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Gloria I. “Bobbie” Gaedke, 78, of North Platte, died at Centennial Park Retirement Village on July 29, 2008, under the watchful care of their staff and her loving family.

She was born Aug. 5, 1929, southwest of Wellfleet, to Albert Charles and Margaret Irene Schaffert Heitman. She grew up in the Little Medicine area, attending school there and UNSA in Curtis. She received her GED from McCook Community College in later years.

On April 6, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Theodore R. Gaedke, in Oberlin, Kan. After his stint in the U.S. Air Force, they made their home on the ranch near Wellfleet.

She was a member of Wellfleet Zion Lutheran and Our Redeemer Lutheran churches for many years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She never failed to attend her grandchildren’s functions and performances and always had an extra plate for anyone visiting her home or needing a meal. She loved creative activities such as decorating cakes and making photo albums.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra (Jay) Welden of North Platte and Alice (Ernie) Gibson of Arnold; sons, Duanne (Dixie) Gaedke and Ronald (Debra) Gaedke of North Platte, Jerome (Mary) Gaedke of Wellfleet and Michael (Terri) Gaedke of Ansley; a sister, Joan (Willard) Rhoades of Broken Bow; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Heitman of North Platte; grandchildren, Susan (Dean) Demorest and Dyllon John, Jeremy (Sadie) Teel, Jennifer (Scott) Field and Ashton, Cameron and Carissa, Jeff (Robin) Gaedke and Jordan and Sidney, Jonathan (Cristina) Gaedke and Ellie, Janelle (Julio) Avilla and Hailey, Kristen (Jeff) Grimes, Sarah (John) Dorwart and Jacob, Joshua and Samantha, Amanda (Brandon) Jobe, Tracy (Kevin) Booher, Jared Gaedke, Jessica (Derek) Steenson, Dana Gibson and Theodore J. Gaedke; an uncle Marvin (Florence) Schaffert of Ogallala and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Rex C. Heitman; a grandchild, Melisa Ferguson and a great-grandchild, Jonathan Gage.

Delores “Dee” Hampton, 70, died July 28, 2008, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

She was born May 24, 1938, in Denver, Colo., to Robert and Ruby (House) Higgins. She moved with her family to the Sandhills of Nebraska.

She married Chester Hampton on April 18, 1970, in Bridgeport. They lived in McGrew and Terrytown before moving to Mitchell in 1974. She was a resident supervisor for the Office of Mental Retardation until ill health forced her to retire.

She loved to square dance and spending time with her children and family.

Survivors include her husband, Chet; sons, Carlie (Peggy Jo) Hampton of Lakewood, Colo., and Rodney (Dixie) Hampton of Mitchell; daughters, Marla (Charles) Weber of Cozad, Neb. and Brenda (Randy) Hoff of Mitchell; stepson, Fred Hampton of Alliance; brothers, Clifford Higgins of Alliance, Robert Higgins of Guernsey, Wyo. and Henry Russell of North Platte; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Raymond and Dawain.

Leonard Vern Hilton, 82, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, died July 28, 2008, at Kearney.

He was born May 10, 1926, at Gothenburg to Elmer and Eva Keiper Hilton. He attended School District No. 51 north of Farnam and Farnam High School. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1943. He was baptized and confirmed April 2, 1942, in the First Presbyterian Church at Lexington.

He served his country in the Army in 1945 and 1946. After his discharge, he returned to Nebraska to start farming for himself.

He married Virginia June Buesing on Aug. 9, 1953, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. They had four children – Peggy Jo, Douglas Detlef, Patty Jo and Penny Jo.

While growing up, music and baseball were an integral part of his life. He was also a member of Dawson County Fair Board where he was active for 25 years, he was proud to be known as a member of the Plum Creekers of Lexington. He was also a 30-year member of the National Pony Express Association, Nebraska Division.

They enjoyed traveling together whenever possible especially to various activities and family gatherings. His travels were special when it included his grandchildren and their ball games. It was important that he spent time with his family, whether it was a family reunion, holidays or just a Sunday afternoon playing ball, horseshoes, cards, music or making homemade ice cream.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Ronnekamp of Indiana and Penny (Ron) Meyer of Shelton; five grandchildren, Andy (Tabbatha) Ronnekamp, Stephanie Ronnekamp; Travis, Jessica and Tracy Meyer; two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Kaia Ronnekamp; two brothers, Orville Hilton and Marvin (Carol) Hilton; two sisters, Doris (George) Hergenrader and June (Jerry) Walker; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Patty Jo; and a son, Doug.

Elizabeth J. Bennett, 87, of Kearney died July 18, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born July 18, 1921, in Broken Bow to Ernie and Alice (Andrews) Crouch and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939.

In 1950, she married Donald Bennett.

After a career with the U.S. Forest Service in Custer, S.D., and Chadron, she retired to Alliance. In 1984, they moved to Kearney, where she taught swimming through the American Red Cross until 2003.

She will be remembered for her love of children and her love and devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Don of Kearney; daughters, Barbara of Gladstone, Mo., Nancy (Ben) Unick of Pleasanton; son, Mark (Carolyn) of Seguin, Texas; grandchildren, Eugene Unick of Lincoln, Geoffrey Unick of Pleasanton and Catherine, Christopher and Margaret Bennett of Sequin, Texas; two brothers, David Crouch of Cozad and Jack Crouch and wife, Betty of Alliance; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Phillip Crouch and sister, Helen Ester.

Gloria I. “Bobbie” Gaedke, 78, of North Platte, died at Centennial Park Retirement Village on July 29, 2008, under the watchful care of their staff and her loving family.

She was born Aug. 5, 1929, southwest of Wellfleet, to Albert Charles and Margaret Irene Schaffert Heitman. She grew up in the Little Medicine area, attending school there and UNSA in Curtis. She received her GED from McCook Community College in later years.

On April 6, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Theodore R. Gaedke, in Oberlin, Kan. After his stint in the U.S. Air Force, they made their home on the ranch near Wellfleet.

She was a member of Wellfleet Zion Lutheran and Our Redeemer Lutheran churches for many years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She never failed to attend her grandchildren’s functions and performances and always had an extra plate for anyone visiting her home or needing a meal. She loved creative activities such as decorating cakes and making photo albums.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra (Jay) Welden of North Platte and Alice (Ernie) Gibson of Arnold; sons, Duanne (Dixie) Gaedke and Ronald (Debra) Gaedke of North Platte, Jerome (Mary) Gaedke of Wellfleet and Michael (Terri) Gaedke of Ansley; a sister, Joan (Willard) Rhoades of Broken Bow; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Heitman of North Platte; grandchildren, Susan (Dean) Demorest and Dyllon John, Jeremy (Sadie) Teel, Jennifer (Scott) Field and Ashton, Cameron and Carissa, Jeff (Robin) Gaedke and Jordan and Sidney, Jonathan (Cristina) Gaedke and Ellie, Janelle (Julio) Avilla and Hailey, Kristen (Jeff) Grimes, Sarah (John) Dorwart and Jacob, Joshua and Samantha, Amanda (Brandon) Jobe, Tracy (Kevin) Booher, Jared Gaedke, Jessica (Derek) Steenson, Dana Gibson and Theodore J. Gaedke; an uncle Marvin (Florence) Schaffert of Ogallala and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Rex C. Heitman; a grandchild, Melisa Ferguson and a great-grandchild, Jonathan Gage.

Delores “Dee” Hampton, 70, died July 28, 2008, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

She was born May 24, 1938, in Denver, Colo., to Robert and Ruby (House) Higgins. She moved with her family to the Sandhills of Nebraska.

She married Chester Hampton on April 18, 1970, in Bridgeport. They lived in McGrew and Terrytown before moving to Mitchell in 1974. She was a resident supervisor for the Office of Mental Retardation until ill health forced her to retire.

She loved to square dance and spending time with her children and family.

Survivors include her husband, Chet; sons, Carlie (Peggy Jo) Hampton of Lakewood, Colo., and Rodney (Dixie) Hampton of Mitchell; daughters, Marla (Charles) Weber of Cozad, Neb. and Brenda (Randy) Hoff of Mitchell; stepson, Fred Hampton of Alliance; brothers, Clifford Higgins of Alliance, Robert Higgins of Guernsey, Wyo. and Henry Russell of North Platte; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Raymond and Dawain.

Leonard Vern Hilton, 82, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, died July 28, 2008, at Kearney.

He was born May 10, 1926, at Gothenburg to Elmer and Eva Keiper Hilton. He attended School District No. 51 north of Farnam and Farnam High School. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1943. He was baptized and confirmed April 2, 1942, in the First Presbyterian Church at Lexington.

He served his country in the Army in 1945 and 1946. After his discharge, he returned to Nebraska to start farming for himself.

He married Virginia June Buesing on Aug. 9, 1953, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. They had four children – Peggy Jo, Douglas Detlef, Patty Jo and Penny Jo.

While growing up, music and baseball were an integral part of his life. He was also a member of Dawson County Fair Board where he was active for 25 years, he was proud to be known as a member of the Plum Creekers of Lexington. He was also a 30-year member of the National Pony Express Association, Nebraska Division.

They enjoyed traveling together whenever possible especially to various activities and family gatherings. His travels were special when it included his grandchildren and their ball games. It was important that he spent time with his family, whether it was a family reunion, holidays or just a Sunday afternoon playing ball, horseshoes, cards, music or making homemade ice cream.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Ronnekamp of Indiana and Penny (Ron) Meyer of Shelton; five grandchildren, Andy (Tabbatha) Ronnekamp, Stephanie Ronnekamp; Travis, Jessica and Tracy Meyer; two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Kaia Ronnekamp; two brothers, Orville Hilton and Marvin (Carol) Hilton; two sisters, Doris (George) Hergenrader and June (Jerry) Walker; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Patty Jo; and a son, Doug.

Elizabeth J. Bennett, 87, of Kearney died July 18, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born July 18, 1921, in Broken Bow to Ernie and Alice (Andrews) Crouch and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939.

In 1950, she married Donald Bennett.

After a career with the U.S. Forest Service in Custer, S.D., and Chadron, she retired to Alliance. In 1984, they moved to Kearney, where she taught swimming through the American Red Cross until 2003.

She will be remembered for her love of children and her love and devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Don of Kearney; daughters, Barbara of Gladstone, Mo., Nancy (Ben) Unick of Pleasanton; son, Mark (Carolyn) of Seguin, Texas; grandchildren, Eugene Unick of Lincoln, Geoffrey Unick of Pleasanton and Catherine, Christopher and Margaret Bennett of Sequin, Texas; two brothers, David Crouch of Cozad and Jack Crouch and wife, Betty of Alliance; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Phillip Crouch and sister, Helen Ester.


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