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Frances E. Quinn, 87






Frances Edna Quinn, 87, of Burwell, Nebraska died December 19, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday April 21, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Women. Hitchcock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances was born September 5, 1926 in Clint, Texas to Russell and Jessie (Wright) Pattillo.
Frances graduated from Buena Vista High School in El Paso, Texas. She then went to Business School for two years. After college Frances moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the Pentagon. While in Washington she met Gerald Quinn and they were marred on November 6, 1948. They moved to Burwell in 1949 to take over the Quinn family ranch. Gerald died on April 14, 2004.
Frances was a member of the Willing Helpers Extension Club which led her to be a 4-H leader and active in the county fair with the open exhibit hall. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed bowling, cross stitching, gardening, flowers, her cats and sewing. She also, altered dresses for the bridal loft for quite some time.
Frances is survived by four children, Gary Quinn and Karla Timmerman of Burwell, Nebraska, David Quinn and his wife Suesan Rush-Quinn of Richmond, Virginia, John Quinn of Burwell, Nebraska and Dianne Holcomb of Gibbon, Nebraska. Ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Dwight Pattillo and a son-in-law, Tim Holcomb.

Roland E. "Ron" Petersen






Roland E. “Ron” Petersen, 77, of Arcadia passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251 and U.S. Navy Funeral Honors. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department, Arcadia Library or the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald Earl “Ron” was born January 29, 1937, to Earl B. and Josephine (McNeice) Petersen at Culbertson, Nebraska. He received his education in Culbertson until 1947 when he moved with his parents to Stratton. He graduated from Stratton High School in 1955.


Ron attended McCook Junior College and received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1970. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1955, and served in active duty until November of 1959.


Ron married Betty Meguire. The couple’s children are Mark and Michelle. On October 3, 1987, Ron was united in marriage to Shirley (Leininger) Wilson at Lexington, NE.


In 1988, Ron and Shirley moved to the Leininger family farm at Arcadia.


Ron was employed at several ag-related jobs. After moving to Arcadia he worked at Trotter Lumber, then Maschka’s Building Center.


He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Arcadia. Ron especially enjoyed the outdoors and collecting old cars and milk separators.


Survivors include his wife Shirley; a daughter, Michelle Biggert and her husband, Henry; a son, Mark Petersen and his wife, Jamee; step-children, Dick and Roxie Wilson, Susan Wilson, Rodney Wilson, Billy Wilson, and Tony Wilson; three grandchildren, Blake Petersen, and Lindsey and Preston Biggert; 13 step-grandchildren; 20 step-great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Doug Eller; a brother and sister-in-law, Roddy and Rebecca Petersen; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Ruth Mundt, Ronald and Mitzi Leininger, Retta and Dale Bettenhausen, and Carol and Doug Zikmund; special cousins, Gary and Renetta Simms; and a host of relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Bill and Alma Leininger; a brother, Merwyn Petersen; a sister, Joyce Blake; and brothers-in-law, Darold Blake, William B. Leininger, and Leon Mundt.
 

Eldon Hulinsky, 86






Eldon Hulinsky, 86, of Ord, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father Josh Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Eldon was born June 7, 1927, to Frank and Lillian (Codr) Hulinsky in rural Garfield County near Burwell, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm in the Burwell area where he received his education and graduated from Burwell High School in 1945.

Following graduation Eldon entered the United States Army. He was a part of the Occupation Forces in Tokyo, Japan during World War II and served as a clerk typist at the Army Hospital.

After the Army, Eldon was united in marriage, Bessie Shepperd on March 27, 1951, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. The couple farmed in the Geranium Township in Valley County, west of Ord. In 1984, they sold the farmed and moved into Ord.

Eldon worked various jobs including driving a bus for the Ord District Schools and as a janitor at the Ord Veteran’s Club.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #38, and VFW Post #7029, and had served as Post Commander.

Eldon enjoyed gardening, polka dances, listening to music, and enjoying good Czech food. He had a special love for the land, farming and caring for animals.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie of Ord; two daughters, Donna Lay of West Plains, MO, and Annette Hulinsky of Grand Island; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Lyle Hulinsky of Grand Island, and Ben and Janet Hulinsky of Westmoreland, KS; five grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Lorraine Hulinsky of Burtrum, MN; and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bud Heil of Loup City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Irene Seidel.

Hazel Irene Smith, 84



Hazel Irene Smith, 84, of Burwell, Nebraska died April 9, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Davenport and Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 -7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Hazel was born April 28, 1929 in Burwell, Nebraska to John and Ethel (Poor) Dehart. While Hazel was growing up her family lived north of Burwell in a sod house and then a rock house until moved to their place on Windy Hill Road. Hazel attended Banner and District 15 schools. Hazel stayed with and cared for her grandma Dehart. Hazel worked as a cook in Scotia, Grand Island and the Palmer hospital where she also worked as a nurse’s aid. She then worked in Grand Island at the Fairmont Factory until moving back to Burwell where she worked in different cafes.
She met Perry Eugene Smith, and they were later married on April 28, 1954 in Burwell. They lived northeast of Burwell where they ranched until moving into Burwell in November of 2007.
Hazel enjoyed going to her grandkids different games and activities and Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
Hazel is survived by her husband Perry Smith of Burwell, Nebraska. Three children, Ruby Smith of Springfield, Nebraska, Deb and John Pelster of Burwell, Nebraska and Sonny and Kelly Smith of Wallace, Nebraska. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and three on the way. Two brothers, Richard Dehart and Ted Dehart of Burwell, Nebraska and two sister-in-laws, Aza Dehart of Ord, Nebraska and Lillian Smith of Burwell, Nebraska.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, three children, Franklin Charles, Bernard Fay and Mickel Joe, one brother, Jimmie Dehart and two sisters, Pauline Kinney and Lucille Boyer.

Agnes Barbara Woitaszewski, 88






Agnes Barbara Woitaszewski, 88 of Ord formerly of Loup City, died Sunday April 6th 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 10, at 10:30 am at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City at 2:00 pm Thursday. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Memorials may be given to the family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Agnes was born October 8, 1925, in rural Litchfield, Nebraska to Frank and Catherine (Bandur) Oseka.
She was married to Richard Woitaszewski on July 11, 1945, at the St. Josaphat’s Church in Loup City. He preceded her in death on January 11, 2009. They were married for 63 years.
Agnes grew up on the family farm and attended Rural District 64 and graduated from Wiggle Creek High School. Agnes and Richard celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2008. Richard was called to service, and Agnes worked in Elkhorn until his discharge December 11, 1946, they continued to live in Elkhorn until 1951. They then moved to Sherman County and farmed until 1986, when they retired and moved to Ord.
Agnes was a homemaker at heart, she enjoyed cooking, baking apple pie, rolls, canning and making horse radish, dill pickles, and farm chores. Her hobbies were playing cards with neighbors; her children, sewing, crocheting, gardening and having family gatherings.
Agnes loved genealogy and did extensive findings with relatives and getting family history of her parents and other relatives.
She was a member of the St. Josaphat’s Church in Loup City and the rosary sodality. In 1986, she became a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and altar society in Ord.
Agnes is survived by six daughters and five sons-in-law, Kathy and Richard Bilka of Burwell, Cindy and Adrian Sonnenfeld of Ord, Jean and Brett Jungren of Elmwood, Stacy and Duane Drake of Lincoln, Connie and Clint Lewis of Hastings and Stephanie Woitaszewski of Durango, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Peetz and her husband Alvin of Omaha.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a infant daughter, Kimberly, a granddaughter ,Debra Sue Bilka, a grandson, Wayne R. Bilka; three sisters, Florence Peterson, Cecilia Agnew, Evelyn Karmann; and three brothers, Leonard, Donald and Clarence Oseka.

James Kruml, 89




James Kruml, 89, of Sargent passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Mr. Kruml was cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the National Hall west of Ord. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
James was born January 18, 1925, to James and Josephine (Minar) Kruml in Custer County, Nebraska. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in Custer County.
James lived with his father on the farm where he worked until he began his own farming and ranching operation in the 1940’s.
On July 2, 1951, James was united in marriage to Rosie Bruha. The couple made their home on the farm in Custer County. James farmed until the 1970’s when his son’s took over the farming. After retirement he continued to make his home on the farm.
He enjoyed the farm work and checking on the cattle and crops.
Survivors include his wife, Rosie of Sargent; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Edward, Laddie and Patty, and Alvin all of Sargent; a daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Lavern Oseka of Loup City; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George Kruml and a sister, Martha Kruml. 

Louise A. Rassett, 95




Louise A. Rassette, 95, of Ord passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Marty Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church or the Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Louise Agnes was born July 4, 1918, to Ludvick and Agnes (Psota) Gross at her grandmother’s home in Buffalo County, Nebraska. She received her education at Fairview District #21 in Buffalo County and Ravenna High School. In 1933, the family moved to Ord and Louise graduated from Ord High School in 1935.
On July 3, 1939, Louise was united in marriage to Elwood Rassette at Bartlett, Nebraska. The couple spent their married life in Ord with the exception of residing in Broken Bow for a couple of years.
Louise did domestic work. She spent much of her time with the Walt and Marge Douthit family and working at Douthit’s Diner.
She belonged to the Ord Does, VFW Auxiliary and a quilting club. She was a volunteer for the bloodmobile and the nursing home. She spent many years as a leader for the Boys and Girls Scouts.
Survivors include a son, James Rassette of Beatrice; three daughters and sons-in-law, Marlea and Al Kittle of Ord, Janet and Don Papiernik of Moreno Valley, CA, and Val and Jack Ptacnik of Ord; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean Gross of Ord, and Eugene “Shorty” Gross of Burwell; and three sisters, Mildred Jonas of Idaho, Doris Dlugosh of Washington, and Clara Jones of Ord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elwood who passed away in 1991; one sister, Marie Sok; and a brother, LaVern “Curly” Gross.

Dwight Saner, 76






Dwight Saner, age 76, of Dunning, passed away Tuesday March 18, 2014 at his home on the ranch near Dunning after a hard fought battle with cancer.
            Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Sandhills High School in Dunning, NE, with Rev. Lee Wonch and Pastor Ralph McKay officiating.  Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery with Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be held on Friday 1 PM to 8 PM with the family greeting friends 4 PM to 7 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Community Church , the Blaine County Community Foundation or the Dunning Rural Fire Department.
Culbert Dwight Saner was born November 29, 1937 at Halsey , NE at the Sam Rodocker home to Vesta and Dorothy (Rodocker) Saner.
            Dwight attended country school at West Union School and continued his education at Dunning High school , where he graduated in 1955.
            While Dwight was young and with the hay crew he acquired the nickname of Strawboss, which was still with him today. He worked with his Grandpa Oliver and was not aloud much of a lunch break or a water break. Grandpa Oliver was his mentor and made him the strong man that he was. Dwight was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. He also loved fishing, where he caught a couple master anglers. Camping and traveling to Yuma for the winter season, were activities that Dwight held dear to his heart. He bowled, golfed, danced and played a lot of cards. Dwight enjoyed music and playing his Spanish Guitar. Dwight participated in rodeo, known for calf roping on his horse Frosty. He passed on his love of it to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Sports were also a big part of Dwight’s life, he loved basketball, and football, his favorite NFL team was the Denver Broncos. He supported his children, grandchildren, and great grand children in the sports they participated in. Dwight was an active member of the Sandhills Community Church and has served on the church board. Dwight and his father, Vesta, helped put the addition on the church. He loved and appreciated his church family and their many prayers during his battle with cancer. Dwight was a very family oriented man and in his battle during hospice care, he said, “I am so fortunate to have such a loving family, they were there through all of the hard times.” Dwight was blessed with family beyond his biological family. His Yuma friends and relatives, his Canadian friends, and hometown friends were known to him as family.
            Dwight married his high school sweetheart Phyllis Collier on August 12, 1956. They lived on the Vesta Saner ranch and moved to their home where they live now in 1957. Dwight and his father built the home that they live in. Phyllis worked by Dwight’s side raising cattle, milking cows, as well as a farrow-to-finish swine operation.  Dwight raised Angus cattle, had charolais cross for a while, then went back to straight Angus. They showed a lot of 4-H cattle, winning numerous championships at the State Fair. They were active in showing horses in 4-H. Dwight and Phyllis did a lot of judging for 4-H as well.
            To this union four children were born and Dwight is survived by his wife Phyllis of Dunning, Randy and Patti (Bender) Saner of North Platte, Cindy and Kenny Neben of Dunning, Kurt and Jeanine (Pelster) Saner of Dunning, Troy Saner of Dunning, and foster son, Austin Furrow of Riverton, WY. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren; Phillip (Jessie) Saner, Matthew Saner, Christopher Saner, Dawn (Jared) Schemper, Dallas (Jess) Wyckoff, Rusty Wyckoff, Dustin Wyckoff, Jessica (James) McHargue, Delten (Alyson) Saner, Wade Saner, Shelby Saner, and Peyton Saner. Also, his 9 great grandchildren; Sierra, Samantha, Sabrina, Sophia, and Sawyer Schemper, Justin and Havannah Wyckoff, Katelyn McHargue, and Elliot Saner. Dwight is also survived by one sister, Marlene (Junior) Milleson, and two brother-in-laws, Larry Collier, and Alan (Barb) Collier, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
            He is preceded in death by his parents; Vesta and Dorothy Saner, his in-laws; Lawrence and Irene Collier, and one nephew; Byron Milleson.

Alvin Russell, 87






Alvin Russell age 87 of Broken Bow, died Wednesday March 19, 2014 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Rev. Todd Karges and Chaplain Steve Shanno officiating.  Burial will be in the Ansley Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 21, 4 PM to 7Pm at the United Methodist Church with the family greeting friends 5 PM to 7 PM.  Memorials are suggested to the Custer Care Center in Broken Bow.
 
Alvin was born on June 23, 1926 near Ansley to Charlie and Bertha Russell.
He was married to Nina Samp on March 9, 1947.
 
Alvin is survived by his three daughters; Barbara (Dennis) Cramer of Broken Bow, Becky (Gary) Lawrence of Alliance, and Nancy (Randy) Scheidies of Minden, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, a brother Wendall (Marion) Russell of Massachusetts, and a sister in law Dona Russell of Broken Bow.
 

Beth Lucein Anderson, 89




Beth Lucein Anderson, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died March 13, 2014 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the church or the Burwell Ambulance Supply Fund.
Beth was born August 27, 1924 in Loup County, Nebraska to Kenneth and Vera (Smith) Dittmar. Beth grew up near Taylor, Nebraska. She graduated from Burwell High School. After high school she taught school in the Sandhills for a few years. She worked at the sale barn until she married Donald E. Anderson on October 15, 1950 in Anamosa, Iowa. Beth then started working at the co-op where she worked for several years.
Beth was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and the Untied Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She was active with the Senior Center, playing bingo, collecting cat figurines, doing puzzles, reading and playing cards.
Beth is survived by two children, Mary and Ken Roberts of Hildreth, Nebraska and David and Jacque Anderson of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Donald E. a son, Donald H., a granddaughter Joslyn Anderson and a great-granddaughter, Brandie Reding.

 

Ernest LeRoy "Skip" Porter, 53




Ernest LeRoy “Skip” Porter, 53, of Atkinson, Nebraska formerly of Burwell, Nebraska died March 12, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery in Bassett, Nebraska. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Skip was born May 26, 1960 in Ord, Nebraska to Lawrence and Marilyn (Jensen) Porter. Skip graduated from Rock County High School in 1978. He then attended Chadron State College. After college he worked for various farmers and ranchers and did some trucking. After moving to Atkinson he worked at Wm. Krotter Company.
Skip loved to fish and hunt.
Skip is survived by his fiancée Dala Cesar and grandson, Christopher Cesar of Atkinson, Nebraska. His father, Lawrence and his wife Alberta Porter of Neligh, Nebraska. Two brothers, Dwight Porter of Taylor, Nebraska and Galen and Brenda Porter of Wright, Wyoming and a sister, Janelle Porter of Valentine, Nebraska. A brother-in-law, Jim Wagner of Ainsworth, Nebraska and nieces and nephews.
Skip was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Kim Wagner and a nephew, Martin Porter.

 

Gary Dale Ralls, 76




Gary Dale Ralls, 76, of Taylor, Nebraska died March 7, 2014 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Nebraska.
Gary was born October 9, 1937 in Loup County, Nebraska to Gery and Edna (Roblyer) Ralls. Gary graduated from Loup County High School in 1955.
Gary’s first wife was Connie Copsey. Gary farmed and ranched. Gary married Darlene Craven in January of 1973. In the mid 1970’s they moved to Arkansas. After Darlene’s death on January 5, 1979 he continued to farm and ranch. He then met and married Jo (Gant) Dulaney on March 15, 1980. Gary and Jo helped form Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club in 2004, which; continues to go on today.
Gary and Jo moved to Taylor in June of 2013.
Gary enjoyed his cattle, Allis Chalmers tractors and worked in his shop.
Gary is survived by his wife Jo Ralls of Taylor, Nebraska. A daughter, Beth and her husband Joey Bufkin of Nashville, Arkansas. A granddaughter Kristina Thrash and her fiancé Jordan Carpenter and a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Wright all of Conway, Arkansas. Two sisters, Kathryn Krueger of Sunol, Nebraska and Betty and Roger Goos of Taylor, Nebraska. Five step-children and their families, Deb and Larry Schwenke of Amboy, Minnesota, Vicky and Nyal Moninger of Dupree, South Dakota, Doug and Delores Craven of Bassett, Nebraska, Lyn and Jackie Craven of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Jim Craven of Newport, Nebraska, fifteen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Darlene Craven.


There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Taylor.

Donald James Kozeal, 47




Donald James Kozeal, 47, of St. Paul, Nebraska, formerly of Burwell, Nebraska died March 7, 2014 at the Howard County Medical Center as a result of an automobile accident.
There will be a memorial service at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport and Pastor Jerry Schoenenberger will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family. There will be a memorial visitation from 5 -7 p.m. on Wednesday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell.
Don was born May 18, 1966 in Burwell, Nebraska to Donald and Verda (Starr) Kozeal. He graduated from Burwell High School in 1984. After graduation he worked construction for a year and then entered the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharge he worked various jobs.
In 2003 Don started working for Dish Network as a technician. Don married Ashley Cone on February 12, 2011 in North Platte, Nebraska. Don and Ashley lived in St. Paul where they had a Dish Network store and recently started a store in Ord.
Don enjoyed fishing with Taya, being around his family and was very proud of his business.
Don is survived by his wife Ashley Kozeal of St. Paul, Nebraska. A daughter, Taya Kozeal of Merna, Nebraska. Three step children, Summer Cone, Sutton and Shane Kelley of St. Paul, Nebraska. His mother, Verda Kozeal of Burwell, Nebraska. Two sisters, Terrie Kaiser of Kearney, Nebraska and Wanda and Brian Bowley of Burwell, Nebraska and a brother, Steve Kozeal of Burwell, Nebraska. A brother-in-law, Brian Marr of Rosalie, Nebraska and nieces and nephews. Inlaws, Terry and Pat Cone of Burwell, Nebraska and Judy and Lonnie McDonald of North Platte, Nebraska. Brooke & Steven Lineberry of Taft, Tennessee, Cody and Kayla Cone of Taylor, Nebraska and Brady Cone of Kearney, Nebraska.
Don was preceded in death by his dad and a sister, Donna Marr.

 

Walter Bumgarner, 99




Funeral services for Walter Bumgarner, 99 of Broken Bow, formerly of Arcadia, will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow, NE with Don Schauda officiating. 
 
Burial will be in the Arcadia cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.
 
No visitation. A memorial has been established to the Salvation Army.
 
Walter is survived by his brother and sister in law, Bob & Donna Fells of Arcadia, and numerous neices and nephews.
 

David H. Scott, 63




David H. Scott, 63, of Ord passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the St. Francis Skilled Care Center in Grand Island surrounded by his family.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Tim Glendening will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home or the Valley Rods Unlimited Car Club. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
David Howard Scott was born December 14, 1950, to William and Gladys (Parker) Scott at Loup City, Nebraska. He was raised in Arcadia where he received his education and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1969, as the Valedictorian.
Dave attended Central Nebraska Technical Community College in Hastings where he obtained a degree in Electronics. During high school and following college Dave worked for Bill Sahlie of Arcadia as a beekeeper.
On June 20, 1971, Dave was united in marriage to Sheryl Bussell at the Scotia United Methodist Church. The couple made their first home in Arcadia, then settled in Ord in 1973.
Dave began his career in electronics at Mulligan’s Music in Ord where he worked as a service technician. In 1983, Dave and Sheryl opened Scott’s TV and in 1985, they moved the business to the present location on the Ord square. Dave and Sheryl operated Scott’s TV together until Sheryl passed away on January 26, 2010. Dave continued to make his home in Ord and operated the business until January of 2014, when his health caused him to sell.
Dave was a member and served as president of Valley Rods Unlimited. He also belonged to the North Loup Lions Club and was an honorary member of the Gathering Place at Arcadia. His church home was the Ord Christian Church. Dave enjoyed art, wood working and drawing and was involved in the Artissimos Club. His favorite pastimes were car collecting, ventriloquism, and attending Nebraska Football games. He also enjoyed boating and waterskiing. Dave’s pride and joy was his grandson, Parker and his family.
Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Jennifer Scott of Grand Island; his daughter, TiLynn Scott of Grand Island; one grandson, Parker Scott of Grand Island, a grand-dog, Delilah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and JoAnn Scott and Dan and Mary Jo Scott all of Arcadia; father-in-law, DeWayne Bussell of Grand Island; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Densel Rasmussen of Grand Island; and ten nieces and nephews.
Dave was welcomed into heaven by his wife, Sheryl; his parents; and mother-in-law, Venetta Bussell.
 

Gaylord Lee "Gale" Howard, 75




Gaylord Lee “Gale” Howard, 75, of Bruno, Nebraska formerly of Sargent, Nebraska died February 18, 2104 at Bryan LGH –West Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be at Madison Square Cemetery near Taylor, Nebraska. Steve Howard will speak at the service. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Gale was born December 17, 1938 in Loup County, Nebraska to Jack and Agnes (Kamery) Howard. While in school he followed the horse racing and was a jockey. After graduating from Sargent High School he entered the United States Air Force on December 28, 1956. He spent a year in Japan and was honorably discharged on July 5, 1960.
Gale married Elizabeth McCaslin in 1960. To this union three children were born. They were later divorced. Later in life he married Karen O’Dell.
Gale was a caregiver to his mother before her death. He was a trucker and a jack of all trades. His passion was horses and horse racing and his family. He also enjoyed all of the outdoors and learning the trees.
Gale is survived by three children; Jeff and Cheryl Howard of Bruno, Nebraska, Jackie and Steve Amos of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jerry and Tammy Howard of Omaha, Nebraska. Six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A brother Jerry Howard of Lyons, Nebraska and a sister, Elaine Zurek of Omaha, Nebraska.
Gale was preceded in death by his parents. A brother, Eldon Howard, a brother-in-law, Dennis Zurek and a nephew Bruce Zurek.

Velma F. Ritz, 94


Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 20th at Douglas Grove Cemetery west of Comstock, NE for Velma Fern Ritz, 94.  Dan Naranjo will be officiating.  At Velma's request there will be no public visitation.  All Faiths Funeral Home is is charge of arrangements.

Stanley M. Johnson, 77


Stanley M. Johnson, 77, of Greeley passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Greeley Care Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley. Father Donald Buhrman will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Karen A. Christensen, 58


Karen A. Christensen, 58, of Ord passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2014, at home alongside her family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Valley County Home Health and Hospice or 4 The Cure. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Karen Ann was born November 23, 1955, to Milton and Alice (Gothier) Olson at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
She resided on the family farm in Egan, South Dakota until 1964, when the family purchased a business in Gregory, South Dakota, which became known as Olson’s Bar. Karen graduated from Gregory High School in 1974. That same year her daughter, Joy was born.

Karen worked alongside her family at Olson’s Bar. In 1980, she married and to the union three children were born, Casey, Jeff and Matt. In 1986, they moved to Bassett, Nebraska where she worked at Sanger’s Market. In 1994, Karen moved to Pierre, South Dakota and worked at the State Capitol for the Secretary of State until 1995, when she returned to Bassett. While living in Bassett she worked at Bassett Body and Glass and Bassett Livestock Auction.

Karen moved to Ord in 2006, and married her longtime love, Jim Christensen on July 14, 2008. Until the time of her death, Karen worked at Valley Thunder Rods and Restoration in Ord where she enjoyed whipping “her boys” into shape on a daily basis.

Karen enjoyed spending time with friends and her grandchildren. She took great pride in her children, home and work. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her infectious laugh. She will be missed dearly.

Survivors include her husband, Jim of Ord; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Joy and Cory Miller of Ord, and Casey and Eric Hubl of Blue Hill; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Wilson and his fiancé, Kim Blake both of Grand Island, and Matthew and Kim Wilson of O’Neill; a step-daughter, Shana Fitzwater and her husband, Kelly of Lusk, Wyoming; 10 grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Joyce Olson of Lennox, South Dakota; and a sister and brother-in-law, LaVonne and Craig Johnson of Renner, South Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Gary and Kevin Olson.

Mary J. Placke, 70


Mary Jean Placke, 70, of North Loup died Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 2:00 pm at the Seventh Day Baptist Church at North Loup with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating.  Memorials may be given to the family.  Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Jean was born July 15, 1943, north east of North Loup to Walter and Alvena (Kriewald) Placke. She was born and raised on the Kriewald family homestead, in the home built by her grandparents Carl and Mary Kriewald in the Riverdale area of Greeley County.  She graduated from North Loup Scotia High School in 1961.  Mary Jean spent much of her life on the farm helping with milking the cows, raising chickens and calves.  Also on the farm she enjoyed gardening and canning.


In 1990 Mary Jean moved into North Loup, NE.  She had worked for Mid Nebraska Individual Services, the Valley County Hospital, Mormac Popcorn and Zanggers.  She also had sold ads for the Greeley Citizen Newspaper.  Mary Jean went to work for Twin Loups Irrigation District in 1991, and retired from Twin Loups in 2007. Her fellow workers took good care of her and became her second family.   


Mary Jean loved to paint and do ceramics.  She enjoyed going to the Country Neighbor with friends to eat.  She had a strong faith and was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church at North Loup. Family and friends were important to her and she cherished time spent with them. 


Survivors include a number of cousins; and her dog Corky.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Alvena Placke; and a brother, Harold Placke.        
 
 

Louis L. "Louie" Wajda, 90



Louis L. “Louie” Wajda, 90, of Elba formerly of Ord passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Brookfield Park Living Center in St. Paul.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Pastor Doug Olson officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Elba Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Louis was born February 11, 1923, at Arcadia, Nebraska to Ignace and Anna (Genichecka) Wajda. He spent his childhood on a farm north of Arcadia and attended Pleasant Valley Country School. Louie was unable to finish high school due to his father’s death. He continued to live on the farm with his mother and helped with the farming.
On May 18, 1945, Louis was united in marriage to Vivian J. Drake at Ord, Nebraska. The couple first lived on Louie’s family farm and helped his mother farm. They moved to Chicago where Louie worked in the Hershey Candy Factory for three years.
The couple returned to Nebraska and farmed northwest of Ord. They lived on the farm for fourteen years where they raised their three children, Larry, Connie and Rowena. In 1965, they moved into Ord and Louie helped Vivian with the operations of their nursing home, Ord Rest Home.
In 1971, they built a home southwest of Ord. Louie worked at the Co-op, Valley County Road Department and then began a career with Burlington Northern Railroad for 14 years. In 1988, Louie retired from the railroad. The couple purchased a new pickup and RV and began traveling. For the past two years they have made their home in Elba due to health reasons.
Louie enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing and playing cards. He was an avid Husker football fan. Louie’s greatest love was his family. He and Vivian have always been there for their children and grandchildren; enjoying spending time with them and attending their many activities.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Vivian of Elba; two daughters and a son-in-law, Connie and Lonnie John of Grand Island, and Rowena Wajda of Elba; 6 grandchildren, Dawn Phillips, Leah Kolar, Erin Ackerson, Kare Wolinsky, Adam John and Jenny Graves; 21 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Larry Wajda; four brothers, Frank, Eddie, Leo and Benny; and a sister, Albina Kaslon.

William W. Johnson, 86


William W. “Bill” Johnson, 86, of North Loup passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at his home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Greeley Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William Wesley was born February 16, 1927, to Burt Sr. and Doris (Pogue) Johnson on the family farm north of Scotia, Nebraska. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at a rural country school.
As a young man, Bill worked on area farms. On March 25, 1944, he was united in marriage to Marie Elizabeth Judge at Burwell, Nebraska. The couple made their first home in the Sandhills of Greeley County. During World War II, Bill served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany and France.
In the early 1950’s the family moved to Lincoln where Bill worked at Elgin Watch Company and did construction work. They moved to California and Bill worked at the Parko Rubber Company and Gardena Rubber Company as the General Manager.

Following his retirement, the couple spent ten years Wyoming during the 1980’s. While in Wyoming, Bill enjoyed the outdoor life and entertaining his family and friends from Nebraska and California.
Bill and Marie were raising their granddaughter, Teresa Johnson, when they settled in North Loup. Marie passed away on November 10, 2010. Bill continued to make his home in North Loup until his passing.
Bill enjoyed working in his wood shop and an excellent craftsman. He will be remembered by the many wooden toys and furniture that he shared with family and friends. He fed his squirrels and birds daily and also enjoyed horses. He enjoyed the outdoors; snowmobiling, fishing and taking his family hunting. Bill had a love for his family and especially cherished the time spent with the grandkids.

Survivors include two daughters, Margie Clements and her fiancé Richard Gallegos both of North Loup; and Rose Marie Fisher of California; a son and daughter-in-law, William and Susan Johnson of California; five grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; one brother, Pete Johnson of Ord; and three sisters and a brother-in-law, Myrtle and Ron Skolil of North Loup, Betty Jensen of North Loup and Helen Jensen of Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie and a sister, Patty Jensen.




 


Peggy Jo (Dearmont) Svatos, 33, of Wisner, NE passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in rural Wisner, NE in a single automotive accident.  Funeral services will be held Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE; with Pastor Dale Topp officiating.  Visitation will be held Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner, NE.  An additional memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Burwell, NE; with Pastor Alan Petersen officiating.  Burial of ashes will follow at Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.   Arrangements are under the direction of Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner, NE. 
Peggy was born June 20, 1980 in Atkinson, NE to Dennis and Bessie (Striker) Dearmont.  She was raised on the family ranch north of Burwell, NE.  She attended Rose Hill Country School in rural Burwell.  In 1998 she graduated from Burwell High School.  Peggy’s son Drew Dennis Dearmont was born April 28, 2000.  Peggy met Jeremy Svatos on September 17, 2001 in Norfolk, NE.  They were married on August 11, 2007 at Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE.  To this union a daughter was born, Clara Joesphine.  They lived in Wisner and Peggy worked many jobs until she received her accounting degree.  Peggy attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE and graduated from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE with a degree in accounting.  She was currently working for Morrow, Davies and Toelle in Pilger, NE and part-time at Village Express in Beemer, NE. 
Peggy enjoyed attending her childrens many activities, crocheting, going to rodeos and riding around with Jeremy in his truck.  She was a member at Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner.  Peggy loved spending time with her friends, family and especially her children.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Jeremy Svatos; her children Drew Dearmont and Clara Svatos; her parents, Dennis and Bessie Dearmont of Burwell, NE; sisters, Kay (Jack) Reineke of Burwell, NE, and Denise (Scott) DeCoste of Hay Springs, NE; brother Elton (Jamie) Dearmont of Burwell, NE; mother-in-law, Barb Svatos of Wisner, NE; brother-in-law, Shane (Kim) Svatos of Norfolk, NE; sisters-in-law, Amanda Svatos of Wisner, NE, and Erin (Matt) Vrba of Wisner, NE; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Peggy is preceded in death by her grandparents, Elton and Emma Striker and Robert and Betty Dearmont; and her father-in-law David Svatos. 

Neil P. Drake, 24


Neil P. Drake, age 24 of Comstock, died Sunday January 26, 2014 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph ’s Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt and Father Frank Schuster officiating.  Burial will be in the Lee Park Cemetery west of Arcadia .  A wake service will be held on Friday evening at 7:00 PM at the church.  
Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.  A visitation will be held on Friday 8 AM until 5 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary and 5 to 7 PM at the church.

 
Neil Patrick Drake was born on January 11, 1990 at Kearney , NE to Kevin and Cindy (O’Neill) Drake.  Neil graduated from Anselmo-Merna High School in 2008.
 
Neil participated in high school rodeo, state rodeo, and bareback riding.  He loved horses and working with cattle.
 
Neil is survived by his mother Cindy (Bump) Markham of Merna, his father Kevin (Sheryl) Drake of Comstock, his fiancé Cassidy Blotske of Comstock, his sisters; Alyssa Boyd of Merna, Tara Dunbar of Plainview, NE, Reba Clamp of Minneapolis, MN, his brothers; Ryan Boyd of Merna, Matt Markham of Omaha, his grandparents; Alan Drake of Comstock, Jim and Karen O’Neill of Sargent, Frank Fuss of Ord, uncle, Ken (Tracy) Drake of Sargent, aunt Tami Mannlein of Sargent.
 
He was preceded in death by his grandma Zelda Drake, his grandma Sharon Fuss, and uncle Mike Mannlein.

Helen T. Nordhues, 97




Helen T. Nordhues, 97, of Greeley passed away on Saturday, January 18, at the Greeley Care Home in Greeley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley. Father Donald Buhrman will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Greeley. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. T. J. Finn and Sons Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.


Helen Theresa was born April 22, 1916, at Brayton, Nebraska to Clarence L. and Anna C. (Larkin )Purdy. She was raised in Greeley County where she attended Reed Country School and graduated from Greeley Public School in 1933.
Following graduation, Helen worked at the ASC office and for Judge Scott in the Greeley County Court.
On June 15, 1942, Helen was united in marriage to William L. Nordhues at Greeley, Nebraska. The couple resided and raised their family of ten on a farm southwest of Greeley.
Helen worked as a CNA at the Greeley Care Home from 1971-1988 when she retired. Mr. Nordhues passed away in November of 1988. Helen then moved into her home in Greeley and then spent her last years at the Greeley Care Home.
She was a member of the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of American #2039 and the Altar Society. She was a homemaker and also enjoyed sewing.
Survivors include six sons and four daughters-in-law, William J. “Smokey” of Greeley, James L. and Claudine of Hoschton, GA; Raymond E. and Laurie of Greeley, Thomas J. of Strasburg, CO, Robert J. and Jeanette and Alan M. “Mike” and Daletta all of Grand Island; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Anne M. Samson of Elkhorn, Rosemary and Charles McManus of Greeley, Donna M. and Jay Sanders of White City, KS and Marlene J. and Mike Pritchard of Spalding; 37 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Maxine Whittle of Sumter, SC, Edith Nordhues of Greeley and Dorothy Koenig of Spalding.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brother, Cyril, Cletus and John Purdy; two sisters, Evelyn Fullen and Ethel Happ; a grandson, Brian T. Nordhues, a son-in-law, Milo Samson and a daughter-in-law, Joan Nordhues.

Keith Billy Presley Hopkins, 60




Keith Billy Presley Hopkins, 60, of Lincoln, Nebraska formerly of Burwell died January 17, 2014 at the Monarch House in Lincoln.
Funeral services will be Saturday January 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Methodist Church or to the Burwell American Legion. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Keith was born February 12, 1953 in Ord, Nebraska to Carrol and Mary Lois (Shankle) Hopkins. They lived on a farm near Burwell. Keith attended Midvale country school and graduated from Burwell High School in 1971 as Valedictorian of his class. After graduation, Keith attended Southeast Community College in Milford for a short time before returning to Burwell to work on the family farm while his father recovered from injuries. In 1974, Keith enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX. He was honorably discharged in 1977.
In 1974 Keith married Janece Goodrich. To this union a daughter, Sara, was born in 1981. They were later divorced.
Keith returned to Southeast Community College in Milford and earned his Associates degree in Electronics in 1982. He again returned to Burwell where he built a home and raised sheep while working with a local electrician until 1985. During this time, he also served in an Army Reserve unit in Hastings, NE for one year. In 1986, Keith relocated to Lincoln and was employed as an Electronics Calibration Technician for Teledyne Isco. He worked there for nearly 28 years.
Keith enjoyed vintage cars and had a special interest in Volkswagens. He had planned to return to Burwell in retirement and to restore a Chevrolet Corvair. Keith was a farm boy at heart and enjoyed his John Deere tractors. He attended the Camp Creek Threshers Show regularly. He also enjoyed spending time target shooting with his friends, researching family genealogy, and browsing for antiques. He was a private man with a plan for every occasion.
Keith is survived by his daughter Sara and her husband, Ian Black of Omaha, Nebraska. Other family members include his father, Carrol W. Hopkins of Burwell, Nebraska and five brothers and sisters: Ken and Kathie Hopkins of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Patricia and Melvin Moore of Lincoln, Nebraska, Richard and Jolene Hejsek of Seattle, Washington, Darrel and Sarah Hopkins of Lincoln, Nebraska and Diane Hopkins of Bismarck, North Dakota and nieces and nephews.
Keith was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lois and his step-mother, Dorothy.

Robert "Bob" Harrington, 85



Robert “Bob” Harrington 85, of Loup City, NE died Friday, January 17, 2014 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Loup City, NE with Reverend Joel Plisek officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City with military honors by the Loup City American Legion Post #48.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Loup City United Methodist Church, Sherman County Community Foundation or Sherman County Historical Society.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
 

Darline D. Daily, 86


Darline D. Daily, age 86 of Broken Bow formerly of Milburn, NE, died Wednesday, January 15, 2104 at her home in Broken Bow.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 18, 2014, at 1:30 PM at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with Rev. Seth Bates officiating.  Burial will be in the New Helena Cemetery near Anselmo.  A visitation will be held on Friday 8 AM to 8 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary.  Memorials have been established to the family to be designated at a later date.
 
Darline Delores Daily was born on July 15, 1927 near Anselmo to Charlie and Agnes (Stithem) Pettis.  She graduated from Anselmo High School .  On December 31, 1946 she was married to Paul C. Daily at Norton, KS.  They made their home near Milburn.  Mr. Daily died in 2001. 
Darline had a longtime love of playing the piano.  She was a member of the Broken Bow 1st Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge, Anselmo VFW Auxiliary, and the Milburn Willing Workers Club. 
 
Darline is survived by her daughters; Bonnie Pulliam of Sargent, Sherry (Duane) Ruh of Kearney, Mindy (Joe) Holley of North Platte, and Paula Daily (and friend Cam Daly) of Broken Bow, twelve grandchildren; Terri (Jeff) Dowling, Derrick (Kasey) Pulliam, Breanne (Nick) Pflang, Angie (Jeff) Cauble, Ryan (Brandi) Holley, Christopher (Deana) Holley, Samuel (Sarah Nichols) Holley, Melissa (Russ) Epperson, Jeffrey (Lana) Burnett, Jonathan (Stacie Vance) Burnett, Michael Burnett, Miranda Dunkel, great grandchildren; Tyler and Nic Dowling, Beylah and August Pulliam, Katie Pflang, Leo and Jessie Cauble, Brittany, Ashlyn, and Caleb Holley, Brooke Holley, Amy Sydow, Sadie, Sophie, Jayden Nichols, Delaniand Emma Haines, and Uriah Vance,
Two sisters; Burnice Zierlein of North Platte , and Eula Faye Anderson of Grand Island .
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters; Freida Pettis, and Wilma Mason, and a son in law Ron Pulliam.

Richard D. Bossen, 75




Richard D. “Dick” Bossen, 75, of Arcadia passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251and the Nebraska National Military Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dick Bossen was born May 29, 1938, to Floyd and Pauline (Sorensen) Bossen in Arcadia, Nebraska. He was the youngest of three children. As a young boy, Dick helped on the farm, raising sheep, hogs, corn, hay, potatoes and milk cows. He was active in 4-H, showing beef cattle, throughout grade school and high school. He attended Arcadia Public School where he graduated in 1957. The next fall, he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, majoring in agriculture. His studies were discontinued at the end of the first semester and he returned to the farm where he helped his father.
In 1961, Dick was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany for two years before he moved back to Arcadia and married Margene Elliott. It was then that Dick knew that he wanted to farm and feed cattle for a living. He had traveled across the Midwest and seen commercial feed yards and envisioned that someday he would build one for himself. This dream was realized as he built his feedlot on a hill ½ mile east of the homestead and created Bossen Livestock, Inc. Later he added a ranch and backgrounding lot located near Westerville, NE.
Dick loved his family more than anything and throughout his life he enjoyed attending many events that his girls and grandsons participated in. He loved to travel and later in life took many trips to places around the world with his wife.
Dick has been a very integral part of community and county boards and organizations. Some of these include the Arcadia Community Boosters, Arcadia School Board, Arcadia American Legion, Valley County Health System Board of Trustees, Valley County Supervisors, One Box Hunt, Nebraska Cattlemen, US Bio Ethanol Plant Board, to name a few. He was selected to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Huskie Wall of Fame and has been a big supporter of the University of Nebraska. He has also been a sounding board for several young entrepreneurs who were building their own businesses or careers. He has gone above and beyond his call of duty by not only creating jobs and doing business locally, but by donating to local organizations. Because of his commitment, he is respected and appreciated by all who know him.
Survivors include his wife, Margene of Arcadia; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jennifer Svoboda of Sargent, and Alison and Bill Garrelts of Arcadia; four grandsons, Weston and Wryder Svoboda of Sargent, and AJ and Peyton Garrelts of Arcadia; and a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Joyce Bossen of Joliet, Illinois. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Rae Jean and Calvin Treptow.


 

Karen A. Wadas, 51



Karen Ann Wadas, 51, of Ord Nebraska, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be at the Goodland Cemetery in Goodland, Kansas at 2:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to The Family or to the Flag Pole Committee at Auble’s Pond. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Karen was born at Goodland, KS on November 18, 1962, the daughter of Gary Daniels and Susan Summer. Growing up, she lived in several states before settling in Ord.


Karen was married to the late Robert Bruha and the couple had three daughters. In 1993, she married Richard Wadas. To this union a daughter and son were born.


She mostly enjoyed helping people as it showed in her work as a Certified Nurses Aide. She worked at several nursing homes and as an instructor at Mid Nebraska Individual Services. In 2004, her declining health prevented her from continuing her work.


Karen spent the rest of her time with her family. She loved the outdoors and spent many hours enjoying Auble’s Pond, fishing and watching the kids play around the pond. She had a passion for traveling and swimming. She loved bragging about her grandchildren and always looked forward to their next visit.


She is survived by her husband, Richard of Ord; her mother, Susan (Mrs. Deloy “Swede”) Leach of Ord; four daughters and two sons in law, Heather and Nathan Fuhrman of Clarks, NE, Amber Bruha of Rapid City, SD; DenaRae and Shane Staack of Grand Island, and Bailee Wadas of Wood River; a son, Ashton Wadas of Ord; five grandchildren Maddox and McKenna Fuhrman, Kaden and Allison Knapp and Brynn Wadas; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Pat and Kevin Wadas of Seward, Kara (Mrs. Timothy) Hage and Kristine and Troy Helsley all of Muscatine, Iowa and a brother, Gary “Joe” Daniels of Muscatine, Iowa.

She is preceded in by death by her grandparents; her father, Gary Daniels; her step father, Deloy “Swede” Leach and a brother-in-law, Timothy Hage.
 

Louis Nekoliczak, 86


Louis Nekoliczak, 86, of Greeley formerly of Chicago passed away on Wednesday, January 08, 2014, at the Greeley Care Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley. Father Ted Nekoliczak and Father Donald Buhrman will officiate. Military Honors will be presented by the Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186 of Greeley. Inurnment will take place at a later date at All Saint’s Cemetery in Des Plaines, ILL. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
Louis was born September 11, 1927, in Greeley County, Nebraska to Henry and Kathryn (Wilcynski) Nekoliczak. He was raised in Greeley County where he attended country school and Greeley Sacred Heart High School.
Louis farmed with his father until he was inducted into the United State Army in September of 1952. He served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in August of 1954. Louis made his home in Chicago, ILL where he joined the Chicago Police Department. He was a police officer for the 15th District of the City of Chicago for 33 years and retired in October of 1990.
On October 24, 1959, Louis was united in marriage to Ruth Mary Harris in Chicago, ILL. To this union two children were born, Jean and Jim. They were happily married for 40 years, until Ruth passed away in December of 1999. Louis continued to live in Chicago until 2007, when he returned to Greeley and made his home at the Greeley Care Home until his peaceful passing.
Louis was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Police Union. He enjoyed the farm life and helping plant crops. He spent time during the winter months typing records to record his police history.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Cary Alexander of Minooka, ILL; a son, James Nekoliczak of Grand Island; five grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Aaron, Ryan and Abigail Alexander; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Father Ted Nekoliczak and Joseph and Corrine Nekoliczak all of Greeley; and a sister, Lorraine Kelly of Greeley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ed and Elmer; and four sisters, Alvina Nekoliczak, Penny Jurczyk, Ethel Wielgus, and Peg Clinch

 

Barbara J. Stapp, 66




Barbara J. Stapp, 66, of Ord passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Valley County Health System Hospital.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be at Lee Park Cemetery west of Arcadia. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord First United Methodist Church or the Valley County Home Health and Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara was born March 1, 1947, to Joseph James and Betty Jean (Dorsey) Lee at Loup City, Nebraska. She was raised in Arcadia where she received her education and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1965.

After high school Barb resided in Lincoln where she worked at Liberty Life Insurance until 1971. She continued her education at Southeast Community College and graduated from the Medical Assisting Program in April of 1973.
Barb moved to Ord and worked at the Valley County Hospital until 1995, when her health forced her to quit. She was able to resume work at Grandview Assisted and Independent Living Center from 2003-2007.

On June 3, 1978, Barb was united in marriage to Garry D. Stapp at Arcadia, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Ord.

Barb’s love of her life was her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed sports and watching her kids participate in their events. Barb was a member of the Ord First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Garry of Ord; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Jen and Kevin and Kaesi all of Lincoln; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Kelli and Justin Eppenbach of Lincoln, Kari and Kerry Dodd and Kimberly and Chris Admire all of Lee’s Summit, MO; a special adopted daughter, Andi Jo Shellhase of Ord; 12 grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonita and Jerry Hawley of Gretna and Betty Jo and Rolen Sell of Arcadia; special friends, Jason Bresley and Brad Feik; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


 

Nicholas T. Rowbal, 38


Nicholas T. Rowbal, 38 passed away Monday, Jauary 6, 2014.

Visitation is Thursday, January 9 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m, Friday, January 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home, one hour prior to rosary and mass at the church.  Rosary will be Friday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 11 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings with Father Michael Houlihan officiating.  Burial will be at the Parkview Cemetery, Hastings.  Memorials may be given to Nicholas T. Rowbal Memorial Fund.  

Nick was born November 25, 1975 in Valley County, NE to Richard D. and Christine A. (Wagner) Rowbal.  He moved from Kearney in 1990 and graduated from Adams Central High School in 1995.  Nick was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Nick was proceeded in death by his father, Richard D. Rowbal; grandparents Richard and Vivian Rowbal, and Gertrude Wagner, and aunts, Vicky (Wagner) Croot and Regina Wagner.

Nick is survived by several family members located in Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, California and Kansas.

Louis Nekoliczak, 86




Louis Nekoliczak, 86, of Greeley formerly of Chicago passed away on Wednesday, January 08, 2014, at the Greeley Care Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley. Father Ted Nekoliczak and Father Donald Buhrman will officiate. Military Honors will be presented by the Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186 of Greeley. Inurnment will take place at a later date at All Saint’s Cemetery in Des Plaines, ILL. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Louis was born September 11, 1927, in Greeley County, Nebraska to Henry and Kathryn (Wilcynski) Nekoliczak. He was raised in Greeley County where he attended country school and Greeley Sacred Heart High School.

Louis farmed with his father until he was inducted into the United State Army in September of 1952. He served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in August of 1954. Louis made his home in Chicago, ILL where he joined the Chicago Police Department. He was a police officer for the 15th District of the City of Chicago for 33 years and retired in October of 1990.

On October 24, 1959, Louis was united in marriage to Ruth Mary Harris in Chicago, ILL. To this union two children were born, Jean and Jim. They were happily married for 40 years, until Ruth passed away in December of 1999. Louis continued to live in Chicago until 2007, when he returned to Greeley and made his home at the Greeley Care Home until his peaceful passing.

Louis was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Police Union. He enjoyed the farm life and helping plant crops. He spent time during the winter months typing records to record his police history.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Cary Alexander of Minooka, ILL; a son, James Nekoliczak of Grand Island; five grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Aaron, Ryan and Abigail Alexander; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Father Ted Nekoliczak and Joseph and Corrine Nekoliczak all of Greeley; and a sister, Lorraine Kelly of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ed and Elmer; and four sisters, Alvina Nekoliczak, Penny Jurczyk, Ethel Wielgus, and Peg Clinch


 

Ruth Obermiller, 107


Ruth Obermiller, 107 of Loup City, NE died Monday, January 06, 2014 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City, NE.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loup City with Reverend Shawn Kitzing officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9 at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund or donor’s choice.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
 

Gilbert Babcock, 100





Gilbert “Gib” Babcock, 100, of Ord formerly of North Loup passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Greg Barnes will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Visitation will be prior to the funeral on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gib was born July 2, 1913, in Nortonville, Kansas, to Clarence and Martha (Jacky) Babcock, the second of ten children born to this union.
 When Gib was 10, the family moved from Kansas to the North Loup Valley.  He graduated from North Loup High School in 1931. 
On March 16, 1935, Gib was united in marriage to Leone Stevens at Ord. The couple began farming in Greeley and Valley counties.  Born to this union were two sons, Ronald and Loren, and a daughter, Barbara. 
In 1954, they sold Lazy Lane Farm to own and operate the Western Auto Store in Ord for 1 1/2 years.  Gib returned to farming in Minnesota and Nebraska.
In 1962, Gib accepted a job as groundskeeper at the University of Nebraska.  In 1965, he was hired as Equipment Manager for the Huskers, a position that he held until retirement. Gib and Leone returned to North Loup in 1977. 
Gib’s years in North Loup were spent mowing lawns, chopping wood, gardening and fishing.  In 2000, he moved into Grandview Assisted Living in Ord and spent his final years in Valley View Living Center.  He enjoyed sharing stories and memories with friends and relatives.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Loren and Mary Babcock of North Platte; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Galden Anderson of Gilbert, AZ; a daughter-in-law, Martha Williams of Washington, DC; grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams of Tacoma Park, MD, Brenda (Tom) Ott of Spring Grove, IL, Pamela (Mike) Waggener of Hoxie, KS, Douglas (Monica) Babcock of Lincoln, NE, Darci (Tim) Dietz of Pittsburgh, PA, Craig (Lisa) Anderson of Wexford, PA; and great-grandchildren, Nicole, Kayla and Michael Waggener, Trinity and Saylor Babcock, Timothy Eric and Steven Dietz.
 He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leone; a son, Ronald; nine siblings Chester, Merwin, Carroll, Iradell, and Donald Babcock, Marguerite Scott, Lillian Barber, Ida Babcock and Bonnie Keown-Severance; granddaughter, Jodi Lyn Anderson; and great granddaughter, Destiny.

 

Walter Leroy McClintic, 70



Walter Leroy McClintic, 70, of Burwell, Nebraska died December 31, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 – 6 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. I lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Methodist Church or the Gideon Bibles.
Walter was born January 20, 1943 in Loup County, Nebraska to Clarence and Arlene (Alloway) McClintic. Walter’s family moved to Custer County in 1948 and then to Burwell in 1954. Walter graduated from Burwell High School in 1962.
Walter ranched with his dad until 1970 when his dad died. He continued farming and ranching, as well as custom farming. He moved into Burwell in the fall of 1983. He retired from custom farming in 2006.
When he was a young man he enjoyed fishing. Walter was a member of the Untied Methodist Church, International Gideon Bibles and the Lions Club.
Walter is survived by three brothers, Robert McClintic of Tipton, Missouri, Floyd McClintic of Burwell, Nebraska and Harold and Sandra McClintic of Holbrook, Nebraska. A sister, Shirley and Brady Wood of Hartshorne, Oklahoma and two nieces and two nephews.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sandra McClintic.

Bill Bowman, 75





Bill Bowman, 75, of Ord passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Health System Hospital in Kearney.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the funeral on Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Mid Nebraska Individual Services. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Billy “Bill” was born April 28, 1938, in Independence, Virginia to Enoch and Annie (Hall) Bowman.
In June of 1978, Bill moved to Ord where he was a resident of Mid Nebraska Individual Services.
Bill will be remembered for his happy spirit and smile. He was a joker and liked being a little ornery. He enjoyed looking at magazines and books and loved to be talked to.

Survivors include a sister, Peggy Nissen of Wisconsin; two half brothers, Leonard Walker of California and Alvin Walker of Missouri; and his many friends and caretakers at Mid Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Billy B. Day, 86



Billy B. Day 86, of Loup City, NE died Monday, December 30, 2013 at St. John’s Good Samaritan Society in Kearney, NE.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2013 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with J.H. Schroeder, Doug DeNeui and Darrell Holzinger officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City with military honors by the Loup City American Legion Post #48.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2013 at the church.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials are suggested to the Grace Bible Church, Homeward Trails Bible Camp, Sherman County Foundation or donor’s choice.  You can sign Billy’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.
Billy B. Day was born March 12, 1927 at rural Miller, NE to Glen R. and Alice Cecil (Boyd) Day.  Later he moved to Custer County where he spent his childhood.  On February 6, 1951 he married LaVonne M. Brundige at Rockville, NE.  They lived in Rockville for almost a year while working at the Grand Island Ordinance Plant.  She got ill and they moved to Omaha for a year while she was in the University Hospital.  They moved to the Day Family Farm in 1953 by Miller, NE.  In 1961 they moved to Loup City and bought into the Loup City Commission Company and became sole owners of the Loup City Commission Company in 1963.  They owned and operated it until 1980 when they with nine other stockholders built the new sale barn two miles west of Loup City.  In 1982 they moved to Omaha for a while as LaVonne was ill.  He did order buying dairy cattle and Dairy Auction.  In November of 1999 Billy and his children bought the Loup City Commission Company again.  Billy moved to Well Life Assisted Living then to St. Johns Nursing Home when he needed more care.  Billy was a member, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Loup City.
Survivors include his children, Dennis and Rhonda Day of Grand Island, NE; Dacia and Jim Dzingle, Daniel and Susan Day and Douglas and Sharon Day all of Loup City and Doran Newberry of Kearney; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Glenola Kleckner of Kearney, NE and brother, Donald Day of Omaha, NE.  He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne; his parents; great grandson, Bradley Milbourn; brother, Bobby; brother-in-law, Weldon Kleckner; sisters-in-law, Connie Brundige, Verla Owings and Patricia Day; and LaVonne’s parents, Dwight and Violet Brundige.
 

Kerry Arthur Ballagh, 59



Kerry Arthur Ballagh, 59, of Burwell, Nebraska died at home on December 27, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2013 at Burwell Baptist Church. Harry Landaw will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the family. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Kerry was born May 11, 1954 to Robert and Helen (Rowse) Ballagh in Burwell, Nebraska. After his schooling, Kerry drove a truck for Ballagh Trucking, which was owned by his parents.
Kerry married Michele Lautenshlager on November 8, 2005 at their home near Burwell. Kerry worked for the Garfield County Roads Department for fifteen years.
Kerry’s hobby was working on cars and motorcycles. If you wanted to see him smile just put him on a bike. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and his family, especially his grandkids.
Kerry is survived by his wife Michele Ballagh of Burwell, Nebraska. Four children, Amanda Ballagh and Roy Rocheleau, Larry Jo Ballagh, Layla and Randy Worden and CW McCutchen and Brittany Measner all of Burwell, Nebraska. Eight grandchildren, Cameron, Miranda, Brittany, Brandon, Breanna, Carrie Lynn, Calvin and Titan. A brother, Lanny and Ardith Ballagh of Burwell, Nebraska. Three sisters, Audine Woods of Kearney, Nebraska, Patricia and Marion Woods of Burwell, Nebraska and Barbara and John Harris of LeBarge, Wyoming.
Kerry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Duane Ballagh.

Mara Jo Sanders, 91


Mora Jo Sanders, 91,of BrokenBow died Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Sargent with the Reverend Marvin Bauer officiating. Burial will be in the Kent Cemetery east of Taylor. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Rhoad Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Donald D. Dimmitt, 82


Donald D. Dimmitt, 82, of Ord passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center at Omaha, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord with Father Mark Maresh officiating. Burial will be in the Kent Cemetery, near Taylor, Nebraska. Military Honors will be provided by the Clifford Clark American Legion Post #298 of Burwell. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Duane was born December 26, 1930, to Obert and Alice (Fox) Dimmitt in Loup County, Nebraska. He was the youngest of four children, including two brothers, Bill and Bob and a sister, Doris. Growing up in Loup County, he attended Star Rural School and graduated from Burwell High School in 1950.
Don answered his nation’s call in 1950, by serving in the United States Army for two years as an Anti-Aircraft artillery coordinator.
In 1955, while driving a truck, he met Delores Cooley at Omaha, Nebraska. The couple was united in marriage on September 8, 1957. To this union, three children were born, Don Jr. “Punk”, Pam and Jeff.
In 1959, they moved to a cattle ranch south of Atkinson until 1967, when the family moved south of Emmett, Nebraska. Don worked seven days a week on the Schaffer Ranches and was engaged in various tasks of a working cattle ranch. His worked include calving hundreds of cows and heifers, harvesting hay, feeding the livestock throughout the winter; and everything in between.
In 1973, they moved to Atkinson where Don worked for Charles Shane at a feedlot operation. In 1976, the family moved to Elyria where they purchased and operated their own business. During this time Don also drove a truck for K Truck Line until retirement in 2000.
Don was a member of the American Legion. For a number of years Don and Delores enjoyed playing in a country western band on the weekends. They also cared for their twin grandchildren, Christina and Raymon when they were 4 and 5 years old.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Don and Cathy and Jeff all of Ord; a daughter, Pam Johnson of Ord; six grandchildren, Christina Dimmitt , Raymon Dimmitt and his wife, Amanda; Lacey Dimmitt, Jason Johnson, Dana Hill and Dawn Myer; four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sayde, Aliya and Anastyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores; two brothers, Bill and Bob; a sister, Doris Dierburger and a son-in-law, Ken Johnson.

Beulah May Moses, 94


Beulah May Moses, 94, of Amelia, Nebraska died December 23, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.
Funeral ser vices will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport and Pastor Joe Bockerman will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Cedar Creek Bible Church or the Burwell United Methodist UMW.
Beulah was born May 10, 1919 at home in Holt County, Nebraska. Beulah went to rural grade school near her home through the ninth grade. During this time she was active in 4-H doing cooking and sewing. She then attended Chambers High School for one year before going to Atkinson High School where she graduated in 1937.
After graduation she took the teaching test and taught for three years before attending Kearney State Teacher’s College for a year. She continued teaching and took summer classes. She taught school for seven years.
Beulah met Owen Moses when his family moved to a nearby ranch. Owen went to the Army and after he returned they were married on October 18, 1945 at her parent’s home.
Beulah and Owen ranched in Holt County. In the late 1940’s they moved to the present ranch where they had dairy cattle. Owen died February 8, 2005. Beulah continued to live on the ranch until May of 2013 when she moved to Community Memorial Health Center.
Beulah enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and baking. She was a member of the Homemakers Extension Club. She also, sewed clothes for her children and herself. Beulah attended the Ballagh Church and then the Cedar Creek Bible Church.
Beulah is survived by four children, Daryl Moses of Amelia, Nebraska, Dale Moses or Burwell, Nebraska, Orin and Benjean Moses of Spirit Lake, Idaho and Marilyn and Rollin Nelson of Ord, Nebraska. Five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Don and Marlene Dexter of Amelia, Nebraska and Roland and Delores Dexter of Lead, South Dakota and a sister, Opal Kirkpatrick of Grantsville, Utah.
Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Raymond Dexter and Leonard Dexter, a sister, Hazel Dexter and a daughter-in-law, Pamela Moses.

Lois L. Simon, 87






Lois LaVonne Simon, 87, of Burwell, Nebraska died December 22, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at the First Christian Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery.

Lois was born August 12, 1926 in Wheeler County, Nebraska to James and Nanna (Johnson) Donner.

Lois married Rex R. Simon on April 23, 1947 in Ord, Nebraska.

Lois is survived by three daughters, Janet and Dan Jones of Ord, Nebraska, Verna and Brian Ikehara of Elm Springs, Arkansas, Christine Simon of Ord, Nebraska. Six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A brother Carrol and Wilma Donner of Sun City, Arizona. Two sisters, Eunice Meuret of Lakewood, Colorado and Erlyn and Dale Mattley of Downs, Kansas.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister-in-law, Sarah Craven-Donner, a brother-in-law, Charles Meuret and a granddaughter, Wendy Ikehara.

Sebastian Werlinger


Funeral services for Sebastian Werlinger of Atkinson, NE will be held Friday, December 27th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson, NE. Visitation will be Thursday December 26th from 3 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson, with a Rosary at 7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to them. Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson is in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel L. Dunbar, 89


Hazel L. Dunbar, 89, formerly of Ord, died December 10, 2013, in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
 
Memorial  services are 11 am, Saturday, December 14, 2013,  at the United Methodist Church in Taylor NE.

Larry A. Polenske, 73


Larry A Polenske, age 73, of Ericson, Ne passed on Dec 5, 2013. A Celebration of life will be held on Wednesday December 18th at the Baptist Church in Ericson, Ne at 1:30 p.m.


Larry was born January 23, 1940 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Fritz and Minnie (Wichman) Polenske. He served in the Army National Guards for 4 years. He went to boot camp in Fort Riley Kansas. He married Mary Jane Peterson in 1957 and lived in Stanton Ne. To that marriage was born a son David who passed shortly after birth. Mary later passed in 1964. He then married Renee Porter on April 6, 1969. To that marriage was born a daughter Chelle (Rick) Green of Ericson, Ne and a son Guy (Trudy) Polenske of Naper, Ne. Larry has 3 grandchildren Ty Green, Rachelle Green and Shaeden Polenske.


Larry’s entire life was dedicated to the care of livestock. Over the course of his career he worked for numerous feed yards and cow calf operations including s small herd of his own. And don’t forget the donkeys he enjoyed greatly. Larry also enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching old western movies. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife Renee, 2 children and spouses, 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers Darrell Polenske and Jerry Polenske and spouses, 8 nephews and spouses and families.


The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials go to the family. 

Dorothy K. Palser, 90




Dorothy K. Palser, 90, of Ord passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013, at her home in Ord.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Pastor Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Visitation will be on Friday at 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Valley County 4-H. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy was born May 13, 1923, at North Loup, Nebraska to Floyd and Katherine (Stude) Wetzel.  She attended school at North Loup and graduated from North Loup High School in 1941. 
She then moved to California where she worked as a waitress.  On November 13, 1943, Dorothy married Paul Palser in California.  They continued to live in California until 1947, when they moved to the Springdale area of Valley County where they farmed.  In 1957, they moved to Sedgwick, Colorado.  Dorothy lived there until 1960, when she returned to Ord.  At Ord she worked at the Valley County Extension office for over 35 years.  She retired in 1996, and continued to make her home at Ord until her death.
Dorothy enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and baking. She was an avid Husker fan and enjoyed cats.
Survivors include two sons; and a daughter-in-law, Dennis Palser of Sedgwick, Colorado, and Steven and Hope Palser of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a daughter, Marty Post of Wolbach, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Tom and Quin Post, Floyd and Carmen Palser; and four great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Monica Palser.


 

Victor S. Morrow, 87





Victor S. Morrow, 87, of Ord passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at this home in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Scotia. Pastor Steve Marsh will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and the Scotia Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Victor Stanley Morrow was born on December 31, 1925, to Earl D. and Laura May Ruth (McCune) Morrow in the northern area of Greeley County, Nebraska known as the Amity Area. He was raised in Greeley County where he attended country grade school, Parnell School and graduated from Scotia High School in 1943.
Victor received a farm deferment from WWII. He began farming and ranching in 1947, in the northwest area of Greeley County.
On March 28, 1947, Victor was united in marriage to Letha Sowers at Smith Center, KS. The couple spent most of their married life on the farm. In 1994, they moved into Ord. Vic remained active on the farm until his passing.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge and NFO. He served on the Rural Fire Board of Scotia and Parnell School Board. His hobbies included collecting barb wire and he loved horses.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Letha of Ord; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Karen of Topeka, KS and Donald of Ord; a daughter, Linda Patrick of Holdrege; five grandchildren and their spouses, Travis and Tina Patrick of Bartlett, Tina and Corey Wiese of Holdrege, Michelle Morrow and Bethany Morrow both of Orange County, CA and Jesse Morrow of Ord; five great-grandchildren, Zane, Alec, Cade, Clay and Brooklyn; and a sister, Lois Swanson of Ord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Victor Morrow, Jr. 

Kenneth L. Peyton, 79






Kenneth L. Peyton, 79, of Arcadia passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Health System Hospital in Kearney.
Mr. Peyton’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Ord Memorial Chapel.
Memorials may be given to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth was born June 28, 1934, at Burwell, Nebraska to Lewis and Neola (Lenker) Peyton. He was raised in the Burwell area and received his education at Burwell at the Faimon Reijda School.
Kenneth’s parents divorced and his mother remarried Alfred shoemaker and they lived in Mira Valley south east of Ord.
Kenneth married Selma Ann Weburg in June of 1953, they divorced after 7 ½ years of marriage. He later married Marilee Rhinehart on June 19, 1961 at Ord.
The couple first made their home at Prague, NE where Ken worked on different construction jobs. They later moved to Cozad where he where he owned the Texaco Service Station, he had also worked at Monroe’s and also lived in Eustis for a short time, eventually moving back to the Mira Valley area.
For a time he worked in the oil fields of Gillette, Wyoming. He started Peyton Trucking, and after selling his trucking business he worked at the Felco station in Scotia, Nebraska for a number of years while living in North Loup. In 1975, he moved to Ashton, Nebraska where he continued to work for area farmers. For five years he operated a 14D Caterpillar maintainer for two townships in Sherman County and then went on the road with a construction company.
Ken retired in July of 1996, and worked part time for Tom Bandur and David Shoemaker.
He loved to hunt and fish, and spend time outdoors.
Survivors include six children, Kristine Koch of Des Moines, Iowa, Kassandra Griffis of Carthage, Missouri, Kevin Griffis of Pleasanton, Nebraska, Kenneth “Chuck” Peyton of Grand Island, Nebraska, Kerry Peyton of Sparks, Nevada, and Kyla Weverka of Arcadia, Nebraska; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, Leah George of Arcadia, Nebraska.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilee; a son, Stephen Lerdall and two brothers, David Shoemaker and Leroy Peyton.

Dixie L. Zulkoski, 79




Dixie Lee Zulkoski, 79, of Ord passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10: 30 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Mark Maresh officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Valley View Living Center or the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dixie Lee was born April 1, 1934, at Arcadia, Nebraska to Clifford and Ollie (Vance) Stone. She moved with her family to Ord where she graduated from Ord High School.
On June 14, 1955, Dixie was united in marriage to Edmund Zulkoski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elyria. The couple made their home on a farm in the Springdale Township of Valley County. They spent 51 years together on the farm.
Dixie was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Altar Society and VFW Auxiliary Post #7029.
She is survived by her husband, Edmund “EZ” of Ord; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Marty of Hastings, Jerry, Doug, and Todd and Pam all of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Denice and Iry Grigg of Hastings; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Retta Miller of Loveland, CO.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jimmy; a grandson, Shawn Grigg; a brother, Kay Stone and a sister, LaVonne Maurice.


 

Betty L. Fowler, 77





Betty L. Fowler, 77, of Arcadia passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Ms. Fowler’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale and Pastor Marty Robbins will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 1, 2013, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born August 24, 1936, at Burwell, Nebraska to Lee and Evelyn (Hibnes) Johnson. She was raised in Loup County, Nebraska, on the north side of the Calamus River. Betty attended Valley View Country School through the 6th grade and Burwell Public School until the 10th grade. She then transferred to Loup County High School for her Junior and Senior years, graduating in 1955. During her school years she acquired the nickname of “Bets”. Betty was the School Annual Editor and was voted the “Most Dependable” of her graduating class.
Following high school, Betty taught in rural schools for 3 years.

In December of 1957, Betty married Gilbert Fowler. To this union four sons were born. They first lived on a ranch west of Taylor until 1970, when they moved to Arcadia. They resided there for two years and moved to Campbell for a short time before returning to Arcadia.

The couple divorced in 1976. Betty continued to make her home in Arcadia where she worked at the Arcadia Café and Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City. She also cooked at The Den and Bud’s Bar at Comstock. Betty last worked in private duty home care.

Her hobbies included sewing, reading and gardening and she especially enjoyed keeping up on the local news. Betty was a rodeo fan; following the PBR and enjoyed watching the National Finals Rodeo on TV.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Kerry and Kathy of Arcadia, Leonard and Linda of Kearney, Ronald and Melanie of Grand Island and Jay and Kim of Hastings; grandchildren, Zachary Fowler of Aurora and Don and Tuesday Risley of Colorado; Niki and Vince Bunker of Colorado; 5 great grandchildren, and one brother, Kenneth Johnson of Mead.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Adella L. Sorenson, 85




Ardella Lorine Sorensen, 85, of Ord died Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center at Burwell.
 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 10:30 am at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Rev. Trever Rook and Pastor Ivan Schoone officiating.  Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery at 3:00 pm Wednesday.  Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
 
Ardella was born May 26, 1928, on the family farm near Upland, NE to Fred and Agnes (Petersen) Best.  Ardella attended country school west of Upland and graduated from Upland High School in 1946.
 
Ardella was married on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948, to Ivan Sorensen at the Lutheran Church Parsonage at Minden, NE. Ardella and Ivan have been married for 65 wonderful years.

The couple made their home in Minden until 1953, when they moved to Ord. Ardella was a stay at home mom while rearing her two children and was active in their activities including Cub Scouts and Brownies. Later Ardella worked at Ord Fabric Shop and Needham’s Clothing.

Ardella was very active in the Presbyterian Church at Ord. Her hobbies included family genealogy, painting, poetry, and singing; gardening, canoeing and camping.

Ardella is survived by her husband, Ivan of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Jean Sorensen of Lincoln, NE; a daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Mike Winterfeld of Brighton, CO; three grandchildren, Scott Sorensen, Laurie Parker, and Erin Becker; four step-grandchildren, Tracy Tonniges, Holly Miley, Jon Burns, and Jason Burns; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and three sisters, Rosetta Jean Best of Minden, Lois Leach and Clarice Lawson both of Lincoln.

Ardella was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Kenneth Best and Elmer (Pete) Best; and two sisters, Geraldine (Gerry) Davis and Janice Oziah.


 

Eugene Elmer (Gene) Scofield, 76



Eugene Elmer (Gene) Scofield, 76, of Burwell, Nebraska died November 18, 2013 at the University Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Inurnment will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Veterans Park or the family. Hitchcock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eugene was born July 2, 1937 at home in Garfield County, Nebraska to Aubry G. and Emma (Mach) Scofield.
Eugene grew up in Garfield County. He went to country school, District 20, until the middle of the sixth grade, when the family moved into Burwell. He graduated from Burwell High School in 1955.
In February of 1960 he joined the United States Navy to make a career of it.
On August 1, 1964 he married Pauline A. Crank in West Lafayette, Indiana.
After retirement from the Navy, Gene remained in Virginia and worked until his wife died in 1988. Then he moved back to Nebraska.
Eugene enjoyed reading, cooking and playing cribbage.
Eugene is survived by a sister, Isla Lindsey of Burwell, Nebraska and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, William, Eldon and Edward and his wife.
 

Ronald Michael Shonka, 83


Ronald Michael Shonka, 82, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Burwell and O’Neill, died at his home on November 14, 2013.
Ronald Michael Shonka was born on January 11, 1931 to Mike A. Shonka and Agnes (Krofta) Shonka, in Schuyler, Nebraska. ln May of 1933 Ron and his family moved to a ranch 6 miles south of Amelia, Nebraska in southern Holt County where he attended country school. Later the family moved to a farm northwest of Burwell, Nebraska where the Calamus and Loup rivers joined in their pasture. Ronald's father Mike Shonka started a real estate career and moved into Burwell, Nebraska where Ronald attended school, graduating from the Burwell High School in 1948. He attended the University of Nebraska for three years until enlisting in the United States Air Force after the Korean War commenced.
He entered the cadet flight training program and was stationed at San Antonio, and Wichita Falls, Texas, Selma, Alabama, Malden, Missouri, San Angelo, Texas, Big Springs, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, Suwon, Korea, Chitosi, Japan, and Great Falls, Montana.
He met and married his wife Eleanor Muzzana from Great Falls, Montana and they have four children, sons Michael Lee Shonka and Dana Jon Shonka of Omaha, a daughter Michele Lynn Zìpprich of Arizona, and son Brent Alan Shonka of Tampa, Florida, five grand children and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his only sibling a sister Marcella Peterson
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 -7 p.m. at the church with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dollars for Scholars - to raise matching funds annually to provide college scholarships to Burwell High School graduates. http://www.nebcommfound.org/affiliated-funds/donate/1831/

Ramona Jean Drobisch Davis Pacholski-White, 86




Ramona Jean Drobisch Davis Pacholski-White, 86, of Greeley, Nebraska, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Greeley, Nebraska, of natural causes.
Ramona was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 2, 1927 to Mabel and Raymond Drobisch. She married three times, to Joseph Skoluda Davis, Daniel Carl Pacholski, and Richard “Dick” White, and was single at the time of her passing.
Ramona attended Denison University and graduated with a degree in elementary education. At Denison, she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, where she made lifetime friends.
She lived in Toledo, Ohio for most of her adult life, where she and husband Joseph raised their children.
Ramona taught in Sylvania Schools, including Hillview Elementary School. One of her greatest legacies is the love of learning she inspired in her students, of whom many still recall her fondly.
She had a playful sense of humor, which was a source of pleasure to her family and friends throughout her life. In her most joyous moments, there was a wry twinkle in her eye.
Ramona loved hearing music and singing. Classical music and hymns were her favorites. She was also a seamstress and needleworker who made outfits and other creations for family and friends.
In retirement, and particularly with her husband Dan, Ramona enjoyed domestic and international travel. Special destinations for her were the Smoky Mountains and Switzerland, and her favorite, Hawaii, which she visited several times.
After retirement, and after Dan’s passing, she moved to Nebraska to be closer to family. She made her home in Central City, then in Ord at Rolling Hills before taking residence at Grandview in Ord, then in the Greeley Care Home in Greeley.
Ramona was a life-long church member, at First Baptist Church and Grace Lutheran Church  in Toledo, Ohio, and at churches in Nebraska.
Ramona is survived by two children, with husband Joseph: Jodene “Jody” McCoy, 58, and husband Gene McCoy, Jr, of Ord, Nebraska, and Paul Davis, 52, and wife Paula Davis of Seattle, Washington. Her husband Dick lives in Syosset, NY.
She leaves three grandchildren: Ervin Eugene “Gene” McCoy III, Brian Joseph McCoy (Sarah), and Alex McCoy, who are Jody’s sons; and her great-grandchildren Fynnegan McCoy, who is Brian’s son, and Brynnlei Rogers-McCoy, who is Alex’s daughter. She was predeceased by husbands Joseph and Daniel, her sister Isabelle and her parents.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Toledo at 3 PM on Sunday, November 17. Visitation will be for two hours prior to the service at Grace Lutheran. Ramona will join husband Daniel at Toledo Memorial Park. George Reeb of Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania, Ohio is in charge of funeral arrangements.
In Ramona’s memory, her family asks you to follow her example by learning a little, laughing a lot, and making the most of the time you have with friends and family.
Donations in Ramona’s memory can be sent to Greeley Care Home, 201 E. O’Connor Ave, Greeley, NE 68842.
A local memorial for Ramona will be scheduled soon.

John Edgar Harvey, 59




John Edgar Harvey, 59, of Greeley passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Lincoln.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Father Donald Buhrman will officiate. Inurnment will be at the O’Connor Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
John Edgar was born on May 2, 1954, at Greeley, Nebraska to Edgar John and Anna Marie (Foster) Harvey. He received his education at District #22 at O’Connor, Greeley Sacred Heart and graduated from Greeley High School in 1972.
John worked for Dick Foster before he began his career at Co-op. John operated the scales at Country Partners Coop at Greeley for over 29 years. He resided on the Harvey family farm southeast of Greely for his entire life.
John was a member of the Church of Visitation at O’Connor and was instrumental in organizing many of the O’Connor reunions. He had a large collection of ball caps, mugs and coins. He enjoyed gardening and caring for animals. John will be remembered by his remarkable memory and for his ornery opposition of Husker football.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Vicki of Greeley; four sisters and four brothers-in-law, Lou Ann and Jerry Haase of Lincoln, Deb and Al Zobel of Ashland, Connie and Larry Fishell of Grand Island and Marty and Gary Medbery of Central City; a sister-in-law, Pat Harvey of Lincoln; a special uncle, Ralph Jensen of Fairbury; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Larry and Dennis; a nephew, Andy Harvey; and a great niece, Ali Femia.


Alice M. Hruby, 85, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Pastor Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday prior to the funeral. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire Department or the Ord First United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Mae was born April 26, 1928, to Harvey and Lena (Moore) Woody at Arcadia, Nebraska. She was raised in Arcadia where she received her education and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1946. Following high school Alice taught in rural country schools near Arcadia.
On June 5, 1947, Alice was united in marriage to Robert Hruby at Loup City, Nebraska. The couple made their first home at the Hruby family farm. They moved to a farm in the Pleasant Valley area of Valley County where they resided for 11 years before returning to the Hruby farm where they lived for 30 years.
In 1991, they retired from the farm and moved into Ord. Alice worked in the laundry department at the Valley County Hospital. Mr. Hruby passed away on November 9, 2001. Alice continued to make her home in Ord and resided at Grandview Assisted Living and Valley View Living Center.
In past years she was very active in the Comstock United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was a softball coach in Comstock and a member of the Ord Artissimos. Alice enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics and gardening. She was a painter and had most recently painted many pictures for her family. Alice and Robert spent many hours traveling to their son Bob’s football games at Peru State College. Alice was a devoted farm wife and homemaker who deeply loved and enjoyed her family.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert D. of Gordon and Jeff and Vicky of Grand Island; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Lyle Hunkins of St. Paul and Julie and Steve Dorsey of Arcadia; 7 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Chamberlain of Arlington, NE; and a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Betty Woody of Lincoln.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; two brothers, A.K. and Dean Woody; and a daughter-in-law, Maxine Hruby.

Alice J. Novak, 95





Alice M. Novak, 94, of rural Ord passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at her home northeast of Ord.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Pastor Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Julia was born on July 20, 1918, to Joseph Sr. and Julia (Rutar) Nevrivy on the family farm southwest of Ord, Nebraska. She received her education at Hillsdale and Manderson country schools.

On October 25, 1938, Alice was united in marriage to Edward Novak at Ord, Nebraska. To this union a son, Myron E. Novak was born.

In December of 1949, the family moved from the farm west of Ord to a farm twelve miles northeast of Ord in the sand flat area of Valley County. The couple spent their married lives together on the farm. Mr. Novak passed away on May 6, 2010.

Alice was a homemaker, gardener and raised chickens. She enjoyed going to the Bohemian Polka Dances and was a member of the ZCBJ Lodge Slavin #112 of National Hall.

Alice is survived by her son, Myron E. Novak of rural Ord.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; two sisters, Lydia Zikmund and Addie Jensen; and a brother, Joseph Nevrivy Jr.

James E. Sharp, 73






James E. Sharp, 73, of rural Burwell was called home to join God’s Angel Army by his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Burwell with Pastor Dennis Davenport officiating. A Private Masonic Graveside Service will be at the Hillside Cemetery in North Loup. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Shrine Hospital for Children. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born at the home of his Grandpa and Grandma Calhoon’s on February 24, 1940, in Yuma County, Colorado to Carl and Helen (Calhoon) Sharp. He grew up on a ranch near Haigler, NE and graduated in May of 1957.

On May 27, 1962, he married the love of his life, Karen Scott. To this union four children were born.

During his life Jim worked construction in Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota until 1970, when he began working on various ranches in the Sandhills. In 1978, he started working for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He worked as a welder for 13 years based out of Seneca. In 1990, he moved to Broken Bow and worked as a track inspector until his retirement in August 2005. At the time of retirement he moved to rural Burwell where he resided until the time of his death.

Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in both the Masonic Lodge and the Tehama Shrine. He enjoyed riding a cub with the Shriners in parades all over Central Nebraska. He made several trips to Minnesota to the Shriner’s Hospital with children that otherwise had no means of transportation. He loved to travel, fish and hunt, a passion he has passed on to his kids and grandkids. He also took great pride in attending his grandchildren’s events.

Survivors include his wife Karen, of rural Burwell; a son a daughter-in-law, Joe and Terri Sharp of Cheyenne, WY, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kelly and Chris Jacobsen of Broken Bow, NE, Teresa and John Donohoe of North Platte NE, and Tiffany Johnson of Alliance, NE. He was blessed to have 14 grandkids call him grandpa, Jeff, and wife Heather, Shelbi and Jake Sharp, Kass and Karly Boje, Jessica and Joshua Jacobsen, Emily, Savannah, Tanner and Chance Donohoe, Courtney and Elizabeth Johnson and one great grandson Carter Donohoe. Also surviving are two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary and Gary Valasek of Grand Island, NE, and Carla and Darwin Larson of Ansley, NE, a sister-in law and her husband, Janice and Arden Davis of Scotia, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Sharp; two brothers, Butch and Bill; grandparents, Roy and Katherine Calhoon and James and Katie Sharp; and in-laws, Jim and Marguerite Scott.

Doris M. Earnest, 75






Doris M. Earnest, 75, of North Loup passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney following a lengthy illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Fathers Josh Brown and Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in North Loup. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. The family has established memorials in her honor. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Marie Studnicka was born August 18, 1938, to Gib and Mildred Studnicka on a farm near Farwell.  Doris grew up with her older brothers Paul, Bob, and her twin brother, Don. Being the youngest and the only girl, Doris learned at a young age how to outwit the boys!  

Doris attended school at Farwell, North Loup and Scotia, graduating from Scotia High School in 1956.  After high school, she attended Kearney State Teacher's College and taught in a rural school.  She also worked for Dorothy Lynch at the St. Paul Legion Club. 

On March 21, 1959, Doris was united in marriage to Bill Earnest in Ord. The couple began their married life on a ranch in Wheeler County.  Later, Bill joined the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and they raised four children living in Valley, Fremont and Riverdale.  In 1989, they retired and moved back to North Loup.  Bill passed away in 1993, and Doris continued to live in their home until moving to NoLo Villa in 2010.

Doris was active in several social clubs in the Riverdale and North Loup communities and she enjoyed working as a community volunteer.  While raising a family, she worked at several jobs over the years, including Kearney Floral, Apple Acres, Riverdale School and the North Loup Cafe. She loved to camp, fish, gamble, read and play cards and could often work that all into the same trip!  Her most loved times were spent with her family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Nieces, nephews and even the neighbor kids all referred to her as "Grandma Doris."  

Survivors include her children, daughter, Sheryl and Jim Hiatt of Spencer; son, Michael Earnest and Katy Stark of Corvallis, OR; daughter, Patty and Marty Moore of Kearney; and daughter, Terri and Tom Petersen of Manley;  grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Joshua, Cati and Lillian Harmoney of Seward, Jason, Jenica, Maddox and Landon Harmoney of Yuma, AZ, Michelle Hiatt of Wyoming, MN, Annie Hiatt, Ethan Bruggemann and Emmett of Sioux Falls, SD, Rebecca Hiatt and Joseph Hiatt of Spencer, Kylie Whitmer of Corvallis, OR, Sarah, Jeremiah, Luca and London Hogins of Kearney, Travis, Angella, Rikki and Ezekiel Moore of Eagle, Justin Petersen and Brittney Hansen of Gretna, Tyler Petersen of Gretna, and Mitchell Petersen of Manley; brothers, Bob Studnicka of Burwell, twin brother, Don and sister-in-law Kathy Studnicka of North Loup;  brother-in-law,Dale Earnest of Lake Stevens, WA; sisters-in-law, Jonell Studnicka of Kingsville, TX, Jean Merriman of Lincoln; and numerous cousins; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, brother Paul Studnicka, brother-in-law, Ernest Bahm, sisters-in-law, Lois Studnicka and Joan Bahm; and nephews, Brian Studnicka and Steve Bahm.

 

George L. Krolikowski, 73






George L. Krolikowski, 73, of rural Ord passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Fathers Josh Brown and Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Altar Society or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

George was born February 22, 1940, at Ashton, Nebraska to Anthony F. “Tony” and Nellie T. (Skibinski) Krolikowski. He was raised in Ashton and Loup City where he attended Country School and Loup City Public Schools. He graduated from Loup City High School in 1958.

George served in the United States Army for two years. On August 19, 1967, George was united in marriage to Marilyn Bennett at Loup City, Nebraska. The couple lived in various western Nebraska towns while George worked construction.

In 1971, they moved to Ord and George continued to work construction, operating large equipment, which he loved. In 1983, the family settled on an acreage west of Ord.

Mrs. Krolikowski passed away on September 8, 2000. George continued to live west of Ord and was employed at Twin Loups Irrigation District at the time of his passing.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Parish Council, Knights of Columbus and VFW. George was a Husker Football fan; and enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering outside and improving his acreage. He especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Kris of Valentine, and Joe and Carina of Grand Island; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cindy Krolikowski of Kearney, Suzanne and Tim Graznak of Greeley, CO, and Joanie and Brad Moncrief of Omaha; six grandchildren, Gage and Tessa Krolikowski, Kaelan and Ben Graznak, and Colt and Cash Krolikowski; and a brother and sister-in-law, a Dennis and Donna Krolikowski of Loup City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Marilyn.

 

Doris M. Earnest, 75


Doris M. Earnest, 75, of North Loup passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Fathers Josh Brown and Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in North Loup. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
 

Ethel Ann Happ, 93






Ethel Ann Happ, 93, of Greeley passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013, at her home west of Greeley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday on October 25, 2013, at the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Donald Buhrman officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the church with a Catholic Daughter’s Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and Rosary at 7:00 p.m. In Lieu of flowers and plants memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Ann was born on January 31, 1920, at Brayton, Nebraska to Clarence and Anna (Larkin) Purdy. She was raised in Greeley County and received her education at Reed Country School and graduated from Greeley Public School in 1937.

After high school she took business classes through Greeley Sacred Heart School. For two years Ethel worked at the Agriculture office of Greeley County.

On February 14, 1942, Ethel was united in marriage to Joseph J. Happ at Greeley. The couple lived and farmed west of Greeley. Ethel was a homemaker, mother of fifteen and assisted with the business aspect of the farm.

Mr. Happ passed away on June 4, 2001. Ethel continued to live on the farm until her passing.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of American #2039. Ethel enjoyed cooking and raising her family.

Survivors include seven sons and three daughters-in-law, James and Peggy, Gerald, Joseph and Karen, Larry, Peter, and Paul all of Greeley, and Ted and Patty Sumrall of Denver; seven daughters and four sons-in-law, Dorothy and Ervin Woltman of Grand Island, Jeanne, Rosie and Howard Leino of Morrison, CO, Terri and John Burke of Alliance, Judy Maller of Encinitas, CA, Diane Howeth of Bellevue, and Mary and Matt Glesinger of Spalding; four sisters, Helen Nordhues, and Edith Nordhues both of Greeley, Maxine Whittle of Sumter, SC, and Dorothy Koenig of Spalding; a son-in-law, Skip Carper of Lincoln; 26 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; a daughter, Marilyn Carper; three brothers, Cyril, Cletus and John Purdy; a sister, Evelyn Fullen; and two sons-in-law, Tom Howeth and Jeff Maller.

Darlene Green


Funeral Services for Darlene Green will be at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 24, 2013, at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church of Ewing, with burial in the Ewing Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 5-8 P.M. at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill.  Pastor Stuart Davis will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the family.

Eldon Bruha, 91




Eldon Bruha, 91, of Ord passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013, at the Nebraska Veteran’s Home in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jay Powell officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post# 7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire Department or Ord VFW Post #7029. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Eldon was born March 19, 1922, to John and Frances (Mach) Bruha on the family farm south of Burwell. He was raised on the farm and attended Kamensky District #49 School.
Eldon served in the United State Army during World War II. He was in the 381st Infantry, 96th Division from October of 1942 until August of 1945. He received a Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle on Leyte Island. After the service he returned to the family farm.
On April 10, 1951, Eldon was united in marriage to Lucille Nevrivy at Ord, Nebraska. The couple resided and farmed on Eldon’s family farm for most of their married life. In 1985, they retired and moved into Ord.
Eldon was a member of the VFW Post #7029, DAV, and ZCBJ Dennice #14 WFLA Lodge. He enjoyed playing the button accordion, listening to polka music, playing cards and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Penny Bruha of Ord; two daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia and Bob Backowies of Mead, CO, and Shirley Knapp of Ord and her fiancée, Larry Skarka of Grand Island; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Minnie Lebruska of Kimball and Hattie Skala of Cozad.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Emanuel, William and Edward Bruha; and two sisters, Agnes Bruha and Emma Bilka.

 

Gunter M. Nuxoll, 58






Gunter Martin Nuxoll, resident of Comstock, Nebraska, formerly of Grand Island, passed away October 17, 2013 with his family at his side. Gunter was born February 5, 1955 in Loup City, Nebraska to Henry and Martha Nuxoll and grew up on the family farm north of Comstock. He attended grade school at Longwood country school and graduated from Sargent High School in 1973. Gunter received his degree in theology from Conception Seminary College in Conception Junction, Missouri. Gunter lived a life of service having worked in the Nebraska Veteran's Home in Grand Island for 28 years. Upon retirement Gunter moved back to Comstock residing in the bank/school on Main Street with his brother.

 

Gunter is survived by his twin brother Henry, brother Ted and sister-in-law Grace, and sister Christa Joy and brother -in-law Philip. His nieces and nephews are Darrick Koob, Austin Nuxoll and wife Jenny, Andrea Nuxoll, John Nuxoll and Jackie Zoeller and husband Matt. He has one great nephew, Liam Nuxoll. Uncles, aunts and cousins live in Chicago, Cincinnati and Germany.

 

Gunter was a storyteller, a collector, an artist and a good friend to many. As a young man, he purchased the Wescott, Gibbons and Bragg General Store in Comstock and opened it as a museum registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the display items from the drug store and soda fountain can now be seen at the Custer County Historical Museum in Broken Bow.

 

Gunter created hundreds of Gunmark cards for his friends and colleagues. They were collaged from recycled items spelling out an original poem custom designed for the occasion. You have to see one to understand it.

 

Gunter's other volunteer activities included operating the Gunter Gate at the Windmill and Comstock Rock Festivals. He loved to meet people and tell his stories.

 

Services will be 10:30am Monday, October 21, 2013 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sargent, Nebraska. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 pm at the Church on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Father Jim Hunt will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery near Sargent. Rhoad Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy A. Keller, 81






Dorothy A. Keller, 81, of Ord formerly of Scotia passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Ord with Pastor Kyle Campise officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy A. was born April 22, 1932, to William and Anna (Borovka) on the family farm in the Springdale Township of Valley County, Nebraska. She attended Springdale Country School and Ord High School.

On February 21, 1951, Dorothy was united in marriage to Forest T. Watson at Ord, Nebraska. To this union a son, Ted was born. Forest and Dorothy lived and farmed in the Mira Valley area southwest of Ord. Mr. Watson passed away on December 22, 1961.

Dorothy married Doyal Keller on March 20, 1965, at the Mira Valley Church. The couple had two daughters, Patricia and Karol. The family made their home in Scotia.

Dorothy was a homemaker and also worked outside the home for Social Services caring for elderly people in their homes and as a bookkeeper for the Greeley County Road Department. While Mr. Keller was the Greeley County Sheriff, Dorothy worked at the Sheriff’s office and tended to the phone calls of the law enforcement from their home base.

Mr. Keller passed away on June 25, 2000. Dorothy remained in Scotia until March of 2009, when she moved to Rolling Hills at Ord.

Dorothy was a member of the Scotia United Methodist Church, UMW, Daughters of Faith, Scotia Community Club and BFFD Craft Club. She was a member and recently attended the Ord Bethel Baptist Church where she belonged to the quilters club. Her hobbies included playing the piano, sewing, crafts, quilting, cooking, gardening, camping and playing cards with her card club. She enjoyed going to the Ord Senior Center and was a member of their board. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandson, Jarrod and going fishing with him.

Survivors include a son, Ted Watson of Paradise, CA; one daughter, Karol Keller of Ord; a step son, Scott Keller of Atchison, KS; three step daughters, Mary (Mrs. Alan) Bahm of Ashland, Nichole Moll of Lubbock, TX and Donna Watson-Lawson of CO; a grandson, Jarrod Visek of Ord; 7 step grandchildren; numerous step great-grandchildren; a special friend, Gerald Wibbels of Ord; a sister-in-law, Leona Kluna of Grand Island; nieces; nephews; and a host of friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Forest Watson and Doyal Keller; infant daughter, Patricia Jean Keller; and a brother, Richard Kluna.

Doris E. Johnson, 80




Doris E. Johnson, 81, of Albion formerly of Greeley passed away Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Greeley. Pastors Matt Fowler and Steve Marsh will officiate. Burial will be in the Greeley Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Albion United Methodist Church and prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the Greeley United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Elizabeth was born September 14, 1932, on the family farm in the Amity Community of Greeley County, Nebraska to Francis and Maye (Pogue) Wagner. She was raised on farms in Greeley County where she attended rural country school and then graduated from Greeley High School in 1950.

Following high school she taught at country schools and lived in North Platte for a short time. On March 15, 1958, Doris was united in marriage to Dwight Johnson at her mother’s home in Greeley.

The couple farmed and had a dairy in the Fish Creek area, between Greeley and Scotia. Doris was a homemaker, mother of four and helped on the farm. After her children were older she worked at the Scotia Café and the Greeley Care Home.

In 1989, the couple moved to Albion where Doris worked at the Wolfe Memorial Care Home until her retirement in 2005.

Doris was a member of the Greeley United Methodist Church, Happy Hour Extension Club and was a Cub Scout Leader for her boys when they were growing up. Her hobbies included square dancing, pinochle, reading and crocheting. She was a Husker Fan and her favorite pastime was watching her family’s involvement with horses.

She is survived by her husband, Dwight of Albion; one daughter, Peggy Nabach and her friend, Ricardo Sanchez both of Lincoln; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wayne and Nancy of Grand Island and John of Albion; a daughter-in-law, Chris (Mrs. Daniel) Johnson of Belgrade; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ethel Mae Johnson of Greeley; Ardis Wellington and Judy Nicholson both of Lincoln; many nieces, nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel; infant siblings, Ruth, Jean and Jess Wagner and a sister, Iris Meadows.

Toby A. Walford, 56


Toby A. Walford 56 of Ord died Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Ord.
Friends and family will gather at the Ord Memorial Chapel on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 am and then will proceed to the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell for an 11:00 am graveside service. Visitation will be held Friday at the Ord Memorial Chapel from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Memorials may be given to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Toby Aden Walford was born at the Community Memorial Hospital in Burwell, NE on October 23, 1956 to Raymond and Lillian (Fajmon) Walford. He was raised on the family farm located northeast of Burwell. Toby attended Riverview District 5 then graduated from Burwell High School in 1974. He was involved in helping build the Calamus Dam. He was married to Linda Shetterly in Scotia, NE in 1982. They had two children, Garrett and Lilly. Toby and Linda later divorced. Toby has a motorcycle accident that disabled him for the rest of his life. Toby’s pride and joy are his children. Toby enjoyed watching the history channel and entertaining friends. Toby lived his final days in Ord, NE with his good friend, John Jacobs.
Survivors include his son Garrett of Taylor, NE: a daughter Lilly of Taylor, NE; four brothers Ted and Roy both of Grand Island, Dallas of Burwell and Leslie from Oregon.
Toby was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John and a sister Rena.


Leonard F. Edwards, 85


Leonard F. Edwards, 85, of Ord passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10: 30 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Josh Brown will officiate. Cremation will follow and a private inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented following the service by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord FFA. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Leonard was born on May 7, 1928, to Allen and Sarah (Kelly) on a farm near Vermillion, Kansas. A few years later the family moved to the Burwell area and in 1943, they moved to the farm 12 miles south of Ord in the Davis Creek area of Valley County.
On June 21, 1951, Leonard was united in marriage to Eulalia Edwards at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Shortly afterwards Leonard joined the United States Army and served until 1953. Upon his return from the service he went into business with his brother, Bob and together they purchased the family farm from their father.
In 1966, Leonard and Bob separated operations. Leonard continued to farm and ranch until 2003, when his son, Jim purchased the farm. Leonard and Eulalia moved into Ord and he continued to go to the farm daily until his passing.
Leonard and Eulalia raised six sons, a lot of corn, thousands of cattle and a few pigs and sheep. He was a cattle man through and through and he was in the business his whole life. He knew people all across the country and it would be tough to find an auctioneer that didn’t know him. Some of his happiest moments were spent on a hilltop watching cattle graze and crops grow.
Leonard loved his family, farming and ranching. He enjoyed playing cards and watching Gunsmoke. He hated long hair, loud music and hail! He was a world class “kidder” and there were few people he met that he didn’t give a “hard time” to.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eulalia of Ord; four sons and four daughters-in-law, Jim and Phyllis of Ord, Jay and Susie of Cozad, Patrick and Gina of Phoenix, AZ, and Paul and Mindy of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lila Evans of Chadron and Beth Vasicek of Council Bluffs; nieces; nephews and too many friends to count.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Bill and Mark; and four brothers, Don, Gail, Merl, and Bob.

Patrick A. Ryan, 87






Patrick A. Ryan, 87, of Lincoln formerly of Greeley passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Lincoln.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley, NE. Fathers Donald Buhrman and James Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Greeley. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. wiith a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. Memorials are suggested to The Greeley Irish Festival. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Patrick Anthony was born July 26, 1926, at Greeley, Nebraska to John Joseph and Mary Ellen (Cannon) Ryan. He was raised in Greeley and attended Country School at District #49 and graduation from Sacred Heart High School in 1944.

Pat was drafted in the United States Army in 1944. He was a member of the 1945 Occupation Force in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1946. Following the service he returned to the family farm in Greeley.

On January 15, 1951, he was united in marriage to Eleanor Glaser at St. Michael’s Church in Spalding, Nebraska. To this union five children were born.

Pat and Eleanor spent 60 years farming at Greeley. In 2011, they retired and moved to Lincoln. Pat will be remembered for his farming and cattle feeding operation and for the quiet gentle man he was. His hobbies were his life work! He was a model husband, father and a good neighbor. He loved Greeley and being a part of the community.

He was a member of the Church of Visitation in O’Connor, Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Greeley, Knights of Columbus, Farm Bureau, and American Legion and was a 4-H Leader.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor of Lincoln; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Jerry of Inland, Ken and Diane of Greeley, Lee and Lois of Topeka, KS and Bill and Kris of Lincoln; one daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Ron McKenzie of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, John F. and Elaine Ryan of Omaha; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Marjorie Pfeifer of Omaha and Catherine and Mike Sweeney of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and Robert Ryan; his twin sister, Patricia Willnerd and an infant granddaughter, Carah Mae Lang.

 

Gary Eugene Ackles, 74






Gary Eugene Ackles, 74, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Greg Barnes and Chaplin Don Anders will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Gideons, Nebraska Christian High School at Central City or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Eugene was born on December 2, 1938, to Franklin and Helen (Philbrick) Ackles at the family home twelve miles west of North Loup, Nebraska in the Davis Creek area. He grew up in the rural Burwell and Ericson area and attended the Lone Star Grade School. After graduating from Burwell High School he entered the U. S. Navy and served for three years.

On June 12, 1960, Gary was united in marriage to Jeanne Thomsen at the Ord United Methodist Church.

Gary worked for several local Businesses before purchasing Clement Oil CO. Gary and Jeanne purchased the Chrysler Dealership that they owned and operated for a number of years.

In later years he worked as a rural carrier for the U.S. Post Office and was also a Mutual of Omaha Insurance Agent. Gary and Jeanne traveled together, both as agents for this company for many years.

Gary served on the board for Nebraska Christian High School in Central City, NE. He belonged to the Gideons, and spoke and served faithfully for them for years.

He very much enjoyed working with the horses and cattle on the land they owned south of Ord.

He was a beloved father and husband and left a legacy of love for God and family.

Gary is survived by his wife Jeanne of Ord; three daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and John Campbell of Wilmot, S.D., Susanne and Brant Taylor of Broken Bow, and Christina and Ben Catlett of Windsor, CO.; seven grandchildren; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Reatha Beneke of Ord, NE., Lois Kjeldgaard of Hutchinson, KS., Maxine and Wayne Mattern of Ainsworth; and a sister-in-law, Oline Ackles of Cotesfield, NE.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dwight Ackles.

Maxine R. Hahn, 84






Maxine R. Hahn, 84, of Greeley passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Greeley Care Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013, at the Greeley United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Marsh officiating. Burial will be in the Greeley Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Greeley United Methodist Church or Greeley Fire and Rescue Department. T.J. Finn and Sons Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.

Maxine Rose was born October 16, 1928, in Greeley County, Nebraska to Richard and Rose (Huebner) Daudt. She was raised in the Horace and Scotia areas of Greeley County. Maxine attended grade school at Horace and graduated as the Valedictorian of Scotia High School in 1946.

On June 11, 1946, Maxine was united in marriage to John Hahn in North Loup, Nebraska. The couple made their first home on a farm northeast of Greeley. Maxine received Normal Training and taught Country School for a short time.

The couple moved to the Hahn Family Farmstead where they spent their married lives and raised their four children. Maxine was very active on the farm as she often worked in the fields, drove the tractors, and milked the cows. After her husband passed away in September of 1977, she continued to operate the family farm. In 1992, Maxine moved into Greeley. She worked as a laundry aide at the Greeley Care Home for over 17 years. Since July of 2007, Maxine has made her home at the Greeley Care Home.

She was a member of the Greeley United Methodist Church; Greeley Methodist Women’s Ladies Aid Society, Buzzin Dozen Extension Club and sang in the church choir. Maxine enjoyed cooking and baking and will be remembered for her delicious fried chicken. Her favorite hobby was spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Kathy Hahn of St. Paul; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Vankat of Omaha, Linda and Joe Scott of Grand Island and Connie and Stan Trede of Kearney; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Betty Daudt of Chambers; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Eileen Grohmann of Greeley and Leola and Bob Marienau of Lemoore, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; step father, Kurt Bottcher; infant children, Roberta Jean and John Robert Hahn; and son-in-law, Jim Vankat.

Steven D. Rounds, 60


Steven Downing Rounds, 60, of Ord formerly of Arcadia passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Bryan LGH West Medical Center. Steven had been ill since he fell at his home on September 8th.

A Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Arcadia City Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the funeral on Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia United Methodist Church or the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Downing was born on March 20, 1953, at Loup City, Nebraska to Downing and Alfreda (Collier) Rounds. He resided on the family farm east of Arcadia with his parents and sister, Sheryl. He attended a small country school north of his home during his kindergarten year of school and finished his education at Arcadia Public School graduating in May of 1971. Steve enjoyed his friends and all the fun they used to have.

Following graduation, Steve farmed with his Dad. Caring for the cattle was one of his favorite activities on the farm. He worked with his Dad, until Downing retired. One of Steve’s great accomplishments was caring for his Dad until he passed away in 1999. Without Steve’s support, Downing would not have been able to live his life on the farm.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Sheryl and Gene Haddix of Wymore, NE; a niece, Jennifer Haddix Hasenauer and her husband, Jeff of Kearney; a nephew, Patrick Haddix and his wife, Laura of Kearney; four great nephews, Evan and Alex Hasenauer and Hagan and Foster Haddix.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Lloyd Geweke, 90


Lloyd Geweke, 90, of Ord, Nebraska died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Valley View Living Center in Ord, Nebraska. 


Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Pastor Terver Rook officiating.  Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Valley County Community Foundation for the Geweke Youth Endowment and the Ord United Methodist Church.  Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Lloyd was born September 8, 1923, on a farm south of Ord to Archie Geweke and Anna (Cook) Geweke. He received his education in Ord High School and graduated in 1941. He attended one year of college at Lamars, Iowa. He then returned home to join his father in the farming and ranching operation south of Ord.


On April 1, 1945, he was united in marriage to Naomi Ruth Rikli at the Murdock Evangelical Brethren Church. After their marriage Naomi joined Lloyd in their farming and ranching operation. Lloyd loved raising cattle and horses, and his breeding program produced several world class halter and performance horses including Zippo Pine Bar who is in the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Vickie Lee Pine, the first AQHA superhorse.


Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Bob Stowell, daughter-in-law, Carol Keyser and husband Bill; grandchildren, Dahn Hagge and husband, Mark, Barry Geweke and wife, Kelly, Kris Cullers and husband, Randy, Vickie Edwards and husband, Clint, Will Stowell and Bobbi Augustyn and husband, Zach, sister-in-law, Ruth Rikli and brother-in-law Dutch Rikli and wife, Onneatta. Seventeen great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends also remain to cherish his memory.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Naomi, his parents, Archie and Anna Geweke, one sister, Darlene Lansman Chitwood, brothers-in-law, Quinten Lansman and Bob Chitwood, and his son, Don Geweke

Steven Downing Rounds, 60


Steven Downing Rounds, 60, of Ord formerly of Arcadia passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Bryan LGH West Medical Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Arcadia City Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the funeral on Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia United Methodist Church or the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd Ray Lamb, 89






Lloyd Ray Lamb passed away on September 16 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, from pneumonia and complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, on June 25, 1924, and lived on the family farm in Washington County, Kansas until 1928, when his parents bought another farm near Diller, Nebraska. He graduated from Diller High School in 1941, where he was a member of the school’s track and field team which was undefeated until it placed second in the state meet. Lloyd entered Fairbury Junior College but was drafted into the Army in October 1943. He joined an invasion fleet and made an amphibious landing in the Southern Philippine Islands where he first saw combat. When World War II ended, Lloyd returned to Fairbury Junior College through the GI Bill; he graduated with honors and also lettered in track as a mid-distance runner. In 1949, he received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska. Immediately after graduation, he began teaching at Hollenberg (KS) Rural High School, where he also coached all sports until May 1958. He then applied to the American Dependents Schools program and was chosen to teach at the Senior High School in Naha, Okinawa, where he created the school’s first track and field team. There he met Rosalyn Collins, who was teaching at an airbase military school, and they were married in Okinawa in June 1961. Upon returning to the US, Lloyd received his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska and became principal at the high school in Oxford, where daughter Melissa was born. He then became high school principal at Mead, where son Paul was born. Subsequently he held administrative positions at Bassett and Burwell elementary schools for the remainder of his career. After his retirement in 1986, Lloyd spent a great deal of time managing the family farm and also working in his yard and garden, until his illness in 2011. He was known in Burwell for his beautiful flower beds. Lloyd was a member of the Lions Club International and was also a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Anna Lamb, and is survived by wife Rosalyn Lamb; son Paul Lamb; daughter Melissa Lamb-Peale, son-in-law Steve Peale, and granddaughters Kaitlyn and Hannah Peale, of Columbus, Ohio; and sister Esther Opfer of Wichita, Kansas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, where Lloyd was a member for 37 years. He was buried with military honors at the Cottonwood Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Burwell Lions Club or the Burwell Elementary Library Fund.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell.

Bonnie Dunbar, 93


 
Bonnie Dunbar, 93, of Taylor, died Sunday September 15, 2013 at the Custer Care Center in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent. The Reverend Dennis Davenport
will officiate.
Burial will be in the Almeria Cemetery in Almeria.
Visitations will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sadie J. Gallaway, 97






Sadie J. Gallaway, 97, of Loup City, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.


Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Loup City. The Rev. Joel Plisek will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.
There will be no visitation.
Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Gallaway was born on Jan. 20, 1916, on the family farm near Rockville, the daughter of Alfred and Elvina (Sundstrom) Gray.


She was united in marriage to Stewart E. Gallaway on Jan. 10, 1933, at Loup City. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1998.


She is survived by a brother-in-law, Thurman Clausen of Kearney; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Gallaway Tucker of Loup City; and several nieces and nephews.


Sadie attended school at Rockville at the Lone Elm Sherman County rural school.


She and Stewart farmed near Litchfield and then moved to their farm in Sherman County, where they lived for 44 years. After retiring from the farm they moved into Loup City. Sadie worked as a waitress for many years at Janda's Cafe, Fredrick Hotel and 66 Cafe, all in Loup City.


Sadie had an extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers. She was a great cook and canned her own beef. She could prepare a great meal at a few moments notice. She always had big candy bars on hand at Halloween for special children. She enjoyed embroidery, quilting and gardening, of which she canned all the produce and made some of the best pickles. She and Stewart loved to play cards and enjoyed traveling.


She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Loup City and the United Methodist Women.


In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Melvin and Alvin Gray; four sisters, Lola Gray, Selma Gallaway, Mildred Gits and Doris Clausen; nephews, Dwayne Gallaway, Dick Gallaway, Marvin Gallaway, Dean Dietz and Quinten Clausen; and nieces, Dorothy Summers and Maxine Diefenbaugh.


Please sign Sadie's guestbook by visiting www.petersfuneralhome.net.


Memorials are suggested to the Loup City Senior Center, Asera Care Hospice or to the donor's choice.

Rae Jean (Bossen) Treptow, 82


Rae Jean (Bossen) Treptow, 82, of Comstock passed away on Thursday, September 05, 2013, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Marty Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in the Douglas Grove Cemetery at Comstock. Visitation will be Sunday, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rae Jean was born the day before her father’s birthday, August 27, 1931, at Loup City, Nebraska to Floyd and Pauline (Sorensen) Bossen. She was raised on a farm near Arcadia, Nebraska. Following graduation she worked for an attorney in Loup City.
On April 22, 1951, Rae Jean was united in marriage to Calvin Treptow at Arcadia, Nebraska. They purchased and lived on the Anton Tvrdik place near Comstock for their entire married lives of 61 years.
Rae Jean loved her family first and foremost and always put them first. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, making craft and raising animals. She truly enjoyed attending most the Windmill Festivals! Rae Jean sold Fuller Brush, worked at Alco in Ord for 15 years; and started the Valley Red Hatters.
She is survived by her children, Gary (Bev) of Alda, Paula (Dale) Heidtbrink of Malcolm, Randy (and fiancé, Geri Schwarz) of Comstock and Heidi (and fiancé, Ryan Reffert) of Malcolm; eleven grandchildren, Josh (Shalane) Treptow, Tyson (Kristin) Ritz, Chris Heidtbrink, Bo (Angie) Heidtbrink, Cortney Treptow, Ciara (Tyler) Briggs, Brody Treptow, Dakota and Austin Pitts, Jake and Colby Reffert; five great-grandchildren, Wyatt Ritz, Julian Trosper, Aden Wilson, Jayonna Harney, and Gracie Treptow; two expectant great-granddaughters; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Margene Bossen of Arcadia and Donald and Joyce Bossen of IL; and nieces and nephews including, Alison (Bill) Garrelts of Arcadia and Jennifer Svoboda of Sargent.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Calvin.

Mary M. Klanecky, 92





Mary M. Klanecky, 92, of Ord passed away, Monday, September 2, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Ord First Christian Church with Marty Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Legion Baseball or the Ord Flag Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary was born March 25, 1921, on the family farm west of Ericson, Nebraska to Dudley and Julia (Speidel) Philbrick. She spent her early childhood on the farm near Ericson and moved to her grandparent’s farm north east of Ord in the 30’s.
During World War II, Mary moved to Tacoma, WA to live with her sister-in-law, Wilma while her brother, Dale was in basic training. During that time the two ladies worked in a match factory to make ends meet.
On January 3, 1948, Mary was united in marriage to the man of her dreams, Leon Klanecky. The couple made their home in Ord where they raised their six children, Gary, Susan, Bill, Tom, Peggy and Lori. Susan passed in March of 1952, at the young age of 18 months, after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
In 1960, the family moved into the “big yellow house on the hill”. In 1970, Mary began working at Cetak’s Market until her retirement in 1984. Mary and Leon remained inseparable until Leon’s passing on July 8, 2005. Mary continued to make her home in their yellow house on the hill until her passing on Monday.
Mary was a lifelong member of the Ord First Christian Church and a member of the V.F.W Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. She was a lifelong lover of books and cross word puzzles. She enjoyed fishing, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards with her family. Mary was a skilled seamstress and also did embroidery work. All of her family has a set of embroidered tea towels handmade by her. Mary was an avid sports fan; she had a passion for baseball and watching her family members participate in sports and other activities.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Jeanie, Bill and Peg, and Tom and Jane, all of Ord; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Leonard Krason of Ord and Lori and Tom Nelson of Ogallala; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; a sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Ken Collins of Ord; one sister-in-law, Norma (Mrs. Robert) Philbrick of Ord; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon; a daughter, Susan; infant granddaughters, Dana and Jaime Krason; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Dale and Wilma Philbrick, and Robert and Warren Philbrick.


Majorie Lois Studnicka, 72


Marjorie Lois Studnicka, 72, of Burwell, Nebraska died September 3, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday at the church with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Community Memorial Health Center. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Lois was born February 26, 1941 in Garfield County, Nebraska to Floyd and Violet (Young) Cone. Lois graduated from Burwell High School in 1958. She lived in Lincoln, Nebraska and was a nurse’s aid.
Lois married Robert G. Studnicka at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord, Nebraska. They lived on a ranch north of Burwell, before moving to Spalding, Nebraska for five years. They then moved back to Burwell where they continued to raise five children and recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. Lois worked in child care and as a secretary for Cone Farmhand.
Lois was a member of the Buzzin Dozen Club, 4-M Club, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active in the Altar Society and was a CCD teacher. She was also an honorary member of the Burwell FFA Chapter. She enjoyed playing cards, scrapbooking, traveling, and “break” at the Pizza Palace. She enjoyed the blessings of every minute spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lois is survived by her husband, Bob Studnicka of Burwell, Nebraska. Five children: David and Julie Studnicka of Clay Center, Nebraska, Steve and Jodi Studnicka of St. Paul, Nebraska, Jean and Chad Dorcey of Wayne, Nebraska, Mark and Mardee Studnicka of Cozad, Nebraska and Ron Studnicka and Kate Walker of Kearney, Nebraska, thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and two on the way. Five sisters: June Worden of Burwell, Nebraska, Evelyn Pinckney of Burwell, Nebraska, Dixie and Bill Weber of Burwell, Nebraska, Irene and Gary Storms of Broken Bow, Nebraska and Joann and Ben Meckel of Burwell, Nebraska.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, one brother William and two sisters, Della Marie and Donna Sue as infants.

Dorothy A. Nordhues, 85


Dorothy A. Nordhues 85, of Spalding, NE, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the Boone County Health Center at Albion, NE.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding, NE with Fr. Don Buhrman and Fr. Jim Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. Monday at the church, with a 7 p.m. wake service. Visitation will resume Tuesday at Dolce-Scheef Mortuary in Spalding from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfunderalhome.com.


Dorothy Ann Nordhues, daughter of Joseph F. and Beulah M. (Canning) Glaser, was born February 24, 1928 on a farm west of Spalding, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Spalding. She attended grade school at Greeley County District #10 and graduated from Spalding Academy in 1945. She received normal training during high school and attended Kearney State College before returning home to teach school at Greeley County District #10.
On May 17, 1948, Dorothy was united in marriage to Paul E. “Pete” Nordhues at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding, NE. They made their home in Burwell and Bassett before moving to a farm five miles west of Spalding in 1949. In 1985, they moved into Spalding retiring from farming. Dorothy was a loving mother and wife. For a time, she worked as a cook at Spalding Manor & Spalding Sale Barn, and a store clerk at Coynes IGA. Pete passed away in March of 2012.
Dorothy was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, St. Anne’s Altar Society, Spalding Academy Alumni, and American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as secretary and treasurer. She enjoyed sewing, playing the piano and playing on the computer.
Dorothy is survived by 9 daughters: Jeanne (Wayne) Riesberg of Carroll, IA; JoAnn Dugan of O'Neill, NE; Arlene (Tom) Molczyk of Comstock, NE; Mary (J.P.) Auten of Cedar Rapids, NE; Susie (David) Sloss of Lincoln, NE; Peggy (Dan) Ray of Spalding, NE; Elaine Nordhues and Bryan Jones of Queen Creek, AZ; Emily (Lee) Brester of San Tan Valley, AZ; Julie (Jeff) Carraher of Spalding, NE; 3 sons: Paul T. (Jean) of Bartlett, NE; Nick (Nancy) of Miller, NE; Mark (Ranotta) of Kearney, NE; 32 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren; a nephew Jim (Deb) Eschliman & family of Ericson, NE; a niece Nancy Diessner & family of St Paul; a cousin Wayne (Patty) Canning of Ogallala, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant daughter Elizabeth Ruth; granddaughter Tracy Riesberg; grandson Ivan Carraher; son-in-law Bradley Dugan; two brothers, Francis and Joseph Glaser; a sister Helen Marie Eschliman and husband Floyd; and several unborn special angels. 

Velma A. Hornickel, 91





Velma A. Hornickel, of Ord was received into the arms of Jesus at the age of 91 years, 1 day and 1 hour on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.


A Celebration of Velma’s Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Russel J. Troester will officiate. Burial will be at the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Ord Memorial Chapel on Monday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the St. John’s Lutheran Church or Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Velma Augusta (Bockstadter) Hornickel was born August 27, 1922, at Juniata, Nebraska, to Fredrick William and Amanda Rosette (Kort) Bockstadter. She was reborn through the waters of Holy Baptism on Sept. 15, 1922 and confirmed her faith in 1936 at Christ Lutheran Church in Juniata. She attended Christ Lutheran Parochial School until the 8th grade. She spent her childhood in the Kennesaw area.


When Velma was 15, she began to work in different homes with new babies to help their families. She spent time with thirty different families helping them. She moved to Fremont and worked at the Lutheran Orphanage cooking and helping with the children. Velma worked at several places including the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island, several restaurants in the area, and on the Valley County Election Board.
On August 20, 1950, Velma was united in marriage to Lores L. Hornickel at Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River. The couple spent almost all of their married life in the Mira Valley area. To this union six children were born: Larry, Randy, Rogene, Ronda, Roger, and Rodney.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she enjoyed working with the Ladies’ Aid and of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Altar Guild and the Dorcas sewing group for many years and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was a past member of the Mutual Benefit and Corner Cutters Extension Club and served as an officer for Aid Association for Lutherans.
She enjoyed cake decorating, gardening, crafts, crossword and puzzle books, and spending time with family, her grandchildren and great granddaughter. Velma enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren. She made banners for her church. In her later life, she devoted much time to making quilts for Lutheran World Relief, along with others of the Dorcas Circle. Velma made baby quilts for Lutheran World Relief, Orphan Grain Train and for those who would order a quilt. She made more than 1,000 quilts that have been used all over to give warmth and comfort.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William & Amanda Bockstadter; her husband, Lores; three sons, Larry, Randy and Rodney Hornickel; a son-in-law Rev. Dr. Michael Rogers; one great grandchild, Chloe Tucker; three brothers, Arnold, Melvin and Robert Bockstadter; and two sister-in-laws, Betty Bockstadter and Alice Schroeder.

Family members left to cherish Velma’s memory, grieve her death and look forward to the Resurrection include two daughters: Rogene Rogers of Bemidji, Minnesota, and Ronda Tucker of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law Roger & Amy Hornickel, of North Loup; six grandchildren, Luke & Ethan Rogers of Bemidji, Minnesota, Logan Tucker of Winside, NE, Blake Gilmore of Lincoln, NE, Joshua & Kendra Gilmore of Rogers, Minnesota, and Rachel Hornickel of North Loup; one great grandchild, Addison Gilmore of Rogers, Minnesota; a sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and David Glinsmann, Rockville, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21). We give thanks to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord, for our sister Velma.

Virgil "Bud" Ohmberger, 90


Broken Bow, NE- Virgil “Bud” Ohmberger, age 90 of Broken Bow, formerly of the Sargent and Ainsworth area, died Tuesday August 27, 2013 at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
 
Funeral services will be held on Friday August 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with Rev. Todd Karges officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be at 2:00 PM at the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent, NE. Visitation will be held on Thursday 11:00 AM to 8 PM with the family greeting friends 6 PM to 7 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow.  Memorials have been established to the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent. 
 
Virgil “Bud” F. Ohmberger was born on August 17, 1923 in the West Union Community west of Sargent , NE to Fred D. and Edna Mae (Slagle) Ohmberger.  Bud grew up in the Sargent area.  He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp in December of 1941, and served until November of 1945.  Bud was married to Marguerite Kelshaw on April 5, 1942.  The family made their home in Sargent and later Ainsworth.  Marguerite died in 2003.  Bud later married Irene Olson.  They made their home in Sargent and later Broken Bow. 
 
Bud is survived by his wife, Irene of Broken Bow, sons Fred (Sharon Walker) Ohmberger of Burwell, and James (Pat) Ohmberger of Lincoln, his daughter; Millicent (Rick) Orvis of Lincoln, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren, two sisters Hazel Gruber of Minden, Dorothy Moravec of Burwell, and Irene’s children; Tammy (Ernie) Kleeb of Broken Bow, Fred Duryea, of Valentine, Ne, and Ed Duryea of Merna, NE.  
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Marguarite, two sisters Helen and Luella, two infant brothers, and one granddaughter Julie Orvis.

Ralph S. Wardyn, 87


LOUP CITY – Ralph S. Wardyn, 87, of Loup City, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.


Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.


Visitation will be Thursday at the church, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary.


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


Mr. Wardyn was born on Nov. 21, 1925, on the family farm, near Loup City, the son of Peter and Josephine (Karty) Wardyn.


He is survived by his wife, Renee of Loup City; six sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Dawn Wardyn of Grand Island, John and Denise Wardyn of Wichita, KS, Leonard and Marcia Wardyn of Farwell, Ron and Linda Wardyn of Loup City, Pete and Deb Wardyn of Cozad and Mike and Ann Wardyn of Grand Island; seven daughters and six sons-in-law, Kathy and Dick Kohel of Lincoln, Marcia and Jim Leonard of Kearney, Mary Jo and Jerry Tanner of Scottsdale, AZ, Linda Alexander of Columbus, Sharon and Doug Day of Loup City, Theresa and Kevin Jorgensen of St. Paul and Marge and Larry Kemling of Columbus; and one sister, Caroline Mazankowski of Loup City.


He also leaves to cherish his memory, 37 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.


Ralph grew up on the family farm and attended Wiggle Creek School and graduated with honors from Hazard High School in 1943. Upon completing his education he farmed with his father and later on his own.


He was united in marriage to Rita Renee Woitalewicz on Sept. 12, 1949, at Loup City. The couple farmed north of Loup City, later moving to Hazard and then Litchfield. They then moved to the family farm south of Loup City, where all their children were raised. In the 1960's, Ralph also worked as a supervisor at the Cornhusker Army Ammunitions Plant in Grand Island. In 1985, the couple retired and moved into Loup City, where they lived the rest of his life.


He was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 5455 of Loup City.


Ralph loved farming, gardening, fishing, playing pitch, dancing and playing his accordion. In later years, he enjoyed taking drives in the country to look at everyone’s crops.


He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Janis Lynne Wardyn and an infant son, Lawrence Howard Wardyn; three brothers, Cash, Robert and Floyd Wardyn; and four sisters, Sabina Sokol, Dorothy Chelewski, Ella Obermiller and Regina Peterson.


Please sign Ralph's guestbook and view his video tribute by visiting www.petersfuneralhome.net.


Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

Betty Pesek, 82



Betty Pesek, 82, of Ord died Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital at Ord.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday August 28, 2013, at 10:30am at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Rev. Doug Olson officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Memorials may be given to the Valley View Living Center at Ord or the Donor’s Choice.
Betty Lou Pesek was born December 14, 1930, at North Loup, Nebraska to Gerald and Ora (Walkup) Manchester. Betty attended Country Schools up through the 8th grade. She then worked in country homes cooking, cleaning and helping with children.
On November 21, 1951, Betty married Joe M. Pesek Jr. at the Broken Bow courthouse. To this union three children were born, Eileen, Emil and Julie.
Betty cleaned homes for doctor’s wives as well as cooking for Walt and Marg Douthit. She also took in laundry from a local barber. Betty continued to clean homes up until her fifties before working for her nieces watching their children in their homes.
After Joe passed away in 1996, she retired to Rolling Hills and in April of 2007, Betty made her home at the Valley View Living Center at Ord.
Betty loved to bake kolaches, and shared them with many during the Christmas season. She loved to embroider dish towels and made many sets for her grandchildren and friends. She continued to embroider until right before her death.
Betty is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Eileen and Gary Bruha of Ord and Julie and Carl Liles of Winside, NE; eight grandchildren, Marcella Watson, Curtis Bruha, Scott Bruha, Shelby Pesek, Bethany Liles, Dylan Pesek, Nicki Pesek, Mindy Pesek; six great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bethene and Gary Paider of Ord and Phyllis and Bud Kallhoff of Arcadia; and a brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Shirley Manchester of Ord.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; a son, Emil; three brothers, Lyle, Alvin, and Kenneth Manchester; three sisters, Esther Manchester, Ruth Wheeler and Evelyn Janicek.

Julia Margaret Holmes, 103


Julia Margaret Holmes, 103, of Ord, Nebraska died August 24, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Ord, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Pastor Trever Rook will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 -8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Ord Fire Department. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Julia was born May 22, 1910 in Garfield County, Nebraska to William and Pauline (Karty) Gregorski. She attended country school in Garfield County and graduated from the eighth grade.
Julia helped her dad farm. She was an outdoors person and farming was very important to her.
Julia married Ivan Leonard Holmes on September 8, 1932. They enjoyed raising Hereford cattle and farmed to provide for them. Julia and Ivan celebrated 60 years of marriage. Ivan died on May 26, 1993. Julia continued to live on the farm by herself until January of 2013.
She enjoyed making quilts, gardening, canning, flowers, chickens, playing cards, fishing and baking pies. Julia was a fabulous cook. Her recipes have been put into a family cook book. Julia also had a special cat named “Blacky”.
Julia is survived by six children: Delores and Mervin Hornickel of Ord, Nebraska, Melvin and Arlene Holmes of Grand Island, Nebraska, Evelyn Brown of Kaycee, Wyoming, Shirley and Dean Johnson of Fullerton, Nebraska, LaVonne and Jerry Schmitt of Ord, Nebraska and Arlene and Gerald Johnson of Elba, Nebraska and twenty grandchildren, forty-four great-grandchildren and eleven great great-grandchildren.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Felix, Antone, Paul and Tom and seven sisters, Anna, Lucy, Victoria, Mary, Martha, Prekseda and Helen.
Genevieve C. Birkby, 88, of rural Greeley passed away on Monday, August 19, 2013, at her home southeast of Greeley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley with Father Donald Buhrman officiating. Burial will be in the Greeley Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Rosary. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Michaels Catholic Church of Spalding or Spalding Academy. T.J. Finn and Sons Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.  

Harold David Petersen, 90


Harold David Petersen, 90, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 18, 2013 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Jane Ellefson and Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Congregational Church, Burwell Community Fund or the Loup County Public School Scholarship Fund.
David was born July 28, 1923 to Harold and Vera (Williams) Petersen. He grew up on his parents’ farm in Loup County and attended Rural Elementary School and Taylor High School where he graduated in 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in November of 1942 and was called to active duty in February 1943. He flew a full tour of 35 missions as a B-17 pilot with the 15th Air Force in Italy.
On returning home he married Ruth Ann Jurgensen on April 10, 1946 in Burwell, Nebraska. They farmed and ranched in Loup County for 42 years, retiring to Burwell in 1988. He continued to commute to the farm for many years and enjoyed working in whatever capacity he could help out.
David was civic minded and served on various conservation committees. He believed in preserving the land in the best way possible. He was a member of First Congregational Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Nebraska Farm Bureau, American Legion, and served on local school boards in Loup County.
He was a family man, and enjoyed all the activities which his children and grandchildren were involved in.
David is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Petersen of Burwell, Nebraska, four children: Janice and Rolland White of Broken Bow, Nebraska, Barbara and Jim Coolman of Cameron, Missouri, Alan and Susan Petersen of Burwell, Nebraska, Glen and Judy Petersen of Burwell, Nebraska and a son-in-law, Don Field of Hastings, Nebraska. Also surviving are sixteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, a brother Stanley and wife Amy of Central City, Nebraska, a sister-in-law, Reita Petersen of Burwell, Nebraska, and many nephews and nieces.
David was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sharon Field, two brothers, Dallas and his wife Madelon Petersen and Russell Petersen.

Jennifer Lynn Markvicka 42


Jennifer Lynn Markvicka, 42, of Scotia passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at the Boone County Hospital in Albion as a result of an auto accident.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church in North Loup, NE. Pastor Scott Hausrath and Jim Goodrich will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Jennifer Lynn was born February 24, 1971, at the Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska to Martin H. “Hank” and Linda J. (Gebhardt) Markvicka. She spent her childhood in Grand Island where she attended school and graduated from North West High School in 1989.
Jennifer attended Kearney State College for two years and then graduated from Lincoln Community College as a Respiratory Therapist. She first worked as a Respiratory Therapist at hospitals in Minnesota and then returned to Nebraska. She was a therapist at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Valley County Hospital in Ord and Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings.
On October 8, 1999, Jennifer married Scott Lamb at Grand Island, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Sidney and Scott.
For the past two years Jennifer has been working for the American Red Cross and was involved in the blood drives.
Jennifer enjoyed living on the farm west of Scotia. She played the guitar and liked listening to music. She especially enjoyed her pets; and spending time with her children, family and friends.
She is survived by her mother, Linda Markvicka of North Loup, a daughter, Sidney Lamb and son, Scott Lamb both of Scotia; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Mark Markvicka of Scotia and Robert “Tony” and Tuania Markvicka of New Jersey; two nephews, Brandon and Jordon Markvicka; two nieces, Payton and Paige Markvicka; and a great niece, Ava Markvicka.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hank; and her sister, Susan Markvicka.

 

Keith Peterson, 54


Keith Peterson, 54, of Ord died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.

Celebration of Keith’s New Life Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Pastor Russel J. Troester officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Valley County Home Health and Hospice, ALS Association or St. John’s Lutheran Church of Ord. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Keith Alan Peterson was born June 10, 1959, at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, Nebraska to Bryan and Carolyn (Foth) Peterson. He was raised in Mira Valley and was baptized in July of 1959, at the Mira Valley United Methodist Church. He attended Valleyside Country School until 8th grade and then Ord High School where he participated in football and wrestling. Keith was very competitive which led him to a 3rd place win at the state wrestling meet his senior year. He was also awarded the FFA State Farmer Degree. He was a member of his church youth group and was active in 4-H showing cattle.

He graduated from high school in 1977, and then from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1982, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In 1979, Keith and his sister, Nancy spent 6 months in Australia visiting their former foreign exchange student, Pete Henricks. During that time he traveled throughout the country and was also employed working construction and at a ski resort. In 1982, he returned to Mira Valley to be employed at his family’s farming and feedlot operation. On June 13, 1987, Keith was united in marriage to Christy Anderson at St John’s Lutheran Church in Ord, Nebraska. He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith on June 11, 1989. Keith and Christy were blessed with four children, Sarah Jean, Katelyn Nicole, Megan Nell, and Robert Bryan.

Keith had a love of the outdoors; and enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow skiing, camping, trail riding, team penning and going to the lake with his family. He especially enjoyed helping his children with horses and livestock in 4-H.

Keith fought a brave battle with ALS showing amazing patience, faith, and joy. He gave more life to his family in his short time on earth than most give in a lifetime. He once stated in the heat of the battle: “we are blessed beyond measure”. His “glass half full” attitude has left his family and friends with a legacy of loving, positive living, and learning to embrace life as it comes.

Keith is survived by his wife and children; his mother, Carolyn Peterson of Ord; one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Jeanne Peterson of Ord; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Tom Gailey of Fort Worth, TX, Dianne and Bruce Worm of Ord, Pat and Chuck Setlik of Loup City, and Nancy and Fred Wright of Kansas City, MO; and two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Cindy and Larry Uden of Kenesaw, and Jenny and Brian Scribner of David City. He was loved by his many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bryan Peterson; grandparents, Will and Lillie (Cook) Foth, and Forrest and Belle (Bryan) Peterson; and his mother and father-in-law, Bob and Bonnie (Carson) Anderson.

 

Irene M. Beran, 86


Irene M. Beran, 86, of Ord passed away Monday, August 05, 2013, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2013, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Mark Maresh officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary led by Father Josh Brown at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department or the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Irene was born October 2, 1926, on the family farm northwest of Elyria, Nebraska to Steve and Rose (Sobon) Dubas. She was raised on the family farm; attended Elyria Grade School and graduated from Ord High School in 1945.
On September 6, 1949, Irene was united in marriage to William P. “Bill” Beran at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elyria. The couple farmed eight miles west of Ord. While on the farm Irene raised chickens, ducks and geese. The couple spent most of their married life together on the farm until they moved into Ord in the late 1990’s.
Irene was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading. She kept a daily journal as well as news clippings. Irene especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandkids.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Le Ann Beran and Ron and Penny all of Ord; five grandchildren, Jodi Davies and husband, Neil of Grand Island, Jeff Beran and wife, Jennifer of Ord, Jaclyn Uerling and husband, Andrew of McCook, and Miranda and Tori Beran of Ord; four great-grandchildren, Trystan, Aidan, and Alyssa Davies and Peyton Beran; and two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rene Dubas of Elyria and Harry and Betty Dubas of Ord.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill who passed away on September 8, 2009; and three brothers, Ralph, Edmund and Fred Dubas.

Eldon R. Psota, 76


Eldon R. Psota, 76, of rural Ord passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Lincoln, surrounded by his family.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastors Trever Rook and Tom Burkholder will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Eldon was born May 5, 1937, at Ord, Nebraska to Rudolph and Anna (Bruha) Psota. He was raised on the family farm south of Ord where he attended District #77 Country School and graduated from Ord High School in 1956.
Following high school Eldon worked for Cox and Horner Irrigation and Well Drilling. On April 22, 1961, Eldon was united in marriage to Janet Bogus at Paplin, NE. To this union three children were born, Janice, Christine and James.
Eldon and Janet first lived three miles southwest of Ord. Eldon and Janet finished raising Janet’s younger brother, Gary and sister, Sharon, when her parents were killed in an accident. In 1970, they moved to the home place, seven miles southwest of Ord. Eldon loved farming and raised all farm crops, cattle, hogs “Rutabakers”, sheep, chicken, turkey and geese. He also enjoyed a large garden. Eldon was a hard worker and loved to work. He taught his children to have a good work ethic and dad’s handshake was his word. Despite a few incidents, Eldon was always ready to operate the loader (his kitten) for the daily chores.
Janet passed away in 1990. Eldon married Sharlene (Johnson) Vanosdall, aka “Sunshine” on September 24, 2011, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. They met on the polka dance floor and continued dancing for two years. The couple resided on the farm where they continued to farm until Eldon’s passing. They enjoyed being together whether fixing fence, checking cattle, working the land or just sitting with each other.
Eldon was a member of Lodge #436. He loved to polka dance; attending demolition derbies; visiting with family and friends and watching his family grow.
Survivors include his wife, Sharlene of rural Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Raymond Brown of Arcadia; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Sandy Psota of Ord; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Sandy Psota of North Loup; six grandchildren, Jenna Rae Kelly and her husband, Tyler, RayLynn and Johnathan Brown, Taygan, David and Bob Psota; two great-grandchildren, Callie and Lexi Kelly, two step-children, Dawn and Lincoln Roth of Columbus, and Allen and Melanie Vanosdall of Greeley; nine step grandchildren and one expectant, Cheyenne and Jarrod Roth, Dakota, Cierra, Savannah, Dayton, Gunnar and Nevaeh Vanosdall and Lexi Young; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janet; a daughter, Christine; and a sister, Rose Cahill.

Lorene Morse, 89


 
Lorene Morse, 89 of Sargent died Sunday August 4, 2013 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow. Services will be Thursday August 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent. Father Jim Hunt will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sargent.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday with wake service to follow at the church. Rhoad Funeral Home of Sargent in charge of arrangements.

Fern Louise Bartusiak, 90


Fern Louise Bartusiak, 90, of Ogallala, Nebraska died August 1, 2013 at the Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Fern was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska to Paul and Ella (Fisher) Russell.
Fern married John V. Bartusiak on October 9, 1940 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. They lived in Burwell, Nebraska. On April 20, 1943 one daughter, Karen, was born just three weeks before John entered the United States Army.
They lived in Burwell where John was a partner in the Burwell and Ericson Livestock Markets. For many years Fern baked cakes and pies for the Ericson Livestock Market Café. She also baked and sold cakes in the Burwell Community. Fern also enjoyed providing her garden vegetables and homemade lap quilts to residents in the Burwell Nursing Home and Park View Plaza.
They moved to Ogallala, Nebraska in 1998 to be near their family. John died on March 10, 2002.
Fern enjoyed baking , gardening, quilting, antique glassware collecting and doing canvas oil painting.
Fern is survived by her daughter, Karen and Sam M. Nein of Ogallala, Nebraska. A granddaughter, Lisa and Scott Jeffers of Ogallala, Nebraska. A grandson, Sam B. Nein of Tampa, Florida. Six great-grandchildren, Brittany & Charlie Hannema of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Christopher Jeffers of Columbus, Mississippi, Johnathan Jeffers of Ogallala, Nebraska, Avery Nein, Georgia Nein and Allie Nein all of Orlando, Florida. A brother, Glenn and Joanie Gibson of Omaha, Nebraska and two sisters, Shirley Lidgett of Omaha, Nebraska and Betty Lea Starr of Banning, California.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, and two brothers.

Richard Alvin Hulinsky, 79


Richard Alvin Hulinsky, 79, of Burwell, Nebraska died July 29, 2013 at home.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 -8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Foundation or Burwell Veteran’s Park.
Richard was born August 28, 1933 in Burwell, Nebraska to Frank and Mary (Ruzicka) Hulinsky. He graduated from Burwell High School.
Richard entered the United States Army on September 30, 1953. During his service time he received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and United Nation Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on July 8, 1955. While he was in the service he was engaged to Evelyn Lorine Grabowski. They were married on June 5, 1956.
They farmed and ranched south of Burwell and moved near Arcadia in 1957. In 1970 they moved west of Burwell. Evelyn died on January 26, 1987.
Richard married Shirley Jensen on August 31, 1989.
Richard was a member of the JBC Lodge and the American Legion Post #298. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, tinkering, gardening, making horseradish, playing cards, dancing to polka music, cooking, farming, especially at harvest time and most of all babysitting his grandkids.
Richard is survived by his wife Shirley Hulinsky of Burwell. Three children, Karen and Curt Comba of Lakewood, Colorado, Marvin and Donita Hulinsky of Burwell and Carmen and Jerry Buckles of Burwell. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Six step-children, eighteen step-grandchildren and twenty seven step great-grandchildren. One sister Lillian Kamard of Medford, Oregon and nieces and nephews.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, wife Evelyn, and two brothers, Charles Hulinsky and Emil Hulinsky.

Dorothy Verna Lee, 88


Dorothy Verna Lee, 88, of Burwell, Nebraska died July 25, 2013 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Burwell Baptist Church. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Charles Busch and Pastor Stan Gurney will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Baptist Church, Community Memorial Health Center, or the Burwell Veteran’s Park.
Dorothy was born August 9, 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Walter and Verna (Balster) Sanden. Dorothy graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942.
Dorothy married Grant M. Lee in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 18, 1943. While Grant was in the United States Military Dorothy lived in Lincoln and California. After the completion of World War II Grant returned home and they moved to Burwell.
Dorothy was a homemaker and worked at Mattley’s Variety Store until 1962 when she started to be the bookkeeper for the Burwell School and continued to do so, retiring after twenty nine years. Grant died on August 15, 1987.
Dorothy was a member of the Burwell Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, gardening, canning, studying her bible, and working with her grandchildren. She was also very dedicated to helping and being a care giver to her sister, Carol.
Dorothy is survived by two children, Linda and Don Busch of Omaha, Nebraska and Bob and Susan Lee of Burwell, Nebraska. Ten grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. A brother, Ray and Lois Sanden of Lincoln, Nebraska and a sister, Marian Hansen of Columbus, Nebraska.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Carol Sanden.

Harold Hansen, 80


Harold Hansen, 80, of North Loup passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.
Mr. Hansen’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the North Loup United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Marsh officiating. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Military Honors will be provided by the Ralph R. Rich American Legion Post #285 of North Loup. Memorials are suggested to North Loup Lions Club or the Valley County Home Health and Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Harold was born March 29, 1933, to Marten and Margaret (Youngson) Hansen at Minden, Nebraska. He spent his childhood on a farm east of Minden, attending grade school at Snowflake Country School and graduating from Minden High School in 1951.
Harold continued his education at Grand Island School of Business. He served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. On September 4, 1955, Harold was united in marriage to Claire D. Leth at Cotesfield, NE. The couple lived in El Paso, TX until 1956, when Harold was discharged from the Army.
The couple returned to Nebraska and lived in Grand Island. Harold worked at various capacities, including mechanic and construction work. In 1967, they moved to Cotesfield while Harold worked at the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island and Jarecke Motor’s in St. Paul. During the spring of 1974, Harold and Claire settled in North Loup. Harold worked as a mechanic at the Ford Dealership in Ord before going to work as a mechanic for Valley County. Harold continued with Valley County until his retirement in June of 2001.
Harold and Claire spent their retirement years at home in North Loup. Mrs. Hansen passed away on October 9, 2012.
Harold was a member of the North Loup United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, American Legion and NRA. He was very active in the Lions Club and had served as President. He was a founder and President of the RC&D and served on the North Loup Village Board as board member and past Mayor of North Loup. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, photography and “tinkering”. He was an avid coin collector and especially enjoyed visiting and attending the local coffee group.
Survivors include, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dennis and Carrie Hansen of North Loup and Scott Hansen of Clinton, MO; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debora Hansen of Grand Island, Sondra and Wayne Pohlmeier of Grand Island and Lori and Randy Merten of Albion; six grandchildren, Nichole Hansen of Scotia, Jenifer (Mrs. James) Vech of Lincoln, Whitney Hansen of Lincoln, Clark Pohlmeier and Heather Pohlmeier both of Grand Island and Jonathan Merten of Albion; and three step grandchildren, Kaylee Merten of Albion, Keri Merten and fiancée, Ryan Hageman both of Lincoln and Kelly Merten of St. Paul; one great-grandson, Kellen Underwood of Scotia; one brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Marilyn Hansen of Minden and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marilyn and Dale Patchen of Phillips and Betty Jacobitz of Kenesaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Claire; a grandson, Nicholas Hansen; and a brother-in-law, Loren Jacobitz.
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