Doris L. Thrash, 91, formally of North Platte, passed away August 27, 2016 at Hill Top Estates in Gothenburg. Doris was born November 24, 1924 on her parent’s farm near Stillwell, IL. She was the youngest child of Willard F. and Mary May Short. She was baptized at the age of 9 in the United Methodist Church in Stillwell. She received her High School education in Illinois before moving to Burlington, IA in 1941, then to Grand Island in 1942. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Doris married LaMoine Bomark in 1948 in Grand Island. They moved to North Platte in 1949 where they would establish the Danish Pastries bakery. She worked alongside of LaMoine until his health forced him to close the business. He passed away in 1961 leaving Doris to raise their four children. In 1964 she married JR (Dick) Pittman giving “Papa Dick” an instant family! He passed away in 1988. Doris and William (Bill) Thrash were married in 2002 and immediately started traveling to Zapata, TX for the winter. She thoroughly enjoyed those years with Bill! He passed in 2014. Besides her parents and husbands, Doris was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erin Lynne Shearer, a son-in-law Ernie Fresquez, brother and sister-in-law, Marshall and Mary Short and Sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Jack Cohee. She is survived by daughters Margo Fresquez of Cheyenne, WY, Lynne (Larry ) Jeffers of Hayes Center, sons Steve (Donna) Bomark of North Platte and Mark (Joan) Bomark of Cheyenne, WY; Step sons William Thrash, Jr of North Platte and Robert Thrash of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren Robin Fresquez of WY, Kim (Vince) Rivera and Tawnya (Mike) Ruff of Colorado, Tracey (Treg) Kearney of North Platte, Mindy (Nat) Warren of Thedford, Kristen (Josh) Corfield and Jason (Sarah) Bomark of North Platte, Travis (Maryann) Shearer of Florida, Troy (Tonya) Shearer of Illinois, Lane Bomark of Central City, Emily (Kyle) Norman of Lincoln. Step-grandchildren Conna (Matt) Wiese, Lincoln, Christopher Jeffers of TX, Cody (Cheyenne) Jeffers, Hayes Center, Seth Swink, CA, Clifton (Laurie) Swink North Platte, Amy (Ryan) DeMello CA; 28 great grand kids with another due in January, 5 great-great grand kids, 11 step great grand kids with another due in February. Also special to Doris were her, nephew, Dennis (Deb) Short, “other son” Don (Judy) White, of Mullen, step great nephew, Rick (Deb) Pittman, NP, step-niece, Max Mulder, the June Moriarty family, and step great-great grandson Greg Mooney, NC and many , many more step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews! The family will meet friends Thursday evening from 6-8 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel; graveside services will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE at 11:30 AM Friday, September 2, 2016. Carpenters Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Central Plains Home Care and Hospice in Cozad or donor’s choice.
Jean LaVaughn Peterson, age 93, of North Platte, passed away August 21, 2016 at Great Plains Health.
Jean was born on January 21, 1923 in Culbertson, Nebraska to Jake and Mollie (Wagner) Wacker. She attended school District #75 and Culbertson High School. On March 2, 1940 she married Clarence E. Peterson in Oberlin, Kansas. To this union 4 children were born.
Jean loved doing crafts, sewing, reading, gardening, and most of all she loved her family so very much.
Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Ostendorf of North Platte, Janet (Jared) Interholzinger of Fort Collins, CO, and Kathy Bricher of Cheyenne, WY; son, Larry (Linda) Peterson of North Platte; a sister in law; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 9 step-great-grandchildren; and 1 step-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Clarence; 5 sisters; 6 brothers; 1 granddaughter; and 2 great-grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Great Plains Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. on Friday September 2, 2016 with Job Vigil officiating at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so Thursday September 1, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. until service time at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Marie A. Chapman, age 72, of Stapleton, died August 23, 2016 at Great Plains Health. Marie was born on March 4, 1944 in Pottsville, PA to Lyman and Nora (Sullivan) Zimmerman.
Marie moved to Massachusetts with her family when she was 4 months old. She graduated from St. Bernard High School in West Newton, MA in 1961. Marie then went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She taught school in Massachusetts, the Philippines, Germany, Maryland, Virginia, Ringgold, and Stapleton. On January 29, 1972, Marie married James Chapman at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. She was very active in St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, teaching CCD and was director of religious education. She was a volunteer with the Hospice Program at Great Plains Medical Center, taught Adult Basic Education and was a lifelong learner. Marie loved God, family, teaching, gardening, and laughing and finding humor in most situations. Her favorite thing was teaching small children to read and seeing the look of wonderment when they knew they were able to read!
Survivors include her husband, James of Stapleton; daughter, Mary Beth Chapman of Lincoln; step-children, Susan (Philip) Jackson of San Antonio, TX, and Steve (Toni) Chapman of San Antonio, Tx; grandchildren, Shannon Jackson Lewis, Kari Chapman, Nielle Jackson, and Rylee Jackson all of San Antonio, TX; great-grandchildren, Daeja, Kevin, and Jonathan Lewis all of San Antonio, TX; brother, Lyman (Ruth) Zimmerman of Cincinnati, OH; many other nieces, nephews, other family members, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Eileen Moeller.
Memorials are suggested to the VFW#8258, the American Legion #324, St. John’s Catholic Church or the Loup Valley Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Monday August 29, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Reverends Thomas Gudipalli and James Novakowski as Celebrants. Burial will follow at Loup Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday August 29, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Coy V. Thomlison, age 89 of North Platte, passed away August 23, 2016 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He was born December 21, 1926 at Middlebrook, MO to Albert M. and Lulah Belle (Strickland) Thomlinson. Coy grew up in Missouri attending school in Ironton and was united in marriage to Evelyn Marie Bockus on November 18, 1944 at Oberlin, KS. He served in the United States Army until his discharge in 1946. He hired out on the UPRR as a brakeman-conductor and also owned and operated a shoe shop along with being a barber and doing custom haying. So it could be said that he was a jack of all trades and master of many. Coy was a member of the Lions, American Legion, Eagles, and VFW. His loving family includes his wife; Evelyn of North Platte, sons; Steven (Becki) Thomlison of Scottsbluff, Micheal (Kathy) Thomlison, and Patrick (Patricia) Thomlison both of North Platte, daughter-in-law; Sheila Thomlison of North Platte, 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 15 brothers and sisters, son, Tom Thomlison, grandson, Robert (Bob) Thomlison, and a great-grandson, Derick. Services will be 10:30 am Friday, August 26, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens with military honors. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Senior Center. Visitation will be 1 to 8 pm Thursday with family receiving friends from 7 to 8pm at the funeral home. Online Condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com
Roger Duane Brooks, age 61 of North Platte, passed away at his home on Tuesday after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on August 23, 2016.
Roger was born on May 27, 1955 in Arnold, NE to Lawrence and Mabel (Wood) Brooks. He moved to Brady with his parents in 1960, then to Ogallala in 1966, where he graduated from the Lutheran High School. After high school he served in the United States Army and was always proud to talk about his time serving in Germany. After returning from the Army he settled in North Platte where he began his career with Union Pacific Railroad. He had everlasting friendships after his 37 years at UPRR from which he retired in August of last year.
Roger was a devoted family man. He was committed to his kids and his family and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and nephew Gary. He relished in woodworking, fishing, helping his friends or family whenever he could, and traveling with Deb.
Roger is survived by his wife Deb of North Platte; 3 children, Jason Brooks (Jessica) of Lincoln, Loni (Case) Waddell of Omaha, and Tyler Brooks (Gail) Brooks of Omaha; 2 stepchildren, Jeffrey Nelson (Meredith) of Colorado Springs, and Timothy (Jamie) Nelson of Navarre, Fl; his mother Mabel Brooks of North Platte; siblings, Orrin (Barb) Brooks of North Platte, and Gloria (Darwin) Grooms of Bassett; 16 grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Brooks; an infant brother, George Frederick “Buddy” Brooks.
Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Tammy Aubushon officiating. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Jane Turner, age 96, of Omaha, NE, formerly of North Platte, NE, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Omaha.
Mary was born December 21, 1919, to John and Bessie Jones in Mason City, IA.
On September 24, 1941, Mary was united in marriage to John Russell Turner in Grand Island, NE. Since John was an air traffic controller, the couple lived in Hawaii, Alaska, California, Minnesota, Utah and Nevada, before settling in North Platte in 1954. They were married for over 52 years when John passed away in 1994.
Mary lived in North Platte for 60 years. She had worked at First National Bank and was a member of P.E.O. She was an avid golfer, bridge player, and a world traveler. In 2014 Mary moved to Omaha to be closer to her family.
She is survived by her sons, Douglas Scott (Cathie) Turner and David Alan (Mindy) Turner, of Omaha; daughter, Terry (Steve) Williams, of Ashland, NE; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Turner, of Spokane, WA; eight grandkids; 11 great-grandkids, with another on the way; as well as other family.
Along with her husband, John, Mary was preceded in death by their son, Randall James; and parents, John and Bessie Jones.
Graveside Funeral Service will be 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016, in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established to the North Platte Good Fellows Shoe Fund.
Robert Eugene “Bob” Gay, 86, of North Platte passed away August 21, 2016 at Centennial Park Retirement Village. He was born on December 11, 1929 in Sharon Springs, Kansas to Cecil and Iva (McAllister) Gay.
Bob graduated high school in Ogden, Utah. He entered the United States Navy, serving in San Diego and Hawaii. On November 16, 1950 he married Arlene Mickelson in Hawaii. The couple made their home in Utah until 1970, when Bob was transferred with the Union Pacific Railroad to North Platte where he was a District General Foreman, retiring in 1987.
Bob was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, was a member of the Eagles and Moose, he enjoyed snow birding in Texas in the winter. Bob and Arlene enjoyed their life together and had many friends through the years.
Survivors include children, Joel (Laura) Gay of North Platte, and Lori (David) Mussman of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Andrew Gay of North Platte, Audrey Gay of Kearney, Tony (Kayla) Mussman of Ewing, NE, and Kyle Mussman of Augusta, GA; great-grandchildren, Thane Mussman and Korra Mussman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife of 58 years, Arlene.
Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Service Society of Utah and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson .com.
Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Memorial book signing will be tonight, Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
E. Dean Niedan, age 76, of North Platte, NE, left his earthly home on Sunday, August 21, 2016, after a long struggle with Multiple Myeloma.
Dean, as he was commonly known, was born the third of four children to Henry and Irene Niedan on November 8, 1939, at the family farm homestead, located 12 miles Southeast of Midland, SD. He attended rural schools, graduating from Murdo High School in 1957 then attended the University of South Dakota. Here he met the love of his life, Jean Lange, from Yankton, SD. They were married on July 6, 1958, in Yankton and to this union three daughters, Terri, Cindi and Julie, were born.
Dean was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Midland, SD and was a devout Missouri Synod Lutheran with a steadfast faith in God. He was deeply involved as a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and was one of the founders of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, serving on numerous boards and committees of both churches.
First and foremost, Dean’s passion was his family, longtime friends, and farming. He enjoyed being outdoors, and liked taking elk hunting trips to Wyoming and fishing trips to South Dakota and Canada.
Dean began his insurance and finance career with Auto Bankers in Rapid City, SD then as a lending officer at Northwestern National Bank in Luverne, MN. In 1964, he accepted a position with McDonald State Bank in North Platte. Dean and his brother, Ken, were instrumental in the charter of Hershey State Bank in 1968. Later, they acquired the Farmers State Bank in Wallace, NE. They also chartered the American State Savings Company and American Security Bank in North Platte and American State Bank (now AmFirst Bank) in McCook, NE. Consolidating their interests, the American State Bank was sold. Ken retained ownership of the Hershey State Bank and Dean retained ownership of Farmers State Bank. Dean and his wife, Jean, established the American Agency and American Mortgage Company in North Platte (which was recently sold). Over his 50+ years of banking, Dean received various accolades and awards with the most important of these being the respect and commitment of his customers.
Throughout Dean’s life, he served on various civic organizations including the North Platte City Council, past President and member of the North Platte Rotary Club, past President and member of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Nebraska Bankers Mortgage Association board and 50 year member of the Nebraska Bankers Association. He was always very active in promoting North Platte, in particular the business community.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Irene Niedan and his sister, Carolyn Berg.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean, of 58 years; three daughters, Terri (Gerry) Krolikowski, of Lincoln, Cindi Hill, of North Platte and Julie (Bill) Serritella, of Bristol WI; grandchildren, Tiffany (Scott) Schendt, of Gretna, NE, Melissa Smidt, of Lincoln, Ashley (Justin) Cleveland and Brandon Hill, of North Platte and Shelby and Dean Serritella, of Bristol, WI; great-grandchildren, Alex, Avery and Aiden Schendt, Jacy, Logan, and Landon Cleveland, and Brynley Bottorf; two brothers Ken (Connie) Niedan, of Hershey and Gordon (Judy) Niedan, of Sioux Falls, SD; and brothers-in-law Dick Berg, of Littleton, CO, and Roger (Jackie) Lange, of Longmont, CO. Dean is also a cherished uncle to his nephews, nieces and his many close lifetime friends.
Dean’s Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016, in North Platte at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Bob Deardoff officiating. A private family burial will be in the North Platte Cemetery.
The casket will be closed. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte.
The family would like to thank Dr. Vaziri and his staff for the loving care they provided to Dean during this past year.
Carol Shearer, 74, of North Platte, passed away August 20, 2016, at her home. She was born on June 10, 1942, in Ogallala to George and Gertrude (Harris) Cross. Carol graduated from Arthur High School in 1960. She was united in marriage to Donald Lee Shearer in 1972 at Grant and moved to Brady that same year. She lived in Brady for 17 years where they owned and operated Stuckey’s and moved to North Platte for the past 26 years. She was also employed by Hehnke’s in Paxton, Sixth Street, Country General and The Dollar Store, retiring in 2011. She was a member of the Eagles Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a stepson, Doug Shearer; granddaughter, Erin Shearer; and niece, Karen Kramer. She is survived by daughter, Julie (Mike) Snider of North Platte; stepson, Dondi (Ronda) Shearer of Kearney; brothers, Jay (Janet) Cross of Menlo Park, California and Gary (Judy) Cross of Ogallala; sisters, Ann (Bob) Kramer of North Platte and Marge (Leonard) Sherman of Loveland, Colorado; granddaughters, Heather (Jordan Warner) Shearer of Cozad, Mandy (Benny Torrez) Snider of Twin Falls, Idaho and Brooke Shearer of Kearney; grandsons, Devin (Brittany Pochop) Dunbar and Drew Dunbar both of North Platte; great grandchildren, Dylan, Elaina and Jaxon of North Platte and Twin Falls, Idaho; also many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made in her memory. A celebration of Carol’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, at First United Methodist Church. Dinner will follow at the Eagles Club. Private inurnment will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements
Michael Anthony Wolken, age 63 of Sutherland, passed away on Friday August 19, 2016 in Lincoln, NE after a 5 ½ year battle with cancer, surrounded by family.
Mike was born on December 6, 1952 in Paola, KS to Ralph and Shirley (Weiland) Wolken. After high school he served in the Navy from July of 1972 thru July of 1978. He married Laura Lea Rose at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Madison, NE on June 16, 1972. After being honorably discharged from the Navy he worked for 31 years for NPPD at CNS and GGS. Mike was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in North Platte and a past member of the Lions Club in Hershey. He loved his family, always attending his children’s and grandchildren’s events. His favorite passion was fishing with his highlight being the annual sons & brothers fishing trip.
Mike is survived by his wife Laura of 44 years, children Jermi (Jenni) Wolken of Donnellson, IA, Shane Wolken of Hershey, NE, Brian (Lisa) Wolken of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren Jessica, Jacob, Sydney, MacKenzie, Bradley and Rory; parents Ralph and Shirley Wolken of Stanton, NE; siblings Doug (Lisa) Wolken of Madison, NE, Gary (Karen) Wolken of Meadow Grove, NE, Eugene (Paula) Wolken of Madison, NE, Randy (Kim) Wolken of Plainview, NE, Daniel (Janet) Wolken of Madison, NE; sisters-in-laws Lorraine (Peter) Goldstein of Colorado Springs, CO, Linda (Ken) Strasburg of Albuquerque, NM, Lynn (Tom) Roginski of Aurora, CO; as well as 22 nieces and nephews, other extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by nephews Alex Wolken, Adam Wolken, Grant Wolken; Danny Goldstein; and in-laws Gerald and Glena Rose.
Memorials are suggested in his name for donation to the Callahan Cancer Center and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. The Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday August 25, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday August 26, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with the Reverend James Novakowski as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson Nation Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday August, 25, 2016 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.