Robert Lloyd ‘Bob’ Spady

bob-spadyRobert Lloyd ‘Bob’ Spady, 71, of North Platte, NE, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Bob was born January 30, 1944, to Fred and Mabel Denton Spady at Hastings, NE where he grew up. By the age of 14, Bob began working at his father’s car dealership thus beginning his love for cars. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1962 and continued working at Fred Spady Motors as Parts Manager. In 1967 Bob went to work for his brother at Jerry Spady Pontiac Cadillac GMC in Hastings as General Manager. He purchased Rich Watson Buick Pontiac GMC in North Platte in 1989 and had owned it ever since.

On July 31, 1965, Bob married Caroline Catherine ‘Candy’ Spotanski in Grand Island, NE and made their home in Hastings. Along with his business, Bob’s passions were his boats and his classic cars, the louder and faster the better.

Bob was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was actively involved in the North Platte community, serving on various boards in different positions. He was past president and a current member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, NEBRASKAland Days past president and board member, North Platte Chamber of Commerce/DEVCO past Board of Directors, Nebraska Motor Vehicle Licensing Board, past president and board member for the North Platte Ambassadors, and a Miss Nebraska Pageant sponsor. Bob was a member of the North Platte New Car Dealers and Nebraska New Car Dealers Association.

Bob was a life member of Tri City Street Rods and belonged to several other clubs which included the University of Nebraska Wheel Club, the North Platte Noon Rotary Club, Chamber Ambassadors, and was a member of numerous other organizations. In 2008 Bob received the Time Life Magazine Automobile Dealer of the Year Award for Nebraska and was a Paul Harris Award Winner.

He is survived by his wife, Candy, and their daughters, Gretchen (Joe) Swift and Rachel Spady, all of North Platte; two grandchildren, Jacob and Gabriella Swift; two sisters, Marlene Skeen, of Lakewood, CO and Pam Castleberry, of Lakehead, CA; brothers, Jerry and Paul Spady, both of Florida, Vic (Sharon) Spady, of Hastings, and Rick (Patti) Spady, of Beatrice, NE; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mabel; and a niece, Samantha Spady.

Cremation was chosen. A Christian Wake Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Jim Novakowski. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Catholic School Endowment Fund or the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Fund in Bob’s name. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Nila


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Mary Nila, age 85 of North Platte, passed away Thursday June 4, 2015 at Centennial Park Nursing Home.
Mary was born on August 23, 1929 in North Platte, NE to Rosalio Charles and Petra (Torres) Hernandez. She attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School and married Juan Porfirio Nila on January 31, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. To this union eight children were born, Peggy, Natalie, George, Julie, Russell, Markos, Sarah, and Feliciana. Mary loved her grandchildren and took part in raising Lee Anna, Juan, Joaquinn, Clifton and Robyn. She worked as a housekeeper for Judge Dietrich, was an elevator operator at the Pawnee Hotel, she also worked at TRW in Ogallala for 14 years and for the North Platte Public Schools for 16 years. Mary’s favorite pastime activities included creating paper dolls, embroidering, reading and canning vegetables from her garden. She will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her children Peggy (Fred) Mata of North Platte, George Nila of North Platte, Julie Govan of Tacoma, WA, Russell Nila of North Platte, Markos (Kim) Nila of North Platte, Sarah Nila of Ft. Collins, CO, and Feliciana Nila of North Platte; 20 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Juan; infant daughter Natalie; grandson Louis Govan; and siblings Paul Deluna, Martin Deluna, Jason Garcia, Cecil Hernandez, Enos Hernandez, and Jenny Ponce.
Memorials are suggested in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Christian Wake Service will be 7:00 p.m. Sunday June 7, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday June 8, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Reverend Michael Pampara officiating with inurnment following at North Platte Cemetery. Cremation was chosen and those wishing to do so may sign the register book from noon until 9:00 p.m. Sunday June 7, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Nila, age 85 of North Platte, passed away Thursday June 4, 2015. Christian Wake Service will by 7:00 p.m. Sunday June 7, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday June 8, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Reverend Michael Pampara officiating. Inurnment will follow at North Platte Cemetery. Cremation was chosen and those wishing to do so may sign the register book Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis M Lewis


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Phyllis M Lewis, age 78, of North Platte passed away June 3, 2015 at Linden Court. She was born on August 3, 1936 in Kearney, Nebraska to Joseph and Mary (Domandle) Miller.
Phyllis graduated from Kearney High School. While living in Kearney she worked at the Good Samaritan Hospital. She married Gary Lewis on February 11, 1956. The couple lived in Kearney, Lexington, Broken Bow, and settled in North Platte. They built Cody Land Mobile Home Court and have owned and operated it since. Phyllis was a very active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the PTA. She enjoyed bowling and was passionate about helping at the church. Phyllis loved following her grandchildren’s activities throughout the years and very much enjoyed the countless hours visiting and traveling with her sister Carolyn. She kept up a relationship with the Buffalo PTA, and had much fun socializing and attending birthday dinners. Her faith, family, and friends were the center of her life.
She will be dearly missed by her sons, Rick (Ronda) Lewis and Randy (Donna) Lewis all of North Platte; grandchildren, Michelle (Jeremy) Weigel of Lincoln, Amy (Matt) McMurtry of Elkhorn, Terra (Heath) Vejraska of Papillion and Tanner (Rachel)Lewis of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kaylee, Taryn, Austin, Logan, Ty, Karsyn, and Jack; and a sister, Carolyn Zwibecker of Aurora, CO.
She will be reunited in Heaven with her parents; her husband, Gary; brother-in-law and sister -in –law, Hank and Marge Hinrichsen.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the North Platte Catholic School Endowment, and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 5, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Golka as celebrant. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Christian Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. today at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Rosendo Q. ‘Ross’ Duran


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Rosendo Q. ‘Ross’ Duran, Jr., 72, of North Platte, NE, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, surrounded by his family after battling 4 types of cancer since 2012.

Ross was born July 15, 1942, to Rosendo G., Sr. and Ramona A. Quintana Duran at Alamogordo, NM and grew up in Los Cruces, NM where he attended school. Ross joined the New Mexico National Guard and served as a Communications Specialist for 11 years. He later worked various jobs before he began his career with the railroad. In 1971 Ross hired on with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Sacramento, CA as a fireman and oiler then worked the next 21 years as an electrician. He transferred to Denver, CO and continued working as an electrician for the Denver Rio Grande Railroad then moved to North Platte with the Union Pacific Railroad. After six more years and a good career, Ross retired in 2002.

Regardless of which railroad he was with, Ross had a strong dedication to feed his railroad family and continued to do so into retirement. Ross was affectionately known as “Burrito Man” by those he worked with. Along with his work on the railroad, he liked to golf and go bowling. He was a member of Iron Eagle Golf Club and Eagles Aeries #2839.

On August 15, 1970, Ross married Esther Rivera in Reno, NV and to this union they had four children together. Ross loved his family and will be remember for his ever present smile and soft spoken voice.

Ross leaves behind his wife of nearly 45 years, Esther, of North Platte; his children, Paul Rivera, of Pueblo, CO, Michael Duran, of Silver City, NM, and Esther Rivera, Roxanne Duran, adopted children, Tommy (Alice) Vieyra, Michelle West and Crynna Swearingen, all of North Platte, and a granddaughter who they raised since birth, Brandy Duran Babcock, of Kearney, NE. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Jenkins, of Dallas, TX, and George Jenkins, of Victorville, CA; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family; and his many friends including Charlie and Bruce.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Rosendo, Sr. and Ramona; his beautiful daughter, Ramona Duran; infant sister, Virginia Duran; brothers, Charlie, Nativadad and Sonny Duran; and two half-brothers.

Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be 11am Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 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. Monday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. The family has established a memorial.

Reverend Fr. Miguel Herrera Guevara


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Reverend Fr. Miguel Herrera Guevara, 85 of North Platte passed away May 31, 2015 at Great Plains Health. He was born in Mesilla, New Mexico on September 29, 1929 to Jose’ and Juana (Herrera) Guevara.
Miguel grew up and attended elementary school in Mesilla. He entered the United States Army in 1947, serving until 1951. He was eligible for discharge but was retained and served in combat during the Korean War where he was awarded the combat bronze star. Upon his discharge he opened his own restaurant, and later worked in Kansas on television towers before deciding to enter the seminary. It was in 1956 that he entered St. John Vianney Seminary in Elkhorn, NE. It was there where he finished high school and two years of college. He went on from there to Conception, MO to seminary training at Immaculate Conception Seminary where he was ordained a priest. On May 26, 1967 Father Miguel was ordained to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Grand Island, NE in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in El Paso, TX. His accomplishments in the priesthood were many including Assistant Pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, North Platte, Diocesan Migrant Program, Assistant Pastor of St. Mary’s Cathedral , Grand Island, chairman of City Human Rights Commission, Associate Pastor of Holy Rosary, Alliance, Assistant Pastor of St. Patrick in Eddyville, St. John Capistran in Amherst, St. Mary in Oconto and St. Boniface in Callaway, Pastor of St. Theresa in Mitchell, Sacred Heart in Lyman and St. Ann in Morrill. He was appointed Associate Director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry; residence at St. Patrick’s in North Platte and celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination on May 24, 1992 in North Platte, retiring from active ministry on July 1, 1995.
He will be remembered most of all as a very loving priest. He exhibited a heart for the poor and loved the joy that the children brought to the church.
Survivors include his siblings, Moses Guevara of Tulare, CA, Geronimo (Jerrry) Guevara of Tulare, CA, Tom and Esther Ruiz of Sunnyvale, CA, Benny Guevara of San Jose, CA, Richard Guevara of Tracy, CA, Tony Guevara of Yountville, Ca, Mary Lou Reyes of Madera, CA, Gilbert Guevara of San Jose, CA, Connie Guevara of Fresno, Ca, and Dora Martinez of Stockton, CA.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Christian Wake Services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt as celebrant. Burial will be in San Albino’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Mesilla, New Mexico.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Sherrie M. Harper


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Sherrie M. Harper, 53, of North Platte, passed away May 29, 2015 at her home. She was born Aug. 25, 1961 to Leonard and Luaine (Page) Harper at North Platte. She graduated from North Platte High School with the class of “79”. She then went on to get her Associate of Arts degree at Mid-Plains. Sherrie was employed as a clerk at Nebraska Machinery Shop for over 17 years. She loved gardening, collecting antiques and especially her family. She is survived by her father, Leonard Harper of North Platte; three sons, Rich (Jessica) of North Platte, Shane of Indiana and Will of North Platte; two granddaughters, Alyssa and Maddison Reed; three sisters, Virginia Harper, Carol (Scott) Aldrich and Diane Harper; four brothers, Randy (Annie), Vince (Dianne), Kent (Lindy) and Scott (Kim); a special friend, Jerry Stoddard; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother, Luaine Harper. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. A memorial has been established in her memory. Cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be 10:30 am Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Bethel Church with Pastor Andy Pull officiating. Inurnment will be at the Gaslin Cemetery south of Brady. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Roger Edward Thalacker


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Roger Edward Thalacker, 91, of North Platte, NE, passed away at home on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Roger was born May 6, 1924, to Carl Gustav and Jessie Ann Kruger Thalacker at Mondovi, WI. He graduated from Eau Claire High School then moved to Seattle, WA and went to work in the shipyards until he joined the U.S. Army in 1943. Roger served overseas in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Following his discharge in 1945, Roger returned to Eau Claire and worked for the Martin Motor Division of National Pressure Cooker. On July 3, 1948, Roger married Vesta Marie Bucklew in Eau Claire where they lived for six months before moving to Maxwell, IA. He went to work for Montgomery Ward in Des Moines, IA and later transferred to North Platte where he was manager of the Tire Department. He retired from there in 1986.

Roger had been a member of the First Baptist Church for 52 years.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Vesta, of North Platte; three daughters, Joanne (Larry) Jurjens and Brenda (Dale) Oberg, of Farnam, NE, and Lynette (Glen) Waltemath, of North Platte; six grandchildren, David (Raquel) Jurjens, Lisa (Brandon) Shimmin, Cory (Diane) Waltemath, Kevin (Carrie) Waltemath, April (Grant) McCloskey and Heath (Sara) Oberg; 19 great-grandchildren; a great great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Jessie; three sisters, Annabell Peterson, Vera Schoeneck and Lovis Grinder; and a brother, Ron Thalacker.

Funeral service will 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at the First Baptist Church with Pastors David Logsdon and Peter Brick officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Macke

Pauline Macke, 94, of Mullen, died Wednesday,May 27, 2015 at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in Mullen

Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10 AM MDT at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mullen

Interment will be in Cedarview Cemetery

Memorials are to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mullen Rest Home or Mullen Community Foundation

Visitation Hours: Tuesday 9 AM MDT until 7 PM MDT at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Rosary will be at 7 PM MDT at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anna May Peters


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Anna May Peters, age 92 of North Platte, passed away Wednesday May 27, 2015.
Anna was born on November 8, 1922 in North Platte, NE to Leo Lester and Nora Mae (Andrew) Dale. She grew up in the area and graduated from North Platte High School in 1940. After high school she graduated from college in Bakersfield, CA. She worked at a school for awhile in Bakersfield before joining Kern County, CA Crime Lab, where she worked for many years. On May 27, 1942 she married Lawrence Peters in Pomona, CA. Lawrence passed away February 6, 1998. Anna will be remembered as an excellent cook and wonderful person who was always positive towards others.
Anna is survived by her sisters Lela (Grant) Remus of North Platte and Marlene Piernicki of Holdrege; sisters-in-law Polly Dale of Loveland, CO and Toni Dale of North Platte; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence; brothers Lester, Harold and Richard; and sister Ruth Stout.
Memorials are suggested to the Centennial Park Nursing Home and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 30, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 9:00 p.m. Friday May 29, 2015 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.