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Plains Edition Obituaries 10-27-12

Gerald “Jerry” Dietz

Gerald “Jerry” Dietz, 46, of Fairbury, Neb., passed away on October 18, 2012.

He was born September 2, 1966 in Fort Collins, Colo., the son of William and Wilma (Block) Dietz.

Jerry graduated from Eaton High School in Eaton, Colo., in 1984.

In the summer of 1990 Jerry was in a terrible tractor accident on the family farm east of Ault, Colo., were he farmed with his father. He was very lucky to survive the accident but had many health complications as a result. Despite his disabilities he continued to help his father on the farm until they moved to Fairbury, Neb., in November of 2011.

He enjoyed farming, fishing, cooking and being with his family. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to help whenever needed. A trip to town that normally only took an hour would become two or three hours because he would get caught up in conversations with old or new friends. Jerry was very knowledgeable and loved to talk about his experiences or findings. He was very mechanical and could fix just about anything. He went to Maize Corporation Baler School in Kearney, Neb., so he could help his father fix the balers on the farm. Even though he had physical limitations on the farm his mind was always focused on the farm and he was always willing to help where he could. He also enjoyed auctions, flea markets, shopping and seeking antiques. He was an avid animal lover, always having a Chihuahua by his side. Jerry was always full of life and never complained despite his constant pain.

Wilma did Foster Care for around 15 years and Jerry was very involved in the caretaking. He always encouraged the kids and tried to teach them respect. He was very close to his sister Amiella, taking her to all her sporting events, skating parties and other school functions. Being 18 years apart they had a very special relationship.

He is survived by his parents William and Wilma Dietz of Fairbury, Neb.; sisters Amiella Dietz and fiancé Ruben Aragon of Greeley, Colo., and Sarah Dietz of Fairbury, Neb.; uncles Ronald Dietz of Fort Morgan, Colo., Richard Dietz of Virginia and aunt Dorothy Heckman and husband Marvin of Windsor, Colo.; and many extended family and friends in Colorado and Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jack; maternal and paternal grandparents and three uncles, Raymond Block, George Stevens and Bobby Dietz.

Memorial services were held October 22, 2012 at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, Neb.

Internment followed at the Fairbury Cemetery. ❖

Perry J. Nelson

Perry J. Nelson, 83, of Fremont, Neb., passed away October 22, 2012, at Nye Legacy in Fremont, Neb.

He was born in Fremont, Neb., on March 6, 1929, to Peter A.C. and Christina (Christensen) Nelson. He was baptized in the Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church (northwest of Fremont, Neb.) and confirmed there in 1942. He grew up on the farm northwest of Fremont, Neb., attending Rosedale School through the eighth grade, and graduating from Fremont High School in 1946. He attended Dana College in Blair, Neb.

On June 26, 1951, Perry was married to Eileen Boschult at First Lutheran Church in Fremont, Neb. On the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary on June 26 of last year, Gov. Dave Heineman declared that day to be the “Perry and Eileen Nelson Day.”

He worked for his brother, Russell, on the farm until 1949, then farmed with his father during the year of 1950, and in January 1951 began military service in the U.S. Army. He was a medic serving in Korea from August 1951 until December 1952 when he was discharged. He worked for Gambles warehouse until November 1953, then he began employment with Hormel Foods Corp. in Fremont, Neb., working there from 1953 until 1984. During all his working years, he also farmed the farm that he owned in Saunders County.

After retiring, he helped his wife Eileen with the child care she operated. Perry and Eileen received the child care “Provider of the Year” award from the state in 1990, and he had also been named an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by then governor Ben Nelson.
Perry was a member of First Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school for more than 25 years, was in the choir, and had served as a Deacon, vice president and then president of the church council.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen; three daughters, Sheryl (and husband, Richard) Jedlicka of Lincoln, Neb., Karen Rice of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Gail (and husband, Brian) Pawling of Lincoln, Neb.; a son, Darwin Nelson of Lincoln, Neb.; nine grandchildren, Jason (and wife, Michelle) Jedlicka of Lincoln, Neb., Stephanie (and husband, James) Widoe of Lincoln, Neb., Joel Jedlicka of Lincoln, Neb., Brandon Rice and Erica Rice of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brent Pawling and Sarah Pawling of Lincoln, Neb.; Mikayla Nelson and Connor Nelson of Lincoln, Neb.; a great-grandchild, Cameron Widoe of Lincoln, Neb.; sisters, Marie Hansen of Raytown, Mo., and Kathleen (and husband, Chris) Gutchow of Fremont, Neb.; brother-in-law, Lyle Skov of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; and sister-in-law, Janet Nelson of Blair, Neb.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Nelson (and his wife Doris); brother, Shurley Nelson; sister, Priscilla Skov; and brother-in-law, Rev. Allison Hansen.

Memorial services were held Oct. 23, 2012 at First Lutheran Church in Fremont, Neb.

Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Neb., with military honors by the Fremont Honor Guard of American Legion Post 20 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 854.

An online guest book may be signed at

Viola I. Sattler

Viola I. Sattler, 90, formerly of Sumner, Neb., passed away October 23, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

She was born October 7, 1922, on the family farm northwest Sumner, Neb., to George and Mary (Vest) Kutsch. She attended the Lower Park Valley School and later graduated from Sumner High School in 1940. She attended the American School of Commerce in Omaha, Neb. She worked for Hodges Implement Co., and later for the Sedgwick County USDA office in Julesburg, Colo.

She married Eric Sattler on October 18, 1943, in Julesburg, Colo. They moved to Sumner, Neb., in 1946, where they farmed northwest of Sumner, Neb. She also worked at Baldwin Filter’s in Kearney, Neb., and Plectron Corporation in Overton, Neb. She moved into Sumner, Neb., in 1992, to Kearney, Neb., in 1997, and to Mount Carmel in 2009. She was a charter member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner, Neb.
She is survived by her son, Milton Sattler of Lexington, Neb.; daughters, Jenell and Steve Harmoney of Amherst, Neb., and Jani and Jerry Barger of Culbertson, Neb.; sister, Inez Dittmar of Kearney, Neb.; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Roger and Dennis, and sister, Elizabeth Brandt.

Memorial services were held October 26, 2012 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner, Neb.

Burial was at the Sumner Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church or the Sumner Rescue Unit. A message of condolence, tribute or memory can be left at

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