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Obituaries Plains Edition for 9-26-09

David Ray Blevins, 49, of Stapleton, died Sept. 12, 2009, at the Nebraska Heart Institute.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1959, in North Platte to Byron and Esther (Fablinger) Blevins.

He graduated from Arnold High School in 1978, then continued on to Chadron State College, receiving his degree in 1983.

While in college he met Jody Ripley. They were married on July 22, 1983. The couple lived in Chadron until graduation, then moved to Stapleton where he substitute taught and helped on the family ranch.

He took a full-time teaching position in Stapleton teaching 2nd grade. He taught 2nd for 19 years, moving to Kindergarten for the past 6 years. He was very active as a basketball, track, volleyball, and football coach, and loved to watch his players succeed.

He will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice, which he shared with many people at funerals, weddings, and special events. One of his greatest loves was watching his boys, sports and activities. He was looking forward to seeing his son Brian’s football team play this year, as well as traveling to spend time with Brad and Tyler.

He will be remembered for his great sense of humor which was passed down to his children. He was always thinking of his family and students ahead of himself and will truly be missed by his family, friends and community.

Survivors include his wife, Jody of Stapleton; three sons, Brian (Kelsea Jones) of Stapleton, Brad of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Tyler of Lincoln; a daughter, Angie (Mike) and granddaughter, Makayla Lyon all of Fort Knox, Kent.; his mother, Esther of Arnold; two brothers, Gary (Kelli) Blevins of Arnold, and Bob Blevins of Stapleton; aunts and uncles, Don and Lila Blevins of Stapleton, Lucy Johnson of Stapleton, Frances Long of North Platte, and Edgar Hubbell of Gandy; nieces and nephews, Jaime Blevins of Hastings, Kali Blevins of Arnold, Brandi (Kent) Debus of Mitchell, Tianna and Teegan Debus of Mitchell, Brody (Felecia) Staman of Mitchell, and Shani Rae Staman of Mitchell; parents-in-laws, Claire and Maxine Ripley of Aladdin, Wyo.; and sister in law, Judy Staman of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Byron; a nephew, Brent Dale Blevins, and a niece, Felicia Blevins.

David Ray Blevins, 49, of Stapleton, died Sept. 12, 2009, at the Nebraska Heart Institute.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1959, in North Platte to Byron and Esther (Fablinger) Blevins.

He graduated from Arnold High School in 1978, then continued on to Chadron State College, receiving his degree in 1983.

While in college he met Jody Ripley. They were married on July 22, 1983. The couple lived in Chadron until graduation, then moved to Stapleton where he substitute taught and helped on the family ranch.

He took a full-time teaching position in Stapleton teaching 2nd grade. He taught 2nd for 19 years, moving to Kindergarten for the past 6 years. He was very active as a basketball, track, volleyball, and football coach, and loved to watch his players succeed.

He will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice, which he shared with many people at funerals, weddings, and special events. One of his greatest loves was watching his boys, sports and activities. He was looking forward to seeing his son Brian’s football team play this year, as well as traveling to spend time with Brad and Tyler.

He will be remembered for his great sense of humor which was passed down to his children. He was always thinking of his family and students ahead of himself and will truly be missed by his family, friends and community.

Survivors include his wife, Jody of Stapleton; three sons, Brian (Kelsea Jones) of Stapleton, Brad of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Tyler of Lincoln; a daughter, Angie (Mike) and granddaughter, Makayla Lyon all of Fort Knox, Kent.; his mother, Esther of Arnold; two brothers, Gary (Kelli) Blevins of Arnold, and Bob Blevins of Stapleton; aunts and uncles, Don and Lila Blevins of Stapleton, Lucy Johnson of Stapleton, Frances Long of North Platte, and Edgar Hubbell of Gandy; nieces and nephews, Jaime Blevins of Hastings, Kali Blevins of Arnold, Brandi (Kent) Debus of Mitchell, Tianna and Teegan Debus of Mitchell, Brody (Felecia) Staman of Mitchell, and Shani Rae Staman of Mitchell; parents-in-laws, Claire and Maxine Ripley of Aladdin, Wyo.; and sister in law, Judy Staman of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Byron; a nephew, Brent Dale Blevins, and a niece, Felicia Blevins.

David Ray Blevins, 49, of Stapleton, died Sept. 12, 2009, at the Nebraska Heart Institute.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1959, in North Platte to Byron and Esther (Fablinger) Blevins.

He graduated from Arnold High School in 1978, then continued on to Chadron State College, receiving his degree in 1983.

While in college he met Jody Ripley. They were married on July 22, 1983. The couple lived in Chadron until graduation, then moved to Stapleton where he substitute taught and helped on the family ranch.

He took a full-time teaching position in Stapleton teaching 2nd grade. He taught 2nd for 19 years, moving to Kindergarten for the past 6 years. He was very active as a basketball, track, volleyball, and football coach, and loved to watch his players succeed.

He will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice, which he shared with many people at funerals, weddings, and special events. One of his greatest loves was watching his boys, sports and activities. He was looking forward to seeing his son Brian’s football team play this year, as well as traveling to spend time with Brad and Tyler.

He will be remembered for his great sense of humor which was passed down to his children. He was always thinking of his family and students ahead of himself and will truly be missed by his family, friends and community.

Survivors include his wife, Jody of Stapleton; three sons, Brian (Kelsea Jones) of Stapleton, Brad of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Tyler of Lincoln; a daughter, Angie (Mike) and granddaughter, Makayla Lyon all of Fort Knox, Kent.; his mother, Esther of Arnold; two brothers, Gary (Kelli) Blevins of Arnold, and Bob Blevins of Stapleton; aunts and uncles, Don and Lila Blevins of Stapleton, Lucy Johnson of Stapleton, Frances Long of North Platte, and Edgar Hubbell of Gandy; nieces and nephews, Jaime Blevins of Hastings, Kali Blevins of Arnold, Brandi (Kent) Debus of Mitchell, Tianna and Teegan Debus of Mitchell, Brody (Felecia) Staman of Mitchell, and Shani Rae Staman of Mitchell; parents-in-laws, Claire and Maxine Ripley of Aladdin, Wyo.; and sister in law, Judy Staman of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Byron; a nephew, Brent Dale Blevins, and a niece, Felicia Blevins.

David Ray Blevins, 49, of Stapleton, died Sept. 12, 2009, at the Nebraska Heart Institute.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1959, in North Platte to Byron and Esther (Fablinger) Blevins.

He graduated from Arnold High School in 1978, then continued on to Chadron State College, receiving his degree in 1983.

While in college he met Jody Ripley. They were married on July 22, 1983. The couple lived in Chadron until graduation, then moved to Stapleton where he substitute taught and helped on the family ranch.

He took a full-time teaching position in Stapleton teaching 2nd grade. He taught 2nd for 19 years, moving to Kindergarten for the past 6 years. He was very active as a basketball, track, volleyball, and football coach, and loved to watch his players succeed.

He will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice, which he shared with many people at funerals, weddings, and special events. One of his greatest loves was watching his boys, sports and activities. He was looking forward to seeing his son Brian’s football team play this year, as well as traveling to spend time with Brad and Tyler.

He will be remembered for his great sense of humor which was passed down to his children. He was always thinking of his family and students ahead of himself and will truly be missed by his family, friends and community.

Survivors include his wife, Jody of Stapleton; three sons, Brian (Kelsea Jones) of Stapleton, Brad of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Tyler of Lincoln; a daughter, Angie (Mike) and granddaughter, Makayla Lyon all of Fort Knox, Kent.; his mother, Esther of Arnold; two brothers, Gary (Kelli) Blevins of Arnold, and Bob Blevins of Stapleton; aunts and uncles, Don and Lila Blevins of Stapleton, Lucy Johnson of Stapleton, Frances Long of North Platte, and Edgar Hubbell of Gandy; nieces and nephews, Jaime Blevins of Hastings, Kali Blevins of Arnold, Brandi (Kent) Debus of Mitchell, Tianna and Teegan Debus of Mitchell, Brody (Felecia) Staman of Mitchell, and Shani Rae Staman of Mitchell; parents-in-laws, Claire and Maxine Ripley of Aladdin, Wyo.; and sister in law, Judy Staman of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Byron; a nephew, Brent Dale Blevins, and a niece, Felicia Blevins.


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