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Plains Edition Obituaries 10-13-12

Harold Lee Glassgow

Harold Lee Glassgow, 79, of Lakeside, Neb., passed away September 1, 2012 at his home in Gordon, Neb.

He was born October 10, 1932, in Conway, Iowa, to Ernie and Alice (Ross) Glassgow. He attended Dallas Center No. 5 country school near New Market, Iowa, and graduated from New Market High School in 1952.

In the fall of 1952, he was drafted into the Army and served in Korea and Japan as a Military Police Officer. In the summers of 1951 and 1952, Harold worked on the Fritz and Blanche Sandoz Ranch, north of Lakeside, Neb. After his military service was completed, he returned to the Sandoz Ranch and worked for Fritz and Blanche until obtaining his own place on the Niobrara River south of Gordon, Neb.

Harold had a strong love for the Sandhills and for cattle ranching. He made the Sandhills his permanent home. On August 25, 1957, Harold married Gail Hamilton. To this union, three sons were born: Don, Perry and Chuck. They lived on the river place until 1979 when Blanche Sandoz asked Harold and Gail to come run her ranch after Fritz’s death. Harold and Gail eventually purchased the Sandoz Ranch.

Harold’s love for the Sandhills and cattle ranching were his passion. Harold believed that when something needed done, that you just “got it done!” Harold also had a passion for western music and travel. Harold was a member of the Gideon’s International, Tri-State Cowboy’s Association, Highway 20 Tractor Club, and Pleasant Point Community Church. Harold also loved bowling with friends at the King Pin Lanes Bowling Alley and collecting belt buckles.

He is survived by his wife Gail of 55 years; sons Don (Kathy) of Ogallala, Neb., Perry (Marilyn) of Ashby, Neb., and Chuck (Karen) of Ellsworth, Neb.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Helen (Dean) Derry of Clarinda, Iowa, and Thelma Campbell of Maryville, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernie and Alice Glassgow, and one grandson Chad Glassgow.

Memorial services were held September 8, 2012, at Pleasant Point Church, south of Gordon, Neb.

Burial was at the Pleasant Point Cemetery. Military services were held at the cemetery with grandson Jesse Glassgow, Air Force; Brian Yount, Marine and the Gordon American Legion Post No. 34.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-State Old Time Cowboy’s Museum Building Fund in Gordon, Neb.; and Pleasant Point Community Church, 3444 State Highway 27, Ellsworth, Neb., 69340 and may be sent to Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, 101 N. Main, Gordon, Neb., 69343. ❖

Ernie Pernicek

Ernie Pernicek, 92, of David City, Neb., passed away October 7, 2012, at Butler County Healthcare Center in David City, Neb.

He was born June 30, 1920, in Linwood, Neb., to Emil and Ella (Hajek) Pernicek. He attended school at District 53 and graduated from Schuyler High School. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1942, serving as staff sergeant in the 316th Troop Carrier Group, 45th Squadron. Following the service, he returned to farm with his father and brother and farmed until the age of 72.

He married Gladys Liskovec on December 30, 1948, in David City, Neb.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys of David City, Neb.; four daughters, Diane (Jim) Bartlett and Carol Pernicek, all of Lincoln, Neb., Connie (Richard) Wachal of Schuyler, Neb., and Donna McDonald of David City, Neb.; a son, Mark (Dianne) Pernicek of Octavia, Neb.; a sister, Rose Jambor of David City, Neb.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a brother.

Memorial services were held October 10, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in David City, Neb.

Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Abie, Neb. ❖

Della Hayward

Della Joan Hayward, 80, of Hyannis, Neb., passed away October 4, 2012 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb., following complications from cancer.

She was born November 9, 1931, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the daughter of Leo and Elma (Croxen) Jansen.

Della attended Scottsbluff High School and received her teaching certificate from Chadron State College which led her to teaching in rural Sandhills of Nebraska. Della married Wayne Wakely in 1953, moved to Hyannis, Neb., and raised three children. Following her divorce in 1963 she taught in rural McPherson County and in Hyannis, Neb. She met and married Merle Hayward in 1968 in Hyannis, Neb., blending and adding to family.

She served as Grant County Superintendent for four years and has actively served the community of Hyannis, Neb., for over 45 years. Della was a member of the Calvary Episcopal Church and Guild, the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Stockgrower’s Association, served on the Hyannis Swimming Pool board and Windmill Days planning commission.

Della loved performing arts. She was a member of the Village Players theatre group in Hyannis, Neb., where she performed in 28 plays, three of which she wrote and directed. Della was an avid supporter of school activities­ — receiving ‘Fan of the Year’ in 2008. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Merle Hayward of Hyannis, Neb.; son, Charles (Pam) Wakely of Palmdale, Calif.; daughters, Lori McDonald of Ft. Collins, Colo., Stephanie Stumph of Chadron, Neb., Holly (Ron) Westemeier of Alliance, Neb.; step-daughters Susan Hayward of Littleton, Colo., and Carol Chatfield of Belleville, Kan.; sisters Darlene (Pat) Ashcroft of Gunnison, Colo., Ermadean Haas of Mitchell, Neb., Ilo Fegler of Ogallala, Neb., and Loretta/Midge (Carl) Curtis of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister’s-in-law Kay (Jim) Soliday of Portland, Ore., and Carol Hayward of Ft. Collins, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Caitlin, Logan, Reece, Mason, Megan, Willa, Laura, Jonathan, Natalie; two great-grandchildren, Mitch, Ryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Arlene Gore of Orange, Calif., step-son Robert Hayward of Hyannis, Neb., and granddaughter Sheila.

Memorial services were held October 9, 2012 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis, Neb.

Burial was at the Hyannis Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Della’s name and sent to Calvary Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 80, Hyannis, Neb., 69350.

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Evelyn Korte

Evelyn Korte, 93, of Columbus, Neb., passed away October 6, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Columbus, Neb.

She was born April 2, 1919, on the family farm in Platte County to Emil and Minnie Marie (Muth) Wilke.

She was baptized into the Christian faith on May 4, 1919, at Christ Lutheran Church.

Evelyn attended District No. 2 and Christ Lutheran Grade School. On May 14, 1933, Evelyn confirmed her faith through confirmation at Christ Lutheran Church. Evelyn and Edgar R. Korte were united in marriage on October 10, 1940, at Christ Lutheran Church. She lived on a farm all her life before retiring with Edgar to Columbus, Neb., in 1984. On the farm, she raised a large garden and helped run a Grade A Dairy. Everyone loved her cinnamon rolls and bread sticks.

She was a past member of Walther League, choir, PTL, and LLL. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid and LWML.

She is survived by sons, Les (Judi) Korte of Hallam, Neb., and Warren (Jean) Korte of Columbus, Neb.; daughters, Sandra (Jerry) Hales of Tilden, Neb., and Sharri (Stan) Rosendahl of Creston, Neb.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Vic (Arlene) Wilke of Columbus, Neb., Marvin Wilke of Norfolk, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Marlene Wilke of Columbus, Neb., Evelyn Wilke of Columbus, Neb.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, Emil (1955) and Minnie (1978) Wilke; husband, Edgar Korte (2010); sisters, Cecilia Cattau (2009), Viola Loseke (2000), and Adeline Witthoff (1977); brothers, Milton Wilke (1990), and Lavern Wilke (2012).

Memorial services were held October 10, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church.

Interment was in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour or the Church. ❖

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