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Plains Edition Obits 11-2-13

Gary Erwin Hasenauer

Gary Erwin Hasenauer, 74, passed away October 17, 2013, while touring China with his wife, Ruth.

At his passing at age 74, Gary was doing what he loved very much, touring a historical site and museum.

Gary was born in Nebraska on September 6, 1939, the son of Erwin and Melissa Hasenauer of Stapleton, Neb.

Gary earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree to prepare him for his career as an educator. His first teaching opportunity was at Berean Mission Navaho Boarding School near Bloomfield where he served for five years and met his wife and married there. He moved on to Roosevelt and Jefferson Elementary Schools in Gallup where he served for 24 years. His love for teaching continued with a move to Belen where he taught all grades as a public school substitute teacher for another 5-6 years. His total involvement as a teacher, head teacher and administrator was 37 years.

Gary had many other talents and interests as a church musician, brilliant historian and world traveler. He was a believer in life-long learning while traveling to all parts of the world to soak up more knowledge and facts. He was a walking history book. When he passed away he was serving as the pianist for Rio Communities Lighthouse Church and substitute Bible teacher. Gary’s love for God and his passion to help others in need led him to help many individuals in his lifetime.

He and Ruth were parents, counselors, caregivers, financial advisors, ministers, and a support group, and filled countless other roles in touching the lives of hundreds of people. Gary also served others in traveling on nine Work and Witness mission trips where he was involved in construction, cooking and teaching Bible. Gary has moved on to his rewards after a lifetime of serving others.

Gary is survived by his wife, Ruth; his son, Brian and wife, Erika; and four grandchildren, Ashtyn, Ambrielle, Sagen, and Sammy. Also surviving are Gary’s brothers, Marvin and wife, Sharon Hasenauer and Mark and wife, Linda Hasenauer; sisters, Phyllis and husband, Dale Stackhouse who reside in North Platte, Neb., and Bonnie Bonnici of Chico, Calif.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the North Platte Berean Church. Burial will follow at the Wellfleet Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2013 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com . ❖

James M. “Jim” Buettner

James M. “Jim” Buettner, 44, of Cedar Rapids, Neb., passed away September 13, 2013, at his home in Cedar Rapids.

James Michael Buettner, son of Mary Ann (Boesch) and Merlin Buettner, was born September 13, 1969 at Spalding, Neb.

He was raised in Cedar Rapids, Neb., and graduated from Cedar Rapids High School in 1988.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and farm. He was proud of his farm and ranching operations. He was employed at local feed yards throughout his life. As a young child, Jim received a kidney transplant at the UNMC Transplant Center. He recently courageously battled cancer and fought to overcome the disease until the end.

He is survived by his parents: Merlin and Mary Ann of Cedar Rapids, Neb.; three brothers: Dave and Kim Buettner of Cedar Rapids, Neb.; Tom and Ranita Buettner of Cedar Rapids, Neb.; Bill and Cynthia Buettner of Omaha, Neb.; 11 nieces and nephews; eight grand nieces and nephews; along with many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Anthony and Theresa Boesch and Walt and Viola Buettner, and his nephew-in-law Toma Rutten.

Services were held September 17, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Neb. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Primrose, Neb. ❖


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