Melvin R. Boyles

Melvin R. Boyles 71, of Mullen, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Sutherland Care Center.
Melvin Roy Boyles was born in Seneca, NE, November 10, 1943 in the Pokey Crawford house. He was the first child of Robert James Boyles and Zetta Louise Walker Boyles.
In 1960 Melvin met Faye Kidder in Mullen. They were married March 31, 1961 at Mullen Methodist Church. To this union two daughters, Sonja Kay Boyles Peters and Coleen May Boyles Springman were born. David Lee was accepted into this family at the age of 4.
Melvin did many occupations and professions to keep his family fed and the bills paid.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, two daughters, one son and two grandchildren. Also surviving him are two sisters and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at Mullen Assembly of God Church Monday, September 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM MDT in Mullen, NE. Interment will be at the Seneca Cemetery in Seneca, NE.
Memorials are suggested to KJLT Christian Radio or Seneca Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 1-7 PM MDT at the Mullen Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Arlene Johnson


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Frances Arlene Johnson, 87, of North Platte, NE, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the North Platte Care Center.

Frances was born July 10, 1928, to John and Edith Maude Bobbio Peterson at North Platte where she grew up. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1946.

Frances was united in marriage to Robert Fay Johnson on her birthday, July 10, 1946, at Junction City, KS and they made their home in North Platte. Bob and Frances raised three children, Doug, Shar and Cindy, and their foster daughter, Becky. They celebrated over 56 years of marriage when Bob passed away in 2003.

Frances and Bob loved to travel. After he passed away she met Kris Krzycki and they too continued traveling. She was full of love for her family and enjoyed her large collection of angels. Frances loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and they loved hearing Gram’s stories. She was the best mother-in-law you could have and she had a great sense of humor. Frances had a strong faith in God and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

She will be greatly missed by her family which includes her three wonderful daughters, Sharen ‘Shar’ (Gerry) Berglund and Cindy (Spike) Haddock, of North Platte and Becky (Ted) Dreyer, of Portland, OR; daughter-in-law, Ronda Johnson, of Frisco, TX; her special friend and companion, Kris Krzycki, of North Platte; seven grandchildren, Dusty Bockus, Heather (Johnny) Hupfer, Nate Bockus, Alison (Rich) Wiegard, Ben (Kristie) Johnson, Nealie (Jon) Krzycki and Jake Berglund; 12 great-grandchildren, Kayla, Jamaica, Irie, Maxx, Elliott, Chloe, Will, Wyatt, Skyler, Zyah, Cash and John Ryan; and other family.

Along with her husband, Bob, Frances was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Johnson; and parents, John and Maude Peterson.

Cremation was chosen. Graveside Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery with Father Jim Golka officiating. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the Healing Gardens at Great Plains Health. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Brian Wade Fugate


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Brian Wade Fugate, 44, of Elkhorn, passed away Aug. 29, 2015, at United Methodist Hospital in Omaha. He was born June 9, 1971, in North Platte to Richard L. and Delores J. (Brue) Fugate.
Brian attended North Platte Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1988. He attended Southeast Community College in Milford and lived in Lincoln and Fort Collins before settling in Omaha. He worked as a design technician for Omaha Fixtures.
Brian loved to snowboard in Winter Park, Colorado, enjoyed mountain biking, Frisbee golf, animals, Cornhuskers football, and spending time at Golden Points Ranch and Lake Maloney, where he grew up.
Survivors include his mother, Delores (Tom Neidhardt) Fugate; father, Richard “Dick” (Marcia) Fugate; sister, Dustie (Jeremy) Cole, all of North Platte; brother, Richard “Rich” Fugate of Rochester, Minnesota; nieces, Ashleigh, Lauren, Alexandra, Taylor, and Aspen; and nephew, Tucker.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dale and Opal Brue; paternal grandparents, Archie and Ruby Fugate; and cousin, Eugene Golden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS-itive Partners Humane Society in North Platte (www.pawsitivepartnersnp.com/). Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte.

Kathleen Carsten


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Kathleen Carsten, 73, of North Platte, went to be with her Lord August 31, 2015 at Great Plains Health. She was born Jan. 21, 1942 to James R. “Bud” and Maxine (Stewart) White at Sutherland. Kathleen graduated from Sutherland High School with the class of “60”. She then graduated from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing, receiving her Registered Nursing degree. On September 26, 1964, she was united in marriage to Carroll Carsten at Sutherland. They lived in eastern Nebraska before moving to Hershey in 1968. She was employed at Memorial Hospital, American Red Cross for a number of years, then with Home Health and Hospice until her retirement in 2012. She was a member of Grace Community Bible Church, was an award winning quilter and enjoyed painting and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Carroll; son, Stewart (Barbi) Carsten both of Hershey; two sisters, Virginia Labrie of Fair Oaks, CA and twin sister, Jayne Hanich of Missoula, MT; grandchildren, Jessica (Hobie) Vogt of North Platte, Joshua Payne of Lincoln, Calvin Carsten of Torrington, WY and Collin Carsten of Hershey; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Jayne Payne; and a son-in-law, Bob Payne. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A Celebration of Kathleen’s Life will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Grace Community Bible Church with Pastor Mike Wing officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery near Sutherland. Kathleen’s casket will not be opened. Those wishing to sign her memorial book may do so from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

James Edward Beckius


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James Edward Beckius, 86, of Stapleton, Nebraska passed away August 30, 2015 at his son’s home in Stapleton. He was born December 7, 1928 in Logan County to Frank F. and Nora McCormick Beckius. James went to school in North Platte at McDaid and St. Patrick’s Catholic Schools. After his schooling he returned to the Stapleton area and farmed with his uncles. On November 16, 1951 in Julesburg Colorado he married Lila Belle Chapman. The couple settled in the Stapleton area and bought the family place in McPherson County in 1954. In 1969 they expanded by buying the Andre place, continuing the family operation until his death.
He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, volunteer for the Stapleton Rodeo for many years, served on the St. John’s parish board and the Loup Valley Cemetery Board, and was host of the West Branch Board Meeting every morning. He always had time to visit with anyone, was known for his straight forwardness, was very kind and giving, and never met a stranger. He loved his family, and was always willing to help them when in need.
Survivors include his children, Dan (Ruth) Beckius of Stapleton, Bill (Beth) Beckius , and Dana (Barry) Hinkle all of North Platte; grandchildren, Leroy (Sheri) Beckius of El Cajon, Ca, Chad (Lisa) Beckius of Vermillon, SD, Sarah (Amos Meek) Beckius of Lincoln, Shannon Beckius of Lincoln, Molly (Trevor) Kucera of North Platte, and Alex Hinkle of Kearney; great-grandchildren, Emily Beckius, James Beckius, Andrew Beckius, Caleb Beckius, and Liam Meek; brothers, Michael (Shar) Beckius of Vallejo, CA and Charles “Chuck” (Joyce) Beckius of Willows, CA; and numerous other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lila; and a sister, Mary Arie.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s Cemetery or to Loup Valley Cemetery.
Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Novakowski as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Loup Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Lenora B. Lange


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Lenora B. Lange, of North Platte, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at Linden Court. She was born March 6, 1925 at Ashby NE, the third child to Leonard and Nellie (Johnston) Babb. When she was a child, the family moved to a farm near Tryon. She attended country school until she went to Tyron High School where she graduated. Betty attended Business school in Denver and upon returning she married Don Lange August 20, 1945 in the Methodist parsonage in North Platte. They moved to Sutherland where she worked at the hospital as a nurse aide. Later they moved to NP and Betty worked in the credit department at Montgomery Wards before going to work at the Union Pacific Employee Credit Union. There Betty started as a clerk and advanced to Treasurer, then Manager before retiring in 1987. After retirement she continued to serve on the supervisory committee and after 45 years total service retired in 2004. Betty was a member of the First United Methodist church for over 50 years and a member of the United Methodist Women group. She was a treasurer for the North Platte Ostomy Chapter for a number of years. Don and Betty enjoyed playing cards with neighbors and friends and she continued playing cards at the church after Don’s death in 2002. Betty loved animals and spoiled her dogs over the years. She is survived by 3 nieces; 4 nephews; great nieces and nephews; and many good friends. She was preceded in death by husband her, Donald; her parents; 4 sisters; and one brother. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at the Miller Cemetery near Tryon. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, Miller Cemetery or North Platte Animal Shelter. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Irene Kuhlmann


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Elizabeth Irene Kuhlmann, age 92, of North Platte, died August 28, 2015 at Centennial Park Retirement Village. She was born on May 8, 1923 in Lexington, NE to Ralph and Louise (Bachemeier) Mills. Elizabeth graduated from North Platte High School and began work at Walther’s Office Supply. On February 6, 1949, Elizabeth married Victor Kuhlmann in North Platte. The couple resided in North Platte their entire lives. She then worked at the North Platte Telegraph in the advertising department for many years.
Elizabeth was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, belonging to several church groups, and the American Legion Auxillary. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, ceramics, and traveling. Elizabeth will be remembered for her great cooking. She was always baking cookies, pies and cinnamon rolls, and giving them to many people, especially at church and at Our Redeemer Lutheran School.
Survivors include her children, Elizabeth “Beth” (David) Clark of Elbert, Co, Judith “Judy” Poore of Lincoln, and Susan “Sue” Millard of Lincoln; 9 grandchildren, Katrina (Bruce) Lamirane of Denver, Matthew Clark of Loveland, Co, Daniel (Tina) Clark of Falcon, CO, Cynthia (Allen) Mook of Dallas, TX, Jennifer (Matt) Fencl of Lincoln, Jeffrey Poore of Omaha, Kyle (Shelley) Poore of Lincoln, Jacob Millard of Scottsdale, AZ and Molly Millard of Peachtree City, GA; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Victor in 1991, brother, John Mills; sister, Betty Wilson; a grandson, Andrew Millard, and two sons in laws, Larry Poore, and Tom Millard. Memorials may be directed to Our Redeemer Lutheran School and online condolences can be made at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday September 2, 2015 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Wiest officiating. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pedro ‘Pete’ Herrada


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Pedro ‘Pete’ Herrada, 83, of Hershey, NE, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Great Plains Health in North Platte, NE.

Pete was born February 23, 1932, to Jose and Maria Tennerias Herrada at Castroville, TX. The family moved to Pearsall, TX in 1941 when his father bought a shoe shop and did custom boots and shoe repair. Pete helped his father in the shop until 1950 when he traveled to several other states doing labor jobs.

On December 13, 1952, Pete married Anita Cuellar and they had six children. The Herrada family settled in Hershey where Pete started working full time for Fred Kuroki in 1961. When Fred moved his business to Texas Pete continued to work on the potato farm for George Kuroki for many years. In 2000 he went to work for Butch’s Steakhouse as a part-time backup cook then retired in 2008.

On July 3, 1993, Pete was united in marriage to Juanita Deane Grove Benson at Maria Lutheran Church in Hershey.

Pete was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed cooking, playing musical instruments and pitching quarters. He liked to play shuffle board and shoot pool as well. Pete enjoyed working with his hands doing woodworking and making lawn ornaments. He also loved to fish and barbecue with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita, of Hershey; his children, James (Shannon) Herrada and Stella (Brent) Larreau, all of Hershey and Pete Herrada, Jr., of San Antonio, TX; daughter-in-law, Donna Herrada, of North Platte; half brother, Raul Tennerias, of Pearsall, TX; and half sister, Marouca Tennerias, of San Antonio, TX.

Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Marcella (Jason) Frame and Brandon (Rochelle) Herrada, of Hershey, Kandace Torres, Jonathan Herrada and Joshua (Lucinda) Herrada, all of North Platte, Lane (Sarah) Larreau, of Erickson, NE, Beth Summers and Lori Summers, of Portland, OR, Cameo Herrada (fiancé, Joe Lewallen), of Columbus, NE, and Mandi (Kyle) Praeuner, of St. Paul, NE; 10 great-grandchildren, Ann, Gabe, Ben, Sam, Kale, Tyrease, Kynzlie, Carver, Mia and Keoni; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Pete was preceded in death by two sons, Rolando and Simon Herrada; a daughter, Carmen Summers; brother, Bernardo Herrada; sisters, Valentina Herrada Gonzalez and Margarita Herrada Hewitt; sister-in-law, Luiz Herrada; and his parents, Jose and Maria.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Father Jim Golka officiating. Inurnment will be later in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. 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. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Hershey Senior Center.

Robert Paul ‘Bob’ Siegmann, Sr.

Robert Paul ‘Bob’ Siegmann, Sr., 83, of North Platte, NE, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.

Bob was born August 14, 1932, to Fred Paul and Corrine Margaruite Lindee Siegmann at Omaha, NE. The family lived in Omaha until 1941 when they moved to North Platte. Bob graduated from North Platte High School in 1950 then hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad before he joined the U.S. Navy in December.

Following his discharge in 1954, Bob returned to North Platte and was united in marriage to Darlene Pauline Clemens on June 16, 1955, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They made their home in North Platte where they were members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Bob went back to work with the railroad as an electrician.

In 1960 he became a police officer and served the North Platte Police Department for over two decades. Bob thought of himself as “a mild version of Dirty Harry”. In 1987 he retired as Lieutenant at the age of 55 then nine months later returned to action with the Gothenburg Police Department during a shakeup in their offices. A 10-day job turned into a seven-week return to police duties and peace keeping for Bob. After this he retired again for the second time.

During his career with the NP Police Dept. Bob was awarded the honor of “Policeman of the Year” along with two other officers for the capture of two ex-convicts who had shot a policeman, stolen cars, committed armed robbery and were wanted in other states in October of 1962. Years later Bob was recognized for his arrest of a man who had just burglarized a jewelry store. He was able to subdue the suspect who was armed with a crowbar, with nothing more than his fingers formed into a gun.

Bob enjoyed his work and was willing to help other small towns with their police forces and was the artist behind the “Bobby Beware” weekly public service cartoon for the police department which incorporated his police skills and artistry. Bob had a gift for painting, drawing and woodcarving. He was also an avid reader, liked to do upholstery work and remodel homes. Most importantly, Bob loved his grandkids and great-grandson immensely.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Darlene, of North Platte; children, Diane Kay (Robert) Harrison, of McCook, NE, Joy Lynn Siegmann, of Deer Trail, CO, Ronald William Siegmann, of Brady, NE, and Robert P. Jr. ‘Rusty’ (Angela) Siegmann, of North Platte; grandchildren, Penny (Mike) Adkisson, of North Platte, Eric Miller, of Denver, CO, Airman First Class Robert Paul ‘Bobby’ Siegmann III, of Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV, and Billy Siegmann, of North Platte; a great-grandson, Ashton Adkisson; his sister, Marilyn Jean Vizina, of North Platte; and several nieces, nephews and other family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Corrine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Jim Golka. Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. The family has established a memorial. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.