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CHAMBERLIN, Arden H., 87, Kearney, formerly of Mason City, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Burial: Mason City Cemetery
Memorials: veterans home
Born: Oct. 8, 1915, in Sherman County
Parents: Dwight and Elizabeth (Funston) Chamberlin
Education: graduated from Mason City High School, 1933
Farmed with his father.
Military: served in the U.S. Army during World War II, 1941-1945; was awarded a Purple Heart; after discharge, returned to family farm
Employment: was a barber in Kearney; also lived in Alliance and in Knoxville, Tenn. Returned to Kearney; was a truck driver for area haymills and was an apartment landlord until he retired
Had been a resident at Northridge Retirement Community in Kearney before entering the veterans' home in Grand Island
Survivors include: his son, Terry of Jefferson County, Tenn.; brother, Melvin of Grand Island; sisters, Mildred Hensel of Kearney and Lucile Burns of Mason City; three granddaughters; and special friend, Frances Fessler of Sutton; Preceded in death by a son and a brother
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HUNGERFORD, Dale R., 48, Kearney, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Westerville Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: his children's education fund
Born April 24, 1954, in Alliance
Parents: to Lester and LaVerne (Steiner) Hungerford
Childhood: grew up in Wilcox, graduated from Wilcox Public School, 1972
Education: attended Kearney State College; Graduated from the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., in 1987
Married: Feb. 16, 1991, to Julie Mills in Westerville
Employment: lived in Kearney, was a police officer with the Kearney Police Department for 22 years; Achieved the rank of sergeant while serving with the department; Was also an EMT and CPR instructor
Activities: member of the church and the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department; Enjoyed gardening and had recently completed the master gardener course
Survivors include: his wife; son, Skyler of Kearney; daughter, Hannah of Kearney; brothers, James of Nice, Calif. and Robert of Californian; sisters, Lesley Hinn of Rushville, Barbara Philips of Kearney and Suzanne Leners of Marquette, Kan.; Preceded in death by his parents.
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NELSON, Jean Helen, 88, Broomfield, Colorado, formerly of Gibbon, Neb., died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Avista Hospital in Louisville
Services: Wednesday in Broomfield
Burial: Friday, Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Godberson in Gibbon
Born Feb. 14, 1915, in the Gibbon area
Parents: John and Jennie (Reinholdson) Nutter
Childhood: grew up in the Gibbon area
Education: graduated from Gibbon High School in 1932; attended Hastings (Neb.) College and graduated in 1939 with a degree in sociology
Employment: worked for Nebraska Social Services from 1939 to 1942
Married: Aug. 31, 1942, to Yale Nelson
The couple lived in Colorado.
Activities: member of the United Church of Broomfield and the Historical Society of Buffalo County in Nebraska; enjoyed sewing, travel, family genealogy and spending time with family
Survivors include: husband; sons, Robert of Broomfield, Steven of Firestone and Thomas of Superior; daughter, Lyn Nelson-Heins of Broomfield; and six grandchildren; Preceded in death by three brothers and eight sisters
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CLASSEN, William T., 92, Blue Hill, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Blue Hill Care Center
Services: Friday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Blue Hill
Burial: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Blue Hill, military rites by A. L. Shirley Post 176 American Legion of Blue Hill
Mortuary: Merten-Butler in Blue Hill
Memorials: church building fund
Born July 24, 1910 near Glenvil in Adams County
Parents:George and Emma (Schlupman) Classen
Childhood: attended District 75 in Adams County through eighth grade; graduated from Glenvil High School, 1928
Married: Aug. 3, 1941, to Mildred Krueger in Blue Hill
Military: served in the U.S. Army during World War II, 1942-1945 with the 37th Airways Detachment
Education: graduated from Hastings College, 1947; received a Master's from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1951
Employment: taught rural schools in Adams and Clay counties, 1930-1942; Was principal and coach, then superintendent and coach at Holstein Public Schools, 1946-1950; Was also superintendent at Clay Center, Shelby, Pleasanton and Trumbull, and guidance counselor at Adams Central High School, retiring in 1975; Nuckolls County superintendent, 1979-1991; worked with the Blue Hill Meals on Wheels Program, 1977-1994
Activities: past member of the Nebraska Teachers Association, National Education Association, Nebraska Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Professional Organization, Kearney Area Teacher's Association, Polk, Clay and Adams County Teachers' Associations and Nebraska Personnel and Guidance Association; member of the church and the American Legion Post, both in Blue Hill
Survivors include: wife; son, Ted of Loup City; daughters, Julia Prochaska of Shelton and Suzanne Kohmetscher of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters
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MERCER, Eileen, 73, rural Kearney died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at her home southeast of Kearney
Services: Saturday, First Lutheran Church, Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials : the church or the Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice Program
Born March 7, 1930, in Kearney
Parents: Emmet and Marguerite (Patterson) Crawford
Education: graduated from Kearney High School, 1947; attended Kearney State College
Married: Nov. 7, 1948, to Richard Mercer in Kearney
They farmed southeast of Kearney
Activities: member of the church in Kearney, the Kearney Garden Club, Nebraska Cattlewomen and the National Cattlewomen's Association; Enjoyed gardening and spending time with family
Survivors include: husband, sons, Steve of Kearney and Scott of Gibbon; daughter, Sandra Navarro of Aurora, Colo.; and six grandchildren; Preceded in death by her parents
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DADY, Rick "Ricky", 53, Kearney, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: an athletic scholarship being set up in his name
Born June 1, 1949, in Kearney
Parents: Gale and Ollie (Whitney) Dady
Education: graduated Kearney High School, 1967
Employment: was employed at Broadfoot Sand and Gravel and then at Dad's Tavern. Activities: member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 2722 and a social member of the American Legion; Enjoyed sports, especially the Fighting Irish.
Survivors include: parents; brothers, Harmon of Kearney and Dennis of Michigan; sister, Robin Rodriguez of Kearney; and special friend, Lyla Snider of Kearney
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NELSON, G. Elizabeth "Betty", 81, Yakima, Washington, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died of cancer Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Memorial services: April 26, Terrace Heights Chapel of Valley Hills Funeral Home in Yakima
Memorials: American Cancer Society
Born Nov. 4, 1921, in Canby, Minn.
Parents: Oscar and Clara (Qualley) Tompson
Education: attended grade school in Salt Lake City; Family moved to New Orleans, where she attended high school; Graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1941
Taught high school band and chorus in Sioux City, Iowa, for five years
Married: Aug. 24, 1946, to Harlan Nelson in Sioux City. From 1960 to 1972, they lived in Kearney
Couple moved to Yakima in 1972, where she worked for Snelling and Snelling Employment Agency as a professional counselor and retired in 1985. For eight years, she spoke at high schools and colleges.
Activities: volunteered in A.A.U.W., Order of Eastern Star, Pacific Northwest Personnel Management Association, American Society of Personnel Administrators, PTA, United Fund, Diversified Occupation Advisory Board, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, County Republican Party, Alternative School Citizen's Advisory Board, Mayor's Advisory Committee, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hospital Service League, Miss Nebraska Pageant, Newcomers Club, the chamber of commerce, Soroptimist International of Yakima and many church activities, including church choir and teaching Sunday school
Awards included the Thumbs Up Volunteer of the Year Award from the chamber of commerce for two consecutive years, first-runner-up for Mrs. Wyoming, Who's Who in American Women, Personalities of the West and Midwest, and Volunteer of the Year from the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was recognized for instituting a program for rheumatic fever control, developing a citywide bicycle safety program and supporting the YVCC Scholarship Fund
Enjoyed gardening, golfing, needlepoint, music, knitting, bridge, crossword puzzles, sewing and reading
Survivors include: husband; sons, Tom and Dave, both of Denver, and Mike of Yakima; brother, George Thompson of North Carolina; and three grandchildren
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ELIZALDE, Roberto, 33, Gibbon, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, in Gibbon
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
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McCANN, Matthew J., 32, Santa Fe, New Mexico, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Friday, April 4, 2003, at his home
Memorial services: Friday, United Methodist Church in St. Paul, Neb.
Burial of cremains: Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul
Mortuary: Peters in St Paul
Born April 4, 1971, in St. Paul
Parents: Bob and Ruth (Birginal) McCann
Education: graduated from St. Paul High School, 1989; Received a degree in sports recreation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1993
Employment: In Ames, Iowa, he worked as a counselor in a group home for abused teens; Returned to Kearney, 1995, worked in the UNK admissions office
Received his master's degree in education administration from UNK, 1999
Moved to Bennington, Vt., and worked at Bennington College
Returned to Kearney, 2002, and moved to Santa Fe later that year
Activities: enjoyed Cornhusker football, weight lifting, deer hunting and spending time with family.
Survivors include: brothers, Michael of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mitchell of St. Paul and Mark of Medera, Calif.; sisters, Mikki Dobberstine of Lincoln, Mindy Saalfeld of McCook and Marcie Greenwalt of Allen, Tex.; Preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents
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HOUSE, Joan, 61, Kearney, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at her home
Services: Friday, Godberson Mortuary in Gibbon
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Memorials: the Arthritis Foundation of Nebraska
Born March 11, 1942, in Dixon, Illinois
Parents: Donald and Lorraine (Hackbarth) KRUG
Education: grew up in the Rock Falls, Ill., area, graduated from high school there in 1960; attended Patricia Stevens Finishing School
Married: May 20, 1962, to Gary House; later divorced.
Moved to Kearney, 1977; Had been employed at Wal-Mart in Kearney since it opened.
Activities: enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, crafts and sewing.
Survivors include: daughters, Kathy Bishop of Gibbon and Kim Ward of Omaha; brothers, Don, Larry and John Krug, all of Illinois, and David Krug of Indiana; sisters, Sharon Janssen and Carol Shore both of Illinois and Sue Marner of Indiana; and three grandsons; Preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother
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DeLAET, C. Joe, 71, Kearney died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his home
Services: Monday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: Riverdale Cemetery, military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and American Legion Post 52
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the church
Born July 30, 1931, in Kearney
Parents: William and Dora (Finke) DeLaet
Education: graduated from Longfellow High School, 1949
Military: served in the U.S. Navy, 1951-1954; was on the USS Renshaw during the Korean War; witnessed the first hydrogen bomb test at Eniwetok in the Pacific Ocean
Returned to Kearney and worked for Spelts Lumber Co.
Married: June 26, 1957, to Dorothy Mess
Employment: owned and operated DeLaet Electric Co. from 1972 until he retired in 1994
Activities: member of the church, the Kearney Homebuilders Association, West Central Nebraska Homebuilders Association and several professional organizations. He was a member of the church Lutheran Laymen's League, served on the board of trustees and board of elders, and was a member of the men's Bible study group
Survivors include: wife; sons, Gregory and Douglas, both of Kearney, and Brian of Denver; brother, Ed of Kearney; sisters, Dorothy Sikes of Kearney and Betty Sorensen of Ravenna; and 11 grandchildren; Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters
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KEEFER, Donna Rae, 69, Cambridge, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Services: Monday, St. James Catholic Church, Kearney
Burial of cremains: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Mortuary: Lockenour-Jones of Cambridge
Memorials: Kearney Catholic High School Wrestling Team or the American Heart Association for Stroke Research
Born Nov. 20, 1933, in Albion
Parents: Ray and Senada (Redler) WHEELER
Education: graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in Columbus, 1951
Married: May 31, 1954, to Richard Keefer
They lived in Columbus; moved to Holdrege, 1964; moved moved to Kearney, 1966
Employment: at the Old Home Bread Store; also worked for the University of Nebraska at Kearney food service
Couple retired and moved to Harry Strunk Lake near Cambridge in 1991.
Activities: member of St. John the Baptist Church in Cambridge for 12 years. She was a former member of the church in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed gardening, canning and making jellies, and family activities; was a wrestling fan.
Survivors include: husband; sons, Rick of Gibbon, Tim of Bellevue and Scott of Kearney; daughters, Kris of Stafford, Va., Kay Oliver of Auburn and Lisa Andrist of Gibbon; sister, Dianne Foltz of Verdigre; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild
Preceded in death by her parents and a brother
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LAMBERT, Marceline Faye, 74, of Sterling, Colorado, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, in Sterling
Services: Saturday, Tennant Funeral Home, Sterling
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Sterling
Memorials: Hospice of the Plains
Born Jun 3, 1928, in Kearney
Parents: Clarence and Mildred (Stoltnow) Trivelpiece
Education: attended school in Nebraska
Married: June 19, 1944, to Gerald Lambert in Holdrege, Neb.
Activities: enjoyed spending time with family
Survivors include: husband; sons, Jerry and James; daughters, Barbara Schaefer, Janet Coyne, Denise Rogers and Donna Hatch; sisters, Junita Swafford, Velma Grassmeyer and Joan Heinrichy; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her parents, a daughter and a granddaughter
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HELWICK, Harold H., 74, Kearney died Friday, April 11, 2003, at his daughter's home near Shelton
Services: Tuesday, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and American Legion Post 52
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the church
Born May 18, 1928, in New Orleans
Parents: Harold Sr. and Mary (Palmisano) Helwick
Education: attended school in New Orleans
Military: U.S. Navy, 1945 - 1947; Re-entered the service in 1949, served in the U.S. Army until 1952
Married: Sept. 23, 1954, to Janice Mullen in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Lived in Kirwin, Kan., Mississippi, Junction City, Kan.; moved to Gibbon/Kearney area, 1980.
Married: to Mary Chism in Kearney
Employment: was a salesman for Deterding Pool and Spa for 12 years; retired in 1998
Activities: a member of the church, the Knights of Columbus in Kearney and the American Legion Post in Gibbon
Survivors include: wife; sons, Harold of Hastings and John of Lincoln; daughters, Linda Van Zandt of Checotah, Okla., Janet Graham and Shirley Steele, both of Shelton, Theresa of Cleveland and Robyn of Kearney; sisters, Delphine Hughes and Mary Lou Wallace, both of Loveland, Colo., and Loni Johnson of North Platte; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; stepson, Mark Chism of Fullerton; and stepdaughters, Julie Chism of Central City and Leanne Chism of Stockton, Calif.
Preceded in death by first wife, July 31, 1993, and by a grandson
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WARNKE, Marilyn, 80, Battle Ground, Washington, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Parkway North Care Center in Battle Ground
Services: Saturday, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home in Lincoln, Neb.
Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials: Alzheimer's Foundation
Born Nov. 22, 1922, in Lincoln
Parents: Charles and Opal (Benjamin) KLINE
Education: graduated from high school in Lincoln, 1940
Married: Norman Warnke during World War II
Couple lived in Lincoln; Austin, Texas; and Fredericksburg, Va., before moving to Ravenna, Neb., where they raised game birds
Activities: member of Zion United Methodist Church near Ravenna
Survivors include: sons, Michael of South Carolina and Steve of Austin; daughters, Rosemary Rowand of Vancouver, Wash., Carol Rainey of Weatherford, Texas, and Lorene Radolinski of King George, Va.; brothers, John Kline of Lincoln and Richard Kline of Savannah, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild
Preceded in death by her husband
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McINROY, Lester Ward, 88, Nevada, Missouri, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Barone Alzheimer Care Center in Nevada
Burial of cremains: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada
Born Aug. 9, 1914, in Kearney
Parents: Oscar and Jessie McInroy
Had lived in rural Kearney most of his life
Married: March 5, 1936, to Treva Laue in Elm Creek, Neb.
Employment: was a farmer and cattle buyer and raised cattle and show horses; retired in 1981 and moved to Kearney, where he owned racehorses until 1986; moved to Nevada, Missouri, 1997
Activities: a member of the Nevada Eagles and a past member of the Nebraska Elks Association
Survivors include: wife; son, Richard of Milo, Mo.; daughter, Janna Schworer of Omaha; sisters, Betty LeValley and Gladys Dixon, both of Denver; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters
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RILEY, Janis Marie, 46, Franklin died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at her home
Services: Wednesday, Hutchins Funeral Chapel, Franklin
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin
Born Dec. 23, 1956, in Kearney
Parents: Fred and Phyllis (Schulz) Flesner
Education: attended Kearney Public Schools
Employment: was employed at Paxar in Holdrege for 14 years
Had lived in Kearney and Alma and had lived in Franklin for 14 years
Activities: member of First Baptist Church in Kearney and American Legion Jr. Auxiliary Unit 52 in Kearney
Survivors include: sons, Darin of Minden and Damien of Franklin; daughter, Tina of Franklin; her mother of Republican City; brother, Terry Flesner of Funk; sister, Arvenia Weaver of Duncan; and three grandchildren
Preceded in death by her father and an infant brother
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STUEHM, Harold D., 78, Kearney, formerly of Hildreth, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hildreth
Burial: Hildreth Lutheran Cemetery near Hildreth
Mortuary: Jelden-Layton in Hildreth
Born May 19, 1924, on a farm north of Hildreth
Parents: Henry and Nellie (Krumwiede) Stuehm
Education: attended District 38 until eighth grade; graduated from Hildreth High School, 1941
Married: Feb. 27, 1948, to Matilda Fritson
They lived and farmed northwest of Hildreth; Moved to Kearney in 2002; He entered St. Luke's Home in Kearney 2003
Activities: enjoyed farming and raising cattle, especially shorthorns, his horses, and playing cards; member of the church; Served on the church council several times and taught Sunday school, was a 4-H leader for several years and was a faithful Bible reader
Survivors include: wife; son, David of Wilcox; daughters, Linda Olsen of Brighton, Colo., and Valerie Erickson and Nadine Panter, both of Kearney; sister, Helen Francisco of Minden; and 11 grandchildren
Preceded in death by an infant sister
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BALDWIN, Fern, 92, Kearney, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: private
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials: donor's choice
Born June 17, 1910, in Westby, Wis.
Parents: Adolph and Edna HOLTE
Education: was trained in fashion and design, sold her interest in her business when she married
Married: 1944 to J. A. Baldwin
The couple lived in Ashland, Wis., where their automotive filter business, J. A. Baldwin Manufacturing Co., began; Moved to Kearney, 1953, built a new filter manufacturing business
Activities: a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney
Survivors include: son, Robert Farquhar of Kearney, brother, Quinten Holte of Woodruff, Wis.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandsons
Preceded in death by her husband in 1982
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BRISTOL, Dorothy L., 94, Kearney died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Kearney Church of Christ
Burial: Ansley Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: donor's choice
Born Aug. 17, 1908, in Greeley County
Parents: Cornelius and Lydia (Eschliman) MILLER
Education: attended school in Greeley County; helped her parents on the farm
Married: March 7, 1928, to Ernest Bristol in Ord
They farmed for many years in the Ansley area
Widowed in 1965; moved to Kearney in 1971
Activities: member of the church in Kearney; enjoyed flower gardening, quilting, crocheting and spending time with family.
Survivors include: her son, Max of Kearney; daughters, Phyllis Branstiter of Overton and Melva Florea of Round Rock, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; stepdaughter, Olive Schultz of Arcadia; and stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her husband, a son, two brothers, 9 sisters, two great-grandchildren, two stepsons and two stepdaughters
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SULEIMAN, Marganita Ishow, 89, Kearney, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at her home
Services: Friday, St. George Orthodox Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the church
Born July 1, 1913, in Van, Turkey
Parents: Daoud and Anna (Kheno) Ishow
Education: in Kirkuk, Iraq
Married: Nov. 10, 1932, to Marco Suleiman in Baghdad, Iraq
She lived in Kirkuk until moving to Amman, Jordan, 1991; lived there six months
Emigrated to the United States in April 1992; became a U. S. citizen Aug. 22, 1998
Activities: member of St. George Church in Iraq and became a member of the church in Kearney; member of the St. George Ladies Society.
Survivors include: sons, William and Bob, both of Kearney; daughters, Soreya and Glades, both of Kearney, Beauty Piccirilli of Orchard Lake, Mich., Caroline Brennan of Trevose, Pa., Olga Steckel of New Orleans, Daly Xenou of Athens, Greece, and Wilhalmina Shmouel of Amman; brother, Norman Ishow of Chicago; sister, Maryam Ishow of London; and 15 grandchildren; Preceded in death by her on Oct. 8, 1979, and by a daughter
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PROCHASKA, Betty, 80, Ravenna, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Monday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Feb. 6, 1923, in Ravenna
Parents: George and Goldie (McKinney) ARNOLD
Education: attended Nantasket Grade School; graduated from Ravenna High School
Married: Oct. 22, 1941,to William Prochaska in Kearney
They lived on a farm in Schneider Township until retiring, 1976
Activities: member of the church and the South Ravenna Women's Club
Survivors include her son, Roger of Ravenna; daughter, Sherry Foley of Kearney; sisters, Alice Betke and Shirley Keelan, both of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 10, 1999, and a brother
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BIESCHKE, Ronald D., 66, 3506 14th Ave., Kearney, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Born Dec. 30, 1936, in Ida Grove, Iowa
Parents: Gerald and Arlene (LaFebre) Bieschke
Childhood: grew up in Arthur, Iowa; attended school there
Married: Feb. 15, 1984, to Joel Butolph in Greeley, Colo.
Lived in Kearney
Employment: WR Grace and Walnut Grove Feeds; with wife owned Creative Community Promotions
Activities: member of the Masons, Kearney Elks Club, Kiwanis and Stormchasers hockey fan club and was an associate member of the American Legion; a Kearney High School Bearcats soccer supporter and fan
Survivors include: wife; sons, Chavet Sikes and Derek, both of Kearney; daughters, Karen Wallace of Holdrege, Terri Edwards of Fredricktown, Mo., and Tammy Jenkins of North Platte; his mother, Arlene Albers of Sioux City, Iowa; brother, Larry of Sioux City; sisters, Rhonda Parker of Sioux City and Connie Silebrect of Arthur, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by his father
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INGRAM, Harold Dwain "Tor", 71, Kearney, formerly of Overton, died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Reynolds-Love Chapel, Lexington
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington
Memorials: the Lexington Baseball Association, First United Presbyterian Church in Kearney or the donor's choice
Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Odessa
Parents: Henry Del and Mable (Sear) Ingram
The family moved to Lexington, his father became a partner with Bus Greenlee, owning and operating a Mobil gas station and purchasing farmland
Childhood: as a young boy, was honored to be the batboy for the Lexington baseball team on which his father played; treasure the memory of a trip to Denver when the team participated in the Denver Post Tournament
Education: attended Lexington Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1949; loved playing basketball, was a member of the Lexington High School basketball team. After attending the University of Nebraska, returned to Lexington and worked for his father
Military: member of the Lexington unit of the Nebraska National Guard
Married: Aug. 23, 1953, to Susan Bock, daughter of Louis Edward Bock and Portia (Jeffrey) Bock of Smithfield
Moved to Overton in 1975; maintained the Overton Golf Course; enjoyed planting trees, mowing and visiting with members and other players at the golf course. Due to his failing health, he and Susan moved to Kearney, November, 2001. He resided at St. John's Good Samaritan Center from August 2002 until the time of his death.
Activities: watching his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers and the New York Yankees, spending time with his grandchildren
Survivors include: wife, Susan Ingram, Kearney; two sons, Jeff (Paula) Ingram, Overton, John (Terri) Ingram, Omaha; one daughter, Pamela (John) Knapple, Lexington; six grandchildren, Amber Ingram, Ashley Ingram, Thomas Ingram and Laura Ingram, all of Omaha, Brook Wind, Champagne, Ill., and Travis Wind, Hollywood, Calif.; one great-granddaughter, Hailey Ingram, Omaha; and one sister, Joyce Speak, Ogden, Utah; Preceded in death by his parents, Del and Mable, sister, Frances Serafin and an infant sister, Adel
Lexington Clipper-Herald, 23 April, 2003

WEDDLE, Walter E., 78, Upland, formerly of Kearney, died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at his daughter's home in Upland
Services: Wednesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites by Kearney American Legion Post 52 and Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759
Born Sept. 8, 1924, in Kearney
Parents: Amos and Lille (Barlow) Weddle
Education: graduated from Kearney High School in 1942; attended Kearney State College
Military: served in the U.S. Army, 1943-1946; served in the 96th Infantry Division in World War II; fought in the Philippines in the Leyte Campaign
Married: April 28, 1949, to Mary Jean Van Dyke in Natchez, Miss.
Couple lived in Kearney
Employment: self-employed contractor, then worked for Central Contracting Co. until retirment
Had lived with his daughter in Upland for three years
Activities: member of VFW Post 759; enjoyed nature, going for rides, keeping up with current events and spending time with family
Survivors include: daughters, Barbara of Upland and Beverly of Minneapolis; and brother, Wilbern of Wooster, Ohio; Preceded in death by his wife, 1998
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BROWN, Reed J., 50, Kearney, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at his home
Services: Thursday, Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia
Burial: Arcadia Cemetery, military rites by Arcadia American Legion Post 251
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: an educational fund to be established for his children
Born April 4, 1953, in Loup City
Parents: Robert and Ruth (Packard) Brown
Education: graduated from Arcadia High School, 1971; attended Kearney State College
Military: served in the U.S. Navy, 1971-1975 in Vietnam
Married: June 30, 1984, to Brenda Ingram in Kearney
Employment: plumber for Anderson Brothers Plumbing and Heating
Activities: enjoyed metal detecting, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with family
Survivors include: his son, Derek of Kearney; daughter, Tana of Kearney; his mother of Arcadia; and sisters, Georgia Lehn and Brenda Hawley, both of Grand Island, and Judy Keough of Arcadia; Preceded in death by his father, a brother and his grandparents.
Kearney Hub, 23 April, 2003

CARLSON, Imogene L., 76, of Kearney, formerly of Elm Creek, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Graveside memorial services: Saturday May 10, Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice
Born Sept. 7, 1926, in Manhattan, Kan.
Parents: Cass and Margaret (Toothman) BELL
Education: attended school in Scottsbluff
Married: 1944 to Donald Peterson in Seattle
Married: 1948 to Earl Gugle
They lived in Holdrege and farmed until her husband's death
Married: July 14, 1973 to Rodney Carlson; the couple owned Rod's Golf Shops in Las Vegas for 27 years
Survivors include: her son, Terry Gugle of Manhattan; daughter, Vicki Peterson of Holdrege; brother, Keith Bell of Elm Creek; sisters, June Bieje of Harbor City, Calif., and Winnie Enquist of Elm Creek; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by her husbands, infant brother and an infant grandson
Kearney Hub, 8 May, 2003

FOX, Donald E. "Don", 98, Kearney, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Saturday, Zion Lutheran Church
Burial: Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials : Don Fox Scholarship Fund at UNK or to the church
Born Jan. 1, 1905, in Elberon, Iowa
Parents: John and Anna (Ludvicek) Fox
Education: graduated from high school in Livermore, Iowa, 1923; from the University of Iowa, 1927; received his master's degree and doctorate from UI
Married: 1931, to Arlene Cole
Employment: taught social science at Holdrege High School, 1927-1936; taught at Kearney State College for 38 years; was dean of natural and social sciences
Married: 1965 to Viola Burman
Retired in 1973
Awards: received the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, 1973; received the Nebraska Schoolmasters Club Distinguished Service Award, 1983; the Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry, 1990; 1970, received a Certificate of Commendation from the Nebraska National Guard for helping rescue a stranded person during the flood of the Republican River in 1935
Activities: member of the church, the American Chemical Society, National Education Organization, National Education Association, Nebraska State Education Association and National Science Teachers Association; enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and trapping
Survivors include: wife; and sisters, Geneva Martin of Livermore and Edith Stone of Miami, Fla.; Preceded in death by his first wife, five brothers and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 25 April, 2003

GOODCHUCK, Ada M., 86, Hays, Kansas, died Monday, April 21, 2003, at her home
Services: Wednesday, North Oak Community Church in Hays
Burial: Wakeeney City Cemetery
Memorials: Community Assistance Center or the Homer B. Reed Center in Hays
Born April 25, 1916, in Graham County, Kan.
Parents: Benjamin and Lillian (Griffith) SUMMERS
Married: May 1, 1932, to Archie Goodchuck in Wakeeney
Employment: homemaker and seamstress
Activities: former member of the Church of Christ in Kearney, Neb.
Survivors include: son, Gary of Hays; daughter, Gracene Bailey of Kearney; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild; Preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 22, 1984, and by a daughter, a brother and two sisters.
Kearney Hub, 23 April, 2003

JENSEN, Lester R., 91, 5616 Fourth Ave., Kearney, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Monday, Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: the church building fund
Born Oct. 11, 1911, in Winnetoon
Parents: Neils and Selma (Gruchow) Jensen
Childhood and education: grew up in Kearney and graduated from Longfellow High School.
Married: Jan. 1, 1936, to Thelma Patterson
The couple lived in Kearney
Employment: was employed at Kearney Hatchery, which he later owned; expanded the business into Kearney Hatchery and Poultry Farms
Activities: member of the church, photo club, trailer club and the State Poultry Association; served as poultry judge at the Buffalo County Fair; enjoyed baseball, fishing, spending time with family, winters in Lake Havasu, Ariz., and trips with the trailer club and bus tours.
Survivors include: wife; son, Gary of Martinsville, Ind.; daughter, Eudeanne Bramson of Casper, Wyo.; brothers, Don of Beaverton, Ore., and Larry of Yorba Linda, Calif.; sister, Ruth Washko of North Hollywood, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by a brother and a sister
Kearney Hub, 26 April, 2003

KITT, Theron, 24, Wauneta, formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial
Services: Saturday, Wauneta High School Gymnasium
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta
Mortuary: Liewer of Imperial
Born Aug. 2, 1978, in Benkelman
Parents: Kirby and Polly Kitt
Graduated from Wauneta/Palisade Schools
Was involved in many sports, won several medals; established a state record in the 2x100 meter relay
Education: attended Chadron State College, was on the football team there; transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, was a cornerback on the Loper football team; graduated in 2002 with a degree in business administration
Activities: enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on the farm
Survivors include: daughter, Bailey Devall of Bassett; father and stepmother, Kirby and Mary of Wauneta; mother and stepfather, Polly and Al Gunther of Bloomfield; brothers, Kallan of Kearney and Will Engell of Bloomfield; sisters, Kristi McNair of Imperial and Beth of Kearney; grandmothers, Donnaline Kitt of Wauneta and Shirley Rothwell of Arthur; stepbrothers, Cody Gunther of Lakewood, Colo. and Nathan Rauch of Wauneta; stepsisters, Cassie Gunther of Lakewood, Colo. and Megan Rauch of Wauneta; and fianc‚e, Brittany Devall of Bassett; Preceded in death by his grandfathers
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2003

MYERS, Clifford Gene, 53, Elm Creek, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Born May 28, 1949, in Kearney
Parents: Clifford and Elaine (Rogers) Myers
Was a lifetime resident of the Elm Creek area
Education: graduated from Elm Creek High School, 1968
Employment: was employed at Western Alfalfa Haymill, Elm Creek
Activities: enjoyed hunting and fishing
Survivors include: sons, Clifford Jr. and Christopher, both of Elm Creek; his mother of Elm Creek; brothers, Edward of Mad River, Calif., and Steven of White Falls, Texas; and 10 grandchildren; Preceded in death by his father, a brother, a sister, a grandson and a granddaughter.
Kearney Hub, 26 April, 2003

ASHBY, M. Rebecca, 93, Kearney, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at Mount Carmel Home
Services: Tuesday, First United Methodist Church Burial: Hildreth Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the church
Born July 22, 1909, in Hildreth
Parents: Woodson and Nellie (Neff) Ashby
Childhood: was raised by her grandmother and an uncle and aunt
Education: graduated from Hildreth High School, 1927; attended Kearney State Teachers College, obtained a certificate to teach in rural schools; attended summer classes each year until she received her degree from KSTC, 1937.
Employment: taught near Hildreth for three years and then in Naponee, Dorchester, Gibbon, Franklin and other schools; taught vocational home economics for many years at Kearney Junior High School; supervised the Kearney Public Schools hot lunch program for several years
Retired in 1973; Moved to an assisted-living home in Kearney, 1998, remained there until she moved to Mount Carmel in 2000
Activities: member of the church in Kearney, the United Methodist Women, was a past member of the Eastern Star, the Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma; Enjoyed traveling
Survivors include: nephews, nieces and special friend, Doris Bailey of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2003

CLOYED, Dorothy L., 97, of Kearney died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: later
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born: Nov. 8, 1905, in Knoxville, Iowa
Parents: Loren and Nancy (Sherwood) SNOW
Education: graduated from Knoxville High School, 1922
Married: April 1927, to Lawrence Cloyed in Knoxville
The couple lived in Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Blakesburg and Burlington, Iowa, before moving to Lake Park, Fla., in 1966; husband died, 1977
She lived in North Carolina, Riverside, Iowa; then moved to Kearney, early 1990s.
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church and Eastern Star; In Blakesburg, Iowa, established a public library board; In Burlington, she served on the public school board
Survivors include: sons, Richard of Kearney, Keith of Boone, N.C., and John of Riverside; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by a son and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 29 April, 2003

MALCOM, Carol A., 52, 5 Elm Drive, Kearney, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at her home
Services: Friday, Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials: Nebraska Children's Home
Born Jan. 14, 1951, in Broken Bow
Parents: Earl and Opal (Martin) GOVIER
Education: graduated from high school in Edmonds, Wash.; graduated from Warner Pacific in Portland, Ore.; received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific; received master's degree in maternal child nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, 1989
Married: June 25, 1977, to Clint Malcom in Edmonds
Employment: taught for two years at Anderson (Ind.) College; employed at Kearney State College and later at the UNMC in Kearney teaching nursing
Activities: member of the church in Kearney, was Nebraska Student Nurse Adviser for UNMC in Kearney and a member of Band Parents Association, ANA, NNA, District IV Nurses Association, District IV Scholarship Committee, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and the National Honor Society; enjoyed gardening and stamping
Survivors include: husband; son, Austin of Kearney; daughter, Amy of Kearney; her parents of Edmonds.; and sister, Kathleen Cook of Big Sandy, Mont.
Kearney Hub, 1 May, 2003

McCONNELL, Inez, 100, Kearney, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial services: Friday, First Presbyterian Church
Burial: National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Va.
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Kearney Women's Club, the church or the Salvation Army
Born Dec. 9, 1902, in Decatur County, Kan.
Parents: Lawrence and Sadie (Chambers) FOSSLER
Education: graduated from Cheyenne County High School, St. Francis, Kan., 1921
Taught school in Ravenna
Married: June 3, 1932, to Homer McConnell in Minden
They later lived in Yoder, Wyo., and Aurora, Colo.
Worked as a communication specialist at Camp Knight, Calif. during World War II; also worked as a trolley car operator in Oakland
Was trained and sworn in as a member of the shore patrol at the Oakland Army Base; processed prisoners of war brought to the Bay area from North Africa; was stationed at the Port of Embarkation in San Francisco, 1942-1943 with the War Department's Civilian Auxiliary to the Military Police
They moved to Charlotte, N. C. after the war; Moved to Washington, D. C., 1955
Earned a library certification from South Carolina's College for Women and did graduate studies in library science at American Catholic University in Washington; worked for many years as a librarian in the Bethesda, Md., school district.
Couple moved to Kearney, 1977
Activities: member of the church in Kearney, the Women's club, Retired Teachers, F.N. Chapter of PEO, Buffalo County Historical Society, AARP, Life member of the Alumni Association of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Daughters of the Soddies in Colby, Kan.; Enjoyed reading, writing short stories and poetry; recently won a statewide women's club poetry contest
Preceded in death by her husband, and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 1 May, 2003

MOFFETT, Robert G. "Bob", 66, Wood River, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at his home
Graveside services: Wednesday, Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, military rites by the North Platte American Legion
Mortuary: Livingston-Sondermann, Grand Island
Memorials: American Cancer Society, St. Francis Hospice or the donor's choice
Born Oct. 7, 1936, north of Gibbon
Parents: Robert and Helen (McTavish) Moffett
Education: graduated from Wood River High School, 1954
Military: served in the U.S. Marine Corp, 1954-1957
Returned to Wood River and farmed
Married: Dec. 7, 1958, to Deniece Dellert in Wood River
Lived in the Wood River area, continued to farm until retirement earlier this year
Activities: member of Wood River American Legion Post 314; enjoyed playing cards, gardening and spending time with family
Survivors include: wife; son, Rick of Wood River; daughters, Bobbi Savala and Kathy Houser, both of Grand Island; his mother, of Wood River; brother, Richard of Cairo; sister, Delores Svoboda of Elkhorn; and five grandchildren; Preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 28 April, 2003

VANCE, Chester R., 76, Ravenna, formerly of Elm Creek, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Chapel in Elm Creek Burial: later
Born: Dec. 6, 1926, in Scotia
Parents: Murl and Eva (Gebauer) Vance
Employment: managed the alfalfa dehydrating plant in Elm Creek until he retired
Survivors include: son, Steven of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter, Cheryl Helleberg of Kearney; brother, Jerry of Ord; sisters, Donna Pedersen of Elba, Verna Penas of Ord and Mary Sherrill of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by a brother
Kearney Hub, 29 April, 2003

FIELDING, Shirley D., 72, of Hebron, formerly of Kearney, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home in Hebron
Memorial services: Friday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Salvation Army
Born Feb. 26, 1931, west of Kearney
Parents: William and Bertha (Nichols) Fielding
Education: attended school at Alfalfa Center
Married: to Bud Erpelding
Married: later to George Ginder
Lived most of her life in the Kearney area
Survivors include: sons, Richard Ginder of Fairfield, Calif., and Leonard Ginder of Minden; daughters, Ginger Morris of Minden and Gearldine Delozier; two brothers; five sisters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by her parents, two sons and three brothers
Kearney Hub, 1 May, 2003

LAWSON, George, 92, Kearney, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Thursday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home, Kearney
Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Lincoln
Memorials: American Heart Association
Born May 13, 1910, in Lyons
Parents: Peter and Corral (Newell) Lawson
Childhood: family later homesteaded in South Dakota
Education: graduated from UNI Place High School, 1926; attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years
Employment: worked on the Lincoln to Kansas City rail line; lived in Lincoln; railway postal clerk in Boulder, Colo.; at the post office in Denver
Married: June 10, 1933, to Blanche Johnston in Topeka, Kansas
Moved south of Gibbon, 1989; he moved to Fremont in 1995; had recently moved to Kearney to be near family.
Survivors include: daughters, Carolyn Manning of Kearney, Blanche Riordan of Des Moines, Iowa, and Margaret Potter of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; Preceded in death by his wife, March 2, 1987, and by four brothers and a sister
Kearney Hub, 29 April, 2003
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