Obituaries for Plains Edition 6-6-09 |

Obituaries for Plains Edition 6-6-09

Evelyn May Flagle, 66, of North Platte, died May 18, 2009, at Linden Court in North Platte.

She was born Feb. 13, 1943, at Hayes Center to Cecil Elmer and Mamie Elizabeth (Horner) Root and grew up in North Platte.

She married Lawrence Thomas ‘Larry’ Flagle on March 11, 1960, at Julesburg, Colo., and they made their home in North Platte.

She worked at Craven’s Pharmacy and Skagg’s Pharmacy. She liked her dogs – Bo, Tiki and Bell.

She was a member of the Eagles Aeries 2839 Auxiliary and a past member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her two sons, Tom Flagle and Mike Flagle and her sister, Jean Brandt all of North Platte; two nieces, Tammy (Mike) Buntjer of Anchorage, Alaska, and Christine Hart of West Lafayette, Ind.; two nephews, Rod (Jen) Brandt of North Platte and Randy (Alecia) Hart of Delphi, Ind.; a great niece, Rylee Brandt; two great nephews, Adam Hill and Jeremy Hill; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; her parents; and a sister, Barbara E. Luce.

Marjorie Rhone, 85 of Cozad, died May 19, 2009, at the Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

She was born May 27, 1923, at Cozad to Leonard and Ruth (Lees) Whaley. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1941.

On June 25, 1950, she married Dahlas R. Rhone at Cozad. The couple made their home on the Rhone family farm south of Cozad, where they raised their two daughters. Mr. Rhone preceded her in death in 2002.

She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Cozad and a member of the Cozad China Painter’s Club.

She loved her home, family and friends. She enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening and china painting.

Survivors include her two daughters, Mary (Gary) White of Lexington, Lynn (John) Mundorf of Mullen; a sister, Helen (Jerry) Arnold of Cozad; sister-in-law, Norma Rhone of Cozad; four grandchildren, Miles and his fiance, Becky Shane of Mullen, Joe Mundorf of Mullen, Sarah and Kristin White both of Lexington; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Ferne Whaley, Addie Whaley, Ena Whaley, Byrdie Cormier; five brothers, Paul, Art, Edward “Buster,” Dow and Ivan; and three infant siblings.

J.W. “Bill” Willson, 78, of North Platte, died May 16, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 1, 1930, at Arapahoe. In 1949, he graduated from Arapahoe High School and then attended McCook Jr. College. He joined the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Hassenplug on March 21, 1954, at Arapahoe. After their marriage they moved to North Platte, where he was in the photography business with his father, E.J. Willson. He retired in 1998, after 44 years in business and creating memories for thousands of people.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Diamond K Kiwanis and a former member of the Optimist Club.

He loved cars, music, movies, gardening and his yard.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of North Platte; two daughters, Kim (Bob) Whitehouse and Kristie (Guy) Plugge all of Papillion; a sister, Mary Reifsteck of Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Brent, Tyler and Cory Plugge, Taylor, Stacey and Todd Whitehouse; four great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sophee, Jack and Samuel and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.J. and Eva Frost Willson.

Hazel Dickerson, 83 of Cozad, died May 18, 2009, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

She was born Aug. 28, 1925, at Custer County to Herbert and Bessie (Anderson) Griffith. She attended Cozad High School.

On Dec. 16, 1945, she married Arthur H.J. Dickerson at Callaway. They farmed in the Roten Valley before moving to Cozad in 1954. Throughout her life, Hazel was a devoted wife and mother.

She enjoyed going on car rides and reading.

Survivors include a son, Leslie (Pu Cha) Dickerson of Lawton, Okla.; daughter Donna (Bob) Hild of Cozad; sister, Mamie (Allen) Perry of Cozad; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, in 1994; a sister, Mable; two brothers, Howard and Earl.

Robert J. Nerud, 90, of Scottsbluff, died May 17, 2009, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

He was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Minatare, Neb., to Frank and Alice (Mowry) Nerud. He received his education in Minatare and Bayard and attended Scottsbluff Junior College. He was involved with the family livestock and ranching business.

He entered the Army Air Corps on March 10, 1941, and was trained as a signalman attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was with Patton’s Army at the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, and Anzio Beach in Italy. He continued to serve in the European Theatre going to Austria, Belgium, Southern France and then joined Patton’s Army again liberating Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated with the Bronze and Silver Star. He was honorably discharged Aug. 20, 1945.

He returned to the valley and resumed his career in livestock and the cattle business for the rest of his life.

He married Gladys Randall in 1947 and to this union three sons were born – Robin, Scott and Greg. He purchased a farm west of Scottsbluff in 1955. He was well known in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming as a cattle buyer and horse trainer. His knowledge of the cattle market and futures made him an icon in the cattle business.

Survivors include his sons, Robin (Paula) Nerud of Englewood, Colo., and Greg (Sherry) Nerud of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Justin of Las Vegas, Nev., Tara Brunner of Boise, Idaho, Joseph of Denver, Colo., and Jessie of Englewood, Colo.; brothers, John (Charlotte) Nerud of Long Island, N.Y., Ebenezer Nerud of Stafford, Ariz., Poor Dick Nerud of Minatare, Tom Nerud of Scottsbluff, and Jack Nerud of Oshkosh, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his son, Scot in 1981; grandson, Jacob Nerud; granddaughter, Jordan Nerud; brother, Louie, and sisters, Jean Durnal and Bernice Wallen.

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