Idris L. Snyder


Idris L. Snyder, 91, of North Platte, passed away August 18, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement Village. She was born January 15, 1924 to David and Susie (Harvey) Miller at Tryon, NE. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles Club. She was united in marriage June 7, 1942 to Leo Snyder at North Platte. Idris is survived by her daughter, Diana Martin; two sons, Darrell (Kathy) Snyder and Dana (Lois) Snyder all of North Platte; nine grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) Smith, Amy (Chris) Axtell, Tracy (Bill) Walsh, Terri (Andy) Bauhn, Tina Clark, Trent Snyder, Melissa Bravo, Justin Snyder and Melanee Akens; 20 great grandchildren; a brother, Dean Miller; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Snyder; a son, Dennis Snyder; a sister, Iva Smith; an infant sister; three brothers, Everet, Erving and Dell Miller; step-father, Chris Carlson; and a son-in-law, Lowell A. Martin. Online condolences may be shared at A memorial has been established in her memory. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Michael Harvey

Steven Michael Harvey passed away at his home in North Platte, NE, August 14, 2015.
Steven Michael Harvey was born January 9, 1963 in North Platte, NE and was adopted by James and MaryAnn Harvey. They resided in Chappell, NE for several years before moving to Culbertson, NE and then to the Benkelman, NE area. Steve attended school in Benkelman and Haigler, NE.
When Steve was 16 years old he dropped out of school and left home, moving to North Platte, NE. He went to work for Denny Mogis Chevrolet and then worked several years for Kohler Trailer Sales. He also worked for Bryner Sod Farm, Union Pacific Railroad and Maxwell’s Off-Road Center. After a serious back injury he was considered disabled and was unable to work.

May 19, 1984, Steve married Teresa Worden from Burwell, NE and to this union two sons were born. Dustin James and Dillon Eugene. They lived their first year of marriage in Max, NE so Steve could help his father in his construction business. They then moved to North Platte where they spent the next 17 years together, divorcing in December 2002.

Steve was a natural mechanic and welder. He loved taking old worn trailers and making them look new again. He especially enjoyed the detail work of painting and pin-striping. Steve also enjoyed watching Nascar races and racing stockcars at the Lincoln County Raceway. He later enjoyed helping his boys race go-karts.
In 1995 Steve was able to obtain his GED, something he was very proud of since school was never easy for him!

He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Jim and MaryAnn Harvey, his birth mother, Jean Brandt and his sister Melissa Harvey.

He is survived by his sons, Dustin (Valerie) Harvey of Omaha, and Dillon Harvey of North Platte. 2 grandchildren, Natalia and Weston Harvey of Omaha. A brother, Rod (Jennifer) Brandt of North Platte, a sister Tammy (Mike) Buntjer of Anchorage, AK. and a sister, Martha (Buddy) DeWeese of Axtell, NE. A nephew, Cory DeWeese and niece Rylee Brandt. Also life-long friend of the family, Brian Grandy.
Online condolences may be shared at Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be 3:00pm Friday August 21, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Eugene “Gene” Hill


Gerald Eugene “Gene” Hill, age 91, of North Platte, passed away August 13, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
He was born February 29, 1924 in North Platte to Clifford G. and Myrtle M. Weesner Hill. Gene attended school in North Platte and graduated from North Platte High School in 1942. After graduation he entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He returned to North Platte and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He moved to southern California where he worked for Boeing Aircraft as a machinist. Gene retired and moved back to North Platte to take care of his mother. He enjoyed karaoke and singing in piano bars.
Survivors include two brothers, Lyle (Marvia) Hill of North Platte, and Ronald (Trudy Thompson) Hill of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; nieces and nephews, Marcia Hill, Bill Hill, Pete (Kay) Hill, Randy Hill and Larry (Dianna) Hill; special friends Gloria Adkins of Castle Rock, CO, and Mike and Mindee Mohr of North Platte.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Lois Hill.
A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with full Military Honors. The Chaplain Norval Holtmeier will officiate.
Visitation will be noon until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

James Wallace West


James Wallace West, 47, of Hershey, NE, died at his home on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Jim was born September 15, 1967, to Willard Wesley and Yvonne Ruth Wright West in Des Moines, IA. He grew up in the Midwest before the family moved to Hershey in 1981. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1986 then attended Doane College on a football scholarship.

After college Jim joined the U.S. Marines, serving from 1991 to 1995. Following his discharge he returned to Hershey where he has resided ever since. Jim worked as an auto glass technician for 20 years, beginning with Auto Glass and then All Star Auto in North Platte where he was currently employed.

On September 19, 1998, Jim married Clyta Kemp and to this union their son, Dalton, was born. Jim and Clyta later divorced. Jim was a member of Paul R. Martin Post #279 American Legion, V.F.W. Post #1504 and Eagles Aries #2839. He loved to hunt, fish, shoot pool and be with his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother, Yvonne West, and son, Dalton West, both of Hershey; stepsons, Travis (Carolyn) Baker and Glen Baker, of North Platte and Kory Baker (special friend, Kelsey Terry), of Sutherland, NE; a sister, Janet B. (Ken) Hoban, of Grand Island, NE; four step grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jakeb and Alyssa Baker and Emberleigh Lehman; two nieces, Beth (Taylor) Hoffmann, of Doniphan, NE, and Sarah Hoban, of Grand Island; and his aunts, uncles and other family.

Jim was preceded in death by his infant son, Jacob Kramer; and his father, Willard.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Chaplain Gary Smith officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

The memorial book may be signed at or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established at Hershey State Bank for his son, Dalton West. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Arlene Kathryn Laurinat


Arlene Kathryn Laurinat, 91, of North Platte, NE, passed away Friday, August 14, 2015, at Great Plains Health in North Platte.

Arlene was born August 8, 1924, to Reuben Oak and Esther Amanda Edgren Anderson near Elm Creek, NE and grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Holdrege High School in 1941 then attended Grand Island Business College. Arlene later worked in Grand Island, NE for the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant in the Accounting Department.

On August 12, 1947, Arlene was united in marriage to Edwin William Laurinat in Grand Island. They were married for 68 years and raised three children.

Ed and Arlene lived in Lincoln, NE where Arlene worked for the State Employment Office in both Grand Island and Lincoln for several years. They returned to Grand Island in 1952 before moving to North Platte in 1957.

Arlene was a member, Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. She was active in the church and served as secretary from 1976-77. She was also a member of P.E.O., the Extension Club for over 30 years and was on the Christian Education Committee. Arlene enjoyed traveling and had visited 49 states, China, Canada and Europe. She also liked quilting and any kind of needle work as well as cooking and baking.

Arlene leaves behind her husband, Ed, of North Platte; their children, Mary Ann Laurinat, of Waltham, MA, Robert (Connie) Laurinat, of Portage, MI, and James Laurinat, of Martinez, GA; two grandchildren, Ahern (Elizabeth Guzy) Laurinat, of Seattle, WA, and Owen Laurinat, of Kalamazoo, MI; a niece and three nephews; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine and husband, Sam Crisman; her parents, Reuben and Esther Anderson; and a nephew.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 20th at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at A private family burial will be held in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Alzheimer’s Support Group or the First Presbyterian Church. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer Dewitt “Bud” Thompson

Thompson, Elmer pic

Our beloved father, Elmer Dewitt “Bud” Thompson, Jr., 93, of North Platte, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family at Josie Harper Hospice House on August 13, 2015.
Elmer “Bud” Thompson was born to Elmer D. and Ida Mengel Thompson in August of 1922. He was a longtime resident of North Platte, with the exception of his childhood years in Edinburg, Texas.
Elmer graduated from North Platte High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Army-Air Force during WWII. He served proudly as a pilot and flight engineer. At the close of the war, Bud married Betty Dahlgren in August of 1945. They made their home in Omaha for five years and then moved back to North Platte, where they raised their family of four children. He started a glass contracting business, Economy Glass, with three childhood friends. That was his successful career until his retirement in 1985.
Bud and Betty were cofounders of the Lake Maloney Ski Club and participated in many ski shows and tournaments. With the ski shows, the club helped to fund the construction of the Lake Maloney Golf Course and field house. He became an avid golfer and winter Texan, spending many winters in South Texas. He loved celebrating life with his family and good friends. He loved the great outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of the Moose, the Eagles, and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and sister, Betty Seeger. He is survived by four children, Linda (Ron) Smith of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Tom (Mary) Thompson of Scottsbluff; Shelley (Joe) Riha of Omaha; Mary Lou (Craig) Thurman, of Overland Park, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking you donate to the 20th Century War Memorial, P.O. Box 1393, North Platte, Nebraska 69103 in his honor. Online condolences may be made at
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17th, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 16th at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

Charlotte Ruth Lundberg


Charlotte Ruth Lundberg of North Platte, Nebraska died August 10, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 91.
She was born March 31, 1924 near Arnold, Nebraska to Warren and Ethel Eddy Simms. She attended Arnold schools and taught school near Broken Bow, Nebraska for two years. In 1946 she went to Omaha, Nebraska and worked for Bell Telephone Company until 1948. On June 4, 1948 she was united in marriage to Carl M. Lundberg of Omaha, Nebraska. To this union was born two children, Carl Jr. and Linda. Carl Jr. and Debbie Lundberg are of Yukon, Oklahoma and Linda and Brian, now deceased, Carr are of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is survived by both Carl and Linda and six grandchildren and their spouses: Peter and Kelly Carr of Baldwin City, Kansas, Maggie Carr and Hilary and Dustin Nekvinda of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Quinn and Stephanie Carr of Olathe, Kansas, Becky and Hans Schroeder of Edmond, Oklahoma and Shari and Paul Madison of Mustang, Oklahoma. She has twelve great-grandchildren and is also survived by nieces, nephews and friends in several states. Her husband passed away October 17, 1984.
Charlotte was saved in 1944 in Finchville church near Arnold, Nebraska. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in North Platte, Nebraska.
Charlotte’s faith led her to be a gracious, kind, uplifting women who was always a lady. Her positive encouragement and smile will be greatly missed.
There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting,
And He bids you to come meet Him there;
Just to bow, and receive a new blessing,
In the beautiful garden of prayer.
The Beautiful Garden of Prayer | Eleanor A. Schroll
Services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 14, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with the Reverend Jack Atteberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Arnold Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Michael R. “Mike-Arty” Arends

Michael R. “Mike-Arty” Arends passed away on August 09, 2015 after a brief battle with cancer with loving family around him.
Mike, as he became known, was born to Roy and Vera (Bradsby) Arends on June 9, 1950 in Mullen.
Mike attended school in Mullen, graduating in 1968. He attended college at Kearney State obtaining a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Economics, graduating in 1980. He joined the Air Force in February 1969 and served as a Staff Sargent helping organize the supply division in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged in February 1973.
After working various jobs and attending college in Kearney, he met and married Deanna J. (Sear) Palmer on August 8, 1981. Joining them was son Wade and daughter Wendy. They moved back to Mullen in February 1982. Mike worked day jobs and construction until January 1984 when he started as a Support Services Supervisor at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home working until July 2015. Mike was also employed at the Mullen Funeral Home for 28 years.
Mike volunteered on the Ambulance as a sub-driver and EMT for 20 years. He also volunteered as a Fireman and was Vice Commander of the American Legion #109 and VFW #5541.
“Arty” loved his family and all sports especially Nebraska Football, golf, reading, crosswords and man’s best friend, his dogs; he and Dee rescued many.
Preceding him in death are his parents, sister Pat Arends and niece Cori (Arends) Schutz.
Leaving to survive are his wife Dee, Wade (Molly) Palmer, Wendy Palmer (and special friend Matt), brother Ed (Deb) Arends, Mona (Jim) Brannan, Roiann (Rick) Hays, grandchildren Dylan, Wade Jr., Abby and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mike always had a positive attitude for anyone; he knew and felt there was some good in everyone.
In lieu of flowers, Mike requested Memorials to Pioneer Memorial Rest Home, Cedarview Cemetery or donor’s choice. Mike requested casual wear for the funeral. Please wear Red or White Husker Gear.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 2 PM MDT at the Methodist Church in Mullen. Burial with Military Honors will be held at the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen.
A Celebration of “Arty’s” Life will be held from 4-6 PM MDT at Red’s Café in Mullen following the services. “You can’t spell Party without “Arty”.
Visitation will be held from 1-7 PM MDT Wednesday at the Mullen Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Jean Brown

Marilyn Jean Brown, age 82 of Slayton, MN, passed away August 9, 2015. Local services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday August 18, 2015 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.