Shirley A. DeBusk, 87, of Sargent died Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Heritage Hall in Broken Bow. Services will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent. The Rev. Marvin Bauer will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 PM Monday at the funeral home.
Philip J. Seefus, 77
Philip John Seefus 77 of Milford, NE formerly of Scotia passed away Tuesday, April 21 at the Sunrise Country Manor at Milford, NE.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 am at the Scotia Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Middendorf officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until service time on Saturday at the church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Philip was born January 31, 1938 in Grand Island to Philip and Amelia (Bredthauer) Seefus. P.J. was raised at Scotia and graduated from Scotia High School. He had worked as a farm hand for Willard Bremer for 15 years. He continued to make his home at Scotia until moving to Milford
Survivors include a number of Bredthauer cousins.
P.J. was preceded in death by his parents.
Luetta J. Hurlbert, 87
Luetta J. Hurlbert, 87, of Ord, died peacefully in the company of her three daughters on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Country House Residence in Grand Island.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice to be designated later. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Luetta Joan Kuehl was born April 22, 1927, Arbor Day, on the family farm in Ord, Nebraska. Her parents were Fred “Fritz” Kuehl Jr. and Azra (Rose) Kuehl. A brother, Gordon, died in infancy a year before Luetta’s birth.
Luetta loved growing up on the farm, which has been in her family since the late 1800s. She took great joy in her many pets, especially her dog “Brownie,” who once saved her from getting lost in the cornfields when she was a toddler. As a young girl, she enjoyed playing with paper dolls, making scrapbooks of the movie stars of the day, and listening to radio programs with her parents in the evenings.
A 1944 graduate of Ord High School, Luetta acted with the Thespian Club, played clarinet in the band, and cheered on the Chanticleers as a member of the Ordette pep club. During her sophomore year, a snappy dresser named Orie Hurlbert caught her eye in history class. They became high school sweethearts and were later married on May 25, 1947, in Ord. They remained a devoted couple throughout their 65 years of marriage until Orie’s death in 2012.
After graduating from high school, Luetta set off for a summer adventure with friend Elinor Koelling. The two worked in a coffee shop in Estes Park, Colorado. Luetta also worked briefly at a department store in Omaha with friend Reva Wattles. But home soon beckoned, and she returned to Ord and married Orie. Together, they ran the family farm for more than a half century.
Luetta was a strong advocate for education and studied to become a teacher after high school. She taught for about 10 years in area one-room country schools, including Brick, Brace, and Cottonwood. She and her father both attended Brace, and Luetta later taught her two oldest daughters there for a few years before they transferred to the Ord public schools.
Luetta was an active volunteer in the community and served in many organizations, including the Order of Eastern Star, the PEO sisterhood, and the Woman’s Club of Ord. For many years, she was a leader of the Pinafore Pals 4-H Club with Betty Jo Axthelm. She was also a proud member of the Presbyterian Church of Ord and taught Sunday school for several years.
As a couple, Orie and Luetta enjoyed playing bridge in clubs and with friends. The greatly loved their “Birthday Bunch,” a group of couples who celebrated each other’s birthdays by eating out and playing cards. Members included Henry “Hank” and Marcile Adams; George and Marie Cetak; and Harold and Del Christensen.
Luetta was a kind, outgoing person with a lively sense of humor. Throughout her life, she was a constant source of love and support for her three daughters and their families: Pam and Doug Ackles of St. Paul, Nebraska; Jackie Hurlbert and Steve Eichenberger of Portland, Oregon; and Shelly and Eric Meyer, also of Portland, Oregon. She also treasured her three grandchildren—Kent Ackles, Kylee Moormann, and Emily Meyer—as well as her two great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Prescott Moormann.
We love you, Luetta, and we’ll carry your spirit in our hearts forever.
Hubert D. Bowley, 97
Hubert D. Bowley, 97, of Ord formerly of Taylor died Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord. Graveside services will be at 11 A.M. Tuesday April 14 at the Taylor Cemetery with military honors. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent.
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