Archives for May 2012

Garlan Lucien “Rusty” Andrews Obituary

Garlan Lucien “Rusty” Andrews, 84, of Mullen, died May 26, 2012, at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home.

Garlan was born in Seneca on June 19, 1927, to Lucien and Vera (Johnson) Andrews. Garlan “Rusty” graduated from Mullen High School in 1945. He joined the army during the Korean Conflict in October 1950 and was discharged in August 1956.

On Dec. 9, 1953, he married Kathryn Sweet. She died July 13, 1963. Three children were born to this union. He leased and ran his father’s, Lucien, ranch 18 miles north of Mullen. He lived there until his retirement in 1994. He moved into Mullen and resided there until going to the Rest Home.

He was a member of the Mullen VFW No. 5541 and American Legion Post No. 109. He served on the Episcopal Church board and District No. 98 School Board. He loved ranching, fishing, hunting and softball. He especially loved food and family get-togethers.

Survivors include daughter, Retonia (Tim) Gruntorad, of Kearney; sons, Glenn (Calleen) Andrews, of Gordon, and Rodney (Yvonne) Andrews, of Mullen; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson; sisters, June (Tex) Evans, of Mullen, and Norma (John) Pearson, of Fallbrook, Calif.

In addition to his first wife; he is preceded in death by parents, Lucien and Vera Andrews; wife, Neva (Little Jones); sisters, Esther Jensen, Betty Brannan and Eula Fosdick.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) on Friday, June 1, at the Methodist Church in Mullen. Inurnment will be at the Cedarview Cemetery with military honors.

Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Papa’s Combine (aka Bombine)

Checking Cows


Flying Kites

Rob’s New Loader Tractor

Rob’s new loader tractor is a popular attraction for the kids.

Bud & Betty Gibson Family Photo

Oct. 1958 L to R - Dan, Betty, Shari, Bud, Eddie & Dog Sam

Betty Gibson Obituary

MINDEN – Betty K. (Reeves) Gibson, 82, of Minden, formerly of Mullen and North Platte, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Bethany Home in Minden.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. MDT May 18 at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Mullen with the Rev. Bill Graham officiating.  Scattering of cremains will be later.

O’Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 7, 1930, at Nahant, S.D., to Bulus Reeves and Ida Gilkey.

On Nov. 14, 1948, she married John “Bud” Gibson Jr.  He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Dan of Plattsmouth; daughter, Shari Bergmeier of Kearney; sisters, Ruby Sommers of Omaha, Iola Richardson of Arvada, Colo, and Evelyn Foster of Sparks; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Betty graduated from Hyannis High School, after which she earned her teaching certificate from Chadron State Teachers College.  She and her husband, Bud, owned and operated the Mullen Cafe for 12 years.

Additionally, she taught for numerous years at various rural schools throughout the Sandhills.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; eldest son, Eddie; and siblings, Arthur, Ray, Lois, Hazel and Martha.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later determination.

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Vilas & Neva Jones Family Photo

Back L to R - Neva, Bonnie, Vilas; Front L to R - Vonnie, Don, Ron

Vonnie Gibson Obituary

OMAHA – Vonnie J. “Jeanie” Gibson, 46, of Beaver Lake, formerly of Kearney, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.

Services were today at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kearney with the Rev. Janet Sturgis officiating.  Burial was at Kearney Cemetery.

O’Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the church or to Bryant Elementary School in Kearney.

She was born Nov. 7, 1954, in Broken Bow to Vilas H. and Neva J. Jones.  She graduated from Mullen High School in 1973 and then worked as a teacher aide at Coble School northwest of Mullen.

On May 29, 1976, she married Daniel P. Gibson in Mullen.  They moved to Kearney, where she was employed at Killion Motors, Bryant Elementary School and Buzz’s Marine.  In 1992, they moved outside of Gibbon, and in 1998, they moved to Beaver Lake.  She was employed by Tincher Auto Group of Plattsmouth.

She enjoyed bowling, soccer, archery, camping and other outdoor activities.  She also was a loving and caring mother with a joyful personality.

Survivors include her husband of Beaver Lake; son, Wade of Lincoln; daughter, Terra of Lincoln; mother and stepfather, Neva and Garlan Andrews of Mullen; brothers, Don Jones of Omaha and Ron Jones of Hastings; and sister, Bonnie Bain of Curtis.

She was preceded in death by her father.

1940 Census – Hyannis, Grant County, Nebraska

Eddie Gibson Senior Picture