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.

Robert E. “Bob” Morgan


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Robert E. “Bob” Morgan, 73, of North Platte passed away June 28, 2015 at his home. Bob was born in North Platte, on August 16, 1941 to Earl E. and Jane Morgan. He grew up in North Platte, attended North Platte High School, graduating in 1960. He attended McCook Community College to be an electrician. In 1962 he married Kathryn Harvey and had two children. He was then drafted into the United States Army in 1967. He married Janice M. Wilson and had three children. Bob served his country for 12 years in the United States Army Corp. before returning to North Platte where he worked in hotel maintenance for many years.
He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to fish and hunt, and loved Cornhusker football.
Survivors include his five children, Joy (Mike) Smith of Hays, KS, Robert Williams of North Platte, Kimberly (Toby) Reynolds of Smith Center, KS, Sheri (Todd) Nuemeyer of Scandinavia, WI, Jerry ( Kelly) Morgan of North Platte; Mark (Brandi) Lemon who he considered a son of North Platte; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Simants; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Edward Morgan.
Memorials may be made in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so from noon until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Robert C. “Bob” Koenig


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Robert C. “Bob” Koenig, 84, of Brady, passed away June 28, 2015 at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1930 to Tom and Stella (Beaver) Koenig at Gering, NE. He graduated from Maxwell High School with the class of “49”. In 1951, Bob joined the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge in 1953. On July 17, 1954, he was united in marriage to Doris J. Hopkins at North Platte. Three daughters were born to the couple. He was employed by the State of Nebraska as a gas transporter. On Aug. 17, 2009, Bob married Lucille Whipple at Gothenburg. The couple later moved to Brady. He was a member of the American Legion and loved horses. He is survived by his wife, Lucille of Brady; three daughters, Deb (Bill) Dugger of Kearney, Betty Lewin and Carol Koenig both of Omaha; a step-daughter, Barbra Hotz of Gothenburg; three sisters, Virginia Bailey, Donna (Dean) Kittle and Patty Mentzer; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Doris in 2008; and a granddaughter, Alexis. A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 with Pastor Bob Allen officiating at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia J. G. White

Patricia J. G. White, 66, of Wellfleet, NE, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.

She was born September 4, 1948, to William E. and Carolyn R. Anderson Gallager in Kearney. Patricia grew up in central Nebraska and graduated from Madison High School in Madison, NE. She then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to become an X-ray Technician.

Patricia married Dennis Hartner and they lived in Kansas for 2 years before moving to North Platte and later divorcing. Patricia worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Great Plains Regional Health until 1994 when she slipped on some ice. This accident led to a brain bleed so Patricia had to quit working.

In 1979 Patricia met Keith Douglas White. They lived together for 13 years before getting married on June 28, 1991, in Wallace, NE. They made their home north of Wellfleet.

Patricia loved her animals. She was a hard working lady and a good person.

She will be missed by her husband, Keith, of Wellfleet; her daughters, Becky and Angela, of Kearney; stepchildren, Bill, of Central City, NE, and Wendie, of Omaha; 9 grandchildren; her sister, McKayla ‘Mikki’ Gallager, of Boston, MA; and other family.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Carolyn Gallager.

Cremation was chosen and a private family inurnment will be at a later date in the Wellfleet Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Helen Haythorn


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Mary Helen Haythorn, 61, of Maxwell, NE, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Gothenburg, NE.

Mary Helen was born April 30, 1954, to Howard Conrad and Sue Ann Cochran Haythorn at Sutherland, NE and grew up on the ranch at Maxwell. She graduated from Brady High School in 1972 then attended the University of Denver. Mary Helen returned to Nebraska and became a care giver to many people and families, including her own. She also enjoyed writing Keno at Shores for many years.

Mary Helen was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte. She served on the Brady Funeral Committee and Brady Alumni Committee. Mary Helen loved her family, especially her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her father, Howard Haythorn, and brother, Harry B. (Londa) Haythorn, of Maxwell; sister, Margaret E. (Darrell) Ruh, of Kenesaw, NE; nieces and nephews, Ambrea (Levi) Nelson, Harry M. (Josie) Haythorn, Emily E. Haythorn (Matt Smith), all of Maxwell, Ahna Ruh and Walker Ruh, of Kenesaw, NE, and Amanda (Joshua) Hays and Justin (Charity) Ruh, of Greeley, CO; 14 great-nieces and nephews, Riker, Bryson, Gavin, Timothy James ‘T.J.’, Jade, Nicky, Paige, Harry E., Elizabeth, Sarah, Kellin, Dax, Kai and Mataiya; aunts, Beldora Haythorn, of Ogallala and Jane (Bryce) Lundell, of Cheyenne; cousins, Craig (Jody) Haythorn, of Arthur, NE, Sally Haythorn, of Ogallala, NE, Judy (Jerry) Shannon, of Mesa, AZ, Sandy (Gordon) Walsh, of South Lake, TX and Cathy (Tom) Kerwin, of Naperville, IL; other cousins and family and her many friends.

Mary Helen was preceded in death by her mother, Sue Ann.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte with Father Jeffrey Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at the Brady Cemetery. The casket will be closed. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Shriner’s Childrens Transportation Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation or Brady Public School Foundation Fund.

Linda K. Winder


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Linda Kathryn Winder, 67 of North Platte passed away June 26, 2015 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. She was born April 11, 1948 in Fremont, NE to Ray and Evelyn (Kutlas) Anderson. Linda graduated from Goodland High School in 1966. She worked for the Goodland Daily News before moving to North Platte where she worked for Kunkel’s Auto Supply. On August 16, 1969 she married Lynn Winder at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte. To this union 2 sons were born, Shane and Todd.
The couple moved up to the family farm at Stapleton where Linda pursued her bachelor’s degree and after graduating from Kearney State College continued her employment at 1st National Bank where she was a financial analyst for many years, retiring due to health reasons.
Linda was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, loved jigsaw puzzles, reading and numbers, cooking, fantasy football, and was a Denver Bronco’s fan. Her family was the center of her life, and enjoyed family get togethers.
Survivors include, sons, Shane (Jennifer) Winder of Omaha, and Todd (Jennifer) Winder of North Platte; grandchildren, Carson, Logan, Mason Winder, Tate and Trevor Cohoe, and Kanon Winder; siblings, Julie (Jerry) Thompson of North Platte, Patti (Keith) Saathoff of Tacoma, WA, Donna (Jimmy) Simmons of North Platte, Angela (Jim) Most of Aurora, NE, Christy (Dan) Smith of Helena, MT, Kaycee Anderson of North Platte, and Barbara (Gil) Fowler of Tacoma, WA; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jackie Luken; and a brother, Michael Anderson.
Memorials are suggested 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. Friday, July 3, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Golka as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at the North Platte City Cemetery. Christian Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Cremation was chosen, those wishing to sign the register book may do so from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Ruybalid


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Michael Ruybalid, 60, of North Platte, NE, passed away at his home on June 21, 2015.

Michael was born January 5, 1955, to Gilbert and Regina Ruybalid in Los Angeles, CA. Michael served in the U.S. Army, the same branch in which his son, Jeffrey, currently serves.

In February 1980 Michael hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad and worked in various cities. He was currently working for the railroad as Manager of Locomotive Maintenance at the time of his death.

Michael enjoyed reading, golfing and kayaking.

Michael leaves behind his children, Jaclyn (Jon) Ruybalid Krueger, of New York, NY, Courtney (Paul) Ruybalid Engquist, of Liberty, MO, Jeffrey (Kirsten) Ruybalid, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Scott Ruybalid, of Strasburg, VA; four grandchildren, Oliver, Charlotte and Katherine Engquist and Ava Ruybalid; stepmother, Brenda Ruybalid, of Whittier, CA; his aunt Martha and uncle Danny Archuleta, of Albuquerque, NM; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Regina; and his brother, Anthony.

The family has chosen cremation and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.