Obituaries

Cindy J. Peterson

Cindy J. Peterson passed away peacefully with her family by her side, at her home in Ravenna on Monday, February 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 58.
Memorial Services were on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Freedom Baptist Church in Stamford. Pastor Bobby Johnston officiated. Inurnment was in the Stamford Cemetery. Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna was in charge of arrangements.
Cindy Peterson was born August 21, 1958 in Albion, Nebraska to Howard and Joyce (Bose) Ommert. She attended grade school in Orleans, NE and later attended Holdrege High School where she graduated with the class of 1976.
Cindy accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at the age of 15. She married Bruce E. Peterson in 1978. To this union two daughters were born, Michelle and Allison.
Cindy enjoyed being a stay at home mom and felt blessed to be able to do so. She later worked in the Arapahoe Public School lunch room for six years and the Medicine Creek Lodge for four years.
Cindy loved spending time at the Harry Strunk Lake with her family, camping, boating and skiing. Many outings to the lake were spent teaching nieces and nephews and friends how to water ski. She also enjoyed looking for Indian relics and walks along the beach. She enjoyed being out in nature, planting flowers and especially enjoyed the birds. She also liked snowmen and making snow angels, but nothing brought her more joy than her granddaughter, Summer.
Survivors include her daughters, Michelle Peterson of Kearney and Allison and her husband, Aaron Palik and their daughter, Summer Rae Palik all of Lincoln, brother, Randy Ommert and wife, Jennifer of Axtell, special friend, Dennis Joslin of Ravenna, Bruce Peterson of Omaha and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Danny Ommert.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Robert Joe Bellamy

Robert Joe Bellamy, age 79, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Cozad Community Hospital, in Cozad, Nebraska. Joe was born on May 19, 1937 on the family farm in Moorefield, Nebraska to Raymond and Hazel (Coker) Bellamy.
Joe grew up on the family farm attending country school through the 7th grade and continued through high school in Farnam, Nebraska. On September 10, 1954 he was united in marriage to Lloydelle Scharf in Eustis, Nebraska at the United Methodist Parsonage. In 1959, Joe and his brother Kenneth purchased the Elwood John Deere dealership making Joe the youngest John Deere dealer in the country! Joe also began aerial spraying during this time and developed the airport at Johnson Lake. After more than 25 years in the aerial spraying business, he concentrated on building the family farm with his sons in Elwood and Goodland, Kansas.
Joe maintained an avid interest in aviation for the rest of his life owning and flying everything from a Piper Cub to a Pinto jet. In addition to his love of aviation, he enjoyed restoring vintage cars, gas pumps, and renovating farmsteads and homes. Most recently, he has enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In September of 2014, Joe and Lloydelle celebrated 60 years of marriage with family and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Maurice, Horace, and Noble, Sisters Harriet and Mable, and great-granddaughter Leah.
Joe is survived by his wife Lloydelle Bellamy of Elwood, Nebraska
Sons: Randy and wife Susan Bellamy of Goodland, Kansas
Brian and wife Shelly Bellamy of Sharon Springs, Kansas
Kevin and wife Cheri Bellamy of Elwood, Nebraska
Grandchildren: Kerri, Reed, Ashley and husband Stewart Clouse, Brooke and fiancée Carl DeCaire, Chelsey and husband Ryan Kulhanek, Mandi and husband Josh Hill, Lexie and husband Shannon Pfannenstiel, Kinsey and fiancé Brendan Nunamak Great grandchildren: 14
Brothers: Kenneth and wife Doris, Jack & wife Marlys
Brother-In-Law: Donald Scharf and wife Leila, Ronald Scharf and wife Patricia, Leonard Scharf and wife Nancy
And numerous nieces and nephews
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be Monday, February 13, 2017 from 4 PM till 8 PM at Elwood Funeral Home, Elwood, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Parkview Baptist Church, in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor John Shields, officiating. Interment will be at Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Nebraska. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Lou Schroeder

Thelma Lou Schroeder, 86 years old of Coon Rapids passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 9. Lou was born in Arapahoe, Nebraska on January 9, 1931, the only child of Amy and Nicholas Hentges. Lou knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a nurse. At the age of 17, Lou entered nurse’s training in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then worked as a nurse in Colorado Springs, San Diego and several cities in western Nebraska, before moving to Mankato, MN.
Lou married William Schroeder on August 24th, 1955. Lou and Bill moved to Mankato with their 4 children in 1969. While working and raising her children, Lou continued her education earning a Bachelors and then a Master’s Degree. Lou began her career in Mankato as an evening supervisor and ended it as Vice President at Immanuel Saint -Joseph’s Hospital. She was proud to have worked with physicians and nurses to develop services such as Renal Dialysis, Hospice, Home Care and a Cardiac Rehab Program.
Lou began her retirement volunteering with the Catholic Church in Aids Education. Before retiring Lou took classes to learn new skills to enrich her life. For the rest of her years, Lou enjoyed wood carving, painting and golfing as well as her lifelong love of playing the piano. After retiring, Lou and Bill spent their summers in the Twin Cities area close to their kids and grandkids and their winters in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Lou was preceded in death by an infant son, Gregory and her husband Bill. She will be missed by her children, Jeff (Sue), Paula, Pam (Sirraj) and Pat (Kathy); and four grandchildren, Claire, Evan, Dylan and Wyatt as well as special family friend Tilly. There will be a gathering of friends and family on Thursday, February 16 at 9:30 am followed by a celebration of Lou’s life at 10:30 am at the Church of the Epiphany, 1900 111th Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. All memorials will go to the Bill and Lou Schroeder Scholarship Fund at the Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Bea Willey

Bea Willey, age 87, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 10 A.M. till 8 P.M. at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, of Arapahoe, Nebraska with the family present from 6 PM to 8 PM. Funeral services are Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Becky Saddler, officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to Arapahoe Senior Center or Arapahoe Golf Course. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie Golter

Marjorie Golter, 91, of Gothenburg, Nebraska died February 7, 2017 in Gothenburg.
Majorie Deana (Huff) Golter was born on September 28, 1925 on a farm north of Arapahoe, Nebraska and was baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection on October 25, 1925.
She was the youngest of four children; Harold, Mildred, and Carl were her older siblings. Their parents were Edward and Lydia Huff. She attended the Union Ridge rural school north of Arapahoe as child. She later entered Parochial School. After her father died when she was eight years old, the farm was sold and her older siblings went to live with other relatives. Marge and her mother Lydia moved into Arapahoe. Marge graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1943.
She met Glen F. Golter, also from Arapahoe. Glen had enlisted in the Army and was stioned in California They were married in Arapahoe on December 12, 1945. When Glen was sent to Germany, she came back to Arapahoe to await his return.
Marge joined her husband in Kansas where he got a job with the Bureau of Reclamation as a surveyor. They later moved to Johnson Lake where they began their Central Nebraska Public Power career. Moving to Jeffrey Lake only a year later, Marge became a devoted mother caring for three boys, Gary, Bobby, and Randy. She was involved in the Legion Auxiliary, Kraft Club, Card Club and was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte. Marge and Glen operated Golter’s Carpet Cleaning Service for many years as a side job. Marge was a big sports fan especially when watching her sons play. Marge also loved to hunt and fish with Glen and the boys.
Marge enjoyed cooking and was known for her fried chicken and homemade cherry pies. You never left her home without having something to eat. She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother to seven, great grandmother to 20 and great great grandmother to three.
Jesus called her home to heaven on February 7, 2017 at Hilltop Estates. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, sons Gary (Connie) Golter of Hastings, Bobby (Susan) Golter of Brady, NE and Randy (Elizabeth) Golter of St. Louis, MO, seven grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her parents, brothers Harold and George and sister Mildred Dahlenburg and daughter in-law Julie Golter.
Funeral services were held on February 11, 2017 at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in North Platte, NE. Burial was at the Brady cemetery.

Harvey Dale Herbert

Harvey D. Herbert, was born November 22, 1928 in Hays, County, near Palisade, Nebraska to Elmer Ivan and Martha Mae (Crapson) Herbert. He stepped over into Glory on January 28, 2017 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska at the age of 88 years.
Harvey grew up in McCook, Nebraska. He met Margaret Ida Amelia Breinig of Arapahoe, Nebraska. On April 11, 1948 they were married in Arapahoe. Six children were born to the couple. Harvey worked 42 years for the Nebraska Department of Roads mainly driving a roadgrader.
Those proceeding him in death were his parents, his wife, his son Dick, brothers and their spouses: Earl and Lila, Merle and Mavis, LeRoy and Kay, sisters and their spouses: Wilma and Jimmy Boggs, Iretta and Elton Smith, Ann and Avis Winters, Millie and Virgil Daniels, a great-great granddaughter, Ashlynn Marie Lemburg, 11 nephews and four nieces.
He leaves his children David Herbert of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Shelia and Charles (Von) Pruitt of Arapahoe, Patty and Roy Daughenbaugh of Beaver City, Nebraska, Don and Margaret Herbert of Arapahoe, Dan and Debra (D.J.) Herbert of Cozad, Nebraska, daughter in-law Debra Herbert of Lincoln, Nebraska, brother in-law Lyle and wife Janice Breinig of Arapahoe, sister in-law Doris and husband Darrel Rauch of Parker, Colorado, 25 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Arapahoe Christian Church at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Arapahoe Cemetery. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard A. Bruening

Richard A. Bruening, age 73, of Holdrege, formerly of Wilsonville, Nebraska passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at Hendley, Nebraska. He was born on September 19, 1943 in Kanorado, Kansas to Bernard & Frances (Harris) Bruening.
He attended school in Wilsonville, Nebraska and graduated from Wilsonville High School with the class of 1961. He attended college in Lincoln, Nebraska and Amarillo, Texas to receive an associate’s degree in Fire Science. He also had a private pilot’s license, A&P license, plus numerous schooling he received in the service
On September 15, 1963, he married Dorothy Mustin of Indianola, Nebraska and to this union 2 children were born, Rick and Tawn. Richard joined the Air Force in 1963. He spent the last year in Vietnam. When he returned home, he worked at Beech Craft in Wichita, Kansas for 6 months but decided the graveyard shift was not for him, so he went to Sky Harbor at Eppley Air Field in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked there for around 6 years, and then worked as a service manager for a Chevy/Buick garage in St. Paul, NE. After working there for 2 years he received a letter from the government offering him a full time civil service job, if he would join the Air Guard. He spent a total of 26 years in the military and 22 years in the Civil Service. During that time, he was a crew chief in the Lincoln Guard on the RF4C plane. The rest of the time, was a flight chief in the Colorado Guard over the A-7’s and F-16’s. Then also in the Colorado Guard, he was a flight engineer on the C-131. He retired in 1993 when he turned 50. Airplanes and flying were his passion He had a lifetime membership with the VFW, Legion, and Elks. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards, and mechanic work. He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Bernard; His brother, Gary; and an infant Granddaughter, Ashley Renee.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; Son, Rick Bruening of Longmont Colorado; daughter, Tawn and husband Jim Stringfellow of Argyle, Texas; four Granddaughters, Lindsey, MacKenzie, Kaylee Bruening, and Genesse Stringfellow; one Grandson Gregory Stringfellow; two Brothers Jim Bruening and wife Sharon of Minden, Nebraska, and Larry Bruening and wife, Jeannie of Arvada Colorado.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Visitation with the family present was Friday, January 27, 2017, from 5 PM to 7 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska. Funeral Services was Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Baptist-Christian Church in Wilsonville, Nebraska with Pastor Keith Theobald officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery at Beaver City, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Baptist-Christian Church in Wilsonville or Wilsonville Volunteer Fire Department. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Iris F. L. Upward

Iris Florence Laura Upward, age 90, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society Care Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on October 15, 1926, to William A. and Evelyn (Crouch) Fudge in Leicester, England.
She received her education at Norborough Girl’s School in Leicester. With the advent of WW II in Europe, the United States deployed Airmen to England. This is how Iris met Wayne Upward who was serving in the Army Airforce 30 miles away from Leicester. Iris and Wayne were married on July 1, 1944, at the Church of the Martyrs in Leicester. They were married for 57 years.
Iris’s first glimpse of America occurred when she arrived in New York Harbor with many other war brides coming to make their homes in a new country. Wayne, who had returned to the US with his unit, drove to New York to meet his bride. They traveled to Arapahoe, where they made their lifelong home. To this union were born three children, Elizabeth, Robert and John. Iris enjoyed life in Arapahoe and was active in Music Club, Bridge Club and numerous other activities. In McCook, NE, on January 29, 1951, Iris stood proudly to pledge her allegiance to her new country as she became a citizen of the United States of America.
In 1973 Iris became the Deputy County Treasurer of Furnas County until her retirement in 1985.
During her retirement years, she began making and hand quilting quilts, a hobby that would bring joy to her and others for many years. She was a member of Friendship Quilters’ Club where she enjoyed friendships with others who shared her passion for quilting. When she could no longer quilt due to Macular Degeneration, she began walking every day to fill some of her time. She was a presence in the neighborhood where she stopped to pass the time with one person or another as she enjoyed her stroll. She was also a regular at the Senior Center for lunch and loved the companionship it provided.
Iris was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Guild and taught Wednesday School each week for many years. Iris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wayne, her parents, parents-in-law, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.
Those left to mourn her passing include her children: Elizabeth (David) Hendricks of Arapahoe, NE.; Robert (Stormie) Upward of LaGrande, Oregon; and John (Pam) Upward of Fr. Worth, Texas. Eight Grandchildren: Timothy, Jonathan, and Stephen Hendricks; Matt and Jeff Upward and Tiffany Rollins; Christopher and Noah Upward; 17 Great- Grandchildren plus #18 on the way; her beloved sister, Pansy Medcalf of Leicester, England; two sisters-in-law, Wyoma Andrews and Maureen Newman; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be Friday, February 3, 2017 from 10 AM till 8 PM with family present from 4 PM to 6 PM, at the Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St. Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Karen Watson, officiating with casket being closed at the church. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorial are suggested to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Arapahoe, Ne; Hospice-Rural Med Home Care Resources P.O. Box 470, 211 West 14th Ave. Holdrege, Nebraska 68949. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Philip R. Snyder

Philip R. Snyder, age 66, passed away on October 30, 2016 at Nebraska Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, NE. He was born on September 30, 1950, in Omaha. Phil was welcomed into the loving home of Richard and Doris Snyder on April 3, 1951 in Arapahoe, NE. He was a member of St. Germanus Catholic Church.
He graduated from AHS with the class of 1969. While in school he was active in sports and enjoyed playing baseball, under the management of his dad. Phil joined the army in 1973, while stationed in Korea, he mer and married Kye Suk Yu on April 8, 1975 in Seoul. He was discharged later that year and they made their home in Arapahoe. He was employed by Bellamy Bros. They eventually moved to Omaha and had a daughter, Katie. The couple later divorced. In 2013 Phil retired from Peterbilt in Council Bluffs, IA, due to health issues.
Phil was a big Clemson football fan and loved spending time with his daughter and grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include: His pride and joy, daughter, Katie Snyder and grandson Kassen Harvey of Omaha; brother, Tom Snyder and wife Janice of Monroe, LA; sister, Kim Dawson and husband Bill of Edison, NE; nieces: Kayla (Kalen) Arehart of Loomis, NE; Angela (Jarod) Murdoch of Colorado Springs, CO; Erika Dawson and fiancè Kevin McCracken of Kearney; great-nephew, Hudson Arehart; Other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 29, 217 at American Legion, 4830 S. 21st Street in Omaha from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Life Is But A Stopping Place
Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be. A resting place along the road to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, different paths along the way. We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay, Our destination is a place, far greater than we know.-Author Unknown

Dolores E. Hoefs

Dolores Elaine (nee Monter) Hoefs, age 90, of Arapahoe, Nebraska was born December 21, 1926 to Fredrich & Hermine (Hermes) Monter at their home Southwest of Arapahoe, Nebraska. She entered her eternal home on January 19, 2017 at Tri Valley Hospital in Cambridge, Nebraska. She was baptized January 9, 1927 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, Nebraska.
She attended elementary school in District 17 North of Oxford, Nebraska and Trinity Lutheran Parochial in Arapahoe. She was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church on May 19, 1940. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1944. She attended Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, Nebraska and taught school in Wisner, Nebraska.
On May 29, 1949 she was married to Daniel Hoefs of Beemer, Nebraska. They made their first home in Wisner. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters.
In 1951 they moved to Arapahoe. In 1953 they moved to a farm Northeast of Arapahoe where they did Diversified Farming and operated a dairy. After the sudden death of her husband in 1973, she moved into Arapahoe and was employed at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Rehabilitation until her retirement in 1992.
Having been a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School, Weekday School, and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of LWML and sang in the church adult and area choirs. She also served on various church boards.
She was an EMT, a member of the Arapahoe Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and was a certified hospice volunteer.
Preceding her in death were her husband Daniel, daughter Vivian Collins, her parents, a brother Dewey (Sally) Monter, a sister Eileen (Charles) Larson, and father and mother-in-law Mr. & Mrs. August Hoefs.
Dolores leaves many happy memories with her family and children. She is survived by her two sons: Larry & wife Connie (Wragge) Hoefs of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Dr. Michael & wife Pamela (Upton) Hoefs of Lincoln, Nebraska and daughter Gloria (Hoefs) & husband Michael Dawson of Smithfield, Nebraska. Nine grandchildren: Elliot & wife Stefanie (Becker) Hoefs, Wendall & wife Glenda (Burdette) Hoefs, Erin & husband Brian Niebuhr, Kara & husband Wes Baxter, Nicholas & wife Megan (Corkern) Hoefs, Justin & wife Heather (Duering) Collins, Ross & wife Nicole (Darnell) Collins, Charise & husband Tim Rave, and Kyle & wife Desiree (Davis) Dawson. She is also survived by eighteen great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Viewing and visitation will be Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 10 A.M. till 8 P.M. at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, of Arapahoe, Nebraska with the family present from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Funeral services are Friday, January 27, 2017 at 2 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe. Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Steven L. Brakhahn

Steven Lee Brakhahn, age 60, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Nebraska. He was born January 14, 1957 at Oxford, Nebraska to Clarence Carl & June Marie Brakhahn.
Steve grew up 5 miles northwest of Hendley, Nebraska with his family on the Chris Brakhahn Homestead. He was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hendley and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He attended school thru the 8th grade at Hendley Elementary, then graduated from Holbrook High School with the Class of 1975. During and after high school, he helped Raymond Massey at his auto repair shop and farmed with his father. He would also work for Arapahoe and Bertrand Coop before being a floater operator for Cargill where he enjoyed working with many area farmers. He would then start driving his own truck, called “Little Dog Trucking” which he would operate for 23 years before having to stop for health reasons. He would then help Monte and Darren Warner truck during harvest time.
Steve helped as head usher, trustee, Sunday school teacher, and youth leader at Trinity Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed traveling with family, collecting John Deere memorabilia, and spending time with his two nieces and great-niece.
Steve is survived by his mother June Brakhahn, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, sister Thersa & husband William Shearer of Arapahoe, Nebraska, nieces Ashley Marie & husband Alex Wyatt and their daughter Anastasia of Holdrege, Nebraska and Stephanie Shearer of Central City, Nebraska. Numerous relatives and friends.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services are Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Brett Hinrichs, officiating. Interment will be at the Hendley Cemetery, at Hendley, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.


Jerry Wendland

Jerry Wendland,age 69, of Denver, Colorado passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Nebraska. Jerry was born in Oxford, Nebraska on May 1, 1947 to Theodore & Phyllis (Wieland) Wendland.
He grew up in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1965. He was the oldest of 5 children. He moved to Denver, CO in 1967. In 1969, Jerry was married to Sheila Monie at the United Methodist Church in Arapahoe. To this union a daughter, Darcy, was born. He worked for Elcar Fence Company in Denver until 1973 when he went to work for the Colorado Department of Transportation. He retired from CDOT in 2003 after thirty years.
Jerry was an avid fisherman and hunter. Throughout his life he was able to enjoy taking trips fishing throughout the US, including Washington, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii and Florida. He also enjoyed hunting for goose, duck and elk. In his retirement he enjoyed spending time on his land in Nebraska and teaching his granddaughter how to fish.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law’s, Gordon & Geraldine (Yelken) Monie and brother-in-law James Wymes.
Jerry is survived by his wife Sheila (Monie) Wendland of Denver, CO; daughter Darcy Wendland and granddaughter Bethany Wendland of Thornton, CO. His siblings, Billy (Bonnie) Wendland (Paxton, NE); Darlene (Wendland) Wymes of Brunswick, GA; Wanda (Joel Hank) Pulley (Arapahoe) and Dale Wendland Arapahoe.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
No viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorial services was Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St. Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Inurnment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Winnie M. Mussman

Winnie M. Mussman, age 95, of Holdrege, Nebraska, formerly of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Holdrege Memorial Homes, Holdrege, Nebraska. She was born on December 20, 1921 at Oxford, Nebraska to Fred and Maggie (DeVries) Knipschild.
She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Oxford, Nebraska on January 15, 1921 and confirmed April 5, 1936 in the same church by the Rev. Paul Ludwig. Her confirmation verse was Genesis 15:1
She attended Buffalo and Oxford Public Schools. She was united in marriage to Melvin H. Mussman on July 11, 1943 and to this union four children were born; Larry, Glen, Darlene, and Shirley. They made their home in Oxford, Nebraska. She was employed at Fritzer Memorial Hospital and Oxford Nursing Home in the housekeeping department and other housekeeping jobs in Oxford.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church until December of 1980, when she and Melvin moved to Arapahoe and transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a member of LWML, the quilting group, and attended Bible Study. She enjoyed helping with potlucks, playing cards and games with her friends at Sunshine Village. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, in October of 1990; her parents, one brother, Fred Knipschild, son-in-law Larry Bowers, daughter-in-law Monie Mussman.
Winnie leaves to celebrate her life; sons Larry Mussman, of Evans, Colorado, Glen and wife Leslie Mussman, of Greeley, Colorado, daughters Darlene Bowers of Oxford, Nebraska, Shirley and husband Ron Fryda of Nelson, Nebraska, seven grandchildren; Cindy & Bryan Wood, Greeley, CO, Steven & Katie Mussman, Greeley, CO, Jason & Anna Fryda, Kearney, NE, Kevin Mussman, Denver, CO, Nic & Megan Fryda, Kearney, NE, Amy Bowers and special friend Dirk Ehlers, Marquette, NE, Kari & Tim Miller, Bertrand, NE, 10 Great Grandchildren: Jessica Mock & fiance, Jesse Bosveld, Nathaniel Wood, Addy & Ally Mussman, Trapper & Gage Fryda, Paige, Hudson, & Archer Fryda and Jakob Miller, Sisters-in-law: Luella Ruff, Ferne Noltie, and Norma Mussman, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Viewing and visitation was Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2 PM till 8 PM with family present from 4 PM till 6 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services was Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church at Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel M. Stagemeyer

Ethel Marie Stagemeyer,age 92, of Beaver City, Nebraska, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Beaver City Manor, of Beaver City, Nebraska. She was born on March 2, 1924 at Hendley, Nebraska to Floyd L. & Hazel V. (Boop) Hyke.
She attended her first 3 years of school at country school northwest of Hendley. In 1930 she moved with her family southeast of Beaver City and in 1933, the family moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with the Class of 1943.
She married Harold Stagemeyer on March 25, 1944 at Norton, Kansas. To this union 9 children were born; Carol, Waunda, Larry, Janet, Sandra, Randy, Jerry, Susie, and Peggy. They made their home at Holbrook, Nebraska on the farm and then in 1954 moved to Hendley. In 1967, they moved to Wilsonville, Nebraska and would then move in Beaver City in 1972. She worked at the Beaver City Manor with the Kitchen Department and then would work with residents as a Med Nurse until July of 1999 when she would retire. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was a very loving mother and enjoyed baking for her family and grandchildren, and was always ready to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed working with her garden and flowers.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, sons Larry Harold & Jerry Lee, daugthers Janet Faye Stagemeyer & Sueann Forbes, granddaugther Katrina Trenchard and infant grandson Robert Lee Jr., brothers Floren & Robert Hyke, sister Maxine Shaw, Sisters-in-law Joy and Shirley Hyke, brother-in-law Ed Shaw, Brothers & Sisters-in-law Walt & Alice Neimier, George & Velma Foster, Gladys & Dick Beachum, Doris Mae Lee, and Lucille Story.
Survivors include daugthers: Carol & husband Robert Lee of Norton, Kansas; Waunda & husband B.J. Morris of Stamford, Nebraska; Sandi & husband Gary Martin of Beaver City, Nebraska; Peggy Jo & husband Jason Nagy of Oxford, Nebraska; Son: Randy & wife Mo Stagemeyer of Hendley, Nebraska; 11 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren. 4 Great-Great Grandchildren; Numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburguneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska with family present from 4 PM till 6 PM. Funeral services will be (today) Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Brett Hinrichs, officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Matthews Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Roger Christensen

Roger Christensen, 67, of Grand Island died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Cill Health St. Francis.
Memorial service was at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 15 at Stolley Park Church of Christ. Minister Mike Reeves will officiant.
Visitation and viewing was from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. According to his wishes, cremation will follow the visitation. Memorials are suggested to Stolley Park Church of Christ. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com.
Roger was born on November 28, 1949 in St. Paul, NE to Arnold and Marie (Rojewski) Christensen. He grew up in St. Paul and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1968. He then attended Business School in Grand Island.
He entered the United States Army on August 29, 1969 serving during the Vietnam War and receiving several medals of honor. He was honorably discharged on August 28, 1975. On returning home, Roger started working for the Post Office in Grand Island, and retired after 25 years. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and earned his Bachelor of Science in 1991.
Roger served as a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island for several years. In July of 2011, after months of Bible study, Roger was baptized at the Stolley Park Church of Christ, where he was a current active member.
He enjoyed Husker football, music, collecting baseball cards and was an avid reader.
Roger is survived by sisters, Ann (Eldon) Mock of Holbrook and Kristine (Rodney) Dell of Hastings; a brother, Terry Christensen of Grand Island; and many nieces and nephews .
He was preceded in death by his parents ; brothers, John (Jack); sister, Kathleen (Kae); and nephew, Scott Mock.

Elsie JoAnn Hall,

Elsie JoAnn Hall, age 86, of Beaver City, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2016 at Beaver City Manor and Assisted Living, of Beaver City, Nebraska. She was born on February 20, 1930 at Hastings, Nebraska to Elmer and Christine (Glantz) Yost.
JoAnn grew up in Hastings and graduated from Hastings High School. She went on to Hastings College and then graduated with her education degree from Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. She taught for a year and half at Trumbull, Nebraska before moving to Beaver City and teaching for two years. She then went on to Lexington, Nebraska and taught for a few years before coming back to Beaver City. She married Bob L. Hall of Beaver City and to this union two sons were born; Cris and Bob.
She would teach kindergarten for a few years and then move to second grade were she taught for 35 years before retiring in 1992. Then would substitute teach for some years at Southern Valley Schools for a few years.
She enjoyed traveling, sewing and baking, and being a Grandma.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Women, PEO, and Kitchen Queen Extension Club, all of Beaver City, Nebraska.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters Virginia Poush and Donna Renander, and brother-in-laws Homer Poush and Clifford Renander
Survivors include her husband Bob Hall of Beaver City, Nebraska; sons: Cris and wife Cathy Hall of Edison, Nebraska; Bob and wife June Hall of Holbrook, Nebraska; brother: Dick and wife Marie Yost of Lincoln, Nebraska; 11 Grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburguneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Friday, January 6, 2016 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska and prior to the services at the church. Funeral services were Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Pastors Ivan and Joyce Dean, officiating. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery at Beaver City, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Beaver City Library. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Edwin Otto Gustav Helms

Edwin Otto Gustav Helms, age 97, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska. He was born on August 22, 1919 on the family farm 10 miles northeast of Arapahoe, Nebraska to Henry & Bertha (Hinz) Helms.
He was baptized in the Christian Faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1 ½ miles west of the farm on October 3, 1919 by Pastor A.L. Grasons and confirmed there on March 25, 1934 by Pastor Martin Schabacher. He attended Immanuel Parochial School with Prof. Edwin Wolher and Pastor Martin Schabacher as teachers.
Edwins interests were agricultural; being busy farming, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army on July 8, 1941. He embarked on the USAT Willard A. Holbrook at San Francisco on November 22, 1941 as a member of the 148th F.A. Battalion. This ship became a part of the U.S.S. Pensacola Convoy on Dec. 2, 1941. This convoy was one week west of the Hawaiian Islands on Dec. 7, 1941 bound for the Philippines. In February of 1942 he was a member of the U.S.S. Houston Convoy on the Timor Sea in a Chinese ship the Talagi. They were bombed by enemy forces and were turned back from Timor. They landed in Darwin, Australia where they were bombed in the harbor and many ships were sunk. He had to abandon ship and also bombed in Darwin many times after that. Thus started the long slow move from Island to Island until finally arriving in the Philippines 4 years later. The ensuing years he served in Australia, New Guinea, Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands, New Britain, and Luzon Island in the Philippines. He was an artillery radio forward observer with the infantry and observed on forward observation posts. He received his honorable discharge on August 6, 1945 having served 42 months overseas.
In November of 1945 he was employed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, where he served in the Kansas River District till retiring in 1976. On September 12, 1946 he married Grace Huxoll at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. To this union 3 children were born; John, Gary, and Jan Renee. On September 12, 2016, they celebrated 70 years of marriage. Ed was a very kind, generous, honest, and intelligent person, with interests in growing flowers and trees.
Edwin is survived by his wife Grace Helms of Arapahoe, Nebraska, and sons: John and wife Peggy Helms of Grand Island, Nebraska, Gary and wife Linda Helms of Kearney, Nebraska, Jan and husband Randy Peters of Loup City, Nebraska, seven grandchildren-Christopher (Shennon) Helms, Jennifer (Max) Bradley, Marcus Helms, Karlin (Jeremy) Warner, Lindsay (Nick) Gappa, Katie (Zack) Moul,and Kori Peters, nine great- grandchildren; Alex, Amanda, & Aiden Helms, Mitch, Mariam, & Julia Grace Bradley, Henry O. Moul, Jaymeson and Ashlyn Gappa.
Sister: Ruth McGhghy of Fort Collins, Colorado, Sisters-In-Law: Lois Helms of Arapahoe, NE and Doris Helms
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Viola (Reinhold) Monter, Bertha (Herman) Evers, Edna (Richard) Downing, Loreen (Gene) Flicker, Alice Helms, Brothers: Reinhold (Tillie) Helms, Clarence Helms, Henry (Lillian) Helms,
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 1 PM till 8 PM with family present from 6 pm to 8 pm at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services were Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska with military honors provided by the Arapahoe American Legion Post #96 and U.S. Army Funeral Honors Guard. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Hour or donor’s choice. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Douglas Kent Stalder

Douglas Kent Stalder, age 59, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Nebraska. He was born on May 19, 1957 at McCook, Nebraska to Gene and Joy A. (Schleicher) Lambert. After they were separated, his stepfather John Ernest Stalder Jr. adopted him.
As a child, he enjoyed many summers attending Camp Joy were he accepted the Lord. He attended Grace Chapel northwest of the Stalder farm. He helped his parents on the farm with many of the chores and loved riding horses. He attended school at Norton High School in Norton, Kansas and graduated with the class of 1976. He worked for the Burlington-Northern Railroad for several years. On August 28, 1998, he married Tamra Stagemeyer at Kearney, Nebraska. They made their home in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He worked for Stagemeyer Construction for many years and later would work for The Maschoffs for four years. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, rock hunting for artifacts, reading history books, drawing, and always laughing and joking around. He enjoyed helping people, and showed by donating his organ tissue after his death.
Doug is survived by his wife: Tamra Stalder of Arapahoe, Nebraska, parents: Ernest and Joy Stalder of Beaver City, Nebraska, brother: Rick and wife Sandy Stalder of Amarillo, Texas, sister: Sherry and husband J.D. Williamson of Hollinger, Nebraska, Brother-In-Law: Rick and wife Janice Stagemeyer of Arapahoe, Nebraska, and numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and friends.
Doug was preceded in death by his brother Randall, Grandparents Richard and Goldie Schleicher, step-grandmother Evelyn Schleicher, John E. and Edith Stalder, mother & father-in-law Verna and Merle Stagemeyer
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 2 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services are Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery, Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Laverack

Gary Laverack was born on August 6, 1951 at McCook, NE to Vernon and Juanita (Roepke) Laverack and passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan in Arapahoe, NE at the age of 65.
Gary was a very special child born with medical issues he worked to overcome. With the help of his family, he learned to walk and talk and made friends with every one he met. Gary always lived at home until his mother passed away in 2008. A new adventure started for Gary when he moved to his new home at Good Samaritan Society in Arapahoe, NE. They took Gary in and made him part of their family and he loved it there.
Gary was preceded in death by his father and mother, his maternal and paternal grandparents and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his sister, Vernita and husband Greg Saylor and brother, Lyle and wife Shar Laverack, all of Cambridge, nephews, Joel Saylor of North Carolina and Kaleb and wife Rachael Laverack of South Dakota, nieces Melinda and husband Ben Collier of Colorado and Jennifer and husband Brandon Koch of Kearney, NE and five great nephews, Brodie, Kemper, Kase and Sam and great niece, Alaina. Also, his aunt Lorena Ems of Arapahoe and many cousins and wonderful friends.
Visitation was on Thursday, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Lockenour Jones Mortuary.
Funeral services were on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 2:00 at the Congregational Church and interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery. Memorials will be given to Good Samaritan Society of Arapahoe.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Betty J. (Sluka) Thomsen

Betty Jean (Sluka) Thomsen was born October 20, 1928 to William J. Sluka and Helen (Bures) Sluka in Geneva. She grew up on a farm near Milligan and Ohiowa. She attended school at Dist. #67 in Fillmore County through 8th grade. She attended High School in Geneva and graduated in 1945. She and several other farm girls from the area lived with Mrs. Lillie J. Davis of Geneva during the week and their fathers would take turns driving them home for weekends.
Betty attended York College the summer of 1945 and started teaching in the fall at age 16. She taught in Fillmore Co. Dist. #32 Chelsie and Dist. # 39 through 1949.
She was married to Darien E. Thomsen on January 30, 1949 at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran parsonage in Geneva with the Rev. D. Grummert officiating. Because of the extreme snow that winter only four people could attend the wedding.
Betty helped Darien on the farm, as well as raising three children. She did upholstery and refinishing of old furniture, as well as sewing, gardening, and canning. She raised chickens and ducks as well.
She was a long time member of the Happy Hour Club that began as an Extension Club and just recently disbanded. She volunteered her help on voting day and also helped with the Census several times.
She was baptized on May 10, 1964, the same day as her children were baptized at Grace Methodist Church in Fairmont. and attended until she moved to Heritage in 2012.
Betty was preceded in death by parents, brother Irvin Sluka of Milligan, son Steven Lee Thomsen, granddaughter Kari Probasco, and brothers-in-law Dwaine Thomsen and Paul Bulwan.
She is survived by her husband, Darien; daughter, Gayla (George) Probasco of Arapahoe, NE; son, Gene (Connie) of Lincoln, NE; sisters-in-law, Olga Sluka of Geneva, NE, Delores Bulwan of York, NE; grandchildren, Todd (Heather) Probasco of Fairmont, NE, Ryan (Lindsay) Probasco of Broomfield, CO, Erin (August) Portz of Denver, CO, Jennifer Thomsen of Omaha, NE, Jason (Laura) Thomsen of Lincoln, NE and great-grandchildren, Grace, Tripp and Daniel Probasco of Fairmont, NE, Aynslea and Delaney Portz of Denver, CO, Avery, Brooke, Haley and Blake Thomsen of Lincoln, NE and cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services for Betty were held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Fairmont Community Church in Fairmont, NE at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brad Barrows officiating. Memorials were directed to the Fairmont Community Church
Graveside Services were at the Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska.
During the funeral service, songs congregational hymn, “Little Brown Church In The Vail”, a solo, sung by Mic Goc, “I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You”. Nancy Jo Galusha accompanied both of these songs. A third song was a recorded song by Jim Reeves and it was “My Happiness”. Pallbearers included; Todd Probasco, Ryan Probasco, Jason Thomsen, August Portz, Jeff Thomsen and Roy Bulwan.
Honorary Pallbearers included; Erin Portz, Jennifer Thomsen, Leonard Sluka, Emma Smith and Abbi Smith.

Merle Pfeiffer

Merle Pfeiffer, age 83, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska. He was born on September 10, 1933 at the family farm in Frontier County to Oswald and Dorothy (Niedeberger) Pfeiffer.
Merle was baptized and later confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church which was located in Frontier County. He attended Grammar School Grades 1 thru 5 at District 16 School and Grades 6 thru 8 at Salem Parochial School, both were located in Gosper County. He attended and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1951.
After graduation Merle farmed with his Father on the family farm until November 1954 when he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army. While in the service Merle attended Guided Missile School in El Paso TX. And was later deployed to Chicago, IL to be with the AAA Missile Battalion. In November 1956, he was Honorably Discharged.
During his years in the Service Merle met and was united in marriage to his wife Barbara at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Chicago Il. In April of 1957. Following their marriage they returned to Nebraska, where Merle started his own farming career. For the first 5 years they rented a farm NE of Arapahoe until Merle purchased his parents farm and later other land in the area. Through the years, Merle developed their dryland farm into what he called “My irrigated paradise.”
Merle and Barbara were blessed with two children: Son: Jon and Daughter: Leesa. Three Grandsons: Michael Pfeiffer, Jackson Pfeiffer and Maxwell Anderson, who were his Love & Delight.
In later years when Merle & Barbara retired, they leased their land and pasture to neighboring farmers. After a few years they purchased a home and moved into Arapahoe.
For 30 years Merle served as a Director on the Board of Twin Valleys Public Power District. In the Spring of 1966, Merle was named Outstanding Young Farmer in Recognition of Exceptional Progress in Agriculture and Contributions to the Community. He was President of the Gosper County 4-H Council served on Church Boards at Immanuel Lutheran Church and later on the Finance Board of Trinity Lutheran Church, he also was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post #96 of Arapahoe, Nebraska.
In 1984 Merle received two National Corn Growers Assn. Awards in Recognition of Outstanding Yield per acre. And in 1988 he received another award from the National Corn Growers Assn. in a Corn Yield Contest.
Merle also received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award that reads:
The Knights of AKSARBEN Foundation are honored to recognize the Merle M. Pfeiffer Farm
For long and meritorious service to Agriculture as exemplified by continued ownership within the Family of the same Nebraska Farm For 100 years or more. Nebraska has been enriched by the courageous Pioneer Spirit and Loyalty to the land exhibited by members of this Family, down through the years.
Merle was an exceptionally loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He leaves behind his wife Barbara of 59 ½ years. Son: Jon and wife Julie Clark Pfeiffer and their two sons: Michael and Jackson. Daughter: Leesa and husband Michael Marion and their son Maxwell Anderson. Two sisters: Mildred Post and Gladys Shaffer. Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law: Joan & Luther Bergstrom. Numerous Nieces, Nephews,
Relatives and Friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Dorothy & Oswald Pfeiffer, and a sister Ilene Koch.
Merle asked his family to direct memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church for a Scholarship in his name and to the St. Germanus Fatima Shrine.
Viewing and visitation was Friday, December 2, 2016 from 10 AM till 8 PM with family present from 4 PM till 6 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services were Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church at Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Burial was at the Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska, with military honors by the American Legion Post #96 of Arapahoe, NE and U.S. Army Funeral Honor Guard. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Rose Meyers

Evelyn Rose Meyers age 92, of Cambridge, passed away at the Cambridge Manor on November 21, 2016. She was born on November 14, 1924 to Charles W. and Rosa A. (Riepe) Hilker. Evelyn grew up north of Holbrook. She was baptized on January 11, 1925 at the St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church north of Holbrook. She was later Confirmed at the St. Matthew’s Church on September 25, 1938.
Evelyn attended High School in Holbrook graduating in 1940. She taught school for three years in School District #1 in Gosper County, the same school that her father attended in his younger years. On April 25, 1943, she was united in marriage to Victor Meyers at the St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. The couple farmed near Holbrook.
Active in her church life Evelyn taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and served on other boards at the St. Matthew’s Church until it closed in 1967. The family continued their faith mission at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge. Evelyn was a charter member of the LWML of St. Paul’s. She was active in the Meals on Wheels program.
Evelyn and Victor hosted exchange students from Sweden, Yugoslavia, and Japan. She was a 4-H leader for over 25 years. She was a busy mother and grandmother, a homemaker, and a baker, cooking large meals for the family.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; Husband: Victor in 1989; daughter: Jacquelyn in 1971 son: Neal in 2015; son-in-law Mike Gufford sister: Maxine Fisher; brother: Lyman Hilker.
She is survived by her two daughters: Janet and husband Les Hosick of Wellfleet, NE; Lori Gufford of Omaha, NE; three sons: Ric and wife Kate Meyers of Holbrook; David and wife Linda of Kearney, NE; Michael and wife Carla of Curtis, NE; daughter-in-law: Teresa Meyers of Gibbon, NE; son-in-law: Keith and wife Carol Haussler of Hastings, NE: Special friend Paul Foreman and his children of Colorado, 21 grandchildren: 44 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Maxine Hilker. Funeral Services were held at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Bret Hinrichs. Visitation was held on November 24, 2016 from 4:00 till 8:00 PM at Lockenour-Jones Funeral Home. Interment was in the St. Mathew’s Cemetery of Holbrook. Memorials may be left in Evelyn’s name. Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenour.com

Lyle Martin Pfeiffer

Lyle Martin Pfeiffer, age 85, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Elwood Care Center, Elwood, Nebraska. He was born July 24, 1931 at Frontier County, Nebraska to Cornelius H. & Ida M. (Schutz) Pfeiffer.
He attended parochial school for a few years and graduated from Elwood High School. He married Lois Maxine Menze on September 21, 1952, they farmed and ranched near Elwood before moving to Arapahoe, Nebraska in 1960 and later would move to Holbrook. Lois would pass away on May 21, 1996. He married Bonnie D. Breinig Wendland on December 12, 1998. Bonnie would pass away on January 31, 2008. After selling the farm and retiring, he moved into Sunshine Village of Arapahoe, Nebraska.
Lyle was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe and was involved with the church in many different capacities. He had a love of horses and music, especially enjoying playing the guitar and singing.
Lyle is survived by his sons Gary and wife Cynthia Pfeiffer of Worland, Wyoming, Larry & wife Pam Pfeiffer of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Dwight & wife Ann Pfeiffer of Alliance, Nebraska, Daughter Donna & husband Larry Kuskie of Alliance, Nebraska; Brothers Alvin & wife Isabelle Pfeiffer of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Dale & wife Pat Pfeiffer of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lloyd & wife Erma Pfeiffer of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Sisters Delores Oelkers of Elwood, Nebraska, Ardella & husband Duane Brand of Holdrege, Nebraska, Elaine Farr, of Eustis, Nebraska, Dorthea & husband LeMoyne Niemeier of Elwood, Nebraska, Step-Son LeRoy & wife Kristine Wendland of Elwood, Nebraska, Step-Daughters Diann & husband Steve Cooksley of Elwood, Nebraska, Elizabeth Heckenlively of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Grandchildren 7; Great-Grandchildren 7; Step-Grandchildren: 5; Step Great- Grandchildren: 9.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, wives Lois & Bonnie, Infant twin siblings, two brother-in-laws Art Oelkers & Floyd Farr.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Monday, November 28, 2016 from 2 PM till 8 PM with family present from 5 pm to 7 pm at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services were Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Sunshine Village of Arapahoe. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Sargent Steven J. Hickey

On September 24, 2016, Sargent Steven J. Hickey passed away at the age of 56. Steve married Roberta on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1980. During their 36 years of marriage they had two daughters, Stephanie and Michelle. Steve also became a papa to two granddaughters, Hannah and Brooklynn.
Steve joined the Marine Corps in 1980 serving six years before he was Honorably Discharged. After being diagnosed with leukemia, it was believed he was in remission and he had finally beaten his cancer. Following his discharge, Steve went back to school and earned his bachelors degree in accounting. He worked for the United States Postal Service. He would dress like Santa Claus and deliver the mail. Everyone seemed to enjoy getting their mail from Santa. Steve and his family would make baskets of candy and deliver them to nursing homes. He did this out of the kindness of his heart. He enjoyed bowling, hitting a couple of 300’s.
Steve and Robert moved to Nebraska to kick back and enjoy the good life. He was a devoted husband, dad and papa and will be truly missed.
Cremation performed by Wartburg Funeral Home. Fully dressed military funeral serve with taps. Laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

Thelma M. Petrina

Thelma Mae Petrina passed away at the Cambridge Manor, Cambridge, NE on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at the age of 100.
She was born Nov. 12, 1915 to Marion and Nora Ellen (Pierson) Luckey at Holbrook, NE. She attended Holbrook High School and graduated with the Class of 1933. She and her sister, Mildred, played the piano at the Holbrook Opera House until the Opera House burned down. After graduation, she worked in a beauty salon and as a secretary in California. Thelma married Paul Petrina on Feb. 14, 1943, in Pamona, California, with her best friends, Opal and Roy Johnson, beside them. She always enjoyed decorating her home in holiday decorations as well as at the Heritage Plaza. She loved working in her rose garden, watching all ball game and doing crossword puzzles.
Her all-time favorite was playing the piano by ear, especially when Nebraska would win because she would play “There Is No Place Like Nebraska” when her husband came home from work. In 1978, they moved from Pamona to San Clemente, CA, and in 1981, moved to Bremerton, WA, where her husband worked by Marketbasket and was in the Navy. After her husband died on April 25, 1993 Thelma moved to Cambridge, NE that same year.
In June 1993, Thelma’s dream came true as she and two nieces took a bus tour to England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, and France for 15 days. One more item on her bucket list was to attend one Nebraska football game. So at the age of 78, Thelma, Kathy, Doreen and Bob attended the Kansas State game.
Thelma played the piano by ear until she was 97 years old and moved to the Cambridge Manor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Nora Luckey; three brothers, Albert in infancy, Delbert and Earl “Mick” Luckey; two sisters, Mildred Mills, and Mabel Reaser; one niece, Donna Trosper and one nephew, Robert Reaser.
Thelma is survived by nephews, Ron Reaser and family of Parker, AZ, and Wren Trosper, Arapahoe, NE; great-nieces Kathy Trosper, Cambridge, NE, Doreen Trosper, Cambridge, NE, and Terri Reaser and family in Hesperia, California. Great-nephews; Robert Trosper, Cambridge, NE, Bill Reaser, Banks, OR and David Reaser, Parker, AZ and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Holbrook Cemetery in Holbrook, NE with Pastor Becky Saddler officiating. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Gloria J. Foster

Gloria Jewell Foster was born in Edison, Nebraska on May 27, 1927 to the late Louis and Josie Searls. She had two brothers, David white of Providence, Rhode Island and Jerry White of Providence, Rhode Island, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Edison. She met and married Donald Earl Foster Sr, in 1947. They shared 68 years together before don’s passing on April 15, 2015. They had eight children together and moved their family to Oregon in 1964.
Gloria loved to sew in her earlier years and often made clothes and dolls. She loved to paint and owned her own ceramics shop in the 1980’s. She also worked for Salvation Army and loved to read. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She loved spending time with all of them. She is survived by two sons, Larry Foster (Diane), Dallas, and Donald Foster Jr, Salem, three daughters, Deborah Mitchell, Salem, Pam Heider, (BJay) Lind, Wa, Kristi Cade, (Les) Salem. She had 15 grandchildren, almost lost count of great-grandchildren (38) and 8 great-great grandchildren. Her sons Terry Foster, Salem and Steven Foster (Barbara), Salem and her daughter Lori Saunders (Ron) who passed away April 20th, 2015, preceded him in death. A viewing was held on October 21 from 2-4 p.m. Memorial service was on October 22, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Virgil T Golden Funeral Service. With gravesite services and reception to follow.

Evelyn Maahs

After steadfastly serving her for almost 95 years, Evelyn Maahs’ body ceased its work, freeing her soul to join its maker.
Born on March 2, 1922 to Walter and Marie Leising, Evelyn grew up on a farm in SW Nebraska where she graduated from H.S. in Arapahoe, NE and began her teaching career at a small country school. That career was interrupted in 1944 when she married a local Guadalcanal WWII veteran, Ernest Maahs. Julia Ann was born in 1945, closely followed by Janice Evelyn in 1946. The family moved to Idaho, E. of Caldwell, where Evelyn devoted her life to her girls and to helping Ernest on their dairy farm. After returning to teaching in the 1960s, she earned a B.A. from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID. With only a short interruption (at age 41, in 1963, when daughter Jean Marie was born) she retired in the mid-1980s from the Vallivue School District and 25 years of teaching.
Always a faithful and active member of her church, after retirement she particularly enjoyed attending a weekly home Bible study group and being part of a quilting group, which sends handmade quilts to Lutheran World Relief each year. Normally, she spent her Sundays after church eating out with her friends and playing Pinochle at one of their homes. Otherwise she kept busy helping others, caring for her home, crocheting afghans or traveling to visit her daughters and her siblings in NE, CO, OR, MD, NV, AZ and CA. She also enjoyed several extensive bus tours around the states with church friends and two ocean cruises with her family.
In 2011 she moved to Montrose, CO to be close to her daughters and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Dennis (1947), husband Ernest (1910-1974), daughter Julie (1945-2008), her parents, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by a brother and sister, two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A grave-side service was held at the Canyon Hill cemetery in Caldwell, ID on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. where she was interred next to Ernest and Julie.
Evelyn requested that memorials for her be sent to the Zion Lutheran School at 1012 12th Ave. Rd, Nampa, ID 83686.

Robert O. Warner Jr.

Robert O. Warner Jr., age 94, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was born on May 10, 1922 in Holbrook, Nebraska to Robert O. and Rose E. (Hilker) Warner, the first of six children.
He grew up in the Holbrook area and graduated from Holbrook High School with the class of 1939. He married Marjorie Litz on June 10, 1945 at McCook, Nebraska. They moved to a farm northwest of Beaver City, Nebraska. In 1961, they moved to the farm south west of Arapahoe and in 1977 would purchase and move to their current home on the southeast side of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Because of his health in 2013, he moved to the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center. A true “farmer” in every sense of the word, Robert witnessed the 1935 Republican River Flood, he endured the Great Depression, and raised a family of four sons; growing crops, raising hogs, and cattle for 80 plus years.
Robert was a life-long supporter of the 4-H program in Furnas County, attending over 75 Furnas County Fairs and watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren display their many projects. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska. He and Marjorie had many enjoyable nights Square Dancing with local dance groups.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers James, Joe, Jerome and two sisters Norma Layman and Joan Reiland, Daughter-In-Law Tammi Warner, Infant grandson Justin Warner, Granddaughter-in-law Kasey Jo Warner
He is survived by his wife Marjorie Warner of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Sons: Jerry & wife Naomi Warner of Omaha, Nebraska; Monte & wife Kristie Warner of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Reginald & wife Mary Kay Warner of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Ervin & Lorri Warner of Arapahoe, Nebraska; 11 Grandchildren: Jeremy Warner, Jennifer Renken, Darren Warner, Dan Warner, Kristin Vest, Jason Warner, Carmen Warner, Justin Schultz, Alex Schultz, Lauren Anderson, Logan Warner; 10 Great-Grandchildren: Grant Renken, Gunner Renken, Aubree Warner, Bryson Warner, Addelyn Warner, Gentry Warner, Berkley Warner, Kallan Warner, Creyton Warner, Jet Schultz and a host of relatives and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation with the family present on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 4 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe. Graveside services will be Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11 AM at the Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastors Becky Saddler and George Probasco. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Furnas County 4-H Council and First United Methodist Church. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Eugene L. Kipp

Eugene L. Kipp, age 62, of Bertrand, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. He was born January 20, 1954, to Neil and Lucille E. (Kahler) Kipp.
Eugene grew up in Bertrand and graduated from Bertrand High School with the class of 1973. He married Virginia Ditson in 1978, and to this union three children were born; Cody, Cord, & Cari.
He had a lifelong passion for hunting, fishing, and animals. Spending quality time with his grandkids always put a smile on his face. Eugene was always the jokester and got great pleasure out of giving people “a hard time”. His fondest memories were of spending time teaching his children how to be hard workers and always to take care of the land and resources. He had a great love of animals and especially loved working with cattle, horses, and dogs.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his Sons: Cody & wife Laura Kipp and their children Ethan, Elissa, and Eve of Sargent, Nebraska
Cord & wife Jasmine Kipp and their children Baylee, and Gavyn of Bertrand, Nebraska
Daughter: Cari & husband Justin Geiken of Gothenburg, Nebraska
A host of cousins, friends, and one sister
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Eugene chose cremation, so there will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial service was Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2 PM at United Methodist Church in Bertrand, Nebraska with Pastors Bonnie Brock and Darrel Wissmann, officiating. Inurnment was at the Highland Cemetery, Bertrand, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Bertrand Volunteer Fire Department. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Gerald D. Thomas

Gerald Dean Thomas, age 67, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center, Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was born on October 25, 1948 in Norton, Kansas to Floyd and Marie (Kratz) Thomas.
Gerald attended school and graduated from Beaver City High School with the class of 1968. In 1969, he was inducted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1971. In 1972 he married Cynthia Gates.The couple have been married 44 years and were blessed with three children; Jamie, Angela, and Andrew. They lived in Beaver City for five years and then moved to Arapahoe. Gerald was a carpenter for most of his adult life. He later went to work for the City of Arapahoe, but due to health reasons he retired at the age of 58. In 2016, he moved in the nursing home.
Gerald enjoyed his grandchildren; Dean and Vanessa. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and watching Royals baseball and Husker football. (Gerald passed away shortly after the Husker game on Saturday.) He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.
He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Jim Pickett, half-brother Kenneth Jones and half-sister Maxine Jones, and brother Larry Thomas.
He is survived by his wife Cindy Thomas of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Son: Jamie and wife Sara Thomas and children Dean & Vanessa of Omaha, Nebraska
Son: Andy and wife Andie Thomas of Hastings, Nebraska
Daughter: Angie Thomas of Arapahoe, Nebraska and her son Alex.
Gerald loved his family; DeDe and Don Schroder, Shirley and Terry Rehder, Trish Day, Shelley and Mark Odowd, Pat Gates, and Jane Thomas Ellis, along with several nieces and nephews. And most important his dog, Austin, who laid by his side to the very end.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation were Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 4 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main Street, Arapahoe, NE. Funeral service will be (today) Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Inurnment will be Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11 AM at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Military rites will be provided by the Edison American Legion Post. Memorials are suggested to the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Zachari T. Wadleigh

Zachari T. Wadleigh, age 19, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 29 Palms, California where he was stationed in the U.S. Marine Corp.
He was a born on February 11, 1997 to James & Julie (Ellis) Wadleigh. He graduated from Arapahoe High School with the Class of 2015, and after high school enlisted into the U.S. Marines.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Visitation will be (today) Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 4 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Nebraska, and the casket will remain closed. Graveside services will be Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM at the Immanuel Cemetery at Bertrand, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph E. Best

Funeral Services for Ralph E. Best will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oxford, Nebraska with Pastor Wes Hafner officiating. Interment will be in the Edison Cemetery at Edison, Nebraska with military honors provided by the Oxford American Legion Post #219 in conjunction with the Offutt Air Force Base Military Funeral Honors Team.
Ralph Eugene Best, 88 years of age, of Alma, Nebraska (formerly of rural Oxford) passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Good Samaritan – Colonial Villa in Alma. Ralph was born September 9, 1928 on the family farm southeast of Oxford in Harlan County, Nebraska, to John and Anna (Meier) Best. He received his primary education from the New Era Rural School in Furnas County and then graduated from Oxford High School. He was baptized at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oxford by Rev. H. Wm. Meyer and confirmed in the same church on March 29, 1942 by the Rev. P.W. Ludwig. His confirmation verse was Titus 2; verses 11 & 12. Ralph joined the St. John’s Voters assembly at the age of 21 and has since held several offices and was an active member on several boards.
Ralph lived near Oxford, where he engaged in farming his entire life with exception of three years that he served in the United States Air Force Security Service during the Korean War. He served 2 ½ years in Germany and until his Honorable Discharge.
He was united in marriage to Eula “Mae” (Fisher) Robeson in 1965, and the couple enjoyed 51 years of marriage together. They enjoyed traveling together, especially loved spending their winters in McAllen, Texas, where they made many friendship bonds.
Ralph was active in his community, serving on 10 civic boards, the longest of which was on the Oxford Rural Fire Board and the Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ben Best; three sisters-in-law; and two step-children: Leon Robeson and Elaine Rask.
Ralph leaves to celebrate his life; his wife, Mae Best of Alma; daughter-in-law, LesLee McGee and her husband, Tracy of Edison, Nebraska; son-in-law, Bruce Rask of Minden, Nebraska; granddaughter, Jessica Zoubek and her husband, Greg of Firth, Nebraska; and two great-granddaughters: Olivia and Aubrey Zoubek. In addition, he is survived by one nephew, Rodney Best and his wife, Patricia of Edison; great-niece, Tara Snow and her husband, Jan of Savannah, Georgia; great-nephew, Jon Best and his wife, Elizabeth of Katy, Texas with their two sons: Zane and Jude; along with a host of other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 4:00–8 p.m. with the family greeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford.
A memorial has been established in Ralph’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.

Vivian D. Collins

Vivian D. Collins age 60, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Elwood Care Center of Elwood, Nebraska. She was born on March 12, 1956 in Lexington, Nebraska to Daniel & Delores (Monter) Hoefs.
Vivian grew up on a farm in northern Furnas County, Nebraska and graduated from Arapahoe City School in 1974. After graduation, she went on to Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. She married Rick A. Collins in 1974 and to this union 2 sons were born; Justin and Ross. They made their home in Edison and later Arapahoe, Nebraska. She would work at various jobs in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, and participated in the church choir and hand bell choir. Vivian enjoyed cooking, reading, entertaining, and in the last years of her life, when her health significantly declined, sought comfort in watching her favorite movies and the companionship of her dog, Ernie, who was always by her side.
Vivian is preceded in death by her father Daniel Hoefs.
She is survived by her sons: Justin and wife Heather Collins, and their children Emma & Delaney of Elwood, Nebraska, Ross and wife Nicky Collins and their children Shaye & Ryley of Eustis, Nebraska. Brothers Larry & wife Connie Hoefs of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Mike and wife Pam Hoefs of Lincoln, Nebraska, her sister and best friend, Gloria & husband Mike Dawson of Smithfield, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Graveside service will be led by her cousin, Brad Hoefs, on October 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, north of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorial will be designated at a later date. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.
LaVerna L. Broughton

Funeral Services for LaVerna L. Broughton will be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Reverend Kenton Birtell and Pastor Dan Wiese officiating. Interment will follow services at the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe, Nebraska.
LaVerna Louise Broughton, 92 years of age, of Holdrege, formerly of Holbrook, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Christian Homes Care Community at Holdrege. LaVerna was born on January 8, 1924, to John and Leona (McCollum) Westerbeck, 10 miles north of Arapahoe, on the McCollum family farm, in Gosper County. She was born during a snow storm and weighed only 2 pounds. The family kept her warm in a shoebox on the old woodstove. LaVerna spent her youth with brothers, Glen and Rolland Westerbeck. She attended many public schools in Central Nebraska area, as her father worked construction jobs.
On January 28, 1942, she was united in marriage to Charles O. Broughton in Smith Center, Kansas and to this union two children were born: David O. and Cynthia A. After Charles was discharged from the Army from serving in World War II, the family made their home in Blue Hill, Nebraska. In 1959, the family moved to Holbrook, where LaVerna focused on raising the children. In 1970, she began her schooling to become a dietitian and later began working at the Arapahoe Care Home until her retirement after 15 years of service. Charles preceded her in death in January of 1989. In 2002, she began to make her home in Holdrege, where she resided until her passing.
LaVerna was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was lovingly referred to as, ‘Grandma B’. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, David Broughton; great-granddaughter, Gracie DeVries; brothers: Rolland and Glen Westerbeck; and several aunts, uncles, and close family cousins.
LaVerna leaves to celebrate her life; her daughter, Cindy Marshall and her husband, Mick of Holdrege; daughter-in-law, Jeannie Broughton of Holdrege; granddaughter, Michelle DeVries and her husband, Joel of Kearney, Nebraska; grandsons: Mike Marshall and his wife, Elisa of Holdrege, Keith Broughton of Kearney and Kevin Broughton and his wife, Tiffany of Lincoln, Nebraska; six great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Keith Gilbert; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in LaVerna’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.

Dr. Roger Allen Pentz

Dr. Roger Allen Pentz, 80, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, peacefully at home. Roger was born in Stamford, NE on July 6, 1936 to William and Charlotte (Allender) Pentz.  Roger attended Stamford School, graduating in 1954.   He continued his education at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE., where he participated in Football, Basketball, Track and many other activities before transferring to the University of Nebraska Dental College, in Lincoln.    Roger married Patricia “Patty” Hendrickson, from Huntley, NE on August 24, 1958.  After receiving his Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 1961, Roger served in the United States Navy, stationed at Miramar Naval Air Station in California.   Roger and Pat returned to Nebraska after his Honorable Discharge in 1963.  Roger began his private dental practice in Arapahoe, NE.  In 1979 the family moved to Lexington where he continued his forty year practice, retiring in 2001.
Roger and Pat were blessed with three sons and two daughters.  He took great joy in his family and great pride in his seven grandchildren.
Roger’s community service included the Arapahoe City Council, Arapahoe and Lexington Lions Clubs, Charter Member of Lexington Optimist Club, President of Lexington Chamber of Commerce, President of the Southwest District Dental Association, Board President of East Lawn Apartments.   Roger was an active member of the Peace Lutheran and Grace Lutheran churches in Arapahoe and Lexington where he served on church councils, President of Endowment Fund and numerous committees.  He was a member of Keep Lexington Beautiful, Neighborhood Watch and Crimestoppers.   He is an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.
Roger is survived by his wife Pat of 58 years and his children and grandchildren.  Dennis of Lincoln, NE, Kevin and fiancée Dana, Abigail and Mia of Winfield, KS.   Wendy, Marty, Morgan, Molly and Joe Russell of Spring, TX.  Alisa, David, Dillon and Bricen Margritz of Lexington.   Also, survived by his sister Jonelle and Norman Lans of Lexington, Sister- in- Law Jean and LaMont Englund of Holdrege, NE., Brother- in- Law Lloyd Berquist of Holdrege, NE., Nephews and Nieces, many friends and his beloved Springer Spaniel – Maddie.
He is preceded in death by his son David Michael, parents, mother and father-in-law Lester and Ellen Hendrickson, sister -in-law, Joy Berquist, nieces Joyce Anderson and Carol Englund Dolnicek, nephew Jason Lans and a niece’s husband Paul Wischmeier.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Josh Stibb, officiating.
Burial with military honors was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Visitation was Monday, September 26, 2016, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com

Irmgard “Muschi” Mues

Irmgard “Muschi” Mues, age 73, of Cambridge, Nebraska passed away August 31, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 29, 1943 in Neustadt, Germany to Fritz and Maria (Muenchthaler) Usbeck.
She got her schooling in Germany and went through a three year apprenticeship in embroidery and design. She also took art classes at the University in Nuremberg before moving to the United States in 1964. She fell in love with the country and its wide open spaces and stayed. She became a citizen in 1967.
She married Alan D. Mues, a farmer, on November 11, 1975 in Pasadena, California. To this union a daughter Kristina Marie was born.
She loved farm life and the arts. She studied art and taught art classes for many years. She was a member of the McCook Art Guild since 1975 and operated Studio 38 out of Holbrook, Nebraska for 20 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Ernst Degel, sister-in-law Vicky Mues.
She is survived by her husband Alan of Cambridge, Nebraska
Daughter Kristina and husband Paul Ernest of Omaha, Nebraska
Sister Ute Degel of Germany
Brother-in-law Noel Mues of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Sister-in-law Mona Vitosh and husband Lawrence of Beatrice, Nebraska and many Nieces & Nephews
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
No viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Matthews Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested in her name to AseraCare Hospice & Rural Med Hospice.  Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny M. Hemelstrand

Johnny M. Hemelstrand, age 64, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his children. He was born on October 8, 1951 in Oxford, Nebraska to John and Joan (Childers) Hemelstrand.
Johnny grew up in southern Gosper County, Nebraska and attended school at the area country school where he first made his presence known at the tender age of four. He went on to Arapahoe High School and graduated with the Class of 1969 where he enjoyed representing his school as a competitive athlete. Johnny was united in marriage at the Methodist Church, and to the union three children were born. He worked for Larry tenBensel and was a salesman for Walnut Grove and Hubbard Feed. In 1987, Johnny took a chance on commercial hunting and would continue to host hunters from all around the country until his passing. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and made many friends, while doing a job that he loved; sharing his knowledge and passion with others. Johnny continued to enjoy and support athletics; playing on a local men’s softball team and in the stands as a supportive parent. Johnny was most at home outdoors, be it in a working or sporting capacity. He enjoyed a variety of activities but his passion for chasing coyotes with his hounds across the countryside was unparalleled. Johnny maintained memberships with sporting organizations such as Safari Club International, Pheasants Forever, and the Nebraska Bowhunters Association. He took many hunting trips across the country, but always returned to the familiarity and beauty of Gosper and surrounding counties. He could often be seen roadside, trading stories with neighbors and friends and will be remembered as a dedicated son, father, and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his mother Joan, and brother-in-law Mac McClain.
He is survived by his son Troy Hemelstrand of Arapahoe, Nebraska, daughter Heather and husband Eric Ehresman of Mechanicsville, Iowa and son Jared and wife Sherida Hemelstrand of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Grandchildren: Cole (Nicole), Cody, Tyson, Abigail, Miles, Levi, Julia, Mariah, Jessica, Jarett, Elijah, and Sarah. Sisters: Judy McClain of Loomis, Nebraska and Julie Monter and husband Charles of Aurora, Nebraska.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorial service will be Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11 AM at the Church of Christ in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Thayne Moore, officiating. Private family interment will be carried out at a later date. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer J. Schroeder

Jennifer Jo (Emerson) Schroeder died August 10, 2016 in Lincoln, NE at the age of 46 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Jennifer was born October 5, 1969 in Burwell, NE to Duane and Connie (Stahl) Emerson. She graduated from Rock County High School in 1988. She then attended and graduated from Lincoln School of Commerce in 1990.
She went to work at Complete Childrens Health in Lincoln as an office manager and IT technician until her illness would no longer allow it.
Jennifer married Greg Schroeder on October 14, 2000. To this union, a daughter, Abigail Marie Schroeder was born.
Jennifer enjoyed spending time with Abigail and Greg and attending various activities for Abigail. Jennifer’s family was her passion whether her immediate family or work family, she would do anything for any one of them.
Jennifer is survived by her husband Greg and daughter Abigail of Lincoln; mother Connie Emerson of Bassett; in-laws, Jerry and Judy Schroeder of Arapahoe; siblings Brad and his wife Bonnie Emerson of Bassett; Sonya Robbie of Fort Collins, CO; and Melissa and husband Jerred Crooker of Kearney; sister in-law Tammy Schroeder of Lincoln as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and the CCH family.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her father Duane Emerson, grandparents John and Gladys Stahl and John and Agnes Emerson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Colonial Chapel at 52nd and R Street in Lincoln, NE.

Angelina  Elston

Angelina Boxler was born on August 28, 1923 as the twelfth child of thirteen children in a German Catholic farming family in Garden City, KS. Angie was the twelfth, having five older brothers and six older sisters and one younger sister. Being raised in a German-speaking family with so many siblings, Angie spoke only German until she was four and did not begin to learn English until she attended a nearby Finney County School.
Angie met Richard Elston of Holbrook, NE when he worked on a beet-pulling crew during harvest time at her parent’s farm during the summer of 1942. When they met, it was love at first sight. The war soon intervened and Dick joined the Navy during WWII to do battle in the South Pacific. Angie remained in Kansas and worked for a defense contractor, Coleman Company of Wichita.
After Dick was discharged, they married on August 28, 1946, and moved to Denver, Colorado. Not long after arriving in Denver, the Elston family grew when Janet Sue was born followed by the birth of her brother, Richard James.
Angie loved to cook and was a great assset to the Denver Public Schools when she hired on as a baker at Henry Junior High School. It didn’t take long for the word to get out about just how wonderful and amazingly delicious Angie’s biscuits, hot cross buns, muffins, corn bread, cakes and pies were, especially banana creme and pecan pies! Year after year Angie was the star baker!
Angie and Dick loved to travel. They traveled through all of the western states, finally settling in Mesa, AZ in 1987. In 1994, they moved to Sunbird Resort in Chandler, AZ, where Angie was an avid golfer and shuffleboard player. In 2010, they moved to the Village of Ocotillo.
By far, the biggest thrill in Angie’s life came when their grandchildren started to join the family, Jennifer and Robert, Adam and Sam. Angie was again thrilled when her great grandchildren, Payton followed by Charlotte, Ashleigh and Robert came into her life.
Angelina passed away, July 20, 2016 in Chandler, AZ. She is survived by her husband and grandchildren as well as several cousins from the Arapahoe and Holbrook area.
Angelina will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.


Rosed C. Shuler

Rosed Charlamae Shuler, 57 of Arapahoe died at her home. She was born in Minot, ND to Robert and Rosemary (Gustafson) Hayes on September 8, 1959. She attended and graduated from Minot, ND High School and attended one year of College.
Rosed babysat and helped with foster care. She later moved to Aberdeen, SD where she was a co-owner with Tina Khalil of the Golden Lantern Restaurant. On April 1, 2006 she moved to Bartley where she helpe her long-time friend Tina Khalil recuperate from surgery.
On March 21, 2010 she was married to Randolph “Randy” Shuler. The couple made their home in Arapahoe.
Rosed was preceded in death by her stepfather: Thomas Finneman.
She is survived by her husband Randy of Arapahoe; mother: RoseMary Finneman of Kearney; brother: Todd and wife Linda Finneman of Holdrege; special friend Tina and husband Sameh Khalil of Oxford along with many nieces and nephews.
Rosed chose cremation and private services will be held by the family at a later date. Friends may leave on-line condolences atlockenourfh.com

Willma M. Fritz

Wilma Mae Fritz, age 94, of Elwood, Nebraska formerly of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska. She was born on January 21, 1922 at Uniontown, Kansas to Orville and Eva Mae (York) Stradley.
Wilma graduated from High School at Fulton High School, at Fulton, Kansas. She married Alfred Albert Fritz in Kansas City in 1942. Three children were born to this union: Alfred Jr., Marilyn, and David. Her husband Alfred “Tex” would pass away in 1976.
She is survived by her son Alfred A. “Russ” Fritz of O’Neil, Nebraska, daughter Marilyn Elaine Parisi of Franklin, Tennessee, son David Charles Fritz of Lincoln, Nebraska,    five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Inurnment will be at Fort Scott National Cemetery, at Fort Scott, Kansas. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials will be designated at a later date.

Lucilla M. (Helms) Carr

Lucilla Magdalene (Helms) Carr joined her Lord on August 10, 2016, at Life Care Center of Elkhorn, NE. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Henry and Bertha (Hinz) Helms at the farm at Arapahoe, NE on October 6, 1931. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended school at Immanuel Parochial School in Arapahoe. Her early years were spent helping her parents on the family farm, later going to North Platte where she was employed at Woolworth’s and as a medical receptionist. In later years, she was employed as secretary at Cornhusker Ag Aviation. On October 12, 1952, she was married to Roscoe Carr, Jr. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte. They made their home on the family farm at Wellfleet for 45 years, where they raised their five children, moving to North Platte in 1997. She moved to Omaha in 2008 and resided with her daughters and later moved to Life Care Center in Elkhorn. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wellfleet until its closure, joining St. John’s Lutheran in Curtis until moving to North Platte and then joining Our Redeemer Lutheran. She served for many years as Sunday school teacher and Superintendent, LWML officer, choir member, and as church organist for 45 years at Wellfleet and Curtis, being self-taught. She was a member of Opal Springs Extension Club for many years. Lucilla was not privileged to receive a high school education, thus it was one of her greatest joys to obtain her GED at age 55, graduating as the top honor graduate in a class of 70. Lucilla was a wonderful cook, winning the Grand Prize for her Lemon Cheesecake. She was gracious with her care packages of food for others. She had a tremendous love for her many grandchildren. Being a wonderful seamstress, she sewed for them…from pillows to prom dresses!
Surviving are sons Mark of Maywood, David (Sheryl) of Wellfleet, Chris (Brenda) of San Luis Obispo, CA, and daughters Diana (Paul) Goldenstein of Gretna, and Susan (Michael) Westcott of Elkhorn. Twelve grandchildren: Dustin (Stephanie), Heather (John) Rivera and Jason (Amanda) Carr; Amanda (Ricky) Gilmore; Marcus (Bridget), Matthew, and Kristen Goldenstein; Jill and Ashley Westcott; Amelia, Scout, and Taya Carr; and 8 great-grandchildren. Brother Edwin (Grace) Helms of Arapahoe, and Sister Ruth McGhghy of Greeley, CO.; Sisters-in-law Lois Helms of Arapahoe and Doris Helms of Mesa, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband Roscoe Carr, Jr., granddaughter Jennifer Carr Smith, parents Henry and Bertha Helms, sisters Alice (in infancy), Viola Monter, Bertha Evers, Edna Downing, Loreen Flicker, and brothers Reinhold Helms, Clarence Helms, and Henry Helms.
Memorials are suggested to The Lutheran Hour or Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com. Memorial Services were held on Tuesday August 16, 2016 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte with The Reverends Bob Weist and Fred Hedt officiating. Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. James “Michael” A. Stock

Rev. James “Michael” Anthony Stock, age 38 of the Township of Bear Creek, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 14, 2016, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision in the Township of Bear Creek.
Rev. James “Michael” Anthony Stock was born December 6, 1977 in Belleview, Nebraska to James & Melody (Jones) Stock. The second of three children, Michael attended Arapahoe High School in Arapahoe, NE and graduated in 1996; he also earned his BA in Sociology & Political Science in 2002 from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. He met Holly Manley while still in college and the couple was united in marriage on June 10, 2001, in Holly’s hometown of Sherman, IL. In 2007, he graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he received his Master of Divinity Degree. He served churches in Campbell & Rosemont, NE, after ordination, and later served as pastor of Pella Lutheran Church, Waupun, from 2010-2015. Michael was the current pastor of Grace & Trinity Lutheran Churches, Bear Creek, taking the pastoral call in January 2015. He was a member of the Bear Creek Lions Club. His interests outside of the church included gardening, photography, and fishing; all of which he loved to teach and share with his beloved children. Michael’s greatest joy was time spent with his family; he will always be remembered as a dedicated and attentive husband, father, and pastor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years: Holly; Children: Hannah, Isaac, Kitra, Elsabet, & Avi; Parents: James (Linda Kohl) Stock, Streamwood, IL & Melody (Shawn) Alberts, Arapahoe, NE; Sisters: Jamie (David) Harbour, Stamford, NE & Elizabeth (Andrew Schindler) Stock, Chicago, IL
Funeral service will be Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Township of Bear Creek, at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Paul Alliet, Rev. Dwayne Lueck, & Rev. Todd Jerabek officiating. Interment will take place at Fancy Creek Cemetery in Williamsville/Sherman, IL, Township of Williams, on Monday, August 22 at 12 p.m.
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Barbara E. Walker

TWIN FALLS – Barbara Ellen Walker went to be with her Savior on July 13, 2016, four days after her 75th birthday.
She was born July 9, 1941 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Gerald E. (Bud) Beat and Bessie Beat. The family moved to Bradshaw, Nebraska in 1942 where she attended school until 1955 when they moved back to Idaho. She continued her education graduating from Minico High School in 1958.
On July 20, 1958 she married her high school sweetheart, Wallace Walker and together they raised four children. After their divorce in 1997, Barbara enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at the College of Southern Idaho. With a 4.0 GPA, she received her Medical Assistant certificate in 1998 and began working for ophthalmologists Dr. Hobbs, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Halverson in both the Burley and Twin Falls offices until her retirement in October of 2011.
Her creativity was displayed in her scenic oil paintings, sewed stuffed dragons, horses and dolls, quilts, scrapbooks and music. As a gifted vocalist, she sang in choir, sang solos and was the soprano in a ladies trio at the Paul Baptist Church for several years with her best friend Joann Macrae and the Pastor’s wife, Jill Dillon. She also loved camping, hunting and motorcycling in the mountains. As a grandmother and great-grandmother, she made every effort to attend activities and community functions her grandchildren were involved in, but her greatest love was for her lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Her lasting desire was for all her children and grandchildren to know Him.
She is survived by her four children, Terry (Judy) Walker of American Falls, ID, Tina (Tim) Fox of Ruppert, ID, Wallace D. (Jamie) Walker of Paul, ID; four siblings, Della (Larry) Stevenson of Glennsferry, ID, Jim Beat of Twin Falls, ID, Dave (Leisa) Beat of Arapahoe, NE and Sheralee (Donnie) Goss of Anamosa, IA; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Gerald E. (Bud) and Bessie Beat, sister-in-law Janice Beat, niece Deanna Stevenson Crone and nephew Jimmy Beat.
Inurnment services to be held at the Arapahoe Cemetery at the gravesite of her parents, Bud and Bessie Beat, next summer 2017. Her wishes were to have her ashes buried with them.

Audre E. Haussler

Audre E. Haussler, age 86, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Society of Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on July 9, 1930 in Arapahoe, Nebraska to Carl & Lena (Hilker) Menze. She was baptized on July 27, 1930 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church northwest of Arapahoe. Audre attended country school and graduated from Arapahoe City School in 1947. After high school she taught at District 1 Sunflower School northwest of Arapahoe.
On December 27, 1948, Audre married Victor C.W. Haussler at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minden, Nebraska with Rev. Martin Schabacker officiating. To this union three children were born: David Scott in 1950, Cynthia (who died in infancy) and Jill Angela in 1955. Audre worked with her husband on the family farm, milking cows and driving truck during wheat harvest. She was an excellent cook and throughout the years many family dinners were held around her table.
In September of 1974 she began working at Wagner’s Supermarket in Arapahoe, NE. and was employed there for 22 years, retiring in December of 1996. In 1976, Audre and Victor moved to their new home in Arapahoe. On May 5, 2005 Victor passed away. Audre remained in her home until January 2016 when she moved to the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, NE. In July, Audre celebrated her 86th birthday at the Sunshine Village Blue Room with all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren present.
Audre is preceded in death by her husband, Victor; parents Carl and Lena; daughter Cynthia; sister Carol Haussler and brothers Bryce Menze and Larry Menze.
Audre is survived by her son: David Scott and wife Cindy Haussler Arapahoe, Nebraska, Daughter: Jill and husband Bill Snyder of Arapahoe, Nebraska special nephew: David Menze of Stamford, Nebraska; Grandchildren: Seth Haussler of Weeping Water, Stacy (Snyder) Wilson and husband Kirk of McCook, Nebraska, Jon and wife Angela Haussler of Kearney, Nebraska, Tyler Haussler and wife Alesa of Anchorage, AK. Great-grandchildren: Addisyn and Asher Haussler, Kyson, Aubrey, and Avery Haussler, Lola Haussler, Caitlyn Menze. Sister: Judy Huxoll of Beaver City, Nebraska Brother: Don and wife Freda Menze of Hutchinson, Kansas, along with nieces, nephews and cousins.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, at 652 Main St, in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be (today) Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the St. Matthews Cemetery, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Arapahoe Public Library and St. Matthews Cemetery Association. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Irlee Lewis Stagemeyer

Irlee L. Stagemeyer, age 79, of Holbrook, Nebraska passed away on July 15, 2016 at the CA Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was born July 10, 1937 to Gustav and Irene (Wendland) Stagemeyer in Gosper County Nebraska on the family farm homesteaded by his grandparents August and Doris Stagemeyer. Irlee was baptized on August 1, 1937 and confirmed on June 4, 1950 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church near Arapahoe Nebraska.
Irlee graduated from Holbrook High School in 1954 at the age of 16. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he was initiated into the Alpha Zeta Honorary Society during his studies in Agricultural Education.
He began his teaching career in 1958 as a vocational agriculture instructor at Verdigre High School in Verdigre Nebraska. He was invited and participated in an agricultural education tour of the Soviet Communist Bloc Countries and the Soviet Union. Military Service called Irlee away from his teaching career. He completed his military training at Fort Dix in Burlington, New Jersey. He resumed his teaching career at Burwell High School in Burwell Nebraska.
On July 21, 1963, Irlee was united in marriage to Rosemary Marie Reid at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe Nebraska. To this union three children were born: Merrill, Brent, and Jeree’. Following Irlee and Rosemary’s wedding, they moved to Ainsworth Nebraska where they were both employed with the Ainsworth Public School system.
In 1966, Irlee and Rosemary moved to a farm in Frontier County Nebraska as they decided to pursue a full time career in farming and raising cattle. In 1967 they moved to the Stagemeyer homestead located in Gosper County Nebraska to continue their farming and cattle operation. In 1992 Irlee again combined his love of agriculture with his love of teaching when he began teaching part time as an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Arapahoe Public Schools in Arapahoe Nebraska. Over the years Irlee also worked as a part time crop insurance adjuster with Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company.
Irlee was a dedicated man of Faith and spent countless hours sharing his love of agriculture with his family and many students. He had a special passion for raising cattle and caring for his herd. Irlee was a strong promoter and advisor for FFA and 4-H. He was a longtime active member of the Nebraska Simmental Association.
Irlee was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary, parents Gustav and Irene Stagemeyer, brother Merlin Stagemeyer, sister-in-law Doris Stagemeyer, mother-in-law Thelma Reid, brother-in-law Marion Reid, and grandparents August and Doris Stagemeyer and Wilhelm and Emma Schievelbein.
He is survived by his sons; Merrill Stagemeyer and wife Sandra of Cambridge Nebraska, Brent Stagemeyer and wife Carla of Page Nebraska, and daughter Jeree’ Holt and husband Brandon of Kearney Nebraska. Also left to mourn are his eight grandchildren; Joel, Reid, and Jaclyn Stagemeyer of Cambridge Nebraska, Miles, Jace, and Tucker Stagemeyer of Page Nebraska, and Harper and Grady Holt of Kearney Nebraska, sister Marlene Bachmann and husband Gerald of Missoula Montana as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Chapel, 652 Main St., Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral Services will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, NE with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will be at the St. Matthews Cemetery of Arapahoe, NE. Memorials can be made in remembrance of Irlee Stagemeyer to Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe Nebraska or St. Matthew’s Lutheran Cemetery Fund. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.


Donald  G.”Tuffy” Pond

Donald G. Pond, age 83 of Holbrook, passed away at the Cambridge Manor in Cambridge, NE on July 11, 2016.   He was born on May 16, 1933 south of  Alma in Harlan County, Nebraska to Floyd  J. and Mary E. (Lochert) Pond.  Don was the fourth of six children born to the family. Don received his education in Alma graduating from Alma High School in 1951.
On January 8, 1956 he was united in marriage to Shirley Stout at Mary’s Catholic Church in Orleans, NE.  Don and Shirley made their home in various places in the Midwest, settling down in Holbrook. Don worked construction as a general contractor.
Growing up in rural Nebraska Don and his brothers learned to hunt and trap and at an early age.  Don became a good steward of the land and game.  He hunted pheasants, duck, and bear and trapped many different fur bearing animals.  He also was an avid fisherman. Don enjoyed hosting the Annual Holbrook Carp Shoot every spring.
Don loved to play cards with his friends.  He was an accomplished guitar player. He played with local groups and the Saggy Bottom Boys at different events. He enjoyed telling stories and tall tales along with a joking side of his nature.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife; Shirley on June 15, 2013, brothers: Lyle and Keith and his wife Kathy; brother-in-law: Bernard Hodge and a niece: Kathy Neville.
Don leaves his sisters: Marilyn Hodge of Holdrege;  Sharon Snyder of Georgetown, TX; brother; Dale Pond of Kearney; nephews: Jeff and wife Jennifer Hodge of Orleans, NE; Kevin and wife Dianne Hodge of Orleans, NE; nieces: Janell and husband John Petersen of Sioux City, IA; Anjie and husband Jay Houkomp of Treynor, IA ; Special care giver: Matt Schulz of Holbrook.
Visitation was held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 10:00 
AM till after Rosary.  Rosary was recited on Thursday evening July 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge with Father Ken Wehrs and Deacon Tim Danek officiating.  Graveside service was held on Friday at 10:30 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Nebraska.  Memorial may be left in Don’s name to St. Jude’s Hospital.  Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenour.com.

Kathleen Larabee

Kate Larabee was born Kathleen Marie Polacek, on October 15, 1954 in David City, Nebraska to Jerry and Josephine Polacek. She was the second child of what would later become 14 children.
Kathy passed away on April 7, 2016 of a Grade IV Glioblastoma.
Kathy grew up on a farm outside of Prague and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in May 1972. She attended Southeast Community College, in Lincoln, to pursue a degree in Nursing and, in May 1974, Kathy earned her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certification through the Nebraska Board of Nursing.
On April 4, 1975 she married Rick Larabee. The couple was married for 17 years and divorced in 1992.
Kathy had five children; Leland Scott, Andrew Lee, Andrea Marie, Aaron James and Adam Craig.
Kathy was baptized on April 3, 1977 at the Green Memorial Alliance Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Kathy served in the US Navy Ready Reserve Unit from 1986-1994. In 1991, Kathy’s unit was activated and ordered to mobilize for assistance in the Gulf War. While on active duty, she served three months at a Fleet Hospital Unit in Bahrain. During her service there, Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm. Kathy returned home, to Arapahoe, Nebraska and continued to work for the Tri Valley Health Care System.
In 2000, Kathy moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and worked at Bryan LGH hospital until she found her dream job at Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital in 2003. During her nursing career, Kathy worked at numerous clinics and hospitals across the state, but she was ecstatic to find her home at Nebraska Heart where she continued her education in pursuit of the title, Registered Nurse(RN). In 2007, Kathy completed the required training and earned her RN certification.
Kathy enjoyed her job, spending time with family and friends, attended numerous bible study groups and events. Kathy volunteered her time to assist as Camp Nurse for her granddaughters’ Girl Scout events, worked in the church nursery and volunteered her time with church functions at Calvary Community Church. She enjoyed traveling, especially road trips, and has traveled across the country by vehicle and airplane. Her hobbies include sewing, quilting, arts and craft projects and helping others. Although she enjoyed many different activities, Kathy’s favorite activity was always spending time with her grandchildren.
Kathy’s grandchildren include Chad, Evan and Mya Cogdill, Gage Larabee, Olivia Cogdill, Ethan and Emily Larabee and Bentlie Jo Larabee. She has one great-grandchild; Sadeth Cogdill.
Kathy is preceded in death by her parents; Jerry and Josephine Polacek and her first born child, Leland Scott (Scotty). Kathy will be laid to rest next to Scotty at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lincoln.

Ron R. Schoneberg,

Ron R. Schoneberg, age 74, of Orleans, Nebraska passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 4, 1941 at Holdrege, Nebraska to Glen and Mildred (Conant) Schoneberg.
Ron graduated from Orleans High School in 1959 and Kearney State College in 1963. He taught at Paxton High School for two years. The he went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln attaining his Master’s Degree in Education. While attending school, he met D’Maris Stewart at the World’s Fair in New York City in 1964 and were married in 1966.
Ron and D’Maris had two Children: Ronald Mark and Michelle Rene’. The Schoneberg’s moved to Grayslake, Illinois in 1969. He taught at the College of Lake County until 1980. In 1988, he taught at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska until his retirement in 2002.
While in Arapahoe, he was on the Planning Board, Cemetery Board, Senior Center Board, and the District 11 Educational Service Unit Board. In 2015, Ron and D’Maris moved to Orleans and resided in his parents’ house.
He is survived by his wife D’Maris Schoneberg of Orleans, Nebraska, son Ronald Mark Schoneberg of Hickman, Nebraska, daughter Michelle Harsh of Hickman, Nebraska, sisters Sandra and husband Larry McManus of Edgewood, Washington, Bonnie Phinney of Lacey, Washington, three grandchildren; Autumn and Chance Schoneberg, and Ethan Harsh, three great-grandchildren: Haidyn, Aubree, and Kynlee.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. and Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orleans, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements. Memorials will be designated at a later date.

Arthur C. Remington

Arthur C. Remington, 90, of Lincoln and formerly Holdrege, NE entered into his heavenly home Sunday, May 22, 2016. Born September 14, 1925 in Holbrook, NE to Harrison and Pearl Remington the eigth of 11 children. He served in the commissary of the US Navy during WWII. When the Navy cancelled the leaves to come home from Inyokem, CA and he missed the bus, he had to hitch hike back to Nebraska to marry his grade school sweetheart Phyllis Ann Butherus on June 4th, 1945. They made their home in Holdrege and God blessed them with four children: Art Jr., Dennis, Judy and Nancy.
Art claimed to be jack of all trades and master of none as he worked in Holdrege at Allmand Brothers on welders, Kansas Nebraska Gas Company, Holdrege Nursery/Irrigation, and Christian Homes as grounds supervisor.
He was active in the Christian Missionary Alliance and Evangelical Free Churches and served on the board, as a deacon, lay minister and taught Sunday school. He was a tireless servant of the Lord and loved to minister to others. He used every opportunity to share his faith and the gospel of Christ. His children remember when they were young that his prayers would never end, but he passed the legacy of the power of prayer down through the generations. One of the ladies in his Sunday school class always told him she wanted him to say prayer at her funeral because they were so beautiful and touching. Even as he lay in the hospital himself, he remained concerned for others and continued to minister and pray for them all.
Preceded in death by his wife Phyllis in 1985, he married Marcia Oberg on December 2, 1989. Together they enjoyed a mission trip to Venezuela, cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean and the New England States. They loved entertaining in their home. After retirement in 2004, they relocated to Lincoln.
Art is survived by his wife Marcia, sons Art Jr. (Miriam) of PA, Dennis (Jacque) of Fremont, daughters Judy (Roger) Reek of MN, Nancy (Mark) Wells of Axtell, Stepchildren Libby (Mark) Hoffmeyer of Lincoln, Ann (Kevin) Landhuis of IA, Nels (Ann) Oberg of MN and Jolanta Koepke of WA. Twenty-five grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Sister Marilyn (Gene) Stark, Brother-in-law Leroy Duchek, Sisters-in-law Delta Remington and Pauline Magnum and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Phyllis, parents, nine siblings, numerous brother and sisters-in-law, daughter in-law Charlene Remington and step-son Greg Koepke. Memorial service was held Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. at First Free Evangelical Church, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Children Camp scholarships, Carol Joy Holling Camp, 2744 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE 68003.

Donna Gayle Mousel Taylor

Donna Gayle Mousel Taylor, age 68, passed away at her home in Kearney on June 8, 2016. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements. She chose cremation and memorial services were held at Cambridge Lockenour Jones Mortuary at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.
She was born at McCook, NE on September 12, 1947 to C.K. and Dorothy Cotton Mousel of Edison. She attended District 7 rural school in Gosper County for her early years of education then entered Edison Public school where she graduated in 1965. She would then further her education at Kearney State College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. Upon graduation she began teaching at Litchfield Public Schools where she taught first and second grades for the next 42 and 1/2 years. In her growing up years she spent a lot of time on her Palamino horse, Jackie, with her brother Danny helping out with the Hereford cattle on their parents ranch north of Edison on Turkey Creek.
On May 28, 1985 she was married to Howard Taylor of Minden. They made their home in Kearney.
Donna was a member of NSEA. She loved going fishing, gardening and her flowers and in more recent years enjoyed reading.
Survivors include her husband, Howard, of the home, two step-children, Brenda Taylor and friend BJ of Gibbon and Ron Taylor of Kearney, one step-granddaughter, Paige Meyers and one step-great-grandson, Landon Meyers.
Also surviving her is her brother, Dan (Mona) Mousel of Edison, nieces Allison Jacquot of Anselmo, Diane Swayze of Mesa, AZ, nephew Kirby Mousel of Central City, a host of cousins, other relatives and special friend Gail Perdue.
Preceding her in death were her parents, sister Jo Elizalde, nephew Scott Swayze and a brother-in-law, Gary Swayze.

Leon Wayne Riepe

Leon Wayne Riepe, age 83, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at his home. He was born August 10, 1932 at Arapahoe, Nebraska to Benhard C. and Jennie C. (Haussler) Riepe.
On August 31, 1932, Leon received the gift of Holy Baptism at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, NE, and became a child of God.  On December 2, 1945, he publically confessed his faith and was confirmed at Trinity.  He attended grade school at District 64 Garfield, south of Arapahoe. He attended high school at Arapahoe High School, graduating with the class of 1950. He studied at the University Of Nebraska College Of Agriculture where Leon and Margaret met. While at college, he was active at the University Lutheran Chapel. Leon was inducted into the US Army in 1953. Following completion of his service in the Army, he returned to finish his studies at the Ag College. On June 11, 1955, Leon and Margaret Anne Harmon were united in marriage at Park Center Congregational Church rural Elgin, Nebraska.
Following his graduation in 1956, Leon and Margaret returned to the Riepe family homestead south of Arapahoe where their children Susan, Anne and Douglas were raised. Producing crops and livestock on the family farm was Leon’s livelihood until he retired in 2012 and moved to Sunshine Village.
Leon was active at Trinity Lutheran Church serving as a Sunday school teacher, Elder, and Congregational President. He was active as a 4-H club and project leader and was a founding member of the Arapahoe Area Food Pantry. Leon was a longtime, active member of the Edison, Nebraska American Legion Post #343 serving as adjutant for many years. He served as an AAL Branch officer. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and keeping up with family members near and far. Leon remained faithful as his vision and health failed. He valued the Wednesday morning Bible studies and Thursday evening worship services.
Leon is survived by his children Susan Riepe of Lincoln, Nebraska, Anne and Doug Hadley of Ralston, Nebraska, and Doug and Janet Riepe of Cheney, Kansas. Grandchildren include Jennifer Riepe, Kirk Riepe and David Hadley, brother Dale and Evelyn Riepe of Mount Pleasant, Texas and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret, and grandson Evan Wayne Riepe.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Funeral services were Friday, June 10, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska with Edison American Legion Post #343 giving military rites. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, NE; University Lutheran Chapel, 1510 Que Street, Lincoln, NE 68508; Edison American Legion Post #343 for Boys’ State scholarships or the Arapahoe Area Food Pantry.

Jerry Dean Warner

Jerry Dean Warner, age 88, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Holdrege, Nebraska. He was born to Ralph Newell & Nelle Margaret (Orr) Warner on August 19, 1927 on the family farm east of Beaver City.
Jerry attended school at Beaver City High School and graduated with the class of 1945. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Arvida L. Weatherwax on January 3, 1951, at Keesler Air Force Base at Biloxi, Mississippi. To this union four children were born; Nancy, Scott, Janice, & Joni. After being honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1952, Jerry and Arvida made their home on a farm on the west side of Hendley, Nebraska. They would farm and raise cattle there for 10 years before buying the Courtright Farm on the west side of Beaver City. He was a farmer for years before starting his own dirt construction business in 1957, as Jerry D. Warner Dirt Construction. He was an Archer Oil dealer for over 50 years.
Jerry was a past member of the United Methodist Church and attended the Faith Community Church in Beaver City. He belonged to the Beaver City Lions Club, American Legion Post, and Grange. He served as the Furnas County Commissioner for 8 years and was also on the Beaver City School Board for 8 years. He served on the NRD Board and Rural Fire Board of Beaver City, when they first organized, from 1965-2012. His Dirt construction business also helped create many projects in the area including the baseball field, Kaufman Manufacturing, and various other community projects in Beaver City.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, wife Arvida, sister Flora Marie Krumme, brothers Ralph Newell Warner Jr., Dale Orr Warner (Seal), and George Robert Warner.
He is survived by his daughter Nancy & husband Jack Becker of Beaver City, Nebraska, son Scott & wife Kim Warner of Kansas City, Missouri, daughters Janice & husband Bob Byrns of Lexington, Nebraska & Joni Warner-McCoy of Hastings, NE. Eight grandchildren; Tara & husband Trevin Seng, Joshua & wife Amanda Becker, JayCe & husband Mike Minarik, Jacob Becker, Jayden Warner, Hannah & husband JC Kleewein, Colton McCoy & Levi McCoy, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
It was Jerry’s wishes for cremation. Celebration of Life was Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11 AM at the Faith Community Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Pastor Daryl Kats, officiating. Private Family inurnment was at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City, Nebraska. Military rites by the Beaver City American Legion and Air Force Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Beaver City Lion’s Club, Beaver City Alumni Scholarship Fund, Beaver City Ambulance Squad, American Cancer Society, & Beaver City Tree Board. Condolences and personal reflections may be sent to wenburgfuneralhome.com or shared with the family during the service. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary L. Hemmingsen

Mary L. Hemmingsen, age 79, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha Nebraska. She was born on Valentine’s Day 1937 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Raymond M. Osborn and Mildred (Rucker) Osborn.
She attended school at Ainsworth Public Schools until her senior year when she graduated from Lincoln High in Lincoln Nebraska. Mary went on to further her education, first at Kearney State and then graduating from Wayne State. She taught elementary school until 1969.
In 1954, she married R.L. Swett. Together, they welcomed two children into their lives, Timothy Ray in 1960 and Nancy Noel in 1962.
In 1969, Mary was united in marriage to Allen Ray Hemmingsen who brought four children to the marriage, Milton Lynn, Royce Leon, Timothy Allen, and Wanda Renee. A year later they were blessed with another daughter Tove Louise Johanna, and the family was complete. In 1975 Mary started working for the American Heart Association as a field director. Over the years, she helped educate others and raise money to further the cause of fighting heart disease. Mary retired from American Heart in 1990 when she and Al moved from Elwood to Chadron Nebraska.
Over the next years Mary would work as a family support specialist for several agencies and also ran the GED and the Adult Basic Education Program in Dawes County until she retired for good at Johnson Lake in 2006.
During her life, one of Mary’s proudest moments was forming the Johnson Lake First Responders and founding the Winter Conference for First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians. In 2001, the culmination of her passion for helping others was rewarded as she became the first woman inducted into the EMS Hall of Fame. Mary enjoyed several hobbies, drawing, reading, collecting buttons and researching genealogy, but her greatest love was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her children Timothy (Lori) Swett of Rapid City South Dakota, Nancy (Kevin) Bullis of Elwood Nebraska, Tove (Brad) Reiman of Arapahoe Nebraska. Step children Milt (Ann) Hemmingsen of Virginia Beach Virginia, Royce Hemmingsen of Axtell, Timothy Hemmingsen of Lexington and Wanda (David) Frink of Kearney. Grandchildren Samantha Swett, Misty (Jarrett) Smolarkiewicz, Justin (Rhonni) Bullis, Tyson Bullis and Kaila, Kaitlyn and Isaiah Bullis, Thad Reiman and Christen, Katya Reiman and Austin, Tabetha Reiman, Megan and David Hemmingsen, Kate Hemmingsen, Rita Hemmingsen, Jenny (Brandon) Webb, Casey (Sean) Travers, Tanner (Michaela) Hemmingsen, Ryan, Jacob, Brianna McGraw, 19 great grandchildren, and her brothers Dick Osborn and Staley Osborn. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Hemmingsen in 1999, her parents, one sister and a brother.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There was no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Funeral services will be Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Michael Wolff, officiating. Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Nebraska Affiliate of the American Heart Association is suggested. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Doyle Hixon

Doyle Hixon, age 75 of Arapahoe, died May 25, 2016 at the Tri Valley Hospital in Cambridge surrounded by his family.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday June 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Broken Bow Cemetery in Broken Bow with Pastor Jurdan Counts officiating.  Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday morning 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow.
Doyle was born on January 29, 1941 at Imperial, NE to Clyde and Romona Hixon.  He attended school in Imperial.  There after he started working.  Doyle had many jobs over the years.  Doyle operated the sanitation truck, ran his own business as a local handyman, and remodeled homes.  Doyle loved to work with his hands and he was very good at it.
On August 29, 1966 Doyle was married to Lynette Jarzynka.  They soon had five children.  Doyle and Lynette later divorced, but they were never very far apart.  Lynette lived only a few doors away, helping Doyle out when she could these last nine years.
Doyle’s favorite past times were fishing and camping with his family.  He has had many dogs over the years; you can say that he was a dog lover.  Doyle also took care of his oldest daughter, Nena and his dog Dakoda.  He always enjoyed taking them everywhere with him.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Ricky Hixon.
He is survived by his daughters; Nena Hixon and dog Dakoda of Arapahoe, NE, Tina (Peter) Corral of Holdrege, NE, Ronda McCabe of Arapahoe, NE, and his son Tim (Lilah) Hixon of Holdrege, NE, along with nine grandchildren and one soon to be great-grandchild.

Lester L. Haussler

Lester L. Haussler, age 73, of Lakewood, Colorado passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born September 22, 1942 to Lester J. and Lelia (McCoy) Haussler. Les grew up in and around Arapahoe, NE, and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. He graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1960 and attended McCook Jr., Dana, and Kearney State Colleges earning degrees in Economics and Sociology. He served in the Army National Guard from 1966 – 1972.
On May 30, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Marlene Monter. They celebrated 50 beautiful years of marriage together and devoted their lives to their family. Their daughter, Angela, was born in 1967 and son, Rick, in 1971.
Les began his career with the Bureau of Reclamation in 1961 as a young surveyor in Norton, KS, and then at the Job Corp in McCook, NE. In 1971 he accepted a position as an Economist for Reclamation and continued to work at the Denver Federal Center until his retirement in 1996.
In retirement Les remained active serving as a trustee at Concordia Lutheran Church and spent countless hours helping with the re-modeling and expansion project. He enjoyed the real estate world, playing golf, and wood working. He made each grandchild a rocking horse, and most recently completed one for Marlene. The last two winters he enjoyed time in Arizona and making pottery. Les and Marlene were blessed to travel to many parts of the U.S. and the world.
Most of all, Les loved and enjoyed his family. He was a sports enthusiast and coached both Angela and Rick in multiple sports and never missed a game as they grew up. His greatest joy was his role as Bumpa to his five grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He was a wonderful mentor, a loyal friend, a servant of the Lord, and will always be remembered for his smile and laughter.
Les is survived by his wife, Marlene, daughter Angela and husband Gregg McCaslin, son Rick Haussler, grandchildren Emily Jarrell, husband Dillon and great-granddaughter Olivia Faith Jarrell; Cai McCaslin, Rylie Haussler, Connor Haussler and Alaina Haussler; mother Lelia Haussler; brothers Dan (Alisha) Haussler, Dee (Jerri) Haussler, Brothers and sisters-in-law Bob and Phyllis Remmenga, Bill and Janice Magorian, Holger and Judy Beckmann and Neal and Nancy Monter. His father, Lester J. Haussler, preceded him in death.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome
Graveside services will be Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska will be in charge of services.

Vivian Long Chilcote

Vivian joined the celebration in heaven on April 27th 2016 surrounded by her family, following a  battle with Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia. She was born on January 19, 1937 to Clyde and Minnie Long in Oxford, Nebraska. Upon graduation from the University of Nebraska and a year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston she became a dietician for the Dairy Council of Oregon. After marriage and two children, she started the Red Balloon Preschool in her home, then became the office manager for her husband’s architectural practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon. As a dedicated Christian, her passion for serving others made her a highly capable volunteer at her church, Lake Grove Presbyterian, where she served as a deacon, working with high school youth ministry and the pastoral care team. Bible Studies, PEO, gardening, reading, travel and knitting also filled her life with richness and purpose.  Vivian is survived by her husband Glenn Chilcote and daughter Marie Hibbs (Scott) and son Brian Chilcote (Kathy), sister and brother-in-law Mary Alice and Loyal Park, and five grandchildren. A memorial service is planned at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, May 28th, 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, or to P.E.O. which should be made out to Oregon State Charitable Trust c/o Marilyn Staples-Sundt, 10350 SW Gardner Ct., Tualatin, OR 97062.

Dick Allen Herbert

Dick Allen Herbert, 57, of Lexington, NE, passed away March 16, 2016, at Golden Living Center in Cozad, NE follownig a short battle with cancer.
He was born September 24, 1958, in Oxford, NE, the youngest of six children to Harvey and Margaret (Breinig) Herbert. Hewas a 1976 graduate of Arapahoe High School. Dick was united in marriage to Deb Ferguson on June 23, 1984 in Eustis, NE. Three daughters were blessed to this marriage.
Dick worked for Monroe Auto in Cozad, NE for 34 years until the plant closed. He then worked for Midwest Special Services for the past five years until his illness made it impossible for him to work.
He was a loving husband and father. He absolutely adored his little granddaugther, Ashlynn. He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Lexington.
Dick was preceded in death by his mother. He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Deb of Lexington, NE; his daughters: Angelia and her fiance, Byron Upthagrove of Holdrege, NE, Whitney and her fiance, Chris Sawvell of Lincoln, NE, Shelby and husband, Robert Herbert of Lexington, NE, one granddaughter, Ashlynn Herbert; his father: Harvey of Arapahoe, NE; brothers: David and Don and Don’s wife, Margaret Herbert, all of Araphaoe, NE, Dan and wife, DJ of Cozad, NE; sisters: Shelia and husband, Charles Pruitt of Arapahoe, Patty and husband, Mick Daughenbaugh of Beaver City, NE; special friends: April and David Ibarra of Lexington; special grandchildren: Gracie and Luke Miller, and McKenize and Noe Ibarra, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Evangelical Free Church, Lexington, NE, with Pastor Duane Russell officiating. Pallbearers were all nephews: Ed Pruitt, Shawn Pruitt, Ben Ellis, Dale Ellis, James Ellis, and Vaughn King. Interment was in the Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, NE.

Dr. Wilfred M. Schutz

Dr. Wilfred M. Schutz, 86, went home to heaven on April 25, 2016. Will was born January 26, 1930 on the family farm near Eustis, Nebraska to parents Martin and Sophia Schutz. Faith and family were the cornerstones of his life, a legacy that lives on in his children and grandchildren. His quiet strength and unwavering devotion to his family will always be remembered.
Will served in the Army in Korea. He earned BS and MS degrees at the University of Nebraska, and a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University. In 1968 he joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 1987 he transitioned to the University’s Central Administration, as Assistant Vice President and Director of University-wide Computing. He retired in 1994 to pursue various hobbies and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly sixty years, Judy Koester Schutz; sister Agnes Leising; daughters Lisa Baldwin of Beatrice, Linda (Brad) Muehling and Amy (Rich) Geschwender, both of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Bernard and Margaret Schutz, and brother-in-law Gilbert Leising.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 South 84th St, Lincoln. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 12 noon to 8 pm, with the family present from 6 to 8 pm, at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hour Ministries, or Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Jack D. Meyerhoeffer

Long time Hastings resident, Jack D. Meyerhoeffer, 93, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016 at his home.
Services will be on Thursday, April 28, 2016; 10:00 A.M. at Butler Volland Chapel, Hastings with The Rev. Dr. David B. McCarthy officiating. Burial with military rites by Hastings Veterans Organizations will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hastings. Memorials may be given to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with family present beginning at 6:00 P.M. and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Jack was born December 2, 1922 in Holbrook, Nebraska to Tom & Evelyn (Heizer) Meyerhoeffer. He graduated from Holbrook High School in 1941. Jack married Waunda Meyerhoeffer on December 31, 1945. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Navy Air Corp and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Jack worked many years at Uerlings Furniture store in Hastings before retiring at 80 years old. He was an avid golfer and a long time member of Southern Hills Country Club. He was also a past member of the Society for the Preservation of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America and sang tenor in the Hastings Men’s Chorus.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Waunda Meyerhoeffer; his father, Thomas Meyerhoeffer; his mother, Evelyn; his stepfather, Alfred Christianson; a granddaughter, Lindsey; and grandsons, Edward and Eric. Survivors are:
Children & Spouses: Cheryl & Terry Hinman – Coralville, IA; Robert Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Kathy & Chuck Hoffman – Lone Grove, OK; Thomas & Mary Anne Meyerhoeffer – Dickinson, ND; Terry Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Jack D. Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Christie & Joe Decker – Lone Grove, OK
Grandchildren:14;
Great-Grandchildren: 11; Great-Great-Grandchildren: 3
Sister-in Law: Lorena Ems – Arapahoe, NE

Lyle Dean Blauvelt

Lyle Dean Blauvelt, age 82, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at Community Hospital in McCook.
Lyle was born May 14, 1933 in Holbrook, NE to Harry Blauvelt and Verna Graning.
Lyle entered the US Army on June 15, 1954 and was honorably discharged on May 29, 1956.
On May 14, 1957 Lyle married Rosalie Wendland in Arapahoe, NE. One son, Jay, was born to this union.
He drove truck for American Van Lines and then worked for the state of Nebraska, and then he had the Shelter insurance agency for many years.
Throughout his life, Lyle enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and playing with his dogs. He also enjoyed bowling, where he served on the men’s bowling league board. Lyle was a country music DJ for the radio station, KBRL. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and a lifelong VFW member, also a past member of the McCook Eagles and Elks Club. Lyle was an avid Husker and Kansas City Royals fan.
Survivors include his son, Jay (Melissia) Blauvelt of McCook, NE; brother, Paul (Linda) Blauvelt of Holdrege, NE; sisters, Lila Mae Ellis, Harriet (Larry) Hornaday, and Thelma (Charles) Dunlap all of Kearney, NE; sister-in-law, Valerie Blauvelt of McCook, NE; grandson, Trevor Bourg of Waterloo, IA;  granddaughter, Malynn Bourg and great-granddaughter, Larae Bourg both of Stevensville, MT.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Verna; wife, Rosalie; brother, Jack Blauvelt; infant sister, Ruth; and sister, Doris Turvey.
A Memorial Service was held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Peace Lutheran Church with Tom Albertson, officiating. Inurnment will be in Arapahoe Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be designated in Lyle’s name.
Friends may send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann Louise Michalski

Ann Louise Michalski, 63, of Omaha, formerly of Grand Island died unexpectedly Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Daniel Naranjo will officiate.  Inurnment will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Ann was born September 14, 1952 in Grand Island to Frank and Blanche (Rada) Urban.  She grew up in Grand Island, graduating from Grand Island Senior High, Class of 1971.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Brian (Tami) Michalski of Louisville, NE and Mark (Nikki) Michalski of Omaha; four grandchildren, Ethan, Alex, Connor and Sierra; brother, Glenn (Sherri) Urban of Round Rock, TX; sister, Arlene (Robert) Hannah of Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward (Sharon) Michalski; and niece, Lisa Hannah.
Ann was employed as a commodities broker with Progressive Marketing Strategies.
She was so proud of her sons and grandchildren, they meant everything to her.  She was a wonderful friend and the stability and anchor in many people’s lives.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.

Claire Anne Loisel

Claire Anne Loisel went to  be with her Lord Jesus Christ, Thursday, April 7, 2016, after fighting a good fight at a Fort Worth medical center. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth.
Claire Anne was born Dec. 17, 2015. She accomplished more in her short three and a half months than most people do in their entire lifetime, overcoming extreme prematurity, a low birth weight and a suspected cancer diagnosis that proved to be benign. Claire was the darling of her unit and touched so many people’s lives with her sweet and easy personality. Nurses and doctors fell easily in love with her. Born 13 weeks early and weighing only 1 lb. and 12 oz., Claire was fierce. She flourished and grew under her doctors’ care and her family’s love, and then Jesus called her unexpectedly home. Claire joins her grandfather, John Loisel Jr., and all of her great-grandparents in heaven. The family would like to thank the Cook Children’s Medical Center staff for their effort and dedication. “Though she be but tiny, her God is mighty.”
Survivors: She is survived by her father and mother, Eric and Sally Loisel; her brother and sister, Noah Loisel and Keira Loisel; her grandparents, Mark and Lola Davison, Don and Maribess Powell, and Gene and Carol Schutz; as well as her aunts and uncles, Chris and Sue Ellen Loisel, Pat and Ann Mooney, and Susan Schutz; and her beloved many cousins.
Donations may be sent in Claire’s memory to the NICU at Cook Children’s.

Janice L. Brauer

Janice L. Brauer, age 83, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.  She was born February 25, 1933 at Lexington, Nebraska to Wrex A. and Ruth L. (McCarther) Greenlee.
Janice grew up in Lexington and attended Lexington High School and later receive her G.E.D. She married Kenneth Brauer at the Methodist Church in Lexington on May 29, 1949. To this union six children were born; Rosalie, Greg, Karla, Jeff, Dawn, & Mark. They made their home in Eustis and stayed there the rest of her life.
Janice enjoyed driving the school bus for 30 plus years. She was active in her kid’s lives by volunteering to lead their girl and boy scouts troops. She worked at many area nursing homes, loved to help decorate the church and senior center for Christmas, and was a talented artist working with painting, drawing, and sculpting. The last few years, she lived at Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell to be near family.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Eustis, Christian Women’s Club, Eustis Rescue Squad, and Walk to Emmaus.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth, and sisters Sharon Fisher and Wanda Hopkins, brother Larry, and infant son Mark.
Janice is survived by her Sons: Greg and wife Julie Brauer of Elm Creek, Nebraska; Jeff Brauer of Lincoln, Nebraska; Daughters: Rosalie and husband Bruce Bonini of Lexington, Nebraska; Karla and husband Tim Petermann of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Dawn Brauer of Bancroft, Nebraska; Grandchildren: 12 Great- Grandchildren: 15
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
No viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2 PM at United Methodist Church in Eustis, Nebraska with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg, officiating. Private Family Inurnment will be at the Eustis East Cemetery at Eustis, Nebraska.  Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

James LaVern Smith

James LaVern Smith, age 60, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on December 3, 1955 at Norton, Kansas to Vern & Carol (Martin) Smith.
Jim grew up at Hendley, Nebraska and attended elementary school in Hendley. He went to high school for 3 years in Beaver City before graduating from Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, Nebraska with the Class of 1974. He entered the US Army and spent much of his time serving in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1980. He returned to Kearney, Nebraska and was employed with UPS. He worked there for 30 years before retiring in 2010. He married Kathryn Kier and raised 4 children; Ashley, Jayme, Dani, & Jordan. He would move back to Beaver City, Nebraska in 2012.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and all around outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren. He took Jordan to many wrestling meets in the Midwest and loved to collect guns.
Jim is survived by his daughters; Jayme Weber and husband Justin of Kearney, Nebraska, Dani Trew and husband Chuck of Kearney, Nebraska, Ashley Cook and husband Neil of Eugene, Oregon, son; Jordan Smith of Kearney, Nebraska, mother; Carol Smith of Beaver City, Nebraska brother Jerry Smith of Hendley, Nebraska, sisters; Sue Riley and husband Bob of Holton, Kansas, Toni Hardenbrook and husband Ray of Axtell, Nebraska, Terri Martin of Beaver City, Nebraska, Joyce Smith of Beaver City, Nebraska, & Cheryl Buss of Beaver City, Nebraska, 6 Grandchildren Celia, Gavin, Isaac, Paige, Maddyx, and Dylan.
Jim was preceded in death by his father Vern, sister Mary Brox, brother-in-law David Buss, and nephew Landon Smith.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 2 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, Beaver City, Nebraska and prior to the services at the church. Funeral services were held Monday, March 28, 2016 at 2 PM at the Faith Community Church in Beaver City, Nebraska, officiated by Bill Weaver. Interment will be at the Hendley Cemetery, in Hendley, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation at parkinsonhope.org or to Dani Trew, 515 E. 30th St., Kearney, NE 68847. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Shafer and Ida Chappell Shafer

In death, as in life, they couldn’t bear to be apart. At the age of 92 years and 11 months, Billy Shafer went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 21, 2015. Ida Cathern Chappell Shafer, his wife of over 61 years, was called to follow on January 19, 2016, at the age of 83 years and 5 months.
Billy was a farmer at heart and with every fiber of his being. With his three older brothers and his older sister already in the military, Uncle Sam decided that Billy would support the war effort on the Homefront. He helped support seven younger siblings and worked the farm until his father’s death in 1967. After WWII Billy attended the University of Nebraska-College of Agriculture where his skills at playing catcher and short stop became legendary. For many years he enjoyed playing town-team baseball for teams in Oxford and Edison. He eventually retired from the Edison Coop where he excelled at sharing his expertise with many farmers and gardeners in the Edison area. Billy was proud to have been elected and to have served as a Mayor of Edison for two terms.
Ida Cathern (Tootie to her Chappell family) began a career as a nurse’s aide after graduating from Orleans High School. Proud of her work for many years at the Oxford Hospital, Ida performed many responsibilities beyond the scope of an aide in today’s profession. She loved assisting in surgery and in delivering babies! Later, as the owner of the Edison Café and Ida’s Place she became renowned in the area as an excellent cook and baker—especially for her cinnamon rolls. Ida enjoyed being a vital part of the Edison community by actively participating in many local groups like Hobby Club, Ladies Aid and the Lion’s Club. She was instrumental in the organization and creation of Edison Market Day.
After meeting on a blind date, Billy and Ida were married on October 21, 1955. At that time Edison became their home. Together, Billy and Ida spent most of their days caring for their large yard and garden—watering with their own well and windmill. They loved sharing the bounty of their harvest with many other people in the area—especially anyone in need. They meticulously maintained the Edison Cemetery for several years in their retirement. They were faithful members of the Edison Christian Church where they actively embraced their Christian values. Billy and Ida were easily identified as faithful Husker fans by their enthusiastic and frequent sporting of the scarlet and cream!
Billy Shafer was born to John Robert Shafer and Velma Ruth Osborn Shafer on December 20, 1922, one of 12 children. He was born on the farm two miles east of Edison, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Maxine Shafer Homer and brothers Duane, Jack, Jerry and Donnie Shafer.
Ida Cathern Chappell Shafer was the youngest of 10 children born to Jesse Lee Chappell and Mary Cathern Flanagan Chappell on the farm outside Orleans, Nebraska on August 28, 1932. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father Ira Chappell; her sisters Louise Chappell Scharff, Josephine Chappell Schuster, Mary Chappell Fruhling, Betty Chappell Cochrane and Wauneta Chappell; and her brothers Dale, Bob, Marvin and Bill Chappell.
Billy and Ida are survived by their daughters Kim (Casey) Crayne and Pamela (William) O’Donnell; their granddaughter Erin Galvin; and great- granddaughters Olivia Cathern Galvin and Norah Jean Galvin; sisters Janice Shafer Howman, Margie Shafer Ericksen, Arlene Shafer Smith, Phyllis Shafer Kantaras; brothers Francis Shafer and Sam Shafer; in laws Wanda Chappell, Clarence Fruhling, Wendy Shafer, Richard Howman, Donna Shafer, Karol Shafer, Duane Ericksen, Colleen Shafer and Gladys Shafer.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Edison Christian Church, Edison, Nebraska on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Kirk Einspahr, officiating. Inurnment at the Edison Cemetery will follow. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

John A. Cunningham

John A. Cunningham, age 77, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died on March 20, 2016, at the Kearney Regional Hospital of Kearney, Nebraska. He was born on May 14, 1938 in Cambridge, Nebraska to V. Sam & Helen C. (Heiselman) Cunningham.
John grew up in Arapahoe and became a star quarterback for the high school team. He would graduate from Arapahoe High School with the Class of 1956. After graduation, he attended the Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln and studied restorative therapy.
He moved to Roseburg, Oregon where he worked as a therapist at the Veteran’s Hospital, while also volunteering as a local fireman. He married Rikki Hukari in 1962 and to this union two children were born; Jon and Rene. In 1968, he transferred to the Veteran’s Hospital in Danville, Illinois continuing his work as therapist. He worked there until taking a job with General Motors. He and his wife would divorce in 1969. In 1970, John began working in the foundry at Fairbanks in Beloit, Wisconsin. He then met and married Mary-Lynn Gowman, and to this union four children were born; Bob, Brenda, Shawn, and Chad. They relocated several times for his work, then ultimately residing in South Beloit, Illinois.
John had several jobs including Beloit Corp and bar tending part time at the local Pub. Several years he coached his son Bob’s record winning little league team. After he and his wife separated in 1983, he returned to his hometown of Arapahoe.
John and his youngest son, Chad, spent time hunting and fishing. He would also assisted his father at the family feed store “Cunningham’s Feed”, and eventually taking over when Sam retired. After the store closed, John worked and eventually was a manager for Nebraska Pork Partners of Arapahoe. He served as a volunteer Fireman and EMT for Arapahoe during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He retired in 2009 and subsequently became the maintenance and groundskeeper for the Arapahoe Airport Authority.
John loved weightlifting, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his golden retriever(s). He was a loyal friend to many and was extremely passionate about his cars. He took great pride in displaying them and the great friendships he gained along the way. However, his greatest love was for his children. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and beloved dogs Sadie and Amber.
John is survived by son; Bob Cunningham, of Beloit, Wisconsin, daughters Brenda Anderson and husband Mark of Beloit, Wisconsin, Shawn Cunningham and significant other, Patrick White and his sons Gabe and Tristian, and son Chad Cunningham and fiancé Nidia Garcia of Oxford, Nebraska, son Jon Patee of Bakersfield, California, and daughter Rene Patee of Oregon.
Grandchildren: Kayla, Cody, Skyler, Makenna, Brayden, Sophia, and Brynnlie.
Aunt: Faye Loreen Lockenour of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be on Friday, March 25, 2016 from 10 AM to 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 10 am at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Becky Saddler officiating. Interment will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, NE, is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas R. “Tom” Ramirez

Thomas R. “Tom” Ramirez, age 96, of Lodgepole, NE passed away at the Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell on Saturday, March 12, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 17th with Father Matthew Koperski officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery north of Lodgepole. A wake service was held at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 16th. Both services were at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chappell. Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or in care of the family for future designation. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Tom’s care and funeral arrangements.
Thomas R. Ramirez, one of nine children born to Melecio and Venita (Reyes) Ramirez was born on December 21, 1919 in El Centro, CA. At the age of three they moved back to the family ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Tom worked on the ranch until he was twenty-one. He then returned to the United States and worked picking cotton in Texas. In 1950, he began working with the Union Pacific Railroad in Julesburg, CO. He was later transferred to Colton, NE where he worked until his retirement in 1979. In March of 1953, he went on a blind date with Ruby Barron and soon after married her. After sixty-two years of marriage, he still told her “goodnight honey” and gave her a kiss.
Tom enjoyed fishing, gardening, carpentry, attending social events and visiting with family and friends. In their younger years Tom and Ruby loved to dance. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
He will be greatly missed by his wife: Ruby of Lodgepole; son: Andy and wife Shelly Ramirez of Denver, CO; daughter: Benita Ramirez-Adams and husband Merle of Arapahoe, NE, son: Anthony Ramirez of Lodgepole; sisters: Maria Ramirez of Arizona and Jesusa Ramirez of Mexico City, Mexico; his in-laws: Nellie Rodriguez and Patty Zamora both of Kansas City, KS, Tony Barron and husband Charles of North Platte, NE, Mary Lou Robles and husband Reyes of Lexington, NE, Veronica Perez of Arapahoe, Jennie Blea of Atwood, CO, Susie Duarte and husband Jessie of Bertrand, NE and Bob Barron and wife Candy of Greeley, CO; (4) grandchildren: Autumn Ramirez, Christopher Petri, Thomas Adams and Tia Ramirez and (1) great-grandchild: Zoe Petri.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law: Jayne From, grandson: Jeremy Ramirez and numerous brothers, sisters and extended family members.

Lila Viola Adams

Lila Viola Adams, age 89, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died on March 2, 2016, at the CA Mues Good Samaritan Nursing Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska.
She was born on October 20, 1926, to Virtus & Joycie (Vise) Helton on the farm south of Cambridge, Nebraska. In 1937, the family moved to Beaver City and opened a café. Lila and her sisters worked many long hours in the café. She graduated from the Beaver City High School in 1943. Lila married Donald Adams on August 23, 1947.
Lila worked for the Farm Security Administration from 1943 to 1947, and as a secretary for the SAM and Adams Construction companies 1946 to 1987. She worked for county judge, Alva Zieme; Attorney-at-Law, George C. Proud; the Farmers’ Home Administration 1948-1952, the Bureau of Reclamation, and crew leader for the Department of Agriculture, Census Division for Furnas, Phelps, and part of Harlan Counties.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Arapahoe Women’s Club, the Order of Eastern Star, and Chapter CE P.E.O. Lila was a 4-H volunteer teaching sewing for many years and had served as chairman of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and on the Furnas County Board for Primary, General, and special elections.
Sewing was Lila’s special talent and many were recipients of her clothes, quilts, handiwork, and baby blankets. Lila also enjoyed traveling, making several pounds of Christmas candy for friends and customers, and playing cards.
She is survived by her son, Merle (Benita) Adams of Arapahoe; daughter Christine (Douglas) Snyder of Arapahoe; daughter-in-law, Melody Adams of Arapahoe; grandchildren: Rebecca (Kevin) Selin of Bellevue, Nebraska; Katherine (Logan) Dettmann of Waverly, Nebraska, Adam Snyder of Arapahoe, Grace Snyder of Fullerton, Nebraska; and Thomas Adams of Arapahoe; Great-grandchildren, Elinor Selin and Andrew Dettmann, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, her infant daughter, Dawn Elaine Adams; son Michael Adams; sisters, Belva Aspedon and brother-in-law, Fred, Bonnie Strickland and brother-in-law, Clifford; Vivian Harding, and brother-in-law, Verle Harding and James Goins, Brother, Vaughn Helton, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Don and Vera Faye Lewis.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Friday, March 4, 2016 from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Services were held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Becky Saddler officiating. Interment followed at Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, CA Mues Good Samaritan Center of Arapahoe, Aseracare Hospice. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, NE, was in charge of the arrangements.

Ryan Groene

Ryan Groene, 38, of Gothenburg passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at his home in Gothenburg following a courageous battle with cancer.
A fellowship gathering and Celebration of Life service was conducted at the Gothenburg High School on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Groene was born May 11, 1977, at Fremont, the son of Robin and Cathy (Vakiner) Groene.
He grew up at Howells and earned his bachelor of science degree in education at Wayne State College, and his master of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
On Aug. 5, 2000, he married Ashley Mues at Arapahoe. To this union, two children were born—Lunden and Beck.
Groene taught science and coached at Fort Calhoun Community School from 2001 to 2008, and was the junior high principal and curriculum director at Gothenburg Public Schools from 2008 to 2016.
He was a member of the NSEA, NCSA and was active with the NSAA as a state track official for 15 years. He was also a Gothenburg youth softball coach and attended the Crossing Fellowship.
Groene enjoyed spending time with his family, weekend getaways, time in the mountains and evening drives, according to family members. He liked everything football, especially the Huskers, Buffaloes and Denver Broncos. He also enjoyed attending sporting events, hiking in the Rocky Mountains and boating on the lake.
He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Elmer and Lila Groene, and Clifford and Alice Vakiner; his mother-in-law, Vicki Mues.
Survivors include: his wife, Ashley Groene of Gothenburg; his daughter, Lunden Groene; his son, Beck Groene; parents, Robin and Cathy Groene of Howells; three sisters—Brenda (Dave) Hegemann of Howells, Lisa (Tom) Holoubek of Clarkson and Tara Groene of Estes Park, CO; his parents-in-law, Noel Mues and Charlavee McCoy; brother-in-law, Brandon (Cherl) Mues of Fremont; nieces and nephews; numerous extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for his children’s education.

Jacqueline Leith Gydesen

Jacqueline Leith Gydesen, age 77, of Elwood, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born on September 23, 1938 at Elwood, Nebraska to Keith L. & Eleanor L. (Harm) Leggott.
She graduated from Elwood High School with the class of 1956. She attended Kearney State Teachers College in 1956 and graduated in 1958 with her teaching certificate. She married the love of her life Harlan on September 12, 1958, to this union 3 sons were born; Kent, Kelly, & Kern. They made their home in Elwood, Nebraska and they operated the Elwood Grain Co. for several years. She then went to work at the Elwood Care Center for 21 years until she retired. After retirement, she worked part time at Little Angels Daycare, was a member of American Legion Auxiliary for almost 48 years, lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Elwood, and watched her grandchildren’s activities.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband Harlan on January 30, 2016, her parents, sister-in-law Irene Smith & brother-in-law Duane Garton.
She is survived by her sons: Kent & wife Barb Gydesen of Lexington, Nebraska; Kelly & wife Carol Gydesen of Elwood, Nebraska; Kern & wife Mary Gydesen of Elwood, Nebraska; Grandchildren: Phoebe, Halle, Austin, Cooper and wife Brooklyn, Spencer, Taylor, & Jake; Sister: Jerri Garton of Callaway, Nebraska; Brother-In-Law: Donald Smith of Eugene, Oregon
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
No viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen.
Her husband Harlan passed away on January 30, 2016 and shared in a Celebration of Life for both of them on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11 AM at First Christian Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Phyllis Dunlop, officiating. Inurnment will be at the Elwood Cemetery at Elwood, Nebraska.  Memorials are suggested to Elwood Care Center. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Lee Stagemeyer,

Jerry Lee Stagemeyer, age 57, of Beaver City, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society, of Alma, Nebraska. He was born on September 20, 1958 at Oxford, Nebraska to Harold F. and Ethel M. (Hyke) Stagemeyer.
He attended school in Hendley and Wilsonville, Nebraska before going to Beaver City High School and graduating with the Class of 1977. During and after high school, he farmed for Fernan Radtke, and worked at Church Factory in Oxford, Nebraska, making church pews, and at New Age in Norton, Kansas. At age 21, he began working for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad and worked there for 35 years. He enjoyed trips to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota and ski trips in Colorado with friends. He loved watching football, especially Nebraska Cornhuskers and following the Southern Valley Eagles in all sports. He enjoyed yard work and was especially proud of his flowers. He was very generous at heart and had a contagious laugh.
He is preceded in death by his father Harold, brother Larry Harold, sisters Janet Faye Stagemeyer and Sueann Forbes, niece Katrina Trenchard and nephew Bobby Lee.
Survivors include his mother Ethel Stagemeyer of Beaver City, Nebraska
Sisters: Carol and husband Robert Lee of Norton, Kansas, Waunda & 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. Brother:, Randy and wife Mo Stagemeyer of Hendley, Nebraska
Numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburguneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska with family present from 5:30 PM till 7 PM. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Matthews Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Aseracare Hospice. Wenburg Funeral Home, of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances LaDora Morrill

Frances LaDora Morrill 92 passed away peacefully in Palm Desert, California on January 21, 2016. She was surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Holbrook, Nebraska. She went to college in Kansas City and was a teacher in a country school near the family farm. LaDora married Maurice Knee in 1943 and moved to Monument Valley Utah to help run the family trading post. Marla Jeanne and Michael Gary were born soon after. She then met and married the love of her life John Morrill in 1967 and lived in Littleton until John’s death 14 years later. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Jennie Ensle and her sister, Zetta Laverne McKenzie.
She is survived by her daughter, Marla Jeanne Gallagher and her son, Michael Knee. Grandchildren: Eleanor Gallagher, Peter Gallagher, Anna Fatali, Elizabeth Gallagher, Emily Gallagher, Nicole Feasby and Steven Knee. Great Grandchildren: Adriana Gallagher and Angelo Fatali.
LaDora enjoyed ballroom dancing, friends and her home. She had a great backyard and garden that were her pride and joy. She spent her best times in her home and working in the backyard. Her goal was to dance as often as possible and be independent until she couldn’t make it on her own any longer.
She was 2 weeks shy of her 93 birthday. Her memorial was held in Littleton, Colorado on Friday, January 29, 2016. Family requests memorial gifts be made to your favorite charity in her name.

Harlan Lee Gydesen

Harlan Lee Gydesen, age 82, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.  He was born May 26, 1933 at Ansley, Nebraska to Eugene H. and Evelyn L. (Gross) Smith. After the death of his mother Evelyn, he was adopted a year later by Amos & Gertrude Gydesen.
After Harlan’s schooling, he entered into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After his service he married Jacqueline Leggott on September 12, 1958, and to this union 3 sons were born, Kent, Kelly, & Kern. They made their home in Elwood, Nebraska, while he would work at the Elwood Filling Station, Elwood Grain Elevator and Gosper County Roads Department until he retired. Besides working, he would also drive a school bus for Elwood Public Schools for 30 years. He was a member of the Christian Church, American Legion, and the Volunteer Fire Department, all of Elwood.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law Irene Smith, and brother-in-law Duane Garton.
Harlan is survived by his wife: Jacqueline Gydesen of Elwood, Nebraska
Sons: Kent & wife Barb Gydesen of Lexington, Nebraska
Kelly & wife Carol Gydesen of Elwood, Nebraska
Kern & wife Mary Gydesen of Elwood, Nebraska
Grandchildren: Phoebe, Halle, Austin, Cooper and wife Brooklyn, Spencer, Taylor, & Jake
Brother: Donald Smith of Eugene, Oregon
Sister-in-Law: Jerri Garton of Callaway, Nebraska
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
No viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 11 AM at Elwood Christian Church in Elwood, Nebraska with Pastor Phyllis Dunlop, officiating. Inurnment will be at the Elwood Cemetery at Elwood, Nebraska. Military honors by the Elwood American Legion. Memorials are suggested to Elwood Area Foundation with designation to Elwood Schools Improvement Fund. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

 Ida Shafer

Ida Cathern Chappel Shafer was born August 28, 1932 and passed away on January 19, 2016.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Billy Shafer. Ida is survived by her daughters, Kim (Casey) Crayne and Pamela (William O’Donnell; granddaughter, Erin Galvin; great-granddaughters, Olivia Cathern and Norah Jean Galvin.
Celebration of Life planned for April 9, 2016 in their hometown of Edison NE.
Arbor Cremation Society, 2819 S 125th Ave, Ste 367,  Omaha NE  68144

David A. Cobb

David A. Cobb, age 68, of Cambridge, Nebraska passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 in Papillion, Nebraska. He was born August 20, 1947, in Hollister, California, to Robert & Patsy Ayer, and later he was adopted by Bill Cobb.
David grew up in many places as his father Bill was in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Virginia. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. After his service, he married Deborah Wilson at the United Methodist Church in Wilsonville, Nebraska. They lived in Denver, Colorado for a short time before moving to Cambridge, Nebraska. He worked for Tri-Valley Health System in Cambridge for 19 years in Data Entry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Randy Cobb, and his Sister-In-Law, Donella Harney.
He is survived by his wife Deborah of Cambridge, Nebraska; Daughter: Heather & husband Clinton Forsythe of Bernville, Pennsylvania; Sons: Jason & wife Lynsey Cobb of Lincoln, Nebraska; Travis Cobb of Papillion, Nebraska; Brother: Chris and wife Ruth Cobb of Atascadero, California; Sisters: Sondra and husband Niall Rogers of Florida; Janet husband Preston Cole of Washington; Jeanette Ayer of Denver, Colorado; Grandchildren: Melina, Jocelyn, Kendal, Caleb, Deyton, Ashlyn, Landon, Hadley, Lydia, Alexia, and Cameron.
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen.  Graveside services will be held Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 1 pm at the Wilsonville Cemetery in Wilsonville, Nebraska with  Pastor Jake Brower of Omaha, NE officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the American Legion and Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, NE is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Mues

Gary Mues, 73, of Abilene passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his residence. Memorial services were held at 9:30 A.M. Friday, January 15th at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene with Randy Estes officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 7457 W. Lake Road, Abilene, TX at 11:00 A.M.
Gary was born in Nebraska to Earl and Harriett Mues. In his early career, he worked in the oil and gas industry and finished his working days as greens keeper/maintenance for a golf course. Gary proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Constellation during the Vietnam Conflict.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Olivia and their daughter, Michelle Mues of Abilene. Also surviving Gary is his son, John Mues of Centennial, Colorado; Brother James Mues & wife Linda of Las Cruces, New Mexico; sister Marianne Mock of San Angelo. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Refugio Barrera & wife Elizabeth of Horizon City; Hortensia Jones & husband Vance of Balmorhea; Martha Molinar & husband Manuel of Van Horn and Harvey Barrera of San Angelo. Surviving Gary are numerous nieces and nephews who will forever remember their fun-loving uncle.
Gary was a lifetime Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, Nascar fan, music fan and in his earlier, healthier years enjoyed hunting and golfing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jean.
Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.
May Gary rest in peace as he remains in our hearts forever.
Online condolences may be given at www.hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene.

James E. Mues
Relatives here received word of the death of James Edward Mues on December 29, 2015 in Oregon. Jim was the youngest son of the late Edward Mues and Emilie Haussler Mues and lived north of Holbrook as a small boy. His brother Max and wife, Rayta Mues live at Golden, CO.

Cora A. Perkins

Cora Adeline Perkins, 90, Rapid City, peacefully passed away on December 30, 2015. Cora may now be reunited with her siblings Verna Ester Wells, Verle Ellis Hardenbrook, Dorothy Louise Dunlap, Eber Eugene Hardenbrook and George Lee Hardenbrook.
Cora has four surviving sons, Carl Lee Perkins, Clifford H. Perkins, Richard C. and his wife Sandra Perkins and Bruce W. and his wife Julie Perkins. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Janine Perkins Burns, Garth R.W. Perkins, whom are Clifford H. Perkins children and great grandchildren Chris Burns, Mia Burns whom are Janine Perkins Burns children; grandchildren Stephen Perkins and Michelle Perkins whom are Richard C. Perkins children and great grandchildren, Phedre Perkins and Agustin Perkins whom are Stephen Perkins children. Cora will be missed by us all.
Cora was able to live a long, rich, full life and was able to travel throughout Europe, the Mid-East and many states with her husband Roger C. Perkins and their children.
Cora spent her declining days under the thoughtful care of Golden Living Center Prairie Hills in Rapid City, SD.
Services for Cora will be held in the spring in Arapahoe, Nebraska where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved family members.
Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements and condolences may be conveyed to the family at behrenswilson.com.

James Edward Mues

James Edward Mues, 82, passed away early Tuesday morning, December 29, 2015 at Harney District Hospital.
Jim was born May 8, 1933 in Dalton, Cheyenne County, NE. He was the second of two boys born to Edward and Emily (Haussler) Mues, joining his older brother, Max.
In 1938, Edward and Emily moved their family to Idledale, CO and then in 1940, the family moved to Derby, CO, where Jim attended grade school and high school. He graduated from Adams City High School in 1951.
Following graduation, Jim joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea as a member of the 5th Field Artillery. He arrived in Korea shortly after the truce was signed, and spent much of his time driving jeep for various commanders and helping with South Korea’s reconstruction, participating in building churches, hospitals and orphanages. Jim was honorably discharged in April of 1955 and returned to the Denver, CO area.
It was in Denver that he met and fell in love with Marcy Ziegler, and on August 19, 1957, they were married. Over the next seven years, they welcomed their children, Dave, Jalyn and Scott, and settled into their home in Lakewood, CO.
In 1969, Jim and Marcy decided to move their family to Burns, where they had bought property the prior year. Jim began working in the woods for Edward Hines Lumber Company, and during every break-up in the spring, he would build on to the home on Red Barn Lane. Eventually, Jim began working for the Edward Hines road crew as “the powder monkey,” a job he truly loved, and he was involved in the building of many roads throughout the forests Hines logged.
When the logging industry began its decline in Harney County and Edward Hines shut down, Jim moved on to construction, working for William Foster Construction and Harney Rock and Paving.
In 1988, Jim was involved in a serious trucking accident that prompted his early retirement from construction. Jim loved spending time after school with his grandchildren. In turn, Emily, Sarah, Dylan and Maggie lovd keeping Grandma and Grandpa on the run. Jim and Marcy’s first great-grandchild, Silas, was born in 2013, and Silas’s sister, Quinn, joined the family in 2014. Family was, and continues to be, foremost in both Jim and Marcy’s hearts, and all were blessed to spend this last Christmas together.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marcy; his brother, Max and sister-in-law, Rayta Mues of Golden, CO; his son, Dave Mues and wife, Debbie; his daughter, Jalyn Thompson and her husband, Jake; grandchildren, Emily (Mues) Johnson and husband, Devin, Sarah Mues, Dylan Thompson and Maggie Thompson; his great-grandchildren, Silas and Quinn Johnson; his nephew, Dan; and nieces, Marla and Trudy; and the many friends he made throughout his life.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Emily Mues; father, Edward Mues; and son, Scott Mues.
Jim requested that no memorial service be held. In lieu of flowers, Jim requested that contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon, his favorite charity. Contributions can be mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Ivan E. “Ike” Snider,

Ivan E. “Ike” Snider, 58, of Holdrege, formerly of Holbrook, passed away Dec. 22, 2015 at home. He was born Dec. 30, 1956 to Ivan L. and Phyllis (Arnold) Snider at Lexington. He graduated from Beaver City High School with the class of “75”. He was married to Rhonda Becker and to this union three children were born, Karen, Clint and Justina. Ike worked for Shotkoski Hay Company in Lexington for many years, then moved to Holbrook and was employed by Reese Trucking. He was an outdoorsman and loved to camp, fish and hunt. He participated in the trap shooting league at the Arapahoe Area Izaak Walton Gun Club. Ike loved to spend time with family and friends and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play. He is survived by his parents of Alma; his three children, Karen (Troy) Tickle of North Platte; Clint (Brianne) Snider of Cozad and Justina (Jackson Johnson) Snider of McCook; grandchildren, Drew, Jenna and Sutton Tickle, Ashtyn, Bryson and Braiton Snider and Nudge; his loving companion, Karen Buettner; and her two sons, Niles (Nicole) Buettner and their daughter, Kortlyn all of Holdrege and Brett (Samantha) Buettner and their children, Merick and Blair of Loomis; four sisters, Mary (John) Weeder, Monie Burns all of Alma, Jody Audet of Castle Rock, CO and Vicky (Tim) Chapman of Edison; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his two dogs, Snide and Lady. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Todd. We want to thank all of his friends and family for their love and support through this journey. Online condolences may be shared at www.berrymanfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Arapahoe Area Izaak Walton Gun Club. A Celebration of Life was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad. Family burial will be at the Kearney Cemetery prior to the services. Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home.

Carl Richard DeVries

Carl Richard DeVries, age 89, of Cambridge, Nebraska formerly of Beaver City, passed away Monday, December 7, 2015, at the Cambridge Manor. He was born February 22, 1926, at rural Arapahoe, Nebraska to Tobias and Elsie (Hein) DeVries.
Carl attended school at Furnas County rural school District 12 and then continued his education in the Arapahoe Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1944. After high school he was drafted into and served two years in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre. He married Audre Butenschoen at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe on August 14, 1949. To this union four children were born; David, Curtis, Bruce, and Ann.
Carl and Audre own a farm northeast of Beaver City, NE and farmed and raised livestock for 38 years while raising their family there. After retirement, he helped build the Gazebo in the Beaver City Park, volunteered 1500 hours in the Yuma Regional Health Center in Yuma, AZ, and worked 7 summers at the Alaska State Park in Haines. He was always working in carpentry and helped remodel the First United Methodist Church in Beaver City, and built his own house.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Beaver City, Past Grange Master, Charter Lions Club member, NRD and Beaver City Public Schools board member. He was a seventh degree member of the National Grange.
He was preceded in death by his son Bruce, parents, brother Wayne and sister-in law Marilyn (Johnson), brother Jack, sister Phyllis Alexander and husband Stanley, brothers-in-law Raymond Bockerman, Richard Frogge and Harry Wilson, and sister-in-law Diane (Haussler).
He is survived by his wife Audre DeVries of Cambridge; Sons: David & wife Joni DeVries of Ogallala, Curtis & wife Catherine DeVries of San Diego, CA; Daughter: Ann & husband Buddy Schwartz of Angel Fire, NM; Sisters: Mary Bockerman of Arapahoe, Dorothy Wilson of Inland, Elsie Mae Frogge of Grand Island; Brothers: Bud & wife Gwen DeVries of Arapahoe, Glenn & wife Jo DeVries of Trumbull, Leonard & wife Wyoma DeVries of Inland, Harold & wife Kathy DeVries of Lincoln
Charles DeVries of Arapahoe.
Grandchildren: Andy and wife Laura DeVries, Nancy and husband Mike Hansen, Marcy and husband Zachary Thompson, Kimberly and husband Zachary Stahly. Great-grandchildren: Raelyn, Ryanna, Michael, Reegan, Cody, Cole, Johnathan, Aiden, Rihanna, Oakley, Malcolm, and Lincoln.
Numerous nieces and nephews.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
There was no viewing or visitation as cremation has been chosen. Memorial services were held on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 2 PM at Heritage Plaza Chapel in Cambridge and at 4 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Beaver City, NE with Pastors Becky Saddler & Bill Weaver, officiating. Private family inurnment was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Southern Valley FFA.

Merlin J. James

Merlin J. James, age 64, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away December 13, 2015 at his home. Merl was born on August 20, 1951 to Glen & Norma (McConnell) James at Norton, Kansas.
Merl started school in Hendley, Nebraska and then went to Holbrook Public Schools in Holbrook, Nebraska. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at an early age. He lived for a short time in Idaho, working at a window and storm door manufacturer. He would come back to the Arapahoe area and work for different farmers. In later years he would deliver the Kearney Hub in the Arapahoe area.
Merl enjoyed fishing, camping, reading, and listening to music. He was a member of the Hendley United Methodist Church.
Proceeded in death by his parents, half-brother Henry R. Railsback Jr. and many aunts, uncles, cousins.
He is survived by brothers: Melvin & wife Sharon James of Axtell, Nebraska; Mike James of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Sisters: Dona & husband Paul Laverack of Funk, Nebraska; Bobbi Upson of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Kathy Graf of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Polly Clay of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Uncle: Bill McConnell of Meridian, Idaho; And Many Nieces, Nephews, & Cousins.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorial services are being planned for Memorial weekend in 2016. Graveside service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hendley Cemetery in Hendley, NE. Wenburg Funeral Home of, Arapahoe, NE is in charge of arrangements. Inurnment will be at Hendley Cemetery at Hendley, Nebraska.

Michael D. Adams

Michael Dan Adams, born November 16, 1955, in McCook, Nebraska, to Donald D. & Lila V. (Helton) Adams passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska, at age 60.
Mike grew up in Arapahoe, Nebraska, and enjoyed the community activities that Arapahoe had to offer.  He attended Arapahoe Elementary school and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1974.  Mike was very active in the Boy Scout program and earned the distinction of Eagle Scout.
After high school he received appointments to both the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy.  He chose the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating in 1978 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  Before graduating, in 1977 Mike had the opportunity to participate in an exchange program between the Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  It was while Mike was at West Point that he met his future bride Melody.
In June 1978, he married Melody Hector of Swan Lake, New York.  They started their married life in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before going on to Enid, Oklahoma where Mike underwent pilot training at Vance Air Force Base.  After graduating from pilot training, Mike returned to Vance AFB as an instructor pilot teaching students to become new pilots in the T-38 aircraft.  During their time in Enid, Mike and Melody had their first daughter Rebecca.
In 1983 the family moved to San Antonio, TX where Mike taught Pilot Instructor Training at Randolph AFB.  Mike separated from the Air Force in 1985 to return to the family dirt contracting business.  He also joined the Nebraska Air National Guard in Lincoln, NE, in 1985 where he flew the RF-4 aircraft.  The family spent six months in Boise, Idaho, for Mike to learn to fly the different jet fighter.  Not too long following their return to Arapahoe from Boise, daughter Katherine was born.
The Nebraska Guard Unit changed aircraft and missions in 1996 and Mike was allowed to retire early.  He loved flying and his time at the Air Force Academy and West Point, as well as in the Air Force and Nebraska Air National Guard, making many lifelong friends.
Mike worked with Adams Construction Company serving as President of the Company for many years.  He loved serving people and working with them as he helped level ground, build roads, feedlots, dairies, airports, grain pads, and a host of other dirt contracting projects.
Mike was also very involved in community activities.  He was elected to the Arapahoe-Holbrook Board of Education for twelve years, several of which he served as president.  He was part of the First Central Bank Board of Directors for many years.  He worked hard for the Arapahoe Area Foundation, Arapahoe Airport Authority, Board of Trustees and Administrative Council of the Arapahoe United Methodist Church, and was very active in the Cambridge and Shelton UMCs.
Mike was an avid reader and history buff and enjoyed sharing his hobby with his family.  Summer vacations usually included a tour of a dirt job in progress as well as a stop by, at least one, historical site.  In addition, he was very passionate about his family and frequently encouraged them, proudly shared stories with and about them, and made memories with each and every one of them.
Mike leaves behind a lot of friends and relatives.  He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Adams, father-in-law Howard Hector, and infant sister Dawn Elaine Adams.  He is survived by his wife Melody of Arapahoe; daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Kevin Selin of Bellevue, NE; daughter Katherine and son-in-law Logan Dettmann of Waverly, NE; granddaughter Elinor Grace Selin of Bellevue and grandson Andrew Michael Dettmann of Waverly.  Also mourning Mike’s loss is his mother Lila Adams of Arapahoe; brother Merle and sister-in-law Benita Adams of Arapahoe; sister Christine and brother-in-law Douglas Snyder of Arapahoe; mother-in-law Georgia Hector of Arapahoe; brother-in-law Nelson and sister-in-law Susan Hector of Arapahoe; nephews Adam Snyder and Thomas Adams of Arapahoe; nieces Trina Hector of Arapahoe, and Grace Snyder of Fullerton, NE; and many cousins and friends from across the country.
Viewing and visitation will be Friday, December 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Services will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Revs. Alan Davis and Becky Saddler officiating.  Interment will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, NE, is in charge of the arrangements.

Dale L. Warner

Again the pale horse and rider has come to another home.  This time to take another rider safely home to the Lord.
Dale L Warner was taken home to the Lord on December 6, 2015.  He was born in Lebanon, NE at home on January 18, 1944 to Harry Warner and Aril Ankenman, He was 71 years old.
Dale grew up in Lebanon where he graduated from Beaver Valley HS in 1963.  He was united in marriage to Sharron Blickenstaff of Wilsonville, NE on September 18, 1964.  They made their home west of Wilsonville until 1967 when they moved south of Hendley to farm.  In 1983 they moved to Lebanon, NE where he worked for 3 Oaks Heating and plumbing in McCook, NE.  In 1986 Dale and Sharron become over the road team truck drivers until 1993 when they moved to Bozeman, MT where Dale continued to drive truck.  Dale and Sharon then moved to Weleetka, OK in 1997 where they raised cattle and he continued driving trucks.  In 2005 he retired and remained on the ranch until his death.  They were married 51 years.
Dale was a member of the Weleetka Baptist Church.  He enjoyed many things in life, such as hunting, motorcycling, shooting black powder, going to the lake to name a few but most of all he enjoyed his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Sharon of the home;  two daughters and their husbands, Sheila and Cline Worlow of Weleetka,OK, Gina and Shay Wise of Midland, TX;  five grandchildren, Caul, Bailee and Justice Worlow; Shaylyn and Kenzie Wise; One brother and wife Gail and Lori Warner of Holbrook, NE and one sister and husband Danny and Larry Blackmon of Bartley, NE; three sisters in laws; Frances Warner of Lebanon, NE, Barbara Blickenstaff of Arapahoe, NE, Betty Warner of McCook, NE.  One brother in law and wife Lowell and Ardyus , Smith Center, KS; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dean and Neal; Two sisters Virginia Shroder and Ramona Chambers.
Family visitation was Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Rogers Funeral home. Interment was at the Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, NE.
Family request memorial in the “Memory of Dale” be made to the charity of ones choice.

C. L. Hatch

C.L. Hatch, 65 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Hatch, as he was known by his friends, was born on November 24, 1950 in Grant, Nebraska, the second of five children born to Dean and Dorothy (Mutchie) Hatch. He received his education from Grant, Nebraska.
Following his education, Hatch was inducted into the United States Navy, and served his country stationed in Hawaii until his honorable discharge on June 29, 1971.
On June 19, 1970, he was united in marriage to Peggi Wilson in Grant. To this union two sons were born: Daren and Dager. The family made their home in Elwood, Nebraska, where Hatch was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad until he suffered a back injury in 1983. In 1993, Hatch and Peggi moved to Holdrege, where he was employed for several years by Gas-N-Shop prior to his retirement.
Hatch was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing with his two sons. He was a life member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy.
He leaves to celebrate his life; his wife of 45 years, Peggi Hatch of Holdrege; two sons: Daren Hatch and his wife, Kate of Elwood and Dager Hatch and his wife, Theresa of Atoka, Tennessee; three grandsons: Ryan, Kaiden, and Daegan Hatch of Atoka; his father, Dean Hatch of Grant; two brothers: Lynn Hatch and his wife, Rhonda of Lincoln, Nebraska and Larry Hatch and his wife, Leita of North Platte, Nebraska; two sisters: Loneta May and her husband, Bill of North Platte and Lisa Engel and her husband, Dave of Grant; two brothers-in-law, Mike Wilson and his wife, Barb of Des Moines, Iowa and Kevin Wilson and his wife, Julie of Alliance, Nebraska; many extended family members including: aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
The family is honoring Hatch’s wish for cremation. A time of fellowship to celebrate the life of Hatch will be held in the summer of 2016 and dates and time will be announced at a later date.
A memorial has been established in Hatch’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.

Billy Shafer
Dec. 20, 1922 – Nov. 21, 2015
Billy is survived by his wife, Ida (Chappell) Shafer; daughters, Kim (Casey) Crayne and Pamela (William) O’Donnell: granddaughter, Erin Galvin; great-granddaughters, Olivia and Norah Galvin.
Services to be held at a later date.

Wanda L. Meyerhoeffer

Hastings resident, Waunda L. Meyerhoeffer, 90, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at her home.
Services were Monday, November 30, 2015; 10:00 A.M. at Butler Volland Chapel, Hastings with The Rev. Dr. David B. McCarthy officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hastings. Memorials may be given to Second Presbyterian Church. Visitation was Sunday, November 29 with family present and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Waunda was born October 15, 1925 in Edison, Nebraska to Louis & Josephine (Dawson) Roepke. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1942. Waunda married Jack Meyerhoeffer on December 31, 1945. She was a homemaker and member of Second Presbyterian Church.
Waunda was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Lois, Neal, Leota, Lyle and Nita; granddaughter, Lindsey; and grandsons, Edward and Eric.
Survivors: Husband: Jack Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Children & Spouses: Cheryl & Terry Hinman – Coralville, IA; Robert Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Kathy & Chuck Hoffman – Lone Grove, OK; Thomas & Mary Anne Meyerhoeffer – Dickinson, ND; Terry Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Jack D. Meyerhoeffer – Hastings, NE; Christie & Joe Decker – Lone Grove, OK. Grandchildren: 14; Great-Grandchildren: 11; Great-Great-Grandchildren: 2 Sister: Lorena Ems – Arapahoe, NE.

Elmyra Irmgard (Jorges) Wolf

Elmyra Irmgard (Jorges) Wolf entered into God’s loving arms on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at her home.
She was born on October 30, 1930 south of Elwood, NE in the Salem community to Frank & Josephine (Heny) Jorges. She was baptized on November 16, 1930 at Salem Lutheran Church.
Elmyra attended Salem County School through the 8th grade. She married Donald C. Wolf on March 14, 1948. He preceded her in death in September 1996. To this marriage three daughters were born; Susan, Kathy & Debra.
Elmyra and Don purchased Schroeder Cleaners and owned Wolf Floral for about 16 years in Arapahoe, NE. They were known for the annual special “Christmas Tea” in December and the floats for the local parades. Elmyra also flocked Christmas trees as a special activity at Wolf Floral for many years. Her work was definitely a pleasure. She was known around the area for her wedding cakes and catering services. She had finesse for coordinating and designing every project she was involved with. All was done to countless hours of quilting she did for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each one was “special” by design and all were created with “love.” She was an avid seamstress. She was a hard worker and loved to garden and tend to her beautiful flowers in her yard, her passion. It was “perfection” and had to have “grandma’s” approval.
We all have memories of her “orange van” and many years of delivering flowers and cakes. Her pride and joy.
Her recipes and holiday traditions will be passed down for generations. Elmyra was known for her homemade pies, desserts, casseroles and anything that came from her kitchen was homemade and made with love.
She taught Sunday school, was a 4-H leader and gave ceramic lessons for several years. Elmyra enjoyed Hobby Club in her earlier years of life. Elmyra was an honorary member of the FFA and Republican Valley Pheasants Forever.
Her many journals she kept of her life over the years are so special and full of fond memories.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. One sister Nora June Lehmann & husband Sherman, four brothers Kenneth Schutz & wife Ardeth, Robert Schutz and wife Esther; Paul Schutz and his wife Harriett; Ted Schutz and wife Janet.
She leaves to mourn her passing three daughters: Susan Wolf of Albuquerque, NM; Kathy Leggott (Jim) of Plymouth, MN; Debra Breinig (Doug) of Cambridge, NE. Eight grandchildren: Tori (Tim) Hamill of Aurora, CO; Trey (Stephanie) Horton of Castle Rock, CO; Tracia (Cedric) Hawkins of Albuquerque, NM; Talana (Jeff) Howard of Ridgecrest, CA; Jared (Megan) Breinig of Johnstown, CO; Paige (Derek) McConville of Lexington, NE; Lyndsay Leggott of Plymouth, MN & J.D. Leggott of St. Louis Park, MN. Thirteen great grandchildren: Meaghan, Josie, Taryn, Koda, Kaylei, Dre, Jacob, Kendyl, Ashby, Trell, Avery, Bristol & Riggs. And numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She endured hardship in her life but never let that prevent her from taking that next step.
We can only imagine how much she will be missed by all of us and the lasting impressions she has left us with.
We love you mom and know you are in God’s loving care, until we meet again.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
There will be no viewing or visitation. Graveside Services was Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1 PM at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Ken Breinig, officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Vernon James Martin

   Vernon James Martin, age 71, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Nebraska.  He was born on February 7, 1944, in McCook, Nebraska to James V. and Mary (Pitner) Martin.
Vernon grew up on the family farm at Wilsonville, Nebraska. He attended school at Wilsonville High School and graduated with the Class of 1962. He furthered his education by attending McCook Community College and graduating in 1964 and then attended one year at University of Nebraska at Lincoln before returning to the family farm because of his father’s death. On September 20, 1969 he married Mary E. Bassford at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cambridge. While farming, he also worked for Cambridge Coop in Wilsonville & Cambridge. They moved to Arapahoe, Nebraska in 1972 while Vernon worked for Arapahoe Coop and then later worked as station manager at Holdrege Coop in Holdrege, Nebraska. After his retirement, he would then go to work for Arapahoe Telephone Company in Arapahoe, Nebraska until retiring in 2010. He also worked part-time mowing for the City of Arapahoe.
He enjoyed volunteering at the Crystal Theatre in Arapahoe, helping with the Arapahoe Show & Shine, and serving on the Arapahoe Cemetery Board. He was a member of the St. Germanus Catholic Church of Arapahoe, Golden Rod Car club, Knights of Columbus, and a 40 year member of the Arapahoe Fire Department.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents & brother Harold Martin.
He is survived by his wife Mary Martin of Arapahoe, Nebraska
Sons: Shane & wife Ann Martin of Seward, Nebraska
Travis & wife Jodi Martin of Omaha, Nebraska
Grandchildren: Ashley, Ayden, Trey, Macy, & Kate
Sister-in-law; Gloria Martin of California
And numerous nieces and nephews
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Viewing and visitation was Friday, November 20, 2015, at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the Church.  A Rosary service was held Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Germanus Catholic Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.  Funeral Mass was on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cambridge, Nebraska with Fr. Mark Pfeiffer officiating.  Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Cambridge, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Arapahoe Fire Department, St. Germanus Catholic Church, Crystal Theatre, or Arapahoe Show & Shine. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Orba Ruth Thomas Childs

Orba Ruth Thomas Childs (78) was born November 25, 1936 in Omaha, NE to Eva Thomas. She grew up in Furnas and Gosper County, graduating from high school at Elwood, NE. She married Richard L. Childs on November 7, 1954 in Elwood, NE. They were married 61 years.
She passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Laramie, WY while moving from Lexington, NE, back to Utah to reside closer to family.
Orba Ruth is survived by her husband, Richard (Dick) Childs; children, Roy Douglas (Jeri) Childs, Springview, UT; Sue Ann, Lincoln, NE; Terrie Lynn (Bill) Ferguson, North Ogden, UT; and Diane Kay (Bill) Kivi, Elgin, IL; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded by daughter, Laura Lee Childs in 1982; step-fathers, Eldon Worrell and Homer Rhinehart.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams RD, Bluffdale, UT. The family greeted friends during visitation prior to the service in Memorial Park Chapel. Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.

Robert O. Marshall

Robert O. Marshall, age 90, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Beaver City Manor & Assisted Living in Beaver City, Nebraska. He was born August 13, 1925 at the family farm north of Beaver City, Nebraska to Earl & Fern (Ventling) Marshall.
Bob grew up north of Beaver City and attended Beaver City High School and graduated with the Class of 1943. After his schooling, he helped his father farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. After his service, he married Evelyn Edwards and to this union 4 boys were born; Robert Michael, Earl John, David Eugene, & Stuart Lynn Marshall. Evelyn would pass away in 1958. He married Betty Yarrington and to this marriage one daughter was born, Roberta Ann Marshall. Besides farming and ranching, he also owned Bob Marshall Steel & Construction, doing construction work in Nebraska and Kansas. Because of health reason, he would move to the Beaver City Manor & Assisted Living in August of 2015.
Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, and Lion’s Club, all of Beaver City and enjoyed being a 4-H leader while his children were growing up.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Evelyn, brothers Glen, Wayne, & Harold Marshall, and sister-in-law Doris Marshall.
He is survived by wife Betty Marshall of Beaver City, Nebraska; Sons: Mick & wife Cindy Marshall of Holdrege, Nebraska; John Marshall of Yakama, Washington; Gene & wife Karen Marshall of Casa Grande, Arizona; Lynn & wife Margie Marshall of Omaha, Nebraska; Daughter: Roberta Marshall of Beaver City, Nebraska
Grandchildren: 8; Great-grandchildren: 18; Sister-In-Law: Mary Marshall of Hastings, Nebraska.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was Monday, November 16, 2015 at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska. Funeral services were held on November 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.

Vivian Joyce Rogers

Vivian Joyce Rogers, age 74, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Beaver City Assisted Living in Beaver City, Nebraska. She was born June 7, 1941 at Cambridge, Nebraska to Vaughn & Delores (Dillon) Meader.
Joyce grew up south of Wilsonville, Nebraska on Mocking Bird Hill where she also attended country school. They later moved to Holbrook, Nebraska and graduated from Holbrook High School with the class of 1958. After high school she went on to Hastings, Nebraska and attended Beautician School.
In 1963, she married Gary Rogers and two children were born to this union; Todd and Tonya. They helped run the family business, Rogers Grain Company for many years. Joyce was the secretary and bookkeeper. She also would work as a waitress for Rod Harding at the Panhandler restaurant in Beaver City. She worked at the ASCS office in Beaver City and the Beaver City Manor as a Dietician. While her daughter owned the Brandin Iron restaurant in Beaver City, she did the bookkeeping for the business.
She always enjoyed following her grandchildren in school activities and 4-H, helping car pool whenever she could. She was very active in the Beaver City Athletic Booster Club while her children were in school.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gary, brother Jim & Sonny Meader.
Joyce is survived by son Todd Rogers of Beaver City, Nebraska, daughter Tonya Sadd & Jim Paxton of Beaver City, Nebraska; Sister Connie Sowards of Manhattan, Kansas; Grandchildren Colin, Jessie, Mattie, Breann, Kattie, & Lane; Great-grandchildren are Rhett & Cody; Niece: Cindy & Brian Guffey of McPherson, Kansas; Nephew: Craig & Sandy Sowards of Norton, Kansas.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing and visitation was held Friday, October 30, 2015 from 10 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City, Nebraska. Graveside service was held on October 31, 2015 at 2 PM at Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City with Pastor Keith Theobald, officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Maria Teresa Clemente

  Maria Teresa Clemente, 58, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2015, as the result of a traffic accident near Arapahoe.
Maria was born April 10, 1957, in San Salvador, El Salvador, to Geronima Clemente Viudia De Ortiz.
She moved to the United States as a young woman. Maria was married to Mario Corzo on April 10, 1995, in Los Angeles, California.  Five children were blessed to this marriage; Ivonne, Jose, William, Byron, and Yesenia.  The family moved to Lexington, Nebraska in 1999.  She formerly worked at Tyson Fresh Meats, and just recently had been employed by Maschoff Hog Confinement Company near Arapahoe for the past several months.
Maria was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved to sing, go shopping, take walks, grow beautiful flowers, and was a great cook.  She had a teasing personality and always had a big smile when greeting family and friends.  Her family was her life, and she will be so very missed.
Survivors include her husband; Mario of Arapahoe, Nebraska; five children; Ivonne (Julio Cesar) Vazquez of Bellflower, California, Jose Mario Corzo of Omaha, Nebraska, William (Fabiola Calderon) Corzo of Dorchester, Nebraska, Byron Alexander Corzo of Arapahoe, Nebraska, and Yesenia (Elmer Leiva) Corzo of Lexington, Nebraska; also a special daughter, Cristina Mancera of Lexington, Nebraska; eleven grandchildren, Mike, Andrew, Nathan, Kayla, Genesis, Jose, Ariana, Mia, Zaylyn, Davis and Amy; along with her beloved brothers, and sister in El Salvador; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Maria was preceded in death by her mother, and one brother.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Vilma Cardenas officiating.
Burial will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Visitation will be Friday, October 23, 2015, from 2-7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.

Shirley Iva Burton-McCoy

Shirley Iva Burton-McCoy, age 87, died Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Nebraska. She enjoyed an independent lifestyle until the end of her life.
Shirley was born in the Burton family home in Arapahoe, Nebraska, on January 18, 1928, to Harry B. Burton and Adelma (Sailor) Burton. She graduated from Arapahoe Public High School in 1945 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a four-year Regent Scholar. Shirley obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education.
On August 14, 1950, Shirley married her high school sweetheart, James Doran “Jake” McCoy. Shirley and “Jake” raised their three daughters in Arapahoe and she enjoyed a long career as an educator at several schools in southwest Nebraska. Later, Shirley assisted her husband, “Jake”, at McCoy Auction and Real Estate.
Shirley was a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska, where she was Treasurer and participated in the Women’s Guild. She also was a Past President of Chapter CE, P.E.O. Sisterhood; Past Worthy Matron of Rena Chapter 212, Order of the Eastern Star; member of Daughters of the Nile; member of the Advisory Board for Order of the Rainbow for Girls; Treasurer of Furnas-Gosper Historical Museum Society; member of Furnas County Genealogical Society; and served on the Furnas County Election Counting Board.
Shirley was proud of her Nebraska and Furnas County heritage and enjoyed sharing her knowledge about local history with family and friends. She was forever grateful for the opportunity given to her to obtain her education degree and, over the years, treasured the calls and visits from former students. Shirley enjoyed entertaining and decorating her historic home in Arapahoe with antiques and always shared the stories about them. She was an avid Bridge player and for many years enjoyed daily luncheons at the Arapahoe Senior Center.
Three daughters survive her: Candace (Gary) Torrance of Monument, CO; Michelle (Russ) Olson of Stuart, NE; Stacia (Ron) Thayn of Lincoln, NE. She also is survived by six grandchildren: Natalie Torrance of Omaha, NE; Pierce Torrance, Monument, CO; Brock Olson, Newport, NE; Sara Olson (Adam) Axtell, Kearney, NE; Tynon Cope and Keeleigh Thayn, Lincoln, NE. In addition, she is survived by four great-grandchildren: Kinley and Brynn Olson and Reese and Cole Axtell. Shirley’s sisters-in-law, Lelia McCoy Haussler, Lucetta McCoy Andrews & Fran McCoy, also survive her as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Ben Burton, and her husband.
Memorials may be given to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Arapahoe-Holbrook Education Foundation.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com. Viewing and visitation was Friday, October 16, 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 were Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 10:30 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. Karen Watson, officiating. Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Jo Mousel Elizalde

Jo Mousel Elizalde passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Mesa, AZ. She was born on October 27, 1939 at McCook, NE to CK and Dorothy Mousel of Edison. She graduated from Edison High School in 1958 and went on to cosmotology school at McCook. She was married to Gary Swayze of Edison and to this union two children, Scott and Diane were born. They later divorced. Jo spent the last many years of her life living in Arizona. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Eloy, and daughter, Diane Swayze of Mesa, AZ, her sister Donna Taylor and husband Howard of Kearney and a brother Dan Mousel and wife, Mona of Eidson, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Scott Swayze. Cremation was chosen and private memorial services were held at Mesa, AZ.

Connie M. Brooks

Memorial Mass for Connie M. Brooks will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Smithfield, Nebraska with Father Thomas Lux officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at the Moses Hill Cemetery in rural Phelps County, Nebraska.
Constance Mae “Connie” Brooks, 64 years of age, of Bertrand, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, September 19th 2015, at her home in Bertrand. Connie was born February 16, 1951 in Holdrege, Nebraska, the eldest of three children born to Harry and Phyllis (Fox) Gardine. She received her education from Bertrand Community School, graduating from Bertrand High School with the class of 1969. She then pursued her passion for cosmetology and established her own beauty and fitness salon.
On October 5, 1974, Connie was united in marriage to Paul M. Brooks at the Chapel at Johnson Lake, Nebraska. The couple was blessed with five children: Chad, Angela, Amy, Dustin, and Tabatha. Most of their married life they resided at Bertrand. Connie devoted her life to caring for her children and being a homemaker. She also worked with her mother, Phyllis at the Alley Cat Restaurant and Bowling Alley.
She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Smithfield, where she an active member in the altar society. She loved her dogs, the outdoors, camping, and dancing with her husband and kids. Connie enjoyed traveling the world, visiting her family and friends. Spending time with her family was the most important thing in her life, a close second was shopping.
Connie was preceded in death by her father, Harry Gardine. She leaves to celebrate her life; her mother, Phyllis Maaske of Bertrand; her husband, Paul Brooks of Bertrand; her five children: Chad Brooks and his wife, Jenell and their two children: Taylor and Noah of Denver, Colorado; Angela Neill and her husband, Ross and their three children: Declan, Zoe, and Brogan of Dunn, North Carolina; Amy Furlong and her two children: Adyson and Jackson of Bertrand; Dustin Brooks and fiancé, Bernadette Gomez of San Antonio, Texas; and Tabatha Thorell and her husband, Tracy with their three children: Adrianna, Emilynn, and Omni of Loomis, Nebraska; two brothers: Mike Gardine and wife, Mary Jane and Steve Gardine all of Bertrand; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A memorial book signing will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege. Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established in Connie’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.

Bill Lane Mosbarger

Billie Lane Mosbarger (Bill), age73, passed away in Morrison Colorado on August 20, 2015.  Born in Holdrege on April 15, 1942 he was raised and lived most of his life in Furnas County.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford William Mosbarger, his mother Genevieve Rose Ann Mosbarger and Dee (Duane) Mosbarger his brother.  He is survived by sons Brent and wife Loretta Mosbarger and Brian and his wife Bridget Mosbarger, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He worked at many different occupations throughout his life and the last 12 years he worked and lived in the Denver area.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Graveside Services will be Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11 AM at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor George Probasco, officiating. Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Arvida Louise Warner

Arvida Louise Warner, age 82, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Beaver City, Nebraska. She was born to Floyd Guy & Gladys Irene (Stone) Weatherwax on March 29, 1933 three miles south of Hollinger, Nebraska on the Weatherwax Farm.
Arvida attended school at Beaver City High School and graduated with the class of 1950. She worked for a short time for the Furnas County Clerk, Roscoe Story. On January 3, 1951 she married Jerry D. Warner at Keesler Air Force Base at Biloxi, Mississippi. To this union four children were born; Nancy, Scott, Janice, & Joni. After Jerry served his country, they moved to a farm on the west side of Hendley, Nebraska. They would farm there for 10 years before buying and moving to the Courtright Farm on the west side of Beaver City, Nebraska.
Arvida kept busy raising a family and doing the bookkeeping for the farm and Warner Dirt Construction. She also worked for the Beaver City Manor as activities director and would help Jerry out on the farm whether running a truck during harvest or bring meals out for everyone.
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Hendley, United Methodist Church of Beaver City sharing her beautiful voice in the choir for many years, and Faith Community Church of Beaver City, PEO Chapter BV, Grange, Furnas County Genealogical Society, Federated Women’s Club, Furnas Co. American Legion Auxiliary, and the Beaver City Tree Board. She was one of the founders of, and volunteered many hours at the Beaver City Thrift Store that began in 1988. Regardless of the many groups she was involved in along with the busy life as a farmer’s wife, she always made time to follow her grandchildren’s activities.
Arvida was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Ivan Royce & Irvin Lee Weatherwax, sister Arlene Pittman, son-in-laws Owen James McDougal III and John Hershey Nelson.
She is survived by her husband Jerry D. Warner of Beaver City, Nebraska, daughter Nancy & husband Jack Becker of Beaver City, Nebraska, son Scott & wife Kim Warner of Kansas City, Missouri, daughters Janice & husband Bob Byrns of Lexington, Nebraska & Joni Warner-McCoy of Hastings, NE; Eight grandchildren Tara & husband Trevin Seng, Joshua & wife Amanda Becker, JayCe & husband Mike Minarik, Jacob Becker, Jayden Warner, Hannah & husband JC Kleewein, Colton McCoy, & Levi McCoy; Fifteen great-grandchildren and several special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be no viewing or visitation as it was Arvida’s wishes for cremation. Celebration of Life will be Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 11 AM at the Faith Community Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Pastor Daryl Kats, officiating. Private family inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be sent to wenburgfuneralhome.com

Fred Hoffman

Fred Hoffman, age 91, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, Nebraska. He was born September 14, 1923 on a farm near Culbertson, NE, the seventh of ten children, to Jacob and Kathryn (Bell) Hoffman.
Fred completed his education at St. Francis, KS. On August 27, 1943 he married Lorraine Roth in McCook, NE, and to this 65 year union one son, Jerry, and one daughter, Judy, were born.
In the fall of 1946, Fred moved his family to Arapahoe and established Fred’s Body Shop. Shortly after, he built a building in downtown Arapahoe, where he added a Kaiser-Fraiser auto dealership and a Massey Harris implement dealership. In the mid-1950’s, Fred added a livestock trucking business, while continuing to run the garage. Later, he sold the garage to focus on trucking. In 1967 he sold his trucking business and decided to go into farming and continued this venture until retirement. After his retirement he lost his leg in a farming accident, but this did not interfere with his life plans; he continued to play golf, travel, and spend winters in Arizona with his wife. Fred was truly dedicated to his family, committed to his work, and determined to create a better life for his family.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorraine, his daughter Judy, his brothers Art, Sam, Abe, and Elmer, and his sisters Lydia, Marie, Martha, and Lillian.
Fred is survived by son, Jerry and wife Diane of Cambridge, NE; sister Rose Stovall of Las Vegas, NV; three grandchildren, Maryka and husband Todd Weverka of Arapahoe, NE, JF and wife Alicia Hoffman of Elkhorn, NE, and Jordan Gallner of Omaha; six great grandchildren Caden and Brielle Weverka, Shea, Sid, and Summer Hoffman, and Makenzie Gallner.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center and First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Friday, September 18, 2015 from 2 PM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe, Nebraska, the casket will be closed. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Becky Saddler, officiating. Interment will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Leroy Lewis

Kenneth Leroy Lewis, age 71 of Cambridge passed away at the Cambridge Manor in Cambridge on Sunday, September 6, 2015.  He was born on the family farm in Chase County near Wauneta, Nebraska on November 12, 1943 to Elmer and Leretta (Bush) Lewis.  Kenneth was the youngest of ten children.  He attended country school through the eighth grade, and then went to high school in Wauneta graduating from Wauneta High School in 1961.  He was an outstanding athlete during his high school career.
Kenneth was baptized at an early age in the Wauneta Methodist Church.  He worked various farm jobs in the area, later getting a job at the Beverly Elevator.  It was there that he met Joanne Moncrief.  The couple married on March 21, 1964 and celebrated there 51st anniversary this year.  To this union two sons were born: Anthony Quinn and Bradley Dean.
While Kenneth worked on farms and ranches, the couple made there home in several towns in their married life, Ogallala, North Platte, Eddyville all in Nebraska; Clay Center, Kansas.  Kenneth got a job with the Nebraska Department of Roads in Gothenburg working his was through the many jobs and finally retiring as the Supervisor.
In 1983, the couple bought the Bowling Center in Cambridge, changing the name to Trojan Lanes, the high school mascot.  Kenneth loved owning his own business for 20 years, making many friends along the way.  He enjoyed each day with the bowlers in the leagues.  Kenneth sold the Trojan Lanes, after having open heart surgery and could no longer keep up with the long hours due to his health.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; son Anthony Quinn “Tony” in 1989:  sisters: Lorene Greeley, Vera Remington; brother: Glen Lewis: brothers-in-law: Paul 
Greeley; Worth Kanost; Victor Wicke and Ed Bass.
He is survived by his wife Joanne “Jo” Lewis; son Brad and wife Michele Lewis all of 
Cambridge; brothers: Loyd and wife Doris Lewis of Lincoln, NE; John and wife Frances Lewis of Wauneta, NE; Jim and wife Charleen Lewis of Avoca, IA; sisters: Los Kanost, Reva Wicke both of Wauneta, NE; Nadine Bass of Haysville, KS; brothers-in-law: Richard Remington of Minden. NE; Robert and Sandi Moncrief of Kearney, Ne: sisters-in-law: Charlotte and husband Tommy Palmer of Brady, NE Beverly and husband Gordon Fitzwater of Denver, CO; seven grandchildren: Taylor Lewis, Jericca and husband Emil Kates, Taron Lewis, Ryann and Brady Lewis, Torey Fleischer and Trevor Fleischer; great—grandchild: Ariel Jo along with many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Nebraska with Pastor Jeff Wulf officiating.  Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Wauneta, Nebraska at 1:00 MST.  Memorials may be left in Kenneth’s name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.  Friends may leave on-line condolences at lockenour.com.

Gertrude H. Fox

Gertrude H. Fox, age 103, of Elwood, Nebraska passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska.   She was born on a farm south of Elwood, Nebraska on March 4, 1912 to Fred H. & Rose A. (Berndt) Harm.
She was the fifth child in a family of six. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church south of Elwood, Nebraska and at the age of 5 attended school in District 16 for grades 1-6 and then attended parochial school in 7th & 8th grade. She attended Elwood High School and graduated with a class of 21 in 1930. She had earned her certificate to teach in rural school for 3 years. She taught in District 16 Gosper County for 2 years and then taught at Wilkeyville, District 53 in Gosper County for 1 year. Her certificate expired and she went to Hastings College to renew it for 3 more years. She continued to teach in the Wilkeyville School for three more years.
She met Ralph Fox of Smithfield, Nebraska and were united in marriage on March 7, 1936. She discontinued teaching and they moved on the family farm which they later purchased and lived there for 54 years while being active in all the farming chores. She was very active in the neighborhood affairs. She belonged to PTA in school and the neighborhood Merry Mixer Club and card club for 50 years. She enjoyed dancing.
In 1938, she joined St. John’s Catholic Church in Smithfield, Nebraska of which she was a member of until her passing. She was very active in her church. She held various offices in the Altar Society and was director of the Church Choir for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Ladies DCCW and held the office of International Affairs for 17years. She was very interested in working for the Missions and was honorary member of the Columban Father Missionary Society of Columbus. In 1993, they sold the farm and bought a home in Elwood, Nebraska. Ralph passed away in 2003 and she continued to live at home until moving to Elwood Care Center and Assisted Living in 2015.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph, brothers Lester, Clarence, William, Paul, and one sister Hilda Stark. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Viewing and visitation was held Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 4 PM until 8 PM at the Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska and prior to Rosary at the church.  Rosary was Friday, September 4, 2015 at 2 PM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Smithfield, Nebraska. Mass was Friday, September 4, 2015, at 3 PM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Smithfield, Nebraska with Father Thomas Lux, officiating.  Interment was at the Elwood Cemetery, at Elwood, Nebraska. Elwood Funeral Home of Elwood, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.  

Helen Ruth Gehring   

Helen Ruth Gehring, age 87, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on the family farm north of Holbrook, Nebraska on June 13, 1928 to Christoph Julius and Alvina Katherine (Walter) Haussler.
She was baptized in the Christian faith on July 8, 1928 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church northwest of Arapahoe.  She attended parochial school for eight years and was confirmed in that church on May 18, 1941. She graduated from Holbrook High School in 1945. After graduation, she taught in a rural school for two years northwest of Holbrook. She married Gordon Edward Gehring on May 11, 1947. Two children were born to this union; Neal Howard and Beth Irene.
Helen and Gordon lived on a farm northeast of Arapahoe until his death in 1989. She then moved into Arapahoe. She worked for a short time at a local grocery store in Arapahoe and then was employed with the local bank for 26 years and retired as Vice President and head of the installment loan department. After her retirement from the bank, she was employed at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Nursing Home for a short time. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, walking, and singing.
During her retirement she spent countless hours of volunteer work in the community and her church. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe and served nine years on the executive board of the District LWML. She was a past president of the Arapahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Nebraska Chapter of National Association of Bank Women. She served as treasurer and work financial audits for several organizations.  She was a member of the Nebraska Pride Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. In May of 2004, the chorus was honored to sing at the dedication of the National World War II Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C. She did extensive traveling in the United States as well as foreign countries. Two of the trips were concert trips, one to Australia and New Zealand for the 150th anniversary of the Lutheran Church in New Zealand and one to Israel for the Trimillenium of Jerusalem. She was able to see the “Passion” play in Germany in 2000.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon, brother Hugo Haussler, sisters; Margaret McCulloch, Katherine Brennan, & Wilma Pauline Taylor, nine brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law.
She leaves to mourn her son Neal and wife Cindy Gehring of Casper, Wyoming and daughter; Beth and husband Wayne Young of Austin, Texas; Sisters: Leona Schievelbein of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Julia Thomas of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mildred Snider of Redmond, Washington,   two sisters-in-law; Grandchildren: Heather and husband Brent Jurgenson of Casper, Wyoming, Ryan & wife Katie Gehring of Denver, Colorado, Kimberley Young and husband Jonathan Sprinkle of Austin, Texas, Jocelyn and husband Tim Pylant of Houston, Texas; Great-grandchildren; Paisley, Royce, Piper, Marlee, Sebastian, and Addison and many nieces and nephews.
Condolences or personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Visitation was Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 2 PM until 8 PM at the Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services was Monday August 31, 2015, at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating.  Interment was at the Arapahoe Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church or C.A. Mues Samaritan Center of Arapahoe, NE. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.

Bill Mosbarger

Billie Lane Mosbarger (Bill), passed away in Morrison Colorado on August 20, 2015.  Born in Holdrege on April 15, 1942 he was raised and lived most of his life in Furnas County.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford William Mosbarger, his mother Genevieve Rose Ann Mosbarger and Dee (Duane) Mosbarger his brother.  He is survived by sons Brent and wife Loretta Mosbarger and Brian and his wife Bridget Mosbarger, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He worked at many different occupations throughout his life and the last 12 years he worked and lived in the Denver area.

Laretta B. “Lori” Chapin

Celebration of Life Services for Laretta B. “Lori” Chapin will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westmark Evangelical Free Church, northwest of Loomis, Nebraska with Pastors Jeff Scherer and Rick Smith officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Arapahoe Cemetery at Arapahoe, Nebraska, at a later date.
Laretta B. “Lori” Chapin, 63 years of age of Loomis, passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, after a courageous four month battle with cancer. Lori was born January 11, 1952 at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Nebraska, to Reinhold and Tillie (Jorgensen) Helms. She was baptized in February of 1952, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Arapahoe and later confirmed in May of 1966, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe. She received her primary education and graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1970. Following her graduation, she attended Business classes in Denver, Colorado.
On October 23, 1977, Lori was united in marriage to Floyd Chapin in Holdrege, Nebraska. To this union three children were born: Kevin, Mary and Luke. Lori worked for MNB Insurance Company in Benkelman, Nebraska for 17 years. In 2012, Lori and Floyd began to make their home in Loomis.
Lori enjoyed spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She attended Westmark Evangelical Free Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edith and Wayne Chapin; brother-in-law, Paul Wendland; and sister-in-laws: Debbie Hunt and Sharon Helms.
Lori leaves to celebrate her life; her husband, Floyd Chapin of Loomis; children: Kevin Chapin of Holdrege, Mary Wisnieski and her husband, Steve of Bellevue, Nebraska and Luke Chapin and his wife, Amber of Lincoln, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Christian Chapin, Julianna Wisnieski, and Joey, Carmela and Penny Chapin; sister, Bernice Wendland of Lincoln; brother, Marvin Helms of Culbertson, Nebraska; brothers-in-law, Barry Hunt of Lebanon, Kansas and Richard Farris and his wife, Judy of Aurora, Colorado; sister-in-law, Roma Grube and her husband, Stan of Kearney, Nebraska; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
There will be no visitation or memorial book signing. The family has honored Lori’s wish for cremation.
A memorial has been established in Lori’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.

Marion Jean Ahrens

Marion Jean Ahrens, age 83 of Kerrville, Texas passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 in a local hospital. She was born August 7, 1931 in Hendley, Nebraska to Theo C. Batchelor and Mary Rebecca (Schooler) Batchelor. She married Floyd “Bud” Conley on November, 29, 1947.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bud Conley; daughter, Delores “Dee” Snyder; brother, Theo Lee Batchelor; sister, Florance Ann Gleason; a great-grandchild; a nephew; and sister-in-law, Louella Partain and brother-in-law, Bobby Martin.
On June 18, 1978, she married Harvey O. Ahrens. He survives along with daughter, Diane James and husband, Keith of McCook, Nebraska; son, Dan Conley and wife, Judy of Kerrville, Texas; sister, Burdella Martin of Arapahoe, Nebraska; step-sons, Bob Ahrens and wife, Leslie of Columbus, Nebraska, Randy Ahrens and wife, Judy, Terry Ahrens and Brad Ahrens, all of Kearney, Nebraska; step-daughters, Pat Squier and husband, Wayne of Ankeny, Iowa and Vickie Ahrens of Austin, Texas; brother-in-law, Leonard Ahrens of Kearney, Nebraska; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Friday, August 21, 1:30 PM at Hendley Cemetery in Hendley, Nebraska.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.
Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Selma C. Carskadon-Hauxwell

Selma C. Carskadon-Hauxwell, age 99, of Arapahoe, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Nebraska. She was born on October 1, 1915 on a farm near Orleans, Nebraska to August F. & Gezena M. (Von Hallen) Broeker.
When Selma was six years old the family moved to a farm southwest of Edison, Nebraska. She attended District 105 for her grade school years and then graduated from Edison High School as the Salutatorian. She later attended Business College at Hastings, Nebraska. She secured a position with Farm Security Administration. She then met her future husband Ihling “Brick” Carskadon, they were married on September 25, 1942 while he served in the U.S. Army. During his stretch in the Army, Selma came home to Arapahoe and worked at the office of Attorney George Proud. After Brick returned from the service in 1946, they moved to Genoa, Nebraska to farm. In 1949, they moved to the Broeker family farm, in which they farmed there until 1973. Her husband passed away in 1975 at which time they were residing in Arapahoe. After her husband’s death, she worked at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe as a Certified Aide. In 1980, she met and married Jay Hauxwell from McCook, Nebraska. They resided in Arapahoe until his death in 2001. She was a leader for 4-H club & Girls Scouts while being a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Red Cross.
Selma is preceded in death by her husbands parents, Ihling “Brick” Carskadon & Jay Hauxwell, step-son Wayne Hauxwell and one step-granddaughter.
Selma is survived by her son: Lee & wife Georgene Carskadon of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughter: Linda & husband Col. Sam Schutte (USA Ret.) of Malcolm, Nebraska; step-son: Richard & wife Jeanie Hauxwell of McCook, Nebraska; Douglas & wife Carol Hauxwell of McCook, Nebraska; Ronald & wife Bonnie Hauxwell of Springfield, Missouri; Neal & wife Margie Hauxwell, of McCook, Nebraska; step-daughter: Janet & husband Dale Heimer of McCook, Nebraska; grandchildren: David & wife Julie Carskadon of Edgewater, Maryland; Karey Schutte of Lakewood, Colorado; Amy & husband Phil Graham of Syracuse, Nebraska; great-grandson: Hayden Carskadon; two great-granddaughters: Anna Rose and Zoie Lee Graham; step-grandchildren: 15;    step-great-grandchildren: 29; step-great-great-grandchildren: 4; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing & visitation was on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be (today) Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Arapahoe Christian Church in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Pastor Ken Breinig, officiating. Interment will be at Arapahoe Cemetery, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.

Jack L. Blauvelt

Jack Lee Blauvelt, 80, of McCook, NE, passed away July 11, 2015 at his home surrounded by family.
He was born June 18, 1935 in Holbrook, NE to Harry and Verna (Graning) Blauvelt.
Jack entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict on May 1, 1953 and was honorably discharged on October 6, 1956.  Following his return from overseas, he became an over the road truck driver. Jack married Joyce M. Webster in 1957 and to this union three children were born: Tammy, Steve and Chris.  On September 23, 1978 Jack married Valerie Koller in Arapahoe and to this union added three more children Darcie, Dawn and Mark.  In the early 1970’s, Jack joined the Burlington Northern Railroad.  He worked 18 years before retiring from the railroad in 1990.  He then became owner of Jack’s Place, retiring in 2010.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, playing cards and loved dogs.  Jack was an avid football fan of the Huskers, Broncos and 49ers.   Family was very important to him and he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jack was a member of the Church of Christ in Arapahoe.
Surviving him are wife, Valerie J. Blauvelt of McCook, NE; two sons, Steve and wife Sue Blauvelt of Elmwood, NE and Mark and wife Amy Hurdle of McCook, NE; four daughters, Tammy and husband John Ernst of Council Bluffs, IA, Christiane Longley of Bellingham, WA, Darcie and husband Rick Johnson of Culbertson, NE, and Dawn and husband Travis Roger of Jackson, NJ, brothers Lyle Blauvelt of McCook, NE and Paul and wife Linda Blauvelt of Holdrege, NE, sisters Lila Mae Ellis of Kearney, NE, Harriet and husband Larry Hornady of Kearney, NE and Thelma and husband Charles Dunlap of Kearney, NE.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Turvey; infant sister, Ruth; grandson, Patrick Lawson; brother-in-law, Tommy Ellis; and sister-in-law, Rosalie Blauvelt.
Memorial services were held 2:00 p.m on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home with Dave Davison officiating. Inurnment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Community Healthcare and Hospice, 1301 East H St, McCook, NE 69001.
Friends may send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home 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.

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