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James A. Spilinek, 79

James A. “Jim” Spilinek, 79, of Ord passed away on March 24, 2015, after a brief stay at the Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Ord First United Methodist Church in Ord. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Military honors will be presented by the Clifford Clark American Legion Post #298 of Burwell. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society to be used for cancer research. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
James Albert was born July 17, 1935, on the family farm southwest of Elba, Nebraska to Joseph and Augusta (Ingerle) Spilinek. He spent his childhood on farms near Elba, Scotia and Burwell. Jim received his education at Scotia and Burwell where he graduated from high school in 1954.
Jim served in the United States Army from 1954-1957, and was stationed at Fort Eielson in Alaska. Following the military he returned to Burwell and worked for Sam Cassidy.
On May 27, 1961, Jim was united in marriage to Clara Ann Worden at Ord, Nebraska. To this union two daughters were born, Becky and Deb. The couple made their home in the Ord area and 1964, they settled on an acreage west of Ord.
Jim’s worked in various capacities of farming and ranching. He was employed by the Alfalfa Mill, Ord Feed Store, Ord Locker and Grunkemeiers’ Locker at Burwell. He worked for many local farmers and neighbors including Geweke’s, Al Moudry, Stanley Nolte and Albert Hruza. When he wasn’t helping others, he farmed, milked cows and had a cattle herd.
Jim’s had a passion for cattle and going to livestock and farm auctions. He was a regular at the Burwell Rodeo, helping in the shoots and participating in the Wild Horse Races. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, country music and dancing to polkas and waltzes. He was a member of the Ord First United Methodist Church, Burwell American Legion Post #298 and Ord American Legion Post #7029. Jim was a 20 year volunteer for the area food commodities.
Anyone who knew Jim knew he had the gift to gab and he always had a story to share. Jim’s family and grandchildren were the most important to him. He will be remembered for making homemade ice cream at the grandkid’s birthday gatherings.
Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Becky Houchin of Lincoln; and Deb and Dave Schmidt of Grand Island; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Luella Spilinek of Ord; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Alice Cunningham of Weeping Water, Frances and Roy Mares of Burwell, Laura Knight of Pahrump, Nevada and Peg Mohr of Lincoln; a sister-in-law, June Worden of Ord; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Clara Ann; two sons-in-law, Tim Drevo and Lonnie Houchin; one brother, Franklin Spilinek; and three sisters, Shirley Bonsall, Betty Johnson and Patricia Davis.

Norma Lee Hawk, 67

Norma Lee Hawk, 67, of Burwell, Nebraska died March 20, 2015 at the CHI Health Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Assembly of God Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dave Busch will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Assembly of God Church or Burwell Ambulance supply fund.
Norma was born January 30, 1948 in Pippa Passes, Kentucky to Hubbard and Clara (Slone) Jacobs. In 1958 she moved with her family to Jones Canyon near Burwell.
Norma married John “Jack” Hawk in 1970 in Ord, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Tresa and Steve and Jack had five children that Norma cared for as well. They were later divorced.
Norma worked at the Gaylord Wallace ranch. She was the first cook at the Calamus Lodge. She also cooked at Buck’s Bakery. She worked at Loup Valley Manufacturing, and also cooked at the nursing home.
Norma worked with the experience works employee program at the Head Start.
Norma was a member of the Assembly Of God Church where she was very active and a firm believer. Her hobbies include bowling, quilting and sewing. She was known for her baking and cooking and enjoyed all family gatherings and she never knew a stranger.
Norma is survived by two children, Tresa Miller and her significant other, James Brown of Ainsworth, Nebraska and Steve Hawk and Stephanie Peat of Grand Island, Nebraska. Three grandchildren, Heather, Tyler and Trystyn Miller. Two brothers, Willard Jacobs of Burwell, Nebraska and John Jacobs of Ord, Nebraska and a sister, Thelma and Tim Newbury of Burwell, Nebraska.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Betty Costello and an infant brother and sister.

Michael J. "Mike" Nickels, 44

Michael J. “Mike” Nickels, 44, of Ord passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after injuries he sustained from a work related accident.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Ord with Pastor Kyle Campise and Father Josh Brown officiating. Graveside Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Michael Jay Nickels was born June 6, 1970, at Lincoln, Nebraska to Terry L. Nickels of Kearney and Yvonne E. (Newbrey) Nelson of Kearney.
Mike spent his childhood in Cozad where he received his education.
On July 5, 2002, Mike was united in marriage to Corinna Kay “Cori” Smedra in Lincoln. The couple made their first home in Kearney and in 2007, they settled in Ord. Mike tended the Ord Dam and was a ditch rider. He was recently employed at Ulrich’s Gravel Pit.
Mike’s hobbies included car racing, tinkering on anything, especially cars; playing darts and he loved to fish. He was an avid Broncos and Huskers fan. Mike enjoyed spending time with family and friends and making those around him laugh.
Mike was a loving son, husband, father, brother and friend. He will be remembered as a caring and courageous man. His generosity was passed on to others through organ donation. Mike will live on forever in his loved one’s hearts and in the lives he saved through donation.
Survivors include his wife, Corinna Nickels of Ord; his father, Terry Nickels of Kearney, his mother, Yvonne Nelson of Kearney; a son, Kaden Nickels, of Ord; two daughters, Tierra Smedra of Kearney and Ashlyn Johnson of Ord; two grandchildren, Draydan and Dexton Smedra; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dawna Cash and Meredith and J.R. Spencer all of Kearney; his grandfather, Dewey Nickels of Lincoln; his father-in-law and mother-in-law; John and Cheryl Smedra of Ord; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Nickels and Jay and Lois Newbrey.

Mary Anne Nelson, 91

Mary Anne Nelson, 91, of Ord passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Stanley Morrison, Dan McLeod and Jonathan MacDonald will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home or Muscular Dystrophy Association. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Anne was born October 24, 1923, at Antioch, Nebraska to John and Mary (Jesse) Krouse. She was raised on the family ranch in Box Butte County, Nebraska. She received her education at rural schools and Alliance High School. Mary Anne continued her education and received a teaching certificate from Chadron State College.

For several years, Mary Anne taught in country schools in the Antioch area, having to ride her horse to the school. On June 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to Leslie A. “Les” Nelson. The couple settled in Ord where they raised their family and lived their entire married life. Mr. Nelson passed away on December 6, 2004.
Mary Anne continued teaching at country schools in Valley County and for many years taught students with special needs. She then began at Health and Human Services where she worked until her retirement in the early 80’s.

Mary Anne enjoyed living in her home until her passing where she enjoyed gardening, creating personalized greeting cards and writing poetry. On January 1, 1935, at age 11, Mary Anne made her choice to serve God. She had the privilege of having the Savior with her for 80 years. Mary Anne’s family and friends meant everything to her. It was her pleasure to give to them and love and serve them all.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen and Denise and Ted and Michelle all of Ord; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Wayne Erickson of Wisner, Marj and Al Hastings of Wellfleet and Norma and Scott Baker of Carson City, Nevada; ten grandchildren, Lance and Lane Hastings, Jed Erickson, Lia Raabe, Heather and Tara Cinani, Kasi Bodyfield, Alexis, Daniel and LaRaya Nelson; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Edna Christianson of Concordia, KS and Edith Campbell of Washington State.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son, Larry; a grandson, Ryan Nelson; one brother, Jesse “Bud” Krouse; and two sisters, Donna Lee Bray and Avis Leach.
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