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Friends reach out in spirit of Conner, Colten GentryTell North Platte what you think
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Colten, at left, and Conner Gentry
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Elaine Grasz
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The Grasz family

Just five days after two boys and a 45-year-old mother were killed, nearly 10,000 people have liked a Facebook page dedicated to Conner and Colten Gentry, victims of a tragic accident Thursday near Maxwell.

Tributes to Elaine Grasz are plentiful too.

A memorial service to the Gentry boys will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Brady High School, where the boys attended school in the eighth and fourth grades.

The story of the tragic fatal accident has traveled far and wide, evoking good wishes from nearly everyone who hears it.

It’s almost like there is a need for people to come together, the boys’ uncle Terry Fletcher said.

A slick road is blamed for the wreck, causing the Gentry’s eastbound Kia Sportage to slide sideways at 7:20 a.m. on the U.S. Highway 30 overpass near Maxwell, right into the path of an oncoming westbound vehicle.

Both cars burst into flames. The Gentrys, ages 14 and 10, were headed to school in Brady.

The Facebook page is called “R.I.P Conner&Colton.”

“Love what the children are doing in memory of Conner and Colton,” wrote Mary Jane Brauer of Dallas, Texas. “I send my love to all of you to. God’s peace be with your heart and I know it hurts to lose classmates. I did too in school. To all the children and teachers at Brady, I send my prayers and love to each of you too.”

Elaine Grasz, 45, died in the passenger seat of the westbound car, a Chevrolet Lumina. She and her husband Terry, 46, were coming from Brady, headed to work in North Platte after they dropped their son at the Brady school.

Terry Grasz was pulled from the wreck. He is currently in a hospital in Omaha. Late Monday he was reportedly responding to pain and had squeezed a nurse’s hand, according to the facebook page.

The Gentry boys were well loved, their Uncle Terry told the Bulletin Monday.

“They’d do anything for anyone,” Fletcher said. “They had helpful hearts of gold.”

The boys loved the outdoors, playing sports and hunting and fishing. Conner, the oldest, bagged a deer nearly a year ago during hunting season. Colten had a passion for singing and dancing. They both had beautiful smiles and gleaming personalities, according to their obituary.

They especially liked to fish with their grandfather Terry Fletcher, Sr.

“They would always kid him, “Nice minnow, Grandpa,” Terry Jr. said.

They also liked to toss the football and play basketball when they visited their other grandparents, Don and Pam Abegg, Terry said.

Friends have clicked on the facebook page from all over the United States and at least two countries overseas, Fletcher said.

“Need to be thinking about the family and their suffering. Feel for them. Can't imagine losing two of your children like that. Pray for the family,” friend Nancy Lyons said.

The page contains fond wishes and memories, plus a You Tube video of photos and music, created by one of their friends, Tyrah Leigh. The Nickelback song “Photograph” provides the background of the moving, healing video.

One image in the video is Psalm 23, which says “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

After school, they would get home and immediately want to go to the cows, which meant to the home of Bob and Marie Jones, where they helped with chores.

Uncle Terry, who operates his own trucking service, said the boys liked to go with him on trips.

Terry Fletcher said he plans to talk to the Maxwell volunteer fire department Wednesday, to thank them for all they did at the scene.

Cards may be sent to Bridget and Justin Gentry, c/o Don Abegg, 709 West First, North Platte NE 69101.

A memorial account is established for the Gentry family at Centris Federal Credit Union in North Platte. Checks can be made to “Gentry Memorial” c/o Centris Federal Credit Union, 301 E. Philip, North Platte NE 69101.

Memorials may be given in the name of Elaine Grasz to Adams Bank & Trust, P.O. 189, North Platte, NE 69103. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.

Services for Elaine had not been set as of Monday.

The Gentry boys are survived by their parents, Bridget and Justin; grandparents, Pam (Don) Abegg, Terry (Kathy) Fletcher and Miriam Bratten; aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates, and many other friends.

They were preceded in death by great-grandparents, Herman and Evelyn Bratten and Raymond "Pete" Collins; a great-aunt, Connie Fleck; a grandfather, Billy Gentry; an infant brother, Dawson; and an uncle, Shane Petska.

A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com.

Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/29/2012
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