Dean Schow, 69, of rural Paxton, Neb., passed away May 27, 2014, in the Ogallala Community Hospital after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Dean was born July 12, 1944, in Julesburg, Colo., the son of William and Ella (Swanson) Schow.
He lived his entire life on the family farm south of Paxton, Neb. The 4-H program was a lifelong passion of Dean’s. He participated in 10 years of 4-H livestock projects, served on the Keith Co. Judging team and was 4-H King in 1960.
He graduated from Paxton Consolidated Schools in 1962 and then attended a Farm and Ranch Short Course at the University of Nebraska. Dean continued farming and also worked for Nebraska Public Power for a short time until he left for Basic Training with the Army National Guard where he served six years.
Before getting married Dean’s Dad told him he better go to auction school or he never would. Regarding being an auctioneer, his Dad told him “I want you to be a good one.” Dean attended the Reisch World-Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, graduating in 1966. Upon returning home he nervously approached Clyde Speck at Ogallala Livestock and told him he was an auctioneer and wondered if they needed any help. Clyde responded with “I’ll bet you are (an auctioneer)! One of our ringmen is going to be gone on Saturday, do you suppose you could come and work the ring? Be sure and bring your own whip and if you get hungry, I’ll order a sandwich from the cafe, but be sure you stop and pay for it after the sale!”
Dean showed up on Saturday and began his career. Over the years he has also worked simultaneously at the Livestock Auctions at Chappell, North Platte, Gothenburg, Farmers and Ranchers in Ft. Collins, Colo.; Stockmens in Torrington, Wyo.; Ranchland in Wray, Colo.; Ranchers and Farmers in Burlington, Colo.; Quality in Stratton, Colo.; Corman in Burlington, Colo.; as well as numerous bull sales, horse sales and 4-H livestock sales. Dean freely shared his talents selling benefit and fundraiser auctions. He was fortunate to be involved in selling numerous hunting trips all over the world for the Foundation for North America Wild Sheep. For many years Dean sold machinery consignment auctions in New Mexico and Wyoming.
In the late 1970s and 80s Dean won several competitions, including a Regional title as the World Livestock Auctioneer, the Reserve World Livestock Auctioneer title, and the World Livestock Auctioneer Champion. As a result of that Championship he was hired as a spokesman for Syntex Agri-business. Dean served as an instructor at several auctioneering schools and bid calling seminars.
When Dean married Leah J. Keep of Ogallala, Neb., in March 1967, they became partners only in life but in business as well. Together they operated the family farm as well as Schow Auction Service. Sons Kyle and Kevin serve as auctioneers and ringmen while Korey assists Leah with cashiering.
Dean was actively involved in the Nebraska Auctioneers Association (NeAA). Over the years Dean served on the Board of Directors, as President, was named Auctioneer of the Year in 1984, and in 2013 was inducted into the NeAA Hall of Fame along with wife Leah into the NeAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame.
Dean was a member of the Paxton United Methodist Church, Keith County Farm Bureau, Ogallala Elks Lodge, Nebraska and National Cattlemens Associations, Nebraska and National Auctioneer Associations, and was a charter member of the Paxton Optimist Club. He served on the Paxton Consolidated Schools Board of Education; Keith County 4-H Council; and the Keith County Fair Board.
Survivors include his wife Leah Schow and three sons: Kyle (Cheryl) Schow and their children Bailee and Ben; Kevin (Kim) Schow and their children Karlee, Kaden and Keegan; and Korey (Roxy) Schow and their children August and Ruby; all of Paxton, Neb.; one sister Merilyn (Warren) Mizell of Westminster, Colo.; mother-in-law Jean Keep of Ogallala, Neb.; and two brothers-in-law Gayle Bierma of Omaha, Neb., and Rex (Carolyn) Keep of Vail, Colo., and two sisters-in-law Mikki (Mark) Lautenschlager of Longmont, Colo., and Lisa (Tad) Gray of Valley City, Ohio; their families and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Marlyce Bierman, father-in-law Bill Keep, and brother-in-law Bruce Keep.
The family has chosen cremation.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be June 28, at 10 a.m. MDT in the Paxton School Gymnasium.
Memorials have been established for the benefit of the Paxton Schools Foundation and the Paxton United Methodist Church. ❖
Shirley Flohr, 73 of Sidney, Neb., passed away June 7, 2014, at Sidney Regional Medical Center.
Shirley Rae (Louks) Flohr, the daughter of Richard and Maxine (Beckley) Louks was born November 24, 1940 in Crawford Neb.
Shirley attended grade school in Denver, Colo.; Neligh, Neb.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Gordon, Neb. Following her graduation from Gordon High School in 1958, she attended Chadron State College earning the Richard Hildreth Communications Scholarship and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1961. Shirley majored in English, Speech and Drama which led her to pursue a career teaching English at Sidney Junior High in 1961.
The following year she married Jack Flohr on July 8, 1962.
In 1965 Shirley left Sidney Public Schools to teach High School English in Lorenzo, Neb. The following year she left her teaching career for what truly exemplified her persona ... family and faith devotion while helping others through the gift of volunteerism.
Shirley was a life-long member and active in numerous organizations including: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1968), Alpha Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority (Past President), American Association for the United Nations- Sidney Chapter (Past President), P.E.O.- Chapter BO (Past President), Panhandle Reciprocity Group (Historian) and Kings Daughters (Past President).
Education and a healthy lifestyle were very important to Shirley. In 1979, she began walking for fitness and later volunteered as a fitness instructor for over 10 years at the Cheyenne County Community Center teaching Senior Stretch Class and Silver Sneakers until arthritis prevented participation.
Shirley enjoyed socializing with people of all ages, helping others, volunteering, reading, book tapes, movies, concerts, plays, bridge, cooking and handwork. Her favorite handwork was crocheting afghans as gifts for family and friends to honor special occasions. The personalized label, “Hand-Made with Love by Shirley Flohr” can be found on hundreds of blankets. Most of all, Shirley loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include: Husband Jack Flohr of Sidney, Neb.; Son Jay Flohr of Sidney, Neb.; Sister-In-Law Mary (Robinson) Flohr of Riverton, Wyo.; Niece Kristi (Reed) Dunfee and husband Skip of Red Feather Lakes, Colo.; Nephew Rikk Flohr and wife Debbie of Apple Valley, Minn., and Great Nephew Dusty Reed of Casper, Wyo.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; (4)Brothers-In-Law: Glen Reed, Richard Flohr, Bobby Bitz and Conrad Flohr; (3) Sisters-In-Law: Cleo (Flohr) Reed, Loraine Flohr, and Jane (Flohr) Bitz.
Services were held June 13, 2014, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Cremation was conducted.
Memorials have been established to the Cheyenne County Community Center or the Sidney Public Library in care of the American National Bank in Sidney, Neb.
You can view the online obituary and share condolences with the family at www.HolechekFuneralHomes.com. ❖