Obituaries

Obituaries - 2004

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2004

Mildred Moore Oldenburg, b. Dec 3, 1906, d. Apr 25, 2004 at Loveland, CO
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, April 28. 2004

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James Cushing, b. abt 1946 , d. May 4, 2004 age 58
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, May 5. 2004, p 3.

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Charles J. Hinn, b. Aug 30, 1925, d. Apr 27, 2004
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, May 5. 2004, p 3.

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Carl E. Pratt, b. Hastings NE , d. Apr 29, 2004, age 75
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, May 12. 2004, p 3.

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Raymond C. Junge, b. Oct 5, 1948 Alliance NE, d. May 7, 2004 age 55
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, May 12. 2004, p 3.

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James Dean Cushing, b. Oct 8 1945 Scottsbluff NE, d. May 4, 2004 age 58
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, May 12. 2004, p 3.

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Lee Roy Ross, b. Jul 29, 1932 Rushville NE, d. May 5, 2004 age 71 Las Vegas NV
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, May 12. 2004, p 3.

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Neva Ellen Meisner Buresh, b. Oct 29, 1923 Cherry Co. NE, d. Apr 25, 2004 Sundance WY. Her parents were Eli & Kate Holbert Meisner. Husband was A. J. Buresh (m. Dec 12, 1942 Yuma AZ) (deceased).
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 2. 2004, p 3.

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Joseph E. Chase, b. ???? Broken Bow NE, d. May 24, 2004 Omaha NE, son of Hal & Bessie Chase.
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 2. 2004, p 3.

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Kori Ann Coon, b. Jan 28, 1974, d. May 25, 2004. Burial Gordon Cem.
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 2. 2004, p 3.

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Raymond C. Junge, b. Oct 5, 1948 in Alliance NE to William and Beatrice Junge, d. May 7, 2004 near Whitney NE. Buried Hay Springs Cem. He married Billi L. Bennett (m. Jun 22, 1973)
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 2 & 9. 2004, p 3.

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Elaine Anderson Moreland, b. Jun 5, 1925 to Rudolph & Signe Anderson near Benson MN , d. Jun 1, 2004. She married Oct 15, 1950 Bob Moreland. Buried Gordon Cem.
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 2 & 9. 2004, p 3.

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Helen Usher Schoettger, b. Dec 5, 1918 to Mark & Effie Hale Usher in Bennett Co. SD, d. Jun 6, 2004. She (m. Jan 1, 1938) Bert Schoettger (d. 1992). Buried Ash Hollow Cem, Lewellen, NE.
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 9. 2004, p 3.

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Estate Probate: Olive H. Dorsey; Adolph C. Petersen
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 9. 2004, p 12.

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Doris A. Champion Donavan, b. Dec 11, 1924 to Matt & Alice "Ruth" Polk Champion at Cannelton, IN, d. June 3, 2004 at Gordon, NE. Spouse Robert Donavan (d. Aug 1987). Both buried at Calvary Cemetery, rural Pierre, SD
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 16. 2004, p 3.

Everett Walrod, b. Dec 17, 1916 to Riley H. & Mary Luchsinger Walrod near Vesta, NE in Johnson Co., d. Jun 8, 2004. Spouse Elaine Cox (m. Dec 17, 1942, she d. 1999). Cremation and commital services at Grant Cemetery.
Source: Sheridan County Journal, Gordon, NE 69343, June 16. 2004, p 3.

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Gordon County Journal. April 28, 2004

MILDRED (MOORE) OLDENBURG
Mildred Emily Moore was born at Gordon, Ne, Dec. 3, 1906 to Samuel J. Moore and Elizabeth (Scott) Moore, Sheridan County pioneers, and departed this life April 25, 2004, at Loveland, Colo.

The first ten years of her life was spent on the Moore Ranch. She said one of the highlights of life was when she was nine years old and she would drive a 1914 right hand drive Buick through the gates after her father had opened them on the way to the windmills to check the water in the tanks. In 1916, the Moore family retired from the Ranch and moved to Gordon.

Mildred graduated from Gordon High School with the class of 1916, and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with the Class of 1930 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Mildred was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and was known as "Mibs, the Resident Artist."

In 1936, Mildred was united in marriage with Lee Oldenburg. Two children were born to this union, Richard Samuel, and Sally Lucile.

Mildred and Lee purchased a house next door to Mildred’s parents so she could assist them in living in their own home. Mildred and Lee lived there until 1967 when they had a house built on Seventh Street. They lived in this home until 2000 when their health dictated that they move to Colorado to be near their children.

When Mildred’s children were young, the children had first priority on her time and she was involved in school activities. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Girl Scout Brownie Leader, a Job’s Daughters Guardian.

As a member of First Presbyterian Church for more than 75 years, she served as a Deacon, and many other endeavors. Mildred was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and Worthy Matron of Easter Star.

Hobbies were: oil painting, many of which her children now treasure; water color painting that she began at age 94; flower and vegetable gardening, sewing, bridge, and traveling. They traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico, all the Western and Southern states. In Florence, Italy, they visited the gallery where Michelangelo’s Statue of David is on display. In Germany, they visited the Oldenburg farm, the birthplace of Lee’s father, which has been in the family at least 400 years.

Mildred is survived by Lee, her husband of 68 years, son Sam (Gini) Oldenburg, daughter Sally (Tom) Seitz, grandchildren Jamie Lent, Randy Oldenburg, Linsey Davis, and their families, and Andy Seitz, great-grandchildren Garret and Gavin Lent, Peyton, Grant, Davis Oldenburg, Jordan Davis, and many nephews and nieces. She was greatly loved and honored by her family. We were blessed to have had our parents nearer to us in Colorado for three years, so they could enjoy family gatherings, outings together, and holidays. Services will be held at a later date.

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Nebraska death in Iraq War
Army Sgt. Cory R. Mracek, 26, Hay Springs, d. Jan. 25, 2004
Source:
Columbus Telegram [Nebraska], Thurs. 26 Apr 2007.

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Gordon County Journal, May 5, 2004

CHARLES J. HINN (1925-2004)
Longtime Rushville resident and prominent businessman, Charles J. Hinn, 78, passed away April 27, 2004 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 30, 1925 in Osage, Wy. To Sam and Helen Hinn. After living in various places, the family came to Rushville about 1936.

Charles’ High School career was interrupted during World War II. He was drafted into the service in August 1944, but was allowed to take some accelerated courses so his father could receive his diploma in the spring for him as he was fighting battles in the South Pacific Theater.

He chose the Navy for his branch of service. He spent most of his time on the Carrier USS Essex and saw a lot of action until he was discharged in May 1946. While in the Navy he earned 7 Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medals, 2 Philippine Liberation Medals and also the World War II Victory Medal. He was very proud to have served the country he loved and told many stories to his family and friends.

On May 28, 1952 he married Margie L. Tiensvold. To this union four children were born; Ginny Kearnes, Nancy Holtz, Shirley Wiles and Chuck Hinn.

In 1956, they opened Hinn Hardware and Furniture and joined the ace Hardware Company in 1969.In 1986, they opened Hinn’s Clothing Center in Gordon, Ne, which is run by their son-in-law Tom Wiles and three daughters.

In 1989 they opened Hinn Home Furnishings in Gordon which is managed by their son, Chuck and his wife Janet. They again expanded and opened another furniture store in Scottsbluff, Ne. Son-in-law Larry Kearns manages Hinn Gordon Auto and Don Maberry manages Hinn Rushville Auto. Danny Schmalatz manages Hinns TV Sales and Service.

Charles was very active in his community belonging to the Rushville Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Rushville American Legion Post 161 and all civic organizations. His latest adventure was purchasing the old Gurley Opera House along with Greg Hunter; As a result of this venture, the Sheridan County Players was formed and they in turn did major remodeling to the theatre. The refurbishing of this building and the subsequent play productions have been a great cultural addition to the town of Rushville.

Charlie belonged to the USS Essex Organization. He and Margie attended the Reunion of this group every year for the past 34 years. They were the only couple that had a perfect attendance record. They made many; lasting friendships as a result of these trips.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Margie and 4 children, Ginny and husband Jerry Kearnes, Nancy and husband Bill Hotz, Shirley and husband Tom Wiles and Chuck and wife Janet Hinn. Charlie is also survived by 18 grandchildren, Stacy (Brad) Eichenberger, Shawn, Shane and Shad Kearns, Angie, Paul, Joey, Luke and Grandon Hotz, Selena, Tommy, Tolynn, Tanner, and Taybor Wiles, Celsey, Cirsten, Carlee and Carson Hinn and 2 great-grandchildren, Paige and Taite Eichenberger. Also surviving, 3 brothers, George (Nadine) of Sidney, Ne.; F.J. (Althea) of Virginia Beach, Va. And Lloyd (Leslie) of Rushville, and 1 sister, Virginia Pudelko of Rushville. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, Sam and Helen, a brother Sam and sister Mary Clements.

A memorial has been established to the Sheridan County Players and the Rushville Rescue Squad. Memorials may be sent to the Chamberlain-Cicmanec-Pier Huneral Home, Gordon, Ne. 69343.

A wake service was held April 29, 2004 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, S.D.

Funeral Services were held on April 30, 2004 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville, Ne. Burial with military rites was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.

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Gordon County Journal, May 12, 2004

JAMES DEAN CUSHING
James Dean Cushing, 58, died May 4, 1994, in Gordon, Ne., after a dignified battle with cancer. Jim was born on Oct. 8, 1945,in Scottsbluff, Ne., to Gervace and Clara (Petshow) Cushing.

Jim graduated from Rushville High School in 1964. He served the community of Rushville and surrounding areas for many years as a Heating and Air Conditioning Technician.

He has been a member of the Rushville Park Board, Rushville JayCee’s, Rushville Fire Department. Associating of American Legion Baseball Umpires, American Softball Association Umpires and a Charter member of Yoba’s.

Jim would have sports TV, sports on the radio, and read the sports section of the newspaper all at the same time. He was an avid Big Red Husker fan and was a faithful follower of the L.A. Dodgers, Jim was a gifted woodworker, family and friends will continue to enjoy many of his original designs and projects. He could always be found at any type of family gathering or one of his many fishing trips with his camera in hand, he loved to take pictures of his grandkids. He always enjoyed anything having to do with history. During many Trivial Pursuits games, he would often ‘shout’ out the answer from the other room-but never wanted to ‘play’. He would receive many phone calls from friends to help ‘solve’ a dispute or help with a cross-word puzzle. He was always more than happy to help his children and grandchildren with homework, especially geometry.

His greatest pleasure was spending time with family and friends; he especially enjoyed being surrounded by his grandchildren. His memory, his intelligence, his attention to detail were amazing. He found pleasure in passing on to others what he had learned. He taught his family the value of treating all people with dignity and respect. He was honest, unselfish, and extremely humble. Though a man of few words, to his family, he was our Silent Giant.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Gervace Cushing, two brothers, Bill and Ken Cushing, one sister, Elizabeth Hardin, and two nephews, Randy and Doug Cushing.

He is survived by his wife Glenda of Rushville, two daughters, Jill (Kurt) Finkey of Wilber, Ne., Joli (Rudy) Garcia of Ft. Collins, Co., two sons, Joel (Diane) Cushing of Chillicothe, Oh., Jimmy (Heidi) Cushing of Big Springs, Ne., his mother Clara Cushing of Rushville, brothers, Dennis (Kathleen) of Torrington, Wy., Bernard of Scottsbluff, Ne., one sister, Norma King of Lincoln, Ne., six grandchildren, Kaylee, Marcos, Joshua, Jacy, Caleb and Logan and many extended family members and friends.

A wake service was held on May 6, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushvillle, Ne. Funeral Services were held May 7, 2004 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville,Ne., with burial at Fairview Cemetery.

Jim’s nephews and youngest niece were pallbearers, Tony Cushing, Rick Hardin, Dale Cushing, Larry (Butchie) Cushing, Jamie Freauf and Lynn Hanks. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Cushing, Kevin Cushing, Cory Hardin, Danny Cushing, Davis Cushing, Wes Cushing, Vern DeCastro, Mike Hood, Wade Hanks, Cory Hanks and Max Lucas.

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LEE ROY ROSS
Lee Roy Ross, 71, of Las Vegas, Nv., formerly of Rushville, has gone to meet the Lord on May 5, 2004.

A memorial service will be at Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel in Rushville, May 12, 2004. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors.

Mr. Ross was born July 29, 1932 in Rushville to the late Leonard and Hattie Ross. Graduating from Rushville High School, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Returning from the service, he attended college in Lincoln, Ne., and graduated from the Lincoln School of Commerce with an accounting degree at which he worked until retiring in 1994.

He is survived by one daughter and one son. Kathy Scriber and Husband Eugene of Tower Hill, Ill., and Michael Ross of Dallas, Tx.

Granddaughters, Jami Hunter and husband Allen with Great-granddaughter Haylee of Pana, Ill., Vanessa

Wensman and Great-Grandsons Skyler and Ahsten of Shelbyville, Ill., Michaele Anderson and husband Brian with Great-granddaughter Lily of Pana, Ill., Barbie Moss and husband Derek of Pana, Ill., Christina Moore of Taylorville, Ill., Grandson Nicholas Wensman of Tower Hill, Ill., and Daniel Moore of Pana, Ill.

Sisters, Helen Bush of Marianne., Dolores Kutschara of Hay Springs, Ne., Frances Gillette of Brookings, S.D, Irene Brammer and husband Jerry of Alliance, Ne., Mary Leva and husband Nino of Las Vegas, Nv., Brother, Donald Ross and wife Rosalie of Hay Springs, Ne.

Aunts, Maxine Kozal of Hay Springs, Ne., and Edith Moore of Florida, Uncle Ben Kozal and wife Barney of Hay Springs, Ne., many nieces, nephews and loved ones.

Mr. Ross is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Hattie Ross, two brothers, Virgil and Lyle and one sister, Margaret.

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Gordon County Journal, Jan ??, 1929

MARVIN L. TROGDON
Marvin Lorenzo Trogdon was born near Merriman Jan. 29, 1925 and departed this life May 6, 1929.

Marvin was the third son of Mr. And Mrs. Vernon Trogdon who live south of Merriman. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters, Roby, Lawrence, Evelyn and Ruth, all of whom are at home. There are many other near relatives who mourn his loss.

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DUANE LAWSON DELANCEY
Duane Lawson, the younger son of Charles and Orpha DeLancey was born in Brunswick, Ne, Aug. 14, 1926, and passed away at the family home in Gordon on May 11, 1929, having attained the age of two years, 8 months and 27 days. Those left to mourn his passing are his parents, a brother Robert and a number of other relatives. The funeral was conducted at the Methodist Church and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

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ACY D. ROBERTS
Acy D. Roberts was born March 4, 1847 in the state of Indiana, living there until grown, coming to Illinois for a short period. He then located in Iowa near Des Moines, where he met Miss Eveline Short. They were united in marriage in Nov. 1875. To this union eleven children were born, seven sons and four daughters, five of whom passed on in infancy. One son, John H. Roberts, passed away April 22, 1922, in Red Wood, Calif. Acy Roberts made his home in Gordon and Chadron since the death of his wife on June 6, 1922 at the homes of his son A.E. Roberts and daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Brown. He passed away at the home of his daughter, May 9
th, 1929 at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 5 days. He leaves to mourn one daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Brown, four sons, Charley D. Roberts of Gordon, A.E. and W.C. Roberts of Chadron, and James R. Roberts of Seattle, Washington, also five granddaughters, one grandson and two great-grandsons. Funeral services were conducted May 12th at the Church of God. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

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RICHARD ‘DICK’ MARSHALL
Richard "Dick" Marshall, 69, of Batesland, SD, died Thursday, May 13, 2004 at Bennett Count Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1935 in San Diego, CA to Delbert and Mary. Later, he moved to Batesland and was raised by his Grandparents, Frank and Hazel McDermott. He farmed and ranched on the McDermott Marshall farm until the time of his death. He attended Batesland Elementary and Gordon High School.

On December 31, 1956, he married Gerry Lee Soderlin, in Martin, SD. He was a member of the Batesland Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks Club, Tri-State Cowboys Association and also a member of the ABC. Dick was also an avid bowler for many years.

Dick loved his family and enjoyed his friends. He never knew a stranger, and he loved to tell stories and jokes. He also enjoyed playing pool and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Gerry Lee, Batesland, Sons, Jim and wife Cosette, Gordon; Rick of Batesland, Daughters, Deb Boxter and Husband Larry of Gordon; Jody Postell and husband Ryan, Alliance, Shawna Shettler and husband Brad, Wayland, IA, and daughter Shawna Shettler; sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Phylllis Grieser of California, Judy Dickson of Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Mary Marshall, grandparents, Frank and Hazel McDermott, Uncle Leo "Butch" McDermott, Daughter Teresa, Son, Tracy and Sisters Dixie and Patricia.

Funeral services were on May 18. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Grandsons and Granddaughter August "Frenchi," Marshall, Austin Marshall, Adam Marshall, Abe Marshall, Anthony Heller, Larissa Heller. Honorary pallbearers are remaining grandchildren, family and friends.

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DOROTHY ROSANE (1924-2004)
Funeral services for Dorothy Rosane of Rushville were held on May 17, 2004 at St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be at Martin Community Cemetery.

Mrs. Rosane died on May 12, 2004 at Gordon Countryside Care. She was 79.

Her survivors include her sons, Leonard and Christine Rosane of Topeka, KS, Ronald and Christine Rosane of Chadron, Roger and Marsha Rosane, Richard and Selena Rosane and Robert and Terri Rosane, all of Gordon, daughters Glenda and Cal Prouty of Los Angeles, CA and Linda Todd of Grand Island, NE, brother Clyde Rayhill of Martin, SD, 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rosane was born on July 30, 1924 in Wagner, SD to Royal and Dolly (Caldwell) Rayhill. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leonard, and three grandchildren.

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EDITH M. HILLIKER (1925-2004)
Edith M. Hilliker, 79, of Rushville, died on May 10, 2004 at the Gordon Countryside Care.

She was born Jan. 22, 1925 in Gordon, NE to Carl and Ruby (Truax) Grover. She attended school in Gordon until she became a ranch wife. She married Albert Murray Hilliker on Nov. 21, 1941. To this union, three boys and eight girls were born.

The family lived and grew up in the Sandhills south of Gordon and Merriman. In 1963, they moved to Wood Lake, NE. Then in 1969, they moved back to the Gordon area to settle for good. Edith worked in the kitchen at the Gordon Memorial Hospital until her retirement.

Edith bowled on leagues for several years. She also loved music, she played several different instruments.

Survivors include her six daughters, Leota Winchester and Marilyn (Sue) White of Beaver Crossing, NE, Janice Noell and Judy Chavez of Crete, NE, Rose Landreth of Rushville, and Karen (Katie) Landreth of Hay Springs, one son, Roger of Pam Springs, DA; 27 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.

Memorial services were held on May 14, 2004 at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel in Gordon. Interment was held in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, May, 2004

KYLE H. FRANDSEN (1960-2004)
Kyle H. "Coyote" Frandsen of rural Riverton, WY, died May 5, 2004 in a traffic accident east of Shoshoni, WY. He was 43 years old.

Memorial services were held May12, at the United Methodist Church of Riverton, WY.

Kyle Howard Frandsen was born September 28, 1960, in Gordon, the son of Haskell Howard Frandsen and Leota Selma (Hood) Frandsen. He attended rural schools and Rushville elementary for his primary years, was graduated from Rushville High School, and attended Western Nebraska Technical College for a year.

In high school, he played football, basketball and participated in track. He aslo participated in 4-H and FFA. He was a member of the Rushville Athletic Team Supporters.

He lived in Rushville for 18 years and in Riverton for the past 24 years. Mr. Frandsen was the owner of L&L Production Service in Riverton. He was a member of the Christian Faith, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, American Quarter Horse Association and Riverton Sno-Goes Club. He was a supporter of the Fremont County Fair, 4-H and FFA.

Survivors include daughters Amanda Bryant of Buffalo, WY. And Kayla Frandsen of Shoshoni; two grandchildren; his mother Leota Frandsen of Shoshoni, a brother Erik Frandsen of Gordon; sisters, Rogene Cly of Laughlin, Nevada and Wynette Bolte of Omaha. He was preceded in death by his father, Haskall Frandsen.

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ELINOR O’CONNELL (1921-2004)
Elinor Ann O"Connell, 82 of Kearney, formerly of Gordon, died May 9, 2004 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.

Memorial services will be at Northridge Retirement Community. A Memorial service will be held in Gordon on May 27, 2004 at the Presbyterian Church.

She was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Fairbury to Charles and Jennie (Roberts) Foster.

In June 1951, she married Warren O’Connell. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Paul of Kearney; and brother; Robert Foster of Omaha. Additional survivors include her daughter-in-law; Becky of Kearney; sisters-in-law; Marge Foster and Betty Foster, both of Omaha; grandchildren, Kylie, Kara, Kirk and Karlie, all of Kearney; nephew; Bob Foster of Omaha, and nieces, Laurie Taylor and Lisa Dale, both of Omaha, Lynn Richard of New Jersey and Karen Foster of Denton, Texas.

She graduated from Gordon High School in May 1939 and attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver for one year. She also attended the Van Sants School of Business in Omaha.

She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., for almost a year as a clerk.

She moved to Gordon and worked at First National Bank of Gordon and Lincoln Mutual Life Insurance. She and her husband lived in Gordon, where she worked part time at the Credit Bureau of Gordon and at Gordon Public Schools as a teacher’s aide. She worked at Gordon Memorial Hospital from 1969 to 1990.

She moved to Kearney in Sept. 2002. She had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years and was a 50-year member of the PEO Sisterhood.

She was a very kind and caring woman who always placed others’ needs before her own.

She will be deeply missed by her family and countless friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew; Richard Foster.

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Sheridan County Journal, June, 2004

NEVA ELLEN BURESH (1923-2004)
Neva Ellen Buresh was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Cherry County, NE to Eli and Kate (Holbert) Meisner. She graduated from Gordon High School in 1941. Neva married A.J. Buresh at Yuma, AZ on Dec. 12, 1942. Following his discharge from the military service, they moved to Sheridan and moved to Sundance in the late 1940’s. She was a homemaker and ranch wife, also worked at Durfee’s Clothing Store for 20 years.

Following her husband’s death, Neva traveled extensively, visiting children and grandchildren. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sundance Senior Citizen’s Center. She was a hard worker for the community of Sundance. Neva also loved to raise African Violets. She was loved by everyone and will be missed by all.

Neva, 80, died April 25, 2004 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Joe and Diana Buresh, Boise, ID, and Duffy and Tammie Buresh, Newcastle, WY; two daughters and their husbands, Kay and Manny Queen, Middletown, DE and Betty and Jim Eatherton, Upton, WY; two brothers and their wives, Ed and Judy Meisner, Sundance, WY, Gorden and Bertha Meisner, Denver, CO, one sister and her husband, Doris and Roger Snider; Sundance, WY; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. in 1996, her parents, one infant brother, Loren and her stepfather; Claude Banks.

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RAYMOND C. JUNGE (1948-2004)
Raymond Cletus Junge was born on Oct. 5, 1948 in Alliance to William and Beatrice Junge. He passed away at his farm home on May 7, 2004 near Whitney, NE.

He was married to Billi L. Bennett on June 22, 1973. To this union, three children were born, Wrayanne, Krista and Trevor.

He received his elementary education in Dawes and Sheridan Counties. He graduated from the Gordon High School in 1966 then attended Chadron State College before entering the service. HE served in the Army in Vietnam where he was wounded in action. After his discharge from the service, he drove a truck for a while until going into farming.

He was a member of the Rushville American Legion Post 161. He also was a 4-H Leader and was very proud when the children received ribbons on their projects at the Dawes County Fair.

His survivors are his wife, Billi, daughters Wrayanne (David) Pankratz of Menion, SD, Krista (Daniel) Glanz of Otis, CO and his son Trevor of the home, parents Bill Junge of Gordon, brothers Ted (Teri) Junge of O’Neill, NE, Ronnie (Janice) Junge of Rapid City, SD, Terry (Dixie) Junge of Rapid City, SD and sister Wendy Junge of Gordon, two grandsons, Tallon and Titus Glanz, 7 nieces and 3 nephews.

Preceding him were his grandparents, Cletus and Pauline Riley and Will and Clarice Junge, brother Gary and his in laws, Keith and Nancy Bennett.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, NE on May 11, 2004. Burial was in the Hay Springs Cemetery with the military rites provided by the Hay Springs Veteran’s Honor Guard.

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Sheridan County Journal, June 2, 1004

JOSEPH E. CHASE (19??-2004)
Joseph E. Chase, of Omaha, NE, passed away on May 24, 2004 after battling multiple myeloma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hal and Bessie Chase; brother, Hal Chase,Jr. He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Joe Chase and Steven Chase; granddaughters, Kathy Chase, Sue Heller and Julie Beckman; sons in law, Bob Heller and Scott Beckman, grandchildren, Kyle and Kelsey Heller; brother; Bill Chase, Rapid City, SD; sisters, Jane McMillan, Martin, SD, and Annette Schupbaph, Columbus, Ne.

He was born in Broken Bow, NE and graduated from Gordon High School and received his master’s degree in English from Omaha University. He was a teacher and administrator in the Omaha Public School for 35 years. He was a former Omaha Education Association president and served as a master sergeant in the U.W. Army. He also was the Midwest regional coordinator of AARP’s 55-Alive driver safety program, served on the scholarship board of the West Side Kiwanis Club and worked with the Eagle Scouts. Services were held May 28, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Omaha, NE.

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KORI ANN COON (1974-2004)
Kori Ann Coon, 30, Gordon, NE died on May 25, 2004 at her home. She was born on Jan 28, 1974, in Athens, Georgia, to Wynn and Wenda (Slyer) Coon.

Kori loved animals, music, movies, cards and a good game of Trivia Pursuit. Everyone loved her for her overwhelming ability to share and make you feel special. Her hugs and gentle heart will be greatly missed. Her survivors include her parents, Wynn and Wenda Coon of Gordon, one sister, Callie Lyons and husband Aaron of Lincoln, and her special niece and nephew, Hanna and Wade Lions, and grandparents, Ila and Wayne Coon of Gordon. Funeral services were held May 28, 2004 in Gordon.

Pallbearers were Roger Diercks, Tom Hupp, Erip Huppk, Ryan Hupp, Roy Peterson and James Young.

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Sheridan County Journal, June 9, 2004

ELAINE ANDERSON MORELAND (1925-2004)
Elaine Anderson Moreland was born on June 5, 1925 in the farm home of her parents, Rudolph and Signe Anderson, near Benson, Minnesota. A storm the night before, gave her dad problems getting the doctor to the scene on time but, nip and tuck they made it.

Elaine grew up with a brother; Aldor; who was 18 months older, and a brother, Bruce who was 18 months younger. With the exception of year or two, when the family moved to the state of Washington due to her father’s health, they lived on the Minnesota farm. The three Anderson kids walked two miles to a country school until the snow got deep when they went in a bobsled. They went to the country school during the dust bowl days of the 1930’s and remember darkness arriving in mid afternoon a time or two with chickens going to roost at 2 or 3 o’clock p.m.

Elaine prepared many meals for hired help, branding crews and company during her married life with a reputation of hard to beat food. Bruce Weber rode through one day she had made a table full of cookies and had gone to town. He walked in and consumed enough cookies to make a terrible dent in the cookie supply.

Elaine had emergency bypass surgery in 1986 and enough osteoporosis to cause a broken hip and vertebrae fractures. She has been confined to a wheel chair the last few years but never lost her desire for adventure and being with friends. She passed away at her ranch home, very peacefully, the morning of June 1, 2004, five days before her 79th birthday.

Funeral services were held on June 4, 2004 at the United Methodist Church in Gordon, NE. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery.

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HELEN SCHOETTGER (1918-2004)
Helene Schoettger, 85, of Oshkosh died June 6, 2004 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A Requiem for family and friends was held June 11, 2004 at St. George’s Episcopal Church and a funeral service followed at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh. Interment was in Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen, NE.

Helene was born on Dec. 5, 1918 in Bennett County, SD to Mark and Effie (Hale) Usher. She attended county schools, Bennett High School and Mitchell Business College.

On Jan. 1, 1938, she married Bert Schoettger and they had six children, four of whom survive her. The owned and operated several businesses until their retirement. They spent these years in the Lake McConaughy area. After Bert’s death in 1992, Helene continued to live in Oshkosh with her youngest daughter and family.

She is survived by her children, Dr. Jerry Schoettger of Longmont, Colo., Bonnie McKee of Colorado Springs, Colo., , Bert Schoettger, Jr. of Denver, Colo., and Mary Bules of Oshkosh, NE; 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert; her parents; two children; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

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Sheridan County Journal, June 16, 2004

DORIS A. DONOVAN (1924-2004)
Doris Donovan, 79, of Batesland, SD, died June 3, 2004 at the Countryside Care Nursing Home in Gordon, NE.

She was born at Cannelton, Indiana on Dec. 11, 1924 to Matt and Alice "Ruth" Polk Champion. When Doris was 14 years old her mother entered the State T.B. Sanitorium. At that point, Doris came responsible for running the household for her Dad and younger brother. The departure of her Mother from the home was a trauma that had a profound affect on her for the rest of her life.

After attending a course in Business School and working as a telephone operator, she met a young soldier from South Dakota, Robert Donovan. Following his discharge from the Armed Services, she returned to South Dakota with him. They were married at St. John’s Church in Fort Pierre, SD on December 6, 1951.

She began life as a rancher’s wife and adjusted to living on the South Dakota prairie. She especially missed her female cousins and her beloved Indiana.

She loved the New York Yankees and any baseball game on television. She worked hard on Saturday mornings to get all her work completed, as the afternoon was reserved for a televised baseball game.

In Sept. 1986, Robert was diagnosed with cancer. She cared for him until his death in August, 1987. One month later; at the age of 61, she suffered a disabling stroke. Afterward, she lived with her son and family and eventually, through sheer determination and strong will, she lived independently. Her determination in life is her legacy for her descendants.

She entered the Countryside Care Home on Nov. 15, 1996. Survivors include her son, Mark Donovan & wife, Wanda Donovan of Batesland; her grandsons, John & Robert Joshua; her great grandson, Shane & Beaux; her brother; Carl Champioin and his wife, Jeanene, of Tell City, Indiana; her sisters in law, Mildred Wright, Pierre, SD, Roberta DuBois of Highmore, SD, Helen McMenamin, Haddonfield,NJ, Edith Donavan, Edina, MN; Alice Donovan Venner, Pierre,SD; and a large extended family of cousins, nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her precious brother; Earl, who died as the result of a childhood accident.

A Memorial Mass was held on June 9, 1004 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre, SD. Her cremated remains will be buried with her husband at Calvary Cemetery, rural Pierre.

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EVERETT WALROD (1916-2004)
Everett Walrod was born on Dec. 17, 1916 in Johnson County near Vesta, NE He was the youngest of seven children born to Riley H. and Mary Luchsinger Walrod.

After Everett’s mother died in 1917, Riley relocated with his family to the Derring Ranch in northwest Perkins County where he raised wheat. Everett attended country school through the 8th grade and then began working during the depression years.

Everett was married to Elaine Cox on Dec. 17, 1942 at Oshkosh. They lived on their family farm north of Brandon where they raised their six children. In addition to his own farming, Everett was involved with custom bailing, windrowing, and combining. In 1968, they moved into Grant. Everett continued to farm and raise black angus cattle until 1983. He also sold Funk’s and Golden Harvest seed corn for 27 years. While living in Grant, he worked for DeLancey’s Recreation for 10 years.

Everett loved baseball and played for different area teams from the mid 1930’s through the mid l950’s. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially pitch, and always looked forward to the games at DeLancey’s. Everett continued to maintain him home after Elaine died in 1999 where he enjoyed tending his yard and vegetable garden. Because of declining health, Everett had moved to the Park Ridge Assisted Living in Grant in 2002 and had been transferred to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home earlier this year where he died, June 8, 2004.

In addition to his parents and wife of 56 years, Everett was preceded in death by an infant daughter-Marjorie; his two sisters, Alice Powell and Tillie Hartwell and his four brothers; Harry, Burrel, Howard and Franklin. He is survived by 4 sons, Larry (Shary) of Gordon, Ken of Oshkosh, Ray (Marsha) of Imperial, and Rod (Laurie ) of Grant; two daughters, Carol (A.J.) Mims of Huntington Beach,CA and Coleen (Randy) Staples of Cheyenne,WY. 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson, Seth Walrod. Everett dearly loved his children and always wanted the best for them. His body was cremated and burial was at Grant cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, June 16, 2004

FLOYD LEE BRYANT (1937-2004)
Floyd Lee Bryant was born Sept. 6, 1937 in Hendley, NE to Gail and Clara Bryant. He was the eighth of nine children. Floyd grew up on the family farm, and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1955. Floyd studied telegraphy and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for one year after graduation. On Nov. 16, 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Barnes. To this union, three children were born: Kerry Dwight, Lonty Kraig and Danca Lauree.

Floyd and Sharon made their home on the family farm north of Indianola until 1963. It was at this particular point that Floyd and Sharon moved into the community that would become their home-Cherry County. Floyd spent his working years as a rancher and he worked for and learned the trade from the best cattlemen in the country. Floyd worked for Emett and later Jerry Adamson until 1972. That was the year that the Bryant family moved to the Box T Ranch west of Brownlee and he begun what would be a 23 year labor of love for George Shadbolt, his mentor and friend. Floyd worked as a foreman for the Shadbolt Cattle Company, yet to many outsiders, it appeared that he was much more than a hired hand. He worked the land and cattle with a pride that usually only comes with ownership--his attention to detail and insistence that the job, any job, be done right, was legendary in his community and amongst his peers. He passed this work ethic to his children and many of the people that worked for and with him. In 1997, Floyd and Sharon moved to their current home northeast of Kilgore where they began another phase of their lives together. Floyd and Sharon started their own craft company. "Bryant’s Rustics.." This was also a labor of love for them. Floyd was an extremely talented craftsman, and loved working with materials of the land he spent his life in, barn wood, willow, and horseshoes. This occupation allowed Floyd to spend a great deal of time doing the thing he loved most-visiting and meeting new people., sharing stories and jokes. Floyd had a way of making a complete stranger his friend just by telling one of his favorite jokes. In his last few years, Floyd had also become the number one fan of many local sports teams. He loved kids and truly enjoyed watching them compete in school events. Floyd loved to fish, and especially loved to fish with his sons and grandkids.

Floyd was a loving and devoted husband, father; grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by the love of his life, wife of 47 years. Sharon of Kilgore, his son, Kerry, daughter in law, Tara, grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Dustin and Drew of Kilgore, his son, Lonty, daughter in law Rachelle, grandsons Kaleb and Kamden of Kearney, and daugahter Denea Biltoft, son in law Leigh, and grandsons Jordan and Sean of Spokane, WA. He is also survived by his brothers, Gerald Bryant of Grand Island, Wayne Bryant of McCook, Bill Bryant of Curtis and his sisters Doris Whitacre of Kearney, June Tomko of Ohio, and Darlene Combs of Louisana, and their families. Floyd passed from this life that he loved so much on June 5, 2004, following surgery at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.   Funeral services were held on June 9, 2004.

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Sheridan County Journal, June 23, 2004

PHILIP D. HENDERSON (1943-2004)
Philip D. Henderson was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 30, 1943 to Lillian and Raymond Henderson. His father was an American who joined the RAF before the USA entered WW II.  Phil lived the life of an Air Force dependent traveling throughout the United States. His family’s time in Japan shaped his taste in art and valuing of other cultures.  He graduated from Mountain Home High School in Idaho. He then attended Boise Junior College, the University of Illinois (where he and his room mate started Dial-a-carol), then San Bernardino Valley College.  He married Patricia Ann Grace on Sept. 4, 1965.  He entered the Air Force in July of 1966. He became a weather observer and was stationed to Langley AFB in Hampton, VA where their daughter, Lillian (Lynn) was born. In 1969 he served a year with the US Army in Vietnam. He attended forecasting school after his return. He then served at Cannon AFB, NM. Their son, Matthew was born there. He received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics in 1975 from the University of New Mexico Portales. The graduation present was a 3 year tour supporting the Army in Nuremberg, Germany. He returned to the States and was stationed at the Global Weather Center in Omaha, NE. During the time he was there, he was part of the team that put together the model to trace the ash plume from Mt. St. Helens. He was then stationed at Vandenburg AFB,CA. He served over 2 years after that as a member of the IG out of Scott and finished his career at McGuire AFB, NJ. He won academic awards at all the schools he attended and rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 18 years. He retired on July 28, 1990.  He entered Seabury Western Seminary in Sept. 1990. He was ordained to the diaconate in Omaha, NE on Dec. 18, 1992. He received his M. of Div. in May on 1993. He was called to serve as the Missioner to the Niobrara Cluster in N.W. Nebraska—serving Calvary Church in Hyannis in May of 1993. He became Rector of St. Paul’s in Oregon City, on Dec. 1, 2000. He retired in January 2004 for health reasons.  He died at home from a brain tumor on May 22, 2004.  He will be remembered for his ability to listen, preach, teach and encourage, as well as his firm belief in the love of God and the dignity of every person. His joy and enthusiasm for life was catching to all who knew him.   He is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter, Lynn Falsone, son, Matthew, grandsons, Nicholas and Aaron, his father Raymond and brother Greg.  Philip D. Henderson was the former Pastor of St. Mark’s Gordon Episcopal and St. Mary’s Holy Church in Rushville.

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Sheridan County Journal, July 14, 2004

BERNHARDT "BEN" EWOLDT (1910-2004
Bernhardt "Ben" Ewoldt, 93, formerly of Senaca, died July 8, 2004 at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte, NE.  Ben was born Dec. 8, 1910 in Grand Island, NE to Henry and Margarite (Huson) Ewoldt. On April 20, 193, he married Geneva Bissell. Ben was a lifetime sandhills resident. He greatly enjoyed kids and woodworking, along with his cattle and horses.  Ben was a member of the Nebraska Cattleman Association, Thomas County Farm Bureau Board, Thomas County Commissioner, Oddfellows and Elks Lodge # 1688.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geneva, 7 brothers, 2 sisters, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Survivors include 1 son, Bernard (Rita) Ewoldt of Valentine. Seven daughters, Carol Dubs of Ashby; Rose Condos of Strasburg, Colorado, Anne Gulnard of Aurora, Colorado, Merry Jones of Strasburg, Colorado, Margy Daniels of Hershey, Alyee Tucker of Copeland, KS, Nancy Mosttler of Sublette, KS, 32 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.   Graveside services were held July 10, 2004 at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Thedford.

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Sheridan County Journal, July 21, 2004

ERMA KATHERINE VANROSSUM (1917-2004)
Erma Katherine Van Rossum, 86, a resident of Gordon, NE. since 1917, passed away July 13, 2004 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.  She was born Nov. 25, 1917 to Henry Clarence and Sophia (Bauer) Jaccobson on a family farm southeast of Clinton. Erma attended grade school and high school in Clinton, NE. and graduated with a Registered Nurse Degree. After graduation she was employed as an RN at the Rushville, Valentine and Gordon Hospitals. She thoroughly enjoyed working as a Specialty Nurse.  On Dec. 6, 1941 she was united in marriage to James Gordon VanRossum. From this union came a beloved daughter; Janice Kay VanRossum. She and James were married for 40 wonderful years when James passed away. Erma still continued to live on the farm.  Erma was a 4-H Leader for many years. She was also a long time member of the Clinton United Methodist Church and loved to play the organ for the Church. She was also very involved with the Clinton United Methodist Youth Choir. She was very active in the Extension Club, was a long time member of the Social Improvement Club and a member of the RSVP.  Another of her favorite past times was creating runners, placemats and quilting. All of her efforts and creations were enjoyed and cherished by everyone. She was an active member of the Willow Tree Quilters and in the afternoon she loved to join the ladies for an ice cream treat.  She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Ernest Bigelow of Gordon; granddaughter Vannicea (Bigelow) and husband William Trent of Kearney, NE, Grandson James Bigelow and wife Lisa of Kearney, NE. Great-grandchildren Brittnie and Trevar Bigelow also of Kearney; brothers Myron Jacobson of Gordon; John Jacobson and wife Shirley of Rushville; sister-in-law Clover Gilles of Pacific Grove, Calif.,and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Sophia Bauer Jacobson, husband James VanRossum and ten siblings: Ethel Basom, Doris Mitchell, Donald Jacobson, Theodore Jacobson, Leonard Jacobson, Marjorie Shepard, Helen Heinen, Irene Margrave, Cleo Jacobson and Bernadine Pippinger.  Funeral services were held July 17, 2004 at the United Methodist Church in Gordon, with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, July 21, 2004

100 years ago

ALEX WALLCE (1884-1904?)
Alex Wallace was born at Melbourne, Iowa, on Aug. 17, 1884. He was almost 20 years old at the time of his death. He spent his youth in this neighborhood, his parents having moved to Sheridan county in the fall of 1884. Last year he was at Hay Springs and when John Wilhite moved to Atkinson, Alex soon followed to enter his employment. Eight days before his death, Alex secured employment in a hardware store at that place.

A week ago, he with three other young men decided to go swimming in the Elkhorn River. The water was high on account of a freshet and the sluices being opened, a whirlpool formed just below it. Here it was where death overcame him. His companions heard a cry and started to his rescue, but the whirlpool seized him and tended to draw him and his friends under. After a little struggle, his companions had to release their holds to save themselves, and Alex Wallace sank to a watery grave. Kind and willing hands did all in their power to save him, but when his body was recovered, he had crossed the river to join mother, brothers and sisters on the other shore. His body was brought to Gordon and funeral services conducted at the M.E. church. He was laid to rest by the side of his mother who preceded him ten years since.

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CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH HOLZBERGER (1872-1954)
Christian Friedrich Holzberger, 3
rd child of Christian Holzberger and Louis (sic) née Schneider, was born at Lawrenceville,Ind., on April 12, 1872, and died of a severe heart attack on July 6, 1954 in Gordon at the age of 81. On Nov. 14, 1916, he was united in marriage with Alvina Krueger at Sleepy Eye, Minn. This union was blessed with two sons and one daughter. He was laid to rest in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, July 28, 2004

75 years ago

IRA C. HOLSINGER (1868-1920)
Ira C. Holsinger died suddenly while taking a little nap last Saturday afternoon. Mr. Ira C. Holsinger passed quietly away, death evidently caused by heart failure. He had been complaining that day that he did not feel very well but it was not thought that it was anything serious. Mr. Holsinger came to this community in 1910, for many years being a successful farmer here.  A number of years ago he moved to Gordon and more recently has been associated with his son Myron, in the Standard Service Station. He was truly one of Gordon’s finest citizens, having the respect of all who knew him, and being a straight- forward, God-fearing man. There are many friends who will miss his cheerful greeting and kindly way.  Ira Clark Holsinger was born on May 2, 1868 at Mt. Morris, Ill. On the 14
th of Sept. 1893, he was united in marriage with Luzetta Kitzmiller. To his union six children were born: one daughter, Mrs. Viola Stouffer of Gordon; George, who died in the service of his country on Oct. 14, 1918; Harry of Sinner, S.D. and Myron, Roy and Ross of Gordon. He died very suddenly at his home in Gordon on July 20, 1929. Those sorrowing over his death are the widow and children; one sister, Mrs. Carry Harr of Alexandria, Iowa four brothers, D.M. Holsinger of Hucaipa, Calif.; Oliver of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lloyd of Minnesota; and four grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, July 28, 2004

HOWARD PARKER (1935-2004)
Howard Parker, 68, of rural Gordon died July 20, 1004 of natural causes. Howard was born Nov. 22, 1935, in Gordon to Allen and Helen Goslin Parker.  Howard grew up on the family owned Cross L. Cattle Company ranch south of Gordon along the Niobrara. He began his riding career at the age of two when his dad set him astride a spotted pony his granddad won in a raffle. After graduating from high school, Parker cowboyed on the famous old Spade Ranch near Ellsworth and then spent the next 20 years working for various cow outfits, playing in country bands and rodeoing. Howard served as president for Nebraska State Rodeo Association competing in a variety of events. He was one of the top saddle bronc riders of the 1960s, winning the state championship in 1960, 1962,and 1963.   When Howard hung up his bronc spurs, he picked up his guitar and started blending his sounds and images of the Old West with the new. With the help and support of his wife Jean, he operated the family ranch while traveling through the West reciting his poetry and singing his songs. He was a featured performer at numerous cowboy poetry gatherings, entertained audiences across the country and even appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. Howard recorded cassette tapes and CD’s of original songs and poems published a book of cowboy poetry and stories, and had his songs performed in such widely diverse places as South Africa, Ireland and Carnegie Hall.  Surviving Howard at the time of his death are his wife, Jean, and three children; son Chuck (Ron Murphy) of Lincoln, daughter Lex Ann (Russell Roach), grandson Alexander of Grand Island, and son Travis of Gering. He is also survived by his two brothers, David (Rosalyn) of Albuquerque, NM and Pike (Dee) of Phoenix, AZ.  Howard was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Marilyn.  Memorial services were held July 24
th, 2004 at the Rushville High School Gym.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 4, 2004

PAUL DAVID ELLIS (1963-2004)
Paul David Ellis, 40 of Merriman, NE. died in a car accident July 18, 2004 near Martin, S.D. He was born to Larry and Mary Jo (Lamme) Ellis on October 7, 1963 at Martin, S.D.   He attended Merriman Grade School through the 7
th grade and graduated in 1981 from Bennett County High School in Martin. Throughout high school he worked at Larry’s Standard and Farmers’ Co-op in Merriman during the summer months.   He attended Nebraska Technical Community College, Sidney, NE. in 1982 & 83 for drafting. Following this training he worked in Sterling, Colorado as a draftsman. He then spent 5 years at GSN as the shop machinist in Gordon.  Paul enjoyed working outdoors and worked as an agronomist at the Bennett County Co-op, and Midwest Co-op in Pierre. He returned to Merriman where he was residing at the time of his death.  Paul enjoyed reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing pool, hunting, jamming to his favorite bands, gardening, Little League baseball, history and reminiscing with friends and neighbors about childhood memories. He liked working in people’s yards and mowing. He was an avid Nascar racing fan and recently enjoyed, working with his son Trenton on the mud racing buggy and going to the park to play BB with his daughter Janessa. He joined the newly formed Sons of the American Legion Post 240 Squadron in Martin, S.D.  He is survived by his children: Trenton Belsky, 18 of Bridgeport, NE., and Janessa Christine Ellis, 12 of Cozad, NE. Parents, Larry and Mary Jo Ellis of Merriman, two sisters, Lonna Johnson & family of Vetal, SD and Pamela Young & family of Council Bluffs, IA.   Services were held July 22, 1004 at the American Legion in Martin, S.D.  Burial was in the Merriman Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 4, 2004

STEPHEN JAMES SAXTON (1913-2004)
Stephen James Saxton, 91, while sleeping, was called home to Heaven by his Lord Jesus Christ. He is reunited with his wife, Esther Hope (Pratt) Saxton whom he married in Crawford, NE. on April 5, 1937. She preceded him to Heaven on July 31, 1997 after 60 years of marriage.  Stephen was born the first of nine children, to John and Gertrude (Everson) Saxton on June 4, 1913 in Crawford, NE. He was preceded in death by five of his siblings; Eva (Saxton) Richter, Hugh Saxton, Chancy Saxton, Martha (Saxton) Beadell Kirschhoffer, and John Orville Saxton. Stephen was never one to let the grass grow beneath his feet.  In February 1928, Stephen and Esther had their first child, Lorraine (Clemens) in Crawford. Then in May 1939 in Gordon, NE, came Merlin who would only live to be five months old. The family moved out west to Seattle, WA where daughter Arthilla was born in Nov. 1942. Arthilla (Magness) preceded him to Heaven on July 1, 2002.   Stephen moved the family to Bellingham were he would work on the construction on the Ross Dam and a daughter LaDonna (Wilde) would be born in March of 1947. A move back to Rapid City, SD would welcome another daughter, Eldora (Brown) in November 1951 and then a son, Lonnie Saxton would arrive in Yreka, CA in March 1958. They also lived at Cavitt Creek-Glide, OR, Prescott, AZ and Nampa, ID. among many other places and finally settled down on Whistler’s Park Road in Roseburg, OR in 1986.  During the nine decades of Stephen’s life and travels, he would do many jobs, carpentry, masonry and construction but his heart would always remain a cowboy of his younger days in Crawford. His fondest memories were of ranching and riding horses. He could sit for hours and tell storied of "the good ol’ days". Stephen enjoyed life to it’s fullest, he like trains, horses, wood working, playing the guitar and harmonica, reading his bible and a good game of dominos. He loved big family get-togethers where there was good food and lots of sweets.  Stephen attended Glide Assembly of God Church and the Glide Senior Center regularly until he entered an adult foster home that moved him to Sutherlin in 2003. In July 2003, son Lonnie took Stephen to Crawford, NE for a 90
th birthday celebration at the semiannual Saxton family reunion.  Stephen is survived by three sisters, Mildred Miller, Erma Whitney, and Myrtle Iliff, daughters Eldora Brown and LaDonna Wilde both of Roseburg, daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Dale Clemens of Issaquah, WA and a son and daughter-in-law Lonnie and Tina Saxton of Roseburg, OR. 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held July 31, 2004 at the Oak Creek Cemetery, 10 miles east of Roseburg.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 4, 2004

75 years ago

BERT RAY HULL (1876-1929)
Bert Ray Hull, eldest son of James S. and Eva B. Hull, was born at Dunlap, Iowa, Jan 10, 1876 and died at his home in Gordon, July 30, 1929. He was united in marriage to Carrie Edna Howenstein on May 18, 1904. To this union were born two sons, Kenneth H. and Willis Gordon, who, with his widow survive him. He is also survived by his father and mother, Mr. And Mrs. J.S. Hull, of Dunlap, Ia.; two sisters, Mrs. J.L. Smith of St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs.G.A. Foote of Glendale, Calif; one brother, Lyle F. Hull of Gordon.

JOHN W. GEALY (1856-1929)
John W. Gealy was born in Venango county, Pa on June 1, 1856 and passed away at Chadron, NE. on July 31, 1929. He came to Gordon in the spring of 1886. On Aug. 7, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Julia Baker, his how bereaved widow. To them were born eight children. Three of them, Austin, Maude and Blanche, preceded him to the Great Beyond. Fred and Eugene of Nampa, Idaho, Clarence and Mrs. Florence Mathis of Gordon, and Mrs. Ethel Council of Mobile, Ala., are left to mourn his loss. Also he leaves 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one brother, A.W. Gealy of Gordon, and a brother and sister residing in Franklin, Pa. The funeral was held Aug. 4, 1929 and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

LYDIA WHITE CARVER (1848-1929)
Lydia White Carver was born in Ontario, Canada, March 24, 1848, and died near Irwin,NE. on July 31, 1929 from old age and other complications. For the past two years she had been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Richard Selby near Irwin, and had many friends and relatives in that community and others who will mourn her passing. The body was sent to Avonlea, Saskatchewan, Canada, and interment will be made on Aug. 4 at that place.

WILLIAM J. JERMAN (1852-1929)
William J. Jerman was born Oct. 2, 1852, at Little Rock, Ark., and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rena Chandler near Denby,S.D. on July 30, 1929. Mr. Jerman made his home with his daughter who resides on the A. Strong farm north of Gordon for some time and has made many friends who mourn his death. Death was caused by old age. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

FRANK H. BLACK (?-1929)
Frank H. Black of Rushville, a Sheridan county pioneer, died at his home at that place on July 26, 1929. He was stricken while going home from a carnival and died shortly afterwards. Mr. Black lived at Gordon in the early days of this county and later located on Larabee Creek, where he became well-to-do. About ten years ago he retired and since then had made his home in Rushville. Mr. Black had many friends here who will mourn his passing.

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50 years ago, 1954

MRS. OLIVER E. STANDLEA (abt 1890-1954)
Mrs. Oliver E. Standlea, about 64, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon as the result of injuries sustained in a car wreck The car in which she was riding left the highway, rolled over two or three times and came to rest on its top over a barbed wire fence. The accident occurred on Highway 27 about 20 miles south of Gordon. The car blew a tire and struck a chuck hole which plunged it into a ditch at the side of the road. Mrs. Standlea, holding her small grandson, Frank Standlea, was thrown from the vehicle, She was taken by ambulance to Gordon Memorial hospital where she lived only about 20 minutes. Other occupants of the car were David Standlea, her son, and Frank and Billy Standlea, her grandsons, children of Mr. And Mrs. John Standlea. The children were released from the hospital after observation and treatment for shock. Davis was hospitalized with an injured back. .

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 11, 2004

KATHRYN (BRUNS) ENTWISTLE (?-2004)
Kathryn passed away July 7, 2004. Survived by her husband of 45 years, William S. Entwistle, at the home, one daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Scott Hammond, Colorado Springs, CO, one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Janette Entwistle, Portland, OR; one step son, Larry Entwistle, Spokane, WA; four grandchildren, Valorie Entwistle, Spokane, WA., Chelsea Hammond, Colorado Springs, CI. Jeff and Jamie McIntyre, Spokane, WA, two great-grandchildren Mackenzie and Danielle; two brothers and sister-in-law, Harlow and Maryellen Bruns, Hinckley, MN, Lester and Geraldine Bruns, Rushville, NE; one sister, Jerene Heesacker, Porcupine, SD and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Parks Bruns, Rushville, NE.   Preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Delia Bruns; two brothers, Wayne Bruns and Marvin Bruns; and a brother-in-law, Marvin Heesacker.  Memorial Service was held Aug. 15, 2994 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rushville.

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FRANCK DETLEF DIERCKS (1922-2004)
Franck Detlef Diercks, 81, of Gordon,NE, died Aug. 3, 2004 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.  He was born Dec. 6, 1922 in Hay Springs, NE to William F. and Louise M. Diercks. He spent his childhood in Sheridan county Nebraska and attended country school and Hay Springs Public School.  After graduating from high school he attended Chillicothe Business College and Auctioneer’s School where he received his formal education. He entered the service and served overseas in WWII.  He became licensed in Nebraska and South Dakota as a Real Estate Broker and in Nebraska as a Real Estate Appraiser. In 1949 he became the owner of Diercks Real Estate. From 1958 to 1987 he was the owner and general manager of Gordon Livestock Auction Market. He was elected and served as president of the National Livestock Market’s Association in 1982.   Franck married Irene Doris Barth on June 21, 1946. They spent their married life in Hay Springs and Gordon where they were blessed with three children. Irene preceded Franck in death on Oct. 20, 1991. He married Mary Daniels on Feb. 6, 1993.  He took great pleasure in his family and his community. In his younger years, he spent hours upon hours driving his motor boat pulling skiers, or spending time camping and fishing or golfing.   Survivors include his wife, Mary, his son, Roger Diercks and his wife Becky of Minden, NE; two daughters Connie Diercks and her husband, Harry Pontiff of Minneapolis, MN and Linda Semrad and her husband, Ray of Parson, KS. He is survived by his grandchildren, Detlef and Marcus Diercks, Morgan and Kira Pontiff, Erik Semrad and his wife, Kari and one great grandson, Kyler Semrad. Also surviving is one sister, Margaret Diercks of Gordon. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Diercks.  Graveside services were held at the Gordon Cemetery Aug. 7, 2004.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 11, 2004

75 years ago

TINA RUTH GREGG (1928-1929)
Tina Ruth Gregg, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edd Gregg of Merriman was born Dec. 7, 1928 and died at the W.A.Loucks home in Gordon on Aug. 7, 1929, the cause of death being pneumonia, which started with an attack of the whooping cough. She leaves to mourn her death, her parents, four sisters; Edwyn, Ammee, Waunita and Mazie and one brother James Edward. Funeral services were held from the Loucks home and interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

MRS. W.E. HICKERSON (1854-1929)
Mrs. W.E. Hickerson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.S. Saults in Gordon Aug. 5, 1929 after a lengthy illness. She had made her home here for the past ten years and has made a wide acquaintance. Louise Lovett was born on Sept. 29, 1854 at Pittsfield, Pike county, Illinois. On the 16
th of Jan. 1872 she was married to William E. Hickerson and to this union were born five children, all of whom survive. Mr. Hickerson died a number of years ago. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

FRANK CURRIE (1955-1929)
Frank Currie, son of Thos. and Mary Ray Currie, was born in Detroit, Mich, Jan. 15, 1855 and passed away after a brief illness at his home near Everett, Wash. July 31, 1929. He was married Sept 16, 1888 to Mary Ann Richards, who died in Whitney,NE. in July 1909. Mr. Currie moved to Gordon in 1906 where he had an interest in Fawn Lake Ranch Company. Funeral services were held at the ME Church at Whitney. He was the father of Mrs. Ray Lyon of Clinton. A short service was conducted by the Masonic Lodge of Chadron, of which he was a member.

FRANK JACKSON (1861-1929)
James Frank Jackson died at his home in Merriman, Aug. 1, 1929, death being caused by cancer of the liver. He was born in Greeley, Colorado, Aug. 26, 1861. After his mother’s death, his father moved to San Antonio, Texas where he was engaged in stock raising. In 1881, Frank, his father and brother, moved to South Dakota. He was united in marriage to Nellie C. Pogson at Buffalo Gap and the couple had three children; Carl, Bess and Ruth. Funeral services were held in Merriman and interment was in the family plot in the Gordon cemetery.

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50 years ago 1954

LEE FRITZ (??-1954)
Lee Fritz, a long time resident of Sheridan county and pioneer merchant of Gordon died Thursday afternoon at Gordon Memorial hospital. Mr. Fritz had been in failing health for several months, and on July 26 [1954] suffered a stroke from which he did not recover. In any account of Gordon’s history, Mr. Fritz will be prominent among those men who helped to lay a solid foundation for the town’s progress. He will be remembered for his honesty and for his reliability in the conduct of his own business affairs and those of public trust. Born in West Virginia, he came to Gordon in the spring of 1880 with his father and brothers.

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Sheridan County Journal, August 18, 2004

100 years ago

MRS. LUCRETIA BURROUGHS (1842-1904)
Mrs. Lucretia Burroughs died in Gordon , August 12, 1904. Lucretia Merriall was born May 1, 1842 near Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Wisconsin when about 12 years old. There she met and married Mr. John H. Burroughs in 1861. Three children were born to them, two girls and one boy. The boy and one girl died in youth and the other daughter, Mrs. Jennie Pitman, is still living in Minnesota. She moved with her husband to Sheridan county in 1889 and lived 12 miles northwest of Gordon until the last four years when she has lived in Gordon. Her husband died there Sept. 29, 1897. Her grandson Charley Selbig, was the only relative with her when death came. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church, and she was laid to rest in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 25, 2004

75 years ago

MRS. A.R. SHEARER (1888-1929)
Minnie E. Sowders was born at Clearwater, Nebraska, Dec. 24, 1888 and died at her home near Gordon on August 14, 1929. She moved with her parents to Gordon 22 years ago. She was married to Abram Shearer on December 25, 1912. Four children were born to this union, three daughters and one son, Delila Mildred, Dwight and Beulah, all of whom , together with her husband survive her. Besides the family, her father, two brothers, Earl and Nathan, and four sisters, Nellie, Maggie, Alberta and Mattie survive her. Her mother died some 13 years ago. The funeral was held at the Methodist church. Her body was laid to rest in the Gordon cemetery.

ELIZABETH P. JONES (1874-1929)
Mrs. Charles Jones, who lived sixteen miles south of Scenic, S.D. was born Sept. 15, 1874 at Laramie, Wyo., and died August 16, 1929, at the Commercial Hotel in Gordon where she had been brought for medical attention. Her daughter, Miss Mary Jones of the St. Joseph Hospital at Alliance, was caring for her. Burial was made at the Holy Rosary Mission near Pine Ridge.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 1, 2004

100 years ago

MRS. C.H. MONIER (1821-1904)
Mrs. C.H. Monier, who has been suffering with heart disease and dropsy, died Aug. 29, 1904.

Marlene Odler was born in Switzerland, Oct. 23, 1821. She came to the United States in 1847 and was married to Charles H. Monier at Lowanda, Bradford county, Pa., on May 23, 1855. Two daughters and one son were the issues of this marriage. The son and one daughter survive her. She moved with her husband and family to Nebraska in 1886, settling near Merriman in Cherry county, where they remained until 1896. Having then disposed of their ranch, they moved to Gordon. After a serious and protracted illness, she died Aug. 29, 1904.

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25 years ago

WILLIAM J. (Dub) McGOWAN (1917-1979)
Graveside services were held Aug. 22, 1979, at the Gordon cemetery for William J. (Dub) McGowan. He died Aug. 18, 1979 at Luke Air Force Base hospital in Phoenix, Ariz, after a long illness. He was born to Ira Scott and Mary McGowan on Sept. 23, 1917, in Hot Springs, S.D. and graduated from Gordon high school in 1934. On June 21, 1939, he married Virginia Gass. He is survived by his wife, three sons and daughters-in-law, a grandaughter and other relatives.

ANNA AMELIA RUSSEL (1895-1979)
Anna Amelia Russell was born July 30, 1895 to Catherine and Sekfred Krzyzanowski at Praire View, Kan., and died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ethel Muck in Gordon. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery

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Sheridan County Journal, August 18, 2004

EDWIN JOHN SCHILDHAUER (1920-2003)
On Friday, Sept. 13, 1920, a beautiful fall morning, a baby boy, Edwin, came to live at the home of Robert and Grace Schildhauer and joined his older brother, Lyle. He passed away on August. 15, 2003, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.

Edwin John Schildhauer spent his entire life in the Hay Springs area. He attended the South Beaver School through the eighth grade. He graduated from Hay Springs High school, where he was active in sports. He lettered in both basketball and football. He was on the judging team in FFA, traveling to various places and bringing home purple ribbons.

On May 16, 1941, he was united in marriage to Frances Elsberry and to this union, three sons were born, Wayne Edwin, Marvin Dean and Gerald Robert.

Edwin was a member of the Hay Springs Methodist church, where he worked for many years. Also, he worked for 34 years for Nebraska Artificial Breeders Association and Armor Packing Company. He was also a 4-H leader, teaching braiding.

H was very fond of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and four brothers.

Edwin leaves to mourn his passing wife, Frances of Gordon, sons, Wayne of Dix, Marvin and wife Pat of Eli and Gerald and wife Mary of Kimball, 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held United Methodist Church in Hay Springs, with burial in the Hay Springs Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 25, 2004

10 Years Ago

INEZ IVA BASSETT (1913- 1994)
Inez Iva Bassett, of North Platte,Ne., formerly of Merriman, died Thursday, August 19, 1994 at Centennial Retirement Village in North Platte. Services were held in Gordon, with burial in the Merriman Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 28, 1913 in a sod house in rural Logan County to George W. and Millie (Lehmkuhler) Brown.

She married Leonard Lawrence Bassett on May 31, 1939 in Sidney, Ne. The couple lived on several ranches in the Sandhills before purchasing the Merriman Telephone Company in 1958.

She graduated from Gandy High School and attended Chadron Teacher’s College. She taught several years in rural Sandhills schools. She was a long time member of the Rebecca Lodge and Helping Hand Club. Inez enjoyed sewing, reading and helping friends. The couple renovated several homes, which she enjoyed as well.

Survivors include son, Larry and Theresa Bassett of Ft. Collins, Co., daughter Georgia and Floyd Lincoln of Kearney, Ne., and son in law Norman Hollis of Ks., along with 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard and two daughters, Arvalla May and Eileen Iva.

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Sheridan County Journal, Aug. 25, 2004

LORAN F. ZLOMKE (1918-2004)
Loran F. Zlomke, of Gordon, Ne., died August 19, 2004 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born May 6, 1918, in Duff, Ne., to Fred and Cecilia (Brewer) Zlomke. Loran graduated from Long Pine High School in 1938, in Long Pine, Ne. He served three years of active duty in the Army, from 1943 to 1946

On April 12, 1947, Loran married Lois Cady at Valentine, Ne., He was a member of the Gordon American Legion Post and also a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church.

Loran enjoyed meeting and visiting with friends over coffee. He worked for many years in the parts department of Modern Farm Equipment and made many life long friends. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include five children, Barb Paul (Mike) of Gordon, Lonnie Zlomke (Kathy) of Ft. Lupton, Co., Dorothy Stratton (Dave) of Auburn, Ks., Kathy Reese (Bob) of Steamboat Springs, Co., Carolyn Hull (Tim) of Estes Park, Co, 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, four siblings, Ruth Fisher of Kimball, Ne., Wilma Schaer of Gordon, Ne., Floyd Zlomke of Gordon, Ne., and Ray Zlomke of Batesland, S.D.

Loran was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Cecilia Zlomke, wife Lois (Cady) Zlomke, grandchild Brandee Anne Zlomke and brother Gale Zlomke.

Services were held in Gordon, with burial in the Gordon Cemetery with Military Honors.

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KAREN JONES
Karen Jones of Sterling, Co., formerly; of Gordon, Ne., passed away at her home Aug. 22, 2004.

She was born on Nov. 2, 1930 in Chadron, Ne., to Henry and Lois (Traner) Knutzen. As a young girl, she lived on a farm near the Big Bordeaux. She received her high school diploma from Chadron High School at the age of 16.

On Dec. 14, 1947, she married Johnnie M. Jones. The couple lived in the Dawes County area until they moved to the Red Deer Ranch. Karen worked at the Dawes County Clerk’s office until they moved. She also worked for an oil company for several years. Karen cooked for 34 years at the Red Deer Ranch, Brickley Cattle Company and the Abbott Cattle Company. In 1987 she ran the Longhorn Café in Hyannis, Ne., before moving to Gordon. She then was the bookkeeper for Moursund Cattle Company from 1988 to 1993. She also worked for Stockmen’s Drug at the same time. When they moved to Sterling, Co., in 1993, she worked at Barnes Pharmacy for one and a half years.

Karen enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing the organ and piano. She also loved to garden and recently had a fondness for cactus beds. In her younger years, she loved riding horses.

Karen was a caring, loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Karen also was a very positive and compassionate friend to all that met her. She took great pleasure in taking care of all of her family members.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie M. Jones, daughter, Candace L. Bacon, two grandsons, John and Matt Bacon, and two great grandsons, Daniel and Riley Bacon and a host of family.

Funeral services were held in Gordon, Ne., with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 1, 2004

25 years ago

LOMA GREENAMYRE
Loma Greenamyre was born Oct. 4, 1906 near Springfield and died Aug. 10, 1979, at the Lundberg Memorial hospital in Creighton. She lived in Nebraska her entire life. She is survived by her husband, Gerald a son, Gordon, a daughter, Margaret Nelson of Gordon, daughter, Leona Hancock of Bartlesville, Okla., and a son Dale of Leavenworth, Ks., 18 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 8, 2004

25 years ago

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 ,Ne. On December 25, 1912, she was married to Frank Grooms. In the spring of 1913 they moved to a homestead 20 miles south of Van Tassel, Wyo., a community to become known as Prairie Center. In 1918 the couple moved to a home in Wounded Knee where they lived until her husband’s death two years ago. Also 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).

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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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 8, 2004

ROSE MARIE (JAMES) KIME
Rose Marie (James) Kime of Gordon, Ne., died Sept. 3, 2004.

She was born Sept. 22, 1927, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Clyde R. and Marie (Lachnit) James. On November 9, 1947, she married John Donald Kime in Baltimore, MD. To this union five children were born, Steven, Patricia, Barbara, Diana and Clyde.

Rose worked as a receptionist at the Gordon Memorial Hospital for many years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Rose had many personal attributes and talents that she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She was a gifted artist, excellent seamstress, and exceptional cook. She loved to play cards and board games. She instilled a love of books, classical literature, and music (from square dance tunes to classical) in her family. She taught her children to work hard and strive for excellence. Time spent with her grandchildren was always precious to her.

Survivors include her children, Steve and Beth Kime of Gordon, Patricia and Gerry Decker of Harrah, Wa., Barbara Peterson of Ft. Collins, Co., Diane and Eric Kime of Denver, Co., her sister Edna Davis of Maryland, 12 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors in her sandhills community.

Services were held in Gordon with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.

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KENNETH BLAINE "Bus" WOODHOUSE
Kenneth Blaine "Bus" Woodhouse was born Aug. 8, 1918 at Gordon, Ne., to John Earl and Carrie "Christsen" Woodhouse. He was welcomed by 3 brothers, Levison, Charley and Harold and sister Verna.

In 1922 the family moved to the home place on the Niobrara River south east of Gordon. Kenneth was joined by 3 more brothers; Leo, Lee and Donald. He attended school at District 20 and graduated from the eighth grade.

He worked for various neighbors and helped at home. On April 15, 1942 he entered the Army Air Force where he worked as a cook. After his discharge in 1945 he continued working as a cook at Hot Springs and Custer South Dakota and in Jerome, Idaho.

Upon returning to Gordon he worked for the Mills Ranch and at Stoffer Standard Oil.

In Kenneth’s last years he suffered poor health resulting in the need for a care facility where he died Sept. 3, 2004 at Yankton, S.D.

He is survived by brother: Leo (Martha) of Gordon, Donald Woodhouse of Achellic, Ok., nieces, Pat (Earl) Gunther of Sioux Falls, S.D., Susan (Edward) McDonald of Canon City, Co., nephews Clarence (Ivy) Avis of Rushville, Ne., and Edward (Harriet) Avis of Gillette, Wyo.

A private internment was in the Woodhouse Niobrara View Cemetery on the family ranch.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 15, 2004

75 years ago

MURRAY S. STARR
Murray S. Starr was born Feb. 11, 1868 at Viroqua, Wisc., and departed from this life Sept. 7, 1929 at his home south of Eli, Ne. Besides his widow and children, he leaves many friends to mourn his passing as he was an old resident of that community. Burial was made in Conley Flats cemetery, south of Eli, Ne.

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50 years ago

FRED TUCHENHAGEN
Fred Tuchenhagen was born at Gordon, Ne., on Sept. 8, 1891 and died Sept. 9, 1954 .

On November 25, 1929 he was married to Ethel Gardner of Des Moines, Iowa. Most of Mr. Tuchenhagen’s life was spent in the Gordon vicinity except for a few years that were spent in operating a store in Allen, S.D. His occupation was ranching and he became most successful in his chosen work. Just recently Mr. and Mrs. Tuchenhagen leased their ranch. Mr. Tuchenhagen was in the first World War and spent much time in overseas duty. He was a part of the 30th Infantry Regiment, Company B. He was in many of the major battles, including the battle of Chateau-Thierry; the battle of Saint Mihiel and the battle of the Argonne forest.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife Ethel; one sister, Mrs. Joy Fairhead of Merriman; two half-brothers, John Seveland of Gordon and Sam Seveland of Merriman; nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church and burial was in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 22, 2004

75 years ago

LEO GREEN
Leo Green, 22 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Green of Gordon, died Wednesday at Fort Collins, Co., as the result of an accident which occurred last Friday. Leo had only ten days ago gone to Fort Collins to attend the Colorado State Agricultural College, where he was a freshman. Leo was the anchor man in a tug-of-war contest between the Freshmen and the Sophomores, which was part of their class day program. The rope used was tied around his body and in the tug-of-war, a knot slipped and when the Sophomores got the best of the pull, the rope was tightened around Leo’s body, causing internal injuries. It was thought at first that he would recover, but death came on Wednesday. Leo graduated from Gordon high school in the class of 1927. For the next year he worked as a bookkeeper in the First National Bank of this city, leaving that business to take a position with the Wilhite Hart-Parr company, which place he left only ten days ago to go to college. In high school he was active, being a member of the football team and a popular member of his class

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JIM PETERSON
Jim Peterson, a former Gordon resident, passed away at his home in Sheridan, Wyo., last week following a bad fall in which he broke his hip. Mt. Peterson was an early day resident of both Rushville and Gordon, and during the early life of many of Gordon’s middle-aged citizens, he had some reputation as the village marshal. The funeral was held in Gordon, Sept. 13, 1929 under the auspices of the Rushville Masonic lodge, of which he was a member.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 15, 2004

WILLIAM VERNON YOUNG
William Vernon Young was born Oct. 6, 1921 to Dale and Emily Young and passed away Sept. 8, 2004 at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, SD. Most of his life was spent in Gordon where he attended school, graduating in 1940. He was drafted into the army in 1942 and after training at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., he served his country in Europe until his discharge in 1945

In 1942, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Bermingham, and to this union three children, Bill, Jerry and Diana were born.

In 1954, the family moved to Santa Rosa, CA. where he was employed by California Wood Products for several years. They later moved to Rupert, Idaho and in 1970 they returned to Gordon. The first job he had when he returned was to help build the Cowboy Museum. He then worked for the Sheridan County Road Department for ten years and for the past several years, he has been employed by Ideal Market.

In was preceded in death by his parents, brother Virgil, wife Kathleen, son Bill, 2 grandsons, Mike Hatch and James Young and brother in law, Gerald Swick. Those left to mourn his passing: daughter Diana Hatch (Ernie), son Jerry Young (Rhonda), grandchildren Kelly Ordway (Joe), Cindy Young, Angie Camerlinck (Dan), Aleta Greenamyre (Bryon), Regina Grammer (Butch), daughter in law Sara Young, step daughter Samantha, sister, Shirley Swick, sister in law Mildred Young, sister in law Dorothy Bermingham, brother in law Francis Bermingham, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other family member and friends.

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75 years ago

MRS. FRED SCHNEIDER
Elsie Ola Schneider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Phillips, was born Nov. 11, 1890, at Mahaska, Kas., and departed this life Sept. 13, 1929 at Gordon, Nebraska.

In early childhood she lived in Nebraska and Colorado, moving from Denver to Gordon at the age of 19, where she has lived ever since. On April 5, 1915, she was united in marriage to Fred Schneider of Gordon and to this union were born two children, Bernice and Fern Francis. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and daughters, her mother: Mrs. Ellen Phillips of Omaha, one brother, Everett I. Phillips of Gordon, one sister, Amy C. Phillips of Omaha, besides many friends.

Her father and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held from the Church of God. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 22, 2004

BEN CRANE
Ben Crane was born in rural Sheridan County, Ne., on Feb. 14, 1930, the third child of Abe and Effie (Nydahll) Crane, and passed away on Sept. 18, 2004.

Ben graduated from Rushville High School with the Class of 1948, where sports were his passion. He married Evelyn Dykes in Rapid City, SD. Ben and Evelyn were blessed with a daughter, Karmen Kay.

Ben grew up on the family farm southeast of Rushville. He later owned and operated H & B Lumber with partner Hollis Claussen. After Hollis’s retirement, Ben’s son-in-law, Martin Palmer joined the firm. He was a member of the Rushville Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, and a member of the Morse Memorial Methodist Church of Rushville. Bennie loved sports of all kinds. He was an avid bowler, belonging to Klint’s Lefties Team for many years, going on to win a state championship. He also enjoyed following all local sports and activities throughout his entire life.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Effie, brother Kenneth, sisters, Natalie and Marilyn and a great niece Marie Ann.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, daughter Karmen Kay and husband Martin Palmer; granddaughter Katie Marie and husband Eddie Bissonette, a grandson Jeffrey Kent and neices, Phyllis Musfelt, Marcella Riley, Carmen Minnick and nephews, Jerry Harris, Dan Riley, Michael Riley, David Harris and Kelvin Riley and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Rushville, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville,Ne.

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MYRTLE ELLEN YOUNG
Myrtle Ellen Young died on Sept. 14, 2004 at Gordon Countryside Care. She was born July 8, 1911, to Henry and Iretta (Spindler) Ladely in Kennebec, SD. She attended school in Cherry County, Nebraska at School District # 57.

On July 12, 1930, she married John Young at O’Neill, NE. They farmed near Inman, NE. To this union was born one son, Lawrence LeRoy, who died of pneumonia at the age of 7. After her husband’s death in 1946, Myrtle returned to the Ladely family residence in Gordon. She was a Gordon resident for more than 50 years.

Her hobbies included canning, playing cards, and making crafts. Many friends will miss her friendly smile, cherry greeting and hearty laugh.

Myrtle Young was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, her husband and her son.

Funeral services were held in Gordon. Burial was in the Inman Cemetery in Inman, Nebraska.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 22, 2004

MARY ANN FOX CONNEALY
Mary Ann Fox Connealy was born on Dec. 5, 1925 in Albion, Ne., She was one of three children born to Jim and Helen Fox. Mary Ann and her brothers, Bill and Jim were raised in Albion. She graduated from Albion High School in 1943.

After high school, Mary Ann attended nursing school at St. Joseph’s in Omaha, Ne. She became a Registered Nurse in 1946. Not knowing exactly where she wanted to locate after nursing school, Mary Ann accepted an invitation from her Aunt Delores in Ann Arbor, Michigan to relocate and work in Ann Arbor. She worked in many different areas of the hospital during her time there, but her favorite job was caring for the newborn babies.

Mary Ann met Bob Connealy in Ann Arbor and they were married in Albion on Dec. 28, 1948. They moved to Gordon in 1951 where Bob worked for the Gordon Livestock Auction with his uncle, Joe Tobin.

At the time Mary Ann and Bob moved to Gordon they had two young children. Mary Ann worked for a short time at the Gordon Memorial Hospital, but as more children joined the family her job as a wife and mother became her priority. She was a wonderful hostess, cook and one-person cheering section for her children.

Mary Ann was an active member of the Gordon community and volunteered for many community organizations. She was an avid golfer who was involved in the effort to build a "grass greens" course in Gordon. She spent many hours at the Gordon Country Club organizing tournaments, planting flowers and trees and simply enjoying the sport. She loved to travel and loved to attend Nebraska football games with Bob. (Those who attended Husker games with Mary Ann would notice that instead of watching the game she would have her head bowed praying the rosary for a Husker victory). She loved playing the piano, dancing, all kinds of music and playing bridge with "The Foursome":- Helen, Kelly, and Jeanne.

She was a devout member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church and the organist for the church choir for many years. She believed in the power of prayer and regularly requested special intention prayers from the Sisters of the Divine Covenant (Pink Sisters) in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mary Ann died Sept. 20, 2004 at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs, Nebraska. She was 78 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her father Jim, her mother Helen, her brother Jim and her son Timothy. She is survived by her children Michele Heitz (John) of O’Neill, Marty (Terri) of Chadron, Bridget Halvorson (Dwight) of Loomis, Ca., Mary Goulette (Paul) of Bayport, Mn., Jim (Holly) of Chaska, Mn., and Catie Connealy of Minneapolis, Mn., and her brother, Bill Fox of Columbus. She was adored by her 15 grandchildren, Jason, Kevin and Annie Heitz (Spence), Genavieve Connealy Farthing, Dan, Tim, Mary Eileen and Bridget Connealy, Erin, Jeanne and Bobby Halvorson, Donovan and Colin Goulette, Jake and Carley Connealy and her great-grandchildren, Sam and Jack Heitz, Sophia and Rhone Farthing and Caden and Mallory Connealy.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Leo’s Church. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.

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RICHARD B. "Dick" WHITE
Richard B. "Dick" White, of Longmont, Co., died of cancer Sept. 13, 2004. He was born Nov. 13, 1925 at Merriman, Ne., to John B. and Grace M. (Childers) White.

August 9, 1944 he was married in Rushville to Doris M. Hull. Dick worked as a barber for 33 years. 27 of which were in Boulder, Co. He was also in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. His interests included a love for the great outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, and searching for artifacts.

He is survived by his wife Doris M. of Longmont, Co.; daughter Linda D. (White) Veach of Longmont, son Warren D. (Eileen) White of Sturgis, SD., sister, Virginia E. Sowers of Mesa, AZ; 4 grandsons and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

There was a private service and internment was in Mountain View Memorial Park.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 22, 2004

ORABELLE ALMA BAILEY
Orabelle Alma Bailey, died Sept. 13, 2004 at the Chadron Community Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 19, 1921 to Louis and Hannah (Johnson) Goochey in Ovitt,Ne. She graduated from high school at Taylor,Nebraska. On Oct. 24, 1939 she married Ira Bailey. To this union three children were born: Leora Marie, Rodney Edward and Royce Dean.

Orabelle worked at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, now called Countryside Care as a nurses aid, in Gordon from 1963 to 1983. She then attended classes in Chadron to be a certified CAN.

She enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, playing cards and loved to cook. She would also help Ira with chores on the farm. She really enjoyed her family and their events.

Surivivors include her husband, Ira of Gordon, sons, Rodney & Royce Bailey of Gordon, brother Ivan Goochey of Lincoln, 11 grandchildren & 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Louis and Hannah Goochey, four brothers, Alvin, Vern, Chester and Wendell, four sisters, Louise, Mildred, Verna and Wanda, and daughter Leora Marie Collins and infant great-grandson James Walker.

Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 29, 2004

EDWARD J. BURROWS
Edward J. Burrows was born to Paul A. and Hazel M. (Rush) Burrows on the family farm on Sept. 1, 1929

He started elementary school in Banner School Dist. # 35. After 1 ½ years his parents moved. He graduated from the eighth grade from Spring Creek School Dist. # 74. He then attended Hay Springs High School, graduating in the spring of 1947. He stayed at home to help with the farm work the winter of 1947-48. The following year, he attended CSC. His was one of the last cars to get through on Hiway 20 on his return to college after Christmas vacation due to the blizzard of 1949.

He stayed home to work on the farm the years 1950 and part of 1951 because he anticipated being drafted into the Army. He was drafted in September of 1951, taking his basic Field Artillery training in Fort

Bliss, Okla. He was sent to Korea where he served as the Company Commanders driver because he had exceptional night vision which was invaluable for the companies blackout night maneuvers. His unit was part of the Second Division where he also served as Fire Direction Control. He received, a special commendation, for conserving Army property and was honorable discharged in May of 1953 with the rank of Corporal.

He came home and began farming with his father and later his brother and continued with this career the rest of his life.

He was Baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served the congregation in various capacities, most especially as Sunday School Superintendent where he affected many young lives in the Christian Faith.

He loved to go to the local restaurants or to farm sales just to visit with any one who had the time for it.

He did not know any one to be a stranger and always had a light hearted comment for all whom he met. He dearly loved the challenge of working crossword puzzles and spent some time each wee when alone playing solitaire.

Surviving relatives include: one brother, Bryan and wife LaVonne of Hay Springs, Ne., four sisters: Janis and husband George Wulf of Oak Point, TX; Jane and husband Gary Stiehl of Colorado Springs, Co., Onda and husband Eugene Hupp of Gordon; and Rose Burrows of Cheyenne, Wyo., many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Edward departed this life as he lived it, quietly and unobtrusively, early in the morning of Sept. 22, 2004 at Pioneer Manor at Hay Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hay Springs, Interment was at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 29, 2004

ILA MAE COON
Ila Mae Coon died Sept. 21, 2004 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. Ila Mae was born July 20, 1928 in Gordon, Nebraska to the parents of Alfred and Hazel (Hull) Fitch. Growing up in the western Sandhills of Nebraska, Ila attended one room schools. She attended Jamison School, south of Merriman and after moving to the Half Moon Ranch, north of Gordon, she attended Field Side School. Ila and her sister Arlene shared many adventurous rides on their horse Tommy, a retired race horse, on the 4 ½ mile trip to and from school. They also argued over who got to drive.

After advancing rapidly through the country schools, Ila joined the freshman class of Gordon High School when she was 12 years old. She was a cheerleader, member of mixed chorus, Girls Glee Club, Girls Athletic Association and the National Honors Association.

Job opportunities moved Ila and her family to Kirkland, Washington her senior year. She graduated from Kirkland High School at age of 15, where she was also a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, her family moved back to Gordon where she worked for the Fred Fitch Insurance Company. While working there, she met Wayne L. Coon and the two were married on Dec. 12, 1947.

Ila and Wayne raised 2 children, Wynn L. and Christy. Once her children were old enough to start school Ila worked part time at the Purdy Studio for 3 years. On Oct. 1, 1962 Ila began working for the Gordon Clinic as Office Manager and retired after 25 years.

Ila’s volunteer work included the United Methodist Church were she served as treasurer. She was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Circle, Bible Study Class and taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. She was a member of the Home Advancement Club, Volunteers in Partnership (which sponsored many blood drives), the American Legion Auxiliary and P.E.O.

Ila Mae loved cooking, decorating and planning family gatherings which included many years of organizing water skiing excursions. She loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She always had time to visit with her friends over a cup of tea and looked forward to her daily walks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Hazel Fitch; and her granddaughter Kori Ann Coon.

Ila Mae is survived by her husband of 57 years, Wayne L. Coon. Ila is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Captain Wynn and Wenda Coon, USN (Ret)., and her daughter Christy Coon of Wilmette, Ill. She leaves behind one granddaughter, Calli (Coon) Lyons and husband Aaron and two great-grandchildren Hanna and Wayde Lyons of Lincoln, Ne. She is also survived by her sister Arlene Mathews, and nephew Charles.

Burial was held in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 29, 2004

MILDRED MARIE LEAVITT
Mildred was born May 6, 1917 at Wisner, Ne., to Guy and Ruby Hillman Milligan. She passed away Sept. 21, 2004. At the age of two, the family moved to Sheridan County, Ne., She attended grades 1-11 at Rushville. On July 14, 1934 she married Michael John Kearns at Hot Springs, SD. They lived on the Kearns home place at White Clay, Ne., where Mike helped his dad. Around 1936, they moved to Empire Oregon. While living there, they had four children: Bernard Frances, Michael John Jr., Patricia Ann and Kenneth Guy.

In 1947 they moved to Talent, Or. In 1952-53, Mildred attended the Raymond Byrd Beautician School in Medfore, Or. After her graduation in 1954, they moved to Ashland, Or. She purchased her own beauty shop. In 1956, Mike and Mildred separated. He passed away on July 14, 1957.

On October 5, 1957 she married Joe Leavitt at Reno, Nv. After a short honeymoon to Tiajuana, Mexico, they returned to their family in Ashland, Or. In 1959 they moved to Grapeview, Wa., where Joe was employed at the Summers Winery. While living there, their daughter, JoAnn was born. In 1960 they moved to South Dakota where Joe was employed for the Shannon County Road Department. Their daughter, Janice Jean was born in 1960. They lived in various places in South Dakota.

Joe passed away Jan. 27, 1 986. She then moved to Rushville, NE. She worked at various places, including Schroeder’s Café, Green Thumb Program (Clinton School), Parkview Lodge and Rushville school. She really enjoyed going places with two great friends, Jeanette Hinn and Velma Gibson.

She is survived by three sons: Mike and Joann Kearns of Medford, OR., Ken Kearns of Attelboro, MA., and Bill and Holly Leavitt of Wickenburg, AZ, six daughters: Pat and Don Deckert of Porcupine SD, Rita Hall of Fountain Hills, AZ, Vesta Lahren of Scottsdale, AZ, Linda Todd of Marbel, TN., JoAnn and Mike Ashcraft of Phoenix, AZ, Janice and Doyle Keller of Gordon, NE, 25 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her son, Bernard, Husbands Mike and Joe, parents Guy and Ruby Milligan, brother Kenneth Milligan and one grandson.

Services were held at the Morse Memorial Methodist Church in Rushville, NE. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Sept. 29, 2004

BILLIE L. FINNEY
Billie L. Finney of Mullen, passed away Sept. 25, 2004 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen. Billie was born July 8, 1925 at Thedford, NE. to William and Eva (Keenan) Gaston. Billie grew up on the ranch east of Thedford and graduated from Thedford High School in 1942. After graduating, she worked at the bank in Thedford for five years until her marriage to Robert T. Finney. They were joined in marriage on March 15, 1947 in Seneca, NE. To this union four children were born. They lived on a ranch until she moved to a ranch south of Mullen in 1971. Billie lived on the ranch until she moved to the rest home in Mullen in January 2004 due to her illness. Billie helped with North Platte Canteen during WWII. She was also a member of the VFW Auxilary, St. Mary’s Altar Society and Nebraska Cattlewomen’s Association.

Billie is survived by her four children: Danny (Jeanne) of Gordon, Russ (Pat) of Mullen, Doug (Rose) of Wallfleet and Helen (Bill) Neumeyer of Mullen. Also, Sister Marlene (Noah) Nutter of Thedford and brother Tom (JoAnne) Gaston of Custer, S.D., and eight grandchildren, four step grandchildren and six great grandchildren and one step great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a sister and grandson.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mullen.

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75 years ago

DAN WEBSTER
After a long illness, Dan Webster died at his home in Gordon, Sept. 23, 1929. Mr. Webster had not been in good health for several years but he accepted the fact peacefully and did no complaining. Mr. Webster was one of northwest Nebraska’s best known cattle men, settling first in Cherry county forty years ago. The funeral service was held on Wednesday and interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

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50 years ago

MRS. ANNA M. JOHNSON
Anna Lein was born Nov. 16, 1865 at Nevad, Iowa and died at Norfolk, Ne., Sept. 19, 1954. In 1888 she came with her family to the Rushville area. In 1889 she met and married Chris Michaelson, who lived 10 miles north of Gordon. This was their home for 27 years. In 1916 they moved into Gordon. Mr Michaelson died in April 1923. On June 1, 1924, the widow was married to Paul Johnson, who died in January 1937, leaving her alone again. Her son, William died in Dec. of 1945; her daughter in-law Sarah, cared for her until October 1952 when she went to Norfolk to make her home Burial was in the Gordon cemetery.

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25 years ago

THOMAS GALLOWAY
Thomas Dale Galloway was born July 6, 1960 at Gordon, the youngest son of Mack and Vedah Galloway, Merriman. He attended grade school at Merriman and high school at Gordon with the class of 1978, and was graduated GED in 1977. He was graduate from the Sioux City Barber college in Jan. 1979.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Merriman, where funeral services were held. At the time of his death he was working as a barber stylist in Douglas, Wyo.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 6, 2004

75 years ago

BONNIE LEE MARSHALL
Bonnie Lee, infant daughter of Welcome and Grace Marshall, was born Aug. 20, 1926 at the home of her parents nine miles south of Gordon. She passed away at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Clara Rash, in Gordon Sept. 28, 1929, after a short illness of six day, having lived to bless the home only three years, one month and eight days. She leaves to mourn her loss her loving parents and four brothers: Paul Wesley and Vernon Marshall and Virgil Havener, and two sisters: Mildred Engle and Velma Havener.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church.

REV. EDGAR LEWIS CASE
Rev. Edgar Lewis Case was born Nov. 4, 1861, at Lansing, Almakee county, Iowa, and died on Sept. 27, 1929 at Batesland, SD. At the age of 1 year he moved with his parents until he was 12 years old, then moving to Ida Grove, Iowa, where he lived until manhood. He was married on March 8, 1833 to Miss Isabelle Nelson of Sac City, Iowa. To this union were born ten children, two of whom died in infancy and one son who died in manhood. He leaves his wife and seven children, also one sister at Norfolk, and one brother at Belden, Mo. They are Herman Case, Nampa, Ida.; Eva McNeff, Fullerton, Ne.; Myrtle Boyer, Bayard, Ne.; Martha Lorenz, Gordon; Christena Bennett, Bayard; Esther Schoenhalz, Batesland; one son, Wilbur Case, who is still at home. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral was held at the Methodist church in Gordon.

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50 years ago

WILLIAM SCOTT HARDIN
William Scott Hardin was born at Gordon, Ne., June 5, 1918 and died at Rushville on Oct. 1, 1954. He was united in marriage with Ora Bell Crabb, March 4, 1942. This union was blessed with four children. One son, James Marvin preceded him in death.

To survive him are his beloved wife; two daughters, Delores and Krista; one son, Donald; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Harley Hardin of Gordon; six brothers, a half-brother, and other relatives and friends.

ALLISON C. HARBERT
Allison C. Harbert was born in Ohio, March 9, 1866, the second child of J. Davison Harbert and his wife Nancy Kerr. The family moved to Iowa in 1870 and to Nebraska in 1887. Mr. Harbert homesteaded northwest of Gordon, where he remained until March 5, 1951 when he moved to town to live with his niece, Mrs. Ruby Grover. Friday, Sept. 17, he suffered a severe stroke, and after being hospitalized only three days he quietly died on Sept. 20. Never having been married, Mr. Harbert left no immediate family. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran church with burial in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 13, 2004

ESTHER MARIE (EVANS) SCHRAMM
Memorial services for Esther Marie Schramm of Hay Springs, Ne., were held Oct. 11, 2004 at the Hay Springs Cemetery. Esther died Oct. 3, 2004 as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Esther Marie (Evans) Schramm was born on June 7, 1964 at Fort Dix, New Jersey. She started school in Maine then moved to Gordon, Ne. in 1972, and attended Gordon Public School system until she graduated in 1982. Upon graduation, Esther attended the Bank Teller Institute and National College for one year. In 1986, she met Gary Schramm in Hay Springs, Ne. where they were both residing. On August 15 , 1987 they were married. Esther worked as a Certified Nurse Aide around the area until she graduated from the nursing school in Alliance as a LPN in 1995. In 1999, she changed careers and worked at Chadron State College as a custodian at the Library, where she worked until her untimely death on Oct. 3, 2004. Esther was the Union President of the Support Staff at CSC and a member of the Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Gary is currently Chief of the department. Esther was active in the community and taught Sunday school for a time at the Methodist Church in Hay Springs. Esther and her husband Gary have resided just north of Hay Springs on Beaver Rd since 1988. Gary is a Partner in Mr. Tune-Up, an auto repair facility in Hay Springs with his brother Jim Schramm. Esther was preceded in death by her son, Tucker; and father, Otto Evans. She is survived by her husband Gary, daughter Teri of Panama City, Fl., son Trevor, mother Edith Evans of Gordon, NE., brother Louis Evans in the National Guard, presently stationed in Afghanistan. Gary’s parents Al and Irene Schramm, brother Jim Schramm and his wife Patty, sister Karen Edwards and her husband Will, all of Hay Springs, Ne. His brother Steven Schramm and wife Terri of Connecticut, along with many nieces and nephews.

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SARAH JANE BELL
A 1946 graduate of Rushville High School passed away June 14, 2004 at her home in Commerce City, Co.

Jane was born August 9, 1928 at Rushville, Ne., to Alfred Earl (Bud) Porter and Nellie (Green) Porter. She spent all her young life in the Rushville area. In 1948, Jane married Harvey Bell. To this union three children were born. Suvivors are her husband and two daughters, Vicki Aarsleff and Margarette Duncan, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, two sisters, Vada Mcnertney and Donna Shuster. Preceding her in death was a son, Harvey Richard Bell.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 13, 2004

MARGARET FRANCES McNARE
Margaret Frances Grunke was born March 26, 1926 in Newport, Ne., to William and Kate (Renz) Grunke. She passed away Oct. 2, 2004 at Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney, Ne.

Margaret attended Newport High School and graduated with the class of 1943. She then took the normal training course at Chadron State College. She taught school for a time before marring Charles Wesley McNare on June 27, 1948 in Bassett, Ne., Their home was blessed with four sons.

Margaret was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Eli Wesleyan Church, Wesleyan Women’s Missionary Society and Eli Hobbyette Club. She enjoyed gardening and reading.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, William and Katie Grunke and sister Louise McKenney of Mills, Ne. She is survived by her husband Charles of Eli, sons Vern (Sue) McNare of Merriman, Paul (Ruby) McNare of Cody, Carl (Lori) McNare of North Platte and Bryce (Connie) McNare of Merriman, and sister Christine Kodejs of Linclon. 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson survive her.

Funeral service was held at Eli Wesleyan Church in Eli with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine.

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100 years ago

MRS. BERT BAYLIFF
When the announcement of the death of Mrs. Bert Bayliff was made last Saturday, it came as a chock to all who knew her. She was not well for the past two months and went to Council Bluffs on Oct. 5th in company with her sister, Mrs. Dickinson, who was her constant companion to the end. In order to gain relief, an operation was resorted to. On Monday, from the shock of which she rallied but a hemorrhage set in and death came ten minutes past three Friday morning. Mr. Bayliff left for her bedside Friday morning but was intercepted at Norfolk by a telegram announcing the arrival of death’s messenger. Mrs. Bayliff was born at Joliet, Illinois, Nov. 11, 1874. In 1879 she moved to Council Bluffs with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Green, where she resided up to five years ago when she came to Merriman, Ne. On Dec. 17, 1902 she was joined marriage to Mr. Bert Bayliff, since which time they have resided in Gordon. She leaves a husband and daughter to mourn her loss. Her remains were brought here Sunday and services held at the home after which interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

SAMUEL GREGORY
Samuel Gregory, who went down to Omaha to be operated upon, died last Saturday afternoon. He had gone to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Wednesday previous and underwent the operation Saturday morning but was unable to survive the shock. He was buried in Omaha on Sunday, the Masons being in charge. He was a member of Arcana Lodge No. 195 at Gordon and in good standing. The Masons here held memorial services in his honor Monday evening and adopted resolutions of condolence.

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50 years ago

MRS. LEE SELLERS
Cora Amelia Gunderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gunderson, was born Dec. 17, 1883 in Vermillion S.D. She died Oct 4, 1954 in Gordon,Ne. On Nov 2, 1902 she was married to Lee Sellers. To this union were born two children, Vera and Anna. The Sellers family moved to Gordon in 1946. Her husband, both parents, one sister and one brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in the Church of God in Gordon and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

JULIA CHAMBERLIN
Julie Robertson was born in Independence, Kansas on Feb. 4, 1879 and died in Gordon, Ne., on Oct. 11, 1954. When six years old she traveled with her family to West Branch, Iowa, in a covered wagon. It was at the family farm home that her marriage to Lewis Chamberlin was soleminized on March 28, 1905, by the father of the groom. The couple had three children: Leroy, Ruth (Mrs. Thomas Nichols of Milaca, Minn.) and Fred of Gordon.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 20, 2004

THEODORE HERMAN WELLNITZ
Theodore Herman Wellnitz, son of Chris and Lydia (Dreyer) Wellnitz was born on Sept. 8, 1919 on the family farm homestead in rural Sheridan County, Ne.

Ted attended rural school until he completed the 8th grade. At this time, he went to work on the family farm. In 1941, he joined the United States Army where he was a cook.

On March 7, 1942, Ted was united in marriage to Alice Marie Bruns and to this union, one son and one daughter were born.

After his tour of duty, he returned to the family farm where he worked until his retirement in 1992. Some of Ted’s favorite pastimes were baking massive amounts of cookies and doughnuts, gardening and canning. Most recently he enjoyed woodworking and raising pumpkins for his great grandchildren.

Ted passed away Oct. 16, 2004 at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Alice Marie Wellnitz.

Ted is survived by two children: Jerry Wellnitz and his wife Pat of Rushville and Kay Bayne of Rushville. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Ron Bayne of Rushville, Rick Bayne of Brush, Co., Mike Wellnitz of Rushville, Janda (Bayne) Allen of Rapid City, SD., Keith Wellnitz of Rushville, and Tyler Bayne of Rapid City, SD and 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Bertha Landreth of Chadron.

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FREDERICK EUGENE HLAVA, SR.
Frederick Eugene Hlava, Sr., died on Oct 14, 2004. Fred was born on April 26, 1914 in Ravenna, Ne., to Fred and Ethel (Cone) Hlava He graduated from Merna High School in 1932. He attended the University of Nebraska a year and Chadron State College for two years.

Fred and Alice I. Waddill were married in Lincoln, Ne., on Oct. 5, 1938, and enjoyed sharing 61 ½ years together.

During his lifetime, Fred invested himself in family, friends, church, career and community. He had a strong desire to be a contributor and shared his talents and energy generously. Fred worked for Nebraska Public Power and their earlier companies for nearly 43 years. He was active with the Gordon Chamber of Commerce and involved in many community activities. He was a dedicated member of the United Mehodist Church for 50 years. Fred was a 60 year member of the Arcana Lodge #195 in Gordon and Royal Chapter #184 of the Order of Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Alliance Consistory of Scottish Rite for 30 years. Fred did volunteer work for several organizations. He felt honored to receive numerous recognitions and awards, but mostly he enjoyed the opportunities to be involved and did so out of the joy of giving, not receiving.

His family was a great source of pride. He is survived by his daughter, Peggie Moyer of Beaumont, TX, his son Fred Hlava, Jr. and his wife Wendy of Gordon, and daughter Cheryl Hlava of Denver, Co. He was beloved by his four grandchildren: Angie Hlava of Lincoln, Ne., Jeff Moyer and his wife Schelli of Houston, Tx., Michael Hlava and his wife Sara of Loveland, Co., and Donald Hlava of Gordon, Ne., He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Nikole and Cloie of Houston, Tx., and Lauren of Loveland, Co.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Alice, his parents Ethel and Fred Hlava, his step father Oren Cole, and his sister Dorothy Neutzman.

Funeral Services were held at the Gordon United Methodist Church. Masonic Rites were delivered, followed by burial at the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 20, 2004

THELMA BLAHOVECK
Thelma Elinor Hulshizer was born Feb. 26, 1916 in Norfolk, Ne., the daughter of Park & Nellie (Palmer) Hulshizer. Later the family moved to the Springview area where she received her education. She graduated from High School in 1933, an honor student. Thelma than taught school for 5 years in Keya Paha and Cherry counties.

On June 22, 1938 she married Francis Blahoveck in Ainsworth, Ne., They lived 4 miles south west of Nenzel, Ne., the first 4 years of their married life. Then moved to the present ranch, 7 miles south of Nenzel where they resided for 62 years. Francis died Jan. 24, 2000. Thelma continued living on the ranch after his death. Thelma spent much of her life helping her husband operate the ranch. She loved the country life and working with cattle. She continued to rake hay even after her 88th birthday. Hard work and determination were very evident through out all of Thelma’s life.

Thelma was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nenzel. The church played a very important part in Thelma and Francis’s lives.

Thelma passed away Oct. 9, 2004 at Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Francis, sister Jean Hermann Bortz and Uncle Dale Polmer. She is survived by 2 nephews and their families: James & Gail Herrmann of Nenzel and their daughter Jessica (Joe) Callahan of Kearney. Dr. John & Dawn Herrmann, their sons Dr. Jason (Julie) Herrmann and Logan Herrmann all of Kearney, Justin (Mellisa) Herrmann of Lincoln and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nenzel. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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YVONNE DYKES
Funeral services for Yvonne Dykes of Rushville, Ne., were held Oct. 22, 2004 at Morse United Methodist Church, Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Rushville,Ne.

Mrs. Dykes died Oct. 16, 2004 at Parkview Lodge, in Rushville. She was born April 22, 1910 in the Sandhills to Ferdnand and Marie (Russel) Sandoz.

She is survived by a son, Max and wife Marlene of Rushville, daughter Connie Coomes of Sedalia, Co, sister, Marie Rose of Freemont, Ca., ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 20, 2004

50 years ago

MRS. AMELIA BOYLES
Amelia Matilda Wagner Boyles, daughter of John and Mary Catharine Wagner, was born March 3, 1873 in Cinncinnati, Ohio, and died at her home in Gordon, Ne., on Oct. 15, 1954. On Feb. 14, 1898 she was married to Joel A. Boyles of Chicago, Ill. They came to live in Gordon in the year 1908. Her husband and one son preceded her in death.

25 years ago

OLIVER (SCOOP) COON
Oliver (Scoop) Coon was born Aug. 11, 1902 in Albany to Jack and Anna Coon, and died the second week of October 1979 in Gordon, Ne. He grew to manhood in the Gordon community. He was married on June 5, 1923 to Ruth Adams. This union was blessed with one daughter, Dorothy Ellen. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Dorothy; his parents, a brother Raymond Coon; and two sisters: Blanch Tausan and Eunice Parks. He is survived by his wife Ruth; three sisters: Ella Taylor, Elva Parker Nelson and Lula Spindler; two brothers, Oscar and Henry Coon, all of Gordon and numerous nieces and nephews.

PATRICK LEO McQUIRE
Patrick Leo McGuire of Thedford was born Jan. 15, 1907 at Brownlee, and died Oct. 6, 1979 at Gordon, Ne., He was married to Angie Lund on June 12, 1934 at Mullen. Preceding him in death were his parents, Bernard J. and Anna McGuire; a brother, Bernie, and a sister Annabelle. He is survived by his wife Angie; one son, Don of Thedford; two daughters, Bonnie of Lincoln and Connie Wheeler of Ashland; five grandchildren, Mikki, Pat and Kate McGuire and Brett and Betty Wheeler; three sisters, Mame Faulhaber, Thedford; Leta Heath, Omaha, and Bernice Cruise and brother-in-law Dr. T.J. Cruise of Valentine.

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Sheridan County Journal, Oct. 27, 2004

CLARENCE LaVERNE THAYER
Clarence LaVerne Thayer of Merriaman, NE., died on Oct. 22, 2004 at his home in Merriman. He was born Sept. 21, 1937 to James and Maudie (Swick) Thayer at Brocksburg, NE.

LaVerne spent most of his life ranching. He was been employed at the Buckles Station in Merriman and with SWANN in Gordon. He married Rosie Wounded Arrow and they had a son, Clarence. They divorced and Rosie has since passed away. He then married Vivian Whirlwind, and they later divorced.

LaVerne was involved with the Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and family gatherings.

Survivors include his son, Clarence and daughter in law Gwen, grandson Chawce Thayer of Midland, VA; two brothers, Fred and Lester Thayer of Merriman, three sisters, Ann Hale and Karen Holeman of Merriman and Lila Nelson of Malakoff, TX, a step brother Shane Fish and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Oct. 27, 2004 in Gordon and burial was in the Merriman Cemetery.

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VICKI ANN PIPER
Vicki Ann Piper died at her home in Alliance, Oct. 17, 2004. Services were held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Chadron. Commital services were held at Greenwood Cemetery, Chadron, Ne.

Vicki Ann was born March 23, 1953 in Chadron, Ne., She was the daughter of Stan and Lois Spalding Stumf.

She grew up in Chadron and attended school there. She graduated from Chadron High School in 1971. She attended Chadron State College for 2 years and graduated with an associate’s degree. She went to New York to work as a nanny. She then moved to Boulder, Co., to work as a secretary. She sang professionally in Linden and Chadron.Vicki met Pat Piper when she was singing at Herman’s in Chadron. She married Pat Piper on Oct. 20, 1979 at Camp Norwesca in Chadron, Nebraska. To this union was born Kerstin Marie and Sarah Ann.

Vicki’s loves in life were music, playing guitar, singing in church, cooking, hiking, her animals and most of all her family.

Survivors include: two daughters, Kerstin and Sarah of Alliance, her parents Stanley and Lois Stumf of Chadron, brothers, Sterling Scott Stummf of Castle Rock, Co., and Henry Josoeph Stumf of Chadron, Ne.; sisters, Mary Lea Welsch of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Gamon Lee Stumf of Senatobia, Miss.; many nieces and nephews.

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75 years ago

MRS. LIZZIE MEYERS
Mrs. Lizzie Meyers of Hemingford died in Gordon Oct. 18
th at the home of her son where she had been cared for since early fall. She was 77 years of age. Besides her husband and children, she leaves many friends to mourn her death.

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Sheridan County Journal, Nov. 3, 2004

50 years ago

JOSEPH FORD
Joseph Ford was born Feb. 3, 1875, at Salt Lake City, Utah. At the age of five he moved with his parents to Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1917 he was united in marriage to Ida Spittler and five children were born to this union: Freeman, Pearl, Wayne, Helen and Merle. In March 1927 the family moved to Cherry county, Nebraska. On Oct. 5, Mr. Ford was taken to the university hospital in Omaha, were he died Oct. 21, 1954.

DR. CLAUDE E. BREWER
Dr. Claude E. Brewer, 73, one of north central Nebraska’s most widely known veterinarians, died Oct. 19, in an Omaha hospital. He had practiced veterinary medicine in the sandhills for over 40 years. Claude Edward Brewer was born July 13, 1881 at Meron, Ind., a son of Steven and Alice Julian Brewer. When about three years of age he moved with his family to Gordon. Dr. Brewer and Miss Margaret Bauman of Atkinson were united in marriage at Valentine in Jan. 1916. They had one daughter, Mrs. Hal J. (Claudine) Hinckley, Covina, Calif.

RAYMOND WILTSIE COLE
Raymond Wiltsie Cole was born on a ranch near Whitman, Ne., on Feb. 20, 1892 and died in the Gordon hospital on Oct. 26, 1954. On April 30, 1912 he was married to Anna Holst, and to this union two sons were born, Elvin and Robert. Mr. Cole engaged in the ranching business throughout his life.

MARGARET ANN SHELLY
Margaret Ann Shelly, daughter of William and Viola Shelly, was born at Gordon, Ne., on July 22, 1938 and died at Gordon on Oct. 25, 1954 at the age of 16. Margaret attended grade school and high school in Gordon and she made many friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Gene.

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Sheridan County Journal, Nov. 10, 2004

MARIE NELLIE GOTTIER
Marie Nellie Gottier of Rushville, Ne., died Nov. 4, 2004 at Crestview Care Center in Chadron, Ne.

Marie was born Aug. 4, 1916 in Rushville, Ne., to Anton and Johanna Roffers. As a young girl, she lived with her family on the farm southeast of Rushville. She attended the nearby one room schoolhouse. She enjoyed baseball all of her life and could hit a ball as far as most of the boys.

Marie attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rushville the first three years of high school, and then graduated from Rushville High School in 1934. On Nov. 19, 1935, she married Ernest Emil Gottier. They worked on the Emil Fuchser ranch northeast of Gordon, Ne., until moving on the school section southeast of Rushville in 1941.

Many activities were enjoyed by Marie; including the Eureka Extension Club, St. Mary’s Altar Society, the church choir, gardening, and spending time with her flowers and birds. After living on the farm until 1963, Marie moved to town where she worked a short time at McDaniels bakery, and also at Idea Market. She then started to work for Kansas-Nebraska Gas as a secretary, where she worked until her retirement.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, who passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 23, 1960. She is survived by three brothers, Martin, William and Melvin Roffers of Rushville; three daughters, Doris Tiensvold of Arlee, MT., Kathryn Fisher of Manteca, CA., Judi Bruns of Cortez, CO., two sons, Bill Gottier and Jack Gottier of Rushvillle; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Rosary was held on Nov. 7th at Immaculate Conception Church with services Nov. 8, 2004.

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JONNIE LUCILLE STERKEL
Jonnie Lucille Sterkel, known as "Lucy" to her friends, died Nov. 5, 2004 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 10, 1932 in Midland City, Alabama.

As a young girl she lived with her family near the cotton fields from which they made their living. She spoke fondly of a baby riding on her mothers back during cotton picking season. She attended school near Midland, but never graduated high school until years later when she earned her GED in 1987, in Nebraska.

On Feb. 2, 1953 she married Walter Sterkel, who was stationed in the Army camp at Fort Rucker, Alabama. They made their home on a ranch south of Martin for many years. She also worked outside the home as a cook/waitress at the Hi-Way Café in Martin. She was a cook at Markota Acres and for the Bennett County Hospital. She also assisted her daughter, Debbie at "The Little Lambs Day Care" in Gordon, Ne. Family and friends remember fondly her famous homemade cinnamon rolls and banana pudding.

She was a member of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church and often sang with the choir. She took great pride in her belief in our Lord and SAVIOR Jesus Christ and enjoyed her church family and friends.

She enjoyed good hearty conversations with her family and neighbors. She loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often talked about how lucky she was to have been able to travel all over the USA, including the Panama Canal Zone and Hawaii, but her favorite place was sitting in a chair in the gentle breeze in S.D.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Carol (Joe) Jones, Enterprise, Alabama, Cindy (Jim) York, Martin, SD, Debbie (Tom) Evans, Gordon, NE., 2 sons, Richard (Joan) Sterkel, Loogootoo, IN., and John (Wanda Sterkel of Martin, SD. Sisters; Ruth (John) Lasseter of FL., Mattie (Pete) Dworaczyk of Pinkard, AL. And brother Jack (Javie) Metcalf of Midland City, AL

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Sterkel, father, Albert Metcalf, mother Gracie Lee Skipper, brother, Junior Metcalf, and two granddaughters, Jennifer Sterkel and Jennifer Evans.

Services were held Nov. 10th at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Martin, with burial in the Gordon Cemetery, Gordon, NE.

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25 years ago

VONNIE COUCH
Graveside services for Vonnie Couch, were held Oct. 29, 1979, at the Gordon cemetery. She died at the Gordon Memorial hospital Oct. 25, after a short illness. She had been a resident of the Gordon Good Samaritan center since Oct. of 1976. She was born Nov. 21, 1892 at Porcupine, SD., the daughter of Joseph and Julie (McCloskey) Kocer. She was given the name of Johanna Beatrice in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Procupine on August 17, 1894.

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Sheridan County Journal, Nov. 17, 2004

SHERRY ADLER
Sherry Adler of Waunakee, died Nov. 8, 2004 at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center, surrounded by her family, following a short illness. She was born on March 1, 1943 in Richland Center, to LaVaughn and Vergie (Cooper) Anderson. She married Rodney "Sid" Adler on Nov. 3, 1962, and they had resided in Waunakee all of their married life. She was an avid outdoors person, and often out-hunted and out-fished those she was with. Her favorite place was the "Farm" in Yuba. Sherry enjoyed her travels to Las Vegas, Laughlin and Hawaii. She was a member of "The Dazzlin Darlins Dane County" a chapter of the Red Hat Society. Survivors include her husband, Sid, 2 daughters, Julie (Mike) Heimann of Waunakee, and Amy (Mark) Deines of Gordon, NE., 2 sons, Alan (Kim) of Harmony Grove and Mark of Waunakee; six grandchildren, Michelle and Michael Heimann, Kyle and Jesse Deines and Amanda and Megan Adler; a great granddaughter, McKayla Adams, a brother, Larry (Bonnie) Anderson of Middleton; brother and sisters-in-laws Don & Donna Adler, Mitch & Barb Adler, Gary & Mary Adler, Russ & Jill Adler, Karen & Bob Niesen, Audrey (special friend, Dick Ringelsetter) , Kuehn & Mary Marks; many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Paul; a niece, Michelle Anderson. And her in laws, Vincent and Adalaide Adler; 3 brothers in law, Ron Raemisch, Rodd Marks and Allie Meinholz.

Funeral services were held Nov. 12, 2004 at Winn Funeral Home.

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DOROTHY E. BEUTLER
Funeral services for Dot Beutler, 83 year old Buffalo woman who passed away early Saturday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center were held Nov. 17. Private family interment will be in the Willow Grove Cemetery.

Dorothy Emma Beutler was born on August 1, 1921 in Whitney, NE., to Daniel D. and Ruth Walters. She attended elementary school in Chadron, NE., and graduated from Gordon High School in Gordon, NE. in 1938. After high school she received her teaching certificate and taught school in the Sandhills of Nebraska until she was married to Paul Beutler in Rushville, NE., on Dec. 16, 1939. Paul and Dot made their home on a farm eight miles south of Gordon until 1961 when they moved to Buffalo, WYO, and started Beutler’s Surplus which they owned and operated until they returned in 1981. Paul passed away in Jan. of 1998 and Dot continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death. She lived for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was active in their lives. She loved to travel and visit her family whenever the opportunity presented. Dot loved to play cards and gamble. She was an expert gardener and cook and was known for her pies. She was also accomplished in the art of ceramics.

She was a member of the Union Congregational Church and a forty year member of the Rebekah Lodge where she was past Noble Grand.

She is survived by one son, Larry Beutler and his wife Roberta of Winnemucca, NV. Three daughters: Sherry Rinderneck and her husband Keith of Buffalo, Jerri Adams and her husband Lee of Las Vegas, NV. And Mary Whaley and her husband Pat of Buffalo; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one precious sister, Donna Mills and her husband Gordon of Gordon, NE., many nieces and nephews and a host of good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers, Sherwood and Bernard Walters.

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Sheridan County Journal, Nov. 17, 2004

TYLER REID CHAPPELL
Tyler Reid Chappell, 25, was born on May 3
rd, 1979 in Gordon, NE., to Travis and Terri (Taylor) Chappell. Tyler passed away Nov. 9, 2004 at his Longmont home surrounded by his loving family after an 18- month battle with Leukemia.

Tyler attended Gordon Elementary School through the third grade until his family moved to Holyoke in July 1989. He graduated from Holyoke High School in 1998. He attended UNC of Greeley, CO.

Tyler was an outstanding student and athlete. He earned the honors of All Conference, All State in football. In wrestling, he was a four-time state qualifier, taking home three medals including the 215 lb. Championship, making him Holyoke’s first state champion in 44 years. He was also voted as Holyoke’s Homecoming King. Tyler had a great love for music, playing the drums and the guitar. He loved being outdoors, spending time in the mountains, working on his 19688 Plymouth Satellite and riding his Honda CBR motorcycle. Tyler was well known for his sense of humor.

Throughout Tyler’s life, he had been blessed with numerous friends whose love and support throughout his treatments and transplant helped maintain Tyler’s spirits. Their love was so very much appreciated by all his friends.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Travis and Terri Chappell, two brothers, Trent (Cassie) of Lakewood, CO. and Trevor of Longmont, two sisters, Tierney of Chadron, NE and Tessa of Longmont, nephew Tayden Chappell of Lakewood, CO., grandparents Byron and Alhoa Chappell and James and BeaAnn Taylor, all of Gordon, NE, aunts and uncles Burdett (Lila) Chappell of Kearney, NE, Mitch (Belinda) Chappell, of Alabama, Lana Chappell of Gordon, Tony and Troy Taylor of Gordon, Jim Taylor of Lincoln, Traci (Jon) Westemeier of Chadron, NE, Tanita Taylor of Chadron, NE, Tiffany (Keith) Marco of Papillion, NE and Tricia (Brad) Thayer of Harrison, NE.

Tyler was very close to all his cousins and especially enjoyed the little ones. His greatest love these last couple of months had been the time he was able to spend with his newborn nephew, Tayden. Tyler’s cousins include: Jerry, Tucker and Austin Owen, Tawney Eichenberger, Travis and Ryan Chappell, Elisha, Alhena and Olivia Taylor, Tara Shochot, Toland Taylor, Teighlor Tatu and Teagen Westemeier, Thai Taylor, Josh, Jake, Taryn and Trey Thayer.

A Rosary was held Nov. 12th , and Funeral mass Nov. 13th at the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, CO.

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Sheridan County Journal, Nov. 24, 2004

50 years ago

CHARLES E. TURNBULL
Charles E. Turnbull, son of Thomas and Adelia Turnbull, was born March 4, 1879 at Coin, Iowa. He died at his home near Gordon, NE on Nov. 14, 1954. On Feb. 12, 1902 he was married to Lillie McNutt and to this union three sons and four daughters were born. Mr. and Mrs. Turnbull moved to the Gordon vicinity in 1929. He engaged in farming and ranching throughout his life.

THERESA ELIZABETH SHERMAN HARRIS
Theresa Elizabeth Sherman Harris, daughter of James and Ellen Sherman, was born near Princeton, Ill., on July 14, 1875 and died Nov. 16, 1954 at the Kuper Rest Home in Alliance, NE. where she had been a patient for the past 17 months. She moved with her parents at an early age to Pauline, NE, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Phillip James Harris on May 4, 1896 and to this union 14 children were born. Her parents, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. On March 17, 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Harris, with their family moved to a farm northwest of Gordon, where they lived until about eight years ago when they retired to Gordon. She leaves to mourn, her husband, seven sons, seven daughters, 45 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 1, 2004

75 years ago

MRS. RACHEL EMMA KIRTLEY
Mrs. Rachel Emma Kirtley, mother of Mrs. I.S. Magowan, died at the home of her daughter in Gordon Nov. 25
th, after a long illness. Mrs. Kirtley was eighty years of age and with her husband was a pioneer settler in southwestern South Dakota, for many years making their home at Hot Springs. In recent years, Mrs. Kirtley had spent most of her time in Omaha, but finally her health became so bad that she came to Gordon to be with her daughter. The funeral services were held at Hot Springs.

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50 years ago

EDITH J. HATCH COBB
Edith J. Hatch, daughter of the late George and Alice Hatch was born north of Gordon on July 22, 1889 and died Nov. 15, 1954 at Gordon. In 1912 Edith went to Anderson, Indiana, where she was employed by the Gospel Trumpet company for several years. She was united in marriage to James Fredreck Cobb on Oct. 5, 1921 at Clarinda, Iowa. To this union four children were born; Drusilla Inez, who preceded her mother in death, and three sons: Loren, U.S. Navy at San Diego, Calif., Virgil of Wenatchee, Wash., and Percy Lee, who is with the armed services stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. Her husband died on Feb. 18, 1935 and at that time Mrs. Cobb returned to Gordon with her children until her death. Others who mourn her passing are two step-children, Irene and Fred of Portland, Ore. 3 grandchildren, 7 brothers and 4 sisters. Two sisters and a brother also preceded her in death. Burial was made in the Gordon cemetery.

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25 years ago (1979)

EDWARD M. BECKER
Edward M. Becker died Nov. 23, 1979 at Gordon Memorial hospital. He was born July 29, 1898 at Hyannis. He married Thelma Zoble on June 21, 1927 at Alliance. They were the parents of a son, Ed of Ashby; six daughters, Arlene Minor of Gordon, Irene Lowe and Darlene Bowfield of Whitman, Maxine Morris of Phoenix, Ariz., Charlene Hebbert, Sierra Blanca, Texas and Delores Parker of Hyannis, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and two infant sons.

ANNA SORENSON
Anna Sorenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dam, was born Sept. 28, 1902 at Gordon and died at Northfield Villa in Gering on Nov. 24, 1979. Graveside services were conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star on Nov. 28, 1979. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, George. She is survived by her husband Dale Sorenson, of Ainsworth, two sisters, Eleanor and Emma and a brother Raymond, two nephews and a niece.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 1, 2004

LENNIS BELLE BROWN
Lennis Belle Brown of Gordon, NE died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at Gordon Countryside Care.

She was born July 22, 1910, at her home in Gordon, to W.H. and Lonnie (Barnett) Secrest. As a young girls, she lived with her family at her father’s ranch southeast of Gordon. She was educated in rural schools until high school, where she attended Gordon High School. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and 16. She graduated once and then returned the next year and paid tuition to take a business course not previously offered

On Sept. 2, 1930, she married Gail Brown from Gordon,NE. The wedding took place in Martin, SD. They lived around Gordon their enitre lives. Lessis worked for many different business. She spent many yars at First National Bank and also at Reeves, then Borders, then B & insurance companies.

She was a member of the Rebakah Lodge and the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, board games and going for drives in the country.

Lennis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers, Milburn and Archie, one sister, Wilma Maxine (Mick) Barrett and great grandson Shawn Brown.

Survivors include her son, Merritt and wife Melba Brown of Elwood, NE, daughter Marilyn and husband Floyd Sager of Gordon,NE, son Curtis and wife Linda Brown of Hyannis,NE, a brother Wayne Secrest and wife Jennie of Colorado, one sister in law Vera Secrest of Rapid City, SD, 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Services were held at the United Methodist church with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.

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MARTIN H. ROFFERS
Martin H. Roffers of Rushville died Nov. 23, 2004 at the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs. He was born Dec. 14, 1917 on the home place southeast of Rushville to Anton and Johanna Drabbels Roffers. He grew up on the farm and attended St. Mary’s High. He graduated from Rushville High School in 1935.

On July 9, 1940 he married Evelyn M. Peters in Rushville. Martin served in the U.S. Army during World War II being stationed in France and northern Africa. After he returned home, he worked for J.C. Penney’s and then worked at Klindt’s Hardware until he retired in 1985. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, infectious smile and his love of the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, one son Rick (Christin) Roffers of Waverly, NE, three daughters, Sharry Payne of Westminister, CO., Linda (Colin) Smith of Oberlin, KS, and Cindy (Frank) Keller of Hyannis ,NE, two grandsons, Jason Smith of Omaha, and TJ (Tracy) Roffers of Fremont, NE, three granddaughters, Nicole Smith of Phonix, AZ., Michele Keller of Thedford, NE and Allision Keller of Kearney, NE, and one great granddaughter, Rheanna Smith. He is also survived by two brothers, Bill and Melvin (Chuck) both of Rushville,

Preceding him in death were his parents, son-in-law Bill Payne, and sister, Marie Gottier.

A Rosary was held at the Immaculate Conception Church and a Funeral Mass was held Nov. 27, with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

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MAXINE MAY (JESSE) LEACH NELSON
Maxine May (Jesse) Leach Nelson was born July 5, 1938 to Raymond and Alice (Townsend) Jesse in Alliance,NE. She made the choice to serve the Lord at an early age and remained true to those vows all her live. On March 5, 1958 she married Sidney (Sid) Leach. To this union were born four children: Valeria, Vicki, Dennis and Kent. They lived on the Jesse home ranch at Antioch, NE until 1983, when they moved to Arizona. Sid died Nov. of 1989. On October 30, 1997, Maxine married a life long friend, Forrest Nelson of Rushville, NE.

Maxine passed away Nov. 29th at her home in Rushville after a heroic battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Jesse; husband, Sidney Leach, daughter Valeria Monroe, of San Antonio, EX; sons, Dennis Leach and Kent (Cammy) Leach of Phoenix, AZ, one daughter-in-law, Luanne Leach of Kearney, NE., seven grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by Forrest’s children and grandchildren. She is survived by two brother’s, Tom (Patty) Jesse of Denver, CO and Edward (Kathleen) Jesse of Antioch, NE.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 1, 2004

25 years ago

ALICE MAY LOUDEN

Alice May Louden, daugher of William Oscar and Mary Agnes Brown McVey, was born Dec. 7, 1889 in Shelby county, Mo. In 1913 she moved with her family to Gordon. She was united in marriage to John Everett Goff of Nebraska City. They made their home there for several years. One daughter, Dorothy, was born to this union. In 926 she and her husband and daughter moved back to Gordon. After a divorce from Mr. Goff, she was united in marriage to Peter John Louden. Mr. Louden died in 1958. Surviving are her daughter, Dorothy Britton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren , and one brother. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery in Chadron.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 1, 2004

25 years ago

ALICE MAY LOUDEN
Alice May Louden, daugher of William Oscar and Mary Agnes Brown McVey, was born Dec. 7, 1889 in Shelby county, Mo. In 1913 she moved with her family to Gordon. She was united in marriage to John Everett Goff of Nebraska City. They made their home there for several years. One daughter, Dorothy, was born to this union. In 926 she and her husband and daughter moved back to Gordon. After a divorce from Mr. Goff, she was united in marriage to Peter John Louden. Mr. Louden died in 1958. Surviving are her daughter, Dorothy Britton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren , and one brother. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery in Chadron.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 8, 2004

DOLLIE MAE HOLLENBECK
Dollie Mae Hollenbeck was born Aug. 2, 1903 and passed away Nov. 8, 2004 at the age of 101 years at her daughters home in Woodward, Oklahoma. She was the youngest child of Albert and Ada Bell Kane Stuck Fough. She was born in Tyrone Precinct, Red Willow County, NE.

She remembered traveling by covered wagon as a young girl when a gang of outlaws stopped by for supper and when the mild cow, tied to the back of their wagon, fell over the side of the mountain and had to be cut loose. She remembered when a mountain lion circles their home looking in the windows one night. Dollie also recalled riding horseback 35 miles with her brother and sister to dances and riding back the next day. In Dollie’s later years, her greatest loves besides her family was bowling and traveling. She took in many state tournaments and had to give it up at the age of 93, as she could no longer see the pins at the end of the lane.

Dollie worked at Goodall Electric in Ogallala, NE during the 1950’s. Then she worked at the Gordon Memorial hospital in Gordon for 26 years where she retired at the age of 82.

In 1926 Dollie married Richard Springer. They made their home near Lebanon, NE. To this union 3 children were born: Donald, Dean, and Joan. Richard passed away in 1951. In 1955 she married Harry Hollenbeck. Harry passed away in 1966. Her sons Dean (1966) and Donald (1990) also preceded her in death, along with one grandson Robert Brunner (1992) and a daughter-in-law Carol Springer; also her parents, 3 sisters; Josephine Whalin, Janette Pearson and Annie Hiett, and 2 brothers, Charlie Stuck and Arthur Fough and one nephew, Chester Pearson.

Dollie came to Woodward, Oklahoma from Gordon, NE in 1990 to be near her daughter and son-in-law,

Wendell and Joan Brunner where she made her home until her death.

Missing her very much besides Joan and Wendell will be: daughter-in-law Rose Springer of Cozad, NE, grandsons and their spouses, Gerald and Alice, Frank, Harry, Ricky and Connie, Keith and Kris, and Jim and Rayleen Springer all of Nebraska, David and Hope Brunner, and Don Brunner of Woodward, granddaughter Cheryl Doudney and her husband Chuck of NE; Great-grandchildren are Toby, Paul, Gwen, Emily, Allison, Chance and Brian all of Nebraska, Shawn and Katrina Springer of Craig, CO. Stacie Renee Brunner, Amanda and Nick Carpenter of Woodward, Michael and Michelle Brunner of Fort Campbell, KY, Angela Brunner of Chatham, MA. Great-great-grandchildren are Bailey, Brady, Kaylee, Jade, Devin and Sierra.

Dollie was a wonderful woman who made in impression on us all and those whose lives she touched will always love her and never forget her. As her stone will say "She is bowling in a better place".

Services were held Nov. 12, 2004 at Garden Chapel, Woodward, Oklahoma. Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward, OK.

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SARZANE (TUDY) LINTT
Sarzane (Tudy) Lintt of Hay Springs, passed away Dec. 4, 2004 at her residence. She was born on July 8, 1941 in Merriman, NE to Chris and Naoma (Grant) Jensen. She graduated high school from Merriman in 1958. On June 4, 1961 she was united in marriage to Lance D. Lintt in Gordon, NE. The couple resided in Merriman and to this union four children were born, three sons and one daughter.

Tudy was surrounded by many family and friends, with one exceptionally dear to her heart, Sharon Jancik and husband Pete of Hay Springs. Sharon was also her co-worker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Naoma Jensen, baby sister Billie Jacqueline, brother Tom Jensen, two grandsons, Matthew Koncaba and Ronald Leach, and one nephew, Gary Belsky.

She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Lance and wife Joanne of Rushville, Scott and wife Terri of Hyannis, Mark and wife Bernadette of Greeley, CO. and Susan and husband Keith Fish of Clovis, NM. Thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren Jeannie and Kevin of Eagle River, Alaska, Trista Koncaba of Chadron, Tara, Justin and Jason Lintt of Rushville, Ashley and Tanner Lintt of Hyannis, Elisia and husband Teno Tobar and son Tyson, Ethan Lintt, Nicholas and KcKayla Nelson of Greeley, CO

Darrin Chandler, Tyler; Shayla and Kaytlynn Fish and Taylor Sanders all of Clovis, NM, two sisters Reno Belsky of Valentine, NE, Sue and husband Ed Novak of Martin, SD, one brother Bill and wife Barbra Jensen of Tulsa, OK. and many nieces and nephews

Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs and interment in the Gordon Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 8, 2004

LLOYD HENRY BARTH
Lloyd Henry Barth, of Sumner, Nebraska died Oct. 24, 2004 at St. Luke’s Home in Kearney, NE.

Lloyd was born July 13, 1934 at the Barth Farm northwest of Rushville, NE to Henry and Iva (Lawerence) Barth, 5th child in a family of six children. As a young boy he attended a rural school in the area and graduated from high school at Rushville, Ne in 1951. He was confirmed in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville and baptized.

He moved to the Overton and Sumner, NE area after high school graduation where he worked on a ranch and met his future wife Mary Ann Wempen. They were married Oct. 10, 1953 at Rapid City, SD with his brother Lyle and wife Iola (Wood) Barth standing with them

The young couple then moved to Scottsbluff where they lived for a year and one half and returned to the Sumer area and lived on what is known as the Blackburn place. He joined the Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner and worked for J.C. Rogers doing farming and well repair for eleven years. In 1965 he moved his family to Sumner and worked for Abel’s Well Drilling of Amhurst, then in 1973 he established his own business, "Barth’s Well Service". He worked many hours servicing, repairing and drilling stock and irrigation wells throughout the area until 1979, when he had a stroke and was later confined to St. Luke’s Nursing home in Kearney. He was well thought of and a very capable worker, loved by his wife, 4 daughters and son and the community.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Sister, Jane Bare, sister-in-law Iola Barth, brother-in-laws Ralph Watson and Paul Hoos and a grandson, Matthew Berg.

He leaves to mourn, Mary Ann, son Davis and his wife Tami., Daughters Marcia and Morland Berg of Broken Bow; Cheryl and Darwin Saath of Franklin; Brevda and Jay Wilson of Bertrand, NE, Tammi and Chuck Kenton of Lexington. Brothers Lyle and Celia Barth of rural Rushville, Glenn and Phyliss Barth of Elkhorn, NE. Sisters Vernetta Watson of Rushville, and Viola Hoos of Kearney, brother-in-law Rod Barge of Edgar, NE; daughter-in-law Tamara of Sumner; grandchildren Mandy, Misty, Mick and Megan Berg, Cegie Richards, Jessica and Jamie Wilson, Kody and Kolin Kenton and Daren and Courtney, Heather, Tina and Arron; and many neices and nephews.

Services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amhurst with burial in the cemetery at Sumner.

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75 years ago

CHARLES W. THACKER
Chalres W. Thacker was born Sept. 1, 1839 in Kentucky. He departed this life at the home of his son, Charles C. Thacker, Nov. 27, 1929. When a boy his parents moved to Missouri, where he grew to manhood. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Glendenning. To this union were born six children. Three of them and the mother preceded him in death. In 1876 he moved his family to central Kansas and in 1885 they moved to Sheridan county where they have resided ever since. He leaves to mourn his loss, Mrs. Letta Vian of Woodlake, Mrs. Laura Cutler of Gordon and Charles C. Thacker of Gordon. Seven grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. All of his children attended his funeral. Two years ago Brother Thacker gave his life to God and held true to the end, leaving a bright testimony of his experience.

Services were held at the Church of God with interment being made in the Gordon cemetery.

RACHEL EMMA SUTTON
Rachel Emma Sutton, daughter of Missouri and Elizabeth Lanning Sutton was born at Table Grove, Fulton county, Ill., Oct 26, 1849 , and died Nov. 25, 1929 in Gordon. Her early years were spent in Illinois. On Sept. 26, 1871 she married George Wagoner and to this union was born one son, Missouri Arnold, who is now living in Oakland, Calif. Several years after Mr. Wagoner’s death, she married Sidney Lawrence Kirtley at Browington, Missouri. During the time they lived in the south, five children were born to them: Uma O. Kirtley of Kaycee, Wyo., Locke H. Kirtley of Deadwood, SD, Mrs. Walter L. Weir of Westminister, Colo., Mrs. George B. Smith of Seattle, Wash., and Rollan A. Kirtley of Atlanta, Georgia. After the family moved to LeGrande, Union county, Oregon, another daugher Mrs. I.S. Magowan of Gordon, NE was born. Two years later they moved to Wyo. Seven weeks ago she came to Gordon where she died. Funeral services were held in Hot Springs. SD.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 8, 2004

50 years ago

PETER GEERSON
Peter Geerson was born near Danneborg, NE, Oct 28, 1873 and died at Gordon on Nov. 28, 1954. On March 6, 1901 he was united in marriage to Lillie M. Hood of St. Paul, NE. After their marriage they lived on the farm he had purchased at Palmer, NE. In 1915, they moved to Sargent, NE and in 1930 to Martin, SD. Retiring in 1944, they came to Gordon to make their home. Surviving are his widow, Lillie of Gordon; his six children, Beulah Hartman, Harold Geerson, Lela Mills, Marion Wait, Albert Geerson and Norma Holm; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 15, 2004

WALTER WILEY SHARP
Walter Wiley Sharp died Dec. 10, 2004 at his home in Gordon, NE. Walt was born March 20, 1938 in Rapid City, SD to Marion and Grover Sharp.

He graduated from Wall High School in 1955 and studied engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. From 1957 to 1980 he owned and managed the General Store at Sharp’s Corner, SD.

In 1967, Walt married Mary Ellen Hodges of Marshall, Minn., and together they raised five children: Larry, Jay, Kathleen, Jeremy and Edward. In 1977 they moved to Rapid City, SD and opened the Hobby Craft Store on the creekside of Baken Park. In 1990, they moved to Gordon, NE and managed Sioux Nation Shopping center in Pine Ridge, SD until Walt retired in 2000.

For the past three years he enjoyed working part time at Debbie’s Cakes and Floral. He was an active member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and RSVP of Sheridan County. He was president of the Alliance Deanery Pastoral Council.

Walt’s hobbies included art, carpentry, computing, aviation, genealogy, history , card games, chess and fishing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed debating his viewpoints and interests with his friends and family. Many people enjoyed the lively discussions he initiated.

Walt’s parents and son Jay preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife; son Larry and wife Stephanie of Fort Carson ,CO; daughter Kathleen and husband Tim of Black Hawk, SD, son Jeremy and wife Megan of Aurora, NE; son Edward of Lincoln, NE and 5 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Gordon, NE with interment at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

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100 years ago

MRS. JOSEPH VAN BUSKIRK
Mrs. Joseph Van Buskirk passed away last Monday. The deceased has been ailing for several years and was seized with a serious attack about the first week in November. She rallied from the first attack about three weeks ago when hopes were entertained for her recovery but paralysis followed and she succumbed.

Christiana Kelly Cragg was born in Carroll county, Ohio, August 1, 1850 and died Dec. 12, 1904. She became the wife of Joseph Van Buskirk on Dec. 23, 1868. For 16 years their home was in Monroe county, Indiana and in 1884 they joined a colony that came to Northwest Nebraska, settling near Gordon. She leaves a husband and eight children, two sons, Joseph Jr. and Guy; and six daughters, Mrs. C.E. Connell of Ainsworth, Mrs. Bruce Moore of Cody, Mrs. W.F. Morgareidge of Moscow, Idaho, Mrs. S.G. DeFrance and Mrs. Geo. Rose of Merriman and Mary, to mourn her departure. Three sons preceded her in their infancy to the Better Land. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and she was laid to rest beside the remains of her father in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 8, 2004

50 years ago

PETER GEERSON
Peter Geerson was born near Danneborg, NE, Oct 28, 1873 and died at Gordon on Nov. 28, 1954. On March 6, 1901 he was united in marriage to Lillie M. Hood of St. Paul, NE. After their marriage they lived on the farm he had purchased at Palmer, NE. In 1915, they moved to Sargent, NE and in 1930 to Martin, SD. Retiring in 1944, they came to Gordon to make their home. Surviving are his widow, Lillie of Gordon; his six children, Beulah Hartman, Harold Geerson, Lela Mills, Marion Wait, Albert Geerson and Norma Holm; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 15, 2004

WALTER WILEY SHARP
Walter Wiley Sharp died Dec. 10, 2004 at his home in Gordon, NE. Walt was born March 20, 1938 in Rapid City, SD to Marion and Grover Sharp.

He graduated from Wall High School in 1955 and studied engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. From 1957 to 1980 he owned and managed the General Store at Sharp’s Corner, SD.

In 1967, Walt married Mary Ellen Hodges of Marshall, Minn., and together they raised five children: Larry, Jay, Kathleen, Jeremy and Edward. In 1977 they moved to Rapid City, SD and opened the Hobby Craft Store on the creekside of Baken Park. In 1990, they moved to Gordon, NE and managed Sioux Nation Shopping center in Pine Ridge, SD until Walt retired in 2000.

For the past three years he enjoyed working part time at Debbie’s Cakes and Floral. He was an active member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and RSVP of Sheridan County. He was president of the Alliance Deanery Pastoral Council.

Walt’s hobbies included art, carpentry, computing, aviation, genealogy, history , card games, chess and fishing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed debating his viewpoints and interests with his friends and family. Many people enjoyed the lively discussions he initiated.

Walt’s parents and son Jay preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife; son Larry and wife Stephanie of Fort Carson ,CO; daughter Kathleen and husband Tim of Black Hawk, SD, son Jeremy and wife Megan of Aurora, NE; son Edward of Lincoln, NE and 5 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Gordon, NE with interment at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

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100 years ago

MRS. JOSEPH VAN BUSKIRK
Mrs. Joseph Van Buskirk passed away last Monday. The deceased has been ailing for several years and was seized with a serious attack about the first week in November. She rallied from the first attack about three weeks ago when hopes were entertained for her recovery but paralysis followed and she succumbed.

Christiana Kelly Cragg was born in Carroll county, Ohio, August 1, 1850 and died Dec. 12, 1904. She became the wife of Joseph Van Buskirk on Dec. 23, 1868. For 16 years their home was in Monroe county, Indiana and in 1884 they joined a colony that came to Northwest Nebraska, settling near Gordon. She leaves a husband and eight children, two sons, Joseph Jr. and Guy; and six daughters, Mrs. C.E. Connell of Ainsworth, Mrs. Bruce Moore of Cody, Mrs. W.F. Morgareidge of Moscow, Idaho, Mrs. S.G. DeFrance and Mrs. Geo. Rose of Merriman and Mary, to mourn her departure. Three sons preceded her in their infancy to the Better Land. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and she was laid to rest beside the remains of her father in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 15, 2004

75 years ago

ANNA MARGARET CARTER
Anna Margaret Carter was born in Davis county, Iowa, Feb. 16, 1874 and died in Gordon, NE, Dec. 7, 1929. She was united in marriage to John A. Sparks on Oct. 3, 1897. Two children, a son and a daughter who died in infancy, were born to this union. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband an adopted daughter, Mrs. Bert King of Moulton, Iowa., Two sisters, Mrs. A.J. Geisler of Gordon and Mrs. Elizabeth Carter of Eldon, Iowa, five brothers, Frank Carter of Gordon, Henry Carter of Moulton, A.B. and Joseph Carter of Novinger, MO. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 22, 2004

JESSE W. GARNER
Jesse W. Garner died Dec. 19, 2004 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance.

Jess was born Nov. 20, 1936 at Eli, NE to Jesse Lee and Opal (Wetherill) Garner. He attended Cody High School and later joined the army, serving with the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th ID during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Judith "Jo" Joan Ward on March 3, 1960 at the Methodist Church in Scottsbluff, NE. They farmed for 22 years in northeast Box Butte County after which Jess became a contract mail carrier between Alliance and Harrison for 15 years until ill health forced his retirement in 2001. Jess was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Eli, NE and American Legion Post 7. He was an avid Husker and Bronco fan and a keen hunter, fisherman and Civil War history enthusiast. He really enjoyed and loved his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Jo, daughters Leisa (Paul) Zapata of Union City, CA and Laurie (Mark) Soper of Morrill, NE, sons Jesse and Brady Garner of Hot Sulphur Springs, CO., and Bruce (Trish) Garner of Marsland, NE. Grandchildren, Mylena, Elisha, and Ariana Aranda and Amiel Zapata of Union City, CA., Tyler, Zachary and Cali Soper of Morrill, NE., Jessie Mitchell Garner of Cody, Wyo., Zane and Mason Garner of Newcastle, Co. He is also survived by his sisters, Rose (Bob) Robinson of King City, OR, Maryann (Loren) Schrader of Coquille, OR and Janice (Dan) Clark of Bonanza, OR, sister-in-law Edythe Garner of Alliance, brother Don (Gloria) Garner of Minatare, NE.

His parents and his brother Nyal preceded him in death. Memorial services will be held Dec. 23, and burial will be at a later date in Conley Flats Cemetery, Eli, NE.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 22, 2004

AVIS (PEGGY) HOAGLAND
Avis (Peggy) Hoagland of Gordon, NE passed away Dec. 17, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 6, 1918 to Arthur and Ruby (Fletcher) Stevens at Clearfield, SD on the family homestead. After proving upon the homestead it was sold and the family moved to Wahabaugh County where they purchased a farm. Peggy drove her brothers to school at Wanblee in a Model A. Ford her father bought for that purpose. Her grandfather was a published composer and Peggy and her sister Thelma often enjoyed singing together as their father accompanied them on the piano.

In 1936 Peggy married Donald Hoagland. To this union one son was born;Gary Hoagland. Peggy worked in area supermarkets for many years including the Ideal Market and Jack and Jill Peggy was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was active in her church, the Gospel Chapel, and the Senior Center. She devoted many hours of service to RSVP and enjoyed the Willow Tree Festival and the Sheridan County Fair each year.

Peggy enjoyed crosswords, word searches and any game that kept her mind sharp. She enjoyed being a member of two different card clubs, and reading to her granddaughters when they were small. She was an excellent cook.

An avid sports fan, Peggy remained true to the Huskers and attended her first game at Memorial Stadium with son Gary as her 81st birthday gift. She loved listening to sports on the radio and was a staunch Bronc supporter. She was thrilled when two of her granddaughters became Broncs through the recent co-op this fall.

Following a recent illness, Peggy had moved to Parkview Lodge Assisted Living in Rushville in November.

She leaves behind to mourn, her son Gary and his wife Angie, granddaughters, Danielle, Alexis and Brittany of Rushville; brothers Lyle Stevens of Kadoka, SD, Harlan (Dutch) Stevens of Rapid City, SD and Hal (Swede) Stevens of San Jose, Calif. and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held at the Gospel Chapel in Gordon.

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100 years ago

ARTHUR DIX
Arthur Dix was born in Sullivan county, Indiana, Feb. 12
th, 1868 and moved to Gordon, Ne. in 1885 He was married to Stena Hipke at Fremont, Ne, June 5th 1895. He died at Newman Grove, NE. Oct. 28, 1904. But this record, to those who knew him best, leaves a great deal more to be said. About three years covers the length of his life with us, and in those three years he has made a large place for himself in this community. He found the church which he joined, without a Christian Endeavor Society and, with little aid from anyone else he started one, watched over it, kept it from failure. He was an important factor in the Sunday School, a faithful member of the choir. Perhaps the quality that most impressed us was his unbounded generosity. We can deliberately say that we know of no one in this community who, in proportion to his means, gave as freely and ungrudgingly as he. Some thought he was too generous. Today, if our sight was better, we could see that the assurance that the "Lord loveth a cheerful giver" balances all accounts. Coupled with this there was, as times grew darker, a sublime faith that the Lord would prepare a table for him as long as life should last. And he did. It is a pleasure to remember that medical skill could to save or prolong his life was done. The richest man in town could have fared no better. Right here it is a pleasure to say that the highest praise is due to the Odd Fellows of this town, and of the state, for the way they took care of their brother in time of trouble. How soon will the church learn to do the same thing.

The funeral services, in charge of the Odd Fellows, was held at the Congregational Church. Rev. Mr. Osler, of Parker SD, a dear friend of Mr. Dix’s was summoned by a telegram, but unfortunately missed connection at Columbus and could not be present. Rev. Mr. Townsend of Albion was summoned in his place. In the presence of a crowd of friends which exceeded the seating capacity of the church, and finally at the cemetery, the last said words were spoken, the last hymns were sung, the last rites observed, than the mortal tenement of Arthur Dix was laid away in the hope of final resurrection beyond the grave. Are we able to assimilate, and put in practice the plain lessons of the day?

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 22, 2004

75 years ago, 1929

WALTER BORDERS
Walter Borders died at a hospital in Rushville on Sunday, following a fatal accident last Friday night while returning from Merriman. A car which he was driving turned over and a piece of wood was driven through his temple, fracturing his skull. He laid unconscious on the road for a short time and Walter Birkby found him and brought him to Gordon. On Saturday morning he was taken to Rushville for hospital attention. He had regained consciousness then but his condition became worse and he died on Sunday. "Happy" as he was always called, was probably best known as having been for ten years one of Gordon’s star baseball players. He played third base for the local team and often hired out to neighboring towns when they had a hard contest. His nickname well described him. He was always good-natured, even to a fault, and had not an enemy in the world. He had worked at different jobs around Gordon and had a reputation of being a might good workman at anything he undertook. There was not a dishonest thing about him and the number of his friends was limited only to the number who knew him. Among those who played baseball with him during the past years and in all of his wide circle of friends, "Happy" is going to be greatly missed.

MARILYN JEAN GROVE
Marilyn Jean Grove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Grove, was born Dec, 14, and died Dec.15, 1929, living only ten hours to bless her home Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon with interment in the Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 2004

JOHN VANCE SELLERS
John (Johnny) Vance Sellers passed away Dec. 21, 2004 at his home in Martin, SD. He was born Oct. 2, 1936 in Hot Springs, SD to Vance and Vera Pruitt Sellers. Johnny lived in various places in western South Dakota and settled in Martin in the 1940’s. He graduated from Bennett County High School in 1954.

After graduation Johnny enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955 and was discharged in 1947. After leaving the Air Force Johnny returned to Martin where he owned and operated John’s TV and Repair. Johnny was a very handy man who was able to fix anything. He was an avid hunter fisherman and gardener. Other hobbies included bowling, race car driving, and he pursued various other interests. Johnny was a member of the Martin Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years and American Legion Post 240 of Martin and Post 22 of Rapid City.

In 1964 he met and married the love of his life Ursula (Shula) Marilyn Watts. They were married in Sturgis, SD on Jan 6, 1965. Shula brought to this marriage Kim Claussen (Dane), and Martin and Jan Grover (Yog), Gordon, NE. Born to this union were: Robin Novotny (Carl), Martin; Kenny Sellers (Tammy), Rapid City; Vickie Rose (Dan), Martin; Melody Rinard (Mike), Alliance, NE; John (JJ) Sellers (Tammy), Garden City, Kansas and Dana Sellers (Neal Livermont), Interior.

At the time of his death Johnny was the proud grandfather of 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding Johnny in death were his wife, Shula, his parents, Vance and Vera Sellers, and sister, Betty Heeftle.

Johnny is survived by his sister Jo Bornsen, Gordon, NE, all of his children, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Martin and interment was at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

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DAN I. WEBSTER
Dan I. Webster passed away Dec. 9, 2004 at home. He was born in Gordon, NE May 29, 1915 a son of Jim and Faith (Johnson) Webster.

Dan was a Kittitas Valley Rancher, businessman and a very active community member. His many affiliations included the First United Methodist Church, The Farm Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce where he served a president and the Ellensburg Golf Club also serving as president. Family remembers him as a true Renaissance Man, active in many hobbies including woodworking, gardening, golfing, and rock hounding, becoming efficient in lapidary wok-collecting and polishing Ellensburg blues that he gave to family and friends

Dan is survived by his wife Irene )Maxfield), his best friend and constant companion, whom he married Aug. 1935 in Hot Springs, SD. He is also survived by his children: Clydene (Vince) Provinzano of San Diego, CA, Ron (Sherrye) Webster of Bothell, Barbara Webster and (Hara Petry) of Portland, OR, Lloyd (Karen) Webster of Maple Valley, and Craig Webster of Vancouver, WA. Siblings, Bill Webster of Ellensburg, Jay Webster of Gordon, NE, Maryann Ritter of Boulder, CO, and Jean Miller of Rapid City, SD. Twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Dan is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Glen Webster and sister Alice Webster.

Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church, burial was at the High Valley Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 29, 2004

VIOLA THERESA (SHADBOLT) McELLIGOTT

Viola Therese (Shadbolt) McElligott of San Jose, Calif., and Gordon, NE died Dec. 6, 2004 at Belrose Convalescent Hospital in San Jose, Calif.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Edmund W. McElligott.

Born on the Shadbolt Ranch south of Merriman NE on Sept 25, 1905, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna Shadbolt. She graduated from Gordon High School and the University of Nebraska. She obtained her Masters Degree from Columbia University. She taught English at Chadron High School in Chadron, NE in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.

On May 7, 1941 she married Dr. Edmund McElligott in Gordon, NE During World War II, while Dr. McElligott served in the United States Army, they lived in Oakland, Calif. They later settled in San Jose, Calif., in the early 1950’s where Dr. McElligott was a well-known surgeon until his death in 1969.

Mrs. McElligott resided both in San Jose, Calif., and Gordon, NE over the next 25 years.

Dr. and Mrs. McElligott were very active in supporting the Performing Arts in San Jose over many years. Mrs. McElligott was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Colonists. She was also a member of the National Delta Zeta Sorority.

She belonged to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in San Jose, CA.

She is survived by her nieces; Sherrill Shadbolt of Brownlee, NE, Meredith Brownlee of Honey Creek, IA, and Peggy Johns of Slater, IA. Her nephews George Shadbolt III, of Gordon, NE and Robert Loewenthal of Jamestown, RI.

Burial will be private in San Jose, Calif.

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JEAN M. FINKEY

Jean Maxine Finkey of Scottsbluff, died Dec. 21, 2004 at Heritaage Health Care Center in Gering. Her Memorial Service was held at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel in Scottsbluff, interment was in the Gordon Cemetery.

Jean was born Dec. 24, 1924 at Osmond, NE to Lewis and Margie Taylor. She graduated from Gordon High School in 1942 and attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver for two years receiving a business degree. Jean worked in the family owned grocery store business until her graduation in 1942. After receiving her business degree she worked at the Nebraska State Capital in the Department of Roads and Transportation in Lincoln. She then met Charles E. Finkey in Gordon and they were married in Billings, Montana on Nov. 29, 1946. In 1960 the family moved to Rushville where Jean ran the Ben Franklin Store. In 1970 she and her husband moved to Phoenix, Ariz. Where they owned and operated a beauty shop, dry cleaners and laundromat. In Oct. of 1995 they retired and moved to Scottsbluff.

Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Order of Eastern Star, Federated Woman’s Club and the Red Hat Society. She was an avid bridge card player and loved to entertain. Her family and friends were of utmost importance to her.

Jean is survived by her daughter; Marilyn Hucke of Hemingford. Son Craig Finkey and his wife Mary Beth of Los Angeles, Calif., grandchildren, Kimberlee Hucke of Alliance, Ann Jacobs and her husband Clayton of Hemingford, Dana Beth Finkey and Craig William Finkey of Los Angeles; sister Doris Spangler of Gordon; nieces Connie Wiekhorst and her family of Mesa, Ariz., Mary Jo Woodrum and her family of St. Peters, Missouri, Barbara Luke and her family of Wichita, Kansas, two special great- grandchildren, .James Dawson and Maria Faith Jacobs; brother-in-law Max Finkey and wife Ello Dee of Rushville, William Finkey of Goodyear, Ariz., Richard Huntington of Chadron; and sister-in-law Donna Peters and her husband Donald of Hay Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles and brother Wayne Taylor.

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Sheridan County Journal, Dec. 29, 1004

75 years ago. AARON T. ALBERTSON

Aaron T. Albertson died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.G. Malone, twenty miles south of Merriman Dec. 19, 1929, having attained the age of 86 years, 3 months, and 24 days. He had made his home with his daughter for five years and had many friends who will mourn his passing. The body was sent to Iowa Falls, Iowa for burial.

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50 years ago

LEE WOODHOUSE

Lee Grant Woodhouse was born in Gordon, Ne. Jan 2, 1925 and died in Pasadena, Calif. Dec. 16, 1954 at the age of 29. Lee died unexpectedly . He leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Woodhouse of Gordon, five brothers, and one sister. Burial was in Gordon cemetery.

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Sheridan Jan. 5, 2005

INGA MARIE SEMANS

Inga Marie Semans, age 92 of Solomon, Kansas and formerly of Gordon, NE passed away Dec, 28, 2004, at the Abilene Care Center in Abilene, KS. She was born on July 15, 1912 in Cherry County, NE, the daughter of Neils and Carrie Petersen. She was united in marriage to Emery Semans in Gordon, NE and resided most of her life in Gordon.

Inga was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Gordon. She was employed as a waitress and cook at Western Café in Gordon for a number of years. She moved to Solomon, KS, three years ago to be closer to her family.

She is survived by one son, Max Tecters and wife Bev of Solomon, KS. One daughter, Joann Kurzenberger of Solomon, KS, and one daughter-in-law Laurene Semans. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was receded in death by her husband, son Dwight Semans, brothers Andrew and Vic Petersen and sister Ann Booth.

Funeral Services were held in Gordon and burial was in the Gordon cemetery.

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GARY ALLEN MUSFELT

Gary Allen Musfelt of Rushville, NE. died Dec. 28, 2004 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born May 26, 1945 to Milo and Verda (Strong) Musfelt in Rushville, NE.

On May 18, 1969 he married Phyllis Ann Harris, in Rushville, NE. The couple have lived in Rushville since they were married. To this union they were bless with three children.

Gary proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He took great pleasure in his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, two sons, Troy of Scottsbluff, NE, Trent and wife Nicole of Chandler, AZ, one daughter Karla and husband Lorenzo Wilhite of Windsor, VT. His mother Verda of Rushville, sister Tamera Horn of Hemingford, NE and four grandchildren: Taylor and Maddison Wilhite of Windsor , VT, and Myranda and Mykinzee Musfelt of Scottsbluff.

He was preceded in death by his father, Milo.

Graveside Memorial Services at Fairview Cemetery.

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Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 5, 2005

MAUDE BOYER (1920-2004)
Maude Alice Andersen was born Oct. 38, 1920 at the sod home of Pete and Blanche Hayes Andersen 33 miles southeast of Gordon. She was the third child in a family of nine and attended grade school at District 136. Upon completion of grade school, Maude, her older sister Nell, and younger brother Andy went to Curtis Agriculture School. Maude finished her education as an honor student at Gordon High School.

She began a career teaching school north of Whitman at the YCross Ranch with the Trucks girls as students. When their parents finished working in the hay camp, the school was moved to Stevenson Lake. Maude stayed with the Jim Downing family and rode horseback to school. Going to Gordon to watch "Gone with the Wind" was a highlight that year.

In 1941, she taught school at District 98 north of Mullen and boarded with the Albert Starr family, where she enjoyed Southern Cooking. Maude planned to attend summer school in Chadron but broke out with measles two days before school started. She continued teaching and riding horseback to school the following years.

It was during this time that Maude Met Ken Boyer at a box social at Charlie Boyer’s. He bought her box and told here that they would be married some day. Later they started going together.

Maude taught seven students at the Hebbert School, north of Ellsworth, before she had to quit teaching to care for her mother and younger siblings. Her mother died in March, and Maude and her older sister Nell had a double wedding two months later, May 13, 1944 in Gordon.

Ken and Maude lived with his parents and worked there for five years. They didn’t get a salary, but were paid in cattle. They had a huge garden, milked a lot of cattle and had a trap line before acquiring Kennyville Ranch, northwest of Mullen, in 1949.

Maude taught at the Prentice School, District 63 that year, raised chickens for the neighborhood and extended family, tended a huge garden and sewed most of the clothes the family wore. She was delighted to have an oil burning stove at the school instead of cow ship and coal stoves at her previous schools. Maude was well-known for her fabulous meals—she always had enough food for the neighbors, salesmen, propane truck driver, feed dealership reps, etc. Because she had a gas range, her kitchen was the place to be during an electrical outage. She was also an excellent seamstress, a 4-H leader and FHA chapter mom, and a person who lent a hand to anyone in need.

In 1985, Maude and Ken sold Kennyville and moved to Tedford. Maude cared for Ken another year before he entered the Mullen Rest Home. He died eight years later due to Alzheimer’s

Maude was a very active community member. She opened the library every Monday so the card players could play from 1:00-5:00. She kept the Art Guild open a couple of days a week and belonged to a birthday club that ate out once a month to celebrate the birthdays that month. Maude helped run a calling chain for the Life Center and helped get workers and food for the Blood Mobile.

Her home was also known as a place sick children of all ages could go while waiting to have parents come get them. Many times, teens stayed the night when the weather got bad, or they got home late from a ball game. She also cared for elderly people suffering terminal illnesses.

Maude and Ken had three duaghters, Kennetha (Vic) Scheer of Ashland, Rosalea (Leon) of Thedford, Shirley (Gene) of Maxwell, and one son, Kenneth Joe of Seneca. K.J. died due to a car accident. Grandchildren include Zach Sheer (Ryan Cowley Scheer), Jill Scheer Grandstaff (Terry), Ryan Gift, Ginger Gift, (Jason Dye), Lexa Boyer (Russell Morrison) and Booker Boyer, and one great-grandchild Kenneth Boyer.

Maude died at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center Dec. 26, 2004 due to a heart problem following knee surgery. Her funeral was at the Masonic Temple/Easter Star Lodge in Thedford, Her ashes will be strewn on 7-Mile Hill where husband and son’s ashes were previously scattered.

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