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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 67 of Burwell, Neb., died May 20, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born June 30, 1939, at Ballagh, Neb., near Burwell to Vernon and Belva (Cass) Lowery. He attended the Erina country school and graduated from the Burwell High School in 1957. He served in the US Army from October 1962 to October 1964.

On Oct. 24, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sandra Johnson in Burwell. They resided on the family ranch which was homesteaded by his great-grandfather in 1891. To this union one son was born, Matthew DeVerre Lowery.

He was active in many organizations. He served as Chairman of Area 19 Nebraska Cattlemen, director of the Nebraska Quarter Horse Association, faithfully attended area Toastmaster meetings and took great pride in always being able to give an entertaining speech at a moments notice. One of his greatest interests was in the American Legion. He was a 41-year continuous member of Arca Post #298. He was a member of the Voiture #40-8. While serving as adjutant he accomplished several all-time highs in memberships. He worked with area youth in the area and state Oratorical contest and the Jr. Law Cadet program. He was currently serving as the Area B Vice Commander of the State of Nebraska. He was also a faithful member of the Burwell Color Guard.

He lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed traveling. He had visited all 50 states. He loved remembering trivia and playing cards with his friends. One of his greatest joys was attending the auctioneering contest and watching his son, Matthew, compete.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Lowery; son, Matthew DeVerre Lowery; granddaughter, Lexie Lynne Lowery; two brothers, Jim (Alcta) Lowery and Melvin (Shirley) Lowery all of Burwell, Neb., many nieces, nephews and the whole Legion family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Belva Lowery.

, 73, of Dalton, Neb., died May 23, 2007.

He was born Dec. 2, 1933, in Dalton to John Francis and Theresa Catherine (Kummer) Van Anne. He attended County School District 132 and Dalton High School. He stayed home one full year to help his mother because of his father’s poor health, and then graduated with the class of 1952. He worked on grain elevators and did carpentry before returning home to take over the family farm.

He was united in marriage Jan. 7, 1959, to Anna Faye Weed in Peetz, Colo., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. To this union six children were born: John, Theodore, Chris, Jacqueline, Travis and Courtney.

He was a former member of the Dalton Fire Dept, Far-Mor Co-op Board, Dalton Co-op Society, ASCS committee, School Board, Eagles, Elks, Lions Club, and served on the St. Mary’s Parish Council. He was a lifetime member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He took special joy in helping to organize the annual Easter Egg Hunt and rejoiced at seeing the children’s happy faces. He was an excellent farmer and rancher, as he loved the land and peaceful country life.

He was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed supporting the Huskers. He loved baseball and as a young man he played second base on a local baseball team. His greatest delights were his grandchildren. He loved each and everyone and took pleasure in hearing about all of their activities.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 48 years, Anna Faye; children, John (Leaha), Ted, Chris (Liz), Jacqueline (Dan) Sahd, Travis (Laynette), and Courtney (Dave) Theobald; grandchildren, Alyssa, Tyler, Ashley, Taylor, Richard, Brandi, Chrisanna, Drew, Molly, Jarrett, Jeremy, Logan, Nathan, Morgan, Joseph, Jacob, and Bryce; brothers and sisters, John M. Van Anne of Denver, Colo., Robert of Aurora, Colo., James of Dalton, Dan of Elkhorn, Amelia Wieser Deitz of Lakewood, Colo., Marjorie Doyle of Aurora, Colo., Mary Lou Miller of Lakewood, Colo., Josephine Senter of Lakewood, Colo., Reenie Berry of Gering, Terri Hensley of Bradenton, Fla.; and Susan Van Anne of Gering.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Theresa and sister, Catherine Van Anne Schinzel.

, 102, of Leoti, Kan., died May 22, 2007 at the Wichita County Long Term Care Unit in Leoti, Kan.

He was born on July 17, 1904, at Chromo, Colo., the son of Pet C. and Sara (Russell) Crowley. He had been a Wichita County resident since 1952. He was a rancher and an employee of Caprock Industries with 29 years of service, retiring in 1997.

He was a member of United Methodist Church of Leoti, Leoti Rough Riders, Leoti Rodeo Association, Anthem Masonic Lodge of Scott City, Kan., and Order of the Eastern Star of Garden City, Kan.

On Sept. 6, 1923, he married Myrtle Putnam in Durango, Colo.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; son, Willis (Mabel) Crowley of Leoti; one sister, Iola Shahan of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; ten grandchildren; and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, three brothers and one sister.

, 65, of rural Julesburg, Colo., died May 27, 2007 in Holyoke, Colo.

He was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Mullen, Neb., to Warren and Eunice (Pearman) Wolfenden. He attended school at a country school as well as Mullen Public Schools. He was known as “Jabber” and “Jersey” by his friends and family. He enjoyed rodeo and participated in bronc and bull riding and was a member of the Mullen Roping Club and National Old Timers Rodeo Association. He always said bull riding was the easiest because he was too scared to let go.

He was married to Robina Mae Freeman on Oct. 16, 1961.

He worked for Simon Construction Company for years and even tried his hand at restaurant ownership but his true love was ranching. Ten years ago he was able to have his own place outside Juleburg, Colorado, close to his daughters and grandchildren. This is where he retired and resided at the time of his death.

Survivors include daughters, Terri Hartman of Seneca, Neb., Penni Carrier of Bernie, Miss., Cindi (Steven) Beavers of Holyoke, Colo., and Lori (Jerry) Thompson of Holyoke, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Erin and Caitlin Carrier, Josh DeNaeyer, Shelby and Veronica Beavers, Raquel DeNaeyer, and McKenzie and Gehrig Thompson; brothers, Leroy (Kay) Wolfenden of the family ranch, Lawnie (Patty) Wolfenden of Mullen and Alyce Wolfenden of the family ranch; sister-in-law, Sharon (Pete) Hale of Valentine and sixteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Melvin Lee, Robert (Karen) Earl, and Billy Warren; nephew, Shane; niece, Renee Hale and his parents.

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