Helen Jean Raetz


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Helen Jean Raetz, 87, of North Platte, NE, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, at Linden Court in North Platte.

Helen was born February 9, 1928, to Nels and Stella Malvina Kummer Nelson at Columbus, NE where she grew up. Helen graduated from Columbus High School in 1945 then attended Doane College. She graduated from college in 1949 with a BA in Music and Education then taught school in McCook, NE and North Platte.

On June 3, 1951, Helen was united in marriage to Albert Henry Raetz at Columbus. They moved to California so Albert could attend optometry school in Los Angeles and Helen continued her teaching career in Santa Monica. In 1953 they settled in North Platte where Albert started his optometry practice and Helen operated the Raggedy Ann and Andy Preschool until 1987 when they retired to the country. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before Albert passed away in 2013.

Helen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in various activities which included the Mission Sewing Group, P.E.O. Chapter AK, Monday Musical, Friday Antique Club and the Heartland Quilt Group. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Flat Rock Duplicate Bridge Club and earned her Life Master Duplicate Bridge Certificate.

She is survived by her sons, Albert “Bradley” Raetz (life partner, Katherine Casey), of West Palm Beach, FL, and Stanley (Wendi) Raetz, of Lincoln, NE; two grandchildren, Sam and Rex Raetz, of Lincoln; sister-in-law, June Nelson, of Columbus; and other family.

Along with her husband, Albert, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Nels and Stella Nelson; brother, Dale Nelson; and two sisters, Pamela Long and Donna Smith.

Cremation was chosen. Graveside Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church.

George Wayne Nason


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George Wayne Nason, age 80, passed away on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 from cancer. George was born January 18th, 1935 on the Nason homestead in Sheridan County, 10 miles northeast of Alliance, Nebraska to Ralph Hilton Nason and Emma Amelia (Kline) Nason. George graduated from Alliance High School in 1953. He was united in marriage to Mary Jo Andrews in Alliance on February 23rd, 1955. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the North Platte Senior Center. In 1957, George began his pursuit of his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management. He graduated from Utah State University in 1961. George then became employed through the Nebraska Game and Parks, working in Bassett, Alliance and finally the North Platte office as the District Game Supervisor. He retired from the Game and Parks Commission in 1998. George was also well known in the North Platte community for his bird Taxidermy business that he enjoyed for many years.
George enjoyed all phases of his life. He loved his work at Game and Parks as well as his active retirement. George began golfing and developed many friendships with whom he met regularly on the golf course. He began playing guitar at a young age and would play and sing with his family frequently. In recent years, George enjoyed playing and singing with Nels Clang and others at the Senior Center. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. He loved to accompany his children and grandchildren on hunting, fishing and camping trips. In addition to his golf, music and hunting, George enjoyed collecting bugs, watching the weather and spending time on his pastureland near Alliance. Whenever something broke down, George insisted on fixing it himself. He was very creative in designing and building many projects. One major accomplishment for George began in 1977 when, with the design help of his wife, Mary he built their current home. He has enjoyed caring for italong with the surrounding three acres of vegetable garden, lawn, trees and flowers. George was a true friend and loving father, husband and brother.
George was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Keith Nason. He leaves his brother, Benjamin Nason, two sisters Beth (Bob) Emerick and Ruth (Maynard) Edgar, and his wife Mary. He also leaves his children, Jody Marshall of Winston Salem, NC, Lori (Mike) Brunswig of Fort Collins, CO, Tom Nason of Grand Junction, CO, and Mindy (Jim) Bates of Platte Center, NE; eight grandchildren, Tina, Carly, Aaron, Melody, Tyler, Lehl, Abigail and Allison; and four great grandchildren (affectionately called “wee tads”).
Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the North Platte Senior Center and may be mailed to Mary at 4401 Heritage Drive, North Platte, NE 69101. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lana G. Pryke


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Lana G. Pryke, 62, of North Platte, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a lengthy illness, June 13, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement Village. She was born October 13, 1952 in Alton, IL, to Harold and Jessedell (Miller) Daech. She attended the Alton, IL school system and graduated from high school in Decatur, IL. Lana was an enthusiastic Girl Scout and Cub Pack leader and Sunday school teacher. She worked as a pharmacy tech for Osco. She also worked for the Nebraska Power Company. She loved all animals. She is survived by her longtime companion, Mel Luft, and his daughters, Heidi Evans and Carmel Lowry; her son, Sheldon Bruce (Kelley) Pryke; grandson, Sloan Gene Pryke; a sister, Terrah (Mike) Velloff; a brother, Mike (Marsha) Daech; other grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentememorial.com. Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. today, Monday, June 15, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Fr. Mark Seiker officiating. Carpenter memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

CJ Sean Williams


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CJ Sean Williams was born September 30th, 1993 in North Platte, Nebraska. Departed on June 10th, 2015 at the age of 21. CJ graduated North Platte High School in 2011, and attended Mid Plains Community College to pursue a degree in Pediatric Oncology. He wanted to dedicate his life to helping others fight Cancer. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009 and relapsed in 2015. He never gave up and fought his illness to the end. CJ loved various sports such as golf, Husker football, Red Sox baseball, and coaching and refereeing wrestling. He also enjoyed playing with his wieners (Dachshunds) in his free time. Ceej loved his job at the Sports Shoppe where his coworkers became a second family to him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and was proudly referred to as a friend. He has encouraged so many others to never give up and to always find a positive light in every day. He is survived by grandparents, Gail Williams of North Platte, NE, Norma Call of Sidney, NE parents, Steve and Regina Williams of North Platte, NE; brothers, Tyler Huddleston of Lincoln, NE, Steven Huddleston of Lincoln, NE, Justin Williams of Omaha, NE; sister, Jessica Shafer of McCook, NE; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends. A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens south of North Platte. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Jodie Marie Garza Salinas


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Jodie Marie Garza Salinas, 30, of Live Oak, TX, formerly of Hershey, NE, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Texas.

Jodie was born June 16, 1984, to Gary Anthony and Julie Ann Wiese Garza in Grand Island, NE. She grew up in Hershey and graduated from Hershey High School in 2002. While in school, Jodie was active in volleyball, basketball and track and field, throwing the discus and shot put.

Following graduation Jodie attended college and worked at Whiskey Creek. She received her Associates of Arts Degree in 2004 then moved to San Antonio, TX in August. Jodie later worked for the University Health System in 2006, working as a bilingual Health Educator up until her death. She also attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Jodie was an avid Nebraska Husker fan, loved music and liked to dance. She also enjoyed outdoor activities, such as fishing and shooting, with her family. Most importantly she loved her kids and family. She had a big heart and was a strong protector of her brother and sister. Jodie also had a great laugh and a smile that was contagious.

She leaves behind her children, Maureen, Michael and Logan Salinas, of San Antonio, TX; parents, Gary and Julie Garza, and brother, Rylee Garza, all of Hershey; sister, Amber (Scott) Sullivan, of North Platte, NE; grandparents, Lucio and Connie Garza, of Hershey and Gene and Alice Wiese, of Lindsay, NE; aunts, Rose (Salvador) Munoz, of Sutherland, NE, and Patty Garza and Sandy Garza, of San Antonio; uncles, Gary (Amy) Wiese, Kenny (Marilyn) Wiese, Alan Wiese, Kevin (Jenny) Wiese and Larry (Cindi) Wiese, all of Newman Grove, NE, and Dale Wiese, of Duncan, NE; her niece, Rosemary Sullivan; nephews, Noah and Parker Sullivan; her extended family in Texas; and many cousins and other family.

Christian Wake Service will be 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015, at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hershey. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hershey High School gymnasium with Father Bryan Ernest officiating. In honor of Jodie, the family requests people to wear Nebraska attire or red. Burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery, south of Hershey.

In lieu of flowers the family has established a memorial. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore and before services. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Howard Dean Burton, Sr.

Howard Dean Burton, Sr., 87, of Arapahoe and formerly of Bingham, Nebr., passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Howard was born October 22, 1927 at Alliance, Nebr., to Charles and Ida (Gray) Burton. He was the oldest of seven children. He grew up on the family ranch and attended high school in Curtis, Nebr., graduating in 1945.

He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, before being drafted into the Army. After his discharge he returned to the family ranch.

On April 10, 1953 Howard was united in marriage to Helen Schwaderer in Alliance. To this union four children were born, Gene Jim, Howard II, and Dena. Howard continued to ranch with his father, managing the family business in Wray, Colorado for many years. The family returned to Bingham, Nebr. where Howard worked the ranch for the remainder of his work career. He loved the Nebraska sandhills, the cattle and the horses.

In August 2014 Howard moved to Arapahoe to live near his daughter, where he was known in the community as the “gator man,” as he drove his John Deere Gator around town to do his shopping and visiting.

Preceding him in death were his wife Helen, daughter Dena Wernsman, his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three sons: Gene (Jane) Burton of Norton, Kan., Jim (Peggy) Burton of Grant, and Howard II (Mary) Burton of Mesa, Ariz.; son-in-law Jeff Wernsman of Arapahoe; two sisters: Irma (Keith) Hodges of Bingham and Pauline Prewitt of Camp Verde, Ariz. Also ten grandchildren: Jeffrey (Angela) Burton, Eric (Jenny) Burton, Patrick Burton, Megan (Dusty) Marquardt, Leslie (Zach) West, Howard III (Jamie) Burton, Kevin Burton, Christine Burton, Austin Wernsman and Tanner Wernsman; and ten great-grandchildren: Aineka, Xzavior, Teaghan, Masie, Alex, Ethan, Jake, Luke, Easton and Lillie; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Draucker Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Friday, June 12, at 10 a.m. in Draucker Funeral Home with Rev. Eric Wait of New Hope Church officiating.

Interment is in the Bingham Cemetery on Friday at 2 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Hyannis Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to drauckerfuneralhome.com.

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Jeanne Turner


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Doris Jeanne Turner, 91, of North Platte, NE, was taken home by her heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Great Plains Health in North Platte.

Doris was born January 20, 1924, to William Bryan and Gladys Jane Smith Knobel at Julesburg, CO. She graduated from Fairbury High School in 1941 and later taught school in Jefferson County.

On June 17, 1942 Doris married Robert Benjamin Turner at Marysville, KS. In 1949 they moved to North Platte where they raised their family and 26 foster children. Doris worked as a finance officer for St. Mary’s Hospital for several years and volunteered at the Thrift Connection as well as other places for many years. She was a member of the North Platte Berean Church and attended the Salvation Army Bible Study. Doris enjoyed gardening, loved to read and was a good artist.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia (Marvin) Bartels of North Platte; two sons, Michael Turner, of Scottsbluff, NE and Dennis (Penny) Turner, of Villa Rica, GA; two daughter-in-laws, Paula Turner, of Hayes, VA and Pam Turner, of Wichita, KS; brothers, Harold (Nell) Knobel, of Pueblo, CO and Leland (Susan) Knobel, of Lincoln, NE; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a great great-grandson; and many nieces, nephews, other family and her friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; two sons, David W. and Robert L. Turner; her infant daughter, Judith Jean Turner; parents, William and Gladys Knobel; a sister, Gertrude Rolland; and three brothers, Daryl, James and John Knobel.

Doris donated her body to science. A memorial service will be at a later date. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the Berean Church or KJLT Radio. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Ann Olivigni


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Barbara Ann Olivigni, 84, of Hickman, NE, died Monday, June 8 at her home.

Mrs. Olivigni was born August 25, 1930 at the family farm near Elsie, NE to Bryan and Minnie (Glunz) McGahan. She was the sixth of eight children. She attended school in the Elsie area until 1945. She then joined her sister Mary in Boston where she completed her junior year at St. Mary’s Catholic School. In 1946, she returned to Nebraska and graduated from St. Pat’s High School in North Platte at the age of 16.

On January 22, 1951 Barb married John Olivigni at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church in Elsie, NE. The newlyweds returned to John’s hometown of Boston, MA for several months before settling in Elsie, NE. They also lived in Arapahoe, NE and Damar, KS before moving to Lewellen, NE in 1964. After a lifetime in western Nebraska, Barb then moved to Hickman in June of 2013 to be closer to her children.

Barb enjoyed reading, putting puzzles together, playing Bingo and solving crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed gardening and she was an avid garage saler and never met a bargain she didn’t like. She was blessed with good gambling skills and enjoyed pickle cards, Keno, and trips to Deadwood. She retired from Marshalltown Instruments in Oshkosh, NE after 17 years as a quality control inspector. She then worked part-time at the Oregon Trail Trading Post in Lewellen, NE for several years before retiring for a second time.

Barb was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Oshkosh, NE.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen and Larry Davison of Lincoln, NE, Lorna and Steve Triplett of Dumfries, VA, and Lisa Olivigni of Crete, NE;
One son and daughter-in-law, Fran and Lynne Olivigni of Barnhart, MO; one sister Margaret Berger of Omaha, NE; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers and two sisters.

Memorials are suggested to HoriSun Hospice in Lincoln, NE and St. Patrick’s Catholic Schools in North Platte, NE. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, NE Thursday, June 11, 2015 with the Reverend Michael Pampara as celebrant. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, NE.

Family will be receiving friends with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at Carpenter Memorial Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon D. Allen


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Vernon D. Allen, age 89, of North Platte, died June 6, 2015 at Great Plains Health. He was born on March 6, 1926 in Petersburg, NE to Theodore “Ted” and Edna (Paulsen) Allen.
Vernon graduated from Petersburg High School before entering the Army Air Corp in 1944. He served in North Africa, then to the European Theatres where he served as a photographer on B17’s and B29’s. After his discharge, Vernon returned to Petersburg where he married Bonnie Rogers on March 17, 1947 in Smith Center, KS. The couple moved to Omaha where Vernon attended the Universal Trade School where he studied refrigeration.
After the electricification of the rural areas, he worked as an electrician and in the refrigeration business. He later worked in the family grocery business, doing appliance repair work out of the back. He then opened Allen’s TV and Appliance in Petersburg.
In 1972, the family moved to North Platte where Vernon worked at Welty’s TV and Rrepair for several years before opening Allen’s TV and Appliance in North Platte. He and Bonnie continued to run the store until Bonnie passed away in 1989. Vernon married Gloria Egger in February 1990. They made their home in North Platte, but enjoyed going to Texas every winter.
Vernon was a member of the Episcopal Church of our Savior, the American Legion, the Sertoma Club, served on the Petersburg School Board, and was on the Board of Directors at the Paradise Park Retirement Community. He enjoyed camping and boating, traveling with his family, reading, and home remodeling.
Survivors include his 5 children, Terri (Stan) Timm of Omaha, Ken (Cheryl) Allen of Castle Rock, CO, Bob (Karen) Allen of North Platte, Randy Allen of North Platte, and Merri (John) Brownell of Omaha; 2 step-children, Tara (Bob) Lockman of Cheyenne, WY, and Rodd (Sally) Egger of Aurora, CO; 3 sisters, LaVonne Faust of Omaha, Sharlene Bogs of Dyer, Indiana, and Marcella (Russ) Sharples of Tempe, AZ; 14 grandchildren, Mike (Colleen) Timm, Mark (Megan) Timm, Matt (Katie) Timm, Kristin (Aaron) Shockey, John (Christina) Brownell, Eryn Brownell, Jill Brownell, Charlie (Serrita) Allen, Cody (Keri) Allen, Sonja (Kevin) Pearson, Amy Allen, Cammy (D.J.) Smith, Ken (Dawn) Allen, Matt (Diane) Allen ; 3 step grandchildren, Nick Lockman, Cortney Lockman, Alexandria Egger; and 37 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Fred (Mary Ann) Fangman of Petersburg, NE; his faithful canine companion, Misty; and numerous other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Bonnie and Gloria; 4 grandchildren, Theodore Joseph Allen, Jenna Rose Allen, David James Allen, and Scott Robert Allen.
A memorial has been established to the North Platte Senior Center, or to the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, and online condolences can be made at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. today June 9, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of our Savior with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey S.F. Nelson officiating. Burial will be at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Mary Nila


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Mary Nila, age 85 of North Platte, passed away Thursday June 4, 2015 at Centennial Park Nursing Home.
Mary was born on August 23, 1929 in North Platte, NE to Rosalio Charles and Petra (Torres) Hernandez. She attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School and married Juan Porfirio Nila on January 31, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. To this union eight children were born, Peggy, Natalie, George, Julie, Russell, Markos, Sarah, and Feliciana. Mary loved her grandchildren and took part in raising Lee Anna, Juan, Joaquinn, Clifton and Robyn. She worked as a housekeeper for Judge Dietrich, was an elevator operator at the Pawnee Hotel, she also worked at TRW in Ogallala for 14 years and for the North Platte Public Schools for 16 years. Mary’s favorite pastime activities included creating paper dolls, embroidering, reading and canning vegetables from her garden. She will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her children Peggy (Fred) Mata of North Platte, George Nila of North Platte, Julie Govan of Tacoma, WA, Russell Nila of North Platte, Markos (Kim) Nila of North Platte, Sarah Nila of Ft. Collins, CO, and Feliciana Nila of North Platte; 20 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Juan; infant daughter Natalie; grandson Louis Govan; and siblings Paul Deluna, Martin Deluna, Jason Garcia, Cecil Hernandez, Enos Hernandez, and Jenny Ponce.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Sunday June 7, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday June 8, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Reverend Michael Pampara officiating with inurnment following at North Platte Cemetery. Cremation was chosen and those wishing to do so may sign the register book from noon until 9:00 p.m. Sunday June 7, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.