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BONCZYNSKI, Kollin Mathew, infant son of Tara Bonczynski and Drew McMillen of Ravenna, died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born April 24, 2008, in Kearney
Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Butch and Theresa Bonczynski and Rhonda McMil-len, all of Ravenna; great-grandparents, Bryan and Carol Hall of Ravenna, Pat Harder of Cairo and Ron Harder of Grand Island; and great-great-grandmothers, Evelyn Taylor of Ravenna and Martha Bonczynski of Boelus
Kearney Hub, 15 July, 2008

PARKER, Mildred P., 93, of Kearney died Monday, July 14, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: Riverdale Cemetery
Memorials: Family of Christ Lutheran Church
Born Dec. 3, 1914, in Smith County, Kan., near Lebanon
Parents: William and E. Myrtle (Quinn) Barratt
Attended Blair county grade school, joined the nearby country United Brethren Church at an early age, and attended high school in Lebanon; graduated from high school in 1932; worked as secretary there until March 1935; went to the Smith County Courthouse in Smith Center, Kan., to work as a stenographer until her marriage
Married: Dec. 25, 1936, to Joellis Parker. He preceded her in death
Worked as a guard matron at the Grand Island Ordnance Plant, then went to the Kearney Air Base with her husband when he transferred there, again was a stenographer; husband was inducted into the service in World War II and was sent to Walker Army Air Base in Kansas, she was transferred to work there; lived near there at Victoria, Kan., for the duration of the war; moved to Kearney in fall 1947, attended classes at Kearney State College in woodworking, oil painting, furniture repair, lapidary, Spanish and poetry
Activities: member of Family Circle Extension Club; was an accomplished seamstress; gave classes in quilting and was honored as a featured quilter in Kearney in 1996; started the Kearney Quilt Guild with help from friends; belonged to the Nebraska State Quilt Guild and served in offices for it; was inducted into the Nebraska State Quilt Guild Hall of Fame in July 2003; enjoyed reading the American Life in Poetry feature in the Saturday paper; was able to enjoy living at her country home until her death
Survivors include her sons, Jan and wife, Colleen, and Neal and wife, Glenda, all of Kearney; grandsons, Benjamin Parker, Michael Parker, Steven Parker and Eric Parker; granddaughter, Cathleen Parker; great-grandson, Ashton Parker; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 17 July, 2008

STEVENSON, Byrcha Allen, 99, of Jackson, Missouri, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at her home
Services were Saturday: McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson
Burial: Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau
Born Aug. 19, 1908, in Burfordville
Parents: Linder and Myrtle (Hartle) Allen
Married: 1928, to Clyde Boone. He preceded her in death
Married: June 3, 1934, to Cecil Dean. He preceded her in death
Married: Willard Stevenson. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her son, Pat Dean of Lake St. Louis; daughter, Carol Dean Draper of Jackson; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; stepsons, Paul Stevenson of Roseville, Ill., and W.K. "Steve" Stevenson of St. James; stepdaughter, Lorna Chesnutt of Columbia, Md.; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Kearney Hub, 28 July, 2008

ROBERTS, Mary F., 63, of Kearney died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village. Services: Wednesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: the family
Born April 3, 1945, in Kearney
Parents: Byron and Ethel (Carey) Gilliland
Attended elementary school in Overton and at Emerson in Kearney
Married: May 11, 1962, to Jim Roberts in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Worked at Cabela's in the customer service department and with the hiring department; volunteered with the girls at Richard Young; earned her real estate license in 1990
Activities: member of Lighthouse Four Square Church in Kearney; very involved in the church, attended Sonrise Bible Studies and was a Cub Scout den mother; enjoyed her family, grandchildren and her co-workers
Survivors include her sons, John of Kearney and Dan and his wife, Donna, of Waipahu, Hawaii; daughter, Candi Fenster and her husband, Keith, of Lincoln; her father of Kearney; brothers, Bob Carey of Stillwater, Okla., and George Carey of Kearney; sister, Pat Hasty of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Josh Fenster and MacKenzie Roberts; and sister-in-law, Barb Larson of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband; mother; and aunt, Eleanor
Kearney Hub, 28 July, 2008

LEE, Erma M., 93, of Kearney died Friday, July 25, 2008, at her home
Services: Tuesday, Faith Baptist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Bible Broadcast Network and Faith Baptist Church
Born: Jan. 15, 1915, in Cumro
Parents: Fred and Sarah (Swanson) Eloe
Graduated from Mason City High School in 1932, attended Kearney State Normal School for 2.5 years; taught school for a number of years before she was married
Married: Feb. 25, 1940, to Eldon Lee in Oshkosh. He died in October 1996
Activities: attended Immanuel Baptist Church, Christian Women's Group and WCTU; enjoyed her family, gardening and listening to Bible Broadcast Network on the radio
Survivors include her son, Roger and his wife, Lois, of Riverdale; daughter, Ann Bartel and her husband, Bill, of Youngstown, Ohio; son-in-law, Emmit Bosshamer and his wife, Ann, of Amherst; grandchildren and their spouses, Brian and Ann Marie Bosshamer of Amherst, Nina and Tim Valleau of Kearney, Kelly and Faith Hueftle of Holdrege, Joni and Caleb Harms of Lexington, Ky., John and Kelli Herrick of Miller, Andrea and Travis Sevits of Heston, Kan., Aimee and David Lynch of Austintown, Ohio, and Tim Bartel of Youngstown, Ohio; and seven great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two daughters, one grandson, one brother and one sister
Kearney Hub, 28 July, 2008

IBACH, Gary L. Sr., 68, of Ansley died of glioblastoma multiforme IV brain cancer Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at his rural Ansley home
Services: Monday, Ansley United Methodist Church
Burial: Mason City Cemetery
Mortuary: Govier Brothers in Broken Bow
Memorials: Compassion International, AICA Juniors, or the Mason City Rodeo Club Scholarship Fund
Born Dec. 30, 1939, near Cumro
Parents: Lee and Helen (Knajdl) Ibach
Attended rural school, then graduated from Ansley High in 1958; lived on the Ibach family farm near Milton's Store until his graduation from high school
Married: Karen Mills
Worked for Culligan in Kearney, on the road as a tech service representative, and in the Columbus dealership; sold the Columbus Culligan franchise of 25 years, relocated to the Ansley area and raised Charolais purebred cattle, along with a grade herd; the Ibach Quarter Circle Ranch was honored by the Nebraska Charolais Association as 2007 Seedstock Producer of the Year, capping his 30-some years of breeding Charolais cattle
Activities: enjoyed Colorado elk hunting, attending the National Finals Rodeo, and working with the Mason City rodeo club; loved his cattle and the land, and especially his family and friends; was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney and more recently attended Ansley United Methodist Church
Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years; son, Gary Jr. and his wife, Shiela, of Lincoln; their children, John Hatten, Nichole Hatten-Hughes, Step-ahane and Kelli Ibach, all of Lincoln; great-grandsons, Brian, Chace and Payton Hatten, both of Lincoln; daughter, Crystal Ibach of Schuyler; granddaughter, Belinda L. Vavricek of Ansley; sister, Joan Staab and her husband, Harry, of Kearney; and many relatives and friends
Kearney Hub, 25 July, 2008

MUSIL, Ella Lucile, 97, of Wood River died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Wood River Good Samaritan Center
Services: Monday, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wood River
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Apfel in Wood River
Memorials: St. Mary's Catholic Church
Born June 12, 1911, in Gibbon
Parents: Vern and Annie (Piper) Thomas
Started school in Gibbon, then attended rural schools outside of Gibbon; graduated from Gibbon High School in 1928
Married: Feb. 12, 1930, to William Musil at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Lived in Kearney, worked for Montgomery Ward and Swift & Co. and did housework after her children were grown; also worked for Leon Plastics for seven years and at the Senior Center in Wood River for more than six years
Activities: member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wood River; enjoyed sewing, crafts and family gatherings
Survivors include her sons, Stan and his wife, Dianne, of Columbus and Dennis and his wife, Susan, of Layton, Utah; brother, Lynn Thomas of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Marilyn McIntosh of Gibbon; son-in-law, Lanny Johnson of York; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sons, William "Billie" and Lawrence "Larry"; daughters, Carolyn Musil and Marilyn Johnson; brothers, Lloyd, Loren, Merle, David, Roy and Arthur; and sisters, Dorothy, Edith and Beverly
Kearney Hub, 25 July, 2008

ROEDER, Dennis J., 63, of Amherst died Friday, July 25, 2008, at his home
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Stanley Cemetery in Amherst
Memorials: the family
Born Aug. 2, 1944, in Maxwell
Parents: Jesse and Bessie (Harrison) Roeder
Grew up in the Lexington area, received his education at South 17 in Lexington
Married: Oct. 11, 1965, to Florine Leibhart in Elwood
Lived in Amherst, was employed by Western Alfalfa; retired to take care of his wife
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church; hobbies were mowing and being with family
Survivors include his wife; sons, Stan Jeffries and his wife, Rhonda, of Overton, Doug Jeffries and his wife, Melanie, of Madrid, Robin Jeffries and his wife, Chantal, of Long Island, Kan., Richard Roeder and his wife, Tracey, and Doyle Roeder, all of Amherst, and Casey Roeder of Chicago; daughter, Shelly Brown and her husband, Glen, of Amherst; brothers, Danny of Shelton, Dale of Kearney, Delmar of Lexington and Wayne of Orleans; sisters, Doris McGinnis of Gardner, Kan., and Dolories Winchester of Kearney; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Bill and Connie Rader, Rick Leibhart, Paul and Rita Leibhart, Brad and Pam Leibhart, Cindy Leibhart, Ron and Linda Leibhart, Diana Roeder, Willa Roeder, Kathy Roeder, Joanne Roeder and Richard Fielder
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Keith Roeder, Doyle Roeder, Byron Roeder, Warren Roeder, Darrell Roeder, Lester Harrison and Donald Roeder; sisters, Audry Roeder-Grassmeyer and Avis Roeder; and sister-in-law, Kathy Leibhart
Kearney Hub, 26 July, 2008

HOLEN, LaVern R., 87, of Kearney, formerly of Overton, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Westmark Evangelical Free Church north of Loomis
Burial: Sandstrom Cemetery in Phelps County
Mortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
Memorials will be designated later
Born Oct. 16, 1920, on the family farm north of Bertrand in Phelps County Parents: William and Opal (Karr) Holen
Received his education in Bertrand; sacrificed his education to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Sandhills to help support the family farm
Mililtary: U.S. Army Sept. 19, 1942 - October 10, 1945; served during WWII with the 744th Light Tank Battalion
After discharge, returned home to the family farm in Phelps County
Married: June 6, 1948, to Eleanor Mae Enochs. She died Aug. 9, 2006
Lived on a farm south of Overton; later owned a lawn mower distributorship
Activities: was an avid baseball fan, enjoyed music and traveling with his wife following retirement; had a unique sense of humor and loved being around people
Survivors include his son, Steve Holen and his wife, Kathleen, of Erie, Colo.; daughter, Peggy Holen of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter, Korena Holen of Kearney; brother, Kenneth Holen of Lexington; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brothers, Bernard Holen and Neil Holen
Kearney Hub, 24 July, 2008

OVERHOLSER, Paul E., 73, of Pleasanton died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, Pleasanton United Methodist Church, military honors
Burial: Mason City Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: Pleasanton United Methodist Church
Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Holbrook
Parents: Leo and Violet (Renigar) Overholser
Attended school in Holbrook, was a graduate of Holbrook High School
Military: U.S. Army Dec. 12, 1955 - Nov. 2, 1957
Married: May 3, 1976, to Clarrena Cherry in Kearney
Lived in Pleasanton; moved to Omaha in 1984; worked for Campbell Soup Co. in Omaha; retired in 1997 and returned to Pleasanton
Activities: member of Pleasanton United Methodist Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Elks Lodge in Omaha; loved his home and enjoyed family activities; had a very close relationship with his nieces and nephews
Survivors include his wife; and brothers, Leo of Wilcox, Richard of Atlanta and Calvin of San Diego; was preceded in death by his parents and one sister
Kearney Hub, 24 July, 2008

SORKNESS, Paul A., 60, of Kearney died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Sunday, Becker County, Minn.
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Born March 5, 1948, in Oakdale, Calif.
Parents: Paul and Jeanette (Archer) Sorkness
Grew up in Fargo, N.D., Moorehead, Minn., and Santa Rosa, Calif.; received a business degree from Denver University
Married: Aug. 3, 1986, to Carol Grimes in Macon, Ga.
Lived in Macon and Myrtle Beach, S.C., was general manager of Sheridan hotels; moved to Kearney, was general manager of the former Holiday Inn
Activities: member of Kearney Rotary Club, United Way, Kearney Elks Lodge 984, Leukemia Society and Riverside Golf and Country Club in Macon; spearheaded Replant Your Roots "1993."
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jeff of Mesa, Ariz., and Brian and James, both of Chattanooga, Tenn.; his mother, of Macon; brothers, Rick of San Antonio and Randy of Macon; sister, Susan of Chico, Calif.; four grandchildren; and stepsons, Joshua Willett of Jacksonville, Fla., and James Willett of Macon
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 30 July, 2008

BOONE, Anne Catherine, 78, of Springfield, Kentucky, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Sansbury Care Center on the grounds of St. Catharine Motherhouse near Springfield
Services: 23 July at Sansbury Chapel at St. Catharine
Burial: St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery
Mortuary: Hale-Polin-Robinson in Springfield
Memorials: Dominican Sisters, Office for Ministry Support
Born Sept. 5, 1929, in Springfield
Parents: Joseph and Mary Angela (Roberts) Boone
Was a Dominican of St. Catharine for 69 years; graduated from Siena College with a bachelor's degree in education/biology and received her master's degree in elementary education/junior high science from the University of South Dakota; served as a teacher for more than 50 years in Iowa; Nebraska, including Kearney; Illinois; Indiana; New Jersey; and Kentucky
Survivors include her brothers, Charles and Benedict, both of Springfield; and sister, Theresa of Springfield
Kearney Hub, 23 July, 2008

TRAVIS, Alma Anna, 92, of rural Riverdale died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at her home
Services: Thursday, Countryside Christian Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: Countryside Christian Church or Riverdale Christian Church
Born Aug. 14, 1915, between Farwell and St. Paul
Parents: Frank and Jane (Trubl) Kremlacek
Was baptized at St. Wenceslas Catholic Church; moved with her parents and brother to a farm near Wilcox and Ragan; graduated from Ragan Consolidated High School May 18, 1933; studied normal training for teachers
Married: March 18, 1937, to Thomas Travis; observed their 71st wedding anniversary 2008
Lived on a farm near Wilcox, later moved to a farm near Bertrand; purchased a farm near Riverdale, 1946, resided there until her death
Activities: member of the Kearney Senior Swingers, Countryside Christian Church and a lifetime member of Good Samaritan Volunteer Services; was a long-time member of the Royal Neighbors, Green Hill Kensington and the Red Cross; enjoyed women's retreats and church Bible camps and Bible studies; was always interested in crafts; reading; music, especially polka music; painting; and writing articles about the farm, children's stories and poetry; traveled to many parts of the United States and to Canada, Alaska and the Czech Republic; was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother
Survivors include her husband, of Kearney; daughters, Violet Bowers of Tulsa, Okla., and Virginia Pawley of rural Riverdale; grandchildren, Natalie Stiefvater of New York City, Travis Pawley of rural Riverdale and Keli Short and Kevin Bowers, both of Tulsa; great-grandchildren, Regena Bohn of Glenpool, Okla., Kendra Hauser of Owasso, Okla., and Melissa Langley of Tulsa; great-great-grandchildren, Ethan and Brooklyn Bohn of Glenpool; sons-in-law, Rolland Bowers of Tulsa and Jerrold Pawley of rural Riverdale; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Raymond; and son-in-law, Jon Stiefvater
Kearney Hub, 23 July, 2008

CARSON, Inez, 91, of Kearney died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Mount Carmel Home
Services: Wednesday, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: the family
Born Nov. 5, 1916, north of Kearney
Parents: Henry and Mattie (Leslie) DeLaet
Grew up in rural Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1934; attended Kearney State Teachers College
Married: May 8, 1936, to Donald Carson. He preceded her in death.
With husband, owned and operated First Ward Grocery until it closed in 1961; then worked for Geist's Grocery, the Holiday station and George's Market and worked as a teacher's aide at Kearney Junior High
Activities: lifelong member of Faith United Methodist Church, served on many committees; active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 759 and was a past president; was instrumental in helping start the Kearney Fireman's Ladies Auxiliary, served as president and at many different posts; joined the PTA (PTO) in 1940 and was awarded a lifetime membership in 1962; also helped bring the Head Start Program, South Central Nebraska Agency on Aging and the Goodwill store to Kearney; was an avid cake decorator, baker and seamstress, enjoyed crocheting quilts; was awarded the Sunshine Award, 2004, in recognition of many hours of volunteer work given to the community; served as election inspector, worked for more than 45 years for the 1st Precinct
Survivors include her sons, Tom of Longmont, Colo., and Dean of Kearney; daughters, Donna Carson and Nancy Harrington and her husband, Mike, all of Kearney; brothers, David DeLaet of Lewellen and Lynn DeLaet of Lexington; grandchildren, Shantel Eatherton and her husband, Shawn, of Kearney, Mickel Goulet and her husband, Andy, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Edward Vannier of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Nolan and Easton Eatherton of Kearney and Avery Goulet of Fort Collins; sisters-in-law, Deloris DeLaet of Lewellen, Ann DeLaet of Lexington and Joan King of Amherst; many nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Velma Grassmeyer of Wichita, Kan.
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Henry "Hank" and Robert "Bob" DeLaet; and sister, Alice
Kearney Hub, 22 July, 2008

BENNETT, Elizabeth J., 87, of Kearney died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday First United Methodist Church
Burial: Broken Bow Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: donor's choice
Born July 18, 1921, in Broken Bow
Parents: Ernie and Alice (Andrews) Crouch
Graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939; after a career with the U.S. Forest Service in Custer, S.D., and Chadron, retired to Alliance
Married: 1950, to Donald Bennett
Moved to Kearney, 1984, taught swimming through the American Red Cross until 2003
Will be remembered for her love and devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren
Survivors include her husband; son, Mark and his wife, Carolyn, of Seguin, Texas; daughters, Barbara of Gladstone, Mo., and Nancy Unick and her husband, Ben, of Pleasanton; brothers, David Crouch of Cozad and Jack Crouch and his wife, Betty, of Alliance; grandchildren, Eugene Unick of Lincoln, Geoffrey Unick of Pleasanton and Catherine, Christopher and Margaret Bennett of Seguin; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Phillip Crouch; and sister, Helen Ester
Kearney Hub, 21 July, 2008

KNAJDL, Jeffrey James, 40, of Bellevue died Friday, July 18, 2008, at his home
Services: Wednesday, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorial services: Friday, Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak & Cutler Mortuary in Omaha
Mortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
A memorial has been established
Born Aug. 22, 1967, in Kearney
Parents: James and Phyllis (Hadwiger) Knajdl
Received his primary education from Amherst Public School, graduated as valedictorian from Amherst High School in 1986; attended Kearney State College and then Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, where he received his bachelor of science degree in biology and natural sciences, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade-point average; earned his doctorate of medicine degree at University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha; served his internship and residency at Creighton University Department of Psychiatry; served his residency rotation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y., with emphasis on The Network Project, working with psycho-oncology fellows in patient care and educational programs; was board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Inc. in adult psychiatry, had subspecialty certification in psychosomatic medicine, which demonstrated mastery of medical psychiatry
Recieved many honors, awards and recognitions, including A Top Psychiatrist in Milwaukee presented by the National Research Corp.; Physician Teacher of the Year in 2000 at St. Luke's Medical Center; Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Midland Lutheran College, Board of Directors; George Ginsberg Award given by the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training; and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Psychiatric Resident of the Year award in 1998
Was chief resident of Creighton University, served on the task force of Emergency Psychiatric Services at Creighton, served on the Quality Assurance Committee at St. Joseph Center for Mental Health in Omaha, and served on the Chief Resident's Council for the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Creighton University Medical Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; was a lecturer at UNMC for the Speakers Bureau-psychiatric issues in primary care medicine, served on the Grand Rounds Steering Committee, Department of Psychiatry, was on the Mental Health Clinic Board for the VA, resident representative for Ambulatory Psychiatric Care Task Force, and was a mentor at Omaha Westside High School Career Program
His professional psychiatric experiences included: director of Cancer Counseling Program in the Department of Psycho-oncology at Creighton University Medical Center, medical director at Vince Lombardi Cancer Counseling Center at St. Luke's Medical Center and Cancer Clinics in Milwaukee, co-facilitator for oncology nursing staff of the Team Building and Process Group at St. Luke's, on-site supervisor/program preceptor for doctoral practicum in counseling psychiatry at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, psychiatrist at the Norfolk Regional Center and Faith Regional Center in Norfolk, psychiatrist at Douglas County Hospital at Omaha in an emergency psychiatric crisis center, and served patients at the VA Medical Center in Omaha; was assistant professor at Creighton University Medical Center, Department of Surgical Oncology and Psychiatry, and clinical assistant professor at University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine. At the time of his death, he was the director of Alegent Health Care Cancer Counseling Center in Omaha; professional memberships included: Metro Omaha Medical Society, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, American Psychiatric Association, Nebraska Psychiatric Society, American Medical Association, Nebraska Medical Association and American Medical Student Association
The type of psychiatry that he practiced was rewarding, yet difficult.He devoted his career to the art and science of taking care of patients with co-existing psychiatric and medical problems, principally patients with oncology diagnoses. He said, “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family, wise instructors, mentors filled with empathy, talented colleagues and loving friends that shaped the person and physician I am.” Hestrived for excellence and for the best quality of life for his patients. Enjoyed traveling and fishing and was a state record angler inNebraska. Other interests included running, water skiing, singing,playing the piano and painting.
Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Andrijeski, and her husband, Ron, of Holdrege; sister, Lori Doellman and her husband, Steve, of Bloomington, Ill.; stepbrothers, Mike Andrijeski and his wife, Jenay, of Oxford and Mark Andrijeski and his wife, Carla, of Holdrege; stepsister, Tami Mues and her husband, Darren, of Holdrege; nephews, Justin, Drew and Bradley Doellman; special friend and colleague, Barbara Clinkenbeard of Bellevue; and a host of other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by his father on June 8, 1987; his grandparents; uncle, Dennis Hadwiger; and aunt, Sharon Hadwiger
Kearney Hub, 21 July, 2008

SEGARD, George V., 94, of Kearney died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Tuesday, First Church of the Nazarene
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: First Church of the Nazarene in Kearney or Mother Hull Home
Born Feb. 24, 1914, in Kearney
Parents: Andrew and Emma (Andreasen) Segard
Grew up on family farm north of Kearney; attended school in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1934
Married: June 1, 1939, to Arlene Schufeldt in Milburn. She died Feb. 29, 2008
Farmed east of Kearney
Activities: after retiring, spent several winters in Arizona; greatly loved his family; member of First Church of the Nazarene in Kearney, where he made many friends in his lifetime and which has given him much encouragement and pleasant memories; enjoyed sports and especially enjoyed golf and bowling
Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Jacobs and her husband, Jim, of Spring, Texas, and Lenita Richards of LaQuinta, Calif.; brothers, Arthur of Mesa, Ariz., and Robert of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Saundra Bradley, Valarie Franklin and Jimmy Jacobs; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Bethany Bradley; and special friends, Don and Jeanette Hollis of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 21 July, 2008

DeWITT-FAIRCHILD, Mary E., 82, of Ravenna died of Parkinson’s disease Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Ravenna
Services: Monday, St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings
Burial of cremains: Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell
Mortuary: DeWitt Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Hastings
Memorials: to her family
Born March 5, 1926, in Holt County
Parents: Michael and Jane Langan
Was a native of O’Neill; graduated from O’Neill St. Mary’s High School in 1945
Married: Oct. 17, 1946, to John DeWitt in Hastings. He died in 1991
Lived in O’Neill; moved to Hastings in 1966; lived the past 15 years in Omaha
Married: 1993, to Howard Fairchild in Omaha. He died in 2005
Survivors include her sons, John of Omaha, Robert and his wife, Charlene, of Hastings, James and his wife, Melanie, of Simpsonville, S.C., and Joseph and his wife, Dawn, of Sioux City, Iowa; daughter, Liz Wroblewski and her husband, Mark, of Ravenna; brother, James Langan of Abilene, Texas; sisters, Bernadine Schneider of Columbus and Dorothy Sobotka of Norfolk; brother-in-law, Lowell Henggeler of Fremont; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; brother, Joseph Langan; and sister, Joan Henggeler
Kearney Hub, 19 July, 2008

BLUE, Ione L., 87, of Lincoln, formerly of Shelton, died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at BryanLGH Medical Center East in Lincoln
Services: Friday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Godberson in Gibbon
Born Aug. 25, 1920, in Kenesaw
Parents: Rudolph and Frances (Bombeck) Bucy
Married: Nov. 25, 1938, to Raymond Blue. He died in 1993
Survivors include her sons, Duane of Ridgecrest, Calif., Darwin of Crete and Daryl of Lincoln; daughter, Danece Meyer of Blue Hill; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 17 July, 2008

TRAVIS, Byron P., 65, of Papillion died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at Midlands Hospital in Papillion
Services: Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Papillion
Burial: Cedar Dale Cemetery in Papillion
Mortuary: Kahler-Dolce Mortuary in Papillion
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church's music program or American Cancer Society, Nebraska Chapter
Born Feb. 20, 1943, in Minden
Parents: Paul and Elsie (Koch) Travis
Graduated from Amherst High School
Married Susan
Was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Kimberly Nelson and her husband, David, of Papillion; son, Paul and his wife, Edelyn Paz-Travis of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; his mother of Kearney; brother, Robert and his wife, Gloria, of Kearney; sisters, Peggy Jacobs and her husband, Chuck, of Denver and Julie Axmann and her husband, Dave, of Kearney; grandchildren, Travis, Emily and Zachary Nelson and Rion and Anya Paz-Travis; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 17 July, 2008

KOWALSKI, Richard J. "Rich" Kowalski, 70, of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Renown South Meadows Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Prince of Peace Catholic Church building fund or to the family
Born May 12, 1938, in Loup City
Parents: Steve and Margaret (Lewandowski) Kowalski
Attended school in Loup City, was graduated in 1955
Married: June 17, 1958, to Lillian Gacos in Loup City
Lived in Loup City, moved to Kearney in 1968
Was employed as a setup and maintenance operator and transferred to the tool and die heat treat department at Eaton Corp., retired in 1996; then worked as a custodian at Herberger's for five years; delivered Meals on Wheels and was employed part time in the cafeteria department at Richard Young Hospital at the time of his death
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Eagles in Kearney; enjoyed his children and grandchildren and attending their activities; also enjoyed hunting, gardening and collecting toy tractors and horses
Survivors include his wife; sons, Terry and his wife, Judy, Pat and his wife, Autumn, and Randy and his wife, Stephanie, all of Kearney, Rick and his wife, Lynelle, of Bellevue and Dan and his wife, Sarah, of Lincoln; daughter, Tami Reese and her husband, Denis, of Loomis; brothers, Bob of Pasco, Wash., Melvin of Randlett, Okla., and Ken and his wife, Jean, of Loup City; sisters, Marian MacFarlane of Ashton and Betty Kowalski of Loup City; and 15 grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Jean in 1962, and two brothers
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SALESTROM, Virgil Eugene Leonard "Virg", 89, of Kearney died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Friday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: to Campus Lutheran ministry at UNK, First Lutheran Church's youth and music ministries or the donor's choice
Born March 12, 1919, in Genoa
Parents: Victor and Mabel (Gustafson) Salestrom
Graduated from Genoa High School, had been active in sports and music; was the president of the class of 1937
Military: U.S. Army in January 1942 -December 1945; rose to the rank of staff sergeant; spent most of his Army career in Cheyenne, Wyo., serving in a variety of automotive machinist capacities; is credited for several inventions and the development of new procedures involving the repair and maintenance of military vehicles
Married: Nov. 7, 1947, married Janice Copple in Bancroft
Began a long career with Sidles Co., a wholesale distributor of automotive and transportation-related parts; worked in Beatrice, Holdrege and Kearney, where he served as store manager; with brother-in-law, George Thuman, purchased Hill Auto Supply, a NAPA auto parts store in Kearney, 1971; renamed it All Makes Auto Supply; sold the store and retired, 1985; was a 40-year resident of Kearney
Activities: was an adult leader in a variety of Boy Scout troops, helped all three sons reach the rank of Eagle Scout; became very involved in Campus Lutheran at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, served multiple terms on its supervisory board;o was honored with a Nebraska Admiralship in 1987 for his work in designing tools for special needs workers in a Kearney sheltered workshop; member of First Lutheran Church, was active in choir and the music program; charter member of Kearney Golden K Kiwanis International; charter member of Trinity Evangelical United Bretheran Church in Ralston; loved bass fishing in Minnesota and trout fishing in Colorado and Nebraska; enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and the world; one of his most cherished trips took them back to Sweden and a reconnection to relatives still living there
Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Kristi Salestrom of North Platte and their children, Joshua and his wife, Shelby, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Jennifer of North Platte; Jim and Pam Salestrom of Arvada, Colo., and their children, Casey of Spanish Peaks near Big Sky, Mont., and James of Boulder, Colo.; and Tom Salestrom of Sioux Falls, S.D., and his sons, Benjamin and Jack, both of Sioux Falls. He also leaves numerous beloved nieces and nephews and countless friends to cherish his memory
Was preceded in death by his brother, Arnold Salestrom; daughter-in-law, Jolene Salestrom (Tom's wife); and his parents
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SHEARER, Patricia A. "Pat", 74, of Kearney died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Friday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Prairie Center
Memorials: to the family
Born June 2, 1934, in Omaha
Parents: Thomas and Irene (Nelson) Sturek
Was raised by her grandmother from age 2 to 13; graduated from Omaha Tech in 1951
Married: Dec. 23, 1951, to Willie Shearer in Omaha. He preceded her in death
Was one of the first female emergency medical technicians in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska; received her training at the Veterans Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Omaha and at Missouri Valley Hospital; worked in various departments at Good Samaritan Hospital and at IGA in the greenhouse
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary; was a proud Democrat; was a Husker and Denver Broncos fan; loved her grandchildren, her Santa collection and feeding birds
Survivors include her sons, Bob and his wife, Linda, of Auburn, Maine; Bill and his wife, LaVonne, of Logan, Iowa, Dale and his wife, Cindy, of Shelton and Mike and his wife, Kathy, of Kearney; daughters, Christine Frie and her husband, Robert, of Byron, Minn., and Patty Crawford and her husband, Troy, of Kearney; brother, Donald Sturek and his wife, Connie, of San Diego; sisters, Joan Miller and her husband, Leo, of Litchfield, Carlene Warren of Minden and Dorene Sandstrom and her husband, Kent, of Kearney; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Joanne Shearer of Pisgah, Iowa
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law
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HENDERSON, Curtis W., 92, of Elm Creek died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at his home
Services: Saturday, United Methodist Church in Elm Creek
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Elm Creek
Born March 8, 1916, in Buffalo County
Parents: Dallas and Maybelle (Williams) Henderson
Grew up on a farm in Buffalo County, graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney in 1933
Lived in Englewood, Colo., was a Trailways bus driver
Married: Nov. 22, 1935, to Della Monk in Smith Center, Kan. She preceded him in death
Moved to Elm Creek, 1947, farmed and worked for International Harvester in Lexington and Elm Creek as a parts man; owned the same residence in Elm Creek since 1947; worked as a parts man for John Deere in Elm Creek and then in Kearney as a salesman for John Deere; retired in 1981
Activities: member of Elm Creek Christian Church, former member of Kearney Elks Lodge 984; was also a former chief of the Elm Creek Volunteer Fire Department
Survivors include his daughters, Janice Trimble of Kearney, Sharon Carter and her husband, Walter, and Annette Bemiss and her husband, Terry, all of Elm Creek, and Judy Stubbs and her husband, David, of Wilber; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three sisters, two brothers, one grandchild and one son-in-law
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NIEDT, Homer A., 85, of Kearney died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Monday, First Church of God in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials: First Church of God, Habitat for Humanity, Press On Ministry or Camp Rock Haven
Born June 19, 1923, in Broken Bow
Parents: Senate and Edith (Henman) Niedt
After the death of his mother, was raised by father and step-mother Blanch Gould; grew up near Broken Bow and attended Broken Bow High School, moved to Kearney and attended Longfellow High School
Married: Feb. 17, 1945, to Lois Millsap in Broken Bow
Farmed west of Sargent; moved to Great Bend, Kan., 1954, worked for Wedell Electric; moved to Kearney, 1958, worked for Kelly Electric, received his master electrician license; then owned and operated Midwest Electric, which later became Niedt Construction; retired for health reasons in 1992
Activities: member of First Church of God in Kearney; member and past president of West Central Home Builders Association; volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity, Camp Rock Haven and his church; obtained his private pilot's license, enjoyed flying; also enjoyed painting, puzzles and crafts, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed going for walks
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Marcene Niedt and her husband, Bernard, Rhonda Larson and her husband, Eric, and Rita Rodriguez and her husband, Jerry, all of Kearney, and Connie Hensley and her husband, Carey, of Bloomington, Ill.; brother, Donald and his wife, Connie, of Lincoln; sisters, Dorothy Millsap and her husband, Ellis, of Kearney, Darlene Haefele and her husband, Herman, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Deanna Troxel of Lincoln; grandchildren, Kevin Niedt, Shay Hensley, Austin and Tony Larson and Kyle, Calley and Tyler Rodriguez; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his son, Terry, in 1970, and one infant brother
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DeHAES, Jacqueline "Jill", 67, of Kearney died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, First Baptist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Apfel in Wood River
Memorials: First Baptist Church or the Cath Lab at Good Samaritan Hospital
Born Dec. 23, 1940, in Wood River
Parents: Elmer and Alice (Cox) Watson
Grew up in Wood River, graduated from Wood River High School in 1958
Married: July 17, 1959, to John Camp in Wood River Lived in Wood River, worked at Dr. Moore's Dental Office and at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Married: May 27, 1978, to Charles "Chuck" DeHaes in Kearney. He died in September 1994
Lived in Kearney, worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, retired because of health; worked for Reach to Recovery and the American Cancer Society; member of First Baptist Church and Sisters of Ruth
Survivors include her son, Bradley Camp and his wife, Amy, of Overland Park, Kan.; daughters, Trisha Simonson and her husband, Mark, of Kearney and Holly McDonald and her husband, Jeff, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; granddaughters, Aubrey Lorenzini and her husband, Jason, of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Bailey Camp and Carson Camp, both of Overland Park; grandsons, Kirby Simonson of Kearney and Jacob McDonald and Zachary McDonald, both of Cedar Rapids; and daughter-in-law, Deb Camp of Aurora, Colo.
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Donn Camp; six brothers; and three sisters
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HILTON, Leonard Vern, 82, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, died Monday, July 28, 2008, in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Zion Lutheran Church in Gothenburg
Burial: Gothenburg Cemetery
Mortuary: Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg
Born May 10, 1926, in Gothenburg
Parents: Elmer and Eva (Keiper) Hilton
Married: Aug. 9, 1953, to Virginia Buesing north of Gothenburg. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his daughters, Peggy Ronnekamp of Indiana and Penny Meyer of Shelton; brothers, Orville and Marvin; sisters, Doris Hergenrader and June Walker; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren Published in the Kearney Hub on 7/31/2008
Kearney Hub, 31 July, 2008

EVERT, Erma, 90, of Brule died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Ogallala Community Hospital
Services: Monday, Brule Activity Center
Burial: Brule Cemetery
Mortuary: Draucker in Ogallala
Born Dec. 28, 1917, in Pleasanton
Parents: Albert and Grace (Chingren) Pearson
Married: Dec. 5, 1945, to Roy Evert. He died in 1983
Survivors include her sons, Dennis and John, both of Ogallala; daughter, LaVon Kampfe of Sidney; sister, Doris Macy of Ogallala; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 1 August, 2008

FREDERICK, Ruth B., 92, of Monroe, Oregon, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at her home
Services: private Mortuary: DeMoss-Durdan in Corvallis, Ore.
Memorials: Monroe Fire Department.
Born Sept. 4, 1915, in Tacoma, Wash.
Parents: Herman and Julia (Gustafson) Belfrage
Grew up in Kearney, Neb.
Married: May 3, 1936, to Clyde Frederick. He preceded her in death
After the war, settled in the San Francisco Bay area; worked as a bookkeeper; later moved to Paradise, Calif., and eventually to Monroe, Ore.; opened the Flower and Junk shop, worked there for several years
Survivors include her son, Roger of Alpine, Ore.; daughter, Tamar Myhrum of Kings Valley, Ore.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 1 August, 2008

MOORE, Ina M., 87, of Kearney died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Mother Hull Home
No services
Mortuary: O’Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: the family
Born July 23, 1921, in Ukiah, Calif.
Parents: Mathew and Winnie (Estes) Del Fatti Memorials are suggested to the family. Attended school in California; loved her children very much
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Seyler and her husband, Jeff, of Kearney; was preceded in death by her parents and one brother
Kearney Hub, 2 August, 2008

SECHTEM, Wade A., 43, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Thursday, July 31, 2008, in Council Bluffs
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Siena Francis House in Omaha
Born Nov. 5, 1964, in Russell, Kan.
Parents: Everett and Fay (Thomas) Sechtem
Grew up in Russell and Kearney; graduated from Kearney High School in 1983
Married: March 15, 1985, to Cheri Thomas in Kearney
Lived in Kearney, worked as head chef at Holiday Inn; also worked as a chef at the Holiday Inn in Grand Island, Neb.; owned a restaurant in Norton, Kan., and The Huddle restaurant in Osborne, Kan.
Activities: enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing; was an avid Husker fan; was passionate about hospitality and food; favorite activity was spending time with friends and family
Survivors include his wife, of Kearney; son, Isaac of Kearney; daughters, Lacey and Heather, both of Kearney, and Jordan of Lincoln; his mother, of Kearney; brothers, Steve and his wife, Lori, of Kearney and Weston of Lenexa, Kan.; sister, Wendy Genereux and her husband, Bill, of Clyde, Kan.; and granddaughter, Aza Sechtem of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his father
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