Plains Edition Obituaries 6-16-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 6-16-12

Joseph Frederick Frizzell, 84, of Bassett, Neb., passed away June 6, 2012 at the Long Term Care in Bassett, Neb.

He was born February 12, 1928. Joe, the youngest of five children, was born to Curtis and Bertha Mauch Frizzell on the family ranch south of Bassett, Neb., and spent nearly his entire life living there. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at a young age. He attended the Pleasant Hill school through the eighth grade and shared a common bond with the other male students there that would eventually become his ranching neighbors and friends. As a young man, Joe lived in Long Pine, Neb., and worked at the Coca Cola bottling plant before moving to Bassett, Neb., and working at Weston Oil.

On August 19, 1949 he and Naomi Brown of Newport, Neb., were united in marriage in the Bassett Methodist Church and lived in Bassett, Neb., until May of 1950 when they moved to the family ranch. To this union three children were born; Mary Jo, Lindsey Kay and James Curtis.

Joe was a hard working rancher and loved taking care of his cattle and the land. His only hobby was working and occasionally he would find time to cast a fishing line into the local fish pond. Joe and Naomi played countless games of cards with their pinochle club friends, they challenged each other to cribbage matches in the early mornings and for several years they enjoyed traveling with family members. Joe loved music and taught himself to play the piano and guitar. The Grand Old Opry was what he listened to on the radio and watched on RFD-TV. Teaching silly songs to his kids and nephews and sharing a joke with friends brought him much pleasure. One of Joe’s greatest joys was having family around for birthday and holiday meals and watching his grandchildren grow.

He is survived by his wife Naomi of nearly 63 years; sister Ollie and husband Delmar Provancha of Lincoln, Neb.; sisters-in-law Betty Christensen, Jean Mohanna, Shirley Brown, Norma Stoeger and husband Bob; brothers-in-law Dick Brown and wife Leslie, Larry Brown and wife Nancy; daughters Mary Jo Davis and husband Doug, Lindsey Dodds and husband Steve all of Ainsworth, Neb.; son Jim and wife Phyllis Frizzell of Bassett, Neb.; five grandchildren Jaki Davis Carter and husband Rich of Richmond, Va., Jodi Davis Curlo and husband John of Ashton, Neb., Corey Frizzell and wife Megan of Bassett, Neb., Tara Dodds and fiance Cole Archer of Cypress, Texas and Sara Frizzell Coolman and husband Jeff of Gretna, Neb.; seven great grandchildren-Zachary, Benjamin and Joshua Carter, Austin and Kaitlyn Skibinski, Blaine and Reece Frizzell; along with many other family members and a host of friends who will all miss his smile, wit and never ending friendship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jake, and sisters Lena Miller and Dora Sidak; five brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

Memorial services were held June 9, 2012 at the Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett, Neb.

Burial was held at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rock County Hospital, Rock County Long Term Care, the Avera Hospice Center, the St. Peter Lutheran Church, or to the donor’s choice.

Rolland “Rollie” E. Haas, 81, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away June 11, 2012.

He was born in Lincoln, Neb., on August 1, 1930 to Earl and Clara Haas. Rolland was an avid Husker football fan. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and camping. He served his country in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He was employed and retired with State Farm Insurance after 38 years of service.

“Rollie” is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey; daughters, LeAnn (Ralph) Tillapaugh, Nancy Haas, Lori (Brad) White, Tracy (Tom) Steinert; seven grandchildren, Kyle, Joel, Julian, Haley, Conor, Regan, Betsy; sisters, Jackie O’Donnell, and Phyllis Kendle; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life gathering was held June 13, 2012 at Hillcrest Country Club. Private inurnment followed at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials may be sent to Eastmont Towers Nursing Home Foundation 6315 “O” Street Lincoln, Neb., 68510 and The Monarch hospice.

Loretta Golda Keith, 93, of rural North Platte, Neb., passed June 8, 2012, at Linden Court.

She was born on April 19, 1919, to Arthur Earl and Anna Triggs Geise in North Platte, Neb. When Loretta was four, her father passed away on October 18, 1923, due to a heart attack and her mother passed away 10 days later due to influenza. Loretta was raised by her grandmother, Mary Triggs, with the help of her aunt and uncle, Elsie and Bob Gutherless, and her uncle, Elmer Triggs. Loretta graduated from North Platte High School in 1937. She then attended the Denver School of Business and Secretarial until 1938.

On November 26, 1938, Loretta married Harold Lee McNeel at North Platte, Neb. To this union a son, Lynn, was born. Loretta helped Harold on the ranch northwest of North Platte, Neb., where they raised purebred Hereford cattle. She also worked at the Lincoln County Assessors Office. Harold passed away in 1961 and Loretta and Lynn remained on the ranch.

Loretta married Bert C. Keith on March 12, 1963, at North Platte, Neb. Loretta’s family grew with the addition of three more sons, Rex and Gary and their families and Bill, who was still attending high school. The family moved to Grand Island, Neb., for Bert’s employment as a train dispatcher for the Union Pacific Railroad. Bert, Loretta, Bill and Lynn returned to North Platte, Neb., and to the ranch in 1967. Bert continued working for the railroad and Loretta cared for their home and family. After Bert retired, he and Loretta enjoyed traveling. Bert passed on in 1992.

Loretta was active in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 163, BPO Does Drove No. 109 and Signet Chapter No. 55 Order of Eastern Star where she was Past Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her sons and their families, Lynn (Marilyn) McNeel and children, of North Platte, Neb., Daniel (Ashley) McNeel and their children, Dani May, Chloe and Landon McNeel, Kate (Tyson) Kramer, Amanda McNeel and Tom (Taylor) McNeel; Bill (Betty Jo) Keith, of Lakota, N.D., and daughters, 1st Lt.. USAF Alanna and 1st Lt. USAF Stephanie; Gary Keith, of Evanston, Wyo., and children, Eric, Tammy and Tyler Keith; Rex (Kathi) Keith, of Surprise, Ariz., and their children, Krystal (Leo) Butell and their daughter, Kara, and Mike Keith and his daughters, Jordan and Ashley; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; other family and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold McNeel and Bert Keith; her parents, Arthur and Anna Geise; her grandmother, Mary Triggs; aunt and uncle, Elsie and Bob Gutherless; and her uncle, Elmer Triggs.

Memorial services were held June 13, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church.

Burial followed at North Platte Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice.

Clarence John Scheopner, 96, of Goodland, Kan., passed away May 25, 2012, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Neb.

He was born February 20, 1916, at Fleming, Colo., the son of Anna Theresa (Nortman) and Clement Bernard Scheopner. The family moved to a farm east of Goodland, Kan., in 1919. He attended country school. He worked on the farm until he was hired at Knudson Brothers as a mechanic. Later he started the first Culligan Soft Water Service in northwest Kansas, as well as owning the KOA campground, and farming.

On June 2, 1937, he and Clara Anna Huber were married, and they celebrated 64 years of marriage together.

He was active in the community, serving on the Goodland School Board, the Kansas Board of Education, and the Northwest Kansas Vocational-Technical Board. He was a charter member and active in Kiwanis and the Sherman County Historical Society. He enjoyed being a member of the 60+ Club at the Senior Center and Goodland Elks Lodge. He served on the boards of the Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) and Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC). He was one of the founders of Beamgard Learning Center in Atwood, Kan. He was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, where he served on parish council. As a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member, his family was recognized as the Kansas Knights of Columbus Family of the Year in 1990, and the runner-up in the International Family of the Year in 1991.

He is survived by children, Harold Scheopner and his wife Mary Lou of Atchison, Kan., Phyllis Gertge and her husband David of Fort Morgan, Colo., Irene Light and her husband Harold of Cambridge, Neb., Joan Charles and her husband James of Leadville, Colo., Richard Scheopner and his wife Diane of Goodland, Kan., Cathy Esquibel and her husband Larry of Topeka, Kan., John Scheopner of Clay Center, Kan., Andrew Scheopner of Goodland, Kan.; 28 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Clara, who passed away March 2, 2002; his daughter Judith, who passed away March 24, 2010; grandson Jeffery Scheopner; great-grandsons Park Russell and Johnathan Davignon; his parents; brothers, Clem, Edward, William, Bernard, and Leo; sisters, Helen, Marie, Mildred, and Margaret.

Memorial services were held May 31, 2012 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, Kan.

Burial followed in the Goodland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) or OLPH Catholic Church, and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, Kan., 67735-1555.

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