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Dorothy L. Landon, 92

Dorothy L. Landon, 92 of Loup City, NE died Thursday, July 02, 2015 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the Loup City Community Building with Reverend Delmar Unruh officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 6 at Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church or donor’s choice. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements. You can sign Dorothy’s guest book at

Miss Landon was born February 13, 1923 on the family farm in Sherman County near Arcadia, NE to Leslie and Pearl (Leininger) Landon. She graduated from Arcadia High School in 1941 and began her teaching career in 1942. She taught in rural schools in Sherman County and Rockville until 1960 when she was asked to teach elementary grades in Ord. Dorothy received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1961 at the same time as her three sisters, Erma, Alta and Florence. She retired from teaching in 1985. Dorothy was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Loup City for over 50 years serving in numerous capacities. When her health failed she eventually moved to Rose Lane Home in Loup City.

Dorothy is survived by her brother, Don and wife, Bette Landon of Arcadia, NE and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Erma, Alta and Florence Landon.


Loretta Jean Long, 60

Loretta Jean Long, 60, of Ft. Worth, Texas died June 28, 2015 at her home.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Fr. Josh Brown will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 – 7p.m. with a 6:00 p.m. rosary at church. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Jean was born February 13, 1955 in Burwell, Nebraska to Eldon and Margaret Melrae (Brewer) Kovarik. Jean grew up in Taylor, Nebraska. She graduated from North Platte High School. In 1972 she married Fred Long and they were later divorced. Jean attended Kearney State College and later in life received her Masters Degree.
Jean was an accountant in North Platte. She moved to Grand Island where she was a bank auditor. Jean later moved to Topeka, Kansas and worked as the director of revenue for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. In 2002 she transferred to Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2006 she went to work for DynCorp.
Due to failing health she was forced to quit working. She enjoyed the outside, landscaping and gardening. Jean liked to read and was very involved in anything her grandkids were doing. She was also an avid Huskers fan.
Jean is survived by a daughter, Teresa and Mike Rose of Wichita Falls, Texas. A daughter-in-law, Deb Long of Valentine, Nebraska. Four grandchildren, Sheyanne Long, Garrett Long, Melanie Rose and Isabella Rose. Nine brothers and sisters, Linda Kovarik of North Loup, Nebraska, Ray and Darcia Kovarik of Taylor, Nebraska, Mike Kovarik of Lexington, Nebraska, Chris and Tom Sherman of Genoa, Nebraska, Brad and Gayla Kovarik of Seneca, Nebraska, Brian and Pam Kovarik of Denver, Colorado, Bill and Donna Kovarik of Lincoln, Nebraska, Steve and Debie Kovarik of Woodward, Oklahoma and Martin and Shelly Kovarik of Kearney, Nebraska.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, a son Zane Long, two brothers, Tim and Richard as an infant.

Melvin Adren "Cash" Gideon, 93

Melvin Adren "Cash" Gideon, Sr., 93, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 26, 2015 at his home near Burwell, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska.  Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell.  Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 - 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska.  Memorials are suggested to the Burwell American Legion or 4 The Cure.

Cash was born April 24, 1922 in Garfield County, Nebraska to Melvin O. and Edna B. (Jensen) Gideon.  Cash graduated from Burwell High School in 1939.  Cash enlisted in the United States Marines on July 8, 1942 and served his country during WWII with active duty in the Pacific Islands.  Cash was honorably discharged on July 10, 1946 serving his country for 4yrs and 2 days.  Cash married Evelyn Wells of Sargent  in Seattle Washington on April 28, 1945.  They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.  

Cash and Evelyn returned to Burwell where Cash worked on various ranches and did custom haying.  They then moved to town and started working for Fairbanks Morse where he did demolition with dynamite and installed diesel engines.  Cash would also blow up beaver dams for ranchers to drain their land.  Cash was offered a position with Nebraska Power Services and continued with demolition and generator installation.  He and Zane later formed their own company called Diesel Erectors,

Cash played about as hard as he worked.  He enjoyed being a pilot, playing fast pitch softball, shooting pool, playing cards, Canadian fishing trips for over 40yrs, and hunting and fishing with family.

Cash is survived by his wife Evelyn Gideon.  Five sons, Zane and Pat Gideon, Dave and Sandy Gideon, Mel and Jan Gideon, Yohn Gideon, and Matt and Sara Gideon all of Burwell, Nebraska.   Fourteen grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Cash was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Mildred Johnson, Erma Hoover and Melva Fernau and a brother Jack Gideon.  A grandson, Wes Gideon,  a great-grandson, Peyton Gideon, and daughter in-law Melanie Gideon.

Karen Sanders, 74

Funeral Services for Karen Sanders, age 74, of Ord, formerly of O’Neill, will be at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.  Visitation will be 1 hour before the service at Biglin’s Mortuary.  Rev. Ralph Metschke will officiate. Karen passed away Sunday morning, June 21, 2015, at The Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, NE.

She is survived by 2 brothers; Ronal Brooks and wife Linda and Lloyd Brooks and wife Betty, all of Fremont, NE, 2 sisters; Lynda Volman and husband Ron of Santa Ana, CA, Loreen Sevenker and husband Lyle of Ord, NE, and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Karen was born on February 8, 1941, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Lloyd and Zetta (Zachariasen) Brooks.  She graduated from O’Neill Public High School.  On October 7, 1960, she married Willis Dean Sanders in O’Neill, NE; he passed away on May 10, 2007. They were married 47 years.

Karen was a ranch wife, and she helped ranch and raise livestock in rural Holt County from 1956 until 2011, before moving to Ord, NE.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
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