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Jack W. Petska, 60

Blue Hill resident, Jack W. Petska, 60, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska.

Rosary will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 7:30 P.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Blue Hill, Nebraska. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 28, 2015; 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father James Schrader officiating. Burial will be at Ord Cemetery, Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wednesday May 27, 2015; 5:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service at the church. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. Private condolences may be sent at

Jack was born February 6, 1955 in Ord, Nebraska to Paul Sr. & Geneva (Benson) Petska. He graduated from the Nebraska School for the Deaf in 1973. He was employed at Great Plains Packing Company in Hastings before he retired and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Blue Hill, Nebraska.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, Paul Petska Sr. and sister, Cindy Petska.

Mother: Geneva Petska – Hastings, NE

Brothers & Sister-in-law: Paul W. Petska Jr. – Hastings, NE
Mark & Rita Petska – Blue Hill, NE

Sister & Brother-in-law: Kim & Greg Beam – Fremont, NE

Nieces & Nephews: Amanda (Adam) Kahrs
Nathan Petska
Amelia Petska
Brianna Beam
Brennan Beam

Great-Niece: Emma Kahrs

Great-Nephew: Stetson Kahrs


Frank E. Bruha, 86

Frank E. Bruha, 86, of Scotia passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, at his home in Scotia.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Military Honors will be presented by the Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150 of Scotia. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Fire and Rescue Department and EMT’s. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Frank was born August 3, 1928, in rural Valley County, Nebraska to Wencel and Emma (Hulinsky) Bruha. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools through the 8th grade. Frank served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed in Germany for 14 months in the 321st Battalion.

On October 1, 1953, Frank was united in marriage to Amelia Penas. The couple lived on a farm in Valley County before moving to Madison for a short time. They settled in Scotia where they raised their family of four children.

Frank was a very hard working husband, Dad, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. He worked for the Rodeo Telephone Company of Burwell which was purchased by Nebraska Central Telephone. He retired in 1989.

Frank was a former Mayor of Scotia. His memberships included the Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150; and ZCBJ Western Fraternal Lodge #112. He proudly served on the Scotia Fire and Rescue Department for over 50 years. Frank’s greatest joys were his family; he loved having all of them visit. The family meals, jokes, card playing and laughter will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Amelia of Scotia; one son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Nancy Bruha of Scotia; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret and Don Moudry of Ord, Janice and Duane Miller of Windsor, Colorado and Carol Mostek of St. Paul; seven grandchildren, Jason (Bri) Moudry, Ryan (Ashlee Martin) Moudry, Chad (Stormy) Miller, Kyle (Jodie) Miller, Carmen and Mason Mostek, and Shelley Bruha; seven great-grandchildren, Allie, Grady and Chance Moudry, Shannon, Chevelle and Cade Miller and Amelia Miller; four brothers and six sisters-in-law, Herb and Sandy Bruha of Burwell, Gary and Eileen Bruha of Ord, Larry and Ione Bruha of Loup City, Ed and Jean Bruha of Comstock, Evelyn Bruha of Grand Island and Lillian Kvetensky of Ralston; three sisters and four brothers-in-law, Evelyn and LaVerne Osentowski of Ord, Katie Server of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Alice and Norman Woitalewicz of Loup City; and Paul Jacobsen of Merna; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Justin Miller; two brothers, Albert and Wencel Bruha; and a sister, Emily Jacobsen.

“We love you yet and always”.

Robert Francis Olson, 80

Robert Francis Olson, 80 of Stromsburg, died on May 21, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Fullerton. 
A celebration of Bob’s life will be on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. five miles north of Brewster, NE by the Cross and Bible along Highway 7. Military rights will be given. His ashes will be laid to rest with his loyal companion “Mike” so they can have their final trail ride across the Sandhills of Nebraska. Visitation with the family will follow at Uncle Buck’s in Brewster. 
Robert was born September 26, 1934 to Gerald and Loreen (Renner) Olson at his Grandparents Renner’s Home in Madison County. He grew up on the family farm outside of Norfolk where he developed his love of horses. He graduated in 1953 from Norfolk High School, then he graduated from Norfolk Junior College and Wayne State while being an outstanding college athlete in football and track. He married Carol Steffen in 1957, they had six children. He served his county while being in the Army. 
In 1987, he married his sweetheart Dolores Sobotka Conner and gained four more children. They moved to the Sandhills and he was a rancher and horseman. He showed and bred Quarter Horses, “Eyes on Red” and “Mr. River Red” were shown at the World Show. He especially loved “Mike” his horse and “Blue” his dog. He enjoyed working at the Pitzer Ranch Sales for 34 years. He also worked at the Ericson Livestock Market as Weigh Master for 10 years and as a Nebraska Brand Inspector. He truly was an American Cowboy of great character and love of the land.
He was a lifetime member of America Quarter Horse Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, and Elk’s Lodge. He served on many boards and was always willing to lend a hand. 
He is survived by his wife; 5 children, Robert Jr. (Vicki) Olson of Barlett, Gena (Tom) Schimenti of Ord, Randy (Karen) Olson of Colorado, Carla Bolli and friend Ron Shrad of Elgin, Michelle (Curtis) Gurney of Burwell; stepchildren, David (Kiffney) Conner of Kearney, Christine Dumont of Omaha, Ann (Michael) Herbig of Central City, Doug (Kris) Conner of Kearney; 48 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim Olson of Norfolk. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Greg.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 87, Stromsburg, NE 68666.
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Shirley McClure, 82

Shirley McClure, 82, of Ord passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Valley View Center in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Private inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Evangelical Free Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Pauline Sullivan was born January 2, 1933, at Lookeba Caddo County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Willard Haskell and Carrie Louise (Warren) Sullivan. She attended schools in Oklahoma and California and graduated from high school at Anadarko, Oklahoma.
On August 17, 1950, Shirley was united in marriage to Robert Thomas McClure at Anadarko, Caddo County Oklahoma. The couple lived in Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota and South Dakota. They settled in Ord in April of 1978. Mr. McClure passed away on January 29, 1999.
Shirley attended the Ord Evangelical Free Church. She was very active in Artissimos Art Club. Besides being an artist, she loved gardening, genealogy, reading and traveling. She loved her family very much. Shirley was a wonderful person, wife, mother and grandmother. She will be lovingly remembered.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, John McClure of Ord and Randall and Mary McClure of Saint Paul, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Joshua (Shanna), Michael (Hema), Daniel (Lucy), Joseph and Kathleen; and a great-granddaughter, Harper.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; and a grandson, Jonathan McClure.
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