Robert "Bob" Ehlers

Robert "Bob" Ehlers of Benson, Arizona, passed away on August 2, 2012, at the age of 77.

Bob was born in Gordon, Nebraska, on July 30, 1935, to George and Phyllis Sipp. He attended country school in the Sandhills until his family moved to Warroad in 1948. He was a 1952 graduate of Warroad High School before serving in the United States Army for approximately nine years.

Bob met and married his wife, Janet, while stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. They lived in the Grand Canyon state


Harold Lee Glassgow

Harold Lee Glassgow, 79, of Lakeside, Nebraska, passed away at his home in Gordon, Nebraska, on September 1, 2012.  He was born October 10, 1932, in Conway, Iowa, to Ernie and Alice (Ross) Glassgow.  He attended Dallas Center No. 5 country school near New Market, Iowa, and graduated from New Market High School in 1952.

In the fall of 1952, he was drafted into the Army and served in Korea and Japan as a Military Police Officer.  In the summers of 1951 and 1952, Harold worked on the Fritz and


Myrtle White Letcher

Myrtle “Murt” White Letcher, 80, a lifelong resident in Sheridan and Box Butte counties, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska. 

Murt was born in Box Butte County October 16, 1931 to Bill and Cora Dorris (Peeler) White. She grew up on the family ranch southeast of Alliance helping work cattle, haying and learning to sew from her mother. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 1949. She attended the Parks School of Business in Denver. Upon


Harold R. Burton

Harold R. Burton, 69, of Hay Springs, died Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Box Butte General Hospital.

He was born in Alliance on March 2, 1943 to Charles and Ida (Gray) Burton. He grew up on the family ranch north of Bingham. Harold was a graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, NE and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

On May 25, 1990 he was united in marriage to Agnes M. Garity. 

Harold worked as a financial director for the Nebraska State Labor Department


Virginia E. Harris Hugen

Virginia Harris Hugen, 78, of Gordon, Nebraska died August 30, 2012 at Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

She was born June 1, 1934, in Gordon, Nebraska to Tug and Josephine Palmer. She graduated from Gordon High School and on March 9, 1955 she married Donald Harris. Five sons were born to this union. Donald died September 18, 1876. Virginia then married Bennie Hugen on September 11, 2003.

Virginia spent most of her life in Gordon raising her 5 sons. She enjoyed visiting with


Beulah (Bea) Hitchcock

Beulah (Bea) Hitchcock, 93, of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, died August 29, 2012, with her family by her side at the Port Huron Medilodge Nursing Home.  A graveside service was Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Hay Springs Cemetery in Hay Springs, Nebraska with Pastor Fred Andersen officiating.

She was born October 30, 1918, in Anthon, Iowa to Oscar and Nellie Coon. She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Marie Peters.

She married Harold Hitchcock of Hay Springs, Nebraska, July


Sidney Lynn Hilliker

Sidney Lynn Hilliker, 95 of Gordon, Nebraska, died Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Gordon Memorial Hospital. He was born October 28, 1916 in Centerville, Iowa to Clayton and Esther (Giesler) Hilliker. They came to the Sandhills by covered wagon when Lynn was approximately one year old and homesteaded in what is called the Dippin' Vat Valley and Sandy Richards. His family sold the ranch and moved to town so he could go to school in Gordon, Nebraska where he played football. He quit school after the


Joann Wilsey (Johnson)

Joann Wilsey (Johnson), 77, of Hay Springs was born on February 16, 1935, on the family farm southwest of Hay Springs and died on August 29, 2012, at her home.

Joann married Ernie Armstrong in September 1952. To this union four children were born. After divorcing, Joann moved to Rapid City where she worked and retired from JC Penny. She also had second jobs waiting tables, attending a Laundromat, and also as a cashier at the dog track. Joann married Wes Wilsey on July 5, 1990, and they moved


Charles Gates Pfeiffer

Charles Gates Pfeiffer, 92, of Columbia, died Sunday, August 26, 2012.  Born in Gordon, Nebraska, on December 9, 1919, he was a son of the late Otto George Martin Pfeiffer and Velma Gates Pfeiffer.   Mr. Pfeiffer earned his BA degree from John Fletcher College, his BD degree from Drew University, and went on to pursue advanced degrees at George Peabody College for Teachers and Vanderbilt University, among others.   He was passionate about educational travel and led numerous western history


Agnes Peters

Funeral Mass for Agnes M. Peters, 84, of Chadron, Nebraska will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Chadron, with Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Hay Springs. A Rosary will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM at St. Patrick’s. 

Agnes passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Chadron. 

Agnes was born on January 25, 1928 in Rushville, Nebraska to Herbert and Dora


Raylene Drabbels

Raylene (Preble) Drabbels, of Hay Springs, passed from this life to eternal life on August 20, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital following a brief illness. Raylene was born June 7, 1949, in Gordon, Nebraska to Charles and Wanda (Myers) Preble. She was raised to adulthood by her mom and step-dad Jim Kubo and received her education at Chadron High School, graduating in 1967. On December 18, 1968, Raylene married Gary Drabbels of Hay Springs. During Gary’s service in the United States Navy


Donald D. Sandoz

Donald D. Sandoz, 83, died Monday, August 13, 2012, at Box Butte General Hospital.

He was born August 19, 1928, on the family’s home place at Hay Springs, Nebraska to Constant and Mathilda (Petersen) Sandoz.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Following his military service he returned to the family homestead and engaged in farming and ranching with his father. He married Dolores M. Young on March 31, 1954, in Rushville, Nebraska and raised a family on what they called

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