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BROADY, Arnold, 98, of Ravenna died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Monday, Zion Lutheran Church in Johnson
Burial: Johnson Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna
Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church
Born Aug. 4, 1908, in Nemaha County
Parents: William and Elizabeth (Knief) Broady
Was educated at District 24 in rural Washington County, was a graduate of Johnson High School
Married: Jan. 23, 1932, to Marie Reeg in Bellevue, Iowa
Lived on a farm west of Johnson; retired and moved to Tecumseh on March 1, 1965
Worked for the Soil Conservation Service and a local veterinarian; moved to Seneca Sunrise Assisted Living in Ravenna in 2001
Was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Johnson
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Eileen Aitken of Ravenna; brother, Raymond of Tecumseh; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Walter; and a sister, Esther
Grand Island The Independent, 16 November, 2006

STEINBECK, Duane Robert "Pete", 76, of Palisade, formerly of Kearney and Republican City, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial
Graveside services: Palisade Cemetery
Mortuary: Liewer in Wauneta
Born Jan. 7, 1930, northwest of Imperial
Parents: Richard and Mary (Bernard) Steinbeck
Married: Jan. 11, 1960, to Karen Andrew in Benkelman
Survivors include his wife of Palisade; daughters, Janice Hinrichsen of Elm Creek and Denise Thames of Kearney; brother, Everett of National City, Calif.; sisters, Mildred Stamm of Laverne, Okla., Darlene Woodside of Kearney and Bernita Conklin of Topeka, Kan.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 16 November, 2006

GEORGE, Don C., 92, of Kearney, formerly of Soda Springs, Idaho, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at his son's home in Kearney
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born Feb. 8, 1914, in Montpelier, Idaho
Parents: Parley and Areta (Phelps) George
Married Audrey Ineck in Logan, Utah. She died in 1939
Married Bertha Messerly in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She died in 1961
Survivors include his sons, Boyd of Chubbuck, Idaho, and Orrin of Kearney; daughter, Judy Boyle of St. George, Utah; and two granddaughters
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2006

McDERMOTT, Marie, 98, of Kearney, formerly of Broken Bow, died Wednesday Nov. 15, 2006, at Mother Hull Nursing Home
Services: today (Saturday) at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow
Burial: Broken Bow Cemetery
Born April 27, 1908, near Callaway
Parents: Andy and Stenna (Vistrup) Christensen
Married: Sept. 7, 1927, to William McDermott in Grand Island. He died Nov. 25, 1974
Survivors include many nieces and nephews
Kearney Hub, 18 November, 2006

VASKO, Mary A., 94, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Wednesday, Colyer Funeral Home Chapel in Torrington, Wyo.
Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery in Lingle, Wyo.
Memorials: Lingle Rescue Unit
Born Oct. 16, 1912, in Vienna, Austria
Parents: Joseph and Anna (Sustachek) Klouda
Came to the United States with her parents in 1913, settled in Laramie; received her education and graduated from Laramie High School
Married: June 8, 1936, to John Vasko in Laramie, Wyo. He died in 1979
Lived in Laramie; moved to Huntley, Wyo., 1945, and farmed; moved to Torrington in 1959, returned to Laramie in 1963; moved to Lingle, 1969; moved to Torrington in 1987 and to Kearney in 2000 to be near her son
Survivors include her son, Robert of Riverdale; brother, Fred Klouda of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Blance Radder of Cameo Island, Wash.; and 11 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Teri Vasko of Riverdale; and grandsons, Tyler and Scott Vasko, both of Torrington, and Kelly, Miles and Ethan
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, three brothers, an infant brother and an infant sister
Kearney Hub, 20 November, 2006

BOSSHART, Flora E., 83, of Kearney died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Wednesday, First Lutheran Church, with military honors
Burial of cremains: Valley of the Sun Memorial Park in Arizona
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: Mother Hull Home
Born Nov. 23, 1922, in Rice County, Minn.
Parents: John and Nora (Helberg) Bauer
Graduated from Faribault (Minn.) High School and St. Lucas Nursing School, received registered nurses degree
Military: 1945-1946, U.S. Army as a second lieutenant Army nurse
Married: Dec. 8, 1945, to Merle Bosshardt in Springfield, Mo. He preceded her in death
Helped her husband on the family farm at Nerstrand, Minn., for more than 20 years, also worked as a nurse at St. Lucas Hospital and District 1 Hospital in Faribault during the 1950s and 1960s
Activities: active in the church wherever she lived; active in 4-H with her children; moved to the Phoenix area, 1979, worked in a specialty hand-dipped candy company; moved to Kearney in 1997
Survivors include her sons, Gerald of Kansas City, Mo., and Thomas of Hastings; brothers, Roger Bauer of West Bend, Wis., Paul Bauer of Nerstrand, Minn., and Merlin Bauer of Northfield, Minn.; and sister, Grace Covert of Newbury Park, Calif.; also daughters-in-law, Judy Bosshardt of Kansas City and Carol Bosshardt of Hastings; and granddaughters, Jennifer Bosshardt of Prairie Village, Kan., Anne Schmall and husband, John, of Bayard and Mary Bosshardt of Fremont
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and four sisters
Kearney Hub, 21 November, 2006

BENDER, David LeRoy, 55, of Riverdale died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at his home
Graveside services: today (Wednesday), Riverdale Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel of Kearney
Born Aug. 14, 1951, in Iowa City, Iowa
Parents: Clyde and Erma (Dettwiler) Bender
Survivors include his daughter, Sabrina Jones of Kearney; mother, of Kearney; sister, Kathy Palominos of Salem, Ore.; half brother, Ernie Baker of Pauline; and four grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 22 November, 2006

STANFORD, Ardis M., 89, of Kearney died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Born June 29, 1917, in Kearney County
Parents: Oscar and Myrtle (Peckman) Johnson
Graduated from Kearney High School in 1934, attended Kearney State College
Married: 1944, to Donald Hill. He died in 1964
With first husband lived in Kearney, then moved to Denver in 1950; after his death, she moved back to Kearney
Married: Aug. 29, 1966, to Harland Stanford in Oklahoma City. He died in 1984
With second husband lived in Oklahoma City; moved back to Kearney in 1987; had lived at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village for three years
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; volunteered with Good Samaritan Hospital Service League, played in the Senior Citizens Band and enjoyed bowling
Survivors include her sister, Irene Moore of Kearney; brother, Sidney Johnson of Kearney; and nine great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Angie Hill of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Steven Hill Jr., Michael Hill and Sarah Ward, all of Oklahoma City
Was preceded in death by her husbands; a son, Steven Hill in 2000; and a brother, Norris Johnson in 1997
Kearney Hub, 24 November, 2006

ELLIS, Floyd, 77, of Shelton died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Park Place Care Center in Grand Island
Services: Saturday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born: April 26, 1929, in Omaha
Parents: Clarence and Lilybelle (Ellis) Ellis
Married: Dec. 23, 1957, to Donna Wrede in Gibbon
Survivors include his wife; son, Les of Shelton; daughter, Cheryl Walter of Shelton; and four grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 24 November, 2006

RODEHORST, Jean M., 59, of Kearney died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, at her home
Services: Monday, Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Burial of cremains: Pleasanton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel in Kearney
Memorials: the church
Born Dec. 31, 1946, in Kearney
Parents: Carson and Virginia (Axtell) Nolan
Grew up in Kearney, attended school in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School; lived her entire life in Kearney
Married: July 1, 1964, to Charles Robert Marshall
Married: Jan. 27, 1968, to Archie Busch in Kearney. He died Aug. 12, 1976, in Kearney as the result of a car accident
Married: May 13, 1977, to Bernard Rodehorst in Pleasanton. He died April 17, 1992
Married: Nov. 27, 1995, to David Markus in Las Vegas
Activities: member of Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton and an Eagles Auxiliary member; enjoyed crafts, reading and playing bingo; collected music boxes
Survivors include her son, Alan Busch of Kearney; daughters, Lisa Hulgan of Kearney, Lynn Bedke of Pleasanton, Anastacia Johnson of Kearney and Kathleen York of Grapevine, Texas; her mother, Virginia Miller of Overton; brothers, Michael Nolan of Phoenix, Edward Nolan of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jim Nolan of Long Beach, Calif.; sister, Frances Stieb of Overton; and stepsisters, Sandra Miller and Diane Monroe, both of Kearney, and Cindy Johnson of Syracuse; also daughter-in-law, Lori Busch of Kearney; sons-in-law, Jason Johnson of Kearney and Jacob York of Grapevine; and grandchildren, Kira and Sara Hulgan, Kendra Rogers, Eric, Garret and Lana Bedke, Jessica, Lexie, Claire and Archer Busch; and brother-in-law, Andy Stieb of Overton
Was preceded in death by her husbands Archie Busch and Bernard Leon Rodehorst; also her son, Andrew Lane Busch on Aug. 19, 1974; father, Carson Nolan; and stepfather, Robert Miller
Kearney Hub, 25 November, 2006

RAINS, Robert L. "Bob", 63, of Victoria, Texas, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died 15 Nov., 2006, at Triumph Hospital in Victoria
Graveside services: Monday Nov. 27, Kearney Cemetery, with military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: designated later
Born Dec. 22, 1942, in Atlantic, Iowa
Parents: George and Margaret (Nagel) Rains
Graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney in 1960
Military: U.S. Marine Corps June 15, 1960 - June 12, 1964; U.S. Army on March 16, 1965 - March 15, 1974; was stationed in Vietnam while in the Marines and Army
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; and brothers, Eldon of Portland, Ore., Richard of Kearney and Eugene of Iraq; also numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 25 November, 2006

FRANK, Henrietta Elizabeth, 103, of Kearney died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Monday, First Church of the Nazarene in Kearney
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Mother Hull Home or First Church of the Nazarene
Born Feb. 27, 1903, near Angola in Steuben County, Ind.
Parents: John and Jennie (Day) Johnson
Moved from Indiana to Gothenburg on an emigrant train in 1908; was baptized in 1916 in Antelope Center Church south of Gothenburg; attended Antelope Center country school, graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1920; attended Kearney Normal School in 1921 and 1922, then taught school in the Farnam and Maxwell area
Married: 1923, to John Robinson
Married: Feb. 27, 1953, to Howard Frank. He died June 26, 1977
Had lived in Kearney since 1923; was a member of First Church of the Nazarene; was also active in the Brethren Church and Church of God serving as a Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader in all three churches
Survivors include her son, Bud Robinson of Woodward, Okla.; daughter, Marydae Eigenberg of Hastings; 15 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Dorothy Robinson of Woodward and Vivian Frank of Newark, Calif.
Was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers, three sisters, three stepsons and two stepdaughters
Kearney Hub, 25 November, 2006

MOORE, Mary Louise, 93, of Kearney, formerly of Denver, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Monday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery in Denver
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel of Kearney
Memorials: St. Luke's Good Samaritan Center
Born Oct. 13, 1913, in Petersen, Ala.
Parents: Vincenzo and Onofria (Galletti) Callari
Received her education at Atheneum East Lake Orphan's Home in Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from St. Paul's High School in Birmingham; received her nursing certificate at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham; received her registered nursing degree from St. Margaret's Hospital School of Nursing at Montgomery, Ala.; also attended Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado-Denver
Worked as a registered nurse for Charity Hospital in New Orleans
Married: June 16, 1947, to James Moore in New Orleans
Lived in Denver, 1947-2002; worked in several nursing homes
Moved to Kearney in 2003
Activities: member of the National League of Nursing Education; Colorado Nurses Association; Marquette University Parents Association in Milwaukee; Regis High School Mothers' Club in Denver; and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Denver; enjoyed photography
Survivors include her son, James Jr. of Denver; daughter; Mary Alice Konz of Kearney; and sister, Catherine Walsh of Reno, Nev.; also daughter-in-law, Cheryl Moore of Denver; son-in-law, Mike Konz of Kearney; and grandchildren, Michelle Konz, Kellie Pearson, John Konz and Maggie Konz
Was preceded in death by one son born at rest, her parents, grandparents and one brother
Kearney Hub, 25 November, 2006

McDONALD, Clara, 81, of Rockville died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Tuesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: Souleville Cemetery near Boelus
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Nov. 1, 1925, near Ravenna
Parents: Henry and Frieda (Seifert) Habe
Was educated in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School; acquired teaching certificate from Kearney Normal School, taught in rural schools in Buffalo and Sherman counties
Married: June 3, 1947, to Norman McDonald in Ravenna; lived on a farm near Rockville
Activities: member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville and the Altar Society; member of the Happy Members Club and numerous pitch and bridge clubs; enjoyed playing cards, dancing, gardening, needlework and being with her family
Survivors include her husband; sons, Daniel of Lincoln and Bill, David and Bob, all of Rockville; daughters, Cheryl Walker of Kearney, Jeanne Williams of Grand Island and Donna Bolander of Seoul, Korea; sisters, Jenny Chizek of Ravenna, Lenore Lockhorn of San Rafael, Calif., Pat McDonald of Phillips and Dorothy St. Arnold of Norfolk; 22 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Sharyl McDonald of Lincoln, Marcia McDonald, Laurie McDonald and DeeDee McDonald, all of Rockville, and Vickie McDonald of St. Paul; sons-in-law, Ed Walker of Kearney, Garry Williams of Grand Island and Brent Bolander of Seoul; brothers-in-law, Emil Chizek of Ravenna, Francis McDonald of Phillips, Skip St. Arnold of Norfolk and Dale Bramer of Minnesota
Was preceded in death by a son, Rick McDonald; grandson, Travis McDonald; and a sister, Fran Bramer
Kearney Hub, 24 November, 2006

AYRES, M. Jane (Hill), 77, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: later
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Kearney Public Library
Born Oct. 16, 1929, in Fort Collins, Colo.
Parents: Ormond and Stella (Dutton) Hill
Moved to Kearney, attended Kearney High School, graduated in 1947; attended Colorado University
Married: Sept. 25, 1949, to Robert Ayres
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church and P.E.O. Chapter EG
Survivors include her husband; son, Scott of Glendale, Ariz.; and daughters, Sandra Harper of Vermillion, S.D., and Leslie Dickman of Thedford; also sons-in-law, Randy Harper of Vermillion and Monte Dickman of Thedford; grandchildren, Trevor Harper, Jenny Knutson, Dustin Dickman and Kelcee Dickman; and great-grandsons, Wyatt and Max Knutson
Was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, one brother and one sister
Kearney Hub, 27 November, 2006

AUGUSTYN, Dave D., 58, of Kearney died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha
Services: Tuesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, with military honors
Memorials: Disabled Veterans of America
Born Aug. 24, 1948, in Elyria
Parents: Daniel and Betty (Freeman) Augustyn
Grew up in the Ord/Burwell area, graduated from Ord High School in 1966
Military: U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division, served as an infantryman in Vietnam in 1969; was severely wounded by enemy fire and received the Purple Heart
Served 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service, in Kearney, Denver, and as a rural mail carrier in Bertrand; retired in January 2004; also studied at Kearney State College, obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1988
Married: May 16, 2005, to Jan Hardesty in Kearney; lived in Kearney, recently moved to Lincoln
Activities: enjoyed riding motorcycles, watching NASCAR racing and Professional Bull Riding, and playing Texas hold 'em poker
Survivors include his wife; his mother, Betty Freeman; and sisters, Pam Pedersen of Grand Island and Cathy Lehecka of Kearney; also brothers-in-law, Gordon Pedersen of Grand Island and Craig Lehecka of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Michael
Kearney Hub, 27 November, 2006

WELLS, John F. "Jack" Jr., 82, of Billings, Montana, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at his home
Memorial services: Saturday, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Billings
Body was cremated
Memorials: Habitat for Humanity or the donor's choice
Born June 11, 1924, in Lakewood, Ohio
Parents: John and Mildred (McCalmont) Wells
Married: Dec. 18, 1948, to Shirley Atchison in New Haven, Conn.
Military: U.S. Army Air Corps, served three years in World War II
Received his education from the University of Minnesota, Oberlin College; earned a bachelor of arts degree; earned a master's of divinity from Yale University Divinity School; had a 38-year career as a Presbyterian minister, including service to the Presbyterian church in Kearney, 1965-1974
Activities: enjoyed traveling, camping, mountain climbing, swimming, architectural design, carpentry, photography and writing, and especially his family
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Barbara Ludwig of St. Cloud, Minn., Wendy Ennis of Omaha, Neb., Bonnie Ranno of Sherwood, Ore., and Cindy Howells of Gooding, Idaho; sister, Dorothy of Cottonwood, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Steve Ludwig of St. Cloud, Bob Ennis of Omaha, Tony Ranno of Sherwood and Rod Howells of Gooding; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his sister, Erdine Baughn
Kearney Hub, 28 November, 2006

GREENFIELD, Grace V., 90, of Kearney, formerly of Grand Island, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell
Memorials: Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Born Oct. 14, 1916, in Phillips County, Kan.
Parents: George and Lucy (Outhet) Wade
Grew up northeast of Agra, Kan.;received her education in Crystal Township District 73
Married: Oct. 9, 1943,to Everette Greenfield Jr. in Bisbee, Ariz. He died Jan. 4, 2001
Lived in Missouri and Nebraska; moved to Grand Island in 1965, worked in the lunchroom at the Lutheran Hospital for five years; retired in 1970; was a homemaker and a mother; moved to Kearney after her husband's death
Activities: had been a member of First Nazarene Church in Grand Island and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Association; enjoyed quilting
Survivors include her sons, Roy of Amherst and Orival of San Diego; daughter, Eunice Potter of Kearney; brothers, Lewis Wade of Brule and Donald Wade of Rangley, Colo.; sister, Sylvia Phillips of Longmont, Colo.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson; also daughters-in-law, Jenny Greenfield of Amherst and Edna Greenfield of San Diego; son-in-law, Bill Potter of Kearney; and sisters-in-law, Barbara Wade of Rangley and Pearl Weller of Abilene, Texas
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, one brother, two sisters and one grandson
Kearney Hub, 29 November, 2006

CLEVENGER, Mark Edward Jr., 68, of Scotia died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at his home
Services: Friday, Zion Lutheran Church in Scotia
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Ord Memorial Chapel
Memorials: to the family
Born July 22, 1938, north of Gibbon in Buffalo County
Parents: Mark Sr. and Irma (Brown) Clevenger
Was raised on the Ross family farm; attended Buffalo County District 18 School near Gibbon, graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney; attended Central Community College-Grand Island
Military: U.S. Army, Jan. 30, 1958-Jan. 13, 1961; was a military policeman stationed in Turkey
Married: April 28, 1962, to Donna Rae Willard in Bartlett
Lived in various Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado towns; worked as a policeman, traveling salesman and at Arjo Manufacturing; settled in Scotia, 2001
Activities: member of Scotia Baptist Church, Gideons International, Awanas and Appaloosa Horse Club; served as a board member on the Timberlake Ranch Camp; was a first responder for the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department and was a volunteer for Motorists Assist on Interstate 80 for the Nebraska State Patrol; enjoyed bowling, roller-skating, hunting, collecting belt buckles, judging horse shows and writing poetry
Survivors include his wife; sons, Leslie of Carpi, Italy, and Leon of Hampton; daughter, Lynette of Greenwood, Mo.; brothers, Bert of Omaha and Bob of Gibbon; and sisters, Doris Marquart of Oak and JoAnne Meyers of Kearney; also daughters-in-law, Margaret Clevenger of Carpi and Christy Clevenger of Hampton; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, David and Dominic Clevenger and Jerome Bryant
Was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Pearl Belle Johnson
Kearney Hub, 29 November, 2006

CARPENTER, Eric E., 45, of Kearney died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at his home
Memorial services: Friday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Riverside Cemetery near Gibbon
Memorials: the family
Born Nov. 27, 1961, in Newport Beach, Calif.
Parents: Art and Barbara (Scofield) Carpenter
Moved to Gibbon in 1978, graduated from Gibbon High School in 1979; worked at Northwest Electric, was a shop foreman
Activities: enjoyed fishing, golfing and his dog
Survivors include his father of Gibbon; and sisters, Heidi Haussermann of Kearney and Deb Moore of Gibbon; also nephew, Brandon Moore of Kearney; and brother-in-law, Daryl Haussermann of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his mother and one brother
Kearney Hub, 30 November, 2006

LEIBEE, Roy G., 75, of Kearney died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at his home
Memorial services: Saturday, First Christian Church, with military honors
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: First Christian Church or the Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice Program
Born Dec. 29, 1930, in Kearney
Parents: Lloyd and Lindsay (Klunder) Leibee
Graduated from Kearney High School in 1949; attended Kearney State College
Married: July 14, 1951, to Gerry Epperson in Kearney
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1951-1954; veteran of the Korean war
Returned to school, received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1956
Lived in Kearney, worked for Burroughs Corp. in computer sales then was an investment broker for Chiles Heider of Omaha then for Dean Witter; retired in 1987
Activities:member of Kearney American Legion Post 52, Kearney Eagles Lodge 2722 and was a past member of Kearney Elks Lodge 984 and Kearney Rotary Club; served as secretary-treasurer for Central Nebraska Senior Golf Association for five years, was treasurer for Crimestoppers for two years; enjoyed golfing, Nebraska Cornhusker football, hunting, fishing and sailing
Survivors include his wife; sons, Richard of Lincoln and Lloyd of Joplin, Mo.; daughter, Patricia Mahan of Manhattan, Mont.; brother, Dan of Buffalo, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; also daughters-in-law, Jodie Leibee of Lincoln and Suzan Leibee of Joplin; son-in-law, Lee Mahan of Manhattan; and sister-in-law, Diana Leibee of Buffalo
Was preceded in death by his parents
Kearney Hub, 1 December, 2006

CROSS, Marvin E., 66, of Kearney died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery, with military honors
Memorials: First Baptist Church of Kearney or to the family
Born Dec. 29, 1939, in Ansley
Parents: Floyd and Louise (Schneller) Cross
Graduated from Kearney High School in 1956, continued his education for two years
Military: U.S. Navy, served in Japan, China and Australia; honorably discharged in 1960
Married: May 23, 1956, to Kathryn Gant in Hiawatha, Kan.
Worked for Eaton Corp. for 10 years; became a trucker; retired from trucking after 30 years
Activities: enjoyed camping, fishing and helping others; member of the American Legion
Survivors include his wife; sons, Michael and Thomas, both of Kearney; daughter, Christina Beebe of Kearney; brother, Merlin of Kearney; sister, Phyllis Bailey of Minden; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Jill Cross and Jo Cross, both of Kearney; son-in-law, Dean Beebe of Kearney; sister-in-law, Ruth Cross of Kearney; and brother-in-law, Alva Bailey of Minden
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wayne, Orville and Herman; sister, Dorothy Cross; and grandson, Jeff Beebe
Kearney Hub, 2 December, 2006

DIERCKS, Roger F., 54, Kearney, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at his home.
Memorial services: Dec. 18, Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon
Ashes will be released in the Niobrara River
Memorials: American Heart Association
Born March 5, 1952, in Gordon
Parents: Frank and Irene (Barth) Diercks
Attended schools in Hay Springs and Gordon, graduated from Gordon High School in 1970
Attended Nebraska Technical College in Milford, graduated with a degree in traditional welding; also graduated from auctioneer school
Military: U.S. Navy, 1977-1979; was honorably discharged
Married: May 31, 1980, to Rebecca Sloyer in Gordon
Worked with his father in the family business, Gordon Livestock Auction and Diercks Auction Service
Bought a home in Minden; worked for Minden Co-op and lastly for Royal Plastics in Minden; moved to Kearney, 2005
Survivors include his wife, of Minden; sons, Detlef of Lincoln and Marcus of Minden; and stepmother, Mary Diercks of Gordon; also sister, Connie and husband Harry Pontiff of Minneapolis and their children, Morgan and Kira; his sister, Linda and husband Raymond Semrad of Parsons, Kan., their son Erik and wife Kari and son Kyler of Lyndon, Kan.; and aunt, Margaret Diercks of Gordon
Was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents
Kearney Hub, 5 December, 2006

PAVLIS, Norma, 75, of Kearney died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Thursday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chambers
Burial: Chambers Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: the family
Born Jan. 1, 1931
Parents: Leonard and Adele (Meyers) Peterson
Grew up in Chambers, graduated from Chambers High School
Married: Feb. 18, 1956, to Rainold Pavlis in Reno, Nev. He preceded her in death
Lived in Reno; moved to Ewing, where they ranched
Activities: member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chambers; enjoyed crafts; worked with the Wings of Eagles Craft Shop; also enjoyed needlepoint, crochet, painting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Survivors include her daughters, Sandy Hood and Kathy Klitzke, both of Burwell; sister, Bonnie Friesen of Chambers; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; also her son-in-law, Marjil Hood of Burwell, and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, two brothers, one son, and numerous aunts and uncles
Kearney Hub, 6 December, 2006

SNELL, Glynn H. Jr., 71, of Kearney died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at his home
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: the family
Born July 14, 1935, in Sidney
Parents: Glynn and Frances (Willis) Snell
Received his education through Kearney Public Schools; graduated from Kearney High School
Married: March 6, 1993, to Joyce Kersting in Kearney
Lived in Kearney, worked for Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney; later worked for Bartels Trucking Co.; retired in 1991
Activities: member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club and Eagles Club and enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing the guitar, watching football and playing billiards
Survivors include his wife; ex-wife, Darlene Snell; sons, David of Oklahoma, Randell of Lincoln and Bill of Crete; daughters, Laurie Phards, LaDonna Weindorff, Brenda Smiley, Virginia Yancheck and Kristie Griffing, all of Kearney; brothers, Kenneth and Chad, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Diane Snell of Lincoln and Debbie Snell of Crete; sons-in-law, Robert Weindorff and Brad Smiley, both of Kearney; and sisters-in-law, Reba Snell and Arlyss Snell, both of Jacksonville
Was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife, Patricia Snell; stepdaughter, Cindy Jo; and two brothers
Kearney Hub, 5 December, 2006

KLOSTERMAN, Bernard G., 72, of Kearney died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Wednesday, Kearney Cemetery, with military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Kearney Hub, 30 November, 2006

HOMAN, Benjamin R. "Ben", 63, of Kearney died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Kearney Catholic High School Foundation, Leadership Kearney, Kearney Community Foundation or the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Born June 24, 1943, in Dayton, Ohio
Parents: Benjamin and Eva (Meysenburg) Homan
Grew up in David City, graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1961; attended St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kan.; graduated from Conception (Mo.) Seminary; attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska
Married: June 10, 1967, to Patti Bender in Omaha
Lived in Nebraska City, taught and coached at Nebraska City Lourdes High School; moved to Kearney, 1969, served as Chamber of Commerce director, was instrumental in establishing the Gateway Farm Show; moved to Dallas, worked with the National Chamber of Commerce; returned to Kearney, 1974, worked for Edward Jones for 28 years; retired 2002
Activities: was director and a past president for the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Kearney Catholic Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital Board and Kearney State College Foundation; served with the Kearney Redevelopment Authority and was a past chairman, was a co-founder of Leadership Kearney and was a co-founder of the Kearney Area Community Foundation; received the University of Nebraska at Kearney Distinguished Service Award in 1991, the Kearney Hub Freedom Award in 1996, Sertoma Service to Mankind Award in 2001 and the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Friend of Kearney Award in 2001; was involved in fundraising on behalf of GSH, UNK, Kearney Catholic High School, Kearney Public Schools, YMCA and the Museum of Nebraska Art; hobbies included golf and travel; enjoyed his Orchard Fishing group, Tex's Caf‚ front table and Thursday CLUB
Survivors include his wife; sons, Ben and Steve, both of Kearney, and Richard Otto of Alliance; daughters, Pam Homan and Jenny Gilbreath, both of Omaha; his mother of David City; brothers, Jim of Crete, Jerry of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Bob of Omaha; and sisters, Barb Oberg of Kearney, Mary Gillespie of Shelby, Betty Medinger of Lincoln and Carol Brouillette of Hastings; also daughters-in-law, Sara Homan and Jeni Homan, both of Kearney, and Aimee Otto of Alliance; sons-in-law, Chris Kilroy and Jason Gilbreath, both of Omaha; and grandchildren, Halligan, Ted and Seamus Kilroy, Ben, Nick and Jake Homan, Claire, Samantha and Mia Homan, Maggie, Josie, Charlie and Lillie Otto, and Will, Olivia and Avery Gilbreath
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 7 December, 2006

JAPP, August, 87, of Grand Island, formerly of Ravenna, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Services: Saturday, Faith Lutheran Church in Hazard
Burial: Litchfield Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: the church or the American Cancer Society
Born March 3, 1919, in Kennard
Parents: August and Emma (Schmuck) Japp
Was educated at Kennard
Married: Sept. 14, 1947, to Meta Kruse in Worms. She preceded him in death
Military: U.S. Army in the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Germany during World War II; was wounded in battle, received the Purple Heart
Lived on a farm near St. Libory; moved to Ravenna in 1969; retired to Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island, 1977
Activities: member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Heapy of Litchfield; sisters, Carrie Ensign and Ruby Wingate, both of Crystal Lake, Ill.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, David Heapy of Litchfield
Was preceded in death by his wife, eight brothers and four sisters
Kearney Hub, 7 December, 2006

LUNDY, Doris E., 89, of Kearney died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Northridge Retirement Center
Services: Tuesday, First Presbyterian Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Ray and Doris Lundy Scholarship at the University of Nebraska at Kearney or to First Presbyterian Church
Born July 14, 1917, in Webb City, Mo.
Parents: Joseph and Bess (Holdredge) Wales
Graduated from Arkansas City (Kan.) High School
Married: Oct. 11, 1936, to Ray Lundy. He died in 1987
Lived in Goodland, Kan., then moved to Kearney in 1953; he was Kearney's city manager for 28 years and was a former state senator
Activities: was deeply involved in serving the community; active member of First Presbyterian Church
Survivors include her son, Jim of Corvallis, Ore.; daughters, Kay Smith of Kearney, Karen Larsen of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Judy Bowker of Richmond, Va., and Susan Loggins of Seattle; sister, Betty Bertagnolli of Redding, Calif.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Lundy of Corvallis; and sons-in-law, Jim Smith of Kearney, Jim Larsen of Ponte Vedra and Stan Bowker of Richmond
Was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Ray Jr.; three brothers; and son-in-law, Phil Loggins
Kearney Hub, 11 December, 2006

PETERSEN, Roger William, 78, of Hutchinson, Minneseta, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Hutchinson Community Hospital
Services were Saturday, Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson
Burial: Oakland Cemetery
Mortuary: Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson
Born Oct. 19, 1928, in Solway
Parents: Leonard and Florence (Plaisted) Petersen
Was baptized as an infant, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 9, 1943, at Solway Lutheran Churchl received his education in Solway and at the North Central School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids
Married: March 11, 1956, to Genevieve Johnson in Hutchinson
Lived in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska; returned to Hutchinson in 1995; had been married 50 years
Worked in chamber of commerce management in the various states where they lived and, while in South Dakota, worked in marketing for a radio station; in Hutchinson, was employed at More 4 (now Econofoods) and Barton's Self Storage
Activities: member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, volunteered for youth programs; member of Hutchinson Lions Club, Hutchinson Rotary Club and Hutchinson Kiwanis; enjoyed gardening, was an avid sports fan and supported the Nebraska Cornhuskers for many years; especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren
Survivors include his wife; son, Jeffrey of Fort Morgan, Colo.; daughters, Jacqueline Draper of Big Pool, Md., and Julianne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brother, LeRoy of Solway; and sisters, Arlis Ann Strandlin and Donna Mae Reinke, both of Solway; also son-in-law, Philip Draper of Big Pool; grandchildren, Katelyn Petersen and Katherine Judd; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by his parents
Kearney Hub, 11 December, 2006

WHIPPLE, Lori, 43, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Monday, Spirit of Life Open Bible Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Memorials: the family
Born Sept. 7, 1963, in Kearney
Parents: Eddie and Deloris (McDowell) Hiner
Grew up in Kearney, attended Kearney Public Schools, including Bryant and Northeast elementary through Kearney High School; attended Job Corps in Kansas City, Mo., and the College of Nursing at Kearney State College; 1980, moved to New York and continued to attend nursing school and college; returned to Kearney in 1998
Activities: was a baptized member of the Open Bible Church; hobbies included handcrafts, painting and singing; studied and knew her Bible well; was a prayer warrior; loved her children and took care of her nieces and grandchildren when needed
Survivors include her son, Dustin Hiner of Kearney; her mother and stepfather, Deloris Hiner Garrelts and Melvin Garrelts of Kearney; brothers, Randy Hiner of Oregon, Rodney Hiner of Omaha and Jimmy Hiner of Kearney; sisters, Kathryn Woodard of St. Louis and Sharta Williams of Kearney; and four grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Elva Hiner of Kearney; adopted brother, Dennis Munson of Westminster, S.C.; and special friend, James Branch of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, Ray and Elizabeth McDowell, D.T. Hiner, Maggie Olive and Lucy Hiner; and several aunts, uncles and cousins
Kearney Hub, 16 December, 2006

MURPHY, Kenneth L. "Ken", 65, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Bainbridge Cemetery northwest of Huntley
Memorials: the family
Born April 6, 1941, in Holdrege
Parents: Orville and Lucille (Van Matre) Murphy
Attended school in Loomis, graduated 1959; worked as a heavy equipment operator for Midland Construction Co. and several other construction companies; retired, 1996 because of ill health; moved to Kearney in 1996
Survivors include his sons, Russell of Lincoln and Brian Boettcher and Patrick, both of Holdrege; daughters, DeAnn Vaughn of Bertrand and Misty Lamborn of Lincoln; sister, Detta Shanahan of Axtell; brother, Dennis of Kearney; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and half sisters, Jana of Las Vegas and Pam Ahlman of Grand Island
Was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister
Kearney Hub, 12 December, 2006

CARPENTER, Darell, 64, of Kearney died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at his home
Memorial services: later; body was cremated
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Born Aug. 20, 1942, in Kearney
Parents: Darrell and Idella (Jurgens) Carpenter
Married: July 10, 1960, to Judie Coleman in Elwood
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Robin Curry and Rachelle Thiem, both of North Platte, and Kristy Larrington of Cypress, Texas; his mother of Gibbon; sisters, Janice Johannsen of Ogallala and Sallee Shiers of Gibbon; and nine grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Richard Curry of North Platte and Dan Larrington of Cypress
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 13 December, 2006

KIRKPATRICK, Willis Lee, 36, of Kearney died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, as the result of an automobile accident near Wahoo
Memorial services: today, Dec. 18, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: later
Memorials: the family
Born Feb. 5, 1970, in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Parents: Albert and Barbara (Lee) Kirkpatrick
Grew up in Council Bluffs, received his education at Washington and Kern schools; received his GED in 1998
Worked for Interstate Structures in Kearney and was currently employed by Scott Daake as a mason; loved fishing; attended Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
Survivors include his fianc‚e, JoAnna Johnson; sons, John, Andrew Peasley, Lane Duncan and T.J.; daughters, Stephanie Strub and Cheyenne; brother, James; sister, Gayla Brace; mother, Barbara Hanson; and grandmother, Caroline Lee of Council Bluffs; also special friends, Melissa Wiseman and Heather Kirkpatrick
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 18 December, 2006

BABCOCK, Grace M., 83, of Kearney died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Tuesday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: to the family
Born June 26, 1923, in King George, Va.
Parents: Carey and Ada (Morgan) Dodd
Grew up in King George and Baltimore; received her education at Old Grove School
Married: May 4, 1945, to Marvin Babcock in Baltimore. He preceded her in death
Lived and farmed near Cozad and Central City; moved to Kearney in 1963; worked in a nursing home and at J.A. Baldwin Manufacturing Co. for 15 years; was a member of the Baptist church and enjoyed gardening and housekeeping
Survivors include her son, Melvin of Aurora; daughters, Ethel Philby Phillips and Marjorie, both of Kearney; sister, Catherine Cleaveland of Beatrice; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Brigitta Babcock of Aurora
Was preceded in death by her husband; one infant granddaughter, four brothers and one half-sister
Kearney Hub, 18 December, 2006

GUPTILL, Bradley, 44, of Kearney died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home
Burial: later
Memorials: the family
Born Sept. 4, 1962, in Columbus
Parents: Milt and Dona (Loffer) Guptill
Grew up and attended school in Kearney
Married: June 3, 2003, to Melanie Asay in Kearney
Lived in Maine for 10 years then in Chicago for 19 years; worked for TTX Railroad as a car man welder; retired because of ill health
Activities: member of the Railroad Union; enjoyed building models, woodworking and time spent with family
Survivors include his wife; his father, of Phillips; his mother, Dona Tatro and husband, Keith, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; son, Ryan of Kearney; brothers, Gary of Papillion and Steve of Burbank, Ill.; sisters, Kris of Papillion and Becky of Phillips; stepsons, Joshua, Dusty and Tyler Johnson of Kearney; and stepdaughter, Sarah Kelley of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; also Greg Nelson of Phillips; parents-in-law, Norris and Lois Asay of Kearney; brother-in-law, Scott Asay; sister-in-law, Leila Gifford and husband, John, of Kearney; aunts, Harriet Garrison of Lake Havana, Kan., and Pauline Poling of 1000 Palms, Calif.; uncle, Doug Look of Brewer, Maine; nieces and nephews, Tyler, Todd, Jake, Adam, Steve, Eli, Chelsea, Angela, Damon, Sam and Alex; great-nieces and -nephews, Kristina, Dayton, Hailey, Lily and Carter; special friend, Randy Wilcox; and a large extended family
Was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Jane Loffer, Marvin Guptill and Laura Fioretto
Kearney Hub, 16 December, 2006

BIGELOW, Dorothy M. "Dottie", 63, of Kearney died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: later
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Born Nov. 30, 1943, in Evansville, Ind.
Parents: Emmet and Esther (Johnson) Crowell
Moved to the Kearney area, attended Kearney schools; graduated from Kearney High School, 1961
Worked at Coleman Powermate; for many years was secretary and bookkeeper for Roger Pollat at the Ponderosa Mall in Kearney; worked at Wal-Mart as a greeter, until health failed
Activities: enjoyed bowling for many years
Survivors include her sisters, Lee Layton of Pleasanton and Betty Gibreal of Kearney; also numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Oscar Rasmussen
Kearney Hub, 19 December, 2006

BLAKESLEE, Ruth H., 92, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Wednesday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Entombment: church columbarium
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Memorials: St. Luke's Episcopal Church or the Children's Museum
Born June 24, 1914, in Callaway
Parents: Curtis and Lydia (Hebbel) Benger
Graduated from Callaway High School in 1932; attended business college in Omaha
Married: Feb. 7, 1943, to Ira Blakeslee in Petersburg, Va. He died in January 1988
Moved to Kimball, 1950; after husband's death, moved to Kearney
Activities: member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Church Women's Guild and PEO Chapter GG; was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital for many years
Survivors include her son, Gary of Boise, Idaho; daughters, Jo Nachtigal of Kearney and Jincy Hobbs of Howell, Mich.; brother, Jack Benger of Scottsbluff; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Dawneen Blakeslee of Boise; and sons-in-law, Dennis Nachtigal of Kearney and Kent Hobbs of Howell
Was preceded in death by herhusband; one great-granddaughter, her parents and one sister
Kearney Hub, 19 December, 2006
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