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ROGERS, Marvel M., 81, died August 10, 2006
Services: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Skyline Funeral Home, Portland, Oregon
Memorials: Alzheimer's Association
Born: Sept. 7, 1924, in Ravenna, Neb.
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Kappler
Moved to Milwaukie at age 12; graduated from Milwaukie High School
Was a homemaker as well as a secretary for Pope & Talbot
Married: 1944, to George H. Rogers
Survivors include her husband; sons, Ted and Bob; daughter, Sharon Harrington-Koellner; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, August 14, 20006

JUHL, Lupe R, 66, Kearney, died Friday Nov 3, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial services: Wednesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Fund
Born: Sep 9, 1934, in Kinsley, Kansas
Parents: Luis and Anita (Guillen) Cardenas
Grew up in Buda/Kearney area; graduated from Kearney High School, attended Kearney State Teachers College
Married: Bernard R. Juhl, lived in Kearney
Worked as a licensed practical nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital; began working as surgical nurse with Kearney Bone and Joint Clinic, 1981; retired January 2000
Activities: member of the Royal Neighbors of American and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses; enjoyed playing golf, traveling, gardening and reading
Survivors include: son Rick of Lincoln; daughter Barbara Standley of Englewood, Fla.; sister Susan Pruden of Grand Island; and one grandson
Was preceded in death by her husband in 1984
Kearney Hub, 7 November, 2000

BENTLEY, Velma A., 82, of Kearney, formerly of Miller, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Wednesday, Miller Christian Church
Burial: Armada Cemetery at Miller
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Miller Christian Church or the Miller Fire Department
Born Oct. 30, 1923, at Amherst
Parents: George and Hazel (Pfeiffer) Roberts
Attended Prairie Rose District 89 in Buffalo County; graduated from eighth grade in 1938; completed her high school years at Amherst, graduated in 1942; went on to Kearney State Teachers College, taught in Buffalo County rural schools until her marriage
Married: Oct. 23, 1948,to Clarence Bentley. He died Dec. 17, 1976
Married her husband in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Ruby Roberts, and his brother, Leslie Bentley; lived together for seven months on the farm north of Miller on the South Loup River
Lived her entire married life on the farm; after husband's death, continued to live on the farm; after a fall and illness, moved to Mother Hull Home in Kearney in November 2004
Activities: lifetime member of Miller American Legion Auxiliary and Miller Christian Church; enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, collecting antiques, and her new love of playing dominoes
Survivors include her sons, Larry and Ronald, both of Miller, and her sister, Ruby of Miller; also daughters-in-law, Linda Bentley and Ann Bentley, both of Miller; grandchildren, Mollie and Steve Supanchick of Pleasanton and Mark Bentley and Marianne Bentley, both of Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a niece, Connie Bentley
Kearney Hub, 28 August, 2006

KINDERVAG, Joyce A., 75, of Coppell, Texas, formerly of Gibbon, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, in Dallas
Services: none
Mortuary: Forest Ridge, in Hurst
Born Sept. 8, 1930, at Gibbon, on the farm homesteaded by her family in 1871
Parents: Eather and Helen (Grow) Applegate
Graduated from Gibbon High School, 1947; attended Kearney (Neb.) State Teachers College
Was a legal secretary in Kearney; retired in 1994 and moved to Coppell to be near grandchildren; worked as an information specialist for Parker Chiropractic College and in the Media Center of North Lake Community College
Activities: attended Irving Bible Church; was an active member of the Coppell YMCA; member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Requested that there be no memorial service and that her friends and family remember her fondly in happier times
Survivors include her son, John of Coppell; and brother, James Applegate of Gibbon; also her daughter-in-law, Leanne Kindervag of Coppell; grandchildren, Noah and Faith of Coppell; sister-in-law, Regia Applegate of Gibbon; and nephew, Scott Applegate and family of Gibbon

Kearney Hub, 26 August, 2006

PHILLIPS, Donna R., 80, of Kearney died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, First Baptist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel in Kearney
Memorials: the church
Born March 3, 1926, in Clay Center
Parents: Todd and Ruby (Bottorff) Heglin
Attended school and graduated from Clay Center, 1945
Married: Aug. 25, 1946, to Robert Philips in Mankato, Kan. He died Sept. 23, 2000
Lived for a short time in California; moved to Bridgeport, then to Lexington in 1949; worked 35 years for Dawson Public Power as a bookkeeper and secretary; also worked with the Oregon Trail Antique Shop and traveled to buy and sell antiques; moved to Kearney, 1992
Activities: member of First Christian Church in Lexington, sang in the choir; member of First Baptist Church in Kearney; enjoyed quilting, cross-stitching and antiques
Survivors include her son, Robert of Littleton, Colo.; daughter, Bari McCormick of Kearney; sisters, Wanda Dahlsten of Clay Center and Joanne Kehn of Hastings; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Kay Philips of Littleton; son-in-law, Steve McCormick of Kearney; and brother-in-law, Vern Kehn of Hastings
Kearney Hub, 28 August, 2006

GEISLER, Gerald M., 87, of Pleasanton died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Ravenna
Services: Wednesday, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Prairie Center
Burial: church cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Pleasanton Fire and Rescue Unit, the Care Center in Ravenna and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Prairie Center
Born June 5, 1919, southwest of Pleasanton
Parents: Rudolph and Gladys (Whittington) Geisler
Graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1937
Military: entered U.S. Army on March 28, 1945; served during World War II
Married: Jan. 11, 1947, to Elizabeth Schulte in Prairie Center. She preceded him in death
Farmed and raised livestock in the Pleasanton area
Activities: member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Prairie Center and in Pleasanton, Pleasanton American Legion Post 321, Kearney Elks 984 and Buffalo County Farm Bureau
Activities: enjoyed visiting with friends, working with horses, going to horse auctions and being with his family and grandchildren
Survivors include his sons, Gary of Riverdale and Donald of Pleasanton; daughters, Barbara Mauler of Omaha, Elizabeth Wilson of Gibbon and Karen of Pleasanton; sisters, June Zimmer and Marilyn Bock, both of Pleasanton; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Bev Geisler of Pleasanton; sons-in-law, Duane Mauler of Omaha and Leon Wilson of Gibbon; and brother-in-law, Elder Bock of Pleasanton
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents; stepmother, Clara; and brother, Dwane
Kearney Hub, 29 August 2006

NELSEN, Thora Mae, 82, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: American Cancer Society or St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Born Dec. 6, 1923, in Minden
Parents: John and Ellen (Eklund) Anderson. Grew up in Hildreth, received her education at Hildreth High School
Married: June 12, 1942, to Buddy Nelsen in Franklin. He preceded her in death
Lived in Upland until 1952; moved to Kearney; worked at The Hammer Motel, Medical Arts and Good Samaritan Hospital
Activities: enjoyed her family, working in her yard and visiting with friends; member of the Methodist Church
Survivors include her sons, Randy and Craig, both of Kearney; daughter, Sandra Sivits of Kearney; sister, Leola Miller of Kearney; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Connie Nelsen of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents and 15 brothers and sisters.
Kearney Hub, 29 August, 2006

WILLIAMS, E. Marie, 92, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Kearney Catholic High School Foundation for the Bede F. and E. Marie Williams Memorial Scholarship
Born Sept. 27, 1913, in Beaver City
Parents: Warren and Agnes (Beery) Bratt
Graduated from Beaver City High School in 1931
Married: Feb. 23, 1936, to Bede Williams in Arapahoe. He preceded her in death
With husband owned Williams Bros. Department Store in Arapahoe; moved to Kearney in 1961, opened Unimart Thrift Center
Activities: active member of St. James Catholic Church in Kearney, founding members of Kearney Golden K Kiwanis Club; was involved with the American Red Cross, Women's Club, Newcomers and the Bloodmobile; traveled extensively, loved to dance; enjoyed playing bridge and spending time with her family and friends
Survivors include her sons, Ron of Atwood, Kan., Hugh of Joplin, Mo., Gregory of Kearney and Todd of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters, Jan of San Diego and Suzanne Ward of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister, Berniece James of Katy, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Carol Williams of Atwood, Nancy Williams of Kearney and Tina Williams of Tucson; and son-in-law, William Ward of Scottsdale
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, brother and two infant children
Kearney Hub, 29 August, 2006

WILSON, Hazel I., 86, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Wednesday, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Faith United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association
Born May 15, 1920, south of Gibbon
Parents: Frank and Bertha (Branch) Lawson
Attended school in the area then attended Kearney Junior High School and Kearney High School
Married: Oct. 7, 1943, to Ray Wilson in Kearney. He died in 1998
Lived in Kearney; worked part-time jobs while raising her family
Activities: member of Faith United Methodist Church, AARP and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; enjoyed her many friendships and craft activities
Survivors include her sons, Doug and Randy, both of Kearney; and sister, Myrtle Loyd of Omaha; also grandsons, Stephen Wilson of Omaha and Brian Wilson of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughter, Stephanie Wilson of Omaha; and great-grandchildren, Dylan Wilson and Lucas Wilson
Was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Greg; four sisters; and an infant brother
Kearney Hub, 29 August, 2006

WORLOCK, Robert Montague "Bob", 77, of Portland, Oregon, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, in Portland
Memorial services: Sept. 30, Caltech Athenaeum in Pasadena, Calif.
Born Dec. 7, 1928, in Kearney
Parents: Montague and Miriam (Anderson) Worlock
Graduated from Kearney High School in 1947; graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., 1951; went to Caltech in Pasadena, received a doctorate in physics in 1958; retired 1991
Married: June 1956, to Beverly Brainerd in Pasadena. She died in 1999
Worked for many years for a Pasadena firm, Electro-Optical Systems (later absorbed by Xerox Corp.), on a variety of projects involving ion engines and other components of satellites
Activities: enjoying backpacking trips with his friends and family, playing tennis, riding his bicycle to and from work, learning gourmet cooking, attending investment club meetings, and traveling
Moved to Oregon, 1991, built their dream home; enjoyed cross country skiing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and entertaining friends and family; joined a barbershop singing group
Survivors include his sons, Robert Jr. of Portland and Andrew of Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Leslie Mayerson of Menlow Park, Calif.; brothers, John of Salt Lake City and Roger of Boulder, Colo.; and seven grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 30 August, 2006

McFARLAND, Kenneth, 66, of Callaway, formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at Callaway Good Samaritan Nursing Home
Services: later; body was cremated
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel of Kearney
Memorials: the family
Born Jan. 7, 1940, in Scottsbluff
Parents: Thomas and Esther May (Fegins) McFarland
Attended school in Scottsbluff, graduated from Scottsbluff High School; attended college at Colorado State University, graduated in 1963
Married: 1973, to Glenda Ward. They divorced in 1983
Married: Sept. 13, 1986, to Sandra Burkey
After college, returned to Scottsbluff, worked at the family plumbing business; began working for Independent Plumbing and Western Sugar, 1990; moved to Basalt, Colo., 1992, for a year, then moved to Kearney to be near his wife's family
Activities: enjoyed camping, relaxing and going to casinos; also enjoyed holidays with his stepchildren and stepgrandchildren
Survivors include his wife, of Lexington; sons, Kevin, Nicholas and Phillip; stepson, Charlie Burkey of Lexington; stepdaughters, Tammie Hinrichs of Kearney and Robyn Lange of Lexington; seven stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren; also stepdaughter-in-law, Kelli Burkey of Lexington; stepson-in-law, Steven Hinrichs of Kearney; nephew, Dewey Thompson and his family of Holts Summit, Mo.; mother-in-law, Beulah Dowers of Kearney; and father-in-law, Calvin Alderman and wife Dorothy of Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister, a brother-in-law and a stepgranddaughter
Kearney Hub, 31 August, 2006

HENNINGER, Isaac Steven, 16, of rural Shelton died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at his home
Services: Thursday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Apfel-O'Brien-Straatmann of Wood River
Memorials: Shelton United Methodist Church or Shelton Volunteer Fire Department
Born April 18, 1990, in Kearney
Parents: Steven and Collene (Giffin) Henninger
Grew up in rural Shelton; was a junior at Shelton High School
Activities: enjoyed football, baseball, go-cart racing, hunting, golf and working in shop class and on cars; member of Shelton United Methodist Church, FCA, Methodist Youth Group, Foothill Drovers 4-H Club of Gibbon and Shelton and Gibbon Trap-Shooting Club
Survivors include his parents; sister, Mariah of Shelton; grandparents, Reva of Shelton and Robert and Vera Giffin of Kearney; and great-grandparents, Rose Schultz of Cairo, Helen Frederick of Kearney and Maurice Giffin of Kearney; also aunts and uncles, Doug and Brandie Giffin of Omaha, Mike and Sue Hutsell of Gibbon, Melanie and John Eirich of Lincoln and Don and Karen Hutsell of Louisburg, Kan.; and numerous cousins, friends and extended family
Was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Henninger
Kearney Hub, 29 August, 2006

HUNTER, Evelyn L., 82, of Kearney died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Memorial services: Tuesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Private burial: later
Memorials: Pleasanton Volunteer Fire and Rescue or Pleasanton Public Schools
Born: Feb. 15, 1924, near Amherst
Parents: Frank and Inez (Frank) Long
Graduated from Amherst School in 1940; attended Kearney State College, taught at schools in rural Buffalo County, then at the Pleasanton School; later worked several years at the Pleasanton Post Office
Married: January 1946, to Jack Hunter in Phillipsburg, Kan. He died in August 1983
Lived many years on farm south of Pleasanton; enjoyed family, friends and community
Survivors include her sons, Robert of Pleasanton and Rex of Kearney; daughters, Susan Hunter-Babbitt of Pleasanton and Sally Wegner of Kearney; brother, Charles Long of Coulee Dam, Wash.; sisters, Edna Hansen of Grand Island and Florence Schnieber of Gretna; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren; also son-in-law, Dave Babbitt; and daughters-in-law, Vicky Hunter and Becky Hunter
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents and sister, Frances George
Kearney Hub, 2 September, 2006

HANSEN, Jeffrey, 31, of Cairo, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at Landstuhl Regional Hospital from injuries he suffered in a Humvee accident in Iraq
Services: Tuesday, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden Burial: Minden Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born July 12, 1975, in Minden
Parents: Robert and Deborah (Morris) Hansen
Moved with his parents to Bertrand; graduated from Bertrand High School; graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor's degree in athletic training; also graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Center in 2001
Married: Oct. 12, 2002, to Jennifer Deines
Military: Oct. 14, 2002, was deployed and later served in Bosnia; after return, worked for Kearney Police Department for a short time and then started working at the Grand Island (Neb.) Veterans Affairs Hospital as a federal police officer; was deployed again Oct. 11, 2005; went to Iraq in April; was a staff sergeant with the 1st Squadron, 167th Cavalry
Activities: enjoyed the outdoors; liked hunting, guns, fast cars and staying in shape
Survivors include his wife; father, of Bertrand, Neb.; brother, Jeremy of Kearney, Neb.; and grandparents, R. Bruce and Vera Morris of Kearney; also sister-in-law, Cristal Hansen of Kearney; father- and mother-in-law, Don and Becky Deines of Cairo; nieces, Addison, Brianna, Brooklyn, Jordyn, Ashlyn and Morgyn; nephew, Hunter; sister-in-law, Misti Fiddelke and her husband, Greg, of Ravenna, Neb.; brother-in-law, Mike Deines and his wife, Liane, of Cairo; and many aunts and uncles
Was preceded in death by his mother and paternal grandparents
Kearney Hub, 31 August, 2006

GEORGE, Mabel Ann, 82, of Columbus died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at Hospice House of Omaha
Services: Saturday, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus
Burial: Columbus Cemetery
Mortuary: McKown in Columbus
Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Building Fund or donor's choice
Born: March 2, 1924, north of Riverdale in Buffalo County
Parents: Christ and Minnie (Raup) Schake
Was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney
Graduated from Riverdale High School, 1940; attended Kearney State College and taught in several rural schools in Buffalo County, including Glenwood School, Midway and District 87; also taught in the Lexington City Schools for two years
Married: June 20, 1948, to Kenneth George in Lexington
Moved to Columbus in April 1958; worked at Montgomery Ward for 81/2 years
Activities: member of Immanuel Lutheran Church; enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family
Survivors include her husband; son, Jeff of Omaha; daughters, Kaye Nyffeler of Omaha, Kriste Ongert of Bellevue, Kelly Shada of Kearney and Kyla Reising of Naperville, Ill.; brother, Harvey Schake of Hardin, Mont.; sister, Lora Swearingen of Kimball; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; also daughter-in-law, Michelle George of Omaha; sons-in-law, Gene Nyffeler of Omaha, Greg Ongert of Bellevue, Jim Shada of Kearney and Bob Reising of Naperville, Ill.; and sisters-in-law, Diane Schake of Hardin and Marian Schake of Amherst
Was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers
Kearney Hub, 31 Aug., 2006

BEINS, Kenneth "Ken" H., 76, of Riverdale died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at St. John's Center in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kearney
Burial: Armada Cemetery at Miller
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: the family
Born Jan. 30, 1930, in Stamford
Parents: Harvey and Anna (Simmons) Beins
Graduated from Stamford High School in 1948. Married: Dec. 10, 1949, to Evelyn Ottman in Lexington
Lived in Lexington; moved to Naperville, Ill., worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as a special agent; moved to Kearney in 1982 and to Riverdale in 1986; worked at the Youth Development Center as a youth counselor; retired in 1995; during retirement, was a rural carrier for the Kearney Hub until 2004
Activities: enjoyed traveling, fishing and his various callings in the church
Survivors include his wife; sons, Gary, Larry, David, Daniel and Bill, all of Riverdale; brothers, Wayne of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Floyd Robert of Kearney; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Lisa Beins, Carole Beins and Anne Beins, all of Riverdale
Was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter
Kearney Hub, 1 Sept, 2006

HADWIGER, Martha C., 80, of Kearney, formerly of Amherst, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006
Services: Thursday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Amherst
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: missions fund at Trinity Lutheran Church
Born: March 13, 1926, near Riverdale
Parents: Ralph and Clara (Mueller) Lammers
Graduated from Riverdale High School, attended Grand Island School of Business; worked for Kearney Mayor E.G. Tunks
Married: Jan. 21, 1945, to Harold Hadwiger near Riverdale. He died March 14, 2002
With husband, farmed in the Riverdale area; moved to Amherst in 1953; was an accountant at Caldwell Manufacturing/Chief Industries for 41 years; retired in 2002
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church, served on the Altar Guild, taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir; played women's softball for the Amherst town team; was a 4-H leader for 10 years, teaching cooking and sewing to local girls; enjoyed embroidery work, plastic canvas projects, cross stitching and puzzles
Survivors include her son, Keith of Kearney; daughters, Phyllis Andrijeski of Holdrege, Bonnie Taubenheim of Grant and Loretta Knajdl of Amherst; brothers, Robert Lammers of Palm Desert, Calif., and Walter Lammers of Pleasanton; and sisters, Nora Erickson and Luella Kutsch, both of Kearney, and Arlene Lammers of Plattsmouth; also daughter-in-law, Marlene Hadwiger of Kearney; sons-in-law, Ron Andrijeski of Holdrege, Glenn Taubenheim of Grant and Jerry Knajdl of Amherst; grandchildren, Jeff Knajdl and special friend Barbara Clinkenbeard, Lori Doellman and husband, Steve, Clint Taubenheim and wife, Nancy, Jeremy Knajdl and wife, Kim, Josh Knajdl, Jake Knajdl and wife, Christina, Shannon Vaughn and husband, Justin, Tami Mues and husband, Darren, Mark Andrijeski and wife, Carla, Mike Andrijeski and wife, Jenay, Denae Kuhl, Crystal Kelly and Kelli Trampe; great-grandchildren, Justin, Drew and Bradley Doellman, Regan, Tyler, Lauren and Luke Taubenheim, Owen Vaughn, Brooke and Paige Andrijeski, Steven Andrijeski, Matthew Crooker and special friend Aleece, and Sondra Crooker and fiance, Nathan Weaver; and great-great-grandson, Trey Weaver
Was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Dennis; daughter, Sharon; son-in-law, Jim Knajdl; her parents; and one sister
Kearney Hub, 5 Sept., 2006

SHIELDS, Frances M., 104, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, O'Brien-Straat-mann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born March 1, 1902, in Axtell
Parents: Frank and Mabel (Rapp) Johnson
Attended school in Axtell and Kearney; worked as a nurse and a child care provider
Married: April 14, 1926, to Charlie Shields in Grand Island. They divorced in 1945
Activities: in later years, was very active with senior citizens organizations including playing in a kitchen band; loved to dress up as a clown and entertain people; member of First Christian Church in Kearney
Survivors include her sons, Charlie of Kearney and Jesse of Lincoln; daughter, Artis Jarmin of Raleigh, N.C.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; also daughter-in-law, Lou Shields of Lincoln
Was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gale; four brothers; four sisters; and daughter-in-law, Betheena Shields
Kearney Hub, 2 Sept., 2006

FRANCIS, Grace Larene, 87, of Sumner, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in a Puyallup, Washington, hospital
No services; body was cremated
Born May 25, 1919, near Sterling, Colo.
Parents: Elwood and Alma (Ralston) Bowker
Grew up in Minden, Newark and Kearney, Nebraska
Graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney in 1936
Married: 1937, to Wayne Aden in Minden, Neb. He died in 1943
Married: Nov. 2, 1944, to Tom Francis in Kansas. He preceded her in death
After husband was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Force, they moved to Sumner
Survivors include her son, Jim of Tacoma; daughters, Sherril Newman of Belle Center, Ohio, and Linda Orcutt of Sumner; sister, Doris Keough of Kearney; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; also many nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Lee; brothers, Ryall Bowker of Reno, Nev., and George Bowker of Pensacola, Fla.; and son-in-law, Tom Newman of Belle Center, who died recently
Kearney Hub, 2 Sept., 2006

LINCOLN, Floyd "Red", 72, of Kearney died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straat-mann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Memorials: American Cancer Society
Born Aug. 1, 1934, in Lusk, Wyo.
Parents: Floyd and Mary (Bell) Lincoln
Moved as a young child to Rushville; spent most of his childhood in Rushville, except in World War II; father built ships for the U.S. Navy, Portland, Ore.
Graduating from Rushville High School, 1951; studied at Chadron State College for two years
Military: U.S. Army, 1954-1956; was stationed in Karlsrue, Germany
Returned to Chadron State College, graduated with education degree; played football for the Eagles; loved football all his life
Married Georgia Basset, 1964
Lived in Hyannis for several years, returned to Chadron; moved to Sidney in 1970, remained there more than 20 years; noved to Kearney, 1996
Activities: enjoyed traveling; took his family on several trips across the American West;loved the outdoors, enjoyed many times camping, hunting, fishing and leading Boy Scout retreats; passion was sports,football in particular; served as player, coach, proud father and fan at countless games; was active in local chapters of the VFW and American Legion; was honored as Legionnaire of the Year for Post 52 in Kearney for 2005-2006
Survivors include his wife; son, James of Omaha; daughters, Bonnie Woodman of Newaygo, Mich., Deborah Kunze of Portland, Ore., and Kathryn Povel of St. Croix, Virgin Islands; and brothers, Donald of Salinas, Calif., and John of Fairbanks, Alaska; also daughter-in-law, Sheila Lincoln of Omaha; sons-in-law, Randy Woodman of Newaygo, Brant Kunze of Portland and Russell Povel of St. Croix; and grandchildren, Megan Lou and Ryan Dean Woodman of Newaygo
Was preceded in death by his parents
Kearney Hub, 9 Sept., 2006

REHNBERG, Roger J., 57, of Miller died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at his home after a lengthy illness
Services: Wednesday, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School gymnasium in Sumner
Burial: Highland Cemetery in Bertrand
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice program, Miller or Sumner fire departments or the S-E-M Emergency Unit
Born March 5, 1949, in Lexington
Parents: Ronald and Grace (Nelson) Rehnberg
Graduated from Loomis High School, 1967; attended Central Community College-Hastings
Military: U.S. Army, July 1, 1969, - Jan. 26, 1972
Lived in Hastings and Smith Center, Kan.; moved to Miller 17 years ago; was a truck driver for Brown Transfer Co. in Kearney; member of the Miller and Sumner fire departments; enjoyed trapshooting and entertaining friends in his garage
Married Brenda Parker. They divorced
Married Tammy Nichols. They divorced
Married: July 24, 1993, to Marianne Milligan in Miller
Survivors include his wife; sons, Shad of Grand Island and Gary Burman II of Sumner; daughters, Stacey Lovewell of Columbus and Shelly Newman of Omaha; mother of Holdrege; brother, Rich of Holdrege; and five grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Crystal Rehnberg of Grand Island; son-in-law, Robert Lovewell of Columbus; brother-in-law, Jerry Hilman and wife, Marlene, of Holdrege; and sister-in-law, Diane Rehnberg of Holdrege
Was preceded in death by his father; sister, ReNee Hilman; and nephew, Joseph Rehnberg
Kearney Hub, 11 Sept., 2006

IOSTY, Darrell L., 64, of rural Riverdale died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Riverdale Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel in Kearney
Memorials: the church or the American Leukemia Foundation
Born Nov. 12, 1941, in The Dalles, Ore.
Parents: George and Bernice (Frederick) Iosty
Received his education in Riverdale and Amherst schools
Married: Sept. 2, 1962, to Jennie Swartsley in Riverdale
Lived in the Riverdale and Kearney areas; worked for Keenan Beverages in Kearney
Military: U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; discharged, 1967
Worked for Bamford Inc. in Kearney as a plumber; 1976, formed a partnership with Dale Cudaback and started Cudaback Iosty Plumbing; retired in 2003 after being diagnosed with leukemia; received a stem cell transplant in May 2006
Activities: member of the church and the IOOF; enjoyed time spent with his family and traveling with his wife
Survivors include his wife; son, Rod of Las Vegas; daughter, Heidi Andersen of Kearney; brother, Gary of Riverdale; and sister, Phyllis Seiler of Sequim, Wash.; also son-in-law, Mark Andersen of Kearney; and grandson, Kaleb Andersen
Was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Blake Andersen
Kearney Hub, 11 Sept., 2006

LAMMERS, Gene Eldon, 66, of Grand Island, formerly of Burwell and Kearney, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at Grand Island Veterans Home
Services: Friday, Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island
Memorials: donor's choice
Born March 15, 1940, in Paxton
Parents: Clarence and Marie (Runge) Lammers
Was raised and received his education in Kearney; graduated from Kearney High School in 1958; earned bachelor's degree from Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney in 1962
Military: U.S. Navy, 1962 - 1964
Returned to Kearney; moved to Burwell in 1976; worked as an office manager for Jensen Irrigation
Activities: avid reader and fisherman
Survivors include his son, Kelly of Kearney; daughter, Kami of Kearney; his mother of Kearney; and brothers, Richard of Denver and Jack of Minden. Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 12 Sept., 2006

LYONS, Bernard D. Sr., 85, of Kearney died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Memorials: American Heart Association
Born June 25, 1921, in Kenesaw
Parents: George and Clara (Cullip) Lyons
Grew up in the Gibbon and Shelton areas, where he received his education
Military: U.S. Army Nov. 10, 1942; served under General Patton in the 9th Armored Division in the European Theater and the Battle of the Bulge
Returned to Kearney, worked at the University of Nebraska at Kearney as a custodial supervisor for 33 years; retired in 1985
Married: July 14, 1941, to Thelma Wiseman in Kearney
Activities: member of Kearney Lions Club and Oddfellows; enjoyed gardening and family time, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy
Survivors include his wife; son, Bernard Jr. of Gibbon; daughters, Karen Schroer of Gibbon, Gloria Mason of Kearney and Debra Perleberg of Flowery Branch, Ga.; brother, Gerald of Gresham, Ore.; sister, Phyllis of Kearney; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Mary Lyons of Gibbon; and sons-in-law, Elmer Schroer of Gibbon, Larry Mason of Kearney and Ulrich Perleberg of Flowery Branch
Was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one infant grandson
Kearney Hub, 9 Sept., 2006

MENDYK, Helen R., 96, of Loup City, formerly of Ravenna, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Rose Lane Home in Loup City
Services: Thursday, St. Josaphat's Church in Loup City
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Dec. 26, 1909, in rural Loup City
Parents: Peter and Eleanor (Piontkowski) Sekutera
Married: May 5, 1931, to John Mendyk. He preceded her in death
With husband, farmed near Litchfield for four years; moved to Arcadia, 1935, where they farmed; moved to Ravenna, 1960, worked at Henningson Foods; moved to Loup City in September 2002
Activities: member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna
Survivors include her son, Lee of Winona, Minn.; also daughter-in-law, Rita Mendyk of Winona; grandchildren, Stephanie Mendyk of Wymore, Michele Mendyk of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Stephen Mendyk and wife, Ruth, of Fresno, Calif., Michael Mendyk of Winona and Joni Bliss and husband, Joe Sr., of St. Paul, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Bennett Mendyk of Winona, Joshua Hervey of South St. Paul, Minn., and Katherine Mendyk and Caroline Mendyk, both of Fresno; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Jennifer Bliss of South St. Paul and Joe Bliss Jr. of Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City
Was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Edward Sekutera; sisters, Bertha Mendyk and Clara Wroblewski; and a great-granddaughter, Sara Hervey
Kearney Hub, 12 Sept., 2006

LINCH, Kay, 71, of Lexington died after a stroke Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington
Services: Friday, First United Methodist Church in Lexington
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love, Lexington
Born March 30, 1935, in Overton
Parents: Walter and Carol (Ewing) Humphrey
Attended school in Minekata, S.D., Denver and Blythe, Calif.; moved to Nebraska, graduated from Kearney High School in 1952
Worked at Baumgartner's Department Store and A&W Drive-In during high school and at Fairmont Foods and Redman's Shoe Store following her marriage
Married: Jan. 17, 1953, to Stanley Linch in Kearney
Moved to Ansley, 1957, where husband taught and coached; moved to Ainsworth, 1965; to Lexington, in 1969; started working at 6th Street Food Stores, spent 28 years at the store
Activities: enjoyed reading, playing cards and board games, ceramics, pottery, knitting and crocheting; attended her children's and grandchildren's activities
Survivors include her husband; sons, Jim of Lexington and Jerry of League City, Texas; daughters, Lauri Linch-Zadel of Lakewood, Colo., and Sheryl Parker of Fayetteville, N.C.; and sister, Karen Parks of Hastings; also daughters-in-law, Lisa Linch of Lexington and Kathy Linch of League City; son-in-law, Don Parker of Fayetteville; brother-in-law, Roger Parks of Hastings; and grandchildren, Timaree Zadel of Boulder, Colo., Jacob and Rachel Linch of Lexington and Karney and Kooper Linch of League City
Was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; brother, Wayne Humphrey; and stepfather, Francis Thomas
Kearney Hub, 14 Sept., 2006

PFEIFFER, Eugene E. "Tunney", 79, of Amherst died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday at Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary Chapel in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Fund
Born: Aug. 16, 1927, north of Pleasanton
Parents: James and Hilda (Jones) Pfeiffer
Grew up in the Amherst area and attended Maple Grove country school; was a lifetime resident of the Amherst/Pleasanton area and farmed north of Amherst
Military: U.S. Army May 8, 1946, - June 3, 1947
Survivors include his brothers, Larry of Burwell, Robert of Little Rock, Ark., and Lee of Kearney; and sister, Colleen of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister
Kearney Hub, 15 Sept., 2006

DEIST, Martha G., 90, of Longmont, Colorado, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at Life Care Center in Longmont
Memorial services: Monday, First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Nebraska Boys Ranch, books on tape for the blind, or the Bethphage Mission in Axtell
Born March 12, 1916, in LeMoyne, Neb.
Parents: Fred and Gertrude (McQueen) Wilson
Graduated from Ogallala (Neb.) High School in 1935, from Kearney State College in 1965
Married: Feb. 18, 1936, to Bernard Deist in Oshkosh, Neb. He died in 1998
Lived in Ogallala; moved to Kearney in 1943
Taught school in Kearney and Franklin counties for 26 years, then 22 years in Hildreth; retired in 1984; moved to Colorado in 2001
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney, B.P.O. Does, the Local and Nebraska State Education Associations; was a 4-H club leader and Women's Bowling Association member; enjoyed going to school, reading, sewing, baking, art and sharing time with her grandchildren
Survivors include her sons, Alfred of Rawlins, Wyo., and Marvin of Henderson, Nev.; daughter, Beverly Nelson of Estes Park; brother, Everett Wilson of North Platte, Neb.; sister, Ruth Peters of Roscoe, Neb.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild; also daughters-in-law, Laura Deist of Rawlins and Myrt Deist of Henderson; and son-in-law, Jon Nelson of Estes Park
Was preceded in death by her husband; one grandchild, two brothers and one sister
Kearney Hub, 16 Sept., 2006

COVERT, Dale Ellis, 81, of Imperial died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Imperial Manor Nursing Home
Services: Monday, Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta
Burial: Hamlet Cemetery
Memorial has been established
Born Nov. 12, 1924, in Gibbon
Parents: Harold and Marjorie (Long) Covert
Grew up and attended school
Military: U.S. Navy on May 20, 1943 - 1946, during World War II
Returned to the Kearney area, worked at the Hastings and Grand Island ammunition depots
Married: Feb. 11, 1955, to Nellie Blair. She died in 1999
Settled in Kearney; moved to Hamlet, purchased a small grocery; operated the store until retirement; continued to live in Hamlet until entering Imperial Manor Nursing Home
Activities: life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7028 in Palisade, and he loved to garden
Survivors include his son, Ron of Hot Springs, S.D.; daughter, Jeannie Hoff of Alliance; brothers, Darrell, Bob and Dick, all of Kearney, and Gary of Waverly; sisters, Carol Archer and Ber-nadine Scott, both of Kearney, and Jean Criss of Gibbon; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; also daughter-in-law, Yvonne Covert of Hot Springs; son-in-law, Stan Hoff of Alliance; sisters-in-law, Darla Covert of Kearney and Linda Covert of Waverly; and brother-in-law, Don Archer of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Lucille Scott; and infant sister, Norma Covert
Kearney Hub, 16 Sept., 2006

RICHARDS, Janet L., 49, of Lincoln, formerly of Kearney, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, at BryanLGH Medical Center West in Lincoln
Graveside services: later, Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: to the family
Mortuary: Aspen, in Lincoln
Born: April 14, 1957, in Kearney
Parents: Glen and Gladys (Best) Richards
Worked as a bartender with the VFW in Kearney
Survivors: daughter, Stacy Richards, Kearney; brother, Glen Richards, Holdrege; sister, Judy Brown, Kearney; numerous nieces, nephews
Lincoln Journal Star, 16 September 2006 and Kearney Hub, 20 Sept., 2006

BALL, Ersel D. "Honk", 78, of Kearney died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: the church or the family
Born Oct. 18, 1927, in Pleasanton
Parents: James and Eleanor (Davis) Ball
Graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1945
Military: U.S. Navy from Aug. 23, 1945 - Oct. 6, 1948
Married: Feb. 4, 1951, to Bonny Metz
Lived in Pleasanton; moved to Kearney in 1963; was a heavy equipment operator for the Buffalo County Road Department, Nebraska Irrigation and Broadfoot Sand and Gravel; retired in February 2005
Activities: member of Faith United Methodist Church, Roy Eaton American Legion Post 321, Leo and Clinton Krotz VFW Post 9481, both in Pleasanton, Kearney Elks Lodge, and Pleasanton Fire Department; enjoyed his grandchildren, his garden, attending sporting events and woodworking; also enjoyed making Christmas candy and having coffee with his friends at Bob's SuperStore
Survivors include his wife; son, Alan of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughters, Pam Ball and Peggy Gargan, both of Kearney, and Holly Curtiss of Hastings; and sister, Bertha Daake of Riverdale; also son-in-law, Steve Curtiss of Hastings; daughter-in-law, Sue Ball of Highlands Ranch; grandchildren, Joel and John Gargan, Mattie and Sam Curtiss and Kristin and Davis Ball; and great-granddaughter, Jaylin Gargan
Was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Terri Lee; two brothers; and one sister
Kearney Hub, 19 Sept., 2006

McGHGHY, Elsie E., 86, of Omaha died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at The Ambassador in Omaha
Services: Wednesday, Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church in Omaha
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Braman in Omaha
Memorials: the church
Born Sept. 3, 1920, in Ravenna
Parents: Charles and Lucy (Vasek) Polka
Married John McGhghy. He preceded her in death
Activities: member of the 35th-135th Quartermaster Association, "Yoohoo."
Survivors include her son, Darrell of Lincoln; daughters, Carol Mullen of Leavenworth, Kan., and Marla of Omaha; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Patricia Richter and a brother, Edward Polka
Kearney Hub, 19 Sept., 2006

CHAMBERLIN, M. Phyllis, 85, of Kearney died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village in Kearney
Memorial services: Friday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: church or the Fort Kearney Shrine Transportation Fund
Born Aug. 14, 1921, in Wymore
Parents: Robert and Ella (Jones) Jones
Graduated from Wymore High School in 1939; received her bachelor of science in education degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1943
On Oct. 23, 1943, she married Eldon Chamberlin in Wymore. Lived in Beatrice for 10 years; moved to Kearney, taught at Kearney High School for 10 years
Activitis: member and past president of P.E.O. Chapter FN; member of First United Methodist Church, Methodist Church Circle and the Shrine Auxiliary
Survivors include her husband; and daughters, Jeanne of Kearney and Ann Campbell of Lincoln; also son-in-law, Doug Campbell of Lincoln; grandsons, David Campbell and wife, Suzanne, of Kansas City, Mo., and John Campbell of Lincoln; and granddaughter, Amy Williams and husband, Austin, of Lincoln
Was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters
Kearney Hub, 21 Sept., 2006

POKORNEY, Laura, 96, of Ravenna died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Friday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: the church or the Ravenna emergency medical technicians
Born April 25, 1910, in Buffalo County
Parents: William and Emma (Buske) Behrendt
Was educated in Buffalo County
Married: Nov. 6, 1935, to Frank Pokorney in Kearney. He died Dec. 19, 1983
Lived on a farm in the Ravenna-Gibbon area
Moved to Ravenna in 1985 and to Seneca Sunrise in Ravenna in 2000; had been a resident of Good Samaritan Center since 2004
Activities: member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Survivors include her brothers, Lee Behrendt and Dee Behrendt, both of Ravenna; also nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, William, Walter, Elmer "Bud," Clifford and John; and sister, Clarabel Hervert
Kearney Hub, 20 Sept., 2006

ALFRED, Marcy Ann, 54, of Midway, Arkansas, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home
Services: Saturday, Twin Lakes Cremation Society Chapel, Bull Shoals, Ark.
Additional services: later, Lyons, Neb.
Memorials: Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House
Born Dec. 8, 1951, in West Point, Neb.
Parents: Lester and Viola (Pagels) Hasenkamp
Married: Feb. 2, 1985, to Dick Alfred in Lyons, Neb.
Lived in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado; retired to the Twin Lakes Area of northern Arkansas in June 2004; lived in Kearney for six years, worked in the office at Good Samaritan Hospital
Activities: sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, rock hounding, reading, cooking, boating, fishing; enjoyed spending time with her three nieces and two nephews and with the two children of Dick's son in Lincoln, Neb.; was active in the Hill n' Hollow Quilt Guild and Embroidery Group, the Rod & Reel Fishing Club and the Walleye Angler Group
Survivors include her husband; brothers, Gene Hasenkamp of Hastings, Neb., Larry Hasenkamp of Juniata, Neb., and Lynn Hasenkamp of Lyons
Kearney Hub, 21 Sept., 2006
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