Glen D. Helberg
Glen Helberg, 86, of North Platte, Neb., passed away July 14, 2014.
Glen was born in Arnold, Neb., February 20, 1928, the son of Ben J. and Eula (Reed) Helberg.
The family resided in Cherry County, north of Seneca, where Ben engaged in buying and selling horses and cattle. Ben developed a business relationship with the operator of the York Livestock Market, and the family moved to York, Neb., to help operate the business in 1936. In 1938, they moved to North Platte, Neb., and began conducting horse and cattle auctions in the round barn at North Platte Farms south of east Phillip Street. In 1941, the auction business was moved to the present Isabell Auction location on East 4th Street in North Platte, Neb. It was a true family operation with Ben and Glen running the auctions, and Eula running the café.
Glen married Beverly McKinley on July 18, 1948.
In 1951, the livestock auction business was moved north of the UPRR tracks to the present location of North Platte Livestock. With his father and family, Glen developed a well respected livestock auction business in Lincoln County. Especially impressive was the loyalty shown by the wonderful farm and ranch people who came to town to work at the “barn” on sale day. Glen thought of those people as friends, and extended family, and treated them as such. He was willing to lend a hand to someone he knew as a hard worker, but “just needed a little help.”
Glen’s career was involved with owning and operating Western Livestock Auction Company. Glen was an accomplished auctioneer, and in 1965 won the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer title in Kansas City, Mo. The auction was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Muhlbach Hotel with the cattle delivered to the sale ring in the freight elevator. As a result of winning the Championship, Glen appeared on the CBS TV game show “To Tell The Truth” in New York City and attended the World’s Fair while there. He also traveled to Hawaii to conduct the State 4-H livestock auction, and was a guest of the famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2010, Glen was inducted in to the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame.
In addition to his auction duties at the North Platte market, Glen and Beverly conducted numerous purebred livestock auctions, horse sales, real estate and farm machinery auctions, and auctions on all types of personal property. In the 60s and 70s, Glen and the sale barn crew had numerous total cow herd dispersals on ranches throughout the sandhills. Glen and Beverly were a team with Glen listing and conducting the auction, and Beverly overseeing the clerking, and other bookwork. Glen held a real estate license for over 50 years.
In his younger years, Glen enjoyed rodeoing, and was one of the good calf ropers in central Nebraska. He had a life long love of hunting and fishing. Glen and Beverly shared many summer trips to Big Mac with camping at Cedar View, and fishing the lake. He was always a “sandhiller” at heart, and really enjoyed visiting with people. He had a way with recounting a story, and remembering details of an era that is no more. Countless people would remark through the years on how enjoyable it was to talk with him.
Survivors include daughter Ann Correll, granddaughter Callie Kae Correll, grandson Dan Helberg and wife Megan, grandson Wade Helberg, son Don Helberg and wife Karen.
Glen was preceded in death by his brother Donal J. Helberg, mother Eula, father Ben, and wife Beverly.
Celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. CT in North Platte, Neb. Service will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship at 1501 South Dewey.
Memorials will be for the benefit of scholarships awarded by the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association. ❖
Bill Laurence McCall
Bill Laurence McCall, 68, passed away July 19, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Bill was born January 12, 1946, at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Neb., to Leslie and Georgia McCall.
Bill’s family lived in the Hastings area until he was 7-years-old and then moved to the Wolbach-McCall ranch north of Johnstown. Bill served his country by being an Army medic in the Vietnam/Korean fronts from 1966 to 1968. He was proud to have served his country. Bill returned home to work with his parents on the family ranch May 1968. Bill purchased his own place in 1970 on Plum Creek and lived there until 1973, when he married Mary Jo Sherman on May 17, and moved to the home they have lived in for 41 years, west of the Ainsworth Airport.
Bill and Mary Jo were blessed with three children — Lacy, James and Billy. Bill taught the sport of rodeo and riding to all of his kids and it was with great pride to watch them compete in their events.
Bill worked on the Brown County Fair Board and the Johnstown Fire Department for many years. Bill was a member of the Mid-States Rodeo Association since 1981. He served as director, Vice-President and President many times and devoted many hours to the sport of rodeo that he loved. In 1988, Bill and Mary Jo started the Rodeo Entry Line. They took entries the first year for the Mid-States and the Colorado Rodeo Associations. They ran the Entry Line for a total of 16 years.
Bill was a bus driver for over 20 years and enjoyed all of the kids he carried over the years. He loved seeing their name in the papers and what they were doing in life.
He earned his Pro Card riding saddle broncs and bull riding; in 1981 he joined the amateur association and stayed closer to home so they could compete together. Bill had a deep love for good horse flesh; and was very lucky to have several very good calf horses over the years. Bill enjoyed the varying stages of farming. He farmed for many years for himself and then later for others. In the last few years, he ran the combine for Mark and Brent Johnson, which he enjoyed immensely. In 2007, he purchased a commercial spraying business, which he ran with his wife, Mary Jo and sons.
Survivors include wife, Mary Jo, Lacy and Donnell Holeman of Carpenter, Wyo., James McCall of Johnstown, Neb., and Billy McCall of Gering, Neb. Brother, Joe and wife Dawn of Ainsworth, Neb.; niece, Amber and Sheyenne of Bassett, Neb., Cole McCall of Ainsworth, Neb. Sister, Jacque and husband George Jones of Gordon, Neb.; niece Phyllis and Scott Lindsay and family of Gordon, Neb. Nephew, Mike and KaCe McConaughey and family of Merriman, Neb. Brother-in-law Jim McConaughey of Merriman, Neb. Mother-in-law, Helen Sherman of Ainsworth, Neb., sister-in-laws, Dorothy Mook of O’Neill, Neb., Betty and Jimm Johnsonand family of Rose, Neb., Donna and Dennis Jones of Ainsworth, Neb., and brother-in-law, David and Ronda Sherman and family of Johnstown, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Georgia McCall, Uncle Laurence McCall, niece Tomi McConaughey, nephew Mark McConaughey, father-in-law, Howard Sherman.
A Memorial service was held on July 24, 2014, at the Brown County Fairgrounds. ❖