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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. ❖

Clyde Everett Hardesty

Clyde Everett “Whitey” Hardesty, 92, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of the Johnstown area, passed away at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colo.

He was born to Ernest Hardesty and Mildred (Titler) Hardesty near Johnstown.

He left school after completing the eighth grade in order to help support the family where he would assist his father harvesting beets, corn and wheat on the family farm.

He served in the U.S. Navy for a short while, until his twin brother, Claude, was killed during WWII.

On May 5, 1950, he married Shirley Joyce Fields in Johnstown. To this union he was blessed with three sons and one daughter.

When Shirley’s parents moved into town, they took over the Fields homestead. While on the farm, Clyde harvested wheat and helped his sons start up dairy business. After the dairy, he raised sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and usually had a donkey. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Johnstown. He had lived in Greeley since 1994.

He worked at Carnation Milk Plant, and then spent 25 years working at GW Sugar in Johnstown.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hardesty of Greeley, Colo.; three sons and one daughter, Walt (Linda) Hardesty of Otis, Colo., Ray (Sheryl) Hardesty of Eaton, Colo., Les (Sherrill) Hardesty of Estes Park, Colo., and Marj (Rod) Jones of Brush, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceded Clyde in death were his parents; Ernest and Mildred Hardesty and Twin brother, Claude Hardesty.

Services were held July 18, 2014, at Greeley Baptist Temple. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Weld County Dairymen Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit to sign online guestbook. ❖

Ruth Peterson Rider

Ruth Peterson Rider, 93, of Liberty, N.C., passed away July 3, 2014, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Ray and Nellie Campbell Peterson of Fort Collins, Colo., and was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Aubert Rider and three brothers, Vernon, Ralph and Lyle Eugene Peterson.

Ruth was a long time teacher at Liberty Elementary School where she taught first, third and sixth grades. She was active in her church for many years of her life, did missionary work in Texas, and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years.

Surviving are her daughters, Catherine Rider Berg and Nell Ruth Rider and sons, Frederick Timothy Rider, Robert Michael Rider, Richard George Rider, Christian Paul Rider, Ray Aubert Rider and Skye Kirby Rider; sister, Barbara Eades-Bock; brother, Dale Peterson and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services are private.

Please make memorial donations, in her name, to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 220, Liberty, N.C., 27298.

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R. Wayne Miller

R. Wayne Miller, 73, of Watkins, Colo., passed away July 9, 2014. in his home.

He was born in Goodland, Kan., on May 11, 1941.

He was raised on a farm in Vona, Colo., with his two brothers and attended school there.

Wayne moved to Denver for work, where he was employed at the Samsonite Corporation, while attending school at CU and became a plastics engineer. Samsonite is where he met his wife of 52 years, Barbara Ringdahl.

Wayne and Barbara were married in 1962 and later had a son and daughter. He moved on to pipe manufacturing and became a Vice President at Continental Plastics. They built a home in Watkins in 1971, while working in town and raised a cattle herd there with his family, which he enjoyed. Wayne also enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He later returned to his roots and became a fulltime farmer and rancher in 1986 to the present.

Wayne served on the board of directors for the American Pride COOP in Brighton and the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department.

Wayne was strong, kind, and a good friend to many, he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Stephen, daughter Lisa (Ricky) Barber, grandchildren Josh, Levi and Reese Barber, brothers; Dave (Karen) and Steve (Danise) Miller.

Services were held July 18, 2014, at Bennett Community Center in Bennett, Colo. ❖

Frederick (Fred) William Frihauf

Frederick (Fred) William Frihauf, 76, passed away July 17, 2014, after suffering injuries in a vehicle accident two miles from his home.

Fred was born to Fred and Lydia Frihauf on November 26, 1937 in Wheatland, Wyo. At this time his father managed the YMCA at a mining town in Sunrise, Wyo., where they lived. Fred’s family then followed the other Frihauf family members to farm in Wiggins, Colo., in 1942.

Fred attended Long Meadow Country School, south of Wiggins, moving into town school in fourth grade. Fred then graduated from Wiggins High School in 1957, where he played football and basketball as a Wiggins Tiger. He was a member of the first state football team. He enjoyed, and sunk a half court basket with a buzzer beater to win a tournament championship! After graduation he was involved in farming, and in the winter months Fred hauled sugar beets to the Ft. Morgan factory from the Hoyt and Wiggins piles, hauled hay out of Nebraska to Colorado, and worked for others with cattle. Fred had raised sugar beets as 4-H and FFA projects and that was the start of his lifelong love of raising them.

After graduation, and getting started farming, Fred married his high school sweetheart! Fred and Bonnie (Kress) were married in the Wiggins Community Church on June 1, 1958. The whole community of family and friends danced and celebrated until 5:00 a.m. the next morning. Fred and Bonnie loved to Dutch Hop and attended dances in Wiggins and surrounding communities for many years.

Bryan was born on Nov. 7, 1959, and that cold winter his crib was pulled into the living room to be near the heater! Karla was born Oct. 10, 1961. During this time Fred and Bonnie had moved to several different farms as they acquired more farm land, always raising sugar beets and corn. Then on July 8, 1965, during the Bijou flooding, daughter Lisa was born in Greeley. Bonnie and Fred had moved out of their home because they lived on the bank of the Antelope creek and were sure it would flood them out! Later they were told by the old timers that spot was actually one of the highest spots around, but the town of Wiggins did get flooded!

With several moves around Wiggins, from south to north and back south of Wiggins, they continued to grow their farming operation. But in 1975 they were able to rent land in Yuma, Colo., and the big move was made with their three children, machinery and their two Dachshund dogs! With their children attending school in Yuma they made many wonderful friends, and became involved in all school sport activities, not missing any events for their grandchildren.

Fred’s farm operation continued to grow, eventually forming Popson Farms Partnership with his son Bryan. Fred always said he served his country, not in the military but by helping feed the world! Fred raised sugar beets all but 12 years from 1984-1996. Then the Great Western Sugar Company was purchased by a Coop of producers and he was excited to get back into the sugar beet industry. During these years of raising sugar beets, he was on local sugar beet boards for many years, attended National Sugar Beet conventions around the US. When GW Sugar Company still honored the high sugar growers, Fred was honored in years 1979 and 1980 with being the High Sugar Producer in the Ft. Morgan Factory District, of which Yuma was/is part of. Fred was part of the sugar beet eras that moved immensely in weed control and higher production! He was just recently notified he had the heaviest sampling in the State of Colo., of the first samples of 2014.

Fred was recently told by his surgeon “Fred you know you still are a miracle,” as he had struggled through many health obstacles for the past 19 years, including kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and heart surgeries. But Fred always kept faith in God that he would be allowed to continue enjoying his family, whom he dearly loved, and allowed to continue farming which he did until his last day! Sitting around was not his favorite pastime, as he would climb on his little Massey-Ferguson and groom his country yard if he had a few spare moments from his farming duties!

Fred was a private, quiet man in many respects and yet he had this outgoing personality that allowed him to never meet a stranger. Fred could spot a farmer in a crowd and start a conversation. He always was interested in where this person was from and what they enjoyed in life. Fred’s sense of humor never diminished during the times of serious illnesses or hits from Mother Nature. This sense of humor always had his grandchildren gathered around him experiencing many times of great joy. They just never knew what “grandpa trick or gift” was in store for them! Of course many of his friends were also victims of this sense of humor! Fred never had difficulty in showing or expressing his love for his family or friends.

Fred will be deeply missed by his wife Bonnie, recently celebrating 56 years of marriage. Also survived by children Bryan Frihauf (Julie), Karla Blach (David), Lisa Merrill (Clint). Grandchildren Alex and Abigail Frihauf; Jeremy (Meghann), Jace, Brittnee, Jenner Blach; Sierra Saxton, Bailey Riegel (Ethan), Nati, Kidus, Aaron and Erica Merrill; the newest love of his life little great granddaughter Adley Blach; sister Carol Cook, sister-in-law Roberta Langan (Mike), and brother-in-law Eddie Kress (Annette). Neices Kim, Kris, Robin, Suzanne, Deeann, and Kristine; nephew Rick.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Lydia Frihauf, sister Donna Frihauf, brother Richard Frihauf, nephews Doug and Don Cook, mother-in-law Mary Kress and companion Jim Russell, father-in-law Ed Kress, sister-in-law Susie Jackson and brother-in-law Bud Ruhl.

A gathering of family and friends was held July 25, 2014, at the Irrigation Research Farm in Yuma, Colo. Inurnment was in the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo. ❖

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