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Obituaries

July 26, 2017 Issue

Betty J. Hafner
Loup City, NE Resident, 83

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​   Betty J. Hafner, 83 of Loup City, formerly of Ord, passed away Tues., July 18, 2017 at Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City. 
   Funeral Services were held Mon., July 24 at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Doug Durre officiated. Burial was in the Grand Island City Cemetery following the service.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com. 
   Betty was born Jan. 20, 1934 to John and Eva (Bose) Ulrich at Wayne, NE. She grew up in Wayne and graduated from Wayne City High in 1955.
   She married Dorwin F. Hafner in May of 1955 at Wayne, NE. Together they made their home in Bloomfield, NE until 1956. They moved to Denver, CO, until 1973 when they moved back to Grand Island where they were in the restaurant business. They later moved to Ord where they lived for 14 years and she worked for the Valley County Nursing Home before retiring and spending the rest of their time in the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
   As a couple they enjoyed fishing, and she loved bowling and horseshoes, and was an avid cribbage player. She specially loved spending time with all of her family.
   Betty is survived by her children and their spouses, Carmen Leibert of Johnson Lake, Lynn and Lyle Schwieger of Loup City, and Ed and Judy Hafner of Johnson Lake, and Eugene Hafner; sisters, Donna Morse and Delores Jensen both of Grand Island.
   Other survivors include six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 
   She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Dorwin in 2016; brothers, Arlline, Walter, Benny, Howard, John Jr., Clarence, Donald, Bobby, Murlen and Stanley Ulrich.

Ruth Powers
Portland, OR Resident, 90

   Ruth Powers, 90, died in Portland, Oregon at Mary’s Foster Care on May 27, 2017. Memorial services will be held at 11 on Thurs., Aug. 10, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell, NE. The family invites all to join them prior to the memorial service for a breakfast reception beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Madison Square Cemetery will immediately follow the service. 
   Memorial donations may be made to Taylor Area Builders, c/o Marah Sandoz, PO Box, 98, Taylor, Nebraska 68879 or to the group or charity of your choice. Govier Brothers/Rhoad Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
   Ruth was born Dec. 19, 1926 in Burwell, NE. She was one of eight children born to Eben and Lula (McKenzie) Moss.  Ruth attended schools in the Burwell, NE area. They included Rose Hill, Westside and Riverside. She graduated from Burwell High School in 1943. In 1944 she married Stanley Powers.  
   Ruth was committed to helping others. She was an educator in area schools including Madison Square for several years and served as Loup County Superintendent of Schools for 9-1/2 years. Ruth taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ord and served on the Ord Public Schools Board of Education. Later she worked as the audio/visual assistant in the Ord Public Schools for six years. Ruth was also employed by Green Thumb, served in domestic violence prevention, carried mail in Taylor and Elyria and owned and operated Riverview Upholstery.  She and Stan volunteered with the Civil Defense Sky Watch program in the 1950s. They were members of the Lutheran Church. 
   She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stanley Powers, and by four sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Geraldine (Richard Steen) and Judith (Ronald Dughman); three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Nadine (Daniel) Klimek; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Daryl Wampole 
Grand Island, NE Resident, 65

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   ​Daryl Wampole, 65, of Grand Island, NE died July 18, 2017. Services were held Sat., July 22, 2017 at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, NE. Pastor Jeff Kimberly officiated. Burial was in the Bostwick Cemetery in Bostwick, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation. Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior was in charge of arrangements.
   Daryl was born April 20, 1952 in Ord, NE to Donald and Doris (Badger) Wampole. 
   He was a 1970 graduate of Lexington High School.  He was united in marriage to Connie Dixon on June 20, 2003 in Grand Island.  
   Daryl was a 31-year employee of Island Supply and Welding. He also enjoyed being a DJ on Saturday nights at The Cow Palace in Grand Island.  Daryl enjoyed hunting, fishing, professional wrestling and country music.  
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Connie on Sept. 22, 2014; and his brothers, Gary Wampole, Terry Wampole and Dale Wampole. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Amanda Luna and her husband Ricardo of Chicago, IL and Tony Wampole and his wife Rosie of Chicago, IL; his sister, Karen Smith of Mississippi; nephew, Troy Wampole and his wife Cindy of Grand Island; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his special friend, “Cowboy” Bob O’Brien and his cat, Tommy.      

July 19, 2017 Issue

“Butch” Kearns
Burwell, NE Resident, 76

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​   Monte Ray “Butch” Kearns, 76, of Burwell passed away on Sunday evening, June 25, 2017, at his home in Burwell surrounded by his wife and two daughters.
   A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., July 22, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at the Sandstone Grill in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
Monte Ray Kearns was born May 25, 1941, in Sherman County, NE to Elmer Louis (Bud) and Luella Grace (McDonald) Kearns. 
   He married Connie Kay Beranek on March 8, 1963, in Julesburg, CO. He completed a course in Scientific Crime Detection through the Institute of Applied Science in Chicago, IL and joined the Ord, NE Police Department on July 1, 1969. He continued as a respected officer in central Nebraska’s law enforcement community and retired as Chief of Police in Burwell, NE on Feb. 1, 2007. 
   Monte and Connie joined the Nebraska Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Cairo/GI, NE Club in 1963. They enjoyed many years with much-loved friends at the private range near Cairo, Nebraska. 
   He is survived by his wife, Connie Kearns, his daughters Deanne Kearns and Kerensa Anderson, and aunts, uncles, and cousins. 
   He was preceded in death by his mother, Luella, an infant sister, Grace Marie, and his father, Elmer. 

Dale M. White 
U.S. Army Veteran • Greeley, NE Resident, 81

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       Dale McClure White, 81, of Greeley passed away unexpectedly at his home in Greeley on Sat., July 15, 2017.
   Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., July 20, 2017, at the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia. Pastor Jeremiah Knoop will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Military Honors will be presented by Charles E. Martin American Legion Post #186 and Reuben Beck American Legion Post #150. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to further the Gospel of Jesus. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Dale McClure was born Nov. 24, 1935, at Trenton, MO to Homer Lee and Olive Marion (Buck) White. He was raised in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School in 1953. 
   Dale joined the United States Army in September of 1958, and served in South Korea. He was discharged in June of 1962.
   On Aug. 6, 1965, Dale was united in marriage to Janis M. Cargill at Horace, NE. To this union two sons were born, Jeffrey and Jon. 
In 1962, Dale began working for the Social Security Administration in Kansas City, MO. In 1973, he was transferred to Beatrice, NE and worked as a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration until his retirement in 1987. Following retirement he worked at various jobs until 2003, when he and Jan settled in Greeley, NE.
   Dale regularly attended and was very involved in the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling and golfing. He was a pianist and organist and played for many church services. He truly enjoyed his family and friends and spending time with them.
   Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Janis of Greeley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey Dale and Rochelle of Hutchinson, Kansas and Jon Dana and Maryjane of Chariton, IA; and eight grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Louis; four brothers, Robert, Joseph, Marvin and Leroy White; and a sister, Fontelle White. 

July 12, 2017 Issue

​Jamie Bloom
Ord, NE Resident, 31

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   James V. “Jamie” Bloom, 31, of Ord passed away on Thurs., July 6, 2017, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
   A Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Mon., July 10, 2017, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Rob Pearson officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Make A Wish Foundation or the Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
   James V. “Jamie” was born July 5, 1986, at Ord, NE, to Russell and Janiece (Grim) Bloom. Jamie was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 2007.
   Due to health reasons Jamie has made his home at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell since 2012.
   Jamie was an avid Husker Fan. The highlight of his life was meeting two Husker players, Taylor Martinez and Lauren Cook. Jamie enjoyed all kinds of music, watching movies and camping.
   Jamie was an easy-going guy and will be remembered by his sense of humor.
   Survivors include his mother and step-father, Jan and Gregg Wetzel of Ord; his father and step-mother, Russ and Annette Bloom of Scotia; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Tony and Cristy Bloom of Eufaula, AL, and Ryan Bloom and his significant other, Kelly Urbanovsky both of Ord; step-brothers and their wives, Adam and Kelsie Bloom of Ord, Tye and Sam Bloom of Scotia, Nathan Wetzel of Ord and Zach and Kelcey Wetzel of Rapid City, SD; a step-sister, Natasha Bloom and fiancé Morgan Miller of Tryon; grandfather, Ed Bloom of North Loup; and grandmother and step-grandfather, Darlene and Ray Hill of Scotia; and a host of relatives and friends.
   He was preceded in death by two infant twin brothers, Kyle and Curtis Bloom; and his grandparents, Jim and Julie Grim.

Muriel A. Tolfa 
North Loup, NE Resident, 91

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​   Muriel A. Tolfa, 91, of North Loup passed away on Fri., July 7, 2017, at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva, NE.
   Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tues., July 11, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
   Muriel Alice was born April 20, 1926, at North Loup, NE, to Lloyd O. and Clara Maude (Severance) Van Horn. She was raised in North Loup where she received her education and graduated from North Loup High School and attended the Seventh Day Baptist Church. 
   Muriel worked in Grand Island where she met Walter Tolfa. The couple was married on June 6, 1944, in Grand Island, NE. They moved to Aliquippa, PA and raised their three boys. After retirement they returned to North Loup in 1976.  
   She enjoyed her pet dog.
   Survivors include three sons, Walter L. Tolfa of Butler, PA; Mark D. Tolfa of Kansas City, MO; and Michael A. Tolfa of North Loup, NE ; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Merna Babcock of Missouri; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Leland Van Horn of Iowa and Carroll and Terry Van Horn of West Virginia.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; three brothers, Lyle, Harold and Merlyn Van Horn; and a sister, Ruby Meyer.

July 5, 2017 Issue

Rosalie M. Barry
Lincoln, NE Resident, 78

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   ​Rosalie M. Barry died June 11, 2017 at Tabitha at Williamsburg in Lincoln, NE, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 29 days.
   Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thurs., June 15, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Ryan Salisbury celebrating. Burial followed at Seward Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Memorials and contributions may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Seward or to the family for future designation. Condolences to Zabka Funeral Home at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.
   Rosalie was born on July 13, 1938 to Elwin L. and Alice Lillian (Polak) Dunlap. She graduated from Ord High School in 1956.
   She was united in marriage on July 19, 1961 to Patrick J. Barry in Ord, NE. Six children were born to this union.
   After raising her children, she worked in food service at Seward Public Schools and later at Seward  Memorial  Hospital  in  the dietary and housekeeping departments for over 20 years.
   She enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren. She also loved music and cantored for several years at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
   In 2003, she received the Caring Kind Award from the National Hospital Association.
   She is preceded in death by her husband Patrick J. Barry and parents, Elwin and Alice Dunlap.
   Survivors include her children, Paul (Rebecca) Barry of Omaha, Gregory (Mary Jo) Barry of Omaha, Timothy Barry of Pittsburgh, PA, Daniel (Taj) Barry of Omaha, Monica (Joseph) Brentano of Kansas City, KS and Virginia (Russell) Cowan of Osage City, KS, eleven grandchildren, sister, Lorraine (Ronald) Peters of Lincoln and brother, Gerald Dunlap of Omaha.

Lillian R. Tvrdik
Comstock, NE Resident, 96

​   Lillian R. Tvrdik, 96, of Comstock died Wed., June 28, 2017, at the Burwell Community Memorial Health Center.
   Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., July 6, 2017, at the United Methodist Church, 208 N 2nd Street, Sargent, NE, with Pastor Stefanie Hayes officiating. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow, NE, is in charge of arrangements.
   Lillian was born March 24, 1921, on the family farm west of Comstock, NE, to Anton and Antonia Proskocil. She graduated from Sargent High School in 1939.
   Lillian married Ben Tvrdik on Dec. 28, 1942, and they farmed west of Comstock until his death on Feb. 9, 1960. Following Ben's death, Lillian worked at Braggs Store in Comstock and at other grocery stores in the area until  her  retirement.
   Lillian is survived by her son, Ronald Tvrdik of Kearney, NE; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
   Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Comstock Den Senior Center, Comstock, NE.

Maxine Zulkoski
Grand Island, NE Resident, 98

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​Mildred “Maxine” Zulkoski, 98, of Grand Island, formerly of St. Paul and North Loup, passed away on Wed., June 28, 2017, at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., July 6, 2017, at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Reverend Thomas Clark will officiate. Graveside Interment Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral on Thursday at the Church. Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church of St. Paul or St. John’s Lutheran Church of Ord. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
Mildred Maxine was born September 9, 1918, at Stromsburg, NE to Charles and Margaret (Tschudy) Goldfish. She was raised in Greeley County and graduated from Scotia High School.
On Nov. 16, 1938, Maxine was united in marriage to Sam Drawbridge at Loup City, NE. Maxine lived in Hampton and on farms east of Scotia and north of Scotia. After moving to North Loup, she cleaned homes, did wall papering and painted houses.
In 1955, she began working at the North Loup Post Office as a clerk. She was appointed Post Mistress in 1978, working for 27-½ years until her retirement in 1983.
After her husband, Sam passed away Maxine later married Norbert Zulkoski on May 9, 1969, at Ord, NE. The couple made their home in North Loup and then resided in St. Paul for five years before moving to the Veteran’s Home in Grand Island.
Maxine was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod; she was a Sunday School Teacher and was involved in the LYML; Ladies Aide Dorcas Sewing Club and Bible Study. She belonged to the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries in Ord and North Loup. Her hobbies included quilting, embroidering and collecting dolls and stamps.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sarah Drawbridge of Calvert City, KY; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Eugene White of Grand Island; a daughter-in-law, Juliana Drawbridge of Ord; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 9 great great-grandchildren,  11 step great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Shirley Goldfish of Scotia; and a host of nephews, nieces and relatives. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Sam Drawbridge and Norbert Zul-koski; two infant babies; a son, Donald Drawbridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Marvin Mach; grandson, Ronald White; great great-grandson, Kobe Meyer; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Carol Goldfish and Harold and Erma Goldfish.

June 28, 2017 Issue

Wilfred “Bill” Cook  • U.S. Marine Corps
Mira Valley/Ord, NE Resident, 89

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   Wilfred “Bill” Daniel Cook, 89, of the Mira Valley area south of Ord, passed away Sunday evening, June 25, 2017, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, NE. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., June 29, 2017, at the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist Church south of Ord. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38 of Ord. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
   Bill was born on December 23, 1927, to Jacob Daniel and Emma (Graul) Cook on the Cook family farm seven miles south of Ord in Mira Valley. Bill was the second born out of three children, joining his sister, Roberta, with little sister Marilyn following. Bill spent a happy childhood in a Christian home, surrounded by loving family from three generations. He spent his youth exploring Mira Creek and the surrounding hills, hunting game and finding treasures of Indian flint, arrow and spearheads, a bison skull, and bison hunters shell casings near the creek banks. Mira Valley was brimming with young people at that time, and he had many friends and family to share in his adventures. Bill was an excellent ice skater, and the winter months after school were spent playing hockey on the creek with the neighbors. At age 11, he had his own team of mules put to the task of harrowing the fields. At noon, he said the mules would purposely tip the harrow, and since he was too little to tip the harrow back to position, he was forced to quit and take the clever team back to the house for their dinner break. As a child he experienced the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, witnessing the roar of the rolling black clouds of soil boiling from the north and the hardships of those years. Those were the years that tempered and fortified him, and shaped him into the man he became.
   Bill was christened in the Mira Valley Evangelical Church. He received his elementary education at Goldenrod School, District 9, then to Valleyside Rural High School, District 10. His remaining high school education was received at Ord High School graduating with the class of 1946. As a youth he was involved with 4-H and the Mira Valley EUB youth group. On September 11, 1951 he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and stationed at Camp Del Mar, Oceanside, CA, Second Battalion, First Infantry, Platoon 292, serving in the 3D Amphibian Tractor Battalion as an AmTrak driver with the rank of Corporal.
   Bill and Evelyn Bartos were married on August 15, 1952 at the Burwell Methodist Parsonage, with Bill taking his new bride on a honeymoon trip cross country with the destination being Oceanside, CA, Camp Pendleton, and their little trailer house on the beach. While returning to camp, Bill fell ill with polio and was hospitalized at the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. A year after the move, Robert (Bob) Cook was born at the Camp Pendleton Hospital. After Bill’s discharge, the couple moved back to the Cook Farm in Mira Valley where he resumed farming with his father. In February of 1955, a daughter, Debra arrived completing their family. Bill and Evelyn later purchased the family farm. Bill farmed and fed cattle for over 50 years. He purchased and ran yearlings, pasturing them during the summer and then feeding them out at the farm, with the help of his son, Robert. When Bill was forced to give up feeding cattle, it nearly broke his heart, as he loved it so much.
   Bill loved his family, and was always supportive of them, his wisdom being invaluable. He didn’t talk much, but when he did, you knew it was important - you listened and took it to heart. He loved his wife of 64 years, “Evie”, as he called her, and her passing two and a half months earlier on
March 29, left a lonely vacancy in his life. He was a quiet, private person, but he always loved a good joke and enjoyed the people around him. People were drawn to him because of his optimistic outlook on life and his ready smile and tinkling blue eyes. When family came to him with a problem, he would always encourage them and say with his Marine Corps/Depression Era attitude, “When things get tough, that is just right for the Cook’s.”
   Bill’s only hobbies were the cattle and the farm. He loved animals. All animals were drawn to him - and he never let anything, nor anyone go hungry. Bill always had a dog near his heels, his last dog, a beloved yellow lab, Dash, passed away two weeks prior to Bill’s passing. Bill loved God, his land and cattle. He loved coffee, apple pie and cherry strudel, beef and mashed potatoes, and any home cooking. He savored his walks to the pasture and Mira Creek every evening. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a kind, fair, soft spoken and gentle man that practiced the Golden Rule - always treating others as he would want to be treated.
   He is survived by his son, Robert (Bob) Cook & daughter-in-law Donna Cook; daughter Debra Sitz & son-in-law Mike Sitz; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Roberta Stewart; sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and Charles Stuber; brother-in-law Lyle Sevenker; sister and brother-in-law, Sharlene and Lavern Wozniak; and sister-in-law, Judy Bartos.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Emma Cook, and his wife, Evelyn.

Dennis J. Harris
Cozad, NE Resident, 73

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   Dennis J. Harris of Cozad passed away May 17, 2017 at his home at the age of 73.
   A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 5 at the Methodist Church in Sargent, NE, after which his ashes will be interred at the West Union Cemetery outside of Sargent.
   Dennis Joe Harris was born Aug. 2, 1943 at Sargent, NE, to Floyd and Thelma (Plock) Harris. As a boy, he worked in the hay fields, helping to provide for his brothers and sisters, and graduated from Taylor High School in 1962. After graduation, he worked as an attendant and mechanic at the Sargent CO-OP. He moved to Cozad in 1965 and became an inspector for the Nebraska Brand Committee. He married Linda Catlett of Sargent and the couple had three sons. Dennis and Linda later divorced. In 1983, he became employed at Tenneco Automotive in Cozad and worked there until his retirement in 2004.
   He loved all things involving the American West and agriculture - livestock, rodeos, sale barns, and was such an avid viewer of the Western genre, he could name which television or movie Western was on the screen in seconds. Dennis loved his sons, his daughter in law, and his grandson. And he loved a good prank.
   Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved Aunts and Uncles. He was also preceded in death by his eldest son, Marty Harris, a niece, Joslyn Anderson, and brother-in-law, Richard Keefe.
   Dennis’s survivors include his sons Christopher (Tara) Harris of St. Louis and Shawn Harris of Cozad, his Grandson Parker Harris of St. Louis, MO. He is also survived by: sisters Carol Keefe of Sargent, NE, Linda Miller of Burwell, NE, his brothers John Harris of La Barge, WY, Tom Harris of Sargent, NE, as well as many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and friends.

Death Notices

Ruth Powers
Portland, OR Resident, 90
   Ruth Powers age 90, formerly of Taylor, NE passed away May 27, 2017 in Portland, OR. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Govier Bros/Rhoad Funeral Home is assisting thefamily with arrangements.

Monte Kearns
Burwell, NE Resident, 76
   Monte R. Kearns, 76, of Burwell passed away on Sun., June 25, 2017, at his home in Burwell. Mr. Kearns’ wishes were to be cremated. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. More details will appear at a later time.

June 21, 2017 Issue

Harold Bulger
U.S. Navy Veteran • Columbus, NE Resident, 91

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​    Harold “Teen” Bulger, 91, of Columbus, formerly of Arcadia, passed away on Fri., June 16, 2017, at this home in Columbus.
    A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., June 23, 2017, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Arcadia City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for the Arcadia Legion Post #251 of Arcadia, NE, or the Columbus Senior Center of Columbus, NE. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Lloyd Harold Bulger, Jr. was born on Aug. 26, 1925, to Lloyd and Kathleen (Hastings) Bulger in Arcadia, NE. 
    Many people didn’t know his real name was Lloyd Harold Bulger, Jr., even Harold! Until he entered the military, he thought his name was Harold Lloyd. In fact, so did his mother. When entering the U.S. Navy, his father told him to be sure to fill out the enlistment papers as Lloyd Harold Bulger, Jr. His mother insisted it was the other way around because she filled out the birth certificate. His father then said, “Yes, but I took it to the courthouse.” His father had changed the name and never told anyone! Harold loved to tell that story.
    He grew up in Arcadia and lived there most of his life, leaving for brief periods of time, but he always returned. He will return for the final time Fri., June 23, when a memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Arcadia Cemetery with American Legion rites. A luncheon for friends and family will be held at the church fellowship hall following the burial. 
    Harold first left Arcadia while in high school to join the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war ended, he went to Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney for a year on the G.I. Bill. He ran the mile in track in both high school and college. The G.I. Bill also enabled him to obtain a pilot’s license.  
    He held many jobs during his life and had a reputation as a very hard and conscientious worker, sometimes holding more than one job at a time. Some of his jobs included working on farms, including his own and his father’s, working for the REA and tearing down telegraph lines and poles in several states, working in an airplane parts factory in California, working in the pivot business for Max Staab and Thiessen Irrigation, working at Trotter’s Service, erecting metal buildings and bins for Greenland Construction, and driving a Gelco Courier route. He worked for eleven years at the Arcadia Public School as the maintenance man, custodian, and bus driver before retiring in 1994. He then worked part-time for Rolen Sell and his seed corn business. 
    When running a farm implement business in Ord, he met Annabel Hanson. They married on Jan. 1, 1960. One of the things that brought them together was dancing, something they always enjoyed. They moved to Columbus in 2012 to be near family as they aged. Together they enjoyed their new friends and activities at the Columbus Senior Center.  
    Harold always enjoyed the outdoors and his first passion as a child was playing in the Middle Loup River where he spent many childhood hours. Besides family, another lifelong love was his dogs. He often reflected that he couldn’t remember a time in his life when he didn’t have a dog. They were his constant companions until his death. Harold also took great pleasure working around his acreage in Arcadia and improving his home. He loved following his children’s and grandchildren’s activities, and was able to enjoy his great-grandchildren, including attending dance and preschool recitals.  
    He treasured the roots he had in Arcadia and took great pride in its community.  He often mentioned how there was no better place to live and no better people in the world. He loved being from a small town in Nebraska and felt honored to be an American.  
    Being a part of the American Legion Post #251 was one of the ways he felt he could serve both community and country. Harold received his 70-year membership pin in 2016. He took pleasure and pride in the many parades he marched in over the years with the Color Guard. He and his family also put flags on graves for Memorial Day for many years, following in his father’s footsteps. Being a veteran and Legionnaire were very important to him. 
    Harold, who had a positive outlook on life, passed on a great many values to his children and grandchildren, as well as to other family and friends. He was an incredibly selfless, kind, loyal, and honest man. He could always make you laugh and kept his sense of humor, even in his lowest times. No matter any hardships he would have, he would tell others that he had the most wonderful life and had no regrets. He was a very down to earth, simple person, who never desired more than he needed nor was he ever envious of others. To him family and community were the most important things in life, and he considered himself to be very lucky. These are the wonderful attributes that his children and grandchildren will carry with them.
    In addition to his wife, Annabel, his legacy will be cherished by his other survivors: three daughters, Jill (Dwain) Owens of Columbus, NE, Neta (Brad) Lowe of Dumfries, VA, and Amy Clements of McCook Lake, SD; ten grandchildren, three great-granddaughters, his beloved older sister, Virginia Misko of Denver, CO; and numerous extended family members.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Kathleen Bulger and his sister, (Orpha) Jane Slingsby, as well as brothers-in-law, Clarence Slingsby and Henry Misko.

June 14, 2017 Issue

Ivan D. Stones
Kearney, NE Resident, 82

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​    Ivan Dean Stones, 82 of Kearney, passed away Sun., May 14, 2017 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. At Ivan’s request, the family will hold a private family memorial service. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.osrfh.com. Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Research Institute or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  
    Ivan was born June 5, 1934 in Akron, CO. His family moved to Ord, NE where he attended high school, graduating in 1952. Ivan was united in marriage to Emma Hulinsky on Oct. 29, 1952 in Denver, CO. Ivan graduated from the University of Denver in 1957 with a teaching degree in mathematics. He then taught high school math for several years in Morrill, NE while pursuing his master’s degree. After obtaining his master’s degree from Kansas State Teachers College in 1961, Ivan joined Kearney State College as an instructor of Mathematics in 1963. In 1977, Ivan achieved his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  In 1992, Ivan was the recipient of the Pratt-Heins Outstanding Teacher Award which is the highest award given by the University of Nebraska. In 2000, Ivan was awarded the Milton W. Beckman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics. Ivan retired from teaching in 2001. Ivan was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, as well as, being an outstanding teacher.  He touched many lives and will be greatly missed. 
    Ivan leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Emma; son, Ivan Stones, Jr., and wife, Rhonda of Kearney; daughter, Deborah Kristensen and husband, Duane of Minden; son, Randall Stones and wife Cindy of Kearney; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Reba Stones and his brother, Vernon Stones.

June 6, 2017 Issue

​Helen I. Fischer 
Burwell, NE Resident, 95

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    Helen I. Fischer, 95, of Burwell passed away on Sun., June 4, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., June 7, 2017, at the Burwell United Methodist Church. Reverend Dennis Davenport will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to The Burwell Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Iola Helen was born Sept. 28, 1921, at Rae, MO to Gerald L. and Grace (Heck) Dearmont. At the age of four she moved with her parents, three brothers and a sister to Burwell, NE. They lived six miles south of Burwell where she received her early education in Country Schools and graduated from Burwell High School in 1939.
    On May 12, 1945, Helen was united in marriage to Donald H. “Bud” Fischer at Burwell, NE. The couple spent their entire life in Burwell where they owned and operated Bud’s Used Cars. Helen was the janitor at the Burwell City Hall and Burwell Livestock Market. Helen loved to work and had to stay busy. She was tearing down copper pieces, one of her favorite hobbies up to the time of her passing. 
    Helen taught Nursery, Sunday and Bible Schools at the Methodist and Berean Churches for over 45 years. She was a member of the Rosie the Riveter Association. Helen enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening. She raised hogs, and did house wiring and carpentry.  She was a wonderful cook and pie baker. Helen was a Christian woman with a strong faith.
    She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Trevor and Deb Fischer of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Monty Philbrick of Ord; five grandchildren their spouses, Todd and Kara Fischer, Mia Fischer, Tye and Amy Fischer, Tracy and Doug Kriss and Trent and Angela Philbrick; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ivy Everhart of Waterloo and Ruby Percell of Lincoln. 
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband “Bud” who passed away on February 26, 1997; an infant daughter, Pamela; one sister, Viletha Graham; and five brothers, John, Nelson, Alvin, Robert and Charles Dearmont.

Pam Fuss
Arcadia, NE Resident, 67

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​    Pamela D. “Pam” Fuss, 67, of Arcadia passed away on Wed., May 31, 2017, at the Bryan Health Center West in Lincoln.
    A Celebration of Life was held Mon., June 5, 2017, at the Arcadia United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiated. Mrs. Fuss’ wishes were to be cremated. Inurnment was held Sat., June 10, 2017, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Pickrell, NE. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Library or the Arcadia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Pamela Doris was born May 14, 1950, in Lincoln, NE, to Alva and Doris (Kaminska) Ridgley. She was raised in Lincoln where she received her education and graduated in 1968.
    While living in Lincoln, she began working at William’s Cleaners as a presser. On Nov. 30, 1974, Pam was united in marriage to William “Bill” Krieger in Lincoln. To this union two daughters were born, Michelle and Cori. 
    In January of 1977, they moved to Arcadia. Pam was a homemaker and raised her two daughters and also was the bookkeeper for Bill’s business, Krieger Electric. 
    In 1986, Pam went to work for John Walters at Master Cleaner’s in Broken Bow and what started as an employee/employer relationship quickly evolved into a great friendship that lasted over 30 years.  
    On August 30, 2001, Pam married Doug Fuss and she welcomed her stepson, Mitchell. Doug and Pam made their home in Arcadia.
    Pam was involved in the Arcadia Ladies Extension Club and was a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Along with Jeanne Fells, they taught aerobics class in Arcadia for many years. Pam enjoyed reading, gardening, cross stitching and baking. Her favorite pastime was sitting in her swimming pool and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Pam was a second mom to many; her home was always open to her kid’s friends. “Mama Pam” will be remembered as a very nurturing and social person. 
    Survivors include her husband, Doug of Arcadia; two daughters, Michelle (Dave) Feit of Lincoln, and Cori (Dan) Doran of Alvo; a son, Mitchell (Michelle) Fuss of Arcadia; five grandchildren; two brothers, Marvin (Joyce) Ridgley of Russell, KS and Louie (Sandy) Ridgley of Lincoln; one sister, Barb (Steve) Jipp of Lincoln; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Joan Ridgley; and a brother, Brandon Ridgley.

May 24, 2017 Issue

“Chris” Sheldon
North Loup, NE Resident, 75

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​    Sharon Kay “Chris” Sheldon, 75, of North Loup passed away on Sun., May 14, 2017, at the CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
    A Celebration of Life was held on Thurs., May 18, 2017, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze and Jim Goodrich officiated. She was laid to rest in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Chris was born July 25, 1941, at Dannebrog, NE, to Earl and Florence (Feddersen) Christensen. She took great pride in being a Dane and embraced her heritage while living in the small Danish capitol of Nebraska. She attended the Dannebrog Elementary School and High School.  
    After high school graduation in 1959, Chris rode the train to Lincoln while attending the Lincoln School of Commerce. She worked at Consolidate Plumbing & Supply in Lincoln.  She relocated to Grand Island and was hired as a legal secretary for Louis Holmes Attorney at Law and for the Hall County Welfare Office.
    On Aug. 20, 1961, she was united in marriage to Wayne W. “Sonny” Sheldon. The couple made their home in North Loup. To this union three children were born, Kevin, Carrie, and Barbara. She was devoted to raising her family, but as they grew she joined the labor force once again. Chris obtained her insurance license and became an independent insurance agent. She was always involved in the North Loup community and communities surrounding her home. She became a member of the North Loup Popcorn Days Committee, the North Loup Library Board, Business and Professional Women’s Club and was a member of many committees at the North Loup Scotia Schools as she supported her children’s numerous activities. 
    Chris was first and always a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She sewed clothes for her family, costumes for school plays, and anything needed for community events.  She loved to cook and bake for her family, and many times filled the table with invited guests from the neighborhood. Her love of setting a beautiful table, perfecting recipes for a flavorful meal, decorating for a “perfect holiday” look, and gifting from the heart, made her a special person loved by her family and friends.    
    Survivors include her husband, Wayne “Sonny” of North Loup; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Michelle Sheldon of Ord;  two daughters, Carrie Sheldon of North Loup, and Barbara Sheldon of Chandler, AZ; and five grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; Earl and Florence Christensen; and a brother, Dustin Christensen of Bullhead City, AZ.

May 17, 2017 Issue

Kenneth D. Trubey
Ord, NE Resident, 78

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​    Kenneth D. Trubey, 78, of Ord passed away on Thurs., May 11, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    A Celebration of Life was held on Mon., May 15, 2017, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ord. Reverend Glenda Pearson officiated. Private Inurnment was in the Ord City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ord High School Athletic Hall of Fame or Heartland Pet Connection. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Kenneth was born June 18, 1938, at Fort Riley Army Hospital near Junction City, KS to Kenneth D. and Monsolete (Alcorn) Trubey. He attended elementary school at Ionia, KS and graduated from Mankato, KS, High School in 1956.
    Ken continued his education at Fairbury Jr. College (Southeast Community) from 1956-58. He played basketball for Fairbury and was selected to the Nebraska Five J.C. All-Conference Team. The team of 1958 went to the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. 
    In 1960, Ken graduated from Kearney State College and began his teaching and coaching career at Ord High School. The first three years he coached three sports at the Jr. High level, 7-9th grades. The following 14 years he coached Varsity Boys Basketball. During this period his team record was 208-88 with a 70 percent winning record. His teams won three central conference championships, seven state appearances,  and eight teams finished their seasons rated in the Top Ten in Class B. In 1976, Ken was selected as the head coach of the North All-Star Basketball Team. It was the first year the game was played at two sites with the North team winning both games. Before retirement, Ken was the Athletic Director at Ord High School from 1980 until 1998.
    On Nov. 28, 1975, Ken was united in marriage to Peggy Jung at Grand Island, NE. The couple resided in Ord where they raised their three daughters, Sara, Heather and Erin.
    Ken was a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, a past charter member of the Ord Elk’s Lodge, lifetime contributor to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, past member of the Nebraska Coaches Association and National Federation of State High School Association. He was a retired member of the Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association, receiving the Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska State Athletic Directors, and received the Level l and Level II Carrier Milestone Awards from the Nebraska Coaches Association; and the 1977 Ord High Yearbook was dedicated to him. Ken was inducted into the 2014 Inaugural Class of Ord High School Sports Hall of Fame as Outstanding Coach and was a member of the Ord High School Hall of Fame Committee. 
    Ken enjoyed horse racing, watching sports, fishing and refinishing furniture. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his family.
    Survivors include his wife, Peggy of Ord; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sara and Matt Gideon of Burwell, Heather and Jeremy McFarland of Grand Island, and Erin and Skip Reynolds of Aurora, CO; and six grandchildren, Sage and Kale Gideon, Madison and Kennedy McFarland and Braden and Kade Reynolds.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved granddaughter, Reagan McFarland.

May 10, 2017 Issue

“Doug” Hickman
Arcadia, NE Resident, 63

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​    Max Douglas “Doug” Hickman, 63, of Arcadia, died Mon., May 1, 2017, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Peters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.petersfuneralhome.net. 
    Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski celebrated the Mass. Inurnment was in the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia.
    Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is assisting the family.
    Doug was born on Sept. 21, 1953, at Ord, the son of Max Douglas and Miriam Jane (Kauff) Hickman, Sr.
    He grew up on a farm south of Comstock. He began school at Comstock and then at Greeley Public School. He was a 1971 graduate of Greeley High School. He then attended UNL and worked in Lincoln until he began farming with his father.
    He was united in marriage to Michelle A. Holcomb on June 13, 1981, at Arcadia. The couple first lived in Comstock until later moving to Arcadia. He worked for Baldwin Filters in Kearney until 2009, when he retired due to health reasons.
    He was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church of Loup City.
    When he was young he enjoyed motocross. He enjoyed sports over the years, whether following his children’s sporting events or coaching American Legion Baseball at North Loup-Scotia. He was also was a huge Husker volleyball, baseball and football fan.
    No one was a stranger to Doug. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and jokes.
    He is survived by his wife, Michelle Hickman of Arcadia; children, Kelly and Scott Miller of Omaha, Kevin Hickman and Lizzie Gwilt of Omaha, and Karalie Hickman and Chris Grooms of North Loup; a grandson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Miriam McFadden of Waverly, Karen and Jim Day of Lincoln, Bonita and Rodney Kamarad of Com-stock and Dawn Whitlow of Lincoln; In-Laws, Douglas and Donette Holcomb of Arcadia; he is also survived by Michelle’s siblings and spouses, Steve and Denise Holcomb of Arcadia, Kevin and Cheryl Holcomb of Loup City, Christine and Lenny Beall of North Platte, Terry and Stephanie Holcomb of Grand Island, Dianne Holcomb of Gibbon, Todd Holcomb of Cairo and Craig and Amy Holcomb of Gibbon.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Tim Holcomb.

Rosie A. Kruml 
Sargent, NE Resident, 90

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​    Rosie A. Kruml, 90, of Sargent passed away on Sat., May 6, 2017, at Broken Bow Care and Rehabilitation Center. 
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thurs., May 11, 2017, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Doug Saner will officiate. Burial will be in the National Bohemian Cemetery west of Ord. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Sargent Fire Department or the American Heart Association. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Rosie Ann was born April 28, 1927, on the family farm in the Eureka Township of Valley County, NE, to Joseph J. and Anna (Janicek) Bruha.  She received her education at Konenensky Country School.
    On July 2, 1951, Rosie was united in marriage to James Kruml. The couple made their home on the farm in Custer County. They farmed until the 1970’s when their sons took over the farming. They continued to make their home on the farm. James passed away on March 26, 2014.
    Rosie enjoyed gardening and was very involved with the cattle on the farm. She enjoyed polka and waltz music and dancing. Family was very important to Rosie, she looked forward to the Bruha Family Reunions and spending time with all of her family.
    Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Edward, Laddie and Patty, and Alvin all of Sargent; a daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Lavern Oseka of Loup City; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Nevrivy of Arcadia.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; one brother, Joe F. Bruha; and a sister, Helen Chalupa.

​Thomas F. Polk
Omaha, NE Resident, 58

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    Thomas “Tom” Francis Polk passed away on Mon, Feb. 27, 2017, surrounded by family. 
    Visitation and vigil was held on Sun., March 5, at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Omaha.  Mass of Christian Burial was at the church on Mon., March 6. 
    Arrangements were by Healey Hoffman Dworak Cutler, 12100 West Center Road, Omaha, NE – www.healeyheafey.com
    Tom was born July 9, 1958 to Thomas L. and Viola (Masin) Polk of Waverly, NE.  He graduated from Waverly High School in 1976, attending SEC College in Milford and earned a B.S., Degree in Electrical Engineering, then earning his B.S. Degree in Engineering & Technology in 1986 at UNO in Omaha.
    Tom and Deanna Dennett of Newcastle, NE were untied in marriage in 1981.  He was then employed by Westinghouse and ABB for several years.  Tom and Deanna opened their own business, “Power Delivery Service, Inc.” in Omaha in 1991.
    Tom is survived by his wife, Deanna, children Courtney, Danielle, and Spencer; parents Thomas and Viola Polk of Waverly; sister Jennifer (Paul) Valenta of Crete; brother-in-law Kevin Helm of Lincoln; many nieces and nephews; friend Jackie Winsor of Lincoln; and many relatives and friends.  Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Terri Helm.
    Tom was an advocate of wildlife conservation, youth development and education.  Memorials to support these efforts will be directed to the family.
    Viola (Masin) Polk, mother of Tom Polk, is a former resident and graduated from Ord High School in 1947. 

May 3, 2017 Issue

Alayah J. Guggenmos
Memphis, TN Resident, 1 

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   Alayah “Layla” Guggenmos, born Dec. 11, 2015, passed away on April 27, 2017 in Memphis, TN, surrounded by family. Although Alayah’s life on earth was short, she had an army of prayer warriors that carried her through her journey home.
   Sweet Alayah Jade lost her battle to cancer, but won favor with God as he scooped up her spirit into his loving arms and carried her home.
   Alayah is survived by her parents, Cory Guggenmos of Brewster, NE and Hope Guggenmos of Memphis, TN; big sister, Niki; Grandparents Roger and Cindy Guggenmos and Rock and Shelly Roxbury; Great- Grandparents, Bill and Ramona Guggenmos and James and Mary Rooney; Uncles and an Aunt, cousins, and multiple great aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides.
   All memorials received will be sent to St. Judes in Tennessee for the time and effort they place in a cure for children like Alayah suffering with cancer. The family recognizes the compassionate care Alayah received during her time there and are thankful for all they could do. 

Max D. Hickman
Arcadia, NE Resident, 63 

     Max Douglas “Doug” Hickman, 63, of Arcadia, died Mon., May 1, 2017, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
   Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski will celebrate the Mass. Inurnment will be in the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia.
   Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service.
   Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is assisting the family.
   He is survived by his wife, Michelle Hickman of Arcadia; children, Kelly and Scott Miller of Omaha, Kevin Hickman and Lizzie Gwilt of Omaha, Karalie Hickman and Chris Grooms of North Loup; and a grandson.
   More details will appear.

Eldon C. Svoboda
Elba, NE Resident, 90 

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   Eldon C. “Tony” Svoboda, 90, of rural model scout jason valenta Elba passed away on Mon., April 24, 2017, at Brookefield Park Living Center in St. Paul.
   Funeral Services were held Fri., April 28, 2017, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Dwight Sandoz officiated. Burial was in the Bartlett Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
   Eldon Clarence “Tony” was born March 14, 1927, on the family farm northwest of Ord, Nebraska to Anton and Bessie (Tuma) Svoboda, the youngest of 10 children. He received his education at Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1945.  
   At the age of 16, we went to work on the railroad. On June 6, 1948, Tony was united in marriage to Rosea Lee Keezer at Ericson, NE. To this union three daughters were born, Eldeana, Lottie and Patty. The couple resided in the Sandhills for 31 years and then in rural Howard County.
   Tony worked as a ranch hand all of his life. He worked for the Zanggers, Malmstens, Mignerys, Corkles and Packers. He had a passion for the horses, cattle, wildlife and being outdoors.
    Tony will be remembered as a real jokester. He enjoyed carpentry and could turn scrap lumber into something useful. Working with leather and saddles was one of his favorite hobbies and he also en- joyed polka music.
   Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in- law, Eldeana Svoboda of Kearney, Lottie and Ed DeVall of Ainsworth and Patricia and Don Jensen of St. Paul; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosea Lee who passed away on Nov. 2, 2002; an infant granddaughter, Becky Jean Crosby; and all of his siblings 

April 26, 2017 Issue

Irene L. Wroblewski
Ord, NE Resident, 88 

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   Irene L. Wroblewski, 88, of rural Ord passed away on Wed., April 19, 2017, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord.   Mass of Christian Burial was held on Mon., April 24, 2017, at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. Father Richard Piontkowski officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
   Irene was born Jan. 14, 1929, at Ashton, NE to Joseph and Rose (Urbanski) Sonnenfeld. She lived in Ashton and then moved to North Loup where she received her education.
   Irene married J. Eugene Psota. To this union four children were born, an infant son, Michael, Leroy and Colleen.
   They farmed south of Ord. Irene was a homemaker and farmwife. She also worked as a cook at the Loup City Hospital.
   On July 26, 1968, Irene married Ted Wroblewski at Broken Bow. The couple resided on Ted’s farm near Arcadia. Irene loved the farm life and all the farm duties. She raised chickens, milked cows and had a large garden.
   She was a member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church of Loup City. She was an excel- lent cook and had a special love for all of the animals on the farm.
   Survivors include her husband, Ted of Ord; a son, Michael of North Loup; a daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Richard Hawley of Chase, Kansas; a stepson, Dave Wroblewski and his wife, Peggy of Arcadia; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Firsich of Williams, Indiana; six grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren.
​   She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; a son, Leroy Psota; two brothers, Martin and Eugene Sonnenfeld; and an infant great-grandson, Parker Holli- day. 

April 19, 2017 Issue

Judith L. Hughes
Former Scotia Resident, 58

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​    Judith Lynn Hughes, 58, of Denver, CO, formerly of Scotia, passed away on Mon., April 3. 2017, at the University of Colorado Hospital.
    Memorial Services will be held on Sat., April 22, 2017 at the Scotia Community Building in Scotia, NE at 2 p.m.
    Judith Lynn Hughes was born to Don and Peggy (Blanchard) Hughes on June 28, 1958 in Ord, NE.
    Judy attended grade school in Cotesfield, NE and graduated from North Loup-Scotia High School in 1976. She received her Associates Degree from Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Her career was in computer programming/technology in Lincoln, Nebraska and Kansas City, working for the State of Nebraska, State Farm, Centel and Sprint. She later moved to Denver and worked for her church, St. Dominic Catholic Church, in a number of capacities, including as minion to the business manager. Most recently she worked as an assistant manager of Highlands Ace Hardware, a job she adored.
    Judy had the biggest heart for her family, friends, and especially her nieces and nephews. She was known as “Fun Aunt Judy” and was always there as a great listener and could offer such sound advice straight from her heart. In her big heart, there was always room for any type of animal. She loved her fur babies. Judy had a twinkle in her eyes, a wonderful laugh and lived by the motto “Faith, Family and Friends”:  Faith giving her meaning and direction to life; family keeping her connected on an emotional level and friends providing acceptance. These are the things that held Judy steady and earned her a full rich life. In turn we have all been enriched by knowing and loving her.
    Survivors include her partner Maureen Dobel of Denver, her mother, Peggy Hughes of Scotia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Craig and Gigi Hughes of Scotia and Douglas and Victoria Hughes of Lincoln; many nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and nephews; very special Aunts and Uncles Bill and Linda Hughes of Omaha and Tom and Eileen Blanchard of Grand Island and many cousins and friends who loved her dearly.
    She is preceded in death by her father, Don Hughes, Maureen’s parents Joan and Jerry Dobel, grandparents, uncles and aunts.

Elinor R. Koelling
Ord, NE Resident, 91

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​    Elinor Rae Koelling, 91, of Ord passed away on Sun., April 9, 2017, at her home south of Ord surrounded by her children.
    A Celebration of Life was held Sat., April 15, 2017, at the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist Church south of Ord. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale and Reverend Murry Johnston officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Elinor R. Koelling Memorial Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Elinor Rae was lovingly welcomed into this world on March 11, 1926, to Louis Earl “Sac” Walford and Elinor “Zae” (Wilson) Walford in Burwell, NE, with her great uncle Dr. Roy Cram assisting at the birth. Within a year and a half all Americans woke one morning to the Financial Crash with banks closed and homes gone. Sac moved his family to the open prairie to homestead near Torrington, WY, where he began government service as a US ditch rider. Little Elinor’s deep reliance on the Lord, lifelong habits of tackling challenging circumstances head on, and selfless serving through cooperative effort were shaped by the fun-loving Godly, tightly knit family of three. Church and school were held in the home. The family moved back to Burwell when she was 12.
    Sac’s Government job transfers resulted in Elinor’s uprooting from friends and schools a total of 16 times by the time she was graduated from Ord High School in 1944.
    Elinor attended the University of Nebraska for two years before returning to Burwell as a second grade teacher. Her marriage to Bill McMullen resulted in the birth of a son, Monty. After two turbulent years resulting in divorce, she and Monty moved to Ord. She began working at the Valley County Hospital as a night nurse where she met hospital board member, Orel Koelling.  Four months later, Oct. 29, 1950, they were married at the EUB Church in Mira Valley to this union were added Janis, Alan and Larry. 
    During Orel’s tour of duty in the Korean War, Elinor became the business manager of the family farm with the help of immediate family and community friends. 
    Upon his return their focus was raising their children as Christians, and providing the opportunity for the complete University education of all four children. Expanding the farm and various business ventures included Loup Valleys Flying Service (aerial spraying), Morea Livestock Feed, Custom Hay Grinding, ECKO Kennel German Shepherds, Superbly Done Catalogue, Custom Machine Knitting, Party Tent Rental and By-Way Guest House.
    Other community involvements included Korner Kutters Extension Club, 4-H Council and leader, charter member of RC&D, Junk Jaunt, Scenic By-Way and New Hope Foundation, as well as NE Tourism and Loup Valley China Painters. Her local church involvement was in WSWS, Sunday school teacher, VBS, and any occasion that called for food! The arts, theatre and music were favorites that she supported. Elinor was the first to acknowledge and encourage any person’s idea that could be developed through entrepreneurship.
    Orel and Elinor were avid travelers, touring 49 of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe as well as opening their home and Guest House to people from other countries.
    Elinor is survived by a daughter, Janis Weishaar of Topeka; two sons, and daughters-in-law, Alan (Jeanette Micek) and Larry (Robyn Moyer) all of Ord; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis “Sac” and Elinor “Zae” (Wilson) Walford; husband, Orel; son, Monty Koelling; and son-in-law, Ed Weishaar.

Marjorie Eva Mae Spencer 
Scotia, NE Resident, 102

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​    Marjorie Eva Mae Spencer, 102, of Scotia passed away on Fri., April 14, 2017, at Brookefield Park Living Center in St. Paul. A Celebration of Life was held on Wed., April 19, 2017, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze officiated. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Memorials are suggested to The Scotia United Methodist Church or the family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Marjorie Eva Mae was born November 12, 1914, at Loup City, NE to Stephen Elba and Clara Merium (Bulger) Smalley. When Marjorie was four, her mother, Clara passed away during the influenza epidemic of 1918. Marjorie lived with her Aunt Myrtle Evertt in Ord where she started school. Marjorie returned to Loup City and her father married Edna Grace Daddow Lambert. Marjorie graduated from Loup City High School in 1933. 
    Following high school, Marjorie taught country school in the Davis Creek area near Loup City. While teaching, she met Harry Edward Spencer. The couple was united in marriage on May 4, 1935. To this union three children were born, Marcia, Dean and Linda.
The couple first lived on a farm near Loup City, and then moved to Marjorie’s parent’s farm and later into Loup City. After relocating several times due Harry’s work they made a final move to a farm southwest of Scotia where they spent the rest of the married life. A year after Harry’s death Marjorie moved into Scotia and has lived at Brookefield Park for the last three years. 
    Marjorie was a member of the Scotia United Methodist Church, Daughter’s of Faith and Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, her daily coffee group and dancing with Harry in their younger days.
    She took many enjoyable trips with her son, Dean traveling to Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, and the Scandinavian countries, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain plus many trips throughout the United States.
    Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Marcia and Darrel Vance of Scotia and Linda Swanson of Seward; one son, Dean Spencer of Brookfield, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy McBride of Lincoln.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother; husband, Harry; a son-in-law, Wayne Swanson; two infant grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Lambert.

April 12, 2017 Issue

Theresa L. Heider
Amarillo, TX Resident, 63

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​    Theresa L. Heider, 63, of Amarillo, TX, died April 5, 2017. Funeral services were held Sat., April 8, 2017 at Cornerstone Church with Pastor Jim Loper officiating. Burial was in the Llano Cemetery in Amarillo. Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Please sign their online guestbook at www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.
    Theresa Louise Heider was born Sept. 19, 1953 in Ord, NE, to Don and Phyllis Clement. She attended Valley Side School in Mira Valley, NE before graduating from Kearney High School in 1971 in Kearney, NE. She later graduated from Kearney State College with a degree in Special Education in 1975. In 1979, she married David Heider and had two children, Christa and Timothy.
    Theresa was a loving mother and devoted wife of 37 years. Most of all, she was a dedicated Christian who served her Savior through service to her family and to her church. While setting a Proverbs 31 example as a faithful wife and mother, she taught in her church’s Christian school and worked in the nursery for many years. Her sweet spirit and contagious smile brought warmth to all around her. She loved to share that warmth through hospitality in her home as she collected dishes and recipes, sheets and overnight baskets. She exercised her passion for teaching by dutifully homeschooling her children, and years later, starting her own reading tutoring business. Her children and students loved her, and attributed their love for reading to her influence. She was an adventurous dreamer who worked toward her dreams through research and pictures. Her dreams exten-ded from owning a beautiful home for her hospitality gift, and traveling to Europe to visit a family-related castle. But through it all, she was selfless and loving, always putting others above herself. In the words of a friend, she was “everything a godly woman should be.” 
    She is survived by her husband, David Heider of Amarillo, TX; daughter, Christa Heider Madrid and her husband, Michael Madrid of Dumas, TX; son, Timothy Heider of Amarillo, TX; one granddaughter; brother, Ed Clement of Eads, TN; brother, Vic Clement of Doniphan, NE; brother, Rex Clement of Lafayette, TN and her parents, Donald and Phyllis Clement of Ord, NE.
    Theresa was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Bertha Clement of Ord, NE; and Erlow and Ruth Babcock of Santa Ana, CA.

Albert A.  Hruza
Ord, NE Resident, 61

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​    Albert A. Hruza, 61, of Ord passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ord on Fri., March 31, 2017.
    A Celebration of Life was held on Thurs., April 6, 2017 at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre officiated. Private Inurnment will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Albert A. Hruza Memorial Fund to be designated later. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Albert Alan Hruza was born April 11, 1955, at Burwell, NE to Richard J. Sr. and Alma (Owens) Hruza. He attended Rose Vale School until the eighth grade and graduated from Ord High School in 1973. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he received a degree in Animal Science.
    Following college, Albert returned to the family farm near Ericson. Albert and his brother, Richard “Dick” began a Livestock Hauling business, “Loup Valley Transfer” and he also drove a truck for Bud Knight. Albert began working for Stanley Nolte, where he worked until his time of death. 
    Albert enjoyed Nebraska Husker Football and watching Major League Baseball. He socialized at the Ord Vet’s Club and was a very active member of the Son’s of American Legion. He volunteered with the many activists of the Son’s of American Legion and especially liked helping the Memorial Day festivities. 
    His hobbies included hunting and fishing and he liked working with all kinds of farm animals. Albert was a “regular” at the various Livestock Sale Barns in Central Nebraska.
    Albert will be missed by his family and many friends.
    Survivors include his mother, Alma Hruza and her special friend, Elmer Kroger both of Ord; a brother, Richard J. “Dick” Hruza of Wright, Wyoming; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Leonard Fischer of Sachse, Texas and Marjorie and William McFarland of Grand Island; nephews, Danny and Leann Davenport of Ord and Hank McFarland and Kenny McFarland both of Grand Island; a niece, Denise and Mark Wray of Ord; great-nieces, Shannon Davenport, and Danielle and Makayla Wray; a great-nephew, Reese Davenport; and Albert’s special friend, Kathy “Kat” Dehart of Ord. 
    He was preceded in death by his father, Richard J. Hruza Sr. 

Elinor R. Koelling
Ord, NE Resident, 91

    Elinor Rae Koelling, 91, of Ord passed away on Sun., April 9, 2017, at her home south of Ord surrounded by her children.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., April 15, 2017, at the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist Church south of Ord. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale and Reverend Murry Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Elinor R. Koelling Memorial Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Julie Owens
Lexington, NE Resident, 77

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​    Julie Owens, 77, of Lexington, NE, died Tues., Feb. 7, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial was held Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Reverends Neal Nollette and Paul Colling concelebrating. Julie was interred next to husband, Roger, in the Arcadia Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or Lexington Community Foundation.
     Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington assisted the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
    Julie was born Aug. 12, 1939, in Greeley, NE, to Roman and Margaret (Czarnik) Kowalski. She graduated from Ord High School with the class of 1957, and went on to continue her education at Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1960.
     Julie was united in marriage to Roger B. Owens on Nov. 20, 1959, in Ord, NE. Three children were blessed to this marriage; Chandra, RoxAnne, and Tobin. The family settled in Lexington where Julie worked as a nurse at the Lexington Community Hospital, and Westside Care Home until 1971, when she received her certification to sell insurance.  She assisted Roger in their insurance business for over 40 years.
     Always an advocate for her community, Julie was involved with the Lexington Housing Authority for 18 years, was a State Commissioner for eight years, and was honored with Commissioner of the Year in Kearney in 2013. She volunteered with VITA, an income tax assistance program for 26 years, and delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years.
     A member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Julie served as a Eucharistic minister and on the Altar Society. 
     Her passions included being a season ticket holder for her beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers, as a matter of fact, she loved all football.  She enjoyed caring for the elderly, traveling, belonged to two bridge groups, spending time with friends, especially her Wednesday Lunch Bunch, but, her greatest passion were her grandchildren.  She just loved people, and people loved her.
    Julie is survived by her children; Chandra (Gregg) Baumann of Omaha, Nebraska, RoxAnne (Kory) Koenig of Papillion, Nebraska, and Tobin (Amy) Owens of Lexington, Nebraska; six grandchildren; four brothers; Vern (Norma) Kowalski of Grand Island, NE, Dwayne (Monica) Schamp of Ord, NE, Leonard (Barb) Schamp of Alda, NE, and Frank (Barb) Schamp of Kennewick, WA; two sisters; Ruth (Elliott) Sagehorn of Ogallala, NE, and Maxine (Jon) Peters of Brewster, NE; also surviving are nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
     Julie was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Alvin Schamp; husband, Roger on July 22, 2016; brother, Bill; and nephew, Troy.

Donald D. Walker
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 87

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  •     Donald D. Walker, 87, of Ord, NE, died March 31, 2017, at the Grand Island Veterans Home. A private family gathering was held. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home of Grand Island is assisting the family. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com.
    Don was born August 22, 1929, in Genoa, NE, to George and Gladys (Edwards) Walker. He grew up in Ord and attended school; graduating from Ord High School in 1947. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. Don entered the United States Army in 1953, serving during the Korean War as a medical aide. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
    On Sept. 3, 1950, he was united in marriage to Marilyn M. Hildebrand at Pawnee City, NE. After which the couple lived in Lincoln and adopted two children. In 1964, the family moved to Ord, and purchased Ringlein’s Drugstore and changed the name to Walker Drugstore. They owned and operated that business until 1989, when it closed. Don continued to be a relief pharmacist around the state until 2012, when he finally retired. In 1967, they purchased an acreage southwest of Ord where they resided until August of 2011, when they moved into Grandview Assisted and Independent Living Center.
    Don was a member of the American Legion for 53 years, Masonic Temple for 59 years, Scottish Rite for 10 years, Tehema Shriner for 47 years, a lifetime member of the NRA, Nebraska Paint Horse Club, and the American Paint Horse Association. His passion was serving on the Valley County fair board for many years, and resigned as president in 1980. His lifelong dream was the indoor arena on the Valley County fairgrounds, and holds his name as the Walker Arena. Don also enjoyed being a member of the Arcadia Trail Dusters, as well as golfing, hunting, bowling, breeding, raising, and showing paint horses.
    Don is survived by daughter: Kate Walker of Kearney; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren, and one on the way.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marilyn; one brother, and one sister.

April 5, 2017 Issue

 Death Notice • Albert A. Hruza

    Albert A. Hruza, 61, of Ord passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ord.
     A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., April 6, 2017 at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Private Inurnment will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. 
    Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. 
    Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lois E. Bratka
Burwell, NE Resident, 89

    Lois Elaine Bratka, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died March 30, 2017 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    Funeral services were held Mon., April 3, 2017 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ord. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Glenda Pearson officiated. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Bethany Lutheran Church.
    Lois was born April 4, 1927 in Central City, NE to Godfrey “Fred” and Ida (Speck) Zlomke. After Lois graduated from Burwell High School she taught school for three years.  She married Frank “Bud” Bratka on Oct. 10, 1948 in Taylor, NE and they lived east of Burwell.
    Lois was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, Midvale Social Club for 50 years, the Rollin Pins Club since 2010 and she was very active at Bethany Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers, her chickens and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Lois is survived by her husband Frank “Bud” Bratka of Burwell, NE; two children, Connie Benjamin of Lincoln, NE and Lex and Patti Bratka of Burwell, NE; a son-in-law, Tim Meagher of Ft. Worth, TX; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ray and Doris Zlomke of Encinitas, CA. 
    Lois was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Steve Bratka, a brother, Charles “Chuck” and his wife, Jean Zlomke, and a sister, Barbara and her husband, Dale Ritz.

Evelyn M. Cook
Ord, NE Resident, 87

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​    Evelyn Marie (Bartos) Cook passed away Wed., March 29, 2017 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska, from a rapidly growing cancer. Funeral Services were held Mon., April 3, 2017 at the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist Church with Visitation held at the church prior to the funeral. Reverend Dr. Jeff D. Hale officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Mira Valley Evangelical United Methodist Church.  Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Evelyn was born Dec. 30, 1930 to Joseph Gus and Louise (Zurek) Bartos.  Born on the family farm, she was brought into this world by Dr. Roy Cram who was assisted by Emma Bartos.  
    Evelyn was raised on the farm east of Burwell, the third out of seven children.  She attended rural schools in Garfield County, including the McIntyre and Midvale Schools.  The family later moved into Burwell, where Evelyn received her high school diploma graduating on May 17, 1949.
    Evelyn married Wilfred (Bill) Cook on Aug. 15, 1952, at the Burwell Methodist parsonage by Reverend A.J. Hindman. The ceremony took place during Burwell Rodeo week, and the couple later drove cross-county to Oceanside, CA, where Bill was stationed with the US Marines. Bill later said of the trip, “Evelyn had her head in my lap, with her shoes off, with her feet out the window”.  Being a Marine’s wife in California was like a vacation to Evelyn, who lived in a little trailer house at the beach. A year after the move, Robert (Bob) Cook was born on Aug. 17, 1953, at Camp Pendleton Hospital. In Sept. 11, 1953, Bill was out of the Marines and the couple moved back to the Cook Farm south of Ord in a farming community called Mira Valley.  On Feb. 19, 1955, daughter Debra arrived to complete their family.
    Evelyn kept busy all her life, and everything she did, she did tirelessly and with pride. During high school she worked as a waitress and in the kitchen at the local café, and after graduating was employed as a secretary. During marriage, and when her children were older, she was employed by the County Superintendent of Rural Schools in Valley County, and later worked many years for PCA and Federal Land Bank as a secretary. With a sharp mind for numbers, Evelyn was a woman ahead of her time in terms of managing books and investments. These skills proved invaluable in the managing of her and Bill’s farming and cattle operation. 
    Her hobbies included gardening, giving her vegetable harvest away to friends and family, cultivating her flowers, and grooming her yard into one of the prettiest places in the area. Later in life she enjoyed the company of an abandoned cat, but not so much the family dog, Dash, as he dug holes in her flowerbeds.  She enjoyed painting, quilting, and traveling.  She loved her family and enjoyed hosting her family for gatherings, and she made a point to never miss one of her grandchildren’s events. Evelyn was the family’s greatest cheerleader, praising and encouraging everyone in all they did. “GO!  GO!  GO!”, was yelled with such enthusiasm at all track meets that it might still reverberate through the stands today!  
    She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, treating everyone fairly and with respect.  
    She is survived by husband Wilfred (Bill) Cook, Sister and Brother in law Lavern and Sharlene Louise Wozniak; Sister-In-Law Judy Bartos; Brother-In-Law Lyle Sevenker; Brother and Sister-In-Law Charles and Marilyn (Cook) Stuber; Sister-In-Law Roberta (Cook) Stewart; son Robert (Bob) Cook & daughter-in-law Donna; daughter Debra Sitz & son-in-law Mike; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Evelyn is proceeded in death by an infant brother, sisters Rose Ella Sevenker and Agnes Bernice Foster, and brothers Jerald Leo Bartos and LeRoy Joseph Bartos.

LaVern R. Kowalski
Grand Island, NE Resident, 73

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    LaVern R. Kowalski, 73, of Grand Island, formerly of Ord, passed away on Wed., March 29, 2017, at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
    A Celebration of Life was held Mon., April 3, 2017, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be in the Greeley Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    LaVern Robert was born July 3, 1943, at Greeley, NE to Roman and Margaret (Czarnik) Kowalski. During his high school years he worked at Safeway in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1962.
    On Dec. 28, 1964, LaVern was united in marriage to Norma Jensen at Vermillion, SD.
    Following high school, LaVern worked at Wheelers and then moved to Lexington where he was the manager of Wheelers for many years. While living in Ravenna, LaVern and Norma owned and operated Mr. Automotive and returned to Ord in 1979. 
    LaVern and Norma raised their family of four in Ord and LaVern worked in Construction. In 1998, they settled in Grand Island and LaVern worked for Lacy Construction until his retirement. 
    In his younger days, LaVern enjoyed hunting. He was very good at woodworking and kept a meticulous lawn and garden. He was passionate about his vehicles and was insistent on buying new trucks frequently. 
    Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Norma of Grand Island; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tom and Ladene of Ord and Jeff of Elyria and his significant other, Cindy Grooms of York; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Ted Nelson of Ord; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Elliott Sagehorn of Ogallala and Maxine and Jon Peters of Brewster; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwayne and Monica Schamp of Ord, Leonard and Barb Schamp of Alda and Frank and Barb Schamp of Washington; many nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Troy Kowalski; step-father, Alvin Schamp; a brother, Bill Schamp and a sister, Julie Owens.

Hal D. Mason
U.S. Army Veteran • Former Ord, NE Resident

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​    Hal D. Mason passed away Mon., March 27, 2017, in Denver, CO. A celebration of life service will be held at the United Methodist Church, 105 East E St, McCook, on Sat., April 8, 2017, at 3 p.m., with a reception/light meal to follow in the church. Mary Sue (Hormel) Harris, C.S. Reader. 
    First and foremost Hal was a proud Father, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Businessman, Nebraskan and lifelong Christian Scientist.
    Born in Ord, NE to farmers, John and Mildred (Finley) Mason, Hal began life by riding his horse, alongside his sister, to the one room country schoolhouse packing a baked bean sandwich for lunch. Later attending Ord High School, he played football, sang in the glee club, made lifelong friends and soon married his favorite hometown girl, Sharon Jean Hastings. The Army called and he completed his service stationed in Northern California, returning to the family farm near Ord to begin farming and starting his family.
    Realizing farming did not fulfill his dreams for his growing family of two boys and a girl, he moved to Grand Island, NE, to begin his 51year career in insurance. After a few successful managerial insurance experiences, Hal then completed his dream by purchasing a couple small agencies in McCook, which he successfully grew into the corporation it is today...never retiring. 
    Family came first for Hal, most importantly spending time with his children and grandchildren; he was always there for his three kids, never knowing when the phone might ring requiring travel and lots of prayers.
    Hal was an active, interested and respected member of his community. Service included membership of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in McCook serving as reader, Sunday school teacher, and all around grounds keeper. Other community service included serving on the board of Southwest Area Training, providing leadership for his children’s many activities such as Jaycees, 4H, Indian Guides, scouting, youth football coach, and church youth group sponsor.
    Never losing his love for farming, horses and cattle, and all things Western, he also enjoyed gardening, boating and skiing, collecting four door Lincolns, antiquing, cooking and canning, and very importantly, his Sunday night dances and his love of history and museums.
    Continuing his loving legacy are: sons, Mitch (Chad Kyes) of Chicago, IL, Randy (Barb) of Parker, CO, and daughter, Michelle (Kent) Johnson of Baldwin City, KS.; sister, Mickey Norland (Lyle) of Corona, Calif.; brother-in-law, Al (Marj) Hastings; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; along with many cherished nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leon; and sister, Darlene McKay Mondon.   
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his name to the Hal Mason Memorial Fund, 115 Dearborn Circle, Baldwin City, KS, 66006. Memorials received will be designated to the Ord Educational Foundation, Southwest Area Training Services and First Church of Christ, Scientist, in McCook.

March 29, 2017 Issue

Michael S. Fox
Ord, NE Resident, 62

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​    Michael S. Fox, 62, of Ord caught his angel flight on Mon., March 27, 2017, at the CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island after a short but courageous battle with esophageal cancer. 
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., March 30, 2017, at the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ord. Reverend Glenda Pearson will officiate.  Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery.  “Mike’s Last Call” – Please join the family at the Happy Jack’s in Scotia for Mike’s Celebration of Life on Wed., March 29, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Family’s Choice to be designated at a later date. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Mike was born on Sept. 8, 1954, to Clarence J. and Norma A. (Bredthauer) Fox. He graduated from Ord High School in 1972. 
    Mike attended Hastings Technical School to earn his electrical degree and worked at the Morrison Elevator until he returned to North Loup to run the family farm. 
    On July 28, 1973, Mike married the love of his life, Sandy Williams. They had three children, Kelly, Traci and Casey. 
    While running the farm, he also owned Fox Flying Service where he was a crop duster for 19 years. In 1992, the couple started selling phones for Nebraska Cellular. They moved to Ord, where they continued to have the cell phone business and also owned and operated Valley Cinema. 
    In 2009, Mike and company purchased the bar in Scotia and turned it into Happy Jack’s. At the time of his death, Mike operated Happy Jack’s Tavern, ran Fox 1 Contracting along with his son, Casey and continued to be an entrepreneur for many projects.
    Mike was a great family man. He loved having all of his children living in the same town. He loved following all his grandchildren to every event and when time allowed to boat and fish. He loved to cook and have family and friends over to his deck, which was all the time. He loved having his house be “Grand Central Station.” The crazier the better! He reminded us, how blessed he was to have his amazing life, family and friends. He always put everyone’s needs before his own. Even on his last day, he was telling his family “Chin Up”, no time for tears and sadness. He was a strong man in his beliefs and he always stood up for what he believed in. He instilled his power, strength and his belief in God to every member of his family. He will be deeply missed. 
    Left to cherish his memory are, his wife Sandy, daughter Kelly Magiera, and her husband, Brian; daughter, Traci Jacobs and her husband, Aaron; and son, Casey Fox and wife, Heather, all of Ord; eight grandchildren; one sister, Shari Fox from Billings, MT; a brother, Ron Fox and his wife, Tami of North Loup; a niece, Kristen Fox; his mother-in-law, Rachel A. Glinsmann of Ord; and numerous other family members and friends. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Norma, a brother, Dennis, an infant brother, Steven; and father-in-law, Don Glinsmann. 

Donald E. Hughes
U.S. Army Veteran • Scotia, NE Resident, 86

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​    Donald E. Hughes died Mon., March 20, 2017 at his home in Scotia at the age of 86 years. 
    Memorial services were held on Thurs., March 23 at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia with Reverend Mark Middendorf officiating. Jacobsen Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church or the family suggests planting a tree in Don’s memory.
    Donald E. Hughes was born March 29, 1930 in St. Paul to William Earl and Josie Garnet (Tuma) Hughes. 
    Don first attended school in St. Paul through the eighth grade and the family moved to Scotia where Don attended high school and graduated from Scotia High School in 1947.
    After his schooling he began working on a farm.
    Don was united in marriage to Peggy Blanchard on July 18, 1949 at the Catholic Church in Scotia.
    The couple lived in Scotia where Don worked at the local Co-op.
    Don was drafted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 11, 1952, serving until receiving his discharge on Jan. 10, 1954.
    Don and Peggy returned to Scotia where they lived on a farm.  Don began farming with his father.  He continued to farm for many years.  They moved in Scotia in 1985, but Don continued to be engaged in the farming operation for many years.
    Don was very involved in getting the Twin Loups Water Reclamation Project established, serving as president on the board. He worked at the ASCS office in Greeley and he enjoyed working with the American Legion State Oration Contest.
    Don adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a good cook.
    He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia, serving as an Elder, the Rueben Beck American Legion Post #150, 40 & 8 and he served on the rural Fire Board.
    Survivors include his wife, Peggy of Scotia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Gigi Hughes of Scotia and Douglas and Victoria Hughes of Lincoln; a daughter and her partner, Judy Hughes and Maureen Dobel of Denver; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Linda Hughes of Omaha.
    He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother and a sister-in-law, Russ and Clarie Hughes. 

James D. “Jim” Vodehnal 
Ord, NE Resident, 77

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    James D. “Jim” Vodehnal, 77, of Ord passed away on Fri., March 24, 2017, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., March 29, 2017, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Reverend Stefanie Hayes officiating. Cremation will follow the visitation. Private Inurnment will be at a later date in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    James Dennis Vodehnal was born July 3, 1939, at Ord, NE to Ernest and Frieda (Hrdy) Vodehnal. He was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1957.
    Jim attended Kearney State College for two years and served in the National Guard during the early 60’s. Jim spent his entire life in Ord. He farmed south of Ord along with his father and then on his own. He loved the outdoors and the farm life. Jim was very active in the Pork Producers and raised hogs for many years. 
    Jim was a member of the Ord United Methodist Church where he shared his tenor voice in the choir and as soloist. He was a skilled cartoonist and illustrator, designing many greeting cards for family and friends. Jim was a people person who enjoyed visiting and sharing his “joke of the day” along with voicing his political opinions.
    His hobbies included gardening, animals and bird watching. Jim followed high school and college sports and was an avid Ord Chanticleer Fan. Family was the most important part of Jim’s life. He will be remembered as a loving, generous and humorous man. 
    Jim is survived by his three sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Darwin Blue of Lincoln, Linda and John Hoffmann of Madison, Wisconsin, Merilyn and Robert Lockwood of Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews who he cherished. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents.

March 22, 2017 Issue

Donald E. Hughes 
Scotia, NE Resident 86

    Donald E. Hughes, 86, of Scotia died Mon., March 20, 2017 at his home in Scotia.
   Services are pending at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.
    More details will appear later. 

Debra K. Eppenbach
Ord, NE Resident, 57 

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    Debra Kay Eppenbach, 57, of Ord passed away on Sun., March 19, 2017, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., March 23, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell. Pastor Jon Franson will officiate. Burial will be in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Dementia Research or St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
   Debra Kay was born September 16, 1959, at Ord, NE to Burt “Pete” and Juanita C. “Nita” (Forsyth) Johnson. She was raised in Ord where she received her education and graduated from Ord High School in 1979.
    Following high school Deb worked at the Valley County Hospital. On Dec. 15, 1984, she was united in marriage to Michael J. Eppenbach at Burwell. To this union two sons were born, Brad and Casey and they joined two stepsons, Todd and Jeff.
    Mike and Deb made their home on the family farm- stead east of Burwell. They farmed and ranched in Valley and Garfield Counties. Along with being a homemaker and helping on the farm, Deb also worked at Shurfine Food Center in Burwell and did housework in the Ord and Burwell areas. Mike passed away on July 16, 2011. Deb remained on the farm until 2013, when she moved into Ord. 
   Deb was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burwell. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, collecting antiques and her farm animals. Her pride and joy were her two granddaughters, Kiara and Amaya. 
   Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law; Brad of Ord and Casey and Sally of Lincoln; two step-sons Todd Eppenbach of Houston, TX and Jeff and his wife, Shannon Eppenbach of Lincoln; two granddaughters; her father, Burt “Pete” John- son of Ord; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Gary Valasek of Fort Collins, CO; and a brother, Michael Johnson of Ord. 
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. Eppenbach; her mother, Juanita C. “Nita” Johnson; a brother, Jimmy Johnson and a sister, Teri Johnson. 

Charlene H. Lola
Ord, NE Resident, 88 

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    Charlene H. Lola, 88, of Ord passed away on Sun., March 19, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., March 24, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic School. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
   Charlene Helen was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Custer County, NE to Charlie and Marie (Jennings) Nekuda. She was raised in Custer and Loup Counties where she received her education and graduated from Taylor High School in 1946.  
   Charlene received her Elementary Teacher’s Degree from Kearney State College. She taught for fifteen years in several country schools and 26 years in public schools; 22 of the years were in Ord. She was a dedicated teacher who loved her students.  
   On July 25, 1949, Charlene was united in marriage to Richard Lola at Taylor, NE. The couple farmed for a couple of years west of Ord, then moved to Springfield, MO. In 1954, they returned to Nebraska when Rich’s dad died. In 1955, they moved to Burwell and then Elyria be- fore settling in Ord in 1962. Mr. Lola passed away on Feb. 9, 1982. Charlene continued to make her home in Ord and in June of 2015, she moved into Grandview Assisted Living Center.
   Charlene was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where she was active in the Parish Council, CCD Classes, Study Club, Altar Society and St. Mary’s Catholic School. She belonged to the Neighborly Sisters, Ever Busy Extension Club and Crimson Angels. Charlene enjoyed reading, sewing and quilting; flower gardening and tutoring during the summer.
   Charlene received the Ord’s BPW Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 1980 and Among Who’s Who in American’s Teachers in 1990. She was active as a community volunteer and served for two terms on the Ord City Council, City Zoning Commission and Community Development.
   Charlene will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grand- mother and member of the community. Many times she was heard to say that Ord was the best place to live for it has compassionate and loving people.
    Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Allen Philbrick of Ord, Jeri and Ed Phillips of Lincoln and Kathryn and Rick Bienhoff of Axtell; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Angela Lola of Douglas, WY; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a great great-grandson; and one brother, Bryce Nekuda of Broken Bow.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her hus- band, Richard; and four brothers, Lyle, Charlie Jr., Dick and Don Nekuda. 

No obituaries were published in the March 15, 2017 issue

March 8, 2017 Issue

Dorthy E. Barr 
Former Ord, NE Resident, 87

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​    Dorthy Ellen Barr, 87, of Kearney, formerly of Ord and Hastings, passed away Sat., March 4, 2017, at the Kearney Regional Medical Center.
    Memorial Services will be held Fri., March 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Kearney Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Brian Klein will officiate. The family will greet friends and family on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Home Chapel in Kearney. Inurnment will be held at the Ord Bohemian Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Royal Family Kids Camp. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Dorthy was born April 27, 1929, at Ord, NE, to Benjamin and Ida (Hull) Morris. She graduated from Ord High School in 1948.   
    Dorthy was united in marriage to Robert J. Sich, March 5, 1950, at the Bethel Baptist Church at Ord. The couple lived on a farm where they raised their three children, David, Roxanne and Rosellen. 
    Dorthy was a Girl Scout Leader for 11 years, starting the first Junior Cadette, and Senior Troops in Ord.  She also served as the Day Camp Director for several years and the Council Board. 
    Dorthy was a farmwife and mother. She had worked for the Absalon Variety Store, Ord Locker, and Cetak’s Grocery Store.  Robert passed away in 1977. She later married Stanley H. Barr on February 14, 1988, at the Methodist Church at Ord. They made their home in Ord.  Stanley passed away in 2011.
    Dorthy loved doing stained glass; she had a business called Touch of Glass.  She was humbled to be asked to do church windows among many other projects.
    Survivors include a son, David R. Sich of Holbrook, NE; two daughters and sons-in-law, Roxanne and Rick Nelson of Hastings and Rosellen and Ken Harvey of Kearney; also Kim Radil of Comstock and Cindy Courtney of Hastings who Dorthy considered as daughters; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Etta Pesha and her husband, Jerry of Wibaux, MT and Carol Ann McMullin of Aurora, Missouri; and a step-son, Roger Barr of Omaha.
    Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two brothers, Benjamin and Virgil Morris; a sister, Fern Flaherty; and a step-son, Stanley Barr and a step-daughter, Sharellyn (Barr) Sartain.

William B. French
Chandler, AZ Resident, 87

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​    Ord Civic and Business leader William B. “Bill” French, passed away on Feb. 26, 2017 in Chandler, AZ  at the age of 87. Celebration of Life Services will be held on March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at 11 South Mission Parkway, building 2, Casa Grande, AZ. Services will also be held in Lexington, NE on Sat., May 20, 2017 (details at a later date). Bill’s ashes will be placed in Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, NE.    
    William was born Dec. 11, 1929 in McCook to Otto and Maybelle Bradley. Otto was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 24, 1929 just a few blocks from the Hospital on Norris Ave. after visiting Maybelle and William. Maybelle remarried Robert H. French a few years later and William was adopted by Robert, joining twin brother and sister Robert Jr. and Nanette.   
    William graduated from McCook High School and Community College. Bill married Mildred Berry in McCook in 1948 while serving in the US Army during the Korean War. Two children were born in McCook to this marriage Valarie and Ernest. 
    Upon returning from the service Bill worked for Herman Funeral Home. He became a District Manager for Fuller Brush in 1956 moving to Grand Island, NE. He became a State Farm Insurance Agent in Ord, NE in 1960. He served the Ord and Central Nebraska Area for over 50 years retiring in 2010. He was the first Nebraska Agent to earn Lifetime Presidents Club for State Farm and was extremely active in giving back to his community and the area. 
    Bill served as Mayor of Ord for two terms. He started and served as the first Exalted Ruler of the Ord Elks Lodge, served as Ord’s Chamber of Commerce Manager, was a volunteer firemen with the Ord Fire Department, and was a member of the VFW and Toastmasters. He was a past State President of the Nebraska Jaycees, and served on many other area and state organizations. He earned his Eagle Scout Award at age 15 and continued his leadership in the Boy Scouts his whole life, being honored with the Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Service Award.
    While Bill worked hard, he played harder. He was founder of the Sherman Yacht Club, and was a four-time National Sailing Champion, pilot, golfer, scuba diver, and snow skier. As a young man was a District Golden Gloves Champion and served 4 years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
    Bill is survived by wife, Nancy of Casa Grande, AZ; daughter, Valarie Fruit of Discovery Bay, CA; Son, Ernie (Carol) French of Johnson Lake, NE; Stepsons Mike (Kim) Fredrick of Atkinson, NE and David (Michelle) Fredrick of Lawrence, KS; eight grandchildren; brother, Robert French of Fort Lauderdale, FL; sister, Nanette Baumfalk of Colby, KS, and numerous nieces and nephews.   
    Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Mabelle French, father, Otto Bradley, stepfather, Robert French, wife, Mildred French and grandson Joshua Durand.
    Memorials can be left to the Boy Scouts of America, or the Ord American Legion Post.   

Janet L. Palser
Julesburg, CO Resident, 82

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​    Janet L. Palser, 82, of Julesburg, CO died March 3, 2017. A short memorial service will be held at the North Loup Community Center at 1 p.m. on March 10, 2017.
    Janet Lorraine (Van Hoosen) Palser was born June 7, 1934 to Cecil Van Hoosen and Elsie (Smith) Van Hoosen in North Loup, Nebraska.  She attended school at Davis Creek and graduated high school from Grand Island.
    She married William John Palser on June 16, 1951 in North Loup, NE, and had two sons, William J. and Robert Allen. Both sons were born in Grand Island, NE.
    Due to her husband Bill’s work, they moved around a lot and made homes in Grand Island, NE, Brule, NE, Big Springs, NE, Ogallala, NE, McCook, NE, Julesburg, CO, Amherst, CO, Venengo, NE, Los Vegas, NV, and back to North Loup, NE.
    Janet loaded up and moved to Julesburg to be near her son, Bill, where she soon went to the Sedgwick County Nursing Home.
    Janet was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Elsie Van Hooser, husband Bill Palser, son Robert Palser, brother Kenneth Van Hoosen, and Brother Dean Van Hoosen.
    She is survived by son, William (Bill) J. Palser and wife, Lonnie Kinoshita Palser; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Laurel Wolf and brother, David Van Hoosen and wife, Betty. 

Mildred E. Watson
Lincoln, NE Resident, 88

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​    Mildred “Milly” Ellen Watson died in Lincoln, NE on Jan. 18, 2017 at the age of 88. A memorial service will be held on March 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church, 502 Lincoln Street, Wayne, NE. 
    Milly was born on April 28, 1928 at Sholes, NE, to Edmunt and Lillian (Denesia) Kenny. She spent her early years raised on a farm northeast of Carroll. She graduated from Carroll High School and worked in Wayne and Lincoln. She married Ralph Watson on Feb. 3, 1949 in Randolph, NE. Ralph and Milly had two children, John and Connie.
    The couple farmed north of Wayne until the beginning of 1969 when they moved to Lincoln. There, Milly worked while Ralph attended and graduated from Milford Trade School. In the summer of 1970, the couple moved to Omaha, NE where Ralph worked for Northern Natural Gas and Milly returned to school for a brief time then worked in the Presbyterian bookstore in bookkeeping. They were active in the Presbyterian Church of the Master in Omaha. Milly enjoyed sewing, gardening and raising flowers. She enjoyed decorating with the flowers as well as sharing them and the vegetables she raised. She and Ralph also enjoyed camping and U.S. travel. The couple hosted many out of town friends and relatives who visited or were receiving medical treatment in Omaha.
    Ralph passed away in December of 2009. In October of 2010, Milly moved to Savannah Pines Independent Living Facility in Lincoln, NE, where she lived for almost six years. She passed away while living in Lincoln at the High Plains Care Center.
    Milly is survived by her children, John (Carla) Watson, Lincoln, NE, and Connie (Jerry) Felt, Ord, NE; brother Bill (Jo) Kenny of Norfolk, NE; sister Bette Reimers Hess of Sheridan, WY; and sister-in-law, Margaret Kenny. She is also survived by five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, her brother Merlin Kenny, and her grandson, Rick Felt.

March 1, 2017 Issue

Jeff T. Bargholz
Kearney, NE Resident, 59

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​    Jeff Thomas Bargholz, 59, of Kearney, NE died Feb. 25, 2017 at CHI Good Samaritan Health in Kearney, NE. Jeff will be laid to rest along side his father in the Fireman’s Circle at the Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, CA. Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mon., March 6, 2017 at Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, CA. Memorials may be sent to the family and will be used to purchase a Memorial Bench in Jeff’s honor. The bench will be donated to the residents at Developmental Services of Nebraska (DSN) to enjoy at the facility in Kearney. 
    Jeff was born June 1, 1957 in San Diego, CA, son of Clarence and Patricia (Kase) Bargholz.  In 1974, after his mother married Paul Thompson of Gothenburg, Jeff moved to Nebraska. Jeff lived a short time in North Platte where he attended school earning his High School Certificate. Jeff later moved to Ord where he lived independently for 25 years under the care of Mid-Nebraska Developmental Services. Jeff moved to Kearney in 2011 as a resident of DSN until his passing. DSN staff and other residents became his second family. Jeff truly enjoyed and dearly loved them all. 
    Jeff worked various jobs through out the years but one of his favorites was his paper route. Jeff loved fishing and enjoyed it anytime he could go. His robust laugh, love for teasing others and direct opinions will sincerely be missed. 
    Jeff is survived by his mother, Patricia Thompson and step father Paul Thompson of Gothenburg, NE; his sister, Jodi  (Keith) Carlson of Gothenburg, NE; half sister Dorrie Umlauf of Reno, NV; step-sister Dianne Thompson of Cleveland, OH; step-brother Richard Thompson of Detroit, MI along with numerous nieces and nephews and host of friends and caretakers.
    Jeff was preceded in death by father, Clarence Bargholz, in 2006.

February 22, 2017 Issue

Marie Michalski 
Ord, NE Resident, 94

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​    Marie Michalski, 94 of Ord passed away Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiating. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery with luncheon to follow at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Ord. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ord Senior Center. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Marie was born September 15, 1922, in Valley County, Nebraska to Emil and Anna (Hulinsky) Ruzicka.  Marie attended rural schools in Garfield County, Nebraska.
    Marie was married to Stanley Michalski on May 1, 1939, in Burwell, NE. The couple farmed near Loup City and later near Ashton. In 1950, they returned to the home farm at Elyria.  Marie worked hard on the farm as a farm wife.  They moved to Ord in 1974. Marie had worked at Ord High School for seven years as the school lunch manager. Marie had been a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; Altar Society; and Marie helped start the Ord Senior Center, where she served as President.
    Marie loved to dance and listen to music, especially Czech music.  She enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, and walking.  Marie also enjoyed quilting and crocheting.
    Survivors include two sons, Eugene Michalski and his wife, Olga of Burwell, Terrence Michalski of Gibbon; a daughter, Virginia Hulinsky and her husband, Ray of LaMars, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Frye and her husband, Bob of Ord.
    Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley; a son, Dwaine Michalski and his wife, Evelyn; and two granddaughters, Carrie and Kathy Hulinsky; two brothers, Bill and Robert Ruzicka; two sisters, Blanche Oliva and Irma Kruml; and a daughter-in-law, Emily Michalski.

Marvin J. Rybin
Ord, NE Resident, 89

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​    Marvin J. Rybin, 89 of Ord, passed away Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord. Funeral Services will be held Sat., Feb. 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ord United Methodist Church with Reverend Stefanie Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Marvin James Rybin was the son of James and Mary (Novotny) Rybin was born Sept. 1, 1927, in rural Geranium Township of Valley County.  He grew up on the family farm and attended Hillsdale Rural School and graduated from Ord High School in 1944. He farmed with his father until 1951. On June 20th of 1951, he married Illa Fay Jobst and they lived on a farm until 1956 when they moved to southern California. There he worked for Sears until 1976.  He transferred to Longview, WA, where he worked for Sears until he retired in 1988.
    Marvin was a member of the Foresters; WFLA Lodge 112 and the Elks and the Elks RV Club.  They enjoyed camping with the group and traveling in the RV.  In 1997, they moved back to Ord, NE.  
    Marvin is survived by his wife Illa Fay.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Ella Langenwalter and four brothers Leroy, Eldon, James and George.

John Sears
Ord, NE Resident, 81

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​    John Sears, 81 of Ord, died Sun., Feb.12, 2017 at his home in Ord. Funeral Services were held Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 at the Ord United Methodist Church with Rev. Stefanie Hayes officiating. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Shirley Sears Scholarship Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    John was born on March 23, 1935 in Sargent, NE. He was the fourth son of Earl and Ida (Garner) Sears. John grew up on farms with his five brothers in the Sargent, Taylor and Burwell areas. The boys never had many toys, but Earl loved baseball and he played a lot of ball with them. The family went to many ballgames and family gatherings.  When his parents moved from west of Taylor to south of Burwell, John stayed with his grandma Garner so that he could finish high school in Taylor. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1958. During his high school years he did numerous jobs working in the hayfields for people and after graduation he taught rural school kids.
    On Dec. 27, 1957, John married Shirley F. Herrington at the Methodist Church in Burwell. To this union two children were born, Larry and Tammy. They lived on a ranch in Garfield County the first year, where they both were teaching school.  When school was out, the next year they moved to Ord where they made their home.
    Upon moving to Ord, John worked for Romans Motor Freight. In May of 1973 John went to work for Briggs, a trucking company in Omaha. He would stay in Omaha during the work week and then commute home on the weekends. He worked there for three years until the summer of 1976. John returned back to Ord and started Service Oil Transportation with a partner, Leon Klanecky. The company name was later changed to K-Truck and John worked there until his retirement in 2009.
    John loved driving trucks and delivering freight to all the small towns in the area.  He was a hard worker and up in the early hours of the morning to sort freight into other trucks to be delivered. He also did the routine maintenance work on the trucks. He enjoyed the people, visits and many friendships he made.  Some of his closer friends would say that John could back a truck faster and straighter than most people could drive forward.
    John was a sports fanatic. He loved to watch baseball, basketball, volleyball and football, especially Husker football. If you ever had the chance to watch a game with John, it was an eventful one. As a young boy in high school we had been told of how good of a basketball player he was. We have numerous medals that he had received, that tell us that he was. He continued playing basketball on a men’s town team and he traveled the state refereeing high school basketball games. He also donated his time to umpire American Legion Baseball in Ord with a lot of the guys who were friends of his and his family.
    John and his wife Shirley spent many hours traveling to watch their son and daughter in their sporting events; they never missed a game. They continued traveling and watching their grandkids in their sporting and School activities. They made several trips to Idaho; their only regret was they couldn’t make it to all of them.  John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was very proud of each one of them.  In the past year he had the chance to spend time with two of his great grandsons.  This was something he thoroughly loved.
    During his retirement years John helped his son at the ranch, working cattle, haying and other numerous tasks.  Whenever Larry needed help, John was there without question. He kept busy mowing his lawn and working on things around the house. He would go up and mow Larry’s yard because he wanted something to do and so that he could visit with friends that he knew from the Burwell area.  John enjoyed his mornings at Rosie’s for breakfast and visiting with people. In the afternoons he would get together with his friends for coffee and BS at Arby’s. He looked forward to those times.
    John is survived by two children, Larry Sears of Burwell and Tammy (Jim) Hibbard of Boise, ID; Seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother Gary Sears of Aurora.
    John was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Ida, his wife Shirley, and four brothers, Ray, Dale, Don and Robert.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Rollin Struckman 
U.S. Army Veteran • Burwell, NE Resident, 90

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​    Rollin Struckman, 90 of Burwell, passed away Thurs., Feb.16, 2017 at the Community Memorial Health Center at Burwell. Funeral Services were held Tues., Feb. 21, 2017 at the Ord United Methodist Church. Pastor Stefanie Hayes officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors were conducted by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and the Burwell American Legion Post #298 Memorials are suggested to the Ord VFW Post #7029, the Burwell American Legion Post #298 and the Burwell Fire and Rescue Dept.  Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Rollin Ross Struckman was born in Ord, NE to Henry John and May Elizabeth (Rogers) Struckman on April 15, 1926. Rollin grew up on the family farm east of Burwell where he lived and worked his entire life.
    As a boy he attended the District Rural School and graduated from Ord High School in 1944.  He joined the U.S.  Army during WWII where he served as a medic and saw active duty in the Philippines and Japan after the bomb.  He served in the 34th regiment of the 24th Infantry Division from Sept. 28, 1944 to Nov. 26, 1946 for 2 years and 2 months.  He received many medals for his service with the “Distinguished Service Medal” being one of his special honors.
    After leaving the service he worked in Kansas City before returning to the family farm to help his mother and brother. It was at this time he met the love of his life, who was a country school teacher, Mary Ann Jablonski. They were married on Aug. 22, 1953 in Ord, NE.  The couple made their home on the family farm and began the hard life of a rancher.  For 63 years they lived the life of corn, hay and cattle.  Calving season was a special time for Rollin that he loved and passed on to his sons Brad and Craig. His work ethic never allowed him to retire and he was often seen out driving his old pickup and daily checking on everything until recent health problems slowed him down. A strong belief in hard work and a love for the land was also instilled in his sons.
    Rollins special joys were his three granddaughters, extended family and friends that he enjoyed spending time with.  He was an avid reader and liked to fish.  Supporting his sons and granddaughters in all the activities was also very important to him.  He found time to support many organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Ord VFW Post #7029, Burwell American Legion Post #298, the Elks, 4H Leader, FHA Board, ASCS Committee, Rural Fire Volunteer. He was a member of the Ord Methodist Church.
    Rollin is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Burwell; one son Craig of Ord; three granddaughters; a brother Keith (Paula) Struckman of Grand Junction, CO; two sisters Virginia (Paul) Stoddard of Larkspur, CO., Carol White of Arcadia, CA; Daughter in Law Debbie Struckman of Sheridan, WY; Sister in Law Phyllis (Ron) Romans of Yutan, NE, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
    Rollin was preceded in death by his parents, a son Bradley Ross, an infant granddaughter Kailey Ann; two nephews Michael Stoddard and Jeffery Romans.

February 15, 2017 Issue

Carol Beck 
Ord, NE Resident, 80

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​    Carol Beck, 80 of Ord, passed away Fri., Feb. 10, 2017 at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
    It was Carol’s wishes to donate her body to the Nebraska Anatomical Board. A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Scotia Lion Lutheran Church. Reverend Mark Middendorf will officiate. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Carol was born May 27, 1936 at Wolbach, NE to Lloyd and Effie (Scripture) Peterson. The family moved to Greeley when Carol was three. She attended Boston Valley School where her mother was the teacher. Carol graduated from Scotia High School in May of 1953.  She then attended Hastings Beauty College and received her cosmetology license in 1954. She married Bernard Beck July 11, 1954.  To this union, three children were born, Debra Lynn, Kristi Rae and Kraig Alan.
    Carol started working for the North Loup-Scotia Schools in 1972 and retired in 2002.  She had a great love for the students and her job. Carol’s Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren were her greatest joy!
    Survivors include two daughters and son in law, Deb and David Orthman of North Loup and Kris Reeves of Loup City; one son and daughter in law, Kraig Beck and his wife Ellen Hatfield-Nicholson of Cotesfield; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Carol is survived also by a sister in law Mildred Beck and a life long friend Phyllis Cargill.
    Carol was preceded in death by her parents, and Bernard Beck; a son in law Mark Reeves; two brothers and sister in laws Orville and Emily Peterson and Donald and Arlene Peterson; a nephew Steve Peterson.

Dr. Kirk C. Lewis
U.S. Coast Guard Veteran • Omaha, NE Resident, 90

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​    Dr. Kirk Chase Lewis, 90 of Omaha, died Feb. 9, 2017. A memorial service was held Mon., Feb. 13 at Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to University of Nebraska Omaha Business College, or Dundee Presbyterian Church. Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Funeral Chapels was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.heafey heafey.com.
    Dr. Lewis was born Jan. 18, 1927 in Loup City, NE, but grew up in Ord, NE. After high school he enlisted in the Maritime Service (Coast Guard), serving on liberty ships in the Atlantic and Pacific. Kirk attended U.N.L where he was President of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from U.N.O. and his medical degree from Nebraska Medical School in 1960. He interned at Swedish Hospital in Seattle then returned to Omaha for a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He went on to private practice in Omaha, delivering more than 5,000 babies in over 30 years of practice. As a loyal Husker fan, he was president of the Touchdown Club. He was a member of Suburban Rotary and numerous boards in Omaha.
    He is survived by wife, Barbara Lewis; children: Kirk Chase Lewis, Jr. (Teri), Dana Diekroeger (Steve Willough-by), Hunt Lewis, and Bradford Lewis (Susan); and four grandchildren. 
    Dr. Lewis was preceded in death by parents, Keith and Muriel Lewis. 

Duane L. Pelster
U.S. National Guard Veteran • Ericson, NE Resident, 75

    Duane Leonard Pelster, 75, of Ericson, NE died Feb. 11, 2017 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord, NE. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Fri., Feb. 17, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell, NE.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Ericson Fire & Rescue or Garfield County Rural Fire Department.
    Duane was born Feb. 15, 1941 in Dalton, NE to Raymond and Katherine (Josten) Pelster. He graduated from Wheeler Central High School in 1957. After graduation he was in the National Guard.
    Duane married Nancy Malmsten on Nov. 21, 1961 in Burwell, NE. They lived on the Malmsten ranch in Garfield County until moving into Ericson; where Duane was co-owner of the Ericson Livestock Market. In 1973 they moved to the ranch west of Ericson.
    Duane was active in 4-H as a leader, the Sandhills Cattle Association, school board, judging horse shows and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. He was a member of the AQHA and NRA and enjoyed participating in rodeos as a steer wrestler. Duane received the Outstanding Grassland Conservation Award in 1991 and the Leopold Conservation Award in 2014.
    Duane enjoyed family, reading, team roping, team penning, horse sales and going to grandchildren’s activities.
    Duane is survived by his wife, Nancy Pelster of Ericson, NE; Three daughters, Lezlie and Marshall Wier of Burwell, NE, Vonda and Dr. Roy Schnell of North Platte, NE and Tara and Steve McKay of Ericson, NE; Nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; Two brothers, Raymond, Jr. and Janice Pelster of Thornton, CO and Edwin Pelster of Bismarck, ND; Three sisters, Marguerite and Larry Siders of Fremont, NE, Mary Jane and Bill Hoefener of York, NE and Linda and Randy Jochum of Osmond, NE and a brother-in-law, Albert Kersten of Fremont, NE.
    Duane was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marlene Kersten.

Death Notice – John Sears

    John Sears, 81, of Ord died Sun., Feb. 12, 2017 at his home in Ord.
    Funeral Services will be held Sat., Feb.18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Ord United Methodist Church with Rev. Stefanie Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Shirley Sears Scholarship Fund. 
    Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

February 8, 2017 Issue

Darlene K. Freeman
Burwell, NE Resident, 61

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​    Darlene Kay (Osentowski) Freeman, 61, of Burwell, NE lost her battle with cancer Feb. 6, 2017.  
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., Feb.10, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell.  A private inurnment will be at a later date in Cottonwood Cemetery. Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to "For The Cure” or the Burwell Community Fund.
    Darlene was born in Ord, NE, on Aug. 8, 1955, as daughter of the late Edward and Lillian Osentowski.  She grew up on a farm by North Loup, NE, and graduated from Ord Public School in 1973. Darlene moved to Berwyn, NE, to help physically and mentally handicap people at Mid-Nebraska in Broken Bow. After an offer to be the Executive Director at Sargent Public Housing, Darlene moved to Sargent, NE.  While in Sargent, Darlene worked full-time, was a volunteer EMT with the fire department, delivered the Grand Island Daily Independent and Omaha World Herald along with running a greenhouse with her sister.
    She married Mark Freeman on March 25, 1989 and eventually moved to Burwell.  She took a lot of pride in her beautiful yard, garden and flowers as she was great in horticulture. Darlene also got requests from family, friends and others for drawings and paintings as she was a great artist.   She enjoyed carpentry work and remodeling their home and was active in helping with Nebraska’s Big Rodeo.
    Survivors include: her husband, Mark Freeman of Burwell, NE, two daughters, Paula Jones in Vietnam and Jody Jones-Skibinski and her husband Cary Skibinski of Lincoln, NE along with two sons, Shane Freeman of St. Louis, MO and Chris Jones and his wife Lisa Jones of Lincoln, NE. She is also survived by two grandchildren, her sisters, Patty and her husband, Larry Kokes of Elyria, NE and Debra and her husband, Brian Featherstone in Pennsylvania and her brother, Tom Osentowski of Ord, NE.
    She was predeceased by her parents, Ed and Lillian Osentowski and her sister, Janet Zabloudil. 

February 1, 2017 Issue

Rolland M. Zulkoski
U.S. Army Veteran • Elyria, NE Resident, 98

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​    Rolland M. Zulkoski, 98, of Elyria passed away on Tues., Jan. 24, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, St. Mary’s School, Ord VFW or Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Rolland Martin was born Jan. 31, 1918, on the family farm north of Elyria, NE to John and Verna (Kusek) Zulkoski. He was raised on the farm and received his education at District #32 country school.
    He helped with the farm work until April of 1937, when he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was in Nebraska for a year then transferred to Priest Lake, ID to fight forest fires and later to Oregon to construct irrigation ditches. Rolland returned to the farm until November of 1941, when he was entered the United States Army. While in the Army he was stationed in the US then sent to England to prepare for the Normandy Invasion. He was an ambulance driver and was captured in a trap on January of 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge. After his release the troop went on to Berlin. 
    Following his discharge from the Army in October of 1945, he returned home and purchased the family farmstead north of Elyria which he farmed until his retirement in 1983.
    On Feb. 26, 1952, he was united in marriage to Dorothy (Jorgensen) Nevrkla at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, NE. The couple made their home on the farm. Dorothy passed away on March 4, 2015.
    He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of the American Legion, and Elyria Lions Club. Rolland served on the Elyria School Board, and Elyria Township Association. He enjoyed music, square dancing, playing cards and spending time with his family.
    Survivors include one son, Paul of Elyria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Casey Doggett of Berwyn, and Joan and Chris Muffly of Niwot, Colorado; a daughter-in-law, Diane (Mrs. Donnie) Nevrkla of Ord; one brother, Edmund Zulkoski of Ord; one sister, Larraine Pfeifer of Omaha; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Ina Fae and Eugene Novak and Gene Novotny all of Ord; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; a stepson, Donnie Nevrkla; three sisters, Pat Konkoleski, Marie Novotny and Bernice Berthoff; and three brothers, Raymond, Enus and Bennie Zulkoski.

January 25, 2017 Issue

Edward O. Bruha
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 86

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​    Edward O. Bruha, 86, of Ord passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. 
    Mass of Christian Burial was held Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated. Burial was in the National Bohemian Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Memorials are suggested to the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Edward Otto was born March 29, 1930, at Burwell, NE to Otto and Helen (Mach) Bruha. He was raised one mile north of National Hall, 11 miles west of Ord in Valley County. He received his education at District #29 Bluegrass Valley School.
    Edward joined the United States Army in December of 1951. He served in Korea with the Second Infantry Division. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, Uni-ted Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was also awarded a Sigman Rhee award which was the second Infantry Division received for valor. He was released from the Army in November of 1953, and was honorably discharged in December of 1959, after serving in the Reserves for six years.
In 1955, Edward purchased a home 11 miles west of Ord where he farmed and raised cattle. On May 11, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marlion Konkoleski at Elyria, NE. The couple resided on the farm until 2011, when they moved into Ord. 
    Edward served as a trustee at the Geranium Catholic Church; and served on the Geranium Township Board. He was a member of the District #29 School Board for 30 years. He took pride in the Bohemian National Cemetery where he was the sexton and caretaker for much of his life.
    Edward was proud of his Czech heritage and loved accordion Polka music. 
    Survivors include his wife, Marlion Bruha of Ord; four sons and daughters-in-law, Steve Bruha of North Loup; Martin and Jolene Bruha of Burwell, Anthony and Cathy Bruha of Comstock and James and Michelle Bruha of Ord; five daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Darrell Fischer of Burwell, Joann and Tim Laible of Atkinson, Janet and Dave Setlik of Ord, Ann and Ed Hajek of Odell and Mary Wagner of Cairo; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Laddie E. and Darlene Bruha of Ord; and a sister, Mildred Kolar of Grand Island.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Paul Bruha; a daughter, Carol Bruha; a granddaughter, Jessica Gutierrez; a sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Leonard Hruby; and a brother-in-law, William Kolar.

F. Dick Currie
Scandia, KS Resident, 79

    Fred Dick Currie, age 79 of Scandia, KS, died Tues., Jan. 17, 2017. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 at the United Methodist Church, Scandia, KS with Pastor Kathy Aello officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow at the Riverview Cemetery, Scandia. Memorials may be made to family choice c/o the funeral home. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville, KS, is in charge of arrangements.
    Dick, the son of Fred and Margaret (Freed) Currie, was born in Concordia, KS on Aug. 12, 1937. He lived in rural Scandia until his parents moved to Topeka in about 1945. He received his elementary education at Rochester Elementary in Topeka and graduated from Seaman High School in Topeka 1955.  
    Dick married Wanda Williams on June 2, 1957 and later was united in marriage to Linda Lu Howard on May 27, 1972. While in the Topeka area, employment was with the Santa Fe Railroad.  After retirement the family made their home in Scandia, KS. Dick enjoyed rodeos, roping, fishing, camping and many other outdoor activities. Anyone visiting could always hear a good fishing story or find a pitch game at the Currie table.  He was interested in farming and spent many hours helping local farmers with harvesting.
    Dick is survived by four children: Randall Currie and Stacie Mitchell (Carbondale), Gregory and Linda K. Currie (Topeka), Angelee and Kurt Grimmett (Meriden) and Kellie and John Graves (Sapulpa, OK); and three step-children: Luanne Colhouer and Rick Haas (Holton), LaDene Currie (Hot Springs, SD), and Daryl Goodnow (Meriden). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, his brother Allen and Linda Currie, Ord, NE, and many other relatives and friends. 
    Dick was preceded in death by his wife Linda on Aug. 14, 2010, his parents, and grandson Zachary Currie. 
    For online condolences, please visit www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com.

Thomas “Tom” Piskorski 
U. S. Navy Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 70

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​    Thomas “Tom” Piskorski, 70, of Ord passed away Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 at the Valley County Health System Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
    Celebration of Life Services will be held Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiating. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery with military honors by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be held Wednesday at the Church from 5-7 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Donor’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Tom was born Feb. 2, 1946, to Frank and Gertrude (Bialy) Piskorski. Tom was the youngest of 10 children. Tom grew up at Ord; he attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Ord High School in 1964.  He entered the United States Navy on Dec. 29, 1964 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was discharged from the service on April 16, 1968.
    Tom had worked various jobs following his time in the service including being a fireman at the Grand Island Ordinance Plant; he worked as a meat cutter for Omaha steaks and was manager at KC Electric in Hugo, CO, from 1978 until 2008 when he retired. Tom was married to Renne Creason on June 9, 1990, at Kiowa, CO. They owned two homes: one in Hugo and one in Ord and spent time at both.
    Tom enjoyed the outdoors, watching birds, gardening and planting trees, fishing, hunting and boating.
    Survivors include his wife, Renne of Ord; three daughters, Cory Harper of North Dakota, Kelly Hart of Colorado and Jackie Woody of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Martin and Joyce Piskorski of North Platte, NE and Edward and Marianne Piskorski of New London, Wisconsin; a sister and brother -in-law, Kathryn and Milt Turek of Ord; sisters-in-law, Dianne Piskorski of North Carolina, Betty Piskorski of Omaha, Addie Powell of Florida, Bonnie Piskorski of Kentucky and Ellie Piskorski of Ord.
    Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ernest, John, George, Richard, Frank; and one sister, Dorothy Butts.

January 18, 2017 Issue

Cleon R. Hansen
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 83

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​    Cleon R. Hansen, 83, of Ord passed away on Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, at the CHI Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
    Funeral Services were held on Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Adam Archer officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Cleon Ray was born Nov. 1, 1933, at Ord, NE to James M. and Doris N. (Cronk) Hansen. He was raised on the family farm 14 miles north of Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1951.
    Following high school Cleon spent time in Oregon working at a lumber mill and then returned to Ord. He served in the United States Army for a year and a half and was stationed in Germany. 
    On May 25, 1953, Cleon was united in marriage to Goldie Elshof at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord, NE. The couple spent their married life in the Ord area.
    Cleon farmed north of Ord until 1969, when the family moved into Ord. For over 40 years he hauled milk for Mid American Dairy. He continued to drive part time until he retired in 2012. 
    On Dec. 3, 2016, Cleon married Connie (Wetzel) Fagot at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. The couple made their home in Ord.
    Cleon was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran church and belonged to the VFW and American Legion. He was a member of the Fun Bunch for over 25 years providing music all over the area. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, horses and mules and being involved in local parades. Cleon was very proud of his 1948 red Chevy Pickup.
    Survivors include his wife, Connie of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Kelvin and Deb Hansen of Ord; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda and Randy Gross of Burwell, Lori and Ron Rogers of Ord and Kathy and Bob Beran of Grand Island; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a step-son, Jim Kracht and his wife, Pam of Rockwall, TX; a step-daughter, Teresa Lange and her husband, Bob of Ord; three step-grandsons and two step great-granddaughters; two brothers, Gary of Ord, and Jimmy of Burwell; and one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Doug Hanks of Burwell.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Goldie who passed away on Sept. 22, 2011; three grandchildren, Hillary Beran, Jordan Rogers and Brooke Hansen; a brother, Marlin Hansen; twin infant sisters; and an infant sister.

Lee Loseke 
U.S. Army Veteran • Ericson, NE Resident, 83

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​    Lee Loseke, 83, of Ericson passed away on Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, at the Ericson United Methodist Church. Pastor John Ryding will officiate. Burial will be in the Bartlett Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #107. Visitation will be on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Our Savoir Lutheran Church in Bartlett. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Lee was born Sept. 26, 1933, at Creston, NE to Conrad “Sam” and Inez (Binder) Loseke. As a young boy his family moved to Ewing and later to New Port in 1946 until 1947, when they moved to Ericson. Lee graduated from Ericson High School in 1952.
    Following high school Lee served in the United States Army for two years. He was discharged in 1955, and returned to Ericson. On June 2, 1958, Lee was united in marriage to Janice R. Harnapp at the Lutheran Church in Albion, NE. The couple made their first home south of Spalding. In the fall of 1973, they moved south of Ericson where they farmed and ranched. In October of 2010, Lee had his retirement equipment sale and the couple moved into Ericson in 2011.
    Lee was a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Bartlett. He belonged to the Rae Valley Heritage Association, Inc and the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club. He had a love for collecting antique Caterpillars and old things to weld or fix-up. He was a history buff and had an interest in older airplanes and trains. Lee enjoyed water skiing and raising watermelons. Lee listened to Polka music and enjoyed Polka dancing with Janice. 
    Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Galen and Elizabeth Loseke of Kearney, and Mark and Lori Loseke of Minden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Eric Hadenfeldt of Lincoln and Susan and Greg Gehl of Ericson; nine grandchildren; a nephew; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Betty Harnapp of Spalding and Rick and Carlene Scafuri of Palatine, IL.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Janice who passed away on November 3, 2016; and an infant brother, Carl John Loseke.

Phillip Wagner
Ankeny, IA Resident, 30

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​    Phillip Wagner, 30, passed away Jan. 14, 2017. 
    A visitation was held at All Saints Catholic Church in Des Moines, IA on Tues., Jan. 17, with a prayer service. A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 18, at All Saints Catholic Church. Memorial Services of Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be posted at www.memorialservicesofiowa.com.
    Phillip was born in Grand Island, NE on Nov. 19, 1986 to Tom and Jeanne (Kuchar) Wagner of Ankeny, IA. Phillip and his family lived in Jackson, MN for 10 years before moving to Iowa. Phillip graduated from Ankeny High School in 2005 and was attending Iowa Culinary Institute in Ankeny.
    Phillip is survived by his parents Tom and Jeanne Wagner of Ankeny, IA and brother, Scott Wagner, Megan Mulford and niece, Peyton, of Des Moines, IA, grandfather, Donald Wagner of Ord, NE and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  
    He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Gertrude Wagner, Willard and Lucille Kuchar.

January 11, 2017 Issue

Freda R. Augustyn 
Ord, NE Resident, 79

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​    Freda R. Augustyn, 79, of Ord passed away on Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, at the Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Freda Rose was born April 13, 1937, at Burwell, NE to Clarence and Mary (Holecek) Conner. She was raised in Burwell and graduated from Burwell High School in 1954.
    After receiving Normal Training, Freda taught at Springdale County School in Valley County. On Nov. 23, 1957, she was united in marriage to Eugene V. “Gene” Augustyn at Elyria, NE. To this union five sons and three daughters were born. 
    In their early years of marriage, the couple resided in small communities in central Nebraska. In 1965, they settled in Ord. Freda raised her family before going to work as a cook for the Ord Public Schools in 1984, until her retirement in 2004. Freda was the bookkeeper for Gene’s Electric and the couple owned and operated Augie’s Liquor Store in the 80’s.
    Freda was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary, card clubs and bowling leagues. She enjoyed gardening, canning and sewing baby blankets for her grandchildren. 
    Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Diana of Ord, John and Birdie of Kearney, Jerry and Debra of Lincoln, Jeff and Char of Olathe, Kansas and Jason and Jill of Midlothian, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Becki and Cohen Hoppes of Lincoln, Vicki and Kyle Novosad of Castle Rock, Colorado and Crystal and Jeff Stuhr of Lincoln; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bo and Bonnie Conner and Elwin and Lucille all of Burwell; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Patricia and Ron Watson of Ericson and Juanita Allen of Burwell.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene who passed away on Dec. 30, 2015; an infant brother, LaVerne Conner; two brothers, Clarence Jr. “Sonny” and Edward Conner; and two sisters, Linda Anderson and Mary Pesek.

January 4, 2017 Issue

Betty J. Kusek
Boring, OR Resident, 86

   Betty J. (Petska) Kusek of Boring, OR passed away on Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016 at her home in Oregon. She was cremated. Funeral / burial services will be scheduled at a later date.
   Betty was born to Stanley C. and Mary (Adamek) Petska Dec. 1, 1930 in Ord, NE. She was united in marriage to Floyd Kusek on Oct. 10, 1950. They had two children Monica and John.

Blanche E. Williams
Ord, NE Resident, 87

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   Blanche E. Williams, 87, of Ord passed away on Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord. Mass of Christian Burial was held Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department or Valley County Home Health and Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
​   Blanche Emma was born Feb. 23, 1929, to Stanislaus and Stepanka (Krejcir) Rutar in Sherman County, NE. She was raised in Ord and received her education at Ord High School and later graduated from Grand Island Business College.
   On Nov. 5, 1949, Blanche was united in marriage to Raymond C. Williams at Grand Island, NE. The couple made their first home in Grand Island where Blanche worked at Fair Acres Dairy. They moved to Loup City and owned and operated the Coast to Coast Store until moving to Ord. While in Ord the couple purchased the Ord Hatchery and Blanche also worked for Zabloudil Photography and Marshall Photography.
   They spent three years in Winchester, VA. During that time Blanche worked at Capitol Records. In 1971, they returned to Grand Island
and Blanche worked at Chief Industries until her retirement. From 1987 until 1989, Ray and Blanche wintered in Florida and in 1989, they settled in Ord. Mr. Williams passed away on July 26, 2007. Since September of 2015, Blanche has made her home at Grandview Living Center.
   Blanche was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She served on the Valley County Senior Center Board where she enjoyed playing cards and Bingo. She also did crosswords, word scrambles; and was a bowler. Blanche and Raymond traveled extensively, enjoyed square dancing and attending their grandchildren’s activities. Her family was her pride and joy.
   Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Pat Waldmann of Comstock; a son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Roxy Williams of Sherman Lake; two granddaughters and their husbands; and six great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; a sister, Lillian Krepel; and three brothers, Stanley, Otto and Laddie Rutar.

December 28, 2016 Issue

Evelyn M. Proskocil 
Ord, NE Resident, 92

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​    Evelyn M. Proskocil, 92, of Ord passed away on Thurs., Dec. 22, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 28, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Evelyn Mae was born July 11, 1924, in Valley County, NE to Joseph and Frances (Waldmann) Kamarad. She graduated from Comstock High School in 1943. Evelyn grew up attending Polka dances at Woodman Hall, National Hall, Jugman, and Comstock with her father who was a clarinet player. It was at a dance that she met James Proskocil and they were married on Nov. 3, 1943 at Geranium Catholic Church.
    Jim and Evelyn lived on farms in the Comstock, Sargent, Westerville and Arcadia areas. In 1955, they moved to Omaha where Jim worked for Kellogg Cereal. Missing the farm life, family and friends they returned to the Comstock, Arcadia area in 1956.
    During her later high school years and immediately after marriage Evelyn worked at Farmers Union in Comstock. The couple ran the Comstock Theater and she also worked at Copps Grocery Store and Bud’s Bar. Evelyn worked in Ord for Leonard and Pat Proskocil’s Café, Jerry Vanek’s Tavern and Starlite Lounge. After moving to Ord in March of 1976, they bought a farm with their son, Jim and Pat Proskocil.  Later she worked at the Valley County Hospital and retired as the Director of Housekeeping.
    Evelyn was a member of Home Extension Clubs and the Does.
    Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Pat Proskocil of Plattsburg, Missouri and Donald Proskocil of Ord; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one expectant great-grandchild; sister, Doris Hurlburt; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Kamarad, Charlotte Kamarad, Lillian Tvrdik, Dorothy Key; brothers-in-law, Leonard Proskocil; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James in 1982; her daughter, Erma Jean Heine in 2008; and two brothers, Leonard and Richard Kamarad. 

December 21, 2016 Issue

“Jim” Grim
Ord, NE Resident, 78

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​    James F. “Jim” Grim, 78, of Ord passed away on Tues., Dec. 13, 2016, at his home in Ord. 
    Funeral Services were held Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Rob Pearson officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    James Frankie was born July 2, 1938, at Sargent, NE to J. Lowell and Eva (Peters) Grim. He spent his childhood in Sargent, Iowa and Colorado. While living in Colorado, Jim worked on a Mink Ranch.
    On July 2, 1957, Jim was united in marriage to Julie Ann Hingeley at Golden, CO. The couple spent seven years in Colorado before moving to Greenfield, IA where Jim worked for a cattle feeder. They returned to Colorado for a short time and then moved to Sargent, NE. While living in Sargent, Jim was the Chief of Police. 
    In 1965, the couple settled in Ord. Jim helped George Cetak on his Mink Ranch and was a meat cutter at Jack and Jill Grocery Store. For 35 years Jim worked at Country Partners Co-op, driving a semi-truck for the last ten years of his career there. After retirement in 2011, Jim enjoyed woodworking; making toys and flowers.
    As a young man he enjoyed hunting. He was a fisherman and traveled to Canada with family and friends to fish.
    Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Jolene “Jo” and Doug Abbott of Ord, Janiece “Jan” and Gregg Wetzel of Ord; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Julie who passed away on Feb. 21, 2011; twin grandsons, Kyle and Curtis Bloom; two sisters, Kathy Grim and Karen Kriss; and a brother, Everett Grim.

“Rick” McKenney
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 69

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    Richard G. “Rick” McKenney, 69, of Ord lost his battle to ALS on Fri., Dec.16, 2016, at his home in Ord. 
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 27, 2016, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Stefanie Hayes and Pastor Doug Durre will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Paralyzed Veterans of America or Ord VFW Post #7029 & American Legion Post #38. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Richard Glen was born Sept. 20, 1947, at Bassett, NE to Albert and Harriet (Anderson) McKenney, the eldest of four children. He was raised on a farm in the Newport area where he received his education and graduated from Rock County High School in Bassett in 1965.
    Rick entered the United States Army in July of 1966, he was sent to serve in Vietnam in December of 1966. He then was stationed at Fort Knox, KY and Wildflecken, Germany and was discharged in June of 1969.
    On Dec. 22, 1967, Rick was united in marriage to Barbara Brown at Avenal, CA. They were blessed with two children, Ronnett and Richard.
    Rick and Barb resided in California where Rick went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation. He retired from the USBR in 1993. 
    The family moved to Ord in 1987. Rick worked at the Ord Housing Authority for a year before becoming Street Superintendent for the City of Ord. He retired from the City of Ord in 2005, after 15 years of service.
    Rick was very active in the community with the Elks Club and American Legion and VFW. He prided himself for never meeting a stranger but a new friend. He will be missed by his family, friends and the community for his dedication and good work.
    Survivors include his wife, of 49 years, Barbara of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Ronnett and Rod Kitten of Hastings; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Ann McKenney of Ord; his four greatest joys, his grandchildren; his mother, Harriet McKenney of Broken Bow; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Glady McKenney of Vaughn, Montana and Leonard and Lynna McKenney of Broken Bow; close cousins, Lewis and Judie McKenney of Hay Springs, Lorranie Sidak of Mesa, AZ and Lillian Denny of New Port; and a host of relatives and special friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Albert; and a sister, Ellen McKenney.

December 14, 2016 Issue

Cynthia “Cindy” Ritz
Comstock, NE Resident, 65

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​    Cynthia “Cindy” Ritz, 65 of Comstock, passed away Dec. 9, 2016 at the St. Francis Medical Center Long Term Care.
    Funeral Services will be held Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Wescott Baptist Church at Comstock with Pastor Don Schauda officiating. Burial will be in the Douglas Grove Cemetery west of Comstock. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the Church. Memorials may be given to the Family’s choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Cindy was born Dec. 4, 1951, at Orchard, NE, to John and Lois (Hawk) Slizoski. She attended rural school at Dist. 215 and then attended the Ewing Public Schools.  
    She worked in Norfolk before moving to Broken Bow where she worked at Becton-Dickinson for 30 years.  She then went to work at the Valley County Nursing home and retired in 2013. 
    While working in Broken Bow she met Chuck Ritz and they were married Aug. 30, 1975. To this union two sons were born, Justin and Colby.
    Cindy was a long time member of the Comstock American Legion Auxiliary.  Her hobbies included putting together puzzles and collecting trinkets including angels and teapots.
    Cindy is survived by her husband, Louis “Chuck” Ritz of Comstock; her sons, Justin and Colby both of Comstock; four sisters, Frances Anson, Susan Wright, Rita Anson and her husband, Terry, Gina Koenig and her husband, Kevin all of Ewing; and two sisters- in-law, Kay Schuchman and her husband, Dean and Cindy Ogle and her husband, John all of Grand Island.
    Cindy was preceded in death by her parents.

December 7, 2016 Issue

Edward W. “Bus” Hudson
U.S. Army Veteran • North Loup, NE Resident, 93

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​    Edward William “Bus” Hudson, 93, of North Loup passed away on Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, at Brookfield Park in St. Paul.
    Mr. Hudson’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Pastor Toni Nolze will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup with lunch following at the church. Military Honors will be presented by the Ralph R. Rich American Legion Post #285. Memorials are suggested to the North Loup United Methodist Church or the North Loup First Responders. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Edward William Hudson was born Jan. 25, 1923, at North Loup, NE to Roy William and Anna Ruth (Johnson) Hudson. He was raised in North Loup and graduated from North Loup High School.
    Bus served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Lawrenceville, IL as an airplane mechanic. While in the Army, Bus met Mary Lou Andrews. The couple was united in marriage on June 2, 1946, at Bus’ hometown of North Loup, NE.  Bus and Lou made their home in North Loup where they lived their entire married life and raised their four children.
    Bus made his career at the family Lumber Yard in North Loup, which was owned by his father and grandfather before him.
    He was a member of the North Loup United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the North Loup Lions Club. Bus enjoyed woodworking.
    Survivors include four children and their spouses, Susan and Dan Traudt of Grand Island, Mike and Pam Hudson of Holdrege, Jean Hudson of Ord, and Leslie and Tom Essman of North Loup; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.     
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lou who passed away on Dec. 12, 2014; a son-in-law, Bob Sixel; a grandson, Jarrod Sixel; and two sisters, Florence Harter and Barbara Fellows.

Neva Jean (Barnes) Murphy
Ainsworth, NE Resident, 79

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​    Neva Jean (Barnes) Murphy, 79 of Ainsworth, NE, died Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, NE. Funeral services were held at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Ainsworth on Nov. 26, 2016. Holmes Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
    Neva Jean (Barnes) Murphy was born Aug. 30, 1937 to Charles ‘Ike’ and Gladys (Lane) Barnes at the family’s farm home near Bassett, NE. She was born weighing only 2 lbs. 14 oz., which was her life’s first big hurdle. Growing up, she was involved in Elkhorn Valley 4-H Club. She showed beef and was involved in cooking, canning and sewing. She was Rock County fair queen in 1955. Neva was awarded the Federal Cartridge Cooperation trip to conservation in Chadron in ’53 and ’54. She graduated from Rock County High School in May 1955 and began teaching that fall. Hers was the last class that was able to teach right out of high school.
    Neva married Donald L. Murphy at the United Methodist Church in Bassett on Jan. 1, 1959, after he was honorably discharged from the Army on Nov. 25, 2958, following a tour of duty in Korea. They made their first home seven miles west of Sargent, NE. They were blessed with two children: Bryan Kent and Brenda Kay. In 1961, they purchased a house in Sargent. She continued to teach school in Custer, Loup and Garfield. 
    In 1970, Neva received her Ham radio license WA0ZCM. In 1975, the Murphy family moved to Camp Rockhaven four miles east of Gothenburg for the next 13 years. Neva then became the lay pastor and served the churches in Gothenburg and Ogallala. In 1993, she resigned from the Ogallala church due to her diagnosis of breast cancer. After several years and a courageous battle, she took on the job as pastor at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Ainsworth, NE. Oct. 8, 2006 was a special day for Neva when she was ordained as pastor in the Church of God. She retired from the church in 2015. Neva, a cancer survivor, served as a Sandhills Cancer Fund board member. She enjoyed quilting, crafting and attending tractor pulls with her family. 
    She is survived by her husband Don of Ainsworth; son Bryan (Juliene) Murphy of Ainsworth; daughter Brenda (Mark) Knight of Ord; six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
    Memorials may be made in care of the family to support the Heifer Project.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Lloyd Barnes; 17 day old infant brother Charles Kay; and parents-in-law Dan and Bessie (Rogers) Murphy.

Larry M. Osentowski, Sr.
U.S. Air Force Veteran • Choctaw, OK Resident, 73

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​    Larry Max Osentowski, SR, 73, of Choctaw, OK, passed away on Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK.
    Services were held Sat., Dec. 3 at Hibbs Funeral Home and Cremation Care Center in Choctaw. Fr. Patrick McCool officiated.
    Larry was born to Max and Hattie (Bartos) Osentowski on Dec. 10, 1942 in Elyria, NE. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in Ord, NE and graduated from Ord High School in Ord in May of 1961.
    In 1963, while working road construction in McCook, NE, Larry met Karen Younger. On April 21, 1964 they were married in Wichita Falls, TX where Larry was attending Tech School for the United States Air Force.
    Larry was drafted in early 1964 by the Army but joined the Air Force. After graduating basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX he moved on to Tech School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX.  During his Air Force career, as a Crew Chief and aircraft maintainer, Larry was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, FL, Peterson Field Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO, Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona and Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, OK where he retired in 1988.  After retiring from the Air Force he worked for Sterling Services at Tinker Air Force Base until 2011.
    He served two tours in Vietnam, 1966-1967 and 1970-1971.  By the end of his career he earned 5 air medals along with many other medals and accommodations, to include a Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Larry loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids.  He took pleasure in watching Westerns, listening to country music, telling stories, fishing, building birdhouses, working in the yard, a cup of black coffee and the occasional McDonald’s crispy french fry.  The list could be endless due to Larry’s passion for life, the desire to make everyone around him happy and comfortable, and the amount of people who were fortunate enough to have met him. 
    Survivors include his wife, Karen Osentowski of Choctaw, OK, one daughter, Sherry Black of Choctaw, OK, two sons, Larry Osentowski, JR of Choctaw, OK, David Osentowski of Yukon, OK, 3 brothers, Ron and Doris of Tahlequah, OK, Gary and Leslie of Ord, NE and Gaylen and Marty of Whitman, NE; one niece, three nephews, 11 grandkids and 12 great grandkids.
    He was preceded in death by his parents.

Emanuel A. Sich
U.S. Navy Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 78

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​    Emanuel A. Sich, 78, of Ord passed away on Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. Reverend Glenda Pearson will officiate. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Emanuel Adrian was born Dec. 2, 1938, at Burwell, NE to Eldon and Bessie (Clot) Sich. At the age of two, his family moved east of Ord to the Springdale area of Valley County. Emanuel attended Springdale Country School and graduated from Ord High School in 1956.
    Emanuel served in the United States Navy for three years. While stationed in Brooklyn, NY, he met Dolores McCann. The couple was united in marriage on Jan. 29, 1961, at Brooklyn, New York. They returned to the family farm east of Ord where they raised their family of four, Kevin, Shawn, Brian and Elizabeth.  
    Emanuel farmed and maintained a dairy farm until 1984. For ten years, his hobby of photography turned into a profession. He also was a contract driver for Prince of the Road for 14 years, retiring in 2014.
    Emanuel enjoyed being involved in the community; he played an integral part in the flag project surrounding the Valley County Courthouse and along the highway. He belonged to the Rotary Club, Jaycees; and was a Boy Scout Leader for 15 years. He was very active in his church; serving as a Deacon, teaching Sunday School and was able to “spread the Word” through the Presbyterian Churches in Ord and Loup City. His hobbies were photography, woodworking, and making trophies for Greg Jensen and he had a love for flying.
    Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dolores of rural Ord; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Molly of Minnesota, Brian and Donna of Omaha and Shawn and Hillary of Denver; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and James Gdanitz of Bertrand; 14 grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Melvin and Karen Sich of Minnesota, Duane and Julie Sich of Washington and Karen Hawley of North Loup.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Dean Sich.

November 30, 2016 Issue

Deborah A. Jeffres
Burwell, NE Resident, 59

    Deborah Ann Jeffres, 59, of Burwell, NE, died Nov. 26, 2016 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord, NE.
    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 30, 2016 at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord, NE. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Fr. Mark Maresh and Fr. John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5–7 p.m. at the church with a 6 p.m. Rosary. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell is in charge of arrangements.
    Deb was born Oct. 23, 1957 in Ord, NE, to Rene and Angeline (Maciejewski) Du-bas.  
    Deb graduated from Ord High School in 1975.  She attended Kearney State College for a year before going to Bryan School of Nursing.  After graduation Deb worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
    Deb married Lex Jeffres on Oct. 13, 1979 in Ord, NE. They live near Burwell and she worked at the Community Memorial Health Center. She later worked for Valley County Home Health and the Specialty Clinic. Deb then returned to the Community Memorial Health Center until her health forced her to quit working.
    Deb was a member of PEO and was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell.  She enjoyed sewing, reading, Cubs baseball, road trips and cards.
    Deb is survived by her husband Lex Jeffres of Burwell; four sons, Mike and Christina Jeffres of Ogallala, Todd and Amanda Jeffres, Scott Jeffres of Burwell and Garrett Gebhardt of Burwell; one grandson; her dad, Rene Dubas of Ord; seven siblings, Tim Dubas of Lincoln, Paul Dubas of Hastings, Bob and Cathy Dubas of Hastings, Jean Dubas of Lincoln, John and Pam Dubas of Omaha, Mary and Randy Schnase of Kearney and Marty and Jennifer Dubas of Omaha Her mother-in-law, Marj Jeffres of Burwell and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Deb was preceded in death by her mom, Angie Dubas and her father-in-law, Vance Jeffres.

Delores A Kluna
Ord, NE Resident, 85

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     Delores A. Kluna, 85, passed away Nov. 19, 2016 at Valley County Health System in Ord, NE, following a brief hospital stay.
     Delores was born, educated, and lived in Sargent, NE. She was one of seven children born to Noel and Minnie Draper Amos. Delores was married to Elmer J. Kluna until his passing in 1988. Two daughters, Susan and Barbara, were born to this marriage.
     Delores spent her adult life as a wife and homemaker. She loved her family, her cats, and her flowers. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, and canning. She enjoyed testing new recipes. She enjoyed a funny story; laughing with others and at herself.
     Delores is survived by her daughters Susan and Terry Todd, Palm Desert, CA; Barb and Dennis Jilg, Newport, NE and their family, Kristopher and Brandi Jilg, Xavier, Colton, Haley, and Aubrey, York, NE; Stephanie and Bill Kohlhof, Norfolk, NE; and Tad and Nichole Jilg and Veronica, Norfolk, NE. Also Delores’ brother Larry and Shirley Amos and family, OR; sister-in-law Ella Jane Amos and family, NE; sister-in-law Edythe Klanecky, Jan and Kelly, and Ardith, all of OR; nieces Margaret Cargill and family, OR and Janette Little and family, NE; special niece Kathy Parker and family, NE; and special nephews Everett and Mary Klanecky and family and David Klanecky, all of CA. Private graveside services will be held. Memorials in Delores’ memory may be offered to Valley County Home Health and Hospice or Valley County EMTs. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. e to edit.

Norma A. Norman
Ord, NE Resident, 92

    Norma A. Swanek Norman, 92, of Ord passed away on Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    Mrs. Norman bequeathed her body to Creighton University Medical in Omaha for medical research. Memorials are preferred to the Nebraska Community Foundation, specifically designated to the Ord Library Endowment Account.  A memorial service will be held at Creighton University at a later date.  The Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Norma Adeline was born May 18, 1924, to Charles J. and Mary L. (Rovensky) Blaha. She graduated from Ord High School in 1941.
    On Dec. 31, 1945, Norma was joined in marriage to Chester P. Swanek at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. To this union two daughters were born, Sonja Maria and Sharon Zae “Corky”. The couple owned and operated Swanek Heating and Air Conditioning in Ord until Chet’s death in October of 1975.
    Norma married Lyle W. Norman on Nov. 10, 1980, and they continued residing in Ord until his death in 1986. 
    Norman spent her entire adult life in Ord and was a “lifetime learner”. She enjoyed crafting, reading, sewing, camping and especially current events. A willing volunteer to community organizations, she contributed her time to her Church, the OHS Alumni Committee, Valley County 4-H and the Girl Scouts of America, both as a local leader and District Committee member. She also volunteered for several years as the “Monday Librarian” at St. Mary’s School, affording students an opportunity to enjoy a scheduled, weekly trip to the school library during regular classroom hours. 
    Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Sonja and John Jacobsen of Mankato, Minnesota and Sharon “Corky” and Galen Michalski of Ord; four grandchildren and four great-grandsons.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Chet Swanek and Lyle Norman; and her sister and brother-in-law, Lydia (Blaha) and R.J. Pharis.

Deborah L. Wilson
Ord, NE Resident, 50

    A memorial service for Deborah Lynne Monk Wilson, age 50, was held Sun., Nov. 27, 2016 at Heartland Assembly of God. Pastor Tom Burkholder officiated. Deb will be laid to rest privately at a later date in Louisiana.
    Deborah, known by family and friends as “Deb”, was born Jan. 3, 1966 in Milford, DE, and was raised in New Iberia and Delcambre, where she attended school. She was currently residing in Ord, NE for the past 25 years where she passed away Mon., Nov.14, 2016.
    Deb was a free spirited woman with a beautiful heart and smile. To be kind and generous was a natural part of daily life. She saw to it that the less fortunate had a home or a place to stay, even if it meant bringing them into her own home. Deb also cleaned houses and local businesses in Ord, and cared for the elderly.
    She had a love for life and the outdoors and enjoyed spending time fishing and camping. But her greatest love was for children, especially her nieces and nephews. The memories left by Deb will forever be cherished by all who knew and loved her.
    Survivors include her mother and father, Peggy and Tedray Sonnier; her eight sisters and brothers, Alan Monk and wife Cindy, Scott Sonnier, Casey Sonnier and wife Shirley, Lee Monk, John Monk and wife Emily, Lance Sonnier, Crystal Pontiff and husband Tim and Paula Dugas and husband Brian; her former husband, Jarrod Wilson; her step-son, Justin Wilson; her grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
    She was preceded in death by her dear sweet angel, infant Jordan Elise; and her grandparents, Rena and Nobel “Chute” Baudoin, Ruby and JN Eastwood and Eluse and Alice Sonnier.

November 23, 2016 Issue

Roger W. Heermann
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 71

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​    Roger Wendell Heermann, 71, of Ord, NE, passed away on Nov. 18, 2016.
    Memorial services will be held Sat., Nov. 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Roger Heermann was born in Burke, SD to Orlin and Eunice Heermann on June 26, 1945. He grew up in Brocksburg, NE and Colbran, CO. Roger owned a concrete business in Burwell, NE, was a truck driver and lifelong cowboy. He was a veteran of Vietnam, serving in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. Roger loved horses, rodeo, antiques, and children. 
     Roger is preceded in death by his father, Orlin Elmer Heermann, and his mother, Eunice Marie Heermann (Smith).  
     Roger is survived by his children Dustin Heermann of Boswell, OK, Douglas Heermann and wife Dee of Conroe, TX, Clay Heermann of Raymond, NE, Renee Koch and husband Mike of Otis, CO; special friend Barb Milsap of Ord, NE; Siblings Brad Heermann of O’Neill, NE, Jonna Sandoval of Bloomfield, NM, and Brenda Widhalm of Star Valley Ranch, WY; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  
     In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the Fisher House of Minneapolis. https://www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/
    Roger’s family wishes to extend appreciation to the Minneapolis VA Hospital and Staff.

James C. Sliva
Ord, NE Resident, 43

    James C. “Jim” Sliva, 43, of Ord passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ord on Wed., Nov. 16, 2016.
    Mr. Sliva was cremated. A Celebration of Life was held on Tues., Nov. 22, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Toni Nolze officiates. Inurnment was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    James Christopher was born Jan. 17, 1973, at Ord, NE to Mike and Janice K. (Marshall) Sliva. Jim was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1991.
    Jim and his dad, Mike worked together at Roger’s Hog Farm and Knapp’s Hog Farm. Jim then drove a truck for various companies. He spent much of his time caring for his Grandma Doris before she passed away. 
    Jim was a nice, genuine and good-hearted man. He would do anything for anyone and was always ready to spend time with his friends and have a good time. He also enjoyed working on old cars.
    Survivors include his father, Mike Sliva of Ord; his mother, Janice K. Sliva of Juniata, a brother, Jerry Sliva of Norfolk; two daughters, Zandra Kelly of Cozad and Danielle Sliva of Oregon; and two grandsons.
    He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Doris M. Psota; two grandfathers, Elmer Marshall and J. Eugene Psota. 

Ellen G. Weeks 
Aurora, NE Resident, 77

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​    Ellen G. Weeks, 77, of Aurora formerly of Scotia passed away on Tues., Nov. 15, 2016, at the Memorial Community Care Center in Aurora.
    A Celebration of Life was held on Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze officiated. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Fire and Rescue Department, Aurora Senior Center or the Scotia United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Ellen Geneva was born Sept.14, 1939, on the family farm in the Wallace Creek area east of Scotia, Nebraska to George and Florence (Beck) Weeks. She was raised on the family farm and attended Scotia Public School.
    Ellen enjoyed the farm life, helping on the farm and taking long walks. Her family was the highlight of her life, especially babysitting her nieces and nephews. In 1996, Ellen moved into Scotia and resided at the Chalk Hills Manor. In August of 2001, Ellen moved to Aurora where she made her home at Crossroads Court where she was very active in the community activities. She was involved at the Aurora Senior Center, United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. 
    Ellen was a member of the United Methodist Church and a past member of the Neighborly Neighbor’s Club in the Wallace Creek area.  Ellen enjoyed traveling to various places to visit her family.  She played Bingo, all kinds of games and puzzles.
    Survivors include four brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Judith Weeks of Aurora, James and Sandra Weeks of Narragansett, Rhode Island, David and Mickey Weeks of Scotia, and Calvin and Joyce Weeks of Waverly; a special niece, Robin “Bobbi” Moellenberndt of Aurora; many special nieces and nephews; and a host friends. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, George Nathan Weeks; two brothers, Luther Weeks and Ethan Weeks; and three sisters-in-law, DeeAnn Weeks, Onetta Weeks and Joan Weeks.

November 16, 2016 Issue

Bryce Bartu
Grand Island, NE Resident, 80

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​    Bryce Bartu, 80, of Grand Island, formerly of Seward, passed away Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, with his family by his side.
     A celebration of life was held Mon., Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Daniel Naranjo officiated.  Burial took place at Douglas Grove Cemetery, Comstock.
    Bryce was born Feb. 13, 1936 in Comstock, NE, to Adolph and Joyce (Havlik) Bartu. He graduated from Comstock High School, class of 1953, of which he was a proud member of the Class D State Champion Football Team in 1952.  He went on to attend the University of Nebraska where he was a member of the UNL marching band and the Kappa Sigma fraternity until he was needed on the family farm and he returned home.
     Bryce was united in marriage to Phyllis Fisher on March 24, 1957.  After farming in Comstock with his parents for several years Bryce, Phyllis and their young family moved to Manhattan, KS where he attended Kansas State University. In 1964 Bryce transferred back to the University of Nebraska where he attended Law school and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1968.  Bryce then practiced law in Seward until 1977 when he was appointed to the District Court Bench by Governor Jim Exon. He served as the District Court Judge for the 5th Judicial District until his retirement in 1995.
    Bryce’s interests and extracurricular activities were diverse and extensive. He was a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, National Farmers Organization, Christmas Tree Growers Association, and the Elks. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, with Elk hunting being his true passion. His outdoor activities included many trips to many states with wonderful lifelong friends and family.  He loved to travel with his wife and they truly saw the world hand in hand. His Sunday morning routine always included the Big Joe Polka Show on the radio.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 59 years, Phyllis; children Deborah McMillian, John and Jackie Bartu and Brenda Bartu, all of Grand Island; his beloved grandchildren; and sister Maxine Brass of Kearney.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vera Marie Bartu; granddaughter, Amber Weitzel and his beloved yellow lab Kody.
    Memorials are suggested to The Comstock Den Inc.
    Online remembrances may be left at www.giallfaiths.com     

Lorraine Krason 
Ord, NE Resident, 90

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​    Lorraine Krason, 90, of Ord passed away on Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tues., Nov. 15, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Valley View Senior Village and St. Mary’s Catholic School. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Lorraine Cerny Krason was born July 31, 1926, at the home of her parents Frank and Julia (Chalupa) Cerny near Sargent, NE.  She grew up at the family farm until she entered high school where she stayed with her older brother, Frank Jr. and his wife, Mary.  Lorraine graduated from high school in 1943, with her teachers training and started almost immediately teaching in the Custer County School district where she taught for the next four years. While at a dance in Jungman Hall in rural Valley County, she met her future husband, Thaddeus Krason. They were married on Sept. 24, 1946 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sargent. This union lasted almost sixty-five years before Thad passed away in May of 2011.
    Thad and Lorraine’s first few years of marriage saw them move several times from Sargent to Mira Valley south of Ord, where Lorraine raised their two sons, Robert Joseph (Bob) and Leonard LeRoy. In the early sixties, they lived on the west edge of Ord where the Valley County Health System is now located. There, Lorraine was a stay at home mom raising two young boys and keeping a large garden and raising chickens. In April of 1964 Lorraine started working at the Wheelers Store as a part time clerk until June of 1969 when Thad and Lorraine moved to West Point, NE for a year. Upon returning to Ord, Lorraine resumed her job at Wheelers in 1970 where she worked part time until 1976 then she became a full time head cashier until her retirement in March of 1989.
    Lorraine was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and was active in the Altar Society and enjoyed volunteering at St. Mary’s School.  She was a lifetime member of the Ord Chapter of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.  
    Her hobbies included crocheting, making quilts, gardening and canning.  Thad and Lorraine spent much of their retirement years camping and fishing in the many local lakes and ponds. They loved to travel with their lifelong friends Bob and Bea Coats and her nephew Fr. Hubert Spanel, and saw much of the United States. Lorraine was an avid card player and loved to play Bingo, which she enjoyed right up to her passing.  
    Lorraine loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed following them to their various school activities whenever she could.
    Lorraine is survived by her sons, Robert and his wife, MaryAnne, son Leonard and his wife, Peggy; two granddaughters and one grandson, and their spouses; four great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters.
    Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Frank Cerny Jr. and his wife, Mary, her sister, Agnes and her husband Rasty Spanel and her sister, Alice Sedlacek; infant granddaughters Dana and Jaime Krason.  

Janice R. Loseke
Ericson, NE Resident, 77

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​    Janice R. Loseke, 77, of Ericson passed away on Thurs., Nov. 3, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord.
    Funeral Services were held Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, at the Ericson United Methodist Church. Pastor John Ryding officiated. Burial was in the Bartlett Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Janice Rae was born Jan. 11, 1939, at Spalding, NE to Carl J. and Gertrude E. (Henry) Harnapp. She was raised in rural Spalding and attended District #10 Country School in Greeley County and graduated from Spalding Public School in 1956.
    While in high school, Janice received her Normal Training then taught school for two years. On June 2, 1958, she was united in marriage to Lee Loseke at the Lutheran Church in Albion, NE. The couple made their first home south of Spalding. In the fall of 1973, they moved south of Ericson until 2011, when they moved into Ericson.
    Janice was a homemaker, a teacher’s aide at the Ericson Grade School and also worked on Saturdays at the Ericson Livestock Market and Sale Barn. 
    She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bartlett. Janice was a member of the Wheeler Central School board and served on the Greeley County Election Board for many years. Janice belonged to extension clubs and helped her kids while they were in 4-H. Janice and Lee enjoyed polka dancing together and she enjoyed gardening, sewing, genealogy and home projects. Janice was most proud of her family and cherished all the time spent together. 
    She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Lee of Ericson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Galen and Elizabeth Loseke of Kearney, and Mark and Lori Loseke of Minden; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Eric Hadenfeldt of Lincoln and Susan and Greg Gehl of Ericson; nine grandchildren; a nephew; one brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Betty Harnapp of Spalding and one sister and brother-in-law, Carlene and Rick Scafuri of Palatine, IL.
    She was preceded in death by her parents.

Caroline M. Mentzer 
Ord, NE Resident, 90

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    Caroline M. Mentzer, 90, of Ord passed away on Thurs., Nov.10, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 19, 2016, at the Ord Christian Church. Pastor Marty Robbins will officiate. Cremation will take place following the service and Inurnment will be at a later date in the Ord City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church, Ord Senior Center or Valley County Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Caroline was born March 8, 1926, in Garfield County, NE to Claus D. and Sophia M. (Stange) Rohde. She was raised on a farm in Garfield County and attended school at Burwell, District #13 Westside, and graduated from Burwell High School in 1944.
    Following high school was a café cook, worked at ranches and taught school. On April 7, 1950, Caroline was united in marriage to Arthur J. Mentzer. The couple made their home north of Ord in Garfield County where they farmed and raised their family of four.  Caroline resided on the farm for 55 years until she moved into Ord in May of 2005.
    Caroline was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Ord and Burwell since 1963; she was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and Dry Cedar Club for 40 years. She had attended the Assembly of God Church before becoming a member of the Christian Church. She was an accomplished pianist; playing regularly at church, the Burwell Community Memorial Health Center, Burwell Senior Center, Grandview; Valley View Senior Village and for her kids school programs.  Caroline also volunteered at various places in Ord and Burwell.
    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Bob Brown of North Platte; a son, Bryan Mentzer of Ord; son-in-law, Jack Larsen of Logan, IA; eight grandchildren and their spouses; 18 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; two sisters, Mary Coffey of North Carolina; Ruth Venturelli of Maryland; and her special friend, George Cetak’s family, Georgene (Brian) Lahm of Omaha, and Brian (Lori) Cetak of Casper, WY and their families.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; a son, Eric Mentzer; a daughter, Ruth Larsen; a grandson, Tommy Wiezorek; granddaughter, Chelsi Fread-Gammon; four brothers, Otto, Henry, Frank and John; two sisters, Doris Brown and Dorothy Brown; and her special friend, George Cetak.

Arlin I. Schoemaker
U.S. Army Veteran • Scotia, NE Resident, 93

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​    Arlin Irvin Schoemaker, 93 of Scotia, died Oct. 28, 2016.
    Arlin was born to Irvin and Elsie Schoemaker; Scotia, NE, on Jan. 20, 2923. The second of five children: Fern, Arlin, Iva, Deloris, and Darvin.  After graduating high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army, May 1943 to January 1946. Arlin married Opal Smith on July 23, 1946. He then returned to college and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS in Business, 1947. Arlin then began his career of 34 years with General Electric, Schenectady, NY. In 1948, they began their own family, which ultimately included one son, Jeffrey and three daughters, Dawn, Jane, & Diane.  In 1981, Arlin accepted early retirement from G.E. and later went to work part-time for Sears and H&R Block.  He also held numerous Treasury positions with his church.
    Arlin loved his wife and family, his faith and, service to his church.   He was an avid sports spectator, loved playing cards, and travelling with friends and family.  He was a little ornery, loving to tease or tell stories (traits he passed on to his children).  But, really he had a heart of gold.
    Arlin is survived by son Jeffrey (Judy) Schoemaker, daughters: Dawn (Marshall) Larkin, Jane (Bill) Reiff, and Diane (Greg) Tryggestad, brother Darvin (Barbara) Schoemaker, nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents: Irvin and Elsie, his sisters: Fern, Deloris, and Iva, and his beloved wife, Opal.

November 9, 2016 Issue

​Bruce M. Brickner
U.S. Navy Veteran • Sun City, TX Resident, 70

    Bruce Brickner, 70, of Sun City TX, passed away on Nov. 3, 2016 at home in Hospice care following a six-year battle with Crohn’s Disease and Cancer.
    Bruce was born in Rawlins, WY, and attended Ord High School in Ord, NE. After serving three years in the U.S. Navy he began a career in Construction Management.
    In 1990 he married Cathy Cleveland while living in Omaha, NE. After their retirement in 2005 they moved to Sun City (Georgetown), TX and retirement fun began! In 2006 Bruce completed his career as Quality Control Inspector for Seton Hospital in Round Rock, TX.
    With all his energy and unrelenting hard work he became an avid golfer and strong supporter of the Georgetown Eagle Booster Club for Georgetown High School. Despite his medical condition he retained his positive attitude and endless sense of humor to continue playing golf until hospice became necessary.
    Bruce is survived by Cathy, his wife of 26 years; his son, Bruce of La Vista, NE (previous marriage), a sister Leah Begalle of Westminster, CO; brother, John, of Wilbur, NE; brother, Tom, of Aurora, CO; and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ella (1992) and father, Bud Brickner (1998). 
    His quick wit and friendship will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by his family and many friends in Omaha and Sun City. A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will be held in Sun City Nov. 27. 
    Donations can be made in memory of Bruce at the charity of one’s choice.

Dr. Kenneth E. Shibata
U.S. Coast Guard Veteran • Carroll, IA Resident, 89

    Dr. Kenneth E. Shibata, age 89, of Carroll passed away on Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.
    Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 4, 2016 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll with Fr. Craig Collison and Fr. Timothy Schott Concelebrating. Lectors for the Mass were Shirley Molitor and Vern Henkenius. Music for the Mass was by Kate Cuddy, the St. Lawrence Choir with Michelle Phillips as Cantor, and the RSVP Singers.  Gift Bearers were Ken’s great grandchildren Preston and Lucas Noll, and Claire Elizabeth Womack. Eucharistic Ministers were Shirley Molitor and Bonnie Danner. Casket Bearers were Phill Phillips, Mark Beardmore, Steve Sander, Dr. David Martin, Diane “Pudy” Pudenz, Dennis Molitor, Lynn Pudenz and Sue Graff.  Military honors were given at the church by the Carroll American Legion.  Burial will be at a later date.
    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Ken’s family at www.dahnandwoodhosue.com
    Born on Sept. 21, 1927 in Omaha, NE, he was the son of Edward and Sophia (Nevrkla) Shibata. After the birth of Ken, Sophia passed away and he was raised by his aunt and uncle Frank and Helen Kokes in Ord, NE, whom he called Mom and Dad. Ken graduated from Ord High School in 1945.  Following high school, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1945–1947. Ken attended Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, NE where he played football and served as mayor of the Veteran’s Village. Ken received a B.A. in Education in 1950, his Masters Degree in 1958, his Doctorate in 1965, and did post graduate work at Harvard University. Ken’s career in education spanned forty-two years at the public elementary, secondary, university, and community college levels. From 1950–1955 he was Principal, Instructor and Coach at Silver Creek Public School in Silver Creek, NE, from 1955–1960 he was Superintendent, Instructor, and Coach at Clearwater Public School in Clearwater, NE, from 1955–1960 he was High School Principal at Albion High School in Albion, NE, in 1964 he served as Executive Director on the Nebraska Committee for Children and Youth in Lincoln, NE, from 1965–1966 he was Operations Director and Coordinator for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, from 1967–1970 he was the Director of Instructional Services for ESU #6 in Milford, NE, from 1970–1971 he was the Dean of Instruction at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL and from 1971–1983 was Executive Vice President,  from 1983–1985 he was Executive Vice President of Educational Services for Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA, from 1985–1987 he was CEO of  the Des Moines Area Community College Campus in Carroll, IA, and from 1987–1992 he was President of Southeast Community College in Beatrice, NE.  Ken retired in 1992 and moved back to Carroll.  He was married to Maria da Piedade Ribeiro Coelho on July 4, 1977 in Chicago.  Ken and Maria lived in many locations in the United States and had a vacation home near Maria’s family in Portugal.
    In retirement Ken served as Mayor Pro-tem on the Carroll City Council for six years.  Ken volunteered for many organizations including: Hospice, Congregate Meals, RSVP, the Speak Up Program, and the American Red Cross.  He served on the Kuemper Catholic Elementary School Board and volunteered as a part time instructor.  He was an active member of St. Lawrence Parish where he served with the Children’s Liturgy Program, was coordinator of the Welcome Your Child Program, and served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.  He was a member of AARP, the Carroll Knights of Columbus, the Carroll American Legion, Serra Club, Rotary International and the Carroll Rotary Club.  
    Ken is survived by his wife Maria of Carroll; four sons: Rick Shibata (Maryjo) of Lincoln, NE, Ron Shibata (Linda) of Dallas, TX, Dennis Shibata of Portland, OR, and Kenny Shibata of Ames, IA; a sister Gladys Gogan of Ord, NE; two granddaughters; a grandson; four great grandchildren. Ken is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Dalia Coelho and Marina Coelho, and many nieces and nephews.
    Ken was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle: Frank and Helen Kokes, his mother and father-in-law: Antonio and Maria Coelho, two sisters Garnie Dilla (George) and Gracie O’Connor (Robert), and three brothers-in-law Antonio Ribeiro Coelho, Fernando Ribeiro Coelho, and Dr. William Gogan.

Darrel W. Smith
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 85

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​    Darrel W. Smith, 85, of Ord passed away on Thurs., Nov. 3, 2016, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    Mr. Smith’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 10, 2016, at the Ord Christian Church. Reverend Doug Durre will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church, The Gideons or the Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Darrel Wayne was born April 30, 1931, at Horace, NE to Harold and Marrel (Shipman) Smith. He was raised in the Scotia area where he also received his education. 
    On Nov. 7, 1949, Darrel was united in marriage to Ruth Thomsen at Hastings, NE. Darrel was working at the Irrigation District before moving to California in 1951, where he was an automobile service attendant. 
    In 1952, Darrel was drafted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Camp Pendleton. He went to Fort Benning, GA and attended mechanical school and then to Fort Knox, KY where he was instructed in tank mechanic and driving. While stationed in Korea he was in the US Marine Corp 3rd Tank Division until his discharge in 1954.
    Following the service, Darrel made his home in Ord. He and Ruth purchased Thomsen Tavern, which became Smitty’s Tavern and later owned and operated the Starlight Lounge. The couple built the Chanticleer Drive-In and later purchased Ord Hardware-True Value Hardware. Darrel drove the Valley County Ambulance for over 30 years. 
    Upon retirement he worked at the Grocery Kart and enjoyed visiting the children and watching the grandchildren in school and sporting events. The couple also enjoyed a family cruise to Alaska and a trip to Hawaii.
    Darrel was a member of the Gideons, Ord Fire Department, Ord Christian Church and a lifetime VFW member. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cribbage and Nebraska Football and Volleyball.
    Survivors include his wife of nearly 67 years, Ruth of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Diane of Acworth, Georgia; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Rodney Johnson of Parachute, Colorado; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Verlin and Sherman; and a sister, Opal Schoemaker. 

November 2, 2016 Issue

Bob Asper
U.S. Navy Veteran • North Loup, NE Resident, 74

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​    Robert L. “Bob” Asper, 74, of North Loup found peace on Oct. 24, 2016, after many months of fighting health issues.
    Bob’s wishes were to be cremated with no formal service. Graveside services were held on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016, at the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Long-time friend, Pastor Jim Ellison of Valley officiated. Military Honors were provided by Ralph R. Rich American Legion Post #285. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Family or the Loup Valley Veteran’s Memorial. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Robert L. was born July 17, 1942, at Adams, MN. He served in the United States Navy following graduating from Lincoln High School. 
    Bob was united in marriage to Elaine Alfred on Sept. 5, 1964; the couple had two wonderful daughters. Bob was most proud of his daughters and their families; and loved the grandkids with all his heart.
    Bob was self-employed most of his life, operating Asper’s Meats Locker in Mead, NE and later Asper’s Floors & More in Omaha, NE. Upon retirement he moved to North Loup where he enjoyed the beauty of the Sandhills. When out-of-town friends would visit, he always greeted them at the door with “Welcome to the Valley”!
    Bob was a huge Husker Fan. His memberships included the Lions Club, American Legion and was an avid American King Pigeon Club member until his failing health forced him to give up his hobby.
    Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elaine; two daughters and their families, Michelle Charvat and special friend, Phil Bedore of Omaha; Jodie and Donald Peetz of North Loup; three grandsons and one granddaughter; in-laws, Leo Alfred of Shakopee, MN, Robert and Rosie Alfred of Donnellson, IA, Thomas Rutherford of Prescott, AZ, June Asper of Washington, IA, Betty Hagert of Springfield, MN, Sally Asper of Glendale, AZ; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; and a host of friends. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Veronica (Brewer) Asper; two brothers, Ron and Jerry Asper; and a sister, Marilyn Rutherford.

Carol Simpson
Former Ord, NE Resident, 93

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​    Carol Simpson, 93, of Loveland, CO, formerly of Ord, passed away on Thurs., Oct. 27, 2016, at the North Shore Health and Rehab Facility in Loveland, CO. 
    Mrs. Simpson was cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Stefanie Hayes will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Carol was born Sept. 20, 1923, at Cumro, NE, to Robert G. and Hazel (Norman) Hall. She was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1941. 
    Carol was united in marriage to Raymond L. “Hunk” Simpson on June 12, 1943, at Camp Carson, CO.  
    Carol enjoyed playing Bingo, working crossword puzzles and camping. Carol loved the Chicago Cubs and Nebraska football and learned to like the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies. The family suggests you wear your favorite sports attire.
    Survivors include a son, Rick Simpson of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Dennis Knapp of Loveland, Colorado; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Viola “Skinny” Shipman of Salem, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, R.L. “Hunk”; twin infant sons, and two sisters, Gail Dworak and Norma Rich. 

October 26, 2016 Issue

“Bob” Visek
Ord, NE Resident, 64

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​    Robert “Bob” A. Visek, 64, of Ord passed away on Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Mr. Visek’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 27, 2016, at the Ord Bethel Baptist Church. Pastor Kyle Campise will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Family or Valley County Health System Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Robert Allen was born Oct. 12, 1952, in Loup City, NE, to Ludvik and Evelyn (Plock) Visek. He grew up in Comstock and graduated from Ord High School in 1970.
    Following high school, Bob worked for Wheelers Stores from 1971-1976. He then went to work at Don’s Auto in Ord working in the store and delivering parts to Arcadia, Scotia, North Loup, Greeley, Ericson and Hoerle’s Station. He was a 30-year employee with Don’s Auto until 2006. He enjoyed the mechanics and various customers he met over the years. You could ask Bob about the news in any of the towns and he could tell you. He made many trips to the parts store after hours and was always willing to help out a customer in need.
    After 30 years of auto parts, Bob made a change and began working as one of the original employees at US Bio Ethanol at Ord, now Green Plains Energy. He was employed from 2007-2014, when he had to quit due to health reasons. He enjoyed his time at the plant and would have given anything to continue working. 
    On Jan. 24, 1992, Bob married Karol Keller at Ord. To this union a son, Jarrod Robert was born. Bob and Jarrod were inseparable while Jarrod was growing up. Jarrod started duck and goose hunting with his father at the age of 2. Bob taught his son to love the land and respect the resources. He passed on his passion for duck and goose hunting, fishing and trap shooting. One of Bob’s favorite sayings was, “what happens in the blind, stays in the blind”.
    Bob was active in Pheasants Forever and Karp and Krow Gun Club. He was a former member of the Comstock Fire Department. He helped coach the Karp and Krow High School trap team and the coaches could rely on Bob to help if a shooter was in a slump or to assist the left handed shooters. He took great pride in getting new shooters started and would take the time to help them one on one. He loved to watch his son, Jarrod shoot, and spent many windy cold days in Doniphan at the shoots. 
    His hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapshooting, gardening, yard work and mowing. Bob enjoyed playing baseball and softball; and was quite the cook on the grill.
    Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Jarrod and his fiancé, Madison Bredthauer both of Ord; a half sister, Evelyn Lenstrom of Omaha; his longtime hunting partner, Gerald John of Ord; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a half brother, Leroy Visek; and half sisters, Irene Ellersick and Barbara Jones. 

Virgil Voss
Grand Island, NE Resident, 75

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​    Virgil Voss, 75, of Grand Island passed away on Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, at the CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
    Mr. Voss’ wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Scott Hausrath will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the United Nebraska Muzzle Loaders Association and the Ord Flag Pole Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Virgil was born Aug. 15, 1941, at Oak, NE, to Fritz and Leona (Holtzen) Voss. He grew up in Hebron and graduated from Hebron High School in 1959.
    Virgil attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1959 to 1961. He worked for Cushman Motor Works in Lincoln from 1962 to 1963 and from 1963-1971 he worked at Brunswick Corporation. In 1971, Virgil went to work for National Crane Corporation in Lincoln until 1976. Following that he worked at Valmont Industries, Vickers and last, Eaton Corporation. While at Eaton he was transferred to Greenwood, SC. He retired in South Carolina and continued to make his home in the south, in Abbeville, SC.
    On Aug. 12, 1962, Virgil married Bonnie Trahan. The couple had three children. He married Cheryl Kinkade on Dec. 15, 1979. On June 14, 2008, he married Dorothy Wadas at Ord. The couple lived in Abbeville, SC, and recently moved back to Nebraska.
    Virgil was an avid history buff and a member of the United Nebraska Muzzle Loaders as well as a re-enactor of the Revolutionary War while living in South Carolina. Virgil won many shooting competition awards and currently holds the state record in at least one event.
    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Grand Island; daughters, Michelle Johnson (Brad) of Dorchester, Christina Voss (Jonathan Frank) of Lincoln; a daughter-in-law, Angie Voss of Knoxville, Tennessee; two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Lois Voss of Hiawatha, Kansas; step children, Chris Polen of Omaha, Marie Wadas (Curt Baker) of St. Libory, and Dan Wadas (Patty Low) of Thedford; and four step-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Fritz Voss; granddaughter, Shannon Voss; an infant brother, Dale Voss; and a sister, Edith Gronstol.

October 19, 2016 Issue

Raymond E. Bandt
U.S. Marine Veteran • Fullerton, NE Resident, 71

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​    Raymond Eugene Bandt, 71, of Fullerton, passed away Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, at Boone County Health Center in Albion.
    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. 21, 2016 at Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton with Rev. Martin Leeper officiating. Inurnment will be at Fullerton Cemetery in Fullerton with military rites by American Legion Post 151 of Fullerton. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time at Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton. Palmer-Santin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
    Ray was born April 27, 1945 to Percy and Mable (Smith) Bandt in St. Paul. He grew up in Wolbach and graduated high school in 1963.  He joined the U.S. Marines and served during the Vietnam War. On May 26, 1969, he married Faye Mapes and to this the union, they were blessed with four children. They moved to Fullerton where Ray worked for the State Department of Roads for 41 years from June 1969 to September 2010. 
    He was a member of American Legion Post 151 of Fullerton and the Eagles Club.  Ray loved to golf, garden, play cards, digital poker, and scratch tickets.  He loved spending time with his dogs.  His favorite enjoyment in life was spending time with his grandchildren. 
    He is survived by his children, Mandy Bandt Vanosdall of Ord, Kelly (Jennifer) Bandt of Central City, and Sara Bandt of Grand Island; two sisters, Marilyn Prentice of Wolbach and Marjorie (Butch) Teter of Amherst; sister-in-law, Donna Bandt of Wolbach; and twelve grandchildren. 
    He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Audra Gale Bandt; brother, Norman Bandt; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Prentice. 

“Sally” Stevens
Ord, NE Resident, 91

   Domicella “Sally” Stevens, 91, of Ord passed away on Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney.
   Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 20, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated. Mrs. Stevens was cremated following the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Ord City Cemetery. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
   Domicella “Sally” was born to the Blazey Family on Dec. 4, 1924, and was raised in the Loup City area.
   On Sept. 6, 1975, she was united in marriage to Paul David Stevens at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. The couple made their home in Ord. Sally enjoyed volunteering at the Ord Senior Center.
   She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
   Survivors include nieces, nephews and friends.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul on June 14, 2010.

October 12, 2016 Issue

Richard James “Dick” Beran
U.S. Air Force Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 85

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    Richard James “Dick” Beran, 85, of Ord passed away on Oct. 8, 2016, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney. 
    Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Glenda Pearson will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and the Ord Police Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Richard James “Dick” Beran, 85, of Ord was born June 18, 1931 in Beatrice, NE to Ben and Velma (Van Osdol) Beran. He graduated from Hebron High School in 1949.  
    Dick entered the US Air Force in 1951, and was stationed at Weeping Water, Nebraska serving for two years as a shortwave radio operator.  While stationed at Weeping Water he learned to fly and obtained his private pilot’s license.  It was at Weeping Water he met the love of his life, Ruth Louise Wannemaker.  They were married August 28, 1952 in Hebron, Nebraska.  After they were married they would often fly from Hebron to Weeping Water in his Piper Cub to visit her family.  
    Dick operated Ben Beran and Sons in Hebron with his father in the early and mid-1950s, doing everything from earthmoving to surveying.  He was a member of the Hebron Fire Department, serving for a while as Chief.  Moving on from operating heavy equipment, he worked as a surveyor for the State of Nebraska before becoming the head of the Papio Soil & Water Conservation District at Papillion, NE.  In 1972, with the formation of the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts (NRDs), he became the General Manager of the Lower Loup Natural Resources District in Ord until he retired from that position in 2000.  Before he fully retired, he served as the Wellhead Protection Coordinator for a time in addition to helping out Dave Scott at Scott’s TV in Ord.  
    One of Dick’s “pet” programs at the NRD was the NRD Tree Program. He was also fond of his tools, amateur (ham) radio (he was WOYTZ); and most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Ruth, in 2000.  
    He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Gene McBride; and his grandchildren, Cody and his wife, Sara, James and Patrick, all of Burwell; one brother, Larry and Lorraine Beran of Evans, GA; and one sister, Jean Ann and Tedd Slagle of Ogallala, NE.  

Raymond L. Clark
Orchard, NE Resident, 79

    Private services were held for Raymond Clark, age 79, of Orchard, NE.
    Brockhaus-Howser-Fill-mer Funeral Home in Norfolk, NE was in charge of arrangements.
    Raymond died Sun., Sept. 11, 2016, at his home.
    Raymond Lee Clark, son of Fred and Flossie (Haught) Clark, was born April 24, 1937, at Ord, NE. He attended Ord Public School. Raymond married Lela Emma Cooper on July 7, 1957, in Norfolk, NE. Two children were born to them, Gerald Scott and Michelle Antonette. They lived in Nashville, TN for 50 years. Raymond was a metro school teacher at Nashville Schools and owned hair salons.
    He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and was involved in Republican Party activities.
    Survivors include wife, Lela Cooper Clark of Orchard, NE; daughter, Michelle of Nashville, Tennessee; son, Gerald Scott of Nashville; a granddaughter; two sons-in-law; and one niece.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Flossie (Haught) Clark; brother, Gerald; and sister, Virginia Knecht.
    In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to AseraCare Hospice in O’Neill, Nebraska, 68763.

Phyllis J. O’Brien
Beatrice, NE Resident, 86

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    Phyllis Jeannine O’Brien, 86, of Beatrice formerly of Kearney passed away Thurs., Oct. 6, 2016, at the Lancaster Manor Care Center in Lincoln.
    Graveside Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 12, 2016, at the Kearney City Cemetery. Visitation was on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at O’Brien Straatman Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. Memorials are suggested to the Kensington Assisted Living Center of Beatrice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Phyllis was born Nov. 27, 1929 at Chapman, NE, to William and Katherine (Siefert) Treon.  The family lived in Chapman before moving to Kearney.  Phyllis graduated from Kearney High School in 1947.  She then attended St Francis Nursing School where she received her RN Degree.  
    Phyllis was united in marriage to John W. O’Brien Dec. 26, 1950, at Grand Island, NE. Phyllis and John lived in Amarillo, TX from 1950-1954 while John served in the US Air Force. In 1956, they moved to Fairbury where Phyllis worked at the Fairbury Hospital. In 1963, they moved to Kearney. Phyllis worked as a Nurse at the Hospital and did private nursing care.  She later worked at the Mount Carmel Home for a number of years.
    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Dean Roehr of Beatrice; a son and daughter-in-in law, Randy and Vicki O’Brien of Ord; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Chrisp of Central City.
    Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband; an infant daughter, Katherine; and a sister, Lois Santoro.

Eileen G. Pokorny
Ord, NE Resident, 101

    Eileen Gertrude Pokorny, 101, of Ord, NE, died October 5, 2016 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Funeral services were held Sat., Oct.8, 2016 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, NE. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport officiated.  Memorials are suggested to hospice.
    Eileen was born Feb. 12, 1915 to Charles and Minette (Swinson) Liberski in Garfield County, NE. During her early years she and her siblings lived in St. Thomas Orphanage in Lincoln, Nebraska when her mother’s health failed. At age fourteen, Eileen and her siblings moved to Garfield County to live with their father.  She assumed the role of housekeeper and caregiver to her siblings whom she sent to school.
    On Feb. 7, 1935 Eileen married Joe Pokorny at Ord, NE. To this union, ten children were born. Eileen was a housewife who loved her family, flowers, neighbors and friends.  She especially enjoyed tending to her chickens, garden and sweet potatoes. Joe died September 26, 1989.
    Eileen is survived by her children, Richard and Thelma Pokorny of Burwell, NE; Herman and Rose Pokorny of Scotia, NE; Dorothy Dexter of Chambers, NE; Ralph and Diana Pokorny of Quartz Hill, CA, Foster and Toni Pokorny of Kiowa, CO, Elizabeth Little of Omaha, NE; Linda and Randy Homan of Louisville, NE; Dennis and Karen Pokorny, of Bartlett, NE; and Steve and Susan Pokorny of Lander, WY; and a special nephew Steve Collins and Teresa of Elizabethton, TN; Thirty-three grandchildren, seventy great-grandchildren and twenty great great-grandchildren.
    Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, baby daughter, Barbara, grandson, Darrin, parents, brothers, Syrus, Floyd, Albert, Ralph and a sister Florence Hart.

September 28, 2016 Issue

Shawn S. Dowse
U.S. Veteran • Kearney, NE Resident, 44

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    Shawn Steven Dowse, age 44, of Kearney, died Tues., Sept. 13, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident. 
    Shawn was born Nov. 18, 1971 to Ron and Lona (Fay) Dowse. He was raised in Comstock, NE.
    At the age of 26 Shawn finally met the girl he had been searching for. Kristal Schneider had the same sense of humor as he, loved the Huskers and Royals as much as he, and was willing to enter rollerblading marathons with him. He finally proposed after six years together and they married 18 days later in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He was a devoted husband and loved to surprise his wife with gifts he had made with his own hands.
    Shawn knew the importance of education and after six years serving his country in Iraq during Desert Storm, and later in Germany, he left full time service and joined the National Guard. He served four more years and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E5.  He attended college at UNK, and astounded friends and family when he graduated with his Master of Arts in Education degree. 
    In 2011, Shawn took the best job ever as a full time daddy to Rylee Marie.  He devoted the next 5 and ½ years to raising a strong and confident daughter to be adventurous and fearless like her daddy.  He nurtured her love of the outdoors and adventure.  He made sure she knew she could be whatever she wanted to be, but he secretly hoped for a long stint in the LPGA.  He made sure she knew that he loved her “more than golf”. 
    Shawn believed that everyone should have a passion for something and his passion was golf.  He studied the game and played hundreds of rounds. He loved to coach and teach others to golf and believed that golf was a “life” sport that everyone should enjoy. He loved coaching the KCHS boys golf team and after two seasons and a couple trips to state, he was looking forward to many more seasons. 
    His second passion was beatifying his beloved childhood home.  He spent countless hours with his dad, removing trees, rebuilding barns, tearing out fence, and dredging the creek to ensure bountiful fishing for years to come.  
    Shawn is preceded in death by Grandpa Philip and Grandma Eleanor Dowse, and Grandma Lucille Fay.
    Survivors include his wife Kristal and daughter Rylee Dowse, of Kearney; father Ron Dowse and wife Leann of Comstock; mother Lona Dowse of Bertrand; sister Stacie and husband Scott Schwarz of Bertrand, brother Shane Dowse and girlfriend Michelle Fausett of Grand Island; sister Stefanie and husband Brian Trollope of Holdrege; father and mother-in-law Duane and Peg Schneider; brother-in-law Dan Schneider and wife Natalie. He was known as the fun uncle to his nieces and nephews and he was dearly loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
    A party at the farm will be held Oct. 1 for those who knew and loved him.  All are invited to bring their lawn chairs to sit on the bluff he one day planned to build a cabin on, and enjoy the view he worked tirelessly for all to enjoy. The open house will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with military honors at 10:30 a.m. 80560 Oak Grove Road, Comstock, NE.
    Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.  A Go-Fund-Me account has been established to help with funeral expenses and towards a college fund for his daughter Rylee. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.  O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John W. “Jack” Morrow
U.S. Air Force Veteran • Grand Island, NE Resident, 79

    John W. “Jack” Morrow, 79, of Grand Island died Sun., Sept. 25, 2016 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. ­­Friday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. Pastor Jim Parker will officiate. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. There will not be any visitation. Flag presentation will be presented by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post #119 of St. Paul. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice for designation at a later date.    
    Mr. Morrow was born Feb. 6, 1937 in a sod home near Ericson, NE to John and Monica (Wray) Morrow. He was raised on a farm north of Scotia and attended Scotia Schools where he graduated in 1954.  He was active in high school sports, excelling in football and track. Jack entered the United States Air Force on February 9, 1956.  For much of his time in the service, he was stationed in Germany. He received his discharge on Nov. 24, 1959.
    Jack was united in marriage to Rosemarie Lenz on Nov. 7, 1960 in Smith Center, KS. 
    After returning from his military service, he played guitar in nightclubs with his dad and also played at barn dances. He had his own custom harvesting business located in Elba.  He did custom work in central Nebraska.  Jack also worked for many years in Colorado and Kansas working as a shag driver for various companies.
    He married Anna Fenton on November 3, 1999 in Grand Island. Jack enjoyed reading, fishing, playing horseshoes, playing cards and bowling.  He was a very good bowler and was fortunate to bowl with some professional bowlers.  He loved to dance, especially country western, polka and waltzes. In the past he played on the Horace softball team.
    Survivors include his wife, Anna of Grand Island; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ralph and Nellye Morrow of Arkansas, KS, Tony and Tamy Morrow and Patrick Morrow all of Elba; two step-daughters, Carmen Golden of Grand Island and Crystal Briscoe of LaVista; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and twelve step great-grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Dan and Peggy Morrow of Ashton, Jim and Cheryl Morrow of St. Libory, Bob and Judy Morrow of Norfolk and Jerry Morrow of Grand Island and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Tony Kvetensky of Grand Island and JoAnne Reentz of Fremont.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Donald Kenneth Morrow; a brother, Larry Morrow and a sister, Patricia Morrow.
    Condolences for Jack’s family may be left at www.jacobsengreenway.com. 

September 21, 2016 Issue

Robert “Bob” G. Gadsby
U.S. Army Veteran • Lincoln, NE Resident, 71

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     Robert G. “Bob” Gadsby, 71, died Sept. 13, 2016 in Lincoln, NE. Services were held Sat., Sept. 17 at the Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul and officiated by Reverend Jon Keyser. Carl Mogensen American Legion Post #119 provided Military honors at the graveside. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.
       Robert G. “Bob” Gadsby, son of Tracy and Loretta Gadsby, was born Oct. 6, 1944 in South Dakota  Bob served in the United States Army from 1966 until 1974 in the Vietnam War as a door gunner.  He spent time during his service in Germany.
       He was united in marriage to Mary Purcell on June 8, 1977 in Aurora, OR.
       Bob spent most of his working life as a truck driver across the United States.  He earned numerous safe driving awards.
       Survivors include a son, Robert Gadsby and Tina Gibson-Gadsby and her children of Lincoln; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Joseph Eastwood of San Antonio, TX; several grandchildren who were especially close to Bob; two great-grandchildren, a brother, Ronald Gadsby; sisters, Donna Gadsby, Pat Sharp, Linde Kornaza and Sharon Hamer; and many friends.
       He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; a brother and sister.

​Lana K. Hollertz
Holdrege, NE Resident, 62

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       Celebration of Life Services for Lana K. Hollertz will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, NE on Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege at a later date. A memorial has been established in Lana’s honor and will be designated at a later date. Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com. Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.
       Lana Kay Hollertz, 62 years of age, of rural Holdrege, passed away on Sun., Sept. 18, 2016 at her home south of Holdrege surrounded by her family, following a 16-month battle with Cholangiocarcinoma. Lana was born May 6, 1954 in Ord, NE, the third of five children born to John Wilson and Berdena Euphemia (Otto) Hamer.  She attended North Loup-Scotia Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1972. She then pursued higher education at the Central Technical Community College in Hastings, Nebraska, where she met the love of her life.
     On July 6, 1974 she was united in marriage to Allan LaMonte Hollertz at her parent’s home at North Loup, NE. To this union four daughters were born:  Lexie Anne, Lacie Allyn, Afton Laine and Audra Laurel.  They made their initial home in Holdrege, and later moved to Allan’s family farm south of Holdrege, in rural Harlan County.  She was a homemaker and stay-at-home Mom.  Through the years, she was employed by the City of Holdrege, Bee Office Supply, Hinky Dinky and then 18 years at Sun Mart grocery.  She enjoyed serving as a 4-H Club leader, Camp Fire Leader and president of the local Camp Fire chapter.  She kept busy attending all sporting events and activities for her daughters and grandchildren.  Lana also enjoyed sewing and crafting, baking, decorating for the seasons, board games and jig saw puzzles, collecting dolls and figurines in sets of four.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
     She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Holdrege.
     Lana was preceded in death by her father, John W. Hamer; mother, Berdena (Otto) Hamer; and her brother, Gregory Hamer.
     She leaves to celebrate her life: her loving husband of 42 years, Allan Hollertz of rural Holdrege; her four daughters: Lexie Frahm and her husband, Shane of Gretna, NE, Lacie Westcott and her husband, Shane of Holdrege, Afton Hollertz Titus and her husband, Ted of Holdrege and Audra Peterson and her husband, Michael of Funk, NE; six grandchildren; her siblings:  Russell Hamer and his wife, Sharyl of Gering, NE, Jill Barnes and her husband, Russ of Ord, NE and Gary Hamer and his wife, Gaylene of Lincoln, NE; step-mother, Opal Hamer of Hastings, NE; father-in-law and mother-in-law: LaMonte and JoAnn Hollertz of Elm Creek, NE; and many extended family and friends.

Norma J. Miska
Ord, NE Resident, 86

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​       Norma J. Miska, 86, of Ord passed away on Mon., Sept.12, 2016, at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral Services were held Fri., Sept. 16, 2016, at the Ord Christian Church. Mark Durre and Pastor Doug Durre officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice to be designated at a later date. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
       Norma June was born July 5, 1930, at North Loup, NE, to Clarence and Esther (Jensen) Manchester. She was raised in the Ord area and graduated from Ord High School in 1949. On Feb. 2, 1944, she was baptized at the Ord Christian Church.
       Following high school, Norma resided in Ord and began dating Joe Lee Miska. Two years later, the couple was united in marriage on March 5, 1951, at Ord, Nebraska.
       Joe and Norma first lived on the family farm with Joe’s parents, Frank and Pearl until Joe was called to serve in the Army. While Joe was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri Norma accompanied him until he was deployed to Korea. Norma then returned to Ord to live with her two aunts, Mary and Hannah Jensen.
       When Joe, the love of her life returned from Korea they made their home on the Miska farmstead north of Ord for 64 years where they farmed and raised their family of five.
       Norma was a homemaker and farm wife. She cooked many meals for the farm help and had various babysitting jobs. She also worked on the switchboard for the Ord Telephone Co., J&R Consignment for seven years, and part-time at the Attic for five years.
       She was a lifetime member of the Ord Christian Church; Happy Circle for 51 years; the last surviving charter member of TOPS; and lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. Her favorite times were family gatherings and spending time with grandkids. Norma will be remembered for her helping and giving nature. She had a charming personality and never held a grudge.  She was a friend to everyone.
       Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Joe of rural Ord; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Franklin of Kearney, Darrel and Patti of Minden and Dean of Ord; two daughters and a son-in-law, JoAnne Jensen of North Loup and Susan and Jerry Owen of Chambers; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren; one brother, Dale Manchester of Ord and two special friends, Lisa Woitalewicz and Honey Lou Fauss both of Ord.
       She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Lyle and Richard Manchester; and a son-in-law, Jim Drapal.

September 14, 2016 Issue

George K. Cetak
U.S. Marine Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 92

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​    George K. Cetak, 92, of Ord passed away on Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Mr. Cetak’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, at the Ord Christian Church with Pastor Doug Durre officiating. Inurnment and military honors will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Christian Church, Valley County Health System or Grandview Assisted Living Center. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    George was born June 18, 1924, near Ord, the seventh child of Czech immigrants Joseph and Mary (Smerda) Cetak. In 1943, he graduated from Ord High School where he had lettered in football and track. Immediately following graduation, George enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed on the USS Enterprise for six months, serving as a flag Marine on the Admiral’s staff. During the war, George earned four battle stars and participated in eight engagements including occupation of the island of Peleliu, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war for the U.S. Marines. George entered the Marines as a private, was promoted to private first class and was a corporal when he was honorably discharged in December 1945. 
    After returning from the war, George lived in the Seattle area with his sister Zola until February 1946, when he returned to Ord. He married his high school sweetheart and neighbor, Marie Rohla on June 13, 1948. After renting several homes, George built a house on the southeast edge of Ord where he also started a small mink ranch. He worked for the Ord Ice Co., and for builder Ernie Horner. Horner trained him in home building and, after two years, George started Cetak Construction. He and his crew built several dozen homes in the Ord area from the mid 1950s until 1978. As the mink ranch grew, George and Marie eventually moved the operation about one mile west of Ord, where it continued until 1985. George earned several awards for his furs at Midwest mink shows.
    George was baptized as an infant in the Presbyterian Church, and was baptized as an adult in the Ord Christian Church on June 12, 1955. He served as an elder or deacon in the church consistently between 1955 and 1998.  
    Survivors include daughter, Georgene (Brian) Lahm of Omaha, NE; son, Brian (Lori) Cetak of Casper, WY; sister, Zola McFeely of Yelm, WA; one grandson; two granddaughters; long-time friend, Caroline Mentzer of Ord, and her children, Sharon (Bob) Brown of North Platte, NE, and Bryan Mentzer of Ord.
    George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; brothers, Joe, Jim, Charlie and Eldon “Buck” Cetak; sister, Mary Abbott; and an infant sister, Anna.

September 7, 2016 Issue

Aza Dehart
Ord, NE Resident, 74

    Aza Dehart, 74, of Ord, NE, formerly of Burwell, NE, died at her home on Aug. 30, 2016.
    Funeral services were held Sat., Sept. 3, 2016 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Del Unruh officiated. Memorials are suggested to the family.
    Aza was born July 5, 1942 in Pippa Passes, KY to Thomas and Connie (Slone) Jacobs.  She attended school in Kentucky and helped raised her younger siblings.
    Aza married Jimmie Dehart, Sr. on Sept. 17, 1960 in Knott County, KY. They then moved to Burwell. Jimmie died on Jan.11, 1990.  Aza then moved to Ord in the early 1990’s.
    Aza enjoyed cooking, gardening, the outdoors, flowers, canning and especially her grandchildren. She also loved to joke and tease people.  She was also active in Baptist Churches throughout her life.
    Aza is survived by five children; Connie and Homer Young of Ord, NE, Kathy Dehart of Ord, NE, Jimmie Dehart, Jr., of Ord, NE, Danny and Mary Dehart of Ord, NE, and Billy and Rachael Dehart of Valentine, NE;  twenty-nine grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Earl and Candi Jacobs of Littcarr, KY, Sheldon and Nella Jacobs of Pippa Passes, KY; and Pervis and Deb Jacobs of Littcarr, KY; Five sisters, Cloia Barnes of Ohio, Flora Johnson of Salyersville, KY, Eleanor and Harry Hilton of Ohio, Lydia and Dewayne Jordan of Ohio and Linda Eastland of Pippa Passes, KY.
    Aza was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two siblings, Chalmer Jacobs and Frona Stewart, a granddaughter, Lacie Young and an infant great-granddaughter, baby Dehart.

Harlan G. Hamer
Pace, FL Resident, 69

    Harlan Gene Hamer, 69, died peacefully on Sept. 1, 2016 at his home in Pace, FL, after a long battle with cancer. He was comforted in passing by his beloved wife, Leilani Gill-Hamer (“Lani”). 
    Lani and Harlan were married on Nov. 8, 2008 and enjoyed their short time together traveling the world, hosting and visiting family and friends, and welcoming new grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
    Harlan was the oldest of three boys born to Orvil and Faye (Cargill) Hamer of Scotia, NE, on May 23, 1947.     A memorial service will be held at Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia, Nebraska on Sept. 17, 2016 at 10 a.m.. Lunch will follow.  
    Harlan graduated from Nebraska Christian High School in 1965 and attended both Grace College of the Bible and the University of Nebraska. As a young man Harlan earned the reputation for being a free spirit driven by a strong sense of values and an enjoyment of life. He lived up to that reputation throughout all his years and reveled in the enjoyment of many friends and family – far too many to name. Harlan was successful in business working his way from a truck driver at Herman Brothers (now Transwood) in Omaha to CEO of Santee Carriers in South Carolina. His heart and his head, however, always remained in the Loup River Valley and that will be his earthly body’s final resting place. Harlan loved where he came from and talked warmly of the farm, and that there really is no place like Nebraska. He proudly displayed his ‘Huskers flag in the lands of Sooners, Gophers, Gamecocks, Gators and Seminoles. Harlan also loved spending time on the water and you could often find him proselytizing on life at the stern of his boat.         
    Harlan is survived by his wife, Leilani, his brother, Bill (Judy) Hamer of Scotia and his sister-in-law, Kathy Hamer of Juniata; four children: Kellie Hamer of Nashville, TN, Melissa Lurz-Hamer and Angela Seim of Atlantic, IA, and Ted (Kristen) Hamer of Chicago, IL; two step children: Martin (Kris) Gill of Pace, FL and Monica (Greg) Fowler of Pensacola, FL; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    He is preceded in death by both his parents and his brother, Warren Hamer. 

Emily J. Michalski
Kearney, NE Resident, 68

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​     Emily J. Michalski, 68, of Kearney, died Tues., Aug. 30, 2016 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital.  A Memorial service was held Fri., Sept. 2, 2016 at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home. There was no visitation. To honor her wish, Mrs. Michalski was cremated. 
    Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Center, or the Fraternal Order of Police. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
     Em was born Nov. 20, 1947 in Ord, NE, to Adolph and Virginia (Chalupa) Urbanovsky.  She was a 1965 graduate of Ord High School and later attended the Lincoln School of Commerce.  On June 4, 1966, Em was united in marriage to Terry Michalski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elyria, NE. Em worked as an administrative assistant for several businesses, including the Kearney Hub, Kearney Catholic High School and Herberger’s.  She also worked at the Nebraska State Capitol and as a typesetter for the Arnold Newspaper. 
    Em enjoyed doing many arts and crafts projects.  Most of all, she cherished baking, playing games and going on walks with her grandchildren. 
    Survivors include her husband, Terry Michalski of Kearney; daughters Heidi Nutter and husband, Jon of Kearney, Michelle Michalski of Denver, CO; son, Nicholas Michalski and wife, Sara of Colorado Springs, CO; six granddaughters; sister, Kathy Janda and husband, Dick of Lincoln; brothers Dennis Urbanovsky and wife, Pat of Ord and Mike Urbanovsky and wife, Shannon of Lincoln; as well as several nieces and nephews. 
     Em was preceded in death by her parents and niece, Jenny Janda.

Irene V. Van Winkle
Former Burwell Resident, 83

    Irene Virginia Van Winkle, 83, of Bellevue, NE, formerly of Burwell, died at her home on Aug. 20, 2016.
    Funeral services were Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Dennis Davenport officiated. Visitation was Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Irene’s wishes for memorials were to support your local church by “doubling-up” your weekly offering next Sunday or making a contribution to an organization that supports childrens’ education.
    Irene was born Feb. 25, 1933 in Howard County to James and Margaret (Walkowiak) Svoboda, Sr. She graduated from Ord High School in 1950.  After graduation she taught in country schools.  On Oct. 18, 1953 she married Jerry Van Winkle. They moved to Colorado where she worked for Frontier Airlines.  In 1957 they moved to Long Pine, NE, where they worked on a ranch for a couple of years, before moving to Ord, where she taught at country schools. They then moved to Kearney, NE, where Irene taught at Amherst. While in Kearney, she received her degree from Kearney State College. They moved to Bridgeport in 1966 where she taught until 1973, when Jerry’s job took them to Central City. She taught one year at Hampton and then in Central City for 21 years. She retired in 1995 after a 41-year career. During this time, she received her Masters Degree from Wayne State College.  Irene was passionate about teaching and cared greatly about her students.  She enjoyed following her students even after they left her classroom. Throughout her teaching career, she served on many NSEA committees to further school curriculum and education of children.  
    She moved to Omaha in 1997 to be closer to her children and Jerry moved to the Omaha VA Nursing Home.  Jerry died on Jan. 7, 1998. She moved back to Burwell in 2005 to care for her parents.  After her parents’ death, she maintained her home in Burwell until her health started to fail.  She was hospitalized in December 2015 and shortly thereafter moved to Bellevue to be near her children.
    Irene is survived by two children, Doug and Adrienne Van Winkle of Omaha, NE, and Lisa and Tracy Hilder of Red Oak, IA; Five grandsons; three great-grandchildren; nine siblings, Jim and Marilyn Svoboda of Ord, NE, Dale Svoboda of Burwell, NE, Margie Mayberry of Normal, IL, Jeanie and Lyle Lemmer of Atkinson, NE, Toots and Buzz Tollman of Marsland, NE, Kathaleen Mead of Burwell, NE, Marylyn and Dave Scharton of St. Paul, NE, Alan and Linda Svoboda of Holdrege, NE and Linda and Gene Thoene of Burwell, NE; Brother-in-law Gene and Karen Van Winkle, Vancleve, MS, and Sister-in-law Pat Van Winkle of Ord, NE.
    Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry and a brother, Tony.

August 31, 2016 Issue

F. Donald Kapps, MD
North Oaks, MN Resident, 78

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​    F. Donald Kapps, 78, of North Oaks, MN, died July 6, surrounded by his family after a courageous five month battle with Lymphoma. Mass of the Christian Burial was held July 16, 2016 at St. Odelia Catholic Church, Shoreview, MN.
    F. Donald was born and raised in Ord, NE and returned often to visit his parents, Frank and Sally Kapustka. 
    A state HS championship football player, he accepted a scholarship to play football at the University of Nebraska. After a knee injury ended his football career, he transferred to Creighton University where he earned his bachelor and medical degrees.
    His loving companion through his journey was his wife of 53 years, Nancy. 
    Parenthood was a responsibility they greeted with enthusiasm when their daughter, Christine, arrived just a year into their marriage. Their son, Michael, arrived just several years later. He settled in St. Paul, MN after his service as Chief of Pathology at Offutt Air Force Base Hospital during the Vietnam War. 
    He immersed himself in the challenges of his career entering the practice of pathology at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital. Subsequently, he joined Hospital Pathology Associates (HPA) where his practice included Mercy, Unity, United (St. Paul) & Abbott NW Hospitals. He served as Chief of Staff & Chief of Pathology at Mercy, Chief of Pathology at United, & President of the MN Society of Pathologists as well as President of his HPA group. He served as a delegate for many years to the national College of American Pathology. (CAP.)
    Beyond professional accomplishment, Don immersed himself in the joy of his many pastimes. He was nothing if not musically inclined. His trumpet serenades at veteran funerals & hours at the piano keyboard brought him peace & relaxation. He studied & devoured the great Operas & became a devoted patron of the Symphonic arts. 
    In his later years, Don took on one of his most  cherished roles as grandfather, “Papa” to his five grandchildren.     
    He is survived by his wife Nancy, his two children Christine  (Steven) Oaks, Michael (Victoria) FritzKapps, five grandchildren, and sister, Joan (John) Fangman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Sally, and his sister Marilyn Peterson.

Garey K. Nagel
Arcadia, NE Resident, 81

    Garey K. Nagel, 81, of Arcadia, NE, died Mon., Aug. 22 at his home near Arcadia.
    Garey was born April 16, 1935, to Mae “Bunny” (Frank) and Wilfred “Bill” Nagel in Omaha, NE.
    Garey grew up in Custer County on a farm west of Arcadia, where he attended a small country school. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1952. Later, he moved to Colorado and worked for Clover Club Co. On a blind date he met and soon married Gwen Fleury. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary Jan. 7. After they got married, they moved back to Nebraska and took over the family farm.
    Garey enjoyed camping, traveling, pinochle, family and friends. Some of his happiest moments were spent with his grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Bunny; and his son, Robb Ray Nagel.
    He is survived by his wife, Gwen; daughter, Anessia “Buffy”; son-in-law, John; grandsons, Alex, Lance and Shane; and granddaughter, Rhyan.
    Garey requested no funeral services and a private memorial service with family. Memorials are suggested to the family. Iverson Memorial Chapel of Broken Bow assisted the family.

Evelyn G. Rose
Julesburg, CO Resident, 96

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    Evelyn G. Rose, 96, of Julesburg, CO passed away Tues., Aug. 23, 2016 in Julesburg. Memorial services were held Mon., Aug. 29, 2016 at the United Methodist Church of Julesburg with Pastor Art Roth officiating. Inurnment followed at Hillside Cemetery.  
    Evelyn G. (Johnson) Rose was born Aug. 27, 1919 in Ord, NE, to Glenn and Frankie (Moody) Johnson. She graduated high school in Ord, NE with the class of 1937.  On March 29, 1939 she married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Rose. They made their home in Ord, NE until 1947 when they relocated to Burwell, NE, to raise their four children, Connie, Ronnie, Gordon, and Nancy.
    Evelyn began her college education at Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, NE, and with their move to Casper, WY in 1959 continued at Casper College.  In 1961 they once again found their new home in Loveland, CO, where she completed her BA degree in education at Greeley, CO, from Colorado State College, now UNC. 
    The next 20 years she dedicated her life to not only teaching in the public school system but spent endless hours with her own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  In 2015, she was blessed to be called great-great grandma with the birth of Caitlyn Rose Carman. 
    Evelyn could always be found in her kitchen baking or cooking. Her love of the outdoors found her in the flowers, or golfing.  She was an accomplished quilter and seamstress. Many of her crocheted afghans are found with family, friends, and church.  She seemed talented in whatever she did and it is impossible to name them all.
    Retirement time for Evelyn and Ron brought them to Julesburg, CO, where their daughter Nancy and family resided.  From there, they enjoyed going to Brownsville, TX in the winters.  After losing Ron in 1984, she continued to travel and spend fulfilling time with the families.
    Evelyn is survived by her brother, Wayne Johnson of Patterson, CA, daughter, Connie Cole of Goodland, KS, son, Ron Rose and wife, Kathy of Loveland, CO, daughter Nancy Rademacher and husband Jerry of Julesburg, CO, 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald R. Rose, son Gordon M. Rose, son-in-law G. Allan Cole, son-in-law Terry L. Lanckriet, brothers Rolland Johnson, Don Johnson, Bill Johnson, and Darrell Johnson, and sisters Dorothy Osentowski and Irene Meese.
    Memorials can be made in Evelyn’s name to the Goodland Youth Feed My Starving Children or the Julesburg United Methodist Church c/o Nancy Rademacher 420 Nebraska Rd 187, Julesburg, CO 80737.  Austin-Tennant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kip Thompson
Burwell, NE Resident, 63

    Kip Thompson, 63, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 20, 2016 at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Cremation was chosen. A memorial service was held on Sat., August 27, 2016 at the First Christian Church in Burwell.  Pastor JB Sikes and Pastor Marty Robbins will officiated. Inurnment was in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Calamus Golf Course or cancer research.
    Kip was born in Burwell on February 13, 1953 to Lowell and Zenn Thompson.  He attended Elementary and High School at Burwell, graduating in 1971.  He was active in high school sports, playing football, basketball and baseball in the summer.  After graduation, he lived and worked in California for a time; he also lived and worked in Lincoln, and Grand Island before settling in Burwell, where he worked various jobs.  The last sixteen years he was employed by Jeffres Sand and Gravel.  He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for boys’ basketball at Taylor and Burwell.  He enjoyed working with young people and he especially enjoyed his nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  Kip was an avid golfer and a member of the Calamus Golf Course where he enjoyed playing.  He also, thoroughly enjoyed the game of Texas Hold’em Poker, which he played whenever he could.
    Kip was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Zenn Thompson.  Left to mourn his passing are the many friends he has made throughout his lifetime; aunts, uncles and cousins; his sister Jenette Lindsey and her husband Don, his brother, Myron Thompson and his wife Roxanne, three nephews, three nieces, ten great-nieces and eight great-nephews.

August 24, 2016 Issue

Wilma Freeman
Burwell, NE Resident, 85

    Wilma Freeman, 85, of Burwell, NE, passed away Aug. 10, 2016 at Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. 
    Wilma was born on March 14, 1931, the second daughter of John & Julia (Bower) Lola in Comstock, NE. She went to District 29 in Valley County and graduated from Burwell High School in 1948. 
    On Nov. 25, 1950 she was united in marriage to Delbert L Freeman in Burwell. To this union there were nine children born. 
    She lived most of her married life on a farm outside of Burwell except for the short time they were in California and two years by Merriman, NE. She moved into town shortly after the death of her husband in 1986. 
    Wilma worked at Jack & Jill grocery store for a number of years, Burwell Elementary School, the County Library and the Burwell Housing Authority for the Green Thumb program, later called Experience Works. She belonged to the American Legion and was a lifetime member of the Ord VFW Auxiliary # 7029. She loved going to auctions and finding treasures and bottles of which she had an extensive collection.
    Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jesse Jon, son-in-law Dale Baldwin, a brother Richard Lola, and sister and brother-in-law Matilda and Eddie Nedbalek. 
    Wilma is survived by children; Carol (Larry) Philbrick of Ord, NE, Pauline Baldwin of Ord, NE, Mark (Darlene) Freeman of Burwell, NE, Lenette (Arleigh) Bennett of Como, CO, Delbert Jr. “Jude” (Carol) Freeman of Oakdale, NE, Laura (Cecil) Penny of Osmond, NE, Leanna Everhart of Ord, NE, and Shelley (Gerry) Sheets of Sargent, NE, 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Tom Rowse of Burwell, NE, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
    A memorial visitation was held Fri., Aug. 12, 2016 at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Burwell Fire Department. 

Hattie E. Osentowski
Ord, NE Resident 97

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​    Hattie E. Osentowski, 97, of Ord passed away on Thurs., Aug. 18, 2016, at the Valley County System Hospital in Ord.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held Tues., Aug. 23, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Mark Maresh officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Ord and Sacred Catholic Church of Burwell. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Hattie was born June 10, 1919, to Frank and Emma (Hejsek) Bartos on the family farm east of Elyria in Garfield County, Nebraska. She was raised on the farm and received her education at Pleasant View District #20 Country School.
    As a young lady, Hattie worked in Burwell for Dr. Cram. While attending a dance she met Max Osentowski. The couple was united in marriage on Oct. 8, 1940, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elyria, NE. They made their home on the farm west of Elyria where they farmed and fed cattle. In 1974, they retired and moved into Ord. 
    Mr. Osentowski passed away on Oct. 18, 1981. Hattie remained in Ord and moved to Grandview Assisted Living in 2010.
    Hattie was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She enjoyed polka music, cooking, and quilting. Hattie loved the outdoors, working in the yard, flowers; and fishing and camping.
    Survivors include four sons; Larry and Karen of Oklahoma City, OK, Ron and Doris of Tahlequah, OK, Gary and Leslie of Ord and Gaylen and Marty of Whitman, NE; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max; one brother, Eddie; and three sisters, Libby, Alice and Bethene. 

Dolores A. Stethem
Ord, NE Resident, 82

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​    Dolores A. Stethem, 82, of Ord passed away on Thurs., Aug. 18, 2016, at Grandview Assisted Living Center in Ord.
    Funeral Services were held Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Scott Hausrath officiated. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Cottonwood Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Ord Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Dolores and Roger Stethem. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Dolores Aileen was born Jan. 27, 1934, at Patricia, SD, to Edward and Aileen (Nelson) Petrik. She was raised at Patricia and received her education at Martin, SD. 
    On Dec. 15, 1949, Dolores was united in marriage to Glenn Stethem at Rapid City, SD. To this union four children were born. 
    The couple lived in South Dakota until 1952, when they moved to Hyannis, NE. In the early 1960’s they settled in Ord, first living on a farm north of Ord and then into Ord in 1967.
    While living in Ord, Dolores worked as a clerk at Absalon’s Variety, Gambles, Jack and Jill, Carson’s IGA and Cetak’s Market. She also helped at the Ord Bowling Alley.
    Dolores enjoyed crocheting, knitting, bowling and canning. Her biggest joy was her family.
    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Guy “Rocky” and Julie Stethem of Burwell; two daughters and a son-in-law, Donna Bennett and her significant other, Caroll Schriner both of Hastings; and Deb and Kim Spencer of Las Vegas; a daughter-in-law, Pat Stethem of Ord; one brother, John Petrik of North Platte; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glenn who passed away on March 6, 1993; a son, Roger Stethem; and a son-in-law, Mick Bennett.

August 10, 2016 Issue

Cathy Sich
Former Ord Resident, 60

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    Cathy Sich, 60, formerly of Ord, passed away Sat., Aug. 6, 2016 at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
    Memorial services will be held Fri., Aug. 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Adam Edzards will be the speaker at the services. Memorials may be given to Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Cathy was born Sept. 3, 1955 at Freeport, IL to Glenn and Mary Rita (Stauffer) Ludewig. Cathy grew up in Castro Valley, CA.  She attended Proctor Elementary and Castro Valley High School. Shortly after moving to Fremont, CA, Cathy and a friend decided to take a road trip to Nebraska for a short vacation, little did she know that this would become her home, where she would create her life. Cathy gave birth to four children whom she loved and adored.  
    Cathy worked different jobs throughout her life and always made everyone feel welcome, from her witty comments to her smooth dance moves.  Cathy loved spending time with her family.  She also had a strong love for music and was very creative.
    Cathy later became a Grandma to seven beautiful Grandchildren, whom she loved unconditionally.  She was the definition of what a mother, grandmother and friend should be.  She will be greatly missed.  We love and miss her every day. Good Night and God Bless You.
    Survivors include two daughters, Carrie Dimmitt of Ord and Erin Sich of Elyria; two sons, Micheal Sich of Elyria and Joey Sich of Lincoln; her seven grandchildren; a brother, Richard Ludewig of Ord and a sister, Cindy Franks of Stockton, CA; a niece and two nephews.

Roger B. Owens
Lexington, NE Resident, 78

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​    Roger B. Owens, 78, of Lexington, NE died Fri., July 22, 2016, at his home. Funeral services were held Tues., July 26 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington. Reverend Jose Chavez officiated. Interment was Wed., July 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Arcadia Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or Lexington Community Foundation designated to the Lexington Baseball Association. Rey-nolds-Love Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting reynoldslovefuneralhome.com
    Roger was born Sept. 21, 1937, in Loup City, NE, to Harold and Ruth (Williams) Owens.  He attended grade school in Arcadia until moving to Ord where he graduated from High School.  He then went onto further his education at Kearney State University.
    He was united in marriage to Julie Kowalski on Nov. 20, 1959. They were blessed with three children; Chandra, RoxAnne and Tobin. Roger and Julie lived in Ord where Roger was the Produce Manager of Safeway.  As Manager, they moved from Ord to Hastings and then to Lexington in 1963.  He started the R.B. Owens Insurance Agency in 1968 and became a successful salesman with Continental General Insurance Company. He made and kept many dear friends through the years of selling insurance.
    He loved football, baseball and golf.  Roger was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan and enjoyed attending the College Baseball World Series. Baseball was very important to Roger and, with a group of men in Lexington, he volunteered and helped to rejuvenate the Lexington Youth Baseball Programs.  
    Roger enjoyed spending time with his coffee groups as well as his Friday nightclub.  He liked working in his garden, trees and making sure he kept a beautiful yard.   But most importantly, Roger loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
    Roger leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 57 years, Julie of Lexington, NE; children, Chandra and her husband, Gregg Baumann of Omaha, NE; RoxAnne and her husband Kory Koenig of Papillion, NE; and Tobin and his wife Amy Owens of Lexington, NE; six grandchildren; brother, Harlon Owens of Billings, Montana; sisters, Ruth Suminski and Alma Hruza of Ord, NE.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Brice, sister, Delores, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, a niece and two nephews.  

August 3, 2016 Issue

Delbert L. Drake
U.S. Veteran • Broken Bow, NE Resident, 94

    Delbert L. Drake, 94, died July 23, 2016, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held Wed., July 27 at the Arcadia Methodist Church with Pastor Ray Berry officiating.
    Delbert L. Drake was born on Dec. 23, 1921 at Sumter, NE in Valley County to Earl Fenton Drake and Nora Ellen Miller Drake. Delbert graduated from Arcadia High School in 1941 and worked during the summers of 1940 and 1941 on the railroad in Aurora, NE. On March 14, 1942, he graduated from Lathe training in Kearney, NE.  He then was inducted into the service at Fort Crook, NE on June 12, 1942.  Delbert was selected to attend GMC Midwest Automotive schooling in Sept. 1942 at Bloomington, IL for eight weeks.  On November 2, 1942, Delbert departed for the invasion of Africa with the 87th ordinance.  While in service during WWII, he was in the invasions of Italy, France, and Germany doing maintenance on General Patton’s tanks.  He returned from service with an honorable discharge on the 19th of Sept. in 1945, after serving three and a half years.
     Delbert started farming after returning from the service and rented a quarter section east of Arcadia for one year, while living at home with his parents. On Nov. 1, 1947, he married Betty June Hawley in Litchfield, NE and in March 1948 they set up their own home on the farm five miles west of Arcadia.  In 1952, they moved to a farm in Lee Park, where their four children Linda, Barbara, Jane, and Earl Dean were born.  Delbert farmed numerous farms in Valley, Custer and Sherman counties as well as performed custom work for many local landholders with his special brother-in-law, Jim Hawley by his side.  After farming for 32 years, the decision was made to pick up their home and move it into Arcadia.  They lived there 33 years before retiring to Broken Bow in April 2013.
     Delbert, who was member of the America Legion Post #251 for 70 years and dreamed of having a Veterans Memorial Wall in Arcadia and was able to see his dream fulfilled.
     He is survived by his wife June Drake of Broken Bow, his daughters Linda (Johnnie) Johnson of Berwyn, Barb (Les) Johnson of Bella Vista, AR, Jane Kusek of Arcadia, son Earl Dean (Kathy) Drake of Sargent, NE; also nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one on the way.
     He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Nora, two brothers Louis and Darrell (Dodd), half-brother Merrill Pierce, and half-sister Mona Pierce. 

Ruth E. Johnson
Ord, NE Resident, 92

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​    ​    Ruth E. Johnson, 92, of Ord formerly of Scotia passed away on Sat., July 30, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Living Center at Ord.
    Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia. Pastor Mark Middendorf will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Ruth was born Oct. 21, 1924, at Mondale, IA. On Jan. 23, 1974 she was united in marriage to Morrie Johnson at St. Paul, NE. The couple operated a dairy farm in Scotia and also owned and operated Happy Jack Tavern for seven years. 
    Ruth drove the school bus for North Loup-Scotia Public School for 17 years and also worked at Herm’s Custom Plant. Ruth has made her home at the Valley View Senior Living Center since 2006.
    Ruth enjoyed playing cards, bowling, crocheting and dancing. She liked to watch baseball, basketball and old westerns.
    Survivors of her immediate family include a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Rod Veskerna of Ord; and a son, Kevin Stevens of Scotia; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Morrie Johnson; a son, Calvin “Chip” Stevens Jr.; and a sister, Wanda Nath.

Mary L. Jorgensen
San Diego, CA Resident, 74

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​    Mary L. Jorgensen, 74, died July 17, 2016 after a long battle with COPD, surrounded by her family. A memorial service is scheduled for Noon on Aug. 27, 2016 at the Thibido Community Center, 1150 Lupine Hills Rd. Vista, CA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Downstown, Inc., P.O. Box 128, San Marcos, CA 92079.  
    Mary Louise Jorgensen was born to Evelyn and Axel Jorgensen in Ord, NE, on July 31, 1941. She graduated from Papillion High School in Papillion, NE and attended Dana College in Blair, NE.  Mary began working with adults with developmental disabilities while she was still in college; her passion for working with these individuals lasted a lifetime.
    After moving to California in the mid-seventies, Mary worked for several organizations that served the population of adults with developmental disabilities. In 1985, she established Downstown, Inc. in North County, San Diego. Until her death this year, she remained its Executive Director. Downstown continues to serve 30 live-in residents in six homes in Vista and San Marcos, many of whom have lived at Downstown continuously since its inception.
    Mary is survived by her son, Kaj Jorgensen, her brothers Larry (Sharalee) and Lyle Jorgensen, as well as two nieces and one nephew. She also leaves eight great-nieces and great-nephews, along with her entire Downstown family.

Alice L. Maxson
North Loup, NE Resident, 90

    Alice L. Maxson, age 90, of North Loup, NE, died on Sept. 23, 2015 where she was a resident of Brookefield Park in St. Paul, NE.  Alice was born on May 9, 1925, in Nortonville, KS, the daughter of a carpenter. She attended school there and was an active member of the Nortonville Seventh Day Baptist Church. 
    On Nov. 25, 1956, Alice married George Maxson in Nortonville. The couple made their home in North Loup.  Alice was a homemaker and a helpmate with her husband’s work. They both also served as janitors at the Seventh Day Baptist church.
    Alice enjoyed visiting with her friends, especially their son-like friend, Harold Bose. She loved feeding the squirrels and playing with their dog Goldie.  She also enjoyed gardening, butterflies, and working at North Loup’s annual event, Popcorn Days. 
    Alice is survived by her sister, Wilma Adamson of Pittsburg, KS, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George (July 1996), her parents, and two brothers, Curtis Stephan of Farmington, IL, and Wilmer Stephan of Marion, IA.  Her sister, Julia McCoy of Nortonville, KS, passed a short time after Alice’s death.
    Alice’s ashes will be placed at North Loup’s Hillside Cemetery on Aug. 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Scott Hausrath leading the brief graveside service. 

Lynda Murphy
Wichita, KS Resident, 72

    Lynda Murphy, 72, of Wichita, KS, died Mon., July 25, 2016. Memorial services were held on Thurs., July 28 at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
    Survivors include: husband, Lloyd; daughter, Tracy L. Riedel (Andrew) of Castle Rock, CO; son, Michael L. Murphy of Wichita; sister, Patricia Albert of Wichita; brothers, Gary L. Hawkes of St. Cloud, FL, Dennis D. Hawkes of Grand Island, NE; and two grandchildren.
    Preceded in death by parents, Aleta Inez and Sunshine Clifford Hawkes; sister, Reva Erlene Warford; brothers, Dale E., Robert D., Richard L., and Kerry Bruce Hawkes. 
    In lieu of flowers, memorial established with The ALS Association, 3450 N. Rock Rd., Suite 211, Wichita, KS 67226 (www.alsa.org). The family would like to encourage people to join the Murphy Way ALS Walk Team on Sept.17 at the Waterfront in Wichita. Share tributes online at www.dlwichita.com.

Winona M. Whitney
Kearney, NE Resident

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    Winona M. Whitney, 95, of Kearney, died Thurs., July 28, 2016 at Mother Hull Home.
    Funeral services were held Tues., Aug. 2, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney. The Rev. Alan Davis officiated. Interment was in the Kearney Cemetery. O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or to the family for later designation. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com.
    Winona Maria Whitney was born on June 25, 1921 in Kearney to William N. and Evelyn (Hyatt) Peterson. She grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1939.
    On June 8, 1942 she was united in marriage to Harmon Whitney in Kansas. The couple made their home in Kearney where she continued to live until her death. Winona worked as a secretary for First United Methodist Church for 29 years. After retirement she continued to work for the church in various capacities for over 50 years. Her children will always cherish their memories of the church youth group trips they were able to make with Winona.  In 2008 Winona received the Kearney Freedom Award for Religion.  She also sold advertising for the Kearney Hub and worked at the Kearney Air Base during WWII. Mr. Whitney preceded her in death in May of 1986.
    Mrs. Whitney was a dedicated and active member of the First United Methodist Church and was a member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Sweet Adelines, a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital and a member of the Extension Club for over 50 years. She enjoyed collecting stuffed bears and was affectionately known as “Care Bear” by many friends and family. Winona also loved her pets, especially her Yorkie, “Minnie”.  Throughout her life faith and family continued to be the most important aspects of Winona’s life.
    Winona is survived by her children; Kathy Jensen and husband Terry of North Loup, Diana Clausen of Kearney, Scott Whitney and wife, Sharon of Kearney, and Pat Whitney and wife Valerie of Fremont; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; a brother Bob Peterson of Kearney; a sister, Ramona Dobberstein of Kearney; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harmon; twin infant daughters, Judy and Jacque; two brothers, William and Donald Peterson; and a sister, Rosalie Hollmann.

July 27, 2016 Issue

Larry C. Beitel
Sargent, NE Resident, 67

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​    Larry Curtis Beitel, age 67, of Sargent, passed away July 19, 2016 at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
    Services were held on Sat., July 23, 2016 at the Sargent Community Center. Pastor Don Schauda and Pastor Al Seadore officiated. Burial services followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.
    Larry was born in Scottsbluff, NE, to Clarence E. Beitel and Rose Ida Yost Beitel on Sept. 3, 1948. He attended elementary at Victory Hill Country School and went to high school at Scottsbluff High. Following graduation in 1966, he earned his Bachelors in Education from Kearney State College. He went on to teach and coach at Sargent Public for 16 years, prior to managing Custer Feed Products and Sargent Oil and working as a crop adjuster. Most recently he served as a rural mail carrier. He enjoyed refereeing, coaching, gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and working in his yard. He also volunteered for his granddaughter’s mission, Wells for Haiti, Sargent VFD, and donated blood. He received the Boone and Crocket Award and District Coach of the Year.
    Larry is survived by his beloved wife Sonja Beitel of Sargent, NE; children: Nicole Owens of Aurora, NE, Jeffery Beitel and wife Cindy of Elkhorn, NE, Natalie McCawley and husband Mike of Omaha, NE, Bob Beitel and wife Nancy of Mullen, NE, and 10 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Rose Beitel, and granddaughter, Sydnee Owens.
    Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Hospital in lieu of pediatric cancer research, Sargent Volunteer Fire Department, or Wells for Haiti.

Regina Mary Lech
Ord, NE Resident, 79

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    Regina Mary Lech, 79, of Ord lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Thurs., July 21, 2016, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tues., July 26, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil officiated.  Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family to be designated at a later date. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Regina Mary Lech, the daughter of Edward F. and Laura C. (McFadden) Mark-ey was born Dec. 6, 1936 in Omaha, NE.  Mary attended school and graduated in 1954 from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School (Fremont Bergen) in Fremont. She worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital washing surgical instruments and later worked at Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator.  Mary graduated from Capitol Beauty School in 1960, and worked at Brandeis as a cosmetologist.
    On Aug. 5, 1961, she was united in marriage to Roman John Lech of Elyria, NE, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Omaha. To this union they had five children, James, JoNon “Joni”, Susan “Tricia”, Anne and Sabrina. Roman and Mary made their home in Elyria where they owned and operated a fertilizer business, Elyria Farm Supply and farmed. After her children were grown, Mary kept busy as a dispatcher for Ord Police Department, worked at the Elyria Greenhouse, and drove people to and from medical appointments.  In the summer of 2015, the couple moved into Ord.
    Mary loved her flower garden, quilting, reading, writing, photography, and painting pictures. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was actively involved in many activities including Bible Study, Ever Busy Extension Club, Theasaurean’s Writing Club, and Vissi d’Arte Club.
    Survivors include her husband, Roman of Ord; her children, Jim (Kris) Lech of Elyria, Joni Kusek (Kevin Lieb) of St. Paul, Tricia (Doug) Lawrence of San Francisco, CA, and Anne (Mark) Johnson of Potter; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Everett (Pat) Markey; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Patricia Nilius, Loretta (Tom) Bruce, and Linda Lazer; in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Laura Markey; her daughter, Sabrina Ann, brother, Edward Markey; two sisters, Helen Sanders, and Margaret Hurd; a son-in-law, Charles Kusek; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Lech and Sylvia (Lech) Roberts.   

July 20, 2016 Issue

Donald R. Williamson Sr.
U.S. Navy Veteran • Scottsbluff, NE Resident, 69

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       Donald R. Williamson Sr., 69, of Scottsbluff died July 14, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service was held Tues., July 19, 2016 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Father Mike McDonald officiated. Cremation followed the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Regional West Hospice or to Northern Plains Boxer Rescue (P.O. Box 242, Vermillion, SD 57069) in remembrance of his best friend and late Boxer, Bowzer.  Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com
       Donald was born on June 15, 1947 at Sioux City, IA, to James “Tiny” and Lucille (Bertram) Williamson. He attended Avon High School in South Dakota.  He entered the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and served as a purser on the USS Kitty Hawk. His first wife was Joyce Hagel (Cahoy), and to this union five children were born. Donald later married Michele Holdsworth on June 29, 2012.  Don was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Friend, NE.
       Donald believed his greatest achievements in life were his family. He sacrificed and worked hard to be the best husband, father, and grandfather that he could be. Donald spent countless hours and many sleepless nights traveling to always be there for his children when they were young. He was affectionately known by his grandchildren as “Grandpa Bowzer”.   
       Donald is survived by his wife, Michele Williamson of Friend, NE; son Don Williamson Jr. (Nicole) of Columbia, SC and their son Andrew; daughter Courtney Johnson (Andrew) of Scottsbluff, NE; daughter Torri Haytack (Bryan) of Brea, CA and their sons Max, Jack, and Sam; daughter Katrina Gonzales (Tim) of Scottsbluff and their children Addison and Aaden; son Dominic Cahoy-Williamson (Lindsay) of Indianapolis, IN and their children Dawson, Ashton, Kiaya, and expectant baby girl; mother Lucille Williamson of Sioux Falls, SD; brother Doug Williamson of Sioux Falls, SD; brother Jim Williamson of Luverne, MN; sister Bonnie Teigh of Winner, SD; sister Barb Holmberg of Golden, MO; and four step-grandchildren.
       He is preceded into death by Father James “Tiny” Williamson and his best friend and loyal dog Bowzer.

July 13, 2016 Issue

Gerald D. Barnt
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 95

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​    Gerald D. Barnt, 95, of Ord passed away Sun., July 10, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord.
    Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Fri., July 15, 2016, at the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38 Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Gerald Duane was born Dec. 6, 1921, at Randolph, NE to Grover C. and Rose (DeAmato) Barnt.  At the age of 10, the family moved to California and he graduated from Alhambra High School in 1940. From 1942 until 1945, Gerald served in the United States Army Air Corps. During World War II he was a B-17 ball turret gunner on the Flying Fortress Little Savage. Gerald was a war hero, flying 38 bombing missions while stationed in England. 
    On Nov. 24, 1949, Gerald was united in marriage Shirley Ann Gross at Alhambra, CA. The couple made their home in southern California until 1959, when they moved Oak View and later to Ventura. Gerald worked for Prudential Insurance Company until his retirement in 1987.
    In 1989, they settled in Ord. Shirley passed away on July 19, 1995. Gerald remained in Ord until his passing. 
    He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and #306 Bomb Squadron Association. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid Husker Football Fan. Gerald loved his dogs and horses, especially the Pitzer Ranch bred mares. He was very proud to live in Ord where he enjoyed the “good life”.
    Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Chuck Kokes of Ord; Doreen and Dennis Everett of Abilene, KS, and Barbara Kohn of Wyoming; one brother, Robert Barnt of California; one sister, FloDel Startz of California; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; and one granddaughter, Royal Kokes; a great-grandson, Callan Kokes; a brother David Barnt; and a sister, Virginia Hutchinson. 

John Durand 
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 97

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​    John Durand, 97, died Sat., July 9, 2016, while residing at the Valley View Senior Living Center at Ord.
    Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thurs., July 14, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father John Kakkuzhiyil will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Valley County Health System Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    John was born July 4, 1919, on the family dairy farm in New Iberia, LA to Marie Euphemon “Mannie” and Marie Edith (LaSalle) Durand. He graduated high school in 1937 and joined his older brothers in the Louisiana oil fields working for Texaco. John joined the Army on Dec. 22, 1942 and served as a Warrant Officer and Staff Sergeant.
    John met and married Gertrude Suminski in Omaha on Oct. 6, 1943. John returned to the war and Gertie returned to Ord to give birth to their first daughter, Kathleen in 1945. The young family moved to New Iberia, LA, in 1946, where they were joined by daughter, Joyce. In 1949, they returned to Nebraska and later to the Suminski family farm and welcomed daughter, Phillis in 1950, son, Ken in 1951, and daughter, Janet in 1956. He never stopped missing his home state as he raised his family, and spoke of Louisiana often in his final days.
    John loved working with horses and mules, gardening on a grand scale, and was always happy to make his family’s favorite gumbo and share stories of his southern roots and Louisiana. He was a member of the District 8 School Board, Knights of Columbus, VFW, Elks and the parish in Elyria.
    John and Gertie remained on the family farm until 1998, when they moved to Ord. The couple enjoyed their retirement and would move again in 2011, to the Grandview Living Center where John loved to watch RFDTV, Braves baseball, Husker football and reminisce with old friends.
    His survivors include, half-brother George Alleman of New Iberia and his children and their spouses, Kathleen and Gaylord Boilesen of Ord, Joyce and Jack Likens of Walker, MN, Phillis and Steve McNeill of Santa Fe, NM, Ken and Chris Durand of Grand Island, NE and Janet and Gary Grace of Waverley, IA; grandchildren and their spouses, Dorothy and Jeff Boilesen of Ord, Julie Boilesen of Atlanta, GA., Tina and Tony Likens of Longville, MN., Dana (Likens) and Tony Abel of Albertville, MN., Jennifer (Durand) and Marc Caro of Tucson, AZ., Mathew McNeill of Scottsdale, AZ., Daniel McNeill of Mount Airy, MD, Benjamin Grace and Carol Haywood of Los Angeles, CA., Nathan McNeill of Tempe, AZ., Samuel Grace of Minneapolis, MN, Brad Durand of Grand Island, NE, and Katie Durand of Grand Island, NE; great-grandchildren, Steve Rowse of Ord, Cindy (Rowse) Beach of Malcolm, NE, Dakota Likens of Longville, Minn., Hanna Abel of Albertville, MN., Anna Likens of Longville, MN., Brett Abel of Albertville, MN., and Alex Abel of Albertville, MN.; and great-great-grandchildren, Brooke and Colton Rowse of Ord, and Dillon and Lillie Beach of Malcolm, NE.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude, her parents, Euphemon and Marie Edith, his brothers Valery, Roy and Carl, his sister Ivy, half-brother Richard Alleman and his grandsons, Jason McNeill and Joshua Durand.

Leonard R. Holzinger
Grand Island, NE Resident, 79

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​    Leonard R. Holzinger, 79, of Grand Island passed away on Sat., July 9, 2016, at the Kearney Regional Medical Center.
    Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wed, July 13, 2016, at the Cairo Community Center in Cairo, NE. Pastor Darrell Holzinger will officiate. Graveside Services will be at 2 p.m. in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Leonard Ray was born Nov. 12, 1936, to Joseph and Francis (Hlavinka) Holzinger on a farm northeast of Ord. He was raised on the farm and received his education at Plain Valley Country School. 
On August 20, 1958, Leonard was united in marriage to Eleanore Rice at St. Paul, NE. Leonard helped his father on the farm until he went to work at the Philips 66 Station in Ord. He farmed for Stan Johnson before going to work at the Ord Cheese Factory in 1961. In 1967, Leonard had his own milk route. 
    In 1969, the couple moved to Loup City and Leonard worked at the 66 Station and later at Leonard Equipment. In 1981, they moved to Kearney where he was employed at Kearney Implement and then began working at the University of Nebraska at Kearney managing the fleet of vehicles. They moved to Litchfield in 1995, and Leonard retired from the University in 2002. He returned to work at Howard Hay Company in Litchfield until he fully retired in June of 2012. The couple has made their home in Grand Island since 2013.
    Leonard enjoyed gardening, playing cards and games. He was a rodeo fan and enjoyed going to concerts, especially bluegrass concerts.
    He is survived by his wife, Eleanore of Grand Island; a son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Annette Holzinger of Grand Island; two grandchildren, Darren and Jessica Holzinger and Jamie and Teddy Driewer all of Grand Island; two great-grandchildren, Colin and Spencer Driewer; a brother, Leland Holzinger of Lincoln; and a host of relatives and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dawaine Holzinger; and a brother, Jerry Holzinger. 

July 6, 2016 Issue

Irene H. Stanek
Taylor, NE Resident, 87

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    Irene Henrietta Stanek, age 87, of Taylor and formerly of Ord, passed away on June 26, 2016 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Ord. Funeral services were held Sat., July 2, 2016 at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Taylor. Memorials are suggested to: the Irene Stanek Memorial to be used for new playground equipment at the Taylor park. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell was in charge of arrangements.
    Irene Stanek was born Feb. 13, 1929 to Henry and Marie (Valla) Hayek in Ord. She was raised on the family farm a few miles from the Ord city boundary. In May 1946, Irene graduated from Ord High School. By June 1946, Irene had earned her Elementary School Teaching Certificate. She then taught in local rural schools from 1946 through 1951. On Sept. 16, 1950, she married Wesley James Stanek of Burwell. To this union, two sons were born, Steven and David. The couple managed a farm near Taylor until Wesley’s death in May of 1983.
    After Wesley’s death, Irene moved to Taylor where she immersed herself in her flower and vegetable garden, needlework, and especially her day care business. Irene loved spending time with children because she sincerely believed all children were precious.
    Irene is survived by her two sons, Steven and Barbara Stanek of Taylor, NE, and David and Diane Stanek of San Antonio, TX; granddaughters: Angela and Blake Moon of Omaha and Ashley and Hannah Stanek of San Antonio; and her brother, Lumir and Emily Hayek of Ord, NE.
    She was preceded by in death by her parents, Henry and Marie Hayek, husband Wesley, sisters Alice and Reinhart Peters and Mildred and Floyd Slagle, Sr. and brother, Ladd Sindalar.

June 29, 2016 Issue

​Memorial Service For Owens July 9

    Memorial services for Dorothy Owens, 89, will be held July 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Heights Family Funeral Home in Billings, MT. The funeral home is located at 733 West Wicks Lane, Billings, MT.
    Condolences can be sent to Harlon Owens, 1632 Maurine St., Billings, MT 59105-4344.

Florence Bastow
Casper, WY, Resident, 93

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​    Florence (Duda) Bastow, age 93, passed away on Mon., May 23, at Wyoming Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Florence was born Feb. 16, 1923, on the Family Homestead in Ord, NE to Peter J. and Victoria J. (Gregoroski) Duda. She was third of nine children. Florence received her education in Ord, NE in a one room school house, later graduating from Ord High School in 1941. She furthered her education at Casper College.
    Florence was a born and raised devout Polish Catholic. She left home right out of high school “to see the world”, as she referenced it. She moved to Grand Island, NE to work in a bomb factory. She then moved to Cheyenne, WY to work for United Airlines. In Cheyenne she met her future husband, Raymond H. Bastow. On May 1, 1948, they married in Ord, NE. Ray’s job with Mountain Bell brought them to Casper, WY, where they resided permanently. Florence worked in the office at The Bureau of Reclamation. Seven years later they started their family, of which four children were born, Marvin Bastow of Casper, WY/Medellin, Colombia, Ellen (Bastow) Parke (Paul) of Casper, WY, Joan Bastow of Casper, WY/Las Vegas, NV and Dale Bastow (Marlys) of Poway, CA. Florence was a wife and dedicated stay at home mom during the day and a nanny by night. She went to work as a clerk for Walt’s Hobby Center. She then went on to work for Natrona County Memorial Hospital in Casper as an Emergency Room Admittance Clerk. Later, she went to work for The Wyoming Girl Scout Office as a patch coordinator/office receptionist for 14 years, until her retirement.
    Florence was a PTA Mom, a room mother, a school volunteer, a Cub Scout and Camp Fire Assistant, a 4-H Leader, but most of all she was her children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s biggest supporter/fan. She and Ray were very involved with the Elks Club until his death. She then remained a widowed member. She was also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and the YMCA. She was a Charter Member of Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Circle Group. She belonged to St. Anthony’s Church in her later years.
    Florence loved to travel, dance, listen to Big Band and polka music, play cards, go to bingo and casinos, watch baseball, but most of all she loved to be with her family. She loved desserts and was known for her homemade pies. She and Ray were known as the Polka Kings at the Elks Club, in their day.
    She is survived by her two sons Marvin and Dale (Marlys); two daughters Ellen (Paul) Parke and Joan; Grandchildren Jennifer (Joe) Wistisen, Todd (Ashley) Parke, Brian (Lindsey) Parke, Brit and Grant Bastow, Kindra Vogel/Bielefeld (Marcus); eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, James, Raymond and Peter Edward Duda; a sister/best friend Berniece Fiala; her travel and church best friend Dycke Sevcik; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends Shirley Gras and Bonnie Agress. 
    Preceding her in death was her husband, Raymond; parents, Peter and Victoria Duda; both sets of grandparents; in-laws, Harold and Mabel Bastow; her sister’s, Clara Ingebritson, Lorraine Lukesh and Dorothy Sacotte; her brother, John Duda; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws; many aunts and uncles; three nephews and a niece.
    Bustards was in charge of funeral arrangements. A funeral mass was held Sat., June 25 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper. Burial Services were Mon., June 27 at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, WY. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association of Casper or to the donor’s choice.

Grace M. Coufal
North Loup, NE Resident, 66

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​    Grace Marie Coufal, 66, of North Loup passed away on Tues., June 21, 2016, at her home in North Loup.
    A Celebration of Life was held Fri., June 24, 2016, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze and Reverend Trever Rook officiated. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Memorials are suggested to the Family or the Loup Valley Veterans Park. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Grace Marie was born March 18, 1950, to Jesse and Carrie (Jensen) Whiting at Ord, NE. She was raised in the Davis Creek area where she attended Union Ridge School and graduated from North Loup High School in 1969.
    On Sept. 2, 1967, Grace was united in marriage to Russell Coufal at the Cotesfield Methodist Church.
    The couple lived in St. Paul where Grace worked at various jobs. In 1987, they moved to the farm east of Scotia. Following the death of Russell in 2002, Grace moved into Scotia and later to North Loup. She purchased the café in North Loup and operated Grace Marie’s Café until her health forced her to retire in 2007. 
    Grace has made her home in North Loup with her partner, Bob Wondercheck. The couple enjoyed traveling, especially to Texas for Bob’s work. During her retirement, Grace continued to cook and cater around the area. 
    Grace belonged to the Methodist Faith. She was active in the International Harvester Collector Club and had served as President. She was a member of numerous community organizations including the Lions Club, North Loup Community Club, VFW Auxiliary and Scotia Women’s Club. She was a First Responder on the NLS Rescue Unit and the coordinator for the North Loup Junk Jaunt.
    Grace enjoyed gardening, canning, flowers and quilting. Her family was the most important part of her life and she loved spending her time with all of her grandchildren. She will be remembered for helping anyone in need and being an outstanding community member and volunteer.
    Left to cherish her memory are her two sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Ann Coufal of Gretna; and Lynn and Kara Coufal of Ord; her foreign exchange student, Rodrigo Viegas of Brazil; her Partner, Bob Wondercheck of North Loup; 17 grandchildren, Grant, Garrett, Gregory and Garrison Gebhardt, Keithan and Courtney Coufal, Mariah and Seth Kennedy, Dalton, Jordon, Kelsey and Dylynn Coufal, Blake Moderow, Kaitlyn Hoppes, Parker, Izabel and Elanor Coufal; one great-granddaughter, Tenley Malcom; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bob Sevenker of Ord; and four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Floyd Whiting of Afton, WY, Max and Bev Whiting of Billings, MT, Garry and Linda Whiting of Clay Center, and Larry Whiting of North Loup.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell, her daughter, Jeanette Gebhardt and a sister-in-law, Georgia (Mrs. Floyd) Whiting. 

Ernest A. Kapustka
U.S. Marine Veteran • Hastings, NE Resident, 79

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​    Ernest A. Kapustka, 79, of Hastings, passed away Wed., June 22, 2016 at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE. 
    Rosary was Sun., June 26 at Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was held Mon., June 27, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church with Father Caleb La Rue officiating. Burial, with military rites by Hastings Veterans Organizations and U.S. Marine Corps Burial Detail was in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home and Cremation Center was in charge of arrangements.
    Ernest was born Dec. 23, 1936 on a farm west of Elyria, NE to Anton and Eva (Sobon) Kapustka. He graduated from Ord High School in 1955. Ernest served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Sept. 22, 1955 until March 31, 1975. He married Lola Hall on Aug. 17, 1959 in Santa Ana, CA; she preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2013. 
    Ernest retired as a Gunnery Sergeant for the U.S. Marines in 1975. He went on to retire from Metz Bakery and worked part time as an auto mechanic. He was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church.  
    Ernest was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lola; daughter, Eva Curry; granddaughter, Ashley Curry; sons-in-law, C.J. Penner and David Griffin; and sister and brother-in-law, Elinor & Lloyd Zikmund.   
    Survivors include a son, James Kapustka – Hastings, NE; daughters: Lola Griffin, Red Oak, TX; Rebecca Wilson, Scottsbluff, NE; Mary Kapustka, Hastings, NE; Carol Kapustka, Lafayette, CO; Thirteen grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; Sisters: Carol (Nelson) Ozenberger, Corpus Christi, TX; Liz Kapustka, Corvallis, OR; Brothers: Father Gerald Kapustka, O.M.I. – Guatemala City, Guatemala; Larry (Susan) Kapustka – Calgary, Alberta, Canada and many beloved Nieces and Ne-phews.

David Palu 
U.S. Army Veteran • Scotia, NE Resident, 83

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​    David Palu, 83, of Scotia passed away Fri., June 24, 2016 at the Community Memorial Health Center at Burwell, NE.
    The family will be having a reception for friends and relatives and a lunch at the Scotia Recreation Center Thurs., June 30, 2016 from 5-8 pm. David’s wishes were to be cremated and inurnment will be in the Mt Hope Cemetery at Scotia at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Family or the Scotia Fire and Rescue Unit.  Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    David was born Feb. 25, 1933 at Loup City, NE to Joseph and Margaret (Kosmicki) Palu.  He was raised at Loup City, attended grade school there and graduated from Loup City High School.
    David then was drafted into the United States Army and served two years in Korea. He returned to Nebraska. On Feb. 11, 1956 he was married to Marilyn McDonald in Lincoln, NE. The couple lived there until moving to Ord in 1960 and later Scotia in 1963.  David was in the trucking business and also worked construction.
    David was a long time member and EMT for the Scotia Fire and Rescue.
    Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Palu of Scotia; children, Vicki Palu of Minneapolis, MN, Monte and Mary Palu of Escondido, CA, Valerie Palu of Wayne, NE and Mitchell Palu of Scotia, NE; grandchildren, Larisa and Scott Lowry, Erin Palu, Devin Palu, Katelyn Palu; great-grandchildren Shayla and Cedrick Lowry and Summer Palu.
    David was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

June 22, 2016 Issue

Jeanette Clement, 97
Chandler, AZ

    Emma Jeanette Clement, 97, died Monday, May 31, 2016 in Chandler, AZ. A memorial service will be held on June 25, 2016.
    Jeanette was born July 18, 1918 in Ord to Otis and Ava (Mayo) Hughes. She attended Ord Schools and graduated from Ord High School in 1936. In June 1938, she married Melvin Clement. They had one son, Charles. 
    Survivors include a granddaughter, Suzanne Lamoreaux and a grandson, Thomas Clement both of Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, and four brothers.  

Leland E. Hurlburt
U.S. Navy Veteran • Arcadia, NE Resident, 91

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    Leland E. “Boots” Hurlburt, 91, of Arcadia passed away on Sat., June 18, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tues., June 28, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Arcadia. Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Mon., June 27, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department or the Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  
    Leland Edward was born March 26, 1925, to Wesley and Lottie (Turvey) Hurlburt in Custer County near Westerville, NE. He was raised on a farm near Arcadia and attended Hillside Country School.  
    In 1945, he entered the United States Navy and served as a 2nd Class Seaman.  As a young man he worked in the sugar beet fields at Scottsbluff, harvested wheat, drove a truck for five years and also drove the bus for Arcadia for five years.
    On Dec. 11, 1948, Leland was united in marriage to Doris Kamarad at Loup City, NE. The couple farmed their entire married life. In 1984, they moved into Arcadia.
    Leland was a member of the American Legion Post #500 of Lincoln. Boots enjoyed the farm, especially during the spring when he could watch the new calves. He also followed his grandchildren with their events. He liked music, especially polka music. Boots enjoyed westerns on TV, and playing pool and cards.
    Survivors in include his wife, Doris of Loup City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Laura and Daniel and Peggy all of Arcadia; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; two step great great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lorayne Hurlburt of St. Paul.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin siblings, Mary and Joseph; a brother, Dale and a sister, Louise Walker. 

Christopher Paul John
Omaha, NE Resident, 47

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    Christopher Paul John, age 47 of Omaha, formerly of Broken Bow, died June 14, 2016 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in Omaha.
     Funeral services were Mon., June 20, 2016 at Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with Rev. Marty Robbins officiating.  Burial was in the Douglas Grove Cemetery near Comstock. Memorials may be made to the family.
     Christopher Paul John was born on March 13, 1969 at Denver, CO to Paul and Virginia “Ginny” (Clarke) John. The family moved to Comstock, NE. Chris attended school at Comstock, Ord and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1987.  Chris lived in various places through the years.  The last 10 years he and his wife, Erin have lived in Omaha. 
     Chris lived life to the fullest. He loved his family and friends, motorcycles, music, cars, boating and traveling.  Chris loved meeting people and didn’t know a stranger. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help his friends and would drop everything to lend a hand.  There wasn’t any project Chris wouldn’t tackle.  If he didn’t know how to do something, he would teach himself and do it expertly.  Chris loved to laugh and make others laugh.
    He will be deeply missed by everyone whose life he touched.
     Christopher John is survived by his wife, Erin Freeman John of Omaha, NE, his parents, Paul and Ginny John of Broken Bow, NE, and a sister, Laura J. (Joe) Christensen; his nephew and niece; Clark and Daphne Christensen all of Huntsville, AL, and a host of family and friends.

Carrol D. Mulligan
U.S. Navy Veteran • Lincoln, NE Resident, 84

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​    Carrol D. Mulligan, 84, of Lincoln, passed away on Fri., June 10, 2016. He was born in North Loup, NE to Lee and Lena (Plate) Mulligan. Mulligan was a U.S. Navy Veteran, Avid golf enthusiast, Baseball and Softball player, Bowler and puzzle maker.
    Survivors include: Wife, Janice, Daughters, Darcy (David) Cobb, Kelly (Marc) Ostrander; Son, Craig (Suzan) Mulligan; Grandsons: Collin and Patrick Mulligan.
    Carrol is preceded in death by parents: Lee and Lena Mulligan; brother Dale Mulligan; and two sisters, Eva Brabender and Burdette Mulligan.

Lillian Osentowski 
Ord, NE Resident, 95

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    Lillian Osentowski, 95, of Ord passed away on Thurs., June 16, 2016, at Brookfield Park in St. Paul.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tues., June 21, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord.  Father Josh Brown officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic School. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Lillian was born Sept. 15, 1920, to John and Anna (Rejsek) Hrebec on the family farm in Custer County near Comstock, NE.  The family moved to the sand flats northeast of Ord. She attended rural school and Ord High School until the 10th grade when she stayed on the farm to help her family during the depression.
    At the age of 19, Lillian moved to Omaha where she worked as a nurse’s aide, nanny and a seamstress at JC Penney. 
    On May 31, 1947, Lillian was united in marriage to Edward R. Osentowski at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scotia. The couple made their home on Ed’s family farm. In 1955, they moved into Ord then returned to the farm in 1960. While living on the farm, Lillian raised their children and enjoyed helping with the Hereford cattle.
    In 1997, they retired and resided in Ord. Ed passed away in August of 2012.
    Lillian was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and was involved in 4-H when her kids were young. Lillian enjoyed the outdoors, farm work, animals, gardening and flowers. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and baker. She will be remembered for her delicious kolaches and plum dumplings. 
    Survivors include a son, Tom of Ord; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Larry Kokes of Ord, Darlene and Mark Freeman of Burwell and Debra and Brian Featherstone of Pittsburg, PA; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marie Watson of Santa Rosa, CA.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed; a daughter, Janet Zabloudil; an infant brother; a brother, Oldrich Hrebec; and a sister, Bess Fryzek.

June 15, 2016 Issue

Darrell D. “Dodd” Drake
Arcadia, NE Resident, 92

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​    Darrell D. “Dodd” Drake, 92, of Arcadia passed away on Thurs., June 9, 2016, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
    Mr. Drake’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life was held on Tues,, June 14, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Trever Rook officiated. Private Inurnment was in the Arcadia City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia Fire and Rescue Department. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Darrell “Dodd” Dean Drake was born April 21, 1924 at Sumpter, NE. to Earl F. and Nora E. (Miller) Drake. 
    In 1926, the family moved to a farm east of Arcadia. Dodd attended Glendale Rural School through the eighth grade. Both of his brothers went into the service during World War II, but since they didn’t like to take all of the sons, he stayed back to farm. He farmed all his life.
    In August of 1956, he married Lorna Wooden. In 1970, he worked for the BD plant in Broken Bow. In 1971, he started working for Valley County Roads Department running a road grader and worked with his brother, Louis until 1978, when Louis retired. He took a lot of pride in the job he did on those gravel roads. He retired from the maintainer in 1990. 
    He enjoyed simple things, like playing cards, shooting pool, bowling, fishing, a nice bowl of sugared popcorn, and he raised a huge garden each year. Spring of 2007, he moved into the Assisted Living at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow. He has resided at the Community Memorial Health Center for the past 4 years. 
    Survivors of the immediate family include his six children, Steven of Broomfield, Colorado, Corby and Jerene of Ord, Susan and Rick Hawley of Omaha, Duane and Stacy of Lincoln, Noralie of Tacoma, WA, and Larry and Lanny of Kearney; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Delbert and June Drake of Broken Bow; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a half brother, Merrill Pierce; a half sister, Mona Pierce; his brother, Louis; and his sister-in-law, Dorothy (Bly) Drake.

Ruth M. Hansen
Ord, NE Resident, 82

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​    Ruth M. Hansen, 82, of Ord passed away on Tues., June 7, 2016, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
    Graveside Services were held on Wed., June 8, 2016 at the Ord City Cemetery. Pastor Scott Hausrath will officiate. Memorials are suggested to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Ruth was born Dec. 4, 1933, at Ord, Nebraska to Percy “Jack” and Freda (Collins) Hayes. She was raised in the Mira Valley area south of Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1951.
    On June 5, 1955, Ruth was united in marriage to Marlin Hansen in Ord, NE. The couple lived in Ord where they and raised their two boys, Paul and Craig.
    Ruth worked for over forty years as a Nurse’s Aide at Dr. Ottis Miller’s Medical Clinic. Following their retirements, the couple moved north of Burwell. They returned to Ord and made their home at Parkview Village and Grandview Assisted and Independent Living Center.
    Ruth was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.  She was had a green thumb and could grow anything.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers, embroidering and feeding the birds especially cardinals. Ruth took pride in writing letters and acknowledgment cards and creating photo albums. Ruth will be remembered by her delicious donuts and pies.
    Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Lois and Craig and Joani all of Ord; four grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and James Bruha and Adam and Kirstyn Hansen all of Ord; Scott Dilsaver of Burwell and Amanda and Mike Baxter of Kearney; five great-grandchildren; Ashley and Tye Bruha, Burgundy and Brennen Baxter and Emmalyn Hansen; one expectant great-grandchild; and one sister and brother-in-law, Charlene and Jim Goff of Burwell.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlin who passed away on June 6, 2016; and a grandson, Timothy Paul Hansen.

Glen Holtz Sr.
U.S. Navy Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 90

    Glen Holtz Sr. 90, of Ord, passed away on Wed., June 8, 2016, at the Nebraska Veteran’s Health Care System in Grand Island.
    Funeral Services were held Sat., June 11, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord. Pastor Shawn Kitzing officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Mr. Holtz was born on March 11, 1926, in Beemer, NE to Martin and Anna (Pagels) Holtz. He attended Beemer public schools and graduated from high school in 1943.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduation and served in the Pacific Theater aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Shipley Bay.  Following his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Omaha and was employed at Nebraska Bridge Supply and Lumber Company.
    On May 8, 1949, he married Betty Dvorak at Kountze Memorial Church in Omaha.
    He lived in several communities, working primarily in the lumber business. Following retirement from his work as the Building Inspector for the City of Lexington, NE, he moved back to Ord, where he and Betty had principally raised their three children where he had managed Koupal & Barstow Lumber Company.  During retirement he enjoyed working on seven projects with Laborers for Christ and most recently was employed part-time by Lukasiewicz Furniture Company in Farwell, NE.
    He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ord and served in many capacities at the church through the years.
    Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen, Jr. and Tamara, of Beaver Crossing, and Dan and Alice of Nebraska City; one daughter, Merrisue, of Grand Island; a sister, Lavina Leimer of Anaheim, CA; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; a sister, Elvera Lierman; and a brother, Norman.

Edna C. Ptacnik
Broken Bow, NE Resident, 98

    Edna Camila Ptacnik, 98 of Broken Bow, formerly of Ord, NE, died Fri., June 10, 2016 at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
     Services were held Tues., June 14, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating.  Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery in Ord.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. 
    Edna was born on Jan. 12, 1918, at Valley County, NE, to Lew and Emma (Cernik) Smolik. She grew up in Ord and later graduated from Ord High School. Edna taught school in Valley County for four years. She married Leonard Ptacnik on June 12, 1939 at the Geranium Catholic Church in Valley County. They farmed in Valley County for 25 years before moving to Colorado Springs, CO, and later to North Platte, NE.  Mr. Ptacnik died on June 5, 1983.  Edna moved to Grand Island in 1985.  She later moved to Broken Bow on Oct. 31, 2012.
     Edna enjoyed reading, cooking, quilting, gardening, flowers and crossword puzzles.
     Edna was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters Court Queen of Peace #2227, Quilting Ladies Group and Christian Mothers.
     She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Clifford) Klein of Merna, NE, 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren, her brother; Emanuel (Clara) Smolik of Alma, NE, a sister-in-law; Lillian Smolik of Elkhorn, NE, and a son-in-law, Hal Wilson of Grand Island, NE.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, John, a son Robert, her daughters; Marianne Wilson, and Betty Jo Schneider, her sister; Ellen Bonne, and a brother, Emil Smolik.

Julie Riddle
Sargent, NE Resident, 56

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​    Julie Riddle, age 56, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully at her home east of Sargent, NE, June 5, 2016 after a valiant battle with MS. Funeral services were held Sat., June 11, 2016 at the Sargent High School Gym with Darin Rihanek officiating. Burial was in the Longwood Cemetery near Comstock. Govier Brothers\Rhoad Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials will be designated by the family at a later date. 
    Julie was born June 3, 1960 to Edwin and Shirley (Skolil) Chalupa at Sargent, NE. Julie was a lifelong resident of Sargent, graduating with the class of 1978. Julie married Martin Riddle on June 11, 1977 in Sargent. To this union three children were born. Julie’s passions were camping and boating with her family and friends, golfing, playing softball and being active with her children in 4-H projects. Julie loved helping her husband, Marty on the farm with daily farming activities. She was also a volunteer for the bloodmobile, election board, Sargent Fair Board, and a member of SWAT. Julie was a very devoted mother, making sure her kids were involved in many activities.
    Julie is best known for her beautiful smile and contagious laughter. She enjoyed hosting numerous home parties, and was known for having the largest collection of snowmen – over 1000 and counting. Julie is preceded in death by brother, Edwin Eugene Chalupa, maternal grandparents, William and Phyllis Skolil, paternal grandparents, Lewis and Josie Chalupa, and her father and mother-in-law, Jamie and Dorothy Riddle. Survivors include her husband, Martin Riddle of Sargent, three children: Mike Riddle, Erica Crick and daughter, Sarah of Comstock, NE; Jeremy Riddle and special friend, Erika Munoz and Omar and Isac of Kearney, NE; Justina (Riddle) and Josh Barker and children, Madison and Klayton of Comstock, NE; parents, Edwin and Shirley Chalupa of Sargent; sisters Kathy (Chalupa) and Dave Pfeiffer of Kearney, NE; Debbie (Chalupa) and Max Emerton of Burwell, NE; brothers, Bill Chalupa of Sargent, NE and Bob Chalupa of  McCook, NE; sisters-in-law Judy (Riddle) and Larry Zickmund of Sioux Falls, SD; Pam (Riddle) and Gary Rihanek of Lincoln, NE; numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. 

June 8, 2016 Issue

Marlin J. Hansen
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 85

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   Marlin J. Hansen, 85, of Ord passed away on Mon., June 6, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village.
   Graveside Funeral Services were held Wed., June 8, 2016, at the Ord City Cemetery. Pastor Scott Hausrath officiated. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m.at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
   Marlin James was born Jan. 26, 1931, at Ord, NE, to James M. and Doris N. (Cronk) Hansen. He was raised on the family farm 14 miles north of Ord. He attended Plain Valley District #13 Rural School and graduated from Ord High School.
   Marlin served in the United States Army for two years. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Following the service he worked on the railroad and then returned to Ord.
   On June 5, 1955, Marlin was united in marriage to Ruth Hayes at Ord, NE. The couple spent the majority of their married life in Ord where they raised their two boys, Paul and Craig.
   Marlin worked at Knecht Gas Station, which he later purchased and operated. He then sold the station and went to work for the Irrigation District and then the State of Nebraska Department of Roads. Following his retirement in 1993, Marlin and Ruth moved north of Burwell where he helped his brother, Jimmie on the farm. Returning to Ord, the couple lived at Parkview Village and Grandview Assisted Living.
   Marlin was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and traveling. He loved music, especially old country music.
   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Lois and Craig and Joani all of Ord; four grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and James Bruha and Adam and Kirstyn Hansen all of Ord; Scott Dilsaver of Burwell and Amanda and Mike Baxter of Kearney; five grandchildren; Ashley and Tye Bruha, Burgundy and Brennen Baxter and Emmalyn Hansen; one expectant great-grandchild; three brothers, Cle and Gary both of Ord, and Jimmie of Burwell; and one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Doug Hanks of Burwell.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Timothy Paul Hansen; infant twin sisters; and an infant sister.

June 1, 2016 Issue

Florence Bastow
Casper, WY, Resident, 93

    Florence Bastow, 93, died May 23, 2016 in Casper, WY.
    Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Florence Bastow, 93, of Casper, WY, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., June 25, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  Interment will be held on June 27, 2016 at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Fri., June 24, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. with Vigil starting at 6 p.m. at Bustard’s Funeral Home.  
    Bustard’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Delpha D. Edwards
North Loup, NE Resident, 86

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​    Delpha D. Edwards, 86, of North Loup passed away on May 27, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, June 3, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the North Loup United Methodist Church. Reverend Toni Nolze will officiate. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to be given to the North Loup Popcorn Days Committee or the North Loup Fire and Rescue. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Delpha Doreen was born April 8, 1930, in Valley County, NE to Stanley and Hattie (Stine) Brown. She was born to a farm family and enjoyed outdoor work with her father. Delpha graduated from North Loup High School in 1947.
    Following graduation, she worked at Elgin Watch Factory in Lincoln. On August 26, 1950, Delpha was united in marriage to Robert C. “Bob” Edwards at the Mira Valley Church south of Ord. The couple farmed in Valley County. When their family was raised, Delpha worked in the fabric department at the Ben Franklin store and then for Hallmark where she stocked cards.
    Following their retirements they moved into North Loup in 2001. Bob passed away on April 16, 2010.
    Delpha was a member of the North Loup United Methodist Church where she was active in the Sunflowers and church committees. Her joy centered around her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was creative and accomplished with the sewing machine and made many Costumes for Halloween, NLS Theater and Popcorn Days Parades. She enjoyed painting ceramics with her friends and created many afghans, banners, quilts; and mittens for those in need.
    In her final years she enjoyed the 9 a.m. coffee group at the NL Café, bird and cat watching; and watching game shows. 
    Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Teri Edwards of Bloomfield and Timothy and Grace Edwards of Olathe, KS; two daughters and a son-in-law, Debra and Gene Hobelman of Lincoln and Laura Clement and her fiancé, Scott Dornhoff both of Minden; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Doris Brown of Lincoln.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gale and George Brown; and two sisters, Geraldine Hochreiter and Loretta Jorgensen. 

​Rock Gillaspie
Midland, SD, Resident, 53

    Rock Gillaspie, age 53, of Midland, SD, died on Wed., May 25, 2016 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements.
    Visitation was held on Tues, May 31, 2016, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland. Mass of Christian Burial was Wed., June 1, 2016, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland. Interment will be held at the Midland Cemetery.
    The dress was casual, just like Rock.
     Rock Bennett Gillaspie was born May 9, 1963, in Pierre, SD, the son of John J. And Avis (Schilling) Gillaspie. Rock grew up in Midland, and attended Midland School until 1977 when he moved with his family to Ord, NE. He graduated from Ord High School in 1981. He then attended Wyoming Technical School in Laramie, where he majored in diesel mechanics. Rock then worked at A&G Diesel in Mitchell, SD. He remained in Mitchell until moving to Ft. Pierre and working for an implement dealer in Blunt.
    In 1987, he moved to Arizona with his brother Jim, and worked for a landscaping company. He then moved to Texas where he worked at a construction company, before moving back to Ord, NE in 1989, and worked for the John Deere dealership. In 1998, he began working for the State of South Dakota Department of Transportation out of Murdo. Rock covered a wide area for the state, working on a variety of vehicles. He was a member of the Midland Volunteer Fire Department, Midland Ambulance Service, and a town board member.
    Rock enjoyed fishing, loved to travel, and would visit with everyone. Survivors include his special friend, Lesa Hodgin of Ft. Pierre, and her children Amanda, Amber and Nick, and their children Benjamin, Charlie, Nevaeh, and Luci; three brothers John L. (Danette) Gillaspie of Hot Springs, Ken Gillaspie of Pierre, and James (Sharon) Gillaspie of Pierre; four sisters Evie (Doug) Abrahamson of Bowman, ND, Marilyn Hoyt of Ft. Pierre, Mary Schofield of Midland, and Delores (Carl) Suminski of Ord, NE; special friends Theron and Linda Hodgin; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
    Rock was preceded in death by his parents John J. and Avis Gillaspie; two brothers Ronald and Conrad Gillaspie; one brother and one sister in infancy; three brother-in-laws, Orris Skogen, Jim Hoyt and Vincent Schofield; a sister-in-law Marilyn Gillaspie; and two nephews Dean Joseph Gillaspie, and Michael Schofield.

Gregory G. Jensen
Ord, NE Resident, 67

    Gregory Gene Jensen, 67, of Ord died Tues., May 24, 2016, at Valley County Hospital in Ord after a pickup-bicycle accident. Memorial services were held Sat., May 28, 2016 at the Ord United Methodist Church with Rev. Doug Durre officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
    Greg was born Oct. 24, 1948, in Superior, NE, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Littrel) Jensen. He went to Nora grade school, Nelson High School and University of Nebraska Undergrad and Law School. Greg married Lucinda Jo Pederson on Aug. 15, 1971, at the Lutheran Church in Hardy, NE. To this union two children were born: Ryan Jensen and Nikki Jensen.
    Greg was first and foremost a family man. His biggest joy was in being “Papa” to his precious grandchildren. He would talk and laugh about the funny things they said and of the play times they had together. He also often spoke about how lucky he was to have his wonderful children, Ryan and Nikki, their spouses, Jenn and Nick, and his wife, Cinda. He was a good and faithful husband. Greg also has two sisters, Janet and Debbie, who even though they were all separated in childhood by the early death of their parents, maintained a close and loving bond among them.
    He was the life of any gathering and enjoyed seeing and visiting people. He did not attend church regularly, but he knew the Lord, and it was reflected in his values of honesty, generosity, kindness and compassion for others. He was also a lawyer, and he took his job seriously. He strived to provide the best ethical and fair representation the law could provide to his clients. He spent many hours researching and drafting documents to best represent them. He also gave them a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on.
    Greg was interested in many things. He was in Rotary Club and Toastmaster Club until Ord’s chapters closed. He was a member of Artissimos art club and was an avid photographer. In college, he was called the picture man because he had created a photo business to put himself through law school by taking photos of fraternity and sorority activities at UNL. He belonged to the Valley Rods Car Club and the Oldsmobile National Car Club. He so enjoyed the members at those meetings.
    Greg also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Greg was diabetic and because of his disease, he rode his bicycle as much as he could to help with this goal of staying in good health. He was such a hard worker and would ride from Ord to Elyria and back. When he was done riding, he would say how much better he felt after a good ride. Unfortunately, it was during this activity that he had a terrible accident in which he was fatally injured. Greg was a forgiving man, and we know he holds no ill will for anyone. We will remember him for many things and especially for his love of family, zest for life, kindness and giving nature.
    Greg is survived by his wife, Lucinda Jensen; son, Ryan (Jenn) Jensen and grandsons, Gavin and Ian, all of Erie, CO; daughter, Nikki (Nick) Salter and grandson, Dashell, all of Edwards, CO; sister, Deb (Mike) Corman; brother and sister-in-laws; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janet.
    Revelation 21:6 “He said to me, it is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty, I will give drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
    Iverson Memorial Funeral Chapel of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia J. Roberts
Elkhorn, NE Resident, 72

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​    Sylvia J. Roberts, Elk-horn, NE, died on Monday, May, 23, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 8 days.  
    Sylvia Joyce (Lech) Roberts was born March 15, 1944 in near Elyria, NE, to John and Gertrude (Shot-koski) Lech.  Sylvia grew up and attended grade school in Elyria, and graduated from Ord High School in 1962.  After high school, Sylvia earned her degree as a Registered Nurse from the Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1965.
    Sylvia married Darrell Roberts on May 29, 1967 at the courthouse in Seward, NE, and to this union, four children were born; Rick, Mike, Bill and Lisa. The family made their home in Minneapolis, MN, Cincinnati, OH, and Omaha, NE, before settling in Elkhorn in 1977.  
    Sylvia was honored to work as a registered nurse.  She worked in South Saint Paul, MN, Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, and for the past several years at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.  She was a Husker football fan, whose favorite color was red.  Sylvia enjoyed romantic comedy movies, and liked to dine out at Cilantro’s, drink a cold Bud Light, or stop by Dairy Queen for a chocolate dipped cone.  She was known as the leader of the group, and often arranged various get-togethers.  She could be a little ornery, but was also able to lighten the mood.  She was a lifetime member of “AARPs” (Available Adults Ready to Party).  
    Sylvia will be remembered as a nurse, leader, organizer, grandmother, and as an all-around fun person.  She loved her family, and cherished the births of her children and grandchildren, and later their weddings and graduations.  She was everyone’s friend, and was always willing to help solve any problem right now.
    She was preceded in death by her parents John & Gertrude Lech, brother Florian, and father-in-law Archie Roberts.  Sylvia is survived by her husband Darrell of Elkhorn, children; Rick (Andrea), Mike (Josie) both of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Bill (Tricia) of Dunlap, IA, and Lisa of Elkhorn, grandchildren; Riley, Conlan, Laney, Ava, Clay, Kylie, Emma, and Cooper, siblings; Roman (Mary) Lech, Everett (Pat) Lech, Lillian (Dennis) Maciejewski, Leonard Lech, Roland (Eileen) Lech, and Marvin (Nancy) Lech, several nieces and nephews. 

May 25, 2016 Issue

Gary J. Nelson
Ord, NE Resident, 81

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    ​Gary J. Nelson, 81, of Ord passed away on Tues., May 17, 2016, at CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney.
    A Celebration of Life was held on Sat., May 21, 2016, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Pastors Stanley Morrison, Jon MacDonald and Doug Ogden officiated. Graveside Services were held in the Grand Island Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Valley View Senior Village. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Gary John Nelson was born Aug. 15, 1934, at Burwell, NE, to Harold F. and Gertrude J. (Walford) Nelson. He was raised on the farm nine miles east of Ord and attended Springdale Grade School and graduated from Ord High School in 1951. Gary preached the gospel for ten years, in the New Testament Ministry. In 1963, he and his father, Harold began a farming partnership until 1984, when Harold passed away.
    On Feb. 26, 1966, Gary was united in marriage to Dzintra “Dee” Majorins at Grand Island, NE. The couple resided on the family farm until 1989, when they moved to Anchorage, AK. Gary worked at the Ord Quiz and while in Alaska at AT Printing and Publishing. In 2013, Gary retired and the couple settled in his hometown of Ord.
    Gary was of the Christian faith, meeting with others of like faith in a home. His faith brought him comfort; assuring him of God’s promises. We can let him go because we believe in the resurrection. Gary enjoyed visiting with his son, Brian about the farm, traveling and spending time in his yard. He was an avid reader; especially the Bible.
    Survivors include his wife, Dee of Ord; a daughter, Julie Ann Nelson of New York City, NY; a son, Brian G. Nelson of Ord; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold W. and Blanche Nelson of AZ, and Rodney and Kathleen Nelson of CA; and a sister, Vonna Grotz of OR.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-inlaw.

Bessie R. Toogood
Goleta, CA Resident, 97

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​     Bessie R. Toogood, 97, of Goleta, CA died Mon., May 16, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA.
     Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia.
     Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
     Mrs. Toogood was born May 16, 1919 in Cotesfield to Anton and Bessie (Tuma) Svoboda. She was united in marriage to Ronald D. Toogood on August 10, 1943 in St. Louis, MO. The couple moved to Goleta, CA in 1962. Her husband died on Jan. 14, 1976. Bessie continued to live in her home in Goleta until May 3, 2016.
     Bessie was a photographer, manager, wife, homemaker and mother. She was an avid bowler and contributed twenty years as a volunteer at Goleta Valley Hospital and served as president of the Goleta Valley Historical Society.
     Survivors include a daughter, Terrie Toogood of Cotesfield; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sally Toogood of Santa Maria, CA; a granddaughter, Penelope Toogood; and a brother, Eldon Svoboda of Elba.
     She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ronald. Condolences for Bessie’s family may be left at www.jacobsengreenway.com.

May 18, 2016 Issue

Roger J. Norris
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord Resident, 86

PictureRoger J. Norris

​    Roger J. Norris, 86 of Ord, NE passed away peacefully on May 13, 2016.
    A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chalk Hills Community Church in Scotia. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Chalk Hills Community Church, 206 S. Doane St, Scotia, NE, 68875.
    Roger J. Norris was born on December 28, 1929 to Carl Roger and Mildred Helen Norris in Genesseo, NY. When the school semester was over, June 1930, the family moved to Portageville, NY. Roger was not given a middle name for the birth certificate. His paternal grandfather, Rev. John W. Norris, desired a grandson named after himself and to promote his wish, he sent a gift to his new grandson, addressed to “Master John Norris”. That unofficial name stuck with the family until Roger was an adult and in the army. 
    In 1942, the family moved to Buffalo, NY, where Carl took a machinist job with Curtiss Wright. Roger finished his education at Burgard Vocational High School and soon after began driving truck for his brother-in-law, in Castile, NY, and hauling milk from the farms to the dairy in Buffalo, NY. 
    In 1952, Roger married Eileen O. McEntarfer. In 1954, Roger was drafted into the army for two years, with basic training in Ft. Knox, KY. From there, he was sent to Ft. Devens, Massachusetts to attend school with the ASA. After schooling there, he was shipped to Ft. Huachuca, AZ. While stationed in Arizona, it was learned that he and his wife would be eligible to adopt children. For them, that was not possible in New York State. When separated from the Army, after one year of work and then a year at Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Roger and his wife moved to Phoenix, AZ. Arriving there in August of 1958, the process of adopting a child was begun. In 9 months, the adoption agency brought Walter Leonard, a beautiful 2-month old boy and placed him in the home. Working at odd jobs for a couple of years, a chance to hire on with the City of Phoenix in 1960 as a heavy duty mechanic was offered. Roger’s marriage to Eileen ended in divorce in 1971.
    In 1972, Roger met and married Lucille B. Woodman, nee Currie. In 1983, Lucille retired from Honeywell and Roger retired from the City of Phoenix. They moved to Bartlett, NE, where they bought a home and 15-acre tract on the very edge of town. In July 2011, Lucille was moved to the assisted living section of the Greeley Care Home. Roger took up residence in Ord.
        As a teenager, Roger accepted Christ as personal savior and was baptized soon afterward. Throughout the remainder of his life, Roger was devoted to the church and serving the Lord. 
    Roger is survived by his wife, Lucille Norris of Greeley; son, Walter (Shirley) Norris of Peoria, AZ; stepdaughter, Janiece (Ron) Saxton of Prescott, AZ; stepsons, Paul (Susan) Woodman of Indianapolis, IN; and Mark Woodman of Phoenix, AZ; brothers, William Norris of Fredonia, NY and Ronald Norris of Vinita, OK.
    He was preceded in death by parents, Carl and Mildred Norris and his sisters, Jean Smith and Laura Hoover. 

Dean P. Jonak 
Ord Resident, 60

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​    Dean P. Jonak, 60, of Ord passed away on Mon., May 9, 2016, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held on Fri., May 13, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Josh Brown officiated. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery in Ashton, NE. A luncheon was held prior to the funeral on Friday at St. Mary’s Gym. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Dean Paul Jonak was born Jan. 15, 1956, at Loup City, NE to Reginald and Adeline (Waskowiak) Jonak. He was raised in Paplin and received his early education at Farwell. Dean worked on the family farm until graduating from Elba High School in 1974. 
    On June 12, 1976, Dean was united in marriage to Rose Moraczewski at Ashton, NE.  The couple raised their four children while Dean worked various jobs, including the Natural Gas Company in Ord. 
    Dean was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where he enjoyed helping with church events.  He was proud to teach CCD classes and felt his students were part of his family. Dean was a member of the men’s group, “This Man is You,” Knights of Columbus and CWA Union. 
    Dean loved spending time with his family. He taught his children and grandchildren life lessons and how to be a good person. He loved collecting anything from valve stem caps to pieces of plywood, because “he might need it someday,” even though he already had six somewhere at home. Dean will be remembered by helping anyone in need. He made a big impact on everyone he met. 
    Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Rose of Ord; his mother, Adeline Jonak of Ashton; his children, Jason and Kelly of North Loup; Michael and his fiancé, Blair Hild of Ord; Deanne and Josh Inkell of Hockessin, DE; and Missy and Tim Haupt of Brownsville, MN; four grandchildren, Tegan, Brinn, Addison and Harper; an expectant grandchild; his siblings, Ed and Tami Jonak, Ron Jonak, Gerald Jonak, Ken and Tena Jonak and Kevin Jonak and his fiancé, Candi; Barb and Dave Tuma, Virginia and Ron Barth, Donna Wardyn and Sandy Jonak; and his father-in-law, Harold Moraczewski.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Reginald; mother-in-law, Veronica Moraczewski; and brother-in-law, Dennis Wardyn. 

May 11, 2016 Issue

Eldon R. Canfield
Dannebrog, NE Resident, 75

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​    Eldon R. Canfield, 75 of Dannebrog, passed away on Sat., April 30, 2016 at his home.
    Services were held on Thurs., May 5, 2016 at All Faiths Funeral Home. Pastor Rob Pearson officiated. Private family burial of ashes will take place in Ord Cemetery at a later date.
    Eldon was born on June 1, 1940 on the Canfield family farm outside of Ericson, NE, the youngest of twelve children of Palmer and Mabel (Ainsworth) Canfield.
    He grew up in the Ericson and Ord area.  The first in his family to do so, he graduated from Ord High School in 1958.
    On July 5, 1959 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Bleach at Ord Christian Church. The couple made their home in Ord until 1962 when they moved to Grand Island to raise their children.
    Following their move to Grand Island, Eldon was employed by Mid Plains Construction, starting out as a carpenter and working his way up to Vice President (Superintendent). In 1982 he co-founded Tri-Valley Builders, where he continued to work as a general contractor until his retirement in 2008.
    Eldon was a skilled carpenter and built his own home. He enjoyed woodworking, designing and crafting numerous pieces of furniture for members of his family. In recent years, his cabin on the Loup River was a favorite place for him to relax and customize with additions. Eldon enjoyed fishing with friends and family. At family reunions he enjoyed playing horseshoes.  Most of all he cherished the time spent with family.
    Survivors include his children, Rhonda (Glenn) Davis of Colorado Springs, CO, Rona (David) Jacobsen of Dannebrog, and Russel (Jill) Canfield of Grand Island; grandchildren, Nathaniel Jacobsen of Grand Island, Jarrod (Tiffany) Jacobsen of Dannebrog, Lucas Canfield, Madison Canfield, Spencer Canfield and Ryley Canfield all of Grand Island; great-grandchildren, Barrett and Remi Jacobsen; brothers, Rex (Blanche) Canfield of Grand Island, and George (Babe) Canfield of Ohio; sister, Bonnie Lou Scott of Grand Island; along with numerous extended family and friends.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Phyllis in 2014; infant son Randal Lee Canfield; grandson Jacob A. Canfield; and infant sister.
    Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date
    Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the family at www.giallfaiths.com

Marge Golus
Ord, NE Resident, 84

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​    Marjorie M. “Marge” Golus, 84, of Ord passed away on Mon., May 2, 2016, at the CHI Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thurs., May 5, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Josh Brown officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ord Township Library. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 
    Marjorie Mae was born on Sept. 12, 1931, at Omaha, NE to Brun and Anna (Wegrzyn) Orent. In 1947, her family moved from Omaha to Loup City where Marge graduated from Loup City High School.
    On March 24, 1955, she was united in marriage to Leonard Golus at Grand Island, NE. Mr. Golus served in the United State Air Force from 1951-1971. During that time the family was stationed in various places. 
    In 1971, they moved to North Loup where they farmed until 1978, and moved to Ord in 1984. Marge made her home in Ord until her passing. She had worked at Ord Glass and Paint and currently was a volunteer at the Second Hand Rose and Valley County Museum.
    She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Steve Todsen of Ord; a grandson and his wife, David and Jenae Dulitz of North Loup; a great-granddaughter, Ashle Dulitz of North Loup and a step-granddaughter, Molly Todsen of Ord.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard; grandson, Eric Dulitz and a brother, Laverne Orent. 

James N. Smith
Colorado Resident, 55

    James N Smith, 55, died May 8, 2016 in Colorado.
    A memorial service will be held in Ord, NE at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Sat., May 14 at 10:30 a.m.
    Jim was born March 31, 1961, in Ord, NE to Walter and Marlene Smith. He graduated from Ord High School and attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 1979-1983.
    Jim worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 30 years and was retired. Jim and his wife, Patty of 17 years lived in Loveland, CO.  Jim enjoyed sports, especially football, gardening, bike riding and loving Colorado. Jim was actively involved in a men’s group Alleys, at his church.  He loved learning about God.  
    Jim is survived by his wife, Patty Smith, father, Walter Smith, siblings – Karen Spurk (Greg), Margaret Smith, Cathy Coble (Steve), Anne Echtinaw (Dean), John Smith, Sue Laughlin (Jerry), Tom Smith (Paula), Patty Schaff (Don), Chris Simmerman (George); Daughter - Ashley Smith, Son – Kylen Smith(Leah); Stepdaughter – Susan Whitenack (Allen) and Stepson Mike Parkin (Jessica).  Jim was most proud of his grandchildren: Colton James Smith, Kaylee Rose Parkin, Stella Whitenack, Brooke Parkin, Wesley Whitenack, Caitlyn Eikelberger and Chloe Eikelberger.  Jim had 18 nieces and nephews whom he loved.
    Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Smith.

May 4, 2016 Issue

B.J. Axthelm
Ord Resident, 88

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​    B.J. Betty Jo Axthelm, 88, of Ord passed away on Sat., April 23, 2016, at the CHI Good Samaritan Health Center in Kearney.
    A Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., April 29, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Reverend Trever Rook officiated. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the 4-H Council of Valley County. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    B.J. was born Sept. 2, 1927, at Kansas City, Missouri to Claude and Myrtle (Cox) Cropper. She was raised in the Sargent area where she graduated from High School.  
    Following high school, B.J. taught at rural schools near Sargent including the Jr. High School. While teaching she attended Kearney Teacher’s College during the summer.
    On Nov. 20, 1947, B.J. was united in marriage to Donald Owen Axthelm at Kearney, NE. The couple made their home west of Ord where they farmed together until moving into Ord in 2000.
    B.J. worked at the Florette in Ord and The Fabric Shop. She purchased and was the sole proprietor of The Fabric Shop until her retirement. 
    B.J. was an award-winning artist. Her work was displayed at the Governor’s Mansion, Noyes Art Gallery at the Cornhusker in Lincoln, the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Columbus Art Gallery, MONA in Kearney and Prairie Winds in Grand Island.  
    During her business career, B.J. was President of the Ord Chamber of Commerce and was a very active participant in several community organizations and clubs. B.J. was involved in 4-H, Ord Quilt Club, Artisimos, Crimson Angels, Writer’s Club and Toastmasters. 
    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lonna and Rick Arnold of Houstonia, MO; a son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Gayle Axthelm of Phoenix, AZ; four granddaughters, Michele Straatmann, Tanya Melendez, Lindsay and Rachel Axthelm; four great-granddaughters, River Straatmann and Trylynn Straatmann-Thames, and Emersyn and Crosley Melendez; a brother-in-law, Mike Axthelm of Mount Vernon, WA; and a sister-in-law, Opal Hammer of Hastings.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Don who passed away on December 19, 2003. 

Mildred V. Manchester
Ord Resident, 96

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​    Mildred V. Manchester, 96, of Ord passed away on Sun., May 1, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., May 5, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Trever Rook will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Ord First United Methodist Church. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Mildred Victoria was born Aug. 2, 1919, at North Loup, Nebraska to Roy and Edna (Hansen) McGee. She was raised in the Davis Creek area where she attended country school and graduated from North Loup High School in 1937.
    On Jan. 16, 1943, Mildred was united in marriage to Leonard Manchester at Broken Bow, NE. The couple resided on a farm in Sherman County until moving to a farm near North Loup in 1954. In 1958, they moved into Ord. Mildred worked at the Ord Sale Barn, Ord Public School in the lunchroom and the Grand Island Ammunition Plant.
    She was a member of the Ord First United Methodist Church, UMW; and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed listening to Bohemian music. 
    Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Dennis Hurlbert of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Susan Manchester of North Loup; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Pillsbury and Esther Koops both of California.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard; and a sister, JoAnn McGee. 

April 27, 2016 Issue

Donald D. Coats
Former Ord, NE Resident, 87

    Donald D. Coats passed away April 14, 2016 at the age of 87.  
    He was born to Walter Coats and Caryl (Dye) Coats on June 21, 1928 in Arcadia, NE.  He grew up and worked on family farms in Valley County, also at various jobs in Ord.  He graduated from OHS in 1946, and continued farming. In 1947 he married Betty Lou Lint. They moved to Fullerton, NE, in the early 1950s. Donald worked for Nebraska DOT for five years. They had three children there before moving to Washington State in 1957. He worked construction jobs and other jobs before going to work for Cascade Natural Gas where he worked for 28 years before retiring. 
    Donald and Betty enjoyed traveling back to Nebraska almost every year after they left to visit family and many dear friends. Donald enjoyed woodworking and selling the things he made at many craft shows. He loved fishing and camping, and most of all, his family. 
    He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, daughter Kathleen and brother, Robert Coats.  He is survived by three children, Karen (Don) Zett, Russell (Dee) Coats, Diane (Steve) Stultz, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and three nieces.

​Dale C. Hoppes
U.S. Army Veteran • Ord, NE Resident, 94

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    Dale C. Hoppes, 94, of Ord passed away on Sun., April 17, 2016, at his home in Ord.
    Mr. Hoppes wishes were to be cremated.  Memorial Services were held Mon., April 25, 2016 at the Ord Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor Glenda Pearson officiating.  Military rites were conducted by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38 at the church.  Memorials may be given to the family to be used at a later date.  Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Dale was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Burwell to Robert and Edith “Lou” (Mattern) Hoppes.  He was raised at Burwell and graduated from Burwell High School in 1940.  
    Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1940. After basic training, Dale was chosen to attend medical training for a period of nine weeks at Sam Houston University in Texas. After completion, he served as a medic in the U.S. Army.  Dale sailed out of the New York City harbor aboard the Thomas H. Barry, through the Panama Canal and after 44 days on the ocean they ported in Melbourne, Australia. His division combined with forces from New Caledonia creating the 1st ever “Americal Division” with the signifying shoulder patch of “four white stars on a blue cross”.  Dale spent the next two years fighting the Japanese throughout the South Pacific, the rest of the Solomon Islands and New Guinea and taking in casualties from “The Battle of Guadalcanal” and “The Battle of the Coral Sea”.  In 1944 Dale transferred by way of a hospital ship to a San Francisco Based Hospital.  Dale was discharged from the service in September of 1945 from Fort Carson, CO.
    Dale was married to Ruth Jorgensen July 9, 1944 at Smith Center, KS.  They celebrated 71 years of marriage July of 2015.
    Dale had worked as a rural route carrier of the U. S. Mail for four years.  He then worked various skilled labor trades throughout his lifetime.
    Dale enjoyed Husker Football, Reading, Poetry and outdoor activities along with family and friends.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion of Burwell and the VFW of Ord.
    Survivors include his wife Ruth of Ord; four sons and daughter-in-laws Clark and DyAnn Hoppes of North Loup, NE, Tim and Teresa Hoppes of Lincoln, NE, Morry and Dianne Hoppes of Lincoln, NE, Cohen and Becki Hoppes of Lincoln, NE; two daughters and son-in-laws Cheryl and Larry Haste of Ord, NE, Lisa and Barry Suelter of Fort Collins, CO; 16 Grandchildren and 18 Great-Grandchildren; and a sister Loy Smith of Boelus, NE.
    Dale was preceded in death by a son Bob Hoppes; a grandson Kelly Hoppes; three sisters Ilva Schuyler, Lilas Rowse, Ohleen Swanson; a brother Willard Hoppes.

Bert Kunz
U.S. Navy Veteran • Lincoln, NE Resident, 97

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​    Bert Kunz, 97, of Lincoln, formerly of Central City, died April 21, 2016 at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln, NE.  Mass of Christian Burial was Sat., April 23, 2016 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltwagnerfuneral.com.  Memorials are suggested to the Heartland Veteran’s Memorial in Central City.
     Bert was born on June 6, 1918, at the family home in Stuart, NE.  He was the ninth child of ten born to Donatus and Emma (Pettinger) Kunz. Bert attended school at Saint Boniface School and Stuart High School. Bert began working as a young boy shining shoes at the barbershop, delivering the World Herald and as a farmhand. Before graduating from high school he signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corp.  Bert returned to school and received his diploma in 1938. He then moved to California and worked on a fox ranch and worked construction.  While in California he attended welding school in Los Angeles and then began working as a welder in an airplane plant. 
     Bert enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed several places in the United States before being stationed at Shima Island.  At the end of the war he returned to the US and was discharged in October of 1945.  Bert returned to Stuart and ran the Wells Café and then bought Western Auto Store.  Bert was united in marriage to Edith Ann Jansen on June 12, 1946 in Atkinson, NE.  They were blessed with four children; Richard, Michael, Terri and Gregg.  In 1961 Bert and his family moved to Ord, NE and purchased the Ord Drive In.  In 1977 Bert and Edith bought the Dairy Queen and made Central City their home until 2008 when they moved to Lincoln. In 2011 they moved to Grace Pointe-Tabitha in Lincoln.
     Bert was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City, American Legion Post #6, Knights of Columbus, and The Elks Club.  During his retirement, Bert enjoyed golfing and woodworking.
     Those left to cherish his memory are his wife; his children; Rick (Kazuko) Kunz of Central City, Mike (Linda) Kunz of Ord, Terri (Dick) Dworak of Lincoln, Gregg Kunz of Lincoln; brother in law; Charles (Carolyn) Jansen of Aurora; sisters in law; Irene (Larry) Cobb of Stuart, Maryann Jansen of Stuart; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
     He is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; Leo Kunz, Al Kunz, George Kunz, Calista Wichman, Marcella Bigalow, Florence Flanigan, Louise Preston and Bud Kunz; his sisters-in-law Evelyn (Lawrence) Skrdla, Mary Catherine (Ray) Estes; brother-in-law; Edward Jansen.

April 20, 2016 Issue

Carol S. Bruha
Ord, NE Resident, 43

    Carol S. Bruha, 43, of Ord passed on Fri., April 15, 2016, at the Valley View Senior Village in Ord.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held Mon., April 18, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Mark Maresh officiated. Burial was in the Geranium Cemetery west of Ord. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Carol Susan was born Oct. 16, 1972, at Ord, NE to Edward O. and Marlion L. (Konkoleski) Bruha. She grew up in the Geranium Township of Valley County and received her education at Ord, graduating from Ord High School in 1993.
    Carol was a resident of Mid Nebraska Individual Services for 23 years and worked in their workshop. For the past two months she has made her home at the Valley View Senior Village. 
    Carol was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Trying Our Best 4-H Club. She enjoyed listening to polka music, writing, dancing and interacting with her nieces and nephews.  
    Survivors include her parents; Edward O. and Marlion Bruha of Ord; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve Bruha of North Loup; Martin and Jolene Bruha of Burwell, Anthony and Cathy Bruha of Comstock and James and Michelle Bruha of Ord; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra and Darrell Fischer of Burwell, Joann and Tim Laible of Atkinson, Janet and Dave Setlik of Ord, Ann and Ed Hajek of Odell and Mary Wagner of Cairo; nephews, Nick Fischer, Joseph Bruha, Dylan and Evan Laible, Alan Setlik, Zachary Hajek, Lane Wagner, Christopher Bruha, Tye Bruha; nieces, Kelly Fischer, Jessica Gutierrez, Melissa, Melanie, Kelsey and Kaci Bruha, Dani and Jordyn Laible, Nichole and Annie Setlik, Samantha, Madison and Jaedyn Hajek, Megan Wagner, Jessica and Ashley Bruha, Ashley Bruha, a great niece, Ezabellah Gutierrez and great nephews, Tucker Hansen and Evander Gutierrez.
    She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul E. Bruha; grandparents, Lloyd and Velma Konkoleski and Otto and Helen Bruha.

Gracia Gillming
Litchfield, NE Resident, 63

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​    Gracia Sue Gillming, 63, of Litchfield passed away on April 15, 2016 at her home in Litchfield, NE.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. April 20, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard, NE, with the Rev. Dean Hanson officiating. Interment will be at the Sweetwater Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 19, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family or to Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard. Please visit www. hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske Mc-Bride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
    Gracia (Fox) Gillming was born Nov. 14, 1952 in Kearney, NE, to Verle and Mardell (Larsen) Fox. She graduated salutatorian from Ravenna High School in 1970 and went on to attend Dana College in Blair, NE, graduating in 1974 with her bachelor’s degree in Education.
    She married Michael D. Gillming on Dec. 29, 1974 in Hazard, and to this union two daughters were born, Tenise and Christal. Mike and Graci made their home in Litchfield, NE. Graci was a homemaker and cared for other children while Tenise and Christal were young. Once the girls reached school age, Graci worked at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and most recently for the past 19 years at the Educational Service Unit #10 in Kearney, NE. Graci enjoyed working with area teachers on improving the use of technology in the classroom.
    Graci battled a rare form of ovarian cancer for the past nine months. She found her peace in the Lord and said many times she felt she was being carried in the palm of His hand. Graci’s cancer walk and faith journey became contagious for all who followed it, “This story for His Glory”. “See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” — Isaiah 43:19 became her theme verse.  Graci never questioned “why”, she always knew God was using her sickness to draw others closer to Him.
    Graci was a member of the Ravenna VFW Auxiliary and life-long member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard, where she taught Sunday school and facilitated many bible studies. In her community she also dedicated her time to Girl Scouts and led high school youth groups. She loved spending time with her husband, daughters, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Graci’s infectious smile and spirit of the Lord radiated thru her generous acts of kindness and gentleness. She was a friend to all and will be greatly missed by many.
    Survivors include her husband, Michael Gillming of Litchfield, NE; daughters Tenise (Richard) Bogus of Ord, NE, and Christal (Eric) Kaczor of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Carissa, McKenna, Morgan, and Isaac Bogus, and Adalynn and William Kaczor; sister Cindy (DuWayne) Johnson of Lincoln, NE; step father Byron “Broek” Broekemeier of Ravenna; step sisters Deb Rouse of Greeley, CO, Cindy (Al) Monaco of Omaha, NE, and Kerri Stoetzel of Omaha, NE; step brother Karl (Kim) Broekemeier of Odessa, MO; and many nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death.

Dale C. Hoppes
Ord, NE Resident, 94

​    Dale C. Hoppes, 94, of Ord passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at his home in Ord.
    Mr. Hoppes wishes were to be cremated.  Memorial Services will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church with Pastor Glenda Pearson officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38 at the church.  Memorials may be given to the family to be used at a later date.  Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 13, 2016 Issue

Dorothy M. Platek
Farwell, NE Resident, 90 

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    Dorothy M. Platek, daughter of Frank and Mary (Mueller) Nesiba, was born May 14, 1925 at Farwell.  She entered into rest on Mon., April 4, 2016 at CHI St. Francis in Grand Island at the age of 90 years. Jasobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
    Dorothy was raised near Farwell and attended country school west of Farwell to the 8th grade when she was needed at home to care for her brothers and ill mother.
    When Dorothy was in school she taught herself to speak English as she was raised speaking Czechoslovakian.
    She was united in marriage to John Platek on Jan. 28, 1946 in St. Paul.
    The couple lived on a farm west of Farwell.  She worked at a cafe and grocery store in Farwell for a time along with working on the family farm milking cows and raising chickens.  Dorothy babysat her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for many years.
    One of the toughest parts of her life was when a tornado destroyed their house and most of their farm buildings on May 8, 1965.  They moved into a small home on John’s parents farm until their new home was built on that farm.
    Another difficult period of her life was when they lost their son Lonnie who died at age 26 in 1977.
    Dorothy was a very good homemaker who always had a neat house.  She made excellent kolaches, rohlicky, angel food cake, sauerkraut and dumplings.  Being a good cook, she like to review different recipe books.
    Dorothy and John were very good dancers who loved to attended polka dances in the area.  
    She served as the sexton of the Czechoslovakian Cemetery near Farwell for many years.
    She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul where she had taught Sunday School.  She was a member of the WFLA #152 of Farwell where she served in different offices and the Carl Mogensen American Legion Auxiliary Unit 119 of St. Paul where she had served as president.  Dorothy also spent a lot of time volunteering for the Farwell Fire Department fundraisers by providing baked goods.
    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Daryl and Marie Platek of St. Paul; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Ken Andersen of Omaha; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
    She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John on August 18, 2011; a son, Lonnie; seven brothers, Bill, Emil, Frank, Louie, Edward, Joe, and George Nesiba and two sisters, Olga Bydalek and Lottie Hale.

Don Severance
Ord, NE Resident, 73

    Donald “Don” Severance, 73, of Ord went home to Heaven on Sunday, April 10, 2016. He passed away at the Valley County Health System in Ord.
    To honor Don’s wishes cremation will take place. A private service will be held at a later date with inurnment in the Ord City Cemetery. 
    Condolences may be sent to his wife, Barbara Severance of Ord. 
    Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

April 6, 2016 Issue

Gale Kirby
Idabel, OK Resident, 75

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​    Gale Kirby, age 75, passed away on Thurs., March 31, 2016 at his home in Idabel.
    Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thurs., April 7, 2016, at the Ord City Cemetery in Ord, NE. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wed., April 6, 2016, at the Ord Memorial Chapel in Ord, NE. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of local arrangements. 
    Gale was born on April 28, 1940, in Ord, NE, the son of Arthur Jensen and Gertie Elizabeth (Crandal) Kirby. Gale married his wife, Marquita, on May 26, 1990, in Broken Bow, OK.
    Gale was a truck driver, driving a chip truck for several years and was also involved in ranching. He enjoyed gardening and canning and loved his dogs, Wally and Sugar. He raised quarter horses was involved in wild horse racing and was a horseracing, and rodeo fan. He had lived in McCurtain County since 1990.
     Gale is survived by his wife, Marquita, of the home; sons, Sonny Kirby of Durant, OK, Dan Kirby of Billings, MT, Jaden Taylor of San Diego, CA, and Michael Carpenter of Idabel; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Jim Huffman of Taylor, NE, Marlene and David Crawford of Russellville, AR, and Gaylene Pearson of Kearney, NE; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces; many other relatives and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale Kirby; sister, Darlene Ralls; and a grandson, Michael Crawford.

DEATH NOTICE
Dorothy Platek • Farwell, NE Resident, 90

    Dorothy Platek, age 90, of Farwell, NE, died this past Monday in the Grand Island Hospital.
    Services will be held on Fri., April 8 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
    Time of funeral still pending.
    For more information contact Jacobsen Funeral Home in St. Paul, NE.

Lorraine R. Rysavy 
Ord, NE Resident, 88

    Lorraine R. Rysavy, 88, of Ord passed away on Tues., March 29, 2016, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
    Ms. Rysavy’s wishes were to be cremated. A private inurnment will be held at a later date at the Cotesfield Cemetery. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Lorraine was born October 18, 1927, at Cotesfield, NE to Frank and Hilda (Moravec) Tuma. She spent her childhood near Cotesfield and Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1945. 
    Lorraine made her home in Ord. She worked at various jobs and will be remembered by working as a clerk at the Coast to Coast store.
    She enjoyed her work and playing Bingo.
    Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Russell and Rose Rysavy of Boone, IA and Jack Rysavy of Grand Island; one daughter and a son-in-law, Karla and Jim Gyenes of Grand Island; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Emil and Ralph Tuma. 

March 30, 2016 Issue

Denver J. Fahrenholz
U.S. Army Veteran • Sterling, NE Resident 82

    Denver J. Fahrenholz, 82, of Sterling, NE, died Sun., March 20, 2016 at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh. He was born on January 15, 1934 in Syracuse. Denver would go on to be confirmed in 1948 at the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Syracuse. After graduating from Syracuse High School in 1952, he joined the workforce and became a mechanic at the International dealership in Syracuse. Denver also worked as a yardman at the Chalco Feedlot outside of Millard where he developed a love for cattle. Denver was called to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. Denver was stationed in Germany, Italy, and France as a machine gunner.  Denver was wed to Doris Bostelmann on Oct. 21, 1961 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nebraska City. He then became a farm hand for Elson Wiles in Syracuse until moving to Sterling to begin his farming career.  On the family farm is where Denver and Doris would spend the rest of their life together raising their family, growing huge gardens and farming together until Doris’ death. They were blessed with 50 years of marriage. Denver would go on to continue farming and raising cattle until 2015. Early in his farming career, he spent time trucking for his dad, Elson Wiles and independently which he also thoroughly enjoyed. Denver and Doris were awarded the Johnson County Honor Farm Award for Conservation in 1992. Denver enjoyed his family, grandchildren, raising cattle, eating Schwan’s ice cream, fishing, and going to the casino with his brother-in-law, Raymond Benson.
    Survivors include: one son, Dean Fahrenholz and his wife, Traci of Ord; one daughter, Diane Eckhardt and her husband, Brad of Sterling; four grandchildren, Trevor and Dana Fahrenholz and Erika and Heidi Eckhardt. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ella (Petersen) Fahrenholz; his wife Doris who died June 21, 2012; and one sister, Betty Peoples.
    At Denver’s request, private family services will be held. The body will lie in state at the Zink-Fox Funeral Home from Wednesday at 12 p.m. until Thursday at 8 p.m. The family will be greeting relatives and friends on Thursday from 6-7 p.m.. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Zink-Fox Funeral home of Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.

March 23, 2016 Issue

Erma B. Axthelm
Mount Vernon, WA Resident, 93

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​    In the arms of her loving husband of 75 years, Erma Bethene Axthelm, age 93, died on Tues., Jan. 15, 2016. A kind woman with a great sense of humor, Erma was a true blessing to her family.  
    Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.
    Erma was born on Valentine’s Day 1923 in Ord, NE, to Len and Loretta Covert. Erma attended school in Ord and graduated in 1940. Erma met her husband, Mike, at the home of a good friend. Mike and Erma were married on a bright, sunny day in January 1941. They moved to Madison, WI for a short time, but World War II called them back to Ord. Mike set Erma up in a home near relatives in Ord before he was drafted into the military. Erma did bookkeeping for the soils conversation business they owned. They farmed their land until two years of hail ruined the crops. In 1956, with the family having grown from two to six, they moved to Washington State and settled in Mount Vernon. Erma was busy raising her children and working in the First Christian Church. She worked as a rural delivery driver for the Skagit Valley Herald for 24 years. She enjoyed watching the children on her route grow into adulthood. When Erma and Mike retired, their pleasure in life really began. They loved to travel and visited 48 states. They cruised to Alaska and spent time in Hawaii. They wintered in Arizona for many years and made many friends there. 
    Erma is survived by her devoted husband, Mike Axthelm of Mount Vernon, and their four children:  daughter Beth (Brent) Weidemann of Anacortes, three sons Lynn (Gabe) Axthelm of Mount Vernon, James (April) Axthelm of Mount Vernon and Bill (Jer) Axthelm of Beaverton, OR. Erma also leaves behind 22 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, and six great, great grandchildren. 
    Memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital in the name of Erma Axthelm. A memorial service was held Sat., March 19, 2016, at Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon followed by a reception in the Hawthorne Reception Room.  
    Please share your thoughts of Erma and sign online at www.hawthornefh.com. 

Dorwin F. Hafner 
Former Ord Resident, 82

    Dorwin, F. Hafner, 82, of Loup City, formerly of Ord passed away on March 20, 2016, at the Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
    Mr. Hafner’s wishes were to be cremated. At this time there are no services planned. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Dorwin Fredrick was born June 18, 1933, at Lincoln, Nebraska to Edward J. and Helena M. (Kersting) Hafner. He was raised on a farm near Bloomfield, NE where he received his education. On April 10, 1955, Dorwin was united in marriage to Betty Jean Ulrich at Wayne, NE. While living in Ord, Dorwin worked as a meat cutter and Cetak’s Market. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing and spending time with his family.
    Survivors include his wife, Betty; two sons, Edward D. and Augest E.; two daughters, Carmen Leibert and Lynn Schwiger; two grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elaine Wilson.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Shirley Arnall.

Arvilla Kenaston
Springview, NE Resident, 81

    Arvilla Kenaston, 81, of Springview, NE died Sun., March 6, 2016 at Valley View Senior Living Center in Ord, NE.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., March 26, 2016 at New Apostolic Church in Ainsworth, NE with pastor Val Fletcher officiating. 
    Arvilla Joyce Kenaston was born March 27, 1934 in Crawford, NE to Oscar and Alta (Allan) Pratt.  She attended Ainsworth High School and on July 12, 1952, Arvilla married Robert Kenaston in Long Pine, NE.  The couple raised cattle on the family ranch North of Springview for many years. The couple played many dances and shows all over the mid-west with family members and numerous other entertainers including Yankton, SD radio personality, Ben Norman.  Arvilla owned the Corner Café in Springview in the 80’s and 90’s and later worked at Flynn’s Café before her retirement.  As a dobro and lap steel guitar player, she was a member of the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame, promoter and organizer of the Country & Western Fiddler’s Jamboree held annually in Springview, NE for 48 years, was an avid participant in country and bluegrass music festivals, loved to dance and enjoyed playing music with her children and friends.  She loved playing cards with the Springview Card Club, she taught her kids and grandkids how to play and she enjoyed many winning hands.
    Arvilla is survived by son Roger (Sharon) Kenaston of Lyons, NE; daughter Vanessa Kenaston of Springview, NE; grandchildren Bobbi Jo Lytle of Ord, NE, Martin (Jennifer) Kenaston of Dakota City, NE, Clifford (Brittany) Heyden of Long Pine, NE and Jesse Heese of Millboro, SD; great grandchildren, Shelbi, Shelden & Stetsen Lytle, Alison & Lindsay LaFleur, Katelynn & Brianna Kenaston; Bailey Devall and Mia Heyden; sister and brother in law Marlene (Robert) Arent of Nampa, ID  and other special family members.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters Allen (Wanda) Pratt, Esther (Stephen) Saxton, Johnny (Myrtle) Pratt, Ruby (Howard) Henderson, Elvin (Stella) Pratt, Donna Rae (Steve) Farmer; and husband, Bob in 2013.
    Memorials may be directed to the family. Stokely Funeral Home in West Point, NE is assisting with arrangements. 

March 16, 2016 Issue

Margaret R. Aubert
Loup City, NE Resident, 89

    Margaret Ruth (Sheets) Aubert was born on Feb. 15, 1927 to George and Marguerite (Reckmeyer) Sheets. Margaret had two sisters, Joann and Norna. They attended rural schools in the area and had fun stories about riding her horses to school and home again after school. Margaret also spent two years of elementary school in Osceola, NE where she resided with her two aunts in town. She spent the majority of her life residing in the beautiful Sand Hills of Nebraska. She often said, “I left my heart in the Sand Hills.”
     Margaret attended Kearney State College and received her teaching certificate. While she was there, her mother also attended one year of summer school with her and this created many interesting memories for both of them. She taught in several rural schools in Central Nebraska. Her favorite school years were spent teaching at the Gates school where she had numerous friends in the community and maintained those friendships over the years. During her summer breaks, she worked for several ranchers in the area where she helped in moving and tending cattle. She loved any job that would allow her to spend time riding her horses. It was during one of these cattle drives that she met her future husband, John Aubert. They loved telling stories of their first date being on horseback.
     On March 15, 1956, Margaret and John were married in Broken Bow. This wedding date was chosen because both of their parents shared this wedding date. The Best man and Matron of Honor were Kate and Tom Loughran and this friendship continued over the years.
     After they were married, John and Margaret first resided in Custer County near Gates where John worked at the Poland Place while she taught at Gates. They also spent several years living in Ericson where they both worked on the Pitzer Ranch. Their free time was spent attending and participating in rodeos. Their daughter Sheila was born during this timeframe.
     Their next adventure was in Sargent where John was the Parts man at Peterson-Drake John Deere Shop. Margaret continued to teach at Gates for several years and was also a substitute teacher. Margaret spent her free time devoted to the raising of registered German Shepherd dogs and Appaloosa Horses. She was able to share her love of horses and children by leading a 4-H club devoted to horses.
     She also was pleased to sell Avon and Watkins products to her friends and neighbors as this gave her an opportunity to visit her friends and neighbors. She was active in various organizations in Sargent and Custer County, including Extension Club.
     Margaret spent her last few years residing in the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City. She made numerous friends there with staff and other residents. She praised the food and all of the staff there and enjoyed the many activity options she had to choose from. Her love of reading westerns continued throughout the years as she added to her extensive collection. She also spent many hours putting together puzzles of horses, dogs and cats. Her love of chocolate never wavered.
     Margaret was preceded in death by her husband John, and her parents.
     Margaret passed away on March 7, 2016 at Rose Lane. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Erickson and husband, William Erickson who reside in Broken Bow/Sargent; her daughter, Jodie Durham and husband, Michael Durham who reside wherever their horses are racing including Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Illinois; two grandchildren, Shane Eloe who was her favorite redhead and lives in Council Bluffs IA; and Amber Mobley, her favorite blonde and her husband, Vern Mobley from Callaway; great grandchildren Seth, Jadon and Delilah Eloe, Aubrey Reifenrath, Klayton Milhon and Lexi Mobley; along with her sister Joan Hale in Chickasha OK; and sister Norna Kellner who lives in Missouri.
     Funeral services were held Sat., March 12, 2016 at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent with Reverend Don Schauda officiating. Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Memorials may be made to Sargent Volunteer Fire Department.

Donna R. Hoevet
Ord, NE Resident, 70

    Donna R. Hoevet, 70, of Ord passed away on Mon., March 14, 2016, at the CHI St. Francis Health System in Grand Island.
    Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., March 18, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Mark Maresh officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s School or Donor’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Donna Rae was born May 6, 1945, at Bladen, NE to Tommy G. and Dorothy M. (Kottwitz) Stoughton. She was raised in Bladen where she received her education and graduated from Bladen High School in 1963.
    On October 19, 1963, Donna was united in marriage to Edward Hoevet at Roseland, NE. The couple made their home in Ord. To this union four children were born. Donna was a homemaker and during her kid’s school years, she volunteered at St. Mary’s School and later worked as an aide in the Physical Therapy Department at Valley County Health System. 
    Donna had a “green thumb” and enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was an avid sports fan and rarely missed an event of her kids or grandkids. Her passion was caring for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    She is survived by her husband, Edward of Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and William Kamphaus of Ord; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lori Hoevet of Ord, and Bryan Hoevet and his significant other, Sandra Carskadon of Ord; numerous grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores and Ivan “Pete” Meyer of Roseland and Sharon and Terry Fraser of Hastings.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Baby Todd Allen Hoevet and an infant granddaughter, Baby Kate Kamphaus.

Jerry Rooney
Kansas City, MO Resident, 82

    Jerry Rooney, 82, died peacefully January 20, 2016 in Kansas City, surrounded by his family.
     Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., March 17, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord, NE. Father Josh Brown officiated. Inurnment was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. Memorials are suggested to the Greeley Sacred Heart Church, 303 E Wicklow Ave, Greeley, NE 68842; or to the Disabled Veterans of America, 8787 Old Santa Fe Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Emma L. Stefka
Broken Bow, NE Resident, 79

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    Emma L. Stefka, age 79, of Broken Bow died Wed., March 9, 2016 at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
     Funeral services were held on March 11, 2016 at Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow with Reverend Glen Emert officiating.  Burial was in the Douglas Grove Cemetery at Comstock, NE.  Memorials are suggested to the Comstock Fire and Rescue or the family choice.   
     Emma Lucille Stefka was born Oct. 22, 1936 in Ansley, NE, to Leo W. and Blanche T. (Hammer) Anderson. Emma attended country school and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1953. On Nov. 22, 1953, Emma married Eldon Stefka in Loup City, NE.  From 1953 to 1985 they farmed and ranched in the Spring Creek Community near Comstock. Emma attended Mid Plains Community College and received her LPN and Pharmacy Tech degree.  Emma worked at the Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow from Feb. 17, 1975 to Feb. 17, 2004. 
    Emma was an avid quilter.  She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed going to their many activities.
    Emma is survived by her three sons: Rodney Stefka of Alliance, NE, Danny Stefka of Alliance, NE, and Rollie (Kina) Stefka of Comstock, NE; one daughter, Jo and (John) Smolik of Sargent, NE; eight grandchildren, Gary Stefka, Denise Picket Pin, Tim Stefka, Cassidy Stefka, Zeb Stefka, McKenzie Stefka, Aklin Smolik, and Logun Smolik; three great grandchildren Riley, Dante, and John; two brothers, Robert (Janet) Anderson of Farmington, NM, Theo Anderson of Wood River, NE, three sisters, Donna Longnecker of  Grand Island, NE, Mary Stefka of Ord, NE, and Betty Thompson of Grand Island, NE; two sisters-in-law, and a brother-in-law.
    Emma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eldon, three brothers and two sisters.

March 9, 2016 Issue

Margaret Aubert
Loup City, NE Resident, 89

    Margaret (Sheets) Aubert, age 89, of Sargent, NE died March 7, 2016 at the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City, NE.
     Funeral services will be held Sat., March 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent with Reverend Don Schauda officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitation will be Fri., March 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Rhoad Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Sargent Volunteer Fire Department.       
    More details will appear.

Marlene M. Smith
Ord Resident, 82

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​    Marlene M. Smith, 82, of Ord passed away on Wed., March 2, 2016, at the CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tues., March 8, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Father Josh Brown and Father Mark Maresh officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Marlene was born on July 22, 1933, at Ord, NE, to Ralph and Francis (Drozda) Norman. She was raised in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1951.
    Marlene continued her education at Kearney State Teacher’s College where she received a teaching certificate and later taught school in Elyria. She lived in Lincoln and worked at the Capitol in the State Auditor’s Office and also was a model for Miller and Paine Department Store.  
    While in Lincoln, Marlene met the love of her life, Walter Smith. Marlene became Walt’s Bride on November 12, 1956, at Ord, Nebraska. For a short time they lived in Philadelphia and Colorado Springs before settling in Ord. 
    Walt and Marlene raised their family of ten children in Ord. Marlene was a homemaker and also worked for her father in the County Attorney’s Office, at Severson’s Accounting and enjoyed being a waitress at the Vets’ Club.
    She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Altar Society; and enjoyed helping at the events at St. Mary’s. Marlene had a passion for music; she was the church organist and also sang. She enjoyed opera and classical music, especially Barry Manilow and Mario Lanza.  She loved watching baseball especially the Phillies and Royals, and was an avid Pete Rose fan. Marlene belonged to a card club, Douthit’s Coffee group and also spent time crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, home projects and watching Little House on the Prairie. 
    Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Walter of Ord; her beloved three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Patty of Loveland, Colorado, John of Ord and Tom and Paula of Lincoln; and her beloved seven daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Greg Spurck of Omaha, Peg Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cathy and Steve Coble of Bassett, Anne and Dean Echtinaw of Omaha, Sue and Jerry Laughlin of South Bend, Patty and Don Schaaf of Omaha and Chris and George Simmerman of Omaha. She was the proud grandmother of 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Virginia Norman-Setlik of Ord; and two brothers-in-law, Thomas McCarthy of Norfolk and Dave Boutot of Lincoln.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; a great-granddaughter, Alexandria “Bean” Huber; two brothers, Roland and Lyle Norman and two sisters, Doris McCarthy and Sondra Buller.

March 2, 2016 Issue

Nicholas G. Clement
U.S. Air Force Veteran • Scotia Resident, 76

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    Nicholas G. “Nick” Clement, 76, of Scotia passed away on Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, at Holmes Lake Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lincoln.
    A Celebration of Life was held on Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, at the North Loup Seventh Day Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Hausrath officiating. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to the Scotia Volunteer Fire Department or the Scotia Library. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
    Nicholas G. was born April 11, 1939, at Omaha, NE, to Ruth Clement. He was raised in North Loup and graduated from North Loup High School in 1956.
    As a young man, Nick worked for his grandfather. In 1956, he entered the United States Air Force and served until 1959.  
    On July 30, 1961, Nick was united in marriage to Lola M. Sampson at St. Paul. The couple made their home in Scotia.
    Following the service, Nick’s career began with Ray Van Slyke and Vic Wegner where he worked for 29 years; Mike Marshall for 10 years and Husker Petroleum for 8 years. Nick opened Clements’s Garage which he operated for 7 years. 
    Nick was a member of the Scotia Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years; for 30 years he was a Hunter Safety Instructor and Boy Scout Committee Member for 10 years.  He was involved in Pheasants Forever and the Happy Jack Chalk Mine Association. Nick had a passion for classic cars, especially his 1952 Hudson. He was a member and Vice President of the Nebraska-Iowa Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club. Nick’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, traveling and he was a bald eagle enthusiast and enjoyed watching them fly over the river.  
    Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lola of Scotia; a son and daughter-in-law, Gale and Lori Clement of Lincoln; a daughter, Karen Clement and Mark Barrett of Grand Island; six grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Watson of Grand Island and Barb Arnold of Beaver Crossing; one brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Robert Sampson of St. Louis; Lillie and Glen Dierberger of Waverly and Bessie Rice of Schuyler.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Sample; a granddaughter, Zoey Menke and parents-in-law, Leroy and Lola Sampson.

Gerald L. Larsen
Burwell, NE Resident, 91

    Gerald L. Larsen, 91, of Burwell, NE died quietly in his sleep on Tues., Feb. 16, 2016, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
   Services were held Sat., Feb. 20, 2016, at the Burwell United Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Ord City Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Davenport officiated. Memorials are suggested to the Garfield County Historical Society or the United Methodist Church. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell was in charge of arrangements.
    Gerald was born on March 14, 1924, to Lars and Ericka (Frey) Larsen in rural Garfield County, NE. He attended Joint District 61 country school and graduated from Ord High School. On June 12, 1946, he married Irene Erickson and began farming and ranching between Burwell and Ericson. Gerald and Irene had two children, a daughter Judy, and a son Larry.
    In 1966 Gerald turned the farm over to his son, Larry, and started a very successful second career with New York Life Insurance Company. In 1975 Gerald and Irene moved to Burwell.
    Gerald is survived by daughter, Judy Brownell and husband, Larry of Albany, OR; son, Larry Larsen and wife Deb of Burwell, NE; grandchildren Brenda Ku, Matt Brownell, Lanny Larsen, and Tony Larsen; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in law Wanda Larsen, and Sandy Erickson.
    Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, Irene, brothers Clarence and Eldon; sister Eileen Timmerman.
    Gerald loved visiting with people, farming, and New York Life. He loved the land, fishing, a good steak, and ice cream. He knew no stranger and will be missed by many.

Alvin Robert Lukesh
Sidney, NE Resident, 84

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    Alvin Robert Lukesh, age 84 of Sidney, NE and former Kimball, NE resident passed away at his home Sun., Feb. 14, 2016.
    Alvin’s wishes were for cremation to be held and no formal funeral services.  Private family services will take place at a later date.  Condolences may be sent in care of the family at 1244 King Street, Sidney, NE 69162.  Friends may view Alvin’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. 
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Alvin’s care and funeral arrangements.    
    Alvin Robert Lukesh, the son of Albert Fred and Agnes Grace (Bilka) Lukesh, was born on April 24, 1931 at Kimball, NE.  On November 14, 1953 he was united in marriage to Royalee Burr at Cheyenne, WY.  They were married for sixty-two years.  
    Alvin had a plumbing business while living in Kimball before moving to Sidney to take over the Culligan Water Business.  
    Survivors include his wife:  Royalee; sons:  Daniel, Matthew and Jeff and wife Jill (Liess) Lukesh; daughter:  Susan Roth and husband Don; grandchildren: Nathan Roth, Zachary and Dawn (Kurz) Roth, LeAnn (Roth) Kampfe and husband Paul, Taleah, Taylor and Tessa Lukesh; great-grandchildren:  Kylee and Kaden Kampfe, Nicolas, Colum and Effy Roth; sisters:  Betty Eisenhauer and Esther Skrdlant and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.  
    Alvin was preceded in death by his parents:  Albert and Agnes Lukesh, brothers-in-law:  Donald Janicek and Walter Skrdlant, in-laws:  LeRoy and Josephine Burr and niece: Connie (Skrdlant) Pafford.

February 24, 2016 Issue

Mabel Dobrovsky
Ord Resident, 78

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​    Mabel Dobrovsky, 78 of Ord, died Tues., Feb. 16, 2016 at her home.
    Funeral Services were held Sat., Feb. 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Heartland Assembly of God Church in Ord with Rev. Thomas Burkholder officiating.  Burial was in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Family’s Choice.  Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Mabel E. Dobrovsky was born Feb. 1, 1938 at LaMar, MO to Arthur and Bernice (Owens) Brown. She was raised at Sargent, NE and received her education there.  On Sept. 21, 1955 Mabel was united in marriage to Albin Dobrovsky.  Albin and Mabel moved to a small farm north of Ord in 1967.  Mabel continued to live there after Albin passed away in 2002.  
    Mabel was employed with SGS as a secretary for 21 years until her passing.  She loved working and serving the customers.  Mabel was a helping hand wherever needed. 
    Mabel’s love of cattle and animals was a lifelong joy.  She enjoyed any type of orphan animal.  She bottle-fed everything imaginable.  Patience and her nurturing spirit will continue on her small farm.
    Mabel was a member of the Heartland Assembly of God Church and the VFW Auxiliary. She was active with Community Light for hurting families. Mabel helped many people behind the scene. She opened her home to many people throughout the years.  
    Hobbies Mabel enjoyed were: wood crafts, gardening, old hymns, and playing cards. She had a special bond with her great-grandchildren. She was known as “their” GG. Family time with Adam and LaRissa, Eric and Jen was top in her book.  She enjoyed the family breakfasts on Sundays.
    Survivors include a daughter and son in law Val and Steve Lytle; two sisters Joyce Shafer of Alda and Joy Brown of Cozad; four Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren.
    Mabel was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Bernice (Owens) Brown; her husband Albin; a son Vincent; one infant son; a sister Jeanette Mach.

William “Bill” J. Badsteen
U.S. Navy Veteran • Ord Resident, 94

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​    William “Bill” Joseph Badsteen, 94 of Ord, died Sun., Feb. 14, 2016 at his home at Ord.
    Mass of Christian burial was held Fri., Feb. 19, 2016 at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Mark Maresh officiating. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery with Military rites by the Ord VFW and American Legion. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    William (Bill) Joseph Badsteen, Jr. was born Aug. 19, 1921, to William Joseph Badsteen and Emma (Leahy) Badsteen in Franklin County, NE. 
    Bill was a 1940 graduate of Franklin High School and played basketball for the Franklin Flyers.
    He joined the Navy in 1943 right after Pearl Harbor and served for 4 years on the USS Providence in World War II in the Persian Gulf.
    On June 23, 1951, he married Barbara (Mayer) Badsteen in Blair, NE. They were married for 64 years.
    Bill worked for The Bureau of Reclamation for 33 years before retiring and then working for the Ord Golf Course, and Olsson Associates.  During his career they lived in many places and met many wonderful friends.  Those locations include Franklin, Nebraska, Superior, Nebraska, Norton, Kansas, Palmer, Alaska, Beloit, Kansas, Riverdale, North Dakota, Pierre, South Dakota, and Ord, Nebraska.
    He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, the American Legion, Ord Rotary Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and participated in many antique car shows including Valley Rod.
    Bill is survived by his wife Barbara Badsteen, Ord, NE, daughters, Marilyn Dowell (Don), Dallas, TX, Marcia Norris (Frank), Houston, TX, and Martha Badsteen, Ord, NE. Grandchildren include: Anna Baker, John Norris, Patrick Norris, Erin Dowell, and Paul Dowell.
    He is also survived by his extended family: Tammi Knutson, Darci Jeffres, Cyndi Smith, Jen Sandoz, and the many friends that assisted them. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ray Badsteen and sister, Rita Bennett.
    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ord American Legion, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and the Ord Fire Department.  


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