Robert Hollstein

Robert Henry Hollstein passed away at home on August 29, 2021 in McAllen, TX.   He was 97.   

Bob was born March 11, 1924 in Hay Springs to Will and Elsie Hollstein.  He lived the majority of his life in Hay Springs and Rushville, owning the Hollstein Packing Plant with his brother Bill.  

A memorial service for Bob will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Joy Hollstein:  201 South Taylor Road  #15 McAllen, TX  78501


Louie Schmidt

Richard Louis “Louie” Schmitt, 97, of Gordon, Nebraska died on August 23, 2021. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Gordon, Nebraska, with Father Dan Gilbert officiating. A vigil service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, Nebraska. Internment will be at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been directed to the Gordon


Larry M. Swick

Larry M. Swick, 88, of Batesland, South Dakota, passed away August 23, 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota, from kidney failure.

Larry was born on November 11, 1932, in Clinton, Nebraska to Raleigh and Emma (Hoppe) Swick. He is survived by Betty (Meador), his wife for 59 years, daughter Laurie, sons: Adam (Bekah), Raleigh, Andrew (Mona), Nathan (Lori). His grandchildren include Miranda, Ally, Jacob, Ramy, and Salma. Larry is also survived by his brother, Loren, of Greeley, Colorado.

Larry was a


Julie Ann Bishop

Julie Ann Bishop was born on April 4, 1951, in Gordon, Nebraska, to Stanley Bishop and Doris (Rusk) Bishop. She was the 2nd born of 10 siblings. She passed away August 16, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska.

She graduated from Rushville High School in the spring of 1969 and started working in White Clay, right out of high school. She did some bookkeeping as well as clerking in an auto shop, hardware store, and grocery store.

After meeting John A. Krotz, they were married on July 6, 1985. On January 5


Fred Otten

Funeral services for Frederick E. “Fred” Otten, 84, of Norfolk, will be Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Christ Lutheran Church, in Norfolk starting at 10:30. Reverend Mike Moreno will officiate. Burial will be in Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, NE. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday August 25th at Home for Funerals Chapel, 807 Georgia Avenue, Norfolk. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Otten passed away Sunday, August 22nd, 2021, at Faith Regional Health


Paula Calkins

Paula Marie (Rittscher) Calkins left us on August 14, 2021. 

She was born on a small farm Northwest of Gordon, Ne­braska to Claus & Catherine Rittscher on November 11, 1934. Paula was the young­est of three sisters. 

The girls attended a one room school­house where they rode their horses to and from every day in the heat of the sun or the blowing snow of winter. Growing up in that era on the farm bestowed a strong work ethic, perseverance and ded­ication to her


Larry Lance Bixby

Larry Lance Bixby, 72, died July 31, 2021 in Rapid City, SD following a brief illness. Lance will long be remembered by family and friends for his good-natured sense of humor, generosity, and strong work ethic, which was equally matched by a strong sense for enjoying life and having fun with friends and family.

Lance, the oldest of 6 children, was born to Larry Lawrence and Margaret Ruth (Merrihew) Bixby on October 30, 1948 in Alliance, NE. His early years were lived on the family ranch north


Sheryl Buskirk

Sheryl Lynn Buskirk, 64, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born on February 20, 1957 in Rushville, Nebraska to Norman Lyle and Bonnie Jean (Tiensvold) Elwood.

On September 22, 1980, at the Box Butte County Courthouse, Sheryl was united in marriage to the love of her life and biggest supporter, Tracy Buskirk. Sheryl and Tracy lived in Alliance, Nebraska for the duration of their marriage where they raised their four children. Sheryl ran a busy


Joyce Lahaye

Joyce (Lehman) Lahaye, 81, of Livingston, passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Joyce was born in Rushville, Nebraska, on July 30, 1940. She was the daughter of John & Mary Lehman and was raised in Rushville. After graduation, she attended Parks Business College in Denver, Colorado, graduating in September 1959. 

On December 30, 1961, she married Gary Lahaye, and four children were welcomed; Chris, Ken, Therese, and Bryan. Joyce and Gary worked on ranches in the panhandle of


Deborah Dawson

Deborah Anne (Dykes) Dawson was born in Rushville, NE on July 18, 1956 to Max and Marlene (DeWitt) Dykes. Deb passed away peacefully at age 65 in her home south of Kilgore, NE on August 8, 2021.

Deb was the oldest daughter of Max and Marlene’s six children. Growing up as a teacher’s daughter she attended school in Oxford, NE; Mullen, NE; and graduated from Ogallala, NE in 1974. After graduation, she attended Chadron State College where she became part of Chi Omega Sorority and met


Rena Capler

Rena E. Capler, daughter of Frank A. and Ada Iola (Speer) Hamilton, was born October 22, 1934 at Alliance, NE. She was raised on a ranch 35 miles south of Gordon, Neb. and attended a rural sandhills school through the eighth grade. While in high school Rena attended a Bible camp at Chadron State Park, and it was there, sitting under a pine tree, when she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She attended Gordon High School, where she received Normal Training, and graduated with the Class of


John Novotny

John Joe Novotny passed away July 22, 2021, at the age of 82 at Rapid City, S.D. He was born on April 18, 1939 to Adolph and Albina (Koupal) Novotny. He was delivered by a midwife in Martin. He was the youngest of 6 children. As a young child his parents and 5 siblings, Dorothy, George, Jane, Larry and Dorine moved to a farm south of Gordon, Neb., in 1940. Just before Christmas in 1941 they moved to the farm 3 miles east of Batesland that they had purchased. His grandmother Anna Novotny also

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