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Betty Evelyn Chandler, 72, longtime Keystone resident, died Aug. 1, 2008, in Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born April 2, 1936, in Ogallala, the daughter of Orville and Evelyn Williams Travis. She attended Ogallala schools and received her GED in 1951.

On Dec. 18, 1952, she married Don Chandler in Torrington, Wyo. The couple always resided and ranched in the Keystone area.

She was a 4-H leader, a volunteer at the Keith County Senior Center and belonged to the Presbyterian Ladies Club. She enjoyed helping at the Keystone Library and at the Little Church in Keystone. Her hobbies included caring for her grandchildren and doing ceramics.

Survivors include her husband, Don Chandler of Keystone; son, Steve (Susan Heming) Chandler of Keystone; sister, Sharon (Gene) Woznick of Scottsbluff; three grandchildren, Jessica Chandler of Omaha, Bill Chandler of Lincoln, and Becki Chandler of Keystone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three infant children and three brothers.

Bernard ‘Rusty’ E. Walker, 78, of North Platte, died Aug. 10, 2008, at his home.

He was born July 30, 1930, to Willie and Abbie Walker in Eads, Colo. Having lost his father at a young age, his mother, two brothers, and he worked the Walker Ranch in Seneca. He graduated from Seneca High School with the class of 1948.

After graduation he went directly into the Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War and was a highly decorated soldier, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and he was injured, earning him the Purple Heart.

In 1952 he married Lois Marie Meiers. She passed away in 1981. He lived in California until 1982, retiring from Bendix Corporation after 30 years of faithful service. After retirement he traveled all over and made Alaska his second home.

In 1994 he married a high school classmate, Bessie Rodewald Broeder.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie; four daughters, Elaine Walker, Susan Walker, Judy (John) Kramer, and Joni (Tom) Hoaglund; three sons, Monte Walker, Rick Broeder and Gary (Crystal) Broeder; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and numerous friends all over the United States, especially in Nebraska, California, and Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a daughter, Kathleen; two brothers, Bill and Bob; and two grandsons, Richard Dow Hess Jr. and Ryne Hoaglund.

Mary Jane Faessler, 77, of Bridgeport died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Aug. 3, 2008, after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

She was the eldest child of four and only daughter born Jan. 19, 1931, to Ray and Freda (Ross) Stevens in Broadwater. She grew up on her family farm near Broadwater, and was a graduate from Bridgeport High School’s class of 1947.

She obtained a teaching degree at Hastings College, and taught elementary school until she met the love of her life, John Faessler Jr. They were married on Dec. 30, 1950, in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

She devoted her life to John and worked alongside him and their children on their family farm in the Bridgeport area until her illness forced her to retire. She was very involved in the lives of her seven children and numerous grandchildren.

She was also very active in her community throughout the years. Organizations she was involved include being a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Bridgeport Garden Club, the Court House Rock Extension Club, the Nebraska Potato Council, the Bridgeport School Board, the Trails Toastmistress Club, the Nebraska Cow Belles, the Prairie Winds Foundation Board, the Wells Fargo Western Advisory Board, the Morrill County 4-H Council, the Geritol Golf League, the Morrill County Republican Women, and a charter member of the Nebraska Cattlewomen’s Association.

She will always be remembered for her fun-loving nature and her inner strength that was beyond our imagination. She touched all those who she knew with her love and laughter.

Survivors include her children, Marci (Tom) Paulson of Fremont, Randy (Terri) Faessler of Sidney, Susan (Jeff) Neely, Bobbi (Kent) Wright, Kurt (Shauna) Faessler, Todd (Jan) Faessler, Bruce (Lori) Faessler, all of Bridgeport; brothers, Charles E. Stevens of Williston, N.D., and John R. Stevens of Eaton, Colo.; her 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, and an infant brother, Chester Stevens.

Richard ‘Mark’ Vader, 82, lifelong Gunnison rancher and Montrose resident, died July 25, 2008, of congestive heart failure at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

He was born in Gunnison, Colo., on May 1, 1926, to Richard and Virgie (Mueller) Vader. He spent his childhood in Gunnison and graduated from High School. In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy and served two years. When he returned home he worked on the family ranch and worked as a brand inspector for the State of Colorado for 20 years.

He met Jean McGregor of Powderhorn and they were married in 1950 in Gunnison. In 1959 they bought a ranch on the Cochetopa where they spent the next 22 years, raising their five children and ranching. In 1981 they sold the ranch and they took over the Gunnison Cemetery and ran it together for 16 years. In 1999 they moved to Montrose, where they have made their home ever since.

He enjoyed staying close to home and spending time with his family. He loved Colorado and the mountains, especially Taylor Park, and spent as much time as possible outdoors 4-wheeling, hunting, rock hunting and collecting arrowheads, and flying their plane. He was a member of the Elks, Gunnison Stockgrowers, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and served 17 years as a REA Board Member.

Survivors include his wife, Jean (McGregor) Vader of Montrose; his daughters, Karen (Dave) Israel of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Cindy (Rich) Bray of Montrose, Diane Johnston of Jackson, Miss., and Tami (Wayne) Blair of Olathe, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Rick Vader; his mother and father; his brother, Dan Vader, and his sister, Margaret Krueger.

Betty Evelyn Chandler, 72, longtime Keystone resident, died Aug. 1, 2008, in Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born April 2, 1936, in Ogallala, the daughter of Orville and Evelyn Williams Travis. She attended Ogallala schools and received her GED in 1951.

On Dec. 18, 1952, she married Don Chandler in Torrington, Wyo. The couple always resided and ranched in the Keystone area.

She was a 4-H leader, a volunteer at the Keith County Senior Center and belonged to the Presbyterian Ladies Club. She enjoyed helping at the Keystone Library and at the Little Church in Keystone. Her hobbies included caring for her grandchildren and doing ceramics.

Survivors include her husband, Don Chandler of Keystone; son, Steve (Susan Heming) Chandler of Keystone; sister, Sharon (Gene) Woznick of Scottsbluff; three grandchildren, Jessica Chandler of Omaha, Bill Chandler of Lincoln, and Becki Chandler of Keystone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three infant children and three brothers.

Bernard ‘Rusty’ E. Walker, 78, of North Platte, died Aug. 10, 2008, at his home.

He was born July 30, 1930, to Willie and Abbie Walker in Eads, Colo. Having lost his father at a young age, his mother, two brothers, and he worked the Walker Ranch in Seneca. He graduated from Seneca High School with the class of 1948.

After graduation he went directly into the Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War and was a highly decorated soldier, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and he was injured, earning him the Purple Heart.

In 1952 he married Lois Marie Meiers. She passed away in 1981. He lived in California until 1982, retiring from Bendix Corporation after 30 years of faithful service. After retirement he traveled all over and made Alaska his second home.

In 1994 he married a high school classmate, Bessie Rodewald Broeder.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie; four daughters, Elaine Walker, Susan Walker, Judy (John) Kramer, and Joni (Tom) Hoaglund; three sons, Monte Walker, Rick Broeder and Gary (Crystal) Broeder; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and numerous friends all over the United States, especially in Nebraska, California, and Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a daughter, Kathleen; two brothers, Bill and Bob; and two grandsons, Richard Dow Hess Jr. and Ryne Hoaglund.

Mary Jane Faessler, 77, of Bridgeport died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Aug. 3, 2008, after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

She was the eldest child of four and only daughter born Jan. 19, 1931, to Ray and Freda (Ross) Stevens in Broadwater. She grew up on her family farm near Broadwater, and was a graduate from Bridgeport High School’s class of 1947.

She obtained a teaching degree at Hastings College, and taught elementary school until she met the love of her life, John Faessler Jr. They were married on Dec. 30, 1950, in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

She devoted her life to John and worked alongside him and their children on their family farm in the Bridgeport area until her illness forced her to retire. She was very involved in the lives of her seven children and numerous grandchildren.

She was also very active in her community throughout the years. Organizations she was involved include being a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Bridgeport Garden Club, the Court House Rock Extension Club, the Nebraska Potato Council, the Bridgeport School Board, the Trails Toastmistress Club, the Nebraska Cow Belles, the Prairie Winds Foundation Board, the Wells Fargo Western Advisory Board, the Morrill County 4-H Council, the Geritol Golf League, the Morrill County Republican Women, and a charter member of the Nebraska Cattlewomen’s Association.

She will always be remembered for her fun-loving nature and her inner strength that was beyond our imagination. She touched all those who she knew with her love and laughter.

Survivors include her children, Marci (Tom) Paulson of Fremont, Randy (Terri) Faessler of Sidney, Susan (Jeff) Neely, Bobbi (Kent) Wright, Kurt (Shauna) Faessler, Todd (Jan) Faessler, Bruce (Lori) Faessler, all of Bridgeport; brothers, Charles E. Stevens of Williston, N.D., and John R. Stevens of Eaton, Colo.; her 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, and an infant brother, Chester Stevens.

Richard ‘Mark’ Vader, 82, lifelong Gunnison rancher and Montrose resident, died July 25, 2008, of congestive heart failure at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

He was born in Gunnison, Colo., on May 1, 1926, to Richard and Virgie (Mueller) Vader. He spent his childhood in Gunnison and graduated from High School. In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy and served two years. When he returned home he worked on the family ranch and worked as a brand inspector for the State of Colorado for 20 years.

He met Jean McGregor of Powderhorn and they were married in 1950 in Gunnison. In 1959 they bought a ranch on the Cochetopa where they spent the next 22 years, raising their five children and ranching. In 1981 they sold the ranch and they took over the Gunnison Cemetery and ran it together for 16 years. In 1999 they moved to Montrose, where they have made their home ever since.

He enjoyed staying close to home and spending time with his family. He loved Colorado and the mountains, especially Taylor Park, and spent as much time as possible outdoors 4-wheeling, hunting, rock hunting and collecting arrowheads, and flying their plane. He was a member of the Elks, Gunnison Stockgrowers, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and served 17 years as a REA Board Member.

Survivors include his wife, Jean (McGregor) Vader of Montrose; his daughters, Karen (Dave) Israel of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Cindy (Rich) Bray of Montrose, Diane Johnston of Jackson, Miss., and Tami (Wayne) Blair of Olathe, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Rick Vader; his mother and father; his brother, Dan Vader, and his sister, Margaret Krueger.

Betty Evelyn Chandler, 72, longtime Keystone resident, died Aug. 1, 2008, in Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born April 2, 1936, in Ogallala, the daughter of Orville and Evelyn Williams Travis. She attended Ogallala schools and received her GED in 1951.

On Dec. 18, 1952, she married Don Chandler in Torrington, Wyo. The couple always resided and ranched in the Keystone area.

She was a 4-H leader, a volunteer at the Keith County Senior Center and belonged to the Presbyterian Ladies Club. She enjoyed helping at the Keystone Library and at the Little Church in Keystone. Her hobbies included caring for her grandchildren and doing ceramics.

Survivors include her husband, Don Chandler of Keystone; son, Steve (Susan Heming) Chandler of Keystone; sister, Sharon (Gene) Woznick of Scottsbluff; three grandchildren, Jessica Chandler of Omaha, Bill Chandler of Lincoln, and Becki Chandler of Keystone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three infant children and three brothers.

Bernard ‘Rusty’ E. Walker, 78, of North Platte, died Aug. 10, 2008, at his home.

He was born July 30, 1930, to Willie and Abbie Walker in Eads, Colo. Having lost his father at a young age, his mother, two brothers, and he worked the Walker Ranch in Seneca. He graduated from Seneca High School with the class of 1948.

After graduation he went directly into the Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War and was a highly decorated soldier, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and he was injured, earning him the Purple Heart.

In 1952 he married Lois Marie Meiers. She passed away in 1981. He lived in California until 1982, retiring from Bendix Corporation after 30 years of faithful service. After retirement he traveled all over and made Alaska his second home.

In 1994 he married a high school classmate, Bessie Rodewald Broeder.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie; four daughters, Elaine Walker, Susan Walker, Judy (John) Kramer, and Joni (Tom) Hoaglund; three sons, Monte Walker, Rick Broeder and Gary (Crystal) Broeder; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and numerous friends all over the United States, especially in Nebraska, California, and Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; a daughter, Kathleen; two brothers, Bill and Bob; and two grandsons, Richard Dow Hess Jr. and Ryne Hoaglund.

Mary Jane Faessler, 77, of Bridgeport died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Aug. 3, 2008, after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

She was the eldest child of four and only daughter born Jan. 19, 1931, to Ray and Freda (Ross) Stevens in Broadwater. She grew up on her family farm near Broadwater, and was a graduate from Bridgeport High School’s class of 1947.

She obtained a teaching degree at Hastings College, and taught elementary school until she met the love of her life, John Faessler Jr. They were married on Dec. 30, 1950, in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

She devoted her life to John and worked alongside him and their children on their family farm in the Bridgeport area until her illness forced her to retire. She was very involved in the lives of her seven children and numerous grandchildren.

She was also very active in her community throughout the years. Organizations she was involved include being a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Bridgeport Garden Club, the Court House Rock Extension Club, the Nebraska Potato Council, the Bridgeport School Board, the Trails Toastmistress Club, the Nebraska Cow Belles, the Prairie Winds Foundation Board, the Wells Fargo Western Advisory Board, the Morrill County 4-H Council, the Geritol Golf League, the Morrill County Republican Women, and a charter member of the Nebraska Cattlewomen’s Association.

She will always be remembered for her fun-loving nature and her inner strength that was beyond our imagination. She touched all those who she knew with her love and laughter.

Survivors include her children, Marci (Tom) Paulson of Fremont, Randy (Terri) Faessler of Sidney, Susan (Jeff) Neely, Bobbi (Kent) Wright, Kurt (Shauna) Faessler, Todd (Jan) Faessler, Bruce (Lori) Faessler, all of Bridgeport; brothers, Charles E. Stevens of Williston, N.D., and John R. Stevens of Eaton, Colo.; her 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, and an infant brother, Chester Stevens.

Richard ‘Mark’ Vader, 82, lifelong Gunnison rancher and Montrose resident, died July 25, 2008, of congestive heart failure at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

He was born in Gunnison, Colo., on May 1, 1926, to Richard and Virgie (Mueller) Vader. He spent his childhood in Gunnison and graduated from High School. In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy and served two years. When he returned home he worked on the family ranch and worked as a brand inspector for the State of Colorado for 20 years.

He met Jean McGregor of Powderhorn and they were married in 1950 in Gunnison. In 1959 they bought a ranch on the Cochetopa where they spent the next 22 years, raising their five children and ranching. In 1981 they sold the ranch and they took over the Gunnison Cemetery and ran it together for 16 years. In 1999 they moved to Montrose, where they have made their home ever since.

He enjoyed staying close to home and spending time with his family. He loved Colorado and the mountains, especially Taylor Park, and spent as much time as possible outdoors 4-wheeling, hunting, rock hunting and collecting arrowheads, and flying their plane. He was a member of the Elks, Gunnison Stockgrowers, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and served 17 years as a REA Board Member.

Survivors include his wife, Jean (McGregor) Vader of Montrose; his daughters, Karen (Dave) Israel of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Cindy (Rich) Bray of Montrose, Diane Johnston of Jackson, Miss., and Tami (Wayne) Blair of Olathe, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Rick Vader; his mother and father; his brother, Dan Vader, and his sister, Margaret Krueger.


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