May 19th, 2011
Ronald Claydean (Curl) Olsen was born in Broken Bow, July 22, 1959, to Betty Lou Eacker Olsen, and Clayton E'Dean (Curl) Olsen (deceased prior to his birth). Ron spent a part of his youth raised on several farms in rural Custer County; Anselmo, Merna, Victoria Springs area, with his mom, step-father Robert Taft George, sister Mary Janet George, and brother "Kenny" Kenneth William George. Early training made him a dedicated, dependable hard worker. Ron helped in the familyâ€™s dairy operation and daily farm chores.
Cathern Lorene Nevada (Clark) Wood, 81, of Mason City, died May 14, 2011, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
She was born April 7, 1930, at Culloden, W.V. to Newton Ivory and Garnet (Beckett) Clark. Cathern attended school at Lexington and during her working years she worked at Sperry New Holland, the Lexington Hospital and the Cozad Hospital.
Cecil (Pete) Patterson passed away at 5:20 a.m. April 25, 2011. He was born in a sod house in Custer County June 22, 1925, to Claude and Clara (Lund) Patterson.
Cecil attended Ansley High School and Kearney State College. He was a four-sport athlete in high school and college.
He was married to Kathleen Skeen, and the couple farmed in Custer County for several years. In 1951, they moved to Idaho where they continued to farm.
Ten area schools will send 56 athletes to the 2011 NSAA State Track and Field Champ-ionships this weekend. The first session at the state meet begins with Classes C and A at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Four South Loup Bobcats will kick off the action for area participants in Class C, they are Kali Blevins, Logan Glendy, Kyle Pierce and Brady Weinman.
The other 52 qualifiers will begin their quest to earn state medals tomorrow afternoon with Classes D and B events scheduled to begin at approximately 3 p.m.
Phyllis I. McClintock, 90, of Wilmore, Kent., passed away Friday, May 6, 2011. She was a retired cafeteria manager for Jessamine County Public Schools, and a member of The Evangelical Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, the late Fenton and Vesta McEwen of Westerville; two sisters, Phylbert McEwen Scott and Ruby McEwen Thomas; two brothers-in-law, Ed Scott and Bill Dizney.
John E. Petersen, age 87 of Westerville, parted this world May 8, 2011, at the Arbor Manor in Fremont. Funeral services will be Friday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with Rolen Sell officiating.
Burial will be in the Westerville Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends 6-7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Memorials have been established to the American Legion Club in Ansley or Arcadia.
Norma Louise (Drake) Cornelison was born Oct. 13, 1920, on a ranch north of Almeria, to James P. and Mary R. (Hess) Drake. She went to meet her Savior May 3, 2011.
She attended school at Knobby Ridge, spending most of her younger adult life in the Taylor-Sargent area. She was active in the Assembly of God church in Taylor where she played the piano. She then moved to Oregon where she met and married Ivan Henry (Hank) Cornelison in 1960.
No one understands the sacrifice of the so-called â€śWar on Terrorâ€ť better than Rob Kugler and his family. December 9, 2007, Robâ€™s brother, Mike Doheny, was killed when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in Iraq. For his family, the news of the death of Al Queda leader Osama Bin Laden brought a flood of emotion.
Next month three Custer County World War II veterans will be part of the Hero Flight team from heading to Washington, D.C. For the next three weeks we will profile each of those veterans.
Back in June 2007, Custer County became the first in the state of Nebraska to organize a Hero Flight to take these World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. Dick Pierce, of Miller, was on that trip as an escort for his father.
Close to 27,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers gathered for the 115th Boston Marathon ran April 18. One of the 27,000 people adding some local flavor was Broken Bow resident Todd Vleiger.
Vleiger is often asked why he runs. His answer is short and simple: â€śI just love to run.â€ť
Running is something thatâ€™s been a part of the Vleiger family for as long as he can remember.