Michael Ruybalid


Michael Ruybalid, 60, of North Platte, NE, passed away at his home on June 21, 2015.

Michael was born January 5, 1955, to Gilbert and Regina Ruybalid in Los Angeles, CA. Michael served in the U.S. Army, the same branch in which his son, Jeffrey, currently serves.

In February 1980 Michael hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad and worked in various cities. He was currently working for the railroad as Manager of Locomotive Maintenance at the time of his death.

Michael enjoyed reading, golfing and kayaking.

Michael leaves behind his children, Jaclyn (Jon) Ruybalid Krueger, of New York, NY, Courtney (Paul) Ruybalid Engquist, of Liberty, MO, Jeffrey (Kirsten) Ruybalid, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Scott Ruybalid, of Strasburg, VA; four grandchildren, Oliver, Charlotte and Katherine Engquist and Ava Ruybalid; stepmother, Brenda Ruybalid, of Whittier, CA; his aunt Martha and uncle Danny Archuleta, of Albuquerque, NM; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Regina; and his brother, Anthony.

The family has chosen cremation and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia J.G. White

Patricia J.G. White, 66, of Wellfleet, NE, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.

She was born September 4, 1948, in Kearney. Patricia lived with her husband, Keith White, near Wellfleet, NE and worked as an x-ray technician at Great Plains Health in North Platte.

Cremation was chosen and a private family inurnment will be at a later date in the Wellfleet Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Yvonne J. “Vonnie” Easton


Yvonne J. “Vonnie” Easton, age 82, longtime North Platte resident, passed away in Golden, Co on June 23, 2015. Vonnie was born to Ruby Snyder Kunce and Charles William Kunce in Odell, Ne and lived in Arthur, Bellevue, Ogallala and North Platte, where she graduated from high school in 1950. As a child, Vonnie was a contortionist and performed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, tap dancing on the back of her head. And when she was 16 years old, she went to Hollywood, CA to dance with the Charlie Baker Dancers. In 1951, she married Richard (Dick Easton) and they made their home here in North Platte. In addition to raising their four children, she also worked as a hairdresser. Vonnie was a member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church and later Holy Spirit. She was also a member of the Sweet Adelines and Newcomers. Prior to moving to Colorado to be close to her oldest daughter, she enjoyed playing cards, Jazzercise, and volunteering at her church. Vonnie’s children and grandchildren were her passion, as well as keeping a beautiful home. She had a strong belief in family and helped her nieces and nephews whenever she was needed. Vonnie is survived by her daughters, Pamela Easton Kearns of Lakewood, Co and Kim Easton Oltman of North Platte; two grandsons, Daniel Wayne Dotson of Kearney, NE and Kody Bo Oltman of Lincoln NE. Preceding her in death were her husband, of nearly 50 years, Richard (Dick) in 2000; her son, Richard Jr. (Rick) in 2001; and her daughter, Lori Lynn in 2009. Memorials are suggested to the Paws-itive Partners Humane Society in North Platte, NE. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Golka as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm Friday, June 26 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Rosary will follow at 6 pm at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn W. Bettinger

JoAnn W. Bettinger, age 81 of North Platte, passed away at Centennial Park Retirement Village on Thursday June 25, 2015.
JoAnn was born in North Platte on November 14, 1933 to Orlo E. and Wilma L. (Todd) Eglehoff. She grew up in the area and attended Lincoln Elementary School and then North Platte High School, graduating in 1951. She went to work early in life due to the death of her father in France during WWII. She started at the Paramount Theater, then moved on to Northwestern Bell Telephone Systems as an operator on the night shift. It was there she met Elmer L. Bettinger who was on the night shift at the North Platte Police Department. They were married on February 18, 1956. JoAnn worked as a private secretary at Murphy’s Modern Music and later she and her mother, Wilma, started Jo’s Stitchery. They started out in Jo’s home and later moved to a shop downtown, where her daughter Vicki Schoenwald joined in after the death of Wilma. As the shop grew, she started offering a selection of quilting fabrics and notions, and began taking on commissions for embroidery and repair work for ceremonial church pieces, and for some of the country’s and state’s rodeo queens. She was a generous and loving person who was well known for her embroideries and needlepoint. She loved her shop and all the people who came through her door. After 35 years in business, JoAnn retired from her shop and worked as a desk clerk at the Royal Colonial Inn.
JoAnn is survived by her husband Elmer of North Platte; daughter Vicki (Daniel) Schoenwald of North Platte; sister Patricia Young; as well as other extended family members; and her beloved pets.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law Dorrall Young.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the WestField Small Animal Clinic for the Elmer and Jo Bettinger Memorial Fund c/o Dr. Craig Kelly, 1821 West A St., North Platte, NE 69101 and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Cremation was chosen and memorial services will be held at a later date. A register book will be available for those wishing to sign at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Mary K. Bevard

Mary K. Bevard, age 56, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at her home. She was born in North Platte, Nebraska on June 4, 1959 to James L. & Marilyn (Dorram) Parrish.
She attended school at North Platte High School and graduated with the class of 1977. She then started working for Monroe Manufacturing in Cozad, Nebraska. She married Rick Bevard and to this union two children were born; Mindy and Ryan. They would later divorce. She moved to Ogallala, Nebraska and worked as a bookkeeper for McDonald’s before going back to school at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte to get her degree in HVAC. She then worked for Hotel Pawnee Assisted Living as activities director for a number of years. In 2010, she moved to Elwood, Nebraska. She enjoyed seeing her grandchildren, collecting teddy bears, casino trips, and has had a special relationship with Brent Garcia of Johnson Lake, Nebraska
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her life partner Brent Garcia of Johnson Lake, Nebraska; Daughter: Mindy & husband Eli Fichtner of Kearney, Nebraska; Son: Ryan Bevard of Aurora, Colorado; Brother: James Parrish of North Platte, Nebraska; Grandchildren: Dylan, Addie, & Ellie.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 5 PM until 7 PM at the Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska and prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 2 PM at Elwood Funeral Home in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Phyllis Dunlop, officiating. Interment will be at the Elwood Cemetery, at Elwood, Nebraska. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Cleda Marian (Vencill) Dowhower McCammon


Cleda Marian (Vencill) Dowhower McCammon, 87, of North Platte passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at her home surrounded by family. Cleda was born Aug 27, 1927 to Ervin and Marguerite (Wendeborn) Vencill in North Platte. She graduated high school in North Platte with the class of 1945. She married Wayne N Dowhower on Oct 18, 1951, on her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. They were married 33 years before Wayne’s passing. To this union was born Hal William and Dee Victoria.
Cleda worked at McDonald State Bank while in high school and continued this job for 20 years. This job taught her how to treat people with respect, fairness and how to use good business principles. This work ethic was carried over into the business that she and her husband founded on March 1st, 1959, Wayne Dowhower Construction. She preferred to work behind the scenes, until Wayne became ill, at which point she became the driving force of the company. Under her leadership the company thrived and built many home and business in the area. She continued to be a major influence in the business even into retirement, still walking into the office each and every day to wish everyone a ‘good morning’.
May 28, 1989 Cleda was united in marriage to George Leslie McCammon of North Platte. With this union she was given what she called ‘a gift from God’ of 5 more children. George and Cleda were able to spend retirement traveling to all but 5 states in the country and enjoying many friends and family, playing cards and watching sports.
Cleda loved her very large family, embracing her own relatives as well as the families of both husbands, knowing everyone’s birthday and anniversaries, sending cards or emails to all. She loved playing cards, taking pictures, keeping up with technology, watching sports, and genealogy. She enjoyed hunting pheasant and deer and trap shooting.
She has been a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church all her life, where 8 generations of her family have been members. She has been Sunday School Treasurer for 37 years. She was active with Altrusa, Chamber Hostesses, Home Builders Assoc, being the first female president for the Home Builders, and Road Trek Assoc .
Angels in Heaven awaiting her arrival include her parents, her first husband Wayne, granddaughter Kortney Luttrell and great granddaughter Maelee Powell.
Survivors include her husband George, children Hal (Diana) Dowhower of Merrill, IA, Dee (Mark) Luttrell, Jeffrey (Lynn) McCammon of North Platte, David (Becky) McCammon of Renton, WA; Stanley (Janet) McCammon of Seattle, WA; Jean (John) Kandt of La Mesa, CA, and Elizabeth (Steven) Clair of North Platte. Grandchildren Mitchell (Sheena) Dowhower, Britni (Jason) Harris, Kristal Stewart and their mother, Jean (Bob) Peters, Jacey Luttrell, Kayley (Josh) Powell, Tara Rogers, Dan (Connie) Baker, Kristy (Nick) Bryant, Pam McCammon, Kyle (Veronica) McCammon, Jennifer and Michelle Kandt, Molly and Avery McCammon, Tracie and Tessa Clair. Great grandchildren Ashton Harris, Riley Dowhwer, Carson and Gavin Harris, Zaiden, Brekkyn, and Tenzley Powell, Dylan Hill, David McCammon, Gia Baker, and Gracelynn, Taylor, Gavin, and Parker Bryant, Sister Theresa (Art) Kesterson of North Platte, multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Thursday June 25, 2015 at 11:00 am, with graveside services held on Friday June 26, 2015 at Floral Lawns at 10:00am. Memorials are suggested to First Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Platte and Mid NE Community Foundation, Cleda Dowhower McCammon fund for First Evangelical Lutheran Church, NP Musical Ministry.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. . Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Marcella (Bailey) Carpenter

Joan Marcella (Bailey) Carpenter, 89, of North Platte, passed away June 16, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement Village. She was born Nov. 10, 1925 to William S. and Mildred (Wigington) Bailey at Schuyler, NE. The family moved to Grand Island when she was an infant, where she attended school and graduated from high school with the class of 1943. She married Bill Carpenter on June 12, 1943 and they were married 64 years before Bill’s passing in 2007. Bill was still in the Air Force at the time of their marriage, so she joined him and lived in various southern states. After Bill’s discharge, they moved to North Platte. She worked at Woolworth’s, Montgomery Ward’s, Andy’s Pub and did bookkeeping for Bill’s floor covering business. She loved sewing, yard work, arts and crafts. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; a sister, Ruth Drake; brothers, Gordon, Richard, and William Bailey. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorial graveside services will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell at a later date. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign her memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Leslie C. Weil


Leslie C. Weil, 90, of North Platte, died June 18th at Linden Court nursing home.
Les was born October 18, 1924, at North Platte to Lester and Fern (Younghein) Weil. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Wallace, NE where his father managed the Ford garage. In 1936, he moved with his family back to North Platte. Les enjoyed working as a youngster at his father’s service station. From age14 until after graduating from high school, he worked after school at the Ford Garage in North Platte. He has always been proud that at age 16 he started driving new Ford cars from the Dearborn, Michigan factory to North Platte. Les completed his education in North Platte, graduating with the class of 1943. During his junior and senior year he served with some of his classmates in the Nebraska State Guards and immediately following graduation he joined the United States Army, serving with the 64th Topographic Engineers in Hawaii, Guam and Japan. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 6th 1946. Les returned to North Platte and on April 6th 1947 he married Eloise J. Falk in Holdrege, Nebraska. El and Les then moved to Denver, Colorado where Les attended and graduated from Barnes Business College and then moved to Axtell, Ne. where he farmed with his father-in-law. In early 1950 they moved to North Platte, where Les became associated with Mutual Building and Loan Association, serving as Treasurer and later as President until retirement in 1985.
Les was active in the community serving on numerous boards and committees. He had been associated with the Boy Scouts of America for over 63 years; he served as Scoutmaster, Council Treasurer and Council President of Tri-Trails Council and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was presently serving on the Executive Board of the Overland Trails Boy Scout Council. Les was a charter member and served as President of the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, where he received their “Above and Beyond Award” in 2009. He also served as President of the North Platte Ambassadors, also the Community Chest and as Past President of the North Platte Kiwanis Club and the North Platte Development Corporation. He was awarded the Young Man of the year and later Boss of the Year by the North Platte Jr. Chamber of Commerce. Les was also a charter member of the HUSKER NATION, he loved the BIG RED!
Les is a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a life member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Platte Valley Masonic Lodge # 32, the BPO Elks Lodge # 985, the North Platte Rotary and North Platte Moose Lodge # 551.
Les enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and being outdoors to appreciate nature. Les was very proud of his loving wife of 68 years, his children and grandchildren. His family and relatives enjoyed many great times, full of fun, at their Lake Maloney home. Les was fond of telling stories and at the end of them he would say “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” He also enjoyed his coffee buddies and they all had great stories!
Les was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Herbst and her husband Ed, his brother-in-laws; Robert Klusman and Charles Elliott: sister-in-law and brother-in-law; Berniece (Harold) Henrickson
Les is survived by his wife Eloise, daughter Linda (Bill) Smith of North Platte, two sons, Randall (Brenda) Weil of Fremont, and Roger Weil of Austin TX, sisters Bonnie Elliott and Lolly Klusman both of Lincoln, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Glenn Falk of Kearney: grandchildren: Haley (Cory) Johnson of Amarillo, TX, Taylor (Brad) Van Valkenburg of Amarillo, TX, Brant Weil of Brooklyn, NY, Raleigh Weil of Austin, TX, Rori (Mark) Howell of Columbus, OH, Jandi Weil of Moodus, Ct.; great grandchildren: Ella Jane Shumaker, Barrett, Mac and Brooks Johnson all of Amarillo, TX, Henry Van Valkenburg (on the way); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In-lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Overland Trail Boy Scouts Council or the Mid- Nebraska Community Foundation.
Memorial services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. A private inurnment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors graveside prior to the service. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so online at www.carpentermemorial.com or Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.

Darlene Marie Atchison


Darlene Marie Atchison, age 84 of North Platte, passed away June 16, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement village.
Darlene was born on May 22, 1931 on a farm south of Curtis, NE to Peter and Elsie (Hansen) Kjargaard. She attended rural grade school and the University Of Nebraska School Of Agriculture at Curtis and graduated in 1948. She married Dellas Atchison on August 20, 1950 and to this union they were blessed with five children, Timothy, Randal, Rock, Brad and Shanna. Darlene was instrumental in helping with the farming and raising stock cattle and maintaining a dairy herd.
Darlene is survived by her husband Dellas; children, Randal, Rock and Brad Atchison and Shanna (Garry) Wurth; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and her sister Agnes Petersen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son Timothy.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday June 23, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church with Reverend Dave Logsdon officiating. Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday June 22, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Elva Carlson


Ruth Elva Carlson, 85, of North Platte, NE, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Linden Court in North Platte.

Ruth was one of 13 children born to Harry Edward and Rosa Lucinda Greeley Lee on May 7, 1930, at North Platte. She grew up in North Platte and attended school in the country and in town.

On July 27, 1947, Ruth married Frank James Blazek in North Platte and to this union four children, two boys and two girls, were born. They lived on a farm in Kansas until 1966 when they moved to Missouri. Ruth later returned to North Platte in 1979.

In August of 1985, Ruth was united in marriage to Barney Carlson in Las Vegas, NV and they lived in California before returning home to North Platte.

Ruth was a homemaker, a housekeeper and worked in a restaurant for a period of time. She was also a supervisor at the Best Western until retiring in 1995. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, crocheting and making dolls. If anyone needed help she would graciously lend a hand. Ruth was a wonderful, caring person who made friends easily and if you were lucky enough, you might even catch her singing or yodeling.

She leaves behind her children, Dean (Tamara) Blazek, of Humansville, MO, Carol (Roger) Floyd, Manhattan, KS, and Glenda (Don) Griffin, of Cortez, CO; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Blazek, of Hoisington, KS; nine grandchildren, Christy, Eric, Aaron, Shane, Carrie, Chad, Michael, Shelly and Jamie; numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Miller, of North Platte and Daisy (Don) Musser, of Tryon, NE; sister-in-law, Birdie Lee, of North Platte; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Edward Blazek; husband, Barney Carlson; parents, Harry and Rosa Lee; four brothers; and six sisters.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Pastor Doug Delp officiating. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.