Peggy Hirsch, 67, of Broken Bow, Neb., passed away Septmber 16, 2012, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center of complications due to interstitial lung disease.
She was born June 14, 1945, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Charles Ernest and Ellen Elizabeth Harvey. She grew up in Edgewater, Colo., a little town on the west side of Denver, Colo. The family moved to Kansas City, Kan., in 1957, and after graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1963, Peggy attended Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kan., where she majored in elementary education and joined Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated in 1967, taught school for a year in Overland Park, Kan., and in 1968 married Neil Hirsch, of Callaway, Neb., whom she met while they were both in college.
Over the next several years, they moved around Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa as Neil pursued farming and ranching enterprises. During those years, Peggy taught in Lincoln, Neb., Dodge City, Kan., and Oconto, Neb., and Callaway, Neb. Ultimately, they settled in central Nebraska and, while living outside of Anselmo, Neb. Their daughter, Heather Elizabeth, was born March 28, 1975. Neil and Peggy were divorced in 1979.
For most of her teaching years, she lived one block from school and she earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Kearney State College in 1984. She was a teacher at Broken Bow Elementary School for more than 25 years.
She pursued numerous hobbies and interests — sewing, home decoration, bridge, gardening, bike riding and walks with friends — and she and her daughter traveled often to Denver, Colo., to visit Peggy’s parents over the years.
Following her retirement from teaching full time, she enjoyed traveling to various places, including San Francisco, Calif., England, Hawaii, South Padre Island, Texas, and Alaska. She also enjoyed traveling to Dallas, Texas, during the 10 years that her daughter lived there.
On April 20, 2007, Peggy survived a tornado that broke her back, neck, pelvis and more ribs than the medical staff could count. Soon after the tornado struck, her daughter created a Caring Bridge site on the Internet to keep friends and family updated on her progress. Peggy was determined to return to a normal life and tackled rehabilitation with great dedication. Within a year, she was able to walk again, occasionally relying upon a cane. Subsequently, she developed a lung condition and had to depend upon oxygen. Her lung infections worsened and sent her back to the hospital repeatedly. At her last return to the hospital, she decided to decline all further treatment and passed away quietly the next day.
She is survived by her daughter, Heather (Jay) Dunning, of Kearney, Neb.; her brother, Robert (Linda) Harvey, of Commerce City, Colo.; significant other of 21 years, Don Lydic, of Brady, Neb.; mother-in-law, Elleanor Hirsch, of Callaway, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Julie (Mark) Freburg, of Holdrege, Neb., Diane (Greg) Musfeldt, of Ft. Worth, Texas; three nieces; three nephews; and countless friends, who visited the Caring Bridge page 6,182 times since the tornado struck. She will be greatly missed.
Memorial services were held September 20, at the Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, the family, National Jewish Health Center or Caring Bridge. ❖
Sheri Lee Jamison
Sheri Lee Jamison, 71, of Ashby, Neb., passed away July 13, 2012 at Brighton, Colo.
She was one of twin girls, born January 20, 1941 at Hoyt ranch to Buddy and Barbara (Bump) Hoyt north of Whitman, Neb.
She attended country school No. 151 through eighth grade. She then attended UNSA at Curtis, Neb., for High School. She attended Beauty School in Alliance, Neb., in 1958-1959.
She married her high school sweetheart, Beryle Jamison in Hot Springs, S.D. on January 26, 1959. They worked at the Peterson Ranch south of Alliance, Neb., Spade Ranch north of Ashby, Neb., and finally moving to the family ranch north of Ashby, Neb., where they presently resided. Born to this union were two children, a son Monte and a daughter Barbie.
Sheri loved being a ranch woman and was involved in every aspect of ranch life. She had a good eye for choosing horses and cattle and loved watching cattle and horse sales. She loved attending her children’s and grandchildren’s events in school, 4-H, team roping and rodeo, etc. She and Beryle enjoyed going to the stock show at Rapid City, NFR in Las Vegas, Nev., and visiting with family and friends. She had accepted Christ as her savior and they attended a country Church, Faith Lutheran, north of Hyannis, Neb., and Pleasant Point Community Church south of Gordon, Neb. She was a loving caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.
She is survived by her husband, Beryle; son, Monte and his wife, Lisa and their children, Savanna, Brook and BJ. of Ashby, Neb.; daughter, Barbie and husband, Eric Meyer and daughter, Megan of Lochbuie, Colo.; twin sister, Vicki Peden and special friend, Roger Loibl of Kearney, Neb.; sisters, Becky Younkin of Ainsworth, Neb.; and Karen McGinn of Banning, Calif.; brother, Gary (Carolyn) Hoyt of Mullen, Neb.; brothers-in-law, Puzz, Bob (Helen), Dean (JoAnn) Jamison, Bud Smith and sister-in-law, Shirley Smith of Mitchell, Neb.; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, mother-in-law and father-in-law.
Memorial services were held July 18, 2012 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at Hyannis, Neb.
Inurnment was at the family ranch north of Ashby, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri State Cowboy Museum, Grant County Fire & Rescue and Sandhills Lutheran Ministry. ❖
LaVern D. (Vern) Dickman
LaVern D. (Vern) Dickman, 78, of Sargent, Neb., passed away September 3, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., surrounded by his loving family after losing his short-fought battle with cancer.
He was born in Sargent, Neb., to Otto and Lillie (Wolf) Dickman on May 25, 1934.
Vern attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Sargent High School in May 1951. The day after graduation, he went to Broken Bow, Neb., and bought his first truck; from then on, trucking was his life.
In February 1955, Vern was married to Joyce Drake of Comstock, Neb.
They had three children, Rick, Monte and Roberta (Bobbi). They lived in Sargent, Neb., until 1961, when they moved to Thedford, Neb. In 1962, they moved back to Sargent, Neb., for eight months. Sand had gotten into his boots and in April 1963 Vern moved his family back to the Sandhills to the small town of Halsey, Neb., where they made their home for the next 45 years and established Dickman Transfer, with livestock being the main commodity. Before moving to the Sandhills, Vern trucked with his Dad and brother Dale. Vern was known by friends and fellow truckers as “Ol’ Dad.” They returned to Sargent, Neb., in 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce; sons, Rick (Susan) of Axtel, Neb., and Monte (Leslie) of Thedford, Neb.; and daughter Bobbi (Clyde) Johnson of Elk Mtn., Wyo.; six grandchildren, Judd (Danielle) Dickman, Jedd Dickman, Dustin Dickman, Kelcee Dickman, Seth Johnson and Shane (Kassie) Johnson; four step-grandchildren, Jeremy Scheer, Dustin Scheer, Chase Scheer and Nicole Scheer; seven great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and brother, Don (Ghertie) Dickman, of Bella Vista, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Lillie Dickman; two brothers, Gerht and Dale Dickman; and one sister, Garnet (Toots) Haumont.
Memorial services were held September 7, 2012, at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent, Neb.
Inurnment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sargent, Neb. ❖