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Ronald Bessmer

PLAINVIEW — Services for Ronald “Bezz” Bessmer, 89, Plainview, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Plainview. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will begin an hour prior to services at the church.

He died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at CHI Hospital in Plainview.


Ron was born on May 18, 1931, to John “Jack” and Barbara (Dufek) Bessmer in Plainview. Ron, known as “Bezz” to many, truly enjoyed life. Many good friends were made through these years.

He started work at the creamery and also owned Ski-Hi Drive Inn. He and his spouse, Cathy, were part owners of Keystone Bar, along with his brother, Keith, and spouse Sharon. During these years, he was a garbage hauler, as well as drove school bus for almost 50 years.

Ron moved into the assisted living in July 2017 and recently to the Plainview Manor. Ron played a special role not only in his children’s lives but also his grandchildren’s as well. He loved going to their sporting events and attended many of their away events by driving the school bus.

Ron was also a sergeant in the Korean War and served his country loyally. He will be missed dearly. God bless you, Dad. We love you and will see you later.

He leaves behind five children: Victoria (Mike) McManaman of Plainview, Todd (Jeri) Bessmer of Battle Creek, Mary (Russ) Johnson of Plainview, Tonda (Jim) Aschoff of Plainview and Darci Sparr and Dan Deuel of Tilden; his brother, Keith (Sharon) Bessmer of Osmond; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his spouse, Catherine, of 58 years; a brother, Junior; and a sister, Lois Jean in infancy.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Evans, Christopher and Jacob Bessmer, Tyler Johnson, Evan and Cole Aschoff and Tanner Sparr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kayla Makovicka, Jesslyn List and Kami Johnson.

The family requests jeans and Nebraska Husker apparel/colors to be worn at the funeral service.

Masks are encouraged. A luncheon will be held at the Catholic parish hall following the service and burial.

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MILFORD — A celebration of life for Dennis R. Stapelman, 70, Milford, formerly of Belden, will be in May at the Milford United Methodist Church.

AINSWORTH — Services for Jolene K. Walters, 73, Ainsworth, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 5, at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth. Burial will be in East Park Cemetery near Ainsworth.

NORFOLK — Services for Adelaide H. Pfirman, 93, Norfolk, are pending at Home for Funerals in Norfolk. She died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center in Norfolk.

LYNCH — Private services for Agnes Muller, 90, Lynch, will be Saturday, March 6, at Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Lynch. The Rev. Joseph Sund will officiate. Public graveside services will be at about 11:15 a.m. in the parish cemetery in Lynch.

WAYNE — Services for Phyllis M. Macke, 92, Wayne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

NORFOLK — Services for Rodger D. Rabbass, 73, Dodge, formerly of Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave., in Norfolk. The Rev. John E. Nelson Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in the Stanton Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted…

NORFOLK — Private services for Margaret L. Rasmussen, 97, Harvard, formerly of Norfolk, will be at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk. The Rev. Lee Weander will officiate with burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Plainview.

NORFOLK — Services for Molly (Kurtzhals) Herpy, 56, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Rev. Randall Coffin will officiate. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

CREIGHTON — Services for Jacqueline Forbes, 87, Brunswick, are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton. She died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at CHI Health in Plainview.

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