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Robert J. Whalen, 69

Robert J. Whalen, 69, of Ord passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at his home in Ord.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Ord Assembly of God Church with Pastor Tom Burkholder officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW 38 and American Legion Post #7029. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Mesothelioma Foundation. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Joseph Whalen was born February 3, 1945, in Valley County to Edward and Marguerite (Murphy) Whalen. He was raised in the Davis Creek area in Valley County and graduated from North Loup Scotia High School.
Shortly after high school he entered the United State Navy and served on a nuclear submarine. He retired from the Navy after 26 years of service.
Robert married Linda Bright on October 3, 1969, at Fort Smith, AR. Following Robert’s discharge from the Navy the couple moved to Ord. In August of 1990, Robert began working for the City of Ord in the Utilities Department. Following his retirement from the city of Ord in August of 2014, they continued to make their home in Ord.
Survivors include his wife, Linda of Ord; two step-sons, and their wives Mark and Sharleen Beasley of Hot Springs, AR, and Thomas and Jody Beasley of Biloxi, MS; five step-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Linda Whalen of Lincoln; a niece, Andrea Fowler of Hordville, and a nephew, Steven Marshall of Grand Island.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Patricia Pearson.

Bernard D. Craven, 83

Bernard Dale Craven, 83, of Bassett, Nebraska died January 21, 2015 at Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to Parkside Manor, Ascera Care Hospice, Burwell Color Guard or Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.

Bernard was born May 16, 1931 to James and Mary (Thomas) Craven at Berwyn, Nebraska.

Bernard was raised on a ranch near Burwell. He went to country school and then graduated from Burwell High School.

After graduation Bernard worked as a lineman for the power company and also worked at the Nickels ranch. On July 8, 1952 Bernard entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged on July 7, 1954. Bernard worked as a lineman for Stake Construction before moving to Rose, Nebraska in 1955. He worked for Dutch and Isabel Swanson for thirteen years. Bernard married Darlene Kirby in June of 1955 in Ord, Nebraska and they were later divorced. Bernard bought the ranch from Dutch and Isabel after their retirement.

Bernard married Janice Butts on September 25, 1976 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Jan died on December 21, 2000.

Bernard enjoyed ranching and was a member of the Burwell Legion, the Sandhills Cattleman Association, the Rose School board and the Soil Conservation board.

Bernard is survived by five children, Deb and Larry Schwanke of Amboy, Minnesota, Vicky and Nyal Moninger of Dupree, South Dakota, Doug and Dolores Craven of Bassett, Nebraska, Jackie and Lynn Barta of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Jim Craven of Newport, Nebraska. Twenty two grandchildren, forty eight great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. A sister, AnnaBelle Craven of Central Point, Oregon and nieces and nephews.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jan Craven, a step son, Jeff Roggasch, Two sisters, Sarah Donner and Isabel and Eldon “Tub” Mattern, two brothers, Thomas Craven and Bill Craven. Two great-grandchildren, Hayden Craven and Madeline Wiley.


Vera M. Berryman, 97

Vera M. Berryman, 97, of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Howard County Medical Center.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia United Methodist Church or the Scotia EMT’s. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Vera Marie was born September 1, 1917, the oldest of five children to Hugh and Alta (Wilken) Pickrel in York County, Nebraska.
Following graduation from York High School, Vera attended York College to study business. She was active in Campfire Girls, becoming a camp leader and in Job’s Daughters, being a past honored Queen.
On July 30, 1944, Vera was united in marriage to Evan Smith. To this union two children were born, Evan and Pamela.
The family moved to Scotia in 1948, to manage S.E. Smith and Sons Lumberyard. Vera was a business woman, having been a private secretary and bookkeeper before her marriage. In 1960, she took over the business upon Evan’s death.
On May 5, 1973, Vera married Dana Berryman. The couple enjoyed spending winters in Lake Havasu, Arizona where they made many lasting friendships. Mr. Berryman passed away in 1998.
Vera was a member of the Scotia United Methodist Church, Daughter’s of Faith Circle; 58 Year member of American Legion Auxiliary, Scotia Women’s Club and served on the Scotia Library Board. She loved spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought a special joy to her life.
Survivors include her son, Evan of Scotia; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Mike Hudson of Holdrege; grandchildren, Lisa and Shaun Jensen, Brent and Kami Hudson; and Kelly and Patrick Straatmann; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mackenna, Mackinley and Beau Jensen; Karley and Claire Hudson and Dalton and Wyatt Straatmann; a sister, Dorothy Tucker of North Liberty, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Jane Bernard and Helen Smith both of Shelton, Nebraska; and a brother-in-law, Don Hennings of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Evan Smith and Dana Berryman; a sister, Ruth Hennings; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh and Alice Pickrel and Evan and Maxine Pickrel; and three brothers-in-law, Robert Tucker, Jacques Smith and Franklin Bernhard.


Thomas H. Wallin, 86

Thomas “Tommy” H. Wallin, 86, of Scotia, Nebraska, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.

Memorial services were held at 7 pm on Monday, January 19th at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. The Rev. Mark Middendorf officiated. Sue Vlach was organist and David Winter, the vocalist. His body was cremated and will be inurned at a later date. Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tommy was born September 11, 1928, in Central City, Nebraska, to Hilmer and Ema (Hannigan) Wallin. The family farmed in Merrick and Loup Counties. Tommy attended schools in both counties and graduated from Loup County High School in 1946.

He enlisted in the Navy, serving from June 1946 until June 1948. As a Yeoman Third Class, he was stationed primarily in California.

On February 4, 1950, he married Berneice Olson at the Methodist parsonage in Burwell. To this union, a daughter, Barbara, was born. They made their home in the Taylor area until they moved to Scotia in 1953, where they farmed and fed cattle. Berneice passed away on February 9, 2006, and Tommy continued to live on the farm until the time of his death.

Tommy and Berniece were organizational leaders of the Tail Twisters 4-H Club, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. He served on the Scotia Public School board and was involved in the Howard Co. Feeders & Breeders. He enjoyed going to cattle sales and checking pastures on horseback. His love for all these activities was overshadowed by his love for his grandchildren.

Tommy was baptized and confirmed as a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia.

He is survived by his daughter Barb (Terry) Christensen of North Loup; granddaughter Tara (Cody) Naprstek of Lexington; grandson Bradley (Melissa) Christensen of Columbus; and great-grandchildren Trevor and Mallery Schultz, also from Columbus. Additional survivors include his sister, Sarah (Bill) Putters of Pensacola, Florida; an aunt, Nona Wallin of Omaha; sister-in-laws Clara Smolik of Alma, Audrey Olson of Newport, Alice Ann Olson of Omaha, and Helen Wilson of Blair; and a brother-in-law Ralph Olson of Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation or to the donor’s choice.
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