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Plains Edition Obituaries 11-24-12

Harold Jorgensen

Harold Jorgensen, 95, of Curtis, Neb., passed away November 16, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

He was born November 5, 1917, in Curtis, Neb., to Jorgen Peter and Anna (Jepsen) Jorgensen.

Harold attended school in Curtis, Neb., graduating from UNSA High School in 1936. Following high school, Harold entered the US Army attending Officers Training School and then served his country from 1941 to 1945 in World War II, earning a Purple Heart after he was wounded in combat. Following his service to his country as a 2nd Lieutenant, he returned to the Curtis, Neb., area where he farmed and ranched.

Harold married Margaret Johnson on August 1, 1942, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Harold’s life was a tribute to his faith in God. He taught adult Sunday school and served as a lay minister. He also served on the church board in many capacities at both Ebenezer Lutheran Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

His family was the joy of his life which was demonstrated through his deep and unconditional love. He was a loyal neighbor and friend. He looked at his farm and cattle as pleasure rather than work, regularly taking enjoyable drives through pastures and fields with family and neighborhood friends.

He was an active member of the American Legion, Nebraska Beef Council, National Cattleman’s Association, the Toastmasters Association and Lions club. He served on several boards including Curtis Co-Op, Farm Bureau, Board of Education, the Board of Elections, and the Curtis Telephone Co. Harold was also active in the Young Farmer Veteran organization and 4-H, where he served as the leader for many years.

He is survived by his son, Richard (Sharon) Jorgensen of Curtis, Neb.; his daughters, Ann Jeanette (Jim) Deidel of North Platte, Neb., Gwen Nickerson of Curtis, Neb., and Diane Walsh of Cozad, Neb.; grandsons, Mark (Lanis) Jorgensen, Matt (Trisha) Jorgensen, Steve Strawn, John (Susan) Robinson, Jeff (Kathy) Robinson, Darren (Jennifer) Robinson, Tim (Danelle) Nickerson, Ryan Walsh; granddaughters, Lori (Mike) Mortensen, Amy (Brandon) Jahnke, Mary (Shawn) Overton, Angela (Cory) Nida, Stacie (Kevin) Owens; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Loren (Lorraine) of North Platte, Neb., his sister, Erma Taylor of Casper, Wyo., and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by wife, Margaret Jorgensen, his parents, his brother, Vern Jorgensen, grandson Steven Jorgensen, and son-in-law, Joe Nickerson.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by all.

Memorial services were held November 21, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Curtis, Neb.

Interment followed in the Curtis Cemetery in Curtis, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 64, Curtis, Neb., 69025 or Senior Living Choices, 217 Crook Ave, Curtis, Neb., 69025. ❖

Roger T. Miller

Roger T. Miller, 82, of McCook, Neb., passed away November 17, 2012, at Hillcrest Nursing Home.

He was born February 27, 1930, at Marion, Neb., to German/Irish parents, Theodore H. and Gertrude (Kircher) Miller. He attended Marion Grade School and graduated from Danbury High School in 1947. From there he attended one year at McCook Junior College.

Roger entered the US Air Force on June 28, 1951, and served overseas at Gander Field in Goose Bay, Labrador, Sanderstrom Fjord in Greenland, and returned to the states at Pope Field at Fayetteville, N.C., during the Korean War. His most significant duty assignment was (TAC) 651st Commander Squadron Operations. He was honorably discharge on June 25, 1955.

He was united in marriage to Wanda Marie Wright on June 5, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin, Kan. To this union three children were born. They made their home on the family farm near Marion until their retirement in 1996 at which time they moved to McCook, Neb.

Roger was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Family Frolic Square Dance Club, McCook Elk’s Lodge, and Danbury McDonald-Ryan American Legion Post No. 276. He served on the Danbury-Marion Cemetery Board for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wanda Miller of McCook, Neb.; and daughters, Karen J. Miller and husband, Russ Gillenwater, of Round Rock, Texas, and Susan Miller of Takoma Park, Md.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Gertie Miller and son, Douglas Miller on May 16, 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the St. Patrick’s Cemetery Pavement Fund.

Memorial services were held November 21, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Inurnment was at the Danbury-Marion Cemetery with Military Honors.

Friends may go online at to extend condolences to the family. ❖

Laura Virginia Hammond Simonson

Laura Virginia Hammond Simonson, 89, a long time resident of Cherry County, Neb., passed away November 15, 2012 at Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, Neb.

She was born July 28, 1923 in Mullen, Neb., to Elmer and Allie (Pearl) Hammond. Laura was the third of four children.

Laura was raised on her parents homestead in the southwest corner of Hooker County, Neb., and walked one-half mile each way to school through the eighth grade before attending Mullen High School.

Laura married Bill Simonson in Alliance, Neb., on November 3, 1941. Together they raised six children on the ranch north of Mullen, Neb., in Cherry County.

For many years Laura raised a huge garden and many chickens. She loved finding sand cherries on the hillside and her jelly was a gift to her friends, family and grandchildren many times over. Laura’s greatest love was her family, the ranch and her cows. She was known for her good cooking, especially her fresh bread, caramel rolls, mashed potatoes, fried chicken and rare roast beef. No one ever left her home hungry nor did she ever leave home without taking food wherever she went.

Laura was a member of Winifred Chapter #292 Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years and served in many capacities. She joined the Sunshine Chapter #261 in 2007 and proudly kept every receipt from both chapters and a Past Worthy Matron certificate dating back to 1936 and 1974.

For several years she worked at the drugstore in Mullen, Neb., and the school lunch program while the youngest children went to school in town. After Bill passed away, she stayed on the ranch until 2005 when she moved to an apartment and later an assisted living in North Platte, Neb. In December of 2009 Laura’s health deteriorated and she moved to a nursing home, Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, Neb.

She is survived by five of her children, LeRoy Simonson of North Platte, Neb., Karen (Butch) Freeze of Hershey, Neb., Janice (Butch) Barnason of Hastings, Neb., John Simonson of Mullen, Neb., and Harlan (Sharon) Simonson of Ainsworth, Neb.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1986, one son, Russell in 1979, three infant granddaughters, her parents and three siblings, Gladys Howard, Eva Canida Wallace and Jack Hammond

Memorial services were held November 20, 2012 at United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb.

Interment was at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice: Mullen Rest Home, Good Samaritan Village of Hastings or Eastern Star Lodge #261 of Thedford, Neb. ❖

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