Rex Lee Forrester Sr., age 77, formerly of North Platte, passed away September 18, 2016 in Maricopa, AZ. Cremation was chosen and graveside memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday October 7, 2016 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials are suggested in his name. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary E. Gill, age 93 of Sutherland, passed away due to heart failure Tuesday September 27, 2016 at Sutherland Care Center.
Mary was born on June 17, 1923 in Wilsonville, NE to Orville and Eliza (McCall) McFarland. She graduated from Wilsonville High School and married William Riley Gill on October 2, 1942 in Oberlin, KS. The couple lived in Wilsonville, Paxton, Sutherland and Monta Vista, CO, finally settling in Sutherland in 1960. Prior to moving to Colorado, Mary worked at First Security Bank; she resumed her job when they returned to Sutherland and worked there for a total of 25 years. Adams State Bank bought First Security Bank and she retired a year later in 1977. Due to Bill’s health, the couple vacationed in Tucson, AZ and ended up moving there. After his death in 1991 she returned to Sutherland and took care of her family. Mary did a lot of sewing and alterations for people, enjoyed knick knacks, lawn ornaments and feeding the birds and squirrels. She adored her grandkids.
Mary is survived by her children, Larry (Patty) Gill of Arlington, WA, Patricia (Rod) Canaday, Diana (Pat) Kallhoff both of Sutherland; 6 grandchildren, Diana, Penny, Chuck, Kathy, Brian, Matthew; 11 great grandchildren, Danielle, Aaron, Brandon, Tiffany, Katie, Taylor, Justin, Sage, Gavin, Dillan, Donavon; 1 great great grandchild, Christian; brother Louis (LeVeda) McFarland of McCook, NE; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents Orville and Eliza McFarland; husband Bill, and sister EffaDale Luther.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday September 30, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Sutherland with Pastor Erin Dunlavy officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery. Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday September 29, 2016 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Dean Adamson, age 78 formerly of the world, passed away at his home in North Platte. Memorial services will be at a later date at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. He would have liked to say “thanks” to all his friends. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Lee Farrow, age 57 passed away September 26, 2016 at his home in North Platte.
He was born on August 18, 1959 in Laramie, WY to Betty Hermsmeier and Ingval Farrow. He attended ESU #16 School in North Platte. Upon completion of school, he attended the North Platte Opportunity Center. In 1988 he went to work for Sandhills Industries where he worked in wood fabrication until he had a serious accident in 2014. He then worked for the North Platte Opportunity Center Production Area until the time of his death. Robert was a true Nebraskan. He loved Nebraska football and was a #1 fan. He also loved John Deere tractors and anything related to John Deere. If you saw someone in a crowd wearing red and John Deere green, it’s not Christmas ~ it’s enthusiast Robert Farrow! He always had s smile and would visit with anyone and he would have an opinion about what’s right or wrong with any situation. He could start a conversation with anyone, and contribute ideas, encouragement and comfort. He loved reminiscing about his family. Robert had been an active participant in the North Platte First Baptist Church for many years and recently, since his accident, he frequently attended Harvest Christian Church. He was very social and developed friendships in both of those churches.
Robert is survived by his close friends Eric Mehl and Connie Golden; and many other friends in North Platte. His presence will be missed by many people.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, David Farrow. His mother, Betty and brother, Ingval Jr.’s whereabouts are unknown.
His friends ask that funeral attendees wear Nebraska red or John Deere green to the services. Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday September 30, 2016 at Harvest Christian Fellowship Church with Pastor Jeremy Rinke officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday September 29, 2016 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Marchell L. “Marcie” Schultz, 54 of North Platte was called home September 26th, peacefully at her home. Marcie was born May 2nd, 1962 in North Platte, Nebraska to Moe Hoban and Donna Alexander. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1980. Marcie was very active in 4-H and high school rodeo. She attended WNCC and MPCC graduating in 1982 with her degree in heavy equipment and welding. Marcie worked numerous jobs throughout the years, retiring from Adams Middle School as a Detention Para in May of 2016. Marcie married Tony Schultz on July 5th, 1986. She loved spending time with family and friends, racing, gardening, and spending time with her dogs. Marcie worked at many racetracks throughout the years, to help support her husband and sons hobby. The Racetrack is a very special place to her, because this is where her second family was. Survivors include husband, Tony Schultz; one daughter, Kaycie (Eric) Schultz; two sons, Zach (Tara) Schultz and Dillon (Payton) Schultz; two four legged kids, Zoey and Hoosier; mother, Marolyn Hoban; sisters, Mickie (Alan) Hartzler and Amber Hoban; brother, Andy (Elery) Hoban and many nieces and nephews; half siblings, James, Rebecca, and Diana Albrecht. She was preceded in death by her father, Moe Hoban, father in-law and mother in-law, Milford (Peanut) and Annabelle Schultz, step father, Dan Albrecht, grandparents, William and Bertha Stone, and other aunts and uncles. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with the Rev. James Novakowski officiating. Inurnment will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Dolores C. Huffman, age 87, of Tryon, passed away September 26, 2016 at Linden Estates in North Platte.
Dolores was born April 8, 1929 at her grandparent’s home in Broadwater, NE to Irvin and Stefina (Policky) Biehl. She grew up in the Sandhills where her father worked, later graduating from high school in North Platte in 1946 during which she took normal training so she could teach school. Dolores taught at a country school south of North Platte for a year before marrying the love of her life, Clayton Huffman on June 1, 1947. She then taught school for 2 years at District 26 northwest of Tryon.
Dolores was active in Helping Hand Club for many years and a charter member of Nebraska Cattlewomen. She loved her flowers and fanciwork. She enjoyed the ranch life, living there until last month. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the highlights of her life.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clayton; sister, Marian Sellers; and a brother-in-law, Harrison Sellers.
Survivors include daughter, Pam (Gene) Holm of Wallace; son, Bruce (Virginia) Huffman of Tryon; grandchildren, Boone (Nadene) Huffman, Nels (Stephanie) Huffman all of Chadron, Beau (Brook) Huffman of Hastings, Josie (Craig) Torske of North Platte, DoAnn (Heath) McDonald, Brian (Cassie) Holm all of Wallace, and Barbara (Justin) McBride of Meridan, WY; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Allie, Brylee, Brody, Blayden Huffman, Hunter, Hayvn and Taytum Huffman, Saffron Huffman, Rhet, Joselyn, Danica, and Shayla Torske, Coy and Sydney McDonald, Colby and Clayton Holm, and Jace and Jencie Franzen.
Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Dan Connell officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016 with the family receiving friends 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Alfred Swanson, 86, of North Platte, passed away on September 24, 2016 at Great Plains Health. He was born October, 23 1929 in Omaha, NE to Minnie and Anton Elmer Swanson. The family lived in Gothenburg , NE before moving to North Platte just prior to Al entering grade school. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1947.
After high school Al attended and graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in business. During his college years, he developed a lifelong love for the mountains and a passion for skiing. He skied every year into his early 80s, sometimes more than 100 days per year in retirement.
After college, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict but was fortunate to be stationed in Austria and Italy, where he was part of a survey crew making maps. Upon his discharge from the Army, Al returned to North Platte where he was employed with Platte Valley Public Power (later NPPD). He retired from NPPD in 1995.
In 1961, Al married Anita Knisely, and they were married for 52 years before Anita’s death in 2013. They made their home and raised their family in a house Al constructed in 1967 and lived in until his death.
In retirement, Al and Anita enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends and splitting time between their home in North Platte, cabin at Lake Maloney and a home in Winter Park, CO. Al was known for his dry wit and strong family values. He was a caring and devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Anita, sister Alice Mae, and his parents.
He is survived by son James (Tracy) of Golden CO, daughter Kay Irvine (Andy) of Fraser, CO, sister Betty Lou Udouch and nephew Alan Udouch of Johnstown, PA, grandsons Jack and Nathan Swanson of Golden, and sister-in-law Delores Knisely and niece Susan Knisely, both of Lincoln.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th at the First Presbyterian Church in North Platte. Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org).
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.
Bernadette A. Bales, age 71 of North Platte, passed away September 22, 2016 at her home. She was born February 10, 1945 at Valentine to Thomas and Betty (Auhl) McQuade. She grew up in Valentine and attended Valentine High School. She later moved to Gering where she met Carl “Buzz” Bales and they were married on April 5, 1968. Mr. Bales served in the United States Air Force which led them to be located in Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, the Azores, and Oklahoma. Following his death, Bernadette moved to North Platte in 1989 to be near her family. She enjoyed cooking, crafts, gardening, and was known for her delicious jelly and green beans. She was a devoted mother and loving grandmother. Survivors include her daughter, Vurlee Toomey, son, Eddie (Jennifer) Bales, grandchildren, Thomas (Alicia Perkins) Bales, Ryan Toomey, Samantha and Carli Bales, brother, Tim (Jan) McQuade, sister, Yvonne (Don) Connery, sister-in-law, Mary McQuade, brother-in-law, Larry Schaffert, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a close friend, Linda (Don) Davis. Memorial services will be 10:30 am Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. A private family inurnment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel in care of arrangements.
Woodford “Woody” Donald Baugher, passed away in North Platte, NE on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the age of 65.
Woody was born June 27, 1951 in Quincy, IL to Edmund and Kathleen (Pettit) Baugher. The Baughers lived in Payson, IL where Woody grew up and developed his love for the land and farming. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Quincy, IL.
In the mid 90s Woody moved west to be closer to his children and grandchildren who were in Nebraska at the time. He finally settled in the sand hills and stayed there, loving the open space. He cherished spending time with his family and being outdoors. Woody was an avid reader, sportsman, and an NRA member.
Woody was preceded in death by his parents Kathleen and Edmund Baugher; and brother-in-law Thomas Venverloth.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Prudence Baugher; his children, Heather Singleton of Fulton, MO, Matthew (Mandy) Baugher of Eden, UT and Holly Baugher of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Lindsey (Jake) Tanner, Marah Franklin, and Lainey Franklin all of Fulton, MO, and William Baugher of Eden, UT; great grandchild Beau Tanner of Fulton, MO; sisters and brothers, Mary Venverloth, Patti (Dan) Wallace, Harley (Theresa) Baugher, Anna Baugher, Cathi Baugher and Lisa Baugher.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Cremation was chosen and memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday September 24, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Reverend C.P. Varghese officiating. Other services will be held at a time and date to be determined in Quincy, IL. Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday September 23, 2016 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Viola M. Schultz, of North Platte, NE, passed away at Great Plains Health after turning 85 years old. Viola is together again with her husband, Floyd, who died just 3 weeks ago.
Viola was born September 20, 1931, to James Herbert and Viola Ruth Keslar Spidell at St. Joseph, MO. She lived in Missouri until 1946 when the family moved to Nebraska.
On April 25, 1947, Viola was united in marriage to the love of her life, Floyd Lawrence Schultz, at the North Platte Methodist Church. They lived in North Platte, had two sons and two daughters, and enjoyed over 67 years of marriage. On January 7, 1958, Floyd and Viola were baptized into the Church of Christ and had been members ever since.
When the children were young, Viola was active in their school activities, served on the PTA and was involved in Scouts and 4-H. In 1970 she received her GED then went on to take courses at Kearney State College and North Platte Community College. She eventually earned her certification as a Nurse’s Assistant then worked for the Home Health Department at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
Viola had been a Notary since 1988, was a life member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, National Association of Nursing Assistants and National Arbor Day Foundation. She found much enjoyment in life. She was a Husker Football fan, liked collecting things, doing arts and crafts, and considered herself a scrapbook enthusiast. Viola especially loved antiques, studying genealogy and quilting. She sewed over 100 quilts which she proudly gave away as gifts. No matter what project she was involved in, her family always came first; she loved them more than words could ever express.
She is survived by her son, Gary Schultz, of North Platte; grandchildren, Skip, Salena, Travis, Trampus, Jake, Marc, Ronda and Carma; five great-granddaughters, Brittney, Madison, Trinity, Jayna and Livia; sister, Elizabeth Lovell, of Knoxville, TN; brother, Raymond (Louise) McKernan, of St. Joseph, MO; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
Along with her husband, Floyd, Viola was preceded in death by their two daughters, Cynthia and Mindy Sue; a son, Jay; her parents, James and Viola Spidell; sisters, Jane McHarness and Rose and Francis Spidell; brother, Robert Spidell; granddaughter, Amanda Diltz; a grandson, Michael J. Schultz; and great-granddaughter, Misty K. Schultz.
Graveside Funeral Service will be 3 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2016, in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens with her nephew, Larry Henry, officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Walker Road Church of Christ.