Obituaries for Plains Edition 3-7-09
Harold O. Woodward, 95, of North Platte, died Feb. 21, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 15, 1913, to Harry and Zelpha (Corder) Woodward in Lexington, Neb. He grew up in Lexington and Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1933, where he played on the State Championship Football team.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 and served during WWII. He was discharged from service in 1943.
He married Vera Brown in North Platte on Dec. 12, 1943. The couple lived in North Platte, where he worked for United Fruit Express. He later owned Woody’s Radio and TV Hospital for over 25 years.
He was a founding member of the Lighthouse Four Square Church.
Survivors include two sons, Ron Woodward of North Platte and Leon (Linda) Woodward of Casa Grande, Ariz.; one sister, Betty Herron of Sutherland; five grandchildren, Vanessa (Richard) Aguilar of Tustin, Calif., Colin Woodward of Fountain Valley, Calif., Lesia (David) Nelson of Phoenix, Ariz., Leon “Butch” (Susan) Woodward of Gilbert, Ariz., and Leeanna (Damon) Frisbee of Chandler, Ariz.; five great-grandchildren; numerous other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vera; daughter, Anita Woodward; two grandsons, Martin Lynn and Lyndon John; seven brothers; and two sisters.
Margaret (Maggie) Sheets, 60, of North Platte, died Feb. 21, 2009, at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
She was born Feb. 19, 1949, in North Platte to Allen and Victoria (Ciemny) Long. She was raised in Stapleton and graduated from Stapleton High School in 1967.
She married Robert (Bob) Sheets on June 2, 1972, in Stapleton.
She was employed at Fairmont Dairy for seven years after graduating from high school. She also worked at J.C. Penney’s Catalog Store, Shopko, and Arrowhead Distributing Company. They also co-owned and operated Frontier Resort for 17 years.
Her sunny smile and friendly personality will be remembered by many.
She was an avid collector of antique spice tins; Fairmont Food memorabilia and small cream pitchers. She enjoyed traveling and going to swap meets and antique stores. She also cherished time spent with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Bob of 36 years, of North Platte; step-daughters, Patricia Nitsch of Overton, and Susan Atchison of Golden, Colo.; step-son, James (Ruth) Sheets of North Platte; step-grandchildren, Justin Nitsch, Travis Nitsch and Tyler Nitsch all of Overton, Felicia (Tyrell) Harrison, Angelia Garcia, Aspen Atchison of Golden, Colo., Jade Atchison of Lexington, James (DeAnna) Sheets Jr. of Lincoln, and Michael (Katie) Sheets of North Platte; step-great grandchildren, Nicholas Trujillo, Ella and Avery Harrison of Colorado, Hailey, Carson and Emma Sheets of Lincoln, and Bailey Sheets of North Platte; sister, Martha Houpt of North Platte; nieces and nephews, Karen (David) Linquist of Spring Lake, N.C., James (Karen) Main, Wanda (Brad) Osnes of Stapleton, Eloise (Dan) Shuck, Janice (Jerry) Kirby, and Jess Houpt of North Platte, Brenda (David) Carter of Keller, Texas; and many other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Marjean Main.
Edward M. King, 83, of North Platte, died Feb. 23, 2009, at his home.
He was born to Albert and Mary Ann King on Dec. 31, 1925, in North Platte. He grew up and attended St. Patrick’s High School and during a high school football game he ran the wrong way for a safety. The next day he joined the U.S. Navy. His father accepted his high school diploma for him.
In the Navy he was a radioman in the South Pacific. After the service he returned to North Platte and has lived here his whole life.
He met and married his wife, Alice on March 31, 1955.
He worked at Montgomery Wards, and at The Telegraph in the Advertising Department. He started working as a salesman and he never really retired.
He loved his woodworking, especially making bird houses.
He belonged to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was a member of the choir. He played cards in his early days at the Elks Club and in the last few years he played at the Senior Center.
Golf was his passion, and up to the last few years he was a member of Iron Eagle Golf Course. He sold insurance and worked part time at Advantage Direct.
Survivors include his wife, Alice of North Platte; three children, Vicki (Steve) Arbogast of Indianapolis, Kathy (Bob) Hinrichs of North Platte and Kent (Lynn) King also of North Platte; grandchildren, Patti Wickersham of Midlothian, Virg., Roger Arbogast of Indianapolis, Jennifer Hinrichs, Ellie Charter of Omaha, Sara Hinrichs of North Platte, Adam Charter of North Platte, and Renae Hinrichs of Fremont; great-grandchildren, Kati Lynn Wickersham, Jeremy Wickersham, Dylan Wickersham, Aubrie Charter, Rylee Anderson; and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles; and a sister, Mary.
Rex Ardel McCullough, Jr., 56, of Grand Island, formerly of Broken Bow, died Feb. 12, 2009, at his home.
He was born June 3, 1952, in Brush, Colo., to Rex, Sr. and Ellen McCullough.
He grew up in the Happy Hollow area south of Berwyn, Neb. He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1972. He entered the Army after high school until 1978.
Survivors include his father, Rex, Sr. of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; his mother, Ellen Pirnie of Kearney; sisters, Barbara (Tom) Strombert of Westville, Okal., Cheri Hilton of Kearney, Joleen (Robert) Schnieder of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Rachel (Guy) Bitz of Ravenna; special friend since high school, Bob Martin and his family of Broken Bow; step daughter, Rosie Simpson of Detroit, Mich., and several nieces and nephews and aunts, uncles and cousins.