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Blanche L. Coplen
SCOTTSBLUFF — Blanche L. Coplen, 75, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her home. A funeral mass will be Friday, March 3, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering with Father Gerald Harr officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. A vigil service will be held Thursday, March 2, 2000, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. A memorial has been established to the church.
She was born Sept. 16, 1924, at Clarkson, Neb., to James and Vincencie (Martinek) Truhlar. She grew up and received her education in Hastings and Schuyler, and was graduated from Schuyler High School in 1942. She married Merlin Coplen on May 13, 1950, at Hastings. They moved to Scottsbluff in 1959 where she had resided since.
She was a member of the church.
She is survived by husband Merlin Coplen of Scottsbluff; daughters and sons-in-law Patricia and Richard Martin of Scottsbluff, and Sandra and Edward Bordeaux of Gering; sons and daughters-in-law Dennis and Susan Coplen of Jacksonville, N.C., and Tim and Valerie Coplen of Gering; grandchildren Lindsey and Cole Coplen, and Sara, Abby and Tyler Bordeaux all of Gering; sisters Libby Truhlar of Lincoln and Mary Ann Biglin of Chula Vista, Calif.; brother Robert Truhlar of Lincoln; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Darlene and Harold Dwyer of Hastings, and Margaret Truhlar of Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Emma Lou Davis 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Emma Lou Davis, 89, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at her home. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at The Scottsbluff Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Frank Tochterman officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery here. Memorials may be made to the church. Friends who wish may call at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon and at the funeral service.
She was born July 26, 1910, on a homestead northeast of Scottsbluff, to Louis and Grace (White) Davis. At a young age she moved with her family to Rand, Colorado. She later moved to Grand Island, Nebraska where she attended elementary school at the Seventh Day Adventist church school. She attended high school at the Shelton Academy in Shelton, Nebraska and graduated with the class of 1929. She attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb., for a time, and in 1930, she married Dave Price in Bridgeport, Neb. She and her husband moved to the east coast to work in photography and they lived there for ten years. The couple divorced and Emma Lou returned to Scottsbluff in 1940. She worked full and part time for Downey’s Studio as a photographer, negative artist, and receptionist until her retirement in 1989. Emma Lou spent many years caring for her father and her uncle at home.
She was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was baptized in 1980 by Pastor Frank Tochterman. She had a beautiful voice and in earlier years, she sang with choirs at the Shelton Academy and at Union College.
She is survived by cousins Marllene Goodon of Scottsbluff, who was also her caregiver, Phillis Franklin of Carrollton, Ky., Carolyn Brossfield of Taylor Mill, Ky., Dr. Emma Long of Elkhart, Ind., Deloris Henshaw of San Diego, Calif., John Coe of Hurricane, W.V., Jack Morrill of Morrill, Jean Frazier of Arizona and Dr. J. Paul Shively of Napa, Calif.; special friends Jim and Mona Downey of Scottsbluff and their three sons, Doug, Tom and Mike, and Fred Whitney of Lakewood, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Phern Lownes
CRAWFORD — Phern Lownes, 96, of Crawford, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Ponderosa Villa Nursing Home in Crawford. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Orville of the Grace Episcopal Church officiating. Chamberlain Chapel in Crawford are in charge of the arrangements. A memorial has been established for Ponderosa Villa Assisted Living and donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Crawford.
She was born Jan. 26, 1904, in Verdel, Neb., to Issac and Chloe (Henderson) Lownes. She graduated from Crawford High School in 1921. Her first teaching job was in Dalton, Neb., in 1930 teaching 7-8 grade and taught there for five years. She then taught at the Boyles School of Commerce in Omaha, Neb., until a CHS classmate talked her into coming back to Crawford School where she started teaching in 1944 while serving for a short time as a principal. She retired from Crawford High School in 1969. She was a graduate of Chadron State College where she received a masters degree in business education. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women in Chadron and joined the Grace Epsicopal Church there. She was also a member of P.E.O. Chapter AX in Crawford since 1960.
Her survivors include a host of friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Lawrence Lownes.

Harold Eugene Metz
GERING — Harold Eugene Metz, 74, of Gering, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, at Faith Lutheran Church in Gering with Rev. Richard Neugebauer and Rev. Ralph Morris officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Memorials have been established to Faith Lutheran Church or to the family. Friends may call the Gering Memorial Chapel Thursday, March 2, 2000, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
He was born Aug. 8, 1925, at Morrill, Neb., to Harry and Pansey (Williams) Metz. He was raised by his grandparents Henry and Lillie Metz. He enlisted in the United States Navy on Nov. 9, 1943, where he served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on June 5, 1946. He was united in marriage to Betty Joan Nab on June 29, 1952, in Scottsbluff, Neb., and to this union two children were born.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of Gering; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and David Kuchta of Pennsylvania; son Harold Edward Metz of Gering; grandchildren Emily, Benjamin, and Zachariah David; step-grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica and Michael; and daughter Connie from a previous marriage.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Lydia, and his grandparents.

Harold Mikoloyck
OSHKOSH — Harold Mikoloyck, 76, of Oshkosh, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2000, at Gaden County Hospital. 
There will be a Vigil Service Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Oshkosh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Father Marty Egging officiating. Interment will be at the Oshkosh Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Veterans of Garden County.
Memorials have been established to either the church or to the Oshkosh rescue unit, in lieu of flowers. Friends may call at the church Wednesday after 5 p.m. or Thursday morning. Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Garden County, Neb., to Pet and Anna (Blaha) Mikoloyck where he grew up and received his education. He attended District #56 Grade School, Sidney St. Pat’s and graduated from Garden County High School.
He served in the United States Army Air Corps during the Second World War. Following the service he was married to June Newell on Nov. 17, 1946, in Denver, Colo. They lived there for a short time before moving to Garden County where they farmed and ranched and raised their family. He remained active in the Army Air Force Reserves until 1953. He loved his family and sports and rarely missed a family sports event, rain or snow.
He is survived by his wife June; six children Larry and his wife Jackie of North Platte, Jolene Matson and her husband Jim of Aurora, Colo., Richard and his wife Kathy of Oshkosh, Jane Reeves and her husband Jon of Kennard, Neb., Michael and his wife Becky of Albuquerque, N.M., and Julianne Christensen and her husband Andy of Big Springs, Neb.; one brother Don and his wife Phyllis of Oshkosh, and sister-in-law Ardis (Mikoloyck) Richards of Fremont; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Susan Janelle Roark
JACKSON, Mich. — Susan Janelle Ouderkirk Roark of Jackson, Mich., passed away at her residence Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000. She was laid to rest in Grass Lake, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000. Her nurse friends were pall bearers.
She was born to Martin and Rosabelle Tanner at Morrill, Neb., May 25, 1949. She attended school in Morrill and Nurse College at Scottsbluff, Neb. She married Bob Roark of Ashland, Ky. They moved to Michigan and had two children, Matthew Paul and Todd Marshall.
She was a registered nurse for 25 years in the Chelse Emergency Department and was named the First Chelse Hospital Employee of the month. 
She enjoyed sports, softball, golf, etc. and was an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Nebraska Cornhuskers, but more than anything she enjoyed being a nurse.
Survivors include her mother Rosabelle Ayers of Torrington, Wyo.; Bob Roark of Searcy, Ark.; two sons, Matt of Atlanta, Ga., and Todd of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two brothers Steven Ouderkirk of Mitchell, Neb., and Troy (Darla) Ouderkirk of Torrington, Wyo.; one sister Teresa Williams of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four nephews and two nieces.

Amelia Ross 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Amelia Ross, 93, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her son’s home in Scottsbluff. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, at the Salem Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Rev. Dale Brown officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Friends who wish may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. until noon, and at the funeral. Memorials have been established to the church and to Prairie Haven Hospice.
She was born Nov. 1, 1906, at Longmont, Colo., to Alexander and Marie (Rupple) Schwartzkopf. She was baptized in Longmont and in 1910 moved with her family to Scottsbluff and was confirmed in the Salem Congregational Church on April 9, 1922. She married Alexander Ross on June 9, 1925, at Torrrington, and resided in Scottsbluff where she raised five children. She was in the restaurant business for many years. She retired in 1972 and for the next thirty years became a full-time Grandma and caregiver to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She crocheted baby blankets, doillies and afghans for family and many friends. She was famous for her cabbage burgers and various other German dishes.
She was a lifetime member of the church.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Harvey and Teresa Ross of Gering, and Jerry and Karen Ross of Scottsbluff; daughters and sons-in-law Alvina and Lee Babcock of Napa, Calif., and Dorothy and Don Pearson of Portland, Ore.; sisters Anna Schenaman of Scottsbluff, and Kathryn Schaaf of Lincoln; brother Henry Schwartzkopf of Sheridan, Wyo.; 15 grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and twenty great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1947, son Ernest, brothers Alexander and William, sisters Rosalie Schlager, Mary Schrader, and Mollie Dalton, and granddaughter Jeri Walton.

Octave F.H. Hanley
HARRISON — Octave F.H. Hanley, 81, of Harrison, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at his home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron with Pastor Don Mathis and Pastor Matt Parker officiating. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery. A Memorial has been established for Harrison or Crawford Ambulance Fund, Harrison Bible Church, or the donor’s choice. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Harrison, Box 216, Harrison, Neb.
He was born Nov. 19, 1918, in Curly, Neb., to James and Ada Hanley.
He was affliiated with the VFW, Eagles Club, Volunteer Fire Department, Ponderosa Villa Auxiliary, 4-H Leader for 20 years, Harrison Bible Church, and Historical Society.
He is survived by wife Opal of Harrison; son Martin and Lois Hanley of Harrison; daughters Mary and Maurice Bell of Harrison, Audrey Holland of Van Couver, Wash., Loreta Hanley of Harrison; brothers James and Fran Hanley of Roseville, Calif.; Robert and Elaine Sopher of Kissimmee, Fla., Jack and Dotty Sopher of National City, Calif.; Joe and Jan Sopher of San Diego, Calif.; Earl and Liz Sopher of San Diego, Calif.; and Leo and Pat Sopher of Norfolk, Va.; sisters Dorothy Clark of San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law June Sopher of Marietta, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Leonore Henby
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Leonore Henby, 82, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000. A memorial service will be held at the Residency Retirement Living Center, 2100 Circle Dr. in Scottsbluff, Neb., at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts be directed to either the Residency or to the First Baptist Church in Torrington. Viewing will be at the Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington and friends may call on Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
The Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington is in charge of arrangements.
She was born in 1917 to Dwight and Louise Poage. She grew up on the family homestead near Yoder, Wyo., and graduated from Torrington High School in 1935. Following graduation, she was a bookkeeper at the Silver Tip Oil Refinery, founded by her father. In 1941, she married Milan Henby. They purchased a wheat farm south of Torrington where they farmed for 33 years. In 1974, they sold the farm and enjoyed spending their winters in Green Valley, Ariz., and their summers at their mountain home at Laramie Peak. Milan passed away in 1989 and Leonore moved to the Residency in 1993. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Torrrington for 62 years and enjoyed serving in many capacities. She was also a 4-H leader for many years and was an advocate for the sale and use of wheat products. Until the time of her death, one highlight of her summer was the Goshen County Fair and Rodeo where she supported all areas of agriculture and, where she said, "you can eat the best hamburgers in the country." Of her many accomplishments, she will be most remembered for being the best mother, grandma, and great-grandma anyone could have. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dan Ringle, grandson and wife, Matt and Crystal Ringle, great-granddaughter, Machayla, and brother and sister-in-law Bill and Marge Poage all of Torrington.

Benjamin ‘Ben’ Krantz 
MINATARE — Benjamin ‘Ben’ Krantz, 81, of Minatare died March 1, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family. Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born Feb. 7, 1919, to Henry and Katherine (Funk) Krantz. He lived in this area his entire life. He retired from farming in 1976. He enjoyed horses and fishing. He was married to Bertha Kramer, and to this union three daughters were born.
He is survived by wife Bertha of Minatare; daughters and son-in-law Cynthia Ellen Snyder of Oregon, Anita Lynne and Michael Fees of Gering, and Carol Johnson of Oklahoma; four grandsons Michael Snyder of Oregon, David Fees and Tim Krantz of Gering, and Tom Krantz of Texas; two granddaughters Jeanette Snyder of Mitchell and Dawn Graves of Scottsbluff; eight great-grandchildren; and brother Herman Krantz of Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and one grandson Scott Fees.

Leroy C. Lien 
BRIDGEPORT — Leroy C. Lien, 74 of Bridgeport, died March 1, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral Arrangements are pending at The Jolliffe Funeral Home in Bridgeport. 

John Martin Salazar
GERING — John Martin Salazar, 52, of Gering, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A Mass of the Resurrection will be 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Colling officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the U.S. Naval Reserve of Cheyenne, Wyo. A Rosary will be recited 6 p.m. Thursday at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Cremation will be held at Sunset Memorial Park. Interment of his ashes will be in Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
Friends may call at the funeral home between Noon and 8 p.m. Thursday. The casket will be closed.
Memorials have been established to Panhandle Memorial Cancer Fund or to the Nebraska West Diabetes Association.
A Rosary will be resighted Thursday, March 2, 6 p.m. at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel.
He was born March 23, 1947, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Concepcion and Louise (Ramirez) Salazar. He attended Scottsbluff schools and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1965. In 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Viet Nam Conflict in 1967 to 1969. He was united in marriage to Mary Socorro Villanueva of Torrington, Wyo. He was stationed in California, Guam, Denver and Scottsbluff where he was the U.S. Navy Recruiter for the last five years of his military career. He retired from the Navy in 1986. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Gering for thirteen years until ill health forced his retirement.
He enjoyed the computer, he was self-taught and used his knowledge helping others to gain basic knowledge in computers. On his days off from the Post Office he would volunteer his time at the grade schools helping children and teachers with their computer skills.
He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife Mary; son and daughter-in-law Jered and Traci (Barr) Salazar of Beatrice; daughters Jennifer Salazar of the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Okla., and Blain Salazar of the home; brothers and sisters-in-law Frank and Linda Salazar of Scottsbluff, Bill and Margot Salazar of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Josie Pepa Salazar of Scottsbluff; sisters and brothers-in-law Roberta Salazar of Victoria, Texas, Karen and Raymond Magdaleno of Lyman, Eleanor and Franciso Franco of Mandelein, Ill., and Ramona and Cirrilo Hernandez of Gering; granddaughter Tayla Ann Salazar of Beatrice and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two infant sisters.

Mary Feistner
KIMBALL — Mary Feistner, 93, of Kimball, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at the Kimball County Manor. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2000, at the First English Lutheran Church, with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Burial will be in Kimball Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 11th at the Cantrell Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to the First English Lutheran Church of Kimball or to the Kimball County Manor.
She was born Feb. 28, 1907, in Sterling, Neb., to Christian and Marie (Yurk) Boslau. She was raised in Sterling and attended Sterling schools. 
Mary and Walter Feistner were married on April 30, 1923 in Salina, Kan. 
They lived in the Sterling area before moving to Bushnell to farm. They later returned to Sterling for a time and then moved to Kimball in the 1950’s. She worked at Kimball County Hospital for many years in the dietary department.
She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball. Mary loved to read and she would search garage sales for books and later share them with her friends.
She is survived by four sons Landis Feistner of Yucaipa, Calif., Dale Feistner of Joshua Tree, Calif., Robert Feistner of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Marion Feistner of Colfax, Wash.; one brother Henry Boslau of North Platte, Neb.; and one sister Lena Thieman of Kimball; 36 grandchildren and a number of great and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter, two sons Walter George and Charles, one daughter Waunetta Branson, one brother Paul Boslau, one sister Lydia Schleinz, one grandson and two great-great grandchildren.
Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Jerry Prokes
OGALLALA — Jerry Prokes, 86, of Ogallala, died April 24, 2000, at Indian Hills Manor. 
Funeral services were Friday April 28, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church of Ogallala, with the Rev. Ray Norris officiating.
Graveside rites and burial were held at the Schuyler, Neb., cemetery on April 29.
Memorials have been established to the First United Methodist Church in Ogallala and the Ogallala Masonic Lodge.
Jaroslav "Jerry" E. Prokes was born on June 21, 1913, in Colfax County, Neb., the son of Emil and Josephine (Krenek) Prokes. He graduated from Schuyler High School.
On Dec. 6, 1936, he married Sylvia Dudek in the Presbyterian Church in Schuyler, and they made their home in Schuyler where he worked for Consumers Public Power. In 1942, they relocated to Schenectady, N.Y., where he worked for the government in the Signal Corps.
In 1944, the family moved back to Schuyler, and he again worked for Consumers. He was transferred to Scottsbluff in 1947, and they remained there until 1972, when they moved to Ogallala.
He retired from the Nebraska Public Power District, successor of Consumers, in 1978.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Ogallala Masonic Lodge #159 AF & AM. He also enjoyed membership in the Big Mac Shrine Club and the Campers Club.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary; son Gerald and brother, Ed Prokes.
Survivors include wife Sylvia of Ogallala; son Roger and wife Julie Prokes of Maryville, Mo.; five grandchildren, Gina and husband Justis Ehlers of South Bend, Ind., Cynthia Prokes of Lincoln, Marty, Brian and Laura Prokes, all of Maryville, and a brother, Stanley Prokes of David City.

Dorothy E. Richards 
BELTON, Mo. — Dorothy E. Richards, 97, of Belton, Mo., formerly of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, in Belton. Graveside services are pending with the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell. 

Mollie Ann Robison
KIMBALL — Mollie Ann Robison, 91, formerly of Kimball, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, in Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash. Funeral arrangements are pending at Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball.

Floyd Sanks
SIDNEY — Floyd Sanks, 79, of Sidney, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Memorial Health Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2000, at the First Christian Church in Sidney with Fr. Lyle Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery with military graveside honors performed by American Legion Post #17, DAV Chapter 40 and VFW Post 610. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Dorwart Cancer Treatment Center in Sidney.
He was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Dalton, the son of LeRoy and Sunshine (Lane) Sanks. He was raised and attended school in Dalton. On July 30, 1939, he was married to Minnie Lorenz in Dalton and they made their home in the Sidney area and spent a couple of years in California. On Nov. 16, 1944, he enlisted in the Marines and served his time in the service during WWII, and on April 25, 1946, he was honorably discharged from the Marines. He worked for 50 plus years for the City of Sidney as the superintendent of the water and sewer department and as the Public Service Director until his retirement in 1986, he was a life member of the Nebraska Water Pollution Control Association. He was nationally known for his work that he had done with the Water Pollution Control; he was Nebraska Section Utilities Manager. The new Water Pollution Control Plant in Sidney was named after him. He was elected man of the year, was very active in Boy Scouts and was an outstanding member of the American Legion for over 50 years.
Survivors include his wife Minnie of Sidney, son and daughter-in-law Floyd and Barbara Sanks; daughters and son-in-law Gloria and Marion Lipinski and Sandra Namuth; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
His parents, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

Delbert D. Sheets
SCOTTSBLUFF — Delbert D. Sheets, 66, of Scottsbluff, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at his home. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastors Len Reimer and Doug Jones officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice.
He was born July 25, 1933, to Ted and Velma (Nichols) Sheets in Scottsbluff. He attended several different country schools in the valley until he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He married Pauline Marshall on April 3, 1954, in Harrisburg, Neb., and to this union two children were born. He was employed by a local packing plant until 1974, when he began plumbing. He mastered the trade of plumbing while being employed by Gray’s Plumbing until 1984, when he started his own business. He owned and operated DDS Plumbing until 1995, when emphysema forced him into retirement.
He enjoyed all kinds of sports. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and camper. He coached for the 23 Club baseball, was Steward of the meat packing union, a member of the Valley Riders Motorcycle Club and devout television addict.
He is survived by his mother Velma Sheets of Scottsbluff; wife Pauline (Marshall) Sheets of Scottsbluff; daughter and son-in-law Gayrene and Larry Walker of Glendale, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law Marshall and Peg Sheets of Scottsbluff; grandchildren Neal Crable and wife Cristin of Scottsbluff; Courtney Crable and friend Jonas of Arizona; Kylie Crable of Arizona; and Amani Walker of Arizona; three great-grandchildren; sister Lorraine Mauler of Gering; brother-in-law Norman Schlager of Gering; 13 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Ted, sister Darlene and his grandparents.

Mickey D. Shelly
TERRYTOWN — Mickey D. Shelly, 66, of Terrytown, passed away Monday, May 8, 2000, at his home. Graveside funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2000, at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill with Pastor Sheila Taylor officiating. Visitation will be at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell today from 10 a.m. to 8 pm. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Gordon to William A. and Viola M. (Cardwell) Shelly. He grew up and received his early education in Gordon. He moved to Scottsbluff in 1954. He married Marilyn Staab September 7, 1955, at Harrisburg. He worked in the oil fields in Kimball, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. He moved back to Nebraska in 1963 and worked around the panhandle on farms and ranches. He retired in 1985 due to ill health.
Survivors include his wife and friend Marilyn; one daughter Cindy Rein and son-in-law Stu Rein; four sons John of Morrill, Tom of Alliance, Tad and Sam of Terrytown; three granddaughters Krisa, Nicole and Emilie; three grandsons Austin, T.J. and Martin; brother Bill of Gillette, Wyo.; sister Dixie Hauser of Scottsbluff; two half-brothers Butch and Kenneth; half sister Janet Livingston; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Timmy Dean and daughter Candace Sue; four sisters and one brother.

Susie E. Springer
PORTLAND, Ore. — Susie E. Springer, 88, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at the Cherrywood Rehab. and Extended Care facility in Portland, Ore., following several months of declining health.
A Memorial Service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2000, in the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 855 SW Highland Ave., Hermiston, Ore., with private interment in the Mitchell Valley Cemetery, Mitchell, Neb.
Viewing will be at the Burns Mortuary of Hermiston Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family suggests remembrances be sent to the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born March 13, 1912, at Almira, Neb., the eldest of 11 children, to Alex B. and Lillian H. Cross McLean. She grew up on truck farms in central and eastern Nebraska. While teaching school in the Scottsbluff, Neb., area she met and married Darrell Springer who preceded her in death in 1995. They farmed in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming and ran a home for the aged for several years. Upon retiring in 1974, they moved to Hermiston.
She was very active in her church where she worked in the Community Service Center and then served as the secretary for 17 years, retiring at the age of 83. After moving to Rose Arbor Assisted Living she continued her ministry of helpfulness by assisting and encouraging fellow residents.
She is survived by sons Harmon of Hermiston, Al of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Wendell of Rice Lake, Wis.; daughters Dorothy Glynn of Portland and Verna Shogren of Angwin, Calif.; brothers Ora, Ernest and Orlin; sisters Ruby Carter, Lois Roemer and Mary Harris; 18 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.


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