Anita L. Belknap of Cozad, formerly of Saginaw, Michigan, passed away January 18th, 2018 at Cozad Care Center at the age of 69. Cremation was chosen. Berryman Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Patrick B. Splane of Cozad, Nebraska passed away peacefully Sunday morning, January 7th, 2018 at the Cozad Care & Rehabilitation Center after a brief stay. He was 85.
Born August 8th, 1932 in Portland, Oregon to Ruth and Millard Splane, Patrick attended Marymount Military Academy in Tacoma, Washington, followed by attendance at Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento, California. His proficiency in typing and business machines led to employment with Union Pacific RR as a telegrapher which ended when he enlisted in the US Army as a member of the 706th Ordnance Corp, receiving a Commendation for service with Honor and Distinction.
After attending Western Washington State College in Bellingham, Patrick’s skills led to positions as Office Manager to several prominent plumbing supply firms in Bellingham, Portland, Seattle, and Denver. After several years with Keenan Supply of Denver, he retired and moved to Nebraska with his beloved cocker spaniel, Johanna. In August 1998, he accepted employment with the Brady Public Schools as a school bus driver until April 2004, a job he truly enjoyed.
A member of the Good Sam Club, Patrick traveled with his camper through Nebraska, Colorado, Washington, and California. He served for several years as secretary/treasurer to the Elwood Odie Chapter of AA.
An authority on vintage automobiles, his favorite being the Studebaker, Patrick attended car shows throughout the region of Denver, Nebraska, and New England. He was a life-long member of the Lambda Car Club International and its Regional chapters of Denver and New England. In September 2017 he was awarded "Best In Class" trophy for a 1994 Oldsmobile Cruiser SE submitted by Patrick and his best friend, Colonel Robert Freitas.
Patrick is survived by his daughter Davia and her husband, Steve Larson of Portland, OR, his son Tim Splane and his wife Rochelle of Brady, NE and grandchildren Lachelle, Daniel, and Colin, and his brother Tony and his wife Cleo of Sedro Woolley, Washington, and their children Shawn Splane of Seattle and Renee Roozekrans of Mt. Vernon, WA.
Patrick was cremated. Interment is scheduled for Auburn, CA where he wished to be buried alongside his mother, Ruth. A military burial ceremony will be performed to honor his service to his country. Condolences may be posted to his online guest book at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Don Gruber was born August 16th, 1933 to Paul and Vilda Gruber in their farm house south of Cozad, Nebraska. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1951. Don attended the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity. He graduated, a proud Cornhusker, in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.
In 1955, Don married Shirley Knispel and they moved to the east coast where he served two years in the Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Captain. He served an additional year in the Reserves. After his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1957, Don and Shirley returned to Nebraska to farm south of Cozad, where they lived until moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1985.
Don’s favorite hobbies were piloting small airplanes, dancing, riding motorcycles, traveling, and golfing. He was active in International Flying Farmers, school board, church boards, Nebraska College of Agricultural Technology Board, and irrigation district board.
Don and Shirley have four children: Tracy (wife Lana, Phoenix, AZ); Keri Ohlson (husband Doug, Alliance, NE); Teresa (husband Reid Scott, Washington, DC); and Kim Sunia (Mesa, AZ.) Don’s greatest joy was spending time with his seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Vilda; sister, Jan Nielsen; brother-in-law, Donnie Nielsen; and son in law, Pita Sunia.
Don died Wednesday, January 10th, in Mesa, Arizona. His memorial service and celebration of life were held Saturday, January 13th, also in Mesa.
Kathryn J. Nelsen, 66, of North Platte, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 at Great Plains Health.
She was born February 16, 1951 to James C. and Evelyn J. (Reiter) Breeden at Lexington, NE. Kathryn graduated from Cozad High School. Later she moved to North Platte, where she worked for Municipal Light and Water as a payroll clerk for over 44 years, retiring in 2014.
On Feb. 26, 1988, she was united in marriage to Ernest E. Nelsen in North Platte. They enjoyed fishing and camping together.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest of North Platte; two step-daughters; and two step granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William “Bill” Breeden.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to Great Plains Health Callahan Cancer Center.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in care of arrangements.
Eloris A. Burham of Platteville, Colorado and Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away January 7, 2018 at her home in Las Cruces following a short battle with brain cancer, at the age of 78.
Eloris was born November 19, 1939 on the family homestead in Eustis, Nebraska to Walter and Anna (Goldstein) Rupe. She graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1957. In August of 1959, Eloris married Clarence Burham at Eustis, Nebraska.
The couple were blessed with 2 children, Debora and Bret. The family moved around between Colorado and Wyoming installing Power Lines, before settling in Denver. Eloris had a strong work ethic.
When she became a single mother, she was able to support herself as well as put her children through college. She worked in the Trucking Industry for over 50 years, before her retirement at age 70. Eloris loved to travel. She always drove and took every opportunity to see everything she could before leaving that location. Some of her favorite places included the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Alaska and Washington D.C. When she was home she enjoyed reading, playing checkers and going on walks with her neighbors.
Eloris was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jerry Rupe. Survivors include her daughter, Debora Burham of Las Cruces, NM; son, Bret Burham of Platteville, CO; sister, Verna Mae Gruber of Eustis; sister-in-law, Linda Carpenter of Gothenburg; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established in her name for later designation. Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.
Services were held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Eustis with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery. There was no visitation. Berryman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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