Plains Edition Obituaries 5-12-14
Raymond “Ray” Petrzilka, 78, of Brainard, Neb., passed away April 11, 2012 at Bryan LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.
Ray was born April 24, 1933 to Louis and Blanche (Pallas) Petrzilka at Loma. He attended District 90 school in Saunders County, completing the 8th grade. His young formative years were spent growing up on the family farm during the Great Depression; which became the rest of his formal education.
At age 12, Ray was working in the fields with a four-some team of horses using horse drawn machinery, which was commonly used during this era of time. Ray spent many hours working the fields with his team of horses. Not surprisingly, later the well bred American quarter horses would become his true passion. Ray became a skilled horseman, pasturing the cow herd, wherever grass could be found in the drought depression years. Ray, along with his best friend George Niemann, spent countless hours enjoying horses.
Ray married Joan Marie Codr on June 16, 1956 at Assumption Catholic Church in Dwight. Four children were raised in this family. Together with Joan, he purchased and operated the Loma Bar for 10 years. They brought with them their youth and a true work ethic which brought the town of Loma to life.
Ray had an exceptional long term memory of people and events which he used in telling stories of the past; thus making him a very popular bar operator. His cousin, Joe organized softball teams from a wide area who took part in games on Sunday afternoons. The Loma Saddle Club, consisting of 40 members was organized by Ray. Families with their decked out horses participated in parades far and wide, including Omaha and Lincoln. Ray took delight in making sure his kids and all the kids in Loma had ponies to ride. Many happy hours were spent in the creeks and hills playing cowboys and bad guys.
Ray was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association; a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church as well as St. Luke’s Czech Catholic Shrine of Loma. He was a registered quarter horse breeder, trainer and owner of many quarter horses that were sold and shipped throughout the nation and Canada. Ray was employed by Havlovic Heavy Equipment Soil Movers, and later was employed at Walker Manufacturing in Seward, he worked his way up to become foreman of fabrication.
Ray is survived by his wife Joan of 55 years and 10 months of marriage; children Joni (Steve) Hansen of Ft. Calhoun, Neb., Kevin (Donna Nelson) Petrzilka of Brainard, Neb., Jan (Jay) Riemer of Joliet, Ill., and Joyce (Michael) Benes of Valparaiso, Neb.; grandchildren Dane Hansen, Reid Hansen, Dillon Petrzilka, Mason Petrzilka, Joanna Riemer, Austin Benes and Ashley Benes.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held April 14, 2012 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Brainard, Neb. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Ray Revell, 85, of O’Neill, Neb., passed away April 21, 2012 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.
He was born March 17, 1927 at O’Neill, Neb., to Emmet and Pearl (Coffman) Revell. He grew up on the family farm 23 miles northeast of O’Neill, Neb., graduated from O’Neill High School in 1945, and married Mary Ann McKenzie, February 7, 1949, in O’Neill, Neb.
He entered the US Army in November of 1951, studied engineering during the Korean War and was discharged in November of 1953. He was employed by the Nebraska Department of Roads for over 20 years in O’Neill, Neb., and one year in Millard, Neb. After retiring Ray and Mary Ann moved back to the family farm and engaged in farming and ranching for his remaining years.
Ray was a member of the American Legion Simonson Post 93 and VFW Post 926. He was a past Service Officer and drove the VA Van to Grand Island, Neb. Ray never knew a stranger and welcomed many visitors to his fish ponds over the years.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, one Brother, Wayne Revell and his wife, Doddie of San Diego, Calif., and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.
Memorial services were held April 26, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in O’Neill, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to V.F.W. Post 926.
Mary Frances Glasco, 95, of Benkelman, Neb., passed away May 2, 2012.
She was born September 3, 1916, near Imperial, Neb., to Peter and Mary (Gleason) O’Brien. As young girl she grew up on the family farm and attended rural country school. Mary graduated from Chase County High School in Imperial, Neb., in 1935. She received teacher’s certificates in 1936, 1938 and 1941, to teach elementary school in Nebraska.
Mary was united in marriage to Harold Arthur Glasco on February 5, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benkelman, Neb. Their honeymoon was in Denver, Colo. They celebrated their first anniversary by traveling to the Denver Stock Show, where Harold gave Mary her first anniversary gift, a watch.
The couple first settled on Harold’s ranch, which was 13 miles southwest of Bird City, Kan. They later bought Mary’s parent’s farm in Northwest Kansas and farmed for several years. Harold and Mary moved to Colorado and New Mexico following Harold’s employment as a District Manager for the Denver Post. They were interested in purchasing a ranch and making Colorado their home but couldn’t find anything suitable, so they moved back to the farm in Kansas. In 1967, the couple made Benkelman, Neb., their permanent home. They continued to farm and devoted their lives to raising their children, making many sacrifices for them and the grandchildren that followed.
Harold and Mary were wonderful parents and devout Catholics. They were long time members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Benkelman, Neb.
Mary and Harold loved to dance. They were a graceful and beautiful couple. She loved to grow flowers especially roses. Her flower gardens were beautiful and full of color. Harold loved to grow vegetables. His sweet corn was the best corn in the world. Mary was also a wonderful baker and cook. Her fried chicken was legendary. One of her grandsons said that her deep fat fryer should be in a museum.
She is survived by her son, Larry Glasco and wife, Grace, of Washington State; daughter Janet King and husband, Jan, of Twin Lakes, Minn.; son, Tom Glasco and wife, Priscilla, of Fort Morgan, Colo.; son, Jim Glasco and wife, Alice, of Bayard, Neb.; son, Clair Glasco and wife, Barb, of Colorado Springs, Neb.; daughter, Rosemary Blair and husband, Tom, of Benkelman, Neb.; daughter, Ann Sullivan and husband, Michael, of Rochester, Minn.; son, Robert Glasco and wife, Susan, of Benkelman, Neb.; son, Paul Glasco of Moses Lake, Wash.; 29 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Ostdiek of Louisville, Colo.; brother, Mark O’Brien and wife, Margaret, of Moses Lake, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, Alan Harold and Mark Gregory, and three grandchildren, Kregg, Angelina and Travis Glasco.
Memorial services were held May 8, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benkelman, Neb.
Interment followed at the Benkelman Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in Mary’s memory.
Dick A. Buckley, 85, of Cozad, Neb., passed away April 24, 2012 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Neb.
He was born February 6, 1927 south of Cozad, Neb., to Guy and Iva (Adamson) Buckley. Dick graduated from Cozad High School in 1944.
In September of 1950, Dick entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1952, he returned to Cozad, Neb., where he farmed.
On March 17, 1953, Dick married Gladys P. Fenton at Omaha, Neb. The couple was blessed with three children, Patricia, Brent and Rod. The couple made their home southwest of Cozad, Neb., near the Henderson Ranch. In 1955, the couple moved to the Buckley family farmstead, where they farmed and ranched. In addition to farming, Dick also enjoyed raising cattle. Every spring, he thoroughly enjoyed helping Karl and Eddie Hueftle move their cattle to pasture.
Dick was an active member of the rural fire department for over 40 years and had served as past president of the Cozad VFW. He enjoyed going to rodeos where he would even flag on occasion. Dick was a farmer by necessity, but a cowboy at heart. One of his favorite things to do was ride his mare through the hills on Sundays.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Bruce) Keiser of Colby, Kan.; two sons Dr. Brent (Pam) Buckley of Kapolei, Hawaii, Rod (Dori Hollenbeck) Buckley of Winner, S.D.; four grandsons Nathan Keiser of Nevada, Mo., Michael Keiser of Pratt, Kan., and Austin and Colin Buckley, both of Hawaii; best friend John Yeutter of Eustis, Neb.; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys in 2008, two infant sisters, three sisters, Margaret Kennedy, Arlene Muirhead and Doris Koch.
Memorial services were held April 28, 2012 at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad, Neb.
Burial with military honors was at Fairview Cemetery, south of Cozad, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ in Cozad, Neb., or to the Cozad Fire Department in his memory.
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