Roy P. Anderson

Roy Phillip Anderson was born on July 1, 1926, to Edgar P. and Dolly [Paul] Anderson at home on Brady Island, Neb. He passed away on August 11, 2018. He grew up on the farm with his older sister, Clara, and younger brother and sister, Lloyd and Hazel. He and Lloyd spent a lot of time fishing in the Platte River and hunting ducks. He attended grade school on the island and went to high school in Maxwell, Neb., graduating in l944

He was in the US Navy from October 1944 to July 1946. He went


Gary Holeman

Gary Holeman was born in Arcadia, NE to Rueben Allen Holeman and Verna Mae Holeman on May 29, 1937. He passed away August 6, 2018 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.

The family moved to Martin, SD shortly after Gary was born. Gary attended grade school and high school in Martin, then went to the University of South Dakota at Brookings in 1958. He graduated with a degree in both agriculture and engineering. He was drafted into the Army in 1960 and served until 1966. He then


Charlotte Bruce

Charlotte A. Bruce, of Ithaca, NY, died on 25 July of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  She was 91 years old. 

A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Charlotte worked in test kitchens for Hines-Park Foods and for the Cornell University poultry-science department as a product developer. During the 1970s and 1980s, she served as Adult Education Coordinator for Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Ithaca. An accomplished cook, she taught


Betty (Bruce) Purvis

Betty Purvis passed away, peacefully, with her family by her side August 03, 2018 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg, SD.  Born Betty Ann Bruce to Arthur and Ruth Bruce in Gordon, NE on May 27, 1930, she was the fourth of six children.  Her life spanned an era from riding a horse to a one room schoolhouse to checking on her grandchildren’s’ status on Facebook.  When she was 10 years old, her family moved to a new farm and she drove the buckboard with a


Leonard Longstaff

Leonard G. Longstaff, age 87, passed away July 30th in Littleton, Colorado.  He was born November 25, 1930 in Juniata, Nebraska to Arnold & Helen Smith Longstaff.  He went to junior and senior high school in Gordon, Nebraska. He married Phyllis Eaton, on June 10, 1951.  He received a Bachelor of Education Degree from Chadron State College and then served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a Rotary Club member and an active singer all his life in various church


Christopher John Kohl

Christopher John Kohl, 39, of Fremont, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Rapid City, SD. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fullerton with Father David Fulton officiating. Inurnment will follow at Clarks Cemetery in Clarks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with 7 p.m. rosary and scripture service on Friday, August 3rd at the church. Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton is serving the


Loretta Tiensvold

Loretta Tiensvold, 98 passed away at Pine View Manor on July 22, 2018, with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter by her side.  She was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Gordon, Neb., to Percy Delois and Delcie Sipp.  She was the oldest of four siblings.  Loretta was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith.  She went to grade school in a country school near Gordon and attended Gordon High School.

She met the love of her life at a dance at which he was playing the


Richard James Stava

Richard James Stava was born in 1931 and left this world in 2018. In the years between, he lived a life that exemplified honesty, hard work, and quiet decency.

Most people knew him as Dr. Jim, the veterinarian. But those who knew and loved him best thought of him as a builder.

As a young man he built a stronger country by serving, boots on the ground, on the battlefield in Korea. Afterwards he returned to his hometown and married his beloved, Kittie. Together they built a family, welcoming


Roger Jack Townsend

Roger Jack Townsend, 52, of Chadron, Neb., died July 19, 2018, at his home.

He was born May 17, 1966, to Jack and Delma (Adamson) Townsend at St. Joseph’s hospital in Alliance, Neb.  Roger grew up in Hemingford, Neb.  As a child Roger enjoyed spending time with his grandparents at their farm, learning to shoot guns with his cousins and beginning his passion of working on vehicles. Roger graduated from Hemingford High School in 1985.

Roger began his 30+ years career as an auto


Dean S. J.D. Forney

Dean S. J.D. Forney passed away July 18, 2018. He was born October 23, 1952.

Attorney and Winnebago Trial Judge Dean Forney ended his brain cancer journey leaving wife Jane, daughter Joey (Kent) Patterson, son Austin (Anessa) Forney, granddaughter Ally Jane Patterson and many family and friends. 

Celebration of Life: Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m., Roeder Mortuary Gretna.

Graveside Service: Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m., Rushville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for


Rhonda Smith

Rhonda J. Smith, 59, of Temecula, California died July 10, 2018 at Temecula Valley Hospital. She was born May 1, 1959 in Alliance, Nebraska to Arthur Keith and Helen Irene King. She married Dale Leonard Smith on April 13, 1991 in San Gabriel, California. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1994. Rhonda was a Senior Investigator for the United States Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Investigative Enforcement Services. She loved her work and was dedicated to the job


Ed Novak

Edward (Ed) S. Novak of Martin, SD died on July 8, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Hospital due to complications of lung disease.

He was born August 1, 1935 at their home north of Batesland, SD to Ernest and Lillian Novak. He began his farming career as a young boy growing up on the family farm. He attended grade school at Swett, SD, then went on to graduate from Bennett County High School enjoying playing sports all along the way.

On August 11, 1958 he was united in marriage to Sue Jensen of

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