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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 79, of Gordon, Neb., died on Jan. 30, 2007, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1928, to Lloyd L. and Sara (French) Ginkens, in Hooker County, near Mullen, Neb. He was the third child of four children.

He graduated from Mullen High School in 1945, and attended the University of Nebraska, at Lincoln, for one semester. He worked at the Abbott Bank in Thedford from 1949 to 1951.

On Feb. 10, 1957, he married Louise Goodin at the Gordon United Methodist Church. To this union four children were born – a daughter, Cheryl and three sons, Wesley, Roger and Edward.

He worked for the Ralph Vinton family south of Whitman for 7 years. In 1964, he moved his family to the Goodin Angus Cattle Company, east of Gordon, where he was manager and treasurer for 24 years. When the ranch was sold in 1988, they bought a small acreage south of Gordon, where they lived for 16 years. They moved into town in November of 2006.

He enjoyed playing cards with his grandchildren, reading his daily newspaper, watching rodeo and football on TV, dancing and bowling. He was a past member of the Nebraska Stockgrowers, Irwin school board and the Irwin election board. They bowled many years on the Wednesday night mixed league.

Survivors include his wife of almost 50 years, Louise; a daughter, Cheryl (Doug) Woodman of Shelton; sons, Wes (Cheryl) of Gordon and Ed (Laurel) of Harrison; six grandchildren, Carrie and Ashley Woodman, Wade and Sara Ginkens and Trevor and Jeb Ginkens; a brother, Lloyd L. Ginkens, Jr. of Mullen, and a close cousin, Roger Barnebey of Haughton, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger in 1991, and two sisters, Miriam Morris and Carol Volk.

, 93, of St. Paul died Feb. 12, 2007, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.

She was born Dec. 12, 1913, near Lodi to Edward and Nettie Pearl (Tovera) Bridges.

She was raised on a farm and attended school in the Lodi area of Custer County.

On Nov. 24, 1931, she was united in marriage to Earl C. Irvine at Julesburg, Colo. They lived in Callaway and later farmed near Grand Island, Cairo and Dannebrog before moving to a farm they purchased south of St. Paul. Earl Irvine passed away Oct. 10, 1961.

She was united in marriage to Chris Sorensen on Feb. 9, 1968, at Alma, Kan. Chris died March 15, 2000.

She enjoyed cooking and pictures.

She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church of Grand Island and a former member of St. Peder’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Nysted.

Survivors include two sons, Marvin Irvine and Larry (Lea) Irvine, all of St. Paul; a sister, Jean Irvine of Redlands, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Sonja Bridges of Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren and their spouses; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl C. Irvine, and her second husband, Chris Sorensen; her parents; a grandson, Barkley Joe Irvine; four sisters, Nettie Kolbo, Goldie Shea, Nellie Miller and Jewell McMurtry; and a brother, Otto Bridges.

, 79, of Grand Island died Feb. 9, 2007, at BryanLGH Medical Center East in Lincoln.

He was born May 11, 1927, at Genoa to Frank A. and Barbara (Uzendowski) Kiolbasa.

He graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to Nebraska following the service to start his own refrigeration and air conditioning business. He continued in that line of work with Swift & Company and later with Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1989.

He married Florence “Polly” Krueger on Nov. 22, 1948, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island.

He enjoyed being in the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting and also working on projects in his garage.

He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grand Island Boat Club, Saddle Club, Eagles Club, American Legion and Platt-Duetsche.

Survivors include his wife, Florence “Polly” Kiolbasa; two daughters, Barbara Bowling of Denver and Susan (Larry) Janssen of Minden; a son, Jim Kiolbasa of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Edward Kiolbasa of Stillwater, Minn., and Gene Kiolbasa of Iowa City, Iowa; and two sisters, Jeanette Kemper of North Glen, Colo., and Marg Stuckey of Omaha; six grandchildren and their spouses, Dean and Nicki Bowling, Angie Bowling, Shane and Velma Schutte, Erin and Jason Merryman, Austin and Megan Kiolbasa, and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ray and Chet; and two sisters, Sylvia and Rosie.

, 75, of Ashby, Neb., died Feb. 12, 2007, at the Waverly Care Center in Waverly, Neb.

She was born in York, Neb., on Aug. 17, 1931, to William and Marie (Welling) Shockey. Throughout her childhood she lived in California and various Nebraska communities, including York, Hampton and Seward. An accomplished swimmer, she devoted many hours as a lifeguard and instructor at the Seward community pool. After graduating from Seward High School with a normal training teaching certificate, she accepted a dare from a colleague and friend to teach in a one-room Sandhills school near Brewster, Neb. It was there that she met and fell in love with a cowboy/rancher, Jack (John L.) Dubs.

Jack and Dotty were united in marriage June 17, 1951, in Lincoln. To this couple, a daughter and two sons were born. She continued to teach in rural schools near Ashby, where they made their home.

She was a member of the Ashby Congregational Church and Women’s Fellowship.

As a strong advocate for swimmer’s education, she was a driving force to establish a swimming pool in the Grant County area. In addition to these activities, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a 4-H leader and a strong supporter of school activities.

Regardless of the activity, she would volunteer to transport students to and from various events. She was one of their biggest fans! It was not uncommon to see her ‘wrestling’ in the stands as hard as the athletes on the mats.

Her hobbies centered around those she loved, whether it be playing cards, dancing or simply visiting with friends. Later in life she thoroughly enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends to team penning competitions.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Valerie (Arch) Hill of Waverly, Troy (Tammie) Dubs of Ashby, and Jay (Linda) Dubs of Alliance; grandchildren, Leslie Hill, Dianna (Adam) White, Hope, Cole and Vonn Dubs, Justin, Jasmine and Miguel Dubs.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Wade; father; brother, Donald; mother and husband.


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