Marian (Folk) Downing

Marian (Folk) Downing of Scottsbluff, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018, at Heritage Estates in Gering.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service for Marian at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Hyannis, on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., with Reverend Richard H. Neugebauer and Reverend Andrew Safarik officiating. Cremation has taken place; there will be no viewing and final committal will occur privately at the Cedarview Cemetery in


Bruce Rose

Bruce Rose passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Gordon, Neb.

Bruce Lee Rose was born on Father’s Day, June 21, 1959, at Cheyenne, Wyo., to Cecil E. and Elsie A. (Hansen) Rose.  Bruce was born one month pre-mature as a result of a car accident involving Bruce’s mother and his brother, John.  He was the third of their 5 children to be raised on their Empire Ranch north of Henry, Neb.  Growing up on the ranch was where he developed his lifelong love of horses and


Asa Lee (Bud) Hicks

Asa Lee (Bud) Hicks, 91, of Martin, S.D., passed away March 6, 2018, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.

Bud was born June 29, 1926, to Asa and Julia Steele Hicks in a sod house northeast of Martin.  As a young boy, he lived in the Patricia area as his parents operated the store and farmed.  When his parents sold the Patricia store, they moved to Martin where they purchased a creamery.  They eventually purchased the home place where Bud lived until his death.  During


Shannon Lynn McGinnis

Shannon Lynn McGinnis 39, was born on May 31, 1978, at 9:11 a.m. in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Steve and Sharon Higgins. Soon after her birth, they moved to Rushville, Neb., where she attended school. 

Throughout her youth, Shannon was involved in numerous activities and events in her community and school, cheerleading, Rushville Swim Team, Girl Scouts, band and choir were among her favorites. She was also on the speech and debate team where she won numerous events and even attended state


Mayebelle Geraldine Sterns Hooper

Mayebelle Geraldine Sterns Hooper, 91, of North Platte, Neb., went home to be with our Lord and Savior on March 6, 2018.

She was born Jan. 18, 1927, in Hyannis, Neb., to Floyd W. “Hap” Sterns and Gertrude Mae Kline Sterns. Mayebelle attended Hyannis High School and graduated in 1945 and began teaching rural schools in the area. In May 1982 she received her Bachelor degree from Chadron State College. She continued to teach rural schools in and around Rushville until 1988 when she


Jay Allen King

Funeral services for Jay Allen King of Chadron, Neb., will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church in Rushville with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. King passed away on March 5, 2018, at his home in Chadron.

Jay was born on April 14, 1965, in Valentine, Neb.

He was 52.

Online condolences can be made at

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.


LaVera Cecelia Nez

LaVera Cecelia Nez, 88, passed away on Feb. 23, 2018.  The daughter of Benjamin and Josephine (Pourier) Janis. LaVera was born June 6, 1929, in Porcupine, S.D.  LaVera was a retired LPN.  She had been a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Norman, Okla., for 5 years.  LaVera loved crocheting doilies and afghans, sewing, beading and making quilts.  She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed westerns.  LaVera also liked to watch westerns on TV as


Nancy Jo Phipps Allen

Nancy Jo Phipps Allen, 69, of Martin, S.D., died March 1, 2018, at Ava’s House Hospice. 

She was born Sept. 22, 1948, in Martin, S.D., to Howard and Elaine Phipps.  As a young girl, she lived with her family in Clinton, Neb., where she began her education.  The family moved to Martin, in 1957, where Nancy finished her education.

On Jan. 7, 1966, she was united in marriage to Clarence Edward Allen in Hot Springs, S.D. The young couple lived in Chadron, Neb., and Kadoka


Geraldine (Jerri) Ann Piper

Geraldine Ann Piper was born April 2, 1941, and entered into death on Feb. 26, 2018. She was the first of ten children born to Melvin and Fern Ostrander. Quickly known as Jerri, she spent her childhood in and around the Gordon area. Jerri attended kindergarten through fourth grade in Gordon. She then went to country school at the Downing school, and later the Minors school. Jerri went back to school in Gordon starting in the 7th grade. Jerri continued living in Gordon throughout her early


George Dale Hunter

George Dale Hunter died Feb. 27, 2018, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Dale was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Rushville, to William Garnet and Elma Estes Hunter. He was the youngest with two older sisters, Barbara and Marion. 

He attended Cravern Creek School through grade school, riding horse back and bicycle. Dale went to Arkansas with his Uncle Ray Hunter and spent some time there. He worked in the hay fields putting up hay. He worked on the railroad a short time. Dale married Connie Hough in


William Joseph Kerr

William Joseph Kerr was born to Lloyd and Laura (Becker) Kerr on Nov. 1, 1928, in Valentine, Neb.  He passed away on Feb. 21, 2018, at the Cherry County Hospital.

He, along with his sister, June, his parents and grandparents, lived on a farm north of Valentine and he attended the Ward School.  Siblings, George, Jack, and Jerry followed.

Later, Willie worked at various jobs, mostly in car mechanics until he enlisted in the Navy in 1945.  During his service time, his ship docked


Donald Raymond “Don” Benben

Donald Raymond “Don” Benben, 86, of North Loup passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Pastor Bonnie Brock will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Military Honors will be provided by Ralph R. Rich American Legion Post #285. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the North Loup

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