Obituaries

Violet E. Hilker

Violet Elizabeth Hilker, age 89, of Arapahoe Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home of Bellevue, Nebraska.   She was born on the family farm north of Arapahoe, Nebraska on May 5, 1928 to Fred and Louise (nee Koeteman) Huxoll.  She was the third child of 12 born to the Huxoll family.

She was received into God’s Kingdom through Holy Baptism on May 27, 1928 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska. She attended parochial school and was confirmed in her baptismal vow on May 18, 1944 at St. Matthew also. On December 1, 1948 she was united in marriage to Chester Hilker of Arapahoe, Nebraska. God blessed this union with three daughters: Geraldine, Janet and Nancy.

They made their home on a farm northwest of Arapahoe where Violet continued to live for almost 69 years.  She worked alongside her husband, helping in many ways on the farming/ranch operations.  She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, baking and sewing.  She would always have a big noon meal ready for anyone helping on the farm and would take meals to the field at harvest times. Everyone in her family loved her homemade bread, rolls and cinnamon rolls.  Violet enjoyed sewing clothes for her three daughters and also made several of her sister’s wedding dresses.   She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe and enjoyed being on the College/Armed Services Committee for LWML.

Preceding Violet’s death were her parents, husband Chester in February, 2001 and siblings: Laurel Huxoll, Martin Huxoll, June Tracy, Wayne Huxoll and Betty Riepe.  Also sisters-in-law Beverly Huxoll, April Hilker. Brothers-in-law: Joe ten Bensel, Lloyd Golter, Clarence Tracy, Buddy Riepe, Myron Hilker, Darrel Deterding and Kenneth Hilker.

Surviving siblings are Marjorie ten Bensel, Arapahoe, Chuck Huxoll, Holbrook, Twyla Golter, Flagstaff, AZ, Norman (Dorothy) Huxoll, Holbrook, NE, Jim (LeAnn) Huxoll, Cambridge, NE and Isabelle (Alvin) Pfeiffer, Arapahoe.  Sisters-in-law: Brenda Huxoll & Joyce Hilker of Cambridge, NE, and Dorothy (Lawrence) Wenger.

She leaves to mourn her three daughters: Geraldine (Brad) Rickert of Kansas City, MO; Janet (Dick) Hermes of Arapahoe and Nancy (John) Bumgardner of Hastings, NE.

Violet’s eight grandchildren and nineteen great- grandchildren have fond memories of their time spent together at the farm:  Jeannie (Derrick) Wilde, Braden and Owen of Kansas City; Stacy (Joe) Mudd, Kamden and Brody of Kansas City; Robyn (Dennis) O’Roark, Addisen and Emersen of Kansas City; Ryan (Robyn) Hermes, Mandy Loghry, Brad Loghry, Christopher, Drew of Arapahoe; Nicholas (Alaina) Bumgardner, Elijah, Isaac, Judah, Adam of Hastings; Nathan (Cori) Bumgardner, Zoey, Taye, Edison of Omaha; Brent (Amber) Bumgardner, Hadley Pleas, Cohen of Omaha and Bridget Bumgardner of Omaha. She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends.

Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 2 PM till 8 PM, with the family present from 7 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Douglas D. DeOss

Douglas D. DeOss, 54, of Kearney, died Saturday, December 9, 2017 at CHI Health – Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.  Memorial services will be on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Lexington, NE with Pastor Rex Adams.  Burial will be later.  There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later.  Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.  Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.

Doug was born in Atwood, KS on December 14, 1962 to Jack and Lola (Sayer) DeOss.  Doug was an avid believer in our lord and savior Jesus Christ. He loved to spend time with his grandkids. He enjoyed taking them fishing and also playing catch. He also enjoyed watching Husker football and never missed watching the Green Bay Packers. He also loved collecting knives.

Doug is survived by his three children, Nick and wife Sheila of Kearney, NE, Mallory and husband William Dunn of Elm Creek, NE, Brian and girlfriend Melissa of Cadiz, OH; brothers, Steven and wife Mary Ann of Cairo, NE, Dave and wife Linda of Columbus, NE; six grandchildren, Cassie, William, Matthew, Evan, Makaden, and Mia; two great-grandchildren, Ellie and Dellah; Many nieces and nephews.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Christine DeOss; brother, Daniel DeOss.

Norma J. Foss

Norma J. Foss, age 80, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska.  She was born November 19, 1937 to Earl and Ruth (Dunlap) Randolph in Oxford.  She grew up in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1955.

On January 11, 1959 she married Donald Foss at Salem Lutheran Church south of Elwood.  Four children were born:  Doug, Roger, Jennifer, and infant daughter who died at birth. They farmed for many years before moving into Elwood.  Don and Norma were faithful followers of Elwood High School athletics and attended many years of activities for their children and grandchildren.

Norma enjoyed neighborhood card clubs, dancing with Don, and was a founding member of the Udder Bunch.  From this grew her love of collecting cows, and she had quite a herd.  Norma was also a very talented cake decorator which became a successful business for her.

Survivors include her children:  Doug and wife Barb Foss of Elwood, Roger and wife Kelli Foss of Wichita, Kansas, Jennifer and husband Craig Ward of Elwood, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Viewing & visitation will be Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 4 PM till 8 PM with family present from 6 PM till 8 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska and prior to the services at the church. Funeral services will be Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. Interment will be at the Salem West Cemetery at Elwood. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to Elwood Booster Club and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Jack D. Morse

Jack D. Morse, age 68, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Phelps Memorial Hospital, in Holdrege, Nebraska. He was born in Holdrege, on March 1, 1949, to Dale W. and Marie “Mae” (Allen) Morse.

He grew up on the farm northwest of Beaver City, Nebraska and attended Beaver City High School graduating with the class of 1967.  After high school, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After receiving his degree, he taught for a few years at Ord High School, in Ord, Nebraska. He then worked as an appraiser for FHA before moving back to Beaver City and buying his parent’s farm. On November 29, 1980, he married Mary O’Hare. This union was blessed with a daughter, Elizabeth in October of 1984.

Jack enjoyed collecting military memorabilia, focusing on WWII. He was an avid hunter who went on many exciting hunting trips all over the United States and Canada. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle for many years and later on added a buffalo herd to the farm. His family was most important and he cherished the times he was able to spend with them, especially special time making memories with his grandchildren.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Beaver City where he was known as the honorary candle lighter. He also served on the Rural Fire District Board, member of the Charles Roy Bonham American Legion Post #28 of Beaver City, and cemetery board.

He is survived by his wife Mary Morse of Beaver City, Nebraska,

Daughter: Elizabeth and husband Robert Cooley of Kearney, Nebraska and grandchildren: BreAnna, Aiden, and Madelyn

Brother: Jim and wife Nancy Morse of Loomis, Nebraska

Sister: Mary Lou Mittan of Lincoln, Nebraska and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorial services were held Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Rev. Becky Saddler, officiating. Inurnment was at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Nebraska with military rites given by the American Legion Post of Beaver City, Nebraska and the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and Beaver City Senior Center. Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Tony D. Miller

Phoenix, AZ – Tony Dean Miller died Friday, October 27, 2017, at the age of 54.

Tony was born on June 11, 1963 in McCook, NE. He was one of eight children born to E. Royal Miller and Jackie (Haag) Miller.

Tony grew up in Arapahoe, Nebraska where  he graduated from Arapahoe Public Schools in 1982. He went on to pursue a higher education studying music at University of Nebraska Kearney. Additonally, he studied Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Phoenix. Tony worked as a Specialist/Auditor at Cigna and a State of Arizona claims customer provider, as well as a former grill cook at Wendy’s.

In January of 1986, Tony married Kimberly Calvert at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCook, NE. To this union was born five children: Daniel, Rachell, Rebekah, Jacob and Renee.

Tony went on to marry Debra Rigby in April of 2001.

Tony used much of his musical talent blessing his family and friends by performing for weddings and events.

Tony was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alvin G. Miller, grandmother, Grace E. Michaels Miller McComb, grandfather, Grant McComb, grandmother, Evelyn M. Haag and grandfather,  John C. Haag.

Tony is survived by  his five children, Daniel Dean Miller of Phoenix, AZ, Rachell Rae (Miller) Tucker of Kingman, AZ, Rebekah Ann Miller of Torrington, WY, Jacob Alan Miller of Cheyenne, WY and Renee Lynn Miller of Cheyenne, WY, his former wife and mother of his children, Kim Plum, his wife, Debbie Miller, father and step-mother, Royal and Kae Miller, mother Jackie Miller, brothers, Alan Miller and wife Tina, Mike Miller and wife Ann, Mark Miller and wife Kerry, David Miller and wife Joselyn, Ronny Miller and wife Jenn, sisters Linda DiNieri and husband David, Tracy Zern and husband Mike, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Clarabelle Brakhahn

Clarabelle Brakhahn, age 84, of Beaver City, Nebraska, formerly of Hendley, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Beaver City Manor. She was the eighth child born to John and Clara (Mayes) Steinke on November 6, 1933 on a farm Northwest of Beaver City.

Clarabelle grew up on a farm west of Beaver City and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1951.  She was baptized during high school at the Christian Church in Beaver City, Nebraska and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Hendley on December 20, 1953.   June 10, 1951 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harold Henry Brakhahn.  They were blessed with four sons and one daughter.  Harold and Clarabelle lived in Iowa for 3 years early in their married life and spent the remaining time in Holbrook and Hendley area farming.  After Harold’s death in 2007 she moved to Sunshine Village in Arapahoe where she lived until her first stroke in July, 2011 when she moved to the Assisted Living in Beaver City and later to The Manor where she lived at the time of her death.

Clarabelle was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Her family meant the world to her and she stayed in contact with many in her extended family.  Genealogy and family history was of great importance to her and she researched and compiled all four branches of the family tree back several generations.  This was all before computers made this much easier.  She loved baking for her family.  Her bread, pies and raisin filled cookies were family favorites.  She also enjoyed embroidery and cross stitch and kept her family stocked in tea towels, pillow cases, quilts and the like.

Clarabelle was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Harold; her parents; five sisters and two brothers; daughter-in-law, Zona Brakhahn and one infant granddaughter, Logan Brakhahn.

Left to remember her lovingly are her children, Doug and Sheila Brakhahn, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Gary and Jenny Brakhahn, Arapahoe, Nebraska; Ken Brakhahn, Hendley, Nebraska; Randy and Pam Brakhahn, Kearney, Nebraska; and Patty and Kurt Stradley, Raymond, Nebraska; 6 grandchildren, Tyia Brakhahn, Staci and Travis Wray, Chad and Stephanie Brakhahn, Tyler Brakhahn, Mariah and Connor Niemeyer, Kyra Stradley and 8 great grandchildren; and many other extended family members and friends.

Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing and visitation will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 5 PM till 7 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Milton “Bob” Johnson

Milton “Bob” Johnson age 82, formerly of Holbrook, NE passed away at Bryan Lincoln General Hospital on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  He was born in Lewiston, Montana to Robert L and Grace L. (Berundt) Johnson.  Bob spent most of his early years in Montana.  He joined United States Air Force on January 3, 1952 and was Honorably discharged on December 18, 1955.  He was stationed in Alaska. Bob was married to Evelyn Cline and she preceded him in death in 2004. Bob lived in Denver for a period, moving to Holbrook, NE later.  During his life Bob worked many jobs. He was particularly keen to antiques and enjoyed having his antique business.  He was a collector of “junk”.  Bob retired from his business when the “internet shopper” caused traffic to stop coming into his store. He was a man of many talents and could build and fix nearly anything put before him. He loved tinkering in his shops, from doing wood work to metal work and more. He even built the home he lived in Holbrook. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and wife Evelyn. He is survived by his loving companion: Betty Pohl of McCook and all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister: Kay of Altoona, PA. Visitation will be held at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary Chapel in Cambridge on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm, with family present from 5 – 7 pm.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm with Pastor Richard Karr officiating.   Interment will be in the Holbrook Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed at graveside.   Memorial maybe left in Bob’s name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.  Lockenour-Jones Mortuary entrusted with arrangements.

Leland J. Wendland

Leland Jerome Wendland of Boring, Oregon, died at his home on October 3, 2017. He was born in his parents’ home on September 18, 1931in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was the son of Emil Franz Arthur Wendland and Laura Anna Louise (Riepe) Wendland. Baptized into the Christian faith on October 11, 1931, he was confirmed in that faith on May 27, 1945 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Arapahoe. During those dry and dusty years in the 1930’s he attended the Lone Tree country school until the sixth grade, followed by two years at Immanuel Lutheran parochial school in Arapahoe. When he was nine years old he learned to drive the family Model T for farm chores and to assist relatives with school transport. That early driving experience might explain a lot to those who traveled with him in the decades that followed. At the conclusion of the eighth grade he studied at St. Paul’s High School and College in Concordia, Missouri, an institution dedicated to the training of ministerial candidates for service in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. During the war years he recalled the long train trips in which he would stand in the aisle in order for the soldiers to enjoy a seat and a time of rest during furlough or transfer. Following  his high school graduation in 1951he attended St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas, where he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1952. In the fall of 1952 he began his studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he completed his BA in 1954 and Master of Divinity in June 1957. As a part of that process he completed two pastoral internships (vicarages), one in Ojai, California, during the summer of 1954, and the other in Rich, Arkansas, from the fall of 1955 to the summer of 1956. Just a few weeks after his graduation from the seminary in June, 1957, Leland married Loraine Doris Schmitt on July 6, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pevely, Missouri. On August 3 he was ordained into the ministerium of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and installed as pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Draper, South Dakota. His service in this initial dual parish would set the stage for the active parish work that would be a hallmark of his service throughout his career as a pastor. Those he served through his many years of work as a pastor will fondly recall his energetic preaching, his love for the worship paths of the Lutheran Church, and his attention to the familial details of the stories of Christ’s flock, based on the authentic and genuine interpersonal communication he was able to establish through a seemingly haphazard regimen of home visits, breakfasts at the local cafe, and countless conversations over coffee and other libations. Some of his congregants (and all of his family) will remember the ritual of the Sunday dinner at the Wendland parsonage, to which all, especially the single young men and women, would be welcome.Pastor Wendland served congregations in Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Oregon and California. In addition to his work in the congregations he served in a number of synodical offices as the district vice president of North Dakota and as a member of the board of directors of the Montana district board of mission work, and as the fourth vice-president of the Northwest District. During his time in North Dakota, Montana, Oregon and California he was the supervising pastor for fourteen vicars. In this role he was able to encourage soon-to-be pastors in the skills of charity, empathy and congeniality that were such an important part of his understanding of the pastoral office. In keeping with that understanding of those nuances of the ministerial office he became the executive director of professional church worker care for the Northwest District in 1995. During his tenure in that unique position he traveled more than 50,000 miles in order to visit every congregation and pastor of the district in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. When he retired in 2002 he continued to assist the office of the president (Northwest District) in placement of new candidates, calls for pastors, and pastoral vacancies in a far-flung region, including Hilo, Hawaii, Vancouver, Washougal, Battle Ground, and Richland, Washington, and Troutdale, Oregon. Leland Wendland loved to be busy. The busy young man raised a steer. He entered it in a 4H contest and won first prize of $100, which he used to purchase a walnut wooden desk. He also raised some crazy geese which caused some commopon on the home farm. He enjoyed many hobbies and fascinations outside Jf his vocation as a pastor, father and husband.  In the early years he would go hunting and fishing. He didn’t enjoy getting up early for the goose hunt, but “we got there while they were still sleeping, and when they flew away, we shot ’em.” But that didn’t necessarily mean that they “ate ’em.” On one excursion he brought a wounded goose home to show the children (one can only wonder how THAT went!). That goose ended up at the meat locker where it was prepared as food for others in need. On another occasion, a deer hunt, he stood up and waved his hands to send the little sacrifice over the hill so somebody else could do the shooting. As his work led him further west he set aside the guns and fishing poles (probably a good decision) to enjoy history, and revitalize an historic home in Helena, MT, where he was also a member of the Helena historical society. Unexpected garage sales, thrift stores, and estate sales were added to his daily itinerary of visitation with the members of his congregations, and he and Loraine exulted in the “find”: a grimy piece of furniture waiting to be restored, or a gritty piece of glassware that would soon be exhibited in a place of honor in their home. In his spare time he learned the craft of the potter, and the car in the garage was displaced to make room for his wheel and kiln. Work in the soil was probably a part of his genetic makeup. It is likely that he was landscaping the land around the parsonage in his mind even before he knew if there was a kitchen or a bathroom in the house. This resulted in many productive and beautiful gardens. In Clackamas, OR, he received a first-place award for his small, new rose garden (32 plants or less) in Portland. No small feat in the city of roses! And then came the crochet hooks! He crocheted hundreds of afghans for family, friends and charity that continue to give warmth and a sense of security to many. Those busy hands belied the activity of his mind: prayers for his family, friends, and church; ideas about how to help his family, friends and church, and the simple joy of creativity which reflected his optimistic view of the world in the comforting, but realistic, shadow of the cross of Christ. Surviving Leland are his wife  Loraine D. Wendland, seven children, seventeen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild: Kevin L. Wendland  and his wife Jayme of  Portland, OR, and their children Alexandria and Paige Wendland; Beth L. Marzolf  and her husband Dennis of Mankato, MN, and their children Kristian and Laura Marzolf; Karen Y. Herbold and her husband Randy of Vancouver, WA, and her son Brandon Griffel, his wife Lacey, and great-grandson Payton Giffel; and their children Taylor Mitchell and her husband Terrance, and Alexis Herbold; Stephanie D. Walker and her husband Sam of Milwaukie, OR, and their children Jorden Walker and his wife Ashley, Travis and Jarrid Walker; Jerome D. Wendland of Boring OR, and his children Chase and Trenton Wendland. Jennifer L. Wachlin and her husband Hans of  Camas, WA, and their children Seth, Noah Wachlin and his wife Charis, and Leah Wachlin; Joel S. Wendland and his wife Staci of  Boring, OR, and their children Codi Strandberg and her husband John, and Tucker Wendland. He is also survived by his sister-in law, Berniece (Mrs. Paul) Wendland, brother-in-law David Schmitt and his wife Rosemarie, sister-in-law Viola Schmitt, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Laura Wendland,  his brothers  Gary Wendland and Paul Wendland, his sister NaOma Arnold, his mother and father-in-law Walther and Gertrude Schmitt, his sisters and brothers-in-law Beatrice and Morgan Stewart, Marguerite and Delio Helbig and Earl Schmitt, and his son-in-law Rick Griffel. Officiants: Pastor Kris Morris, Pastor Larry Locke and Pastor Paul Schmidt Organist: Linda BoreckiPre-service and Postlude Hymns selected by Leland and Loraine: Eternal Father Strong to Save, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, For all the Saints, Behold a Host, Go My Children, Earth and All Stars.

Daniel C. Mousel

Daniel C. Mousel, age 75, of Edison, Nebraska, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Merrick Medical Center, Central City, Nebraska. He was born on August 15, 1942 at McCook, Nebraska to C.K. & Dorothy (Cotton) Mousel.
He attended country school north of Edison before attending Edison High School where he graduated with the Class of 1960. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled at Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska. He studied physical education and played football for the Loper’s his freshman year. He was a member of the Phi Tau Gamma Fraternity. He graduated in May of 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and then returned to Edison to engage in farming and ranching with his father.
Dan was especially fond of fine cattle and fine horses. He spent a lot of time on a horse as a young boy rounding up Hereford cattle that the family raised. He trained and raced many Quarter Horses for a time.
Dan was a football coach for many years and early in his teaching career coached all 3 sports. These years of coaching were very special years and for years after he recalled games and plays. He taught and coached thru three school consolidations, Beaver Valley High School, Twin Valley High School, and Southwest High School.
In July of 1963 he married Mona McCoy at Arapahoe, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Kirby and Allison. They lived on a farm north of Edison where they raised their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jo Elizalde, sister Donna Taylor and nephew Scott Swayze.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Mona Mousel of Edison, Nebraska, daughter Allison Jacquot and husband Alan of Anselmo, Nebraska, son Kirby and wife Linda E. Mousel of Central City, Nebraska; grandchildren; Megan Dubois and husband Nate of Central City, Sarah Green and husband Ty, Lindsay Trumblee and husband Josh, Nathan Mousel, all of Central City, Nebraska, Janie Mousel and fiancé Austin Redden of North Platte, Nebraska, and Kaitlyn Jacquot of Anselmo, Nebraska; Step-Granddaughters Sarah and Chloe Dixson; Great-Grandchildren: Vincent and Jameson Dubois, Emersyn and Jude Green and, Brother-In-Law Howard Taylor of Kearney, Nebraska; Brother-In-Law Neal McCoy and wife Norma of Kearney, Nebraska; Sister-In-Law Maxine McCoy of Cambridge, Nebraska, and Charlavee McCoy of Arapahoe, Nebraska and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Viewing and visitation was Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe, Nebraska and before services at the church. Funeral service was Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler and George Probasco, officiating. Interment was Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Fairview Cemetery, Cambridge, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the family. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Howard D. Burton

Howard Dean Burton, Sr., 87, of Arapahoe and formerly of Bingham, Nebraska passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Howard was born October 22, 1927 at Alliance, Nebraska to Charles and Ida (Gray) Burton.  He was the oldest of seven children.  He grew up on the family ranch and attended high school in Curtis, Nebraska graduating in 1945.

He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, before being drafted into the Army. Howard served from November of 1950 through October of 1952. After his honorable discharge he returned to the family ranch.

On April 10, 1953 Howard was united in marriage to Helen Schwaderer in Alliance. To this union four children were born, Gene Jim, Howard II, and Dena.   Howard continued to ranch with his father, managing the family business in Wray, Colorado for many years. The family returned to Bingham, Nebr. where Howard worked the ranch for the remainder of his work career. He loved the Nebraska sandhills, the cattle and the horses.

In August 2014 Howard moved to Arapahoe to live near his daughter, where he was known in the community as the “gator man,” as he drove his John Deere Gator around town to do his shopping and visiting.

Preceding him in death were his wife Helen, daughter Dena Wernsman, his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three sons: Gene (Jane) Burton of Norton, Kansas, Jim (Peggy) Burton of Grant, and Howard II (Mary) Burton of Mesa, Arizona; son-in-law Jeff Wernsman of Arapahoe, Nebraska; two sisters: Irma (Keith) Hodges of Bingham and Pauline Prewitt of Camp Verde, Arizona.  Also ten grandchildren: Jeffrey (Angela) Burton, Eric (Jenny) Burton, Patrick Burton, Megan (Dusty) Marquardt, Leslie (Zach) West, Howard III (Jamie) Burton, Kevin Burton, Christine Burton, Austin Wernsman and Tanner Wernsman; and ten great-grandchildren: Aineka, Xzavior, Teaghan, Masie, Alex, Ethan, Jake, Luke, Easton and Lillie; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held Friday, June 12, at 10 a.m. in Draucker Funeral Home with Rev. Eric Wait of New Hope Church officiating.

Interment is in the Bingham Cemetery on Friday at 2 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Hyannis Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to drauckerfuneralhome.com.

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.

Reverend Robert Dean Mues

Reverend Robert Dean Mues, aged 83, passed away on May 2, 2015.  He was born on October 5, 1931 in Arapahoe, Nebraska to Carl and Mary Mues, the youngest of 12 children.

He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  Dean married Lucille Davidson on August 19, 1961 and graduated from Springfield Seminary in May of 1962.  Throughout the years he served many congregations, including Trinity in Auburn, IL, Trinity in Catawba, NC, Immanuel in Klinger, IA, St. Paul’s in Chicago Heights, IL, Bethlehem in Roseville, MI, Our Redeemer in Eau Claire, WI, as well as continued service as a vacancy Pastor throughout retirement and guest Pastor to many area congregations.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents and eleven siblings.  He leaves behind his wife of 53 years Lucilee, their sons Kevin (Candy-Lu) Mues, Tim (Caroline) Mues, and grandchildren; Marcus, Matthew, Joshua and Lara Mues.  Interment with Military honors was 10:30 A.M. on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Fort Custer National Cemetery with a Memorial Service following at St. James Lutheran Church (2040 Oakwood Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505) with Rev. James H. Blain officiating.

For those who wish, please consider a memorial contribution in memory of Dean to St. James Lutheran Church.

Roy Dale “John” Girch

Roy Dale “John” Girch, age 87, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge, Nebraska.   He was born in Arapahoe, Nebraska on October 27, 1927 to Vernon and Helen (Mills) Girch.

He attended school and graduated from Arapahoe High School with the Class of 1945. While attending high school he was out for football, basketball, and track all four years. He enlisted in the Navy and spent twenty months in China until being honorably discharged in 1948. He worked different jobs till 1955 at which time he started his own business called “Arapahoe Body Shop” and operated it for 48 years and semi-retired in 1991.

He was a member of the Arapahoe Fire Department for 12 years and member of Peace Lutheran Church until it disbanded at which time he became a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

He enjoyed lending a helping hand to anyone. He was an avid bowler and participated in League Bowling for Fritz Flying Service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, with an annual Thanksgiving tradition to hunt in route to dinner in the earlier years. Nothing was broken that he couldn’t fix. He repurposed things before the rest of the world started recycling. His garden and fruit trees were his pride and joy. The garden was large enough to feed many so he would proudly share his produce with everyone. His unique humor kept all on alert. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Max, granddaughter Jenna.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Girch of Arapahoe, Nebraska; sister-in-law: Darlene Miller of Arapahoe, Nebraska; son: Roger Girch and wife Karen of Beatrice, Nebraska; daughter: Linda Klein and husband Tom of Hastings, Nebraska; grandchildren: Chris and wife Tiffany of Hastings, Nicole and Andrew Hitchcock of Hastings, Nebraska; Jess and husband Justin Ashmore; great-grandchildren: Haley and Lacy; step-great grandchildren: Jaden, Colton, Cora, and Coda.

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 10:30 AM at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating.  Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Darwin L. Strickland

Darwin LaMar Strickland age 58, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, died at his home on Friday, May 29, 2015. Darwin was born on February 23, 1957 to Clifford H. and Bonnie June (Helton) Strickland, at the old St. Catherine’s Hospital, in McCook, Nebraska.

As a youth, Darwin lived on the Strickland homestead southwest of Beaver City, Nebraska with his parents and brothers, and in the community of Beaver City, NE. As he grew older the family moved to the community of Arapahoe, NE, along with brief periods of residing in Arcadia, Kearney, and Lexington, Nebraska. Darwin created many memories growing up with his brothers and cousins on the farms and around town. He had the biggest kind and caring heart with a youthful soul that would give to every person and help anyone in need. He was an ornery one with a sense of humor that filled every person’s spirits and delights. As a young boy he often filled the joys of the Beaver City Dairy Queen, after church with his buck naked spirit. He so enjoyed being the tag along to his older brothers and his many cousin companions. Darwin was a great big brother and protector to his little sister, whom he liked to tease, but also loved to take to car shows, movies, the zoo, the circus, and everywhere imaginable.

Darwin participated in Boy Scouts and baseball, just to name a few of his boyhood activities. Darwin was a great artist working in a variety of mediums and had an incredible talent for woodworking. He crafted wood creations we cherish. Darwin loved racing cars. We often wondered how his need for speed always deterred the ability to obtain speeding tickets and maintain a motor vehicle operator’s license this long in life ϑ, let’s just say, riding with Darwin was like riding in Talladega! He always dreamed of becoming a professional race car driver and would follow NASCAR and local stock car racing events in his spare time. When given the chance, Darwin even enjoyed mechanical work on race cars. Not many people know this, but Darwin and his father completely rebuilt his sister’s car from the ground up.

Darwin is to be remembered as one who cannot sit idle and have time go by. He began working as a teenager riding his ten speed bike to the office furniture store he worked at for over 15 years. While working at this furniture store Darwin also worked part-time as assistant manager at Cinderella Twin Drive-In Theatre. Through the experience of working at this office furniture store, Darwin installed office furniture systems in most every office building in downtown Denver and the Metro Denver area and also had travels to Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington; and Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout his life Darwin found other employment experiences but also had the pleasure of working construction with his father and moved with his parents to Bella Vista, Arkansas. Darwin returned to Denver, Colorado and lived in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas working construction jobs until he moved out to Arapahoe where he enjoyed his time working for the tenBensel family farm. Darwin enjoyed working in the farming life in his home community.

Darwin has many special people in his life that he has touched in his unique and fun way. He will be missed by all who love and cherish him. You are a fighter and fought the good fight, be at peace.

He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado with the class of 1976.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and his brother Dalton L. Strickland

Leaving to mourn:  Brothers: Doug and wife Deena Strickland, North Loup, NE; Richard and wife Marlene Strickland, Lakewood, CO; Sister:  Dallis Strickland, Arapahoe, NE. Sisters-in-law:  Dinna Ramos Strickland of Laguna, Philippines; Aunt: Lila Adams of Arapahoe, NE; many cousins, nieces, nephews; Special honorary family; the ten Bensel Family – Dean and Wanda, Toby and Mary, Troy and Tina, Dane, Drew, Kaitlyn; Christopher and Jennifer Kruger, Jacob and Terri Putnam, and  Andy Manley.

Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

There will be no viewing or visitation. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating. Inurnment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, in Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard G. “Pete” Ems

Richard Glenn “Pete” Ems, 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 24, 2015. The youngest of eight children, Pete was born to Robert and Irene (Miller) Ems on August 22, 1930 in Arapahoe, NE.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Orris, Morris, Victor, Kenneth, Harold, and Duane; and one sister, Marge.

Pete will be dearly missed by his wife of sixty-four years, Audrey (Debban) Ems. Pete and Audrey were united in marriage on December 3, 1950, and were blessed with four children, Glenn (Christina) Ems, Muncie, IN; Teresa (Robert) Lucas, Holland, MI; Rodney (Polly) Ems, Albany, IN; and Angela (Kip) Rupprecht, Carmel, IN. Pete is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Lindsay Ems; Philip (Karen) Ems; Jennifer (Tim) Schifer; Sarah (Tyler) McCoy; Katherine (Kevin) Warnock; Kyle (Kate) Ems; Julie Rupprecht; and Carol Rupprecht; his eight great-grandchildren: William, Aubrey and Aleese Warnock; Ellis and Reese Ems; Samuel and Josephine Schifer; and Shane McCoy; his sisters-in-law: Lorena Ems and Bernice Ems; and several nieces and nephews.

Pete graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1948. He was a patriot and proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Pete was especially honored to be a part of a family in which his six older brothers all served during World War II in the Army, Navy and Merchant Marines.

Following his military service, Pete returned to Nebraska and worked in road construction and for the Soil Conservation Service and Bureau of Reclamation. In 1966 he moved his family to Muncie, IN, where he was employed as Deputy County Surveyor, Assistant City Engineer, and coordinator and supervisor of projects for E & B Paving. From 1985-1994 he worked in sales and construction management at Klink Trucking, Inc., while living in Fort Wayne, IN.

After retiring, Pete and Audrey returned to Muncie, IN, to be near family. During his retirement years, Pete enjoyed working outdoors and taking care of their rural home. Just as he had been passionate about athletics as a youth, throughout his life Pete loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting and academic events. He also enjoyed volunteering as a groundskeeper at Grace Lutheran Church where, over many years, he was an active member and served as a trustee.

Pete will be forever remembered by his family as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a kind and caring man who will be deeply missed.

The family expresses gratitude to Pete’s caregivers at Lakeside Vista in Holland, MI, where he lived during the late stages of his Alzheimer’s disease.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Muncie, IN, with Rev. Daniel Mackey officiating.

Visitation will be one hour before the service, and a luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. Burial with military honors will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, north of Muncie.

Memorial contributions may kindly be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, 610 N. Reserve St., Muncie, IN 47303; Lutheran Ministries Media – Worship for Shut-Ins, 5 Martin Luther Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

Katheryn Sander

Katheryn Sander, 77, of Superior, Nebraska, formerly of Arapahoe, died on May 31, 2015. She was born on September 12, 1937 in Gardenia, California to Raymond and Edith (Hokanson) Disney.

Katheryn was one of four children. She was baptized in May of 1957 in the United Methodist Church, in Arapahoe by Rev. Parker.  Growing up she attended Dunbar rural school and Arapahoe Public School, graduating from Arapahoe High School in 1955.   After graduating she attended Beauty School, earning her cosmetology degree.   She was a 58 year member of the United Methodist Church. She worshipped at First United Methodist Church in Superior for 44 years.     On July 7, 1957, Katheryn was united in marriage to Allen G. Sander in Arapahoe, Nebraska, and to this union Terry and Debra were born.  She was employed as a cosmetologist for many years, retiring after  58 years.     Katheryn lived in the communities of Gardenia, California; Wilsonville, Arapahoe, and McCook, Nebraska, Beloit, Kansas and Superior, Nebraska.Throughout her lifetime, Katheryn belonged to a bowling team, bridge club, Genealogy Club, United Methodist Women, and was a coordinator for the Annual Harvest Festival Dinner.   She loved researching family history, sewing, knitting, counted cross stitch projects, playing card games with her grandsons, organizing family photos and planning the annual Sander Family reunion each year.     She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Edith; and her sister Carolyn Bowers.  She is survived by her husband Allen of Superior, Nebraska; son Terry Sander of Omaha, Nebraska; and daughter Debra Sander and husband Paul Eschliman of Lincoln, Nebraska; three grandsons, Daniel Eschliman and wife Jennifer of Catonsville, Maryland; Samuel Eschliman and Matthew Eschliman both of Lincoln, Nebraska; and one brother Gerald Disney of McCook, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Celebration of Life Service  will be held at First United Methodist Church, Superior, Nebraska on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Jocelyn Tupper officiating.  Inurnment will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established and may go in care of the family.

No formal visitation is scheduled but friends are encouraged to stop by the house.

Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Nebraska 68978 Phone 402-879-3900 is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth D. Lambert

Kenneth Dean Lambert, age 74, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Beaver City Manor in Beaver City, Nebraska.  He was born November 17, 1940 at Oxford, Nebraska to Harley K. and Luella (Wier) Lambert.

Dean grew up on the family farm and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1958. He married Jo Clements, and to this union three children were born; Laura, Harley Dean, and Amy. They would later divorce.

After high school, Dean worked in Nebraska and Kansas building dams and drove truck for several different people. In 1970, he started driving a livestock truck for Paul Christensen at Speedway Transportation in Holdrege, Nebraska until he retired in 2001 due to health issues. On October 3, 1982, he married Marjory A. Warner Ator at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City, Nebraska. In September of 2008, Dean entered the Beaver City Manor due to his declining health.  He was a member of Faith Community Church in Beaver City.  Dean knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior for most of his life.  He loved talking about politics and Bible prophecy and he eagerly shared his knowledge and his faith with those he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Hazel Lambert; brother Leland Lambert; sister-in-law Marjorie Lambert and grandson Richard Lambert.

He is survived by wife Marjory A. Lambert of Beaver City, Nebraska; son Harley Dean and wife Sue Lambert of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughters Laura and husband Kelly Koch of Axtell, Nebraska and Amy Lambert and Dr. Marty Lambert Amos, Grand Junction, Colorado; brother LeRoy Lambert of Miller, Nebraska; stepdaughters Carrie and husband Chad Fisher of Imperial, Nebraska and Cathy and husband Chad Hoffart of Wakefield, Nebraska; grandchildren: Ashleigh, and Cameron; Tena, Kristen, and Salena; RyAnn; Morgan, Kelton, Bryson and Evan; Ella and Cecelia and great-grandchildren Jaxon, Gracie and Henry.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on May 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Beaver City.  Interment was previously held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Beaver City Manor. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Beverly J. Fuqua

Beverly June Fuqua (Barrett), 84, passed on May 13, 2015 at the Desert View Nursing home in Buhl, ID.   She was born on August 9, 1930 in Burr Oaks, KS, to Samuel and Mae Barrett.

She is preceded in dealth by her parents, two brothers, her first husband, Leonard Gimple, and her second husband, Frank Fuqua.

She leaves behind, two children her daughter Cindy (Tony)Galusha of Buhl, ID; her son Sherman Gimple (Anne) of Idaho Falls, ID;  her four grandchildren, Chasta, Natasha, Henry Jr, and Cassie Jo; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Over the years she had many jobs, cutting trees along side her husband, feeding cattle on a dairy farm, delivering the Hasting paper for many years to the Smithfield area, to taking Avon orders.   She worked for Lucille Hagan at Tuffy’s Tavern for many many years.

She enjoyed reading her Bertrand newspaper, having weekly coffee with the girls. In her younger days she enjoyed dancing.

In 2010 she moved to Idaho to be closer to her children.

Graveside service will be at the Bertrand Cemetery on Friday May 22, 2015 @ 1 PM.

If you wish to send cards to the family: Cindy Galusha,  23 Kacy Meadows Lane, Buhl, ID.

Farnsworth Funeral Home in Jerome, ID, is taking care of the arrangements.

Dorothy E. Knipschild

Funeral services for Dorothy E. Knipschild will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oxford, Nebraska on Monday, May 18, 2015at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Dale Hedstrom officiating. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery following services.

Dorothy Ellen (Craven) Knipschild, 84 years of age, of Oxford, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Harlan County Health Systems in Alma, Nebraska. She was born on February 9, 1931 at Las Animas, Colorado to Warren and Mildred (Bunker) Craven. Dorothy graduated from Kit Carson High School in Kit Carson, Colorado with the Class of 1949.  She was baptized and confirmed in 1961 at Base Church in Itazuki, Japan.

On March 31, 1954, Dorothy was united in marriage to Harold Knipschild, in a gas station in Denver, Colorado after a quick and long distance courtship between Florida and Colorado.  The couple welcomed three children to their family:  Ramona Kay, Henry Otto and Patty Jane. Dorothy was a homemaker and loved to care for her family. She also enjoyed cooking and worked at the Oxford Café, The Cornhusker Club and the Oxford Elementary School in the kitchen through the years. After Harold’s retirement from the service, the family made their home in Oxford, where they owned and operated the local Phillips 66 and later the Oxford Ready Mix. She was preceded in death by Harold on December 30, 2011.

Dorothy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she served on many committees throughout the years. Dorothy and Harold loved to travel and made it a goal to see all 50 states, which they accomplished. She traveled the world seeing Germany, France and Guam to name a few. Dorothy was known for her delicious cinnamon rolls and pies. She loved to work outside in her garden, but most of all, she loved spending time with all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy will be remembered as a loving mother, and a great friend to all.

Besides her parents and husband, Harold, Dorothy was preceded in death by brother-in-laws, Merlin Knipshild and Joe Kregal.

She leaves to mourn her passing: daughters, Ramona Jones and her husband, Michael of Oxford and Patty Schelling of Kearney, NE; son, Henry Knipschild and his wife, Yvonne of Warner Robins, GA; six grandchildren: Shelly Goodon and her husband George of Hastings, NE, Jonathon Schelling of Kearney, Niklas Knipschild of Daegue, South Korea, Ashley Wagnitz and her husband, Keith of Gibbon, NE, Brooke Schelling of Kearney, NE, and Raven Knipschild of Warner Robins, GA; five great-grandchildren: Breanna and Rachel Goodon of Hastings, NE, Ethan, Karson and Grayson Wagnitz of Gibbon, NE; sister, Eva Kregal of Kit Carson, CO; brother, Don Craven and his wife, Diane of Kit Carson; and brother-in-law, Gilbert Knipschild and his wife, Joan of Tuttle, OK; special family friend, Bill Strass of Kearney; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford, NE on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Dorothy’s honor and kindly designated to the Oxford Fire & Rescue Squad.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Sonya Wilder

Sonya Wilder, 48 years of age from Minden, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Bethany Home in Minden.  Celebration of Life services will be on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the North Park Assembly of God Church in Holdrege with Pastor Brian Steinbach officiating at 11:00 a.m.  There is no visitation.  Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden is in charge of arrangements.

Sonya was born on February 21, 1967 in Grand Island to Richard and Linda (Schleeter) Tiedje.  She grew up in Arapahoe, NE and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1985.  Sonya served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 14 years.

On July 29, 1989 Sonya married Brian Wilder and they lived in the Holdrege area.  Sonya worked at Mosaic in Holdrege and Axtell for many years.  She was a member of the North Park Assembly of God Church in Holdrege and had helped with the youth program in the church.  Sonya was involved with 4-H; she enjoyed sewing, singing, crafts and was very artistic.  Most of all Sonya loved being around her family.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Survivors include her son, Trevor Wilder and wife, Tabitha of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughter, Krystin Wilder and fiancé, Dylan Skeen of Holdrege; grandchildren, Amelia Ann Wilder and Wesley John Skeen; her mother, Linda Baker of Holdrege; sisters, Monica Young of Holdrege and Robin Renteria and husband, Sergio of Holdrege and many nieces, nephews and friends.  She is preceded in death by her father, grandparents and niece, Janessa Young.

Rodney “Coach” Phillips

Rodney “Coach” Phillips was born in Arapahoe, Nebraska on August 11, 1931, attending school there and graduating in 1949.  He went to his “eternal home” on April 15, 2015 after a very short illness to be with his Lord and his beloved Grace Arlene.  He lived with the Tate family – “Bull” and Elsie – most of his school years.  During his high school years he was very active in sports – especially football and basketball.  Also he was active with the Boy Scout Troop 236.   After graduating from high school, he attended McCook Junior College where he played end position for the college football team.  Later, he transferred to University of Nebraska-Kearney, then known as Nebraska State Teachers College.  His college education was interrupted by the draft into the military during the Korean conflict.  He exited the Army as a Sergeant and returned to Kearney to earn his degree in Education.

He married Grace Arlene Moore in December 1951 – his one and only sweetheart.  As a matter of fact, he was her one and only sweetheart.  To this union one son, Kevin Kurt, was born in 1954.

After graduation from college the family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in the mid-1950’s where he began his school teaching career.  He taught in Cheyenne while simultaneously studying at UNC from which he earned his Masters Degree in Education.  He retired from teaching at East High in the early nineties.  He was an amazing teacher, mentor, and example for all the youth who attended his classes.  It is interesting to talk with some of his former students, some of whom he had to discipline at one time or another.  Without exception they express admiration for him and freely say they benefited from the high level of expectations he required of them.

He was a devout Christian and his love for his fellow man was manifested in his life and relationships.  He was such an encouraging, caring, and supporting leader that he inspired all those who were fortunate enough to have him in their lives.  He and Grace started the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS), Cheyenne Corps,  Salvation Army here over thirty years ago.  They  have deployed to many different states and many different disasters.  When the call came for them to deploy, they answered the calls without reservation.  It might come day or night, rain or snow, blazing heat or frigid blizzard.  The Wyoming Legislature recognized them for their long and dedicated service several years ago.  Rod was recognized as the Salvation Army Volunteer of the Year on April 9, 2015.

He is survived by his son, Kevin, wife Laurie, and two beautiful granddaughters, Kellen and Aidan, all of Alexandria, VA.  His family was of paramount importance to him.  Other survivors include sister-in-law, Linda Sapp and husband Terry of Colorado Springs, brother-in-law  Glenn Moore and wife Ruth of Cheyenne, plus seven nephews and nieces, ten grandnephews and grandnieces, and one great grandniece plus many dear friends.

Donations in Rod’s honor can be made to the EDS Cheyenne Corps, Salvation Army or the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Rod’s Celebration of Life Service was held at First United  Methodist Church, 108 East 18th, April 22nd at 5:00 p.m.  A reception followed at the Salvation Army Church located at the corner of Maxwell and 20th.

Donald R. Paine

Funeral Services for Donald R. Paine will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Oxford, Nebraska with Pastor Wes Holen officiating. Interment will be held following the services in the Edison Cemetery at Edison, Nebraska.

Donald Russell Paine, 80 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Edison) passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Blue Valley Care Home in Hebron, Nebraska. Don was born August 9, 1934 in Furnas County west of Edison, the eldest of three children born to Russell D. and Virginia C. (Gutherie) Paine. He received his education at Edison Public Schools and graduated from Edison High School with the class of 1952.

On February 15, 1953, he was united in marriage to Nancy Barber and to this union four children were born: Randal, Donna, Michael, and Cheryl. The family made their home in Holdrege, where Don began a long career in the trucking industry. In 1958, the family moved to Edison, where Don engaged in farming on the family farm and continued to truck as well. During his years of trucking, he also served as a hog buyer for Beamer Hog out of Beamer, Nebraska and Valley Pork in McCook, Nebraska.  Following retirement, Don and Nancy moved to Holdrege in the spring of 2007.

Don was a member of the Oxford Evangelical Free Church. Through the years, Don and Nancy enjoyed camping, and fishing, but most of all, Don loved attending his children’s activities, and in later years his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy on July 19, 2013.

Besides his parents, and his wife, Nancy; Don was preceded in death by one son, Randal Lee Paine in 2005; and two brothers: Robert and Doug Paine.

Don leaves to mourn his passing; his two daughters:  Donna Fisher and her husband, Dan of Arapahoe, Nebraska and Cheryl Luke and her husband, Travis of Millersburg, Indiana; one son, Mike Paine and his wife, Anne of Oxford; 10 grandchildren: 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Chopp and her husband, Fred of Seattle, Washington; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford.

A memorial has been established in Don’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

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Y. Riepe

Betty Y. Riepe, age 80, of Norton, Kansas passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, at Andbe Home, at Norton, Kansas.  She was born to Fred and Louise (nee Koeteman) Huxoll on November 17, 1934 at Arapahoe, Nebraska.

She was received into God’s Kingdom through Holy Baptism on December 9, 1934 by Rev. Julius Schabacher at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and was confirmed in her baptismal vow by Pastor Walter E. Buss at the same church on May 25, 1947. On June 14, 1953 she was united in marriage to George Edward Riepe of Arapahoe, Nebraska. God blessed this union with four children: Jeffrey Scott, Phyllis Ilene, William Dean and David Allan.

In late February of 1956 George and Betty moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where they continued to live, work and raise their family. Betty enjoyed a thirty year career with the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station and several years thereafter of retirement life with family, friends and church activities. In 2013 she relocated to Norton, Kansas.

She is survived by children Jeff, married to Kim Hunter of Gold Beach, Oregon and Phyllis, married to Herman Braun of Norton, Kansas; grandchildren Lance, Crystal, Ashlea, Aronn, Abbie, Chase and Cody; great-grandchildren Trae, Cinch, Dali, Ty, Kaleb, Houston and Savanna; brothers Charles, Norman and James Huxoll, and sisters Marjorie tenBensel, Violet Hilker, Twyla Golter and Isabelle Pfeiffer. Numerous nieces, nephews, sons and daughters-in-law, other relatives and friends survive as well.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband George; sons Billy and David; granddaughter April Dawn Braun; her parents; brothers Laurel, Wayne and Martin and sister June Tracy.

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.

Private family viewing only. Funeral services will be Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Roger L. Luke

Roger Lee Luke, age 57, of Holbrook, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Hillcrest Nursing Home at McCook, Nebraska. He was born on July 15, 1957, at Holdrege, Nebraska to Virgil and Leona (Fisher) Luke.

He attended grade school in Mascot, Nebraska and graduated from Oxford High School in Oxford, Nebraska with the class of 1975. He married Shari Misterek and later would divorce. He enjoyed farming and trucking while working for several farmers, including Robert “Cork” Lueking, Clyde, and Jerry Lueking.  For the past 15 years he has worked for Eldon Reese of Reese Trucking. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska.

He enjoyed fishing, watching sports on television (especially cheering for the Huskers), and playing pool and cards. Many fond memories were had going to the horse races with family and friends who were racing. He had a small camper and was talking about going camping this summer. When younger, he enjoyed water skiing and being at the lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece Amy Luke.

He is survived by his daughter: Alicia Bergstrom of Franklin, Nebraska; brothers: Gary Luke of Hastings, Nebraska; Dave and wife Vicky Luke of Curtis, Nebraska; Brad Luke of Oxford, Nebraska; niece: Becky (Jason) Stone of Republican City, Nebraska; nephews: BJ Luke (Aliesha) of Cambridge, Nebraska, Kale Luke of Pindale, Wyoming and Conner Luke of Arapahoe, Nebraska; great nieces: Maddie and Sami Stone, Amy and Tenley Luke; great nephew: Cameron Luke and a host of relatives and friends.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating.  Interment will be at the Oxford Cemetery at Oxford, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to be made in his name to help with funeral expenses. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Roger W. Monter

Roger W. Monter, age 81 of Eustis, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Lexington, Nebraska.  Roger was born November 24, 1933 at Arapahoe, Nebraska to Otto and Minnie (Wendland) Monter.  He graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1951.  Roger worked for NSW Construction running a caterpiller. He served in  the US Air Force in Texas and Mississippi for two years and was honorably discharged in 1957.  On December 22, 1957 he married Ruth Toberer at Eustis, Nebraska.  Roger and Ruth made their home north of Holbrook where he worked the family farm until 2008, when they moved to Eustis due to health issues.  Roger enjoyed fishing and bowling.  He also liked to play cribbage and 4 point pitch. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, and cherished spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Eustis; children Steve (Debbie) Monter of Cambridge and Joyce (Lynn) Young of Eustis; five grandchildren, Michael Monter of Cambridge, Sarah (Dave) Marshall of Omaha, Brooke (Joe) Lambert of Omaha, Kaitlyn Young of Lincoln, Shawn Young of Lincoln; five  great-grandchildren, Mileeya Monter, Alena Marshall, Kiera Marshall, McCoy Lambert and Lincoln Lambert; brother Bill (Mona) Monter of Elwood; brother-in-law, Kenny Toberer of Eustis; nieces, Jean Shrader, Sharon Carter, Brenda Monter and Lori Buchanan; numerous other family and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott Allan; sister, Donna (Don) Shrader; nephews, Don Leo Shrader and Gary Monter.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.  Services will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis with Kathy Gundell, PMA officiating.  Burial will be at the East Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.

Julie M. Burge

Julie M. Burge, age 56, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on June 16, 1958 at McCook, Nebraska to Donald D. and Dolores R. (Stagemeyer) Karash.

Julie grew up on the family farm northwest of Beaver City, Nebraska and graduated from Beaver City High School with the class of 1977.  She was married on September 28, 1984 to Ken Burge at Holdrege, Nebraska. They made their home in Holdrege before moving to Neosho, Missouri. Ken would pass away in 1998.  Julie would then move back to Arapahoe, Nebraska and later move to the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Society.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

She is preceded in death by her mother, husband Ken, sister Jan L. “Jan” Harrold.

She is survived by her father Donald Karash of Arapahoe, Nebraska; sister: Joann and husband Randy Humston of Kearney, Nebraska; brother-in-law: Tom Harrold of Holdrege, Nebraska; nephews: Garrett Humston and Jamie (Jessica) Harrold; three great nieces and nephews: Jadon, Reese, and Jax; uncle: Ron and wife Mary Karash of Grant, Nebraska.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

There will be no viewing or visitation. Graveside services will be on April 23, 2015 at 2 PM at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Janet L. Harrold

A Celebration of Life Service for Janet L. “Jan” Harrold was held at the First Baptist Church in Oxford, Nebraska on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Brian Jenkins officiating. Interment was held in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege, Nebraska at 1:30 p.m.

Janet Lee “Jan” Harrold, 59 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at her home in Holdrege.  Jan was born March 7, 1956 in Denver, Colorado, the eldest of three daughters born to Donald Dean and Delores R. (Stagemeyer) Karash.  She received her education from Beaver City High School in Beaver City, Nebraska, graduating with the class of 1974.  She pursued higher education from the Grand Island School of Business.

On August 23, 1975, she was united in marriage to Thomas D. Harrold and to this union one son was born, Jamie. The family made their home in Holdrege.

Jan was employed by W.F. Anderson Construction as a secretary.  In 1986, she began as the administrative assistant at the Principal Financial Group in Holdrege.  She has enjoyed meeting and visiting with people for the last 29 years.

Jan enjoyed music; singing and playing percussion as young woman and carrying that love of music in to later life.  She was thrilled that her love of music, was passed to her grandchildren, with dancing and drum playing. She enjoyed going out to eat with friends and family.  She especially enjoyed time spent with her three grandchildren.

Jan was an amazing care giver through the last years, helping with her parents, sister and mother-in-law and father-in-law.  She enjoyed cooking.  The family will miss her amazing meals.

She was a member of the Christian Women’s Club in Holdrege.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores in 2006; granddaughter, Rachel in 2008; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Luella and Donald Harrold both in 2014.

Jan leaves to mourn her husband, Tom of Holdrege; one son, Jamie Harrold and his wife, Jessica of Kearney, Nebraska; three grandchildren:  Jadon, Reese and Jax Harrold all of Kearney; father, Donald Karash of Arapahoe, Nebraska; sisters, Julie Burge of Arapahoe and Joann Humston and her husband, Randy of Kearney; nephew, Garrett Humston of Kearney; many other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Jan’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

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

James W. Ziebell

James W. Ziebell, age 79, of Cozad, passed away April 12, 2015 at his home.  James was born December 20, 1935 at Arapahoe, Nebraska to Julius and Margaret (Hinz) Ziebell.  He attended Immanuel Parochial School and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1953.  James served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.  On February 7, 1958, James was united in marriage to Carol Faw in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

James’ working career in agriculture included farming and feedlot management in several Nebraska and Colorado communities.  He was a faithful and devoted member of Trinity Lutheran and other Lutheran Churches where he held various offices as secretary, elder and vice president. James was a giver, volunteering for CASA, Pony Express, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse.  He received Ag Employee of the Year in 2003.  James was very proud of each child and grandchild and their strengths and accomplishments.  He was an animal lover and owned many horses and dogs over the years-his special love.  Of course he was a supreme cattleman and loved the outdoors and plants, trees and grass-God’s creations.  He was a good husband, good dad, good man.

James is survived by his wife, Carol of Cozad; children, Mitch (Cheri) Ziebell of Cozad, Toria (Alan) Carpenter of Thornton, CO and Stephanie (Brian) Dorr of North Platte; grandchildren Turner (Bridgett) Dorr, Marshall Dorr, Dylan (Melinda) Carpenter, Amanda (Ross) Spradlin, Sarah (Adam) Hillers, Rebecca Ziebell, Taylor (Braxton) Fecht, Marguerite (Aaron) Gallegos, Jeremy (Lisa) Carpenter, Michael (Amber) Carpenter, Deanna (Randall) Kelley; 11 great-grandchildren, Chandler, Rieker, Mollie, RaeLyn, Henley, Ashton, Avery, Ellie, Erich, Layton, Hadley; one great-great-grandchild, Bella; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends that he has touched over the years.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Beata (Ervin) Petermann; brothers Albert Ziebell and Robert (Carol) Ziebell.  A memorial has been established in his memory.

Online condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.  Services will be held Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating and Liturgist Pastor William Ohlmann.  Burial with military honors will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, northeast of Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad, which is in charge of arrangements.

Velda J. Hill

Velda Jean Hill, formerly of Wilsonville, NE, passed away at the Cambridge Manor in Cambridge, NE, on April 3, 2015.  She was born near Wilsonville, NE to Simon and Frieda (Ruhs) Wolzen on August 24, 1928, the oldest of six children.

Velda was united in marriage to LaVon Hill on December 14, 1944.   To this union five children were born: Virginia Lee, David Lynn, Alan Eugene, Randall Marion and Myrna Sue.

Velda was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hendley in 1943, later she joined the Christian Church in Wilsonville and was baptized in the church along with LaVon.  Velda taught Sunday school and helped as an aid for Bible school. Volunteering was a major part of Velda’s life.  She served as a greeter for the Nebraska Game and Parks, the Howdy Booth and the Mansion on the Hill in Ogallala.  She delivered meals on wheels, assisted young children with reading at school, including county fairs and community activities.

Velda was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America for over 70 years, Wilsonville Saddle Club, card clubs and community organizations. She enjoyed Nebraska history, cooking, and sports – especially Nebraska football, volleyball and basketball.

Velda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LaVon, of 52 years; daughter: Virginia Parriott-Krajewski; two sons: David and Alan Hill; son-in-law: Stanley Krajewski; grandson: Jerrel Parriott and brother: Merlin Wolzen.

She is survived by her son Randall and wife Denise Hill of Wilcox: daughter: Myrna and husband Randy Harper of Indianola: eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; five step great-great grandchildren; two sisters: Esther Zehlsdrofs of Indianola and Gwen Holz of Kearney; two brothers: DeWayne “Bud” Wolzen of Cambridge; Glenn Wolzen of Orleans, NE;  three sisters-in-law; brother-in-law along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:30 am at the Baptist Christian Church in Wilsonville, Nebraska with Keith Theobald officiating.  Interment will be in the Wilsonville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family has asked memorials to the Baptist-Christian Church, Tri-Valley Health System of Cambridge or the New Hope Church in Ogallala.  The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday from 5 to 7PM.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 AM till 7:00 PM at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.  Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenour.com.

Roy W. Christensen

Roy Wallace Christensen, age 91, of Edison, Nebraska, departed this life on his 91st birthday, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center.   Roy was the ninth of the thirteen children in the Holger and Emma (Noren) Christensen family.  He was born on a Harlan County farm south of Orleans, Nebraska, on March 21, 1924.  He was baptized as an infant and again on May 3, 1970, in the Edison Christian Church.

Roy completed the eighth grade and chose not to go to high school since the other boys in his class weren’t continuing on.  After his schooling, Roy worked with his dad and brothers and did some custom baling.  Later he worked for the Harlan County Road Department and drove the road grader.  He was proud of the fact that he drove a brand new maintainer home from Omaha in two days.  He also worked as a soda jerk in Minnesota and in an orchard in the state of Washington.  Roy registered for the draft several times but was classified with a farm deferment.  Eventually he was scheduled to head to war, but World War II ended before he was sent.

On October 5, 1950, he married Elizabeth Anne Black in Holdrege, Nebraska. They made their home south of Alma, Nebraska, for a decade before moving southwest of Edison, Nebraska, in March of 1960.  There they farmed and ranched along the Republican River.  He was a member of the Edison Christian Church, served on the church board and was a deacon.  Roy enjoyed farming, raising and feeding cattle and hogs.  He was close to his family and enjoyed family gatherings especially with his brothers.  He also had a special relationship with his grandkids.  He would smile, and his face would light up when the grandkids teased him.

He also served on the Edison School Board and Edison Co-op Board.  He participated in Indiana University’s research on the “Genetics of Late Onset Alzheimer Disease.”  Due to health reasons, he moved to Arapahoe Good Samaritan Center in January of 2014.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elizabeth “Anne”, sisters Mildred Wessels, two sisters named Doris (one died in infancy), and Arlene Kammerer; brothers Earl, Walter “Raymond”, Wayne, Lawrence “Buster”, Wesley, Virgil, Darrell; and sisters-in-law LaVerne, Vera (Irene), June, and Elma Christensen and Gloria Black; brothers-in-law William Wessels, Lyle Steenis, C. “Wayne” Smith, Marvin Kammerer, Claude Black and George Black and great-granddaughter Audrey Ann Fish Haberman.

Waiting to join Roy in heaven are his sons Melvin Roy and wife Ruth (Haussermann) Christensen of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Mark Richard and wife Kathryn (Dake Fish) Christensen of Imperial, Nebraska; daughters Donna Louise and husband Daniel Yilk of Gothenburg, Nebraska; Janis Anne and husband Joe Koester of Frisco, Texas; brother Don and wife Jean Christensen of Alma, Nebraska; sisters-in-law June Christensen of Topeka, Kansas; Roma Black of Wahoo, Nebraska; and Barb Black of Minden, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.

Viewing will be Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. at Wenburg Funeral Home and then with the family present will be on that evening from 6:30-8:00 at the Arapahoe Church of Christ, in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Arapahoe Church of Christ with Pastor Dave Welch officiating.  Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska, is in charge of the arrangements.

Wesley D. Farr

Wesley  Dale Farr passed away at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 23, 2015.  He was born near Eustis, NE on June 8, 1933 to Alfred and Laura (Hilker) Farr.   Wes graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1951.

Wes served his country in the U.S. Army from May 13, 1953 until April 1955.   On April 9, 1953 he was united in marriage to Charlotte Schroeder in Oxford, Nebraska at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Wes farmed north of Cambridge.  He was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, holding many offices throughout the years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post of Cambridge, serving on many Honors Details.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Laura (Hilker) Farr; granddaughter: Kayla Marie Hubert; brother-in-law John A. Beutler.

Wes is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Cambridge; 3 daughters Kristi and husband Kim Shifflet of Cambridge; Debra and husband Mike Shields of McCook; Janet and husband Fritz Hubert of McCook; 2 sons: Bradley and wife Laurie Farr of Cambridge; Scott and wife Cheryl Farr of Norton, KS; 13 grandchildren; 7 great- grandchildren; 2 sisters: Peggy Beutler of Cambridge and Carol and husband Doyle Dawson of Arapahoe; brother: Wayne and wife Kay Farr of Arapahoe.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM at  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge with Pastor Brett Hinrichs.  Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery of Cambridge.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday from noon till 6 PM and Thursday from 9:00 AM till 7:00 PM at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.  Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenour.com.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to either St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

William L. Stagemeyer

William L. Stagemeyer, age 47, of Omaha, Nebraska passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 23, 1967 in Oxford, Nebraska to Owen and Shirley (McMains) Stagemeyer.

Will grew up in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1986. After attending college, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to work at Diamond Vogel Paint. In 1991, he started working for Glidden Paint in the commercial/wholesale division. He would later move to Omaha and work for Wesco Electrical Wholesale Company. In 2007, using his experience and connections with contractors, he and his business partner started “Husker Winlectric Company”, supplying contractors with wholesale electrical material. As president of the company, he was very passionate and a very hard worker, recognized for his successes in the business by many. Will had many friends in the industry as well a large family of friends in Omaha and across the country.

Will enjoyed sports; whether it was attending games or discussing it with family, or coaching his daughter. He was very involved in fitness and enjoyed working out. He enjoyed cheering on his favorite teams; Nebraska Cornhuskers, Dallas Cowboys, and St. Louis Cardinals. Visits back home to Arapahoe were very special to him, to see family, to hunt, and to watch nieces and nephews participate in activities. The farm was Will’s getaway from his normally fast paced world.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and nephew Austin Anderson.

He is survived by his daughter Emily Stagemeyer of Omaha, Nebraska; parents: Owen and Shirley Stagemeyer of Arapahoe, Nebraska; sister: Linda and husband J.D. Anderson of Arapahoe, Nebraska; brothers: Mark and wife Julie Stagemeyer of Arapahoe, Nebraska;  and Jeff and wife Kristin Stagemeyer of McCook, Nebraska; nieces and nephews: Miranda and Mike and son, Marshall, Blake, Kaylee, Jessica, Chelsea, Justin, Peyton and Holly.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Visitation will be Friday, March 27, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials may be left in his name.  Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Harold F. Stagemeyer

Harold F. Stagemeyer, age 90, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Beaver City Manor in Beaver City, Nebraska.  He was born on September 16, 1924 in Holbrook, Nebraska to Fred and Mary (Martin) Stagemeyer.

He grew up at Holbrook and attended St. Matthews Parochial School northeast of Holbrook. He worked for a cattle feeder and showed cattle for them across the Midwest. He married Ethel M. Hyke on March 25, 1944 at Norton, Kansas. They made their home on the Stagemeyer farm north of Holbrook, Nebraska where they farmed and ranched. In 1948, he went to work for the Hollingsworth Farm to feed cattle and work on the farm.   In 1954, they moved to Hendley, Nebraska and worked for Ward Rice and later for Truman Mosley both of Wilsonville, Nebraska. He would later move to Beaver City, Nebraska in 1972 to work for Jerry Warner.

Harold would go to work for Sperry-New Holland Manufacturing in Lexington, Nebraska for 10 years. After his retirement, he helped local farmers from time to time. He was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church of Hendley, and later Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska. He also served on the school board at Hendley School District #99.

He enjoyed going to auctions, tinkering with cars, dancing, and had the ability to never meet a stranger. His life was led by his great faith and trust in the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Janet Faye Stagemeyer, son Larry Harold Stagemeyer, daughter Sueann Forbes, grandson Bobby and granddaughter Katrina Trenchard.

Harold is survived by his wife Ethel Stagemeyer of Beaver City, Nebraska; son Randy and wife Mo Stagemeyer of Hendley, Nebraska; son Jerry Lee Stagemeyer of Beaver City, Nebraska; daughter Carol and husband Robert Lee of Norton, Kansas; daughter Waunda June and husband B.J. Morris of Stamford, Nebraska; Sandi and husband Gary Martin of Beaver City, Nebraska; Peggy Jo and husband Jason Nagy of Oxford, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing and visitation was held Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1 PM till 8 PM with family greeting from 5 PM till 7 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska.

Funeral services were  held Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment was at St. Matthews Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson Foundation or donor’s choice. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska was in charge of arrangements.

Edith M. Biesecker

Edith Marie Biesecker, age 89, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center, in Arapahoe, Nebraska.   She was born in Beaver City, Nebraska on April 8, 1925 to W.E. and Ethel (Harmon) Shellenbarger.

She enjoyed golfing, ceramics, and knitting.  She was very active and everyone loved to be around her.  She married Wayne Biesecker on June 26, 1948. They were married for 53 years. To that union they raised three children, Theda Biesecker, Phillip Minard and Gloria Biesecker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne, and daughter Theda.

She is survived by her son Phillip (Cathy Albrecht) Minard of North Platte, Nebraska; daughter Gloria Biesecker of Indiana; daughter-in-law Loretta Burns of McCook, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Rusty (Penny) Minard of Indianola, Nebraska; Shelly (Rick) Sundell of Benkelman, Nebraska; David (Lena) Minard of Indianola, Nebraska; Eric (Tammy) Biesecker of Axtell, Nebraska; and Noni (Lee) Dorel of Greenville, Indiana; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; special nieces and nephews: Nancy (Richard) Miller of Kimball, Nebraska; Frank (Kathy) Forsyth of Dix, Nebraska; and Bill Robb of Elwood, Nebraska.

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.

Viewing and visitation was held Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 1 PM until 8 PM at the Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church.  Funeral services were held Monday, March 23, 2015, at 10:30 AM at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating.  Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Memorials may be given in her name or to the First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe was in charge of the arrangements.

Dalton L. Strickland

Dalton LaVerne Strickland, age 61, of Littleton, Colorado, formerly of the Arapahoe and Beaver City, Nebraska area, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015, at his home in Littleton, Colorado.  Dalton was born on March 5, 1953 to Clifford H. and Bonnie June (Helton) Strickland, at the old St. Catherine’s Hospital, in McCook, Nebraska.

As a youth, Dalton lived on the Strickland homestead southwest of Beaver City, with his parents and brothers.  As he grew older the family moved to the community of Arapahoe, along with brief periods of residing in Arcadia, Kearney, and Lexington, Nebraska.  Dalton created many memories growing up with his brothers and cousins on the farms and around town.  He captivated all he knew and met with his smile that charmed his way into many hearts.  He was an ornery, mischievous soul that found many adventures with those four brothers and cousins.  Dalton participated in Boy Scouts, baseball, and band, just to name a few of his boyhood activities.  As he became a teenager he worked for Bailey’s Sports Shop in Lexington, Nebraska thus began his motorcycle racing career.  Dalton raced on many flat track and motocross racing circuits in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. He was quite successful, as he almost turned pro.  As his racing career ended, Dalton continued as a certified AMA motorcycle mechanic for Sun Honda in Denver, Colorado until 1978.

In the summer of 1978 Dalton, changed career paths and began working alongside his father in the construction business for Holloway Construction Co. as a heavy equipment operator.  Dalton moved to George West, Texas where he worked on the Choke Canyon Dam Project.  During this time he met Hattie Sue Ware, they were married April 21, 1981 and out of this union, their daughter, Sarah June was born and his step-daughter Michelle (Ware) Brown entered his life.

In August of 1982, Dalton and his family moved back to the metro Denver, Colorado area.  Dalton continued to work construction however, he felt the need to better his life and further his education and career opportunity.  Dalton attended ITT Technical College graduating in 1986, near the top of his class, with an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering.  After graduation, Dalton was employed at Martin Marietta where he worked on many projects for NASA and Department of Defense Contracts.  During a brief time, as Martin Marietta reorganized, Dalton worked again in construction, then he returned to the newly reorganized Lockheed Martin, once again in his position working in the Division of Aeronautics Space Engineering, as an Electrical Engineer, again on many projects for NASA and the DOD until the day of his passing.  Throughout his career, he proceeded to further his education, and obtain his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, from Colorado Mountain College.

Dalton enjoyed music, playing his guitar, camping on his mountain property (in his teepee), cross country skiing, snow shoeing, fly fishing/fishing, hunting,  above all, traveling to the Philippines and spending time with his wife Dinna Ramos.

The past five years of his life, Dalton met his best friend, his confidant, his soul mate, Dinna Ramos of Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. They joined together, in marriage, making their life complete on December 8, 2013.  Dalton’s life was fulfilled, content, and complete. He had never been so happy!  He had many travels back and forth from the States to the Philippines, a life well deserved of adventure!

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves to mourn: his wife, Dinna Ramos of Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines; daughter Sarah June and Mike Nicholls, Colorado Springs, CO.; step-daughter Michelle Brown, Gulf Port, Mississippi; brothers, Doug and Deena Strickland, North Loup, NE; Richard and Marlene Strickland of Lakewood, CO;  Darwin Strickland, Arapahoe, NE; sister, Dalis Strickland, Arapahoe, NE, and friends; grandchildren, Acacia and Lleven of Colorado Springs, CO; Aunt Lila Adams, Arapahoe, NE; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be Monday, March 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating. Inurnment will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie L. Probasco

Elsie Lucille “Heinz” Probasco was born on  January 9, 1924 to Andrew and Amelia (Kiel) Heinz at Culbertson, Nebraska and passed away March 12, 2015 at the Cambridge Manor at the age of 91 years.

Elsie grew up on a farm near Culbertson, NE with her parents, brothers and sisters.  She attended a country school during her elementary years and then graduated from Culbertson High School in 1942.  After graduation she worked in McCook, NE.

Elsie was united in marriage to Gail Wesley Probasco on February 26, 1944.  They were married in South Carolina when Gail was in the Army.  To this union was born three sons: George, Gary and Dennis.  After Gail returned from the service in 1946, they made their home on a farm north of Indianola, NE.  After a few years living near the Indianola area, Gail and Elsie moved north of Bartley where they raised their sons.  In 1972, they moved off the farm and bought a house in Bartley.

Elsie was a 60-year plus member of the Bartley United Methodist Church and The Order of Eastern Star.  She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Elsie worked for 10 years at the Bartley Bank, was a Quality Control Supervisor for 11 years at T.R.W. in McCook, and was head of housekeeping for 10 years at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.  She volunteered many years to Hospice and enjoyed working and caring for those in need.

Elsie was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved to cook and bake for her family, grandchildren, friends, or anyone that needed a meal.  She will long be remembered for her sour cream raisin bars, runzas, peach pie and chicken noodle soup.   The grandchildren always requested grandma’s peach pie at the family gatherings and hoped there would be some pie leftover for them to take home.

Preceding Elsie in death were her parents, brothers and sisters, one granddaughter, one niece, and two brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.  She is survived by her husband Gail, and son George and his wife Gayla of Arapahoe, NE, Gary and his wife Diana of Jefferson, CO, Dennis and his wife  Beverly of McCook, NE; six grandchildren: Gregg, Brooke, Todd, Ryan, Erin and Tony and eight great-grandchildren, Jaeydn, Austin, Taylar, Grace, Tripp, Daniel, Aynslea and Delaney.  Elsie leaves many family members and friends to celebrate the memories of her life.

Services were held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge, NE with the Pastor Jeff Wulf officiating.  Interment was in the Bartley Cemetery.  Lockenour-Jones was in charge of arrangements.  Memorials are being accepted in her memory and given to the Bartley EMT.

Merlyn D. Schutz

Merlyn Dean Schutz, 78, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Lexington Regional Health Center.  Merlyn was born October 23, 1936, to Ernest and Louise (Stagemeyer) Schutz, in Elwood, Nebraska, the seventh of nine children.

He was a life-long resident of Gosper County and the Elwood community.  He grew up on the family farm southwest of Elwood, attending Salem Lutheran school, and then Elwood High School.  Merlyn graduated from Elwood High School as Valedictorian of the Class of 1954.  After graduation, he worked for Richard Clark as a meat cutter and assisted him in the funeral home.  In 1956, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, achieving the rank of Sergeant.  After his discharge in 1959, Merlyn returned to Elwood, again working for Richard Clark.  On December 17, 1959, he married Janice K. Bailey.  To this union four children were born; Keven, Kristi, Lisa and Jeff.

In 1964, he went to work for Tri-County/NPPD, where he remained until his retirement in 2000.

He was a life-long member of Salem Lutheran Church, which later merged into Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities.  Not only was he very active in his church, but also the community, including the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 290, and the Gosper County Carnival Association.

On September 1, 1984, he married Marjorie Oelkers.

Merlyn enjoyed hunting from a very young age.  He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and tinkering in his garage, as well as attending his grandchildren’s activities and high school and college sports.  He loved to travel, marveling at all of God’s creation.  Merlyn always had a love of nature and farming, often helping area farmers, and even raising a few hogs and cattle of his own.  However, the joy of his life was his family.  He loved his children and grandchildren beyond measure.

Merlyn is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Marjorie; his children, Keven (Kathi) of Amarillo, Texas, Kristine Miranda of Dallas, Texas, Lisa (Greg) Huerta of Kearney, Nebraska, and Jeffrey (Michelle) of Fulda, Minnesota; grandchildren, Sequin (Ryan) Brewer, Audrey, Sabrina, and Vincent Miranda, Ashley and Jason Huerta, Kristina Ramirez and Samantha Schutz, and great-grandchildren Adrian Ramirez and Sarinah Schutz; brothers, Wayne (Ila) Schutz, Herbert (Joan) Schutz, Eugene (Carol) Schutz, and sisters Evelyn Wegener, Maxine Snurr, and Marlene (William) Knoerzer.  Merlyn is also survived by Marjorie’s sons, Stanley Harm, Kim (Rachel) Oelkers, Troy (Cheryl) Oelkers, Robbie (Sharon) Oelkers, and their families.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ervin Schutz and sister Eleanore Schutz, son-in-law Joseph Miranda, granddaughter Madison Schutz, brothers-in-law Virgil Wegener and Clarence Snurr, and niece Lorie Vowers.

Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.

Viewing & visitation will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 6 PM till 9 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. Interment will be at the Salem Cemetery at Elwood, Nebraska.  Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Neal E. Meyers

Neal Eugene Meyers, age 66, of Holbrook, Nebraska passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at home in Holbrook, Nebraska surrounded by his family. He was born on July 25, 1948 in McCook, Nebraska to Victor and Evelyn (Hilker) Meyers.
Neal was baptized August 1, 1949 and confirmed into faith May 1, 1962 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church north of Arapahoe, Nebraska. He attended a one room country school before attending school in Holbrook, Nebraska.  Neal was active in 4-H and FFA while growing up and in high school.  Neal graduated from Holbrook High School in May of 1966.  After high school Neal attended Hastings Technical College where he received a degree in welding.  Neal also joined the Army National Guards for four years after high school.
On December 20, 1969, Neal married Teresa Ann Wendland at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Nebraska.  To this union three children were born; Troy, Tonya and Tiffany.  Neal and Teresa made their family home in the Holbrook area, where they farmed and raised a variety of livestock for over 40 years.  During those 40 years, he was very active with the 4-H and FFA while his children participated.  Along with his farming Neal worked at the Holbrook Vet Clinic with Doctor Tom Maline for over 30 years.  More recently, he worked as a crop insurance adjustor.  Neal was also a volunteer fireman on the HEA Department for 40 years and was active at Trinity Lutheran Church as an usher and elder for many years while raising his children.
Neal is proceeded in death by his father Victor Meyers, his father and mother-in-law Victor and Helen Wendland, his sister Jacquelyn Haussler and his brother-in-law Mike Gufford.
Neal is survived by his wife of 45 years, Teresa Meyers of Holbrook, Nebraska; son: Troy Meyers of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughters: Tonya (Jeff) Ingram of Gibbon, Nebraska and Tiffany (Ted) Downey of Arapahoe, Nebraska; nine grandchildren, Shelbi, Melonie and Nolan Meyers, Rylee, Crayton and Jaxson Ingram and Ashton, Hilary and Trey Vargas;  mother: Evelyn Meyers of Cambridge, Nebraska; three brothers and two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.

Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at St. Matthews Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Maxine M. Fisher

Maxine Mildred [Hilker] Fisher was born October 5, 1930 at the family farm north of Cambridge.  She died at the Tabitha Home in Lincoln on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

She was baptized October 19, 1930 at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church north of Arapahoe, NE. Maxine was confirmed in her Faith on June 11, 1944 at St. Matthew.

After high school graduation she taught school in the same one room school she had attended from first grade to eighth grade.

On May 1, 1949 she married Preston Fisher. They farmed and ranched north of Cambridge and Holbrook for the 50 years they were married and Maxine continued to manage the business after Preston’s death on May 28, 1999.

In April 2007 Maxine moved to Cambridge, in October of 2009 she moved to Lincoln.

To the union of Preston and Maxine, five daughters were born. The sons came in the form of sons-in-law. Rose [Dave] Hair of Mesa, AZ, Marsha [Dan] Roblyer of Westmoreland, KS, Pam [John] Upward of Fort Worth, TX, Becky [Max] Heacock of Castle Rock, CO, Deb [Gary] Ahl of Lincoln; 9 grandchildren and spouses: Amanda [Grant] Dixon, K.C. [Trey] Potter, Christopher [Rebecca] Upward, Noah [Amber] Upward, Todd [Melissa], Shannon Dvorak, Jenn [Robb] Seckinger, Jessica [Cade] Olbricht, Judi [Chad] Lessard, 17 great- grandchildren: Marlie Potter, and Jase Dixon, Connor, Kylie, Kelsie, Lealah, Carter, Olivia Upward, Kendal and Destiny Dutton, Logan and Shelby Holloway, Hunter Dvoark, Silas Lessard, Tristan Olbricht, Piper and Kira Seckinger.

She is also survived by a sister: Evelyn Meyers; sisters-in- law, Maxine Fisher and Delores Fisher, many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and Good House family and Tabitha staff.

Funeral will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Cambridge Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00 AM with Pastors Brett Hinrichs and Earl Higgins.

Interment will be in the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenorr.com Visitation will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm at the Lockenbour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.

Julie L. Houlden

Julie L. Houlden, age 60, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at her home.  She was born on December 10, 1954 at Stewart, Minnesota to Vince and Lenora (Arnoldt) McGraw.

She was born into a large, loving, Irish family where values of hard work and respect for all others were instilled. Julie moved to Nebraska at the age of 19 where she raised her children and shared her pride and belief in her strong Irish heritage. Julie loved deeply: her children, the love of her life Ed, her family and friends. She loved to help others, to make those around her feel welcomed and valued. She loved a hard day’s work, the warmth of the sunshine, cooking a great meal, and good conversation. Her love lives on in the hearts of many.

She married Edward Houlden on March 23, 1991.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Patricia Meier, and father-in-law Melvin Houlden.

She is survived by husband Ed Houlden of Elwood, Nebraska; daughters: Kate and husband Kevin Reiners of Elwood, Nebraska and Betsy Hofman of Omaha, Nebraska;

son: Jake Hofman of Elwood, Nebraska; grandchildren: Carsen, Bryce, and Berkley Reiniers; brother: Tom and  wife Linda McGraw of Buffalo Lake, Minnesota; sisters: Hannah and husband Tom Dzik of St. Paul, Minnesota, Eileen and husband John Tittle of St. Paul, Minnesota, Anne and husband Mike Chapman of Sun City, Arizona, Grace and husband Mark Felion, of St. Paul, Minnesota; brother-in-law: Ron Meier of St. Francis, Minnesota; mother-in-law: Berdina Houlden of Elwood, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews, & cousins.

Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.

Private family service will be in Stewart, Minnesota at a later date. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Lynette S. Brown

A time of fellowship to celebrate the life of Lynette S. Brown will be held at the Orleans Ag Center in Orleans, Nebraska on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 with the family greeting friends from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  A time of sharing will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Lynette Sue Brown, 65 years of age, of rural Oxford, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska.  Lynette was born January 18, 1950 at Lincoln, Nebraska, the eldest of three children born to Amiel “Gene” and Beulah “Billie” (Languis) TenHulzen.  She received her education from the Palmyra-Bennet Public School, graduating with the class of 1968.  Lynette then pursued higher education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Education.

While at college, Lynette met her future husband, Leroy “Farmer” Brown and the couple were united in marriage on March 2, 1973.  They made their home on a farm near Oxford.  To this union three children were born:  Lance, Lucas and Lydee Jo.  In addition to raising her children and helping milk cows on their dairy, Lynette was always willing to help others.  She taught Sunday School, Bible School, sponsored Methodist Youth Fellowship, operated Muddy Lane Pre-School out of her home and was active with Mansion Builders and other church activities.  Lynette dedicated her life to teaching youth and showing her faith in God.

In 1983, Lynette began her employment with the Harlan County Extension Office as an Assistant Extension Educator.  Her tireless work with 4-H and home extension in Harlan County and Nebraska allowed her to mentor thousands of Nebraska’s youth and made her many life-long friends.  There were always workshops, sewing camps, 4-H camps, “this and that days”, and meetings to host and attend.  Lynette was never too busy to help out with school activities from baking bread, stir fry for Chinese New Year, hardtack and Johnny cakes for the sixth grade Civil War studies, having kindergartners out to the dairy to milk a cow, feed baby calves, and run around the hay bales were enjoyable memories.

Another favorite time was going to NTV to cook with Marilyn and “that” Tim, because he wouldn’t take part eating the preparation of the day if it had anything green in it!

Lynette especially loved her grandchildren, even if she had to wear the same yellow sweater two days in a row, because Kaitie loved the color yellow.  Or the time when Boston, Jailyn and Emery got so muddy their clothes plugged the new washing machine!  Her love for her family always shined through.  The little girls, Arden, Brecken, and Brynlee made her smile when they would climb up on the cupboards or jump off the coffee table trying to keep up with their siblings.

She leaves to mourn her passing; her husband, Farmer Brown of rural Oxford; two sons:  Lance Brown and his wife, Kelli Cummins-Brown of Nashotah, Wisconsin and Lucas Brown and his wife, Jill of Lincoln, Nebraska; one daughter, Lydee Jo Krueger and her husband, Chris of Pierce, Nebraska; seven grandchildren:  Emery and Arden Cummins-Brown, Kaitlyn and Jailyn Brown and Boston, Brecken, and Brynlee Krueger; her parents:  Gene and Billie TenHulzen of Firth, Nebraska; one sister, Joleen Huneke and her husband, Stewart of Wilber, Nebraska; brothers-in-law:  Dale Rood and his wife, Connie of Waverly, Nebraska, Gary Brown of Oxford, and Kent Brown and his wife, Linda of Axtell, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Best of Oxford; and a large extended family including a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Deb Rood; mother-in-law and father-in-law:  Harold and Marge Brown.

A private family funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Oxford with Reverend Eldon E. Fablinger officiating.  Interment will be held in the Oxford Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Lynette’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

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Beverly A. Huxoll

Beverly Ann Huxoll, age 80, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, formerly of Holbrook, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, in Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born on April 7, 1934 at Merna, Nebraska to Kenneth and Frieda (Leibert) Kennedy.

She went to school in Comstock, Nebraska and graduated from Sargent High School in Sargent, Nebraska. She went on to Kearney State College for two years to become a teacher. She taught in Weissert and Loomis, Nebraska. She married Charles “Chuck” Huxoll December 23, 1956 in Loomis, Nebraska. They lived in Holdrege for a short time before moving north of Holbrook in 1957. They then moved south of Holbrook in 1958. Bev had several jobs throughout her life; teacher, homemaker, janitor at Holbrook Public Schools, bookkeeper for the Holbrook Co-op, worked in laundry department at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Nursing Home, drove bus for the Arapahoe/Holbrook School District, and helping on the farm. She loved the farm life and taking long walks in the country.  She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, and crafts of all kinds. Due to her health she had to move into Elwood Care Center in August 2014, then to C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in November 2014.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and son Mark Charles Huxoll.

She is survived by her husband Charles Huxoll of Holbrook, Nebraska; son: Shane and wife Cyndi Huxoll of Lexington, Nebraska; daughters: Theresa and husband Robert Koenke of Lincoln, Nebraska, Tracy Marshall of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jill and husband Josh Hill of McCook, Nebraska; brothers:  Lynn and wife Barb Kennedy of Loveland, Colorado, Bruce and wife Kay Kennedy of Merna, Nebraska; sisters:  Sharon and husband Jim Kennedy of Calloway, Nebraska, Patti and husband Ken Johnson of Ravenna, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

There will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial services was held Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Nebraska with Pastor Brett Hinrichs, officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the services.

Janice L. Breinig

Surrounded by loving family members at the Cambridge Hospital, Janice Lee (Evertson) Breinig was called home by her Heavenly Father on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Janice was born in Cambridge, NE on August 5, 1947 to Fredericka (Weber) and Lee Evertson.  She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1965.  While waitressing at a café in Cambridge, she caught the eye of Duane ‘Red’ Breinig.  They were married May 1, 1966, and made their home on a farm northeast of Arapahoe.  Their first daughter, LeAndra Kay, was born in 1968.  Janice entered nursing school in North Platte, NE and graduated in 1972.  Their second daughter, Jennifer Lynn, was born in 1979.

Janice spent her career and life caring for others.  She took care of patients at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, the Cambridge Hospital, and Tri-Valley Health Systems all as an LPN. Her job description included, but was not limited to the following: comforting the sick and dying, dressing wounds, kissing owies, comforting babies and children (and adults) who required injections, holder of hands, wiper of tears, and caretaker to all who needed extra love.  She also had a very active job description when away from work: loving wife and mother, spoiler of grandchildren, Quiz Bowl and Speech Team cheerleader, enthusiastic Husker football fan, extra parent/grandparent to all, prayer warrior, and devoted friend.

She was immensely proud of all of her grandchildren and looked forward to her time with the LWML Charity Circle ladies.  Her contagious optimism and loving and gentle manner will be missed by all who experienced them.

She was reunited in heaven with her parents, sister, Barbara Besler, and her husband, Duane ‘Red’ Breinig. Her family waiting for a glorious reunion include her daughters, LeAndra Monie and Jennifer Blake; sons-in-law Todd Monie and Allen Blake; and grandchildren Garrett, Kyla, and Derek Monie, and Cael Blake.

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.

Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 10 AM until 8 PM at the Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church.  Funeral services will be February 12, 2015, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating.  Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Dena L. Wernsman

Dena L. Wernsman, age 52, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital, in Kearney, Nebraska.  She was born on February 5, 1962 in Wray, Colorado to Howard and Helen (Schwaderer) Burton.   When Dena was a young girl, her family moved back to the family homestead in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. It was there where Dena learned to mend fence, ride a horse, and her steadfast worth ethic was developed. Dena went to school at Ellsworth Elementary in Ellsworth, Nebraska. She graduated from Hyannis High School in Hyannis, Nebraska with the Class of 1980. She went on to Rapid City School of Business and received her degree in Business Management. She was united in marriage with Jeffrey R. Wernsman on May 20, 1989 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with two sons, Austin and Tanner.

Dena was a general manager of McDonalds in Sidney, Nebraska for 12 years.  Dena then went on to manage Apria Health Care in Sidney, and later took over the North Platte branch as well. She received the “Circle of Excellence” award for her work with Apria Health Care. She took great pride in providing the utmost care for her patients. In May of 2013, Dena, Jeff and their two sons moved to Arapahoe Nebraska for the opportunity to manage a small business together as a family.   In addition to her professional career, Dena dedicated numerous hours to the Sidney Federation Wrestling program. Dena was passionate about supporting high school wrestling in both Sidney and Arapahoe. She enjoyed watching college football and was an avid Cornhusker fan.  Dena loved camping with family and friends, especially on the beaches of Lake McConaughy. In 2014, Dena and Jeff celebrated 25 years of marriage by taking a family trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dena will always be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, and a dedicated friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her mother Helen, mother and father–in-law: Harold and Henrietta Wernsman. She is survived by her husband Jeff Wernsman, two sons Austin and Tanner Wernsman, and father Howard Burton, all of Arapahoe, her brothers; Gene (Jane) Burton of Norton, Kansas, Jim (Peggy) Burton of Grant, Nebraska and Howard Dean Jr. (Mary) Burton of Mesa, Arizona, sisters-in-law; Jodel Wernsman of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Judi (Gary) Roach of Sidney, Nebraska, nieces and nephews; Jeff Burton, Eric Burton, Pat Burton, Leslie West, Megan Marquardt, Howard Burton III, Christine Burton, Kevin Burton, Allyson Williams, Whitni Roach, Ryan Roach, Brenan Roach, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.  Donations can be made to the “Dena Wernsman Memorial Fund” which will go towards supporting organizations she was passionate about.

Viewing and visitation was held Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 10 AM until 8 PM at the Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Funeral services were held February 6, 2015, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. James Moshier officiating.  Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery, in Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.   A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Sidney, Nebraska, later in February.  Details will be released when finalized.

Helen C. Kuck

Funeral Services for Helen C. Kuck was held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Oxford, Nebraska with Pastor Wes Holen officiating.  Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery following the services.

Helen Catherine Kuck, 99 years of age, of Orleans, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Harlan County Health Systems in Alma, Nebraska.  Helen was born March 21, 1915 in rural Furnas County, Nebraska, the eldest of eight children born to William Richard and Nellie Anna (Perry) Adden. She received her education from Oxford Public Schools thru the eighth grade.

On July 1, 1931, she was united in marriage to Riley Gunther Kuck in Norton, Kansas and to this union five children were born: Ida Mae, Martha, Eunice, Joseph and Jerry. The family made their home on a farm south of Bertrand, Nebraska where they engaged in farming.  In 1940, the family moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska where they continued farming.  During this time, Helen worked in the Poultry House in Oxford for about four years.  In 1961, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado.  Helen worked for 17 years at the Boulder Community Hospital as a nurse’s aide, in central supply for 12 years and later at the University Hospital for another three and a half years.  After Riley preceded her death on August 16, 1989, Helen moved to Orleans.

Helen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, attended the Methodist Church in Longmont, and was currently attending the Evangelical Free Church in Oxford.

She enjoyed reading and baking.  Angel Food cakes were her specialty.

Besides her parents and her husband; Helen was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Edward Kuck in infancy; four brothers: Dale Adden and his wife, LaVern, Eldon Adden, Wyllis Adden and Harold Adden; three sisters: Doris Viele and her husband, Lee, Wilma Varwig and her husband, Walt and Eloise Songer and her husband, Charles.

She leaves to mourn her passing; her son, Jerry Kuck of Oxford; three daughters: Ida Mae McBride and her husband, Jim of Holbrook, Nebraska, Martha Weaver of Westminster, Colorado, Eunice Brant and her husband, Jim of Hibbing, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Charlene Adden of Lincoln, Nebraska and Phyllis Adden of Tecumseh, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Helen’s honor and kindly suggested to the Evangelical Free Church in Oxford, Nebraska.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn M. DeVries

Marilyn Marcille DeVries, age 83, of Yuma, Arizona, formerly of Cambridge, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at her home in Yuma.  Marilyn was born in Cambridge, Nebraska on July 24, 1931, to Wayne and L. Fern (Moore) Johnson.

She attended Arapahoe Public Schools and graduated with a teaching certificate from Arapahoe High School in 1949.  The following school year she taught in a rural school south of Arapahoe.  Marilyn married John Wayne DeVries on May 12, 1954.  The Lord blessed them with five children.  Wayne and Marilyn raised their family in Cambridge.  Marilyn was baptized in the Congregational Church where Marilyn and Wayne were members for many years.  In 1967, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Kearney State College where she also did her graduate work.  Marilyn taught many years in McCook, Bartley, Oxford, Arapahoe, and Cambridge.  She touched the lives of many children and loved them all.  Wayne and Marilyn moved to Mexico in 1996 where they served their Lord in Mexico Missions until 2010.  They used their God-given talents in the work they did.  They worked in two orphanages and helped to build churches and living quarters for native pastors in Mexico.  They were members of the Oasis of Hope Church in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wayne; her precious daughter, Shelly Marcille; and her parents, Wayne and L. Fern (Moore) Johnson; brothers-in-law Richard Frogge, Stanley Alexander, Raymond Bockerman, Jack DeVries, and Harry Wilson; sisters-in-law Diane DeVries and Phylis Alexander; a niece, Barbara Ann Bockerman; and nephews Bruce DeVries and Duane Glenn DeVries.

Marilyn is survived by her three sons Rick (Dixie) DeVries of Laramie, WY, Steve DeVries of Laramie, WY, and Brian (Kris) DeVries of Gordon, NE; one daughter Mari Lyn (John) Poppert of St. Paul, NE; two grandchildren, Brooke and Olivia Poppert; and four step-grandchildren, Lauren and Robyn Daily and Justin and Jesse Davis; sisters-in-law Mary Bockerman of Arapahoe, Dorothy Wilson of Inland, Elsie Mae Frogge of Grand Island; sisters and brothers-in-law Carl and Audre DeVries of Cambridge, Tobias (Bud) and Gwen DeVries of Arapahoe, Glenn and Jo DeVries of Trumbull, Leonard and Wyoma DeVries of Inland, Harold and Kathy DeVries of Lincoln, and Charles DeVries of Arapahoe; and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.  Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church at Arapahoe, NE.

Funeral services will be January 29, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating.  Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery.  Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.  Memorials may be directed to the funeral home to be used for an educational scholarship in Marilyn’s memory.

Katherine L. Atteberry

Katherine Lillian (Ruf) Atteberry, age 102, of Cambridge, Nebraska passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Cambridge Manor in Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born on July 16, 1912 in Red Willow County between Wilsonville and Cambridge, Nebraska to Henry & Mary (Amen) Ruf.

Katherine attended a country school for a short time and later was just self-educated. She was very instrumental at an early age in caring for her brothers and sisters. She also performed various farm obligations for her family.

Sunday school was attended at Tyrone where she served as the superintendent for many years and with the closing of that church, she attended in Wilsonville, Nebraska. On Palm Sunday in the year of 1928, Katherine was confirmed in the Westside Congregational Church in McCook, Nebraska.

Katherine Ruf and Glenn Atteberry were married on April 19, 1941. They made their home on a farm south of Hendley, Nebraska, working with each other until 1980. After the farm was sold, they moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska.

She and her husband became members of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Katherine became a member of the bell choir at the church. Katherine volunteered countless hours at the area care homes assisting with activities and resident wishes. She was also a member of the H.G.L. Club for many years as well as the Christian Women’s Club in McCook, Nebraska. She served as a very faithful volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Mobile. At the age of 93, she was the oldest Nebraskan to donate blood.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glenn (Pete), brothers Henry, John, Manuel, and sisters Leah, Esther, Lydia, and Margaret.

Surviving Katherine are sisters: Ruby of East Moline, IL, Annie of Arlington, TX, and Ramona of North Platte, Ne., as well as sister-in-law: Margalee Ruf of Wilsonville, Ne., numerous nieces, nephews, and Babcock families and many friends and acquaintances. She and her special friend, Marjorie tenBensel traveled many miles and many times to visit family and friends.

Katherine loved to crochet, and took great pride in making tablecloths, needlework, wall hangings, doilies, quilts, and crafts. Her thriftiness and ingenuity filled many canning jars and her green thumb was evidenced in her varieties of houseplants. Katherine was a dedicated care giver and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Kristi L. Carnes • Madysn Faye Harmon

Kristi L. Carnes, age 34, and infant daughter Madysn Faye Harmon of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Phelps Memorial Hospital, in Holdrege, Nebraska. She was born on June 5, 1980 in Oxford, Nebraska to Loren D. & Dianne F. (Coffman) Carnes.

Kristi grew up in Edison, Nebraska and attended elementary school at Edison Public Schools. She would then graduate from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1998. After high school, she went on to Central Community College in Hastings and received a degree in Graphic Design. She then worked in Omaha as a Graphic Designer. Kristi would then have 2 sons Keeghan & Kaden, who would bring more joy to her life than she thought possible. She would then move back to Edison, Nebraska and pursue a path in cosmetology by attending school at Joseph College of Beauty in Kearney, Nebraska. She would then move to Arapahoe, Nebraska and take a position at Becton-Dickinson Company in Holdrege, Nebraska. This would be where she would meet the love of her life and best friend Christopher “Toph” Harmon. After numerous days spent at the racetrack, they would become engaged and become pregnant with a precious baby girl, Madysn Faye Harmon, who was due in February. Kristi and Toph were to be joined in marriage on July 25th, 2015. She attended church at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

They were preceded in death by her maternal & paternal grandparents, and Uncle Timothy Coffman

They are survived by her fiancée and father Christopher “Toph” Harmon, of Arapahoe, Nebraska

Sons & Brothers: Keeghan & Kaden of Arapahoe, Nebraska

Father, Mother & Grandparents: Loren & Dianne Carnes of Edison, Nebraska

Brother & Uncle: Mark & wife Holly Carnes of Kearney, Nebraska

Niece & Nephew & Cousins: Trystan & Londyn Carnes of Kearney, Nebraska

Future Mother & Father-in-Law & Grandparents: Mike & Gloria Harmon of Arapahoe, Nebraska

Future Harmon Family Members including Uncles & Aunts & Cousins

Special Friend Carla Hottovy of Lincoln, Nebraska

Honorary Uncles & Aunts and numerous precious friends.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing and visitation will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM and Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, the casket will be closed at the Church prior to services. Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at Edison Cemetery at Edison, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to be given to her son’s education fund, which is set-up at First Central Bank, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Nellie Mae Hammond

Nellie Mae Hammond, age 90, of McCook, Nebraska formerly of Curtis, Nebraska passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Hillcrest Nursing Home at McCook, Nebraska. She was born on March 20, 1924, at Curtis, Nebraska to Sam & Daisy (Walker) Wood.

Nellie married Gail Hammond and were blessed with over 50 years before his passing. They farmed between the Moorefield & Curtis area. During World War II she was a seamstress in Pennsylvania. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and card parties. She also was involved in the American Legion Auxiliary, Neighborly Belle’s of Moorefield, Nebraska and the United Methodist Church of Curtis. She later moved to Hillcrest Nursing Home due to health reasons.

Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, husband and all her brothers & sisters, one grandson Nathan, and 2 great grandsons Rolan & Dalton.

She is survived by her son Denny Hammond of Moorefield, Nebraska

Daughters: Janet & husband Marty Maaske of Holbrook, Nebraska

Dorothy Harms and Marilyn Davisson both of North Platte, Nebraska

7 Grandchildren: Tyson(Clancy)Hammond, Ryan(Mary)Hammond, Kanen(Meghan)Hammond, Brenan(Masha) Hammond, Nolan Hammond, Matt(Jamie)Nutt, Josh(Danelle)Nutt, Kelly(Candace)Maaske, Keith(Christina) Maaske,

Son-in-law: Dean & wife Cathy Nutt            Daughter-in-law: Cece Hammond

Great Grandchildren: 14

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing and visitation will be Monday, January 12, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 2 P.M. at the United Methodist Church in Curtis, Nebraska with Pastor Bonnie Forney, officiating. Interment will be at the Curtis Cemetery at Curtis, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to Hillcrest Nursing Home of McCook, Nebraska or Senior Living Choices of Curtis, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Kathryn A. Sassen

Kathryn Ann Sassen, 88, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 21, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on December 30, 1925, in Lincoln to John and Pearl McCarthy.  Mrs. Sassen grew up in Grand Island, graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1943 and attended St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana.

On Febraury 16, 1946, she married William J. Sassen in Grand Island, where she lived until his death in 1995.  Mrs. Sassen then moved to Omaha to be closer to immediate family.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Grant and Julie Sassen of Ashville, North Carolina, John and Stephanie Sassen of Ada, Oklahoma and Sam and Mary Sassen of Omaha, Nebraska; and three daughters and sons-in-law: Ann and Charles Collins of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Ruth and Ron Phillips of Sugar Hills, Georgia and Amy and Jeff Heselton of Oak Point, Texas.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Judy McCarthy of Grand Island and three nephews.

Mrs. Sassen served on the first Parish Council of St. Leo’s  Catholic Church in Grand Island and was a member of the Altar Society there and at Christ the King Church in Omaha.  She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church at the time of her passing.  She volunteered with the Hall County Red Cross and Bloodmobile for more than 30 years and was affiliated with Chapter EC, PEO.

Mrs. Sassen participated in the Nebraska Anatomical-Deeded Body program and a private memorial Mass for the family is being scheduled.

 

Donald B. Gouldie

Donald Bradford Gouldie was born December 8, 1930 at Stamford, NE.  His mother was Sylvia Ellen (Goosic) Gouldie and his father, Thomas John Gouldie.  Don was an only child.  His mother remarked that when he was born, she knew she would never do better so he remained an only child.

Don attended Stamford elementary through the 8th grade and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1948.

Don attended Hastings College then joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served aboard the USS Montrose from May 1950 to April of 1954.  He was honorably discharged in October 1954.

Don was united in marriage to Juanita Gonzalez on May 13, 1958 and to this union one son, Michael Jay, was born on December 11, 1962.

Don held numerous sales positions and traveled extensively through the Midwest.  He owned and operated Grantree Gallery in Siloam Springs, Arkansas before selling it and retiring.

Don and Shirley were married on June 30, 1996 and have been engaged in ranching near Dunning, Nebraska.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and he leaves to mourn his wife, Shirley, son Michael, as well as Russ and Sandra Kasson, Brad and Faith Mellema, and Jeff Kennedy.  He was a wonderful grandfather to Kaylie and Micah Sirek, Ben Mellema, Sam Mellema, Sophie Mellema, Season Mellema, Alex Gouldie, Levi Gouldie, Taylor and Shelbea Gouldie, and great-grandson Dexter.

Don was baptized in the Christian Church at Stamford.  He accepted Christ as his savior and is a member and Elder of the Open Bible Church in Dunning.

He will be remembered for the unusual kindness he showed to family and friends.  His memory will be cherished by all who knew him.

Don Gouldie, age 84, of Dunning died Wednesday December 24, 2014 at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday December 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Open Bible Church in Dunning with Rev. Ralph McKay officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Dunning Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Blaine County Area Community Foundation.

 

Steven A. Haussler 

Steven A. Haussler, age 64, of Axtell, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Mosaic Center in Axtell, Nebraska.   He was born on June 21, 1950 at Cambridge, Nebraska to Robert and Carol (Menze) Haussler.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother Michael Haussler of Arapahoe, Nebraska; his sister, Merrie Nickel of Kearney, Nebraska; and many relatives and friends.

Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com

Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 2 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Zion Chapel at the Tradition Bethage Village at Mosaic in Axtell, Nebraska with Pastor John Gosswein, officiating. Graveside services will be Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 4 PM at St. Matthews Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Norma J. Hellner

Memorial Services for Norma J. Hellner will be conducted from the Christian Church in Edison, Nebraska on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Kirk Einspahr officiating. Inurnment will be in the Edison Cemetery following the services.

Norma Joann Hellner, 86 years of age, of Lincoln, Nebraska (formerly of Edison) passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Lancaster Manor and Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln. She was born January 25, 1928 on the family farm in Furnas County, Nebraska, the youngest of four children born to Merlin M. and Florence Catherine (Ferguson) Martin. Norma attended school in Edison, graduating from Edison High School with the class of 1945, and matriculated to McCook Community College.

On June 30, 1946, she was united in marriage to Charles Gordon “Gordie” Milligan and to this union three children were born: Becky, Kay and Mark. The couple later divorced.

On May 31, 1973 she was united in marriage to Thomas F. Hellner, Sr. and she welcomed Tom’s son, Thomas Hellner, Jr. into the family. On March 20, 2002, she was preceded in death by Thomas, Sr.

Norma was employed as an office administrator and cashier for Kinder Morgan for 26 years until her retirement in 1992.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. She was a member of the Christian Church in Edison.

Besides her parents and husband, Thomas, Norma was preceded in death by a grandson, Danny Paul O’Brien; her brother, Ward Martin, and his wife, Lenore; sisters-in-law: Judy Martin and Athene Martin.

She leaves to mourn her passing; her three children: Becky Arndt and her husband, Dan of Grand Island, Nebraska, Kay Bantam and her husband, Larry of Lincoln, Mark Milligan and his wife, Cyndi of Evergreen, Colorado; step-son, Thomas Hellner, Jr. of Oxford, Nebraska; 9 grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild; two brothers: Kenneth Martin of McCook, Nebraska, Mark Martin and his wife, Ruby of Kearney, Nebraska; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

There will be no visitation or memorial book signing. The family is honoring Norma’s wish for cremation.

Memorials may be expressed in Norma’s name best by donating to the charity of your choice.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Dean Birt

Memorial Services for Dean Birt will be held at the First Baptist Church in Oxford, Nebraska on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors Brian Jenkins and Dallas Johnson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Oxford Cemetery prior to the services at 9:30 a.m. with military honors provided by the Oxford American Legion Post #219 in conjunction with the U.S. Navy Military Honors Team.

Phillip “Dean” Birt, 87 years of age, of Oxford passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska. Dean was born October 21, 1927 in Oxford, the youngest of four children born to Harry and Gertrude (Horton) Birt. He received his education in Oxford, graduating with the Oxford High School class of 1945.

Dean was inducted into the U.S. Navy on February 14, 1946 until his honorable discharge on December 16, 1947 and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

On June 22, 1958, Dean was united in marriage to Jean (Furse) Sailors at the Christian Church in Alma, Nebraska. Dean welcomed Jean’s three children into his life. Dean and Jean were then blessed with a daughter, Kelli Ann. The Birt’s made their home in Oxford, where Dean was the Parts Manager at the Chevy Garage. He and Jean then owned and operated the Oxford Café for many years. Dean also served as a Crop Adjuster for over 20 years. In later years, he served as a longtime funeral assistant for the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford. Jean passed away on April 2, 2013.

Dean was an avid Husker football fan and season ticket holder, he enjoyed golfing with many friends and attending his grandchildren’s activities. Dean was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oxford, past member of the Oxford Fire Department for 33 years, where he also served as Fire Chief. Dean was also a former mayor and city councilman of Oxford for 14 years, served on the Oxford School Board and was a member of the American Legion Post #219.

Besides his parents and wife, Jean; Dean was preceded in death by one brother, H. Duane Birt, Jr. and his wife, Lois; two sisters: Faye Stevens and her husband, Hal and Mildred “Billie” Garrison and her husband, Art.

Dean leaves to mourn his passing; his two sons: Tom Birt and his wife, Teresa of Santa Monica, California, Grady “Jerry” Birt and his wife, Caroline of Burbank, California; two daughters: Gaye McCallum and her husband, Doug of Eagle, Nebraska, Kelli Urbanek and her husband, Tom of Kearney; seven grandchildren: Nick Birt, Lindsay Tallman, Adam Pleas, Caitlin Pleas, Micah Urbanek, McKenna Urbanek and Noah Urbanek; seven great-grandchildren: Hadley Pleas, Madison Tallman, Emma Tallman, Coleton Tallman, Delaney Tallman, Alex Birt and Bailey Birt; one brother-in-law, Bob Furse and his wife, Marilyn of Phoenix, Arizona; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Memorial book signing will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home at Oxford.

A memorial will be established in Dean’s honor and kindly suggested to First Baptist Church of Oxford, the Oxford Country Club or the Oxford American Legion Post #219.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Victor W. McCoy

Victor W. McCoy age 87 of Cambridge died at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on November 23, 2014.  He was born in Arapahoe, NE on January 12, 1927 to Harley and  Hazel ( Elston) McCoy.  Vic attended the Arapahoe High School graduating in 1944.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army on November 17, 1945, serving in the Pacific Theatre and Japan.  Vic was discharged as a sergeant, March 20, 1947, ending his military service.

Vic returned to Nebraska and in 1946 he was married to Madeline Wildman and to this union two children was born: Linda and Steve.  Vic spent many years farming south of Arapahoe, retiring from the farm in 1980.  In 1985, he married Maxine Ohlson in Mesa, Arizona.  They continued to live in Mesa for and extended period of time before moving to Cambridge, Nebraska.

Vic was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: June Roepke; Arva Holloway; brother: Wayne McCoy.

He is survived by his wife; Maxine of Cambridge; daughter: Linda Topaz of Lincoln, Nebraska; son: Steve and wife Diane McCoy of Arapahoe; sister: Mona and husband Dan Mousel of Edison, Nebraska; brother: Neal and wife Norma McCoy of Kearney, Nebraska; 4 grandchidlren; one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM with George Probasco.  Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery of Cambridge.    Military Honors will be held at graveside. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 9:00 AM till 8:00 PM at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.  Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenour.com  Memorials may be left in Vic’s name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.

 

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