Clifford Sexson, 91, of Grant, Neb., passed away April 26, 2014, in Golden Ours Convalescent Home at Grant, Neb.
He was born September 15, 1922, at Goodland, Kan., the son of Milton and Maude (Bowen) Sexson.
He attended rural school and graduated from Goodland High School in 1941.
In 1942, he joined the United States Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater until his discharge in 1945.
On July 23, 1943, he married Yvonne Juhl of St. Francis, Kan., in New York City. After his discharge, the Sexsons moved to St. Francis, Kan., where they farmed until 1952.
Later, they moved to Boulder, Colo., where he worked for Dow Chemical for 19 years and held other part-time jobs. In 1971, they moved to Keystone, S.D., where they purchased an overnight campground, which was destroyed by a flash flood in June 1971.
They moved to the Nebraska Sandhills, where he worked for different ranches.
In 1975, they returned to St. Francis, Kan., where they owned and operated the Homestea-der Motel for six years, and in 1981, they moved to Broken Bow and owned and operated the Countryside Estates mobile home park until they sold it in 1998 and moved to Grant.
The Sexsons moved to the Westview Retirement Community in 2011, and he moved to Golden Ours Convalescent Home in the fall of 2013.
He was active in the Grant First Congregational Church. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Lions Club at St. Francis, Kan., Broken Bow, and Grant.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sherryl and her husband, Kenneth Ketter, of Kanorado, Kan.; two sons, David Sexson and his wife, Melanie, of rural Gordon, Neb., and Milt Sexson and his wife, Laura, of Ogallala, Neb.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Gertrude Smith of Chico, Calif.; a brother, Vernon Sexson of Grant, Neb.; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Stella Mae, in infancy; a brother, Dale Sexson; a half bro-ther, Clyde Sexson; and a half sister, Berdena Shull.
Cremation was chosen.
Services were held May 3, 2014, in the Grant First Congregational Church. Burial was held at the Grant Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Grant Lions Club. ❖
Reda Jean Jensen
Reda Jean Jensen, 66, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away April 29, 2014 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
She was born May 31, 1947 to Eugene Victor and Vivian Irene Smith at Kansas City, Mo.
She went to Norman Grade School and at age 13 the family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where she went to John F. Long Grade School and Mary Vale High School, graduating in 1965. Reda then attended Phoenix Municipal Jr College. She went to work for Valley National Bank, working in the first credit card department.
On August 23, 1967, Reda married Ron Fischer; to this union were three children, Brad, Brian and Gina.
On October 22, 1977, she married Rodger Jensen.
On October 7, 1977, she went to work for Great Plains Regional Medical Center, where she performed the duties of a nurse for 30 years. Her favorite place was in the ER and working with a special friend, June Linstrom. During this time Rodger and Reda raised cattle and hogs. The cattle were her favorite; she made pets of out of a few and named them. The girls at work knew if she had checked on the farrowing sows on her way to work, she learned to take an extra pair of shoes. She liked to ride the horses but didn’t get the opportunity much. Her biggest love and enjoyment she had was her children.
Rodger and Reda enjoyed going camping and fishing and their special friend, Rick Gillming went with them sometimes. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, going to auctions and finding antiques.
Survivors include her mother, Vivian Smith; brother, Larry Smith both of Phoenix, Ariz.; her husband, Rodger Jensen of Maxwell, Neb.; children, Bradley (Liz) Fischer of Cozad, Neb., Brian (Valerie) Fischer of Grand Island, Neb., and Gina (Tom) McGahan of Hershey, Neb.; and grandchildren Morgan, Robert, Samuel, Amber, Brianna, Casey, Matthew, Bryan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Smith, and her grandson, Liam Fischer.
Services were held May 2, 2014 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. ❖
Wayne Edward Tiffany
Wayne Edward Tiffany, 86, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away May 3, 2014 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, Neb.
Wayne was born to Clifford O. and Zina Tiffany on a farm three miles west of Loup City, Neb., on October 20, 1927. He was the second of four children, Lurene Tiffany Zentz, Wayne, Doris Jean Thompsen and Pauline Lutes.
The family moved to a farm 10 miles west of Stapleton, Neb., in 1929. Wayne attended various country schools and graduated from Baker Rural High School in 1946.
Wayne married the love of his life, Doris Fattig, August 27, 1950 at the home of her parents west of Stapleton. They lived on various farms in Sherman County where they started their family. To their union were born six children. Three boys, Steve, Russ, and Mark, then three girls, Rhonda, Bonnie and Vickie.
In 1960 they moved back to the Stapleton area where Wayne was employed by the Wells Ranch for many years. Wayne then worked in construction of the Gerald Gentleman Power Plant at Sutherland. Following a brief stint as a feed salesman in Kansas Wayne drove a propane truck for McMullens in Thedford for 20 years.
Wayne and Doris retired to Wayne’s mother’s home in Gandy where they lived before moving to Burwell in 2011 to be near their son Russ and wife Marcia.
Wayne was an active member of the Stapleton Presbyterian Church where he held various offices. Wherever Wayne and Doris lived they sought out a church.
Wayne was a dedicated family man. He loved horses and cattle and most other animals. He raised exotic pheasants, goats, and always had dogs and cats around. Wayne also loved to garden, raising traditional fare as well as trying different things such as peanut and cotton.
Wayne leaves to mourn his wife of 63 years, Doris of Stapleton, Neb.; children, Steve (Carol) Tiffany of Council Grove, Kan., Russ (Marcia) Tiffany of Burwell, Neb., Mark Tiffany of North Platte, Neb., Rhonda Tiffany of Burwell, Neb., Bonnie (Bob) Klink of Sequim, Wash., and Vickie Tiffany of Mead, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Zina Tiffany; mother and father-in-law, Glenn and Helen Fattig; sisters, Lurene Zentz and Pauline Lutes; and a grandson, Travis Klink.
Services were held May 8, 2014, at Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Stapleton, Neb. Burial followed at Loup Valley Cemetery west of Stapleton.
A memorial has been established and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖
Gerald Hal Myer
Gerald Hal Myer passed away April 18, 2014, in Wray, Colo.
He was born March 4, 1924 in Franklin, Neb. He was the seventh of eight children born to James Laird Myer and Bertha Laureen Martin.
Gerald moved from Franklin, Neb., To a ranch located in Colfer, Neb., six miles east of Haigler, Neb., at the age of 5-years-old and then to Haigler in 1934 at the age of 10-years-old.
Growing up he had a paper route for the Omaha World Herald. He also worked for Tecker and Son in Parks, Neb., and also neighboring farmers around Haigler. He went to school at Country School District 42 and District 75, both east of Haigler.
He married Mary Helen Vanhorn in November 1948 in Wray, Colo. Two sons were born to this union, Gerald Raymond (Gary) and Tommy Lee (Smiley).
As an adult he worked for Tecker Ranch in Parks and was self employed for a short time at Memorial Place south of Haigler. From there he worked for Ashton Wilson on stateline for five years as foreman.
While working for Ash Wilson he had a serious accident when a horse he was riding stepped in a hole and fell on him. After recovering from this accident he went back to work for Tecker Ranch in 1958.
On March 26, 1960, he married Elizabeth (Smith) Saylor “Betty” in Holyoke, Colo. Betty had three children by previous marriages, Charles Edward Pihlgren, “Charlie,” William Frank Saylor “Bill” and Diane Marie Saylor.
He continued to work for the Tecker Ranch until 1995. He enjoyed raising and breeding registered quarter horses. After retiring Gerald could be found mowing neighboring yards and finding the best deals at local auction and yard sales.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of Haigler, Neb., Sons Gary of Lubbock, Texas and Smiley and wife Charlotte, Charlie and wife Jinsoon of Fort Madison, Iowa, Bill of Delta Junction, Ark., and daughter Diane and husband Ted Watson of Hampton, Va., grandchildren, Shanon and husband Chris Stults, Starla and husband David Allen, Thomas and wife Melanie Jones, Lacy Jones of Hampton, Neb., Bill and wife Gina Pihlgren of Lake Charles, La., Steven and wife Lindsey of Omaha, Neb., Mike and wife Angela of Pinehurst, N.C., and Melanie Roberts Bolton of Grand Junction, Neb., Sister, Grace Adams, 23 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held April 22, 2014, at the Haigler United Methodist Church. Interment was held at the Haigler Cemetery.
Memorials in honor of Gerald may be sent to Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home, 427 South Adams Street, Wray, Colo., 80758. ❖