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Obituaries

Dale Baker, 95

July 1, 2015

Dale Baker, age 95, of Broken Bow, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colo.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. 

Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Military Honors. 

Visitation will be Thursday, July 2, 2015, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow with the family greeting friends 6 - 7 p.m. 

Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #126 or the Broken Bow United Methodist Church. 

Phyllis Ann Knoell, 81

July 1, 2015

Phyllis Ann Knoell, 81, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015, at her home in Lincoln.

She was born in Westerville Jan. 24, 1934. Phyllis was the first of three daughters born to George and Ellen Knight.

June 12, 1951, she married T. Carl (Spike) Knoell at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Anselmo. The couple initially farmed at New Helena, but moved to Lincoln in 1960, when Spike took a position with the Nebraska National Guard.

They were blessed with four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Merritt Sherman Winchester, 76

July 1, 2015

Merritt Sherman Winchester Jr. age 76, of Broken Bow, died Saturday June 20, 2015, at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.

Funeral services were June 24, 2015, at the E-Free Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Brian Klein officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the family to be decided on at a later date.

Merritt was born Oct. 21, 1938, to Merritt and Dorothy (Florea) Winchester Sr. in Merna. He grew up in Custer Center where he attended rural country school. He then attended Broken Bow High School where he graduated class of 1956.

John Raymond Taylor, 85

June 25, 2015

John Raymond Taylor, 85, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his home under the care of his family and Hands of Hope Home Health and Hospice.

John was born in Mason City to Ray B. and Addie Wright Taylor March 13, 1930. He attended Mason City School and graduated at the age of 17.

John is survived by his wife, Roberta, his daughter, Barbara Taylor, his son, John (Anita) Taylor, all of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and his daughter-in-law, Patricia Taylor of Aloha, Ore.

Lilas Marie Smith, 88

June 25, 2015

Lilas Marie Smith, 88, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo. surrounded by her family and holding the hand of her sweetheart of over 71 years.

Lilas Turner was born May 11, 1927, in Brewster, to Fred and Augusta Turner. She was an only child.

During high school she met the love of her life, Laddie Guy Smith. They were married Aug. 4, 1944, and soon started their family on the Smith Ranch in Brewster.

Eugene ‘Chat’ R. Chartraw, 90

June 25, 2015

Eugene “Chat” R. Chartraw, age 90 of Ansley, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society St. John’s Nursing Home in Kearney.

Funeral services were Monday, June 22, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating.  Burial was Tuesday at the Ansley Cemetery with Military Honors.

Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Program. 
 

Joanne ‘Jody’ Carol White, 66

June 25, 2015

Funeral services for Jody White, who went home to the Lord June 18 2015, were June 22, 2015, at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds in Lusk Wyo.,

Pier Funeral Home in Lusk, Wyo., assisted the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church at Jay Em in care of Pier Funeral Home, Lusk Wyo. or Harness Funeral Home, Buffalo, Wyo.

Joanne “Jody” Carol White was born Dec. 20, 1948, to Robert and Elizabeth (Bashelor) Mason on the naval base in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  

She died on June 18, working cattle and doing what she loved on the family ranch in Jay Em, Wyo.  

Victoria Ann Casey, 59

June 25, 2015

Victoria Ann Casey was born May 11, 1995, at the US Air Force Hospital at South Reislip Air Force Base in a suburb of London England. She passed away suddenly Jan. 27, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Irvin W. Spangler, 80

June 18, 2015

Irvin W. Spangler, 80, of Callaway, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015, at Golden LivingCenter in Broken Bow.
 
Irvin was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Callaway, to Wilson and Clara (Miller) Spangler.

Irvin attended school at Callaway where he graduated with the class of 1952. He then went on to further his education at Milford Technical College, where he studied auto body repair. Upon completion at Milford, he returned to Callaway where he farmed on the home place. 

He was united in marriage to Gladys Lichtenberger Sept. 8, 1961, in Kearney. 

William J. ‘Bill’ Eastwood, 91

June 18, 2015

William J. “Bill” Eastwood, 91, of Anselmo, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Tiffany Square Care Center. Mr. Eastwood’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned. Curran Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.

Bill was born May 17, 1924, at Stapleton. He was the son of William John and Ida Mae (Gorsuch) Eastwood.