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ALTMAIER, Robert "Bob" J., Sr., 72, of Kearney died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites by American Legion Post 52 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: St. James Catholic Church or the Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice
Born July 16, 1932, in Kearney
Parents: Joseph and Mary (Barlow) Altmaier
Attended Pleasant Hill grade school, graduated from Kearney High School, was active in the Vocational Ag Service
Military: U.S. Army, 1953-1955, veteran of the Korean War
Married: Dec. 31, 1956, to Mildred Schuller near Ravenna
Farmed north of Kearney, also worked at Big Flag Farm Supply, then later for Dekalb Seed Corn until retirement
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church in Kearney; member of Knights of Columbus, was a 4-H leader and served on the school board at Pleasant Hill; enjoyed fishing, camping, playing softball, hunting and bowling
Survivors include: wife; sons, Michael and Keith, both of Kearney, Robert Jr. of Lincoln and Christopher of Pleasanton; daughters, Roberta Solomon of Kearney and Gwen Ziemba of Columbus; brothers, Richard, Thomas and Phillip, all of Kearney, and Mark of Phoenix; sister, Mary Jo Henderson of Kearney; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson; also sons-in-law, Warren Solomon of Kearney and Steve Ziemba of Columbus; and daughters-in-law, Barbara and Lori, both of Kearney, Cindy Rickets of Lincoln and Sarah of Pleasanton
Was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter
Kearney Hub, 16 November, 2004

FINDLEY, Kevin M., 21, of Pleasanton, formerly of Grand Island, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, in Buffalo County as the result of an automobile accident
Services: Wednesday, Curran Funeral Chapel in Grand Island
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island
Memorials: family's choice
Born Feb. 12, 1983, in Grand Island
Parents: Darren and Susan (Rhoads) Findley
Grew up and received his education in Grand Island, graduated from Grand Island Senior High, 2002
Was a Head Start volunteer while in high school, loved working with children
Gamily moved to Pleasanton after his graduation
Was employed at Morris Press as a box shipper at the time of his death
Activities: enjoyed being with his family and working with his dad, fishing, the out-of-doors, working with farm animals and was an avid country music fan; also enjoyed working on vehicles, especially his Ford trucks
Survivors include: father and stepmother, Jackie of Pleasanton; his mother of North Platte; brother, Jason of North Platte; sister Keri Anne of North Platte; grandparents, Ahlene and Raymond and Joyce Shriner, all of Grand Island; and stepgreat-grandparents, Otto and Irene Price of Shelton; also his brother's fianc‚e, Serena Beach of North Platte; and many aunts, uncles and cousins
Was preceded in death by an infant sister, Kari Renae; grandfathers, Gerald Rhoades and Donald; great-grandfather, Arthur Ronnfeldt; and step-grandparents, Vernon and Clysta Mott
Kearney Hub, 15 November, 2004

HULSMAN, Fredrick "Fred", 91, of Grand Island, formerly of Kearney, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Graveside services: Thursday, Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell\ Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born Dec. 29, 1922, in Dexter, Mo.
Parents: William and Addie (Champion) Hulsman
Family moved to Michigan, attended school and graduated from high school in Pontiac in 1939
Married first wife, Gertrude, in Bellflower, Calif. They later divorced
Married: Aug. 5, 1966, to Eva McClung in Clark County, Nev. She died Jan. 15, 2003
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, Aug. 11, 1942, - October 1967; was in the inactive Reserve, October 1967 until retirement, October 1974; following retirement from the Marines, was employed as a warehouse supervisor for the Cox Toy Co. in California
With second wife, moved to Kearney in 2000, lived at Wel Life; then moved to the Nebraska Veterans Home, May 2004
Survivors include: daughter, Helen Solcido of Las Vegas; sister, Ila Mae Shipp of Pontiac, Mich.; stepson, Doug Ramsey of Kearney: 20 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; eight great-great-stepgrandchildren; also son-in-law, Willie Solcido of Las Vegas; and stepdaughter-in-law, Alice Ramsey of Kearney
Was preceded in death by a his wife, brother, two stepsons and two stepdaughters
Kearney Hub, 17 November, 2004

LEIBHART, Katherine M., 53, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
Services:Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home, Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: American Cancer Society or the Kearney Public Library
Born Jan. 8, 1951, in Fairfield
Parents: Carl and Hilda (Nelson) Swensen
Grew up in the Lexington and Kenesaw areas, attended school in Lexington
Married: June 5, 1966, to Ricky Leibhart in Lexington; lived in Sumner, Holdrege and Kearney
Was employed by the University of Nebraska at Kearney as a senior leader on the West Campus custodial staff
Activities: enjoyed reading, crafts and going to the casinos
Survivors include: husband; sons, Scotty of Sumner and Shelby of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Stephanie of Beatrice; brothers, Glen Thompson of Worms, Gil Thompson of Orange County, Calif., John Swensen of Holdrege, Pete Swensen of Ravenna and Ralph Swensen of Riverside, Calif.; sisters, Colleen Stevens of Kearney and Evelyn Flint of Ohiowa; and six grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Samantha of Sumner; sisters-in-law, Lillian Thompson of Worms, Diane Thompson of Orange County, Linda Swensen of Holdrege and Brenda Swensen of Riverside; and brother-in-law, Myles Stevens of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents.
Kearney Hub, 16 November, 2004

RUMBECK, Flossie, 96, of Ravenna, formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Graveside services: Tuesday, Stanley Cemetery near Amherst
Mortuary: Rasmussen Mortuary in Ravenna
Memorials: Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Born Dec. 13, 1907, on the family farm west of Amherst
Parents: John and Johanna (Strandt) Rumbeck
Attended grade school at District 76 and Watertown School; graduated from Amherst High School, 1927
After graduation, went to North Platte and worked as a cook in a hospital until she became a hairdresser; owned and operated her own beauty shop in Manitou and Colorado Springs, Colo.; was also a seamstress
Lived in her own home until last November, went to Brighton Gardens Skilled Nursing where she lived until May 20 of this year; flew to Nebraska to live at Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Was preceded in death by two brothers and seven sisters
Kearney Hub, 15 November, 2004

GOULD, Earl D., 73, of Kearney died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Arcadia Cemetery, military rites by Arcadia American Legion Post 251
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice or the Ostomy Association
Born Aug. 24, 1931, north of Arcadia in Valley County
Parents: Howard and Anna (Hvezda) Gould
Was raised by his father and stepmother, Nellie; attended country school; at age 16, went to Central City to live with aunt and uncle; then worked in road maintenance
Married: Aug. 24, 1949, to Dorothy Kuhn in Central City; lived in Grand Island
Military: U.S. Navy from 1951; served on the USS Essex during the Korean War; following medical discharge, worked at the Ordnance Plant in Grand Island, for Brace Co. and drove a truck
Was hospitalized in the Grand Island Veterans Hospital for two years, then moved to Kearney, 1958
Worked for Rite Style Optical until retirement, 1995
Activities: member and past president of Kearney Eagles Lodge Fort Kearny Aerie 2722; enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching and playing golf, and spending time with his grandchildren
Survivors include: wife; sons, Larry, Gary and Dennis, all of Odessa; brother, Calvin of Arcadia; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Elaine, Ann Jeannette and Peggy, all of Odessa; and sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Florene, both of Arcadia, and Doris of Clovis, Calif. Was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, two brothers and his stepmother
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2004

HAHN, Jerry L., 74, of rural Amherst died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Graveside services: Friday, Armada Cemetery in Miller
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials: Miller Fire Department
Born: March 4, 1930, at home north of Miller
Parents: Paul and Mabel (Miller) Hahn
Grew up in the Miller area, attended Red Wing Grade School; graduated from Miller High School, 1947
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1951 - 1952, veteran of the Korean War
Married: April 10, 1954, to Vaughn Rumbeck in Amherst
Farmed north of Miller; had served on the Red Wing School Board, the ASC and the Harrison Township Board
Survivors include: wife; sons, Bruce, Larry and Bob, all of Amherst; daughters, Charlene McKean of Kearney and Mary of Amherst; and sister, Helen Craven of Las Vegas
Was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter and a brother
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2004

HEMMANN, Mabel M., 88, of Kearney, formerly of Amherst, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Amherst
Burial: Immanuel Cemetery northwest of Amherst
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church
Born Aug. 15, 1916, in Amherst
Parents: Joseph and Augusta (Hartman) Plischke
Was a lifetime resident of the Amherst area; graduated from Amherst High School in 1934, attended Kearney State Teachers College; received her teaching certificate from KSTC and taught in rural schools in Buffalo County, including Watertown, District 55 and then at Glenwood School for several years; retired in the late 1970s
Married: June 4, 1939, to Loren Hemmann in North Platte; husband was a farmer/stockman in the Amherst area, retiring November 1979. He died May 22, 1980
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid, taught Sunday school and attended Bible study; member of the Retired Teachers Association; enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and, especially, being outdoors
Survivors include: daughter, Jeannette Dealey of Holdrege; and brother, Robert Plischke of Sumner, Wash.; also son-in-law, Don Dealey of Holdrege; grandson, Tim Dealey and wife, Kerri, of Kearney; granddaughters, Karen Dealey of New York City and Rachel Vonderfecht and husband, Matt, of Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Dealey; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Kinser and Kaeli Vonderfecht
Was preceded in death by her husband; son, Loren D.; four brothers; and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2004

NUTTER, Ruth, 77, of Gibbon died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Services: Monday, Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery. Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon
Born Sept. 22, 1927, in Elsie
Parents: John and Ida (Lizer) Krovas
Married: to Wayne Campbell in North Platte; later divorced
Married: July 8, 1977, to Norden Nutter on the family farm northeast of Gibbon
Survivors include: husband; sons, Jack Campbell of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Lee Campbell of Ardmore, Okla.; daughters, Peggy Craig of Lawton, Okla. and Geraldine Payne of Beatrice; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2004

SMITH, Ruth, 91, of Kearney, formerly of Gibbon, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon
Memorials to Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon or Prairie View Gardens
Born Nov. 23, 1912, in Gibbon
Parents: George and Mary (Morris) Spencer
Grew up in Gibbon, graduated from Gibbon High School, 1929; attended Kearney College in 1929 and 1930, obtained a teaching certificate
Married: June 28, 1930, to Roger Smith in Grand Island. He preceded her in death
With husband, farmed in the Gibbon area; moved to Gibbon in 1949, continued to farm until 1984; purchased the Rexall Drug Store, 1949; operated the store until 1972; managed Colony Acres, 1974 - 1996
Was executive director of the Housing Authority in Gibbon, 1974 - 1996
Activities: member of Faith United Methodist Church in Gibbon; member of Rebekah Lodge 89 for 62 years, received the Honor of Decoration of Chivalry from the Rebekah Assembly;member of District 5 Club and DOES in Kearney; enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening and her family
Survivors include: son, L.R. of Kearney; daughter, Joan Scarborough of Havelock, N.C.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Jane of Kearney and son-in-law, Neil Scarborough of Havelock
Was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Mildred Welch
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2004

NIELSEN, Margaret E., 88, of Kearney died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kearney
Burial: Blair Cemetery in Blair
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Born June 11, 1916, in Fairmont
Parents: LeRoy and Blanche (Lewis) Stines
Father was a banker in Fairmont for more than 30 years
Graduated from Fairmont High School and Doane College; taught high school English and dramatics for three years
Married Vance A. Nielsen in Omaha in 1940
Moved with husband to Kearney, 1950; owned and operated Nielsen Mortuary until retirement
Was a freelance writer who published many articles in Buffalo Tales and many other historical and religious publications; published a biography of her father-in-law titled "The Life and Times of Doc Nielsen."
Activities: member of Chapter AS, P.E.O., D.A.R., Buffalo County Historical Society, the Monday Book Club, the Museum of Nebraska Art and Order of the Eastern Star, and was secretary of the Kearney Public Library Board for six years
Survivors include: husband; son, Stephen of Omaha; and two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Nancy Nielsen of Omaha; grandchildren, Kristy, Kathy and Peter; and two nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard L. Stines
Kearney Hub, 20 November, 2004

SCHROEDER, Dan, 47, of Elm Creek died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, First Christian Church, Elm Creek
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Elm Creek
Memorials: the family
Born Oct. 2, 1957, in Kearney
Parents: Leo and Orva (Robinson) Schroeder
Grew up in Overton and Elm Creek; graduated from Overton High School in 1975
Married: Oct. 10, 1976,to Beverly Hagan in Elm Creek
Lived in Elm Creek; had a family business dealing with irrigation sales and repairs
Activities: member of First Christian Church in Elm Creek; enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors; loved attending the Nebraska State Fair with his family; enjoyed collecting toy tractors and cars
Survivors include: wife; sons, Tim, Rusty, Shelby and Coby, all of Elm Creek; daughter, Stacy Moxey of Louisville; brother, Mick of Johnson Lake; and one grandchild; also son-in-law, Clarence Moxey of Louisville; and sisters-in-law, Gwen of Johnson Lake and Sharon of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Terry
Kearney Hub, 22 November, 2004

SODERQUIST, Vincent A., 91, of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of the Kearney, Axtell and Grand Island, Neb., areas, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, in Denver
Services: Tuesday at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Lakewood
Burial: Fort Logan National Cemetery
Mortuary: Advantage Runyan Stevenson Chapel in Lakewood
Born Feb. 22, 1913, in Amherst, Neb.
Parents: John and Ida (Anderson) Soderquist
Married: Rosa Hellriegel. She preceded him in death
Survivors include: sons, Charles and Gary, both of Denver; daughters, Sharon Handley of Boise, Idaho, and Marilynn Eckhardt of Denver; and eight grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 17 November, 2004

HELLEBERG, Rex Staal, 76, of South Williamsport, Penn., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center
Memorial services: Tuesday, First Presbyterian Church, Watsontown. Additional memorial services: later in Kearney
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials: Shrine Children's Hospital in Minnesota or the Beagle Rescue Center in Pennsylvania
Body donated to medical science
Born Sept. 9, 1928, in Kearney
Parents: John and Elena (Staal) Helleberg
Was raised Kearney by his parents, both of whom emigrated from Denmark
Graduated from Kearney High School, got his master's degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Married Marilyn Morgan; were married for 35 years and lived in Kearney
With his father and brother, John, owned and operated Helleberg & Helleberg Architects and Engineers in Kearney
Was a registered architect in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado, Missouri, Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania; firm designed more than 8,000 buildings in Nebraska and neighboring states
Activities: member of the American Institute of Architects, served as president, and held other offices and was on many committees; member of other architectural associations; worked at the Kearney Youth Development Center; was a guest lecturer at Kearney State College and the UNL College of Architecture; member of the National Guard and Reserve Officers Association; was active in community service in Nebraska and Pennsylvania; member of the Kearney Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Leo Club, Kearney Chamber of Commerce and Alpha Phi Omega; was active in Boy Scouts and DeMolay; played in the Kearney City Band
Fraternal memberships include: Masonic organizations, AF&AM, Royal Arch, Knights Templar, Fort Kearny Shrine Club, Tehama Shrine Band, Ancient Order of Camel Herders, and the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite; member of B.P.O. Elks, Danish Brotherhood in America and Fraternal Order of Eagles; other memberships include University of Nebraska Alumni Association, Kearney State College Alumni Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, North American Society of Philatelists, Nebraska Sheriffs' and Peace Officers' Association, National Rifle Association, Fort Kearny Antique Car Club and the Kearney Country Club; attended First Lutheran Church in Kearney and the Unitarian Church in Pennsylvania
Moved to Pennsylvania in 1989, taught architecture; did architectural consulting until retiring
In Pennsylvania, taught AARP's 55 Alive drivers training for 10 years; also volunteered at the hospital; participated in singing groups and church; enjoyed driving his Model A car in parades, enjoyed hobbies such as stamp and coin collecting, and playing pitch, bridge, poker, chess and other games; loved animals, especially dogs; enjoyed people and leaves behind many friends and loved ones
Survivors include: sons, Paul of Kearney and John of Centreville, Va.; daughter, Karen of Kearney; sister, Elaine Couch of California; four great-grandchildren; and special friend Nancy Fisher of South Williamsport; also daughter-in-law, Tasha McClain; grandchildren, Matt, Josh, Dawn, Zack, Amy, Joe, Halley, Michaela and Saralisa, all of Kearney, and James McClain of Centreville, Va.; nephews, Jon Camp of Lincoln, Neb., and Tom Camp of Glendale, Calif.; other nieces and nephews, cousins and some relatives in Denmark
Was preceded in death by his mother; father; stepmother; brother, John; sister, Angelene Helleberg Camp; and daughter-in-law Cheryl Helleberg
Kearney Hub, 22 November, 2004

FARM, E. Ruth, 100, of Kearney died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at St. John's Center in Kearney
Memorial services: later. Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born Oct. 15, 1904 in Marquette, Mich.
Parents: Ernest and Elsie (Spaughton) Miller
Moved with family to Kearney; attended school, graduated from Kearney High School, 1923; was employed as a secretary for Nebraska Public Power District, retired in 1970
Married: 1929, to Vester Adams. He died in July 1958
Married: Sept. 30, 1960, to Paul Farm. He died Nov. 11, 2003
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church, a charter member of Job's Daughters, and a member and officer of the Business and Professional Women, Lions Auxiliary, DOES and Federal Kearney Women's Club
Surviving relatives include: brother, Jack Miller of Palm Springs, Calif.; stepsons, B.R. of Portland, Ore., and Paul and Gerald, both of Farmington, N.M.; seven stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husbands, two brothers and one sister
Kearney Hub, 23 November, 2004

STANSBERRY, Leonard E., 70, of Gibbon died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home in Grand Island
Burial: Grand Island Cemetery
Mr. Stansberry was born July 28, 1934, at LaMesa, Texas. Moved with family to Monument, N.M., attended school for a short time there. Traveled to Texas,then Norman, Okla.; worked with his father on the family dairy farm
Lived in California, then Bentonville, Ark., in late 1979 Married Sylvia, 1983, Bentonville, Ark.
Moved to Hobbs, N.M., 1985, owned and operated the Hobbs Greenhouse business for several years; October 2004, moved to Gibbon to retire
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Sylvia; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Randy and Wendy Riesland of Gothenburg, Danny Stover of Albuquerque, N.M., and Andy Stover of Lubbock, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Jim Finney of Gibbon, and Michelle and Ryan Stevens of Marietta, Ga.; a stepson, Gary Stansberry of Bentonville, Ark.; and two brothers, Doug Stansberry of Moore, Okla., and Bob Stansberry of Tulsa, Okla.; also five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Grand Island Independent, 24 November, 2004

CHANDLER, Melvin, 55 of Elm Creek died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at his home
Services: Saturday, First Christian Church in Elm Creek
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Elm Creek
Memorials to be designated by the family
Born Dec. 17, 1948, in Lexington
Parents: Roy and Verla (Wells) Chandler
Grew up in Elm Creek, graduated from Elm Creek Public School, 1968; graduated from Hasting Tech
Was self-employed at Elm Creek Repair Center
Activities: enjoyed racing cars, doing crossword puzzles, collecting electric trains and collecting Coca-Cola and Harley Davidson memorabilia
Survivors include: sister, Barbara Richardson of Elm Creek; also nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bonnie Olexo
Kearney Hub, 26 November, 2004

MARKUS, Betty D., 76, of Kearney died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Born July 5, 1928, in Kearney
Parents: Wallie and Vera (Hilty) Gleason
Grew up in Lexington, received her education there
Married: Feb. 7, 1948, to Raymond Markus in Grand Island
Lived in Kearney; was employed at Baldwin Filters and Foote Cafe; also was a housewife
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Kearney Senior Hospitality Center; enjoyed playing bingo, reading, playing cards, bird watching and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren
Survivors include: sons, David and Jim, both of Kearney; daughters, Donna Kimmel, Celia Goetschel and Melonie, all of Fort Lupton, Colo., Judy Payne of Grand Island, Mary Panowicz and Bobbi Jo, both of Kearney, and Christal of Omaha; brothers, Dick Gleason of Independence, Mo., Ronnie Gleason of Omaha, Larry Gleason of LaVista and Jim Gleason of Kearney; sisters, Janet Bowers of Middle Brook, Mo., and Shirley Wells of Las Vegas; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, one son and two grandsons
Kearney Hub, 26 November, 2004

FEESE, Shirley, 44, of Kearney died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Fredericksburg Cemetery
Mortuary: O-Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Born Nov. 2, 1960, in Minden
Parents: Gaylen and Jeanette (Smith) Hansen
Memorials to be established by the family
Grew up on a farm south of Minden, graduated from Minden High School and attended Kearney State College
Married to David Feese, Aug. 21, 1983, in Minden. Was employed by the Pella Window Store in Kearney at the time of her death
Activities: member of Faith United Methodist Church; was involved in the Kearney Jaycees; enjoyed gardening, attending her children's events and family
Survivors include: daughter, Jessica of Kearney; son, Noah of Kearney; father, Gaylen Hansen of Minden; sisters, Sheryl Schroeder of Lincoln, Peggy Luck of Liberal, Kan., and Diane Eckmeier of Holmen, Wis., and brother, Bill Hansen of Shanghai, China; also brothers-in-law, Ray Schroeder of Lincoln, Lonnie Luck of Liberal, Kan., and Rick Eickmeier of Holmen, Wis.; sister-in-law, Clarinda Hansen of Shanghai; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; friends; and co-workers
Was preceded in death by her mother and her grandparents
Kearney Hub, 27 November, 2004

KOLBO, Stacy Baack, 33, of Kearney died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at her home
Services: Monday, American Lutheran Church in Cozad
Burial: Cozad Cemetery
Mortuary: Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad
Born March 12, 1971, in Cozad
Parents: David and Helen (Stauffer) Baack
Married: Nov. 6, 1993, to Tony Kolbo
Survivors include her husband; son, Devin of Kearney; father and stepmother, David and Tina Baack of Cozad; mother and stepfather, Helen and John Mason of Cozad; sister, Gina Jenson of Cozad; grandmother, Lucille Gengenbach of Cozad; and stepgrandmother, Marie Eynetich of Grand Island
Kearney Hub, 26 November, 2004

ANDERSON, Norris, 82, of Estes Park, Colorado, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at Prospect Park Living Center in Estes Park
No services
Memorials: University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska
Born Aug. 16, 1922, in Kearney
Parents: Harry and Anna (Aabel) Anderson
At age 13, worked part time for the Kearney Hub sports department; after high school, attended Kearney State College, was sports editor at KSC Antelope newspaper
After college, continued at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was sports editor of the Daily Nebraskan and a writer for the Lincoln Star in 1941 and 1942
Military: U.S. Marine Corps; was editor of the official Marine Corps newspaper, The Chevron, in San Diego, Calif.; was a USMC combat correspondent in the South Pacific, worked with Ernie Pyle, the famed war correspondent; won a writers award for the article he wrote about Ernie Pyle; was with Pyle the day before Pyle was killed; also served two years in China
Returned to the U.S., was sports editor at the Lincoln Star, 1946-1954
Moved to Florida, was a sports columnist at the University of Florida at Gainesville and the Miami News until 1959; was the featured columnist for the national Football News; was honored by the Dade Dolphins Booster Club as "the nation's leading football columnist."
Belonged to the Sports Writers of America, American Legion Joseph J. Duncan Post 119 in Estes Park, and the Knights of the Belt Buckle, and he chartered the Miami Touchdown Club
Survivors include his sister, Joyce Ehly of Kearney; and special friends, Betty Miller and David Miles, both of Estes Park
Kearney Hub, 29 November, 2004

NEWTON, Josephine "Jo", 87, of Ravenna, formerly of Milford, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island
Services: Monday, Lauber-Moore-Funeral Home in Milford
Burial: Sterling Cemetery
Born Dec. 9, 1916, in Sterling
Parents: John and Minnie (Ehmen) Christline
Married: July 15, 1947, to Lee Newton in Lincoln. He died in 1995
Survivors include: daughters, Donna Lewandowski of Rockville and Nancy Corder of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 29 November, 2004

STOLTENBERG, Alizabeth Marie, infant daughter of Matt and Kathleen Stoltenberg of Kearney, was born at rest Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday at the chapel at St. James Catholic Church
Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery. Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials to be designated by the family
Survivors include: parents; and grandparents, David and Dorothy Bogus of Farwell and Ray and JoAnn Stoltenberg of Omaha; also many aunts and uncles
Kearney Hub, 29 November, 2004

SHENEMAN, Lois J., 79, of Kearney, formerly of Holdrege, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Tuesday, Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege
Burial: Stamford Cemetery
Born: Jan. 13, 1925, in Harlan County
Parents: Everett and Fern (Jones) Berry
Married: Sept. 30, 1944, to Marvin Sheneman
Survivors include: husband; sons, Richard of Loveland, Colo., Donald of Broken Bow and Marvin of Elwood; daughters, Connie White of Paraguay and Linda Dahl of Axtell; and many grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 29 November, 2004

ANDERSEN, Marjorie L., 93, of Kearney died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: donor's choice
Born May 16, 1911, in Buffalo County
Parents: Fred and Maude (Murray) Eastabrooks
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School, 1929
Married: June 27, 1935, to Rupert Andersen in Franklin. He died in 1996
Lived in Kearney
Activities: member of First Christian Church in Kearney, Christian Women's Fellowship, Naomi Rebekah Lodge in Kearney and a former member of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the Kearney Parliamentarians
Survivors include: daughters, Marilyn Schadt of Kearney and Charlotte Speck of Omaha; and brother, Lyle Eastabrooks of Sebastapol, Calif.; also grandchildren, Randall Schadt of Chester, N.J., Janis Wick of Kearney, Jeffrey Schadt of Lincoln, Stacey Noss of Carmel, Ind., Daren Speck of Brighton, Colo., and Brandon Speck of Omaha; 10 great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Al Schadt of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband; sister; son-in-law, Lonnie Speck; and grandson-in-law, Michael Wick in 2003
Kearney Hub, 1 December 2004

TROMPKE, Richard "Dick" D., 74, of Des Moines, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Des Moines
Memorial services: Saturday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial of cremains: later
Memorials: American Cancer Society
Born: July 25, 1930, in Loup City, Neb.
Parents: Anton and Agnes (Dembowski) Trompke
Grew up in Loup City, received his education in Loup City Schools
Started working for his brother-in-law at the age of 15 as a carpenter; chose carpentry as his career until he died
Married: Oct. 22, 1951, to Gladys Franzen in Loup City; later married Iva Yocum
He and his first wife lived in Kearney
Worked for Roeder Brothers and P.K. Ely of North Platte, Neb.; he worked in many towns as a superintendent; built Arnold, Neb., and Broken Bow, Neb., schools, the north addition of Methodist Homes in Holdrege, Neb., and many more
Later became self-employed, worked in the Holdrege and Kearney area; later moved to Des Moines; was considered a master carpenter, always took pride in his work; at one time or another, all four of his children worked for him
Activities: enjoyed baseball, stock car racing and growing tomatoes
Survivors include: wife; sons, Bill of Gibbon, Neb., Gary of Axtell, Neb. and Tim of Kearney; daughter, Sharon Muirhead of Lexington, Neb.; brother, Robert of Wood River, Neb.; sister, Velma Larchick of Kearney; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Shelley of Axtell and Lori of Kearney; and son-in-law, Ben Muirhead of Lexington
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ray; and sister, Irene
Kearney Hub, 9 December, 2004

CHAVEZ-BUERER, Tassidi Malia, infant daughter of Austin Buerer and Shali Chavez of Kearney, was born at rest Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Survivors include: parents; grandparents Rick and Betty Buerer of Kearney, Alfredo Chavez of Shelton and Dana Chavez of Kearney; great-grandparents, Frances Pracheil of Exeter, Gean and Marlene Buerer of Geneva, Juan and Micaela Chavez of Shelton, Irene Thies of Tecumseh and Richard and Glennis Thies of Elm Creek; also aunts, Amber Buerer of Kearney, Alexandrea Walker of Shelton and DesaRae Chavez of Kearney; and uncles, Aric and Adam Buerer and Isaiah Chavez, all of Kearney
Was preceded in death by great-grandfather, Ernest Pracheil
Kearney Hub, 7 December, 2004

DOREMUS, Dorothy E., 75, of Shelton died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Services: Tuesday, Godberson Mortuary in Gibbon
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Born May 17, 1929, in Macy
Parents: Raymond and Maude (Conway) Holbrook
Married: Sept. 13, 1948, to Clarence Doremus. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Clarence and David, both of Shelton, Donald of Grand Island and Steve of San Diego; daughter, Joyce Broaddus of Pratt, Kan.; sisters, Betty Beck and Marcella Benson; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 6 December, 2004

NESIBA, Evelyn M., 80, of Ravenna died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at her home
Services: Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna
Burial: Westlawn Cemetery in Grand Island
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Shelton
Parents: Fred and Mary (Klinkacek) Chizek
Was educated at District 70 in Hall County
Married: June 2, 1943, to David Schroll in Ravenna. He died Nov. 25, 1989
Married: July 19, 1991, to Milton Nesiba
Lived with first husband on a farm north of Ravenna
Lived with second husband in Ravenna
Activities: was well known for baking kolaches and making noodles; was a contributor to the Elba Shoot-out and was featured in Taste of Home magazine; loved dancing and polkas; also enjoyed crafts and attending craft shows, bowling and playing cards; member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Survivors include her husband; brother, Emil Chizek of Ravenna; stepsons, Marvin of Norfolk, Myron of St. Paul and Merlin of Dallas; eight step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild
Kearney Hub, 6 December, 2004

SCHLOSSER, Margaret "Marge" S., 90, of Omaha, formerly of Gibbon, died Saturday, Dec. 4 2004, at Hospice House in Omaha
Services: Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Hospice House in Omaha or the Gibbon Emergency Unit in Gibbon
Born Oct. 2, 1914, on a farm near Campbell
Parents: Fred and Sophie (Nitzel) Meyer
Attending country school near Campbell; moved to Kearney and then to Hastings; worked as a waitress; in Hastings, met her future husband, who was a member of the National Guard. He was called up for active duty in World War II and was stationed in England and later Alaska. During that time, she moved to Chicago with her sister and worked in a restaurant. When he was mustered out of the U.S. Army, they were married
Married: Aug. 9, 1945, to Francis Schlosser in Leaven-worth, Kan. He died May 8,1973
Lived on a farm south of Gibbon on Elm Island Road; went to work at Good Samaritan Home in Gibbon, 1964
After the death of her husband, moved from the Lowell community to Centennial Manor in Gibbon; retired in 1979
Activities: volunteered countless hours to the Lowell School, 4-H and the American Legion Auxiliary; member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney and American Legion Auxiliary Bradley Buck Post 310
Survivors include: daughters, Marilyn Salman of Santa Fe, N.M., and Marjorie Browers of Omaha; brother, Frederic Meyer of Omaha; and sisters, Bessie Mercier of Grant, Esther Schmale of Blue Hill, Neva Jean Parks of Campbell and Elsie Rippen of Kearney; also sons-in-law, David Salman of Santa Fe and Don Browers of Omaha; grandson, Brett Zigler of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Blake and Sydney Zigler of Lincoln; and special friend, Angie Zigler of Lincoln
Was preceded in death by her husband, a son, three brothers and a sister
Kearney Hub, 7 December, 2004

SUMMERS, Harold Blaine "Jiggs", of Tualatin, Oregon, died of an illness related to Parkinson's disease Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin
Memorial services: Friday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Neb. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge
Mortuary: Lockenour-Jones, Cambridge
Memorials: Living Savior Lutheran Church, Tualatin, Oregon; the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, the Parkinson's Center, Portland, Oregon; or the Harold and DeLoris Summers Scholarship Fund, Doane College, Crete, Nebraska
Born July 13, 1930, in Frontier County near Cambridge
Parents: Arthur and Addie (Showalter) Summers
Attended Cambridge schools and graduated from high school in 1948; was active in high school athletics, mainly track and football; played football in college and while he was in the U.S. Army
Married: June 15, 1952, to DeLoris Schaffert. Military: was drafted into U.S. Army, July 16, 1952, was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training and leadership school; served in Germany, honorably discharge in May 1954
Returned to school, graduated from Doane College in Crete, Neb., in May 1955
Moved to Kearney, Neb.; worked for State Farm Insurance for five years, then for Farmers Mutual Insurance for more than 33 years; retired in Lincoln, Neb., 1993
Activities: member of Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin; life member of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association and avid Husker fan
Moved February 1994 to Tualatin to be near son and daughter-in-law
Survivors include wife; son, David of Tualatin; brother, Donald of Beloit, Wis.; and sisters, Betty Ginn of Arvada, Colo., and Dorothy Kokes of Lakeside, Ore.; also daughter-in-law, Kendra of Tualatin; brothers-in-law, Bill Ginn and Leonard Kokes; sister-in-law, Joyce; his mother-in-law, Viola Schaffert of Tualatin; and six nieces and nephews
Kearney Hub, 7 December, 2004

CROSS, Doii W., 86, of Kearney died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Ingalls (Kan.) Cemetery
Memorials to be designated later
Born March 3, 1918, in Gosper County
Parents: John and Laura (Clark) Phillips
Grew up in the Beaver City area, graduated from Beaver City High School
Married: Sept. 5, 1937, to Lyle Cross. He died in 1993
Lived in various towns in Nebraska and Wyoming, and then they farmed at Ingalls
Moved to Kearney in 1997
Was a housewife and caregiver to family and friends
Survivors include: sons, Myron of Kearney and John of Vona, Colo.; daughters, Karen Upthagrove of Holdrege, Jean Thompson and Mary Sperry, both of Kearney, Wanda Redger and Retha Wittlake, both of Ingalls, and Alicia Woods of Cimarron, Kan.; brothers, Delmar Phillips of Medford, Ore., and Willard Phillips of Kearney; sister, Eula Young of Kearney; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren, also sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elinor and John Johnson of Fort Dodge, Kan.
Kearney Hub, 11 December, 2004

THOMAS, James R., 67, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, in Ocala
Memorial services: in Florida
Memorials: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Born April 28, 1937, in Ravenna, Neb.
Parents: Franklin and Irma (Lauer) Thomas
Attended school through fifth grade in Ravenna; family then moved to Kearney, and he continued his education and graduated from Kearney High School; received a degree in mathematics from Kearney State College in 1960
Taught high school mathematics in Axtell, Neb., and Cozad, Neb.
Married: Dec. 29, 1963, to Ida Hostler
Received his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado, 1965; taught in Cozad for one more year
Lived in Grand Island for three years, was employed as a system analyst for NCR Corp; also owned a hair-styling salon
Moved back to Kearney, was employed as director of data processing for Educational Service Unit 10 for 20 years
Was a representative and trainer for Data Team Systems Inc. before retiring in Ocala
Survivors include his sons, John of Lincoln, Neb., and Jerry of Manhattan, Kan.; daughter, Christine Thomas Messman of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; and brother, Gary of Arizona; also his grandchildren, Brook, Beau, Beth and Daniel
Kearney Hub, 9 December, 2004

BECK, Wayne Leland, 89, of Litchfield died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Saturday, Litchfield United Methodist Church
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born May 29, 1915, on a farm northeast of Litchfield
Parents: William and Mary (Heapy) Beck
Was educated at Clear Creek School, graduated from Litchfield High School
Graduated from Kearney State Teachers College in 1938; lettered in football, basketball and track, was an All-Conference end in football, and earned the "K" blanket and the white "K" sweater; member of Phi Tau Fraternity, served as president of the Fraternity/Sorority Council
Taught math and coached in Lodgepole
Married: May 26, 1939, to Anna Holm in Kearney. She preceded him in death
Began working on his master's degree at Colorado State in Gunnison, 1940
Worked for DeLau Construction building the ammunition depot in Sidney, 1942
Taught and coached in Broken Bow, 1943
Moved to Kearney, 1943; worked rewound armatures at the Kearney Air Base until the end of World War II
Returned to the farm where he was born, August 1945
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church in Litchfield; member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Litchfield Community Club, Rat Lake Club, a 4-H leader, served on the township board, on the Clear Creek School Board, and Custer County REA and was president of the PTA and church board; was one of the founders of Dads, Lads and Lassies Pheasant Hunt in Litchfield; enjoyed fishing and hunting deer, antelope, pheasants, ducks and squirrels
Survivors include: sons, Bill of Lincoln and Delwin of Litchfield; daughter, Carol Ellsworth of Kearney; brothers, Elwin of Rio Vista, Calif., and Irwin of Litchfield; sisters, Eileen Wing of Grand Island and Vivian Hale of San Diego; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Jan of Lincoln, Bobbi of Litchfield and Peggy Thomas of Wood River; son-in-law, Larry Ellsworth of Kearney; and may nieces, nephews and friends
Was preceded in death by his wife; sons, Elwin and Dan; brothers, Harold, Cecil and Norman; and sisters, Erma Peterson and Muriel Beck
Kearney Hub, 10 December, 2004

PETERSEN, Lyle, 74, of Ravenna died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Monday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ravenna
Burial: Aurora Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born Nov. 13, 1930, in Beaver Crossing
Parents: Carl and Minnie (Ziems) Petersen
Was educated at District 35 in Seward County
Married: Jan. 10, 1953, to Eunice Randolph in Rapid City, S.D.
Military: U.S. Air Force, December 1950 - October 1954
Lived in Rapid City, York and Aurora; moved to Ravenna in 1999; worked as a farmer, as an electrician and was employed by the Nebraska Department of Roads as a maintenance worker and mechanic
Activities: member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ravenna
Survivors include: wife; sons, Carl of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Larry of Central City; daughter, Linda Zinnell of Ravenna; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Terri of Citrus Heights and Joyce of Central City; and son-in-law, Ron Zinnell of Ravenna
Was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lila Mae Loewe
Kearney Hub, 10 December, 2004

PETTIT, Jean M., 95, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, in a health-care facility in Chattanooga
Graveside services: Nov. 30 at Chattanooga Memorial Park
Born: May 25, 1909, in Oakdale, Tenn.
Parents: James and Dove Petitt
Moved to Kearney as dean of women at Kearney State College, 1954; joined the English Department two years later, and remained at KSC until retiring, 1973
Survivors include her nephew, U. Kay Whaley of Chattanooga; and niece, Mary Wright of Memphis
Was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lois Whaley
Kearney Hub, 10 December, 2004
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