Obituaries for Plains Edition for 5-9-09
Pauline Ellen ‘Polly’ Kibler, 83, of North Platte died April 30, 2009, at her home in North Platte.
She was born June 30, 1925, to William Steen and Celinda ‘Grace’ Curtis Porter at LaJunta, Colo., where she grew up.
She graduated from LaJunta High School in 1943 and later worked for the Air Force in the PX. She lived in California before returning to LaJunta.
On Sept. 6, 1958, she married Sidney Jefferson ‘Bud’ Kibler, Sr. in Raton, N.M. They made their home in LaJunta before moving to North Platte in 1962.
She worked for 24 years at J.M. McDonald Co., and Herbergers.
Survivors include her daughter, Paula (Tom) Richardson of Hershey; five sons, Russell (Brenda) Huff of Gothenburg, Jim Huff of Nashville Tenn., Jay Huff of North Platte, Sid (Brenda) Kibler, Jr. of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Sam Kibler of North Platte; five grandchildren, Randy, Brian, Annie, Sabrina and Kacie; eight great-grandchildren; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her parents; four sisters, Violet Hamilton, Hannah Madsen, Jeanne Watters, and Leorah Thomas; and two brothers, Harlan and Raymond Porter.
Charles Vrbas, 86, died at his farm home near Palisade, Neb., on April 22, 2009.
He was born in Beardsley, Kan., on March 15, 1923, to Frank and Mary (Bartosovsky) Vrbas. He attended a country school near Beardsley, Kan., through the 8th grade.
He enlisted in the Army on Aug. 10, 1944, and served in Germany during World War II. He received an honorable discharge on July 2, 1946. He was a member of Legion Post 318 for 38 years.
On Sept. 13, 1948, he married Mary Keeney in McCook, Neb. They celebrated their 60th anniversary with their family on the farm in September 2008. They farmed south of Trenton until 1966 when they moved north of Palisade. To this union seven children were born.
He enjoyed his family, farming and ranching. He enjoyed carpentry work and working with his hands. He built many houses, and used his welding skills to build machinery and necessary farm items. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards, cooking, fishing, and watching his grand kids and great grand kids.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of 60 years; his children, daughter-in-law, Susan Vrbas Moreau (Roger) of McCook, Thomas (Ellen) Vrbas of Oak Harbor, Wash., Dennis (Tina) Vrbas of Benkleman, Bryan (Julie) Vrbas of Palisade, Jeannie (Kris) Kressin of Hayes Center, Tammy (Paul) Vincent of Long Island, Kan., Gayle (Kathy) of Imperial; two sisters, Marion Ruda of Atwood, Kan., and Adella Harry, of Colby, Kan.; 17 grandchildren, Ryan Vrbas, Staci (Jason) Meyers, Katie (Dave) Anthony, Bethany (Josh) Rolstad, Christopher (Amanda) Vrbas, Tifany (Terry) Glasco, Austin Vrbas, Kelsie Vrbas and special friend, Jared Brooks, Heath Vrbas, Kaila and Kirstin Kressin, Zachary, Ian, and Shayna Vincent, Ally, Kadin and Ryley Vrbas and nine great grand kids.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; son, Lawrence Vrbas; four brothers, Frank, William, Bernard, and Raymond; six sisters, Helen Horinek, Alice Horinek, Antoinette Horinek, Gertrude Havel, Martha Souchek, and Francis Ham.
Harrison Walter Sellers, 88, of Wellfleet died April 30, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 6, 1920, in North Platte to Leo R. and Lola Pearl (Murdock) Sellers. He grew up on the family ranch which was homesteaded by his grandparents, Solom and Sophia Sellers. He graduated from Wellfleet High School in 1938.
On March 23, 1946, he married Marion Biehl in Oberlin, Kan., and continued on the ranch for the remainder of his life.
He gave his heart to his family and ranch. He instilled in his family the importance of family values and hard work. He loved the land and the cattle and horses that lived on it.
He was a founding member of the Wellfleet Methodist Church and was very active in the Wellfleet Community, serving on various boards throughout his life.
Survivors include his wife, Marion of Wellfleet; children, Charlene (Dean) Fichtner of rural Maywood, Doug (Deb) Sellers of Wellfleet and Norma (Dwight) Pinkerton of North Platte; daughter-in-law, Margaret (Marty) Pullen of North Platte; brothers, Erceil (Vera) Sellers of Gering and Stanley (Devona) Sellers of Curtis; sisters-in-law, Esther Sellers of Maywood, Shirley Sellers of Florida; and Dolores Huffman of Tryon; brother-in-law, Orval Coykendall of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Dawn ( Andy) Miller of Wellfleet, Kim (Eric) Ryan, Dana (Les) Reinke, Brandon Sellers all of North Platte, Abby (Chris) Clark of Lincoln, Tina (Chad) Stewart of Maywood, Ryan (Krista) Sellers of North Platte, Darren (Amy) Sellers of Wellfleet, Dallas Fichtner of Lincoln and Riley (special friend Katie Stein) Pinkerton of Lincoln; seven great-grandchildren, Jhett and Jaylee Sellers, Braden Sellers, Rauri Kay Ryan, Tyler Stewart, Tucker Clark and Britni Bandy; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald; an infant daughter, Marlene; brothers, Vernon and Lawrence; sisters, Lois (Loren) Hall and Donna Coykendall; in-laws, Irvin and Stefina Biehl; and brother-in-law, Clayton Huffman.
Lyda L. Christensen, 93, of Grand Island died May 2, 2009, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.
She was born Feb. 22, 1916, in Norman to William and Ruth (Slack) Gleason.
On Dec. 10, 1937, she married Edwin Christensen in Aurora. He preceded her in death.
She grew up in Wood River and graduated from Wood River High School in 1934. She took post-high school business courses.
The couple lived in Grand Island, where she was employed at St. Francis Hospital from 1956 until 1981 as a nurses aide and ward clerk. She retired in 1981.
She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son, Larry (Peggy) Christensen of Grand Island; daughters, Eva Jean Koch, Evelyn Riblett, Janice (Roger) Alerich, and Juliann (Dean) Thorton, all of Grand Island, and Julia (Rick) Lange of Gibbon; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; daughter, Jeanette Christensen; three granddaughters; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and two brothers.
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