Bates-Gould Funeral Home
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P.O. Box 574
Alliance, NE 69301
About UsWe at Bates-Gould Funeral Home are dedicated to providing services to the families of Alliance, Hemingford, and surrounding Sandhills Nebraska area with care and compassion.
For nearly 60 years families have trusted us with helping them plan the celebrations of lives lived.
We serve every family with great pride. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your familys needs and customs. We will listen to you and your wishes to help plan a celebration consistent with your expectations. We will take the time to plan every detail and help to relieve the burden on your family during your time of loss.
April 2, 1922 - August 26, 2014
He was born April 2, 1922 at West Point, NE to Arnold and August (Poppe) Kling.
On January 2, 1943 he was united in marriage to Virginia Doris Engel in Rushville.
During WWII he served in the U.S. Army in the Military Policeman Battalion from January 19, 1945 to October 23, 1946.
In 1951 they moved to a farm northwest of Gordon where they lived until retiring and moving into Gordon. Lester served for many years on the Our Saviors Lutheran Church Council and later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He also served on the District 17 Mount Pleasant School Board. In 2003 they moved to Alliance and he became a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his sons, Ronald Blaine (Glenda) Kling of Auburn, NE, Leslie Eugene (Peggy) Kling of Alliance, 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Ida Mae Drabbels of Alliance and Donna Mae Tilton of Watkins, CO.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, his brother, Floyd, his sisters and their husbands, Inez and Don Harris and Dorothy and Harold Jensen.
Funeral services will be Saturday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Gordon. The Reverend Martin T. Schnare and Reverend Richard C. Mueller will officiate. Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1-7 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Alliance or Grace Lutheran Church in Gordon.
July 28, 1944 - August 25, 2014
She was born July 28, 1944 in Hyannis to Floyd F. and Alma Ann Gottlob.
On August 26, 1962 she was united in marriage to Glenn H. Bud Davis at Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis. They lived and worked on the McCarty Bros. Ranch at Bingham until 1993 when they moved to Hyannis.
Frances was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church. She worked as a rural mail carrier for many years serving the area north of Ellsworth. In 1994 she was elected Grant County Commissioner, a position she held for 16 years. She was also an active member of the D.A.R, American Legion Auxiliary, Lions Club, Eagles Auxiliary and in 2013 was Mother of the Year for Beta Sigma Phi. Frances enjoyed being an excellent cook and made sure no one left her table hungry. She was also an avid Denver Nuggets, Broncos and Nebraska Cornhusker fan.
She is survived by her husband, Bud, her daughter, Deb (Kurt) Johnson of Hyannis, her son, Scott (Lori) Davis of Bingham, her grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Macy and Gunnar Johnson of Hyannis, Jeremy, Jackson and Angela Davis of Bingham, and her sister, Margaret (Dean) Applegarth of Chadron. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Thelma Ann Edelman, and her husbands parents, Glenn and Juanita Davis.
Memorial services will be Thursday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church with Father Coke McClure officiating. Inurnment will be in the Hyannis Cemetery.
The family would prefer memorials be given to the Hyannis American Legion.
March 5, 1923 - August 20, 2014
She was born March 5, 1923 in Morrill County, NE to Edwin and Ida Mae (Hinman) Neff.
On November 1, 1942 she was united in marriage to Lloyd L. Keller. She accompanied her husband at his various state side military assignment prior to his serving overseas during WWII. Following his discharge they returned to the area. In 1950 they moved to a ranch in Garden County near Crescent Lake and operated their ranch until 1977 when they moved to Alliance. She then worked at Woolrich for several years. Edith was an active member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
She is survived by her sons, Richard (Judy) of Loudon, TN and Arnold (Jeannette) of Alliance, her grandchildren, Trudy (Chris) Witson of Knoxville, TN, Tiffany (Jeff) Adkins of Middleburg, FL, Teresa (Matt) Keller-Holmes of Connors, GA and Patrick (Stephanie) Keller of Westminster, CO and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Esther Czeisel of Copenhagen, NY and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her grandson, Jeffery Keller and her sisters, Margaret Yeager, Rose Neff and Opal Keller, and her brother, Donald Neff.
Funeral services will be Friday, August 29 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Jeanie Sedivy officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home.
August 5, 1931 - August 19, 2014
Gene was born to Lillian (Hamouz) and James Vejraska on August 5, 1931, on a farm just northwest of Tobias, NE. His family moved to a farm north of Ohiowa, NE when he was 3 years old, where he grew up along with siblings Melvin, Jim and Kathryn and attended rural school through the eighth grade. Gene attended high school in Tobias, living with his maternal grandparents, and helped his grandfather and uncles operate the family service station and fuel business, both during his high school years, and after his graduation. He graduated from Tobias High School in 1948. It was during that time that he met his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 59 years, Elinor Adele Roesler. Through his relationship with Elinor, Gene came to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He was baptized and confirmed into the faith at Zion Lutheran Church, southeast of Tobias, in 1952.
Gene was inducted into the United States Army on October 22, 1952, and served with distinction as an infantryman in the Korean War. On July 16, 1953, at Kumwha, North Korea, he was injured severely by the explosion of an enemy mortar shell during combat operations. By Gods grace, he survived the explosion and was transported first to Tokyo, Japan, then back to the United States. He was hospitalized at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, where he underwent surgeries, treatment and rehabilitation for 6 months. Gene was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his combat wounds, along with a Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, a National Defense Service Medal, and a United Nations Service Medal, and received an honorable discharge from the Army on March 31,1954, with full disability retirement benefits. He lived with physical pain, difficulties and limitations from his combat injury for the rest of his life, but he didnt let those limitations stop him from pursuing his goals and dreams, and from living a rich, full life. He attended pharmacy school at the University Of Nebraska on the GI bill, and was an avid Cornhusker fan for the rest of his life.
Gene and Elinor were married at Zion Lutheran Church on August 20, 1954. It is very exciting to contemplate the anniversary celebration that they may have enjoyed mere hours after they were reunited in Heaven, after a little more than a year apart. They lived in Lincoln from August, 1954, until July, 1959, while Gene attended pharmacy school.
Elinor and Gene were blessed with three children to their marriage, Scott Douglas in September of 1957, Mark Thomas in May of 1959, and Beth Deanne in January of 1961. During the early years of Gene's pharmacy practice, the young family lived at Beatrice, NE from July, 1959, until August of 1964, then in Kimball, NE until August of 1967, in Gordon, NE until August 1970, and finally in Alliance, NE, where Elinor and Gene resided since establishing Gene's Pharmacy Inc., which they owned and operated together until their retirement and the sale of the business, in January of 2001.
Elinor and Gene raised their children in the Christian faith, and Gene was a faithful servant of God and his church. He served in multiple leadership capacities in all of his church congregations. He also gave of his time and talents in many civic groups, including the Jaycees, the ESU 13 school board, and the Alliance Parks board. Gene served as a volunteer at Box Butte General Hospital following his retirement.
Gene was a devoted husband and businessman, father, and grandfather, and took great interest and pride in the activities and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Following their retirement, Elinor and Gene were regular fixtures at the Hay Springs High School sporting activities of their local grandsons. They also traveled as much as they could to take part in the activities of their grandchildren in New York and Colorado. Gene was an avid and accomplished cook. Grandpas spaghetti always was in demand as the opening night entrée for any visit from his Colorado grandchildren. Gene loved to hunt and fish, and overcame the handicap of a fused right elbow to become quite accomplished at both. He shared his love for those pursuits with his children and grandchildren, and several of them have become equally passionate and accomplished. His roots in and love for farming translated into beautiful and productive gardens and a strong interest in the family farm his son Scott and daughter-in-law JoElla ran for many years. He pursued excellence in his pharmacy practice and business, and his love for the profession has been passed on to two children and multiple grandchildren.
Gene is survived by his children Scott (JoElla) Vejraska of Mirage Flats, NE, Mark (Karen) Vejraska of Grand Junction, CO, and Beth (Tad) D'Ambrosio of Pittsford, NY, grandchildren Heath (Terra) Vejraska of Papillion, NE, Cole Vejraska of Mirage Flats, NE, Andrew and Christian D'Ambrosio of Pittsford, NY, and Paul and Sara Vejraska of Grand Junction, CO, and great grandchildren, Karsyn and Jack Vejraska of Papillion, NE. He also is survived by his sister, Kathryn (John Randall) Freeman of Geneva, NE, brother, Jim (Jan) Vejraska of Sun City West, AZ, brother-in-law Gerald O. Roesler of Valparaiso, IN, sister-in-law, Norma Jean Holtmeier of Omaha, NE, sister-in-law Esther Roesler, of Western, NE, and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elinor, his brother, Melvin Vejraska, brother-in-law, Edward D. Roesler, sister-in-law, Rose Roesler, mother and father-in-law, Caroline (Lena) and Edward Roesler, and granddaughter, Kalea Vejraska.
Gene is and will be mourned and missed, but we lift up thanks that he is with our Lord and Savior, and with many friends and loved ones whom he has missed.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rev. Martin Schnare and Rev. Richard Mueller will officiate. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.
Memorials may be given to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Box Butte General Hospital Foundation, or Janes Closet. They may be sent in care of the family to 4246 450th Road, Hay Springs, NE 69347.
December 13, 1945 - August 18, 2014
Bill was born in New York, New York on Dec. 13th 1945. He served his country in Vietnam, in the Navy. After his service he spent most of the rest of his life chasing his dreams in Colorado. His final days were spent at Kathy and Taylor's ranch in Alliance, NE.
Bill is survived by his sister Barbara Massarano, his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Gretchen Billingsley, his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Taylor Wells and 6 grandchildren.
Due to Bill's love of animals, we ask that you consider a donation to ADOG (Alliance dog owner group) in C/O Lori Reeh, at 418 31st Terrace, Alliance, NE 69301, to help with supplies for the dog park in Alliance, NE.
A memorial service will be held at 10 am, Monday, Aug.25th at Nebraska Veterans Cemetery, 2610 County Road #57, Alliance, NE.
June 14, 1927 - August 13, 2014
He was born June 14, 1927, to Clifford and Valeare (Dibble) Wade as the noon whistle blew in Edgemont, South Dakota.
Sheldon served, along with his father, in the U.S. Navy during WWII. On his return to the U.S., he married Ella Kaiser in August 1948 at Hot Springs, South Dakota. To this union three sons were born.
Though Sheldon took college classes at Chadron and Denver, he returned to what he knew best as a third-generation grocer. Always up to a challenge, he owned or managed stores in Edgemont, New Castle, Denver, Rapid City, Deadwood, Alliance and Chadron. He was known for maintaining a clean store with eye appeal.
On March 30, 1977, he married Lois Moore Hulshizer in El Paso, Texas. They lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico where he managed a Stuckey's. They moved to Ritzville, Washington where he managed a golf clubhouse until Mount St. Helens eruption covered the course with a foot of ash. They moved back to the Nebraska panhandle then to Long Pine where he ran the Kid Wade Café. They returned to Hemingford for 15 years and in 2009, moved to Alliance.
Sheldon is survived by his wife, Lois, his sons Roger (Marla) of Hemingford, Clifford (Francine) of Belle Fourche, South Dakota; grandchildren Holly, Aaron (Cara), Kyle (Sarah), and Bayley Seaton-Wade as well as six great-grandchildren. Other survivors include his stepchildren Marilyn (Scott) Bolinger, Alliance; Yvonne (Steve) Ritchie, North Platte; and Steven (Cynthia) Hulshizer, Ft. Worth, Texas; 11 step-grandchildren, 19 great-step-grandchildren and 1 great-great step-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Iris White, infant son Ronald Dale, niece Laureen and step-son Dwayne Hulshizer.
Memorials may be sent to the Hemingford Community Credit Union, P.O. Box 991, Hemingford, NE 69348 and designated for the Hemingford Memorial Flag Park.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery with Pastor Glenn Johnson officiating.
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at 308-762-1755 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at 308-762-1755 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
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Bates-Gould Funeral Home
1020 West 10th Street
Alliance, NE 69301