Plains Edition Obituaries 6-23-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 6-23-12

Daryl H. Keiser, 82, of Gothenburg, Neb., passed away June 17, 2012, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 30, 1929, to Renke and Rosena (Plank) Keiser at the family farm north of Gothenburg, Neb. He attended elementary school at rural school district 92 and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1948.

Daryl married his high school sweetheart, Donna Ludwig, on December 2, 1951, at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Gothenburg, Neb. Following their wedding they traveled to San Francisco, Calif., from where he shipped out to serve two years in the Korean War.

When Daryl returned from serving in the United States Army, he and Donna moved to the Ludwig family farm and began farming. He stewarded the land as a gift and calling from God. He believed that in the farming and ranching he was living out his call to help feed the world.

Daryl also believed in teaching good stewardship of the land. He and Donna hosted nearly 30 international students of agriculture and went on numerous mission trips related to farming to Haiti serving through Water for Life, as well as other countries. He served on many county, state and national agricultural organizations and received numerous awards for his work, including Outstanding Young Farmer and the Dawson County Cattlemen Hall of Fame. Daryl was blessed to run the family farm until he could pass it on to his sons. That his four sons continue in agriculture was a tremendous joy for him.

Daryl and Donna were the proud parents of five children, four sons and a daughter. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life. He taught them well, and is famous for his “Daryl-isms.” He was awarded “Father of the Year” in 1976. He was “Grandpa Keiser” to every child he met.

Daryl was a lifelong member of the Christ Lutheran Church, one-half mile from his childhood home, and then American Lutheran Church, of Gothenburg, Neb. Witnessing to his faith through his faithfulness, leadership and music. He passed on great strength of faith to all his family and felt blessed that his daughter became an ordained pastor.

Daryl was a musician, and sang for weddings, funerals and as a part of many musical groups.

Daryl was proud to continue to serve his country as a member of the honor guard. He loved antique tractors, and always had time to take anyone for a ride. He and Donna traveled extensively, having visited every continent in the world except Antarctica. They traveled to all 50 states, 47 with their fifth-wheel camper.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donna, of Gothenburg, Neb.; his children, Bruce (Pat) Keiser of Colby, Kan., Brian (Torey) Keiser and Doug (Vickie) Keiser both of Gothenburg, Neb., Gloria (Don) Keiser Dovre of Williamsburg, Iowa, and Joe (Carol) Keiser of Gothenburg, Neb.; 14 grandchildren, Michael, Nathan, Kelly (Shane), Amy, Katie, Tiffany, Jason, Anders (Jen), Nels, Jurgen, Inga, Emily, Heath and Helene; sister-in-law, Glenda (Bob) Wilson of Gothenburg, Neb.; and brother-in-law, Bob (Jan) Ludwig of Lincoln, Neb.; and also by nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Renke and Rosena Keiser; his brothers, Ed (Gladys) Keiser and Donald (Doris) Keiser; and his sister, Verna (Dewey) Keiser Hudson Trimble.

Memorial services were held June 22, 2012 at American Lutheran Church.

Burial followed at the American Lutheran Cemetery at Gothenburg, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, Neb., 69138 or Water for Life.

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Ray Eugene Nelson, 76, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away June 12, 2012.

He was born to Raymond and Margaret (Christensen) Nelson on August 18, 1935, in Banner County. The family moved to a farm south of Roscoe, Neb., in 1939. Ray attended elementary school at District 7. He then attended Ogallala High School graduating in 1952.

On December 6, 1953, Ray married Donna Stedman. Soon after, in 1954, he joined the National Guard serving 16 years. He chose not to re-enlist and left the service with the rank of Captain.

Ray worked on the family farm south of Roscoe, Neb., and worked at the Nelson Farm Service until purchasing the store. He changed the business to Ray’s Farm Service where they sold farm equipment and fertilizer.

Ray sold the business in 1979 and embarked on other business ventures, which included a custom hay service and D&R Pumping. Later in life, he purchased rental properties, which he maintained until his death.

Ray was an active member of church his entire life. He supervised the building of the Berean Fundamental Church. He served on church boards, taught Sunday school, and filled in as a lay pastor for various churches. Ray was also an active member of Gideon’s International. He had the pleasure of presiding over the marriage of his son Jeff as well as several of his grandchildren, Jeremy, Mitch and Rusti.

Family was very important to Ray. He spent many a Sunday afternoon at the lake, pulling the kids behind the boat. He was also supportive of his children and grandchildren, attending the many activities they were involved in. His caring and concern didn’t stop with his family. Ray had a soft spot for those less fortunate than him. He took in numerous people throughout the years, giving them jobs and doing what he could to help better their lives.

Ray served on the PAKS board in Ogallala, Neb. He was active in the RSVP program in Ogallala, Neb., and Alliance, Neb., as well as the S.H.A.R.E. program in Ogallala, Neb. He enjoyed announcing wrestling tournaments at the high school and federation meets.

He is survived by his five sons, Steve (Carol) Nelson of Ogallala, Neb., Mark (Julie) Nelson of Hershey, Neb., Tim (Deb) Nelson of Pamona, Kan., Jeff (Sheri) Nelson of North Platte, Neb., and Joel (Angie) Nelson of Gordon, Neb.; three daughters, Linda (Randy) Dean of Alliance, Neb., Penny Nelson of Pamona, Kan., and Valerie (Wayne) Vander Schaaf of Alliance, Neb.; four brothers, Bob (Joan) Nelson, Norm (Nettie Fae) Nelson, Don Nelson and Dave (Betty) Nelson, all of Ogallala, Neb.; and a special family friend, Shari Rel, of Alliance, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, on August 12, 2011; his parents; and six of his great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held June 16, at the New Hope Church in Ogallala, Neb.

Burial followed at the Ogallala, Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Church and Gideon’s International.

John Edgar Hubbell, 89, of Gandy, Neb., passed away June 13, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Cozad, Neb.

He was born, raised and educated in Gandy, Neb. He was born October 14, 1922, to John and Anna Hubbell. Siblings were brothers James, Harry, Richard, Jerry, and sister Georgia Alice. After graduation Edgar moved to Bend, Ore., where he worked in a saw mill.

On October 11, 1942, Edgar married Elsie Fablinger of Gandy, Neb. In 1943 he was inducted into the Army and was a member of the 124th cavalry. He was later transferred to infantry in the position of driver and served in France and Germany. After his discharge Edgar and Elsie moved back to Gandy, Neb., where they raised their four daughters. Edgar did some ranch work, farming and road construction. He soon found his niche in carpentry and building construction.

Edgar served as superintendent of the Logan County Noxious Weed Control Board and was a Logan County Selective Service Officer. For years he was the Sunday school superintendent at Gandy Methodist Church and later an elder in the Stapleton Presbyterian Church.

Edgar had many hobbies, including singing for any occasion, participating in community playhouse productions, fishing and interacting with all of his grandkids. He was a people person and always had a ready smile and a firm handshake. His laugh could be recognized in any crowd.

He is survived by his daughters, Janice Buker of Gandy, Neb., Joyce (Otis) Beach of Fort Collins, Colo., Jeanelle (Robert) Cross of North Platte, Neb., and Joleen (Jess) McDowell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Eric (Andrea) Beach, Brenda (Rick) Petersen, Heather (Mike) Ossian, Tonya Cross, Deondra (Ed) Lashley, Robin (Brock) Retzlaff, and Nikki (Chad) Martin; nine great grandchildren; brother Jerry Hubbell; sister Georgia Alice Perkins; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; spouse, Elsie; and brothers, James, Harry and Richard.

Memorial services were held June 18, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton, Neb.

Burial followed at the McCain Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stapleton Community Center or to the donor’s choice.

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