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Bette J. Krauter

Bette Jean (Chesmore) Williams Krauter, 88, of Sidney, Neb., passed away February 26, 2014, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Bette was born on January 11, 1926, in Towanda, Ill., the daughter of Preston Charles Chesmore and Viola Pearl (Robinson) Chesmore.

She received her education at various schools, before leaving her education to care for her invalid mother.

Bette was united in marriage to Brinkley Emerald Williams on September 18, 1944, at Chappell, Neb. To this union five children were born, David Emerald, Brinkley E. (Gene), Gerald 0., Bonnie Kay and Donald E. They lived at Chappell, later moving west of Oshkosh.

Bette worked at Dunn’s Turkey Farm and the Midwec Manufacturing Plant.

After Brinkley’s death, February 27,1962, she moved with her sons to Oshkosh.

Bette later married Ralph Krauter in April, 1965. To this union was born a daughter, Barbara Lynn.

Bette retired from Midwec and they moved to a farm south of Lisco, Neb. She moved to Sidney, Neb., in 1987.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning.

She is survived by her children, David (Marsha) Williams of Antioch, Ill., Gene (Barb) Williams of Cheyenne, Wyo., Gerald Williams of Dallas, Texas, Donald (Bonnie) Williams of Orchard, Neb., and Barbara(Rob) Roderick of Sidney, Neb., 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Brinkley, infant daughter Bonnie Kay, her parents, granddaughter Melissa, four sisters, and three brothers.

Services were held March 3, 2014, in the Sidney Evangelical Free Church. Interment took place at the Oshkosh City Cemetery in Oshkosh, Neb,

Contributions may be made to Davis Hospice Center at 6000 Sycamore Rd., Cheyenne, Wyo., 82009.

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John C. Spencer

John C. “Pony” Spencer, 76, of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 23, 2014.

John was born on June 8, 1937, in North Platte, Neb., to George and Sarah (Favinger) Spencer.

He graduated from Brady High School with the class of 1956. Pony was an excellent running back in high school football. Brady won the six-man football championship his senior year.

After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was an “airdale” on the Carrier U.S.S. Kearsarge. His favorite time in the Navy was when he was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. He was proud to vote to make Alaska the 49th state. After the Navy he returned to the area and worked on the Howard Haythorn Ranch.

He married Virginia Zeigler on April 6, 1963.

He continued working on ranches through the 1980s and John was a jack-of-all-trades; his favorite thing was working with horses. He would give his shirt off his back for anyone and he had a great sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Virginia of North Platte, Neb.; two daughters Linda (Duane) Fellows of North Platte, Neb., Staci (Phil) Hoyt of Arnold, Neb.; son Justin (Claudia) Spencer of Huttenburg, Germany; nine grandchildren Andre, Owen, Steven, James, Melissa, Daniel, Darianne “Dweebo”, Alex and Brandon; six great grandchildren; a brother George (Marge) Spencer of Brady, Neb.; a sister Genie (Lawrence) Hansen of North Platte, Neb.; and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Services were held February 28, 2014, at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with full Military Honors. Cremation was chosen.

A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at

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