Gerald L. “Jerry” Brewer, age 78 of North Platte passed away August 7, 2016 peacefully at his home with his family by his side. He was born September 22, 1937 at North Platte to Theodore F.W. and Lois M. (Heskett) Brewer. Jerry graduated from North Platte High School in 1955 and was later united in marriage to Lois E. Schuler on January 3, 1957 at Boulder, CO. He was in a family partnership of Brewer Transit Mix Concrete Company and owner of Solid Waste Disposal for a number of years. Jerry was an avid hunter, elk hunting in Colorado and Wyoming, pheasant hunting in Nebraska and North Dakota, and goose hunting with his family on his farm. Jerry established Brewer Land & Cattle, where he sold property and raised cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats. Providing a place for his family to hunt and fish was important to him. He was proud of his granddaughters Alice and Kelli who played softball for the North Platte Sensations and Alice played for the University of Nebraska and watch his great-grandchildren in their sports and school activities. His family was the love of his life along with his dog “General” who all kept him going through his fight with cancer. Jerry will always be loved and never forgotten. He along with Rick Cook and Mary Ann Blackledge, were instrumental in starting North Platte Clean City Committee, now known as Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful. Jerry was a member of Pork Producers and served as president and chairman of the Nebraskaland Days Pork Breakfast, Eagles Aerie 2839, Loyal Order of the Moose, where he was a charter member and served as president. He was also a cubmaster for the Cody School Cub Scouts. His family includes his wife; Lois of North Platte, sons; Ted A. Brewer of Kearney and Steven Brewer of North Platte, granddaughters; Alice (Dan) Shea and Kelli (Wyatt Adams) Brewer, great-grandchildren, Daniel, Owen, Kaode, and Kenadi, sister-in-laws, Sherry Hupfer of Cozad and Sandie Schuler of Estacada, Oregon, and faithful Schnauser, General Robert E. Lee. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in law; Tom and Fern Schuler, brother-in laws; Tommy and Gordon Schuler, and sister-in-law; Lily Kucera. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel and burial at the Riverview Cemetery in Sutherland. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 pm at Carpenter Memorial Chapel who is in care of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to continuing education for oncology nurses at the Callahan Cancer Center.
Mary Alice Baumgartner, age 92, of North Platte, NE, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Mary was born February 1, 1924, to Gust and Jennie Kennedy Nelson at Overton, NE, and later the family moved to Paxton, NE. Mary graduated from Paxton High School in 1942 then moved to Salt Lake City, UT. where she worked for the Office of Price Administration (O.P.A.) which was responsible for food rationing during World War II.
On October 30, 1943, Mary was united in marriage to John Lawrence Baumgartner in North Platte. Following John’s discharge from the army, the couple moved to Omaha, NE until 1948 when they settled in North Platte. Mary stayed home with the children while they were young then went to work for North Platte Public Schools Food Service Department. After 41 years Mary retired in 2011 at the age of 87.
Mary loved gardening and baking, which she happily shared with her friends and family. She was well known for her amazing divinity that was requested by many. Mary was also a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children, Diane (Mark) Brodbeck, of San Diego, CA, and Gary (Vicki) Baumgartner, of Madrid, NE; four grandchildren, Tye (Jennifer) Baumgartner, Leah (Jon) Mussmann, Tracey (Teion) Turner and Troy Brodbeck (Andi Freeman); six great-grandchildren, Teion Turner II, Taylor Turner, Annabelle Brodbeck, Zoe Baumgartner, Grayson Baumgartner and Caius Mussmann; her special friend, Sharon Palmer, of North Platte; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John, and their son, Joseph; her parents, Gust and Jennie Nelson; three sisters, Hilda Swenson, Margaret Barry and Dorothy Smith; and three brothers, Charles, Oscar and Pershing Nelson.
Cremation was chosen. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are to the North Platte Senior Center.
Rex L. Ealy, age 91, of Moorefield, NE, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, NE.
Rex was born December 24, 1924, to Harold and Ethel LaBounty Ealy at Hastings, NE. He grew up on the family farm east of Moorefield, NE, and graduated from Farnam High School. Rex then joined the U.S. Army in 1944.
Following his discharge in 1946, Rex returned to Moorefield then moved to North Platte where he hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad and worked as a Fireman for the next eight years.
On November 14, 1948, Rex was united in marriage to Dona Margaret Crewdson in North Platte. They later returned to Moorefield to live and work on the family farm. Rex was also a crop duster and owner of Ealy Spraying Service. He flew out of the Curtis Airport and sprayed fields throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota.
After retiring in 1985 Rex and Dona continued to live on the farm and wintered in Port Mansfield, TX for 24 years until 2008.
Rex was a member of the American Legion and Nebraska Aviation Trades Association. In his younger days he enjoyed hunting and later liked to fish in the Texas gulf.
He leaves behind his wife of nearly 68 years, Dona, of Moorefield; two daughters, Maurice (Kevin) Bortner, of Moorefield and Ann Ealy, of Omaha, NE; two grandchildren, Danielle (TJ) Harding and Heath (Hilary) Bortner; three great-grandchildren, Morgan and Donna Jean Harding and Barrett Bortner; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ethel; and two sisters, Jeanette Garner and Pauline Messersmith.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Association.
Connie Jo Bible, age 71 of North Platte, passed away August 3, 2016 at the University Medical Center in Omaha with her family at her side. She was born February 18, 1945 at McCook, NE to Ruth Jeffers and Joseph J. Epperson, Jr. As a young girl, Connie worked in many of the McCook restaurants. This is where she met Ken, her husband of 53 years. They married in 1962 and over the years they lived in McCook, Lexington, Ogallala, and Cambridge before settling in North Platte for the last 27 years. She worked at TRW in Ogallala before joining her husband in various business ventures including 3 B&D Products, in Ogallala, KC Industries in Ogallala and Cambridge, Midwest ScreenPrint & Embroidery and Miss Connie’s Connection in North Platte. Her last business venture was the realization of a lifelong dream to build a 50’s themed diner, “The Pink Poodle.” Her untimely illness caused the closing of this dream and was her big regret. Over the years she had many other accomplishments. In Ogallala, she worked with youth on probation, she served on numerous Congregational Church boards, as a Sunday School teacher, and was a Sunday School Supt. In Cambridge, she served on the Cambridge City Council, on the state foster care advisory board, she was active in organizing the Country Concert Association and helped to promote over 40 music acts, with one of the highlights being Reba McEntire. She organized and ran a young girl’s dance and drill team, The Trojanettes. For 5 years they performed around the Cambridge area and across the state. She was very proud of the accomplishments of these young girls. In North Platte, she was proud to have built and marketed the butterfly product called “Flutterbies.” These were sold on QVC and she was able to introduce them on a live QVC broadcast out of Omaha, NE. She served and was active in the North Platte Original Town Organization and was instrumental in helping with the creation of the Rail Fest Celebration. She was always a helpmate to her husband and over the 53 years that they shared together, they enjoyed many common interests in music, dancing, movies, garage sales, and auctions. She loved her family and so enjoyed spending time with her great grandsons. She leaves behind many friends and acquaintances that will miss her bright smile and positive, uplifting presence. Survivors include, husband, Kenneth R. Bible, daughter Rebecca Jo Wrage (Shawn), grandson Brandon D. Fimple (Alexis), Great grandsons Carter, Mason, and Easton Fimple, all of North Platte, sisters, Sally Johnson of Grand Island, Ginger Dunivan (Ernie) of Harviell, MO, and Robyn Cornelius (Harry) of Ogallala, brothers, Jim Johnson (Rhonda) of North Platte and Earl Johnson (Becky) of Scottsbluff, sister-in-law Connie Pawelczak of Chelmsford, MA and brother-in-law Jon Bible (Janis) of Ceresco, aunt, Shirley Wagner (Willis) of North Branch, Minnesota, uncle Dale Seeman of McCook, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded by mother, Ruth Whaley, Father Joe Epperson Jr., son, Robert Edward Bible, father and mother-in-law Robert and Ferne Bible, infant sister-in-law Nancy Bible, aunts Mary Seeman and Darden Weskamp. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Berean Church in North Platte. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery at McCook, NE. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte is in charge of arrangements.
Mike Boyle, age 65, of Hershey, NE, passed away at home on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
On August 28, 1950, James Michael was born to James Vincent and Melva Jean Fisher Boyle at North Platte, NE. He grew up north of Hershey and graduated from Hershey High School in 1968. Mike then moved to Wyoming where he attended Casper Community College on a rodeo scholarship. Mike joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1970-72.
Following his discharge, Mike worked for Butler & Son Rodeo Company in Oklahoma for a while then hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad in North Platte. He worked on the railroad from 1973 until retiring in 2011 as an Locomotive Engineer.
On December 24, 1970, Mike was united in marriage to Linda Kay Osborne at Sutherland, NE. By 1978 they settled on the ranch, north of Hershey.
Mike loved to rodeo and was a member of the Nebraska State Rodeo Association, Senior Pro Rodeo and Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (P.R.C.A.). He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He leaves behind his wife of nearly 46 years, Linda, of Hershey; son, Shawn (Billie Jo) Boyle, of Maxwell, NE; two grandchildren, Jessica Schrad and Justin Schrad; a great-granddaughter, Pasiley Connley; his sister, Colleen (Robert) Majors, of North Platte; two nephews, Brooks (Jennifer) Smith and Patrick Smith; as well as other family.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, James and Melva; and brother, Patrick Boyle.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family has established a memorial.
Doris “Jeannie” Yonker, 81, of North Platte, passed away August 2, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She was born April 7, 1935 at Elm Creek, Nebraska to Benjamin and Jenny (Van Cleave) Hasbrouck. Jeannie grew up in the Elm Creek and North Platte area and was united in marriage to Eugene Yonker on May 15, 1954 at Broken Bow, NE and they made their home in North Platte. She was a loving mother and except for a short time that she was cleaning supervisor for Stockman Inn, Jeannie stayed at home and took care of their children. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed doing crafts and watching baseball and softball especially when her family played. She also was a great Husker fan. Her faith in Christ guided her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene; 10 brothers and 4 sisters, Sam, Marion, Fred, Harry, George, Benjamin (Jr) Edith, Kenneth (Tub ), Raymond, Dorothy( Dot), Betty, Roy, Kathryn ( Tuttie) and Billy; son-in-law, Danny Saner; and great granddaughter, Jocelynn. She is survived by her daughters, Debra Hilderbrand of North Platte, Dona Gleason-Kreutzer (Tim), Deanna Saner(Chuck Theis) both of Kearney; her son, Dale Yonker of North Platte; grandchildren, Jeromie, Melissa, Jason, Ryan, Justin, William, Matthew, Michael and Michelle; and 20 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor Vaughn Fahrenbruck officiating. Burial will be in the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, with family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rhonda Wiezorek, age 62 of North Platte, passed away July 31, 2016 at Great Plains Health after a courageous fight with cancer. She was born June 10, 1954 at Sutherland, NE to Clyde and Leona (Bryant) Anthony. Rhonda graduated from Paxton High School in 1973 and later attended North Platte Beauty Academy. She met Ron Wiezorek in the summer of 1973 and was later united in marriage on October 6, 1973. The couple made their home in North Platte, where he worked for the UPRR and she continued her education at North Platte Beauty Academy. They moved to Sarben in 1975 where they raised their sons, Dale and Wade. The family moved back to North Platte in 1986, where they owned and operated R & R Plumbing and Remodeling. Rhonda was also employed at North Platte Opportunity Center. Her hobbies included, volunteering, sewing, crafting, camping, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Ron Wiezorek; sons, Dale Rieley (Tiffany) Wiezorek, Wade Ryan (Stephanie) Wiezorek, and Joseph (Kasia) Wiezorek; brother, Larry Anthony; sisters, Linda Blackburn and Dianna Keeten; grandchildren, Adam, Ryan, Rieley, Taylor, Natalia, Olivia and Haylie; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 11:00 am Friday, August 5, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor Fred Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Paxton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Snezana “Nina” Johnson, age 65, of North Platte, died August 2, 2016 at her home. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday August 4, 2016 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with Pastor Mike Wing officiating. Visitation will be today from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with the family present from 7-8. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Milo Burton Darling, 95, passed away August 1, 2016 at Linden Court in North Platte. Milo was born October 2, 1920 to Floyd and Cora Tompkins Darling at the family farm home west of Danbury, NE. He was the ninth child of ten. Milo grew up on the family farm and graduated from Danbury High School in 1938. There were no jobs, so he moved to Los Angeles in 1941 and worked for a bakery selling bread door to door. He married Alice Marilyn Townley in August of 1941. They would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on August 11 of this year. In 1942, they moved back to the farm near Danbury, Nebraska. Milo was called into the service in June of 1944 and reported to duty in Little Rock for basic training and then on to California. He left for the South Pacific on December 20, 1944. Milo was a member of the 77th Infantry and spent several months aboard ships in the Philippines before landing in Okinawa in April, 1945. On May 7, 1945 Milo was wounded, sent to Guam and then on to Hawaii before returning home. He was discharged in March, 1946. After returning home and recovering from his injuries, Milo received the Purple Heart for his service to his country. He and Marilyn had one son, Richard. Milo and Marilyn farmed near Danbury for many years. He also worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads. After retirement, they first moved to McCook and then to North Platte. While living in North Platte Milo volunteered many hours to RSVP, Habitat for Humanity, Farm Service Agency and the VA.
Milo is survived by his wife, Marilyn, his son Richard (Sue) Darling of North Platte; granddaughters Emily (Chris) Bessette, Winter Park, FL
and Jessica (Riley) Hughes, North Platte and great grandsons Ethan, Jack, Grey, Alexander and Lucas and great granddaughter Georgia, his sister Lois of Green Valley, AZ, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
Milo was proceeded in death by his parents and eight siblings. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorial services for Milo will be held August 22, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Cremation was chosen. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his memory. Carpenter Memorial Chapel of North Platte is in charge of arrangements.
Dorene Katherine Way, 89 of LaPorte, CO passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Linden Estates in North Platte, NE. Dorene was born December 22, 1926 in Sterling, NE to Elzie and Julia (Kontony) Goosman.
On December 21, 1946 she was joined in marriage to Elmer Dean Way in Marysville, KS. They lived and farmed in Surprise, NE until 1965 when they then moved to Imperial, NE where she was employed by the Imperial Manor, and was a lifelong Eagles member. She later moved to North Platte, NE before making her home in LaPorte, CO where she thrived working at the Laundromat for her son Ron and his wife, Rose. In July of 2016 she moved back to North Platte, NE where she spent 3 very enjoyable weeks at Linden Estates.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; baby daughter, Patricia Ann; sons, Michael Dean and Dennis Jay; brothers, Milton and Keith Goosman; sister, Louise (Goosman) Kovar; and Arnold the bear chasing Chihuahua.
Dorene is survived by her children, Ron (Rose) Way of Fort Collins, CO, Diane (Louie) Herrick of North Platte, Steve (Terri) Way of Brush, CO, Dan (Pam) Way of Payson, AZ, Bruce (Dianne) Way of Imperial, NE, Randy Way of Elsie, NE; and daughter-in-law, Sue Way of North Platte, NE.; 33 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren, all because two people fell in love!
Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins, CO. Visitation will be noon until 9:00 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016 with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.