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Rose Marie Kamler, 83

Rose Marie Kamler, 83, of Loup City, died Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City, surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service.

Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements.

Rose Marie Kamler was born on April 17, 1932, at Exeter, the daughter of Leo and Anna (Votipka) Erdkamp.

She was united in marriage to Cletus N. Kamler on Feb. 1, 1951, at Exeter. He preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1999.

She is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Craig and Joyce Kamler of Ashton, Mark and Patty Kamler of Loup City, Todd and Susan Kamler of Kearney and Bruce Kamler of Mechanicsburg, PA; one sister, Wilma and Ron Spoerl of Longmont, CO; four sisters-in-law, Elenor Erdkamp of Exeter, Barbara Hein of McCook, Eleveda Spitz of Glenndora, CA, and Kathleen Aksentowitz of Omaha; one brother-in-law, Linus and Francis Kamler of Geneva, and many nieces and nephews.

She also leaves to cherish her memory 6 grandchildren: Jonathan (Trudy) Kamler, Jessica (Chris) Fiorelli, Danielle Dobish, Nathan Kamler, Michael (Brianna) Kamler, Ashley Kamler and 1 great grandchild Tristan Dobish.

Rose received all her sacraments at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter. She attended Exeter Public School and was a 1949 graduate of Exeter High School. As a young girl she worked at the soda fountain at Phelps Drug Store and also as a waitress and did babysitting. When she was a Junior in High School she worked at the telephone company as a switchboard operator, later transferring to Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph.

Six months after she and Cletus were married, he was drafted into the Army where he served for two years. During his service, Rose traveled with him to Basic Training then got a job with Russell Stover’s Candy factory in Lincoln while he was overseas. Upon Cletus’ returned from the Army in 1953, the two returned to the farm in Shickley where they were members of St. Mary’s Church. Cletus and Rose were later blessed with four sons. The family enjoyed working together and creating lifelong memories on the farm north of Shickley until 1987, when they moved to Loup City. It was then that she began doing childcare in her home, which she did until the Spring of 2014. Over the years she took care of more than 70 children.

She was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women.

Rose enjoyed babies and children and watching them grow up and see their accomplishments.

In addition to her husband, Cletus, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Delores McGaughey; brothers, Leo “Dutch”, Bernard, Richard, Raymond and Thomas Erdkamp; sisters-in-law and spouses, Jeneane and Marlin Bahe and John Aksentowitz; and a nephew, James Holmes.

In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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Richard "Dick" Ruhga 62

Richard “Dick” Ruhga 63 of Ord died Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Valley County Health System Hospital at Ord.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Heartland Assembly of God Church at Ord with Rev. Thomas Burkholder officiating. Graveside services will be held Wed. at 3:00 pm at the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson, NE. Military Rites will be conducted by the Nelson Eren N Geran American Legion post #187. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Heartland Assembly of God Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dick was born May 12, 1952 at Superior, Nebraska to Marvin and Elsie (Drudik) Ruhga. Dick grew up at Nelson, Nebraska and graduated from Nelson High School in 1971. He entered the United States Army in 1971 and served until 1973. He returned to Nebraska and went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in Superior and transferred to Ord where he worked as a surveyor for the Calamus and Davis Creek irrigation projects. He then moved to Oregon and worked as a dam tender at the Prineville Reservoir. Before he retired he worked at the Bonney Dam at Idalia, Colorado.
While working for the Bureau of Reclamation Dick received many awards for his innovative ideas.
Dick was a member of the Heartland Assembly of God Church in Ord. He enjoyed horses and gun shows. Dick also loved photography and had received awards for his photos.
Survivors include his mother Elsie Ruhga of Grand Island; two sisters and son in laws Sue and Mike Hagmann of Grand Island and Pat and Wally Veburg of Hordville; a niece and nephew Matthew and Allison Veburg.
Dick was preceded in death by his father Marvin.

Bonnie R. Fernau, 66

Bonnie R. Fernau, 66, of Arcadia passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Veterans Wall and Garden or to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Pastor John H. Campbell, 78

Pastor John H. Campbell, 78, of Ord, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 8, 2015, from his home in Ord, Nebraska.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Ord. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Bethel Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s, Valley County Home Health and Hospice, Ord Volunteer Fire Department or Bethel Baptist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

John H. Campbell was born April 14, 1937, at Highland Park, Michigan to Claire and Edith (Williams) Campbell.

Following graduation from Royal Oak High School in 1955, he entered the Salvation Army Training College in Chicago, Illinois. He was ordained as a Lieutenant in the Salvation Army in 1956, and served His Lord in full time ministry for the next 57 years.

His ministry stretched from the skid rows of Detroit and Chicago to the most rural areas of Nebraska. He always considered Nebraska God’s promise land. He retired from his last church, The Regular Baptist Church of Loup City, in October 2013, when he became ill.
He began his service in the United States Army in 1959, where he received several commendations and was honorably discharged in 1962.

He was joined in his ministry by his life-long partner when he married Ruth Ann Aldred at Troy, Michigan on July 23, 1960. They were blessed with three children.

John is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Campbell of Ord, two daughters and sons-in-law, Honey Lou and Dennis Fauss and Cheryl and Chris Christenson all of Ord, and a daughter-in-law, June Campbell of Sterling Heights, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Cassie and James Lowery of Burwell, Nicole and Brandon Harms of Burwell, Jeff and Lacy Fauss of Ord, Ryan and Karissa Fauss of Ord, Heather and Nick Filipowski of Buffalo, New York, Kirk and Morgan Christenson of Lincoln, Hanna Christenson of Ord and Jonathan and Chelsie Campbell of Ansley; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Michael Campbell; a granddaughter, April Louise Campbell; his parents; a sister; two nephews; and his parents-in-law.
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