Plains Edition Obituaries 5-26-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 5-26-12

Michael “Mike” Patrick Sayer, 63, of Gothenburg, Neb., passed away May 13, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 17, 1949, at McCook, Neb., to David and Betty Sayer of Cambridge, Neb. He grew up on the family farm and graduated with the class of 1968. He enlisted in the Air Force on February 14, 1969, and was stationed at Wichita, Kan., until receiving orders to go overseas to Guam. Mike was honorably discharged on March 28, 1972.

On December 20, 1969, he married Teresa Vandervort at McCook, Neb., and to this union two sons, Ronald Michael and Randy Lee, were born. Mike farmed with his dad on the family farm after being discharged from the service until moving to Gothenburg, Neb., in 1985. In 2001 he started working for Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation. He most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He rode in the Pony Express Re-Riders and served with the American Legion.

He will be remembered for always having a smile and his joking nature. He was always the first to volunteer to help and was never afraid of hard work.

He is survived by his loving wife, Terri of Gothenburg, Neb.; sons, Ron, of Hastings, Neb., and Randy of Omaha, Neb.; sister, Luella Hinton of Cambridge, Neb.; brother, Wayne Sayer of Hansen, Idaho; nieces, Becky Hinton and Sherri D’Angelo; along with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Betty; father, David; brother, David Jr.; nephew, Doug Hinton; parents-in-law, Bud and Harriet Vandervort.

Memorial services were held May 18, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg, Neb.

Burial followed at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Banner United Methodist Church or the Gothenburg American Legion.

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Velma Irene Schneider, 87, of North Platte, Neb., formerly of McCook, Neb., passed away May 19, 2012.

She was born on March 24, 1925, to William and Teresa (Luger) Sullivan on a farm south of McCook, Neb. She graduated from McCook High School.

She married LaVern Schneider on April 20, 1944. They farmed and ranched north of Culbertson, Neb., until their retirement in McCook, Neb.

She was an avid china painter and gifted cook. LaVern and Velma loved to travel throughout the U.S. and world. They also went on numerous fishing trips where Velma was known to catch the “big one.” She worked for several years for J.C. Penny’s in McCook, Neb.

She was very active in St. Patrick’s Alter Society and served several leadership roles in the St. Ann Alter Society. Velma was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She taught her family faith in God and The Power of Prayer.

She is survived by her husband, LaVern, of North Platte, Neb.; daughter, Donna (Jeff) Monroe, of Lone Tree, Colo.; sons, Dennis (Barb) Schneider, of Raymond, Neb., and Jim (Nancy) Schneider, of North Platte, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Diane Schneider, of Wendermere, Fla.; sister, Eileen (Jerry) Cramer, of Holdrege, Neb.; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Russell Schneider; her parents, William and Teresa Sullivan; brother, Clifford Sullivan; and sister, Virginia Bright.

Memorial services were held May 24, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in North Platte, Neb., with the Rev. James Novakowski as celebrant.

Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Spirit Church Building Fund.

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Betty Lou O’Brien Long, 87, of Mullen, Neb., passed away May 18, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

She was born on November 16, 1924, to Clarence and Alva (Jackson) Rutledge in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating in 1942, she worked at the Brooksfield Army Airbase as a secretary where she met and married Claude O’Brien. They were married on October 11, 1943.

After WWII they returned to the O’Brien family ranch southwest of Mullen, Neb. Six children were born to this union: Sandra Marie, Virginia Lou, Joanne Rutledge, James Patrick, Mary Jane and John Michael.

She was Worthy Matron in the Eastern Star Chapter, active in St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church as a Sunday school teacher, Alter Guild and Episcopal Church Women for many years.

At 41, she was widowed as a result of an accident. In 1967 she married Emmett Long.

She loved to golf, bowl, play cards, fish, camp, garden and cook. Family was a high priority for Lou, especially caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful hostess and always had a pot of coffee going. No one could ever say they walked away from her table hungry.

She is survived by her children, Virginia (Bob) Thompson, Joanne (Gary) Johnson, James Patrick (Cheryl), John Michael (Sherri); step-children, Dan (Kay) Long, Marsha (Melvin) Sukup; brother-in-law, Ed Goldbeck; sister-in-law, Nina Rutledge; 17 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 11 great-step-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Claude and Emmett; her daughters, Sandra and Mary Jane; stepson, Bob; and granddaughter, Patricia.

Memorial services were held May 24, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.

Burial was at Eclipse Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Eclipse Church and Cemetery, or donor’s choice.

Howard R. Brown, 87, of North Platte, Neb., formerly of Paxton, Neb., passed away May 15, 2012, at Centennial Park Retirement Village.

He was born January 11, 1925, in Ogallala, Neb., to Dewey and Isa (McVay) Brown. He grew up and attended school in Ogallala, Neb.

On March 1, 1944, he married Geneva Ott in North Platte, Neb. To this union three daughters were born.

From 1944 to 1946 Howard served in the Army. The couple resided on several bases in the U.S. until he was stationed in Hawaii. He was discharged at the rank of staff sergeant.

They made their home in Ogallala, Neb., until moving to the Arthur, Neb., area in 1950. In 1962 they moved to the Birdwood Ranch north of Paxton, Neb. In 1978 they moved into Paxton, Neb., and then to North Platte, Neb., in 2007.

Howard enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He hunted, fished, played baseball, worked with cattle and horses, and loved just looking over the land and watching the grass grow. He always liked a good story and could be counted on to tell one.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Elks and the Masonic Lodge of Hyannis.

He is survived by daughters, Marlene (Ron) Rowlette and Christine Bobo, both of North Platte, Neb., and Renee (Doug) Fleecs, of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Nate) Settles, Darren Rowlette, Matthew Bobo, Sara Bobo, Amanda (Chris) Porter, Emily (Caleb) Wilson, Mitchell Fleecs and Jacob Fleecs; two great-grandchildren, Austin Settles and Ainsley Porter; also baby Wilson on the way.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva, in September 2011; his parents; a brother, Edward and a sister, Verna Mell.

Memorial services were held May 25, 2012 at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors.

The family chose cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Miller-Hankins Legion Post No. 303 in Paxton, Neb.

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