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February 18, 2013
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Plains Edition Obituaries 2-16-13


Merle Peterson

Merle J. Peterson, 85, formerly of Taylor, Neb., passed away January 29, 2013 at the Callaway hospital.

He was born to Julius and Koneta Duddy Peterson on August 13, 1927 in Cheyenne County, Colo. He grew up on the ranch with sister Glaida and brothers Allen and Norman. Merle attended first through eighth grade at Mount Pearl, graduating from Kit Carson High School 1945. He worked for the Collins Ranch.

In 1950 Merle was drafted by the Army. As a Sergeant First Class he endured icy combat conditions. Too long in freezing fox holes led to artificial hips that would distinctively define his gait as he own. The front line he was commanding left their trench to attend Sunday Service. While they were at the service, their trench was heavily fired upon. A private had left his Bible in the fox hole and when they returned the Bible was lying open and unharmed while everything else was destroyed.

Merle wed Imogene Chronsiter on September 19, 1954. They ranched and farmed. A daughter, Lana and son Laning were born.

Merle served at a Colorado State Brand Inspector retiring in the late 70s.

On June 17, 1970 Merle wed Ruth Jordan in Brookings S.D. To this union were two sons and a daughter, the late Lynn, the late Amy Peterson Stapleman, and son Jay. The family lived in Wray, Colo., running a restaurant and ranching.

In 1985 the family set roots in Taylor, Neb., where Merle worked at local feedlots, sale barns, and ranches. He took pride in being able to keep 100 head of cows until 2002 when he permanently downsized. He also served as the Veterans Service Officer and the Weed Superintendent for Loup County until the mid 1990s. Merle and Ruth moved to Broken Bow’s Off Broadway Assisted Living in the fall of 2010.

He was his children’s biggest encourager whether it was school, mechanics or starting a colt. He always had a story to tell and a smile to give.

He is survived by daughter Lana (Terry) Brown, son Laning, both of Eads, Colo., Jay (Peggy) Peterson of Stapleton, Neb., grandsons Wyatt and Bailey Stapleman of Fairfield, Neb., and Rate Peterson of Stapleton, Neb.; sister Glaida Craven, Kit Carson, Colo.; brother Norman Peterson and wife Margaret, Eaton, Colo.; sister-in-law Carole Jordan, Ivanhoe Minn.; many nieces and nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, children Lynn and Amy, brother Allen and wife Bonita, brothers-in-law Red Craven and Raymond Jordan.

Memorial services were held February 4, 2013 at the Broken Bow Berean Church.

Burial was at the Taylor Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Loup County Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue. ❖

Max R. Foster

Max R. Foster, 78, of Fremont, Neb., passed away February 9, 2013, at Fremont Area Medical Center.

He was born September 13, 1934, in Farragut, Iowa, to Harry and Alice (Peterson) Foster. He grew up on the farm in southwest Iowa. In the beginning of his working career, he worked as an auditor of utility companies. Then he went into the ministry. He graduated from the Ozark Bible College. He served churches in California before coming to Nebraska where he served a church in Valparaiso and then the First Congregational Church in Wahoo, Neb.

He retired from the ministry, and moved to Fremont in 1992, where he had his own advertising agency.

On May 14, 1973, Max married Linda Isenhart in Albuquerque, N.M.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; a daughter, Janyce Foster of Omaha, Neb.; four sons, Jayson Foster of Fremont, Neb., Kent Foster of Boseman, Mont., David (and wife, Janet) Foster of Los Lunas, N.M., and Mark (and wife, Loretta) Foster of Dallas, Texas; a brother, Keith (and wife, Karen) Foster of Redding, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and a granddaughter.

Memorial services were held February 12, 2013 at the Church of the Nazarene in Fremont, Neb. Burial was in Ridge Cemetery in Fremont, Neb.

Memorials contributions may be made to the family for distribution. ❖

Donald Lavern Fehringer

Donald Lavern Fehringer, 88, of Peetz, Colo., passed away February 7, 2013 at Sidney Regional Medical Center.

He was the son of Anthony Francis and Loretta Geraldine (Schilz) Fehringer, born on December 22, 1924 at Platte Center, Neb. He had two sisters Marietta and Aurleen and one brother Ivan. Donald moved with his family to the Peetz, Colo., area in 1929 where he attended school and graduated from Peetz High School. Following graduation Donald farmed in the Peetz Community. On June 2, 1949, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Joyce Westphalen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peetz, Colo. They had four children Randy, Jim, LuAnne and Kevin.

Donald was an active member of Sacred Heart Church including Parish Council President and Choir Director, a member of the Peetz Lion’s Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Peetz Telephone Company Board, a thirty year member of the Peetz Fire District Board and Department, was a Cub Master for the Boy Scouts and received the Silver Beaver Award, a Soil Conservation Board member, a former Logan County Farmer’s Union President, was an agent for Farmer’s Union Insurance for 45 years, was on the Milk Producers Association Board, the CSU Advisory Committee and served on the Council on Aging. Donald also received the Logan County Outstanding Farmer Award and went on to be runner-up on the state level and was recognized as the Logan County Democrat of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Peetz, Colo.; sons, Randy and wife Marijayne of Peetz, Colo., Jim and wife Barb of McCool Junction, Neb., and Kevin and wife Sarah of Aurora, Colo.; daughter, LuAnne Schumacher and husband Phil of Peetz, Colo.; sisters, Marietta Leypoldt of Sidney, Neb., and Aurleen Nelson and husband Arleigh of Loveland, Colo.; brother, Ivan and wife Donna of Peetz, Colo.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Vernon and Milly Westphalen of Peetz, Colo., and numerous extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law, Nyle Leypoldt and George Louderback; sister-in-law Virginia Nagengast and husband Paul and several extended family members.

Memorial services were held February 12, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peetz, Colo.

Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s name to the Church or to the donor’s choice.

You may view Donald’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and remembrances at www.GehrigstittChapel.com . ❖

Soren P. Hansen

Soren “Sam” P. Hansen, 71, passed away February 5, 2013.

He was born June 29, 1941 to Peter J and Mildred W. (Anderson) Hansen at the home place south of Lisco, Neb.

He attended Bridgeport Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1959. He received numerous awards during his lifetime, which include Nebraska State FFA Farmer of the year award while in high school; Bridgeport Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Farmer 1973-74; and the Knight of Aksarben Good Neighbor Award in 1976.

At the young age of 11, his dad passed away and he became active in the ranching business with his two older brothers. Cattle and horses were his first love. In 1985, Sam started working for Ogallala Livestock Auction and was currently a personal representative for them in his spare time. He was well known for his knowledge in the trading of cattle.

Sam’s second love was children. He enjoyed being around his young nieces and nephews as well as all the other children of the community. Everyone probably has a story to tell about Sam. Ever since the $2 bill was made, Sam gave them to his nieces and nephew each year for Christmas.

He is survived by siblings Hilda Mull, Elna Miller, Lela (Thomas) Olmsted, Percy (Marlys) Hansen, Thelma (David) Smith and Donna Hansen; nieces and nephews, Betty (Fred) Mangel, Louis Jacobson, Loraine Baker, Ken (Enid) Jacobson, Jim (Stephanie) Jacobson, Eric (Allison) Miller, Phil (Anne) Hansen, Chris (Joe) McNurlin, Todd Hansen, Marcy (Mike) Spooner, Greg (Carlene) Hansen, Denise Matson, Dana (Tonia) Hansen, and Kerry (Misty) Smith; along with numerous great-and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Pearl (Carl) Jacobson, George Hansen, Robert Mull and Gene Miller, as well as two nieces, Diana Hansen and Mary Mull.

Memorial services were held February 8, 2013 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater, Neb.

Burial followed at Silverthorn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadwater Fire Department or the Lisco Cemetery Memorial Fence Fund. ❖




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