Plains Edition Obituaries 12-31-11 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 12-31-11

Elvin Adamson, 91, of Valentine, Neb., passed away November 18, 2011.

He was born to the late Walter and Delania (Edwards) Adamson, January 21, 1920, in rural Cody, Neb.

A child prodigy, Elvin graduated as valedictorian from Cody High School at the young age of 15. He attended Chadron State College and the University of Colorado. He earned his B.A. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1940. He married Mabel Gale on June 11, 1947.

Elvin was a cattle rancher and politician. He was passionate about making a difference in his community, state and country. He was school district secretary (1944-60) and commissioner of Cherry County (1951-59.) He also chaired the Cherry County GOP Committee. In 1960, he was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral. Serving five consecutive terms, he was chosen as speaker for the 1967 session.

Elvin was named as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Consumer Affairs in Washington, D.C. in June 1969. The following year he was appointed as State Director of the U.S. Farmers Home Administration.

Elvin continued his involvement in public service throughout his life serving as Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner, president of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association and was an active member of the Masons, Elks, Farm Bureau, National Cattleman’s Association and Episcopal Church. He was an avid Husker fan and enjoyed being at the ranch until the end of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mabel, of Valentine, Neb.; daughter Cheryl Ravenscroft and husband John of Nenzel, Neb., daughter Janie Bennett and husband Bob of Valentine, Neb., daughter Marge Harris and husband Doug of Lincoln, Neb.; son Marvin Adamson and wife Michelle of Nenzel, Neb.; sister Delma Gregersen of Valentine, Neb.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Delania Adamson and an infant grandson, Tyler Harris.

Carlin R. Frerichs, 81, passed away December 19, 2011, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born on May 12, 1930 in Ogallala, Neb., to Harm J. Frerichs and Sena (Lambertus) Frerichs. Carlin attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School before graduating from Ogallala High School in 1949.

On October 5, 1957, Carlin married Ruth E. Rohlfing at Grace Lutheran Church in Lewellen, Neb. Except for a brief period after graduation when he lived and worked in Denver, Colo., Carlin was a life-long wheat farmer south of Ogallala, Neb. He retired from full-time farming in 2006, but continued assisting his son around the farm and tinkering at his property north of the farm. He loved to tinker around his shop and always had time to say “hello” and a kind word to friends and neighbors.

He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, reading, playing cards, and spending time with his family, but he was most comfortable being outside in his Lord’s creation.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three daughters Kelli and her husband Bob Ullrich of Mitchell, Neb., Kristi Stingley of Fort Collins, Colo., and Kari and her husband Larry Young of Ogallala, Neb.; a son Kevin Frerichs and his wife Peggy of Ogallala, Neb.; three sisters Verna and her husband Jack Hilderbrand of Wheatland, Wyo., Elda and her husband Orval Dehning of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Doris and her husband Larry McCormick of Torrington, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Chad Young of Imperial, Neb., Justin Young and Courtney Young, both of Houston, Tex., and Tanner Ullrich of Mitchell, Neb.; four step-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Cory, Joey, and Jordan, all of Ogallala, Neb., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held December 23, 2011 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

Online Condolences may be sent to

William (Bill) Cassell, 59, of Stapleton, Colo., passed away December 20, 2011 at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born March 6, 1952 in Arnold, Neb., to Frank and Winnie (Sheets) Cassell. He has three sisters, Vivien (Marvin) Hansen, Janie Wewel and Katherine (Harley) Hansen.

Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and was always mischievous. He always lent a hand to anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Velda Cassell of Stapleton, Colo.; daughters, Faye Ann Yost (Russ Tafoya) of North Platte, Neb., and Brandy (Shane) McIntosh of Kenesaw, Neb.; sons, Jim Bob (Angie) Cassell of North Platte, Neb., and William (Michelle) Cassell of Rawlins, Wyo.; grandchildren, Jordan Yost and Haylee Tafoya of North Platte, Neb., Casey and Natalia Cassell and Cooper McIntosh of Kenesaw, Neb., and Trinity Cassell of Rawlins, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Winnie Cassell; and infant brother; and a granddaughter, Brystal June Cassell.

Memorial services were held December 27, 2011 at the Stapleton Presbyterian Church.

Burial followed in the McCain Cemetery.

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

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