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October 14th

Lena Bratton, 89

October 14, 2013

Lena Elvina (Bradley) Bratton was born July 3, 1924, in Dothan, Huston County, Ala., to Carrie (Richardson) and Perry Bradley. Lena died Oct. 2, 2013, in Broken Bow.
Carrie and Perry had three children; Lena, Robert and Marion. When Lena was about 11-years-old, her daddy passed away. She had to quit school to care for her brother and sister so Carrie could work to feed the family.
Carrie met and married Henry Edgar and Lena gained two sisters, June and Jean Edgar. Also to this union, she eventually gained step-brothers Stewart, Charles, Johnny and Ballard.

October 3rd

Ellen Datus, 65

October 3, 2013

After a courageous battle with cancer, Ellen Lois Datus, age 65, passed away in Broken Bow, the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1. She was surrounded by her husband, Edwin, and daughters Michelle, Melinda and Stephanie.
Born in 1948 in Chambers, to Chloe Ellen McKay Harley and Duane McKay, Ellen was drawn to a life of service to others. Her biggest calling was taking care of people, especially her family. At home, she was a selfless, loyal and loving wife, mother of three, step-mother of five and grandmother of 15.

Claudia K. Bestol, 75

October 3, 2013

Claudia Kay Bestol, age 75 of Purdum, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at her home in Purdum fighting cancer. Memorial funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the United Church of Christ in Purdum at 10 a.m. with Pastor Diana K. Jahn officiating. Inurnment in the Purdum Cemetery will be at a later date.

Claudia Bestol is survived by her husband, Earl Bestol of Purdum; a son, Wayne (Joyce) Bestol of Minden; two daughters, Kay Lynn Bestol of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Brenda (Dave) Masek of Purdum; three grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and a brother, Bob Knag of Alliance.

October 2nd

Julia A. Eichelberger, 49

October 2, 2013

Julia Ann Eichelberger, age 49 of Broken Bow, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her home. Julie was born Dec. 31, 1963, at Callaway Hospital to Terry and Marge Eichelberger.
Julie grew up in Broken Bow where she attended school until she was a junior. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1981.
At a young age Julie was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and later with diabetes. Even though she struggled with this throughout her life she never lost her love of life or her love for her family. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family and friends.

September 26th

Michael L. Buckles, 59

September 26, 2013

Michael Lynn Buckles passed away at his home, surrounded by family, in Broken Bow, Sept. 21, 2013, at the age of 59.
Mike is predeceased by his parents, Bob and Mary Frances.
Mike was born to Bob and Mary Frances Buckles Dec. 4, 1953, in Martin, S.D. Mike lived in Merriman, where he attended elementary school. He went on to graduate from Bennett County High School in Martin, S.D. in 1972, excell-ing in basketball, football and track, recently being inducted into the Bennett County Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mary Andersen Gillming, 72

September 26, 2013

Mary Ellen Andersen Gillming, age 72 of North Platte, formerly of Broken Bow, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
Mary Ellen Andersen Gillming was born Dec. 21, 1940, to Frank and Eva (Schmitz) Loeffelholz at Kearney. Mary grew up in the Kearney, Riverdale, Amherst area where she attended country school as well as the Hopewell Country School graduating from Kearney High School in 1959.

James T. McMillan, 82

September 26, 2013

James T. McMillan, 82 of rural Broken Bow, died Sept. 14, 2013, at Callaway Living Center.
He was born Sept. 29, 1931, to James W. and Stella McMillan. He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1950, and served in the Marines from 1951-1954.
He married Betty L. Golden Dec. 17, 1953.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of rural Broken Bow; daughters, Debra McMillan of Papillion, and Linda (Ron) Ellingson of Oconto; granddaughter, Samantha (Chaz) Johnson; and four great-grandsons, Cody, Blaine, Austin and BJ.

September 23rd

Marion Scott, 82

September 23, 2013

Marion Wilton Scott (Scotty) was born April 21, 1931, in Arnold. He departed this life on Patriots Day, Sept. 11, 2013, in Callaway.
He lived his early years with his family around Arnold and Ansley. After graduating from Arnold High School in 1948, he enlisted in the Navy.
Marion married Frances Geiser May 9, 1954. Marion and Frances raised two children born of this union - daughter Melva and son Loren.

Wilma Shultz, 85

September 23, 2013

Wilma Darlene Shultz born Feb. 10,1928 at Burwell, Neb., Father Chris B. Worden and Mother Mary Elizabeth Bilstein.
As a small child,she moved from a farm in the Burwell area with her parents to a ranch on Swan Lake. Having the life of a country girl, she loved horses and helped run the ranch with her mother while her father's job took him away.
Her family would be a part of the planting and watering of all the trees that grow around Swan Lake. After the passing of her little sister, Merylea, a brother, Gaylen, was born, making the family complete.

Peggy Halstrom, 84

September 23, 2013

Peggy Lee (Brinker) Halstrom, 84, of Grand Island, NE, formerly of Gothenburg died on Sept. 11, 2013 at Tiffany Square in Grand Island, Neb.
She was born April 8, 1929, in Yetter, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Hazel (Arndt) Brinker.