Howard DeWitt

Howard DeWitt, 99, passed away Friday, November 25, 2011 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. At his request, his body was donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board for medical research.

Clarence Howard DeWitt was born January 13, 1912 on a ranch south of Rushville, NE to Clarence Eustis and Mae Alice (Fisher) DeWitt. His education was obtained in rural Sheridan County, Rushville High School, the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University. He worked mainly in agriculture, teaching

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Michael "Mike" Kearns

Michael “Mike” Edward Kearns, 62, of Mitchell passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at his home. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at the Federated Church in Mitchell with Pastor Dr. Charles Richardson officiating. Private inurnment was held at the Mitchell City cemetery preceding the service. A luncheon was held immediately after the service at the American Legion in Mitchell. A memorial has been designated to the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department for continuing

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Edna Grimm

Edna Grimm, recently of Gordon, Nebraska, born Edna May Strong on May 16, 1939, passed away on November 21, 2011.

A service will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Wood Lake, Nebraska, on December 17, 2011, at 3 p.m.

Raised in the Sandhills, Edna was acquainted with hardship and hard work. This helped prepare her for when she and her husband, Bill Grimm, began milking cows on a dairy farm they built on Bill’s father’s land south of Mission, South Dakota. Milking cows twice a day with

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Colleen Kay Benedickt

Colleen Kay Benedickt, Sheridan, Wyoming, left to be with her creator on December 9, 2011. She was with her family at home in the days and hours before her final journey.

Services were held at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheridan, Wyoming on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Colleen was born in Alliance, Nebraska on December 20, 1945 to Edson and Mildred Wilcox.

Colleen spent her youth growing up on the family ranch in the wild and beautiful sandhills near Ellsworth, Nebraska. She attended high

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Amy Jean Danser

Amy Jean (Waddill) Danser, 90, died Tuesday, December 6, 2011, in Parker, Colo. She was born on June 22, 1921, in Gordon, Neb., to Patrick and Edna Waddill. There were six children in the family. After graduating from high school in 1939, she worked at the Waddill seed business for approximately five years. Amy Jean then moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at Doctors Hospital before moving to Denver in l944. She was head bookkeeper for Cummins Diesel and Diesel Power for 26 years. She moved

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Albert Timm

Albert Timm, from Gordon, Ne. was born on August 27, 1923 to Fred and Bertha and passed away on December 13, 2011, at the age of 88.

Albert was born and raised on a ranch southeast of Gordon. After his parents retired and moved to town, he took over the ranch in the area commonly known as Pole Creek. He was married to Dorothy N. Allen on October 20, 1947, and to this union they had two daughters. They continued to live at the ranch until 1988, when a house fire forced them to move to town

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Mary Elizabeth Powell Heath Leapley

Mary Elizabeth Powell was born April 12, 1922, in Stromsburg, Neb. to Carl and Clara Hibbs Powell. She lived a full life and died in Gordon, Neb. on December 12, 2011, at the age of 89.

The important thing to Mary was always her family. Her devotion to her own family and years of arduous genealogy was well-known. She filled shelves of notebooks with her research, writing, and photos, leaving a rich legacy of family information and inspiration. She was preceded in death by her parents, her

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Marilyn Vencill

Funeral services for Marilyn Vencill, age 72, of Crawford, Nebraska were held Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Congregational Church in Crawford with Pastor Bill Bagley officiating. Burial was at the Crawford Cemetery.

Mrs. Vencill passed away on December 16, 2011 at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. Marilyn was born on April 22, 1939. Immediate Survivors: Husband, Dennis Vencill; Son, Andrew Norman, Daughter, Laurel Andrews.

A memorial has been established. Donations may be

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Neil Kent Strong

Neil Kent Strong died Friday, December 16, 2011. Neil was born July 8, 1956 in Rushville, Nebraska to Ralph and Louisa (Petersen) Strong. He graduated from Rushville High School in 1974. Neil received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which made him a lifelong Nebraska Cornhusker. He also held an associates degree in Electronics. After living and working in Colorado for several years, Neil moved back home to Rushville where he was united in

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Martin Donald Connealy

Martin Donald Connealy, born May 12, 1933, in Decatur, Neb., as a child moved with the family to Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana before returning to Nebraska. Marty made his journey to heaven at age 78 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2011.

A graduate of Gordon High School in 1952, where he held the shot put record for decades, Marty attended UNL on a football scholarship before returning to the Nebraska Sandhills, where he married Donnie Vinton in 1955. A lifelong Catholic

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Brenna Layne Clark

Brenna Layne Clark, age 3, of Thedford, Neb. went to be with Jesus on December 17, 2011.

Brenna was born on August 27, 2008, in Cambridge, Neb. to Adam and Alicia (Abbott) Clark. She lived in Cambridge until March 2009, when she and her family moved to a ranch located between Hyannis and Merriman, Neb. In September 2011, they moved to a ranch near Thedford.

Brenna will always be remembered by her family as a beautiful, smart, loving little girl who smiled with her whole face and adored her

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Bonnie G. Rager

Bonnie G. Rager, 84, a Wellington resident for 46 years and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at her home following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born the daughter of George Walter and Edith Eldora (Sullivan) Blare on May 28, 1927 in Martin, South Dakota. It was in Martin where Bonnie spent her early childhood, went to school through her sophomore year and was baptized and confirmed.

On October 19, 1941, her mother married

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