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, 83, of North Platte, died Dec. 26, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

He was born to John Frederick and Ethel E. Detty Favinger on May 13, 1923, in Wallace, Neb. He attended school at Plain View and went on to work for several different farmers.

He married Ella Mae McKillip on July 20, 1943, at Hayes Center, and joined the United States Army in 1943, taking his basic training at Leavenworth, Kan. From basic training he went to Fort Mead, Maryland, and on a ship to France, Italy and Germany in World War II. He served bravely in the infantry and took part in the storming of Omaha Beach on D-Day.

In 1947 he was discharged and moved back to North Platte and went to work for Northwestern Public Service Company, where he stayed for 30 years and then he took his retirement on April 29, 1983. He was a lifetime resident of North Platte.

He was an avid fisherman and sportsman and enjoyed dancing, playing cards, homemade crafts, camping and fishing and family was a priority in his life. He and Ella celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on July 20, 1999. They share this date with their granddaughter Becky (Cory) Phillips.

He was a devout Catholic, belonging to St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, BPO Eagles and the VFW.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris (Ted) Simants and Patricia (Rick) Davis; grandchildren, John Simants, Becky Simants Phillips, Cory Phillips, Jason (Heidi) Davis, Brad (Kerry ) Davis; two sisters, Donna (George) Allen and Geraldine Swartout; sister-in-law, Laverne Lake; brother-in-law, Harold Hilton; four great-grandsons, Bryson Simants Phillips and Conner Simants Phillips, Sid Simants, Seth Simants; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ella Favinger; two brothers, Oran Favinger and Floyd Favinger; and sister, Irene Wills.

, 82, of Gothenburg died Dec. 23, 2006, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Helvey on July 8, 1924, to Fred and Elyse Ridpath Garratt. He grew up in Fairbury graduating at the age of 15, and went on to attend Fairbury Junior College, where he met Creta.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, and served through 1946. He was involved in the European Theater and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

On July 21, 1946, he married Creta Andrews in Hutchinson, Kan. He went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in electrical engineering. 

He loved his family, friends and his church. His days were filled with caring for his yard, working in his workshop and volunteering at the senior center.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years, a Master Mason at Gothenburg and Lexington, a worthy patron of Eastern Star at Gothenburg and Cozad, served on the Gothenburg City Council, was a board member of the Gothenburg Cemetery, a 20-year member of the Natural Resource Board, and for the past five years participated on the Nebraska Natural Resource Commission.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Creta Garratt of Gothenburg; two sons, Don (Sandy) Garratt of Superior, Colo., and Roger (Kris) Garratt of Seattle; a daughter, Kathy (Mick) Brosius of North Platte; two brothers, Arnold  Garratt of Los Angeles and Richard (Barbara) Garratt of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sherri in 2002; and her husband, Richard Blase in 2005.

, 99, of Ravenna died Dec. 21, 2006, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island.

She was born March 15, 1907, in Rockville to Hans and Amanda (Pohlman) Hehnke.

On Dec. 19, 1930, she married Grant “Ted” Asher. He preceded her in death

She attended school at Rockville and graduated from the 11th grade in 1923. She then graduated from the 12th grade at Kearney Normal School in 1924 and earned a teaching certificate. She taught country schools in the Rockville area and grade school and high school at Monument Butte School in Gillette, Wyo.

While teaching, she continued her education and graduated from Kearney State Teachers College in 1930 with a bachelor of science degree in math and English.

The couple made their home near Ravenna. They farmed and had a milk and egg route for 20 years. They later had a route for Fairacres Dairy. They moved to Ravenna in 1966. She moved to Tiffany Square in Grand Island in 2002.

She was a member of the Congregational Church, Women’s Fellowship, Women’s Club, Rebekahs and Eastern Star.

She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and gardening.

Survivors include her sons, Richard (Sandi) of Kearney and Ron (Shary) of North Platte; daughters, Donna Williams of Bremerton, Wash., and Carol (Barney) McGahan of Grand Island; sister, Laura Dethlefs of Rockville; nineteen grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Mark Herbers of Titusville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Janice Herbers; brothers, John, Carl and Otto; sisters, Rose Dethlefs and Mary Moog; two infant sisters; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.  

, 100, of Kearney died Dec. 21, 2006, at Mount Carmel Home.

He was born Jan. 23, 1906, in Woonsocket, R.I., to Joseph and Eliza (Sareault) Boudreau.

On Oct. 30, 1951, he married JoAnn Kriz in Campbell.

His family moved to Campbell in 1909. He attended rural schools near Campbell.

After he and his wife were married at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Campbell, they farmed west of Campbell until they retired in 1976.

They moved to Campbell and lived in town until they moved to Kearney in 1980.

They were members of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Keenagers and Third Order of Lay Carmelites.

Survivors include his wife; son, Vincent (Marilyn) of Wood River; and sister, Rita Soucie of Wheatridge, Colo.; grandson, Darin (Tessie) Boudreau of Bellevue; granddaughter, Christina (Nathan) Miller of Grand Island; great-granddaughter, Makenna Miller of Grand Island; and great-grandsons, Zand and Jace Boudreau of Bellevue.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.


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