Plains Edition Obituaries |

Plains Edition Obituaries

, 73, of Wallace died July 29, 2006, at the Sutherland Care Center.

She was born Oct. 3, 1932, near Wallace to Lester and Blanche (Radel) Gibson.

She attended elementary school in Wallace and graduated from the Curtis School of Agriculture in 1951.

On April 28, 1951, she married Neal Erickson at Wallace. They made their farm home south of Wallace their entire married life. Leonabelle attended Mid-Plains Community College when she was 60 years old.

She worked for Bill Arnett at AmFirst Insurance in Wallace from 1997 until she retired in 2005.

Survivors include her husband, Neal; two daughters, Nancy (Larry) Evans of Minden and Arlene (Kevin) Williams of Omaha; a son, Dennis (Linda) Williams of Centennial, Colo.; seven grandchildren; her parents; and two brothers, Leonard (Marlene) Gibson and Martin Gibson, all of North Platte.

, 90, of Chadron died July 21, 2006, at Chadron Community Hospital.

She was born at Glendo, Wyo., to John L. and Hattie R. Skoglund, and was one of eight children.

In June 1933, she married Theodore I. ‘Pete’ Roberts. To this union nine children were born. In 1935 they moved to Chadron where she resided until her death.

Survivors include sons, Curtis W. (Virginia) Roberts of Ashton, Charles H. (Kay) Roberts of Neligh, Brian (Shirley) Roberts of Chadron; daughters, Mary (Loice) Bartlett of Chadron, Deloris (Ward) Millar of Rapid City, S.D., and Patricia Bruce of Newark, Ohio; 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and ten great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete, and three sons.

, 89, of Grand Island died July 27, 2006, at home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1917, at the family farm near Worms to Charles and Johanna Bosselman.

He attended school in Worms through the eighth grade. He worked on the family farm along with his brothers, Charles and Norman Bosselman.

He was united in marriage to Maxine E. Forbes on Sept. 7, 1941. Together they farmed in the Worms area where they started their family.

Along with farming, he started trucking dairy calves from Wisconsin to the Central Nebraska area while also hauling peaches from Colorado to the same area. In 1946, he began hauling gasoline from the Omaha and Council Bluffs terminals to all of the small towns in western Nebraska. It was during this time that he noticed that there were very few all-night cafes or accommodations for truckers.

In 1948, Fred along with his wife, Maxine, brother Charles Bosselman, sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Al Eaton, opened Bosselman & Eaton Truck Stop and Restaurant on east Highway 30. In 1964, he built his first truck stop of the future, which was the first of many truck stops throughout the country followed by the development of the Pump & Pantry convenience stores and other related businesses.

Besides his business passions, farming and agriculture was his love, including the Bosselman Homestead near Worms and a ranch in Colorado. Many days, he was found driving the combine during corn harvest.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine E. Forbes Bosselman; children, Barbara (Gene) Graves, Chuck (Jan) Bosselman, Mary (Scott) Sahling, and Fred A. (Deanna) Bosselman; grandchildren, Charlie and Laurie Bosselman, Cindy and Jim Duncan, Brandi Bosselman, Tracy and Tom Gardner, Andy Bosselman, Troy and Melissa Schultz, Krisha Bosselman and Emily Tully; and great-grandchildren, Carsten and Kinsey Bosselman, Taylor and Samuel Duncan, Grady, Bayley and Mitchell Gardner, and Trevor and Mallery Schultz.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Bryan Jon Graves; his brothers, Charles, Norman and Art; his sisters, Charlotte, Lillie, Florence and Frances; and his parents.

, 62, of Scottsbluff died July 26, 2006, at Regional West Medical Center after a long illness.

He was born Dec. 29, 1943, in Scottsbluff. He graduated, along with his wife, from Banner County School in 1962. He graduated from Southeast Community College in Milford, Neb., with a degree in diesel technology.

He married Judy Harris on June 7, 1964, in Kimball.

He was a life-long resident of Banner County and owned a home in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he and his wife, Judy, lived full-time from 1997-late 2004.

While living in Steamboat they were members of Concordia Lutheran Church. They moved back to Banner County in November of 2004.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff. He was active with community, church, and family. He served on the board of ESU No. 13 for 14 years, held many various offices in the church, and did volunteer work with the Elks Lodge 1367 of which he was a member. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Kimball, Neb., and a past area director of Federation Wrestling for youth.

He farmed and ranched in Banner County, was co-owner and General Manager of Kimball Ford in Kimball. His employees and the Chamber of Commerce of Kimball named him “Boss of the Year.” During the years he and his wife lived in Colorado, they managed property, did painting and carpentry, and set tile. Most recently they owned and operated “Nana and Poppa’s Place,” a food concession business.

He was a “fix anything” kind of person and loved woodworking, the Huskers, and his dogs. His family and friends were so important to him and were his biggest treasures.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; his parents, Ralph and Imogene Anderson of Scottsbluff; his sons, Michael (Heidi) and Mark (Tiffani) all of Banner County; grandchildren, Olivia, Meighan, Kiersten, and Trevor were the light of his life; sisters, Donna (Jerry) Jacupke, of Hastings, and Peggy (Bob) Harris of Augusta, Ga., numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rose and Carl Anderson and Ed and May Gulick, and in-laws, Alta and “Blackie” Harris.


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