Plains Editon ObituariesNettie Sarah Barnum |

Plains Editon ObituariesNettie Sarah Barnum

Nettie Sarah Barnum

, 75, of North Platte died Feb. 26, 2007, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.

He was born July 7, 1931, at North Platte to Raymond and Grace Pearl Cecil Shirlaw. He graduated from North Platte Senior High in 1949. He joined the U.S. Navy in January 1951 and was discharged in October 1954.

On Feb. 6, 1952, he married Dollie Louise Baker in North Platte.

After his discharge, he returned to North Platte and started laying brick for Tom Fagg. He also worked for E.J. Crow, Platte Construction and did work on his own. He helped build Great Plains Regional Medical Center and he did a lot of stonework for Cabela’s in Sidney. He also volunteered to build the Camp Kahabi Camp Fire Girls building at Lake Maloney. He was an avid fisherman and loved to fish.

He was a member of the First Christian Church, Brick Layers Union, P.R. Halligan Post 163 American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1504. He was Kiwanian of the Year for 1998-1999.

Survivors include his wife, Dollie of North Platte; three daughters, Debra (Andy) Wissmiller of Woodinville, Wash., Vicki (Bill) Thompson of Kimball, S.D., and Cindy Pueppka of North Platte; 10 grandchildren, Ashley and Drew Wissmiller, Daniel, Sally, Thomas, Douglas and Katie Thompson and Stephanie, Kelly and Scott Pueppka; a brother, Ray Shirlaw of Phoenix; a brother-in-law, Robert (Nancy) Baker of Eureka Springs, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Herron; a brother, DeWayne Shirlaw; and a son-in-law, Michael Pueppka.

, 90, of Curtis died Feb. 28, 2007, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Logan County to Ora and Myrtise (Bechtel) Hodges. She grew up in Logan County and graduated from Logan County High School in 1934.

On June 25, 1936, she married Lewis “Jim” Barnum in North Platte. The couple lived 37 years in Maxwell before moving to Curtis.

She was a member of the Maxwell Gun Club, serving as secretary and treasurer for many years. She liked to read and enjoyed her gardening, flowers, sewing and doing fanci-work. She enjoyed the Hodges family reunions and get togethers. She was a homemaker, Jim’s right hand man, family meant everything to her, she was a wonderful grandma; always there to read, talk, listen, cook, bake, play, cry and especially love.

She taught school for 4 years and worked at Cozad and North Platte Gun Clubs for many years. Osteoporosis and arthritis took a toll on her the last several years slowing her down, not always letting her accomplish the things she loved to do, however she always found ways to show her love for her family.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis “Jim” of Curtis; daughters, Lois Konruff of Oshkosh, Dorine (Ray) Rasmussen of Walnut, Iowa, Marsha (Jim) Gardner of Curtis; son, Kenton (Dee) of Brady; sisters, Juanita Kramer of Stapleton, Bonnie (Jim) Sturtz of Stapleton and Arleta (Stanley) Engleman of Kearney; grandchildren, Dan (Vicky) Konruff, Gerald (Paula) Konruff, Jim Konruff, Chris (Kristen) Konruff, Steve (Janice) Kraft, Denny (Jeannie) Kraft, Randy (Jan) Kraft, Terrilyn Kraft, Lonnie (Skesha) Kraft, Ron (Sue) Rasmussen, Sheri (Dave) Williams, Carla Rasmussen, Marty (Jackie) Rasmussen, Matt (Mary) Barnum, Tammy (Tom) Alves, Trever (Brooke) Nelson, Mandy Gardner and Jason Gardner; 41 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ora and Myrtise Hodges; a daughter, Marilyn Kraft; a son-in-law, Pete Kraft; an infant great-grandson, Christopher Konruff; an infant brother; a brother, Oscar Hodges; two sisters, Alice Chesley and Bonnie Sturtz; a sister-in-law, Lois Hodges; and three brother-in-laws, Honk Kramer, Everette Chesley and Jim Sturtz.

, 90, of Scottsbluff died Feb. 27, 2007, at Northfield Villa Medical Center in Gering.

She was born on a farm south of Dawson, Neb., Sept. 19, 1916, to Frank and Cora (Foster) Bernhardt. She was enrolled in the Cradle Roll Department at the Evangelical Church in Dawson Dec. 23, 1916. The family lived on a farm near Dawson. She had three sisters – Hazel, Alice and Mary Ann.

She graduated from Dawson High School in 1935, and married Don Cummins Aug. 31, 1935, at Hiawatha, Kan. They lived in Dawson from 1935 until 1941. A son, Donald Eugene Cummins was born Jan 19, 1939. A second son, Richard Lee Cummins was born Sept. 26, 1940. In 1941, the family moved to Falls City, Neb., where Don worked at the Ford garage as a mechanic.

In 1946, they started farming near Falls City and in 1948, they moved to a farm near Humboldt, Neb. In October of 1955 they moved to Scottsbluff to work for Meyers Ford. A home was purchased, and Gene and Rich both graduated from Scottsbluff High School. They purchased Cummin’s “66” Service May 1, 1956, and operated it until its sale in Dec. of 1973. They retired in 1976 and resided at their home until Feb. 13, 2004, when she moved to Northfield Villa in Gering.

Survivors include her husband, Don Cummins of Scottsbluff; sons, Gene (Shirley) Cummins of Scottsbluff and Rich (Sandie) Cummins of Gering; grandchildren, Christine (Ken) Reeves of Arvada, Colo., Tammy (Blake) Wollman of Rock Springs, Wyo., Rick Cummins of Highlands Ranch, Colo. and Dianna Butcher of Gering; four great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sisters, Hazel Hanny of Gering and Mary Ann Novak of Chantilly, W.V.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Alice Burgess.

, 92, of Sidney died Feb. 27, 2007, at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

She was born June 12, 1914, in Morrill to Frank and Bertha (Nickerson) Warner.

She graduated from Morrill High School and married Glenn Porter of Mitchell. Glen died of pneumonia in 1937 and she then married Thomas G. Smith June 23, 1943, in Sidney at the Methodist Church.

She worked part-time at several places in Sidney including Greenlee’s and Fischer Draperies. She was a wonderful mother and wife who was not afraid to express her opinions, but she was helpful and caring to all.

She was a 50-plus year member of the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sidney.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Robinson of Sidney; sons, Robert E. Smith of Kemmerer, Wyo. and Timothy R. (Jill) Smith of Sidney; grandchildren, Scott and Mark Robinson, Steve and Bruce Davis, Mike and Dirk Smith, Kerry Morgan, Janet Bonser and Meghan and Morgan Smith; nineteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; daughter, Glenna June Davis, her parents and seven siblings.


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