Patricia Joan Reed

Patricia Joan Reed was born in Culver, Kansas, to Lily Irene Reed and Harold Sterling Reed on February 3, 1933, and was an only child.

The family moved to Colorado during the depression, and this is where Patty Jo, as her mother used to call her, grew up, went to school, got married and had her four children, Debbie McCoy, Scott Hewit, Carolyn Hewit Julian and Janet Sasse.

She moved to Gordon in 1984, where she resided until she passed away on the 18th of March after a sudden and acute heart


Lois Hermansen

Lois Ruth Richmond Hermansen was born to Lenora Andrews and Rodney Richmond on October 14, 1926 (Forest Lake MN) and died on March 2, 2019 (Helena MT).  Lois was graduated as Valedictorian from her high school in Hay Springs NE.  She then went on to become a Registered Nurse from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha NE (1948), part of the government’s World War II Cadet Nurses Program.

Lois married Lloyd Hermansen, her high school sweetheart, in 1946 when he


Gerald Martin Flathman Jr.

Gerald (Jerry) Martin Flathman, Jr. 87, passed away Thursday March 7, 2019 at the Willson Hospice House in Albany, Georgia.

Pastor Flathman was born February  19, 1932 in St. Paul MN, the son of the late Gerald Flathman, Sr. and Agnes Gadow Flathman. Mr. Flathman was a graduate of Johnson High School in St. Paul, MN, he attended Dartmouth College in NJ, St. Thomas College in MN, and was a graduate of  McAllister College in St. Paul, MN. He then attended and graduated from Wartburg


Norma Nydahl

Norma Jean Fish, was born August 18, 1927 and returned to her Heavenly Home on March 10, 2019. Norma was born to Kenneth Loyal Fish and Lillian Irene Cutshall Fish. At age 9, Norma’s mother became ill, so her and her brother Don were raised by their Grandparents Charles and Susan Cutshall.

Norma graduated from Gordon High School in 1946. On January 18, 1947 she married Leslie Leroy Swick in Gordon, NE. They lived in Gordon, where Leroy (Bud) Swick owned and operated Swick Well Drilling


Helen Lucille (Anderson) Finley

Helen L. Finley was born to Oscar and Christina Anderson on the family homestead near Gordon, Neb. on March 1, 1925, and passed from this life on February 25, 2019, in West Magic, Idaho, at the age of 93. 

Helen was baptized and confirmed in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and remained a member of that faith until her death. 

She attended a one-room country elementary school and graduated from Gordon High School in 1941. 

In 1953, Helen joined the workforce and was employed


Alvin Trucano

Alvin Eli Trucano was born November 1, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa to Pastor Peter D. and Gladys Opal (Jennings) Trucano. He has one brother, one year and 1 day younger, Vernon John (Margaret) Trucano of Ottumwa, Iowa. He passed away at home in his favorite recliner on March 9, 2019 at 82 years of age.

All his life Pastor Al was in ministry, growing up in Parsonages most all of his life. He became a Born-Again Christian at the age of 9 and was baptized by Immersion at the age of 13 in Harlan


David Soper

David (Dave) Dale Soper born July 10, 1948 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, joined “the spirit in the sky” on March 4, 2019, at Close to Home Hospice in Gillette, Wyoming, after a short battle with cancer.

Dave moved to Nebraska as a young child and grew up in Cody, Nebraska.  He loved the small-town camaraderie with his family and many friends.  He graduated from Cody High School in 1966 and joined the Navy serving as radioman while stationed in Ethiopia.  After his


Ruth Elizabeth “Liz” Johnston

After a recent illness, Ruth Elizabeth “Liz” Duerfeldt Johnston passed away February 22, 2019, at the Mountainview Medical Center in White Sulphur Springs , Montana. She was 66 years old.

Liz was born on May 13, 1952, in Gordon, Nebraska, to Leonard R. and Helen R. Duerfeldt. Liz attended grade school and high school in Gordon, graduating in 1970. She attended Chadron State College for one year and then finished her education in Bozeman, Montana, earning a Bachelor of Science


Raymond Shipp

Dr. Raymond Francis Shipp, 87, of Maidencreek Township, passed away, surrounded by his family, on February 28th at Penn State Health St. Joseph's in Reading, Pa. He was born on a farm on June 1, 1931, the youngest of 6 children to John Laurence and Antoinette Shipp in Hay Springs, NB. His passion for farming as a young man set his career path. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Nebraska and his PhD in Agronomy at Pennsylvania State University


Elsie Bostock

Elsie Darlene Cummings was born on November 26, 1942 in Pine Ridge, SD. She grew up on a farm 2 miles north of Martin, SD where she attended grade school through the 7th grade then attended Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge.

Elsie married Glenn Bostock on December 30, 1958 in Rapid City, SD. To this union 6 children were born, Tami (who was a still born baby), Glenn Jr., Keith, LaVonda, Larry and Wade Bostock.

Glenn and Elsie worked on various ranches for 20 years until moving back to


Lola Spears

Lola May (Key) Speirs, 87, of 96 Speirs Road in rural Hay Springs died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron. Visitation will be from 5- 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Chadron Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Winner, S.D., to Faran “Bud” Key and Neva (Hayworth) Key. Her mother died in 1945. The family


Merle Temple

Merle Douglas Temple (age 57) passed away peacefully at his ranch home West of Rockyford, South Dakota on February 26, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  His strength and determination was with him thru the end as was his sense of humor and love of friends and family.

Merle was born on September 3, 1961 to Douglas Temple and Judy (Hanneman) Temple in Gordon, Nebraska.   Merle grew up as a cowboy.  He and his siblings began breaking horses at a young age. 

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