Plains Edition Obituaries
, 66, longtime Kit Carson County and Sherman County resident died July 26, 2006, at his home in Kanorado.
He was born on August 30, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to James Andrew and Lelah Ilene (Hawks) Still. He was one of three children.
He attended school in Goodland, Kan.; Sun Valley, Calif.; and graduated from Burlington High School, Burlington, Colo. He then went on and attended Lamar Junior College where he played baseball and rode bareback broncs in college rodeo.
On Sept. 13, 1987, he married Janis Kay Kindred in Burlington. He spent most of his life as a farmer and rancher. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, raising miniature horses, collecting antiques, attending auctions, playing ball and teaching his children how to play softball and baseball, and most of all he liked spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a hard working and selfless man.
Survivors include the love of his life, Janis; one son, Randolph Allen (Susie) Still of San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Lynn (Jim) Ryan of Burdette, Kan., Misty Still also of Burdette, Kan., and Marilyn (Gary) Youngman of Gering, Neb.; nine grandchildren, Jerry, Jason, Alisa, Mandi, Chelsea, Jacob, Scott, Nick, and Hayley; one brother, Roger Chipps of Greeley, Colo.; and one sister, Connie (Harvey) Korbelik of Burlington, Colo.; a step-father, Jay Schweitzer of McPherson, Kan.; many uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, R.A. and Freda Still, and one grandson, Justin Ryan.
, 83, of Keystone and formerly of Hyannis, died Aug. 4, 2006, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.
She was born Sept. 15, 1922, at Gordon, Neb., the daughter of Alton and Cecile (Dykes) Hinton.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Sherry) Hinton of Ogallala, Dennis Hinton, Sr. of Wellington, Colo., and Tom Egan of Ashby; two daughters, Connie (Ed) Starke of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Teresa (Harold) Johnson of Hyannis; three brothers, Gordon “Tex” (Delvin) Hinton of Keystone, Dean Hinton of Alliance, and Thomas “Hop” (Alberta) Hinton of Lead, S.D.; one sister, Juanita Petersen of Keystone; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom in 1967; an infant son; her parents; two brothers Alton “Stub” Hinton, Jr. and Bud Hinton; and two sisters, Ella Davis and Bonnie Timmens.
, 82, of Kearney, formerly of Paxton, died Aug. 1, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Hospital.
She was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Springfield, Miss., to Charles and Fern L. (Wilson) Cooper. The family moved to Kearney in 1935 where she attended school, graduating from Kearney High School in 1942.
She married Warren K. Newcomb on June 20, 1942, at Stockton, California Airbase while Warren was serving in the Air Force during World War II. Following his discharge from the service in 1945 they moved to Paxton. He was employed as a rural mail carrier and she worked for the Natural Gas Company in Ogallala. She was also a partner for twenty years with her husband raising greyhounds, Homspun Kennels.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Life Member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Paxton Garden Club, Paxton PTA, member of 8 and 40 and was an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy. She was active in numerous other organizations including the Paxton Library Board, Tree Board, Housing Authority Board, Board of Ogallala Mansion on the Hill and Rural Letter Carrier Auxiliary. She was instrumental in obtaining flags placed for all of the deceased veterans at the Paxton Cemetery.
Warren passed away on June 10, 1991 and she moved back to Kearney in 2000.
She married Richard “Dick” M. Clark on May, 12, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney.
Survivors include her husband, Richard “Dick” M. Clark of Kearney; three daughters, Kathy (Joe) Heinrich of Salina, Kan., Susan Burklund of Sutherland, Charlene (Wayne) Berges of Garden City, Kan.; one step-daughter, Patricia (Wayne) Rose of Green Bay, Wisc.; one step-son, Richard L. (Eddrie) Clark of Lakewood, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren Newcomb on June 10, 1991.
, 87, of Ravenna died Aug. 5, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
She was born Oct. 31, 1918, in Buffalo County to Rudolph and Emma (Novotne) Kucera.
On April 10, 1939, she married Adolph Okrina in Kearney. He died April 5, 1985.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ravenna.
She enjoyed cooking, baking pies, kolaches and breads, and making fudge for relatives and friends, especially for the holidays. She also spent many hours doing embroidery work.
She looked forward to her Bible studies and attending the United Methodist Church. She always comforted friends by reciting from memory a special prayer for them titled, “I Said a Prayer for You Today.”
Survivors include nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, Frank, Rudy, Fred and Edward Kucera; and sisters, Clara Sklenar, Albie Stokl and Marie Pabian.
, 92, of Kearney died Aug. 1, 2006, at St. John’s Nursing Home.
He was born Jan. 30, 1914, in Cowles to Charles and Mabel (Evans) Denton.
His family moved to Bladen in 1916 when he was 2 years old. “Swede,” as he was known because of his light-colored hair, graduated from Bladen High School in 1932 with his future wife. He was baptized into the Methodist Church on Dec. 22, 1921, at age 7.
On June 23, 1937, he married Veva Feis in Omaha.
He worked at the Boys’ Training School in Kearney from 1937 to 1956, initially being in charge of the dairy and working his way up to assistant superintendent. While employed at the school, he began buying and farming land in the Platte Valley and become the proverbial horse trader like his Iowa grandfather, E.P. Denton.
In April 1956, he began farming his own land full time. As the years passed, in addition to his own farming operation, he managed farms for others. His farms included land in Buffalo, Kearney, Dawson and Sherman counties. He retired from active farming in 1989, although he continued to manage farms for several years. Farming and his love for crops and the land were a very important part of his life.
He enjoyed good health throughout most of his life with the exception of the last several months before his death. During the period of ill health, he consoled relatives, saying he wanted them to “Smile ” the Lord has answered my prayers.”
Survivors include his wife; and son, Jerry of Grand Island; daughter-in-law, Carole Denton; grandchildren, Kimberly Denton, Chris (Stefanie) Denton and Kevin Denton; and friends, Susan and Jim Grove of Kearney.
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