Jerry Dwayne Stevens, 85, of North Platte, passed away peacefully on Aug. 21, 2012, at Delmar Gardens in Overland Park, Kansas.
He was born on May 2, 1927, in Omaha, the fifth of six children to Clinton and Vena (Drake) Stevens; he spent most of his adult life in North Platte. He was a 1944 graduate of Kearney High School, an alumnus of North Platte Community College, and received extensive professional training as a Certified Hearing Aid Audiologist.
In North Platte, Jerry co-owned S&F Sheet Metal, served as a department manager for Montgomery Wards, and for nearly 40 years served central and western Nebraska in the hearing aid industry, owning and operating Stevens Hearing Aid Center.
Jerry, at the age of 22, had a life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ, which profoundly changed the rest of his life. He was not rich, famous, powerful, or mighty, but he was a man of character and integrity. He held his views strongly and freely expressed them. He persistently sought to model and live a life of faith and obedience to the God he served. For more than 60 years he was a faithful member of the North Platte Church of the Nazarene and was vitally involved in its mission and ministries. He was eager to share his faith in Jesus and often prayed with those in need physically, emotionally and/or spiritually.
He married his best friend, Loralee Hisel, and established their Christian home on May 26, 1949, into which seven sensational Stevens siblings were born over the next 17 years.
Jerry’s love for the Lord was wonderfully expressed through music. His singing and guitar playing filled his home and life. In his youth he played guitar in the family band, a skill that kept him gainfully occupied while serving in the U.S. Army. He encouraged all his children and grandchildren to sing and play music on a wide variety of instruments. Members of his family now sing and play piano, organ, violin, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, flute, clarinet, and drums – all significantly influenced by Jerry. Singing with the Barber Shoppers, and playing in various musical groups kept him busy in his prime time years – to the delight and blessing of the listeners in many different venues throughout North Platte and the surrounding area.
Jerry delighted in his life’s companion, of 63 years, Loralee, and their seven children and their families, LaDonna (Don) Studley, of LeMars, Iowa, and their children; Laurie, LaNell and Evan and their 11 children; Woodie (Cheryl), of Lenexa, Kan., and their children; Michelle and Geoffrey and their six children; Dan (Christy), of McCook, and their children; Jesse and Amy and their four children; LaVonne (Dennie) Blevins, of Woodland Park, Colo., and their children, Traci, Stephen and Michael and their eight children; Valerie (Dusty) Rhodes, of Overland Park, Kan., and their children; Stacy and Raeann, Jeffrey (Lesilee), of Olathe, Kan., and their children, Tanner and Trever; and Melodie (Steve) Terrill, of Olathe, Kan., and their daughter, Julie.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Loralee, of Overland Park, Kan.; his sister, Rosemary Shafer, of Kearney; his seven children; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 14 nieces and nephews. These are those who called him, husband, brother, Dad, Uncle Jerry, Grandpa Jerry and Great-Grandpa Jerry. They are blessed because “a just man walks in his integrity and his children are blessed after him.” (Proverbs 20:7).
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Vena Stevens; parents-in-law, Woodie and Agnes Hisel; brothers, Troy, Jack and his wife, Alda, Billy Edward, and Myles and his wife, Colleen; brothers-in-law, Conley Hisel and his wife Ruth, Elton Hisel, Claude Livingston and his wife, Twila, and Lyle Shafer; one nephew, Craig Livingston; two nieces, Barbara Hisel and Cindy Livingston; and his first great-granddaughter, Ann Lydia Kumm.
Memorials are suggested to the Gideons or to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Parkview Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Jack Atteberry officiating. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery will full military honors graveside.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home and from 5-7 p.m. with the family receiving friends at the church.
Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lily Canas Sardeson, 48, of Cozad, died Aug. 19, 2012, at the Golden Living Care Center in Cozad. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Cozad Christian Church with Pastor Jeremy Jech officiating. Burial will be at the Buffalo Grove Cemetery east of Cozad. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Hannah Marie Hampton, 94, of North Platte, formerly of Hershey, NE died Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Hannah was born December 24, 1917, at Lincoln, NE to Henry and Margaret Benner Stumpf. At a young age, the family moved to homestead in Bosler, WY. During her school years the family moved to rural Madrid, NE where Hannah lived until she graduated with the class of 1936.
Following graduation, Hannah went to work in North Platte where she later met Robert ‘Bob’ Daniel Hampton. They were married July 31, 1939, at North Platte and made their home in Sutherland, NE. In 1951 they moved to their farm north of Hershey. Hannah and Bob were blessed with three daughters, Teressa, Anna and Patricia, and celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Hannah was active in the Hershey United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, Superintendent and UMW President. She was also active in the PTA, Peace Officers Wives and O’Fallon’s Extension.
Hannah was a devoted wife, mother and grandma. She was a wonderful cook who will fondly be remembered for her extraordinary pies, breads, cakes, cookies and noodles. She was an excellent seamstress, making beautiful quilts, tablecloths and linens. Her hands were always busy and her heart full of love which she gave freely and generously.
Hannah is survived by her daughters, Teressa (George) Marquardt, of Elwood, NE, Ann (Jean) Schultz, of Albuquerque, NM and Patricia (Kenneth) Walz, of Hershey, NE; five grandchildren, Steven Walz, Alicia (Lucas) Odean, Jennifer Schultz (Robert Mizell), George Marquardt and Johan (Christina) Marquardt; five great-grandchildren, Emma, Brady and Alise Odean and James and Anna Marquardt; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, Henry and Margaret Stumpf; a brother, Henry Stumpf; and a sister, Helen Johnson.
As per Hannah’s wishes, cremation was chosen and there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Hershey United Methodist Church. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or prior to services at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Hershey United Methodist Church. Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Peter Stevens, 91, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 21, 2012 at his home north of Gothenburg, NE, surrounded by his family.
Edward Stevens was born December 19, 1920 to Peter E. and Mary A. Fickenscher Stevens at Gothenburg, Ne. He attended schools in Gothenburg, served his country in World War II in the Pacific Theatre as a member of the 810th military police company in Hawaii for three years. Following his discharge from the army, he became a farmer-rancher in the Gothenburg area.
On May 26th, 1946 he married Luella E. Teel of Farnam where they made their home northeast of Gothenburg. Edward was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church and American Lutheran Church, serving on church council and the building committee when the churches merged. He was also a school board member when District 100-R was formed.
Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his two sons, Kenneth(Barbara) of Brady, Ronald(Connie Jo) of Gothenburg, and two daughters, Kathleen(Terry) Williams of McCook and Jacqueline Tomrdle of Colorado Springs, CO, a brother, Orvin (Shirley) Stevens and brother-in-law Paul Johnson all of Gothenburg. He is also survived by four grandsons, six granddaughters, 13 great-grandsons, 10 great-granddaughters and many beloved nephews and nieces.
He is preceded by his parents, brothers Albert and Richard Stevens, sisters Rosina Franzen, Marie Elliston, Tillie Johnson and Katherine Vieselmeyer, a son-in-law Bruce Tomrdle and a great-grandson Mickale Rosner.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Friday, August 24, 2012 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, August 25, 2012 at 11:00 am with Pastor Tom Wilson and Lonna Grabenstein PMA, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Central Plains Hospice, PO Box 108, Cozad, NE 69130.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
Robert D. Faust, 78, of North Platte, passed away Aug. 21, 2012, at Centennial Park.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1934, to William and Olive (Nunamaker) Faust at Oakmont, Pa. He graduated from Oakmont High School in Oakmont, Pa.
On Jan. 8, 1955, he was united in marriage to Carol J. Curran in Greensburg, Pa.
He is survived by two daughters, Lydia Faust, of North Platte, and Susan (Jay) Whisler, of Hershey; two sons, Robert (Laurie) Faust and William (Brenda) Faust, both of North Platte; two sisters, Dorothy and Jeannie, of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Scott, Keith, Matthew, Nicholas, Rebecca, Cory, Melissa, Jimmy, Shawn, Jennifer, Michelle, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Daniel Wayne and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Xavier, Trevor, Haelli, Brandi, Kelsey, Lucas, Rylie, Kalib, Rowan, Brett, Haylee, Dominic, Jordan, Sidney, Case and Peyton.
Proceeded in death by his parents; wife; son, Jeff; four brothers; and one sister.
Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, with a luncheon to follow at the church. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., today, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Jerome “Jerry” R. Chiplaski, 72, of North Platte, passed away August 20, 2012 at Bryan LGH in Lincoln, NE. He was born September 6, 1939 to Frank and Marie (Mendyk) Czaplewski at Loup City, NE. Jerry grew up in the Loup City and Ravenna areas and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1957. After graduation he served in the United States Navy. On August 14, 1963, he was united in marriage to Judy Hunzeker at Omaha. He was project manager of several shops in Omaha, Gering and North Platte. Jerry and Judy moved to North Platte in 1988. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting arrowheads and Nebraska football.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Judy of North Platte; a daughter, Angie (James) Dowling of North Platte; a sister, Virginia Chramosta of Lincoln and two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Gabrielle. He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Nancy.
Memorials are suggested to The Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. James Golka as celebrant. Rosary will be 7:00 p.m. Wed. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel and 8:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Anna M. Tucker, age 83, of North Platte, died August 20, 2012 at Linden Court surrounded by her family. She was born on October 16, 1928 in North Platte to Nickolas and Mary (Karn) Walz.
Anna grew up between North Platte and Stapleton and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1946. After graduation, Anna completed her Lab Technical training in Chicago. On August 8, 1953, she married Robert Tucker in North Platte. The couple made their home in North Platte where Anna was a Lab Technician at Internal Medicine until she retired.
Anna was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, was president of Altar Society at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, a member of School Board at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Ann enjoyed her weekly rosary group for many years. She and Lillian Hare ran the kitchen at the County Fair for several years.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of North Platte; six children, Geri (Jerry) Hepp of Lincoln, Monsignor Robert Tucker of Lincoln, Mary (Gary) Kuehl of Littleton, CO, John (Donna) Tucker of Lincoln, Jim (Linda) Tucker of Lincoln, and Carol (Bill) Zakavec of Arvada, CO; 14 grandchildren, Mike, Chuck, and Johnny Mann, Kristin & Kimberly Kuehl, Adam & Jack Tucker, Alana Tucker, Katelyn Tucker, Kylie Tucker, Lynsey Tucker, Sara Tucker, and Joshua and Jenna Zakavec; and numerous other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Hildegarde Walz, an infant brother; and nephew, Michael Walz. Memorials may be established to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, North Platte Catholic School Endowment or the Catholic Social Services. Online condolences can be made at www.adamsswanson.com.
Rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Monday August 27, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday August 28, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, noon until 6:00 Saturday and Sunday and 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cora Evelyn Devine, 87, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 20, 2012 at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, NE.
She was born February 28, 1925 in Gothenburg, NE, daughter of James and Grace (Seimering) Gray.
Cora’s father died when she was seven years old and her family lived in Gothenburg until her mother married Ralph Helberg. The family then lived north of Brady later moving to Callaway. Cora then lived with Roy & Mable Nichols so she could graduate from Gothenburg High School with the class of 1943. She married Morris Devine on January 29, 1945, and they made their home north of Cozad until moving north of Gothenburg to her family’s land. Morris and Cora worked hard making the land into their home of 67 years. Cora helped Morris on the farm as well as raising their four children, Ron, Brad, Tim and Linda. She still found time to enjoy herself at birthday club, neighborhood coffee club, teaching Sunday School, Bible School, and the church quilters. Cora could always be found embroidering or sewing something. There was always coffee brewing and something good to eat when you stopped by the house.
Cora was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be missed deeply.
Survivors include her husband Morris, three sons – Ron (Charlene) Devine, Brad (Jackie) Devine, Tim (Roxie) Devine; daughter – Linda (Nick) Swan; 12 grandchildren – Kelli (Rod) Mattson, Kristi Phillipson, Charity Hilton, Andy (Holly Turner) Devine, Carla Devine, Dusty (Amy Manley) Devine, Jake (Janell) Ritz, Luke Ritz, Timari Devine, Mandy (Brett) Eddie, Tyler (Ainsley) Swan, Charity Hilton; 16 great grandchildren – Colter, Chaleigh, Cadie Mattson, Emma and Brody Phillipson, Kylie Devine, Tyler and Jacob Devine, Kennedy and Cooper Ritz, Kharissa, Kael, Karryn Eddie, Emery and Drake Swan, Jaxon Earll; step-sister Bel Kubicka; along with extended family and friends.
Cora was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, granddaughter Markie Rae Devine, step-brothers Stan Helberg, Roy Helberg, Roland Helberg and step-sister Eleanor Nelson.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, with the family present from 6-8.
Funeral Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, August 24, 2012 at 10:30 am with Pastor Don Wilken officiating.
Interment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church, 77191 HWY 47, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Central Plains Hospice, PO Box 108, Cozad, NE 69130. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.
MaKenna DiAnne Walters, age 8, of North Platte, passed away August 19, 2012 at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. MaKenna was born August 2, 2004 in North Platte to Steven and Jill Hoffman Walters. She was a first grader at Hall School. MaKenna was an independent, feisty, strong little girl with a stubborn streak. She loved soccer and school and enjoyed writing. After spending time in the hospital she had decided she wanted to become a nurse at “her” Omaha Children’s Hospital. MaKenna loved spending time with family and friends, especially her grandparents. She loved shoes and would wear anyone’s!
Survivors include her parents, Steven and Jill Walters of North Platte; brother, Mitchell Walters of North Platte; grandparents, Michael and Beverly Gardner, Richard and Ruth Hoffman and Eldon and Janice Walters all of North Platte; great-grandparents, Richard and Mildred Hoffman of Grand Island and Betty Gardner of North Platte; godparents, Michael and Marcie Morrell of North Platte; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Floyd and Alice Barnes, Wayne and Maxine Goodenberger, James Gardner and John and Audra Walters.
Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church with the Reverend Dan Reimer officiating. Burial will be in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Thursday and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home and from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Bethel Evangelical Free Church on Friday.
Vernon G. Smith, 92, of Lincoln, passed away on Aug. 20, 2012, in Lincoln.
He was born on July 4, 1920, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Vernon and Sarah (Money) Smith. He worked in the State of Nebraska Social Services Department including the communities of North Platte and Grand Island. He was a member of Lincoln Berean Church.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Bonita “Bonnie,” of Lincoln; children, Rosalee Fricke, of Lincoln, Sharon (Richard) Harvey, of North Platte, Brent (Robin) Smith, of Firth, and Rebecca (Lowell) Shafe, of Tucson, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Money, of Horseheads, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Marjory Smith, of Creston; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin brothers, Dayton and Donald; and brother, Wayne; daughter-in-law, Linda Smith; son-in-law, Larry Fricke; and sister, Dorothy Spaulding.
Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln Berean Church Missions Program. Online condolences may be left at bmlfh.com.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at Wyuka Cemetery. Family and friends may meet at the 36th and “O” St. entrance. Memorial services will follow at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S. 70th St., Lincoln. Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.