Leora M. Nielsen Smith


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Leora M. Nielsen Smith, 84, of North Platte, passed away July 11, 2015 at her home. She was born June 25, 1931, in Logan County, NE to Niels C. and Florence (Essley) Nielsen. She attended school at Gandy until the 5th grade when the family moved to Stapleton. She graduated from Stapleton High School in 1949. After high school she worked as a bookkeeper at Nicely-Souder Ford Motor at North Platte. In 1951, she went to work as a bookkeeper for the DeKalb Agra Association at North Platte, where she worked until she retired. On Aug. 3, 1952, she married Frank A. Nelson at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He died in 1978. In 1992, she married Roy M. Smith and he passed away in 1996. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of Stapleton VFW Auxiliary, and a member of North Platte American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Gubser of Tempe, AZ; grandson, Tyler Gubser of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Lynette Baker and Lorain Bartmess both of North Platte; three brothers, Donald (Esther) of Laramie, WY, Darold (Braun) of Kearney and Donzel of North Platte; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two sisters, Lenora Moore and Virginia Nielsen; four brothers, Deane, Darwin, Dennis and Dale. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign Leora’s memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tues through Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.

Noah Martin Ramos


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Noah Martin Ramos, 18 years old, of North Platte, NE, died as the result of a automobile accident on Monday, May 18, 2015, in North Platte.

Noah was born May 1, 1997, to Martin Patrick Ramos and Christina Marie White in North Platte. He grew up in North Platte and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Noah had attended school at St. Patrick’s and was currently attending North Platte High School where he completed the 11th grade.

During his freshman year, Noah attended Boystown in Omaha and excelled at school, football, basketball and swimming. During basketball season he lead his class to the Freshman State Championship.

Noah had always been a tremendous athlete. He started wrestling at age 4 and continued until he was 15. He helped lead his Pee Wee football team to a championship and in later years was a Golden Glove Boxer. Along with his sporting activities, Noah enjoyed skateboarding, shooting, hunting and spending time in nature. During the summers, he volunteered at the Wayne Dowhower Softball Complex where he worked the softball fields and loved riding the Cushman.

Noah was devoted to his family and his biggest attribute was watching out for children and animals; he loved to help the underdog. Noah will be remembered for always being a big kid at heart; his smile and kindness will live on.

Noah leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Christina and Mike Miller, and father and stepmother, Martin, Sr. and Janette Ramos; brothers, Martin ‘Midgey’ Ramos, Jr., Micah Miller, Tanner (Shaylee) Miller and Jaden Miller; sisters, Carissa Guy, Myah Ramos, Olivia Ramos, Aspen Sullivan and Jocelyn Jividen; grandparents, Mary White, Rod and Debbie Miller, and Margaret Ramos, all of North Platte.

Survivors also include his great-grandparents, Mary Hunt, Marvin and Norma Peterson, and Maurine Miller; aunts and uncles, Jennifer (Steve) Prince, Matt White, Jessica (Romano) Polanco, Mario (Elena) Ramos, Angelica (Joseph) Scoville, CheeRee Perez, Ofy Leyva, John (Jody) Miller, Carlos Ramos and Inez Ramos, Jr.; a nephew, Easton Joseph James Guy; and many cousins and other family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph Herschel Max White and Inez Ramos, Sr.; great-grandpas, Jim Hunt, Whitey White and Melvin Miller; and a cousin, Marcella Sanchez.

Cremation was chosen. Christian Wake Service will be 6 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Jim Golka. Inurnment will follow in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Noah Ramos Benefit Fund at NebraskaLand National Bank.

Alexis “Lexi” Nichole Wiezorek


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Alexis “Lexi” Nichole Wiezorek, 17, of North Platte, passed away May 18, 2015 as the result of an auto accident. She was born December 6, 1997 to Mark and Nichole (Weitzel) Wiezorek at North Platte. Lexi attended North Platte High School and was going into her senior year. She loved to hunt, fish, and all water sports. Lexi loved life, and especially loved her family and friends. Her family includes her mother and step-father, Nichole and Paul Wiezorek; her father, Mark Wiezorek; her siblings, Kylee, Sam and Dylan Wiezorek; grandparents, Rod and Deb Weitzel, Jim and Deb Wiezorek; great grandmother, Charlotte Weitzel; uncles and aunts, John and Jenny Zachry all of North Platte and Steve and Kenna Smith of Minden; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Harold Weitzel, Bob and Roene Trompke, Clifford and Alberta McCarty, Janice Foster, Anton Wiezorek and Donald Wiezorek; and an infant brother, Daniel Wiezorek. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in her memory. A Celebration of Lexi’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015 outside the Presbyterian Church, 1901 Leota. The family request casual wear at the service. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Patrick B. Irish Sr.


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Patrick B. Irish Sr. 61 of North Platte passed away July 8, 2015 at Bryan East in Lincoln. Patrick was born May 22, 1954 in North Platte to Bennette and Vernadell Glenn Irish. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1972, married DeEtta Swisher on September 6, 1973 in Julesburg, Co. To this union two children were born, Heidi and Patrick. Patrick worked as an over the road truck driver for many years, living in Cozad. He later worked at Evan’s Bakery in Cozad as a foreman in the cooler. He moved to North Platte where he worked for Coco Cola distributing. He also worked for Railcrew Express until his health forced his retirement. Patrick married Estela Ochoa March 22, 2007 in Crystal City, Texas.
Patrick was very proud of the fact that he had been sober since October 8, 2000. He was very active with his AA group and his family. Patrick enjoyed traveling, spending time at the casinos with Estela, and fishing, especially with his grandkids.
Survivors include his wife Estela of North Platte; children, Heidi (Aaron) Irish-Tunheim of Alliance, Patrick (Jestine) Irish Jr. of North Platte, Jeromiah (Jennifer) Ochoa of Chesapeake Bay VA, Antonio Clemmons, Nick (Coryna) Clemmons all of North Platte, and Cassandra (Scott) Gray of Mullen; grandchildren, Isabella Irish, Tyler Irish, Bailey Irish, Veronica Irish, Georgia Williams, Jacob Brown, Kiziee Clemmons, Kyron Clemmons, Phoenix Van Cura, Bailey Brown, Ryland Clemmons, Jocelyn Clemmons, Pandora Gray and Hunter Gray; great-grandchild Joshua J. Williams; siblings, Mel (Susie) Irish of North Platte, Rhonda Stephens of Cozad, Ed Irish of North Platte, Steve (Dee) Irish of Norfolk, Judy Vanderpool of TN, Cindy Irish of North Platte, Bob Irish of Cozad, Ben (DeAnna) Irish of Greeley, CO, and Trudy Delgato of Sterling, CO; step-brother Rick Irish of Pangua UT; numerous other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Melvin Bennette Irish.
Memorials may be left to the 4th Street AA or to the Calihan Cancer Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the North Platte City Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

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Phyllis M. Stackhouse


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Phyllis M. Stackhouse, 86, of North Platte, went to meet Jesus her Lord and Savior at 3:00 a.m. on July 6, 2015 at Great Plains Health. She was born May 18, 1929 to Erwin and Melissa (McDermott) Hasenauer at Wellfleet. She graduated from North Platte High School with the class of “47”. On Feb. 20, 1948, she was united in marriage to Dale Stackhouse in North Platte. They lived in Wisconsin, where they owned and operated a dairy farm for over 28 years; then after retiring they returned to North Platte. She is survived by her husband, Dale of North Platte; two daughters, Ronda (Earl) Vanover of Virginia and Debra (Kevin) Nikutta of Michigan; a son, Irvin (Linda) Stackhouse of Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; Paula Woolley, Heather Maloney, Rachel Carter, Michael, Kevin, and Angie Stackhouse, and Jonathan Nikutta; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Sharon) Hasenauer and Mark (Linda) Stackhouse; sister, Bonnie Bonicci, and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Gary Hasenauer. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in her memory. Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be 10:00 am Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor Peter Brick officiating. Family will receive friends 9:00 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Plainview Cemetery near Maxwell. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

George T. Robertson


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George T. Robertson, 100, of North Platte, passed away at Great Plains Health on June 30, 2015.

He was born November 20, 1914, in Dickson, TN to George C. and Esther (Thomas) Robertson, but the young family soon moved to a farm near his grandfather outside O’Neill, NE. The farm had no electricity or running water. George attended a one-room grade school near O’Neill, went to high school in town, and attended Hastings College. In 1932, after one year in college, he returned home to teach school and help his father farm, riding his horse 4.5 miles to school and back each day. He quit farming in 1934. He graduated from Hastings College in 1938 with a degree in history and math.

In 1939, George began working for the Farm Security Administration. The next year, at a dance, he met Marjorie Marie Morris, the woman with whom he would spend the next 72 years. They married on March 20, 1942, and would raise three daughters. After spending the early years of their marriage in Omaha and North Platte, George bought a car dealership in Benkelman, NE. In 1969, after 20 years in Benkelman, the family moved to North Platte. George worked for Gateway Realty in North Platte for 10 years before retiring. By then, he and Marjorie had sent all three daughters to college.

George and Marjorie bought an Airstream trailer and over the next years would travel 80,000 miles in the United States, Canada and Mexico with the trailer, often taking their grandchildren along, making friends wherever they would go. They also vacationed in the Caribbean and Hawaii, and traveled across Europe in a VW camper, brought it back to the US, and drove it in Alaska. They were avid bridge players, and George was known to play a hand of poker once in a while, too. He bought his first computer at age 80. He celebrated his 100th birthday at Linden Estates, where he lived after Marjorie died in 2010.

George and Marjorie were active in the Presbyterian Church in North Platte where George was an Elder. George was an active member of Rotary for many years, the Tehama Shrine Temple, and the Masonic Lodge #32 AF&AM. He was a Master Mason for 70 years.

His family and his many friends will remember him for his quick smile, straightforward honesty, generosity, sharp mind, and great good humor. He and Marjorie donated funds to their church, Rotary, the Masons, Mid-Plains Community College building project for health education, and more, and established scholarships at Hastings College and the UNL teacher’s college. One of George’s last requests was to have his daughter write a check on his account to make a donation he had in mind.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Doris (Dick) Orth; and his wife, Marjorie.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Robertson (James Deen), of Mill Valley, California, Joan (Steve) Windrum, of Gothenburg, and Betty Robertson of Cincinnati; his grandchildren, Roman Windrum, of Omaha, and Carmen (Mike) Ackerman, of Gothenburg; and great-grandchildren, Hudson and Campbell Windrum and Amaya, Arissa, and Ian Ackerman; many nieces and nephews, cousins, his special friend Irene Kihlthau, and many more friends.

Services will be Friday, July 3, 2015. Burial will be at 11 a.m. in the Cozad Cemetery. The Memorial Service will be in North Platte at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1901 West Leota Street, with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating. A reception will follow.

Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by Masonic Rites at 7 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the George T. and Marjorie M. Robertson Fund at Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation for the benefit of the Goodfellow Shoe Fund, the Presbyterian Church, or in George T. Robertson’s memory to the donor’s choice. Cards can be sent to the family in care of Joan Windrum, P. O. Box 3, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

Lance C. Wallin


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Lance C. Wallin, 72, currently from Haines City, Florida formerly from North Platte, Nebraska, went home to be with Our Lord in heaven on June 16, 2015. He was the son of Winton and Maurine Belgum Wallin of Kimball, Nebraska. Lance had a long battle with COPD/Emphysema and passed in his home with his family by his side.
Lance was born and raised in Kimball, Nebraska on August 26, 1942. He graduated from Kimball County High School in 1960. He attended college at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska studying surveying and engineering. Upon leaving college he served two years in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, California from 1964-1966. He was very proud of his service as a Radioman and made some very special friends while serving. After returning home he began working for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads as an Engineer in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and helped build the Interstate 80. After working in several communities through the years he settled in North Platte, Nebraska with his family. He stayed with the Department for 42 years and retired in 2005. Lance made a lot of dear friends with the State employees and considered them his second family.
Lance married Karen Happel, also from Kimball, Nebraska on March 20, 1970 at the home of his parents. After Karen graduated from Kimball High School in 1970, they moved to Chappell, Nebraska. Lance and Karen were transferred to Sidney, Nebraska for 4 years and then to Ponca, Nebraska. While there that is where their oldest girl Jeanne was born, in 1977 in Sioux City, Iowa. They were transferred to North Platte in 1979 and that is where Kimberly was born. Lisa was also born in North Platte, in 1981. Through the years Lance’s favorite past time was spending time with family camping and fishing at their favorite lake, Sutherland. It was a family tradition that carried on for about 40 years. When Lance retired, Karen and he traveled and attended a few Navy reunions in Washington, Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, visiting family and friends along the route. They went to visit Jeanne and grandson Austin in Florida, in 2006 with their pickup and fifth wheel and snow birded in Florida until 2009. They became permanent residents after that. Lance was a huge fan of Nascar Racing and an avid fan of Kasey Kahne. He also loved watching the Huskers and Denver Bronco’s. Lance is a life member of the VFW and also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie 2839.
Lance is survived by his wife Karen of 45 years from Haines City, Florida; Jeanne Wallin and grandson, Austin Cantrill of Haines City, Florida; Kimberly Wallin from Lincoln, Nebraska, and Lisa from Haines City, Florida; brother, Ed Wallin from North Platte, Nebraska; sister, Janice (Gerald) Zimmerman from Lincoln, California; 9 nieces and nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews; and 4 great-great-nieces and nephew.
Lance was preceded in death by his parents; Uncle, Lee Wallin; grandparents, aunts; uncles; several cousins; and his in-law relatives.
A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson .com
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with the Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams officiating. Inurnment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so from noon until 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Dudley Craig Oltmans


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Dudley Craig Oltmans, 66, North Platte businessman, passed away June 29, 2015 at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1949 to Glenn and Della (Bargen) Oltmans at Nelson, NE. He graduated from Nelson High School with the class of “67”. He went on to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1971studying Economics and Agronomy.
He was married to Mary Dvorak in June of 1971 and to this union four children were born. They moved to McCook where he served as Loan Officer, Vice President, and President of The Federal Land Bank Association and later moved to North Platte where he served as vice-president for Farm Credit Services for 30 years. Dudley’s most recent position was Regional Bank President of Adams Bank and Trust for the past 14 years. His management skills and leadership abilities have helped the lives of many. In April of 1996, he was united in marriage, to the love of his life, Peggy Hyde Cox.
Dudley was a wonderful and kind son, husband, father, brother, grandfather “PaPa”, friend and coworker. He will be missed by so many. It was said that he wasn’t a banker, but someone that really wanted to help people become successful and achieve their dreams.
Dudley was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, served on various board of directors, Great Plains Health and their Foundation Board, Nebraska Bankers Association, North Platte Development Corporation, and River’s Edge Golf Course where he was past president, Sunrise Rotary, North Platte Chamber of Commerce serving on various boards, Ambassadors, and North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bicycling and sports activities.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of North Platte; children, Molly (John) Schmidt, Stacy (Peter) Scherr, Andy (Heather) Oltmans, Ellie (Amir) Drori and Craig Cox; grandchildren, Corbin and Bennett Schmidt, Olivia, Miriam and Emil Scherr, Marisa, Gunner and Vinni Cox; a brother, Steve (Barb) Oltmans; aunts, Lila Oltmans, Corrine Good and Doris Anderson; nephews, Kurt, Brad, Todd and Chris Oltmans; several cousins, great nieces and nephews; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences maybe shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to Callahan Cancer Center.

Services will be 11:00 am Friday, July 3, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior. Visitation will be Thursday from 8:30 am to 8 pm with family receiving friends from 6 to 8pm at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Morris J. “Moe” Hoban


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Morris J. “Moe” Hoban, 72 of North Platte was called away June 30th, peacefully at his home.
Moe was born on August 29th, 1942 in North Platte, Nebraska to William Patrick and Lillian Faye Harrison Hoban. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1961. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1966, after 2 years of service he was honorably discharged and returned to North Platte.
Moe worked for Nebraska Game and Parks for a couple years, then started his career with the Union Pacific Railroad where he worked as a Carman for over 30 years.
Moe married Marolyn Kahlig on May 12th, 1968. He loved to spend time with family and friends, fishing, camping, and hunting. He built a little place at Lake McConaughy in 2006 which he named “The Shack”. This is a very special place that has been enjoyed by many of his friends and family over the years.
He was a member of the Eagles Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marolyn; three daughters; Mickie (Allan) Hartzler, Marcie (Tony) Schultz and Amber Hoban; one son, Andy (Elery) Hoban; nine grandchildren, Magen and Marcus Hartzler, Zach (Tara), Kaycie, Dillon Schultz, Tianna, Keaton, and Autumn Richardson, and Teghan Osborne; one Great-grandson, Kaiden Hartzler; two sisters, Gwendolyn (Bill) Golden, and Dorothy “Jodi” (Dick) Lee; five brothers, Aloysius “Fay” (Patricia) Hoban, John “Buck” (Pat) Hoban, Terrance (Anna) Hoban and Francis “Andy” (Markieta) Hoban, and many nieces, nephews and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillian Hoban, his mother-and father in-law, George and Lucy Kahlig, his brother William “Ron” Hoban and sister Helen Rogers.

At the family’s request Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte or Donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. Casual dress for the service is welcomed. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 9:00 to 5:00 Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.