Obituaries for Plains Edition |

Obituaries for Plains Edition

Dave Peterson, 35, of O’Neill died Sept. 12, 2008, in a construction site accident in Knox County on Highway 12.

He was born March 18, 1973, at South Bend, Wash., to Leonard and Debra (Chaney) Peterson.

He was a heavy equipment operator for Prouty Construction.

Survivors include a daughter, Kyra Brown of O’Neill; three sons, Torrey Frear, Christian Nekolite and Ethan Peterson, all of O’Neill; his parents, Tom and Deb (Chaney) Rhodes of Grand Island, and Pete and Connie Peterson of O’Neill; and two half-sisters, Chasity Starman of Brighton, Colo., and Jennifer Peterson of Goodland, Kan., and his grandmother, Berniece Oetter of O’Neill.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Yvonne Chaney; grandfather, Leonard Peterson and his step-grandfather, Lester Oetter and three uncles.

Mona J. Bray, 96, of Central City died Sept. 13, 2008, at Long Term Care in Central City.

She was born on Dec. 26, 1911, at the family farm near Creston to Willis Grover and Louisa Anna (Engelbart) Decker.

She was the second of six children born to her parents. She attended school in Creston through the ninth grade, where she enjoyed acting in plays and singing. She also loved to dance. Upon leaving school, she worked for local families babysitting and keeping house.

She married George Hall on July 23, 1929. The couple lived in Walsh and Manassa, Colo., until shortly before her husband’s death on Feb. 17, 1943. She moved to Omaha where she worked for the Metropolitan Gas Company for several years.

She married Lester Fishler on Oct. 20, 1950. She was an active partner in their family dairy operation just east of Central City. She was a member of several social and church clubs and was active with her children in 4-H and was a member and officer of the District 8 Homemakers Extension Club. She began volunteering as a ‘Pink Lady’ for the Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital Auxiliary in 1959. Les died on Sept. 29, 1964. Following his death, she worked as head cook at the Merrick Manor and as a nurse’s aide at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital.

She married Steven Bray on June 7, 1966.

In 1973, she began volunteering at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. The couple moved to Grand Island in 1979. However, she continued to return to Central City once a week for the next two years to help at the Thrift Shop. She enjoyed ceramics over the years and taught classes at the Grand Island Senior Center during their 10 year residence in Grand Island. They returned to Central City in 1989, at which time, she resumed her volunteer efforts at the Thrift Shop. When the managers of the Thrift Store retired in the mid ’90s, she assumed the manager position. She was instrumental in moving the shop to its current, larger location. She received the Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award in 2000 to honor her extensive volunteer work over the years. She continued to work at the thrift shop, cutting back during the winter of 2007-08 when weather made it difficult for her to get out. Even after breaking her hip in January of 2008, she had hopes of returning to work at the Thrift Shop.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Central City and had held various offices in the women’s circles, was a member of the Voyagers Group, and sang in duets. Her life was spent serving others and was happiest when she was doing this.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Bray of Central City; a son, John Hall of Genoa; two daughters, Laurel Fishler Croxton of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Peggy Fishler Dey of Baldwin City, Kan.; a stepson, Chris Bray of Washington; two stepdaughters, Pam Phillips of Texas and Florence Morgan of Central City; a brother, Willis Decker Jr. of Phoenix; and two sisters, Bette Paulsen of Dallas and Medina Lovell of Denver; 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Hall; second husband, Lester Fishler; a daughter, Bonnie Jean (Hall) McDonald; a grandson, a brother and a sister.

Floyd Edwin “Rowd” Carr, 99, of Mullen died Aug. 21, 2008, at the Pioneer Memorial Rest Home.

He was the 11th of 12 children born to Thomas Warner and Mary Jane Boyer Carr. He was born on his parent’s homestead at Curlew, 18 miles northwest of Mullen in Cherry County, on Dec. 13, 1908, his father’s 50th birthday.

As a young man, he worked on various ranches including the Carl Simonson Ranch, the Joe Boyer Ranch and for his brother Lee, who was the foreman at the Big Creek Ranch. He also spent a year in Madison County working for relatives and he was an avid arrowhead hunter most of his life.

On Nov. 29, 1939, he married Maxine I. Rice who was from the Kearney area. Their marriage took place in Berwyn. To this union, four children were born: Floyd Eugene Carr, Alyce Maxine (Carr) Wolfenden, Patricia Ann (Carr) Rawles and Mary Jane Carr.

Following their marriage, they relocated to the Spring Lake Ranch Southeast of Gordon where he worked for Don Vinton, after which they moved near the Dismal River where he worked for the Vinton family. Upon accepting a job north of Mullen, they moved to the Big Creek Ranch where he was the foreman. Later on, he bought his aunt and uncle, Paul and Laura Nenow’s place. Not long after, the family moved to the Charles Osborn Ranch and eventually the Carr and Osborn Cattle Company was formed. He worked for Allman Dean Elliot at the Mullen Motor Company until he was 78 years of age.

After retirement, he spend many years helping his daughter and son-in-law, Alyce and Billy Wolfenden, ranch. He also spend several years with his daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Fred Rawles, before settling in at the Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in 1992.

Survivors include his son, Floyd Carr, Jr. of Valentine; daughters, Alyce Wolfenden of Valentine and Pat (Fred) Rawles of Gordon; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and several grand nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Jane Carr; 11 brothers and sisters; his wife of 46 years Maxine Carr; daughter, Mary Jane Carr; infant granddaughter, Patti Ann; grandson, Billy Shayne Wolfenden; son-in-law, Billy Wolfenden and daughter-in-law, Janice Carr.


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