Obituaries for Plains Edition 4-18-09
Howard Hansen, 95, of Minden died April 11, 2009, at Kearney County Health Services Hospital in Minden.
He was born Jan. 7, 1914, two miles west of Lowell to Walter and Mathilda (Golle) Hansen.
He attended elementary school at both Lowell and Newark then graduated from high school in Kearney in 1931.
On June 7, 1937, he married Ethel Radford west of Newark. She died in 2005.
He farmed and raised cattle and sheep in the Lowell-Newark area before moving his family to a farm in Logan Township northwest of Minden in 1949.
He moved to the Dittrick Nickel farm in Logan Township in 1961 and started Hansen Baling Service and Hansen Suffolk Sheep Co. in 1966 with his youngest son, Bill. They attended many livestock shows and sold breeding stock all around Nebraska and surrounding states. They won the Nebraska Ram Show in 1971, 1974 and 1976 and had private production sales from 1976 through 1980.
The flock was dispersed in 1980, but the baling service continued until his retirement at age 91 in 2005. He had moved to Minden in 1987. With trophies and monetary donations, he supported the Kearney County Fair sheep show for many years and annually donated market lambs to the Special Olympics to be shown and sold at the Kearney County Fair.
Survivors include his sons, Radford (Joan) Hansen of Campbell, and William (Veronica) Hansen of rural Upland; daughter in-law, Judy Hansen of Minden; brother, Ward (Annabel) Hansen of Missoula, Mont.; sister, Doris Logan and her daughter, Jane Logan, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends both past and present who all remember a kind, gentle and generous man named “Pete.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; an infant sister; his parents; his older brother, Harold; and his oldest son, Douglas.
Thomas Case, 60, of Ord died April 12, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born May 30, 1948, at Chicago to Benjamin and Marguerite (Kilpatrick) Case.
He was raised in Chicago and North Hollywood, Calif.
He married Donna Hause on June 6, 1977, in Las Vegas. He had worked as a respiratory therapist.
He was a member of the Elks and the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, auto building and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of Ord; a son, Howard Harryman of Centennial, Colo.; two daughters, Cindy Gardner of Estes Park, Colo., and Julie Baxter of Glendale Ariz.; and a brother, James Case of Atlanta; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two aunts.
Gracie E. Rolf, 76, of Albion, died April 7, 2009, at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.
She was born on Sept. 27, 1932, at Fullerton to Rudolf and Grace (Krakel) Jaimet. She attended school in Fullerton and graduated in 1950.
On April 27, 1952, she married Merlin Rolf at the United Methodist Church in Albion. They made their home, and raised their four children in Albion. She spent her time as a homemaker and worked part-time at the sale barn.
In 1997 they purchased a winter home in Pharr, Texas. Merlin passed away in July of that year. She continued to spend her winters in south Texas where she made many more friends, including her companion of three years, Barney Fischer.
She was a volunteer at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital for several years working at the information desk and the nursery.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Albion and served in the women’s church group, taught Sunday school and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she served as District and Local President. She bowled on a team for 25 years, was a member of league golf, played bridge, loved attending her kids sporting activities and school events, and enjoyed bird watching.
She was loved by all and an inspiration to many, had a loving heart and will be missed greatly by all of her family and friends.
Survivors include four children, Rick (Charlotte) Rolf of North Platte; Barb Rolf of West Point; Jeff Rolf of San Francisco, Calif. and Betty (Michael) Torres of The Colony, Texas; special friend, Barney Fisher of Platte City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Pam Blackburn, Tammy Hickman, Darren Rolf, Tyler and Heather Torres; and one great-granddaughter, Marisa Blackburn; her sister, Bethel Bolton of Chula Vista, Calif.; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlin; three brothers, David, Keith, and John Jaimet; and two sisters, Ruth Gordon and Myrtle Dunnigan.
Elton A. Withers, 103, of Elwood died April 11, 2009, at Elwood Care Center in Elwood.
He was born Dec. 29, 1905, in Gosper County, south of Smithfield, to Henry and Martha (Clark) Withers.
He married Viola Marie Smith on April 12, 1927, at Elwood. One son was blessed to this union; Maurice.
He attended grade school near Elwood and worked on the farm. He helped build Johnson Lake Reservoir and then worked for the Gosper County Road Department as their road grade operator for over 40 years. He also helped area farmers just to keep busy.
He enjoyed gardening, raising pigs and hogs, his dog “Spot,” spending time with his family, playing shuffleboard and was always there when anybody needed help. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include a son, Maurice (Jo) Withers of North Platte; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Viola; and two brothers, Verle and Harold.
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