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Hoch Funeral Homes, Inc. has family-owned funeral homes operating in the Nebraska Sandhills and surrounding area for almost 50 years. Our funeral homes provide all types of services involving traditional burial or cremation with care and compassion. The staff members are committed to providing the best service and assistance possible when families are faced with the loss of a loved one. We appreciate your time in viewing our website today. If there are any questions that you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

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Our Obituaries

Marilyn Jean (Pollei) Schipporeit

June 11, 1934 - May 27, 2018

Marilyn Jean Schipporeit, age 83, passed away May 27, 2018 at Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Marilyn was born June 11, 1934 at Hoquiam, Washington to Herbert and Mona (Kelly) Pollei. Marilyn and her mother moved to California in 1938 after a divorce. She was raised by her step father, Hugh Gilbert who adopted her in 1951. Also in the family household was Hugh's...
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Steven E. "Steve" Hapner

November 17, 1946 - May 24, 2018

Steven Eugene Hapner was born on November 17, 1946 in Richmond, Indiana to Lloyd Eugene Hapner and Doris (Hewitt) Hapner and passed away on May 24, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after suffering from a weak heart. Steve enjoyed cooking, gardening, bird watching, fishing, vacationing with family, playing board games and cards with family and friends. He taught Junior High Sunday...
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Roger W. "Bubba" Fischer

September 27, 1933 - May 20, 2018

Roger William Fischer, better known as "Bubba," was born on September 27, 1933, at Mills, Nebraska, to Alfred and Emma (Ludemann) Fischer. He joined older brothers Lyle and Larry and two sisters, Marlene and Carol June, were born later. He went to rural school around Mills and graduated from Rock County High School in 1951. In 1952, he was joined in marriage to Ione Bolich, and to this union,...
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Roger F. Bernt

August 28, 1948 - May 9, 2018

Roger F. Bernt was born on August 28, 1948 to William George Bernt and Mabel Frances (Janak) Bernt at Stuart, Nebraska, and passed away on May 9, 2018, at Amarillo Texas. In 1956, Roger moved, with his parents, two sisters and uncle, from the family farm northeast of Newport in Rock County to a farm southwest of Stuart in Holt County. Roger attended one-room country schools until going to...
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Richard Lee Goochey

July 23, 1936 - May 1, 2018

Richard Lee Goochey was born on July 23, 1936 in Duff, Nebraska to Verna Louise Goochey and Francis Rittenhouse at Duff, Nebraska. He passed away on May 1, 2018 at the Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Times were difficult in the 1930's and 40's, so Richard's grandparents, Louie and Hanna Goochey raised him. (Richard always joked that his grandparents raised him on goats milk and...
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Harold E. Ammon

April 29, 1921 - April 27, 2018

Harold Edward Ammon, 96 of Bassett, Nebraska passed away peacefully April 27, 2018 at Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Harold was surrounded by family as he entered into his heavenly home. Harold was born at his parent's home on April 29, 1921 to Harold and Addie (Welton) Ammon. Harold spent his almost 97 years in Rock County on a ranch southeast of Bassett. He attended Hammond school and...
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Avis E. (Sawyer) Moore

September 7, 1924 - April 22, 2018

Avis Elizabeth (Sawyer) Moore, 93, died April 22, 2018 at Colonial Manor Skilled Nursing Facility of Randolph, Nebraska. Avis Elizabeth Moore was born on September 7, 1924 in Rock County, Nebraska to Charles and Bessie (Putnam) Sawyer. She grew up on her parent's farm at the confluence of Short Pine and Pine Creek within a short distance from her paternal grandparents,...
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Albert M. Polen

December 5, 1939 - April 9, 2018

Albert Morris Polen, 78, Long Pine, passed away April 9, 2018 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Albert was born in Sparks, Nebraska on December 5, 1939 and attended Bassett High School. He lived in Long Pine Nebraska for over 30 years. He is survived by his sister, Lavonne Polen of Valley, Nebraska, brother, Marlowe Polen (Phyllis May) of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, children, Alica Ward of Ft Worth, Texas...
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Jason Keith Lauer

October 6, 1976 - April 2, 2018

Jason Keith Lauer was born to Jim and Barb (Kops) Lauer on October 6, 1976 in Bassett, Nebraska. He passed away surrounded by family on April 2, 2018 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. From the time he was a little boy, Jason had a mischievous streak, a contagious chuckle and a heart that continued to grow with love as he added endless friends and family to his life. Jason...
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Marilyn M (Hollingsworth) Philben

June 20, 1931 - March 22, 2018

Marilyn Marie Hollingsworth was born on June 20, 1931 to Ira "Bus" F. and Alma B. Hollingsworth in Springview, Nebraska. She passed away on March 22, 2018, in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 86. Marilyn attended and graduated from Keya Paha County High School in 1948. After her Normal Training she taught at Rural Schools for three years. She then married Duane "Fat" Philben on June 3, 1951, at...
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Harry Victor Pedersen

August 4, 1941 - March 21, 2018

Harry Victor Pedersen, 76, of Bassett, Nebraska, passed away on March 21, 2018 at the Grand Island VA Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. Harry was born to Victor and Marjorie (Skillman) Pedersen at Ainsworth, Nebraska on August 4, 1941. He attended country school and then graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1961. He was enlisted in the United States Army from the years of 1964-1966...
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Teresa Lynn "Teri" Burdick

August 23, 1954 - March 20, 2018

Teresa Lynn Burdick (Stech) was born to W. Arden and Roena May (Davis) Stech on August 23, 1954. Teri was the oldest child born and has one younger brother, Dr. Jim Stech, of Lexington, Kentucky. She attended and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1972. She attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan University and then transferred to St. Elizabeth's Radiology School in Lincoln, Nebraska...
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Margie T. (Denny) Cosgrove

August 20, 1944 - March 17, 2018

Margie Theresa (Denny) Cosgrove died on March 17, 2018 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska after losing her battle with cancer at the age of 73 years. Margie was born on August 20, 1944 to Cecil and Erma (Sass) Denny in O'Neill, Nebraska. She graduated from Long Pine High School in 1962 and went on to earn her Cosmetology Degree in Kearney, Nebraska. While she was...
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Josephine V (Carr) Prentice

March 31, 1933 - March 10, 2018

Josephine Victoria Carr was born March 31, 1933 to Josephine (Dillon) Carr and George Carr in Springview, Nebraska. She passed away on March 10, 2018 at her home in Norfolk, Nebraska at the age of 84 years, eleven months and ten days. Josephine was the sixth of seven children. She lived on the Beatty Place north and west of Springview. She attended school 1.5 miles west of their home. ...
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Otto Gerald "Shorty" Schipporeit

March 31, 1935 - March 8, 2018

Otto Gerald "Shorty" Schipporeit, 82 Gerald "Shorty" Schipporeit, the second of six children, was born March 31, 1935, to Otto G. and Sarah Esther (Athey) Schipporeit at Brewster, NE. He died March 8, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE. Gerald started school at the one-room German Valley School, and, when the family moved south of Ainsworth, attended Ainsworth Elementary School...
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Vivien D. (Rauscher) Johnson

March 3, 1927 - March 8, 2018

On March 8, 2018 Vivien Darlene Johnson, daughter of Max and Alice (Esterly) Rauscher, was called home to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Vivien was born on March 3, 1927 and was raised on a farm northwest of Ainsworth. She was a baptized and confirmed member of the Lutheran Church. Vivien attended District 8 Rural School, Johnstown and Ainsworth High School, graduating in 1945. She...
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Mark F Jilg

August 19, 1953 - February 28, 2018

Mark F. Jilg passed away at his home in Bassett, Nebraska on February 28, 2018. Mark was born at the Bassett Hospital on August 19, 1953. He was the youngest born to Frank and Vera (Potratz) Jilg. As a young man Mark enjoyed spending time with family as well as working with the cattle on the family's ranch. He enjoyed camping and canoeing the Niobrara River with friends. Mark graduated Rock...
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Dorothy J. (Spencer) Davis

August 31, 1926 - February 20, 2018

In Valentine, Nebraska, Dorothy Jean Spencer was born on August 31, 1926 to Flossie Pauline (King) and Morris William Spencer. She joined sisters Naoma and Iona Fern. Later siblings included Betty Ann, Bobby, Joyce, and Beverly. She attended elementary grades at schools in and near Sparks, Nebraska. She received her eighth grade diploma on May 25, 1940. She attended Sparks High School...
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Gary M. Kelly

September 19, 1946 - February 19, 2018

Gary Marvin Kelly was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on September 19, 1946 to Grace N. (Gipson) and Marvin H. Kelly. He was the oldest of three siblings, Craig was born on October 1, 1949 (middle), and Christine "Chris" was born on June 12, 1955 (the youngest). He grew up outside of Ainsworth during his younger years. He enjoyed "sicking" the family dogs to chase the cows, regardless of getting...
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Donald E. "Donnie" Richardson

December 15, 1931 - February 18, 2018

Donald E. Richardson was born to Charles Richardson Sr., and Alice (Werthner) Richardson on December 15, 1931. Don was the youngest of seven children. A brother and sister died in infancy, leaving four brothers and 1 sister as survivors. Don attended Ainsworth High School and graduated in 1949. During his four years in high school, Don was known as an outstanding athlete, which included;...
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Norma L. (Dishman) Davis

July 14, 1933 - February 17, 2018

Norma LaVerna (Dishman) Davis July 14, 1933 – February 17, 2018 Norma LaVerna (Dishman) Davis was born in Blaine County, Nebraska to Archie and Bessa (Godfrey) Dishman on July 14, 1933. She was the fifth of six children born to the family. They relocated to a ranch in southern Brown County, where her father labored building a sod house and worked as a plaster mason and her mother...
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Mary Lee (Kern) Baker

October 7, 1925 - February 15, 2018

Mary Lee Kern Baker was born October 7, 1925 in Robinson, Kansas to Jesse and Ione Kern. She passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Ainsworth, Nebraska. Mary graduated from Robinson High School in 1943 and moved with her mother to Ainsworth. Her father had come earlier in 1941 to help in the construction of the Army base in Ainsworth. As a child Mary really did have a pet lamb, Betty, that...
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Ida L. "Leah" Fredericksen

February 7, 1966 - February 1, 2018

Ida L. "Leah" Fredericksen was born February 7, 1966 in Rupert, Idaho to Donald and Joan [Koch] Fredericksen. She left us on February 1, 2018 at her home south of Ainsworth, Nebraska. Her family moved to Talent, Oregon in 1970, where she lived until 2013. Then she moved to Long Pine, Nebraska to help with her parents. She was married and had two children Jori and Drai, who she loved more than...
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Mabel M. (McIntosh) Hespe

February 1, 1921 - February 1, 2018

Mabel Mildred Hespe was born February 1, 1921 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Riley A. McIntosh and Florence M. Pruett. She passed away on February 1, 2018 at the age of 97 at her home in Burton, Nebraska. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of eleven and was baptized in the Missouri River at the age of twelve. In 1934 the family moved from Iowa to a farm near Wewela, South Dakota. She...
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Barbara J. (Skinner) Lamb

August 17, 1931 - January 28, 2018

Barbara Janet Lamb was the first born of Morris and Marie Skinner on August 17, 1931 in Ainsworth, NE. She spent her childhood growing up in the Sandhills prairie with her parents and her brother. Her family was in Nebraska in the summers, as her father was collecting fossils for the Frick Collection at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. In the winter her family moved to New York...
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Karen Ann Philben

August 30, 1949 - January 27, 2018

Karen Ann Philben was born on August 30, 1949 to Ernest "Bud" Philben and Lois (Carr) Philben in Ainsworth, Nebraska. She attended grade school and graduated from Keya Paha County High School in Springview, Nebraska in 1968. From there she went to Denver with her mother and they graduated together with an associates degree in Cosmetology. January 27, 1970 she gave birth to a son Lance Donald...
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Monte L. Osborn

February 16, 1965 - January 19, 2018

Monte Lyn Osborn was born February 16th, 1965 to Lois (Theiman) Osborn and Duane S Osborn. He departed this life on January 19th, 2018, at the age of 52. Monte was in born in O'Neill, NE and lived part of his childhood at his grandparents' farm, Northwest of Ainsworth. He attended Johnstown grade school and later Ainsworth Elementary. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1983. He then...
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Loretta J. "Bubs" Coleman

August 24, 1934 - January 17, 2018

Loretta "Bubs" (Gorball) Coleman was born on August 24, 1934 in Rose, Nebraska to Hugh and Lena "Pearl" (Haszard) Gorball. She grew up near Rose on her family's ranch. She attended her early school years in Rose, and attended Rock County High School in Bassett, Nebraska where she graduated in 1952. She married the love of her life, Bryce Coleman on October 29, 1953 and they made their home in...
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Chaeley Jo Ruegge

June 25, 2000 - January 11, 2018

Chaeley Jo Ruegge was born June 25, 2000 at O'Neill, Nebraska, to David and Jennifer (Adsit) Ruegge. Her life was tragically taken in an automobile accident on January 11, 2018, at Ainsworth, Nebraska. She attended kindergarten at O'Neill Public School and was currently a senior at Ainsworth High School. Chaeley Jo was a beautiful young lady with a smile that would light up a room, and a bright...
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Roger A. McCoy

December 5, 1945 - January 9, 2018

Roger Allen McCoy, 72, of Ainsworth, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Brown County Hospital after a lengthy illness. Roger was born December 5, 1945, the only child of Victor Allen and Martha Rose (Morrow) McCoy at the Ainsworth Hospital. Roger spent most of his formative years living with his grandparents, Clyde and Rachel McCoy, south of town on their farm until he was of school...
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Evelyn D. (Stufft) Moody

April 24, 1933 - January 6, 2018

Evelyn Deloris Moody, 84, of Ainsworth, Nebraska passed away January 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Evelyn was born in rural Brown County to Foster and Ruby Stufft on April 24, 1933. She went to high school at Ainsworth High School and graduated in 1951. Evelyn went on to earn a teaching certificate from Chadron State College and taught for a short time in rural Hooker County. She married Leland...
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Erma Cecelia (Sass) Denny

February 6, 1926 - December 27, 2017

Erma C. Denny, 91, formerly of Long Pine, Nebraska passed away on December 27, 2017, at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska, where she resided for over two years. She was born at Center, Nebraska, on February 6, 1926 to Hans and Theresa (Hoffman) Sass. She was united in marriage to Cecil L. Denny on April 18, 1942, at O'Neill, Nebraska. She had five children and worked...
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Arlynne Marie Reece

December 10, 1950 - December 19, 2017

Arlynne Marie Reece, age 67, of Ainsworth suddenly entered the Kingdom of Heaven, only days after her mother died, on December 19th, 2017 at the Chadron Community Hospital. Arlynne was born on December 10th, 1950 in Lusk, Wyoming to Richard and Susanne Reece, and was the first of four daughters. She attended school in Crawford, NE until 1964 and then in Ainsworth until 1969. Afterwards, she...
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Anita Marie "Skeeter" Biltoft

February 13, 1985 - December 19, 2017

Anita Marie Biltoft was born to Frank and Kathryn (Hapke) Biltoft on February 13, 1985 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. She passed away at her home in Ainsworth on December 19, 2017 Anita attended school in Ainsworth and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 2003. In 2004, she met Steve Cole and decided to make a life together. To this union 3 children were born. Anita enjoyed animals and always had...
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Christopher Jon "Chris" Gudgel

December 13, 2017

Christopher Jon Gudgel, age 49, of Ainsworth Nebraska went to be with his Lord December 13, 2017. He was born February 7, 1968 in Rochester, Minnesota to Willard and Judith (Bernhardt) Gudgel. Christopher lived the first of his years near Rochester where he loved being outdoors in the Minnesota woods catching and bringing home all sorts of creepy crawly things, some even making it into the...
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Susanne Lois "Susie" Reece

May 1, 1932 - December 13, 2017

Susanne Lois "Susie" (Mack) Reece age 85 of Ainsworth, Nebraska joined the Lord's open arms on December 13, 2017 at the Kearney Regional Medical Center, Kearney, Nebraska. She was born on May 1, 1932 at Lusk, Wyoming, to Gerry and Marie (Cammenzind) Mack. Susie grew up near Harrison, Nebraska where she graduated from high School in 1950. She was the eldest of three children. She was married to...
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Mary Lou (Lanz) Knoetzel

May 14, 1933 - December 9, 2017

Mary Lou Knoetzel was born May 14, 1933 in Stuart, Nebraska to Fred and Emma Lanz. She was the oldest of three and adored her little sisters, Alice and JoAnn. Mary Lou learned to work at a very early age and told many stories of helping her Dad in the garden, milking cows or driving through the pasture checking cows. While work was important there was always time for fun. According to the diary...
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Rex E. Arrowsmith

March 2, 1934 - December 8, 2017

Rex Edwin Arrowsmith was born March 3, 1934 to Floyd and Marcella Arrowsmith in Stuart Nebraska. He passed away on December 8, 2017 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett. Rex was educated in rural School District #67 and graduated from Rock County High School in 1951. He attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1955. He served 2 years...
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Freda E. (Dutton) Hinrichs

October 11, 1922 - December 3, 2017

Freda Elizabeth Dutton was born at home in Murray, Iowa on October 11, 1922, to Joseph L. and Clara E. (Emm) Dutton. She had two older brothers, Clifford and Harold and a younger brother Harlan. She grew up near Springview, Nebraska and graduated from high school at Johnstown, Nebraska in 1941. Freda was united in marriage on May 22, 1943, to Frank T. Hinrichs. She passed away at her home in...
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Betty J. (Hallock) Chrans

December 13, 1947 - November 30, 2017


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David C. Croghan

November 1, 1954 - November 15, 2017

David Calvin Croghan was born a few minutes after his identical twin brother, Dale Lyle Croghan on November 1, 1954 to Calvin D. and Virginia A. (Dodds) Croghan in Ainsworth, Nebraska. David attended grade school in Long Pine, Nebraska and graduated in Bassett, Nebraska. He met Robin Tuttle on 1979 and they were blessed with one son, Jason David Croghan in 1981. David went to be with his Lord...
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Robert Lee Morton

June 4, 1962 - November 2, 2017

Morton, Robert Lee age 55 Passed away November 2nd, 2017 in Bassett, NE. He was born June 4th, 1962 to Jerry Lee and Mary Elizabeth (Huston) Morton in Atkinson, NE. Robert was a graduate of Rock County High School in 1981. Robert moved to Lincoln, NE in 1984 and moved back to Bassett, NE in 2016. Robert is survived by his children; daughters Elizabeth (Morton) and spouse Jason Kadavy,...
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Staley Gene "Swede" Osborn

July 24, 1927 - October 30, 2017

Staley "Swede" Gene Osborn was born July 24, 1927 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He passed away on October 30, 2017 at the Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska. The son of Ray and Mildred "Dot" (Rucker) Osborn, he was born in the house of his grandparents, R.F. Osborn and Mary(Winter) Osborn. His grandmother Mary delivered him. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth....
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JoLynn (Wheeler) Buck

April 27, 1975 - October 18, 2017

JOLYNN (WHEELER) BUCK JoLynn Buck, 42, of Saint Edward Nebraska passed away October 18, 2017 at Cloverlodge Care Center. JoLynn was born in Valentine, Nebraska to Lyle and Dorothy (McGuire) Wheeler on April 27, 1975, one of eight children. As a child, "Jo" attended grade school in Long Pine where she grew up. She was involved in basketball and later attended Rock County High School. Shortly...
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Irma L. (Langer) Frederickson

May 28, 1924 - October 18, 2017


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Lorraine (Bourn) Lopez

July 28, 1945 - October 13, 2017


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Thomas J. "Tom" Lutz

August 4, 1927 - September 30, 2017

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Lutz was born August 4, 1927 in Plankinton, South Dakota. He was the youngest of five children, born to Lawrence and Ruth (Jones) Lutz. Tom passed away on September 30, 2017 in North Platte, Nebraska at the age of 90. Tom spent his younger years in Plankinton helping his mother on the family farm and attending school. While attending a dance in White Lake, South Dakota,...
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Twilla June (Woods) Lehn

June 2, 1928 - September 29, 2017

Twilla June Lehn, 89, widow of John A. Lehn, passed away on September 29, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska at Sumner Place Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation. She was one of six children born to Mabel and John Woods born on June 2, 1928 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Until moving to Lincoln in August 2016, Twilla lived in Ainsworth her entire life. Twilla and John met while cruising Main Street in Long Pine,...
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Shamus Hartgrave

May 16, 1975 - September 21, 2017

Shamus Hartgrave of Bassett, Nebraska, left this world on Thursday, September 21, 2017. He was born ton May 16, 1975 to Mary Ann (DeBolt) and John C. Hartgrave in Bassett, Nebraska. In his youth, his family lived in Norfolk, Nebraska, Long Pine, Nebraska, and Alliance, Nebraska, but after graduating, Shamus decided to return to his roots in Bassett, Nebraska. Shamus began dating Sonya Belmont...
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Mercedes F. (Burrows) Johnson

November 5, 1921 - September 16, 2017

Mercedes (Burrows) Johnson life story; Mercedes Florene Burrows was born in rural Sterling, Nebraska on November 5, 1921. Her parents were Earl and Mabel (Culp) Burrows. She had one older brother, Durward. The family lived in rural Adams, Nebraska until 1925, when they bought a ranch twelve miles north of Johnstown, Nebraska. Mercedes grew up in this beautiful area of the Sandhills which she...
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James Otis "Jim" Harlan

June 4, 1933 - September 15, 2017

James Otis Harlan was born at home, in the Sybrant neighborhood south of Bassett, Nebraska, on June 4, 1933, to Margaret and Ora Harlan. Mrs. Stout, a neighbor lady, was the midwife; she had delivered most of his seven older brothers and sisters, and delivered his younger sister three years later. He was born in the Depression years, and although money was scarce, love was not. He grew up in a...
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Gene Arthur Schlueter

May 17, 1940 - September 10, 2017

Gene Arthur Schlueter, 77, died on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at his home, southwest of Wood Lake, Nebraska. Gene was born May 17, 1940 in Valentine, Nebraska, to Arthur LeRoy and Aileen Harriet (Petersen) Schlueter. He was welcomed home by one sister, Karen. Gene lived all of his childhood on the family ranch southwest of Wood Lake, going to Wood Lake Rangers 4-H meetings and showing Hereford...
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Elmer R. Sharp

April 29, 1926 - September 7, 2017

Elmer Ray Sharp, 91 of Long Pine, Nebraska, died on September 7, 2017 at Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Elmer and his twin sister, Elnora were the last of five children born on April 29, 1926, to Lewis and Ethel (Firth) Sharp in his family home north of Long Pine. They later moved into town where he received his education. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps during...
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Lyle J. "Jack" Jones

December 25, 1923 - September 3, 2017

Lyle "Jack" Jones was born north of Ainsworth on December 25, 1923 to John and Mary (Waits) Jones, the youngest of 10 children. Jack graduated from high school in Ainsworth, NE. He entered US Army-Infantry September 8, 1945. He trained at Camp Roberts, California and served overseas. He was honorably discharged January 17, 1947. On February 4, 1947 Jack was united in married to Dorothy E....
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Elmer W. Andersen

April 19, 1918 - August 28, 2017

Elmer Woodrow Andersen was born April 19, 1918 and was 99 years old when he passed away August 28, 2017 in the Sandhills Care Center, Ainsworth Nebraska. He was born on a ranch near Elsmere, Nebraska to Jens and Kirsten Andersen, his three siblings were Einar, Donavan, and Edith Keller. The Andersen family moved frequently in Cherry and Brown Counties until settling on what they referred to...
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Mary M. (Huffman) "Memo" McMullen

August 14, 1944 - August 25, 2017

Mary "Memo" McMullen was born on August 14, 1944 to Mary (Brion) and M.B. Huffman. She passed away in Bassett, Nebraska on August 25, 2017. Mary lived with her parents on the family ranch in Wheeler County after her father's return from service in World War II. The family moved to Ewing, Nebraska where her parents owned and operated the Farmers State Bank. After they purchased the Commercial Bank...
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Paul E. Josoff

March 6, 1943 - August 22, 2017

Paul E. Josoff passed away peacefully at his home on August 22, 2017. Paul was born March 6, 1943 in Omaha Nebraska. He is the eldest of five children born to Ruby (Grinnell) and Eli Josoff. He graduated from Omaha South High School in 1960 and was proud to be an SOB "South Omaha boy." He was a Fire Sprinkler Fitter for over 30 years and belonged to Local 669, UA. Paul retired to Long Pine...
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Esther L. Zeigler

March 1, 1922 - August 20, 2017

Esther Laura Augusta Zeigler, 95, of Ainsworth, Nebraska passed away August 20, 2017 at Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska. Esther was born at her grandmother's house, in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Louis and Marie (Chrust) Schneidereit on March 1, 1922; the oldest of five children. Esther's long, hard-working, prosperous and influential life began. As a child, she attended...
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Gene A. Allen

January 31, 1937 - August 19, 2017

Gene A. Allen, age 80, was born to Martha (Farris) and Clarence Allen on January 31, 1937, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He departed this life and entered into the gates of Heaven on August 19, 2017. Gene was baptized and became a member of the Highland Grove Church on Palm Sunday, March 21, 1948. On that blessed day, other members of his family were also baptized, including his mother Martha,...
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William Arden "Arden" Stech

March 19, 1925 - August 8, 2017

William Arden Stech passed away on August 8, 2017 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska. Arden was born on March 19, 1925 to John and Jessie Fay (Childs) Stech of Powell, Wyoming. His family moved to Chadron, Nebraska where he went to high school and Chadron State College. He was inducted into the United States Army in July of 1943. He served as a combat infantry...
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Michael Kurtz "Mick" Clapper

August 24, 1945 - July 29, 2017

Retired Major Michael Kurtz Clapper "Mick" passed away at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska July 29, 2017. Mick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jack and Francina (Kurtz) Clapper on August 24, 1945. He joined the United States Air Force at age 17 upon graduating high school and was trained in intelligence. His initial duty station was Alaska where he first discovered boxing and won the State Golden...
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Alfred E. "Al" "Shippy" Schipporeit

May 21, 1930 - July 26, 2017

Alfred Ernest "Shippy" Schipporeit, age 87, passed away July 26, 2017 at Brookstone View in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Al was born on the Schipporeit Ranch north of Brewster, Nebraska in German Valley, May 21, 1930 to Ernest and Bertha (Weihs) Schipporeit. Al was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in German Valley. After starting his education in a one room country school District ...
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Richard John Seadore

April 17, 1929 - Unknown

Richard John Seadore was born April 17, 1929, at Stamford, Jackson County, South Dakota to John and Ella Seadore. He was the first living child of a family of 10. At a young age his parents moved him to Milaca, Minnesota, the home of his Mother's Father. They later moved to Nebraska and lived in the Johnstown and Wood Lake areas before settling in Long Pine. Richard worked for a couple of...
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Jerry M. Focken

January 8, 1955 - July 17, 2017

Jerry Myron Focken, was born at Atkinson, Nebraska on January 8, 1955, to Don and Beulah (Brainard) Focken. He was the third of five children. Jerry attended Kirkwood Country School north of Newport, Nebraska and later graduated from Rock County High School in 1973. On a cold night in December of 1974, he met the love of his life, Peggy Cerv at a dance in Carlock, South Dakota. It took Jerry...
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June D. (Snelson) Kelly

February 10, 1927 - July 14, 2017

June Kelly was born on February 10, 1927 at Ewing, Nebraska to Emel and Iva (Goodwin) Snelson. She graduated from Long Pine, Nebraska on May of 1944. June was married to Paul Laughead in 1945, and two children were born, Paul and Renda. The marriage ended in a divorce. June later married Leslie Kelly on December 18, 1954 at Long Pine, Nebraska. One daughter, Velda was born in 1956. June...
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Brian D. "Fuzzy" Gaskins

March 18, 1962 - June 21, 2017

Brian Dean Gaskins was born on March 18, 1962 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. His parents were Orville and Opal (Allen) Gaskins. Brian passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at his home west of Ainsworth at the age of 55 years. Brian spent most of his life in Brown County, living south of Ainsworth as a small child and later just west of town. Brian "grew up outside" having all kinds of pets; dogs,...
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Twila Mae (Diehl) Kepler

May 1, 1924 - June 21, 2017

Twila Mae (Diehl) Kepler was born May 1, 1924 to Wilbur and Pearl (Cameron) Diehl at Pawnee County, Nebraska, and passed away on June 21, 2017 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett. Twila's family moved back to Rock County and she graduated from Rock County High School. She taught for two years in country schools in Rock and Brown County. Twila loved to dance and she met her...
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Peggy A. (Wiley) Larson

February 7, 1934 - June 21, 2017

Peggy Ann (Wiley) Larson was born February 7, 1934 in Burton, Nebraska to Lucille (Lewis) and Louis Wiley. She passed away at the Rock County Long Term Care on June 21, 2017 at the age of 83. The Wewela, South Dakota and Burton, areas are where Peggy spent her childhood. She attended rural schools and graduated in the class of 1951 from Keya Paha County high school in Springview, Nebraska. A...
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Carlean Mae (Nordstrom) Stern

March 30, 1937 - June 13, 2017

Carlean Mae Stern was born a twin on March 30, 1937 to Eddie and Alta (Burdick) Nordstrom at Winner, South Dakota. She and her twin brother Carl, had an older brother, Edward, and a younger brother, Robert. She left to go to her heavenly home on June 13, at the Winner Regional Health Care Facility at Winner, South Dakota at the age of 80. Most of her young life, she lived on a farm east of...
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Louise Ann (Weber) "LouAnn" Williams

May 26, 1937 - June 12, 2017

Louise Ann "LouAnn" (Weber) Williams was born at home on May 26, 1937 in Butte, Nebraska to Minnie (Tiefenthaler) Weber and Raymond J. Weber. She passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska at the age of 80 years. LouAnn attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic grade school and graduated from Butte Public High School in 1955. After...
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A. Voy Alderman

September 27, 1916 - May 27, 2017

Voy Alderman of Bassett, Nebraska was born September 27, 1916 in Springview, Nebraska to Harry and Ella (Williams) Carr, and passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 100 years and eight months. Her dad nicknamed her "Topsy" and her six siblings always referred to her as "Tops." Her family moved from Springview (Keya Paha County) in...
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George M. Hipke

November 26, 1915 - May 16, 2017

George Hipke passed away Tuesday, May 16th at the Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth, at the age of 101. George Maurice Hipke was born Nov. 26, 1915 at Clarks, Nebraska, the third of eleven children born to Roy William and Sophia Charlotte (Zwiebel) Hipke. At a young age, his family moved to Holt County where he grew to adulthood. George and five of his brothers were called up to serve their...
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James A. "Jim" Carr

March 1, 1935 - May 10, 2017

James "Jim" Amaniuel Carr was born on March 1,1935 in Springview, Nebraska to Fred and Edna Lucille (Boshart) Carr. He joined an older brother, John. Jim grew up in the Springview area, graduating from Keya Paha High School in 1953. He then went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and began teaching in Scotia, Nebraska. ...
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Audrey E. (Brewer) Christensen

April 28, 1927 - May 1, 2017

Audrey Ellen (Brewer) Christensen was born on April 28, 1927 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Bertha C. (Roach) and Lloyd H. Brewer. When she was nine years old the family moved to Forest Grove, Oregon due to her father's ill health. (Her youngest brother, Ronald E., was born while living in Oregon.) Audrey attended the fifth grade in Oregon, after which the family returned to Ainsworth. Her father...
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Evelyn L. (Irwin) Allen

September 9, 1932 - April 29, 2017

Evelyn Louise (Irwin) Allen was born on September 9, 1932 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Mark and Rachel (Wigent) Irwin. She graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1950 and went on to teach one year at a rural school. Evelyn worked as a waitress for a short time. While roller skating in Long Pine, Nebraska she met Wayne Allen and were united in marriage on December 28, 1954. To this union five...
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Karen M. "Peg" Raymond

February 2, 1940 - April 25, 2017

Karen Margaret "Peg" Raymond was the youngest of three daughters born to Thora (Heggelund) and Bateson Kimball, on February 2, 1940, in Gregory, South Dakota. She graduated from Gregory High School in 1958 and the University of South Dakota in 1962 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She taught English and Business in Milbank, South Dakota for several years. On June 27, 1964, she married John...
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Jessica Tate (Hempel) Anderson

April 3, 1974 - April 20, 2017

Jessica Tate (Hempel) Anderson, age 43 of Ainsworth, Nebraska, passed away April 20, 2017, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska. She was born April 3, 1974, in Ainsworth, Nebraska, to Richard and Anita Hempel. Jessica grew up with an older sister (Julie) and younger brother (Jared) in Long Pine, Nebraska, where she attended grade school and junior high. She had a very...
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Marilyn F. (Hawks) Krause

December 22, 1929 - April 20, 2017

Marilyn F. (Hawks) Krause was born December 22, 1929 to Phillip and Bertha (Ward) Hawks near Elgin, Nebraska. Marilyn passed away on April 20, 2017 at the Sandhills Care Center at the age of 87 years. As many fathers did, her dad delivered her on the farm six miles west and one and a half miles south of Elgin. When Marilyn was seven, her dad was asked politely to leave the county, due to his ...
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Ronnie Nicole Porter

July 1, 1981 - April 17, 2017

Ronnie Nicole Porter "Pooh Bear" This is not a normal obituary, for it is written for an extraordinary woman. Ronnie Nicole Porter lost her long and courageous battle with cancer, in the early morning hours of Monday April 17, 2017. Ronnie started doing things "her own way" from birth, on July 1, 1981, by arriving on her own time, not on the due date. She continued this theme until her...
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Erwin L. Keim

January 31, 1926 - April 4, 2017

Erwin Lee Keim, age 91, passed away on April 4, 2017 at O'Neill, NE. He was born January 31, 1926 to Frank and Gertrude Keim. He was the youngest of 8 children and spent his boyhood years on the family farm in and near the Plum Creek canyon, north of the Mabelo community. He was drafted into the US Army in July of 1944 and took basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. He was shipped...
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Donald R. "Don" Rossenbach

September 11, 1927 - March 31, 2017

Donald Ray Rossenbach was born to John and Alma (Graber) Rossenbach on September 11, 1927 at Ainsworth, Nebraska. At the age of four, he started country school at District #21, Norden, Nebraska, riding horseback with his mother each way until he could saddle a horse by himself. He grew up on the family farm and ranch southeast of Norden, later attending Keya Paha County High School, graduating at...
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Carol M. (Meads) Chase

July 11, 1930 - March 28, 2017

Carol M. Chase of Ainsworth, Nebraska was born July 11, 1930, at Callaway, Nebraska to Marshall and Veneta (Nansel) Meads, and passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 86. There are the obvious titles that describe Carol. Words such as, "wife," "mother," "sister," "grandmother," and "friend." And then there are descriptive words that dig...
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Teresa L. (Rich) Percival

January 24, 1958 - March 23, 2017

Teresa "Terri" Lynn (Rich) Percival was born on January 24, 1958 to William Frank and Retha (Pickens) Rich Sr. in Wichita Falls, Texas. Teresa and her brother, Billy and sister, Debra, lived in Arkansas with their mother until the untimely death of her mother and sister. She and Billy moved with their father to Georgia where she lived out her childhood, graduating from Swainsboro (GA) High...
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David Duane Harlan

November 5, 1953 - March 6, 2017

David Duane Harlan, age 63, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home in Bassett, Nebraska. David was born November 5, 1953 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. His parents were Levi D. and Eula (Thomas) Harlan. He grew up in Bassett and received his education from Bassett Grade School and Rock County High School. David was united in marriage to Phyllis Kroenke on June 2, 1979 at Dodge, Nebraska. To this...
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Frank E. "Junior" Weander, Jr.

October 26, 1924 - March 3, 2017

Frank E. Weander Jr. passed away March 3, 2017 at the Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 92. "Junior" was born at Bassett, Nebraska on October 26, 1924 to Katherine (Krause) and Frank Weander. He and his ten other siblings grew up around the Long Pine area. He attended grade school for a short period of time, but soon left due to having to go to work to help the family. ...
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Robert D. "Bob" Scott

March 13, 1923 - February 28, 2017

Robert Donald Scott was born to Alexander and Ida (Weber) Scott on March 13, 1923 in Merriman, Nebraska, the second of four children. He passed away on February 28, 2017 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Bob was raised in Merriman and graduated from Merriman High School. He was united in marriage to Dora Elizabeth Ricedorff on June 6, 1943. They had two children, a daughter, Pam and a son, Rick. Bob...
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Leslie Dean "Les" Farris, Jr.

October 10, 1951 - February 20, 2017

Leslie Dean Farris passed away on February 20, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska. Les was born on October 10, 1951 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, to Birdeen (Crooker) and Leslie M. Farris. He grew up in South Dakota and then Ainsworth, surrounded by a loving close-knit extended family. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1969 and subsequently attended Parks School of Business in Denver, Colorado. In...
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Marcella E. (Johnson) Welke

December 1, 1921 - February 19, 2017

Marcella was the youngest of four girls, born to Cora Eva (Stich) and Cincinnatus Johnson on December 1, 1921, at home on a farm four miles east of Ainsworth, Nebraska, and passed away on February 19, 2017 with her daughter and family by her side in Sterling Heights, Michigan at the age of 95 years, two months and 18 days. She attended and graduated from Ainsworth High School. Marcella was...
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Leslie W. "Les" Graff

April 6, 1914 - February 10, 2017

Leslie W. Graff was born on April 6, 1914 to Frank and Emma (Thompson) Graff at Johnstown Nebraska. He grew up on the family ranch on Plum Creek north of Johnstown. The ranch was homesteaded in 1896 and has been in the Graff family for over 100 years. Leslie attended rural school district #32 north of Johnstown through eighth grade and high school in Johnstown. He rode a horse three miles...
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Amber A Frerichs

October 25, 1995 - February 4, 2017

Amber Annette Frerichs was God's gift to this world in the early morning hours of October 25th, 1995, at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Nebraska. Welcoming her were her parents Barry and Amy Frerichs and two year old brother Brennan Frerichs of rural Long Pine, Nebraska. She and Brennan enjoyed a childhood filled with adventures out in the trees, building their fort, watching "Out of...
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Charles J. 'Charlie" Fuller

October 20, 1944 - January 30, 2017

Staff Sergeant Charles Justus Fuller born October 20, 1944 and went to the Lord on January 30, 2017. He was born to Harrison Ilo and Irene (Tyler) Fuller. Charlie served in the United States Army from September of 1962 to October of 1972. He served a total of 54 months in Vietnam. After his time in the army he went to Oklahoma. He spent 22 years there until returning home to Bassett. During...
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Marvin J. "Tiny" Reynolds

March 25, 1939 - January 24, 2017

Marvin John "Tiny" Reynolds, 77, of Bassett, died January 24, 2017, at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. He was born March 25, 1939, to Eldon Loren and Betty Maria (Dunbar) Reynolds in Almeria, Loup County, Nebraska. Growing up in southern Rock County, Marvin developed lifelong friendships with the Swanson boys. Many days they could be found tearing through the Sandhills with their...
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Doris M. (Moyer) Weddel Olson

June 25, 1921 - January 22, 2017

Doris May, daughter of Carl C. and Laurel Edith (Everingham) Moyer, was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska, June 25, 1921, and departed this life January 22, 2017 at Good Samaritan Pine View in Valentine, Nebraska. She attended Ainsworth public schools until her junior year in high school, and on her fifteenth birthday, she, with her parents and brother Bob, moved to Springview. Doris finished her...
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Jonas J. "Joney" Dillon, Jr.

November 25, 1939 - January 3, 2017

Jonas "Joney" Jonathan Dillon, Jr. was born November 25, 1939 to Jonas Sr. and Ortha I. (Rix) Dillon in Ainsworth, Nebraska. At age 15, he quit school to work with his father with the Keya Paha County Road Department making bridges. In the summer of 1957, he was en route to work for Jack Jones in Rose, Nebraska but Verg Rockford caught him on the road and hired him to work on the L. E. Ray Ranch...
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Alda M. (Moon) Ellis

February 26, 1937 - January 3, 2017

Alda Mae (Moon) Ellis, was born on February 26, 1937, at Stuart, Nebraska to Fred and Margaret (Johnson) Moon, and passed away on January 3, 2017 at the Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska, just shy of her 80th birthday from the adverse affects of COPD. They lived on a farm south of Stuart. She has one brother Donald Moon. Alda worked as a waitress in her early years, but was always trying to...
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Dale E. Mundorf

March 12, 1946 - January 1, 2017

Dale Eugene Mundorf, age 70, was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on March 12, 1946 to James D. and Lorena M. (Fernau) Mundorf. As a young child his family lived in various places. They finally settled in Long Pine where he graduated from Long Pine High School in 1964. Dale attended Chadron State College for 1 ½ years. He left college for a while and during this time he worked on a ranch. Later...
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Melton A. "Mel" Crisman

October 15, 1933 - December 20, 2016

Melton A. "Mel" Crisman was born October 15, 1933 in Wagner, South Dakota to Roy and Grace (Rude) Crisman. He was the seventh of nine children, joining Roy Jr., Glyde, Roland, Burton, Gloria, and Ken, with Betty and Clark to follow. Mel grew up in Wagner and helped on the family farm. He attended school in Ravinia, South Dakota graduating in 1951. Following graduation, Mel enlisted in the...
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Cooper Simon Stewart

July 21, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Cooper Simon Stewart was born on July 21, 2016 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill, Nebraska to Lucas and Melissa (Heine) Stewart of Long Pine, Nebraska. He was baptized into God's loving family on October 23, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett, Nebraska. Cooper was called to his heavenly Father on December 17, 2016, just shy of 5 months of age at Avera McKennan Hospital in...
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Laura May (Hutcheson) Alderman

January 9, 1927 - December 16, 2016

Laura May (Hutcheson) Alderman, 89, passed away on December 16, 2016 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. She was born on January 9, 1927 in Newport, Nebraska, the seventh child of Leslie "Shorty" and Sadie (Moss) Hutcheson of Long Pine, Nebraska. Laura married Lloyd James "Sunny" Alderman on June 15, 1948 in Gering, Nebraska. Laura and Lloyd found they had an unusual common connection....
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Teresa B. (Downing) Wilkins

April 17, 1918 - December 15, 2016

Teresa Belle (Downing) Wilkins, age 98, was born April 17, 1918, near Wood Lake, Nebraska. She was one of 12 children born to Halsey and Julia Downing. Most of her early life was spent near the banks of the Niobrara River north of Wood Lake. She attended the Rocky Ford School in Cherry County. If the weather cooperated, she and her siblings made the three mile trek on foot carrying their lunch in...
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