Nov 11, 2019 4:02 PM

Joanne Rutledge (O'Brien) Johnson (1948 - 2019)

Posted Nov 11, 2019 4:02 PM

Joanne Rutledge (O’Brien) Johnson passed away surrounded by her family. She was raised up on eagle’s wings Saturday, November 9th, 2019.


Joanne was born on January 30th, 1948, to Claude and Betty Lou O’Brien in Alliance, Nebraska. She grew up with her five siblings on her family’s ranch southwest of Mullen, Nebraska.


On April 1st, 1972, Joanne married Gary Johnson. Together they raised four children: Ed Johnson, Angela (Johnson) Kaping, Gary Johnson, Jr., and Daniel Johnson.


Joanne was proud to be one of the first female engineers in Alliance. She enjoyed her work and would often say to others, “Have fun at work!” Joanne retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad after 30 years of service.


She was a beloved mother and grandmother who enjoyed her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and will be remembered for her devotion to her family. Joanne loved being with her family whether it was out camping and fishing at the lake, at home for holiday gatherings, or attending her grandchildren’s school activities and events.


Joanne was preceded in death by her father, Claude O’Brien, mother, Betty Lou (Rutledge) O’Brien Long, stepfather, Emmett Long, her sisters, Sandra (O’Brien) Cordts, Virginia (O’Brien) Thompson, Mary Jane O’Brien, and a niece, Patricia Sue O’Brien.


Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Gary Johnson, their four children, Ed (Jeni) Johnson, Angela (Jeff) Kaping, Gary (Christina) Johnson Jr., and Daniel Johnson, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and her brothers, James Patrick (Cheryl) O’Brien and John Michael (Sherri) O’Brien.

Graveside services will be held Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:00 at Eclipse Cemetery, south of Mullen, Nebraska. Pastor Bob Teters will be officiating with

Mullen Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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Hazel Gertrude Musfelt, (1930 - 2019)

Hazel Gertrude Musfelt, aged 89, passed away peacefully at her home on November 6, 2019. Hazel was born April 8th, 1930, to Henry Horace Hathorn and Martha Edith Burge at Valentine, Nebraska. Services will be Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00am at Grace Lutheran Church, 801 N. Elm Street, Gordon, NE.

She lived in Irwin, Nebraska and spent much time playing with her siblings on or near the lake. Her father worked for the railroad and she would tell how she loved to ride the train to Valentine or Gordon.

She attended Gordon High School where she met and fell in love with James Eldon Musfelt. They married in 1947 and homesteaded on a 2000-acre ranch east of Gordon. They were both quite industrious raising cattle, hogs, chickens and dairy cows. Hazel kept busy with a large garden, canning, caring for livestock, and housework. Together Eldon and Hazel raised four children-3 girls and 1 boy.

Hazel was an active member of the Lutheran Church in Gordon. She worked part time when her children were grown and was a blessing to many. Hazel was a good wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother! She was a sweet and generous person; touched many lives and will be greatly missed!

She is preceded in death by 3 brother 4 sisters; her husband Eldon and son Jim.

Hazel leaves behind daughters: Connie Lou Schwarting, Diana Lee Coats, and Beverly Irene Pierce. Also, Hazel is survived by 16 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.