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BLACK, Judith Marie, 61, of Kearney died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Friday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Memorials to First United Methodist Church
Born Oct. 1, 1944, in Los Angeles
Parents: James and B. Marie (Hegwood) Black
Moved with family to Kearney in 1948; lived at home with her parents and attended Handicap Education Programs for a period of time
Member of First United Methodist Church
Survivors include: aunt, Luree Shafer of Imperial; and friend, Junior Webster of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her father in 1984 and her mother Nov. 14, 2005
Kearney Hub, 29 December, 2005

ALLESSIE, Trudy E., 85, of Riverside, California, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Summerville Assisted Living in Riverside
Graveside services: Thursday, Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Graveside services: Thursday, Kearney Cemetery Born Dec. 5, 1920, in Kearney
Parents: Floyd and Hazel (Colton) Reese
Grew up in Kearney
Married Samuel Allessie. He died in 1985
Lived in California; owned and operated a grocery store in the Riverside area; was a member of First Christian Church in Kearney
Survivors include nieces and nephews
Kearney Hub, 3 January, 2006

CHERRY, Lois D., 93, of Kearney, formerly of the Amherst and Miller areas, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, Faith Baptist Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials to the family
Born April 26, 1912, in Burwell
Parents: Franklin and Nettie (Murten) Todd
Attended country schools in the Sumner area, graduated from Sumner High School in 1930
Married: March 10, 1932, to Marcus Cherry in Broken Bow. He died May 29, 1984
With husband, farmed in the Sumner, Eddyville and Broken Bow area; finally made their home on a farm near Amherst; retired and moved to Kearney, 1984
Moved to Wel-Life in Kearney after husband's death; was living at Mother Hull Home at the time of death
Activities: liked to work in her garden, planted lots of flowers; also enjoyed embroidery and crochet work when her eyes were good; loved spending time with her family
Survivors include: son, Jack of Omaha; daughter, Vaughn Albrecht of Kearney; brother, Clayton Todd of Elwood; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Cherry of Omaha
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, two brothers, two sisters, son-in-law Kenneth Albrecht and one great-grandson, Kenneth Albrecht
Kearney Hub, 31 December, 2005

BAZANT, Edward J., 96, of Ravenna, formerly of Loup City, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, St. Josaphat's Catholic Church, Loup City
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Loup City
Mortuary: Peters, Loup City
Born June 28, 1909, near Burwell
Parents: James and Anna (Penas) Bazant
Married Wanda Grella June 4, 1934, in Loup City. She preceded him in death Oct. 3, 1989
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Lienert of Nicolaus, Calif.; two grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and a special friend, Martha Bonczynski of Boelus
Kearney Hub, 31 December, 2005

ENGLEMAN, Madeline D., 89, of Kearney, formerly of Overton, died Sunday Jan. 1, 2006, at The Homestead
Services: Thursday, Overton Methodist Church
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love, Lexington
Born Oct. 19, 1916, in Indianola
Parents: C.C. and Edna (Holcomb) Burt
Married: May 26, 1935, she married Dale Engleman in Overton
Survivors include: husband; son, Kenneth of Grand Terrace, Calif.; daughter, Marilynn Fecht of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2006

LARSEN, Stanley A., 81, Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Grace United Methodist Church, Hastings
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hastings
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials to the church in Hastings or to Mother Hull home in Kearney
Born May 25, 1924, in Minden
Parents: Lewis and Stena (Sorensen) Larsen
Grew up in Roseland, graduated from Roseland High School in 1942
Farmed near Roseland
Married: Nov. 20, 1964, to Alta Purdy in Hastings
Retired from farming, 1986; moved to Hastings; moved to Kearney, December 2001
Activities: member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings, the Christian Builders Class at church and was a former church board member; enjoyed fishing and his family
Survivors include his wife; sons, Larry Mohr of Aurora and Randy Mohr of Roseland; daughter, Jannis of Kearney; and four great-grandchildren; also grandchildren, Kevin Mohr of Aurora, Kara Seachord and husband, Stephen, of Kearney and Brandon Heacock of Kearney; and nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Adolph, Clarence and Kenneth Larsen; and sisters, Carrie Moore and Mabel Lockard
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2006

MARINO, Minnie P., 95, of Kearney died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Tuesday, Zion Lutheran Church, Kearney
Burial: Upland Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church broadcast or building fund
Born Oct. 1, 1910, in Wilcox
Parents: Charles and Dorothea (Volk) Fritz
Was baptized, Oct. 30, 1910; confirmed June 20, 1926, in the Lutheran faith; remained a member throughout her life while living in Kansas, Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Nebraska
Graduated from Upland High School in 1928, attended Hastings Business College
Married: 1940, to R. L. Hampton Sr.; divorced in 1947
Married: 1961, to Michael Marino. He died in 1977
Was employed as a bookkeeper in Linn, Kan., and then as a bookkeeper in the wholesale clothing industry in Seattle and Denver; retired in 1979; moved to a retirement apartment in Kearney, 1981
Survivors include her sons, R. Leslie Hampton Jr. of Craig, Colo., and James R. Hampton of El Paso, Texas; brother, Lawrence Fritz of Kearney; and sister, Alvera Lieske of Kearney; also daughters-in-law, Bonnie Hampton of Craig and Esther Hampton of El Paso; grandchildren, Danielle of El Paso, Paul of Calabasas, Calif., Bryan and his wife, Rhonda, of Greeley, Colo.; and great-granddaughter, Gabrielle of Greeley
Was preceded in death by her second husband and a brother
Kearney Hub, 2 January, 2006

PANZER, Thelma M., 89, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Northridge Retirement Home
Graveside services: Thursday, North Platte City Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials to Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity
Born Sept. 21, 1916 in North Platte
Parents: Carl and Mary (Wills) Thompson. Graduated from North Platte High School in 1935
Married: Sept. 20, 1936, to Howard Panzer in North Platte. He preceded her in death
Moved to McCook in 1937, to Kearney in 1984
Survivors include her daughters, Judy Baltzell of Kearney and Janet Reiners of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; sister, Frances Goodwin of Englewood, Colo.; and half sisters, Loewayne Brown of North Platte and Nancy Ridder of Callaway; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law Bob Baltzell of Kearney and Larry Reiners of Signal Mountain; and two sisters-in-law
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2006

ROMERO, Benita, 89, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at her home
Services: Thursday, Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials to the family to be designated later
Born March 21, 1916, in El Paso, Texas
Parents: Delores and Arcadia (Leiva) Dominguez
Was educated in El Paso; moved to Nebraska
Married Leo Romero in Hastings in 1955. He died June 3, 1987
Moved to Kearney in 1960; husband was employed at Eaton Corp.
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Survivors include her sons, Abelardo Antillon of Kearney, Jesse Antillon of El Paso, Gilbert Antillon and Nasario Lopez, both of Odessa, Silvester Lopez of California and Richard Lopez of Kearney; daughters, Irene Zubia of Grand Island and Martha Lopez of York; one sister; one brother; 22 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, four grandsons and one brother
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2006

JOHNSON, Cleta F., 70, of Gibbon died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, New Life Assembly Church in Kearney
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson Mortuary, Gibbon
Born Nov. 27, 1935, in Prescott, Kan.
Parents: James and Elizabeth (White) Endecott
Married: June 27, 1957, to Donald Johnson in Grand Island. He died in 1998
Survivors include: sons, Oren of Columbus, Rick of Kearney, Jeffery of Gibbon and Joshua of Elm Creek; daughters, Valerie of Gibbon and Donna of Elm Creek; brothers, Donald Endecott of Kearney and James Endecott of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sisters, Billie Gardner of Johnson Lake, Lyla Odom of Summersville, Mo., Carol Lyons of Phoenix, Arlene Wilson of Cozad and Marlene Berglund of Kearney; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 3 January, 2006

WYATT, Clela M., 89, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, formerly of Atkinson, Kearney, Ravenna and Cozad, Neb., died Friday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Ripley County Memorial Hospital in Doniphan
Services 3 January, Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson
Born Nov. 11, 1916, in Springview, Neb.
Parents: Bert and Julia (Rasmussen) Lewis
Married: May 31, 1936, to J. Linn Wyatt. He died Oct. 12, 1995
Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Hill of Poplar Bluff; brothers, Bob Lewis of Atkinson and Dale Lewis of Springview; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 3 January, 2006

FENSTERMACHER, W. Earl, 95, of Cozad died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Cozad Community Hospital
Services: Friday, Parkview United Methodist Church in Cozad
Burial: Cozad Cemetery
Mortuary: Berryman, Cozad
Born: Nov. 13, 1910, in Amherst
Parents: Willard and Amanda (Dobbins) Fenstermacher
Attended rural school in Buffalo County
Married: March 21, 1934, to Ardeen Adamson
Lived and farmed north of Cozad; moved to Cozad, 1974; later did well work; was employed with the Massey-Ferguson Dealership for seven years
Activities: member of Parkview United Methodist Church; enjoyed bowling, pitching horseshoes, garden and yard work
Survivors include: wife, Ardeen of Cozad; two sons, Robert "Bob" (Louise) Fenstermacher of Kingman, Ariz., and Roger (Patty) Fenstermacher of Cozad; a daughter, Erlene (Howard) Davis of Arapahoe; seven grandchildren, Deb, Shawn, Joda, Amber, Crista, Stacy and Eric; nine great-grandchildren, Bryan, Carrick, Kaycia, Belle, Nichole, Amelia, Olivia, Elaina and Christopher; and a great-great grandson, Zakkary
Was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd, and a sister-in-law, Helen Fenstermacher

Lexington Clipper-Herald, 7 January, 2006

BAILEY, Kevin L., 49, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: to be designated later
Born July 30, 1956, in Kearney
Parents: Lennis and Gracene (Goodchuck) Bailey
Grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1973
Married: Dec. 24, 1977, to Lori Traver in Kearney
Did custom harvesting work; worked at Growers Ag for 11 years, then Scoular Grain in Gibbon, Big Flag Farm Supply and Bosselman's Oil; was currently working for the Nebraska Department of Roads
Activities: enjoyed NASCAR, football, fishing and gardening and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren
Survivors include his wife; son, Kurt of Kearney; daughter, Shawna Swanson of Rochester, Minn.; and brother, Kraig of Kearney; also grandchildren, Bo, Elijah and Sam Swanson, all of Rochester; son-in-law, Chad Swanson of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Vicki Bailey and Sharon Giesler and husband, Steve, all of Kearney, and Nancy Johnson and husband Larry of Litchfield; brother-in-law, Jim Traver of North Platte; mother-in-law, Marilyn Traver of Kearney; and nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his father in 2004 and his mother in 2005
Kearney Hub, 7 January, 2006

HEACOCK, Ormond C., 81, of Belmont, California, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, in Redwood City
Services: Friday, Sneider and Sullivan Funeral Home in San Mateo
Burial: Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto
Memorials to the donor's choice
Born Jan. 30, 1924, in Kearney
Parents: Raymond and Margaret (Grosh) Heacock
Was raised in Kearney; graduated from Kearney High School in 1941, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years
Military: U.S. Army in World War II; served in the Pacific
Later received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California
Married: Sept. 30, 1950, to Helen Moore. She preceded him in death
Moved to Belmont, resided there for more than 50 years
Was a high school teacher at San Mateo High School and Aragon High School for 35 years
Activities: charter member of the Belmont Baptist Church; served in many roles in the church, including church moderator, member of the Board of Deacons and financial secretary
Survivors include: sons, Daniel of San Jose and Douglas of Belmont
Was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, J. Gerow Heacock and Bruce Heacock; and sister, Shirley Finley
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2006

McCALL, Shannon Donell, 37, of Norfolk, formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, in Omaha
Memorial services: Saturday, Lincoln County Historical Museum in North Platte
Born July 3, 1968, in Concord, Calif.
Parents: Don and Danja (Harmer) Critchell
Married Dale McCall in North Platte
Survivors include: husband; son, Jamie; daughter, Caitlyn; her mother of San Francisco; brother, Ron Harmer of California; and sister, Camille Oberg of North Platte; also brother-in-law, John Oberg of North Platte; niece, Alexandra Oberg; and extended family and friends
Kearney Hub, 6 January, 2006

BRUNKHORST, Dr. Jon J., 40 of Iowa City, formerly of Omaha and Kearney, Nebr., died Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at his home in Iowa City
Services: Monday, January 9, 2006, St. John's Catholic Church in Omaha
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Omaha
Mortuary: Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City
Memorial: the Brunkhorst children
Born November 19, 1965, in Ft. Dodge, Iowa
Parents: John H. and Mary M. (Still) Brunkhorst
Graduated from high school in 1984 in Ogallala, Nebr.; received Bachelor of Science from Creighton University in Omaha, 1988; continued at Creighton, received Master of Science in Molecular Biology in 1990; earned Doctor of Medicine in 1994 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; worked as an anesthesiologist in Kearney, NE, 1998-2005
Activities: member of a number of professional organizations, including the International Anesthesiology Research Society, and the American Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia
Survivors: wife, Jeanette; two sons, John and Joey all of Iowa City; sister, Kristyn McEachen and her husband, Jack of Omaha; brother, Joel Brunkhorst and his wife, Catherine of Blair, NE; and a number of nieces and nephews
Iowa City Press-Citizen, 7 January, 2006

BRAGG, Rose C., 86, of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Services: Friday, Zion Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Liekse-Horner
Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or American Diabetes Association
Born Jan. 6, 1920, in Riverdale, Neb.
Parents: Christ and Minnie (Raup) Schake
Godmother was Clara Taubenheim [baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Peake, rural Riverdale.]
Grew up in Riverdale, graduated from Riverdale High School in 1938
Attended Kearney State College, received a teaching certificate; taught at rural schools in the Amherst, Neb., area; worked at the ordnance plant in Grand Island, Neb., during World War II, helped build bombs and artillery shells.
Married: Aug. 3, 1946, to Clifford Bragg in Kearney. He died in 2004
Worked at Sears in the Women's Ready to Wear department, later worked at St. John's Center, then at Kmart
Activities: member of Zion Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII Auxiliary; volunteered at St. John's, Good Samaritan Hospital and Zion Lutheran Church school; enjoyed making Christmas cookies and candy for her friends and family; enjoyed attending auctions and having garage sales
Survivors include her son, Cliff of Springtown; daughter, Frosty Ryan of Lake Forest, Calif.; brother, Harvey Schake of Hardin, Mont.; and sisters, Lora Swearingen of Kimball, Neb., and Mabel George of Columbus, Neb.; also son-in-law, Richard Ryan of Lake Forest; daughter-in-law, Vicki Bragg of Springtown; grandchildren, Chris and Chadd Bragg and Kinley and Hailey Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Eric and Tyler Bragg
Was preceded in death by her husband,; a son, Tim in 1995; two brothers; and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2006

SENIOR, Johanna "Kay", 77, of Saluda, North Carolina, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Saluda
Services: Friday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Memorials to the Church of Christ in Kearney
Born Jan. 23, 1928, in Lincoln, Neb.
Parents: John and Maria (Neff) Wacker
Grew up in Lincoln, graduated from high school there; attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years
Married: Sept. 5, 1948, to James Mason in Lincoln. He preceded her in death
Married: Feb. 17, 1990, to Robert Senior in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Moved to Kearney in 1968; worked in the media center at Northeast Elementary School, 1971-1978;. worked for Prawl Engineering in Omaha, June 1978 - March 1982; worked as a bookkeeper for the Kearney Housing Authority, 1983-1990
Activities: member of the American Legion Post 52, Kearney Church of Christ and past matron of Beulah Chapter 40 of OES
Survivors include: sons, Timothy Mason of Jefferson City, Mo., and Tyler Mason of Campobello, S.C.; brothers, John Wacker of Rockford, Ill., and Alex Wacker and Dan Wacker, both of Lincoln; sisters, Ester Verhoeven of Dallas and Ruth Migliore of Kenner, La.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; stepson, Ron of Crescent City, Calif.; and four stepgrandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Freda, and brothers, Herman and Phillip
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2006

PIRNIE, Donald Mitchell, 87, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Tuesday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: National Parkinson Foundation or Interfaith Caregivers of Kearney
Born: Nov. 20, 1918, in Weissert
Parents: Earl and Alvina (Roy) Pirnie
Grew up in Weissert, received his education at East Weissert Grade School and Dry Valley High School; as a youth, ran the creamery at Pirnie General Store in Weissert, worked there until entering the U.S. Army
Military: US Army, May 2, 1942- Aug. 22, 1952; served during World War II; re-enlisted to serve in the Korean War
Married: Oct. 24, 1943, to Helen Swanson in Weissert
Lived in Broken Bow, was a partner in Pirnie Brothers; managed Pirnie Farm Store and sold Massey Fergusons and Minneapolis Molines, also sold Packards, Studebakers and Willys Jeeps
Started Arrow Car Wash in Broken Bow, Grand Island, McCook, North Platte and Denver; was affiliated with Arrow Freight Lines in Broken Bow and Grand Island; moved to Grand Island, 1968, became owner/operator of Grand Island West Auto Truck Plaza; managed the truck stop, retired in 1990; moved to Kearney, 1993
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney; in Broken Bow, was a member of the E.U.B./United Methodist Church, served on the Building Committee; member of the Custer County Choristers, Broken Bow Cosmopolitan Club and the Broken Bow Country Club; member of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars; enjoyed golfing, fishing, singing, yodeling, spending winters at South Padre Island, woodworking, traveling and repairing anything that needed fixing; loved spending time with his family and friends
Survivors include his wife; and daughters, Kay Andersen and Sue Howe, both of Kearney; also son-in-law, Craig Howe of Kearney; grandchildren, Chad Andersen of Denver, Greg Howe and Stacy Andersen, both of Lincoln, and Steven Howe of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Clara Drake of Longmont, Colo., and Alice Pirnie, Kate Pirnie Evans and Marie Pirnie, all of Broken Bow; brothers-in-law, Carl Swanson and wife, Shirley, of Minden and Loran Swanson and wife, Janet, of Sun City West, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Roy, George, Frank, Kenneth, Robert, John and James
Kearney Hub, 16 January, 2006

WADE, Patrice M., 53, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at her home
Graveside services: Monday, Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born Aug. 22, 1952, in Lexington
Parents: Jim and Patricia (Smith) Dodge
Survivors include: son, Jeremy of Jackson, Tenn.; daughter, Amy Vath of Jackson; her father of Republican City; brother, Doug Dodge of Guernsey, Wyo.; sister, Nancy Holland of Kearney; and eight grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 14 January, 2006

EBERLE, Reinhold Clarence, 91, of Hildreth died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth
Burial: St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Hildreth
Mortuary: Jelden-Layton, Hildreth
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or the donor's choice
Born Jan. 3, 1915, north of Amherst
Parents: Carl and Nettie (Reeh) Eberle
Was baptized Feb. 14, 1915, and was confirmed April 29, 1928, at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Amherst
Graduated from Immanuel Parochial School north of Amherst
Farmed with his father near Amherst, also worked on other farms and with REA Construction
Married: May 8, 1955, to Violet Bauer near Hildreth; celebrated their 50th anniversary May 8, 2005
Lived north of Amherst, moved to their farm home 41/2 miles south of Hildreth, 1957; farmed and raised livestock near Amherst and Hildreth
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth
Survivors include his wife; son, Dean of Hildreth; and sister, Milda Vavra of Amherst; also his brother-in-law, Verl Vavra of Amherst; sisters-in-law, Freda Wild of Amherst and Carolyn Bauer of Hildreth; and many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives
Was preceded in death by a sister, Celia Eberle; brothers-in-law, Emmit Wild and Carl Bauer; nephew, Craig Bauer; and great-niece, Rikki York
Kearney Hub, 13 January, 2006

JACOBS, Derrick, 29, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Kearney Hub, 27 December, 2005

FINKE, Phyllis Jeanne, 76, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Mount Carmel Keens Memorial Home
Services: Wednesday, First Presbyterian Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials to Mount Carmel or the Kearney Humane Society
Born Oct. 31, 1929, in Shelton
Parents: Charles and Ethel (Smith) Gray
Grew up in Kearney, attended Kearney Public Schools, graduated in 1947; graduated from Kearney State Teachers College in January 1952 with a bachelor of arts degree in art with minors in history and English
Married June 27, 1954, to Willard Peterson. He died in September 1955
Were owners/managers of Western Auto in Kearney
Married Sept. 4, 1959, to Virgil Finke; with husband, operated Finke Radio and TV Service for 12 years; also owned the Tot 'N Teen children's clothing store in the Fort Kearney Hotel until its closure
Activities: member of Beta Sigma Phi for more than 50 years; member of DOES, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and First Presbyterian Church; volunteered as an assistant Brownie leader, as an assistant 4-H leader and with the American Red Cross and served on the election board for 40 years; recently, served on the Patient Advisory Council of Good Samaritan Health Systems; volunteered at Mount Carmel home and the Nebraska Caregivers Association
Survivors include her husband; and daughter, Julie Harms of Fort Collins, Colo.; also grandson, Jonathan Harms of Fort Collins; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Joanne Finke and Charlotte Finke, all of Kearney, and Dale and Mary Ann Eatherton of Gibbon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by an infant brother, her parents and a brother-in-law, Dale Finke
Kearney Hub, 17 January, 2006

McKEON, Allan Charles, 45, of Ravenna died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, in Ravenna
Services: Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born April 6, 1960, in Kearney
Parents: Leo and Rosemary (Strieder) McKeon
Was educated in Ravenna; graduated from Ravenna High School in 1978
Worked as a truck driver; worked construction for Hooker Brothers
Married Sept. 24, 1984, to Jeri Grassmeyer; lived in Ravenna and Gibbon
Survivors include his wife of Gibbon; daughters, Kylee of Kearney and Lindsey of Gibbon; his parents of Ravenna; brothers, Dennis of Grand Island, David and Roger, both of Ravenna, and Steve of Lincoln; sisters, Elaine De la Motte of Doniphan, Teresa Ziffer of Clarksburg, Md., and Jenifer of Grand Island; and special friend, Alicia Larson; also Alicia's daughter, Allyson Larson
Was preceded in death by his grandparents
Kearney Hub, 16 January, 2006

ZOUHA, Irene Elizabeth, 86, of Ravenna died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Seneca Sunrise in Ravenna
Services: Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born: Feb. 8, 1919, in Farwell
Parents: Joseph and Ursula (Chlopek) Kalinowski
Married: Jan. 16, 1944, to Joseph Zouha in Harrisburg, Pa.; lived in Rockville, Hazard and Ravenna
Worked at Baldwin in Kearney, was a cook at the Burlington Cafe and the Big Onion in Ravenna
Activities: member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna
Survivors include daughters, Ernestine Hall of Denver, Delores Roberson of Gilbert, Ariz., Janice Gappa of Peoria, Ariz., and Jo Johnson of El Mirage, Ariz.; brothers, Leo and Carl Kalinowski; sisters, Anna Ogorsolka, Clara Kmiecik and Emily Studnicka; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, nine brothers and four sisters
Kearney Hub, 16 January, 2006

PROCHASKA, Monte Philip, 53, of Grand Island, formerly of Palmer and Kearney, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare Lakeview in Grand Island
Memorial services: Saturday, Solt Funeral Home chapel in Central City
Burial: Central City Cemetery
Born April 4, 1952, in Grand Island
Parents: William and Billie (Rogers) Prochask
Married: 1972 to Billie Marvel
Survivors include his son, Philip of St. Libory; mother and stepfather, Billie and Jay Gee of Central City; sister, Janet Koenig of Centennial, Colo.; stepbrothers, David Gee of Grand Island, Howard Gee of Los Osos, Calif., and Kenneth Gee of Brighton, Colo.; and special friend, Barbara Block of Cozad.
Kearney Hub, 17 January, 2006

SMITH, James Connor, infant son of James Smith and Ashley Carpenter of Kearney, died at birth Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Jan. 19, Community Church in Brewster, Kan.
Burial: Brewster Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Kearney Hub, 19 January, 2006

MOLES, Francis "Frank", 89, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials to Mother Hull Home
Born June 7, 1916, in Custer County to Ped and Maggie (Hickey) Moles
Started his education in a one-room schoolhouse at Pleasant Hill, attended St. James Grade School in Kearney, graduated from Elm Creek High School; attended Kearney State College for two years
Married Oct. 2, 1939, to Maxine Sternberg
Lived in Norfolk, Redondo Beach, Wash., Elm Creek, Beatrice, and Yakima, Wash., and Auburn, Wash.; retired to Kearney, 1984
Activities: loved his family; enjoyed music, played in dance bands as a young man; was an avid Cornhusker football fan; member of St. James Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus
Survivors include his wife; sons, Robert of Amherst, N.H., and Richard of Tyler, Texas; daughter, Connie Hagerman of Littleton, Colo.; sister, Ellen Bowie of Elm Creek; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Nell Moles of Amherst and Maria Moles of Tyler; and son-in-law, Glenn Hagerman of Littleton
Was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and two grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 19 January, 2006

JOHN, Treva E., 80, of rural Miller died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial services: Monday, Miller United Methodist Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials to the church
Born Nov. 21, 1925, in Miller
Parents: Charlie and Florence (Frazier) Samp
Grew up and attended country school north of Miller; moved to Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School
Married: July 11, 1944, to Virgil John in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Moved to a farm south of Miller, lived there for more than 60 years
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women in Miller; enjoyed gardening and sewing
Survivors include her husband; son, Randy of Miller; daughter, Brenda of Hastings; sister, Lois Wood of Caldwell, Idaho; and two grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Penny John of Miller; brother-in-law, Melvin John and wife, Beulah, of Miller; and nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers-in-law
Kearney Hub, 20 January, 2006

SMITH, Helen M., 86, of Ravenna, formerly of Pleasanton, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Services: Saturday, Pleasanton United Methodist Church
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials to Pleasanton United Methodist Church
Born Jan. 22, 1919, in Buffalo County
Parents: John and Amelia (Kreutzer) Lammers
Grew up and attended school in Pleasanton, graduated from Pleasanton High School; attended Kearney Normal School
Married: March 4, 1944, to Deloss Smith. He died in 1969
Lived near Pleasanton, taught schools in Buffalo County; then worked at Farmers Union Co-op in Pleasanton and later at Baldwin Filters in Kearney for 10 years
Moved to Kearney, 2003; lived in Homestead Retirement Home; moved to Ravenna Good Samaritan Center, September 2005
Survivors include her sister, Delores Reese of Pleasanton; also daughter-in-law, Sharon Smith of Pleasanton; granddaughters, Julie Miller of Osborne, Kan., Sandra Redetzke of Ellis, Kan., and LeAnn Dix of Stockton, Kan.; and great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Miller, Kade Miller, Grace Redetzke, Sydney Redetzke and Olivia Dix
Was preceded in death by her husband; son, John in 2005, and sisters, Hazel Ripp and Dorothy Heider
Kearney Hub, 20 January, 2006

TUSHICK, Ruth E., 75, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at her home
Services: Tuesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials to the family
Born May 19, 1930, in Sullivan, Ind.
Parents: Garland and Eva (South) Morris
Grew up and received her education in Chicago
Married: Dec. 24, 1951, to Wayne Tushick in Chicago
Lived in Chicago, worked for Pittsburg Plate and Glass; also lived in Topeka, Kan., worked for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kroll, and in Houston; in Kearney, worked for Dr. John McCammond and later worked as a medical transcriptionist in the pathology department at Good Samaritan Hospital
Survivors include her daughters, Pam Wiggins of Houston and Sydnie Beavers of Kearney; son, David of Lincoln; sisters, Jean Taylor of Mountain Home, Ark., and Bea Neal of College Station, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother
Kearney Hub, 23 January, 2006

BUTLER, Elinore, 95, of Kearney died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni House
Memorials to Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice of the Medical Division of CARE
Born Aug. 8, 1910, in Eagle Grove, Iowa
Parents: Ernst and Anna (Robinson) Rees
Graduated from high school in Casper, Wyo., in 1928; received her registered nursing degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., and her bachelor of arts degree in social work from Arizona State University
Was a wife, mother, nurse, teacher, world traveler and sage; work as a nurse-educator took her to Afghanistan, the Arctic Circle, Chile and the Navajo Reservation; member of the Red Hat Society
Survivors include daughters, Jeanne of Kearney and Evonne Von Boeck of Houston; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, Richard Miller of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and one sister
Kearney Hub, 25 January, 2006

JURGENS, Henry G., 88, of Gibbon died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center
Services: Friday, Godberson Mortuary in Gibbon
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Born Sept. 8, 1917, in Wilcox
Parents: George and Alma (Ruhs) Jurgens
Married: Aug. 6, 1942, to Hazel Urwiller. She preceded him in death
Survivors include sons, Henry of Kenesaw, Leslie of Philadelphia and Stephen of Gibbon; brother, Elmer of Gibbon; sisters, Henrietta Hartge of Omaha and Idella Carpenter of Gibbon; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 26 January, 2006

SMITH, Tina M., 30, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at her home
Services : Tuesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials to the family
Born Sept. 1, 1975, in Kearney
Parents: Vernon and Monica (Fisher) Van Slyke
Grew up in Ravenna, Pleasanton, Kearney and Axtell
Married: Dec. 27, 1996, to Jeff Smith in Kearney; lived in Minden for a short time, had lived in Kearney since
Enjoyed writing poetry, listening to country music, collecting dolphins, watching wrestling on TV and spending time with her son
Survivors include her husband; son, Kory of Kearney; father, of Hildreth; mother, of Axtell; stepfather, Richard Nikkila of Axtell; grandmother, Marie Hansen of Kearney; and brothers, Ed Van Slyke of Holdrege, Donnie Van Slyke of Kearney and Jimmy Van Slyke of Hildreth
Was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Van Slyke in 1972; grandparents, Vernon and Rose Van Slyke; and mother-in-law, Luaine Smith.
Kearney Hub, 28 January, 2006

GEWECKE, Diane K., 47, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, First United Methodist Church, Kearney
Burial: Riverdale Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials to the family
Born June 25, 1958, in Norton, Kan.
Parents: Leo J. and Jerry Lou (Spratling) Stalder
Had attended Precept country school, graduated from Beaver City High School in 1976; attended Nebraska Christian College in Norfolk; moved to Kearney in 1977, was employed at Baldwin Filters, as a seamstress for Liberty Cleaners and Karla's Kreations, and later as a bookkeeper and cashier for Wal-Mart; took a leave of absence because of her health
Married: May 3, 1980, Dennis R. Gewecke
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church; was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed crocheting
Survivors include her husband; sons, Travis of Heartwell, and Steven and Derek, both of Kearney; her parents, of Stamford; sister, Gloria Ridgway of Fairfield; and brothers, Randy Stalder of Beaver City and Rodney Stalder of Wellington, Utah; also father-in-law, Vern Gewecke of Kearney; brother-in-law, Lynn Ridgway of Fairfield; and sister-in-law, Penny Stalder of Beaver City
Was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Lou; brother, Gary W.; mother-in-law, Margaret Gewecke; and grandparents, Ernest and Edith Stalder and Bill and Hazel Spratling
Kearney Hub, 30 January, 2006

BOCKMANN, Marilyn J., 60, of Grand Island died Saturday Jan. 28, 2006, at her home
Services: Tuesday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Grand Island
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island
Mortuary: Livingston-Sondermann, Grand Island
Memorials to St. Francis Hospice and St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Born Feb. 6, 1945, in Shelton
Parents: Myrl and Marcella (Richards) Hadenfeldt
Grew up in Shelton, attended school there; attended Kearney State College
Married: June 26, 1966, to Dale Bockmann in Shelton; made their home and raised their children south of Grand Island
Activities: enjoyed attending her children's and grandchildren's sporting events, canning fresh vegetables, knitting, bowling and making homemade scratchers; baked homemade rolls; enjoyed helping others; particularly loved assisting with computers, knitting and cooking; member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Knitwits knitting club
Survivors include her husband; sons, Brad and Steve, both of Grand Island; daughter, Melinda Allen of Waukee, Iowa; her father of Shelton; brothers, Mark and Todd Hadenfeldt, both of Kearney; and sister Marcia Schanou of Omaha; also daughters-in-law, Shanie Bockmann and Jolene Bockmann, both of Grand Island; son-in-law, Jim Allen of Waukee; brother-in-law, Glen Schanou of Omaha; and grandchildren, Reid and Ryan Allen, Logan and Hadley Bockmann, and Emma and Easton Bockmann
Was preceded in death by her mother, Marcella Hadenfeldt
Kearney Hub, 30 January, 2006

JOHNSON, Lorenz R., 88, of Minden, formerly of Kearney, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Bethany Home in Minden
Services: Wednesday, First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military rites
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: to Bethany Home
Born Oct. 29, 1917, in Bertrand
Parents: John and Anna (Anderson) Johnson
Attended school in Bertrand, then helped on the family farm
Military: US Army, Oct. 23, 1941 - Dec 7, 1941; arrived at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941
Married: Oct. 29, 1947, to Elsie Kruse in Macon. She died Dec. 14, 1996
Lived in Holdrege, moved to Macon and then to Hildreth; moved to Kearney in 1962
Was a self-employed carpenter; also built houses for Johnson Imperial Homes; retired in 1971
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church, Eagles, VFW Post 759 and American Legion Post 52
Survivors include his sons, Larry of Dayton, Ohio, and Lanny of Kearney; daughters, Sharon Maul of Hastings, Karen Geiger of Kearney and Sheila Marx of Omaha; brother, Floyd of Windsor, Colo.; sister, Hattie Dannull of Holdrege; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Mike Geiger of Kearney and Terry Marx of Omaha; daughter-in-law, Christy Johnson of Dayton; and Lanny's life partner, Larry Drake of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his wife; son, Mike; three brothers; and two infant sisters
Kearney Hub, 31 January, 2006

MASTIN, John L., 72, of Cheyenne, Wyo., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, in Arizona
No services
Mortuary: Wyman Cremation and Burial Chapels of Mesa
Born Jan. 11, 1933, in Kearney
Parents: Forrest and Kathleen Mastin
Survivors include his sons, John of Mesa and Jamie of San Francisco; daughter, Michelle of Cheyenne; brother, Robert of Hastings, Neb., and five grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 30 January, 2006

MILLER, Merrill Crouser, 94, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Kearney County Health Center in Minden
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery in Oregon, Mo.
Born March 7, 1911, in Oregon
Parents: Arthur and Leona (Crouser) Miller
Married: Oct. 9, 1935, to Lelia Howell in St. Joseph, Mo.; celebrated their 70th anniversary in October
Worked for Ford Motor Co.; became a building contractor; built custom homes in Missouri, Colorado, Arkansas and Kearney; eventually retired in Kearney
Activities: member of the Evangelical Free Church, enjoyed participating in JOY Fellowship there
Survivors include his wife; sons, James of Kearney, Merrill of Fraser, Colo., and Gerald of Haines, Alaska; and 16 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Jan Miller of Kearney, Mary Miller of Fraser and Frankie Miller of Haines; and grandchildren, Merrilyn Miller, Sherri Peterson and husband, Tim, Jim Miller and wife, Amy, Tim Miller and wife, Amy, Bob Miller and wife, Jessica, David Miller and wife, Sarah, Paul Miller and wife, Cassandra, and April Neumann and husband, Joe
Was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Geraldine Cash
Kearney Hub, 31 January, 2006

PAYNE, Marie Newman, 65, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial will be at Riverdale Cemetery
Memorials to the family
Born Nov. 23, 1940, in Ansley
Parents: Tom and Opal (Sigler) Newman
Grew up and received her education in Ansley and Merna
Married: Dec. 21, 1958, to Robert Payne in Merna; husband lived in Broken Bow and Kearney; was a nurses aide at Mount Carmel
Activities: member of the Christian Church of Ansley; enjoyed crocheting blankets and making jewelry
Survivors include her husband; son, Robert Jr. of Kearney; daughter, Anna of Omaha; brothers, Tommie Newman of Lincoln, Richard Newman of Ceresco, Larry Newman of Lincoln and Kenneth Newman of Sutherland; and sisters, Bonnie Roland of Johnson Lake and Darlene Price of Ansley; also aunt, Katherine Newman of Ansley; and granddaughter, Breanna Payne of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 31 January, 2006

SCHAUER, Lynn, 63, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Graveside Services: Ord Cemetery, Ord
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Memorials to the family
Born Jan. 19, 1943, in Valley County
Parents: William and Della (Marks) Schauer
Was raised in North Loup; graduated from North Loup Scotia High School in 1961
Married: July 13, 1963, to Lynda Cochran in Ord
Graduating from Kearney State College, 1967; taught high school math and science classes for two years; moved to Lincoln, he worked at the agricultural lab in the state Capitol; then worked for DuTeau Chevrolet
Moved back to Kearney, 1975; worked for the Jack Lederman Co. and as a security guard for Pinkerton at Baldwin Manufacturing
Activities: enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, camping and Nebraska football
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Dayla Wentz and Joele, both of Kearney, and Kristina of Lincoln; and brother, Carl of Ord; also son-in-law, Keith Wentz of Kearney; grandchildren, Jonathan, Elijah and Nicole Wentz, all of Kearney; and sister-in-law, Charlene Schauer of Ord
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Billy Schauer; and granddaughter, Shannon
Kearney Hub, 1 February, 2006

REINHARDT, Mary K., 83, of Kearney died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Center. No services
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Born Nov. 5, 1922, in Moundville, Mo.
Parents: Leo and Avis (Ruddel) McDowell
Grew up in Deerfield, Mo.; graduated from high school in Coal, Mo.
Married: May 1944, to Donald Peckman in Fort Scott, Kan. He was killed in action during World War II, Nov. 3, 1944
Married :May 1948, to Paul Liesinger in Independence, Mo.; later divorced
Married: May 3, 1951, to Oliver Reinhardt. He died Dec. 28, 1984
Worked as a grocery clerk for Milgram's Store in Kansas City, Mo., for about 20 years; moved to Kearney, worked for Western Radio Manufacturing
Survivors include her brothers, Stephen McDowell of Independence and Jack McDowell of Blue Springs, Mo.; and sister, Helen Fowler of Clinton, Mo.; also friends of more than 50 years, Gene and Fern Shea, both of Kearney; and her caregivers, Connie Hinds and Wayne Fischer, both of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husbands and her parents
Kearney Hub, 1 February, 2006

RIESSLAND, Clyde Allen, 68, of Medford, formerly of Amherst, Neb., died after a heart attack Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford
No public services
Burial: Jan. 18, Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary in Medford
Born Aug. 9, 1937, in Amherst
Parents: Harry and Oda (Young) Riessland
Married: July 2, 1966, to Sharon Thompson
Survivors include his wife; son, Todd; brothers, Harold of Salina, Kan., Lavern of Riverdale, Neb., and Bernie of Medford
Kearney Hub, 1 February, 2006
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