Ainsworth Star Journal

Alva Gerry Olsen was born to Louis and Jewel Allen in Ashland, KS on November 9, 1956. She attended school in New Mexico, Montana and Colorado. She went to high school in Limon, CO. She worked in a café in Miles City for several years. Alva put her trust in Christ as her Savior at a young age and was a member of the Berean Bible Church. She passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital on April 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her mother and stepmother. Alva loved to garden and grew many beautiful gardens until her health declined. She also loved her horses and other animals and loved country life. She was active in rodeo when she was younger. She was a Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol for several years as a DDR Officer. She leaves in her passing her husband, Les Olsen of Kilgore; daughter, Ana Huber and husband Torey and grandson Zephaniah of Kilgore; two sons Mick Olsen and wife Marlene of Larkspur, CO; and Zane Allen and wife Jeanette of Gladstone, ND; three stepdaughters, Lacey Lemmert and husband Corey; Gwen Wenig and children Addessa, Tarren, Kieron, Kaylee, Kadon, Talia, Chason and Tagon and Misty Critchfield and son Arian; stepson, Mark Olsen and wife Wanda; father, Weston Louis Allen; two brothers, Elmer and Raymond Allen; and brother-in-law, Byron Olsen and wife Carol. Funeral Services were held Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Berean Bible Church in Valentine with burial at the Kilgore Cemetery.

Ricky “Rick” J. Finley was born October 19, 1958 in Twin Falls, ID to Betty Jean (Lucht) and Richard “Dick” Finley, and passed away suddenly April 4, 2015, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, NE. He and his family moved back to Nebraska in 1963 where he attended Johnstown Grade School and graduated from Ainsworth High School. After high school he attended a tech school in Lincoln, NE where he met the love of his life Patty (Patricia Beckley). They were united in marriage on July 12, 1980 in Lincoln. They later moved to Ainsworth and were blessed with a son Nathan. Rick was an avid sports fan of the Nebraska Huskers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ainsworth Bulldogs. He worked at the Ainsworth School for 30 years and also at the Ainsworth Feed Yard. Rick was currently working for the Rolling Stone Feed Yard. Rick was a “work-a-holic” but enjoyed fishing and going to the Beebout cabin during duck hunting season. He also looked forward to his trips to Wallace, NE spending time with his brother Kim and his family. He loved going to the Finley reunions to re-unite with all the other relatives. Rick is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jean; father, Richard “Dick” and brother, Olen Scott. He is survived by his wife, Patty of Ainsworth; and son, Nathan of Valentine, NE. Step-mother, Bonnie of Ainsworth; sisters, LaRene and husband Brent Beebout of Kearney, NE; Beccy and husband Mike Assarsson of Warner, SD; and Maria of Denver, CO; sisterin- law, Kathy Finley of Longmont, CO; brothers, Kim Finley of Ashland, NE; Bob and wife Teresa of Irving, TX; Joey and wife April of Ainsworth; Richard L. and fiancé Melody Pebley of Grand Island, NE; and Scotty A. of Wichita, KS; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of friends. A scholarship memorial fund is being established in Rick’s name at the Ainsworth Community Schools. Funeral Services were held on April 10, 2015 at the Ainsworth Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Russell Thayer officiating the service. Music was provided by Kathy Bennett. Special music was provided by Rodney and Tonya Luther singing selections of “You Light Up My Life” and “Jesus Loves Me”, as well as a CD selection of “Have You Seen The Rain” by Noelle Bybee and Sawyer Fredericks. Poems were read by Candace Clark and Melody Pebley. Pallbearers were, close friend, George Spanel and nephews, Ryan Finley, Jay Beebout, Josh Anderson, Travis McConnell, Blake Beebout, Tylor Assarsson and Jeff Lofgren. Honorary bearers were all of Rick’s nieces, nephews, and Coworkers at Rolling Stone. Burial was held at the East Woodlawn Cemetery near Johnstown, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Leabelle Ann Hutchison Mathiesen was born April 4, 1927 in Burton, NE, the fifth in a family of eight children of Lee and IsaBelle Hutchison. She passed away April 12, 2015 at Pine View Good Samaritan Center in Valentine, NE. In her early childhood her family moved to St. Francis, SD, where she spent her early years. She graduated from Todd County High School in 1944. On August 11, 1945 she married Jean Mathiesen and to this union three children were born, Thomas Jean (Edie), Jill Ann Schroeder (Richard) and Edward Wayne. They lived and raised their family in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado, returning to South Dakota in 1997. Because of Leabelle’s failing health, they moved to Valentine in 2013. During the war Leabelle taught school at the Verduin School, later she work at Consumer’s Power, Northwestern Bell, The State of Wyoming and the US Post Office. Her true vocation was wife and mother. She chose to serve the Lord and was baptized in 1986 in Paonia, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Gene, Rex, and Max; three sisters, Geraldine Tinant, Maurine McCray and Corrine Stanley; one grandson, Brice Mathiesen. She is survived by her husband, her children, one sister, Caryll Homan; sister-in-law, Irene Hutchison; brother-in-law, George Stanley; five grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service for Leabelle was held on Wednesday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine, NE was in charge of service arrangements.

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