Plains Edition Obituaries

, 63, of Newell, S.D., died Oct. 31, 2006, as the result of a ranching accident at Newell.

He was born Dec. 18, 1942, at Valentine to Lloyd and Reta (Roundy) Micheel. He grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska and went to high school in Valentine and Hyannis.

He was married to Joyce Hollenbeck in 1965 and had four children. He moved to South Dakota in 1984 and married Barbara Ferguson in 1989.

He enjoyed his grandkids, family, friends, the sport of rodeo, raising bulls and being a stock contractor. He had many accomplishments in and outside the arena.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Micheel of Newell, S.D.; mother, Reta Micheel of Hot Springs, S.D.; brother, Jack (Janet) Micheel of Seneca; sister, Bonnie (Ed) Schemm of Ft. Collins, Colo.; daughters, Kerry (Billy) Warren of Maxwell, Kelly (Bryon) Painter of Long Pine; sons, Stan (Mandy) Micheel of Sargent, Stacey (Char) Micheel of Parks; step children, Cody (Stella) Ferguson of Sturgis, S.D., Tori (Steve) Iske of New Underwood, S.D., Jami (Kevin ) Goss of Rapid City, S.D., JaeDee Ferguson of Sturgis, S.D.; 26 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; one step great grandchild and six nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and three nieces.

, 84, longtime resident of the Lewellen area died at his home on Oct. 9, 2006.

He was born on June 22, 1922, at Osceola, Neb., the youngest of 11 children to John ‘Jake’ and Katherine ‘Kate’ (Opiela) Koczor. He grew up and received his early education near Silver Creek, Neb. After school, he farmed with his parents near Silver Creek for the next several years.

While working on a harvest crew, he met his future wife, Germaine ‘Jeri’ Faust in Orient, S.D. They were later married on Sept. 26, 1950, in Polo, S.D. They made their home on a farm south of Sutherland, where they set up housekeeping and farmed for the next eight years.

They then moved north of Lake McConaughy, where they ran a resort, called Peterson’s Otter Creek Lodge until 1974 and later moved to their current home outside of Lewellen.

He worked as a road grade operator for Keith County while they ran the resort. In 1968, he started working with heavy equipment for Missouri Valley, Blattner and several other construction companies before retiring in 2002. After his retirement, he kept busy with his gardening and card playing.

Survivors include his wife, Jeri Cutsor of Lewellen; daughters, Rosalie (Butch) Orr of Lewellen, Dolores (Tim) Tague of Omaha; granddaughter, Misty (Jim) Biel of Ogallala, Tina (Steve) Hunzeker of York, Molly Delatour of Lincoln; grandson, Wes Delatour of Lincoln; three great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 10 brothers and sisters, Joe, Leo, Ben, Frank, Steve, Alex and Ed Cutsor, Florence Stachura, Victoria Grossnicklaus and Rose Fiddler.

, 94, of Sutherland died Nov. 3, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born June 12, 1912, to Edward Francis and Maude A. (Fye) Rourke at Sutherland, where she grew up.

She married Charles Edward Fleecs on May 5, 1931, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland. They farmed south of Sutherland and in 1966 they moved into Sutherland.

She was active in community organizations and events. She enjoyed playing bridge, served on the Lincoln County Extension Board and dedicated her time to volunteering at the Sutherland Care Center. She was a loving and caring grandmother.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Altar society, and a charter member of the Excelsier Extension Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Hoatson and two sons, Donald (Peggy) Fleecs and Jerome “PeeWee” (Norma) Fleecs, all of Sutherland; 11 grandchildren, Diane Fleecs, Jackie (Stewart) Williams, Patrick (Ruth) Fleecs, Joe Fleecs, Elizabeth Johnson, Tina Fleecs, Frank Fleecs, Kendra (Kenneth) Younghans, Mary Alice Hoatson, Ted (Anne) Hoatson, and Dave (Traci) Hoatson; a granddaughter-in-law, Rhonda Fleecs of Sutherland; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister-in-law, Madonna Rourke of Bakersfield, Calif.; a special cousin, Eldon Burcham of North Platte; several nieces, nephews, other family and her special friends at Linden Estates.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; a son-in-law, Tom Hoatson; a sister, Virginia Rourke; two brothers, Francis Rourke and Edward Rourke; and two grandsons, Robert Anthony Hoatson and JerreRome Fleecs.

, 50, of rural Minatare, died Nov. 2, 2006, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff following a long and brave battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 23, 1956, in Brush, Colo., to George and Audrey (Harden) Hellyer. He grew up and attended schools in Colorado and in the panhandle of Nebraska with most of the time being in Alliance. He graduated from Brush High School in 1975.

He entered the Army and served in Fulda Germany. Upon his discharge, he returned to the area and began his employment with Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Railroad, where he was employed up to the time of his death. His fellow employees referred to him as “Big D.”

He married Candy Marsh on July 30, 1983, and to this union three daughters and one son were born. They lived in several locations while working with the railroad and the past five years they lived in rural Minatare.

Survivors include his wife, Candy; daughters, Courtney Hellyer and Kelsey Hellyer both of Scottsbluff and Ashley Hellyer of the home; mother, Audrey Hellyer of Alliance; sisters, Linda Higgins of Mitchell, Mary (Steve) Vogel of Alliance, and Gerri (Curt) Junkert of Weatherford, Texas; and brother George Stenzel of Alliance.

He was preceded in death by his father and infant son, Uriah Hellyer.

, 77, of Kimball died on Nov. 2, 2006 at Kimball .

He was born in Omaha on May 30, 1929, the son of James and Mary (Dohse) Bohac. He graduated from the Kimball County High School in 1946. During school he was active in football and basketball and was a member of the boy scouts.

He worked with his family on the farm. He then worked in the plumbing and construction business. He was a member of the Kimball Volunteer Fire Dept. of 33 years and was an Honorary Fireman for 21 years.

He enjoyed playing cards and dominos and was always interested in the activities that his kids and grandkids were in. He enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Leola of Kimball; sons, Randy of Kimball, Kerry of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Bill (Tamie) of Kimball; daughters, Kay (Norm) Williams of Kimball and Cindy (Larry) Halstead of Marbleton, Wyo.; brothers, Jim of Kimball and Ed of Sterling, Colo.; sister, Marian Klienholz of Carpenter, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon; brothers, John and Chuck; and three infant grandchildren.