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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.

Robert Dean "Rocky" Severson, 87




Robert Dean “Rocky” Severson, 87, of Ord unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Josh Brown and Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #38 and American Legion Post #7029. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Golf Course, Ord Tree Board, Ord Library or OLPH Catholic Church of Ord. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Dean Severson was born in Ord, Nebraska on July 5, 1927, to Louis and Elizabeth Severson. Rocky entered St. Peter’s pearly gates via St. Andrews, where he no doubt bettered his age of 87 by several stokes.
Robert was an active participant in many activities growing up in Ord. He was a great competitor and enjoyed being part of teams that had great success, including a football team that went 44-0. He proudly served in the United States Marines after graduating from Ord High School in 1945. In 1953, Robert received his B.A. in Business at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Robert married the love of his life, Darlene Novosad, on January 8, 1955. R.D. pursued a career in the Government Accounting Office in Kansas City and Omaha and, then as an IRS Agent, living in Grand Island, Nebraska until 1967, when Robert went out on his own and established Severson Accounting in Ord, Nebraska. With the support of his wife, he built the firm, hired the right people and served the surrounding communities, including Ericson, Taylor, Burwell, Sargent, Comstock and Arcadia, making it the premier accounting firm it is today of Severson, Lammers & Abel, CPA’s. He and Darlene worked at the firm until their retirement.
Robert was a tireless conservationist and believed in being a good steward of the land. Hunting and golfing were a way of life. As anyone who arrived at the golf course during the “syndicate’s” presence knows, the group of friends coveted their game. His travels with family and friends on three continents always included golf and he was rewarded with two hole-in-ones. His adventures also included skiing the black slope of Steam Boat, ice skating at the age of 81, and canoeing down the river. His passion for music and arts were evident in his waterfall landscapes and Christmas light displays. He promoted music and the arts to his children and grandchildren. Robert loved traveling to see his daughter and grandchildren along with advising and investing with his son in multiple projects and ventures. Rocky continued to remain a member in organizations to include Library Board, Tree Board, Ord Golf Club, Knights of Columbus, and VFW.
Robert is remembered by his children and grandchildren as a man of ethics, intelligence, kindness, wit, adventure, and was exceptional in the art of making homemade ice cream.
He reminded us of the importance of family and relationships by always welcoming guests into his home and displaying respect and love for his wife of 60 years, who he valued like no other in their precious relationship.
Rocky is survived by his wife, Darlene; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Brent Sid of Scottsdale, Arizona; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard D. and Chieko Severson of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Paloma A. Sid of Scottsdale, Arizona and Robert M. and Emika A. Severson of Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Donald Severson of Grand Island and Gerald and Janis Severson of Portland, Oregon; a niece, Kyle Severson of Portland Oregon; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Sharon Novosad of Ord, Joni and Nick Pelster of Walnut Creek, California, Millie Bartlett of Littleton, Colorado and Patti and John Vanderbeek of Valentine Nebraska.
R.D. and family are also thankful for the local support by Sharon Novosad and Rick and Carol Estudillo and others.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Richard R. Severson.
 
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