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ARTERBURN, Inez V., 83, of Kearney died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Thursday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Clay Center, Kan.
Memorials: the care center
Born Dec. 14, 1919, in Sherwood, N.D.
Parents: Frank and Cora (Holter) SCHIFFMAN
Attended school in Sherwood
Married Walter Arterburn; lived in several places, including Kearney
Was an associate at Kmart in West Wenatchee, Wash., 1977-1986
Returned to Kearney in 1987; moved to a farm in Galena, Mo., 1992; returned to Kearney, 2002
Had been a resident at the care home since July
Activities: member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary; bowled for the Elks bowling team in Salina, Kan.
Survivors include: husband; daughter, RaNay Elm of Clay Center; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters and a grandson
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GOODBARN, Edna A. (Mills), 78, of Florence Gardens, formerly of the Kearney, Neb., area, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in Arizona
Graveside services and burial: Friday at Litchfield (Neb.) Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Born March 3, 1925, in McIntosh, S.D.
Parents: Edward and Blanche (Rush) CAHILL
Married: Otis Mills. After his death, married James Goodbarn
Employment: was cafeteria manager of Whiteriver School District in the Fort Apache White Mountain Indian Reservation in Arizona; later worked as assistant bank manager for First National Bank in McNary, Pinetop and Show Low until she retired
Survivors include: daughter, Jolene Rayburn of Show Low; brother, Hank Cahill of Prescott Valley; sisters, Vera Kruse of Florence Gardens, Ruth Lenker of Prescott and Naomi Carlton of Burney, Calif.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her first and second husbands and a son
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POWER, James Lowell , 82, of Kearney died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at his home
Services: Friday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, with military rites by Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and Kearney American Legion Post 52
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: to the church
Born Feb. 27, 1921, in Hooper, Colo.
Grew up and attended school in Venango
Worked on the family farm
Military: U.S. Army, 1942-1945
Married: Feb. 17, 1947, to Berniece Zajic in St. Francis, Kan.
Lived in Imperial where he farmed; also worked as a field mechanic for the state of Nebraska
Moved to Kearney, 1959; worked for Central Contracting and later as a mason for Russ LeDroit until he retired
Activities: member of the church in Kearney, Knights of Columbus Prince of Peace Council 10923, VFW Post 759, American Legion Post 52, Eagles Lodge 2722 and Citizens Advocacy, all in Kearney
Survivors include: wife; sons, Al of Houston, Joe of Lincoln and Jeffery of San Francisco; daughters, Gloria Ourada-Simonson of Elm Creek and Jannette Arram of Kearney; brothers, Garry of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Eugene of Denver; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by a son, three brothers and two sisters
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SILVER, Velma M., 91, of Kearney died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Mount Carmel Home
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials : Kearney Catholic Foundation, the care home or Rowe Sanctuary at Gibbon
Born Sept. 1, 1912, in Randolph
Parents: Louis and May (Knudsen) BERNHOLTZ
Graduated from Page High School, 1928
Attended Wayne State College; graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1937, with degrees in English and speech
Taught in Nebraska schools for seven years; was a producer-director for the National Producing Co. in Kansas City
Military: joined the U.S. Coast Guard, 1943; was a recruiting officer in New York, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia until she went on inactive duty in 1946
Married: July 19, 1948, to Leonard Silver in O'Neill
Her husband died May 5, 1991
Activities: member of the church, St. James Altar Society, the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, Fort Kearney Rock Club, Big Bend Audubon Society and Mid-Nebraska Women Veterans
Enjoyed reading, gardening, collecting rocks, bird watching and spending time with family
Survivors include: son, Gordon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter, Mary Osterbuhr of Odessa, Texas; sister, Bonnie Bernholtz of Kearney; and a granddaughter
Preceded in death by her husband and an infant son
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HEINZ, Marion F., 80, of Arlington Heights, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Lutheran General Hospital in Arlington Heights
Services: Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest
Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside
Mortuary: Peterson in Chicago
Born March 5, 1923, in Battle Creek, Neb.
Parents: George and Amalia (Oetting) EGGEN
Graduated from high school in Norfolk, Neb., 1941
Married: June 27, 1942, married Max Heinz in Norfolk
Worked as a telephone operator in Norfolk and in Chicago; after World War II, moved to Springfield, Ill.
Lived in Cambridge, Neb., before moving to Kearney in 1959 to serve Zion Lutheran Church. Moved to Forest Park, 1967; worked at the Cook County Tuberculosis Clinic in Forest Park for 20 years; also did volunteer work with Walther Lutheran High school Thrift Shop for many years
Husband died in May 1998
She moved to Hearthstone Assisted Living in Arlington Heights, 2000
Was a member of the church in River Forest
Enjoyed spending time with family, cross-stitching, reading and playing pinochle
Survivors include her sons, Stephen of Wheaton, Thomas and Joel, both of Oak Park, Michael of Omaha, Neb., Phillip of Haslett, Mich., and David of Springfield, Vt.; daughter, Karen Roper of Kearney; brothers, Arnold Eggen of Williamsburg, Va., Raymond Eggen of Florida, Eldor Eggen of Portland, Ore., and Gilbert Eggen of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Mildred Toensing of St. Louis and Irene Boehnke and Elinor Harms, both of Grand Island; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter
Preceded in death by her husband, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter
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PLAMBECK, Marlene Loyola, 68, of Kearney died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at her home
Services: Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: the Marlene and Vern Plambeck Endowment for the College of Fine Arts and Humanities at the University of Nebraska at Kearney or to the church
Born Sept. 27, 1935, in Crofton
Parents: Earl and Opal (Laase) NICHOLAS; the family moved to Wichita, Kan., 1938
The family moved to Valentine, 1944; she graduated from Valentine High School, 1953; graduated with honors from Hastings College, 1957
Worked for a year as secretary in a law office in Valentine
Married: May 25, 1958, to Vern Plambeck in Valentine
Lived in Hastings, worked as secretary in a real estate office
They took teaching jobs in Fairbury, 1959; she taught eighth grade English
Moved to Kearney, 1964; worked at Kearney State College as secretary for the business and sociology departments; 25 years, was part-time teacher in composition classes in the English department; retired in 1997 for health reasons; also worked for a year and a half as a secretary of the William Anderson Construction Co.
Activities: charter member of the Nebraska State Genealogy Society; charter member of the Fort Kearny Genealogical Society in Kearney; had been a district representative for the state genealogical club, was active in promoting genealogy; was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Enjoyed traveling; had been to England, Germany and Switzerland and to many locations in the United States on genealogical quests; was a volunteer at Frank House and at the Museum of Nebraska Art
Was a long-time member of the church and a 25-year member of the Gloria Dei bell choir at the church in Kearney
Survivors include: her husband; son, Thane of Palo Alto, Calif.; daughter, Alison Braun of Omaha; and four grandsons;
Preceded in death by her parents
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ASHLEY, Linda, 48, of Kearney died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln
Services: Saturday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: the Linda Ashley Memorial Fund
Born Aug. 5, 1955, in Kearney
Parents: Lavern and Grace (Covert) BEST
Attended Kearney High School; attended Kearney State College for two years
Married: Doug Ashley in Las Vegas; lived in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed camping, fishing, crafts and spending time with family
Survivors include: sons, Shawn Best of Elm Creek and Jason of Kearney; daughter, Stacey Osland of Valley City, N.D.; brothers, Randy and Allen Best, both of Kearney; sisters, Colleen Akiens of Omaha and Theresa Khoury of Kearney; grandmother, Mae Miller of Kearney; six grandchildren; and special friend Keith Kirk
Preceded in death by her parents, a sister, her grandfathers and a grandmother
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BREWER, Eugene "Jiggs", 82, of Kearney, formerly of Litchfield, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at St. John's Center in Kearney
Services: Tuesday at Christian Church in Litchfield
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen Mortuary in Ravenna
Memorials: the Litchfield Fire Department
Born April 16, 1921, in Hazard
Parents: Arthur and Georgia (Woods) Brewer
Family moved to West Plains, Mo.; moved to Belden, 1926, where he graduated from high school in 1939
Spent a year in the Civilian Conservation Corps
Military: U.S. Army beginning in 1942; was a military policeman for more than three years
Married: Dec. 28, 1945, tp June Easterbrooks
Worked for the Bureau of Reclamation at Ainsworth before moving to Litchfield
Owned Litchfield Market, Litchfield Variety and Maggie's Bar; was a partner in Litchfield Steakhouse; served as rural mail carrier for 20 years; retired in 1990
Wife died in 1978
Activities: served on the Litchfield School Board, village board and in the Community Club; was town marshal
Survivors include: daughters, Vicky Stutzman and Jo Ann Slocum, both of Litchfield; sisters, Alexia McCurry of Grand Island and Maxine Brewer of Litchfield; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Nettie Tolle
Preceded in death by his wife and an infant brother
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STOCKER, Orville L., 69, of Kenesaw died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at Haven Home in Kenesaw
Services: Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kenesaw
Burial: Kenesaw Cemetery
Mortuary: Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw
Memorials: Charcot-Marie Tooth Association in Chester, Pa., or to the church in Kenesaw
Born May 29, 1934, on the family farm in Sherman County
Parents: Fredrick and Minnie (Kramer) Stocker
Graduated from Ravenna High School, 1952
Farmed at Ravenna; worked for Turner Grain for 20 years
Moved to Kenesaw in 1958
Married: Feb. 12, 1966, to married Norma Evans in Kenesaw
Owned and managed Scoular Grain in Kenesaw; retired in 1990
Activities: member of the church in Kenesaw; church treasurer for six years; former Kenesaw School Board member, was on the Kenesaw Village Board for 29 years and was a member of the Kenesaw Senior Center
Survivors include: his wife; son, Mitchell of Kenesaw; brothers, Willard of Grand Island and Victor of Loup City; two grandchildren; stepson Michael Moul of Kenesaw; and two stepgrandchildren
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KURZ, Robert L., 81, of Kearney died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Fund
Born Dec. 9, 1921, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Parents: Gustave and Nora (Paterick) Kurz
Graduated from Lincoln High School, 1939
Worked at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee
Military: U.S. Army, 1944-1947 in the 70th Infantry in France and Germany; received the Bronze Star and Distinguished Unit Badge; attained the rank of sergeant
Began working at Rockwell Valve Co. in Oakland, Calif., 1947, while attending the University of California at Berkley
Married: 1950, to Yolande Andreoli
Was transferred to the Rockwell International plant in Kearney, 1857; worked at the Kearney plant until it closed, 1985
Activities: was active in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, became chairman in 1976; Scoutmaster of Troop 134 for 10 years, was district camping commissioner, received the Silver Beaver Award; member of the VFW in Racine, Wis., and of Central Nebraska Stamp Club
Enjoyed hunting, golfing, traveling and gardening and had received the Sertoma Yard of the Month Award
Survivors include: wife; son, John of Washington, D.C.; brother, David of Corpus Christi, Texas; and sisters, Lois Knuth, Barbara Spencer and Karen Hammel, all of Wisconsin Rapids
Preceded in death by two brothers and a sister
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ESPERSON, Jarold "Jerry" D., 51, of rural Amherst died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, in a one-vehicle accident northwest of Amherst
Services: Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Stanley Cemetery in Amherst
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney Memorials: the church, the Amherst Lions Club or the Amherst Fire Department
Born Aug. 14, 1952, in Grand Island
Parents: Chris and Phyllis (Enevoldsen) Espersen
Graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School, 1970; studied drafting at Colorado School of Mines
Worked in Colorado for a private testing contractor; returned to Grand Island and worked for Wilson Concrete, 1972-1987
Married: Aug. 16, 1975, to Jill Gillespie in Grand Island
Moved to Amherst, 1987; farmed and worked as a custodian for the Amherst Public Schools; began farming full time, 1994
Activities: member of the church in Amherst and Amherst Lions Club; enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and spending time with family
Survivors include: sons, Jarod and Jeffrey, both of Amherst; sister, Jan Greene of Grand Island; and a grandson
Preceded in death by a daughter, his parents and a sister
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GARLOW, Bette Jo, 49, of Fairfax, Virginia, formerly of Pleasanton, Neb., died of cancer, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, in Arlington
Memorials: Crisis Intervention Services in Cody, Wyo.
Born Aug. 8, 1954, in Kearney, Neb.
Parents" to Richard and Gwen (Burton) DARBY
Graduated from Pleasanton High School, 1972 and from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1976
In 1983, worked on a crisis hotline; served as executive director of Crisis Intervention Services in Cody, 1985-1987
Received master's degree from the University of Montana, 1992, and doctorate in 1995; was named an Erasmus Scholar
Was awarded the Fran Elge Award by the Women's Section of the Montana Bar Association for humanitarian pursuits
Returned to her position in Cody, 1995; joined the Partnership Project of the Battered Women's Justice Project in Harrisburg, Pa., 1997; was named director of the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence in Washington D.C., 1999; held that position until April of this year; was widely published on domestic violence and the law
Activities: enjoyed riding horses in the mountains and traveling in the United States and abroad
Survivors include: daughters, Lindsay of Harrisonburg and Ivy of Cody; her mother of Kearney; brothers, Richard Darby of Denver and Ronald, Jim and Jon Darby, all of Pleasanton; sisters, Cheryl Childen of Fairbury, Neb., Kay Garrelts of Lexington, Neb., Karen McCaslin, Dee Simco and Kelly McClure, all of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ardith Shipley of Monument, Colo., and Roberta Walker of Lewiston, Idaho; and her former husband, Bill of Cody
Preceded in death by her father
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KERSTING, Marjorie M., 82, of Kearney died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennesee
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorial services: Friday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born May 1, 1921, in Amherst, Neb.
Parents: H.P. and Ruth (Haase) Dixon
Graduated from Amherst High School
Married: March 9, 1940, to Lester Kersting in Phillipsburg, Kan.; lived in Kearney
After husband died, worked in the food industry; worked 18 years at the State Hospital in Vernon, Texas, as a food service supervisor
Activities: member of the Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion; enjoyed crocheting, sewing, traveling and entertaining
Survivors include sister, Norma Gomez of Colorado Springs, Colo.
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NICOLARSEN, Jerould Lee, 75, of Hastings, formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings
Services: Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings
Burial: Parkview Cemetery in Hastings
Mortuary: Brand-Wilson Funeral Home
Memorials: the church
Born Dec. 3, 1927, in Kearney
Parents: Carl and Margaret (Altmaier) Nicolarsen
Graduated from Kearney High School, 1945
Earned a business associate's degree from Denver University
Military: U.S. Army Air Force at Lowery Air Field in Denver, received specialized training in camera technology and aerial photography
Married: April 4, 1948, to Virginia Boyd
Moved from Kearney to Hastings after his military service; with Tom Swedland, began Tom and Jerry's Furniture Showcase, 1952
Activities: member of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Elks Lodge and Lochland Country Club
Survivors include: wife; sons, Gerald of Kansas City, Kan., Mike of Hastings and Kirk of Cheyenne; daughter, Cynthia of Denver; sister, Jean Ackerman of Kearney; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and stepmother, Neva Nicolarsen of Kearney
Preceded in death by two sons, his parents and a great-grandson
Kearney Hub, 10 October, 2003

CHERRY, John Jay, 90, of Litchfield died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Good Samaritan Home in Ravenna
Services: Saturday at Litchfield Christian Church
Burial: Pleasant Valley Cemetery south of Litchfield
Memorials: Christian Church Messenger newsletter
Born Dec. 23, 1912, near Sartoria in Buffalo County
Parents: George and Pearl (Eldridge) Cherry
Family moved several times, he attended country schools in the Sartoria/Cumro area
Played the accordion, banjo, guitar and organ; traveled with gospel singers and played for revivals, weddings, funerals and church camps; was the organist at the church in Litchfield for many years
Married: Feb. 5, 1935, to Merle Wing
Was a lifetime farmer; received several conservation awards for work on their farm; kept wildlife acreage on the farm, planted more than 1,000 trees
Activities: was a 52-year member of the church in Litchfield, was the Sunday school superintendent for several years; member of the Pibel Bible Camp, Christian Builders Association, Nebraska Christian College and the Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Survivors include: wife; daughters, Lois Dittmer and RoJean Arnold, both of Litchfield; sisters, Irene Harris of North Platte, Violet Fread of Kearney and Shirley Roberts of Cincinnati; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by a brother and two sisters
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WELTY, Leona, 89, of Kearney died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Tuesday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Leona Welty Memorial Fund
Born Dec. 7, 1913, in Pleasanton
Parents: Charles and Maggie (Edwards) MATZNER
Attended Peake School in Pleasanton
Married: June 3, 1942, to George Welty in Smith Center, Kan.
Was a day-care provider and worked at Holiday Inn
Enjoyed baking, embroidering, making scrapbooks and spending time with family
Survivors include: sons, Bruce and Gary, both of Kearney, and Dan of Hastings; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and three sisters
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ROWEDDER, Jamie Jo (Camp), 29, of Beaver Lake, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Select Specialty in Midland Hospital in Omaha
Memorial services: Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial of cremains: church columbarium
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel in Kearney
Memorials: education fund for her daughter
Born Nov. 25, 1973, in Kearney
Parents: Thomas and Margaret (Daly) CAMP
Graduated from Kearney High School, 1992; was active in track and was a state medal winner in the 3,200 relay; ran in an international 10K race in England during her sophomore year; was active in the Drill Team and Flags
Attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Married: March 18, 1995, to Ron Rowedder in Kearney; lived in Kearney, moved to Plattsmouth
Activities: member of the church in Kearney; enjoyed dancing, boating, collecting Beanie Babies and running
Survivors include her husband; son, Jared of Beaver Lake; daughter, Alexa of Beaver Lake; her parents of Kearney; brother, Nathan of Lincoln; sisters, Lynelle Kowalski of Bellevue, Toni Dannehl of LaVista; grandfather, Harold Camp of Kearney; and grandmother, Rita Daly of Omaha
Preceded in death by a grandfather and a grandmother
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TOMPKIN, Robert G., 57, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: Viola Cemetery near Oconto
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington
Memorials : St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village in Kearney or the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Omaha
Born July 10, 1946, in Callaway
Parents: Leonard and Sarah (Ball) Tompkin
Attended Callaway Public Schools, broadcasting school in Minneapolis, Minn., and Kearney State College
Married: May 11, 1967, to Cheryl Anderson in Custer County
Retired from Eaton Corp., 1982
Activities: enjoyed birds and animals and raised them on an acreage northeast of Kearney; member of the church in Kearney
Survivors include: sons, Devin of Clay Center and Dana of Wood River; daughter, Danielle Juedes of Yutan; brothers, Harold and Clifford, both of Lincoln; sisters, Betty Mooney of Holdrege, Nyleve Grove of Bethlehem, Pa., and Marianne Beisel of Funk; and six grandchildren
Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister
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MYERS, Lacy R. Storms, 86, of Broken Bow died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at Sandhills Manor Nursing Home in Broken Bow
Services: Wednesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow
Burial: Broken Bow Cemetery
Memorials: Broken Bow First Baptist Church
Born: Oct. 21, 1916, in Gibbon
Parents: Llewellyn and Thelma (Forshey) KENTON
Family moved to Lincoln County when she was 13; she graduated from Hershey High school
Married: Dec. 20, 1934, to Raymond Storms in Julesburg, Colo.
Lived near Grant until 1947; moved to a farm southwest of Broken Bow
Started teaching in rural schools, 1949; took correspondence courses, night classes and attended summer school and received her degree from Kearney State Teacher's College, 1967
Taught in Broken Bow Public Schools, retired in 1982
Husband died, 1983
Married: 1987, to Lloyd Myers; lived in the Lillian community north of Broken Bow; husband died in 1996
Activities: was active in the First Baptist Church in Broken Bow, served on the board of education, the advisory board and taught Sunday school for many years; member of the Sunshine Ladies Church Group in the Lillian community, Ryno Friendship Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Rebekah Lodge
Enjoyed working in her yard and garden and attending family sporting events
Survivors include: sons, Dennis Storms, Gary Storms and Kendall Storms, all of Broken Bow, and John Storms of Highland Ranch, Colo.; daughter, Janice Shippy of Colome, S.D.; 18 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by two husbands, a son, five brothers, three sisters and an infant granddaughter
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NELSON, Iris Genevieve, 91, of Holdrege, formerly of Loomis and Overton, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at the Christian Homes in Holdrege
Services: Wednesday at Westmark Evangelical Free Church north of Loomis
Burial: Moses Hill Cemetery in Phelps County
Mortuary: Nelson-Harris in Holdrege
A memorial has been established
Born July 16, 1912, on a farm north of Elm Creek
Parents: Charles and Viola (Stephens) PETTETT
Attended elementary school at Fairview District 63; was an Elm Creek High School graduate; earned a teaching certificate at Kearney State Teachers College; taught in Buffalo and Phelps counties for six years
As a child, attended Fairview Christian Church and later attended Elm Creek Christian Church; then transferred membership to Westmark Evangelical Free Church, where she was a member the rest of her life
Married: June 18, 1939, to Lester H. Nelson at her parents' home; first lived south of Overton; moved to Loomis, 1970
Moved to Chrisoma Villa in Holdrege, 1997,; later joined her husband at Christian Homes
Activities: a 4-H leader, sang in the church choir; active in the Women's Missionary Society and Help-U-Club
Survivors include: husband of Holdrege; sons, Dean of Overton and Steve of Loomis; daughters, Lynda Johnson of Lincoln and Janice Whitney and Judy Matthies, both of Des Moines, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren
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CONNELL, Betty J., 75, of Kearney died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday at St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Kearney Catholic Foundation, Bud and Betty Connell Scholarship Fund, the American Cancer Society or the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department
Born Oct. 26, 1927, in Kearney
Parents: Wert and Mary (Cassidy) WHITNEY
Graduated from Longfellow High School, 1945
Married: May 1, 1948, to married Howard Connell in Grand Island
Worked for Safeway District Offices
Couple opened and operated Grandpa's Steakhouse, 1952. She continued to operate the business after husband died in 1993
Activities: member of the church, American Legion Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Nebraska Restaurant Association, Kearney Eagles and DOES; was named in Who's Who of Nebraska and was an honorary member of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department
Survivors include: son, Jim of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Elizabeth Merrifield of Kearney; brothers, Carl Whitney of Kearney and Edward Jones of Carlsbad, Calif.; sister, Ollie Dady of Kearney; and two grandchildren
Preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, a sister and two stepsisters
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FEIKERT, Esther F., 86, of Kearney died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at her home
Services: Monday at Countryside Christian Church in Kearney
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: the church
Born July 22, 1917, in Plainview
Parents: John and Anna (Niebaum) THEIS
Grew up in Cheyenne County; received her education in rural schools
Married: Oct. 10, 1937, to Charles Feikert in Holdrege
Lived in Stamford; moved to Kearney, 1946
Activities: attended the church in Kearney
Enjoyed knitting, crocheting, collecting dolls, painting and pets
Survivors include: sons, Merlin of Alda and Arlan of Cape Coral, Fla.; daughters, Rilda Burns of Kearney and Charlene Doherty of Eustis, Fla.; sister, Dorothy Hokom of Lodgepole; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her husband, a son, a brother, a sister and an infant granddaughter
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BAHDE, Donald I., 80, of Kearney died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military rites
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: Aplastic Anemia Foundation or to the church radio fund
Born: Oct. 30, 1922, in Altona
Parents: to Ernest and Ada (Erxleben) Bahde
Graduated from Wakefield High School, 1941; attended Wayne State Teachers College
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, 1942-1945; received many honors, including the Silver Star
Married: March 24, 1946, to Maevis Schroeder in Wakefield
Moved to Hastings; was employed by Standard Oil Co. of Indiana as consumer salesman
Moved to Kearney, 1952 and took over the Standard Oil bulk plant and several service stations, which all became Bahde Oil Co.; retired from the oil business, 1985
Was on the Nebraska Petroleum Board of Directors for six years; was recognized for attaining levels of excellence in the business
Activities: was a member of the church n Kearney, Legion Post 52, VFW Post 759, 40 and 8 and Kearney Eagles Lodge 2722
Survivors include: wife; sons, Dick of Omaha and Jeff of Littleton, Colo.; daughter, Pam Coffman of Omaha; brother, Pete Bahde of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters, Bonnel Hyde and Barbara McEntee, both of North Platte; and six grandchildren
Preceded in death by two brothers
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OSBORNE, Merle C. "Bud", 83, of Kearney died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Grand Island
Services: Saturday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, with military rites by Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and Kearney American Legion Post 52
Memorials : the clothing fund at the veterans home
Kearney Hub, 16 October, 2003

SCHUTTE, Clarence V., 80, of Kearney died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at Mount Carmel Home
Services: Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery; military rites
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Kearney Catholic High School Foundation or the Knights of Columbus
Born April 19, 1923, in Lawrence
Parents: Joseph and May (Ven Haus) Schutte
Attended rural schools before moving to Columbus, Ohio
Married: June 22, 1942, to Irene Brockman in Columbus; she died Sept. 13, 2003
Military: U.S. Navy, 1943-1945; aviation instructor in Norman, Okla.
After discharge from the military, couple moved to Nebraska, farmed in the Lexington and Gothenburg area
Moved to Lexington; owned the Western Auto Store; moved to Kearney, 1966, worked for Sears; retired in 1985
Activities: member of the church, Kearney Elks Lodge 984 and the Knights of Columbus
Survivors include his son, Victor of Suzhou, China; daughters, Marian Doyle, Anita Gard and Virginia Love, all of Denver, and Patricia Reed of Franktown, Colo.; brother, Gilbert of Granite Falls, Wash.; sisters, Alma Hoelting of Minden, Lucille Mcmillion of Leominster, Mass., Norma Karmazin of Lawrence and Mary Sidlo of Hastings; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by his wife, a brother and a sister
Kearney Hub, 20 October, 2003

ROGGASCH, Gregory A., 40, of Kearney died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorials suggested to the Transitional Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital
Born Dec. 23, 1962, in Kimball
Parents: Edwin and Betty (Jones) Roggasch
Graduated from Ogallala High School, 1981
Moved to Kearney, 1984; managed Platte Valley Apartments for five years
Activities: enjoyed trapshooting, hunting, fishing and working on cars
Survivors include: brothers, Roger of Kearney and David of Sidney; sisters, Teresa Whitney of Kearney and Michelle Meads of Elm Creek; and companion, Sherry High of Kearney
Preceded in death by his parents and grandparents
Kearney Hub, 18 October, 2003

BLASCHKO, Marie, 98, of Ravenna died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna
Burial: St. Joseph's Cemetery south of Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen Mortuary in Ravenna
Born July 4, 1905, in Buffalo County
Parents: Joseph and Adelheid (Hirsch) Blaschko
Attended District 49 school; lived on a farm south of Ravenna
Moved to Ravenna, 1996
Activities: a member the church; enjoyed flowers and gardening
Survivors include her brother, Albert of Ravenna; preceded in death by three brothers and one sister
Kearney Hub, 20 October, 2003

HAMMOND, Rosella M., 81, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at St. John's Center in Kearney
Services: Monday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Gothenburg
Parents: Andrew and Hilka (Junker) STELLMAN
Graduated from Gothenburg High School; taught in rural schools in the Gothenburg area
Married: Feb. 17, 1941, to Frederick Hammond; he died June 25, 2002
Worked for Kreckler Photography Studio in Gothenburg; moved to Kearney, 1968; was employed as a cosmetology instructor at the Queen Ann School of Cosmetology until she retired
Survivors include: son, Fred of Niederfeulen, Luxembourg; daughters, Theresa Patterson of Kearney and Val Schlientz of Sandy, Utah; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson
Preceded in death by her husband and a brother
Kearney Hub, 24 October, 2003

VERBECK, Gloria W., 78, of Minden died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at the Long Term Care Unit of Kearney County Health Services
Services: Monday, Minden United Methodist Church
Burial: Upland Cemetery
Born April 8, 1925, in Kearney County
Parents: Fred and Katrena (Christensen) WORK
Graduated from Upland High School, 1941; attended Hastings College, received a two-year intensive commercial degree
Moved with her mother moved to Kearney, 1943; was employed in the Buffalo County Clerk's Office and with Banker's Life Insurance Co.; went to work at the Kearney Air Base as a cost accountant for post engineers
Married: May 5, 1946, to Robert Verbeck; lived in Minden
Worked at Warp Publishing Co., the County Clerk's Office and the Clerk of the District Court in Minden
Activities: member of the church in Minden and a former member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Disabled American Auxiliary and the Kearney County Historical Society
Enjoyed music; during World War II, had entertained the troops with her music
Survivors include: husband; son, Kent of Minden; daughter, Vicki Johnson of Jackson, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by an infant son and a sister
Kearney Hub, 20 October, 2003

FORMAN, Lavonne, 74, of Brookings, Oregon, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at her home
Services: Saturday at her home with the Rev. Dwayne Rufener of Living Waters Foursquare Church officiating
Mortuary: Redwood Memorial Chapel and Crematory in Brookings
Memorials: Curry County Hospice in Gold Beach, Calif.
Born June 28, 1929, in Kearney
Parents: George and Barbara (Shada) GIBREAL
Graduated from Kearney High School, 1947l graduated from Clarkson Nurses College in Omaha, Neb., in 1950 as a registered nurse
Moved with her first husband to California, worked as a nurse at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Oxnard County Hospital and the State of California Juvenile Corrections until they retired
Married: Feb. 14, 1984, to Art Forman; lived in Camarillo, Calif.; moved to Brookings, Oregon, 1991
Was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in late 1980's
Enjoyed singing, reading, history and spending time with family
Survivors include: husband; sons, John Roberts of Visilia, Calif., Steven Roberts of Ventura, Calif., and Keith Roberts of San Antonio; daughter, Barbara Wallace of Wenatchee, Wash.; sisters, Kathy Kaylor of Hemet, Calif., Betty Oakley of Orange Park, Fla., and Maxine Bristol of Ansley, Neb.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 22 October, 2003

COLLINS, Harold Dwight, 93, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, in Englewood
Services: Friday at Horan and McConaty Family Chapel in Aurora, Colo.
Burial: Saturday at Marvin Cemetery in Glade, Kan.
Born March 20, 1910, in Beaver City, Neb.
Parents: Earl and Ena (Nicholson) Collins
Married: Lily Rigg
Was a resident of Kearney for 40 years; moved to Truth or Consequences, N.M.
Survivors include: wife; son, Roger of Centennial, Colo.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 23 October, 2003

SHEEN, Russell, 77, of Kearney died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at his home
Services: Wednesday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Kearney Volunteer Fire Department or the church
Born June 12, 1926, in Kearney
Parents: Orville and Bessie (Ingram) Sheen
Family lived on a farm near Odessa, moved to Overton. He graduated from Overton High School, 1943
Worked for Union Pacific Railroad
Military: U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II; was stationed in Italy
Returned to Nebraska, attended Kearney State Teachers College
Married: Oct. 8, 1950, to Rosalie Mercer in Kearney
Began as a steamfitter with the local union, 1951; worked in various cities; returned to Kearney, 1964; retired from steamfitting in 1980; went to work for Kearney Public Schools as director of buildings and grounds until retiring in 1988
Activities: member of the church, Legion Post 759, Masonic Lodge AF&AM 326 and Kearney Elks Lodge 984; Enjoyed catfishing, golf, sporting events, working in the yard, helping with home projects, and traveling; had visited all 50 states and Europe
Survivors include: wife; sons, Terry of Grand Island and David of Kearney; daughters, Kathy Fickenscher of North Platte, Deanna Gee of Grand Island and Brenda Kingston of Amherst; sisters, Wilma Jones and Helen Woodward, both of Kearney; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 28 October, 2003

WEIDES, Frances, 81, of Kearney died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Burial: later at Eddyville Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Born July 28, 1922, in Eddyville
Parents: Reuben and Catherine (Neville) Clouse
Graduated from Eddyville High School, 1940
During World War II, worked for the Fingerprint Division of the FBI in Washington, D.C.
Married: Aug. 27, 1947, to Clarence Weides in Eddyville; he died Jan. 22, 2001
Moved to Kearney in 1959, worked for Kearney Floral Co.; retired from West Co. in 1987
Activities: active in the Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary, American Cancer Society and Buffalo County Democratic Party and served on the Buffalo County Election Board and the Kearney Neighborhood Association; did volunteer work for the Veterans Home, American Legion Salvation Army, Mount Carmel Home and Mother Hull Home; Enjoyed gardening, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, bird watching, genealogy and family history
Survivors include: sons, Kevin, Tom, Tim, Bob, Chris and Joe, all of Kearney, and Matt of Axtell; daughter, Rosemary Rodriguez of Kearney; brother, Tom Clouse of Lincoln; sisters, Theresa Meyers of Omaha and Betty Smith of Delta Junction, Alaska; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren;
Preceded in death by a her husband, son, two brothers and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 28 October, 2003

ARP, Alyce P., 93, of Kearney died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the church in Pleasanton or the Pleasanton Fire and Rescue Squad
Born March 1, 1910, in Alvo
Parents: Jacob and Esta (Higgins) Anspach
Graduated from Amherst High School; attended Kearney Normal School, received her teaching certificate
Taught at the old Stanley Grade School and Black Hill Creek Grade School
Married: Aug. 2, 1934, to married Harold Arp in Smith Center, Kan.
Lived, farmed and worked as beekeepers in the Sartoria area until they retired
Moved to Kearney in 1999; husband died Dec. 29, 2001
Resided at the nursing home for more than two years
Activities: member of the church in Pleasanton, taught Sunday school for many years; enjoyed cooking, picnics, entertaining, playing cards and dances
Survivors include a grandson; preceded in death by her husband, son, a brother and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 29 October, 2003

KINCAID, Estella M., 103, of Kearney died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Thursday, First Christian Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials : church or the nursing home
Born Sept. 16, 1900, in Waco
Parents: Francis and Mary (Watson) Grass; moved north of Riverdale where she attended school
Married: March 27, 1918, to L.H. Kincaid in Kearney; lived in the Buffalo County area; husband died Jan. 9, 1970.
Activities: member of the church in Kearney for 66 years and of the Efficiency Class at the church; was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 Auxiliary, was a Gold Star Mother
Enjoyed working in her flower garden and spending time with family
Survivors include: grandchildren, Susan DeJesus of Naples, Fla., Mary Lou Kruml of Ord, Robert and Richard Kincaid, both of Kearney, Lyndell Tice of Westminster, Colo., Ranae Sizemore of Yuma, Ariz., Michael Sloan of North Carolina and Craig Kincaid of Longmont, Colo., 17 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by her husband, three sons, a daughter and a brother
Kearney Hub, 29 October, 2003

LIMBACH, William F "Bill", Jr., 53, of Kearney, formerly of Omaha, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Kearney
Arrangements: pending in Crawford
Memorials: to the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation for the William Limbach Fund in New York
Born Feb. 1, 1950, in Crawford
Parents: William Sr. and Margaret (Price) Limbach
Graduated from Crawford High School, 1968; graduated from Chadron State College, 1972; moved to Omaha
Worked for US West and Qwest Communications, retired in 2002 for health reasons; moved to Kearney in August 2003
Survivors include: mother; brothers, Greg of Kearney and Robert and John, both of Crawford; and sisters, Mary McQuade of Omaha and Barbara Schafer of Alliance
Preceded in death by his father and a sister
Kearney Hub, 28 October, 2003

AXMANN, Walter V., 88, of Kearney died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Saturday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Stanley Cemetery in Amherst
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice program
Born Dec. 1, 1914, in Amherst
Parents: Joseph and Mary (Geier) Axmann
Attended rural schools in the area
Married: June 12, 1938, to Erma A. Labs; farmed north of Amherst; moved Elm Creek, 1974; worked for White Implement Co.; did carpentry for Mitchell Construction Co.; retired and moved to Kearney, 1984
His wife died Nov. 9, 1996.
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church; enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and spending time with children
Survivors include: son, David of Kearney; daughter, Dorothy Kenney of Ainsworth; sisters, Ann Supanchick of Kearney and Helen Kinnaman of Amherst; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild;
Preceded in death by his wife, one son, one daughter and two brothers
Kearney Hub, 31 October, 2003

KNERL, Gay, 60, of Merna died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow
Graveside memorial services: Tuesday at Merna Cemetery
Mortuary: Govier Brothers in Broken Bow
Born May 9, 1943, in Quitaque, Texas
Parents: Cecil and Jessie (Aylor) YOUNG
Graduated from Kennewick (Wash.) High School, 1961; later attended Trend College, graduated in 1991
Married: Dec. 30, 1969, to Ronald Knerl
Lived in Ravenna, 1967-1990, when the family moved to Oregon; returned to Nebraska, 1992; lived in the Merna area
Activities: enjoyed knitting, sewing, spending time with family; played the piano in church and enjoyed singing
Survivors include: husband; sons, Raymond of Springfield, Ore., Samuel of Tekamah and Jonathan of Rochester, Minn.; daughter, Amanda Hoffman of Merna; brother, Harold Young of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Peggy Fray of Kennewick; and 10 grandchildren;
Preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 30 October, 2003
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