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Frances Elaine Stidham

Frances Elaine (Trueblood) Stidham, 94, peacefully passed away on February 11, 2012, in Loveland, Colorado.

Frances was born in Gordon, Neb. on December 23, 1917, to Benjamin Trueblood and Louise ‘Lulu’ Sears Trueblood.

She married Harry Hugen in September of 1936, and to this union a son, Bennie Hugen, was born. In 1941, she married Woodrow Wilson Stidham in her new home state of California. She spent the majority of her life in Southern California and truly loved it there. She relocated to Loveland in late 2009 to be close to her family.

Frances is survived by her son, Bennie Hugen of Gordon; brother Thomas Trueblood of Akron, Ohio; Grand-daughters Cindy Hugen of Fort Collins, and Connie Rous of Martin, S.D.; Grand-sons Jerry Hugen of Douglas, Wyo., Marty Hugen of Strugis, and Bryan Hugen of Gordon. Also, four great-grandchildren: Amanda Hugen Jaksha, Jeffrey Hugen, Patrick and Sawyer Rous; two great great-grandchildren, Ava and Aliza Jaksha, and her second family at The Loveland House.

She was preceded in death by her husband Woodrow, her parents, sisters: Gladys Shald and Maxine Aplan, Brothers: Glen, Jesse, Jack, Richard, and Edward Trueblood and many in-laws and other special people.

Frances grew up on the Niobrara River and enjoyed swimming, riding horses and exploring the Nebraska Sandhills with her siblings. She relished the beauty of Southern California forming a lasting love for the ocean, the San Diego Zoo, and the desert where she enjoyed a weekend home for many years. Her free time was spent body surfing, camping and hiking the Western States with her husband, Woody.

Frances was a classy yet sassy lady that embraced the simple life. She enjoyed working in manufacturing, making locks, and her animals; cats and horses in particular. She was known for sweeping the sidewalks, before most arose, in her California retirement community up until relocating at the age of 91.

A grave side service will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, 2 p.m. at the Gordon Cemetery, in Gordon, with Harlen Wheeler officiating. No memorial funds have been established; donations in her honor are suggested to any military service organization supporting veterans.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Alice "Jean" Tice

Alice “Jean” Tice, 89, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of the Chicago area and Gordon, died at her home in Sun City on February 9, 2012.

She is the daughter of the late Edward D. and Ethel B. Tice of Gordon, Neb.; beloved sister of the late Helen (Herb) Hamblet, Patrick (Mary Catherine) Tice, Joe Tice and Mary (Jack) Schweitzer; loving aunt of 19 nieces and nephews, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held Friday, February 17, 2012, at St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook, Ill. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Northbrook, Ill. A memorial service is being scheduled for March 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. in St. Clements’s Church in Sun City. For information, please contact Michael J. Hamblet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Jeremiah "J.C." Callahan

J.C. died Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at Dana Point, California.

Jeremiah Christian Callahan was born October 22, 1988, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Andrew and Pamela (Haase) Callahan. He was an accomplished athlete in high school, and was a member of the Cardinal’s football, track and wrestling teams. His devotion to wrestling led him to qualify for the Nebraska State Meet in 2005 and 2006. J.C. also enjoyed baseball, and played with a team of boys who dubbed themselves “The Boys of Summer.” Their many hours of practice and love for the game led to numerous successful seasons and life-long friendships.

He loved all kinds of sports, but dancing was his passion. Time spent with family and friends was very important to J.C. He loved camping, skiing, boating and hunting with his dad.

JC graduated from Chadron High School in 2007, and then attended Wayne State College before joining the United States Marine Corps in August of 2008. After graduating from the Marine Corps Boot Camp in San Diego, California, in November of 2008, he was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class.

Jeremiah served one tour of duty, from September 2010 to March 2011, in Sangin, Afghanistan, with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. After returning to California, he was selected by his superior Marine officers to deploy to Jordan and assist with training of the Jordanian army. J.C. currently was working as a Data Network Specialist at Camp Pendleton.

Jeremiah’s personal service awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal. On February 1, 2012, J.C. was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Survivors include his parents, Andy and Pam Callahan, and sister, Taylor Callahan of Chadron; grandparents, Garry and Marcella Callahan of Chadron and DeLoris Haase of Newman Grove; great grandparents, William and Edna Wendt of Hoskins; aunts, Colleen (Rick) Peterson and Annette Callahan, both of Omaha; Connie (Randy) Alder of Stuart and Kandie (Brian) Mlady of Atkinson; uncles, Mike Haase of Atkinson; Terry (Dara) Haase of Arvada, Colorado; Tom (Nancy) Haase of Newman Grove and Jay (Destiny) Haase of Eads, Colorado; and many cousins and friends.

Jeremiah was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Darryl Haase.

Funeral services for Sgt. Jeremiah “J.C.” Callahan, age 23, of Chadron, Neb., will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chadron State College Ballroom in Chadron, Nebraska with Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Chadron. Visitation will be held at Chamberlain Chapel, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012.

Military Escorts will be Cpl. Justin Heath, Sgt. Nicolaus Troyer, Sgt. Jesse Sekerski, Cpl. Andrew Miley, and Cpl. Brett Hoffman.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Chadron High School Class of 2007.

Music will be provided by Patti Chasek, Shelley White, Abbey Dorshorst, Leighton Mlady, and Brian Mlady.

A memorial has been established for the Jeremiah Callahan memorial fund. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, Neb. 69337.

Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.

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Daisy Elizabeth Moore

Daisy Elizabeth (Foster) Moore, 85, passed away February 18, 2012. She was born in Chadron, Nebraska, on January 20, 1927. She was the third of four children of Anna Julia (Kobiela) (1900 – 1995) and Floyd “Butch” E. Foster (1889 – 1954). She was named “Daisy” in memory of her Dad’s mother, Frankie Daisy (Carey) Foster. She grew up in Chadron, attending Chadron High School, graduating in 1945. After high school, she and her childhood chum, Lois Camel, traveled to Washington, D.C. where they assisted in the final days of the war effort. She commented a number of times that she and Lois were such “rubes”, having never been further than Crawford, Nebraska, prior to working in D.C. in their first 18 years on this planet.

She eventually met up with a rough-neck fresh out of the United States Marine Corps, Warren Jay Moore, who thought he had an “in”marrying the Chief of Police’s daughter. They were hitched July 9th, 1949. Jay preceded Daisy in death last April 17th, 2011. To this 60-plus year marriage were born three children. Daisy was a stay at home mother during the kids’ early years. In later years she worked at Sidles Chambers, Socony Oil (Casper, Wyoming), The Meat Market and ultimately continued her working career with the Federal government and the Nebraska Forest Service. During her working career she also joined Toastmasters in order to over come her fear of public speaking. She retired from Federal service in 1986, about the same time Jay did from the Chicago and North Western Rail Road.

In her retirement years she and Jay did some traveling, gardening, snow blowing, tree planting, watering (lots of watering), mowing (lots of mowing) and reading. She was known to sip a beer and wolf down chicken quesadillas at Wreckers and hang out with her buddies Mitzi Lecher and Josephine (Goodell) Hulshizer. Daisy is survived by all three of her children, David (Sue Carter), Kimberly (Steven Crowe) and Kevin (Debra Dibble); two of her siblings, Frank Foster and Lois Ladegard and eight grand children and eighteen great grand children.

Daisy lived a good 85+ years and we were very lucky to have her. No complaints.

Funeral services for Daisy E. Moore of Chadron, Nebraska will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron with Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Moore passed away on February 18, 2012 in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

A memorial has been established for the World War II Memorial Fund. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.

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James Joseph Benedickt

James Joseph “Jim” Benedickt, 91, of Gordon, Nebraska, passed away February 18, with his wife of 66 years, Audrey, by his side.

Jim was born in 1921 in Dunlap, Iowa to JJ and Ida-Hinkel Benedickt. As a young child he moved to Omaha and attended St. Bridgett’s Elementary School. In 1930 the family moved to Kyle, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Jim attended high school in Rushville, and Martin, SD, graduating from Bennett County High School in 1940. After high school Jim went to college at the University of South Dakota, playing football there and living with his coach.

Jim joined the Airforce in 1943, serving the European Theater during WWII, he was stationed in Corsica off the coast of Italy. He was a radio mechanic for the army/airforce airborne and ground radios. During his tour of duty, Jim was chosen to play in the 1945 Spaghetti bowl, 5th Army versus 12th Airforce. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Jim married Audrey Coon Benedickt on Jan. 26, 1946 in Rushville, with whom he would spend the rest of his life. Their life together brought them four children: Mike, Kirk, Susan and Kathy.

Jim lived and ranched on his place north of Kyle for most of his life. Jim was a true cowboy, growing up riding broncs and working cows the real way, with a horse and rope. He was also fluent in the Lakota language, and if you listened close he would tell some of the old stories. He was always happiest with family on the ranch, working cows (his girls) and being the boss. Jim had a special way with animals, especially dogs and his pet cows. Always a joke teller and quick to make you laugh, Jim made many friends along the way. Jim was an avid golfer in his day. He was instrumental in building the Gordon country club and was the first player to par its nine holes. He loved being around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always bragging of their many achievements.

Jim is survived by his wife Audrey; son Mike Benedickt of Sheridan, Wyo.; daughter Susan Wallace of Gordon; son-in-law Steve Mohr; daughter-in-law Wrayanne Shannon; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, 9 siblings, son Kirk Benedickt, and daughter Kathy Mohr.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial services were held Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

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Kenneth Peck

Funeral services for Kenneth Peck, 88, of Hay Springs, Nebraska will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Michael Wittrock officiating. Interment will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery. Mr. Peck passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Kenneth was born March 5, 1923 in a log home in Mitchell, Nebraska to Merl and Bessie Peck. He was the eldest son in the family. He attended and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1941.

After graduation he was located in Long Beach, California where he worked at McDonnell Aircraft for a year. After which he came back to Mitchell and enlisted into the US Navy. Following boot camp he was assigned to the destroyer USS Landsdowne. Later, upon his honorable discharge, he again came back to Mitchell to farm and to marry Audrey Laessle, April 26, 1946. In 1948, his name was drawn for a farm unit on the Mirage Flats, south of Hay Springs where they have farmed and resided ever since.

He went to work at the US Post Office in Hay Springs and later transferred to Alliance where he retired in 1988. His community services have included President of District 30 PTA, all officer titles at various times at Zion Lutheran Church and an officer member of the American Legion Club.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, capturing every special moment with a photograph. He was a lifetime avid fisherman, having caught too many to count. Not your average hobby gardener and a prize winning pumpkin grower.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Harold.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey; Son Rev. Jerry (Arlene) Peck of Paola, Kansas; Daughters, Leslie (Paul) Olson of La Mesa, California and Jodene (David) Pappas of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Grandsons, Christopher (Melissa) Peck of Red Oak, Iowa and Nathan (Cassie) Peck of Dardene, Missouri; Granddaughters, Krista Olson and great granddaughter, Christina Olson of La Mesa, California.

A memorial has been established for the Zion Lutheran Church or the Chadron Hospice. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbles Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com

Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.

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Helen Johnson

Helen Louise DeWolf Johnson passed away on February 22, 2012 in Grand Island, Nebraska after a short illness.

On October 6, 1925 a baby girl was born to Harry and Cora DeWolfe on their ranch located in the Northwest corner of Sheridan County. This baby girl’s arrival was witnessed by her 2 half brothers, Gerald and Wendell, her 2 half sisters Evelyn and Dorothy and her sister Margaret.

Harry and Cora named their baby girl Helen Louise and Helen would eventually be joined in the DeWolf family by one brother James and four sisters: Vera, Alice, Frances and Vesta. The family’s ranch was located approximately 15 miles northwest of Gordon, Nebraska and only a few miles from the Nebraska / South Dakota boarder.

Helen Attended country schools through the 8th grade and in the fall of 1939 she and her sister Margaret came to Gordon and enrolled in Gordon High School. Helen and Margaret graduated from Gordon High School in the spring of 1943 and then traveled to Denver to work in a secretarial position at the Singer Sewing Machine Co. At some point during this time period, Helen met Harley Dell Johnson and the two would be married on Saturday, September 9, 1944 in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Following the war, Harley and Helen moved to Gordon and took up residence in a small house they purchased from Herald Epson at 517 North Spruce Street and it was there they would reside together until Harley’s death on July 23, 1986. Helen continued to live at 517 Spruce Street until earlier this year. All told, Helen would live on the corner of 6th and Spruce streets for over 65 years.

During Harley and Helen’s 42 years of married life, they would welcome the birth of 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls. Their first-born was Dennis, followed by Gary, Randy and Kevin. Kevin would only live for 3 days. Their 3 girls, Kerri, Kristi and Kammi followed Kevin’s birth in the mid-fifties.

Helen loved to work a garden. Nothing made her happier than to spend endless hours planting, cultivating and harvesting her garden. It was in her garden that she found peace, joy and contentment. In addition to growing her vegetables, she loved her flowers and especially her tulips. In addition to her garden in Gordon, she would often plant and harvest a garden on her parents place northwest of town. Helen was also a life-long seamstress. Her particular treasure was designing and creating denim quilts. She was always starting on a new sewing project and her finished works of art will be hand-me-down treasures for generations to come.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents Harry and Cora, her husband Harley, her brother Jim and her sons Dennis, Gary and Kevin.

She is survived by son Randy of Ainsworth, Daughters Kerri of Wagoner, South Dakota, Kristi of Cody, Nebraska and Kammi of Garden City, Kansas. 13 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren, 5 sisters: Margaret of Pharr, Tx, Vera, Frances and Alice of Gordon and Vesta of Ellsworth.

Services were held at the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home on Monday February 27 at 1:30 p.m. Celebrant Harlen Wheeler officiating. Burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Virgil William Drabbels

Virgil William Drabbels, 89, of Hay Springs passed away March 3, 2012 at Pioneer Manor.

Virgil was born to William and Clara (Gottier) Drabbels on September 10, 1922 in Thedford, Nebraska, the oldest of three children. Later the family moved northwest of Gordon in the Milan and Pleasant Hill community where he attended country school and graduated from Pleasant Hill high school in 1939.

During this time Virgil was a stand out pitcher who, along with his brother Lawrence, led his team to many victories. After a semester at Chadron State College he worked for the telephone Company in the Rocky Mountains and then enlisted in the Marines. During World War II he saw such places as Guam, Guadal Canal, New Caledonia, Okinawa and China.

Corporal Virgil Drabbels was honorably discharged from the service on December 21, 1945 and hitchhiked to Twin Falls, Idaho where Audrey Perreten was teaching. They were married sixty six years ago on February 3, 1946, and raised three children, Gary, Joan and Susan.

Upon their return to Nebraska they farmed south of Gordon and later for four years on his mother’s family place which was four miles southeast of Rushville. Due to health issues they relocated to Hay Springs in 1955, purchasing the Marshall Wells hardware store; in 1958 he went into the mortuary business. After 35 years he retired and turned the business over to his son Gary.

Virgil served on the School Board, city council, Chamber of Commerce, the United Methodist Church where he was on the board and building committee. He coached baseball and was a scout master. Since 1964 his greatest interest has been Pioneer Manor serving as Chairman of the Board for many of those years.

Even after retirement, Virgil remained active in community endeavors. From a tough Marine to tender-hearted grandpa, Virgil has had positive influence in the community of Hay Springs and on his family.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents William and Clara (Gottier) Drabbels, his brother Lawrence and three infant daughters; twins; Carolyn and Colleen, and Jane. He is survived by his wife Audrey (Perreten), one sister, Leona Metcalfe of Buena Park, CA, one sister-in-law Ida Mae (Kling) Drabbels of Alliance, one son Gary and wife Raylene (Kubo) of Hay Springs and two daughters, Joan and husband Bruce DeHaven of Kearney, NE and Susan and husband Roy Roberts of Rapid City, SD., ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Rodney Heilbrun officiating. Interment will be at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the United Methodist Church or Pioneer Manor of Hay Springs. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

There will be a visitation for Virgil on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com

Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.

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Floyd John Kling

Floyd John Kling, 86, was born on January 10, 1925, to Arnold and Augusta Kling on the C.W. Smith farm west of Gordon known as the Hardin farm. Floyd joined the Lord on December 31, 2011, after residing at Pioneer Manor, Hay Springs, for less than two days.

Floyd attended Pleasant Hill School and never lived more than four miles from the home place in the Pleasant Hill District for all 86 years of his life.

On December 9, 1945, Floyd and Helen (Nydahl) were united in marriage at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. To this union three children were born, one daughter, Lanell, and two sons, Dennis and Danny.

Floyd held many offices in the Lutheran Church and served on various boards at the local school, always giving willingly of his time. Floyd’s philosophy was based on Christian living and a love of his fellow man. He was hard working while always exhibiting a gentle spirit.

Floyd had many varied interests, but especially enjoyed baseball, bowling, dancing, football, playing cards, and spending time with friends. He also treasured time spent with family and always looked forward to birthdays, holidays, and attending the activities for his grandchildren.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Helen; one daughter, Lanell (Ted) Carpenter of Illinois; two sons, Dennis (Maria) Kling of Rushville and Danny (Jackie) Kling of Gordon; one brother, Lester; three sisters: Dorothy Jensen, Ida Mae Drabbles, and Donna May (Merle) Tilton, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Floyd dearly loved his six grandchildren: Ryan Carpenter, Tim Carpenter, Marika Halverson, Shannon Ellingson, Trent Kling, Kortney Kling, and five great-grandchildren who will carry on the family legacy. He is loved and will be missed.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church with burial at the Gordon Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Grace Lutheran Church and donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home PO Box 366 Gordon, Neb, 69373.

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Rachel E. Vinton

Rachel E. Vinton, 23, passed away January 7, 2012, at her home.

Rachel was born September 26, 1988 in Denver, Colorado the daughter of Michael and Linda (Wunschel) Vinton. She started her life living in the LaGrange/Hawk Springs Wyoming area until age five when her family moved to Nebraska where they lived in the Gordon, Nebraska area. They moved back to Wyoming in 2006 and lived in the Hawk Springs area. She graduated high school and started working for the Frontier School of the Bible. After a year and a half she move to Alliance, Nebraska where she worked at a nursing home for a year before moving back to Hawk Springs and starting work at the Banner Medical Clinic where she worked until October 2011 when ill health forced her to quit.

Rachel enjoyed stamping, and was an avid shopper.

Rachel is survived by her parents Mike and Linda Vinton of Hawk Springs, Wyoming; two sisters Becca Vinton of Hawk Springs and Traci Tremain and her husband Cody of LaGrange, Wyoming; a brother Jim Vinton of Austin, Minnesota; a niece Kathleen Tremain of LaGrange; and her maternal grandparents Don and Wilma Witte of Bentonville, Arkansas; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Frontier School of the Bible Chapel with Pastor Tom Harves officiating. Cremation has already taken place. Memorials may be given to either Childrens Hospital in Denver, Colorado or the LaGrange Bible Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

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Forrest Paul Strong

Forrest Paul Strong, 74, a resident of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away Friday, December 30, 2011.

Forrest was born April 25, 1937. He was an art teacher for many years in the Los Alamos Public School System.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Strong; parents, Ralph and Louisa (Petersen) Strong; sister, Bernita Strong and brother, Neil Strong. Forrest is survived by his son; Nathan Strong of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; daughter, Suzette Strong of Tempe, Ariz.; brothers, Grant Strong of Lakewood, Colo., Mark Strong(Larraine) of Lakeview, Ore., Harold Strong of Custer, S.D., and Bernard Strong (Terry) of Rushville, Neb.; sister-in-law, Nancy Strong of Rushville and sister, Sonja Janssen (David) of Hay Springs, Neb.

A celebration of Forrest’s life was held Saturday, January 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Citizen Center in Los Alamos. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an Animal Rescue Shelter of your choice.

Rivera Family Funeral Home 305 Calle salazar~Espanola, N.M. 87532, 505-753-2288 or toll free (800) 443-4854.

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Ruth M. Eaton

Funeral services for Ruth M. Eaton of Ogallala, Nebraska, formerly of Rushville will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Rushville, with Pastor Rod Heilbrun officiating. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2011 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron from 3 to 6 p.m.

Ruth Marie Eaton was born October 6, 1922 in Norfolk, Neb., to Robert and Bertha (Henderson) Olds. She grew up on a farm outside of Rushville, and attended a 1 room country grade school. She then attended Rushville High School, graduating in 1940. Shortly after graduation, she married Albert (Abe) Eaton and they joined her parents on the farm. To this union, 2 children were born, Margaret, in 1941 and Lyle in 1946. When Abe was drafted into the military, Ruth moved several times with her husband, while he was in the Army Air Corps. Upon Abe’s discharge, they moved back to Rushville, where they bought the farm from her parents. In 1966, they sold the farm and moved to Avenal Calif., where her sister Elsie lived (Ruth planned to be warm in the winter for the first time in her life). Here she went to a community college taking accounting and business classes. After 2 years, she and Abe moved to San Jose, Calif. to be close to their son, Lyle, and his family. After Abe’s death in 1973, Ruth went to work at the First National Bank of San Jose, which later became Bank of the West. She retired from the bank in 1988, after 15 years in the commercial loan department. She loved her work and her customers. They also loved her and hated to see her retire. After retirement, Ruth kept herself busy volunteering at a large hospital 2 days a week, visiting and taking short day trips with friends and driving to Morro Bay, Calif. to see her sister. In 1990, Ruth moved to St Charles, Ill. to be close to her daughter Margaret and her family. It was here where her social life picked up. Ruth joined 2 very active senior groups, playing cards 1-2 days per week, joining a line dancing group, volunteering in a hospice office, going out for lunches and day trips. She loved bus trips and visiting her son, Lyle, in Atlanta and returning to California to visit friends and relatives. In 1999, when Margaret and her husband Whitey moved Ogallala, Neb., Ruth followed a year later. She again picked up her social life through the Senior Center, playing cards and joining a senior exercise group. Over the years Ruth loved knitting, playing cards, line dancing and her lifetime passion, baseball. Ruth joined her daughter and husband on many trips to California, Georgia, Arizona, etc. She loved traveling. In recent years, her health deteriorated and this August, she gave up her apartment and moved in with her daughter.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Maggie) Cutkosky and husband Whitey of Ogallala, son, Lyle Eaton and wife Joan of Alpharetta Ga., 6 grandchildren David Cutkosky (Yvonne) of St. Charles, Ill., Lori Rodriguez of Tracy, Calif., Gary Cutkosky (Carol) of Canton, Ga., Connie Eldridge (James) of Suwanee, Ga., Lance Eaton (Diane) of Manteca, Calif., surrogate grandson Craig Hill (Bonita) of Aurora, Ill., 7 Great-grand children, numerous nephews, nieces and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Abe, parents Robert and Bertha Olds, sister, Elsie Smith, several brothers and sisters in law.

Memorials have been established to the Keith County Senior Center and the United Methodist Church in Rushville, Neb.

Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home of Gordon is in charge of arrangements in Chadron and Rushville.

Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in Ogallala, Neb.

Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com

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