Plains Edition Obituaries |

Plains Edition Obituaries

, 82, of Valentine died Jan. 14, 2007, in Valentine surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 30, 1924 in Valentine to Howard and Rachel Foster Gipe. He was a World War II Veteran, serving most of his three years that he was in the service in Norwich, England.

On Feb. 3, 1942, he married Betty Lorraine Green. He was commander of his American Legion Post in Valentine and was also active in the Lions Club in Sutherland.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay (Jim) Shamis of Morrison, Colo.; a son, James W. Gipe of Omaha; four grandchildren, Christopher, Mark, Jennifer, and Kerrie; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Berniece Beman, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; a great-grandson Jace; a two-year-old sister, Beatrice and another sister, Maxine Steppat.

, 84, of Oshkosh died Jan. 10, 2007, in the Garden County Nursing Home at Oshkosh.

He was born on Aug. 29, 1922, at Philadelphia, Penn., the son of Richard Paul and Florence (Grunwald) Bender. He grew up and received his education at Philadelphia, graduating from high school there.

His first job was selling produce from the family farm off of a wagon at Philadelphia. Later, he entered the United States military.

On Dec. 25, 1952, he married Anna Fritz at Bethlehem, Penn.

He worked for Bethlehem Steel and later for Pillsbury. He also worked for Coca-Cola and helped make some of the first instant teas.

The family moved to Colorado in 1968 and he farmed various crops and raised farm animals, including Appaloosa horses. Then they moved to New Jersey, where he continued to work for Coca-Cola.

In the 1970s, they moved to Ogallala. In 1983, they made their home at Oshkosh.

He enjoyed writing letters and poetry, and had several writings published in the Fence Post. Other hobbies included painting, carpentry and fishing. He also had a love for the ministry with Jehovah’s Witness.

Survivors include two sons, Fred (Susan) Bender of North Platte and Richard Paul Bender III of China; a daughter, Anne (Nelson) Chavez; and eight grandchildren, Sane Bender, Shaun Aten, Seth Aten, Brandie Bender, Marnell (David) Sassman, Tiffani Thompson, Kari Thompson and Diana Chavez.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Bender in 1998.

, 89, of Paxton died Jan. 19, 2007, in Hebron.

He was born Aug. 30, 1917, in the sandhills north of Paxton to James and Katie (Kirkpatrick) Leeper. He attended rural district schools in McPherson County graduating from McPherson County High School in Tryon. He also attended the Diamond Bar School.

He lived at home with his parents until his late teens and worked as a hired man ever since that time. Working a total of 44 years on two ranches.

Survivors include a great niece, Michelle (John) Plock and their children Alexandra, Samantha and Austin of Shickley; a great nephew J.D. (Lisa) Baltzell and Tanner of Paxton; a sister, Letha (Francis) Fry of Chapman; the Paxton Community, who helped him throughout the years; and the Blue Valley Lutheran Home Staff who he considered his extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jessie Wilson, Dorothy Caselton, Laura Stearns and Delia Baltzell.

, 82, of Hildreth died Jan. 18, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

She was born June 3, 1924, in Kearney County near Hildreth to Jerry and Freda (Anderson) Keiser.

On Dec. 23, 1944, she married Kenneth Bauer. He died in 1994.

She grew up in the Hildreth area, attended country school and later graduated from Hildreth High School. She attended Midland Lutheran College for one year.

She and her husband lived and farmed near Hildreth.

She enjoyed following her grandsons in their activities. She liked to play cards, watch sporting events and do laundry, and enjoyed her animals. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth.

Survivors include her son, Dennis of Ainsworth; her daughter-in-law, Pam Bauer of Ainsworth; grandsons, Bruce (Thea) Bauer, Kenneth (Heather) Bauer, and Bryce (Emily) Bauer; and great-granddaughters, Tatum and Ava.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Jerry, and sister, Rosalie Schwartz.

, 81, of Cairo died Jan. 18, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

She was born Aug. 9, 1925, at Grand Island to Julius and Edith (Thomsen) Harders.

She grew up in the Wood River and Cairo area and attended school at District 37 and Cairo High School.

On Dec. 31, 1942, she married George Reinhardt in Kearney. They lived near Boelus for 19 years, then moved into Cairo in 1984.

She was a member of Cairo United Methodist Church, Platt Duetsche, United Methodist Women, and several card clubs.

Her hobbies included playing cards, sewing, traveling, baking, camping, fishing and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna (Jim) Schultz of Cairo and Linda (Ben) Winget of Boelus; two brothers, Delmer (Norma) Harders and Raymond Harders, all of Wood River.; five grandchildren, Robert Schultz, Rick Schultz, Randa Felske, April Jilg and Leah Winget; nine great-grandchildren; special friend, Henry Schwartz of Grand Island; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Reinhardt; and a daughter, Sharon Ann and her parents.


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