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Ardith Rose Harvey Wallin, 97 of Imperial, died Oct. 21, 2008.

She was the youngest child of William and Sarah (Oliver) Harvey and was born in Haddam, Kan. When she was 8 years old, the family move to Parks, Neb., later moving to a farm in Chase County, Neb. She accepted Christ at a young age and faithfully attended church all her life.

She married Elmer Wallin on Aug. 6, 1931, and to this union, two children were born a daughter, Maxine and son, Merv.

Survivors include daughter, Maxine Beard; son, Merv (Carolyn) Wallin; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Olan (Mary) Wallin; five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, seven great-great granddaughters, two great-great grandsons and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sarah Harvey; husband, Elmer; three brothers, Henry, Ralph and Jim; two sisters, Viola Cornell and Grace Blanke; and a son-in-law, Don Beard.

Larry Leroy Spencer, 66, died at his home in North Platte on Nov. 8, 2008.

He was born to Harry Sr. and Francis (Dahmer) Spencer on Aug. 24, 1942, in Fremont, Neb., and from 1969 to 1977 he lived in Greeley, Colo.

He married Charline B. Schmidt in 1975. He worked for Goodyear Tire Company and retired in 1995. He lived in North Platte since 2006, prior to that he lived in Kansas.

He enjoyed doing odd jobs, he also liked to fish and spend a lot of time outdoors. He loved spending time with his friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Charline of North Platte; two daughters, Crystal Spencer and Natalie Spencer; son, Larry Spencer Jr.; step-children, Addie Lou (Jackie) Livingston of Tennessee, Cindy (Terry) Cunningham of Kansas, Don ‘Buddy’ Schmidt of Colorado, Barbara Sellers of Nebraska, and LeRoy Schmidt of Missouri; sisters, Cathy R., Margie (Bob), Mary Ellen (Mike), Linda, JoAnn, La Donna; brothers, Harry Jr. (Connie), Hank (Cathy), Mike and Danny; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard and Steven; his parents, Francis and Harry Sr.; a step-son, Marty; and a step-daughter, Carolyn.

Ruth LaVern Foos, 82, of Scottsbluff, died Nov. 8, 2008, at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard.

She was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Scottsbluff to Archie and Mollie (Louthan) Thomas. She grew up in the area and attended Lake Alice and Victory Hill Schools. She worked with her family on the family farm during the Depression.

She married Reuben Foos on July 15, 1951, at St. James Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff. They lived for two years in Mitchell before returning to Scottsbluff where she had lived since.

They served as custodians at St. James Lutheran Church for sixteen and a half years, she worked for a short time as a cook in the Scottsbluff Junior High Cafeteria and for many years cooked and cleaned for numerous area families.

She will be remembered by her family as a very patient and loving mother.

Survivors include daughter, Sharon Kay Eberhardt of Bayard; son, Steven (Donna) Reuben Foos of Scottsbluff; step-grandchildren, Dale Lee McEntee and Stacey Nichole McEntee, both of Egan, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reuben; son-in-law, Terry Eberhardt; brothers, Frankie, Bill, Dick, Roy and George Thomas; sisters, Toots Greenlee, Nora Keller, Mary Fulk and Ideal Hawkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

J. Iola Hinton, 96, formerly of Stockville and Curtis, died Nov. 11, 2008, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

She was born on Aug. 4, 1912, north of Dickens, to H.A. “Gus” and Nellie (Pearson) Latimer. She and her siblings grew up on the ranch where they raised Registered Hereford Cattle and learned the value of a hard day’s work.

She entered Dickens High School and attended there until she entered North Platte High. She graduated in 1929.

She married Dale Hinton on Feb. 12, 1936, in Stockville. They moved to a sod house six miles west of Stockville and Dale taught at North Star No. 29 for several years. Nadine was born at the soddy, and Don was born 2 years later at the Farnam Hospital.

They moved their family to the Hinton farm. They enjoyed card parties, square dancing, baseball games, and having fun with their neighbors. They were very involved in their kid’s activities.

They farmed until December 1969 when they moved into Curtis and lived there until Dale passed away on Sept. 11, 1981. She continued living there until July 1987; she then lived with her daughter for 13 years. She later was a resident of Senior Living Choices in Curtis and Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

She was an excellent cook and each grandchild would request his or her favorite dish.

She was a Member of the Congregational Church in Stockville where she taught Sunday school for many years, Gay 60’s Club of Curtis, Stockville Women’s Fellowship, Pinochle and Pitch Clubs. She was especially fond of watching Husker Football, keeping score for baseball games, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles and writing poetry. She was also a volunteer at Sunset Haven Rest Home and was a “Taxi driver” for her many friends who needed rides to doctor appointments.

Survivors include her daughter, Nadine Brown of Curtis; seven grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mabel Latimer; two brothers, Claude (Helen) Latimer and Lynn (Blanche) Latimer; her husband, Dale A. Hinton in 1981; son, Don Hinton in 1993; and son-in-law, Harold Brown in June 2008.

Albert M. Nickerson, 83, of Show Low and Mesa, Ariz., died Oct. 24, 2008, at RTA Hospice in Lakeside.

He was born to Merritt and Freda (Gneiser) Nickerson on their farm near New Raymer, Colo., on March 20, 1925.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, where he fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to the Colorado farm where he was raised and worked successfully as a wheat farmer until retirement.

Among other things, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and water skiing. In his later years, golf became a passion that consumed much of his time. He spent his retirement years in Arizona, where he had homes in Mesa and Show Low.

Survivors include his wife, Joanie; son, Keith Nickerson; two daughters, Linda Nickerson and Patty Nutt; sister, Marjorie Crosby; grandchildren, Eric Nickerson, Mike Nickerson and Tracey Howard; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Megan, Alison, Emily, Mia, Ella and Spencer.


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