Ainsworth Star Journal

Edith M Rhodes, age 92, passed away at the Cherry County Hospital on February 1, 2016. She was born on July 15, 1923 to Josephine (Ryschon) and William Dunn at their family farm northeast of Valentine. Her love of horseback riding started at age four. She climbed a barbed wire fence, crawled on a horse and later her mother found her riding bareback. Edith attended Harmony Country School through the eighth grade. In 1940 she graduated from Valentine High School. On January 31, 1941 Edith married her high school sweetheart, Andy Rhodes just two weeks before he joined the Army. She traveled to California and lived near Andy, stationed at Fort Ord and later she followed him to Ft. Rucker, AL. By this time, they had a son, Michael William born in Payette, ID where Andy’s family lived. Her last trip took her to Durham, NC before Andy was shipped overseas. She and Mike returned to Valentine where she helped care for her grandmother. Soon after, a daughter, Andrea Lee (Annie) was born to complete their family. Later Edith and Andy purchased her grandmother’s home on 3rd Street and made their home there until 1965. They built their new home on Green Street where Edith lived for the remainder of her life. Edith helped Andy with his business, Andy’s Glass Shop. She sewed the seat covers and did all of the bookwork. She worked part-time at the shop and full time raising their two children. Edith loved to go fishing. She and Andy spent many summers at Merritt Reservoir and during the winter she went ice fishing. They traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina and took many side trips. Edith was an amazing seamstress, took up embroidery, and enjoyed crocheting, later taking up quilting. She also was an avid bowler. Her family has wonderful memories of the family dinners and her baking and cooking. Edith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by her husband, Andy Rhodes, her parents and one brother, Charles Dunn. Edith Rhodes is survived by children Mike (Chris) Rhodes of Littleburg, SD; Annie (Dave) Kime of Prescott, AZ; grandchildren Brent (Jeri) Stichka of Memphis, TN; Kerri (Brad) Meyers of San Diego, CA; great-grandchildren Brittany, David and Paige; sister, Dorothy Satra of Valentine, NE; sister-in-law Dorothy Dunn of Oklahoma City, OK and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives. A Memorial Service for Edith will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 10, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Valentine. Holmes Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online guest book at

Marietta Gallino was born to Lloyd and Martha (Micheel) Bush on July 3, 1938 at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine. She spent her childhood growing up on the Niobrara River southwest of Valentine. Marietta attended grade school at Tioga Burge School District 100 through the eighth grade. Then ninth and tenth grade were spent at Curtis, attending the Curtis Technical School of Agriculture. During her eleventh and twelfth grade years she attended Valentine Rural High School, when her parents moved into Valentine due to her father’s health. On October 28, 1955, in Pierre, SD, Marietta entered into marriage with Orville Gallino, son of Charles and Gertrude (Marshal) Gallino. She graduated from Valentine Rural High School on May 19, 1956. After their marriage, Orville and Marietta rented Elsie Hassle’s place just east of Pony Lake 30 miles south of Valentine. In 1957 they went to work for Cap Hanna west of Brownlee for about two years. During their time there, they welcomed their first daughter, Twyla and became a family. After the two years of working for Cap, they returned to the Hassle place and continued to lease it until they purchased it in 1991. During their years there, they shared the work on the ranch. Marietta was often found on the mowing tractor in the summer time and by Orville’s side working cattle. It wasn’t until October of 1973 that they added another daughter to their family, Kitty. She came the day after their anniversary and it has always been joked around in the family that she was their anniversary gift every year thereafter. In 1992 they bought their house near Valentine on Chaduza Ridge Road and moved in that summer. Marietta passed away peacefully at her home in Valentine on April 22, 2016. Through the years Marietta was found at the rodeos either timing events or filling the position of secretary while Orville participated in events or fought bulls. She was also active in the Down 83 Extention Club, served 15 years on the Cherry County Fairboard where her and Orville helped sponsor the Teen Dance for many years, helped pick out the entertainer for the Cherry County fair, as well as cranked a lot of homemade ice cream to be served during that time. She was also a volunteer for the WIC Immunization Clinic and Cherry County Specialty Clinics both in Valentine as well as being a SHIP volunteer for the Senior Center for over five years and being involved in the organization of After Five programs. Marietta enjoyed doing crafts and was even a representative for the Cameo painting products company for many years. She also enjoyed sewing and made most of Twyla and Kitty’s pants as well as some other clothing. Enjoyment was often had with the card clubs in the southern community, where she could also enjoy her other favorite pastime of visiting with friends and family. Marietta is survived by her daughters, Twyla Gallino of Valentine and Kitty Vander Wey with husband Rick from Lakeview, SD; son, Paul Fellows of Valentine; five grandchildren, Tyrel Yager, Ethan Hammer, Brayden Hammer, Sadie Vander Wey, and Mikah Vander Wey; great grandchild, Tanner Yager, and brothers-in-law: Bill Gallino with wife Bessie, Nile Gallino with wife Carol, Byron Eatinger with wife Mary, Ralph (RH) Eatinger and a host of nieces and nephews. Marietta was preceded in death by her husband Orville; parents, Lloyd and Martha Bush; and her brother Jerry Bush. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 9, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Valentine with Pastor Scott Mc- Clellen officiating. Private inurnment at Mount Hope Cemetery, Valentine. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to either the Valentine Senior Center or Prairie Light Ministries. Holmes Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online register at

Elwin W. Davis was born on June 11, 1923 to Erwin W. O. and Mary L. (Wanker) Davis at Duff, NE, and passed away on April 25, 2016 at the Golden LivingCenter-Grand Island Lakeview in Grand Island, NE. He grew up on the family farm where his folks were farmers raising livestock and crops. In his younger years, he stayed in Bassett, NE and roomed with people going to high school until his junior year. Elwin entered the United States Army on May 25, 1944 at Camp Roberts, CA, later being transferred to Camp Guber in Oklahoma for training, he then served as a Private First Class soldier in the 232nd Field Artillery Battalion. Elwin also served in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division as a gun crewman of light artillery, serving in France, Germany and Austria until being honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth, KS on April 22, 1946. After returning home from the service, Elwin worked on area ranches. On January 17, 1946, Elwin W. Davis and LaVonne J. “Bonnie” Kesselhuth were united in marriage in O’Neill, NE. To this union were born a son, Jim Allen and a daughter, Neita Mary. Elwin worked cleaning cattle cars for Bonnie’s uncle, Ed Kesselhuth. In later years, he and his son Jim worked with a crew hauling bluegrass seed for Stan Pennington, hauling to Colorado, and various other states. When Jim was little “Jones” and “Bonnie” would live in Terry Town where Elwin was in charge of taking care of potato storage. Elwin worked for Bejot Feedlot for several years discing fields and the planting and hauling of corn. Elwin served as Fire Chief for several years for the Long Pine Volunteer Firemen and held the office of Commander of the American Legion Post #260. He and his wife Bonnie owned and operated the Seven Springs Café for 20 years. Elwin enjoyed stock car racing, Nascar, boxing, reading western books and watching old westerns on TV Land. “Jones” was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who might need it. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Elwin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVonne “Bonnie”; his son, Jim; daughter, Neita Mary; two brothers, Sterling and Robin Davis; and a sister, Francis. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Leolla Davis and special friend Dennis Crowell; grandson, Shane Davis and his family, Jennifer, Jacob, and Grace Stromberg all of Palmer, NE; a brother-in-law, Dale Davis of Grand Island, his pet cat named “Baby” along with numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and many, many friends. Funeral services were held at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth, NE with Pastor Al Seadore officiating the service. Special CD selections of “Amazing Grace” by The Statler Brothers, “How Great Thou Art” by Connie Smith and “Precious Memories” by Tammy Wynette were provided. The obituary was read by Nancy Carley. Pallbearers were Tim Iverson, Dennis DeWeese, Jason Lehn, Jim DeBolt, Jim Carley and Johnny Brown. Honorary bearers were Shane Davis, Jennifer Stromberg, Jacob Stromberg, Grace Stromberg, Dennis Crowell and Dale Davis and all of his other family and friends. Burial with Military Honors were presented by the VFW and The American Legion Members at the Grandview Cemetery in Long Pine, NE. Memorials were suggested to the family in his name. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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