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Plains Edition Obituaries 11-17-12

Berry Blake Beguin

Berry Blake Beguin, 80, of Rushville, Neb., passed away October 27, 2012 at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff, Neb.

He was born June 28, 1932 to Henry and Agnes Barth Beguin of Rushville, Neb. He grew up on the ranch south of Rushville, Neb., along with younger brothers Blayne, Jerry and Perry. They all grew up loving the country way of life on the ranch and have a great appreciation for the outdoors.

He attended country school, riding his horse to school everyday. He attended Rushville High School and graduated with the class of 1949. Following graduation he worked on the family ranch.

On September 9, 1952, Blake married Mary Jean Arthur of Rushville, Neb. To this union two children were born, Theresa Lynn on April 23, 1957 and Gary Klint on June 25, 1958. Klint died suddenly at the age of eight due to acute meningitis.

In March of 1953, Blake was called to serve his country. Blake served in the Army from March of 1953 to March of 1955 and was stationed in Japan. Blake was proud that he has served his country and was an active member of the American Legion Post 161 for 59 years. He served as Sergeant-At-Arms for the Legion color guard for over 20 years.

Upon leaving the service he returned to the family ranch where he worked until it was sold. He then worked for his aunt Hallie Jackson and her husband, A.J., on their ranch. When his daughter Terry opened her veterinary clinic, he helped out there wherever he could. He enjoyed going on country calls and visiting with all the different clients who came into the clinic. He also worked at Sheridan Livestock on Wednesdays.

Blake enjoyed all outside activities. He was the happiest when he was horseback doing something. Blake and his brother Blayne rodeoed together for years. Blake was always mounted on a horse. He had trained himself. Later on he was proud to watch his daughter, Terry, carry on the tradition of rodeoing in high school and college. During his final years, he proudly watched his granddaughter, Charmayne, in Junior, Little Britches and High School rodeos. The birth of Charmayne was one of his happiest moments.

Blake loved hunting and fishing and the great outdoors. He would drive along the creek hunting pheasants, ducks, deer and coyotes. He had a pack of coyote hounds and loved to go hunting coyotes with friends. He helped a lot of deer hunters, guiding them through the rough hills of the ranch.

Blake enjoyed reading. He would read a book several times or read a magazine from cover to cover. He loved visiting and socializing with friends. He was a charter member of the Saturday night pool gang at the Legion club.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2006 but continued to go to the vet clinic until June 2011. His health deteriorated after a broken hip, and he moved to the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in July, 2011. He lived there until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Mary Jean; daughter Theresa (Bernard) Beguin-Strong and her husband Bernard; and granddaughter Charmayne, all of Rushville, Neb.; and brothers Blayne (Judy) of Rushville, Neb., Jerry (Karen) of Kimball, Neb., and Perry (Verona) of Spearfish, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Klint and a nephew Brent.

Memorial services were held October 30, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Rushville, Neb.

Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery in Rushville, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rushville American Legion Color Guard. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 366, Gordon, Neb., 69343. ❖

Millie Leone Stoner

Millie Leone Stoner, 87, passed away November 5, 2012 at Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Neb.

She was born July 4, 1925 at Lakeview, S.D., and was one of six children born to Isaac and Gertrude (Dykstra) Risseeuw. She weighed three pounds and was so little that her mom could put her wedding ring around her wrist. She was so tiny that they kept her in a shoe box by the stove to keep her warm. Her mom also carried her on a pillow so she wouldn’t hurt her because she was so fragile.

Millie went to Hutchinson Grade School and then went to the Malone School. Millie rode her horse to school. She graduated from Mission High School, then went on to Springfield one year to get her teaching certificate. She then came back and taught her sister, Arlene, first grade. She taught school and then worked at the telephone office until one evening changed her life. She met Charlie Stoner at a Quonset dance in Kilgore, Neb. In 1953 they married and she followed him though his army tour. In 1957 they moved home and started ranching and started their family. Five boys where born, Randy, Dale, infant son, Jerry and Mark. In July of 1957 they moved 40 miles south of Nenzel to the Taylor Ranch. Millie always did all of the cooking for the hired men and cared for her sons. In 1968 they moved back to Kilgore, Neb., and expanded the Stoner Ranch. She continued to cook and follow her boy’s school events. Starting in 1979 the first grandchild was born and by 2000 the last grandchild was born. She was blessed with 13 grandkids and seven great-grandsons with two on the way.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie of 59 years; four sons Randy (Beth), Dale (Tammy), Jerry (Kay), and Mark (Dedra); 13 grandchildren, Becky (Casey) Lancaster, Buffy (Tom) Cooper, Kari (Ira) Spanel, Shara (Trent) Ford, Cody, Tell, Kylee, Tyce, Heather (Jack) King, Miles (Shaunna), Bobbie Jo, Rachel (fiancée Jon Kime) and Jake Stoner; great-grandsons Carson and Blake Lancaster, Cash and Luke Cooper, Easton Spanel, Bentley Ford and Jack Weston King; brothers Don (Lavina) Risseeuw, Jim Risseeuw; sister Arlene (Willie) Hoff; sister-in-law Marsha Risseeuw; nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers (Harold and Ray) and one infant son.

Memorial services were held November 10, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Valentine, Neb.

Burial followed at Kilgore Cemetery in Kilgore, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Millie to the Kilgore Cemetery.

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Lucy Irene Isom

Lucy Irene (Junod) Isom, 90, of Mullen, Neb., passed away October 31, 2012, at her daughter’s home at Johnson Lake, Neb., surrounded by her loving family.

She was born September 12, 1922, to Edna Kime and Lawrence (Buck) Junod at Kerrmoor, Pa. She was the first of four children. Lucy was baptized on August 5, 1928, as an Episcopalian at her grandfather and grandmother Kime’s home at Kennedy, Neb. She was later confirmed through the Valentine Episcopal Church.

She attended several different schools in Cherry and Hooker counties. Lucy graduated from Mullen High School in 1940, and from West Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1945. After graduation, she worked at the Valentine Hospital until she married John Isom on December 5, 1945. Three children were born to this union: Gary Joe, Terry John, and Patty Leanne.

Throughout the years she worked at Scottsbluff Hospital, Valentine Hospital and Mullen Hospital, which she helped set up in 1956. She also worked at Earl Walker’s dental office for three years and then purchased Tip Top Variety Store, which she ran for 12 years. Lucy was also involved in school nursing in Mullen, Neb., for many years. She helped deliver many babies in Mullen, Neb., and was usually available for any kind of medical need.

Lucy received the Ak-sar-ben Good Neighbor Award and the Community Service Award in 1956. In 1991, she was crowned Hooker County Fair Queen.

For 17 years Lucy kept records for the Mullen ambulance and also kept supplies up to date. She kept her nursing license current until the day she passed away. She belonged to St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Rest Home Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Senior Citizen Center. She served many years in the Episcopal Church and had several offices including district president. Her many hobbies included playing bridge, pitch, and 500, crafting, hunting rattlesnakes and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After John passed away, she married Newt (John) Reddington in 2001, and spent three years living in Washington State until Newt passed away.

She is survived by three children, Joe (Deanna) Isom, of Mullen, Neb., Terry (Mindy) Isom, of Gering, Neb., and Patty (Bruce) Bader, of Johnson Lake, Neb.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Don Junod, of Valentine, Neb.; brother-in-law, Lee (Mary Lou) Isom, of Mullen, Neb., Marian Isom, of Mullen, Neb., Katherine Stagner, of Pennsylvania; and three stepsons, Van (Judy) Reddington, Lance Reddington and Mace Reddington, all of Washington State.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, John and Newt; and brothers, Ernest and Glen Junod and Russell Stagner.

Memorial services were held November 3, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Mullen, Neb.

It was Lucy’s wishes that her body be cremated. Inurnment was at the Cedarview Cemetery, Mullen, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Mullen or Cedarview Cemetery. ❖

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