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Obituaries - 2005-2007


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 5, 2005

REV. JAMES K. IRWIN (1917-2005)
Rev. James K. Irwin, minister emeritus, 87 of Gering, NE., died Dec. 31, 2004 at Regional West Medical Center. A Celebration of Life service will be held Jan. 7, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church in Gering. Cremation will follow the service.
Jack Howard Slater, son of Gladwin and Hilda Slater, was born on Nov. 9, 1917 at Blackfoot, Idaho. He was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Irwin on June 7, 1920 and was given the name James K. Irwin. The family moved from a homestead south east of Kimball, NE. to Alliance, NE in 1920. James attended school there, and graduated from High School in 1936.
In 1937, he enrolled in Nebraska Wesleyan University at Lincoln, NE from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. He enrolled at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ from which he graduated in 1945 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
He was united in marriage on May 26, 1943 to Elizabeth (Bette) Felver at Phillipsburg, NJ and to this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters.
Following graduation from Seminary, they moved to Nebraska where they made their home until there retirement. Since their retirement in 1982 they have divided their time between Gering, NE. and Tempe, Arizona.
Jim began his ministry at Ithaca, Ne in Sept. of 1938, where he served as Student Pastor from 1938-1941. He has served the following churches since then: Associate Pastor and Youth Director, Roselle Park, NJ 1942-43, Columbia-Hainsburg, NJ 1943-45, Ceresco-Ithace, NE 1945-49, Chester-Hubbell, NE 1949-54, Valentine, NE 1954-63, Lexington, NE 1963-70, Holdrege-Ragan-Wilcox, NE 1970-74 and Gering, NE 1974-82.
Since his retirement in June of 1982, he was involved in fund-raising for West Nebraska General Hospital and Nebraska Wesleyan University on a part time basis. He has served as Interim Pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church and Salem Cngregational Church both in Scottsbluff sever times. He as filled pulpits whenever needed all over Western Nebraska. For several years he did pastoral work in the Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe, Ariz., during the winter months.
His Honors include: Honorary President of Oregon Trail Days, Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, Trustee at the Regional West Medical Center and Pastor Emeritus of the Nebraska Methodist. Jim has been involved with volunteer work of one kind or another since retirement.
He is survived by his wife Bette; sons James K. Kirwin, Jr. of Columbus, NE, David Paul Irwin of Sumner, NE and Stephen Richard Irwin of Grand Island, NE; daughters Christine Irwin of Gering, NE , Mary Irwin of Scottsbluff, NE and Beth Kumpost of Anchorage, Alaska; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his sister Jacquline Carrell of Ft. Collins, CO, half brother Allen Slater of Lynnwood, WA and a half sister.  He was preceded in death by his parents.


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 5, 2005

50 years ago

Wilhelmina Carstens was born to Herman and Marie Carstens on April 27, 1866 in Birchen, Germany. The family came to America in Sept. 1878 and settled in Washington Heights, Ill. In the fall of 1882 she came to Nebraska and on Oct. 26, 1883 she was united in marriage to John P. Dohse at West Point, NE. Nine children were born to this union: Mrs. Ole Hovelsrud, Martin, SD Mrs. Ernest Baldwin, Enid Okla., Mrs. Charles Myers, Nampa, Ida., Mrs. Thomas Eckels, San Pedro, Calif., William Dohse, Cassopolis, Mich.; Walter Dohse, Willets, Calif.; Mrs. Lena Warnke, Carol Dohse and Jack Dohse of Gordon, NE. Mr. and Mrs. Dohse were pioneer homesteaders in Antelope Count, NE living on the homestead 38 years. In 1921 the family moved to Gordon, which has since been her home. Mr. Dohse died Feb. 23, 1922. In Dec. 1929 she was united in marriage to Tom Jones of Meriman, NE. Mr. Jones died in 1936. She lived alone until two months ago, because of ill health she moved into the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lena Warnke. She was making plans for her garden and flowers in the spring. On Monday morning she suffered a heart attack and died Dec. 30, 1955. Surviving are her nine children, 31 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Bertha Krohm, Randolph, NE. Her mother, father, one brother and one sister preceded her in death.


25 years ago

(Due to lack of space, the full obituaries cannot be listed. Anyone wanting more information can contact the Journal)

Helen was born Aug. 31, 1909 and Chamberlain, SD. She was married Nov. 18, 1924 to Herbert Ruleau. She died Dec. 18, 1979 in Gordon.

Virgie was born June 7, 1890 in Gage county, NE. She married James C. Johnson on Feb. 27, 1932. She died Dec. 17, 1979 in Rapid City, SD

Mae was born Oct. 12, 1888 by the Niobrara river near Lavaca Flats. She married to George W. Buchan on Dec. 27, 1906. She married again June 10, 1963 to Ross Bodwell. She died Dec. 25, 1979 at Gordon, NE


Sheridan County Journal, Jan 12, 2005

JOE K. BRITT (1925-2005)
Joe K. Britt,79 of Rushville, passed away Jan. 2, 2005 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. Joe was born Nov. 8, 1925 in Rushville, NE to Dell and Henrietta (Pochon) Britt. He was raised on the family farm south of Rushville, until he began his service in the US Navy. He served in the Navy during WWII, from 1944-1946, as part of the SeaBees, being awarded two medals upon his return home.

On June 8, 1949 he married Eunice E. Barth, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rushville. Together they raised a family and continued to work the family ranch until his retirement in 1998.

Joe was a life member of the American Legion Post 161 in Rushville. He proudly served as part of the Post Color Guard for 30 years.

He had a love for ranching, but was also an avid sports fan with his favorites being bowling, golf, hunting and fishing. Joe spent over 30 years as a member of the Rushville Men’s Bowling Association and as a member of the Rushville Golf Course He had many stories to tell for all of his favorite sports.

Joe was a person who truly enjoyed life and lived for and loved his family, but he had particular love for his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Eunice of Rushville, son Lyle Britt of Rushville and wife Mary Ann, daughter Barb Strauch of Gering and husband Bob; grandchildren, Sierra and Mary Britt of Rushville, Lynda Scott of Gering, Crissy Olsen of Harrisburg and husband Chris, Alan Strauch of Morrill and wife Bobbie, Brain Strauch of Laramie, Wyo.; and Becky Strauch of Gering. Great grandchildren Dalton and Justin Scott, Ryan and Whitney Olsen, Cody and Tristin Strauch and Tawnie, Riley and Torrye Smith (Strauch). Sister, Virginia McGaughey of Gordon and husband Blondie and their family.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Dell and Henrietta Britt, brother Melvin Britt, and son Wayne Britt.

Services were held in Rushville with burial in the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.


Doris Evelyn Carpenter, of Rushville, NE, died Jan. 10, 2005 at her home with family member at her side. She was born on Dec. 14, 1924 in Gordon, NE to Clida and Florence (Glover) Cunningham. She grew up near Clinton, NE and graduated from high school in Clinton.

Doris married Edward Orrin Bayliss, Sept. 26, 1945 in Gordon and they had 5 children. On May 21, 1985 she married Robert J. Hergert at Hot Springs, SD. On June 27, 1989 she united in marriage to Harlan Claude Carpenter, in Rapid City, SD.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Eddie and Bob, a son Edward JR. and sister Hope Saxton. She is survived by her husband Harlan, her daughter, Leah (Dennis) King of Alliance, Diana, 5 step children, Mike, Paul, Keith, Marilyn and Denise, five grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Gordon United Methodist Church with burial in the Fairview Cemetery, Rushville,


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 19, 2005

Patricia Rawles Jansen, the daughter of Weldon and Mary Rawles, died on Jan. 9, 2005 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. Patricia was born in Igloo, SD in 1951. She grew up on her fathers ranch south of Merriman.

Her best memories were of ranch life, skating on the frozen meadows, climbing the windmills, and riding her horse Queenie. She graduated from Gordon High School in 1969. She was a ranchers wife, then ran a seamstress shop in Rapid City. She then attended Bible College in Eugene, Oregon, but before completion she came back to Gordon to take care of her mother, Mary who had diabetes.

Patty’s love for God was the spark in her life, and she shared that spark, with many neighborhood kids, when she hosted July for Jesus, a Bible study for kids, with the help of the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel.

Those that will miss her are her husband, Patrick Jansen, daughter Bobbie Jo Peil of Hay Springs, brothers, Fred Rawles and wife Pat, Alvon Rawles, Ivin Rawles all of Gordon, sisters Sandy Hathorn and husband Maurice of Gordon, and Tammie Deeder and husband Jeff of Madison, NE, numerous nieces and nephews, step-sons and her dog Shadow.. Funeral Services were held at the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel with Burial in the Lavaca Cemetery


GENEVRA COBB (1915-2005)
Genevra Cobb died Jan. 10, 2005 at Countryside Care. She was born on Jan. 5, 1915 in Ashland, NE. to Hugh and Minnie Goodfellow.

Genevra received a teaching certificate from Chadron State College in 1934. She taught for a year and then on Sept. 20, 1935 she married Jack Cobb and spent the rest of her life as a ranch wife.

She belonged to an extension club. She loved gardening, especially flowers that were a challenge to grow. She also enjoyed dolls, reading and embroidery. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Merriman and was treasurer for a few years. Genevra was a soft spoken person and under that soft-spokenness was a very keen sense of humor. She loved small children and is remembered for her unique way of seeing life. She was a gracious hostess and a tremendous cook.

Survivors include her husband, Jack, daughter Barbara Burress, sons, Richard, John and Tom, brother Hugh Goodfellow, 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service were held at the United Methodist Church in Gordon with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 12, 2005

75 years ago

ANDREW J. BLAZER (1861-1930)
Andrew J. Blazer was born in Scott county, Iowa, Jan. 6, 1861 and died in Rushville, NE Jan. 2, 1930. He was married at the age of 24 to Della Van Ness at Ida Grove, Iowa. To this union was born one son, Walter. The wife and son survive him. Mr. Blazer moved to Nebraska about 40 years ago.

CLYDE RANCK (1887-1930)
Clyde Ranck died at his home in Gordon on Jan. 5 1930, after an illness of several years. He was born near Gordon on the 4
th day of May 1887. On the 17th day of Dec. 1918 he was united in marriage to Miss Hazel Cover and to this union were born two children, Lila and Leslie. He leaves to mourn his loss, his loving wife, two children and also his mother, Mrs Alice Ranck, four brothers and two sisters. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

MRS. H.B. LUTHER (d. 1930 age 59)
Mrs. H.B Luther, age 59 of Antioch, a former resident of the Pole Creek community, and wife of Rev. H.B. Luther passed away at her home Jan. 3, 1930. Mr. and Mrs. Luther had made friends while living here and they are saddened at this word of death.

HARLAN PORATH (d. 1930 age 23)
Harlan Porath was killed instantly Jan. 5, 1930 in an accident on Highway 20, one and one-half miles east of Crookston. Pfc. Porath, 23 and a companion were en route to Valentine when they had a flat tire and stopped to fix it. The boys had started to take the bolts off the wheel of the car. Noticing an approaching car, Oneill stepped into the ditch and warned Porath, who started around the rear of the parked vehicle. The approaching driver. Lt. Roger Little II, failed to see the stalled car and crashed into the rear of it just as Porath stepped behind it, trapping the lad and killing him. Funeral services for young Porath were held Saturday afternoon.


50 years ago

JAMES O. GRIGG (d. 1955 age 40)
James O. Grigg, age 40, Sidney truck line employee and former Gordonite was killed New Years Day in a three-car accident. Mr. Grigg was driving his own car on Highway 30 about three miles east of Sidney. A semi-trailer truck loaded with shelled corn and driven by Garold D. Bise, 22, Sidney, had stalled on the road. Mr. Bise was out of the cab and attempting to light a warning flare when the Grigg car approached. Another truck approaching from the opposite direction, prevented Mr. Grigg from turning out to avoid the stalled truck, witnesses said. Mr. Grigg was pinned beneath the steering wheel and killed instantly. He is survived by his widow, one son, his father and mother, one brother and two sisters. Mr. Grigg grew up on a ranch about 15 miles east of Gordon and was well known in this community.


25 years ago (due to lack of space, these will be listed in brief)

Lawrence Keith Lessert was born Aug. 16, 1911 in Hot Springs, SD to Richard and Viola Lessert. He died Dec. 24, 1979 in Denver, Colo. He was united in marriage to Ruth M. Larson on Jan. 8, 1934. To this union eleven children were born. He also had 17 grandsons and 17 granddaughters and 7 great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Catholic cemetery in Merriman.

Guy Austin Stethem, youngest son of Ella Jane Stumpp and Dwight Stethem was born Sept. 20, 1896 near Kenesaw and died at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin, SD Jan 5, 1980. He was married to Grace Mae White in 1924 at Smith Center, Kans. And three children were born to this union. Burial was at Cottonwood cemetery in Burwell, NE.

Services for Eugene American Horse, 64 of Denby, were held in Batesland, He died Dec. 26, 1980 at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, CO. He was born March 16, 1915 at Wounded Knee. He married Dorothy Grabbing Bear on July 16, 1944 at Rushville. He is survived by three daughters, three sons, one sister and 19 grandchildren.


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 26, 2005

ARCHIE KIME (1908-2005)
Archie Kime of Gordon, NE died Jan. 17, 2005 at the Gordon Countryside Care. He was born May 30, 1908 to Maud and Clyde Kime at Newton NE., just a post office address in the sandhills. On April 22, 1931 he married Elvira Luke at O’Neill, NE.

He was a member of the Old Time Cowboys Association. He loved the land, cattle, horses and the ranch life. He loved it so much he would not leave the ranch home until one week before he died, even though he had poor health for a number of years. He loved telling storied of the old days and regardless of how many times he told them they were always told the same. All it took for a story was for someone to stop by for a chat.

Survivors include his wife Elvira, of the home and one son, Donald of Derby, Kans. A sister Ann Egli of Gordon and sister-in-law Marie Kime of Rushville, NE., and many neices and nephews.

Memorial services were held in Gordon, NE and his ashes strewn over a favorite place on the ranch.


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 19, 2005

50 years ago

William Cleveland Arnold was born April 10, 1885 at Tilden, NE and died at his home in Alliance, NE on Jan 5, 1955. His parents died when he was a very young boy and he was taken to live with his grandparents in Iowa, where he grew to manhood. He came to western Nebraska while still a young man and filed on a homestead some 35 miles southeast of Gordon. On Oct. 26, 1910 he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Johnson of Gordon, NE and to this union eight children were born. One daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Bowder and one infant son preceded him in death. Burial was in the Alliance cemetery.

William Wesley Ladely, eldest son of Charlie and Aceanith Ladely, was born at Keswick, Ia., on Feb. 15, 1878 and died at Cody, NE., Jan. 14, 1955. In the year of 1898 he came to Holt county, NE. Two years later he came to Cherry county and filed on a homestead southeast of Newton. Surviving him are his two brothers, Henry and Albert of Gordon, and one sister Anna Carson of Red Bird, NE. Preceding him in death were his father, mother and one sister. Burial was in the Gordon cemetery.


Sheridan County Journal, Jan. 26, 2005

100 years ago

NELS HANSEN (1815-1905)
Nels Hansen was born near Svendburg, Denmark on the 21
st of Jan. 1815 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Christensen near Gordon, NE on the 19th of Jan. 1905. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He was married in 1852 to Maren Anderson and was left a widower in 1883 with nine children, seven of which survive him. He left his native country in 1883 and came to Nebraska where he settled on a homestead near Gordon in 1884. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church.


75 years ago

LEONARD R. ANDERSON (d. 1955 age 31)
Leonard R. Anderson, age 31, was killed instantly Jan. 23, 1955 when a tractor he was driving overturned, pinning him beneath. The accident occurred at the Anderson farm home ten miles southeast of Gordon as the young man drove the tractor from the yard to the east-west road north of his home with the purpose of helping start a stalled car. Friends had spent the evening with the Andersons, and upon departure, it was found that the battery of the car was not operating. Death was instantaneous. Funeral services were held at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Gordon.


Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 2, 2005

MARGARET L. GRANT (1911-2005)
Margaret L. Grant died Jan. 26, 2005 at Southview Manor Care Center in Cozad. She was born March 1, 1911 to William and Dora Lydie Dorsey at Whitman, NE. She grew up on a ranch south of Gordon and graduated from Gordon High School. She received her teaching certificate from Wayne State College and taught school in the Lakeside-Gordon area for several years. On Dec. 28, 1948 she married George Grant at Gordon. The couple moved to Maywood in 1948. In 1961, they moved to Cozad where she worked for the Cozad Local Newspaper.

Margaret was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad. She enjoyed her church circle and bridge club. She was also a member of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years.

Margaret is survived by her son, Bill (Jolene) Grand of North Platte, a sister, Catherine Dukat of Phillipsburg, Kans. And 2 grandchildren, Kelly Grant of Omaha and Karmen Grant of Kearney. She was preceded in death by her husband n 1970, a brother James Dorsey and a sister Jessie Dorsey.

Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad, NE, and burial was in the Cozad Cemetery


Sheryl Hershman of Chadron passed away peacefully in Lincoln on Jan. 1, 2005 after a courageous year long battle with cancer. She was born in Gordon, NE., on Jan 2, 1946 to Frank and Bonnie )Fuchser) Landis.

After graduating from Gordon High School, she attended the National School of Business in Rapid City, SD where she excelled. She then married and had her two sons, Brian and Kevin. Sheri was forever the ultimate sports fan, loving baseball, football (especially the Huskers), basketball, hockey, and most any other sport you could think of. Her sons shared her love of sports and participated while in school, and as adults. She loved watching their games and always encouraged them. When her grandson Dylan was old enough to begin playing, she was right there watching him and being the most supportive Grandma she could be.

For many years Sheri and her family lived in Washington state. She was employed by the University of Washington, but yet remained a loyal Husker fan, even sporting a Herbie Husker tattoo. Sheri moved back to Nebraska several years ago to be closer to her mother. She began raising Schnauzers after getting her beloved Milli. She enjoyed raising Milli’s daugher Halli, and tried unsuccessfully not to become attached to the puppies. Many people across the U.S. are enjoying Sheri’s pups.

When Sheri was diagnosed with lung cancer in Jan. 2004, she went to stay with her sister in Seattle while receiving chemo-therapy and radiation. On the good days, they enjoyed short trips around the Puget Sound, often visiting places that held fond memories for them. Throughout her treatment, Sheri remained positive and upbeat. The Dr. and nurses frequently remarked "she is such a joy to be around." Everyone who knew Sheri will miss her dearly.

Sheri is survived by her sons, Brian and Kevin Hershman, Lincoln, mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Jim Claussen, Chadron and her sister Susan, Seattle, WA.  At Sheri’s request there will be no services.


SEAN FARMER (1977-2005)
Funeral services for Sean Farmer of Custer, SD formerly of Gordon will be held at the United Methodist Church, Gordon, NE. Sean was born Sept. 13, 1977 in Gordon, NE to Ronald and Linda (Haslow) Farmer and died Jan. 30, 2005 in an automobile accident. Burial will be in the Gordon cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Linda Farmer of Gordon, sisters, Ronelle "Mousie" Farmer of Rapid City, SD and nephew Davin Blake.


Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 2, 2005

AMY LOWE SCHMIDT (1904-2005)
Amy Lowe was born Nov. 11, 1904 to Albertina Jensen Lowe and August Lowe on a farm northeast of Gordon. She spent her entire life in the Gordon area until her death on Jan. 22, 2005. Amy attended the Gordon School graduating with the class of 1923. She completed her normal training and that fall started teaching in the Sunny Knoll School. She taught in the Sunny Dale or Rash School and for several years in the East Pride School. During summer she attended college in Chadron, Wayne and Boulder, CO.

On August 1, 1935 she was married to Kenneth Lyle Schmidt. Two children, Jerry and Jerene came to bless their home. Amy loved being a homemaker, a farmers wife and helping raise their twins. Amy and Kenneth lived on a farm northeast of Gordon, for 40 years before moving into their new home in Gordon, where she resided until her death.

Amy was an active member of the Presbyterian Church since 1932, an honorary member of the Women’s Association and a member of the Princess Rebekah Lodge since 1926, serving as Noble Grand of the Lodge. The Sunny Knoll and Home Advancement Clubs played a large part in Amy’s life, she was a faithful member throughout her life. A Pinochle Club which she organized gave her much enjoyment.

Survivors include Jerry and Judy Schmidt of Fayetteville, GA, Jerene Lohman of Clear Spring, MD and their families, including 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter, many nieces and nephews and their families and many friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Kenneth, her parents, 2 brothers, Arthur and Sidney and her sister Irene Lowe Smith.
Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.


Samuel (Sam) Frank Phillips of Gering passed away Nov. 17, 2004 at his home from natural causes. Sam was born June 12, 1971 in Scottsbluff to Dick and Sharon (Porter) Phillips. He attended Gering Valley country school, where he graduated from the 8
th grand and then went on to graduate from Gering High School. During high school, he enjoyed playing football. He was a member of 4-H for ten years and the High School Rodeo Association, in which he qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals in 1989. He also attended college at Chadron State College.

Sam married Stacy Broadbent, Oct. 5, 1991. From this union two beautiful children were born, Samantha Nicole and Zachery Thomas Phillips. Sam was the proud owner and operator of several long haul semi-trucks. In 1989 he became a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad and at the time of his death was working as an engineer. His love was being with his children. He was proud of their accomplishments and was a great supporter. He always looked forward to family gatherings and greeted everyone with a sincere smile.


Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 2, 2005

75 years ago

Neva Grace Hughes was born in Kearney, NE on Aug. 4
th 1916 and passed away in Gordon, NE, January 24, 1930. She came with her parents to Gordon when but a small child and has since resided here. She leaves to mourn her passing, her mother and step-father Mr. and Mrs. Ted C. Lewis , and two brothers, Shirley and Williams Hughes. Her father, Jay Hughes preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1921. The funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church with interment in the city cemetery.


50 years ago

Charles Calvin Clark was born in Story county, Iowa, Feb. 11, 1874 and died Jan. 28, 1955 at the West Nebraska General hospital in Scottsbluff, NE. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Clark of Gordon. He had three brothers, Guy, Davin and William all of whom have preceded him in death; also three sisters, of whom only Mayme Moron of Alhambra, Calif., survives. When a small child his family moved from Wisconsin to Gordon, NE. where he resided until 1908 when he entered the Indian service. He was married to Elizabeth McCollister in 1916. Surviving are his beloved wife, one sister, three step-children, five grandchildren , 12 great-grandchildren, two nephews, three nieces and a host of friends.


25 years ago

William Roland Annett was born Feb. 5, 1885, and died Jan. 24, 1980 at the Park View nursing home in Rushville, NE. He received his formal education at Galena school and Highland Park College, Des Moines, Iowa. He came to northwest Nebraska in 1904. In 1909 he moved to Gordon where he worked as a clerk and bookkeeper at The Fair store, owned by the Mills family. Also working at The Fair was Nelle Brewer, to whom he was married in 1911.

Services were held at the Gordon Methodist church and interment was in the Gordon cemetery. He is survived by his wife Nelle, two sons, Thomas G. and William R. Jr. (president of Annett Ford, Inc.) all of Gordon, sister-in-law Margaret Annett of LaCrosse, Wisc., grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Edward Joseph Riordan of Ellsworth, was born Aug. 16, 1910 at Beaver Crossing and died Jan. 15, 1980 at the West Nebraska General hospital in Scottsbluff. He had resided in the Ellsworth area for the past 20 years and worked at the Spade ranch as a carpenter and painter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Riordan and Nellie McGuane Riordan; one sister, Mrs. Lawrence Bixby of Ellsworth and one brother.
Funeral services were held at the St. Joseph’s Gerontology chapel with burial in the Calvary cemetery in Alliance.


Sheridan County Journal , Feb 16, 2005

KAYE E. BUCKELS (1934-2005)
Kaye Lessert was born in Omaha, NE on Sept. 29, 1934 to Keith and Ruth Lessert. She passed away Feb. 9, 2005 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband Ben Buckles of Alliance, NE and five children, Micky Buckles of Alliance, NE., Ruth and Joe Schwaderer, Alliance, NE., Pat and Chuck Essay, Alliance, NE., Ben and Lori Buckles of Wyola, MT., Muffy and Val McCabe of Alliance, NE., and grandchildren Kyle Holthus, Ali Holthus, Lynne Buckles and Jacob Buckles.

She is also survived by nine brothers and sisters: Vi Stotts, Joan and (Don) Harner, Dick Lessert, Lynne Withers, Skip and (Shirley) Lessert, Mark and (Terri) Lessert, Gayle and (Lawerance) Kocer, Jerry and (Theresa) Lessert, Helen Ann and (Greg) Johnson and many many neices and nephews.

The funeral was held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Gordon, NE.


Memorial services for Russell Lorain Caldwell, Sr. of Gresham, Oregon were held Jan. 25, 2005 at East County Church of Christ in Gresham, Oregon. He was born on Nov. 4, 1923 to Thomas Edgar Caldwell and Ora Ethel Wiley Caldwell. He was the 5
th of 8 children. On March 6, 1941 he was married to Dorothy Quick with 4 children being born: Dorothy Loraine, Donald Ray, Peggy Jean and Shirley Ann.

He is served as a Pharmacist Mate Third Class with the U.S. Navy during during World War II, from Oct 11, 1943 until his discharge on Jan. 29, 1946.

On Oct. 17, 1950 he married Thelma Brown and 4 children being born: Russell Lorain, Jr., Kenneth Wayne, Shannon Kaye and Carol Lynn.

Mr. Caldwell lived in Pendleton, Oregon from 1956 until 1976 and had been employed as a truck driver with Caldwell Trucking in Pendleton. He loved setting up at flea markets and enjoyed people in general.

He was a member of East County Church of Christ for 27 years and a member of the Gresham Grange for about 15 years. Caldwell of Gresham, OR; his children: Loraine Evans (Charles) of Hyannis, NE; Don Caldwell (Pat) of Elwood, NE; Peggy Kuta (John ) of Loup City, NE; and Shirley Larabee (Louis) of Ainsworth, NE; Russ Caldwell, JR. of Wood Village, OR; Kenny Caldwell of Gresham, OR; Shannon Vincelli of Monmouth, OR; and Carol Stewart (Don) of Independence, OR; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren. 3 sisters, Lela Denny and Pauline Brown of Pendleton, OR and Georgia Gregory of Campbell, TX and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandson, 1 great-grandson, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Russ loved his Lord and wanted everyone he knew or met to know Christ. He will be greatly missed by all of his family.


Sheidan County Journal, Feb. 16, 2005

ELDON TECH (1922-2005) WW II
Eldon Tech of Gordon, NE. passed away Feb. 5, 2005 at Countryside Care. He was born in Gregory, SD on May 30, 1922, to Herbert and Mary (Ronfeldt) Tech. He graduated high school at Martin, SD. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  Eldon’s survivors include his brothers, Harold Tech of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gerald Tech of Atlanta, Georgia and his sisters, Vida Almquist of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Evelyn Gwynn of Gordon, NE.


Richard Herman Dreyer was born in his parent’s home on Oct. 14, 1920 to Carl J. and Emma E. Knippel Dreyer. One month later, On Nov. 14, 1920, he was made a child of God through Holy Baptism at Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed in 1935 and remained a lifetime member.

Richard was released from the struggles that his tire body gave him on Jan. 23, 2005, into the waiting care of his savior, Jesus. He trusted in the promise of a house with many rooms that Jesus promised to him and knew and trusted in that promise his entire life without wavering.
He attended rural school District 88 near his home for eight years. He was always involved in helping his family on the farm, which he continued after graduation from school for several years.

During WW II, Richard enlisted in the Coast Guard and served in the Pacific Theater in numerous campaigns. While serving as a motor machinist made on the ship LST 20, he felt the need for spiritual leadership due to the life or death situations that faced the crew, and since no chaplains were available, he took the initiative to lead worship services for his crew mates.

Upon his discharge in 1946, he attended Wartburg College for a time, but the call of being near God’s land was strong and he returned to farm on his own.

On June 6, 1949, he was united in marriage to Margaret Nadobny. They bought their own farm soon after and began a lifelong love of service by farming.

Richard was instrumental in establishing the Sheridan County Farm Bureau. He supported it by serving on the local board and various state positions throughout his life. He also served his commitment to future generations by serving as school board member of District #35 for years.
His church was always at the center of his concern, which he served faithfully by attending always and serving on the council and helping out whenever needed.

In his quest for better ways, he was one of the first in the area to try new ideas; such as irrigation, in his farming practices, while always making do with what he had.

His examples of faith, love and honest work have been learned well and appreciated by his family.

Surviving family include: Wife, Margaret; Ron and wife, Marie of Rushville; Daryl of Rushville; Wayne and wife Penny of Hay Springs; John and wife Judie of Denver; Trudy Harris and husband Scott of Kansas; Joe of Gordon. 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive him. Brothers: Clarence, Ralph and Elmer Dreyer.

Preceding Richard in death were his parents, Carl and Emma Dreyer; brother Harold, brother-in-law, Bill Nadobny; sister-in-law, Delores Dreyer; infant daughter, Irene; daughter, Eileen Riggs; son-in-law, Butch Riggs, and grandson Michael Dreyer.

He was laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery, Rushville, next to daughter Eileen and son-in-law Butch Riggs.


Sheidan County Journal, Feb. 16, 2005

Margaret Ann Dreyer was born May 17, 1938 to Valentine and Mary Box Nadobny at Rushville, NE.  She passed away from this life Feb. 9, 2005.
Several homesteads in the area were home to her and her family; including the Banner School, District # 35, which all of her children later attended. She graduated from Rushville High School in 1946. After a short period of employment for a cannery in Washington State, she returned to the area and taught for three years in rural schools.   She grew up in the Catholic faith, and walked daily with her Savior.

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

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

She tenderly and lovingly nurtured her children, Ron, Eileen, Daryl, Wayne, John, Trudy and Joe. Just as she nurtured the flowers with which she brightened their home. In 1982, she and Richard moved to Rushville, where she continued to nurture plants and flowers in and around their home.

Her service to her Lord, and love of people were carried into her activities with the Banner Community Club, VFW Auxiliary; Women of the Evangelical Church, Farm Bureau Women’s Association, and Trivent for Lutherans.

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

She is survived by her children: Ron and wife, Marie, Rushville; Daryl, Rushville; Wayne and wife, Penny, Hay Springs; John and wife Judie, Denver, CO; Trudy and husband, Scott, Minneola, KS; Joe, Grodon; and 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Others are sister, Florence and husband, Delmar; brother, John Nadobny and wife, Lorene; sister-in-law, Verna Nadobny; in-laws: Elmer Dreyer, Ralph and Joyce Dreyer, Clarence and Doris Dreyer, and Faye Dreyer.

Interment was at Fairview Cemetery at Rushville.


Sheidan County Journal, Feb. 16, 2005

Marjorie Ruth Smith Fox was the third child and oldest daughter of Earl Franklin Smith and Mayme Esther (Ward) Smith. She was born Feb. 9, 1919 at Helvey, Jefferson County, NE. She passed away Feb. 8, 2005 at Gordon, NE. Funeral services were held at Big Springs United Methodist Church, Big Springs, NE.

Earl’s father was a Civil War Veteran, born in New York, moved to Iowa. He took his family of 10 children to Oklahoma by covered wagon and when their crops failed they were returning to Iowa when they found a house and work in the new town in Helvey, NE. Mayme’s grandparents came from England in 1852 with 3 of their 12 children. The remaining being born in Woodford County, Illinois. In 1886 they moved to the Helvey, NE area. Thus this is where Earl and Mayme met and were married.

When Marjorie was about 3 ˝ the family moved to Western, Saline County, NE. AT age 5, she moved with her family to Big Springs. At first they lived with the Roy Smith family until Earl got a shack put up on the school lease. Then they built a basement where Marjorie’s twin sisters were born, Finally they were able to build a house on the basement in 1931.

Marjorie graduated from Big Springs Rural High School in 1937 and that summer attended normal school in Lincoln so she could teach right out of high school. She taught 5 ˝ years in rural schools. Two of those years were in Keith County. From 1939 to 1942 she lived with the James Copley’s for 2 ˝ years and the Morse Scriptures for ˝ year while teaching school in Garden County, NE.

On June 20, 1942, she married Lewis B. Fox, who had been her father’s hire man and had volunteered for his year of selective service in the United States Army, April 22, 1941. They were married in Tacoma, WA while Lewis was stationed at Ft. Lewis. There they lived in the Woodcrest Apartments on the 4th floor. In order to use the stove, it had to have a quarter deposited in it. In Dec. 1942 she returned to Big Springs to live with her parents as he husband was sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas to Officer’s Candidate School.

In January 1943 she moved to Big Springs, lived with Mrs. Alice Hanson and taught 7th and 8th grade at Big Springs Grade School while Lewis was finishing his training.

The summer of 1943 she moved to Bracketville, TX and was there for ten months until Lewis left in Feb. 1944 for overseas during World War II. Then she returned to Big Springs and did substitute teaching until Dec. 1944 when Lewis returned to Brigham City, Utah to recover from the amputation of his right leg. She found them an apartment on the second floor which was difficult for Lewis. It being the home of a Mormon family, they could not drink coffee or tea in the house. When Lewis was able to leave the area they moved to Idaho as Mable Fox, Lewis’s mother had cancer. When Mable died, Lewis wanted to return to Big Springs, to what he called "the land of plenty". Marjorie loved this community and lived there even after Lewis’s death in 1975 until 2002 when she sold her beloved "place" and moved to Assisted Living in Rushville, NE where she was close to Connee. In the summer, 2004 it became necessary for her to move to Gordon Countryside Care.

Marjorie and Lewis had three children, Judy Elizabeth, Connee Louise and John Earl.

Marjorie was an active member of the Big Springs United Methodist Church for 77 years and active in the Alumni Association. She was a former member of the AARP, Happy Hour Club and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a Sunday School Teacher, Cub Scout Leader and Methodist Youth Fellowship Leader. Her love of teaching continued as she collected poems and literature to share when she had the lesson for the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by daughters: Judy (George) Knoblock, Skokie, Illinois, Connee (Steve) Kruml, Gordon, Ne and son, John (Printha) Fox, Culbertson, NE. Six grandchildren, Heidi Peters, Gordon, NE., Dee Ann (Paul) Ellis, Vernon Hills, IL., Heather (Scott) Lasley, Bowling Green, KY., Amanda Fox, North Platte, NE., Lewis (Crystal) Fox and Jeff (Brenda) Fox, Lincoln, NE. Six great grandchildren, Caleb and Kylie Peters, Lauren and Avery Ellis and Annee and Hayden Lasley; Also her sister-in-law, Margaret Lawrence of Nampa, ID., and brother-in-law, Joe Hertje.


Sheidan County Journal, Feb. 16, 2005

REV. HAROLD A. TROUT (1912-2005)
The Reverend Harold A. Trout, 93, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 4, 2005 in Bozeman, MT. He was born Jan. 6, 1912 to Blanche Kayton Trout and Nord Pearly Trout on his Grandpa Kayton’s farm near Lyons, NE. Harold grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Gordon High School in 1932. He attended Bible College in Denver, CO. In 1935 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Robinson, NE. On May 3, 1937 he married Sarah Jane Thompson in Gordon, NE. To this union two daughters were born. The Reverend Trout pastored several Assembly of God churches in SD from 1945 to 1973. After retiring from pastoring, he and his wife moved to Douglas, WY where he worked for the city water department. He retired from there in 1982. Harold and his wife returned to SD settling in Rapid City. After his wife passed away in 1997, he moved to Manhattan, MT where he lived with his daughter and her family. Reverend Trout is survived by his 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Benava Jane and husband Delbert Hostetter, Manhattan, MT; Bonnie and husband Ross Johnson, Battleground, WA; 5 grandchildren and their families, Jeff and Kim Hostetter, Mandan, ND; Mark Hostetter, Aberdeen; Nancy Hostetter, Edmonds, WA; Cathy Johnson, Battleground, WA; Crystal and Patrick Allen, Longview, WA; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Thelma Snyoground, Glenrock, WY.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 2 brothers, Mason and Lester Trout and 1 sister, Emma Thompson. Funeral services were held at the First Assembly of God Church.


Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 16, 2005

50 years ago

THOMAS KELLEY (d. 1955 age 84)
Thomas Kelley, 84, resident of Gordon since 1947, was found dead in his home Monday evening by a neighbor. Death was attributed to heart failure. Mr. Kelley was well known in the Gordon-Merriman area, having lived for many years southeast of Gordon.

John Wellcome Marshall, son of George and Olive Louden Marshall, was born Dec. 15,1877, at Ripon, Wisc. He moved with his parents to Boon County, NE at the age of 11 years. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Welch, Nov. 6,1901. To this union were born four sons and one daughter. One son, Francis Arthur, died in infancy. They moved to their farm 8 miles southeast of Gordon in the spring of 1912. His wife died May 30, 1924, and he was then united in marriage to Grace Lenora Havener on Aug. 8,1925, and to this union was born one daughter, Bonnie Lee, who preceded him in death at the age of three years. He leaves to mourn him, his widow, Grace Marshall; three sons, Paul, Wesley and Vernon; one daughter, Mildred Engle; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Velma Thompson; one stepson, Virgil Havener; 10 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. One brother, George Marshall and one uncle, Pete Louden, also survive him. His parents, three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services for Jules Alexander Sandoz, 82, were held at the United Methodist church in Rushville, on Friday. Mr. Sandoz, the oldest son of a well known Nebraska pioneer family, died in St. Joseph’s Gerontology Center in Alliance. He was born Dec. 27,1897 south of Rushville and was a cattle rancher throughout his life. Survivors include a son, Ernest William Sandoz of Hebron; two daughters, Celia Ostrander of Rushville and Marguerite Widtfeldt of Harrisburg; a brother, James Sandoz of Ellsworth; two sisters, Flora Sandoz of Ellsworth and Caroline Pifer of Gordon; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, a brother Fritz, and a sister Mari.  Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 23, 2005

Carley, age 8 years of Chaska, Minnesota, formerly of Omaha, NE succumbed to her month battle with a brain tumor on Valentine’s Day surrounded by her loving family. Carley was a 2
nd grader at Chaska Elementary School.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Bob and Mary Ann Connealy and great-grandma Elena Hansen.

Her Mom and Dad, Holly and Jim; brother, Jake, grandparents, Rich and Barb Hill of Omaha, NE, grat-grandpa Charles "Bananas" Hansen and dog, Boji, numerous aunts, uncles, cousin and many many special friends survive her.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 18, 2005 at St. Hubert Catholic Community in Chanhassen.


MORRIS E. COON, Lieutenant Commander, USN (Retired)
Morris (Bud) Coon, formerly of Gordon, NE died in his sleep in Arlington, VA Jan. 30, at the age of 81.

He was born Jan. 14,1924 on a farm near Gordon to Nellie Ruhama (Morris) Coon and William Lewis Coon. Bud attended several one- room schools before entering Gordon High School where he was a star athlete, attended Boy’s State (second to attend from Gordon), and graduated with honors in May 1940. He also met his future wife, Shirley Tenny, while attending Gordon High. The were married shortly after World War II on October 6, 1946.

Bud enlisted in the Navy in Denver, CO in August 1941. He attended Fleet Air Radio School and Radioman/Gunner School in San Diego, CA. He was initially assigned to Patrol Squadron 12 (VP-12) flying as Radioman/Gunner in PBY’s from Hawaii and Midway Island. VP-12 was the original "Black Cat" Squadron, flying Catalina aircraft painted with non-reflective black paint for attacking Japanese ships at night.

In July 1944, he was ordered to Composite Squadron 81 (VC-81) aboard the Escort-Carrier, USS Natoma Bay, flying in TBF (Avenger) torpedo planes as a Radioman/Gunner. He participated in several bombing and torpedo missions during the Battle of the Philippines. His plane was shot down in Dec. 1944, and he spent Christmas in a small rubber raft. On the 3rd day he was rescued by a Navy submarine.

Returning to the U.S. in August 1945, he was assigned to various squadrons and aircraft carriers and also had a tour with the Naval Air Special Weapons Facility in Albuquerque, NM. In Dec. 1953 he returned to the Far East aboard the carrier, USS Essex, operating in Korean waters.

Bud was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in August 1958. He was again ordered to Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility, Albuquerque, NM and served as the Avionics Division Officer until July 1963. He returned again to the Far East in August with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1 in Stsugi, Japan. Prior to, and during the Vietnam conflict, he operated from Saigon and Danang in south Vietnam.

Bud was awarded the Legion of Merit *one of the Navy’s highest medals) for "the conception, development, testing and practical application of many techniques and equipment which revolutionized the practice of Electronic Warfare, while serving with VQ-1".

When he retired from active military duty as a Lieutenant Commander of June 1, 1971 he had served for 29 years, 9 months, 9 days. . . of this time, 15 years and 7 months were in foreign and/or sea service. In addition to the Legion of Merit, other medal/ribbons include: 18 Air Medals (four individual action during combat flights; 14 for 280 flights in combat zones), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", 2 Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Unit Commendation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal WWII, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

After retiring from the Navy he entered Civil Service as an Intelligence Operations Specialist with the Naval Intelligence Command and later for the Naval Material Command Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Bud was preceded in death by his mother and father , his wife Shirley and two brothers (Dean and Bill).

Survivors his brother, Wayne L. Coon of Gordon, his sister Shirley McCue of Martin, SD and numerous nieces and nephews. Following military commemorative services at Old Fort Myer Chapel, he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 10, 2005.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 23, 2005

Ruth Evelyn Gotheridge was born Feb. 12, 1942, to Lester ‘Buster’ and Ruth (Beckman) Gotheridge at Gordon, NE.

Ruth lived most of her life in and around Batesland, SD and Gordon, NE. She lived at Sterling, CO, a few years before moving to Madrid, NE, until she was confined to hospital at North Platte and Kearney, NE and later at the North Platte Care Center.

Ruth passed away on Feb. 13, 2005 at the age of 63 years and 1 day.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Ernest in 1985, her mother Ruth in 1990 and her father Lester ‘Buster’ in 1991.

Ruth leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Darell Stott, 9 aunts and 1 uncle; Goldee and Lewis Patterson of Bartlesville, OK, Rosie Case of Hot Springs, SD, Mildred Denison of Eli, NE, Charles Gotheridge of Martin, SD, Pheoba Burney of Hot Springs, SD, Edna Parent of Isle, MN, Adelia and John Price of Lincoln, NE, Eileen Cadwell of Lancaster, WI, Grace and Don Cole of Mulvane, KS and Esther Paulson of Virginia Beach, VA and numerous cousins.

Services were held Feb. 17, 2005 in Gordon, NE with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.


Lanny Darryll Stouffer of Rushville, NE passed away at the Chadron Community Hospital on Feb. 20, 2005 at the age of 65.

Lanny was born on June 23,1939 in Gordon, NE where he grew up. He lived his adult life in Rushville, after living in Scottsbluff 13 years, he moved his family back to Rushville to raise his children.

Lanny worked in the meat business and later he and Shirley had a home based ice business until 3 years ago. His greatest love was his family and he enjoyed visiting with friends.

He married Shirley Reed in 1959, and to this union came four children.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, 3 sons, Craig and wife Carol, Kevin and wife Vicki, Kelly and wife Barbara and a daughter Shelly and husband Marcelle Wilhite, 6 granddaughters, Marti and husband Nate Haag, Gabrielle, Kiara, Maci, Micah and Milissa, 3 grandsons, Maxim, Marcus and Matthew and 2 great granddaughters, Berklie and Brenna and his sister Dixie Stouffer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Glenna Stouffer and baby brother.

Lanny will be greatly missed by his family and numerous friends.

Memorial services were held Feb. 23, 2005 in Rushville.


100 years ago

Mrs. Benj. Randall died Feb. 18,1905 at the home of E.E. Randall of Rushville. For a number of years she lived south of town in the Coilclesser neighborhood, but came to twon last fall to live with her son for the winter. She leaves her aged husband, one son and two daughters to mourn her death.


75 years ago

W.S. Spann was born near Centerville, Lancaster County, NE on Nov. 28,1877 and departed this life at his home in Gordon, NE Feb. 13,1930. He was married Jan. 27,1908 to Miss Ollie Biltoft in Rock county, NE. To this union were born four children, all living at home: Raymond, Vera, Wilma and Norman, His father and mother and three infant children have preceded him in death. He leaves besides his wife and four brothers and two sisters: August of Burton, NE Mary Strelow and Sarah Brown of Newport, Charles of Atkinson, Martin of Bassett and Henry of Gordon. A short funeral service was held at the home Feb. 14 and the remains were then taken to Bassett where the body was laid to rest.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, Feb. 23, 2005

75 years ago

Josiah M. Walls was born in Sullivan county, Indiana, on August 7,1857 and passed away in Gordon, NE on Feb. 14,1930. Mr. Walls came from a family of pioneers, his parents, Elza and Sarah Walls having been born in Indiana in the year 1824. Josiah grew to manhood in Indiana and on May 27,1881 he and the winsome Hannah Hummel went to the altar and were made man and wife. To this union were born four children, all of whom survive. They are: Ora Pettycrew of Phoenix, AZ, Adda Thornquist, Leah Hummel and Vae Walls, all of Gordon. Mr. Walls and his bride moved to Sheridan county with the Scamahorn colony in 1884. The funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal church in Gordon and interment was in the Gordon cemetery.


25 years ago

Jules Alexander Sandoz died Feb. 5, 1980 at St. Joseph Gerontology Center in Alliance at the age of 82.

Jules was born Dec. 27,1897 at the Old Jules place along the Niobrara River south of Rushville. He was the first son of Jules Ami Sandoz and Mary Elizabeth Fehr. He was married to Mary Maritda Kicken, Feb. 21, 1924 and to this union were born Celia, Mrs. Orville Ostrander, Ernest William Sandoz of Hebron and Marguerite, Mrs. David Widtfeldt of Harrisburg. Burial was in Parkview Cemetery in Rushville.


Maggie Ellen Goodin Hagler was born March 27, 1896 near Marrowville, Kan, in Washington county, to Riley and Charlotte Gibson. She died Feb. 11, 1980 in Bradenton, Florida at the age of 83. On June 10, 1913, Maggie was united in marriage to Walter Wesley Goodin, who preceded her in death in April 1949. To this union were born eight children: Vern, Vera, Lola, Doris, Belva, Louise; also Elmer and Neal who are now deceased. On Jan. 15, 1954, Maggie was united in marriage to Leo Hagler of Patricia, SD. Upon marrying Leo, Maggie acquired 11 stepchildren: Fern, Freda, George, Keith, Neva, Eldon, Betty, DeWayne, Mary Lou, and two stepsons who are now deceased, Faye and Neal. Leo preceded Maggie in death in July of 1967. Funeral services were held in the Gordon United Methodist church on Feb. 15 and interment was in Prairie Lawn cemetery at Cody, Wyo.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 3, 2005

Kenneth L. Palmer of Pine Ridge, SD passed away at the V.A. Hospital at Hot Springs, SD on Feb. 3, 2005.

He was born Oct. 14,1937 to Guy and Josephine (Dixon) Palmer. "Buck" attended school in South Dakota and Nebraska.

He is survived by his wife Pauline, daughters Karla, and Sally both of Lincoln, NE. grandchildren, brother Gary and sisters Hope Fankhauser, Virginia Hugen and Shirley Musfelt, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ted, Jim, Donald, Jackie, one sister Helen, three nephews and one niece.

Graveside services were held at the Gordon Cemetery.


75 years ago

James Harvey Stevens was born on Nov. 25,1847 in Iowa, and passed away at Gordon, NE on March 1, 1930. Death was caused by pneumonia. Mr. Stevens had made his home for some time near Batesland, SD where he had been farming, making many friends by his fair dealings with everyone with whom he came in contact. He leaves to mourn his death, three sons and two daughters, besides a host of friends. The funeral was held on Wed. afternoon and the body was laid to rest in the Gordon cemetery.

Hope Letoy Rasmussen, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rasmussen was born Jan. 31,1930 at Gordon and died at Hot Springs on March 4
th having lived only one month and four days. The baby only lived a few days to bless the home of its parents, and despite all that could be done the baby passed away at a hospital in Hot Springs where she had been taken for expert medical attention. The funeral was held March 6th at the Presbyterian church.

Dorothy Meyers, the small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Myers, passed away on Feb. 28,1930 of pneumonia at the age of one year and six months. The funeral was held from the home and interment made in the Gordon cemetery.


50 years ago

Jemima Wagner was born April 5, 1878 at Colfax, Ill to David and Mary Wagner. She was united in marriage to John Henry Yardley in Bloomington, Ill. on Dec. 24,1895. Three sons were born to them, Owen, David and Don. They moved to a farm ten miles northwest of Gordon in 1909 and lived there until Mr. Yardley died in Sept. 1943. After a year Mrs. Yardley moved to Gordon were she died in her home on Feb. 24,1955 at the age of 77. She was preceded in death by seven sisters and three brothers.


25 years ago (due to lack of space, the obituaries listed in the Journal for this week in 1980 are for the following people, listing only birth and death dates.

LUELLA E. PITTMAN, age 75, born 1905 and died Feb. 23, 1980

GEORGE WILLIAM PURDY, born March 6, 1888 and died Feb. 5, 1980

LEONARD CLAUDE SCOTT born Oct. 28,1905 and died Feb. 12,1980

KATHERINE GLANTZ YOST born Jan. 4, 1888 and died Feb. 24, 1980

LOUIS M. ALTRINGER born Feb. 8, 1946 and died Feb. 15,1980

FRED R. NELSON born June 8,1907 and died Feb. 11,1980

KATHLEEN COLEMAN HAWKINS born Jan 27, 1914 and died on Feb. 7, 1980


Sheridan County Journal, March 9, 2005

Donald Clayton Ladely (1917-2005)
Donald Clayton Ladely of Gordon, died on March 4, 2005, at the Gordon Countryside Care, he was 87.  Don was born on April 18, 1917, near Prentice, NE, to Charles and Esther Ladely and was the second of five children.

Most of his life was spent living and ranching in the sandhills area around Cody and Gordon, NE. He ran the mail route south of Cody, NE, for 18 years.  His friends called him "Dudley" and he loved a good poker game, a well trained horse, and an open range filled wit cattle.  He will be remembered for his strength, his integrity and down-to-earth good common sense. 

He is survived by his daughter, Dahna Chaitanya of Salt Lake City, Utah; wife Frieda and children, grand and great of Gordon; two brothers, Glen Ladely of Kilgore, NE; and Doug Ladely of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Don was preceded in death by his father Charles, mother Esther, brother Clarence and sister Leona.

Graveside memorial services were held on Monday, March 7, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. at the Gordon Cemetery.  Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 9, 2005

Winifred I. Eckerle, 92, died March 5, 2005 at Northfield Villa in Gering, NE. She was born Aug. 7,1912 at Aurora, NE to Clyde and Blanche (Maxfield) Wollaston. At an early age she moved with her parents to western Nebraska.

After graduating from Alliance High School in 1930, she attended Chadron State College and Nebraska Wesleyan University. She taught in area rural schools for several years.

She married Emerson Eckerle on June 3, 1939 at the United Methodist Church in Alliance. They lived on the family ranch north of Lakeside until 1975. They then retired and moved to Alliance.

Winifred’s husband died August 13,1985. She continued to live in Alliance until 1987. She moved to Scottsfluff and in 1995 she moved to Northfield Villa in Gering.

She was a member and former deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Alliance. After moving to Scottsbluff, she attended the First United Methodist Church.

Winifred is survived by her daughter Jenell Eckerle of Scottsbluff, daughter and son-in-law Marilynn and Kenneth Huck of Bayard, daughter Glenda Eckerle of Wheatland, WY, brother Donald Wollaston of Upland, CA, granddaughters Shauna Mullendore and Kristin (Jeff) Harm and 6 great-grandchildren.

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

Funeral services were held March 9 at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance with burial in the Alliance Cemetery.


Donald Clayton Ladely of Gordon, died on March 4, 2005 at the Gordon Countryside Care. He was 87. Don was born on April 18, 1917 near Prentice, NE to Charles and Esther Ladely and was the second of five children.

Most of his life was spent living and ranching in the sandhills area around Cody and Gordon, NE. He ran the mail route south of Cody, NE for 18 years. His friends called him "Dudley" and he loved a good poker game, a well- trained horse, and an open range filled with cattle. He will be remembered for his strength, his integrity and down-to-earth good common sense.

He is survived by his daughter Dahna Chaitanya of Salt Lake City, Utah; wife Frieda and children, grand and great of Gordon; two brothers, Glen Ladely of Kilgore, NE and Doug Ladely of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Charles, mother Esther, brother Clarence and sister Leona.

Graveside services were held on March 7, 2005 at the Gordon Cemetery.


Lyle J. McCune, 87 of Hyannis died March 5, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance. He was born May 3, 1917 in Gordon to John and Marie (Davis) McCune. Lyle grew up in the Gordon area attending rural sandhill schools and graduated from Gordon High School in 1936.

Lyle worked on several ranches in the area before he went to the Army on March 12, 1942, serving overseas during this time. Lyle and friends would entertain people by rodeoing.

On May 15,1943 he married Evelyn Fleuckinger in Abilene, Texas. To this union 2 children were born. After leaving the Army on Dec. 2, 1945, Lyle returned to the sandhills to ranch. Lyle and Evelyn were both pilots, often ferrying planes from Lock Haven, PA to Ogallala. They also enjoyed fishing and camping with family and friends.

Lyle was a member of IOOF Lodge in Gordon and VFW Post #3680 of Hyannis. He also served on the Grant Co. Fair Board and the Hyannis Board of Education.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Emmett and Dwight, wife Evelyn and grandson Ryan McCune.

Survivors include his daughter LaVeta McDune of Kingsville, Texas, son Kenneth of Hyannis, 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, sister Elaine Heller of Grand Junction, CO, sister Darlene and Clarence Hiller of Branson, Missouri, brother Virgil and Frankie McCune of Denver, CO and friends.

Cremation was chosen and memorial services were held March 9, 2005 at the Winter Community Building in Hyannis. Interment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 9, 2005

Richard "Dick" Morris Coon, 75 of Gordon, NE died March 4, 2005 at his home in Gordon.

Dick was born on August 27,1929 near Gordon, NE to Raymond and Bessie Coon. As a young man he lived on a farm and attended rural school northwest of Gordon. His younger years were spent in rural Nebraska. He graduated from Gordon High School in 1947. He went south with a combining crew for two summers. He always enjoyed working on cars.

On April 16, 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Violet Huckins. The couple lived in Gordon, where Dick worked in an auto parts store for Russell Brandon. In 1953 they moved to Martin, SD where Dick worked for Joe Papousek at the Chevrolet garage. In 1959, Dick bought the Chevrolet garage in Martin, which he continued to operate until 1990. He also owned the Ford garage until it was sold to Dick Bair.

In 1990 he moved the Chevrolet dealership to Gordon, NE which he operated until 2001. As a Chevrolet dealer Dick won many awards. Dick and Vi enjoyed many trips during these years, seeing Hawaii, Venezuela, Sweden, and Mexico, to name a few. In 2001 Dick semi-retired, but continued to sell cars for Jamie Eisenbarth, until his health began to fail. Dick enjoyed golfing, selling cars, dancing, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dick enjoyed all the people he met in his walk of life and was always there to help others in need.

He will be missed by his wife Vi, his two daughters, Diana Cano and Judy (David) Soderlin both of Martin, SD; his two sons, Dan (Diane) Coon of Rapid City, SD and Rodney (Cindy) Coon of Martin, SD, his five grandchildren, Justin (Lana) Cano, Jeremiah (Debbie) Canao, Melody (Scotty) Sime, Matt (Amy) Soderlin and Mikel Soderlin, his nine great grandchildren, his sister Marlyn (Skeet) Hathorn, many nieces, nephews, great aunts and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Jack and a sister Anna.

Funeral services were held March 8, 2005 at the United Methodist Church in Gordon, NE with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.


Catherine Leone Dukat passed away Feb. 25, 2005 at the age of 92 in Phillipsburg, Kansas. She was born Oct. 22, 1912 in Whitman, NE to William S. and Dora A. (Isaac) Dorsey.

Catherine attended elementary school in rural Sheridan County. She graduated from Gordon High School. After high school graduation, Catherine attended Chadron State College.

Catherine and Charles L. "Chuck" Dukat were married on Feb. 23, 1935 in Rushville, NE. This union was blessed with three children: Shirley, Dean and Stephanie. They lived on the ranch southwest of Wood Lake until moving to Valentine in 1977.

Catherine was a member of Wood Lake Union Church, Diabetes Association, Town & County Club, Sand Cherry Garden Club, Cherry County Historical Society, Nebraska Cow Belles and Tri State Cowgirls. She enjoyed plate collecting, traveling the world, gardening, scrapbooks and china painting. Her special passion was the Dukat room at Centennial Hall. At age 85, Catherine fulfilled her dream of sky diving.

Preceding her in death were her parents, W.S. and Dora Dorsey, husband Chuck, son-in-law Adrian "Joe" Fritz, brother James Dorsey and sisters Margaret Grant and Jessie Marie Dorsey. She is survived by son Dean Dukat and wife Velma of McAllen, Texas, daughters Shirley Fritz of Omaha, NE and Stephanie Austin and husband Ron of Phillipsburg, Kansas. Also surviving is sister-in-law Adah Dukat of Rushville, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. and twenty-three nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held March 1, 2005 at Wood Lake Union Church, interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Wood Lake.


Funeral services for Clyde Lefler, Sr. of Gordon were held March 10, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.
Mr. Lefler died March 5, 2005 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was 98.

His survivors include: sons, Clyde and Jerry of Gordon, NE; daughter, Arlene Peters of Tucson, Arizona, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 9, 2005

Donavon R. Ferguson 83, of Scottsbluff died March 5, 2005 at Regional West Medical Center. Funeral Mass was held March 10, 2005 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff.

Donavon R. Ferguson was born Oct. 17,1921 at Mitchell, NE to Floyd and Helen )Reinhardt) Ferguson. He grew up and received his education in Mitchell and graduated from Scottsbluff High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1945. He served his entire Navy career on board the USS Idaho as a signalman, and was witness to the flag raising at IWO Jima and also witness the signing of the Peace Treaty that ended the war. Following his discharge, he lived in California for a short time and then returned home to Scottsbluff. On Jan. 12, 1949 he married Virginia M. Travis in Scottsbluff. Through the GI Bill, Donavon began his career in the neon sign business, a business that he was involved in until his death. For the past twenty-five years, he worked side by side with his son Michael at Fergusons Signs.

He was a Golden Gloves Boxer and did well with his lightning fast punches, but his passion in life was raising, training and racing horses, mostly running, quarter and paint horses. His youngest son Bob is carrying on the tradition and bloodlines of 40 years of racehorse breeding. Donavon rode his own horse on the night shift of the Pony Express Reenactment in 1960 and he received a bronze medallion for his service. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association, was a lifetime member of Scottsbluff Elks Lodge #1367 and was a past recipient of the Scottsbluff Jaycees Boss of the Year Award.

He is survived by his wife Virginia M. Ferguson of Scottsbluff;, sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Deanna Ferguson of Scottsbluff and Robert Roy, DDS and Kristen E. Ferguson of Gordon, Grandchildren Robin Reed Ferguson and Reann Rae Ferguson both of Gordon, brothers Wayne Ferguson of Rhode Island and Gerald and his wife Beverly Ferguson of Penn Valley, Calif., a sister Geraldine Miller of Twin Falls, Idaho, a sister-in-law Bobbi Ferguson of Alliance and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents and a brother Roy Ferguson preceded him in death.


Marie H. Barnett 96 of Gordon, NE died March 2, 2005 at Gordon Memorial Hospital.

Marie was born on Oct. 4, 1908 in Arcadia, NE to Abraham and Judith Hagey. She grew up in the Arcadia area, them moved with her family to a ranch south of Gordon and attended Gordon High School.

She married Ben W. Sanders of Gordon, where they raised a son and two daughters and spent many years in the restaurant and café business. Family leisure activities included fishing, arrowhead hunting and picnicking at the Niobrara River. Marie later became trained in cosmetology and owned and operated a beauty salon in Gordon.

After Ben’s death, Marie met and married Alvin S. "Barney" Barnett and moved with him to Anaheim, Calif. in 1963. She loved the experiences and opportunities offered by life in southern California and made many life-long friends there. She especially enjoyed entertaining her visiting family and friends from Nebraska and introducing them to the sights and activities available in the area of her new home.

In 1979, Marie and Barney returned to Gordon to live and enjoy their retirement years. She joined the American Legion Auxiliary and the First Presbyterian Church. She resumed her membership in the SAS Card Club, of which she was an original member. She spent countless hours enjoying various card games with friends and family.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, brother Leonard Lindall, sisters, Helen Harle and Ann L. Cone, and son Ben R. Sanders.

Survivors include daughters, Virginia L. Trueblood of Gordon and Lita L. Benson of Upton, WY, sister Elsie Myers of Arcadia, NE. Fourteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held March 5, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 9, 2005

Robert Lawrence Coats was born on Dec. 22, 1919 to Clyde Coasts, Sr. and Jenny May Cummings. Robert was born at his Aunt Lidie Perreton’s house in Merriman, NE. Bob lived with his mother and father and seven siblings near Vetal, SD until he was 16 years old. Bob and his brothers and sisters attended school in Vetal and Eli, NE. Clyde and Jenny then moved to Martin, and bought a grocery store where Bob worked to help his parents. That is where he met his beloved Bernice Audiss. They were married on May 18,1938. Bob often told a story of how he and Bernice traveled to Kadoka, SD while it was raining very hard. The bridge washed out and they weren’t able to travel home again that night so they had to get married!!! They lived in Martin for a few years and then moved to Dodge City, Kansas, along with Clyde and Jennie, and Bob and Clyde worked driving cement trucks. After Bob fell ill with dust pneumonia, Bob and Bernice decided to move back home to the Martin area. They bought seven head of cows and began ranching near Allen, SD, while Bob worked on construction when the highways were being paved around the Allen and Kyle areas. He also worked with his father, Clyde, Sr. and Gregg Crigger drilling wells during this time to help made ends meet. He moved his family and cattle from Allen, SD to three miles east of Sharps Corner, SD in 1947 where he leased land to build up his ranch. In 1964 he and his son, Robert Jr., purchased their first piece of land. With the help of his children and his wife, their ranching operation was a success.

To this union, eleven children were born: Robert, Jr., of Sharps Corner, SD, Lawrence Coats of Kansas City, KS, Carolyn Booth of Batesland, SD, Donna Michael of Brighton, CO, Dick Coats of Hay Springs, NE, Rolly Coats of Wounded Knee, SD, Calvin Coats Sr., of Porcupine, SD, Renee Gray of Smithville, TN, Patti Nelson, Bonnie Musfelt and Marvin Coats, all of Gordon, NE. Bob continued ranching until 1985 when he retired and his son and ranching partner, Robert Fr., bought Bob and Bernice’s share of the ranch and has kept the ranch in operation. Bob was not the type of person to be idle, so he went to work for Shannon County Schools as a Night Watchman at Rockyford School and worked there for 16 years, at which time he became ill. He spent some time in Rapid City while he recuperated and then Bob and Bernice moved to Rushville, NE where Bob resided at the Parkview Lodge Assisted Living facility for three years. Bob moved to Gordon, NE in Nov. 2004 to be closer to his children, family and fiends. Where Bob went, Bernice followed and set up house as close by as she possible could, spending all her days with him, visiting with him, taking care of his every need, and sharing their love.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Clyde, Sr., his mother Jennie May, his sister, Vera Olson and his brother George Coats. Bob’s six brothers and sisters are: Darwin Coats of Rapid City, SD, Hazel O’Bryan of Martin, SD, Eileen Mikesel of Chadron, NE, Opal Smith of Rapid City, SD, Clyde Coats, Mr., and Fern Boomer of Martin, SD. Bob and Bernice have 31 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, all of whom he loved with all his heart and was very proud of them.

Next to his family and ranching, Bob’s greatest love was music and sharing it with friends. Bob loved to sing and play his accordion and his family and friends have wonderful memories of his accordion playing, singing and dancing. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, son, uncle, grandfather and friend who will be forever remembered as a kind and gentle man with a generous and giving heart. We love you and will miss you ... until we meet again.

Funeral services were held March 5, 2005 at the Legion Auditorium in Martin, SD with burial in the Martin Community Cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 9, 2005

75 years ago

Baldwin Buckley was found dean in his home on Maple street last Friday morning by Mr. Lewis, who occupies a nearby house. His body was found lying on the floor and it is thought life had been extinct since the evening before. Not noticing any signs of Mr. Buckley about the premises, the neighbor went in to see if anything could be wrong and discovered the dead body. Food was on the table and it was supposed that a heart attack caused death while Mr. Buckley was preparing the evening meal. He lived alone on the premises. Mr. Buckley was about 68 years of age. He had come to Gordon in 1884 as a young man, with the Indiana colony. He had been a resident since that time, and was quite widely known. He had followed the trade of a mason and bricklayer, and his work took him about the country. He was kind and friendly and had many friends here. He has one brother living in Illinois, who was located, but no other relatives were found. The brother was unable to be present at the funeral. The burial service was held at the Gates Under-taking parlor Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.

George Henry Ireland was born in Illinois, June 28,1850 and departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Margrave, Gordon, NE on March 8,1930, attaining an age of 79 years, 9 months and 10 days. In his early boyhood he moved from Illinois with his parents to eastern Iowa, where he spent his early life at home until he was 21 years of age. Being the oldest of nine children at this age, he started out to shift for himself. Moving to Adair county, Iowa, he married Alice C. Wilkinson. Together they lived on a farm at that place for 11 years. In March 1887, the call of the west came, when they moved with the emigration and settled at Gordon, NE. The second year they were here he homesteaded 6 miles north of Gordon, which homestead he still owned. In 1915 he and his wife retired from farm life and moved into Gordon, where his faithful wife preceded him in the Great Beyond seven years ago. On March 1, 1930.

He suffered a stroke of paralysis that effected his entire left side. He remained in this condition a week, cheerful and hopeful that he would soon recover. But the Master called him early last Saturday morning to a peaceful end. He is survived by five children: J.E. Ireland of Newell, SD, R.E. Ireland, Shoshone, WY, Mrs. C.J. Pfeiffer, Wood, SD, Mrs. Earl Margrave and F.M. Ireland of Gordon. Besides the above he leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Clara Ligier of Caliente, NV was able to be present at the funeral, and 11 grandchildren. The funeral was held March 11 from the Presbyterian Church. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.


50 years ago

Andrew Strick, long-time rancher of the South Sheridan county community, collapsed at his ranch home Sunday morning and died soon afterwards. He was 68 years old. Surviving are his widow and two daughters, Thelma Kelly of New York and Jane Ward; one step-son, Bob Strick of Alliance. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church at Alliance on Wednesday with burial in the Alliance cemetery.

Nicholas Dukat, 78, one of the early pioneer families of the county, died at the Rushville hospital Feb. 21
after a short illness. Nick was born in what is now known as Czechoslovakia on Dec. 3, 1876. He was married to Barbara Faifer in Vienna, Austria. In 1909 he came to the United States. He was met by Old Jules Sandoz. Mr. Dukat homesteaded next to the Sandoz ranch. A daughter Hermine, died in infancy in Austria. Another daughter, Irma, died in the U.S. in the flue epidemic of 1920. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. Interment was made in the catholic cemetery in Rushville.

Gustav L. Hoppe, son of Charles C. and Sophia Hoppe, was born at Warsaw, Ill on July 4, 1866. He died at his home in Gordon, NE on March 2, 1955 at the age of 88. He married Hannah Schneider at Chambers, NE on Dec. 1, 1898. To this union were born two children, Emma and Forrest.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 23, 2005

June Steffen, 72 of Gordon died March 18, 2005 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born June 1,1932 at the Gregory Community Hospital in Gregory, S.D. to Herman and Helen Lubbers. As a young girl, she and her family lived on a farm by Gregory.

On May 26,1952 she married her soul mate, Robert Steffen. To this union six girls were born. In their early years, they lived in South Dakota. In 1964 they moved their family, a milk cow and the kids’ cats in the back of a truck and an overflowing station wagon to Gordon, NE where they currently reside.

June worked as an aide at Gordon Memorial Hospital and as bookkeeper at the Gordon Livestock Auction. Later she worked twenty-seven years at the Gordon Clinic and Sandhills Surgical Center as bookkeeper, office manager, and various other capacities. She had a great compassion for people, always sharing her special "gifts". She retired in 1996.

Children were first and foremost in her life. Her greatest joy was caring for and watching her children and grandchildren. She made many personal sacrifices for her family.

She loved to garden. The harvest of her large gardens and diligent laborers were enjoyed by many. From this garden, she enjoyed canning and preserving produce for her family. Flowers were also part of her green thumb. Her life "blossomed" through her flowers.

Cooking was her passion; and she was a wonderful cook. Fresh breads, rolls, pies, and many new recipes were enjoyed by all that knew her. She never knew a stranger. Within minutes of their arrival, she was cooking and sharing a dessert or a meal. She enjoyed collecting and reading in excess of 1000 cookbooks. She spent many a sleepless night reading them.

Survivors include her husband Robert of 53 years, daughters and spouses: Kathy and Robert Russell, Barbara and Weldon Calkins, Julie and Warren Madison, Sharon and Bill Gates, Anita and Denny Janssen, and Janet and Chuck Hinn; 15 grandchildren and 1 ˝ great grandchildren. Survivors also include siblings Mary Jean (Martin) Liegl, Marge Minkel, Jim (Linda) Lubbers, and Arlene (Butch) Heine. Preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Alice.

Services were held on Monday, March 21, 2005 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Rushville, NE. .June’s grandsons serving as pallbearers were Michael Russell, Brian and Eric Calkins, Derek Janssen, and Brad, Steve and Matt Gates. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Bobbi Jo Archibald, Alicia and Cheryl Madison, Sharla Janssen, Celsey, Cirsten Carlee and Carson Hinn and Great grandson Darin Archibald.


Albina Eleanor Koupal Novotny, was born on March 28,1907 in a sod house near Lucas, S.D. She passed away on March 17, 2005 at Gordon Countryside Care, at the age of 97.

She was the fifth child of eight children born to Joseph and Mary (Sykora) Koupal. In 1913 the family moved near Ardmore, S.D. in a covered wagon. There her father homesteaded a quarter of land. In 1915, after they owned the land, they moved back to the Tabor, S.D. area.
On November 15,1926 Albina was united in marriage to Adolph J. Novotny in Tabor, S.D. To this union 4 sons and 3 daughters were born. They moved to areas around Mission, Martin, S.D., and Gordon, NE, before purchasing the home place in Batesland, S.D. in 1941. Adolph passed away on June 16,1959. Albina continued to live on the farm until she moved into an apartment in Martin in the fall of 1989. Due to failing health she became a resident of Gordon Countryside Care in 2001.

Albina was a member of the Western Fraternal Life Association, was active in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Batesland and Martin. She loved to play the accordion for her family. Her other joys were sewing, baking and sharing her Bohemian heritage. She attended Czech days numerous times in Tabor, S.D.

Preceding Albina in death were her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and 2 infant siblings, husband, infant son Adolph Jr., daughter Jane Rous in 1987, son-in-law Jim Evans in 2000 and great granddaughter Heather Winter in 2003.

Survivors include her sons George (Arlene) of Batesland, Larry (Mary Kay) of Martin, John (Phyllis) of Batesland, daughters Dorothy Evans of Gordon, and Dorine (Gordon) Fidge of Bismarck, ND, one son-in-law Bly Rous, and one sister-in-law Helen Koupal of Mitchell, SD along with 21 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 3 great-great granddaughters.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 23, 2005

Marie Bohamn answered the call of her Master in the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, S.D. February 24, 2005. Her end came without a struggle, she left his life in peace resting in the arms of Jesus at 95 years of age.

Marie L. Colman, and her twin brother Robert, were the son and daughter born of William and Anna Coleman in Hay Springs, NE on Dec. 5,1909. They were second in a family of seven. She attended the Sandridge County School through 10th grade and attended 11th grade in Chadron.

Marie learned at an early age to help others in need. After her mother was seriously injured in a car-train wreck that also involved her twin brother, she held the family together acting as a mother.

Marie married Harry Bohman on June 30, 1937 in Hay Springs, NE.

They moved to Crookston, NE. They bought a farm northeast of Crookston in the l940’s and resided there until 1976 when the retired and moved to Valentine, NE.

Marie taught a lot children to play the piano, accordion or guitar. She taught Sunday school at the Methodist Church in Crookston; served on the Crookston School Board and was active in the Methodist Church in Valentine as long as her physical strength would allow in later years.

Her hobbies included making quilts, cooking, entertaining with her accordion or the piano; she was a member of the Valentine Senior Citizen Kitchen Band. Marie played the piano as late as last week to her friends in Sioux Falls.

Her greatest gift was her ability to make friends and show her genuine concern and love to those around her that she cared for. Although no children of their own, Marie and Harry opened their home to many young people and provided them with memories that will last a lifetime.

Marie leaves to cherish her memory; sister Rosetta Piercy of Gordon, NE; brother Ted Colman of Naperville, IL; 15 nephews and 5 nieces.

Preceding her in death; her husband Harry; brothers Robert, Art and Ernest; sister Rachel Daughetee and 2 nephews.

Funeral services were held Feb. 28, 2005 at the United Methodist Church in Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery.


75 years ago

Word was received in Gordon this week of the death of Agnes Thayer Rose. Mrs. Rose was the wife of Russell Rose and resided on a ranch southeast of Gordon. The young couple were visiting friends at Sheridan, Wyo., when Mrs. Rose was stricken with plural pneumonia. Her mother, Mrs. Alvin Thayer, was called to come from Clinton and reached the deathbed shortly before the end came. The funeral was held in Gordon and interment made in the Gordon cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 16, 2005

Irene Gibson, 89, of Gordon, NE.., died March 7,2005 at the Gordon Countryside Care.

She was born to Fred and Stella (Cunningham) Gehrig in Sheridan County, NE on August 26,1915.

She attended a country school 4 miles south of Gordon, through the 10th grade.

Irene married Chalen Gibson on May 28, 1937 in Chadron, NE. To this union were born three sons.

Irene was active in the Presbyterian Womens Circle, Willow Tree Quilters and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was a very giving, caring and patient person. She loved to garden, quilt and crochet.

Survivors include her sons, Ken Gibson of Gordon, NE, Tom Gibson of Ft. Morgan, CO, and Don (Des) Gibson of Vetal, SD, 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and one sister, Thelma Hartman.

Funeral services were held March 11, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church and burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.


Sean Farmer, 27, of Custer, SD, formerly of Gordon, NE died Sunday, Jan. 30
th as a result of a one car accident on Hwy 385 near Oelricks, SD. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 3rd at the United Methodist Church in Gordon with burial at the Gordon Cemetery.

Sean was born Sept. 13,1977 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital to Ron and Linda Farmer. He attended Gordon Elementary School from kindergarten through second grade. The family then moved out south to start the family business, where he finished his grade school years at Valley Union School. For his Jr. High and High School years he went to Gordon High School, graduating in 1996.

When Sean was a young boy he participated in Jr. wrestling, 4-H, bowling and also competed in little league baseball and soccer. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church where he attended Sunday School and was very active in MYF and was also a member of the Sons of American Legion.

During Jr. High and High School years, he was part of the basketball, football, wrestling and golf teams. He also was a member of drama club, G-club, band, and spent his summer months working with his Mom and Dad. In the fall of 1996, Sean looked forward to pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Chadron State College, where he succeeded and graduated in 2000. While living in Chadron he became an EMT and was a member of the volunteer fire department. In his lack of spare time, he was still able to practice Taekwondoe and be a stage manager for the CSC department of the performing arts. Sean was also holding two part-time jobs at Hardee’s and Wal-Mart. Later Sean moved to Rapid City, SD, and transferred to the Wal-Mart there.

In September 2000 until his untimely death, Sean resided and worked as a Jr. counselor at the Juvenile Division at STAR (State Treatment and Rehabilitation) Academy YCC in Custer, SD. There he would help boys from ages 12-18 to get on the right track. Sean had a deep concern for others and always wanted to help (and almost always could). He never put himself first. In the early summer of 2002 until 2004 he took up a second job as a bartender in Rapid City at Bostons Gourmet Pizza. There, Sean worked with his sister Mousie, (Ronelle), picking backup on a great childhood relationship. Some of Sean’s enjoyments included weight lifting, card and board games, and just having fun. He loved the outdoors which was evident in his active life of motorcycling, camping, hiking, snowskiing, photography, fourwheeling, and always looked forward to the time he spent with his dad deer hunting. Sean and his family were able to do some traveling visiting 38 states. In 2002 Sean and his sister spent two weeks in Spain and France, a cruise, and many trips to Mexico Every trip to Rapid City he would be sure to stop at Mousie’s and spend some time with her and his 5 month old nephew Davin.

Sean is survived by parents, Ron and Linda Farmer of Gordon; sister, Mousie Farmer and nephew Davin Blake of Rapid City, SD. Grandmother, Mrs. James (Martha) Farmer of Gordon. Uncle John Haslow and wife Jo of Scottsbluff., Aunt Judy Morton and Husband Don of Arvada, CO; uncle Jimmy Farmer and wife Shirley of Story, WYO; great aunt Jenny Dewing of Loveland, CO.; great-uncle Dick Haslow and wife Alta of Alliance; great-aunt Marian Nygaard and husband Bob of Apple Valley, CA; many cousins and even more friends.

A memorial has been established in Sean’s name for a college fund for his nephew, Davin Blake.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 16, 2005

Merrill "Woody" Woodrum, 77, died Feb. 26, 2005 in San Jose, CA. Merrill was born in Nebraska City, NE on Nov. 9, 1927 to Lucile and Burl Woodrum. He graduated from Gordon High School class of 1945.

As a young man he worked on area ranches before joining the Army and serving in Germany from 1950-1952.

He was united in marriage to Carol Jean Pace in Chadron, NE on June 6,1953. They moved to California in 1957 where Merrill obtained his contractor’s license and formed his own construction company, now operated by their son.

He is survived by his wife Carol Jean and one son Ron (Phyllis) of San Jose; three grandchildren, Terina (Scott) Khanna, Tarah and Tom; one sister Hazel Spindler, Marshfield, WI; two brothers, Gilbert, Lakewood, CO and Ted of Bridgeport, NE , along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both parents and one brother, Irving.


Shirley M. Ellis passed away March 11,2005 at the Chadron Community Hospital at the age of 77. Funeral services were held March 14, 2005 at the Chamberlain Funeral Chapel in Chadron, with burial at the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.

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

Shirley married Don Grant, Oct. 31, 1946. They had four children, Kay, Kelly, and also twins, Kyle and Kevin who died shortly after birth. Shirley and Don separated in 1974. On May 1, 1976 Shirley married Gordon Ellis in Rushville. Gordon and Shirley retired from ranching in 1991 and moved to Chadron.

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

Shirley’s husband Gordon; children, Kay and Terry Hull of Dubois, WY, Kelly and Vickie Grant of Gordon, NE survive her. Also surviving he, are four grandchildren, stepchildren Larry and Sherryl Knobloch of Hill, MN, Carolyn and Bernard Jones of Chadron, NE, Randy and Tralice Ellis of New Underwood, SD. Eleven step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

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


Jamie M. Bunner, 21 of Sidney and a senior at Chadron State College, died March 8, 2005 as a result of an automobile accident east of Chadron.

Funeral Services were held March 12 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney. Interment was in the Gates Cemetery, west of Sargent, NE.

Jamie Marie Bunner was born May 2,1983 in Kimball, NE. the daughter of Charles and Nancy (Slagle) Bunner. She received her elementary education in the Potter Schools through the 3rd grade before moving to Sidney where she graduated from Sidney High School in 2001. She was attending college at Chadron State College, working towards a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. She spent the last two years working for the Office of Human Development in Chadron. At the time of her accident she was on her way to Omaha to be with her fiance’.

Jamie was active in volleyball, the speech team for 4 years of which she qualified for state 2 years and received a medal at state her junior year.. She was active with Jobs Daughters in Sidney and Kimball where she served as a past Honored Queen and as Miss Congeniality in 2000. While in Chadron as a freshman she served as an adopted Angel for grandparents in nursing homes. Jamie loved working with crafts and enjoyed giving of her time to help other people. She especially enjoyed working with children.

Survivors include her parents, Chuck and Nancy Bunner of Sidney; her fiance’ Cody Beguin of Rushville, NE; three brothers, Jim Bunner of Kearney, Tyler Bunner of Steamboat Springs, CO, and Tad Bunner of Bakersfield, Calif. One sister, Stacy Ban and her husband Mike of Elbert, CO and their children: Ashley, Andrew and Austin; grandparents John and Ella Mae Bunner of Lincoln, ILL., Foster sister Pam Luby and her husband Tim of Kansas City, KAN and their children Scott, Craig and Megan; Special friends Deb Walker of Ainsworth, NE, Jerry and Julie Wamsley of Sidney and their children Garrett, Alex and Beau, and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 16, 2005

Helen Strong Michaelson passed away on March 7, 2005 at the Parkview Lodge Assisted Living at Rushville, NE.

Helen was the fourth of nine children born to Walter C. and Mary Schnieder Strong at Gordon, NE on April 14, 1917. She worked hard at a young age, cooking for the family and helping raise her younger siblings.

She married Roy Michaelson on Dec. 16,1936. They farmed until 1941, when they moved to Los Angeles, Calif., for four years, where Roy worked at Douglas Aircraft during the war years. In 1945, they returned to Nebraska to farm again. In 1965, they moved to Rushville, where she ran Helen’s Café’ for 14 years until retirement.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rushville. Helen had a kind, loving, hard working nature and was a faithful worker in her church. She was always available to fold news letters and will be remembered for her famous cinnamon rolls, which she made for all occasions.

Helen is survived by a son Ralph; one brother Vilo and wife Doris of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, sisters: Marjie Shannon, Verda Musfelt both of Rushville, and Evelyn Tyndall of Escondido, Calif, granddaughters, Barbara Anderson of Douney, ID and Cristy Trennenpohl of New Mexico, great-grandchildren Dustin and Trista Anderson, Brandon and Myranda Trennenpohl many loving nieces, nephews and two special great-nieces Taryn and Lacey Retzlaff, and a brother-in-law Richard Michaelson and wife Lucille of Rushville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy, her brothers, Ralph, Gordon, Loren and Emery Strong, and great-grandson Zane Anderson of Douney, ID.

Funeral services were held March 11, 2005 at the United Methodist Church, and she was laid to rest by her husband Roy in the Fairview Cemetery at Rushville.


75 years ago

Donna Mae Corwin was born Dec. 19,1929 and passed away on March 19, 1930 in Irwin, being three months of age. She leaves to mourn her loss, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Corwin and other relatives.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 30, 2005

Marie Kime, 94 of Rushville, NE died March 11, 2005 at Gordon Countryside Care.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1911 at Ohiowa, NE. in Fillmore County to Frank and Mary (Svec) Kuska. When Marie was in the 7th grade they moved to Exeter where she graduated high school in 1929. She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for a year and got her teaching certificate. She taught schools near Exeter until 1937, then Marie moved to Cherry County to teach. It was there that Marie met Glenn Kime and on March 25,1939 they were married in Martin, S.D.

Marie and Glenn (Swede) spent most of their 58 years of marriage farming and ranching in Cherry and Sheridan counties.

She was a member of Royal Chapter 184 Eastern Star for almost 50 years.

After the couple sold their ranch in 1995, they moved to Rushville, and lived there until Swede’s death May 19, 1997. Marie continued living in Rushville until December of 2004 when she moved to Countryside Care Nursing Home in Gordon. Marie is survived by two sisters in law and 15 nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Helen and husband Harvey Willey.

Memorial services were held March 18, 2005 with interment in the Gordon cemetery.


Franklin Richard Reeves passed away March 27, 2005 at home in Rushville, NE after a long battle with cancer.

He was born March 18,1934 on a farm near White Clay, NE to Bill and Josephine (Smith) Reeves. At the age of four the family moved to Rushville, NE. Frank attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through thee eighth grade and graduated from Rushville High School in 1952. He was a very good all around athlete; playing football, basketball and track.

After attending the University of Nebraska a couple of years he enlisted in the army, serving 2 years then moved to Anaconda, MT to work in the copper mines. There he met and married Patricia McGuire in August of 1957. To this union were born two children, Tim and Kathy Reeves. In later years he returned to Rushville where he was self employed as a painter/carpenter before accepting the position of maintenance man for Sheridan County in June of 1988. During his 11 year of employment he worked wholeheartedly restoring much of the Courthouse.

Franklin married Jackie Kaberna on October 26,1984 in Sturgis, S.D. Franklin and Jackie shared a love of gardening and together they established a special retreat shared with all who enter their gate at 508 South Main.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kenneth, brother in law Bob Riggs, and two nephews, Rick Lehman and Rod Beguin.

Survivors include his wife Jackie, son "Timmer" of Missoula, MT, daughter Kathy of Anaconda, MT, brother Irving Reeves and wife Darlene of Florence, AZ, sisters Margaret Riggs of Miles City, MT, Edith Lehman and husband Dick, Dorothy Beguin and husband Bob of Rushville and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, March 30, 2005

75 years ago

Olive Alice Thompson was born in Oklahoma in 1889 and passed away at Norfolk, NE on March 28,1930. When a small child her parents moved to Richardson County, NE where she grew to womanhood. In the year 1910 she was united in marriage to George Buckminster. They came west where they homesteaded south of Merriman, remaining for a few years. In 1922 she, with her family moved to Gordon where she has since made her home. She leaves to mourn her, her husband and a daughter, Fern; her mother, three sisters, three brothers, all of Richardson County, and a host of relatives and friends. Olive was a kind and sweet disposition. She was a faithful wife and mother and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand wherever she was called. The funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church and interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.


50 years ago

Charles Aubrey Stratton was born at Des Moines, Iowa on Marcy 20,1877. He suffered a severe stroke of paralysis on Monday evening and died at the Gordon Memorial hospital March 10,1955. Mr. Stratton was united in marriage to Goldie McNamee on April 13, 1902 at Merriman, NE. Mr. Stratton resided in the Gordon Community for 65 years. He believed Gordon to be a friendly town, a good place to live. He possessed a friendly personality. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Walter Perry and Mrs. Frank Davidson of Portland, ORE.; two sisters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thomas Rohrer Hardin, son of William D. and Hattie Hardin was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Aug. 20, 1886 and died March 18, 1955 in the Gordon hospital at the age of 68. He came to Sheridan county in 1907 and took up a homestead south of the Niobrara river. In 1923 he moved to a ranch east of Gordon and remained there till 1947. His last years were spent on a cattle ranch 22 miles south of Gordon. On March 16,1944 he was united in marriage to Miss Esther Kearney at Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is survived by his widow and a son by a previous marriage, W.D. Hardin, San Francisco, Calif., a brother Dudley M. Hardin and a nephew Kenneth of Gordon. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church and interment made in the Gordon cemetery.


25 years ago

Roy Tenney Buckles was born Sept. 19,1919 to James and May Schulz Buckles in Merriman, and died of a heart attack in Gordon on March 14,1980.

He served in the U.S. Navy from Feb. 26, 1942 until Oct. 18,1945 as a chief machinists mate. On Sept 3, 1944 he was united in marriage to Dena D. Pfaffengut in San Francisco, Calif. Three children were born to this union.

Roy lived in the Merriman and Gordon areas throughout his life, working primarily as a trucker, carpenter, mechanic and parts man. He was employed as a parts man by Modern Farm Equipment, Inc. in Gordon at the time of his death. Survivor include his wife, Dena; son, Wayne R. and wife Marilyn of Garland, Texas; daughters Lorriane J. May and husband Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Elaine M. Brammer and husband Bill of Coppell, Texas; one grandson, Wayne Mark Buckles, brothers, Jim, Ben, Bob, Frank and Charles; and sisters, Ava McBeth, Belle Dahlgren and Marie Jones. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Gordon and burial was in the Gordon cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 27, 2005

Tabatha Jo ( Abold) Morton was born July 6
th, 1974 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. She lived in Rushville, Ne. most of her life. Tabatha went to school in Rushville and loved Fine Arts. She did her speeches on humorous and serious prose. During High School she worked as a waitress at Schroeders Resturant and Tabatha enjoyed that very much. After she graduated from high school she worked as a clerk at Pudelko’s Variety Store in Rushville and loved that job very much also. She enjoyed being around people. She met her husband while working at Schroeders, and on August 1, 1998 Tabatha married James Morton of Rushville and to that union were born two children, Natascha Lynn, age 6 and Jeremiah Kile age 4. She was a very loving mother. She took classes at Scottsbluff Western Community College.

James and family are currently living in Chadron. She enjoyed staying home, and taking care of her children and keeping house.

Tabatha was preceded in death by her twin brothers Lewis Ernest and Lamont Lewis Abold, who passed away as babies, and Grandpa Lewis Abold of Rushville.

Survivors include her husband James, children Natascha and Jeremiah Morton, Dad Lewis, Mom Rene’e and brother Louis Abold of Rushville, Grandpa Barney Smith, Grandma Esther Jane Smith, of Rushville, Grandma Iona Abold of Chadron, many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Tabatha had a long hard struggle with cancer for seven years. She passed away on April 21, 2005, at home in Chadron. She was a very strong person and very up beat. She always kept her family and friends in good spirits when they were feeling down. Tabatha’s kind heart touched many, many people, and she will be very much missed.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 26,2005 at the Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Chapel in Rushville, with burial in the Abold Cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 20, 2005

100 years ago

Ronald Perrin, aged 13 months and 18 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Perrin, died of pneumonia at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Manda while en route to Mendota, Ill., where Mr. Perrin has a position with the railroad company. To his great regret Mr. Perrin was unable to reach the bedside of his child until after it had expired. Rev. Erwing of the M.E. Church conducted the funeral services.

James Stirk died Tuesday morning after lingering for several days. His remains were taken to St. Mary’s Mission on Wednesday, where the funeral took place April 20, 1905. He was born on the Pine Ridge reservation, being 23 years of age. About three years ago he was married to Miss Maud Sears, who with two children survive him. He was always of frail physique but three months ago he was stricken with consumption, which quickly caused his death.

75 years ago

Leander Samuel Griffeth, son of Samuel and Mary Griffeth, was born Jan. 15,1843 in Bedford County, Pa., and passed away on April 21,1930 at the age of 87. He was the youngest of four children, who have all preceded him to the Great Beyond. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Ling in Bedford County, Pa., on November 18,1862. They came to Gordon in 1907, locating on a farm five miles west of town in 1912.
His wife preceded him in death on April 30,1929. He leaves to mourn his loss three daughters, Mrs. Venetia Hand of Greenwood, Mrs. Anna Neall of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Carolyn Stubblefield of Gordon. He leaves six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral services were conducted from the home on Wednesday, by Rev. Embree and the Odd Fellow Lodge of Gordon. The body was taken to Minier, Ill. for interment.

Eva Doyne Van Rossum was born on May 27,1917 in the vicinity of Gordon, Nebraska. She departed this life at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Van Rossum Sr. in Valley Junction, Iowa on the morning of April 13,1930, being 12 years, 10 months and 16 days of age. A little over a year ago she moved with her grandparents to Iowa, thinking that a change of climate would be of help to her weakened condition. For a time she seemed greatly improved until recently other ailments set in and although all that medical science and loving hands could do to save her precious young life, the angel of death bore her to Him who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of Heaven."
She leaves to mourn her loss her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Van Rossum Jr., and one brother David of Gordon, her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. George Van Rossum Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Christie of Montrose, Colo. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in Gordon and interment in the family lot in the Gordon cemetery.


25 years ago

Robert P. Fair was born to John B. and Martha Fair on June 18,1879 at Prospect, Butler county, Pa., and died April 10,1980 at Gordon, having passed his 100
th birthday. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

Wake services for Glen Dale Hollow Horn, 29, of Pine Ridge, S.D. were held in Wounded Knee, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He died Saturday in an accidental shooting incident at the Pine Ridge police station. He had been a police officer on the Pine Ridge reservation the past seven years. Hollow Horn was born April 28,1950 in Pine Ridge and died April 12,1980.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 20, 2005

Mollie Ray Norton passed away early Friday morning, April 15,2005 at her daughter’s home near Rusvhille at the age of 95 years, 5 months.
She was born at her ranch home south of Rushville on the Niobrara River on November 1,1909 to William and Margaretha (Ebsen) Ray. She had one brother and ten half brothers and sisters.

She attended the Mill School on Pine Creek through the 8th grade. She especially enjoyed riding horse back to school with her half brother, Lawrence Lulow. She had fond memories of school and wished that she could attend high school. The alternative was to attend the Mill School for an additional part of the year helping the teacher.

Her childhood years were spent riding horseback, trapping for furs, and attending barn dances at the various neighbors’ places. She talked of how many miles they would ride to attend social functions and that many times it would be daylight when they arrived home. She and her half brother Lawrence were very close growing up and had lots of fun together.

On August 7,1928, she married William (Bill) Edgar Norton in Chadron, NE, at the age of 17. To this union, three children were born. For a short time they lived near Whitney, NE. then moved to the Fred Sandoz Ranch and worked there for two years. Because of the illness and death of her father, they moved back to the homestead to help her mother.

She worked very hard helping her mother plant a very large garden and a separate large potato patch. The harvesting of the fruit and vegetable was the hardest, because all of it had to be carried by buckets up the hill to the house. Then, hours were spent helping her mother can the vegetable or stem the berries for preservation. This remained a part of her life. Her greatest enjoyment was to share with family and friends the many things that she grew. She also spent many hours picking wild currants, choke cherries, and plums, as well as horseradish for grinding and asparagus.

Rearing a family through the Depression Years was a trying time, and led her to do even more trapping for furs, milking of cows, and the raising of chickens to supplement the family income. Because her husband worked off the ranch, she fed the cattle, did the calving and all the other chores around the ranch.

She dearly loved her cattle, and continued owning her herd until just a few years ago. Her husband passed away on July 12,1967.

She met a friend, Carl Sharp, and moved to Haigler, NE, where she lived for eight enjoyable years. They enjoyed traveling to places like Nashville, TN., The Denver Stock Show, the Ozarks, and other places of interest.

In 1980, her farm home burned, which forced her to buy a trailer to put down on the farm. Two years later, she moved to a home in Rushville. There she continued to enjoy her garden and flowers. She enjoyed family and friends stopping by to visit and to eat with her. Cooking was a real joy for her. She liked having her grandchildren stay over night with her so that she could have the opportunity to teach them how to sew, to cook, and to play cards.

At the age of 89, she made her home with Tom and Marilyn. She especially enjoyed going out to eat, which generally happened at least once a week. While Marilyn was gone to school, Tom became her very special support system. He cared for her daily needs no matter what they were.

Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Ralph and Dorothy Norton, Ileen and Tom Rose, and Marilyn and Tom Kockrow. Her grandchildren and their spouses are (Ralph’s Children) Donna and Kevin Jech, and Rodney and Jackie Norton; (Ileen’s children) Ronda and Paul Kenner, Velda O’Neill and Dan and Vicki Rose; (Marilyn’s children) Karena and Travis Denton and April and Bob Smith. Great grandchildren are Timothy, Benjamin, Nathan and Melissa Jech, Jessica and Alyssa Norton, Brandon and wife Kaisha, Derek and Ty Kenner, Tyler, Tanner and Dali O’Neill, Cody and Cortne Rose, Stetson and Wrangler Youel, and Roper Denton. Other survivors are numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of Friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and all of her brothers and sisters.

Services were held April 19, 2005.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 20, 2005

Garould Julian Fairhead was born at Merriman, NE in the home of Garould Oldrin and Julia Boden Fairhead on April 24,1021 to Minna Tuchenhagen and Joy J. Fairhead. A week after his birth, Joy and Minna took Garould home to their ranch in Bennett County, S.D. The ranch was located on the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation. Joy’s brother, Leigh H. Fairhead had an adjoining ranch. The surrounding area was home to the Lakota. All are fondly remembered as great friends.

Garould started school at four and one-half years of age at a school located two and one-half miles from his home. Joy and Minna bought Garould his first horse, a Shetland pony named Billy. Billy was a beautiful pony that Garould loved to ride. Billy was also Garould’s transportation to school and home. Garould missed very few days of school and all were due to very cold winter weather.

Eighteen months following Garould’s birth, a most beautiful baby sister arrived, Dorothy Lee. Garould and Dorothy Lee were very close throughout their lives. About two years later Joy Carol was born and two years later Mildred Ruth joined their family.

Joy sold his holdings on the reservation in 1930 and moved to the present location of the ranch four and one-half miles north of Merriman, NE. This ranch was a beautiful place with rolling sandhills, lush green meadows and a lovely creek that ran between the family home and the barn. Garould was in fourth grade at that time and continued his school years at Merriman and later at Curtis, NE.

Garould enlisted in the Navy in December of 1941. The first two years Garould served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Badger on the Murmansk Run fighting the German navy and submarine fleet in the Atlantic. The German navy was cunning and it seemed like a long war to Garould. At the end of two years Garould took an electrical engineering course at Newport, Rhode Island. He was later transferred to a brand-new destroyer, the U.S.S. Maddox. Garould served as a fire controllman, controlling the electrical circuits and firing of the big guns. The Maddox was sent directly to the South Pacific to engage the Japanese war machine, joining up with Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet. Garould’[s first sea battle was the Battle of Luzon, off the coast of the Philippines on the China Sea. This sea battle was one of many as they pursued the Japanese. Garould’s ship was badly hit on "The Day of the Kamikaze". The Kamikaze’s attacked, wave after wave. About one-third of the ship’s personnel were wounded or died. After the direct hit, they went to a floating dry dock for three weeks for major repairs. Then the U.S.S. Maddox returned to Bull Halsey’s fleet for the duration of the war. When the war ended, the U.S.S. Maddox was in Tokyo Bay providing protection for the battleship U.S.S. Missouri. Garould has so many battle points, he was one of the first to head home for discharge. Garould arrived home to his beloved Sandhills just ten days before Christmas 1945.

Garould married a schoolmate, Gladys Ellen Gerdes, on June 6,1946 in Alliance, NE. Four children were born to their union, James Kent, Jeana Leigh, Garould Joseph and Leigh Alan.

Garould passed away at the Gordon Memorial Hospital on April 14,2005. Garould was preceded in death by his son, James Kent Fairhead in 1953, his parents, Joy and Minna Fairhead, and a sister, Dorothy Lee Ricedorff. Garould’s life are his wife, Gladys, daughter Jeana (Ralph) Holso, sons Gary Fairhead and Leigh Fairhead, and grandchildren Laura, Jason, Wesley, Leah, Brooke and Brennen Fairhead.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 13, 2005

Virginia Vivian Irwin was born Oct. 20, 1907 in Lavaca, NE to Sidney and Mary (DeFrance) Irwin. She received her early education in rural schools. After graduating from Chadron Prep high school Virginia attended Chadron State College in Chadron, NE where she received her Masters Degree in Education.

Virginia and Albert Churchill were married April 20, 1929 at Alliance, NE. This union was blessed with three children. Virginia and Albert leased a ranch north of Lakeside, for a year, then moved north of Cody.

They lived on the Rosebud Reservation for 15 years where Albert ranched and Virginia taught school.

They moved to their home north of Valentine in 1954. Virginia began teaching 2nd grade in the Valentine school system and continued until her retirement. She taught school for 42 years.

Virginia was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, American Legion, Nebraska Teachers Association and the Valentine Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and crafts. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

Virginia passed away April 1, 2005 at the Ainsworth Care Center at age 97 years 5 months and 12 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Sidney and Mary Irwin, husband Albert who died in 1995, son Leslie G. Churchill, sisters, Velba Irwin, Lola Justice, and Maxine Pinaire and brothers Sidney and Hobart Irwin. Virginia is survived by daughter Helen (Stan) Holsten of Grand Island, NE and son Kenneth (Lila)Churchill of Valentine, grandchildren; Randall (Julie) Strong of Sarasota, Florida, Ginny Sears of Valentine, Kenneth (Audrey) Kramer of Ainsworth, Dean (Cathy) Churchill of Valentine, Dick Churchill of Bancroft, Wisconsin, Don (Heather) Churchill of DeWitt, NE, Brad (Shirley) Churchill of Fowler, Colorado, Linn (Trula) Churchill of Valentine, Cody( Kelly) Churchill of Kansas City, Missouri, and Bonnie (Mark) Weaver of Valentine. Also surviving are 23 great-grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and a host of friends who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held April 6,2005 at the Valentine Presbyterian Church. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery.


Henry Way, age 69 of Gordon, NE died on April 2,2005 at the Gordon Countryside Care.   He was born August 14,1935 in Ainsworth, NE to Charles and Caroline (Einspahr) Way. Henry attended school at Mission, S.D.

Henry married Charlene Tesch and she passed away in 1958. On July 13, 1964 he married Mary Emma Graff in Pierre, S.D. They had one son, Mark. Henry worked in carnivals and was also a commercial pilot and worked construction and farmed in the area.

Henry liked to fish. He would play ship captain crew at the truck stop and drink coffee and visit with friends. He was a collector of belt buckles and key chains. Henry was a member of the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel and the Assembly of God Church in Wood, S.D.

Survivors include his son, Mark of Gordon, brother Harold "Butch" Way of Clarksvilles, IN, sisters Elta Mullens of New Albany, IN and Mary Noelle of Burke, S.D.

Funeral services were held April 6,2005 at the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel . Burial with military rites was held at the Gordon Cemetery.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 13, 2005

100 years ago

Jefferson DeFrance, superintendent of the DeFrance Cattle Company, was crushed to death at the ranch southeast of Ellsworth last Monday morning, April 10,1905. The gear wire of the mill was broken during the storm and he climbed on the tower in order to repair it when, in some unknown manner, his coat was caught in the bevel gear, hurling his head against the casting with such force as to break his jaw in two places and evidently rendering him unconscious.

Mrs. DeFrance became uneasy on account of the prolonged absence and went in search of him twice without looking up on the tower. Upon returning from the barn the second time and while in the doorway of her home, she saw her husband’s lifeless form fastened to the mill having his coat caught in the bevel gear in such manner that he was strangled. His right arm was broken in two places and his chest was crushed in while his hands were unmarred, which indicates that he was unconscious when death ensued.

The gear had such a clutch on him that a great part of his clothing had to be cut in order to remove him.

His body was taken overland to the home of his mother on Pole Creek by the way of Ellsworth. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. J.R. Jenkins of Chadron.

Jefferson DeFrance was born in Jackson County, Ohio on March 15, 1863. He grew to manhood in his native state, coming to Nebraska when he was 21 in company with his father, the family following the next year. For seven years he worked for Bennett Irwin and after that became foreman of the Spade ranch, having eminently qualified himself by several years of faithful service for Bartlett Richards in South Dakota and Wyoming. In Sept. 1903 he left the employment of the Spade company, who made every effort to retain his services, since everything entrusted in his care was looked after. About a year ago he incorporated the DeFrance Cattle Company of which he was president and manager with headquarters on the old Putney ranch near Putney ranch near Ellsworth.

On October 19,1903 he was married to Miss Nell Smith of Middleport, Ohio, who is almost prostrate at this severe shock.

He leaves a wife, mother, three brothers and four sisters to mourn his untimely death.

He was laid to rest beside the father who preceded him eight years ago.


75 years ago

Mary Martha Lynch was born on Sept. 20,1841 in Nelson county, Kentucky, and passed from his life at the Crowell Memorial Home at Blair, NE. on April 14, 1930 at the age of 88. At the age of 14 she with her parents moved to Clarinda, Iowa where she later met and married Mr. Marlow H. Jones on December 12, 1861. To this union were born three children: Edward, Martha and Lauren, the first two passing from life in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were among the earliest pioneers in Sheridan county. After the death of her husband in 1914, she lived with her grandson in Wyoming; then she returned to Gordon where she lived until June 1920 when she went to the Crowell Memorial Home. She leaves to mourn her passing, one son, Dr. Lauren Jones of Daytona Beach, Fla., and three grandsons. Interment was in the Gordon cemetery.

Elliot Osin Crawford was born at Milton, Vermont on August 27,1843 and died at his home in Gordon April 10,1930. Mr. Crawford spent his boyhood in Vermont and eastern Canada. In his early manhood he spent two years at sea when he visited many foreign countries. In 1862 he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the Union Army in Company D. 13
th Vermont Volunteer Inf., and served at the famous Battle of Gettysburg. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Adeline Waltman in 1885. To this union were born three children: Osin Crawford, a son who died in infancy; one daughter, Mrs. Edith R. Demmer of Gordon and Mr. Chauncey M. Crawford of Denby, S.D.; and one granddaughter, Miss Eunice Demmer of Gordon. The funeral was held from the home on April 13,1930. Interment was in the Hay Springs cemetery.


50 years ago

James A. Bush, who was 81 this died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Pete Wounded Head. His body was taken to South Dakota for burial. Mr. Bush served in the second infantry, Co. 1 from 1890 to 1894 and was stationed in South Dakota during that time. He was a veteran of the Indian wars, and participated in the last Sioux battle (after Wounded Knee), which occurred northwest of Pine Ridge.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 6, 2005

LYNN R. "Shorty" GEALY
Lynn R. "Shorty" Gealy, 87 of Scottsbluff, NE died April 1, 2005 at Regional West Medical Center. His funeral was held April 7, 2005 at Gering Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery.

Lynn was born on October 15,1917 in Gordon, NE to Clarence and Mae (Webster) Gealy. He attended school in Gordon, graduating in 1935. He married Venita Fern Schroeder on August 14,1937 in Newton KS.

They lived in Goddard, Kansas until the mid 1940’s when they moved to Gordon and began farming. Later moving to Gering in 1961. Lynn worked at the Lockwood Corp, and later retired from both Magnolia and Northfield Villa.

Survivors include his son Larry and wife Millie Gealy of Yuma, AZ; grandchildren Rusty and wife Tami Pierce and Dan and wife Martha Pierce all of Gering; great grandchildren James, Aaron, Robyn and Danielle and Brent Pierce all of Gering and brother John Gealy of Gering.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter and son-in-law Carol and Larry Pierce, brothers Lyle and Waldo Gealy and sisters Ruth Dillon, Julia (Pudge) Zurn and Evelyn Diehl.


William Turechek, age 87 of Gordon, NE passed away at his home on March 24, 2005.

Bill was born on January 14, 1918 to William E. and Mary (Maun) Turechec in Chadron, NE.

He married Helen Percy on November 12,1952. They lost a daughter, Shelley Mary in 1961.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He ranched south of Rushville. He spent his spare time playing horseshoes and was an 8- time state champ. Bill was also a member of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Helen. Brothers, Jim of Ahwahne, CA., Ted of Simi Valley, CA, and Dennis of Otego, NY; sisters, Marjorie Tamburello of Sedalia, CO, Phebe Peterson and Lou Turechek both of Denver, CO, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Shelley, his parents, his brother John and sisters Maria McDowell and Lucille Byson.


100 years ago

Elza Walls was born in Indiana Jan. 15, 1824 and was married to Miss Sarah Hughes on Aug. 11, 1842 and died March 30,1905 in Gordon, NE.

To this union were born six children; four boys and two girls. He leaves his wife and three children to mourn his loss. The children living are Solomon, Josiah and Ann Arobella Osborne. The deceased are James W. Samuel and Angelene Dickinson.

He united with the M.E. Church when 17 years of age and remained a faithful member until his death. He was an official member of the church most of his life; was made a trustee of the First M.E. church in Gordon at its organization on the second Sunday of May 1884, and was continued a trustee until his death.

Mr. Walls enlisted in the service of his country on Oct. 9, 1861 in the 43rd Regiment, Indian Vol. Infantry, and was appointed Orderly Sergeant. For meritorious service and bravery, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant.

He moved with his family to Sheridan county in 1884 and was a continuous resident up to the time of his death. He was twice elected to service as county commissioner of the First District and made a reputation for honesty and upright dealings that any man could be proud of. The above is a partial record of the life of Elza Walls.

He was a great sufferer during his long illness, but bore it all with true Christian fortitude, never complaining, always having a kind work and pleasant for those about him.

He was a man among men, a gentleman of the highest type, and his conversation was elevating and pure. He was a kind and loving husband, an indulgent father and a patriotic citizen of the bravest order, an honest and faithful officer; and it can truly be said by one who knew him well that the world is better for his having lived in it.


Source: Sheridan County Journal, April 6, 2005

75 years ago

Mrs. Christain Holzberger. Sr., formerly Margaretha Meister, was born at Lawrenceburg, Indiana on May 8,1853 and departed this life at the home of her son, Andrew J. Holzberger, north of Gordon, April 2, 1930 at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 25 days. Mrs. Holzberger was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in the town of her birth. To this profession of this Church she remained faithful throughout her life. It was here also that she grew to womanhood and entered the holy state of matrimony with Christian Holzberger on May 20, 1880. After residing in the vicinity of Lawrenceburg for 34 years, they moved to Nebraska where some of their children were located. It was in the fall of 1914 that they came to Sheridan County, making their home with their son on a farm near Gordon. This was her home at the time of her death. She leaves to mourn her loss besides the aged husband, four sons and two daughters, who are as follows; Christian F., George J., Andrew J., and Miss Louise Holzberger all of Gordon; William Holzberger and Mrs. Martin Kroner of Yorkville, Indiana. There are 14 grandchildren. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church and the remains were laid to rest in the Gordon Cemetery.

Alta Luella Graham was born of Scotch-Irish parents, near the city of Independence, Iowa in Black Hawk county in the year of 1856 and passed away at Jacksonville, Florida, April 1, 1930. While a child she moved with her parents to Nemaha county, Kan., in 1868 near Sabetha. At the age of 18 she was united in marriage with Geo. W. Beamer at Hiawatha, Kansas on July 4, 1874. To this union were born three children, George W. Beamer, of Gordon, Armina Estella who died while a child and Clara Alice Webster, now of Jacksonville, Florida. She leaves to mourn her, besides her children two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and two sisters, one of Fremont and one of Blair, NE. After her marriage she, with her husband, moved to Jasper county, Mo. After living there four years they came to Cherry county, NE making their home there for the past 42 years. Her husband passed away August 24,1921. The funeral was held April 6
th from the Methodist church. Interment was made in the Gordon cemetery.


Doris M. Matthews Shaffer (1916-2005)
Doris M. Shaffer, who died July 26, 2005 at age 89.   Doris M. Matthews was born April 17, 1916, in Ellsworth, Neb. She graduated from Black Hills Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in South Dakota and was a registered nurse for American Airlines in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. She moved to Warren OR in 1981 and to St. Helens OR in 2003.  In 1947, she married John H. Shaffer; who died in 2004.  Survivors include her daughters, Irene Fuller and Dena Chesney; sister, Nina Pofahl; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Source: The Oregonian, Portland, OR, Friday, July 29, 2005.
The Oregonian



DAVIS, Wayne "Ken" 1926-2007
Ken passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6th, after a long brave struggle with amyloidosis. Ken leaves his wife of 27 years, Frieda. He has two step-children, Michael J. Stahlman and Diane K. Larson, and three step-grandchildren, Andrew Larson, Nicole Larson and Matthew Stahlman. Ken is also survived by his sister Velma (Pat) Lindholm and brother-in-law Dean and several nieces and nephews. Ken is also leaving a special "adopted brother" and buddy, Norman Stahlman, who gave so much of his love and friendship. Ken was born in Gordon, Neb., and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, serving in the South Pacific, China and Korea. Ken received his bachelor's degree in Engineering from OSU and was an avid Beaver fan. Ken joined Portland General Electric in 1955 as an assistant engineer. He served as assistant to two vice presidents and held roles of increasing responsibility, serving as division superintendent, manager of Engineering and Construction at the Western Division, General Manager of System Planning and Engineering and General Manager of Purchasing. Ken retired from PGE in 1988 as VP of Engineering. Ken was very active in professional and community organizations, including NW Electric Light and Power Association, Edison Electric Power Research Institute, National Management Association, past officer of Oregon Hunter's Association of Portland (OHA), and a charter member and officer of Tigard 2000 Lion's Club, to name a few. Ken was an accomplished professional, took the time to serve his community and showed complete dedication to his family and close friends. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, located at 4101 NW Skyline Boulevard. Donations may be directed to the Portland Chapter of the Oregon Hunter's Association or the charity of your choice.

Source: The Oregonian, Portland, OR, Sunday, March 11, 2007


Clara Ethel Gwynn Empkey (4 March 1933-16 June 2007)
Clara Ethel Gwynn Empkey, 74, Lincoln, died Saturday (6/16/2007). Born to Charles and Faye (Kime) Gwynn (3/4/1933) south of Gordon [Nebraska]. Clara married Walter John Empkey Jr. on June 17, 1955, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Cody. They lived in the Lincoln and Denton area throughout their married life.  Survivors: husband, Walter John Jr.; daughter, son-in-law, Jane and Lowell Nickolaus, Lincoln; son, John Empkey, Festus, Mo.; daughter, son-in-law, Kelly and Craig Selko, Lincoln; grandchildren, Alison and Cara Nickolaus, Bryant and Jordan Selko, all Lincoln; sisters, brothers-in-law, Marjy and Roy Milliken, Huron, S.D., Dorothy and Dean Schied, Cody.  Graveside services will be held at a later date in Cody. Memorials to Saint Elizabeth Hospice, 555 S. 70th St,, Lincoln, NE 68510. Alternative Funeral and Cremation Services.

-- transcribed by Kathie Harrison in memory of Clara Empkey, who was a longtime contributor to NEGenWeb sites


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