Gerald Wilber Smith, 73, of Gothenburg, died Nov. 30, 2010, in Gothenburg. He was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Ontario, Ore., son of J. Elton and Edith (Rettig) Smith.
He grew up in Eastern Oregon and attended schools in Durkee and Brogan and graduated from Ontario High.
Jerry served his country in the Army from Dec. 1960 to Nov. 1962.
Jerry married Judith Miller, March 1964, in Reno Nev. Jerry and Judy lived and worked on a ranch in Oregon. They moved to Nebraska in 1972 where Jerry operated a Well Service for almost 25 years.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing and horses.
Keith Kermit Blauvelt passed from this life Nov. 28, 2010, at the age of 96 years, 5 months and 5 days at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Mullen where he had resided for the last few years.
Keith was born June 23, 1914, to Leslie Joseph and Adda Ethel (Wood) Blauvelt in a sod house southwest of Thedford on the Blauvelt homestead. he was the forth of five children.
As a young man his family were farmers and he worked with his family and neighbors breaking horses, picking corn and whatever else there was to do to make a living during the â€śdirty thirties.â€ť
Richard D. Parish, age 66, of Broken Bow died Nov. 25, 2010, at his home in Broken Bow. Richard D. Parish was born July 26, 1944, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Everett and Jane (Dickinson) Parish. Richard moved to Broken Bow in 1970. Richard worked at The Lobby, Uncle Ed's and the Broken Bow Elks Lodge.
Richard loved to people watch. He loved to observe those around him. Richard will be remembered for his charming smile and wonderful outlook on life. His sparkling eyes and brilliant smile brightened many a day.
Ronald Paul Kelley USAF (Ret) was born Dec. 14, 1940. He passed away Nov. 28, 2010. He was preceded in death by parents, William and Gladys; brother, Dennis. He is survived by wife Sharon; children, Michelle, Tim, Dawn, Christine, Kristen and Brenda; brothers, Vernon, David, Rick and Terry; sisters, Mary Lou and Carol; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends Dec. 2, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at Braman Mortuary (Southwest Chapel). Burial will take place at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell. Visit www.bramanmortuary.com to leave a condolence.
With Thanksgiving behind us many are now turning their sights to decorating for the Christmas season. The United Methodist Church junior high youth group would love to help people with that project, but it might not be what you think.
The youth group is planning a mission trip/fun trip to South Dakota next summer and has been looking for innovative ways to raise money for their trip. That is how they came up with the idea of the Ugly Christmas Lawn Ornament fundraiser.
Part 1 of a 2-part series.
Unfortunately, there are scam artists across the country and around the world trying to defraud Nebraskans every day. Nationwide, scams against seniors are generating billions of dollars each year for criminals. Together, we must fight back.
Shoe boxes packed with gift items for children of all ages were collected the week prior to Thanksgiving at First Christian Church in Broken Bow, the local relay center for Operation Christmas Child. A project of the mission group Samaritan's Purse, founded by Franklin Graham, Operation Christmas Child collects and distributes Christmas gift boxes to children all around the world.
The Loup Valley Conference has announced the All-Conference Volleyball Teams for the 2010 season. Seven players were chosen to the first and second teams with Ansley leading the nine schools with three first team selections. Mullen and Sargent followed with two first team selections each.
First Team All-Conference selections are Ansleyâ€™s Chelsea Entz (Sr.), Taylor Rohde (Sr.) and Siera Rohde (Jr.), Mullenâ€™s Mardee Sierks (Sr.) and Tricia Young (Sr.) and Sargentâ€™s Kelsey Frink (Sr.) and Alex Hart (So.).
The Broken Bow Indians led all teams with eight players named to the 2010 C1-9 All-District Football Offensive and Defensive Teams. Gothenburg and Valentine each placed seven players on the teams.
Named to the all-district defensive team for the Indians were seniors Adam Pracht and Tyler Kozisek, junior Nate Hanson and sophomore Tanner Johnson. Valentine also placed four on the defensive team.
For a supervisor to offer extra incentive to his employees to get them to perform better is certainly not a new concept. However, Bob Davis, store manager of Pamida in Broken Bow, went one better.
The Pamida company is sponsoring an 8-week friendly sales competition among its 200 stores. For each of those eight weeks the store with the largest increase in sales over the same time last year is declared that weekâ€™s winner - with each of the winning storeâ€™s team members receiving an additional $75 on their paycheck.