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, 73, a life long rancher from Keystone, Neb., died Jan. 6, 2007, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 1933, in Ogallala, to John and Bessie Miller Peterson. He received his early education in a small country school south of his ranch home. He rode his horse to and from school which was near the old Williams place.

He graduated from Arthur County High School and soon after received his teaching certificate. He then served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959 where he became a skilled welder. He then returned home to operate the family ranch.

Welding became his hobby, using his welding knowledge that he gained in the Army. He enjoyed working on machinery and his lathe machine which he “loved.” He spent hours making parts for his machinery and strived to make his ranch efficient.

On March 6, 1988, he married Vivien, daughter of Mike and Avis Guggenmos of Ogallala at Trinity Lutheran Church south of Ogallala. The couple resided at the Keystone ranch. He was a member of the Arthur Baptist Church. He was on the Farmers Home Administration Board in Ogallala for a period of time. He also received a Tree Planting Award in 1984 for the 39 acres of trees planted for wind breaks on the ranch.

His family was very special to him. He enjoyed teaching them all about cattle and the ranch way of life. He was always very supportive of everyone and he will truly be missed by them all.

Survivors include his wife, Vivien Peterson of Keystone; two daughters, Sheila (Steve) Helmer of Arthur and Tammy Nelson of Fremont; two sons: Michael Galaviz of Washington, D.C. and John (Tara) Galaviz of Lincoln; two brothers, Dale Peterson of Edgar, Neb., and Marvin (Iris) Peterson of Ponca City, Okal.; a sister-in-law, Mary Peterson of Columbus, Neb., eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, also many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Francis Glinn and Don Peterson; nephew, Dustin Glinn and his mother, Brenda Glinn; and niece, Julie Kay Peterson.

, 94, of Cozad died Jan. 13, 2007, at Cozad.

She was born March 13, 1912, at Harvard, Neb., to Joseph and Elizabeth Buckley Walsh. At the age of 5 years, she moved with her adoptive parents, Vinal and Anna McVicker, to Cozad. She graduated from Cozad High School.

On April 14, 1940, she was married to Morris “Tag” Dillon. They made their home on the Dillon Family homestead southeast of Cozad.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1983 and continued living at the farm until 1998 when she moved to Cozad. Lucille, who was affectionately know as “Sugar,” was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church and was active in the Altar Society, the choir and had served as organist for the Catholic Church at Willow Island. Other memberships included the BPOE Does Drove 177, the Pollyanna Club, and card and dance clubs.

Throughout her life she enjoyed working with her husband on the farm, cooking, gardening, crocheting and traveling. She was also a volunteer for the Red Cross.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Kolbo of Cozad; five sons, George (Margaret) Dillon of Gothenburg, Robert Dillon of Cozad, Jack (Judy) Dillon of Lincoln, Jim (Robee) Dillon of Cozad and Don (Catherine “Cap”) Dillon of Cozad; two sisters, Emma Kinnan of Gothenburg and Hazel Kaufman of Kearney; two sisters-in-law, Judy Walsh of Hastings and Eunice (Vince) Cole of Denver; 21 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Gaven Kasson; a son-in-law, Gary Kolbo; two brothers; and a sister.

, 85, of Holdrege died Jan. 10, 2007, at Holdrege Memorial Homes.

He was born Nov. 9, 1921, south of Loomis in Phelps County to Paul and Lucy (Cobb) McClymont.

On Feb. 2, 1946, he married Phyllis Winquest in Holdrege.

He received his education at Holdrege and graduated from Holdrege High School in 1939. He then pursued higher education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Following his education, he was employed as a draftsman for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle and in Wichita, Kan., and later for Vega Aircraft in California.

He then served his country as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While in the service, he was a navigator on a B-29 based on Tinian in the Mariana Islands. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Following the war, he farmed and raised Hereford cattle south of Loomis.

He and his family made their home on the farm south of Loomis until he retired in 1990, at which time the couple moved into Holdrege.

He was a 60-year member of First United Methodist Church, which he served on numerous committees; served on the Loomis School Board for 17 years; served on the board of directors of the Loomis Co-op Grain Co.; was a past board member of the Phelps County Historical Society; and served on the board of the Phelps Memorial Hospital Association. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and a past member of the Centennial Kiwanis Club and the B.P.O.E. Elks Club.

Following retirement, he enjoyed working with his horses as long as his health permitted and was an avid reader. He volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels and helped with immunization clinics and bingo at Christian Homes. He enjoyed Air Force reunions and visiting with his B-29 crewmates and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife; sons, John (Deborah) of Norton, Kan., and Steve (Claire) of Evergreen, Colo.; daughters, Jane (Darrell) Teply of Kearney and Sally (Gary) Mueller of Holdrege; grandchildren, C.J. (Jennifer) Teply of Gunnison, Colo., Sarah Teply of Omaha, Taylor Teply of Kearney, Matt (Kara) Mueller and Tyler Mueller, all of Holdrege, Grant McClymont of Norton, Scott (Candi) Westbrook of Justin, Texas, Kirk (Laura) Westbrook of Canadian, Texas, Brian McClymont and C.J. McClymont, both of Largo, Fla., Sarah (Andy) Daye of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Jenelle (Blair) Kuhlman and Jamin (Kiowa) Winans all of Denver; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Adri McClymont of Holdrege and Phyllis (Rod) Johnson of Lincoln; four nieces; other relatives; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Warren McClymont; and a brother and sister in infancy.


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