Geraldine LaNell Clark
Geraldine LaNell Clark
Oct. 9, 1938 - Jan. 21, 2020
TRENTON, Neb. — Geraldine LaNell Clark of Trenton passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Community Hospital in McCook, surrounded by her loving family. She was 81 years old.
Geraldine was born on Oct. 9, 1938, at Clovis, N,M., to parents, Thomas Edward and Clementine (Messina) Webb. She graduated from Fort Sumner, New Mexico High School in 1956.
Geraldine was a very determined, head strong, successful entrepreneur who loved a challenge. Settling in Nebraska, Geraldine co-owned the Trenton Texaco station expanded business and opened Bariod Drilling Mud Co. and then Clark Trucking Co. During the 1979 truckers strike, Geraldine took to the road and became one of the first female truck drivers in America. She opened Gerry’s Tavern in Trenton and became active in farming. She then expanded her interests in the oil drilling business, setting on the board of various oil companies. She became even more active in the cattle business, always saying it’s what she enjoyed most. In the late 1980s she built and opened Rockin Robins in McCook and ventured into gaming. As she was nearing retirement, she “snowbirded” to Marco Island, Florida and opened a hair salon and a chain of pawnshops called the Gold Nugget. After over a decade, she returned to Nebraska and set to open one last business, the Blue Moon Saloon in Culbertson, we all know how that ended. Lol.
When Geraldine was not working, you could find her enjoying a good game of cards, bowling, fishing, and traveling. She volunteered several years as a softball coach and loved spending time with her grandchildren and her many pets.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Thomas and Clementine Webb; daughter, Sheryl Koestel; and siblings, Harvey Gibson, Palmer “Skeeter” Webb, Ann Brennan, and Dessie Lewis-Hurd.
Survivors include her children, Dana (Dennis) Chambers of Culbertson, Robin (Colby Hall) Schaffert of McCook and Bruce (Charles Grogan) of Miami, Fla.; siblings, LeRoy (Georgine) Gibson of Roswell, N.M., Mauro (Mary) Gibson of Roswell and Marion Bailey of Santa Fe, N.M.; seven grandchildren, Levi Lucero, Brody Lucero, Kaden Clark, Jaden Clark, Logan Schaffert, Bransen Schaffert and Daniel Schaffert; and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.
Memorials may be given in her name.
A book signing will be at Herrmann Jones Funeral Home in Trenton on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, 2:30 p.m., at Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel with Jamie Mockry officiating. Burial will follow at Trenton Cemetery, Trenton, Neb.
Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook is entrusted with arrangements.