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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 81, of North Platte died Jan. 10, 2008, at Linden Court.

She was born in Shubert on June 24, 1926. She graduated from Shubert High School in 1944 and graduated from Peru State College in 1948 with degrees in English and drama, having performed in many stage productions.

On Aug. 27, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart, Merle Bauer, at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Falls City. She taught school in Auburn, Tecumseh, and Bertrand and was a substitute teacher for all grades and subjects in the North Platte School system for over 20 years.

She was a founding member of the North Platte Artist’s Co-op and served as their business manager for many years. She was also an original director of the NebraskaLand Days Amateur Western art show. She was a talented and prolific painter.

She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte, where she had taught a weekly Bible study class for handicapped children.

Survivors include a son, John (Regina) Bauer and their children, Stacy, Erin, and David all of North Platte, and a daughter, Dee (Steve) Driggs, and their children, Lindsey of North Platte, and Christopher of Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle, June 9, 1988, who was the Athletic Director of the North Platte Schools.

, 53, of Elgin died Jan. 11, 2008, at his home northeast of Elgin.

He was born Feb. 6, 1954, in Norfolk to Edward and Arlene (Heil) Eischeid.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin. He attended St. Boniface Elementary School and graduated from Pope John Central Catholic High School in 1972.

On Sept. 21, 1991, he married Karen Spieker at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin.

He worked at the Leo Dwyer Ranch during high school. After graduation, he worked for Selting Inc. before starting to farm with his father. Later, he worked for his brother-in-law at Spieker Foundations in Norfolk and then at Tintern Retreat Center south of Oakdale until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Elgin Young Men’s Club, a past member of St. Boniface School Board and a past president of the St. Boniface Parish Council. He was a coach for the Elgin Junior PeeWee Boys Baseball team and also enjoyed coaching youth basketball.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jake and Zack, both of Elgin; daughter, Chelsea of Elgin; his mother, of Elgin; brother, Jim (LuAnn) of Omaha; and sisters, Marian (Doug) Wehr of Lexington and Rita (Bob) Kocian of Seward.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and brother-in-law, James Kozicek.

, 61, of North Platte died Jan. 14, 2008, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

He was born to Gerald and Doris (Nelsen) Awtry on June 30, 1946, near Curtis in his grandparents’ sod house. He grew up in McCook and graduated from McCook High School in 1964.

He entered the United States Army in 1965 and served in Japan for one year at an Army hospital before serving in Vietnam. After his discharge, he moved to North Platte in 1971 and worked at Nebraska Machinery.

He married Donna Schmidt on June 18, 1977, at the Messiah Lutheran Church.

He was part owner and operator of San-Dens Arts and Crafts with his sister. He was a commodities broker with his cousin, Jim, and then he decided to go back to college. He graduated from Kearney State College with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in art education.

He taught at St. Patrick’s High School for the last 12 years, finally finding his calling as a teacher. He enjoyed his students so very much.

He belonged to the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of North Platte; a son, Joe Awtry of Lincoln; a sister, Sandy (Dick) Foran of North Platte; and a brother, Wayne Awtry of McCook.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

, 71, of North Platte lost her courageous battle with cancer Jan. 14, 2008, with her family by her side at her home.

She was born Jan. 31, 1936, to Gerald Aubrey Sr. and Bertha Sofia (Favinger) Barnum at Stapleton. She grew up in Stapleton and graduated from Stapleton High School in 1953.

On July 25, 1953, Goldie married Milo Neal Freeman in Stapleton. They lived in Stapleton before moving to North Platte in 1960. She worked at Linden Manor before going to work with Milo in the well business. They owned Freeman Pump and Well where she was the secretary. She always had time to raise her children and was their mother and their friend. She was a friend to all the neighbor children, too. She liked playing cards with her family and her friends.

She always made room for one more family member or a friend.

Survivors include her husband, Milo; her daughter, Doris (Andy) Young; her three sons, Stanley (Charlene) Freeman, Gerald (Becky) Freeman, and Leon (Carla) Freeman, all of North Platte; 11 grandchildren, Robert (Teresa) Freeman, Deanna (Jeremy) Storm, Mandy (Matt) Baker, Amy (Cash) Cauffman, Michael Freeman, Tara (Chris) O’Dell, Amber (Rory) Berliner, Dustin Freeman, Shawna Young and her friend, Brett Bowman, Michelle Young and Bo Young; three step-grandchildren, Jeremy (Angie) Sanford, Stacy (Jed) Baxter and Robby Terry; 15 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise James of Nampa, Idaho, Evelyn Schutt of Stapleton and Elda Weller of Scottsbluff; three brothers, Ralph (Katherine) Barnum of Nampa, Ora (Sara) Barnum, and Junior (Donna) Barnum, all of Stapleton; a very special cousin, Lyle (Violet) Towne; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Her parents preceded her in death.

, 59, longtime Ogallala teacher, died Jan. 12, 2008, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born April 16, 1948 in Lincoln, the son of Robert and Arlene (Vondrasek) Holechek. When he was a young child he moved with his family to Lexington. After a short time they moved to Sidney and two years later moved to Bridgeport where the family purchased Canady Funeral Home.

He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1966. He attended the University of Wyoming and then transferred to Chadron State College. In 1971 he graduated with a BS degree in English Education.

On June 6, 1970, he married Rose Lee Hochman in Sidney. He taught school in Gurley from 1971 to 1975. They then relocated to Schuyler where he taught from 1975 to 1984. He received his Masters Degree in Counseling and Education from Wayne State College in 1982.

In 1984 the family moved to Ogallala and he began his position as a counselor in Ogallala High School. He retired in 2003.

He was active in the community and volunteered at the Food Pantry. He was an avid golfer and a volleyball referee and was a Bronco fan. He belonged to the Ogallala Masonic Lodge #159 AF & AM and was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees. He was the disciple Simon the Zealot in the presentation of The Last Supper for thirteen years.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Holechek of Ogallala; two sons, Rhett (Erin) Holechek of Omaha and Ryan Holechek of Lincoln; his mother, Arlene Holechek and his brother, Jim (Jane) Holechek, all of Sidney; one grandson, Landon Holechek of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his father.


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