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Clarence Edwin Beitel
SCOTTSBLUFF — Clarence Edwin Beitel, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Monday, December 10, 2001 at Bryan Memorial West Hospital in Lincoln. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Reverend Larry E. Scovil officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff with military honors by Admiral Dewey Post No. 1681 V.F.W. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2001 at Jolliffe Funeral Home and at the church Saturday morning until service time. Memorials to Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff would be appreciated.
He was born January 26, 1918 at Weta, South Dakota the son of Homer and Selena (Truman) Beitel. He attended school at Weda, graduating from Weda High School. He attended Chillocothe Business College before joining the National Guard. He activated into full military service on December 23, 1940. He served during World War II in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on October 7, 1945. He was united in marriage to Rose Ida Yost on December 1, 1944 at Columbus, Georgia. The couple returned to the Scottsbluff area following World War II. They moved to a farm/ranch near Angora hill where they lived until moving to a farm four miles north of Scottsbluff where they made their home. They retired and moved to Scottsbluff in 1964 and Clarence went to work for the University of Nebraska Panhandle Station for two years. He was employed by B & C Steel Corporation for many years until ill health forced him to retire at the age of 81.
He was a member of Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff and the V.F.W. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and outdoor activities, especially yard work. He loved to cook, especially grilling, for visitors. His sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
He will be remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Nancy Beitel of Mullen and Larry and Sonja Beitel of Sargent; sister, Pat Cole of Carmichael, Calif.; grandchildren, Amiee Beitel of Ashland, Ohio, Mark Beitel of Kearney, Nicole Owens and her husband Nick of Aurora, Jeff Beitel of Capistrano Beach, Calif. and Natalie Beitel of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Sydnee, and Grayce Owens all of Aurora; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; Rose in 1987; one brother, Francis Beitel; infant brother, Theodore and sisters, Florence Farmer and Lucille Quinn.

Thomas L. Klein
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Thomas L. Klein, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday, December 1, 2001 at North Kansas City Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials to the church would be appreciated. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting with the arrangements.
Tom was born March 29, 1957 in Scottsbluff, the son of David L. and Geraldine J. (Rexus) Klein. He graduated from Morrill High School with the Class of 1975. He worked for various companies throughout his life including Gerry Company in Denver, Apple Computer Company in North Carolina, and Goodyear Tire Company in Denver. At the time of his death he was working as a security guard at the Holiday Inn in Kansas City, Mo. As a young adult, he committed his life to Christ, receiving his salvation through baptism on January 9, 2000 at Community Christian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. His greatest joy was traveling.
He is survived by his parents, David and Geraldine Klein of Gering; brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Lisa Klein of Mitchell and Brian and Lori Klein of Kearney; nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Joshua and Kirsten Klein all of Kearney and Mersades and Matthew Klein both of Mitchell; maternal grandmother, Caroline Rexus of Terrytown; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Richard ‘Dick’ McKean
BAYARD — Richard "Dick" McKean, 74, of Bayard, died Saturday, December 8, 2001 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Hot Springs, SD. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. December 17 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. The family invites friends and relatives to join them for a memorial flag raising followed by supper on December 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bayard Housing Authority complex in Bayard. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund to build a flower bed near the flagpole at the Bayard Housing Authority complex has been established. Those who wish to contribute may send their donation to Valley Bank and Trust, C/O Richard "Dick" McKean Memorial Fund at 1425 10th Street, in Gering, NE. 
Dick was born February 5, 1927 to Ralph J. and Sadie M. (McFarland) McKean in Witten, SD. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. During his service, he served as Fireman, First Class, on the destroyers, U.S.S. Aylwin and U.S.S. Glennon and received the World War II Victory, American Theatre, and Asiatic Pacific medals. He was proud of his service and remained active in the VFW in White River, SD, where he lived for 35 years, serving for a time as Commander of that post and acting as Legion Baseball coach for a period. Dick loved hunting, trapping, fishing, and card playing and was known for his love of practical jokes. He moved to Bayard around 1985 and purchased some land with his son Richard "Rich" McKean, north of town. He lived there, each year planting a large garden, the bounty shared with family and friends until health required that he move to the Housing Authority complex in Bayard. At the Housing Authority, he maintained a smaller garden, sharing the fruits with neighbors and friends and volunteered to raise and lower the American flag daily until his health prevented it. In his final year he enjoyed cups of coffee with friends at the Housing Facility, watching sports, (tracking the progress of the NE Comhuskers), and visits with his children and grandchildren. 
Dick is survived by son, Mark McKean of Gering and his children, Jason and Jared McKean, son, Kerry McKean of Amarillo, Texas, son, Richard "Rich" McKean and wife Kathy of Bayard and their children Melissa, Ryan, and Steve McKean; daughter, Kathy Hatfield of Mesa, Ariz. and her daughter Ashley Hatfield and daughter, Becky Richter and husband Randy of Gering and their children Martin and his wife Maria Gillen, Christi, Michael, and Michelle Gillen and two great grandchildren, Bradley and Anabelle Gillen of Gering. He is also survived by two sisters, Velva Roberts, of Springfield, SD and Maureen Liacos, of Peabody, Mass. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sadie (McKean) Buck and Ralph "Jim" McKean. 

Amy Loretta Sieger 
OSHKOSH — Amy Loretta Sieger, 95 of Oshkosh, passed away at the Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Saturday morning, December 8, 2001. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Cliff Transmeier of the Lisco Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Oshkosh Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial is being established and may be made in care of the family. Holechek Funeral Home of Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements. 
Amy Loretta Sieger, the daughter of Lurton and Amy (Phillips) Jay, was born on November 25, 1906 at Alliance. The family lived on a ranch southwest of town and at an early age moved to a ranch northeast of Whitman in Cherry County. She spent many happy times fishing, hunting and working on the ranch while growing up. She loved the Sandhills and enjoyed telling stories of her early years there. Due to the distance from town, when it became time for High School, she and her sister Ilas stayed in Alliance and worked at the St. Joseph’s Hospital to pay room and board while attended school there. Following graduation, she stayed on and attended the Hospital School for nurses and graduated June 25, 1928 with her nursing degree. 
While visiting a friend in South Dakota, she met Leonard Sieger who was living on the family ranch at Buffalo Gap, SD. On April 22, 1930 they were married at Hyannis. They made there home on Leonard’s ranch and she stayed there until 1997, when she moved with her son Donald to their present ranch north of Oshkosh. 
In June of 1998 she was hospitalized with a stroke, but recovered enough to move back to the ranch. She was cared for by her son and her Health Care Nurse, Betty Zlomke until returning to the hospital with a second stroke on October 27 of this year. She then moved to the Highland Park Care Center. She enjoyed a quiet home life, her garden, flowers and ranch livestock. She was a devoted wife and mother and was always willing and able to help anyone she could. 
Survivors include her son, Donald of Oshkosh and many nieces and nephews. 
Amy Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in July of 1976; her parents; one brother, Lurton H. Jay; three sisters, Lela Phipps, Anna Vandermate and Ilas Jay and an infant brother and sister.

Ralph C. Williams
Ralph C. Williams, 92, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Northfield Villa Medical Center of Gering. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff.

Louis Keith Bartow
GUERNSEY, Wyo. — Louis Keith Bartow, 68, of Guernsey, Wyo., passed away Thursday, January 31, 2002 at his home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the Guernsey Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials have been established to the church or to the Lions Club of Guernsey. Visitation will be Tuesday at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Guernsey Presbyterian Church. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on August 16, 1933 in Gering to Floyd and Myrtle (Robinson) Bartow. He attended grade school in Gering and graduated high school in Torrington, Wyo., in 1951. On June 4, 1960 he married Lucille Marion Cook in Torrington, where he worked at the Outer Inn. Six months later they moved to Guernsey, where he worked at the Guernsey Skaggs Grocery Store and later Jack & Jill. In 1984, he went to work at the Trail Inn Restaurant until failing health forced his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Guernsey Lions Club, where he served as secretary for 19 years. He was also a member of the Guernsey Presbyterian Church. He had many hobbies including ceramics, crafts, dog breeding, watching TV and was an excellent cook. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Lucille of the home; daughter Joleen and husband Maurice Dalton of Davenport, Iowa; son, Terry and wife Dixie of Guernsey and daughter Tamalya Bartow of Brandywine, W.V.; four grandchildren, Roy Lee Layman, Philip, Jonathan and Terryl Bartow; one sister Lois Lowery of Scottsbluff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dale, Ernie, Norman and Harold and an infant sister.

Dorothea K. Billey
LACEY, Wash. — Dorothea K. Billey (Pat), 83, of Lacey, Wash., formerly of Minatare, died January 31, 2002 at Roo Lan Healthcare Center in Lacey. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Forest Funeral Home. A funeral Mass for Mrs. Billey will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6 at Sacred Heart Church in Lacey. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice, 3706 Griffin Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98501
She was born April 12, 1918 in Sentinel Butte, N.D. She moved from Minatare to Lacey in 1968. She worked at St. Martin’s College as a cook and later at Evergreen State College. She ran the restaurant at Bailey’s Drugstore in Tumwater, and later she purchased a restaurant in Lacey she named “PAT’S.”
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Stephen Billey, and a son John Paul Billey. 
She is survived by two sisters, Irene Boysen of Olympia, Wash., and Ilene Rambousek of Albany, Ore. She is also survived by seven sons and four daughters, Roger of Redding, Calif.; Jim and Christopher of Lacey; Joseph of Bothell, Wash.; Stephen of Long Beach, Calif.; Charles of Hobart, Okla.; Michael of Olympia; Ruth Allen of Dayton, Ohio; Kathaleen Thibeault of Kingston, Wash; Patricia Kight of Eagle River, Alaska; and Valerie Geiger of Tumwater, Wash; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Richard Henry Roth
MORRILL — Richard Henry Roth, 61, of Morrill, died Thursday, January 31, 2002 at his home. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church in Gering with Pastor David Rowe officiating. Interment will be in the West Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Gering Memorial Chapel Saturday, February 2, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday February 3, 2002 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice or to the First United Methodist Church in Gering.
Dick was born July 28, 1940 in Scottsbluff to Henry, Jr. and Helen E. (Achziger) Roth. He received his education at Dome Rock School and in Clearmont, Wyo. He lived with his parents on a farm south of Gering until 1950 when the family moved to Clearmont, Wyo. In 1956 the family moved to Stegall, Neb. where they owned and operated the Stegall Store until 1964. Dick lived with his parents on a farm northwest of Morrill from 1965 until his death. He was devoted to helping his parents and loved living and working on the farm. He loved animals and enjoyed working with and caring for them. His dog Skipper was his constant companion. His nephews, Mark and Steve were very important to him and the highlight of his life.
Dick was an inspiration to all who knew him as he battled cancer for almost four years. His kindness and willingness to help others continued as a part of his life until his illness made it physically impossible. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gering.
He is survived by his father, Henry Jr. of Morrill; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Dian Roth of Gering; nephews, Mark Roth and his wife Wendy of Omaha and Steve Roth of Milwaukee, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents. 

Martin R. Sparks
SCOTTSBLUFF — Martin R. Sparks, 80, of Scottsbluff, died February 1, 2002 at the Residency Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 at the Residency Chapel in Scottsbluff with Fr. Tom Miles officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. A memorial has been established to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
He was born August 4, 1921 at Agra, Kan., to Roy and Grace (McCabe) Sparks. He entered the Navy in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Grace Queram June 16, 1945 in Chicago. They lived in Chicago, Denver and Honolulu. After his stint with the Navy they moved to Scottsbluff in 1948, where he worked for Ledbetter’s Wholesale for several years. He and Grace were instrumental in building Gra Mar Manor, which is currently Beverly Health Care, in Scottsbluff, where he was administrator for 12 years. 
He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a life member of Elk’s Lodge #1367, and Scottsbluff Rotary. He loved to hunt, fish, garden, golf, cook and travel. 
Survivors include his wife: Grace; sons: Col. Grant Sparks Ret. U. S. Marine Corps and his wife Marla of Swansboro, N.C., and Greg Sparks and his wife Ann of Kearney; grandchildren: Gina and Dr. John Eisenach of Rochester, Minn., Grant Sparks and Emily Sparks both of Kearney; sister: Roma Lea Bundy of Boulder, Colo., and great-grandson Blake Eisenach of Rochester, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Marie.

Bernardina ‘Nina’ Valdez
MITCHELL — Bernardina ‘Nina’ Valdez, 84, of Mitchell entered into eternal peace January 31, 2002 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff with her family by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, February 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mitchell with Fr. Stephen Deaver officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, February 2, 2002 from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, February 3, 2002 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell with a vigil to follow at the church beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. Interment will be at the Mitchell Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association.
She was born May 20, 1917 in Fredericksburg, Texas, to Vincente and Barbarita (Quinonez) Martinez. She spent her youth in Texas before moving to Wheatland, Wyo., in her teenage years. She married Manuel Valdez on July 16, 1938 in Wheatland, where the couple lived before moving to the Mitchell area in 1942. She worked at the Herbert Campbell Potato Company until her retirement in the mid 1980s. She lived at her home and enjoyed working outdoors until her death.
She will be sadly missed by her many friends and family for the humor and joy she brought to their lives.
She is survived by her three daughters, Eva Castillo and husband Pete of North Platte, Isabel “Liz” Greeno of Lincoln and Eloise Giron and husband Edward of Olathe, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Margarita Arciaga of Lincoln, Edna Vega and husband Joe of Scottsbluff and Isabel Sisneros and husband Ysidro of Denver; brothers Frank Martinez of Brighton, Colo., and Margarito Martinez of Mitchell; special family friends Tony and Jenny Ayala and family of Mitchell as well as nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Manuel; two sons, Cruz and Manuel; parents; and two brothers, Saragosa and Tiofilio Martinez.

Edward Yekel
HAY SPRINGS — Edward Yekel, 77, of Hay Springs, died Saturday, February 2, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Hot Springs, S.D. Arrangements are pending at Chamberlain Mortuary in Hay Springs. A full obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Star-Herald.

Theodore ‘Ted’ Fogel
DENVER — Theodore “Ted” Fogel, 69, of Denver, died May 27, 2002. Funeral services will be held June 3, 2002 at 12:30 p.m. at the Horan and McConaty Funeral Home in Denver. Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver with military services. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
He was born December 5, 1932 in Scottsbluff, to Karl and Anna (Meier) Fogel. In 1966, he moved to Denver and had been in the carpet business until his retirement in 1992.
He is survived by his mother of Bayard; sister Dorothy Kautz of Minatare; brothers larry of Denver and Kenneth of Phoenix; and nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father. 

Andrea Rose Gray Grass
LOOMIS — Andrea Rose Gray Grass, 18, of Loomis, formerly of Scottsbluff, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at Phelps Memorial Health Center following an automobile accident. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Inter-Cultural Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Charles Underhill officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. A Wake will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Friends may call Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at the Inter-Cultural Chapel. A memorial has been established to the family. 
She was born on October 13, 1983 in Scottsbluff to Blair Gray Grass and Verbena Rocky Mountain. She attended Roosevelt Elementary School and Bluffs Middle School in Scottsbluff. She attended high school in Huron, S.D., the Normative School in Sheridan, Wyo., Lexington, and Loomis. She was a 2002 graduate of Loomis High School.
Rose enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, doing artwork, listening to music and running.
She is survived by her parents, her paternal grandmother, Martha Iron Horse of Scottsbluff; brother, Jeremy Gray Grass of Scottsbluff; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and her foster family, Barry and Terry Sullivan and family of Loomis.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather. 

Clarence D. Orr
OSHKOSH — Clarence D. Orr, 98, a long-time resident of Garden County, Neb., passed away May 29, 2002, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at the Lisco Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Cliff Transmeier officiating. Burial will be in the Lisco Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Garden County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 291 Oshkosh, NE 69154. Funds should be designated for the Clarence and Emily Orr Scholarship fund. Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Clarence D. Orr was born on September 6, 1903 in Tyro, KS to John and Ardilla (Ray) Orr. When he was 13 years old, his father moved the family to a homestead near Kit Carson, CO where he graduated from high school. After attending one year at a business college in Wichita, Kan., he and his brother Floyd come to Nebraska to work on road construction in the Sand Hills. The two brothers began farming east of Oshkosh the following year.
On November 24, 1932, Clarence was united in marriage to Emily Ridenour in Oshkosh. The newlyweds began their long farming career on several farms near Lewellen. In 1947, Clarence moved his family to a farm east of Lisco, which he owned until his death. He farmed dry land wheat north of Lisco, raised stock cows and operated a small feedlot on his farm east of Lisco. Farming was his vocation and he maintained an intense interest in agriculture during his lifetime. 
Clarence served on the Lisco school board, and the Lisco Irrigation District Board. He was a member of the Lisco Presbyterian Church and was involved in Lisco Community activities.
Survivors include his three children: Donald Orr and his wife Marlene of Lisco, William “Bill” Orr and his wife Linda of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Carol A. Beall and her husband Jack of Daytona Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Clarence was the last surviving member of the John and Ardilla Orr family, as he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Emily, sister Marie Mauter and brothers Harry, Floyd, Emery and Robert.

Garland G. ‘Gale” Moore
GUERNSEY, Wyo. — Garland G. “Gale” Moore, 74, of Guernsey, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at his home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, Wyo., with full military rites. The casket will be closed. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in his memory to either the Guernsey-Sunrise High School Activity Department or to the Guernsey Community Library. The Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born May 7, 1928 in Minatare, the son of Forrest and Nadean (Reeder) Moore. He grew up and received his education, graduating from Torrington High School in 1945. He then joined the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany. He returned to Torrington and continued to serve with the Army National Guard at Guernsey. He married Helen Ann Arland on June 10, 1950 in Walla Walla, Wash. The couple moved to Guernsey in 1970. He spent 38 years with the Wyoming National Guard at Guernsey; retiring in 1988 as a Sgt. Major. After his retirement from the National Guard, he went to work for the State of Wyoming at Camp Guernsey and retired in 1996.
He enjoyed being a part-time rancher, and he was an avid rock hunter. He liked spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Guernsey Fire Department for 23 years and served as fire chief for 12 years. He was also a member of the Guernsey Rural Fire Zone and of the Torrington VFW Paul A. Johnston Post #2918.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Beverley and Odell Haynes of Lusk, Wyo., Vicky and Steve Miller of San Diego and Sandra and Rod Smith of Glendo, Wyo.; sister and brother-in-law Berdean and Leo Walter of Torrington, Wyo.; special friend Linda Matzke of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren Michael P. Haynes, Michael R. Haynes, Michelle Daniels, Zachary Miller, Alexander Miller, Zachary Moore, Christopher Smith, Heather Smith and B.J. Smith; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. 

Gus Sakelaris
KIMBALL — Gus Sakelaris, Jr. 64 of Albuquerque, New Mexico died on May 29, 2002 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2002 at the French Mortuary Westside Chapel of Albuquerque.
He was born December 6, 1938 in Kimball a son of Gus and Luella Mae Sakelaris. He graduated from Kimball High School in May 1957. He was an honorary Fireman on the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department. He has lived in Albuquerque since 1985, where he was employed as a maintenance technician at Cube Corporation. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Gus enjoyed music, traveling, fishing, all sports and was a loving grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his wife Lydia, and two children, Mike Sakelaris and Brenda Hoffman, and three step children, Donna Tollardo and husband Dave, Amanda Chavez and husband Delbert, and Loretta Valdez, all of Albuquerque. Also two sisters, Elaine Sandridge of Kimball and Dorothy Engstrom of Lincoln, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John. 

Austin Dale Smith
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Austin Dale Smith, 12, of Torrington, Wyo., died May 24, 2002 at Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston, Texas. Memorial services will be in Torrington Asturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, and in Laramie, Wyo., Monday, June 3 2002 at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Grand Avenue with Rev. Tom Hall presiding. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Torrington following the service in Torrington. Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Pinnacle Bank, 2000 Main Street, Torrington, WY. Money raised will go to a fund for children’s healthcare research.
He was born September 26, 1989 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Paul W. and Cary L. Berry Smith. He was a sixth-grader at Paintbrush Elementary School in Laramie. He was active in 4-H, Cub Scouts, Torrington Little League and church. As a member of 4-H, he participated in shooting sports, dog training, leathercraft and photography. He won second place in 4-H air pistol competition at state when he was 10. He was also awarded best of show honors at the county fair for his photography work. He enjoyed playing baseball, soccer and basketball. He enjoyed rollerblading, riding bicycles and eating pizza with the pepperoni on top. One of the biggest joys of his life was his little brother Gentry, whom he babysat and showed off to anyone who he could corner.
Survivors include his parents; brother; grandmother Ruth Berry of Sheridan, Wyo.; grandparents Charles Ray and Peggy Smith of Fayetteville, Tenn.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Oral D. “Shorty” Berry and his great-grandparents. 

Mary Emma (Woten) VanPelt
GERING — Mary Emma (Woten) VanPelt, 91, of Gering, went with her Lord May 31, 2002 at Heritage Health Care Center in Gering. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Gering Memorial Chapel with Pastor Don Mathis officiating. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Memorials may be sent to the Panhandle Humane Society, 126 South Beltline Highway West, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Friends may call Gering Memorial Chapel Monday from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
She was born October 27, 1910 at Cedar Rapids. Her parents were Hugh and Mary Ella (Purdy) Woten. She moved to Cheyenne County when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Banner County High School in 1928. She attended nurses training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. She also worked at the Kimball Hospital and a hospital in Littleton, Colo.
She married Roy VanPelt September 6, 1932 at Kimball, and to this marriage two children were born, son William Hugh and daughter Mary Elsie Sparks. They farmed and ranched in Banner County for 50 years. They raised registered Hereford cattle. She was a volunteer at the information desk at the Regional West Medical Center for several years. She was a present member of the Women of the Moose Lodge, Chapter 1398 and a past member of the Pythian Sister of Harrisburg and the Eagles Auxiliary of Scottsbluff.
She is survived by her daughter Elsie Sparks of Gering; brother Myron Woten of Potter; sister Gladys Pierce of Scottsbluff; granddaughters Crystal VanPelt of Scottsbluff and Mary Wilcox of Nederland, Colo.; grandsons Roy Sparks of Commerce City, Colo, Charley Sparks of Denver and Roy Lee VanPelt of Tipton, Okla.; eight great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Bev Faden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roy on January 13, 1983; son William Hugh (Bill) VanPelt on February 9, 2001; sisters Vera Woten and Grace White; brothers Dell and Robert Woten; grandsons James Sparks and Billie VanPelt; an infant grandchild and two infant great grandchildren. 

Marguerite A. West
RUSHVILLE — Marguerite A. West, 85, of Rushville died Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at Chadron. Services will be held Monday, June 3, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Rushville Chapel with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be at Extention Cemetery in White Clay. A memorial has been established for the Rushville Rescue Unit and St. Jude’s Hospital. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Rushville. Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
She was born August 14, 1917 in Rushville to George Lehman and Agnes (Sydow) Lehman.
She is survived by sons Bryan and Sharon Bourne of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bernard and Pat Bourne of Rushville; sister Carrie Reeves of White Clay; as well as numerous grand and great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne West.

Merle A. Barker
Merle A. Barker, 90, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at Regional West Medical Center, from injuries he received in an automobile accident near Minatare. Cremation took place at The Jolliffe Funeral Home and Crematory in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 12, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Reverend Ed Hunzeker officiating. Memorials may be given to the Elks Crippled Children’s Fund. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday. 
He was born July 3, 1913 at Newport, Neb., the son of Virgil E. and Maggie (Debolt) Barker. He graduated from Newport High School with the Class of 1932, where he participated in basketball and received numerous ribbons and medals for track. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Staal on Oct. 27, 1934 in Bassett. The couple moved to Scottsbluff, where Merle began his career with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He was the District Manager for Firestone for a five state area before becoming the manager of the Scottsbluff store. Merle was awarded the distinction of being a member of the Firestone Billionaire Club. He retired in 1978 after 44 years of service to the Firestone Company.
Merle was a member of the B.P.O. of Elks Lodge #1367, the Masons, and the El Jebel Shrine Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, playing pool, listening to Jazz, working in his yard and garden, and socializing over coffee with the guys at Baileys and later at the Holland Bakery. He was a collector of antique Buick cars. Merle was honored this past Saturday with a reception at the Elks in honor of his 90th birthday. 
He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bob Deeds; granddaughter Lisa Tenney and her husband Chad; great-granddaughters Madison and Makenzie Tenney, all of Littleton, Colo.; sister-in-law Mildred Hummel of Gering; nieces; nephews; and his beloved dog “Buster.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marjorie in 1987; and brothers, Lawrence and Howard.

Charles D. Gritzfeld
Charles D. Gritzfeld, 80, of Scottsbluff died Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. 

Keith Rollo Leinweber
DOUGLAS, Wyo. — Funeral services for Keith Rollo Leinweber, 83, will be held Thursday, July 10, at 10 a.m., at the Gorman Funeral Home/Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyo., with Reverend Doctor Robert D. Firebaugh of the First United Methodist Church officiating. The Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 will conduct military rites. Mr. Leinweber died Monday, July 7, 2003, at his home near Douglas. 
He was one of 17 children born to Hugo and Zella (Hottenstein) Leinweber, on March 21, 1920 in Wymore, Neb. He was reared and educated in Minatare. He farmed with his father in the Minatare area. He joined the United States Army in March 1942, and he fought battles in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, and North Africa. He was discharged in May 1945 returning to Minatare. He worked in Nebraska and Wyoming in the oil fields for 50 years. He was married to Dolores Uglow on Jan. 9, 1946 in Harrisburg. Keith and Dolores have been residents of Douglas since 1970. He was a past member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was known for his great gardens. 
He is survived by his wife Dolores, of Douglas; seven children, Keith R. Leinweber Jr. and wife Sheri, Dale Leinweber and companion Lynn, and Danny Leinweber, all of Douglas, Roy Leinweber and wife, Mary of Aurora, Colo., Fred Leinweber of Sheridan, Wyo., Bonnie Bott and husband Tim of Gillette, Wyo., and Ruth Bartels and husband Marvin of Casper, Wyo.; sister Irene Buskirk of Bayard; brother Jay Leinweber of Minatare; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers; and seven sisters. 
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be David Bartels, Alan Bartels, Mike Leinweber, Casey Leinweber and Cody Leinweber. 
A memorial to the Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, P.O. Box 1, Douglas, Wyo. 82633, would be appreciated by the family. 
The Gorman Funeral Home/Converse Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Katrine Anna Mariegard
TORRINGTON, Wyo. –– Funeral services for Katrine Anna Mariegard, age 93, will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brad Eakins officiating. Burial will be held in the Lusk Cemetery in Lusk, Wyo., at 5 p.m. Katrine died on July 8, 2003 at the Goshen Care Center in Torrington. Visitation hours will be held at the Colyer Funeral Home on Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to either the Torrington Senior Friendship Center or to the Torrington United Methodist Church.

Harold G. Powell
Harold G. Powell, 64 of Gering, died Monday, July 7, 2003 at Regional West Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 11, at Salem Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Dale Brown officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. Friday, in the Hemingford Cemetery. Friends may call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Memorials have been established to the Shriner’s or to the National Rifle Association. 
He was born April 10, 1939 in Sioux County to Glen Albert and Leota (Morgan) Powell. He received his early education in rural Sioux County and in Scottsbluff Public Schools before graduating from Scottsbluff High School in 1957. He furthered his education at Scottsbluff Junior College and received his Associate of Arts Degree in 1959. He was employed with Lockwood Corporation for over 25 years. He married Jean Koch on June 10, 1962 in Scottsbluff, and they made their home in Gering. 
He was a member of the Alliance Masonic Lodge #183 AF & AM and a life member of The National Rifle Association. He served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for about 10 years. 
He enjoyed farming, collecting coins, shooting and hunting for arrowheads.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Mike Bell of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter Glenette Powell of Grand Island; daughter and son-in-law, Lorena and Doug Schlaepfer of Gering; son Schuyler Powell of Gering; son Jason Powell and Jenny Lyon of Gering; brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Rosanne Powell of Scottsbluff; sister and brother, Lorraine and Gene Brown of Gering; sister, Eileen Smith of Gering; brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Randy Powell of Gering; sister and brother-in-law, Twila and Kyle Clause of Fort Collins, Colo., and Merle and Rosie Zimmerman of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Ashley Bell; Aspen, Tegan, Kenzie and Keaton Schlaepfer; Maxwell, Alex and Mason Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents, an infant sister and an infant brother preceded him in death. 

Julie A. Prickett
YUMA, ARIZ. — Julie A. Pricket passed away on July 3, 2003 in Yuma, Ariz. She was born in Omaha on July 16, 1941 to James V. and M. Virginia (Malm) Hendrickson.
She graduated from Gering High School in 1959. She married Larry Prickett on Feb. 23, 1960 in Scottsbluff. She owned and operated J&L Handy Service with her husband until illness forced her retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Prickett of Yuma, Ariz.; her son, Michael Prickett of Yuma, Ariz.; three daughters, JulAnne and Les Gompert and Chris Prickett all of Yuma, Ariz., Laura and Tracy Novis of Palm Desert, Calif.; mother, Virginia Hendrickson of Gering; sisters, Susan and Wally Baird of Alliance, and Joan Hendrickson of Gering; brothers, James and Pam Hendrickson of Columbus, and William and Lorraine Hendrickson of Alliance; granddaughter, Justine Gompert of Yuma, Ariz.; three grandsons, Jacob Gompert of Yuma, Ariz., Taylor and Zachary Novis of Palm Desert, Calif.; and nieces and nephews. Her father, James V. Hendrickson, preceded her in death.
A memorial open house will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 661 S. 6th Ave., Yuma, Ariz. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364.
Without her in it, the world is a darker place. 

Leota A. McGrew-Rogers
Leota A. McGrew-Rogers, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral arrangements are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.


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