Obituaries for Plains Edition 5-23-09
William “Bill” R. Harless, 72, of North Platte, died May 1, 2009, at the Sutherland Care Center.
He was born to Everette and Idella (Herman) Harless on Nov. 7, 1936, in Bartlett, Iowa. He graduated from Glenwood High School in 1955, and he joined the U.S. Navy right away and served 4 years.
He married Carol Buch in 1961, and to this union two children were born.
He worked in law enforcement and did a lot of undercover work for 20 years in various states. He received an accommodation from the United States Congress for exchanging himself for a female hostage being held captive.
He also owned and operated three water treatment stores for over 20 years, until his retirement.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his daughter, Lynda (Chip) Frailey of Sutherland; son, Jeffrey (Cherie) Harless of Arkansas; six grandchildren, Tyler, Joshua and Alexandria Harless and Jessica, Melissa and Joey Frailey; cousins, nieces and nephews and various other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a baby brother who died during birth.
Mathilde ‘Hilde’ Evans, 77, of North Platte, died May 5, 2009, at her home.
She was born in Deimhausen, Germany, on Feb. 9, 1932, to Simon and Maria Pfab.
She was a seamstress by vocation.
She met her husband Stan Evans while he was stationed in Europe with the U.S. Army. She came to the United States in 1956 and they were married June 9, 1956. To this union three children were born.
She worked on the family ranch while raising three children. She was a ranch wife for many years, working alongside her husband.
She was a skilled seamstress. She also loved camping, knitting, and was an excellent cook.
Survivors include three children, Cindy (Rudy) Daves, Bruce (Lachel) Evans and Brian Evans; grandchildren, Charlie and Cody Allen, April and Zachary Evans; sister-in-law, Virginia Evans; brother-in-law, Gene Evans; several nieces and nephews; other family members and friends; and her cat, Buffy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; parents; her in-laws Charlie and Vivian Evans; and two infant grandchildren.
Jess G. Enns, 70, of Kearney died May 17, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
He was born Oct. 11, 1938, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Jacob and Marie (Regher) Enns.
He grew up in Kansas. He graduated from Inman High School in 1956. He moved to Springfield, Mo., in 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State in 1964 and master’s degree in 1968. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1978.
On April 9, 1966, he married Wanda Langston in Prairie Village, Kan.
He and his wife moved to Kearney in 1970 and he was a sociology professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1970 to 2006.
He was a member of the church, American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Association, National Education Association and Phi Delta Kappa.
He enjoyed woodworking, antique tractors, traveling and time spent with friends.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jerry (Dawn) of Holmesville and Edmund (Pam) of Milwaukie, Ore.; grandchildren, Andrew, Isaac and Emma; chosen daughters, Deborah McCleary Goodson and her husband, Tony, Pamela McCleary McQueen, Barbara Quinn and Deborah Ann Quinn Mowell; sisters, Laurene (Mark) Zimmer of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., Ellen (Raymond) Friesen of Inman, Kan., and Lorna (Jess) Hill of Houston; brother, Darwin (Jean) Enns of Martinsburg, Virg.; brother-in-law, Ernie Doerksen of Houston; extended family, Linda and Norm Vinderslev; special friends, Connie and Bob Sorensen, Marvin and Lucille Stone, Bob Lind and Dick Ikenberry; and many friends too numerous to list.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Darlene; sister, Eva Doerksen; and grandson, Thomas.
James John Dodson, 76, died at his home on May 9, 2009, in North Platte.
He was born May 22, 1932, in North Platte, the seventh of eight children born to Thomas George and Cecilia M. Power Dodson. He grew up in North Platte, attending McDaid Elementary and graduating from St. Patrick’s High School, Class of 1951.
He worked with his father and brothers moving houses from the time he was a youngster. In December of 1951 he joined the army, serving as a military policeman. Hiring out on the UPRR in 1951, he returned to it after the army, working as a switchman and later as a brakeman on trains to Cheyenne. Simultaneously, he continued to move houses within a hundred mile radius of North Platte until 1976.
In 1955 he married Mary Beth Matson in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, they celebrated 53 years together.
In 1964, he built the family home with bricks and lumber that he obtained from tearing down the old Coca Cola building, then at the corner of Second and Dewey. In his later years he cut trees with his brother, Joe, and dismantled many buildings with his brothers – Don, Joe, and Fritz.
He was a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church for many years, assisting with the construction of the present church when he was a senior in high school. For the last ten years, he was a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, acting as advisor on its construction. He had been a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Beth; his four children, Kelly John (Bonnie) Dodson of Ramona, Calif., Erin (Bob) Call of Fort Collins, Colo., Amy (David) Lugsch of Persia, Iowa., and Jennifer (Phil) June of Milford, Conn.; daughter-in-law, Linda Phillips Dodson of Ramona, Calif.; 16 grandchildren, Jessica, Kristin, Kevin, and Ryan Dodson, Zac, Cory, and Abby Call, Lindsey and Kelsey Lugsch, Christopher and Alex June, Sam, Philip and Stephanie June, Casey and Liza McRoberts; a sister, Mary Darlene (Glen) Peters; two brothers, Don and Fritz Dodson; sisters-in-law, Shirley Dodson, Jane Dodson, Marlene Dodson, and Mary Ann Carlson; a step-sister, Rosella Huether; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Cecilia Dodson and step-mother, Anna Abel Dodson; brothers, George, Bill, Joe, and Tom; sister-in-law, Norma Dodson; and a step-brother, George Abel.
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