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 www.adamsswanson.com.
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.

Delmar Elvon Sando


Delmar Elvon Sando, 86, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Ogallala, NE, passed away at his home in Tucson on Thursday, August 6, 2015, with his family by his side.

Delmar was born February 15, 1929, to Wilhelm Walter and Amanda Jensine Ordal Sando at Colton, SD where he grew up. After graduating from high school, Delmar attended Augustana College and graduated with a degree in economics. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until 1955.

Following his discharge, Delmar returned to South Dakota and worked in Aberdeen for the State of South Dakota for the next 15 years. He later worked for the Federal Government in Denver, CO for 20 years, achieving the position of Regional Director for the Office of Unemployment Insurance before retiring in 1993. Delmar was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Consolidated Credit Union.

After retiring he became a small business owner when he purchased a Dairy Queen in Ogallala. This endeavor continued for 23 years until the business was sold in 2012.

While in Aberdeen Delmar met Emily Marie Pedersen and they were united in marriage in 1959. They raised three children together and celebrated 52 years of marriage before Emily passed away in 2011. Delmar loved his family and was a very involved family man. He enjoyed camping, fishing, sporting events and spending time with his grandchildren.

Delmar is survived by his children, Ellen (Mike) Taylor, of Ogallala, Pamela (John) Prokop,

of Tucson and James (Shari) Sando, of Ogallala; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; his sister, Urma Headrick, of Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers, Alverdo Sando, of Dennison, IA, and Orllo Sando, of Colton; and other family members.

Along with his wife, Emily, Delmar was preceded in death by his brother, Merton Sando; and his parents, Wilhelm and Amanda.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (CT) on Friday, August 14, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com.

Delmar will then be laid to rest with his wife, Emily, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, south of Maxwell, NE. A Graveside Funeral Service with military honors will be at 1:30 p.m. (CT) Friday with Pastor Tim Eighmy of Messiah Lutheran Church officiating. The family has established a memorial in Delmar’s memory. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Lucile “Dude” Boltz


Edith Lucile “Dude” Boltz, age 88 of North Platte, passed away on August 6, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Dude was born to George D. and Nettie M. (Winters) Ripple on April 12, 1927 at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, KS. She spent time attending school in Moorefield, NE and later moved to North Platte where she graduated in 1946. She married Raymond E. Boltz at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on June 7, 1949. They were married many wonderful years and traveled to 49 of the US States along with her mother on vacations. She graduated from North Platte Beauty School in 1955 and later went on to own and run her own salon for over 50 years. She also cared for the elderly, including her mother until she passed away at the age of 99. She raised two little girls for a dear friend. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, she spent much time in her many gardens, she enjoyed cooking and canning, genealogy, making scrap books and quilting. Her favorite calling was working and spoiling her precious angels in the infant room at North Platte Community Day Care Center where she was a foster grandparent for more than 10 years. Dude is survived by her brother Buck M. Ripple; nieces and nephews Theresa and Marco Vieyra, Mike and Carol Ripple, Mark Ripple, their children Alana, Sasha, Arnetia, Steven, Jessica, Brooke and Codi; as well as her adopted daughter Donna Jones and her children Amber and Abbey; as well as great grands Joel, Katie, Sam, Ben, Eliciana, Isabella, Jeremiah, Audrianna, Alexavier, Ethan and Valencia. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband Raymond; as well as her sisters-in-law Patricia Shay Ripple and Sandra Davis Ripple; as well as her sweet dog Juicy Goose. Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Cremation was chosen and Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday August 13, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday August 14, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Reverend CP Varghese officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel which is in charge of arrangements.

August “Augie” Robert Torrez


August “Augie” Robert Torrez, age 71, of North Platte, passed away Monday August 3, 2015 at Bryan East in Lincoln. He was born September 11, 1943 in Sterling, CO to August Sr. and Louise Salzado-Torrez. He attended school at North Platte High School. After school he began work at Brewer’s Construction. He also worked for the State of Nebraska before hiring on the UPRR as a fireman/oiler. On March 14, 1975 he married Barbara Ann Liptrap in North Platte. The couple lived in North Platte and he retired from the railroad in 2005. Augie loved football, especially the Cornhuskers, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Augie is survived by his wife, Barbara of North Platte; four sons, Pete (Rachel) Torrez of North Platte, Brian (Tammy) Torrez of North Platte, Jason (Echo) Torrez of Stapleton, Scott (Miranda) Torrez of North Platte; 15 grandchildren; seven siblings, Pete (Delores) Torres of North Platte, Ben (Angie) Torres of North Platte, Nick (Carolyn) Torres of Sterling, CO, Josie Lintz of North Platte, Camelia Arcoren of Scottsbluff, Mary Ellen Gurule of Scottsbluff and Angie Guscette of South Dakota; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Don and Lupe; and sisters Ramona and Mary.
Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Sunday August 9th at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 10th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Golka officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery south of Sutherland. Visitation will be from noon until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Douglas Arriola


Steven Douglas Arriola, 37, was called to be the Lord on July 28, 2015 in Memphis, TN. Steven was born to Joseph Michael and Shirrel E Shumpert Caudillo, in North Platte, NE, on October 23, 1977. He was united in marriage to Olivia Davis Arriola; they had one son Davis Micheal Arriola. Steven’s greatest love was sharing precious moments with his son. Steven loved camping and Frisbee golfing with his brother, Anthony. Steve always had a smile for everyone, even strangers, and his laugh was contagious. He leaves behind his mother Shirrel and dad Joseph Michael of Olive Branch, MS, his brothers; Scott Peyton, of Illinois, Brian Arriola of Ogallala, NE, Anthony Arriola of Olive Branch, MS, his son Davis Michael Arriola and his mother Olivia Arriola of Collierville, TN, first cousins; Stephanie Shumpert Brigham of Phoenix, AZ, Rodney Callahan, of Corinth, MS, uncle and aunt Mike & Patty Shumpert of North Platte, NE and cousins Michael John and Matt Shumpert of North Platte, NE and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Murrel & Fay Shumpert, his dad Robert J Arriola, uncles; Jim and Gregory Shumpert, aunts; Sandra Fay Callahan and Margaret Diane Webster. Arrangements entrusted to High Point Funeral Home, Memphis, TN 901-454-5975