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


Leo "Bud" Lawrence

Leo “Bud” Lawrence, Sr., 84, of Porcupine, died Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Hot Springs Veterans Administration Hospital.

Among survivors, is his wife, Virginia Lawrence, Porcupine, S.D.; two sons: Leo Lawrence, Jr. of Buhle, Idaho; Paul Lawrence, Phoenix, Ariz.; step-son, Vernal Wright of Mt Airy, Md.; two daughters: Caroline Lawrence, of Hot Springs, S.D. and Loretta Dye of Harrisburg, Neb.; step-daughters, Linda Herzburg of Lawrence, Kan. and Liz Gogue of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 26


Greta Eliese Rich

Greta Eliese Rich

Greta Eliese Rich, 79, of Sumner, Iowa, died Saturday morning, December 10, 2011, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner of natural causes.

Greta was born on October 20, 1932, at home in rural Hay Springs, Nebraska, the daughter of Fritz and Nannie (Peterson) Diers. She was baptized on November 13, 1932 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rushville Nebraska and confirmed on Palm Sunday 1946, at St. Peter Lutheran Grove Hill. Greta attended grade school in Wisconsin until 1944, when


James Earl Reid

James Earl Reid, 94, of Hulett, Wyo., died Tuesday, December 6 at the Weston County Medical Hospital.

James was born November 29, 1917, in Rushville Neb. to Edwin and Olive Reid. At the age of 2 weeks, his mother Olive passed away due to influenza. Edwin Reid married Clara Barth shortly afterward, and James grew up knowing Clara as his mother with the utmost admiration for her. He spoke of days of hard work and hard times on the family farm outside of Rushville, Neb. He attended the Sheridan


Sidney T. Witt "Ta Sunke Gleska Ihakikta"

Funeral services for Sidney T. Witt “Ta Sunke Gleska Ihakikta”, 72, of Rapid City, S.D., were held Saturday, December 10, 2011, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, S.D. with Father Dan Gannon, S.J. & Deacon Gerald Bush officiating.

A one night wake service was held Friday, December 9, 2011, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, S.D. Traditional Lakota Services were provided by Mr. Wilmer Mesteth. Burial was at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery in Wanblee


Danna Mae (Squire) Smith

Donna Mae (Squire) Smith, 85, died Saturday, December 3, 2011 at her home in Chadron, Neb.

She was born October 15, 1926 in Indianola, Iowa to Donald R. and Bessie L (Merriam) Squire. Donna received her nursing education though the Cadet Nursing Corps from 1945 to 1948 at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. On April 5, 1950 she was united in marriage to Roy A. Smith.

She worked as a Registered Nurse at the U.S. Indian Health Services in Pine Ridge, S.D. from 1947 to 1950 and then


Gordon N "Skip" Eaton

Funeral Services for Gordon N “Skip” Eaton of Chadron, Nebraska will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Chamberlain Chapel Funeral Home in Chadron with Pastor Charley Grenade officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.

Mr. Eaton passed away on December 1, 2011 at Chadron Community Hospital.

Skip was born on March 16, 1937 in Lusk, Wyoming.

He was 74.

A memorial has been established for the Chadron Volunteer Fire Department or Friends and Pets or


Andrew John Jackson

Andrew John (AJ) passed away November 28, 2011 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 30, 1919 to parents, Fred William and Nellie E . (Lister) Jackson at North Platte. He attended a one-room school north of the Jackson Ranch. Upon graduating from eight grade, he stayed with his grandmother in North Platte and walked the twenty-some blocks to high school until his father purchased a Model A Ford as a school car. He graduated in 1937. After graduation John worked for different

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