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BROWN, William
DIED--At his residence in Lee Valley, about three miles north-west of this place, on Friday, July 20th, 1888, at 1:30 o'clock p. m. Mr. William Brown, aged 67 years, 2 months and 15 days.
Surrounded by his family and friends, without a struggle, he gave up this life and passed into that land of eternity from which no traveler ever returns.
For some time past Mr. Brown had been suffering from a complication of diseases of the lungs and stomach, but did not consider this ailment to have assumed a dangerous condition until within the past two months, when it became apparent that he was fast succumbing to the malady which has seized his body, that the inroads of the disease which had fastened his coils around his once vigorous form, and that his final end, at best, could not be long delayed. His last hours were painful and he passed away without a struggle or a sigh.
Mr. Brown came here from Missouri about five years ago, and he has been a resident in the vicinity of Sartoria ever since, he had by steady industry and careful management, amassed a good share of this world's goods, and was at the time of his death in well-to-do circumstances, and by his courteous and honest dealing, had won for himself a host of friends and acquaintances to mourn the loss of so worthy a citizen. Deceased leaves a wife and large family to mourn his untimely end. In his death his wife loses a kind and faithful husband, the children a loving and indulgent father, and the community an upright and worthy citizen.
Mr. Brown died as he lived. After a short service by Rev. Anderson, at the residence on Saturday at 2, o'clock p.m. the remains were conveyed to Pleasant Valley Cemetery, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends, where all that was mortal W.M. Brown was laid to rest.
The family have the sympathy of all in this sad hour of their sore affliction.
July 26, 1888, The Sartoria Independent, Vol. 1 No. 14
DIED.--At his residence in Lee Valley, about three miles north-west of Sartoria, at 1:30 P.M., Friday, July 20, 1888, Mr. William Brown, aged 67 years 2 months and 15 days.
IN MEMORIAL. -- After a long and severe ilness of nearly a year, Mr. William Brown departed this life at his residence three miles northwest of Sartoria at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, July 20, 1888. Mr. Brown was born in Green County, Tenn., May 5th, 1821 where he spent his youth and early manhood. On Sept. 5th, 1843 he was joined in the holy bonds of wedlock to Miss Nancy J. Ireland. Immediately after the wedding, he and his bride immigrated to Gentry County, Missouri, and from there to Harrison County, the same state, where they spent many happy years. In 1862, he enlisted in the "Home Guard of Missouri" for fifteen months, three of which were spent in active service. August, 1867, marked the beginning of a new epoch in his life. Feeling that there must necessarily be a change in his mode of living, in order to obey the dictates of his conscience and meet the approbation of his God, he became a penitent and realized the power of God to the salvation of his soul, and the pardoning Grace of his Saviour. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Crab Orchard Circuit, Mo., and has ever since lived a consistent, Christian life. Ten children were the result of his marriage to Miss Ireland, two of which died in infancy. The other eight with his bereaved wife, still survive him. Two of these (daughters) live in Colorado, and were not permitted to see their father in his last hours. The other six (five sons and a daughter) live within a radius of two miles of their father's home, thus enabling them to visit him frequently, which was a great comfort to the old gentleman during his illness.
In the winter of 1884 and '85, he left Missouri for Nebraska and arrived at his homestead February 28th, 1885 where he spent the remainder of his life. The night after last Thanksgiving, he took sick of a severe cold, which developed into plurisy and that into consumptiion. To add more to his suffering and lessen his days, dropsy set in. The combination of all these diseases made his latter days full of pain and suffering, yet he bore them all with a Christian spirit, and looked forward to the time when his Master should call him home, with a great deal of comfort and joy. In his last hours, as he looked at those about him, and expressed a desire to go "Home", and his daughter, Mrs. McCurry, told him he would soon be there, his face, now all radiant with the "Bright beams from the other Shore", seemed to reflect the Glorious Image of his Saviour. During all his affliction, he was never heard to complain. He bore his pain as none but a Christian can do. His whole life was characterized by a straightforward, Christian attitude toward all men. A more loving father and kinder husband could not be found. It was a rare occurrence that an unkind word passed his lips. No matter how perverse the circumstances might be, he always retained his presence of mind and never allowed his temper to get the better of him. He possessed the good-will of everybody. We are safe in saying that he did not have an enemy, and there is not one, whose acquaintance he had made, who does not mourn his loss.
His funeral services, which were held at his home, at 2 o'clock P.M. Saturday, July 21st, 1888, were conducted by Rev. S.L. Anderson, pastor of the M.E. Church of Litchfield Charge. The services began by singing, "Shall We Meet Beyond the River", followed by prayer and reading of scripture lesson by Rev. Anderson. At the request of his wife, the following hymn was sung:
Alas, and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Soverign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Help me, Dear Savior, Thee to own,
And ever faithful be;
And when thou sittest on Thy throne,
O, Lord, Remember me.

Frequently during his unconscious hours, he would be heard to sing these stanzas and expressed a desire to "Leave this wilderness of woe and peace at home". The text from which the sermon was preached was from Rev. 14th, chap. and 13th, verse: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. It is unnecessary to say he is mourned and will be missed, by a multitude of friends. Twenty-one conveyances followed his remains to the cemetery. Another evidence of his popularity and friendship is shown by the following resolutions which were unanimously adopted by the Lee Valley Sabbath School, of which, as long as health permitted, he was an active and energetic member.
WHEREAS it hath pleased Almighty God, in His wise providence, to take from our midst our friend, brother, and co-worker in our Sabbath School, Mr. William Brown, therefore be it
RESOLVED: That it is with sorrowful hearts, we bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well.
RESOLVED: That in the death of our brother, we lose from our ranks, one, who was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand, and whose loss we deeply feel.
RESOLVED: That we extend our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved wife and children, and commend their souls to Him who careth for us, and has promised His pres-ence under all circumstances.
RESOLVED: That a copy be sent to his bereaved wife and that these resolutions be published in the Buffalo county papers, The Litchfield Monitor, The Bethany Republican published in Bethany, Missouri.
The Sartoria Independent, Thursday, August 2, 1888, and July 1888 Litchfield Monitor

BROWN, Nancy Jane
June 1916 Four Score Years and Ten
Ninety years, eleven months and ten days were allowed to Mrs. Nancy Jane Brown whose death occurred at the home of her son A.D. Brown, in Sumner, Sunday morning at seven o'clock June 11, 1916.
Deceased was born in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina on June 25, 1825. Her girlhood days were before the railroad had become common passenger carrier, when the slaves were going to Canada by the "Underground Railroad", before the reaper and sewing machine, while yet the fireplace was in use, and before matches were invented. Her day has seen almost all of wonderful and improved machinery and equipment that we think so little about when we think of them at all.
In 1844, she was united in marriage to William Brown of Greenville, Ten. where she had moved with her parents in 1840. To this union ten children were born, two of whom died in infancy, and two on reaching maturity. Six children are now living: Samuel H. of Pleasanton, Nebr., Mary E. McCurry, Litchfield; Alfred D., Sumner; William S., Miller; Thomas S., Green River, Utah; Sarah E. Wilson, New Hampton. There are twenty grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren who survive this aged mother and grandmother. A brother and sister Thomas A. Ireland of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Mrs. J.H. Austin of Albany, Mo. are all there is left of her father and mother's family.
In 1849, she and her husband migrated from Greenville to Albany, Mo. where she identified herself with the M.E. Church of that place. She remained a consistent member of the Methodist Church until after moving to Sartoria in 1885 when she joined the United Brethern Church of which she was a member at the time of her death.
Her husband died in 1880 (sic). From 1896 until the time of her death she was totally blind. Since being blind, she made her home with her children Samuel H., Mrs. McCurry, Alfred D. and William S. On account of her inability to travel great distances she was unable to go to the homes of her children Sarah of New Hampton, Mo. and Thomas, Green River, Utah.
A funeral service was held at the home of Alfred Brown where she died, at nine o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. Whitfield Thomas officiating and a beautiful duet song service presented by the Mesdames Mabel Millhouse and Nellie Moore.
The remains were then taken to Pleasanton by auto under guidance of Undertaker J.H. Yost. Pallbearers Messrs. Geo. B. Lodge, Charley Trindle, Bert Scranton, W.O. Stephens, W.S. Bush and W.S. Watson. The Rev. Wm. McClelland, German Baptist pastor officiated at the committal service.
Nancy J. Ireland, born June 25, 1825, at Greensborough, N.C. Died June 11, 1916, at Sumner, Neb. When about fifteen years of age she removed from North Carolina to Greensville, Tenn., where in September, 1843, she was united in marriage to Wm. Brown. To this union was born five sons and five daughters. Three daughters and one son have passed to the great beyond.
In 1849 she moved to Gentry county, Mo., and later to Harrison county, Mo., where she made her home until February 1885, when she came with her husband to Buffalo county, Neb., to a homestead where he passed away, July 20, 1888, after a lingering illness.
She was converted and joined the Methodist church in August, 1867, and remained a member of that church until coming to Nebraska, and there being no church of her choice near, she united with the U.B. church.
A pioneer in two states she suffered many of the privations due to pioneer life but always bravely did her best.
She leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn.
The near surviving relatives are one brother, one sister, four sons, two daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren.
She had no lingering illness at the last but simply passed away.
Source unknown, date unknown
Extract from Kearney Hub June 16, 1916 LOCAL BREVITIES
The will of the late Nancy J. Brown, of Sumner, has been filed in this county for probate. She was the owner of properties in Buffalo county.

BROWN, Otis, eldest son of Mrs. Nettie Brown, died Wednesday, June 12, of pneumonia, at the home of his uncle Frank Chipps. Otis was stricken Tuesday, June 4, and every effort possible was made to overcome the disease but all proved useless. His father, Charles E. Brown, died fifteen years ago of the same disease. He leaves to mourn his loss a mother, three half brothers, other relatives and many friends. Interment was made Thursday at the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Kearney Hub, 18 June, 1912

BROWN, Charles
Charles Emory Brown was born November 29, 1869 in White Oak Township, Harrison County, Missouri. He came to Sartoria Township with his parents William Brown and Nancy Jane Ireland Brown in 1885. He married Nettie Mae Chipps and on June 6, 1892 their son, Otis S. Brown was born. Mr. Brown farmed his parents land in Section 11. He died of pneumonia and was buried in Pleasant Valley.
Resolutions of Condolence.
The Sartoria Musical Association, Sartoria, February 1st, 1894.
WHEREAS in view of the loss we have sustained by the decease of our friend and associate Charles Brown, and of the still heavier loss sustained by those who were nearest and dearest to him, therefore be it
Resolved that it is but a just tribute to the memory of the departed to say that in regretting his removal from our midst we mourn for one who was in every way worthy of our respect and regard.
Resolved that we sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the dispensation with which it has pleased Divine Providence to afflict them, and commend them for consolation to Him who orders all things for the best, and whose chastisements are meant in mercy.
Resolved that this heartfelt testimonial of our sympathy and sorrow be forwarded to the wife of our departed friend by the secretary of this Ass'n.
M.N. Troupe.
H.L. Friend.
Robert Nethery.
Source unnamed and not dated

JONES, Henrietta J., 53 years old, wife of W.R. Jones, died at her home 1727 Eleventh avenue (Greeley, Colorado) at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday forenoon. Mrs. Jones sustained a hip fracture when she fell at her home April 23 but the direct cause of death was apoplexy.
Mrs. Jones came to Greeley with her husband and family four years ago from near Kearney, Neb. She is survived by six daughters; three of whom, Mabel L. Jones, Alice J. Jones and Thelma B. Jones live in Greeley. The other children are Mrs. L.L Shafto and Mrs. C.B. Wing of Pleasanton, Neb., and Mrs. J.W. Harse of Miller, Neb. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
May 18, 1921 Greeley Daily Tribune
The body of Mrs. Henrietta Jones, who died at Greeley, Colo., arrived here last night. It will be taken to Pleasanton Sunday, by Bower and Son, funeral services being held there Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Jones suffered a fatal stroke of apoplexy.
Kearney Daily Hub May 21, 1921
Mrs. Jim Harse received a telegram announcing the death of her mother at Greeley, Colo., last Wednesday. Burial took place in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Kearney Hub, May 24, 1921

McCURRY, Etta F., 78, of 1402 Second Ave., Kearney, died at home Satuday afternoon, 12 July 1952
She was born in Gentry County, Missouri to Elias and Rebecca Chipps and had lived in Kearney for the past 25 years. Prior to that she lived at Sartoria.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Madge Van Skike, of Scotia; a sister, Mrs. Della Hockett , of Miles City, Mont.; a brother, Frank Chipps, of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Kenneth and Jerry Van Skike, Janet Arnold and Joan Meyer ; two great grandchildren, MArion Meyer and Russell Van Skike.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at the Open Bible Tabernacle, officiated by Rev. Atwood Eddy. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. The pallbearers will be her nephews Joe Brown, George Brown, Dell Brown, Everett Chipps, Paul Chipps and Waite Hockett.
Written and submitted by Glenn W. Hay

McCURRY, Oliver Samuel, oldest son of W.F. and Mary McCurry was born March 28, 1870 in Gentry County, Missouri and died at his home in Sartoria Township February 28, 1847.
Mr. McCurry came to Nebraska with his parents when he was fourteen and they homesteaded the farm where he died. He had farmed this place since 1921, following the death of his father.
He taught district school in Buffalo county for several years; served as County Supervisor for 3 terms; was on the school board for Dist. 116, the Brown or Plainview school; and was Trustee of the Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association at the time the church there was built and dedicated.
On June 6, 1892 he was married to Margaret Norcross, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. J.P. Norcross. To this union were born a daughter, who died in infancy, and a son. Mrs. McCurry died in 1945 after many years of being an invalid.
He is survived by his son, Norris, 2 grandsons and one great grandson and seven nieces.
Funeral and burial services were conducted by Rev. Kauffroff at the Pleasant Valley church.
Relatives from a distance attending the services were: Mrs. Mary Wing, Farragut, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Van Skyke of Scotia; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brown and son Russell and Mrs. Harry Roper of Sumner; Mrs. Elizabeth Haase and Mrs. Ione Perry of Kearney; and Joseph Norcross of Alliance.
Written and submitted by Glenn W. Hay

BROWN, Mrs. S.H., died Friday afternoon after an illness of three weeks. Mrs. Brown leaves a husband, two daughters, three sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held Sunday at eleven o'clock.
November 4, 1910 Sartoria - October 31.
{She was Mary Jane White, born in White Oak Township, Harrison County, Missouri on March 14, 1853. Her husband was Samuel Harvey Brown. Her daughters were Minnie, who married Henry James Doon, related to the Grammer family of Pleasanton, and Ruby, who married Herbert B. Stevenson, a merchant in Pleasanton. She also had 2 sons who died young in Missouri. Her sisters were Susie Hinote, of Buffalo County, and Clara & Nora White of Harrison County, MO.}
Submitted by Glenn W. Hay

DOBSON, Anna Elizabeth (Hughes), was born Dec. 13, 1876 and died Monday at 1 o'clock a.m., May 29, 1911, aged 34 years, 5 months and 16 days.
She was married to John A. Shaw Nov. 4th, 1895, to this union was born one child, Louisa May, who survives her mother, Mr. Shaw having died May 30, 1900. Mrs. Shaw was married to Charles Dobson June 16, 1906.
Mrs. Dobson had been a patient sufferer for may years. All the care skilled physicians and love an anxious household could devise and apply for her comfort and assistance were brought to bear on the disease but the fiat of Him who rules our incomings and outgoings had been issued and after a brief struggle, despite the prayers and entreaties of all who knew and loved her, their appeals were overruled and the sufferers spirit took its flight to that home the Christian believes is the fulfilment of life everlasting.
She was buried with her Lord in Baptism May 16, 1910 by Rev. Palmer, pastor of the Church of Christ in Litchfield. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, a daughter, four brothers and one sister besides a host of friends.
The funeral services were conducted in the Christian church by Rev. J.A. Bullock and the remains laid to rest in the Litchfield cemetery Wednesday, May 31, 1911.
{She lived for several years with her parents, Richard and Sarah Jane Kirk Hughes, in Sartoria Township.}
May 1911 Obituary

JONES, John Owen, was born October 19th, 1853, in a little Iowa village where now stands the city of Council Bluffs.
His father having a farm near that place, he fell naturally into that line of work and remained in that vicinity until a young man.
In 1875, on the twenty-eighth day of March he was wedded to Miss Sarah Royle, and to this union were born five children, all of whom survive him. Mr. and Mrs. Jones made their home near Council Bluffs until 1882 when they moved to the northern part of Buffalo county, Nebraska. In 1894 they came to the sandhills, living thirteen miles north of Hyannis for three years, when they returned to Buffalo county where they remained until the fall of 1900, when Mr. Jones again brought his family to the hills. They resided in Hyannis until four years ago last May, at which time they removed to a homestead twelve miles north of Hyannis, where they have since lived.
On Saturday, September 2nd, 1911, while working about the place. Mr. Jones was taken sick. He chanced to be alone as Mrs. Jones was visiting their daughter, Mrs. Floyd Moran, who lives north of them. Mrs. Jones and son, Andrew, reached home that evening and found Mr. Jones a very sick man, though he had been in apparently his usual health when they left him that morning. Dr. Barr was summoned from town and pronounced the trouble pneumonia and on Thursday, September 7th, 1911, after an illness of but five days, he was called away.
Beside his widow, he leaves three sons, William H., Charles O., Andrew R., and two daughters, Mrs. Louise Moran and Mrs. Mae Ashley, one brother, William R. Jones, and countless friends, to mourn his absence.
The funeral occurred at 1:30 p. m., Saturday, September 9th, 1911, and the remains were interred in the Hyannis cemetery.
He was a man whose unselfish devotion to his family made him the adored of wife and children; whose kindness and justice won the good will of every neighbor. It could be truly said of him: "He was every man's friend."
September 1911 Obituary

McCURRY, Wm., was born in Missouri, June 9, 1883; came to this state in 1885, and was a resident ever since. He was taken sick October 21 with appendicitis, and was operated on by Dr. Dermott of Omaha. At first the operation seemed successful but three days after the operation death claimed him. The deceased was of kind, gentle disposition, and all who knew him found him their friend. An aged father and mother, two brothers and one sister are the remaining members of this family. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Giles, Wednesday, October 29, and the remains were laid to rest in Pleasant Valley cemetery.
December 29, 1914 The Kearney Daily Hub.

Daughter of Supervisor W.R. Jones Dies on Tuesday.
Miss Ruth Jones, daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. W.R. Jones, who reside at Sartoria, passed away at the family home Tuesday morning after an illness from which she has suffered the past three years. Miss Jones was sixteen years of age. Mr. Jones was unable to attend the meeting of the supervisors last week except for a few days because of the illness of his daughter, but it was believed she was getting better again. Mrs. Jones was in Kearney on business on Monday.
It is with deep regret that we are called upon to announce the death of Miss Ruth Jones, the sixteen year old daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. Jones of Sartoria. Miss Jones had been in ill health for the past three years, but it was thought she was recovering from a recent severe attack, her recovery being assured sufficiently that her father was able to attend the session of the supervisors the latter part of the week. How ever a sudden turn for the worse came Monday night and she died Tuesday morning. The funeral services will be held from the family home near Sartoria, at eleven o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. Giles officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Unnamed & undated; Two clippings; {December 29, 1914 Kearney Daily Hub}

McCURRY, Oscar, died from complications developed from a fall in his garage at 2016 First Ave. last November. Mr. McCurry, sixty five, of 102 East Twenty-sixth street died Saturday night at Good Samaritan hospital.
Mr. McCurry was born near New Hampton, Harrison County, Missouri on Feb. 16, 1873 and died Jan. 21, 1939.
When he was 11 years old he moved with his parents to a homestead in Sartoria Township. On. Sep. 21, 1897 he was married to Etta F. Chipps, daughter of Elias and Mary Chipps. To this union were born three children, 2 of whom died in infancy.
Before coming to Kearney 19 years ago Mr. McCurry lived at Sartoria, where he was a blacksmith, and later operated a garage. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mr. McCurry is survived by his wife; daughter, Mrs. Madge Van Skyke, of Scotia; three grandchildren; his bother, Oliver McCurry and mother, Mrs. M. E. McCurry, both of Sartoria.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Victor A. Clocksin at the United Brethern church with interment at Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Written and submitted by Glenn W. Hay

McCURRY, Mary Emeline (Brown) was born Aug. 10, 1849 in Greene County, Tenn. to William Brown and Nancy J. Ireland Brown, and died at her home in Sartoria Township Oct. 11, 1946.
In infancy she moved with her parents to Gentry County, Missouri and was married there on Sep. 8, 1866 to William F. McCurry, son of Matthew McCurry and Jane Sharpe Smith McCurry.
They resided in Gentry and Harrison counties until 1884, when they moved to Sartoria Township and acquired a government homestead in Section 2.
Following the death of Mr. McCurry in 1921, she moved to Pleasanton for a few years before returning to Sartoria to make her home with her son, Oliver.
She was preceded in death by 3 of her four children; William who died in 1913, Mrs. Jennie Jones in 1921, and Oscar in 1939.
She is survived by her son Oliver; 8 grandchildren, 24 greatgrandchildren, a brother, Thomas S. Brown of Price, Utah and a sister, Mrs. Sarah wilson of New Hampton, Mo.
Funeral and interment services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 13, by Rev. Kauffroth at the Pleasant Valley church and cemetery. Howard Fread, George Cherry, Gurney Hays, Cyril Ewer, Harry O'Nele and Paul Franke were pallbearers.
Written and submitted by Glenn W. Hay

LARKOWSKI, Anna Havlik, 95, of Bellevue, formerly of Ravenna, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Hospice House in Omaha
Services: Saturday, Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Born Aug. 22, 1914, in Sherman County
Parents: Joseph and Anna (Novy) Karel
Married: 1932, to Frank Havlik. He died in 1955
Married: 1981, to Louis Larkowski. He died in 1986
Survivors include her son, J. Allen Havlik of Seymour, Ind.; daughter, Patricia Stogdill of Bellevue; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-granddaughters
Kearney Hub, 2 June, 2010

HALBERT, Brian L., 73, of Lemoyne, Neb., formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Memorial services: Friday, June 18, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Burial of cremains: Kearney Cemetery
Born Feb. 13, 1937, in Naponee, Neb.
Parents: W. Chester and Estaline (Post) Halbert
Grew up in Hildreth, Neb., graduated from high school in 1954; attended Lincoln School of Commerce for two years, earned a junior accounting degree
Married: March 10, 1957, to Wanetta "Nita" Keenan at the United Methodist Church in Minden
Worked for Continental Oil Co. in Lincoln, Neb., and Kansas City for four years, worked two years in Benkelman, Neb., for Hamm Elevators and worked seven years for King's Food Host in Grand Island, Neb., and Hastings, Neb.; then spent eight years in Seattle, Vancouver and Chicago with Diversified Foods; returned to Kearney, 1976, bought Bico's Café, and operated it for 25 years; retired, 2001, and moved to Lake McConaughy at Lemoyne
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Robbin Halbert-Martin of Kearney; son, Patrick Halbert of Colorado Springs; granddaughter, Kylie Epp and her husband, Matt, of Colorado Springs; grandson, Shane Martin and his fiancee, Sarah Bacon, of Kearney; and new little great-granddaughter, Marley Epp of Colorado Springs
Was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Keith, Don and Reid
Kearney Hub, 16 June , 2010

SEGARD, Dorine, 87, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Tahlequah
Services were Wednesday in Tahlequah at the chapel of Go Ye Village
Burial: Tahlequah City Cemetery
Mortuary: Green Country Funeral Home in Tahlequah
Born April 16, 1923, on a farm near Smith Center, Kan.
Parents: Edwin and Jennie (Prowant) Dunton
Married: June 16, 1947, to Harold Segard. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Tim and Daniel; two brothers; and three grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 3 June, 2010

TRIPLETT, Richard L., 76, of Bellevue, formerly of Kearney, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Omaha
Services: Monday, First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue
Mortuary: Bellevue Memorial Chapel
Memorials: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska
Born March 8, 1934, in Kearney
Parents: Ivan and Helena (Wenzlick) Triplett
Attended Kearney Public Schools, graduated in 1952
Military: U.S. Army, joined Dec. 1953
Married: February 1954 to Kay Freburg
Graduated 1958 from Kearney State College, worked with the family sand and gravel business in Odessa while continuing his education; earned master's and doctorate degrees in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Moved to Maywood, 1961, was the business instructor, was appointed superintendent in 1964; worked in administration at Bellevue Public Schools from 1965 to retirement; also purchased the family business in 1974, renamed it T&F Sand and Gravel Inc., turned it over to their daughter in 1985
Activities: Bellevue Parent Teacher Association, Bellevue Education Association, Bellevue College Board of Directors, Offutt Advisory Council, SAC Museum Board of Directors, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, University of Nebraska President's Advisory Council, Nebraska Center for Educational Excellence Board of Directors, Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium Board of Directors, Nebraska Association of School Administrators past president, Military Impacted Schools Association CEO, and National Council of Federally Impacted School Districts Board of Directors; was Nebraska Superintendent of the Year, The Executive Education 100, Distinguished Alumni Award, Bellevue-Nebraska and National PTA Life Membership Awards, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Service to the Community Award, Bellevueite of the Year, Boss of the Year and Man of the Year; after retiring in 1994, enjoyed music, antiquing, genealogy, travel, fishing, grandsons, family and friends
Survivors include his wife; sons, Deon Triplett of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Bryce Triplett and his wife, Donna, of Bellevue; daughter, Kim Triplett of Kearney; grandson, Beau Follmer of Kearney; great-granddaughter, Reese Follmer of Kearney; great-grandson, Kyce Follmer of Kearney; sister, Germaine Barbier and her husband, Willie, of Henderson, Colo.; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends
Was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Brad Follmer; and brother, Lloyd Triplett
Kearney Hub, 7 June, 2010

BROWELEIT, Carl O., 81, of Kearney died Monday, June 7, 2010, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Services: Thursday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Memorials: Parkinson's Support Group in Kearney
He was born Aug. 6, 1928, in Kearney
Parents: Otto and Gerda (Grigull) Broweleit
Lived his life on a farm northwest of Kearney; attended Glenwood School, where he graduated from eighth grade with honors, which was remarkable since he spoke only German when he started school at age 6; taught his mother to read English as he learned at school; graduated from Kearney High School in 1946
Military: U.S. Army during the Korean War; returned to farm with his dad
Married: Feb. 5, 1956, to Delores McCarty in Kearney
Activities: charter member of the Assembly of God Church in Kearney; served on the Glenwood School Board; loved machinery and farming; enjoyed seeing his boys participate in 4-H projects
Because of his Parkinson's disease, came into the home of Frank and Barbara Rodriguez in Shelton in July 2006; received excellent home care and became part of their family; moved to the Nebraska Veterans Home in March 2010
Survivors include his wife; sons, Robert and his wife, Connie, of Seneca, James of Burwell and Roger of Kearney; seven grandchildren; and close family friends, Mike Hutchinson and his wife, Wanda, of Doniphan
Was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Justyn
Kearney Hub, 9 June, 2010

GAVIN, Kelley Jo, 47, of Callaway died Saturday, June 5, 2010, in Omaha
Services: Thursday at Callaway Community Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Iverson Memorial Chapel in Broken Bow Memorials: donor's choice
Born Jan. 8, 1963, in Norfolk, Va.
Parents: Robert and Mona (Van Doren) Gavin. Attended several grade schools based on where her father was stationed in the military; attended high school at Callaway High, graduated in 1981; graduated from Chadron State College with a degree in English with minors in humanities and criminal justice
Was a 911 dispatcher in Chadron, Columbus and Broken Bow; was awarded the Nebraska EMS HERO Award in 1990 for giving directions over the phone and saving the life of a baby; was also presented the NEBCA Lifesaver Award in 1989 for her heroics; was a volunteer emergency medical technician at Chadron, Broken Bow and Callaway; loved to write and spent most of her career as a reporter; was managing editor of the Hot Springs, S.D., Star, news editor of the Chadron Record, lifestyles editor for the Kearney Hub, and wrote for the North Platte Telegraph until her health began to fail
Activities: member of Nebraska Press Women's Association, member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 59; loved doing photography, took many senior pictures and covered special events such as weddings and baptisms, usually at no charge; in Kearney, was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, in Callaway attended Callaway Community Christian Church
Survivors include her mother, of Callaway; brothers, Tim of Storm Lake, Iowa, Troy of Sutherland and Todd of Cozad; nieces, Christina and Lindsi; and nephews, Tycen and Colt
Was preceded in death by her father
Kearney Hub, 9 June, 2010

SCHNACKER, Gary L., 66, of Lexington died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington
Burial: Cozad Cemetery
Memorials: will be designated later
Born July 12, 1943, at Kearney
Parents: Richard and Velma (Labs) Schnacker
Attended school at Amherst and Miller
Married: February 1962, to Kathy Earll at Gothenburg; two children, Tanya and Gary
Married: April 21, 1979, to Sandra Peden Coryell at Lexington; welcomed her two daughters, Jody and Tammy
Worked at Monroe Auto, owned Schnacker’s Country with his brother, Dick, owned and operated a Transport Company, and also worked for Orthman Manufacturing and Nebraska By-Products
Activities: member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles; loved to boat and fish, go coyote hunting, do woodworking and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughters; had a motto, “If it’s broke, you don’t need to buy new, just fix it.”
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Schnacker of Lexington; three daughters, Tanya (Jon) Foged of Cozad, Jody Hunt and LaMonte Brummet of Johnson Lake, Tammy (Kevin) Glinsmann of Johnson Lake; one brother, Richard Schnacker and friend, Mary Lou of Yuma, Ariz.; three sisters, Dee (Dick) Heil of Yuma, Ariz., Lexie (George) Lundgren of Springfield, S.D., Shelly (Paul) Zimmer of Perrie, Calif.; four grandchildren, Dustin Foged and fiancé Elicia of Denver, Carly (Josh) Eacker of Kenesaw, Brittany Foged of Cozad, Jessica Glinsmann of Johnson Lake and two great-granddaughters, Adaleigh Foged and Sophialynn Eacker; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Gary
Lexington Clipper, June 11, 2010

HELWICK, Harold Joseph Sr., 52, of Hastings, formerly of Kearney, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Hastings
Services: Monday, Enfield Funeral Home in Norton, Kan.
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery in Almena, Kan.
Born Oct. 19, 1957, in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Parents: Harold and Janice (Mullen) Helwick
Married: Nov. 10, 1976, Cathy Towery in Norton
Survivors include his wife; sons, Harold Jr. "Joey," Jason and Matthew, all of Hastings, and Christopher Helwick-Malesa of California; daughters, Rachel Dillman of Harvard and Rebecca, Janice and Jessica, all of Hastings; brother, John of Lincoln; sisters, Linda VanZandt of Checotah, Okla., Janet Graham of Shelton and Shirley of Kearney; and 12 grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 11 June, 2010

ROYLE, Larry E., 70, of Grand Island died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at St. Francis Medical Center
Services: Thursday, All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel
Burial: Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Buffalo County
Memorials: Salvation Army
Born March 20, 1939, on the family farm in Sherman County
Parents: Bernard and Marie (Hansen) Royle
Grew up on the family farm near Litchfield, graduated from Litchfield High School in 1957
Married: April 20, 1970, to Cecilia Hruby
Lived in Grand Island; was an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance for 17 years and an agent for Allstate Insurance Company for 25 years; retired in 1999
Activities: loved to refurbish older homes and rental properties; was a master woodcarver, built cabinets and furniture; enjoyed buying and selling antiques, gambling at the casinos
Survivors include his wife, Cecilia; his children and their spouses, Mike and Susan Royle of Central City, Greg and Sandy Royle of Central City, Nanette and Anthony Lewis of Buckeye, Ariz., and Tina Royle of Grand Island; his twin brother and sister-in-law, Loren and Joyce Royle of Lexington and sister-in-law, Lois Royle of Lexington. Also left to cherish his memory are 10 grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Steve Hruby of Hordville and David Hruby of Acne, Wash., sister-in-law, Madelyn Hruby of Omaha and many friends
Was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Milan Royle
The Grand Island Independent, 16 June 2009

REITER, Stanley L., 82, of Kearney died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Services: Tuesday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Memorials: AseraCare Hospice or to the Nebraska Veterans Home
Born Dec. 30, 1927, in Gibbon
Parents: Ernest and Irma (Frederick) Reiter
Attended rural school in Buckeye Valley north of Gibbon, helped on the farm
Military: U.S. Army, Nov. 25, 1950-Nov. 17, 1952, veteran of the Korean War
Then was employed in the section maintenance department for Union Pacific Railroad until he retired
Activities: member of VFW Post 759 of Kearney; enjoyed fishing and attending and watching ball games, and loved his cats
Survivors include his sister, Eloise Einspahr and her husband, Glenwood, of Boonville, Mo.; brothers, Larry Reiter and his wife, Kathy, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Irving Reiter and his wife, Marie, of Kearney; brother-in-law, Kenneth Beahm of Kearney; sister-in-law, Gwen Reiter of Kearney; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his sisters, Pauline Beahm and Carolyn Corlis; and brother, Bruce Reiter
Kearney Hub, 14 June, 2010 Aundreya Marie Howard, infant daughter of Shawn Howard and Bonnie Harrison of Stamford, died shortly after birth Tuesday, June 8,

NICKEL, JoAnn, 78, of Kearney died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Monday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Memorials: Kearney Catholic Foundation or AseraCare Hospice
Born Dec. 11, 1931, in Omaha
Parents: Vance and Mary (Lustig) Mullowney
Grew up and attended school in Kearney
Married: Feb. 5, 1951, to Jerry Nickel in Kearney. He died Dec. 14, 1994
Was employed in the medical records department at Good Samaritan Hospital and also as manager of the advertising department for Alco Department Store in Kearney until she retired
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church, the Altar Society, the D.O.E.S.; former board member of Kearney Catholic Schools; raised 56 foster children and enjoyed bowling, golfing and spending time with her family
Survivors include her daughters, Judy Schroeder and her husband, Mike, and Christine Boyce, all of Kearney; sons, Michael Nickel and his wife, Mary, of Minden, Timothy Nickel and his wife, Becky, of Waverly and Thomas Nickel and his wife, DeAnn, of Kearney; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Thomas Mullowney and Paul Mullowney, both of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her husband, brothers, Robert Mullowney and James Mullowney; and son-in-law, Dennis Boyce
Kearney Hub, 15 June, 2010

MAYS, Doris E., 83, of Kearney died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Thursday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born May 9, 1927
Parents: Lawrence and Mary (Musil) Erpelding
Grew up 9 miles east of Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1944
Married: October 22, 1946 to Earl W. Mays in McLean, TX. He died in 2006
Lived in Killeen, then moved to Kearney in 1947; moved to Lincoln in 1996
Worked at West Company in Kearney for 24 years, retired in 1996; moved to Mother Hull Home in 2009
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church in Kearney, had been a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Lincoln; enjoyed visiting with friends, embroidery, playing bingo and Yatzee, reading mystery novels; especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family
Survivors include: son Steven (Lorrie) and Kent (Christine) of Kearney; sons-in-law Tom Finn, Lincoln and Steve Laughlin, Omaha; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sister Arlene Slack of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her daughters; Judy Finn and Sharon Laughlin, 1 sister and 3 brothers

MARKUS, Milda M., 88, of Kearney died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Memorials: St. James Catholic Church
Born February 13, 1922 east of Amherst, Nebr.
Parents: Walter and Ella (Wuehler) Hartman
Moved to a farm on Kilgore Island southeast of Kearney, at age 2; attended rural Buffalo Co. District 40 School then Zion Lutheran School in Kearney; graduated from Longfellow High School in Kearney in 1939; attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney for one year
Taught in rural Buffalo Co. School for three years
Married: June 14, 1943, to married Robert Markus, in Kearney
Lived on their farm northeast of Kearney; assisted with farm chores, including raising chickens, milking cows, and gardening; after her children were grown, worked as a sales clerk at Kaufman Wernert Department Store and then at the Meadowlark Shop until its closing.
Activities; member of the Glenwood Kensington Extension Club, a charter member of the Soil Sisters Garden Club, and a leader for all 3 of her daughters’ 4H clubs; served as Buffalo Co. District Glenwood School Board Treasurer for many years; member of St. James Catholic Church, was active in the Altar Society, serving as president, and later was a church funeral dinner coordinator; was a parish representative for Kearney Church Women United; was a participant and leader in a Kearney Al-Anon support group; enjoyed traveling to visit her children and grandchildren and to Europe, Hawaii, and other destinations
Survivors include her husband Robert Markus; sons Wayne (Karen), and John (Suzanne) of Omaha; daughters Janet (James) Rowling, Kearney; Marcella (Alex) Slabosky, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Christine Markus and Jim Rieth of Oakdale, Minn.; grandchildren Chantel and Joseph Dempsey, Gregg and Rebecca Markus, Kirk and Amy Markus, Ryan Markus, Jessica and Raymond Sandoval, Zachary Markus, Jason and Susan Rowling, Matthew Rowling and wife Laura Moeller, Charles Rowling and wife Jennifer Conner, Ann and Katherine (Kate) Slabosky, John, Thomas, and David Rieth, Elizabeth, John Jr. (Jack), Joseph, and Mary Katherine (Kate) Markus; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Verna Nuttelman of Kearney; aunt Mabel Lade, Kearney; nephews Craig, Randall, and Keith Nuttelman and Robert Daake; and niece Betty Peister
Was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Robert Daake, and brother-in-law Melvin Nuttelman

ETZELMILLER, Robert E. "Bob", 60, of Gibbon died Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Minden as a result of an accident at the Minden airport
Services: Monday, Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden
Mortuary: Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden
Born July 25, 1949, in Minden
Parents: J.E. "Jack" and Betty (Layton) Etzelmiller
Grew up in the Minden area, graduated from Minden High School; graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in 1975
Married: Aug. 26, 1972, to Nancy Henson
Married: July 11, 2004, to Diane Carlson McCroden; lived at El Charman Lake near Gibbon.
Had practiced dentistry in Minden since 1976
Activities: member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden; enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying and traveling; member of the Minden Gun Club, member and past president of the Minden Chamber of Commerce, member of the Minden Country Club, past member of the Minden School Board, member of the Nebraska Dental Association and had been a cast member of the "Light of the World" Christmas pageant for more than 55 years
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Courtney Etzelmiller and her fiancé, George Moore, of Virginia Beach, Va.; his mother, of Minden; stepson, Jeremy McCroden and his wife, Lori, of Sutton; stepdaughters, Stacey McCroden of Kansas City, Kan., and Kara Cushman and her husband, Shane, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and stepgrandchildren, Dillon, Spencer and Lily McCroden
Was preceded in death by his father; sister, Nancy Christiansen; and nephew, Tim Christiansen
Kearney Hub, 15 June, 2010

OWENS, J.N., 84, of Sulfur Springs, Texas, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, May 24, 2010, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulfur Springs
Services: May 28 at First Baptist Church in Sulfur Springs
Burial: Restlawn Memorial Park
Memorials: First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Jessica Owens College Mission Trip Fund
Born Oct. 20, 1925, in Sulfur Springs
Parents: John Sr. and Clarice (Causey) Owens
Military: U.S. Navy
Married: Aug. 21, 1954, to Betty Hogan in Paris, Texas. She died in 2001
Was general manager of Rockwell International in Kearney (located in the building where Cabela's is today) for five or six years; was general manager of Rockwell International for 32 years before retiring
Activities: was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce while in Kearney; attended the Baptist Church
Survivors include his son, Jay Owens and his wife, Teresa, of Sulfur Springs; brother, David Owens and his wife, Judy, of Plano; grandchildren, Amber Landers and her husband, Joshua, and Lauren Owens, all of Sulfur Springs; and great-grandchildren, Alixandra Landers and Brooklynn Landers
Was preceded in death by wife; sisters, Audrey Hollingsworth and Helen Blize; and granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Owens
Kearney Hub, 15 June, 2010

WATSON, Margaret Christine "Sister M. Adolorata", 95, of Omaha, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, June 4, 2010, in Omaha
Services: June 9, Our Lady of Sorrows Convent in Omaha
Burial: Convent Cemetery
Born June 3, 1915, in Madison, N.J.
Parents: Frederick and Evangeline (Shapter) Watson
Survivors include her nephew, Bruce Dana; cousin, Esther Martin; and many nieces and nephews
Kearney Hub, 15 June, 2010
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