Oct 24, 2019 2:33 PM

Daisy Perry McAndrew (1924 - 2019)

Posted Oct 24, 2019 2:33 PM

Daisy Perry McAndrew, 94, passed away Monday, October 21, 2019 at her home in Alliance.


She was born on October 24, 1924 in Stroke-on-Trent, England to Ernest and Elsie (Chesworth) Perry. 


On February 17, 1945 she was united in marriage to James J. McAndrew in Stroke-on- Trent, England.


She is survived by her children, Gillian McAndrew Salvador of Alliance, James E. (Gracia) McAndrew of Johnstown, IA, Gerald T. (Christy) McAndrew of Douglas, WY, Thomas J. McAndrew of Beaver Crossing, NE and Kevin R. McAndrew of Iwakuni, Japan. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.


Her parents, her husband, her daughter-in-law, Nancy McAndrew, her grandson, John McAndrew and her sisters and brother, Ethel, Elsie, Ernie, and Pauline preceded her in death.


Funeral services will be Monday, October28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Reverend Shirley Belk will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, October 27 from 1-5 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home.


Memorials may be given to the Indian Mission Church of God, the Salvation Army, Beaver Crossing, NE Public Library or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Keri Votruba (1959 - 2019)

Keri L. Votruba was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Lloyd and Florine Votruba on May 8th, 1959. Keri, 60, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 22nd. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 26th, at 10 o’clock in the morning - in the Multi-Purpose Hall at the Box Butte County Fairgrounds in Hemingford, Nebraska. 


Keri graduated from Hemingford High School in 1977 and then went on to attend Eastern Wyoming College on a full scholarship to sing in the choir – later he was also recruited to the rodeo team to ride broncs – there, he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Ag Business . A highlight of his college career was being elected to serve as a Vice President on the State Future Farmer’s of America. While there, he met his wife of 37 years Kathi (Peterson), and they moved back to the family farm and ranch to help his father continue to grow their operation. To that marriage was born a son, Lloyd G. He was the apple of Keri’s eye. After Lloyd attended the University of Wyoming gaining a bachelors degree in Ag Business – a prerequisite for “coming home” – he too, returned home to help with the family operation and shortly thereafter married his wife, Micki (Paris).  They worked side-by-side continuing to grow their operation right up to his death.  His passions included cattle, farming and, of course, his son and daughter-in-law and their three children. He was happiest working cattle with one kid on his shoulders and watching the others wield a sorting stick or run the hydraulic chute. His other passion was finances and he was afforded the opportunity to serve on several bank boards of directors. Most recently he was the Chairman of the Agri Bank board in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a director of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Operation (Farmer Mac) in Washington D.C. Previously he had also served on the boards of the Region 801 Production Association in Casper, Wyoming, and the Farm Credit Services of America board in Omaha, Nebraska. 

In 2017 he met the love of his life, Julie Collett, and she showed him how to take more time for his other interests to include travel and fly fishing. Even though they did not spend as much time together as they would have liked, they savored every moment together. 


He is survived by: his mother, Florine; his son, Lloyd (Micki) and three grandchildren – Gracia, Bryndle and Taos; two brothers, Kevin (Janet) and Trevor (Jennifer); his girlfriend, Julie; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Not to mention lifelong friends that he had here locally and close friends across the nation he had found on his bank boards. 

Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association or Keri Votruba Aspiring Youth in Agriculture scholarship fund being established in the spirit of his love for youth and agriculture by his family. Memorials may be sent in care of Lloyd Votruba, 451 CR 80, Hemingford, NE 69348.