Obituaries for Plains Edition for 6-27-09 |

Obituaries for Plains Edition for 6-27-09

Mabel Ella Michal, 74, of Hyannis died May 30, 2009, at her home.

She was the first born of twelve children to Jewell I. (Beem) Ferguson and Clifford C. Ferguson on Nov. 16, 1934, in Alliance. She grew up on the family ranch 17 miles north of Ashby. She attended school in Ashby and was the salutatorian of the last class that graduated from the Ashby School. She later attended Chadron State College and worked for a time at the Brittian Insurance Agency.

She was united in marriage to Fred R. Michal on Feb. 12, 1956, in Alliance. They lived in several towns in California and Wyoming until 1970 when they moved back to the Sandhills to establish Michal Welding Service in Hyannis until their retirement in 2000.

She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Hyannis Lions Club, and was a charter member of Eagles #3980 Auxiliary. She volunteered in the Hyannis Fire Dept. as a ambulance driver for several years, served on the Fair Board and Election Board and spent many years as a City of Hyannis trustee and mayor. She enjoyed reading, visiting with her many friends, playing bridge, watching and feeding birds, was an excellent cook and loved gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Fred; son, David (Robyn) of Springfield; granddaughter, Kaitlyn (Chad) Williamson of Omaha; grandson, Corbin of Springfield; brothers, Joe (Barbara) Ferguson of Scottsbluff, Ted (Tricia) Ferguson of Ashby, and Lee (Sheryl) Ferguson of Hyannis; sisters, Carol (Glenn) Kerrigan of Onalaska, Wash., Judy (Lyle) Burton of Hyannis, Charlain (Butch) White of Lakeside, Melanie (Dave) Sexon of Hyannis, Lora (George) Jenkins of Mullen, Lola (Scott) Webster of Lake Francis, Manitoba, Canada and Jan Burgess of Ashby.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter; infant son and sister, Lily.

John Jimenez, Sr., 79, longtime Big Springs farmer, died June 10, 2009, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born July 28, 1929, in Sedgwick, Colo., the son of Ascencion and Katherine Sweet Jimenez. He attended rural school south of Brule through the 8th grade.

He was engaged in farming with his family southwest of Ogallala.

On Jan. 25, 1947, he married Wilma Bottrell in Ogallala. The couple made their home on the family farm southwest of Ogallala. In 1954 they moved to the Frates farm. Then in January 1958 they moved south of Big Springs to farm. In 2006 he moved to Brule and retired but maintained his Angus herd.

He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Brule. His hobbies included raising cattle and gardening.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy (Mike) Soper of Big Springs, Janie Jimenez of Brule, and Joyce (Kelton) Korth of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; three sons, John (Marcia) Jimenez, Jr., James Jimenez, and Jay (Kim) Jimenez, all of Ogallala; sister, Annie Alvarado of Loveland, Colo.; three brothers, Augustine Jimenez and Sam (Erla) Jimenez, all of Ogallala; and Frank (Delia) of Big Springs; two sisters-in-law, Edna (Jim) Geels of Topeka, Kan., and Goldie Bottrell of Eaton, Colo.; seven granddaughters, Tina Moore of Springhill, Flo.; Michelle (Greg) Boggs of Hershey, Jessica Walsh of Lingo, Wyo., Jennifer (Sam) Evans and Joy Soper, all of Alliance, Jill Funk of Sutherland and Shelby Bray of Ogallala; three grandsons, Scott (Heather) Thomas of North Platte and Jason Korth and Jared Korth, both of Fort Lupton, Colo.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma in 2006; son, Joseph in 1954; daughter, Joan in 1966; grandson, Michael Soper II in 1978, and granddaughter, Monica Lynn Jimenez in 1992.

Kenneth L. Swanson, 60, of North Platte, died June 12, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 14, 1948, to Ivan Odell and Betty (Phipps) Swanson at Valentine.

He graduated from Valentine High School and went on to serve in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. He served in the Big Red 1 in Vietnam from August 1968 through August 1969. Following his honorable discharge he moved to North Platte and was employed by Bonanza Mobile Homes.

He was united in marriage to Bevie Housman on April 16, 1973, at North Platte.

He hired on to the Union Pacific Railroad in 1973 as a fireman/oilier, then a machinist and later as a supervisor, retiring in August of 2008. He loved racing cars, riding motorcycles, camping and fishing. He was a member of the Twin Rivers Hog Group, Abate Group and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Bevie of North Platte; two sons, Scott (fiance Amber Kniep) Swanson of Maxwell and Jamey (Rachel) Swanson of North Platte; his mother, Betty Sherman of Valentine; three brothers, Gary Swanson of Valentine, Randy (Anita) Swanson of North Platte and Elvis Sherman of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, Aryka and Alexander Swanson; his mother-in-law, Beverly Kelley of North Platte and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his father; grandparents; father-in-law, Richard Housman; step father-in-law, Lester Kelley; and a brother-in-law, Bruce Housman.

Nellie “Tudy” Johnston, 76, of North Platte, died June 13, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 4, 1932, to Claude and Vola Scott Trisdale in Gallatin, Tenn. Her father worked on the railroad and the family moved around a lot. She spent most of her childhood in Colorado and Nebraska, before finally settling down in North Platte in 1950.

She married Glen Johnston on Aug. 4, 1951. She was an excellent cook. She worked at the Elk’s Club, the Tomahawk Restaurant and the Skelly Inn.

She owned Jerry’s Lunch Cafe and the Little Inn cafe. She had to quit due to health problems in 1991.

She was an ornery woman in a loving way. She helped raise all of her family and will be fondly missed by all who knew her. She loved to do word searches, gamble, playing cards, and she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Glen of North Platte; two daughters, Judy Purvis, and Glenda (Rick) Roasch both of North Platte; three sons, Anthony (Jeanette) Spangler of Milburn, Flo., Glen “Skeeter” (Mary) Johnston Jr. of Curtis, and Eddie Johnston Sr. of North Platte; sisters, Mary Wade of Missouri, Pauline Trisdale of North Platte, and Sue (Joe) Hackler of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brothers, Donnie Trisdale, Harry Trisdale and Marlin (Dina) Trisdale all of North Platte; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and 10 siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

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