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.
March 8, 1926 - December 4, 2013
Elizabeth Mary Manning, 87, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.
She was born March 8, 1926 in Alliance, Nebraska to Hugh T. and Bess (Butler) OConnor. She attended St. Agnes Academy, graduating in 1944.
She married Michael T. Manning on June 21, 1949 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. Betty lived the next 64 years on the family farm west of Hemingford, devoting her life to her husband and 8 children. She was a member of St. Bridgets Catholic Church and the St. Bridgets Altar Society.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Manning of Hemingford; sons, Jack (Rhonda) Manning of Hemingford and Tom (Ellen) Manning of Casper, WY; daughters, Maureen Manning and Susan (Brian) Wacker of Hemingford, and Eileen (Rich) Zochol and Ginny (Bob) Stout of Alliance; daughter-in-law, Michelle (Delsing) Manning and Joe Loudon of Lincoln; 23 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Frank (Nel) OConnor of Goehner, NE; sister, Sally (Bruce) Rockey of Hastings, NE; brother-in-law, John (Pat) Manning of Hemingford; sisters-in-law, Maryann Vinton of Mullen, NE and Nora Casey of Tulsa, OK; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons Terry and Jim, and an infant grandson, Thomas Manning.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance. Father Lou Nollette and Father Stephen Deaver will officiate. Wake services will be held Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery with a luncheon following at St. Bridgets Catholic Church Parish Center in Hemingford.
Memorials may be given to a charity of the donors choice.
August 23, 1960 - November 25, 2013
Debbie Lynn Bannan, 53, died November 25, 2013 at her home in Scottsbluff.
She was born August 23, 1960 in Bridgeport, NE to Gene and Marilyn (Schnell) Schoeneman. Following her graduation from Alliance High School in 1978, she attended Concordia College in Seward, NE.
Prior to moving to Scottsbluff, she lived in Alliance and attended the Alliance Christian Church. Debbie was an excellent cook. She loved to play cards and would try to get anyone into a game if she could. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing the piano and organ, and reading.
She is survived by her daughter, Sarah (T.J.) Boyd of Harrison, her son, Trent Bannan and special friend Gena Keasling of Harrison, her grandson, Ross Boyd, her parents, Gene and Marilyn Schoeneman, her brothers, Keith (Teresa) Schoeneman and Scott (Cindy) Schoeneman of Alliance, and her sister, Janet (Craig) Workman of Lincoln. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Rachel and Anna Schoeneman, Seth, Renata and Evan Schoeneman, and Miranda, Makenzie and Grant Workman. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive her.
Memorial services will be Friday, December 6, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alliance Christian Church with Pastor Russell Saito officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Alliance Christian Church or in care of the family for an educational fund for her grandchildren.
May 5, 1948 - November 25, 2013
Marion Lee Cheek
On the evening of November 25, 2013, Lee went to Heaven after a short battle with cancer. At home with his family by his side, his pain ended and he entered into eternal life. He was 65.
Lee was born May 5, 1948 in St. Catharine, Missouri to Marion and Ruby (Farris) Cheek. He married Geraldine Long and from this union had two children, J.R. and Sheri.
On November 5, 1977, he married Susan Shiflett and had three children Misty, Dusty, and Silas. Lee and Susie moved their family to Hemingford where they made their home for 27 years.
Lee worked for BNSF Railroad and officially retired in 2013. He spent his days raising his children, teaching hunter safety, and building his model railroad empire. Lee loved scavenging and finding great deals. He loved going to garage sales searching for hidden treasures. Lee enjoyed driving. Whether it was hauling mail, digging beets or moving seed, Lee loved spending hours behind the wheel.
Lee was also a staple at the Box Butte County Fair providing night security keeping a watchful eye over the barns and buildings. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church, Box Butte County Zoning Board, and was a Nebraska Hunters Education and Safety instructor for 20 years.
Lee loved reminiscing life through his stories. He could capture nearly anyones attention with his enthusiasm and detail in telling his stories. Whether it was a tale of childhood friends or a lesson he learned on the road, Lee had a story to fit every occasion. He was a kind and loving man who had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help those in need, no matter what the personal cost to himself may be.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents Marion and Ruby Cheek, Sisters Charlotte Howerton, Anne Magnuson, and Ruby Marie Cook; and Father-in-Law E.L. Shiflett.
Lee is survived by his wife Susie; Children J.R. (Teresa) Cheek, Sheri (John) Richey, Misty (Jamie) Graham, Dusty (Becky) Cheek, and Silas (Tina) Cheek; grandchildren Caleb, Reed, and Linsey Cheek; Zachary and Jacob Richey; Aspen, Rylan and Talon Cheek; Anna and Gavin Cheek; mother-in-law Alma Shiflett; brother-in-law Bob (Dorine) Shiflett.
Memorial services for Lee will be at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Teri Lucas officiating. Cremation has taken place. Honorary pallbearers are friends Kenny Luce, Ron Meter, Roger Reed, Dave Roes, Bruce Winten; sons J.R., Dusty, and Silas Cheek; sons-in-law Jamie Graham and John Richey; and all of his grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the family.
February 6, 1922 - November 22, 2013
Mavis A. Wernke, 91, died Friday, November 22, 2013 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.
She was born in Box Butte County to Arthur C. and Myrtle H. (Hartley) Hashman on February 6, 1922.
Mavis was united in marriage to Leo Wernke on April 23, 1947 in Hemingford. They farmed west of Alliance until their retirement. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children, Janice (Glenn) Bauman of Centennial, Colo., Carol Lema of Eugene, Ore., Donald Wernke of Castle Rock, Colo., Edward (Mary) Wernke of Hemingford and Diane (Keith) Cheeks of Peoria, Ariz., her grandchildren, Amber (Christian) Veillette, Amanda (Tim) DeGregori, Anthony Lema, Megan Wernke (Hashim Mooppan), Melinda Wernke (P.J. Johnson Norman), Marlee Wernke, Marcus (Joni) Wernke and Rhiannon Cheeks, 10 great-grandchildren and her special friends, Bong Ly, Amanda Phan and Loi Ngo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, 5 brothers, 4 sisters and her son-in-law, Mike Lema.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 27 at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance, with Father Lou Nollette officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the church. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bates-Gould Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 1104 Cheyenne Avenue in Alliance.
July 2, 1929 - November 15, 2013
Ollie Lorraine Jensen, 84, passed away at Regional West Hospital in Scottsbluff, NE on November 15, 2013.
She was born on July 2, 1929 in Cardington, Ohio and has lived in Alliance, NE for over 30 years.
She is survived by her special friend, Charles Cramblet, her son Ron Arcuri and her daughter, Deborah (Andrew) Postell, her grandchildren, Ryan (Jody) Postell and Heather (Stuart) Boykin and her great-grandchildren Tevin, Tosha, and Talan Postell and Andrew and Ethan Mathis, her brother Richard Layman and her sister, Betty Grossman. She is also survived by her family of her late husband ,Virgil Jensen, his sons, Steve (Noreen) Jensen, Randy (Jody) Jensen and Terry (Peggy) Jensen and their families.
Her ashes are being buried in Indiana, where she lived with her late husband Carlos Paul, before moving to Alliance. No services are currently being planned.
January 14, 1970 - November 14, 2013
Steven Blake Jensen, 43, died Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff surrounded by family and friends.
Steven was born January 14, 1970, at Alliance, Nebraska to Charles Edwin and Beverly Mae (Vergith) Jensen, Sr.
Steven lived in Alliance for most of his life, with short stays in Martin, SD and Fort Collins, CO. He worked as an auto body tech at CARS Body Shop and as a mechanic at Heartland Aviation.
Steven was an avid hunter and fisherman with a unique passion for the outdoors. On any given day those that knew Steven knew they could find him, out searching for "The Big One." Steven took pride in passing on his love of the outdoors to his son, stepson and nephews. When not hunting or fishing, Steven also loved tending to his garden, creating his own special canning recipes, and sharing the harvest with all. Steven was known by many and considered everyone his friend. He didn't know a stranger. The twinkle in his eye, his mischievous streak, and his silly smile will all be things no one will ever forget.
Steven married Melissa (Knuth) Lessert on April 24, 1993 at Martin, SD and to this union was born a daughter Stephanie Mae Jensen, 20. On February 19, 2002 he married Brenda (Smith) Spath and to this union was born a son, Blake Charles Jensen, 11. Brenda's two children, Jason and Shauna Smith,
were always treated as his own and he loved them unconditionally. He met his special friend Shawna Brownlow of Alliance in 2010 and she has been by his side to date.
He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Jensen, Camp Verde, AZ, son, Blake Jensen, stepchildren, Shauna Smith and Jason Smith of Alliance and his granddaughter Brooklyn. He is also survived by his parents Charles and Beverly Jensen, his brothers, Ed (Amy) Jensen and Jeff (Gaylene) Jensen all of Alliance, his sister, Sherri Jensen and friend Larry Curtis of Anselmo, NE. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Heather (JT) Conyers, Christopher (Heather) Jensen, Jennifer Jensen, Elizabeth Jensen, Emily Jensen, Nathaniel Jensen, Joshua Jensen, Janelle (Jason) Trickler of Alliance, NE, Brandon Jensen, Kerriann Jensen of Rapid City, SD, Amber (Shane) Eberle of Ansley, NE and Eric (Caitlin) Jensen of Grand Island, NE and numerous great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sid and Lydia Vergith, Arne and Mary Jensen, his uncles Larry Jensen and Robert Jensen, his aunt, Marge Vergith, and cousin, Mary Ann Jensen.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Jeanie Sedivy officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests all who attend to please wear something "camo".
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Heritage Chapter Pheasants Forever Youth Mentor Program, c/o Jadda Tyler, 1241 West 14th Street, Apt. 2, Alliance, Nebraska, 69301 or to the family at 912 Niobrara Ave., Alliance, Nebraska, 69301, where a memorial for his son's education will be established.
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