Miscellaneous Dawson County, Nebraska Obituaries


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Vivian Glee Martin
Vivian Glee Martin, 84, of Maywood, died March 18, 1999, at Linden Court in North Platte.
She was born May 12, 1914, at Eustis to Earl Edward and Autumn Lorana Parkin Bennett. The family lived in Eustis, Bertrand and Cozad while she was growing up. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1932.
On Nov. 23, 1933, she married Miles Frank Martin of Farnam at North Platte. He preceded her in death on June 28, 1991. They made their home on a farm south of Farnam until 1958 when they moved to Maywood and continued to farm. They retired in 1974 and moved into town. After her husband’s death, she continued to live in Maywood.
Mrs. Martin enjoyed crocheting and crafts. She also enjoyed doing things for her family and watching her great-grandchildren grow up.
Survivors include two sons, Kent Martin of Maywood and Terry Martin of Fremont; two sisters, Erma Feddersen of Lexington and Lila Brown of Gothenburg; a granddaughter, Marla (Bryan) Seamann; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Jennifer Seamann.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers, Vern, Virgil, Donald, Melvin, Mervin, Keith, Robert and Clinton Bennett; and an infant sister, Eva Bennett.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Odean Colonial Chapel with Robert Stevens of the Eustis United Methodist Church officiating. Burial at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, March 19, 1999.

Richard Artie McMichael
Richard Artie McMichael, 85, a lifelong resident of Farnam died Dec. 26, 1999, at his home.
He was born June 4, 1914, to Richard Clifford and Julia Anna McCarl McMichael on the McMichael homestead near Orafino in Frontier County. He attended a country school south of the homestead until he graduated from eighth grade. He then worked with his family on the farm.
On Oct. 23, 1937, he married Ora May Clement. They had three children. They tried dry land farming two miles north of Farnam until they moved to town in 1947. He and his brother, Alvin, bought Hazen's Blacksmith shop and operated it as McMichael's Repair Shop. In 1949, he went to work for the State of Nebraska and moved his family to Elwood until 1952, when they returned to Farnam. He operated the State Road grader until 1961. Then he started operating the Dawson County road grader until he retired in 1979. He was given a special award for his many years of service.
Mr. McMichael was a member of Oddfellow Lodge 173 of Stockville, formerly of Farnam, and the Farnam Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed his family, friends, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed many hours of playing music on his fiddle and accordion, which he loved to play when he wasn't dancing.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Janet Steuerwald of Farnam; a son, Meryl (Sharon) of Gothenburg; three sisters, Mildred Adkisson of Farnam, Julia (Ray) Schneider of Hermiston, Ore., and Ruth (Ed) Hoppe of Moorefield; a brother, Clifford "Junior" (Betty) of Hermiston; two brothers-in-law, Les (Bonnie) Beck of Cozad and Zane (Darlene) Craig of Hemmingford; a son-in-law, LeRoy Thomas of Georgetown, Texas; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Fern Thomas; his parents; five sisters, Elsie M. Phillips, Elma L Calhoon, Mary V. Beck, Velma A. Phillips and Ethel Craig; two brothers, Alvin and Herbert P.; a sister-in-law, Eva McMichael; three brothers-in-law, August Phillips, Stanley Calhoon and Benjamin Phillips; a grandson, Marty Thomas; and a great-granddaughter, Jessica VanAcker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Blase Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg with Pastor Shirley Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery with services by Oddfellows Lodge 179.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, December 28, 1999

Jean A. McNickle Eller
Jean A. McNickle Eller, 75, of Manhattan, Kan., died March 18, 1999, at the Stoneybrook Health Center in Manhattan.
She was born Dec. 7, 1923, at Doniphan to Weave and Dorothy Cole.
When she was a small child, she moved with her parents and older brothers to the Farnam-Gothenburg area. She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1941.
She married Glen K. McNickle on Sept. 10, 1942. They had a daughter, Marsha Jean, and a son, Stanley Glen. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 1974.
On May 31, 1984, she married Raymond E. Eller. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1992.
Mrs. Eller was a member of the College Avenue United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She taught Sunday school for many years and was an extension homemaker. Other memberships included the American Legion Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Riley Country Senior’s Center and Tops 587. She was devoted to her children, loved all sports and liked to watch the grandchildren in their sports, music and church programs. She loved nature, flowers, birds, trees, cats and dogs, all of God’s creatures.
Survivors include a daughter, Marsha J. (Gerald) Puppe of Leawood, Kan.; a son, Stanley (Susan) McNickle of Wamego, Kan., a brother, Kenneth Cole and his family; a granddaughter, Candy (Ted) Kadau; four grandsons, Steven Puppe and Bill, Dan and Kenneth McNickle; and a great-grandson, Garrison Kadau.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Lloyd, Dale and Jack Cole.
A memorial has been established for Flinthills Breadbasket. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the College Avenue United Methodist Church in Manhattan with the Rev. Nancy Gammill officiating. Cremation will follow.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Farnam Cemetery with the Rev. Eugene Beye officiating.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, March 20, 1999.

Rex E. “Mac” McNickle
Rex E. “Mac” McNickle, 80, a native of Farnum, died Sept. 14, 1998, at Brethren Village, Lititz, in Lancaster after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Farnam to Harve R. and Lillie M. Burrows McNickle
He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University and also attended George Washington University.
He was married on Jan. 15, 1944, to Mary Ann McConville McNickle.
Mr. McNickle was a manager and engineer at the former RCA Corp., he retired in 1977 after 36 years.
He was a member of the Manheim Township Parks and Recreation Board in Lancaster since 1979, was vice president in 1982 and president from 1983 to 1984.
He was an active member of the Manheim Township baseball program since 1956, he helped organize the township’s baseball association in 1971.
He was a volunteer at Lancaster County Lung Association for 17 years and was named Volunteer of the Year in 1983. He was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels since 1978.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, William E. (Eva) and Robert J., both of Lancaster; a sister, Ethel M. (Vernon) Thomsen of Sutherland; a brother, M. Dale of North Platte and a granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a son, Richard P. Services were Sept. 17, 1998, in Lancaster. Groff Funeral Home of Lancaster was in charge.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, September 25, 1998

Ronald McNickle
Ronald Lewis McNickle was born October 23, 1946, to Max L. and Ruth Lewis McNickle. He passed away March 2, 1963, at the age of 16 years, four months and nine days.
Ronald lived his entire life in the Farnam community; he was in his Junior year of high school; he was a member of the Methodist Church and Methodist Youth Fellowship.
His family will remember Ron for his work around home, for his reading, for his planning with radio and tape recorder, for his joy in giving and receiving of gifts. His friends will remember his leadership as M.Y.F. President, as one of the fellows in school and as he planned to serve as Toastmaster for the 1963 Junior-Senior Banquet.
Those who will miss him most are his parents, his sister, Mrs. Janet Mandery, Lincoln, his grandparents, Ernie and Maud Lewis, his four nieces, and the many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the High School auditorium in Farnam with the Rev. Harold Massey, officiating. Burial was at Farnam.

Delvin L. Messersmith
Delvin Lynn Messersmith, 61, of Gothenburg died July 30, 1995, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 15, 1934, at Farnam to Lynn and Valeria Crampton Messersmith. He graduated from Farnam High School and attended Milford Technical School. He was a parts man for Lepp and Osterloh for 23 years. He married Rebecca Jane Hewitt on June 30, 1962, at Kearney.
Mr. Messersmith was a member of the Episcopal Church in Cozad, a past member of the Cozad B.P.O.E. and was a Boy Scout leader for several years.
Survivors include his wife of Gothenburg; a daughter, Heidi (Brad) Hueftle of Brady; a son, Tyler at home; his parents, Lynn and Valeria Messersmith of Gothenburg; a sister, Nila Reitz of Florida; a brother, Dennis of Cozad; and two grandsons.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Blase Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg with the Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.

Marguerite Messersmith
Marguerite Fay Messersmith of Cambridge, aunt of Jeweldine Gaibler and Evelyn Davis, both of Farnam and Charlot Williams of Eustis, died Feb. 4, 2000, at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was 96.
She was born Dec. 4, 1903, in Otoe County near Unadilla to Carson and Ora Shull Davis. In 1918, the family moved to Farnam, where she graduated in 1922.
On June 17, 1928, she married Lauren Messersmith at the Congregational Church in Stockville. They moved to Lake Villa, Ill., in October 1942, so her husband could attend the Chicago Theology Seminary. Her husband was pastor of the Midburn, Ill., Congregational Church for 31 years. She taught the high school class for many years and helped with Bible School and camping activities. She was active in several organizations in Illinois and Nebraska. She taught school for 11 years in Nebraska and was a first grade teacher for 31 years in Illinois. They retired to Fox Lake, Ill., in 1973, and she moved to the Heritage Plaza in Cambridge in 1995. She was a member of the Cambridge Congregational Church.
Mrs. Messersmith is survived by three nieces, Jeweldine (Orville) Gaibler and Evelyn Davis, both of Farnam and Charlot (Russell) Williams of Eustis; a nephew, Glen (Betty) Davis of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; her parents; two brothers, Harland and Charley Davis; and a nephew, Kent Davis.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Congregational Church in Cambridge with Pastor Larry Booth officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, February 6, 2000.

Mary R. Messersmith
Mary Rebecca Johnson, eldest child of Millard S. and Margaret Johnson, was born in Pennsylvania on March 10, 1878, and passed away in North Platte, Nebraska on April 17, 1964.
The family moved to Missouri when she was a baby. They moved to a farm in Frontier County when she was about ten years old. Before her marriage she taught school in what was known as the Max school.
On March 25, 1896, she was married to Harry Messersmith. To this union were born four children: Emry O., Midland, Texas, Orvis A., Farnam, Lauren H., Lake Villa, Ill. and Josie D. North Platte.
She was preceded in death by her husband in February, 1955, and a brother, George in 1945.
Survivors include her children, three sisters: Susanna V. Lydic, Peoria, Arizona, Rosie Burton, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Pearl Harrison, Grand Island, Nebraska; two brothers: Charles, Indio, California, and Philip, Farnam, Nebraska, four grandsons, five great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Minnie Murray
Minnie May Murray, eldest child of John and Sarah Mosley, was born June 25, 1882, in Fillmore County near Shickley, Nebraska. While still a child she came with her parents to a homestead north of Farnam.
On April 3, 1902, she was united in marriage to William A. Murray at Stockville, Nebraska. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. They lived in the Farnam and Gothenburg areas during the entire 66 years of their married life.
The final summons came August 6, 1968, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. She was 86 years, 1 month and 11 days of age.
She is survived by her husband, William; three sons, Leo of Payette, Idaho; Merle of Goodland, Indiana; Burr of Neosho, Missouri; two daughters, Mary (Mrs. Earl Smallfoot) of Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Edna (Mrs. Lloyd Peterson) of Brady, Nebraska. One son died in infancy. She is also survived by one sister, Vera Easterday of Buhl, Idaho; twelve grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren as well as other relatives.
Grandma Murray, as she was called by many, was a loving mother and deeply devoted to her granchldren. One grandchild, Clara May Blodgett of Marsing, Idaho, made her home with her grandparents until her marriage.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 8, 1968, at 2:00 p.m. in the McVay Chapel with Rev. Arthur Olson officiating. Her nieces, Mrs. Deloras Nickerson and Mrs. Audrey Kotschwar sang "Sweet Hour of Prayer "and "Beyond the Sunset" accompanied by Mrs. Evelyn Davis. Pallbearers were George Murray, Emil Krepcik, Fred Meredith, Lawrence Baker, Elgie Thompson, and Harold Schultz. Final resting place was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Kenneth C. Oman
Kenneth C. Oman, 81, of Gothenburg, died May 12, 1999, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born April 7, 1918, at Farnam to Oscar C. and Nellie R. Clement Oman. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1936, after which he worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a section hand before enlisting in the service. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry from May of 1944 to August of 1945. He trained at Fort Hood, Texas. He served and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge in Europe.
He married Lorraine Reeves on June 18, 1939, in Farnam. After his parents moved to Arizona in 1947, he began farming south of Gothenburg where they farmed until their retirement, moving into Gothenburg in 1968.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 5132, Pony Expressionists, the Banner Methodist Church and Banner Men’s Breakfast. He enjoyed painting, drawing, and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of Gothenburg; two daughters, Jenelle (Bernie) Larson of Gothenburg and Pam (Doug) Deterding of Kearney; a sister, Jean Johnson of Kearney; six grandchildren, Pat Larson of Gothenburg, Jill (Roben) Ostergard of Gothenburg, Justin (Tara) Larson of Omaha, Shannon Knaub of Vail, Colo., Beth (Marc) Bauer of Kearney and Christi (Dave) Tighe of Kearney; 10 great-grandchildren, Abby, Alexa and Stefen Ostergard, Tyler Larson, Olivia and Samantha Knaub, Ryan, Scott, Allison and Julia Bauer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Clarence.
Memorials can be made to the Banner United Methodist Church, Gothenburg Rescue Unit, National Arthritis Foundation, Senior Center, or the donor’s choice.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Gothenburg with Pastor Bill Bickett officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, May 14, 1999.

William Palmer
William Henry Palmer, son of William Eliher and Sarah Margaret Palmer, was born July 27, 1887 in Frontier County, Nebraska. He passed away October 14, 1964, at Gothenburg at the age of 77.
On April 6, 1910, he was united in marriage to Emma Louisa Griffis and to this union two children were born.
He was a farmer mostly in Frontier County for over fifty years. In 1955 he retired and moved to Farnam but his interest in farm problems and his convictions that a man should support the community in which he lived continued to the day of his death.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruby Evelyn, who died in infancy and by his wife who died in 1959. He is survived by his son Wayne C. Palmer of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Raleigh Palmer of Ogalalla, Nebr., two sisters, Elva, Mrs. Harry Roberts of Englewood, Colo., and Mrs. Sadie Lintz of Ogden, Utah; two grandchildren, Jean, Mrs. Walter E. Yergen and Martin D. Palmer both of Washington D. C. and 1 great granddaughter.

Lena Cornelia Peirsol
Lena Cornelia Peirsol, the daughter of George and Gertrude Peirsol, was born Dec. 20, 1901, at Orafino and died Feb. 23, 1981, at Cozad at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 3 days.
She spent most of her life around the Orafino and Farnam communities. Much of her lifetime was spent caring for others. After the death of her mother, she cared for her younger brothers and sisters for several years. After moving to Farnam she worked and cared for elderly people in their homes.
Feb. 12, 1981, she went to Southview Manor Nursing Home in Cozad where she died ten days later.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Cecil and Elvin.
Survivors are two sisters, Lucille Crisman of Farnam and Dolly Aylsworth of Nampa, Ida.; one brother, Vernon Peirsol of Columbus, Ohio; two nieces; one nephew; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Feb. 26 at the Methodist Church at Farnam with Pastor Karl Lent officiating. Music was provided by organist, Donna Hazen.
Pallbearers were Elvin Gardner, Tracy Gardner, Bart Peirsol, Clyde Kotschwar, Donald Walters and Lloyd Hopkins. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery with McVay Memorial Chapel in charge.

William George Peirsol
William George Peirsol, the son of Jacob and Elizia Peirsol, was born November 16, 1868, at Leon, Iowa.
As a young man he came to Nebraska by covered wagon locating tn the Orafino community.
In 1900, he and Gertrude Trembly were married and six children were born to this union. His wife, Gertrude and son Cecil preceded him in death.
In 1935, he and Naomi Bechtel were united in marriage. They moved to Farnam in 1949, where he resided until the time of his death, January 8, 1968, at the age of 99 years, one month, 22 days.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi; two sons, Elvin Peirsol of Farnam and Verneon Peirsol of Columbus, Ohio. Three daughters, Lena Peirsol of Farnam, Lucille Crisman, of Farnam, and Dolly Aylsworth of Nampa, Idaho. Three grandchildren, Senior Chief MM Keitheon Peirsol, of the U. S, Navy; Marilyn Gardner of Farnam, and Sandra Aylsworth of Portland, Oregon. Eight great grand-children also three step-sons, Carl Bechtel of Allen, Kansas; John Bechtel, Admire, Kansas; and Clarence Betchel, Russell, Kansas. One step daughter, Mary Herber of Dorrance, Kansas. These along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Thursday, January 11, 1968 at the Farnam Methodist Church with Rev. James Staley officiating.
Burial was in the Farnam Cemetery with the McVay Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Source: The Hi-Line Enterprise

Elsie Preston
Elsie Violet Preston, daughter of Clara and Tandy Stinnette, was born September 19, 1900, at Moorefield, Nebraska and passed away October 15, 1969, in her home at Farnam at the age of 69 years. She grew to young womanhood in the community.
When she was 13 years old she was baptized in the Moorefield Church of God. During the past several years, she and her husband were active in the Farnam Nazarene Church.
On June 23, 1924, she was united in marriage with Frank Preston at Norton, Kansas. They had lived in Farnam since that time.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; an infant daughter, Evelyn and her father, Tandy Stinnette. She leaves to mourn her passing, a son, William of El Cajon, California; his wife, Erma; granddaughter, Terilyn; grandson, Tandy; her mother; one sister, Ethel Hudson of North Platte; two brothers, Otto of Herndon, Kansas; Clinton of Corvalis, Oregon and other relatives and friends.

Frank Vernon Preston
Frank Vernon Preston, son of William A. and Annie Preston, was born near North Loup, Ne. on Sept. 20, 1898. He passed away at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital on May 31, 1969, at the age of 70 yrs. 8 months and 10 days. When Frank was a few years old his family moved to Farnam. He attended the Farnam school and grew to manhood there. He was a barber for 51 years in Farnam.
He was married to Elsie Violet Stinnette on June 24, 1924 at Norton Kansas.
His parents, 3 sisters, 3 brothers and his infant daughter preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Elsie; his son, William; granddaughter, Terilyn; grandson, Tandy of Elcajon, Calif.;1 niece, 3 nephews and a host of friends.
Services were held at the Farnam school auditorium Tuesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. and interment was in the Farnam cemetery.

Jane A. (Parker) Potter
Jane A. Parker Potter, 78, of Gothenburg,
died September 14, 1996.
She was born January 1, 1918, at Farnam to
Wayne E. and Leith I. Ainlay Parker. She
graduated from Farnam High School in 1934
and attended Kearney State College for a year.
She graduated with an R.N. degree from St.
Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
She married Paul E. Potter on December 31,
1939, at Farnam. She organized the first Blood-
mobile with Pat Perry.
She was a member of the R.N. Club, was a
charter member of Lifeline and was a past
Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.
For many years she was a member of the
Episcopal Church and later became a member
of the First Presbyterian Church in Gothenburg.
During their married life, she and her husband
resided in Gothenburg, for a short time at Jeffrey
Lake and in Apach Junction, Arizona.
Survivors include her husband, Paul of
Gothenburg; a son, P. Stephen (Elizabeth
Barrett) Potter of Gothenburg; a daughter,
Christian (Ray) Angle of Forth Worth, Texas;
a brother, Wilson Parker of Cozad; a sister,
Jean Davlin of Modesto Canyon, California;
two granddaughters, Holly L. Wieland of Denver
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Potter of Gothenburg;
two great-granddaughters, Nicole and Kate
Ranucci of Denver.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
September 18, 1996, at the First Presbyterian
Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Joe
Tropansky officiating. Burial was prior to
services at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church
and the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
The FREE PRESS, September 19, 1996, p.9

Barbara (Eckstein) Reynolds
Barbara Eckstein was born at Darien, New York, January 11, 1854 and died at her home in Farnam, Nebraska, March 12, 1936 at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 1 day.
She was united in marriage to Roswell Reynolds on July 23, 1871. To this union were born three children, one daughter and two sons; Mrs. Ella Anderton, Edgar, Nebr.; Clifford, Farnam, Nebr.; and Austin G. who died when three years old, and a foster daughter, Mrs. Nellie Boyle, Cozad, Nebr. There are five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, with other relatives and many close friends who are left to mourn her going.
The husband and father passed to the great beyond, January 27, 1933.
Mr. And Mrs. Reynolds moved from New York to Iroquois county, Illinois in 1879. In 1885 they moved to Edgar, Nebr., and in 1892 they moved to Farnam which was their home with the exception of two years spent at Wallace, Nebraska. They were among the early settlers in this community having spent about 42 years here.
In Edgar, Nebr., Mrs. Reynolds united with the Methodist church, and arriving in Farnam when there was only a Congregational church, she united with this church. Mrs. Reynolds will be greatly missed by relatives and many friends, especially her neighbors. A loving mother a conscientious Christian and splendid neighbor has gone to be with her God.
Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 Saturday afternoon with Rev. S. McKeown in charge. Burial was made in the Farnam Cemetery, Mr. And Mrs Dan McNickle and Mr. And Mrs. Charles Pollard sang, "The Old Rugged Cross," "‘Tis Sweet to Trust in Jesus, " and "Abide In Me". Pallbearers were: S. B. Cameron, A. B. Thrasher, J. V. Dawson, O. L. Hudson, A. LaBounty, and Henry Roetter.

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound or foam;
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell
And after that the dark,
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark.
For though from out our bourne of time and place
The food may bear me far.
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

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