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Plains Edition Obits 12-14-13

Thomas “Tom” James Gardner

Thomas James Gardner, 53, of Kimball, Neb., passed away December 6, 2013. at his home.

Thomas James Gardner was born in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 3, 1960, the son of Jude and Dora (Ganske) Gardner.

He was raised and attended school in Knoxville and graduated from the Knoxville High School in 1978. He moved to Houston and attended college. Tom moved to Omaha, Neb., and went to work for Nu-Trend Homes. He later moved to York, Neb., and was sales manager for Champion Home Builders. Tom moved to Kimball in 2009 and was married to Darlene Noah in Kimball, Neb., on July 11, 2009. He worked at Stahla Homes in sales and management.

Tom was serving as the president of the Nebraska Manufactured Homes Association. He was a huge Green Bay Packers and Nebraska fan, he loved boating, fishing and being with family. Tom and Dar loved to travel and had been to several places including Australia, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and Hawaii. He loved working outside and enjoyed time on the mower taking care of his place. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Gardner of Kimball, Neb.; father, Jude (Judy) Gardner of Omaha, Neb.; sons, Josh (Laura) Gardner of St. Louis, Mo., Ben Gardner of Point Magu, Calif., Spencer (Nicole) Noah of Austin, Texas and Scott Noah of Denver, Colo.; daughters, Amanda Noah of Denver, Colo., and Laura Noah of Kimball, Neb.; brother, Dan (Sue) Gardner of Crawfordsville, Iowa; sister, Cindy (Jerry) Bemis of Limestone, Tenn., and granddaughter, Reese Hinton.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dora Gardner, and brother, Bob Dunlap.

Funeral services were held December 10, 2013, at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball, Neb. Burial took place in the Kimball Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department or First English Lutheran Church.

Friends may visit to view the Book of Memories and leave condolences for the family. ❖

Bonnie Jean (Wiseman) Friesen

Bonnie Jean (Wiseman) Friesen, 85, of San Antonio, Texas and formerly of Ogallala, Neb., and Madrid, Neb., passed away December 4, 2013, in her home.

Bonnie was born September 7, 1928 in Ogallala, Neb., the daughter of Berget and Tressie (Harris) Wiseman.

Bonnie received her early education attending rural schools in Keith County. She graduated from Ogallala High School in 1947.

On September 28, 1947 she was united in marriage to Claire Friesen. The couple resided on a farm near Madrid, Neb.

Bonnie was employed at the JC Penney Store in Ogallala for nine years.

She also lived in North Platte, Neb., and later in Boerne, Texas. Bonnie moved to San Antonio in 2011 to be closer to family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boerne.

Her hobbies included making dolls and sewing. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and feeding birds and other wildlife.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, daughter Sherri Brown, and a grandchild.

Survivors include two daughters: Vicki Lange of Natalia, Texas and Kristi Savage of Sand Springs, Okla. Also six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held, December 11, 2013, at Draucker Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Ogallala Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her memory to the Kendall County Humane Society of Comfort, Texas.

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