Memorials Suggested: Lewis Shipley (1934-2017)

  Lewis "Doc" "Lou" Shipley, 82, of Arnold, Nebraska, died March 15th, 2017 at Gothenburg Health.  
  He was born December 27th, 1934 in Dora, Missouri son of AlFonso and Martha (Freeman) Shipley.
  Lou married Delores Price on November 8th, 1953 at Fairfax, Missouri; to this union four children were born. 
  Lou worked as a mechanic for many years and enjoyed working on cars. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, tending to his garden, and spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.
  Surviving are wife, Delores Shipley of Arnold, Nebraska, two daughters, Nancy (Matt) Vickers of Arnold, Nebraska, Christy (Tim) Knapp of Fort Worth, Texas; five granddaughters, Lisa (Jay) Lindholm of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Valerie (Ray) Ferris of North Platte, Nebraska, Travi Franssen of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Brynn (Nicole -Friend) Geiser of Omaha, Nebraska, Robbin Knapp of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandsons, Rudy (Trish) Vickers of Arnold, Nebraska, Jed (Ali) Geiser of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Mike (Jenna) Knapp of Fort Worth, Texas; great-grandchildren, Tracyjay (Allison), SkyeAnna, and Rhett Lindholm of Gothenburg,  Alex and Evan Geiser of Gothenburg, Nebraska, Drake, Clayton, and Camden Ferris of North Platte, Nebraska, Maddix, and Khloe Knapp of Fort Worth, Texas, Drew, Charli and Hudson Vickers of Arnold, Nebraska, Emilee and Michon Franssen of Gothenburg,  Zoann Boller of Fort Worth, Texas ;three great-great-grandaughters, Charlee and Ali Lindholm of Cozad, Nebraska, Jaylynn Lindholm of Gothenburg, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Alice Shipley of Yerington, Nevada; brother, Sonny (Glenda) Shipley-Homan of Yerrington, Nevada; two sisters, Treva Peterson of Sanger, Texas, Linda Lee of Fernley, Nevada; special friends, Joe & Cheryl Fisher of North Platte. 
  Lou was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lewis "Butchie" Shipley, Jr.; daughter, Peggy Jo Ellison; four sisters, Lorene Driskell, Maxine Hale, Ella Mae Hunter, Lola Weller; three brothers, Al Shipley, Jr., Lee Shipley, Johnny Shipley. 
  Memorial services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Boyd officiating.  
  Memorials may be given to the Callahan Oncology Center, or the American Heart Association. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com. 

Lexington Resident: Wilson Dukes (1942-2017)

  Wilson James Dukes, Jr., 74, died Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington.
  He was born October 22nd, 1942, at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska to Wilson and Gladys (Rhoades) Dukes. He grew up in Omaha and Central City, Nebraska. He graduated from Central City High School in 1961. During his high school career, Wilson was an exceptional athlete. He played baseball, football, basketball, and track. Wilson was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1959-1960 for Central City baseball. After graduation, Wilson attended Lutheran Junior College in Wahoo, Nebraska playing college football. Wilson transferred to Waxahachie, Texas.
  After college, Wilson participated in a semi pro basketball league traveling around Nebraska. Wilson also loved golf. He received the Johnny Walker international hole in one award for a 169-yard hole in one on the Grand Island course in 1988. This love of sports he shared with his grandchildren. He spent many days teaching his granddaughter,  Ashley to play golf, a passion they both loved to share together. This passion then was passed to his eldest great grandson, Mycah.  Mycah and ‘papa’ spent many hours driving in the golf cart and picking up golf balls. In his later years, papa enjoyed watching his grandson Gage participate in football and wrestling. Wilson was elated to share with Gage, Wauneta Palisade’s 6-man football championship in 2012.
  In 1966, he met Judy L. Anderson after returning to Nebraska from Idaho where he experienced his entrepreneurship skills in his pizza place. After a whirlwind love filled courtship, they were united in marriage on June 6, 1967, in Aurora, Nebraska. They made their home in Central City. To this union, they were blessed with 3 sons; Wilson, III, Michael, and Matthew.  In the early years of their life together, they lived in Central City where Wilson was employed by the Army Ammunition plant in Grand Island. From there he went to work for a time with the Omaha World Herald. Wilson then found his life’s ambition-his true calling, Wilson joined the Aurora Police department. Wilson graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, Nebraska as a member of the 42nd basic training class in 1978. After a career spanning 3 decades and being a part of Hamilton county, Dawson county, and York county sheriff’s departments, Wilson finally retired from law enforcement when he was with the Furnas county sheriff’s department alongside his middle son Michael, whom Wilson helped guide with his wealth of knowledge and experience. Wilson’s career was in-depth and all encompassing. He was more than just an officer, he was a dispatcher, an investigator, a sergeant, a chief deputy and most of all, a mentor to all those he worked with.
  Wilson and Judy made their home in each county in which Wilson was employed as an officer. Along with providing safety and security to the public he served, Wilson and his family enjoyed raising farm animals. Wilson enjoyed sharing stories about his favorite pig Mathilda. Wilson enjoyed animals and always had his pets by his side. His four legged friends were by his side until he left to join his place in Heaven.
  Wilson and family also enjoyed traveling. The family would travel each summer to Chadron State Park to spend time fishing and hiking. They would then travel to to South Dakota and visit family and learn about the rich history of the country. Later in life, with his granddaughter Ashley, Wilson, Judy,  and Uncle Matt continued the tradition. They traveled across Nebraska, to Minnesota and spent lots of time golfing and fishing during their summers together.
  Wilson is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy of Lexington, eldest son Wilson, III of Curtis, Nebraska, Michael and wife Cammi of Wauneta, Nebraska;  grandchildren, Ashley Holbrook and spouse Preston of Overton, Gennieveve Schrein of Stratton, Nebraska, Garrison Crowell and Michaela Dukes of Wauneta, Nebraska; Wilson was overjoyed to be survived by his great-grandchildren, Mycah, Levi, Camren, and Adien Holbrook of Overton, Avalon Schrein of Wauneta, Nebraska, Alivia Bethke of Stratton, Nebraska, and, youngest sister Debbie Johnston and husband Larry of Chapman, Nebraska.
  Wilson was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sister Kathy in 2015, and youngest son, Matthew in 2013.
  Funeral Services were Thursday, March 16th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Mr. Mike Millican officiating.
  There was no visitation. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetary at Lexington. 
  Memorials are suggested to the Family for later designation.
  Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.   

Former Eustis Resident: Arlene Ostendorf (1930-2017)

   Arlene Ostendorf, age 87, of Wayne, Nebraska died on March 15th, 2017 at Wakefield, Nebraska. Arlene Marie was born March 10th, 1930 at Eustis to Arthur and Helen (Keller) Hueftle.  She attended high school in Eustis where she took a Normal Training Course so she could teach school immediately upon graduation. She taught school in Dawson County one year before attending Wartburg College, Iowa for two years. She spent two summers attending classes in Lincoln then taught school in West Bend, Iowa and Lexington.  
  Arlene married LaVern Ostendorf  June 12th, 1955,  in Eustis. In 1969, LaVern, Arlene, and their five children moved to Wayne, where at the age of 40, Arlene went back to college and graduated with her teaching degree in December, 1970. Following that she taught in a number of (one room K-8) country schools around Wayne.   
   She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Until recent years, Arlene was a member of Wayne County Retired Teachers and Minerva Club. She also enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles, playing cards and Scrabble with family and friends. In her earlier years, Arlene  spent time  bowling, doing ceramics, swimming, singing, playing the piano, scrapbooking and was a good cook (adding just a touch of lemon to her homemade ice cream).     
  Arlene is survived by her children, Lane (Carol) Ostendorf of Sioux City, Iowa, Vicky (Tom) Jones of Johnson, Beth (Vaughn) Glassmeyer of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Rhonda (Mike) Lutt of Wayne, and Rebecca Onderstal of Wayne; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Alan (Delores) Hueftle of Eustis and Marvin (Pat) Hueftle of Omaha; brother-in-law, Kenneth Rieker of  Gothenburg; nieces and nephews.
   Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaVern  March 9th, 2016; infant son, Larry LeRoy at birth; infant grandson, Michael George Ostendorf at birth; and sister, Lois Rieker.
  Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. in Wayne, Nebraska. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne, Nebraska. Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne was in charge of arrangements.
  Memorials may be directed to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne, Nebraska.

Memorials Suggested: Robert Horn (1931-2017)

  Robert “Bob” L. Horn, age 85, passed away Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at Great Plains Health in North Platte after a brief battle with cancer.            
  Bob was born on May 28th, 1931 to Elmer and Ethel (Davis) Horn in Mullen, Nebraska.  He attended elementary school in Mullen until the age of twelve at which time the family moved to a farm in southern Hayes County. After completing high school, he attended McCook College for two years.  It was at this time Bob served in the US Army from February 12th, 1952 – January 23rd, 1954, during the Korean War, and later returned home to enroll at the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Economics and Finance.
  While attending the University of Nebraska, Bob met Sue Kyle of Cozad, Nebraska who later became his wife. Bob and Sue were united in marriage April 14th, 1957 in Cozad, officiated by Rev. Nye O. Bond. They celebrated a beautiful marriage of 59 years and 11 months. To this union two sons were born, Douglas L. Horn and Gregory S. Horn.
  After serving nearly forty years in different fields of the Real Estate and Finance, and a short term in the United State Postal Service, Bob retired to his small ranch, where he enjoyed raising livestock, and the pleasures of nature and as Bob always said “enjoying the good life”. Most importantly camping, fishing, hunting, and restoring Cushman motor scooters. Bob and Sue worked hand in hand, side by side both in work and pleasure. 
  Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ethel Horn; numerous aunts, uncles and daughter in law, Jani Horn.
  Bob is survived by his wife, Sue; sons, Doug Horn of Palisade, Greg Horn and wife, Kim Marchese of Omaha; three granddaughters, Katie Jo Horn and fiancé, Sean Coffey, Jessica Marie Horn and Julia Margaret all of Lincoln, Nebraska; numerous other family members and friends.
  Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17th, 2017 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Billy J. Kyle, Major US Army (retired) officiating. Inurnment will be in the Palisade Cemetery with Military Honors.
  Memorials are to be given to the Palisade Fire and Rescue, 109 South Main, Palisade, NE 69040.
  Friends may send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.  Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Former Gothenburg Resident: Francis Barta (1925-2017)

  Francis “Fritz” Eugene Barta, 91, of Dallas, Oregon died February 9th, 2017. He was born on September 15th, 1925 to Mike and Evia Barta. He farmed most of his life around Sumner, Nebraska.
  On January 31st, 1987 he married Betty Lou Blowers. The couple moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska. They later moved to Dallas, Oregon where they managed apartments. In his marriage he also accumulated four childern; Joesph, Mark, Linda and Brynda.
  Fritz was proceded in death by his parents, Mike and Evia Barta, six brothers, four sisters and one still born grandson.
  He is survived by one brother, Harmon Barta of Lexington; one sister; Dorthy (Marvin) Linder of Cozad; four children; Joseph Blowers of Oregon, Mark Blowers of Nebraska, Linda Dalke of Oregon and Brynda Blowers of Washington. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be held on March 25th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Tallin Church in Arnold, Nebraska. Burial will be at Tallin Cemetery.

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