec. 18, 1932-Jan 18, 2005

Funeral services for Joan Matthies Elwood of Chadron were held Jan. 24 at Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron with Reverend Peter Bertram officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Elwood died Jan. 18 at Hay Springs. She was 72.

A memorial has been established for the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron Neb. 69337.

Mrs. Elwood was born Dec. 18, 1932 in Omaha, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leroy and Gertrude Eveline Matthies.

She was s member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include: her son John Elwood of Joseph Mo.; daughters Bobbi and husband Bart Bartels of Gering, Lee and husband Robert Moore of Fredericksburg, Va.; brothers Richard "Dick" R. Matthies of Klamath Falls, Ore.; sister Lucille Herganrader of Lincoln; four step-children, Jim Elwood and Linda of Torrington, Wyo., Larry Elwood and Diane of Denver, Colo., Donnie Elwood of Denver, Colo, and Sandy of New Mexico; 11 grandchildren 25 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two sons one daughter, two grandsons, one sister, one brother, and her parents.

Betty Loraine Ferrel
Feb. 8, 1935-Aug. 2, 2005

Graveside services for Betty Loraine Ferrel were held August 6 at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Betty died Tues., Aug. 2, at Wood Manor Nursing Home in Claremore, Okla. at the age of 70.

The daughter of John P. 'Jack' and Lulu Del (Blakely) Faulk was born February 8, 1935, in Gordon.

Betty lived in Denby, S.D. for most of her growing up years. She graduated from high school and went to college for one year. Betty started working in the hospital at Chadron and worked there several years. She married Donald Ferrel in 1956. They made their home in Chadron, where they raised their three children, Bryant, Kim and Michael. Betty moved to Inola, Okla., in June 2002.

Betty is survived by: her son Michael Ferrel and wife Brenda of Chadron; daughter Kim Martin and husband Peter of Inola, Okla.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother Fay Faulk of Oral, S.D.; sister Bonnie Korkow of Silver City, Iowa; and sister-in-law Alice Faulk of Chadron.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; son, Bryant; and five brothers.

A memorial has been established for an art student. Donations can be sent to Kim Martin, 30272 S. Williams Drive, Inola, Okla. 74036.

James (Don) Finney
Nov. 26, 1929-Feb. 20, 2005

Funeral services for James (Don) Finney of Oelrichs, S.D. will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron with Father Edward P Cortney officiating. A vigil service will be held Wednesday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patricks Catholic Church with Father Edward P. Cortney officiating. Burial will be at Oelrichs Cemetery, Oelrichs, S.D. Full military services provided by the Veterans Honor Guard of Chadron.

Mr. Finney died Feb. 20 at at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, S. D.. He was 75. A memorial has been established for Chadron State Foundation-to benefit the Chadron football. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mr. Finney and his twin brother, Tom, were born November 26, 1929 in McCool Junction to Gerald Frances and Florence Isabel (Friel) Finney.

He grew up on a ranch in the Sandhills near Seneca, and graduated from Seneca High School. Don and Tom joined the Airforce and were stationed in Germany. Don served as a clerk, typist/courier, traveling throughout Europe where he played football for Special Services

He returned home and worked on the family ranch until he left to attend Chadron State College where he and Tom won success as twin long distance runners.

He married Bergette (Tootie) Pettegrew in Chadron on August 2, 1953. Two daughters blessed this union, Dona Loreen and Dorothy Mae ( Dolly.) Don and Tootie moved to her grandparent's ranch, where they spent most of their years. Don also worked several years as a substitute teacher in the Oelrichs School system.

He was affiliated with the Chadron State Football team as a volunteer for the last seventeen years. The Eagles were one of his greatest loves and he looked forward to every season with great anticipation.

Don was affiliated with many community organizations, including the American Legion, Elks Club, Oelrichs Volunteer Fire Department, Oelrichs Rodeo Association, Pine Ridge Motorcycle Association, Bowling Association, and the Ridgeview Golf Course. He also served on the Fall River County Conservation Board and on the Oelrichs school board. He recently traveled to Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist.

Don had a love of life and enjoyed watching his daughters and grandchildren in their activities through the years. He especially enjoyed his grandson, John, spending his last year of school with them and graduating from Oelrichs High School.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Florence Finney and his younger brother Roger.

He is survived by: his wife of 51 years Tootie of Oelrichs, S.D.; his daughters Dona and son-in-law Mike of Alliance, and Dolly of Oelrichs, S.D.; grandchildren John Sampson, Kerrie Farris and fiancé Mark Twito, Samantha Farris, Ben Essay, Jimmy Essay and Barbie Essay; twin brother Tom and Maxine Finney of Lincoln; brothers Frank and Jeri Ann of Winner S.D., Pat and Janet Finney of Merna; Paul and Linda Finney of Omaha; sisters Dorothy Walker, Farmington, N.M., Barbara Edelman of Casper, Wyo., Geraldine Mickelsen of Wheatland, Wyo., Kathy and Sam Ogle of Lincoln; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Doug and Thelma Elwess of Chadron; uncle Gene Finney of Houston, Texas; and 37 other nieces and nephews.

Francis Fraser
July 21, 1925-Aug. 31, 2005

Funeral services for Francis Fraser of Rushville were held Sept. 6 at Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church in Rushville with Pastor Heilbrun, Rev. Jari Soens and Rev. Trucano officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville with Military rites.

A memorial has been established for the preservation for the Plains Theater of Rushville. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels, PO Box 443; Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Francis Belfour Fraser was born in Mill Valley, Calif., July 21, 1925 to Francis Theodore and Sadie (Gourley) Fraser. As a young boy he grew up at the Gourley Ranch 55 miles southeast of Rushville, in Cedar Creek Valley. He attended high school in Hay Springs. On October 3, 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served with the 167th Infantry in the 5th Army in the Pacific Theater as a M1 Rifleman. Upon discharge in 1946 Francis was awarded the Combat Infantrymen's Badge. Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Bronze Service Arrowhead Pacific Theater Cir.

In 1946 he was married to Ardis Clinton and had three children: Frank, Barbara and Ruth. He later married Evelyn (Hledik) Fraser in 1956, and became father to Allen, Gary, and Colene. Through this marriage they had one daughter Loretta.

Francis was as a horse trainer, thoroughbred breeder, and raced horses throughout the Midwest with his mother, Sadie Foley. In later years he was employed in the gasoline, oil, and propane industries, working the Texaco and Farmers Co-op stations in Hay Springs. In 1967 he moved to Rushville and managed the Exxon Station for Sides and Milburn. After a by-pass surgery in 1982, he was forced into early retirement. He enjoyed many summers working with his daughter and son-in-law driving semi and operating combine for Roland Farris and Harvesting. In recent years he operated a small lawn care service in the Rushville/Gordon area.

Francis was a life long resident of Sheridan County. Fishing and hunting were some of his lifelong passions. Francis and Evelyn enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with their friends. His yard was always his pride and joy, and he raised many beautiful flowers and fruit trees. Without fail, he always had a garden and loved to share his produce with friends and family. He loved animals of all types. His main hobby was his love and passion for building and flying remote control airplanes. He loved a good joke and had a good sense of humor. He will be remembered for his great hugs and friendly disposition. He was a friend, a neighbor to all, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. We will miss his beef jerky, ham and beans, and his great barbequed steaks.

He was past member of the Hay Springs Fire Department, American Legion Post #239 of Hay Springs, and currently active member of Chadron Model Aviation Club.

Survivors include; his son and daughter in laws Allen and Jan English, Gary and Lynn English, Frank and Rose Fraser; daughters and son in laws Colene Adams and Allan Willits, Barbara Dominguz, Ruth Fraser, and Loretta and Alan Roland; 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; close friends: Vera and Roxy Brown and all the members of his fly club.

He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Fraser; mother Sadie Foley, step fathe: Dr. J.H. Foley, and his sister Laura Synoground.

Bonnie L. Gaswick
Jan 5, 1935 - Feb. 1, 2005

Bonnie LaVonne Gaswick, 68, of Hay Springs died February 1 at Chadron Community Hospital.

Funeral services were Feb. 5 at Hay Springs United Methodist Church, with Rev. David McCreary and Rev. Mike Anderson officiating. Burial was at Hay Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs or Chadron Volunteer Fire Departments. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Morturary, P.O. Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Bonnie was born in Hay Springs to Dean and Opal (King) Clements. She was the second of two children. She attended schools in Hay Springs, and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1955.

She married George J. Gaswick, Jr., on June 1, 1956 in Hay Springs and enjoyed a loving marriage of 44 years. Three children were born to this union: Terri Jo, Todd Alan, and Timothy Dean. They lived north of Hay Springs on the family ranch where they raised cattle and sheep. After George's death in 2000, Bonnie continued living on the ranch until 2003 when she moved to Prairie Pines in Chadron.

Bonnie led an active life on the ranch and in the community. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Job's Daughters, 100 Aces Card CLub, and 4-H.

Survivors include: her daughter Terri and husband Scott Parker of Hay Springs; sons Todd and wife Bobbie of La Vista, Tim and wife Kari of Chadron, 11 grandchildren, one great grandson and brother Bill Clements of North Platte..

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and many pet animals.

Elna Louise (Brownell) Gaswick
Dec. 11, 1916 -Sept. 16, 2005

Elna Gaswick, 88, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Hay Springs, passed away in Las Vegas on September 16.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs with Pastor Rodney Heilbrun officiating. Interment will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs United Methodist Church. Donations may be sent in the care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Elna Louise Brownell Gaswick was born to Ray and Lena (Feldhahn) Brownell on December 11, 1916 and was the oldest of four children.

Elna lived most of her life in the Hay Springs area, but moved to Las Vegas to be close to her daughter, where she resided for 12 years. She graduated from Hay Springs High School and attended Chadron State College. She taught rural school for one year.

On February 6, 1937, Elna married Charles Gaswick and to this union three children were born: Lowell Gaswick of Alliance, Dennis Gaswick of Albion, Mich., and Elna Leigh Gaswick of Las Vegas, Nev.

Elna and Charles managed the Gamble Store for 45 years. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Ruth Circle, Chapter FO P.E.O. and the Friends of the Library. Elna was instrumental in starting the Hay Springs Art Club and enjoyed painting Nebraska windmills, old barns, and floral still-lifes. She served on the administrative boards for the United Methodist Church, Pioneer Manor Nursing Home and the Hay Springs School System. Elna was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and socially enjoyed playing bridge.

Elna is survived by: her son Lowell and Dixie (Owen) Gaswick of Alliance and their children Candace (Gaswick) and Brian Grier of Omaha and Brent and Kori Gaswick of Gordon; son Dennis and Carolyn Gaswick of Albion, Mich. and their children Christina (Gaswick) and husband Bill Stillwaugh, and Wyatt Gaswick, all of Chicago; and daughter Leigh (Gaswick) Moser and her three children Charles Moser, Brianne Moser and Meagan Moser all of Las Vegas, Nev.; her sisters Donnarae Cody of Denver, Colo., and Lennamae (Brownell) and Ray Young of Estes Park, Colo, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Elna was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother Wyatt.

Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.

Elva Doris Gaswick
July 26, 1908 - July 15, 2005

Elva Doris Gaswick died July 15 at Chadron at the age of 96 years and 354 days.

Funeral services were July 19 at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Interment was at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund and may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443; Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Elva Doris Gaswick was born July 26, 1908 at Lake Mills, Wis., to Emil and Mable Butzine. As a young girl, her family moved to Hay Springs where she graduated from high school in 1927.

On December 25, 1932 Doris Married George Gaswick and to this union three children were born.

George and Doris spent their life on the farm northeast of Hay Springs until George's death in 1959. Doris then moved to Hay Springs and attended Chadron State College to receive a teaching degree.

She taught in several rural schools in the area until her retirement. During her teaching years she traveled to Europe, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

Doris leaves to mourn: her son John and wife Marilyn of Hay Springs; daughter Evelyn and husband Jim Jones of Sidney; sister Mary Lee Montgomery of Rapid City, S.D.; sister-in-law: Leala Butzine of Hay Springs;; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, two cousins, and many nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances.

She was preceded in death by her husband George; son George Jr. and wife Bonnie; one grandchild; three sisters and one brother.

Donald R. "Dick" Geiser
Sept. 24, 1925-April 21, 2005

Donald R. "Dick" Geiser, 79, of Hot Springs, S.D. died April 21 at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.

Wake services will be held at 7 pm, Monday, April 25, at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hot Springs.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 26 at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hot Springs, with Father Tom Tierney officiating.

Interment will follow at the Oelrichs Cemetery in Oelrichs, S.D.

A memorial has been established in Dick's name.

Dick was born September 24, 1925 to John and Lois Geiser at Ardmore, S.D.  He graduated from high school in Harrison in 1943.  Shortly thereafter he entered the army, serving in the South Pacific.

After his discharge from the service, he married Mary Moody at Crawford, and to this union three children were born.  Dick and his family ranched in the Oelrichs area for twenty-three years and then moved to Oelrichs for sixteen years.  Later, he moved to Hot Springs.

Rick was a member of the Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion and BPO Elks.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Geiser of Hot Springs, S.D; son, Tom Geiser of Hot Springs; daughter, Connie Sue Geiser of Hot Springs; two brothers, Bob Geiser of Harrison; Jack Geiser of Harrison; sister, Dee Ronnau of Lincoln, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Rita Ann.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, S.D.

Henry “Hank” Philip Gentrup
April 23, 1927-Feb. 20, 2005

Henry “Hank” Philip Gentrup, 77, Belle Fourche, S.D. passed away February 20 at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was Feb. 25 at St. Paulís Catholic Church with Father Tim Hoag officiating. Burial with military honors was at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, S. D..

Henry was the oldest of 12 children of Conrad I. and Mary (Spenner) Gentrup, born April 23, 1927 on a farm near Crofton.Ý He attended St. Rose Catholic School in Crofton.Ý After graduation in 1941 he lived with his parents and helped with the farming.

In 1945 he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. He served as Airways Communication Operator in the South Pacific at radio station NPN5 on Guam.Ý In 1947 he was honorably discharged and returned home. He attended Boyles College in Omaha, and after graduation he was hired by the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad Co. (CB&Q) as a telegrapher/operator. He worked various stations throughout western Nebraska and South Dakota.

In 1951 he married Barbara (Bobbee) Garner of Crawford. They had two children, Philip and Roxanne.

Hank later transferred to the Chicago and North Western Railroad (C&NW) and continued the same line of work.Ý As the railroads began closing their stations over the years, it was necessary to move his family seven times.Ý They resided in Crawford, Ardmore S.D., Shoshoni, Wyo., Whitewood S.D., Mitchell, Chadron and Belle Fourche, S.D..Ý Hank worked in over 40 different offices throughout the three state system.Ý Upon retirement he was working in the managers office in Chadron.Ý He recalled one of his busiest days was having 28 trains in an eight hour shift from three different railroads.

In 1989 Hank retired from the C&NW Railroad and he and Bobbee moved back to Belle Fourche.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbara ìBobbeeî Gentrup, Belle Fourche; son, Philip Gentrup, Belle Fourche; daughter, Roxanne Johnson, Spearfish; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Hilary Gentrup, Forest Park, Ga., Cletus Gentrup, Hudson, Colo., Robert Gentrup, Hartington, and David Gentrup, Yankton, S.D.; sisters, Hildegard Schumacher, Marcella Lammers and Angela Goeden, all of Crofton, Lucille Havermann, Arvada, Colo., Irene Hames, Yankton, Neb. and Mary Ann Sorci, Gilroy, Calif..

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Evelyn Gentrup.

William 'Bill' Gieseler Jr.
Sept. 15, 1924 -Sept. 3, 2005

Funeral services for William Gieseler Jr. of Chadron were Thursday, Sept. 8, at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Donella Silveria officiating. Military services were provided by the Chadron Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Gieseler died Sept. 3, at Denver. He was 80. A memorial has been established for Grace Episcopal Church New Orleans Flood Victims. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mr. Gieseler was born Sept. 15, 1924 in New Orleans, La., to William and Catherine Gieseler.

Bill and his wife Elaine were married 59 years.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Midwest Retailers Assoc, Ridgeview Country Club, the V.F.W., and was a Naval aviator.

His survivors include: his wife Elaine Gieseler of Chadron; sons Bill and Gerry Gieseler of New Orleans; Mike and Susie Gieseler of Chamberlain, S.D.; Richard and Tracy Gieseler of Chadron; daughter Patricia Gieseler of Chadron; sisters Catherine and Dave Hackney of Metairie, La, and Gloria and Jim Boone of West Virginia; brothers Richard and Ella Gieseler of Metairie, La.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Cynthia A. (Coatsworth) Gilman
June 24, 1935 -Sept. 27, 2005

Cynthia Gilman passed away September 27 at her home in Chadron. She was 70 years old.

Funeral services were Oct. 1 at the Chadron Community Church in Chadron with Pastor Rod Smith officiating. Concluding services were held at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron. A memorial has been established for Alzheimer's Research. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Cynthia was born to Cynthia and Alan Coatsworth on June 24, 1935 in Mexico, Mo. She graduated from Mexico High School in 1953 and went on to college at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., receiving a degree in education. She began her career teaching High School Home Economics in Highland, Ill. She ended her career teaching first grade in Chadron. Cynthia had a passion for teaching and tried to give each student a good start in their education. She always said that she liked the younger students because she was taller than they were.

She was a 46-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. In 1971 she was selected as one of America's Outstanding Young Women. Cynthia loved music and played piano for many years. She started off learning some of the classics but loved the praise and worship songs. She had music in her mind and heart all the time. She loved her family and friends. Most of all she loved the Lord and served Him in this life and looked forward to serving him in the ages to come.

Her survivors include: her husband Don Gilman of Chadron; son Scott Gilman and wife Debbie and children: Jamie, Kelsey and Lindsey of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter Lisa French and husband Kris and sons Christopher and Shawn, of Tulsa, Okla.; brothers Alan Coatsworth and wife Joyce of Mexico, Mo. and Robert Coatsworth and wife Mary of Springfield, Mo.; brother-in-law Dale Gilman and wife Pat of St. Peters, Mo. several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Kenneth Dale Gimpel
April 7, 1926 - Jan. 23, 2005

Kenneth Dale Gimpel died Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Chadron Community Hospital after a short illness. He was 78 years old.

A remembrance memorial service was held at the Eagles club in Crawford, on Jan. 27 for friends and family.

A memorial has been established for the Crawford Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Kenneth Gimpel was born April 7, 1926 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Winifred Gimpel in Madison, S.D. After graduating high school he joined the Navy on April 4, 1943 and served honorably in WWII until April 1, 1947. He was a survivor of landing both on Guam and Hiroshima.

After the service Mr. Gimpel worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and retired from the Civil Service as an engineer at Concord Navy Weapons Station in Concord, Calif.

Survivors include: his son Craig and wife Dora Gimpel; brother Ronald Gimpel; sister DeAnn Kirby and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his father Arthur; mother, Winifred; and brother, Greydon.

Mary Goffena
August 24, 1911 - Feb. 28, 2005

Funeral Mass for Mary Theresa Goffena was held Friday, March 4 at St. Patrickís Catholic Church with Fr. Ed Courtney officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.

Mrs. Goffena died Feb. 28 in Chadron.

Mary Goffena was born August 24, 1911 at OíConnor to George and Theresa (McSharry) Horner. She grew up near Greeley. When her mother died, eleven-year-old Mary began cooking meals and homemaking for her three brothers, one sister and father. She also played Hawaiian guitar with Horner Family Band for many community dances. After graduating from high school Mary taught several country schools in the Nebraska Sandhills. Summer school at Chadron State College brought Mary to Western Nebraska where she continued to teach. She came west carrying one dress in her suitcase and her guitar. Mary taught at schools with as many as 20 students, living with one studentís family and riding a horse to the school.

In 1941 she married Bert Francis Goffena. They ranched near Chadron until 1974 when they moved to town. Mary was a faith-filled and prayerful member of St. Patrickís Catholic Church.

She is survived by: daughter Colleen and Jim Oakes of Moody, Texas; son Roger and Jamie Goffena of Chadron and four grandchildren-Tess, Caleb and Cortland Goffena of Chadron, and Shannon and Sonny Garza of Belton Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers George, Joe and Lewis, sister Agnes Turechek and daughter Sharon Welton.

Services were in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Mary T. Goffena
Aug 24, 1911 -Feb. 28, 2005

Funeral services for Mary Goffena of Chadron will be held Friday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron with Father Edward P. Cortney officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.

A wake service will be held Thursday, March 3, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Mrs. Goffena died Feb. 28 at Chadron. She was 93.

She was born August 24, 1911 in O'Connor to Mr. and Mrs. George and Theresa Horner.

Her survivors include: her son Roger and wife Jamie Goffena of Chadron; daughter Colleen and husband Jim Oakes of Moody, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Glenn LeRoy Goodrich
Aug. 4, 1921 -Feb. 11, 2005

Funeral services for Glenn LeRoy Goodrich of Chadron will be held today (Feb. 14) at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church with Deacon Fred Merritt officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery. Military services will be provided by Chadron Veterans Honor Guard and the Sturgis American Legion.

Mr. Goodrich died February 11, 2005 at Chadron Community Hospital. He was 83. A memorial has been established for Grace Episcopal Church and Veterans Honor Guard. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mr. Goodrich was born August 4, 1921 in Potwin, Kan., to Bert O. and Grace Elizabeth Goodrich (Knowles).

He was a member of the American Legion, Grace Episcopal Church, VFW, and Masonic Lodge.

His survivors include: his wife: Vivian Goodrich of Chadron; son Bob and Janice Goodrich of Spearfish, S.D.; daughter Connie and Craig Madson of Lincoln; sisters Dorothy Wulff of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Esther Dewees of Denver, Colo., numerous nieces and nephews; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Grace Kohler and Eluise Colvin and both parents.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Roy Lavern Gowin
May 14, 1929 - Sept. 18, 2005

Roy Lavern Gowin of Lodge Grass, Mont., died on Sept. 18, 2005 at the Sheridan Manor Nursing Home in Sheridan, Wyo. Roy was born at Dunlap at the family home on May 14, 1929. During childhood he lived with his parents, Emmett Glenn Gowin and Ayles Gertrude Blundell-Gowin in Dawes County, Western South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming. As a young man he worked for farmers and ranchers in Dawes and Box Butte County and was known for his ability to break horses and fix cars. He was called to serve in the US Army in 1951 and was honorable discharged in 1957.

After serving in the Army, he returned home to work with his father on the family ranch in Sheridan County. In the late 1950's he opened his own garage in White Clay, and Oct. 2, 1959 he married his first wife, Audrey Alice Larvie of Pine Ridge S.D. He and Audrey lived in White Clay where Roy did mechanic work at his garage and offered towing services. In the 1960s Roy moved his family to Montana and continued to operate a garage and offer towing service in Lame Deer, and later in Lodge Grass.

Roy is survived by his first wife: Audrey and their five children; two sons: Joseph Glenn of Lame Deer, Mont., and William Charles of Hardin, Mont.; three daughters: Oletha Marie Klampett of Wyola, Mont., Ruby JoAnne Nedans of Hardin, Mont., and Marian Donna Gowin of Hardin, Mont. His nine grandchildren also survive him. His second wife, Teresa of Gordon also survives him. One brother, Francis Lloyd Gowin of Lincoln and two sisters: Vivian Mae Ainslie of Hay Springs and Peggy Ann Fedler of Raymond survive him. His parents, one son, Michael and one brother George Everett preceded him in death.

Dorothy Ellen Green
Sept. 16, 1922-Nov. 23, 2005

Dorothy Ellen Green, age 83, of Hot Springs, S.D, died November 23, 2005 at the Clarkson Mt. View Nursing Home in Rapid City, S.D.

Funeral services were Tuesday, November 29 at McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, S.D. with Reverend Morris Nelson officiating.

Committal services were at the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.

Dorothy was born September 16, 1922 to Elbert and Ethel (Large) McCullah.  She graduated from high school in Alliance.

Dorothy married Foster Green on October 22, 1942 in Hot Springs, S.D.  Dorothy was able to install oxygen hoses for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, WA, during World War II. She was a switch board operator for the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, for approximately seventeen years.

Dorothy loved humor and visiting with people. She loved working at the VA Medical Center because she was able to visit with the veterans and their families.  Dorothy enjoyed life.

Survivors include her son, Richard Green of Rapid City, S.D.; daughter, Deborah Green of Hot Springs, S.D.; brother, Lt. Col. Retired C.E. McCullah of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Harold Phyllis Henningsen of Richmond, Va. and Norma Armstrong of Arvada, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Foster; husband, Foster; brother, Clayton McCullah; sister, Marjorie Kosmicki and stepson, Thomas.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, SD.

Lyle David Green
April 25, 1909 - May 17, 2005

Lyle David Green of Chelsea, Mich., died May 17 following a brief illness.

A memorial graveside service is May 21, 2005 at the Mitchell Cemetery with Dr. Charles H. Richardson officiating. Military Honors were conducted by the Nebraska National Guard.

Lyle Green was born on April 25, 1909 on the family homestead ranch of his father Leslie (Les) Green in Sheridan County. He grew up there and received his elementary and high school education in rural and small-town schools. After receiving a bachelors degree in science from Chadron State College, he spent five years teaching in western Nebraska and served as principal and football coach of the Lyman High School. Under his direction, the Lyman Wildcats became known as 'The Giant Killers' during the 1940-1941 seasons, beating teams from much larger schools in the Western Conference.

Drafted in 1942 by the United States Army, he was trained to maintain and operate radar used to detect enemy aircraft. He served as a technical sergeant in the South Pacific with the 325th Antiaircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion and saw action during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. Years later he wrote a book detailing the events of those years.

After his discharge in 1946, he became a science instructor at Northern State University in Colorado and received a masters Degree. In 1947 he came to East Lansing, Mich., as an instructor of mathematics, leaving that position in 1951 to come to Ann Arbor, Mich. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan and worked at the Willow Run Laboratories as an associate research engineer, leaving in 1974 to pursue real estate interests.

He finally retired after forty active years to enjoy his favorite pastime, duplicate bridge, playing locally as well as in sectional, regional and national tournaments.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Doris Collins Green, son Frank Warren, his daughter-in-law Diane Villani Green and his granddaughter Katherine. Jones Mortuary has assisted the family with local arrangements.

Lyle David Green
April 25, 1909-May 17, 2005

Lyle David Green, Chelsea, Michigan, died May 17 following a brief illness.

A memorial graveside service was May 21, 2005 at the Mitchell Cemetery with Dr. Charles H. Richardson officiating. Military Honors were conducted by the Nebraska National Guard.

Lyle Green was born on April 25, 1909 on the family homestead ranch of his father Leslie (Les) Green in Sheridan County. He grew up there and received his elementary and high school education in rural and small town schools. After receiving a bachelors degree in science from Chadron State College he spent five years teaching in western Nebraska and served as principal and football coach of the Lyman High School. Under his direction, the Lyman Wildcats became known as 'The Giant Killers' during the 1940-1941 seasons, beating teams from much larger schools in the Western Conference.

Drafted in 1942 by the United States Army, he was trained to maintain and operate radar used to detect enemy aircraft. He served as a technical sergeant in the South Pacific with the 325th Antiaircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion and saw action during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. Years later he wrote a book detailing the events of those years.

After his discharge in 1946, he became a science instructor at Northern State University in Colorado and received a masters Degree. In 1947 he came to East Lansing, Michigan as an instructor of mathematics, leaving that position in 1951 to come to Ann Arbor. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan and worked at the Willow Run Laboratories as an associate research engineer, leaving in 1974 to pursue real estate interests.

He finally retired after forty active years to enjoy his favorite pastime, duplicate bridge, playing locally as well as in sectional, regional and national tournaments.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Doris Collins Green, son Frank Warren, his daughter-in-law Diane Villani Green and his granddaughter Katherine.

Jerry Sue Grote
Feb. 10, 1936 -June 5, 2005

Memorial services for Jerry Sue Grote of Harrison will be Thursday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Harrison with Pastor Bob Todd officiating.

Mrs. Grote died June 5 at Scottsbluff. She was 69. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, NE 69337.

Mrs. Grote was born Feb. 10, 1936 in Lusk, Wyo., to LeRoy and Leta Phipps.

She was a member of the Harrison VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include: her husband Ronald Grote of Harrison; sons Scott Grote and wife Lisa of Harrison, Kevin Grote and wife Twila of Harrison; daughter Laurel Genkens and husband Ed of Harrison; brother Jim Phipps and wife Donna of Lingle, Wyo.; and six grandchildren.

Flora Ellen Humphrey Hallsted

August 14, 1915-March 20, 2005

Flora Ellen Humphrey Hallsted died on March 20.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 24, at Chamberlain Mortuary in Chadron. Funeral services will be at Chadron Christian Church at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25 with Don Ludwick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at Chadron Christian Church.

Flora Ellen Humphrey was born to Newell B. (Butch) and Zania (Jennie) E. Humphrey in Valentine, August 14, 1915, the youngest of three girls.

She married Wayne W. Hallsted in Valentine on August 21, 1937. To this union were born two sons: Jimmy Newell, born July 6, 1938 and Billy Dean, born June 27, 1940.

After Wayne was paralyzed from complications of chicken pox, in 1940, Flora became his caretaker and the 'doer' of the family.

Together they built and operated (one at a time) the Log Cabin Gift Shop and Motel in Chadron; the Roundup Motel and Chuck Wagon Cafe, in Chadron and the Raine Motel in Valentine.

Flora has been a wonderful example of patient goodness and strength, and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by: one son Bill (Arlene) Hallsted of Griffith, Ind.; five grandchildren Donald (Laurie) Hallsted of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Nancy (Jim) French of Brooklyn, N.Y., Andrew Hallsted of Griffith, Ind., Connie (Todd) Phelps of Chadron, Bonnie Hallsted of Ashland, Ky.; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Pearl (Clenten) Redden and Lottie (Dutch) Schliech; her husband Wayne and her eldest son Jimmy.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of the arrangements.

Dennis Eugene Hankins
August 26, 1944 - May 30, 2005

Dennis Eugene Hankins was born August 26, 1944 at Chadron to Edgar and Amelia 'Molly' (Kruml) Hankins. He passed away at his home May 30, 2005.

Dennis received his elementary education at Dist 57, the Corner School, and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1962. After graduation, he worked in Omaha for two years, them moved to Sequim, Wash., and worked on a dairy farm for a few years. He moved back to Hay Springs because of declining health where he made his home with his parents. Dennis enjoyed working with wood and made many beautiful lamps and tables out of cedar stumps.

His is survived by his mother: Amelia 'Molly' Hankins; sister: Marilyn and husband Larry Redfern; brother: Randy and wife Dorothy; nieces and nephews: Melvin and Lyndal Redfern, Lanette Tynen, Dusty Brians, Brady, Cody, Jessica & Jake Hankins, Melissa Murray; two great-nephews and four great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father Edgar and brother Alan.

Minnibelle B. Hardy
June 24, 1915-April 16, 2005

Minnibelle B. Hardy, 89, of Meridian, Idaho died Saturday, April 16 at a Meridian, Idaho care center.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. April 22, 2005 at the Meridian United Methodist Church. A graveside service will be April 22 at the Twin Falls Cemetery, Twin Falls, Idaho.

Memorial contributions may be made in Minnibelle's name to the Meridian United Methodist Church, 240 E. Idaho, Meridian, Idaho 83642 or flowers may be sent.

Minnibelle was born June 24, 1915 to Herman and Elizabeth Passig in Marceline, Missouri. Minnibell was the last of 14 siblings to live.

Minnibelle loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and gardening. She also loved bowling and was on a team with four of her daughters. Together they won many trophies.

Minnibelle is survived by two daughters, Dixie Lee Roberts, Boise and Deloris Rose Whitaker, Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren David (Linda) Roberts, Rick (Brenda) Schultsmeier, Nettie Schultsmeier Smith (David), Dana Whitaker, Debbie Motley, Sam (Kelly) Whitaker, Russell (Jo) Bohling, Randy (Louise) Bohling, Kerry Martens, Karla Martens Traufter; 14 great-grandchildren; life long friends and neighbors Alvie and Madaline Scarlett, Jean and Barbara Bidondo; and her very best friend Donna Melville, who gave her Holy Communion.

Minnibelle was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Russell Hardy, daughters, Della May Martens and Donna Belle Bohling, granddaughter Ronda Bohling, great-granddaughter Michelle Bohling.

Leah Marie Hartman
Dec. 21, 1926 - Oct. 19. 2005

A caring nature, tenacious spirit, expressive love of life, and ever-present sense of humor best describe Leah Marie Hartman, who passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Chadron Community Hospital with her family by her side.

Funeral services were held at Grace Episcopal Church Oct. 22 with Bishop James Krotz officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Leah Marie Hartman was born Leah Marie Crabtree on Dec. 21, 1926 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her parents, Orville and Edith Crabtree, moved the family to Lincoln soon thereafter. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944 followed by graduation from Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.

She met and married Bill C. Hartman in 1948. After several moves, the family eventually settled in Chadron, where Leah worked at Chadron Community Hospital for many years. The couple later owned the Erlewine-Hartman Funeral Home in Chadron from 1970 to 1980.

She was an active - and dynamic - member of Grace Episcopal Church where she spent many years serving on the Altar Guild.

Her friends remember Leah as “the first one at your door when you needed someone close; she was always there for us.” She volunteered in many civic organizations including Meals on Wheels, the Children's Immunization Clinic since its inception in 1979, and took patients from Crest View Nursing Home on day trips.

Leah was an avid reader and staunch fan of the Denver Broncos, especially John Elway; she rarely missed a televised game. But days playing Bridge with her friends was her passion. They all said that “Leah had the ability to gather four to eight friends together - willingly - for bridge with a quick phone call - and could make it happen on a moment's notice.” For many years she instigated a gathering of her widow lady friends for New Years Eve.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend; a close and welcoming neighbor. Leah lifted spirits with her presence, her expressive smiles, and cheerful outlook.

Leah is survived by: daughter Kathy and husband Austin Page, California City, Calif.; son Robert and wife Krystyn, Rawlins, Wyo.; daughter Sue and husband Jim Petracek, Lincoln; daughter Nanci and friend Andrew Scherbarth, Chadron, six grandchildren; a great-grandson; her sister Ruth and husband Dick Finnigsmier; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Bill.

Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church Altar Guild.

Eda R. White Hashman
Dec. 12, 1915-July 27, 2005

Eda R. White Hashman, 89, formerly of Alliance, passed away at Chadron Community Hospital on July 27.

Graveside services were Aug. 1 at the Alliance Cemetery with Pastor Jeri Soens officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the Chadron or Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Depts.

Eda was born on December 12, 1915, in Blaine Co. near Brewster to Waid and Ada (Bunner) White. When she was six-years-old the family moved to a homestead west of Newcastle, Wyo. She helped with farm work and rode horseback to hunt game for the family to eat.

She married Shorty Latshaw from the Gordon area and a son, James, was born. They divorced and she returned to Wyoming and later married Dale Holst. Dale died at the age of 24 from an infection; a few months later a daughter, Marie, was born. Eda later moved to Alliance, Nebr. and married Dennis Hashman. They lived in the same house for 54 years until Dennis, a carpenter, passed away in 1995. Their daughter is Jeanne Dueker (John) of Chadron.

Eda loved to read and was reading Capper's Weekly when she was four years old. She started school at the age of four to make enough students to have a rural school. She also loved to ride horses and learned to swim in the icy irrigation canals near Riverton, Wyo. She also loved to sew and made many garments and quilts. Flower gardening was another great interest.

At one time Eda worked at Jeks in Alliance, a factory that made radio transistors. She also worked at Woolrich's as a seamstress. She was a Pink Lady volunteer at the Alliance hospital for many years.

Eda is survived by son James (Linda) Hashman, of Lander, Wyo., daughter Marie Henderson of Alliance, daughter Jeanne (John) Dueker of Chadron,

sister Delilah Morgan of Riverton, Wyo., grandchildren: Lorie Henderson and Wendie Henderson of Alliance; Lee (Trisha Johnson) Dueker and family of Rapid City, S.D.; Russ Dueker of Genoa City, Wisc,; Steve Hashman and family of Iowa; Jamie Lindell and family of Iowa and Jeff Hashman and family of Kansas and nine great-grandchildren.

Eda was preceded in death by a brother, Denny White, a sister, Darlene Green, her parents, and three husbands.

Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Jo Hashman
July 1, 1966-Aug. 26, 2005

Nancy Jo Hashman, 39, of Alliance died Friday, August 26 at the home of her sister.

Funeral services were August 30 . at the United Methodist Church with Reverend Doug Griger and Reverend Bill Buschbom officiating. Burial was in the Alliance Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to 7th Street Dance Studio for a dance scholarship in care of Barbara Burke, 2718 Laramie Drive, Alliance, Neb. 69301, Prairie Haven Hospice or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Nancy Hashman was born July 1, 1966 in Alliance to Robert and Lucille (Knapp) Hashman.

Nancy was a lifelong Alliance resident graduating in 1984 from Alliance High School. She then attended WNCC in Scottsbluff before beginning her employment with the City of Alliance in 1986. Nancy worked in the finance department and later as inventory and purchasing clerk.

Her survivors include: her mother Lucille Hashman; sisters, Beverly Preble, Joan (Alan) Cornish, Barbara (Mike) Burke all of Alliance; brothers Randy (Laura) Hashman of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Ray (Roxanne) Hashman of Alliance; special nieces and nephews, Cody and Jenni Hashman, Nick and Linden Terpstra, Denielle, Denise and Ryan Ackerman, Roxi (Jonathon) Mesa, Michelle and Kerry Preble, Paul (Becky) Cornish, Riki (Shawn) Hunter, Seth Cornish, Chris Callan and Matt Burke; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles; special friends Stephanie and Stacey Amm, Jodi Ringbauer, and her cat Elmo.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, grandparents Lester and Anna Hashman, and Fred and Augusta Knapp, her sister Judy Kincaid and brother-in-law Dennis Preble.

Susan E. Haskell
August 19, 1915 -July 23, 2005

Funeral services for Susan E. Haskell of Chadron will be held Thursday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Rod Smith officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be today, July 27, at 7 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel.

Mrs. Haskell died July 23, 2005 at Chadron. She was 89. A memorial has been established for Chadron Christian Women's Club, Chadron Community Church or the donor's choice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mrs. Haskell was born August 27, 1915 in Cherry County to Earl and Edith Johnson.

She was a member of the Chadron Christian Women's Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Chadron Community Church and Church Women's Ministries.

Her survivors include: her daughters Kay Lynn Wells and husband Carl of Valentine, Cheryl Moody and husband Larry of Chadron, Sheila Dickes of Chandler, Ariz.; sisters Louise Martin of Omaha, June Biggs of Quincy, Calif.; brothers Brent Johnson of Johnstown, Bruce Johnson of Ainsworth; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Garey W. Hencey
Jan. 26, 1938 - Sept. 20, 2005

Funeral services for Garey W. Hencey of Loveland, Colo., were are Sept. 23 at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colo. with Pastor John Engle officiating. Burial will be in Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Mr. Hencey died Sept. 20 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. He was 67. A memorial has been established for Poudre Valley Hospital ICU. Donations may be sent to Viegut Funeral Home.

Garey Hencey was born Jan. 26, 1938 in Ashland, Kentucky to Carl and Sarah Adrian (Wagner) Hencye. He graduated from Galion High School in Galion, Ohio in 1956. He was in the U.S. Air Force from June, 1956 to June, 1962. In 1958 he was married to Carol Fickenscher in Gothenburg, Nebr. Mr. Hencey was a technician at Martin-Marietta and served on the launch team for the Gemini II Rocket. He also sold insurance and most recently owned and operated the "Expresso Train" coffee shop in Loveland after moving there in 1997 from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mr. Hencey loved golfing, fishing and spending time with his 12 grandchildren and family. He was affiliated with the Timberline Church in Fort Collins.

Survivors include his wife Carol Hencey of Loveland; sons Ron and wife Renee of Bristol, Va., Mike and wife Susan of Rapid City, SD, and Brad and wife Ann of Chadron; daughters Michelle Piper of Keenesburg, Colo., Brenda and husband Steve Alderman of Golden, Colo., Pam and husband Jim Dewing of Modesto, Calif.; father Carl Hencye of Ashland, Kansas; brothers Gene and wife Jane Hencye of Oregon City, Ore., Charlie Hencye of Venice, Fla.; sisters Joyce and husband Ted Strutt of Galion, Ohio, and Barbara Watkins of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Adrian Hencey.

Lloyd N. Hermansen
May 10, 1925 - Sept. 24, 2005

Lloyd N. Hermansen died Sept. 24 at Providence Alaska Medical Center after surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurism. The family believes the timeliness of this surgery allowed them to gather around him and express their great love for him before his death.

A celebration of his life was held Sept. 29 at First Covenant Church, the place of worship and fellowship which enriched his life for twenty five years. Pastors Ron Mancini, Nathan Toots and Keith Fullerton officiated.

He was born May 10, 1925 in Hay Springs to Victor and Agnes Hermansen. He was a farm boy and a football star at Hay Springs High School, graduating in 1943. He joined the Marine Corps, serving with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific and China during World War II. Before going overseas he proposed to his high school sweetheart, Lois Richmond, and they were married May 27, 1946 after his honorable discharge.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska and completing his Masterís degree in Hospital Administration at the University of Minnesota, he served for 17 years as the Hospital Administrator of Memorial Hospital of Dodge County in Fremont. All of his children went to school in Fremont, where Lloyd delighted in their active lives in swimming, sports, drama and music.

In 1973, Lloyd, his wife and daughter, Kris, set out on an adventure by moving from Nebraska to Alaska where he became Director of the Kanakanak Hospital Service Unit in Dillingham. During this time Lloyd grew to love Alaskaís beauty and the Native people. In 1980, they moved to Anchorage, where he was an administrator at the Alaska Native Medical Center until retiring in 1989.

Lloyd was often described by friends as a ”gentle giant“ who enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and boating. Most important to him were his family, friends and faith. The warm cabin he built from scrips and scraps scrounged from the Dillingham city dump was a welcoming spot for traveling strangers. This cabin, on the shores of Lake Aleknagik is where his ashes will be spread later.

In 1992, Lloyd suffered a serious fall that might well have sidelined a man with less strength and determination, but with prompt CPR by Bruce Markwood, good medical care, the help, love and prayers of family and friends, and through his faith in God, he recuperated to live a full and active life, enjoying his love of swimming nearly every day. He found comfort in Isaiah 40:30-31. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a large group of family and friends. Always outgoing and friendly, he loved this time of gathering.

His family will greatly miss his cheerful greetings and warm hugs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, the Rev. Robert Hermansen.

Lloyd Hermansen is survived by his loving family, wife: Lois of Anchorage, children and their spouses: Heidi Hermansen of Anchorage, Rick and Kathy Hermansen of Edmond, Okla., Barbara Hermansen and Bob Wilcox of Winnetka, Ill., and Kris and Mac Minard of Clancy, Mont.; grandchildren: Emily Hermansen, Sandra, Jennifer and Kevin Hermansen, Ben and Katie Wilcox, and Kelly and Erin Minard; sister Eva Stallsworth of Milpitas, Calif., brothers and spouses: Don and Portia Hermansen of Hay Springs, Tom and Dianna Hermansen of Great Bend Kan., brothers-and sisters-in-law: Bob Moody of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Elsie Hermansen of Newport, Ore., Fran and Don Obermire of Atkinson, Sue Keathley, Nancy Richmond and Brian Bennett of Birmingham, Ala., Jane and Eric Jones of Orrtanna, Pa., stepmother-in-law: Kathryn Richmond of Birmingham, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be sent to the First Covenant Church Building Fund, 1145 C. St., Anchorage, Ala., 99501 or to St. Peters Lutheran Church, 4448 State Highway 87, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

Peace to his memory. Joy to his spirit.

Sheryl A. (Sheri) Hershman
Jan. 2, 1946 - Jan 1, 2005

Sheryl Hershman, 58, of Chadron, passed away peacefully in Lincoln on Jan. 1, after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.

At Sheri's request, there will be no services. Cremation arrangements were handled by Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln. Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Sheryl Hershman was born in Gordon on Jan. 2, 1946 to Frank and Bonnie (Fuchser) Landis.

After graduating from Gordon High School, she attended the National School of Business in Rapid City, S.D. where she excelled. She then married and had her two sons, Brian and Kevin.

Sheri was forever the ultimate sports fan, loving baseball, football (especially the Huskers), basketball, hockey, and most any other sport you could think of. She loved watching her sons' games and always encouraged them. When her grandson Dylan was old enough to begin playing, she was right there watching him and being the most supportive Grandma she could be.

For meany years Sheri and her family lived in Washington State. She was employed by the University of Washington, but remained a loyal Husker fan, even sporting a Herbie Husker tattoo.

Sheri moved back to Nebraska several years ago to be closer to her mother. She began raising Schnauzers after getting her beloved Milli.

When Sheri was diagnosed with lung cancer in Jan. 2004, she went to stay with her sister in Seattle while receiving chemotherapy and radiation. Throughout her treatment, Sheri remained positive and upbeat. The doctors and nurses frequently remarked "she is such a joy to be around".

Sheri is survived by: her sons Brian and Kevin Hershman of Lincoln; grandson Dylan Cruz of Lincoln; mother and step-father, Bonnie and Jim Claussen of Chadron; and her sister Susan of Seattle, Wash.

Hannah E. Hickson
Feb. 23, 1910-Dec. 3, 2005

Hannah E. Hickson, 95 of Platte, S.D. passed away December 3, at the Platte Community Hospital.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 7 from 5 - 7 p. m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Platte Funeral Chapel in Platte.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, December 8 at the Oelrichs United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. in Oelrichs, S.D. Burial will follow at the Hillside Cemetery. Platte Funeral Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

Hannah E. (Helland) Hickson was born February 23, 1910 to Peter and Ida (Viken) Helland on the family farm east of Platte. She grew up in the Platte area, attended rural school in Douglas County. She then went on to Platte and graduated from Platte High School in 1929. After graduation she attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and received her teacher's certificate and taught several years before she married.

She was united in marriage to Willis E. Hickson of Oelrichs, on June 27, 1946 where she lived until 1999, when she became a resident at the Wilson Estates in Mitchell, S.D. In 2003 she became a resident at The Gentle Touch Assisted Living in Platte.

Hannah was active in her church activities, Ladies Aid, Legion Auxiliary, Jolly Workers Extension Club, crafts and making wedding cakes.

She is survived by her sister Ruth Burnham and husband Vernon, her nieces and nephew, Verylis (Burnham) Boyd and husband Warner (Clem), Nola (Dolan) Dyer and husband Jim, June (Hickson) Speaect, and John Hickson and wife Sally.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sister-in-laws, four brother-in-laws, a niece Maxine (Hickson) Deibert and two infant nieces.

Mary Lou A. Hoffman
June 11, 1927 -Nov. 19, 2005

Mary Lou A. Hoffman of Chadron died November 19, at her home in Chadron. She was 78. Memorial and burial services will be at a later date.

Mary Lou Alice Hoffman was born June. 11, 1927 to Edward J. and Hazel Hoffman.

Survivors include: her nephew Edward J. Hoffman of Edgewood, N.M.; great nephews: Paul Hoffman of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Edward T. Hoffman of Carlsbad, Calif.; niece Isabel Hoffman of Moreno Valley, Calif.; great-niece Jenna Reza of Portales, N.M., and many great-great nieces and nephews.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of the arrangements.

Nina M. Holmes
April 6, 1921 - Aug. 23, 2005

Funeral services for Nina M. Holmes of Chadron were Tues, Aug. 23 at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Holmes died Aug. 17, 2005 at Chadron. She was 84. A memorial has been established for Crestview Care Center Fountain Project. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mrs. Holmes was born April 6, 1921 in Chadron to J. Walter and Edith Maude Gaylean.

Her survivors include her cousins Maurice Jones of Hay Springs and Barbara Bogner of Smithwick, S.D.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

J. Chet Holst

Nov. 15, 1911 - Sept. 7, 2005.

John Chester Holst, 93, was born November 15, 1911, at Irwin to Peter and Florence (Sanders) Holst. He died September 7, 2005, in Gordon. Graveside services were held at Greenwood Cemetery on Sept. 9.

Chet is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Peggy and Robert Marchant of Chadron; sister-in-law: Bernadine Empkey of Valentine; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Chloe Empkey; son: Robert John; sister and brother-in-law: Serene ìRedî and Thelma Holst; brother and sister-in-law: Spence and Phyllis "Billie" Holst; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Frank and Violet Pennock; and brothers-in-law: Charles and Robert Empkey.

Chet owned/managed/operated many bars including the Western Bar in Wasta, S.D.; Crystal Bar in Rapid City; Pat's Bar, Hub Bar, and Buddy Bar in Chadron. He was a good poker player, and Chet subsidized their income when there were "good games" in the area.

As a young man, Chet worked on the family ranch and various ranches in the Sandhills around Merriman and Cody. He helped Clint Anderson pass horses to the government at Fort Robinson. He was good with horses as mentioned in the poem 'The Hands' by Clint Anderson, which read, "Not known for cowboy prowess were Chet and Red Host. But you could find no better pair for breaking your colts."

Chet served in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division from November 15, 1943 to February 22, 1946. His tour of duty included England, Germany, France, and Belgium.

Chet was a member of The American Legion, the VFW, Eagles, Elks, DAV, and the Tri-State Old-Time Cowboys Association.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the Tri-State Old-Time Cowboys Association may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Raymond "Kenny" Hutson
Oct. 26, 1920-Feb. 24, 2005

Kenneth Raymond 'Kenny' Hutson, 84, of Crawford died Thursday, February 24 at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 26, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.

Interment was in Antelope Valley Cemetery northeast of Oshkosh with military honors. A memorial has been established to the donor's choice.

Kenny was born on October 26, 1920 to Willard Raymond and Leona Alvina (O'Dell) Hutson in Oshkosh. He was a high school graduate of Garden County High School in Oshkosh in 1939.

He entered the U.S. Army on October 16, 1942 and was stationed at Ft. Robinson in the Remount Headquarters. He also served in North Africa and Italy during WWII. He was honorably discharged on December 8, 1945.

He was married to Roene House on June 2, 1942 and to this union, two children were born, Dennis and Gaylene.

Kenny graduated from Reppert School of Auction. He loved God, horses, politics, music and his many friends.

Surviving relatives include his son, Dennis L. Hutson of Gering; one daughter, Gaylene R. Potts of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, LaVerna R. Adams of Oshkosh and Zella L. and husband Leroy Rathbun of Lemoyne; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Leona Hutson, and an infant brother, Virgil L. Hutson.

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn I. Iodence

Evelyn I. Iodence died March 15, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance at the age of 75.

Memorial services were March 18 at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance with the Reverend Gene Van Huss officiating.

Memorials may be sent to New Hope Friends Church, HC 56, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347

Evelyn Iodence was the second of nine children born to Herbert and Mabel (Kutschara) Petersen. She grew up and graduated from high school in Hay Springs.

On June 8, 1949 she was united in marriage to William Joseph Iodence at Hay Springs. Bill and Evelyn made their home on the ranch south of Chadron where they raised cattle and farmed. Their years together were devoted to their two children and their land.

In later years Evelyn continued the farming and ranching, and loved planting trees and the meticulous upkeep of her surroundings. Anything that could be painted received a good coat of white paint.

After acquiring the property locally known as "the Simon place," she decided that the 50-year-old run down house was worth saving. She began by clearing brush and debris and day by day eventually gutted the house. When the beautiful renovation was completed it became her quiet place that gave her great joy.

Evelyn is survived by her children Tom and Gail Iodence and Charlene Solberg of Alliance; grandchildren Amy and Brian Sherlock and Tim Iodence of Alliance, Heath and Destiny Solberg of Hemingford, Justin Solberg of Torrington, Wyo.; four great-grandchildren; sisters Doris McGaughey of Leavenworth, Kan., Violet Brueckner of Chadron, Jean and Brett Robertson of Las Vegas, Nev., Judy Schenck of Chadron, and Pattie and Jerry Raymer of Alliance; brother Ed and Rosemary Petersen of Chadron, and sister-in-law Carol Petersen of Crawford, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Anna May Carlson, brother Francis (Pete) Petersen and her children's father William Iodence.

Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Johnson
Oct. 24, 1909-Jan. 20, 2005

Grace Elleen Johnson died Jan. 20, 2005 at the age of 95.

Funeral services were Jan 25 at Hay Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial was at Hay Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Grace was the first child born to Frank and Rose (Lenicka) Pisacka on Oct. 24, 1909. From her premature birth at the family homestead, she had a zest for life.

At a very young age, her goal was to become a teacher. After graduation from Hay Springs High School in 1927, she studied at Chadron State Teachers College and the University of Neb. Grace began her 30-year teaching career in the Hay Springs area. She received her bachelors degree from Chadron in 1964, after years of night and summer classes . She retired in 1974, but for years continued to substitute teach, judge essay contests and tutor students.

On March 21, 1942 Marvin E. Johnson became her husband. They made their home in Martin S.D. to ranch, where their three daughters were born. In 1955 they moved to Arizona for a year then decided to come back to Hay Springs.

Grace was gifted with telling stories about her family and her experiences. She was a member of Eastern Star, Chapter FO PEO and a very active member of the church. She spent many years as Guardian of the Jobs Daughters. As a dedicated volunteer for many community services Grace received the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor award. She was always willing to give of herself, serving and teaching others and expecting nothing in return.

Survivors include: her daughters Rosann Leis of Eatonville, Wash., Carolynn Goldschmidt (Marty) of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Janet Frimann (Lonnie) of Bayard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marvin, four brothers and an infant granddaughter.

James N. Kaiser
Sept. 11, 1938-Sept 20, 2005

Memorial services for James Kaiser of Chadron will be Friday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. at Whitney Cemetery with President Joel Hyer officiating.

Mr. Kaiser died Sept 20, 2005 at Chadron he was 67.

Mr. Kaiser was born Sept. 11, 1938 in Chadron to Fred and Margaret L. Kaiser.

His survivors include: his step father Frank L. Short of Whitney; sons Rocky D. Kaiser of Walnut Creek, Calif., Ricky D. Kaiser of California; sisters Kathy Bible and husband David of Casper, Wyo.; brothers Robert E. 'Gene' Kaiser and wife Jean of Santa Rosa, Calif., Gary Short of Whitney, Bill Short of Denver, Colo., and Frank Short Jr. of Scottsbluff.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Audrey G. Kelly
Nov. 26, 1913 -July 20, 2005

Memorial Services for Audrey G. Kelly of Chadron will be Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Kelly died July 20 at Chadron. She was 91. A memorial has been established for Crest View Care Center Fountain Fund. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mrs. Kelly was born November 26, 1913 in Wagner, S.D. to James and Georgia Jones.

Her survivors include: her sons Lloyd Eitemiller and wife Donna of Phoenix, Ariz., Norm Eitemiller and wife Barbara of Hot Springs, S.D., Dale Eitemiller and wife Phyllis of Chadron; brother James Jones of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Mabel Kendrick
July 5, 1911- Feb. 14, 2005

Mable Lois Burkitt Kendrick, formerly of Whitney, died Feb. 14 at Stanton. She was 93.

Funeral services were Feb. 18 at United Methodist Church in Whitney with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial was at Whitney Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church or the Stanton Health Center. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mabel Lois Burkitt was born July 5, 1911 in the Gillam home in Chadron to William Deming Burkitt and Sue Olivia (Thomas) Burkitt. She spent her life in Whitney until 1995 when she moved to Lynch. In 2004 she moved to the Stanton Health Center in Stanton.

She graduated from Whitney High School in 1927 and from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1931. She married Glen M. Kendrick on Christmas Day in 1934. She taught school in the Sandhills one year and in Whitney in 1942-43.

She was active in Whitney Methodist Church and became a registered lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.

Mabel was the Postmaster in Whitney for 22 years. She was known as the Whitney historian as well as an author. She published 'Whitney, Alive and Well' and got the copyright for 'Matthew-Haystack Version.' Her articles and poems appeared in Crawford area and Dawes County historical books. Her historical information is included on the website of small towns in Nebraska. http://www.casde.unl.edu/history/counties/dawes/ whitney/whitney.htm.

She was best known as a poet. Her specialty was historical events and she often was requested to write a poem for specific occasions. Two booklet collections of her work were printed. She was the local reporter for Whitney items column for The Chadron Record, Crawford Tribune and Alliance Times for several years. She was instrumental in naming Camp Norwesca.

She was a member and officer of organizations including Nebraska State Historical Society, Toastmistress Club, Earth Lodge Club, and VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by: her daughter Lois Douthit of Fort Collins, Colo.; son Richard and wife Libby Kendrick of Lynch; daughter Karyl and husband Orren Saxton of Harrison; ten grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glen; brother Joel Burkitt; son-in-law Melvin Douthit; and two grandchildren: Morris Alan Kendrick and Serita Riggs.

Carl Fredrick Knapp
Oct. 1, 1928 - Aug. 28, 2005

Carl Fredrick Knapp passed away quietly in his sleep at his home of 52 years on Sat. Aug. 27, 2005.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, August 31 at Chamberlain Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Alliance cemetery.

Memorial has been established for the Crawford Rural Fire and Rescue Department. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Carl Knapp was born October 1, 1928 at the home of his parents, Fred and August (Gustie) Haeffner Knapp, south of Berea, the third of six children.

He attended a rural school in Box Butte County and then attended Berea High School where he graduated from the 10th grade in 1944. He entered the Army in February 1951 and received an honorable medical discharge in April,1952.

Carl married June Simpson in Alliance on Sept. 3, 1950. Three children were born to them: Carla, Ronnie who passed away in February 1955, and Karyn.

He was a member of the American Legion in Chadron, a charger member of the Pine Ridge Eagles Club, and a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation. Carl enjoyed raising good Angus cattle, listening to country music and collecting Ford Edsels.

He was preceded in death by an infant son: Ronnie, his parents: Fred and Gustie Knapp; and infant sister: and brother: Don Knapp.

Survivors include: his wife June of Whitney; daughter Carla Knapp of Whitney; daughter Karyn and Tuffy Snook and grandson Chance of Chadron; brothers: Kermit Knapp of Alliance; sister: Lucille Hashman of Alliance; brother: Gary and Kay Knapp of Crawford; and brother Dallas and Louis Knapp of Alliance and several nieces and nephews.

Tony Kutschara
Feb. 18, 1909 -Feb. 18, 2005

Funeral services for Tony Kutschara of Hay Springs were Thursday, Feb. 22 at Hay Springs United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Anderson officiating. Burial was at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Tony Kutschara was born February 18, 1909. He died on his 96th birthday, February 18, 2005.

Tony was born five miles south of Hay Springs at his parent's home. There were 12 children, six boys and six girls. Brothers were Ben, Gilbert, Robert, Charles, and Bill. Sisters were Edith, Sadie, Jennie, Minnie, Bertha, and Emma who died at birth. Tony was called Baby until he was six years old when he decided he wanted to be named Tony.

Tonys parents were Carl and Mary (Raddatz) Kutschara. Carl passed away in 1915 at the age of 54. Tony helped care for his mother in her declining years. She had problems with her legs so Tony often would carry her to the car or wherever she needed to go.

Tony attended school at Sandridge until the tenth grade. He was able to walk to school and to church much of the time. His family attended New Hope Friends Church.

In 1942 Tony joined the Army where his driving abilities were put to use driving VIP's around. After the war he was honorably discharged and returned to his home in Nebraska. Shortly after returning, he worked in the area setting up 32 volt wind charging systems.

In 1954, Tony moved to Rogers, Ark. where his sister Edith Campbell lived. While in Arkansas, Tony worked for the first original Wal-Mart store in Bentonville.

Tony purchased a farm in Arkansas that was located near Rogers. He sold the farm in 1962 and returned to Hay Springs. Upon his return, he moved in with his sister, Sadie T. Runyan. He carried mail from Alliance to Hemingford to Crawford, and sometimes Torrington, Wyo. He lived with his sister until he married Lorraine Beguin on April 13, 1978.

Lorraine and Tony purchased a nearly new home located on Baker Street, in Hay Springs in1978. The resided there until 2003 at which time they moved to Pioneer Court Assisted Living .

Tony was baptized and welcomed into the Hay Springs Methodist Church March 11, 1979.

Tony was very kind, considerate, meticulous individual. Every tool had its place in his garage, his cars were in excellent condition and polished to perfection. Tony enjoyed his friends, family and acquaintances. Many times, one would find him assembling toys for the children in his life. Tony occasionally played his harmonica and provided entertainment.

Tony was an avid Pitch player. Thirteen Point Pitch was his favorite.

Tony is survived by: his wife Lorraine; step-son Jack (Karen) Beguin of Rushville; step-daughter Judy Lagonegro of Mobile, Ala.; sister Edith Campbell of Rogers, Ark., six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer Ann ‘Jenny' Landes
July 8, 1975 - Oct. 4, 2005

Memorial services for Jennifer Ann Landes of Chadron will be today, October 12, at 1 p.m. at Chadron State Park Lagoon Picnic Shelter. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery in Schoepke, Wis.

Miss Landes died Oct. 4 at Crawford. She was 30.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Miss Landes was born July 8, 1975 in Milwaukee, Wis., to John C. and Patricia M. Landes.

Survivors include: her father John Landes of Douglas, Wyo., mother Patricia Landes of Douglas, Wyo., foster parents Bob and Nadine Marchant of Chadron; special friends Mary and Willie Taylor of Long Pine; niece Jasmine Collins of Thermopolis, Wyo.; nephew Christian Collins of Thermopolis, Wyo.; sisters Amy Landes of Casper, Wyo., Jolynn and Nowlan Collins of Thermopolis, Wyo.; grandparents, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister Carla.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Makayla Ann Larsen
Jan 14, 2000 -Sept. 11, 2005

Funeral services for Makayla Ann Larsen of Chadron will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at Ridgeview Bible Church with Pastor Rodney Dockweiler officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Makayla died September 11 at Chadron. She was 5. A memorial has been established for Trunk Butte School or Ridgeview Bible Church. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Makayla was born Jan 14, 2000 in Chadron to Danny D. and Jody L. Larsen.

Her survivors include: her parents Danny and Jody Larsen of Chadron; grandparents Darrell and Fayne Larsen of Chadron and Steve and Jackie Broeder of Grant; great-grandmother Marie Smith of Chadron; sister Brianna Larsen of Chadron; aunts Maggie McLain of Chadron, Raylene Slavik of Independence, Mo., Mindy and Brad Dickenson of Grant, uncle Chris Broeder of North Platte (and Chris' wife Angie); cousins Jody Soester of Lincoln, Jason Soester of Casper, Wyo., and Jakelynn Broeder of Grant.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Ethel Woolery Lashley
June 15, 1939 - May 11, 2005

May Lashley died May 11, 2005 in Powell County Medical Center. She was born June 15, 1939, in Rushville to Jerry and Ester Woolery. She was educated in Chadron and married Richard Lashley Jan. 19, 1965, in Sundance, Wyo. They lived in the Rapid City, S.D. area several years before moving to Deer Lodge in 1974. Ethel received schooling in Billings as an X-ray technician. She worked at Powell County Memorial Hospital as an X-ray technician and long term nurse's aide. She retired due to poor health in October 1995.

Ethel enjoyed sewing, crocheting and home crafts.

Survivors include her husband Richard of Deer Lodge; sons Skylar Lashley of Juneau, Alaska, Rodney Lashley of Spokane, Joseph Scott of Vancouver, Wash. and Robert Scott of Rochester, Wash.; daughters K.C. Sackman of Clarksville, Tenn., Debbie Pate of Lacey, Wash. and Shelly Jo Green of Roy Wash., brothers Ken Woolery of Litchfield, Charles Woolery of Helena and Ira Woolery of Colorado Springs, Colo., sister Ellen Barker of Crawford, 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Two daughters, one son and two brothers preceded Ethel in death.

At her request, cremation will take place. Memorials are suggested to charities of donor's choice.

Jewell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harriet Lecher
Dec. 31, 1942 -Feb. 13, 2005

Harriet Lecher, age 62, of Chadron passed away at her home on Sunday, February 13.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., today (Wednesday, Feb. 16) at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 17 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Reverend Edward P. Cortney officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.

Harriet Eileen Burk was born December 31, 1942 at Chadron, the first daughter of Harry and Eileen (Leeling) Burk.

She was raised and educated in Chadron, graduating with the class of 1961 from Chadron High School. On June 16, 1960, she married Bernard Nicolas Lecher at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron

In 1964 Harriet and Bernard moved to Crawford, where they remained until 1988 when they moved back to Chadron. While in Crawford Harriet was employed at the Crawford State Bank for 6-plus years. Shortly after moving to Chadron, Harriet went to work at the Chadron Medical Clinic where she worked until 2004.

Harriet enjoyed collecting Boyd's Bears and Precious Moments figurines and the three dogs that she and Bernard had over the years. She enjoyed attending as many school functions and activities of her children and grandchildren as she could. She also enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives.

She is survived by; her husband Bernard Nicolas Lecher, Sr., of Chadron; three sons Nick Lecher and wife Liz of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mike Lecher and wife Diana of Chadron, and Chris Lecher and wife Christy of St. James, Minn.; her mother, Eileen Allsup and husband Wilbur of Lusk, Wyo., five grandchildren Alex, Jessica, Sarah, Keely, and Ashley; two sisters Sonja Alexander and husband Eldon of Manville, Wyo., and Colleen York of Rapid City, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her father Harry Burk.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chadron Home Healthcare and Hospice.

Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home of Lusk, Wyo. is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Marie Lembke
Sept. 15, 1904-Dec. 2, 2005

Graveside services for Martha Marie Lembke of Hemingford will be December 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Sharon Harrison officiating. Remembrance will be at Community of Christ Church, 5th and Lake St., with lunch and fellowship.

Martha Lembke (Lichte) Lembke passed away on December 3, 2005 at her rural Dunlap birthplace, homesteaded by her grandparents. She was 101 years old.

Martha Lembke was born to Hugo and Minnia Lichte on September 15, 1904. She attended school in Chadron, completing her education at Chadron State College in 1923 with a Palmer method teaching certificate, and a handwriting endorsement. Martha married Carl Lembke in 1923 and they had eight children.

Martha enjoyed making crafts, crocheting and spending time with her family. She was deeply loved by her family and lifelong neighbors and friends.

She was a member of the Community of Christ Church, a charter member of the Jolly Workers club and the oldest Chadron State College alumni member.

Her survivors include: two daughters Glendoris and husband Ross Rash of Udall, Kan., and Karen and husband Jerry Calkins of Mulvanne, Kan.; four sons Wayne and wife Roberta Lembke of Chadron, Roy and wife Lee Lembke of Harve, Mont., Myron and wife Ann Lembke of Bridgeport, and Robert and wife Violet Lembke of Dunlap; 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, half-sister Elisa Miller and Minnie Lichte; infant daughter, Gwendolen; eldest son Carl Jr. and his beloved wife Ethel.

Memorials have been established for Hospice and the Community Church and may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Vern Lineback
Dec. 21, 1914-Mar. 6, 2005

Vern Roger Lineback, 90, of Chadron died Sunday, March 6 at the Residence at Oakridge in Fort Collins, Colo.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2005 at the First Congregational Church in Chadron.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins, CO 80524; or to Chadron Hospice in Care of Chamberlain Funeral Home; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Vern Lineback was born December 21, 1914, to Paul and Ocia Lineback at home on a ranch near Ellsworth. He was the third child in a family that eventually included 14 children.

He married Maudie Keller on May 18, 1940.

Vern spent the first half of his life ranching in the Sandhills of Nebraska, working first on the family ranch and then, after marrying Maudie, operating his own ranch. He started building his first cattle herd in 1928 with the money he and his brother made from trapping skunks, badgers, and muskrats. He was in the cattle business until 1960 when he sold his herd and moved to Chadron.

Vern and Maudie then operated the Grand Motel in Chadron for six years.

In 1966, Vern went to work for Mormon Feed Co. servicing a large territory in the Panhandle of Nebraska. He retired in 1977.

They had a great retirement spending winters in the Phoenix area where they made wonderful friends. Vern was an avid bridge and cribbage player until just before he died.

Vern was a very wise man. He was truly a student of nature. He knew the names of all the plants and animals indigenous to the Sandhills. He spent his last years volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels, as a ëGrandfatherí to students at Chadron State College, as an aide at Chadron State Preschool, and writing ëVernís Storyí on his computer, the story of his life. He was an avid fan of Nebraska Cornhusker Football.

He is survived by: daughters Shirley Johnson of Sterling, Colo., Shela and Jack McCarthy of Fort Collins, Karen and Steve Tool, also of Fort Collins; a brother Bernie of Gering; sisters Margaret Huddle, of Lancaster, Calif., Jean Plaster of Simi Valley, Calif., and Phyllis Girton of Fort St. John, British Columbia; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and ten great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Judy, his wife, Maudie; his great-granddaughter, Charlotte and nine siblings.

William Joseph (Bill) Lnenicka
Oct. 16, 1922 -Sept. 8, 2005

Bill Lnenicka died September 8, 2005 of complications from colon cancer.

Bill, the son of Joseph W. and Lula M. (Votruba) Lnenicka, was born October 16, 1922 in Hay Springs. Bill was raised on a farm during the Great Depression years. He served in WWII, first as a private in the Army Infantry, later as a lieutenant in the Signal Corps. He serviced in the Philippine Islands. He retired in 1982 from the US Army Reserves as a Colonel, earning the Legion of Merit and numerous awards and decorations in his career.

Bill received a BS Degree from the University of Nebraska, a MS Degree from Kansas State University, and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in civil engineering. He served on the engineering faculty at each of these universities, and also at the University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University of Oklahoma and Louisiana State University. He retired in 1987 as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Tech.

During his career Bill worked as a consultant for several companies and helped form Vinings Chemical Company. He designed many microwave and television towers in the Midwest. He helped design the wing structure for the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter plane.

In 1999 Bill helped form the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, Georgia, Inc. and served as president until his death. This group raised funds, designed and built the 206th Century Cobb County Veterans Memorial and donated it to the City of Smyrna as Veterans Memorial Park in the renovated downtown village green.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia; son Wade Lnenicka (Robin); daughter Susan Johnston; two granddaughters, and sister Wilma Dotson of Chadron.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Friends of the Smyrna Library, 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Ga. 30080 for purchase of books and materials in support of the Veterans Memorial Adjacent to the Smyrna Library.

Donald Luehrs
Mar. 18, 1925 - Aug. 24, 2005

Donald L. Luehrs of Long Pine passed away August 24 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, surrounded by his wife and four daughters.

Don was born at Chadron on March 18, 1925 in a railroad section house that was made from a railroad box car. He was the third of six children of Charles and Alma (Gaskins) Luehrs.

The family moved to Long Pine to make their home when Don was in the sixth grade. After early graduation from high school, Don joined the Navy at the age of 17.

He proudly served as radioman second class on the U.S.S. Farragut and other ships. He served from March,1943 through March, 1946 in the Asia-Pacific theatre and Africa. He was also in China for some time. He received a number of Navy medals. His armed service experience lead to his career as a CNW railroad depot agent serving in the Black Hills Division.

He retired after 40 years service.

On January 5, 1946, Don married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Kurtz in Omaha. To this union four girls were born.

Don loved his family and was deeply loved in return by his family and a host of friends. The family enjoyed years of camping and fishing which Don and Ruth continued through their retirement. Don's love for children was always evident in their response of smiles and laughter to him.

He was a member of Long Pine Methodist Church, was a Long Pine Volunteer Fireman, and Oddfellow, had belonged to the American Legion, was a lifetime VFW member, and a member of the Transportation Union.

Survivors include: his wife Ruth; four daughters LaVonne (Dail) Vetter of Cozad, Donna (Dale) Mundorf of Long Pine, Joyce (Gary) Hutcheson of Long Pine, and Dixie (Lee) Hansen of Douglas, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; brother Charles J. Luehrs, Jr., of Long Pine; sisters Jean (Stan) Burkinshaw of Long Pine and Donna Mae (Erick) Benson of Norfolk; three sisters-in-law, Francina and Margaret Clapper both of Ainsworth and Lois Cooner of Norfolk, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dean and Valoris, and one son-in-law Martin Porter.

Charles Russell Marcy
Oct. 1, 1918 - Aug. 19, 2005

Funeral services for Charles Marcy of Chadron were held August 22 at Hay Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Rodney Heilbrun officiating. Burial was at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Charles Marcy was born October 1, 1917 in a log house on a ranch southeast of Hay Springs which is now in the care of his son, Tom.

On Friday afternoon, August 19, Charles died on the front lawn about 20 feet from his birthplace. The ranch was the home of Charles' parents (Orrin) Jay and Nelle (Johansen) Marcy and was homesteaded in 1888 by Charles' grandfather, Jay Marcy.

Charles, a lifelong resident of western Nebraska, graduated high school at Hay Springs in 1935, served in the Air Force during World War II (1942-1945) and returned to finish college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduating in 1947.

Charles was honored to have served his country during a critical time in world history. He was a radio operator in the Air Force, carrying supplies from India over the Himalayan Mountains to Burma and sometimes returning with wounded. During an eight-month period his crew flew 231 missions until their plane was shot. Charles was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal among other honors.

At the University, Charles was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the friendships developed there were lifelong, treasured by Charles throughout his life. One of Charles' most satisfying moments came as a college student in 1946 when, as a member of the University of Nebraska senior livestock judging team, he won first place in the individual horse judging at the Chicago International Livestock Show. A fellow team member and fraternity brother was Keith King-both a lifelong friend and Charles' eventual brother-in-law.

Charles married Barbara King in Kearney on January 29, 1955. Their five children-Tom, Ruth, George, Sara and Mary- were raised on the family ranch where Charles spent his life.

Charles greatly enjoyed his 50th wedding anniversary party this last January where family and many lifelong friends and neighbors gathered.

Charles and Barbara continued the family tradition of preservation and growth of the ranch. This development of the ranch included raising Angus cattle, Morgan horses, and introducing irrigation. Charles enjoyed watching the stages of his children's lives, in early days centered in western Nebraska agriculture and over time including a broadening expanse of both geography and professions.

Charles spent many hours with local youth as a 4-H leader, and when his own children were old enough to participate, they received the benefit of his leadership. Many hours were spent raising, training and showing cattle and especially horses. Charles fostered numerous other 4-H interests of both his children and other local youngsters over the years.

Charles was active in the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Tehama Shriners. Many hours were devoted to providing resources for community service and philanthropy, supporting the Shriners Hospital for Children and the Masonic Eastern Star Children's Home, a tradition which is continued by sons Tom and George.

One of Charles' most recent community contributions included efforts to capture the history of the cattle industry on the plains through the High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College.

Charles was preceded in death by: his sister Marion and brother Orrin.

He is survived by: his wife Barbara; son and daughter-in-law Tom and Kim Marcy and their sons Ben (wife Stephanie) and Brad; daughter and son-in-law Ruth and Myron Gerdes and their children Jessica and Cody; son and daughter-in-law George and Ann Marcy and their son Coulter; daughter and son-in-law Sara and Gregg Andres and their children Rachel, Betsy, Brett, Hannah and Kenyon; and daughter Mary Marcy.

Other survivors include sister: Wilma Marcy, cousin Esther Marcy, brother-in-law Ed Holstein and sisters-in-law March and Betty King.

Helen G. Marshall

Sept. 22, 1916 -March 9, 2005

Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date for Helen G. Marshall, 88, who died March 9 in Casper, Wyo. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bustard's Funeral Home and Crematory.

Helen Marshall was born September 22, 1915, in Troy Kan., daughter of Henry N. and Irma (Kemp) Zimmerman.

She married Lester W. Marshall in Lusk, Wyo., March 9, 1948. Over the years she has been very active in the First Baptist Church and the community. She enjoyed her volunteer work and spending time with her family.

She is survived by: her three daughters Sally Bloom of Casper, Wyo., Leslie Sams of Montrose, Colo., and Teresa Davis of Casper, Wyo.; sister: Virginia Myer of Olympia, Wash., six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Mary Louise Johnson; brother, Herbert Zimmerman; and grandchildren Mark Rupert and Mandy Thies.

Memorials in her name to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Victims and their families may be sent to Wyoming Cares, PO Box 2575, Casper, Wyo. 82602.

Martin H. Marshall
Feb. 4, 1917 Jan. 10, 2005

Services are pending for Martin H. "Fuzz" Marshall of Chadron, who died Monday, Jan, 10 at the Chadron Community Hospital at age 87 following a brief illness. He was a retired rancher and a World War II veteran.

He was born Feb. 4, 1917 to Benton and Gladys (Magary) Marshall near Old Dunlap in Dawes County. When he was about 4, the family moved to a ranch 27 miles southwest of Chadron on the Table. It was here that he grew to manhood.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for approximately four years during World War II, including 32 months in Europe. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1945.

He was married to a neighbor girl, Lucille Scott, on March 3, 1946. They had two daughters, Sandra and Mary Lou.

Fuzz and Lucille lived on ranches in Sioux and Dawes counties for most of their marriage. They also spent five years managing a ranch for Schroeder Cattle Co. at Palisade in the mid-1950s. In 1958, they moved to a ranch owned by Con Parsons and his family located on the Niobrara River about nine miles southwest of Harrison. After leasing the ranch for 21 years they purchased it in 1979 and continued to operate it until 1991, when they sold it and the couple moved to Chadron.

Marshall was a devout Christian, accepting Christ as his savior at the Open Door Sunday School when he was a youth. He was known as an excellent horseman and cattleman. Besides operating his own ranch, he purchased cattle for other ranchers and feeders for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife Lucille, daughters Sandi Scucchi of Starkville, Miss., and Mary Lou Marshall of Chadron, extended family Alan, Pat and Jon Weinhold and Chad Bates of Gering.brothers Robert and Richard of Chadron, five sisters-in-law, a double cousin, Ione Marshall of Chadron, numerous other cousins, nephews and nieces

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Erma Reamer and Frances Furman Chicoine, brothers Mervin, Alton and Gene and son-in-law Robie Scucchi.

Memorials are suggested for the Harrison Bible Church, which the Marshalls helped start; the Gideons and the Chadron Rescue Unit. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Lee Maser
Mar. 9, 1954 -Feb. 19, 2005

Graveside services for Robert Lee Maser of Chadron were held Feb. 25 at Hay Springs Cemetery with Pastor Gene VanHuss officiating. Burial was at Hay Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Maser died Feb. 19, 2005 at Hemingford Care Center. He was 50.

He was affiliated with the Office of Human Development.

Mr. Maser was born March 3, 1954 in Scottsbluff to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph and Ann Maser. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Leland McAllister
Feb. 23, 1917 - May 20, 2005

Leland McAllister died Friday, May 20 at the age of 88.

A memorial service celebrating his life was held at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church in Moline, Ill. Memorials may be made to Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline, Ill.

Leland E. McAllister was born Feb. 23, 1917 in Neligh, son of John M. and Ida McAllister. He married M. Carol Philips May 27, 1947, in Hay Springs.

He earned a B.A. degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1940 and a B.S. degree in 1941. He received a M.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1950. Lee enlisted in the Army immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Philippines.

He taught in Nebraska before moving to Moline, Ill. to teach in 1948. He taught and coached basketball at John Deere Junior High School in Moline. He then was school counselor at Calvin Coolidge Junior High School, retiring in 1981. His students knew him as 'Mr. Mac.' He was a life-long dedicated educator who was proud of his many students.

He volunteered at Moline Public Hospital and the Moline Senior Center. He taught Rules of the Road for 20 years after his retirement. He was a life member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. As a young man, he was active in Scouting for 19 years.

He was a loyal member of the Bethel Wesley Church in Moline, serving by singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, acting as lay leader and in countless other ways.

He is survived by: his wife, three children, Thomas, Lincoln; Becky, North Platte; and Jeana, Champaign, Ill; brother and sister Mark and Helen McAllister, Oelwein, Iowa.

Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Joann McCoy
Jan. 19, 1938 - Feb. 6, 2005

Graveside services for Joann McCoy of Winnemucca, Nev., were held Feb. 12, 2 at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.

Mrs. McCoy died Feb. 6, 2005 in Winnemucca. She was 67.

Mrs. McCoy was born January 19, 1938 in Osage, Wyo., to Delong and Geneva (Butcher) Satterlee.

Her survivors include: her son Steve McCoy and wife Madeline of Winnemucca, Nev.; daughters Sherry Villalobos and husband Art of Orovada, Nev., Shirley Hanzlik and husband Moe of Winnemucca, Nev; aunt Gloria Glennie of Texas; sister Sally Musgrave of Gillette, Wyo.; two nieces; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Bobby Lee McIntyre, Sr.
May 19, 1964 - June 13, 2005

Bobby Lee McIntyre, Sr. passed away on Monday June 13, at his home in Hay Springs. He was 41.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, June 22 (today) at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Anderson officiating.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, P.O. Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Bobby Lee McIntyre, Sr. was born in Houston Texas, on May 19, 1964. A native of Texas, he settled last fall in Nebraska, when he took position with Hinn's Mobile Homes as their Chadron manager.

He became involved in baseball when small, and received a pitching scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. Recently, he helped coach the local Hay Springs 1 team.

He especially liked the snow. Well liked by all who knew him, he was a nice and helpful person.

McIntyre is survived by his wife, Kimberly of Hay Springs; his son, Bobby Jr. of Hay Springs; his mother, Helen Mccaffrey of Magnolia, Texas; and his brother: David E. McIntyre of Lubbock, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Chamberlain Drabbels of Hay Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Edgar and Shirley Meister
June 3, 1924-Aug. 14, 2005 - Nov. 27, 1925-Aug. 12, 2005

Funeral services for Edgar and Shirley Meister of Chadron will be Thursday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Ridgeview Bible Church in Chadron with Pastor Randy Dockweiler officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Chamberlain Chapel from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Ridgeview Bible Church, 919 10th Street, Chadron.

Shirley Meister died in a traffic accident Aug. 12. in South Dakota. Edgar Meister died Aug. 14 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Edgar Meister was born in Forreston, Minn, June 3, 1924; and Shirley, his loyal and loving wife of 59 years, was born in Pratt, Minn, Nov. 27, 1925.

Their wedding was performed on July 28, 1946, in Owatonna, Minn. Edgar and Shirley began their life together in Adams, Minn as farm managers.

They were long time residents of Chadron. Edgar and Shirley established the Meister Dairy Farm east of Chadron in 1954 because of the need for milk at the Staska Dairy. They retired to a lovely home in the city of Chadron in 1994.

Both Edgar and Shirley were highly involved in a number of community services. Edgar was a 12-year member of the Alpha School District #3. They were founding members of the Eager Beavers 4-H Club and members of Dawes County Farm Bureau, where Edgar served on the Board of Directors. They were members of the Mountain Empire Dairy Association where Edgar served on the Board of Directors.

Shirley and Edgar enriched the lives of others through their service in Ridgeview Bible Church, which was their first love for 35 years. They were active members of RSVP, Gideons International, and CSC mentoring.

The Lord blessed Edgar and Shirley with long, full lives and both were the last surviving members of each of their families.

Edgar and Shirley are survived by three daughters, Carol Spencer and husband Larry of Baton Rouge, La.; Nancy Ohlmann and husband Robert of Bladenboro, N.C.; Trudy Davis and husband Preston of Sterling, Colo.; and one son, David Meister and wife Dawn of Chadron; 15 grandchildren and 9 great grand-children.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Brian Franklin Mills

Memorial services are planned in Hill City, S.D. this summer for Brian Franklin Mills, 39, who died March 12 in Mason City, Iowa.

Brian was born in Chadron on Nov. 21, 1965 to Dana and Susan (Smith) Mills. Most of his youth was spent in Lincoln before he moved with his mother to Charles City, Iowa. For many years he was a resident of the Elma Group Home at Elma, Iowa where he lived and worked until his sudden illness.

Brian was preceded in death by his infant brother, Xan Tilford Mills, and his parents.

He is survived by his brother Kevin Mills and step-mother Barbara Dean Mills both of New York City; his aunt Sheryl (Mills) Drew and her husband Robert of Parker, Ariz. and cousins Gordon and Eric Drew; his great-uncle Frank G. Mills and wife Corlee of Hill City; and great-aunt Betty (Smith) Wilson and her husband Leslie of Falmouth, Mass.

Brian's ashes will be interred when the family gathers at Hill City this summer. Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City, S.D., is in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Ann Mintken
Dec. 31, 1960 -May 22, 2005

Funeral services for Beverly Mintken of Chadron will be Wednesday May 25, 2005 (today) at 10 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Pastor Peter Bertram officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Mintken died May 22, 2005 at Chadron She was 44. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mrs. Mintken was born December 31, 1960 in Chadron to Donald L. and Judith Ann Pinkerton.

Survivors include: her husband Wayne Mintken of Chadron; parents Don and Judy Pinkerton of Chadron; son David Fox of Chadron; daughters Melissa Fox of Chadron, Victoria Mintken of Chadron; brothers Mark Snyder and wife Cathy of Bridgeport, Donald Pinkerton of Rapid City, S.D., and Larry Pinkerton and wife Myongju of Garland, Texas.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Beverly Ann Mintken
Dec. 31, 1960 -May 22, 2005

Beverly Ann (Pinkerton) Mintken, 44, of Chadron, died May 22 at Chadron Community Hospital. Funeral services were May 25 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Pastor Peter Bertram officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Beverly Mintken was born December 31, 1960 in Chadron to Donald L. and Judith Ann Pinkerton. She lived most of her life in Chadron. She married Wayne Mintken on July 10, 1992. They built and lived in their home east of Chadron.

Survivors include: her husband Wayne Roy Mintken of Chadron; parents Don and Judith Pinkerton of Chadron; children David James Fox, Melissa Rene Fox and Victoria Marie Mintken, all of Chadron; brothers Mark Snyder and wife Cathy of Bridgeport, Donald Pinkerton of Rapid City, S.D., and Larry Pinkerton and wife Myongju of Garland, Texas; parents-in-law Clayton and Marry Ann Mintken of Dalton; and grandmother Loretta Pinkerton of Chadron.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Marie Waldron Moore
April 19, 1916-Jan 17, 2005

Marie Waldron Moore died Jan. 17 at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo., at the age of 88.

Funeral services were Jan. 21 at First Christian Church in La Junta, Colo. Pastor Ron Skorick officiated.

Marie Elizabeth was one of four children born to Frederick and Bessie Abold in Hay Springs on April 18, 1916. She married Harvey L. Waldron and they raised four children on the family farm in Hay Springs and later in Chadron. Mr. Waldron died in 1968. Marie had numerous jobs in the Chadron area, including working at King Louie's and the Truck Stop.

Marie married John W. Moore of Scottsbluff and they moved to La Junta in 1978 where they bought several acres of land along the Arkansas River. Mr. Moore died in 1989.

Marie enjoyed creative hobbies including gardening, decorating and embroidery. She was an avid reader, loved music and dance and kept a richly detailed journal for nearly 30 years.

Marie is survived by her fiancee Dale Logan of La Junta and children Larry (Mary) Waldron and David (Mary) Waldron, both of Chadron, Leonard (Sherry) Waldron of Aurora, Colorado, and Joycelene Waltman of La Junta. She leaves nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Franklin Abold and sister Sylvia Pucket.

Mrs. Moore was a member of First Christian Church in La Junta and memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Eleanor Morava
April 30, 1931-July 1, 2005

Funeral services for Ramona Eleanor Morava of Marsland, were July 5 at the Methodist Church in Crawford with Rev. Doug Griger officiating.

Mrs. Morava died July 1 at Scottsbluff. She was 74.

A memorial has been established for the Crawford Library. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Crawford.

R. Eleanor Morava was born April 30, 1931 in Crawford to Charles Frederick and Inez (Hoevet) Zeller.

In July, 1948, she married Harvey Morava and moved with him west of Marsland where they lived their entire married life on the ranch they built together. Into this marriage three children were born: Barney (LaVonne) Morava, of Chappell, Rita (Robert) Moravek of Alliance and Kelly Morava of Wymore.

Eleanor's great joy of her life were her grandchildren. Her grandchildren and their numerous friends all called her 'Granny' and were often seen collecting around her and her home. She also loved growing flowers and plants, sewing and multiple crafts. Count has been lost of the number of toddlers galloping around on one of her handmade stick horses. She had a fascination with modern technology and taught herself how to master the intricacies of using a computer. She used a sophisticated computer data base for record keeping in her genealogy work. In addition she had a significant portion of the ranch's business computerized.

Survivors include: her husband Harvey, of Marsland; her three children; her brother Charles (Bonnie) Zeller, of Wyoming, nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and numerous extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tabatha Jo (Abold) Morton
July 6, 1974 - April 21, 2005

Tabatha Jo (Abold) Morton was born July 6, 1974 at Gordon Memorial Hospital.

She llived in Rushville most of her life. Tabatha went to school in Rushville and loved Fine Arts. She did her speeches on humorous and serious prose.

During High School she worked as a waitress at Schroeders restaurant and Tabatha enjoyed that very much. After she graduated from High School she worked as a clerk at Pudelko's Variety Store in Rushville and loved that job very much also. She enjoyed being around people.

She met her husband while working at Schroeders and on August 1, 1998 Tabatha married James Morton of Rushville. To that union were born two children, Natascha Lynn, age 6, and Jeremiah Kole, age 4. She was a very loving mother.

James and family are currently living in Chadron. She enjoyed staying home, and taking care of her children and keeping house. She took classes at Scottsbluff Western Community College.

Tabatha was preceded in death by her twin brothers Lewis Ernest and Lamont Lewis Abold, who passed away as babies, and Grandpa Lewis Abold of Rushville. Survivors include her husband: James; children Natascha and Jeremiah Morton; dad: Lewis; mom: Renee and brother Lou Abold of Rushville; Grandpa Barney Smith; grandma Esther Jane Smith; of Rushville; grandma Iona Abold of Chadron; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Tabatha had a long hard struggle with cancer for seven years. She passed away on April 21, 2005 at her home in Chadron. She was a very strong person and very up-beat. She always kept her family and friends in good spirits, when they were feeling down. Tabathaís kind heart touched many people, and she will be very much missed.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 26, at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Mike Humphrey and Pastor Steve Sewell officiating. Burial was in the Abold Cemetery.

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret (McCovitch) Mulkey
Margaret (McCovitch) Mulkey, 77, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Sept. 7 at her residence. A memorial services was at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Mulkey was a resident of Nederland, Texas since 1967. She was a native of Chadron and was a graduate of the 1946 Chadron High School Class. She was an employee of J.C. Penney and the First National Bank of Chadron. Her father was a Chicago and Northwestern railroad engineer.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Ned Mulkey and son: Brian Mulkey. Survivors include her son: Bruce Mulkey and wife Jeanell of Winnie Texas., daughter: Elyse Tuttle of Houston, Texas; sister: Miriam Higgins of Westminster, Colo., two granddaughters: Alyson and Brianne Tuttle of Chicago, Ill.

John Murphy

Sept. 22, 1947-April 1, 2004

John Murphy of Crawford, 57, died April 1 in Denver Colo. Memorial services will be Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Crawford.

Paulette Ruth Mushitz
Feb. 17, 1956 - Aug. 26, 2005

Funeral services for Paulette Ruth Mushitz of Harrison will be held today (Aug. 31, 2005) at 10a.m. at Harrison High School with Father Thomas M. Asher officiating. Burial will be at Montrose Cemetery.

Mrs. Mushitz died August 26, at her residence. She was 49. A memorial has been established for Paulette's Wish Fund or Harrison Rescue Unit or the donor's choice. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Harrison.

Mrs. Mushitz was born Feb. 17, 1956 in Lincoln to Paul and Ruth Porstche.

Her survivors include: her husband Patrick Mushitz; son Aaron Mushitz; daughter Abigail Mushitz; and sisters Phyllis Weiler and Ellen Beetem both of Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Ruth Porstche.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Mildred Arletta Myers
Nov. 9, 1912 - Jan 3, 2005

Funerals services for Mildred Arletta "Aria" Myers of Hay Springs were held Jan. 8, at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs with Reverend Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Myers died Jan 3, 2005 at Crestview Care Center after suffering from Alzeheimers Disease for 15 years. She was 92. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Aria Myers was born November 9, 1912 in Madison Neb., to Augustus and Agnes Dinkel. During Arla's young age, the Dinkel family moved to the Hay Springs area where she attended Glen School through the 8th grade. On August 19, 1933, Arla married her long-time sweetheart, Orval Myers. THey lived and farmed on Jake Jacobson's place until 1965 when they moved to the Myer's homestead. Arla lived there until having to be placed in the nursing home.

Arla enjoyed being with family and friends, cooking, baking, gardening, canning and dancing.

Her survivors include her sons: Arvid "Buz" and wife Marge Myers of Sundance, Wyo., Orval "Lynn" and wife Marlene Myers of Lewellen, Neb.; daughter: Sandra Larsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two brother-in-laws and two sister-in-laws: Murphy and eleanor Myers, Jim Kubo and Jo Myers, with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arla is preceded in death by her husband, Orval, her parents and her three brothers: Harold, Vern and Mike Dinkel.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Mae Neely
June 26, 1925-Oct. 27, 2005

Mae Neely, 80, Lakewood, Calif. passed away quietly October 27, in her home in Lakewood, with her family near following a two-month battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, S.D. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, she requested that memorial donations be made to your local hospice.

Mae was born Anne Mae Sexton on June 26, 1925 in Hot Springs, S.D. to Rex and Rose Sexton. She grew up on the Sexton Ranch, 7.5 miles southeast of Hot Springs then left to go to Spearfish Teachers College for two years. She returned to teach in elementary schools in the Hot Springs area for 7 years.

Mae married John Neely of Oelrichs, S.D. on May 26, 1950 and they had three children before moving to Compton, Calif. in 1955. They moved to their little house in Lakewood in 1975. She stayed busy with her crafts, garden, genealogy books and volunteer work at the elementary school. She was known to neighbors as Mae, Auntie Mae and Grandma.

Mae is survived by her son, Joe Neely of Lakewood, Calif.; two daughters, Becky Hamrick of Seattle, Wash.; Joyce Neely of Barnet, Vt.; two sisters, Dorothy Gordon of Hot Springs, S.D.; Betty Rowe, of Hot Springs, S.D.; and seven grandchildren.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, and her brother, George Sexton.

Mollie Norton
Nov. 1, 1909-April 15, 2005

Mollie Ray Norton, 95, passed away Friday April 15, at her daughter's home near Rushville.

Funeral services were April 19 at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Combs officiating.

Mollie Norton was born at her ranch home south of Rushville Nov. 1, 1909 to William and Margaretha (Ebsen) Ray. She attended the Mill School through 8th grade. She had fond memories of school and wished that she could attend high school. Her childhood years were spent riding horseback, trapping furs, and attending barn dances at the various neighbors' places.

On August 7, 1928, she married William (Bill) Edgar Norton in Chadron, at the age of 17. To this union three children were born. For a short time, they lived near Whitney, then moved to the Fred Sandoz Ranch and worked there for two years. Because of the illness and death of her father, they moved back to the homestead to help her mother.

Her greatest enjoyment was to share with family and friends the many things that she grew. She, also, spent many hours picking wild currants, choke cherries, and plums, as well as horseradish for grinding and asparagus.

Rearing a family through the Depression Years led her to do even more trapping for furs, milking of cows, and the raising of chickens to supplement the family income. She also fed the cattle, did the calving, and all the other chores around the ranch. Her husband passed away on July 12, 1967.

She met a friend, Carl Sharp, and moved to Haigler, where she lived for eight years. In 1980, her farm home burned, which forced her to buy a trailer to put down on the farm. Two years later, she moved to Rushville where she continued to enjoy her garden and flowers. At the age of 89, she made her home with Tom and Marilyn.

Survivors include her three children and their spouses: Ralph and Dorothy Norton, Ileen and Tom Rose, and Marilyn and Tom Kockrow; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and 17 great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and all of her brothers and sisters.

Thomas R. Nollette
Sept 14, 1927 - July 21, 2005

Funeral Mass for Thomas R. Nollette of Cody is July 25 with his nephew Fr. Lou and Fr. Neal Nollette along with Fr. Bernard Berger president at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nenzel. Burial follows at St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors given by the American Legion. A memorial has been established for St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nenzel American Legion Post 319, Cody or Cherry County Dialysis Unit.

Thomas R. Nollette died Thursday, July 21, 2005 at Cherry County Hospital. He was 77. He was born September 14, 1927 in Rural Nenzel, the son of George and Henry and Mary (Bell) Nollette. He attended school in Nenzel through 10th grade. He completed his education after returning from the military, he worked part time for three years, summers at the Gale Ranch until his retirement October 8, 1999.

He is a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church of Nenzel, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 319of Cody. He was District 1 Commander for the American Legion during 2003-05. Formerly he had been Mayor of Cody for many years. Tom was an avid baseball player having played first base with the Cody Ball Team in the 1950's and 60's.

On September 16, 1964 he married Eva G. (Lucht) Masters. She survives. Other survivors include his sons: Terry Masters and wife Teresa of Lincoln, Richard Masters and wife Cathe of Ainsworth, George Nollette and wife Candi of Chadron; daughters: Deanna Teaford and husband Greg of Birmingham, Ala., Lyreva Clark and husband Neal of Princeton, Mo., Mellissa Brenneman and husband Rick of Liberal, Kan.; grandchildren: Jennifer Ewart and husband Nathan, Natalie Belmear and husband Cary, John, Jeremy, and Jordan Marie Masters, Blake Brenneman, Alec and Abigail Masters; great grandchildren: Twins Carter and Mia Belmear and Brooklyn Ewert; brother: John Nollette of Nenzel; and sister: Lois Huddleston of Chatham, Mi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Joseph and Bernard and two sisters Marguerite "Mugs" Watson-Swartz and Lucille Morton.

Sarah Joy O'Mara
March 11, 1945-May 20, 2005

Sarah Joy O'Mara of Eddyville died May 20 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 60.

A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington on May 26. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. May 27, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington. Fr. Gerald Carlson and Fr. Paul Colling will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery near Eddyville.

Memorials are suggested to Nebraska Right to Life.

Sarah was born March 11, 1945 in Broken Bow, to Arthur and Lily (Weinman) Kinish. She lived near Anselmo and attended Rural District 58 until the 7th grade. Sarah graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Omaha in May 1963. She continued her education at Kearney State College; graduating in Jan. 1969.

Sarah married Kenneth O'Mara on May 28, 1966 in Anselmo. To this union were born Richard, James, and Julie.

Sarah led an active life and volunteered in the communities in which she lived. She was always an active member of the Catholic Church. In recent years, she and Kenneth taught CCD in Gering and Lexington. She was involved with Assistive Technology; a group that helps to promote handicap accessibility. She was a long standing member of Nebraska Right to Life and served on the state board for the last 15 years; holding various offices including President. Her work with the pro-life movement was extremely important to her.

In 1972, Sarah was honored with the McCook area "Mother of the Year" award.

Survivors include: her husband Kenneth of Eddyville; sons Richard (Sherry) of Okmulgee, Okla. and James of Eddyville; daughter Julie of Damascus, Va.; three grandchildren; her mother Lily Kinish of Grand Island; siblings Barbara (Floyd) Dunn of Rushford, Minn., Angela (Wayne) Booton of Marshall, Mich, Lois (Bill) Hickey of Willow Island, Virginia Hickey of Alda, Edward (Karen) Kinish of Brady, and Karen Tullis of Gordon ; special friend Sr. Lois Jean Carlson of Kearney; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sheh was preceded in death by her father, brother-in-law. mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph F. O'Rourke
Jan. 22, 1918 -Nov. 8, 2005

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Joseph O'Rourke, a Buffalo, Wyo., resident who passed away Nov. 8, 2005.

A memorial has been established for the Johnson County 4-H Youth Camp in care of the Adams Funeral Home.

Joseph was born January 22, 1917 in Gordon. He attended grade school in Gordon, Miles City, Mont., and Missoula, Mont. His family moved to Chadron in 1931 where Joe graduated from Chadron Prep School. He attended college at Chadron State College and Colorado State University.

He married Jean Moeller on July 26, 1941. He served in the Air Corp in WWII. Following his service, the family returned to Fort Collis where Joe completed his college education with a degree in range science, and he received his appointment with the United States Forest Service.

Joe served on the Roosevelt and San Juan forests in Colorado and in 1955 was transferred to the Buffalo District of the Big Horn National Forest. The family lived in Buffalo until 1961 when Joe was transferred to the position of Range Staff Officer in Sheridan. In 1973, Joe consulted in a special study in Tanzania for the U.S. State Department and was accompanied by his wife, Jean. He retired from the Forest Service in 1975 after 30 years of service. His second career was as a ranch real estate broker.

They moved from Sheridan to Story, Wyo. where they spent their summers, while they wintered in Florence, Ariz. In 1994, they moved back to Buffalo where he lived until his death.

He is survived by: his wife Jean; son, Jim and wife Lora of Chadron and their children Chuck, Kevin, Valerie, Seth, and Shannon; son Jack and wife Mary and their children Mark and Michael of Charlotte, N.C.,; and daughter Janice O'Rourke Cowger and husband Jeff of Chandler, Ariz., and their children Matthew and Carrie also of Chandler.

His parents, two sisters, and one brother preceded him in death.

Mildred Lee Rice Olson
Jan. 30, 1913 - Aug. 2, 2005

Memorial services for Mildred Lee Rice Olson of Ashville, Ohio and formerly of Chadron were held August 15, at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating.

Mrs. Olson died August 2, 2005 at Circleville, Ohio. She was 92.

She was a member of Village-Chapel United Methodist Church in Ashville, Ohio and Chadron BPOE Does.

Her survivors include her daughter: Karen Lee Conner and husband Ken of Ashville; step daughters: Dory Murray and husband Bud of Huntington Beach, Calif., Ruth Edwards and husband Charley of Covington, Ky.; sisters: Esau Smith of Tustin, Calif., Margaret Schwartz of Clinton, Iowa; and brother: Gerald 'Bud' Daily of Grand Island.

Mrs. Olson was born Jan. 30, 1913 in Greeley to Arthur and Edna Daily.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Willis Rice, second husband Arthur Olson, brother: Rolland Daily and sister: Helen Kingham.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Ralph E. Ormesher
Jan 5, 1912 -Feb. 7, 2005

Ralph E. Ormesher died February 7 at the age of 93. Memorial services were Friday, Feb. 11 at SunBridge Retirement Center, Nampa, Idaho.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Chadron.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Nampa, or to the Nampa Elks Lodge #1369, or a charity of the donorís choice.

Ralph was born Jan 5, 1912 to Ted and Minnie Ormesher in Calgary, Canada. At three days of age, he and his family moved to Chadron where his father worked in the Ormesherís meat market.

Ralph married Viola B. Dueker on June 23, 1935. They spent their honeymoon fishing in Yellowstone. That was the beginning of their fishing and hunting lives together.

From 1943 to 1945, Ralph served in World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. He was honored to meet General Patton.

During the blizzard of 1949, Ralph used his airplane to deliver mail, food and cattle feed to the area families. He also flew patients to various hospitals.

In 1954 Ralph and Viola became known as the flying teachers. They flew from Chadron to Oelrichs, S.D. to teach school, which was only 30 miles away. In 1955, they moved to Oelrichs. In 1961 they moved to Nampa. Ralph taught math at Nampa High School until retirement in 1977.

Ralph will be remembered for his many stories, all of which were true.

He is survived by: his wife of 69 years, Viola; three children, Sonny Ormesher (Sally), Kaye Samford and Sandy Norris; nine grandchildren; two sisters: Doris Byerly and Mildred Jones; his dearest friends, fishing buddy Willey Bradburn; long-time fellow teacher and hunting companion Bob Peppley and his doctor/friend: Dr. Michael Dee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Louise and Lucille, and two sons, Teddy and Ronnie.

Ralph E. Ormesher
Jan. 5, 1912 - Feb. 7, 2005

Graveside Memorial services for Ralph E. Ormesher, formerly of Chadron, will be May 25 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. David McCreary officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Ormesher died Feb. 7, 2005 at Nampa, Idaho. He was 93. A memorial has been established for the First United Methodist Church in Nampa or the Nampa Elks Lodge, #1389, or the charity of your choice.

His survivors include his wife: Viola Ormesher of Nampa, Idaho; son: Sonny Ormesher and wife Sally; daughters: Kaye Samford, Sandy Norris; sister: Doris Byerly, Mildred Jones; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ormesher was born Jan 6, 1912 in Calgary, Canada to Ted and Minnie Ormesher.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Louise and Lucille; and two sons, Teddy and Ronnie.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Military services provided by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Lunch following services at the American Legion Club in Chadron. The America Legion Auxiliary serving.

Naomi Sue Ormiston
July 25, 1928 -Aug. 29, 2005

Graveside services for Naomi Sue Ormiston of Crawford were Sept. 1 at Crawford Cemetery with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial was at the Crawford Cemetery.

Mrs. Ormiston died August 29, 2005 at her home in Crawford. She was 77.

Mrs. Ormiston was born July 25, 1928 in Lincoln to Douglas and Agness E. Topham.

Her survivors include: her sons Douglas D. Ormiston of Cape Coral Fla., Timothy C. Ormiston of Fonda, N.Y., Rodger B. Ormiston or Oshkosh; daughter Cynthia Sue Stumf of Pine Lake, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.

Arrangements were placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Gertrue M. Pennington
Jan. 1, 1906 -July 24, 2005

Services for Gertrue M. Pennington, 99, will be held on Mon. August 1 at 10 a.m. at Chamberlain Chapel with Rev. Tracy Pennington officiating.

Mrs. Pennington died July 24 at Crestview Care Center in Chadron.

Mrs. Pennington was born Jan. 1, 1906, the fifth of six children of William and Louise Tracy. She was the first non-native American to be born in Shoshoni, Wyo.

She married Leslie Robert Pennington in Shoshoni on December 2, 1925. Mr. Pennington was employed by the C & NW Ry Co., and they resided in several towns in Wyoming, including Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, Douglas, Lost Springs, and Keeline as well as Crawford and Pierre S.D. finally settling in Chadron on Pearl Harbor day in 1941.

Mrs. Pennington worked for the Byerly Bakery for 17 years until 1971. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Does, RSVP, Sixty + club, numerous bridge clubs, and the Rebecca Lodge of the I00F, which conferred upon her the Decoration of Chivalry.

She is survived by granddaughter and grandson-in-law Pamela and Dick Matthews of Goshen, Va., grandsons and granddaughters-in-law: L. Robert III and Janet Pennington of Springfield, and Tracy R. and Susan Pennington of Edmond, Okla., five great-grandchildren; and nephew: Dr. Tracy Rhodes of Buffalo, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her husband on August 29, 1966; son Donald Tracy Pennington of New York City, Robert Pennington on April 1, 2005; and daughter-in-law: Jean M. Pennington of Omaha on June 18, 1997.

Robert L. Pennington
Jan. 15-1927-April 1, 2005

Robert L. Pennington, 78, died April 1 in Omaha.

Memorial services were April 19 at Colonial Chapel in Omaha.

Mr. Pennington was born in Shoshoni, Wyo., on January 15,1927. He attended Chadron High School, Chadron State College, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), University of Wyoming, and University of Chicago.

During World War II, he was a combat air crewman in the U.S. Navy. He was married to Jean Ruff on December 15, 1951. she proceeded him in death on June 18, 1997.

Mr. Pennington was a former claims vice president for Empire Fire and Marine Insurance Co. During a half-century career as a claim and loss manager, he was a district claim agent for the C&NW Ry. Co. in Chadron, Omaha, and Chicago; a regional claim and loss executive for various property and casualty insurance carriers in the Midwest and on the east coast; and a vice president of Standard Reliance Ins. Co., with offices in Oklahoma City. Following his 1992 retirement from Empire Fire and Marine, he was a consultant for Charter Risk Insurance Group and later a litigation examiner for the Acceptance Insurance Companies until his final retirement in April 2000.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Centennial Lodge in Omaha, Amity Lodge in Oklahoma City, and the Scottish Rite Bodies in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Survivors include: his sons and daughters-in-law, L. Robert Pennington III and Janet, Springfield, and Tracy Pennington and Susan of Edmond, Okla.; daughter Pamela Matthews and Richard Matthews of Goshen, Va.; his mother, Gertrue M. Pennington, Chadron; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were with Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Colonial Chapel

Helena Peters
Feb. 14, 1905 - June 17, 2005

Helena Valentine Peters passed away on June 17.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. June 25, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on the Mirage Flats with Melvin Loseke P.M.A. officiating. Interment will follow at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

Helena requested that flowers not be sent. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund, the Cravath Memorial Library, and Memorial Scholarship, or the donor's choice. Send to Mary and Duane Ash, P.O. Box 242 Arcadia, Neb. 68815.

Helena Valentine Peters was born February 14, 1905 to Charles and Jennie Hagedorn Hanson in Brunswick. She was the eldest of 13 children. At the age of ten her family moved to Neligh, where her father worked as a blacksmith. When she was thirteen, the family moved to a farm on the Mirage Flats south of Hay Springs.

Helena attended Hay Springs High School and college in Chadron. She taught rural schools in the area for several years. She married Joy Peters October 6, 1928 and they spent the next 48t years farming. They had two children: Phillip Bradley and Mary Elizabeth.

Helena was an active member of the St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church south of Hay Springs. Following the death of her husband, she moved to Hay Springs in 1977 where she lived until she moved to Broken Bow in 1992. In Broken Bow she enjoyed attending Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

Helena is survived by her daughter Mary and husband Duane Ash of Arcadia; daughter-in-law, Jodine Peters of Alliance; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joy, son Phillip Bradley, and grandson Randall.

Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of local arrangements.

Ruth Marie Armbrust Philpott

Nov. 30, 1916 -Mar. 9, 2005

Ruth Marie Armbrust Philpott died March 9 in Florida.

She was born November 30, 1916 in Sheridan County to Henry P. and Adella Hagedorn Armbrust. She graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1934. On Oct. 29, 1934, Ruth married Donald W. Philpott. To this union, one daughter was born, Karen Dee Philpott Taylor.

Ruth was a hairdresser in Hay Springs for most of her life. She worked side by side with her husband Donald in 'Ruth's Beauty Shop.' She was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star of Hay Springs.

Ruth enjoyed cards and belonged to several Bridge Clubs, loved to garden and always managed to have a big garden so she could can and share with neighbors. She also enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman right along with Donald. Her delight was cooking up the fish she caught to serve to their many friends.

The moved to Florida in 1992 after Donald's health started failing, to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Daniel and Karen Taylor.

She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law Daniel and Karen Taylor, two grandchildren, Shelly and Glen Keebler of Merritt Island, Fla., Shane and Jamie Taylor of Tilden; and two great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Adelia Armbrust and husband Donald Philpott.

The ashes of Ruth and Donald, who will be 'Together Forever,' will be returned to Hay Springs at a future date.

Zada Mae Pierce
Aug. 5, 1928 - June 14, 2005

Longtime Lander, Wyo. resident, Zada Pierce, died June 14, 2005 in Mesa, Ariz., at the age of 76.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, west of Scottsbluff. Jones Mortuary is in charge of the services and burial.

Zada Mae Roberts was born August 5, 1928 at Whitney, the daughter of Willis E. 'Pop' Roberts and Ita Maude (VanNess) Roberts. She attended rural school in her community and then graduated from Chadron High School. She received her teaching certificate at Chadron State College, taught in rural school for a short time, then decided to marry and have a family of her own. She later worked for Bernard Walker's car dealership in Morrill, and part-time for Holly Sugar in Henry, before moving to Lander, Wyo.

She attended Bethel Community Church and became a Christian at an early age. She was prepared to teach Bible School near Morrill where she met her future husband, also in attendance there. She and William Harold Pierce were married on July 19, 1949, in Hot Springs, S.D. With her husband on road construction, they traveled to many areas, but in February 1960, the arrived in Lander and have since called it home. They raised three children: sons Rodney and Randyl, and daughter Raeline, all of whom are home-based in Fremont County. She and Bill have wintered in Mesa, Arizona for many years.

In Lander, she worked at the Wyoming State Journal as the bookkeeper for Roger and Lloyd Budrow until 1972 when she retired and decided to again travel with her husband on road construction, as their children had all graduated high school.

Survivors include: her husband Bill; children: Rodney and Tina Pierce of Lander, Raeline and Donald Stanker of Lander, Randyl and Rose Pierce of Riverton, Wyo.; brothers Dean and Martha Roberts of Chicago, Ill, Dale and Rose Roberts of Norfolk, Charles Roberts of Hay Springs, Boyd and Shirley Roberts of Chadron; sisters Martheena and Don Haden of Chadron, Avis and Lee Fleharty of Buffalo Gap, S.D.; sister-in-law: Pat Roberts, the wife of her late brother Steve Roberts of Kennewick, Wash.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Lester Roberts and Steve Roberts, an infant daughter and step-mother Velma Roberts.

L'Maree Powell
April 24, 1917-February 23, 2005

L'Maree Powell died Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Ranch Terrace Nursing Home in Sapulpa, Okla.

There will be no services. Her ashes will be buried at Mitchell. Smith Funeral Home of Sapulpa is in charge of local arrangements.

In lieu of other remembrances, the family suggest donations be sent to the First Church of God, 1011 East Hastain, Sapulpa, Okla. 74066.

L'Maree Powell was born April 24, 1917 in Aurora to Art and Edna Jacoby. L'Maree and husband John had been residents of Mitchell and Hay Springs.

She was a retired sales clerk for the J. C. Penney Co. in Sapulpa. She was also a member of the First Church of God in Sapulpa, where she taught Sunday School to pre-schoolers.

L'Maree is survived by: one son John Edward (Jed) Powell and his wife Jane of Sapulpa, Okla.; a grandson Bobby Powell of Sapulpa; four great-grandchildren; one sister Viola Carroll of Westminster, Colo.; and one brother Arthur Jacoby of Long Branch, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her husband John H. Powell in March of 1989; four brothers Ronald Priest of Hot Springs, Ark., Ivan Jacoby of North Platte; Kenneth Jacoby and Mark Warren Jacoby; one sister Juanita Haun of Tyler Texas.

Austin Preble
Marcy 27, 1912 - May 11, 2005

Graveside services for Austin Edward Preble of Chadron were held May 17 at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron. Full military services were provided by the Chadron Veteran's Honor Guard.

Austin E. Preble was born in Hay Springs on March 27, 1912. He passed away May 11, 2005 at the Chadron Community Hospital.

His parents Sam and Ema Preble, his brother Orville and Sister Verna preceded him in death.

He is survived by many relatives and friends including his cousins: Lorene Rapp and Delora Bannan, both of Chadron.

Austin was a very caring person, providing much for his family. He served in WWII and after returning home he started a trucking business. He enjoyed roller skating, Wal-Mart and going for rides.

A memorial has been established for Seventh Day Adventist Church. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Vera Genevieve (Spann) Reed
May 24, 1910 - Jan. 30, 2005

Funeral services for Vera Reed of Chadron will be held Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at the First United Congregational Church with Pastor Russ Seger officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Reed died Jan. 30, 2005 at Good Samaritan Village. She was 95.

Mrs. Reed was born May 24, 1910 in Bassett to Frederick and Ollie Jane (Biltoft) Spann.She was a member of the Red Cross and American Legion Auxiliary.

Her survivors include: her nephews Charles Mulloy of Angora,, Darryl Spann of Kent, Wash., Bill Spann of Tacoma, Wash., Norman Spann of Renton, Wash; nieces Nancy Quinn of Tacoma, Wash., Susan Spann of Portland, Ore.

She was preceded in death by Raymond and Norman Spann, Edwin B. Otteman, and W. Dwight Reed and sister Wilma Mulloy.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Thomas "Tom" Reeves
Sept. 29, 1940 - Jan 16, 2005

Graveside memorial services for Tom Reeves of Hay Springs were held Jan 21 at Hay Springs Cemetery with Gene Vanhuss officiating.

Mr. Reeves died Jan. 16 at his home. He was 64. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mort., PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Tom was born to Marshall and Emma (Hoyda) Reeves on Sept. 29, 1940. He lived all his life in or around Hay Springs where he worked at various jobs including lumberjack, handyman., and city employee. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Survivors include: one brother: Bryon Wayne and sister-in-law Virginia of Chadron., nieces and nephews, Bryon Wayne Jr. of Columbus, Richard, Kit, Meloday of Chadron, Quience of Priest River, Idaho., an aunt Christine Kudrna of Hay Springs., cousins Kenny and Cleone Hoyda of Crawford; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Marshal and mother Emma and one brother Randolph.

Frances Idamae Reitz
May 14, 1920 - Jan. 20, 2005

France Idamae Reitz died Jan. 20. Celebration of Life services will be Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Memorial Chapel in Pasco, Wash.

Frances Reitz was born to Chris and Lola Pedersen May 14, 1920 in Chadron

She worked for Chadron State College for many years, before moving to Kennewick, Wash., in 1988.

Survivors include: daughters, Frances Geraldine Thompson and family of Richland, Wash., Bertha Christine Nietzkie and family of Meadow Grove, Barbara Ann Brooks and family of Versailles, Ky., Linda Mae Arrison and family of Columbus, Texas; sons Larry Duane Massie of St. Petersburg Fla., and Charles Lynn Reitz of Washington; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Charles James Massie, whom she married in 1937 and three children; Lynn Reitz, whom she married in 1959 and her two best pals Tippy and Tiny, her real friends.

Jackson H. Rice
Mar. 30, 1921 -Oct. 5, 2005

Graveside services for Jackson H. Rice of Crawford were held Oct. 8, at Crawford Cemetery with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating.

Mr. Rice died Oct. 5 at Beverly Health Care Center in Scottsbluff. He was 84.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Jack Rice was born in Pleasanton, on March 30, 1921 to Leon H. and Mabel (Frame) Rice. He graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney and enlisted in the National Guard in 1940. When WWII was declared, he transferred into the Army Air Corps where he served as a Photoengraver B-17 Pilot. He served in the 612th Bomb Squadron in the 482nd Bomb Group and received two medals: the European African Middle Eastern Service and the Good Conduct Service.

After the war, he came home and attended college at Kearney where he met and later married Norma Lee Ocamb. They were married for nearly 60 years.

Jack always had a passion for music and was an accomplished trumpet player and played in various dance bands while at Kearney.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Agriculture and spent his career working for the U.S.D.A. Soil Conservation Service. He worked in Kimball, Chappell, Chadron and Crawford. He was well respected by farmers and ranchers of western Nebraska for his work on terracing, farm dams and water pipe lines.

While in Crawford, Jack was mayor during the town's Centennial Celebration; belonged to the West Nebraska Rock Club; and he enjoyed RV traveling and fishing. He spent countless hours as an RSVP Volunteer and supporting the charities sponsored by the Eagles Club, of which he was a founding member.

He is survived by: his daughters Suzanne Swanson and husband Jim of Seattle, Wash., Joyce Castle and husband Larry of Centennial, Colo.; grandchildren Justin Moody and wife Christine, Dawson Moody, and Scott Hunter of Centennial; and by two great-grandchildren: Aaron and Trent Moody.

He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Lee, three brothers and his parents.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Norma Lee Rice
April 3, 1927 -Sept. 10, 2005

Norma Lee Rice, 78, passed away September 10 at her home in Crawford. Graveside services will be held at the Crawford Cemetery Sat. Sept. 17 at 2 p.m and will be followed by a memorial gathering of family and friends at the Crawford Eagles Club to honor and celebrate her life.

Norma Lee was born to Norman and Ruth (Sharp) Ocamb on April 3, 1927 in Falls City. The family relocated to North Platte and Norma Lee grew up and graduated from high school and took normal training. She then studied art at Kearney State Teachers College and later Chadron State College. She used this education throughout her life as she sculpted and was an accomplished wood carver.

She was married to Jackson Rice on December 23, 1946, and to this union was born two daughters: Joyce and Suzanne. She was a devoted wife and mother and spent her life loving her family. Throughout the years the family lived in numerous locations in Nebraska with the most time spent in Chappell, Chadron and Crawford.

During Crawford's bi-centennial celebration, she designed the logo that would appear on the commemorative plates as well as on the bill-board that served to greet visitors at the edge of town.

Norma Lee was always involved in creative projects both at home and in the community. Other hobbies included spending time with her husband, Jackson, traveling in their RV camper, fishing, camping and rock hunting. They often spent winter months in New Mexico and were members of the Pine Ridge Rock Club.

She was an active member of the Eagles Auxiliary for over 25 years and was among the founding members. Her tireless dedication to the Eagles Auxiliary included holding numerous offices, chairing many projects, providing seasonal decorations, preparing for and working fund raisers and funeral dinners. She composed lyrics to a song and designed a patch for the members' vests that was selected for an Eagles State convention.

Survivors include: her husband Jackson; daughters Joyce and husband Larry Castle of Centennial, Colo., Suzanne and husband Jim Swanson of Seattle, Wash.; grandsons Justin and wife Christina Moody, Dawson Moody and Scott Hunter; and two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Carter Devon Richardson
Carter Devon Richardson, the baby boy of Devon and Brandy Richardson, was born straight into heaven on January 12, 2005 at 11:10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He weighed 4 lbs 1 oz and was 17 inches long.

Carter passed away from Ebstein's Anomaly, a rare heart defect. Carter was 35 weeks gestation.

He will be lovingly missed by his family which include: his parents; paternal grandparents, Sandi Richardson and Norm and Jan Richardson of Chadron; maternal grandparents, Todd and Lori Storbeck of Crawford; maternal great-grandparents, Dale and Donna Brown of Whitney and Clarence and Bonnie Storbeck of Chadron; maternal great-great-grandmother Dorothy Storbeck of Valley City, N. D.; aunts Tiffany Storbeck and daughter Paige of Sidney, Natisha Storbeck of Lincoln, Chelsey Storbeck of Crawford, Kodie Richardson of Denver; uncles Scott and Malena Richardson and their sons, Brayden and Dayton of Chadron; Kendall and Aunt Crystal Smith and their children, Gentry and Whitney of Stanberry, Mo. and numerous extended family members.

Carter was preceded in death by his second cousin, Nicolas Storbeck of Crawford, and paternal great-grandparents, George and Dorothy Harshfield of Chadron and Vern and Ella Richardson of Denver.

Monetary donations received will be donated in Carter's name to fund children's heart defect research.

Charles Edwin Roberts
July 6, 1927 - July 4, 2005

Charles E. Roberts, 77, of Crawford passed away July 4. Funeral services are July 8 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, with interment at Greenwood Cemetary in Chadron. A memorial has been established for the Crawford Fire and Rescue Department and tributes of sympathy may be left at Chamberlain Chapel.

He was born July 6, 1927 in Chadron to Willis Evert and Ita Maude Roberts. He grew up on a farm with eight siblings on the edge of the Pine Ridge southeast of Whitney, where he developed a love for horses that continued throughout his life.

Charles was a proficient horseman and trainer, breaking horses to ride and drive. Stories abound, both numerous and sobering, regarding his life during the depression years of trying to scratch out a living for his large family by raising livestock and large gardens in the steep hills of the Pine Ridge. Charles and his siblings grew up regularly attending American Sunday School Union Bethel Sunday School. After moving to the Hebbert place west of Chadron, Charles and and his wife, Lenita (Childers), continued to be involved at Bethel raising their children with the Biblical values taught there. Charles' faith in the scripture of the Bible gave him the basis for his faith in God, which was a constant source of strength throughout his life. One of the greatest gifts Charles gave as a father was the opportunity to be raised in a Christian home.

Charles served in the Army from June 1946 to May 1947. Charles also had a love for airplanes and flying, and he received a pilot's license Sept. 18, 1947. Charles met and fell in love with Lenita Childers. They were married Oct. 18, 1949, and became parents of four children: Janet, Rick, Rodger and Bruce.

Charles had a successful farming and ranching career. He raised cattle, sheep, horses, grains, hay and operated a dairy during his life in the Chadron/Whitney area until his retirement in 1994. He moved to Arizona and at that time he fulfilled a lifelong dream to travel, visiting every state except Alaska. Charles found great enjoyment in the news and accomplishments of his 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughter Janet Moore, of Denver; sons, Rick Roberts and wife Loretta of Hay Springs, Rodger Roberts and wife Brenda of Crawford; daughter-in-law Rosa Roberts of Crawford; sisters Martheena and husband Don Haden of Chadron and Avis Flaherty and husband Lee of Buffalo Gap, S.D.; sister-in-law Pat Roberts of Kennewick, Wash.; brothers Dean and wife Martha of Chicago, Dale and wife Rose of Norfolk and Boyd and wife Shirley of Chadron; brother-in-law Bill Pierce of Lander, Wyo. and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Roberts was preceded in death by his wife Lenita; second wife Gladys; companion Joie; father Willis; mother Ita; stepmother Velma; brothers Lester and wife Dorothy and Steve; sister Zada Pierce and son Bruce.

Kenneth Hobart Robertson
Sept. 14, 1930-March 3, 2005

Funeral services for Kenneth Robertson of Crawford were held March 7 at Christ Community Church in Crawford with Pastor Don Felto officiating. Burial was at Crawford City Cemetery, with full military services provided by the Veteranís Honor Guard of Chadron.

Mr. Robertson died March 3 at Chadron. He was 74. A memorial has been established for the Crawford Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Crawford.

Mr. Robertson was born September 14, 1930 in Franklin to Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Lloyd and Ellen Robertson.

His survivors include: his wife Cecilia of Crawford; sons Keith Lloyd Robertson and wife Sharon of Rapid City, S.D.; daughters June and husband Terry Preiss of Alliance, Klara and husband Lloyd Serl of Alliance, Rheva French of Puntagorda, Fla., Robin and husband Paul Shimek of Crawford, Heidi Connelly of Crawford; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Keith Lloyd.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Phyllis Marlene Rose
Nov. 10, 1938 - June 26. 2005

Funeral services for Phyllis M. Rose of Hay Springs are today, July 1, 2005 at the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs, with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville. Wake services were held Thursday, June 30 at Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary in Hay Springs.

Phyllis Marlene Rose, 66 of Hay Springs passed away June 26, 2005 at the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home.

Memorials may be sent to Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs.

She was born November 10, 1938 in Rushville, to Raymond and Ruth (Dexter) Brownlow. She grew up North of Hay Springs and had a happy childhood with brother George Brownlow and sister Margaret Talbot. She attended Craven Creek School through eighth grade and completed a year and a half at Hay Springs High School.

She was united in marriage with Donald Ralph Rose on February 28, 1956 at the age of 17. Phyllis devoted herself to her husband and six children. After Donaldís death in 1970, she continued to support her family on her own.

After her children were grown and had a life of their own the next twelve years were spent with her loving companion Robert Ainslie. They worked side by side at Bobís Bar and Grill in Hay Springs. She was very well known for her homemade daily specials.

She loved her home and spent many happy hours working in the garden, sitting on the deck at the latke, fishing, playing cards, watching her grandchildren play ball, and cooking (she was known to have the best buns in town), but most of all, she was very devoted to her family who will cherish her loving memory for ever.

Phyllis is survived by daughter: Sharon and son-in-law Dennis Persons of Hay Springs; daughter: Sally and son-in-law John Mihalek of Dix; daughter: Salena and son-in-law Rick Rosane of Gordon; daughter: Shelly Rose and companion Duane Tripp of Casper, Wyo.; daughter: Sandy and son-in-law Danny Avery of Hay Springs; extended family Bobby and Judy Ainslie of Douglas, Wyo., Vick and Diane of Rock Springs, Wyo., fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister: Margaret Talbot of Rushville; and brother George Brownlow of Ellsworth.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents: Raymond and Ruth (Dexter) Brownlow; husband: Donald Ralph Rose; son: Steve Allen Rose, and loving companion Robert Ainslie.

Perry Blaine Rosenberger

May 17, 1914-March 18, 2005

Perry Blaine Rosenberger, 90, Sturgis, S.D., died March 18, at the Sturgis Community Long Term Care Center.

Committal services were March 23 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain Charley Conger officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.

Perry was born May 17, 1914, at San Francisco, Calif., to Perry and Ellen (Persson) Rosenberger. His mother died while Perry was an infant. He was raised by family in Onida, SD. Perry graduated from Pierre High School.

Perry joined the South Dakota National Guard and was activated for duty during World War II as a combat engineer. He served three years overseas.

Perry found work with the SD Highway Department in Sioux Falls. He tested soil types before moving to Belle Fourche where he worked at the local hospital.

Perry married Nadine Munkres at Cheyenne, Wyo., on June 15, 1967. They lived in Cheyenne, Scottsbluff, Chadron, and Hot Springs, S.D. before retiring in 1985. They moved to Sturgis in 1994 to be closer to family.

Perry was a member of the VFW and a former member of the Pro-rodeo Hall of Fame Society.

Family includes his wife, Nadine Rosenberger, Sturgis; three daughters, Meredith Beug, Sturgis, Judith Fritz, Tucson, Ariz., and Lynda Morgan, Spearfish, S.D.; seven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Dennis Beug.

A memorial has been established to Northern Hills Hospice.

James J. Satchell
Jan. 28, 1950-March 5, 2005

James J. Satchell, 55, of Alliance, formerly of Crawford, died Saturday, March 5 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Cremation was performed at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory in Scottsbluff.

A graveside memorial service will be held today (Wednesday, March 9) at 10:30 a.m. in the Veteranís Circle at the Bayard Cemetery with Reverend Carolyn Dickinson officiating. Military honors will be given by the Nebraska National Guard. Online condolences may be emailed to sympathy@jolliffefuneralhome.com.

James Satchell was born January 28, 1950 in Scottsbluff the son of Chester and Betty (Baird) Satchell. He received his education in the Bayard Public School system, graduating from Bayard High with the class of 1968. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1970 and served until his honorable discharge in 1972.

James was united in marriage to Twila Mount on November 27, 1972 in Bayard. The couple lived in Crawford where James was employed by the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad. He moved to Alliance last summer where he lived until his death.

James is survived by his son Cole Satchell and his fiancÈ Gina Rust both of Lincoln; daughters Marcola Roggasch of Bullhead City, Ariz. and Nicole (Gregory) Searls of Cheyenne, Wyo.; mother Betty M. Satchell of Bayard; brother Charles (Sheri) Satchell of Marysville, Mich.; and niece Kristy Satchell of Detroit, Mich.

His father and son-in-law Jeffery Roggasch preceded James in death.

Rosemary Saxton
July 20, 1929 - April 12, 2005

Rosemary Saxton, life-long resident of Crawford, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2005.

Rosemary was born July 20, 1929 in the Dry Wood Community of White Clay District on the Pine Ridge Reservation to Thomas A. Clement and Lucille (Nancy) Hat Clement. Rosemary was the third oldest of eight children born to this union. She was baptized into the Church of the Holy Rosary, Roman Catholic Church, at the Pine Ridge South Dakota on the July 27, 1929.

The Clement family moved to Crawford in 1941. Thomas was an employee of the city and would fill in as an officer of the peace at times. Her mother Lucy was a devoted wife and mother to her family.

Rosemary attended school at Crawford along with her sister Dorothy (Frances), and brothers Thomas, William (Hodge), George, James and Patrick. An accomplishment that Rosemary was very proud of was her completion of the General Educational Development Test on June 30, 1981.

Rosemary married Milo Saxton on April 18, 1955 at Hot Springs, S.D. From this union six children were born: Michael Thomas, Bert Allen, Nancy Marie, Clifford David, Colleen Gertrude and Polly Ann. The family made their home in the Pine Ridge area northwest of Crawford where Milo and Rosemary raised their children; and where they all worked hard to make their land and cattle herd productive.

In the mid-1970ís Rosemary moved back to Crawford where their children were attending school, while Milo continued to farm and ranch. In those years and throughout her life, Rosemary worked at various service-oriented jobs around Crawford and at Fort Robinson. She was a past member of the local American Legion and Eagles Auxiliaries; and also served on the local election committee. In these ways she supported her family and her community. On October 9, 1986, Rosemary completed a training course for the NHCA Nursing Assistant Basic Course. This course helped her as she started her job at the Crawford Community Hospital as a nurses-aid.

On June 5th 1989 Rosemary took the position of Handi-Bus driver for the City of Crawford where she worked until her illness prevented her in the summer of 2004.

Rosemary enjoyed the time with her people either at her home in Crawford or with friends downtown, on a trip to eastern Nebraska for Labor Day weekend or fishing at one of the local fishing holes in the area. She was an avid bowler on various leagues and was a loyal Cornhusker fan.

Rosemary taught her children, both those born to her and those who chose to call her 'ma' many things about life, faithfulness and duty while working hard to support them in the ways that she could. She deeply loved her family and her friends and was deeply loved by them as well. She will be missed by all.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Lucy; sisters: Margaret Mary and Frances Adams; and sister-in-law Lorna Clements.

Allen Conrad Schaefer
Nov. 4 1925-Oct. 1, 2005

Allen Conrad Schaefer, 79, of Hot Springs, S.D. passed away Oct. 1, at his home in Hot Springs.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs, S.D.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2465 W. Chicago St., Rapid City, S.D. 57702

Allen was born November 4, 1925 to Joe A. Schaefer and Edna O. Hawes in Globe, Ariz. He graduated from Safford, Ariz. High School and proudly served during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corp. from December 18, 1943 thru February 1, 1947.

Allen married is wife, Bernyce, on June 2, 1956 in Chadron. They lived in Chadron from 1958 to 1959 before moving to Hot Springs in 1959. Here Allen was employed as a service technician for Fall River Refinery in Hot Springs until his retirement in 1993.

He is survived by his brother-in-law, Dick Gochnauer of Chadron; two sisters-in-law, Martha Ann Keim and Agnes Burgess of Oelrichs, S.D.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Bernyce, and sister.

Charles Francis Schaefer
March 12, 1917 - July 3, 2005

Charles Francis Schaefer was born March 12, 1917 at the Schaefer Ranch in Sioux County to Catherine (Haas) and Nicholas Schaefer. He passed away July 3 at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford at the age of 88 years. Funeral services were Thursday, July 7 at the Church of the Nativity in Harrison.

Charles attended grade school at Bodarc and attended Sioux County High School. He served his country with the Army Air Force during World War II.

He married Arline Holmgren Aug. 10, 1948 and they made their home at the family ranch north of Harrison. Three of their children, Robert, Joe and Mary, were born while they lived there. Marjorie and John were born after they moved to Harrison. Charles continued to ranch throughout his life. He enjoyed sharing the bounty of the land with his family and friends. Fishing, hunting and hiking were among his favorite pastimes.

Charles was active in the community serving on the Harrison Grade School Board, Sioux County Noxious Weed Board, Veterans of Foriegn Wars and Church of the Nativity Trustees.

Charles is survived by his wife, children Joe, Mary (Willnerd), Marjorie (Abbott), and John; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and a son, Robert.

Lenore Marie Scheenen
May 11, 1971 -April 2, 2005

Lenore Marie Scheenen, 33, of Gothenburg, formerly of White Clay, died April 2 at her home in Gothenburg.

Memorial services will be Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. the Extension Community Chapel at White Clay. Lunch will follow. Memorial donations may be sent to the Church. Sunshine gospel choir will sing.

Lenore Scheener was born May 11, 1971 in Sterling, Colo., to John and Judy Scheenen. She was raised in the Extension Community near White Clay. She attended Extension Rural School and graduated from Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller, S.D. She attended McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., and Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

She worked as a certified nurses aide in various facilities throughout South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. At the time of her death she was employed at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. Lenore was a very devout Christian and attended the Victory Assembly of God Church in Gothenburg.

Survivors include: her father John Scheenen of Rushville; step-mother Carol Scheenen of Hermosa, S.D.; brother Warren Scheenen of Rushville; many aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, when Lenore was one year old.

Anthony "Tony" Gene Schmitz
Oct. 15, 1981 - Aug. 9, 2005

Anthony "Tony" Schmitz, 23, of Las Vegas, NV was tragically killed in an accident on August 9, 2005 while driving his route for the Schwan's Corporation in California. 

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday August 15, 2005 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD and he will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday August 14, 2005 at the funeral home. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com.

Tony was born on October 15, 1981 to Richard and Connie Schmitz in Des Moines, Iowa.  He is survived by his wife, Dianna Schmitz, his son,

Clayton, 2, and his daughter, Lillian, 9 months, his brother Sam Schmitz, his mother, Connie Graziano, all from Las Vegas, NV, his father, Richard Schmitz, from Dubuque, Iowa and his grandmother, Eunice Power of Rushville, NE.  He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Gene "Porky" Power, and

grandparents, Oak and Howard Martenson.

Tony graduated from Stevens High School in Rapid City, SD in 2000. He and Dianna Hof were married on December 23, 2000. He was a General Manager for Hardee's Restaurant in Rapid City, SD and Chadron, NE. He and his family relocated to Las Vegas, NV in May of 2002 where he was the general manager for the Wendy's Corporation until June, 2004, when Tony accepted a sales position with the Schwan's Corporation. 

He prided himself in being the top sales person in his district for the past 6 months before his death. Tony was a devoted father, husband, son and brother. His zest for life was contagious and his great sense of humor will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

Robert (Bob) J. Schommer
May 21, 1938-April 16, 2005

Long-time Fremont County resident Robert J. (Bob) Schommer, of Riverton, Wyo., died April 16 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo., from complications with pneumonia. He was 66.

Cremation has taken place, and he will be put to rest in the family's plot at Riverton's Mountain View Cemetery. At his request, no special memorial services will be held.

The family requests a living tribute of food, clothing, or money be give to local homeless shelters or any other charities for the needy in the area. Cards may be mailed to Arlene Schommer, 1408 E. Pershing , Riverton, Wyo., 82501.

Robert J. Schommer was born May 21, 1938 and raised in Spencer, Wyo., the middle child of Lawrence and Pauline (Weiger) Schommer. He graduated from Spencer High School class of 1956, and joined the Air Force for a three-year tour, during which time he met and wed his wife, Arlene Birmeier of neighboring Lynch. They married in 1960 and lived in Chadron where their sons Michael and Patrick were born. They then moved to Riverton to raise their family and make a living.

Mr. Schommer found work as a tire repairman, mechanic, and service salesman for Phillips 66 for many years, then moved to Western Nuclear as a plant operator, then finished his working career as a general maintenance mechanic at the Freemont County Road's Department where his health problems eventually forced early retirement in 1994. During his active years, he was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed fishing and hunting in Wyoming and Nebraska. He took great pride in his home, lawn and garden, and also spent many hours tinkering under the hoods of his family's personal vehicles. He was a generous man who would usually help out someone in need if he had the ability to do so.

Survivors include: his wife Arlene; son Patrick, both of Riverton; grandson: Michael Schommer, Jr.; and great grand-daughter Alyahh Schommer of Houston, Texas; sister Shirley Krokaugger and her family, Omaha; and numerous nephews, in-laws, and their respective families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eldest son Michael, and older brother Dan Schommer.

Robert 'Bob' E. Scoggan
April 12, 1934-June 15, 2005

Robert 'Bob' E. Scoggan, 71, of Crawford, died June 15 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. on June 20 at the Morrill Methodist Church with Pastor Sheila Taylor officiating (casual attire is requested). Interment will be at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, north of Morrill.

Memorials can be offered to the Morrill Methodist Church, or to the donor's choice. Services have been entrusted to the Jones Mortuary.

Bob Scoggan was born April 12, 1934 in Minatare to Fred S. and Nina Mae (Robinson) Scoggan. He received his early education at the Liberty School, north of Morrill and helped his father farm following the death of his mother while he was still in high school.

On November 29, 1953, Bob married Betty Jo Rawlings in Morrill. The two farmed on their own for a number of years before moving to Wyoming, where Bob worked with the city of Lingle as an electrician. After moving back to the Morrill area, Bob joined the crew at Barneys Electric in Scottsbluff, and later traveled on a weekly basis to Chadron to work at ABC Electric. In November, 1970, Bob and Betty Jo moved to Crawford, where they started B & S Electric , which they have operated for 35 years.

Bob enjoyed his garden and could often be found tending the soil, and raising a crop, which would more than likely be given away to friends and neighbors. He served on the Crawford volunteer fire department, was a councilman and mayor for the city of Crawford for a number of years, and a Boy Scout leader in both Lingle and Crawford. He was a member of the Rotary Club and the Lions Club. He shared his knowledge with young people over the years, leading many to the electrical profession.

Bob's greatest joy was found within his family, enjoying his wife Betty Jo for 51 years, son Steve, daughter Sandy, and all the grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jo of Crawford, son Steve Scoggan and wife Patricia of Crawford, and daughter Sandy Scoggan of Gering; grandchildren Gabe Scoggan of Chadron, Carie Forbes and husband Kirk of Crawford, and Miranda Scoggan of Chadron; five great-grandchildren; brother Richard Scoggan of Lingle, Wyo.; sisters Anna Mae Bettger of Colorado Springs, Colo., Gladys Harasky of Billings, Mont., and Ruth Grove and husband Lyle of Greeley, Colo; two step-sisters, and one step-brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Fred, and sister Mary Belle.

Stanley K. Scott
Aug. 13, 1911 - Sept. 14, 2005

Memorial services for Stanley K. Scott, 94, of Chadron were held Monday, Sept. 19 at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Stanley Scott was born August 13, 1911 in Merriman, Nebr., to Edger and Ida Scott. He is survived by a son Steven and wife Carol Scott of Pine, Ariz., a sister Florence Stansbury of Oregon; a brother Russell Scott of Rapid City, SD; and one grandson, David Scott.

He was a member of the American Legion, United Methodist Church and a founding member of the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for Chadron Hospice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Aletha 'Toots' Secora
May 6, 1917 - Aug 16, 2005

Funeral services for Aletha H. Secora of Gordon were held at the Cicmanec-Camberlain-Pier Chapel in Gordon August 22 with Reverend Jack Abbott officiating. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.

Mrs. Secora, 88, died August 16, 2005 at Gordon Countryside Care Nursing Home.

Aletha Secora was born May 6, 1917, in Norton, Kan., to Claude and Mattie (Durham) Drullinger.

She was the youngest of eight children and her family nicknamed her Toots. Aletha moved with her family to Nebraska when she was a young child.

On April 29, 1936 she was united in marriage with John Case. They had a daughter, Sharon and son Delbert.

Aletha married Frank Secora on May 26, 1957 and they had one son, Charles.

She had cooked for many years in restaurants in Chadron and she also managed the Chadron High School cafeteria. After moving to South Dakota, she cooked at Central School until she retired and moved to Gordon.

Among her many interests, Aletha loved gardening and being outside tending flowers and bird watching. She was an Elf for several years for Santa Delbert's Needy Tree.

She was a member of the Gordon American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by: her daughter Sharon and son-in-law Darius Maltbie of Gordon; son Dr. Charles Secora of Carlsbad, N.M.; grandchildren: Patty Fiebelkorn of Truman, Minn., Terry Weymouth of Lusk, Wyo., Janet (Charles) Stoops of Waverly, Ga., Dennis (Tami) Maltbie; Kristina Crespin and Shelly May, all of Pueblo, Colo., Petty Officer 3rd Class Allen Maltbie stationed in San Diego, Calif., and Danny Case of Chadron; and twelve great-grandchildren. There are many others, of all ages who affectionately called her Mom or Grandma.

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Louise E. Serres
May 24, 1908 - June 26, 2005

Funeral services for Louise Elizebeth Serres were held on Thursday, June 30, at the Church of the Nativity in Harrison with Father Loren Pohlmeier officiating. Burial will be at the Montrose Cemetery at a later date.

Louise went home to be with her Lord Jesus on June 26, 2005 at the age of 97. She is survived by her son Harry Serres and his wife Sue and children Sally Glaser (husband Bill), Mark Serres (wife Barb), Lora Mathis (husband Gordon), a son-in-law Darrell Anderson and children Susan Jackson (husband Ron), Amy Dorsey (husband Connie), Jim Anderson (wife Lisa) and seven great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Harry, her sister Charlotte and daughter Mary.

Louise Elizabeth Klein was born on May 24, 1908 at her home in DeWitt, Nebraska to Gustav Rhinehardt Klein and Maddie Monica Carmichael. She went to high school in Ragan, and went to college in Hastings. She moved to Harrison in 1928 where she was a school teacher. Soon afterwards she married Harry Serres on May 24, 1930 and they resided 20 miles northeast of Harrison. There she became a wife, mother and homemaker. She had two children - Mary Charlotte and Harry Stephen. She lived there until her husbandís death and then moved to Harrison.

Louise was involved with many clubs, the Catholic Church, her music and loved being with her family and friends. She enjoyed many things but most of all life and being able to enjoy it with others. She will be greatly missed in our little community.

Memorials can be sent to Security First Bank in Harrison, for the V.F.W. Hall, the Harrison Fire Department or Rescue Service.

Harold J. "Porky" Sewell
September 30, 1931-Feb. 4, 2005

Funeral services for Harold "Porky" Sewell, 73, of Newcastle, Wyo., were Feb. 7 at First United Methodist Church with Deacon Ken Pitlick of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Rev. Leslie Barnett of First United Methodist Church as co-officiants. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery with military graveside rites by VFW Post #2516 of Newcastle.

Mr. Sewell died February 4 at Rapid Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S. D. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newcastle Seniors' Center Dialysis Transportation Fund. Contributions can be sent to Weston County Senior Services, 627 Pine, Newcastle, Wyo. 82701.

Porky was born September 30, 1931 on the YT Ranch near Osage, Wyo. He was the fifth of seven children born to George and Tillie (Bock) Sewell.

With generations of horsemen behind him and both parents being cowboys. Porky was put horseback almost before he could walk. He learned the workings of the ranch by hands-on experience, and developed into an expert horseman and knowledgeable stockman. By his teen years he was into rodeo, roping calves and bulldogging. He also entered every wild horse race he could.

An expert horse trainer, Porky had some of the best bulldogging and hazing horses in the business. He provided many cowboys with horses and was always in demand among the doggers as a top hazer. One special buckskin Quarter Horse gelding he called "Buck" was so well trained Porky could use him to rope and tie a calf in winning time, without a bridle. He enjoyed giving exhibitions of this skill at various rodeos. He was an early member of the Northwest Ranch Cowboy's Association, and followed their summer circuit across Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

He married Patricia Trosello in 1956 and they had two children, Tammy and Tim.

Along with working on the Engle Ranch, the Keeline Ranch and other area ranches, Porky spent many years as an employee of Schlumberger Well Services. In later years he worked for Weston County. Porky was multi-talented and there was nothing much he could not do-whether mechanic work, truck driving, large equipment operating, haying, calving or horse training.

Porky was baptized as a child at the Osage Community Building. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, VFW, and Elk's Lodge.

Over the years he donated time and talent through countless volunteer hours to support local events and happenings, especially the Weston County Junior Rodeo.

He is survived by his daughter Tammy and Jim Clyde of Chadron; his son Tim and Brenda Sewell of Newcastle; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; sisters Mildred Hayden of Gillette, Wyo.; Alice and Dave Williams of Newcastle; Jean and Harold Johnson of Rapid City, S. D.; his brother Sammy and wife Marie of rural Newcastle; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, and treasured friend Francie Rossman.

Allen Conrad Schaefer
Nov. 4 1925-Oct. 1, 2005

Allen Conrad Schaefer, 79, of Hot Springs, S.D. passed away Oct. 1, at his home in Hot Springs.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs, S.D.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2465 W. Chicago St., Rapid City, S.D. 57702

Allen was born November 4, 1925 to Joe A. Schaefer and Edna O. Hawes in Globe, Ariz. He graduated from Safford, Ariz. High School and proudly served during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corp. from December 18, 1943 thru February 1, 1947.

Allen married is wife, Bernyce, on June 2, 1956 in Chadron. They lived in Chadron from 1958 to 1959 before moving to Hot Springs in 1959. Here Allen was employed as a service technician for Fall River Refinery in Hot Springs until his retirement in 1993.

He is survived by his brother-in-law, Dick Gochnauer of Chadron; two sisters-in-law, Martha Ann Keim and Agnes Burgess of Oelrichs, S.D.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Bernyce, and sister.

Joe Junior Schommer
April 30, 1930 - Oct. 12, 2005

Funeral services for Joe Junior Schommer of Chadron were held Oct. 17, 2005 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Fr. Ed Courtney officiating. Vigil services were held Oct. 16 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

Joe Junior Schommer passed away at his home Oct. 12, 2005 following a lengthy illness. Joe was born April 20, 1930, in Chadron, the youngest of eleven children. St age 14, both Joe's parents had passed away and he started earning his living working on roads until he finally put together a ranch of his own.

In 1950 he married Mary Lou Mandista here in Chadron. They lived on their ranch on White River Northwest of Chadron until retiring into Chadron in 1991. Joe was a lifelong member of St. Patrickís Catholic Church. He leaves to morn him his wife: Mary Lou Schommer of Chadron; sons: Randy Schommer of Chadron and Ronnie Schommer of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters: Rhonda Case of Blair, Ruth Baker of Hemingford, Renee Kindred of Oral, S.D.; sisters: Anetta Chenovick of Helena, Mont., Frances Baisch of Portland, Ore.; brother: Henry Schommer of Chadron; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Schommer was born April 20, 1930 in Chadron to Joe and Cilia (Arendt) Schommer.

He was affiliated with Elks, Eagle, and St. Patrick's Church.

Mr. Schommer was born April 20, 1930 in Chadron to Joe and Cilia (Arendt) Schommer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Andrew, Ray, Fritz, Charles and John; sisters: Dorothy Schommer and Bernice Kubo.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Allan Lee Shell
Feb. 1, 1945 - Feb. 5, 2005

Funeral services for Allan Lee Shell of Crawford will be held February 10, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Reverend James Martin officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D. Full military services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard of Chadron.

Mr. Shell died February 5, 2005 at Ft. Meade VA Medical Center. He was 60. A memorial has been established for VA Hospital at Ft. Meade, S.D. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank, 403 2nd St. Crawford, NE 69339.

His survivors include his wife: Connie Shell of Crawford; son: Rick Shell and wife Georgia and grandson Ethan Shell of Chatanooga, Tenn.; and daughter: Sunday Presson and grandson Nicholas Presson of Crawford.

Mr. Shell was born Feb. 1, 1945 in Belle Fourche, S.D. to Albert and Dorthea Shell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Irene Slater
Jan 31,1927- Nov 1,2005

Irene Slater died Nov. 1 in Hutchinson, Minn.

Funeral services will be Nov. 12 at the United Methodist Church in Crawford. Private internment will be at the Crawford Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to her son, Ray C. Slater, 164 S. Litchfield Ave. Litchfield Minn., 55355 or to Litchfield Area Hospice, Litchfield, Minn. or Birchwood Hospice House, Hutchinson, Minn. or the American Cancer society.

Irene Slater was born in Nebraska and was a long time resident of Alaska but resided the last few years in Benson and Yuma, Arizona.

She moved to Alaska in 1948 where she fell in love and married. She resided in both Anchorage and Eagle River, Alaska, and loved being there but had become a snow bird going to Arizona every winter for a couple months. A few years after her husband had passed she decided to make her home in Arizona. She lived in Yuma and Benson areas.

Irene loved traveling, crafts, sightseeing and country music.

She is survived by her two sons Ray (Janet) of Litchfield, and Robert (Susan) of Palmer, Alaska, three grandsons, a granddaughter, her sister Anne Cross of Okla. and many nieces nephews and friends.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Steve, her mother and father, Ole and Orpha, her half-sister Edna Rutherford, and brothers, Lee, Albert, Doug, and Leo.

Aldrich S. ‘Bub' Smith
Nov. 8, 1919 -Nov. 24, 2005

Memorial services for Aldrich S. Bub Smith of Chadron were held Tuesday, November 29 at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating.

Mr. Smith died November 24, 2005 at Chadron. He was 86.

A memorial has been established for Chadron Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Mr. Smith was born Nov. 8, 1919 in Antioch to Fanner A. and Alice E. Smith.

His survivors include: his sons Doug Smith of Chadron, Dean Smith of Evans, Wash., Don Smith of Ft. Pierre, S.D.; daughters Barbara Lehman and husband Jim of Ft. Pierre, S.D.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Frieda P. (Hulseman) Smith
March 8, 1911-Sept. 24, 2005

Funeral services for Frieda P. (Hulseman) Smith of Chadron will be Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Donella Silveira officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, NE 69337.

Frieda and her twin brother Frank were born in Beatrice on March 8, 1911. Friedaís parents moved to Dawes County in 1928 where Frieda lived until her death.

Frieda married Henry Hulseman on May 14, 1931 and to this marriage three children were born-Early, Wallace and Joan.

Henry and Frieda retired from farming in 1955 due to Henry's health. Frieda then cooked at Chadron Community Hospital and Chadron State College. With cooking and her passion for her flowers, yard and grandchildren, she was kept busy.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, Immanuel Lutheran Church and W.E.L.C.A.

Frieda is survived by: her son Wallace Hulseman and wife Delores of Guernsey, Wyo., daughter Joan Lemen and husband Bill of Chadron; step-son Garold Smith and wife Lou of Whitney; step-daughter Bev Clark and husband Garn of Wood River; step-daughter Karen Miller of Denver, Colo.; a daughter-in-law Joanne Evans and husband Roger of Chadron; nine grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Frieda was preceded in death by her first husband Henry Hulseman and second husband Lloyd Smith, her son Earl Hulseman, step-son Leroy Smith, step-grandson Rick Smith, her parents and ten siblings and all their spouses.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Marle D. Smith
Aug. 22, 1924 -Sept. 17, 2005

Funeral services for Marle D. Smith of Chadron will be Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Military services will be provided by Chadron Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Smith died Sept. 17, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron. He was 81. A memorial has been established for United Methodist Church, CSC Foundation, Marle Smith Scholarship, or Chadron Hospice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970; Chadron, Neb. 69337

Marle D. Smith was born August 22, 1924 in Box Butte County to Fenner and Alice Smith. They moved to the Table area south of Chadron in 1938.

Marle attended high school in Hay Springs for three years. His senior year he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

On July 10, 1944 he married his high school sweetheart, Laurine Brown. In September of 1944 he went to Italy where he served as a ball turret gunner on a B17 flying fortress with the 15th Air Force 99th Bomb Group 346 Bomb Squadron. His plane was shot down on his 31st mission, on December 26, 1944 and he was taken prisoner by the Germans. He was held prisoner at Stalag Luft I near Barth Germany until May 1945.

Son Chip was born while he was a POW and in 1946 son Mick was born.

He had numerous endeavors in Hay Springs leading up to his career as a college professor. Some of these were - owning "Squirrely's Place" pool hall, masonry construction with Brotherson & Vest and surveying with the County Surveyor.

The Sheridan County Service Officer convinced him to go to college, so at age 29 he started at Chadron State College. He got his BS degree and was hired to teach at CSC. His Masters degree was completed at CSC and he later did graduate work at Michigan State University and Colorado State University. He taught physics and science at CSC for 24 years, until he retired due to health. During that time he was involved in hail research in conjunction with the South Dakota School of Mines.

Marle loved growing many beautiful flowers, especially iris, which he hybridized for many years. He developed one which he named "Stacy Ruth" after his granddaughter and registered with the American Iris Society. It has been marketed by iris growers and is blooming in gardens across the country.

Marle was a member of the Methodist Church, CSC Golden Eagles, American Legion, V.F.W., D.A.V., and American Ex-POW's. He enjoyed traveling and watching his grandchildren compete in sports throughout their high school and college years.

His survivors include: his wife Laurine Smith of Chadron; sons Chip Smith and wife Marilyn of Scottsbluff, Mick Smith of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Aldrich (Bub) Smith of Chadron and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Otis, and one sister Reta Blundell.

Nancy Lea Smith
Oct. 17, 1936-April 12, 2005

Nancy Lea Smith, 68, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, April 12 at her home.

At her request, cremation has taken place at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory in Scottsbluff. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff with Pastor Jim Green officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Nancy's name. Online condolences may be emailed to sympathy@jolliffefuneralhome.com

Nancy was born October 17, 1936 in Chadron, the youngest child of Alva and Eula (Boyd) Mittan. She received her education in Chadron. On March 5, 1955, she was united in marriage to Ralph D. "Nick" Smith in Rapid City, South Dakota. The couple moved to California where Nancy worked in the banking industry until retiring in 1988. They moved to Chadron where they made their home until moving to Scottsbluff in July of 2001.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff, was past president of the BPO Does in Chadron and Scottsbluff, and was a member of the Hookers Club (crocheting club) in Chadron. She enjoyed crafting, crocheting, handi-work, and playing bingo.

She is survived by her husband Ralph "Nick" Smith of Scottsbluff; sons Gerald W. Smith of Tuczon, Ariz, Randy Dean (Debbie) Smith of Simi Valley, Calif., and Cash Lea (Denise) Smith of Tuczon, Ariz; two granddaughters Christine and Randi Smith; sister Virginia (Jennings) Pierce of Oswego, N.Y.; nieces, and nephews.

Her parents, two sisters, and one brother preceded Nancy in death.

Nancy Lea Smith
Oct. 17, 1936-April 12, 2005

Nancy Lea Smith, 68, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, April 12 at her home.

At her request, cremation has taken place at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Crematory in Scottsbluff. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff with Pastor Jim Green officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Nancy's name. Online condolences may be emailed to sympathy@jolliffefuneralhome.com

Nancy was born October 17, 1936 in Chadron, the youngest child of Alva and Eula (Boyd) Mittan. She received her education in Chadron. On March 5, 1955, she was united in marriage to Ralph D. "Nick" Smith in Rapid City, South Dakota. The couple moved to California where Nancy worked in the banking industry until retiring in 1988. They moved to Chadron where they made their home until moving to Scottsbluff in July of 2001.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff, was past president of the BPO Does in Chadron and Scottsbluff, and was a member of the Hookers Club (crocheting club) in Chadron. She enjoyed crafting, crocheting, handi-work, and playing bingo.

She is survived by her husband Ralph "Nick" Smith of Scottsbluff; sons Gerald W. Smith of Tuczon, Ariz, Randy Dean (Debbie) Smith of Simi Valley, Calif., and Cash Lea (Denise) Smith of Tuczon, Ariz; two granddaughters Christine and Randi Smith; sister Virginia (Jennings) Pierce of Oswego, N.Y.; nieces, and nephews.

Her parents, two sisters, and one brother preceded Nancy in death.

Betty L. Snelson
Sept. 21, 2005

On September 21, 2005, Betty Louise Snelson, 83, pacefully joined her husband, Sheldon E. Snelson, Sr., and son, Kirk L. Snelson, in heaven.

Remaining behind to celebrate her life are her children, Sheldon Jr. and wife Nancy; Jeffrey and wife Marcia; Janene Anderson and husband Larry, Craig, and Mark and wife Mary Ann; her brothers, Kenneth Heisler and James Clifford Heisler and wife, Lois; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many loving friends.

Betty was a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing and gave many years of comfort to patients in the Des Moines area before she, as the Director of Nursing along with her husband as an administrator, provided loving care to hundreds of people at nursing homes in Iowa City, Iowa, Slayton, Minn. and Chadron, before retiring to Woodcliff Lake, Fremont. Betty later became a resident of Bishop Drumm Nursing Home in Johnston, where she resided until her passing at Mercy Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be given to Mercy Hospice of Johnston and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center.

Betty's spirit and her love of the Lord will live on forever.

Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Assumption Catholic Church with interment at Beaver Catholic Cemetery, Granger, Iowa.

Betty Jean (Ostermeyer) Speas
April 16, 1924-March 4, 2005

Funeral services for Betty Jean (Ostermeyer) Speas were March 7 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crawford with Reverend Martin officiating. Burial was at the Crawford Cemetery.

Mrs. Speas died March 4 at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. She was 80 years old.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Crawford.

Betty Jean Ostermeyer was born April 16, 1924 at Milford. She was the daughter of Agnes C. Rutten and Edwin H. Ostermeyer. They moved to the Cottonwood area northwest of Crawford in 1929 and she remained in the area until moving to Crawford in 1965. Betty was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

She married Ralph L. Speas, October 24, 1943 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. To this union five children were born.

Betty was active in the community, a member of Busy Bee Extension Club, the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the church youth group with her younger daughters. Betty was a talented musician and loved to sing and dance.

Betty is survived by: her children twins Sara Jane Johnson of Whitney, Sema Jean Moree of Rapid City, S.D.; twins Linda Sue (Joe) Korma of Sheridan, Wyo., and Lilian Agnes (Bruce) Larsen of Clay Center; her mother Agnes Ostermeyer of Crawford; sister Verona (Lonnie) Douthit of Crawford; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; aunts Martha Kuhnel of Crawford, Dorothy (Harold) Vetters of Alliance, Clara Rutten of St. Edward; and uncle Richard Rutten of Albion.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son, Ralph Lee Junior, father, Edwin H. Ostermeyer and son-in-law Gordon Johnson.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald L. Speer
July 7, 1933 - Sept. 27, 2005

Ronald L. Speer, a long time journalist, columnist and editor, lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease and died on September 27.

The son of Howard and Lucille Speer of Hay Springs, Ron was born July 7, 1933.

He graduated from Hay Springs High School and the University of Nebraska. Ron worked for several newspapers and the A.P. He covered many stories including the riots in Watts, the Olympics in Mexico, the Masters Golf Tournament, and the Civil Rights movement, where he felt privileged to meet Martin Luther King. During his career he met four Presidents, Nikita Kruschev, Hank Aaron and a river hermit called ‘Silent Henry.' Ron won a Pulitzer Prize when he was working for the St. Petersburg Times.

In Florida he discovered sailing and the ocean. Sailing became a life-long passion which he continued until he could no longer physically handle his 24 foot ‘Wind Gypsy.'

In 1992 Ron and two friends sailed a 35 ft. sloop from Spain to Virginia, in commemoration of the Atlantic crossing of Columbus. In 2003 some of his stories were published in book form as ‘Old Blue.' Many of the Old Timers stories and photos, which Ron did, were given to the Marie Sandoz Center in Chadron.

He is survived by: his children Barbara Brooks and Erik Speer; step-children Vernon Bush Jr., Leslie Corpuz and son; sisters Janet Russell, Kathleen Shimek; brother Richard Speer; uncle Russell McMenamin, nieces, nephews and many good friends.

Eleanora L. Stetson-Hendrickson
March 30, 1921-May 27, 2005

Eleanora L. Stetson-Hendrickson, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Longmont, Colo., died Friday, May 27 at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado. She was 84.

Funeral services are June 2 at Lewellen Longmont Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gary Van Gorp of Two Rivers Fellowship Church officiating. Interment was at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. To send condolences to the family, visit www.longmontchapel.com.

Eleanora Stetson-Hendrickson was born March 30, 1921 to Martinus and Stella (Larson) Jenson in Filley, Nebraska. She married Lester Stetson on December 3, 1938 in Gering. They farmed and ranched in the Chadron and Crawford areas until moving to the Longmont area in 1959.

Mrs. Hendrickson worked at the A&W Restaurant as a cook and at Eventide Nursing home as a nurse's aid.

After the death of her first husband Lester in 1973, she married Carl Hendrickson on October 29, 1975. They moved to Johnstown and later to Greeley. During their retirement together they enjoyed making quilts, canning, gardening and traveling. Mrs. Hendrickson loved to cook and spend time with her family.

Mrs. Hendrickson is survived by: three sons Everett Stetson and wife Dianne of Longmont, Larry Stetson and wife Charlene of Longmont; Keith Stetson and wife Kathy of Lincoln; one daughter, Lois Millsap and husband Jerry of Evans, Colo.; one brother Dale Jensen of Loveland, Colo.; two sisters, Mildred Stetson and Aletha "Bobbie" Pearson, both of Longmont: eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Lester Stetson, her second husband Carl Hendrickson; one son Kenneth Stetson; five brothers, Lester Jensen, Eugene Jensen, Melvin Jensen, Nels Jensen and LaVern Jensen.

Mildred Stewart
Oct. 2, 1915 - Oct 2, 2005

Services for Mildred L. Stewart will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Allen Myers officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Stewart died Oct. 2 in Chadron.

A memorial has been established for Prairie View Adventist School. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Mildred was born in Jim Falls, Wisconsin, Oct. 2, 1915, to Samuel and Delia Cheever. She was the second of nine children.

She married Glenn Stewart on March 6, 1942 in Scottsbluff. They lived on a ranch south of Wayside. In 1965 when they retired, they moved into Chadron while their son, Gene Stewart, continued to operate the ranch. Upon moving into town, Mildred worked at A&W Restaurant and at the Chadron Community Hospital.

In 1969 they moved to Clermont, Fla. While living there, one of her greatest enjoyments was shuffleboarding with friends. Glenn and Mildred moved back to Chadron in 1996 and resided together at Prairie Pines. She spent a lot of her time playing board games with her great-grandchildren and other friends. Her final day was spent with family and friends celebrating her 90th birthday. She passed away in her home following the party surrounded by her family and friends.

Survivors include: one son, Gene and wife Carolyn Stewart of Chadron; three grandsons, Barry and wife Laurie, Bart and wife Kelly, and Rick and wife Jody; five great-grandchildren; sister Eva Jenkins of Ellensburg, Wash.; brothers: Larry Cheever and wife Lois of West Virginia, Leonard Cheever and wife Viola of California, Warren Cheever and wife Jewel of Florida, Cecil Cheever of Wisconsin, Vern Cheever and wife Dorothy of Wisconsin, Alvin Cheever and wife Yvonne of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn and one sister, Bernice.

Lee C. Talbot
May 25, 1924 - Aug. 9, 2005

Lee C. Talbot, 81, died of cancer on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at his home.  Lee was born May 25, 1924 near Rushville, Nebraska to Lee C. and Leona (Mohr) Talbot. He was raised in the Rushville area, attending a country school and graduating from Rushville High School in 1943. 

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday Aug. 12, 2005 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 11, 2005 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. 

He married Leilah Tyree on April 28, 1948 in Hay Springs, Nebraska. They lived on the family ranch until moving to Rapid City in 1996. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rapid City. 

Lee was on the Extension School Board, the rural telephone board and the rural fire department of Rushville and a trustee of the Rushville Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Leilah, Rapid City; four daughters, Barbara (Mel) Dreyer, Rapid City; Nancy (Jim) Allen, Elm Creek, Nebraska; Debbie (Arlyn)

Panko, Tekamah, Nebraska; Carmen (Greg) Pelster, Elsie, Nebraska; 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and many relatives, friends and neighbors.

Suggested memorials are Hospice of the Hills and the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com.

Eliza Jesse Ten Fingers
July 12, 1922 - Feb. 6, 2005

Funeral services of Eliza Jesse Ten Fingers of Chadron were held Feb. 11, at Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron with Sonny White officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Miss Ten Fingers died Feb. 6 at Crestview Care Center in Chadron. She was 82.

Miss Ten Fingers was born July 12, 1922 in Oglala, S.D. to Henry and Annie (Big Boy) Ten Fingers.

Her survivors include: her niece Elsie Meyers and Hubert of Stands of Oklahoma City, Okla.; nephews Vincent and Karen Ten Fingers of Chadron, Fred Ten Fingers of New Hope, Minn.; sister Lena Ten Fingers of Chadron; and numerous great-nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Elvin Jay Terrell

Dec. 31, 1917-Mar. 14, 2005

Elvin J. Terrell, 87, of Hay Springs died on March 14 at Chadron Community Hospital.

Funeral services with military honors were at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, south of Hay Springs on March 18. Burial followed at Mirage Flats Cemetery. Melvin Loseke P.M.A. officiated.

A memorial has been established by Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

Elvin was born seventh of 13 children to George Elvin Terrell and Carrie Jane (Bucknole) Terrell in Trenton on December 31, 1917. His early life was spent in Trenton until 1927 when his family moved to Lyman. He and his family lived in the Torrington Wyo., area and he graduated from Torrington High School in 1935. After graduation, he worked as hired help and share cropped at various farms in the Torrington area including Haas Farms where he first met Emmajean Leah Haas.

In 1941 he was called to serve the Army Air Corp and volunteered for overseas duty in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged as Staff Sergeant in November of 1945.

He married Emmajean Leah Haas on December 11, 1945 in Veteran, Wyo. After farming in the Veteran area they moved to Unit 66 of the Mirage Flats Irrigation Project south of Hay Springs in 1948. He and his wife Emmajean established a life of service to family, community, church and country.

Elvin served on Mirage Flats Irrigation Board of 27 years and he served on the State Board of Directors for Nebraska Irrigation Association where was recognized for his contributions. He also served on the Rural Electric Association Board for 12 years, church boards, school boards, was a 4-H leader and sports booster. One of his favorite activities was attending high school and college spring events. He enjoyed traveling around the world with his wife Emmajean, took pride in his family's accomplishments and enjoyed spending time with his friends.

He is survived by: his sons Terry and wife LaDonna Terrell of Hay Springs, Eldon and wife Lynn Terrell of Cozad, Vern and wife Marjean Terrell of Hay Springs; daughters Joan and husband Dick Fenster of Alcova, Wyo., Brenda Terrell-Brown of Thornton, Colo.; sisters Inez Cheney of Ten Sleep, Wyo., Bernice and husband Bob Riley of Casper, Wyo., and Chloa and husband Kenneth DeVoge of St. George, Utah; brothers Glen Terrell, Hubert and wife Esther Terrell, Marvin and wife Luella Terrell all of Torrington, Wyo., and Raymond Terrell of The Dalles, Ore.;11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Emmajean, four sisters and one brother.

Wanda E. Thies
April 14, 1908 - Jan. 8, 2005

Wanda E. Thies, age 96, or Hay Springs passed away Saturday, January 8, 2005 at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs. Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 with Reverend Al Trucano officiating. Interment will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery. Wanda was born April 14, 1908. She lived with her parents, Roy and Grace Briggs in the Chadron and Hay Springs area. She graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1926.

Wand married Max Thies on September 12, 1928, they spent most of their adult lives on the family farm located west of Hay Springs. Wanda enjoyed Holidays at the farm and with her exceptional cooking skills, everyone looked forward to being at Wanda's for the Holiday's. One of her favorite hobbies was to create beautiful ceramics.

After leaving the farm they purchased Chadron Floral, where Wanda had a special gift within her for making beautiful floral arrangements. They later sold the business and moved to Hay Springs to retire.

Survivors include son, Fred Thies and wife Patty of Nampa, Idaho; daughter-in-law: Imogene Thies of Hay Springs; sister-in-law: Frances Briggs of Grand Junction, Colo., eight grandchildren: Brain THies of Boise, Idaho., Casady Heney of Boise, Idaho, Jeff and Jay Thies of Hay Springs, Julie Butler of Chadron, Tony Thies of Paxton, Doug Thies of Palisade, Colo., and Doyle Jensen of Rushville and ten great-grandchildren.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents: Roy and Grace Briggs; husband Max; daughter: Sue; son: Allan; brother Harold; grandson: Perry; and great-granddaughter: Mandi.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of pioneer Manor for all their wonderful care and love that was given to Wanda. Memorials may be made to the Hay Springs Ambulance Fund.

Chamber-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Thiessen
Aug. 22, 1949 - May 20, 2005

Funeral services for Bonnie Jo Thiessen of Chadron will be held today, Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Daniel Williams officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Thiessen died May 20 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She was 55. A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Bonnie Jo (Rickenbach) Thiessen was born Aug. 22, 1949 at Chadron to Donald O. and Jean M. (Roberts) Rickenbach.

She graduated from Chadron High School and Sterling College, Sterling, Kan. Her degree and intense interest in education and politics led to teaching school librarian, public librarian, Farm Bureau, AWANA, Bible School, Sunday School, Christian Womenís Club and secretary at the Berean Church.

Bonnie married Ronald J. Thiessen July 7, 1973. To this marriage were born two children: daughter Brenda Jan and son David Craig who died in infancy. Survivors include: her husband Ron; daughter Brenda of Kansas City, Mo.; sisters Judy and husband Bill Seidl of Galva, Kan., Donna and husband Gary Bieganski of McCook; sister-in-law Liz and husband Bob Birkey of Omaha; mother-in-law Dorothy Thiessen of Mountain Lake, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law John Thiessen.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Ann B. Thomas
April 30, 1917 - May 14, 2005

A memorial service for Ann B. Thomas is held Tuesday, May 24, at St. Rose Catholic Church of Torrington, Wyo., with Father Kevin Koch officiating. Burial of the ashes will be at the Lingle Cemetery.

A memorial for the Pioneer Manor of Hay Springs or St. Rose Catholic Church of Torrington has been established. Any memorials may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

Ann Blanch (Moritz) Thomas was born April 30, 1917 and died on May 14, 2005. Ann and her twin brother, Howard, were born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Scottsbluff to Frank and Marie (Coulter) Moritz of rural Nine Mile Community northeast of Minitare. Ann graduated from Minitare High School and then completed her Normal Training at Chadron State College. She taught at Carter Canyon rural school near Scottsbluff. In 1950 Ann married Paul Thomas of Melbeta. To this union two children were born: Beth Ann and John Clinton. In 1957 the family moved to Lingle Wyo., where Paul and his brother-in-law Dale Bartow formed a farm repair welding company call Thomas and Bartow. Ann and Paul raised their children in Lingle. In 1972 Paul died and Ann worked at Head start in Torrington for several years. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Torrington, and the Lingle American Legion Auxiliary. Ann loved little children and people in general. She enjoyed many friends and was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Ann died at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs where she had resided since 1997.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, brothers: Howard, Bernard and Joseph Moritz; sisters: Adelaide Moritz, Rose Kinder, and Ruth Hossley.

Survivors include daughter: Beth A. Jungck and husband Fred of Hay Springs; son: John C. Thomas and wife Cheryl of Roswell N.M.; grandchildren: Melanie Thomas, Brent Thomas, Tom Ryan, Kate and Brenna Jungck, and one great grandchild Simon Wheeler Thomas.

Josephine Cynthia Thomsen
Aug. 3, 1905 - Oct. 11, 2005

Funeral services for Josephine Cynthia Thomsen of Oelrichs, S.D. are Monday, Oct. 17 at Chamberlain Chapel with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Thomsen died Oct. 11, 2005 at home. She was 100. A memorial has been established for Oelrichs Volunteer Fire Dept. or EMT. Donations may be sent to 1st National Bank of Chadron.

Her survivors include her sons: Loyd and Karen Thomsen of Oelrichs, S.D., Harry and Luella Thomsen of Stillwell, Okla., Charley and Debbie Thomsen of Laramie, Wyo., Art and Cathy Thomsen of Alliance; daughter: Nadine and Tom Saults of Fort Collins, Colo., and many grandchildren.

Mrs. Thomsen was born Aug. 3, 1905 in Monon, In., to Christian and Loretta (Wynekoop) Felz.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Bryan Lee Thurber
Funeral services for Bryan Thurber of Heath, Ohio will be Thursday, August 25 at 10 a.m. at First Congressional Church in Chadron with Reverend Russ Seger officiating. Burial will be at Hot Springs City Cemetery in Hot Springs, S.D.

Mr. Thurber was born July 21, 1976 in Ft. Wayne Ind., to David M. Thurber and Sandy L. Welch.

Mr. Thurber died in Ohio. He was 29. A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel; PO Box 970; Chadron, NE 69337.

His survivors include: his fiancé Maurie Meyer of Heath, Ohio; mother Sandy Welch and husband Tom of Chadron; father David Thurber and wife Judy of Ft. Myers, Fla.; grandmothers Shirley Tillotson of Chadron and Elizabeth Thurber of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son Logan Thurber of Heath, Ohio; daughter Christine Thurber of Heath, Ohio; brothers Darren M. Thurber of Texas, and Daniel M. Thurber of Georgia.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Donald Duane Tyree
Oct 10, 1931 - July 25, 2005

Memorial services for Donald Duane Tyree of Chadron are July 28, at the Methodist Church of Chadron with Pastor Seth Leypoldt officiating.

Military services provided by the Nebraska National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team.

Mr. Tyree died July 25, 2005 at Chadron. He was 73. A memorial has been established for Chadron Hospice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

He was affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Active member of A.A., worked for C&NW railroad and Veteran of the Marine Corps.

His survivors include his wife: Marie Tyree of Chadron; sons: Brad Tyree and wife Elaine of Alliance, Damon Tyree of Chadron, Shawn Tyree of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; step-daughters: Elena Rojas of Cleveland, Ohio, Paula Battaglia of Cleveland Ohio; step-sons: Del Barnes and wife Connie of Norfolk, Monte Barnes and wife Carol of Norfolk, Sean Monahan of Chadron, Shorty Barns and wife Ann; grandchildren: Thomas, Selina, Kelen, Walker, Josh, Oliver, Kaylee, Virgil, Kirsten, Dejay, Casey, Nicole and Danielle.

Mr. Tyree was born October 10, 1931 in Chadron to Fritz and Susan Tyree.

He was preceded in death by his father Fritz and mother Susan and sister Dona.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Sandra Kay Wheeler Vencill
March 18, 1943 - May 10, 2005

Sandra Kay Wheeler Vencill, 62, of Chadron, formerly of North Platte, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005 in Chadron.

Sandi was born to Kermit Lowell and Ruby I. Smith Wheeler on March 18, 1943 in North Platte.

Sandy married Dennis K. Vencill in August of 1961 at North Platte and they later divorced. They had four wonderful children: Todd, Terry, Tammy and Tim. Her hobbies were writing poetry, reading the Bible, spoiling her large extended family and working alongside Don on the ranch. At the time of her death she was employed at the Super 8 in Chadron.

Sandy is survived by a long-time companion Don Littrel of Chadron; three sisters: Cleo Cease of Wheatridge, Colo., Marjorie Hesson of Tacoma, Wash., and Linda Hobbs of North Platte; two brothers: Lowell Wheeler of Bayard, and Delbert Wheeler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister-in-law: Roxie Santerno of Wheatridge, Colo.; daughter: Tammy and husband Darin Prelle of Bison, S.D.; three sons: Todd and wife Nancy Vencill of Casper, Wyo., Terry and wife Cindy Vencill of Kearney, Tim and wife Christina Vencill of Rushville; eight grandchildren: J.D., Jon and Cassandra Vencill, Devan Ackley, Aaron Vencill, Clayton and Jace Prelle and Cole Vencill.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Vernon Wheeler.

A funeral service was Monday, May 16 at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Pastor Richard Wheatley of the First Baptist Church of Chadron officiating. Burial will be in the North Platte Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for her grandchildren.

Nellie May Waggener
May 29, 1906 -March 2, 2005

Funeral services for Nellie Waggener of Chadron were held March 7 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron with Pastor Richard Wheatley officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

Miss Waggener died March 2, 2005 at Chadron. She was 98.

A memorial has been established for Crestveiw Care Center. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337

Miss Waggener was born May 29, 1906 in Phillip Kan., to Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Irvin and Elizabeth Tina Waggener.

She was a member of VFW and Royal Neighbors.

Her survivors include: her brothers Floyd Waggener of Chadron, Kenneth Waggener of Alameda, Calif., Robert L. Waggener of Chadron; sisters Beverly Jean Schott of Sheridan, Wyo., Maxine Neilson of California.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

William Earl Waldron
Oct. 2, 1914-April 24, 2005

William Earl Waldron died Sunday, April 24 at Chadron Community Hospital.

A graveside service will be Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Alliance Cemetery with Pastor Don Ludwick officiating.

Memorials for the Alliance High School Athletic Department may be sent in care of the Alliance Public Schools Foundation, 1604 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance, Neb. 69301.

He was born October 2, 1914 at Dry Valley in Cherry County to Warren Thomas and Jenny Mae (Howard) Waldron. The family moved to Alliance in 1921 and William graduated from Alliance High School in 1933.

In 1933 William married Genevieve LaClair of Alliance and to this union four children, Joyce, John, Steve and Judi were born.

William became an employee of the Burlington Railroad in 1935, retiring from his position as a conductor in 1978. After retirement he and Genevieve traveled extensively in the western United States until her sudden death in1982.

In 1985 William married Darlene Pugh Tice of Alliance. She passed away in 1994. In 1995 William married Dorothy Hargens Hallsted of Chadron and they lived in the Pine Ridge area near Chadron.

An ardent sportsman, Bill had enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing in the Pine Ridge and along the Platte River near Lisco, Nebraska, continuing these interests as long as he was able.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Chadron, his children, Joyce Lawrence of Alliance, John of Fort Worth, Texs, Steve of Alliance, Judi DeWees of Farmington, N.M., six stepchildren, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildrenand his brother Howard Waldron of San Diego, Calif,

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Genevieve and Darlene, sisters, Betty Stillwell, Sylvia Rhoads, Fern Essex and Maxine Essex.

Dan Wales
Dec. 12, 1932 - Oct. 8, 2005

Dan Wales of Chadron passed away Oct. 8 at his home in Chadron. He was 72 years old.

A farewell ceremony was held in Chadron Oct. 13.

A memorial was established to the Cancer Society. Donations may be sent to First National Bank of Chadron.

Dan was born Dec. 12, 1932 to Francis Claire and Gertrude (Oatman) Wales.

Dan and his wife Betty were married Feb. 14, 1951. They lived in Ainsworth, Hidden Timber, S.D. and then in the Bassett area as ranchers until 1986 when they moved to Chadron and where they have been in the monument business for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife Betty, Chadron; two sons Calvin and fiancé Debbie of Rapid City, S.D. Chet and wife Marcia of Dunning and one daughter: Christine and husband Brett Bump of Blackhawk, S.D; two grandsons, three granddaughters, a sister, Betty and husband Pete Peterson of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters-in-law Ann Wales of Ainsworth, Dorothy Wales of Millbow, S.D., Dona Gibson of Springview; brothers-in-laws Alanson Cole, and David and wife Judy Cole of Ainsworth and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Adrith and Margie, and three brothers, Fred, Harry and Richard.

Dan Wales
A Farewell Ceremony for Dan Wales of Chadron will be Thursday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Country Kitchen in Chadron.

Mr. Wales died Oct. 8 at home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Cancer Society. Donations may be sent to First National Bank of Chadron.

Arrangements have been placed in care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron.

Marian Lee Walters
Dec. 8, 1914 - July 11, 2005

Funerals services for Marian Lee Walters of Marsland are Saturday, July 16 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Crawford with Father Loren Pohlmeier officiating. The Vigil is at the St. John the Baptist Church Friday, July 15 and burial is in Hemingford on July 16th.

Marian Lee Rousey Walters was born December 8, 1914, in Alliance to William Edward and Ora Blanche (MacDonald) Rousey. She was called to her rest on July 11, 2005, at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends, and the community.

Marian Lee was raised first in Alliance, then about five years near Hill City, S.D.. Her family later moved back to Alliance to run the Flora Apartments. She graduated from Alliance High School, taught in rural schools, attended Chadron State College and then the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. When her father, the Box Butte County Assessor, died, she came home to finish his term and was then elected to one term of her own.

Marian Lee married Edward F. Walters on April 11, 1942. They farmed near his parents seven miles east of Hemingford. When he entered the army during World War II, she followed her son Mike to Camp Carson in Colorado. When he was deployed to Europe, she lived back home.

Marian Lee and Edward raised eight children on their farm southwest of Hemingford, and then later a ranch near Marsland. She lived there after Edward's death in October of 1975, and then moved to the Ponderosa Settlement and later the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford.

Marian Lee taught in rural schools in Dawes, Box Butte and Sheridan Counties and worked on her bachelor's degree during the summers until she received her degree in 1966. She retired from teaching in 1976 and enjoyed her retirement by traveling and being active in several organizations. She was a member and officer of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Republican Women, and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. When her older children were in 4-H, she served on the Box Butte County Extension Board as a 4-H leader. She also served on the Dawes County Extension Council, the Advance Club, and was honored by the National Association of County Extension Boards and as a 4-H Alumni. She served as a Dawes County Fair Superintendent for many years. After retiring from teaching she spent many years volunteering for the Crawford RSVP program with children, at the food pantry, and at the nursing home. She was a lector for St. John the Baptist Church and participated in prayer groups and service activities including St. Annís Study Club. She was a model of selflessness and generosity to her family and her community.

Marian Lee is survived by her sister: Wyledda and Howard Hodges of Fairfax, Va.; sister-in-law: Leona Wilkins; brother-in-law: John Walters of Hemingford and her children: Michael Edward (Mary Ann) of Gordon, William Jon (Sue) of Omaha, James Joseph (Elaine) of Gordon, Donald Lee (Phyllis) of Lakeland Fla., Mary Ann (Dennis) Cahill of Battle Mountain, Nev., Thomas Anthony (Geneice) of Marsland, Veronica Sue (Charles) Miller of Bayard, and Dorothy Jean (Dave) Kelley of Lemmon, S.D. She had 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Edward; sister: Jean Zochol; sister and brother-in-law: Alma and Patrick Walsh of Denver; sister-in-law Carol Walters of Hemingford; grandson: Jeramy Walters, and great grandchildren Randi Lee and Marian Lee Cahill.

Memorials have been established for the Jeramy Walters Scholarship Fund, the Crawford Volunteer Fire Department, and the Ponderosa Villa Nursing Home. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Arthur Lee "Bub" Ward

June 8, 1923-Jan. 11-2005

Arthur Lee "Bub" Ward, 81, died Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at his home at Alliance.

Funeral services were Jan. 14 at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Graveside services with military rites followed at the Crawford Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Veterans Administration, or to the Good Samaritan Health Care Center Alzheimer's Unit at, P.O. Box 970, Alliance, Neb., 69301.

Arthur Ward was born June 8, 1923 at Alliance, Nebraska to Benjamin and Olive (Benjamin) Ward.

He married Mary Jane Strick on July 6, 1947 at Alliance.

He had worked for the Nebraska Fish and Wildlife Game Commission for many years. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., the Elks, and the Red Angus Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Ward of Alliance; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra S. and George Suhr of Minatare, Janet L. and Bill Woodworth of Gillette, Wyoming, Connie J. and Rick Hilliker of Gordon, Thelma L. and Eldon Muhr of Alliance, and Linda J. and Denny Heflin of Harlan, Iowa, his brother and sister-in-law, Bennie and Bessie Ward of Crawford; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters.

Joyce Marlene Watson
Sept. 6, 1931-Oct. 6, 2005

Joyce Marlene Watson passed away, Oct. 6 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff following a short illness.

Joyce Marlene Watson was born September 6, 1931 at Beatrice to Lee and Ruth (Whitman) Smedley. She graduated from high school at Pawnee City in 1947.

During high school, Joyce played tenor sax with a local dance band, traveling to many area communities to provide Saturday night entertainment. She received her teaching certificate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1951. While attending college she was a member of the University Band.

Her first teaching job found her in Holdrege. The following year she accepted a teaching position in Mitchell. Summers were spent working in a Renzelman's music store. It was at this time she met Sioux County Rancher Kenneth Watson. They were married August 15, 1954 and made their first home at Dr. C.R. Watson's North Ranch.

Ken and Joyce leased various Sioux County ranches for several years, including the Upper 33 ranch. They purchased the Raymond and Alice Larson ranch in 1967, where they lived together until Ken's death in 1991. This land was ‘home' for Joyce and following moves to Harrison and Chadron she returned to live at the ranch in 2003.

Joyce taught music several years in the Harrison Grade School. She was very proud to direct several operetta productions including ‘HMS Pinafore' in 1963, ‘The Mikado' in 1965 and ‘Rough and Ready' in 1972. Music was always an important part of her life.

They joined the Catholic Church in the late 1990's and became very active with the Altar Society of the Church of the Nativity in Harrison.

Recently, she was a member of the Sioux County Planning Commission, and Running Water Ranch Coalition Band.

She took pride in the purebred red Angus herd she and Ken had established and continued running cow/calf pairs with her daughter and son-in-law on the ranch.

She is survived by: her daughters Kathryn Lea Griesse of Harrison and Karen Kay Smith of Broken Bow; grandchildren Marlena Griesse, Laurie, Kenneth, Kyle and Rebecca Smith; and brother Gary Smedley of Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Jean Waugh
Dec. 24, 1936 - June 27, 2005

Funeral services for Jean Waugh are today, July 1, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with Rev. Don Hunzeker officiating. Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery. Visitation was at the Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden on Thursday.

Jean Waugh, 68 year of age from Hay Springs, formerly of Minden died on June 27, 2005 in Chadron. Jean was born on December 24, 1936 in Yankton, S.D. to Vern and Velma (Woods) Peterson. She grew up around Yankton and on June 7, 1954, she married Roy Waugh. They lived and worked in Yankton, then moved to North Platte and lived for 12 years then moved to Minden in 1967. They lived in Minden until 1982 and moved to Yankton, moving to Hay Springs in 2000. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Jean enjoyed camping and four wheeling, flowers, collecting rocks and wooden artifacts. Simple things in life made Jean very happy, she was a lady with a big heart and had faith in God. Jean was known for her daily journal entries, she always stayed connected with her friends and family. Her family, children and grandchildren were most important to her.

Survivors include her husband: Roy of Hay Springs; one son: Terry Waugh of Hay Springs; one daughter: Vicki Young and husband Jim of Glenwood, Iowa.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death one son: Steve; and one sister. Memorials are suggested to the Hay Springs Rescue Squad.

Wayne Charles Wasserburger

Wayne Charles Wasserburger, 65, of Edgemont died March 15 at the Veterans Hospital in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Funeral services were March 18, at the St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont with Msgr. James Mortimer officiating.

Inurnment was March 21 at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.

A memorial has been established in Wayne's name for the St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont.

Wayne served in the Navy from 1957-1960.

He is survived by his wife, Clova Wasserburger of Edgemont; son, Wade Wasserburger of Rapid City, S.D.; son, Ward (Randee) Wasserburger of Chadron; daughter, Cindy (Jim) Brodrick of Chadron; brother, W.H. "Buzz" (Shirley) Wasserburger of Weatherbe Lake, Mo.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont, South Dakota.

James Dean Welsh
May 5, 1937 - Oct. 30, 2005

Memorial services with Military Rites were held for James Dean Welsh on Nov. 4, at the Hay Springs Methodist Church. Pastor Rodney Heilbrun and Rev. Al Trucano officiated.

A memorial has been established for t he Friends of Pets, Memorials may be sent in care of Chamberlain Drabbels, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

James Dean Welsh joined this world on May 5, 1937 in Brule. His parents were George James and Ethel Maude (Pearson) Welsh. He found peace on October 30, 2005.

Dean grew up in Brule with his brother Howard and his sisters Roberta and Marlene. Following his passing he lived with cousins Elmer, Margaret, DeEtta, and Delmer Westerbuhr. He grew up among family and friends, enjoying socializing, sports, and hunting.

Following graduation he joined the Navy. On his return he married Helen Hoben and to this marriage came five children. Dean worked in irrigation sales and service and traveled extensively; making friends everywhere he went.

In 1987 he married Sylvia. The marriage created an extraordinary family of nine children who were his pride and joy. Dean spent his retirement visiting his children, grandchildren, and friends and collecting treasures-anything you might need could possibly be found at the shop. However, finding it was another story. You seldom saw his without his beloved “Till”.

Dean loved life and tried to live each day to it's fullest. He always believed that life was not measured by the material things but by how you lived your life; the example you set; and the memories you left on the hearts of those you loved.

Dean leaves behind to celebrate his life his wife: Sylvia; and their nine children: Steve and wife Kathleen, Mark, Shane and wife Mindy, John and wife Cindy, Barb and husband Richard, Dusta, Nathan, Cody, and Nolan; his sisters: Marlene and husband Dwayne, and Roberta; his brother: Howard; his step sister: Carol Borowski; seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepsister Vera.

Arrangements have bee placed in the care of Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs.

Casey Wayne White
Dec. 16, 2004 - April 12, 2005

Private family services will be held on the White family ranch for Casey Wayne White, infant son of Hardy and Mandy (Hunter) White. Casey was born on December 16, 2004 in Rapid City, S.D. and spent the four months of his young life at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, where he died on April 12.

In addition to his parents, Casey is survived by his sister; Jessy James; maternal grandparents, Casey and Sally Hunter of Yoder, Wyo.; paternal grandparents, Jim and Cheryl White of Chadron; maternal great grandmother, Mary Green of LaGrange, Wyo. and paternal great grandmother, Delores Boldon of Chadron; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ethelyn Fern Willson

May 3, 1910 - Jan. 12, 2005

Mrs. Ethelyn Fern Willson died Jan. 12 at the Ponderosa Villa Nursing Home in Crawford. Services were Jan. 18, at Chamberlain Chapel in Crawford with Pastor Marsha Stauss officiating. Burial was at the Crawford City Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson was 94 years old.

A memorial has been established for the Crawford Fire Department. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Ethelyn Fern Wilson was born May 3, 1910, in Sioux County to Mr. and Mrs. Corbin Delbert and Margaret Ann (Feight) Hatfield. She broke horses for the public to ride, and had numerous jobs in Crawford including working for the theater, Crawford City Bank, the hospital and Houston Funeral Home. Her greatest loves were singing, dancing and her family.

On October 14, 1933, she married Fred Willson in Hot Springs, S.D. To this union four children were born. One baby boy, Harold L. Willson died after only two days. Fred Willson passed away May 29, 1980.

She is survived by two sons, Delbert Willson of Denver, Colo., and Elmer F. Willson of Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred, two sons, Harold L. Willson and Lloyd Keith Willson.

Ival Wolvington

Jan. 18, 1930-Aug.1, 2005

Ival Wolvington, 75 died Monday, August 1, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance

Funeral services were August 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father James Heithoff officiating. Graveside services were at Calvary Cemetery in Chadron.

The family prefers memorials be given to Prairie Haven Hospice, 2409 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance, Neb. 69301.

Ival Wolvington was born January 18, 1930 in Hay Springs to Earl and Frances (Hanks) Wolvington. His family lived on their farm 18 miles west of Hay Springs. Ival graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1947.

He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He served with the 24th Engineer Group Headquarters Company, 79th Construction Engineer. He was honorably discharged January 30, 1953.

On May 23, 1955 he was united in marriage to Joan Murphy at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron. They lived in Chadron before moving to Alliance in 1957. Ival worked for Alliance Tractor and Implement Company until 1987. He then worked as a jailor for the Box Butte County Sheriff's Department from 1990 until his retirement in 1998.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Eagles, and a lifetime member of the American Legion in Hay Springs.

Ival is survived by his wife Joan; son Paul and wife Kathy Wolvington of Chadron, daughter Sherrie and husband Don Dudley of Sidney; son Mark and wife Dorothy Wolvington of Auburn, Wash, granddaughters, Morgan Wolvington, Rebecca Dudley, Maggie Wolvington and Teri Wolvington; his brother Eugene and wife Mary Wolvington of Chadron and sister Irene Stewart of Chadron.

His parents and brother-in-law Charles Stewart preceded him in death.

Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lein Wood
Aug. 19, 1941 - Sept. 7, 2005

Graveside services for Lein Wood of Jamesport, Mo., were held Sept. 12 at Crawford Cemetery with Pastor Don Ludwick officiating. Burial was at Crawford Cemetery.

Mr. Wood died Sept. 7, 2005 at Jamesport, Mo. He was 64.

Lein Wood was born Aug. 19, 1941 in Chadron to Leo and Margaret Wood.

His survivors include: his brothers Keith Wood of Tacoma, Wash., Leroy Wood of Grand Coulee, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Shirley.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford.

Mildred Clara Zerbst
Mar. 30, 1913 - Sept. 18, 2005

Funeral services for Mildred Clara Zerbst, 92, are Sept 24, at the Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyo., with Pastor Tom Strock of the First Baptist Church in Lusk, Wyo., officiating.

Mrs. Zerbst died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas.

She was born March 30, 1913 in Harrison the daughter of Walter and Katherine (Winterhalter) Meier She graduated from the Sioux County High School in Harrison in 1930. She taught at rural elementary schools. She was married to Walter F. Zerbst on May 21, 1933 in Harrison. They ranched north and east of Lusk, where she was active in the ranching operation and did all of the cooking at the ranch. She was a master cook and gardener, and was still gardening at the age of 87. She loved flowers and large family gatherings, where she prepared the entire meal. She was active in the First Baptist Church in Lusk. She loved dancing a beautiful waltz with her loving husband and partner of 72 years. They moved into Lusk in 1973 to a new home that Walter had built. They loved to travel in their retirement years to many places including a trip to Alaska.

She is survived by her three children: Melva and husband, Leroy of Lusk, Delbert and wife, Linda Zerbst of Black Hawk, S.D., and Karlene Weeden of Lewistown, Mont.; nine grandchildren: Valerie Wasserburger, Kelly Christianson, Lori Milke, Curtiss Christianson, Douglas Zerbst, Kristal Kuhnel, Dennis Zerbst, Cheri Fulton, and Monte Weeden; and 41 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter, on May 16, 2005, two sisters, Lorraine and Evelyn; and one brother, Walter, Jr.

A memorial to the Niobrara County Library in Lusk would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Homes Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Mable Zuver
July 25, 1922 - May 13, 2005

Helen Mable Zuver, age 82, of Gordon, died Friday, May 13, 2005, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 25, 1922 to Ray and Mable Sutton of Lincoln. When Helen was four, her family moved to a ranch southwest of Gordon. She attended Fairview School through the eighth grade.

On November 12, 1941, Helen married Virgil Zuver in Rushville. They lived on the Zuver ranch on the Niobrara River south of Rushville during World War II. In 1947, the couple moved to Gordon, where Virgil established a carpentry business and they raised their three children, Leland, Linda and Donald. Helen worked in the cafeteria at the Gordon High School and the Gordon Good Samaritan Home. After her husband's death in 1976, she continued to live in Gordon until her death.

Helen enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, reading, writing letters and keeping a daily journal. She took great pleasure in visiting with her family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband: Virgil; parents: Ray and Mable Sutton; two sisters: Lois Bonterns and Edna Ramsey; three brothers: Glen Warren and Ray Jr.; infant son: Jerry and infant granddaughter: Joy Zuver.

Survivors include her three children: Leland and wife Janet of LaBolt, S.D., Linda and husband Curt Bowman of Chadron, Donald and wife Tammy, also of Chadron; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Judy Zuver Elsberry of Rushville, and Sylvia Zuver of Valentine; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Services were held May 17 at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel in Gordon, with Pastor Ron Green officiating. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Gordon Countryside Care Activities Program, 500 E 10th Street, Gordon, NE 69343

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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