|Brett B. Reynolds
Brett B. Reynolds was born in Gothenburg June 1, 1960, and passed away
in Gothenburg December 20, 1965.
Survivors include parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Reynolds; one brother,
Monte; one sister, Toni Lee; Grandparents, Mrs. & Mrs. Roy Heath, Farnam,
and Clifford A. and Eva Reynolds, Farnam.
Services were held in the McVay-Olesen Chapel Tues. December 21, 1965,
at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Quincy Murphree officiating. Burial was in the Farnam
Cliford A. Reynolds was born November 5, 1886, to Roswell and Barbara
Reynolds at Edgar, Nebraska, and after a short illness departed this life
January 5, 1969, at Farnam at the age of 82 years, 2 months. He came with
his parents to a farm north of Farnam at the age of 6, at which place he
resided until his retirement.
He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Gewecke February 22, 1911. To
this union a daughter and two sons were born. His wife, Elizabeth, preceded
him in death, November 23, 1953, and his son Keith passed away in Livermore,
California, June 16, 1967. He also lost two grandsons, Scott and Brett
On October 19, 1956, he was united in marriage to Eva Sypolt. At this
time he retired from the farm and moved to Farnam. During his retirement
he enjoyed helping out at his children's farms, playing horseshoes, fishing
and watching ball games.
He is survived by his wife, Eva; one son Dean and wife, Phyllis; one
daughter, Lois and husband, Ellis Widick; one daughter-in-law, Irene of
Sacramento, California; two step daughters, Donna McCombie of Kansas City
and Beverly Edson of Farnam. Also 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren,
and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 8, 1969, at the First
United Methodist Church at Farnam. Clergyman was Rev. James Staley.
Music was furnished by Mrs. Deloras Nickerson, Mrs. Audrey Kotschwar
and Mrs. Evelyn Davis. Pallbearers were Dale McNickle, Harold Lehman, Elgie
Thompson, Leon Kotschwar, Clayton Heath and Clyde Kotschwar.
Eva F. Sypolt Reynolds
Eva F. Sypolt Reynolds, 91, of Gothenburg died June 15, 1999, at the
Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Long Term.
She was born Nov. 10, 1907, at Turkey Creek to William E. and Ada Mae
Lewis Frazell. She graduated from Smithfield High School. She attended
Kearney State College and Nebraska Wesleyan College.
On July 3, 1929, she married Carroll Doyle Sypolt in Kansas. They lived
in the Smithfield community until 1949, when they moved to Farnam. He preceded
her in death in 1952.
She worked at Montgomery’s store and later at Clements store. She and
Vi Kotschwar also ran the Corner Cafe in Farnam.
In 1954, she married Cliff Reynolds. He preceded her in death in 1968.
Mrs. Reynolds enjoyed fishing and playing cards with her pals. She
was a Cubs and Huskers fan. She made great cinnamon rolls. Her memberships
included the Rebekah Lodge and the Farnam United Methodist Church.
Surviving her are two daughters, Donna J. (Darel) McCombie of Sun City,
Ariz., and Beverly Edson of Farnam; two sisters, Mabel Lervig of Elwood
and Alice Marie (Owen) Vinzant of Fallbrook, Calif.; five grandchildren,
Steven Lee McCombie of Phoenix, Randy (Brenda) Edson of Farnam, Richard
“Dutch” (Kristie) Edson of Gothenburg, Dawna (Charles) Rosebold of Kingwood,
Texas, and Kim (Keith) Heiser of Lincoln; 14 great-grandchildren; and a
Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister,
Odessa; and four brothers, Merle, Harold, Clive and Donald.
Memorials may be made to the Farnam Rescue Unit or the United Methodist
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in
Farnam, with burial in the Elwood Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, June 17, 1999
Rutha Jane McCulley Rice, daughter of Charles and Ella McCulley, was
born February 13, 1909, at Riverview, Neb. and passed away at Gothenburg
on Jan. 13, 1966, at the age of 56.
She taught in Nebraska schools for 33 years. She was ordained a minister
in the Church of the Nazarene on July 26, 1945. She served pastorates in
Ainsworth, Wood River aand Gothenburg.
She married Jay Rice of Farnam on May 19, 1959.
She is survived by her husband; a step-daughter, Mrs. Pauline Sukraw
of Gothenburg; a step-son, Earl Rice of Del Rio, Tex; three brothers, Robert
McCulley of Bassett; Clarence McCulley of Grand Island and Hale McCulley
of Norwich, Conn., and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her
parents, a sister, Lorna McCulley and a brother Dewey McCulley.
Services were held at the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg Jan
17, 1966, with Dr. Whitcomb Harding and Rev. George Mowrey as clergyman.
Music was provided by Mr.& Mrs. Lloyd Speichler. Pallbearers were
Rev. Delbert Attaberry, Rev. W. E. Swanson, Rev. Melvin Essex, Rev. Dean
Herman, Rev. Fred Cook and Rev. Ronald Nelson. Burial was in Farnam Cemetery.
Anne (Gewecke) Rodham
Anne Rodham, 91, of Gothenburg, died
November 10, 1996.
She was born near Moorefield on May 24, 1905,
to Adolph and Elizabeth Barchfeldt Gewecke. She
attended school in Lincoln County and she later
graduated from Hastings Business College.
She married C.J. Rodham on December 24, 1941,
at North Platte.
They moved to Farnam and she worked in the post
office. They then moved to Lexington where she
worked for 10 years at the Clerk of the District
Court. She moved to Denver, where she worked at
various businesses until she returned to Farnam in
her later years to be near her sister, Clara Clement.
Mrs. Rodham moved to Gothenburg to live in the
nursing home her last few years.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Hester Gewecke
of Farnam, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; five
sisters, Louise Teel, Elizabeth Reynolds, Ella
Kister, Clara Clement and Rose Dawson and two
brothers, Henry and Oscar.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday,
November 13, 1996 at Blase Memorial Chapel in
Gothenburg with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Burial was in the Farnam Cemetery.
Memorials to the Farnam Senior Center.
The FREE PRESS November 21, 1996, page 12
Everett G. Rogers
Everett G. Rogers, formerly of Farnam,
died Feb. 17, 1998, at the Gothenburg Memorial
Hospital-Long Term. He was 84.
He was born Aug. 24, 1913, at Yuma County,
Colo., to Harvey Orlando and Nancy Ann Hall Rogers.
He graduated from Orafino High School in 1930.
On April 1, 1933, he married Evelyn I.
Stubblefield at Norton, Kan.
Mr. Rogers began driving truck in 1936.
In 1942, they moved to a farm and he farmed
until 1968, when they moved into Farnam.
He worked at the hay mills and for area farmers
until his health failed. He moved to Gothenburg
Memorial Hospital-Long Term in July 1996.
Survivors include his wife; a sister, Leila
Hoy of Parker, Colo.; three sisters-in-law,
Myrtle Rogers of Farnam, Dorothy Haynes of
Gothenburg and Doris Stubblefield of Wenatche,
Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and
a brother Paul.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the
United Methodist Church in Farnam with the Rev.
Eugene Beye officiating. Burial will be in the
West Cemetery at Eustis.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph
Dora M. Sass
Dora M. Sass, 76, of Ogallala, died Feb. 22, 1999, at Great Plains
Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
She was born May 17, 1922, at Farnam to Emil and Judith Isaacson Johnson.
She married Henry Sass on Sept. 3, 1960. The couple resided on the farm
northwest of Ogallala until 1980, when they retired from farming and moved
into Ogallala to make their home.
Mrs. Sass was a member of the VFW. Auxiliary and was a devoted mother
Survivors include two daughters, Judy (Gary) Cross and Vickie Malone,
both of Ogallala; two sons, Kendall Banta of Denver and Tom (Rhonda) Banta
of Lincoln; four sisters, Rhoda (Don) Seay of Ault, Colo., Aliene (Harlan)
Stewart of LaCanada, Calif., Adelay (Harry) Bassler of Tehachapi, Calif.
and her twin, Dorothy Vlasin of Imperial; three brothers, Ardell (Jean)
Johnson of Ogallala, Donald (Karen) Johnson of Chadron and Forrest (Jewel)
Johnson of Farnam; 10 grandchildren, Amy (Steve) Schilz of Brule, Kelli
Cross of North Platte, Kristin Cross of Lincoln, Jeremy, Troy, Megan and
Jamie Malone of Ogallala, Faustina (Rob) Steinman of Lincoln, Vanessa and
Fields Banta of Lincoln; three great grandchildren, Ethan Ryan Schilz of
Brule, Aaron and Avery Steinman of Lincoln.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; a son, Gerald; two
sisters and two brothers.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Ogallala United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Ray Norris officiating. Burial will be in the Ogallala
Source: The North Platte Telegraph, February 25, 1999.
Wilma F. Schmeeckle
Wilma Schmeeckle, 74, former longtime Elwood
resident, died Jan. 13, 1998, at her home in
She was born Aug. 7, 1923, at Farnam to
William and Verna Stigler Fritz. She attended
rural school at District 49 in Dawson County.
On Sept. 27, 1943, she married Henry Schmeeckle
at Norton, Kan. The couple lived on farmsites
near Eustis before moving to rural Elwood in
1959. In 1975, they moved to Elwood.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1993.
Mrs. Schmeeckle had made her home in North
Platte since 1993.
She was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran
Church. She bowled on the Grandma League and
was active in volunteer work.
Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl
(Larry) Brell and Cherese (Kerry) Barnes,
both of Smithfield, and Christie (Joe) Jennings
of Curtis; two sons, Doug (Jan) of Elwood and
Larry (Gloria) of Smithfield; two sisters,
Eva Hyatt of Elwood and Kathryn Puls of
Cheyenne, Wyo.; a brother, Earl Fritz of
North Platte; 15 grandchildren; two
stepgrandsons; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Beautiful
Savior Lutheran Church in North Platte with
Pastor Robert C. Kuefner Jr. officiating.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. at
the Elwood Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph
Helen G. Sheffield
Helen G. Sheffield, 86, of Gothenburg died Aug. 6, 1998, at Hilltop
Estates in Gothenburg.
She was born July 16, 1912, in Frontier County to Milo and Goldie Kilburn
Nickerson. She graduated from Orafino High School in 1931.
On Dec. 24, 1934, she married Wilbur Dale Sheffield in McCook. They
farmed south of Farnam for many years before moving into Gothenburg in
1972. He preceded her in death on April 13, 1985.
Mrs. Sheffield was a member of the Church of God-Seventh Day.
Surviving her are three daughters, Detta (Alfred) Holscher of Smithfield,
Sharon (Ronald) Peterson of Purdum and Marilyn Jackson of Gothenburg; a
son, Roland (Jan) of Farnam; three sisters, Lois Anderson of Brady, Gladys
Cross of Farnam and Maxine Yakich of Denver; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Donald,
Harold, Delmer and Gene; and a son-in-law, Fred Jackson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Blase Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg
with Pastor Calvin Burrell officiating. Burial will be in the Farnam Cemetery.
Source: North Platte Telegraph, August 8, 1998
Genevieve Fitch Shelton was born Sept. 23, 1899, at Farnam, Nebr. to
William and Charlotte Fitch. She passed away at Long Beach, Calif., on
May 30, 1966. She was a graduate of Farnam High School. She retired 2 years
ago after teaching for 40 years.
At the time of her death she was a member of the Leisure World Community
Church at Seal Beach, Calif. She always took an active part in the work
of the church wherever she lived. Much of her life was spent in service
to others. Her strong Christian faith unheld her through the many months
She was preceded in death by parents. She is survived by three sisters:
Mrs. Glenrose McCormick of Loveland, Colo.; Mrs. Doris Smith of Farnam;
and Mrs. Lucille Hyde of Gothenburg. Four brothers; Ronald Fitch, Pomona,
Calif; Eugene Fitch, Arvada, Colo; Dr. William Fitch, Downey, Calif; and
Robert Fitch of Riverside, Calif and fourteen nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Farnam Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. June
4, 1966. Rev. Quincy Murphee officiated. Music was by Bruce Miller, accompanied
by Mrs. Blaine Miller. Pallbearers were Glen Wintermute, Harold Bick, John
Wightman, Kromborg Kjar, Horace Fitch and Michael Fitch.
Allie Martin Stebbins, daughter of Nathan and Sarah Martin was born
in Morgan County, Illinois, on June 23, 1872.
She came with her parents to Richardson County Nebraska at the age
of 4 months. The family moved to the Farnam community when she was 20 years
old where she lived until recently moving to North Platte.
Mrs. Stebbins had been a member of the Farnam Methodist Church for
about 70 years.
She was united in marriage to Milton D. Stebbins August 23, 1892. To
this union was born 3 sons and two daughters. She leaves to mourn her loss,
Cora, of Potter, Nebr., Bill of San Jose, Calif., Opal of North Platte.
A daughter-in-law, Maud Stebbins of Holdrege, 3 grandchildren and 6 great
grandchildren. Also nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Earl and Dwight.
Funeral services were held in the Farnam Methodist Church Tuesday,
April 28, 1964, with Rev. Quincy Murphree officiating.
Harry F. Stewart
Ollie P. (Uhlig) Stewart
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Stewart, who were injured on Tuesday of last
week when their car left the road and struck a driveway bridge at the Moore
farm home north of the canal on highway 47, both died without regaining
consciousness the following evening at a Gothenburg hospital, where they
had been taken by ambulance following the accident.
A double funeral service, with the Hugo-McVay Funeral Home in charge,
and conducted by Rev. C. R. Tanner of Elwood, was held at the local school
auditorium Sunday afternoon with 700 mourners and friends in attendance.
Music for the service was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hess and Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Pollard as singers and Mrs. Harry Saum, pianist.
Interment in Farnam Cemetery.
Harry F. Stewart, son of Alonzo A. and Laura Stewart, was born December
23, 1887, at Humboldt, Nebraska. He was the oldest son of a family of six.
In 1892 he moved with his parents to Hunt, southwest of Eustis.
His pallbearers were Walter Donner, Dan McNickle, Jim Hoppes, Elmer
Howat, John Oberg and Jay Rice.
Ollie P. Uhlig, daughter of Chas. And Ellen Uhlig, was born April 25,
1892, on a farm southwest of Eustis. She was one of a family of ten. Her
childhood and school days were spent in this community.
Her pallbearers were Amie Guerin, Ernest Lewis, Clyde Gardner, Jake
Ernest, Edgar Gewecke and Burr Parker.
They were married at Hunt March 1, 1911, and lived on a farm there
until 1914, when they moved to the farm southwest of Farnam, in Frontier
county, that was their home until their untimely death.
There were nine children born to this union, two preceding their parents
in death. Children left to mourn are three sons, Harlan of Los Angeles,
Calif., Frank and Rex at home; four daughters, Mrs. Eugene Johnson of Elsie,
Mrs. Derrel Easterday of Smithfield, Mrs. Virgil Bennett of Gothenburg
and Neva at home, also ten grandchildren. He leaves two sisters and two
brothers, two half brothers and a half sister. She is survived by four
brothers and one sister.
The departed husband and wife were devoted parents, good neighbors,
active in community affairs and willing to sacrifice for the family and
John Sturgeon, a life long resident of the Orafino community died Friday
following a farm tractor accident on a country road near Cambridge April
John Harold Sturgeon was born December 24, 1913, to Henry A. and Nora
Presler Sturgeon at Orafino, Nebraska. He grew to manhood in the Orafino
community and attended Orafino schools graduating in 1932.
In 1942 he entered the Armed Forces and served in the Pacific theater.
John was engaged in farming where he resided until his death April 23,
1965, at the age of 51 years, 2 months and 29 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survivied by his brothers
and sisters: Edna Byrum, Denver Colo., Marry Messen, Scottsbluff, Howard
Sturgeon, Denver, Colo., Delmar Sturgeon, Bellflower, Calif., Henry Sturgeon,
Farnam, George Sturgeon, Arapahoe, Melvin Sturgeon, Funk and Helen Andrews,
Veterans, Wyoming; 8 nieces and 9 nephews and a host of other relatives
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Farnam Monday,
April 26, at l:00 p.m. with Rev. Quincy Murphree officiating.
Singers were Mrs. Audrey Kotschwar, Mrs. Ardyce Bick, Irvin Hess and
Charlie Pollard, accompanied by Mrs. Doris Smith. Pallbearers were; Eugene
Peterson, Cecil Morton, William Hopkins, Lloyd Hopkins, Frank Sheffield
and Clyde Kotschwar. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.
Gladys Esther (Oberg) Sukraw
Gladys Esther Sukraw, 78, of North Platte,
died March 7, 1997.
She was born January 26, 1919, at Orafino
to John E. and Antonia Johnson Oberg. She
was raised in the Farnam community, where
she attended school and graduated from Farnam
High School in 1936.
She also completed one year of college in
Nampa, Idaho, and taught school at Ingham,
Stockville and Fort McPherson.
She married Harold A. Sukraw June 29,
1941, at Farnam. He preceded her in death
September 2, 1982. They lived in the Maxwell
community for 47 years.
Mrs. Sukraw moved to North Platte in 1987
and lived there until her death. She was a
member of the First Church of the Nazarene,
where she was a long-time Sunday school
teacher and was very active in the missionary
circle. In 1995, she received the church’s
Distinguished Service Award.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharold
of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Sharlene of
North Platte; sons, John of North Platte,
Jim (Leah) of Pittsburg, Kansas, and Joe
(Susan) of North Platte; sister, Lois Rice of
Del Rio, Texas; brother, Clarence Oberg of
Farnam; five grandchildren and many neices
She was preceded in death by her parents,
one sister and one brother.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
March 11, 1997, at First Church of the
Nazarene of North Platte. The Rev. Stanley
Aubrey officiated. Burial was in Plainview
Cemetery at Maxwell.
The FREE PRESS, March 13, 1997, page 4
Nelson Lynn Taylor, son of Harry Lin Taylor and his wife, Nellie Troudt,
was born June 29, 1914, at Olin, Illinois. He moved with his family to
North Platte at the age of 6 years and later to Maywood where he grew to
In June of 1937 he was united in marriage to Erline Marie Walters of
Hebron, Nebraska. To this union two daughters were born: Minnette Jeanne
and Kathleen and two sons: James and David.
Nelson worked for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad for 25
years, 17 years as section foreman at Farnam, Nebraska.
He passed away at the hospital in Gothenburg, Nebraska, October 17,
1966, at the age of 52 years, 2 months and 18 days.
He was a devoted husband and father who leaves to mourn his passing,
his wife, Erline; four children, Minnette Jeanne Houdesheldt of North Platte,
Nebr., Kathleen at home, James and David in the U.S. Navy, four grandchildren
and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held at the Farnam Methodist Church, Wednesday, Oct.
19, 1966, with the Rev. Conley K. Hinrichs as Clergyman. Music was provided
by Mrs. Elvin Piersol, Mrs. Harold Bick and Mrs. Raymond Smith. Pallbearers
were A. W. Wear, D. N. Boyd, L.W. Gardner, A. E. Axtell, V. L. Boyd and
V. C. Mayden. Final resting place was the Farnam Cemetery.
Martha M. Teel
Martha Teel, 88, of Cozad died March 28, 1998
at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
She was born May 1, 1909, at Bay City, Texas
to James and Minnie Dowden Harwood. As a child,
she lived in Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
In 1927, she moved to Nebraska and attended
the Grand Island Business College.
On Feb. 12, 1928, she married Carroll Teel.
The couple lived on a farm near Farnam before
moving to Elwood in 1942. Mr. Teel died in 1968.
She moved to Cozad in 1979.
Mrs. Teel was a member of the First United
Methodist Church at Elwood and attended Parkview
United Methodist Church while living in Cozad.
She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne (Dennis)
McCain of Gothenburg; three sons, Delazon of
Kearney, Marion (Jean) of Overland Park, Kan. and
Marlyn (Joan) of Lexington; 16 grandchildren,
26 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters,
Lelia Christensen, Violet Stofflet and Virgie Owens
and two brothers, Lawrence and Luther.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
First United Methodist Church in Elwood with
Pastor Onamae Waddel officiating. Burial will be
in the Elwood Cemetery.
Source: The North Platte Telegraph