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Plains Edition Obituaries 5-11-13

George E. Rempe Jr.

George E. Rempe Jr., 72, of Lawrence, Neb., passed away April 22, 2013 at Sutton Community Home after a valiant fight with C.O.P.D. and Emphysema.

He was born February 19, 1941 to George Rempe, Sr. and Eleanor “Babe” Kohmetscher in Lawrence, Neb.

He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence, Neb.

He attended grade school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1959.

He married Doris J. McConnaughey on April 25, 1970 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence, Neb. To this union, two children were born, Sheila and Eric.

George served in the United States Navy in 1959 and later was given a honorable discharge. George drove for TeeEss Trucking and did custom baling in Lawrence, Neb. He was employed by Friend Appliance in Lawrence, Neb., where he became interested in the field of electricity. In 1970, he began working as an electrician at the R.H. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. He held this position for 36 plus years before his health forced him to retire in September 2007. He has blessed many people’s lives there by knowing him, learning from him and growing from his wisdom and endless spirit.

After retirement, he enjoyed playing cards with friends, word search, deer and coyote hunting, plus watching T.V. He was also an avid NASCAR racing fan and never missed a race on T.V.

George enjoyed time spent with his family and was a great brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a licensed State of Nebraska Hunters Education Instructor from 1990-2012. George was active in launching the Lawrence Emergency Medical Services. He actively served as a volunteer E.M.T. in the years 1976-2009. He was the 185th E.M.T. trained in the State of Nebraska. He was a volunteer Fireman from 1962-2009 and served several terms as Fire Chief. He was a dedicated E.M.T. and First Responder. George served on the Lawrence Village Board for 20 years and for 18 years was the board chairman from 1982-2002, which is equivalent to the mayor. George organized and planned the football bleachers in Lawrence, Neb., and kept record of the helpers. There were a lot of helpers the first time they were made. The bleachers were then destroyed by the tornado of March 1990. George then rebuilt the bleachers himself as the helpers were busy at this time.

Family meant everything to George and he dearly treasured every moment he spent with them and he will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Doris of Lawrence, Neb.; daughter, Sheila of Hastings, Neb.; son, Eric and his wife Brandie, and grandsons, Hunter and Samuel all of Glenvil, Neb.; sister, Phyllis (Kenneth) Brockman of Lincoln, Neb.; brother, Daniel (Vicki) Rempe of Lincoln, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents.

Memorial services were held April 29, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence, Neb.

Burial with military rites by Kent Kailey Post No. 45 was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lawrence, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence E.M.T.s and Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department to buy new equipment. ❖

John William Collier

John (Jack) William Collier, 85, of Arnold, Neb., passed away April 25, 2013 in Callaway, Neb.

He was born July 9, 1927 in Kearney, Neb., to John N. and Helen L. (Bartz) Collier.

Jack grew up in Stapleton, Neb., and graduated from Baker Rural High School in 1945. Jack started his life-long love and career in ranching as a young man at the Baskin Ranch north of Stapleton, Neb.

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1946 and served his country during World War II in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1947.

After a short stint with the Union Pacific Railroad, he and his father purchased a ranch 12 miles north of Stapleton, Neb., in 1949. Jack’s introduction into ranching took him through the Blizzard of 1949, where he had many stories to tell. In 1950 a second ranch was purchased in eastern Logan County.

On May 18, 1952, Jack and Genevieve Ilene Wade of Tryon, Neb., were united in marriage in North Platte, Neb. Jack brought his new bride to this ranch where they raised their three daughters, cattle and Quarter Horses.

In the late 1950s Jack acquired a private pilot’s license and enjoyed many years of flying his own airplane. Later in life he enjoyed antique and classic automobiles.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Arnold, American Legion Post No. 324 and VFW No. 8258 of Stapleton and Flatlanders Car Club of North Platte, Neb. Jack was a former member of the Flying Farmers and Ranchers Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Genevieve Collier of Arnold, Neb.; daughters Jackie (Vernon) Stenger of Maxwell, Neb., and their son BJ Stenger of North Platte, Neb.; Judy Gracey of North Platte, Neb., and her children Marty Gracey of Grand Island, Neb., and his son Gavin Gracey of Hastings, Neb., Kisha Zieffle and her son Kale Kuhlhanek of Ansley, Neb., Cody (Katy) Gracey and their children Cole, Carly, Cache Gracey, Hunter and Emily Secrest of Sidney, Neb., and BoDell Gracey of North Platte, Neb.; Brenda (Mike) Shinn of Kearney, Neb., and their children Riley (Drew) Weir of Kearney, Neb., and their son Aidan Weir, Nolan (Katherine) Shinn of Kearney, Neb., and their son due in August, Jordan (Whitney) Shinn of Omaha, Neb., Bethany Shinn of Kearney, Neb.; sister Eleanor Rennick of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; niece Kay (Rick) Janecke of Richland, Wash.; nephew John (Donna) Rennick of Oregon; cousins Bill (Sharon) Collier of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Tom (Caryl) Collier of Jefferson City, Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Meredith Rennick and nephew Robert Rennick.

Memorial services were held May 4, 2013 at the Arnold Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at a later date by the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to the Arnold Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. ❖

Jay Cook

Jay D. Cook, 75, of Paxton, Neb., passed away March 25, 2013, with a good friend while proudly showing him his 2013 calf crop.

The son of the late Eleanor and Franklin Cook, he was born June 4, 1937, at Wahoo, Neb.

He attended Wahoo High School and upon graduation enrolled in the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. While attending the university he was a member and President of the AGR fraternity, a member of the livestock judging team and was a Second Lieutenant with the ROTC. It was there that he met his wife, Jayne E. Hepperly of Paxton, Neb. They were married on November 22, 1959 and moved to Paxton, Neb., in 1961 to farm and ranch with Jayne’s father.

Jay was an active member of the community and a member of the Paxton United Methodist Church. He served 31 years on the Keith County Fair Board, was a member of the Keith County Extension Board and a member of the Elks Lodge. He was an Ak-Sar-Ben Ambassador for the Paxton Community as well as serving on the Bank of Paxton’s Board of Directors from 1984 until the bank was sold to the Pony Express Community Bank. He continued on as a board member for the Pony Express Community Bank.

Jay raised cattle, ran a feedlot operation and farmed North and South of Paxton, Neb., with his son, Clate Cook. He enjoyed fishing with friends and family, particularly at the Sutherland Reservoir.

He is survived by his wife, Jayne of Paxton, Neb.; two children, Clate Cook of Paxton, Neb., and Lori and husband Mark Kripal of North Platte, Neb.; one grandson, Dalton Kripal; two brothers, Don and wife Eldean Cook of Wahoo, Neb., and Bob and wife Lolly Cook of Malmo, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews along with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Eleanor Cook and his brother in law, Dan Hepperly.

Memorial services were held March 28, 2013 at the Paxton United Methodist Church.

Burial was in the Paxton Cemetery with Elks Rites given by the Ogallala Elks Lodge # 1760.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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