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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 86, of North Platte died Dec. 10, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

He was born to William and Catherine Ackerman on June 6, 1920, in North Platte, Neb.

He married Freda Smith on Dec. 24, 1941. He was a life long resident of North Platte.

He served in the Army during the European campaign of WWII. He took part in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, his birthday.

He was a carpenter much of his life, building many fine homes in North Platte.

After his retirement he enjoyed going to auctions, always on the lookout for model-T parts. At the time of his death he was restoring a 1923 Model T. He was a long time member of the American Legion.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and father and a dedicated worker.

Survivors include a daughter, Melba (Jim) Dickenson of Alliance; son, John Ackerman of North Platte; granddaughter, Vicki Dickenson of Alliance; and several cousins, nieces and nephews; special friends, Betty and Charlie Mayhew; and caregiver Tami Yeutter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, August, Clarence and Floyd; and his wife, Freda.

, 66, of Gering, died Nov. 7, 2006, at University of Iowa Hospital at Iowa City, Iowa.

She was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Gordon, Neb., she was adopted by the loving parents of Grant and Nellie Porter.

She grew up in Gordon and graduated from Gordon High School. She worked for businesses ranging from ranches to J.C. Penney in the Gordon area.

She married Dick Phillips on Oct. 11, 1959, in Gordon. From this union came five children. They lived in Chadron until 1965, when they moved to the Terrytown and Gering area to raise their children.

She operated a pilot car service for wide load houses and trailers for 35 years. She was known by her CB name “Brand X” in many states. She worked for the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center as a correction officer until retiring in December 2000.

She loved to travel and meet people. She never met a stranger and had friends and relatives from coast to coast. She was well known for her talkative personality and never-ending energy to be “on the go.” Her true love was her family. She enjoyed being with her children and their families. If there was any opportunity for her to be with them, she would be there whether it was close or far. She was proud of their accomplishments and was a great supporter. She cherished each moment of her life and always kept a smile on her face and many others.

She was a member of the Zion Evangelical Church of Scottsbluff, Ladies Guild, Gering Valley Project Club, Mitchell Berean Church Single Group; TOPS/Loosing Weight Together, Christian Woman’s Club, Compassionate Friends of Wyo-Braska, and the Red Hat Society. She was a past member of the Moose Lodge, GO Auxiliary and a Bowling League. She was also active with her children in 4-H, rodeo, softball, baseball, volleyball and basketball.

You could always count on her being there to watch. She loved to go swimming for the exercise and friendship. Everyone could always count on her being there for all functions. People gave her great comfort.

Survivors include her children, Michael and Robin Phillips of Thurston, Jim and Lennie Phillips of Helmville, Mont., and Shawna and Mike Winchell of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Garret and Karissa Phillips, Bronwyn and Kamela Bloxham, Jordan Phillips, Shelby and Libby Winchell, Samantha and Zachery Phillips; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; daughter, Janelle Bloxham; son, Samuel Phillips; sister, Betty Murray; and parents.

, 86, of North Platte died Dec. 10, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

He was born to William and Catherine Ackerman on June 6, 1920, in North Platte, Neb.

He married Freda Smith on Dec. 24, 1941. He was a life long resident of North Platte.

He served in the Army during the European campaign of WWII. He took part in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, his birthday.

He was a carpenter much of his life, building many fine homes in North Platte.

After his retirement he enjoyed going to auctions, always on the lookout for model-T parts. At the time of his death he was restoring a 1923 Model T. He was a long time member of the American Legion.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and father and a dedicated worker.

Survivors include a daughter, Melba (Jim) Dickenson of Alliance; son, John Ackerman of North Platte; granddaughter, Vicki Dickenson of Alliance; and several cousins, nieces and nephews; special friends, Betty and Charlie Mayhew; and caregiver Tami Yeutter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, August, Clarence and Floyd; and his wife, Freda.

, 66, of Gering, died Nov. 7, 2006, at University of Iowa Hospital at Iowa City, Iowa.

She was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Gordon, Neb., she was adopted by the loving parents of Grant and Nellie Porter.

She grew up in Gordon and graduated from Gordon High School. She worked for businesses ranging from ranches to J.C. Penney in the Gordon area.

She married Dick Phillips on Oct. 11, 1959, in Gordon. From this union came five children. They lived in Chadron until 1965, when they moved to the Terrytown and Gering area to raise their children.

She operated a pilot car service for wide load houses and trailers for 35 years. She was known by her CB name “Brand X” in many states. She worked for the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center as a correction officer until retiring in December 2000.

She loved to travel and meet people. She never met a stranger and had friends and relatives from coast to coast. She was well known for her talkative personality and never-ending energy to be “on the go.” Her true love was her family. She enjoyed being with her children and their families. If there was any opportunity for her to be with them, she would be there whether it was close or far. She was proud of their accomplishments and was a great supporter. She cherished each moment of her life and always kept a smile on her face and many others.

She was a member of the Zion Evangelical Church of Scottsbluff, Ladies Guild, Gering Valley Project Club, Mitchell Berean Church Single Group; TOPS/Loosing Weight Together, Christian Woman’s Club, Compassionate Friends of Wyo-Braska, and the Red Hat Society. She was a past member of the Moose Lodge, GO Auxiliary and a Bowling League. She was also active with her children in 4-H, rodeo, softball, baseball, volleyball and basketball.

You could always count on her being there to watch. She loved to go swimming for the exercise and friendship. Everyone could always count on her being there for all functions. People gave her great comfort.

Survivors include her children, Michael and Robin Phillips of Thurston, Jim and Lennie Phillips of Helmville, Mont., and Shawna and Mike Winchell of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Garret and Karissa Phillips, Bronwyn and Kamela Bloxham, Jordan Phillips, Shelby and Libby Winchell, Samantha and Zachery Phillips; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; daughter, Janelle Bloxham; son, Samuel Phillips; sister, Betty Murray; and parents.