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Plains Edition Obituaries for 4-3-10

John H. Gifford, 89, of North Platte died March 21, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born July 3, 1920, to Charles and Gertrude (Slaughter) Gifford in North Platte.

He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.

He hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving during World War II.

He married Arleen E. Sommer, in Gothenburg, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1948. The couple settled in North Platte, and he continued as a brakeman, then a clerk for the UPRR, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an excellent cook, and will be remembered for his ginger snaps, brownies and sugar cookies. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Arleen of North Platte; daughter, Karla (Steve) O’Rourke of North Platte; son, Jay Gifford and Brian (Kathy) Gifford all of North Platte; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) O’Rourke of Kearney, Stacey (Rob) King of Lee Summit, MO., Kari O’Rourke of North Platte, Zach (Laura) Lindstedt of North Platte, Lisa Gifford of North Platte, Derek (Samantha) Gifford of North Platte, Mike (Lisa) Kackmeister of North Platte, Adam Kackmeister of North Platte, David Kackmeister of North Platte, and Eric Kackmeister of North Platte; 13 great-grandchildren, Kasey, Korbyn, Kade, Kesley, Kaylee and Chloe, Maddsyn, Vanessa, Ryan, Derik, Adalee, Cage, and Jace; several nephews and a niece and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gladys Brown and Edna Brown.

John H. Gifford, 89, of North Platte died March 21, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born July 3, 1920, to Charles and Gertrude (Slaughter) Gifford in North Platte.

He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.

He hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving during World War II.

He married Arleen E. Sommer, in Gothenburg, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1948. The couple settled in North Platte, and he continued as a brakeman, then a clerk for the UPRR, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an excellent cook, and will be remembered for his ginger snaps, brownies and sugar cookies. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Arleen of North Platte; daughter, Karla (Steve) O’Rourke of North Platte; son, Jay Gifford and Brian (Kathy) Gifford all of North Platte; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) O’Rourke of Kearney, Stacey (Rob) King of Lee Summit, MO., Kari O’Rourke of North Platte, Zach (Laura) Lindstedt of North Platte, Lisa Gifford of North Platte, Derek (Samantha) Gifford of North Platte, Mike (Lisa) Kackmeister of North Platte, Adam Kackmeister of North Platte, David Kackmeister of North Platte, and Eric Kackmeister of North Platte; 13 great-grandchildren, Kasey, Korbyn, Kade, Kesley, Kaylee and Chloe, Maddsyn, Vanessa, Ryan, Derik, Adalee, Cage, and Jace; several nephews and a niece and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gladys Brown and Edna Brown.

John H. Gifford, 89, of North Platte died March 21, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born July 3, 1920, to Charles and Gertrude (Slaughter) Gifford in North Platte.

He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.

He hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving during World War II.

He married Arleen E. Sommer, in Gothenburg, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1948. The couple settled in North Platte, and he continued as a brakeman, then a clerk for the UPRR, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an excellent cook, and will be remembered for his ginger snaps, brownies and sugar cookies. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Arleen of North Platte; daughter, Karla (Steve) O’Rourke of North Platte; son, Jay Gifford and Brian (Kathy) Gifford all of North Platte; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) O’Rourke of Kearney, Stacey (Rob) King of Lee Summit, MO., Kari O’Rourke of North Platte, Zach (Laura) Lindstedt of North Platte, Lisa Gifford of North Platte, Derek (Samantha) Gifford of North Platte, Mike (Lisa) Kackmeister of North Platte, Adam Kackmeister of North Platte, David Kackmeister of North Platte, and Eric Kackmeister of North Platte; 13 great-grandchildren, Kasey, Korbyn, Kade, Kesley, Kaylee and Chloe, Maddsyn, Vanessa, Ryan, Derik, Adalee, Cage, and Jace; several nephews and a niece and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gladys Brown and Edna Brown.

John H. Gifford, 89, of North Platte died March 21, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born July 3, 1920, to Charles and Gertrude (Slaughter) Gifford in North Platte.

He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.

He hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving during World War II.

He married Arleen E. Sommer, in Gothenburg, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1948. The couple settled in North Platte, and he continued as a brakeman, then a clerk for the UPRR, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an excellent cook, and will be remembered for his ginger snaps, brownies and sugar cookies. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Arleen of North Platte; daughter, Karla (Steve) O’Rourke of North Platte; son, Jay Gifford and Brian (Kathy) Gifford all of North Platte; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) O’Rourke of Kearney, Stacey (Rob) King of Lee Summit, MO., Kari O’Rourke of North Platte, Zach (Laura) Lindstedt of North Platte, Lisa Gifford of North Platte, Derek (Samantha) Gifford of North Platte, Mike (Lisa) Kackmeister of North Platte, Adam Kackmeister of North Platte, David Kackmeister of North Platte, and Eric Kackmeister of North Platte; 13 great-grandchildren, Kasey, Korbyn, Kade, Kesley, Kaylee and Chloe, Maddsyn, Vanessa, Ryan, Derik, Adalee, Cage, and Jace; several nephews and a niece and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gladys Brown and Edna Brown.

John H. Gifford, 89, of North Platte died March 21, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born July 3, 1920, to Charles and Gertrude (Slaughter) Gifford in North Platte.

He attended school and graduated from North Platte High School.

He hired out on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1937. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving during World War II.

He married Arleen E. Sommer, in Gothenburg, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1948. The couple settled in North Platte, and he continued as a brakeman, then a clerk for the UPRR, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Legion.

He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an excellent cook, and will be remembered for his ginger snaps, brownies and sugar cookies. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Arleen of North Platte; daughter, Karla (Steve) O’Rourke of North Platte; son, Jay Gifford and Brian (Kathy) Gifford all of North Platte; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) O’Rourke of Kearney, Stacey (Rob) King of Lee Summit, MO., Kari O’Rourke of North Platte, Zach (Laura) Lindstedt of North Platte, Lisa Gifford of North Platte, Derek (Samantha) Gifford of North Platte, Mike (Lisa) Kackmeister of North Platte, Adam Kackmeister of North Platte, David Kackmeister of North Platte, and Eric Kackmeister of North Platte; 13 great-grandchildren, Kasey, Korbyn, Kade, Kesley, Kaylee and Chloe, Maddsyn, Vanessa, Ryan, Derik, Adalee, Cage, and Jace; several nephews and a niece and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Gladys Brown and Edna Brown.




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