Obituaries for Plains Edition |

Obituaries for Plains Edition

Lorine Alice Rothwell, 83, of rural Tryon, Neb., died Aug. 13, 2008, at her home after a four month battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1925, in Grand Island. She was the daughter of August F. and Mollie Ditter Herman.

She attended elementary school in Curtis, Neb., and in 1942 graduated from Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis. During her high school years her parents took in students to board while they attended NSA. One of those boarders was a rancher’s son from the Hyannis area named Max E. Rothwell.

She attended Kearney State College in Normal Training to become an elementary teacher. She taught four years in rural schools in the Curtis area.

On Nov. 3, 1946, Max and Lorine were married in a double wedding ceremony in Curtis along with her brother and his wife. They lived on the Cullum place near the Arthur and Grant county borders. After the ’49 blizzard they moved to McPherson County to be in partnership with Max’s bachelor uncle William A. Rothwell. They inherited that ranch in 1975. They added two other ranches in the next years so that two daughters and sons-in-law could return to the ranch.

Among her hobbies were crocheting in which she won grand champion at the McPherson County Fair. She also canned a lot of her garden produce. Collecting antiques was also a favorite pastime. She was a member of Nebraska Cowbelles which is now Nebraska Cattlewomen, a 50-year member of Eastern Star, and the Helping Hand Club which she was a 60-year member.

Survivors include her four daughters, Susan (Jens) Nielsen of Bella Vista, Ark., Janice (Benj) Simpson of Whitman, Wendy (Kevin) Kostman of Bingham, and Gail Nason of Tryon; five grandchildren, Jason Simpson of Kearney, Amy (Steve) Nielson of Whitman, Cody (Kelly) Kostman of Lincoln, Kryn Kostman of Lincoln, Brett Nason of Hastings; four great-grandchildren, Triston and Sydney Nielson of Whitman and Liam and Max Kostman of Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max; son, Glenn, and brother, Malvin.

Milton A. Richstein, 89, of Oshkosh, died July 26, 2009 at Oshkosh, Neb.

He was born Aug. 26, 1918, at Oshkosh, to Isidor and Jennie Richstein.

He attended school in Oshkosh and later maintained the family farm.

He was inducted into the United States Army in October 1941. He participated in Air Offensive Japan, Southern Philippines and Luzon. He received his Honorable discharge as Staff Sergeant 418th Nightlighter Squadron on Dec. 8, 1945.

He was united in marriage to Emma Jo Richstein in Oshkosh on Feb. 28, 1944. Two daughters – Kemmy and Konny were born to this union.

In 1949, they relocated to Brown County. There he spent the remainder of his life raising cattle on the Raven Cattle Co. Ranch that he loved.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes; daughters, Kemmy Richstein and Konny (Duane) Samer; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Madeline Saint of Oshkosh; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by wife, Emma Jo; parents; brothers, Isidon and Claylon Richstein.

Dorothy Elizabeth (Bissell) Phillips Moore, 80, of Bird City, Kan., died peacefully on Aug. 10, 2008, at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St Francis, Kan.

She was born Dec. 23, 1927, to Edwin Edelbert and Ora Blanche (Fieldgrove) Bissell near Litchfield, Neb. At a young age; she moved with her parents to place south of Thedford, Neb. They later moved to the Hyannis area; where she graduated from Hyannis High School as Valedictorian. While going to school, she stayed with other families and helped with their younger children and chores.

She married Clarence Albert ‘Bud’ Phillips, Jr. on Aug. 12, 1946. To this union, nine children were born. She lived in many places in her 80 years: Thedford, Hyannis, Whitman, Mullen, Burwell, North Platte, and Arnold in Neb.; McPherson, Ellis, Oakley, and Bird City in Kan.

She was one of the first LPN graduates of the Mid Plains Community College Nursing Program in North Platte, Neb., at 49 years of age. Her work ethic and studies were an inspiration to everyone, including her instructors. She was recognized as Employee of the Year while working for the Home Health Dept. in the North Platte area.

She married Willard Moore on Jan. 5, 1997, and they made their home in Bird City, Kan. From the time she was a young girl up until the time she met Willard; she was always working, nursing, and helping someone else. She and Willard loved road trips with the motto: ‘Happiness is a full tank of gas and somewhere to go.’

She enjoyed their families, cooking, baking, embroidery work, and playing games (including dominoes). Delicious cinnamon rolls, potato salad, cream puffs, homemade puddings, roasts, and chokecherry jelly were specialties. She loved the Lord, family, life, and kids.

Survivors include her husband, Willard Moore, of Bird City, Kan.; children, Albert ‘Bert’ (Judy) Phillips of Wakeeny, Kan.; John Phillips of Arnold; Paul (Susan) Phillips of Windsor, Colo.; Mitzi (Jim) Gartrell of Wallace, Leitha (Wade) King of Ellis, Kan.; Dora (Todd) Whitney of Concordia, Kan.; Celia (Raymon) Lawson of Oakley, Calif.; Larry (Joyce) Moore of Goodland, Kan.; Sondra (Scott) Phillips of Longmont, Colo.; and Gary (Mary) Moore of Bird City, Kan.; sister, Wynona Kimble of Gordon; brother- and sister-in-law, Lynn and Jody Phillips of Mullen; 33 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Clarence “Bud” Phillips Jr.; sons, Charles Phillips and James Phillips; grandchildren, Nia and Clinton Moore; great grandchildren, Thorne Phillips and Craig Dutro; sister, Geneva Ewoldt; and brothers, Glen and Eugene Bissell.

Vera M. Cordes, 78, of Kearney died Aug. 19, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was born Sept. 2, 1929, in Denver to Burton and Lena (Lockwood) Kenton.

In August 1948, she married James Davis Sr. They divorced in October 1975.

On May 9, 1992, she married Chester Cordes in Meade, Kan. He died in November 2005.

She moved to rural Gibbon at age 4 and attended rural Gibbon schools through the eighth grade. She graduated from Kearney High School (Longfellow High) in May 1947. She lived in Roswell, N.M., from October 1948 until moving to Guymon, Okla., in February 1969. She was employed by Guymon Public Schools from August 1969 until June 30, 1992. She retired after 29 years of service.

She lived in rural Meade before moving to Kearney in June 2006.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney. She enjoyed bowling, square dancing and the Red Hat Grannies in Liberal, Kan.

Survivors include her sons, James Davis Jr. of Gowery, Iowa, and Jeffrey Davis of Elm Creek; brothers, Jim Kenton and Don Kenton, both of Minden, and Jerry Kenton of Palm Desert, Calif.; sisters, Lorraine Reed of Centralia, Mo., and Lelia Guest of Castor, La.; grandchildren, Bonnie McGregor, Shana Loomis, Tobey Altwine, Paul Loomis, Jessica Davis, Courtney Roland, Tess Hale, Jennifer and Erica; great-grandchildren, Luke McGregor, Tristan McGregor, Chase Wright, Jadie York, Devon Altwine, Trevor Altwine, Seth Altwine, Kayla Loomis, Davis Loomis and Alyssa Davis; and great-great-grandchild, Dominique McGregor.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Pamela Loomis; and sister, Betty Geiger.


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