Nov 12, 2019 3:07 PM

Ralph Albert Powell (1928 - 2019)

Posted Nov 12, 2019 3:07 PM

Ralph Albert Powell, 91, passed away Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He was born September 2, 1928 to Lawrence I. and Ellen B. Powell on the family farm near Hemingford, Nebraska. He graduated from Hemingford High School in 1947.

Ralph served in the Nebraska Army National Guard and was proud of his service, especially during the blizzard of 1949. He would later enter the U.S. Air Force and would serve until his honorable discharge in 1955.

On November 20, 1949 he was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Moravek in Hemingford, NE. Following their marriage they lived in Texas and Spokane, WA while Ralph was in the Air Force. In 1955 they moved south of Hemingford and farmed side by side until 2007 when they moved to Alliance, NE. Following his retirement Ralph enjoyed restoring antique tractors and automobiles, where some were donated to museums, other were sold with some to international buyers. Ralph was a member of the Eagles Club, Hemingford American Legion Post No. 9, Masonic Lodge #183 A.F. & A.M. of Alliance and was 32 degree member of Scottish Rite.

Survivors include his son, Dennis (Christal) Powell of Alliance, his daughters, Sue (Bill) Braunsroth of Loveland, CO and Brenda Thomas of Alliance, grandchildren, Stacy (Brinkley) Williams, Brandon (Kristin) Powell, Jason (Kaela) Braunsroth, Jessica Braunsroth, Evan Braunsroth, Brent Thomas and Sarah Thomas and his great-grandchildren, Ashley Williams, Ashton Williams, Ayden Williams, Tyler Pflughaupt, Neo Powell, Dax Powell, Brayden Braunsroth and Hudson Braunsroth. He is also survived by sister, Marie Sorum of Alliance, and sisters-in-law, Marjorie Powell and Arlene Powell of Alliance, Alma Wood of Lubbock, TX and brother-in-law, Martin Collins of Hemingford.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, son-in-law Steven Thomas, and brothers, Lloyd, LeRoy and Dean.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Jeanie Sedivy officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 1-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to RiteCare Scottish Childhood Language Program or Alliance United Methodist Church. C/O Brenda Thomas, 320 Platte Ave, Alliance, NE 69301

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Martin Paul Petersen (1935 - 2019)

Martin Paul Petersen, 85, formerly of Alliance, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, NE.


He was born September 10, 1935 in San Angelo TX to Erich and Helene (Sasse) Petersen.


On August 21, 1955 he was united in marriage to Patricia Lou Stubben in Niobrara, NE. 


Martin was drafted into the military shortly after starting his college career. He served with the United States Army until 1955 before returning to Midland Lutheran College in Freemont Ne. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in Physical Education and Biology. He taught Science classes and coached all sports in Clay Center Ne for 3 years, before moving to Albion Ne.  He continued teaching science and PE classes and was a successful football coach leading his team to unbeaten season in 1965. Also, while in Albion he received his Master’s in School Administration from the University of NE.   In 1970 he moved his family to Alliance and was Superintendent of Alliance Public Schools for 26 plus years. He was honored as Superintendent of the Year in 1994 as well as many other awards as a coach, teacher and Administrator. 


After retirement, Martin and Pat spent their summers working on their cabin at Angostura Lake. He enjoyed the sunshine and fishing for walleye. He also caught many perch, old glasses and other fisherman’s lost poles and lures. He became very proficient in wood carving and painting fish and won awards for his efforts. After moving to Hastings, he enjoyed teaching others how to carve as well.  


He is survived by his daughter, Kerry Davidson of Hastings, his son and daughters-in-law, Marty and Sherri Petersen of Alliance and Jon and Deb Petersen of Sioux Falls, SD, and his grandchildren:, Katie Riehl (Paul) of Rockwell City IA, Camden Davidson (Jessica) of Lincoln NE, Tate (TJ) Petersen of Lincoln Ne, Tad Petersen (Christine) of Omaha NE, Troy Petersen (special friend Allison) of Alpharetta GA, Andy Neville (Jessie) of Lincoln NE, and Josh Petersen of Sioux Falls SD and his great grandchildren, Calvin, Oliver, and Libbie Riehl, Lily and Juliana Petersen, Braylon, and Bentley Petersen. He is also survived by his sister, Ericha Crosley of Creighton, NE, his brothers, Ralph Petersen of Oxford PA, Paul David Petersen of Denver, CO and Richard Petersen of Atchison, KS. 


His parents, his wife, Patricia, his daughter, Lori Lou Petersen, his brother, Gerhart and son-in-law, Terry Davidson preceded him in death.


Memorial services will be Saturday, November 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10:00 am, with Pastor Tim Stadem officiating. 


Memorials may be given to Alliance Public Schools Foundation or St. John’s Lutheran Church.