Dec 31, 2019 4:54 PM

Patricia Ann ( Fisher) Burford (1934-2019)

Posted Dec 31, 2019 4:54 PM

Patricia Ann (Fisher) Burford, 85, passed away surrounded by loving family at Great Plains Health in North Platte, NE on December 30, 2019.

Patricia Ann was born on December 19, 1934 in Fredonia, NY to Arthur and Ida (Tressler) Fisher. Patricia grew up in New York and was there united in marriage with William Thomas Burford, Jr. on December 17, 1955.

Patricia worked as a nurse’s aide in the nursery at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed gambling, gardening, and birdwatching. Patricia loved to cook, particularly for her large family, and loved all types of flowers.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Burford, Jr.; parents, Arthur and Ida Fisher; brothers, Robert ‘Bob’ Fisher and Larry ‘Skip’ Fisher; sisters, Janet Firkins and Brenda Stokes; great-grandson, Myles Ray Hill; and special friend, William Carey.

Patricia is survived by her five children, Cynthia (Rick) Ryan, Melody (Louis) Keup, both of North Platte; Donna (Randy) Lewis of Lincoln, NE; William T. (Stacy) Burford III of North Platte; and Patrick ‘Joe’ (Kristi) Burford of Brady, NE. She is also survived by brothers, Dennis ‘Dusty’ (Mary Ellen) Fisher and Rodney ‘Butch’ Fisher of Indiana.

Patricia is also survived by her many grandchildren, Derrick Burford and Brittney Burford both of Santa Fe, NM, Amy Adams, William ‘Dusty’ (Lily) Wonch, both of Lincoln, NE; Heidi (Corby) Weir of North Platte; Trish Wonch Hill (Ben Kroeze) of Lincoln, NE; Nicolas (Dawn) Keup and Tyler Keup of North Platte; Terra (Heath) Vejraska and Tanner (Rachel) Lewis of Lincoln, NE; Tessa Burford and Haley Burford of North Platte; as well as 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Chaplain Brenda Lee officiating.  Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.  Visitation will be noon – 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. 

  Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at  

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Robert "Bob" Lee Gage  (1948 - 2019)

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.