Jan 22, 2020 9:33 PM

Ruth V. Allen (1924 - 2020)

Posted Jan 22, 2020 9:33 PM
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Ruth V. Allen of North Platte, Nebraska passed away on January 20, 2020 at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
Ruth was born on July 19, 1924 in a sod house north of Tryon, Nebraska.  She and her sister were raised by their parents on a ranch close to Tryon, Nebraska.  She learned to ride horses, take care of cattle and do ranch chores while growing up.  She graduated from high school at age 16 and taught school for a couple of years after that.  She then went to Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska and obtained a teaching certificate.  About that time, Ray Allen came home from military service and they married.
Ruth and Ray bought some land south of Tryon that joined the land owned by Ruth's parents and moved there.  Ruth's only child, Stephen, was born in 1950 while they were living on the ranch.  Due to Stephen's cerebral palsy, they decided to go someplace where there were more services available for him, so they moved to Thermopolis, Wyoming for three years, then to Worland, Wyoming where Ray worked in the energy business until he retired.  They then moved to North Platte, Nebraska to be close to Ruth's parents.  Ruth helped take care of her mother until her death at the age of 101.  They wanted to go back to Wyoming at that time, but due to Ray's Parkinson's Disease, they stayed in Nebraska.  
Ray passed away in 2009.  Ruth took care of Stephen his entire life.  At his birth, Stephen was not given much chance to live to a very old age, but due to the kind and loving care that Ruth gave him, he lived to be 66.  Ruth and Ray bought a motor home so they could travel with Stephen and show him the western United States.  Stephen thoroughly enjoyed these adventures.  Stephen was the love and joy of Ruth's life.
Ruth is survived by a niece, Pamela (Kevin) McClary of Benton City, Washington; her grandson, James McClary, also of Washington; and a nephew, Jeffrey Lambert of Florida.  She also has many relatives and close friends in the North Platte and Tryon areas who will greatly miss her.
Memorials may be made in honor of Ruth's son to North Platte Opportunity Center at PO Box 729, North Platte, Nebraska  69103.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Luke McConnell officiating.  Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Nebraska.  Visitation will be from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, 421 West 4th Street in North Platte, which is in charge of arrangements.

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Jan 22, 2020 9:33 PM
June C. Norlem  (1940 - 2020)
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June C. Norlem of Curtis, Nebraska, loving wife, grandma, great-grandma, and mother of three children, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the age of 79.

June had a passion for drawing and painting.  She also loved to feed the birds and plant flowers wherever she found an unoccupied spot.  She also had a great love and respect for all veterans.  She hand stitched numerous American flags and gave them to any veteran that she would meet.

June loved kids, and kids quickly learned to love her.  She would not hesitate to engage in their games and play as if she were just another one of them.  She always had a pocket with candy in it and the kids that knew her would find her in a crowd, almost instantly upon her arrival.

June was preceded in death by both parents, two brothers, and one sister.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James P. Norlem; her daughter, Angel Foster & husband Steve of Curtis, Nebraska; her daughter Jewell Shelley & husband Steve of Salt Lake City, Utah; and her son James E. Norlem & wife Jacqueline of Felixstowe, England.  She has two grandsons, Alex and Philip, a granddaughter, Daisy, and two great-grandkids, Wade and Alden.

Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte, Nebraska and online condolences can be left at carpentermemorial.com.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, 1616 West B Street in North Platte, Nebraska.  A private family burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Nebraska at a later date.  Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.