Nemaha Herald

Byron O. Neiman, 83 years of age, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. He was born on January 30, 1933 in McCook to Leslie and Lillian (Dueland) Neiman. Soon after entry into the National Guard Byron was injured and return to McCook where he began a life long newspaper career. He met his wife Helen Delores Erlewine and they were married in December of 1956. To this union three children were born. Byron’s career in the newspaper business lasted over fifty years. After working at the McCook Daily Gazette, in 1972 he moved his family to North Platte and was the advertising director for the North Platte Telegraph. In 1976 Byron and Helen purchased the Hooker County Tribune in Mullen, Nebraska. In 1985 Byron and Helen move to Burwell, Nebraska were they published five weekly publications until his retirement in 1993. Even after retiring Byron was involved in the industry in an ownership capacity. He truly loved his profession and missed it dearly. Byron was a very civic minded individual. He was the past patron of the Eureka Chapter #86 Order of Eastern Star, a Mason, a member of the Jaycees, he served as the Exalted Ruler of the Ord Elks Lodge #2371 and in his later years became very active in the Nebraska Admirals Association. There wasn’t a hobby that Byron didn’t like. But his love for hunting and the comaraderie that was a part of the experience wasn’t exceeded by his ability to shoot the gun. He was an excellent shot in the field or at the trap range and had the titles to show for it. He truly was a social creature that loved to fish, golf, fly his rc airplanes, tinker with and show his cars. Anything and everything that involved interacting with people, Byron loved to do. But above everything, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Byron is survived by a daughter, Kimbra Buck and husband Thomas of Golden, Colorado; 2 sons, Kurt and wife Ruth of Elkhorn, Kendall and wife Peggy of Auburn; 8 grandchildren Dusty, Neil, Katlin, Leslie, Russell, Samuel, Shelby and Stetson; and 1 sister, Dixie Hill of McCook; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; 4 brothers Elton, Faye, Dale and Kenney; and 1 sister Eileen. Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, August 6, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, 412 West 4th, in North Platte officiating Rev. Jeffrey Nelson. Inurnment will be at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 12:00 Noon, August 7, at 203 West 4th, North Platte. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Alzheimer Support Group. Condolences may be left online at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte in charge of arrangements.

Vivian “Darlene” (McIntire) Lockard, 78, of Stella, Nebraska was born October 5, 1937 to Charlie and Lucina (Keeton) McIntire in Roscoe, Missouri. She grew up in the Humboldt area and attended school in Humboldt through the 11th grade. Darlene transferred to Stella High School for her senior year where she graduated with the class of 1956. Darlene later attended and graduated from Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska and also received her license of cosmetology at Beatrice School of Beauty. On September 21, 1958, Darlene was united in marriage to Dennis “Denny” Lockard. To this union four children, Dennise, Dennette, Dennis, and Darren were born. Darlene passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Auburn, Nebraska having reached the age of 78 years, eight months, and 14 days. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie McIntire and Lucina Hastings, step-father Kenneth Hastings, and brothers-in-law: J.D., George, and Byford (Loretta) Lockard. Darlene is survived by her loving husband Denny Lockard of Stella, Neb.; children: Dennise (Lonnie) Reimer, Dennette Wheeler (Rick Gilbertson), Dennis (Derinda) Lockard, and Darren Lockard (Wendy Hemmer); eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters-in-law Nellie Lee Lockard of Stella; Dorthy Lockard of Arlington, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Stella Community Church in Stella, with Pastor Bill Stearns officiating. Interment was at the Stella Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Richardson County Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 292, Falls City, Nebraska 68355. Online messages of condolence can be left at Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-Humboldt, Nebraska (402) 862-2915

Sheila Elaine (Wolfe) Mayfield, one of six children of Thomas D. and Bonnie G. (Damon) Wolfe, Sr., was born April 11, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas. Her family moved to Auburn, Nebraska, and Sheila attended Auburn Public Schools, graduating from high school in 1972. She went on to receive an associates degree at a dental assistant college in Denver, Colorado. On July 21, 1973, Sheila was united in marriage to John Mayfield at the Nemaha County Courthouse in Auburn, Nebraska. They were blessed with three children: Amanda, Melanie, and Alex. Sheila worked for many years in the dental office of Dr. Rick Penney in Auburn. After closing of the dental office, Sheila worked as a waitress at Arbor Manor in Auburn, and then as bartender at the Auburn Eagles Club for 11 years. She worked at Glenn’s Corner Market before she and John became owner/operators of Downtown Variety in Auburn. Sheila’s work history then included Holly’s Hobby Café and in the school lunch program in Auburn. Her latest career choice was as a caregiver with SENDS in Auburn, a job which she enjoyed very much. As a 50-year member of Auburn First United Methodist Church, Sheila was involved with the Prayer and Share Group in addition to other church activities. She also belonged to the Auburn Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed visits to the casino, and loved her pets. Most of all, Sheila loved spending time with her grandchildren and following their activities. On the night of Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Sheila was rushed to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. It was there, that same night, she passed away at the age of 62 years, 3 months, and 8 days. Her parents, sister-in-law Ann Wolfe, and niece Mackenzie Browne preceded her in death. Sheila is survived by her husband John of Auburn; daughters and sons-in-law Amanda and Jeff Powell of Auburn; Melanie and Dan Duncan of Uncertain, TX; son Alex Mayfield of Auburn; grandchildren Grace and Faith Allgood; Carter and Adalynn Duncan; siblings and spouses Kristi Jokela of Omaha; Tom Wolfe, Jr. of Omaha; Scott and Kira Wolfe of Bellevue; Penny and Dave Salefski of Monticello, IL; Glen and Lily Wolfe of Ladonia, TX; “adopted family” Carmen, Brian, and Rylee of Auburn; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Emily Cannon. Brent Comstock was organist and accompanist for a solo by Stephanie Wisthoff. Urnbearers were Carter Duncan, Grace Allgood, Faith Allgood, and Adalynn Duncan. Burial of ashes will be at Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.