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Plains Edition Obits 9-28-13

Harold Lee Richards, Jr.

Harold Lee Richards, Jr., 83, of Hayes Center, Neb., passed away September 19, 2013.

Harold, the oldest son of Harold L. and Mae (Lyons) Richards was born September 20, 1929 on the family homestead in Hayes County.

He graduated from Hayes County High School in 1947.

Harold married Delores Y. McKillip on July 27, 1949 in Hayes Center. To this union four children were born: Sherry, Terry, Barry and Kerry.

Harold served in the U.S. Army from January 1953 to January of 1955 and returned to Hayes County where they created a successful farming and ranching operation that continues to this day.

Harold was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and the American Legion. He was an avid cribbage and pitch player. He will be remembered for his gift of finding the humor in every situation. He took an active role in promoting the plight of the American farmer by joining the American Agriculture Movement with the highlight being the 1979 Tractorcade to Washington D.C. and the following rally on the Mall. Harold took joy in annual family vacations visiting most of the lower 48 states as well as Canada and Mexico while calling on old army buddies along the way. He enjoyed watching and supporting his children and grandchildren’s endeavors.

Survivors include his wife Delores of 64 years, of Hayes Center, Neb.; children, Sherry Purvis and husband, Don of Kearney, Neb.; Terry Richards and wife, Diane, Barry Richards and wife, Marian, all of Hayes Center, Neb., and Kerry Thompson and husband, Tom all of Kearney, Neb.; brother, Laryl Richards of Trenton, Neb.; sister, Karen Scott of McCook, Neb.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Daryl Dean; and his sister, Sharron.

Services were held September 23, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church in Hayes Center, Neb. Burial followed in the Hayes Center Cemetery. ❖

Norman Lovelle Kracke

Norman Lovelle Kracke, 89, of Ogallala, Neb., Passed away September 18, 2013 in Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.

Norman Lovelle Kracke was born July 11, 1924 in Dewitt, Neb., the son of Emil and Gertrude (Ulrich) Kracke.

In 1932 the Kracke family moved to a farm northwest of Big Springs, Neb.

He graduated from Big Springs High School in 1942. Norman was inducted into the armed forces on November 16, 1944. He was sent to serve overseas in April 1945 and assigned to the 293rd Combat Engineers. near Frankfurt, Germany. Norman returned to the States in August 1945 for reassignment to the Pacific. He was discharged on July 27, 1946 at Fort Lewis, Wash. with the rank of T-5.

Norman then returned to the family farm near Big Springs and continued farming with his parents. He retired from farming in 1995. He served on the Board of Soil Conservation and its’ replacement, the Natural Resource District.

He was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church, and a former member of Zion Lutheran Church , serving on several committees, and also was a member of the Big Springs Cemetery Board.

Survivors include a sister Marjorie Lugton of Littleton, Colo.; and nieces: Laura (Alan) Coleman and their sons Charles and Christopher of Peralta, NM.; Karen (Aaron) Harris of Littleton, Colo.; and Nancy (David) Muldoon and, their children Emilie and Patrick of Littleton, Colo. and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother-in-law Charles Lugton.

Cremation was held in accordance with Norman’s wishes. Service were held September 28, 2013 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogallala, Neb. Inurnment followed in the Big Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to St. Pauls Lutheran School Endowment Fund. ❖

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