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Lester Miles, 98

Memorial Services for Lester Miles, age 98, of Plainview, formerly of Chambers and O’Neill, will be at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill.

Graveside Services will be at 4 P.M. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Thedford, NE.  Lester passed away Wednesday evening, September 23, 2015, at the Plainview Manor in Plainview, Nebraska.  Arrangements are under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, of Plainview, 4 daughters; Alberta Mikkelsen of Chambers, NE, Sammie Rowse and husband Ricky, of Amelia, NE, Cindy Fluckey and husband Calvin of Plainview, NE, Sue Kissell and husband Greg of Sargent, NE,  2 sons; Bernard Miles and Bart Miles, both of Grand Island, NE, siblings; Eldora Hardy of Valentine, NE, sister-in-law Kathleen Miles of Thedford, NE, Merle Marie Melcher of Fairbury, NE, Sam (Charolette) Miles of Valentine, NE, Bernard (Lovella) Miles of Valentine, NE, Grandchildren; Donya Mikkelsen, Arwin (Laura) Mikkelsen, Burton (Valerie) Mikkelsen, Justin (Amy) Rowse, Aaron Rowse, Vincent (Melissa) Fluckey, Eric Fluckey, Byron (Dawn) Grenier, Robert (Angela) Grenier, Joseph (Jenna) Grenier, and ten great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren, step grandson Cecil (Samantha) Kissell, and one great great grandchild.  

Lester Austin Miles was born May 28, 1917, to Austin Philo Miles and Janie Mae (Lester) Miles, near Arnold, NE.  At the age of one, he and his parents moved to the sandhills about two miles east of Brownlee, known as Shepard Place.  He started school in Brownlee, and attended High School at Brownlee and Curtis, NE.  

On May 29, 1939, he married Alberta Clarice Morford, a teacher from Hubbell, NE.  To this union, twin daughters were born at Alliance, NE, on November 3, 1941.  Mrs. Alberta Miles died in childbirth, and daughter, Marjorie was stillborn.  Baby Alberta Catherine survived.

On October 30, 1948, Lester and Sylvia Rose Florea, a teacher from Thedford, were married. To this union, 3 girls and twin boys were born.  Daughters Sammie Elizabeth, Cindy Mae, Aletha Sue, and twin sons Bart Alfred and Bernard Austin.  

Lester and Rose moved from Brownlee vicinity to the ranch in Garfield County, south of Chambers, in 1952.  They retired and moved to O’Neill.  

Lester loved his family, horses, cattle, and a good dog.  He always had time to visit with friends and neighbors.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill and The Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007.  He was also a member of the Holt County Historical Society. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Mae, wife Alberta, daughter Marjorie, brother Robert, 2 brothers-in-law; Burton Hardy and Jim Melcher, nephew Bobby Hardy, son-in-law Eddie Grenier, Grandson Austin Grenier.

Laureen F. Krajnik, 70

Laureen F. Krajnik, 70, of Ord passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the Valley County Health System Hospital.
Mrs. Krajnik’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at the Ord Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Doug Olson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Valley County Health System Hospice, Evangelical Free Church or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
Laureen Faye was born May 3, 1945, at Ord, Nebraska to Glen and Gwendolyn (Kellison) Cochran. She received her education at Cottonwood Rural School and graduated from Ord High School in 1963.
Following high school Laureen attended Kearney State College for one year. On July 14, 1964, she was united in marriage to Robert D. Lueck. To this union two children were born, Jennifer and Jeffrey.
While Mr. Lueck served in the United States Navy the couple resided in Oxnard, California. In December of 1965, Laureen returned to Ord. Mr. Lueck passed away in 1969. She then was united in marriage to Duane Krajnik on July 7, 1979.  Laureen made her home in Ord until her passing.
Laureen was a member of Christian Women’s Club, Extensions Clubs, BPOE Does, Eastern Star and Jobs Daughters. She enjoyed reading and was an avid pet lover. She especially liked her dogs, cats and pot-bellied pigs.
Survivors include her husband, Duane of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Guy Lewis of Ord; step-daughter, Melanie Boden of Ord; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Tammy Krajnik of Pensacola, FL; eight grandchildren, Dalton Boden and his wife, Kaylee, Sydney, Barrett, Morgan and Garrick Boden; Lillyanne Lewis, Ezekeial Aleo and Kaitlyn Rasmussen; and a host of relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert Lueck; her son, Jeffrey Lueck; a grandson, Boone Boden; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lynda and Lynn Schauer. 

Ralph C. Tuma, 90

Ralph C. Tuma, 90, of Ord passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord. 
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Middendorf will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Monday prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Valley View Senior Village. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Charles was born August 28, 1925, on the farm in Howard County, north of Cotesfield, Nebraska to Frank A. and Hilda (Moravec) Tuma. 
In January of 1945, at the age of 19, Ralph entered the United States Navy. He was on his way to Okinawa when the war ended and was discharged in July of 1946.He returned to the family farm then worked on a ranch in Wyoming. In 1950, he returned to Cotesfield and went to work for Doncheski Trucking. 
Ralph met, Darlene McCarty in 1951, and the couple was united in marriage on June 6, 1953, at St. Paul, Nebraska. They first lived in Ord, where Ralph worked at the Cheese Factory. In 1954, they moved to Omaha and he worked at Wilson Packing House and began working for Wilson Concrete in 1964. The couple lived in Papillion before returning to Ord in 1972. Ralph returned to the Ord Cheese Factory and drove a milk truck for Cleon Hansen until he went to work for the Department of Roads as a flagger and retired in 2000.
He was a member the Odd Fellows Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ralph enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He became an avid pen collector at the age of 10, when the banker’s wife gave him a pen and told him to start collecting them.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene of Ord; two sons and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Lori Tuma and Gary and Darla Tuma all of Ord; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Elaine and Roger Saul of Wayne, and Diane and Gerry Snow of Lincoln; eleven grandchildren; and one sister, Lorraine Rysavy of Ord.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Emil Tuma.

Donna F. Plugge, 85

ELBA – Donna F. Plugge, 85, of Elba, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, unexpectedly at her home.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Grand Island. Steven D. Schreiner and Jeff J. Morro will officiate.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Private family inurnment will be at a later date in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near O'Neill.

Mrs. Plugge was born on March 29, 1930, at Colome, South Dakota, the daughter of Orville W. and Dora (Stein) Elshire.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters-in-law, Blaine Partridge of North Loup, Joe and Vicky Partridge of Ord, Phillip Partridge of North Loup and Luke and Janet Partridge of Scottsdale, AZ.

She also leaves to cherish her memory, seven grandchildren, Michaela Partridge, Cami Holmes, Austin Partridge, Derek Partridge, Briana Partridge, Joshua Payne and Ashley Partridge; and two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Ellie Holmes.

Donna grew up and received her education in O'Neill and North Loup and attended the Grand Island Business College.

She worked as a telephone operator in Tulsa, OK , where she also did some modeling. Later in life she preferred working outdoors and riding horses. This included riding pens at feedlots and at sale barns, moving cattle. She was a hard worker that could do anything. She did everything possible to raise her four sons.

Donna was a very strong and independent woman that dearly loved her sons and her grandchildren. She loved family gatherings and enjoyed performing skits with her grandchildren.

Donna's deep faith was a very important part of her life. She was a member of Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Grand Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Vivian Peterson and Thelma Lashley; and one brother, Don Elshire.

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Memorials are suggested to the family.
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