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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 58, of North Platte, died Oct. 8, 2006, in Lincoln.

He was born May 13, 1948, in Sutherland to Vernon and Ethel (McNickle) Thomsen. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1966.

He married Kathy Mason on June 14, 1970, in North Platte. He attended Chadron State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1974.

The couple stayed in Chadron where he was the Director of PERC at Chadron State College until 1977, when he went back to school at Chadron State to receive his teaching degree. The couple then moved to Cozad in 1978, where he taught at the Cozad Middle School in Library Media until 1990. From there, they moved to Kimball to run the Western Motel until 1992. Then the couple moved to Columbia, Mo., where Kathy worked on her Master’s Degree while Ken worked at the Library at the University of Missouri. He substituted at the Lincoln Public Schools from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, they moved back to North Platte. In 2000, he was teaching at Brady and attending school where his illness led to his early retirement. 

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, NSEA, past President of the Central Nebraska Swim League, and past Luther League Sponsor. He loved sports, crafts, singing, and was very artistic. He was also an avid Husker fan.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy of North Platte; a daughter, Kelli (Jace) Backman of Lincoln; a grandson, Austin Thomsen of Lincoln; father, Vernon Thomsen of Sutherland; three sisters, Carol (Don) Moore of Tryon, Jan Aden and special friend Gary Phipps of North Platte, Kim (Brian) Miller of Lincoln; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother; a brother, Dennis; a sister, Patricia Brown and an infant sister, Joan Thomsen; two in-laws, Bill and Eileen Mason.

, 79, of Sutherland died Oct. 7, 2006, at the Sutherland Care Center.

He was born Nov. 29, 1926, at the farm home in Wauneta to Zenas and Bessie Decker. He graduated from Wauneta High School in 1944. He served in the United States Army during World War II in Company D, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, being honorably discharged in November 1946. He received a Victory Medal and an Army of Occupation Medal. 

He married Arlis J. Wilson on Dec. 24, 1950, in Wauneta, where they resided while he began working as a carpenter. The couple moved to Wallace where he continued working as a carpenter for 17 years.

For a time, he was a volunteer for the Wallace Fire Department. He also spent several years helping with Cub Scouts. In 1971, after moving to Sutherland, he built their home and later retired. He resided under the excellent care and comfort of the Sutherland Care Center until God called him home. 

He enjoyed fishing and building children’s furniture, Christmas decorations, and wooden game boards. His craftsmanship will always be remembered in the keepsake furniture he built for his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a gentle and loving father and husband.

Survivors include his wife, Arlis of Sutherland; his daughter, Debra (Ronald) Gaedke of North Platte; his son, Michael L. (Pamela) Decker of Omaha; three brothers, Harold (Sunya) Decker of McCook, Dwayne (Doris) Decker of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Wilfred (Linda) Decker of Lincoln; a sister, Phyllis (Richard) Willerton of North Platte; six grandchildren, Kristen (Jeffrey) Grimes, Sarah (John) Dorwart, Amanda (Brandon) Jobe, Nicholas (Cara) Decker, Katrina and Rebekah Decker; three great-grandchildren, Samantha Meissner, Jacob and Joshua Dorwart; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zenas and Bessie Decker; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Dorwart.


, 74, of Grand Island died Oct. 9, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 18, 1932, at Reynolds to Henry J. and Sarah Jane (Bevington) Ross.

She grew up on a farm near Reynolds and graduated from Hebron High School in 1949. She then attended Fairbury Junior College. She taught rural school for three years near Hebron and then worked for Western Electric for seven years. She most recently had worked as handler at Fonner Park for 18 years.

She married Dale Dey Ermand on July 17, 1965, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island. She was an Army wife and spent two tours of duty with her husband in Germany, where she enjoyed traveling to Spain and France and other European countries.

She also enjoyed bowling, hunting, gardening and playing poker. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandson, Logan.

She had a special interest in collecting giraffes of all types.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Dey Ermand of Grand Island; a son, D.J. Jr. (Wendy) Dey Ermand of Omaha; a daughter and her fiance, Janell Dey Ermand and Todd Bowman, both of Grand Island; five sisters, Shirley Weimers of Bella Vista, Ark., Marjorie Mammen of Western, Janet (Bob) Brown of Western, Bonnie (Leo) Hohensee of Pleasant Dale and Joyce (Marvin) Hohensee of Platte City, Mo.; her grandson, Logan Dey Ermand of Omaha; two sisters-in-law, Carrol Eveland of Grand Island and Helen Perkins of Silver Springs, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

, 82, of Central City died Oct. 7, 2006, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.

She was born Feb. 27, 1924, at Big Timber, Mont., to Archie M. and Lulu (Mack) Nash.

In 1930, her family moved to Central City where she grew up and lived her entire life. She graduated from Central City High School in 1942. After graduation, she worked at the bomber plants in Kansas City and Omaha during WWII.

She was united in marriage to Lawrence Veed on March 4, 1950, in Taylor.

She worked at Omaha Cold Storage and Randy’s Steaks, and then worked as an electrician for Redman Mobile Homes and Champion Mobile Homes. She retired in 1982.

She enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence; a daughter, Laurie (Gary) Shields of Elkhorn; and a sister, Dorothy (Harry) Paden of Lincoln; two grandchildren, Kelli Klem and Chad Shields, and one great-grandson, Jacob Klem.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Virginia Hoffschneider.


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