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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 81, of North Platte died April 25, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

She was born Bonnie Bell Hackler on June 15,1924, in North Platte to Ernest and Maude (Likes) Hackler. She graduated from North Platte High School.

On April 18, 1954, she married Julian P. Amaya in North Platte. Except for about nine years when they lived in Benkelman, Neb., They spent most of their lives together in North Platte.

Julian passed away on March 28, 1989, after which she returned to their home in North Platte.

She worked at a number of places in North Platte including the hospital as a nurse’s aide and she worked at the meat packing plant.

She was a member of the Toastmistress Club for many years, she also was an avid rock hound and was a member of the rock club in North Platte.

Survivors include four children, Connie of Brady, Julene (Dale) of Jerome, Idaho, Phillip (Sheila) of San Jose, Calif., and William (Michelle) of Hailey, Idaho; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian and a daughter, Sharon.

, 74, of Gibbon died April 28, 2006, at St. John’s Center in Kearney.

She was born June 1, 1931, at Centerville, Iowa, to William and Anna Benge.

She grew up and attended school in Centerville and Gibbon.

She was married to Everett Johnson in Gibbon on Jan. 21, 1951. They made their home in Gibbon for 36 years. They moved to Indiana for two years and then back to Gibbon. She worked for the Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon for 17-1/2 years. She also did laundry at the Western Inn in Kearney.

She had been a resident of St. John’s Care Center for the past two months due to ill health.

She was a member of the Gibbon Baptist Church. Pastimes included singing in the choir, embroidery, gardening (especially flowers) and bird watching.

Survivors include three sons, David of Gibbon, Douglas (Sandy) of Gibbon and Robert (Crystal) of Kearney; four daughters, Brenda Schade of Kearney, Carla (Jim) Smallcomb of Gibbon, Judy Johnson of Gibbon and Kristi (David) Martensen of Leigh; a sister, Joann (Delmar) Ballanger of Centerville, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Daralyn Benge of Gibbon; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Johnson, in 1999; her parents; a brother and two granddaughters.

, 86, of Chadron died April 21, 2006, at Chadron Community Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1920, at rural Centerville, S.D., to William Royal Ellis and Esther Marie (Engman) Ellis. As a young child the family moved to a ranch near Kennebec, S.D., He attended Lyman County Country School and graduated from Kennebec High School in 1938.

He married Marie Binegar on March 29, 1947. They ranched south of Reliance, S.D. To this union were born three children; Sherryl, Carolyn and Randy.

In March 1966 the family moved to a ranch near Hay Springs. Gordon and Marie were divorced in 1974.

On May 1, 1976, Gordon married Shirley Grant in Rushville. They ranched until 1999 when they retired and moved to Chadron. They enjoyed dances on Saturday night and went to many craft shows where they displayed his wood working and Shirley’s art. Shirley passed away March 11, 2005.

After Shirley’s death, his health began to decline. In the past three weeks he had been in and out of Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs and the Chadron Hospital.

He was a member of Chadron Elks Lodge #1399.

Survivors include one son, Randy Ellis of New Underwood, S.D.; two daughters, Sherryl Knobloch of Hills, Mont., and Carolyn Jones of Chadron; two brothers, Wayne Ellis and Bob Ellis both of Chamberlain, S.D.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents; one brother, Dale, and one sister, Natalie.

, 54, of Kearney died April 24, 2006, at his home.

He was born Dec. 31, 1951, in North Platte to Evaristo and Carlota (Flores) Calleroz.

He grew up and received his education in North Platte and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1970.

On Nov. 25, 1972, he married Rosie Casillas in North Platte.

He and his wife moved to Kearney where he worked for various businesses, including Holiday Service Station and Baldwin Filters, and he was a counselor at the Youth Development Center. He had been with Eaton Corp. since 1981.

He attended North Platte Junior College and received his associate of arts degree in 1972. He attended Kearney State College and received his bachelor of arts in education in December 1974. During the summer, he coached discus for the Front Runners Track Club. He also coached shot put and discus during the school season for Kearney Catholic High School. He had coached the throwers for 12 years. Nothing made him more proud than to coach his own children.

He was an active member of the Kearney Catholic Athletic Association for many years. Head track coach and friend Dwaine Schmitt said Steve was a huge Kearney Catholic fan.

He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Kearney.

Survivors include his wife; son, Joseph of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughters, Lisa, Amanda and Stephanie, all of Kearney; brothers, Louie of LaVern, Calif., Lupe of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jesse Mendez of Gardena, Calif., and Max Mendez of Nakina, N.C.; and sisters, Marjorie of San Antonio and Theresa Doremus of Benedict-Polk; his daughter-in-law, Alison of Highlands Ranch; sisters-in-law, Ruth Calleroz of LaVern, Ruth Mendez of Gardena, Emma Mendez of Nakina and Sally Mendez of Rio Rancho, N.M.; brother-in-law, Bob Doremus of Benedict-Polk; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe Mendez and Paul Mendez; and nephew, Joe Mendez III.


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