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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 47, of Maxwell died July 8, 2006.

He was born Oct. 18, 1958, in Mullen to Esther (Varner) and Stanley McKillip.

He grew up in the Sandhills – the communities of Ashby, Hyannis, and Mullen. He attended school in Mullen.

His interests were fishing, horses, cowboying and road trips with family or friends.

Survivors include his daughter, MiRanda; sister, Phoebe; brother, Kidd (Deb); nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends, and good friend, Casey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Dakota.

, 38, of North Platte died June 22, 2006, at the Nebraska Heart Institute.

He was born Sept. 28, 1967, in Bassett. He grew up in Ainsworth, graduating from high school there in 1986.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bareback riding, Husker football, and working out. In 1993, he was blessed with twins – a boy, Duelly, and a girl, Dacy. They were his pride and joy. He enjoyed taking them camping, hunting, fishing, and loved cooking and baking for them.

He worked in the signal department for the last 11 years at the Union Pacific Railroad. He also worked part-time at Town and Country Western Wear in North Platte.

Survivors include his children, Duelly and Dacy; mother, Nadine Baxter of Ainsworth; a brother, Brian Baxter of Long Pine; three sisters, Natalie Barner of North Platte, DaNelle Dye of Arthur, and Dana Caulfield of Martin, S.D.; two grandmothers, Madonna Adcock of Ainsworth and Fern Daniels of North Platte; a special nephew, Lane; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

, 84, died July 6, 2006, at his rural Hemingford, Neb., home.

He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Geddes, S.D., to Joseph H. and Lillian (Kolousek) Jezek. His family moved to Hemingford later that same year.

Following his graduation from Hemingford High School, he moved to Seattle, Wash., and began working for Boeing. He was then drafted and served in the U.S. Army during WWII being stationed in the Philippine Islands. After his discharge he returned to Hemingford and began his lifelong career of farming.

He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and the American Legion Post. No. 9.

Survivors include his sister, Helen (Vern) Planansky of Hemingford; and sister-in-law Mary Jezek of Denver, Colo.; his nieces and nephews, John Jezek of Denver, Colo., Mary Ellen (Phil) Murawski of Altamonte Springs, Flo., Margaret Jezek of Vienna, Virg., Jim (Lori) Jezek of Littleton, Colo., Patricia (Fred) Kurdziel of North Kingston, R.I., Ann (Dan) Whitaker of Denver, Colo., Gary Planansky and Dennis Planansky of North Platte, Rodney (Debra) Planansky of Hemingford, and Christine (Steve) Fischer of Omaha, as well as a great-niece and several great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph.

, 78, of Orleans died July 19, 2006, at the Harlan County Hospital in Alma, Neb.

He was born the last child of eleven children to Phillip Fredrick Dietz and Margaret Henrietta (Pyell) Dietz on March 12, 1928, five miles southwest of Orleans, Neb.

He was baptized as an infant at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stamford, Neb., on August 19, 1928. He was confirmed at the same church on April 6, 1941. He attended grade school at two rural schools, Rural School District No. 60 near Orleans and the Shady Valley Rural School District No. 25 also near Orleans. On Nov. 9, 1950, Lawrence was inducted into the U.S. Army, taking his training at Ft. Hood, Texas. In 1951 he went to Germany where he was stationed for one year and served as a Medic and Drill Sergeant and drove ambulance on the side. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 31, 1952.

On Feb. 12, 1953, he was united marriage to Donna C. Moore of Orleans, Neb., at the Peace Lutheran Church in Alma. to this union two sons – Samuel Allen and Dale Lawrence – were born. The family resided in Orleans where he was employed in construction and started his own trucking and combining business. In 1961 they moved to Alma, Neb., where the family continued in custom harvesting. In 1970 he became a dealer for W-W Stock Trailers. He retired in 2002 after a long illness. He and his family continued custom harvesting for a total of 44 years. In May of 2004, Lawrence and Donna returned to Orleans.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Stamford, and was a former member of the American Legion at Orleans, and Veterans of Foreign War at Orleans as well as at other communities.

He was preceded in death by his father on Dec. 1, 1963; his mother on June 18, 1970; three brothers, Phillip (Ruby) Dietz, Louis (Blanche) Dietz, and Paul (Lola) Dietz; four sisters, Lula (Garret) Fritzen, Minnie (Milton) Claypool, Dorothy (William) Duvall, and Alice Higby.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Donna of Orleans; two sons, Sam Dietz of Orleans and Dale (Dusti) Dietz of Alma; two brothers, Eddie (Alice) Dietz of Orleans, and Robert (Donna) Dietz of Alma; one sister, Pauline (Orville) Holterman of Long Island, Kan.; a brother-in-law, Velvin Higby of Alma; three grandchildren, Lance and Dallas Dietz of Orleans and Sadie Dietz of Alma; other relatives and a host of friends.

, 95, of North Platte, died July 22, 2006, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.

She was born Sept. 3, 1910, to George W. and Effie Harden Diener on Jack Morrow Flats, southeast of North Platte, the youngest of nine children.

In 1920, her family moved to Chula Vista, Calif., and remained there until her mother’s death. In 1922, the family returned to their home on Jack Morrow Flats in North Platte. She attended Pleasant View Country School and North Platte Senior High School. She graduated in 1927, at the age of 16. She was invited to work as a stenographer at First National Bank and worked there until her marriage.

On Oct. 7, 1934, he married Dean R. Haase of North Platte. They had two children – Vern Allen Haase and Shirley Anne Haase. In 1984, Carolyn and Dean celebrated their 50th anniversary.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Ace Hardware for many years, a business she and her husband owned. She retired in 1983.

In her younger years, she was a member of the Lincoln County Extension Club. She was a 50-year member of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and belonged to the United Methodist Women. She was also a Blue Bird leader for a time. They belonged to the “Gay 40’s Dance Club” for many years.

She enjoyed camping, traveling, playing cards with friends, and working at the church, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her son, Vern A. Haase, and a daughter, Shirley Turner Wyman, both of North Platte; five grandchildren, Jennifer Haase of New York City, Julie Haase of Omaha, Steven Turner of Fort Collins, Colo., Timothy Turner of Salisbury, N.C., and Angela Turner of Grand Island; four great-grandsons; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Haase McCarthy of North Platte and Margaret (Willis) Diener of Fort Collins; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; her parents; six brothers, Earl, Warren, Howard, Willis, Harry, and Ernie; two sisters, Emma Diener and Mae Diener Ruby; and an infant grandson.


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