Plains Edition Obituaries 4-28-12
Robert Lee, 77, of McCook, Neb., passed away April 20, 2012.
He was born in rural Hayes County, Neb., west of the town of Hayes Center. He was the second child and only son of Nathan Lee and Dorothy Pearl (French) McNutt. He and his older sister Louise were joined by three younger sisters, Norma, Doris and Bonnie.
“Bob” McNutt and his sisters went to a near-by rural school for their first eight grades. Later they each graduated from Hayes Center High School. Bob’s graduation occurred in 1954. Young Bob was his father’s “farmhand” from an early age.
In 1954 Bob joined the army. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. He was discharged March 23, 1956. He was a member of the Palisade, Neb., American Legion Post 318 and a Life Member of AMVETS Dept./Post NE-14.
A son, David, and a daughter, Diana, were born to Bob and his wife while he was in the service. Later a second daughter, Gloria Jean, was born. It was one of the worst times in Bob’s life when little Gloria Jean died at just passed one year after ingesting a household product.
After serving his country, Bob farmed in Missouri with his father. They raised row crops and Black Angus cattle. After trying out this farming venture, Bob worked for a paint contractor then went into business for himself. This work sustained him for the rest of his life whenever there was no other work available. Sometimes he worked alone or with only a few employees or with as many as 35. He worked mainly in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Bob was also a field representative for Gooch Seed and two other commercial seed companies in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska; manager at an elevator/mill in Lexington, Neb.; as a cattle feed salesman in Kansas and Nebraska; and he ran a Green House Operation in Sedan, Kan. He also raised dogs in four kennels he built.
Bob began playing guitar in 1964. Very soon he and Ron Scott and 14-year-old son David went on the road as the “Country Cousins.” Their three-piece band of entertainers evolved over the years, changed and grew. Eventually Bob and Ron split and Bob took a new group on the road “The Hard Time Raiders.”
In 1997 Bob moved back to Nebraska while a divorce decree became final. He took up commercial painting once again in Hayes County, a place he never expected to return to.
Then, in 1999 Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He survived surgery in January of 2000 and two later out breaks when the cancer broke out into his bones in lower back and left hip. He took radiation treatments for these. He considered himself a long-time cancer survivor, with the cancer in remission at the time of his death. Bob had other health problems and he overcame each in turn until failing kidneys were too much for his compromised immune system.
In 2005, Bob bought the bar in Hayes Center and once more became a business owner. He successfully ran the Circle M Bar for three years. A part of this success came with the return of music to Bob’s life. His friend, Ron Lytle, talked Bob into coming to a” hoedown “west of Champion, Neb., 2003 where several groups get together and play classic country, rock, gospel and some jazz music. A new band formed from one of these groups becoming “Bob McNutt and Friends.”
At the low point in Bob’s life after the bar was sold Bob came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. A neighbor in Palisade, Neb., where Bob had moved at the time he bought the bar introduced him to the Palisade Methodist Church. Talking together and dating during the fall and winter of 2009 and the spring and summer of 2010, Bob and Deb discovered they were kindred spirits. Robert L. McNutt and Deborah J. Rodgers became husband and wife on August 14, 2010.
He is survived by his beloved wife Deborah and mother-in-law Margaret Rodgers both of Palisade, Neb. His son David Lee and wife Cheryl of Locust Grove, Okla.; his daughter Diana and husband Steve of Fort Dodge, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. And by Bob’s three surviving sisters Louise and John Herron of McCook, Neb.; Norma and Darrell Cox of Hayes Center, Neb.; and Doris Bryson of Lindale, Texas; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; his band family, and business associates.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Gloria Jean; sister Bonnie Nadine Sevier; brothers-in-law Elmer Bryson and Darrell Tucker; nephew Eddie Beehe; and his father-in-law Glen Rodgers.
Services were April 24, 2012 at the Trenton Cemetery in Trenton, Neb.
William “Bill” Eugene Hickey, 71, of Cozad, Neb., passed away April 23, 2012, at his home after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born on December 22, 1940, to William J. and Gertrude (McCarthy) Hickey at their home near Anselmo, Neb. He received his early education at rural schools in Custer County. He started high school at Arnold, Neb., and would go on to graduate from Anselmo High School in 1958. In 1961 he received a diploma from the Grand Island School of Business. Bill held various jobs from hay camp foreman near Valentine, Neb., to hauling sugar beets, working as a salesman for the Broken Bow Chief Office and was a general ranch hand in the Sandhills.
On June 6, 1964, Bill married Lois Kinish at Anselmo, Neb. This union was blessed with three children, Shawn, Christopher and Sharilee. The couple lived in the Cozad, Neb., area their entire married life. Bill was employed with Tenneco Automotive for over 38 years, retiring in 2001 as a general foreman.
Bill’s children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He taught them about nature and wildlife at an early age and was passionate about hunting and fishing. Bill always believed work should be done before play. Many people enjoyed his beautiful leather craft. Bill had other interests, which included bull riding, golden gloves boxing, bowling and registered trap shooting. Bill helped coach a trap shooting club for high school students at Cozad, Neb. He was a faithful blood donor having donated over 13 gallons of blood throughout his life.
Bill was a member of the Christ the King Catholic Church, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 47 years, Lois of Cozad, Neb.; two sons, Shawn (Karma) Hickey of Smithfield, Neb., Chris (Kris) Hickey of Boelus, Neb.; a daughter, Shari Hickey of Cozad, Neb.; four granddaughters, Taylor and Lauren Hickey of Smithfield, Neb., and Leslie and Autumn Hickey of Boelus, Neb.; two brothers, Kenneth Hickey of Fairfield, Neb., and Jim Hickey of Tryon, Neb.; a sister, Karen Brooks of Holdrege, Neb.; sister-in-law, Virginia Hickey of Alda, Neb.; and many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael; stepfather, Lyle Kutsch; and sister-in-law, Connie Hickey.
Memorial services were held April 27, 2012 at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad, Neb.
Burial was at the St. Anselm’s Cemetery at Anselmo, Neb.
Betty Karen “B.K.” Pearman, 74, of Mullen, Neb., passed away April 21, 2012, at her home.
She was born on October 5, 1937, to Lloyd McIntyre and Mona (Kime) McIntyre.
B.K. grew up at the family ranch, “Lone Tree” in Valentine, Neb., then moved to Florida where she went to Mainland High School. She attended college in Missouri. While in college she met John Stanley Nocera who was playing football at the University of Iowa. They married in 1958 and had their first child, Shannon Debra. In 1959 John went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. They had their second child, John Paris, in 1959.
B.K. made her way back to the Sandhills, to Seneca, Neb. She opened a restaurant and bar, “The Blowout,” and met the man she would spend the rest of her life with. B.K. married Gary Pearman in 1990 on Groundhog Day in Rapid City, S.D. They moved to Mullen, Neb., and built their home there.
She was a member of the NSRA and went to the State Finals numerous times. B.K. loved to teach rodeo, play volleyball, cards, ride and visit. Her passion was rodeo, mentoring of others to enjoy it and learn it rather than actually doing it herself. Her visiting usually started with a rodeo story on how her girls had performed.
She is survived by husband Gary Pearman; daughter Shannon Debra Allman; son John Paris Nocera; brother Frank (Joanne) Paynter; sister Sharon (Tom) Jones; and three grandchildren, Kelley Chardonnay Haythorn, Jensen Paris Nocera and Jordan Parker Nocera.
Memorial services were held April 26, 2012 at the Lariat Auditorium in Mullen, Neb.
Interment was at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb.
Memorial contribution will go to Mullen Junior Rodeo or the Nebraska State High School Rodeo Association and will be used for the next generation of rodeo kids who will not be able to receive her mentoring.