William “Bill” Vancura, 105, of Ord passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Brian Jenkins and Doug Mach will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to Rose Lane Home. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
William was born November 26, 1907, on a farm southwest of Elyria, Nebraska to Louis Sr. and Bessie (Klat) Vancura. At the age of two he moved with his family to a farm seven miles west of Ord and received his education at Fairplay Country School District #26.
On February 1, 1933, William was united in marriage to Agnes Vodehnal at Ord, Nebraska. The couple spent most of their married life together farming on the farm west of Ord where Bill was raised
In 1993, they retired from farming and moved into Ord and later resided at Grandview Living Center. Mrs. Vancura passed away on February 25, 2006; the couple was married for 72 years. Bill has made his home at Rose Lane Home in Loup City for the last three and a half years.
Bill served on the Fairplay School Board, Michigan Township Board and Ord Creamery Board. While living on the farm he maintained the county roads in the Michigan Township and also worked as a repair lineman for the local telephone company. Bill enjoyed fishing, gardening and polka music.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Doris Vancura of rural Ord; a daughter, Darlene (Mrs. Jerry) Mach of Burwell; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Bernice Vodehnal of Loup City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Agnes; a son-in-law, Jerry Mach, a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Mach; one brother, Louis Vancura, Jr.; and three sisters, Bessie Janicek, Emma Vodehnal and Wilma Micek.
Stanley H. Barr, 92
Stanley, H. Barr Sr., 92, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Mr. Barr’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Pastor Bruce Phillips will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. with Military Honors provided by the Ord American Legion Post #38 and VFW Post #7029. Memorials are suggested to the VFW Post #7029, North Loup United Methodist Church, Ord Fire Rescue Department and community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Stanley was born May 20, 1921, to Harvey and Christina (Holmes) Barr at Arcadia, Nebraska where the Barr family first homesteaded. His father later moved to the family farm in North Loup. Stan was boarded out in his early years with the Sorensen family of Sorensen Dairy in Arcadia where he delivered milk by horse drawn wagon. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1938 and then enlisted in the United States Navy. Stan served with distinction as a torpedo-man on a U.S. Submarine in the Pacific during World War II.
Following his discharge from the Navy, Stan owned and operated a tavern in Ravenna, Nebraska. He met Huldah Bea McLead and the couple was united in marriage on September 25, 1950. They moved to North Loup to assume management of the family farm. The couple had three children, Stan Jr., Sharellyn and Roger E. His wife, Bea passed away in July of 1985, and Stan remarried Dorthy (Morris) Sich on February 14, 1988.
Stan was a member of the Ord VFW Post 7029.
Survivors include a son, Roger E. Barr of Omaha; a daughter-in-law, Kate Barr of North Loup; grandchildren, Tim (Andrea) Barr of Brighton, CO, Julie (Ed) Thiel of Comstock; and Lisa (Johnathan) Tomjack of Ord; great-grandchildren, Paxton and Rylan Barr, Skylar and Westin Thiel and Kaden and Treyton Tomjack. Stan is also survived by his second wife, Dorthy Sich-Barr and her children, Roxanne (Rick) Nelson of Hastings, Rose Ellen (Ken) Harvey of Kearney and David Sich of Holbrook, NE; grandchildren, Derrick Nelson, Brittany Sorensen, David Harvey and Heather Crawford; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jamin, Joseph, Lexi and Beth Crawford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bea; his daughter, Sharellyn (Barr) Sartain; his son, Stan Barr Jr.; and a sister, Hazel Gudmundsen.
Frances Lenet Ballagh, 91
Frances Lenet Ballagh, 91, of Missoula, Montana formerly of Burwell, Nebraska died May 9, 2013 in Missoula.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., June 12, 2013 at the Untied Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Inurnment will be in Banner Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to Burwell American Legion Post #298 or American’s First. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Frances was born March 20, 1922 at Inez, Nebraska to Elmer and Mable (Gilman) Enbody. She was educated in a rural school and graduated in 1940 from Atkinson High School. After graduation she taught in a rural school.
Frances married James E. Ballagh on November 22, 1940. They lived on a ranch north of Burwell, Nebraska, where they ranched for 46 years. Three children were born to this union, Dennis James born August 26, 1944, Kenneth Roger born October 11, 1947 and Nancy Lynn born June 9, 1950.
After Jim died on August 5, 1986 Frances moved into Burwell. In 1999 she moved to Montana to be near her family.
Frances loved to read, knit, crochet, square dance and enjoyed flowers and was an enthusiastic card player. Frances wrote poetry and was often asked to write for some occasions in the community. Frances loved her family and was a devoted wife, loving mother and a doting grandmother.
Frances was a member of the Burwell United Methodist Church, Garfield Rebekah Lodge and the Willing Helpers Extension Club since 1941.
Frances is survived by two children, Ken and Linda Ballagh of Gardiner, Montana and Nancy and Ron VanLaningham of Florence, Montana. Six grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Three sisters; Mable Eggleston of Wheatland, Wyoming, Betty Winings of Atkinson, Nebraska and Estelle “Babe” Blomgren of Winlock, Washington.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Dennis three brothers, Warren Enbody, George Enbody and James Enbody and three sisters, Helen Bilstein and two as infants.
Jane Kathleen Landaw, 63
Jane Kathleen Landaw, 63, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 6, 2013 at Shakopee, Minnesota.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson, Nebraska. Pastor Don Myer and Pastor Jeffrey Wohlfert will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Landaw Japanese Ministry. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Jane Kathleen Landaw, who was born on November 13, 1949 in Burwell, Nebraska, grew up on her family’s ranch near Chambers, NE; moving to Swan Lake when she was in High School. Jane talked fondly of her elementary school years when she and her sister Judy rode horses to their one room school house in the area. Jane enjoyed helping her parents on the ranch, competing in rodeos, and helping at the Gospel Tent.
Growing up, Jane was known as Janie by her family, but in college she was known as Jane. This was just the beginning of Jane being known by many names. Through her years, she was known as Babes, by her husband, Harry; Mom, by her two daughters, Jill and Heidi; Aunt Jane, by her siblings’ children, as well as all of the missionary kids in Japan; Jane Sensei, by the Christians in Japan; and Grammie, by her two grandchildren, Zoe and Eli. Regardless of what she was called day to day, what everyone saw through Jane was a gracious servant and a special child of God.
At the age of eight, Jane accepted Jesus as her personal Savior, at her mother’s knee. Soon after that Jane felt God’s call on her life to serve as a missionary to Japan. Jane attended and graduated from Crown College in Minnesota. During college Jane met Harry Landaw who had also felt God’s call on his life for missionary service. Jane and Harry were united in marriage at Cedar Creek Church on June 11, 1971. Before going to Japan as missionaries, Jane assisted Harry as he served as Associate Pastor at Rosehill Alliance Church in St. Paul, MN and Senior Pastor at Owen Alliance Church in Wisconsin. On August 28, 1979, Jane & Harry, along with Jill and Heidi, arrived in Japan to begin 34 years of service as missionaries with The Christian & Missionary Alliance. Jane and Harry served in 6 church plants in the greater Tokyo area, and served as Team Leaders for the Japan Field for 8 years.
In those church planting ministries, Jane led women’s Bible studies; mentored many women, including pastors’ wives and young mothers; taught many English conversation classes; and, made countless meals for visitors to Japan from all over the world. Jane was also a faithful woman of prayer, praying for many people each day in her devotional time. She also devoted many hours each week in writing update letters to our prayer supporters and words of encouragement to new believers.
In Jane and Harry’s final year in Japan, they followed God’s calling yet again to be involved in a 7th church plant in the tsunami devastated region of Japan. They pioneered a new Alliance effort to assist in relief and outreach ministries to the needy people of that region. The result of their effort was the establishment of Ishinomaki New Life Center in the heart of the devastated area. Jane was heavily involved in those relief and outreach ministries. She baked many homemade goodies and along with many volunteers from the Tokyo area, distributed those special goodies to hundreds of people living in temporary housing units. Many people were touched by her smile and would invite her into their very small temporary living quarters to enjoy green tea and have one-on-one conversations. Jane used these opportunities to share the love of God to these people who were struggling with putting their lives back together after the devastation of the tsunami.
During their early months in Ishinomaki, Jane’s health began to decline causing her to seek special treatment at a Japanese hospital. After undergoing colon surgery in Japan, Jane was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Jane and Harry returned to the United States on April 24, 2012, to begin aggressive chemotherapy treatments at Mayo Clinic. Jane graciously fought the battle against cancer for just over a year, never letting the cancer define her. Her motto was “I’m not dying from cancer. I’m living with cancer.” Jane was able to spend many hours with her family and friends in Minnesota and Nebraska continuing to bless them in countless ways even as her health suffered.
When Jane was asked about her primary goals for her hospice care, she let the medical staff know that she wanted to have relief from her pain and that she wanted to finish strong. Jane did just that. She praised her Creator and blessed those who cared for her, visited her, and called her from all over the world. Jane’s life work of being a strong servant of God carried her through to her last day. She accomplished her goal of finishing strong. Although Jane is no longer with us here on earth, she left a legacy that will continue to live on through those of us on both sides of the ocean that were blessed to know her.
The verse that Jane and Harry have had on their Prayer Card for the past 34 years is from Isaiah 9:2. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (NIV). It was Jane’s joy to share the light of the gospel with people who had never heard that gospel before.
Jane is survived by her husband, Harry of Burwell, NE; two children: Jill Landaw, of Shakopee, MN, and Heidi and Rolando Tanguma of Belle Plaine, MN; two grandchildren: Zoe and Eli Tanguma of Belle Plaine, MN; three siblings: older sister, Judy Garwood of O’Neill, NE; younger sister, Gala Myer (and, husband, Don) of Malcolm, NE; and, younger brother, Ross Garwood (and wife, Linda) of Amelia, NE.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Arlene Garwood.
A 40% chance of storms did not deter 95 hot rods and customs from traveling to Ord for the 38th Annual Rod Run. Entries came from Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina. Entries that won awards are as follows:
Peoples Choice: Jim and Pat Proskocil of Plattsburg, MO with their '57 Ford Thunderbird
Club Choice: Donny and Michelle Rockford of Grand Island, NE with their '67 Chevrolet Chevelle
Best Muscle Car: Jerry Sack of St Paul, NE with his '61 Chevrolet Bel Air
Best Street Rod: Roger and Kay Peters of Juniata, NE with their '33 Ford Victoria
Best Restored or Original: Misty Horn of Brady, NE with her '56 Ford Customline
Best Paint: Donny Rockford of Grand Island, NE with his '67 Chevrolet Chevelle
Best Engine: Tony Palmieri of Gibbon, NE with his '40 Chevrolet Truck
Best Under Age 25: Shane Arduser of Ord, NE with his '70 Chevrolet Nova
Best Truck or Van: Max Wilson of Burwell, NE with his '63 Chevrolet Panel
Best Open (convertible): Jeremy Bonahoom of Grand Island, NE with his '69 Chevrolet Camaro
Rich Freeman Family Choice: Donald Cockerham of Lincoln, NE with his '66 Chevrolet Nova
Kenneth Zulkoski Family Pick: Bennie Schmidt of Cawker City, KS with his '27 Ford Coupe
Hard Luck: Jean Williams of Ord, NE with his D/D Dragster and '60 Ford Galaxie.
Loup Basin Public Health Wants You To Be Prepared
Most tornadoes in Nebraska happen in the spring and summer, with the majority of activity occurring in the months of April through July. Tornadoes are violent by nature and are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles.
The Loup Basin Public Health Department suggests you prepare in advance for Nebraska’s frequent severe weather. During any type of storm, listen to local news to stay informed about tornado/severe weather watches and warnings. Families should also practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room. Mobile homes are never safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
If you are caught outdoors and cannot quickly get to a shelter you should immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park.
Know the Difference: Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
State Right Of Way Hay Permits
The State program allowing Nebraska landowners to obtain hay harvesting permits is
now in effect. Nebraska landowners whose land abuts the state highway right-of-way have until
July 30 to apply for and receive a $40.00 haying permit.
After July 30, anyone may apply. Proof of one-million dollar liability insurance must
accompany every application. Hay harvesting permits are governed in accordance with
Chapter 39, Article 13 of the Neb.Rev.Stat. §39-1359.01. Any hay harvested without a permit
will become the property of the State and may be confiscated by the Department.
Applicants wishing to obtain a permit are reminded that if a permit for mowing and
harvesting was issued last year, a permit for mowing and harvesting hay from that same area is
not allowed this year. Interstate highways and freeways are excluded from the program.
Abutting landowners who have obtained permits may begin harvesting on July 15, but others
are restricted to harvesting between August 1 and September 15.
The $40.00 permits will be available at NDOR area maintenance offices located across
Nebraska. Complete rules and regulations for hay harvesting can be found at http://www.transportation.nebraska.gov/hay/ or by calling your local state highway maintenance
or District office.
VCHS Offers Grief Class
ORD- In learning to cope with grief it often helps just to talk with someone who can listen patiently and in an understanding manner. Grief support groups can be instrumental in helping people feel less isolated as they move forward at their own pace in their own way in working through their grief.
Earline Riley has this to say about attending a grief support group, “Bill and I have been through an intense couple of years recently – we had multiple ‘blows’ – the death of my mother, my older brother, my father, the death of two of Bill’s sisters, and probably the most devastating blow of all- the death of our eldest daughter. In the midst of all this, Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I lost my job of 35 years and had quadruple bi-pass surgery. Grief is different for everyone, but there is one common thread- the need to share with someone who truly understands, someone who knows what it’s like to feel like you’ve had your heart ripped out and your life turned inside out. When we reached out and attended the grief classes we learned we are NOT going insane, we will NOT be angry all the time, and most importantly, we are NOT ALONE. Grief strikes everyone differently and, quite often, unexpectedly! It won’t last a week, a month, or a year; it can slip up after years and at the oddest times and simply overwhelm you. Grief support classes helped us understand our grief and how to survive it. We encourage anyone to attend a grief support class to help you understand. You are not alone.”
Valley County Health System Hospice is sponsoring Grief Support classes for adults who have lost a loved one. Classes are free of charge and will meet six consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 25 and ending July 30. The classes will be held at the Valley County Home Health and Hospice building at 400 S. 23 Street from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The classes are co-facilitated by Sally Wagner, Rolen Sell, and Marilyn Winkelbauer. If you are interested in learning more about these classes, please contact Marilyn at 308-728-4315.
Keystone XL Opponents Proceed With Lawsuit
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A judge has ruled that opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska can proceed with their legal challenge to a state law that paved the way for a new project route.
Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy on Tuesday rejected a motion by Nebraska state officials to dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by three Nebraska landowners asserts that Gov. Dave Heineman's decision to approve a new pipeline route was rooted in an unconstitutional state law. The law was passed during a special legislative session in 2011 as a way to reroute the pipeline away from Nebraska's environmentally sensitive Sandhills.
Stacy did not rule on the merits of the case, but said opponents should be allowed to present their evidence and arguments.
What Nebraska city do you think will get the new Veterans Hospital