Iris Orvilla Alexander

Iris Orvilla Alexander, 74, formerly of Gordon, passed away November 13, 2011, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

She is survived by her son, Troy Alexander of Kansas, Daughters, Noeleen Kaye Lein and Vickie Goodlett both of Oklahoma, brothers Alton Westover, Fred Westover both of Kansas, and Darrell Westover of Minnesota, 7 grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home. Burial will be held at the Gordon


Lawrence M. Drabbels

Lawrence M. Drabbels, 86, died Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Care Center. Lawrence was born on October 12, 1925 in rural Gordon, Nebraska to William and Clara Drabbels Mortuary.

In 1945, Lawrence entered the Army where he served two years, spending time in Korea after the Korean War. When he returned home, Lawrence married IdaMae Kling on December 26, 1948. Lawrence and IdaMae moved to Alliance in 1953, where he worked to Harris Sales for 25 years and the City of Alliance


Elvin Adamson

Elvin Adamson, 91, of Valentine, passed away November 18, 2011.

He was born to the late Walter and Delania (Edwards) Adamson, January 21, 1920, in rural Cody, Neb. A child prodigy, Elvin graduated as valedictorian from Cody High School at the young age of 15. He attended Chadron State College and the University of Colorado. He earned his B.A. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1940. He married Mabel Gale on June 11, 1947.

Elvin was a cattle rancher and politician, passionate about


Leonida "Billie" Christensen

Funeral Services for Leonida “Billie” Christensen, 83, were held on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Alliance Methodist Church with Pastor Charles Kathurima officiating. Burial was at the Alliance Catholic Cemetery.

Leonida J. (Billie) Christensen died Tuesday, November 15, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb. She was born May 29, 1928 in Rushville, Neb., to Joseph and Leonida (Chamberlain) Koller.

She was raised on the homestead south of Rushville and attended school in


Adah Dukat

Adah Cecila (Riggs) Dukat, age 100, passed away November 20, 2011 at her home in Rushville, NE. Adah was born March 25, 1911, to Bennett and Bessie (Murray ) Riggs in a log cabin on their ranch southeast of Rushville. Born into a family with a history of public service, Adah was predestined to aid those around her. Her grandfather, Johnny Riggs, served as the first sheriff of Sheridan County and her father was remembered by all who knew him for his concern for the bereaved and ill. Therefore


Laura Ann Shaffer

Laura Ann Shaffer, 64, of Boise, ID died November 13, 2011 at her home of complications from ALS.

Laura was born on April 28, 1947 in Valentine, Neb. She attended a number of schools, including a one-room school house in the Nebraska Sandhills and the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture, where she graduated class salutatorian. She was always an intelligent, strong-willed, and motivated individual.

Laura married her high school sweetheart, Terry, on May 26, 1966. Shortly after they


(Kenneth) Dean Graham

(Kenneth) Dean Graham age 68 of Rushville left to be with his God on September 26, 2011 after passing away suddenly at his home. Dean was born in Colome, South Dakota on June 14, 1943 to Maurice and Elsie Graham.

Dean attended grade schools in rural Nebraska and rural South Dakota. After graduating from Keya Paha County High School in 1961, he stayed home and helped his parents at the family farm until May of 1962 when he went to work for Outlaw Trading Post (Winner, SD) for 85 cents an


Edith Opal Lehman

Edith Opal Lehman, age 80, of Rushville, Nebraska passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011 at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota.

Edith was born two miles South of Whiteclay, NE on the Smith Homestead on September 20, 1931 to William and Josephine (Smith) Reeves. She attended school at Extension Rural School and went on to graduate in 1949 from Rushville High School. On June 12, 1951, she and Dick Lehman were married and made their home on the farm sixteen miles North of


Thomas Allen King

Thomas Allen King, 67, of Fairfield, a retired mechanic, died of cancer on September 28 at Benefis Health Care. Family is planning a dinner for a later date. Cremation will take place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.

Thomas was born May 13, 1944 in Alliance, NE and graduated high school in Rushville, NE. On April 3, 1970 he married Karen King. Thomas received numerous medals and badges for his time served with the Army in the Vietnam War, including the Aricraft


Ernest Albert Luther

Ernest was born September 6, 1921, in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the son of Albert and Rata Myers Luther. He died at his home September 27, 2011, at the age of 90. He was raised and educated in Nebraska, graduating from high school in Scottsbluff. He served in the US Army, 89th Division, 355th Infantry during WWII, serving overseas in France.

He married Dona Rash on April 28, 1944. They moved to Bandon in 1950, where he owned and operated the Beach Junction Market. He was a longtime Little League


Lorraine Beguin Kutschara

Lorraine Beguin Kutschara passed away at Pioneer Manor on September 27, 2011, at the age of 93.

Lorraine was born in a one room house March 28, 1918, to John and Marie Lorenzen or rural Rushville. She had an older sister Irene and a younger sister Bonnie. They walked a mile to school, sometimes with the neighbors, Ada and Amie Riggs. Lorraine graduated from Rushville High School and attended Chadron Normal School (CSC). She received her teaching credentials and preceded to teach for several


Esther V. Bleakly

Esther V. Bleakly, 94, longtime Cherokee, Iowa resident, passed away Friday morning, September 30, 2011 in the Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon.

Esther was the daughter of C.W. and Mary Anne (Donaldson) Johnson of Forsyth, Montana. She was born September 16, 1917 in Forsyth, Mont. She graduated from Forsyth High School in 1937. She attended Albany College, Albany, Ore., and Oregon State College, Corvallis, Ore.

She was united in marriage to James E. Bleakly on September 11, 1942 in

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