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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Walter Stewart

Walter Stewart of Rushville died on October 1, 2011. He had just celebrated his 96th birthday.

Mr. Stewart was born to George and Nora (Coon) Stewart in 1915. The family lived near White Clay, on the homestead of Samuel Stewart, Walt’s grandfather. He attended Extension School and Gordon High School. In 1935, he married Dorothy Kuskie of Rushville. He worked on his family’s farms, and for a time lived in Wyoming working as a cook. He entered the army in early 1945, and spent a year in the


Evelyn Trenkle

Evelyn Trenkle, 95, passed away on October 28, 2011, at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs.

Evelyn (Sandoz) Trenkle was born on December 14, 1915, at the home of her Grandmother Sandoz, 35 miles south of Hay Springs, to Felix and Esther Sandoz who both came to the United States from Switzerland. She attended elementary school at Cotton Ridge, a one-room school southeast of Hay Springs and two years of high school in Hay Springs. She was baptized in the Hilton Lutheran Church and confirmed in the


Iris Orvilla Alexander

Iris Orvilla Alexander, 74, formerly of Gordon, passed away November 13, 2011, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

She is survived by her son, Troy Alexander of Kansas, Daughters, Noeleen Kaye Lein and Vickie Goodlett both of Oklahoma, brothers Alton Westover, Fred Westover both of Kansas, and Darrell Westover of Minnesota, 7 grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home. Burial will be held at the Gordon

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