Dec 30, 2019 11:55 PM

Robert "Bob" Lee Gage (1948 - 2019)

Posted Dec 30, 2019 11:55 PM

Robert "Bob" Lee Gage, age 71, of Texas, formerly of North Platte, Nebraska, passed away in Texas on December 19, 2019.  He was born on September 4, 1948 to Violet and LeRoy Gage in North Platte, Nebraska.  He graduated from North Platte High School in 1967.

Bob married Shirley Peters on May 3, 1969 in Ft. Riley, Kansas while serving in the Army.  Upon leaving the Army, Bob worked various jobs until he obtained his CDL and started his life-long career as a truck driver.  He traveled all over the United States driving big rigs.  Together, Bob and Shirley had 6 children.

In 1986, Bob joined the First Assemblies of God Church in Chappel, Nebraska.  Through the singles ministry he  met his current wife, Sonia.  Together Bob and Sonia continued to drive trucks until they moved to Van, Texas in 1994 where he began his job with D&M Contractors.  Bob worked with D&M Contractors for 24 years until the time of his illness in 2018.  Bob was the lead truck driver and earned the nickname "Bullet Bob" because he drove like a man on a mission and wasted no time getting from one place to the next.  Bob loved to hunt, and his true passion was fishing, especially night fishing.  He loved western movies, country music, and as much coffee as possible.  He was known for making his grandkids laugh with silly songs and horseplay around the house.  All the grandkids adored their Grandpa Bob.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include his wife Sonia Gage; brother Kenneth Gage and wife Ruth; sister Shirley Sylvan and husband Leo; sister Donna Hunt and husband Everett; six children, Connie Stevens, Rick Gage and wife Tammy, Lisa Carey and husband Mike, David Gage and wife Mandi, Aimee Lunkwitz and husband Roy, and Darin Gage and wife Crystal; three stepdaughters, Dawn Parnell and husband Trey, Monica Dike and husband Dean, and Jodi Tunnell.

He proudly had 23 grandkids and 10 great grandkids.

Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at

Memorials Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, 421 West 4th Street in North Platte, Nebraska.  Inurnment will be held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Nebraska with military honors graveside at a later date.  Those wishing to sign the register book may do so from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which in in charge of arrangements.

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Marlene Joyce Tatman  (1935 - 2019)

Marlene Joyce Tatman, age 84, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Marlene was born on September 18, 1935 to Frank W. and Edna (Thompson) Bedke at Poole, Nebraska where she grew up.  Marlene graduated from Ravenna High School, then went on to teach Elementary School for a short time before getting married.

On December 27, 1953, Marlene was united in marriage to Terrance Jean 'Terry' Tatman in Kearney,  Nebraska.  The two of them lived in Minden, Nebraska before moving to Kearney & Cozad in Nebraska, and  eventually settled in North Platte.  Marlene was a stay-at-home mom who raised four children and many friends of their children.

After her older kids were grown, Marlene went to work in the cafeteria at North Platte High School and also worked at Chief Honest Johns for family friends, Marv and Onie Nelson.  Once the youngest was out of the house, she worked for McFarland's Greenhouse seasonally, and as a Librarian at Osgood Elementary School.

Marlene was a member of the First Christian Church.  She enjoyed bible study, camping with friends and family, sewing and making clothes for her kids and grandkids.  She also enjoyed baking and cooking for all the neighborhood kids.

Marlene especially loved gardening and taking care of her kids and Terry, the love of her life.  Her favorite movie was 'The Notebook' and she would watch it every time it was on.  The staff at the nursing home referred to Marlene and Terry as 'The Notebook Couple', they were truly an original American couple who will be missed by many as they are eternally together.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Glenda) Tatman of Hayden, Idaho, Linda (Lew) Champ of Sterling, Colorado, Steve (Dana) Tatman of Caldwell, Idaho, and Scott (Suzette) Tatman of North Platte, Nebraska; grandchildren, Boni (Rick) Jackson, Luck (Amber) Tatman, Craig (Hillary) Tatman, Teri Sue (Jared) Hoeksema, Josh (Andrea) Weitzel, Shaye Champ Correll (Geoff), Chelsea (Vincent) Lopez, Mataya Belka, Shayla (Zach) Paulman, Tyler Tatman and Chesney Tatman; 16 great-grandchildren and one great great grandson; her brother, Merlon 'Sam' (Cindy) Bedke of North Platte; brothers-in-law, Larry (Joyce) Tatman of North Platte and Fred (Carol) Tatman of Springdale, Arkansas; sisters-in-law, Sue Tatman of North Platte and Margaret Bedke of Kearney, Nebraska; and many nieces, nephews, and other family.

Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Terry; her parents, Frank and Edna Bedke; sisters Edith Smiejkel, Lois Varley and Phyllis Lux; brothers Erwin and Robert Bedke; and a great-grandson, Jacob.

Cremation was chosen and services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020 at the First Christian Church, 220 North Vine Street in North Platte.  The memorial book may be signed at or from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte, which is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial.