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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 89, of Crawford died May 11, at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford after a long illness.

She was born May 5, 1928, in Ashby to Howard and Elva (Christie) Dykes and was the ninth of 15 children. The family moved to Hyannis when she was five years old. She attended school there until her sophomore year. Her parents then moved to Morrill where she graduated from high school in 1946.

She came to Sioux County in the fall of 1946 and taught school for one year at the Highland District 39.

She married Earl August Grote on Nov. 39, 1947, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crawford. They made their home on the ranch four miles north of Harrison. They were blessed with seven children.

Survivors include her children, Debby (Glen) Petersen of Harrison, daughter-in-law, Julie Grote of Torrington, Wyo., Joe (Connie) Grote of Lewellen, Kay (Lloyd) Sharp of Pueblo, Colo., Susan Pullen of Tempe, Ariz., Karen (Dennis) Feeken of Cambridge, Rodney of Harrison; sisters, Ava Kay Wilson of Morrill and Dorothy Curtis of Helper, Utah; brother, Delbert Dykes of Cowley, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a wealth of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; son, Dwanne; parents; seven brothers and four sisters.

, 76, of Rushville died at the Chadron Community Hospital on May 13, 2007, surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1931, on the Anderson Homestead Southwest of Hay Springs in Dawes County to Wallace and Myrtle Iva (Moore) Anderson. He grew up and attended schools in Dawes County and Hay Springs, while in school he was known for his athletic abilities, especially in track where he went to the State Meet all four years of High School where he placed three out of the four years.

He served the United States Air Force from June 1950 until his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in June 1954 during that time he served his country for 19 months in the Korean War as a demolition technician.

He married Phyllis Gilliam on May 2, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Rushville.

After his military service he attended Chadron State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961. He taught and coached in various communities in Nebraska until 1967 when he accepted the position as the Recreation Therapist at the Veterans Administration in Hot Springs, S.D. He then was promoted to the position of the Director of Arts and Crafts. He retired from the Veterans Administration in May 1990.

They then moved to Rushville and he worked as a substitute teacher in the Rushville, Hay Springs, and Gordon school systems he retired once for 6 months, but missed working with the kids and renewed his teaching certificate so he could go back to substitute teaching which he loved, after 15 years he retired permanently due to his health in April 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; two sons, John (Rhonda) Anderson and Dave Anderson; daughter, Kathie (Bryan) Bradley and one grandson, Michael Harnois; two brothers, Charles (Virginia) Anderson and Donald (Mary) Anderson; two sisters, Francis Young and Myrtle Shumway; 28 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Doris.

, 85, of Mullen died May 19, 2007, at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen.

He was born April 14, 1922, in Cherry County to Willie and Nellie (Phipps) Boyer.

On June 29, 1941, he was united in marriage to Kathleen “Kat” Pearman in Thedford. To this union was born – Stanley E., Woodrow “Dale,” Nellie, William Lee, Douglas and Ronald.

When he was very young, Buck lost his father, Willie. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Charles Isom. He drove a truck several years for Sexton and McIntosh and spent many years working for the Coble Ranches. The later years before retirement were spent doing handyman work, plumbing, remodeling, etc., becoming a self-employed carpenter. His handiwork is still being enjoyed by all his children in their homes today. His vast knowledge and willing hands will be sorely missed.

He served in the armed services, stationed in the Philippines, from 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a long-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marcy Upton Post 109.

Survivors include Kathleen, his wife of 65 years; children, Stanley E. (friend, Audrey McPeak) of Mullen, Woodrow (Carol) and Nellie (Jerry) McCarty, all of North Platte, and Douglas (Linda) and Ronald (Donna), all of Mullen; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Macke; a half-brother, Lee Isom; and a stepsister, Virginia Huddle.

He was preceded in death by two sons, an infant and William Lee; his parents; stepfather; sisters, Margaret Cleaveager, Marie Dooley and Juanita Boyer; and stepbrothers, Ivan, Paul, Johnny and Boyd Isom.

, 93, of North Platte died May 19, 2007, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Grand Island to Gustav and Carrie (Petersen) Westphal. She attended North Platte High School.

She married B. Kenneth Johnson Sr. on Sept. 10, 1939, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Platte. The couple farmed in the Nichols community for more than 60 years.

She was a lifelong member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Union Pacific Old Timers Auxiliary, Sarah Rebekah Lodge, the American Legion Auxiliary and Nichols Ladies Aid. She also helped with the Canteen for several years.

She was known for her beautiful voice, as well as her skill on the piano. She would always call and sing “Happy Birthday” to her family.

Survivors include a son, Bruce K. (Barbara) Johnson of Centennial, Colo.; a grandson, Christopher B. Johnson of Denver; granddaughter, Kendra Dee; great-granddaughter, Mindy; sister-in-law, Maxine Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Doris Johnson of North Platte; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980; a son, Benjamin “Benny” Kenneth Johnson Jr.; two brothers; two sisters; three brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.


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