Plains Editioni Obituaries 4-7-12 |

Plains Editioni Obituaries 4-7-12

Dwaine C. Hendricks, 87, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 9, 2012, at his home.

He was born Jan. 16, 1925, to Jyles and Pirth (Wagor) Hendricks in Upland, Neb.

He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in December of 1943. He was stationed in Washington State as a pharmacist mate. In June of 1946, he was discharged with honor.

Dwaine married Cleonice Heinrich on June 9, 1947 in Campbell, Neb.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor degree in agricultural science on February 2, 1957. After graduation Dwaine started his lifetime career as a banker. Dwaine enjoyed many activities throughout his life but his love for his family was the most important thing to him. He always enjoyed flying his airplanes and taking others along for a ride. After retirement he learned to love the game of golf and to do his woodworking projects.

Dwaine was an active member of the Upland, Neb., American Legion, Post No. 284 for 65 years and a member of the North Platte Eagles No. 2839 since 2004.

Dwaine is survived by his wife, Cleonice, of North Platte, Neb.; two sons, Randy (Kathy) of Ogallala, Neb., and Reg of North Platte, Neb.; and his loving daughter, Roxie of Cave Creek, Ariz., (partner Ed Minor); three grandchildren, Colt (Holly) Bruegman of Cheyenne, Wyo., Chip (Tami) Bruegman of Eaton, Colo., and Vanessa (Dan) Kennicutt of Elsie, Neb.; four great grandchildren, Chance and Bailey Kennicutt of Elsie, Neb., and Carli and Cade Bruegman of Eaton, Colo. He also leaves several special family members including brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Great Plains Home Health and Hospice, 1021 S. Cottonwood, North Platte, Neb., 69101. Cremation was chosen. Services were held March 13, 2012 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb., with military honors.

Online condolences may be shared at

Herman B. Bley, 88, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 22, 2012.

He was born May 6, 1923 to Jacob and Kate (Duhm) Bley at Wauneta, Neb. He graduated from Waunita High School, 1941, and entered the army in 1943, taking his favorite verse Romans 8:31. “If God be for us, who can be against us,” with him as he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the purple heart and bronze medal.

He married Bonnie Jean Egle in 1946, raised their family on a farm in Hitchcock County, sold insurance for 19 years, and was a lifetime member of Gideon’s International. Selling the farm and retiring in 1992 they moved to North Platte to join other family members.

Herman was a man of God and left a wonderful legacy. He was an outgoing person with a great sense of humor which encouraged those around him even through his later years of physical challenges.

Herman is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and children, Jerry (Pat) Bley of Oklahoma, Marsha (Michael) Ryan of North Platte, Neb., Janette (Lee) Jones and Terry (Kelly) Bley both of Indiana, grandchildren, Jeff (Tara), Jeremy (Kira), Julie (Michael), Joshua (Rachael), Jordan (Adrienne), Cassie (Michael), Trisha, Savannah, Mikayla, Dawson and Olivia, great grandchildren, Kristopher, Josiah, Kate, Addison, Audrey,and Greyson, brothers Ervin (Elaine) Bley and Raymond (Lois) Bley, and many other close friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Alvin (Nadine) and another infant brother.

Services were held March 26, 2012 at the Parkview Community Church. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with military honors graveside.

A memorial has been established to Gideon’s International in honor of Herman and his life long desire to reach others for Christ. You may do so through Online condolences may be shared at

Richard “Eugene” Hoaglund, 83, of Brady, Neb., passed away March 4, 2012 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

Eugene was born on his grandparents homestead to Edwin and Edith Brown Hoaglund on March 14, 1928 in Brady, Neb., and besides his time in the service he lived his whole life on that property.

Eugene graduated from Brady High School in 1946. He worked for his dad and neighbors before he enlisted in the United States Army at the outbreak of the Korean War. He was stationed in New Jersey in the radio corps. He entered into the reserves in 1952 and was finally fully discharged in 1957. Eugene returned home to the farm where he farmed and ranched the rest of his life.

He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Coon, April 25, 1954.

Eugene served 25 years on the Brady School Board, he also served on the Gaslin Cemetery Board, the United Methodist Church Board in Brady, was a member of the American Legion and was a three time cancer survivor!

Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Brady; sons, Richard (Linda) Hoaglund of North Platte, Neb., Jeffery (Sally Jo) Hoaglund of North Platte, Neb., and Patrick (Julie) Hoaglund of Brady, Neb.; sisters, Marian Fattig of Brady, Neb., and Pamela Jo Koss of North Platte, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Coon and Lois Hoaglund; grandchildren, Corey Hoaglund, Casey (Becky) Hoaglund, Jessica (Tim) Johnson, Jeanie (Alex) Roeder, Jennifer Hoaglund, Kim (Brian) Flanders, Jason (Nancy) Ross, Kerri Ross, Lindsay (Aaron) Niles, Kelli (Matt Wiiest) Hoaglund and Tiffany Hoaglund; great-grandchildren, Haylie Hoaglund, Chloe Hoaglund, Caedmon Hoaglund, Jacob Hoaglund, Eathan Johnson, Chase Johnson, Bailey Roeder, Joseph Roeder, Aliyah Hoaglund, Isaac Hoaglund, Karli Flanders, Jaeli Flanders, Emma Flanders, Jordan Ross, Brodey Ross, Akilah Ross, Kaden Ross and Gavin Niles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brothers, Edwin J. and Delbert S.; brother, Vernon ; and brothers-in-law, Dale Fattig and James Coon.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Brady United Methodist Church or to the Callahan Cancer Center. Online condolences may be shared at

Services were held March 9, 2012 at the Brady United Methodist Church. Inurnment followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb.

Merlin Dean Pettit, 70, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away March 30, 2012 in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born May 4, 1941 in North Platte, Neb., to Donald and Helen (Van Meter) Pettit.

Merlin was a machine operator for Goodyear for 34 years. He was a member of the United Steel Works local No. 286.

Merlin loved to fish, hunt and camp. He was a Huskers and Rebels fan. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren watching their sporting events.

Family members include wife Vera; son Mark Pettit; daughter Kathy J. Philpot; son and daughter-in-law Tim (LaDonna) Pettit; sisters Phyllis Taylor, Roberta Pettit; brothers and sisters-in-law Stanley (Julie) Pettit, Dale (Colleen) Pettit, Terry (Evelyn) Pettit; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Luke) Heritage, Randy Fletcher, Amanda (Terry) Wiese, Tyler Philpot, Casey Philpot, and Matthew Pettit; three great-grandchildren, Rilee and Braeden Wiese, and Anthony Heritage; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, and a son Jason Pettit.

Memorial services were held April 6, 2012 at the McPherson County High School. Burial was at the Miller Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial established in his name at

Caroline Sandoz Pifer, 101, passed away March 12, 2012 at Gordon Countryside Care.

She was the daughter of Jules and Mary (Fehr) Sandoz and was born May 21, 1910 at the “River Place” in Sheridan County, Neb.

Caroline received her early education in a rural school and graduated from Gordon High School. She then attended Chadron Normal School and taught in rural schools for a number of years. Education was very important to Caroline and many years later she enrolled in classes again at Chadron State Colleges and graduated in 1981.

Caroline married Robert Pifer on May 4, 1935. This union was blessed with two daughters Eleanor and Mary Ann. Caroline and Robert ranched in Sheridan County and Caroline continued ranching even after Bob’s death.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gordon, Neb., for 67 years. She enjoyed country life and only moved to town when her health required it.

She is survived by daughters Eleanor Hamilton of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mary Ann Anderson of Boulder, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jules (“Old Jules”) and Mary Sandoz, her husband Robert “Bob” Pifer, her sisters Mari and Flora, and brothers Jules, James and Fritz.

Graveside services were held March 15, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery in Rushville, Neb.

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