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Judy Baker

Judy Baker, 60, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away April 24, 2014.

Judy was born November 7, 1953 in Walsenburg, Colo., the daughter of Vernon and Grace (Nelson) Martin.

She attended school in Walsenburg, graduating in 1970.

Judy worked at the Walsenburg Nursing Home until she was united in marriage to Don Baker on October 6, 1972 in Redwing, Colo. The couple moved to Clayton, N.M., where Don ranched and Judy was a mother and homemaker.

In 1978 they moved to Slater, Colo. She was employed in the one room Slater Post Office.

In 1986 they located to Ogallala, Neb., and Judy was employed as a nurses aid at Indian Hills Manor. She took classes to become a Certified Nursing Aid and eventually achieved her Certified Medical Aid license. Judy then worked for Home Health Care and serviced clients in Deuel, Perkins, Keith and Arthur counties for several years.

She took a break from adult care when she completed Medical Transcriptionist Training while providing daycare for her grandchildren. She survived the tornado of 2007 after which she and Don rebuilt their home. In 2008 Judy began employment at Wel-life Assisted Living and retired in 2011.

Judy’s hobbies included baking, photographing her grandchildren, scrapbooking, tending her flower gardens, doing jig saw puzzles, reading and crocheting baby blankets.

Survivors include her husband Don Baker and her daughters: Lisa (Gabe) Wilson and Patsy (Jake) VanHorn, all of Ogallala, Neb.; two sisters: Betty (Ralph) Crites of Delores, Colo., and Kathy Martin-Kelley and her husband Mike of Loves Park, Ill. Three brothers: Vernon Martin, Jr. of Oscala, Fla., Jim (Marie) Martin of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Larry (Mary) Martin of Muleshoe, Texas. Three granddaughters: Brianna Wilson, Bailey VanHorn, and Annlyn Wilson. Three grandsons: Truman and Bryer Wilson and Jack VanHorn, all of Ogallala, Neb.

Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters: Elsie Wilburn and Phyllis Zudar; and two brothers: Ron Martin and Richard Martin.

The family chose cremation.

Services were held April 29, 2014, in New Hope Church in Ogallala, Neb. ❖

James Edward Wonch

James Edward Wonch, 83, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away April 23, 2014, in Callaway, Neb.

James was born on June 2, 1930 in Arnold, Neb., to Cecil Leroy and Helen Marie (Nicholson) Wonch.

He attended Arnold Public School.

On March 12, 1951 he married Rose Ellen Joedeman of Gandy, Neb., and to this union four sons were born: Lee, Bill, Jim, and Jay.

James was the Logan County Sheriff for 23 years and District Brand Inspector. Prior to that he ranched, farmed and drove a truck for Gayman Sand and Gravel. Following his retirement he was the grounds keeper for the McCain Cemetery and took great pride in keeping it in top shape.

James is survived by his four sons Lee (Diane) of Gandy, Neb., Bill (Gail) of Gandy, Neb., Jim (Barb) of Aurora, Neb., and Jay (Patty) of North Platte, Neb.; 15 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; three sisters, Eva Munnell of North Platte, Neb., Kathy Phillips of Texas and Carolyn Grabenstein Schneider of North Platte, Neb.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Leroy Wonch of Texas.

Services were held April 29, 2014, at the Gandy Community Bible Church. Burial followed at the Woldheim Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at

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