James “JR” Robert Divine, 51, of North Platte, passed away November 12, 2016 at Great Plains Health. He was born on November 8, 1965 in Lovelock, Nevada to James and Ella Pritchett Divine. He lived in Missouri and Utah before moving to North Platte in 2004. JR met the love of his life, Amy, working in a nursing home when she was 15 and he was 22. Amy let him cheat off her paper and he told everyone how they met and never left out the part where she lied about her age but he was already in love. They were best friend, lovers and soul mates. They taught each other so much about life. JR’s bad boy side and the wild side of life and Amy the loving, caring, compassionate, patient side of life. Together they raised six kids who taught their dad what true love feels like and he was there for them until the end. He welcomed a granddaughter when he first got sick and she helped him feel happy when he felt down. Then another granddaughter before he passed away. He was so happy to be there for her birth. James had many jobs while he was raising his family. But the one that he loved the most was stage crew work. He had a special family bond with them. They were family and respected his opinion. The Buffalo Chip in Sturgis will always have a place in his family’s heart because it is one of the places JR was sure to work even when he was so sick and should have stayed home. He loved the people and the job. He fought a long battle against a demon called cancer and he was stronger than any man I know. He went through so much pain to fight for time with his wife and kids. In the end he was still fighting for them. He is gone but never forgotten. JR was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved to draw and tattoo. He loved his kids and enjoyed attending all their activities. He is survived by his wife Amy; sons, Jonathan Divine, Preston “PJ” Divine, Brayden Divine, and Logan Divine; daughters, Amesha (Cesar Abra) Divine, Kayla (Bryan) Thagard; granddaughters, Karleigh Little and Cecelia Divine; his father, James “Jim” Divine, of Las Vegas; his mother Ella Rolens, of Missouri; sisters, Karen Creger, Brandi Divine, Lori Juaren, Ellie Kunz and Ashley Michaels; brothers, Daniel Divine, Melvin Divine and Preston Penegar; mother-in-law, Patricia (Joe) Medrano. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Vistation will be 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 and prior to service on Wednesday, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Cremation will follow. A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com which is in care of arrangements.
Donald Vern Holmes Sr., 79 years of age, of North Platte, NE, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Great Plains Health. Donald was born February 28, 1937 in Finney County, Kansas, the fifth of seven children of Johnnie and Verna (Blocker) Holmes. He received his education in Finney County and college in Garden County at Garden County Community College. Following his education, he was inducted into the Army in March of 1960 and served until April 1962, stationed in Ft. Sill, OK.
Don worked various jobs being employed by the U.S. West Comm. from 1967 until his retirement in 1999. On January 18, 1964 he was united in marriage to Nelda G. Vinson in Las Vegas, NV. The couple made their home in AZ, east TX, WY, and NE. Don loved to spend time with his family, a good football game, hunting, and spending time with his boys.
He leaves behind one daughter, Guila Hojem of Cibolo, TX; three sons, Charles Beckman of Coolidge, AZ, Don (Carla) Holmes Jr. of North Platte, NE, and Jon Holmes of Ottawa, KS; eight grandchildren, Monica Morse, Veronica Jones-Metz, Desiray Luke Moon, Jessica Wilson, Austin Holmes, Caden Holmes., McKenzie Holmes, and Aslynd Holmes; eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Johnie Holmes Jr. of Garden City, KS; two sisters, Erma Holmes-Falconer and her husband, and Jeanie Bennett; a host of nieces and nephews; and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nelda Gay Holmes; two brothers; and a sister.
The family is honoring Don’s wishes for cremation and will be scheduling a memorial service for family and friends at a later date.
A memorial has been established in his memory and kindly suggested to the Christian Student Center, c/o Laramie Church of Christ 720 South Regency Drive, Laramie, Wyoming 82070.
Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Henrietta Bell Jenkins 61, passed away on November 12, 2016 at Ashland, Nebraska. She was born on July 6th, 1955 to Carl and Anna (Bersley) Cook at Arnold, Nebraska. She graduated from Stapleton in 1976. She married Gene Jenkins on October 11, 1980 in North Platte.
She resided in Gorden, Nebraska were she worked as a cook at Gorden Countryside Care Center. She moved to Ashland, Nebraska in 2013.
Henrietta enjoyed fishing, prospecting and doing crafts.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois Noleaf of Ashland; son, Leroy Jenkins of Rapid City , South Dakota; Brothers, Richard (Donna) Cook of Gandy, and David (Kathy) Cook of Lamar; Sisters, Carleene (Kenneth) Jividen of Gandy, Phyllis (Raymond Olson) McEntee of North Platte, and Glenda (Tina) Cook of Elmwood; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Anna Cook; and sister-in-law LaDonna Cook.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Gandy Community Bible Church in Gandy with Pastor Frank Scott officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with family receiving friends 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Vivian (Voss) Schlueter, 86, passed away peacefully in the early morning of November 12, 2016, while surrounded by her loved ones. She died from pneumonia, a complication of MDS. She was born July 12, 1930 to William and Lydia (Scherbarth) Voss, in their house located ½ mile east of Ravenna Nebraska. Virginia grew up doing chores, delivering milk and spent many hours working with her dad on the farm.
On Sept. 26, 1948, she married Lester Albert Schlueter at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna. Lester passed away on April 15, 1992. They lived in Hazard, Kearney and Grand Island before moving to North Platte in 1956. To this union they were blessed with three sons. Virginia focused her time as a devoted wife and loving mother. She also was a den mother, podiatrist assistant, church secretary and volunteered many hours at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Virginia’s family, song birds and roses were her passion and brought her much delight. She was known to chase a few pesky rabbits and squirrels out. She also took pride in her gardening and home and enjoyed making family dinners. Virginia was meticulous in notes and records, for which her family is very grateful.
Survivors include: her sister Pauline May Moon, 96, of Ravenna, NE; Sons; Glen (Joan) of Loveland, CO, Bill (Sharon) of Kahului, HI (Maui) and Ken (Vickie Jo) of Johnstown, CO; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren; numerous extended family; and very dear and kind neighbors Johnny and Debbie Navarrete and Tommy and Alice Vieyra.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with the Reverend Robert Wiest officiating. Cremation will follow and inurnment will be at a later date at Westlawn Memorial Park in Grand Island. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with family receiving friends 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
George E. Maire, 86, formerly of North Platte, passed away Nov 5, 2016 at Plattsmouth, NE. He was born May 25, 1930 to Elton and Gertrude (Babcock) Maire at Mullen. George graduated from Mullen High School. He was enlisted in the Army for eight years, serving during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Lorena Hammock on June 30, 1953 at Atlanta, Georgia. George helped his parents on the family ranch from 1956 – 1962. He was employed as a brakeman with Union Pacific Railroad for 25 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family along with fishing, hunting, camping and traveling. George also loved spending his time as grandpa.
He is survived by his wife, Lorena of Plattsmouth; son, Garland (Debby) of Kearney; daughters, Paula Cain of Plattsmouth and Linda (Kevin) Conant of Lincoln; grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Kerri, Natalie, Jenny, Shawnie, and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Caden, Brylee, Conner, Andrew, Macie, and Cheyenne, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Steven DeWayne in 1957. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements.
Carol Lynn Wood, 52, of North Platte passed away November 6, 2016 at her home.
Carol was born on August 31, 1964 in Valentine, NE to Russell B. and Joyce (Seaton) Wood. She grew up in North Platte, graduating from North Platte High School. Carol worked at Linden Manor, Detleftson’s, for the State of Nebraska, and for the Union Pacific Railroad as a fireman oiler. In 1983 Carol married Derek Bargell. To this union two children were born, Toni and David.
Carol was an excellent cook; she loved the outdoors, her dog, Foxy Lady, who Carol loved to take for long walks in the park. She also loved spending time with her sisters and mom and enjoyed a good game of Cad. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her children, Toni Bargell of Lincoln, and David Bargell of North Platte; grandchildren, Makenna Christensen of Lincoln, and Ellanor Deckert of North Platte; father, Russell Wood of Cambridge; mother, Joyce McNeal of North Platte; siblings, Cathy (Gary Twidwell) Wood of North Platte, Clare (Gene Naber) Wood of Humbolt, NE, and Connie (Denny) Bedker of North Platte.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Graveside inurnment will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford Alan Reed, 65, of Brady passed away November 7, 2016 at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. He was born January 24, 1951 in North Platte to James J. and Gladys (Hill) Reed.
Cliff graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in 1969. He enlisted into the United States Marines (1969-1973), serving in Vietnam for 2 tours. In 1971 he married Sue Mickelson, (Amerine) to this union two sons were born, James and Christopher. After his discharge, Cliff settled in California where he worked in security and law enforcement. While in California, he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He moved back to North Platte in 1982 where he went to work for the Lincoln County Sherriff’s Department. On July 30, 1983, he married Gayle Guildner in North Platte. Cliff later took over his father’s coin shop, Reeds Coin Shop, changing the name to Pawnee Coin and Pawn Shop, and then to The Pawn Shop. He sold the business in 1995.
Cliff worked for Alaskan Cartridge Company as a traveling sales representative until March 2000. He coached the North Platte High School Trap Team, including the 1993 National Championship Team! He was an avid trap shooter and loved to share and teach in his sport. He was an avid hunter, spending much time with his family and friends.
Clifford was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the Numismatic Association, Past President and life member of the State Trap-Shooting Association, Past President and life member of the Wildlife Gun Club, Past President of the Platte Valley Coin Club, a member of the Eagles, and was a sergeant in the Wild Horse Valley Militia.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle of Brady; sons, James (Angie) Reed and Christopher (Keila) Reed of North Platte; grandchildren, Savannah, Logan, Issac, Brady, and Maddie; siblings, James Michael Reed of Leavenworth, KS, Ron (Lois) Reed, Thomas W. Reed, Mary Ellen (Paul) Pedersen all of North Platte, and Susan (Steve) Coe of Lemoyne, NE; godson, Rylan Rippen of North Platte; mother-in-law, Wilma Guildner of Gothenburg; brother-in-law, William Guildner of North Platte; aunt, Evelyn Reed of North Platte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; nephew, Spencer Coe; father-in-law, Chalmer Guildner; and godfather, Bernard Grieser.
Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Christian Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Josh Brown as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors graveside. The family requests casual attire. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Todd D. Hodges, 38, of Fremont died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at his home in Fremont.
Todd was born Aug. 5, 1978, in North Platte to Ron and Ardyce (Einspahr) Hodges.
He grew up in North Platte and was a 1997 graduate of North Platte High School. He attended Mid Plains Community College and studied construction from 1998 to 1999. He moved to Fremont late in 1999 and worked for Einspahr Construction for 14 years. He then worked at 3M, Oil Gear, Valmont and most recently at Fremont Beef.
Todd was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. He helped with the youth group at Trinity. He had a big heart, was a hard worker and would help anyone. He loved his nieces and nephew and always looked forward to being with them. Todd enjoyed putting puzzles together, including 3D puzzles, and going out with friends. He was a NASCAR fan.
He is survived by his parents, Ron and Ardyce Hodges of North Platte; brothers, Bryan (and wife, Kim) Hodges of Gibbon and Chris (and wife, Julie) Hodges of Overland Park, Kan.; aunts and uncles, Dennis and Helen Einspahr of Fremont, Lloyd and Gladys Hodges of North Platte, Mike and Janice Hodges and Dan and Alice Hodges, all of Thedford; and nieces and nephews, Justin, Amanda, Tyler and Kaylan.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orville and Mildred Einspahr and Bill and Jane Hodges.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. The Rev. Dan Heuer will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Programs.
Online condolences may be left at: www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
James Lawrence Eshleman, age 51, of Lincoln, NE, formerly of North Platte, NE, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016, at Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln.
Jim was born January 22, 1965, to Larry and Joan (Goedert) Eshleman in North Platte where he grew up. Jim graduated from North Platte High School in 1983 and worked at the North Platte Country Club for a while before joining the U.S. Army in March 1984.
Following his discharge in 1986, Jim returned to North Platte where he worked various jobs and married Cynamon Fosbinder on November 24, 1990. Jim eventually hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad as an Electrician and worked for 15 years then started his own lawn business, C & J Sprinkler Systems, which he did until his health declined. Jim also attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
He is survived by his children, Andrew (Sarah) Eshleman and McKenna Eshleman (special friend, Justin Meyer), of Kearney, NE, and Jessica Eshleman, of North Platte; granddaughter, Sheridan Eshleman; siblings, Sharon (Tony) Naranjo, of Lincoln, Joe (Becky) Eshleman, of Longmont, CO, and John (Donna) Eshleman, of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Miriam Berke, of Arizona; aunts, Karen Sandberg, of Sutherland, NE, and Linda ‘Cookie’ (Ron) Schroeder, of Kankakee, IL; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Joan Eshleman; and sister, Julie Eshleman.
Cremation was chosen. Christian Wake Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Father C.P. Varghese. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The family requests casual dress or Nebraska attire for the services.
The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Lincoln County Pheasants Forever.
Jeanne L. (Boyer) Reeves, 93, of North Platte, passed away November 3, 2016 at Great Plains Health. She was born May 30, 1923 to Dewey and Vera (Breternitz) Boyer in North Platte. She graduated from North Platte High School with the class of “41”. On February 23, 1947, she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Reeves, who lived on a farm south-east of North Platte. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2013. To this union two children were born, Linda and Bruce. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth on April 18, 2013; her daughter, Linda in 1985; and five brothers, Allen, Donald, Dewey, Lyle and Dale. She is survived by her son, Bruce of Bennett, CO; five grandchildren; and 7 seven great grandchildren and other relatives. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Plainview Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements.