Obituaries for Plains Edition |

Obituaries for Plains Edition

Hildred O. (Hildie) Philpot, 95 of North Platte died Oct.11, 2008, at her home.

She was born in Hopkins, Mo., on Sept. 1, 1913, to Bennett and Audrey Mae Creech.

She graduated from high school in New York. She lived in Florida, New York, and Missouri traveling with her parents who were in the race horse business. She loved the horse races.

In 1968, she married Graceton Philpot and they made their home in North Platte. They were well known for their “Derby” parties, and loved to have friends and family around.

Survivors include two step-daughters, Lewellyn (Derb) Frey of Stapleton and Pat Yates of Belen, N.M.; a sister, Vera (Toots) Parke of Gainsville, Florida; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two nephews, Bennett (Georgia) Parke and Ivan (Sheilia) Parke all of Florida; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobbie and Gloria Smith of Arnold; sister-in-law, Earlyne Biggs of North Platte; good friends, Marlene Barent, Bobby and Cathy McPeak, and Mearl and Dorothy Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Graceton; and brother-in-law, Ivan Parke.

Lorain ‘Ole’ R. Olson, 81, of North Platte, died Oct. 12, 2008, at Great Plains Regional Medical.

He was born in Gibbon on Feb. 25, 1927, to Loring and Jessie Hawke Olson. He grew up and lived in various places in Nebraska and graduated from Gering High School in 1945.

He entered the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre, until his discharge on Dec. 30, 1946.

He married Lily Nowak on April 22, 1952, in Ogallala. He went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as an electrician for 20 years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and sports of all kinds and was an avid card shark.

He was a member of AA for 32 years, since April 13, 1976, he helped many people through AA; a member of the VFW; and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Lily of North Platte; four children, Laura (Daryle Ordway) Brenner of North Platte, Mary (Ron) Reynolds of North Platte, Raymond (Marie) Olson of Franktown, Colo., and James Olson of North Platte; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Steven and John Olson and brother, Verlin “Bud” Olson.

Clyde Riley Ford, 93, longtime Big Springs resident, died Sept. 15, 2008, at Indian Hills Manor.

He was born Dec. 13, 1914, in Big Springs, the son of John and Gertrude Steward Ford.

He graduated from Big Springs High School in 1933 and he was a member of the state basketball championship team in 1932.

On July 8, 1934, he married Grace Hoover at Hot Springs, S.D., and they made their home in Big Springs. He was involved in farming most of his life.

He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, and all sports.

He was a member of Big Springs Zion Lutheran Church and served on the Big Springs Fire Dept.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Ford of Big Springs; a son, Mick (Sue) Ford of Ogallala; daughter-in-law, Darlene Ford of Big Springs; and six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Rodney Ford; his sister, Viola Ridle and his brother, Richard Ford.

Lloyd L. Johnson, 85, of North Platte, died Oct. 18, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born May 5, 1923, to H. Louis Johnson and Clara D. Sorensen in Alden, Minn.

He attended high school in Alden and graduated in 1941. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II.

He met Irmgard Fischer while stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, and they were married on Nov. 17, 1949.

After moving to North Platte in 1956, he served as an Air Force recruiter in the western Nebraska area and recruited over 500 young men in a 6 year span. After 20 years he retired from military service, and continued to make his home in North Platte. He was a 60 year member of the American Legion Club. He then pursued a career as an advertising account executive and was successful for many years selling advertising for various media organizations in North Platte.

After retirement, he continued to be active until the time of his passing, during which he continued to pursue his love of gardening. His yard was an area showplace and at one time was named Yard of the Week in North Platte.

Survivors include his wife, Irmgard of North Platte; daughters, Peggy (Bob) Orosco of Covington, Wash., and Barbara (Paul) White of Byers, Colo.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, William of Pipestone, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Hazel.

Morris L. Myers, 89, of rural Eddyville, died Oct. 11, 2008 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born April 21, 1919, at Georgetown in the log house on the Myers Ranch, the only son of Morris E. and Mabel (Smith) Myers.

He attended District 278 through the eighth grade, Round Hill School for two years and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1937.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1941 with a degree in Animal Husbandry.

After working in St. Louis, Mo., and California a short time, he returned to the Myers Ranch that was homesteaded by his grandfather, John E. Myers.

He ranched and farmed the same land his entire life. The ranch, established in 1877, has been in the same family for over 130 years.

On June 28, 1944 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Maupin in Grainton. To this union four children were born – Kent, Peggy, Tom and Susan.

His work and hobbies revolved around cattle and farming. He was also a dedicated servant to his church and community. He was a member of the Burr Oak Church where he rededicated his life to our Lord in 1960. He served many years as the Sunday School superintendent and as a member of the church board.

He was currently serving on the board of the Homeward Trail Bible Camp, a position he held more than 30 years. He was the clerk for the Loup Township several decades and served on the Loup Township Election Board.

He also served on the boards of District 278, the Custer County Farm Bureau, Custer County Extension, Nebraska Cattlemens Association, Custer County Historical Society, and various other groups.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dorothy; sons, Kent (Bonnie) and Tom (Barb) all at the ranch; daughters, Peggy of Lincoln and Susan (Tom) of Normal, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Becky Myers, Tommy (Relena) Myers, Jody (Guillermo) Bailey, Buffy (Kyle) Bader, Lindsay Myers, Ashley Myers, Dustin Myers, Lura Parrent, and Jill Parrent; four great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Silken of California, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mildred Huff, Helen Chapman, and Berneice Nierstheimer.


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