Kiel David Cook

Kiel David Cook passed away unexpectedly in Martin, South Dakota, on September 12, 2020, at the age of 35.

Kiel was born on July 18, 1985, in Gordon, Nebraska, to Kenny and Nancy Cook. He attended Central Elementary School until 5th grade when his family moved to Tuthill, S.D., where he was the final 8th grade graduate of Tuthill Elementary School. In high school, he was an active member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Rodeo Club where he and Sam Risse placed 4th in Team Roping at the


Charles Marvin Malmberg

Charles Marvin Malmberg was born to Emil and Vera Malmberg in Gordon, Neb., January 12, 1929. He passed away September 14, 2020, at Rapid City, S.D. Charlie was the first of seven children and spent his childhood on various ranches throughout the sandhills.

After graduating from the Agricultural High School in Curtis, Neb., Charlie served in the military from October 15, 1954, through September 29, 1956, earning a good conduct medal.

Charlie married Betty Jackson in October 1963, after


Leonard James Anderson

Leonard James Anderson was born on March 27, 1929, Lakeside, Neb., to James and Ada (Orr) Anderson.  He passed away peacefully on September 5, 2020, in Gordon.

Leonard grew up and attended school near Lakeside.

He was united in marriage to Jacklyn Schmidt on June 6, 1948, and engaged in farming on his in-laws’ farm north of Hay Springs for over 20 years where he and Jackie raised their three children. Upon Jackie’s death, he also worked for Wayne Davis.

On December 29, 1976


Maren G. Rous

Maren G. Rous, 78, of Batesland, S.D., passed away at her home on September 5, 2020.

Maren was the New Year baby born January 2, 1942, in Gordon, Nebraska, to Ray M. Crabb and Anna M. (Krell) Crabb. After graduating from Gordon High School, she started working at Consumer Public Power. On June 10, 1962, she married Max B. Kruger. Once she learned that they would be joined by a baby, her career, and bowling league, were side tracked due to traditional standards at that time. This union was


Warren “Randy” Harris

Warren “Randy” Harris was born 8/23/1957 in Ft Bragg North Carolina to Donald L. And Virginia E. Harris and died 8/29/2020 in Shoshoni, Wyoming. Randy graduated from Gordon High school, Gordon, Ne in 1975 and joined the US Army where he served from 1975 to 1981. Randy loved working as a heavy equipment operator, traveling and working all over the US. He is survived by sons Michael and Daniel from Riverton Wy,

Cord from Oklahoma and Nathen Harris from Texas as well as brothers


Willard Dean Wellnitz

Willard Dean Wellnitz was born on the last day of Spring in 1930 at his parent’s, Herbert and Caroline (Jungck) Wellnitz, home south of Rushville and passed away on August 31 at Gordon Memorial Hospital after 90 years of living life to the fullest.

Willard attended grade school at District #78, high school in Rushville, and attended for 1 ½ years at Chadron State College.  He was active in music, playing bass horn and singing in men’s groups, and played football during


Richard Warren Hays and Wanda DeFrance Hays

Richard Warren Hays and Wanda DeFrance Hays of Marietta, Ohio have passed away on March 19, 2019, and on August 15, 2020,, respectively, both at the age of 84.,

Richard was born and raised in West Virginia and Wanda was born and raised in Nebraska. The couple moved to Marietta, Ohio with their two daughters from Bridgeport, Nebraska in 1976.  

Richard was a pharmacist and Wanda was a legal secretary.  In Bridgeport, they co-owned Bun’s Drugstore in the 1970’s and in


Charles Russell DeWitt

Charles Russell DeWitt was born on February 26th, 1939, in Rushville, NE to Russell and Ghita DeWitt. Chuck passed away August 21, 2020, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. He graduated from Rushville High School in 1957 and then attended Chadron State College for a short time. During this time he sang and played his guitar on the country show Curly’s Corral. He met the love of his life, Bonnie Joyce Smith from Hay Springs, also during this time. Chuck and Bonnie were married on November 13th


John Lee Wright

John Lee Wright, 64, was born November 11, 1955, in Gordon, Nebraska, to Leo and Loretta “Ret” (Hankins) Wright. John passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020, at his home in Bassett, Nebraska.

John graduated from Hay Springs, Nebraska.  He married his first wife Jody Feddersen in 1980.  Together they had two children and lived in Hay Springs, where he worked for the county. In 1997, he moved to Bassett where he met Jina Anderson and they were married in 2001.  He worked


Irma Webster

Irma Delores Webster was born August 15, 1930, to Melvin and Thelma (Phillips) Dahlgrin at Gordon, Neb. She joined her older brother Charles. Irma passed away August 8, 2020, at Gordon Countryside Care. 

The family made their home on a ranch 20 miles southeast of Merriman, Neb. Irma thoroughly enjoyed the work and the play involved in being a country girl on a sandhills ranch. She and Charles rode their horses to the little country school nearby and attended through the 8th grade. She


Emory James Scherbarth

Emory James Scherbarth was born on April 21, 1937, to Leonard and Vera Scherbarth at their home near Hay Springs, Nebraska. He went to be with God at Sunrise on August 11, 2020, and was buried at 7:00 p.m. sunset the same evening at Deer Haven, the family cemetery that he planned.

Emory went to country school and graduated from Chadron High School in 1955. He was active in FFA and football. As a young man he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at Open Door Church.

Shortly after graduation he


Dena Drury

Willadeen (Dena) Hooper Drury, 93, passed away at Gateway Senior Living in Lincoln, Nebraska, on July 31, 2020. She was born in 1927, and was the fifth of seven children born to Barry (Nuck) and Sylvia Hooper.

Dena graduated from Gordon High School in 1947. On June 18, 1947, she married John Drury (her High School Sweetheart). They split their time between a ranch North of Gordon and a house in town. After retiring they moved to Eastern Nebraska.

Dena worked at several locations in Gordon

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