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Nicholas S. Cogburn Weiner, 30


Nicholas S. “Nick” Cogburn Weiner, 30, of North Loup passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Bruce Phillips will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nicholas Scott was born October 1, 1984, at Roseburg, Oregon to John W. Weiner and Louise Ann (Staples) Weiner. He spent his childhood in Winlock, Washington. Nick received his early education at Medord, Oregon and graduated from High School at Napavine, Washington. In 2006, Nick moved to Nebraska to live with his father, John.

Nick enjoyed cooking, basketball, listening to music and playing the guitar. He had a special love for his two faithful dogs, Lucy and Gary.

Survivors include his father, John Weiner of North Loup and his significant other, Shannon; his mother, Louise Jensen and her husband, Dane of Winlock, Washington; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Chris and Cim Cogburn and Don Cogburn all of Longview, Washington; a sister and brother-in-law, Lacee Diane and Paul Odermann of San Diego, California; grandmother, Jesslyn Weiner of North Loup; grandfather, Cliff Sunderland of La Pine, Oregon; his special friend, Melissa Kerrigan of Greeley; two aunts, Barbara Rilko of Littleton, CO and Laralee Sukup of Scottsbluff, NE; one niece; three nephews; and a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, John Staples and Larry Weiner; and grandmother, Marge Sunderland.


 

Ira M. "Shorty" Soper, 97




Ira M. “Shorty” Soper, 97, of Ord formerly of North Loup was called Home on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
Mr. Soper’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church Camp “Camp Riverview”. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ira M. (Shorty) Soper son of Ralph and Ruth (Rowley) Soper, was born on May 8, 1917, on a ranch in Lincoln County north of North Platte, NE.
Shorty was the second child of nine children and his childhood was spent with five brothers and three sisters, on several ranches in the Sandhills of western Nebraska. In 1934, the family moved to a Dairy Farm north of Central Square, New York. In 1945, the family permanently moved back to western Nebraska.
On November 19, 1947, he married Collett Monroe in Fouke, Arkansas and lived in the plains of Colorado for a short time then back to Nebraska where they would start a family. Living on a farm south of North Platte and east of Wellfleet, they started their own herd of beef cattle, a flock of turkeys, and boys. Five boys were born while on the farm, Leslie, Ivan, Earl, Loren and Stan. In 1956, the move was made to Aurthur, NE where another boy was added to the family. Maurice was born in 1957, the same year they moved to Ogallala, NE. where Ira worked for the Ogallala Public School.
In 1970, the family moved to North Loup, NE to a Dairy farm. After leaving the Dairy, they lived near North Loup for 35 years, where he spent many of those years working with his son, Stan grinding hay. Since 2008, they have lived with Loren and Kim in Keystone, NE and near Stan in Ord, NE.
Since 1970, Dad has been an active member of the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church, and loved spending time at camp Riverview mowing and getting ready for campers each year.
Ira is survived by his wife, Collett of 67 years; five sons and six daughter in laws and their families, Leslie (wife Edith) Soper of Grand Island, NE (their children, Bryon and Jeana), Sue Soper of Aurora, NE (her children, Nick and Jon), Earl (wife Beverly) Soper of Norfolk, NE (their children, Richard and Jamie), Loren (wife Kim) Soper of Keystone, NE (their daughter, Amanda), Stan Soper of Ord, NE (his children, Anne and Julie) and Maurice (wife Cindie) Soper of Neligh, NE (and their children, Nate, Darcy and Kristin); brothers Harley (wife Bobby) of Beaumont, TX, Mynor (wife Marion) of North Loup, NE , Herbert (wife Kitty) of Winston-Salem, NC; a sister, Adaline Barker of Londonderry, VT; 15 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, countless friends; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth Soper; two brothers, Keith and Johnny Soper; two sisters, Mildred Rupracht and Margie Davis; and his son, Ivan Soper.





 

Gilbert L. Fowler, 83



Gilbert L. Fowler, 83, of Arcadia passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
Mr. Fowler’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Military Honors will be provided at the church by the Arcadia American Legion Post #152. Private Inurnment will be at the Arcadia City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #152, Arcadia Fire Department or the Rose Lane Home of Loup City. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert was born January 6, 1932, at Arcadia, Nebraska to Leonard and Faye (Jensen) Fowler. In 1935, the family moved to the Sandhills area of Loup County. Gilbert received his education at Almeria and graduated from Loup County High School at Taylor.
Gilbert served in the United States Army for two years and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. After the Army he returned to the family ranch in Loup County. In 1956, Gilbert moved to Omaha and worked at Union Pacific Railroad, he then continued his education at Lincoln School of Commerce. He returned to the Sandhills where he worked at the Purdum State Bank and in 1957, returned to help with the family ranch.
In 1970, Gilbert moved to Arcadia and was the manager of Trotter Service Station. For a year he resided in Campbell and was the Assistant Manager of the Elevator. In 1973, Gilbert settled in Arcadia. He managed the Co-op Service Station and owned and operated “Gib’s Place”, a café in Arcadia.
He served as the Mayor of Arcadia at the time of the Tornado in 1974. He was the Arcadia Village Clerk and later operated a law mowing business upon retiring.
Gilbert was united in marriage to Joanne Petska on April 12, 1978, at Ord, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Arcadia.
Gilbert was a member of the American Legion Post #152. He enjoyed music, playing the piano; reading and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Joanne Petska Fowler of Arcadia; three sons and daughters-in-law, Leonard and Linda of Kearney, Ronald and Melanie of Grand Island and Jay and Kim of Gretna; a step-daughter, Amy Youngclaus and her husband, Dan of Omaha; a grandson, Zachary Fowler of Lincoln; two step grandchildren, Sydney and Carson Youngclaus of Omaha; two cousins, Doris Welty Gregory and Max Welty both of Colorado; and Kerry and Kathy Fowler of Arcadia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Allen Wayne Fowler; and a sister, Darlene Fowler Shultz.



 

Owen W. Long, 82


Owen William Long, 82, of Burwell, Nebraska died February 22, 2015 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

Owen’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Untied Methodist Church in Burwell. A private inurnment will be in the Bartlett Cemetery at a later date. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Taylor VFW. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Owen was born January 15, 1933 in Atkinson, Nebraska to Elmer and Zana (Bradshaw) Long. Owen graduated from Bartlett High School in 1951.
Owen entered the United States Army on May 13, 1953 and was honorably discharged on May 13, 1955.

Owen married Marianne Kizer on July 3, 1960 in Ericson, Nebraska. They lived south of Bartlett on a ranch. Owen also drove his truck. They later moved to a place just south of Bartlett, and he continued to truck until 1977. He was the deputy sheriff for a while and then drove a fertilizer truck. In 1988 they moved to Purdum, Nebraska where he worked on a ranch. In1994 they moved to Taylor, Nebraska. He drove the van and did public transportation for the nursing home. In 2003 they moved to Burwell.

Owen enjoyed going to coffee and playing cards. He was a member of the Taylor VFW and was able to take one of the Korean War Veteran Flights.

Owen is survived by his wife Marianne Long of Burwell, Nebraska. Three daughters, Peggy and Harold Unwin of Kim, Colorado, Bonnie and Henry Meca of Gibbon, Nebraska and Judy Gillaspie of Rapid City, South Dakota. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one sister, Geraldine and Wayne Olson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leo Long.

Robert Dean "Rocky" Severson, 87




Robert Dean “Rocky” Severson, 87, of Ord unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Josh Brown and Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #38 and American Legion Post #7029. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Golf Course, Ord Tree Board, Ord Library or OLPH Catholic Church of Ord. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Dean Severson was born in Ord, Nebraska on July 5, 1927, to Louis and Elizabeth Severson. Rocky entered St. Peter’s pearly gates via St. Andrews, where he no doubt bettered his age of 87 by several stokes.
Robert was an active participant in many activities growing up in Ord. He was a great competitor and enjoyed being part of teams that had great success, including a football team that went 44-0. He proudly served in the United States Marines after graduating from Ord High School in 1945. In 1953, Robert received his B.A. in Business at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Robert married the love of his life, Darlene Novosad, on January 8, 1955. R.D. pursued a career in the Government Accounting Office in Kansas City and Omaha and, then as an IRS Agent, living in Grand Island, Nebraska until 1967, when Robert went out on his own and established Severson Accounting in Ord, Nebraska. With the support of his wife, he built the firm, hired the right people and served the surrounding communities, including Ericson, Taylor, Burwell, Sargent, Comstock and Arcadia, making it the premier accounting firm it is today of Severson, Lammers & Abel, CPA’s. He and Darlene worked at the firm until their retirement.
Robert was a tireless conservationist and believed in being a good steward of the land. Hunting and golfing were a way of life. As anyone who arrived at the golf course during the “syndicate’s” presence knows, the group of friends coveted their game. His travels with family and friends on three continents always included golf and he was rewarded with two hole-in-ones. His adventures also included skiing the black slope of Steam Boat, ice skating at the age of 81, and canoeing down the river. His passion for music and arts were evident in his waterfall landscapes and Christmas light displays. He promoted music and the arts to his children and grandchildren. Robert loved traveling to see his daughter and grandchildren along with advising and investing with his son in multiple projects and ventures. Rocky continued to remain a member in organizations to include Library Board, Tree Board, Ord Golf Club, Knights of Columbus, and VFW.
Robert is remembered by his children and grandchildren as a man of ethics, intelligence, kindness, wit, adventure, and was exceptional in the art of making homemade ice cream.
He reminded us of the importance of family and relationships by always welcoming guests into his home and displaying respect and love for his wife of 60 years, who he valued like no other in their precious relationship.
Rocky is survived by his wife, Darlene; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Brent Sid of Scottsdale, Arizona; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard D. and Chieko Severson of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Paloma A. Sid of Scottsdale, Arizona and Robert M. and Emika A. Severson of Omaha, Nebraska; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Donald Severson of Grand Island and Gerald and Janis Severson of Portland, Oregon; a niece, Kyle Severson of Portland Oregon; brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Sharon Novosad of Ord, Joni and Nick Pelster of Walnut Creek, California, Millie Bartlett of Littleton, Colorado and Patti and John Vanderbeek of Valentine Nebraska.
R.D. and family are also thankful for the local support by Sharon Novosad and Rick and Carol Estudillo and others.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Richard R. Severson.
 

Donna Fells, 84






Donna Fells, age 84, of Arcadia , Nebraska died Wednesday February 18th, 2015 at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln , Nebraska .

 

Funeral services will be held Monday February 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the United Methodist Church in Arcadia with Rev. Jeff Hale and Rev. Glenda Ferguson officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday 5 to 7p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Arcadia , and Monday prior to service time in the Church at Arcadia .  Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery .  Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 

Donna is survived by her husband Bob Fells at Central City, NE, a son John R. Fells Jr. and special friend Martha Spotanski, 2 daughters Jo and husband Stan Heyen of Ceresco, Ne. and Jeanne Fells of Arcadia, Nebraska  Two granddaughters Katie and Jessi, and a sister Hollis Hunt of Arcadia. 

Clyde L. Hunt, 83




Grand Island
 , NE- Clyde L. Hunt age 83 of Grand Island , formerly of Arcadia , died Tuesday February 17, 2015 at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island .
Funeral services will be held on Friday February 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church in Arcadia with Reverend Jeff Hale officiating.  Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery with Military Honors.  Visitation will be held on Thursday February 19, 2015 8 AM to 3 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary and 5 PM to 7 PM at the United Methodist Church in Arcadia , NE.
More details will appear later.  Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements. 

Betty R. Moudry, 87






Betty R. Moudry 87, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Ord Christian Church with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice for future designation. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born January 5, 1928, in Garfield County to Arthur and Lorena (Hetfield) Hansen.  She grew up in Burwell, Nebraska receiving her education in the Burwell schools graduating in 1946.

After graduation Betty worked for Arnold’s Jewelry and Gift shop in Burwell until the fall of 1948, when she went to work as a rural schoolteacher in Rock County. Betty was teaching during the 1948-49 blizzard and often shared with her family and friends the many hardships from this tragic event. The ongoing weather and trials she faced during this time discouraged her, so she gave up teaching and went to Denver, Colorado where she worked at National Carloading Inc. for a few years. Loving Nebraska, she returned to work for a short time in Grand Island and Burwell.  

On September 16, 1953 she married Leonard Moudry. To this union three children were born,
Donald, Janice, and Sharon.

Betty resided in rural Loup County with her husband for five years and then they moved to rural Valley County where she spent many years as a homemaker, mother, and grandmother until her husband Leonard’s health declined. In 2008, Betty moved to the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell to be with her husband. After Leonard’s passing in 2011, she then moved to Valley View Living Center in Ord.

Betty was a member of the Ord Christian Church, Jolly Neighbors Extension Club, Valley Red Hatters and WFLA Lodge 112.

Betty always showed compassion and concern for others. Her strong Christian faith and love for God was apparent in her life. She enjoyed her home and her family. There was nothing that brought more pleasure to her than sharing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments. She always encouraged them to do their best. Betty loved nature, the animals, majestic sunrises and sunsets, and the beautiful country life with its peacefulness. Betty enjoyed reading, especially inspirational poems written by Helen Steiner Rice.

She leaves to mourn her passing a son, Donald and his wife, Maggie (Bruha) of Ord; two daughters, Janice and her husband, Dan Shultz of Grand Island, and Sharon and her husband, Craig Brown of Columbus; one sister, Charlotte Kamarad of Comstock; four grandchildren, Jason Moudry and his wife, Bri of Ord, Amanda and her husband, Lee Hadenfeldt of Grand Island, Ryan Moudry of Sutton, and Danielle and her husband, Mike Svoboda of Grand Island; six great-grandchildren Allie, Grady, and Chance Moudry, Olivia Shultz-Svoboda, Atley and Axten Hadenfeldt; and many relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Lorena Hansen; one sister, Dorothy Swanson; and her husband, Leonard.  
 

Barbara Dominica Ann "Barb" David, 57



Barbara Dominica Ann “Barb” (Guesanburu) David, 57, of rural Ord, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Barb’s Favorite Ministries to be designated by the family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara, known to many as Barbie, was born November 12, 1957, in Garfield County, Montana to Michel and Mary (Washut) Guesanburu. She was raised in Jordan, Montana where she received her education and graduated from high school in 1976. Barb continued her education at Miles City Community College and Billings, Montana where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education in 1981.

In the fall of 1982, Barb began teaching at NE Wyoming Board Co-op Ed Services as a special education teacher for 10 years. She then taught high school special education at the Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming.

On August 4, 1984, Barbara was united in marriage to Gerald David at Gillette, Wyoming. To this union three children were born.

The David family moved to Ord, Nebraska in May of 1996, to let their children experience the farm life. This was the beginning of Oak Ridge Farms where Barb cared for many sheep and also started Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics in 2013, after an injury forced her to sell her sheep herd.

Barb’s greatest passions were gardening, fishing, and playing with the grandkids. She had a deep love of God; learning and teaching the Word of God to others. For 19 years she taught CCD to the youth.

She was a member of the GROW Nebraska, Nebraska Food Cooperative, CCD; and served as the food and produce superintendent for the Valley County Fair.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 30 years, Gerald of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Carrie David of Ord; two daughters and a son-in-law, Shannon David and her significant other, Robert Bluett both of Omaha; and Michelle and Travis Gidley of Ord; four grandchildren, Cadence and Ryker David, Aubree Gidley, and RaShaun Bluett; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Audrey Guesanburu of Jordan, Montana and Robert and Kim Guesanburu of Harlowton, Montana; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Wade Cooper of Paisley, Oregon, Margaret and Gale Fogle and Mary and Mike Kindt all of Gillette, Wyoming; and her mother-in-law, Doris David of Ord.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George and Michael Guesanburu; nephew, Glenn Fogle; niece, Angeline Kindt; great-niece, Josie Shirley; her father-in-law, Virgil David; and aunt and uncle, Earl and Dolores David.

Darrell Gould, 69




Darrell Dale Gould 69 of Arcadia passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his home in Arcadia.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 13 at 10:30 am at the Arcadia United Methodist Church with Pastor Ray Berry officiating. There will be a private family visitation at the church Thursday, Feb 12 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 and then the family will be greeting friends at the church from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm. Burial will be in the Arcadia City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Arcadia Rescue Unit or the Faith Bible Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Darrell was born June 20, 1945 in Loup City, NE to Don and Florene (Hunt) Gould. Darrell grew up north of Arcadia on the Gould Farm 5 G Ranch. He attended the Rosebud Country School and the Arcadia Public Schools graduating from Arcadia High School in 1964.
Darrell was united in marriage to Charlotte Kay Fleming of Sargent, NE at the Congregational Church in Arcadia, NE. The couple lived in Broken Bow for a short time while Darrell worked for Becton-Dickenson. Due to his father’s health, Darrell and Charlotte moved back to the family farm where they raised three children, Terry, Tina and Trisha. During the early years on the farm, Darrell worked for Middle Loup Irrigation and farmed and ranched, raising hogs and cattle. As the farm-ranch operation expanded Darrell decided to farm full time and increased his cattle herd. In 1994, Darrell’s son Terry, returned to the farm to work side by side with his dad until 2013 when Darrell semi-retired. Darrell and Charlotte purchased a home in Arcadia and moved to town however, Darrell continued to be involved with the farm-ranch operation, especially with heifer development.
Darrell was a member of the Faith Bible Church and a past member of the Arcadia Rural Fire Board. Darrell had a deep trust and love for Jesus Christ and a deep desire that all would come to trust in Christ as well.
Darrell enjoyed going to the Calamus Lake, going on cruises, local sports, College Sports and Professional Sports including his favorite baseball team the Kansas City Royals. He enjoyed traveling, walking and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and his livestock especially caring for his replacement heifers and watching them grow.
Survivors include his wife Charlotte of Arcadia; a son and daughter in law, Terry and Nancy Gould of Arcadia; two daughters and son in laws Tina and Bob Lybarger of Odessa, NE and Trisha and David Redding of Omaha, NE; six grandchildren and their spouses Tara and Adam Pickel, Tiffany and Richard Paul, Tamara and Darin Myers, Celeste Gould, Courtney Gould, Katrina Gould; five great-grandchildren Hope, Kyler and Blakely Pickel, Ann Marie Paul and Paecyn Myers; a sister and brother in law Dianne and Dale Coons of Arcadia; his beloved cat “Lucky” three grandcats Smokey, Mocha and Buddy Redding;
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents.
 

Betty Mae Frederick, 86




Betty Mae Frederick, 86, of Taylor, Nebraska died February 2, 2015 at the Golden Living Lakeview Nursing Home in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Taylor, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Calvary United Methodist Church.
Betty was born May 7, 1928 at the family farm northeast of Burwell, Nebraska to Charles and Eva (Sewell) Conner. She was the youngest of four children. She attended school at Free Silver through the 8th grade and High School at Burwell, graduating in 1945.
Betty worked part time at the Telephone Company during and after her school years along with helping out on the family farm. The family moved to Loup County in 1945 and into Burwell in 1949.
Betty was united in marriage to Russell E. Frederick on July 10, 1949. They made their home in Loup County and moved to their place west of Taylor in 1955. To this union four children were born, Gerald Russell, Becky Jo, Vicki Sue, and Mari Lynne. Becky Jo died in September of 1945 and Gary in August of 1970. Russell passed away November 11, 1990.
Betty was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crafts, all aspects of farming and was an avid walker.
Betty is survived by two daughters, Vicki and Bill Shottenkirk of Grand Island, Nebraska and Lyn and Charles Nelson of Taylor, Nebraska. Four grandchildren, Russell Shottenkirk of Grand Island, Nebraska, Jacki and David Caldwell and their children, Jalyn and Jalyssa of Grand Island, Nebraska, Andrew Nelson of Kearney, Nebraska and Heather Nelson of Grand Island, Nebraska. A sister-in-law, Louise Frederick of Grand Island, Nebraska and nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and infant daughter, Becky Jo, a son, Gerald, two sisters, Aletha and Roland Petersen and Violet Irene as an infant and a brother, Delvin and Evelyn Conner, nieces and a sister-law, Mildred Frederick.

Steve J. Bratka, 65


Steve J. Bratka, 65, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Sunday, December 7, 2014 at his home. Steve was born August 13, 1949 in Burwell, Nebraska to Frank (Bud) and Lois Bratka. Steve is survived by his parents; his long term partner, Tim Meagher of Forth Worth; sister, Connie Benjamin, Lincoln; brother, Lex Bratka and wife, Patti, Burwell; four nieces and eight great nieces and nephews.

Steve attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln to be a chemical engineer and then got the bug to work for the railroad. His career began in 1970 and spanned forty years. In 1975 he was promoted to Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE). He served as Local Chair of Division 98 in Lincoln, NE and was reelected numerous times. He was elected First Alternate Vice Chairman of the BN/MRL General Committee of Adjustment in 1989, ascending to full time office as Third Vice General Chairman in St. Paul, Minn. in 1991. He served the GCA as General Chairman in 1998, then as a Vice General Chairman from 1998 until he retired in 2011 (In 1999, the BLET office moved to Fort Worth, Texas).
National BLET President Dennis Pierce said, "Steve Bratka left an indelible mark on our Organization. He championed the causes of those who had no voice, and as one of the many officers of our Union that he mentored, I can say that our Organization lost one of its true heroes with his passing."

Steve was civically involved, holding leadership roles in his community and in the local Democratic Party. He loved to play the accordion and had a wide network of friends. He loved his heritage and traveled to the Czech Republic many times and developed lasting friendships there.

A farewell memorial service to celebrate Steve life was held on January 24, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. A lunch will follow at the Burwell Legion Club. Hitchcock Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials can be sent to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Bratka who will distribute them in memory to Steve's favorite charities. 

Lila F. Schneider, 80





Lila Fae Schneider, 80, of Burwell, Nebraska died January 30, 2015 at the Valley View Living Center in Ord, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Hitchcock Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Fire Department Equipment fund.
Lila was born September 26, 1934 in Garfield County, Nebraska to Jesse and Laura (Connor) Freeman.

Lila married Stanley Schneider on September 2, 1950 in St. Paul, Nebraska. They lived and farmed in Jones Canyon. Stanley died on April 26, 2011.
Lila loved farming, cooking, sewing quilts, making her own clothes, baking and Nebraska football.

Lila is survived by two children, Joani and Craig Hansen of Ord, Nebraska and Junior and Sue Schneider of Burwell, Nebraska. Four grandchildren, Michelle and James Bruha of Ord, Scott Dilsaver of Burwell, Kyle Schneider of Burwell and Chad Schneider of Lincoln. Two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Tye Bruha of Ord. Two brothers, Marvin and Sherry Freeman of Seneca, Nebraska and Dale and Connie Freeman of Mead, Nebraska and one sister, Margery Zulkoski of Elyria, Nebraska.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents. Five sisters, Florence Riecks, Lola Augustyn, Norma Black, Betty Freeman and Ilene Lindsey. Three brothers, Robert Freeman, Delbert Freeman and Gerald Freeman as an infant.

 

Dean H. Hilbers, 83


Funeral services for Dean Harold Hilbers, 83 of Fremont, NE will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  Visitation will be Monday, February 2, 2015 from 3 to 6 pm.  Internement will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Hooper.  Ludvigsen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Dean Harold Hilbers was born January 8, 1931 to Martin and Paula (Marx) Hilbers at home near Hooper Nebraska. Dean attended country school and graduated from Scribner High School, class of 1949. He was drafted into the United States Army on October 2, 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Lewerenz on December 28, 1951. To this union four children were born. Sheryl , Vance, Robyn and Candace. He served his country during the Korean War from October 1951 until he was honorably discharged April 1953.


Dean was a wire chief for the Burlington Northern Railroad, a 7Up salesman for Mid Continent Bottlers in Omaha NE and in 1972 he started his own business, Hilbers Distributing Co. Inc. becoming a distributor for Remington Arms. He then sold shooting supplies to almost every gun club/shooting range/hunter and trap shooter across the Midwest. He himself was an avid trap-shooter, hunter, trapper, fisherman and all around outdoorsman.


He spent most of his retirement at his beloved cabin in the Sandhills near Burwell Nebraska, until last October when he agreed to move to an assisted living in Omaha Nebraska. The past few months were spent with his children and grandchildren being able to visit frequently. On New Year’s Eve he became ill and suffered a fall and was admitted to the VA Hospital in Omaha. He was then moved to Arbor Manor in Fremont where he was placed in hospice care.


Dean is survived by his former wife of 46 years, Lois Hilbers of Omaha, Daughter in law, Kim Hilbers of Omaha. Three daughters and sons in law; Sheryl (Bill) Koile Sr. of Valley, Robyn (Dale) Vance of rural Louisville and Candace (Dennis) Klingemann of Omaha. Seven Grandchildren and Four Great Grandchildren; Jodie (Caleb) Morgenson of rural Louisville – Xiola and Adeline. Bill (Amanda) Koile Jr. of Gretna - Claire and Davis. Zachary (Lauren) Hilbers of Franklin Tennessee. Johanna Hilbers of Campbell California. Brenton Klingemann of Golden Colorado, Tyler Klingemann of Omaha NE and Kaitlin Klingemann of Omaha Ne. One sister, Janet Killingsworth of Scribner. Two nieces and Five nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Eugene and Virgil and his son Vance.

Ella M. Langenwalter, 103




Ella M. Langenwalter, 103, of Placentia, California passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in California.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Ord City Cemetery. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ella was born December 1, 1911, in the Geranium Township of Valley County, Nebraska to James and Mary Elizabeth (Novotny) Rybin. She received her education at District #30 rural school.

In 1937, she moved to Omaha where she attended Beauty School. Ella operated a Beauty Shop in Omaha until 1940, when she moved to California.

On October 25, 1946, Ella was united in marriage to Vernon Langenwalter at Long Beach, CA. The couple made their home in California. Mr. Langenwalter was a truck driver and Ella accompanied him on many of his trips delivering boats throughout the United States. Ella also worked as a seamstress for many years.

Ella was a member of the Lutheran Church. She enjoyed traveling and camping. Over the past two years she has visited the Netherlands twice.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Illa Fay Rybin of Ord; four nephews, Art and Jamie Rybin and LaVern and LeRoy Langenwalter all of California; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon; four brothers, Eldon, LeRoy, George and James Rybin

 

B. Phyllis Gould, 87




B. Phyllis Gould, 87, of Arcadia passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia United Methodist Church and Arcadia Rescue Unit. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Bonnie Phyllis Anderson Gould was born September 19, 1927, at Ord, Nebraska, to Walter and Ruth (Norman) Anderson. When she was seven years old, her family moved to a farm east of Arcadia, and she attended Arbor Dale School, graduating from Arcadia High School in 1945.
After taking Normal Training, Phyllis received a Level 3 Teaching Certificate and taught school at Arbor Dale, Balsora, and Valley Side in Mira Valley.
On August 17, 1948, Phyllis and Calvin Gould were married at the Methodist Church in Arcadia. They farmed north of Arcadia until they retired and moved into Arcadia in July of 1998.
Phyllis was a member of the Arcadia United Methodist Church for almost seventy years, where she served as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, and served on various committees of the church. She especially enjoyed working with the children, whether it was leading singing in opening exercises at Sunday School or helping serve snacks at Bible School at age 85. She dearly loved being part of the Friendship Circle and quilting on Friday afternoons. Phyllis was an active member of the United Methodist Women and served as president, secretary, and a work chairman for the group. Her membership in the church and its activities were very important to her.
Working outside in the garden was also a very special part of her life. Every summer Phyllis could be found working in her garden, especially the large strawberry patch. Even after they moved into Arcadia, she enjoyed working in her flowers and vegetables.
Her family was the most important thing in Phyllis’s life. She encouraged them in whatever they did and loved to share her latest news about them. A loving grandmother, she was even willing to take care of all seven at once. They loved to go to the farm, and they tell countless stories of adventures there with Grandma and Grandpa. She made each of them a quilt as they were growing up and then another to commemorate their marriage. As the thirteen great grandchildren were born, she made a quilt for each of them.
Her visitors, whether at the Manor in Arcadia or Rose Lane in Loup City, usually found her reading. In her last few months at Rose Lane, she told the nurses that she was limiting herself to only one book a day. Although she missed Arcadia greatly, she was very appreciative of the excellent care she received at Rose Lane.
Phyllis is survived by two daughters, Mary Anne and husband, Dale Paider of Arcadia and Denice and husband, Delmer Dietz of Central City and a son, Charles Gould of Omaha; seven grandchildren, Dawn and husband, Larry Kinne of McCook, Philip Paider of Lincoln, Susan and husband, Clint Schildhauer of LaVista, Nicole and husband, Mike Redmond of Mableton, GA , Christopher Paider of Arcadia, Jason Dietz and wife, Megan of Ord and Derek Paider and wife, Sara of St Paul; thirteen great grandchildren, Katelyn, Kyle and Kylar Kinne, Elisa, Alex and Harrison Paider, Kelsey and Kylie Champlin and Kayla Schildhauer, Leyton and Avery Paider, Chase Redmond and Clark Dietz; four step-grandchildren, Jacob, Nathan, Megan and Ryan Schildhauer; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Gould of Kearney; and several nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin in 2008; her parents; her twin brother, Walter (Gene) Anderson and his wife, JoAnn, a brother, Robert; and an infant sister.
 

Robert J. Whalen, 69




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

Bernard D. Craven, 83


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Vera M. Berryman, 97




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

 

Thomas H. Wallin, 86


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terry R. O'Neel, 56




Terry R. O’Neel, 56, of rural Ord passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Bryan LGH West Medical Center in Lincoln after upper respiratory complications due to an accident on November 7, 2014.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. with a musical prelude beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastors Tom Burkholder and Lonnie Carpenter will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Rose Cemetery at Rose, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Fire Department and the Rose Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Terry Ray was born March 7, 1958, to Myron “Mike” and Beverly (Tucker) O’Neel at St. Louis, Missouri. The family moved back to the Sandhills of Nebraska when Terry was two years old. In 1962, the family settled in Ord, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm outside of Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1976. Terry enjoyed spending his summers participating in high school rodeos and helping his grandparents on their ranch near Rose, Nebraska.
In 1978, Terry was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Denise Ann Woodgate. The couple worked on a large ranch in the Sandhills, north of Burwell. In 1980, they made their home in Ord, where they raised their family of three children, Tyler, Travis and Timbre.
Terry began surveying for the Bureau of Reclamation and worked on the Calamus Dam project. In 1995, he took a job surveying with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Over the next 20 years, he worked his way up to a Computer Technician for District #4.
Terry enjoyed hosting the annual T Bar D musical festival; making cappuccino for his three grandchildren and collecting firearms. He especially liked spending time outdoors, riding his Harley, and scuba diving, He went on many Pack Mule trips in the Rocky Mountains; and shared cowboy poetry around the campfire.
Terry was a member of the Patriot Guard, Rocky Mountain Mule Association and the Ord Assembly of God Church.
On November 7, 2014, following an accident that left him a quadriplegic, and on life support; Terry never asked why. Terry was very strong in his faith and an inspiration to many. He used the time God gave him to show others courage, faith and peace.
On January 15, 2015, Terry became a hero when he passed on to his heavenly home. Through him, a miracle was answered for three families as he donated his vital organs to save their lives. His body was then bequeathed to medical science for further education. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and selfless acts toward others.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Denise O’Neel of Ord; his father, Mike O’Neel of Ord; two sons, Tyler O’Neel and Travis O’Neel and his fiancé, Catherine Lee all of Ord; one daughter, Timbre O’Neel and her fiancé, Tyler Crumrine all of Ord; three grandchildren, Treyton, Kaiya and Katrina Cassell all of Ord; a brother, Rod O’Neel of Burwell; father-in-law, Gerald “Woody” Woodgate of Ord; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Michelle Woodgate of St. Paul; three nephews, Clinton O’Neel and Kyle and Dylan Woodgate; and a niece, Darci O’Neel.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly O’Neel; sister-in-law, Wendy (Mrs. Rod) O’Neel and mother-in-law, Elvera Woodgate.
Isaiah 40:31
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint.
 

Florence Landon, 85


Florence Landon, 85 of Loup City, NE died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Loup City Community Center in Loup City with Reverend Delmar Unruh officiating.  Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.  Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18 at Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City.  Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church or donor’s choice.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.  You can sign Florence’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

Florence K. Landon was born February 13, 1929 on the family farm in Sherman County near Arcadia, NE to Leslie and Pearl (Leininger) Landon.  She graduated from Arcadia High School in 1947.  She began her teaching career in 1947.  In 1960, she began teaching sixth grade in Loup City Public Schools.  Florence received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska on August 4, 1961 at the same time her three sisters (Dorothy, Alta and Erma) did.  All four taught in area schools for more than 40 years each.  At her retirement in 1989, she had taught 1250 students.  She kept the name, year and often pictures of each of those students.  Florence was an active member of First Baptist Church in Loup City for over 50 years, and has served the church as Sunday School secretary, treasurer, teacher and church organist.  She also assisted with Vacation Bible School for a number of summers.

Florence is survived by her twin siblings; brother Donald and wife Bette Landon of Arcadia, NE and Dorothy Landon of Loup City, NE.  She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Erma and Alta Landon.

Fred C. Becker, 91


Fred Conner Becker, 91, of Grand Island, Nebraska died January 11, 2015 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. Visitation will be one hour before the service at Hitchcock Funeral Home. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Veteran’s Park.

Fred was born August 19, 1923 in Burwell, Nebraska to Jesse and Mable (Conner) Becker.

Fred went to school through the eighth grade and then started farming with his family. Fred entered the United States Army on June 19, 1945 and was honorably discharge on March 8, 1946.

Fred married Emily Schneider on October 25, 1946 in Kansas. They made their home in Burwell. Fred farmed and was an auto mechanic. In 1956 they moved to Grand Island and Fred continued to work as a mechanic, until retiring when he was 62.

Fred enjoyed traveling with Emily and going to different kinds of antique tractor shows.

Fred is survived by his wife Emily Becker of Grand Island, Nebraska. A daughter, Kay and Terry Brown of North Platte, Nebraska. Two grandchildren, Tonya and Craig Redinger and their children, Alex, Thomas and Aron and Kirk and Melissa Brown and their children, Justin, Katie and Tanner. One sister, Nellie and Jim Jackman of California.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents.

Renee A. Polenske, 69


Renee A Polenske, age 69, of Ericson, Ne passed on Jan 6, 2015. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 10th at the Baptist Church in Ericson, Ne at 1:30 p.m.

Renee was born November 6, 1948 in Bonesteel, South Dakota to Richard & Florence Porter. She graduated from Stanton High School and went on to Bemidji Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Elementary Biblical Teaching. She went on to LPN training in Norfolk, NE. On April 6, 1969 she married Larry Polenske. And to this marriage was born a daughter Chelle (Rick) Green of Ericson, Ne and a son Guy (Trudy) Polenske of Naper, Ne. Renee has 3 grandchildren Ty Green, Rachelle Green and Shaeden Polenske.

Renee worked as an LPN until she moved to Wheeler County in 1979. While living in Wheeler County she worked for Social Services for 10 yrs. After that she worked in various different jobs. She enjoyed doing crafts, gardening and her bible study groups. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her mother Florence Porter, a daughter Chelle and husband Rick Green and son Guy and wife Trudy Polenske, 3 grandchildren.

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

Ellwood J. Parkin, 91



Ellwood J. Parkin, 91, of Burwell, Nebraska died January 5, 2015 at his home.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Park View Plaza. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Ellwood was born December 23, 1923 in Loup County, Nebraska to Joseph and Florence (Hetfield) Parkin. Ellwood grew up in Loup County and farmed and ranched there his entire life.
Ellwood enjoyed going to auctions and liked to go fishing with Ron.
Ellwood moved to the Park View Plaza in Burwell in September of 2003.
Ellwood is survived by his friends, Ron Orender of Burwell, Nebraska, Roger Craichy of Burwell, Nebraska and Leonard Amos of Sargent, Nebraska and some distant family.
Ellwood was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dale.

Joseph C. Kamphaus, 85



Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph C. Kamphaus, age 85, of O’Neill, will be at 10:30 AM Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. Burial will be in the O’Neill cemetery with Military rites conducted by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 PM to 8 PM at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with a 7 PM Rosary.  He passed away early Saturday morning, January 3rd, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in O’Neill.  Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.                          
He is survived by his wife Leila, four children: Sam Kamphaus and wife Vivienne of Auburn, Washington, Susan Schaaf and husband Tom of Lynch, Kenny Kamphaus and wife Carol of Burwell, and Nancy Turpin and husband Jeff of O’Neill, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, two sisters: Dorothy Summers of O’Neill, and Genevieve Shaw of O’Neill, six brothers:  Bernard of O’Neill, Tony of Bonesteel, S.D., Paul of Omaha, Carl of O’Neill, Frank of Columbus, and Mike of Texas. 
He was born March 25, 1929 at Raeville, NE to Joseph and Juliana (Arnberger) Kamphaus. He went to school at District #216 at Amelia, Nebraska. He was a Korean War Veteran serving from Sept. of 1951 to Febr. 1953 and was called home due to the death of his father and to help his mother. He married Leila Shaw on June 4, 1956 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the District #1 Schoolboard of O’Neill, and the Farmer’s Union Co-op Board at Lynch, and a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant son, one brother and two sisters.  Rev. John Bohn is officiating.

Karen K. Wilson 73 of Ord died Friday, December 19, 2014 at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday December 23, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Rev. Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City. Visitation will be held Monday at the Ord First United Methodist Church from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Memorials may be given to the Ord United Methodist Women or the Valley County Health Systems Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Karen was born November 28, 1941 at Rockville, Nebraska to Edwin and Mae (Krakowski) Dethlefs. She was raised on a farm seven miles west of Rockville, NE. She attended Rural School District #53 and graduated from Rockville High School in 1959. She then attended Business College in Omaha.
On September 30, 1961, Karen was married to Gary Wilson at Rockville, NE. She then worked in Loup City for the Extension Agency. They moved to Fresno, CA in 1965, where she worked for the United States Post Office and the IRS. In 1977, the couple moved to Phoenix, AZ and she continued working for the IRS. In 1981, they moved to Ord and Karen worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and Loup Basin RC&D. Karen retired 10 years ago.
Karen was active in Ord First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women the Valley County Health System Hospice and worked at the Ord Food Pantry.
Survivors include her husband Gary of Ord; two daughters and sons- in- law, Shelly and Alan Wilson Monson and Kimberly and Kenneth Wilson Howell all of Boulder City, NV; 4 grandchildren, Ashley and Kylen Smith and Stewart and Tanner Howell; a great grandson, Colton Smith; a brother, Gerald “Buzz” Dethlefs and his special friend, Marie Mayberry of Cape Coral, FL; three sisters and brothers- in law, Patty and Jerome Moritz of Grand Island, Denise and John Wardyn of Wichita, KS., and Cindy and Bruce Ash of Arcadia, NE.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Georgene Steele.

Gerald E. Pierson, 86






Gerald E. Pierson, 86, of Arcadia passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. The Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday at the church from 12:00 p.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Rescue Unit or the Gathering Place. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Eugene was born July 27, 1928, to Albin and Rosie (Toops) Pierson at home in Sherman County, Nebraska. He was raised in Arcadia where he received his education and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1947. While in high school Gerald was active in sports and played on the Arcadia Husky Championship Football team in 1944. The team was recognized and inducted into the Arcadia High School Wall of Fame.
On October 12, 1950, Gerald was united in marriage to Joann Masters at the Congregational Church in Arcadia. The couple lived their entire married life in the Arcadia area where they farmed.

For the past four years, Gerald has resided at the Rose Lane Home at Loup City.
Gerald attended the Balsora and Congregational Church. He enjoyed fishing, horses, horseshows, and rodeos. He was very proud to ride his horse in the annual Arcadia Fall Festival Parade. He was an avid sports fan and followed his grandchildren’s sports and activities.

Survivors include his wife, Joann of Arcadia; two daughters, Terri Pierson and Lori Pierson both of Arcadia; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Conn and Donna Pierson of Arcadia and Robert and Jean Pierson of La Vista, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Andrew (Johnna) Pierson, Cami (Matt) Skaggs and Zachary and Nikki Pierson; three great-grandchildren, Jettlyn and Maxton Pierson and Kyler Skaggs.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


 

Dorothy C. Butts, 91






Dorothy C. Butts, 91, of Minden, formerly of Ord and Burwell passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Bethany Home in Minden.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. A Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Altar Society. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Cecilia was born April 14, 1923, at Ord, Nebraska the second of ten children, to Frank and Gertrude (Bialy) Piskorski. She was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1941.

Following high school she worked for her dad at Ord Cold Storage. On June 1, 1943, Dorothy was united in marriage to James “Leo” Butts at Ord. The couple lived in Wichita, Kansas for a short time while Leo served in the United State Army. They returned to Leo’s family farm southeast of Burwell where they farmed and raised potatoes. Dorothy also volunteered at St. Mary’s School in Ord for many years.

Leo passed on July 26, 1988. Dorothy remained on the farm until 1998, when she moved to Ord. Dorothy had made her home at Grandview Assisted Living Center at Ord and recently Bethany Home at Minden.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Burwell and Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Ord and belonged to both of the church altar societies. Her hobbies were sewing, gardening, flowers, and canning. She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered by her gingerbread houses and divinity.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Henrietta Boots of North Platte and Martin Butts of Burwell; two grandsons, Cortney Boots of South Korea and Kevin Boots of North Platte; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Martin and Joyce Piskorski of North Platte, Edward and Marianne Piskorski of New London, Wisconsin; and Tom and Renee Piskorski of Hugo, Colorado; and a sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Milt Turek of Ord.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and five brothers, Richard, Ernest, John, Frank and George.

 

Cynthia S. Kroeger, 61






Cynthia S. “Cindy” Kroeger, 61, of Burwell passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.


Miss Kroeger was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Mark Middendorf will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ellis, Kansas.  Memorials may be given to the Community Memorial Health Center of Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary L. Hudson, 89






Mary Lou “Lou” Hudson, 89, of North Loup passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Greeley Care Home.

Mrs. Hudson’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup with lunch following at the church. Memorials are suggested to the North Loup United Methodist Church or the North Loup First Responders. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou was born January 30, 1925, at Bridgeport, Illinois to John and Ellen (Muir) Andrews. She grew up in Bridgeport where she received her education and graduated from Bridgeport High School.

Following high school Lou worked at the George Field Force Base near Vincennes, Indiana where she met Edward “Bus” Hudson. The couple was united in marriage on June 2, 1946, at Bus’ hometown of North Loup, Nebraska. Bus and Lou made their home in North Loup where they lived their entire married life and raised their four children.

Lou was very active in various capacities within the community and church. She cared for her many friends and touched many lives. Over the years, the couple was philanthropic supporters of their church and community organizations. Lou had a passion for music. She was a vocalist and was instrumental in the Popcorn Days Talent Show.

She was a member of the North Loup United Methodist Church and American Legion. As a devoted Christian she enjoyed Christian Radio and reading the Bible. Lou enjoyed being outside, working in the yard and always had a project. Her pride and joy was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Edward “Bus” Hudson of North Loup; four children and their spouses, Susan and Dan Traudt of Grand Island, Mike and Pam Hudson of Holdrege, Jean Hudson of Ord, and Leslie and Tom Essman of North Loup; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George and James Andrews; a son-in-law, Bob Sixel; and a grandson, Jarrod Sixel.

 

Mary Dennis, 53


 
Funeral services for Mary (Straka) Dennis, 53 of Wilcox, formerly of Ord, and Atkinson will be held Tuesday, December 9th at 2pm, at First United Methodist Church in Kearney, NE, with burial at the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney, NE.
 
Visitation will be 5-7pm, Monday December 8th, 2014 at O'Brien Strattmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney and continue one hour prior to service time at the church.
 
Mary is survived by her husband Steve Dennis, her son Benjamin and his wife Jennifer of York, Andrew and his fiance Nicole Lubberstedt of Norfolk, and Derek of Lincoln. Also surviving Mary are her parents Donald and Catherine Straka of Kearney, brothers Steve (Anne) Straka of Buda, TX, Gerard (Nicole) Straka of Kearney, Joe (Heidi) Straka of Kearney, and sister Maureen (Dan) Bird of Burwell, mother-in-law Ellen Dennis of Arnold, brother-in-laws Tom and Dave (Robbin) Dennis of Lexington and Lucinda Dennis of Funk. A large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survived Mary.
 
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

Nyeulah "Irene" Sanders, 86






Nyeulah Irene (Geisler) Sanders, known to friends and family as Irene, passed away in the early morning hours of November 29, 2014, at the age of 86 at CHI Health St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska.


Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Graveside Services will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery at Creighton, Nebraska. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel and at 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Rescue Unit or the Scotia United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


The long-time Ord, Nebraska, resident was currently living in Scotia at the time of her death. She had been in declining health for most of 2014. Irene was born to Emil Frederick Geisler and Edna Jane (Hubbard) Geisler on March 20, 1928, in Norfolk, Nebraska; she received her early education in Norfolk, at the same school Johnny Carson attended, and later, when the Geisler family moved to rural Creighton, Nebraska, to farm, she attended country schools and graduated from Creighton High School.


Following high school graduation, Irene began her studies in education at Wayne State Teachers College. She met her future husband, Willis Harold Sanders, also of Creighton, at a Plainview roller skating rink; they eventually married, on Christmas Day, 1948, during that year’s turbulent and stormy winter. Irene often described an episode where she and Willis got their car stuck in a drift. When his car door got caught by the drift, he was pulled out into the snow; she slipped over to the driver’s seat, drove away until she found a turnaround, and came back to retrieve him from the snow bank.


The couple farmed for a number of years in the Plainview and Santee areas. They had four children from their union: DeAnn Jane Sanders Weeks, born in 1950; Jera Lynne Sanders Timmons, born in 1951; Bobbie Jo Sanders, born in 1953; and, Mark Emil Sanders, born in 1955. The family moved to Creighton in 1956, when Mr. Sanders began working for the Soil Conservation Service. As Mr. Sanders was transferred with the SCS, they would eventually moved to O’Neill and then permanently to Ord in 1962.


Irene taught for 28 years in the Ord School District; beginning in 1962, she taught first, second, and third grades, and, at the time of her retirement, she taught Kindergarten. Prior to teaching at Ord, she taught two years in O’Neill, one year in Chambers, a year at Opportunity Country School, as well as other country schools. In 35-plus years of teaching, she touched the lives of more than a thousand students. During all those years of teaching, she faithfully attended summer school sessions at Wayne State College until she received her B.A. in 1966; she continued her education, amassing graduate hours at Wayne, Kearney State College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln equivalent to a Master’s degree.


Not only did Irene devote herself to children during her teaching career, she taught Sunday School, was a Girls Scout leader, assisted in 4-H and Cub Scouts, and chaperoned Methodist Youth Fellowship after-game parties.


Her students have remarked how much they adored her. One recently noted that when the old elementary school building was closed, the children all marched several blocks to the new school building; “we were her little ducklings,” the former student recalled, “following the mother duck down the sidewalk.” Another former student commented that while she was not a big woman physically, she commanded a big presence in classroom management; students learned, and they loved her for it. It might be noted, during recess duties Mrs. Sanders played kickball with the kids, red robin red robin, and pump-pump pull away, among other games. She even took part in a school activity where she took a whipped cream pie to the face; a student remarked she often smiled, but she had never seen her smile so big as upon that occasion. Children often visited her at her home on the front porch, and they would sit on the porch swing and talk for hours. Her character was an interesting mix of seriousness and good humor. When she meant business, the school kids (and her own children) knew; yet, she was known to dance the Charleston following a school musical, would ride bicycles around Ord with her children, and engage in snowball fights and help build snowmen.


Irene retired from teaching in 1991, to assist her ailing husband. When he passed away in 1993, she left Ord to live a number of years in Grand Island; she would later establish residence in Scotia in 2006, to be near her daughter Jera Timmons’ family.


Irene is survived by her daughter Jera Timmons and husband Harold Timmons, of Scotia; her son Mark Sanders and wife Kimberly Verhines, of Nacogdoches, Texas; her son-in-law Calvin Weeks and his wife Joyce Weeks, of Waverly; her sister Sharon Schultz and husband Russell Schultz of Grand Island; grandchildren, Kevin Weeks and partner Mattie, of Valparaiso, Tye Weeks and wife Elizabeth, of Omaha, Chrissie Weeks Coleman and husband Myron, of Waverly, Michael Timmons of Scotia, Craig Timmons and wife Melissa of Grand Island, JoDee Timmons of Scotia, Stephanie Sanders and partner Anthony Wells, of Springfield, Missouri, Travis Sanders and partner Kali Lancaster of Republic, Missouri, Nathan Sanders and wife Kelly of Kansas City, Garrett Pettitt of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Whitney Pettitt of Hunstsville, Texas; numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, grand-nephews and nieces, and dear cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Willis Sanders, two daughters—Bobbie Jo Sanders and DeAnn Weeks, her parents, her brother Robert Geisler, her sister Phyllis Geisler, grandson Cory Pettitt, and twin great-grand daughters, Sydney and Elizabeth Coleman.


Without a doubt, the greatest joys of her life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, of whom she could not get enough; it pleased her deeply to spoil them and to brag about them. Grandkids are likely to remember three-wheeled motorcycles that they rode on her sidewalk, buckets of Care Bear toys, Cabbage Patch dolls, and toy trucks and animals they dragged out when they visited. And, some of the grandkids will remember playing jokes on her, such as hiding silverware and tooth brushes or toothpaste, until she caught on to what they were doing. Then, the challenge was to find the new trick to play.


Irene may also be remembered as a fan of GONE WITH THE WIND, of Shirley Temple movies, Danielle Steele novels, word puzzle books, embroidery, and birds. She often said her favorite bird was the cardinal. An old myth says that when cardinals visit someone’s yard, they are the spirits of someone you love watching over you and saying hello. The next time a cardinal comes to pass, it may be Irene checking up on her family, her friends, and her students. 

Mary E. Pesek, 78




Mary E. Pesek, 78, of Ord passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the UNMC Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
Mrs. Pesek was cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Evangelical Free Church in Ord. Pastor Doug Olson will officiate. Inurnment will be a later date in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elaine was born January 16, 1936, at Burwell, Nebraska to Clarence C. and Mary (Holecek) Conner. She was raised on the farm in Garfield County, receiving her early education at Lone Star School and graduating from Burwell High School.
Mary obtained a teaching certificate from Kearney State College and taught at various schools in the Burwell and Ord areas.
On June 1, 1957, Mary was united in marriage to Eddie Pesek at Ord, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Ord where they owned and operated Eddie’s Pool Hall for over 20 years. Mary also worked at the Veteran’s Club and Elk’s Lodge. After working for 22 years as a dispatcher for the Ord Police Department Mary retired and continued to make her home in Ord.
She was a member of the VFW Ladies and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, reading and embroidering.
Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Pesek-Taylor of Grand Island; a son, Mark Pesek of Ord; two grandchildren, Destawny Taylor of Lincoln and Anika Powers-Pesek of Brule; her siblings and their spouses, Bo (Bonnie) Conner and Elwin (Lucille) Conner all of Burwell, Freda (Gene) Augustyn of Ord, Pat (Ron) Watson of Ericson and Juanita Allen of Burwell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois Conner and Jack Anderson both of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eddie; an infant brother, LaVerne Conner; two brothers, Sonny and Edward Conner; and a sister, Linda Anderson.

 

Cynthia S. Kroeger, 61


Cynthia S. “Cindy” Kroeger, 61, of Burwell passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Miss Kroeger was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Community Memorial Health Center of Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Cynthia Sue “Cindy” was born September 1, 1953, at Hays, Kansas to Elmer and Vera (Henrickson) Kroeger. During her early years she lived with her parents in various locations throughout Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. Later, she was a resident of Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell until her death.

Cindy loved fresh flowers, the color purple and listening to music. She was fond of her collection of stuffed animals and enjoyed picking out jewelry to wear, or going for drives to see combines harvesting in the fields. Cindy especially liked get-togethers with family and friends to celebrate her birthday and Christmas.

Some of the nursing home activities she enjoyed included dressing up for Halloween and handing out candy to the local children, swimming in the Burwell pool, and riding on a float in the Burwell Rodeo Parade as the home’s queen. Cindy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Ord.

Cindy lived at the Community Memorial Health Center for 23 years and was recognized as the resident who had been there for the longest time. Her family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff for their many years of wonderful care.

Survivors include her father, Elmer Kroeger of Ord; a sister and brother-in-law, Lora and Steve Ettien of Ft. Collins, CO; nephew, Sean Ettien of Boulder, CO; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Vera; a brother, Mark Kroeger; and her grandparents.

 

Beverly J. O'Neel, 76


Beverly J. “Bev” O’Neel, 76, of rural Ord passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the CHI St. Francis Heath System in Grand Island.
Mrs. O’Neel’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Rose Cemetery at Rose, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church or the Heartland Youth Ranch. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Beverly Jean was born June 8, 1938, at Sargent, Nebraska to Floyd and Neva (Raines) Tucker. She spent her childhood in Rock County on a ranch east of Rose, Nebraska where she received education and graduated from Rock County High School in 1955.
Following high school she obtained a teaching certificate and taught country school in Rock County. On December 23, 1956, Beverly was united in marriage to Myron “Mike” O’Neel at Rose, Nebraska.
The couple spent three years in St. Louis before returning to Nebraska in 1959. They first lived in Ainsworth and in 1962, they settled in Ord.
Bev worked at the Valley County Hospital for 27 years as a Nurse’s Aide and also for CNCS WIC program. She spent many years traveling and driving a pilot car with Mike while he was trucking.
For the past 34 years, the couple has made their home west of Ord where Bev enjoyed animals; especially her cats and dogs. She loved to cook and host family events. Bev attended many of Mike’s musical events and loved the music and visiting.
She was a member of the Ord Christian Church and Ord Does.
Survivors include her husband, Mike of Ord; two sons and daughter-in-law, Terry and Denise O’Neel of Ord and Rod O’Neel of Burwell; five grandchildren, Tyler, Travis and Timbre O’Neel and Clinton and Darci O’Neel; three great-grandchildren, Treyton, Kaiya and Katrina Cassell; and her twin brother and two sisters-in-law, Bruce and Linda Tucker of Waverly and Marcella (Mrs. Dan) Tucker of Raleigh, NC.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Wendy (Mrs. Rod) O’Neel; and three brothers, Jerry, Bill and Dan Tucker. 

Theodore J. "Ted" Golus




Theodore J. “Ted” Golus was born February 15, 1923 on a farm near Rockville, NE to Peter J. and Cecelia T. (Kuta) Golus.  He attended rural schools in Sherman County, St. Josaphat’s Catholic School and graduated from Loup City High School in 1941.  After graduation he farmed with his parents southeast of Loup City and in 1952 he moved to a farm west of Loup City.  He married Rosemary Miller on October 15, 1960 at Loup City. They continued to live on the farm where they raised their family of seven children.  He was active in St. Josaphat’s Church.  He retired and moved to Loup City in 1997.  He was a charter member of Sherman County National Farmers Organization; member of the Loup City Co-op board for 15 years; life member of the Knights of Columbus since 1945; District 44 school board member; member of the Sherman County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Committee; Sherman County school re-organization committee; St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Bible Study Group.
     He is survived by his wife, Rosemary of Loup City; daughter, Kathy Golus of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and RoxAnne Golus of Holdrege, NE; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tim Riley of Omaha, NE; son, David of Grand Island, NE; son, Jeffrey of North Platte, NE; sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Eileen of Holdrege, NE and Kevin and Jen of Loup City; grandchildren, Rebecca and Melissa Golus; Elliott and Jameson Riley; Justin, Michael and Anna Golus; Carson and Finley Golus; brother, Harold Golus of Grand Junction, CO; sisters, Loretta Drake of San Diego, CA; Marjorie Whalen of Baton Rouge, LA; Virginia Lucero of San Diego, CA and Patricia Asher of Washington, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Margaret and sister Jeannette Guynes.
 

Emma Smolik, 91


Funeral services for Emma Smolik, 91 of Sargent will be held Monday, November 24 at 10:00 am at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent.  The Father Jim Hunt will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sargent.  Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 23 at the church with a 6:00 pm wake service.  Rhoad Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Marion L. Fowler, 92


Marion L. Fowler, 92, of Ord passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 am at the Ord Memorial Chapel with a graveside service to follow at 11:30 a.m. the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Valley County Health System Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Marion Lee Fowler was born November 24, 1921, at Mondamin, Iowa to Charles Raymond and Gladys Rachel (Sublet) Fowler. He was raised in Mondamin, Iowa where he received his education.

Marion Joined the United State Air Force in 1942, where he served on a B-24 Bomber Group for the duration.

On May 8, 1944, Marion was united in marriage to Kathryn E. Clement at Santa Monica, California.

Marion relocated to Denver, Colorado where he worked as a Lab Technician at Gates Rubber Company; he retired in 1984, and in 2001, relocated to Ord, Katheryn’s home town.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Kathryn of Ord; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry L. and Dee Fowler of Loveland, Colorado and Michael E. and Lucy Fowler of Palm City, Florida; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Mary E. "Mary Beth" Parker, 72



Mary E. “Mary Beth” Parker, 72, of Ord passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at her home outside of Ord, Nebraska.
Mrs. Parker’s wishes were to be cremated. Her life will be honored on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a dinner reception at the Country Neighbor. Private Inurnment will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth was born March 27, 1942, at Ord, Nebraska to Dillo and Alyce (Novotny) Troyer. She was raised in Ord where she received her education and graduated from Ord High School in 1960.
Mary Beth continued her education at Creighton University in Omaha where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While at Creighton she met Gordon Parker. The couple was united in marriage in 1964, at St. John’s Church on the Campus of Creighton University. They continued to live in Omaha until moving to Gordon’s hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
While in Kalamazoo, their son, Scott was born. Mary Beth worked as a Registered Nurse at Borgess Hospital; then as an Obstetrics Nurse for the Chief of Staff at Bronson Hospital; and as an Industrial Nurse at Eckrich Meats. Gordon and Mary Beth also owned and operated Fin ‘n Feather Marine, a marina and sporting complex in Kalamazoo for over twenty years.
In 1997, the couple moved to Ord to be near Mary Beth’s family. They settled in their country home outside of Ord. Mary Beth worked as a RN for the Valley County Health System. She made many friends and cared for many people as a Home Health and Hospice Nurse until her recent retirement in January of 2014.
Mary Beth enjoyed auctions, gardening, animals and the wildlife at her country home. She had a very giving soul and enjoyed caring for people.
She is survived by her son, Scott Parker of Baltimore, Maryland; a brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Virginia Troyer of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and a niece, Dr. Julie Troyer of Lake Park, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Gordon who passed away on February 18, 2012. 

Clarence Davenport, 90



Clarence Davenport, 90, of Ord, formerly of Burwell, passed away on Thursday, Nov 13, 2014, at Valley County Hospital in Ord.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the Ord Christian Church in Ord. Pastor Dennis Davenport and Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Friday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials may be made to Valley County Health System.
Clarence Davenport, the son of Charles and Florence (Tetschner) Davenport, was born in rural Garfield County on August 26, 1924 and passed away in Ord on November 13, 2014, at age of 90. Clarence lived his entire life in Garfield and Valley Counties, graduating from Burwell High School in 1942.
On May 25, 1947 he was united in marriage to Vernell Donner. Shortly after Clarence and Vernell were married they were baptized into Christ at the Burwell Christian Church. Clarence and Vernell had three children.
Clarence spent his entire life farming and raising livestock. He was a member of District 56 School Board in Valley County and a Deacon at Community Christian Church in Burwell. Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 great grandsons, Dusty Helgoth and Tyler Davenport, and two sisters in laws, Edith Donner and Dorothy Arnold.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Vernell of Ord, three children, Dan (Pat) Davenport of Burwell, Peggy (Rich) Huhman of Broken Bow, and Dorothy (Jeff) Boilesen of Ord, 8 grandchildren, Angie (John) Urbanovsky, Danny (Leann) Davenport, Jess (Pam) Helgoth, Steve (Melinda) Rowse, Denise (Mark) Wray, Ronda Hunt, Jerry (Shannon) Helgoth, Cindy (Mike) Beach, 18 great grandchildren and two brother in laws, Marvin Donner and Jim Arnold.  

Norris John Carstens, 83



Norris John Carstens, 83, of Burwell, Nebraska died Sunday November 9th, 2014 at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Matt Berndt will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Burwell Veteran’s Park.
Norris was born July 17th, 1931 in Battle Creek, Nebraska to August and Nelda (Hofmann) Carstens. Brother of David, Pearl Drahota and Carol Stalker. August and Nelda moved their family early on from Battle Creek to a ranch near Chambers. When Norris was fourteen they moved to the present family ranch in Ericson, Nebraska. Norris drove the hay sweep from Ericson to Bassett to complete his confirmation classes, which; were stared before they moved to Ericson.
Norris joined the United States Army in 1952 where he honorable served in Korea. In May of 1952 he married Mary Anne Canfield and five children were born: Dan, Timothy, Bob, Ruth, and James Carstens.
In 1974 Norris married Ina Paul and had six step children: Bob, Susan, Stan, Kevin, Ron, and Randy.
He was half owner of the Ericson Sale Barn for many years, as well as co-owner with his wife Ina of the bar in Wolbach for a number of years before moving back to the ranch following the death of his father. In 2003 Norris and Ina moved to Burwell to live in town, and he went to work driving the van for Community Memorial Health Center until his death.
Norris was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, which; was a big part of his life. He enjoyed playing cards and games and driving people around.
Norris was a rock to his family and had the biggest heart for his community. He was loved by all who knew him, and if anyone ever needed anything Norris was the first to be there.
He was preceded in death by his son Timothy, his mother and father, his brother Dave, his wife Mary Anne, and two brother-in-laws, Melvin Drahota and Paul Stalker.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Ina Carstens, children, Dan and Sabrina Carstens, Bob and Tammy Carstens, Ruth and Walter Frerichs, James Carstens, and step-children Bob and Jane Paul, Susan Oppegard, Stan Paul, Kevin and Dwana Paul, Ron Paul, Randy and Brenda Paul, numerous grand children and great grandchildren, two sisters, Pearl Drahota and Carol Stalker and many extended family members.
 

Allen White, 88




Allen White, 88, of Ord passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Mr. White’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the North Loup United Methodist Church or North Loup Popcorn Days Association. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Allen was born April 6, 1926, in Smith County, Kansas to Randal and Ethel (Slaby) White. As a young boy the family moved to Nebraska where he received his education and graduated from Scotia High School in 1944.
Allen continued his education in Chicago where he attended Mechanic’s School. He returned to Nebraska and farmed his entire life west of North Loup.
Allen enjoyed watching sports on T.V. and was an avid Husker Football fan.
He is survived by two sisters, Phyllis Rockefeller and Thelma Zabloudil both of Lincoln; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Eugene and Mary Ann White of Grand Island and Larry and Karen White of North Loup; 15 nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and four brothers-in-law, Donna and Bill O’Donnell, Doris and Gene Psota, Elmer Marshall and Don Zabloudil. 
 

Marquerite Fogelberg, 51






Marguerite Fogelberg, 51, of Ord started her new adventure in heaven on Friday, November 07, 2014, following an acute illness with cancer.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Marguerite was born March 1, 1963 in Boulder, CO to Newell and Jean (Hornung) Fogelberg. As a young woman she moved to Ord., NE where she opened and operated a greenhouse. Anything you ever wanted to know about gardening, Marguerite was your go to person. During this time she was blessed with the birth of her darling daughter, Emma. She will be fondly remembered for her affection and care of all animals. Cats and dogs seemed to know that her door step was where they needed to be to receive the love, care and protection that they were seeking.
 
She traveled to many countries in her youth including Iran.  She climbed Machu Picchu in Peru with her Granddad when she was 18 and he was 83.  Marguerite was like a shooting star, so bright, so brilliant and a life so brief. 
 
Survivors are her pride and joy, a daughter, Emma Fogelberg of Ord; her mother, Jean (Jim Valentine) Fogelberg of Oconto Falls, WI; one brother, Larry (Debbie) Leslie, nieces Rebecca, Rhonda, Roxanna and nephew Daniel, all of Kingman AZ; as well as many other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father; and two sisters, Lora and Linda.
 
We want to thank the Dr's from Mayo Clinic, Dr's Julie and Dan Stevens, Ascera Care Hospice and the wonderful caretakers who stood by her side during her fight with cancer.  The loving care they showered on Marguerite and Emma during this difficult time will never be forgotten. 
 

Dale R. Wilson, 63






Dale R. Wilson, 63, of Ord passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at his home in Ord.
Mr. Wilson’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014, the Ord First United Methodist Church with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating. Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dale Ray Wilson was born October 10, 1951, at Ord, Nebraska to George and Elsie (Nelsen) Wilson. He was raised on a farm near Elyria and received his education at Fairplay District #26 and graduated from Ord High School in 1969.

Dale continued his education at Universal Trade School in Omaha. While in Omaha he was employed for A-1 Forklift.

In 1970, Dale married Angela Burson at Ord, Nebraska. To this union four children were born, Jarrod, Jessica, Justina and Jeremy.

In 1971, Dale returned to Ord and worked as a mechanic at Todsen Chevrolet for seven years. He then began his own business, Wilson Auto Repair. He operated the repair shop for 30 years. Dale and Corina Clayton were united in marriage on July 27, 1985. The couple made their home in Ord and had three sons, Seth, Zachary and Preston.
Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Corina of Ord; five sons, Jarrod and his wife, Deb, Jeremy and his partner, Paula Brokke, Seth and his partner, Melissa Bucher, Zachary and his partner, Amanda Summers, and Preston and his partner, Elizabeth Burr all of Ord; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jessica and Mitchell Allemang of Lincoln and Justina and John Young of Ord; 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Shirley and Keith Manchester, Gloria “June” and Joe Paprocki, and his twin sister, Sharlene Skinner all of Ord; and his mother-in-law, Phyllis Lowther of Malmo, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Ed Skinner; and two fathers-in-law, Clarence Clayton and Steve Lowther.
 

Charles O. "Charlie" Dearmont, 78




Charles O. “Charlie” Dearmont, 78, of Elyria passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church or to Deaf Missions. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Charles was born November 26, 1935, at Burwell, Nebraska to “G.L.” Gerald L. and Grace (Heck) Dearmont. He attended rural elementary school graduated from Burwell High School.
In 1955, Charlie was united in marriage to Yvonne Cass. Yvonne passed away in 1983. Charlie and Colleen Reineke were married in May of 1985.
Charlie found his life work early and enjoyed long hours and years of doing earth work for local farmers. After growing up as the youngest of nine children on a farm, he had a deep appreciation of hard work which he felt was the cornerstone of a productive satisfying life. He loved the farmers, the land and his attempts to “heal the earth”. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his employees, co-workers and customers. Charlie operated Cass Construction until his work related accident in 2004.
Charlie had a love for his family and family gatherings. He was a dedicated father who encouraged his children in their outstanding academic progress and successes. He adored his grandchildren; and their talents and achievements.
Charlie was a member of the Burwell and Ord Christian Churches. He always took time out for church, but would often take a change of work clothes so he could get right back to the fields.
Charlie’s hobbies were Husker Football, Conservative Talk Radio, Nebraska Big Rodeo at Burwell and Country Music.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen of Elyria; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dave and Lona of Lincoln, and Steve of Burwell; a daughter, Diane Dearmont of Seattle, WA; a step son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Julie Pool Hardin, MT; a step daughter, Amy Scheffler of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Helen Fischer of Burwell, Ruby Percell of Lincoln, and Ivy Everhart of Waterloo, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Yvonne (Cass) Dearmont; four brothers, Robert, John, Nelson and Alvin Dearmont; and a sister, Viletha Graham. 




 

Elaine E. Miller, 90






Elaine E. Miller, 90, of Ord passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.

Mrs. Miller’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date at Sheridan, Wyoming. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department or Ord First United Methodist Women. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elaine was born October 21, 1923, at Kimball, Nebraska to Edmond W. and Ollie E. (Sperling) Petersen. She graduated from Ravenna High School in 1942.
Following graduation, Elaine taught school in a one room country school near Ravenna.
On December 18, 1945, Elaine was united in marriage to William “Bill” R. Miller at Ravenna, Nebraska. The couple farmed south of Ord before moving to Grand Island. While in Grand Island, Elaine worked at Vogue as a seamstress.

They moved to Longmont, Colorado and Elaine did the bookkeeping for a local dairy. While making their home in Sheridan, Wyoming, Elaine worked as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counselor for the Veteran’s Medical Center.
Mr. Miller passed away in Sheridan on April 30, 1991. Elaine has made her home in Ord since October of 1991.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church. Elaine enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sewing and cross-stitching.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Laura Miller of Ord, and Karl and Karen Miller of Conroe, Texas; three grandchildren, Wendy Miller-Bronson of Ord, Sean and Michelle Miller of Houston, Texas, and Jason and Jennifer Miller of Kearney; seven great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William “Bill”; a sister, Dorlene Mettinbrink; and a great-grandson, Landon Miller.
 

Donitta Ann Conrad, 50




Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Nebraska died at home on October 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell. Rev. Greg Volzke will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 -8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the For the Cure, Ropers in Need or the Community Memorial Health Center.
Donitta was born January 13, 1964 in Ransom, Kansas to Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She went to elementary school at Pawnee Rock, Kansas and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1982. After graduation she attended Barton County Community College at Great Bend, Kansas where she received her associate’s degree.
Donitta married JP Conrad on April 27, 1985 in Hoisington, Kansas. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Nebraska in 1987. Donitta later worked at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell as a nurse. In 2005 she attended Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska to continue her nursing education.
Donitta and JP moved to Grand Island, Nebraska in 2010. Donitta was a nurse at Tiffany Square in Grand Island. In 2012 Donitta and JP moved back to Burwell where she continued to work at the Community Memorial Health Center until her health forced her to quit.
Donitta was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was and avid gardener and an outstanding cook. She loved the outdoors and was very passionate about her work and care for the elderly and she loved to spoil her grandkids.
Donitta is survived by her husband JP Conrad of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Bruce and Maggie Conrad of Bartlett, Nebraska and Jessica and Evan Goodwin of Hastings, Nebraska and four grandchildren, Chet, Gracie, Natalie and Bozley Conrad. Her parents, Don and Ruby Popp of Hoisington, Kansas. Two brothers, Greg and Marla Davidson and DeWayne Davidson all of Great Bend, Kansas and a sister, Glenda and Brett Cloutier of Clermont, Florida and nieces and nephews.
Donitta was preceded in death by her grandparents, Esther and Herman Popp and Lena Jenkins and Leo Armer. Her uncle Duane Popp, a cousin, Kevin Popp and her father-in-law, Bob Conrad.

 

Isabelle Trompke, 95




Isabelle Trompke, 95 of Loup City, NE died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at her daughter’s home near Wood River, NE.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City with Father Martin Egging officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 at the church with a Vigil Service/Sodality Rosary to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or donor’s choice.  Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.  You can sign Isabelle’s guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.

 
Isabelle Florence (Roy) Trompke was born July 5, 1919 at Paplin, NE to Mike and Helen (Tesmer) Roy.  She grew up in the Ashton area and graduated from Loup City High School in 1938.  She married Raymond Trompke, Sr. July 11, 1939 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City.  She lived at the same farm home since marriage for over 75 years.  Her husband, Ray died March 22, 1987.  She was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church, St. Josaphat’s Sodality Rosary, CCW and St. Anne’s Quilting Club. She was also a past member of District 14 School Board, Election Board and Sherman County Extension Club.  She enjoyed playing cards, word finds, sewing, crocheting, gardening, birds and making deserts.
She is survived by her son, Raymond L. Trompke, Jr. and wife Donna of Loup City; daughter, Imogene Turek and husband, James of Wood River, NE; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Trompke, Sr.; brother, Dominic Roy; sisters, Emily Roy and Stella Smedra.

Doris E. Hood, 92




Doris E. Hood, 92, of Ogallala and previously Ericson passed away Friday, October 3, 2014 at Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant surrounded by family. Doris was born February 22, 1922 in Lebanon, Kansas, to Emery and Gladys (Rollins) Lewis. She spent her early childhood in Smith County, Kansas then moved to Garfield County, Nebraska, in 1930. Her family raised cattle near the village of Erina. Doris married Norman Hood on June 30, 1943 in Burwell. Norman and Doris had four sons: Verlin, Richard, Norven and Marjil. They lived near Burwell until 1964 when they moved to the Malmsten Ranch north of Burwell. They moved to Ericson in October 1971. Norman died February 6, 1991. During her life, Doris pursued a number of interests. She worked with her husband breaking and training horses, sewed and mended clothes and helped out at the Ericson Locker. Doris wrote the Ericson News for the Ord Quiz for several years. She attended services at the United Methodist Church. She was active in TOPS for many years. She enjoyed horses, quilting, crocheting and most of all traveling with Elsie Rickerson to see her family and grandchildren including many trips to Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman, son Verlin, sisters Opal Maring and Lenora Barthel, brother Allan Lewis and 1 great grandchild. She is survived by her sons Richard and wife Charlette, of Lewellen, Norven David and wife Judy, of Pleasanton, Marjil and wife Sandy of Burwell, and daughter in law Wilberta Hood of Palestine, TX; her sister Glendora Ingraham of Burwell; as well as 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend. Services will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala with Duane Dunwoody officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul, Nebraska at 4 p.m. (CST) on Friday. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala. 

Thomas A. Tolen, 86






Thomas A. Tolen, 86, of Ord died Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Rev. Trever Rook officiating.  Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post # 7029 and American Legion Post #38.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ord United Methodist Church.  Memorials may be given to the Ord First United Methodist Church; the Ord Golf Course; Ord High School Alumni Scholarship; or Raptor Recovery of Nebraska.   Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Tom was born September 1, 1928, at Ord, Nebraska to Mark and Lucile (George) Tolen.  He grew up and received his education in Ord. After graduating with the Class of 1946, he served three years in the United States Navy. He attended the University of Nebraska, receiving his Bachelor degree in Education in 1954, and his Masters degree in 1965.  Tom worked as a teacher and counselor in the Omaha public schools from 1954 – 1963. As an Administrator he served as Assistant Principal at George W. Norris in 1965; was Principal of Florence Elementary from 1966 – 1971, and Principal of Wm. J. Bryan Junior High from 1971 – 1979.

Following his retirement in 1979, Tom moved back to Ord. He married Rita (Sevenker) Barnes on September 21, 1981, at Fort Collins, CO. The couple continued to make their home in Ord. Tom enjoyed being a father and grandfather and sharing his knowledge of sports and nature with them. He was employed with Drake-Williams Steel Co. as a salesman and was a substitute rural mail carrier for 14 years.

Tom was a member of the Ord United Methodist Church. He served on the Ord School Board from 1983 – 1990; and was a member of the Ord Golf Club; Ord Park Board; N Club; VFW; Elks; Ducks Unlimited; OEA and NSEA. He was instrumental in originating the Ord Alumni Scholarship Association. He received the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award and the ExtraORDinary Award. He was a member of the Raptor Recovery of NE.

Tom was an avid hunter; golfer; raptor lover; and was responsible for planting hundreds of trees at the golf course, park, school, hospital and around the city of Ord.

Survivors include his wife, Rita of Ord; three step-sons, Marty Barnes of Hebron, MD., Verlon and Cindy Barnes of Bellevue, NE., and Russ and Jill Barnes of Ord; two step-daughters, Debbi and Scott Osler of Elsie, NE. and Roxann and Rick Bredthauer of Hampton, NE.; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ronald and Richard Tolen.

Ollie R. Hanson, 90






Ollie R. Hanson, age 90 of Grand Island , formerly of Scotia died Tuesday September 30, 2014 at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island .
 
Funeral services will be held on Friday October 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Oconto Community Building in Oconto with Rev. Scott Hausrath officiating. There will also be funeral rites by the Eastern Star.  Burial will be in the Oconto Cemetery .  Visitation will be held on Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow. 
 
Ollie Hanson is survived by a daughter Judy Domina of Grand Island , Ne., and two sons Richard L. and wife Susie Hanson of Scotia, Ne. and Harley D. and wife Sue Hanson of Scotia, Ne.  12 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.  Ollie was preceded in death by her husband H.R. Hanson, an infant daughter Jane M. Hanson, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Rita R. Wardyn, 81






Rita Renee Wardyn, 81, of Loup City, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday 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 from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service.

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

Mrs. Wardyn was born on Sept. 1, 1933, at Litchfield, the daughter of Matt and Mary (Baker) Woitalewicz.

She is survived by 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 five sons-in-law, Kathy and Dick Kohel of Lincoln, Marcia and Jim Leonard of Kearney, Mary Jo Colorafi 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 a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Bryan Hall of Ravenna.

She is also survived by 37 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law, Janet Woitalewicz of Loup City, Irene Woitalewicz of Farwell, Caroline Mazankowski of Loup City and Donna Wardyn of Loup City.

Renee grew up in the Loup City area and attended St. Josaphat's parochial school and Loup City High School.

She was united in marriage to Ralph S. Wardyn 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. Renee grew a big garden that she used for fresh produce and canning. She was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed baking bread, pies and pierogies.

In 1985, the couple retired and moved into Loup City. In 2011, the couple moved to Rose Lane Home. Ralph died on Aug. 26, 2013, and Renee continued to live at Rose Lane the rest of her life.

She was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women and Rosary Sodality.

Renee enjoyed playing cards, BINGO, and crocheting, having made each of her grandchildren and many of her great-grandchildren afghans.

In addition to her husband, Ralph, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Janis Lynn Wardyn; infant son, Lawrence Howard Wardyn; sister, Mary Frances Woitalewicz; and two brothers, Melvin and Richard Woitalewicz.

Please sign Renee's guestbook and view her video tribute by visiting www.petersfuneralhome.net.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

 

Kevin L. Osentowski, 47




Kevin L. Osentowski, 47, of Grand Island passed away on September 24, 2014, at his home in Grand Island.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel in Ord, Nebraska. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin LaVerne was born November 26, 1966, at Broken Bow, Nebraska to LaVerne T. and Evelyn R. (Bruha) Osentowski. He was raised in Ord where he received his education at Ord Elementary and Ord High Schools.

Following high school he attended Law Enforcement Training for a year in Norfolk. Kevin moved to California and resided in Lodi, where he met and married Cheryl Hulsey.

Kevin was a truck driver for Allied Van Lines for several years before becoming the manager of United Rentals, where he worked for 15 years. He then resided in Montana for a brief time and then returned home, to Nebraska in December of 2012. Kevin was a District Manager for Performance Matters Associates until his passing.

Kevin’s hobbies were horseback riding, roping, truck driving and playing cards, especially Poker. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews and attending their school activities. He was an avid animal lover. His two dogs, Panda and Fred meant the world to him and were considered, “his boys”.

Survivors include his parents, LaVerne and Evelyn of Ord; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Jay Windreich of Plattsmouth, NE; Diane and Kevin O’Connor of Shepherd, MT and Jo and Bill Trofholz of Elyria, NE; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jim Florian of Grand Island and Bruce and Christi Osentowski all of Grand Island, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wencel and Emma Bruha; paternal grandparents, Tom and Gertrude Osentowski; a brother-in-law, Vincent Dobrovsky; and twin nephews, Justin and Jeremy Osentowski.


 

Bess M. Fryzek, 98






Bess Magdalene Fryzek (nee: Hrebec) came into this life on September 14, 1916. She went to her eternal rest on September 24, 2014.

Bess was born in Ord, Nebraska, the eldest daughter of John and Anna Hrebec. She married Frank J. Fryzek on January 15, 1935 in Ord. After a brief stay in Washington State, they settled in Greeley where Bess remained for more than 70 years. They had three children; Ted of LaSalle, CO; Peggy (John) Holland of Franksville, WI; and John (Becky) Fryzek of Anchorage, AK. Bess had three grandsons: Robbie (Amy) Fryzek of Milliken, CO; Chad (Eileen) Holland of Wexford, PA; and Christopher (Jessica) Holland of St. Louis Park, MN. She also had eight great-grandchildren: Shannia, John, Adam, David, Jacob, Hannah, Finn, and Leo as well as one great-great-granddaughter, Raylen. She is also survived by two sisters: Marie of Santa Rosa, CA and Lillian of St. Paul, NE. Bess dearly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with all of them.

Bess worked for many years for the Greeley school district as a baker and then manager of the kitchens at Maplewood Elementary School and then Heath Junior High School. She was a wonderful cook and well-known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She was also a proud Czech who baked great kolache and loved to polka.

After retirement, Bess spent many years catering civic and private groups. She was active in a bowling league, playing bingo at the senior center, gardening, and quilting. She once had a grand prize quilt at the county fair which went on to the Colorado State Fair. She was a lover of animals, cats in particular, and was often known to feed a stray, hungry critter. She was also a wonderful friend and neighbor to many.

Bess was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1982, as well as her brother, Oldrich. She will be deeply missed by friends and especially by her loving family.

Services for Bess Fryzek will be held at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street. Greeley, CO on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 with visitation at 12:00 and services at 1:00. Internment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens immediately following.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Fairacres Manor and especially thank Dr. John Ebens for his compassionate concern and kindness which he has shown Bess for so many years.
Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook.

Lavern L. Stout, 89






Lavern Leroy Stout, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died September 25, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Rose Cemetery near Rose, Nebraska. Pastor Stan Gurney and Pastor Jeffrey Wohlfert will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 - 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Gracy Fire District.

Lavern was born January 1, 1925 in Minatare, Nebraska to Elbert and Florence (Gerling) Stout. Lavern served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Germany.

Lavern married Helen Marie Nachtman on December 30, 1947 at the Catholic Church in Long Pine, Nebraska. To this union six children were born; Lee, Tom, Jim, Rick, Kate and Terry.

After they were married they lived by the Rose Church until 1949 when they moved to the ranch in southeast Rock County.

Lavern was an avid reader. Mathematics were easy for him and he could make anything run. Lavern loved to work, read, play cards, especially cribbage. He was on the Pleasant Hill school board, a member of the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association and helped establish the Gracy Fire District.

Lavern is survived by five children: Lee “Butch” and his wife Jeannè Stout of Burwell, Nebraska; Jim Stout of Bassett, Nebraska; Rick and his wife Betty Stout of Burwell, Nebraska; Kate and her husband Ron Dearmont of Bassett, Nebraska and Terry and his wife Roberta Stout of Burwell, Nebraska. Thirteen grandchildren: Laura, Ronda, Scott, Jeff, Dan, Charley, Casey, Julie, Amber, Bret, Dena, Alyssa, and Tucker and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. A sister, Ardeen Philbrick of O’Neill, Nebraska. Two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Nachtman of Atkinson, Nebraska and Rosie White of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Lavern was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Helen in 2007, a infant son, Thomas Lavern Stout, two great-grandsons, Kaid Stout and Brogan Stout, and a sister Dee Sitz.

Rosie Pesek, 94




Rosie Pesek, 94, of Ord died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Doug Olson officiating. Burial will be in the National Bohemian Cemetery west of Ord. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rosie was born June 26, 1920, west of Ord, Nebraska in Valley County to Joseph and Mary (Pravecek) Pesek. She was raised on the family farm and attended the Pleasant Valley rural school.
At a young age, Rosie fell from a horse and became disabled. She lived with her parents until 1965, when her parents both passed away. She then made her home with her brothers and sisters. Rosie later lived at the Wajda Rest Home, Grandview Assisted Living and recently the Valley View Living Center.
Rosie enjoyed attending church; spending time with family; and attending family functions.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mary (Mrs. Eddie) Pesek; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, James, Johnny, Joseph, Adolph, and Eddie; six sisters, Lydia Chalupa, Mary Shiemek, Emma Bruha, Lillie Paider, Mamie Koncel, and Irene Koncel.
 

Shirley A. Hoover Sanders, 78






Shirley Ann Hoover Sanders, 78, formerly of Burwell, died on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in Lincoln. Memorial services will be Tuesday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk with Rev. Jeffrey Bloom officiating.  Interment will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Solt Funeral Home of Central City and Polk is in charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com

 
Shirley was born on November 7, 1935, in Polk County to Willard D. and Mildred D. (Meerkatz) Richardson.  Shirley attended school in York County through the tenth grade and moved with her family to Marquette and graduated from Marquette High School in 1954.  She then worked as a waitress in York.  On August 5, 1956, Shirley was united in marriage to Stanley Hoover at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk. To this union three children were born, Cathy, Cindy and J.D.  They lived in Seward.  On June 2, 1971, she was married to Terrell Sanders at Ord.  To this union their daughter, Terra, was born.  They lived in Loup and Garfield Counties.  Shirley lived in Burwell for many years where she worked at the Livestock Market, the Hotel, Legion Club and nursing home; as well as doing adult daycare.  As her health began to fail, Shirley moved to Lincoln to be near her daughter.
 
Shirley was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Polk, confirmed at the Lutheran Church in York and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Burwell.  She loved entertaining her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she enjoyed flowers, playing cards, listening to music and camping.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 298 in Burwell.
 
Those left to cherish her memory are her children - Cathy and John Doggett and Cindy and Todd Mandl all of Stanton; J.D. and Susan Hoover of Ainsworth; and Terra and Kelly Johnson of Lincoln; step children - Lynn Sanders of Virginia; Tena and Harry Walahoski of Elyria; and Sue and Sally Waters of Omaha; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; her brother - Don and Rita Richardson of Fairbury; and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law - Glenda and Gordon Sanders of Ava, Missouri.
 
Preceding Shirley in death were her parents and sister-in-law - Elvera Richardson.

Agnes E. Cernik, 93






Agnes Elizabeth Cernik, 93, of Kearney, formerly of Ord, passed away Friday morning, September 19, 2014, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Center in Kearney.  

Funeral Services will be held at the Ord Memorial Chapel in Ord, NE, on Tuesday, September 23, at 10:30 am with the Reverend Trevor Rook officiating.  Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

She was born January 14, 1921 to Frank and Emma (Maresh) Bruha, on a farm just west of Ord, Nebraska.  She grew up with three other sisters and one brother living through the Great Depression and World War II.  She also worked as a nurse’s assistant at a residence in Kearney and later at the Army Ammunition Plant in Grand Island.  On October 2, 1946, she married Frank Cernik, They raised their three children on a farm near North Loup.  She will always be remembered for her famous dumplings and red gravy, canned fruits and vegetables, and her recipe for frozen creamed corn.  She raised many flocks of chickens, ducks and geese.  The neighbors looked forward to buying eggs from her every week.  The couple attended polka dances regularly.  She was also a member of the Ord VFW Auxiliary.  

At the time of retirement Frank and Agnes moved to Ord.  She enjoyed friends, family and working at the Valley County Hospital.   Several years later Frank was moved to a skilled nursing home in Kearney.  She then moved to Kearney to be closer to him.  They celebrated 64 years of marriage the year that Frank passed away.  Agnes continued her stay in Kearney.  She had extremely good health for almost all of her 93 years until the last two months.  She will be dearly missed by many friends and family.    

Survivors include:  daughter, Betty Robinson of Kearney: daughter, Charlene Hruby and husband, Alan, of Hansen, NE. and daughter-in-law, RaNae Cernik of Kearney.  She was blessed with seven grandchildren:  Keith Robinson of St. Louis, MO, Scott Hruby of Hastings, Douglas Hruby and wife, Novelyn, of Kearney; Christina and husband, Jon Barber, of Hickman, Kathleen and husband, Matt Honke, of Roca; Amanda Cernik of Ravenna and Michael Cernik of Kearney.  Great grandchildren included Austin, Cassandra and Isaac Barber and Alex Honke. Agnes is also survived by two sisters: Minnie Vopat of Kearney, Dorothy and her husband, Tom Meuret, of Grand Island and many nieces, nephews and friends.     

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Frank C. Cernik, an infant daughter, a sister, Alice (Bruha) Hulinsky and her husband, Mike Hulinsky; and brother, Vincent Bruha.   

Cards, letters, and your stories of your memories of Frank and Agnes, which will be assembled for a Memory Book family keepsake, may be sent to Betty (Cernik) Robinson, PO Box 63, Kearney, NE 68848.


Dolores C. Sweet, 95, of Albion formerly of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia. Pastor Jeremiah Knoop will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Chalk Hills Community Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dolores was born August 1, 1919, to Alfred and Nell (Jeffres) Beck at home in Greeley County, east of Horace, Nebraska. She was raised in the Horace area where she received her education and graduated from Horace School in 1937.
On April 24, 1937, Dolores was united in marriage to Adrian B. Sweet at Bartlett, Nebraska. To this union a daughter, Sharon was born.
Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Ames, Iowa. While in Ames, Dolores worked for two years on a dairy farm. In 1939, they returned to the Horace area where they made their home and farmed. Dolores worked on the farm and cooked for the hired hands. In 1989, they moved into Scotia. Mr. Sweet passed away on February 26, 1992. Dolores resided in Scotia until she moved to Albion in September of 2010, where she resided at the Good Samaritan Society and recently the Wolf Good Samaritan Home.
Dolores was a lifetime member of the Horace Church. Upon the closing of the church she became a member of the Chalks Hills Community Church of Scotia. She belonged to the Women’s Missionary Group and TOPS. Dolores will be remembered for her excellent cooking, her large garden and entertaining.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Darrell Cook of rural Scotia; three grandchildren and their spouses, Steve and Cheryl Timmons of Wood River, Kent and Lesa Timmons of Wellfleet, and Sharolyn and Alan Rasmussen of Albion; 9 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marvis Beck of Fremont.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adrian; her daughter, Sharon Cook; an infant sister; and a sister, Jesse Sautter.

William Theodore "Bill" Sitz, 87




William Theodore “Bill” Sitz, 87 of Burwell, Nebraska died September 17, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in the Rose Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Stan Gurney and Pastor Jeffrey Wohlfert will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 -8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Rose Church.
Bill was born July 6, 1927 in Kearney, Nebraska to William August and Frieda (Gerdes) Sitz.
As a young boy Bill spent many a night sleeping in the barn with the cattle while he and his family were on the road showing cattle. Bill enjoyed showing at the County Fairs, AK-SAR-BEN and the State Fair. He remembers driving the family’s registered Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs to the railroad dock at Buda where they loaded them on a rented cattle car on the route to various fairs.
In March of 1937 Bill moved with his family to Buda, Nebraska and began a new life in the ranching community called the Green Valley south of Atkinson. During this time in 1945 Bill became a lifetime member of the American Angus Association.
Bill married Dee Stout on August 20, 1947 in Atkinson, Nebraska. Living in Holt County they named their ranch the 36 Angus Ranch. Shortly after they moved with their cowherd to the ranch in southeastern Rock County where they raised Angus cattle and their children, Bill Jr., Judy, Sheryl and Mike.
Bill trapped as a young man and used the money from his furs to purchase his first underslung. He enjoyed farm sales, working, building things out of iron, tractors, the weather, RFD TV, horses and he learned how to use the internet to keep track of the Big Iron web sites auctions. Along with his lifetime membership to the American Angus Association he was also member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association.
Bill is survived by four children, Bill Sitz of Burwell, Nebraska, Judy Newlin of Burwell, Nebraska, Sheryl and Lloyd Bellinger of Niwot, Colorado and Mike and Debra Sitz of Burwell, Nebraska. Ten grandchildren and spouses, Stephanie Sitz, Jesse and Tori Sitz, Cody and Melissa Sitz, Stacie and Jason Roblyer, Bethany and Joel Johnston, Eric Newlin, Zac and Dr. Mariah Bellinger, Johanna and Brett Sprencer, Alexis and Travis Fletcher and Ransom and Rachael Sitz and seven great-grandchildren, John Sitz, Lena Spencer, Macy Sitz, Jordee Johnston, Brady Spencer, Mya Sitz and Archibald Fletcher. One sister, Delores and Jim Wallace of Eckert, Colorado and a sister-in-law, Donna Sitz-Arthrum of Billings, Montana.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dee, two brothers, Francis and Bob, an infant sister, Ruth and a son-in-law, Dave Newlin.

Becky L. Smith, 59






Becky L. Smith, 59, of Taylor, died Tuesday September 16, 2014 at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent with the Pastor Marty Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

Dolores C. Sweet, 95






Dolores C. Sweet, 95, of Albion formerly of Scotia passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia. Pastor Jeremiah Knoop will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Chalk Hills Community Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dolores was born August 1, 1919, to Alfred and Nell (Jeffres) Beck at home in Greeley County, east of Horace, Nebraska. She was raised in the Horace area where she received her education and graduated from Horace School in 1937.
On April 24, 1937, Dolores was united in marriage to Adrian B. Sweet at Bartlett, Nebraska. To this union a daughter, Sharon was born.
Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Ames, Iowa. While in Ames, Dolores worked for two years on a dairy farm. In 1939, they returned to the Horace area where they made their home and farmed. Dolores worked on the farm and cooked for the hired hands. In 1989, they moved into Scotia. Mr. Sweet passed away on February 26, 1992. Dolores resided in Scotia until she moved to Albion in September of 2010, where she resided at the Good Samaritan Society and recently the Wolf Good Samaritan Home.
Dolores was a lifetime member of the Horace Church. Upon the closing of the church she became a member of the Chalks Hills Community Church of Scotia. She belonged to the Women’s Missionary Group and TOPS. Dolores will be remembered for her excellent cooking, her large garden and entertaining.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Darrell Cook of rural Scotia; three grandchildren and their spouses, Steve and Cheryl Timmons of Wood River, Kent and Lesa Timmons of Wellfleet, and Sharolyn and Alan Rasmussen of Albion; 9 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marvis Beck of Fremont.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adrian; her daughter, Sharon Cook; an infant sister; and a sister, Jesse Sautter.

June Estelle Janicek, 78




June Estelle Janicek, 78, of Burwell, Nebraska died September 15, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.
June’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a memorial visitation on Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. June requested no flowers. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Fire Department or the Community Memorial Health Center.
June was born April 9, 1936 in Burwell, Nebraska to Silas and Mattie (VanHouten) Criss.
June graduated from Burwell High School in 1954. After graduation she begin working at the bank.
June married Leonard Janicek on November 18, 1956 in Burwell. In 1963 and 1964 they lived in Colorado. After returning to Burwell they lived on a farm for a short time before moving into Burwell and June continued to work at the bank until retiring in 2001.
June enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge. She also collected any type of black and white cows.
June is survived by her husband Leonard Janicek of Burwell, Nebraska. Two daughters, Kathy and Mark McGinness of Lincoln, Nebraska and Tammy Janicek of Ft. Worth, Texas and one granddaughter, April McGinness of Lincoln, Nebraska.
June was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Matthew McGinness as an infant and Jason McGinness.  

Clinton R. Shetterly, 62




Clinton R. Shetterly, age 62, passed away Monday Sept. 8, 2014.  Clinton was born January 16, 1952 to Betty and Richard Shetterly
.  He graduated from Kendall High School in 1970.  He went to work for the Kendall Co-op.  Jan. 15, 1973 he was drafted into the Army.  After his discharge he went to work on his family’s ranch near Amelia , NE.
          April 24, 1976 he married Sharon Zulkoski.  He then went to work as a salesman for Mid State Co-op as a salesman, then Ag West and finally Big Red Feed.  He took early retirement due to his health. 
          Clint was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and camp with family and friends.  He especially enjoyed taking the Simon girls camping and fishing.  A high point for him being teaching Faith and Hanna sporting clays.
          He is survived by his wife of 38 years Sharon, his son Clint Shawn and friend Cassie Chapman, granddaughter Corrien of Ord, Ne, son Casey of Henry NE, his father Richard of Burwell, NE and 2 sisters, Kay and Linda also of Burwell.
          He was preceeded in death by his mother Betty (Burch) Shetterly.
          There will be memorial service for friends and family Saturday Sept 13 held at his home ( 227 N 11th Ave ) in Burwell at 6 pm.
          Memorials can be sent to his family.
 
Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow is assisting the family.
 

Enola Irene Dunbar, 85




Enola Irene Dunbar, 85, of Taylor, Nebraska died September 7, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Assembly of God Church in Taylor, Nebraska. Burial will be in Moulton Cemetery near Taylor, Nebraska. Pastor Mike Sullivan and Pastor Dwight Sandoz will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Enola was born November 16, 1928 in Taylor, Nebraska to Clifford and Velma (Coleman) Fleming. Enola graduated from Taylor High School in 1946.
Enola is survived by her husband Willis Dunbar of Taylor, Nebraska. Six children, Dennis and Lila Dunbar of Torrington, Wyoming, Duane and Judy Dunbar of Grand Island, Nebraska, Bernard and Gayle Dunbar of Comstock, Nebraska, Paul and Deb Dunbar of Taylor, Nebraska, Karen and Greg Everson of New Castle, Indiana and Julie and Doug Wilcox of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Enola was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Lloyd, Bill and Kenneth Fleming and a sister, Leona Ruppel.

Frank D. Fuss, 81






Frank D. Fuss, 81, of Ord passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Valley County Health System Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Glenda Pearson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Frank Duane Fuss was born March 20, 1933, in Valley County, Nebraska to Walter A. and Sophie R. (Bredthauer) Fuss. He was raised on a farm in the Mira Valley area of Valley County.
Frank served in the United States Army. On January 26, 1953, he was united in marriage to Sharon Olsson at Fort Worth, Texas. The couple spent their entire married lives in the Ord area where Frank farmed and worked as a contractor.
He was a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture. He was very proud of his beautiful rose gardens.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Pam Fuss of Arcadia; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Joyce and Mike Hruby of Ord and Sheryl and Kevin Drake of Comstock; a son-in-law, Leon Brown of Kearney; 8 grandchildren, Mitchell Fuss, Cori Doran, Michelle Feit, Jennifer McCartney, Stefanie McCain, Melissa Lafferty, Tara Dunbar, and Reba Clamp; 12 great-grandchildren, Jamie, Cameron and Lexi Feit, Dillon & Nathan McCartney, Logan Hock, Makayla, Wyatt and Reata McCain, Lilly and Haille Lafferty and Tayton Dunbar; and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harold Gohl of Palatine, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Joan Brown; a step grandson, Neil Drake; two infant siblings; a brother, Kenneth Fuss; and a sister, Maxine Richards.



 

Henry J. Gregorski, 67



Henry J. Gregorski 67 of Elyria, NE died Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital at Ord.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 26 at 11:00 am at the Ord United Methodist Church with Rev. Trever Rook officiating.  Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel.  Memorials may be given to the family.  Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Henry was born November 16, 1946 at Ord to Felix and Lillian (Zurek) Gregorski.  He was raised on the family farm west of Elyria.  He attended rural school district 48 at graduated from Ord High School in 1964.  Henry farmed on the family farm for his entire life, he also drove a truck for Trotter Fertilizer during the spring planting to post seasons for 15 years from 1998-2013.  He also had worked for other area farmers.
Henry enjoyed fishing, card games, gardening, and growing roses.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include a son Robert Gregorski and his friend Serena Graves of Elyria; two grandsons Daniel and Alex Gregorski of Elyria; a sister and brother in law Shirley and Mike Pesek of Elyria.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents; a son Henry F. Gregorski; two infant sons and an infant brother.
 

Iris Mae Tvrdik, 89



Iris Mae Tvrdik, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 19, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Douglas Grove Cemetery near Comstock. Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Iris was born May 1, 1925 in Grand Island, Nebraska to John and Agnes (Hosek) Wells. Iris graduated from Comstock High School.
Iris is survived by three daughters, Karon and Bill Robbins of Rogers, Arkansas, Cindy Miller of Bentonville, Arkansas and Cec Wilson of Thedford, Nebraska. Six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren.
Iris was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1975, one infant son, Dennis and a brother, Leroy Wells.

Virginia M. Mauler, 96



Virginia M. Mauler, 96, of Sargent died Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent. The Rev. Marvin Bauer will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Rhoad Funeral Home of Sargent is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Brim, 84


Lois Brim, 84, of Sargent died Sunday  August 10, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Sargent High School Auditorium. The Reverend Marty Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in the Westerville Cemetery. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent.

Leah Leona White, 107




Leah Leona White, 107, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 7, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 -7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Community Memorial Health Center.
Leah was born June 26, 1907 to Thomas Edwin and Anna (Shulz) Owen in their sod home in Garfield County, Nebraska. Leah was very proud of her pioneer heritage and some of her fondest memories were of the years spent growing up on the homestead.
She graduated from Burwell High School in 1926 with a teaching certificate, and taught one year. She married Clarence White in 1927 and they spent the next forty one years on their farm. While on the farm they raised three sons, Russell, Cecil and Darrell. Leah loved living in the country, growing things and tending animals. In 1968 she and Clarence moved to Grand Island where they lived until Clarence passed away February 13, 1989. She worked in care homes for fifteen years while in Grand Island. Her special hobby after retirement was her large doll collection. After Clarence died, she moved back to Burwell. Leah was a loyal servant to God wherever she lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Anna Owen, her husband, Clarence White, six brothers, Ellis, Harley, Elmer, Andy, Stanley, and Raymond Owen, four sisters, Ona Jensen, Viola Logerberg, Edna Schillo, and Norma Leach. One son, Cecil White and one grandson, Rick White.
Leah is survived by two sons, Russell and Emma Mae White of Loveland, Colorado and Darrell and Fay White of Burwell, Nebraska. Five grandchildren, Warren White of Hereford, Texas, Wayne White of Burwell, Nebraska, Weylon and Allison White of Bennington, Nebraska, Wanda and Todd Eberle of Broken Bow, Nebraska and Dennis White of Loveland, Colorado, seventeen great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Richard D. Casey, 46






Richard D. “Rick” Casey, Jr. 46, of Ord passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.

Mr. Casey’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church in Ord. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate.
Richard Darrell Casey, Jr. was born June 18, 1968, at Visalia, California to Richard Darrell Sr. and Brenda Louise (Reynolds) Casey. He was raised in Visalia and graduated at Mt. Whitney High School. He continued his education at College of the Sequoias in Visalia.

Rick spent most of his life in Visalia. In 1999, he moved to Nebraska, and lived in Burwell for 10 years. He became a long-haul truck driver and enjoyed every minute of his job. In 2005, he bought his first Harley Davidson and devoted his free time to the enjoyment of riding.

On May 31, 2014, Rick married Desiree Smith at Loup City, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Ord.
Rick enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, camping and playing video games. He loved his family and spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Desiree of Ord; a son, Ricky of Ord and his girlfriend, Sadie DeNoyer; a daughter and son-in-law, Chelsie and Jonathan Campbell of Ord; five grandchildren, Brianna, Apryl and Michael Campbell, Jaxtin Pishna and Daxter Boss; step sons, Rusty Miller, Maliki Vodehnal and Grey Smith; and step daughters, Amanda Reineke, Toni Miller Boss, Autumn Smith and Rainna Sierks.

 


LOUP CITY – Dolores A. “Dee” Larchick, 76, of Loup City, died Saturday, August2, 2014, at the Valley View Nursing Home in Ord.


Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Marty Egging and Rev. Tom Ryan will concelebrate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.


Visitation will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the church, with a 6:00 p.m. vigil service and Rosary Sodality leading the rosary.


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


Mrs. Larchick was born on Nov. 10, 1937, in Chicago, the daughter of Edmund and Celia (Dymek) Ignowski.


She was united in marriage to Julius J. “Jim” Larchick on Sept. 26, 1959, at Ashton. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1994.


She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Francis Kehler of Greeley, Maria and Joe Janke of Kearney, and Gena and Rodney Rogers of Loup City; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Gerard Larchick of Loup City, Brian and Maggie Larchick of Clarks, and Rob Larchick of Loup City; and two sisters, Mary Skibinski of Ashton and Sue Kaminski of Loup City.


She also leaves to cherish her memory 15 grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Mary Ann Leathers of Topeka, KS, Carolyn Olsen of Grand Island, Bertha and Bill Jerabek of St. Paul, and Joyce and Bob Clark of Morrison, CO.


As a young girl, Dee began her education in Chicago schools and in 1943, moved with her family to Ashton. She attended St. Francis parochial school and was a 1956 graduate of Ashton High School.


As a young woman she worked for Guarantee Mutual Insurance Company in Omaha and later for Woodman Accident & Life in Lincoln.


After she and Jim were married they lived in Loup City, where she was a stay-at-home mother to her children. In 1976, she started an upholstery and furniture refinishing business out of her home. She also worked at the Colony Club in Loup City for a number of years. She later worked at Rose Lane Home as a nursing assistant, Central Nebraska Community Services and Bullet Weights. Her last employment was with the “After School Program” for Sherman County Prevention.


Dee was a member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church where she was active in the Council of Catholic Women, Rosary Sodality, music ministry, served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a former CCD teacher. She was also active in the Red Hat Ladies and was a lifetime member of the Polish Heritage Center in Ashton.


She enjoyed crocheting, playing the organ and piano, polka music and dancing. She dearly loved her grandchildren and also loved a good cup of coffee and donut sticks.


In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Francis Larchick; granddaughter, Dawn Marie Kehler; sister, Arlene Ignowski; and a brother, Bob Ignowski.


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


Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.


Funeral Services for Roine O. Johnson will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege, Nebraska with Reverend Jeff Adams officiating. Interment will be held at the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell, Nebraska on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. with Reverend Marvin Bauer officiating.
Roine O. Johnson, 101 years of age, of Holdrege (formerly of Burwell, Nebraska area), passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Holdrege Memorial Homes. Roine was born November 12, 1912 on a ranch near Amelia and Chambers, Nebraska in Holt County, the second of seven children born to LeRoy R. and Ethel (Scafe) Worden. She received her education from a rural school in Holt County.
On December 26, 1929 she was united in marriage to Howard B. “Mike” Johnson and to this union two daughters were born: DeLores and JoAnn. The family made their home on a ranch north of Burwell, where Roine focused her life on raising her daughters and caring for their home. Roine could also be found working side-by-side with her husband, Mike on the ranch. Following retirement in 1978 the couple retired into Burwell. Mike preceded Roine in death on September 26, 1979. After a couple years, Roine began to make her home in Holdrege to be near her daughter, JoAnn.
Roine enjoyed gardening, canning, baking and loved to play cards and Bingo. She also enjoyed handiwork, especially embroidery and decorating with sequins. She was baptized into the Methodist faith and remained a member of the Methodist church her entire life.
Besides her parents and husband, Mike; Roine was preceded in death by one daughter, DeLores Sakurai; two sons-in-law: Dan Sakurai and Harry Gregory; two brothers: Lyle Worden and his wife, Evelyn, Melvin Worden and his wife, Edith; one sister, Leone Moser and her husband, Ellsworth.
She leaves to mourn her passing; her daughter, JoAnn Gregory of Holdrege; two granddaughters: Linda Holben and her husband, Dale of Sutherland, Nebraska, Sherry Miller of Wichita, Kansas; one great-granddaughter: Dayna Mclaughlin and her husband, Gary of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two great-great-grandsons: Joshua and Jacob Dughman also of Fayetteville; three sisters: Elenor Rothchild of Neligh, Nebraska, Norma Maxson of Burwell, and Betty Gallaher of Huntington Beach, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in Roine’s honor and kindly suggested to the Holdrege Memorial Homes.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements. 

Alice R. Bruha, 75




Alice R. Bruha, 75, of Burwell passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Grand Island, Nebraska.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Ruth was born April 21, 1939, at Ord, Nebraska to Chester and Anna (Mogensen) Kirby. She was raised in Valley County where she attended Brace Country School and graduated from Ord High School in 1957.
Following high school, Alice moved to Omaha and worked at Mutual of Omaha for 2 years. She returned home to marry Albin Eugene Bruha. The couple was united in marriage on April 12, 1959, at the Methodist Church in Ord, followed by a dance at Jungman Hall. To this union six children were born, Richard, Karen, David, Angie, Kent and Galen.
Alice was a homemaker. After their children were in school she returned to work. She was employed at the Curler Factory in Burwell, the Corner Cottage in Ord and the Valley County Nursing Home. Later, Alice cared for children at Lil People’s Playhouse until she was unable to work due to health reasons.
In 1979, Alice was diagnosed with cancer. She spent that summer in Omaha taking radiation treatments. She has been cancer free since then. For the past five years, Alice has struggled with PSP, succumbing to the illness.
Alice enjoyed baking kolaches and was well known for her cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attempting to teach them how to drive. Alice and Albin enjoyed many nights dancing Polka, Country Western and Square Dancing.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Albin of Burwell; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Rich Collins of Elyria and Angie and Brian Smith of Grand Island; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Lori Bruha and Galen and Tania Bruha all of Grand Island; a daughter-in-law, Janet Bruha of Alda; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Clarice and Ernie Lewandowski of Rockford, Illinois and Mary Lou Hulinsky of Grand Island; many nieces and nephews; and a “special sister”, Margie Grabowski.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard and David Bruha; and a brother, Louis Kirby.

 

Mildred B. Valasek, 89




Mildred B. Valášek, age 89, passed away the evening of July 4, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in her hometown of Ord, Nebraska.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Mildred B. Valášek Memorial Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Mildred was born April 18, 1925, at Ord, Nebraska to Anton and Sophia (Juříček) Čapek. Anton and Sophia were of Czechoslovakian descent, part of the wave of European immigrants that settled in Nebraska and the Midwest. Mildred was raised early in her life in Vinton Township, where she attended Cottonwood School. The family then moved to Ord during the height of the Great Depression. She attended grade and high school in Ord. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator, then at Farmer’s Store, before she married.


Mildred married her husband, George Valášek, on April 18, 1945, and they had two children, Gary and Sharon. They raised their children on the family farm, 5 miles east of Ord in the Springdale area of Valley County. In 1976, they sold the farm and bought a home in Ord. Mildred worked as a cook in the Valley County Hospital for 19 years, retiring in 1992. In 2013, she attended her 70th high school reunion.


Mildred was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; WFLA Dennice Lodge #14 (reaching the 50-year milestone); and Rebekahs (a service organization). Her hobbies included quilting, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, reading and gardening. She also enjoyed 4-H with her children, helping them work on their projects. Her family and opportunities to serve others gave her great pleasure throughout her life.


Survivors include son, Gary J, and wife Janet of Fort Collins, CO; daughter, Sharon K, and husband, Gary Lofstrom of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Michelle Valášek and Kendra Cederburg (spouse: Kelley) of Fort Collins, CO; two great-grandchildren, Meagan and Cooper Cederburg of Fort Collins, CO; and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Valla of Ord, NE.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, an infant brother, Milo; and her sister, Sophia Valla.


The Family extends its appreciation for the care given to Mildred by the people at Valley View Living Center.

Carol R. Klug, 66


Carol Rae Klug, 66, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 29, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church. Pastor Alan Petersen and James Lowery will officiate. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Rosebud Cemetery in Bonesteel, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family or the Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation.

Carol was born October 17, 1947 in Gregory, South Dakota to Vernal and Flerida (Turgeon) Glynn. She was a drum majorette while in Bonesteel High School and graduated in 1966. After graduation she lived in Rapid City, South Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa.

Carol married Stanley Klug on June 19, 1971 in Gregory, South Dakota. They lived on a farm in Gregory County until 1975 when they moved to McCook, Nebraska. In 1984 they moved to Valentine, Nebraska and then to Burwell in 1992. After they came to Nebraska they were working in the livestock auction industry. Carol was a clerk for various retail businesses. In September of 2001 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Carol enjoyed knitting, playing cards and was a television buff and she loved spending time with her family; especially, the grandkids.

Carol is survived by her husband Stan Klug of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Arlita and Aaron Hamling of Burwell, Nebraska and Craig Klug of Ord, Nebraska and nine grandchildren. A sister Marvelyn Manke of Euless, Texas.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

David B. Williams, 65






David B. Williams, 65, of Ord passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38; and Offutt Air Force Base Military Honor Guard. Visitation will be prior to the service on Tuesday. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Flag Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

David Bruce was born January 8, 1949, at Ord, Nebraska to Carol B. and Vivian J. (Zikmund) Williams. He was raised in Ord where he received his education and graduated from Ord High School in 1967.

David continued his education at Park’s School of Business in Denver, Colorado, studying electronics.

On March 8, 1969, David was united in marriage to Carolyn Wall at Riverton, Wyoming. To this union a son, Shane was born.

In 1970, David began his career in the United States Air Force. He was stationed all around the world including Okinawa, Greenland, Turkey, Greece, Amsterdam, Tampa Bay, Florida and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service.

David continued to live in Hot Springs where he owned and operated an egg producing chicken farm. He returned to Ord and later resided in St. Paul. David settled in Ord where he continued to live until his passing.

David was a member of the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. He enjoyed muscle cars, and Nebraska Football. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and especially enjoyed duck hunting and Colorado elk hunting.

Survivors include his father, Carol B. Williams and his wife, Jeannette of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Kim Williams of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; an adopted daughter, Tonya Williams, stationed in the US Navy in North Carolina; three grandchildren, Skylar, Shaynna and Ava Williams; a sister and brother-in-law Deb and Trevor Fischer of Ord; and a brother, Daris Williams of Ord.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Williams.

Alfred Clayton "Clay" Craichy, 87



Alfred Clayton "Clay" Craichy, 87, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 after an extended illness in LaBelle, Florida.
 
Mr. Craichy was born in Burwell, Nebraska July 25, 1926.  He traveled and worked all over the continental United States and Central and South America.   A veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne, he worked in the local area as a crop duster and pilot.  


He reared his family in Venezuela for 7 years and then LaBelle, Florida for over 10 ten years.  He was active with many community organizations, as well as, his own crop dusting business and also founded A. Clay Craichy Real Estate in the 1970'​s. 


He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Gladys Craichy, and his sisters, Fran Chase and Josephine (Roy) Stevens​.


Surviving are his children Julie (Wayne) Wilkins, KC (Monica) Craichy, and John (Karen) Craichy; sister, Alice (Linville) Helton; brother, Roger (Sharon) Craichy; grandchildren Charlie, Michael, Johnathan, Kyle, Austin, Sarah, Grace, Joshua, Chassey (Ken)​, Kristopher, Matthew (Jenna))​, Coby, Montana, and Jacqueline; and many nieces and nephews.


Mr. Craichy spent his final year at Oakbrook of LaBelle, where he died.  Memorial service were held in his honor where his children and friends celebrated his life and mourned his passing.


Memorial Services will be held in Burwell at the First Congregation United Church Of Christ on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery. Hitchcock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Bruce A. Keezer, 55




Bruce A. Keezer, 55, of Ord formerly of Ericson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Pine Ridge Hospital in Pine Ridge, South Dakota while on vacation.
Mr. Keezer was cremated. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ericson. A Rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Inurnment will be in the Bartlett Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Bruce Allen was born August 29, 1958, to Donald O. and Mary Jane (Carr) Keezer at Ainsworth, Nebraska. Being born with Spinal Bifida, he spent many summers in the orthopedic hospital in Lincoln. His childhood years were spent in Doniphan where he received his education and graduated from Doniphan High School in 1976.
Bruce continued his education at Central Community College in Hastings where he studied Announcing and Broadcasting. In 1989, Bruce moved to Ericson and then settled in Ord in 2008.
Bruce was well known for announcing at public and community events. He announced and sang yearly at the Ericson 4th of July Parade. He was a vocalist and also played the harmonica.
Bruce was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church where he served in various capacities including the church board and music ministry. He had a love for horses and was a member of the Standard Quarter Horse Association. He was an avid History Buff and enjoyed attending Indian Pow-wows and leather work. His love for the outdoors included; fishing, calling turkeys; and his pet dog and cat. Bruce loved to organize a game of cards, cribbage or musical event. He loved people, visiting; and kids, especially his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his mother, Jane Keezer of Ord; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rusty of Central City, and Charles and Susie of Monroe; seven nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; two aunts and two uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Don Keezer; and his beloved miniature pincher, Tillie.


 

Dale Fredrick Luckett, 81



Dale Fredrick Luckett, 81, of Burwell, Nebraska died May 14, 2014 at his home.
A memorial service will be held at Hitchcock Funeral Home on June 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Burwell, Nebraska. Inurnment will be at 3:30 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Veterans Park or the Community Memorial Health Center.
Dale was born November 19, 1932 in Lexington, Nebraska to John and Jennie (Smith) Luckett. He graduated from Sumner High School.
He entered the United States Army on April 9, 1953 and was honorably discharged on April 8, 1955.
Dale has lived in Burwell since 1969 where he farmed and ranched.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Jennie (Smith) and Marie (Kugler) Luckett, his sister Betty Slack, and two step-brothers Dallas and Russell Kugler. Two brother- in-laws Merl Slack and Keith Hanna. Three sister-in-laws Carol Luckett, MaryAnn Luckett and Lois Kugler.
He is survived by a sister Jean Hanna of Roswell, NM, and a brother Dean Luckett of Kerrville, TX. As well as two step-sisters Sharolyn (Mrs. John) Craft of Las Vegas, NV, and Peggy (Mrs. Dorsey) Curtis of Ashland, NE. And the following nieces and nephews: Genny and KC Chrisman, Mike and Kathy Hanna, Tom and Judy Hanna, Doug Slack, Susie and Dan Hackley, John and Debbie Slack, Barbara and Brian Heller, Diane Gappa, Kurt and Becky Luckett, Randy and Karen Craft, Sheila and Wayne Jensen, Terry and Mitch Osborn, Laurie and Chuck Davis, Brian and Kendra Kugler, Kent and Susan Kugler, Russell and Anna Curtis, Chris Curtis. Several Great and Great Great nieces and nephews. And a very special friend and caregiver who Uncle Dale said “is like a son to me.”, Lin Jeffres and wife Nancy of Burwell, NE.
He is loved by everyone and will be terribly missed.

Wayne H. Clamp, 80




Wayne H. Clamp, 80, of Elyria passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 14, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home in Elyria.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church with Pastor J.H. Schroder officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors presented by the Ord VFW Post 7029, American Legion Post #38 and Masonic Rites will be conducted by the Blazing Star Masonic Lodge. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Ord Christian Church. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church Building Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne Howard Clamp was born January 1, 1934, to William A. and Rena M. (Lenhart) Clamp on the family farm in Red Willow County, near McCook, Nebraska. He was raised on farms in Willow County and received his education at Danbury, Lebanon and McCook.
When Wayne turned 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was first stationed in Key West, Florida on the USS Howard Gilmore and received the rank of Metalsmith 3rd Class. During the Korean War, Wayne was stationed in Newfoundland until his discharge in October of 1954.
Wayne returned to McCook and hauled building materials to constructions sites for Moffitt Trucking Co. It was during this time that he learned the trade of brick laying. While working on the high school in Loup City, Wayne met Iris Becker who was a teacher. The couple was united in marriage on June 30, 1957, at Milford, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Teri and Bill.
Wayne and Iris first lived in Loup City and then resided in Broken Bow for 8 years. In the late 60’s, the family moved to Ord. Wayne did masonry work and then joined the Bureau of Reclamation as a surveyor and inspector during the Calamus Dam Project. In September of 1986, they moved to Nevada while Wayne worked for the Bureau of Reclamation as a concrete inspector at Hoover Dam and then later as a building repairman on the Dam.
In 1997, the couple settled in Elyria. Wayne continued to work in the construction and masonry business until his retirement at the age of 74.
Wayne was a member of the Ord Christian Church, Blazing Star Masonic Lodge and Zelzah Shrine Temple of Mesquite, NV. He enjoyed reading and puzzles. Wayne’s favorite past times were working on home improvement projects and tending to his immaculate yard and garden.
Survivors include his wife, Iris of Elyria; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Shawn Clamp of Ord; three grandchildren, Tara Dunbar and her husband, John of Plainview, Reba Clamp of Minneapolis and Seth Clamp of Ord; a great-grandson, Tayton Dunbar of Plainview; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Alvin and Florena Clamp of Tenn., and Joe Clamp of CO; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Patricia Weeter of IL, and Verna and Bill Berg of CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Teri Sue Clamp; two sisters, Nadine Kelly and Annette Bates; and a brother, Marvin Clamp.




 

Jeanette K. Hansen, 75






Jeannette K. “Jake” Hansen, 75, of Ord passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Mrs. Hansen’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. It is the wishes of the family to remember Jake through memorial contributions to the Family’s Choice in lieu of flowers. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Jeannette Kay was born February 8, 1939, to Rollin Russel and Ester Fern (Wilson) Dye. She was raised in Ord where she received her education and graduated from Ord High School in 1957.
On June 26, 1960, Jake was united in marriage to James R. Hansen at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. Jake accompanied her husband while he served in the Air Force. They were stationed in France and Germany.
The couple returned to Ord in 1975. Jake worked at the Ord High School, Valley County Assessor’s Office and Dr. McCartney’s Professional Eye Care.
Jake’s love for art was expressed in her paintings and sketches. She was a member of the Ord First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, James of Ord; two sons, Russ Hansen of Lincoln and Randy Hansen of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Brian Dowse of Mesquite, TX; five grandchildren, James Hansen, Sgt. Jarrett, Tyler and Jessica Dowse, Talycia Spivey and her husband, Jonathon; and a great-granddaughter, Jay Cee Dowse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Joyce Bredthauer.

Leon R. Foulk, 88






Leon R. Foulk, 88, of Ericson, peacefully passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.


A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Ericson United Methodist Church with Pastor Glenn Hubbard officiating and Eudeen Nichols as the pianist. Lunch will follow the service. Inurnment will be at the Ord City Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with Military Honors presented by the Ord VFW Post 7029, American Legion Post #38. Memorials are suggested to the Ericson United Methodist Church or the Klanecky Five Teachers Scholarship Fund, in care of Ord High School. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Leon was born February 14, 1926, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Dudley Ellsworth Foulk, Sr. and Hilda E. (Weinhardt) Foulk. Dud, a Nebraska native, had met Hilda in Williamsport while playing for the Grays baseball team.

Leon attended Grand Island Senior High School, graduating in 1944. Following graduation he played pro baseball (he said he would rather play ball than eat) briefly before joining the U.S. Navy, training at Farragut Naval Training Center and serving on the USS Alcyone as a fire controlman third class in the Pacific until his discharge in 1946. He then returned to professional baseball, as a pitcher mostly, with the Chicago Cubs organization. Following his baseball career he became a loyal, and many times frustrated, fan of the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, disdaining the American League and its designated hitter rule.


He married Wilma Matilda Klanecky of Ord in 1951, retired from baseball in 1953, joining his father in Ericson in the well-drilling business. He became sole owner in the 1960's and operated Leon Foulk Well Drilling until the 1980's. Wilma, after fifty-five years of marriage, passed away in 2006 following a long illness for which Leon was her primary care-giver.


Also preceding him in death were his parents and brother Richard Yeager of Williamsport, PA. Those left with loving memories are daughters Karen Roubicek, of Castle Rock, Washington, her husband Chris; and Laurel Heidbrink, of Lincoln, her husband Kent; five grandchildren and their spouses: Ben and Shannon Roubicek, Sarah and Derek Swanson; Nathan and Alicia Roubicek; Kalen Heidbrink and Braden Heidbrink; five great-grandchildren: Ruby, Reagan and Roy Swanson; Stella Roubicek and Alec Roubicek; brother Dudley, Jr., of Eugene, Oregon; sister-in-law Barbara Rakosky; brothers-in-law Wayne Rakosky and Ronald Wells; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Leon recalled that his grandfather Benneville could visit with anyone, and he emulated him throughout his life with a prowess for storytelling enhanced by his prodigious memory for names and events. He was grateful that he was blessed with an athletic physique that allowed him to engage in high school sports (he held the State discus record of 156 feet, 6 inches, obtained as a junior, until the 1960's) and play professional baseball, signing a contract before he graduated. He was inducted into St. Paul’s Nebraska Museum of Major League Baseball in 2010.


He was an avid duck and pheasant hunter and ardent fisherman who particularly enjoyed many fishing trips with friends to Canada’s Great Slave Lake, ice fishing on Pibel and Lake Ericson, summer trips to Merritt with his pick-up camper and boat. His son-in-law Chris frequently reminded Leon of his strangest catch: Chris’s ear while casting at Lake Ericson. Family trips to the Black Hills, Grand Tetons and Williamsport also provided great memories.

Even in his final days, Leon maintained a youthful exuberance for life. He was especially appreciative of the many friends, including but not limited to Virgil and Lois Swett, William and Kathy Curry, Ramona Smith, Sharon Gydesen and Dwight and Deeni Nichols whose assistance, particularly in his later years, allowed him to fulfill his wish to remain in his beloved Sandhills home.


He was a member and former trustee of the Ericson United Methodist Church, assisted with the Church’s 4th of July dinner at the Community Hall for many years; served as a volunteer fireman and on the Ericson Village Board; was a past member of the Nebraska Well Drillers Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Old friends or new acquaintances stopping by the Foulk home would be enriched with Leon’s conversations and Wilma’s gracious hospitality. Even accidentally dumping her freshly baked pie on the kitchen floor didn’t earn one of their friend’s banishment. For many years his dear friend Virgil Swett would drop by most mornings (early) for Leon’s famously weak coffee and a powdered sugar doughnut to relive days’ past, and solve the world’s problems. 

Robert Gene Studnicka, 78




Robert Gene Studnicka, 78, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 3, 2014 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. at the church with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Fire Department or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Bob was born April 5, 1936 in Howard County, Nebraska near Farwell. The family lived in the Farwell area until Bob was twelve when they moved to the Scotia area where he graduated from High School in 1953.
After serving in the United States Army in Korea he moved back and met Marjorie “Lois” Cone. They were united in marriage on June 29, 1960 in Ord, Nebraska. To this union five children were born.
After the death of his father-in-law, he became a partner in Cone Farmhand in which he ran with his mother-in-law for twenty five years. Upon selling his interest in the business he began working at Rowse Rakes until his retirement in 2013. Lois died on September 3, 2013.
Those left to cherish his memory are 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 twelve great-grandchildren. A brother, Don and Kathy Studnicka of North Loup, Nebraska. Nieces and nephews and six sister-in-laws, Jonell Studnicka of Kingsville, Texas, June Worden, Evelyn Pinckney, Dixie and Billy Weber and Jo and Ben Meckel all of Burwell, Nebraska and Irene and Gary Storms of Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, Paul Studnicka, a sister Doris and Bill Earnest and a nephew, Brian Studnicka.

Janet Sharlene Partridge, 78


Janet Sharlene Partridge, 78, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 2, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Community Memorial Health Center.
Jan was born October 10, 1935 in Custer County, Nebraska to Charley and Mildred (Fleming) Rowell.
Jan graduated from Burwell High School in 1954. In June of 1954 Jan was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She married Lyle Waldmann also in June of 1954. They resided east of Ord, Nebraska before moving to Longmont, Colorado and then to North Platte, Nebraska. Lyle died in 1968.
Jan then married Larry Ackles and moved to Burwell in 1972 and they were later divorced.
Jan married her high school sweetheart, Lowell Partridge on August 8, 2006.
Jan was a member of the Lunch Bunch and the Christian Women’s Club. She enjoyed bowling and making and decorating cakes. She and Lowell had bible study in their home and she enjoyed caring for children, helping at various day care’s.
Jan is survived by her husband, Lowell Partridge of Burwell, Nebraska. Four children, Dianne and Richard Calkins of Alma, Nebraska, Michael and Linda Waldmann of Omaha, Nebraska, Mark Waldmann of Maryland Heights, Missouri and Dean Ackles and fiancée Tammy Bargen of Ankeny, Iowa. Seven grandchildren, Ryan and Raquel McGinty of San Francisco, California, Shauna and Bronson Boseck of Lincoln, Nebraska, Patrick and Jennifer Calkins of Lincoln, Nebraska, Caden Ackles of Ankeny, Iowa and Matthew, Emilie Sovereign of Omaha, Nebraska and Chas Waldmann of Lincoln, Nebraska. Four great-grandchildren, Milah and Delilah Boseck of Lincoln, Nebraska and August and Adrik Boseck of Columbus, Nebraska. A foster son, Marlon and Gloria Goochey and children of Middletown, Delaware. A brother, Bill and Miche Rowell of Broken Bow, Nebraska. Two sisters, Shirley and Bob Waldmann of Denver, Colorado and Karen and Sterling Smith of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lyle Waldmann.

Richard J. Kamard, 88






Richard J. Kamard, 88, of Comstock died Sunday June 1, 2014 at his home. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent. The Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Geranium Catholic Cemetery East of Sargent. Visitations will be from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday at the church with a 7:30 rosary. Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Joseph Kamarad, Sr. was born April 21, 1926 near Comstock, NE. to Joseph and Frances (Waldmann) Kamarad. He attended school in Comstock and graduated high school in 1943. After graduation, he helped farm with his father for three years. Richard then enlisted in the Army where he attended Signal Corps School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. While in attendance, he received occupational training as a radio operator HSL766 with military rifle qualification. Richard served as a radio operator during his tour of duty during World War  II. His enlistment concluded on April 18, 1947 when he returned home to resume farming.

Richard entered into marriage on November 21, 1950. Of this union, six children were born. He spent many hours attending sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He also worked at the Sargent Alfalfa Mill. Richard was an active member of lAmerican Legion Post #220 and Geranium Catholic Church until it's closure.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Frances, his brother, Leonard and many other relatives. Survivors include Dennis Kamarad of Scotia, NE., Marvin (Deb) Kamard of Pleasant Dale, NE., Monica Kamarad of Ord, NE., Richard Kamarad, JR. and Cindy (Brad) Walker all of Lexington, NE. Angie (Mike) Upah of Lincoln, NE., 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Sophia A. Valla, 80






Sophia Ann Valla of Ord passed away in her home on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was 80 years old.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Josh Brown officiating. Musicians will be Carol Estudillo and Dave Kusek. Serving as Active Pallbearers are Bryan Valla, Doug, Jerome, and Tim Einsphar, Gary Valasek and Alan Brittenham. Honorary Pallbearers will be Warren, Wayne, Ed and Brian Valla. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Ord Volunteer Rescue Unit and the Valley County Health System Ambulance. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sophia was born December 30, 1933, at Valley County, Nebraska to Anton and Sophia (Jaurick) Capek, and was raised in Ord.


During her junior year of school in 1950, Sophia began working at Valley County Hospital on South 16th Street in Ord. She graduated from Ord High School in 1952.


On December 30, 1953, Sophia married William Valla at Ord. The couple moved to Arcadia in 1955, and lived there until 1963. They then moved to a farm east of Ord before moving to a farm west of Ord in 1964. In 1971, they moved to their present home in Ord. Sophia retired from Valley County Hospital in 1991.

Sophia enjoyed sewing and crocheting, including crocheting baby blankets for her many family members and friends. She was a member of the quilting club and also enjoyed cooking, canning, traveling and spending quality time with the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren she was blessed with.

Survivors include her husband, William Valla of Ord; four children and their spouses, Sue and Rick Koch of Ord, Paul and Lori Valla of Scribner, Kathy and Russ Hill of Kearney, and Kevin and Becky Valla of Ord. Sophia is also survived by her sister, Mildred Valasek, of Ord; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant brother, Milo Capek.

Mary Irene Larsen, 92




Mary Irene Larsen, 92, of Burwell, Nebraska died May 28, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 Monday, June 2, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery in Ord, Nebraska. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 -7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church.
Irene was born April 29, 1922 in Wheeler County, Nebraska to Carl and Mary I. (Allard) Erickson.
Irene graduated from Ericson High School. After graduation she went right into normal training and started teaching. She taught for twenty-six years in various country schools. After she retired from teaching she worked as the activities director at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Irene enjoyed baking, flowers, gardening and garage sales. She was active in her church and the Christian Women.
Irene is survived by her husband Gerald Larsen of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Judy and Larry Brownell of Terrebonne, Oregon and Larry and Deb Larsen of Burwell, Nebraska. Four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and one brother, Gus and Lenna Erickson of Prescott, Arizona.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Ira, Conrad, Lee and Gail Erickson.

 

Karen Irene Osentowski, 51



Karen Irene Osentowski, 51, of Ord, Nebraska died May 28, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
A memorial service will be at 10:00 a. m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor JB Sikes will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Swimming Pool.
Karen was born May 22, 1963 in Burwell to Anson and Mae Kinney, Jr. Karen graduated from Burwell High School in 1981.
After graduation Karen worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for three years.
Karen married Scott Krause. She helped him with the Calamus Lodge and they were later divorced.
Karen lived south of Burwell until she married Gary Osentowski on September 17, 2006. They live south of Ord.
Karen loved all animals, especially horses. She enjoyed woodworking, but her most enjoyable accomplishment was her success and love of bowling.
Karen is survived by her husband Gary Osentowski of Ord, Nebraska. Two step children, Louis Osentowski and his daughter Mercy Osentowski and William Osentowski all of Keystone, Nebraska. Her mother, Mae Kinney of Burwell, Nebraska. Her mother-in-law, Hattie Osentowski of Ord, Nebraska. A brother Butch and Teresa Kinney of Grand Island, Nebraska and two sisters, Barb Crick of Burwell, Nebraska and Frances Fines of Grand Island, Nebraska. Four nieces, two nephews and eleven great nieces and nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her dad and a brother-in-law, Bryan Crick.

 

Randy P. Wood, 48






Randy P. Wood, 48, of Greeley passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Sidney B. Bruggeman will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a Christian Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to The Family’s Choice. T.J. Finn and Sons Funeral Home of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
Randy Paul Wood was born November 17, 1965, at St. Paul, Nebraska to Orren W. Jr. and Catherine A. “Catsy” (O’Neill) Wood. He spent his early years on the family farm west of Greeley. The family moved into Greeley when Randy was 4. He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Greeley High School in 1984.
Randy began his construction career with Mogensen Construction. He then worked for Greeley Gas and Electric and the Village of Greeley. For the past five years he has owned and operated RMW Construction.
Randy was united in marriage to Michelle Harris on September 14, 1991, at Greeley, Nebraska. To this union a daughter, Ragan was born. The family made their home in Greeley.
Randy was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Parish Council; and Knights of Columbus. He served on the Village Board, Central Valley Schools Building Project and Service Club. He volunteered in various organizations including the Greeley Fire and Rescue Squad, Greeley Irish Festival, Wood Deer Camp, Greeley Rodeo and 4-H. Randy was an avid sports fan and Nebraska Husker Fan. He enjoyed coaching girls softball, golfing on Ord Men’s League, hunting, playing softball, fantasy football and organizing the “thirty pool”. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle of Greeley; a daughter, Ragan of Greeley; his father, Orren W. Wood of Greeley; ten brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Janet of Greeley, Bob and Tammy of Greeley ,P.J. and Theresa of St. Paul, Rick and Kelli of Greeley, Terry and Mary Jo of Greeley, Tim and Renee of St. Paul, Jeff and Sherri of Greeley, Jason and Lisa of Grand Island, Dan and Stacy of Hawaii, and John Paul and Mandi of Gretna; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Deb (Mrs. Dennis) Obermiller of Loup City, Linda and Al Nielsen of Greeley, Susie and Bob Lammers of Greeley, Lisa Wood of Greeley, Cheryl and Paul Harding of Grand Island and Sharon Wood and her friend, Les Millspaugh of Grand Island; a sister-in-law, Lisa Wood of Papillion; father-in-law, Smokey Nordhues of Greeley, mother-in-law, Barbara Severance of Ord; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine; a brother, Ronnie Wood and a brother-in-law, Dennis Obermiller.

Grace L. Hansen, 89






Grace L. Hansen, 89, of Ord passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, at her home in Ord.

Mrs. Hansen’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Marty Robbins will officiate. Private Inurnment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Scotia. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Luella was born August 4, 1924, to Floyd W. and Eunice M. (Burson) Rice southwest Ord, Nebraska. Most of her young life was spent in Dixon County, Nebraska living on farms with her family. The family moved to Valley County in 1945. Grace attended school at Dixon County and graduated from Ord High School in 1946.

After graduation, Grace taught in rural schools for a few years. On August, 23, 1946, Grace was united in marriage to Clarence Hansen at the Mira Valley Methodist Church south of Ord, NE. The couple lived in various Nebraska towns.

Mr. Hansen passed away on April 11, 1959. Grace remained in Nebraska where she raised her children. In 1961, she moved to Ord. Grace was a Nurse Aide at the Ord Hospital until retirement in 1988. She was well known for her sewing and alterations talents. Grace was a seamstress out of her home until ill health caused her to quit in 2014.

Her hobbies included embroidering, knitting, crocheting; and making quilts for babies and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Les and Linda Hansen of Kearney and Monte Hansen and his special friend, Deb Waits both of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Valeria “V.J.” and Sam Pishna of Burwell; three grandchildren and their spouses, Annette and Dave Colling of Kearney, Scott and Alicia Thomsen of Ord and Jenny and Pat Kelly of Papillion; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin Rice of Ord; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Stanley Nolte and Gale and James Studnicka all of Ord; a sister-in-law, Mary (Mrs. Harold) Rice of Ord and a brother-in-law, Arnold Sperling of Wood River.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold Rice; a sister, Doris Sperling; and a sister-in-law, Eva Rice.

Kaye Frances Fuller, 77




Kaye Frances Fuller, 77, of Ord, Nebraska died March 26, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Inurnment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the Grand Island Humane Society. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
Kaye was born in Burwell, Nebraska on February 21, 1937. She graduated from Burwell High School in 1954. Kaye worked for Johnson Brothers until 1960 when she moved to California; where, she worked for General Motors Acceptance Company. In 1970 she moved to Ord, Nebraska to start a dress shop, which she ran for a short time. Kaye then went to work of KNLV radio where she was on the radio, did advertising and worked in the office for several years.
Kaye was active in the Democratic party in Ord and was an avid animal lover.
Kaye is survived by her good friends, Marilyn Chaffin of Lincoln, Nebraska, Twila O’Gallagher of Spokane, Washington, Joann Trofholz of Elyria, Nebraska, Diane Fincher of San Bernardino, California, Geri Warford of Ord, Nebraska and a host of other friends.

 

Eldon Mulligan




A Memorial Service for Eldon Mulligan will be held on Monday, May 19 at 1 pm at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Pastor Trever Rook officiating.  Refreshments will be served following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Nancy Lee Urban, 51






Nancy Lee Urban, 51, of Ord passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.
Ms. Urban was cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Douglas Grove Cemetery at Comstock. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Nancy was born October 4, 1962, at Loup City, Nebraska to Rudolph and Pauline (Vohnout).
Nancy made her home in Ord and was involved at Mid Nebraska Individual Services. She had many friends there, which were her family. Nancy became very close to her caregivers, Alice and Lynda and the entire staff and MNIS.
She will be remembered for her great hugs and kisses. Nancy loved unconditionally and was a wonderful judge of people.
Nance enjoyed “Dancing with the Stars”; M&M’s, Christmas gatherings and Christmas songs. She loved family gatherings and her family loved having her there to help celebrate.
Survivors include her siblings, Rose (Mrs. Marvin) Sorensen of Grand Island, Ray and Sandy Urban of Lexington, Bob and Gena Urban of Cozad, Arnold Urban of Leander, TX, Joyce Urban of Omaha, Louis Urban of Lincoln, and James and Celia Urban of Grand Island; a host of friends, nieces and nephews; and extend family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Rudolph.

Mary Jean (Petska) Reeve, 71



Mary Jean Reeve, 71, of Independence, Missouri passed away on May 14, 2014 in Independence.
A Rosary and Christian Wake Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Father Joshua Brown will officiate. Burial will be at the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the Family to be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Jean was born August 21, 1942 in Ord, Nebraska to Emanuel and Alma (Masin) Petska. She was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1960. While in school, Mary was very active in all aspects of music and drama.
She continued her love of music at Kearney State College where she received a music education degree in 1964. She was a member of the Delta Omicron International Music Sorority. She returned to college after her children were grown and received a degree in Elementary Education.
In 1965, Mary married Ed Reeve and was blessed with two lovely children; Michael in 1970, and Karin in 1973. Mary was both a devoted mother and wife.
Mary spread her love for music in several schools in Colorado and Wyoming. She was an active volunteer at the Children’s Museum and a grandparent volunteer at West Elementary in Lander, Wyoming. She was involved in the Lights on Program and continued her appreciation for music and the arts by devoting her time as the President of the Lander Community Concert Association.
Her talents and interests included writing poetry, photography, playing the piano, working crossword puzzles and baking prize winning bread. In her younger years she enjoyed hunting with her family.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Major Michael Alan and Stephanie Reeve of Highland, MI; a daughter, Karin Heather Roth and her fiancé Kip Rorrer of Sibley, MO; five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Joshua, Brayden, Kameron and Courtney; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken and Evelyn Petska of Elyria and Roger and Cheri Petska of North Platte; two sisters and brothers-in-laws, Linda and Melvin Linke of Scotia, NE and Susan and Steve Pokorny of Lander, WY and a host of relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Emanuel and Alma Petska, two nephews; Shane Petska and Josh Espinosa, and a niece; Amanda Petska.
The family would like to thank those who knew Mary, for their thoughts and prayers.

 

Fredrick H. Janssen, 80






Fredrick H. Janssen, 80, of Greeley passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, at this home in Greeley.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Greeley United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Schwarz officiating. Burial will be in the Greeley Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186 of Greeley. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Greeley Care Home or the Greeley United Methodist Church. T. J. Finn and Sons is in charge of arrangements.

Fredrick Henry was born May 31, 1933, at Grand Island, Nebraska to Otto and Ethel (Bowen) Janssen. He was baptized into the Methodist Church on November 23, 1934.

Fred graduated from Greeley High School in 1952. He served in the United States Army from 1953-1955.

Fred farmed and made his home on the family farm northeast of Greeley all his life until moving into Greeley in 2010.

He was a member of the Greeley United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186. He enjoyed farming, playing cards and attending family reunions.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Carolyn Janssen of Grand Island; a nephew, Mark Janssen and his wife, Jill of Cairo; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herman and Irvan Otto Janssen, one sister, Louise Janssen; and a niece, Renee Janssen.

 


 

Alan Dale Anderson, 74




Alan Dale Anderson, 74, of Ord passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Ord. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Baptist Church or the Nebraska Children’s Home. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Alan Dale was born June 20, 1939, at Ord, Nebraska to Ivan V. and Elda L. (Long) Anderson. He was raised in Ord where he received his education and graduated from Ord High School in 1957.
In January of 1964, Alan graduated from Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney. He began his teaching career at Campbell, NE where he met Sherri Meyer. On May 27, 1967, Alan was united in marriage to Sherri Meyer at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Campbell.
Alan continued his teaching career at Neligh, Bartlett and Ord where he taught Jr. and Sr. High Math, Science and Aerospace Science. In 1972, the couple settled in Ord. Alan taught school until 1974, when he purchased D.E. Armstrong Insurance Agency which became Alan Dale Insurance Agency.
Alan owned and operated Alan Dale Insurance Agency from 1974, until his passing.
He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Plymouth Club and Experiment Aircraft Association. Alan was an avid reader; he enjoyed kites, airplanes, cars and pheasant hunting.
Alan’s love for God was evident by his many acts of kindness, mentoring and tutoring. He loved teaching his boys and other children and was mentor to many young men.
He is survived by his wife, Sherri of Ord; two sons, Jerrod Paul Anderson of Ord and Nathan Samuel Anderson of Brooklyn, NY; one brother and sister-in-law, Galen and Barbara Anderson of Gilbert, AZ; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Robert Potty of Overland Park, KS, Cheryl and Carlton Clark of Elwood, NE and Zelda and Stephen Shoemaker of Grand Island, NE; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Virgil O. Barnes, 82




Virgil O. Barnes, 82, of rural Scotia passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Greeley Care Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastor Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post 7029, American Legion Post #38 and the Scotia Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Fire and Rescue Department or Greeley Care Home. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Virgil Owen was born December 27, 1931, on the family farm northeast of Scotia, Nebraska to George O. and Zena (Sautter) Barnes. He spent his childhood on the farm and received his education at Fish Creek School and graduated from Scotia High School in 1950.
Following high school Virgil worked on the family farm until he entered the United States Army in January of 1953. He served on the front line during the Korean War earning a Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, ROK Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. After his serving his country, Corporal Virgil Barnes returned to the family farm on January 14, 1955.
On September 16, 1958, Virgil was united in marriage to Thelma Moudry at the Methodist Church in Ord. They made their home on the Barnes Farm. Virgil lived his entire life on the family farm northeast of Scotia. He loved to farm and care for his livestock. For the past year, he has resided at the Greeley Care Home.
Virgil was a member of the Ord VFW Post #7029, Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150 of Scotia and a charter member of the Ord Elks Lodge #2371 and then the Broken Bow Elks Lodge #1688. He enjoyed attending softball and baseball games; and polka dances. His hobbies were playing cards, visiting with friends and he especially enjoyed his two grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma of rural Scotia; a son, Galen of rural Scotia; one daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Ron Wilson of Grand Island; two grandchildren, Katelyn and AJ Wilson of Grand Island; one brother, George Barnes, Jr. Lincoln; five sisters and one brother-in-law, Geneva Edghill of Ord, Lorna Mae Winter of Grand Island, Deloris Thompson of Ord, Mildred and Art Otto of Kearney, and Donna Voyek of Kearney; and a sister-in-law, Rita Tolen and her husband, Tom of Ord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Louis and Verlon Barnes; and four brothers-in-law, Bob Edghill, Malvin Winter, Floyd Thompson and Bill Voyek.


 

Raymond J. Woracek, 82






Raymond James Woracek of Sargent NE passed away on May 6th, 2014 at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Ne.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday in Sargent at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Hunt officiating. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the church with the Rosary to follow. Funeral arrangements are being made by Rhoad Funeral Home (308)527-3625.

Raymond James Woracek was born October 3, 1932 in Sargent NE., to James Woracek and Mary (Brim) Woracek. He attended grade school at the Round Valley School House and high school at Sargent Public High School.

Ray served his country during the time of the Korean War. He finished his basic training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. The armistice was signed two days after he arrived in Arkansas. As a Private 1st class, he went for peace keeping on the front lines. He saw parts of Japan and Asia during his 18 month tour of duty in the United States Army.

He returned from his military service to help on the family farm south west of Sargent.

During a very dry year he sought work in Omaha, NE. He stayed with his Uncle Joe and Aunt Helen Woracek in the Millard NE. area, while working at Armors, and Wilsons Packing houses and Storz’s and Falstaff Breweries. On many weekends he would drive his ’54 Mercury back to Sargent to help on the family farm. He met his future wife, Clara Ann Windels, at a dance at Sokol Hall in Omaha. He married Clara on August 17, 1957 at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. In the mid-sixties, he returned to the Custer County area, living in Sargent, Arnold, and Callaway, before buying his father’s farm in 1971 when James retired. After that time, Ray grew alfalfa, corn, wheat, soybeans, milo, and sunflowers. He also did custom farming for other farms in the area, cutting and baling hay. And he drove a semi-truck for a time delivering his own hay crop and working for L & L Transport in Sargent, NE. and Cherry Trucking in Ansley, NE.

Since his wife’s death on March 12, 2007, Ray moved from his farm in Sargent, NE, to first Ord, NE. and then to Broken Bow, NE.

He is preceded in death by his mother Mary (Brim) Woracek, his brother, Alvin Woracek, his father, James Woracek, his son, Richard Woracek, his granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Shipp, grandson Michael James Walker and his wife, Clara Ann (Windels) Woracek.

Survivors include: daughter, Sandra Kay (Woracek) Yeokum and son-in-law, Steve Yeokum, of Eldon, Mo., son Jerry Lee Woracek and his fiancée Amy Marie Brodersen of Bellevue, NE., daughter-in- law Jolea Woracek of Broken Bow, NE., granddaughter Tiffany Ann (Walker) Martin and Dusty Martin of Gillette, WY., granddaughter Samantha Rae Woracek and her Fiancée Kevin Peatrowsky of Omaha, NE., grandson Brandon James Woracek of Albuquerque, NM., grandson David Martin Brodersen of Bellevue, NE., 3 great granddaughters, Skylynn, Lexey, & Kyleigh Martin all of Gillette, WY., 1 great grandson, Spencer Chase Yeokum, of California, MO.

 

Norma M Todsen, 80






Norma M. Todsen, 80, of Ord passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at her home outside of Ord.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Reverend Russel J. Troester will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Ord Flag Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Mae was born August 26, 1933, at Crab Orchard, Nebraska to Charles and Louise (Nolting) Noakes. She spent her childhood in Grand Island where she received her at Trinity Lutheran School, Walnut School and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1951.
On July 20, 1952, Norma was united in marriage to Robert G. “Bob” Todsen at Grand Island, Nebraska. The couple made their first home in Grand Island.
In 1959, the family moved to Ord. Bob and Norma owned and operated the Chevrolet and Buick Car Dealership. Norma was a homemaker and devoted mother of five. She also was the bookkeeper at Todsen Auto until she and Bob retired in 1998.
Bob passed away on November 10, 2005. Norma remained living in her country home where she enjoyed her well manicured lawn, trees, flowers and garden. She hosted many family holidays, celebrations with family and friends; and loved to sit in the swing while watching the kids swim.
Norma was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Altar Guild; and the Ord V.F.W Auxiliary. She was a golfer, bowler and belonged to many bridge groups over the years and never missed the 10 O’clock coffee group. She also canned, knitted and crocheted. She will be remembered for fresh baked breads, rolls and pies; and potato salad.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steve and Allison Todsen and Tim Todsen all of Ord; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kristie Zulkoski of Gretna, Tracie and David John and Kara and Todd Fischer all of Ord; seven grandchildren, Amber Leth and her husband, Andy, Walker Zulkoski and his wife, Katie, Ashlie Goerke and her husband, Cody, Elizabeth Todsen, Molly Todsen and Katie and Maggie Fischer; six great-grandchildren, Keighlin, Keliese, and Kreyton Leth, Calvin Zulkoski, and Xander and Phoenix Goerke; one sister and three brothers-in-law, Donna and Dee Rockwell and Jerry Hehnke and his wife, Carolyn all of Grand Island and David Menck of Fremont; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Roger “Butch” and Joyce Noakes of Grand Island, and Betty (Mrs. Gene) Todsen of Huntington Beach, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; three sisters, Charlene “Chick” Hehnke, Fae Menck and Evelyn Williams; and one brother, Kenny Noakes.

Stella M. Andersen, 88






Stella M. Andersen, 88, of Ord passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.

Mrs. Andersen’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church with Revered Glenda Pearson officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Osco Cemetery near Norman, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Flag Fund, Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department or the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Stella Mayetta was born August 31, 1925, at Doniphan, Nebraska to Samuel and Anna (Johnson) Deisley. She was raised on a farm in Webster County where she received her early education and graduated from Riverton High School in 1943.

On January 23, 1944, Stella was united in marriage to Ivan “Andy” Andersen at Norman, Nebraska. To this union four children were born.

While Mr. Andersen worked in the Radio Broadcasting business the couple resided in numerous towns in Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota and Nebraska. In 1983, they settled in Ord.

Stella’s main career was a homemaker, but she was a woman of many talents. She worked in various capacities throughout her life. She was a cook for local nursing homes and schools. She operated a catering business in Ord, Party Paradise. Stella was an excellent seamstress, making all of her clothing and children’s clothing. Her girls were never without a new outfit for each occasion. She had a sewing, altering and mending shop located in the Ord Shoe Shack and then continued the business in her home after the store closed. She was well known for her sewing talents through the years.

In her later years, after retirement (which never really occurred), Stella worked at Lil’ People’s Playhouse. She deeply loved this as her favorite part was rocking the babies. At the age of 80, she was forced to officially retire due to ill health.

Andy passed away on November 9, 1996. Stella continued to make her home in Ord spending her last years at Grandview Living Center and recently at Valley View Living Center. A memorable day was on Valentine’s Day of 2014, when Stella was voted the Valentine’s Day Queen at Valley View Living Center. She was loved and well cared for in each place. She touched the heart of many and made lasting friends at both homes.

Stella was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and a charter member of the Ord Elks Does. She was an avid bowler and card player, and was well known for beating family members in a game of gin. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and cooking. Stella was famous for her cinnamon rolls, roast beef with gravy and fried chicken. Nothing made her happier than cooking for her family.

Survivors include two sons, Charles “Chuck” of Broken Bow and Leonard “Len” and his special friend, Deb Schimenti both of Ord; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Beverly and Gayle Klinkman of Broken Bow and Linda and Mike Kunz of Ord; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Heather Andersen (Jeff Larson), Ken Andersen, Jeff (Julie) Klinkman, Debbie (Rich) Tondreau, Greg Klinkman, Robert Klinkman, Adam (Bethanne) Kunz, Kim Kunz and Josh Smith; 8 great-grandchildren, Logan and Mattie Klinkman, Josh, Katie and Jacob Tondreau, Treyson Klinkman, Haley Kunz and Eli Larson; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor (Mrs. Marvin) Deisley of Minden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Andy; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Steve and Lois Deisley, Louis and Alice Deisley, and Marvin Deisley; two sisters, Clara Reif and Nadine Miller; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Eugene and Doreen Andersen.


Stella Louise Morrow, 69, of rural Scotia passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the St. Francis Skilled Care Center in Grand Island.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. Pastor Mark Middendorf will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Stella Louise was born March 18, 1945, to Walter and Marie (Boyce) Linke at Ord, Nebraska. She was raised in Ord where she received her education and graduated from Ord High School in 1963.
On June 16, 1963, Stella was united in marriage to Ernie Morrow on the family farm 2 ½ miles north of Scotia. Together, Stella and Ernie farmed and raised their family of six daughters on the same home place as they were married in. Stella was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. She was involved in all of the farm activities, including caring for the livestock, and driving the trucks and tractors.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Scotia and the Ladies Aide; and belonged to many clubs, including the Merry Mothers. Her hobbies were sewing, flowers, cooking, gardening, and canning. Stella enjoyed the outdoors which led to her passion of family vacations in the mountains, camping, boating and fishing. Her pride and joy was her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Ernie Morrow of rural Scotia; five daughters and sons-in-law, Annette and Russel Bloom of rural Scotia, Lynnette and Rob Helmkamp of Glen Carbon, IL, Paulette and Johnny DeRiso, Monette and Robbie Kolar and Tinette and Bryan DeRiso all of Scotia; 18 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Pam Linke of Lincoln and Melvin and Linda Linke of Scotia; and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Suzzette Morrow; a sister, Ruth Linke; and a brother, Robert Linke.

Patrick L. Scott, 68





Patrick L. Scott, 68, of Greeley, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Greeley Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Donald Buhrman will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186 of Greeley. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-8:00 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 Mortuary of Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
Patrick Louis Scott was born November 5, 1945, to James F. and Elizabeth (Nordhues) Scott at Greeley, Nebraska. He was raised in Greeley where he received his education and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1964.
Following school, Pat farmed with his dad east of Greeley. In 1966, he entered the United States Army serving in the Vietnam War until his discharge in 1969. Pat returned to Greeley and continued to farm with his dad and brother, Tony.
On September 27, 1975, Pat was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Thompson at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley. To this union two children were born, Mark and Tami.
Pat farmed until 1983, when he went to work driving a fuel truck for Spalding Co-op out of Greeley. He retired in 2001, due to ill health.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, American Legion and V.F.W. When his son, Mark was young Pat was a Boy Scout Leader. His hobbies included model cars, playing solitaire and watching MASH, Cops and PBR bull riding. He was an avid Notre Dame Football fan and will be remembered in the neighborhood for shooting the squirrels. His favorite past time was playing with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Greeley; one son, Mark of Greeley; a daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Nate Bister of Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren, Connor, Gavin and Hallie Scott; Xander Cloninger and Bailee Bister; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Tony and Jeannie Scott of Greeley, Mickey Scott of Cheyenne, WY and Joe and Linda Scott of Grand Island; and one sister, Kay and Leo Reilly of Spalding.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Whistle and Marge Thompson; one sister-in-law, Velma (Mrs. Mickey) Scott; and a niece, Rose Scott.  
 

Martha M. Hoevet, 93


 




Martha M. Hoevet, 93, of Ord passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father Mark Maresh will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Marie was born August 8, 1920, to George and Johanna (Mader) Meng on the family farm in Sioux County, Nebraska near Ardmore, South Dakota. She was raised in Sioux County where she received her education.
On November 4, 1938, she was united in marriage to Alvin Hoevet at Crawford, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Crawford and then moved to Marsland, Nebraska. In 1952, they moved to Arcadia where they farmed.
Mr. Hoevet passed away in April of 1978, Martha then moved to Ord. Besides being a dedicated mother and farm wife, she cooked at Vinton School for several years and loved to bake. Martha was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She belonged to the WFLA Lodge and Ord Senior Classics. Her hobbies included playing cards and bingo. She will be remembered by her handy work that she shared with family and friends.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony Hoevet and Edward and Donna Hoevet of Ord; three daughters and sons-in-law, Norine (Steve) Munoz of Grand Island, Jean (Frank) Lewin of Ord and Johanna Cass of Ord; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and one sister, Mabel Meng of Alliance, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin; a son Arnold Hoevet; grandson Todd Hoevet, brothers Albert and Fritz Meng; three sisters Christine Kruse, Betty Nozicka, Catherine Strattman.

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.
 

James L. Laughlin, 79


 James L. Laughlin, 79, of Ord passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney surrounded by his wife and children.
Mr. Laughlin’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Fathers Mark Maresh and Tom Ryan will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by Ord V.F.W Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s School or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
James Larry Laughlin was born November 8, 1933, at Grand Forks, North Dakota to Thomas and Elsie Laughlin. He grew up in Grand Forks where he received his education and enjoyed ice skating and playing hockey.
Following graduation, Jim served for four years in the United States Navy as an Aircraft Mechanic on aircraft carriers during the Korean Conflict.
Jim’s career took him all over the U.S. but he spent most of his years building hydroelectric plants and dams on the Missouri River from South Dakota to Missouri.
Jim and his wife, Marcella moved to Ord in 1982, to work on the Calamus Dam project. After retirement in 1994, Jim spent the last 18 years fishing and traveling with Marcella and their family.
Jim was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella of Ord; eight children, Michael Laughlin of Olathe, KS, Jacqueline Olsen of Wichita, KS, Delores McKee of Olathe, KS, James Laughlin of Austin, TX, Jeannette Comer of Charlotte, NC, Jerald Laughlin of South Bend, NE, Charlene Augustyn of Olathe, KS and Jennifer Franklin of Harrison Township, MI; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry Laughlin.
Preceding him in death are his parents; a sister, Jeannine Laughlin and a brother, Joseph Laughlin.
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