Gary R. Cooper, age 73, of North Platte, died December 13, 2016 at the Denver Hospice. A Celebration of Life Service will be January 7, 2017 at the Quality Inn and Suites from 5-8. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Duane Alvin Dodson, age 83, of Maywood, NE, passed away of pancreatic cancer at his home on Sunday, December 25, 2016.
Duane was born September 18, 1933, to Harold and Dorothea (Loghry) Dodson in Frontier County, NE, and grew up on the ranch. During grade school he attended a one-room school in Buchanan School District #73 in rural Lincoln County then graduated from high school at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, NE, in 1951. Duane later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Korea from 1953-55. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1955 then returned to Nebraska.
On October 14, 1956, Duane was united in marriage to Beverly L. Gale of Cody, NE. The couple made their home in Well Canyon where they raised four children. Duane was a lifelong rancher, longtime 4-H leader, and member of the Maywood Christian Church where he served as elder.
Duane was also very active in the community, serving on various boards which included the Maywood Co-op, Federal Land Bank, Middle Republican Natural Resources District, McCook Public Power District, Nebraska Generation & Transmission, and the Maywood School Board for 24 years. His past memberships included the Nebraska Stock Growers, Lincoln County Cattlemen, Nebraska Cattlemen, Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance (LCRA), American Legion and V.F.W. Duane had received the Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Award in November 1968, the Middle Republican NRD Conservation Award in 2000, and the Nebraska Society of Range Management Rangeland Award in 2002.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly, of Maywood; children, Bruce (Sherri) Dodson, of North Platte, NE, Dallas (Kandi) Dodson, of Valentine, NE, Jan (Todd) Deatrich, of Maywood, and David (Chris) Dodson, of Ainsworth, NE; and his sister, Eileen (Sonny) Shirley, of North Platte.
Survivors also include his grandchildren, Devin (Julia) Dodson, of Park City, KS, Chase Dodson, of North Platte, Lindee (Shane) Miller, of North Platte, Nate (Beth) Dodson, of Chicago, IL, Shoni (Davin) Doyle, of Yuma, CO, Miranda Dodson, of Kearney, NE, Dex (Jill) Dodson, of Cambridge, NE, Tell (Bekah) Deatrich, of Maywood, Dotti (Greg) Loomis, of Stuart, NE, Darbe Dodson (fiancé, Trevor Ramm), of North Platte and Davi Dodson, of Ainsworth; great-grandchildren, Declan, Gwen and Lizzy Dodson, Braelee and Landyn Miller, and Merrick and Ian Doyle; as well as many nieces, nephews and other family.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Dorothea Dodson; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Bud Mayfield; and grandson, Landon Dodson.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Maywood Jr.-Sr. High School gymnasium with Pastor Dale Heimer officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Maywood Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore or prior to the service in Maywood. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Maywood Community Hall, Maywood Christian Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Donor’s Choice. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Ruth Frels, age 105, of Sutherland, NE passed away December 21, 2016 at the Sutherland Care Center.
Memorials are suggested to the Sutherland United Methodist Church and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Cremation was chosen and memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday January 4, 2017 at the Sutherland United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Douglas Delp officiating. Inurnment will follow at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens in North Platte. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who’s already served time in Nebraska and Florida is returning to a prison cell.
45-year-old John King was sentenced Wednesday in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln. He’d pleaded guilty to possessing drugs and two counts of theft after prosecutors dropped other charges.
Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Morgan Smith said during the sentencing hearing that King’s life has been almost 30 years of crime interrupted only by prison stays. But King said he was tired of being viewed as a self-serving con artist.
He told Judge Jodi Nelson: “I want you to know there is good in me.”
Nelson told him that incarceration was necessary to protect the public from his schemes. She gave him nine to 14 years in prison.
Barbara Ann “Loftus” Johnson, 84, of North Platte, passed away on December 18, 2016. She was born on May 24, 1932 in Lushton, Nebraska to Galen and Doris (Sloniger) Loftus. Barbara was an only child, living her younger years in Julesburg, Colorado before moving to North Platte. She graduated from St. Pat’s High School with the class of 1949. Barbara worked at Northwestern Bell and then married Bud Johnson. To this union three children were born, Edward (Pam) Johnson, Marcia Collins and Carol (Donald) Dailey. After Barbara raised her children, she worked for Leonard and Mendal Hirschfeld at Hirschfeld Clothing as a very accomplished seamstress. Barb could take any garment and tailor make it for a perfect fit. She loved working with her hands, sewing and making beautiful cross stitch pieces and she was very proud of her work. Each Christmas, family was excited to see what Christmas ornament they would receive. Bud and Barb spent many hours at the lake enjoying their cabin, fishing and their many friends. Barbara was a very loving , kind and caring lady and will be missed by many. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior. She is survived by son, Ed (Pam) Johnson of North Platte; daughters Marcia Collins of Omaha, and Carol (Don) Dailey of North Platte; grandchildren; Julie (Ben) Miller, Tony Johnson, Jason (Gina) Sommer, Danny (Rachele) Dailey, David (Cashia) Dailey, Amber Gamble, Adam Dailey, Brian (Yadira) Collins, Andrea Cortes, 20 great-grandchildren, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, a granddaughter and her husband, Michelle and Mike Speer and their daughters. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com. Memorials have been established to Great Plains Hospice and the Episcopal Church of Our Savior. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 22 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne Douglas Diener, age 71, of North Platte, NE, died Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Great Plains Health.
Wayne was born October 13, 1945, to Harry Lynn and Elsie Adeline Smith Diener in North Platte and grew up in Albion and Ord, NE. He graduated from Albion High School in 1963 and had earned his Eagle Scout Award. Wayne then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln before proudly serving in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1971. He eventually received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Eastern Washington University at Spokane, WA.
Wayne’s work had an impact on all lives. While working for Notifier Corp. in Lincoln, he designed the first microprocessor based fire/burglar alarm system around 1978 and worked on one of Notifier’s security systems installed in the World Trade Centers. Wayne later worked for Otis Elevator Company and designed the major controller for their next generation of elevators. From there he went to work for Keytronic in 1991 and designed upgrades to IBM computer keyboards. By 1999 Wayne was employed by Qualcom and given the task of developing the system that allowed manufacturers to design cell phones, called 2G at that time then 3G. So every time you use a cell phone, there’s a little part of Wayne in it.
Wayne retired in 2000 then returned to North Platte in 2011 due to health concerns and to be closer to his family.
He is survived by his sister, Nancy (Louis) Stoeger, of Maywood, NE; brother, Gale (Catherine) Diener, of Spokane, WA; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Diener and Elsie Watkins, and stepfather, Clarence Watkins; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Doug Durbin; and niece, Shaylynn Hagan.
Cremation was chosen. Graveside Memorial Service with Military Honors will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, south of Maxwell. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or at the graveside. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Marcella Grace “Sally” Peters, 85, of North Platte passed away December 17, 2016 at Great Plains Health.
Sally was born July 9, 1931 in Ashby, Nebraska to Harry and Lelia (Warner) Paige. She graduated from Ashby High School in 1949, and was united in marriage to Richard Peters June 2, 1949. The couple lived in various places, moving with the railroad, while living in a railroad car, before settling in the Ashby-Hyannis area where they owned and operated Dick’s Repair Shop. To this union 3 children were born, Richard, Tammy, and Robert.
Sally moved to Alliance where she worked for Dayco until her retirement, then moved to North Platte where she spent her retirement years helping elderly people, volunteering to drive others to church and delivering meals.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, camping, fishing, going to Hardee’s and Chinese food!
She was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church where she was very active in their ministries.
Survivors include her children, Richard (Risa) Peters of North Platte, Tammy DeVoogd, and Robert (Melody) Peters all of Alliance, NE; sisters, Hariett Bahl of North Platte, and Prudy Bills of Colorado; grandchildren, Fred (Dawn) Peters of Hershey, Becki (Gilbert) Peters of North Platte, Sandi (Devin) Ruff of Sutherland, Danielle DeVoogd of Alliance, Tara (Wil) Smith of Littleton, CO, and Christina (David) Bryant of Highlands Ranch, CO; 16 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Sebastian Silos.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Waylon DeVoogd; and a brother, Gary Paige.
Memorials may be made to the Riverside Baptist Church and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Riverside Baptist Church 1600 East 2nd, North Platte, NE with the Reverend Dwain Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. MST at the Ashby Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Eva E. Swedberg, age 86, of North Platte, went to Heaven on January 16, 2016 at Great Plains Health. Eva was born on November 7, 1930 in North Platte, the fifth child of Ray and Hazel (Pittman) Eberly.
When growing up, Eva was her father’s helper, milking cows, doing chores, and even breaking horses. Her mother Hazel was a volunteer at the Canteen in North Platte and often took little Eva with her. The soldiers would tell her mom about the little sisters they had at home, and loved to see Eva as she handed out apples to them. Eva graduated with the class of 1947 from North Platte High School, and then continued her education at the Kearney State Teachers College for the 2 year teachers program from 1947-1948. In high school, Eva had taken a class called Normal Training, which prepared her to teach in a country school. She eventually taught the brother and sister of who would become her future husband. At a box social, a tall dark handsome man just back from WWII named Ruben bid on her lunch box. That started a romance, and they were married on November 25, 1950 in North Platte at the Lutheran Church. Eva taught at North 99 for four months, O’Fallons and Rosedale for one year. Ruben and Eva had five children, including Tommie J., and twins, Laverne and Lynette, all of whom died young and are buried at the feet of their grandfather, Jonas Swedberg. Eva and Ruben built a Capp home north of North Platte on a piece of land that her parents had given them. Eva’s work career consisted of working at Dalby’s Laundry, the Pawnee Hotel, and the North Platte Opportunity Center.
Throughout her life Eva was a dedicated community volunteer. She volunteered taking tickets at many softball, volleyball, and basketball games. She most recently volunteered her time at Jefferson School where her granddaughter Stevie teaches. Eva was a 4-H leader, PTA president, and helped on the Election Board. She was an advocate for bringing Mid Plains Community College to North Platte and was a tireless volunteer during that process. She was a lifelong learner and loved education, helping with Living History Day and the Lincoln County Historical Museum. She loved her grandchildren and had many adventures with them. She was especially grateful to recently attend an out of town wedding for her grandson Brady and to be present for the announcement of her granddaughter Stevie’s first baby that is due in the early summer. Eva had a heart for people and through the years at the Buffalo Bill Manor where she tried to remember other people’s birthdays and events. At Christmas time, she would often give each resident a Christmas card and a piece of fruit. She had built many relationships with the residents there and will always be remembered by them. Eva was a member of Grace Community Bible Church and above all was her love of God who gave her the strength in her life.
She is survived by her sons, Ben (Rae Jeanne) Swedberg, and Steve (Karen) Swedberg, all of North Platte; 4 grandchildren, Brock Swedberg of North Platte, Brady (Rebecca) Swedberg of Hershey, Brittni (Steven) Fleer of Ord, NE, and Stevie (Judd) Reed of North Platte; 4 great grandchildren, Sophia Swedberg, Mallorie, Mackenzie, and Kendall Fleer, and a baby Reed due in early summer. She was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Hazel; her husband Ruben on June 24, 1985; children, Tommy J. and twins, LaVerne and Lynette; in laws, Jonas and Bertha Swedberg; great-granddaughter, Olivia Swedberg; sisters, Lois Pell, Jean Harris, and Esther Sack; and a brother, JR Eberly.
A memorial has been established to Grace Community Bible Church and online condolences can be made at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Grace Community Bible Church with the Pastor Mike Wing officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-6 and Monday from 9-9. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Tristin A. Sack, 23, of Kearney, formerly of North Platte, passed away December 16, 2016 the result of an automobile accident. She was born July 7, 1993 to Gerald “Jerry” Sack and Mary (Neuenschwander) Sack. She graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 2012. While in high school she qualified for state in shot put and later enjoyed weightlifting. Tristin earned a degree in livestock management from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. She worked on several ranches for Craig Phelps, Mike French, Dan and Mona Vinton. She was currently employed as a brand inspector for the Nebraska Brand Committee. She loved working with livestock, hunting and the outdoors. She is survived by her father, Jerry (Justine Heidebrink) Sack; her mother, Mary Sack; her sister, Tanis Sack; her brother, Trevin Sack all of North Platte; her fiancé, Gary Rhamy of Kearney; aunts/uncles, Cindy Neuenschawander and Susan (Russ)Coon both of Mo., Sue Stoddard and Mary Lou (Art) Saathoff of North Platte, and many cousins and friends. Tristin was preceded in death by uncles Eugene Stoddard and Larry (Gail) Sack of North Platte. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in her memory. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign her memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondayat Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Wing officiating. The family request that everyone wear western wear or casual attire at the service. Inurnment will be at Good Hope Cemetery. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Betty Jean Rowland, age 92, of North Platte, NE, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the North Platte Care Center.
Betty was born October 14, 1924, to Vernon E. and Stella Belle Ellenwood Kuhns at North Platte where she grew up. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1943 and later worked as a messenger for Western Union.
In June of 1946, Betty was united in marriage to the love of her life, Raymond Thomas Rowland. They made their home in North Platte and raised two sons. Betty worked for Dog-N-Suds and Dryen Drug before going to work for Westfield Pharmacy for 20 years.
Betty was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church where she played the piano, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. She had been an active member of AA for over 46 years, and was the oldest member in North Platte. Over the years she sponsored many individuals and helped them through the most difficult times of their lives.
Betty liked to bake and was famous for her chocolate brownies and cinnamon rolls. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and taking them on trips. Betty was a kind, caring person who enjoyed helping others.
She is survived by her sons, Richard (Susan) Rowland, of Omaha, NE, and John (Sandy) Rowland, of North Platte; three grandchildren, Robert (Sheri) Rowland, Randy (Melissa) Rowland and Heather Rowland; great-grandson, Tyler Rowland; step great-grandchildren, Jessi and Jared; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; infant daughter, Mary; her parents, Vernon and Stella Kuhns; brothers, Richard and Jack Kuhns; and daughter-in-law, Mary Rowland.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Steve Berke officiating. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The casket will be closed at the church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are to the Leukemia Foundation.