Darlene Marie Atchison Service Times

Darlene Marie Atchison, age 84 of North Platte, passed away June 16, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
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.

Lance C. Wallin Service Times

Lance C. Wallin, age 72 formerly of North Platte, passed away June 16, 2015 in Haines City, FL. Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday July 7, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home with inurnment following at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.

Lynn Alvin Willard


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Lynn Alvin Willard, 91, of North Platte, formerly of Stapleton, NE, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Great Plains Health in North Platte.

Lynn was born April 19, 1924, to Harry John and Edna Louise Harnegal Willard at Madrid, NE. He grew up in the Chappell, NE area before the family moved to Hershey, NE where Lynn graduated from O’Fallon’s High School in 1942. Lynn farmed with his father before going to work for the Jim Armstrong Implement Dealership in Sutherland, NE.

On February 3, 1946, Lynn married Dorothy Marie Collins at the Methodist Church in North Platte. They rented a farm and worked the land from 1948 to 1954 then moved to Marino, CO to continue farming. They farmed in various areas in Colorado before returning to Hershey in 1966. Lynn and Dorothy moved in 1970 to the Garfield Table Road near Stapleton where they had lived for nearly 45 years until the fall of 2014 when they moved into North Platte.

Lynn was a member of the First Christian Church in North Platte, Platte Valley Antique Tractor Club, Good Time Dancers and the Nebraska Camp and Dancers.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Dorothy, of North Platte; daughters, Deb Merritt, of Omaha, NE, and Cheryl (Roger) Beem, of North Platte; four sons, Larry (Carmen) Willard, of Stapleton and Tim (Karen) Willard, Randy (Lisa) Willard and Douglas (Sharla) Willard, all of North Platte; 11 grandchildren, Tony Merritt, Mikel (Debra) Merritt, Brad Willard, Courtney Willard, Eric (Brodi) Willard, Nathan (Kristina) Willard, Sally (John Mark) Bell, Joshua (Sandy) Willard, Justin (Ashleigh) Willard, Amber Willard and Alex Willard.

Survivors also include 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lila Rapp, of Kansas City, KS, and Eunice Brown, of North Platte; brother-in-law, Lewis Collins, and sisters-in-law, Ruth Wilhelmson, Irene (Bob) Miller, all of North Platte; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Lynn was preceded in death by an infant son, Tommy; his parents, Harry and Edna; father and mother-in-law, Milton and Edna Collins; brothers-in-law, George Wilhelmson and Clarence Brown; sister-in-law, Charlene Collins; and a grandson, Brian Willard.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the First Christian Church with Pastor Timothy Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday with family greeting friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or North Platte Animal Shelter. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret E. Long


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Margaret E. Long, widow of western artist Ted Long, died June 16, 2015. Margaret was the middle child of Tom and Catherine Hoatson and was born and raised on the Hoatson Ranch north of Hershey.
She attended rural grade school, riding her horse to school. Later she attended Hershey High School. Margaret was the first homecoming queen at Hershey High School and was also in the Buffalo Bill Rodeo Queen contest. This is where Ted Long first noticed her. His mother had sent him the article when he was in Korea in the Army.
She attended Kearney State Teachers College and earned a teaching certificate. On July 30, 1955 she and Ted Long were united in marriage at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland.
As newlyweds they made their home on the Long Ranch, northwest of North Platte, where she still lived at the time of her death.
To this union four children were born; Michaelene, Thomas, Patrick and Cathy. She was very active in the lives of her children, attending 4-H events, high school rodeos and baseball, football and volleyball games.
Margaret traveled with Ted all over the world attending art shows. She was very knowledgeable on painting and sculpture and knew many of the artists who created that work. Margaret and Ted hosted President Ronald Reagan at a luncheon at the ranch when Reagan visited North Platte. Along with assembling an extensive art collection, she enjoyed the “hunt” for antiques too.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Ted, her parents Tom and Catherine Hoatson, sisters Regina McWilliams and Mary Schenck and brothers, Tom and Robert Hoatson.
She is survived by her children, Michaelene of North Platte, Tom (Connie) of Gothenburg, Patrick (Kathy) of Elko, Nevada and Cathy of North Platte. Grandsons include Trevor (Amy) Golter and Blair (Tracy) Golter, three great-granddaughters and two great grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Prairie Art’s Center or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday June 22, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Golka as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Christian Wake Services will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be noon until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Esther Winchell


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Barbara Esther Winchell, age 87 died June 14 in North Platte, NE. Barbara was born on Oct. 26, 1927, the daughter of John and Ann Harding at Central City Nebraska. She married Bob Winchell January 24th 1943. They brought into this world four children; Linda, Dan, John and Dean.
After the War and Bob’s return from the service they followed job openings on the railroad Eastward from Julesburg, Colorado and finally settling in North Platte.

Barb worked at many jobs to help support her family over the years including St. Mary’s Hospital, Leeding Pharmacy, Dr. TenEyck’s Office and Ben Franklin Store until she retired. Barb and Bob have been officially retired since 1987, enjoying the many friends and Grandkids that have been so much a part of their lives.
When her health was failing even on the toughest days, news of the Grandkids exploits would bring a bright smile to her face.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Bob Winchell; Brother, Marvin Harding of Houston Texas; Sister, Carma Ehalt of Arizona; Sisters-in-law, Rose Harding of Burns Wyoming and Roberta Harding of Thousand Palms California; Brother-in-law, Charles Koester of North Platte; Sons, Dan (Linda) of North Platte, John (Gayle) of North Platte and Dean (Tina) of Harvard Nebraska; Thirteen Grandchildren, Fifteen Great Grandchildren; One Great Great Grandchild; many special Nieces and Nephews and lifelong friends. So many special memories of Dick, Shirley and Chris Linn include the “Thursday night Social Club” and always brought her a smile and a chuckle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda; a son-in-law, Don Fairchild; and two brothers, Ted and Richard.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Private family inurnment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the funeral home. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kelly Smith


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Kelly B. Smith, 52, of North Platte, passed away June 14, 2015 at Aurora, CO.  He was born August 16, 1962 to Harold and Ila Faye (Murry) Smith at Shenandoah, IA.  The family lived in Plattsmouth, NE until moving to North Platte in 1967.  Kelly graduated from North Platte High School with the class of “80”.  He attended Mid Plains Community College and graduated with a degree in computer science and computer programming.  He then attended Mid Plains Vo-Tech Campus for a course in auto repair and restoration.  On September 10, 1983, he was united in marriage to Jo Henry at North Platte.  Kelly co-owned Smith Brothers Auto and later opened K. Smith Auto Center, INC in 2004. His life was all about family and his love of cars.  He loved spending his free time with their dog, Izzy or playing and watching poker.  Kelly is survived by his wife, Jo of North Platte; his children, Megan (Marcus) and their  two children, Parker and Riley Doughty all of North Platte; Derek, Cassi, and Ryan Smith all of Lincoln; his parents of North Platte; brother, Jody (Cindy) Smith of North Platte; sister, Lisa (Don) Moody of Iowa; Jo’s family; nieces; nephews and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tommy Smith, Helen Winkler and Ross and Marie Murry.  Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.  A memorial has been established in his memory.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Michael Pampara as celebrant.  Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.  Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Phyllis Ann Nelsen


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Phyllis Arlene Nelsen, age 73 of North Platte, passed away June 13, 2015 at the Cozad Community Hospital. She was born December 8, 1941 at North Platte to Adolph and Marjorie (Price) Wendeborn. Phyllis graduated from Hershey High School in 1961 and on August 7, 1961 she was united in marriage to Darrel M. Nelsen. The couple lived in the communities of Farnam, Ogallala, Elwood, and Imperial following Darrel’s teaching positions. They re-located to North Platte in 1989. She had worked at many jobs before getting into the food service including Cassell’s and Ole’s big game lounge for a number of years. Phyllis had moved to Cozad in 2013. She is survived by her children, Kim (Deb) Nelsen of Cozad, Janet (Scott) Leadabrand of Ogallala, Mark (Linda) Nelsen of Ogallala and Wade (Tracy) Nelsen of Gering Ne, 4 granddaughters: Marcy (Brandon) Ware of Monument, CO Kerri (Ryan) Teter of Omaha, Mandy (Ryan) Meyer of Blue Hill, NE, Kristi (Trever) Dunkin of Hallam, NE 3 grandsons, John (Mary) Leadabrand of Junction City Ks, Stephen Leadabrand of Ogallala, Ne Stuart Leadabrand of Ogallala 3 step grandchildren, April, Kenneth of Ogallala and Reggie of Greeley Co, her brother, Marvin (Dot) Wendeborn, sisters, Alice Robinson and Roxane Martin, brother and sisters-in-laws Ralph Anderson, Dorothy Eubanks, and Shirley Nelsen, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Mary Jane Anderson; a grandson, Steven; and a brother-in-law, Al Robinson. A memorial has been established in her memory. Memorial services will be 11:00 am Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Private inurnment will be prior to the service at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 9am to 5 pm Tuesday and Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce D. Stack


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Joyce D. Stack, 81 of North Platte, passed away June 13, 2015 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. She was born September 8, 1933 in Lexington, NE to Charles T. and Myrtle K. (Feddersen) Wood. Joyce attended Oconto Public Schools and on September 17, 1950 married Darrell L. Stack. The couple made their home on a ranch at Oconto and moved to North Platte in 1972. Joyce attended Josephs College of Beauty, graduating in 1977 and worked at Regis Beauty Salon for 16 years. She was an excellent gardener who had a green thumb, she enjoyed quilting, painting, and working with Darrell making many lawn ornaments, many of them Husker themed. Joyce was an excellent cook, with her specialty being meatloaf! She was always there to lend a helping hand to her husband, children, and grandkids. Joyce and Darrell were married 64 years, where they were never apart. Working together, they were true soul mates.
Survivors include her husband Darrell of North Platte; daughters, Rochelle (Larry) Fletcher and Patricia Porter all of North Platte; grandchildren, Travis Fletcher of North Platte, Teresa Evans of Dakota Dunes, SD, and Michael Porter of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Lainee Evans, Logan Evans, Rowan Fletcher, and Makena Porter; siblings, Gary (Marty) Wood of Chappell, NE, Donna Stack of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Clarice (Fritz) Kleinknecht of Callaway, NE, and Rodney (Sandy) Wood of Lexington, NE; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Wood of Callaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Lester Wood, Norma Burkey, Kenneth Wood, Audrey Lammert, Alan Wood, Charles Wood, and an infant brother, Calvin; and an infant grandson.
Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson .com.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with the Reverend Robin Storer officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Clinton William Kalblinger


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Clinton William Kalblinger, age 93 of Valentine, passed away June 14, 2015 at North Platte Care Center.
Clinton was born on March 14, 1922 in Valentine, NE to William “Bill” Melvin and Dora (Petersen) Kalblinger. He grew up in the area and graduated from Mission High School, in Mission, SD. He worked on his father’s farm-ranch until his marriage to Hope Delores Engles in 1945. To their union three children were born, William Lawrence, Jeanne Delores and Mark Steven. Clinton appreciated the land and received many awards for soil conservation. When he lost his health, he was cared for at home by his wife Hope until his recent move to North Platte Care Center.
Clinton is survived by his wife Hope; children William (Ruth) Kalblinger of North Platte and Mark (Terry) Kalblinger of Valentine, NE; grandchildren Keesha (Addison) Tolentino, John Kalblinger, Abbey (Nathan) Mulder, Michael (Muriah) Kalblinger and Eric Kalblinger; 4 great grandchildren; and sister Wilma Hooper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jeanne Delores (Kalblinger) Blaesi; and brother Stanley Kalblinger.
Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. (CT) Wednesday June 17, 2015 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine, NE with Reverend Corey Jenkins officiating. Visitation will be from noon until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday June 16, 2015 with family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte.

Helen Jean Raetz


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Helen Jean Raetz, 87, of North Platte, NE, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, at Linden Court in North Platte.

Helen was born February 9, 1928, to Nels and Stella Malvina Kummer Nelson at Columbus, NE where she grew up. Helen graduated from Columbus High School in 1945 then attended Doane College. She graduated from college in 1949 with a BA in Music and Education then taught school in McCook, NE and North Platte.

On June 3, 1951, Helen was united in marriage to Albert Henry Raetz at Columbus. They moved to California so Albert could attend optometry school in Los Angeles and Helen continued her teaching career in Santa Monica. In 1953 they settled in North Platte where Albert started his optometry practice and Helen operated the Raggedy Ann and Andy Preschool until 1987 when they retired to the country. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before Albert passed away in 2013.

Helen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in various activities which included the Mission Sewing Group, P.E.O. Chapter AK, Monday Musical, Friday Antique Club and the Heartland Quilt Group. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Flat Rock Duplicate Bridge Club and earned her Life Master Duplicate Bridge Certificate.

She is survived by her sons, Albert “Bradley” Raetz (life partner, Katherine Casey), of West Palm Beach, FL, and Stanley (Wendi) Raetz, of Lincoln, NE; two grandchildren, Sam and Rex Raetz, of Lincoln; sister-in-law, June Nelson, of Columbus; and other family.

Along with her husband, Albert, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Nels and Stella Nelson; brother, Dale Nelson; and two sisters, Pamela Long and Donna Smith.

Cremation was chosen. Graveside Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church.