Jeffrey Lee McCandless, 52, of Gothenburg passed away at his home on June 7, 2019.

Jeff was born on Jan. 6, 1967, in North Platte to Gary and Gerri (Freeze) McCandless.

He attended North Platte Public Schools graduating with the class of 1985. After graduation he attended Wyo Tech to pursue a career in diesel mechanics.

He married Victoria Dodson on May 28, 1988, in North Platte. To this union three children were born, Samantha, Josef and Kyle. Jeff worked at a marina in Wyoming before moving to Colorado Springs as a boat mechanic. He eventually moved back to North Platte where he worked at Twin Rivers Diesel, and Mid NE Diesel. He was hired on the Union Pacific as an engineer, where he was currently employed.

Jeff married Jill Larson Ostergard on May 7, 2013.

He enjoyed the outdoors, was an excellent craftsman, loved to travel and loved his family, as they loved him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jill; grandparents, Howard and Helga Freeze, and Ray and Verla McCandless; grandson, Seven Thomas; and an aunt, JuDee Wilnes.

Survivors include his children, Samantha (Joshua) Thomas of Omaha, Josef (Cassandra Kastens) McCandless of Ashland, and Kyle McCandless of Omaha; parents, Gary and Gerri McCandless of North Platte; grandchildren, Sadie, Selah, Scarlett and Jase Thomas; brother, Troy McCandless of Blair; mother-in-law, Jenelle Larson: step-children, Abby (Sean) Sabin, Alexa (Joe) Libel, and Stefen Ostergard; and step-grandson, Dawson Ostergard.

Memorials are suggested to Maranatha Bible Camp and online condolences may be shared at

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the Baptist Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Dan Urman officiating with burial to follow at the North Platte Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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