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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 56, of Oshkosh, died Aug. 10, 2006, at his home in Oshkosh. 

He was born on Nov. 7, 1949, in McCook, Neb., the son of Jack Newton and Ruth Elizabeth (Spitz) Dempcy. He grew up and received his education in Curtis, Neb., graduating from Curtis High School in 1969. 

On Oct. 21, 1969, he began serving in the United States Marine Corps and served overseas during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 20, 1975.  After the service, he moved to Sterling, Colo., where he worked as a cowboy at the feedlot there. He later moved to Crook, Colo., and worked at E. E. Sonnenberg Feedlot. 

On Nov. 29, 1975, he was united in marriage to Rita Kay Hawk in Crook, and to this union, one son was born, Wylie Bill. He continued to work in Crook until 1982, when the family moved to Brule, Neb., where he worked at McGinley-Schilz Feed Yard as a cowboy and vet tech for several years. In 1995, they moved to Oshkosh, Neb., and he continued working as a cowboy and vet tech at the Oshkosh Feed Yard until the time of his death.

He enjoyed rodeos, breaking and training horses during his younger years. He also enjoyed cooking, hunting and swathing hay, helping and spending time with his friends. He took pride in the horses he rode and worked with and was known as a top hand with the horses, a cowboy’s greatest compliment.  His greatest love was his family. He rarely missed his son’s wrestling and football games.

He was a member of the Oshkosh Eagles.

Survivors include his son, Wylie (Kristin) Dempcy of Lewellen, Neb.; his wife, Rita Dempcy of Oshkosh, Neb.; mother, Ruth Hanna of Curtis, Neb.; brother, Bruce (Joan) Dempcy of Sterling, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Deb Nelson of Oshkosh, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Dempcy and a brother, Brady Dempcy.

, 89, of Schuyler died Aug. 16, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare in Schuyler where he had been a resident since Dec. 30, 2005.

He was born Aug. 10, 1917, in the Wilson Precinct of Colfax County to Frank A. And Antonia (Maly) Jedlicka. He attended school at Langley District 34 in Colfax County.

On Aug. 7, 1946, he married Emma Sobota at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Heun in Colfax County.

He served on the school boards at Districts 34 and 5R and was a member of the Catholic Workman.

He was a lifelong farmer in the Wilson area.

Survivors include his wife, Emma of Schuyler; two sons, E. Allan (Mary Lou) Jedlicka and David (Rhonda) Jedlicka both of Schuyler; three grandchildren, Matthew (Sharee) Jedlicka, Rodney Jedlicka both of Schuyler and Bethany (Todd) Markowitz of Norfolk; one great grandson, Bohden Jedlicka; one sister, Mildred Dvorak of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Ryan Jedlicka; four brothers, Frank J., Adolph, Edward E., and Lumir R. Jedlicka and four sisters, Matilda Urban, Albie Wachal, Mary Svehla and Agnes Hamsa.

, 72, of Greeley and formerly of Sterling died Aug. 4, 2006, at his home in Greeley.

He was born April 23, 1934, in Lena, Neb., to Dale and Claire (Shaw) Melvin. He attended schools in both Arthur and North Platte, Neb.

In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a communication specialist. He retired from the Air Force after 21 years and served in the Army National Guard for the next 17 years. He was active in the military for 33 years. He then worked as an electrician in commercial construction, retiring in 2001. He had lived in Sterling for several years before moving to Greeley shortly prior to his death.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Melvin of Greeley; sons, Wesley (Charlene) Melvin of Farmington, N.M., and Kelly (Anne) Melvin of Edgewater; one daughter, Arliss (Lowell) Bridgett of Grand Junction; brother, Harold Melvin of North Platte; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Jordan, and Brittany Melvin, John and Madison Melvin, and David and Abigail Bridgett; and one great-grandchild, Nicholas Melvin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dean Melvin.

, 99, of Kearney died Aug. 16, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was born Feb. 7, 1907, in Watertown to James and Blanche (King) Stubbs.

She grew up in Buffalo County. She attended Mount Pleasant District 59 in rural Buffalo County through eighth grade and graduated June 12, 1922. She graduated from Longfellow High School in May 1926.

On Aug. 26, 1927, she married Lloyd Anderson in Lexington. He died in 1952.

She and her husband, “Slim,” farmed in various places in Buffalo County. After her husband’s death, she moved to Kearney. She worked as a sales clerk at Schweser’s, Brown McDonalds and Ruter’s.

She was a member of Haven’s Chapel United Methodist Church for 76 years and sang in the choir. She also was a member of Rebekah Lodge 12 and the Senior Swingers.

She enjoyed playing pinochle, making sweet bread and crocheting coat hangers. Her door was always open to friend or stranger. She also enjoyed both giving and receiving practical jokes. She was an avid piano player up until the time of her death.

Survivors include her son, LaVerne of Dayton, Ore.; daughter, Darlene Smith of Kansas City, Kan.; brother, Lyle Stubbs of Kearney; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Patricia Anderson of Dayton; and son-in-law, Charles Smith of Kansas City.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brother, Norris and sister, Bernice.

, 89, of Comstock died Aug. 16, 2006, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

He was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Comstock to Conrad and Grace (Guilford) Hovie.

On Jan. 27, 1940, he married Jean Janulewicz in Taylor.

He attended Comstock Public Schools and graduated in 1934, then attended college in Kearney for one year.

In 1940, he moved with his wife, mother and three sisters to California, where he was a machinist for Douglas Aircraft.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge from the military, he moved his family from California to Comstock, where he entered into an electrical, plumbing and well-drilling business partnership with his brother-in-law, Sherman Matheson. His employment later in life was with the U.S. Postal Service. He worked three years in Kearney and the remainder of his career in Comstock.

He belonged to numerous civic and several fraternal organizations.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing with his family. He also enjoyed and supported high school athletics and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He will be missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Glenn of Kearney, Bruce of North Platte and John of Grand Island; daughter, Norma Darnall of Farnam; sisters, Loraine Moss and Marion Ritz, both of Siloam Springs, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Eileen Hovie of Kearney, JaNelle Hovie of North Platte and Barbara Hovie of Grand Island; and brother-in-law, Arthur Ritz of Siloam Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Inez Padham and Joyce Matheson; son-in-law, Bill Darnall; and an infant granddaughter.


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