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SCHMIDT, Robert F. "Smitty", 87, of Pleasanton died Friday, March 9, 2007, at his home northeast of Pleasanton
Services: Tuesday, Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Burial: Dannebrog Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Born March 21, 1919, in St. Libory
Parents: Gerhardt and Augusta (Noehrn) Schmidt
Attended school in Grand Island; graduated from Grand Island High School in 1936
Married: Oct. 22, 1942, Eleanor Steinke in Grand Island
Worked on a dairy, drove a city cab in Grand Island; moved to Kearney in 1959, worked in the maintenance department at the heating plant and as a painter at Kearney State College; retired in 198; moved to Billings, Mont., 2000; moved to Pleasanton in June 2003
Activities: member of Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Sally Mueller of Loveland, Colo., Susan Baker of Pleasanton and Patricia Koch of Brookfield, Wis.; brother, John of Dallas; sister, Anne Ryan of Kearney; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Howard
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LAUER, Avnelle "Avy", 82, of Gibbon died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, Gibbon Faith United Church
Burial of cremains: at Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born Jan. 27, 1925, in Shelton
Parents: Herman and Juanita (Smith) Pool Survivors include her sons, Kurt of Wooster, Ohio, and Randy of Gibbon; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter
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FREDERICK, Helen M., 89, of Kearney died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Thursday, First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Memorials: Buffalo County 4-H Program
Born April 17, 1917, in Kearney
Parents: Robert and Ollie (Fox) Schroer. Grew up in the area and graduated from Hartman District 34 School
Married: March 8, 1939, to Donald Frederick in Kearney. He preceded her in death
With husband farmed northeast of Kearney; was a 4-H leader for many years in Buffalo County; charter member of the Get Acquainted Extension Club; was affiliated with the United Methodist Church
Survivors include her daughters, Donna Bay of Stapleton, Vera Giffin of Kearney and Mary Stevens of Hordville; also sons-in-law, Arlen Bay of Stapleton, Bob Giffin of Kearney and Gaylerd Stevens of Hordville; grandchildren and their significant others, Collene and Steve Henninger of Shelton, Doug and Brandie Giffin of Omaha, Bill and Valerie Stevens, Bud and Stephanie Stevens and Gené Stevens and Darryl Church, all of Polk, and D.L. Bay and Martin and Angie Bay, all of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Abbie and Madison Giffin, Mariah Henninger and MacKenzie, Lane, Kyle and Payton Stevens; sister-in-law, Doris Wink of Kearney; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Leroy Martin Bay; great-grandson, Issac "Ike" Henninger; and brothers, Kenneth, Raymond and Robert Schroer
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HOFBAUER, Joseph L., 88, of Ravenna died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: St. Joseph's Cemetery south of Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: the church or the donor's choice
Born March 9, 1919, south of Ravenna
Parents: Joseph and Frances (Muegerl) Hofbauer
Graduated from Ravenna District 39
Married: Aug. 19, 1948, to Mildred Hervert near Ravenna
Farmed south of Ravenna; retired 1993, moved into Ravenna
Activities: active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church; loved to do woodworking
Survivors include his wife; and daughter, Sandra Clymer of Gibbon; also son-in-law, Mark Clymer of Gibbon; granddaughters, Stacy Rockefeller and her husband, Shane, of Ravenna and Kelsey Clymer of Lincoln; and great-grandchildren, Quentin, Baylee and Kreyton Rockefeller of Ravenna
Was preceded in death by his sisters, Rose Kriha and Dorothy Hofbauer
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LOCKHORN, Mary, 92, of Ravenna died Saturday, March 10, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Aug. 16, 1914, in Ravenna
Parents: Thomas and Anna (Vacek) Muegerl
Married: Feb. 14, 1933, to Gerhard Lockhorn in Ravenna. He died in 1996
Lived most of her married life on a Sherman County farm about seven miles north of Ravenna; was known for raising many chickens, raising a large garden, canning and freezing her produce, and baking, including delicious kolaches
Activities: member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Council of Catholic Women; charter member of the Cheerful Country Club Extension Club
Survivors include her son, Cletus of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughters, Marianne Waskowiak of Ravenna, Imelda Gressley of Hazard, and Bernadette Lauby of Lexington; brother Joe Muegerl of Ravenna; sister, Margaret Muegerl of Ravenna; 24 grandchildren, and 69 great-grandchildren; also sons-in-law, Gene Waskowiak of Ravenna, Claudie Gressley of Hazard and Gene Lauby of Lexington; daughters-in-law, Royetta Lockhorn of Cheyenne and Liz Lockhorn of Ravenna; sisters-in-law, Rosanda Schroll of Ravenna, Leona Lockhorn of Ravenna and Dorothy Lockhorn of Indianola; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; infant sister, Celia; son, Brendan in a tractor accident in 2000; sister, Rose Coulter in 1998; and several nephews
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WEBER, Roxie, 84, of Ogallala, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala
Services: 12 March, First United Methodist Church in Ogallala
BurialL Ogallala Cemetery
Mortuary: Draucker of Ogallala
Born May 21, 1922, in DeWitt, Ark.
Parents: R.D. and Anna (Biron) Ross
Married: Oct. 15, 1941, to Lester Weber. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her son, Lynn of Bullhead City, Ariz.; daughters, Bonnie of Ogallala and Betty Baxley of Benton, Ark.; sisters, Geraldine Benning of Orangevale, Calif., and Gertrude Burnside of Sulphur, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren
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FLEMING, Teresa A., 54, of Kearney died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Hope Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Cozad Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Mid-Nebraska Individual Services in Kearney
Born April 4, 1952, in North Platte
Parents: John and Marilyn (McNeal) Fleming
Was raised in Gothenburg until age 7; moved to Beatrice State Developmental Center; moved to Kearney and entered into services with Mid-Nebraska Individual Services, May 1979
Survivors include her mother, of Nampa, Idaho; brother, Roger of Paradise, Calif.; and sisters, Jan of Nampa and Sandra Tucker of Mesa, Ariz.; also special friend, Belinda Richardson of Lubbock, Texas
Was preceded in death by her father
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LANGENBERG, Henry A., 83, of Kearney died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
Services: Friday, First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: University of Nebraska Foundation designated for the Hope Fund for lymphoma and leukemia research
Was born May 22, 1923, in Atlanta
Parents: Henry and Dora (Kohler) Langenberg
Received his education in country schools in Phelps County
Married: March 26, 1950, to Thelma Hart in Bertrand. She died Oct. 12, 1992
Was employed as a telegrapher for Union Pacific Railroad for 32 years
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church and Kearney Eagles Aerie 2722; enjoyed restoring old Ford N Series tractors
Survivors include his sons, Ron of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Tracy of Columbus; brother, Albert of Bertrand; sisters, Dorothy and Agnes, both of Holdrege; and 13 great-grandchildren; also his grandchildren, Michelle Oberschulte, Sheila Vickers, Jennifer Gage-Speer, Michael Langenberg, Shari Penner, Cami Brantly, Jeff Langenberg, Aaron Langenberg and Dustin Langenberg
Was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Larry; grandson, Shawn Langenberg; brothers, Irvin Langenberg, Lester Langenberg and Harold Langenberg; one brother in infancy; and sisters, Clara Michael, Anna Ebmeyer, Laura Johnson, Helen Michael and Lina Langenberg
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TAUBENHEIM, Evelyn L., 65, of Grand Island, formerly of Kearney, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at Good Samaritan Center in Wood River
Services: Friday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Burial: Stanley Cemetery in Amherst. Memorials: the Wood River Emergency Unit or to the family for donation to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation
Born June 4, 1941, in Nampa, Idaho
Parents: Edward and Dorothy (Rollins) Bamrick
Lived at Overton, Sumner and Loup City areas, where parents farmed; after high school, worked part time and eventually full time at St. Luke's nursing home in Kearney until her marriage
Married: March 23, 1960, to Maurice Taubenheim in Kearney
Raised her family; also worked for Virg's Cleaning Service in Kearney for many years; then operated a day-care service out of her home for four years; moved to Grand Island in 1992, to care for her mother; continued to operate a day care out of her home; retired in 1999 because of ill health
Activities: active member of the Eagles Auxiliary for many years; was an avid bowler
Survivors include her husband; son, Dennis of Grand Island; daughters, Diane McIntosh and Debra Zaleski, both of Grand Island; brother, Leroy Leaf of Vancouver, Wash.; and four great-grandchildren; also son-in-law, Rick McIntosh of Grand Island; grandchildren, Derrick Kenney, Devlin Kenney, David Kenney, Michael Kenney, Ashley Zaleski, James Zaleski and Shelley Zaleski; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Velma Taubenheim and Larry and Venia Whitesel, all of Broken Bow, and Don and Leta Jobman of Kearney; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her son, Daniel
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FELKER, Louise, 81, of Kearney, formerly of Overton, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, United Methodist Church in Overton
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington
Born Nov. 2, 1925, in Elza, Ga.
Parents: Francis and Lula (Partin) Smith
Married: Dec. 24, 1943, Barney Felker in St. Augustine, Fla. He died in 1984
Survivors include her sons, Jerel of Parkville, Mo., and Carl of Sandness, Norway; daughters, Jenda Linn of York and Catherine Luther of Overton; sisters, Marguerite Thomas of New York City and Catherine Jones of Vidalia, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 15 March, 2007

MOES, Ernest J. "Ernie", 75, of Central City, Iowa, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at his home from Lou Gehrig's disease
Services: Friday at United Church of Christ in Central City
Burial: Mount Clark Cemetery in Central City with military honors
Mortuary: Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Central City
Memorials: ALS Association or Muscular Dystrophy Association
Born March 25, 1931, near Kearney in Buffalo County, Neb.
Parents: John and Marie (Hubsch) Moes
Military: Air Force during the Korean Conflict
Spent 13 months in Alaska; graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering
Married: Jan. 17, 1959, to Julie McCutchan in Seward County, Neb.
Moved to Cedar Rapids in 1959, began employment with Collins Radio; worked for Collins Radio and Rockwell Collins for 37 years; retired in 1996
Began farming near Central City during the early 1970s, continued farming until two years ago; had been a licensed pilot since 1951, enjoyed the time he spent flying his Piper Tri-Pacer; enjoyed Nebraska Cornhuskers
Survivors include his wife; sons, John and wife Janet of Manchester and James and wife Aurora of Chesapeake, Va.; daughters, Mary and husband Bill Morrison of Mason City and Sarah and husband Damon Ferreter of Robins; grandchildren, Ashlynn, Christine, Luke, Emily, Leah and Elizabeth; brothers, Francis and wife Caroline of Green Bay, Wis., and Fred and wife Glenda of Kearney; and sisters, Catherine Zwiener and husband Sylvester of Loveland, Colo., Lucille Chase and husband Melvin of Phoenix and Mary Haldiman and husband Norman of Lincoln, Neb.
Was preceded in death by his parents
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SCHOFIELD, William Walter, 82, of Shelton died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Services: later
Mortuary: Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon/Shelton5 Born Feb. 19, 1925, in Shallow Water, Kan.
Parents: William and Agusta (Hebrew) Schofield
Married Dorothy Metz
Survivors include his wife; sons, William of Shelton, Charles of Columbia, Mo., and Roger of Grand Island; daughter, Scharon Dahl of Kenosha, Wis.; brothers, Andrew of Glendive, Mont., and Vernon of Ulysses, Kan.; sister, Emma Grissom of Mountain Home, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren
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YOUNG, Margaret D., 78, of Kearney died Friday, March 16, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell
Memorials: to the family
Born Aug. 20, 1928, in Belleville, N.J.
Parents: Lawrence and Dora (Austin) Carroll
Grew up in and graduated from high school in Belleville
Married: Dec. 26, 1947, to Harold Young in Maryland. He died in 1981
Lived in various locations in Nebraska, then lived in Lexington for 22 years; moved to Kearney in 1986
Activities: member of the Catholic church
Survivors include her sons, Steve of Axtell, Hal of Kearney and Jeff of Fairfield, Ind.; daughter, Nancy Houser of Wilcox; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren
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GREENAMYRE, Amos L., 97, of Sun City, California, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Sun City
Services: Thursday, First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: First United Methodist Church
Born July 31, 1909, in Brunswick, Neb.
Parents: Solomon and Susie Greenamyre
Graduated from Brunswick High School and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; started farming near Chadron, Neb.
Married: 1936, to Alice Keeney. She died in 1946
Married: April 1964, to Doris Goings Russell. She died Aug. 21, 2005
Had farms near Kearney and Aurora; permanently settled in California in 1971
Activities: served on the school board of Stone School-Buffalo County; was very active in First United Methodist Church and in the Open Circle Sunday School Class; enjoyed lawn bowling, took over the care and maintenance of the greens of Sun City Lawn Bowling
Survivors include his brother, Vernie "Mac" of Leavenworth, Kan.; sons, Ronald of Des Moines, Iowa, and Vernie of Minneapolis; stepchildren, John Russell and his wife, Leslie, of Salt Lake City and Mary Ghamedi and her husband, Mohammed, of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and Kearney; grandchildren, Allison, Stephanie, Jennifer, Melanie, Jamelia, Khadija, Maha, Yousef, Omar, Summer and Noor; and 13 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his wives; parents; brothers, Gerald, Harlan and Dale; and sister, Sue
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DAAKE, Richard A. "Dick", 66, of Kearney died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln
Services: Wednesday, Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney Burial: Kearney Cemetery; military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Amherst Fire Department or the donor's choice
Born March 4, 1941, in Kearney
Parents: Ernest and Bertha (Ball) Daake
Graduated from Amherst High School in 1958
Military: U.S. Army, Jan. 6, 1964 - Aug. 22, 1964; after his discharge, returned to the Kearney area
Married: July 19, 1969, to Dolores Holloway in Riverdale
Lived in Kearney; was employed as a machinist at Eaton Corp. for 32 years; retired in December 2002
Activities: member of the Kearney Eagles Aerie 2722 and American Legion Post 52; enjoyed spending time with and playing with his grandchildren, fishing, playing cards, visiting with friends and gardening
Survivors include his wife; sons, Doug Smith and Ron Smith, both of Kearney, and David Smith of Odessa; daughters, JoDee Amato and Nancy Zwink, both of Kearney; mother, of Riverdale; brothers, Douglas of Riverdale, John of Kearney and Larry of Granby, Colo.; sister, Marles Riessland of Riverdale; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Carolyn Smith of Kearney; sons-in-law, David Amato and Steve Zwink, both of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Karen Daake of Riverdale and Mary Daake of Kearney; brother-in-law, Lavern Riessland of Riverdale; and numerous nephews and nieces
Was preceded in death by his father and one grandson
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LANGE, Dale Sheldon, 92, of Kearney died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Tuesday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Shelton
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowell or the Gibbon Emergency Unit
Born Jan. 5, 1915, at Fort Kearny in Kearney County
Parents: Frederick and Ethel (Sheldon) Lange
Received his schooling at District 18 near Fort Kearny; began farming at age 15 near Fort Kearny
Married: Feb. 26, 1936, to Eleanor Laue in Kearney
Continued farming in the Lowell area; moved to Kearney in April 2005
Activities: was always outdoors; enjoyed his livestock, gardening, playing cards with neighbors and family; enjoyed square dancing for many years; member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowell and a past member of the Eagles
Survivors include his wife; sons, Richard of Gibbon and William of Kearney; daughters, Virgene Loeffelholz and Karen Hartman, both of Gibbon, and Ginger Holl of Elwood; brothers, Donald and Wayne, both of Gibbon; sister, Treva Davis of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Julia Lange of Gibbon; sons-in-law, Alvin Hartman of Gibbon and Kent Holl of Elwood; sisters-in-law, Lucille Lange and Verla Lange, both of Gibbon; brother-in-law, Ken Davis of Cheyenne; and several nieces and nephews. Was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Lisa LaRae Lange and Samuel Frederick Lange; great-granddaughter, Krystal Marie Loeffelholz; sister, Velma Duncan; brother-in-law, Edward Duncan; and son-in-law, Ralph Loeffelholz
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McGOWN, Mildred M., 92, of Kearney died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Wednesday, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: to the family
Born Dec. 23, 1914, near Minden
Parents: Grover and Annie (Rasmussen) Moon
Attended rural school near Minden
Married: Feb. 3, 1941, to Lee McGown in Omaha. He died in 1994
Lived in Kearney; worked as a waitress in several cafes until retiring
Activities: enjoyed gardening, crafts, baking and time spent with family and grandchildren; lifetime member of the church
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon (Moon) Meyers of Kearney; also granddaughters, Angela Gibreal of Kearney, Stacie Glatter and husband, Chris, of Gretna and Dana Meyers of Omaha; great-granddaughters, Kenzie Gibreal and Megan Harms, both of Kearney, and Halie, Madison and Corista Glatter of Gretna; and niece, Lois Reicheneker and husband, Eugene of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, four brothers and two sisters
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DeBRUNNER, Leona M., 88, of Grand Junction, Colorado, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at her home
Memorial services: later
Mortuary: Callahan-Edfast in Grand Junction
Memorials: Alzheimer's Association
Born July 12, 1918, in Cozad, Neb.
Parents: Henry and Steina (Jensen) Nielsen
Married Lyle DeBrunner
Was a homemaker
Survivors include her husband; son, Hank of Grand Junction; and sister, Florence McFarland of North Platte, Neb.
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HEMMANN, Reinhold G., 82, of Kearney, formerly of Amherst, died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Thursday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Immanuel Cemetery northwest of Amherst
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst or the Immanuel Cemetery Fund
Born Feb. 2, 1925, northeast of Amherst
Parents: Oscar and Anna (Rusch) Hemmann
Was baptized March 1, 1925, and confirmed April 2, 1939, at Immanuel Lutheran Church northwest of Amherst; grew up in the Amherst area, attended District 74 rural school, then attended Christian Day School at Immanuel Lutheran Church northwest of Amherst
Was a farmer and raised livestock all his life at the family farm northeast of Amherst
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst; liked to fish, bowl and garden and enjoyed music, dancing, playing cards and Bible study
Survivors include his brother, Gerhardt of Amherst; and sister, Esther Jameson of Amherst; also sisters-in-law, Marianne Hemmann of Janesville, Wis., and Rosemary Hemmann and Norma Hemmann, both of Amherst
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene and Martin Hemmann; and brother-in-law, Norman Jameson
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NUTTER, Norden G., 80, of Gibbon died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Services were Monday, Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Apfel in Grand Island
Born Oct. 1, 1926, in rural Shelton
Parents: Lyman and Lorena (Wynn) Nutter
Married: July 8, 1977, to Ruth Campbell. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his brother, James of Shelton; four stepchildren; stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren
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SHIELDS, Ruth F., 90, of Kearney died Monday, March 19, 2007, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Thursday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Jubilee Center in Kearney
Born Sept. 20, 1916, in Kearney
Parents: Clarence and Ruth (Blanton) Sheen
Graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney in 1935
Married: Nov. 26, 1936, to Darrel Richards in Kearney. He died Oct. 20, 1971
Married Willie Shields. He preceded her in death
With first husband, lived in Kearney, worked at Kaufmann-Wernert Department Store then later at O.P. Skaggs and then Safeway grocery stores
Activities: member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney, the Altar Guild and the Episcopal Women; belonged to the Alfalfa Center Kensington and was active at the Jubilee Center in Kearney; was an excellent seamstress and was dedicated in making quilts for area rest homes
Survivors include her son, John Richards of Kearney; daughters, Sandra Coffman of Evans, Colo., and Rowena Rains of Kearney; sister, Darline Anderson of Albuquerque, N.M.; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; also daughter-in-law, Jeanne Richards of Kearney; sons-in-law, Murvin Coffman of Evans and Dick Rains of Kearney; grandchildren, Lissa Nocera of Arvada, Colo., Lori Schneider of Hay Springs, Leah Isaac of Kearney, Todd Rains of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Traci McKeon of North Platte and Jessica Rains of Kearney; and several nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by her husbands; sisters, Dorothy Kennedy and Ruby Gutschenritter; and her brother, Lester Sheen
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SLACK, Earl D., 77, of Kearney died Monday, March 19, 2007, at his home
Memorial services: Friday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice
Born Nov. 26, 1929, in Kearney
Parent: Charles and Laura (Read) Slack
Grew up in Kearney; was a graduate of Kearney High School
Military: U.S. Army, 1948-1952
Married: April 12, 1955, to Arlene Erpelding in Kearney
Lived in Shelton; owned and operated Shelton Locker; moved to Kearney, worked as a meatcutter for U-Save and Sun Mart
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jim and Tim, both of Kearney; brothers, Don of Newton, Kan., Ray of Gothenburg, Roy of Denver and Riley of Branson, Mo.; and sister, Mae Humrich of Gothenburg; also daughter-in-law, Joyce Slack of Kearney; grandchildren, Craig and wife, Jodi, McKenzie Slack and Kyle Slack, all of Kearney; and great-grandchild, Noelle Slack of Kearney
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters.
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KENDALL, Edward H., 66, of Gibbon died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: March 12 in Hastings
Mortuary: Brand-Wilson in Hastings
Born Feb. 16, 1941, in Jefferson, Iowa
Parents: Lewis and Leota (Heuton) Kendall
Married: July 21, 1972, to Gail Janssen in Hastings
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Loree and Bernadette, both of Gibbon, and Elizabeth of Kearney; his mother of Jefferson; brothers, Jon of Broken Arrow, Okla., Howard of Bulverde, Texas, Sam of Jefferson and Jerry of Pittsburg, Kan.; and sisters, Sarah and Nola, both of Jefferson, and Dorothy of Dawson, Iowa; also son-in-law and Loree's husband, Dan Gard of Gibbon; and granddaughters, Alexandra, Taylor, Kassidy, Shyann and Aleace
Was preceded in death by his father; brother, Bill of Maryland; and sister, Estella of Hastings
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SUESZ, Douglas O., 56, of Kearney died Monday, March 19, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Sunday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Mortuary: Apfel of Grand Island
Memorials: American Kidney or American Diabetes Associations
Born June 8, 1950, in Grand Island
Parents: Omer and Leona (Scroggin) Suesz
Grew up in Grand Island, graduated from Grand Island Northwest in 1968; after high school, worked at National Byproducts in Grand Island; was later transferred to Omaha by the company
Retired because of ill health, 1998, moved back to Grand Island; moved to Kearney in 2001
Activities: enjoyed hunting, watching old movies, Nebraska football, and especially being with family and friends
Survivors include his sisters, Sherone Fielder and Glenda Suesz, both of Kearney, and Cindy Bredthauer of Wood River; also one niece, one nephew, three grandnieces, three grandnephews, and numerous cousins and friends
Was preceded in death by his parents and one grandniece
Kearney Hub, 21 March, 2007

EICKHOFF, Sandra J., 42, of Kearney died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at her home
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: education fund for the children
Born Aug. 13, 1964, in Kearney
Parents: M. Eugene and Ellen (Graul) Paist
Received her education in Kearney; was a lifetime resident of Kearney
Married: April 26, 1999, to Kent Eickhoff in Las Vegas
Member of First Baptist Church
Survivors include her husband, of Holdrege; son, Erik Bebb of Hill City, Kan.; daughters, Jessica Palazzola, Sabrina Palazzola and Emily Palazzola, all of Kearney, and Brianna Eickhoff of Columbus; her parents, of Kearney; brother, Mike Paist of Kearney; sisters, Jodi Parsons and Diane Carlson, both of Kearney; and stepsons, Jered and Jeremy, both of Kearney; also granddaughter, Abigal Bebb of Hill City
Was preceded in death by her grandparents
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FIRME, Peggy Lee, 74, of Mountain Lake,Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake
Services were Saturday, First Presbyterian Church in Mountain Lake
Burial: Mountain Lake Cemetery
Mortuary: Bjerum in Mountain Lake
Born April 9, 1932, in Lincoln, Neb.
Parents: Harvey and Mabel (Sutton) McKibbon
Graduated from high school in Kearney in 1950
Married: Oct. 5, 1952, to LaVerne Firme in Kearney, Neb.
Lived in Kearney until 1956; moved to Dickinson, N.D., Albert Lea and Burnsville, settled in Mountain Lake in 1968
Worked at Mountain Lake Dairy Queen, Greeley Gas Co. and the Public Library for many years; with husband, operated the County Line Bar and Grill in Ormsby for several years; was active in the Presbyterian Women, the Mountain Lake Golf Club and Wa-Tan-Ye; enjoyed fishing, playing cards, reading, traveling and old movies, had great pride for her family
Entered the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake in summer 2005
Survivors include her husband; sons, Mike of Redwood Falls and Rick of Ellendale; daughter, Pam Radtke of Mountain Lake; and brother, Larry McKibbon of Gering, Neb.; also daughters-in-law, Cindy Firme of Redwood Falls and Corinne Firme of Ellendale; son-in-law, DeLyle Radtke of Mountain Lake; grandchildren, Brandon Radtke, Korey Radtke, Alyssa Winters, Justin Firme, Lindsay Firme and Tyler Firme; great-grandchildren, Morgan Radtke, Nolan Radtke, Chase Radtke and Aayla Radtke; sister-in-law, Darlene McKibbon of Gering; and many other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2007

KARRAKER, Stephanie J., 79, of Kearney died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Mother Hull Home
Memorial services: Monday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Abilene, Kan.
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: MONA or Mother Hull Nursing Home
Born June 19, 1927, near St. Joseph, Mo.
Mother: Cleta Coggins
Graduated from high school in St. Joseph; received her bachelor's degree majoring in English and art from Kearney State College; received her master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney; worked on her doctorate at the University of Idaho and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Married: June 6, 1966, to Jack Karraker in Kearney
Taught school in Shelton and Wilcox; was a professor of literature and English at UNK
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney and many professional women's organizations; was very active at the Museum of Nebraska Art; loved art, antiques and literature, was an avid reader, loved to travel
Survivors include her husband; son, Klit Brewer of Kearney; and daughter, Kathy Smith of Ames, Iowa; also grandsons, Corry Smith of Ankeny, Iowa, Casey Smith of Ames and Jeremiah Brewer and Jonathon Brewer, both of Keller, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Jarred Brewer, Jacob Brewer and Ashley Brewer, all of Keller
Was preceded in death by her mother
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2007

LOCKHORN, Lenore A., 82, of San Rafael, California, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at her home
Memorial services: Monday, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ravenna, Neb.
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: Marin Catholic Development Fund in Kentville
Born April 24, 1924, near Ravenna
Parents: Frank and Frieda (Seifert) Habe
Was educated in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School; acquired her teaching certificate from Kearney (Neb.) Normal School, taught in rural schools in Buffalo and Sherman counties in Nebraska; graduated from St. Francis Nursing School in Grand Island, Neb., worked most of her career in nursing at the Veterans Hospital in Grand Island and in San Francisco
Married Alphonse Lockhorn. He died in 1951
Activities: member of St. Raphael's Parish in San Rafael and the Catholic Daughters for 25 years; active in St. Raphael's as Eucharistic minister, lector, teacher of religious education for 15 years and in the Altar Society; was active in the Peacock Gap Garden Club and as a hospice volunteer; enjoyed gardening, needlework, Bible study and being with family
Survivors include her daughter, Eileen Dempsey of California; and sisters, Jenny Chizek of Ravenna, Pat McDonald of Phillips, Neb., and Dorothy St. Arnold of Norfolk, Neb.; also son-in-law, David Dempsey of California; grandchildren, Christopher and wife, Lisa, Nicole (Yarbrough) and husband, Todd, Brian and Rebecca; great-granddaughter, Madison; brothers-in-law, Francis McDonald of Phillips, Skip St. Arnold of Norfolk, Norman McDonald of Rockville, Neb., and Dale Bramer of Minnesota
Was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Fran Bramer and Clara McDonald
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2007

OHLMANN, Elmer Herman Carl, 93, of Seward died Thursday, March 15, 2007, in Seward
Services were Monday, St. John Lutheran Church in Seward
Burial: Seward Cemetery
Mortuary: Volzke in Seward
Memorials: to family
Born Aug. 3, 1913, near Shelton
Parents: Dietrich and Katherine (Holtz) Ohlmann
Was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church north of Shelton; attended Concordia High School and Teachers College in Seward
Married: Aug. 11, 1935, to Fae Friedrich in Shelton. She preceded him in death
For 19 years, taught in Lutheran schools in rural Amherst, Davenport and Utica and in Boone, Iowa
Served on Boone City Council for eight years and mayor for 12 years; was active in numerous civic and church organizations
Survivors include his son, Glenn of Seward; daughters, Joyce Harrington of Ottawa Lake, Mich., and Gayle McGriff of Plymouth, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Patricia Ohlmann; sons-in-law, John Harrington and Charles McGriff; sisters-in-law, Ruth, Verna and Vernelle Ohlmann; 34 nieces and nephews and their spouses; and many other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by his wife, parents, five brothers and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2007

AMIOTTE, A. Sue, 65, of Shelton died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial services: Sunday, Hemingford Congregational Church
Burial: Highland Cemetery in rural Dawes County
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon
Born: Feb. 12, 1942, in Chadron
Parents: Lawrence and Phyllis (Bacon) Wohlers
Survivors include her son, Andrew of Chadron, and sister, Betty Hall of Shelton
Kearney Hub, 23 March, 2007

ANDERSON, Isobelle O., 99, of Kearney, formerly of Axtell, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at St. Luke's Home
Services: Wednesday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell
Mortuary: Freeland-Craig in Axtell
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell
Born Nov. 18, 1907, in Denver
Parents: Robert and Anna (Swedlund) Carlson
Moved to Axtell when young; graduated from Axtell High School in 1925; attended the University of Nebraska for two years; taught school in Maskell for four years, then returned to Axtell
Married: Nov. 25, 1931, to Arnold Anderson. He died in 1993
Lived in Axtell; taught school in Axtell, 1943-1972; retired in 1972; graduated from Kearney State College, 1951; moved to Kearney in 1978
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell; was an avid reader; loved to travel, enjoyed attending community concerts in the area; enjoyed following her children and grandchildren in their activities
Survivors include her sons, James and Thomas, both of Kearney; also daughters-in-law, Twila Anderson and Kari Anderson, both of Kearney; grandchildren, Jon Anderson and his wife, Virginia, David Anderson, Casey Anderson and his wife, Debbie, and Jennie Anderson; and great-grandchildren, Aaron, Joshua, Avery, Jackie, Andrea, Elliot and Olivia
Was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Robert, and sister, Marjorie
Kearney Hub, 26 March, 2007

DUNN, Howard S., 89, of Kearney, formerly of Riverdale, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Northridge Assisted Living
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Freewater Cemetery in near Wilcox, with military honors
Memorials: American Legion Post 52, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and First United Methodist Church, all in Kearney
Born Dec. 27, 1917, in Ash Grove Township in Franklin County
Parents: John and Tena (Seyler) Dunn
Grew up on a farm south of Naponee; graduated from Naponee High School, 1935
Military: U.S. Army for four years during World War II; was involved in the China-Burma-India Theater
Married: June 12, 1946, to Wilma Ball in Kearney
Was a longtime mail carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; and sister, Ruth Potter of Kearney; also nephews, Glen Potter and wife, Lois, of Wilcox and James Potter and wife, Gail, of Chadron; nieces, Lisa Parish and husband, Jim, of North Platte and Lori Potter of Kearney; five grandnephews; and two grandnieces
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2007

CASE, David D., 72, of Gibbon died Friday, March 23, 2007, at his home
Services: Wednesday, First Presbyterian Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: the church or to the Gibbon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Unit
Born March 19, 1935, in Lexington
Parents: Kenneth and Ruth (Campbell) Case
Grew up in the Kearney and Gibbon area; graduated from Gibbon High School in 1953
Military:U.S. Army, 1953-1955; served in the 8th Medical Battalion at Camp Carson; was honorably discharged
Married: March 5, 1956, to Helen Bennett
Married: Jan. 8, 1985, to Darlene Nielsen
Farmed and raised cattle and was in the grain business in the Gibbon and Minden areas; retired after 20 years in the business; after retirement, opened Dave's Pawn Shop in Kearney, after 25 years, retired in 2000
Activities: member of the church, a lifetime member of Kearney Elks 984 and a member of the American Legion; enjoyed playing golf and motorcycling
Survivors include his wife; sons, Ken of Gibbon and Steven of Kearney; daughter, Janet of Wailuku-Maui, Hawaii; stepsons, Gregory Booker of Aberdeen, S.D.; and stepdaughters, Cynthia Mischke of Kearney and Candice Conner of Houston; also daughters-in-law, Colleen Case of Gibbon and Anita Case of Kearney; grandchildren, Emily and Elizabeth Case and Matthew Case; stepgrandchildren, Scott and Cory Booker, Lauren Mischke, Deborah Conner and John Mischke; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death his parents and brother, James
Kearney Hub, 27 March, 2007

DALE, John W., 82, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at Grace Living Center
Services: Feb. 25 at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow
Born April 12, 1924, in Kearney, Neb.
Parents: Paul and Eleanor (Saunders) Dale
Was raised in Kearney, graduated from Longfellow High School in 1941; attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years
Military: U.S. Army in World War II; served in the South Pacific, discharged in 1945, then attended UNL for two more years
Married: Feb. 22, 1947, to Marilyn Duffack in Omaha, Neb.
Moved to Denver, graduated from Denver Law School in 1949; served as a special agent for the FBI in such places as Washington, D.C., Charleston, Va., and Savannah, Ga., over a period of four years
Between 1953 and 1962, served in the security division of North American Aviation, which later became North American Rockwell; prime residences during that period were Cocoa Beach, Fla., Fullerton, Calif., and Manhattan Beach, Calif. 1962, was appointed as assistant group director of industrial security for Aerospace and Systems Group in El Segundo, Calif.; served as director of corporate security at Rockwell International in Pittsburgh, 1963-1986
After retirement, moved to Clearwater Beach, Fla.,; after 15 years, wife's health prompted them to relocate to Tulsa to be near their daughter Kimberly Thomas and family
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jonathan of Redondo Beach, Calif., and William of Largo, Fla.; daughter, Kimberly Thomas of Tulsa; and brother, Allen of Albuquerque, N.M.
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2007

SLATER, David S., 48, of Grand Island, formerly of Gibbon, died Friday, March 23, 2007, in Gibbon
Services: Wednesday, Faith United Church in Gibbon
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born March 21, 1959, in Minden
Parents: R. Lee and Janet (Johnston) Slater
Married: 1981, to Candace Hempleman
Married: 1987, to Sandy Dewey
Survivors include his son, Quincy of Washington; daughter, LeKeisha of Lincoln; his father of Gibbon; sisters, Melody Rockefeller of Gibbon and Tammy Goodbrake of Kearney; grandmother, Ginny Endicott of Kearney; stepsons, Koby Dennis of Missouri and Nathen Dennis of Vermont; stepdaughter, McKenna Bieber of Kearney; half-brother, Sidney Howell of Colorado; and special friend, Max Lewandowski of Grand Island
Kearney Hub, 26 March, 2007

KEEP, Charles Burton Sr., 70, of Elm Creek died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the University Medical Center in Omaha
Memorial services: April 7, Elm Creek United Methodist Church
Memorials: Elm Creek United Methodist Church, Elm Creek School Foundation, or the Elm Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Born Dec. 8, 1936, in Elm Creek
Parents: William and Vera (Shawkey) Keep
Attended grade school and high school in Elm Creek, graduated in 1955; graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture with a degree in vocational agriculture in May 1961; returned to Elm Creek to take over the family farming operation
Married: Nov. 29, 1959, to Meredith Furry
While still farming, taught seventh and eighth grades at R-7 elementary school south of Holdrege for several years; also did substitute teaching and drove a school bus
Was a Golden Harvest Seed Corn dealer for many years along with owning and operating a feed store and trucking business; continued to live on the home place while working his final years as a greeter at the Kearney Target store and then later at the Lexington Wal-Mart store
Activities: was always a farmer at heart; enjoyed following his grandchildren's school and athletic activities; lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Elm Creek
Survivors include his sons, Chuck and wife, Becky, of Columbus and Willie and wife, Barb, of Elm Creek; daughter, Jenny Spaulding and husband, Jeff, of Arapahoe; and grandchildren, Patrick and Ericka of Columbus, Nathan of Beatrice, Tracy of Lincoln, Kelsey of Elm Creek, Justin Spaulding of Kearney and Jordan Spaulding of Arapahoe
Was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey; his parents; sister, Mary; brother, Bill; and an infant sister, Virginia
Kearney Hub, 26 March, 2007

SHIRKEY, Daniel E., 57, of Ravenna died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at the Grand Island Veterans Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna
Burial: Souleville Cemetery
Memorials: John Dale Bays Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society
Born April 29, 1949, in Loup City
Parents: Ellwood and Elva (Sullivan) Shirkey
Was educated at Rockville, graduated from Ravenna High School
Military: U.S. Navy; served in Vietnam
Survivors include his mother, Elva Bays of Ravenna
Was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, John Dale Bays; an infant sister, Connie Rae; and grandparents, Bessy and S.D. Sullivan and Lela Shirkey
Kearney Hub, 26 March, 2007

SCHROEDER, William A., 87, of Kearney died Monday, March 26, 2007, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Friday, First Christian Church
Burial: Overton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: the church
Born Dec. 10, 1919, in Elm Creek
Parents: Phillip and Dora (Becker) Schroeder
Grew up in the Elm Creek area; attended school at District 96 in Dawson County
Married: Feb. 19, 1945, to Juanita Robinson in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Lived and farmed northwest of Elm Creek; retired, moved to Kearney in 1983
Activities: enjoyed playing cards, farming and his children and grandchildren
Survivors include his wife; son, Larry of Kearney; daughter, Bonnie Botsford of Kearney; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; also daughters-in-law, Cyndi Schroeder of Kearney and Lois Ann Schroeder of Gering; son-in-law, Bill Botsford of Kearney; and sisters-in-law, Iva Schroeder of Elm Creek and Naomi Schroeder of Dodge City, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lewis, Edward, Leo and Donald; sister, Dorothy Ottman; and son, Lonnie Schroeder
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2007

EHRESMAN, Ross William, 93, of Kearney, formerly of Riverdale, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Monday, Riverdale Christian Church
Burial: Riverdale Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Riverdale Christian Church or St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village in Kearney
Born Nov. 23, 1913, in Miller
Parents: William and Mary (Schukar) Ehresman
Attended Grandview Country School District 88 northeast of Miller
Married: Feb. 10, 1932, to Hazel Robbins in Kearney
Farmed in the Miller area; moved to a farm near Racine, Minn., October 1956; retired in 1987, moved to Riverdale, lived there until moving to St. Luke's on Jan. 9, 2004
Activities: farm life and animals; served on the Sumner Center Township Board in Minnesota for more than 20 years; former member of Sumner Center United Methodist Church near Racine and later Pleasant Grove Christian Church near Stewartville, Minn.; member of Riverdale Christian Church
Survivors include his wife; son, Charles of San Marcos, Texas; daughter, Margaret Olson of Berwyn; 11 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren; also daughter-in-law, Lucille Ehresman of San Marcos, and son-in-law, Marvin Olson of Berwyn
Was preceded in death by one great-grandson in infancy, three sisters and one brother
Kearney Hub, 30 March, 2007
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