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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 85, a longtime Gurley resident, died June 12, 2006, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

She was born Sept. 25, 1920, the daughter of Alfred G. and Esther O. (Ahlm) Swanson on a farm in Cheyenne County, east of Gurley. The family moved to a farm west of Gurley when she was quite young where she grew up.

She attended the Center School before graduating from Sidney High School in 1940. After graduation, she passed the Civil Service Exam and worked as a clerk at the courthouse in Chadron. She returned to the Sidney area and worked at the County Extension Office.

She was united in marriage to Robert M. Sanders on April 10, 1946, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Parsonage in Sidney. To this union three daughters were born: Ellen, Judy and Joan. They made their home west of Gurley where she helped with the farming and the dairy. After her husband’s death in 1978, she moved to Gurley where she was involved in the Foster Grandparent Program at the Leyton School for twenty years. She moved to Sidney in 2003 and had resided at the Beverly Health Care Assisted Living.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the L.C.W. and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved farming, reading, music and quilting. Her family and friends will dearly miss her.

Survivors include her daughters, Ellen (LeRoy) Lippstrew of Sterling, Colo., and Joan (Paul) Yekel of Hay Springs, Neb.; grandchildren, Lee Lippstrew, Mandi Lippstrew, Anna (Matt) Lux, Karl Yekel and Lora Yekel; and great-grandchildren, D.J. George and Kiera Jelle.      

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Judy George; brothers, Norman and Everett Swanson and grandsons, Sean and Chad George.

, 58, formerly of North Platte, died June 11, 2006, at his home in Lincoln.

He was born March 30, 1948, to Major James C. and Marie (Holm) McVay in Xenia, Ohio.

He graduated from North Platte High School in 1966, and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a bachelor of science in chemistry. He attended seminary school at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., where he received his masters in theology and psychology.

He worked as a Young Life Minister in Omaha. In 1970, he married Trudy Johnson, and to this union two sons were born, Joshua and Zachary.

He was the Director of the Hispanic Education Program (HEP); and worked for the State of Nebraska in Behavioral Health for 18 years. He was relocated to Scottsbluff in 1998, as a state employee; in 1999, he became the Director of the Panhandle Mental Health Center, and in October of 2005 he accepted the position of Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Services, HHS, State of Nebraska in Lincoln.

On April 26, 1996, he married Cathy Quelette in Santa Fe, N.M.

He enjoyed planting trees and celebrated the cycle of life and rebirth by doing this.

He also enjoyed gardening, landscaping, raising chickens and sailing. He was a supporter of recovery support groups.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy of Lincoln; his mother, Marie Allen of North Platte; four sons, Joshua (Melinda) McVay of Boulder, Colo., and Zachary (Tricia) McVay of Denver, Jason (Stephanie) Watkins of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Joshua Watkins of Omaha; two sisters, Tracy (Ted) Bridges of Omaha, and Sue (John) Reeves of Cherokee, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Elijah Reed, Aaron Rodriquez, Bella McVay, Brianne Watkins, Emme Watkins, Mathew McMann and Morgan McMann; a special nephew, Bob (Missy) Keller of Maxwell; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; and his three dogs, Ernie, Bert and Snoopy.

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, James C. McVay III; stepfather, David Allen; and a baby niece, Barbara Ann Bockus.

, 87, of Bridgeport, died June 12, 2006, at Heritage of Bridgeport, where she has been a resident for the past six years.

She was born May 28, 1919, north of Lisco in Morrill County, the daughter of Elder Harrod and Armeda Druesilla (Griffitts) Wright. She attended Centerview Country School through the eighth grade and high school in Lisco and Broadwater, working for her room and board while attending high school.

She married Wavel “Dee” Kepler on March 16, 1937, in Bridgeport. Twelve children were born to this union, nine of which still survive. They lived most of their life in the Broadwater Community. They lived a short time in Dalton, before moving in 1963 to Lewellen and Oshkosh where they resided for several years. She was employed 22 years for Midwec and Marshalltown, retiring and returning to Broadwater. She later moved to Heritage of Bridgeport in 2000.

She loved her country music and was still listening to it until the end of her life.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth (Shirley) Kepler of Chappell, Gerald (Pam) Kepler of Broadwater, Robert (Marlene) Kepler of Lincoln, Harold Kepler of Gurley, Lonnie (Eva) Kepler of Dalton, and Larry (Joanna) Kepler of Oshkosh; daughters, Grace (Ivan) Boman of Bridgeport, Iona Kurth of Imperial, and Eileen (Ronald) Sherman of Gurley; daughter-in-law, Connie Kepler Deal of Aurora, Colo.; sisters, Goldie O’Neil and special friend Floyd Carmen of Imperial and Ruth (Vince) Glassmaker of Pierre, S.D.; sister-in-law, Pat Wright of Woodruff, Wisc.; 34 grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee in 1976; her parents; sons, Johnnie in infancy in 1939, Daniel Howard in 2001, and Dwight Elder in 2002; two granddaughters, a grandson; and a brother, Eddie Wright.

, 79, of Grand Island, died June 9, 2006 at his home.

He was born Dec. 2, 1926, at Grand Island to Robert A. and Catherine (Hackman) Meyer.

He was raised and received his education in Grand Island, graduating from Grand Island Senior High in 1944. He served in the United States Army. He attended Hastings College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before entering the family business, August Meyer & Sons Jewelers.

He was united in marriage to Leah Geil on Dec. 27, 1950, at Grand Island. He became co-owner of the Meyer Jewelers with his brother Robert W. Meyer, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, the Grand Island Rotary Club, Central Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross, was a Stuhr Museum Foundation Board member and a member of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce. He will be remembered as a wonderful volunteer for many organizations in the Grand Island community.

Survivors include his wife, Leah; sons, Bruce (Nancy) Meyer of Omaha and Richard Meyer of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Elizabeth Petersen of Grand Island; and grandchildren, Abigail, Natalie and Daniel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert W. Meyer.


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