Pam M. Poile, 63, of North Platte passed away July 25, 2016 in Aurora, Colorado at University of Colorado Hospital. She was born on February 6, 1953 in Wagner, South Dakota to Nerl and Rose (Gilfillan) Ballweg. Pam graduated from Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota. She was united in marriage to Gene Poile on April 29, 1979 in Pierre, South Dakota. They made their home in North Platte in 1998 when Gene started his management position at Karl’s. Pam was employed at Hobbe’s Restaurant and most recently at Herberger’s. Pam was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing board games. She also loved spending time with her yorkies, Korki and Kadi. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Patricia (Mel) Handley, Dolly (Ed) Slagle, Toni Royce and a grandson, Jesse James Templeton. She is survived by her husband, Gene, sons, Lee Jay (Brooke) Templeton, Jamie (Jessica) Templeton and Raymond Poile, brothers, Keith (Karen) Ballweg, Conrad (Hande) Ballweg, Michael (Carol) Ballweg and Tim (Cindy) Ballweg, sister, Judi (Gary) Mewes, brother-in-law, Gordy Royce, grandchildren, Georgiana, Ireland and Carter Templeton, Whitney Jo and Haley Irene Christopherson and other relatives. Memorials are suggested in her name. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com. The memorial book may signed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29, Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2. A celebration of Pam’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be at a later date. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Byron O. Neiman, 83 years of age, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. He was born on January 30, 1933 in McCook to Leslie and Lillian (Dueland) Neiman.
Soon after entry into the National Guard Byron was injured and return to McCook where he began a life long newspaper career.
He met his wife Helen Delores Erlewine and they were married in December of 1956. To this union three children were born.
Byron’s career in the newspaper business lasted over fifty years. After working at the McCook Daily Gazette, in 1972 he moved his family to North Platte and was the advertising director for the North Platte Telegraph. In 1976 Byron and Helen purchased the Hooker County Tribune in Mullen, Nebraska. In 1985 Byron and Helen move to Burwell, Nebraska were they published five weekly publications until his retirement in 1993. Even after retiring Byron was involved in the industry in an ownership capacity. He truly loved his profession and missed it dearly.
Byron was a very civic minded individual. He was the past patron of the Eureka Chapter #86 Order of Eastern Star, a Mason, a member of the Jaycees, he served as the Exalted Ruler of the Ord Elks Lodge #2371 and in his later years became very active in the Nebraska Admirals Association.
There wasn’t a hobby that Byron didn’t like. But his love for hunting and the comaraderie that was a part of the experience wasn’t exceeded by his ability to shoot the gun. He was an excellent shot in the field or at the trap range and had the titles to show for it. He truly was a social creature that loved to fish, golf, fly his rc airplanes, tinker with and show his cars. Anything and everything that involved interacting with people, Byron loved to do. But above everything, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Byron is survived by a daughter, Kimbra Buck and husband Thomas of Golden, Colorado; 2 sons, Kurt and wife Ruth of Elkhorn, Kendall and wife Peggy of Auburn; 8 grandchildren; sister, Dixie Hill of McCook; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; 4 brothers; and 1 sister.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, August 6, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, 412 West 4th, in North Platte officiating Rev. Jeffrey Nelson. Inurnment will be at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 12:00 Noon, August 7, at 203 West 4th, North Platte. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Alzheimer Support Group. Condolences may be left online at www.adamsswanson.com. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Edward Mengel, age 76, of North Platte, NE died Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.
Tom was born May 13, 1940, to Francis Marion and Virginia F. McBride Mengel at Rock Springs, WY. He grew up in North Platte and graduated from North Platte High School in 1959. Tom then joined the U.S. Navy in September and later served on the USS Hancock. Following his discharge in 1963 he returned to North Platte.
On August 27, 1961, Tom was united in marriage to Edith LaRue Clark at Fort Lewis, WA. Together they raised four children and shared a lifetime of love.
Tom hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1963 as an IBM Clerk and was known to those he worked with as “Pliers”. After 40 years he retired in 2003. Along with his job, Tom also made time to serve as a volunteer fireman, drive a school bus and serve on the Maxwell Village Board and Maxwell Athletic Club.
He was baptized in the Berean Fundamental Church and was a member of the V.F.W. Post #1504, P.R. Halligan Post #163 American Legion and F.O. Eagles Aries #2839. Tom was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Over the years he taught children about bow hunting, archery, hunter safety and helped with an Awana church group. Most of all, Tom loved his family. He enjoyed watching his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids play sports.
Tom leaves behind his wife of 55 years, LaRue, of North Platte; their children, Rochelle (Mark) Miller, of North Platte, Thomas (Sharlene) Mengel, of Bellevue, NE, Tylon Mengel (Karen Thummel), of Colby, KS, and Trent (Pam) Mengel, of LaVista, NE; sister, Patricia Hanson, of Sandy, UT; sisters-in-law, Ann (Don), Carrie and Susan; and brothers-in-law, Danny, Dennis (Heidi) and Tom.
Survivors also include 18 grandchildren, Chris (LeAnn), Brandy (Shane), Lisa (John), Shane (Lindee), Marcus, Hunter, Jillian, Kala (Shawn), Sean, Skyler (Richard), Haley, Morgan (Ben), Brianna, Taylor (Coulter) Braden, Teigan, Jacobbie and Kegan; 14 great-grandchildren, Casey, Natalia, Cooper, Jacob, Jordan, Jenna, Emerson, Braelee, Landyn, Reese, Zander, Easton, Baylor and Ruger; nieces, Julie (Tom), Lisa (Jerry), Christy (Tom), Megan and Genny (Jay); nephews, Barrett (Susie), Casey (Ashlie) and Derek (Cindi); many great-nephews and great-nieces including, Cheyenne, and her mother, Tami, and Maggie; and other family members.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Virginia; brother-in-law, Richard Hanson; mother-in-law, Charlotte Woodall; and father-in-law, Lon Clark.
Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with George Cheek officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to Maranatha Bible Camp.
Marlin R. “Whitey” White, 72, of Sutherland, passed away July 21, 2016 at his home. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of 2015. He dealt with his cancer with determination and was grateful to the doctors and all personnel at the Callahan Cancer Center. He was born January 14, 1944 to Lyle M. and Gladys (Kjar) White in North Platte. Marlin grew up in the Sutherland area graduating from high school in 1962. He was an athlete in high school and competed in rodeos. After high school he joined the United States Army. On April 28, 1979, he was united in marriage to Lois McConnell in Central City, NE. They lived in Sutherland most of their married lives. Marlin spent many of his younger years working on ranches in the Sandhills including, Keiwitt Ranches near Stapleton (Brittain Ranch), Maxwell (Pawnee Springs) and Tryon (Tin Camp). These experiences would mold his love of ranching and the cowboy way for the rest of his life. He would often relive stories from these times in his life. Marlin also was a rodeo cowboy during this time until he was in his early 30’s. He then would go on to drive a semi-truck for several local businesses. Eventually going into business with his wife as an independent semi-truck owner and operator, under M&L Trucking, until their retirement in 2013. Through the years he made lifelong friends.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Jonathan C. “J.C.” and Bryan (Shauna); his sister, Larea (Rich) Morrell; brothers-in-law, Raymond McConnell, George McConnell and Steve (Lisa) McConnell; sister-in-law, Vivian (Rob) Moeller; nieces and nephews, Sena (Scott) Wiley, Doug (Carol) Brown, Mike (Marcie) Morrell, Diane (Shawn) Linden, Dan (Karen) Moeller, Ben (Stacy) Moeller, Joe (Morgan) Moeller, William McConnell and Louisa McConnell; several great nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Dorene (Dean) Brown. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermorial.com.
Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center or Sutherland Rodeo Committee. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Deardoff officiating. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery near Sutherland. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Helen O. Bell, age 91 of North Platte, passed away Wednesday July 20, 2016 at Linden Court.
Helen was born on June 2, 1925 in a log cabin near Arvada, WY to Oscar H. and Laura F. (Martin) Miner. She attended rural school and graduated from Charles School of Beauty in Denver, CO. She pursued a career in Cosmetology in Scottsbluff, NE. On July 25, 1948 she married George R. Bell in Scottsbluff and the couple moved to North Platte in 1950 where George was a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad and she continued her work as a beautician. In 1952 they became the parents of their only child, Linda. Helen spent four years at home with her family and then in 1957 opened her own salon which she operated until 1963. In November of 1984 her husband George died of Alzheimer’s disease. In March of 1985 Helen founded the North Platte Alzheimer’s Association Support Group. It began with one meeting a month and has now grown to three. In 1997 she was a delegate to the National Advocacy Convention in Washington, DC on behalf of the Lincoln Chapter. She has been on the Speakers Bureau for the Alzheimer’s Association and traveled around speaking to various groups about the disease. She started the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk in the 1990s. She helped raise thousands of dollars for the group and in 1998 was chosen by the Chamber of Commerce as an Outstanding Woman of Achievement. She loved her friends and family, and especially enjoyed following her grandchildren through their school projects and sports, and spending time with her great grandsons. She always enjoyed gardening and tending her flowers, playing cards and reading.
Helen is survived by her daughter Linda (Steve) Johnson of North Platte; grandsons Timothy (Jessica) Johnson of Holyoke, CO and Rick Johnson of CO; great grandsons Ethan Lee and Chase Johnson of Holyoke, CO; nieces Mary Helen Kenney, Roberta Anderson and LaNora Mattern; and special friend Melissa Tuenge whom she thought of as a daughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband George; sister Maudie McKnight; and brother and sister-in-law Al and Wilda Miner.
Memorials are suggested to the local Alzheimer’s Support Group and online condolences may be shared at www.adamswanson.com. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 25, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Steve Nofel officiating. Burial will precede the funeral service at North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and noon until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Lilly May (Hauger) Epke, 82, of North Platte passed away July 15, 2016 at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
Lilly was born in Carthage Missouri on May 6, 1934, to Albert Kornelius (Buss) Hauger and Inez Rose (Brown) Hauger. In 1935 her parents and older brother Albert Edward moved to Valentine, NE. Lilly was baptized in the Episcopal Faith at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Valentine. Later she transferred to the Episcopal Church of Jesus in Rosebud, SD, and was active in church affairs. Lilly attended school from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Valentine school system and graduated in 1952. On September 5, 1958, she married Jimmie Lee Epke of Crookston, NE. To this union two children were born, Samuel Wayne on January 12, 1962, and Joni Lynn on January 19, 1965. On December 29, 2007, Lilly moved to Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte, NE where she resided until her death. Lilly quickly made lots of friends with staff and residents. She loved attending all of the activities. She loved dressing up in costumes and making others smile. One of her most favorite outings was the Fishing Trip. One of Lilly’s favorite projects and passions in life was organizing the Todd County, SD chapter of the American Cancer Society. She also enjoyed many different kinds of arts and crafts, painting, wood carving, leathercraft, gardening, and visiting with her special friends and neighbors.
Lilly was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother Albert.
She is survived by her son, Sam; and granddaughters Allie Jean and Jenna Rae Epke; daughter Joni, (Dustin) Jorgenson; and grandsons Tucker James and Cooper Wayne White. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. Lilly is survived by the many friends and family that she touched with her kind heart and special smile.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior with the Reverend Jeffrey Olson officiating. At her request she was cremated and requested that her ashes be spread in places where she and her family had special memories. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Rilma Marie Jensen, age 88, of North Platte, passed away July 19, at North Platte. She was born on March 7, 1928 in Spirit Lake, Iowa to Edd & Nettie (Locey) Goodman. Rilma attended and graduated from Spirit Lake public high school, after completing her education she worked with Western Electric (now Lucent) for 20 years before her retirement in 1985.She was united in marriage to her late husband Jack Jensen . After Jack’s passing in 1993 she moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she met and later wed to Boyd Bryant on November 24, 2006. While she was in Omaha Rilma was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Auxillary, as well as a past grand president of the Military Order of the Cooties. She was also a volunteer for many years at the VA Hospital and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Omaha. She is survived by her husband, Boyd Bryant; son, Jerry Jensen of Lakewood, Colorado; brothers, Ed Goodman of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Wayne (Ardell) Goodman of El Paso, Texas; sister, Leona Simpson of Spirit Lake, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; Edd & Nettie (Locey) Goodman; husband, Jack Jensen; and 3 sons, Milo, Lyle, and Mark Jensen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so Thursday and Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial services will be held Monday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Methodist Church and to Cancer Research. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
John William “Jack” McDermand passed away at Great Plains Health on July 18, 2016 at age 88. Jack was born in Crete Nebraska on January 4, 1928, the youngest child of Percy W. and Ruth McFall McDermand. He and his siblings Betty, Dan, and Mary had an idyllic childhood growing up in Crete, which provided Jack with many happy memories which stayed with him his entire life. He graduated from Crete High School in 1946, where he enjoyed playing football as well as playing in the band and singing in the chorus.
He enrolled in Doane College, pursuing a BA in mathematics and continuing with music. It was while singing with Doane Choir that he met Clarice Droullard from Grand Island, who was studying piano and organ at Doane and they began dating. When Clarice contracted polio, and was hospitalized for many months in Grand Island, Jack would hitchhike from Crete each weekend to see her. They were married in Grand Island, June 4, 1950 after his graduation from Doane.
Jack’s first job took him to Bridgeport Nebraska where he worked for Bridgeport State Bank as teller and cashier. A son, Andrew Alan, was born to Jack and Clarice in Bridgeport in 1951. In January of 1954, the family moved to North Platte where Jack became associated with McDonald State Bank. In 1955, daughter Leigh Ellen joined the family.
Jack loved his job at McDonald State Bank. When the bank was downtown at 5th and Dewey, his desk was out in the open near the front door. He liked to greet each customer that came through the door, but found that it was difficult to get all of his work done. Many nights each week, and for many years, he would go back to the bank after supper to finish that work. He moved through various positions within the bank, finally becoming President in 1981. McDonald State Bank became United Nebraska Bank, from which he retired in 1991.
Professionally, Jack graduated from the Colorado School of Banking in 1960. He held many positions on the Executive Council of the Nebraska Bankers Association during his career, and also served on the National Bankers Association committee.
Jack was a 60+ year member of First Presbyterian Church and served as Elder. He sang in the church choir from 1970 to 2014.
Civically, he belonged to the Jaycee organization, serving on the committee that planned and constructed the Lake Maloney Golf Course. He was a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and was personally in charge of organizing the Ambassadors group, and served as chairman during the first year of its organization. He served as president of the United Way. He was also a board member of the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.
He was elected to two terms of the North Platte Public Schools Board of Education from 1972 to 1980, serving as president in 1976 and 1980. He was proud to be a part of the decisions to build both Eisenhower Elementary and the new Adams Middle School. He and Clarice also served on the Alumni Advisory Council of Doane College from 2006 to 2009.
Musically, he was a founding member of the Sandhills Symphony in 1961 serving as treasurer for the organization.. He was member and treasurer of the North Platte Concert Association for many years, beginning in 1956. He also sang in the North Platte Community Chorale, the Heartland Singers, and played various instruments in the City Band. He also enjoyed playing in several popular dance bands over the years and enjoyed the friendships he formed in those groups.
Athletically, Jack played tennis and golf, loved to swim, and before it was ‘popular’, began the habit of running at a time when people just didn’t do that. He ran year ‘round, early in the morning and in every kind of weather on the high school track. He logged well over 10,000 miles before he hung up his running shoes.
As a husband, Jack was kind and caring. Every meal that Clarice made was proclaimed ‘delicious’, no matter what it was. Jack and Clarice traveled the world in their later years, visiting 56 different countries and every state in the Union. They loved to take cruises and tours. They had a swimming pool put in their back yard which they loved. For several years, Jack and Clarice wintered in Green Valley AZ.
As a father, Jack was the best! He always found the time to be with Andy and Leigh. He loved to take them ice skating in the winter, and swimming in the summer. He was always up for a game of catch, whether it be football, baseball, or frisbee. He liked to play games of all kinds on cold winter nights. Jack prided himself in planning awesome family vacations all over the U.S. and did most of the driving himself. As a father-in-law, he was kind and welcoming to Chuck and they enjoyed each other’s company.
As a grandfather, he loved his twin grandsons Nick and Sam more than words can say. He loved attending their events, especially their music concerts from middle school through college.
When they were young, he was happy to be on the floor playing with them. As they got older, he was always up for a card game, a swim, a sleepover. Music events at Hastings College for Nick, and Doane College for Sam became the highlights of his life. He was also overjoyed to welcome Nick’s wife Marcia to the family.
When Clarice died in 2009, Jack was heartbroken. “She always took such good care of me,” he would say. It was about this time that he began developing signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, despite his excellent physical condition and healthy eating habits. He tried to continue with his regular activities, as well as learn new things such as laundry and cooking, but his days became more and more of a struggle. He had adopted a rescue cat from a shelter when Clarice died, and ‘Sweetie’ became the love of his life. He did a wonderful job of caring for her and she in turn took care of him, even as they moved into assisted living together. He would take her for long walks in her kitty stroller, which they both enjoyed. We’re not sure who rescued who there!
Jack’s last 2 years at Linden Court in Memory Support have been both heartbreaking and wonderful. The nurses and CNA’s became like family to him and his family, and he was always happy to see them, unless it was bath day. Jack’s family would like to thank Linden Court Memory Support for the exemplary and compassionate care that was provided to him during these 2 difficult years, and also thank Jack’s primary care Doctor Kent Allison and his staff.
One word that we’ve continually heard in this sad time has been ‘Gentleman’. Jack truly was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was always kind and never had a harsh word about anyone. He dressed for every occasion, and that usually meant a tie and jacket. He had many good friends and was well respected in the community. He was a loving family man.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty and brother Dan. His son Andy died at age 24 in 1975. Wife Clarice died in 2009. Jack is survived by his daughter Leigh and her husband Chuck Henline, grandsons Sam of Colorado, and Nick and his wife Marcia of North Platte, and his beloved cat Sweetie, who lives with Nick and Marcia. Jack’s sister Mary of Beatrice also survives him, as well as 3 nieces and 1 nephew.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or “Fur the Love of Paws” rescue organization in honor of his beloved rescue ‘Sweetie’ and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Services will be delayed until August 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 West Leota, in North Platte. There will be a private family burial following. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Patricia Ann Kramer, 53, of North Platte passed away July 18, 2016 in Brady.
Pat was born November 5, 1962 in North Platte to Robert K. “Bob” and Dolores (Petska) Benson. She grew up in Curtis and North Platte, graduating from North Platte High School with the class of 1981. On June 4, 1986 she married Jerome Kramer in North Platte. To this union two children were born.
Pat was a manager of Nino’s Pizza before being a stay at home mom. She loved raising her children, enjoyed gardening, flowers, and was an avid reader.
Survivors include her children, Courtney (Chase) Bassett of North Platte, and Zachary Kramer of Stapleton; siblings, Kathryn (Dan) Pell of Brady, David (Kathy) Benson of Cambridge, Steve Benson of Culbertson, Tom (Liz) Benson of Brady, Lisa (Chad) Brown of Hershey, Lee Benson of Big Springs, and Tammi Benson of Torrington, WY; and a special friend, Allen Settles of North Platte.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bill Benson; and a great nephew, Brandon.
Memorials may be made to the Gift of Hope Cancer Foundation and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Memorial Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Gary Smith officiating. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Samson Bidan Charles, age 19, of Tanzania and North Platte, passed away on July 11th, 2016 in a kayaking accident.
He was born on Wednesday, July 17th, 1996 in Tanzania in the Majimoto Health Center in Serengeti district, where he lived and finished his primary education. He then moved to Dar Es Salaam where he attended high school and joined The University of Dar Es Salaam. He stayed at the university for 1 year before being recruited to play basketball at North Platte Community College.
Since childhood Samson was loved by everyone in the village, especially his mother because he was her last born. Samson was also known as ‘Jomba’ by his family. Jomba means uncle, as he was named after his late uncle.
Samson grew up in the village, as every other child from his family. He lived in a hut made of mud and grass, but he was always thankful and loved grazing cattle. His mother taught him to say thank you after every single meal that she prepared, so he would run to her and say “thank you mom, may God add a lot more so that we can have lunch/dinner tomorrow too”
Samson loved Ugali with beans-the main dish his mom used to cook for him. He would cry for Beans early in the morning, and his mom was there to provide it for him. He also loved sports. To provide sports equipment where there was none, he would even create make-shift footballs made of plastic bags and old rags.
After moving to Dar Es Salaam, Samson joined an army owned school for his high school studies. This is where he begun to shine as a basketball player and managed to be selected to play for the Tanzania Men’s Basketball National team at age 17. He was also then playing for a local Tanzanian team.
Samson is preceded in death by his grandparents, Idah and Charles Emmanuel Okal (paternal), and Akinyi and Joshua Kong’o (maternal); uncles, Elmada, Naftal, and Ojongo; Aunties, Fridah, Dosilla, and Idah. He is survived by his parents, Magreth and Nicholaus Bidan Charles; brothers, Solomon, John, Charles Jr (Babu), Peter (Dalmas), and Abraham; sisters, Pamela and Damaris; nephews, Emmanuel and Bidan Jr; and nieces, Magreth, Atieno, and Alice.
Samson will be missed so much by every family member, friend, and the whole community in Majimoto Village.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21 at North Platte Berean Church with Pastor John Stone officiating. Donations for funeral expenses can be made at http://npberean.org/samson-charles-memorial/. Samson will be laid to rest near his family in Serengeti, Tanzania. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Those wishing to sign Samson’s memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.