Joan “Jo” Marie (Jolliffe) Conway-Withers, 68, of North Platte, “Heaven Got Its Best Angel Ever” on January 9, 2016 at her home, after a long and courageous battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma (Cancer). She was born Dec. 6, 1947 to Glen and Beverly (Kuglar) Jolliffe of Ogallala. She graduated from Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah. Joan married Maurice Withers and they resided in Lincoln County for 30 years. She loved to go camping, traveling and the occasional trip to gamble. She is survived by her husband, Maurice Withers; sons, Kelley Conway of North Platte and Chris (Dana) Conway of Hanford, CA; step children, Steven Withers of Joplin MO and Susan Withers of Grand Island, NE; three sisters, Judy (Roy) Brooks of Santa Maria, CA, Debbie (Martin) Williams of Hastings, NE and Kim Walker of Ogallala, NE; one brother, Mark (Deb) Jolliffe of North Platte, NE; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a special 4 legged family member, Baxter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Beverly and Glen Jolliffe. A Special Celebration of Life for Jo “Grandma Jo” will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 12pm CST to 3pm CST at the Eagles at 621 North Chestnut, North Platte, NE. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to the family in lieu of flowers. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Kristian Douglas “Kris” Woodhouse, 24, of North Platte, passed away Jan. 3, 2016, as a result of an automobile accident.
He was born to Aridria Smith and David Woodhouse on born Nov. 20, 1991, in Denver, Colorado. At the age of seven they moved to North Platte. At an early age, Kris captured the hearts of his family with a his favorite saying, “Luv em. Neck, hug, tiss. Mum muh muh.” Kris enjoyed the years he was in Boy Scouts. He attended North Platte High School.
Kris had a passion for hunting and the great outdoors and he felt like you could not get enough camo. Kris enjoyed crusin’ the ones with his family and friends, which later gave him a passion for working on cars. On May 11, 2013, he married the true love of his life, Brooke Volcek in North Platte. They moved to Missouri for a short time and then moved back to North Platte, prior to the birth of his twins. His greatest joy came with the birth of them, Ariah and Vincent, on March 4, 2015. Though a man of few words, his smile and hugs would say it all, especially when holding his children. Kris had a smile that could light up the room. He was a friend to many and enjoyed spending time with his friends. In Kris’ younger years he worked in the fast food industry, then as he got older worked a variety of construction jobs. He loved being a mechanic while living in Missouri. Kris worked at a ranch and enjoyed being outside, repairing fences and other miscellaneous jobs.
Kris was preceded in death by his uncle, Troy Bouzek, great-grandma, Marge Johnson, and great-grandpa, Fred Bouzek. He is survived by his wife, Brooke, of North Platte; his children, Ariah and Vincent Woodhouse, Kaiden Duggan and Maddox Westling; mother, Andria Smith; father, David Woodhouse; siblings, Gennaya, Lexius, Breanna, Tanner, Isabella, Sabastian, Kallie, Braidyn and Camiryn; grandparents; Karen Meade, Robert Wolf, Diane McDaniels; great-grandparent, Lorna Bouzek; aunts and uncles, Jamie (Kevin) Peters, Jake (Alicia) McDaniels, Debbie (Ben) Miyake, Mike, Ryan, Derek and Kyle Wolf and Cindy Marsh; in-laws, Joe (Denise) Volcek and Jenay (Dennis) Nelsen; other special family members, LuAnna Romero, Patrick and Mackenzie McDaniels, Kelsey Miyake-Williams and Megan Thibodeau;along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
So Kris, from your wife, and your extended family and friends, “It’s been a long day without you my friend. I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”
Memorials are suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Bret Montgomery of the Valley Christian Church. Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will take place in Colorado at a later date. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday, Jan. 7-8, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Roberta “Bobbie” Jean Stenger, 88, of North Platte, passed away Jan. 6, 2016 at Great Plains Health. She was born Jan. 24, 1927 south of Maxwell, NE in Box Elder Canyon to Orin and Elna (Anderson) Robinson at their home. She grew up as a “boy” helping her Dad with farm work and working with cattle. She and her sister rode their pony to grade school and later attended North Platte High School. While taking the 11th and 12th grades years combined, she had to quit school and go home to help her Dad on the family farm, it was during war years and there was no help available. This background proved to be valuable as she married a local boy, who also farmed and ranched nearby. She was united in marriage to Lester V. Stenger on June 3, 1944 at Oberlin, KS. They had 54 years together before he passed away on August 13, 1998. They started their married life in Box Elder Canyon and later moved to the North Platte Valley, they built their home in 1955, where she was still living. Bobbie truly appreciated all the caring women and staff from Home Instead, who helped take good care of her over the past 10 years. She was blessed with two sons, Don and Loretta (Wilhelmson) Stenger that farm in the North Platte Valley and Vernon and Jackie (Collier) Stenger that ranch in Box Elder Canyon; three grandchildren, Julie (Greg) Kreutzer, Jeff (Julie Jo) Stenger and BJ Stenger all of North Platte; four great grandchildren, Brandon (Brittney) Stenger, Kayla Stenger and KyAnn and Kyndsay Kreutzer all of North Platte; a nephew, Larry (Linda) Montross of North Platte; a niece, Judy Mullen of North Platte; and several cousins in Nebraska and other states. She dearly loved her family and was always there for them. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Erma Wallace. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Heart Institute of North Platte. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tim Eighmy officiating. Burial will be at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Irene Maire, 97, of Litzenberrg Long Term Care of Central City, Nebraska, departed this life January 6, 2016. Mildred was born to Harry and Laura (Moran) Romell in Ames, Kansas, on January 21, 1918. She attended school in Whitman, NE, Hecla, NE and Mullen, NE.
She married Jack Maire November 3, 1933 and to this union were born four children, Johnnie, Robert, Peggy and Jim.
She worked at various places during her life: Pioneer Memorial Resthome for sixteen years and ran a mail route south of Mullen six days a week for twenty-three and one half years. She also drove a school bus route from 1947 to 1978.
Preceding her in death were her Husband, Jack, son, Johnnie and daughter-in-law Velma; her parents, Harry and Laura Romell, and four brothers, John, Fred, Howard and Dean.
Mildred leaves her children, Robert (Pat) Maire of Plymouth, NE, Peggy (Carl) Simonson of Hordvile, NE, Jim (Sue) Maire of Omaha, NE; one sister, Edyth (Edon) Schomp and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be Monday, January 11, 2016, at 10:00 am MST at the Assembly of God Church in Mullen, NE, with Reverend Luke Storer. Visitation will be Sunday, 1:00 to 7:00 pm MST at the Mullen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery, Mullen, NE. Memorials may go to Mildred Maire Memorial Fund, % Maire Family, Box 23, Hordville, NE 68846.
Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 308-546-2260
Norma Gladys Young, 92, of North Platte passed away January 5, 2016 at her home. She was born February 20, 1923 at Lakemba, N.S.W. Australia to Eliza (Fitzsimmons) and Charles Goodman. She attended St. George Girl’s High School at Kogarah. Norma was first employed by the I.C. S. (International Correspondence Schools) as a mathematics instructor. She resigned to enlist in the WAAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force) in April 1941, serving in Melbourne, Richmond AFB, Sydney, Dubbo, and Brisbane. She was promoted to Sergeant on March 1, 1943, and was discharged December 22, 1944. On June 24, 1944 she married Vernon W. Young, USN in the Methodist Church at Lakemba and made their home in Brisbane, then North Platte. She was active in Girl Scouts, then executive director of the Lincoln County Chapter, American Red Cross for seventeen years, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Virginia (Joe) Bullis of Salisbury, MD; son, Terry (Jacqueline) Young of Belvidere, IL; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother, Mervyn Goodman of Dubbo, Australia; and a brother-in-law, Laurie Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Hazel Mitchell; and a brother, Darcy Goodman.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com
Services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 11, 2016 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Cremation was chosen; those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. today and Friday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.
Bert B. Housman, 85, of North Platte, passed away Jan. 5, 2016 at Great Plains Health. He was born Jan. 28, 1930 to Floyd James and Grace Lodema (Mosley) Housman at Palisade, NE. Bert graduated from Hayes Center High School with the class of “48”. He was united in marriage to Adina “Joan” Yonkers on Nov. 23, 1949 at Hayes Center. Bert farmed with his father in the Hayes Center area, then moved to Lincoln and worked for Modern Cleaners and National Insulation and Home Improvement. After moving to North Platte he was employed by the North Platte Police Department, Deputy Sheriff for Lincoln County, then for NPPD as a Hydro Plant Operator in North Platte, retiring March 31, 1992. Bert was an avid pilot and built three of his own planes. He is survived by his two daughters, Lodelia (Ken) Baxter and Berdonna (Matt) Leeper all of North Platte; two sisters, Mary Sivits and Lodema Kittle; grandchildren, Shane (Jenny) Baxter, Andrea (Charles) Foster, Matthew Housman, Amanda (Jeremy) Hankla and Brett (Kit) Mentzer; six great grandchildren, Ben, Amilia, Parker, Piper, Caleb and Nathaniel; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2007; a son, Jim Housman; a brother, Richard Housman and an infant brother. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be 12:30pm at the Hayes Center Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Donald LeRoy Mowry, age 82, of Thornton, CO, formerly of North Platte, passed away at the Denver Hospice on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Don was born January 4, 1934, to Clifford and Ruth Vedder Mowry at Lexington, NE, where he grew up and attended school. Don later joined the U.S. Air Force and following his discharge moved to North Platte. He worked as a truck driver, driving locally and over-the-road for different companies.
In 1959 Don met Geraldine ‘Gerri’ Meyer and they were together for 35 years. They lived in North Platte before moving to Thornton, CO.
Don liked to fish and camp and was a good grandpa. He was a member of the Moose and Eagles in Thornton.
He is survived by two daughters, Rhonda (Stan) Smith and Sandra (Butch) Shockley, all of Greenville, SC; Gerri’s sons, Ron (Nikki) Meyer and Von (Mary) Meyer, all of North Platte; a sister; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other family members.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Ruth; two sisters; and his special friend, Gerri Meyer.
Cremation was chosen. Graveside Memorial Service will be held later in the spring in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.
Karen Elaine Svejkovsky, age 35, of North Platte, NE, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, January 1, 2016.
Karen was born January 15, 1980, to Fredrick Glen and Velda Joanne Schrayer Emert at Geneva, NE. She grew up and attended school in North Platte and later married Dave Nowatzke.
Karen worked as a telemarketer for five years then worked a couple years at the Opportunity Center as a support worker. She later stayed home to care for her daughter, Morgan.
On May 9, 2014, Karen was united in marriage to Kip Alan Svejkovsky at North Platte where they made their home. Karen grew up in the United Methodist Church and attended the Harvest Christian Fellowship. She supported the National Federation for the Blind and did lots of driving and support work. She also liked to read.
Karen leaves behind her husband, Kip, daughter, Morgan Nowatzke, and mother, Joanne Emert, all of North Platte; her father, Glen (Linda) Emert, of Broken Bow, NE; father and mother-in-law, Pat and Janice Fitzpatrick, of Butte, MT; sisters, Joy (Bobby) Martin, of Inola, OK, Kelle (Merlin) Dikeman, of North Platte, Bernice (Terry) Holland, of Willimson, GA; step siblings, Kevin (Mary Ann) Miller, of Hermitage, MO, Kent (Glenda) Miller, of Sandborn, IA, and Karma (Ronnie) Reed, of Wiley, CO; brothers-in-law, Ken (Tag) Svejkovsky, of Vancouver, Canada, and Kerry (Susan) Svejkovsky, of Sutherland, NE; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Janelle Emert.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the National Federation for the Blind or the donor’s choice.
Maynard Wright Zlomke, age 87, of North Platte, NE, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva, NE.
Maynard was born May 11, 1928, to Elmer Emil and Rebecca Anna Wright Zlomke at Burwell, NE. He grew up in the Ord, NE area and graduated from Ord High School in 1946. Maynard joined the U.S. Navy in May of 1946 and served as an Aerographer’s Mate.
Following his discharge in 1953, Maynard attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Oklahoma. He then began his career with the National Weather Service, first working at Loredo, TX and later Middleton Island and Yap Island. From Yap Island he went to Anchorage, AK and this is where he met Lula Mae Manuel. Maynard and Lula were united in marriage on August 15, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Anchorage and they lived in Anchorage for a time.
Maynard’s work with the National Weather Service later took them to Kotzebue (north of the Arctic Circle), Idaho and Montana before moving to North Platte in 1963. He retired in 1986 then went into the cattle business for a number of years.
Maynard was a member of the First United Methodist Church, National Rifle Association and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed painting and wood carving and loved gardening. He also liked Alaskan bush piloting and flying.
Maynard leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Lula, and daughter, Lise Zlomke, both of North Platte; a granddaughter, Tonya (Tim) Townsend; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Tiffany Townsend; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Rebecca; and a brother, Dr. Wayne Zlomke.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Burial with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com.
Ronald Louis Bourne, age 69, of North Platte, NE, passed away surrounded in love by his family and several close friends on Sunday, December 27, 2015, in Omaha, NE.
Ron was born many moons ago to Nile and Evelyn Bourne on December 29, 1945, at Kearney, NE, and grew up in Lexington, NE. After hearing all the shenanigans he was involved in, it’s amazing he graduated from Lexington High School. Later, Ron took pride in actively serving our country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, which included a year in Vietnam in a triage emergency hospital.
After he was discharged, Ron returned stateside and continued his advanced anesthesia training in Washington before returning to Nebraska. Ron worked passionately as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) in North Platte for 42 years. Throughout his career he was repeatedly thanked by his patients and colleagues for being skilled, compassionate, genuine and kindhearted.
The women in his life were numerous. He married his main squeeze, Sheri Kay Remus, almost 43 years ago on May 25, 1973, at the First United Methodist Church in North Platte. They were fortunate enough to have four beautiful, successful daughters—Tresa, Michelle, Pamela and Carrie. Ron taught them to shoot a gun, fish, hunt, respect Mother Nature, save their money, and put God first in their lives. To balance out the low testosterone in his household, God later blessed him with five grandsons, Wyat Barkley, Gage Grant-Barkley, Parker Louis, Harrison Grant and Hudson Nile.
Ron was an avid hunter and conservationist. He spent his free time at the family farm or ranch planting trees, clearing the pastures of cedar trees, fixing fence and hunting. Ron could also “fix” anything with a caulking gun and duct tape. He had a big spirit and loved helping people. Anyone that knew Ron knew he had a gift to gab and never hesitated to express his political views. He loved to cook and had a lifelong love affair with cherry pie, chocolate ice cream, Diet (caffeine free) Mountain Dew (AKA dad’s water) and peanut butter toast.
Ron was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Platte Valley Lodge #32 AF&AM, Tehama Shrine Temple and the North Platte Shrine Club.
Ron leaves behind his wife, Sheri, of North Platte; daughters, Tresa (Richard) Myers, of Lynnwood, WA, Michelle Faulkner and Pamela Bourne, both of Omaha, and Carrie Bourne, of North Platte; five grandsons, Wyat, Gage, Parker and twins, Harrison and Hudson; his loving mother-in-law, Lela Remus, and amazing brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and wife, Peggy Remus, all of North Platte; a niece, Stacee (Randy) Baker, of Broomfield, CO; his favorite (and only) nephew, Garod (Danielle) Remus, of North Platte; his uncle, Kurt Remus, of Wellfleet, NE; as well as many other relatives and friends. And special thanks to Dr. Chris Seip for saving Ron’s life and giving us extra time with him and Dr. Gary Conell and Dr. Sri Venkat Suravarapu for their extraordinary care and friendship.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Nile and Evelyn Bourne; an infant sister, Sharon Bourne; his grandparents; and father-in-law, Grant L. Remus.
Cremation was chosen. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Full military honors and Masonic Rites will follow the service at the church. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, January 8th, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the LCRA (Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance) which strives to deepen landowner commitment to environmentally sound practices, including prescribed burning, prescribed grazing and wildlife habitat management. Ron often rode an ATV in the smoke, spraying water or pulling a drag to make sure the fire stayed inside the perimeter. He was vital first aid for an injured LCRA firefighter, and a champion for safety equipment and first aid training for firefighters. Ron and the LCRA strongly believe that these practices will help protect the resources for future generations.