Obituaries March 2017

                                                                  Bud McColloch 

Gerald "Bud" McColloch, 90, longtime Ogallala resident and former businessman, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in the Medical Center of Aurora, Colo. Survivors include his son Scott (wife Jackie) McColloch of Greybull, Wyo.; his son-in-law Charlie McCroden of Ogallala; one sister Geraldine Bricker of Lexington, Nebr.; five grandchildren: Mindee (John) Hilker of O'Neill; Melanee (Cory) Reimers of Ogallala; and Michelle (Dan) Burns, Angie (Casey) Cook, and Michael (Michelle) McColloch, all of Greybull, Wyo. also eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Draucker Funeral Home.  The Funeral Service will be Monday, March 6, at 10 a.m. in the Ogallala First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chuck Rager officiating.  Online condolences may be sent to drauckerfuneralhome.com, from which the Service will be live streamed, for those unable to attend.  Interment is in the Ogallala Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory for later designation.  Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with the arrangements.


                                                                     Ron Frickey

RONNIE "RON" E. FRICKEY, 74 of Ogallala, former longtime Madrid resident, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. 

A memorial has been established in Ronnie's memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. 

Services will be on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant Evangelical Free Church in Grant with Pastor Russ Gaar officiating. Burial will be in the Ogallala Cemetery. 

Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala. 

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.


                                                                   Patty Houghton

Patty Houghton, long time resident of Imperial, passed away Friday morning, March 3rd, 2017, at her home in Imperial. Patty was 72 years of age. 

Survivors Include: 

Husband: Dick Houghton of Imperial, NE 

Daughter: Sandy Coon and husband, Mike, of Rapid City, S.D.  

Son: Rich Houghton and wife, Becky, Littleton, CO 

3 Grandchildren 

2 Great-Grandchildren 

Sisters: Colleen Lynch and husband, Herb, of Lakewood, CO. 

              Nancy Gardner of Lakewood, CO. 

Memorial Services for Patty Houghton will be held Saturday morning, March 11th, 2017, 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church of Imperial, with Rev. Melody Newman officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial. 

No public visitation, Patty chose cremation 

A memorial has been established in Patty’s memory. 

Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com 

LIEWER FUNERAL HOME ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS 


                                                            Marvin House                     

Marvin  House, 85, longtime Brule resident, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.  Survivors include two daughters: Nancy (Butch) Millikin of Brule and Janis (Kent) Hulinsky of Granby, Colo.; two sons: Lee House of Lewellen and Jerry House of North Platte.  Sisters-in-law: Sally (Sid) Wheelock of Hayden, Colo.   and Gloria Hinton of Maud, Okla.; also five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews. Also caregivers and special friends: Mallory Demilt and Beth Hansmeier. Marvin had chosen cremation. The graveside service will be Saturday, March 11, at one p.m. in the Brule Cemetery. Rev. Lisa Hadler of the Brule Congregational Church will officiate.  A memorial has been established to the Brule Ambulance Squad. Online condolences may be sent to drauckerfuneralhome.com.  Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with the arrangements. 


                                                           DIANA MC CARTNEY 

NAME:  DIANA MC CARTNEY       AGE: 73 

OF:   CHAPPELL AND FORMER LEXINGTON AREA RESIDENT 

PASSED AWAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH 

SURVIVORS INCLUDE HER CHILDREN:  LISA CULP AND HUSBAND MIKE AND TONYA SPORRER AND HUSBAND BRAD ALL OF DES MOINES, IA AND SHANNON MCCARTNEY AND WIFE ANN OF SIDNEY; GRANDCHILDREN:  BEN, SAM, RAY, NOAH, PATRICK AND MEGAN; BROTHERS-IN-LAW:  DAN NELSON OF LINCOLN, NE AND JOHN KUGLER OF SARGENT; SISTERS-IN-LAW:  PATTY JESTES OF MINDEN, NE AND JOANN KUGLER OF SARGENT 

CREMATION HAS BEEN HELD:  NO FORMAL FUNERAL SERVICES ARE PLANNED AT THIS TIME 

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE FOR:  DIANA MCCARTNEY 

WILL BE HELD IN CHAPPELL:  AT A LATER DATE.  

GRAVESIDE SERVICES:  WILL BE IN THE ST. ANN’S CEMETERY IN LEXINGTON AT A LATER DATE 

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS:  MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS MAY BE MADE IN DIANA’S NAME TO ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CHAPPELL OR TO AN ANIMAL SHELTER OF THE DONOR’S CHOICE 

YOU MAY VIEW:  DIANA’S BOOK OF MEMORIES, LEAVED CONDOLENCES, PHOTOS AND STORIES AT WWW.GEHRIGSTITTCHAPEL.COM 

GEHRIG-STITT CHAPEL & CREMATION SERVICE IS IN CHARGE OF DIANA’S CARE AND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.


                                                                                                                             

                                                               Melvin Peter Moritz

Melvin Peter Moritz, age 88, of North Platte and formerly of Sutherland, NE, passed away at Linden Court on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Melvin was born November 13, 1928, to Peter and Josie Fleecs Moritz at Loup City, NE. By 1930 the Moritz family moved to Sutherland and eventually settled on a farm south of town. Melvin attended District 18 West Fairview School and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1947. In November he started his only job, working at the Sutherland Co-op, and continued to do so until retiring 42 years later.

On September 23, 1952, Melvin was united in marriage to Agnes Marie Vasa at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland where they made their home. Melvin and Agnes were married for nearly 65 years and raised three children. 

Melvin was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, served on the church board and was a 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. When he was younger, he was a volunteer with the Sutherland Fire Department and later served on the boards of the Senior Center and Riverview Cemetery. 

Melvin was a loving husband and a great father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening but especially liked to do woodworking and making furniture.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes, of North Platte; children, Ron (Staci) Moritz and Judy (Greg) Gifford, of North Platte, and John (Missy) Moritz, of Kimball, NE; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Moritz, Melissa (Daniel) Lightfoot, Amanda (Nate) Zeller and Corey Gifford, all of North Platte, Allison (Jeff) White, of Lincoln, Erinn Moritz, of Omaha, NE, Sarah Moritz, of Syracuse, NE, and Kaitlin (Jordan) Knaub, of Harrisburg, NE; seven great-grandchildren, Nathanial Gifford, Hunter Lightfoot, Peyton, Abbi and Zachary Zeller, and Colbie and Camden Knaub; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Josie Moritz; sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Carl Schwartzlander; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Mary Moritz; and grandchildren, Michael and Victoria Moritz.

Christian Wake Service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Jim Novakowski. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore and prior to services at the church. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment or the donor's choice. Memorial cards can also be sent to Agnes at 1402 William Avenue, North Platte. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.


                                                            Thomas H. Andrews

THOMAS H. ANDREWS, 62 of Lake McConaughy, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the New Hope Church - Polland Mission Fund or Hospitality House - North Colorado Medical Center Foundation. Condolences can be shared online at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. 

Services will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11am at the New Hope Church in Ogallala, NE with Pastor Eric Wait officiating. No interment of cremains is planned at this time. 

A memorial book signing will be on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala, NE. 

Prairie Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                               Alford Dillehay

Alford R. “Dilly” Dillehay, 83, of Ovid, CO passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Julesburg, CO.  Memorial services will be held Tuesday, March 21st at 10:30 AM at the Ovid Methodist Church with Pastor Kristie Firme officiating.  In Lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Alford’s name to the Ovid Methodist Church or to Hospice of the Plains c/o Rozella Dillehay 415 Main St. Ovid, CO 80744.  Austin-Tennant Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. 


                                                                 Myron Dodson

MYRON E. DODSON, 88 of Venango, NE, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Regent Park Nursing & Rehabilitation in Holyoke, CO.   

Myron was born September 15, 1928 in Holyoke, CO to Ralph and Hazel (Hopkins) Dodson. He attended country school in Colorado during his first few years of elementary school  before attending in Venango and graduating from Venango High School in 1946. 

On December 9, 1948, Myron married Bonnie Ourada at Sterling, CO. The couple made their home in Venango where Myron owned and operated the grocery store. Myron proved to be a successful entrepreneur over the years, purchasing laundromats in both Ogallala and Julesburg in addition to developing a respectable farming operation. He had an uncommon work ethic and ability to balance his many endeavors at once. In the early 1970's Myron stepped away from the grocery store to focus more heavily on farming, which he did until he was 80 years old. As he slowed down in business, Myron became even more active in his church. He was an ardent supporter of Gideons International, and worked hard to aid in their cause of spreading God's Word. 

Myron was blessed with a wealth of varying experiences in life, but he enjoyed family and farming the most. As well as fishing and occasional water skiing, he also enjoyed having his pilot's license, which came in handy on many occasions when trying to obtain replacement parts quickly for his washers and dryers at the laundromats. Regardless of what Myron set out to accomplish his industriousness always served him well, but never got in the way of passing his love for God to the generations that follow.   

Myron was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Brent Dodson; and sister, Norma Jean McCormick. 

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Bonnie Dodson of Venango; daughter, Sharon (Jack)  Johnson of Greenville, SC; son, Scott (Patty) Dodson of Norfolk; 5 grandchildren, Kendra (Wayne) Dennis, Jared Johnson, Joshua (Ruth) Dodson, Christina (Zach) Bridgman, Tricia (Riley) Friesen; 7 great grandchildren, Brandon, Barrett, Blake, Aidan, Charity, Corban and Josephine; brother, Merwin (JoAnn) Dodson of Venango; brother-in-law, Pike McCormick of Lewellen; along with many other relatives and friends.         

Memorials are suggested to the Venango Community Church in Myron's memory. Condolences can be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. 

Services will be Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10am at the Venango Community Church in Venango, NE with Pastor Chris Costrini officiating. Burial will be in the Venango Cemetery. 

Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm until 7pm at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant, NE. 

Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                             Diana Pedersen

DIANA MARIE PEDERSEN, 66 of Brule, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant. 

A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences can be shared online at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. 

Services will be Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10am at St. John's Lutheran Church in Brule, NE with Pastor John Dickmander officiating. Burial will be in the Brule Cemetery. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church on Saturday. 

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala, NE is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                              Edwin Krajewski 

EDWIN KRAJEWSKI, 76 of Grant, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. 

Edwin was born January 29, 1941 in Ogallala, Nebraska to Gerald and Rose (Kumor) Krajewski. Edwin attended rural school southwest of Brandon before graduating from St. Patrick's High School in Sidney with the class of 1958. 

On January 2, 1960, Edwin married LaVonna Whitman at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ogallala. The couple made their home north of Brandon where they farmed and raised their family. Edwin had been involved in farming and agriculture his entire life, and loved nothing more than being involved in the family farm. 

Edwin was a longtime member of the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant and was both a charter and 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Hi-Line Council #778. Edwin loved to farm.  He was a Farm Bureau Board Member for over 20 years, and was a wonderful steward of the land and animals. Edwin served as the keeper and caretaker of countless dogs, cats, pigs and other various animals over the years. He also thoroughly enjoyed the experience of buying and selling cattle. Edwin was a collector of many different things, including die cast toys, belt buckles, coins, and hats, just to name a few. It wasn't uncommon to find Edwin at the auctions, enjoying the company of friends and perusing the items in search of his next collectable. Perhaps most notably, Edwin was a man of family.  Krajewski family gatherings weren't complete without gathering around the table for story-telling and a game of Pitch. Edwin enjoyed being a part of a large family his entire life, with some of his most cherished memories being made alongside his children and grandchildren.  

Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Maya Bibins, and Brother in Law Dwight Beckman. 

Survivors include his wife, LaVonna of Grant; children, Chuck (Linda) Krajewski of Venango, Deb (Kevin) Armknecht of Ogallala, Terry (Kami) Krajewski of Grant, Sheri (Eric L. Sr.) Bibins of Stone Mountain, GA; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 6 siblings, Mary (Andy) Krajewski of Smithfield, Phyllis (Larry) Holscher of Ogallala, Joe (Jody) Krajewski of Grant, Joyce Beckman of Venango, Ruth (Lonnie) Saltz of Raymond, Geri Krajewski-Hobbs of Sacramento, CA; brother-in-law, Sharol (Linda) Whitman of New Liberia, LA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Memorials are suggested to Perkins County Hospital Cardiac Rehab in Edwin's memory. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant with Father Thomas Bush as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery. 

Visitation will be on Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant. 

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                                    Ronald Armstrong

RONALD ARMSTRONG, 69 of Big Springs, former longtime Brule resident, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, CO. 

A memorial has been established in his memory for later designation. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. 

Services will be Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10am at St. John's Lutheran Church in Brule, NE with Pastor John Dickmander officiating. Burial will be in the Brule Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Thursday from 1pm to 7pm with the family present from 4pm to 6pm at Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala, NE. 

Prairie Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                                Jack Stoker

JACK VAL STOKER, 79 of Grant, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant. 

Jack was born December 2, 1937 in Tooele, Utah to Carl R. Stoker and Mary Alice Bracken Stoker. His family moved to Huntsville, Utah where he was raised and lived most of his life. He attended Ogden Valley Schools and graduated from Weber High School in 1956. 

He married Verlayne Richardson on September 19, 1958. Together, they had two sons. They were later divorced but remained friends. He started working for the Utah Dept. of Transportation in 1958 and worked there until his retirement. He had his own construction company, Stoker and Sons Construction and was lovingly known as "Gravel Jack". He was an honest, hard-working man. He enjoyed hunting and riding horses in his younger years, was a good dancer, and loved equipment auctions! 

He married Rosemary Hayden. They then moved to Nebraska and split their time between Utah and Nebraska. They enjoyed the "get-togethers" with Jack's brother and sisters and family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janice; brother-in-law, Russell Drummond; and grandson, Mitchell K. Stoker. 

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; sons, Val J Stoker (Susan) and Jeff L. Stoker (Wendy); 7 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; 1 great grandson; and two more greats on the way; his brother, Jim Stoker (Sue); sisters, Esther Drummond and Jolene Anderson (Cliff); and Rosemary's family, Mary Melody Deaver (John); 5 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. 

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences can be shared online at bullocklongfuneralhome.com. 

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery. 

Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                             Dorothy Milner

Dorothy (Vlasin) Milner 

Longtime resident of the Madrid and Imperial passed away Saturday evening, March 18th, 2017, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial. Dorothy was 94 years of age. 

Survivors Include: 

Son: Neal Vlasin and wife, Barb, of Madrid, NE 

Daughter: Ann Ross of Madrid, NE 

Daughter: Janice Kraus and husband, Chris, of Hyannis, NE 

Son: Mike Vlasin and wife, Peg, of Wray. CO 

Daughter: Teresa Russell and Husband, Dan, of Imperial, NE 

Daughter-In-Law: Lana Vlasin of Seward, NE 

22 Grandchildren 

49 Great-Grandchildren 

3 Great-Great-Grandchildren 

Brother: Don Johnson of Camarillo, CA 

Sister: Adelay Bassler of Tehachapi, CA 

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday morning, March 24th, 2017, 10:30 A.M. at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Imperial, NE with Father Bernard Lorenz celebrating. Interment will be at 2:30 at the Madrid Cemetery, Madrid, NE 

A Rosary will be recited Thursday evening, March 23rd, 2017, 7:30 P.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Imperial, NE 

Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon, March 23rd, 2017, 2:00 P.M - 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home in Imperial. 

A memorial has been established to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Building Fund, Imperial, NE 

On line condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com 

LIEWER FUNERAL HOME ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS 



                                                              Wendell G. Young

Wendell G. Young, 82, died March 21, 2017 in Lincoln, NE.  

Wendell was born September 20, 1934 in Madrid.  He graduated from Madrid High School. Wendell married Janet Villm on December 29, 1955, and served in the Army for 3 years before moving back to Grant in 1961. He lived in Grant, NE and farmed until 1997 when he retired and moved to Lincoln. While in Lincoln, he enjoyed his retirement and spent a lot of time outdoors walking and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He lived at Holmes Lake Apartments until December of 2016, at which time he moved to the Waterford Assisted Living.  

His wife, Janet, preceded him in death.  Survivors include his brother, Calvin (Irma) and sister Carolyn Weins; his daughter, Rhonda True (Bob); sons, Ryan (Shelly), and Rod (Pam); grandchildren, Nick (Mackenzie) Young, Michelle (Drew) Peterson, Cody Andersen (Brittany), Maddison & Torri True, Brayden & Kobe Young, Ashlie Pankonin, Nicholas, Emma & Anthony Izzo; great grandchildren, Kastyn, Braxtyn, Bristyn Young, Carter & Hudson Peterson, Keith & Ethan Andersen.  

A Celebration of Life will be held in Lincoln, NE on March 25th at Holmes Lake Apartment Clubhouse. Graveside services will be held at the Madrid Cemetery on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. A gathering of friends and family will follow the service at Zion Lutheran Church in Grant. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com or aspenaftercare.com. 

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of local arrangements

                                              

                                                           Shirley Finch          

Shirley Finch, 89, of Paxton, died Friday, March 24, 2017, in her home. Survivors include her children: William "Jack" (Vina) Finch of Paxton, Georgia (Roger) Bauerkemper of Ogallala, and Kate (Daniel) Martinez of Thornton, Colo.; one brother Joe Tridle of Glendo, Wyo.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  Friends may sign the Register Book and pay respects on Monday, March 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Draucker Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, Mar. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Draucker Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Baldwin of the Paxton United Methodist Church officiating. Online condolences may be sent to drauckerfuneralhome.com, from which the funeral service will be live streamed, for those unable to attend.  Interment is in the Paxton Cemetery.  Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with the arrangements. 


                                                              Don Majors

Don Majors, longtime resident of Wauneta passed away Friday night, March 24th, 2017, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial. Don was 88 year of age. 

Survivors Include: 

Wife: Bonnie Majors of Wauneta, NE 

Son: Mick Majors and wife, Joyce, of Rural Wauneta, NE 

Daughter: Deborah Kunkel and husband, Jim, of Lamar, NE 

Daughter: Paula Majors of Lincoln, Nebraska 

7 Grandchildren 

7 Great- Grandchildren 

Funeral Services for Don Majors will be held Thursday morning, March 30th, 2017, 10:30 A.M. at the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial, with Pastor David Kahle officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon, March 29th, 2017, 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home in Wauneta. 

A memorial has been established in Don’s memory. 

Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com 

LIEWER FUNERAL HOME ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS 


                                                             George Wegman

George D. Wegman, 74, of Julesburg, CO passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Julesburg. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Austin-Tennant Funeral Home from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29, at the Ovid Methodist Church at 1:30 P.M. with Pastor Kristie Firme officiating.  Interment will follow at the Ovid Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to the George Wegman Memorial Fund c/o Peggy Wegman 15467 S. Cedar St. Julesburg, CO 80737.  Austin-Tennant Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. 


                                                                 Loyal Hornicek

NAME:  LOYAL HORNICEK        AGE: 88 

OF:  CHAPPELL AND FORMER SUNOL RESIDENT 

PASSED AWAY: THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD 

SURVIVORS INCLUDE:  HIS WIFE:  MARY OF CHAPPELL; SON, GARY HORNICEK AND WIFE JULIE OF CHAPPELL; DAUGHTER, JUDY PERRY AND HUSBAND DAN OF KIMBALL;  SISTER:  GLADYS ROBERTS OF NEW ULM, MN, (8)  GRANDDAUGHTERS; (16) GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN AND SEVERAL COUSINS, NIECES, NEPHEWS, AND A HOST OF FRIENDS. 

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR:  LOYAL HORNICEK 

WILL BE HELD AT:  11:00 A.M., SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST IN THE LODGEPOLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WITH REV. DAVID ABBOTT OFFICIATING 

BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS:  WILL BE IN THE CHAPPELL CEMETERY AT 1:30 P.M. SATURDAY 

FRIENDS MAY STOP AT:  THE GEHRIG-STITT CHAPEL ON FRIDAY FROM 1-7:00 P.M. 

MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:  MAY BE MADE IN LOYAL’S NAME TO THE MILLER MEMORIAL CARE CENTER IN CHAPPELL OR THE LODGEPOLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

GEHRIG-STITT CHAPEL & CREMATION SERVICE IS IN CHARGE OF LOYAL’S CARE AND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.


                                                                       John Ferguson

John Ferguson, resident of Imperial and former longtime resident of Dundy County passed away Sunday morning, March 26th, 2017, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home of Imperial. John was 94 years of age. 

Survivors Include: 

Wife: Wilma of Imperial, NE 

Son: Wayne Ferguson and wife, Marlyn, of Parks, NE 

Daughter: Jean Beck and husband, Robert, of Nixa, MO 

Son: Mark Ferguson and wife, Julie, of Imperial, NE 

5 Grandchildren 

10 Great-Grandchildren 

Funeral Services for John Ferguson will be held Friday afternoon, March 31, 2017, 2:00 P.M. (Mountain Time) at the United Methodist Church of Benkelman, with Rev. Lloyd Bley officiating. Interment will follow at the Benkelman Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon, 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (Mountain Time) at Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial, NE 

A memorial has been established in John’s memory 

Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com 

LIEWER FUNERAL HOME ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS.


                                                          Sally Jo Crandell

Sally Jo Crandell, age 59 of North Platte, passed away Thursday March 30, 2017 at Great Plains Health. 

Sally was born on February 1, 1958 in Kimball, NE to Edward D. and Rhetta Mary-Kent (Robinson) Crandell, Sr.  She graduated from Brule High School and then attended Western NE Community College where she received a cosmetology degree.  She opened her own shop, “Sally’s Place”, in Brule.  She later went into the restaurant industry in Brule, Big Springs, Ogallala and Grant.  Sally will be remembered for her excellent cooking skills, especially her baked goods and cream pies.  She was a loving mother, daughter, and sister, and made great friendships wherever she went. 

Sally is survived by her children, Sara (Shawn) Fricke of North Platte, and Elizabeth (Ryan Holechek) Meyer, Douglas Meyer, David Meyer all of Ogallala; 5 grandchildren  Nicholas, Mackenzie, Keagen, Bristol, and Ryder; brothers Edward (Nancy) Crandell Jr. of Iowa and Roger Crandell of Brule; as well as numerous other family members and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.  Cremation was chosen and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. MT Monday April 3, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala with the Reverend Bryan Ernest as Celebrant.  Private family inurnment will be at a later date.  Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from noon until 6:00 p.m. Sunday April 2, 2017 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                            Gabriel Baptiste

GABRIEL JOSEPH BAPTISTE JR., 64 of Ogallala, NE, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, NE. 

Gabe was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on October 16, 1952 to Gabriel Joseph and Julia Rose (Chesney) Baptiste. At age 5, he and his family moved to Venezuela where his passion for music and electronics were soon evident. There was no musical instrument he couldn't master (especially air-guitar, knee-drum and dashboard keyboard). He attended The Abbey School in  Tunapuna, Trinidad. He earned his business degree from Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas, thus starting his life-long love of the mid-west. He became Program Director for KIBZ The Blaze and loved being on the radio.  

His abilities to increase ratings and listenership were proven in multiple markets. This expertise, coupled with his bi-lingual abilities, opened the door to him launching South American television markets including MTV Latino and Telemundo and pioneering innovative technologies while in South Florida. He was called to Los Angeles where he was involved in multiple TV and radio production projects. His final career episode was here in Ogallala where in early 2015 he came to work for RCS doing bi-lingual tech support and creating marketing videos. 

As for Gabe the man, he was intelligent, thoughtful, generous, mischievous, optimistic, humorous, loyal and always humble. He was a friend to all who met him, an artful listener and always made time for friends in need. His storytelling was legendary and his positive energy lit up whatever room he entered. He was a true gentle giant. His departure has left a deep void in the hearts of his friends and his family who adored him. 

Gabe was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his two siblings Bibi Baptiste Pey, of Sydney Australia and Richard Baptiste of Vero Beach, Florida. 

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences can be shared online at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com. 

No services are planned at this time. 

Prairie Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


                                                       Madeline Ciemnoczolowski

Madeline Ciemnoczolowski, 92, of Julesburg, CO passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Julesburg.  A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Julesburg with Father Michael O’Brien celebrating.  Inurnment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.  Memorials can be made in Madeline’s name to the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for Masses c/o Esther Kraus PO Box 97, Madrid, NE 69150.  Austin-Tennant Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. 


                                                          George Harpster

George Leroy Harpster, 66, of Julesburg, CO passed away March 30, 2017 in Julesburg.  Memorial services will be held Monday, April 24th, 2017 at the Julesburg Drag Strip at 10:00 AM.  Memorials can be made to the George Harpster Memorial Fund c/o Tad Hoffman 414 W 2nd St. Julesburg, CO 80737.  Austin-Tennant Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. 

  

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