Obituaries for Plains Edition
Pat (Welma) Poese, 78, of O’Neill died Dec. 1, 2008, at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill.
She was born May 26, 1930, at Red Bird, Mo., to Martin and Marie (Scheel) Mathis. She graduated from High School in 1948 in Waverly, Mo.
On July 18, 1948, she married Gilbert Poese in Waverly. Moving to O’Neill, she became co-owner and operator of KBRX Radio Station in O’Neill. She remained active in her position up until the time of her illness.
She was active in her community and enjoyed playing bridge.
She was a member of Faith Community Church and Missions Committee.
Survivors include five daughters, Patricia (Dewey) Schaffer of North Platte, Jana (Steve) Kruger of Arlington, Cynthia (Albert) Morales of San Diego, Calif., Nancy (Bradley) Sherwood of Red Cloud, and Lisa (Monte) Jamison of Ashby; one son, Scott (Darcy) Poese of O’Neill; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carlee Mathis of O’Neill and Wes (Barb) Mathis of Cole Camp, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, and one sister.
Maurice Thomas “Tom” McLoughlin, 63 of Granite Canon, Wyo., died Oct. 25, 2008, on his ranch.
He was born June 14, 1945, and had lived in the Cheyenne area for his whole life. He was a graduate of Cheyenne East High.
He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of Wyoming Cattleman Association and Wool Growers and a past volunteer in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
He was actively involved in the community and the Laramie County District 10 Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his mother, Susie W. McLoughlin of Cheyenne; a sister, Wilda Hoefer of Clark; two sons, Pastor Shane (Paula) McLoughlin of Cumberland, Wisc., and James McLoughlin of Cheyenne; two daughters, Corrina (John Jr.) Etchepare and Kate McLoughlin, both of Cheyenne; five grandchildren, Flint and Casey McLoughlin and Katherine, Jack and Sofia Etchepare; several nieces and nephews and former spouse, Loula McLoughlin of Cheyenne.
He was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Frederick McLoughlin and a sister, Sadie May McLoughlin.
Frank A. Rasmussen, 88, died Dec. 12, 2008 at Kimball Health Services.
He was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Sidney, to Caspar and Julia (Johnson) Rasmussen. He was raised on a ranch 20 miles south of Kimball that his father homesteaded. After his father’s death in 1938, his mother, he and his two young sisters, moved to a farm near Sidney.
On July 4, 1942, Frank and Kathryn Petersen were married in Potter.
In 1946, they moved north of Kimball to a farm. After 50 years of farming, he retired and moved into town.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a “Jack of all Trades.” He loved his family and all young kids.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Kathryn; daughters, Rita (Wayne) Wagner of Saratoga, Wyo., and Barb Barker of Kimball; son, Allen (Connie) Rasmussen of Chadron; eight grandkids and 13 great-grandkids; sister, Dorothy (Lynn) Rowe of Sidney; and sister-in-law, Deana Rasmussen of Sterling, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lee; brother, Elmer; sister, Helen (Albert) Runion; son-in-law, Gary Barker, and granddaughter, Kerry Barker.
Vera Lange, 96, of Ord died Dec. 14, 2008, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
She was born Sept. 27, 1912, at Kilgore to William and Minnie (Lade) Holtz.
At an early age, she moved with her parents and two older sisters to the family farm north of Shelton. She was educated at the parochial school of Zion Lutheran Church nearby and was confirmed in the faith on May 16, 1926. She graduated from Shelton High School in 1930, then taught local rural schools and attended Kearney State College.
On Feb. 18, 1934, at Zion Lutheran Church north of Shelton, she married Henry Lange of Ord. They made their home and farmed in Mira Valley, south of Ord until 1972. They continued to live in their farm home until 1983, when they moved into Ord. Her husband died in 1991, and she moved into an independent living apartment at Grandview in 2001. After a stroke in 2004, she moved to assisted living there and except for a few months remained there until her death.
She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church through the years, teaching Sunday School, VBS, and weekday classes for more than 40 years. She was a member of the Ladies’ Aid and of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, serving also on the Zone and District levels of the LYML. Over 40-45 years she devoted much time to making quilts for Lutheran World Relief, along with others of the Dorcas Circle. She enjoyed membership in the Mutual Benefit Extension Club for more than 50 years.
Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, flowers, reading and traveling.
Survivors include two sons, George (Lois) Lange of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Steven (Bernie) Lange of Delran, N.J.; four daughters, Jeanine (John) Gerety of Elkhorn, LaVera Blanco of Seminole, Fla., Carolyn Curry of Houston and Rosella (Paul) Homan of Washington, D.C.; and four sisters, Viola Ohlman of Central City, Lydia Stohs of Fremont, Dorothy Bredthauer of Arcadia and Bernadine Lange of Ord; 20 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Ella (Lange) Meyer of Tilden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lange; her parents, a granddaughter, two sons-in-law, and two sisters, Imogene Holtz and Ella Bremer, and an infant son.
William R. Poffenbarger, 75, of Phillips died Dec. 11, 2008, at the Grand Island Nebraska Veterans Home.
He was born on Aug. 29, 1933, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Arthur and Bertha (Thacker) Poffenbarger.
He was raised in Council Bluffs, graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1958. Following the military, he worked as an engineer-draftsman. When he retired he went to work at Wal-Mart in the garden department.
He was an avid reader plus enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his children, Bill (Cindy) Poffenbarger, Cindy Lynn Poffenbarger, Bobby Joe Poffenbarger, Doug (Lisa) Poffenbarger and Kristy Wolff; two brothers, Dick (Nancy) Poffenbarger and Larry Poffenbarger; and two sisters, Bertie Cowlan and Artie Caputo; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.