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Obituaries for Plains Edition 7-4-09

Marilyn Mae Heitman, 76, of North Platte, died on June 14, 2009, at Linden Court.

She was born on June 22, 1932, to Erwin and Leeta (Crawford) Gardner in Curtis. She grew up in Curtis and graduated from Curtis Agricultural School. She attended and graduated from Kearney Teacher’s College and received her Masters Degree from Kearney State College.

She taught school in Lexington before she married Rex Heitman on April 5, 1953, in Curtis.

The couple lived in Wellfleet for a short time before moving to Wallace. She continued to teach school with Wallace Public Schools for 38 years as a third and fourth grade teacher, she taught school for 42 years before retiring.

She was a member of the Wallace Petal Pals Gardening Club, Community Club, American Legion Auxiliary, and several bridge clubs.

She loved gardening, especially flowers, plus reading and watching movies with her granddaughters. She enjoyed collecting antiques and antique glass.

Survivors include two sons, Lance (Linda) Heitman of Santa Fe, Texas, and David (Pam) Heitman of North Platte; four grandchildren, Nicholas Schnizer and Ruth Ann of Texas, Mindy (Matt) Foran and their children Matthew and Mason of The Woodlands, Texas, and Amy (fiance Leslie Hansen) Heitman of North Platte; sister-in-law, Joan Rhoades of Broken Bow; several other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Rex.

Phyllis A. Mahoney, 77, of North Platte, died June 15, 2009, at her home.

She was born June 1, 1932, to C.C. and Blanche (McCall) Gillespie in Douglas, Wyo. She attended Manville schools, graduating from Manville High School and attending the University of Wyoming.

On March 9, 1951, she married Joseph J. Mahoney and to this union were born three children; Joe Jr., Cheryl and Patricia.

For many years she worked for J.C.Penney’s.

She was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, the VFW and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl (Joe) Loveless of Denver, Colo., and Patricia (George) Nassar of IIamarada, Flo.; four grandchildren, Sara, Casey, Megan and Rebecca Loveless; one great-grandchild, Aiden Loveless; one daughter-in-law, Sally Mahoney; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her son, Joe Jr.; her parents; and one brother, Stanley Gillespie.

Richard Duane “Dick” Minor, 78, of Gordon, Neb., died June 17, 2009, at his home south of Gordon.

He was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., to Harry and Neva (Dahlstrom) Minor. The family home was south of Hyannis. He attended school in Alliance followed by two years attendance at West Point Military Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisc. He returned to Alliance HS where he graduated in 1949. He attended two years at CSU prior to returning to the family ranch south of Hyannis.

He married Arlene Becker on Sept. 22, 1953, in Mullen. They made their home south of Hyannis. Soon they moved north of Hyannis to the Minor-Jerguson Ranch where they made their home and where they ranched.

He was a member of the Calvary Episcopal Church of Hyannis. He was the Gordon Rancher of the Year in 1965. He was a member of the Elks Club for 60 years. His hobbies included barbecuing, gun collecting and working on windmills.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Minor; two daughters, Debbie Minor of Gordon and Diana “Annie” (James) Wheelock of Hyannis; three sons, Joe (Kris) Minor of Hyannis, Ed Minor of Gordon and Dick Minor, Jr. of Gordon; one sister, Gloria (Dick) Colerick of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; four granddaughters, Mindy (Jeff) Powell of Parks, Mandy Kimble (Joel Engers – Fiance) of North Platte, Melissa (Luke) Snyder of Imperial, Sami Arce of Garland, Texas; five grandsons, Shawn (Tara) Minor of Camden, Ohio; Jay (Tina) Kimble of Bush, La., Justin Phillips of Gordon,, Matt Minor of Gordon, Tyler Minor (McKenzie Vivion – Fiance) of Hyannis; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Alvin LaVern Douglass, 79, of North Platte died June 23, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Cushing, Neb., to Lawrence and Vera (Cuddeback) Douglass on Aug. 24, 1929. He grew up near Cushing and Wolbach, and then moved to a ranch near Dunning with his family.

He entered the United States Army in October of 1948, serving in Germany. After his discharge, he came back to the Brewster/Dunning area.

On June 13, 1954, he married Dorothy Carruth in Brewster, Neb. The couple lived on various ranches before moving to North Platte in 1967 where he operated several Texaco gas stations retiring in 1996.

Camping with his family and friends, fishing with his brothers, playing cards and dancing were all favorites of his. He maintained a positive outlook on life always.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of North Platte; a daughter, Shellie Douglass of Broomfield, Colo.; a son, Marion (Janet) Douglass of St. Libory; two grandsons, Matt and Patrick Douglass both of St. Libory; sister, Freda Hagmann of Grand Island; brothers, Jerold (Jackie) Douglass of Merna, Leslie Douglass of Ashby, Vance (Jan) Douglass of Ashby and Dennis Douglass of Grand Island; mother-in-law, Stella Carruth of North Platte; and a brother-in-law, Ernie (Katherine) Wempen of Overton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Janice Hendrickson and Leila Wempen; a sister-in-law, Karen Douglass; brother-in-law, Wendel Hagmann; and a step-father, Leonard Folchert.


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