Lea D. Heck, age 90, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018. She was born June 26, 1928 to Lloyd & Lora Philips of Beaver City, NE. She graduated from Beaver City High School & then married Gael N. Heck on June 1, both in 1947. They made their home in Brady, Nebraska, where they raised their 3 children, before moving to North Platte in 1995. Lea is survived by her husband, Gael; son, Bradley (June) Heck of Huntingdon, TN; daughter, Jan (Brian) Lipinski of North Platte, NE; 8 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews & cousins. Friends are invited to visit with family at Carpenter Memorial, 1616 W. B St., North Platte, from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, September 24th. Graveside services will be held at Fort McPherson, Maxwell, NE, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25th. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Capenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Karen Nadine Corey, age 71, of North Platte, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Great Plains Health.
Karen was born November 2, 1946, to Marvin and Lillian (Nichols) McDonald at Richland, WA. She grew up and attended school in Richland then married George Shields, and they later divorced.
Karen started working as a waitress when she was a teenager, first at Denny’s and later for Petosa’s Restaurant and Bar. While working at Petosa’s she met Richard Corey and the two were married on August 29, 1992, in Everett, WA, where they lived. Karen eventually began driving trucks over the road with Richard for the next several years then their job moved to North Platte in 2003. Karen and Richard were a great couple, she loved to cook and Richard loved to eat.
Karen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd Ward. When she was able, she enjoyed visiting with people in the nursing homes.
She leaves behind her husband, Richard, of North Platte; children, Linda Rosendahl, of Liberty Lake, WA, Lillian (Tim) Mathews, of Huntington, OR, and George (Amy) Shields, missionaries in the Philippines; grandchildren, Christina, Jessica, Katrina, Matthew, Sara, Jakob, Hanna, Christian, Colton and Emma; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Adrian (Denny) Ledbetter, of Kenniwick, WA; brothers, Marvin (Sandee) McDonald and Robert McDonald, of Washington; as well as many nieces, nephews and other family.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Lillian McDonald, brother, Mike McDonald; and grandson, Cary ‘Dean’ Stalter.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Evelyn Nelson, of North Platte, passed away at the age of 99, on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the North Platte Care Center.
Gladys was born July 9, 1919, in a sod house north of North Platte, NE to John Albertus and Leora Bell Stroud Horne. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1937.
In 1938, Gladys married Frederick Arthur “Fred” Nelson and to this union two daughters and three sons were born. The family lived in many different communities including Kearney, NE in 1944, Oregon in 1956 and Gerber, CA in 1957. Gladys drove a school bus for 22 years and did sewing for J.C. Penny’s, Montgomery Wards and her many friends and family.
In 1982, Gladys and Fred started traveling in their motor home, visiting most of the United States and parts of Canada. They returned to North Platte during the summer of 1997 and bought a home.
Gladys was a member of Lodgepole Lutheran Church where she was baptized, and attended the First Baptist Church in North Platte. She was also a member and past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Association in California and a member of the California Schools Employee’s Association.
Gladys liked being a mother and enjoyed life. In 2000 she wrote about growing up in the Sandhills of Nebraska in her book, Sandhills Living. The book included recipes and stories of her childhood that included good and bad times, the dry years, dust storms and grasshoppers, bootlegging, cattle rustling and more. She loved real root beer, had numerous hobbies and crafts, and never missed a Golden Games event.
Gladys is survived by her daughter, Betty “B.J.” Aldrich, of Chadron; son, Stan (Roseann) Nelson, of Longwood, FL; daughters-in-law, Mary Nelson and Cathy Nelson, of Red Bluff, CA; nieces, Chrissy Muller and Geri (Art) Stroud; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Joe Gifford; sons, Larry and Ron Nelson; half sister, Matilda Sebold Twidwell; grandson, Ronnie Nelson Jr.; and her parents, John and Leora Horne.
Cremation was chosen. Private family services will be at a later date. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Darwin Adam ‘Dar’ Brown, of North Platte, died unexpectedly at the age of 54, on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Great Plains Health.
Darwin was born March 31, 1964, to Billy Jr. and Loewayne Lilace (Thompson) Brown at Marysville, KS. The family moved to North Platte in ’67 and Dar graduated from high school in 1982. He went on to work at Sixth Street Food Store, Fed Ex and most recently for Inland Truck Parts where he was a drive line mechanic.
Dar had three kids who were his pride and joy. He loved hunting and fishing with his brothers and liked playing pool. He wrestled in high school and later became a champion arm wrestler. Dar was a proud fan of Nebraska football and the Raiders and was a past member of the Moose Lodge.
He leaves behind his children, Justin Brown, of Greeley, CO, Jessica (Andy) Holtorf, of Papillion, NE, and Cody Brown, of North Platte; grandsons, Oscar and Owen Holtorf; mother, Loewayne Brown, of Broken Bow; brothers, Don (Julie) Brown, of Maxwell and Dwayne (Renae) Brown, of Cozad; and many nieces, nephews and other family.
Dar was preceded in death by his father, Billy Jr., and brother, Douglas Brown.
Cremation was chosen. Celebration of Life will be at 4 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Pastor Brent Montgomery officiating. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or prior to the service at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial.
Lois J. Hooper, 97, of Sutherland, formerly of Hershey and Kansas City, Kansas, passed away September 15, 2018 at Sutherland Care Center.
She was born on March 2, 1921 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Harry and Hazel (Bosler) Hooper.
Lois worked for Sears & Roebuck for 40 years. She moved to Hershey in 2005. She was a member of the First United Methodist in Hershey and the DAR.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Reese.
She is survived by her niece, Nancy (Bob) Morrison; a great niece, Jennifer (Josh) Kramer and their kids, Peyton and Randi; a great nephew, Kenneth (Shelby) Morrison and their son, Rhett and many more relatives.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Family will be receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Cremation was chosen. Private services will be held at a later date. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Leora Blanche (Osterhoudt) Wood, age 89 of North Platte, was reunited with her Heavenly Father and other loved ones on Saturday September 15, 2018.
Leora was born December 29, 1928 in Curtis, NE to Everett Miles and Francis Ida (Richardson) Osterhoudt. She was one of thirteen children: Howard, Willard, Leora, Barbara, Royal, Betty, Ronald, Wesley, Ida, Franklin, Vernon, Leanna and Miles. On August 19, 1946 she married Marion Eugene Wood in Oberlin, KS. They had seven children: Frances Leora, Donald, Kenneth, Lynn, Jimmy, Chris and Lori. Her family continued to grow and at the time of her death, there were twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She and Marion lived on the family farm west of Maywood where she briefly taught in a rural schoolhouse south of Maywood and drove the school bus. She pursued a career in nursing and in 1980 they moved to North Platte where she was a nurse at Great Plains Regional Medical Center until her retirement on May 30, 1999. After Marion’s death in 1990, Leora opened her home to a total of eleven foreign exchange students from many different countries. Her passions were her family, quilting, and gardening. She made quilts for everyone in the family and would go to the Senior Center every Wednesday. She also stayed close to her nursing group and would meet monthly for birthday lunches.
Leora is survived by her children Donald (Claudia) Wood of El Paso, TX, Kenneth (Coleen) Wood, Lynn (Shirley) Wood, Jimmy Wood, and Chris (Christine) Wood all of North Platte; son-in-law Kelly Nelson; as well as her 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; and other extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Everett and Francis Osterhoudt; husband Marion; daughters Frances Leora Wood and Lori Nelson; and siblings Howard, Willard, Royal, Ronald, Wesley and Ida Fae.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Senior Center and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday September 21, 2018 at the Parkview Church of The Nazarene with Pastor James Trippett officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery after a luncheon at the church. Visitation will be from noon until 8:00 p.m. with Family Receiving Friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday September 20, 2018 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Ryan Benjamin Ziel, 42, of North Platte, formerly of Colorado, died in a work related accident in North Platte on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
Ryan was born November 19, 1975, to Reinhold and Twila (Zarbock) Ziel in Greeley, CO. He grew up on a dairy farm in Windsor, CO, and graduated from Windsor High School in 1994. He then went to work for Monfort Cattle Company as a parts manager before moving in 1999 to Broken Bow, NE, where he raised his son and worked for Swift. By 2005 Ryan moved to North Platte and worked as a subcontractor with the Union Pacific Railroad until his death.
On July 19, 2011, Ryan married Kimberly Dawn Soto in North Platte where they made their home.
Ryan liked Harry Potter and loved Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and DC Comics, and going to the movies. He also loved racing video games as well as vaping and making his own vape juice. When he was younger, he was active in Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Ryan was a good man who cared for his family and enjoyed making time to be with them.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, and children, Alexander Ziel and Tasia Soto, all of North Platte; parents, Reinhold and Twila Ziel, of Windsor, CO; sisters, Laura (Zach) Milke, of Durango, CO, and Christina (Joey) Sutter, of Severance, CO; brother, Shan (Kristy) Ziel, of Westminster, CO; nieces, Avalon and Blythe; nephews, Vialiant and Erik; his many cousins including Amy Fiedler and Sunday Landgraf, who he had a close bond with, and other family.
Ryan was preceded in death by his cousin and best friend, Jeremy Hartshorn; and grandparents, Doris and William Zarbock and ‘Opa’ Fred and ‘Oma’ Gertrude Ziel.
Cremation was chosen. Services will be at a later date in Colorado. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the North Platte Opportunity Center. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Geneva G. Bassett, known as Guylene to family and friends, followed her spouse of 62 years into death on September 14, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Guylene, the second of ten children, was born on July 23, 1933 in Lebanon, MO to Albert and Eppah (Palmer) Luthy. She was witty, artistic, and an avid reader. Professionally she was a hairdresser and then secretary for the Lincoln County Extension Office before retiring in 1976. She was named the North Platte Secretary of the Year in 1975. Mama loved a good cup of coffee with her close friends over the years. She really enjoyed making up believable answers for any question … even the ones she knew nothing about and would be so tickled if she got you to believe her. She undoubtably would have been a great politician! Mom taught us to be strong, tell the truth and always be individuals. She led by example with her hard work, intelligence and honesty.
Guylene is survived by her children Gary (Karen) Bassett; daughter Raquelle Hill; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sisters Aurelia Miller, Alberta Luthy, and Joyce French; brother Dallas (Nicki) Luthy; as well as other extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert; son Robert Bassett, Jr.; son-in-law Clayton Hill II; sister Margaret French; and brothers Malcom, Russell, Jim and Marvin Luthy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Memorial services will be 9:00 a.m. Tuesday September 18, 2018 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with Pastor Gary Smith officiating. Those wishing to do so may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday September 17, 2018 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Lee Bannister, age 94, of North Platte, passed away at the Sutherland Care Center on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Robert was born December 28, 1923, to Walter Lee and Grace Emgard (Hayes) Bannister on the family farm north of Central City, NE, where he grew up.
On September 22, 1944, Robert was united in marriage to Carrie Steinke in Omaha, NE. The couple farmed north of Central City and Robert drove a truck for several years until they moved to Gibbon, NE, where he worked for a grain elevator for seven years. They had two children, Terry Lee and Gracia Ann, then moved to Hershey in 1967 where Robert was manager of the Hershey Mills for the next 23 years. He retired from there in 1988.
Robert was a member and past president of the Hershey Lions Club and Hershey Board of Education. He was also a 15 year member and chief of the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department as well as a member of the Hershey United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and “treasure hunting” with his metal detector.
In 1998 Robert and Carrie were named Grand Marshals for the Hershey Fall Festival. By 2005 they moved to North Platte to be closer to their children and resided at Centennial Park Retirement Village. They were married for nearly 72 years when Carrie passed away. Robert loved his family and will be greatly missed.
Robert is survived by his children, Terry (Barbara) Bannister and Gracia (Larry) Kennedy, of North Platte; grandchildren, Todd Armstrong and Marcy Kennedy (Jason), of Omaha, and Micah (Danielle) Kennedy, of Petaluma, CA; five great-grandchildren, Tristan, Lilli, Kiptyn, Adalynn and Natalie; brother, Ralph (Lillian) Bannister; sister, Margret (Roland) Hopwood; as well as many nieces, nephews and other family.
Along with his wife, Carrie, Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Grace; and granddaughter, Misty Armstrong.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Hershey United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Baldwin officiating. Casual dress is requested for the service. Inurnment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery.
The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday with family greeting friends from 5-6 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department.
Lois M. Reckard, age 90 of North Platte, passed away Tuesday September 11, 2018 at her home after a short illness.
Lois was born May 6, 1928 on the family farm southwest of North Platte to Clyde and Irene (Curtis) McKain. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1945. She continued her education in Omaha by completing beauty school. She then returned to North Platte to open her own shop. She married Robert Reckard on June 1, 1952 and to this union three children were born: Patrick, Peggy and Robin. Bob and Lois started their marriage living in the apartment attached to Lois’s beauty shop. After Pat and Peggy were born, they moved to Sidney, Nebraska for 9 years. They lost Peggy at age 8 while they were living in Sidney and they later moved back to North Platte. Bob and Lois enjoyed many trips around the United States and got to enjoy a trip to Europe. They particularly enjoyed camping throughout their marriage and even spent a few winters in Texas after Bob’s retirement. Lois & Bob celebrated 50 years of marriage before Bob’s death in 2002. Lois was a member of the Jolly Dozen, the Miller Mother’s Club, the North Platte Shrine Club Auxiliary, and the Lakeway Homes Club. She was a life long member of the First United Methodist Church and volunteered many hours. She was also on the election board for 29 years and their garage served as their precinct’s polling place. She was an avid reader, and amazing baker, the toughest crosswords couldn’t stump her. Lois loved sports, particularly Major League Baseball and anything Huskers. She was the mom that not only came to every game, but she was there for every practice too. She was the patient grandma that delighted in everything about her grandchildren. She was overjoyed to be a great grandma.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Pat (Melinda) Reckard and Robin Reckard; grandchildren Tiffany (Jeremy) Hill, Kelsey Reckard, Charity (Bubbi) Hansen, Brady Reckard, and Shalee Taylor; great granddaughter Lark Hill; special sister-in-law Gerry McKain; special nieces and nephew Marcia (Gaylen) Rogers, Marlene (Bill) Songster, and Mike McKain.
She was proceded in death by her husband Bob; daughter Peggy; brother Merle McKain; and sister Evelyn McKain.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday September 14, 2018 at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Douglas Delp officiating. Burial will follow at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 8:00 p.m. Thursday September 13, 2018 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.