Lyle Sones

Lyle Sones, 95, of Rushville, Neb., passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs, Neb.

Lyle was born Feb. 16, 1922, at Balfe, Neb., (south of Merriman, Neb.) to Edward and Laura (Knight) Sones. As a young boy, he lived with his family on a ranch south of Gordon, Neb. He attended rural school and graduated from Gordon High School, with the class of 1939.

On Oct. 17, 1942, Lyle enlisted in the Navy at Denver, Colo., and went to basic training at San Diego


Bernice Leach

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Bernice was born on May 31, 1932, in Wisconsin and passed away on Feb. 17, 2017, at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs, Neb.

Bernice was married to David LaBelle in 1948 and had three children: Evelyn Roosa and Nancy Watkins of Florida and David LaBelle Jr. of Wisconsin. In 1959, she married William Leach of Gordon, Neb., and had two girls, Peggy Holsinger and Melissa Junge of Arizona.

This began an adventure in the


Rickey Donald Cerny

Rickey Donald Cerny, 68, of Gordon died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 18, 1948, in Gordon, Neb., to Fred and Alma Cerny. He was raised in Rushville and graduated from Rushville High School. He went on to school at Milford, Neb., and received his Associates of Applied Arts Degree in Auto Body Technology from Nebraska Vocational Technical School in 1969.

On Sept. 28, 1968, he married the love of his life, Colleen Spencer in Lewellen, Neb


Wynfred E. (Mattes) Collins

Wynfred E. (Mattes) Collins was born to Fred and Lois (Sipp) Mattes April 20, 1917, on her parent’s farm near Winside, Neb. She passed away Feb. 19, 2017, at Gordon Countryside Care. She was baptized into the Lutheran church and also attended school in Winside, Neb.

On May 15, 1936, Wynfred was united in marriage to Archie L. Collins.  Born to this union were two children, Archie Fred and Mary Kay.  In 1942 the family moved to the Gordon area.  Settling at their present


Bob Smith

Robert (Bob) Smith, 60, of Chadron died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D. A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron with Pastor Steve Retzlaff officiating. Burial will be at Merriman Cemetery in Merriman, Neb.

Robert Larry Smith (Bob) was born Dec. 26, 1956, to Curtis N. and Goldie G. (Huckins) Smith in Rushville, Neb.

Bob joined brothers James (Jim), Richard (Dick), and sister Janice


Charles William Evans

Charles William Evans was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Gordon, Neb., to Ted and Marcella Evans. He passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in Mullen, Neb. He was 82.

He grew up in Gordon and went to school until the 9th grade. Then his father gave him permission to join the Navy at 17 years of age. He spent 4 years in the Navy and after 9 months, he enlisted in the Air Force. He had all his oversea duties done when he married his wife, Dorothy Loraine Caldwell, on June 8, 1962, in


Violet Joyce “Vi” Hebbert

Violet Joyce “Vi” Hebbert, age 77, died February 10, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Liberal, Kan. She was born December 21, 1939, in Milbank, S.D., the daughter of Otto and Mabel (Poppen) DeBoer.

She graduated from Sunshine Bible Academy in 1957, in Miller, S.D. She attended the Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. for two years. She had resided in Hooker, Okla. since 1978, moving from Holly, Colo.

On July 11, 1959, she married Dale Merrill Hebbert at Corona, S.D. He


Ival “Babe” LaVerne (Cork) Jones

Ival “Babe” LaVerne (Cork) Jones was born April the 12, 1936. She was the last of four children born to Amy Louise (Lovell) Cork and Clifford Lyle Cork, on a farm near rural Wewela, S.D. While her formative years were spent around the Wewela and Colome area, the family moved to Springview, Neb., in 1951 allowing her to graduate from Springview in 1954.

On the 23 day of February in 1957, Babe was united in marriage with Richard Lee “Spike” Jones, and to this union three


Thelma Alta (Dille) Merrill

Thelma Alta Dille was born, the first of five children, to Roy C. and Nellie (Gourley) Dille on Dec. 4, 1915, at the home of Nellie’s Grandparents, J.W. and Amy Ostrander in Rushville, Neb. At a very tender age of a few weeks and in very cold weather, her parents took her home, with a team and wagon, to the Gourley ranch in Cedar Valley. Sixty miles southeast of Rushville in Cherry County. She died at her rural sandhills home near Gordon on Feb. 7, 2017.

In 1917, the family, with new


Vic Runnels Isnala Wica “Old Man”

The memorial service for Vic Runnels, 81, of Aberdeen, S.D., will be 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., with Reverend Sheila Richards officiating. Vic died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen.

Wake services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 4, at the Batesland School in Batesland, S.D.

Victor “Vic” Runnels was born Dec. 15, 1935, to Raymond and Cecilia (Conroy) Runnels at Batesland, S.D. As a


Eugene Albert Hupp

Gene (Pete) (Uncle Pete) was born July 6, 1930, in Gordon, Neb., to Albert and Opal (Forster) Hupp and passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.  Gene attended Hay Creek country school in Cherry County by walking or riding horseback each day.  He graduated from Gordon High School in 1948.  He held several jobs while attending school working on farms and at the Gordon Bakery since he and his brothers lived in the basement while in high school.

After high school

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