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Nicholas S. Cogburn Weiner, 30

Nicholas S. “Nick” Cogburn Weiner, 30, of North Loup passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Bruce Phillips will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nicholas Scott was born October 1, 1984, at Roseburg, Oregon to John W. Weiner and Louise Ann (Staples) Weiner. He spent his childhood in Winlock, Washington. Nick received his early education at Medord, Oregon and graduated from High School at Napavine, Washington. In 2006, Nick moved to Nebraska to live with his father, John.

Nick enjoyed cooking, basketball, listening to music and playing the guitar. He had a special love for his two faithful dogs, Lucy and Gary.

Survivors include his father, John Weiner of North Loup and his significant other, Shannon; his mother, Louise Jensen and her husband, Dane of Winlock, Washington; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Chris and Cim Cogburn and Don Cogburn all of Longview, Washington; a sister and brother-in-law, Lacee Diane and Paul Odermann of San Diego, California; grandmother, Jesslyn Weiner of North Loup; grandfather, Cliff Sunderland of La Pine, Oregon; his special friend, Melissa Kerrigan of Greeley; two aunts, Barbara Rilko of Littleton, CO and Laralee Sukup of Scottsbluff, NE; one niece; three nephews; and a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, John Staples and Larry Weiner; and grandmother, Marge Sunderland.


Ira M. "Shorty" Soper, 97

Ira M. “Shorty” Soper, 97, of Ord formerly of North Loup was called Home on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
Mr. Soper’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church Camp “Camp Riverview”. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ira M. (Shorty) Soper son of Ralph and Ruth (Rowley) Soper, was born on May 8, 1917, on a ranch in Lincoln County north of North Platte, NE.
Shorty was the second child of nine children and his childhood was spent with five brothers and three sisters, on several ranches in the Sandhills of western Nebraska. In 1934, the family moved to a Dairy Farm north of Central Square, New York. In 1945, the family permanently moved back to western Nebraska.
On November 19, 1947, he married Collett Monroe in Fouke, Arkansas and lived in the plains of Colorado for a short time then back to Nebraska where they would start a family. Living on a farm south of North Platte and east of Wellfleet, they started their own herd of beef cattle, a flock of turkeys, and boys. Five boys were born while on the farm, Leslie, Ivan, Earl, Loren and Stan. In 1956, the move was made to Aurthur, NE where another boy was added to the family. Maurice was born in 1957, the same year they moved to Ogallala, NE. where Ira worked for the Ogallala Public School.
In 1970, the family moved to North Loup, NE to a Dairy farm. After leaving the Dairy, they lived near North Loup for 35 years, where he spent many of those years working with his son, Stan grinding hay. Since 2008, they have lived with Loren and Kim in Keystone, NE and near Stan in Ord, NE.
Since 1970, Dad has been an active member of the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church, and loved spending time at camp Riverview mowing and getting ready for campers each year.
Ira is survived by his wife, Collett of 67 years; five sons and six daughter in laws and their families, Leslie (wife Edith) Soper of Grand Island, NE (their children, Bryon and Jeana), Sue Soper of Aurora, NE (her children, Nick and Jon), Earl (wife Beverly) Soper of Norfolk, NE (their children, Richard and Jamie), Loren (wife Kim) Soper of Keystone, NE (their daughter, Amanda), Stan Soper of Ord, NE (his children, Anne and Julie) and Maurice (wife Cindie) Soper of Neligh, NE (and their children, Nate, Darcy and Kristin); brothers Harley (wife Bobby) of Beaumont, TX, Mynor (wife Marion) of North Loup, NE , Herbert (wife Kitty) of Winston-Salem, NC; a sister, Adaline Barker of Londonderry, VT; 15 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, countless friends; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth Soper; two brothers, Keith and Johnny Soper; two sisters, Mildred Rupracht and Margie Davis; and his son, Ivan Soper.


Gilbert L. Fowler, 83

Gilbert L. Fowler, 83, of Arcadia passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
Mr. Fowler’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Military Honors will be provided at the church by the Arcadia American Legion Post #152. Private Inurnment will be at the Arcadia City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #152, Arcadia Fire Department or the Rose Lane Home of Loup City. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert was born January 6, 1932, at Arcadia, Nebraska to Leonard and Faye (Jensen) Fowler. In 1935, the family moved to the Sandhills area of Loup County. Gilbert received his education at Almeria and graduated from Loup County High School at Taylor.
Gilbert served in the United States Army for two years and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. After the Army he returned to the family ranch in Loup County. In 1956, Gilbert moved to Omaha and worked at Union Pacific Railroad, he then continued his education at Lincoln School of Commerce. He returned to the Sandhills where he worked at the Purdum State Bank and in 1957, returned to help with the family ranch.
In 1970, Gilbert moved to Arcadia and was the manager of Trotter Service Station. For a year he resided in Campbell and was the Assistant Manager of the Elevator. In 1973, Gilbert settled in Arcadia. He managed the Co-op Service Station and owned and operated “Gib’s Place”, a café in Arcadia.
He served as the Mayor of Arcadia at the time of the Tornado in 1974. He was the Arcadia Village Clerk and later operated a law mowing business upon retiring.
Gilbert was united in marriage to Joanne Petska on April 12, 1978, at Ord, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Arcadia.
Gilbert was a member of the American Legion Post #152. He enjoyed music, playing the piano; reading and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Joanne Petska Fowler of Arcadia; three sons and daughters-in-law, Leonard and Linda of Kearney, Ronald and Melanie of Grand Island and Jay and Kim of Gretna; a step-daughter, Amy Youngclaus and her husband, Dan of Omaha; a grandson, Zachary Fowler of Lincoln; two step grandchildren, Sydney and Carson Youngclaus of Omaha; two cousins, Doris Welty Gregory and Max Welty both of Colorado; and Kerry and Kathy Fowler of Arcadia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Allen Wayne Fowler; and a sister, Darlene Fowler Shultz.


Owen W. Long, 82

Owen William Long, 82, of Burwell, Nebraska died February 22, 2015 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

Owen’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Untied Methodist Church in Burwell. A private inurnment will be in the Bartlett Cemetery at a later date. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Taylor VFW. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Owen was born January 15, 1933 in Atkinson, Nebraska to Elmer and Zana (Bradshaw) Long. Owen graduated from Bartlett High School in 1951.
Owen entered the United States Army on May 13, 1953 and was honorably discharged on May 13, 1955.

Owen married Marianne Kizer on July 3, 1960 in Ericson, Nebraska. They lived south of Bartlett on a ranch. Owen also drove his truck. They later moved to a place just south of Bartlett, and he continued to truck until 1977. He was the deputy sheriff for a while and then drove a fertilizer truck. In 1988 they moved to Purdum, Nebraska where he worked on a ranch. In1994 they moved to Taylor, Nebraska. He drove the van and did public transportation for the nursing home. In 2003 they moved to Burwell.

Owen enjoyed going to coffee and playing cards. He was a member of the Taylor VFW and was able to take one of the Korean War Veteran Flights.

Owen is survived by his wife Marianne Long of Burwell, Nebraska. Three daughters, Peggy and Harold Unwin of Kim, Colorado, Bonnie and Henry Meca of Gibbon, Nebraska and Judy Gillaspie of Rapid City, South Dakota. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one sister, Geraldine and Wayne Olson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leo Long.
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