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Plains Edition Obits 7-19-14

Donald Lee Lage

Donald Lee Lage, 84, of Arthur, Neb., passed away July 10, 2014, at his home.

Don was born June 6, 1930, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Grant and Frances (Seltz) Lage.

He attended elementary school at District 49 in Washington County, Neb. After graduating from Fort Calhoun High School in 1947 he farmed with his father and did custom haying.

In 1950 Don joined the Navy in San Diego, Calif., and served as a diesel mechanic.

On December 30, 1950 Don was united in marriage to Lois Plambeck in Millard, Neb. The couple made their home in San Diego, Calif. After Don was discharged in 1954 the couple returned to Fort Calhoun where he helped on the farm and did custom corn shelling. In 1966 the couple moved to Valley, Neb., where Don continued to farm and also operated a trucking business.

In 1970 Don sold his business and moved to the Sandhills where he worked on ranches. In 1991 Don retired and the couple moved into Arthur, Neb. He continued to manage their rental properties.

He belonged to the Gideons and attended the Arthur Baptist Church and served as the youth group leader. Don taught Sunday School in Martin Bay Community Church for 10 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 207.

Survivors include his wife Lois Lage of Arthur, Neb.; two sons: Roger (Donna) Lage of LaBroquerie, Manitoba, Canada and Ronald (Kristy) Lage of Arthur, Neb. Five daughters: Donelle (Glenn) Stewart of Almena, Kan.; Jeanine (Don) Baker of Brewster, Neb.; Nancy (Gary) White of Hershey, Neb.; Joanne (Blaine) Cullinan of Ogallala, Neb.; and Margaret (Pat) Lyons of Pawhuska, Okla. One Sister: N. Ann Andersen of Milwaukee, Wisc. Also 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were two sons James and Steven.

Services were held July 14, 2014 in Arthur Baptist Church. Interment was in the Arthur Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Arthur Baptist Church and the Martin Bay Community Church. ❖

Bertha Irene Coleman

Bertha Irene Coleman, 66, of Ord, Neb., passed away July 13, 2014, at the Park Place Golden Living Center in Grand Island, Neb.

Bertha was born September 17, 1947, to Walter Max and Vina Easter Ann Pace Hasenauer at North Platte, Neb.

She grew up on the family farm in Hayes County, Neb., and graduated from Maywood High School in 1967. Bertha then moved to Trayer, Kan., where she worked as a caregiver to a handicapped child and later washed dishes for a restaurant in Oberlin, Kan.

On July 13, 1969, Bertha married Vance Wayne Coleman at the Berean Fundamental Church in North Platte, Neb., where they made their home for a short time. In December 1969 they moved to a farm in Hayes County where Vance worked for her father. They moved to Hiawatha, Kan., in November 1970 then returned to North Platte a few months later and stayed until 1994 when they moved to Ord.

Bertha enjoyed solving word puzzles, crosswords and word finds.

She is survived by her husband, Vance, and two sons, Tim and Andrew Coleman, all of Ord, Neb.; a daughter, Vina (Rick) Smith, of Springfield, Mo.; a grandson, Trey Michael Salem; three sisters, Barbara DeMoude of Cheyenne, Wyo., Beulah (Dale) Docter of Hershey, Neb., and Betty (Alton) Lowry of Fort Collins, Colo.; three brothers, Charles (Barbara) Hasenauer of North Platte, Neb., Herman (Becky) Hasenauer of Wellfleet, Neb., and Eisenhower (Rhonda) Hasenauer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; her stepmother, Mable Hasenauer of North Platte, Neb.; aunts and uncles, Mary Smith, Bonnie (Paul) Broeder and Raymond (Arlene) Pace, all of North Platte, Neb., and Mrs. Gerald Vadeen, of Arvada, Colo.; many nieces, nephews and other family.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Vina Hasenauer; an infant daughter; infant twin sons; two brothers, Ivan and David Hasenauer; and a brother-in-law, Harold DeMoude.

Cremation was chosen. Services were held July 17, 2014, at Odean Colonial Chapel. Inurnment followed in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation. ❖

Betty Jane Pinkston McDowell

Betty Jane Pinkston McDowell, 89, passed away peacefully July 9, 2014 at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway, Neb.

She was born on February 17, 1925, in a sod house near Arnold to Homer and Leona Cook Pinkston.

She graduated from Arnold High School with the class of 1941. After graduation she taught school in the sand hills north of Arnold, Neb.

On March 14, 1942, she married Robert Lavern McDowell in Grand Island, Neb. They celebrated their 66th Anniversary in 2008. They had three daughters, Sandra, Jane and Betty Jo. She lived on the McDowell ranch for 66 years where she was a partner in the farming and ranching operations. Bob and Betty developed a guest ranch with fishing lakes, hunting and homemade meals. Besides the ranch she was employed by Arnold Jack and Jill grocery store and she also operated the Arnold Swirly Top. While her daughters were in school she was active as a Girl Scout Leader. Through the years she was a 4-H supporter, 4-H parent, grandparent and 4-H Council member.

Her hands were never idle because she was always, knitting, crocheting, quilting, or creating needle point works of art. Friends and family were often recipients of her beautiful needlework.

One of her joys in life was time spent with her dog Rudy. He was her constant companion. Her family was very important to her and she loved watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra (Roger) Stockall of Hershey, Neb., and their son Justin (Tonya Hoelting) of Scott City, Kan., and daughter Jane (Richard) Hornung of Arnold, Neb., their children Holly (Scott) Remund of Arnold, Neb., Heidi (Joe) Hornung-Scherr of Lincoln, Neb., Adam (Nicole) Hornung of Hong Kong, and Heather (Kyle) Schroer of Lincoln, Neb., and grandson Sam (Holly) Sennett of Omaha, Neb., sister in law, Mildred Pinkston of Arnold, Neb.; great grandchildren Sawyer Hornung-Scheer, Seneca Hornung-Scheer, Sadie Hornung-Scheer, Rio Remund, Riata Remund, Rayce Hornung- Relka, Scout Schroer, Syler Sennett, Mya Sennett, Ada Hornung and, Mae Hornung; and step great-grandchildren Tyler Remund, Emily Remund, Paul Remund, and Paige Hoelting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter, Betty Jo Sennett, brothers John and Gene Pinkston, sister in law Fannie Pinkston, sister, Ena Maroney and parents Homer and Leona Pinkston.

Services were held July 15, 2014, at the Arnold Community Building.

Memorials are suggested to the Arnold Rialto Theater, Arnold Fire and Rescue, and Custer County 4-H Horse Committee. ❖

Roy E. Swanson

Roy E. Swanson, 80, passed away July 11, 2014, in Alliance, Neb., after a brief illness.

Roy was born February 18, 1934 in Windsor, Colo., – the oldest child of immigrant parents. His father, John E. Swanson, emigrated from Sweden in 1917 at the age of 17. His mother, Grace Marie (Ludeman) Swanson emigrated from Germany in 1929 at age 23. These two people, believing in what we now call the American Dream, successfully raised three children on the Front Range of Colorado. At the end of their lives, they owned 320 acres of prime farmland north of Fort Collins on the I25 corridor.

In October 1957, Roy married Jo Ann Ward and to this union three sons were born. Roy lived on that farm since he was 3-years-old but in 1982 decided to move the farming operation to Box Butte County, Neb., and develop new land. Roy spent his entire life farming and made the major move so that two of his sons, Jim and Steve, could continue in production agriculture. A third son, Clint, flies as a flight engineer for Lynden Air Freight.

During his entire working life, he has been part of a multi-generational family farming operation. He has maintained a close relationship with his three sons and passed on his knowledge of “how things work.” He was able to spend a lot of time with grandchildren, greatly enjoying them all. He taught many of them how to drive a “stick shift” and other useful life skills.

During his years in Colorado, Roy gave time and energy to many organizations and was a member of numerous boards: the Soil Conservation District, Larimer County Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattle Feeders, Larimer County 4-H, FFA Advisor, and American Lutheran Church Council. In later years, Roy served as a board member of the Farm and Ranch Museum in Gering, Nebraska, and was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Roy is survived by wife Jo Ann of Alliance, Neb.; sons James (Kathi) Swanson and Steve Swanson of Alliance, Neb., and Clint (Dawn) Swanson of Wellington, Colo.; grandchildren Kirsten, Sydney, Max, Brett, and Roy Swanson, sister Ann K. Fulton of Springdale, Ark., and brother Robert (Terry) of Lake Oswego, Ore., as well as numerous cousins and many nieces and nephews in the United States, Sweden and Germany.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law Dick Fulton.

Memorials may be given to Festival of Hope, P.O. Box 377, Scottsbluff, Neb., 69363 or contact Carol at (308) 630-1348 or

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