Bonny Wayve Ehlers-Evans

Bonny Wayve Ehlers-Evans, aged 91, passed away on June 10th at Pioneer Manor in Hay Spring, NE after dealing with health complications due to a stroke.  Bonny was born June 17th, 1926 in Lavaca, NE, the daughter of Adolph Ehlers and Carrie Bell Phillipee.  She was the eighth of nine children.  

Bonny enjoyed providing for her family.  This included reading cookbooks and creating new dishes when anyone came to call.  Beyond being a loving mother and wife, Bonny worked


Gail K. (Brown) August

Gail K. (Brown) August was born on Jan. 13, 1948, to Robert and Lucille Brown. She passed away on June 5, 2018, at the age of 70 years unexpectedly but peacefully in her home.

She married Gary August on Aug. 26, 1967. They were blessed with two children, Alan and Julie, and two grandchildren, Emma and Jake. She loved spending time with her family, being outdoors, and horses.

She is survived by husband Gary, son Alan (Ann) August, daughter Julie August, grandchildren Emma and Jake, beloved dog


Kenneth Harold Hood

Kenneth Harold Hood, 86, of Rushville, Neb., died Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at his home.

Born July 18, 1931, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Harold and Audrey Hood, Kenneth lived a majority of his life in Nebraska with the exception of his military service stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, during the Korean Conflict.

On June 19, 1955, Kenneth married Donna Myers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rushville. The couple lived in rural Alliance, Neb., for 15 years prior to moving to Rushville in November


Virginia “ Ginger” K. Petersen Ginger

Virginia “ Ginger” K. Petersen Ginger was born Oct. 3, 1948, to Richard W. Kline and Elsie A. Rath. Ginger was the youngest of four children. Ginger passed away May 22, 2018, at her home.

Ginger was born in Rushville where she lived until her family moved to Grafton, Neb. Ginger spent many years going back and forth between Grafton and Rushville. She loved to spend time with her cousins (Ann, Ted, Amy Jo, Gene and Jim) on the Niobrara River, milking and working cows and swimming in


Hope L. Fankhauser

Hope L. Fankhauser, 87, of Gordon, Neb., passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 10, 1931, to Tug and Josephine Palmer.

On Nov. 14, 1958, she married Glen Fankhauser. The couple lived in the family house outside of Clinton, Neb., and to this union, two sons were born.

Hope was a member of the Gordon American Legion Auxiliary, where she worked for many years. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards, gardening and watching Nebraska Football.

She was


Jacqueline Strong

Jacqueline Strong, 73, of Gordon, Neb., died May 18, 2018, at her home. She was born to Bernice Mable and Chester Rizzo in Waterloo, Iowa.

Jacque graduated from Alhambra High School in California and then went to Hastings College to become a dental lab technician. She married Dean Strong on July 3, 1995. They were married for 22 years before Dean passed away in January of 2018.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, reading, fishing, and camping. She also enjoyed thrifting, going to yard


Albert Baumeister

 A Celebration of Life Services for Albert Baumeister will be held Friday, May 25, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, Gordon, Neb.

Inurnment with Military Honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Rushville, Neb.

Albert passed away on Aug. 11, 2017, at Colorado Springs, Colo.; he was 72.

Online condolences may be left at


John Amos “Jack” Bailey

March 5, 1925 - May 9, 2018

John Amos “Jack” Bailey passed from this world to the next on May 9, 2018, with family around him, at the Powell Valley Care Center in Powell, Wyo. Mourning his passing are his wife Clara; daughter Desiray Bailey, grandson John Fitzgibbons (Erin) and great grandson Olin, and grandson Ryan Fitzgibbons; daughter Deion Hagemeister (Michael), grandson Timothy Hagemeister, and granddaughter Danae Ancesco, and great-granddaughters Anastasia, Isabella, and


Shirley Mae Kildow

Shirley Mae Kildow, 78, of Bayard, went to be with the Lord, March 23, 2018, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Shirley was born May 14, 1939, to Ralph and Vernetta (Barth) Watson at their family home near Rushville, Nebraska. She graduated from Rushville High School and attended Business College in Rapid City, South Dakota. She worked at the Sheridan County Treasurer’s Office for three years before moving to Alliance where she worked at a real estate office.

Shirley met the


Donna Kay (Wyland) Meng

Donna Kay (Wyland) Meng went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Gordon Country Side Care. Donna was born on Oct. 18, 1943, the 7th child of ten born to Alfred and Bertha (Hiner) Wyland.

She attended Hemingford Public Schools.  She was a Box Butte Co. Fair Queen attendant. She met her husband William Albert Meng at the ZCBJ dance hall west of Hemingford. They wed at Gering, Neb., on Aug. 24, 1961. They moved to Gordon Neb., in 1966. To this union, 3 boys were born


Nellie (Saub Ashmore) Huckfeldt

Nellie (Saub Ashmore) Huckfeldt, passed away peacefully at the Chadron Community Hospital on May 5, 2018, at the age of 97.

Nellie was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Syria.  Nellie came to the United States in 1926 at the age of 6 years.  Her parents, Joe and Scundra Saub, brought their six children from Syria and settled in Gordon, Neb.  Joe Saub began a career in retail sales, first traveling the region in a one-horse cart and then later in a store on the main street of Gordon. 

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