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.
November 3, 1928 - April 14, 2014
Elaine Parker Johnson, 85, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at her home in Alliance surrounded by her family.
She was born November 3, 1928 in Morill, NE. She was the youngest of 5 children born to Gates and Rose (Hotaling) Parker.
In 1954 she was united in marriage to Robert A. L. Johnson in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He preceded her in death in 2000. They moved to Alliance shortly after they were married. In 1960 they designed and built their home where she has resided since.
Elaine owned and operated Elaines Art Gallery in Alliance for many years. She started her business on Flack Avenue before moving it to its Box Butte Avenue location which she operated until 2011. She loved children and especially enjoyed the childrens art classes that she taught. Elaine was a member of the Box Butte Art Society, active at the Carnegie Arts Center and was involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Keep Alliance Beautiful.
She is survived by her sons, Lerick (Cheryl) Johnson and Michael L.O. Johnson of Alliance, her grandchildren, Derek (Megan) Johnson and Carley Johnson of Alliance, David Johnson of Fort Worth, TX and her great-grandchildren, Corbin and Kaelen Johnson of Alliance.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Russell Saito officiating. She will be buried with her beloved husband at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
The family has established a memorial at the Alliance Public Schools Foundation for the arts program. Memorials may be sent in care of the A.P. S. Foundation, 1604 Sweetwater Avenue, Alliance, NE 69301.
August 29, 1919 - April 12, 2014
Jane L. Brittan, 94, surrounded by her five sons and family, died Saturday April 12, 2014 at Box Butte General Hospital.
She was born in Omaha, NE on August 29, 1919 to Thomas and Eva (Tierney) Mains. She was raised in Stuart, NE. Her father was connected with the Citizens Bank in Stuart until it closed during the Great Depression in 1931. They then moved to ONeill, NE, where she graduated from St. Marys Academy in 1936.
She went to the University of Nebraska for two years until her father died. She then moved her mother to Denver. It was to her great delight that she sang in the Messiah with the Lamont Singers, and with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. She volunteered as a Red Cross Nurses aide during World War II, and was the model for Red Cross nursing recruitment.
She married Charles H. Brittan in 1945 when he came home from the war. They lived in Holdredge, NE for two years prior to moving to Alliance. She enjoyed helping her husband Charles build his career as General Agent for Ohio National Life Insurance until his death in 1995. Six children were born to their union: Stephen Brittan and Charles X. (Carmenza) Brittan of Alliance, Dr. Jeffrey (Connie) Brittan of North Platte, Thomas (Ligia) Brittan of Scottsbluff, and Dr. Andrew (David) Brittan of Nashville. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren: Jennifer, Arlo, Mario Jr., Francisco, Brittany, Ann, Conor, Mollie, Colin, Erin, Sara, Dominic, Theo, Jane, Owen, Luke, and Beatrice. She had eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Helen (Mario) Serna of Houston, and her husband Charles, as well as her brother Bob, and sister Evelyn.
Jane was a devoted wife and mother. God, family, town, and country were the things that she loved. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She was former President of the Altar Society, President of Box Butte Art Society, and President of Friends of the Library. She was Volunteer of the year in 1985, past president of Music Parents when her son played in the Alliance High School Band, and member of the Community Choir. She was also a member of Legion Club, Arts Council, Red Hats, Carnegie Arts, Box Butte General Hospital Auxiliary, and Knight Museum Partners. She had a remarkable memory and could sing an old song or recite an old poem about almost anything. She was fondly known as the Picture Lady at St. Agnes.
She enjoyed sports and was teen tennis champion in High school. She took pleasure in playing golf with her husband and going to Insurance conventions in Europe, Canada, South America, and all over the United States.
After her children were grown, and her husband died, she started painting with watercolor again, and won many prizes for her work, especially her painting of the Alliance Fountain.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Lou Nollette officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Wake services will be held Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Library, Prairie Haven Hospice, or a charity of the donors choice.
March 30, 1927 - April 11, 2014
Walter S. McCauley, 87, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 30, 1927, at Rushville, to Stephen and Vennie (Cerny) McCauley. He was raised in the Rushville and Clinton area.
He came to Alliance in the early 1940s and graduated from Alliance High School in 1945.
He began working for the C.B. & Q. Railroad while in high school He entered the U.S. Army in June 1945, and served until December 1946. He served with the Headquarters Company at Marburg, Germany. After leaving the service he returned to Alliance and working for the railroad.
He married Georgia Weldin in 1952. They were later divorced.
After retirement from the railroad in 1989, he enjoyed working on his properties and gardening. He loved to fish and later enjoyed playing golf.
His survivors include his children, Sally Yeager and Mike McCauley of Alliance, and Susan (Sam) Graff, Patrick (Carrie) McCauley and Kelly (Tina) McCauley of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Rachel Yeager of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ryan (Adrianna) Graff, Devon (Brionne) Graff, Connor Graff, Chassity McCauley, Patrick McCauley, Savannah Carroll, Samuel McCauley and Noah McCauley of Las Vegas; and great-grandsons Porter and Hunter Graff, and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Arlene Chappell and Frances Faber.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
October 13, 1963 - April 11, 2014
Donald Lee Reynolds, 50, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
He was born October 13, 1963 in Alliance, NE to Jerry and Leona (DeBock) Reynolds. Don graduated from Alliance High School in 1982.
Don married Joyce Dancer in December 2001. To that marriage their son Arthur was born.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing all over the state of Nebraska. When doing this, Don would take his son, Arthur and his favorite dogs. While Don was growing up the family spent almost every weekend at Lake Big Mac.
He is survived by his wife and son of North Platte, his parents, Jerry and Leona and his sister, Cynthia (Paul) Kusek of Alliance. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Art and Ann Reynolds and Ed and Blanche DeBock and his sister, Wanda Reynolds.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Lou Nollette officiating. Burial in the Alliance Cemetery will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials for his son Arthurs college fund may be sent in care of Jerry Reynolds, 504 Missouri Avenue, Alliance, NE, 69301.
May 14, 1930 - April 9, 2014
Iola M. Trickler, 83, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center.
She was born May 14, 1930 at Hemingford, NE to Marcus and Verna (Reigle) Schekall.
On September 26, 1947 she was united in marriage to Edward John Bill Trickler in Papillion, NE. Following their marriage they lived in Chadron, Sidney and Hemingford before moving to Sacramento, CA in 1964. While there Iola worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 1976 they returned to Hemingford. She then worked in the purchasing department of BBGH. In 1982 she began working for the Abbott Bank in Hemingford and worked there until her retirement.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the Rebekah Lodge.
Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Edward and Karen Trickler of Alliance, Lynda and Ron Novotny of Hemingford, Ann and Steve Wessel of Bayard, Julie Trickler of Albany, OR and William Bill and Kim Trickler of Sheridan, AR. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Laura, Bob, Stephine, Jennifer, Vanessa, Jeffery, Tara, Ariel, Donald, Hannah, Dan and Dave and her great-grandchildren, Sara, Rebecca, Rachel, Shawn, Melissa, Thomas, Ashley, Samantha, Austin, Savannah, Suzanne, Ruby, Katelyn, Benjamin and Ella, and a great-great-grandchild, Conner. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Donna Schekall and Lorraine Hucke of Hemingford and Melba Dam of Sidney, and brother-in-law, Donald Trickler of Ft. Meyer, FL as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Daniel and her brother, Jim Schekall.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Hemingford with Pastor Teri Lucas officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Hemingford.
Memorials may be given to the Hemingford United Methodist Church, Prairie Haven Hospice or Good Samaritan Health Care Center.
May 23, 1953 - April 9, 2014
Daniel Lee Jones, 60, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Box Butte General Hospital.
He was born on August 23, 1953 in Moline, IL to Frank and Barbara (Hill) Jones.
Danny was employed at Parker in Alliance as a maintenance mechanic for 10 years.
He loved riding his Harley. He was happiest with his hog riding down the road and always looking forward to the next ride. He also was a lover of classic cars, even fixing up his old El Camino until it was a beauty. If he wasnt off for a ride on a Saturday, you could probably count on finding him hitting a few garage sales. He never could pass up a bargain. He was also an animal lover, from his pet Iguana, Iggy to his latest dog, Hemi, was his best buddy.
Danny is survived by his daughter, Crystal (Jon) Van Camp of Davenport, IA, his grandchildren, Dakota Johnson, Keaton Van Camp and Owen Van Camp and his great-granddaughter, Cora. He is also survived by his parents, Frank and Barbara Jones of Alliance, his brothers and sisters, Matthew (Debbie) Jones of Erie, IL, Aaron (Donna) Jones, Liz (Dana) Daniels and Kathy (Bill) Hudson all of Alliance, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David.
Memorial services will be Saturday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Reverend Tom Lucas officiating.
Memorials may be sent in care of the family to Liz Daniels, 1846 Niobrara, Alliance, NE 69301.
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