Nemaha Herald

Michael Duane Thomas, son of Leonard and Lois Irene (Taylor) Thomas, was born January 14, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. As a young boy, Mike and his family moved to Brownville, Nebraska, where he attended elementary school. Mike’s high school education was in Auburn, Nebraska. Leonard died when Mike was young, and his mother married George Garver. George accepted Mike as his son and raised him as his own. Mike was married to Kristy Velasco in Omaha, and two daughters, Kim and Stacey, were born to this union. The couple later divorced, and Mike married Paula Conklin, also in Omaha. The couple was blessed with two sons, Michael II and Jonathan. They divorced after 20 years of marriage. Mike was a carpenter by trade, and worked mostly by himself or with others helping him. He was a hard worker, and almost never took a day off when he had work. Mike loved the outdoors, and loved to travel. He took trips across the country, and never tired of seeing new places. He was a history buff as well, and enjoyed Westerns and NASCAR. Settling in Auburn in his later years, Mike enjoyed the company of his family and his dogs. After a decline in his health, he found it necessary to keep to his home more. After an emergency at home, Mike was admitted to Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was there he passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the age of 67 years, 6 months, and 4 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-dad George Garver, and first wife Kristy. Mike is survived by his children Kim Minadeo of Seward; Stacey Thomas of Omaha; Michael and wife Beth Thomas II of Somerville, Alabama; Jonathan and wife Jaimee Thomas of Auburn; 13 grandchildren; brother Steve Garver and Rhonda Cooney of Brownville; former wife Paula Alexander of Trinity, Ala.; other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Special pre-recorded music was played. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.    

Laurence D. Cox was born on June  12, 1928 and passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at his home. He was born to Earl and LaVerta Cox in Nehawka, Nebraska. Laurence was a graduate of Nebraska University in civil engineering and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Laurence was united in marriage toPatricia E. Pryor on Sept. 3, 1950. He was the vice-president and co-owner of Quartzite Stone Company and retired in 1984. Laurence was active in many community organizations including serving on the USD 333 school board, the Concordia City Commission and as Mayor of Concordia. He was the past president of the Kansas Readimix Concrete Association and involved in several community organizations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Concordia. Laurence will be missed by his wife Pat; daughter Deborah Chambers  nd husband Clark of Wichita; sons David of Fort Collins, Colo., Dennis and wife Lauralea of Milford, Kan., and Chris and wife Kathy of Clay Center, Kan.; grandchildren; Erin Ruffner (Mike), Tara Cox, Erica Chambers, Carrie Chambers (Chris Titus), Garett, Evan, Trevor and Kyle Cox; four great-grandsons; sister-in-law, Charlotte Sailors (Gene), Fargo, N.D. and brother-in-law, Merril Howrey, Rogers, Ark. Laurence was also blessed with special neighbors Steve and Dana Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don and his sister Carlene. Laurence had an incredible gift of being able to fix nearly anything and was always willing to tackle a challenge. His trademark phrase was “it’ll work” and most of the time he was correct. Laurence loved being with family and also had a passion for hunting, fishing and Friday night Bingo. His dry sense of humor will be missed by all those that knew him. It was Laurence’s wish to be cremated and the family will welcome friends at a celebration of life gathering on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home,Concordia, Kan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit 

Vicky Lee (Anderson) McKee was one of three daughters of the lateJames Theodore Anderson and Edna Mae (McConnaughey) Baker born September 7, 1949 in Auburn, Nebraska. Vicky grew up in Weeping Water, Neb., where she attended school. On June 13, 1967 she married Darrell Lee McKee in Weeping Water. They lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Neb. and later settled in Auburn. To this marriage two children were born: Terri Lynne and Michael Darrell. Vicky was a homemaker then had various jobs, her last being a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at Good Samaritan in Auburn. Vicky had three things she loved: her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, The Young And The Restless soap opera and reading books. Vicky lived her last years at Lancaster Manor in Lincoln, Neb. There she was vice president of the residence council and was also responsible for writing to Senator Colby Coash topass a bill to raise the allowance for nursing home residents statewide. Vicky passed away at Lancaster Manor on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the age of 65 years 10 months and two days after a long battle with diabetes. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her ex-husband Darrell McKee and her fiance Charles “Chuck” Gene Clark. Vicky is survived by her daughter Terri McKee and Jeff Allen of Lincoln, and her son Michael McKee and Venise Harrison of Aurora, Colorado. She is also survived by her grandchildren Derek McKee of Schuyler, Neb., Miley McKee, Erica McKee and Shane McKee of Colorado, andsix great-grandchildren. Also left behind to mourn her death are her sisters Dianne Bossung and her special friend Micky Schappert of Nebraska City, Neb., Patricia Jo Mullins of Sidney, Iowa, Sue and husband Ted Thompson of Sidney, Iowa, Kathy and husband Ken Wilesof Huntington Beach, California, Jill and husband Mike White of Sidney, Iowa, Karen Baker of Cook, Neb., and brother Larry Baker of Nebraska City, and also many other relatives and friends. In memory of Vicky McKee the family request that a donation be made to the American Diabetes Association