Nov 14, 2019 5:20 PM

James (Jim) Wegner (1935 - 2019)

Posted Nov 14, 2019 5:20 PM

James (Jim) Wegner, 84, of Alliance, NE passed away peacefully at home during the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 13th. He was born January 2nd, 1935 to Lawrence and Alice (Snyder) Wegner in Palmer, NE. 


On November 27, 1954 at Palmer, NE he was united in marriage to Joanne Kay Aschwege. Jim joined the Navy in October 1952 and arrived home December of 1955 to meet his first daughter Kathy who was born while he was serving in the Mediterranean. After release from the Navy, Jim and Jody moved to Omaha, NE. Jim attended business school and then went to work for HP Smith Motors in Omaha. He made the car business his life, working for H P Smith for 15 years until purchasing the GM dealership in Alliance, Ne, Wegner Motors. Jim was a respected business man in Alliance for 20 years. He loved the car business and the many great people he dealt with and many who became his lifelong friends. 


Jim is remembered by his family as a kind, gentle man who always had a twinkle in his eye. He was ornery and loved to tease and joke with his many grandkids and great grandchildren, who all adored him. Jim loved to boat and fish and spent many weekends at the lake and made great memories with dear friends and family. 


Jim is survived by his loving wife Jody. He is also survived by daughters Kathy (Chris) Thompson of Alliance, Jill (Kent) Green of Alliance, Jenny (Jerry) Dillon of Discovery Bay, CA, and son Ryan Wegner of Denver. He is also survived by grandchildren Chad (Sarah) Thompson, Joe (Kathleen) Thompson, Jeff (Emily) Thompson, Seth Thompson, Trevor Thompson, Melissa (Julian) Wozniak, Andy (Jessica) Wegner, Case Wegner, Cody (Kayla) Green, Ali Green, Emily Green, Patrick Laing, Katie Dillon, Kenzie Dillon, and Dyllin Wegner, 14 great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by son Dave Wegner, granddaughter Lindsey Green, and grandson Cale Wegner, and his beloved best friend and dog Jake. 


Funeral service is Monday, November 18th, at 10:30a.m. at Bates-Gould Chapel with Rev Tim Stadem officiating. There will be a gathering after funeral service at Westside Events Center. Burial will be held Tuesday at the Alliance Cemetery at 2p.m. Visitation will be Sunday, 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Pillars in the Park, Paws, or VFW all of Alliance.


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Lara Leigh Dalbey (1962 - 2019)

Lara Leigh Dalbey was born June 24, 1962 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Larry and Lyllus (Hammer) Dalbey of Hemingford, Nebraska. She left her earthly home on October 29, 2019, at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee.

In May of 1991 she was united in marriage to DeLoy Samuel Preston III in Tucson, Arizona. He preceded Lara in death. 

Lara was a graduate of Alliance High School in 1980. She was active with both instrumental and vocal music. She also was one of the original members of the AHS girls’ golf team following the Title IX ruling. Alliance High was important to Lara as she was persuaded to follow her passion for the Stage. She studied at Hastings College following high school and eventually transferred to the University of Arizona to pursue her education and dream of being involved in theatre. Lara began her career in Tucson with the AKA Theatre, this is where she met her husband, Sam. Following Sam’s untimely death Lara began searching for the right fit for her talents and her passion for the stage. Her journey brought her to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lara was hired in 1999 as an assistant and eventually became a Wig Master for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where she was named Company Member of the Year in 2015. Lara was not selfish with her talents and mentored many interns, students, and fellow cast and crew members. She also shared her talents through grants for the arts in classrooms all over the country. Her passion led her to many locations to share her gifts. She has been a member of the theatre community in Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Georgia State University; and Chicago, Illinois. She had just completed another summer season for the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, which we lovingly referred to as her “Wisconsin World,” consisting of her beloved family at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. The unconditional love and support given to Lara during her 20-years there as well as the same love and support shown to her family following her sudden death has sustained us during this unbearable loss. Lara was known for her kindness and compassion;  she rescued a chihuahua from a puppy mill and named her Lupe’. Her patience and her unconditional love for her  transformed a frightened puppy into a magnificent, dignified, spoiled diva. Lara hosted a quinceanera complete with a gown for Lupe, a taco bar (her favorite) and a nacho cheese fountain. Lara left us her earthy wit, an endless supply of raunchy jokes, tears still yet to be shed, and celebrating all of the things that she loved in her honor. How you make others feel says a lot about who you are; Lara made us all feel like we had the ability to conquer the world.


Lara is survived by her parents and her sisters Lori (Brad) Kander of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Lisa (Bob) Haas of Hemingford; her nephews and nieces Jordan (fiancee’ Lisa Welsch) of Hemingford; Kyle Dalbey of Denver, Colorado; Joseph (Mallory) Haas of Holdrege, Nebraska; Chloe Kander of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Kathryn Kander, currently of Lawton, Oklahoma, for basic training. She is also survived by the “family of her heart,” Kevin McElroy, Wayne White; their sons, Eli and Kai, and Bev Laurence. Lara also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and her cherished friends.

Memorial services have been scheduled at various venues. Services for Lara will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday-November 16, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Alliance.  A memorial service will be held in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, November 15, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Golden Nugget on 1st Avenue; North of Grant Road.  A remembrance will be held this Spring in Milwaukee. Lara will be celebrated on May 25, 2020 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Schmidt and Bartelt of Milwaukee graciously handled arrangements.

Schmidt &

 Memorials may be designated to the family c/o Lyllus Dalbey 603 Box Butte Avenue, Hemingford, Nebraska 69348 or to the donors’ choice.