Obituaries for Plains Edition for 1-31-09
George Clifford McBride, 88, longtime Brule resident, died Jan. 14, 2009, at Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala.
He was born Oct. 8, 1920, in Ogallala, the son of George A. and Grace (Goff) McBride. He received his education at District 25 in Keith County.
He completed his schooling in 1934. He began farming besides working on the construction of Kingsley Dam at Lake McConaughy.
He entered the armed forces on September 15, 1942, and served in France and Germany during WW II. He was discharged on Feb. 2, 1946, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then returned to Brule where he started to farm again.
He married Adeline Anna Westerbuhr on Feb. 16, 1947, at Ogallala. The couple resided on their farm south of Brule until he partially retired in 1990.
His hobbies included his farm interests and working with his computer. He is a member of the Brule Lions Club, VFW, Wheat Growers, Farm Bureau and St. John Lutheran Church of Brule.
Survivors include his wife, Adeline McBride of Brule; three sons, Robert McBride of Brule, William ‘Bill’ (Nancy) McBride of Ogallala, and Joe (Sheila) McBride of Brule; one daughter, Carol (Alan) Ostendorf of Broken Bow; one sister, Elizabeth Borm of Sidney; grandchildren, Hillary Ostendorf of Broken Bow, Spencer Olson of Broken Bow, Brett Olson of Columbus, Angela (Adam) Carriker of St. Louis, Mo., Jeff (Angie) McBride of Ogallala, and Philip (Shannon) McBride of Omaha, Scott McBride of Lincoln, Tonia (Alan) Smallwood of Castle Rock, Colo., Michael (Gwyn) McBride of Hope Mill, N.C., Theresa (Ryan) Berlage of Frisco, Texas, and Susan Krab of Ogallala and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and William, and sister, Marie.
Aubrey “Aub” Leland Lord, 86, of Valentine died Dec. 13, 2008, at the ranch.
He was born April 7, 1922 to Boise and Marcia Lord in Crookston where Boise operated a livery stable.
The young couple then moved with their baby to the home ranch in the Simeon Community where he earned his elementary education in a rural atmosphere. His high school years were spent at Valentine High School and the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Neb.
The draft called him to the army on Oct. 9, 1942. He served in Holland, France and Germany and received an honorable discharge Feb. 26, 1946. He returned to Cherry County to be engaged in ranching with his father.
He and Dorothy Belville were married at the Methodist Church in Valentine on June 28, 1951. By 2008, the couple had celebrated 57 years of marriage and working together on the ranch. He loved Sandhill ranching, but rodeo was his passion. He loved good horses and trained his own roping and dogging horses. He was active in the PRCA for many years and worked six events: calf roping, bull dogging, saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding and tie down team roping. His peers said he was good at all of them. His many trophies and buckles give silent testimony.
The cowboy rancher taught their son, J.B., how to rope and to bulldog. He also taught their three daughters how to rope. They loved to watch their children compete in the rodeo arena.
The rodeo career that began for him at age 12, provided some thrills into the fifth and sixth decade. He was 58 in 1980 when a friend entered him in the Old Time Cowboy’s Rodeo in Hyannis, Neb., He rode his son J.B.’s dogging horse to a time of 4.5 seconds for a new arena record that stood for several years. Then in 1992 at 70 years, he entered the Old Man’s break-away roping event in the Northwest Ranch Cowboy’s Association at White River, S.D., to win the fast-time of 1.5. This set a new record which stood for several years.
He loved to train horses, bowling, hunting and ice fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, and their four children, Shirley (Donnie) Byrne of Miles City, Mont., Audrey Lord of Valentine, Marcia Lord of Omaha, and J.B. Lord of Piedmont, S.D.; seven grandchildren, Malynda Maggnusen of Honolulu, Hawaii, Trevor May of Miles City, Mont., Jessica Adam of Shelby, Andie Hanson and Aubrey Bachelor both of Valentine, and Eli and Levi Lord of Rapid City, S.D.; one great grandchild, Jordan and one sister, Doris Cronin of Kearney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boise and Marcia Lord; brother, Elver Lord; sister, Evelyn Jochem; and brothers-in-law, Bus Harms and John Cronin.
Dorothy Hatch, 81, lifetime resident of Grant, Neb., died Jan. 22, 2009, at the Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant.
She was born on July 5, 1927, at Eddyville to Clarence and Lillie Mae (Long) Mutchie. The family moved to Grant when she was an infant. She grew up and attended school in Grant graduating in 1945.
She taught rural school southeast of Grant until she married Dean Hatch on Aug. 23, 1947. They made their home in Grant but spent their last 24 winters in Yuma, Ariz.
Survivors include her husband, Dean; three sons, Lynn (Rhonda) of Lincoln, LaVerne (Peggi) of Holdrege, and Larry (Leita) of North Platte; two daughters, Loneta (Bill) May of North Platte and Lisa (Turk) Engel of Grant; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Betty Lou Dolge, 80, of North Platte, died at her home on Jan. 19, 2009.
She was born in Grant, Neb., to Charles and Ella (Crow) Rich on Oct. 26, 1928. She attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.
She married Walter Dolge in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Oct. 2, 1948.
She lived the rest of her life as a homemaker, but held various bookkeeping jobs throughout her life. She loved to spend time with her family, travel and play cards.
She was a member of the Methodist Church, American Legion, the Elks, the Moose Club and the Eagles Club.
Survivors include her sons, Douglas (Carol) Dolge of Hayward, Calif., and Bill (Debra) Dolge of North Platte; daughters, Monta Storm of Yankton, S.D., and Kelley Dolge of North Platte; nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents; two brothers, Chuck Rich and Gene Rich; three sisters, Thelma Wilson, Clarice Wachal and Ila VonBerhan.
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