Plains Edition Obituaries 6-9-12 |

Plains Edition Obituaries 6-9-12

Karen E. Hahn, 65, of Scottsbluff, Neb., passed away June 1, 2012 at Regional West Medical Center.

She was born December 28, 1946 in Sterling, Colo., to Karl and Elizabeth Asp, who were living in Holyoke, Colo., at the time. In her early childhood, the family moved to Scottsbluff, Neb., where Karl had purchased a dry cleaning business, a business, which he maintained throughout his life and in which Karen worked along with her father as a young person. She attended elementary and middle schools here, and graduated with the Scottsbluff High School class of 1964. She then attended WNCC for two years followed by her Bachelor’s Degree at Colorado State University at Ft. Collins, Colo., where she graduated in 1968 with degrees in education and science, in all phases, with academic honors. About CSU, she never tired of telling the story about her ambition of becoming a veterinarian, but in those days, females were not invited into that profession. Before putting her education to use, she detoured into an adventure with Pan American Airlines.

After completing training in the PanAm flight school in Miami, Fla., she took a job as a flight crew purser and established her base out of New York City. At that time, PanAm only flew international routes, including Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. PanAm also constructed special travel tours. In all of this, Karen’s work eventually took her to every continent in the world, except the poles.

On a visit to see her parents in Scottsbluff, Neb., in 1971, Karen met Roy and they were married on December 11. Scottsbluff, Neb., has remained the home for Karen and Roy since, where the business and personal pursuits of each have centered.

Karen struggled with a multi-year involvement with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Each year during the past 10, this disease intensified until it reached the point Karen could no longer pursue those many interests which had occupied her before. Those include bookkeeping for a local business, Banner Drilling; teaching in the local schools, both full time in science in the middle school, and later substituting at all levels. Owning and operating a title agency, about which she was proud to have built into a business, which had the reputation to detail – “so the customers would get what they paid for,” she liked to say. Even though her health prohibited her former lifestyle, she adapted to what there was and made the best of it. Karen expressed so often her gratitude for the fine quality of medical help she received along the way; so many concerned medical professionals were involved, all directed to assisting Karen to draw the breath of life.

Important to Karen which formed her person was her Christian Faith, her love for Roy, her caring for anyone who demonstrated compassion for others, her strive to do good and be productive, and her desire to live a just and moral life. All of this was possible because of her Faith.

Karen left this message in May 2012: “Don’t concern yourself with the loss of a spouse, a relative, or friend, rather celebrate the memories you retain. Don’t wonder why a life closes, for that is not for you to decide nor control. And, don’t grieve for me, for I have gone to a special place.”

She is survived by her spouse Roy; Roy’s sisters Belva (John) Albert of Omaha, Neb.; Shirley (John) Pitman of Sun City, Ariz., and Joan (Larry) Widman of Surprise, Ariz.; and her nieces and nephews, Jean, John, Jim, Barbara, Brenda, Jill, David, Ericka and Nils.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Liz Asp both in June of 1985; her brother, Eric Asp in July of 1993; her paternal grandparents, Nils and Selma Asp; and her maternal grandparents, Phinus and Elizabeth Green.

Memorial services were held June 8, 2012 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Her re-mains will be cremated as wished.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karen’s spiritual home, Calvary Lutheran Church, or to the Western Nebraska Community College Scholarship Fund.

Friends may visit where online condolences may be left for family.

Larry Joe Salisbury, 74, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away June 4, 2012 at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

He was born December 11, 1937 to Wallace E. and Odetta E. Pearson-Meroney in North Platte, Neb.

Larry attended Stapleton Grade School for grades one through eight, Curtis School of Agriculture for grades nine to 11 and graduated from Baker Rural High School in 1955. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated from Kearney State College in 1960, returning to Stapleton, Neb.

Larry married Wilma Kennedy June 8, 1958 in North Platte, Neb. To this union three children were born, Scott, Bruce and Ellen.

After working with his father in the Implement Store for 10 years Larry began work in 1970 for the Custer Public Power as an area lineman out of Stapleton, Neb. He retired in 2000 to the family farm homestead that was established in 1884.

Larry served on the Stapleton Rural Fire Board for 20 years and as treasurer for 18 years.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wilma; sons, Scott (Candy) of Stapleton, Neb., and Bruce (Lori) of Rushville, Neb.; daughter, Ellen (Nick) Taulbee of Ohio; six grandchildren, Joe Salisbury, Amy (Josh) Lambert, Amanda Salisbury, Bryce (Camber) Salisbury, Ethan Taulbee and Skyler Taulbee; sister, Myrtle (Wayne) Smith of Norfolk, Neb.; niece, Tammie (Bryan) Pullen; nephew, Jerry Smith; aunt Ardis Ginapp; cousins, Barbara (Dave) Wilkie, Pat (Ed) Guzis, Janice (Chuck) Vashus, Mike (Deb) Salisbury, Ken Ginapp, Mike (Mary) Ginapp and Judy Beveridge; and special friend, Paul Clemmons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; two aunts; and one uncle.

Memorial services were held June 9, 2012 at the Stapleton Presbyterian Church.

Burial followed the service at the McCain Cemetery. Cremation was chosen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stapleton Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be shared at

Iola “Bim” Elizabeth (Reeves) Becker, 91, of Raymond, Neb., passed away May 29, 2012, surrounded by her family.

She was born December 11, 1920, in Madison, Neb.

Bim earned a teaching degree at Wayne State College and taught country school for seven years starting at the young age of 15. The summer of 1942 she headed off to Colorado where she worked in a restaurant for the summer.

She married Bill on December 1, 1944 and moved to Florida while Bill was in the Navy. After the Navy years they returned to Madison, Neb., and farmed until 1955 after which they moved to Lincoln, Neb. Bim worked for a time as a candy packer at Russell Stover’s and later as a key punch operator at the University of Nebraska. She was a 4-H and Brownie Troop leader and loved sewing, crafts, camping and fishing. Bim and Bill loved dancing and danced to Lawrence Welk at the Riverside Ballroom. She loved to paint and the family all have beautiful oil paintings that reflect her artistic talents. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She loved the outdoors and had the most beautiful rock and flower gardens. She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, reading and attending dog trials with Bill. She was in charge of cooking mountain oysters for Dad’s poker parties. She loved all her visits with the grandkids and great-grandkids and was able to attend many of their school programs as well as their basketball, soccer, T-ball and volley ball games. Everyone loved her imagination and cloud watching.

Bim is survived by her husband of 67 years, Willis (Bill) and their three daughters and sons-in-law Patricia and Don White of Valparaiso, Mary and Jim Young and Billie and Bob Mertz of Lincoln, Neb. Bim has three grandsons and their wives, Troy and Kris Young, Trent and Jill Young and Will and Tehia White, all of Lincoln, Neb. Bim has six great-grandchildren: Randi and Karli Young and Haylee, Skylar, Brayden and Carsyn Young. Bim is survived by many nieces and nephews who dearly loved their Auntie Bim. Nieces and nephews: Steven and Shirley, Pam and Dan, Jon and Jane, Kris, Clint and Anita, Cindy and Barry, Clayt and Kay, Christopher, Brenda and Mark, Debbie and Ray, Doug, Bob, Timmy and Jamie, Corby and Terri, Dale and Denise, Tom and Diane and Jimmy and Kristi and their families. Her lifelong friend, Helen Finkral, resides in Norfolk, Neb.

She was preceding in death by her parents William and Minnie (Witzel) Reeves and her Mom Mary (Dather) Reeves, and older brother and sister-in-law (sister as Mom called her) Dr. Elmer and Jean Reeves as well as her brother-in-law, Merlyn Larson. Also preceding her in death were her nephews Dennis Larson, Mark Reeves and niece Susie Larson Donley. Her younger brother and sister-in-law (sister as Mom called her) Willis and Ann Reeves reside in Madison, Neb.

A private family graveside gathering will be held after her cremation. The family is planning a celebration of her life at Bill’s 90th birthday party in July. The family requests no memorials. Cards can be mailed to Willis Becker at 19777 NW 98th, Valparaiso, Neb., 68065.

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