A Memorial Mass for Allan L. Bartak, age 72, of O’Neill, formerly of rural Ewing, will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at St. John’s Catholic Church of Rural Ewing, with burial in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Rural Ewing. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M., Tuesday, March 31, 2015, with a 6:30 P.M. Rosary at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Allan passed away Monday afternoon, March 30, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in O’Neill. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Allan is survived by his stepmother Margy of Neligh, a brother Charles P. (Rita) of Ewing; four sisters, Judy (Bob) Eggerling of Neligh, Beverly (Rex) Weikel of Sloan, IA, Cathy (Keith) Palmer, of Ewing, and Christine (John) Olson of Bartlett:, 12 nieces and nephews and 20 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, an infant brother Charles Eugene, and a nephew Brent Weikel.
Allan was born at Ewing, NE on September 5, 1942, the son of Charles R. (Bud) and Phyllis E. (Savidge) Bartak. He was baptized at St. John's Catholic Church, rural Clearwater, on September 27, 1942. In 1951, he became a resident of the Beatrice State Home for the Mentally Retarded, as at that time there were no programs or local facilities available for children with mental disabilities. In 1975, Allan moved to a group home in Ord, NE. While there he worked at Mid Nebraska (MNIS) in Burwell and later at a grocery store and MNIS in Ord. He was a familiar figure in the Ord cafe, always ordering a "hamburger, five cent coke, and fries." He especially enjoyed going for a ride and ice cream with his dad.
In June, 2003, he moved to Beverly Healthcare, now Golden Living Center, in O'Neill. Allan loved farm animals, tractors, coffee, sweets, Halloween, pumpkins, Christmas songs, and receiving gifts. He brought joy to many with his cheerful nature and occasional joke playing.
Carol B. Williams, 88
Carol B. Williams, 88, of Ord passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Mid Nebraska Individual Services. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Carol was born October 15, 1926, the youngest of 11 children to Bert and Stella (Fuller) Williams in Valley County, Nebraska. He was raised on the Williams family farm south of North Loup and received his education at Barker Country School.
Following high school, Carol worked as a carpenter for Charlie Kriewald. He then began his own construction business, Carol Williams Construction, building many homes in Ord and the surrounding area. Later in life he farmed and ranched with his brothers-in-law, LeRoy and Lores Zikmund.
On April 15, 1947, Carol was united in marriage to Vivian Zikmund at Ord, Nebraska. The couple lived their married life in Ord. Vivian passed away on September 30, 1997.
Carol was a charter member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and working on the ranch.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Trevor Fischer of Ord; a son, Daris Williams of Ord; one sister, Grace Rice of Ord; five grandchildren, Todd and Kara Fischer, Tye and Amy Fischer, Mia and Cody Casteel, Shane and Kim Williams and Tonya Williams; and 9 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian; a son, David Williams; six brothers, Harold, Elwyn, Lester, H.A. “Tex”, Vernon, and Udell “Bud”; and three sisters, Ella Davis, Audrey Bunce, Delpha Smith.
Kaye Colleen Stine, 75
Kaye Colleen Stine, 75, formerly of North Loup, Nebraska, died January 19, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV.
Kaye was born in Grand Island, NE, April 16, 1939, the daughter of Roy & Beulah Stine. She graduated from North Loup High School with the Class of 1956. Out of high school, Kaye was employed in Banking in Lincoln, Reno & Kearney, before settling in Reno, NV, in 1966. Later she became a Casino Dealer, which was her main occupation for much of her career. She also sold real estate for a few years. In 2002 Kaye moved to Las Vegas.
Survivors include two brothers, Ray Stine, North Loup, NE and Jerry Stine, Omaha, NE, Sister-in-law Patricia Stine, Omaha, NE; 6 nieces & nephews and 18 great nieces & great nephews.
Graveside services at the North Loup Hillside Cemetery will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Memorials are suggested to Compassion Care Hospice Las Vegas.
James A. Spilinek, 79
James A. “Jim” Spilinek, 79, of Ord passed away on March 24, 2015, after a brief stay at the Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Ord First United Methodist Church in Ord. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Military honors will be presented by the Clifford Clark American Legion Post #298 of Burwell. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society to be used for cancer research. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
James Albert was born July 17, 1935, on the family farm southwest of Elba, Nebraska to Joseph and Augusta (Ingerle) Spilinek. He spent his childhood on farms near Elba, Scotia and Burwell. Jim received his education at Scotia and Burwell where he graduated from high school in 1954.
Jim served in the United States Army from 1954-1957, and was stationed at Fort Eielson in Alaska. Following the military he returned to Burwell and worked for Sam Cassidy.
On May 27, 1961, Jim was united in marriage to Clara Ann Worden at Ord, Nebraska. To this union two daughters were born, Becky and Deb. The couple made their home in the Ord area and 1964, they settled on an acreage west of Ord.
Jim’s worked in various capacities of farming and ranching. He was employed by the Alfalfa Mill, Ord Feed Store, Ord Locker and Grunkemeiers’ Locker at Burwell. He worked for many local farmers and neighbors including Geweke’s, Al Moudry, Stanley Nolte and Albert Hruza. When he wasn’t helping others, he farmed, milked cows and had a cattle herd.
Jim’s had a passion for cattle and going to livestock and farm auctions. He was a regular at the Burwell Rodeo, helping in the shoots and participating in the Wild Horse Races. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, country music and dancing to polkas and waltzes. He was a member of the Ord First United Methodist Church, Burwell American Legion Post #298 and Ord American Legion Post #7029. Jim was a 20 year volunteer for the area food commodities.
Anyone who knew Jim knew he had the gift to gab and he always had a story to share. Jim’s family and grandchildren were the most important to him. He will be remembered for making homemade ice cream at the grandkid’s birthday gatherings.
Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Becky Houchin of Lincoln; and Deb and Dave Schmidt of Grand Island; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Luella Spilinek of Ord; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Alice Cunningham of Weeping Water, Frances and Roy Mares of Burwell, Laura Knight of Pahrump, Nevada and Peg Mohr of Lincoln; a sister-in-law, June Worden of Ord; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Clara Ann; two sons-in-law, Tim Drevo and Lonnie Houchin; one brother, Franklin Spilinek; and three sisters, Shirley Bonsall, Betty Johnson and Patricia Davis.
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