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Mildred B. Valasek, 89




Mildred B. Valášek, age 89, passed away the evening of July 4, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in her hometown of Ord, Nebraska.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Mildred B. Valášek Memorial Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Mildred was born April 18, 1925, at Ord, Nebraska to Anton and Sophia (Juříček) Čapek. Anton and Sophia were of Czechoslovakian descent, part of the wave of European immigrants that settled in Nebraska and the Midwest. Mildred was raised early in her life in Vinton Township, where she attended Cottonwood School. The family then moved to Ord during the height of the Great Depression. She attended grade and high school in Ord. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator, then at Farmer’s Store, before she married.


Mildred married her husband, George Valášek, on April 18, 1945, and they had two children, Gary and Sharon. They raised their children on the family farm, 5 miles east of Ord in the Springdale area of Valley County. In 1976, they sold the farm and bought a home in Ord. Mildred worked as a cook in the Valley County Hospital for 19 years, retiring in 1992. In 2013, she attended her 70th high school reunion.


Mildred was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; WFLA Dennice Lodge #14 (reaching the 50-year milestone); and Rebekahs (a service organization). Her hobbies included quilting, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, reading and gardening. She also enjoyed 4-H with her children, helping them work on their projects. Her family and opportunities to serve others gave her great pleasure throughout her life.


Survivors include son, Gary J, and wife Janet of Fort Collins, CO; daughter, Sharon K, and husband, Gary Lofstrom of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Michelle Valášek and Kendra Cederburg (spouse: Kelley) of Fort Collins, CO; two great-grandchildren, Meagan and Cooper Cederburg of Fort Collins, CO; and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Valla of Ord, NE.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, an infant brother, Milo; and her sister, Sophia Valla.


The Family extends its appreciation for the care given to Mildred by the people at Valley View Living Center.

Carol R. Klug, 66


Carol Rae Klug, 66, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 29, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church. Pastor Alan Petersen and James Lowery will officiate. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Rosebud Cemetery in Bonesteel, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family or the Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation.

Carol was born October 17, 1947 in Gregory, South Dakota to Vernal and Flerida (Turgeon) Glynn. She was a drum majorette while in Bonesteel High School and graduated in 1966. After graduation she lived in Rapid City, South Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa.

Carol married Stanley Klug on June 19, 1971 in Gregory, South Dakota. They lived on a farm in Gregory County until 1975 when they moved to McCook, Nebraska. In 1984 they moved to Valentine, Nebraska and then to Burwell in 1992. After they came to Nebraska they were working in the livestock auction industry. Carol was a clerk for various retail businesses. In September of 2001 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Carol enjoyed knitting, playing cards and was a television buff and she loved spending time with her family; especially, the grandkids.

Carol is survived by her husband Stan Klug of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Arlita and Aaron Hamling of Burwell, Nebraska and Craig Klug of Ord, Nebraska and nine grandchildren. A sister Marvelyn Manke of Euless, Texas.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

David B. Williams, 65






David B. Williams, 65, of Ord passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38; and Offutt Air Force Base Military Honor Guard. Visitation will be prior to the service on Tuesday. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Flag Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

David Bruce was born January 8, 1949, at Ord, Nebraska to Carol B. and Vivian J. (Zikmund) Williams. He was raised in Ord where he received his education and graduated from Ord High School in 1967.

David continued his education at Park’s School of Business in Denver, Colorado, studying electronics.

On March 8, 1969, David was united in marriage to Carolyn Wall at Riverton, Wyoming. To this union a son, Shane was born.

In 1970, David began his career in the United States Air Force. He was stationed all around the world including Okinawa, Greenland, Turkey, Greece, Amsterdam, Tampa Bay, Florida and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service.

David continued to live in Hot Springs where he owned and operated an egg producing chicken farm. He returned to Ord and later resided in St. Paul. David settled in Ord where he continued to live until his passing.

David was a member of the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. He enjoyed muscle cars, and Nebraska Football. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and especially enjoyed duck hunting and Colorado elk hunting.

Survivors include his father, Carol B. Williams and his wife, Jeannette of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Kim Williams of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; an adopted daughter, Tonya Williams, stationed in the US Navy in North Carolina; three grandchildren, Skylar, Shaynna and Ava Williams; a sister and brother-in-law Deb and Trevor Fischer of Ord; and a brother, Daris Williams of Ord.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Williams.

Alfred Clayton "Clay" Craichy, 87



Alfred Clayton "Clay" Craichy, 87, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 after an extended illness in LaBelle, Florida.
 
Mr. Craichy was born in Burwell, Nebraska July 25, 1926.  He traveled and worked all over the continental United States and Central and South America.   A veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne, he worked in the local area as a crop duster and pilot.  


He reared his family in Venezuela for 7 years and then LaBelle, Florida for over 10 ten years.  He was active with many community organizations, as well as, his own crop dusting business and also founded A. Clay Craichy Real Estate in the 1970'​s. 


He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Gladys Craichy, and his sisters, Fran Chase and Josephine (Roy) Stevens​.


Surviving are his children Julie (Wayne) Wilkins, KC (Monica) Craichy, and John (Karen) Craichy; sister, Alice (Linville) Helton; brother, Roger (Sharon) Craichy; grandchildren Charlie, Michael, Johnathan, Kyle, Austin, Sarah, Grace, Joshua, Chassey (Ken)​, Kristopher, Matthew (Jenna))​, Coby, Montana, and Jacqueline; and many nieces and nephews.


Mr. Craichy spent his final year at Oakbrook of LaBelle, where he died.  Memorial service were held in his honor where his children and friends celebrated his life and mourned his passing.


Memorial Services will be held in Burwell at the First Congregation United Church Of Christ on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Hitchcock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 
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Breitkreutz Transitioning To VCHS Emergency Department


Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System has made the decision to transition his practice from the Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell to the Emergency Department at VCHS. The transition will occur at the time when his replacement is hired for the medical clinics. Jeff has been a Physician Assistant since 1982. He has been employed by VCHS for nearly 13 years and worked in a private practice in Ord prior to his tenure at VCHS. He was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006 by the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Kasseler Certified Mammography Radiologist


Melissa Kasseler has completed the required training by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is now certified to conduct mammography exams. Kasselder joins Arlene Hughes at Valley County Health System as certified Mammography Radiologists. Both Kasselder and Hughes are now providing mammography exams at VCHS, which will make it more convenient for the women of this region.  

Valley County Fair Vendor Resgistration Forms Available





(Ord, NE) – Registration forms are now available for the 2014 Valley County Fair’s ExtraORDinary Vendor Fair. This event will foster the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners and community members in Valley County. Local businesses, craft vendors, home-based businesses and youth entrepreneurs are invited to participate.


The Vendor Fair will take place on Saturday, August 2nd at the Valley County Fairgrounds during the Valley County Fair’s BBQ Cookoff and Overall Market Showman Competition. Complete registration details are available on the registration form which can be accessed online at www.OrdNebraska.com/Blog or by contacting the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce at (038) 728-7875. 

Scrap Tire Cleanup Set For September 6, 2014




The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded a 2014 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
A Scrap Tire Collection will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Village of Elba, 1700 Highway 11, Elba, Nebraska – south edge of Elba, across the highway from Charlie’s Station. Tires on rims and tires for which a disposal fee has been received will not be accepted at the collection. Tires of all sizes: tractor, combine, pivot, truck and auto tires will be accepted. Local Veterans will be taking the following information from those bringing in tires: name, address, phone number, number of tires and from where the tires came. The Scrap Tire Collection is for the residents Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties. The Elba FFA Chapter will be helping with the unloading of the tires and a portion of the free will donations will be given to the chapter.
The recycling end use market will determine how the tires from the Tire Collection cleanup event will be used. Potential uses include feed bunks, sidewall rings for silage cover weights, traffic cones, and alternative cover for landfills. The Scrap Tire Cleanup is sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource, Conservation and Development Council(RC&D), Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Village of Elba.  For more information contact Janet Sanders, Executive Director, Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393 or email info@loupbasinrcd.org

Gary Fernau Retires After 26 Years





Gary Fernau of Arcadia has retired effective May 23, 2014 following twenty-six years of dedicated service to the Middle Loup Public Power & Irrigation District. Gary came on board the maintenance crew on July 5, 1988. He assumed the role of Ditch Rider in 1990, taking care of district patrons on Canal # 1 which is on the south side of the Middle Loup River below the Sargent Diversion Dam.
In 1991, Gary became the first Ditch Rider for Middle Loup to assume responsibility for two canals when he became the rider for both the south and north canals coming from the Sargent Diversion Dam. In 1999, Gary became the rider on Canal # 3 which diverts water at the Arcadia Diversion Dam south of Comstock and his ride covered an area from the dam all the way to the lower end located southeast of Loup City. He has continued with this responsibility until his retirement.
According to now-retired District Manager, Al Schmidt, as well as current District Manager, Jerry Sheets, Gary has always done an outstanding job of serving both the District and its patrons. We always knew that, no matter the time of day or night, or in the middle of a summer storm, Gary would be out on the canal making sure that water was being delivered to the best of our ability. He assumed complete responsibility for the protection of the canal during water surges caused by sudden storms. He made himself available to his water customers each and every day (and night) throughout the irrigation season.
All of us at Middle Loup Public Power & Irrigation District, as well as our patrons, wish for Gary a happy and lengthy retirement.
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