Maxine Donna Kearns

Maxine Donna Kearns, 93, went home to be with the Lord on July 19, 2017, 4:31 a.m., at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs.

Maxine was born on March 22, 1924, at Rushville, Neb., to Mike and Delia Hindman. She graduated from Rushville High School in 1942. She married Mark Edward Kearns on Jan. 9, 1945, in Rushville, Neb. They had one son, Leonard. Mark and Maxine were married for 60 years before Mark passed away Aug. 2, 2005.

She worked at the county clerk office in Rushville for 24


Elvera Rasmussen

Elvera Blonien Rasmussen of Hay Springs, Neb., passed away at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs on July 18, 2017, at the age of 88. A vigil will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic church in Hay Springs.  Mass of Christian burial for Elvera will be held Tuesday July 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the  Catholic church in Hay Springs.  A memorial has been established to the Hay Springs ambulance fund.

Elvera was born on April 12, 1929, to Erwin and Esther


Helen Leona Nelson Swayne

Helen Leona Nelson Swayne was born on Oct. 20, 1920, near Gordon, Neb., to Alvin and Blanche (Lein) Nelson.  Deep snow and cold weather hindered the doctor from being present for the occasion.  In years following, two sons were born into the family.  The oldest son, Junior, died of a heart condition at the age of 15 and the youngest, Richard, died in infancy.  Helen grew up in the Fieldside community north of Gordon, and attended Fieldside School through the eighth


Thomas Mitchell Knight

Thomas Mitchell Knight passed away at his home south of Gordon on July 12, 2017, after battling numerous medical conditions for several years.

Tom was born on Feb. 8, 1948, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Ellsworth Laverne Knight and Ruth Mae Jones and lived in the area most of his life. The last of four children, Tom is preceded in death by his parents, older brother, John, his only sister, Ruthie, a niece, Stephanie Michelle, and a nephew, John.  He is survived by his brother, Edward of Cedar


Jerry Francis Young

Jerry Francis Young, 70, passed away on June 29, 2017, at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1947, in Hay Springs, Neb., to Vernon and Kathleen Young.

Jerry married Ronda Hedges and they had two beautiful daughters and a son. He loved to fish and hunt. He was also a big Chicago Cubs fan. He will be truly missed by his family.

He leaves behind his wife Ronda, two daughters, Aleta and Regina, two grandsons Austin and Damion and his sister Diane (Ernie) Hatch. He was preceded in


Emory (Bob) Clay Dunn

Emory (Bob) Clay Dunn, was born June 3, 1926, in Harrison County, Ky., to William and Mary Alice Dunn. He passed away July 12, 2017, at Gordon Countryside Care.

He joined the Army in 1944 and served during WWII. His ship was torpedoed and sank. Bob was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart in 1946. After returning home he met the love of his life, Ruth E. Lawson. They were married in September of 1949, and moved to Reno, Nev., where he worked as a mechanic. He went to work for International


Richard (Dick) Dean Matula

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Richard Dean Matula, 87, died July 4, 2017, in Casper, Wyo. He was born May 20, 1930, in Colome, S.D., to Jerry and Velma Matula.

Dick graduated from Gordon High School in 1948. He attended Chadron State College and also Northwest University at Chicago. He played football and basketball during his high school and college days. He was on the only Chadron State College Football team to go to a


Donna Peters

Funeral services for Donna Peters will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs, Neb., with Father Joseph Joseph and Father Tim Stoner officiating.  A vigil will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the church.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Hay Springs.

Mrs. Peters passed away on July 9, 2017, at Chadron Community Hospital.

Donna was born on Jan. 6, 1928, in Rushville, Neb.

She was 89.



William B. ‘Bill’ Jackson

William B. ‘Bill’ Jackson, 65, of Lincoln, died July 1, 2017. He was born Oct. 31, 1951, in Valentine to Byron and Viola (Wondercheck) Jackson. Bill worked at BNSF railroad for 29 years as a heavy equipment operator. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Larry Clymer of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7, at Wyuka Funeral Home in Lincoln. Interment followed the service at Wyuka Cemetery. Please send memorials to


Joan Claire Matula

Joan Claire Matula, 85, of Gordon, Nebraska, died June 17, 2017, at Casper, Wyoming. Jo, as most knew her, was born on July 24, 1931, in Riverton, Wyoming to AD and Florence Martin.

Jo was a graduate of Riverton High School and Chadron State College. On August 13, 1950, she married Richard Dean Matula in Riverton, Wyoming and Dick and Jo would soon settle in Gordon, Nebraska and eventually welcome the birth of their 4 sons: Jerry, Tony, Rick and David.

During her life, Jo held many jobs. She


Christina “Tina” Ann Kearns

Christina “Tina” Ann Kearns, age 50, of Rushville passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017, unexpectedly at home. Tina was born May 8, 1967, to James and Phyllis (Grass) Kearns, at the hospital in Rushville.  She graduated high school in Rushville, Neb., and later attended the Oglala Lakota College Nursing Program and became an RN. She then received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from South Dakota State University.

Tina started her nursing career at Gordon Memorial Hospital before


Elsie Rose

Funeral services for Elsie Rose, 78, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Goshen County Fairgrounds Pavilion with Pastors Scott Mathis and Tom Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill, Neb. Elsie died June 26, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Sutherland, Neb. Memorials may be given to either the Goshen County 4-H for the poultry and rabbit barns or the Senior Friendship Center. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday, July 6 from

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