Bill Bruns

Bill Bruns, 83, was born on May 8, 1933, and passed into eternal rest on March 18, 2017.  Bill was born to Ludwig Lubben and Perna Zoe (Widman) Bruns in Gordon, Neb.; he was the youngest in the family of six.   His siblings; LeRoy (Helen), Pearle (Ken) Child, Glenn (Gwendolen), Alice Marie (Ted) Wellnitz and Kenneth (Sue) preceded him in death.

Before WWII, Bill lived with his parents in Gordon and attended primary school through the third grade.  When WWII began, his older

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Alice Lilian Valaika

Feb. 24, 1924 – March 15, 2017

Alice Lilian Valaika, 93, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on March 15, 2017. Alice was a resident of Gordon, Nebraska until September 2014 when Alice moved to Bradenton, Fla. where she resided at Waters Edge Retirement Community.

Alice was born on February 24, 1924, in Stepney, London, England to Henry (Harry) and Catherine Jarman. She met Raymond Edward Valaika, who was serving in the U.S. Army-Air Corps during World War II and was on leave in London

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Barbara Lou Gale

Barbara Lou Gale, departed this life and entered into the presence of Jesus on March 11, 2017.

Barbara was born to Jake and Edith (Mitchell) Kime in Cornish, Colo. on May 17, 1927.  The Kimes bought a ranch North of Whitman in the Sandhills of Nebraska when Barb was two years old.  Barb grew up there, playing and doing chores with her three siblings.  Her mother gave her two precious gifts, her faith and a love for music.  Barb rode her horse to a one-room country school

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Jean Evaline (Johnson) Norman

Jean Evaline (Johnson) Norman, the second of five children born to Cornelius (Neil) and Jean (Murray) Johnson on March 27, 1917, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, passed on March 14, 2017.  She and her eldest brother, Murray, began their schooling at a rural school in Alberta until the 5th grade.  Her brother was her main competition all the way through school.  At the age of nine, she and her family moved to the family farm at Rushville, Neb., where her dad had grown up and

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Jim (James) Hutcheson

With deep sadness, we announce that Jim (James) Hutcheson of Gordon, Neb., died at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., Monday, March 13 at the age of 76.

His long physical sufferings came to an end, but Jim is missed by his friends and family. He is remembered for his quiet generosity, gentleness, and reputation for sharing jokes.  

Born in 1940 in North Platte, Neb., he graduated from Elsie High School in Elsie, Neb., in 1958 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Jim was proud of

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Leroy ‘Show’ Richards

Leroy ‘Show’ Richards, age 86, of Denby, S.D., passed away at his home March 17, 2017.  Leroy was born on March 25, 1930, in Tuthill, S.D., to Theodore Frank and Zona (Rooks) Richard.

Show attended school in Slim Buttes and Pine Ridge, S.D. He entered the US Navy on April 23, 1948, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in March of 1952. He then lived with his parents in Porcupine and went to work in Igloo.

He married Lena Standing Soldier in December

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Frances E. Stillwell

Frances E. Stillwell was born July 3, 1929, north of Valentine, Nebraska, the daughter of Hilaire and Martha (Malone) Nollette. When it was time for her to go to high school, she took the train from Valentine to O’Neill to attend school, returning home only for holidays and summers. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1947.

On September 4, 1948, Frances was united in marriage to Donald E. Stillwell. Frances and Don lived in Valentine and raised their family. 

While

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James Grant Hartman

James Grant Hartman, 71, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs, Neb. Jim was born Nov. 29, 1945, in Gordon, Neb., to Edward and Thelma (Gehrig) Hartman.

The family moved to eastern Nebraska in 1952 and lived southeast of Herman on the Missouri River bottom.  Within a few weeks of settling in, they had to evacuate and Thelma and the kids returned to Gordon and stayed with grandparents, Fred and Stella Gehrig, until it was safe to go back. The rural school had flooded

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Barbara Lou Gale

Barbara Lou Gale, departed this life and entered into the presence of Jesus on March 11, 2017.

Barbara was born to Jake and Edith (Mitchell) Kime in Cornish, Colo. on May 17, 1927.  The Kimes bought a ranch North of Whitman in the Sandhills of Nebraska when Barb was two years old.  Barb grew up there, playing and doing chores with her three siblings.  Her mother gave her two precious gifts, her faith and a love for music.  Barb rode her horse to a one-room country school

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Frances E. Stillwell

Frances E. Stillwell was born July 3, 1929, north of Valentine, Nebraska, the daughter of Hilaire and Martha (Malone) Nollette. When it was time for her to go to high school, she took the train from Valentine to O’Neill to attend school, returning home only for holidays and summers. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1947.

On September 4, 1948, Frances was united in marriage to Donald E. Stillwell. Frances and Don lived in Valentine and raised their family. 

While

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William “Bill” Gene Slater

Memorial services for William “Bill” Gene Slater, 72 of Norfolk, Neb., were held on Thursday, Feb .16, 2017, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Neb.

Bill was born on Aug. 24, 1944, in Terre Haute, Ind., and was raised in Lawrenceville, Ill., where he graduated from high school in 1962. He attended Vincennes University, in Vincennes, Ind., on a singing scholarship. Bill graduated with an Associates Degree in Business in 1964.

Bill married Norma Jean Harting in

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Cpt. Deborah J. Cady

Cpt. Deborah J. Cady, 54, Rapid City, S.D., passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.

Deb was born on Dec. 14, 1962, in Gordon, Neb., to Gloria Weber and Dale Cady, Sandhills ranchers.  The ranching lifestyle was a perpetual influence on Deb; it instilled in her a love of nature that extended to all living things.  This respect informed her actions in all aspects of her life.  She was always a steward of the ranch and returned there frequently.

She went to country school and

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