Bernard Dale Craven, 83, of Bassett, Nebraska died January 21, 2015 at Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to Parkside Manor, Ascera Care Hospice, Burwell Color Guard or Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Bernard was born May 16, 1931 to James and Mary (Thomas) Craven at Berwyn, Nebraska.
Bernard was raised on a ranch near Burwell. He went to country school and then graduated from Burwell High School.
After graduation Bernard worked as a lineman for the power company and also worked at the Nickels ranch. On July 8, 1952 Bernard entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged on July 7, 1954. Bernard worked as a lineman for Stake Construction before moving to Rose, Nebraska in 1955. He worked for Dutch and Isabel Swanson for thirteen years. Bernard married Darlene Kirby in June of 1955 in Ord, Nebraska and they were later divorced. Bernard bought the ranch from Dutch and Isabel after their retirement.
Bernard married Janice Butts on September 25, 1976 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Jan died on December 21, 2000.
Bernard enjoyed ranching and was a member of the Burwell Legion, the Sandhills Cattleman Association, the Rose School board and the Soil Conservation board.
Bernard is survived by five children, Deb and Larry Schwanke of Amboy, Minnesota, Vicky and Nyal Moninger of Dupree, South Dakota, Doug and Dolores Craven of Bassett, Nebraska, Jackie and Lynn Barta of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Jim Craven of Newport, Nebraska. Twenty two grandchildren, forty eight great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. A sister, AnnaBelle Craven of Central Point, Oregon and nieces and nephews.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jan Craven, a step son, Jeff Roggasch, Two sisters, Sarah Donner and Isabel and Eldon “Tub” Mattern, two brothers, Thomas Craven and Bill Craven. Two great-grandchildren, Hayden Craven and Madeline Wiley.
Vera M. Berryman, 97
Vera M. Berryman, 97, of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Howard County Medical Center.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia United Methodist Church or the Scotia EMT’s. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Vera Marie was born September 1, 1917, the oldest of five children to Hugh and Alta (Wilken) Pickrel in York County, Nebraska.
Following graduation from York High School, Vera attended York College to study business. She was active in Campfire Girls, becoming a camp leader and in Job’s Daughters, being a past honored Queen.
On July 30, 1944, Vera was united in marriage to Evan Smith. To this union two children were born, Evan and Pamela.
The family moved to Scotia in 1948, to manage S.E. Smith and Sons Lumberyard. Vera was a business woman, having been a private secretary and bookkeeper before her marriage. In 1960, she took over the business upon Evan’s death.
On May 5, 1973, Vera married Dana Berryman. The couple enjoyed spending winters in Lake Havasu, Arizona where they made many lasting friendships. Mr. Berryman passed away in 1998.
Vera was a member of the Scotia United Methodist Church, Daughter’s of Faith Circle; 58 Year member of American Legion Auxiliary, Scotia Women’s Club and served on the Scotia Library Board. She loved spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought a special joy to her life.
Survivors include her son, Evan of Scotia; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Mike Hudson of Holdrege; grandchildren, Lisa and Shaun Jensen, Brent and Kami Hudson; and Kelly and Patrick Straatmann; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mackenna, Mackinley and Beau Jensen; Karley and Claire Hudson and Dalton and Wyatt Straatmann; a sister, Dorothy Tucker of North Liberty, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Jane Bernard and Helen Smith both of Shelton, Nebraska; and a brother-in-law, Don Hennings of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Evan Smith and Dana Berryman; a sister, Ruth Hennings; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh and Alice Pickrel and Evan and Maxine Pickrel; and three brothers-in-law, Robert Tucker, Jacques Smith and Franklin Bernhard.
Thomas H. Wallin, 86
Thomas “Tommy” H. Wallin, 86, of Scotia, Nebraska, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.
Memorial services were held at 7 pm on Monday, January 19th at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. The Rev. Mark Middendorf officiated. Sue Vlach was organist and David Winter, the vocalist. His body was cremated and will be inurned at a later date. Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Tommy was born September 11, 1928, in Central City, Nebraska, to Hilmer and Ema (Hannigan) Wallin. The family farmed in Merrick and Loup Counties. Tommy attended schools in both counties and graduated from Loup County High School in 1946.
He enlisted in the Navy, serving from June 1946 until June 1948. As a Yeoman Third Class, he was stationed primarily in California.
On February 4, 1950, he married Berneice Olson at the Methodist parsonage in Burwell. To this union, a daughter, Barbara, was born. They made their home in the Taylor area until they moved to Scotia in 1953, where they farmed and fed cattle. Berneice passed away on February 9, 2006, and Tommy continued to live on the farm until the time of his death.
Tommy and Berniece were organizational leaders of the Tail Twisters 4-H Club, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. He served on the Scotia Public School board and was involved in the Howard Co. Feeders & Breeders. He enjoyed going to cattle sales and checking pastures on horseback. His love for all these activities was overshadowed by his love for his grandchildren.
Tommy was baptized and confirmed as a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia.
He is survived by his daughter Barb (Terry) Christensen of North Loup; granddaughter Tara (Cody) Naprstek of Lexington; grandson Bradley (Melissa) Christensen of Columbus; and great-grandchildren Trevor and Mallery Schultz, also from Columbus. Additional survivors include his sister, Sarah (Bill) Putters of Pensacola, Florida; an aunt, Nona Wallin of Omaha; sister-in-laws Clara Smolik of Alma, Audrey Olson of Newport, Alice Ann Olson of Omaha, and Helen Wilson of Blair; and a brother-in-law Ralph Olson of Lincoln.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation or to the donor’s choice.
Terry R. O'Neel, 56
Terry R. O’Neel, 56, of rural Ord passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Bryan LGH West Medical Center in Lincoln after upper respiratory complications due to an accident on November 7, 2014.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. with a musical prelude beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastors Tom Burkholder and Lonnie Carpenter will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Rose Cemetery at Rose, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Fire Department and the Rose Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Terry Ray was born March 7, 1958, to Myron “Mike” and Beverly (Tucker) O’Neel at St. Louis, Missouri. The family moved back to the Sandhills of Nebraska when Terry was two years old. In 1962, the family settled in Ord, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm outside of Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1976. Terry enjoyed spending his summers participating in high school rodeos and helping his grandparents on their ranch near Rose, Nebraska.
In 1978, Terry was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Denise Ann Woodgate. The couple worked on a large ranch in the Sandhills, north of Burwell. In 1980, they made their home in Ord, where they raised their family of three children, Tyler, Travis and Timbre.
Terry began surveying for the Bureau of Reclamation and worked on the Calamus Dam project. In 1995, he took a job surveying with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Over the next 20 years, he worked his way up to a Computer Technician for District #4.
Terry enjoyed hosting the annual T Bar D musical festival; making cappuccino for his three grandchildren and collecting firearms. He especially liked spending time outdoors, riding his Harley, and scuba diving, He went on many Pack Mule trips in the Rocky Mountains; and shared cowboy poetry around the campfire.
Terry was a member of the Patriot Guard, Rocky Mountain Mule Association and the Ord Assembly of God Church.
On November 7, 2014, following an accident that left him a quadriplegic, and on life support; Terry never asked why. Terry was very strong in his faith and an inspiration to many. He used the time God gave him to show others courage, faith and peace.
On January 15, 2015, Terry became a hero when he passed on to his heavenly home. Through him, a miracle was answered for three families as he donated his vital organs to save their lives. His body was then bequeathed to medical science for further education. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and selfless acts toward others.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Denise O’Neel of Ord; his father, Mike O’Neel of Ord; two sons, Tyler O’Neel and Travis O’Neel and his fiancé, Catherine Lee all of Ord; one daughter, Timbre O’Neel and her fiancé, Tyler Crumrine all of Ord; three grandchildren, Treyton, Kaiya and Katrina Cassell all of Ord; a brother, Rod O’Neel of Burwell; father-in-law, Gerald “Woody” Woodgate of Ord; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Michelle Woodgate of St. Paul; three nephews, Clinton O’Neel and Kyle and Dylan Woodgate; and a niece, Darci O’Neel.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly O’Neel; sister-in-law, Wendy (Mrs. Rod) O’Neel and mother-in-law, Elvera Woodgate. Isaiah 40:31 Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.
LINCOLN -- Nebraska men's basketball built a 14-point first-half lead and topped Michigan State, 79-77, on Saturday. Terran Petteway scored a season-high 32 points in the victory. The Huskers have won four of their last five games.
UNL's halftime advantage ballooned to 17 in the second half. That got trimmed down to four with 54 seconds left. Shavon Shields had his inbound stolen, but MSU didn't get a clean shot off in the final seconds.
Petteway finished the night 10-17 from the field. It's the tenth time this season he's tallied more than 20 points.
Attendees, coaches and players wore yellow "Avery Strong" shits during the game in support of Avery Harriman, the seven-year-old son of Nebraska Assistant Coach Chris Harriman. The younger Harriman has been battling leukemia. The event was to raise awareness for the National Marrow Donor Program.