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Plains Edition Obituaries 12-15-12

James H. Lux

James H. Lux, 83, of West Point, Neb., passed away December 10, 2012, at West Point Living Center.

He was born April 22, 1929, in Shelby, Neb., to Herman and Clara (Sieverding) Lux. He grew up helping his family farm in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. He received an early diploma from Beaconsfield, Iowa, High School and graduated from Grand River, Iowa, High School where he finished his senior year. Following school, he settled in West Point, Neb., and began farming with his brother, Ray. He married Marie Lauritsen on October 2, 1952, in West Point, Neb. The couple farmed and Jim started his own pure-bred Angus operation around 1962.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He served on the Cuming County Fair Board for 18 years and was a county supervisor for 12 years. He was active in 4-H leadership, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, St. Joseph’s capital campaign and the Nebraska Angus Association.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie of West Point, Neb.; daughters, Kathy (Levi) Moore of Hooper, Neb., and Shari Ruskamp of West Point, Neb.; sons, the Rev. Tom Lux of Holdrege, Neb., and Bill Lux of Beatrice, Neb.; brother, Tom (Ad) Lux of North Carolina; sisters, Dorothy Alvine of Colorado, Mary Kopocis of Omaha, Neb., and Sister Terese of Omaha, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Katy Lux of West Point, Neb., and Lavern Schulzkump of Beemer, Neb.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three brothers-in-law.

Memorial services were held December 13, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point, Neb.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to Guardian Angels or Central Catholic Endowments. ❖

Martin LeRoy Rousey

Martin LeRoy Rousey, 87, of North Platte, Neb., passed away December 1, 2012 at the Sutherland Care Center.

He was born April 4, 1925 in Wauneta, Neb., to Ora and Mae Tepley Rousey. Martin grew up in the Wauneta, Neb., and Hamlet, Neb., area, living much of his younger years with an uncle and grandfather. He was living with his mother in Ogallala, Neb., when the damn was being built.

On April 28, 1945, Martin married Glenda Stinnette. They had two sons, Marvin and Ron. The couple made their home in Elsie, Neb., and North Platte, Neb., area working farm and dairy operations.

In 1955, the couple moved to Aurora, Colo., where Martin was head of the Aurora Parks Department. After two years, Martin and Glenda missed country life and returned to the North Platte, Neb., area.

In 1971, they bought land west of North Platte, Neb., and started Rousey Dairy. With the help of their sons and a lot of hard work, they received State and National Honors for their top producing Registered Holstein Dairy Herd. They continued to operate Rousey Dairy until their failing health.

During the depression years, Martin raised and trained Coon dogs. He helped support his family through the sale of these dogs and coon and coyote hides. He enjoyed his family, hunting and fishing. He really enjoyed auctions, especially in his later years and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by sons, Marvin (Linda) and Ron (Audrey) all of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren, Pam (Jess) Helgoth of Burwell, Neb., Kim (Scott) Goodwin of Kilgore, Neb.N, Jodi (John) Miller of North Platte, Neb., Tyrell (Deandra) Rousey of North Platte, Neb., and Tess Rousey of Gurley, Neb.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother; wife, Glenda on November 30, 2009 after 64 years of marriage; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on December 15, 2012 at Parkview Community Church of the Nazarene.

Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will take place at 11 a.m. on December 17, 2012 in the North Platte Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name and online condolences may be shared at

Eleanora L. Johnson

Eleanora L. Johnson, 92, of Fremont, Neb., passed away December 3, 2012, at Nye Legacy in Fremont, Neb.

She was born to Emil and Sophie (Roeber) Walter on May 27, 1920, at Wakefield, Neb. She grew up in Wakefield, Neb., and graduated from high school in 1938.

She was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wakefield, Neb. On October 6, 1940, Eleanora was married to Lawrence R. Johnson. They lived on a Wakefield, Neb., area farm for a couple years. Then Lawrence went into the fertilizer business, owning and operating the Ideal Fertilizer Company. Eleanora was the bookkeeper. Later, they sold their business to Terra Chemical Co. Lawrence remained with the company and was transferred to their Madison, S.D., location as the assistant manager. Eleanora continued to work for the company as a bookkeeper. In 1986, following their retirement, the couple moved to Fremont, Neb.

Eleanora enjoyed traveling with her husband, playing cards and boating.

She is survived by niece, Lila Stites (and husband, Kay) of Peachtree, Ga. (Eleanora and Lawrence helped raise Lila, her sister and brother. Lila’s sister and brother have both passed away); great-nieces, Jennifer and husband Jeff Poulas of Fremont, Neb., and Valerie (and husband, Leon) McAllister of Elkhorn, Neb.; great-great-niece, Megan (and husband, Chad) Hayden of Waterloo, Neb.; and several other nieces and nephews. Eleanora considered all her nieces and nephews and their children as her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, in February 2009 and by six sisters.

Memorial services were held December 6, 2012 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fremont, Neb.

Burial followed in Wakefield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and to The Lutheran Hour.

An online guest book may be signed at

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