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Rita Lucile (Heppner) Johnson
(February 2, 1932 - April 28, 2014)

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Rita Lucile (Heppner) Johnson

Rita Lucile (Heppner) Johnson, 82, of North Platte passed away April 28, 2014 at her home.  She was born February 2, 1932 in Hershey to Jessie M. and Emma Edna (Northouse) Heppner. 

Rita graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1950 and attended North Platte College.  She married Clarence “Johnny” Johnson on March 14, 1953.  Rita owned a cleaning business and cleaned doctor’s offices, homes and beauty salons all while managing to raise 5 children.  She loved to garden and had quite the green thumb!  She also enjoyed square dancing and was a part of the “Cody Squareanaders”.  She was a loving family woman but was not afraid to show how she was feeling about something.  Rita was a member of the Nazarene Church, VFW, and American Legion Auxiliaries.

Survivors include children, Steven Lee (Phyllis) Johnson and Cynthia (Justin) Goforth all of North Platte, Terry (Jerry) Pitkin of Wisconsin, Linda Jobman and Tim Hansen of North Platte, and Tammy (Eugene) Pursley all of North Platte; 13 grandchildren, LeeAnn (Eddie), Mary, Jesse, Kayle, Brandon, Stacy (Doug), Jackie, Mathew, Minnie (Brent), Emma, Derek, Tyler, and Zachary; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son-in-law, Steve Jobman.

Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Parkview Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Brett Hathway officiating.  Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.  Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.


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