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Cheryll Kay Peterson

April 26, 1951 — December 16, 2020

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Cheryll Kay Peterson age 69 of Arnold, NE passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Kearney Regional in Kearney, NE.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 22nd at 1:00 pm at the Tallin Church 41196 NE 40 Gothenburg, NE 69138 with Rev. Dean Haidle officiating. Burial will be in the Tallin Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Tallin Church. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Arnold Funeral Home in Arnold, NE. Arnold Funeral Home/Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed for words of encouragement or remembrance at www.govierbrothers.com. Arnold Funeral Home/Govier Brothers Mortuary will comply with the CDC and State of Nebraska.

She entered this world April 26th, 1951 at Lexington, NE. to Paul “Bub” and Geraldine (Robinson) Helmuth.

She grew up on Redfern Table, south of Callaway and attended District 113 school through 8th grade. She then attended the Ag High School in Curtis for 1 year then transferred to Lexington High school, which she attended thru graduation in 1969.

Cheryll was a 4-H member of the Redfern Rebels through her youth.  Participating in both beef and horse shows.  She also competed in rodeos, doing the pole bending even on her palomino, “Jimmy Gold.”

Cheryll’s 1st job off the farm was the Lexington Livestock market, moving cattle to and from the pens and sale ring.  This she did while in high school.  She worked at the Snack Shack in Callaway for her mother-in-law in her early married days.  She was a secretary of Arnold schools for several years, then went to work at the Good Sam Care Center in Callaway as office manager and bookkeeper. Her last job off the farm was Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.  Even though she spent many hours a day off the farm, her chores, animals, gardening, and farm work were her daily passion.

Cheryll was proud to be a farmgirl all her life.  She was a jack of all trades on the farm.  A skill she proudly passed on to her only granddaughter, Devin.

Cheryll was a second mother to her younger brother, Mitch, who was 11 years younger.  She was her dad’s right-hand man, which prepared her for life on the farm.

In 1969, Cheryll married Loren D. Peterson and lived in Callaway, Redfern Table, and Sumner before moving to Arnold to farm in 1973.  In 1982, they moved to Powell Canyon Ranch where she lived until her death.

To this union, two sons were born.  James and Cory.  They were the loves of her life.

Her most recent job was the manager of Hidden Valley Campground, where she was fondly known as “The Sherriff.”

Cheryll loved to watch her sons, later her grandkids, nieces and nephews participate in school activities. She also enjoyed Cory’s rodeo days, camping, caring for her farm animals, major league baseball, especially the New York Mets and Washington Nationals. In her younger days, she hunted deer.  Loved sunrises, especially at the ranch, full moons, country music, flowers, and the beach.  Sunsets on the beach and the pelicans were her favorite and she traveled to Florida as often as she could to enjoy them.

She loved all things Disney, but her trips to Walt Disney World with her sister, family, and friends were the high pointe of her Florida vacations.  She visited so many times, in fact, she had lost count of the number.

If you needed tools or parts or anything, Cheryll was your go to girl. Farm, livestock, house, or garden, she had what you needed or knew where to find it.

Mama Cheryll was a no-nonsense kind of girl and could bring you to your senses with one look over her glasses or a tap of her cane if you were misbehaving.

Cheryll was preceded in death but her parents.  She is survived by her husband, Loren D. of Arnold, sons: James of Central City, Cory (Mindy) of Arnold, grandchildren, Brandon of Lincoln, Josh of Fort Collins, CO, Logan and Devin of Arnold, Sister Jeanne Malcom (Jim Metzger) of Cozad, brother Mitch Helmuth of Cozad, numerous nieces, nephews, grand-dogs and friends. Cheryll will be missed but never forgotten

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