Obituarites for Plains edition 1-24-09 |

Obituarites for Plains edition 1-24-09

Georgia “Maxine” G. Craig, 92, of Lone Tree, Colo., died Jan. 10, 2009, just after midnight at SkyRidge Hospital in Lone Tree, Colo.

She was born in Stanford, Neb., on Feb. 23, 1916, to Mary and Bert Gould. She attended schools in Stapleton, Curtis and North Platte.

She went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and graduated from Barnes Business School of Denver before moving back to North Platte to work primarily as a bookkeeper for various businesses around town.

She married Don Craig on Feb. 2, 1941, and they moved frequently during the turbulent years of WW II while Don was on active duty in the Army. After the war, they settled and lived in North Platte, where they had a daughter, Donna and a son, Gary.

Both Maxine and Don were longtime residents of North Platte, and were very active in the community, and the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a charter member of the North Platte B.P.O. Does #109, there are only five charter members left. She was also a member of the daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Craig (Ray) Russell of Lone Tree, Colo.; son, Gary (Barbara McKee) Craig of Cool, Calif.; granddaughter, Janet “Rae” Russell (Steve) Ciciora of Superior, Colo.; grandson Craig (Kristen Garbin) Russell of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; granddaughter Laura Craig (Danny) Lochner of Corpus Christie, Texas; grandson, David Craig of Colfax, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Chad and Josie Ciciora of Superior, Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Hunter and Charlotte Lochner of Corpus Christie, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends throughout the United States.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don of 67 years; and older siblings, Everett, Evelyn, Hester Ann and Marylou.

Ernest Ray Naranjo, 56, of North Platte, died Jan. 12, 2009.

He was born on May 20, 1952, to Frank and Bertha (Abeyta) Naranjo in North Platte.

He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School in 1972.

He married his high school sweetheart, Carrie Blakeman, on March 3, 1972, in North Platte.

He was involved in golf course maintenance for many years, and was employed by Municipal Light and Water since March of 2007.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and very involved with youth sports and was a devoted volunteer.

He was a past member of the Manihouta Archery Club, and the Platte River Sportsman Club. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, all with his grandsons, and he enjoyed their activities, especially baseball.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie of North Platte; daughter, Nikki (Randy) Barker of North Platte; grandchildren, Ty, Jace and Treyce Barker, and soon to be granddaughter, all of North Platte; parents, Frank and Bertha Naranjo of North Platte; brothers and sisters, Betty Pinkerton of Fort Collins, Colo., Larry (Jo) Naranjo of North Platte, Tony (Sharon) Naranjo of Lincoln, Dan (Korinna) Naranjo of Grand Island, Michelle Naranjo of Scottsdale, Ariz., Steve (Jenny) Coleman of North Platte and Herman (Rosa) Naranjo of Greeley, Colo.; in-laws, Harold (Donna) Goosey of North Platte, and Shirley Blakeman of North Platte; and numerous other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, T. J. Ray; brother, Johnny Naranjo; father-in-law Ted Blakeman; grandparents, Donna and Ira Blakeman, Sparky and Nonie Sparks.

Harry Gilbert “Bud” Gutherless Jr, 88, of North Platte died Jan. 13, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Cozad.

He was born to Harry Gilbert and May (Hanifin) Gutherless Sr. in North Platte on March 15, 1920. He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.

He was a distinguished pilot during WW II. During training in Arcadia, Flor., he married Margie Carpenter on Dec. 24, 1942.

On D-day he flew the 82nd and 101st paratroopers and gliders. Under heavy fire, he took the 101st airborne to Bastogne, completing his mission with over 1,000 holes in his C-47 and holes in his chest pocket parachute that saved his life. He ended up flying over 40 combat missions and over 200 supply missions. He was awarded seven air medals; a presidential citation; a distinguished flying cross; six battle stars; two purple hearts; an European Theatre of Operations Victory Ribbon; a French Medal, the Cour De Guare.

After WW II he came back to North Platte.

He worked for Simon Brothers Roofing until he started Gutherless Sheet Metal Heating & Air in 1965. He retired in 1982.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman; he especially enjoyed his hunting dogs.

He will be remembered as a loving, and hard working, husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include two daughters, Margie (Marvin) Dupree of Independence, La., and Jean (Frank) Pavlik of North Platte; sons, William Gutherless and Brian Gutherless both of North Platte and Michael (Irma) Gutherless of Gering; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margie Lucille Carpenter; aunt, Nell Hanifin; sister, Mary Ellen Baumann; daughter, Cynthia Kreebo.

Charlene Gay Collins, 72, of North Platte, died at home with her family by her side on Jan. 16, 2009.

She was born July 11, 1936, to Gordon Earl and Dora Irene (Darnell) Spaulding in Wallace, Neb.

She attended school and graduated from Wallace High School in 1952; she also attended Mid Plains Community College and graduated from there.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Hipp Wholesale for 18 years; and worked as coordinator/bookkeeper for the North Platte Senior Center in the Meals on Wheels program.

She married her soul mate Lewis Collins on May 16, 1991, in North Platte, and she was a bookkeeper for Lewis Collins Construction until they retired.

She was a loving wife; mother; sister and friend. Her children were the center of her life and she loved dancing and her friends.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis of North Platte; two children, Maurice (Dave) Joyce of Raymond, Neb., and Doug Meyer of North Platte; four grandchildren, Ted Saunders of Lincoln, Kortnee Heinzen of North Platte, Zach Saunders of Raymond, and Kayla Meyer of North Platte; 19 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great grandchildren; step-children, Danny (Denay) Collins, Royce (Patty) Collins, Terry (Kathy) Collins, John Collins, Kelly (Mike) Gutherless, Allan (Seanna) Collins and Connie Hooley; and numerous other family members and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Creda Mae “Skeets” Crewdson.


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