Ronald D. “Ron” Empfield, age 70, of North Platte, passed away February 4, 2016 at Great Plains Health. He was born May 17, 1945 at Albany, CA to Donald M. and Betty J. (Brown) Empfield. Ron graduated from North Platte High School in 1963 and later was united in marriage to Deb Rogge on June 7, 1964 at North Platte. He began working in construction with his father and later owned and operated Empfield Construction for many years, retiring in 2013. He loved to golf, camp, and traveling to Arizona. Survivors include his son, Dave (Oksana) Empfield of North Platte, daughters, Rona Empfield of Elkhorn and Melissa (Seth) Denny of Minden, sister, A. Colleen (Bill) Milleson of North Platte, his significant other and friend, Peggy Hodges, nieces and nephews that include Josh, Kylie, and Kellie. Ron was preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of Ron’s life will be 10:30 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Bethel Church with Pastor Andy Pull officiating. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 pm Sunday and 8:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Online condolences maybe shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Steve Paul “Roller” Nolda, 65, of North Platte, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 5, 2016 with his family by his side. Steve fought a long and courageous battle with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. Steve was born March 14, 1951 on North Platte Ne to Lawrence and Ruth (Hiatt) Nolda. The Nolda family lived in several Nebraska communities, including North Platte, Gothenburg and Moorefield. Steve attended North Platte High School with the class of 1969.
Steve married Patty Little and to this marriage three children were born, Dodi, Kelli and Derek. In April of 1995, Steve married his best friend, fishing buddy and love, Vicki Halls.
Steve worked many jobs in his lifetime. He loved to tell the story that he would wash dishes at the original Cedar Bowl and then rode his bike to the KFC to cut up chicken for the next day. He also worked for the City of North Platte, UPRR, Western Eng. Hiatt Construction, Midwest Masonry and North Platte Public Schools.
Steve acquired the nickname “Roller” when he worked for Western. Steve had the pleasure of working beside his brother, Keith building the new high school and then being a custodian for the NPPS for 10 years. He went to whichever school he was needed at. His favorites were Cody, Lincoln and the High School, where he was often called Uncle Steve by all.
Steve loved to hunt ducks, geese but his biggest passion was fishing. There was not a time that he did not catch a fish when others were not. Steve also bowled for several years and on several leagues. He bowled in the Telegraph Tournament in 19 and was runner up. Steve also achieved the goal of bowling a 708 series before his bowling career ended. Another passion and hobby was watching Nascar with family and he was a Jeff Gordon fan. Steve was able to fill a lifetime dream of attending a Nascar Race in 2015 at Kansas Speedway. Steve was an avid golfer and loved his Tuesday golf outings. Thursday night pool league shooting for Brother’s 3 and being MVP more than 1 time and 1st place in the captain’s tourney.
Steve is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughters, Dodi, Kelli, Anna (Jon) Shultz; a son, Derek; sisters, Barbara (Robert) Burk, Deanna (Gary) McCarty and Kamren (Joe) Rosno; brothers, Don (Ana), Jim (Rhonda), Keith (Denise); granddaughter, Keilah True; grandson, Urijah; several nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
Steve is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sandra; brother, Larry; and in laws, James (Duke) and Ferne Halls.
Please wear your Camo or Fishing for a Cure shirt or casual attire.
Quote from Roller “I have shot my share of ducks and geese and I loved it.”
Online condolences may be share at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Gary Goodwin officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Sidney was born June 14, 1959, in LaJunta, Colorado, to the late Sidney J. Sr. and Polly Porter Kibler. He grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. He was an Electrician for IBEW.
Survivors include daughter, Kacie Kibler and her daughter, Alina, of Council Bluffs; former wife, Brenda Kibler, of North Platte; brothers, Rusty (Brenda) Huff, of Gothenburg, Neb., Jim Huff, of Tenn., Jay Huff and Sam Kibler, both of North Platte; sister, Paula (Tom) Richardson, of Nevada.
Visitation Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Cremation will follow the visitation.
Vernon George Yanney, 88, passed away on January 29th, 2016, after being in declining health for many years. Vernon was born on July 6, 1927, to Elias K. Yanney and Mary H. (Abraham) Yanney in Kearney, Nebraska.
He graduated from Kearney High School in 1945. Vernon was a life-long drummer, and as young man was a member of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. They won state competition to represent Nebraska in national competition in New York City. Vernon won national awards as a drummer.
He was drafted into military service shortly after graduating from high school. Vernon served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater from 1945-1946, serving as a teletype operator for most of that time.
Upon returning from his military service, Vernon enrolled in what was then Kearney State Teacher’s College, and obtained his B.A degree in Education in 1950, and later his Master’s Degree in 1958. He completed his Specialist Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in 1965.
Vernon married Lena K. Jacob on October 19, 1952 at St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney.
Vernon worked for Safeway Stores in Kearney from 1950-1953. He and Lena then moved to Aurora, Nebraska where he worked for Metropolitan Insurance Company for one year. He then obtained a teaching position in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and they lived there for the next two years. Their daughter, Brenda, was born in Red Cloud, shortly before they moved to North Platte.
Vernon came to North Platte as a High School teacher, and later guidance counselor. He taught History and Driver’s Education from 1956-1962. He was appointed principal of the “new” Madison Junior High in 1962, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989. Their son, Wayne, was born during Vernon’s first year at Madison. Vernon also taught night classes at North Platte Junior College when it was in its infancy.
Vernon was active in many church, civic, and professional organizations throughout his life. He was a Past President of Nebraska Schoolmasters’ Club, Past President of North Platte Area Retired Teachers Association, and served on the Alumni Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He was proud member of the Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club, and received the Kiwanian of the Year Award for 1990-1991.
Vernon was a member of the First United Methodist Church of North Platte. Prior to moving to North Platte, he was a member of St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, which was founded by his grandfather, Nicola Yanney.
One of the highlights of his career was when former Mayor Jim Kirkman and the City Council declared April 29th, 1988 as V. G. Y Day in recognition of his serving as Madison’s first and only principal for 25 years. Vernon received numerous awards from education associations throughout his career.
Vernon’s favorite hobby was gardening, and another significant highlight in his life was being recognized as having the Yard of the Week in August of 1990. After his retirement, he was very active with the Lincoln County Historical Society and Museum.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Martha Abraham and husband, George, Madeline Shada and husband Eli, Margaret Shada and husband Mike, and Minnette Steinbrink, along with brother Harvey Yanney, and brother E.K. Yanney and wife, Shirley.
He is survived by his wife, Lena, son Wayne of North Platte, daughter Brenda of Blue Springs, MO, sister, Milly Shada of Omaha, brother, Michael Yanney of Omaha, brother-in-law Paul Steinbrink of Kearney, sister-in-law Shirley Jacob of Casper, WY, several nieces and nephews and their families, and many cherished friends.
Visitation will be at Carpenter Funeral Home Thursday, February 4th, 8:30 am-8:00 p.m., with family present from 3-5 p.m. Graveside service will be at Kearney Cemetery, Kearney, Nebraska on Friday, February 5th at 2:30 p.m. Memorial Service on Saturday, February 6th at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in North Platte.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church in North Platte, Lincoln County Historical Museum, St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney, or Yanney Heritage Park in Kearney.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte is in charge of arrangements.
Danny Gene Pinkerton, age 69, of Irvine, CA, formerly of North Platte, NE, passed away at home on Thursday, January 28, 2016, after a battle with cancer.
Danny was born January 12, 1947, to Gene and Margie Clark Pinkerton at Lexington, NE. He grew up in the Lexington and Cozad area before the family moved to North Platte. Danny graduated from high school in 1965 then joined the U.S. Navy in July and served in Vietnam.
Following his discharge in 1969, Danny returned to North Platte and married Betty Jane Naranjo. They had three children and eventually moved to Fort Collins, CO and later divorced. When he returned from the service, Danny hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad and worked there for 22 years, becoming Yard Master then Conductor.
On July 7, 2000, Danny was united in marriage to Peggy Irene Hampton at Santa Anna, CA and they lived in Denver, CO before moving to California. Danny was employed as a Financial Advisor then a Mortgage Banker before he retired in 2006.
Danny enjoyed cooking, fishing and spending time with his family.
He leaves behind his wife, Peggy, of Irvine, CA; his children, Michal (Jackie) Pinkerton, of North Platte, Melissa (Robert) Gardner, of Fort Collins and Melinda ‘Mindy’ (Bruce) Kennie, of Louisville, CO; nine grandchildren, Miranda (Richard), Quintin, Alexis ‘Lexi’, Hayden, Zachary, Amelia, Emily, Sierra and Logan; two great-granddaughters, Ava and AnnaBelle; two brothers, JR Pinkerton, of Aberdeen, TX, and Tim (Heather) Pinkerton, of Portland, OR; sisters, Linda (Dan) Carroll, of Amarillo, TX, and Phyllis (Joe) Capparelli, of Nassau, NY; mother and father-in-law, Esther and Bruce Hampton, of McCook, NE; sister-in-law, Pam (Heinz) Wallace, of Junction City, KS; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Gene, Sr. and Margie; and five brothers, baby Michal and Kenneth, ‘Roger’ Rocky, Jay and Alan Pinkerton.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Chaplain Gary Smith officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Orange County Rescue Mission For The Village Of Hope; 1 Hope Drive; Tustin, CA 92782 or the National Brain Tumor Society For Research; 124 Watertown Street Suite #2; Watertown, MA 02472.
Marjorie Lucille Makings, age 90, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland, NE.
Marjorie was born July 16, 1925, in Trenton, NE to Samuel and Mary (Terrell) Cemer. She graduated from high school in Trenton.
On October 1, 1944, Marjorie married Glenn Makings and were married for 49 years when Glenn passed away in 1993. Marjorie and Glenn moved to Grant, NE in 1953 and she worked at Hatch’s Market for many years. Marjorie loved her job and looked forward to visiting and helping the many friends she gained through the years. She worked until she was near 80 when illness forced her to quit.
She is survived by her two children, a son, Terry (Mary) Makings and daughter, Carol Styles, all of Yankton, SD; five grandchildren, Tim (Sandy) Styles, Michelle (Bryan) Kralicek, Steve Makings, Melissa Makings and Melinda Makings; two great-grandchildren, Terry Styles and Quinn Kralicek; her brother, John Cemer, of Arkansas; a sister, Delores Rowe, of Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
Along with her husband, Glenn, Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Sam, Sr. and Mary Cemer; a sister, Lois Wilkens; brother Samuel Cemer Jr.; and a grandson, Greg Styles.
Cremation was chosen. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton, SD. Inurnment will be in the Blair Cemetery in Blair, NE. The memorial book may be signed prior to services at the church. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Verda Mae Elliott, age 96, of North Platte, NE, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
Verda was born May 2, 1919, to Lemuel Aaron and Elizabeth Catherine Miniarck Morton at Cody, NE where she grew up. Verda graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1937 then worked as a clerk in a retail store.
On February 18, 1940, Verda was united in marriage to Francis Clay Elliott at Bassett, NE. They lived in Ainsworth and Grand Island, NE before moving to North Platte in 1975. They were married for over 58 years when Francis passed away in 1998.
During World War II and Vietnam, Verda worked at the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island. She also worked for Gibson’s Discount Store for several years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She leaves behind her children, Janet Elliott, of North Platte, Ret. CDR James (Vivian) Elliott, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Richard (Lisa) Elliott, of Fort Myers, FL; six grandchildren, Carolyn (Herb) Price, William Elliott, Jonathan Elliott, Amanda Elliott, Angel Beth (Scott) Cavill and Michael (Laura) Elliott; eight grandchildren, Michelle, Erin, Kelli, Alexis, Ashley, Megan, Julianna and Herbie; three great great-grandsons; her sister, Marian Kalkowski, of North Platte; a sister-in-law, Wilma Morton, of Grand Island; and other family.
Along with her husband, Francis, Verda was preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel and Elizabeth Morton; sister, Fern Primmer; and two brothers, Robert and Willard Morton.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or prior to the service. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements. The family has established a memorial.
Charles A. Stoddard, 87, of North Platte, passed away Jan. 26, 2016 at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1929 to Clarence A. and Ida L. (Wilhite) Stoddard at Chillicothe, Missouri, where he grew up. He was united in marriage to Bonnie M. Crowley on April 8, 1951 in Kansas. In 1956, they moved to Hershey and later to Sutherland. Charles was employed by George Kuroki in the potato fields, Fleecs Bro. and Midcheck where he trucked for over 40 years. His favorite hobby was dirt track to NASCAR racing and he attended many races throughout the country. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of North Platte; his two daughters, Kathy (Micheal) Thomlison of North Platte, Sheila (Eddie) Bradshaw of Fairbury, NE; six grandchildren, Jamie (Tiffani) Thomlison, Jodi (Jason Pflughaupt) Solie, Tina (John) Reed, Gina Hatch, Jackie (Ryan) Schroeder and Felicia (Jason) Clarke; 20 great-grandchildren including Annette (Riley) Reed; four great-great grandchildren; two adopted cabbage patch kids, Chris and Mitzy Hayes; and other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Lillian Crowley and Floyd (Ann) Crowley; brothers, James, Clifford and George; sisters, Virginia Atchison and Helen Prothro. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in his memory. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Gary Smith officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Carl Allen Heath, 90, longtime North Platte businessman and community leader, died Jan. 24, 2016, at Linden Court in North Platte.
He was born Sept. 24, 1925, to Clyde Newton and Edith Ardella Howe Heath in Curtis. He attended Curtis grade schools and graduated in 1943 from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis. While in high school, he had one of the first paper routes delivering the North Platte Telegraph to homes in Curtis.
Carl was proud of being a part of the Greatest Generation, having served his country as a Navy Seaman Second Class on the USS Idaho from 1943 to 1946. He received the Certificate of Sagami Wan in Tokyo Bay during the initial phase of the occupation of Japan and the signing of the terms of the Japanese surrender. He also received the Victory Medal for serving in the Asiatic/Pacific areas for the Philippines liberation.
After his discharge from the Navy, he worked in the Lincoln County Clerk’s office, where he met his future wife, Helen Nadine Richardson. They were married Oct. 16, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in North Platte.
In the late 1940s, he went to work as a salesperson for Ely Hoppe Lumber Company in North Platte. When Ely Construction was formed, Carl became a construction draftsman. He later was a commercial hardware consultant for W.W. Woods and traveled throughout the state managing their projects. When the company sold to Hansen Building Supply, Carl continued as a hardware consultant until he took a “short” retirement.
His next job was with Johnson Hardware of Omaha, and he eventually became manager for the North Platte office. He retired from the firm in 2002. Throughout his career, Carl maintained a strong friendship with all of his co-workers and customers.
Carl served on various church committees, was a member of Kiwanis and he was a member of the American Legion Post 163 at the time of his death.
He worked tirelessly to help construct the new Campfire lodge and cabins at Lake Maloney. He coached Little League baseball and, in his early fatherhood years, he hunted with his sons. He also worked on numerous 4-H projects with his daughter, Kathy. He spent hours golfing with both sons when they were in school, continuing until later in life when he was no longer able to golf.
When his oldest daughter, no longer a child, expressed a desire to have a “real” doll house, Carl built one for her. This blossomed into a hobby and he built seven doll houses, one for his other daughter, two daughters-in-law, and granddaughters, with the promise the doll houses would be passed on within the family.
Carl also took a stained-glass course after his retirement. He created many stained-glass pieces for his and Nadine’s home, as well as his children’s homes.
His family was most important to him. They have many happy memories of fishing, skiing and boating at Lake Maloney and many trips to the Colorado mountains. Carl’s wish was to be remembered as a good father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Carl is survived by his wife, Nadine; two daughters, Kathryn Ann (Paul Dean) Eastwood of North Platte and Karen Sue Heath Lupomech of Richmond, Texas; two sons, Jon Alan (Gina) of Grand Island and Patrick Thomas (Shellie) of Gering; grandchildren Hillary Dunn (Brian) of Missouri City, Texas, Shawn Dean (Kiley) Eastwood of Lincoln, Megan Hynes of Lino Lakes, Minn., Amy (Justin) McMurtry of Holdrege, Kristen (Joel) Vogel of Scottsbluff, Holly Heath of Gering, Annessa Heath of Grand Island, and Mollie (fiancé Craig Rion) Balerud and Jared Heath, both of Omaha, and Chelsea Eastwood and Sean (Jennifer) Balerud, both of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Audrey Dunn of Missouri City, Texas, Austin Hynes of Lino Lakes, Minn., Johnathon Eastwood of Lincoln, Ryker Clausen of Wheatland, Wyo., Bentlie and Deniar Miles, both of North Platte, Mason, Gunnar and Claira Vogel, all of Scottsbluff, and Peyton and Kaylee McMurtry, both of Holdrege and Aven Heath of Gering; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends; and his dog and best buddy, Toby, who rode in the golf cart with him.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Mildred (Jake) Brittenham, infant brother Rollin Heath, a brother, Warren Blaire (Mildred) Heath, a sister, Bessie (Jim) Hiner, a sister, Edna (Marion) Miller and a sister, Nellie (Bud) McGovern.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Veterans’ Memorial and PAWS-itive Partners, PO Box 1145, North Platte, NE 69103, or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Billy G. Burgess. 74, of Stapleton passed away Monday, January 25th at Callaway Hospital. Services will be held Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10am at the Stapleton Community Center in Stapleton. Interment will be at a later date by the family at the 19th Hole Augusta Winds.
Memorial is to the American Legion Post 324 Stapleton.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 28th from 9am to 8pm with the family present 6-8pm.
Arnold Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.