Obituaries

Obituaries - 1971-1980

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1974

PERRY, HARRY LEE
Rushville Nebr -1974
Harry Lee Perry was born in Oklahoma, Sept. 8, 1887, and passed away at Vista del Rio, Kansas City, Mo., July 27, 1974, at the age of 86 years and 10 mos. The early part of his life was spent in the Creighton, Nebr. area. Feb. 25, 1908, he was married to Agnes Irene Nutter, at Gettysburg, S.D. To this union two daughters were born, Lavina and Laresta. After homesteading in Perkins Countym So. Dak. they moved to Rushville, Nebr. In 1924 they began ranching at Eli, Nebraska. After 20 years they moved to Oregon, where he worked for the State Commission intil he retired. In 1969 they noved to Kansas City. Here they resided in a retirement home until he passed away. He was a member o the United Methodist Church. His parents, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, Agnes; 2 daughter, Mrs. Maynard Ryno, (Lavina) of Williford, Ark. and Mrs., J. A. Wickman, (Laresta) of Eli, Nebr.; six grandchildren, Mrs. Berniece Klamm, Independence, Mo., Perry Ryno, California, Mrs. Clara Ahders, of Idaho, Mrs. Larella Campbell, John Wickman of Eli, and Mrs. Jane Cady of Valentine; 12 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces, 1 nephew and a host of friends. Rev. Russell DeWitt of Cody had charge of the services at the Chapel at Chamberlain Funeral Home, Rushville. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery, Rushville.

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1975

VINTON, MRS. DON
Valentine Nebr. -1975
Funeral services for Mrs. Don Vainton, 68, were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, March 15, in St. Leo's Catholic church at Gordon. Burial was in Gordon cemetery. Mrs. Vinton died Wednesday, March 12, [1975] while vacationing in Las Vega, Nev. Immediate survivors include a daughter, Mrs. William Barnes of Monroe, Ia., and a son, Pat of Gordon.

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MALMBERG, EMIL
"Valentine News," April 3, 1975
Funeral services are today at 2 p.m. at the Gordon Methodist Church for Emil Malmberg, 72, owner and operator of the Malmberg Cattle Co. for the past 16 years. Malmberg died Sunday night at a Gordon hospital following a heart attack at his home there. Malmberg was born in Pender, Neb., and moved to the Goron area in 1911. He worked for the Carson Ranch at Gordon from 1928 to 1938 and then worked for the E. John Brandeis Ranch near Cody from 1939 to 1959. Survivors include his widow, Vera; sons, Charles and Don of Gordon; Jack of Chadron and Tom, in Alaska; daughters, Mrs. Vance Burton, Dallas, Tex.; Mrs. James Collins, of Maine; June, at home, and nine grandchildren.

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SANDOZ, FRITZ
Gordon Nebr. -1975
Fritz Theodore Sandoz was born July 30, 1903, the youngest son of Jules and Mary Sandoz, on their Niobrara river homestead. He died at the Gordon Memorial hospital, Monday, Dec. 29, 1975, at the age of 72 years, four months and 29 days, after a lingering illness. He lived on this homestead until he was nine years old, then moved with his parents to what is now known as the Sandoz fruit farm, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Blanche Ridenour, Aug. 17, 1927, at Rushville, and the couple made their home south of Seneca, until 1929, then moved to the old Pete Sandoz place which they purchased, and he lived here until the time of his death, having ranched 50 years for himself. There were no children born to this union, but they took in several boys and girls and made a home for them through the years. He was especially fond of children. Fritz was widely known and highly thought of by everyone who knew him. He had compassion for all who needed help in any way trying his best to do his part which resulted in Fritz and Blanche receiving the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor award in 1971. Preceding him in death were his parents, Jules and Mary Sandoz and a sister, Mari. He was a kind and loving husband, brother and neighbor and leaves to mourn his wife Blanche, two brothers, Jules and James Sandoz; two sisters, Flora Sandoz and Caroline Sandoz Pifer, all living south of Gordon, the children for whom they made a home several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

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1976

COLE, ELSIE L.
"Valentine News," June 24, 1976
Elsie L. Auman was born November 18, 1891, at Orchard, Nebraska, to John and Margaret Auman, and passed away June 10, 1976, at Rushville, Nebraska. She was educated and grew to womanhood in the Orchard comunity. She came to Cherry County in 1913 where she taught two terms of school. She was married to D. J. Cole October 17, 1915. To this union one daughter, Ada Mae, was born. Elsie was a member of the United Brethren Church in Orchard and later transferred her membership to the Merriman United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Jay; her parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. She is survived by her daugher, Ada Mae, and her son-in-law, Stan Boltz of Merriman; by one brother, John Auman of Orchard; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; by several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Memorial services were at the Chanberlain Chapel, Rushville, Neb., June 14 with interment at Gordan, Nebr.

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SLATER, WILLIAM ORIN
Gordon-1976
William Orin Slater, son of Albert and Henrietta (Long) Slater, was born January 3, 1897 at Purden, Mo. He died at the Gordon Memorial hospital, January 2, 1976, one day short of 79 years. Orin spent his childhood at Hot Springs, S. D. until age 17 when he came to the U-Cross ranch south of Gordon. He worked there and on other ranches as a cowboy until 1942 when he purchased a farm one mile east of Gordon. He moved his family to Gordon at that time and resided her until the time of his death. Orin was united in marriage to Georgia Raye Nern, July 19, 1923 at Rushville. To this union were born three sons, Donald Orin and Stanley Ray of Scottsbluff, and William Maurice of Houston, Tex. Orin has lived in this community for 61 years and enjoyed ranching, farming and trucking. He was a member of the Old Time Cowboys association. He attended the Church of God regularly and had received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior some 13 years ago. He was a member of the organization of Men of the Church of God. Orin had also served on the board of trustees, Faith Promise missionary bard and was an Usher for the local congregation. He was the head bus driver for the Sunday schoolas well as South Main street Church of God. He was very faithful in attendance in the regular services as well as in carrying out his responsibilities. He was preceded in death by his parents and leaves to mourn him, one sister, Lela Wolfe, Cherry Valley, Calif; two half-sisters, Hilma LaFon, Minatare and Dora Pliley, Harbor City, Calif.; his wife, Raye of the home; sons Donald and Stanley of Scottsbluff and Maurice of Houston, Tex., also one grandson and six granddaughters and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the Church of God, Monday, January 5, 1976, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Ross Craig officiating. Music was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Morey Bruce with Mrs. Walter Frey at the organ. Pallbearers were Dwight Thorsen, Donal Thorsen, Johnny Kearns, Nern Skanadore, Bob Skanadore and Jim Gwynn. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

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1978

KEARNS, STEVEN JOSEPH

Rushville-1978 (Child died Feb. 4, 1978, obituary in paper dated Feb. 8, 1978.)

Services at Chamberlain Mortuary followed by graveside services were held Wednesday morning for Steven Joseph Kearns, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kearns.

He is survived by his parents, one brother Rick, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Kearns and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brennfoder of Fairfield, Ne.

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LEACH, VEDAH B.
Gordon-1978
(Funeral Card)
In Memory of Vedah B. Leach
Date of Birth: February 8, 1904
Date of Death: August 5, 1978
Time and Place of Service: Tuesday, August 8, 1978 - 2 p.m., United Methodist Church
Minister: Rev. John Baker
Music: Organist, Mrs. Gordon Mills; Soloist, Gordon Mills
Place of Interment: Gordon Cemetery
Ballbearers: Alvon Rawles, Fred Rawles, Ivan Rawles, Harold Whitcomb, Mack Galloway, John Galloway

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, (Sheridan county) Nebraska, September 4, 1978]
Obituaries: Ruthe Celestina Baker was born near Irwin in Cherry county, the daughter of Celestina Alexander and Levi Ray Baker. When of school age Ruthe moved with her parents to Gordon where she entered school. She became a school teacher and taught in Grand Island and Casper, Wyo. She married Marshall T. (Slim) Rice of Casper, an employee of C&NW Railroad. In 1940 the Riches were transferred to Chadron. Mr. Rice died in October, 1955. A month ago, Ruthe decided to convalesce in Gordon to be near her sister, Mrs. Wayland Case. She died on August 28, 1978, at Gordon Memorial hospital. Her husband, parents and brothers, Rev. Ray M. Baker and Howard C. Baker, prec ?? ‚lth. After the war, she ???

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, (Sheridan county) Nebraska, September 11, 1978]
Lewis Peter Pruden was born July 6, 1918, near Merriman at the ranch home of his parents, James and Alice Nelson Pruden, and died Sept. 4, 1978, at Bemidji, Minn. He attended the Gordon public schools where the family moved after the death of his father in 1924. Lewis served in the Air Force during World War II. Surviving are four brothers and a sister: Harry of Springfield, Ohio; Arnold of Gordon; Keith of Beaumont, Tex.; Leland of Gordon, and Mrs. Arlene Gorton of Crawford as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Sidney. Burial was in Gordon cemetery.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, October 25, 1978]
Fred Lewis Cerny was born to Frank and Georgia Cerny on March 31, 1909 at the home northeast of Rushville in the Milan community. He grew up with four brothers and three sisters. He attended eight years of school in the Milan district, then worked at numerous jobs in the community before serving his country in World War II. Fred was united in marriage to Alma Barth, Dec. 31, 1937. To this union four children were born: ElloDee Finkey, Rushville; Dell of Arnold; Roger of Chadron and Rickey of Clinton. Fred was a very active man in the community, well liked by young and old, always ready to help anyone anywhere. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially outdoor fun and games with his children. He loved working in the soil and took special pride in his garden, which he raised for his family and friends. Fred was a person who never was in a hurry but always accomplished things he set out to do. He was a member of the Lutheran church, American Legion, Golden Age Swingers, Northwest Vintage Car club and other community organizations. He was dearly loved by his family and many friends, young and old. He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant sister Em???

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The Gordon Journal - Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, October 25, 1978]
Mr. Frank Bresee passed away at his home in Gordon last Saturday after a long illness. Mr. Bresee had long been one of Gordon s best known citizens and his illness brought to his bedside hosts of old-time friends who called to cheer him up. Death was caused by anemia. Frank Bresee was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa, November 14, 1855, and died at his home in Gordon October 20, 1928. He was the son of David and Mary A. Bresee and came with his parents to David City, Nebr., while still a small boy. He grew to manhood there and on October 24, 1880, he was married to Margaret Gardner. They were the parents of four children: Mary Smith, Florence Coleman, Richard D. and Bessie. The youngest daughter died in infancy and Richard preceded the father in death several years ago. In the spring of 1885, Mr. Bresee came with his family to Gordon and located on a homestead northeast of town; and, after living there a few years, engaged in the ranch business at Irwin. Later he came to Gordon and resided here until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, the two daughters, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, and also by a sister, Mrs. A.B. McDowell of La Crescenta, Calif. Funeral services were held on last Monday afternoon from the home with Rev. C.L. Shelby of the Presbyterian church in charge, and interment was in Gordon cemetery

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon (Sheridan county), Nebraska, October 25, 1978]
A tragic accident happened at the Keith Hagler home, near the Jay Cole ranch at Merriman, Saturday afternoon when the Hagler's four year old daughter Jeanette was severely burned when Mrs. Hagler was burning trash near the place. Mrs. Hagler had just stepped into the ??? hily; and two brothers, Franklin and Joe. Surviving besides his wife and children are 12 grandchildren; two brothers, George of Marion, Ohio, and Archie of Gordon; three sisters, Hester Winter of Rushville, Frances VanBriggle of Gordon, and Rose Jacobson of Portland, Ore., many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. ??? soon as Mrs. Hagler's brother, who is in the service, can reach home. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Hagler.

??? aid. The little girl died early Sunday morn ???

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1979

HEESACKER, ANNA CHRISTINA
"Sheridan County Star," March 1, 1979
Anna Christina Heesacker was born March 14, 1893, and passed away Frebruary 21, 1979, at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 7 days. She was born on her parents homestead, southeast of Hay Springs, where she grew to young womanhood. After graduating from the eighth grade, she attended teacher's college in Valentine for one year. She then taught in several rural schools in the community. On April 21, 1915, she was united in marriage to Martin Heesacker. The couple resided for two years in the country; then nine years in Hay Springs, before moving to their present home seven miles soiuth of Hay Springs. To this union two children were born, Maxine (Mrs. Harold Dorshorst) and Margaret (Mrs. William E. Walgren). Anna loved life and people. Through her friendliness and zest for living she brought much joy and happiness to those who knew her. She collected poems. Anna is survived by her husband, Martin, two daughters, four granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her sister, Alvena Schimdt and a grandson, Donald Dorshorst. Anna's first concern was always her family to whom she gave so much loving, caring and encouragement. She will be greatly missed. Memorial services were held February 26th at the Hay Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. William P. Moore officiating. Committal was in the Hay Springs Cemetery.

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POINTS, MYRTLE
"Sheridan County Star," February 15, 1979
Myrtle A. Points, 84, died Tuesday, Febraury 6th, in a hospital in San Diego, California. Mrs. Points, who was a longtime resident of the Rushville community had worked for 25 years at the Rushville Community Hospital and was a very well known and loved member of the community. She retired from nursing on October 1, 1971, after serving at the hospital for 25 years, and moved to California to be near her children. Mrs. Points was born in Ardmore, South Dakota, on September 23, 1894. She received her education in Catholic schools in South Dakota. She was married to Claude Points and the couple homesteaded on Craven Creek north of Rushville in Nebraska. To this union was born five children, three of whom survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; infant son Jack and son Claude William. Survivors are sons, Miles of Ridgecrest, California, and Tom of Alaska; one daughter, Doris (Mrs. Pete Koonz) San Diego; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Rosary for Mrs. Points was recited Sunday evening, February 11th and gaveside services were held Monday, February 12th. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery with Father Phillips officiating. Chamberlain Mortuary was in charge of local arrangements.

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RULEAU, HERBERT
"Sheridan County Star," February 22, 1979
Herbert Ruleau, the eldest son of ten children, was born September 23, 1897, to Nick and Leta Livermore Ruleau at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Mr. Ruleau passed away Feb. 16, 1979 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital at the age of 81 years, four months and 24 days. On November 8, 1924, he wa united in marriage to Heln Kendall at Martin, South Dakota. To this union were born six daughters and two sons. The Ruleaus made their home in Martin where he was a cook and worked on surrounding ranches. they lived for two years in Pine Ridge. In 1941, they moved to Gordon and made their home until his death. While in gordon, he worked as a cook, a butcher and caretaker of the Gordon Villa. Mr. Ruleau was a member of the St. Marks Episcopal Church, a life member of the Americh Legion and Old Time Cowosy Association. In June 1976, he was awarded the Good Neighbor Award. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, Helen, of 54 years; six daughters, Betty Trombley, Whittier, California; Laurine Ruleau, Window Rock, Ariz.; Geraldine Scherbarth, Hay Springs; Phyllis Junghans, Moxee, Washington; Ives Molander, Camache, Iowa, and Nancy Stults of Blairstown, Iowa; two sons, Donald of Lead, South Dakota and Herbie of Clarkstown, Mississippi; 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Frank and Paul of Lander, Wyoming and Edward of Deadwood, South Dakota; two sister, Louise Cottier of Flandreau, South Dakota and Hazel St. Antoine of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Ruleau was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held in St. Leo's Catholic Church in Gordon, with Father John Nelson, Sr., of the Episcopal Church in cahrge of services. Interment was in the Hay Springs Cemetery with full military services.

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COTANT, LEO
Valentine Newspaper-August 30, 1979
Leo Joseph (Louder) Cotant was born Aug. 13, 1900, to Joseph H. Louder and Ida F. McHenry at Indianola, Iowa. He passed away Aug. 21, 1979, at the Rushville Nursing Home at the age of 79 years, 8 days. Leo's father passed away when he was but a few days old so he was reared by a step-father, John H. Cotant. The family moved to Interior, So. Dak., then to Mullen, Nebr., in 1913 where Leo attended school at Dry Valley, Nebr. Leo worked at he Carver and Big Creek Ranch for 18 years where he met and married Opal Irene Phillips. They were married December 23, 1933, at Martin, So. Dak. To this union 5 children were born. In 1942 the family moved to Cody, Nebr. where they carried mail from Cody to Rolf for 4 years. In 1944 he went into the trucking business for himself, retiring in 1969 due to ill health. In 1970 they moved to Ogallala, Nebr., for a year, moving from there to the ABC Ranch near Kilgore. In Aug. 1974 they moved to Gordon to be near the doctor. His last few months had been spent in the Rushville Nursing Home. Leo belonged to the Old-Time Cowboys Association, the Truckers Association, and R. S. U. P. Senior Volunteers. Survivors include his wife, Opal; two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Arlene) Dahlgrin and Mrs. Ralph (Helen) Ballard, both of Ogallala; 3 sons, Larry J. of Green Acres, Wash., Leslie D. of Gordon and Lance J. of Casper; 2 sons-in-law, Billand Ralph, 3 daughters-in-law, Kay, Debbie, and Gayle; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; one sister, Ethel Johnston of Edmonds, Wash.; 3 brothers, Lloyd of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jim of Scottsbluff and Merle of St. Clair, Mo.; also a host of neices and nephews. Services were held Friday, August 24, at the Methodist Church in Gordon at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. R. DeWitt of Cody in charge.

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EGLI, JOHNNIE VIRGIL
Gordon-1979
Johnnie Virgil Egli, son of John and Gertrude Egli, was born at Gordon, Dec. 14, 1906 and died at the Gordon Memorial hospital April 23, 1979. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Egli and Agnes (Mrs. Carroll) Smith. Johnnie spent his life working the land he loved and caring for family and friends. He was active in many community and civic organizations, including the United Methodist church, Masonic lodge, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Tri-State Cowboys association, Toastmasters, chamber of commerce and served for many years as chairman of the local Town and Country days. In addition to farming, he spent 13 years as fieldman for the Triple A farm program, a brand inspector in South Dakota and Nebraska and also worked for the Mobil Oil company. He is survived by his wife Ann and his four children, Dorla (Mrs. James) Swick of Texas, Boyd Egli and wife JoEllen of Gordon, JoAnn (Mrs. Bernard) Benson, also of Gordon, and Clyda (Mrs. Larry) Elginer of California. Also a sister Edith (Mrs. Clayton) Downs of Kansas, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be fonldy remembered by all who were privileged to know him. As was consistent with his nature, Johnnie was concerned with the future. In this regard, he left instructions for his funeral arrangements, selections of songs and also had requested a poem, written by his wife Ann, to be read.
(Note: No funeral or burial information included in this obituary.)

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 2, 1979
Florence Blank 1880-1978
Florence May Roberts was born in Boone county, Ia., Feb. 15, 1880, a daughter of James and Arebell Roberts.. Florence died at the Good Samaritan Center in Gordon, November 29, 1978 at the age of 98 years, 9 months and 14 days. She moved to Nebraska and South Dakota with her family when a small child. In 1897 she was united in marriage with Gustav Nelson at Black Hawk, S.D. They lived in the Black Hills, later moving to Nebraska. To this union were born five daughters: Ethel Fix, who preceded her in death; Betty Scharman, Martin, S.D.; Frankie Hudnall, Denver, Colo.; Gladys Gregg of Stiles, Ida.; and Dolly Johnson of Greeley, Colo. Nelson preceded his wife in death in 1909.
In 1911 she was united in marriage with Fred Blank of Valentine. They made their home in Cherry county. To this union were born three daughters: Bessie Doty, Vancouver, Wash.; Leona Hooper and Lena Johns, both of Gordon. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Fred Blank preceded his wife in death in 1937. Mrs. Blank lived in Gordon ever since that time. She is survived by seven daughters, 17 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Chamberlain chapel at Chadron with the Rev. Truman Sproles officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery at Chadron.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 2, 1979
Mrs. Elmer Thayer 1921-1978
Funeral services for Mrs. Elmer Thayer were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1978, at Chamberlain-Gates mortuary with the Rev. John Baker officiating. Mrs. Thayer, the former Alyse Freeman, was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Gordon and died Dec. 14, 1978 in Columbus, Ind. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Thayer, Roger Thayer, Billy Thayer, Woody Thayer, Michael Thayer and Jess Freeman.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 2, 1979
Joseph J. Davis 1959-1978
Joseph John Davis, 19, of Merriman, died Monday, Dec. 11 at Gordon Memorial hospital. Joe was born Nov. 24, 1959 at Gordon, a son of Mike and Erma Davis. He lived his first three years in Merriman then moved with his family to a rural area south of Gordon for two years and a summer in Manville, Wyo. He returned to the Merriman and Gordon area s where he lived until his death. Joe was a senior at Gordon high school and a member of the Catholic church. He is survived by his parents, Mike and Erma Davis of Merriman, and four brothers, Mike Jr., of Chappell, David of Alliance, Kenneth and Perry and a sister Anna of Merriman. Rosary was at 7:00 p.m. Dec. 13 and funeral services were held Dec. 14 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic church at Merriman with Father John Dennett officiating. Burial was St. Joseph Catholic cemetery at Broken Bow.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, Jan. 2, 1979
Florence M. Nelson Blank née Roberts 1880-1978
Florence May Roberts was born in Boone county, Ia., Feb. 15, 1880, a daughter of James and Arebell Roberts. Florence died at the Good Samaritan Center in Gordon, November 29, 1978 at the age of 98 years, 9 months and 14 days. She moved to Nebraska and South Dakota with her family when a small child. In 1897 she was united in marriage with Gustav Nelson at Black Hawk, S.D. They lived in the Black Hills, later moving to Nebraska. To this union were born five daughters: Ethel Fix, who preceded her in death; Betty Scharman, Martin, S.D.; Frankie Hudnall, Denver, Colo.; Gladys Gregg of Stiles, Ida.; and Dolly Johnson of Greeley, Colo. Nelson preceded his wife in death in 1909. In 1911 she was united in marriage with Fred Blank of Valentine. They made their home in Cherry county. To this union were born three daughters: Bessie Doty, Vancouver, Wash.; Leona Hooper and Lena Johns, both of Gordon. She was a member of the Baptist church. Blank preceded his wife in death in 1937. Mrs. Blank lived in Gordon ever since that time. She is survived by seven daughters, 17 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Chamberlain chapel at Chadron with the Rev. Truman Sproles officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery at Chadron.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, Jan. 10, 1979
Florence Blank 1880-1978
Florence May Roberts was born in Boone county, Ia., Feb. 15, 1880, a daughter of James and Arebell Roberts. Florence died at the Good Samaritan Center in Gordon, November 29, 1978 at the September of 1972; her parents, six brothers and one sister. Survivors include a son, Harry and his wife Agnes of Gordon; daughter Sina Ray and her husband Dewey of Rapid City, S.D.; two grandsons, Greg Downing and Terry Downing of Gordon; and four granddaughters, Janet Downing of Gordon, Mrs. Debbie Pinckney, Paula Ray and Cheryl Ray of Rapid City; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Emmons of Mishawaka, Ind., and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 1979, at the Gordon Gospel Chapel with the Rev. John Baker officiating. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Bornemann, Bill Annett Jr., Arthur Schaer, Albert Timm, Tom Aspinall and Oscar Nielsen.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 10, 1979
Sylvia L. Downing 1897-1979
Sylvia Lillian Downing was born January 28, 1897 to Harry and Lillian Sipp at Oakland and died Jan. 4, 1979 at the Gordon Memorial hospital at the age of 81. She lived in eastern Nebraska until the age of 13 when she moved with her family to the Gordon area. On Dec. 10, 1919, Lillian was united in marriage to Leslie Downing at Rushville. To this union were born a son, Harry, and a daughter, Sina. The Downing family farmed and ranched in the Gordon area. Preceding her in death were her husband Leslie in September of 1972; her parents, six brothers and one sister. Survivors include a son, Harry and his wife Agnes of Gordon; daughter Sina Ray and her husband Dewey of Rapid City, S.D.; two grandsons, Greg Downing and Terry Downing of Gordon; and four granddaughters, Janet Downing of Gordon, Mrs. Debbie Pinckney, Paula Ray and Cheryl Ray of Rapid City; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Emmons of Mishawaka, Ind., and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 1979, at the Gordon Gospel Chapel with the Rev. John Baker officiating. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Bornemann, Bill Annett Jr., Arthur Schaer, Albert Timm, Tom Aspinall and Oscar Nielsen.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 17, 1979
Mary Devine 1901-1979
Mary Malinda, daughter of George and Ora Borders, was born in Gordon, Feb. 10, 1901, and died at the Gordon Memorial hospital Jan. 9, 1979. On Oct. 11, 1916, she became the wife of Ralph Martin Devine in Wyoming. She joined her husband as he worked on ranches and with highway equipment until he was forced into early retirement by lung disease. Mary demonstrated her mission in life as a devoted wife and mother. This dedication was particularly manifested in the tireless care of the husband in his final illness. She also was uncomplaining in the illness which took her life. Two children were born to the marriage: Frances Ada, now Mrs. Russell Whitley, Hill City, S.D. and George Robert Devine, Bella Vista, Calif. In addition to the children, survivors include a sister, Bonnie Ruth Reed of Rushville; brothers John E. Borders, Owen McClelland, Ted Borders of Gorder and Friend Robert Borders of Waterville, Wash.; nephews, Roger Borders, Lincoln, Rodney Borders, Gordon and Rober Borders Jr. of Waterville, Wash.; nieces Virginia (Mrs. Gary Moore), Rushville, Marylyn (Mrs. Don Macumber), Denver, and Betty (Mrs. Robert Jones, Waterville, Wash.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, the oldest brother and her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Devine was a member of the First Presbyterian church in Gordon. The Rev. William Rambo conducted funeral services at that church Jan. 13, 1979, at 2:00 p.m. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery with Chamberlain-Gates mortuary in charge. Pallbearers were Arthur Britton, Elmer Davis, Robert Hartwig, Paul Metzger, Gail Brown and Raleigh Barker.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 24, 1979
Harley C. Wilhite 1910-1979
Harley C. Wilhite, the son of Bertnie M. and Cora E. Wilhite, was born April 11, 1910, at Gordon. He attended the Gordon schools and the University of Nebraska. While at the university he met Leona Bolz. They were married Nov. 12, 1931. Harley and Leona returned to Gordon to make their home. He joined his father in farming. After his father s death, Harley began farming for himself. He put down a deep well and installed a sprinkler system, then started an irrigation business, drilling wells, installing pumps and sprinkler systems in areas of Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. When his health began to fail, he sold his farm and the irrigation business and retired. He died Jan. 10, 1979. His brother Clarence C. and his father and mother preceded him in death. Harley was a member of the United Methodist church, the Masonic lodge 195 AF and AM; the Valley of Alliance Scottish Rite and the Tangler Shrine temple of Omaha. He was presented the Good Neighbor citation by Ak-Sar-Ben of Nebraska, May 9, 1974. Surviving are his wife Leona, his sons, Kenneth C. of Torrington, Wyo., and Carlyle H. of Cheyenne, Wyo, and his daughter Correne E. of Gordon; his sister, Mrs. H.G. Hicks and her husband; a nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hicks of Kennewick, Wash.; a niece and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Wiggens of Pullman, Wash.; cousins, Mr. E.L. Youngs of Kennewick, Wash.; Mrs. Lee Williamson of Anchorage, Alaska, Dean Wilhite of Rapid City, S.D., Carl Bare of Denver, Colo., John Wilhite of Pittsboro, N.C. and Mrs. Marian Bray, Hayden Lake, Ida., and many friends.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, January 24, 1979
Dorothy M. Cox 1900-1979
Dorothy M. Cox was born June 4, 1900, in Creston, Iowa, and died at her home in Missoula, Montana, Jan. 13, 1979. She was raised in Nebraska and attended school there. She married Clifford W. Cox in September of 1917 at Long Pine. He preceded her in death. Dorothy had lived in Montana since 1954. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge in Scottsbluff and Order of the Eastern Star in Gordon. Survivors include sons, Fulden L. Cox, Mystic, Conn.; Stanley D. Cox of Newcastle, Calif., Mitchell D. Cox, Silver Springs, Fla.; daughters, Mrs. Dwight (Hope) Stockstad, Missoula, Mont.; Mrs. Christopher (Lois) McAleer, Carson City, Nev.; and Mrs. Delmar (Valarie) Kelley, Englewood, Calif.; brothers Raymond Staal, Ocala, Fla., and Leonard Staal, Ainsworth; sisters, Irene Bordreaux, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mildred Hummel and Marjorie Baker, both of Scottsbluff; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 1979, at the Gordon cemetery with Chamberlain-Gates Mortuary in charge.

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Anna M. Suhr: (1902-1979)
Anna Marie Suhr was born May 30, 1902 in Avoca to William and Henrietta Stubbendick Bartels and died April 27, 1979, at Gordon Memorial hospital. As a child Anna moved with her parents to Lexington. She was united in marriage to Louis Suhr in Alliance on Sept. 30, 1923. The couple lived in Bertrand for five years before moving to Holyoke, Colo., where they lived for 17 years, then to Gordon in in 1946. Mrs. Suhr was a member of Grace Lutheran church, the church women’s guild and taught Sunday School. Survivors include her husband Louis; sons Darrell Suhr, Upton, Wyo., and Lyle Suhr of Arnold; daughters, Mrs. Dean (Neva) Bruce of Gordon and Mrs. Marvin (Marlys) Roth , also of Gordon; sister, Lena Holthus of Alliance; brothers, Herman Bartels, William Bartels, Clifford Bartels, all of Alliance, and Melvin Bartels of El Monte, Calif.; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 o’clock a.m., May 1, 1979, at the Grace Lutheran church in Gordon with Rev. Joseph Hu officiating. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery with Chamberlain-Gates mortuary in charge of arrangements.
Source: The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, May 16, 1979

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Loyal A. Minor (1890-1979):
Loyal Aaron Minor, the son of Aaron and Ellen Rush Minor, was born Aug. 30, 1890, at Holstein. While living at Aleda, Ill., he met Tom and Delia Bermingham and came west with them on March 1, 1919. He then spent most of his life in the Gordon and Rushville area. Loyal Minor and Petronella (Nellie) Scheenen were united in marriage May 14, 1940. They had no children. He died May 4, 1979 at Gordon Memorial hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Nellie, one brother, one sister and two half-brothers. He is survived by one brother, Lee of Windsor, Calif., several nephews and nieces and many friends. Loyal Minor was buried May 9, 1079 next to his wife Nellie in St. Mary’s cemetery in Rushville, with Father Walter Phillips officiating at the burial services. Chamberlain Mortuary of Rushville was in charge of the arrangements.
Source: The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, May 16, 1979.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, September 5, 1979
Ruby Rose Stewart:
Ruby Rose Stewart was born Feb. 22, 1890, and died Aug. 24, 1979, at Gordon Memorial hospital. Born in Louisville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Daniel Carter, Ruby was united in marriage to E. Elmer Stewart in 1908. Two children, Beulah and Leo, came to bless this union. The Stewarts arrived in Gordon in 1930 and remained there until her death. Ruby was a longtime and active member of the United Methodist church in Gordon, and a good neighbor to all. Preceding her in death were her parents, daughter Beulah, and her husband Elmer. Survivors include her son Leo of Kansas City, Mo.

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The Gordon Journal, Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska, September 5, 1979
OBITUARIES:
Mrs. Gonne Grooms: Gonne A. Hanson Grooms was born May 17, 1896 to Hans and Marie Hanson at Davis, S.D. and died Aug. 22, 1979, at Gordon, Nebr. She was the youngest of five children. When Gonne was 10 or 12 years old, her parents turned the home place over to the oldest son and purchased a place close to Brunswick and Plainview where they lived for two years. Upon learning of the opening of Tripp county, S.D. to homesteading in 1909, the family moved there to live.

In 1912 she met a carpenter, Frank Grooms, to whom she was married on Dec. 25, 1912. In the spring of 1913 they moved to a homestead 20 miles south of Van Tassel, Why., a community to become known as Prairie Center where she and her husband helped to build a community church. In 1918 the couple moved South Dakota, east of Denby and later purchased a home in Wounded Knee where they lived until her husband’s death two years ago.

In November, 1978, Gonne suffered a severe stroke and became a resident of the Good Samaritan home in Gordon for the last months. She was baptized in the early 1940’s and was an active participant in the life of the Church of God in Wounded Knee, S.D.

Preceding her in death were four sons, Joseph, Aaron, Samuel and Davis. Survivors include Frank, Mary (Mrs. Paul Gabriel), Victor, Gertrude (Mrs. Clyde Coomes), Henry, Pat and Martha (Mrs. Leo Woodhouse).

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 1979 at the Gordon Gospel Chapel with the Rev. Ross Craig of the Church of God officiating. He was assisted by the Rev. Harold Holmes.

Music was provided by singers, Mrs. Kay Lindsey and Mrs. Judy Zuver and organists Mrs. Gail Glassgow and Mrs. Ila Randolph.
Pallbearers were Tom Woodhouse, Bob Hinn, Bill Grooms, Victor Grooms Jr., Ron Kliensasser and Stanley Hanson. Burial was in Fairview cemetery, Rushville.

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1980

GWYNN, CHARLES EDWARD
Cody-1980
Charles Edward Gwynn, son of Ethel Pulse Gwynn and Frank Gwynn was born in Liberal, Mo on June 19, 1906. He died after a long illness in Gordon on August 11, 1980 at the age of 74 years. Until the age of 10 years he lived with an aunt in Missouri due to the early death of his mother. Upon his aunt's death, he moved to the Gordon area to rejoin his father. He grew to manhood here. Charles was united in marriage to Faye Mary Kime on Oct. 9, 1926 in Rushville. To this union three children were born, Mr. Dean (Dorothy) Schied of Cody; Mrs. Roy (Marj) Milliken of Huron, S. D. and Mrs. Walter (Clara) Empkey of Denton. Charles and Faye spent the first 13 years of their married life on a ranch south of Gordon. In 1939 the family moved to the present home north of Cody. Charles' entire adult life was spent in the ranching business where his love for the land and cattle was second only to that which he held for his family. He was limited in the active particiapation of the ranch by illness during the past eight years of his life, however all of his remaining energy was concentrated on the people and the land he loved. He will be well remembered in the sandhills ranching area for the well maintained ranch that he and FAye established, his friendship towards and his willingness to help his neighbors, and for the high quality of cattle that the rance produced. He was a member of the Angus association and Tri-State Old Time Cowboys association. Charles is survived by his wife, Faye and by daughters and sons-in-law Dorothy and Dean Schied, Marjy and Roy Miliken, Clara and Walter Empkey; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John (Mary) Kearns of Rushville and Mrs. Paul (Nina) Ayres of Hickory, N. C.; two brothers, Fay of Berthoud, Colo. and James of Gordon and many other relatives and friends. Services were held at the Methodist church in Gordon at 2:00 p.m. on Aug. 14, 1980. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery at Gordon. The Rev. Russell DeWitt of Cody officiated at the services.

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