Angela D. “Angie” Miller


Angela D. “Angie” Miller, age 43, of Ravenna and formerly of Ogallala, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 near Paxton as a result of an auto accident. She was born March 15, 1972 at Grand Island, NE to Joseph and Barbara (Rose) Call. Angie attended school at Ogallala and was united in marriage to Roger Miller on November 17, 1988 at Julesburg, CO. They lived in Ogallala and later moved to Ravenna in 2001. She was employed at Tiffany Square in Grand Island for over 10 years. Angie was a special mother to her four sons and a loving wife. Nothing meant more to her than them. She loved camping at Lake McConaughy with her family and friends. Angie was always smiling and laughing. She went out of her way to help family, friends, co-workers and the residents of Tiffany Square. Angie was an excellent aunt who would sew, shop and do all things girlie with her nieces. She is survived by her husband, Roger, four sons, Chan, Ryen, Rusty, and Riley, father, Joseph Call, sister, Harmoni (John) Wagner, grandparents, Margaret Call, Joe and Dee Carpenter, father and mother in-law, Walter D. and Darlene B. Miller, and other relatives, Angie was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara (Bobbi Jo) Call and grandfather Donald Call. Services will be 11:00 am Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Rock Church located at 2001 West A Street in North Platte. Inurnment will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Cremation has been chosen. A memorial has been established in her memory. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so online at or from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.

Jack Eakins Doucet


Jack Eakins Doucet, 65, of Everett, WA, formerly of North Platte, NE, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Everett.
Jack was born to Ardis (Eakins) and Joseph Doucet on January 19, 1950, in Sutherland, NE and grew up in North Platte. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1968 then married Pat Topp on August 30.

He worked for Municipal Light and Water before attending Cheyenne AeroTech. Jack later went to work for Boeing in Everett.

He served in the National Guard and was a member of the American Veterans Motorcycle Club. Jack enjoyed his family, fishing and riding his Harley.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Everett; sons, Russell (Amy), of North Platte and Dave (Anita); a daughter, Kristine; his grandchildren, Nick, Kaitlyn, Levi, Katelyn, Dennon, Tim (Ashley), Chelsea and Jonathon; a great-grandson, Braydan; a brother, Doug (Rosetta), of North Platte; sisters, Charlene (Mick) McFadden and Barbara (John) Van Pelt, all of Paxton; his special dog, Lucy; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws; a brother, Joseph; brother-in-law, Lyle Ecker; and his niece and nephew, Shelley and Jeff Ecker.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Pastor Richard Karr officiating. The memorial book may be signed at or prior to the service at the funeral home. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

William ‘Bill’ B. Votaw


William ‘Bill’ B. Votaw, 100, of North Platte, NE, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home.

During W.W.I Bill was born on June 9, 1915, to Eli B., Sr. and Clara Grace Swink Votaw at Wellfleet, NE. He grew up on a farm northeast of Wellfleet and graduated from Curtis High School. Following his education he farmed with his family.

Bill was united in marriage to Opal Wisner on November 15, 1942, at North Platte. Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1945 during W.W.II. After his discharge, Bill returned to Nebraska. He and Opal settled in a home north of North Platte and that is where he resided until 2013 when he moved to the Grand Island Veteran’s Home. After nearly 68 years of marriage Opal passed away in 2010.

Bill farmed, drove a truck, was a mechanic and hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad where he worked in the Round House and later in the Car Department.

Bill was a member of P.R. Halligan Post #136 American Legion and the First Christian Church. He loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids. Bill was an all-round handy man who could fix anything and loved to create something new out of something old.

He leaves behind his children, Jim (Shirley) Votaw, of Anderson, SC, Carolyn (Richard) Weekly and Judy McConnaughey, all of North Platte, and Belinda (Mickey) Miller, of Tryon, NE; sister-in-law, Bette Votaw, of Lincoln, NE; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and other family.

Along with his wife Opal, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Grace; four brothers, Eli B. ‘Bus’ Jr., John, Abner and Delmar Votaw; four sisters, Lillie Mae Shanafelt, Janet Zezula and Ella and Amy Votaw; and a grandson, Charles W. Johnston.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Pastor Cindy Ballard officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Wellfleet Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church Youth Fund.

Garry Edgar Phelps


Garry Edgar Phelps, 76, passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side on July 27th, 2015 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born on March 17th, 1939 in Max, Nebraska to Flotow and Ruby (Royse) Phelps. Garry moved to Wallace, Nebraska when he was just 4 years old, and spent the entirety of his life in the Wallace community. He graduated from Wallace High School in 1957. After high school he began work for the Wallace Lumberyard. Over the next 50 years he worked for the Wallace Coop, and along with his wife,
was the owner of the local grocery store, Phelps Market. He retired from the Lincoln County Road Department in 2006 after 31 years of service. Garry lived a simple life doing the things he loved most, hunting, fishing and spending time at the lake with his family and friends. He also gave much of his time to his community, serving as chairman of the Wallace Fall Festival on several occasions, acting as the Wallace Volunteer Fire Department Chief, and sitting on the Wallace Town Board. He will also be well remembered for his famous Bull Fries that always brought family and friends together for a good time. Garry married Helen Jeanette Fletcher on August 6th, 1960 in Wellfleet, Nebraska at the St. Williams
Catholic Church. They were happily married for 54 years. Garry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Wallace. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, and playing on his tractor. If asked, he’d say his greatest accomplishment was raising three boys. Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Flotow and Ruby (Royse) Phelps; an infant son, Claude Allen; father in law, John Fletcher; mother in law, Melvina Fletcher (Gibson); sister in law, Carolyn DeMilt (Fletcher); and brother in law, Dean Lundvall.
Garry is survived by his spouse, Helen Jeanette of Wallace, NE; his sons, Gerry (Diana) Phelps of North Platte, Nebraska, Barry (Blake) Olesen-Phelps of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Patrick (Sharen) Phelps of Chappell, Nebraska; his sister, Marita Lundvall of Wallace, Nebraska; his brother, Darrel ( Peggy) Phelps of Grand Junction, Colorado; and his sister, Luana (Don) Cross of Munds Park, Arizona. Garry also leaves 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives he loved dearly.
Online condolences may be shared at A Rosary will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wallace Nebraska at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 30th, 2015. A service celebrating Garry’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wallace Nebraska at 10:30 am Friday, July 31st, 2015. Burial will follow at Morningview Cemetery, Wallace Nebraska. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Garry Phelps Memorial Fund at Farmer’s State Bank in Wallace Nebraska. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Walter (Roy) Leroy Carlyle


Walter (Roy) Leroy Carlyle of North Platte, born January 28, 1927, in Giltner, NE, to Frank and Clara (Reab) Carlyle, died July 22, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Cozad, NE.
Walt served in the United States Navy 1944-1945, and one of his proudest moments was participating in a Flight of Honor to the WWII monument in Washington, DC in 2009. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years as a Conductor and Brakeman. He was very active in the Old Timers Club and served as President in the mid 70’s. He volunteered at the Golden Spike Tower in North Platte for several years. Walt spent countless hours working at the Lincoln County Museum restoring old equipment and farm machinery. His biggest project was restoring a ditch plow and he received a commendation from the American Association for State and Local History after completion in 2000.
He was the best neighbor, always willing to help out with anything that was needed. After each snowstorm, he could be found outside, plowing driveways for other residents of Apache Drive. In 2006, Walt participated in numerous volunteer activities for the North Platte Canteen celebration. He was a life-long learner taking many adult enrichment classes. He was extremely creative, and there was nothing he couldn’t build or fix. He always had several projects of all kinds going at once. To view his shop was to know the real Walter. Magic was created there as he built the most amazing and beautiful items and restored cast offs to glory. Walt had a green thumb and his yard abounded with growing wonders. He loved birds, in particular his martens, who happily returned to his yard year after year.
Mr. Carlyle was also a sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and won many awards in scuba diving competitions. He and his wife owned Roy’s Dive Shop for several years in Grand Island, and taught scubadiving certification classes. With his family, he enjoyed camping, boating and exploring, especially at Lake McConaughy. He will be missed at the “breakfast club” by his dear friends.
His loving wife, Rogene, predeceased him in February of this year.
Mr. Carlyle is survived by his 3 children: Terrylene Wheeler (Bruce), Cristy Jokerst (William), and Danny Carlyle (Shirley), 5 grandchildren: Jennie Karros (Jim), Jesse Carlyle, Jamie Carlyle (Leah), Mitchell and Samuel Wheeler, his sister Betty Shuman and his brother Kenneth Carlyle.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Ne. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to Bryan Alzheimer’s Research Center, 710 West Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or The North Platte Senior Center, 901 East 10th Street, North Platte, NE. Online condolences may be shared at Those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Anne L. McCracken


Anne L. McCracken, 79, of North Platte, passed away July 27, 2015 at Great Plains Health. She was born July 30, 1935 to Homer and Arvelyn (Olson) Hinton at Cody, NE, with Anne’s great grandmother, Anna Bohman assisting. Anne grew up south of Cody on a ranch and attended District 46, Cody grade and Cody High School, graduating with the class of 53. She went on to Chadron State College earning a Bachelor’s Degree. Anne taught school for 45 years at various schools in Nebraska ending her career at Adams Middle School. She was a Silver Star Alpha Delta Kappa and Beta Sigma PHI. On August 20, 1960, she was united in marriage to Richard McCracken at Chadron, NE. They had two sons, Gary and Bruce McCracken. She was a member of Episcopal Church of Our Savior. Anne enjoyed playing bridge, camping, fishing and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and grandparents. She leaves behind her sons, Gary (Becky) McCracken of Broken Bow and Bruce (Kay) McCracken of Gering; a sister, Karen (Hinton) Gere of Littleton, CO; grandchildren, Brenton McCracken, Sarah Heckenlively, Heather (Troy) Rask, David McCracken and Shelby (Kara) McCracken; great grandchildren, Wyatt and Reagan Heckenlively, Tristen, Alyssa, Aaralyn, Urwin, Kaine and Tucker McCracken; and a friend, Al Gordon. Memorials are suggested to EPOS Episcopal Church of Our Savior. Online condolences may be shared at Cremation was chosen. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 at Episcopal Church of Our Savior with The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson officiating. Inurnment will be at Episcopal Church of Our Savior Columbarium. Those wishing to sign Anne’s memorial book may do so from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Anderson

tony-andersonAnthony Tony Anderson died unexpectedly on July 20th 2015 at his home in Aurora Colorado, at the age of 38.

Tony is survived by his wife Shurie, Father, Gary and Step Mother, Brenda of North Platte Nebraska, his 5 brothers, Jeff of Aurora CO, Allan of St. Louis Missouri, Danny Joe of Omaha Nebraska, Chris of Lincoln Nebraska and Ryan of North Platte Nebraska.

He is preceded in death by his mother Rose Ann Anderson in 1998.

Tony was born on February 4th 1977 in North Platte Nebraska to Gary and Rose Ann Anderson. He graduated from North Platte Saint Patricks High School in 1995. Tony and Shurie married September 26th 2009. Tonys was a highly skilled technician in the fire protection Industry, holding a variety of high level certifications. During his career he worked with Nebraska Safety and Fire and most recently with Fire Inspection Services of Wheat Ridge CO. Tony is most known for his laugh, smile and constant jokes bringing constant joy to those around him.

A funeral is scheduled for August 3rd, 2015 at 11:30 AM at Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, 12801 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Inurnment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with a reception after Interment to be held at Westwoods Golf Course, 6655 Quaker Street, Arvada CO 80007. A very special family friend Jerry Young will be officiating the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tonys life.


Earlyne L. Biggs


Earlyne L. Biggs, age 83, of North Platte, passed away July 26, 2015 at Great Plains Health. She was the last child born of Chris and Pauline Detlefsen in Arnold, NE on September 29, 1931. She attended grade school in Gandy and then the family moved to Stapleton, where she finished high school in 1949. After high school, Earlyne moved to North Platte and started working for Berg Typewriter Company, as a secretary and later worked for Northwestern Public Service Gas Company as a cashier and secretary. Earlyne then decided to attend North Platte Beauty College and worked as a hairdresser at the Pawnee Beauty Salon. She moved to California and married Donald S. Biggs at the Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, NV on Sept. 9, 1960. She owned her own salon in California for a while, then worked for Merle Norman Cosmetics in downtown Los Angeles as an instructor, at the home office for many years, and also managed a couple studios in the Orange County area. She and Don moved around a lot, as Don was a contractor and built many homes, apartments and office buildings from Palm Springs, CA to Santa Barbara, CA. Earlyne loved to play cards, going to the beach, crafts, golf and spending time with her friends and family. They moved back to North Platte in 2001 and Don built the last apartment building for Sandridge Apartments. They joined the First United Methodist Church in North Platte, where she loved to play cards with the Prime Time Women of the Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2005; sisters, Ruby (Graceton) Philpot, Edna (Harry) Springmeyer, and Gloria Smith; brothers, Vern (Virginia) and Ray (Jeanie) Detlefsen; and a special niece, Karen McCan. She is survived by her nieces, Barb Detlefsen of Omaha, Lewellyn (Derb) Frey of Stapleton, Pat Yates of New Mexico and Lori Ferguson of Central City; nephews, Ron (Teresa) Detlefsen of Lake Maloney and Robbi (Shelley) Smith of Arnold and brother-in-law, Bobbie Smith of Arnold. Online condolences may be shared at A memorial has been established in her memory. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara (Peterson) Allbery


Barbara (Peterson) Allbery, 80, of North Platte, passed away on June 13th, 2015, in Lincoln, surrounded by her family.
Barbara was the daughter of Clarence & Evelyn Peterson; born on March 29th, 1935. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. She then married and had three daughters, Marlene, Sharlene & Julie.
Barbara was blessed with musical talent and was a member of the Octect in High School, sang and played the piano and organ in numerous weddings for family and friends and was the Music Director at Trinity Chapel in Rokeby and Lakeview Methodist in Capitol Beach. Barbara also loved entertaining patrons with her organ playing at Lees’ Restaurant and spent much time leading 4H groups focusing on music and sewing.
Around 1967, Barbara began working for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, where she met her second husband, Dwight Allbery. In 1971, Barbara & Dwight married and moved to North Platte, NE where they had two daughters, Rachelle & Rhonda. They made their home in North Platte for 41 years.
Barbara continued playing the organ and piano for weddings, church services and funerals, as well as assisting 4H groups with sewing projects and musical competitions. She and Dwight loved to travel and visited Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Newfoundland, New York, Arizona and British Columbia, as well as numerous other locations across the US.
Another passion of Barb’s was her gardening and she was known for her beautiful flowers, especially her iris. She was also an extremely talented seamstress, making wedding and prom dresses for friends and family, creating an outfit in a day for a big event and costumes and outfits for her daughter’s 4H and dance competitions.
Barbara found another avenue to showcase her creativity in 1974 when she began making “Carp-Art”. This ‘hobby’ turned into a family business and led to many traveling experiences for almost 30 years. Trips included Denver, Cheyenne, Sidney, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Minot and other small towns around the Midwest.
Barbara worked at Bonnie’s Travel Chain and the Lincoln County Courthouse, was a long-time member of The Eagles Club, and she and Dwight were founding members of the Cody Ringnecks chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence & Evelyn Peterson and her husband, Dwight Allbery.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Marlene Wiest-Kansas City, Sharlene (David) Carmichael-(Beatrice), Julie Alm- North Platte, Rachelle (Shawn) Allbery-McQuade-North Platte, and Rhonda (Allan) McGill- Lincoln. Her grandchildren, Justin (Gena) Jones, Casey (Alesa) Jones, Cody (Amanda) Burrows, Shelby Wiest, Matthew Wiest, Landon and Lilli McGill and Gage, Sissy and Rylee McQuade as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Dwight Allbery Pheasants Forever Scholarship fund or the Great Plains chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be shared at
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on July 31st, 1:00 pm at United Methodist Church in North Platte, NE. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ona O. Warden Funeral Notice

Ona O. Warden, 96, of Mullen died Friday, July 24, 2015 at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in Mullen
Services will be held Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 10 AM MDT @ United Methodist Church in Mullen
Interment is at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen
Memorials to Cedarview Cemetery or United Methodist Church
Visitation Hours Tuesday from 1 to 7 PM MDT @ the Mullen Funeral Home