Plains Edition Obituaries
Bill Daiss, 60, Grant business and civic leader, died Nov. 16, 2007, at his home southeast of Grant.
He was born March 31, 1947, at Grant to Obert and Margaret (Stout) Daiss. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Perkins County High School in 1965. He was an outstanding high school athlete and still holds the record for the fastest time in the 100-yard dash. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a football scholarship and later graduated with a master’s degree in agricultural economics.
He married Jeanie Long on June 3, 1969, in Grant. They made their first home in Beatrice but returned to Grant after forming a farm corporation with his parents.
He enjoyed farming and ranching but was forced to retire in 1999 due to health complications. He also enjoyed dealing in real estate and had worked for Fitzgerald Realty, LES Realty and Agri Affiliates before establishing his own agency, Daiss Real Estate, in Grant. He sold the business earlier this year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
He was very active in his church and many civic organizations. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Grant Lions Club in November for his outstanding work with the Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanie; two daughters, Jill Daiss (Bogue Hermsmeyer) of Dillon, Colo., and Jennifer Daiss of Lincoln; three sisters, Fran (Ed) Friehauf of Cheyenne, Wyo., Karolyn (Larry) Brown of North Platte, and Bobbie (Marvin) Tickle of Laguna Woods, Calif.; and his mother-in-law, Joyce Long of Grant.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Bill Long.
Esther M. Jensen, 83, of North Platte, died Nov. 16, 2007, at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
She was born on Dec. 27, 1923, near Gandy, Neb., to Troy and Jessie (Reynolds) Philpot.
She grew up in the Gandy area where she attended school.
On April 26, 1942, she married Niels Jensen. The couple worked on various ranches in the Sandhills for many years. In 1953, they moved to Cozad. After her children were grown, she worked as a cook at The Dixie Inn and Norm’s Cafe. In 1969, they moved to North Platte where she worked at the Tasty Treat, Pawnee Motel, and Elvira’s Pizza House. Her husband Niels passed away in 1998.
She was a member of the Walker Road Church of Christ. She enjoyed embroidery and crafts, spending time with family, and was an excellent cook.
Survivors include two daughters, Leretta Smith of Grand Island, and Dorene (Robert) Smith of North Platte; two sons, Donald Jensen of North Platte, and Robert Jensen of Bertrand; four sisters, Adah Ambler of Cozad, Lola (Ronald) Dally of Baudette, Minn., Rosella (Roy) Albin of Parkton, Md., and Kay (Otto) Ruediger of Sumner, Wash.; two brothers, Jim Philpot of Minden, and Ralph (Kathy) Philpot of Baudette, Minn.; grandchildren, Larry (Tammy) Smith, Ricky Smith, all of North Platte, Michael Smith of Grand Island, and Daniel (Stephanie) Jensen of Ralston; three great-grandchildren, Larry Smith Jr., Harley Smith, and Sarah Jensen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Niels; four sisters, Mary Hagens, Ida Shafer Collins, Delia Philpot, and Betty Lemkuhler, and two brothers, Charles and Lyle Philpot.
Enid (Frey) Meier, 89, of Oshkosh died Oct. 26, 2007, at the Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.
She was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Garden County, Neb., the first of two daughters born to Herbert A. and Clara A. (Steward) Frey. She lived her entire life in Garden County, growing up on her parents’ wheat farm south of Oshkosh. She attended elementary school through her freshman year in Lewellen and later roomed at a home in Oshkosh during the remainder of her high years, like many of her rural schoolmates.
She graduated from Garden County High School as salutatorian of the class of 1935. Having taken what was then referred to as normal training, she was qualified to teach school upon her own graduation, which she did for three years at the District 5 school on the south table.
She married Bill Meier, her high school sweetheart, Jan. 1, 1939, and they celebrated 66 years together. She was a loving mother to their two daughters, devoting much of her time and energy to their activities and to actively supporting her community.
She served as a Girl Scout leader and council member, Job’s Daughters council member and for many years taught Sunday School and was the Sunday School Superintendent at the Methodist Church. She belonged to the Oshkosh Women’s Club and served two terms as its president. She also served on the Oshkosh Grade School Board of Education for 15 years and was a charter member of the Oshkosh Housing Authority and served on its executive board for 30 years. She was a dedicated member of the Garden County Church of Christ and loved Jerry and Shilow and their children as her own. Her faith served her well and gave her amazing courage and strength in facing personal adversity.
She loved to play cards and enjoyed the camaraderie of her fellow bridge and pinochle players. Her friends, many of them lifelong, were very important to her, and she to them. Garden County held a meaningful place in her heart and she never outgrew her special fondness for its wheat land. Above all, she cherished her family and time spent with them. She was a devoted, tireless, and dearly loved “Mother” and “Grandma,” always leading by her own example. She lived her life with a dignity and grace that endured to the end.
Survivors include: two daughters, Connie (Gene) Koepke of Kearney and Debbie (Brian) Silverman of Alliance; four grandchildren and their families, Gretchen (Barry) Nye and Cody of Alliance, Jeni (Steve) Homan and Claire, Samantha and Mia of Kearney, Jeff (Amanda) Cotton and Hunter, Tyler, and Jake of Alliance and Christie (Ben) Hirschfield and Lily and Ada of Kearney; one step-grandson, Matt Silverman and family of Gering; one sister, Barbara Wilson, and niece Merrie Ann and Frank King of Dallas, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Don (Lorie) Meier of Winnetka, Ill., and Woodrow (Charlotte) Meier of Downey, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Nita Meier of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several other nieces and a nephew; and so many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Meier in 2005; brothers-in-law, Mert Lewellen, Jack Wilson and Glenn Meier; sister-in-law, Priscilla (Boe) Harding; and several beloved friends.