Bev Schmeekle

Beverly Schmeekle

Beverly D. Schmeeckle, 85, of Gothenburg, died March 24, 2020 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. She was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Wild Horse Valley north of Brady, daughter of Reuben Andrew Nathanial and Gertrude Fickenscher Bratten. 

Her family moved to Gothenburg when she was four years old. She attended a one room school, District 91. She graduated from Gothenburg High School, then attended UNL for a time and then St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado.

She married Dale L. Schmeeckle on Jan. 2, 1955, and the couple had two children; Timothy and Susan. Bev dedicated her life to the family farm where she grew up. Her children and her grandchildren were the light of her life and she cherished her little great-grandchildren. She had a special place in her heart for the cattle and showing them.

Bev and Dale were pioneer breeders of Simmental cattle and took many awards, especially with the bull Aristocrat. Bev was an active member of the Nebraska Cattlemen and the Cow-Bells. She judged many Cow-Bells recipe contests. She was recognized for her accomplishments as a Cow-Bell by being inducted into the Cattleman Hall of Fame in 2017. In her later years, she accomplished her lifelong dream of owning a restaurant, The Farmer’s Wife. She was well known for her pies and cheesecakes.

Survivors include a son, Tim Schmeeckle (Teri) of Gothenburg; daughter, Susie Schmeeckle of Gothenburg; grandchildren: Justina, Robert, Shelby, Shawna, Jason, Shane and Leila; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Cheryl (Larry) Wieskamp of Lincoln; along with many extended family and friends.

Beverly was preceded in death by husband, Dale; her parents Rueben and Gertrude; and her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn (Jim) Peterson.

A Celebration of Life for Bev will be held at a later date.

Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Thursday, March 26. Private family services were held at Gothenburg Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the American Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be left for the family at