James Foy Beeman
Jim Beeman, 71, formerly of Lodgepole, Neb., passed away suddenly May 13, 2014, in Saint David, Ariz.
Jim was born in Albany, Ore., and spent his youth on his grandparent’s ranch in Callaway, Neb. The family moved to Littleton, Colo., where he attended high school. He attended colleges throughout Colorado on rodeo scholarships. He spent his entire life in the cowboy lifestyle — working on ranches; rodeoing (he is a gold card holder in the PRCA); building saddles of all types; owned a rodeo equipment company; put on rodeo schools — always encouraging young people and showing them the right way; western stores; western sales rep; he was an artist — doing wonderful leather interior accent pieces and moose horn carvings; and most recently owned an art gallery in Saint David, Ariz., while still working with leather.
He was a professional bull rider when he met the love of his life in 1971. They shared many adventures; good times and bad; joys and sadness; visited places some only dream of and were planning an extended trip to the Pacific Northwest this year. His hoy was rodeo and he spent hours watching the PBR and envying those young men wishing he were young enough to ride again — so we can only imagine what he is doing now.
Jim was first and foremost a cowboy, and then a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, bother, in-law, uncle and friend.
He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons TJ (Darla) and Casey (Lisa); daughter Kristie; grandchildren Demi, Macy and Kaleb; mother; sister; mother and bother-in-laws; nieces; nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Boone, and his father-in-law Larry Iverson.
Jim wanted to help others and so he participated in a donor program and his ashes will be scattered in his beloved Montana when his family and friends can gather. ❖
Pauline Edna Shineman
Pauline Edna Shineman, 97, of Riverton, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, at Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Pauline was born on May 30, 1916 to Otto and Bertha (Lippstreu) Kahrs on a farm south of Wilcox, Neb. Her family moved to Spring Valley, north of Riverton, three years later.
In 1929 she graduated from eighth grade at Crystal Springs School and in 1933 Pauline graduated as valedictorian from Riverton High School. Afterwards, she attended Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., and taught in country schools in both Franklin and McPherson counties.
On January 1, 1936, she married Virgil Shineman of Riverton, Neb. After their marriage they moved to the Sandhills of Nebraska to begin ranching.
In 1945, they adopted Myron from the Nebraska Children’s Home when he was 8-months-old.
Pauline loved life on the ranch and was very active in her church.
In 1982 Virgil and Pauline moved into Tryon, and after his death in 1983, she remained in Tryon until she moved to North Platte in 1993. She resided in Centennial Park Retirement Village for 19 years until moving to Mountain Vista Retirement Village in Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 2012 to be near family.
Pauline loved God, her family, friends, music and reading.
She is survived by her sister –in- law, Lorraine Kahrs of Franklin, Neb.; nieces, nephews, and many other dear relatives and friends who will miss her greatly.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil; son, Myron; her brothers, Richard and Robert; and sister- in- law, Betty.
Services were held May 20, 2014, at the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, Neb.
A memorial has been established in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖
John S. “Jack” O’Brien
John S. “Jack” O’Brien, 74, of Gandy, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.
Jack was born December 31, 1939, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Samuel and Elsie (Kellogg) O’Brien.
He grew up in the Valentine, Neb., area, graduating from Valentine High School in 1958.
Jack continued his education at Wayne State College, receiving his teaching degree in physical education and industrial arts. He played football for the Wayne State Wildcats, being named all-conference offensive tackle for what was then called The Nebraska College Conference.
Jack taught and coached in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona. The highlight of these years was coaching his Wilcox, Ariz., football team in the Arizona High School championship game.
His career choice left his summers free to pursue his passion for rodeo; competing in steer wrestling. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.
In later years, Jack’s chosen event was cutting. He truly enjoyed riding a good horse, watching a good horse work, and making many good friends.
Jack married Connie Hodgson, September 22, 1984, on Connie’s grandfather’s ranch near Livermore, Colo. In 1993 Jack moved back to his Nebraska Sandhills with his wife Connie. They purchased their present home in Gandy, Neb. Here they have made many friends who have become like family.
At the time of his death, Jack was doing what he enjoyed — traveling around the country employed as a truck driver.
Jack treasured time spent with family and friends, reliving old memories and making new memories.
Surviving him are his wife Connie; sister Helen (Bob) Farrell of Green Valley, Ariz.; in-laws Lee and Bev Hodgson of Platteville, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held May 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton. Interment was in the Loup Valley Cemetery, west of Stapleton, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the Jack O’Brien Memorial Fund. ❖