Obituary Archive 2006

The obituaries posted on this page are from services conducted within 2006 at all of our locations and are listed in order by date of death.  To view the current year's obituary archive, click here.

 

Florence A. (Cool) Douglas

            Florence A. Douglas, 92, of Oshkosh, died Monday, December 25, 2006, at the Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs. 

            Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Ray Weinerman of the Oshkosh United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery.

            Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday.

            A memorial has been established to the Oshkosh Public Library.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.

Florence was born on November 7, 1914, the daughter of Lester and Cynthia (Shepherd) Cool, in the Velma community on her father’s homestead.  She received most of her education in the Oshkosh schools.  After high school, she took Normal Training classes and later passed the Nebraska Teacher’s Examinations.  Florence then taught a few years in the country schools in Garden County.

            On July 25, 1935, Florence was united in marriage to Lloyd Douglas.  To this union, one daughter, Patsy, was born.  They made their home in Oshkosh.  While Lloyd served in the armed services during WWII, Florence taught third grade for the two years he was gone.  After the service, Lloyd applied for an irrigated farm, which was available to WWII veterans.  A lottery was held and his name was drawn for Unit III on Mirage Flats.  In the spring of 1949, the family moved into a small frame build by Lloyd on the new farm.  Over the next five years, they farmed the land.

            In 1954, they bought into Lloyd’s father’s ranch north of Oshkosh.  Lloyd and Florence moved back down to the Snow ranch house.  They spent the next 30 years with a cow-calf operation and putting up hay for their Hereford cattle.

            In the spring of 1985, they decided to lease the ranch and purchased a home in Oshkosh.  During their retirement, Florence loved to work in the house doing various home improvements.  She also enjoyed visiting with her friends.

            She was a member of the V.F.W. Post #5379 Ladies Auxiliary, Election Board volunteer, and enjoyed helping the Oshkosh Public Library.

            Florence is survived by her daughter, Patsy Porter of Gordon, NE, grandchildren; Kim Sullivan of Chadron, NE, Kelly Sullivan of Scottsbluff, NE, Polly Sullivan of Seattle, WA, Douglas Sullivan of Chadron, NE, and Amanda Hellman of Chandler, AZ, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, three sisters; Agnes and husband George Rouse of Hopkinsville, KY, Betty and Virgil King of Scottsbluff, NE, and Edna Williams of Carlton, IL, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd in 1995, her parents; her brothers; Howard Cool, Clarence Cool, Ellis Blain, and a sister, Hazel Jens.

 

Lyle Dickman Wiberg

Lyle Dickman “Dick” Wiberg, 69, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Lisco, Nebraska, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at his home in Kansas City.

            A private burial was held at the Lisco Memorial Cemetery south of Lisco.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was in charge of the arrangements.

            Lyle Dickman Wiberg, known to everyone as “Dick” was born on July 23, 1937, in Lisco, Nebraska, the son of Alvin and Alma (Dickman) Wiberg.  He grew up and received his education at District 61 in Lisco. 

Dick worked as a farm hand for Bill and Enid Meier north of Lisco for many years.  In 1981, Dick moved to Cozad, Nebraska, with his mother to be closer to Selma.  After is mother’s death, he continued to live in Cozad helping Selma, visiting friends and making latch hook rugs.  He also repaired bicycles for a time.  Dick moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in late 2000, where he has resided since.

            Dick is survived by his sister, Selma Irey of Kansas City, MO, and a host of nieces and nephews. 

            He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Laura Martin.

 

Shirley Doris (Lamb) Hazen

            Shirley Doris (Lamb) Hazen, 74, of Oshkosh, died Tuesday morning, December 19, 2006 at the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh.

            Cremation was held and an inurnment will be held at a later date in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

            Shirley was born on October 6, 1932, in Farmer City, Illinois, the daughter of Issac and Elnora (Gregg) Lamb.  She grew up and received her education in Farmer City, graduating in 1951.

            Shirley worked for U.S. West in Denver.  She retired as a manager after 30 years of service.  Shirley enjoyed traveling all over.

            On March 27, 1992, Shirley married Ralph Hazen in Tempe, Arizona.

            She is survived by her brother, Morris Lamb of Northglenn, Colorado.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; mother, Elnora; and sister, Mary Ellen.

 

Stacey Nicole Rowlett

Stacey Nicole Rowlett, age 21, passed away at her Sidney apartment Thursday, December 14, 2006.

Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at Salem Lutheran Church in Gurley with Pastor Ted Bourret officiating. Burial will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery east of Gurley.

Visitation is Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present at the funeral home.

A Memorial has been established for her daughter.

Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of arrangements.

Stacey was born March 10th 1985 at 6:18 p.m. in Omaha, NE. She attended Brownell‑Talbot College Preparatory School from age 3 through seventh grade. Stacey then attended Beveridge Junior High School in eighth grade and graduated from Burke High School, Omaha, in 2003. She attended College of St. Mary for 2 years majoring in HIM (health information management) and also attended Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney last fall.

She lived life to the fullest! She always had places to go and people to see. She was a people person and continually surrounded herself with friends.

Stacey had a passion for playing cards, which she learned from her grandma. By the age of 2 or 3, her grandma, Joyce, would sit at the table with her and play all kinds of kids' card games. She learned how to play rummy and pitch early! Later, when the Texas Hold 'Em poker craze hit, Stacey loved to go to the various bars in Omaha and play ‑ she would win often!

Along with cards, her hobbies included modeling and doing the "runway walk", playing volleyball, and swimming. She was a member of the Pom Squad dancing at half times for College of St. Mary. She also enjoyed watching WWF, riding street bikes, playing poker and she loved probe cars. Three of the four cars she had owned were probes!

Stacey was a lifeguard, swimming lesson instructor, and swim team coach for Camelot Community Center in Omaha for 5 years. She also worked for Max I. Walker Dry Cleaning, Cabela's, and currently worked for Commercial Resins in Sidney.

Her daughter was the love of her life and her main priority. She loved fixing Callie's hair, walking the dogs together, and just playing and having fun.

Stacey is survived by her daughter, Callie Brown; parents, Eldon and Nancy Rowlett; brothers, Keith Rowlett and Paul Rowlett, all of Lodgepole, NE, Nick (Tina) Rowlett; sister, Tiffany (Scott) Ehlert, all of Omaha; grandparents, B. Henry and Joyce Jessen, Sidney, Shirley Rowlett, Omaha; aunts and uncles Jane (Jessen) Mardis and Mike Mardis, Laurie Jessen, all of Denver; and Dan and Amanda Rowlett of Omaha; several cousins including special cousin Leslie Jessen of Denver, one niece and five nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Eldon Rowlett, Sr. and her uncle, Steve Jessen. 

 

Leora F. Jones

Leora F. Jones, 81, of Sturgis, SD, died Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City, SD.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, December, 16, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Edgar Schambach officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery.

A second memorial service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Michael Fox officiating.

A memorial has been established to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE.

Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney in is charge of the arrangements.

Leora was born August 11, 1925 on a farm north of Lodgepole, NE, to Hadda and Francie (Neemann) Hadden. She grew up on farm near Sunol, NE. Leora attended school at District 32.

Leora married Arlo Jones on May 7, 1950 in Sidney, NE. They owned and operated the Insurance Center and the Arlo Jones Agency. Leora was also active in operating her own business the Fabric Boutique. She resided in Sidney for 50 years.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney for 56 years where she was active in the Lutheran Church Women. In 1999, Leora moved to Sturgis, SD.

She enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with her family and friends.

Survivors include daughters Jeaneite (Dave) Lorenz, Vermillion, SD, Peggy Hostetler, Warrensberg, MO; son, Dean (Connie) Jones, Beulah, ND; daughter, Ann (Jerry) Bertolotto, Sturgis, SD; one brother, LeRoy Hadden, Bridgeport, NE; one sister, Evelyn Christensen, Sidney, NE; nine grandchildren, Arlo (Sarah) Lorenz, Omaha, NE, Caleb Jones, Sidney, NE, Brian (Nicole) Hostetler, Columbia, MO, Denise (Matthew) Shipman, Salt Lake City, UT, Steven Hostetler, Warrensberg, MO, Adam Jones, Wahpeton, ND, Raychel Lorenz, Vermillion, SD, Elizabeth and Emily Bertolotto, Sturgis, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Albert and Donald Hadden; one sister, Edna Schlaman.  

 

John Milanuk

            John H. Milanuk, 77, of Oshkosh, died Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at his home. 

            Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Maynard McCarthy officiating of the Oshkosh Assembly of God.  Interment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery. 

            Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  

            A memorial has been established in John’s name.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.

            John was born on October 16, 1929, in Lincoln, Neb., to Daniel and Inez (Kaps) Milanuk.  He grew up southeast of Bridgeport and received his education in Bridgeport, graduating from high school in 1949.  After high school, John worked at the Rush Creek Land and Livestock Company. 

            On May 29, 1955, John was united in marriage to Georgia B. Laux in Oshkosh.  They made their home south of Oshkosh.  John worked on the family ranch until his retirement from ranching in 1996 and later moved into Oshkosh.

            John was a member of the Garden County Sheriff’s Posse, Garden County Ag Society, Garden County Noxious Weed Board, and the Eagles.  He was also very active with the 4-H program.

            He is survived by his sons, Marcus and wife Pam Milanuk of Oshkosh and Monte and wife Kathleen Milanuk of Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren, Michele Milanuk of Lincoln, Lance Corporal Matthew Milanuk of Bremerton Naval Base, Silverdale, Wash., Marshall Milanuk and Mitchell Milanuk both of Oshkosh; step-grandchildren, Jeremy, Joshua and Jennifer; and his brother-in-law, Bill and wife Jackie Laux of Bridgeport.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia in 1990; his parents; and a son, Mike Milanuk.

 

Wesley Duane Mueller

            Wesley Duane Mueller, 82, a lifelong Cheyenne County resident, passed away at his home, surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, December 2, 2006.

            Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, December 7th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney with Pastors Jim Mueller, Rich Mueller, and Bradley Heinecke officiating.  Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

            Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the family to be present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials may be made to Memorial Health Center Hospice or Byron Sessions Memorial Park.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of the arrangements.

Wesley Duane Mueller was born on the family farm northeast of Potter on October 22, 1924 to Franklin and Thekla (Gemeinhardt) Mueller. He was a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, where he served as Trustee and Elder. He attended St. Paul's Parochial School through the eighth grade and graduated from Sidney High School.

            Wes had a great love of animals and loved the land. He farmed until his retirement in 2003. He was well known for his carpentry skills, which he used to remodel and build numerous homes in the area, including the home where he raised his family. He spent his free time fishing and hunting pheasants. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He set an example of service for his family by quietly meeting the needs of both friends and strangers. He was an honest man who always kept his word. Wes had a keen sense of humor and kept those around him laughing his entire life.

Wes married Bertha Corbett on October 28, 1951. They raised five children and lived in Sidney throughout their marriage.

Wes is survived by his wife, Bertha; his sons and daughters‑in‑law, Wes and Claudia Mueller of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Greg and Shelley Mueller, of Springfield, Virginia; and Jon and A'Lisa Mueller, of Sidney; his daughter and son‑in‑law, Trish and Mike Long, of Olathe, Kansas; and his daughter, Pam Uhl, of Sidney. He has sixteen grandchildren: Sara St. Cyr, Casey, and Alese Mueller; Adam, Lindsey, Megan, Brandon, and Carson Long; Erica, Alison, Nathan, Seth, and Jonathan Mueller; Nicole and Jessica Uhl; and Caitlyn Mueller; and one great granddaughter, Grace St. Cyr; He is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth and wife Eileen Mueller of Sidney, Donal and wife JoAnne Mueller of Anchorage, Alaska, and James and wife Ramona Mueller of Yankton, South Dakota, as well as several nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, Jerry Mueller, preceded him in death.  

 

Betty J. Bradley

            Betty Jane Bradley, 70, of Lewellen, Neb., died Saturday, December 2, 2006 at her home. 

            At her request, cremation was held.  Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date in the Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha, Neb. 

            A memorial has been established in Betty’s name.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is assisting the family with the cremation arrangements.

            Betty was born on April 21, 1936, in Omaha, Neb., to Clarence and Dorothy (Mumm) Cutrell.  She grew up and received her formal education in Omaha.  In 1954, Betty moved to Lewellen, Neb., where she worked at The Ranch House. 

Betty married Keith “Skip” Bradley on April 19, 1956.  The couple resided in Lewellen before moving to Omaha.  They moved back to Lewellen in 1966. 

In 1984, Betty moved to Scottsbluff where she resided and worked as a cook at Bailey’s Town and Country for the next 12 years.  After her retirement in 1996, she moved back to Lewellen where she has resided since. 

Betty loved to garden and enjoyed growing flowers.  She especially loved to be with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Betty will be remembered for the generous and kind ways she treated others.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Bradley of Lewellen; daughters, Jody and husband Eric Lobner of Lewellen and Kelli and husband Kirk Kuxhausen of Mitchell; adopted daughter, Stacy and husband Tracy Collins of Lewellen; grandchildren, Jacey Leeper, Abbey Boppre, Randi Bradley, Nick, Carlye, Madison Kuxhausen, Kody, Kim, Kraig, and Kade Collins; great-grandchildren, Amber and Dylan Rodriquez, and Tyson Boppre; special neighbors, Jean Boggs, Helen Strange, and Bill Jorgensen; special friends, Ed and Pauline Bingham and her friends from Bailey’s Town and Country.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and great-grandson, Dusty Boppre.

 

John Allen Cape

            John Allen Cape, age 78, of Grass Valley, California, passed away November 25, 2006 at Graniteville, California.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of John to the Mercy Foundation in support of the Heart Center at Mercy General Hospital-Sacramento, the Dalton Cemetery, or the charity of your choice.  

            A family memorial service and inurnment will be held the summer of 2007 in Dalton, Nebraska.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of the arrangements.

            John was born on May 2, 1928 to Robert and Mina (Mauer) Cape at the family ranch near Dalton, Nebraska. John entered military service in January 1949, serving at various locations in the U.S., Japan and Korea.  He received a commission in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1951 and served two years attached to the Air Force.  He worked on construction and rehabilitation of airfields near Seoul during the Korean War.

             While on a leave, in what was the "highlight of his life," John married Margery Harsin, on October 6, 1951 at Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

             John graduated from Colorado State University with a  degree in Civil Engineering and then worked for the California Department of Water Resources, where he was involved extensively with the State Water Project in engineering, construction supervision and contract administration. 

              While working for DWR, he graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1967.  He continued work as an attorney for DWR and the California Dept. of Justice on construction contract claims and litigation and performed other governmental law work, retiring as Assistant Chief Counsel for DWR in 1987.  He continued part time with the DWR on special assignments and as a hearing officer on administrative proceedings until his death.  His work after retirement also included pro bono service for the Grass Valley Office of Legal Services of Northern California, the creation of non-profit corporations for several community service organizations, and service as an arbitrator for the Nevada County Superior Court.  One of his chief activities was serving as a volunteer and officer for the Graniteville Community Services Association, an entity created to rehabilitate and conserve an 1878 one-room school in Nevada County at Graniteville.

             John was active in numerous hobbies with his family.  He especially enjoyed long-distance horseback riding with his daughter and, in later years, traveling and family genealogy.  He also designed and built, with the help of numerous family members and friends, a cabin at Graniteville.

             He leaves behind his wife of 55 years Margery, sons Randall (wife Marie) of Granite Bay, California, and James (wife Valerie) of Belmont, California, daughter Cheryl (husband Daniel May) of Findlay, Ohio, seven grandchildren, brothers Earl, Jerry (wife Nancy) and Kayo (wife Carol) Cape, sisters Gladys Runge, Roberta Pierce (husband Damon), Sharon Cape and Connie Ankeny, sisters-in-law, Mazie, Mary Jane and Betty Cape, brother-in-law, Lyle Hall and scores of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

              He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Mina, and brothers Martin, Howard, and Charles Cape and sister Norma Jean Hall.

 

Robert Roy Sullivan

Robert Roy Sullivan, 72, of Oshkosh, Nebraska, died on Monday, November 20, 2006, at his home.  

At his request, cremation was held and no services will be held. 

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh, Nebraska, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

            Roy was born on March 1, 1934, 18 miles north of Fowler, Colorado, the son of C. W. and Rachel (Clemons) Sullivan.  He received his education in Fowler and graduated from Fowler High School in 1953. 

            Roy married Barbara Baylor on January 1, 1956, and to this union three children were born, Christine, Justin and Travis.  He was employed at CF&I Steel in Pueblo, Colorado until he was drafted into the United States Army on January 23, 1956, and was in active duty and standby duty until he was honorably discharged on January 22, 1962.  The family moved to Emmett, Idaho, where Roy was an Engineer for Stokley Van Camp/Jolly Green Giant.  They moved back to Fowler, Colorado, where he was employed at Diven Cannery.  They later moved on to ranching in southwest Fowler.  The family then moved to Manzanola, Colorado, where Roy owned and operated an auto repair shop. 

            In 1992, he retired to Oshkosh, Nebraska, where he helped his sons train horses.

            Roy is survived by his daughter, Christine Wilson and friend Perry Hastings of Mesa, Arizona; son, Justin and wife Sharleen Sullivan and their children, Dustin, Tileen, and Kayleen Sullivan all of Oshkosh, son, Travis and wife Tina Sullivan and their children, Kiaya and Zachary Sullivan all of Lisco; sisters, Thelma Brown, Mary Lou Sullivan both of Portales, NM, Helen Butterfield of Bainerd, MN, Alice Sullivan of Kuna, ID, and Laura Whitney of La Junta, CO; brother Neil “Ed” Sullivan of Aurora, CO; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Clyde Sullivan.

 

Jack Fish  

            Jack Fish, 83 of Sidney died Monday evening, November 13, 2006 at his home in Sidney.

            His body has been donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board for medical research and no services will be held.

            Memorials have been established to the Memorial Health Center Hospice.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include his wife Marjory Harris Fish of Sidney, NE; his children:  Ron (Connie) Fish of Laramie, WY, Rue (Tom) Toovey of Bastrop, TX, Cara (Keith) Pankoke of Beaver Crossing, NE, Jackey (Brad) Vizina of Sidney, NE, Jay T. of Waseca, MN and Tamara (Ralph) Smith of Ooltewah, TN; ten Grandchildren:  Jason (Julie) Fish of Buffalo, WY, Leslie Fish of Charlotte, NC, Zande’e Toovey of Toronto, Ontario, Nicole (Jeff) Bannock of Denver, CO, Theresa Pankoke of Beaver Crossing, NE, Misty (Mike) Brown of Broadwater, NE, Brandy Fish of Kearney, NE, Dylan Fish of Sidney, NE and Miles and Payton Smith of Ooltewah, TN; three Great-grandchildren:  Chastity and Quentin Brown of Broadwater, NE and Carissa Fostervold of Kearney, NE; and one sister, Betty Gano of Hayden, ID.

 

Dale Lippstrew

            Dale Lippstrew, 80 of Sidney, Nebraska and a longtime Dalton area resident died Wednesday morning, November 8, 2006 at the Sloan’s Estates Assisted Living in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, November 10, 2006 in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the Rev. H. Eldin Wells officiating.  Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Gurley Rescue Unit.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of the arrangements.

            Dale Frank Lippstrew, the son of Frank and Nora (Connelly) Lippstrew was born November 1, 1926 at Dalton, Nebraska.  He grew up on a farm in the Dalton area and attended rural school at District 80.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

            On November 3, 1945 he was united in marriage to Lois Marie (Martha) Meick in Sidney, Nebraska.  They made their home on a farm east of Gurley in the Weyerts Community.  To this union four sons were born:  LeRoy, Tim, Dan and Nicholas.

            In 1997 he became a resident of the Sloan’s Estates Assisted Living facility in Sidney.

            Survivors include two sons:  LeRoy and wife Ellen Lippstrew of Sterling, CO and Dan and wife Kellie Lippstrew of Sidney, NE; one daughter-in-law, Deb Lippstrew of Dalton, NE; 8 Grandchildren and 4 Great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sons:  Nicholas and Tim and one sister, Vera Cobb.  

 

Allan L. Beckler

                Allan Lamar Beckler, 58, formerly of Chappell, passed away Monday, November 6, 2006 in Lakewood Colorado. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 10, 2006, at the Mennonite Cemetery east of Chappell.  There will be no public visitation at the funeral home.

Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of the arrangements.

            Allan was born on September 5, 1948 to Delmer and Clara (Roth) Beckler in Julesburg, Colorado.

Survivors include his daughter Zandee Ann, sisters Ruth Melton of Corsicana, Texas; Millie Eichelberger of Mansfield, Missouri; Donna Little of Oregon, Illinois; and Mary McCall of Chappell: and brother Gary Beckler and wife Jean of Corsicana, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Roy Beckler of Dallas, Texas: John Beckler of Ovid, Colorado, and Edward Beckler of Richardson, Texas.  

 

Wilson Berta 

After a long illness, Wilson Berta, 89, of Broadwater passed away peacefully Thursday, November 2, 2006 at Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney, surrounded by loving family members.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater with Leon "Bud" Gillespie, C.L.P. and Ann Bairn, P.M.A. officiating. Burial will follow in Oregon Trail Cemetery in Bridgeport.

Memorial donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, the Prairie Winds Community Center, or to the library of your choice.

            The casket will be closed.  Friends who wish may sign the register book from 9:00A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

On November 7, 1916, a strapping ten-pound baby boy was born at home outside a coal mining camp at Rock Springs, Wyoming. When his Italian immigrant parents, Barney and Maria Berta, couldn't think of a proper name for their fifth child, the doctor suggested that since it was Election Day, this newest American citizen should be named after Woodrow Wilson, our newly‑elected 27th president. And so began the remarkable life of Wilson Berta.

When Wilson was four, the Berta family moved to Oshkosh, Nebraska and then to Lewellen, Lisco, and Northport before settling on a farm south of Broadwater in 1937. As a boy, Wilson loved to explore and trap muskrats along the banks of the Platte River. Here he spent some of his happiest moments. Wilson also developed a keen business sense by supplementing the family income with money from pelts he sold to the Montgomery Ward Catalog Company.

Wilson was a very good student, but he was also a hard worker, and when his help was needed on the family farm, he quit school. Although his formal education ended after the sixth grade, Wilson continued studying on his own. He had a thirst for knowledge and an appreciation for good books. Wilson was an avid reader and spent many hours devouring his extensive library.

            As a young man, Wilson was a shy, private person who enjoyed quiet evenings at home with his family. Few outside his family ever knew that Wilson had a strong voice and loved singing and playing the accordion.

In February of 1942, Wilson entered the army for service in World War II. During basic training, his rugged good looks caught the eye of his superiors and he was chosen to make military training films in Silver Springs, Florida with film star Dan Daily. After leaving Florida, Wilson excelled during rigorous testing and was selected to become a member of the prestigious office of Strategic Service, precursor of the CIA. Wilson trained in Washington before being shipped overseas where he executed many dangerous missions in Africa, Italy and France ‑ often alone and behind enemy lines.

When Wilson was discharged in July of 1945, he returned home to farm and ranch with his father and brothers. Although he never married, Wilson was a devoted family man. He spent many years caring for his parents, was a protective big brother to his two little sisters, and was a much loved and admired uncle. Wilson always had time for the special people in his life. He put family first and knew how to make them feel important.

Wilson was a quiet, humble man, an accommodating host, and a dependable friend. He will be remembered as an honorable man of conviction and integrity. Wilson's generosity and kind, gentle manner will be deeply missed.

            Wilson is survived by a sister Gerry and brother-in‑law Dallas Rohrs of Clive, Iowa; brother‑in‑law Ray Jessen of Sidney; sister‑in‑law Nadine Berta of Grand Junction, Colorado; niece Janet (Gary) Tuggle of Custer, South Dakota; niece Judy Wyland of Bridgeport; nephew Gary (Billy) Berta of Grand Island; nephew Lanny Berta of Grand Junction, Colorado; niece Pam Arrington of Lodgepole; nephew Randy (Kathy) Reano of Julesburg, Colorado; nephew Michael (Sharon) Jessen of Sidney; nephew Pat (Sally) Rohrs of Des Moines, Iowa; nephew Ron (Brenda) Jessen of Sidney; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

            Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers, and three great nephews.

 

Alice Dale Richards 

            Alice Dale Richards, 91 of Sidney, Nebraska died early Wednesday morning, November 1, 2006 at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 6, 2006 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

             A memorial has been established.

            Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

Alice Dale Jones Richards was born May 8, 1915 at Hatfield, Harrison County, Missouri to William E. and Nellie Ruth (Todd) Jones. She attended school and graduated from Hatfield High School where she played on the girls' basketball team. After high school she traveled to Torrington, Wyoming where she worked for her uncle. She met and married Gordon E. (Shorty) Richards in 1935 while in Torrington. They moved to Sidney in the early 1940's.

They had three daughters Reta, Maycel, and Rilla. Alice Dale was a fifty-year member of The First United Methodist Church, and the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron with her husband by her side as Worthy Patron. Alice Dale worked for her brother, Arlo Jones, in his insurance business, as well as other retail stores in the Sidney area. She and her husband owned and operated Shorty's Liquor in Sidney for several years, as well as partnerships with two daughters in The Bungalow. Alice Dale baked and decorated many wedding and anniversary cakes by special order for customers in the Sidney and surrounding area beginning in the 1940's and continuing into the 1970's.

Survivors include her three daughters Reta Golden of Ogallala, Maycel Richards of Sidney, and Rilla & Wendell Draper of Gurley, nine grandchildren Gordon & Kelly Carey, Tammy & Doug Steffens, Marcella & Mark Thompson, Brandon & Elizabeth Draper, and David Drape all of Sidney, Curtis Carey of Ogallala, Bradley Golden of New York City, Troy McGee of League City Texas, and Leigh & George Niekum of Gurley; seventeen great‑grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Benskin of Sidney, Audrey Woodward of Idaho, and Donna Schardein of Indianola Iowa; four sister‑in‑laws Leora Jones of Sturgis S. Dakota, Evelyn & W.J. Groom of Worth Missouri, Marynell Richards of Grant City Missouri, and Rudine Richards of Duncan OK.

             She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, her parents, one brother and three brother-in-laws.

 

Ruth E. Peters

            Ruth E. Peters, 81, of Sidney, formerly of Lodgepole, died Saturday, October 28, 2006, at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.  

            Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lodgepole with Pastor Jack Coffey officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery north of Lodgepole.

            Visitation will be on Monday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of arrangements.

            Ruth Evelyn Peters was born August 16, 1925 in Scotia, Nebraska, the daughter of Samuel Marion “S.M.” and Evlina (Hornickel) Dillow.  She grew up and received her education at Shelton, Nebraska, graduating from Shelton High School in 1943.  She attended Kearney State College and taught in rural country schools for the next 25 years. Ruth had a great love for children.

            On May 19, 1968 she was united in marriage to Clarence Joseph Peters at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lodgepole.  They made their home in Lodgepole where Ruth enjoyed being a homemaker, the social events, studying historical events, collections of various items and scrapbooks.  Clarence passed away April 3, 1996.  Ruth moved to Sidney to Sloan Estates in 2000 and in 2002 she moved into Memorial Health Center, Extended Care.

            She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and a past member of the Toastmasters Club.

            She is survived by her brother, William H. Dillow of Holdrege, Nebraska; sister, Mary Jane Zimmerman and her husband Dean of DeWitt, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Myrtle Quinn of Sidney, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Edgar Peters of Lodgepole, Nebraska; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

            Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.

 

Donald Freeman   

Donald Freeman, 89, of Chappell, Nebraska died early Wednesday morning, October 25, 2006 at Emerald Court Care Center in Scottsbluff.

          Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at the Foursquare Gospel Church in Chappell with Pastor Gary Wilson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chappell Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.  

Memorials may be made to the Foursquare Gospel Church in Chappell.

Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald George Freeman was born January 8, 1917, in Deuel County Nebraska, to George Louis and Marie Nass Freeman.

          Don attended, and graduated from, the Deuel County school systems. He lived with his parents 7 ½ miles South East of Chappell, and was engaged in the family farming and ranching business. He was united in marriage to Ramona Saint of Oshkosh, on March 12, 1940. For the next 28 years they resided at the ranch.

 In addition to farming, Don and Ramona, in partnership with Otis and Esther Ingersoll, co-owned, and operated the Fashion Plaza dress shop in downtown Chappell, and the Tel Star Motel in Kearney, Nebraska.

Don sold the ranch in 1968 to Robert and Wanda Paulsen. He and his wife then built a new home in Chappell, where he resided through his wife’s passing in 1995, and until he became ill.

He was an active member of the Four Square Church, and served as a Sunday school teacher and Elder. In his spare time, Don enjoyed raising chinchillas, bowling, and restoring antique cars.

            Don was preceded in death by his wife Ramona, parents Marie and George Freeman, one brother, Louis Freeman Sr., and one sister, Velva Paulsen. 

            His survivors include, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Sarah M. (Davis) Bandy

            Sarah M. (Davis) Bandy, 102, formerly of Oshkosh, died Sunday, October 22, 2006, in Casper, Wyoming.               

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 27, 2006 at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Ray Weinerman of the United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday.

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah was born on October 9, 1904, at Dickinson, Stark County, North Dakota to Palace Payne and Maggie May (Wilmot) Davis.  Her mother died when she was six months of age and her father when she was two years old.  Her paternal grandmother, Sarah Sophia Davis raised her to young womanhood. 

Sarah and her grandmother lived on homesteads during most of her childhood.  They were living on a homestead in Colorado when she met the love of her life.  At the age of 16, Sarah married Ernest Wayne “Duke” Bandy on May 25, 1921.  To this wedlock, four children were born, Elwanda Burke Wentz, Ellen Marie Baptist, Daryl Wayne Bandy and Dale Eugene Bandy.

Sarah had a natural talent for music and enjoyed playing with dance bands and entertaining others anytime.  After her husband retired from Stanolind Pipeline, they raised blooded Greyhound race dogs and enjoyed the races and the results of the same.  She loved to cook and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Dale and wife Sara Jane Bandy of Rockdale, Texas; her daughter, Elwanda and husband Donald Wentz of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren, Willis and wife Caroline Burke of Story, Wyo., Richard and wife Cynthia Burke of Casper, Wyo., Linda Stockton of Petaluma, Calif., Dan Bandy of Thermopolis, Wyo., Dale “Skip” Bandy of Dallas, Texas, Stephanie Laughinghouse of Hondo, Texas; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest “Duke” Bandy; son, Daryl Bandy; daughter, Ellen Baptist; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Bernice Wilmot; grandson, Shannon Burke; granddaughters, Stephanie Brown and Diane Burke; and a great-great-grandson, Heath Hagele.

 

Jasper M. Huls

            Jasper Huls, 85 of rural Gurley died Wednesday evening, October 18, 2006 at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 23, 2006 in the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Gurley with Pastor H. Eldin Wells and Leon “Bud” Gillespie, C.L.P. officiating.  Military graveside rites and burial will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Gurley Fire and Rescue.

            Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Jasper M. Huls, the last surviving member of the family, was born July 9, 1921 on the family farm 11 miles east of Gurley to William and Minnie (Rahe) Huls.  From the time he was old enough to work, he worked for his father on the family farm.  After work one of his greatest joys was hunting with his older brother.  When time allowed, he spent time at a bachelor neighbor’s house helping him.  After leaving home he worked for various farmers, including Arthur Rowan and Ed Lukens.

            Jasper was drafted into WW II and served in the European Theatre as a medic under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He saw action in Casablanca, France and Italy.  After his discharge, he returned home and worked for Arthur Rowan.

            On August 13, 1954 he was united in marriage to Elvena A. Borges at the Weyerts Church.  To this union two children were born:  Sharon and Rollie.  The family moved to the Lorenzo area where he was employed by George Fleming as a farm hand when Mr. Fleming was a county commissioner.  Mr. Fleming offered him a job with the Cheyenne County Roads Department during the winter.  This job turned into full time in 1958 that lasted 31 years.  The family moved to a farm east of Gurley where he and his wife farmed, had a dairy and he continued working for the county.  Jasper retired from the Cheyenne County Roads Department in June of 1991.

            Elvena preceded him in death in January of 1999.  After her death his joy was farming, but his greatest joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Jasper continued to live on the family farm until June of 2004 when he went to live at his “new home” at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care.

            Survivors include his children:  Sharon Waite and husband Gene of Sidney, NE and Rollie Huls and wife Marcia of Gurley, NE; his eight grandchildren:  Angie, Gretchen, Christina, Steven, Jamie, Tanya, Tina and Jason; and his 29 Great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters:  Sylvia, Anna and Alma; two brothers:  Jake and John and one grandson, Alan Michael.  

 

Robert L. “Bob” White

            Robert L. “Bob” White, 75, of Oshkosh, passed away, Wednesday morning, October 18, 2006 at his home. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 21, 2006, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with Pastors Jack Coffey and Ray Weinerman co-officiating.  Interment will be in the Antelope Valley Cemetery northeast of Oshkosh. 

Visitation will be on Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  A memorial has been established.  

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.

Bob was born on May 23, 1931, at home north of Oshkosh to Milton and Bonnie (Bahns) White.  He grew up and received his early education north of Oshkosh at the Antelope Valley School and later attended the Garden County High School, graduating in 1949. 

            Bob was united in marriage to Lois Jean Reno on October 19, 1952 at the Oshkosh United Methodist Church Parsonage.  They made their home in Oshkosh.  Bob and Jean were later divorced and he married Mary Lou (Pullen) Pebley on February 9, 1985 in Oshkosh at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  They resided in Oshkosh.

 Bob was an electrician by trade.  He started with Wheat Belt Public Power and eventually started his own electrical business in Oshkosh.   He continued helping people until the time of his death.

Bob enjoyed fishing and volunteering his time.  He served on the Oshkosh City Council for many years and was a volunteer fireman for 11 years.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church and a past member of the Chamber of Commerce.

            Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Oshkosh; sons, Steve (Karen) White of Bennet, Neb. and Tim (Adriana) White of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren, Erik White of Bennet, Neb., and Tyler (Elise) White of Lincoln; step-daughter, Susan Bartling of Vancouver, Wash.; step-grandchildren, Brent Bartling of Vancouver, Wash., Jennifer Phillips of Vancouver, Wash., Shawn Wilkinson of Oshkosh, Lauren Wilkinson of Hastings, and Michelle Wilkinson of Sidney; step-great-grandchildren, Brooke and Jacy of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers, Richard (Arleda) White of Bridgeport, Donald “Duck” (Verna) White of Oshkosh, Jim (Judy) White of Lincoln, Larry “Buzz” (Silvia) White of San Angelo, Texas; sisters, June (Dale) Waltman of Oshkosh, Bonnie (Gary) Franklin of Bridgeport, and Mary Ann Stuart of Bayard; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Sheryl Wilkinson.

 

Viola Wiegers  

            Viola Wiegers, 95, of Chappell died Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2006 at Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell.

            Graveside Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 at Pleasant View Cemetery north of Lodgepole with Pastor Jurdan Counts of the Chappell United Methodist Church officiating.

            Visitation will be held Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of the arrangements.

            Viola Ora Wiegers was born November 18, 1910 in Clay Center, Kansas, the daughter of Chris and Mary (Moehle) Wiegers.  She moved with her parents to rural Lodgepole in 1919 where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Goodview School in 1929.  She then went to Nursing School in Scottsbluff and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1932.  She worked as a nurse in Greeley, Fort Morgan, and Sterling, Colorado before returning to Chappell to care for her sister Oleva Wiegers.  In December of 1998 she moved into Miller Memorial Care Center.

            Vi was a member of the Chappell United Methodist Church and Royal Neighbors of America.

            Survivors include; two nieces, Mary Osthoff of Clay Center, Kansas, and Dorothy Beswick of Palmer, Kansas; two nephews, Marvin and his wife Vernie Rathbun of Benson, Arizona, and Dale Rathbun of New Raymer, Colorado; several great nieces and nephews; and special friends Ernie and Pauline Kahrs of Lodgepole, Nebraska.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

 

Clarence C. Cutsor

            Clarence C. Cutsor, 84, longtime resident of the Lewellen area passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, October 9, 2006. 

            A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 13, 2006, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh with Father Neal Nollette officiating.  Interment will follow in Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen. 

            A Vigil service will held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, at the church.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  Memorials may be made to the family.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.

            Clarence was born on June 22, 1922 at Osceola, Nebraska, the youngest of eleven children to John “Jake” and Katherine “Kate” (Opiela) Koczor.  He grew up and received his early education near Silver Creek, Nebraska.  After school, Clarence farmed with his parents near Silver Creek for the next several years. 

            While working on a harvest crew, he met his future wife, Germaine “Jeri” Faust in Orient, South Dakota.  They were later married on September 26, 1950 in Polo, South Dakota.  They made their home on a farm south of Sutherland where they set up housekeeping and farmed for the next eight years.  They then moved north of Lake McConaughy were they ran a resort called Petersons Otter Creek Lodge until 1974 and later moved to their current home outside of Lewellen. 

Clarence worked as a road grade operator for Keith County while they ran the resort.  In 1968, he started working with heavy equipment for Missouri Valley, Blattner, and several other construction companies before retiring in 2002.  After his retirement, he kept busy with his gardening and card playing.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Jeri Cutsor of Lewellen; daughters, Rosalie and husband Butch Orr of Lewellen, Dolores and husband Tim Tague of Omaha; granddaughters, Misty and husband Jim Biel, Tina and husband Steve Hunzeker of York, Molly Delatour of Lincoln and her fiance’ Patrick Skomer; grandson, Wes Delatour of Lincoln; and great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Aleyah Hunzeker and Skylan Curnett.  He is also survived by a host of other family and friends.

             He was preceded in death by his parents; ten brothers and sisters, Florence Sahurra, Joe Cutsor, Leo Cutsor, Ben Cutsor, Frank Cutsor, Victoria Grossenclouse, Steve Cutsor, Rose Fiddler, Alex Cutsor, and Ed Cutsor.

 

Pamela Kay Jacobs

Pamela Kay Jacobs, age 59, died Friday, October 6, 2006 in Toledo, Ohio after a short illness.

Funeral Services were held at noon on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 West Bigelow in Findlay, OH and a Service of Readings and Prayers will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 13 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE.   Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lutheran Disaster Response for Hurricane Katrina Relief or Trinity Lutheran Church.

The family was assisted with arrangements, by Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, OH www.reebfuneralhome.com and Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney, NE.

Born July 29, 1947 in Sidney, Nebraska she was the first-born of Martin Jacobs and Berniece (Aurich Jacobs) Filsinger. She was baptized confirmed, and attended grade school at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1965 and St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas, in 1967. She lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 31 years where she served as secretary/parish worker at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. At the University of Tulsa, she served as academic advisor in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Secretary in the Chemistry Department. In 1998, Pam moved to Findlay, Ohio to be close to her brother, sister-in-law and nephews in Toledo. She was employed at the Northwest Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as secretary/receptionist.

Pam understood the servant role which Jesus modeled. She was very devoted to her job in the Northwestern Ohio Synod Office. She was interested in social issues and became involved in relief efforts following the devastating hurricane season in the fall of 2005. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, where she played in the Trinity Bells and joined the knitting ministry. She also enjoyed history, reading and her German heritage.

Survivors include her mother and step-father, Berniece and Orville Filsinger, Sidney, NE; her brother and sister-in-law, Pastor Merlin Jacobs and Ann Augustin-Jacobs, Toledo, OH; nephew Aaron Jacobs, Milwaukee, WI; nephew Timothy Jacobs, Athens, OH; sister and brother-in-law, Dana and Ron Anderson, Greeley, CO; step-brother, Marvin Filsinger, Sidney, NE and children: Areena (Filsinger) Webb and family, Johnstown, CO; Shelby (Filsinger) Roelle and family, Sidney, NE; Dawn Filsinger and Ryan Filsinger, Windsor, CO; step-sister Gloria (Filsinger) Vegas and daughter Rachelle, San Jose, CA ; and step-sister and brother-in-law Javonne (Filsinger) and Randy Krueger, Campbell, CA and children: Jared and Laura Campbell, CA and Elizabeth, New York, NY.

            Pam was preceded in death by her father, both sets of grandparents and her Uncle Vern.

 

Anna T. Merlo            

Anna Theresa Merlo, 85, passed away at Garden County Hospital on October 5, 2006.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 9, 2006, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh with Father Neal Nollette officiating.  Interment will follow at the Oshkosh City Cemetery.  

A Rosary will held on Sunday at 6 p.m., at the Church.  Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the family present from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  The casket will be open at the church for the Rosary.

            A memorial has been established in Anna’s name.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was in charge of the arrangements.

Anna was born July 2, 1921 in Oshkosh, NE to Joseph and Jennie Zanotti Ardissono.  She grew up in Oshkosh and graduated from Garden County High School in 1939.  She graduated from Creighton Hospital School of Nursing in 1942 as a registered nurse.  She returned to Oshkosh to work at Oshkosh Community Hospital, later Garden County Hospital, until her retirement in 1991 with 49 years of service.  She always boasted of having filled out only one job application in her lifetime.

On September 15, 1942 she married Dominic Joseph Merlo at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Oshkosh, NE.  They made their home in Oshkosh on a farm just south of town.  She resided there until moving to the Riverview Assisted Living in 2001.  She moved to the Garden County Nursing Home in 2005.

Children born to Dominic and Anna included Judith, Donald, Lois, and Marilyn.  She was baptized in the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church where she was a member until her death.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth Altar Society, and the Oshkosh Country Club Ladies League.  She enjoyed reading, playing golf, their cabin at the lake and traveling.

From the early part of her life, Ann was always daring, adventurous and wanting to have new innovative experiences.

Anna is survived by son, Donald (Ann) Merlo of Carmel, IN; daughters, Judy (Michael) Schlobohm of Oshkosh, Lois (Galen) Keas of Alda, Marilyn (Greg) Rehm of Fairmont; brother John (Nettie) Ardissono of Oshkosh; sisters-in-law, Helen Ardissono of Oshkosh, Mary Ardissono of Bridgeport, and Miriam Ardissono of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Scott (Jody) Smith, Laura (Jared) Kerkmen, Kelly (Mitch) Lahm, Crystal (Tony) Shield, Sara Keas, Chelsey Rehm and Julianna Merlo; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

            Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Dominic; brothers, Johnny Ardissono in infancy, Peter Ardissono, Robert Ardissono, Howard Ardissono; sister, Mary Happel; and granddaughter, Anna Rehm.

 

Lola Hernbloom

Lola Hernbloom, 88, long time resident of Lodgepole, died September 24, 2006, at her home at Princeton Place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

            Graveside memorial services will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery north of Lodgepole on Monday, Oct. 9th, at 1:00 pm.  The service will be followed with a light lunch served at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lodgepole.

            Memorials may be made to Gloria Dei Women’s ELCA in Lodgepole, NE.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of arrangements.

            Lola’s real love, after her family, was knitting and cooking.  She spent many hours watching cooking shows on TV and trying new ideas in her own kitchen.  She enjoyed her independence living by herself for several years at her home in Lodgepole.

            She is survived by three children and their spouses: Donald and Betty Sheridan of Grand Junction, CO, Gloria and William Buck of Denver, and Patricia and Gary Fuller of Rio Rancho, NM.  Five surviving grandchildren include Brad and Holly Buck, Mike and Dean Bayens, and Jody Conner.  Surviving step-grandchildren are Bonnie Toles, Cindy Long, Karlean, Sharma, Bryan and Brent Fuller.  There are 11 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Earline Hernbloom of Jackson, MS.

            Lola was preceded in death by Richard Hernbloom in 1995, her husband of 47 years, and grandson Donald Scott Sheridan.

 

David Michael "Mike" Fling

            David Michael “Mike” Fling, 47, of Englewood, Colo., entered into peaceful rest on Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at Lake McConaughy surrounded by his wife, Janet, and his parents, Gene and Rita Fling.

            A Wake will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Marina Landing at Lake McConaughy.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Park Hill Lodge, 4819 E. Montview Blvd, Denver, Colorado.    

            Memorials may be made in Mike’s name to Project Angel Heart to fight A.I.D.S.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh assisted the family with cremation arrangements.

            Mike was born on January 21, 1959, in Denver, Colorado to Gene and Rita (Young) Fling.  He grew up and received his education in Denver, graduating from South High School in 1977. 

            On March 6, 1994, he was united in marriage to Janet McGriff in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They made their home in each other’s hearts but more recently at Englewood, Colorado. 

            Mike was a sheet metal journeyman by trade.  He loved his family, the mountains, skiing, boating, hunting, and trap shooting.  He especially loved to help everybody in anyway he could.

            He is survived by his wife, Janet of Englewood, Colo.; his children, Lyndse (Shad) Gibbs of Tremonton, Utah and Veronica Meketuk of Englewood, Colo.; grandchildren, Keeghan and Isabelle Gibbs and Blake Whittington; his parents, Gene and Rita Fling of Lake McConaughy; brother, Rick (Diane) Fling of Denver, Colo.; sisters, Coni (Gary) Householter of Estes Park, Colo., and Cheri Fling of Englewood, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

            He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elton and Neva Young; brother-in-law, Tony Wilcox; and mother-in-law, Shirley McGriff.

 

Arthur Borcher

            Arthur Borcher, 77, of Sidney, Nebraska died Sunday morning, September 24, 2006 at Beverly Healthcare in Sidney.

            Memorial Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Edgar Schambach officiating.

            Memorials may be made to the Dorwart Cancer Center, youth sports at the Community Center, or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.           

Cremation has taken place and there is no visitation at the funeral home. 

Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Junior Borcher was born on the farm west of Gurley, Nebraska on January 1, 1929, the son of Arthur Cornelius and Henrietta Johanna Maria (Fecht) Borcher.  He grew up and attended Rural School District #76 and then attended Sidney High School.  He was part of the State Championship Basketball team of 1945 and graduated with the class of 1946.  Following graduation he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for a couple of years, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served a couple of years before being honorably discharged.  He returned to the family farm and on May 29, 1952 was united in marriage to Marjorie Curlee.  They resided on the farm and continued farming until retiring in June of 1993, when they moved into Sidney.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid Nebraska sports fan.  He lived in his retirement years for his grandchildren’s sporting activities.

Survivors include; two sons, Scott Borcher and wife Penny of Gurley, Nebraska, and Charles Borcher of Sidney, Nebraska; two daughters, Sally Lambrecht and husband Richard of Sidney, Nebraska, and Susan Frack and husband Steve of Lincoln, Nebraska; six grandchildren, David and Stephanie Frack, Christopher Lambrecht, Robert, Jami, and Cassandra Arraj; and one great grandchild, Elijah Arraj.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie on January 11, 1994; his parents; sisters, Florence Wills and Doris Anthony; and a brother Bob Thurston.  

 

Billy G. Ray 

Billy G. Ray, 89, of Chappell, died at his home on September 23, 2006.  

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2006 in the Chappell United Methodist Church with Pastors Jurdan Counts and Harun Gatobu officiating.  Burial with military rites was in the Chappell Cemetery.   Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell. 

Memorials have been established to the Dorwart Cancer Treatment Center in Sidney, Nebraska.

            Holechek Funeral Home of Chappell was in charge of arrangements.

He was born October 5, 1916, to Chloe and Herbert Ray, in Sedgwick, Colorado.  He lacked reaching his 90th birthday by twelve days.

Billy started his school years in a room on the top floor of the Courthouse.  He graduated from the Deuel County High School, attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where he played football, and then began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Lincoln, Nebraska.  It was there that he met his bride-to-be, Hilda M. Huddleson, who also worked for the USDA, and they were married on March 11, 1941.  Billy and Hilda were blessed with three sons, Chris, Greg, and Steve.  An accident caused Greg's death in 1966.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church for 82 years, serving on several committees; was a member of Golden Fleece Lodge #205 for 59 years; and was also a Shriner.  In addition to serving as Mayor of Chappell, he also was President of the Chappell School Board and served on the Hospital Board, and was active on the Chappell Airport Authority from its beginning until his death.  He was a longtime member and past president of Rotary Club.  In 1985, Billy was awarded the Degree of Honor in Service and Citizenship by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which he was also a member.

Billy enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the Spring of 1942 and served until January of 1946.  He piloted a B-24 bomber and successfully flew 49 missions in the European Theater as a member of the 15th Air Force, 454th Bombardment Group.  Billy was shot down on his 50th mission, which would have been his last mission before returning home.  He was captured and held as a German prisoner of war for the remainder of World War II.  In recognition of his meritorious service, Captain Billy Ray was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, and the Prisoner of War Medal. 

            Following his discharge from the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver in January of 1946, Billy returned to Chappell and went to work for Guarantee Mutual Life Insurance.  He soon started his insurance agency which he operated for 60 years.  His eldest son, Chris, will continue to operate the agency.

In addition to the insurance business, Billy enjoyed working with his son in the development of a successful feedlot operation.  He bought his first cattle in 1947, and one of his greatest pleasures up until the day of his death was driving out with Chris to look over the cattle.

Billy spent much of his lifetime working for the survival and betterment of federal crop insurance, including testifying before Congress many times and helping to write the 1980 Federal Crop Insurance Act. 

During the early 1980s, Billy served as Chairman of the North Platte Production Credit Association.

As part of his contribution to his community, Billy conceived the idea of an airport, recreation area, and lake south of Chappell to be developed in conjunction with the construction of Interstate 80.  Billy and the late Elmo Carlson organized the Chappell Development Committee composed of a member from each local organization.  Billy served as chairman of the Committee which, working with the Mayor and City Council and many contributing citizens, made the planned development a reality.

Billy was selected as the Deuel County Fair King in 1989.  This was one of his fondest memories, and recognition of his community service.

In 1990, the Chappell Municipal Airport was renamed the Billy G. Ray Field, honoring Billy for the many years he served on the Chappell Airport Authority and for his continuous efforts to improve and maintain the airport. 

Billy maintained his love of flying all his life.  He continued to frequently fly his plane until he voluntarily grounded himself in January, 2005, at the age of 88 years.  He still held a valid pilot’s license at the time of his death. In 1999, he was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame.

Billy’s family was the most important thing in his life.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  Within the last year, he experienced the joy of greeting two great-grandchildren, one of whom was named for him.

Preceded in death by his mother Chloe and his son Greg.

Billy is survived by his beloved wife of 65½ years, Hilda, of Chappell; son Chris Ray and wife Florence of Chappell; son Steven B. Ray and wife Jane of Ft. Collins, Colorado.  He leaves behind grandchildren Jason Ray of Lincoln, Nebraska; Lindsey Haden and husband Matt of Riverside, Missouri; Jan Rhodes of Kansas City, Kansas; Joe Rathman and wife Sheila and son Lane of Gurley, Nebraska; Nate Ray and wife Amy and their son Billy of Fountain Valley, California; Marti White and husband Josh and daughters Lucy and Sadie of Denver, Colorado; and Drew Ray of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

            In a book that Billy wrote to record his wartime experiences, he expressed his feelings about his country in the following words:

“Freedom is a very special and precious condition that I treasure very much and it should be appreciated and treasured by all free people.  But freedom does come at a price.  It was and always will be worth it.”

 

Verne Sharman 

            Verne Sharman, 88, of rural Sidney, Nebraska and a lifelong Cheyenne County resident, died Sunday evening, September 17, 2006 at Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney with Pastor Bradley Heinecke officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

            Visitation will be on Tuesday (today) from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials have been established to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Hour.

            Verne William Sharman was born July 25, 1918 to William and Hannah Sophia (Johnson) Sharman on a farm North of Colton, Nebraska.  Pastor Charles Strandberg, a Lutheran Pastor, baptized him on October 5, 1924 at his grandparent’s home along with several cousins.  He attended grade school at Liberty School in rural Cheyenne County through the eighth grade and graduated from Sidney High School on May 13, 1936.

            On September 29, 1940 he married his high school sweetheart, Lillian Badziong at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney.  Pastor Henry Dorn confirmed Verne on June 17, 1951.

They moved to their present home shortly after marriage. Verne was engaged in farming and ranching, which he loved, throughout his life.  Verne was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors.  He loved collecting antique things – cars mostly, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  All those who knew him will miss him.

            Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lillian of Sidney; three sons, Donald Sharman and his wife Cindy of Lodgepole, Nebraska, Lyle Sharman of Columbus, Nebraska, and Gary Sharman and his wife Jeanie of Columbus, Nebraska; two daughters, Peggy Holtorf and her husband Maynard of Hordville, Nebraska, and Marlene Wiechman and her husband Don of West Point, Nebraska; eleven grandchildren, Darrell Sharman, Angel Sharman, Jennifer Holtorf, Andrew Holtorf, Katie Holtorf, Scott Holtorf, Jonathan Sharman and his fiancée Brittany Stutheit, Erika Sharman and her fiancé Tye Hanke, Jared Sharman, Derek Sharman, and Emily Wiechman; two great-grandchildren, Trace Sharman and Dawson Sharman; and one sister-in-law, Ada Sharman of Sidney; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of neighbors and friends.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Earl Sharman.

 

Darlene Ohlbrecht 

            Darlene Ohlbrecht, 82 of Sidney and a lifelong Cheyenne County resident died Sunday, September 10, 2006 at her home in Sidney.

            Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 15, 2006 in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney with Pastor H. Eldin Wells of the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating.

            Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the family present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

            Darlene Marie Ohlbrecht, the daughter Harry and Anna (Bruns), who homesteaded in the Weyerts Community east of Gurley, was born June 13, 1924 at Lodgepole, Nebraska.  She grew up in the Weyerts Community on a farm north of the church.  She attended rural school in the area.

            On January 6, 1950 she was united in marriage to Olin Carl Ohlbrecht at Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  They made their home in Sidney.  Darlene worked at the Green Lantern Café with her sister Florence and later at the Silver Dollar.

            Survivors include two sons:  Rick and wife Elaine Ohlbrecht of Colorado Springs, CO and Tim and wife Liz Ohlbrecht of Pembroke Pines, FL; two grandchildren, Tyler and Brody Ohlbrecht both of Colorado Springs, CO; and one sister, Doris and husband Ernie Davison of Hemet, CA

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers:  Glen and Jake Thompson; two sisters: Luella Bartling and Florence Krauter; one son Randy and one grandson Reed.

 

Celinda L. Luebke 

            Celinda L. Luebke, 46 of Potter, Nebraska passed away Friday morning, September 8, 2006 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.        

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, September 15, 2006 in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.  Inurnment will follow in the Potter Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Potter Rescue Unit.

            Cremation has taken place and there is no visitation at the funeral home.

            Celinda L. Luebke, the daughter of Donald and Edith (Dove) Christensen was born April 12, 1960 in Sidney, Nebraska.  She attended school in Potter, graduating from Potter High School in 1978.  Celinda worked as a waitress most of her working years and was a keno operator at the Golden Mug in Potter the last few years she was able to work.

            Survivors include two daughters: Candra and husband Jamie Dumas of Bellevue, NE and Cody Luebke of Gordon, NE; one granddaughter Kylie Dumas of Stromsburg, NE; her mother Edith Christensen and special friend Larry Jones of Sidney, NE; one brother Gevan and wife Candy Christensen of Potter, NE; one sister Gina and husband Ron Boyce of Flower Mount, TX; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

            She was preceded in death by her father Donald Christensen, one uncle Jerry Christensen and her grandparents:  J.W. and Sara Christensen and Dean and Eva Dove.

 

Rosalind Gonzales

            Rosalind Gonzales, 65, of Oshkosh, died Thursday, September 7, 2006 at the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, September 11, 2006, at the Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colorado.  Interment will be in Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

            Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colorado is in charge of arrangements.  Visit www.taborfuneralhome.com for more information.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of local arrangements.

Rosalind was born on October 2, 1940 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin to Rolland A. Johnson and Esther H. (Humphrey) Johnson. She graduated from Brighton High School in 1958. She married David Gonzales in 1988 in Denver, Colorado.

She spent the last seven years living in Oshkosh, Nebraska but spent the majority of her life in the Denver area. She loved her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and traveling.

            Rosalind is survived by her parents, Rolland and Esther Johnson of Brighton; sons, Todd Weaver of Denver, Scott Weaver of Thornton, Kevin Beierle of Sidney, NE and Ryan Beierle of Oshkosh, NE; daughter, Janice Carrender of Thornton; brother, James Johnson of Beaumont, CA; sister, Jean Haynes of Garland, TX; 19 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. 

            Preceded in death by her husband, David; brother, Mark; and sister, Marilyn.

 

Twila Marie (Paulsen) Timm

            Twila Marie (Paulsen) Timm, 74, of Big Springs, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2006, at the Sedgwick County Health Center in Julesburg, Colorado.

            Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Big Springs with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.  Interment will follow in the Big Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  A memorial has been established in Twila’s name.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Twila was born on November 12, 1931 in the stone farm house of Anna Paulsen, in Southern Garden County to Glen and Velva (Freeman) Paulsen.  She attended school at District #39 in Deuel County and District #40 in Garden County.  Upon graduating from Chappell High School in 1949, Twila worked as a nurse in the Lewellen Hospital where she met her husband Charles Timm.

            On March 15, 1953, Charles and Twila were wed in the Kowanda Church south of Oshkosh.  To this union, two children were born, Charlene Sue and Terrence Lee.  Twila was very active on the family farm.

            She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Big Springs and in several community groups until her healt h failed.

            Twila’s greatest loves were her family and grandchildren.  She enjoyed preparing meals for large family gatherings and was greatly admired for her wonderful dishes which she loved to share for everyone.

Survivors include husband, Charles Timm of Big Springs; daughter, Charlene and husband Jim Dolezal of Julesburg, CO; son, Terrence and wife Jean Timm of Big Springs; brother, Robert and wife Wanda Paulsen of Chappell; grandchildren, Gretchen and husband Jeff Pedersen of Irrigon, OR, Rachael and husband Dustin DeLand of rural Grant, NE, David Ryan Zingg of Dallas, TX, Megan and husband Damon Lewis of Carolton, TX, and Jeffrey Timm and fiancee Sara Richards of North Platte, NE; and one great-granddaughter, Makynna DeLand; and many other relatives and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

JoAnn Daugherty 

            JoAnn Daugherty, 72 of Sidney died Wednesday morning, August 30, 2006 at Beverly Health Care in Sidney.

            Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date.

            Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

            JoAnn Daugherty, the daughter of Virgil and Louise (Gremore) Staley was born October 19, 1933 at Vincennes, Indiana.  She grew up in Indiana, graduating from Vincennes High School.

            She married Charles R. Daugherty and to this union four children were born.  They lived in several different places before settling in Casper, Wyoming where they lived until 1973 when they moved to Sidney.  While in Sidney, she worked at Memorial Health Center as a C.N.A. for seventeen years.  She had been a resident of Beverly Health Care for the last four years.

            JoAnn enjoyed baking, crocheting, movies and T.V. sports.

            Survivors include two sons:  Daniel Daugherty of Omaha, NE and Chuck Daugherty of Chino Hills, CA; one daughter, Katie Affleck of Sidney, NE; one brother, Jack Staley of Vincennes, IN; two sisters:  Peggy Dunkel of St. Francisville, IL and Wilma Peach of Vincennes, IN and four grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and one son, Dennis.

 

Clayton E. “Clayt” Richstein

            Clayton E. “Clayt” Richstein, 86, of Oshkosh, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2006, at his home in Oshkosh. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 31, 2006, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastors Jerry Smith and Dave Hallstrom co-officiating.  Interment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.  A memorial has been established to the Oshkosh and Lisco Fire Departments.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.

            Clayt was born on March 24, 1920, to Isidor and Jennie (Hunnel) Richstein at the Richstein Farm north of Oshkosh, Nebraska.  He received his education in Oshkosh, graduating from Garden County High School in 1938.  He enlisted in the United States Army on April 15, 1942 and served during WWII as a truck driver.  Clayt received an honorable discharge on October 4, 1945.  After the service, he started ranching for Charlie Davis on Blue Creek.  After Charlie’s death, Clayt entered into partnership with Arnold Black in 1949. 

            On June 11, 1954, Clayt was united in marriage to Betty Lou Snow in Auburn, Nebraska.  They made their home on the ranch in Blue Creek.  He remained there until “retiring” in 1991, yet continued to assist his children in their ranching operations.

            Clayt enjoyed his horses, dogs, cattle, and watching livestock auctions.  He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandson.

            Clayt was active in the Sheriff’s Posse, Oshkosh Fire Department, School Board, Mesa View Board, Garden County Fair Board, and the Saddle Club.

            He is survived by his wife, Betty of Oshkosh; children, Debby Gompert of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy (Chuck) Loomis of Oshkosh, Cindy (Dave) Hallstrom of Tucson, Ariz., David Richstein of Bayard; grandchildren, Clay (Kelli) Kaps of North Platte, Chris, Matt and Nick Loomis all of Oshkosh, Eric, Brian, Tyler, and Tim Hallstrom all of Tucson, Ariz., Mike Richstein of Bayard; and a great-grandson, Aydan Kaps of North Platte; brothers, Kissy Richstein of Oshkosh, Milt (Agnes) Richstein of Ainsworth, Neb. and a sister, Madeline Saint of Oshkosh. 

            He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Melissa Kaps.

 

Evelyn Hickman 

            Evelyn Hickman, 90, of Sidney, Nebraska died Tuesday afternoon August 22, 2006 at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

            Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 28, 2006 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with Rev. Alan Davis officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

            Visitation will be on Sunday, August 27 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church.

            Evelyn Ruth Hickman, the daughter of Fred and Edith (Bloomquist) Johnson was born on December 8, 1915 in Valparaiso, Nebraska.  As a child she moved with her family to Chappell, Nebraska.  She grew up and received her education in the Chappell Schools.  Following high school she worked at the Deuel County State Bank and later moved to Sidney where she worked for American National Bank.  On May 16, 1948 she was united in marriage to Chester H. Hickman at her parents home in Deuel County, Nebraska.  They made their home in Sidney and she became the loving mother of three children.

            Evelyn will always be remembered for her good cooking, an avid gardener, belonging to the Sidney Garden Club, a Cub Scout Den Leader, a longtime member of the Methodist Church Circle, and a recipient of the 40-year pin for the VFW Auxiliary.

            Survivors include; two sons, Jerry Hickman and his wife Lynette of North Platte, Nebraska, and Bob Hickman and his wife Kim of Tigard, Oregon; one daughter, Connie Skarka and her husband Ron of Englewood, Colorado; one brother, Leonard Johnson of Oshkosh, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, Shawn, Heather, and Justin Hickman, David, Jennifer, and Katherine Skarka, Erik, and Andrew Hickman.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chester on January 28, 2005 and two brothers, Lawrence and Albert Johnson.

 

Louise C. Willoughby

Louise C. Willoughby, 92, a long time Potter and Sidney resident died Wednesday morning, August 16, 2006 at Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney, Nebraska.

Funeral Services will be at 2 P.M. Saturday afternoon, August 19th at Potter United Methodist Church with Pastors Sheldon and Birky officiating. Burial will follow at Potter Cemetery. The Family has designated the Memorial Health Center (MHC) Sloan Estates, 2550 Craig Ave., Sidney, NE 69162 as the memorial in place of flowers.

Holechek Funeral Home of Sidney is in charge of arrangements.

            Louise C. Willoughby was born February 20,1914 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Steven and Virginia (Postregna) Vogrig. She was raised in Chicago and attended elementary school till 8th grade when she had to begin work to help support her family. She worked at Swift & Co. as a telegraph delivery girl where she met Lester Willoughby who was an accountant. They were married June 20th, 1930 and continued to live in Chicago. In 1935 Kenneth was born and later in 1936 LeRoy joined the family. In 1944, the family moved to Potter, NE to live with Lester's brother Francis (Hank) Willoughby. In the following year with the help of Fred Enevoldsen and the Potter State Bank, the family purchased a farm south of Potter. The family raised sheep, then cattle and wheat as well as irrigated crops on the land north of the house. In 1975, the interstate took much of the best irrigated acreage. The present Potter interchange on 1‑80 is on that acreage. That year signaled the end to much of the farming that Lester did. The Potter Coyote sign is on what is still known as Willoughby Hill.

            Louise and family had joined the Potter Methodist Church soon after moving from Chicago. Louise was awarded a 50 year service pin from the Potter United Methodist Church in 1995. She also served in the Order of Eastern Star and received her 50 year pin and was a past matron in both the Potter and Sidney chapters. She volunteered for many years with the Memorial Health Center and in the nursing homes as well.

            Louise was a mother of two sons, Kenneth and LeRoy, a partner to her husband Lester, and a right hand on the farm driving a tractor, riding horseback herding sheep, or picking up hay bales in the field. She did what needed to be done to keep the family running smoothly. Louise was a seamstress and made many of the boys clothes while they were young as well as her own. She was also the family barber.

            Louise made her home in Sidney from 1987 following Lester's admission to the nursing home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Steven and Virginia Vogrig, her husband of 62 years, Lester in 1992, her son Kenneth in 1993, her brother Peter Vogrig in 2003 and her sister Eleanor Randall in 1988. Louise is survived by her son LeRoy and his wife Sharon of Box 7903, Pueblo West, CO 81007, her sister Orma, Coutre of Chicago, her grandchildren, David, Mark, and Barbara Willoughby and Kim Wells, and her great grandchildren, Colin, Stella, Sydnee, and Sheridan as well. Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews too numerous to mention also survive her.

           

Dorothy Nightingale 

            Dorothy Nightingale, 98 of Sidney died early Wednesday morning, August 16, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 19, 2006 in the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church with Leon “Bud” Gillespie, C.L.P. officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Dorwart Cancer Treatment Center.

            Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Dorothy Irene Nightingale, the daughter of James and Minnie (Wells) Bryant was born in Kansas City, Kansas on April 28, 1908.  She received teacher training in the 1920’s and taught at Banner and Kimball counties and at District 2 in Cheyenne County.

            On November 28, 1930 she was united in marriage to Earl William Nightingale.  They resided north of Colton on a farm until 1942 when they moved to the present family farm 5 miles north of Sidney.

            Dorothy was a member of the Light Memorial Presbyterian Church for 58 years.  She enjoyed family and many friends.  She was an avid reader and crossword puzzle expert.

            Survivors include four sons:  Bob and wife Mary, Don and wife Marilyn, Duane and wife Shirley and Tom and wife Priscilla all of Sidney, NE; two daughters:  Eileen Nightingale of Sidney, NE and Betty and husband Cliff Ewert of Tucson, AZ; fourteen grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 daughter-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Mervin P. Jensen 

            Mervin P. Jensen, 86, and a lifelong Chappell, Nebraska resident died early Sunday morning August 13, 2006 at Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. (CDT) Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Nebraska with Military Honors rendered by the North Platte Honor Guard.  A Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 P.M. (MDT) Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at the Chappell United Methodist Church in Chappell with the Rev. Jurdan Counts officiating.

            Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 15 from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the family to be present from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

            In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of arrangements.

            Mervin Paul Jensen was born on May 19, 1920 in Chappell, Nebraska, the son of Mads Peter “Pete” and Mary Waneta “Neta” (Frederick) Jensen.  He grew up and received his education in the Chappell Schools.  He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for a couple of years before returning to Chappell to farm with his father.  He enlisted in the United States Army on May 15, 1942 and served his country until being honorably discharged on January 10, 1946.

            He was united in marriage to Dorthe Marie Affleck on June 17, 1950 in Ogallala, Nebraska.  They continued to farm and operate their nursery business and in 1960 Mervin entered into the insurance business, helping his father run the M.P. Jensen Agency at the Deuel County State Bank in Chappell until he retired in 1982. 

            Mervin enjoyed fishing, woodworking and gardening.  He was an active member in the community, belonging to the Rotary Club, VFW Post #7002, Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge #205 A.F. & A.M.  He served on the ESU #14 Board for 38 years, the Board of Directors for the Deuel County State Bank and started the Tree City USA in Chappell. He has been a lifelong member of the Chappell United Methodist Church and served on the board of trustees.

            Survivors include his wife Dorthe of Chappell; two sons, Cory and wife Johnean “JoJo” Jensen of North Platte, Nebraska, Todd and wife Julie Jensen of Aurora, Nebraska; one daughter, Teresa Jensen; one sister, Marie and the late Byron Nelson of Alliance, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren, Nichole Armentrout, Jennifer Maestas, Rebecka Jensen, James Jensen, Matthew Jensen, Alexis Sherman, Jeremy Jensen, Tyler Jensen, Kylie Jensen, and Connor Jensen; four great-grandchildren, Mark Cooper Jensen, Alexis Maestas, Noelleonna Armentrout, and Soraya Armentrout.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister Dorothea Jensen.

 

Gregory Scott Dempcy

Gregory Scott Dempcy, 56, of Oshkosh, died Thursday, August 10, 2006, at his home in Oshkosh. 

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., M.D.T., Monday, August 14, 2006, at the Oshkosh Wesleyan Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Lynn Lutz officiating.  Interment will be in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell at 3:00 p.m., C.D.T., with military honors by the North Platte Veterans Honor Guard.   Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Greg was born on November 7, 1949 in McCook, Neb., the son of Jack Newton and Ruth Elizabeth (Spitz) Dempcy.  He grew up and received his education in Curtis, Neb., graduating from Curtis High School in 1969.  On October 21, 1969, Greg began serving in the United States Marine Corps and served overseas during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on October 20, 1975.  After the service, he moved to Sterling, Colo., where he worked as a cowboy at the feedlot there.  He later moved to Crook, Colo., and worked at E. E. Sonnenberg Feedlot. 

            On November 29, 1975, Greg was united in marriage to Rita Kay Hawk in Crook, and to this union, one son was born, Wylie Bill.  He continued to work in Crook until 1982, when the family moved to Brule, Neb., where Greg worked at McGinley-Schilz Feed Yard as a cowboy and vet tech for several years.  In 1995, they moved to Oshkosh, Neb., and he continued working as a cowboy and vet tech at the Oshkosh Feed Yard until the time of his death.

            Greg enjoyed rodeos, breaking and training horses during his younger years.  He also enjoyed cooking, hunting and swathing hay, helping and spending time with his friends.  Greg took pride in the horses he rode and worked with and was known as a top hand with the horses, a cowboy’s greatest compliment.  His greatest love was his family.  He rarely missed his sons wrestling and football games.

            Greg was a member of the Oshkosh Eagles.

            He is survived by his son, Wylie and wife Kristin Dempcy of Lewellen, Neb.; his wife, Rita Dempcy of Oshkosh, Neb.; mother, Ruth Hanna of Curtis, Neb.; brother, Bruce and wife Joan Dempcy of Sterling, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Deb Nelson of Oshkosh, Neb..

            He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Dempcy and a brother, Brady Dempcy.

 

Clayton Grippin

            Emory Clayton Grippin, 75, died August 8, 2006 at the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh, NE.

Graveside memorial services for close friends and family will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, August 21, 2006, at the Brush Cemetery in Brush, Colorado with Pastor Ray Weinerman of the Garden County United Methodist Parish officiating.

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

Clayton was born on January 26, 1931, in Simla, CO, to Emory Scott and Iona Lela (Drake) Grippin.

Clayton grew up in Shallow Water, KS where he attended elementary and middle school. 

On September 21, 1948 he married Shirley Mae Davis of Brush, CO.  They made their first home in Shallow Water, KS where they started a family.

In 1959, he received his diploma as a certified Electronics Technician from United Electronics Laboratories in Louisville, KY.  Shortly thereafter, he opened a television and radio repair shop and later worked for Wheatland Electric in Scott City, KS for about ten years.

In 1969 Clayton moved his family to Big Springs, NE where he owned and operated his own trucking company.

In 1995 he retired and moved to Oshkosh, NE where he spent his time helping others in the community.  His desire to help other people in need was demonstrated in his everyday life.

Clayton is survived by his son, Rodney Grippin of Oshkosh, NE; daughter and son-in-law, Leanna and Ed Rowe of Brule, NE; son, Brad Grippin and partner, Mark Hoffman of Denver, CO; grandchildren Melissa Law and Stephanie Shafer of Casper, WY, Michael and Kim Law of Howard, SD, Heidi and Alicia of Wray, CO; seven great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Clayton was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; parents Scott and Lela and eight brothers and sisters.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Parkinson¹s Disease Foundation and may be sent to the family or you may visit www.parkinson.org.

 

Mourine Rapp 

            Mourine Rapp, 81 of Sidney, Nebraska died Monday, August 7, 2006 at Beverly Healthcare in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 10, 2006 in the First Christian Church in Sidney with Pastor Guy Schmielau officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the First Christian Church.

            Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Mourine Victor Rapp, the son of Victor R. and Katie (Elsem) Rapp was born September 25, 1924 on a farm north of Axtell, Nebraska.  In the early 1930’s, the family moved to Cheyenne County and located seven miles north of Potter, Nebraska.  In 1938 they moved to a farm three miles northeast of Sidney.

            On November 26, 1946 he was united in marriage to Margaret Mae Pearson.  They made their home on the family farm.  Mourine loved his horses, which he bought, trained and sold.  In his later years, he was an avid cattleman and attended four or five sales a week.  The last ten years slowed him down due to Parkinson’s disease.

            Mourine was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was chairman of the deacons, was a past member of the Saddle Club, served District 77 School as a board member for seven years and was a rural school bus driver for the Sidney schools.  He enjoyed times spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

            Survivors include his wife Margaret of Sidney, NE; one daughter, Marlene Higgins and husband Jim of Potter, NE; one son, Keith Rapp of Sidney, NE; one brother Charles Rapp of Denver, CO; one sister LoDesca Perkins of Cheyenne, WY; five grandchildren:  Robert Higgins, Angela Rushman, Patty McEvoy, Kim Johnson and Christina Higgins; and seven great-grandchildren:  Katelyn Higgins, Jacob Rushman, Maddy Johnson, Trevor McEvoy, Danielle Higgins, Justin McEvoy and Phillip Rushman.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth.

 

Bradd Clifton Batt

            Bradd Clifton Batt, 51, of Lisco, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2006, at his home with his family by his side.  

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2006, at the Lisco Legion Hall with Pastor Cliff Transmeier of the Lisco Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Lisco Memorial Cemetery south of Lisco.  Visitation will be on Monday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  The casket will be closed at the funeral on Tuesday. 

            A memorial has been established in Bradd’s name.  Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements. 

            Bradd was born on October 15, 1954 in Scottsbluff, the son of Myron “Punk” and Glennie (Clifton) Batt.  He received his early education at Lisco and then his high school education at the Garden County High School in Oshkosh, graduating in 1973.  He then attended Doane College at Crete, Nebraska and received his Bachelor’s degree in business in 1977.  Bradd was active in scouts when he was a youngster, and loved to ride horses and worked side by side with his dad on the ranch.  He also worked at the grocery store, but not always willingly, as ranching was his first love.  Sports were pretty much the center of his life, and he took part in all of them in his grade and high school days.  He played varsity football for four years in college.

            Upon graduation from college, Bradd returned to Lisco and became partner and manager of his Dad’s ranching operation.  He later married Lana Kaye Chamberlin of Blair, Nebraska, on June 18, 1982, at the Lisco Presbyterian Church.

            Bradd continued to expand the ranch operation through the years.  Cattle were his hobby and life.  His knowledge of the cattle industry earned the respect of many fellow ranchers and cattlemen throughout the country. 

            Words cannot describe the faithfulness and love he gave to his wife and children.

            Bradd was a member of the Lisco Presbyterian Church, serving on the church board, the Lisco Grade School Board, Lisco Irrigation District, serving as president, and was a judge at the National Western Stock Show for two years in a row.

            He is survived by his wife, Lana of Lisco; son, Shane Batt, a senior at Hastings College in Hastings; daughter, Britney Batt, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; his parents, Punk and Glennie Batt of Lisco; mother-in-law, Barbara Jean Chamberlin of Hooper, Nebraska, previously of Blair; brother, Bruce and wife Dawn Batt of Sidney; sister, Lori and husband Jim Seeley of Smyrna, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

 

Clara Flessner

            Clara Flessner, 94, of Sidney, died early Thursday morning, August 3, 2006 at Memorial Health Center in Sidney.        

            Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 7 in Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Gurley with Rev. H. Eldin Wells and Leon “Bud” Gillespie, C.L.P. officiating.  Burial will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery.

            Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials may be made to Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church.

            Clara Lauretta Flessner was born on June 25, 1912 in Strang, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Minnie (Waterman) Franzen.  She was baptized at a young age and later confirmed on March 28, 1926 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at Ohiowa, Nebraska.

            On December 25, 1930 she was united in marriage to Ehme R. Flessner at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, which was located at the corner of 10th & Linden St. in Sidney.  They made their home in the Huntsman area until the Sioux Ordinance Army Depot came in and they moved to a farm north of Lodgepole where they lived for 23 years.  They then moved into Gurley for 3 years before moving to Sidney in 1968.

            Clara was a wonderful mother who was an excellent cook and housekeeper.  She took great pride in her children and her home as she always welcomed everyone in a special way, with open arms and a happy heart, with food, drink and lots of love.  She was greatly admired and loved by her children and all of her grandchildren.  She was a longtime member of Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church.

            Survivors include; three sons, Myron Flessner and his wife Jeanette of Potter, Nebraska, Doyle Flessner and his wife Sharron of Lodgepole, Nebraska, and Lamont Flessner and his fianceé Nancy Olson of Lodgepole, Nebraska; one daughter, Twila Sick of Chappell, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren, Patricia Jenks, Stan Flessner, Diana Kopetzky, Charlene Hurst, Sonia Havorka, Randal Sick, Stuart Flessner, Shana Deaver, Jamie Slingsby, and Rebecca Meisner; 31 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ione Franzen of Loveland, Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

            She was preceded in death by her husband Ehme on August 13, 2002; her parents; two brothers, Alvin and Carl Franzen; two sisters, Dorothy Schoen and Edna Bowman; one son-in-law Richard Sick.  

 

Wilma Dedic 

            Wilma Dedic, 94 of Sidney and a longtime Potter resident died Thursday morning, July 27, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, August 1, 2006 in the Potter United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bracken J. Sheldon officiating.  Burial will follow in the Potter Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Potter United Methodist Church or the Potter Historical Foundation.

            Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Wilma Alice Dedic, the daughter of William E. and Ethel (Sapp) Slama was born August 6, 1911 at Wymore, Nebraska.  She lived in Omaha the first years of her life before the family moved to Potter where she graduated from Potter High School.

            On February 18, 1931 she was united in marriage to Rudolph Dedic in Denver, Colorado.  They made their home in Potter where the owned and operated the Potter Sundry for many years.  She moved to Sidney in the early 1990’s and became a resident of the Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in 2003.

            Wilma was active in many organizations in the community including serving as a past president of the United Methodist Women; was a past worthy matron, secretary, and fifty year member of the Potter Chapter #301 of the Order of the Eastern Star; was an oracle and district oracle as well as fifty year member of the Royal Neighbors; served on the youth center board and was an assistant Campfire Leader.

            Survivors include two sons:  Daryl Dedic of Sun City, AZ and Dale Dedic and wife Lyllian of Potter, NE; Five grandchildren:  Trent Dedic and wife Loree, Trisha Edwards and husband John, Tiffany Rafferty and husband Wayne, Angela Edwards and husband Mitch and Shannon Portillo and husband Anthony; as well as 12 Great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister Lorrayne Stecher.

 

Jack Russell Easterly

Jack Russell Easterly passed away early Wednesday morning, July 26, 2006, at his home in Lorenzo. He was 76. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 29, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the Peetz United Methodist Church in Peetz, Colorado. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, Nebraska with graveside, military honors. Visitation will be Friday, July 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney. Memorials will be made in Jack's name toward autism research. 

Jack was born March 26, 1930, to Glenn and Lola Easterly in a small house Southwest of Sidney. He grew up farming with his parents. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1947 and from the University of Nebraska with an Associates Degree in Agriculture in 1949. He was one of the founders of the University of Nebraska flying club and obtained his pilot's license while attending the University. In August 1950, he married Janice L. Maag. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed in Kansas and Louisiana as a heavy artillery mechanic. 

After his discharge from the service, he returned to the family farm west of Lorenzo where he raised wheat and millet. He enjoyed designing and building some equipment for his farm operation and working in his farm shop. His involvement in the community included serving on the Lorenzo school board, Lorenzo Farmer's Union Co‑op board, numerous church committees, and proudly attending his children’s' and grandchildren’s' activities. He was a member of the Peetz American Legion. 

Besides farming, Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with his wife to all 50 states and beyond and square dancing with local clubs. During his "semiretirement" years he enjoyed flying his radio controlled airplanes near their winter home in Phoenix, Arizona. 

            Jack is survived by his wife, Janice of Sidney; children Joslyn (Joe) Causey of Phoenix, Susan (Bob) Walker of Denver, Scott (Jane) Easterly of Sidney and Gayle (Gary) McKenzie of Phoenix; sister Marian Hiett of Sidney and eight grandchildren: Brent and Jared Causey; Dwight, Nick and Robin Easterly; Gentry Walker; and Dana and Turner McKenzie.

 

Marla Dyson

             Marla Dyson, 40, of Sidney, Nebraska died Monday morning, July 24, 2006 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

            A celebration of life service will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, July 28, 2006 in the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney with Pastor Dave McDonald of the Crossroads Church in Kearney, Nebraska officiating.  Burial will follow at a later date.

            In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

            There is no visitation at the funeral home.  Friends who wish may sign the register book Thursday morning or Friday morning at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Marla Jean Dyson, the daughter of Melvin and Shirley (Gerky) Blanton was born August 5, 1965 in Denver, Colorado.  She grew up in the north Denver area where she attended school.  She then worked in the Denver area in the Freepress Industry, where she met Chris Dyson, a Bloomington, Indiana native.  They were married on September 26, 1998 in Broomfield, Colorado.  They moved to Sidney in December of 2000.

            Marla enjoyed working with interior design and crafts.  She wrote poetry, some of which became song lyrics for her husband’s band.

            Marla was a great Christian spiritual leader and minister to everyone she knew.

            Survivors include her husband, Chris Dyson of Sidney, NE; three sisters:  Tanya Inman of Barstow, CA, JoAnn Cunningham of Denver, CO and Sandy Olson of Broomfield, CO; and one brother, Brian Gibbs of Phoenix, AZ

            She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

 

Elmer Bruce Mundy

           On July 23, 2006 at the Memorial Hospital at Sidney, Ne, the earthly life of Elmer Bruce Mundy came to an end at the age of 83. He is now in his heavenly home safe in the arms of Jesus whom he has loved and served in a glorious way.

           Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 27, 2006, at 1:30 PM, at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney, NE with the Rev. James S. Hamilton, Ret. of Southview Baptist Church in Lincoln officiating. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery.

Elmer was born to Harry and Bonnie Mundy at Allendale, IL on August 12, 1922. As a young man he was taken into the home of his Aunt and Uncle Cokley's of Fort Collins, CO.

Elmer attended Ottawa University at Kansas then became licensed to preach in 1944. Completing the year he became married to Nellie Bruce Decker. In 1950 Elmer became Public Relation Director of South West Baptist College in Bouliver, MO. In 1955 the Mundy's felt led to become church starters. Nellie died in 1968 in Sidney, NE after a long bout with cancer.

In 1969 Elmer married Rheva Rhea Sloan and continued starting churches. At the age of 65 in 1987 he retired and in 1994 they moved back to Sidney. Rheva died May 4, 2006 in Scottsbluff, NE from Alzheimers.

Elmer has had a victorious life and career with the rare gift of kindness and love. He had a successful ministry of 54 years starting churches all over the United States and Canada with 30 Churches, some being grandfather churches.

He has a Stepdaughter, Karen Garner and husband Marvin of Canon City, CO. A Foster daughter, Lorraine Zimmerman of Nixa, MO. He has 3 Grandchildren, John Steward and wife Shannon of Highlands Ranch, CO, Allisa Swartz and husband Jeffrey of Loveland, CO and Monica Brethauer and husband Jack of North Platte, NE. With 6 precious Great Grandchildren.

We who have had the pleasure of is company face tomorrow much richer in high ideals because Elmer was with us for a while.  

 

Jo Ann Weaver

            Jo Ann Weaver, 71, formerly of Oshkosh, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare in Scottsbluff.  Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 28, 2006, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh with Ann Bairn, P.M.A. officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery at a later date.  Cremation was held and there will be no visitation at the funeral home.

            A memorial has been established in Jo Ann’s name.  Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Jo Ann was born on July 18, 1935 in Dillon, Montana, to Roy and Eleanor (O’Flahery) Ward.  She grew up and received her education in Butte, Montana, graduating from high school in Butte.  In 1969, she graduated from dental college in Great Falls, Montana.  She moved to Riverton, Wyoming and worked as a dental assistant.

            On January 9, 1971, Jo Ann was united in marriage to James Albert Weaver in Shoshoni, Wyoming.  To this union, a daughter, Michelle, was born.  The family moved throughout the area before settling in Oshkosh in 1982.  For several years in Oshkosh, Jo Ann volunteered reading and teaching children to read at the grade school.

            Jo Ann loved fishing and camping with her family and never missed going to her children’s activities.  Her passion was her grandchildren.  She also loved animals, especially cats.

            She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.

            Survivors include her son, Michael and wife Ronda Ward of Chappell; her daughter, Michelle and husband Walter Peterscheck of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Aaron Ward of Chappell, Damion and Jayson Olson of Aurora, Colo., Scott Heath of Julesburg, Colo., and Billie Jo Ward; and a sister, Mary Locklear of Libby, Mont.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1985; her parents; and a sister, Peggy Ward.

 

James Richard "Dick" Haddix            

            James R. “Dick” Haddix, 83, of Oshkosh passed away on Friday evening, July 21, 2006, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2006, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh with Wayne Fraass, P.M.A. officiating.  Interment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery with military honors by the V.F.W. Post #5379 and the Nebraska National Guard.  Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a time of remembrance at 7:00 p.m. 

            A memorial has been established in Dick’s name.  Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements. 

Dick was born on June 9, 1923, in Bridgeport, the second of eight children, to James McKinley and Elsie May (Weaver) Haddix.  He received his education in the Bridgeport Public schools and graduated from high school in 1942. 

On September 8, 1942, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and saw action against the enemy forces in the Asiatic-Pacific, Rio-Namur in the Kwajalein Islands, Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas, and Iwo Jima.  Dick was wounded at Iwo Jima in February of 1945.  He received the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals.  He was honorably discharged at Mare Island, California on January 16, 1946, and returned to Bridgeport. 

Dick married Mary Jo Bennett on March 25, 1946 in Gering.  They made their home in Oshkosh in 1947.  He worked as Radio Operator for the Nebraska Safety Patrol.  In 1954, they moved to the John Pike farm one mile east of Oshkosh and resided there for 14 years. 

Dick took an active part in community activities both in Oshkosh and in Garden County.  He was active in the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce for many years, serving as an officer, as well as the Garden County Agricultural Society and Fair Board and Veteran’s organizations (Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion).  He also served as Police Magistrate, Garden County Judge, City Councilman, and many other organizations.  He was also appointed Postmaster for Oshkosh in 1958 and served for 18 years.  Dick was also active in the State and National Postmasters Association and served as president.  Dick was the Veterans’ Service Officer for a number of years.   He was also a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.

He is survived by his sons, James Haddix, Jr. and wife Becky of Sidney, Lynn Haddix and wife Nancy of Austin, Texas, Donald Haddix and wife Justine of Riverside, Calif., Perry Haddix and wife Nancy of Plano, Texas; daughters, Cathy and husband Dr. Cleve Hartman of North Platte, Mary Jo and husband Bill Mathews of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Donald Haddix of Carl’s Junction, MO, Oscar Haddix of Cody, Wyo.; three sisters, Dixie Whitmere of Seward, Alice and husband Jack Stanton of Lincoln, Joann and husband Carl Hedin of Carthage, MO; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo; his parents; and two brothers, Joe and Mack Haddix.

 

Arnold Michelman

             Arnold Michelman, 87, of Sidney, died Sunday afternoon, July 16, 2006 at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 20, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney with Father John Andrews of Christ Episcopal Church officiating.  Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery north of Lodgepole with Graveside Military Honors rendered by the Frances DeBrunner American Legion Post #286.  

            Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials have been established to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or Miller Memorial Care Center.

            Arnold Herman Michelman was born October 28, 1918, on the Michelman farm north of Lodgepole to Herman and Magdelena (Dellbrugge) Michelman.  He attended school in Lodgepole, graduating in May of 1936.  In March 1942, Arnold enlisted in the Army and was stationed on Staten Island, New York, until he was shipped to France.  He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Lodgepole.  He married Thelma Hornicek October 30, 1948, and they lived in Cheyenne County for the remainder of their lives.

            Arnold worked for the Sioux Army Depot, farmed the Michelman farm and worked for Lodgepole Plumbing and Heating and later was employed at the lumber yards in Chappell and Lodgepole.

            He enjoyed woodworking, good music and gardening.  He had a large garden and liked to share what he grew with others.

            He was a member of the Lions Club in Lodgepole, the Elks, and Lodgepole’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, until upon retirement, when they moved to Sidney and transferred their membership to the Sidney Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

            He is survived by his sister Helen Oliverius of Sidney; sisters-in-law, Cecilia Michelman, Vera Hornicek Gillham, both of Lodgepole, and Lorraine Hornicek Lafler of Sidney; and several nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma, parents Herman and Magdelena Michelman, sisters Frieda Glandt, Martha Manous, Lilly Tremain, and one brother, Robert Michelman.

 

Milton Johnson

            Milton Johnson, 74, of Chappell, Nebraska died Saturday evening July 15, 2006 at the Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell.

            Funeral services will be Wednesday July 19, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berea Lutheran Church, Highway 27, Chappell, Nebraska with Pastor Jack Coffey officiating.  Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Memorials have been established to the Berea Lutheran Church and Sullivan Hills Outdoor Ministries.

           Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of arrangements.

            Milton Eugene Johnson, the son of Elmer and Ingrid (Johnson) Johnson, was born June 27, 1932 in Deuel County, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm northeast of Chappell and attended country school up to the eighth grade. He received his diploma from Deuel County High School in 1950. His high school achievements included football, basketball, track, choir, and FFA.

After high school graduation he traveled to the farming communities through out Nebraska to fulfill his obligations as a State FFA Reporter. Following that year he pursued his education and love of sports by attending Luther Junior College at Wahoo, Nebraska. While there, he participated in football, basketball, baseball, track, and toured nation wide with the college choir.

He received his Bachelors degree from Kearney State Teachers College. His accomplishments in sports in Kearney included setting track records and using his speed on the football field and basketball court. He met the love of his life, Twila Payne at college and they recently celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary in June of 2006.

Their family of four daughters was raised on the farm east of Chappell. They were all active in athletics, music and 4-H, which Milt was very supportive of. He taught and coached all of his girls and even coached many of his grandchildren.

He began his high school and junior high teaching and coaching career in Brule, Nebraska and returned to his alma mater in 1965. He continued to teach and coach until his retirement in 1993. However, he was not ready to give up coaching, so he volunteered his time to help with football until 1998 and track until 2000.

Over the years he has dedicated a lot of his time to his church by serving on numerous committees and singing in the church choir. He was also on the Lutheran Men in Mission and the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries State Boards. He was instrumental in getting the Sullivan Hills Camp established north of Lodgepole.

Survivors include his wife Twila of Chappell, daughters Cindy and Mike Broderick of Chappell; Cheryl and Lonnie Eckstrom of Palmer, Nebraska; Brenda and Kevin Derry of Chappell; and Barbara and Rick Mikelson of Julesburg, Colorado; 14 grandchildren: Amanda, Travis, Derek, and Dani Jo Broderick; Kelsey, Shawna, and Preston Tibbetts, and Betsy Eckstrom; Alyssa, Amber, and Jared Derry; Cassandra, Corey, and Chad Mikelson. At this time he was blessed with two great grandchildren, Cameron and Karsyn Leeling.

He is also survived by four brothers: Mervin and Donna Johnson of Yuma, Arizona; Arnold and Jeannie Johnson of Chappell; Orville and Karen Johnson of Wahoo, Nebraska; and Lloyd and Bonnie Johnson of Ogallala, Nebraska; 3 aunts, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

            He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Debra Lynn; his parents Elmer and Ingrid; and two infant brothers.

 

Glen Ronald Schwartz

Glen Ronald Schwartz, 68, of Oshkosh passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2006 in a pasture near his home in Oshkosh.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2006, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Dawn Coffey and Dallas Walker, P.M.A. officiating.  Interment will be in the Antelope Valley Cemetery northeast of Oshkosh.  A time of remembrance will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the church.  

A memorial has been established in Glen’s name.  Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was in charge of arrangements.

It is difficult to sum a life in a few paragraphs.  This is our attempt to tell you who Glen Ronald Schwartz really was.  He was born on December 25, 1937 to Ida Elizabeth and Fredrick Henry Lewis Schwartz on the farm north of Lodgepole.  He was the second of four children.  He had an older brother Dale, a younger brother Gene, and a baby sister, Donna.   He loved farming, horses, cows, and dogs.  He began his farming career when he was a young boy and was farming full time by the time he was in 8th grade.

He married his love, DeEtta Tophoj on June 26, 1960 at Berea Lutheran Church.  From the stories we have been told, it was quite a social event where everyone had a great time.  It started the night before with a Saddle Club Dance at the Oshkosh Auditorium after rehearsal.  Unto this joyful union, four beautiful children were born, Cindee, Ronnie, Dave and DeDe.

He was a great friend.  He always had time to listen.  He loved to joke and laugh.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing as a younger man, home cooked meals, television, Andy Griffith, NOVA, National Geographic, PBS British Comedies, and Denny, Denny Crane.  He worked hard.   If it was Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth, it was welcomed in the yard, if not, it was only tolerated. He taught his children how to work, tolerance, a healthy respect for the truth, standing up for what is right (even though it may not be popular or socially accepted), feed and water your livestock before you come in for supper, how to change the oil and a flat tire, respect for the land, and a strong belief in God.  He taught his grandkids valuable lessons, like how to drive, be kind to animals, stick up for the underdog, treat people well, and witty limericks.

He had a very strong faith, being baptized and confirmed Lutheran.  He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church in Oshkosh and also served on the church council.  Glen also served as the President of School District #23.

He left behind his wife of 46 years, DeEtta, His children:  Cindee, Melissa, Kristel and Joseph Talley.  Ronnie, Jeannie, Jamye, Taylor, and Mark Schwartz.  Dave, Tami, Jessica, Chelse, Wade, LeDoux and Diesel Schwartz.  DeDe, Dan, Tanner and Noelle Matthews.  One great-grandson, Kaidn Izyk Talley.  His strong German mother Ida of Oshkosh, brother Dale and  Bina Schwartz, sister Donna and Rich Poturalski, sister-in-law, Sandra Schwartz of Glasgow, Mont., mother-in-law, Betty Tophoj of Oshkosh; sisters-in-law, Tiny and Marv Brown, Barb and Bill Zorn, and many nieces and nephews.  So many other relatives and close friends mourn his passing. 

His father, Fred; his brother, Gene; his father-in-law, Erwin Tophoj and his brother-in-law, Buster Tophoj along with family and special friends welcomed him to heaven.   

            The last eight years of his life he returned to the man of years past, even better, stronger, wiser.  We celebrated his July 20 birthday as joyously as his December birthday.  He lived showing us how to fight personal demons and win.  One day at a time.  He loved us.  We loved him.  We will miss him so.

 

Tara Appleby 

            Tara Appleby, 32, of Sidney, died early Monday morning, July 10, 2006 at her home in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Friday, July 14, 2006 at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with Pastor Ed Hunzeker officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

            Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials may be made to the Night of Hope Cancer Walk.

            Tara LaVon Appleby was born on April 24, 1974 in Kimball, Nebraska, the daughter of Anvil Martin and Jeanine Heidemann.  She grew up in Potter, Nebraska and later moved to Kimball where she met her husband Mike.  They were married October 10, 1990 in Sterling, Colorado and had two boys Zachary Michael Appleby and Jeffery Alan Appleby.  They have resided in Sidney since.

            Survivors include her husband Mike of Sidney; two sons, Zack and Jeff of Sidney; mother, Jeanine Heidemann of Sidney; brother, Derick Heidemann of Sidney; grandparents, Merlyn and Carolyn Heidemann of Potter, and Allen and Pat Martin of Winfield, Kansas; father and mother in-law, Dick and Terri Appleby of Sterling, Colorado; sister-in-law, Bonnie Galvin of Fort Collins, Colorado, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Tonia Gordon 

            Tonia Gordon, 30 of Chappell, Nebraska died Sunday evening, July 9, 2006 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska from injuries suffered in an automobile accident east of Chappell.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2006 in the Assembly of God Church in Chappell with Pastor Richard Graeff officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chappell Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to a trust fund for her daughter’s education.

            There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of arrangements.

            Tonia Lea Gordon was born March 8, 1976 in Omaha, Nebraska.  On February 10, 1978 she came to live with her family in Chappell.  She attended the Chappell schools where she was involved in drama and music.  She graduated from Chappell High School in 1986.  She then attended college at Hastings College and Southwestern University where she studied drama.  She moved back to Chappell in the late 1990’s and worked at Cabelas in Sidney.

            She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

            Survivors include her daughters:  Kelly Amber Gordon and Carmen Rose Gordon both of Chappell, NE; her parents Rick and Terry Ingersoll of Chappell, NE; her brother, Russell and wife Stephanie Ingersoll and their son Phillip of Hilton Head, SC; her grandmothers:  Dorothy Ingersoll of Julesburg, CO and Louise Pauley of Longmont, CO and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

            She was preceded in death by her grandfathers.

 

Chance Hatfield 

            Chance Hatfield, 22 of Chappell, Nebraska died early Sunday morning, July 9, 2006 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident east of Chappell.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, July 13, 2006 in the Chappell United Methodist Church with Pastor David Lutze of the Foursquare Gospel Church officiating.  Cremation will take place after the services.

            A Memorial has been established.

            Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

            Chance Richard Hatfield, the son of Arthur and Laurie (Kenney) Hatfield was born May 22, 1984 in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  He moved with his family to Chappell in 1985.  He attended grade school in Chappell and Julesburg, Colorado before graduating from Chappell High School in 2002.  He spent some time in Alabama working before returning to Chappell where he began working for Progress Rail in Sidney, Nebraska as a welder.

            Survivors include his mother and step-father, Laurie and Rick Dale of Chappell, NE; his father, Arthur Hatfield of Goodland, KS; one sister, Candace Hatfield of Chappell, NE; two brothers:  Jordan and Tyler Dale both of Chappell, NE; his grandparents:  Larry and Judy Kenney of Chappell, NE; Great-grandmother, Doris Hughes of Julesburg, CO; Step-grandparents Bob and Jean Dale of North Platte, NE; Step Great-grandmother, Dorothea Frager of North Platte, NE; aunts Kari Hixon of Chappell, NE, Paula and husband Gerald Konruff of Denver, CO, Bobbie and husband Nick Mayfield of Topeka, KS and Cindy and husband Rick Fernandez of Wray, CO; uncles Kory Kenney of Chappell, NE, David Dale and wife Barbie of Lincoln, NE, Rod Dale of Lincoln, NE, Joe and Tara Dale of  Phoenix, AZ; special cousins Logan and Conner, numerous other cousins and passing away in the same accident his soul mate Tonia Gordon.

            He was preceded in death by several of his grandparents.

 

Andrew Peter Lindburg

Andrew Peter Lindburg, 86, of Oshkosh, Neb., died Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Ray Weinerman officiating.  The V.F.W. Post #5379 of Oshkosh will conduct military honors at the church.  

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at the Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colo. with Pastor John Kemper officiating.  Additional military honors will be conducted by the V.F.W. #1771 Lafayette, Colo.

           Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.  A memorial has been established to the family. 

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Andrew was born on March 11, 1920 in Viola, Ill. to Jesse V. and Maggie (Glenn) Lindburg.  He grew up and received his education in Viola, graduating from Viola High School in 1938.  Andrew entered the United States Army on July 24, 1941 and served during WWII in the Philippines, New Guinea and Luzon.  He was honorably discharged on November 7, 1945 and returned to Viola.  He trained to be a bricklayer and stonemason and worked with his father and brother.

On September 27, 1952, Andrew married Barbara Jean Moore in Augusta, Ill.  The couple resided in Viola, Ill., before moving to Boulder, Colo. in 1953 and later to Lafayette, Colo.  He continued working as a union bricklayer and stonemason for several years before retiring in 1982.  Andrew and Barbara later moved to Oshkosh, Neb. because of the hunting, fishing, and all of the friendly people the community has.

He loved to fish, hunt, tell stories, and sing.  He always loved to make new friends and never knew a stranger. 

Andrew was a member of the V.F.W. #1771 in Lafayette and V.F.W. Post #5379 in Oshkosh, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 7, Colorado, the Sportsman’s Club, and the United Methodist Church in Oshkosh.

            Andrew is survived his daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and David Rubsam of Oshkosh, Neb. and Andrea and Del Barge of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Jason Lechniak of Tehachapi, Calif., Travis and wife Karen Claussen of Brighton, Colo., Honey Lindburg of Boulder, Colo., Desiree and husband Joey Saldi of Lafayette, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Xavier Daunte Lindburg of Boulder, Colo., Joey and Samuel Saldi of Lafayette, Colo.; a sister, Charlotte Olson of Alexis, Ill.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara on November 13, 2004; a daughter, Opal Mae Lindburg; great-granddaughter, Allyssa Renee Saldi, brothers, Leslie and Charles Lindburg; sisters, Janet Smith, Ruth Holstein, and Mary Jo Tancredi; and his parents.

 

Joyce Mick  

            Joyce Mick, 67 of Chappell, Nebraska died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at her son’s home in Brush, Colorado.

            Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 10, 2006 in the Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell with Pastor Philip Found officiating.  Burial will be in the Chappell Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Zion Lutheran Church.

            Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

            Joyce Marlene Mick, the daughter of Hiram and Mabel (Armstrong) Dilley was born September 7, 1938 at Lewellen, Nebraska.  She grew up in the Lewellen area, graduating from Lewellen High School in 1957.  After high school she worked at the Lewellen Coop Café that her folks ran.  In the spring of 1959, she came to Chappell where she worked at the Bagwell Café, the East Side Café, the E & M Café and the Starlite Lanes Café and Lounge.

            On February 4, 1965 she was united in marriage to Merle D. Mick at Bridgeport, Nebraska.  They made their home on a farm north of Chappell.  In the middle 1980’s, she went to work at Marshalltown Instrument in Oshkosh.  After her son’s wife passed away in 1995 she took care of her grandkids and helped out at the schools in Brush.

            She was member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

            Survivors include her husband, Merle Mick of Chappell, NE; one son, David Mick of Brush, CO; three grandsons:  Aaron, John and Matthew Mick all of Brush, CO;

Three sisters:  Shirley Saunders of Phoenix, AZ, Nadine Peterson of Mexico, MO and Sharon Hood of Ogallala, NE; and one brother, Merlin Dilley of Alliance, NE

            She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

 

Iris Lockhart 

            Iris Lockhart, 99 of Sidney, Nebraska and a longtime Chappell resident died Monday evening, July 3, 2006 at Beverly Healthcare in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 8, 2006 in the Chappell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jurdan Counts officiating.  Burial will be in the Chappell Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the Chappell United Methodist Church.

            Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

            Iris Guinevere Lockhart, the daughter of Benjamin Walter and Bessie Angeline (Cook) Woods was born January 14, 1907 at Benedict, Nebraska.  She grew up in Benedict where she attended school, graduating from Benedict High School.  She then attended the Nebraska State Teacher’s College at Kearney.  She moved to Chappell in 1926 where she taught school in the Deuel County schools.

            On September 4, 1928 she was united in marriage to Glenn Frank Lockhart in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She enjoyed life on the farm, especially the cattle.  She enjoyed gardening, quilting, women’s groups, homemaking and her church.  She was very interested in politics and current events, history and the world.  She was a wonderful cook.

            During her life in Chappell, Iris belonged to the United Methodist Church and many community and church groups including Beta Sigma Phi, PEO, the Chappell Garden Club, the Wheatland Club, and the United Methodist Women.

            Survivors include her daughter, Linda Broderick of Aurora, CO; her sons:  James and wife Barbara Lockhart of Lakewood, CO, Rodney and wife Barbara Lockhart of Denver, CO and Stephen and wife Marsha Lockhart of Hugo, CO; 17 Grandchildren, 31 Great-grandchildren, 2 Great, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son, her parents and three brothers.

 

Irene (Renie) Jessen

          After a long battle with cancer, Irene (Renie) Jessen, 77, of Sidney passed away peacefully Saturday morning, July 1, 2006 at Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney where she was surrounded by her loving family.
          Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church (Weyerts) with Rev. H. Eldin Wells and Leon "Bud" Gillespie, CLP, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.
Memorial donations may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Dorwart Cancer Care Center, or to Memorial Health Center.
          Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home with the family present from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
          Irene Anita Berta was born at the family home near Lewellen, Nebraska on a beautiful spring day in 1929. When she arrived on May 16, Irene became the sixth of seven children born to Barney and Maria Berta, originally from Valperga, Italy.
Irene spent her childhood on the family farm, where she learned to love the outdoors, especially playing in the irrigation ditches with her younger sister Gerry. Irene attended schools in Northport and Broadwater before graduating from Bridgeport High School in 1946. She had always wanted to be a secretary and began working in the Morrill County Extension Office in her senior year.
          Irene loved to dance and met the man who would become her lifelong partner at a community dance in Lisco on Armistice Day in 1946. Thirteen months later, on December 14 1947, she married Raymond Jessen and moved with him to the Jessen family farm north of Lodgepole. Irene gave up her secretarial job and became a supportive farm wife. That first harvest in 1948, eighteen-year-old Irene cooked for fourteen men.
In the summer of 1949, Irene became a first-time mother and devoted herself to her new role. In the years that followed, motherhood became her priority and she showered her three children and six grandchildren with unconditional love and affection.
          Irene will be remembered for her warm and generous nature and her special knack for making those around her feel important. She was a wonderful hostess and a fabulous cook who loved entertaining. Her home was a haven for her family; wherever Irene was, her family was sure to gather. In 1991 when she and Ray moved to Sidney, that became the place to be for holidays and special occasions.
          Irene was very creative and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and making ceramics. She had a "green thumb" and loved tending the colorful blossoms in her flower beds. Irene had fun traveling with family and friends and filled an entire bookcase with scrapbooks brimming with happy memories from her many trips. She also liked to challenge herself by working crossword puzzles and playing Boggle and other word games.
          Irene was a faithful member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church (Weyerts) where she taught Sunday and Vacation Bible School and served as treasurer of the Memorial Fund. Over the years, Irene was a school board member for Rural District 69, served as a 4-H leader, delivered Meals on Wheels, and worked on the Cheyenne County Election Board. She was also a member of the PEO Sisterhood.
          Irene is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ray Jessen of Sidney; daughter Pam Arrington of Lodgepole; sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Sharon Jessen and Ron and Brenda Jessen of Sidney; grandsons Andrew Jessen of Lincoln and David and Ben Jessen of Sidney; granddaughters Kelsey Arrington of Lodgepole and Emily and Kaylee Jessen of Sidney; sister Gerry and brother-in-law Dallas Rohrs of Des Moines, Iowa; brother Wilson Berta of Broadwater; twelve nephews; seven nieces; numerous in-laws, cousins and extended family; and a multitude of friends.
          Irene was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers and one nephew.

 

John Spinner

             John Spinner, 72 of Sidney, Nebraska died Wednesday morning, June 28, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 6, 2006 in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney with Pastor Terry Detwiler of the Christian Life Center officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

            Cremation has taken place and there is no visitation at the funeral home.

            Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

            John Earl Spinner, the son of Leo and Florence (LeMay) Spinner was born April 6, 1934 at Burke, New York.  He moved to Sidney, Nebraska in the 1970’s with a construction company.  He later worked at the East Side Bay Truck Stop for ten years, where he met Dena Kiser.  A year later, they were married on June 19, 1976 in Malone, New York.  In 1993 they moved back to New York, before returning to Sidney in 2001.

            John was a simple hardworking man who enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandchildren.

            Survivors include his wife Dena of Sidney, NE; his children:  Johnny Spinner and Susan Spinner both of Salem, IN, Matthew Spinner Middlemas and his wife Sonya and Alice and husband Doug Sick all of Sidney, NE, Willie and wife Susie Middlemas of Green River, WY and Chuck Middlemas of Rock Springs, WY; three sisters:  Teresa Lamica of Malone, NY, Grace Beaudin of Burke, NY and Joyce Hide of Bangor, NY; two brothers:  Wayne Spinner of Whiteface, NY and Vernon Spinner of Plattsburgh, NY; 11 Grandchildren and 1 Great-grandchild.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers:  Kenneth and Wilford, one son Billy Spinner and one grandson Patrick Middlemas Sick.

 

Kenneth Morgan          

           Kenneth Morgan, 91, a longtime Gurley-Dalton area resident died late Saturday evening, June 17, 2006, at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

           Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 24, 2006 in the Dalton Presbyterian Church with Rev. H. Eldin Wells and Leon "Bud" Gillespie, C.L.P. officiating.  Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

           Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.  Memorials can be made to the Dalton Presbyterian Church.  Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of the arrangements.

           Kenneth Mallory Morgan was born March 22, 1915, near the Red Top School southeast of Gurley, Neb., the second son of Mallory and Grace (Gustin) Morgan. The family lived various places in the Dalton/Gurley area, finally settling at the historic Mud Springs Ranch. During his elementary years, he attended the one room school near the Mud Springs Ranch. He graduated from Dalton High School in 1933 and attended Chadron State College from 1933-1935. He taught one year at the Cramer School north and east of Dalton.

           He married Ruth E. Osborn May 22, 1938, at the Osborn home west of Dalton.

           Survivors include daughters, Nancy and husband Louie Slavik of Salina, Kan., Sally Jo Senft of Quitman, Texas; son, Stuart and wife Linda of Dalton; grandchildren, Kirk and Christina Fischer, Niwot, Colo., Craig Fischer, Jackson, Wyo., Kari Dillon, Chicago, Ill., Karmen and Bruce Jacobs, Canal Winchester, Ohio, Major Chris and Dana Morgan, Leonardtown, Md., Lianne and Rob Higgins, Dalton; nine great grandchildren; brother, Larry and wife Sylvia Morgan, Keizer, Ore.; sister-in-law, Lorine Morgan, Longmont, Colo.; brother-in-law, Oakley Osborn and wife Cathy, Winthrop, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

           He was preceded in death by his parents, Mallory and Grace Morgan; wife, Ruth (Osborn) Morgan; brother, Harold Morgan; sisters, Wilda (Mrs. Wayne) Freeburg and Martha (Mrs. Bob) Ratzloff.

 

Vera Dolly Kepler

            Vera Dolly Kepler, 87, of Broadwater, passed away Monday morning, June 12, 2006, at Heritage of Bridgeport, where she has been a resident for the past six years.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2006, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater with Ann Bairn, P.M.A. officiating.  Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Broadwater.  

            Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  Memorials may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice or to the Messiah Lutheran Church.  Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Vera was born on May 28, 1919, north of Lisco in Morrill County, the daughter of Elder Harrod and Armeda Druesilla (Griffitts) Wright.  She attended Centerview Country School through the eighth grade and high school in Lisco and Broadwater, working for her room and board while attending high school.

            Vera married Wavel “Dee” Kepler March 16, 1937 at Bridgeport.  Twelve children were born to this union, nine of which still survive.  Vera and Dee lived most of their life in the Broadwater Community.  They lived a short time in Dalton, before moving in 1963 to Lewellen and Oshkosh where they resided for several years.  Vera was employed 22 years for Midwec and Marshalltown, retiring and returning to Broadwater.  She later moved to Heritage of Bridgeport in 2000.

            She loved her country music and was still listening to it until the end of her life.

            Vera was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater.

            She is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Shirley) Kepler of Chappell, Gerald (Pam) Kepler of Broadwater, Robert (Marlene) Kepler of Lincoln, Harold Kepler of Gurley, Lonnie (Eva) Kepler of Dalton, and Larry (Joanna) Kepler of Oshkosh; daughters, Grace (Ivan) Boman of Bridgeport, Iona Kurth of Imperial, and Eileen (Ronald) Sherman of Gurley; daughter-in-law, Connie Kepler Deal of Aurora, Colo.; sisters, Goldie O’Neil and special friend Floyd Carmen of Imperial and Ruth (Vince) Glassmaker of Pierre, S.D.; sister-in-law, Pat Wright of Woodruff, WI; 34 grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee in 1976; her parents; sons, Johnnie in infancy in 1939, Daniel Howard in 2001, and Dwight Elder in 2002; two granddaughters, a grandson; and a brother, Eddie Wright.

 

BETTY MILLER   

Betty Jean Miller, 84, of Sidney, died Tuesday morning June 13th, 2006 at Memorial Health Center Extended Care, where she has been a resident the past 2 years.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Friday June 16th at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00am to 6:00pm at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospital Extended Care or the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Betty Jean Miller was born on April 15th, 1922 in Malta, Ohio, the daughter of Gilbert and Mary Frash. After losing her mother in a fire at only a few months old she was taken in and raised on a farm by her loving grandparents. She graduated from Malta High School.

She began working for the FAA in airports in South Dakota, Wyoming and finally Nebraska where she meet and married Kenneth Rapp, to this union a son was born. She later met and married Thomas Miller on November 22, 1952 and to this union a son and daughter were born.

Betty worked at the Fort Sidney Hotel, George Risk Industries, Prestolite Wire, and Cabela’s Inc along with helping her husband Thomas with a mail route from Bushnell to North Platte. She also served as a Foster Grandparent at North Elementary School.

Betty was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney. Her passions were flowers, reading, her children and especially her grandchildren, and for the last year her great grandchild Cole Thomas.

She is survived by her sons Rick Miller of Sidney, Tim and wife Dixie Miller of Sidney, daughter Nancy Miller of Cheyenne WY, her grandson Tony and wife Amy Miller of Lincoln, granddaughters Lisa and husband Stacey Hanley of Sidney, Amy Miller of Kearney and Amber Trawick of Cheyenne, WY and her great grandson Cole Thomas Hanley, Sidney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and sister‑in-law Dean and Gloria Frash, and her husband Thomas in 1996.

 

ETHELYN SANDERS 

            Ethelyn Sanders, 85 of Sidney, Nebraska and a longtime Gurley resident died Monday afternoon, June 12, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, June 15, 2006 in the Grace Lutheran Church in Gurley with the Rev. H. Eldin Wells and Leon “Bud” Gillespie officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sanders Cemetery west of Dalton, Nebraska.

            Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church, the Leyton Public Schools or the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

            Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Ethelyn Eunice Sanders, the daughter of Alfred G. and Esther O. (Ahlm) Swanson was born September 25, 1920 on a farm in Cheyenne County, east of Gurley.  The family moved to a farm west of Gurley when she was quite young where she grew up.  She attended the Center School before graduating from Sidney High School in 1940.  After graduation, she passed the Civil Service Exam and worked as a clerk at the courthouse in Chadron.  She returned to the Sidney area and worked at the County Extension Office.

            On April 10, 1946 she was united in marriage to Robert M. Sanders in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Parsonage in Sidney.  To this union three daughters were born:  Ellen, Judy and Joan.  They made their home west of Gurley where she helped with the farming and the dairy.  After her husband’s death in 1978, she moved to Gurley where she was involved in the Foster Grandparent Program at the Leyton School for twenty years.  She moved to Sidney in 2003 and had resided at the Beverly Health Care Assisted Living.

            She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the L.C.W. and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Ethelyn loved farming, reading, music and quilting.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

            Survivors include two daughters:  Ellen and husband LeRoy Lippstrew of Sterling, CO and Joan and husband Paul Yekel of Hay Springs, NE; five grandchildren:  Lee Lippstrew, Mandi Lippstrew, Anna and husband Matt Lux, Karl Yekel and Lora Yekel and two great-grandchildren:  D.J. George and Kiera Jelle.      

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter Judy George, two brothers: Norman and Everett Swanson and two grandsons:  Sean and Chad George.  

 

Virginia Hammond

              Virginia Hammond, 62, of Dalton, died Wednesday afternoon, June 7, 2006 at her home in Dalton.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, June 12, 2006 in Grace Lutheran Church in Gurley with Leon “Bud” Gillespie, C.L.P. and Rev. H. Eldin Wells officiating.  Burial will follow in the Dalton Cemetery.

            Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials have been established to Memorial Health Center Hospice or to the Nebraska ALS Association.

Virginia Diane Hammond was born October 6, 1943, in Hagerstown, Maryland to George and Georgia (Manious) McSherry. She graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1961 and attended Catawba College in North Carolina. She married Charles D. Hammond May 8, 1965, in Hagerstown. She worked for the American Optometric Association and the National Education Association in Washington, DC. They moved to Longmont, Colorado in 1966, where she worked for IBM until a family was started. The family moved to a farm West of Dalton in 1973 and moved into Dalton in 1988. She worked at Cabela's corporate for 17 years, retiring in 2004.

She worked hard and believed anything worth doing was worth doing well. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and visits with her grandchildren. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Gurley.

Survivors include her husband, Charles; sons and daughters‑in‑law, Larry and Joyce of North Platte, and Mike and Jenny of Seward; three sisters, Barbara Smith and Marlene Schafer (Preston) of Hagerstown, MD and Dora White (John) of Little River, SC; and four grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death.  

 

Esther Irene Grosenbach

           Esther Grosenbach, 93 of Sidney, Nebraska died Thursday evening, June 1, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

          Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. (CDT), Tuesday, June 6, 2006 in the Oxford Cemetery at Oxford, Nebraska.

          No services or visitation will be held in Sidney.

          Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

          Esther Irene Grosenbach was born to Daniel and Elsa (Keene) Grosenbach at Mascot, Harlan County, Nebraska on January 26th, 1913.  Esther was the 3rd of 9.children. Esther attended and graduated from Mascot High School, she attended Bible Schools in Mitchell, S. Dakota and Tabor, Iowa.  She also attended Nursing School in Nampa, Idaho.  Esther never married and so she gave herself entirely to The Lord, The God of Creation and allowed Him to minister to others every day as He Planned and Allowed in Rapid City, S. Dakota and Sidney, Nebraska.  She enjoyed being employed using her nursing skills and sharing The Love of Jesus along life’s way.

           As a child, being the first of 5 girls, she became so helpful to her parents doing every kind of work that was done in the 1920s and 1930s.  She not only learned to cook and bake on a wood/corn cob cook stove, but also how to milk cows, feed and water the chickens, as well as drive a team in the field and during harvest.

           In the 1960s and 1970s she spent much time caring for her dearly loved parents.

          Since about 1975 she spent much time visiting men and women in the Jail in Sidney, Nebraska; she also spent 2 or 3 hours a week in the 2 Nursing homes. 

          In June of 2004 she moved to The Memorial Health Center Extended Care in Sidney.

          She was preceded in death by her parents in 1974, her brothers Albert and Ralph and sister Norah in early 2005.  She is survived by 3 sisters: Ruth (Grosenbach) McGillivary of Meridian, Idaho, Mildred (Grosenbach) McGillivary of Portland, Oregon and Dorothy (Grosenbach) Deits of Paulsbo, Washington; 2 brothers: Melvin Grosenbach of Othello, Washington and Glen Grosenbach of Caldwell, Idaho; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

          Is seems that she did all she could to obey the God Given precept set forth in Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him….”.

          Esther’s relatives desire to acknowledge those special people which provide health care on a daily basis.  Each one is special because they make an effort to come to work all refreshed with a cheerful care giving attention to detail attitude.

          Dr. Cornelius, All Nurses and Care Givers and Staff at Memorial Health Center and Extended Care Center are sincerely appreciated.

 

Adelaide Platz

            Alelaide M. Platz, 73, of Sidney passed away early Wednesday morning, May 31, 2006 at Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday, June 3 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with the Reverend Alan Davis officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

            Visitation will be on Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Memorials have been established to the First United Methodist Church or to the Memorial Health Center.

            Adelaide M. Platz was born September 23, 1932 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the only child of Irene and William Mackey. Her mother died shortly after the birth of Adelaide.  Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mackey, Sr. of Ansley, Nebraska, raised Adelaide. After her marriage to John W. Platz the couple lived in San Diego, California for three years and then they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where they lived seven years while Dr. Platz pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree.

            Adelaide and John Platz moved to Sidney in 1962, where Dr. Platz practiced dentistry until his retirement in 2005.  Together they raised a family of six children.

            Mrs. Platz was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star Providence Chapter #108, and had served for several years on the Guardian Council of Job’s Daughters in whatever area she was needed, but her main interests revolved around raising her children.

            Survivors are her husband; her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Paula Platz of Mitchell, South Dakota, Richard Platz of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Paul and Lisa Platz of Baytown, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Johna Walker of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mary and Kent Matsutani of Kapolei, Hawaii, Amy and Bradley Stepp of Stoughton, Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Heather, Mallory, Jessica, David, Megan, John, Jocelyn, Garrett and Rachel.

            Her parents preceded her in death.

 

Byron Merle Koeppen

           Byron Merle Koeppen, 73, of Lewellen, died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.  

           Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Lewellen with Pastor Ray Weinerman and Ann Bairn, P.M.A. officiating.  Interment will be at the Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen with military honors by the Nebraska National Guard.   

           Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh.  The casket will be closed. 

A memorial has been established in Byron’s name. 

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Byron was born on May 9, 1933, in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, to Bernard and Grace (Hosford) Koeppen.  He attended school in Cedar Rapids up to the 5th grade before moving to the south table in Garden County in 1943.  He then attended rural school and later high school in Lewellen, graduating in 1951.  The family moved from the tableland to Lewellen in 1947.

            On June 9, 1953, he began his service with the United States Army, serving during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged on May 6, 1955.

            Byron was united in marriage to Dolores Mumford on Sept. 28, 1958.  Three daughters were born to this union, Kari, Sherri, and Shelly.

            Byron farmed wheat and sunflowers, ground hay and had a stack mover. 

            He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, gardening, hunting, especially for rattle snakes, and he also loved to fly. 

            He is survived by his wife, Dolores of Lewellen; his daughters, Kari Gortemaker of Oshkosh and her daughter, Jayme and son, Geremy; daughter, Sherri and her husband Terry Rounsborg of Lincoln, Nebraska and their sons, Brandon and Shawn; and daughter, Shelly and husband Joe Zeleny of Morse Bluff, Nebraska, and their son, Blane and daughter, Bailey.

            Byron was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Roland.

 

WILBURN “BILL” SUTTON

              Wilburn “Bill” Sutton, 79 of Sidney died early Monday morning, May 22, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center, Extended Care.

            Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 30, 2006 in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating.

            Holechek Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation services.

            Wilburn Leon “Bill” Sutton was born March 23, 1927 to Obadar and Leitha (Salter) Sutton in Birmingham, Alabama.  He entered the Merchant Marine in 1944 and then the Army Air Corp in 1946.

            In 1947, Bill married Thelma Louise Brown-Fahrion and together they had four children:  Rickey William, Randy Leon, Sandra Elizabeth and Donna Louise.  In 1992, Bill married Nila Golden.

            Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He retired from the Public Service Company of Colorado after thirty-six years of service and moved to Sidney to be closer to his son and grandchildren.

            Survivors include his twin brothers:  Larry Sutton and Barry Sutton and wife Linda all of Denver, CO; his sister Jeannie Rix; his son Randy Sutton and wife Rita of Sidney, NE; his daughters:  Rev. Sandra Johnson and husband Rev. Dr. Mark Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO and Donna Mitchell of Denver, CO; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Carl; wife Nila; and son Rickey.

 

TIM LIPPSTREW

            Tim Lippstrew, 54 of Dalton, Nebraska died Tuesday evening, May 23, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, May 26, 2006 in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with Elders Jim and Jerry Lewis of the Community of Christ Church officiating.  Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

            Memorials have been established to the family’s choice.

            The casket will be closed.  Friends may sign the register book from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.

            Timothy Jay Lippstrew, the son of Dale F. and Martha M. (Meick) Lippstrew was born November 11, 1951 at Sidney, Nebraska.  He grew up on a farm in Cheyenne County and attended school in Gurley, graduating in 1970 from Gurley High School.  He attended the Vo-Tech school at the old Sioux Army Depot where he studied auto mechanics.

            On April 14, 1972 he was united in marriage to Yvonne Minshall at Sidney, Nebraska.  She preceded him in death in 1979.

            Tim worked for the Egging Company for a time while helping his father farm. His love of farming led him to farming full time.

            On July 9, 1983 he married Debora Bonnet at Gurley, Nebraska.  They made their home on the family farm.

            Survivors include his wife Debora of Dalton, NE; his children:  Cristina of Lincoln, NE, Amanda and husband Adam of Gurley, NE and Nick of Dalton, NE; three grandchildren:  Alexis, Braden and Cord; his father Dale of Sidney, NE; and two brothers:  LeRoy and wife Ellen of Sterling, CO and Dan and wife Kelley of Sidney, NE

            He was preceded in death by his first wife, his mother and one brother Nick.

 

Jo Farrell

          Jo Farrell, 83, of Chappell, Nebraska, died Tuesday evening, May 9, 2006, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. (MDT), Friday, May 12, 2006, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chappell with Father Marty Egging officiating.  Burial will be in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on Friday.  

         Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell followed by a Vigil service at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chappell.  

         Memorials may be made to the church.  Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of arrangements. 

            Emerald M. "Jo" was born May 22, 1922 at Cozad, Nebraska to Andrew Jensen Lund and Ruby Caroline Sandine.  She grew up and received her education in Cozad, graduating from Cozad High School in 1941. On May 7, 1944 she was united in marriage to Matthew B. Farrell in Cozad, Nebraska.  To this union four children were born, Alan, Larry, Kent, and Janet.  Jo and her husband Matt were in the restaurant business in Lexington, Cozad, Ogallala, and Chappell.

            Jo was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, twin brother Harold and infant brother Paul.

            Survivors include her children; Alan and his wife Dawn of Floresville, Texas, Larry and his wife Carol of Gibbon, Nebraska, Kent of Chappell, Nebraska, and Janet Johnson and her husband Randy of Gering, Nebraska; nine grandchildren, Brad Andersen of Denver, Colorado, Julie Farrell of Westfield, New Jersey, Jerry Farrell of Colts Neck, New Jersey, Shelley Tesmer of San Carlos, California, Jill Smith of Mission Viejo, California, Sandra Farrell of Lake Hills, Texas, Jeff Farrell of York, Pennsylvania, Courtney Johnson of Gering, Nebraska, and Amy Johnson of Gering, Nebraska; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler & Mackenzye Smith, Megan, Matthew & Michaela Farrell, and Nicole & Shayla Patton.

 

Marjorie Cerny

           Marjorie Cerny, 93, a longtime Chappell resident, died Thursday evening, May 4, 2006 at Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell.

            Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chappell with Father Marty Egging officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chappell Cemetery.  A Vigil Service will be held 7:00 P.M. Monday evening at the church.

            Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

            A memorial has been established.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of the arrangements.

            Marjorie Ellen Cerny was born on August 10, 1912 in David City, Nebraska, the daughter of Peter and Frances (Kearney) Jacobs.  She moved with her family as a child to Chappell where she grew up and received her education in Deuel County, graduating from Deuel County High School. 

            She was united in marriage to Raymond Joseph Cerny on February 24, 1938 in Chappell, Nebraska.  They moved to their farm north of Chappell where they farmed for over 60 years. During her years on the farm Marjorie was very active with the 4-H Clubs, serving in many different capacities over the years.  She also enjoyed traveling with her husband Ray during the years he served on Wheatbelt Public Power District Board, Tri-State Public Power and Nebraska Rural Electric Association.  They moved into Chappell in 2001 and Raymond passed away September 28, 2003.

            Marjorie was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, serving many years on the Altar Society.  She also was a member of the Social Hour Extension Club.

            Survivors include; two sons, Dan Cerny and his wife Mary, and Ron Cerny and his wife Cindy, all of Lincoln, Nebraska; one daughter, Judy Buller and her husband Stan of Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, Allison Buller of Great Mills, Maryland, Brian Buller of Golden, Colorado, Alex and Jacob Cerny, both of Lincoln, Nebraska; and one sister-in-law, Velma Jacobs of Chappell, Nebraska.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, son Jim, sisters; Helen, Sister Lawrence and Genevieve; brothers, Lawrence, James and Francis.

 

Rheva Mundy

           Rheva Mundy, 85, of Sidney, died Thursday evening, May 4, 2006 at Beverly Health Care in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

            Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2006 at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the Rev. James S. Hamilton, Ret. of Southview Baptist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska officiating.  Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery.

            The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

            Rheva Rhea Mundy was born on December 11, 1920 Oblong, Illinois, the daughter of James and Esta (Andrews) Parker.  She grew up and received her education in Oblong, Illinois.  On February 8, 1939 she was united in marriage to Dinfred Sloan in Oblong, Illinois and to this union one daughter Karen was born.  Rheva was the unit manager of Stanley Home Products for seven years.  She also worked as an office secretary for J.J. Newberry for five years.  Dinfred worked for the Pure Oil Company in Illinois and his work moved the family to Kansas and then later to Kimball, Nebraska.  Dinfred passed away on March 16, 1968.

            On May 16, 1969 Rheva was united in marriage to Rev. Elmer Mundy of Sidney, Nebraska.  Rheva and Elmer did mission work in Kansas, Nebraska, and Louisiana for six years.  They later moved to Washington State to start new work at Marysville, Olympia, and Tacoma before retiring in 1987.  While in Washington Rheva took counseling training with the Burden Bearers in Seattle and was able to help many people.  They joined the Mission Service Corps of the Southern Baptist and were volunteers doing mission work in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and Nebraska before retiring for the final time in 1993 in Sidney, Nebraska.  Rheva’s testimony is “It Was Real”.

            Survivors include her husband Elmer of Sidney; one daughter Karen Garner and her husband Marvin of Canon City, Colorado; three grandchildren, John Steward of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Allisa Swartz of Loveland, Colorado, and Monica Brethauer of North Platte, Nebraska; and 6 great grandchildren.

            Her parents, and her first husband Dinfred preceded her in death.

 

Delmar L. ‘Del’ Hauk

            Delmar L. ‘Del’ Hauk, 67, of Oshkosh, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 5, 2006, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh with Father Marty Egging officiating.  Inurnment will be in St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Cemetery near Oshkosh. 

A Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church.  Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. 

Memorials may be made to the family.   Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

Del was born on August 28, 1938, in Peoria, Illinois, to LeRoy E. and Cecelia M. (Leitner) Hauk.  He was raised in a farming community in Peoria County, Illinois and received his education there, graduating from Elmwood High School, Elmwood, Illinois, in 1956.  He furthered his education in several fields including meat cutting school, locksmith school, and truck driving school. 

On January 31, 1959, he was united in marriage to Judy Nielsen in Sheffield, Illinois, and to this union four children were born, Lynn, Lori, Lisa and Luke. 

Del had many talents and worked in landscaping, as a locksmith, casino bus driver, public storage manager, assistant grocery store manager, produce manager, a meat cutter, and meat manager.

He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, traveling and especially his family.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh.

Del is survived by his wife, Judy of Oshkosh; children and their spouses, Lynn (Charles) Howard of Concord, N.C., Lori (G. Milan, II) Thompson of Lakewood, CO, Lisa Hauk of Littleton, CO, Luke (Christine) Hauk of Lewellen, NE; his mother, Cecelia Hauk of Peoria, IL; nine grandchildren, Marla (Sean) Avolio of Lakewood, CO, Amber (Chris) Jersild of Littleton, CO, Randy Thompson of Pueblo, CO, Angel Williams of Littleton, CO, G. Milan Thompson, III of Lakewood, CO, Matthew, Scott, David and Mary Hauk all of Lewellen, NE; one great-grandson, Lestat Rees of Littleton, CO; three brothers, Vince (Janet) Hauk of Westminster, CO, Jerry (Betty) Hauk of Wyoming, IL, Vern Hauk of San Francisco, CA; one sister, Veronica (Curt) Byington of Scottsdale, AZ; one sister-in-law, Nancy Hauk of Hanna City, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Hauk; one brother, Ted Hauk; a nephew, Brian Hauk; and one great-grandson, Josh Avolio.

 

Raymond Lessman


          Raymond Lessman, 100, died Saturday morning, April 29, 2006, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 4, in the Salem Lutheran Church in Gurley, Neb. with Pastor Ted Bourret officiating.  Burial will be in the Dalton Cemetery.
          Memorials have been established to the Organ fund for Salem Lutheran Church or the Donor's Choice.
          Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.
          Raymond Heinrich Wilhelm Lessman was born Jan. 3, 1906, at Wakefield, Dixon County, Neb. to Charles and Freda (Lilji) Lessman. He was baptized Feb. 4, 1906, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon County. He renewed his baptismal vows and was confirmed March 18, 1919, also at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
          Raymond grew up on a farm north of Wayne, Neb. and attended Immanuel Lutheran School through the eighth grade. In 1923 he moved, with his family, to Cheyenne County bringing cattle and goods on the train and farmed north of Sidney until the government bought their land for the Army Ammunition depot. 
He was married to Esther Sophia Lydia Borcher Sept. 18, 1929, at the Salem Lutheran Church in the country west of Gurley. He worked various jobs in Cheyenne County before and while farming west of Gurley. His delight was in seeing all things grow.
          Raymond was a member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gurley since 1923 and held offices of trustee, elder and president for many years. Calling square dances and playing in the Cheyenne County Farmers band were great memories along with family and friends get-togethers. He was active in Farmer's Union and 4-H.  Traveling with family and playing cards were among his most enjoyable times.
          Survivors include his son, Delbert of Gurley, Neb.; daughters and their husbands, Deloris and Bob Steffens of Sidney, LaDonna and Alferd Jung of Sidney, Marcella and Charles Rapp of Lakewood, Colo., Janice and Darrel Schilz of Gering, and LaJean and Charles Campion of Loveland, Colo.; brother, Edward and wife Verena Lessman of Dalton, Neb.; sisters, Verna Rehmer of Sidney, and LaVern Mosel of Gurley; 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great, great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and step great, great-grandchildren as well and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 
          Preceding him in death was his wife of 67 years, his parents, brothers, Alvin, Harold and LeRoy, and sister, Evelyn.


Gene-Richard Hohl, II

                       Gene-Richard Hohl, II, 24, of Lewellen, died Friday evening, April 28, 2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident south of Oshkosh.  Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date in New York. 

Memorials may be made in care of the family.

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

            Gene-Richard was born on March 2, 1982 to Gene-Richard and Debra Ann (Schepp) Hohl, I in Port Charlotte, Florida, and grew up Colorado where he received his education.  He had hopes to attend college and study Botany and start-up his own coffee shop one day.  He recently moved to Lewellen to live with his sister and pursue his dreams.

            Gene-Richard always reached for the warrior within and lived life with a new outlook.  He was loved by all he touched in his life.

            He is survived by his parents, Gene Richard and Debra Ann Hohl, I of Saugerties, NY; sisters, Justina Hohl of Lewellen and Michelle Hooper of Montgomery, AL; brother, Claude Curry; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Antoinette Hohl; maternal grandmother, Margeret Schepp; aunts, Lanette Hohl-Minnesto, Cary Hohl and Tina Hohl; nieces, Chastity Smith, Leah Anderson, and Harley Hooper; nephews, Landon Hooper, Jake Hooper and Caleb Wilde.

 

Reverend Father Joseph Patrick Abele

           Reverend Father Joseph Patrick Abele, 88, retired pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh died Friday, April 28, 2006, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.

A Rosary service will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Thursday, May 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Church with Bishop William J. Dendinger officiating and the priests of the diocese concelebrating.  Burial will be in the St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Cemetery near Oshkosh with military honors by the V.F.W. Post #5379 and the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements. 

            Father Abele was born to Joseph and Maria Abele in Hohenstadt, Germany, on Sept. 3, 1917, and came to the United States in 1925. 

            He attended school at St. Bonaventure’s and St. Boniface School and Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Penn.

            Father Abele received his seminary education at St. John’s Seminary in Little Rock, Ark., and was ordained to the priesthood June 7, 1949, by Bishop Edward J. Hunkeler.

            His assignments included associates pastorates at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, Holy Rosary Church in Alliance and St. James Church in Kearney. 

            On Oct. 1, 1953, Father Abele served in the U.S. Army as chaplain and was stationed in Korea and Germany until Oct. 9, 1956. 

            He returned to the diocese to assist temporarily at St. Josaphat’s Church in Loup City and on Sept. 1, 1957 he was appointed administrator of St. Patrick’s Church in Eddyville and St. John Capistran Church in Amherst.

            In 1962, he was called back to service with the U.S. Army at Ft. Carson, Colorado, and served there for one year before again returning to the diocese.

            Father Abele was appointed pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Oshkosh, St. Gall’s Church in Lisco and St. Ansgar’s Church in Lewellen in 1964.

            During his pastorate at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Oshkosh, a new church was built.

            Father Abele retired on July 1, 1986 and resided in Oshkosh.

            As a chaplain in the U.S. Army, he gained the rank of Captain and received the National Defense, Korean and United Nations Service Medals.

            Father Abele is survived by a sister-in-law, Gene Abele of Philadelphia; two nieces and a nephew.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Louis Abele.

 

Tim 'Steinie' Steinbrecher

          Tim Steinbrecher, 42, died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at his home in Sidney, Nebraska. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 28, in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney. The family requests casual attire. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.
          Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney.
          Timothy Duane "Steinie" Steinbrecher, the son of Clyde D. and Charlene (Shults) Steinbrecher was born Oct. 1, 1963, in Scottsbluff. He grew up in Scottsbluff and attended the Scottsbluff schools. He moved to Sidney in 1991 where he worked for the City of Sidney Housing Authority before being disabled in a motorcycle accident.
          Steinie was a motorcycle enthusiast, riding whenever possible, as well as being an excellent motorcycle mechanic. His family was a very important part of his life.
         Survivors include his mother, Charlene Steinbrecher of Sidney; son, Timothy Billingsley of Bend, Ore.; daughters, Lyndley Billingsley of Bend, Ore. and Anastasia Steinbrecher of Peoria, Ariz.; sister, Sandra Steinbrecher of Sidney and his special friends, Brian Leffler, Joe Herrera and Jeff Hedglin.
           His father preceded him in death.

 

Walter “Si” Griffiths

           Walter “Si” Griffiths, 82 of Sidney, died Wednesday morning April 19, 2006 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.

            Funeral Services were held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, April 24 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating.  Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney was in charge of arrangements..

A memorial has been established to the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Walter LaVerne “Si” Griffiths was born on October 16, 1923 in Valentine, Nebraska, the son of Thomas and Ethel (Mahin) Griffiths.  He grew up and received his education in Bridgeport, Nebraska.  He taught school for a short time in Newport, Nebraska before returning to Bridgeport where he worked as an auto mechanic. 

On May 31, 1945 he was united in marriage to Mila Jean Copeland at Sioux Army Depot.  They continued to reside in Sidney until moving to Scottsbluff 1969 where he was the service manager for Cannon Brothers Ford.  1n 1977 they moved to Bridgeport where he worked for the Highway Department until his retirement. Following his retirement he worked in maintenance for Morrill County Courthouse before returning to Sidney where he worked for Cabela’s Distribution Center until 2001.  He later owned and operated Si’s Handyman Service until his death.  This past May, Si and Jean celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include; his wife Jean of Sidney; son, Walt Griffiths and his wife Lana of Bellevue, Nebraska; daughters, Janice Hutson and her husband John of Sidney, Marsha Jones and her husband Frank of Greeley, Colorado; six grandchildren, Leigh Zavala and her husband Chad of Bellevue, Nebraska, Josh Griffiths of Omaha, Nebraska, Cheree Jubin and her husband Tom of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Tracy Hutson and his wife Jean of Ipswich, South Dakota, Frank Jones III and his wife Dana of Greeley, Colorado, and Tony Jones and his wife Tiffany of Lodgepole, Nebraska; ten great-grandchildren, Cade Zavala, Jacob Jubin, Melissa Jubin, Dawson Jubin, Jailey Hutson, Katie Jones, Kyle Jones, Austin Jones, Kelsey Jones, Logan Jones; one brother, Ralph Griffiths of Redington, Nebraska; one sister-in-law Kathleen Connell of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Vona Hammer, and grandson Davi.

 

Earl Arthur Thornton

            Earl Arthur Thornton, 93, of Lewellen, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2006, at the Community Wesleyan Church in Lewellen with Pastors Lynn Lutz and Steve Budd officiating.  Interment was in the Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen. 

            Memorials may be made to the church or to the Swaziland, Africa scholarship fund. 

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh was in charge of arrangements.

            Earl was born on September 23, 1912, north of Lewellen at the home of his parents, John Wesley and Lydia Margaret (Beckman) Thornton, and continued to live at the home he was born at until November of 2001.  Earl was the first child and was born in a two-bedroom sod house with a lean-to for a bedroom.  Later in his life, his folks bought the Ed King frame house and moved it up to their place to live in.  Earl also had two sisters, Grace and Adeline and two brothers, Loyal and William “Bill”.

            He received his education at the Prairie Bell School, District #74.  His father died when he was only 16 years old but he stayed and continued to operate the ranch.

            On May 19, 1935, he was united in marriage to Beulah Belle French in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church located about two miles north of Rackett, Nebraska, where they attended Sunday School and church as children.  To this union, three daughters were born, Grace Eva, Esther Alice, and Elaine Ruth.

            Earl worked for different people in the community to help make a living after he was married and later he purchased some calves and let them grow into cows, milked and sold cream.  He also carried the mail on the Rackett to Bingham route for a few years.

            Earl and Beulah were able to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in 2000.  After Beulah’s death, Earl moved into Lewellen in November of 2001 where he resided until recently.

            He enjoyed fishing, gardening and especially trapping.

            He was a devote member of the Republican party and assisted with many political events.  He was also a member of the Missionary Church when he was younger and currently a member of the Community Wesleyan Church of Lewellen.

            He is survived by his daughters, Grace Eva and husband Clinton Reeves of Lewellen, NE, Esther Alice and husband Nathan Loncosky of Kerby, OR, Elaine Ruth and husband Steve Budd of Hodley, Alberta, Canada; nine grandchildren, Roxane (Ron) Lauber of North Platte, NE, Allen (Kim) Cheney of Guthrie Center, IA, Dr. Ron (Dr. Carla) Cheney of Atkinson, NE, Rylan (Amy) Cheney of Cody, NE, Randal (Candy) Cheney of Zambia, Africa, Sharon (Neal) Breazeale of Grants Pass, OR, Celia (Craig) Breazeale of Grants Pass, OR, Cliff (Barbara) Loncosky of Kerby, OR, April Talbot of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada; 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Grace (Homer) Sherwood of Harrington, DE; sister-in-law, Virginia Thornton of Covington, IN; brothers-in-law, Jewel French of Olds, Alberta, Canada, Ken (Crystal) Hunt of White Fish, MT; special cousins, Ruth MacPherson of Torrance, CA, Rebecca (Wayne) Osborne of Bellaire, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah in 2001; his parents; brothers, Loyal and Bill; infant sister, Adeline Thornton; an infant granddaughter; and a son-in-law, Robert Cheney.

 

Martha “Marti”(Haun) Sanders

            Marti (Haun) Sanders, 85, died at her home north of Potter, Wednesday, April 12, 2006 after a long and full life.

            Memorial services were held at 2:00 P.M., Monday April 17 at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with Pastor Jim Nichols of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church officiating.  Inurnment was in the Sanders Cemetery west of Dalton.

            Cremation has taken place.

            Memorial may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice or Sidney Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

            Martha “Marti” Sanders was born July 19, 1920 in Casper, Wyoming, the daughter of Jacob and Marie (Yakel) Haun.  She grew up on the farm in the Scottsbluff, Nebraska area and was one of 9 children, with 4 brothers and 4 sisters.  She received her elementary education in the area rural school and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1940.  Soon after graduation, Marti married Eugene L. Walters and traveled with him while he served in the military.  After settling in the Scottsbluff area, they started a family with a son, Rick, and daughter, Nancy.  Marti and Eugene ran a music store and were well known for their piano and accordion lessons, as well as, the Marti Walters Trio.  Both, Marti’s father and Eugene died in 1975.  She continued her employment by working for the General Adjustment Bureau, Midwec Manufacturing, Kirby Company, and the City of Scottsbluff.

            In 1979, Marti married Gene Sanders and they made their home on the Sanders family farm in the Potter/Dalton area, while helping raise Gene’s three children, Debbie, Philip, and Joel.  Marti enjoyed crafts, music, gardening, cooking, and her family, especially the grandchildren.  She was an active member of the Sidney Seventh-Day Adventist Church playing piano and organ for over 20 years.

            Living family members include her husband Gene C. Sanders; daughter, Nancy (Jim) Ryba of Sedona, Arizona; son, Rick (Shea) Walters of Laramie, Wyoming; step daughter, Debra (Roger) Hamilton of Gallatin, Tennessee; step sons, Philip (Sandra) Sanders of Dalton, Nebraska, Joel (Debra) Sanders of Ogallala, Nebraska; sisters, Hannah Schmidt of Greeley, Colorado, Ester (Don) Bieber of Aurora, Colorado, Bonnie (Lloyd) Fergason of Casper, Wyoming; three brothers, Reuben Haun of Paul, Idaho, Ray (Lucille) Haun of Gering, Nebraska, Norman (Yvonne) Haun of Boulder, Colorado; grandchildren, Kimberly (Chris) McMillen, Jodi (Brian) Armstrong, Jami Ryba, Joshua (Ariel) Hamilton, Sarah (Kevin) Morse, Nicholas and Alyssa Sanders; four great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, her sister Marie Eckhardt, her brother Vic Haun, and an infant son.

 

Fern Colleen Bennett

           Fern Colleen Bennett, 74, of Oshkosh, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at her home.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Ray Weinerman officiating.  Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 15, 2006, at the Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown, Iowa.  

           Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church in Oshkosh.  

           Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh and Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown were in charge of arrangements. 

            Fern was born on February 22, 1932, in Gilman, Iowa, to Orville J. and Ida (Twedt) Winders.  She grew up and received her early education in Gilman and Ferguson, Iowa.  She then attended high school in Marshalltown, graduating in 1950. 

            On April 21, 1951, Fern married Richard G. Bennett in Carthage, Illinois and to this union two children were born, Denise and Curtis.  They made their home in Marshalltown and she worked as an accountant for Montgomery Ward and later as a credit manager for Lenox Credit Union.  During her time in Marshalltown, she was a part of the card club, P.T.A, and the National Guard Women’s Auxiliary. 

            In 1975, the family moved to Oshkosh, Nebraska, so Richard could manage the Marshalltown Instruments facility.  Fern worked at the plant for a short time but devoted most of her time to being a homemaker, taking great pride in her grandchildren, cooking, and cleaning for the family.

            She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family, especially Bridge, Hand and Foot, and Uno, but enjoyed any card game.  Fern was also a member of the Birthday Club and Red Hat Club in Oshkosh.  She also enjoyed golfing and reading.  She will always be remembered for the kindness she gave to everyone.

            Fern is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Bennett of Oshkosh; daughter, Denise and husband, Mark Hulse of Sugarland, Texas; son, Curtis Bennett of Marshalltown, Iowa; grandchildren, Eric Hulse of Sugarland, TX, Amber and husband Dannie Stanley of Muncie, IN, Cassandra and husband Pat Riley of Newton, Iowa; great-grandson, Elijah Stanley of Muncie, IN; and many other relatives and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Wendell, Carson, and Orville Winders; and sisters, Lillie Morton, Marguerite Dooley, Shirley Winders and an infant sister.

 

LeRoy Clark

LeRoy Clark, 99 of Chappell, Nebraska died late Monday evening, April 10, 2006 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney, Nebraska.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 A.M., Friday, April 14, 2006 in the Chappell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harun Gatobu officiating.  Burial was in the Chappell Cemetery.       

A Memorial has been established.

Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell was in charge of arrangements.

Leroy was born August 21, 1906 near Neola Iowa (Pottawattamie County).  He went to country school in Iowa until March 1, 1920 when the family moved to a farm, 4 ½ miles East of Chappell, Nebraska.  He finished the eighth grade in country school then attended high school in Chappell, graduating in 1924.

LeRoy went to business school in Council Bluffs, Iowa the following year taking bookkeeping and banking courses.  After graduating in 1925 he returned to Chappell to work on his parent’s farm.  On August 25th of 1926 LeRoy married his high school sweetheart, Rebecca Keefer.  The moved to a farm 5 miles East of Chappell in the spring of 1927 and lived there for 39 years.  While on the farm they raised three children, a girl, LaDene and two boys, Marlin and Ricke.

Over the fall and winter of 1965/1966 they built a house in Chappell and moved in on April 5th of 1966.  He retired from farming in 1973 at the age of 66 however taking care of his large garden and keeping the snow and leaves off his and his neighbors’ yards kept him active and close to the land that he loved.  His garden provided fresh vegetables and berries for the whole neighborhood. 

LeRoy was active in the community:  Board of directors of the Farmers Elevator for 33 years; Deuel County High School board for 16 years; Bookkeeper and Treasure of the Farmers Telephone Company for 25 years; Scorekeeper for the high school basketball team for 18 years; Timekeeper for the football team for 13 years; and transportation for a car load of players for all out of town high school sporting events for as long as anyone can remember.

He was predeceased by four of his six siblings and his wife of 78 years Rebecca Clark.  

He is survived by their three children: LaDene Rutt and husband Larry of Chappell, Marlin Clark and wife Yvonne of Fallbrook CA, and Ricke Clark and wife Helen of Irvine CA; eleven grand children; twenty-four great grand children; seven great-great grand children, his older sister Elsie Sheldon, and his younger brother Glenn Clark.

 

MARGARET BAUER

              Margaret Bauer, 79, a longtime rural Lodgepole resident, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Memorial Health Center, Extended Care in Sidney.

            Memorial Services were held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, April 12 in Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Gurley with Rev. H. Eldin Wells and Leon “Bud” Gillespie, C.L.P. officiating.  Inurnment was in the Weyerts Cemetery.

            A memorial has been established to Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church.

            Cremation has taken place.

            Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney was in charge of arrangements.

            Margaret Mary Bauer was born September 21, 1926 in Stanton, Nebraska, the daughter of Edwin A. and Maude F. (Matheson) Marshall.  She grew up and received her education in the Stanton Public Schools, graduating in 1943.  Following her graduation she moved to Cheyenne County and taught school at District #14 – Rush Creek School for two years. On October 17, 1946 she was united in marriage to Lavern Lynn Bauer at Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church.  She remained active on the farm all of her life.

            Margie was an active member of Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, served as Sunday School Superintendent, sang in the choir, as well as being a member of the Women of E.L.C.A.   She was a past member of the Rush Creek Willing Workers Extension Club.  She enjoyed music, cooking, especially baking, as well as watching sports.

            Margaret’s generosity and thoughtfulness were enjoyed by friends and neighbors, but even more by her family, especially her sons and her sisters.

            Survivors include her two sons, Terry and Barry Bauer, both of Lodgepole, Nebraska; one sister, Peggy Marshall of Syracuse, New York; brothers and sisters-in-law, Pearl Kayton of Chappell, Nebraska, Lloyd and Vi Bauer of Lodgepole, Nebraska, Herman Bauer of Spokane, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

             She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lavern, and her sisterDonna J. Harris.

 

VIOLA ZIMOLA

          Viola Evelyn Zimola, 88 of Berthoud, Colorado and a longtime Sunol resident, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at her home in Berthoud.  

          Mass of the Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chappell, Nebraska with Father Marty Egging officiating.

          Graveside service and interment were at the Greenwood Cemetery, Sidney, Nebraska.

          Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Larimer County, 7604 Colland Dr., Ft. Collins, CO 80525.

          Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney was in charge of arrangements.

           Viola was born February 5, 1918 in Logan County, Colorado, to Joseph R. and Rosa (Seda) Hornicek.  She was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Sunol High School.  On January 23, 1940, she married Joseph Benedict Zimola in Chappell, Nebraska.  The couple farmed and raised their children near Lodgepole, Nebraska

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chappell.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and playing cards.  Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends

           Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn (Richard) Schenker, of Berthoud, Colorado; her son, Don Zimola of Johnstown, Colorado; a brother, Loyal Hornicek of Lodgepole, Nebraska; and two sisters, Clara Miles of Chappell, Nebraska and Gladys Roberts of New Ulm, Minnesota.  She is further survived by three grandchildren, Trent (Loree) Dedic of Johnstown, Colorado, Trisha (John) Edwards of Berthoud, and Tiffany (Wayne) Rafferty of Berthoud; and seven great grandchildren, Ashley, Tyler, Jacob, Brandon, Carly, Madison and Katie.

           She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1978, and a sister, Grace Cruise.

 

CLORA BECKER

 

          Clora Becker, 78, of Chappell, Nebraska, died Friday afternoon, March 31, 2006, at the Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard, Nebraska.  Memorial services were held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 5 at the United Methodist Church in Chappell with Pastor Harun Gatobu officiating.  Inurnment was in the Chappell Cemetery in Chappell, Nebraska.  

 

          Cremation has taken place.  

 

           Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of the Great Plains.

 

           Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell was in charge of arrangements.

 

           Survivors include her husband Lester of Chappell; one son, Gary Becker of Utica, NE; one daughter, Carolyn McConkey of Scottsbluff; and four grandchildren.