Feb 14, 2020 9:59 PM

Michael John Clary (1977 - 2020)

Posted Feb 14, 2020 9:59 PM

     Michael John Clary, age 43, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away on February 14, 2020 at his home.  He was born on January 27, 1977 to Terri Clary.  He was young when his mother Terri died, so his grandparents, Bill and June Clary, raised him and he adored them.
     Michael grew up in Oklahoma, which made him a huge Oklahoma State Cowboys fan.  After graduation from Perkins, Oklahoma High School, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1995, serving in California, Virginia and Iceland.  He retired from the Navy at NAS Lemoore on May 7, 2015.
     Michael married Wendy Purcell on November 21, 2011 in North Platte, Nebraska.  The couple lived in Camarillo, California and then moved to Lemoore.  After retirement, they moved to North Platte.  He worked as a carman at Union Pacific Railroad and at Lee Bird Field Airport.
     He had a great sense of humor, loved to tease and always tried to lighten the mood.  He was very protective of his family, especially his girls and went by the nickname 'Mikaroni' by his daughters and their friends.  Michael was a member of 'Buddy Check' where veterans meet at the Cedar Bowl.
     Survivors include his wife Wendy of North Platte; three daughters, Haley, Hannah, and Brittany; nephew Austin; aunts, Ida Cooksey, Sue Williams, Willamina Kaori, and Jeanne Laboray; dog dad of three, Bear, Chloe and Bobo; numerous other family members and many friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
     Services will be at 4:00 p.m. on February 19, 2020 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, at 421 West 4th Street in North Platte, with inurnment at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Nebraska.  Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Catherine McVay  (1925 - 2020)
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     Mary Catherine McVay, age 94, of Sutherland, Nebraska died on February 13, 2020 at the Sutherland Care Center.  
     Mary was born on May 10, 1925 to Patrick Edward and Isabella Elizabeth (Wilmes) Priel at Sutherland, where she grew up.  By her junior year, the family moved to Kearney, Nebraska where Mary finished her schooling, graduating from Kearney High School in 1944.  She then went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and later married Wesley Van Vleet, Jr. in Kearney.
     In 1958, Wesley and Mary moved to Sutherland and bought the Longhorn Bar.  A few years later they sold the bar and divorced.  She married Bob Bryant in 1962.  After Bob died, Mary married Robert McVay.
     Mary continued to own several businesses in town which included the Deluxe Cafe, Rodeo Bar and Conoco Cafe, and eventually started the Sutherland Senior Center.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
     Mary is survived by her children, Morris (Ruth Ann) Van Vleet of Kearney, Nebraska, Ray (Laura) Bryant of Mitchell, South Dakota, Cylde (Sheri) Bryant of Ogallala, Nebraska, Virginia Fear, and Annette (Larry) Kennedy of Sutherland, Nebraska; grandchildren, Kelli Van Vleet-Pleskac (Aaron), Kyle (Melanie) Van Vleet, Marlo Roberts, Candace (Andy) Scott, Marty Fear, Sean (Adrienne) Kennedy, Sarah (Ben) Rivera, and Makenna Bryant; 11 great-grandchildren and a great great-grandson; a sister-in-law, Betty Priel of North Platte, Nebraska; a brother-in-law, Don Fleecs of Sutherland, and other family.
     Along with her husband, Bob Bryant, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Isabella Priel; a son, Ken Van Vleet; a daughter, Patricia Van Vleet Greene; a sister, Peggy Fleecs; a brother, Leonard 'Bud' Priel; and granddaughters, Katie Kennedy and Summer Greene.
     Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland, Nebraska.  Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 with Celebrant Father Sagar.  Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, south of Sutherland.  Visitation will be prior to the services at the church.  Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Sutherland American Legion Auxiliary.  Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.