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Gladys Cole

Apr 20, 1934 - Nov 26, 2023

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North Platte, NE

Gladys May Cole, age 89, formerly of Curtis, Neb. , passed away at Great Plains Health in North Platte on Sunday, November 26, 2023. She was born in Holdrege, Neb. , on April 20, 1934, to Earl and Tillie (Nelson) Hanson. She grew up on a farm by Loomis, Neb. , where she attended a country grade school. In 1951, she graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture high school in Curtis. Following high school, she taught in country grade schools for two years. On September 6, 1953,...Read More

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James "J.R." Graff

Nov 06, 1944 - Jan 30, 2024

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North Platte, NE

James "J.R." Graff, 79, of Gothenburg, NE, and formerly of Lincoln, NE, passed away in North Platte, NE, January 30, 2024.J.R. was married to the love of his life Kathy Graff for 61 years. J.R. worked for the BNSF railroad and was a member of the International Association of Machinist as a machinist, and in management as a Power Maintenance Controller, and Assistant General Foreman for 40 years and retired in Lincoln, NE. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years and served as president of the Independent Center Alumni Association in Lincoln, NE and a member of the Triangle Campers.J.R. was a member of Ebenezer Congregational Church and served as board president. He was currently a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, NE. He was a Blue Lodge Mason, 32nd Scottish Rite Mason, and Sesostris Shiner.J.R. loved to go camping, especially with the Triangle Campers, go fishing, and golfing especially with family.J.R. is survived by his wife Kathy, son Dr. Jim Graff, daughter-in-law Kim Graff all of Gothenburg, NE; son-in-law Terry McElroy of Sioux City, IA; grandchildren, Jamie and Sean Graff of Gothenburg, NE; Josh (Laura) McElroy of Sioux City, IA; and Hanna (Ian) Williams of Sioux Falls, SD; six great-grandchildren, Jillian, Danny, Kate, Olivia, Theodore and Henry, brother-law Johnnie (Mary) Brehm; along with many nieces and nephews.J.R. was proceeded in death by his parents, George and Ruth, sister, Georgene Graff, brother Larry Graff, daughter Kris McElroy and grandson Kevin McElroy.Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138, Nebraska Alcoholics Anonymous, Great Plains Mental Health or the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department.Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, February 8, 2024, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. with the family present from 4:00-6:00 pm.Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10:30 am with Pastor Doug Hjelmstad officiating. Burial will follow at the American Lutheran Cemetery

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Janice Messersmith

Jan 03, 1947 - Feb 12, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Janice Messersmith, 77, of Maywood, NE passed away on Monday February 12, 2024 at Great Plains Health. Janice was born on January 3, 1947 at Oberlin KS to John Gerald and Violet Evelyn (Clayton) Berry. She was living in Maywood at the time of her death. She attended school at Norcatour, KS. On August 3, 1963, she married Larry D. Messersmith at the Methodist Church in Oberlin, KS; to this union was born four children: Danny Ray, Brad Lee, of North Platte, Van Duane, of McCook, and Vicky Dee Huntly of Oberlin, KS.She was baptized into the Maywood Christian Church on August 20, 2003. Her life revolved around her husband, her children and their families, her home and her friends. She loved to cook, bake, crochet, read and entertain at her home. She loved to color and she loved her Savior Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, son, Danny Ray, both her parents, two brothers Marlin (Bud) Berry and Merlin Berry, a sister-in-law Janice, niece Donna and one unborn infant child in 1965.Survivors include two sons, Brad (Julie), Van (Rita), daughter Vicky (Gaylen) Huntley, 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, brother Steve (Chris) Berry of McCook, sister Joan (Joe) Thummel of Phillipsburg KS, sister-in-law Ardie Berry of Danbury NE; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends; Mary Jones of Idaho; Eric and Tami Ludeman of Colorado; Rachel Miller of McCook, NE.Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 2024, 4:00-6:00 pm, Blase-Strauser-Wetzel Memorial Chapel, Curtis, NE.Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 17, 2024, Maywood Christian Church, 202 Plum Street, Maywood, NE.Burial will follow in the Maywood Cemetery.Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

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Eugene Langemeier

Oct 06, 1945 - Feb 27, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Eugene Langemeier of North Platte peacefully passed away on February 27, 2024, at the age of 78.Gene, the son of Harvey and Anna Mae Langemeier, was born October 6, 1945, at Osmond, NE, and grew up on a farm near Magnet, NE. He graduated from Wausa High School.On November 29, 1963, Gene married Cheryl Plog in Wausa, NE, then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge in 1966, Gene returned to his bride in Wausa.The couple moved to Stapleton in 1972 then to North Platte in '78 where Gene worked 28 years with Hild Propane. He later worked for his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Teresa, driving for Cornhusker Delivery (hauling supplies for Menards) and at the Laundry Zone. Gene liked working and socializing with customers.If he wasn't working, Gene enjoyed pitching horseshoes, bowling, playing cards and fiddling in his garage. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Gene was a great husband, father and grandfather who leaves us with many wonderful memories.He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cheryl, and their children, Brent Langemeier, Brad Langemeier (Teresa) and Kim Richter (James), all of North Platte; grandchildren, Tara Schultz (Zach), Karsen Falcon (Jimmy), Kaden Langemeier, Braden Langemeier, Bryce Langemeier and Maylah Langemeier; great-grandkids, Greah and Boon Falcon and Rhiannon Schultz; his brother, Gary Langemeier (Janet) of Hemet, CA; sister-in-law, Diana Langemeier of Wayne; and numerous other family members.Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Anna Mae; and brother, Wayne.Services are pending at this time. Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are to the North Platte Alzheimer's Support Group. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

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Deborah Ann Bostwick

Dec 18, 1956 - Feb 22, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Deborah Ann Bostwick, 67, life-long resident of North Platte, NE passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at her home.Deborah was born on December 18, 1956 in North Platte, NE the daughter of Harlan and Shirley (Floro) Herrick. She grew up in a large family along with her eight siblings and attended school in North Platte graduating from North Platte High School in 1975. It was while in high school she met the love of her life, Robert Ray Bostwick. They were married on August 2, 1974 in North Platte and together had three children.There was nothing that Deborah put her mind to that she could not accomplish. She was a very talented interior designer who eventually put all her energy into establishing her own business in 1998 out of her home. She owned and operated Deborah’s First-Class Interiors, eventually moving to its downtown location serving clients from all over Nebraska and beyond. Working alongside her daughter Jill her clients became more, they became her friends. She made time for everyone, often spending hours listening to clients wishes and dreams for their home designs. In 1999 she was awarded by the American Society of Interior Designers, the National Excellence in Design Award. She was also top of her class in brick laying school, again showing there wasn’t anything Deb put her mind to that she couldn’t do. In the last several years of her life Deb dedicated herself to growing and designing beautiful floral bouquets sharing them each week with local nursing homes, and homeless shelters in the area. She also made seasonal decorative wreaths that were freely given with love to all. Deb was a member of the Berean Church in North Platte and had a very strong faith in God and Jesus. She was always very giving of herself, and her kindness flowed over to everyone she met. Family was most important to her, and she absolutely adored her grandchildren. Deb will be very missed by all who knew and loved her.She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlan and Shirley Herrick, and by a sister, Lori Dougherty.She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Robert; children, Robert “Bob” Bostwick of North Platte, Jill (Brian) Baxter of North Platte, and Jacob (Bianca) Bostwick of Cheyenne, WY; grandchildren, Chloe and Josie Bostwick, Bryson and Rhiannon Baxter, Jacobi and Jasmine Bostwick; siblings, Harlan Herrick of North Platte, Donna (Mike) Coleman of Hershey, Randy Herrick of North Platte, Sharon (Dave) Christensen of Papillion, Cindy (Perry) Hall of North Platte, and Dan (Jacque) Herrick of North Platte; and many nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Berean Church with Pastor John Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, February 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.Memorial gifts and contributions may be made in Deborah’s memory to Deborah’s Legacy. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Deborah Ann Bostwick, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Donna Jean Kittle

Aug 27, 1936 - Feb 26, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Donna Kittle, who was better known as “granny” to everyone who knew her, left her Earthly home in North Platte, NE, for her Heavenly home on February 26, 2024 at 87 years old. Donna was born on August 27, 1936, in Brady, Nebraska to Thomas and Stella (Beavers) Koenig and at the age of three, their family moved to the “island” house West of Maranatha Bible Camp in Maxwell. Donna graduated from Maxwell High School in 1954. Little did Donna know that when she started kindergarten, she would meet the man she would spend the rest of her life with. On September 2, 1955, she married Dean Kittle. Together they had three children, Pamela, Rhonda and Douglas. Donna was employed by Miles Cleaners, Orr’s Cleaners, Allen’s Self Service and retired from Westfield Pharmacy in 2020. She was a servant leader and spent her entire career in retail serving her customers. Donna’s priorities in life were her Faith and her family. She enjoyed monthly family holiday and birthday gatherings and always had room for one more at the dinner table. Donna’s family was of the utmost importance to her. She attended every ball game, concert and play of each child, grandchild and great-grandchild from preschool programs clear through college. Even though she hated water, the snow, and cold, she loved family vacations to the lake and the mountains. Donna was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Maxwell and accepted Christ as her Savior during her junior year in high school and was baptized a year later. She served as a Sunday school teacher, vacation bible school teacher, youth group sponsor, church treasurer, as well as, in the church choir and on the women’s missions’ group. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; her parents, Tom Koenig and Stella Cain; son-in-law, Edward Johnson; her in-laws, Bernice and Lester Kittle; brother, Bob Koenig (Doris and Lucille); sisters, Virginia Bailey (Don), and Patricia Mentzer (Delbert); sister-in-law, Elaine (Cal) Miller; brother-in-law, Donn Kittle (Shirley); nephew, David Mentzer; nieces, Carol Koenig, and Karen (Kittle) Kraich; and special friend, Bill Freeman.She is survived by children, Pam Johnson, Rhonda (Russ) Tobey, and Doug (Stephani) Kittle; grandchildren, Jason (Gina) Sommer, Amy (Jason) Stork, Blake (Ashley) Tobey, Taylor (Mitch) Peters, Jake Kittle (fiancé, Maya), Julie (Ben) Miller and Tony Johnson; great-grandchildren, Grace (Ayden) Boller, Janie Sommer, Otto Stork, Oliver, Anderson, Stella & Noelle Tobey, Eliza and Ledger Peters, Whitney and Jacob Harvey, Natalie, Tobye, Corey, Lexi and Felicity Miller, Ava and Kendil Johnson; great-great grandchildren, Ryker and Everly Harvey; her sister-in-law, Jean (Roger) Pramberg; special friend, Theora Freeman; and many nieces, nephews, special friends.A memorial fund in Donna’s name has been set up for the Maxwell Public School Scholarship Foundation or First Baptist Church, Maxwell. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.A funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024 at the First Baptist Church in Maxwell, Nebraska, with Pastor Bob Townsend officiating, followed a committal ceremony at Plainview Cemetery. Visitation and book signing will be on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. with family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Donna Jean Kittle, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Ricardo Palma Nava

Sep 20, 1969 - Feb 23, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Ricardo Palma Nava, 54, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away February 23, 2024 at Great Plains Health in North Platte. He was born September 20, 1969 to Catalina Reyes in Mexico. Services are pending at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home who is assisting the family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Ricardo Palma Nava, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Bette Colleen Richardson

Feb 09, 1951 - Feb 23, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Bette C. (Harden) Richardson, 73, passed away February 23, 2024 at Great Plains Health, North Platte, Nebraska. She was born on February 9, 1951 to Herbert L. and Janice L. (Davis) Harden in North Platte.Bette was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She enjoyed interior decorating as well as designing all types of craft items and quilt designs.Bette is survived by her son, Scott Richardson, North Platte, Nebraska; 3 sisters, Linda Torske, Teresa (Joe) Wright, Janelle (Dale)Wise; 2 brothers, Larry (Cathy) Harden, Tracey Harden; 3 grandchildren, Jaxson Richardson, Sydnie (Tyler) Christensen, Josie Richardson (Javien Perez, Jrae Perez);1 great-grandchild; Kaison Alan Perez; Joelle Richardson; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.Graveside services will be held 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 1, 2024 at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, North Platte, Nebraska. Flowers may be sent to Adams & Swanson Funeral Home who is assisting the family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Bette Colleen Richardson, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Rita Underwood

May 06, 1951 - Feb 23, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Rita Underwood, formerly of Colorado, passed away at Great Plains Health in North Platte, NE, on February 23, 2024, at age 72.Rita, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Coy, was born May 6, 1951, at Meadow Bluff, West Virginia. She grew up in West Virginia, Ohio and Colorado. Rita graduated from Arvada High School in Colorado then became a CNA and worked in nursing homes. She later worked at a daycare and was a volunteer at Victory Church and Servants Heart Church in Colorado. Rita was a kind and giving person who liked simple things. She enjoyed playing Bingo, where she lived and at the Senior Center, and she liked going to garage sales. She especially loved being a stay-at-home grandma.She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Coy; her mother and stepfather, Mary and Glenn Kirscht; brother, George Coy; and daughters-in-law, Carolyn Gann and Michelle Gann.Rita is survived by her children, Tom Gann (Andrea) of North Platte, Joe Gann of Derby, KS, Bob Gann of Grove, OK, and Autumn Hayes (Jeremiah) of Denver; grandchildren, Angela Gann, Kenny Gann (Lizzeth), Nick Gann, Tyler Gann, Megan Collinson (AJ), Robert Avery, Brandon Cole (Azaria), Sophia Cole, Kaela Jeffrey (Zach), Lorelei Hayes, Allen Gann, Jesse Delavega, Raymi Youngblood and Ashlee Ballard; great-grandson, Aiden Jeffrey; her sister, Teresa Fetting of Hartsel, CO; niece, Holanie; nephews, John and Derrick; and other family.Celebration of

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Douglas A. Seerley

Sep 01, 1944 - Feb 23, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Douglas A. Seerley, 79, of Sutherland, NE passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Great Plains Health Hospital in North Platte, NE.Doug was born on September 1, 1944 in Sutherland, NE the son of Gordon and Leola (Carter) Seerley.Doug grew up in Elsie, NE and played football at Elsie High School graduating in 1962. He married Dora I. Wever on April 24, 1974 in Sutherland at the family home and together they had three children. He farmed in Paxton for many years. He worked for thirty years for Lincoln County roads as a maintainer operator and retired in 2009. Doug enjoyed mowing his lawn, BBQ grilling, and his pet cat “Jinx”.He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Leola; grandson, Camron Allen Ponce; sisters, Sunya Robinette and Lavonne Blaase; brother, Neil Seerley; in-laws, Francis and Agnes Wever, brother and sister in laws, Fred and Alberta Wever, and Pam Wever.He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dora; daughters, Crystal (Randy) Yates of North Platte, and Mychelle Northey of North Platte; son, Troy Seerley of CO; grandchildren, Scott Ponce, Seth (Sharon) Ponce, Killen Seerley, Ashley Seerley, Brandon Enyeart, Andrew Enyeart, and Cason Northey; brother, Larry Seerley of Omaha; brother in laws and sister in law, Francis Wever of North Platte, George and Aubra Humphrey of Sutherland; and many nieces and nephews.A joint memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. for Doug along with is sister-in-law Alberta on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Pastor Mark Baldwin officiating. The memorial book will be available to sign on Wednesday February 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.Memorials may be made to the family for future designation. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Douglas A. Seerley, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Marian E. Sheffield

Jul 24, 1932 - Feb 19, 2024

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North Platte, NE

Marian E. Sheffield, 91, of North Platte, NE passed away peacefully on Monday, February 19, 2024 at Great Plains Health Hospital.She was born on July 24, 1932 in Jackson Twp., Webster County, Iowa the daughter of Marinus and Mareka (Ihnen) Poppen. She was married to Verlin Max Goforth on November 4, 1950 in Fort Dodge, IA and together they had 8 children. Verlin died on March 30, 1964 in San Jose, CA. She was married to her 2nd husband Woody M. Sheffield in Grand Island, Nebraska on January 8, 1971 and together had 1 child. Woody died on January 18, 2018 in North Platte. Marian loved children and was an in-home day care provider for many years. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; 1st husband, Verlin; 2nd husband, Woody; daughter and son-in-law, Dianna (Bernard) Fay; and daughter, Barbara Royce.She is survived by her children, Verlin David Goforth, Justin L. (Cindy) Goforth, Mark E. (Vicki) Goforth, all of North Platte, Edward J. (Sharon) Goforth of Grand Island, NE, Stuart O. Goforth, of Cheyenne, WY, Kevin J. (Kathy) Goforth of Greeley, CO and Roger D. Sheffield of New Castle, CO; son in law, Dick Royce of Bullhead City, AZ; thirteen grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren; other family members and many friends.Inurnment in the columbarium and graveside service at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, NE will be announced at a later date. Cremation was chosen. Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte has been entrusted with the arrangements. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Marian E. Sheffield, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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