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Plains Edition Obituaries 4-27-13

Maxine Leyner Hayward

Maxine Leyner Hayward, 88, passed away April 5, 2013 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

She was born May 29, 1924 in Whitman, Neb., to Richard E. and Nina (Taylor) Leyner. Her grandparents, Jay and Lois Taylor, raised her. Maxine graduated from Whitman High School as the class Valedictorian at the age of 15.

On August 12, 1939 she was united in marriage to Dean Hayward. He passed away just prior to their 60th.

They lived on a ranch north of Hyannis, Neb., and also had land in Hooker County. They moved to Lakeside in May 1954 to the Albright Ranch. She was a ranch wife who drove machinery, learned to cook for large hay crews, move cattle and all of the many ranch jobs. They purchased a home in Alliance, Neb., in 1959 and split their time between their homes in town and the ranch.

In January 1969 they became partners in Black’s Open Range Western Store in Alliance, Neb. In October of 1970 they purchased the store and operated it as Hayward’s Open Range until it’s closing on May 20, 1987. Maxine was a member of D.A.R., Does, and an extension club. She loved to travel mainly in the western parts of the country and she loved to read and do hard crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her daughter, Deanna and husband Bill Johnson of Alliance, Neb.; her grandchildren, Debbie (B.J.) Hartley of Aurora, Colo., Jay (Jodi) Johnson of Hemingford; her great-grandchildren, Emma (Paul) Briese, Jake (Amanda) Tolstedt, Dr. Calvin (Rayann) Tolstedt, Laura (Jeremy) Whitmire, Clayton Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Jayce Johnson and Jade (Caleb) Gasseling; her sister, Ruby (Warren) Besly of Amarillo, Texas; and her aunt, Maxine Applegarth of Alliance, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her grandson, Nels, granddaughter, Lisa, and brother, R.E. “Bud” Leyner.

Graveside services were held April 11, 2013 at the Whitman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Health Care Center, P.O. Box 970, Alliance, Neb., 69301 or Prairie Haven Hospice, 2409 Box Butte Ave., Alliance, Neb. ❖

Edwina C. Layher

Edwina C. Layher, 91, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away April 17, 2013 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 22, 1921 to Nick and Marie (Brosius) Niesen in Stapleton.

Edwina graduated from Baker Rural High School in 1938. On September 29, 1941 she married Howard Layher in Stapleton, Neb. The couple lived in Stapleton, Neb., where she worked for the Stapleton Schools as a cook for over 30 years. Edwina lived her whole life in Stapleton, Neb., until moving to North Platte, Neb., a year ago. She enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild, was an excellent cook, making pies every Sunday for many years. She embroidered, enjoyed playing cards, word search, and loved to read.

She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Friendship Club.

She is survived by daughters, Janice Berglund of North Platte, Neb., Priscilla (Ellis) McKay of Lakewood, Colo., Donna (Kennard) Lovitt of Stapleton, Neb., and Sandra (Daniel) Reppert of West Point, Neb.; son, Mike (Janine) Layher of Stapleton, Neb.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Mary Keslar of Stapleton, Neb.; and numerous other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard in 1997; brothers, Christopher and Donald Niesen; and a son-in-law, Carl Berglund.

Memorial services were held April 20, 2013 at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Burial followed at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church.

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Darrel Wohlers

Darrel Duane Wohlers, 75, of Holdrege, Neb., passed away March 22, 2013 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Neb.

He was born January 10, 1938 at Crawford, Neb., the eldest of three children, born to Elwin and Mildred (Leetch) Wohlers.

He grew up in Chadron, Neb., while living on a farm. He attended a rural school and then graduated from Chadron Prep with the class of 1956.

On June 20, 1960 he was united in marriage to Peggy Ann Westover at Anselmo, Neb., at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church and to this union three children were born: Cindy, Randy, and Kendra.

Following his education, Darrel then began to pursue his career in Law Enforcement, receiving his training from the Nebraska State Patrol Training Facility in Grand Island, Neb., graduating with the 1959 camp. Darrel served the Nebraska State Patrol as a Trooper in Broken Bow, Neb., where he acquired the rank of Corporal working in traffic. In 1972, Darrel was transferred to Holdrege, Neb., where he was Patrol Sergeant, later serving as the Communications Sergeant until his retirement in 1989.

In his retirement years, Darrel operated an aluminum can business and was employed by Tri-City Auto Parts as a parts and car transporter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding his Harley, which he later traded for a scooter. His favorite past-time was having coffee with his buddies. When Darrel was in his wheelchair his hobbies changed, he fed squirrels off the front porch, arm-chair coached the Huskers and enjoyed staying in touch as he tuned into his scanner.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Holdrege, Neb.; his three children: Cindy Wohlers-Green and her husband, Ron Green of Lincoln, Neb., Randy Wohlers and his wife, Deb of Holdrege, Neb., and Kendra Norton and her husband, Dave of Bertrand, Neb.; six grandchildren, Trent Wohlers, Jeff Ironshell and his wife, Jaime, Nicole Clements and her special friend, Seth Zeller, Colton Wohlers and his special friend, Kayla Arp, Dalton Norton, and Trisha Norton; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Marie Krittenbrink and her special friend, Jim Knispell of Chadron, Neb., and JoElla Spitz and her husband, Royce of Mitchell, Neb.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law: Harold and Anna Westover.

Memorial services were held March 28, 2013 at Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home at Holdrege, Neb.

Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial has been established in Darrel’s honor and will be designated at a later date.

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Leonard Phipps

Leonard Russell Phipps, 86, passed away April 18, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb., following a short illness.

He was born February 26, 1927, the oldest of three sons born to Russell and Elva LeLaCheur Phipps.

He attended grade school in rural Cherry County. He attended NCTA in Curtis, Neb., which required living there during the school year, graduating in 1944.

Leonard married Ferrissa Mae Malcolm of Montgomery, N.Y., on June 8, 1949. Three children were born to this union.

Being raised during the depression, he learned to make do, always looking for a better way. The ranch raised registered herefords and in an era when most ranchers were raising cows and calves, he made the switch to a steer operation, which enabled the family ranch to continue to grow and develop. He was also one of the first Nebraska ranchers to introduce registered quarter horses to the area.

Leonard lived on the family ranch all of his life, doing everything that it takes to run a ranch. He worked in the hayfield for 80 years and rode his horse at shipping time. He still was out caking steers, and keeping the ranch books. Leonard was a lifelong cowboy and did some roping in rodeos, but he really enjoyed team penning with friends and family members, seeing old friends and making new ones.

He raised quarter horses and was a lifelong member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association and also served on the Mullen Rural Fire Board. He enjoyed watching and bragging about the great-grandsons playing youth football. Leonard never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Ferrissa; their children, Wayne (Fran) Phipps of Berthoud, Colo., Gary (Glenda) of Whitman, Neb., and Lois Mary (Jim) Hardy of Mullen, Neb.; grandchildren Heather (Erick) Johnson of North Platte, Neb., Brett (Jordyn) Phipps of Whitman, Neb., Wade Phipps of Ft. Laramie, Wyo., Elissa Hardy of Denver, Colo., Crystal (Wynn) Wiens of Mullen, Neb., and RJ Hardy of North Platte, Neb.; five great-grandchildren: Justin and Adam Wiens, Makenna and Madisyn Johnson and Kaisley Phipps, brother Doug (Alice) Phipps of Mullen, Neb.; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and his youngest brother Bob.

Memorial services were held April 22, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb.

Interment was at the Whitman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitman Community Club, Whitman Cemetery, Grant County Ambulance Fund or donor’s choice. ❖

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