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RIMA, Richard L., 58, of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and Brisbane, formerly of Shelton, Neb., died of cancer Monday, March 20, 2006, at his home in Brisbane, Australia
Private services: Brisbane, Australia
Born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Island, Neb.
Parents: Bob and Jean (Ohlmann) Rima
Survivors include his wife, Loretta; daughter, Bobbie of Perth; his parents, of Shelton; sister, Helen Landell of Shelton; and stepsons, Matthew of Sydney, Vance of Perth and Clayton of Brisbane
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2006

GIBBONS, Betty Jane, 83, of Gibbon, died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Services: Monday, Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel, Kearney
Born March 2, 1923, in Herrington, Kan.
Parents: William and Bertha (Mattheyer) Shafer
Graduated from Bridgeport High School, attended normal training at Kearney State Teacher's College
Taught four years in rural schools throughout Nebraska
Married: June 28, 1945, to Virgil Gibbons in Shelton. He died May 7, 1990
Lived on a farm south of the Platte River; in 1952, bought an area farm and together built their new home, living and raising their family there for 45 years. Continued living on the farm after husband's death, moved to Gibbon, 1996
Activities: member of Gibbon Baptist Church, her birthday club, Sunshine Extension Club; enjoyed playing cards, oil painting, singing, time around the coffee table with friends, attending her grandchildren's school activities, cribbage, talking on the phone, her books on tape and Shafer family reunions
Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen Ganz of Kearney and Nancy Widdowson of Gibbon; and sister, Ruth Conklin of Bayard; also sons-in-law, James Ganz Jr. of Kearney and Bradley Widdowson of Gibbon; grandchildren, Jeffrey Ganz and wife Hallie of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Marcy Ganz of Lincoln, John Widdowson and wife Laurie of Lodgepole, Eliza Ferzely and husband Scott of Papillion, Virgie Widdowson of Norfolk and Abby Elsbury and husband Matt of Grand Island; great-grandchildren, Maverick, Mullen and Maguire Widdowson of Lodgepole and Delanie and Caden Ferzely of Papillion; sisters-in-law, Joanne Shafer of Grand Island, Joyce Shafer of Alda, Cay Shafer of North Platte and Franki Shafer of Englewood, Colo.; 41 nieces and nephews; more than 100 great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of dear friends
Was preceded in death by her husband' parents; brothers, Robert, Thomas, Jack, Carl, Walter, William and Joseph; and sisters, Bessie, Lucy, Ethel and Dorothea
Kearney Hub, 25 March, 2006

MAJOR, Ernest, 95, formerly of Ogallala, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at St. Joseph Villa Nursing Home in Omaha
Services: Saturday, First United Methodist Church in Ogallala
Burial: Ogallala Cemetery
Mortuary: Draucker Funeral Home, Ogallala
Born Aug. 22, 1910, in Watertown
Parents: Charles and Nellie (Jeffery) Major
Married Verta Sukraw in 1936. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his sons, Eugene of Omaha and Robert of Mankato, Minn.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2006

PEDERSEN, Alvina Margaret, 79, of Boelus died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Memorial services: April 1, Grace United Methodist Church in Boelus
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born May 3, 1926, in Ravenna
Parents: Leo and Bertha (Russell) Pritschau
Was educated in Ravenna through the 11th grade; graduated from Boelus High School, 1963; earned bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1972
Married: May 6, 1944, to Norman Pedersen
Lived in Boelus; worked as a dietician at Centura School for 30 years
Activities: member of the American Legion Auxiliary and attended Grace United Methodist Church
Survivors include her husband; sons, Lynn of Miami and Larry of New Brunsfield, Texas; daughter, Debora Schroeder of Boelus; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her sister, Alma Whitefoot
Kearney Hub, 25 March, 2006

SCHOENING, Ervin J., 92, of Kearney, formerly of Omaha, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Tuesday, Silver City (Iowa) Cemetery
Mortuary: Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Born: Jan. 14, 1914, in Council Bluffs
Parents: Joseph and Ella (Bendt) Schoening
Was married; wife preceded him in death
Survivors include his son, Wendell of Kearney; two granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters
Kearney Hub, 25 March 2006

JOHNSTON, Darlene Faye, 64, of Libby, Montana, formerly of Elm Creek, Neb., died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at Libby Care Center
Services: Thursday, First Christian Church, Elm Creek
Burial: Riverdale (Neb.) Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel of Kearney and Elm Creek
Born Nov. 27, 1941, in Elm Creek
Parents: Edward and Iva (Parks) Schroeder
Attended school in Elm Creek, graduated 1959
Married: June 7, 1959, she married Roger Johnston Sr. in Riverdale. He died March 7, 1994
Lived in Elm Creek, Kearney, Arthur and North Platte; moved to Oregon in 1978; to Libby, Montana, 1992
Worked in food service all of her life, from waitressing to head cook to supervising, and catering throughout the public school systems, cafes and the Elks Lodge
Activities: loved the outdoors, enjoyed camping and attending sports events; especially cherished her family; enjoyed muzzleloader shoots, earned the nickname Mrs. Crow; member of First Christian Church in Elm Creek
Survivors include her sons, Rex, Roger Jr. and Ryan, all of Libby, and Richard of Eagle Point, Ore.; daughters, Rebecca Johnston-Robertson of Bartlett, Tenn., and Rochelle of Eagle Point; her mother of Elm Creek; brothers, Robert Schroeder of Holdrege, Neb., Andy Schroeder, Ben Schroeder and Mark Schroeder, all of Elm Creek, and Randy Schroeder of Cozad, Neb.; and sister, Jean Moore of Elm Creek; also daughters-in-law, Cindy Johnston of Libby and Dawn Johnston of Eagle Point; sisters-in-law, Betty Schroeder of Holdrege, Vickie Schroeder, Brenda Schroeder and Cindy Schroeder, all of Elm Creek, Cathy Schroeder of Cozad and Pat Woodside and husband Wayne of Odessa; brother-in-law, Calvin Moore of Elm Creek; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica Johnston of Warsaw, Mo., Ryggs Johnston of Libby, Rocky Johnston and Robbie Johnston and wife Jackie, all of Eagle Point, Brittany Robertson of Bartlett, Rylie and Reece Johnston of Bluffton, Ind., Caleb Gustafson of Libby and Madison Johnston of Eagle Point; mother-in-law, Laveda Johnston of Odessa, Neb.; 17 nieces and nephews; and 31 great-nieces and great-nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband and her father
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2006

ORCUTT, Velma L., 91, of North Platte died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center
Services: 27 March, Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte.
Burial of cremains: Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Born May 15, 1914, in Poole
Parents: Charles and May (Klein) Young
Married: Oct. 4, 1942, to Floyd Orcutt. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her daughter, Chris Vieyra of North Platte; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 27 March, 2006

WENIG, Thomas I., 77, of Kearney died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at his home
Memorial services: Saturday, First Baptist Church
Body was donated to medical education and scientific research
Burial: Heim Cemetery in Dawson
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Roger Williams Fellowship or the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation
Born Nov. 27, 1928, in Gray, Iowa
Parents: Paul and Leona (Truman) Middleton
Was adopted by Irving and Jessie (Shaw) Wenig, at age 2, after death of his mother
Was raised on a farm near Gray; graduated from Gray High School, 1946
Military: two years in the U.S. Navy Married: Dec. 29, 1948, to Ona Spurgin in Falls City
Was licensed to preach the gospel by Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Davenport, Iowa, 1951;. studied for the pastoral ministry at Bob Jones University and Furman University in Greenville, S.C.; served churches in Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and Nebraska; was ordained in 1961 by Edgewood Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.
Was appointed as home missionary of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1975; moved family to Kearney; worked as director of missions with the Western Nebraska Baptist Association, which covered about the western two-thirds of the state; at retirement, 1994, was working with 16 churches and three missions
Survivors include his wife; sons, Michael of Omaha and Joseph of West Lafayette, Ind.; daughters, Christy Clarke of Kearney and Camilla of Norman; sisters, Pauline Isreal of Des Moines, Iowa, Nettie Clemmensen of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Sharon Lee of Lake Lure, N.C., and Sally Mullins of Canton, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; also his son-in-law, William Clarke of Kearney; and daughters-in-law, Sharon Wenig of Omaha and Heather Wenig of West Lafayette
Was preceded in death by his parents; his adoptive parents; sisters, Jean Pirtle, Wilma Moeckl, Eloise Franz and Carol Jensen; brother, William Shaw; and three infant great-grandsons
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2006

PARKER, James G., 66, of Kearney died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Memorials: Reach Your Destination Easily bus or the Good Samaritan Rescue Unit
Born June 19, 1939, in Houghton, La.
Parents: Lumn and Lena (Harrison) Parker
Grew up in the Houghton and Bossier City areas, received his education there
Military: U.S. Coast Guard
Married: June 19, 1969, to Cherley Bias in Minden
Moved to Kearney, worked as an auto tender at Eaton Corp.
Activities: member of the Baptist church in Louisiana, the American Legion, Eagles Club and Ducks Unlimited; enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Connie McKay of Gibbon, Cindy Hanna of Chicago and Cheryl Journey of Kearney; brothers, William of Texas, Jeff and Carl, both of Houston, and Charles of Bossier City, La.; sisters, Orece Arnold of Gladewater, Texas, and Martha Earls of Bossier City; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother and one daughter
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2006

CHOP, Alice, 78, of Ravenna died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Tabitha Nursing Home in Lincoln
Services: Saturday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Feb. 2, 1928, in Buffalo County
Parents: John and Fabian (Moritz) Schuller
Married: June 16, 1946, to Elmer Chop south of Ravenna. He preceded her in death
LIved on a farm southeast of Ravenna; moved to Ravenna in November 2002
Survivors include her son, John of St. Joseph, Mo.; daughters, Donna Otto and Debra Walter, both of Lincoln; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; also her son-in-law, Alfred Walter of Lincoln; daughter-in-law, Joyce Weight of St. Joseph; and a foreign exchange son, Newton Baretto of New Jersey
Kearney Hub, 30 March, 2006

LEAF, Neomia Eva, 86, of Beaver City died Monday, March 27, 2006, at Beaver City Manor
Services: Thursday, Free Methodist Church in Alma
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Banta-Torrey in Alma
Born May 26, 1919, in Wheeler, S.D.
Parents: Leroy and Jennie (Chastine) Petty
Was baptized as an infant in the Methodist faith at Platt, S.D.
Attended rural schools near Geddes, Wheeler and Pickstown, S.D., graduated from the eighth grade; lived on her parents' ranch, the Wheeler Ranch, near Geddes
Married: Sept. 8, 1938, to Herbert Lill in Geddes, S.D. They divorced
Married: Nov. 20, 1968, to Earl Edwards in Ainsworth. He died Sept. 7, 1975
Married: Oct. 22, 1978, to Derald Leaf in Holdrege
With first husband, lived on the Star Ranch in Geddes; moved to Elk Point, S.D., 1955; moved to the Lill Farm near Brunswick, 1956
Moved to Ainsworth in 1960, owned and operated the Dandy Motel; moved to Kearney, 1963, worked as a nurse's aide at St. Luke's Nursing Home
With second husband, lived in Long Pine
Moved to Minden, 1976, lived on a farm with her daughter and her husband, Maxine and David Espenhover
With third husband, lived in Loomis; both entered Holdrege Memorial Homes, October 2003; moved to Beaver City Manor on Nov. 20, 2003
Activities: member of the Methodist church in Ainsworth
Survivors include her husband; son, Jack Lill of Fillmore, Ill.; daughters, Janice Shannon of Queen Creek, Ariz., Jennie Bice of Williston, N.D., Maxine Espenhover of Orleans and Rose French of Fort Morgan, Colo.; sister, Verna Ward of Whiteville, N.C.; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; stepson, Dayton Leaf of Lincoln; stepdaughter, Ronda Bartels of Lincoln; and three stepgrandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Georgiadean Lill of Fillmore; sons-in-law, Robert Shannon of Queen Creek, John Bice of Williston and David Espenhover of Orleans; stepson-in-law, James Bartels of Lincoln; brothers-in-law, Alfred Leaf of Kearney and Gordon Leaf and his wife JoAnn of Divide, Colo.; and other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by her second husband; her father on Jan. 15, 1964; her mother on March 2, 1971; her first husband on Oct. 20, 1986; one son, Merle Lill on Oct. 29, 1968; one brother, James, in infancy; sisters, Velden at birth, Maxine at age 2, Zetta Butts and her husband Floyd, and Christinia Howard and her husband Leslie; and grandson, Eugene Espenhover on Nov. 11, 2001
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2006

MORRIS, James Lee, 71, of Fort Collins, Colorado died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at the Centre Avenue Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins
Memorial services: March 29, Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins
Born March 26, 1935, in Ashland, Neb.
Parents: Floyd and Helen (Garrett) Morris
Survivors include his wife, Maralee; daughters, Dianne Alvarez of Houston and Susan Rivera and Kathy Gilley, both of North Platte, Neb.; sister, Ingrid Tangeman of Arapahoe, Neb.; and four grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2006

SKLENAR, Carmelita, 88, of Ravenna died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen, Ravenna
Born: July 23, 1917, in Sherman County
Parents: Samuel and Helen (Kaslon) Reasland
Was educated in Sherman County
Married: Sept. 26, 1946, to Alvin Sklenar in Kearney. He died Dec. 15, 1972
Lived in Ravenna, worked for Henningson Foods in Ravenna
Activities: member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Altar Society; loved to garden and grow flowers; also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren
Survivors include: sons, Ron and Dave, both of Ravenna; daughter, Mary Busch of Ravenna; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2006

ROTH, Lelah, 94, of Holdrege, formerly of Kearney and Axtell, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Christian Homes in Holdrege
Services: Monday, Christian Homes Chapel in Holdrege
Burial: Moses Hill Cemetery, rural Phelps County
Mortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
Born Oct. 8, 1911, near Hollinger
Parents: Howard and Ivy (Morse) Henry
Born on the family farm in Furnas County, the second of four children; received her education in the Hollinger and Beaver City schools, graduated in 1928 from Hastings High School; did domestic labor in Evergreen, Colo.
Married: Chris Roth Aug. 20, 1933, in Oberlin, Kan. He preceded her in death
Husband was from Oxford, and formerly of Kokomo Indiana
Farmed around the Edison, Oxford and Axtell area during the Depression; purchased a farm north of Axtell, 1946; retired and moved to Kearney
Activities: attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell, later went to Emmaus Evangelical Free Church north of Funk; in Kearney, was active in the Kearney Evangelical Free Church; as a young lady was baptized at the Sappy Creek at Beaver City; enjoyed a close relationship with her Lord Jesus Christ throughout her life; enjoyed gardening, flowers, sharing her wonderful baked goods with others, church work, spending time with family, sewing, making many beautiful quilts and traveling in her later years; became a resident of the Christian Homes, July 16, 1996
Survivors include her son, Paul of Axtell; daughters Rita Carlson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Dorla Lindstrom of Elm Creek; and thirteen great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law Carol, of Axtell; sons-in-law Harold Carlson of Idaho Falls and Larry Lindstrom of Elm Creek; grandchildren, Kristi Newman and her husband, Dan, of Axtell, Douglas Roth and his wife, Robyn, of Axtell, Holly Goodman and her husband, Jim, of Boise, Idaho, Heidi Carlson of Phoenix, Wade Lindstrom and his wife, Teri, of McHenry, Ill., Nathan Lindstrom and his wife, Jeanette, of Elm Creek; brother-in-law Norman Tweet of North Dakota; and other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Elmo Henry and his wife, Bess; and sisters Violet Picraux and her husband, John, and June Tweet
Kearney Hub, 31 March, 2006

WHITNEY, Mary E. "Betty" Whitney, 87, of Salina, Kansas, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Salina
Graveside services: Friday, Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Ryan Mortuary in Salina
Memorials to Windsor Estates in Salina or Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lincoln, Neb.
Born Nov. 16, 1918, in Gillette, Wyo.
Parents: Raymond and Patrice (McMahon) Whitney
Worked as a case worker for the Nebraska Department of Social Services
Survivors include her sister, Olga Hoye of Salina
Was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Martha Gebauer Whitney
Kearney Hub, 30 March, 2006

MARTIN Clyde H., 49, of Kearney died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at his home
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: the family
Born Aug. 26, 1956, in Kearney
Parents: Wallace and Wilda (McFarland) Martin
Lived in California and Oregon before returning to Kearney, 1967; attended Kearney Public Schools, then graduated from McCook High School, 1974
Married: 1975, to Laura Hall
Married: 1983, to Robbin Halbert
Worked at L&W Service Center, 1975-1988; at Bob's Truck and Farm, 1989-1999; was employed at Coleman Powermate at the time of his death
Activities: enjoyed hunting, fishing, Nebraska football and spending time with family
Survivors include his sons, Jeremy of Seward, Jason of Lincoln and Shane of Kearney; daughter, April of Kearney; brothers, Wally of Naponee, Paul of Hastings and Henry Baker of Columbus; and sisters, Rhonda Tucker of Kearney and Colene Schneller of Sargent; also daughters-in-law, Nicole Martin of Seward and Melissa Martin of Kearney; daughter April's fianc‚, Ryan Keith of Kearney; brother-in-law, Rick Tucker of Kearney; sister-in-law, Jackie Martin of Naponee; and grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, Rebecca, Sean, C.J., Kysia and Jason Martin and Carter Keith
Was preceded in death by his parents and one brother
Kearney Hub, 1 April, 2006

CRUISE, Dean Trimble., 78, of Kearney, formerly of Loomis, died of cancer Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Holdrege Memorial Homes
Memorial services: Saturday, [April 8] First United Methodist Church, Holdrege
Burial of cremains: later
Mortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
Born Dec. 11, 1927, in Kearney
Parents: Clyde and Hazel (Trimble) Cruise
Grew up on the farm his grandparents homesteaded north of Loomis; attended District 5 rural school in Phelps County; graduated from Elm Creek High School in 1945
Married: Feb. 6, 1949, to Wanda Simmerman
Lived on the family farm; raised registered Angus cattle and hogs in addition to farming; moved to Loomis, 1968; obtained his master's electrician license and did commercial wiring; also built homes, developing areas in Bertrand, Holdrege, Loomis and Elm Creek, as well as numerous single-family homes in several places; with sons installed in-ground swimming pools for a time; obtained a Toro permit for underground lawn sprinklers, installing more than 400 in a vast area; 1987, was selected as the Toro Installer of the Year for Nebraska
Activities: served several years as secretary on the board of R-3 School; attended Sunday school and church and held many offices, was Sunday school treasurer for 22 years at Williamsburg; in Loomis, joined the Loomis United Methodist Church, was on various committees; transferred their membership to First United Methodist Church in Holdrege; enjoyed all types of sports and supported his boys throughout their school sporting careers; coached midget baseball, played softball and officiated many softball and baseball games; obtained his instrument pilot's license; loved owning and flying his Cessna 210 until his heart attack in 1989; served as Phelps County supervisor, 1988 - 2004; was chairman the last eight years; moved to Kearney, 2005 . Eight days later, began suffering seizures and was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor
Survivors include his wife; sons, Robert of Lincoln, Russell of Loomis and Richard of Chandler, Ariz.; and brother, Dale of Salem, Ore.; also daughters-in-law, Debra Cruise of Lincoln, Nancy Cruise of Loomis and Rosemary Cruise of Chandler; grandchildren, Amy Goldman and her husband, Justin, of Gretna, Christopher Cruise and his wife, Andrea, of Lincoln, Zachary and Ryan Cruise, both of Chandler, Benjamin Cruise of Houston and Rebecca Cruise of Lincoln; great-grandsons, Mason Gold-man of Gretna and Dillon Cruise of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Helen Cruise of Salem; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends
Was preceded in death by his parents
Kearney Hub, 3 April, 2006

HAUSER, Percilla M., 97, of Broken Bow died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow
Services: Tuesday , St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Broken Bow
Burial: Purdum Cemetery
Mortuary: Govier Brothers
Born Dec. 17, 1908, near Ravenna
Parents: John and Meta (Boeh) Fisher
Married: March 16, 1927, to August Hauser in Grand Island. He died in November 1992
Survivors include her son, Burdell of Hanford, Calif.; daughters, Beatta Jameson of Greeley, Colo., and Gwendola Palmer of Broken Bow; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 3 April, 2006

HOLLAND, Marie H., 76, of Kearney died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: today, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: the American Cancer Society and the Kearney VFW
Born May 23, 1929, in Heuvelton, N.Y.
Parents: Mark and Velma (Henry) Glidden
Graduated from Rensselaer Falls High School, 1945, the 59th and last class to graduate from that school; graduated from New York Agriculture and Technical Institute in Canton, N.Y., on June 6, 1947; did dietitian training at Syracuse University Hospital
Married: October 1947, she married Frank Streeter. He preceded her in death
Married: June 1953, she married Jack Holland Sr. He preceded her in death
Worked at A. Barton Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, Canton Central Schools and Matre Dei College in Ogdensburg as a dietitian; worked at Corning Glass in 1973 in quality control; retired in March 1988; moved to Kearney in May 2000
Activities: member of Alpha Chi Omicron Sorority and the Newman Club, American Legion Auxiliary of Heuvelton, Rensselaer Falls Fireman's Auxiliary, St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Heuvelton, a 25-year member of Kendrew Grange, a 15-year member of American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 1026, and a 13-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 369 of Mexico, N.Y.
Survivors include her sons, Ron Streeter and Mike Streeter, both of Kearney, and Jack Jr. of Bloomington; daughter, Kimberly Rasbeck of Mexico, N.Y.; sisters, Charlotte Besio of Ogdensburg, N.Y., Lois Chase of Rensselaer Falls, N.Y., and Cora Palm of Star Lake, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Denise Streeter of Kearney and Jolene Holland of Bloomington; son-in-law, Lynn Rasbeck of Mexico, N.Y.; and brothers-in-law, Charles Palm of Star Lake and Tom McManus of Rensselaer Falls
Was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents and a sister, Wilma McManus
Kearney Hub, 4 April, 2006

KWIATKOWSKI, Vera M., 73, of Odessa died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Graveside services of cremains: later
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born April 4, 1932, near Gothenburg
Parents: James and Vera (Murray) Houchin
Married: May 15, 1957, to Ralph Kwiatkowski in Gothenburg
Survivors include her husband; son, Delmer Gugelman of Odessa; brothers, Art Houchin of Gothenburg and Raymond Houchin of Lexington; sister, Charlene Holbein of Lexington; and three grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 3 April, 2006

RICE, Allen D., 72, of Kearney, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha
Memorial services: Tuesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home, Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Wish-A-Fish Foundation
Born May 15, 1933, in Dunning
Parents: Charles and Mildred (Warren) Rice
Military: U.S. Army, 1953-1955 during the Korean War
After discharge, worked as an electrician for Northwest Electric in Kearney; retired in 1998
Survivors include his sons, Rodney of Ellicott City, Md., and Charles of Norman, Okla.; daughters, Sheryl Overby of Omaha and Debra Lilla of Lenexa, Kan.; and sisters, Dolores Mandeville of Broken Bow, Barbara Strand of Ainsworth, Ruth of Omaha and Patricia Stithem of Clinton, Ark.; also daughters-in-law, Kim Rice of Ellicott City and Toni Rice of Norman; sons-in-law, Mike Overby of Omaha and John Lilla of Lenexa; sister-in-law, Lauretta Rice; and grandchildren, Patrick Overby, Carson Lilla, Tessa and Rachel Overby and Kelsea Lilla
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Rice
Kearney Hub, 3 April, 2006

WILSON, Tyree Terence, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, shortly after birth at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: the family
Survivors include parents, Terence and Amanda (Franks) Wilson of Kearney; brothers, Andre and Teontae, both of Kearney; grandparents, Connie Franks of Kearney, Harry Franks of Wisconsin, Nellie Wilson of New Orleans and Alexander Wilson of Brooklyn; and great-grandmothers, Betty Ingraham of North Loup and Mary Gray of New Orleans
Kearney Hub, 3 April, 2006

SUMMERS, Pam, 41, of Kearney died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Friday, Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the family to set up an educational fund for her son
Born July 4, 1964, in San Diego
Parents: Robert and Patricia (Parker) Rudloff
Graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula, Mont., in 1982
Military: U.S. Coast Guard after high school
Lived in Pewaukee, Wis., attended Carroll College; was in her senior year enrolled in the computer science program at the time of her death
Activities: member of the Society for Creative Anachronism; was a devoted and loving mother to Mykell
Survivors include her son, Mykell Summers-Sornat of Kearney; father, Bob Rudloff of North Platte; mother, Patricia of Washington, D.C.; brothers, Joe of Norfolk, Va., Rob Rudloff of Denver and Nathan Rudloff of North Platte; sister, Sara Rudloff of Kearney; stepmother, Gwen Rudloff of North Platte; and stepgrandmother, Eunice Masters of North Platte
Was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents
Kearney Hub, 5 April, 2006

JEFFRIES, Tereasa R., 38, of Oconto died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at her home
Services: Thursday, Faith United Church in Gibbon
Burial: later Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Memorials: the family
Born Feb. 3, 1968, in Tilden
Parents: Benjamin and Joyce (Isaac) Schlenz
Moved to Gibbon, graduated from high school in 1986; attended Central Community College, graduated with a nursing degree
Married: July 1, 1990, to Robin Jeffries in Gibbon; lived in central Nebraska
Survivors include her husband; sons, Justin and Seth, both of Oconto; daughter, Ashley of Oconto; three brothers; four sisters; and two stepsisters; also uncle and aunt, Jay and Linda Isaac of Kearney; and foster parents, Tom and Linda Mercer of Gibbon
Was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents
Kearney Hub, 4 April, 2006

FORSBERG, Hildur E., 88, of Kearney died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Tabitha Home in Lincoln
Services: Friday, First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: American Cancer Society or First Lutheran Church
Born July 11, 1917, in Funk
Parents: Carl and Frances (Lundquist) Larson
Graduated from Holdrege High School in 1935
Married: July 31, 1938, to Harold Forsberg in Funk. He died in 1994
Lived in Loomis for three years; moved to Kearney in 1944 during World War II
Was a housewife until her children were older, then worked at Hawthorne Jewelry in Kearney for 20 years
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney and the Mary Circle at the church; also belonged to a bridge club and two handwork clubs; enjoyed oil painting, handwork and embroidering quilts for all grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Survivors include her sons, Larry of Lincoln and Douglas of Minneapolis; and brothers, Ray Larson of Holdrege and Earl Larson of Funk; also daughters-in-law, Nancy Forsberg of Lincoln and Janet Pollish of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Carl, Michael, Ulyana and Michelle Forsberg; and great-grandchildren, Elsa and Emme Forsberg
Was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Millocent Besco
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GEORGE, Frances I., 84, of Kearney died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Mountain View Memorial Park Cemetery in Boulder, Colo.
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Born Sept. 4, 1921, west of Amherst
Parents: Frank and Inez (Frank) Long
Attended country school for two years, then attended Amherst Public School, graduated in 1938
Studied at Grand Island Business College, then was employed at Belschner's Store in Amherst until 1941; moved to North Platte and had office positions at O'Connors and the Gambles Store through 1945
Married: Feb. 2, 1946, to Eugene Braun. They divorced in 1969
Married: Dec. 29, 1970, to Robert George in Boulder, Colo. He died in October 1988
After husband's death, spent time in San Bernardino, Calif., and McCall, Idaho; returned to Kearney
Activities: Golden K Kiwanis; enjoyed traveling, dancing and playing cards
Survivors include her sons, Kent Braun of McCall, Idaho, and Kirk Braun of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Karen Davis of Kearney; brother, Charles Long of Coulee Dam, Wash.; sisters, Edna Hansen of Grand Island, Florence Schneiber of Greenwood and Evelyn Hunter of Kearney; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Laurie Braun of Boise; son-in-law, Richard Davis of Kearney; sister-in-law, Lavonne Long of Coulee Dam; and 12 nieces and nephews
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WILSON, Raymond F., 59, of Kearney died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at his home
Memorial services: Saturday, Countryside Christian Church
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: 1733 Barbershop Chorus-Harmony College, Countryside Christian Church choir or to the donor's choice
Born Jan. 3, 1947, in Douglas, Wyo.
Parents: Ray and Vada (Hoffman) Wilson
Grew up in Douglas, received his education at Douglas High School; attended various colleges
Married: Nov. 4, 1966, to Sue Schrack in Scottsbluff
Worked at Lockwood; moved to Kearney in 1968; was employed at and was one of the owners of Caldwell Manufacturing; worked for Monarch Industries and Waggoner Plumbing; farmed in Kimball, also was employed by Cabela's
Activities: member of Countryside Christian Church and its choir, the Elks, 1733 Barbershop Chorus and was the 2006 Barbershopper of the Year, Sons of the American Legion, Kearney Slow Pitch Softball Association, a member of several hunting and fishing organizations, and an Eagle Scout; was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his grandsons
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Kelly DeWeese of Kearney; mother, Vada Graham of Jamestown, N.D.; brothers, Jim of Dayton, Texas, and Jack of Hope, Ark.; and sisters, Barb Bloem of Douglas and Vicki Durfee of Jamestown; also son-in-law, Monte DeWeese of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Marcy Wilson of Dayton and Jeanine Wilson of Hope; brothers-in-law, Butch Bloem of Douglas and Dwight Durfee of Jamestown; and grandsons, Greg and Chris DeWeese of Kearney.
Was preceded in death by his father; son, Todd; and his grandparents
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ENGBERG, Melvin E., 77, of Kearney died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, Trinity Church Interdenominational in Omaha
Burial: Evergreen Memorial Park in Omaha
Mortuary: John A. Gentleman Mortuaries Pacific Street Chapel in Omaha
Memorials: Alzheimer's research or the Shrine Children's Hospital
Born Dec. 5, 1928, in Monroe
Parents: William and Alice (Victoria) Engberg
Military: U.S. Army and National Guard
Married: July 18, 1980, to Juanita Kreifelf in Blair
Survivors include his wife; sons, Scott of Glenvil, Shawn of Kearney and Ben Spanjer of Omaha; daughters, Chris Engberg Stalp of Glenvil, Diane Boltz of Tampa, Fla., Debra Weber, Denise Ferguson and Darlene Fitzgerald, all of Omaha, and Delaine Brazda of Wahoo; brother, Arno of Kearney; sister, Joan Bond of Omaha; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Peg Engberg of Glenvil, Janis Engberg of Kearney and Teresa Spanjer of Omaha; sons-in-law, Steve Boltz of Tampa, Bob Weber, Tony Ferguson and Mark Fitzgerald, all of Omaha, and Ron Brazda of Wahoo; and brother-in-law, Fred Bond
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KEGLEY, Harvey Dale, 73, of Omaha died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at his home
Services: Wednesday, April 5, Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha
Mortuary: John A. Gentleman in Omaha
Born: Feb. 16, 1933, in Kearney
Parents: Ora and Nancy Kegley
Married Eileen Herter
Survivors include his wife; son, Shawn of Florida; daughters, Valerie Bennett and Shelly Abraham, both of Omaha; brothers, Keith of California and Glenn, Marvin, Ron and Gary, all of Kearney; sister, Kathleen Coe of Omaha; and eight grandchildren; also sons-in-law and a future daughter-in-law
Was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Candy Kegley
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LUNA, Vanessa, infant daughter of Gilbert Luna Jr. and Crystal Clinebell of Kearney, was born at rest Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
No services
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Survivors include her parents; brothers, Gilbert III, Joseph Rivera, Chris Cardenas and Quincy Clinebell, all of Kearney; sister, Tesa of Kearney; grandfather, Gilbert Sr. of North Platte; and grandmother, Terri Clinebell of Kearney Was preceded in death by a grandmother, Gloria Dominquz
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JANITSCHECK, Mary "Mildred", 99, of Seal Beach, California, formerly of Pleasanton, Neb., died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, in Los Alamitos
Services: Thursday, April 13, Pleasanton United Methodist Church
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery, next to her husband
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the family
Born Sept. 13, 1906, in Winslow, Ariz.
Parents: Pirl and Lillian (Williams) Ward
Grew up on a farm in Artesia, graduated from Excelsior High School in 1924
Began her working career as a secretary in Los Angeles
Met her husband while he was on leave from the U.S. Army during World War II
Married: Sept. 13, 1945, to Harvey Janitscheck at Fort Riley, Kan. He died in 1961. Moved to Nebraska, farmed with husband until the late 1950s
After husband's death, moved back to Los Angeles to be with her mother; then moved to Leisure World in Seal Beach, resided there until her death
Activities: member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Christian Church in Leisure World
Surviving relatives in California include her nephew, Bert Ward; half-brother, James Bartram and family; and many cousins. Surviving relatives in Nebraska include sisters-in-law, Ethel Janitscheck of Pleasanton, Rose Janitscheck of Pleasanton, Fern Janitscheck of Kearney, and many loving nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and one sister
Kearney Hub, 11 April, 2006

SNOW, Herbert N., 82, of Kearney died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at his home
Graveside services: Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, Calif.
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: American Diabetes Association
Born June 16, 1923, in Portland, Ore.
Parents: Reason and Virginia (Nehause) Snow
Graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1942
Military: U.S. Navy, served in World War II
Married Marian Abraham. She preceded him in death
Worked in veterinary medicine and animal care; moved to Kearney in 2004
Survivors include: son, James of Kearney; and three grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his wife, six brothers and two sisters
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PAUL, Helen E., 88, of Kearney died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Wednesday, St. George Orthodox Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: St. George Orthodox Church
Born May 22, 1917, in Milwaukee
Parents: Constantine and Gianoula (Kalpouris) Katras
Parents came to this country from Roumeli, a mountainous region in north-central Greece; with family, eventually settled in Sioux City; graduated from high school in 1936
Married: Jan. 26, 1947, to Peter Paul in Sioux City, Iowa. He preceded her in death
Moved to Kearney, operated Tasty Tea Room and later Paul's Broiler at the corner of 23rd Street and Central Avenue until 1975\
Activities: active in her church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Island, and for the last 25 years at St. George Orthodox Church in Kearney; was active in the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Shrine Ladies Auxiliary; enjoyed entertaining and preparing her Greek specialties, especially her spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastries for her family and friends
Survivors include her son, George of Washington, D.C.; and sisters, Mary Katras of Los Angeles and Pauline Kumpis of St. Louis; also many nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a son, John, and brothers, James, Stanley and George Katras
Kearney Hub, 10 April, 2006

PETERSON, Douglas D., 63, of Gibbon died Friday, April 7, 2006, at his home following a lengthy illness
Services: Wednesday, Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: later
Mortuary: Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon-Shelton
Born April 13, 1942, in Kearney
Parents: Arnold and Ruby (Merryman) Peterson
Married: Jan. 20, 1963, to Ann Roblyer in Kearney. She preceded him in death
Married: Betty Schamp Jan. 2, 2004, in St. Paul
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Virginia Myers of Omaha, Sandy Schumer of Kearney and Karen of Hastings; brothers, Dick, Randy and Allan, all of Kearney; four grandchildren; stepdaughter, Christina Johnson of St. Paul; and three stepgrandchildren
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WESTON, Marguerite, 77, of Kearney died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon
Memorials: Mother Hull Home or Disabled American Veterans
Born March 2, 1929, near Gibbon
Parents: Billy and Maryetta (Hock) Wood
Attended Gibbon High School
Married: September 1951, to Everett Weston in Iowa. He died in 1982
Lived in many communities, including Gibbon and Shelton; moved to Mother Hull Home in 2002
Activities: belonged to the Red Hat Society at Mother Hull Home; past member of TOPS 910; enjoyed playing games, doing crafts and camping
Survivors include her sons, William of Shelton and Wilber of Omaha; daughters, Shirley Webster and Margaret Sanders, both of Kearney, Linda Poynter of Norfolk and Jeanette Thomson of Grand Island; brother, Robert Wood of San Jose, Calif.; sister, Pauline Johnson of Kearney; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Rose Weston of Shelton and Myra Weston of Omaha; sons-in-law, Steve Webster and Mark Sanders, both of Kearney, Cecil Poynter of Norfolk and Phil Thomson of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Joann Wood of San Jose; and brother-in-law, Delbert Johnson of Kearney
was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a son, Steve; and a brother, Chuck
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FRERICHS, Tena, 93, of Kearney, formerly of Hildreth, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Tuesday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth
Burial: Hildreth Cemetery
Mortuary: Jel-den-Craig Funeral Home in Hildreth
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth, Mother Hull Home in Kearney or the Golden Years Center in Hildreth
Born Feb. 8, 1913, southeast of Hildreth
Parents: John and Folke (Folker) Saathoff
Was baptized a child of God March 9, 1913; confirmed her faith April 10, 1927
Married: Sept. 10, 1933, to Onne E. Frerichs. He died in 1979
With husband, farmed north and southwest of Hildreth; retired and moved to Hildreth, 1968; worked part time at the IGA store, drug store, library and Golden Years Center; moved to Cambridge Court, March 2001; September 2001 moved to Mother Hull Home, both in Kearney
Activities: loved to bake and sew for her family; enjoyed family celebrations; previous member of Emanuel Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church and was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth; throughout life, was active in many areas of each church
Survivors include her son, Denzel of Kearney; daughters, Wanda Schurman and Beverly Wolpa, both of Omaha, and LaDonna Koch of Hildreth; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Carol Frerichs of Kearney; and son-in-law, Tony Wolpa of Omaha
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, four sisters and five brothers
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JENSEN, Alice Rose, 86, of Grand Island died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare at Lakeview in Grand Island
Graveside services: today (April 10), Soulville Cemetery in Boelus
Mortuary: All Faiths, in Grand Island
Memorials: donor's choice
Born Aug. 27, 1919, in Elm Creek
Parents: Edward and Sarah (Gray) Steele
Was raised in and received her education in Elm Creek; had lived in Grand Island more than 50 years
Married: Galen Tatum and later Elmer Jensen. They preceded her in death
Activities: was a painter; quilted and enjoyed cooking and baking; enjoyed traveling to be with her family
Survivors include her brother, Robert Steele of Many, La.; and sisters, Emma Hahn of Overton and Rosetta Molzahn of Imperial; also her sister-in-law, Lanell Steele of Many; brothers-in-law, David Wareham of Overton and Bob Molzahn of Imperial; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; brothers, Clyde and Charles Steele; and sisters, Edna Welch and Bonnie Wareham
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LAMBERT, Bessie M., 92, of Shelton died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home of Kearney
Memorials: Shelton United Methodist Church or the Shelton Fire and Rescue Unit
Born Nov. 12, 1913, in Central City
Parents: William and Wilhelmina (Henkel) Klimper
As a child, lived east of Shelton on the farm; attended country schools in Hall County
Married: Herman Gomprecht. He died March 15, 1962
Married: Oct. 20, 1983, to Gus Lambert in Kearney
Survivors include her husband and daughters, Leoma Musil of Napa Valley, Calif., and Ioma Reese of Orange County, Calif.; also son-in-law, Ronald Reese of Orange County; grandchildren, Ronni Reese of Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., and Jeanie Reese Whitmark and husband, Richard, of Orange County; special niece, Jolene Holl and husband, Randy, of Kenesaw; and many nieces and nephews. Was preceded in death by her first husband; parents, five sisters and two brothers.
Kearney Hub, 11 April, 2006

LOSKILL, Raymond C., 94, of Kearney, formerly of Kenesaw, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Mount Carmel Home
Services: Wednesday, Sacred Heart Church in Roseland
Burial: Roseland Cemetery
Mortuary: Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home of Kenesaw
Born March 9, 1912, in Roseland
Parents: Matthew and Margaret (Theisen) Loskill
Married: May 18, 1935, to Clara Genzmer in Roseland. She died Dec. 10, 1982
Survivors include nieces and nephews
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ROEPKE, Lyle Otis, 84, of Kearney, formerly of Arapahoe, died Friday, April 7, 2006, at Mount Carmel Home
Services: Wednesday, First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe
Burial: Arapahoe Cemetery, with military honors
Mortuary: Wenburg, in Arapahoe
Born Sept. 16, 1921, in Oxford
Parents: Louie and Josephine (Dawson) Roepke
Married: Aug. 5, 1941, to B. June McCoy in Detroit
Survivors include his wife of Kearney; son, Todd of Kearney; daughter, Tami Sculley of Kearney; sisters, Lorena Ems of Arapahoe, Juanita Laverack of Cambridge and Wanda Meyerhoffer of Hastings; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild
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