Fred Robert Hoatson, 93, of Hershey, Neb., passed away January 6, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
Fred was born September 25, 1919, on a farm northwest of Hershey, Neb., to William “Will” and Ruba Bird Leister Hoatson. He attended grade school at Lower Birdwood and graduated from O’Fallons in 1938. Fred worked on the farm until Pearl Harbor when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on January 13, 1942. He was stationed in North Africa, Malta, Sicilia, Corsica and Italy. He was discharged on March 14, 1945, due to his father’s ill health, and returned to the family farm.
In the fall of 1945, Fred met a school teacher, Mildred Marie Broeder. They were married on May 17, 1947, at Greeley, Colo., and were blessed with two boys, Claude and Blaine. The family continued to live on the same farm/ranch where Fred was born. He dryland farmed and used irrigation to raise corn, wheat, alfalfa and prairie hay and raised Angus and crossbred cattle. Fred used the brand, TV, which has been in the Hoatson family for over 100 years.
Fred was a member of the Hershey United Methodist Church, a life member of the Otto V. Johnson Post #208 American Legion and was on the Hershey Rural Fire Board from 1970-1996. He had also been a school board member of District 36. He enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities. When he was younger, he played softball and town team basketball and liked to trap. As his boys grew, Fred liked to watch them play sports and he liked to travel. Work was Fred’s hobby. He was great at creating something useful from junk.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; sons, Claude (Kelly) and Blaine (Nancy) Hoatson; three grandsons, Riley, Adam and Colin Hoatson; granddaughter, Madison Hoatson, all of Hershey, Neb.; brother, Earl (Millie) Hoatson, of Sun City, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Lyle (Janet) Broeder, of Hershey, Neb.; several nieces, nephews and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Ruba Hoatson; a brother, Frank (Dorothy) Hoatson; sisters-in-law, Maxine (Glenn) Price and Iola Broeder; and his father and mother-in-law, Louie and Agnes Broeder.
Memorial services were held January 10, 2013, at the Hershey United Methodist Church.
Burial followed in the North Platte Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hershey Rural Fire Board, the Sutherland Rural Fire Board or Hershey United Methodist Church. ❖
Stephen H. Kelsey
Stephen H. Kelsey, 92, of McCook, Neb., passed away February 4, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
He was born December 2, 1920, in Norwood, Mass., to George and Vivian (McGregor) Cleaves. His father passed away when Stephen was very young. Unable to care for three children, along with a brother and sister, they were put up for adoption. At age seven, he and his brother, Phillip, were adopted by Helen Kelsey. Stephen and Phillip were sent to Switzerland to school while still in grade school. Stephen learned to ski and enjoyed time spent there. He later graduated from high school and college.
Stephen worked on a farm until he was drafted into the US Army Air Corps. He served in the Pacific Theatre and was honorable discharged in 1946. Returning from service, he drove a propane truck in Colorado. Stephen worked for TRW in Ogallala, Neb., transferring to the McCook TRW plant in 1966. He retired from the company after a heart attack in 1985. He later worked at Walmart.
He was united in marriage to Janice M. Greenlee on June 27, 1975. The couple lived in rural Frontier County north of McCook, Neb. Stephen enjoyed the outdoors, where he planted gardens and fished. He was an sports fan, especially football and hockey. His favorite team was who ever was playing against Nebraska, because he knew Janice was a fan.
He is survived by his wife, Janice of McCook, Neb.; a daughter, Lynn Bullock; two sons, Steve and Van, all of Hastings, Neb.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother -in-law, Ed and wife, Marilyn Unger of McCook, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Louise Kelsey of Mattapoisett, Mass., and Phyllis Greenlee of Bartley, Neb. and Judy Greenlee of Indianola.
Graveside inurnment was held February 8, 2013 at the Fort McPherson Pavillion I at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s name at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook, Neb. ❖
Wesley Eugene ‘Wes’ Jensen
Wesley Eugene ‘Wes’ Jensen, 93, of Sidney, Neb., passed away January 28, 2013 at the Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care.
He was the son of Soren C. and Emma A. (Petersen) Jensen born at Ruskin, Nuckolls County, Neb., on July 6, 1919. The family moved to Gurley, Cheyenne County, Neb., in 1923 where Wes attended grade school and graduated from Gurley High School. He attended Midland College in Fremont, Neb., and served in the United States Army from March 11, 1941 until October 30, 1945.
On October 4, 1950, Wes was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Hespen at Fremont, Neb., and they celebrated 62 years of marriage. They spent most of their married life on the farm south of Sidney, Neb., where Wes was a farmer and rancher.
Wes was very active in a wide variety of activities including the Masons, Shriners, Pony Express Association, Sidney Saddle Club and the Elks. He was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he ushered and enjoyed his service as a Cheyenne County Commissioner. Wes worked for several years at Greenlee’s Clothing Store and was a dealer for Titan Trailers. Cattle, horses and cats were in abundance at his farm, all centered around the string of seven Dalmatian dogs named “Pepper,” who filled their lives with great joy.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Sidney, Neb.; his sister: Dorothy Preston of Greeley, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Shirley Jensen and husband George Candea-Kromm of Waterville, Kan., Delores Trumbo of Blair, Neb., and Mary Lou Hespen of Elkhorn, Neb.; 12 nieces and nephews; many great and great-great-nieces and nephews and numerous extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bertha and brothers Dale, Clifford and Robert.
Memorial services were held February 1, 2013 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Burial with Military Honors followed in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Wes’ name to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Frank Welch Masonic Lodge #75 or the Lodgepole Valley Shrine Club.
You may view Wes’ Book of Memories, leave condolences, stories & photos at. ❖
Steve Andrew Nielson
Steve Andrew Nielson, 42, of Gordon, Neb., passed away January 27, 2013 at the Scottsbluff Regional West Medical Center. His many friends and family were there to say their goodbyes as he drifted off to his heavenly home.
He was born to Jonathan Nielson of Ellsworth, Neb., and Dottie Gentry of North Platte, Neb., on June 13, 1970 in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Gordon High School, Gordon, Neb., and went on to attend Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb. Steve was married to his sweetheart, Sami A Nielson on September 24, 2012 and was currently working at Farmers Coop, Gordon, Neb.
Steve’s lifelong love was ranching. He loved being out in the Sandhills of Nebraska on a horse working cattle. There wasn’t anything Steve couldn’t do. If he didn’t know how, he would learn. He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with. You won’t find anyone that knew him that doesn’t have a story to tell about Steve. He loved life and knew no boundaries. His entire life was one of service. If a neighbor was laid up or needed help, Steve was always there for them. They wouldn’t even need to ask. He would just be there.
He belonged to the Hyannis Volunteer Fire Department for years and was always there when needed. Steve was a member of the Hyannis Masonic Lodge.
He was survived by his wife, Sami A. Nielson, Gordon, Neb.; two beautiful children, Triston, 16, and Sydney, 13, Whitman, Neb.; siblings Jeff Robb (Bambi), Cheyenne, Wyo., Jarrod Nielson (Kellee), Wallace, Neb., Sarah Larson (Marvin), North Platte, Neb., Hazy Nielson, Ellsworth, Neb. and Tyler Nielson, Ellsworth, Neb.; parents Jonathan and Trenda Nielson, Ellsworth, Neb., Vic and Dottie Gentry, North Platte, Neb., and Scott Robb, Topeka, Kan.; grandparents Opal Nielson, Gordon, Neb., Winifred Robb, Butler, Mo., and John Gentry, North Platte, Neb.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services were held February 2, 2013 at Pleasant Point Community Church in Ellsworth, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hyannis, Neb., or Gordon, Neb., Volunteer Fire Departments in Steve’s name. ❖