Plains Edition Obituaries 3-17-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 3-17-12

Gordon Lee Kostman, 84, longtime Arthur County resident, passed away March 8, 2012 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

He was born January 13, 1928 to Rankie and Hazel (Lassen) Kostman at Farnum, Neb. At age two, he moved with his family east of Arthur, Neb., to what is known as the Quarter, living there several years.

The family later moved to the Imond Place, south of Arthur, Neb., and later to Brule, Neb., where they farmed and ranched, milking cows and raising draft horses. He attended Brule Public School. In 1941 Gordon was confirmed in the Brule Lutheran Church. In 1942 the family moved to the Haney Place north of Arthur, Neb. Gordon attended Arthur, Neb., area schools and graduated from Arthur County High School in 1947. Gordon helped his father with the ranch work.

On July 10, 1949 Gordon married Margaret Finn at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Ogallala, Neb. To this union two children were born. The couple resided and ranched on the Mannon Place north of Keystone, Neb. Later they worked at the George McGinley Ranch near Keystone, Neb., and the Lute and Kramer ranches, Meyer’s Land and Cattle Co., and the Haythorn Ranch, all in Arthur County. Gordon also managed Moon Lake Cattle Co., south of Johnstown. He was also employed by the Arthur County Roads Department for 14 years.

Gordon rodeoed most of his life starting at age 16, calf roping at first, then team roping as a header. He competed at rodeos in 26 counties in Neb., and in 12 states. He gained the title of Neb. State Rodeo Assoc. Champion Team Roping Header in 1972 and 1977. Gordon worked as a pick-up man for the O’Connor Rodeo Co. He was the second person to receive the NSRA Gold Card. In 1978 he joined the Senior Pro Rodeo Assoc.

He helped organize the Arthur County High School Rodeo Club. Gordon received appreciation awards from the Arthur Agricultural Society, the Arthur Roping Club and the high school Rodeo Club. Gordon and Margaret were honored as the Grand Marshalls at the Arthur County Fair Parade.

Gordon always had a love for animals, having had dogs, coyote hounds, horses and cattle. He loved the hills and country side and one of his favorite pastimes was riding horseback gathering or working cattle. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren’s participation in rodeos, 4-H shows, and all sports activities. Their accomplishments were pleasing to him.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Kostman of Arthur, Neb.; his daughter Karma Kramer of Sidney, Neb.; his son Kevin (Wendy) Kostman of Bingham, Neb.; one sister Francis (Dick) Geisert of Greeley, Colo.; two sisters-in-law Atta McCarty of Lexington, Neb., and Joan Scully of Brighton, Colo; and five grandchildren: Tara Ramnath of Denver, Colo., Tandi (Scott) Porter of Blue Hill, Neb.; Reed (Micki) Kramer of Oshkosh, Neb.; Cody Kostman of Bingham, Neb.; and Kryn Kostman of Lincoln, Neb.; nine great-grandchildren Bailee, Shaye and Karstyn Porter, Kayden, Kamry and Kyan Kramer; Liam and Max Kostman, Josiea Ramnath and one step-granddaughter Kealy Kociemba and many nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion dog Oscar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Norman, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Glenn and Iris Finn; and brother-in-law Wilson McCarty.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2012 in St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Ogallala, Neb. Interment was in the Arthur Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Terrance Lee “Terry” Shannon, 80, passed away March 7, 2012 at Box Butte General Hospital.

Terry was born on April 13, 1931, at Rushville, Neb., to Forrest and Tressa (Snodgrass) Shannon. He graduated from Rushville High School. When he was 18-years-old, he contracted polio. With the help and encouragement of Berniece Mae Schupbach, the love of his life, Terry triumphed over the challenges of polio. Terry and Berniece were married on May 5, 1951, in Reno, Nev. They made Alliance, Neb., their home in 1958 and it was there that they raised their three children, nurtured their many grandchildren and “adopted” grandkids, and developed a rich treasure of friendships.

Terry’s working life was dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers as a field director, and then office manager, for the Department of Agriculture and the ASCS programs. He was active in the community throughout his lifetime. In his recent years, he became very involved with RSVP and Habitat for Humanity. He loved his church and church family at St. John’s Lutheran, where he served on numerous committees, mentored many young people through their confirmation studies and devoted hundreds of Wednesday mornings to his very beloved Bible Study family, by putting on the coffee and opening his home.

Terry always welcomed friends and family for a cup of coffee, a great conversation, a robust game of cribbage, or some tutoring in their school work for the neighborhood kids. Despite his physical challenges, Terry always maintained a positive attitude, a great sense of humor, a deep compassion for those he called family or friend and an ever-growing love for Jesus.

He is survived by his step-mother, Margie Shannon of Rushville, Neb.; children Karen (Don) Brown, Michael (Joan) Shannon and Kimberly (Don “Chip”) Tschacher, all of Alliance, Neb.; sisters Sharon VanBuskirk of Omaha, Neb., Mary Jo (Skip) Olds of York, Neb., Sherri (Kerry) Retzlaff of Rushville, Neb., and Kathy (Ron) Sones of Rapid City, S.D.; sister-in-law Catherine Janssen of Rushville, Neb.; brother-in-law Duane (Pat) Schupbach; grandchildren Shelly Pavich and Jason (Becky) Brown of Omaha, Neb.; Michael (Kari) Tschacher of Sand Springs, Okla.; Megan Tschacher of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Tyler Brown of Lincoln, Neb.; Trisha (Michael) Davidson, Cassie Kindred and Spencer (fiance Jessica Montemeyer) Brown of Alliance, Neb.; 16 great-grandchildren Jordyn, Tyler & Taylor Pavich, Morgan, Austin, Makayla and Brooke Davidson, Rosalie & Reagan Kopp, Matthew & Abby Brown, Cole & Grant Tschacher, Peyton and Kaden Kindred, and Carter Brown; many and loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; sisters Colleen and Christy; and numerous beloved in-laws and grandparents.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, RSVP, Habitat for Humanity or the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department.

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Donna Brosius, 85, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away March 6, 2012 at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was born on January 22, 1927 in North Platte, Neb., to John and Ida Kammerer Connor. She attended grade school at Lincoln County District 92 and graduated from North Platte High School in 1945. After school, she worked for Western Union and various doctors’ offices. On February 9, 1950, she married William Brosius Jr., of Stapleton, Neb. She moved from Stapleton, Neb., to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1992 to be close to her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Brosius; daughter, Shaun Brosius Klein; son-in-law, Gary Klein; grandson, Ryan Klein; granddaughter, Andrea Klein; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tim Brosius; sister, Julie Allen; and brothers, Darrell Connor and Larry Conner.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, Neb.

Burial followed at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Stapleton, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo., St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, Neb., or ESU No. 16 in North Platte, Neb.

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