Betty Scherbarth

Funeral services for Betty Scherbarth were held on Sat., June 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Allan Wierschke officiating. Burial was at the Hay Springs Cemetery. Visitation was on Friday, June 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

Betty Glee Scherbarth was born on May 28, 1931, to William and Genevieve Glee in Morrill, Neb. She passed away on June 22, 2016, at 85 years young.

She spent her childhood living in Morrill, graduating from Liberty High School in 1949. She attended summer school at Chadron State College to become a teacher. Her first job was teaching in Mammer country school in Sheridan County.

Betty married Warren Scherbarth on Sept. 23, 1950, in Torrington, Wyo. While in Wyoming, Warren worked for the sugar factory and Robert was born. Later on, they moved to the Hay Springs area working for neighborhood farms. Finally settling west of Hay Springs on the home place where they raised their family and Warren resides today.

Betty worked hard raising a garden, sewing and cooking for her family. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. Sundays were spent going to church and company for dinner. She enjoyed many Ladies Aide meetings with her friends at church. She also loved to listen to the Sunday school children singing.

Betty loved all her grandchildren, playing many numerous games ‘til both were exhausted. She served each one a special quilt for their graduation from high school. Later on, great grandchildren came and a special bond was formed.

Betty’s survivors include: her husband, Warren still living at home, children, Robert (Nancy) Scherbarth of Alliance, Neb., Suzan (Stuart) Smith of Lincoln, Neb., Stephen Scherbarth of Aurora, Colo., Brian Scherbarth of Casper, Wyo., Janene (Norman) Odell of Alliance, Neb., Craig (Cheryl) Scherbarth of Elsie, Neb.; brother, Charles Glee of Englewood, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Robert and Wayne, and a grandson Brady Odell.

A memorial was established for the Zion Lutheran Church.  Donations were sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb. 69347.

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Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Henry Joseph Rabeler

Henry (Hank) Rabeler, 94, passed away, in his home, June 21, 2016. He was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Savanna, Georgia to Henry Joseph and Mary Ann Rabeler. After moving to Akron, Ohio, at the age of thirteen, Hank lost his father due to an industrial accident. During his school years, he assisted his mother and two sisters by having several paper routes and playing “pay” baseball for Akron Orphans, a semi pro team, sponsored by the Goodyear Tire company. He graduated from North High School in 1939 and continued to offer support for his family until he joined the war effort of WWII.

Hank enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942. After pilot training, he served as an instructor on various planes including the B24. His war assignment was pilot on the C46 transport. He became part of a squadron known as “Sylvester’s Circus,” and flew to China were they were known as the “Yellow Nosed Squadron.” While attached to the 20th Air Force, he received the rating of 1st Lieutenant. Hank flew more than 69 successful missions, and more than 900 hours over “the Hump” in the China-Burma-India theatre. For his service he was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Chinese order of the Flying Cloud, the Presidential Citation, the Distinguished Flying Cross along with the Middle East-Africa-Europe ribbon, and the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with four battle stars. His last duty station was him volunteering to fly snow-bound members of the famed 37th (Ohio Division) back home.

With his service to his nation completed, Hank again pursued his passion for baseball. He tried out and was signed into the New York Yankee organization. He played as a left-handed pitcher, for the Butler Yankees of the Mid Atlantic League until an injury ended his dream of making it to the “Show.”

After baseball, Hank traveled west to visit a service friend in Torrington, Wyo. where he met and married his wife of sixty-seven years, Barbara Ainsworth in 1948. In 1952, Hank and Barb loaded up their family; Pamela, age 2 and Billy, age 6 months and moved to Riverton, Wyo. He began a new career operating and eventually owning a GM franchise. With the addition of another daughter, Jeanne in 1958, he continued to raise his family with the unwavering commitment to his faith in God while enjoying hunting and fishing in the mountains of Wyoming.

In 1972, with the encouragement of Bill Hollstein, Ed Klindt, and Don Forney, Hank opened Rabeler Motors in Rushville, Neb. He continued to serve the transportation needs of his new community and helped coaches and young baseball players, learn to play the game that he loved, until retiring in 1996.

Hank was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the American Legion Henry Davis Post #161, was a past Commander of the American Legion Travis Snow Post #5 of Torrington, Wyo., the Last Squad Club of Torrington, Wyo., a 1997 Wyoming Sports Official Association Hall of Fame Inductee for Basketball (1946-1966) and was a 2015 Lone Eagle Honor Flight recipient.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Meyers, and daughter, Pamela Rabeler. Survivors include: wife, Barbara; children, Paul (Bill) Rabeler and Darien Allen of Rushville, Neb.; Jeanne and Joe Gunn of Arlington, Texas; sister, Ann Marie Jeffers of Akron, Ohio; sister-in-law, Paula Colleoni of Arlington, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; numerous niece and nephews.

Burial will be Friday, Aug. 12 at 2:00 p.m., at Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, Wyo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions of remembrance may be made to the donor’s choice: the Modisett Baseball Park or the Veteran’s Honor Flight c/o Security First Bank, P.O Box 550, Rushville, Neb., 69360.


Ardis Victoria Milburn Guelde

Ardis was born in Rushville, Neb. to Leonard D. and Marie Skoda Milburn. She grew up in Rushville with brothers Doug and Wad. Ardis graduated with the Rushville High School class of 1965.

After graduating high school, Ardis attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie where she met the love of her life, Stephen Guelde of Newark, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in Education.

Ardis and Steve were married on Aug. 24, 1969, in Rushville. They settled in Wyoming where Steve practiced law. Their daughter Laura was born there in 1972. The family moved to Denver a few years later where Steve negotiated mineral leases for Denver energy companies.

Her son Matthew was born in Denver in 1980. Ardis thrived as a stay at home mother – going to soccer games, driving in car pools and worked some part-time teaching while Matthew was in grade school. Ardis provided an open door to her home, which was extended to family, neighbors and her children’s friends. She welcomed them all with her loving nature. These 20 years were truly the happiest of her life.

When Steve passed in 1989, Ardis fulfilled his wishes by returning to Rushville to continue raising her children with the support of her family.

Ardis’ gift for care taking served the Rushville and Gordon areas, where she provided loving care at Countryside Care and Parkview Lodge as a C.N.A. Health issues forced her to retirement, and she became caretaker for her father during his final years.

From 2010 until her passing on June 19, 2016, Ardis found new purpose in life at Riverview Retirement Home in Chamberlain, S.D., which was near her son and granddaughter Victoria, who live in Pierre, S. D.

Ardis was preceded in death by her husband Steve, parents Leonard and Marie, infant brother Douglas Clayton, brother Leonard C. “Wad”, and many aunts and uncles from the Skoda and Stava families.

Survivors include: daughter Laura (Mike) Burgess of Portland, Ore., son Matthew and granddaughter Victoria Guelde of Pierre, S.D., brother William “Doug” (Donna) Milburn of Rushville, and sister in law Carol Milburn of Rushville. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services are Friday, June 24, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, in Rushville, Neb. Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Puzz Jamison

Boyd “Puzz” Gaylord Jamison, 79, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016, at the Hemingford Community Care Center in Hemingford, Neb., after a courageous battle with cancer. Puzz was born on July 3, 1936, in Hyannis, Neb. to Robert and Ellice (Kline) Jamison of Ashby.

Puzz was raised in a family of 6 boys. He attended school through the 4th grade at District 144 that was just east of their ranch. When it closed, he finished his education through the 8th grade in Ashby, by boarding out through the week and going home on weekends.  While in school in Ashby, he held several different jobs including stocking shelves at the grocery store for Bill Carlson. His hard work ethic continued his whole life as he returned to the ranch full time after 8th grade graduation, helping his mom, Ellice and step-father Floyd Downing. He loved working on machinery and helping with all phases of ranch work. Puzz enjoyed traveling and seeing the country with his mom and other family members. When her health began to fail, he stayed by her side until her death in 1985.

In late 2012, Puzz suffered a stroke and he spent a long time in the hospital and rehab. It was at this time that led him to a new chapter in his life, living in Alliance. After a short stay in the nursing home, he was able to move to the Sandhills Assisted Living where Jodi Sutphen, manager at that time, would challenge Puzz to reveal talents he didn’t know existed. Puzz discovered he was very artistic and took pride in working with colors, paints and other crafts. He decorated the home for every season and would make new decorations to hang in the halls. Puzz’s work ethic carried on, as he insisted on helping the staff set the tables, roll silverware and take the trash out. He was not going to sit in his room and watch television all of the time. Puzz considered himself just a pitch player, but soon had learned many new card and board games and loved the challenge of a good game. He had a big heart and loved to be with young and old alike.

Survivors include his half-brother, George “Bud” Smith of Sheridan, Wyo.; brothers, Robert “Bob” (Helen) Jamison of Lake Ozark, Mo., Beryle “Burr” Jamison of Ashby, Neb., and Burdette “Dean” Jamison of Gordon, Neb.; nephews, Bruce (Amy) Smith of Lolo, Mont., Brett (Lara) Smith of Sheridan, Wyo., Bruce (Jan) Jamison of Kearney, Neb., Scott Jamison of Eugene, Ore., Monte (Lisa) Jamison of Ashby, Neb., Josh (Ann) Jamison of Chadron, Neb., and Tim (Lisa ) Jamison of Chadron, Neb.; nieces, Jodi (Grant) Goodrich of Kaiser, Mo., Brenda Jamison of Eldon, Mo., Janice Jamison of Lake Ozark, Mo., Elaine Leonhardt, Rhitta Bounds, and Maurene Smith all of Mitchell, Neb., and Barbi (Eric) Meyer of Lochbuie, Col., and several great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his father, mother, sister Betty Lou Smith, nephew Loren Smith, brother William “Bill” Smith, and sister-in-laws Sheri Jamison, Anna Smith, JoAnn Jamison.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Bates-Gould Funeral Chapel in Alliance, Neb., with Pastor Andy Safarik officiating. Burial will follow at the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, June 27, 2016, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Tuesday morning prior to the service. 

Memorials are suggested to Prairie Haven Hospice.

Online condolences may be left at Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Steve “Spook” Heiting

Funeral services for Steve “Spook” Heiting of Hay Springs, Neb. will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hay Springs High School Auditorium with Reverend Al Trucano officiating and Father Joseph Joseph doing the committal service at the Hay Springs City Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs. The family requests guests to dress casual and wear their favorite husker shirt for services.

Steven Joseph Heiting passed away suddenly on Friday, June 10, 2016.  He was born on June 16, 1957 – on Father’s Day.  He joked that he was the best gift that dad ever got. 

Steve attended Sandridge Country School through 8th grade and graduated 3rd in his class from Hay Springs High School in 1975.  During his high school years, he participated in football, basketball, countless extracurricular activities, and also Scholastic Day at Chadron State College. 

After a brief stint at Chadron State College, Steve did what he always wanted to do – farm on our family farm south of Hay Springs and continued doing that until his death. 

Steve was a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion and always enjoyed the opportunity to converse and joke with fellow legionnaires.  He was also a member of the Highway 20 Tractor Club and an active member of countless community events.

Steve especially enjoyed spending time with his children and his grandchildren, and the love of his life – Barb Young.  Steve wasn’t afraid of hard work and he was always willing to help others.  In addition to hard work, he enjoyed playing cards and sharing a morning cup of coffee with mom.  He was always a happy guy when he was surrounded by family and friends.

Steve is survived by his mother Joan Heiting, fiancé Barb Young; Daughters, Melissa (Colter) Reffalt, Tonya (Jeff) Guerreo and Christopher (Shae) Heiting; Sisters, Shawn (Cy) Hartman, Tori (Troy) Skeen; Brother Pat Heiting; Sister-in-law Lori McLaren; grandchildren Jaycek and baby Reffalt, Izzabella, JJ, Sky, TayLee, and an abundance of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his dad Bubs, and his brothers Mike and Tim.

A memorial has been established for the Sons of the American Legion or the donor’s choice.  Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE  69337.

Online condolences can be made at

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements. 


Deloris J. Clutter

Funeral services for Deloris J. Clutter of Eaton, Colorado will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs, Neb., with Father Joseph Joseph officiating.  Burial will be at the Hay Springs City Cemetery. 

 Mrs. Clutter passed away on June 7, 2016, in Gillette, Wyo.

 Deloris was born on Dec. 5, 1932 in Seneca, Neb.

 She was 83.

 Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 



Leo Dotson

Leo Dotson, passed away May 17, 2016. Leo was a retired tool & die machinist in Southern California, where he raised his family and created many fond memories. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Josephine, and siblings, Darold and Phyllis. He is survived by sisters, Vernocia and Dorothy, his children, Chuck, Rick, and Tami, and grandchildren, Travis, Sean, Shea, and Shannen, as well as nieces, nephews, and many close friends. Leo received his greatest wish and passed peacefully near his home town of Hay Springs. The family plans a celebration to honor his life in September.



Donna Harris Moore

Memorial services for Donna Harris Moore are being held on June 4, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.,  at the Crawford Community Building in Crawford with Pastor Peter Bertram.  Private family interment will follow the service.

On May 28th, Donna Harris Moore went to her eternal rest with her beloved Savior after complications following heart surgery.  She was born to Bruce and June (Reid) Morris on August 9, 1933, and graduated from Gordon High School.  She attended Chadron Normal School and taught school in country schools in the Gordon area.

She married Gene Harris on December 24, 1954, and three children were born to this union:  Roger Lee, Michael Eugene and Linda Kay.  Donna worked as a sales clerk until the family moved to Chadron, Nebraska in 1973.

Following Gene’s death in 1978, Donna continued to live in Chadron where she worked at a local bank and met David Moore from Crawford, Nebraska.  The couple married on February 14, 1984, and lived on Dave’s farm near Crawford.

Following the move to Crawford, Donna continued to work as a bank teller and devoted considerable time to various voluntary activities including the Post Playhouse, RSV, tourism, Blood Mobile, her church and visiting the nursing home.  Even after health challenges, she continued to devote her energies to helping others and in 2014, she was recognized as the Outstanding Volunteer for the State of Nebraska by the Governor’s wife.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Marilyn Zlomke and Shirley Rasmussen and brother-in-law Bill Rasmussen and a young brother, Larry.  She is survived by her husband, Dave; children, Roger and Julie Harris of Beatrice, Nebraska, Mike and Laurie Harris of Chadron, Nebraska, and Linda and Joel Smith of McCook, Nebraska; sisters, Sandra and Rex Kollmorgan of Toledo, Ohio, Lenore and Ted Kayton of Holdrege, Nebraska, and Carol Metzger of Gordon, Nebraska; brothers-in-law, Ray and Barb Zlomke of Batesland, South Dakota, and Jack and Georgia Harris of Rapid City, South Dakota.  She is also blessed and survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, aunts and uncles and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

A memorial has been established for the Fort Robinson Post Playhouse.  Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE  69337.

Online condolences can be made at

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.


Donald Earnest Powles

Donald Earnest Powles, 77, passed away on May 24, 2016, at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska, following a heart attack.

He was born August 14, 1938, in Ashby, Nebraska, to Rolland A. and Emelene I. (Thurston) Powles.

Don lived his entire life in the Bingham Area on the family ranch.  He and his sister were the last graduating class from Bingham High School in 1956.  He served a short time in the Army, returning home to marry Gretchen Eileen Pisel on June 3, 1962, and of that union three children were born.

Don was a lifelong rancher who enjoyed a great conversation and lived for a good game of cards.  He was a calf roper and team roper in his younger days and more recently loved cheering for his grandchildren as they competed in various activities.  A Master Angler, Don was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.  He was a member of the Cowboy Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Don grew up raising horned Hereford cattle with his dad.  They participated in the Cow Town Hereford Bull Sale for years then Don began a new venture in the early 1970s breeding Gelbvieh cattle with longtime friend Phil VanDervoort.  Don bred Black Imprint, the first Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled Gelbvieh bull.  Buster, Polled Midnight, Black Velvet, and Jetstream were some of the bulls that made the Powles Gelbvieh Ranch.  He was an active member of various cattle and breed organizations throughout his ranching career.

Don was an active school board member of the Bingham School for 27 years, a lifetime member of the Bingham Church, and was active in Gideon’s International.  He was honored to receive the Aksarben Good Neighbor Award and most recently was a board member of the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Gretchen Pisel Powles, three children, Tena Raglin (Ron), Jana Jensen (JC) and Bryon Powles (Audrey). He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Matthew and Marissa Raglin and Jada and Cameron Jensen and his two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Amira Raglin and many friends and family.

Preceded in death by his father Rolland Powles, mother Emelene Thurston Powles and sister Carol Ann Powles.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bingham Lutheran Church with Pastor Andrew Safarik officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in the Bingham Cemetery.  Visitation will be at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family being present from 4p.m. to 6 p.m.

Memorials can be made to the Bingham Lutheran Church.

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Derby-William (Bill) Harris Scott, M.D.

Derby-William (Bill) Harris Scott, M.D., 75, of Derby Kansas passed away peacefully at his home on May 16, 2016. He was born on January 11, 1941 in Chadron Nebraska to Orie Harris and Helen Barbara Vondra Scott. He graduated from Hay Springs High School in Hay Springs Nebraska, having developed a strong work ethic growing up on a farm as the only son. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry from Chadron State Teachers College and his medical degree from the University of Utah, School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also completed a two-year internship and residency at the University of Utah Medical Center and cardiac fellowships at the University of Utah Medical Center and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Between the two fellowships, he served in the United Stated Air Force, completing a three-year tour of duty in Misawa, Japan. Dr. Scott came to Wichita in 1973 at the invitation of President and CEO of St Joseph Medical Center Mother Mary Anne McNamara. He served as Director of St Joseph’s Cardiovascular Services to finalize development of the department. 

Dr. Scott helped to establish as heart catheterization, echocardiography, stress testing, nuclear cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and coronary “step-down” unit at St Joseph Medical Center. He had a passion for teaching and served as Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor Internal Medicine Department at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine from 1977 to 2002, specifically educating residents at St Joseph Family Practice in many aspects of cardiac disease. He lectured to medical professionals over the years on the subjects of congestive heart failure, coronary spasm, and cholesterol and electrolyte management. He also developed a successful private practice as a solo practitioner in cardiology and general internal medicine services until his retirement in 2007. 

He then volunteered his time at a free-clinic in Wichita Kansas. When he was not at the hospital or office he could be found in his beloved numerous vegetable gardens and orchards. He used an organic method long before it became mainstream. He routinely grew far more produce than he could consume for the love of watching things grow and surprising others with the fruit of his labors. He was also an avid photographer. This passion was fed during his service in Japan where he bought the first of many cameras; he began shooting pictures at the Winter Olympics in Sapporo Japan and never looked back. His favorite subject was nature but family and friends attest to the many candid and posed shots he took of them. He also loved reading, hiking, Dutch- oven cooking, hunting and travel. He wore a bright smile on his face, had a quick hand to help those in need, and a true love of others, whether stranger or long-time friend. 

Bill is preceded in death by his parents Orie Harris and Helen Barbara (Vondra) Scott; sister and brother-in-law Helen Jane and Billie Kayton; infant granddaughters Hannah Nanieve and Anna Lynn Scott and in-laws Robert Henry and Marcia Pierce Mahn Frech. He is survived by his wife Mary Catherine (Frech) Scott; daughter Carolyn Bailey (Bret) of Fruit Heights, Utah; daughter Suzanne Hooper (Larry) of Springville, Utah; son William Jared Scott.(Heather) of Greenwood Village, Colorado; daughter Christine McDonald (Taylor) of Fort Morgan, Colorado; daughter Jenilynn Frizell (Duane) of Henderson, Nevada; first wife and the  mother of his children Lynn Clark Callister (Dick) of Provo, Utah; 25 grandchildren, and a niece and 2 nephews-- all in Nebraska. 

Visitation will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., located at 2300 N Buckner, Derby, KS. A Memorial Service will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. located at 1409 S Rock Road, Derby, KS. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Wichita Kansas in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests you send donations to charities that support Bill’s personal and professional passions: Sedgwick County Extension Office: Master Gardener Program 7001 W. 21st Street N. Wichita, Ks 67205; Sedgwick County Extension Office: 4H Photography Program 7001 W. 21st Street N. Wichita, Ks 67205; American Heart Association, Wichita KS Chapter 1861 N Rock Road Suite 380 Wichita KS, 67206. 

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Keith Lavern Rittgarn

Keith Lavern Rittgarn, 69, of Gordon, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at home by Gordon, Nebraska.

He was born to Robert & Kathryn (Arbuckle) Rittgarn on November 24, 1946 in Lexington, Nebraska. He was joined over the years by younger siblings Karen, Ken, and Kevin. He attended school and graduated high school in Elwood, Nebraska.

After high school, he was drafted and spent two years in the Navy. While stationed in Virginia, he was blessed with his first son, Robert Lin Rittgarn. After returning from Vietnam, he met his first love, Candis Jane Hardesty, by hitting her horse with his vehicle. They were married in 1975, and had a son Chad Curtis Rittgarn.

In the spring of 1979, Keith and Candy moved to the small town of Whitman, Nebraska and started working for the Monahan Cattle Company, where they made many good friends. In the summer of 1985, the family moved south of Long Pine for a few years before moving to Overton. While in Overton, Keith remodeled the home of Dan and Lynee McDonald before returning to his beloved sandhills north of Whitman. In 1988, the family moved to Stapleton where Keith worked for Kenny and Ann Rogers until the passing of his wife, Candis. In 1995, Keith retired from ranching and put his tool belt back on for a couple of years with son, Chad and nephew, Kenny Beans working for him.

In 1997, he heard the call of the mountains and moved to Grand Lake, Colorado. He worked for Winding River Resort for the next five years doing trail and sleigh rides. He loved doing the carriage rides for weddings. He met his second love, Diane Howell, in Colorado. He was an incredibly lucky man to have fallen in love with two amazing women during his life. Keith moved to Tabernash, Colorado and worked for the Y, Becky and Andy Arnold, and Beaver Village before retiring.

After retiring, Diane and Keith spent as much time as they could traveling in the fifth wheel through the southwest United States and visiting amazing friends and family that Keith loved dearly. Even after moving back to Nebraska to be closer to family, Colorado was still home and he returned every chance he got.

Keith was preceded in death by wife, Candis; brother, Kevin, father, Robert, and one brother-in-law John Flynn.

Remaining to mourn his passing are his mother, Kathryn; his ‘lovey’ Diane; sons, Rob (Darla) and Chad (Sara); seven grandchildren; Rochelle, Taylor, Zack, Charley, India, Aspen and Curtis; siblings Karen and Ken (Gwen); and many extended family and friends.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Duane Russell officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel.

Burial with Military Honors will be in the Robb Cemetery south of Lexington, Nebraska.

Memorials have been established for the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash, Colorado.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:


Myrtle B. Sears

Myrtle B (Meyers, Dahlgren) Sears was born to Erwin and Maggie Mae Meyers on March 31, 1919 at Merriman, Nebraska. She was the youngest of 7 children, joining 3 brothers, Guy, Elwood and Roy, along with 3 sisters, Esther, Mildred and Ruth. Myrtle’s mother passed away on July 23, 1920 and with the task of raising 7 children her father enlisted the help of neighbors, Andrew and Elvetta Dahlgren. On May 10, 1921 Myrtle was adopted by the Dahlgren’s and acquired another brother, Cecil.

Myrtle spent her early years growing up in Cherry County. As a young child, in addition to helping with family chores, she spent time listening to baseball games on the radio with her dad “Pop” and playing baseball at recess. This is where she developed her love for the game which she carried with her to the end. Being the avid Kansas City Royals fan, Myrtle would have enjoyed watching them win the World Series in 2015.

On September 25, 1935, Myrtle was united in marriage with Redmond Sears in Rushville and they were blessed with five sons; Rhett, Robert, Daniel, Ronald and Roger. They were ranchers of Angus cattle for many years on their ranch south of Merriman. Myrtle often accompanied Redmond to area stock shows and helped get the cows ready for “show”. She was present and helped with the calves at the Chicago Stock Show in October 1957 and the Denver Stock Show in January 1958, where they won the title of Grand Champion for their pen. The winning pens were different calves but came from the same calf crop.

In 1964 Myrtle and Redmond moved to Ainsworth to run the business they developed a couple years earlier. In the very beginning Myrtle helped weigh the silage trucks and then became the chief mail-carrier until she no longer drove. Ainsworth Feed Yards was a staple in the community for over 48 years and she enjoyed being a part of and seeing the expanding business every day.

As retirement age approached Myrtle and Redmond took vacations to Hawaii, Texas and Arizona. On one of their trips they decided to make Arizona their home for the winter. Myrtle enjoyed her years in Arizona golfing, square dancing, and bowling.

Just before her 88th birthday, Myrtle moved to Cottonwood Villa and lived there until her passing on August 24, 2015. She enjoyed all the activities that Cottonwood Villa offered. You would often find her name at the top of the list when the residents played Wii bowling. Even at the age of 96, she still had the skills to throw strikes and get high scores. She was also proud of how many laps she walked through the halls in a day.

Family was always important to Myrtle and she enjoyed the visits from those near and far. She was known for her potato salad, and a family gathering would not be complete without it. Myrtle was a quiet and gentle soul with the biggest heart and love for all.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her natural parents Erwin and Maggie May Myers; adoptive parents, Andrew and Elvetta Dahlgren; four brothers, three sisters, and infant son Roger. She is survived by her sons, Rhett and wife Carol, Robert and wife Diana, Daniel and wife Barbara, Ronald and wife Gail; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth with inurnment to follow at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Music will be provided by Bob and Duane Keim. Officiating the service will be Pastor David Randall. 

Memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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