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Clarence “Chris” A. Christiansen, 91, of North Platte, died July 6, 2008, at the Sutherland Care Center.

He was born May 27, 1917, to Kristian P. and Anna C. (Hansen) Christiansen at Campbell.

He served in the United States Air Force during World War II from July 22, 1944, until his discharge April 30, 1946. He retired as a Major from the Air Force Reserves May 27, 1977.

On Jan. 11, 1947, he married Marian Valentine at Smith Center, Kan. They lived in Minden prior to residing in North Platte for over 61 years.

He owned and operated Ace Neon Signs from 1947 until retiring in 1996.

He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Elks and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Marian; a son, John (Deb) Christiansen; two daughters, Jeanne (Dave) Baade and Julie (Scott) Murrish, all of North Platte; a brother, Harold Christiansen of Minden; six grandchildren, Jennifer Christiansen, John (April) Baade, Jill (Josh) Thompson, Jacque (Adam) Hotz, Jeremy (Janell) Murrish and Jason (Crista) Murrish; six great-grandchildren, Dillon, Emma, Darby and Colby Baade, Wyatt Thompson and Rylee Murrish.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leona Christensen and Emma Orcutt.

Lucille Mabel Kyser, 90, of Hay Springs died June 22, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 6, 1917, to Leland Ray and Mabel Joanna (Ellefson) Suiter at their home near Bristol, Wisc. She was the oldest of six children. She had four sisters – Soella (Sally), Irene, Dorothy, Marie, and one brother, Arthur.

She married Roy Kyser on Nov. 28, 1934, at Viroqua, Wisc., and they moved to Hay Springs in 1944.

She was known for her generous heart and willingness to help anyone in need. For over 30 years she entertained in nursing homes and hospitals by dancing her puppets to the delight of all. She was a member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), United Methodist Church, a 60 year member of the Rebekah Lodge and for many years a member of the Fireman’s Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the Hay Springs Senior Center and enjoyed meeting her friends there almost every day; either working, having coffee or playing cards.

Her favorite past time was going dancing, and she was a lifetime member of the Panhandle Country Music Association.

Survivors include her six children, Doris (Elwin) Lawrence of Hay Springs, Keith (Ellen) Kyser of Hay Springs, Beatrice (William) Dinkel of Sidney, Dorothy (Robert) Kenning of Lenexa, Kan., Evelyn (Al) Kinast of Rockford, Ill., and Dale (Carol) Kyser of Oshkosh; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, her two youngest sisters, Dorothy Mattes and Marie Risen; a special friend, Frank Grimm and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; one grandson, Jerry Lawrence; one great-granddaughter, Loire Hunt; two sisters, Irene Hisey and Sally Persons; her brother, Arthur Suiter and an infant brother, Adolph.

Cheryl Lee Johnston, 25, of Bayard died July 3, 2008 at her home.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1982, at Scottsbluff to Herbert Lee and Lori Lee (Meyer) Johnston. She received her early education in Morrill, Torrington and Minatare schools. She graduated from 8th grade from Highland School and graduated from Bayard High School. She recently became a Certified Nurses Aide and was currently employed at Chimney Rock Villa.

The pride of her life was her son, Tristian. She loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed riding horses, playing in the park with Tristian, climbing Bigfoot and Chimney Rock. Her smile was infectious and she always left you with a hug, a smile and “I love you.”

Survivors include her son, Tristian; parents, Herb and Lori Johnston all of Bayard; her brother, “Bobo” Dusty Johnston of Scottsbluff; several aunts and uncles and cousins; great grandmothers, Jane Emery of Gering, “Granny” Worrell of Torrington and Nadynne Schaaf of Scottsbluff. Also the ones she called “heroes” and you know who you are!

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Chuck and Jan Meyer and Linda Keumpell and great grandfathers, “Gramps” Worrell and Bud Emery.

Charles Wilbur “Cactus” Keller, 81, of Seligman, Mo., died July 5, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Berryville, Ark.

He was born to Wilbur Perry Keller and Maude Travis Keller in Saguache County, Colo., on Dec. 9, 1926.

Raised in Sidney, Iowa, he started a career in rodeo before becoming a rancher and developed a love for horses and animals of all kinds that lasted throughout his lifetime.

He wrangled on Rawah Ranch in northern Colorado until he married Becky Lou Keller on Sept. 2, 1953, in Denver, Colo.

He was called to serve his country during the Korean conflict stationed in El Paso, Texas. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned home to Colorado.

He and his wife ranched and farmed at Cactus Patch Ranch from 1961 to 1975 where they worked in the livestock industry farrowing sows, calving cows, and raising and working with horses and miniature mules. In 1975, they moved to Lyons, Colo., until February 1992 when they moved to Seligman, Mo., where they spent their retirement years.

He loved to garden and often took prize ribbons with his vegetables. He and Becky loved dogs and rescued numerous breeds, including several Pugs. He was a proud volunteer of the Pea Ridge National Battlefield Military Park. Especially noted for his gift of storytelling, everyone who knew him will miss hearing him tell them. Becky preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Joseph (Pat) Keller of Boyceville, Wisc.; one grandson, Justin ‘Jay’ (Karja) Keller of Chetek, Wisc.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dona and Mike Penfold of Billings, Mont.; numerous nieces and their families; and his Pug dog, M&M.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one son, Douglas Keller and one brother, Rae Keller.

Clarence “Chris” A. Christiansen, 91, of North Platte, died July 6, 2008, at the Sutherland Care Center.

He was born May 27, 1917, to Kristian P. and Anna C. (Hansen) Christiansen at Campbell.

He served in the United States Air Force during World War II from July 22, 1944, until his discharge April 30, 1946. He retired as a Major from the Air Force Reserves May 27, 1977.

On Jan. 11, 1947, he married Marian Valentine at Smith Center, Kan. They lived in Minden prior to residing in North Platte for over 61 years.

He owned and operated Ace Neon Signs from 1947 until retiring in 1996.

He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Elks and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Marian; a son, John (Deb) Christiansen; two daughters, Jeanne (Dave) Baade and Julie (Scott) Murrish, all of North Platte; a brother, Harold Christiansen of Minden; six grandchildren, Jennifer Christiansen, John (April) Baade, Jill (Josh) Thompson, Jacque (Adam) Hotz, Jeremy (Janell) Murrish and Jason (Crista) Murrish; six great-grandchildren, Dillon, Emma, Darby and Colby Baade, Wyatt Thompson and Rylee Murrish.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leona Christensen and Emma Orcutt.

Lucille Mabel Kyser, 90, of Hay Springs died June 22, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 6, 1917, to Leland Ray and Mabel Joanna (Ellefson) Suiter at their home near Bristol, Wisc. She was the oldest of six children. She had four sisters – Soella (Sally), Irene, Dorothy, Marie, and one brother, Arthur.

She married Roy Kyser on Nov. 28, 1934, at Viroqua, Wisc., and they moved to Hay Springs in 1944.

She was known for her generous heart and willingness to help anyone in need. For over 30 years she entertained in nursing homes and hospitals by dancing her puppets to the delight of all. She was a member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), United Methodist Church, a 60 year member of the Rebekah Lodge and for many years a member of the Fireman’s Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the Hay Springs Senior Center and enjoyed meeting her friends there almost every day; either working, having coffee or playing cards.

Her favorite past time was going dancing, and she was a lifetime member of the Panhandle Country Music Association.

Survivors include her six children, Doris (Elwin) Lawrence of Hay Springs, Keith (Ellen) Kyser of Hay Springs, Beatrice (William) Dinkel of Sidney, Dorothy (Robert) Kenning of Lenexa, Kan., Evelyn (Al) Kinast of Rockford, Ill., and Dale (Carol) Kyser of Oshkosh; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, her two youngest sisters, Dorothy Mattes and Marie Risen; a special friend, Frank Grimm and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; one grandson, Jerry Lawrence; one great-granddaughter, Loire Hunt; two sisters, Irene Hisey and Sally Persons; her brother, Arthur Suiter and an infant brother, Adolph.

Cheryl Lee Johnston, 25, of Bayard died July 3, 2008 at her home.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1982, at Scottsbluff to Herbert Lee and Lori Lee (Meyer) Johnston. She received her early education in Morrill, Torrington and Minatare schools. She graduated from 8th grade from Highland School and graduated from Bayard High School. She recently became a Certified Nurses Aide and was currently employed at Chimney Rock Villa.

The pride of her life was her son, Tristian. She loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed riding horses, playing in the park with Tristian, climbing Bigfoot and Chimney Rock. Her smile was infectious and she always left you with a hug, a smile and “I love you.”

Survivors include her son, Tristian; parents, Herb and Lori Johnston all of Bayard; her brother, “Bobo” Dusty Johnston of Scottsbluff; several aunts and uncles and cousins; great grandmothers, Jane Emery of Gering, “Granny” Worrell of Torrington and Nadynne Schaaf of Scottsbluff. Also the ones she called “heroes” and you know who you are!

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Chuck and Jan Meyer and Linda Keumpell and great grandfathers, “Gramps” Worrell and Bud Emery.

Charles Wilbur “Cactus” Keller, 81, of Seligman, Mo., died July 5, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Berryville, Ark.

He was born to Wilbur Perry Keller and Maude Travis Keller in Saguache County, Colo., on Dec. 9, 1926.

Raised in Sidney, Iowa, he started a career in rodeo before becoming a rancher and developed a love for horses and animals of all kinds that lasted throughout his lifetime.

He wrangled on Rawah Ranch in northern Colorado until he married Becky Lou Keller on Sept. 2, 1953, in Denver, Colo.

He was called to serve his country during the Korean conflict stationed in El Paso, Texas. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned home to Colorado.

He and his wife ranched and farmed at Cactus Patch Ranch from 1961 to 1975 where they worked in the livestock industry farrowing sows, calving cows, and raising and working with horses and miniature mules. In 1975, they moved to Lyons, Colo., until February 1992 when they moved to Seligman, Mo., where they spent their retirement years.

He loved to garden and often took prize ribbons with his vegetables. He and Becky loved dogs and rescued numerous breeds, including several Pugs. He was a proud volunteer of the Pea Ridge National Battlefield Military Park. Especially noted for his gift of storytelling, everyone who knew him will miss hearing him tell them. Becky preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Joseph (Pat) Keller of Boyceville, Wisc.; one grandson, Justin ‘Jay’ (Karja) Keller of Chetek, Wisc.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dona and Mike Penfold of Billings, Mont.; numerous nieces and their families; and his Pug dog, M&M.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one son, Douglas Keller and one brother, Rae Keller.

Clarence “Chris” A. Christiansen, 91, of North Platte, died July 6, 2008, at the Sutherland Care Center.

He was born May 27, 1917, to Kristian P. and Anna C. (Hansen) Christiansen at Campbell.

He served in the United States Air Force during World War II from July 22, 1944, until his discharge April 30, 1946. He retired as a Major from the Air Force Reserves May 27, 1977.

On Jan. 11, 1947, he married Marian Valentine at Smith Center, Kan. They lived in Minden prior to residing in North Platte for over 61 years.

He owned and operated Ace Neon Signs from 1947 until retiring in 1996.

He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Elks and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Marian; a son, John (Deb) Christiansen; two daughters, Jeanne (Dave) Baade and Julie (Scott) Murrish, all of North Platte; a brother, Harold Christiansen of Minden; six grandchildren, Jennifer Christiansen, John (April) Baade, Jill (Josh) Thompson, Jacque (Adam) Hotz, Jeremy (Janell) Murrish and Jason (Crista) Murrish; six great-grandchildren, Dillon, Emma, Darby and Colby Baade, Wyatt Thompson and Rylee Murrish.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leona Christensen and Emma Orcutt.

Lucille Mabel Kyser, 90, of Hay Springs died June 22, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 6, 1917, to Leland Ray and Mabel Joanna (Ellefson) Suiter at their home near Bristol, Wisc. She was the oldest of six children. She had four sisters – Soella (Sally), Irene, Dorothy, Marie, and one brother, Arthur.

She married Roy Kyser on Nov. 28, 1934, at Viroqua, Wisc., and they moved to Hay Springs in 1944.

She was known for her generous heart and willingness to help anyone in need. For over 30 years she entertained in nursing homes and hospitals by dancing her puppets to the delight of all. She was a member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), United Methodist Church, a 60 year member of the Rebekah Lodge and for many years a member of the Fireman’s Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the Hay Springs Senior Center and enjoyed meeting her friends there almost every day; either working, having coffee or playing cards.

Her favorite past time was going dancing, and she was a lifetime member of the Panhandle Country Music Association.

Survivors include her six children, Doris (Elwin) Lawrence of Hay Springs, Keith (Ellen) Kyser of Hay Springs, Beatrice (William) Dinkel of Sidney, Dorothy (Robert) Kenning of Lenexa, Kan., Evelyn (Al) Kinast of Rockford, Ill., and Dale (Carol) Kyser of Oshkosh; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, her two youngest sisters, Dorothy Mattes and Marie Risen; a special friend, Frank Grimm and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; one grandson, Jerry Lawrence; one great-granddaughter, Loire Hunt; two sisters, Irene Hisey and Sally Persons; her brother, Arthur Suiter and an infant brother, Adolph.

Cheryl Lee Johnston, 25, of Bayard died July 3, 2008 at her home.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1982, at Scottsbluff to Herbert Lee and Lori Lee (Meyer) Johnston. She received her early education in Morrill, Torrington and Minatare schools. She graduated from 8th grade from Highland School and graduated from Bayard High School. She recently became a Certified Nurses Aide and was currently employed at Chimney Rock Villa.

The pride of her life was her son, Tristian. She loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed riding horses, playing in the park with Tristian, climbing Bigfoot and Chimney Rock. Her smile was infectious and she always left you with a hug, a smile and “I love you.”

Survivors include her son, Tristian; parents, Herb and Lori Johnston all of Bayard; her brother, “Bobo” Dusty Johnston of Scottsbluff; several aunts and uncles and cousins; great grandmothers, Jane Emery of Gering, “Granny” Worrell of Torrington and Nadynne Schaaf of Scottsbluff. Also the ones she called “heroes” and you know who you are!

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Chuck and Jan Meyer and Linda Keumpell and great grandfathers, “Gramps” Worrell and Bud Emery.

Charles Wilbur “Cactus” Keller, 81, of Seligman, Mo., died July 5, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Berryville, Ark.

He was born to Wilbur Perry Keller and Maude Travis Keller in Saguache County, Colo., on Dec. 9, 1926.

Raised in Sidney, Iowa, he started a career in rodeo before becoming a rancher and developed a love for horses and animals of all kinds that lasted throughout his lifetime.

He wrangled on Rawah Ranch in northern Colorado until he married Becky Lou Keller on Sept. 2, 1953, in Denver, Colo.

He was called to serve his country during the Korean conflict stationed in El Paso, Texas. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned home to Colorado.

He and his wife ranched and farmed at Cactus Patch Ranch from 1961 to 1975 where they worked in the livestock industry farrowing sows, calving cows, and raising and working with horses and miniature mules. In 1975, they moved to Lyons, Colo., until February 1992 when they moved to Seligman, Mo., where they spent their retirement years.

He loved to garden and often took prize ribbons with his vegetables. He and Becky loved dogs and rescued numerous breeds, including several Pugs. He was a proud volunteer of the Pea Ridge National Battlefield Military Park. Especially noted for his gift of storytelling, everyone who knew him will miss hearing him tell them. Becky preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Joseph (Pat) Keller of Boyceville, Wisc.; one grandson, Justin ‘Jay’ (Karja) Keller of Chetek, Wisc.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dona and Mike Penfold of Billings, Mont.; numerous nieces and their families; and his Pug dog, M&M.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one son, Douglas Keller and one brother, Rae Keller.