Terry M. Vasa
Terry M. Vasa, 55, of Arthur County, Neb., Passed away December 31, 2013, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.
Terry was born June 21, 1958 in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Joseph and Carole (Rohlfing) Vasa.
He attended School District 55 in Arthur County. After graduating from Arthur County High School in 1976 he attended Chadron State College. In 1978 he returned to Arthur.
On June 2, 1979 he was united in marriage to Frances Sherman of rural Valentine, Neb. The couple made their home on the family ranch.
Terry enjoyed helping his children start their own cattle herds to continue their ranching heritage. He was a good steward of the land and had a passion for feeding out and finishing the cattle.
His hobbies included going to farm and livestock auctions and he especially liked antique tractors.
He was a member of St. Lukes Catholic Church and served as an Arthur County Commissioner.
Survivors include his wife Frances Vasa; two sons: Marty (Mandy) Vasa and Bradley Vasa, all of Arthur, Neb.; two daughters: Katie (Darin) Robertson of Elsie and Sammie Jo (Joe) Ferguson of Grove, Okla., His mother Carole Vasa of Ogallala, Neb. One brother Steve (Lisa) Vasa of Arthur, Neb., and four sisters: Sheila (Doug) Canning of Ogallala, Neb., Lisa (Larry) Wood of Moscow, Idaho, Julie Hart of North Platte, Neb., and Marcy (Tom) Evangelisti of Blair, Neb. Also four grandchildren: Hannah, Trey, and Ashley Robertson and Nash Ferguson and expectant granddaughter Peyton Ferguson.
Preceding him in death was his father, his son Kevin Vasa in 1989, and two sisters: Mary Beth and Katherine.
Funeral services were held January 4, 2014, in the Arthur High School gymnasium. Interment was in the Arthur Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Arthur Betterment Foundation and the Arthur County Ag Society.
Online Condolences may be sent to www.DrauckerFuneralHome.com. ❖
Benjamin Arthur Simpson, Sr.
Benjamin “Benny” Arthur Simpson, Sr., 85, of Hyannis, Neb., passed away December 31, 2013, in his home.
Benny was born March 13, 1928, in Hyannis, Neb.
As a child growing up he lived on the ranch south of Hyannis. He and his dad moved to Savery, Wyo., for a couple years. Coming back to a ranch south of Mullen, Benny graduated from Mullen High School in 1946.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1947 and went to boot camp in Ft. Riley, Kan. After that he was first stationed in Camp Lee, Va., later being reposted to Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
In July 1949, he met Donna J. Russell while she was visiting her mother in Anchorage. Donna’s mother, as it turned out, lived just down the street from Gerald Wright, Lyle Wright’s older brother. After a short courtship, Benny and Donna were married on November 10, 1949. To this union were born four children: Benjamin Arthur, Jr. on Aug. 20, 1950, in Richardson, Alaska, Leonard Gerald on Feb. 14, 1952, in Alliance, Connie Sue on Jan. 28, 1956, in Alliance and Machelle Joy (Miki) on Feb. 6, 1961, in Mullen.
Benny was an involved member of the community, serving as a 4-H leader, and organizer of the Central Sandhills Gun Club, and an active member of the A.D. Fetterman Post of the American Legion for over 40 years. He had also served on the Nebraska Resource Department board. Benny was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent many hours sharing these hobbies with his buddies and passed this love of life and the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. He also was a collector of arrowheads, guns and western history artifacts.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna, by their four children, Benj and Jan, Lenny and Rhonda, Connie and Bruce, Miki and Jeff, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two pending great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Calvin Russell; two special nieces Bonnie Strasberger and Bev Uphoff and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Ruby, and a sister Alice Gier and brother-in-law Glen Gier.
Services were held January 4, 2013, at the Hyannis Congregational Church UCC with interment in the Hyannis Cemetery. ❖