Plains Edition Obituaries 1-14-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 1-14-12

RICHARD HOGUE, 91, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away peacefully on December 18, 2011 in Lincoln, Neb., where he has lived since 1975.

He was born to George and Virginia (Logan) Hogue on a farm near Keosauqua, Iowa on March 15, 1920, one of six brothers.

Richard worked hard and achieved much in his life. He paid for his own education, graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy in June 1942. Richard obtained his pilot’s license while in college and served in the Army Air Force in the European Theater in World War II. He had a successful 35 year career with the United States Department of Agriculture – Soil Conservation Service. His promotions moved him from Iowa to Upstate New York (Assistant State Social Conservationist), to Washington DC and to Nebraska (Assistant Director of the Midwest) where he retired in 1978.

He was a well-liked friend, neighbor, and community leader, developing friendships throughout the U.S., many lasting to the end of his life. Richard stayed active until his death enjoying fishing, hunting, and was an avid gardener, planting a successful garden every year including 2011. He was also a talented woodworker.

In 1945, Richard met and married Elizabeth Jones in South Wales where he was stationed during the war. In 2011, they celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Richard is survived by Elizabeth (Betty) and their six children: Ronald (Sherry Smith) of Beaumont, Texas, Diana (Thomas Schur) of Syracuse, N.Y., Pamela (Michael Hurley) of Raleigh, N.C., Sandra (Fred Duncan) of Ada, Okla., Karen (Kurt Suhr) of Lincoln, Neb., Sharon (Merv Thompson) of Birmingham, Ala. Also, two brothers: Glen (Martha) of Bella Vista, Ark., and Harold (Marge) Richland, Wash., Additional survivors include 13 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, many beloved in-laws in South Wales and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers Edward, Paul and Thaine.

Private services were held on December 22, 2011 at Wyuka Funeral Home. The family will have a memorial service in the early spring that will include extended family and friends.

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Lincoln, Neb.

Please make donations to Iowa State University-Department of Agronomy or the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

DEWAYNE MELVIN, 97, of Mullen, Neb., passed away January 10, 2012 in the Pioneer Memorial Rest Home in Mullen, Neb.

He was born August 7, 1914 in Sutherland, Neb., the son of Clarence and Lillie E. Brown Melvin. He attended country schools in Lincoln County.

On June 20, 1936 Dewayne married Emma M. Huffman in Alliance, Neb. The couple resided on the Ira Huffman Ranch near Lena, Neb., where Dewayne was employed for nearly 25 years.

In May 1959, the couple moved to the William Musser Ranch near Tryon, Neb., and continued to reside there until moving to the Mullen, Neb., nursing home in May 2010.

Dewayne was a member of the Stock Grower’s Association.

He is survived by his wife Emma Melvin of Mullen, Neb.; one brother George (Norma) Melvin of Bastrop, Texas; Daughter-in-law Claudia Melvin of Arthur, Neb., nine grandchildren Vernon Moran and Jackie (Rocky) Stewart, all of Sutherland, Neb., Tammy (Dick) Simonson of Mullen, Neb., Ron (Vickie) Moran of Smithsville, Mo., Vickie Moran of Scotland, S.D., Elke (Glen) King of Enning, S.D., Dru (Brittany) Melvin of Ponca City, Okla., and Ty Melvin and Meka Melvin, both of Arthur, Neb.; 10 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Carol L. Moran in 1992, and his son Wayne M. Melvin in 2006, his son-in-law Woodrow Moran in 2006, three brothers Kenneth, Bill, and an infant brother, and four sisters Phila Mae Conner, Mary Melvin, Arba “Toots” Houpt, and Alice Robertson.

Memorial services were held January 13, 2012 at Arthur Baptist Church.

Interment was in the Arthur Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Online condolences may be sent to

LOIS DUBRY, 93, of North Platte, Neb., passed away January 11, 2012 at Premier Estates.

She was born December 28, 1918, in Cody, Neb., to Earl and Jessie Malony Dunbar.

She received her elementary and secondary education at Cody and Croakston, Neb. She graduated cum laude from Chadron State College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

On December 7, 1940, at Burwell, Neb., she married Bernard Ryschon of Valentine, Neb. To this union three sons were born. Many years later she was married briefly to Eugene Dubry of Broken Bow, Neb. Lois was a lifelong Episcopalian. She enjoyed her 37 years of teaching and never lost her affection for children and young people. She was an avid sports fan, a constant reader, and a lover of the outdoors and things of nature.

She is survived by her sons, David Ryschon of Moore, S.C. and Tom and Dick Ryschon both of North Platte, Neb.; grandson, Tom (Kathy) Guggenmos Jr. of North Platte, Neb.; two grandkids from North Platte, Neb.; and a very special friend from Stapleton, Neb., “Mo” Hayden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Neil Dunbar; and an uncle, Kenneth Malony.

Memorial services were held January 13, 2012 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.

Burial was in the McCain Cemetery southeast of Stapleton, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at

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