Obituaries for Plains Edition 2-28-09 |

Obituaries for Plains Edition 2-28-09

Frank Dylan Nerud, 21, of Bayard, Neb., died Jan. 18, 2009, near Bayard, the result of an automobile accident.

He was born on June 3, 1987, in Bridgeport, Neb., to Frank and Lori (Schuler) Nerud. He attended school in Bayard, graduating with the class of 2006 as an honor student. He was very active in high school activities: FFA, in which he was bestowed the State Degree and American Degree; National Honor Society; Band; chorus, in which he was a member of Magic Rhythm and the 21st Century Singers swing choirs; and he also participated in football and wrestling.

He was currently attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in Agri-Business.

He greatly enjoyed people. He especially liked to spend time with his family and enjoyed teasing his cousins. He spent as much time as possible outdoors. You might find him on a 4-wheeler, hunting, or simply enjoying the moment. All who knew him will remember his famous text messages, and his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents; a sister, Rachel Nerud of Bayard; grandparents, Darrell Schuler of Bridgeport, Tom and Betty Nerud of Scottsbluff; aunts and uncles, Darrell II and Susan Schuler, Dale and Becky Nerud, Mac and Linda Norman, and Myla and Kevin Bornhoft; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Lou Schuler, and his great-grandparents.

Doris M. Elder, 80, of Hemingford, Neb., died Feb. 15, 2009, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance.

She was born at the hospital in Alliance, Neb., on Oct. 18, 1928, to William T. and Iva Reland (Noddings) Gregg. Her mother died when she was a small child. She spent her childhood growing up at Marsland, Neb., where her family owned and operated the Gregg Ice Pond.

She attended school in Marsland, Kindergarten to tenth grade. She then went on to Chadron Prep where she graduated in 1946. She attended summer school at Chadron State College and received a teaching certificate. She taught rural school in Dawes County and Lakeside, Neb., for 6 years.

She married William H. Elder on Nov. 22, 1951, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. To this union four children were born – James, Howard, Julie, and Billie Jean.

She was an active member of St. Bridget’s Church as well as the Altar Society serving as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a group leader for a number of years. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary of Chadron. She was active in her family’s lives including 4-H as a club leader, and chaired the 4-H fair food booth for a number of years. She attended the Box Butte County Fair faithfully every year including 2008.

Survivors include her husband, William; one son, James (Vicky) Elder; two daughters, Julie (Mike) Kresl and Billie Jean Elder all of Hemingford; one daughter-in-law, Barb (Max) Franey of Chadron; six grandchildren, James (Tammy) Elder of Hemingford, Valery (Chad) Bell of Alliance, Andrew Kresl of Hemingford, Sean (Shari) Franey of Madison, Wisc., Blythe Franey of Chadron, and Nathan Franey, stationed in Germany; five great grandchildren, Cassie and Hadley Elder of Hemingford, Gavin and Gattlen Bell of Alliance, and Gracie Franey of Madison, Wisc., her sister, Betty Mobley of Seymour, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a set of twin siblings a boy and a girl born in 1926 who died at birth; her son, Howard in 1982; her brother, Gene Gregg of Ainsworth; her mother- and father-in-law, William and Christine (Gasseling) Elder and her brother-in-law, Richard Elder.

Betty J. Kind, 77, of North Platte, died Feb. 17, 2009, at Linden Court.

She was born on June 10, 1931, in Deshler, Ohio, to William Fredrick and Iva (Firman) Meyer. She grew up and attended school graduating from Lexington High School. She went on and attended Kearney State Teachers College for 4 years.

She married Duane L. Kind on April 11, 1959, in Grand Island, Neb.

She was a school teacher, teaching in various towns around Nebraska. She retired from teaching in 1973, after teaching for 23 years. They also owned and operated the Bar-X Motel for 27 years in North Platte and she had a prosperous Turquoise Shop for 20 years in the Motel Gift Shop.

Survivors include her husband, Duane L. Kind of North Platte; daughter, Sarah B. Kind of Atlanta, Georgia; step-daughters, Kathy Vowers of Grand Island, Barb Molonaro of Denver, Colo., and Mary Schwager of North Platte; step-son, Duane L. Kind Jr. of Omaha; brothers and sisters, Deanna (Larry) Remmers of North Platte, Ronald Meyer of North Platte, Robert (Carol) Meyer of Lexington, Jerald (Deb) Meyer of Blue Rapids, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; special friend, Gretchen Laier; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Agnes E. Engel, 83, longtime rural Ogallala resident, died Feb. 17, 2009, in Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Denver.

She was born Sept. 8, 1925, at Keystone, the daughter of Guy W. and Alma E. (Osborn) Pierce. She received her early education at Keystone, finishing the last two years at Ogallala High School. She graduated with the Class of 1945.

She then worked for Good-All Electric until 1948.

On May 2, 1949, she married William W. Engel in Ogallala. The couple resided at their farm south of Ogallala for over fifty years. She was involved in the farming operation. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in May of 1999. William ‘Bill’ died in September 1999.

Her hobbies included reading and quilting. She was confirmed on Dec. 16, 1956, and became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was active in the Lutheran Womens Missionary League. She also belonged to the ABC Extension Club.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra (Jim) Glenn of Grant; Becky (Lloyd) Dahlkoetter of Grant; and Katherine (Russ) Simpson of Denver; two sons, Charles (Jolene) Engel of Ogallala; and David (Lisa) Engel of Grant; three sisters, Marie Saunders, Lois Klinge, and Carol Creason, all of Ogallala; two brothers, Virgil (Donna) Pierce of Ogallala and Melvin (Shirley) Pierce of Gering, eleven grandchildren, Stacey (Matt) Manary of Kearney; Joshua Dahlkoetter of Grant; Scott, Jeffrey and Kameron Simpson, all of Denver; Johanna, Phillip and Emilene Engel, all of Ogallala; Craig Engel of Columbus; Christopher (Amber) Engel of Ashland; and Cashia (Dave) Dailey of Grant, four great-grandchildren, Carsyn and Easton Manary of Kearney; and Keegan and Kalli Dailey of Grant and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents; her grandson, Moses Simpson, and her sister, Irene Wood.

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