Obituaries for Plains Edition
George Fredrick Huebner, 75, of North Platte and formerly of Hershey died Sept. 20, 2008, at his home in North Platte.
He was born Nov. 3, 1932, at North Platte to Frederick John and Eva May Crawford Huebner. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1950 and returned to the family farm.
He married Marilyn Lee Haist on Nov. 25, 1951, at Hershey. They made their home south of Hershey for 50 years and in 2002 they moved to North Platte.
He served on the Hershey School Board, District No. 26, FHA Board, Farmer’s Co-op Board and ASCS Community Committeeman. He was a member of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, The Nebraska Short Wingers Club and Skymates. He also was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where he had served as an Elder and was a member of the Mid-Plains Community College Board for eight years.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Huebner of North Platte; four sons, Calvin Huebner of Hershey, Mitch Huebner of North Platte, Steve Huebner of Minneapolis, Minn., and Dan (Allison) Huebner of Hershey; nine grandchildren, Jenna, Christa, Bryce, Cara, Andie, Laurel, Eli, William and Varsha; two step-grandchildren, Josh and Ranae; three great-grandchildren, Brendan, Emily and Katelyn; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Wayne Fredrick Huebner; and great-granddaughter, Torrance Jolee Huebner.
Mildred (Niemoth) Gulzow, 87, of Grand Island died Sept. 17, 2008, at St. Francis Medical Center following a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born June 3, 1921, at Grand Island to Joseph and Minnie (Gosda) Niemoth. She was raised on a family farm north of Grand Island.
She was united in marriage to Lester Gulzow on April 18, 1944, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island. They were blessed in marriage for 64 years.
She was employed at St. Francis Medical Center for nine years. She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a big part of her life. She loved listening to all the stories of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed the many get togethers with visiting friends and neighbors.
She was active in church functions for her entire life. She enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening, crocheting and was involved with numerous card groups, Extension Club, 4-H, Farmers Union Ladies and was a volunteer for the Red Cross. She received the Nebraska Pioneer Award from Ak-Sar-Ben for ownership of the family farm for over 125 years.
Survivors include her husband, Lester; a daughter, Linell (Jerry) Schultz of Doniphan; and a son, Don (Sue) Gulzow of Grand Island; her grandchildren, Brenda (Greg) Nepper of Lincoln, Brian (Dawn) Schultz of Platte City, Mo., Jeff (Jackie) Gulzow of Lincoln, Kelli (Rob) Zavala of Lincoln and Shane Gulzow of Lincoln; and great-grandchildren, Josh Nepper, Katie Nepper, Sophia Schultz, Audrey Schultz, Emma Gulzow, Anna Gulzow, Trey Gulzow, Mya Zavala and Carter Zavala.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold Niemoth, and a granddaughter, Barbara Schultz.
Robert Steffen, 75, of Gordon died Sept. 11, 2008, at Gordon Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 19, 1932, on a farm north of Bloomfield to Albert and Elizabeth Steffen. There were six children in his family, two brothers and three sisters including his older twin sister Roberta whom passed away in 1993.
When he was five years old his parents loaded up the family and moved to Oregon in search of work. They stayed in Oregon until he was 14 and then returned to a farm around the Lucas, S.D. area.
When he was a junior in high school he quit school to help his dad run the farm. While in school he met the love of his life, L. June Lubbers, whom he chose to marry instead of going to try out for a professional baseball team. They were united in marriage on May 26, 1951. Their honeymoon was a trip to the movie in Burke, S.D. To this union, six daughters were born.
They managed a large ranch in South Dakota for many years and in 1964 moved to Gordon so he could work for the sale barn. Over the years he farmed, milked cows, did maintenance for the feed lot and ended working as a rural mail carrier for 17 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseshoes, playing with his grandkids, buck-skinning in his teepee, playing cards, socializing and interacting with people of the community.
He retired in 2002 to take care of his wife, who preceded him in death in 2005. In retirement he prided himself in taking care of his lawn and home.
His fun-loving, joking personality will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
Survivors include his daughters, Kathy (Robert) Russell, Barbara (Weldon) Calkins, Julie Madison, Sharon (Bill) Gates, Anita (Denny) Janssen, and Janet (Chuck) Hinn; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Ardis (Leo) Krieger; brother, Vern (Bev) Steffen; sister-in-law, Genievive Steffen, and many nieces and nephews.
Lorene B. “Dit” Hopkins, 92, of Harrisburg, died Sept. 10, 2008, following a severe stroke.
She was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Scottsbluff to Dick and Fay (Lewis) Cross. She was delivered by pioneer physician, Dr. Georgia Fix. She attended school in Banner County and graduated from Harrisburg in 1934.
On Nov. 3, 1934, she married Banner County rancher Kenneth Hopkins at Whitney, Neb. They were married more than 60 years and lived those 60 plus years in Banner County on the same farm-ranch, which has been in the family for more than 100 years.
She was an active 50-year member of the Hull United Methodist Church and the Women’s Society and also taught a Sunday School class there for many year. She was also a member of the Banner County Historical Society and was a lifetime member of the RWMC Hospital Auxiliary in Scottsbluff.
Survivors include her son, Monty (Polly) Hopkins of Harrisburg; daughter, Sue (Bernarr) Penick of Olney Springs, Colo.; four grandsons, Sean (Jenifer) Hopkins, Zane (Kyle Ann) Hopkins, Billy (Dawn) Penick and Mick (Michelle) Shaul; four granddaughters, Tammy (Troy) Wallace, Dixie (Kevin) Neilson, Teri (Kelly) Walsh and Julie (Dan) Radosavich; five great granddaughters; two great grandsons; two great, great granddaughters; brother, Arden Cross of Gering; sister, Helen Hagen of Scottsbluff and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; daughter, Dixie Rae and son, Clayton.
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