Obituaries for Plains Edition 2-21-09 |

Obituaries for Plains Edition 2-21-09

Clyde Philetus Kotschwar, 84, of Farnam, died Feb. 6, 2009, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

He was born on April 27, 1924, to William and Viola (White) Kotschwar southwest of Maywood. He was the second of 13 children. His father died when he was only 16 years old, so he had to work to help support the family.

He married Doris Vickers on April 27, 1948. To this union four children were born: Rex, Kathaleen, Sheryl and Dennis.

Clyde and his brother Leon were partners in a trucking business in their early years. He continued trucking and farming throughout his entire working days. He loved farming and his cattle. He could fix most anything with his pliers and a chunk of baling wire.

He enjoyed playing baseball in his younger days and also umpired baseball games. On his 80th birthday he was able to attend a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. He was a board member of the Farnam Senior Center. He had many friends, which he valued very much.

Survivors include two sons, Rex Kotschwar of Cozad and Dennis Kotschwar of Farnam; two daughters, Sheryl (Steve) Brown of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Kathaleen (Lonnie) McClellen of Ingham; three brothers, Leon (Muriel) Kotschwar of Farnam, Anton Kotschwar of Moorefield, and Glen (Vickie) Kotschwar of Chadron; five sisters, Gladys (Orville) Thrasher of San Bernardino, Calif., Bettye Cross of Prineville, Ore., Alice Fickenscher of Surprise, Ariz., Mabel Conklin of Sterling, Ill., and Jean (Ivan) Henderson of Lexington; brother-in-law, Tom Vickers; daughter-in-law, Rosemary Kotschwar; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Viola and Maxine, and two brothers, Stanley and Robert.

Donald Ray Bayer, 63, of Scottsbluff, died Feb. 1, 2009, at his home.

He was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Sterling, Colo., to Rudolph and Mary (Kosmacek) Bayer. He received his early education in Ogallala, Neb., and lived with his family in Roscoe, Neb., and he later received his GED.

He married Donna Marie Orr, and to this union were born: Kim, Bryan and Brenda Bayer. They lived in Oshkosh, where he worked for Midwec, and then, in 1975, they moved to Scottsbluff, where he worked for Midwec, then later for Tri-State. He opened and operated Don’s Gun Shop, then later it came to be Don’s Gun Shop and Small Engine Repair, which he ran for over 30 years.

He was very passionate about hunting, fishing, camping, scuba diving, planes, metal detecting and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a strong Republican, a member of the NRA and the Living Stones Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Roseanne Loseke of Scottsbluff; daughters, Kim (Michael) Lovelace of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Brenda (Shawn) Willey of Gering; son, Bryan Bayer of Alliance; grandchildren, Sadie Lovelace of Prescott Valley, Trenton, Grant, Sydnie, and Shelton Willey all of Gering; sister, Linda (Monty) Vetter; nephew, Floyd (Kathy) Bayer; and numerous other nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna Bayer and brother, Lloyd Bayer.

Robert F. ‘Bob’ Roeser, 78, longtime Ogallala resident, died Feb. 3, 2009, in his home.

He was born July 6, 1930, in Grand Island, son of Augustus and Ethel (Buechler) Roeser. After his father died, his mother moved to Ogallala to be near her sister, Cass Buenz and brother, Boola Buechler.

He graduated from Ogallala High School in 1948 and then attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He then joined the U.S. Air Force. His military career was served at Reese Air Force Base in Texas.

On July 6, 1952, he married Connie Nye in Ogallala. Upon his discharge from the military, they moved back to Ogallala. For a time he worked with Connie’s father at the Nye Furniture Store in Ogallala. Later he worked for Goodall Electric and then TRW Industries. In 1967 his job took the family to Lincolnshire, Ill., where he lived until 1986.

On July 29, 1979, he married Sally Nemoff. When they moved back to Ogallala he worked for Keith County Economic Development until 1988 when he and Bob Lute began working on the Nebraska National Trails Museum project.

One of his greatest pleasures was playing piano. He pleased many an audience with his talent over the years. Among his most treasured memories are the times he shared the keyboard with his uncle ‘Beans’ (Harold) Buenz.

When not at the keyboard he enjoyed golf, hunting, his snooker table, stamp and coin collecting, bird watching and bridge. He was also a very avid history buff. He was always happiest doing something outdoors.

He was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Ogallala.

Survivors include his three sons, John of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Phillip (Ellen) of Maple Grove, Minn., and Michael (Anna) of Libertyville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Nicole, Chelsea, Angela, Patrick, Gus and Johnny and special family friend Diane Wipperling of Ogallala; Diane’s father, Foster Meisch; brother, Conrad (Debbie) Meisch, and her daughters, Rhonda (Mark) Treder, Laurie (Paul) Van Engelenhoven and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Dick; an infant sister, and wives, Connie and Sally.

Donald D. Marcellus, 84, of Atkinson, Neb., died on Dec. 29, 2008, at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1924, in Naper, Neb., to Delbert and Mary (Cosner) Marcellus. He grew up north of Atkinson with his parents.

On May 17, 1949, at Pierre, S.D., he was united in marriage to Angela Soukup. To this union six daughters and one son were born. The couple ranched and farmed on their home place for 57 years.

Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Angela of Atkinson; six daughters, Margaret (Randy) Urbanec of Walthill, Karen (Neil) Donohoe of Des Moines, Iowa, Janet (Patrick) Johnson of O’Neill, Donna (Slim) Young of Cairo, Nancy (Randy) Wetzel of Cairo, and Charlotte (Marty) Kloppenborg of Emmet; one son, Dwain (Nadine) Marcellus of Atkinson; one brother, Carroll (Doris) Marcellus of Stuart; one sister, Mildred (Bill) Rentschler of Atkinson; one sister-in-law, Ella Marcellus of O’Neill; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Mary Marcellus and three brothers, Lloyd Marcellus, Leo Marcellus and Melvin Marcellus.


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