Archive - Obituary
February 20th, 2013
Sterling James Atkins was born on a snowy day - April 11, 1994, in Kearney, to J.B. and Sonya Atkins. His life of fun loving mischief had begun. If Sterling had been born a horse, then he would have tested the electric fence daily just to see if it was still hot.
Sterling and his parents moved to Broken Bow in 1997, where he attended school and graduated in 2012. He was joined by a sister, Jayde, in 1998. Sterling enjoyed many local activities including 4-H and baseball, but may be more known for his âdeer tackling incidentâ at the ball diamond than for his prowess at the plate.
July 2, 1962, Rex Allen Baillie bounded into the arms of Lana and Lowell Baillie. He was greeted by his older brother, Ron, who became his protector, and his younger brother, Rod, who likely stood back and wondered what kind of brothers he had.
Rex grew up with an extended family that knew the value of children. This family value was carried through to Rexâs own family. He loved his children and was devoted to them in every sense of the word.
Glen Govier, age 89, of Broken Bow, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 16, at Govier Brothers. Mortuary in Broken Bow with Jan Dobesh officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery.
Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Shinersâ Childrenâs Hospital or the Custer County Foundation.
Elwood Goodwin went to be with the Lord Feb. 13, 2013. Elwood made Jesus the Lord of his life at the age of 12.
He was born in Bassett, into the home of Lloyd and Myrtle Goodwin, growing up with six brothers and sisters. Elwood graduated from Bassett High School and shortly thereafter served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Technical Sergeant after serving two years.
In 1946, he married Carol King (deceased). They had two children, Bernard and Barbara.
Sharon Hershman, 73, of Parkston, SD and Broken Bow, passed away Feb. 16, 2013, at Jennie Melham Memorial Hospital in Broken Bow.
Sharon was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Parkston, SD, to John and Frances Fergen. She was a graduate of Klamath Falls High School in Oregon. She was married to the late Paul D. Hershman in Mitchell, SD and lived in Mitchell, SD, Norfolk, and Parkston, SD before her last move to Broken Bow in August 2012.
Doris H. (Helen) Bayne, age 87, passed away at her home in Broken Bow Feb. 15, 2013 with family at her bedside.
Doris was born to Harry and Eva (Towers) Cohn in their home south of Maxwell Nov. 28, 1925. After getting most of her school education in the Maxwell area schools she moved to North Platte for her senior year and graduated from North Platte High School in 1943. She worked at W. J. O'Connor Dime store until she married Harold Bayne.
Shortly after marrying they moved to Hazard, the first of several moves to various towns in Nebraska before finally settling in Broken Bow.
June Mehal, 90, of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away Feb. 2, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla, where she had been a resident for the past year at the Summerfield Assisted Living Home.
Edward T. (Sonny) Spanel was born June 23, 1933, to Ernest H. and Frances (Rich) Spanel of Anselmo.
Sonny passed away Feb. 9, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Except for two years spent in the Army he lived his life on the family farm seven miles east of Anselmo.
May 8, 1954, he married Erma Rae Cool of Callaway. To this union three children were born.
Garry Benckeser, age 63 of Oconto, died Feb. 11, 2013, at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Community Building in Oconto with Pastor Dale Coates officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Interment will be at the Oconto Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Oconto American Legion Post.
Betty J. Beaumont, age 77 of Ansley, died Feb. 6, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 9, at Govier Brothers Mortuary with the Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Inurnment was in the Westerville Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Ascera Care Hospice.
Betty was born Feb. 15, 1935, at Mason City, to Otto and Viola Conrad Ferguson. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1953.
She was united in marriage to Harold Dean Beaumont Dec. 5, 1954, at Broken Bow.