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Charles O. "Charlie" Dearmont, 78

Charles O. “Charlie” Dearmont, 78, of Elyria passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church or to Deaf Missions. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Charles was born November 26, 1935, at Burwell, Nebraska to “G.L.” Gerald L. and Grace (Heck) Dearmont. He attended rural elementary school graduated from Burwell High School.
In 1955, Charlie was united in marriage to Yvonne Cass. Yvonne passed away in 1983. Charlie and Colleen Reineke were married in May of 1985.
Charlie found his life work early and enjoyed long hours and years of doing earth work for local farmers. After growing up as the youngest of nine children on a farm, he had a deep appreciation of hard work which he felt was the cornerstone of a productive satisfying life. He loved the farmers, the land and his attempts to “heal the earth”. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his employees, co-workers and customers. Charlie operated Cass Construction until his work related accident in 2004.
Charlie had a love for his family and family gatherings. He was a dedicated father who encouraged his children in their outstanding academic progress and successes. He adored his grandchildren; and their talents and achievements.
Charlie was a member of the Burwell and Ord Christian Churches. He always took time out for church, but would often take a change of work clothes so he could get right back to the fields.
Charlie’s hobbies were Husker Football, Conservative Talk Radio, Nebraska Big Rodeo at Burwell and Country Music.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen of Elyria; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dave and Lona of Lincoln, and Steve of Burwell; a daughter, Diane Dearmont of Seattle, WA; a step son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Julie Pool Hardin, MT; a step daughter, Amy Scheffler of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Helen Fischer of Burwell, Ruby Percell of Lincoln, and Ivy Everhart of Waterloo, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Yvonne (Cass) Dearmont; four brothers, Robert, John, Nelson and Alvin Dearmont; and a sister, Viletha Graham. 


Elaine E. Miller, 90

Elaine E. Miller, 90, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.

Mrs. Miller’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at Sheridan, Wyoming. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department or Ord First United Methodist Women. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born October 21, 1923, at Kimball, Nebraska to Edmond W. and Ollie E. (Sperling) Petersen. She graduated from Ravenna High School in 1942.
Following graduation, Elaine taught school in a one room country school near Ravenna.
On December 18, 1945, Elaine was united in marriage to William “Bill” R. Miller at Ravenna, Nebraska. The couple farmed south of Ord before moving to Grand Island. While in Grand Island, Elaine worked at Vogue as a seamstress.

They moved to Longmont, Colorado and Elaine did the bookkeeping for a local dairy. While making their home in Sheridan, Wyoming, Elaine worked as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counselor for the Veteran’s Medical Center.
Mr. Miller passed away in Sheridan on April 30, 1991. Elaine has made her home in Ord since October of 1991.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church. Elaine enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sewing and cross-stitching.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Laura Miller of Ord, and Karl and Karen Miller of Conroe, Texas; three grandchildren, Wendy Miller-Bronson of Ord, Sean and Michelle Miller of Houston, Texas, and Jason and Jennifer Miller of Kearney; seven great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William “Bill”; a sister, Dorlene Mettinbrink; and a great-grandson, Landon Miller.

Donitta Ann Conrad, 50

Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Nebraska died at home on October 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell. Rev. Greg Volzke will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 -8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the For the Cure, Ropers in Need or the Community Memorial Health Center.
Donitta was born January 13, 1964 in Ransom, Kansas to Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She went to elementary school at Pawnee Rock, Kansas and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1982. After graduation she attended Barton County Community College at Great Bend, Kansas where she received her associate’s degree.
Donitta married JP Conrad on April 27, 1985 in Hoisington, Kansas. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Nebraska in 1987. Donitta later worked at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell as a nurse. In 2005 she attended Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska to continue her nursing education.
Donitta and JP moved to Grand Island, Nebraska in 2010. Donitta was a nurse at Tiffany Square in Grand Island. In 2012 Donitta and JP moved back to Burwell where she continued to work at the Community Memorial Health Center until her health forced her to quit.
Donitta was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was and avid gardener and an outstanding cook. She loved the outdoors and was very passionate about her work and care for the elderly and she loved to spoil her grandkids.
Donitta is survived by her husband JP Conrad of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Bruce and Maggie Conrad of Bartlett, Nebraska and Jessica and Evan Goodwin of Hastings, Nebraska and four grandchildren, Chet, Gracie, Natalie and Bozley Conrad. Her parents, Don and Ruby Popp of Hoisington, Kansas. Two brothers, Greg and Marla Davidson and DeWayne Davidson all of Great Bend, Kansas and a sister, Glenda and Brett Cloutier of Clermont, Florida and nieces and nephews.
Donitta was preceded in death by her grandparents, Esther and Herman Popp and Lena Jenkins and Leo Armer. Her uncle Duane Popp, a cousin, Kevin Popp and her father-in-law, Bob Conrad.


Isabelle Trompke, 95

Isabelle Trompke, 95 of Loup City, NE died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at her daughter’s home near Wood River, NE.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 at the church with a Vigil Service/Sodality Rosary to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or donor’s choice.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.  You can sign Isabelle’s guest book at

Isabelle Florence (Roy) Trompke was born July 5, 1919 at Paplin, NE to Mike and Helen (Tesmer) Roy.  She grew up in the Ashton area and graduated from Loup City High School in 1938.  She married Raymond Trompke, Sr. July 11, 1939 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City.  She lived at the same farm home since marriage for over 75 years.  Her husband, Ray died March 22, 1987.  She was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, St. Josaphat’s Sodality Rosary, CCW and St. Anne’s Quilting Club. She was also a past member of District 14 School Board, Election Board and Sherman County Extension Club.  She enjoyed playing cards, word finds, sewing, crocheting, gardening, birds and making deserts.
She is survived by her son, Raymond L. Trompke, Jr. and wife Donna of Loup City; daughter, Imogene Turek and husband, James of Wood River, NE; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Trompke, Sr.; brother, Dominic Roy; sisters, Emily Roy and Stella Smedra.
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"Row crop farming and cattle ranching. Cattle ranching and feeding. Those are the key industries in the state. They have been for the last hundred years and will be for the next hundred years," Domina said.

While both candidates brough up the importance of agriculture, they also pointed to finding other ways to bring jobs to Nebraska. Sullivan, for one, looked to alternative energy.

"When our kids and our grandkids need energy, need renewable energy and energy independence; we've got it and it's here in the third district of Nebraska. It will yield the same kind of jobs that ethanol did for this district," Sullivan said.

On the other side, Domina focused keeping college-educated Nebraskans from leaving the state. "I think when we figure out that we can give our students opportunites to come home from our colleges and universities to start a business, which we don't have, then we will see our population grow and reinvigorate," the candidate said.

Both Domina and Sullivan are trying to take seats that have not been held by Democrats in the 21st century. 


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NEBRASKA -- October 20th - 26th is National Radon Action Week. The U.S. EPA is using the week to raise awareness to the odorless, colorles gas that they say is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. While the effort is national, Nebraskans are at a higher risk for radon exposure than residents of almost every other state. 

"We have a lot of testing data to show that we have elevated levels. We're third in the country," says Jeremy Poell, Health Industrial Hygiene Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Poell says radon is naturally occurring in the state, but Nebraskans can take easy steps to protect themselves. "The first thing to do is a short-term test, if you've never tested before to check the levels in your home."

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BTN, the Big Ten Network, announced Wednesday afternoon that Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer, an original film, will debut on Saturday, Oct. 18 at approximately 9:30 p.m.  That time is based on Nebraska and Northwestern avoiding overtimes in their nationally televised game in Evanston, Ill.
The hour-long documentary will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go. 
Three weeks ago, BTN's crew was in Lincoln to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1994 national championship team that Brook helped engineer.  Memories were vivid that weekend, and BTN was smart to find the film's finishing touches in an emotionally charged environment.
Many have said that Brook was way ahead of his time as a football player.  He built a reputation for giving back, and he's beloved because so many fans think he represents what a Nebraskan should be.  Berringer's life is a great college football story that happens to take place in Nebraska.  The documentary is also a testimony to Brook's resilience and selflessness. 
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