Arlyn Kay (Elsasser) Rogers, 73, of Brady, passed away on May 4, 2016 at her winter home in Chandler, AZ with her family around her. Arlyn was known all her life as Kay. She was born November 14, 1942 to Arno and Evelyn (Murphy) Elsasser in Downey, California. Her parents moved to rural Brady, NE in 1945. Kay was a graduate of Brady Public Schools in 1961 and she graduated from Parks School of Business in Denver, CO in 1962. Kay was united in marriage to Bill Rogers at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on June 8, 1962 in North Platte, NE. To this union were born two children, Todd William in 1964 and Kristian Kay in 1967. Kay was a loving and devoted mother, wife and grandma. She worked as a school receptionist for many years and retired with Bill in 2003. She adored her five granddaughters, being with her family and doing crossword puzzles. Kay’s passions were cooking and hosting family gatherings. Her fried chicken, lasagna and, of course, homemade ice cream were her specialties. Survivors include her husband, George “Bill” Rogers of Brady, NE; Children, Todd (Patty) Rogers of Chandler, AZ and Kristi (Scott) Most of Tobias, NE; five granddaughters, Anna, Sara, and Kala Most of Tobias, NE, Samantha and Kylie Rogers of Chandler, AZ; sister, Geraldine Bond of Brady, NE: brother, Michael (Ann) Elsasser of Cheyenne, WY; sister-in-law, Paula Rogers of Phoenix, AZ and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. Kay was preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law, Norma Sutton; father-in-law James F. Rogers; and brother-in-law, James K. Rogers. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor James Sells officiating. Burial will be at Brady Cemetery, Brady, NE with reception following at the Brady Community Center. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte with family receiving friends from 5 pm to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Brady School Foundation, Brady, NE. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorialchapel.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dale L. Greeley, 64, of North Platte, passed away Nov. 30, 2015 in North Platte. Inurnment graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with Chaplain Gary Smith officiating and military honors by the North Platte Veterans Organizations. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Byron Lee Boslau, age 72, of Lincoln, NE, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Lincoln.
Byron was born December 10, 1943, to Henry ‘Hank’ and Aladine Elaine (Aden) Boslau in Ontario, OR. He grew up in North Platte, NE and participated in football and tennis and played Legion Baseball. After graduating from North Platte High School in 1962, he attended Parks Business School in Denver, CO then worked in Imperial, NE.
In 1965 Byron was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years. Following his discharge he returned to Nebraska. On August 6, 1967, he was united in marriage to Olinda Sherryl Odean in North Platte then they moved to Lincoln where Byron attended college. Later their son, Bradlee, was born.
Byron graduated from UNL in 1970 with a BS in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he joined the public accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG). In 1974, Byron began his career with Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska as the Accounting Manager. He was elected Treasurer in 1979, Vice President in 1984, Executive Vice President in 1986, CEO in 1991, President and CEO in 1998, and Chairman of the Board in 1999. After 42 years with Farmers Mutual, Byron retired in March 2014.
Byron was very active in the Lincoln community. He served on several boards which included Nebraska Special Olympics, Bryan Hospital, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Downtown Lincoln Association, US Bank’s Advisory Board, and was a past president of the YMCA, co-chairing numerous capital campaigns. Byron was also a member of Cosmopolitan Club, Downtown Athletic Club, Hillcrest Country Club and East Lincoln Christian Church, and served as a UNL track official for 20 years.
Byron received UNL’s Relay Club Spirit Award (1997), Nebraska Society of CPA’s Public Service Award (2006), Nebraska Special Olympics Champion of Greatness Award (2007, 2015), UNL’s College of Business Administration’s Business Leadership Award (2010), Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Roger T. Larson Community Builder’s Award (2013), North Platte Public School Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2013) and UNL and the Nebraska Chapter of National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award (2015).
He is survived by his wife, Olinda, and son, Bradlee, both of Lincoln; brother, Don Boslau, of LaGrande, OR; uncle, William Aden, of Lincoln; aunts, Donna (Don) Happel, of North Platte and Eina Fern Aden, of Adams, NE; brother-in-law, Rick (Dodie) Odean, of North Platte; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family.
Byron was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Aladine; a brother, Roy; sister, Marilyn Anderson O’Nan; and in-laws, Ollie and Alice Odean.
Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Burial with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Roper’s and Sons in Lincoln, which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared at roperandsons.com or odeanchapel.com. The memorial book may also be signed at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Special Olympics of Nebraska, Lincoln YMCA, Bryan Hospital Foundation, Tabitha Foundation, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital or East Lincoln Christian Church.
Phillip D. Vega, age 71, of North Platte, NE passed away peacefully at the University of Colorado Hospital surrounded by his family. Phillip was born on August 7, 1944 to Socorro and Emma (Martinez) Vega in Sutherland, NE. He grew up in Sutherland and married the love of his life, Virginia Guerrero on October 9, 1965. The couple raised one son, Daniel, and three daughters, Ramona, Antoinette and Monica.
Phillip worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for over 25 years. He loved life and had such a big, generous and caring heart. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and supported all North Platte sports programs. He loved cooking and spending as much time as he could with his family.
He will forever be missed by his wife, Virginia of North Platte; son, Daniel (Melia) Vega; daughters Ramona (Ken) Williams, Antoinette (Cory) Halverson, and Monica (Chandler) Broman; sister, Victoria Torres; brothers, Joe (Barbara), Daniel (Gayla), Tony (Sharron), Benny (Mary), Mike, Val (Cathy), and Ruben (Tony); grandchildren Gregory (Pricilla), Nicole, Joaquin, and Noelle Vega; Tyrell and Jared Williams; Addison, Jaxon, and Emmerson Halverson; Noah, Caiden, Eli, and Bella Broman; and 3 great grandchildren; Taysen, Emma and Avery Vega.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Angel Torres.
Memorials may be made in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Christian Wake Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend C.P. Varghese as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Closed casket visitation will be from noon until 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Gertrude Evelyn “Jeff” Olson, age 87, of North Platte, NE, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Jeff was born July 27, 1928, to William Edwin, Sr. and Ethel Irene Rector Jeffers at North Platte where she grew up. Jeff attended Catholic school, graduating in 1946 from St. Patrick’s High School.
On July 1, 1947, Jeff was united in marriage to Maynard Rueben Olson in North Platte where they made their home and raised their children, Terry and Sherry. Jeff and Maynard enjoyed 38 years of marriage together before he passed away in 1986.
Jeff worked at the S&H Green Stamp Store until it closed then at Odegard’s for a year. She was later employed by Great Plains Regional Medical Center as a Diet Clerk for the next 19 years.
Following her retirement, Jeff helped at the Senior Center and was a R.S.V.P. volunteer. She enjoyed crocheting, reading books, playing cards and solving any kind of word puzzles. Jeff loved her family, especially her great-granddaughter, Nattellia, who was the light of her life.
Jeff was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary as well as a life member and past president of the Eagles Auxiliary.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherry (Eddie) Merritt, of Wellfleet, NE; two granddaughters, Kimberly (Ryan) Shockley and Sara (Booker) Boyer, both of North Platte; her great-granddaughter, Nattellia Boyer; sister-in-law, Pris Jeffers, of Englewood, CO; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
Along with her husband, Maynard, Jeff was preceded in death by their son, Terry; her parents, William Jeffers and Ethel Jeffers Welch; stepfather, Cliff Welch; and brother, William ‘Bill’ Jeffers, Jr.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Father Mark Seiker officiating. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday with family greeting friends from 5 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. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Scholarship Fund.
Mark A. Chasek, 42, of Mullen died Sunday, May 8, at his home
Memorial services will be held Monday, May 16, 2016 at 2 PM MDT at the Lariat Auditorium in Mullen, NE
Inurnment will be at a later date by family at Beaver Valley Cemetery in Chadron
Memorials are suggested to Education Fund for his daughters % 83300 S. Hwy. 97 or Sandhills Cancer Fund, 428 8th St., Ainsworth, NE
Harriet M. Phipps, 88, of Mullen died Sunday, May 8, at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in Mullen
Services Will be held: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2 PM MDT at United Methodist Church in Mullen
Interment is in Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen
Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church, Cedarview Cemetery or Pioneer Memorial Rest Home
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 PM MDT at the Mullen Funeral Home. The family will meet with public from 6-7 PM MDT.
Arlene Ruth Pace, 76, of North Platte, passed away peacefully May 5, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born April 29, 1940 to Marion and Freda (Lindemeier) Nutt at Elsie, NE. She graduated from Elsie High School with the class of “57”. On July 24, 1957, Arlene was united in marriage to Ray Pace at Grant, NE. They moved to North Platte in 1965, where Arlene was employed at A&W Restaurant as a waitress and manager for over 18 years. She taught Sunday school at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed ceramics and portrait painting. She is survived by her husband, Ray of North Platte; four children, Freda (Mike) Fredrickson of North Platte, Morse (Barb) Pace of Lincoln, Rodney (Mary) Pace and Raelene (Joe) Waltemath both of North Platte; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne (Freda) Nutt of Dickens, Tom (Sharon) Nutt of Holdrege and Glen Nutt of Elsie. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Dwight Nutt; two sisters, Bertha Harvey and Norma Nutt; two brothers, Marlin and Morse Nutt; and a granddaughter, Angel Pace. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Cancer Fund. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ford Craig officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Mabel Mary Gilkeson, longtime resident of Sutherland, NE, passed away at the age of 100 on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Mabel was one of three children born to Denniston F. and Edna Alpha Ramsey Gilkeson, and is a descendant of Captain Myles Standish who accompanied the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and helped establish Plymouth Colony. Mabel was born April 2, 1916, at Ashland, NE. The family moved to Wheatland, WY for a while before settling in Sutherland in 1918 where they eventually farmed.
Mabel graduated from Sutherland High School in 1939 then earned her BA in Education from Kearney State Teacher’s College in 1943. She went on to teach Home Economics in Nebraska high schools in Brady, Gothenburg, Guide Rock and Wauneta and even survived a class of 19 boys, which included one student who chewed tobacco.
By 1959 Mabel’s mom was in declining health so she returned to Sutherland to help her brother, Darel, with her care. Mabel then taught Sunday School at the Sutherland United Methodist Church where she was a member.
Along with her parents, Denniston and Edna, Mabel was preceded in death by her sister, Cora Sherman, and brother, Darel Gilkeson.
She is survived by her family and friends which include her nephews, Ron (Cary) Sherman and Roger Sherman, of Missouri; and special friends and caregivers, Hope and Joe Reyes, of Hershey, NE.
Cremation was chosen. Graveside Memorial Service will 10 a.m. Friday in the North Platte Cemetery with Chaplain Gary Smith officiating. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or at the graveside. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are to the Sutherland United Methodist Church. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Lee Ham, age 54, of North Platte, NE, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Great Plains Health in North Platte.
Ron was born July 20, 1961, to Harold Raymond, Sr. and Eleanor Ingrid Haden Ham in Omaha, NE.
He is survived by his brother, Harold, Jr. (Janelle) Ham, of Hastings, NE; and other family and his friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Eleanor; and a sister, Dawn Madison.
Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in the Riverview Cemetery south of Sutherland. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.