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Plains Edition Obituaries 5-4-13

Mary Lou (Pipitt) Heinz

Mary Lou (Pipitt) Heinz, 75, of Hemingford, Neb., passed away April 15, 2013 at Highland Park Care Center after a short battle with cancer.

She was born on her parent’s farm south of Hemingford, Neb., on October 30, 1937 to Lyle and Ruth (Gowin) Pipitt.

She lived at the farm until her graduation from Hemingford High School in 1955. Mary then attended Chadron State College and taught school for two years while living with the Ben Masat family. It was then that she met her husband Henry “Hank” Heinz. They were married on June 8, 1957 in Hemingford, Neb. They moved to the George Schneider place where they lived and farmed for 17 years. In 1976 they bought the family farm where she resided until her move into Highland Park in December of 2012.

Mary was blessed with two daughters, Sheila Marie, born on April 11, 1958 and Sonya Lou, born on April 8, 1959. She was also foster mother to Patty Alt for two years.

She worked at John’s Jack and Jill for 15 years and was assistant manager for 13 of those years. She really liked her job but her greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother and in later years a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mary was a life-long seamstress and did a lot of custom sewing for friends and neighbors. Her girls were always well dressed (often times in matching outfits) and so were their dolls. Mary loved to paint, embroider and do many other crafts. She also enjoyed reading, cooking and baking. One of her greatest pleasures was going to and working at Pat’s Creative and spending time with her many sewing friends. Special treats for her were trips to Deadwood or Prairie Winds every once in a while.

Mary was very involved in the Hemingford Congregational Church, serving on many committees and holding the office of President and Treasurer of the Women’s fellowship at various times.

Mary will be remembered by her family and friends for her many artistic gifts which she generously shared with us all.

She is survived by her devoted husband of almost 56 years, Henry Heinz of Hemingford, Neb.; daughters, Sheila (Glenn) King and Sonya (Dean) Buskirk all of Hemingford, Neb.; grandchildren, Abbey (Justus) Watters, Casey (Brittany) King, Shelley (Dustin) McConville, Chad (Lexi) Buskirk and Justin (Sara) Buskirk; great-grandchildren, Shaylynn and Daren McConville, Celia, Keith, Jacen, Haley and Jake Buskirk, Jaxson Orozco, Danielle and Eli Watters and one expected great-grandson; brothers, James Pipitt of Rapid City, S.D., Robert (Orlene) Pipitt of Redlands, Calif., and David (Rachel) Pipitt of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, her parents Lyle and Ruth Pipitt, brother Dale, sister-in-laws, Fay and Tina Pipitt, and nephew Christopher J. Speer.

Memorial services were held April 19, 2013 at the Hemingford Congregational Church.

Burial was in the Hemingford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hemingford Congregational Church, P.O. Box 397, Hemingford, Neb., 69348, Prairie Haven Hospice, 2409 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance, Neb., 69301, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. ❖

Scott Wesley Lauer

Scott Wesley Lauer, 25, of Big Springs, Neb., passed away April 13, 2013, as a result of a motorcycle accident in North Carolina.

He was born January 11, 1988 in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Stephen and Donna (Reichenberg) Lauer.

Scott attended School District #14, west of Ogallala, Neb., and graduated from Ogallala High School in 2006.

He then attended Wyoming Tech in Laramie, Wyo., graduating in 2007. Scott began employment as a mechanic with Kinder Morgan at the compressor station, northwest of Big Springs, Neb.

Scott was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His hobbies included biking, riding motorcycles, hiking and camping, disassembling things, photography, roping, and riding horses. He was especially known for giving big hugs.

He is survived by his father Steve Lauer of Brule, Neb.; his mother Donna Reichenberg Clouse and her husband Randy of Ogallala, Neb.; a sister Jessica Lauer of Omaha, Neb.; step-sister Stephanie Mosel of North Platte, Neb.; a brother Justin (Natalie) Henson of Leslie, Mich.; three step-brothers, Ryan (Holly) Vinyard and Nolan (Tamara) Clouse, all of North Platte, Neb., and Justin Clouse of Stapleton, Neb.; grandparents, Robert and Jeanette Lauer of Gothenburg, Neb., and Lorna Hansen of North Platte, Neb.; aunts and uncles, Dan and Theresa Lauer of Norton, Kan., Garon and Sherri Stewart and Brian and Terri Commins, all of Ogallala, Neb., Steve and Angie Mueting of Aurora, Colo., Monte and Susan Reichenberg of Paris, Ill., Cliff and Ali Reichenberg of North Platte, Neb., and Wes and Carol Reichenberg of Broken Bow, Neb.; great-aunts and uncles, many cousins, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Richard Hansen, and great-grandparents, Bill and Minnie Lauer, Lloyd and Florence Griffith, George and Iva Reichenberg, and Ethel Browning.

Memorial services were held April 22, 2013 at the Brule Activity Center. A second service was held at Ogallala Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The family chose cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial that has been established in his name.

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Richard D. “Dick” Aupperle Sr.

Richard D. “Dick” Aupperle Sr., 75, of North Platte, Neb., passed away April 22, 2013 at his home.

He was born November 28, 1937 in Wellfleet, Neb., to Herman and Evelyn (Larson) Aupperle.

Dick attended the Highland School, and then went to the Curtis School of Agriculture for his freshman year. He went on to North Platte High School where he graduated with the class of 1955. On January 10, 1958, Dick married Mary Peters. To this union three children were born, Rick, John, and Susan.

The couple moved back to the family farm for several years before moving to farms at Wellfleet and Maywood. They moved to North Platte, Neb., in 1961. Dick worked for Larry Hansen at the Original Hansen Heating and Plumbing for 12 years. They moved to Wyoming for a time until coming back to North Platte, Neb., and opening Aupperle Plumbing and Heating where he was a Master Plumber. He continued his work there until his death. Dick later married Bess Paxton Wilson. She preceded him in death in 2002.

Dick was a past member of the Elks Lodge, and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and going gambling. Dick enjoyed spending time working on the farm and with family. He will be remembered by family and friends as a generous man who helped many people in need, and will not be forgotten.

He is survived by his children, Rick (fiancé Lana Reed) Aupperle Jr. of North Platte, Neb., John (fiancé’ Lisa Clouatre) Aupperle of North Platte, Neb., and Susan (Ted) Huber of Kearney, Neb.; the mother of his children, Mary Aupperle of Kearney, Neb.; a brother, Harold (Sheryl) Aupperle of Maywood, Neb.; a sister, Ellen Park of Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren, Thad and Theo Huber of Kearney, Neb., and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bess, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Memorial services were held April 27, 2013 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Association.

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