Plains Edition Obituaries 2-4-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 2-4-12

Ed “Portzie” Portz, 90, of North Platte, Neb., passed away January 26, 2012 at his home.

He was born December 18, 1921 in Adams County, Neb., to George and Oliva Portz.

Ed was a lifetime stockman and registered Hereford breeder and worked at the Western Livestock Company Sale Barn for over 50 years. He was one of the founding members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, serving as chairman for the Parish Hall building committee. Ed also served as the chairman of the Lincoln Diocese D.D.P./ C.S.A. in 1995. He joined the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Third Degree Initiation team for nearly 10 years. He served in many capacities in the Knights of Columbus, and was elected State Deputy in 1978. The Portz family was the recipient of the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award.

Ed was a Nebraskaland Days director for six years, and also served as Vice-President and was instrumental in starting the Field Mass as part of the Nebraskaland Days celebration. He was a past member of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce, was a 4-H leader for 10 years, serving two terms on the Lincoln County 4-H Council. Ed was commissioned a Cody Scout in recognition of outstanding community service. He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan since the age of 14. Ed played for the Lakeside Baseball town team in North Platte, Neb., and coached Little League baseball for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary of North Platte, Neb.; daughters, Trudy (Dennis) Brosius of Brownlee, Neb., Jan (Gary) Bush of North Platte, Neb., and Molly (Kevin) Gorman of Monee, Ill.; grandchildren, Joe Brosius of North Platte, Neb., Bell (Tony) Meyer of Stapleton, Neb., Gary Bush of Kearney, Neb., Amy (Trevor) Buhler of Great Falls, Mont., Ann (Jerry) Bloodhart of Shilo, Ohio, Jerry Bush of Lincoln, Neb., Tess (Jamie) Simpkins of Loveland, Colo., Shaun (Nora) Gorman of Los Angeles, Calif., John (Tieney) Brosius of Abilene, Texas, Adam (Kristen) Gorman of Chicago, Ill., Jay (Carissa) Gorman of Cornelius, N.C., and Kate Gorman of West Lafayette, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Kevin (Maria) Meyer of Ariz., Justin, Sarah, and Andrea Meyer of Stapleton, Neb., Keeley and Zander Buhler of Mont., Kristen and Gage Bloodhart of Ohio, Emma and Abby Simpkins of Colo., Jack Brosius of Texas, Declan Gorman of Ill., Ara Gorman of Calif., and Elsie Gorman of N.C.; a great-great-grandchild, Benjamin Meyer of Ariz.; faithful pet, George; sisters, Florence Long of Buffalo, Wyo., and Barbara Lambertus of Mesa, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Oliva Portz; brothers, Carl, George and Paul; sister, Helen Coverdall; an infant son; and a grandson, Jed Bush.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Building Fund.

Memorial services were held January 30, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

Burial followed at Good Hope Cemetery.

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Evelyn Belle Hansen, 87, of Sutherland, Neb., passed away January 26, 2012 at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland, Neb.

She was born February 1, 1924, to Merrit Weston and Gertrude Mae Griffith Quick at Quick, Neb., where she grew up. She graduated from the School of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, Neb., in 1941.

On February 14, 1942, she married Robert Alfred Hansen at Oberlin, Kan., and they made their home on the farm. While her husband was in Korea she taught school at Marion, Neb., until he returned from the military. She later worked at the McCook Community Hospital as a nursing assistant.

She was a past member of McCook United Methodist Church and a member of Garden Prairie United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and had taught Sunday school.

She is survived by her three sons, Derrell (Jane) Hansen, of Katy, Texas, Don (Connie) Hansen, of Hershey, Neb., and Billy Hansen, of McCook, Neb.; four daughters, Sandra (Larry) Staberg, of Lincoln, Neb., Debra (Don) Kreis, of Gothenburg, Neb., Jeanette (Steve) Graff, of Lincoln, Neb., and Gina (Steve) Lee, of Sutherland, Neb.; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merrit and Gertrude Quick; three brothers, Aaron, Clifford and Robert Quick; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Cupp Hansen; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hansen.

Memorial services were held January 29, 2012 at the Garden Prairie United Methodist Church at Quick, Neb.

Burial was at the Quick Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Garden Prairie United Methodist Church.

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Lela Mae (Murphy) Schmidt, 91, of Tryon, Neb., passed away January 29, 2012 at Centennial Park Retirement Village.

She was born on May 12, 1920 near Huntley, Neb., to Clifford and Velma Murphy. She attended a one room school in Harlan County, Neb., and later graduated from Huntley High School in 1937. She was valedictorian of her class. As a teenager, she heard the gospel message and decided to place her complete trust in the Lord. That faith continued to sustain her for the remainder of her life.

On December 9, 1945 she married Albert Schmidt. They had two sons, Duane Albert and Kenneth Dale.

She was a longtime member of the Ringgold Free Methodist Church where she served the Lord in many capacities including: Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Youth leader, Women’s missionary president and church treasurer.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Annie) of Libertyville, Ill.; her three grandsons, Darren, Kevin and Mark Schmidt of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Norma (Bob) Weber of Giltner, Neb.; many beloved nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; her son Duane; and her sister, Evelyn Headstrom.

Memorial services were held February 2, 2012 at the Ringgold Free Methodist Church.

Cremation was chosen.

Inurnment followed at the Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ringgold Free Methodist Church.

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