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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 83, of Gering, died Sept. 19, 2007, at the Northfield Villa Med Center.

He was born in Harrisburg, Neb., on June 2, 1924, son of Herbert and Mary (Shafar) Downer. He was a 1942 graduate of Banner County Schools. He entered the U.S. Army in 1945 and served as a MP in Washington, D.C. during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Margie Franklin June 20, 1948 in McGrew. They moved to Harrisburg, where he farmed until he retired. They moved to Northfield Villa in September of 2005.

He enjoyed and loved farming and his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was a member of the Elks and Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Downer; children, H. Mark and Diane Downer of Gering and Lisa (Downer) and Mark Porter of Seward, Neb.; grandchildren, H. Adam (Candy) Downer of Gering, Brian Downer of Scottsbluff, Mark Douglas (Beth) of North Bend, Neb., Clark Porter and Mary Elisabeth Porter both of Seward; great-grandchildren, H. Austin Downer and Sydney Porter; sisters, Marguerite Bjornsen of Vancouver, Wash. and Maxine Corr of Gering and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother and brothers, Al and Ken.

, 60, of Ogallala, Neb., died Sept. 24, 2007, at his home after a battle with cancer.

He was born in Kearney, on July 28, 1947, the eldest child of Donald and Norma Slaughter. Raised on the family farm east of Kearney, he attended a country school through the eighth grade and was actively involved in 4-H.

In 1965, he graduated from Kearney High School where he was a first chair baritone in the school band, and competed on both the tennis and wrestling teams. Even as a teenager, Mark showed the toughness, grit and determination that would later define his fight with cancer, winning a gold medal at a state wrestling meet despite having suffered a ribcage injury prior to the competition.

After high school, he attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1970 with majors in finance and agricultural economics. It was during his college years that Mark met Roberta and they were married in Kearney in 1972.

After college, he worked for the Farmers Home Administration. He rose rapidly through the ranks, working at offices in Clay Center, Grand Island, and Fremont. Despite his professional successes at the FHA, he chose a different career path after the birth of their first child, Alison. The young family moved back to Kearney where he took a position at the Platte Valley State Bank in the agricultural lending department. He was soon promoted to vice president with greatly expanded responsibilities. While in Kearney, he was active in a myriad of community and church activities. He was a member of the Buffalo County Crop Growers Association, Pork producers, and Fort Kearney Cattlemen Association. He served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee for the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gateway Farm Expo. His two sons, Daniel and Bradley, were both born in Kearney.

In 1985, he accepted a position with Adams Bank and Trust. He and his family soon learned that the move to Ogallala involved not only a new career, but becoming a part of the Adams Bank “family.” He cherished the relationships that developed with not only the people with whom he worked, but the people for whom he worked. He thrived on the challenges and relished the opportunity to be part of a growing, dynamic team of professionals. He graduated from the Colorado School of Banking in 1990. Most recently he served as the Senior Credit Officer for Adams Bank & Trust, overseeing lending in all 16 branches.

Ever the farm boy at heart, he relished any opportunity to help with area brandings and the Keith County Fair. He was always happiest when he was helping others. He served as the treasurer for the Keith County Leadership Development and Brule Lions Club. He was Chairman of the Brule Business Group, and on the Board of Directors of the Ogallala Chamber of Commerce, elder and Finance Board Chairman of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, treasurer of Boy Scout Troop #258, to name but a few of his community activities.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta; daughter Alison (Ryan) Beieler of Denver; sons, Dan and Brad of Lincoln; parents, Don and Norma of Kearney; sister, Julie (Tom) Larsen of Kearney; brother, David (Joy) of Blair; and numerous nieces and nephews.

, 90, of St. Paul died Sept. 20, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

She was born Jan. 11, 1917, on a farm west of Cushing to Peter and Edna (LeMasters) Anderson.

As a young girl, Doris moved with her family to St. Paul. She attended St. Paul Public Schools and graduated from St. Paul High School on May 23, 1935.

She was united in marriage to Fredrick Warner McCord on May 11, 1936, at Paxton. The couple first lived in Grand Island and later moved to Dannebrog. In 1941, they moved to Omaha. Doris worked for the Omaha Testing Station, Epsen Lithograph, Carpenter Paper Co. and Clarkson Hospital.

Upon her retirement, she returned to St. Paul, where she lived at Parkside Plaza. Due to declining health she moved to Golden Living Center-Park Place in Grand Island, where she resided the past 10 years of her life.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in St. Paul, the National Precious Moments Collectors Club and was a longtime member of T.O.P.S.

She enjoyed her grandchildren and traveling and was an avid Precious Moments collector.

Survivors include a son, Fritz Gerald “F.G.” (Carole) McCord of Bruning; a daughter, Shirley (Patrick) Rock of St. Libory; a sister, Ruth (Harvey) Johansen of Grand Island; a brother-in-law, Clifford Morse of St. Paul; nine grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 10 stepgreat-grandchildren and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Tonia McCord Steele and Troy McCord; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Dale and Doris Anderson and Dean Anderson; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lois and Jesse “Bud” Evison and Evelyn Morse; and a niece and two nephews.


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