Obituaries

Obituaries - 1961-1970

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1963

NERN, MAE MARTHA (HOPKINS)
Gordon Nebr. -1963
Mae Martha Hopkins, daughter of James and Mississippi Hopkins, was born July 3, 1871 in Freeman, Mo., and died on Febr. 5, 1963 at the ripe old age of 91 years, seven months and two days. On Sept. 9. 1898 she was united in marriage at Sioux City, Ia. to Felix William Nern of Boswell, Ind. They made their home on a ranch at New Castle, Nebr. until 1911 when they moved to a ranch south of Gordon, Nebr. They lived here until 1945 when they retired and moved to Gordon where they have since lived. Mrs. Nern leaves to mourn, her immediate family - one son, Lee Myers; three daughters; Mrs. Chester Skanadore and Mrs. Orin Slater of Gordon, and Mrs. Harry Baker of Lusk, Wyo.; 16 grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends. One daughter, Mrs. Frank Gwynn, preceded her in death. At the age of 62 Mrs. Nern accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized in a lake on the ranch. For the past seven years she has been confined to a wheel chair, but here she continued her Christian evangelism by mail and with those who came to visit her. Her prayers for her family and friends have gone round the world. Funeral services were conducted from the Church of God in Gordon, with the pastor, the Rev. Carl C. Williams, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Melvin Grosenbach. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery with Gates and Son Mortuary in charge.

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1966

SANDOZ, MARI
Gordon Nebr. -1966
Mary Susette Sandoz, whose pen name is Mari Sandoz, was born on May 11, 1896, at the family home on the Niobrara river. She was the oldest child of Jules Ami Sandoz and Mary Elizabeth Fehr Sandoz. At nine she entered school in district 112, unable to speak English. When Mari was 14, she and a brother, James, moved to the sandhills where the Sandoz fruit farm now stands, to hold down the family homestead. Two years later, she passed the teacher's examinations and taught the hme school alternately with other schools for a number of years. Following a short, difficult marriage, Mari and a cousin, Rosalie Sandoz went to Lincoln where both took business courses. Later, she changed to an English major, while teaching part-time an extension course under Professor Melvin Vanden Bark, and working for Smith and Dorsey, a pharmaceutical supply house. Mari began writing early, and wrote intermittently for years until the first issue of the Prairie Schooner printed her first short story, The Peachstone Basket. After the death of her father, work began on his biography that led to a continuous career, and collection of numberous awards in literature. Her abiding interest in the Indian won their trust and confidence until she had access to much hitherto unknown details of their history. She suffered a lifetime of migraine headaches, but was able to finish 20 books, numerous short stories and to guide the careers of young authors. In years of teaching crative writing on a professional level, at the University of Wisconsin, she made a wide acquaintance in the literary world and her active life spanned such giants of writing as T. S. Eliot, Somerset Maugham and Gertrude Stein. Mari was proud of the Sandoz family name and tradition and delighted in tracing her ancestry back to the 1300's when they were religious exiles in Switzerland. She hoped to enlist some member of her family in writing her biography. Survivors are three brothers, Jules of Gordon, James of Wllsworth and Fritz of Lakeside; two sisters, Flora Sandoz of Ellsworth and Mrs. Robert (Caroline) Pifer of Gordon; and aunt, Mrs. Susette Grossenbacher, 89, who was a sister of her mother and one of few living realtives who came from Switzerland. Mr. Grossenbacher has a home in Rushville, but lives at Good Samaritan center, Gordon. A short reading service was attended in the Chamberlain funeral home by the immediate family and the body was taken to the Sandoz fruit farm for burial. There were no pall-bearers as such, no funeral and no flowers outside of those of the immediate family, in accordance with the deceased's wishes. (Transcribers note: Mari Sandoz died March 10, 1966 at New York.)

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1967

The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, after 1967
Jesse Merle Spindler was born July 26, 1903 to George and Margaret Spindler of Atkinson. He was one of nine children. He attended school at Spencer and Atkinson, graduating from Atkinson high in 1925. He taught public schools in Bolt and Sheridan counties for ten years and one year Hisle, S.D. in the BIA schools. In 1931 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Forster at Rushville. Three children were born to them: Peggie Johns of Chadron, Rosa Sullivan of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Dick, deceased in 1959. Merle and Myrtle held a star route mail contract from 1942 until 1974 when they released it. Merle served on the Gordon Police force from 1951 to 1967. Ten of these years he was chief of police. He worked part-time for nine years at the Gordon Journal. He also worked at Kirby Vac-Chadron for a time. In 1967 they were semi-retired and traveled extensively; camping was their hobby. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, of Chadron, the three daughters, brother Floyd of Atkinson and one sister, Rose Johns of Atkinson, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His other brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

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1968

NERN, FELIX
Gordon Nebr., -1968
Felix William Nern, son of John and Cathrine Nern, was born at Baswell, Ind. on Feb. 22, 1874 and died at the Good Samaritan center at Gordon on Feb. 13, 1968 at the age of 93 yers, 11 months and 20 days. Mr. Nern was united in marriage to Mary M. Myers at Sioux City, Ia. on Sept. 9, 1898. To this union one son and four daughters were born. The Nerns resided at Newcastle, where he was engaged in farming and cattle feeding until 1912. They then moved to the sandhills region south of Gordon where he was engaged in ranching until 1942 when they moved into Gordon and resided there until the time of their death. Mr. Nern also owned a ranch north of Lusk, Wyo. Mr. Nern was preceded in death by his wife Mary in February 1963. A daughter, Lavern (Mrs. Frank) Gwynn and an infant son, Harry also preceded him in death. Survivors include one step-son, Lee Myers, Gordon; three daughters, Grace (Mrs. Chester) Skanadore, Raye (Mrs. Orin) Slater, both of Gordon and Faye (Mrs. Harry) Baker of Hat Creek, Wyo.; 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Some six or seven years ago Mr. Nern committed his life to Christ and therafter he had a testimony for his Lord, who meant so much to him in the closing days of his life. Memorial services were held in the Gordon Church of God on Feb. 17 with Pastor Carl C. Williams officiationg, assisted by the Rev. Melvin Grosenbach of the Gospel chapel. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery with Chamberlain - Gates mortuary in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were grandsons; Nern and Robert Skanadore, James Gwynn, Donald, Stanley and Maurice Slater.

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1969

MYERS, LEE
Gordon Nebr. -1969
Lee Herman Myers was born October 16,1889 at Harrison, Mo., the son of Mr. and Mrs. (Mae M. Hopkins) Umphrey Myers. He died in the Gordon Memorial Hospital on June 19, 1969, being at the time of his death 79 years, eight months, and three days of age. Mr. Myers was united in mariage to Maude M. Alder on July 1, 1927 at Wagner, S. D. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter (by a former marriage,) Mrs. Catherine Dixon of Naches, Wash., three sisters, Mrs. Grace Skanadore, Mrs. Rae Slater, Gordon, and Mrs. Faye Baker, Hat Creek, Wyo.; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Myers spent the early years of his life in eastern Nebraska, and in 1915 came to the Gordon vicinity where he spent the re- (end of clipping).

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