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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 88, of Thedford, Neb., prominent Sandhills rancher and rodeo champion died on Nov. 13, 2007.

He was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Washington County, Kan. In 1934, he moved with his family to the Nebraska Sandhills.

He began his love for rodeo at age eight by performing trick riding at local rodeos. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served at Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Robinson, Neb., where he trained horses for the Cavalry during World War II. While serving in the Army he continued his love for rodeo by competing in the rodeo circuit on the weekends. In 1945 he won the World’s Champion Buffalo Riding in Belle Fourche, S.D. He won the Amateur Bronc Riding at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo. During his rodeo career he won many all-around championships as he rode saddle broncs, competed in steer wrestling, calf roping and in later years, steer roping. In 1963 he won the National Finals Steer Roping Average in Pawhuska, Okla. He invested his rodeo winnings in livestock to begin his successful ranching career, which always came first before rodeo.

He was a member of the Cowboy’s Turtle Association, the predecessor of the RCA, and carried gold card #25 of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He is also a charter member of the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame, a sixty-year member of the American Legion, very active in the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association and a faithful member of the United Church of Christ of Thedford, Neb.

A friend of all and a hero of many, his words of wisdom were cherished by all who knew his humor, his integrity and his encouraging spirit.

Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley; children, Linda (Eric) Carlson of Mesa, Ariz.; Joe (Kathy) of North Platte; step sons, Larry Moran of Arnold, and Terry Moran of Amherst; eight granddaughters and thirteen great grandchildren; one brother, Noah; and one sister, Janet Haynes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen and Iva Troxel Nutter; one sister, Opal Fielder; and four brothers, Gerald, Maynard, Maurice, and Harley.

, 76, of North Platte died Oct. 20, 2007, at his home.

He was born Feb. 7, 1931, in Nenzel, to Nicholas H. and Juliet (Nollette) Kehr. He was the youngest of four children.

He attended school in Nenzel from kindergarten to the 10th grade. His father helped dig the basement of for the present schoolhouse back in the 1940s and he was able to help. He quit school after the 10th grade and went to work on several ranches for awhile and then went to work with a construction company. He helped build the present bridge over the Niobrara River south of Nenzel.

In Sept. 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and saw the world. He was stationed all four years of his service aboard the Flagship, USS Helena, CA 75. He was a Gunners Mate 4th class when he was honorably discharged from the service. He received the Korean Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

On Nov. 19, 1955, he married Nora Beth James in Long Beach, Calif. They returned immediately to the family ranch in the Sandhills and he worked with his father for the next 22 years. During this time, he and Nora were blessed with four children; James A., Charles W., Thomas A. and Elizabeth J.

In 1977, he went to work for J.R. Gillispie on his ranches at Gothenburg, Cody and Maxwell. In 1982, he and Nora purchased the Sandhills Motel in Mullen, and he helped run the business as well as work as the City of Mullen’s superintendent until 1993. In 1997, they moved to North Platte and he hauled the mail to Grant for a time, and in January 2001, he fell from a ladder and received a severe head injury that required him to relearn most basic skills. He made a remarkable recovery, and in July 2001, they moved back to Mullen and a short time later he began working for the city at the drop off-site. He enjoyed the job, and the trips to the Lexington landfill site and learning more about recycling. In August 2006, they returned to North Platte because of his failing health and to be closer to medical facilities. He volunteered for a time at the Senior Center and hauled meals on wheels for a time, a job he really enjoyed.

He was a member of the American Legion for 50 years and a third- and fourth-degree Knights of Columbus for 50 years. He also served on the Cherry County Draft Board and the Cherry County Soil Conservation Board for many years. He loved to hunt and take his wife and grandson, Nick, fishing any time they could get to a lake.

Survivors include his wife, Nora, of 52 years; children, James (Melody) Kehr of Lincoln, Charles of Lincoln, Thomas of Buffalo, Wyo. and Elizabeth of North Platte; eight grandchildren, Travis, Tyler, Julia and Ella of Lincoln, Brandi and Myles of Buffalo, Nicholas Bassett of Grand Island and Kehrry Bassett of North Platte; many nieces and nephews and six Godchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James, John, Robert and Richard; two sisters, Irene Estes and Francis Kehr (as a small child).

, 77, of rural Cairo died Nov. 12, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center in Wood River.

He was born Oct. 18, 1930, at Norfolk to Conrad and Alida (Burkhead) Budde.

He spent his childhood in northeast Nebraska before moving to Grand Island in 1946. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High, Class of 1949. Graduating from Hastings College in 1953, he continued his education at Kearney State College.

On Dec. 8, 1951, he married Nadene Joyce Peters. They lived in Grand Island before making their home in rural Cairo. He worked for the Grand Island Independent, Sperry New Holland, Chief Industries as a custom hayer, and was an instructor at Central Community College when he retired.

He was charter president for the Optimist Club, Ham Radio President, served as President of Northwest School Board and Hall County Historical Society, served on the District 54 School Board, the Site Committee for 1-R School, and was a member of Hall County Sheriff’s Posse, Grand Island Area Chamber, Loup Valley Chamber, Junior Chamber of Commerce, All American Singers, and the Antelope County Historical Society. He produced many historical documentaries and wrote more than 400 articles for The Independent’s Silver Salute. The “Hall County 150 Year Book” was dedicated to him. He was instrumental in the preservation of the Plum Creek Station. He was a contributing author of the “Trails of Times” picture history book. He received the 2007 Moonshell Literary Award. His passion and dedication for history will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Nadene Budde; three sons, Lynn (Sandy) Budde of Phillips, Dennis (Kay) Budde of Grand Island and Robby Budde of Marquette; one daughter, Sherry (Mike) Siwinski of Central City; grandchildren, Dorie, Andrew, Laura, Ryan, Shaun, Danny, Jacob, Shelby, Sydnie, Wyatt and Hannah; great-grandson, Dante; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim (Betty) Peters of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and George Rothwell of Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Carolyn Rothwell.


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