Jan 26, 2020 6:01 AM

Michael K. "Mike" McConnell (1954 - 2020)

Posted Jan 26, 2020 6:01 AM
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     Michael K. "Mike" McConnell, age 65, died on January 22, 2020 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska.  He was born on January 30, 1954 in North Platte to Merle and Delores (Ecker) McConnell.
     On December 31, 1996, Mike married Cindy Farrar in North Platte, Nebraska.
     Mike worked several years for Paxton equipment before he was hired on at Nebraska Public Power District where he worked for 25 years until his retirement in 2016.  After retirement, Mike and Cindy went on extended camping trips, liked to attend horse races, did lots of country western dancing and traveled to different states.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf.
     Survivors include his wife, Cindy, of North Platte, Nebraska; daughter Megan (Justin) Mullen of Paxton, Nebraska; son Nathan Mcconnel of Lincoln, Nebraska; step-children Marisa Joudrey and John (Tamara) Snider all of Kearney, Nebraska; grandchildren Taylor Mullen-Beck, Ryan Joudrey, Trayvin Snider, Madilynn Mullen, Afton Snider, Kaydence Mullen and Pheryn Snider; brothers Pat McConnell of Broken Bow, Nebraska and Mark (Sue) McConnell of Paxton, Nebraska.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Korah Mullen.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Condolences for Mike's family can be left at carpentermemorial.com.
Cremation was chosen.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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James Newton Gaskill  (1932 - 2020)

James Newton 'Old Man' Gaskill, age 87, of Gothenburg, Nebraska died January 22, 2020 in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
He was born on April 14, 1932 in Beloit, Kansas, son of Ross and Thelma (Flynn) Gaskill.  He grew up in Beloit, Kansas and graduated from Beloit High School.  He then served his country for four years in the U.S. Navy.  James married Dorothy Kisner on July 17, 1955 at Beloit, Kansas.  They became parents of Lisa, Rhonda, James and Eric.  They made their home in Greeley, Colorado, Wray, Colorado, Kearney, Nebraska, and finally in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
James worked for many years as a foreman for the Department of Roads and also worked for the City of Gothenburg.  He was a lifelong cowboy with a love of all that goes along with it - Ramrodders, Reloading, Leatherwork, Ironwork, and Outdoor Expo.  He loved being out of doors - hunting, fishing, and camping.  He loved to be with people - telling stories, sharing the love of the land and re-enacting history.  He was a member of Artists Rights Society, Gothenburg Dancing Club and Gothenburg Roping Club.  He was a participant in the 1976 Bicentennial wagon ride.  He was an extra in Dances With Wolves.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa McNulty and Rhonda Kandler; a son, James E. (Leota) Gaskill; seven grandchildren - Jonathon, Stephanie, Jennifer, Erika, Michelle, (and their father, Jeff Kandler), James W. and Adam; 13 great grandchildren - Thahira, Ciara, Sophia, Kayla, Nathaniel, Gavin, Madeyln, James, Keylee, Chloe, Kaydence, Aubrey, and Trevor; his siblings Donna Long, Nancy (Wayne) Huggins, Rodger (Karen) Gaskill, and Linda (Gale) Scott; along with many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy, in 2019; his parents; a son, Eric; a grandson, Dale; his sister, Mary and brother, Ed; and a brother-in-law, Ivan Long.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street in Gothenburg, on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Burial will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery in Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Nebraska Game & parks (Pressy Park) or the Gothenburg Senior Center.