Obituaries for Plains Edition 5-2-09 |

Obituaries for Plains Edition 5-2-09

Rosella Irene Murphy, 78, of North Platte, died April 17, 2009, at Centennial Park Retirement Village.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1931, in Burwin, Neb., to John and Thelma (Dubry) Love.

In 1945 she married Dale Murphy Sr. She made her home in North Platte raising five children. She worked at numerous restaurants as a cook and she was also a nurse’s aid at St. Mary’s and Memorial Hospitals, before retiring.

She loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and looked forward to the great-great grandchildren due this year and beyond.

She enjoyed leisurely drives and visiting with family and friends. She knew no strangers.

Survivors include her sons, Dale Murphy, Ron (Bonnie) Murphy, and Mitch (Jan) Murphy all of North Platte; daughter, Nina (Larry) Hardy of Seneca; special friend, Wayne Waits; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Murphy; daughter, Frieda (George) Dennis; two grandchildren; her parents; and a brother.

Helen Louise Wendling, 93, formerly of North Platte, died April 17, 2009, in the Meadowlark Care Home in Manhattan, Kan.

She was born to Chris C. and Marie Elnora (Weiland) Lange in Mason City, Neb., on Feb. 27, 1916.

She grew up around Tryon, Neb.

She married Merrill Whitmore in Oberlin, Kan., in 1940. They had two sons, Venice and Dennis.

Merrill passed away in 1959. She remarried in 1962 in North Platte to Fred Wendling.

She was a cook at the Top Hat Cafe, and at various other restaurants. She enjoyed bowling and going to rodeos around the area. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, the Eagles, VFW, American Legion Club, Hospital Auxiliary, and the Retired Senior Citizens Program.

Survivors include a son, Dennis (Linda) Whitmore of North Platte; daughter-in-law, Clarissa R. Whitmore of Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Brian, Theresa, Amanda, Lacey, Amy, Vanessa, Denise, Michael, Fred, and Damon; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and cousins and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three brothers, Albert (Bus), Dick and Harold Lange; sister, Minnie Johnson; and carrier Neal and Hattie Weedman.

Dorothy June Mischke, 87, died April 21, 2009, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

She was born Oct. 12, 1921, in North Platte, Neb., to Fulton E. and Jean (Gilman) Murphy.

She grew up in Brady, Neb., and graduated from Brady High School in 1939.

She attended college in Long Beach, Calif. She married Francis Glenn Mischke in 1942.

She was widowed at the age of 38. She raised her two sons working as a secretary for Hahn, Dunn & Gardner Architects in North Platte. Upon retirement, she moved to Carlsbad, Calif., and enjoyed 19 wonderful years there. She moved to Cheyenne in 2003 for health reasons.

Survivors include her sister, Evelyn Elsasser; sons, Geoffrey (Sharyn) Mischke and Martin (Teresa) Mischke; grandchildren, Titus, Sarah, Erin (Timothy), Niles and Tess; many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Glenn Mischke; parents, Fulton and Jean Murphy; and brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Dee Murphy.

Harold Gene Whitcomb, 79, of Arnold, Neb., died March 31, 2009.

He was born March 28, 1930, at Hyannis, Neb., to George and Lola (Rawles) Whitcomb.

He spent his early years growing up and working on ranches in the Sandhills area of Sheridan and Cherry Counties in Nebraska. He moved to the Mason City area in Nebraska where he farmed and raised cattle. He then moved to Springview, Neb., to manage his grandmother’s ranch until moving to Broken Bow where he was employed at V-Bar Sales and Service.

On Feb. 1, 1995, he married Barbara Marie Deterding. In the fall of 1995, Harold and Barbara moved to Arnold where he worked for Holman Welding and where he resided until his death.

His special interests included hunting and trapping, fishing, working with cows and calves, his garden and his adopted grandchildren.

One of his favorite sayings was, “Do things right the first time so you don’t have to do it again.”

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Arnold; one sister, Vedah and “Mac” Galloway of Merriman; four step-children, Susan and Jeff Hunter, Judy and Bruce Allen, Bruce and Mary Deterding and Earl Deterding; seven step-grandchildren, Detrick, James, Dustin, Machelle, Jordon, Jessica and Katlyn; four step-great-grandchildren, Dominic, Christopher, Brett, and Erianna; two nephews; his friends, Mark Larsen and family, Jum Holman and family and numerous other relatives and friends.

Robert “Bob” Fielden Boyer, 91, of Mullen, Neb., died in his sleep at his home on April 18, 2009.

He was born on July 26, 1917, in South Cherry County to Fielden and Mary Enice (James) Boyer.

He married Ruth Elizabeth Clardy on Oct. 20, 1940 in Alliance, Neb. He started working on ranches at a young age, ending up at the Monahan Cattle Co. for 43-1/2 years before retiring and moving into Mullen.

After retirement, he enjoyed helping Joan decorate for Christmas displays. His favorite pasttime was eating homemade cookies.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three daughters, Carol (Jerry) Christie, Sharon (Vernon) Flamme and Joan Evans; four granddaughters, Jill Christie, Michelle (Nate) Stivers, Brenda (Gary) Humlicek and Lisa (Kent) Rothanzl; one grandson, Steven Christie; 10 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ray, Romey, and half brother, Earl; sisters, Luceil, Veva, Mable, Bessie, Leslie Belle and half sister, Erma and one grandson, Brian.