Carol Brakeman

Carol May Petersen Brakeman passed away peacefully on February 8th, 2019, at her home on Downing Street in Denver, Colorado, 73 years old. She was born on August 11, 1945 

in Gordon, Nebraska, just a few minutes after her twin sister Carmen Kay Petersen, daughters of Andrew Peter and Bernice Lea Hare Petersen. Carol grew up on the family cattle ranch in the Sandhills of Western Nebraska. Carol graduated from Gordon High School in 1963. She worked as a soda fountain girl at


Alice Marie Cantril

Alice Marie Cantril, 93 passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis, MN.

She was born on July 17, 1925, on the Stafford family ranch, 12 miles south of Kremmling, CO  to  Frank E. Stafford and Alice A . Smith, the youngest of 6 children in a close-knit family. On June 12, 1950, she married Richard William Cantril at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kremmling, CO. Together they raised 5 children, were active in their community, served their church


Mary Ruth Freeman Wheeler

Over a century ago, a baby girl named Mary Ruth Freeman was born to Chris and Salina Susan Freeman in a small house near the Brazos River in Brazos County Texas. The year was 1917 and the date was October 22. She passed away on February 13, 2019, at her home in Gordon, Nebraska. She was 101 years, 3 months and 23 days old. 

At the age of 3, Ruth moved with her family to north central Texas and then on to Crosbyton, a small town in the Texas panhandle. It was here she spent her adolescent


Donna Ann Mills

Donna Ann Mills, 86, of Gordon, passed away February 16, 2019, at her home on the Niobrara river with her family by her side.

She was born to the late Daniel and Ruth Walters, April 5, 1932, in Chadron, Nebraska.   Donna spent the majority of her life in Gordon, Nebraska, after moving to Gordon at the age of 4.  She attended and graduated as Salutatorian of her class from Gordon High School in 1950 and attended Chadron State College.

Donna married the late Gordon Mills, September 5


George Brownlow

Graveside services for George “Porge” Brownlow of Hay Springs, Nebraska will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville, Nebraska with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary in Hay Springs, prior to the graveside service. 

George Brownlow, known to family and friends as “Porge” passed away on February


Ellen Jane Madsen

Ellen Jane Madsen, 91, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Bella Vista Care Center in Rapid City.

Ellen was born on July 9, 1927, to Jay and Louella (Taylor) Talbot, north of Rushville, NE. She married Lloyd Earl in 1946 and to that union two children were born, Danny and Bonnie.

In 1964, she married Don Madsen. They farmed and ranched near New Underwood until Don’s death in 2003. She was a member of the New Underwood UCC and VFW Auxiliary for many years. She loved singing and was


Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Ann Johnson, 83, of Gordon, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Gordon Countryside Care.    She was born June 3, 1935, on the Olds family farmstead northwest of Gordon, Nebraska.  She was the only child of Lester I. and Verna S. (Johnson) Olds. Kathryn attended Lone Pine rural school near her home through the 8th grade, along with farmstead cousins, Marilyn and Carmen Olds.  She boarded in town with the Bill Davis family during her freshman year. Then


Karen Lee

Karen Lee, 76, passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Karen Colleen Watson was born on February 26, 1942 to Donald and Cleo (Fuller) Watson in Grant, NE.  She attended country school, later went to school in Brule, NE, and then graduated from Ogallala High School in 1960.  She was active in 4-H, raised sheep, and she excelled in sewing.

Karen met Dale in the summer of 1959 while she worked at Dairy Queen in Ogallala, NE with Dale’s sister


Codey Johnson

Memorial services for Codey E. Johnson, 51, of Crawford, Nebraska will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Crawford Community Building with Pastor Steve Mallery officiating.

Codey was born on June 2, 1967 in Chadron, Nebraska to Gordon and Sara (Speas) Johnson.  He attended Crawford High School and graduated in 1987.  When Codey was a sophomore in high school, he was baptized. 

Codey worked as a supervisor and equipment operator for Perrett Construction out


Amy L. White

Amy L. White was born August 18, 1973, in Gordon, Nebraska to Gabe and Marilyn (Hilliker) Chasing Hawk, and passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 45. 

At an early age, Amy was adopted by Robert White, who raised Amy and was a loving father to her. Her family moved to Beaver Crossing, where she attended Centennial Public Schools. Amy earned her Certified Nursing Assistant degree and was employed with various nursing homes over the


Kayla Jean Carlson

Kayla Jean Carlson, 34 years, of Nickerson, Neb. passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Methodist Fremont Heath in Fremont, Neb. 

Kayla was born on March 29, 1984, to Larry and Deb (Jones) Carlson in Alliance, Neb. From birth until the age of 24, Kayla lived on a farm near Hay Springs, Neb. with her parents and sisters. In 2010, she moved to Nickerson with her parents. 

Kayla attended the Mosaic Day Program in Fremont. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church at Fontanelle. Kayla


Dennis Driscoll

Dennis Driscoll, age 77, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO. He was the son of Charles & Rita Driscoll of Madison, SD born on February 22, 1941 in Madison.

He enjoyed playing music mostly the piano, country dancing, working with wood, golfing, bowling, and watching baseball.

Dennis received a BA in Education from Dakota State University, Madison, SD. He taught music at various schools throughout South Dakota. He taught on the Pine

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