Elouise Schwarting

Elouise Cora Ballard, 92, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Gordon Countryside Care. Elouise was born February 7, 1930, near Gordon, Nebraska, to Harold and Hulda Ballard. She grew up in a Sod house north of Gordon, Nebraska, where she lived for many years until moving to the home on the ranch which was built after she was married. Elouise graduated from Gordon High School. On August 30, 1948, Elouise married her first and only love, Norman Schwarting at the


Patricia Pennington

Patricia Elizabeth Pennington of Gordon, Nebraska, passed away January 16, 2023, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was born March 17, 1949, in Denver, Colorado, to Martin and Pauline Mulligan.

Patricia worked at several different jobs during her life, one being for Burlington Northern Railroad for five years. She also worked for Metropolitan Pathology P.C. for fifteen years, was in private security for eight years and then was a personal care provider for ten years before she retired.

For four


Debra Ainslie

Debra Louise (Johns) Ainslie was born in Gordon, NE on the 15th of July 1955, the first of three daughters born to Orvis and Peggie Johns.  After graduating from Gordon High School, Debra moved to Scottsbluff to attend beautician school.  While there she was joined in marriage to Tom Ainslie of Hay Springs.  To this union were born three children, John, Tereasa and Connie.  Tom and Debra eventually returned to Gordon.  Debra worked at Gordon Memorial Hospital. After her


Geri Landreth

Geri Ann Landreth was the first of six children born to Daniel and Patricia Schmaltz on June 22, 1956, in Hot Springs, SD. She later became the older sister to Theresa, Barb, Daniel Jr, Lody and Patricia. She passed away January 12, 2023, at Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon, NE.

Geri Ann attended both grade school and high school in Rushville, graduating with the class of 1974. 

On February 22, 1976, she married Robert Landreth. They made Rushville their home and were blessed with 2


Mary Rose Reid

Mary Rose Reid loved to tell people that she was born in the Rushville Museum.  The house, which would later become the Museum, was at the time of her birth, owned by John and Mary Schreurs and her mother had come to town to stay with them until her baby was born.  Mary Rose was born June 8, 1924, to Mathias and Nora Roffers in Rushville, NE.

 Mary Rose grew up on a farm northwest of Rushville with her sisters, Alice, Catherine and Noreen and brother Billy.  She attended


Marjorie Williams

Marjorie Bertha Mary (Baldauf) Williams was born April 14, 1929, in Hay Springs, Nebraska to Joseph Baldauf and Mabel Opal (Fisher) Baldauf and passed away on January 1, 2023, in Seward, Nebraska at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 18 days.

Marjorie attended grade school in Clinton, Nebraska and graduated high school from Rushville, Nebraksa. Marjorie and Caleb Earl Williams were united in marriage on July 10, 1947, at Martin, South Dakota, and enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Marjorie was


Leulla Deines

Margaret Luella Deines of Gordon, Nebraska passed away on December 5, 2022. She was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on August 4, 1938 to Ray and Bertha Stowell (Hewitt). She grew up in Scottsbluff and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1957. 

Luella was the 10th child of 5 brothers and 5 sisters. 

She worked as a Candy Striper at the Scottsbluff Regional Hospital. She then met the love of her life, Leland Leroy Deines, and they were married on July 1, 1959 in Bridgeport


Lois Hinton

Lois Carol Rash was the oldest child born to Ross D. and Vera G. Cooper Rash on October 6, 1924, in Gordon. She was the older sister to Ross and Janet. Lois started school in Gordon and that is where she finished with the class of 1943. Following graduation, Lois attended secretarial school in Chillicothe, Missouri. After completing the course of study she and a friend ventured to Chicago when they both found employment with the Burlington Railroad. Lois remembered watching the Cubs play in the


Bonnie Kay Tystad

Bonnie Kay Tystad, 80, of Gordon, Nebraska, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Gordon Countryside Care.

Bonnie was born on November 4, 1942, in Gordon. As a young girl, she attended Demmer School, a rural school in Shannon County, South Dakota. She later attended and graduated from Gordon High School. She was an excellent student. While still in high school, Bonnie began working for the telephone company as a telephone operator.

On February 6, 1965, Bonnie married Larry Tystad. They


Bob Stillwell

Bob Michael “Fuzzy” Stillwell, 71 of Brady passed away January 7, 2023 at Great Plains Health.

Fuzzy was born on December 22, 1951 in Valentine, NE to Donald Earl and Frances Ellen (Nollette) Stillwell.

Fuzzy Stillwell is the preferred name of Bob Michael Stillwell, who has entertained and walked us through the past 71 years. He left such an impression on anyone he came into contact with and probably most people have a “Fuzzy story”.

Fishing, peanuts in the shell


Bobby Schott

Bobby Lane Schott was born June 24, 1937, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Henry and Lillian (Schmidt) Schott. He passed away December 18, 2022, in Longmont, Colorado. He grew up in Gering, Nebraska-attending grade school through High School, graduating with the Class of 1956.

Bob joined the Navy on January 23, 1957, by first attending boot camp at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA. After boot camp he went to IC Electricians Class A School also in San Diego. After graduation and a 2


Janet Elaine Ross Waddill

Jan, as everyone knew her, was born in Lincoln, NE at home to her parents Esther and George Ross on July 25, 1930. George worked for the post office and Esther, an outstanding seamstress, mended clothing and took in laundry to earn extra income. Jan and her only sibling, Phyllis Ross Thomsen, grew up during the hard times of the 1930’s in Lincoln. They were very close sisters.

To earn her four-year college degree in Home Economics, Jan attended UNL where she honed her culintary and

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