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Dennis Lee Brass, 77




Dennis Lee Brass, 77, of Kearney died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by family.  A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Kearney First United Methodist Church, 4500 Linden Drive,  with the Rev. Gary Main  and Rev, Samm Johnston officiating.  Memorials are suggested to Aseracare Hospice or the Kearney Area Humane Society.  Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.  O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Dennis was born March 14, 1938, on the Brass Ranch west of Comstock, NE to Ellwyn and Esther (Metcalf) Brass.  He attended Coberg Rural School, arriving many days on horseback.  He graduated from Sargent High School in 1956 where he participated in football, basketball, FFA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
 
On August 8, 1959, he married Maxine Bartu at the Sargent United Methodist Church.  After working for the Sargent Co-Op a short time, he began his dream of having his own land and cattle. He was the first in the Comstock area to raise Chianina cattle, many of them selected for 4-H calves and shown at Aksarben and the Denver Stock Show.  Dennis' love for the land prompted him to conserve it, maintain it and make improvements to enhance its productivity.
 
Dennis loved animals and was very compassionate in caring for them.  He enjoyed spending long hours in the pasture, hand feeding cake to the cows and bulls, even scratching the backs of his favorites. In addition, he loved horses, cats, dogs, and a multitude of wild animals.
 
In 2007, Dennis and Maxine moved to Kearney, NE.  In retirement he enjoyed following the stock market, taking care of the yard, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.
 
Dennis is survived by Maxine, his wife of 55 years, his two daughters, Rhonda Wingo and her husband Marshall, Julie Young and Scott McElwee, and grandson, Riley Wingo, all of Austin, TX; sister, Betty Johnson of Lincoln; brother, Roy Brass of Alliance; brother-in-law, Bryce Bartu and his wife Phyllis of Grand Island, NE, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Verne.
 
Dennis was a humble man, never wanting to be in the limelight or inconvenience anyone but always working hard for a worthy cause.

Jack W. Petska, 60





Blue Hill resident, Jack W. Petska, 60, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, Nebraska.


Rosary will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 7:30 P.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Blue Hill, Nebraska. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 28, 2015; 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father James Schrader officiating. Burial will be at Ord Cemetery, Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wednesday May 27, 2015; 5:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service at the church. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family. Private condolences may be sent at www.lbvfh.com.


Jack was born February 6, 1955 in Ord, Nebraska to Paul Sr. & Geneva (Benson) Petska. He graduated from the Nebraska School for the Deaf in 1973. He was employed at Great Plains Packing Company in Hastings before he retired and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Blue Hill, Nebraska.


Jack was preceded in death by his father, Paul Petska Sr. and sister, Cindy Petska.


SURVIVORS:
Mother: Geneva Petska – Hastings, NE


Brothers & Sister-in-law: Paul W. Petska Jr. – Hastings, NE
Mark & Rita Petska – Blue Hill, NE


Sister & Brother-in-law: Kim & Greg Beam – Fremont, NE


Nieces & Nephews: Amanda (Adam) Kahrs
Nathan Petska
Amelia Petska
Brianna Beam
Brennan Beam


Great-Niece: Emma Kahrs

Great-Nephew: Stetson Kahrs

 

Frank E. Bruha, 86




Frank E. Bruha, 86, of Scotia passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, at his home in Scotia.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Military Honors will be presented by the Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150 of Scotia. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Fire and Rescue Department and EMT’s. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Frank was born August 3, 1928, in rural Valley County, Nebraska to Wencel and Emma (Hulinsky) Bruha. He grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools through the 8th grade. Frank served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed in Germany for 14 months in the 321st Battalion.

On October 1, 1953, Frank was united in marriage to Amelia Penas. The couple lived on a farm in Valley County before moving to Madison for a short time. They settled in Scotia where they raised their family of four children.

Frank was a very hard working husband, Dad, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. He worked for the Rodeo Telephone Company of Burwell which was purchased by Nebraska Central Telephone. He retired in 1989.

Frank was a former Mayor of Scotia. His memberships included the Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150; and ZCBJ Western Fraternal Lodge #112. He proudly served on the Scotia Fire and Rescue Department for over 50 years. Frank’s greatest joys were his family; he loved having all of them visit. The family meals, jokes, card playing and laughter will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Amelia of Scotia; one son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Nancy Bruha of Scotia; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret and Don Moudry of Ord, Janice and Duane Miller of Windsor, Colorado and Carol Mostek of St. Paul; seven grandchildren, Jason (Bri) Moudry, Ryan (Ashlee Martin) Moudry, Chad (Stormy) Miller, Kyle (Jodie) Miller, Carmen and Mason Mostek, and Shelley Bruha; seven great-grandchildren, Allie, Grady and Chance Moudry, Shannon, Chevelle and Cade Miller and Amelia Miller; four brothers and six sisters-in-law, Herb and Sandy Bruha of Burwell, Gary and Eileen Bruha of Ord, Larry and Ione Bruha of Loup City, Ed and Jean Bruha of Comstock, Evelyn Bruha of Grand Island and Lillian Kvetensky of Ralston; three sisters and four brothers-in-law, Evelyn and LaVerne Osentowski of Ord, Katie Server of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Alice and Norman Woitalewicz of Loup City; and Paul Jacobsen of Merna; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Justin Miller; two brothers, Albert and Wencel Bruha; and a sister, Emily Jacobsen.

“We love you yet and always”.
 

Robert Francis Olson, 80




Robert Francis Olson, 80 of Stromsburg, died on May 21, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Fullerton. 
 
A celebration of Bob’s life will be on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. five miles north of Brewster, NE by the Cross and Bible along Highway 7. Military rights will be given. His ashes will be laid to rest with his loyal companion “Mike” so they can have their final trail ride across the Sandhills of Nebraska. Visitation with the family will follow at Uncle Buck’s in Brewster. 
 
Robert was born September 26, 1934 to Gerald and Loreen (Renner) Olson at his Grandparents Renner’s Home in Madison County. He grew up on the family farm outside of Norfolk where he developed his love of horses. He graduated in 1953 from Norfolk High School, then he graduated from Norfolk Junior College and Wayne State while being an outstanding college athlete in football and track. He married Carol Steffen in 1957, they had six children. He served his county while being in the Army. 
 
In 1987, he married his sweetheart Dolores Sobotka Conner and gained four more children. They moved to the Sandhills and he was a rancher and horseman. He showed and bred Quarter Horses, “Eyes on Red” and “Mr. River Red” were shown at the World Show. He especially loved “Mike” his horse and “Blue” his dog. He enjoyed working at the Pitzer Ranch Sales for 34 years. He also worked at the Ericson Livestock Market as Weigh Master for 10 years and as a Nebraska Brand Inspector. He truly was an American Cowboy of great character and love of the land.
 
He was a lifetime member of America Quarter Horse Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, and Elk’s Lodge. He served on many boards and was always willing to lend a hand. 
 
He is survived by his wife; 5 children, Robert Jr. (Vicki) Olson of Barlett, Gena (Tom) Schimenti of Ord, Randy (Karen) Olson of Colorado, Carla Bolli and friend Ron Shrad of Elgin, Michelle (Curtis) Gurney of Burwell; stepchildren, David (Kiffney) Conner of Kearney, Christine Dumont of Omaha, Ann (Michael) Herbig of Central City, Doug (Kris) Conner of Kearney; 48 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim Olson of Norfolk. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Greg.
 
Memorials, in lieu of flowers may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 87, Stromsburg, NE 68666.
 
For additional information and to sign online guestbook, please visitwww.palmersantinfh.com.
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