Laura Balius

Laura was born to Steve & Carol Balius in Gordon NE on June 25, 1985, joining two older sisters.  Laura lived and loved the western way of life from an early age, spending lots of time on the back of horses and in tractors before she could walk.  She passed away on December 1, 2020.

Elementary school was completed at Cherry County rural schools.  She graduated from Gordon High School in 2004 where she was active on the volleyball and basketball teams.  She pursued a


Kathryn Barth

Kathryn V. Barth passed away at Ponderosa Villa, Crawford, Nebraska on Friday, November 27, 2020 at the age of 94. Kathryn (Kathy) was born on April 2, 1926 to James and Eunice Tice on April 2, 1926 in Gordon, Nebraska. She was the youngest of five children. Kathy graduated from Gordon High School with the class of 1944. 

Shortly after graduating high school, Kathy worked in the Grand Island Cornhusker Ordnance Plant, (munitions plant) to help the war effort making bombs. 



Patricia A. Dorshorst

Patricia A Dorshorst, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Chadron Community Hospital. She was born April 28, 1936 to Lyle and Atha Myers along with siblings, Donna, Gary and Anita. She married Gary Dorshorst on July 9, 1953. 

She is survived by her children, Terri (Don) Bruner of Las Vegas, NV; Tod (Janet) Dorshorst of Hay Springs, NE; Tom Dorshorst of Lincoln, NE; Teena Gering (fiancé Brad) of Cheyenne, WY; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Her


Susan Phillips

Susan Ann Phillips left this world on November 26, 2020.

Susan, 83 years old, was born on December 16, 1937 in Gordon, Nebraska. Her parents were

Gladys and Ferd Shald. She married Robert P. Phillips in 1958.

Susan was a proud Oglala Lakota and her heritage was a focal point of her life. She ensured the stories of the many great tribal leaders of the Oglala, including those of her lineage, The Bad Face clan of Chief Red Cloud, were passed on to her children, grandchildren, and the greater


Donald Ruleaux

Donald D. Ruleaux, 89, of Chadron, NE passed away peacefully at his home with his daughter Mary, son-in-law Duane, and his friend Lynne by his side.

Don was born in Martin, SD on June 19, 1931 to a French Canadian Native American father and an English Mother. He spent his early years growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. When Don was entering the fourth grade, the family moved to Gordon, NE, where he attended school and graduated in 1950. His post-secondary education includes Kansas


Mary Jean McGaughey

Mary Jean was born November 24th, 1926 to Olin Arthur and Inez Reike Ravenscroft in Blairstown (Benton County), Iowa on the family farm.  She had six older brothers:  Willis, Myron, Francis, Donald, James, and Calvin; and a younger sister Ruth was born in 1931.  In 1930, Olin and Inez Ravenscroft and their growing family migrated from Iowa to the Sandhills of Nebraska.  During the first ten years, they lived somewhat of a nomadic life, leasing and living on several


James Ernest Walter

James Ernest Walter was born June 24, 1935 to Charlotte Marie (Norton) and John Harold Walter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and passed away November 19, 2020 in Gordon, Nebraska.

Jim loved science. A degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin took him to Los Angeles and Atomics International, then to California Lawrence Radiation Lab in Berkeley as a research engineer, to Los Alamos as a test site engineer, and back to Berkeley.  Eventually his engineering degree was put


Gary Winter

Gary G. Winter, 62, of Rushville, NE, died Friday November 20, 2020, at his home surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born February 4, 1958, in Gordon, NE, to John and Kathryn (Semans) Winter. As a young child he lived in Rushville, NE where he attended Cravath Elementary and graduated from Rushville High School in 1976. While in high school he participated in basketball and was a member of the RATS, which he spent a lot of time cheering on the Rushville Longhorns.

After graduation he


Bill Arnot

A lover of life, family, friends, horses, and always a kind word, William C. “Bill” Arnot passed away after 94 wonderful years on November 16, 2020 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  This True Gentleman was born October 3, 1926 to parents Howard & Emma Betlach Arnot, in beautiful Moab, Utah where the family was operating a sheep ranch. This talented and patient man was born an only child who enjoyed the natural wonders of Moab, raising sheep, fishing, and playing among the


Walter H. Schmidt

Walter H. Schmidt died November 17, 2020, at Toledo Hospital from Covid complications.  He was born September 19, 1935, to Harold and Helen (McGaughey) Schmidt in Sheridan County, Nebraska. Walter attended grades 1-7 in country school and attended the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, Nebraska for high school graduating in 1953.   He attended University of Nebraska and was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band and Farmhouse Fraternity.  He graduated with


Leona “Suzie” Spangler

Leona “Suzie” Spangler was born on March 17, 1938 to George and LaVerne Ditsch in Alliance, NE. She passed away on November 16, 2020, at Scottsbluff, NE.

Suzie was one of six children born to George and LaVerne. They raised their family on a farm south of Hay Springs. Suzie graduated from Hay Springs High School and attended National College of Business in Rapid City, SD.

Suzie met the love of her life, Terry Spangler and they were married on April 2, 1958. They moved to the


Marvin Dean Schildhauer

Funeral services for 76-year-old Marvin Dean Schildhauer are set for Saturday November 28, 2020, 10:00am at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Rushville, NE.

Marvin was born April 21, 1944 in Chadron, Nebraska to Edwin and Frances (Elsberry) Schildhauer. He passed away on Sunday November 15, 2020 at the Alliance Box Butte Hospital after a brief illness, leaving a legacy of hard work and deep love of family.

Marvin grew up in the Hay Springs

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