Funeral services for Walter Bumgarner, 99 of Broken Bow, formerly of Arcadia, will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow, NE with Don Schauda officiating.
Burial will be in the Arcadia cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.
No visitation. A memorial has been established to the Salvation Army.
Walter is survived by his brother and sister in law, Bob & Donna Fells of Arcadia, and numerous neices and nephews.
David H. Scott, 63
David H. Scott, 63, of Ord passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the St. Francis Skilled Care Center in Grand Island surrounded by his family.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Tim Glendening will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home or the Valley Rods Unlimited Car Club. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
David Howard Scott was born December 14, 1950, to William and Gladys (Parker) Scott at Loup City, Nebraska. He was raised in Arcadia where he received his education and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1969, as the Valedictorian.
Dave attended Central Nebraska Technical Community College in Hastings where he obtained a degree in Electronics. During high school and following college Dave worked for Bill Sahlie of Arcadia as a beekeeper.
On June 20, 1971, Dave was united in marriage to Sheryl Bussell at the Scotia United Methodist Church. The couple made their first home in Arcadia, then settled in Ord in 1973.
Dave began his career in electronics at Mulligan’s Music in Ord where he worked as a service technician. In 1983, Dave and Sheryl opened Scott’s TV and in 1985, they moved the business to the present location on the Ord square. Dave and Sheryl operated Scott’s TV together until Sheryl passed away on January 26, 2010. Dave continued to make his home in Ord and operated the business until January of 2014, when his health caused him to sell.
Dave was a member and served as president of Valley Rods Unlimited. He also belonged to the North Loup Lions Club and was an honorary member of the Gathering Place at Arcadia. His church home was the Ord Christian Church. Dave enjoyed art, wood working and drawing and was involved in the Artissimos Club. His favorite pastimes were car collecting, ventriloquism, and attending Nebraska Football games. He also enjoyed boating and waterskiing. Dave’s pride and joy was his grandson, Parker and his family. Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Jennifer Scott of Grand Island; his daughter, TiLynn Scott of Grand Island; one grandson, Parker Scott of Grand Island, a grand-dog, Delilah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and JoAnn Scott and Dan and Mary Jo Scott all of Arcadia; father-in-law, DeWayne Bussell of Grand Island; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Densel Rasmussen of Grand Island; and ten nieces and nephews. Dave was welcomed into heaven by his wife, Sheryl; his parents; and mother-in-law, Venetta Bussell.
Gaylord Lee "Gale" Howard, 75
Gaylord Lee “Gale” Howard, 75, of Bruno, Nebraska formerly of Sargent, Nebraska died February 18, 2104 at Bryan LGH –West Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be at Madison Square Cemetery near Taylor, Nebraska. Steve Howard will speak at the service. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Gale was born December 17, 1938 in Loup County, Nebraska to Jack and Agnes (Kamery) Howard. While in school he followed the horse racing and was a jockey. After graduating from Sargent High School he entered the United States Air Force on December 28, 1956. He spent a year in Japan and was honorably discharged on July 5, 1960.
Gale married Elizabeth McCaslin in 1960. To this union three children were born. They were later divorced. Later in life he married Karen O’Dell.
Gale was a caregiver to his mother before her death. He was a trucker and a jack of all trades. His passion was horses and horse racing and his family. He also enjoyed all of the outdoors and learning the trees.
Gale is survived by three children; Jeff and Cheryl Howard of Bruno, Nebraska, Jackie and Steve Amos of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jerry and Tammy Howard of Omaha, Nebraska. Six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A brother Jerry Howard of Lyons, Nebraska and a sister, Elaine Zurek of Omaha, Nebraska.
Gale was preceded in death by his parents. A brother, Eldon Howard, a brother-in-law, Dennis Zurek and a nephew Bruce Zurek.
Velma F. Ritz, 94
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 20th at Douglas Grove Cemetery west of Comstock, NE for Velma Fern Ritz, 94. Dan Naranjo will be officiating. At Velma's request there will be no public visitation. All Faiths Funeral Home is is charge of arrangements.
The Pitzer Ranch of Ericson, is the focus of an episode of “The Ride-with Cord McCoy.” Bullrider and former competitor on The Amazing Race, Cord McCoy's show “The Ride” airs on RFD-Tv. The episode featuring The Pitzer Ranch will air on Monday, March 10th and will be looking at the history and the legacy of The Pitzer Ranch. Several of the Ranch's customers, trainers, and members of the local community will be seen on the show, including Mark Wray, Riley Renner, and members of Howard Pitzers family. The first airing will be at 1 PM on Monday the 10th, with a re airing that evening at 9PM. RFD-Tv can be found on channel 231 on Dish Network and channel 345 on DirecTv. For more information about The Pitzer Ranch episode or the show itself, check out cowhorseproductions.com.
Holeman Finishes in 6th at The American
Congratulations to Arcadia's June Holeman who finished in 6th place in the barrel racing at RFD-Tv's The American rodeo in Texas yesterday. Holeman was the oldest competitor at the first largest paying one day rodeo, and was the only competitor to bring the entire crowd to their feet in a standing ovation after her run.
The big winner yesterday at The American was bareback rider Richmond Champion of Dublin, TX who won $1.1 million.
Nebraska was represented well in Texas yesterday as Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE placed 2nd in the Saddle Bronc Riding winning $25,000. Two time World Champion Steer Wrestler Dean Gorsuch of Gering, NE competed yesterday and made a run in the final four as did Tryon, NE's Dru Melvin. Four time World Champion Steer Wrestler and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Ote Berry competed in the semifinals, as did two time PBR World Champion Bull Rider Justin McBride.
Arcadia Barrel Racer Qualifies for RFD-Tv's The American
June Holeman, the 70 year old mother, grandmother and professional barrel racer from Arcadia, NE is getting ready to compete in RFD-TV's The American Rodeo on Sunday, March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
In 2005 at the age of 62, June Holeman made her first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas making her the oldest quailfier ever, a record that still stands. Holeman has always ran barrels at amateur rodeos and a few pro rodeos in Nebraska, but she never really tried to qualify for the WNFR until 2004. Once she set her eyes on the prize, she qualified to compete in Las Vegas in 2005. Currently, Holeman rides a 7 year old gelding named Hopes Money Boy aka Tall Boy whom she raised and trained herself. Holeman goes into this event sitting in fourth place among the barrel racing qualifiers.
RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN is set up to become the largest, richest one-day rodeo in the history of the sport. Each one of these world-class athletes, including Holeman, will compete for their share of the largest single day payout in the history of the sport, two million dollars. The top ten contestants in the world from each rodeo event will battle it out in the arena in Arlington, TX.
Out of that $2,000,000, each event will pay $100,000 for first place and $25,000 for second place. Then there will be a $1,000,000 "side pot" set aside for the qualifiers. If a qualifier can beat all the best and win his/her event, then he/she is entitled to that $1,000,000.
The American will broadcast on RFD-Tv at 2 pm on Sunday, March 2nd, and will also be streaming live on RFD-Tv's website.
Molacek State Swimming Record Holder Is Auburn Recruit
Jacob Molacek, the son of Valley County Health System IT Director Shane Molacek, owns six state records and is third in The Omaha World-Herald's all-time Top 10 as a high school swimmer.
Molacek owns the fastest time in state history in the 200-yard individual medley, the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. He is third all-time in the 100 backstroke and didn't make the list in the 500 freestyle because he swam it only twice in dual meets. But it is worth noting that Molacek does have the fastest 500 free time in the state this year — 4:42.27. That's almost eight seconds faster than anyone else this season.
The Auburn recruit will compete at the 77th boys state high school championship swim meet where he will compete in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, and also swim a leg on Omaha Creighton Prep's 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Molacek's high school career has been a short one. It will be just over 13 months that he has competed for Prep after being home-schooled the first two years of high school.
Molacek is a second semester senior, and besides swimming he keeps busy making sure his 4.0 GPA stays intact instead of coasting to graduation. His course load includes two honors classes and an advanced placement course.
The legacy he's hoping to leave is that kids from Nebraska can have legitimate dreams about expanding the boundaries of greatness.
Best Burger Contest
Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers along with the Nebraska Beef Council have announced the launch of the 4th annual Nebraska’s Best Burger contest. A new format to the contest will determine the winner based on a combination of online votes and the scores from a panel of judges.
Online nominations will be accepted from March 1st through March 15th on the Nebraska Beef Council website www.nebeef.com or on their Facebook page. On March 15th, the top five nominated restaurants will be announced. From March 15th through March 31st, the public will be asked to vote again for one of the 5 finalists. During the final voting period, a panel of judges will also score the top five contestants. The overall contest winner will be determined by the highest combined total from the online vote and judges’ scores.
Another change to this year’s contest is that past winners will now be eligible to win again. Last year, the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine, NE claimed the top prize. Other past winners of the award include the Cellar Bar & Grill in Kearney and Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue.
For a full list of rules, contest details or to submit a nomination, visit www.nebeef.orgor contact the Nebraska Beef Council at 308-236-7551.