Obituaries for Plains Edition for 6-13-09
Melvin Robert Ball, 83, of North Platte, died May 25, 2009, at Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala.
He was born to Stewart K. and Lois (Swanson) Ball on Nov. 2, 1925, in Miller, Neb. He graduated from High School in Belgrade, Neb. He went directly into the Army Air Corp, serving during WWII.
He married Mary Ray in Juarez, Mexico. To this union was born a son, Melvin Ball Jr. “Buster.” After his discharge he worked at various jobs, mostly driving trucks. Most of his life was spent in North Platte.
He liked to tinker in his garage, and his yard, and he liked to fish. He spent a lot of time with his family and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Survivors include daughter, Linda Ball of North Platte; son, Chris Baladez of North Platte; step-children, Kate, Mildred, Minnie-Bell and Billy; sister, Anna Carey of Julesburg, Colo.; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Melvin “Buster” Ball Jr.; daughter, Liz Ball; granddaughter, Tina Ball; step-son, Charles Smith; two brothers, Raymond and Frank Ball.
Lloyd C. Farmer, 80, of North Platte, formerly of the Hershey and Sutherland communities, died June 6, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 19, 1928, to Carroll and Olive M (Harshfield) Farmer at Sutherland. His mother died when he was 7 years old and he was raised by his grandparents, John and Etta Harshfield. He attended school at School Dist 60 McPherson County and graduated from Curtis in 1946.
After graduation, he worked for Lawrence Bixby on the Old Spade Ranch. He met and married Ruth Leonhardt. To this union two children were born. The couple had been married for 58 years.
In 1950, he was drafted into the US Army and went to Korea in May 1951. He was hit with a mortar on Sept. 19, 1951, at Heartbreak Ridge. The injuries he received included his lung, back, arms and legs. He was awarded the Purple Heart, UN Service medal, Korean SVC medal with three Bronze Camp Star and Combat Infantry Badge. He was very proud of his service record and received an honorable discharge in August 1952.
After his service, he worked on several ranches. In 1975, he was promoted to livestock foreman for Peter Kiewit ranches, Tin Camp, North Unit and Pawnee Springs. He was a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nebraska Longhorn Assoc, the Sutherland Rodeo Committee and the Sutherland Methodist Church. He was a 4-H leader for 15 years, working with children in the horse division. In 1985, he returned to his ranch for a quieter way of life. He enjoyed going to High School Rodeos and watching his granddaughters compete.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Farmer of North Platte; a daughter, Roslyn K. (Jim) Shaffer of Paxton; a son, LeMoyne C. (Sara) Farmer of Hershey; grandchildren, Kylee (Patrick) Stokey of Sutherland, Jay McFadden of Hershey, Leah (Rusty) Hutchison of North Platte, Christian and Landon Farmer of Hershey; eight great grandchildren; a sister, Arlene (Robert) McElhinney of Arthur; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Karl Baumann, 92, longtime Keith County resident, died May 21, 2009 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.
He was born May 14, 1917, in German Township on a farm near Franklin, Neb., the son of Michael and Frances Joy Baumann.
He attended Pleasant View School in Smith County, Kan. In 1935 he came west and was employed on farms and ranches for about three years. When working in the vicinity of Old LeMoyne, Neb., he met Cora M. Soehl.
On April 6, 1938, he married Cora at the Congregational Church in Franklin.
They returned to make their home on the Soehl ranch where Cora’s parents resided. Because of the building of Kingsley Dam, the Soehl buildings had to be moved. Then in September 1940 they moved two miles north to the Alma Soehl house that had been moved away from Old LeMoyne. They resided there for 15 years when they rented a home in Ogallala, living there 2 years. During the summer months the family returned to live at the ranch. In September 1957, they moved into the house that had been in the Soehl Family for many years.
In 1928 the T-brand on the left side was recorded for the first time under the name of Herman Soehl, Jr. It was then transferred to Karl and Cora Baumann in 1959.
He was a member of the Ogallala Masonic Lodge #159 AF & AM since 1945 and became a Master Mason that year. He served as Worshipful Master in 1966-67.
He also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #142 since 1946 and a member of the Tehama Shrine. He was a member of the LeMoyne Presbyterian Church since 1957. He was a member of Ogallala Elks Lodge #1760 and the Nebraska Stock Growers Association. He was a charter member of the Keystone-Lemoyne Fire Department which was established in 1978.
Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Marie (Larry) Clark of Aurora, Colo.; son, Loy (Jean) Baumann of Lemoyne; one sister, Edna Panter of Kansas; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cora in 2006, three sisters and three brothers.
Jeannette Joyce Adle, 65, of Cozad, died June 7, 2009, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
She was born on May 16, 1944, in North Platte to Charles R. and Jesse E. (Nickerson) Adle.
She grew up in North Platte and graduated from North Platte High School in 1962. After graduation she moved to Cozad where she went to work for the Monroe plant. She continued to work there until she retired on Feb. 1, 2009, after 47 years of service.
She was a member of the Monroe Bowling League and enjoyed her boat, fishing, and fast cars.
Survivors include her special friend, Inez Borth of Cozad; a brother, Virgil Adle of North Platte; a brother-in-law, Ernie Swedberg of Hershey; nieces and nephews, Pat (Karen) Adle of North Platte, Kim Adle (Kevin Short) of Omaha, Sheree Bullington of Oregon, and Trudy Swedberg of Hershey; a special son, Gordon Borth of Norfolk; grandchildren, Matthew, Corey, and Zachary Holloway of Broken Bow; cousin, Brian (Peggy) Montgomery of Cozad, and several other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ruth Swedberg; a great-nephew, Tab Bullington, and a sister-in-law, Joy Lee Adle.