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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Richard Wayne (Dick) Haslow

Richard Wayne (Dick) Haslow, 79, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center.

He was born February 21, 1932, in Gordon, Nebraska to John C. and Famy (Wingett) Haslow. He attended elementary school in Gordon and graduated from Gordon High School in 1950. On August 26, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Alta Gardiner and to this union four children were born.

He served in the United States Army, at Fort Dix New Jersey from 1954 to 1956. He attended

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Wanda "Alice" Gier

Wanda “Alice” Gier, 80, passed away Oct. 23, 2011, at the hospital in North Platte surrounded by her family and friends.

Alice was born May 18, 1931, in Hyannis, the daughter of Gerald and Ruby Wright Simpson. She attended elementary school in the country schools in southern Grant County. Her family moved to Wyoming in the early 1940s. When Alice was 12 years old, she moved with her family to the ranch south of Mullen that she would call home for the rest of her life. When she was asked if

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Greg Grover

Greg Grover, 28, of Gordon died October 26, 2011, at his home. Immediate survivors: parents, Bob and Jan Grover; wife, Melissa (Ballard); son, McCaffrey; daughters, McKinley and McKaley; sisters: Amanda Saunders and Jennifer Petersen; and brother, Chris Grover. Funeral services for Gregg were Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Gordon City Auditorium. Burial was at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Neb. A memorial has been established for a college fund for Greg’s children. Donations may be sent

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Allen Willard Mendenhall

Allen Willard Mendenhall was born on September 17, 1918 in Hay Springs, Neb. to Paul and Edith Mendenhall. Willard was one of seven children and was raised on the family farm south of Hay Springs.

During his childhood, Willard attended Sandridge school and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1936. He stayed and worked on the family farm and attended the New Hope Friends Church, in which his family were pioneer members.

In 1940, at the age of 22, Willard moved to Portland, Ore. to

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Roy Nyffler

Roy Nyffler, 55, of Rapid City passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at his home.
Roy was a hard worker who loved to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. He especially loved to spend time with people and loved life. Roy was highly dedicated and took great pride in his work for RPM Associates.

Survivors include his son, Daniel Nyffler, Rapid City; daughter, Ramona Garrigan, Rapid City; mother, Margaret Sparks, Rapid City; father, Robert Nyffler, Rushville, NE

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Owen Bradley Parker

Owen Bradley Parker, 23, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011, in an automobile accident. Owen was born March 26, 1988, to Brad and Linda Parker. He was baptized into his faith of God in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Owen attended Hay Springs Schools until 2002, when his family moved to Hershey, Neb. where he attended his freshman and sophomore years. The family then moved to Gothenburg, Neb. where Owen graduated in 2006. After high school graduation, he attended

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John “Jack” Robson

John “Jack” Robson, 81, Lincoln, Neb., died Monday, October 24, 2011. Jack was born September 22, 1930 in Gordon, Nebraska to John Wesley and Martha Mildred (Shook) Robson. He married Kathryn Baker on August 26, 1951 in David City, Nebraska. He met Kathryn at UNL, and both received their degrees in 1953. Jack went to Korea in 1954 as U. S. Army Officer of Infantry.

He attended graduate school at UNL, received his Master’s Degree from Denver University in Librarianship. His first job was at

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Kathleen Root

Kathleen Root, 82, of David City, died September 24, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Villa. She was born February 11, 1929, in Scottsbluff, Neb. to Mark and Nancy (Harrod) Root. She attended Nebraska schools in Scottsbluff, Gering, Sargent, Kenesaw, and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1947.

She attended Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. and graduated in 1952. She then relocated to Philadelphia, Pa. where she worked as a CNA in a hospital for 30 years, retiring in 1986. When her health began

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