Obituaries for Plains Edition
December 1, 2008
Harry Alfred Babcock, Sr., 100, of Ainsworth died Sept. 13, 2008, at the Ainsworth Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1907, in Meeteestee, Wyo., the first of four to Ernest and Elizabeth (Heiden) Babcock. He attended grade school in several places, including Arvada, Buffalo, and the Anchor School. He entered high school in Thermopolis, but dropped out when he realized it was costing his parents too much money. He then went to work for ranchers in the area.
In 1925, his parents separated and he moved to Nebraska with his father and younger sister, Doris. They settled in Rock County, in the area south of Bassett known as Duff. He and his father worked for several ranchers including Johnnie Seier, Wally Hughes and Homer Buell.
In 1927, he attended a barn dance where he introduced himself to a pretty, young lady by the name of Margaret Johnson. She lived with her parents and siblings in Brown County, about 8 miles west of the Duff post office. They started seeing each other, and married on May 28, 1930, at the office of the Brown County Judge in Ainsworth, Neb.
The first year of their married life was spent on a ranch known as the Hayes Place, 1-1/2 miles south of the home of Margaret’s family. In 1931, they moved 2 miles east of the Johnsons, on a place formerly owned by Eck Hoffman. They bought this ranch and lived there until 1980, when they retired and moved to Ainsworth. During this time, they had three children: Harry, Jr. (Bill), born in 1933; Harley, born in 1936; and Lorene (Reenie) born in 1939. After Margaret’s death, he spent his last 8-1/2 years of his life living at Cottonwood Villa in Ainsworth.
Survivors include his three children, Bill (Jo) of Bassett; Harley (Mary) of East Wenatchee, Wash.; and Reenie (Loren) Mercier of Grant; sister, Florence Audis of Kirkland, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Deb (Tom) Frank of Bassett; Lori (Frank) Runyon of Onamia, Minn.; Bill (Teresa) Babcock of Long Pine; Jim (Ginger) Babcock of East Wenatchee, Wash.; Susy (John) Breneman of Spokane, Wash.; Marilyn (Rick) Brodbeck of Ainsworth; Karen Lee of Grant; Sharon (Doug) Sexson of Grant; and Mike Woodhead of Holyoke, Colo.; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, in 1999; his parents; and infant brother; and his sister, Doris.
Floyd Edward Paulman, 84 of Sutherland, died Nov. 14, 2008, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
He was born Feb. 26, 1924, at Buckingham, Colo., to Will Edward and Hazel Zauler Paulman, and moved with his parents to Sutherland when he was two years old. He graduated from Sutherland High School in 1942.
On Aug. 23, 1945, he joined the U.S. Army and served until March 3, 1946. In 1950 he and his brother Bill bought a farm east of Wolbach, Neb., where they farmed.
He married Phyllis Gaynelle Becker on January 23, 1955, at Hershey, Neb., and they made their home in Wolbach. In 1962 they moved to Sutherland where he worked as a lineman for the Village of Sutherland until Nebraska Public Power District leased the electric system, he then worked for N.P.P.D. until retiring in December 1987.
He liked to garden, raise exotic birds and enjoyed raising his sheep. He also liked trap shooting, hunting and fishing. In 1980 he and his son-in-law Dan opened an archery shop called D and P Archery.
He was a member of the Sutherland United Methodist Church, Sutherland Lions Club, Sutherland American Legion Post #208 and Sutherland volunteer Fire Department and had served as Fire Chief.
Survivors include five daughters, Janice (Dan) Dancer, Andrea (Michael) Stewart all of Sutherland, Barbara (Yoaman) Smith of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Karen (David) Dovidio of Buckeye, Ariz., and Larea Pettersen of Cathedral City, Calif.; a sister, Betty (Frank) Miller of Elk City, Okal.; two brothers, George (Inez) Paulman or Port Orchard, Wash., and William (Marilyn) Paulman of Wolbach, Neb.; 18 grandchildren, Jake (Faylene) Dancer, Jennifer Dancer, Harry Lee Stewart, Kristin Stewart, Jeff Stewart, Mitch (Angie) Musselman, Sara (Johnny) Zogg, Caleb Smith, Jessica (Jason) Epting, Naomi (Todd) Hattaway, Zach Smith, Allene (Colby) Henderson, Kenneth Wood, Brian (Megan) Dovidio, Katherine (Jeremy) Carder, Katrina Pettersen, Tyler Pettersen and Tristen Pettersen: 19 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his parents; a son-in-law, David Pettersen; a sister, LaVon Houser; and a brother, Roger Paulman.
Dallas Jean Walker, 76, of Broadwater died on July 21, 2008.
He was born near Bayard on March 28, 1932, to Earl and Jean (Jeffries) Waler. He received his education at a country school near Bayard. He served in the U.S. Army 1952-53 during the Korean conflict as a sergeant first class.
He married Agnes Mae Christensen on April 25, 1954, in Bushnell, Neb. They lived near Bushnell and Pine Bluffs, Wyo., for several years, where he was a farmer and rancher. In 1959, they moved to Bridgeport, where he farmed.
He operated heavy equipment for Kimball County and Morrill County and later for various contractors in the area. In 1972, they moved to their current location between Dalton and Broadwater. While here, he farmed, was a school bus driver for 23 years, and was a Parish Ministry Associate at Grace Lutheran Church in Lewellen for the past ten years.
He loved his life and his family including his church family. He proudly served God and his country in Korea and received several medals. He was active in the Morrill County Sheriff’s Posse for 21 years. He was always a cowboy at heart, even rodeoing and raising rodeo stock when he was younger. He farmed and ranched all his life, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and visiting with friends. He especially liked taking his grandchildren and great grandchildren fishing. He and Agnes had many children and foster children live with them throughout the years.
He always enjoyed sharing God’s word with people and was a PMA (Lutheran lay minister) for several years. He graduated with the first PMA class in Nebraksa at the age of 58 and has been full time in the pulpit at Grace Lutheran Church in Lewellen since 1998.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Agnes of Broadwater; son, Don (Sandi) Kope of Gurley; daughters, Vonnie Brown of Broadwater, Ginny (John) Post of Bridgeport, and Josi (Eric) Morgan of Kimball; brothers, Don (Essie) Walker of Sanger, Texas, Gary (Vonda) Walker of Lance Creek, Wyo., and Owen (June) Walder of Bayard; sister Maureen (Jim) Reiber of Scottsbluff; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both his parents and a young daughter, Barbie.
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