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Plains Edition Obituaries 1-19-13

Ruth Elizabeth Clason

Ruth Elizabeth Clason, 82, of Beaver City, Neb., passed away January 12, 2013), at the Josie Harper Hospice House, in Omaha, Neb.

She was born April 28, 1930, to Aldoph Oscar and Hulda Josefina Wasenius in Oxford, Neb.

She graduated from Beaver City High School. She taught two years at District No. 8 country school. She married Eugene Clason on June 1, 1949. They farmed southwest of Beaver City, Neb.

She and her husband built the Dairy Queen in Beaver City in 1968 and operated it until 1976. She began dispatching for Clason Trucking Company in 1979 to the late 1990s. She and her husband also bought the Sale Barn in Phillipsburg, Kan., in the mid 1980s and sold it in the late 1990s.

She is survived by her three sons, Steven Clason and wife, Rachelle of Beaver City, Neb., Jim Clason of Kearney, Neb., and Lee Clason, of Beaver City, Neb.; five daughters, Ruth Gove of Kearney, Neb., Patty and husband, Ross Wolstenholm of York, Neb., Laura and husband, Irvin Nelson of Kearney, Neb., Bonnie and husband, Michael Wright of Stamford, Neb., and Susan Bayliss of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Kenneth and wife, Irene Wasenius of Oxford, Neb.; sister-in-law, Clara Wasenius of Lincoln, Neb.; brother-in-law, Merle Dean Clason and wife, Juanita of Beaver City, Neb.; two step-brother-in-laws, Kenneth Dean Lambert and wife, Marjory of Beaver City, Neb., and Leroy Lambert and wife, Marjorie of Miller, Neb.; 30 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Allen Wasenius.

Memorial services were held January 17, 2013 at Faith Community Church in Beaver City, Neb.

Burial was at the Precept Cemetery in Beaver City, Neb.

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Writer Ray

Writer Ray, 79, passed away January 11, 2013 in McCook, Neb., with family by his side.

He was born Raymond Tyler Lofvendahl in Clarksfork, Idaho on July 14, 1933.

Before joining the army, Ray was adopted by his stepfather and his last name became Lubben.

Ray graduated from Carlton High School in Carlton, Neb., with the class of 1951.

Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army, serving from 1954 to 1956. During this time, he served his country in the Korean War and also received a National Defense Service Medal and an Army of Occupation Medal. He then went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in geography from Peru State College. Ray was employed by the State of Nebraska for 12-½ years as a peace officer. He also worked for the University of Idaho beginning in 1975 and continuing until retirement in 1994.

Ray’s early interests were rock hunting, writing, snake collecting, hunting, fishing and photography. Later in life, he rediscovered his love for writing in the form of cowboy poetry and short stories. He performed his works in several venues and was published in various magazines and newspapers. During this period in his life, Ray legally changed his name to Writer Ray.

Writer Ray was married to Catherine L. (Bailey) Lubben for 44 years. Though they divorced in 2005, they continued a supportive relationship and were dedicated to the well being of each other until the day he left us.

Writer Ray had a special ability to make friends. He was endowed with a sensitive heart, a curious mind and playful sense of humor. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sharon Holmes of Palisade, Neb., and Kathleen (Charles) Brotherton of Austin, Texas; as well as his six grandchildren, Katrina Giles, Rose Mason, Emma Pearl Botherton, Jennifer Holmes, Peter Holmes and Matthew Holmes.

Writer Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Twyla Lubben.

While no memorial services have been scheduled, Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is assisting Writer Ray’s family in carrying out his final wishes.

Memorial contributions can be designated to the Palisade Volunteer Fire Department.

Please visit to sign the online guestbook for the family. ❖

Chris L. Nelsen

Chris L. Nelsen, 53, of York, Neb., passed away January 11, 2013 near Maxwell, Neb.

He was born August 17, 1959 at McCook, Neb., to Robert ‘LeRoy’ and Velma (Ramels) Nelsen and graduated in 1978 from Curtis-Medicine Valley High School. Chris was a longtime sales Manager at Scott-Hourigan CO in York, Neb.

Chris loved golfing, attending farm shows and traveling for work. He also enjoyed his toy tractor collection and his two best buddies “Jazzy and Lizzy.”

In December of 1979, Chris was married to Judy Jurgens at Curtis, Neb. Then on November 28, 1998, he was married to Denise (Reese) Shirley at North Platte, Neb.

He is survived by his wife Denise of York, Neb.; his son Daniel Lee Nelsen of Moorefield, Neb.; twin daughters Erica LaRae (Brett) Bartlett of Fayetteville, N.C., and Joslyn Renee Nelsen of Curtis, Neb.; son Brian (Chelsea) Reese of Hickman, Neb.; daughter Jenny (James) Snook of Lincoln, Neb.; and son Tyler Reese also of Lincoln, Neb.; brother Don Nelsen ( Johnna Rutenber) of Krum, Texas; and his sisters, Charlene (Gaylord) Johnson of Hastings, Neb., Emily (Lumir) Hayek of Ord, Neb., Janice Nelsen of Hastings, Neb., and Lori (Tom) Tobiasson of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren MacKenzie Nelsen and Bentley Campbell both of Curtis, Neb., Jacoby Snook of Lincoln, Neb., Batie Reese of Hickman, Neb., and Brecken Bartlett of North Carolina; and his in-laws Vernon “Sonny” (Eileen) Shirley of North Platte, Neb.; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Memorial services were held January 17, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in York, Neb.

Cremation has taken place.

Private family inurement to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to an ag scholarship that has been established in Chris Nelson’s memory. Contributions may be sent to Denise Nelsen, 843 South Country Club Dr., York, Neb., 68467.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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