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Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells, age 45, of Bellevue, Neb., died on August 21, 2019, in Madison, S.D.  

Memorial service for Lisa will be held at 12:00 p.m. on August 31 at Sandoz Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, 90125 Hatchery Rd, Valentine NE, followed by internment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Valentine. Lisa DeAnn Wells was born on June 24, 1974, in Rushville, Neb., the daughter of Anthony Matula and Marcie (Colhoff).  Arrangements are entrusted to Weiland Funeral Chapel of Madison and assisted by Sandoz Funeral Home of Valentine. 

Lisa is survived by her mother and step-father, Marcie and Kelly Johnson of Madison, S.D.; father, Anthony Matula of Rushville, Neb.; sisters, Kylie (Justin) Reiners of Omaha, Neb., and Jordan Matula of Bellevue, Neb.; brother, Joshua Matula of Sioux Falls S.D.; grandfather, Raymond Sholl of Valentine and two very special nephews, Oliver and Ervine Matula of Crooks, S.D.; as well as a host of uncles, aunts & cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Wells; grandmother, Jackie Sholl and grandfather, Richard Colhoff and grandparents, Dick & Joan Matula.  

Lisa is now reunited with the love of her life Rodney and her beloved Grandma Jackie, and for that we are comforted in the Creator’s love and peace.


Marybell Johnson

Marybell was born on December 17, 1927, at home, to Herman and Isabell (Lehman) Wellnitz. She passed away August 20, 2019, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Marybell grew up helping her father driving teams and planting crops. She walked or rode her horse Snip to grade school every day. When Marybell was in 6th grade, Clayton Tallon was starting 1st grade. The teacher would lift Clayton up and he would ride behind Marybell to the Comer hill, slide off and go the rest of the way home. After school, Marybell would help her mother bake and make butter in the large wooden churn.

She graduated from Rushville High School.  After graduation she received her teaching certificate and taught area country schools, and during the summer she returned home to help her father in the fields and care for her mother.

She married Doyle Johnson on January 23, 1949, in the aftermath of the ‘49 Blizzard. To this union five children were born Rodney, Douglas, Carol, Larry and Rhoda.

Marybell and Doyle continued to farm the family farm, raising their four children and one grandchild. Marybell worked hard in her home and yard (you should see the skeletons of mowers and weed eaters she wore out)! She loved to crochet doilies, make beautiful crosses and bake goodies for family, friends and neighbors. Every year she had a huge garden with an enormous amount of produce. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Extension Club, Does, Women’s Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Marybell was preceded in death by her husband Doyle, her infant son Rodney, mother Isabell and father Herman, sisters and brothers-in-law Pearl (Gerald) Walgren and Myrtle (Bill) Roffers.

Marybell is survived by Doug (Kathy) Johnson and children Cristopher and Sarah of Illinois, Carol Johnson of South Dakota and her children Malinda (Kenny) Smith of Rushville, Nebraska and Charlana (Marcus) Hjersmsan of Alliance, Neb., Larry (Lisa) Johnson, Chadron, Neb., and their daughter Dani (John) Bishay of Bennington, Neb., Rhoda (Cal) Coomes of Chadron, Nebraska and their children Jake (Kristen) Hunter of Chadron, Nebraska, Tyler Hunter and friend Maria of Chadron, Nebraska, Mike (Julie) Coomes of Rushville, Nebraska, Kevin Coomes of Chadron, Nebraska, Lynda Scott of Gering, Nebraska, Crissy (Chris) Olsen of Harrisburg, Nebraska, sister-in-law Lorna (Dale) Christofferson, sister-in-law Virginia Johnson of Hay Springs, Nebraska, brother-in-law Wes Wilsey of Hay Springs, Nebraska, 10 Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mary Isabell Johnson, 91, of Rushville, Nebraska, were held Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Morse Memorial Methodist Church in Rushville, Neb., with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville, Neb.

A memorial has been established for the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home and donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.


Marda “Jill” Wagner Gealy

Born December 18, 1938, in St. Catharine’s Hospital, McCook, Neb., to Henry Fredrick Wagner and Cleo Marie Kile Wagner. Jill died and went home to her Lord and to her husband, surrounded by family and friends on August 16, 2019.

At the age of 3, the family moved to Kearney where Henry “Harry” was a salesman for Swift & Co. Cleo was declining in health from a saddle block during Jill’s birth and died when Jill was just 6 years old. Jill was baptized a Baptist at the age of 12. She attended School in Kearney until the age of 15 when she moved to Holdrege, graduating from Holdrege High in 1957. She received a scholarship to Kearney College in Home Economics. Instead, Jill chose to go to Lincoln to attend business school.

She met Gordon Moore Gealy at the Irvingdale Pool about June 24, 1957, and they were married 6 months later at the UNL Presbyterian Chapel December 24, 1957, welcoming step-sons Steve and Mark. The couple moved to Scottsbluff, where their first child Marda Marie was born. They moved to Wichita, Kan., so Gordon could continue his education. During this time Arden Moore Gealy was born. The family moved in 1963 to Gordon, Neb., to the Gealy family farm. Jill embraced these years, learning she was a country girl at heart.

Jill was a stay at home mom, wife, hired hand, chicken picker, and gardener, which included canning, sewing, cooking and entertaining a table of family and friends serving her home-raised fried chicken often, as well as pie and garden veggies to those that entered their doors. When 24, she and Gordon attended Synod School to become a part of Youth Leadership. While there, she experienced Divine Intervention and became a life-long believer in God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Some of her favorite times were working with the youth, which helped grow her faith and singing in the choir. In 1970, when wheat prices dropped, Gordon and Jill added a greenhouse to their lives. That added many dimensions for 42 years, including a move to Kearney in 1987.

In 2000, Gordon and Jill moved into leadership at Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center, Lexington, Neb. These three years were very rewarding, and some of their favorite times. In 2016, they returned to Gordon and settled in, then Gordon passed away September 7, 2017, at the time of their 60th year of marriage. Jill continued to live with Marda and Arden.

Jill had a lot of special honors and accomplishments, but her greatest and favorite was following the “Leader of the Band” with love for 60 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack, nephew John, in laws, husband Gordon and many Aunts and Uncles.

She is survived by children: Stephen (Kathy), Mark (Diane Wolter), Marda, and Arden; grandchildren: Scott (Maria) Gealy, Abbie (Chris) Newby, Luke (Lindsey) Nelson, Chase (Jenny) Gealy; great-grandchildren: Graci, Tesa, Cole and Carter Nelson, Stanley and Van Newby, and Cooper Gealy.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Gordon, Neb. A memorial has been established for the First Presbyterian Church Good Samaritan Outreach Fund of Kearney or the First Presbyterian Church of Gordon and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.


Mary “Beth” Peters

Mary “Beth” Peters, 78, third daughter born to Francis A. and Helen P. (Vanderloop) Peters was born in Hay Springs on April 24, 1941. She died in her home in Chicago on June 28, 2019.

Mary attended school in Hay Springs where she graduated in 1959. Mary the attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Omaha and graduated in 1963.

Mary worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a year. She then went to New York City and worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for two years.

Mary joined the first group of Peace Corp volunteers. She was sent to Bucaramanga, Columbia, in South America for two and a half years. When her time in the Peace Corp was done, she and a Peace Corp friend took a six month tour on a motorcycle through parts of South America, Central America and the United States. Upon her return home she moved to Chicago, where she worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital and Visiting Nurses of Chicago.

Mary signed up with the Whittaker Corp, where she worked for seven and a half years in Saudi Arabia as a nurse, this gave her the opportunity to travel the world over.

Mary returned to Chicago and worked as a nurse at different schools throughout the city, which she did until retirement. She was also able to attend Loyola University and the University of Illinois where she earned her Master’s Degree. 

Mary was an avid reader and very active politically. She was proud that she was able to shake hands with both John and Robert Kennedy. She also campaigned for Barack Obama.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Carol Russell and Rita Peters, one brother-in-law William McCarter. 

Mary is survived by two sisters Patricia McCarter of Hay Springs and Lois (Mike) Rupe and one brother Ronald (Connie) Peters and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for August 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church. 

A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347. 


Edwin Paul Pascoe

Edwin Paul Pascoe, 76, of Merriman, entered into eternal rest on July 24, 2019.

Ed was born at home to Homer Henry and Frances Bernadine (Donner) Pascoe on February 4, 1943. He was the 5th child of 11. They lived on a farm north of Wall, South Dakota, where Ed grew up. Being the eldest boy, Ed ran the farm during the times his dad traveled to California for harvest. He attended country school where his mother taught and then earned his GED due to being needed at home to run the farm when his father became ill.

Ed enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1964. Upon returning to Wall, he became engaged to Ladonna Hinman. They married on July 17, 1965, and moved to North Platte, where Ed worked at Nebraska Machinery (Caterpillar) and Ladonna babysat. About a year after they were married, Ladonna purchased a ‘59 Oldsmobile stock racecar with money she had earned waitressing. Ed soon found much success racing, so much so that he was able to pay their house payment with his winnings and fill that house with trophies. Ladonna also drove the stock car in powder puff races every chance she got.

Eleven years into their marriage, thinking they may never be able to have children of their own, Ed and Ladonna were blessed with Paula followed by Paul, Doug, Patricia, Timothy, and Scott.

In 1983, after 19 years at Nebraska Machinery, Ed decided to buy into Fred’s Repair, an auto parts and repair business owned by his brother-in-law, and moved his family from North Platte to Merriman. Years later, he worked as a machinist for Moursund Cattle Company before starting his own business, Merriman Welding & Repair.

Ed was a pillar of his community and “could fix anything.” He was a member of Knights of Columbus. His passions included cars and his grandchildren. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoyed shooting guns.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, sister Hazel, brother Bob, various brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife Ladonna of Merriman, Neb.; his six children Paula (Ramie) Walling, Phillips, Neb.; Paul (Misty) Pascoe and their daughter Haylee, Lincoln, Neb.; Doug (Katie) Pascoe and their sons Ryan and Taylon, Lincoln, Neb.; Patricia (Eddie) Bracken and their children Arya and Micah, Rushville, Neb.; Timothy (Jessi) Pascoe and their children Shaydie, Zac, and Kori, Cut Bank, Mont.; Scott (Chrystal) Pascoe and their daughter Amelia, Lincoln, Neb.; sisters Marie, Margie, Audrey, Arlis, Arlene, Kathy, and Darlene; brother Jim; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial has been established for Festival of Hope in Scottsbluff or Circle of Life in Chadron.


Rita F. Luscher

Rita Faye Luscher, 80, of Gordon, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at home.

Rita was born to Rufus Harry and Orva Evelyn (Whitson) Roberts on August 12, 1938.  She was the fourth child of six: Ruth, Alice and Rob to later be joined by Virginia and Glen.  They lived on a farm just outside of Waterman, IL where she grew up.

Rita attended grade school and high school in Waterman.  While in high school Rita was a cheerleader and the Wolverine Mascot, she graduated in the spring of 1956.  Rita started her college education in Normal, IL.  Then she stopped that education to marry the love of her life, Fred A. Luscher, in December of 1956.

Fred had been widowed with three young children, which Rita helped raise.  In November of 1957 Fred and Rita had their first daughter.  To this union three more girls were born completing their family of seven.

Fred and Rita made their home in Waterman, IL.  Rita stayed at home with the kids; baby sat for many others and took college classes in the early years.  Fred bought a gas station in 1965.  Rita did the books, watched the office and pumped gas. (A proud moment for us girls---this was long before women’s lib)

In 1969 Fred, Rita and the four younger girls moved to the Gale ranch south of Nenzel, NE.  Upcoming high school for the girls brought the family to Gordon, NE in 1972.

Rita worked various jobs here in town to help support the family.  In 1978 she started work at Gordon Memorial Hospital and remained there until she retired in 2003.  Rita took pride in all the jobs she held.

In her more active years Rita loved to read, dance, bowl, play cards and always loved music, singing in a few local cantatas and choirs.  In her younger days Rita sang for many weddings, funerals and church services.  In Waterman she was known for her beautiful voice.  

Rita loved animals great and small, many a Sunday night you could catch her sharing a bag of popcorn with Katie (her dog and partner in crime).  

Summer highlights were going to Crawford to the plays and swim aerobics, which were so important to her since she didn’t learn to swim until she was in her 20’s.  Rita especially enjoyed watching the Nebraska Huskers.  She watched every game she could whether it be Football, Volleyball or Women’s and Men’s Basketball.

Rita was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a volunteer EMT and also volunteered a few summers to read to the children at the public library. 

Rita was a member of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  She taught Sunday school in Waterman and Gordon.  She completed her education for Ministry through the Episcopal Church.  Rita’s faith sustained her for her entire life.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents Rufus & Evelyn Roberts, husband Fred A. Luscher, sisters Ruth, Alice, Virginia, grandson Shawn Pourier, and granddaughter Miranda Marshall. 

Survivors include son Fred B. (Dina) Luscher of Granville, IL, Daughters Lorraine Dodd of rural Missouri, Rena DeWeese, Lana Luscher, Cosette (Jim) Marshall, Lisa Luscher all of Gordon and April Smith of Chadron, NE.  Brothers Rob (Betty) Roberts of Grand Haven, MI, Glen (Patricia) Roberts of Sycamore, IL, 18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held Thursday August 1, 2019, 11:00 AM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and burial was in the Gordon Cemetery.

The Family suggest memorials be sent to the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church fund for a new furnace/central air in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.


Dr. James F. Panzer

James Frederick Panzer was born July 2, 1940, to Veta Premer Panzer and Dr. Harold J. Panzer in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents were both medical professionals in Bassett, Nebraska, and he was named after his maternal grandfather, Dr. James Frederick Premer, of Benkelman, Nebraska. His parents met at Methodist Hospital in Omaha where his father was an intern and his mother was a nurse. At a young age he was involved in hunting, fishing, carpentry, chemistry, photography, trapping, and gardening. He attended Rock County High School and graduated in 1958. His sports in high school were basketball, football, and track. He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln on a Regents Scholarship, as did his close friend Bill Buckendorf. At Nebraska he was a member of the freshman honorary Phi Eta Sigma and the premedical fraternity Theta Nu. He also joined Alpha Tau Omega, a social fraternity and was president his junior year. 

In 1961 he began medical school in Omaha at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He joined the Phi Chi medical fraternity his freshman year and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, a college of arts and sciences honorary, that fall. He was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical school honorary, and was senior class president. He graduated in June 1965.

He met Maureen Higgins in 1961 and they married in 1964. Four children were born to this union: Jill Anne, Jon Thomas, Joel Steven, and Jerry David. After medical internship from 1965 to 1966 he became a resident in surgery at UNMC, completing his education in 1968. He then became an army surgeon until June 1972 and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During his tour he completed surgery boards and was certified in surgery. He was recertified in 1982 and 1992. He joined Dr. Tom Wallace in the practice of surgery in Gordon and Chadron and this partnership endured until Dr Wallace’s death in 1988. He was inducted into the American College of Surgeons in 1974 and became a Fellow. He also became a member of the Southwest Surgical Congress and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He had medical licenses in Missouri, South Dakota, Alaska, and Nebraska. He retired June 2002 after 37 years of practice, 30 of which were in Gordon and Chadron. He continued to hunt and fish as long as he was able and found many friends with whom to play bridge.

 He died on July 28, 2019, at the age of 79. He is survived by Maureen, Jill (husband Jeb Livingood), Jon (wife Jill), Fr. Joel, and was preceeded in death by his parents and son Jerry (wife TJ). He is also survived by Jill’s children, Sam and Eve, and Jon’s children, Jackson, Joslyn, and Alex. His brother John lives in Bassett. His brother Bob Panzer and wife Patty live in Lincoln. Cousin Bob Panzer lives in California and cousin Ilene lives in Missouri. Many other nieces and nephews also survive. He is survived by stepmothers JoAnn Panzer Anderson and Mary Lou Panzer. 

There will be a Vigil Mass on Friday, August 9, 2019, 7 p.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Gordon, and a Funeral Mass on August 10, 10 a.m., also at St. Leo’s. Interment will be at the Gordon Cemetery. 

A memory has been established for the Gordon Memorial Hospital and donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.


Kenneth Reutter

Kenneth Robert Reutter age 60 passed away quietly at his home August 1, 2019.

Kenneth, also known as Ken or Kenny was born October 29, 1958. At the age of three he was adopted by Robert and Hazel Reutter along with his brother Keith, they joined a sister, Kristine in Crawford, NE where they lived until 1964. At that time the family moved to Gordon, NE where Ken graduated from Gordon High School in 1977.

After graduation Ken attended trade school in Milford, NE. In May of 1980 he married Nancy Burleigh.

Ken had helped with the police department in Gordon which prompted him to attend the police academy and then became Chief of Police in Crawford, NE. While in Crawford they became parents to Daniel who was born May 11, 1987. They returned to Gordon and then moved to Mitchell, NE in the 90’s, in 2000 he moved to Lyman where he was the Chief of Police. During that time, he took special classes to train German Shepherds for police work. He put that training to work while in Lyman.

He met Lorri Bell while in Lyman. They were married June of 2010.  He returned to Gordon in 2014 where he lived until his death. His love for animals continued throughout his life, he left behind his beloved German Shepherd, Tiki and cat, Sissy.

He was preceded in death by his mother Hazel Reutter, brother-in-law John Brice and nephew Brian Brice.

He is survived by his father Robert Reutter of Gordon, NE son Daniel (Madysen) of Lincoln and grandson Silas Reutter, sister Kristine Brice of Gordon, brother Keith (Wanda) of Bradenton, FL, nieces Melissa Brice of New York and Kristen Blanton of Florida and numerous other relatives.

A memorial has been established for The Sheridan County Sherriff Department and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.

Services will be held August 6, 2019 at 10am at Grace Lutheran Church with burial in the Gordon Cemetery.


Bernard Lee Cushing

Bernard Lee Cushing, 71, of Scottsbluff, passed away, Saturday, July 27, 2019, at VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2019, at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff with Father Vince Parsons officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard and American Legion Post No. 36. Memorials have been established to the local VFW and American Legion. Tributes of sympathy may be left at Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff is in charge of his arrangements.

Bernard was born November 11, 1947, at Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Gervace Richard and Clara Elsie (Petshow) Cushing. He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971. Bernard lived most of his life in the Western Nebraska Panhandle.

Bernard enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards with friends, and attending family gatherings.

Survivors include his brother, Dennis Cushing of Torrington, Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings and three nephews.


Katherine Anne Thies

Katherine Anne Thies was born on October 27, 1951. Her brother, James, came first, then followed Kathy, then John on the same day. 

They were born at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyoming. Randal, her father, was studying pharmacy at the University and Donna was an R.N. at Ivinson Memorial. 

They were later joined by Lori in 1954, Jack and Jill in 1957, and Barbara Jean in 1966 in Rushville, Nebraska.

Kathy graduated from Rushville High and then began pre-nursing at Chadron State College. She graduated with a nursing degree from Rapid Regional School of Nursing in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

She spent most of her life caring for others. The last 37 years of her life were spent in nursing at Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob Goodwin, her father Randy, her grandparents Louie and Ada Thies and Ed and Winne Rubain in Cass Lake, Minnesota. 

Wake services and prayers were held Monday evening at Sacred Heart Church in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and mass was held at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. 

To her nieces and nephews, she was the best and most generous auntie ever!

Kathy died on May 28, 2019 at Warren Buffet Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska. 


Robert "Bob" Hotz

Robert “Bob” Wayne Hotz, 86, of Rushville passed away Friday, July 26 at Chadron Community Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was born on March 24, 1933 to Arthur Wayne and Georgia Isabell (Downing) Hotz

at their farm north of Rushville.

Bob attended the Extension grade school and Gordon High School, graduating from GHS in 1950. After graduation, he drove a cattle truck and worked for a seismograph company in Wyoming. In 1953, Bob enlisted in the Navy as a way to have some adventures and see the world. After bootcamp he found himself headed for the South Pacific as a member of the Seabees where his battalion rebuilt bases destroyed in WWII. Bob’s time as a Seabee found him bouncing from the South Pacific to Alaska then back to the South Pacific and finally California.

In 1957, the Navy decided to send Bob off to college and he elected to go to Chadron State College for a B.A. in Industrial Arts. It was during this time that he met a friend of his sister, a young lady by the name of Donna Mae Kruger and decided to ask her out on a date. It was the first of many and after 4 years of college, Bob and Donna set another date.

On July 8, 1961, Bob married Donna at the United Methodist church in Gordon. After a short honeymoon, Bob was in Newport, R.I. completing Officer’s Candidate School and Donna was finishing up nursing school. Their first of many assignments together was in San Diego, CA where Bob was stationed aboard the USS Paul Revere and obtained his “ship driver’s license” in typhoons in the Pacific. It was during this time that their first child, Arthur Wayne was born. Next up was an assignment as Shore Patrol commander in Corpus Christi, TX where their second child, James Patrick was born. Following that, Bob was assigned to the destroyer escort USS Whitehurst, DE638 in Bellevue, WA where their third child DeOnna Marie was born.

He kept up the hard work with assignments as a staff officer at the Navy Training Center in Chicago, student at the Navy Command School; served in Vietnam from 1971 thru 72 as Deputy Commander of LSB An Thoi RVN; and was based in San Jose, CA as commander of the Navy and Marine reserve centers for the 10th and 11th Naval districts.

Bob got his wish and his career in the Navy took him all over the US and the world. One of his favorite assignments was the submarine base in Holy Loch, Scotland where he was the engineering and communications officer for the USS Holland, AS32. This time around Bob got to bring his family with him so he set up housing in the Highlands in a 250 year-old traditional cottage. As much free time as possible was spent touring Scotland, England, and several European countries.

Bob retired from his 24-years of active duty in November 1977 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, USNR. For his next adventure he moved the family back to Gordon where Donna and the kids had lived while he was in Vietnam. The house they moved into was directly across the street from the Gordon clinic and, while the household was being set up, Bob was offered the position as head of maintenance for the Gordon hospital. He decided to take the job, remarking that the boilers and electrics were like a ship’s only they didn’t move so much and the commute to work was really short. Bob worked as head of maintenance for 13 years before taking his second retirement. This time Bob and Donna moved to the family farm (A.G. Hotz place) north of Rushville where he resided until health reasons forced him to move to Crestview care home in Chadron.

Bob was a member of the American Legion and a member of the Elks for many years. He enjoyed golf, fishing, woodworking, history, and RV camping. He took great pride in his family’s achievements and was always ready with a helping hand for anyone in need and “hard won” advice for his children.

Bob is survived by his wife Donna; two sons and their families, Art and Darcy, Logan, and Lauren of Rose Hill, KS and Jim, Josee, Wyatt, and Ty of Gothenburg, NE; and daughter, DeOnna and her husband Drake Weibel of Broomfield, CO; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janet (Doug) Jones. 

Services will be at 10 AM, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon. Burial will take place at the Extension Community Cemetery north of Rushville.

The family asks that memorials be sent to a cause chosen by the donor.


Betty Lorenz

Betty Lorenz was born May 16, 1941 at home to Dent O. and H. Elsie (Vest) Lake at Hammond, (later Fairmont) West Virginia. She passed away July 24, 2019 at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, SD. She spent her childhood on the family farm at Rock Lake with two brothers, a sister, grandmother and aunt.

Betty attended grade school at Quiet Dell School and was valedictorian of her 8th grade class. Her high school was at East Fairmont High, where she pursued classes pertaining to nursing school. Upon completion of high school, she traveled to Tampa, Florida to stay with her uncle S.G. Linn and attended Brewster Vocational School of Practical Nursing and graduated September 1960 and worked at Tampa General Hospital.

In December of 1960 she returned to Fairmont, WV and on January 31, 1961 she enlisted in the US Army and had basic training and clerical training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. While at Ft. McClellan she met her husband to be, Frank J. Lorenz of Gordon, NE and they were married June 21, 1961 at Buchannan, GA. Betty served in the admissions office at West Point Military Academy at West Point, NY and in the USA Education Center at Ft. McClellan, AL and was honorably discharged June 18, 1962.

Betty and Frank returned to Gordon after Frank completed his military service in September of 1962. Frank worked for the police department while Betty did private duty nursing and then for a short time, she worked at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. She was employed as department manager at Lee Stores for 3 years and then as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the Gordon Good Samaritan Nursing Home until she was needed at home to care for her mother-in-law, Margaret who had broken both hips.

Betty and Frank purchased their home in 1967 (known as Midway) north of Gordon and had to remodel it as the place had been vacant and vandalized. In August of 1969 they moved into their home and in 1970 reestablished Midway Store and built the Midway Rifle and Pistol Range which was enjoyed by many shooters. Betty and Frank operated the store together and both were gunsmiths and loved the work. They also helped to raise six children of a friend until the death of Frank on June 15, 1991 of cancer. Betty and Frank had no children of their own.

In May of 1991 Betty suffered a TIA and was hospitalized with Frank at the VAMC in Hot Springs, SD. While they both were hospitalized their friend of many years, Donald Yekel was caring for their home and business and remained at Midway as helper with Betty after she returned home from the hospital. In October 1992 Donald became ill and Betty made sure that he had a home and made the many trips for medical care with him and also made trips to Torrington, WY so he could visit with family. On April 11, 1998, Donald passed away of a major heart attack.

Betty always enjoyed visiting with friends and family and spent many hours with the animals and her flowers and trees. She also enjoyed painting, ceramics, some sewing, canning and baking.

Her survivors are brother Dale L Lake (Sandi) of Sparks, Nevada and children Kevin and Jill, brother Don J Lake (Eileen)of Topeka, KS and children Sheila, Dennis, Janell, Dion, Daniel, Dale and Damian, and her sister Janie M Boyce (Keith) of Fairmont, West Virginia. Also, the children her and Frank helped raise for 25 years, Lori Henderson, Brian K Howard, Billie Jo Howard, Kristy Howard, Wanda Leeper and William Howard and their families.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 10:00 AM at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE.  Burial will be held in the Gordon Cemetery.  A memorial has been established for the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Boys Town, American Cancer Society or the Gordon American Legion and donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

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