January 21, 2008
Robert E. “Bob” Parmenter, 86, of rural Gering died Jan. 11, 2008, at Regional West Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 10, 1921, to John Arthur and Etta Myrtle (Bartow) Parmenter at the family Rock House in rural Gering in which his grandparents, Albert and Mary Parmenter lived. He graduated with the class of 1940 from Melbeta High School, where he was the salutatorian of his senior class. While in high school, he was active in sports and during his senior year, his basketball team participated in the Nebraska State High School Basketball Tournament.
He farmed for a time following high school and then worked with his father, brother, and brothers-in-law in the plastering and stucco business.
He married Johanna Elizabeth “Betty” Schafer on Aug. 21, 1947, at the Christian Church in Gering, and they celebrated their 60th anniversary this past August.
He was later in the flooring business for a time before returning to farming with his sons near Lake Minatare, Angora, and his home place before retiring in 1990.
He was one of the founding members of the Coad Valley Pig Club, was a member of Scottsbluff Elks Lodge #1367, was a member of the Scottsbluff Men’s Bowling Association and was a former member of the Melbeta School Board.
Aside from his family, his greatest love was bowling. At the age of 86 he was still bowling 200 games and in 1965 he won the men’s singles bowling tournament. He also liked Cornhusker football, doing crossword puzzles, and a good game of pinochle.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of rural Gering; children, Kathryn McCool of Gering, Shirley (Ralph) Baker of Pocatello, Idaho, Virginia Parmenter of Gering, Joan (Wade) Hall of Boise, Idaho, Nancy Aguirre of Gering, Peggy (Tom) Welsch of Morrill, R.J. (Sandy) Parmenter of Scottsbluff, Roger Parmenter of Gering, Mary Parmenter of Scottsbluff, Michele (Steve) Flott of Omaha and Paul (Lana) Parmenter of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Jeff (Carrie) McCool, Jacob (Youngsun) Baker, Johanna (Sam) Jones, Rebecca (Brian) Berls, Benjamin (Nicole) Baker, Heidi Baker, Heather Baker, Andrew Baker, Adam Baker, David (Telena) Hall, Natricia (Scott) Christopherson, Kimberly Hall, Sarah Aguirre, Amanda (Shawn) Strong, Jennifer Aguirre, Joanna Aguirre, Tom (Crystal) Welsch, John (Tiffany) Welsch, Daniel (Kayleigh) Welsch, Jamie (Nick) Holstein, Melissa (Carl) Spearman, Kristin Jones, Bobbi Parmenter, Anna Flott, Caleb Flott, Zachary Flott and Tyler Flott; and great grandchildren, Robert Michael McCool, Amy and Michael Baker, Brayden Berls, Ryan Christopherson, Chad Hall, Joshua and Cash Welsch, Alexzander Welsch, Cayden and Kellen Spearman, Artaysia and Tre’ Jones, and Draven Hagen; his siblings, Marie Lackey, Don (Dot) Parmenter, Gladys (Jerry) Doremus, Mildred Fitts, Dorothy Ault, Doyle (Joan) Parmenter, Barbara Broderick; brother-in-law, Dick Becker; sister- and brother-in-law, Bill and Kay McCarty, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Bob McCool; infant sisters, Mabel and Doris; sister, Janice Becker; brothers-in-law, Jim Ault, Stuart Fitts, Dale Lackey, Charles Schafer, Charles Rossiter, and sister-in-law, Dorothy Rossiter.
Glenna Joan Buchfinck, 89, of Mullen died on jan. 9, 2008, at the pioneer Memorial Rest Home.
She was born on May 27, 1918, in Lesterviller, Mo., to Glen and Ina (Johnston) Hodges. Her family moved to the Sandhills of Nebraska at Mullen when she was a young girl and she graduated from Mullen High School in 1935. After graduation she taught school for one year and lived with the Younts north of Mullen. She then moved to St. Louis, Mo., with her sister, Virginia, and worked for the Globe Democrat newspaper for another year.
When she moved back to Mullen, she married Lloyd Buchfinck in June 1938 in North Platte, Neb. They made their home on what was then known as “the camp” south of Mullen and soon moved to the ranch south of Whitman, Neb. She spent her years on the ranch helping cook for any and all men that came to work over the years and taking care of her family. They retired from the ranch in 1995 and made their home in Mullen.
She was a charter member of the Nebraska Cowbelles and an over 50-year member of Eastern Star. She entered the Pioneer Memorial Rest home in April of 2002 and was very content with what she has considered was a life of ease being waited on by the wonderful staff. She was first a wife and mother being the most important aspects of her life.
Survivors include her son, Lloyd L. “Roy” (Ann) Buchfinck, Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jill Buchfinck of Mullen; sister, Margie Crossley of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandchildren, Kim (Kevin) Nielsen of Sun Prairie, Wisc., Shauna (Eric) Donohoe of Maywood, John Buchfinck of Milwaukee, Wisc.; step granddaughters, Becky (Brain) Thompson of Rapid City, S.D., Carla Bader of Phoenix, Ariz., Donn Buchfinck, Nikki Buchfinck of San Francisco, Calif.; and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; son, Jack Buchfinck; sisters, Virginia (Leonard) Eriksen and Annette Emmons; and brother-in-law Frank Crossley.
Donna R. Coffee, 53, of Harrison, Neb. died Jan. 6, 2008, at her home in Harrison.
She was born Sept. 1, 1954, in Alliance, Neb., to Cranston and Mary Anne McCormick.
Survivors include her parents; daughters, Megan (Jim) Strawder of Minatare and Jessie (Matt) Harris of Harrison; brothers, Cameron McCormick and Robert McCormick of Scottsbluff, Dana McCormick of Harrison; and grandchildren, Trenten and Taden Strawder.
Rex A. Edwards, 83, of Grand Island died Jan. 13, 2008, at Good Samaritan Center in Wood River.
He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Arcadia to Earl and Carrie (Morgan) Edwards.
On Dec. 12, 1946, he married Wanda Skeen in Wood River.
He worked for Nunnenkamp Well Co. in Grand Island and then for Knight Bros. Construction of Chapman before retiring because of poor health.
In 2000, he moved to Bickford Cottage in Grand Island and then to Good Samaritan Center in Wood River in 2007.
He was a member of the Masons 239 of Chapman and the Eagles of Grand Island.
He loved to read, especially Westerns, and enjoyed listening to Big Band music. He often played old records for the residents of Bickford Cottage. He also enjoyed tending the flowers and houseplants at Bickford. Most of all, he enjoyed visits from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his sons, Dennis and Craig, both of Grand Island; daughters, Lynda (Lyle) Henderson of Kearney and Nancey (Norman) Fendrick of Wayne; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; his daughters-in-law, Chris (Sheffield) Edwards and Trenna (McNaughton) Edwards, both of Grand Island; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
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