Floyd John Kling

Floyd John Kling, 86, was born on January 10, 1925, to Arnold and Augusta Kling on the C.W. Smith farm west of Gordon known as the Hardin farm. Floyd joined the Lord on December 31, 2011, after residing at Pioneer Manor, Hay Springs, for less than two days.

Floyd attended Pleasant Hill School and never lived more than four miles from the home place in the Pleasant Hill District for all 86 years of his life.

On December 9, 1945, Floyd and Helen (Nydahl) were united in marriage at Our


Rachel E. Vinton

Rachel E. Vinton, 23, passed away January 7, 2012, at her home.

Rachel was born September 26, 1988 in Denver, Colorado the daughter of Michael and Linda (Wunschel) Vinton. She started her life living in the LaGrange/Hawk Springs Wyoming area until age five when her family moved to Nebraska where they lived in the Gordon, Nebraska area. They moved back to Wyoming in 2006 and lived in the Hawk Springs area. She graduated high school and started working for the Frontier School of the Bible


Forrest Paul Strong

Forrest Paul Strong, 74, a resident of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away Friday, December 30, 2011.

Forrest was born April 25, 1937. He was an art teacher for many years in the Los Alamos Public School System.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Strong; parents, Ralph and Louisa (Petersen) Strong; sister, Bernita Strong and brother, Neil Strong. Forrest is survived by his son; Nathan Strong of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; daughter, Suzette Strong of Tempe, Ariz.; brothers, Grant Strong of


Ruth M. Eaton

Funeral services for Ruth M. Eaton of Ogallala, Nebraska, formerly of Rushville will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Rushville, with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2011 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron from 3 to 6 p.m.

Ruth Marie Eaton was born October 6, 1922 in Norfolk, Neb., to Robert and Bertha (Henderson) Olds. She grew up on a farm outside of


Katherine June Gehrt Hamilton

Katherine June was born June 26, 1920, to A.N. (Bert) and Cassie (Davis) Gehrt at Rushville, Neb., and she went to Heaven January 7, 2012, at the age of 91.

Katherine was raised on a farm just southwest of Rushville, along with her brother Albert and two sisters, Sylvia and Lotus. She attended a rural school south of Rushville through the 8th grade. She then attended Rushville High School graduating in 1937. She also attended Chadron State College getting her certificate to teach in rural


Mary Lou Roberts

The community of Gordon suffered a tragic loss on Tuesday, January 10, when Mary Lou Roberts was struck and killed while doing something she cherished: shopping and visiting the businesses up and down her beloved town’s Main Street. Although the shock and heartbreak is still fresh, she would want us all to smile while thinking of the last conversation we had with her and be happy in the knowledge that she left the world with no regrets and is at peace.

Mary Lou was born May 26, 1929, in


Dollie Pauline Novotny McDaniel

Dollie McDaniel of Redmond, Oregon, died January 10, 2012, at the age of 89. She was born August 8, 1922, to Amil and Opal (Gillam) Novotny in Hay Springs, Nebraska. Dollie attended school and worked on the family farm in Nebraska. She and Luke Caffro moved to Oregon in 1948. She married George McDaniel after her first husband, Luke, died in 1970. She held a few jobs, but was a devoted homemaker. Dollie loved to knit until her hands gave out; most everyone in the family has something she


Norma Jean Johnson

Norma Jean (Davis) Johnson was born on March 30, 1936, to William and Lulu (Spindler) Perreten in Rushville, Nebraska. She grew up in the town of Rushville, where her mother had owned and operated the Perreten Nursing Home. She graduated from Rushville High School in 1954.

On February 12, 1956, Norma married Robert Davis. They made their home on the family’s farm North of Rushville. To this union six children were born. Robert, Ronda, Robin, Ricky, Rebecca and Rayann.

She later married Stan


Martin Gene Stava

Martin Gene Stava was born on September 2, 1925, at Rushville, Nebraska, to Martin and Beatrice Michaelson Stava. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth at the Presbyterian Church at Rushville. He was also confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, in Rushville.

Gene attended grade school in District 14 and graduated from Rushville High School in 1942. He entered the United States Army November 16, 1945, and served eight months in Japan. He was


Christine Elizabeth Thayer Auker

Christine Elizabeth Thayer Auker, 93, died Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House.

Christine Elizabeth Sears was delivered by her grandmother, Amanda Fredericka Teede Sanders, on July 27, 1918, near Irwin, Cherry County, Neb.

She was the third child of William Sears, Jr. and Anna Elizabeth Sanders Sears, and was welcomed by a sister, Florine, and a brother, Gene. Grandmother Amanda was a local Sandhills midwife who delivered many of her


Virginia Jane Cozad Gardiner

Virginia Jane Cozad Gardiner was born at home in Martin, South Dakota, on February 5, 1924, to James and Vinetta Cozad. She died peacefully at Morningstar Assisted Living in Rapid City, on January 22, 2012.

She attended school in Martin, graduated from Bennett County High School in 1941, and attended South Dakota State College Nursing School in Brookings for one semester. During World War II, she worked at the U.S. Navy Department Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C. for one year, and


Lyle Edward Eaton

Lyle Edward Eaton of Alpharetta, Ga. died at age 65 on Sunday, January 8, 2012 in Ogallala, Neb., while there to attend his mother’s funeral. Memorial services for Lyle were held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, January 15, at the Southcare Cremation Society and Memorial Center in Alpharetta, Ga.

Lyle was born January 12, 1946 in Rushville, Neb., the son of Albert (Abe) and Ruth (Olds) Eaton. He grew up on a farm outside of Rushville, where he attended a one-room country grade school and graduated

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