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ECKHOUT, Mary M., 98, of Kearney died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Mount Carmel Keens Memorial Home
Services: Friday, St. John's Catholic Church in Amherst
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: to the church, Trails and Rails Museum or Mount Carmel Home
Born Dec. 25, 1910, in rural Pleasanton
Parents: to Felix and Alousa (Hirsch) Nickman; both emigrated from Germany in 1887
Grew up near Pleasanton, attended Johnson School
Married: April 19, 1933, to Bernard Eckhout in Pleasanton. He preceded her in death
With husband, farmed in the Sartoria Township area
Activities: member of the church, the Altar Society and the Prairie Rose Club; enjoyed sewing, embroidering and crocheting; made baby blankets for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren
Survivors include her sons, Jerome and his wife, Jeanette, of Pleasanton and James and his wife, Barbara, of Amherst; daughters, Neomi Hascall of Bellevue, Mary Kenney and her husband, Perry, of Amherst, Bernadine Roth and her husband, Bill, of Rialto, Calif., and Catherine Daake and her husband, Dennis, of Elm Creek; daughter-in-law, Eva Eckhout of Amherst; 31 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband; son, John; son-in-law, Dean Hascall; one sister; and seven brothers
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PETERSON, Faye A., 88, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Friday, June 12, 2009, in Phoenix
Services: Friday, Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church and School or to Kearney Public Library
Born Feb. 27, 1921, in Deshler, Neb.
Parents: Theodore and Barbara (Neuhart) Reinboth
Graduated from MacKenzie High School in Detroit, 1939; attended Kearney State Teachers College and received her teachers certificate
Married: June 15, 1941, to Herman Peterson. He died in 1985. Taught at Center School east of Kearney; became a teachers aide at Kenwood Elementary School later in life after her children had grown; moved to Phoenix six years ago to be closer to family
Activities: member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney and the Concordia Society; was a very active member of the church and was always willing to volunteer her time; member of the Hospital Auxiliary; was an avid bowler, enjoyed board and card games; loved to garden; enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren; volunteered for many years at the Good Samaritan Hospital gift shop
Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Miccolis and her husband, Dennis, of Phoenix; sons, Tim Peterson and his wife, Jeanette, of Sullivan, Mo., Dan Peterson and his wife, Peggy, of Fountain Hills and Terry Peterson and his wife, Hollye, of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren
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BARGER, Robert C. "Buck", 84, of Kearney died Sunday, June 14, 2009, Flag Day, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Memorial services: Friday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary, military honors
Burial: Denver, Colorado
Memorials: Disabled American Veterans
Born March 23, 1925, in Sidney
Parents: Frank and Hazel (Pippin) Barger
After his father's death, the family moved to Greeley, Colo.
Military: joined U.S. Army as a medic in 1943; participated in D-Day, June 6, 1944, jumping into combat over the French countryside with the rest of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division; suffered significant injuries and earned the first of his two Purple Hearts; having recovered, he rejoined his unit and rode a glider into Holland as part of the Allies' ongoing invasion of Europe; moved with the rest of the 101st to Bastogne, Belgium, was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge; spent four months as a prisoner of war in Germany; upon liberation in spring 1945, was sent to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center to recover from injuries suffered while a POW, earned a second Purple Heart and was honorably discharged from the Army
After discharge, enrolled at the University of Nebraska
Married: 1951, to Dawn Daggett
Sold heavy construction equipment for over 40 years, retired in 1993, moved back to Nebraska in 2005, settled in Kearney
Activities: led an extremely full life; cherished his family and friends
Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, William and Deborah of Houston, Shawn and Teri Gibbs of Asheville, N.C., Robert and Michelle of Columbus, Wis., and Rebecca and Keith Havenstein of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Melissa and Allison Barger and Zehr and Jennings Gibbs-Barger; and brother, Richard "Dick" of Spokane, Wash.
Was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Franklin
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HOUGH, Donald A. "Don", 65, of Kearney died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: ALS Association or First United Methodist Church
Born Oct. 14, 1943, in Kearney
Parents: Arthur and Vera (Cool) Hough
Graduated from Alma High School in 1962; received certification in auto mechanics from Stevinson Auto and Electrical School in Kansas City, Mo., 1964
Married: Dec. 12, 1965, to Cheryl Locke in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Lived in Kearney; worked at Thompson Garage and then at Samway Motors while attending college; earned his business administration degree from Kearney State College in 1971; worked as a bookkeeper for Nebraska Propane; worked at Eaton Corp. for 25 years; was a member of the Fire Brigade; retired in 2004
Activities: enjoyed country and square dancing, playing bridge and classic cars; member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney, Kearney Eagles Lodge 2722, Kearney Elks Lodge 984 and Kearney American Legion Post 52; was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Alicia Feldman and her husband, Brad, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and grandchildren, Aidan, Avery and Austin, and Erica Westbrook and her husband, Jeff, of Benton Harbor, Mich.; his mother of Grand Island; brothers, Marlyn "Mort" Hough and his wife, Janey, of York and Jim Hough and his wife, Linda, of Aurora; and sister, Deanna Thompson and her husband, Mike, of Poulsbo, Wash.
Was preceded in death by his father
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WRIGHT, Deane, 75, of Kearney died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Mount Carmel Keens Memorial Home
Services: Monday, First Baptist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: First Baptist Church building fund or the Alzheimer's Foundation
Born July 20, 1933, in Elm Creek
Parents: Jesse and Grace (Rumbeck) Wright
Was baptized at First Christian Church in Elm Creek; grew up in Elm Creek, graduated from Elm Creek High School in 1951
Military: U.S. Army, 1953-1955
Married: June 3, 1956, to Joan Stephens in Elm Creek
Lived in Kearney; worked in auto part sales at various garages and specialized in GM parts; retired in 1998
Activities: member of First Baptist Church; hobbies included woodworking and hunting; was a talented woodworker, enjoyed making gifts for family and friends; was a kind and gentle husband, father and grandfather
Survivors include his wife; son, Bradley Wright and his wife, Julie, of Kearney; daughters, Krista Jacobi and her husband, Lance, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Barbara Mertz and her husband, Mike, of Kearney; granddaughters, Jenna Robbins and her husband, Mike, of Kearney and Sarah Dankenbring and her husband, Cory, of Lincoln; grandsons, Dustin Mertz and Brandon and Stephen Wright, all of Kearney; brothers, Dale and his wife, Ilia, of Elm Creek and Kenneth and his wife, Eddis, of Kearney; and sister, Betty Kolar of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his parents
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OWEN, James B. "Jim", 59, of Kearney died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at his home
Memorial services: Wednesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: to the family
Born June 23, 1949, in Holdrege
Parents: Bryan and Edith (Verbeck) Owen
Graduated from Holdrege High School
Opened Kool Tattoo in Kearney in 1989
Activitie: enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, collectibles and his dogs
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; sons, James Owen and his fiancée, Vickie Rathe, of Ravenna and Jerry Owen and his wife, Angela, of Kearney; daughter, Jessica Reed and her husband, David, of Aurora, Colo.; sister, Pat Owen of Denver; brother, Terry Owen of Kearney; and six grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his father
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CROOKS, Mark Alan, 51, of Kearney died of cancer Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born Sept. 7, 1957, in Minden
Parents: Jack and Deloris (Stuhmer) Crooks
Married: May 3, 1980, to Lori Lewis
Survivors include his son, Schuyler of Hastings; daughter, Kelsey of Hastings; his mother of Minden; brothers, Terry of Alachua, Fla., and Steve of Minden; sisters, Jill Heathers of Ravenna and Cally Cramer of Richland, Mich.; one grandson; and longtime girlfriend, Pat. Kearney Hub, 19 June, 2009

EATHERTON, Steven D. "Steve", 58, of Kearney died of cancer Thursday, June 18, 2009, at his home
Services: Monday, New Life Assembly
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: American Cancer Society, the Kearney American Legion Baseball Association or the church
Born March 19, 1951, in Grand Island
Parents: Dale and Nadine (Brandt) Eatherton
Grew up in the Kearney area, graduated from Kearney High School in 1969
Married: May 30, 1970, to Sheri Stickney in Kearney
Lived in Kearney; was employed with Eaton Corp. for more than 15 years until 1990; worked in sales, retired for health reasons in 1998
Activities: member of New Life Assembly, was active in several groups, enjoyed helping with the Singing Christmas Tree and Royal Kids Camps; loved projects around the house, took great pride in his lawn; loved God and his family above all else
Survivors include his wife; sons, Shawn and his wife, Shantel, and Tye, all of Kearney; stepdaughter, Wendy Paulsen and her husband, Scott, of Grand Island; grandsons, Nolan and Easton Eatherton of Kearney and Tyler, Trevor and Travis Paulsen of Grand Island; special nieces, Melisa and Kasidy Dobish of Kearney; father, Dale Eatherton, and stepmother, MaryAnn, of Gibbon; brother, Terry and his wife, Gilberta, of Gibbon; sisters, Ranae Howard and her husband, Bob, and Tami Anderson and her husband, Mick, all of Kearney, and Ronda Dix and her husband, Larry, of Lincoln; and in-laws, Bob and Glendoris Stickney, Kristi Fisher and her husband, Ken, of Ravenna, Steve Stickney of Kearney and Rich Stickney of Alliance
Was preceded in death by his mother
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PHILLIPS, Lori L. (Jorgensen), 35, of Kearney died Thursday, June 18, 2009, as the result of injuries received in an automobile/semitrailer truck accident east of Kearney
Services: Monday, Cornerstone Berean Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: Mid-Nebraska Community Service Center or Cornerstone Berean Church
Born April 5, 1974, in Kearney
Parents: to David and Linda (Colling) Jorgensen
Attended school in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1992; enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and then at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received her law degree in 1999
Was employed with her father at the Nye, Hervert, Jorgensen and Watson Law office in Kearney
Activities: attended Cornerstone Berean Church; member of the Nebraska State Bar Association
Survivors include her son, Nicholas Phillips of Pleasanton; daughter, Samantha Phillips of Pleasanton; father and stepmother, David and Shari Jorgensen of Kearney; mother, Linda Jorgensen of Henderson, Nev.; brother, David Ryan Jorgensen of Chandler, Ariz.; sister, Stephani Romero of Kearney; and fiance, Scott Cadwallader of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her sister, Brittani Romero, and her grandparents
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HAURY, Janna M., 98, of Kearney died Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Kearney Humane Society
Born Feb. 9, 1911, in Holdrege
Parents: Rudolph and Jennie (Meester) Haury
Moved to Kearney at age 5, graduated from Kearney High School; worked at the Kearney Air Base during World War II then worked for Modern Cleaners, Liberty Cleaners then Hogin's Cleaners; then worked at Baldwin Filters until retiring
Survivors include her nieces, Doris Deets of Kearney, Janna Cowen of River Falls, Wis., and Patricia Wooden of Seattle; and nephews, Dan Haury of Seattle and John Haury of Omaha
Was preceded in death by her brothers, Henry, John, Frederick "Fritz" and Roy; and sister, Emma Lee Kearney
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OSBORNE, Ella Mae, 89, of Kearney died Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Friday, July 10, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: Calumet (Okla.) Cemetery
Memorials: Kearney Church of Christ or donor's choice
Born Nov. 26, 1919, in Clairemont, Texas
Parents: Henry and Mary (Smith) Sowell
Spent her childhood in Texas and Oklahoma; was an artist who added color to professional black and white negatives to produce colored photographs
Married Ervin Brown. He preceded her in death
Married Don Dimmick. He preceded her in death
Married James Osborne. He died Sept. 30, 2004
Was married and widowed three times; with her third husband, lived in Bentonville, Ark., Chico, Calif., and finally in Kearney
Was proficient with the accordion; enjoyed traveling to and participating in country and gospel singing meets and contests; was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ
Survivors include her nieces, LaVonna Isles of Bentonville, Ark., Evelyn Hill of Oklahoma and Corine Renteria of California; nephews, Bill Duncan of California and Jerry Osborne of Long Valley, N.J.; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews; and stepdaughters, Beverly Pickens of Kearney and Lou Ann Colvin of Marshall, Minn.
Was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; sisters, Cogie Palmer and Naoma Duncan; and brother, J.C. Sowell
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KEETEN, Joshua T., 27, of Kearney died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday, Cornerstone Berean Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: to be designated later
Born Dec. 4, 1981, in Minden
Parents: Arden "Ardie" and Julie (Smith) Keeten
Grew up in Minden, graduated from Minden High School; also lived in Kearney, was employed at Subway and Target
Activities: member of the Evangelical Free Church in Minden; loved his family and friends; loved listening to heavy metal music and playing his guitar; enjoyed spreading the word of God and showing others his love for Jesus; loved going to metal concerts with his brother, Blake, and friends
Survivors include his parents of Kearney; brother, Blake Keeten and his wife, Allie, of Kearney; sister, Lacey Keeten of Kearney; nephew, Brayden Keeten of Kearney; grandmother, Wilma Smith of Kearney; uncle, Allen Keeten of Kenesaw; aunt and uncle, Jodie and Lois Bruning of Minden; and cousin, Amy Bruning of Minden
Was preceded in death by his grandfather, Carrol Smith; grandparents, Raymond and Bonnie Keeten; and sister, Shawna Lea Keeten
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ALTMAIER, Thomas E. "Tom", 73, of Kearney died of cancer Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: St. James Catholic Church or to the donor's choice
Born May 28, 1936, in Kearney
Parents: Joseph and Mary (Barlow) Altmaier
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Longfellow High School in 1953, then farmed with his father
Military: U.S Army, 1958-1960; returned and farmed with his father
Married: April 19, 1975, to Janet Just in Kearney. Worked at Huss Platte Valley Livestock, then he and his brothers developed Altmaier Acres subdivision and built houses; after retiring, he remodeled houses in the area; wintered in Yuma, Ariz., and also did remodeling there
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church; loved to garden, do lawn work, attend and have garage sales and fish; especially enjoyed visiting with his neighbors
Survivors include his wife; brothers, Richard Altmaier and his wife, Mary, and Lynn Altmaier and his wife, Betty, all of Kearney, and Mark Altmaier and his wife, Maria, of Peoria, Ariz.; sister, Mary Jo Henderson and her husband, Gary, of Kearney; brothers-in-law, Bob Just and his wife, Judie, and Jim Just and his wife, Colleen, all of Funk; sister-in-law, Mildred Altmaier of Kearney; 22 nieces and nephews; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews
Was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Altmaier
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HOLMES, Thelma A., 93, of Elm Creek died Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: to be designated later
Born April 16, 1916, near Ord
Parents: Ed and Altha (Walcott) Snow
With family, later moved to a farm near Milldale, attended rural school; moved to a farm north of Eddyville, finished her schooling; accepted the Gospel as it is in Jesus
Married: Dec. 12, 1936, to Virgil Holmes in Kearney
Lived on a farm southeast of Elm Creek; retired on the farm in 1980; was a member of the Non-denominational Church
Survivors include her husband; sons, Dwain and his wife, Trini, of Portland, Texas, Donivan and his wife, Alice, of Elm Creek and Larry and his wife, Deb, of Papillion; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Dale Snow of Kent, Wash., and Elvin Snow of Carlsbad, N.M.
Was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters
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MAYO, Neva I. (Lincoln), 95, of Gibbon died Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Services: Monday, Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born May 14, 1914, in Mesic, N.C.
Parents: Alonso and Melissa (Rose) Lincoln
Married: 1934, to E. Ray Mayo. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her son, Ray of Gibbon; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Kearney Hub, 10 July, 2009

PARZYCH, Stanley J., Sr., 72, of Broken Bow, formerly of the Kearney and Odessa area, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow
No services
Burial: Brady Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Born Aug. 29, 1936, in Chester, Pa.
Parents: Stanley and Ida (Rybak) Parzych
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1956-1960
Lived in Omaha; moved to Odessa, ran the Odessa Bar until he retired
Survivors include his sons, Stanley Parzych III and his wife, Stephanie, and Shawn Parzych and wife, Kristine, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Jake, Jordan and Chloe Parzych; brother, Ray Parzych of Stone Harbor, N.J.; and sister, Marcy Recezk of Beaverdam, Va.
Was preceded in death by his parents
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STICKNEY, Glendoris Ruth "Doris" Stickney, 83, of Ravenna, formerly of Kearney, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Seneca Sunrise in Ravenna
Services: Wednesday, First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Aug. 20, 1925, in Sodtown
Parents: Otto and Esther (Urwiller) Basnett
Grew up on the family farm in the Sodtown area, attended District 52 and graduated from Ravenna High School; after many summer classes, night classes and correspondence classes, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Kearney State College
Married: Oct. 25, 1946, to Robert Stickney of Pleasanton in Beloit, Kan.
Taught elementary and special education for 51 years; taught at Buffalo 32-Peake, St. Michael, Buffalo 52, Ravenna, Educational Service Unit 10 and Odessa; earned the Teacher Appreciation Award from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Distinguished Service Award from the Kiwanis Club and the Nebraska Association of School Psychologists Service to Children Award
Lived in Schuyler, Holdrege, Ravenna and Kearney
Activities: active member of the Methodist Church in Ravenna or Kearney, served on many committees, sang in the choir, taught vacation Bible school and enjoyed friendships in adult Sunday school; lifelong member of the Nebraska Education Association; member of Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority, Retired Teachers of Buffalo County and Kiwanis Club; also served for many years as official scorekeeper for Ravenna town team baseball; loved early morning devotions, working in her flowers, walking, bowling, dancing, spring cleaning, writing letters, tutoring, playing bingo and rings; greatest joys were her beloved family and her cherished students
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Kristi Fisher and her husband, Ken, of Ravenna and Sheri Eatherton of Kearney; sons, Rich Stickney of Alliance and Steve Stickney of Kearney; grandchildren, Melisa (Fisher) Dobish, Marcus Fisher, Sage Stickney, Amy (Stickney) Johnson, Emily Stickney, Wendy (Shaw) Paulsen, Shawn Eatherton, Tye Eatherton, Logan Stickney and Cory Stickney; great-grandchildren, Kasidy Dobish, Madison Stickney, Tyler Paulsen, Trevor Paulsen, Travis Paulsen, Nolan Eatherton and Easton Eatherton; sisters, Elva Kohtz and her husband, Lowell, of Grand Island, Berdean Campbell of Omaha and Babe Rogers of Carson City, Nev.; brother, Robert Basnett and his wife, Barb, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Eileen Basnett and Hazel Stickney; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by her sisters, Lorraine Powers and Dorothy Wilke; brother, Marvin Basnett; and son-in-law, Steve Eatherton
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WATERS, Grover P., 79, of Kearney died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Golden Living Center-Park Place nursing home in Grand Island
Services: Tuesday, First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Born Oct. 24, 1929, in Kearney, Mo.
Parents: Grover and Bertha (Turner) Waters
Attended school in Missouri and Idaho
Military: U.S. Army in Korea, March 15, 1951-Feb. 20, 1953
Married: Aug. 18, 1950, to Violet Fuller
Married: July 18, 1981, to Ruth Norman in Kearney, Mo. She died March 28, 2009
Was employed as a carpenter; also was a bridge builder for the Buffalo County Department of Roads
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 52, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and dancing
Survivors include his son, Harild of Grand Island; daughters, Linda Miller of New Orleans and Tesia Waters of Grand Island; brother, Charles of Holt, Mo.; sister, Viola Smithee of Kearney, Mo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his his second wife; son, Phillip Waters; and brother, J.D. Waters
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JOHNSON, Sandra Kay (Muncie) "Sandi", 65, of Redmond died Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Redmond, Oregon
Mortuary: Autumn Funerals in Redmond
Born Sept. 15, 1943, in Kearney, Neb.
Parents: Chet and Gladys (Mays) Muncie
Married: Aug. 27, 1962, to Gary Johnson of Elm Creek, Neb.
Lived at Elm Creek, farmed the family homestead until 1985; moved to Redmond
Activities: loved music; played several instruments, sang with the Sweet Adelines; enjoyed her friends and family
Survivors include her husband; son, Ken of Eagle Creek; daughter, Cindi Stauffer of Elm Creek; sister, Collette Neupert of Terrebonne; her mother of Redmond; and grandchildren, Sarah, Elise and Gareth Stauffer
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BRAUN, Rogene T., 81, of Omaha, formerly of Kearney and Holdrege, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Hospice House in Omaha
Memorial services: Wednesday, Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel in Omaha
Memorials: to Hospice House
Born Aug. 7, 1927, in Bertrand
Parents: J. Harold "Hal" and Edna (Furrow) Fitzsimmons
Married: June 8, 1947, to Don Braun. He died in 1993
Survivors include her daughters, Melodee Hauserman and her husband, Rick, of Minden, Kerree Taylor and Shelley Biever and her husband, John, all of Omaha, and Heidi Anderson and her husband, Tim, of Mystic, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
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JONES, Stanley Newton, 79, of Odessa died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital
Services: Friday, Peace Lutheran Church in Alma, Neb.
Burial of cremains: Alma Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Banta-Torrey in Alma
Born Oct. 7, 1929, in Huntley, Neb.
Parents: William and Edna (Arehart) Jones
Married: July 4, 1956, to Joan Jungmeyer in Wilson, Kan. They divorced
Married: Nov. 20, 1993, to Billye Jo (Wilson) Devore in Odessa
Survivors include his wife; sons, Steven of Houston and James of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Jennifer Peterson of Omaha; sister, Fonda Fischer of Alma; six grandchildren; stepsons, Ron DeVore of Stanton, Phil DeVore of Eastland and Wayne DeVore of Midland; stepdaughter, B.J. Golden of Odessa; and 18 stepgrandchildren. Kearney Hub, 30 June, 2009

DOBBERSTEIN, Cole E., 82, of North Platte died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at his home
Graveside services, Monday, Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Mortuary: Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte
Memorial: has been established
Born March 31, 1927, in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Parents: Albert and Nora (Hodge) Dobberstein
Graduated from Kearney High School
Military: Merchant Marines during World War II
Married: Feb. 1, 1947, to Lorene Bradley in Richmond, Calif.
Moved to North Platte in 1975, was employed at the Union Pacific Motor Freight; retired in 1989 after 40 years
Activities: member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Platte Valley Lodge A.F.amp;A.M. and U.P. Oldtimers
Survivors include his wife; son, Brad Dobberstein and his wife, Peggy, of Edmond, Okla.; daughter, Kathie Jordan and her husband, Jack, of Omaha; grandchildren, Michelle Meyerhoff, Colby Dobberstein, Amy Salsberry, Heath Wadsworth, Todd Dobberstein and Cara Saunders; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Jack Dobberstein and his wife, Ramona, of Kearney, Wayne Dobberstein and his wife, Cee, of Denver and Dale Dobberstein and his wife, Barbara, of Phoenix; and sisters, Erma Kruger and her husband, Rodney, of Kearney and Irene Leach and her husband, Paige, of Cozad
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jim, Glenn and Shorty Dobberstein; an infant daughter, Susan; and a granddaughter, Tara
Kearney Hub, 29 June, 2009

HOWE, Charlie, 73, of Kearney died Friday, June 26, 2009, at his home
Services: Monday, St. James Catholic Church, military honors
Burial: Belmont Cemetery in Milo, Iowa
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: St. Jude's Children Hospital or Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Born April 5, 1936, in Milo
Parents: Frank and Fern (Davidson) Howe
Graduated from Milo High School in 1953
Military: U.S. Navy during Korean War
Married: July 6, 1957, to Rita VanderLinden in Milo
Worked as a credit manager for Massey Ferguson in Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City; retired in 1987 in Indianola, Iowa; moved to Rogers, Ark., in 1990 and to Kearney in 2006
Activities: member of the Elks Lodge in Rogers and the Milo Legion; enjoyed watching his grandchildren's activities, traveling, playing golf and socializing at the Elks Club in Rogers
Survivors include his wife; sons, Scott Howe and his wife, Michele, of Kearney and Dave Howe and his wife, Dulce, of Langley, Va.; and seven grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; daughter, Sally; and infant son, Andy
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MARS, Neal Clark, Sr., 59, of El Centro, California, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died of intestinal lung disease and lung cancer Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, in El Centro
Memorial services: July 1, Iverson Memorial Chapel in Broken Bow, Neb.
Burial: Broken Bow Cemetery
Born May 31, 1949, in Broken Bow
Parents: Harold Mars and Dorothy Mars Duvall
Married: March 25, 1977, to Loretta Steinmark in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; sons, Wade of Racine, Wis., and Neal Mars Jr. and his wife, Danie, of Fleming Island, Fla.; daughters, Dawn Owens and her husband, Bo, of Rohnert Park and Veronika Laguna and her husband, Eliseo, of Lexington, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Raymond and his wife, Sue, of Brandon, Miss., and Donald and his wife, Gerda, of Taft, Tenn.; sister, Judy Stunkel and her husband, Dennis, of Broken Bow; stepsisters, Dollene Muths and her husband, Raymond, of Enders, Neb., and Doreen Hoffman and her husband, Richard, of McCook, Neb.; Una Gilfert of Westerville, Neb., whom he lovingly referred to as his stepmother and one of the kindest, most caring women he ever met; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends
Kearney Hub, 29 June, 2009

WALBURN, Lucille, 79, of Minden died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at Kearney County Health Services Long Term Care in Minden
Graveside services: Wednesday, Minden Cemetery
Body was cremated
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born July 31, 1929, in Crete
Parents: James and Bessie (Aksmit) Prochaska
Grew up in the Crete area, moved to Kearney in 1960
Married Virgil Walburn. He preceded her in death
Activities: member of the Eagles Club Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; was employed at the Eagles for more than 20 years
Survivors include her daughters, Marge Reeves of Oklahoma and Sherrie Eckhardt and her friend, Shawn Anderson, and Shelley Space and her husband, Craig, all of Minden, and Sandy Paulson and her husband, Gene, and Tammy Cervantes, all of Kearney; sons, Dennis Hessheimer and his wife, Susan, of Lincoln and Wendall Walburn of Kearney; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by herhusband; one brother, four sisters and her parents
Kearney Hub, 29 June 2009

ROBINSON, Twila Norman, 90, of Kearney died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Homestead Assisted Living
Services: Monday, First Baptist Church in Kearney
Burial: Oxford Cemetery
Mortuary: Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer, Oxford
Born Aug. 20, 1918, in Furnas County
Parents: Thomas and Elsie (Hollinger) Norman
Married: May 29, 1940, to Albert "Dale" Robinson. He died June 10, 1976
Survivors include her sister, Freda Balliet of Central City
Kearney Hub, 26 June, 2009

LOVE, Bernice D., 83, died 2 July 2009
Born July 28, 1925 in Elm Creek, Nebraska
Was a homemaker
Survivors include daughter, Linda Love Seaton; and son, Darryl L.
Was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle C.
Mortuary: Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 7 July 2009

NESTER, William R. "Bill", 81, of Cincinnati, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Cincinnati
Services: 25 June, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Cincinnati
Burial: Spring Groves Cemetery in Cincinnati
Mortuary: T.P. White in Cincinnati
Memorials: to the William and Mary Jane Nester scholarship at the UNK Foundation
Born Feb. 19, 1928, in Cincinnati
Parents: William Sr. and Evelyn (Blettner) Nester
Grew up in Evanston; graduated from Walnut Hills High School; attended the University of Cincinnati, earned a bachelor of science degree in education, a master's degree in counseling and guidance, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration
Married: Aug. 21, 1950, to Mary Jane Grossman. She died Jan. 6, 2005
Had a 26-year career at the University of Cincinnati, as director of the Student Union, assistant dean of men, dean of men, dean of students, vice provost of Student Affairs and finally senior vice president for Student and Academic Affairs; moved to Columbus, 1878, spent five years as the vice president of Student Services at Ohio State University
Became the seventh president of Kearney State College, 1983; led the move into the University of Nebraska system and thereby became the first chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Was awarded honorary doctorates from Northern Kentucky University, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Cincinnati; recipient of the William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement, the highest honor given annually by the University of Cincinnati Alumni
Retired, 1993; returned to the Greater Cincinnati area, worked with Northern Kentucky University in several administrative and fundraising roles
Hosted two radio shows on WOBO: "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Swing Time," which both ran for 15 years
Survivors include his sons, William III and his wife, Angela, of New York City, Mark and his wife, Kay, of Atlanta and Brian and his wife, Christine, and Steve and his wife, Kris, all of Cincinnati; and grandchildren, Kathleen, Sarah, Olivia, Elizabeth, Laura, Benjamin and Madeline
Kearney Hub, 25 June, 2009

ANDERSON, Julie, 54, of Kearney died Monday, June 22, 2009, at her home
Services: Friday, First Baptist Church
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: Kearney Legion Baseball, Kearney Park and Recreation or First Baptist Church of Kearney
Born Oct. 16, 1954, in Broken Bow
Parents: Horace and Charlotte (Pester) Reed
Grew up in Ansley; moved to Kearney; received bachelor's degree from Kearney State College
Married: Feb. 10, 1978, to Jeff Anderson
Worked as an interior designer in Kearney, then opened her own business specializing in silk trees and plants called Designs Unlimited
Activities: active leader within her community, especially concerning her sons; served 16 years on the Kearney Park and Recreation Board; was on the board of Kearney Legion Baseball, PTO at Park Elementary and Kearney High Bearcat Booster Club; a Kearney Soccer Association coach; participated with her Women's Bible Study, was a member of the First Baptist Church and PEO, was an active supporter of the Kearney Catholic Gold and Kearney High Class Act and was a member of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
Survivors include her husband; sons, Drew Anderson and his wife, Stacy, and their daughter, Maya Julieann, of Sartell, Minn., and Tyler Anderson and his wife, Christa, of Kearney; parents, Richard and Charlotte Amsberry of Ansley and Lee Reed of El Cajon, Calif.; sisters, Barbara Werkmeister and her husband, Jim, and Betty Warren and her husband, Jeff, all of Kearney, Pam Pearson and her husband, Mark, of Gibbon, Deb Einspahr and husband, Kevin, of Alma, Michelle Laughter and her husband, Brian, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Vicki Reichert and her husband, Rand, and Kimber Reed, all of El Cajon; brother, David Reed and his wife, Karen, of El Cajon; brother-in-law, Jay Anderson and his wife, Becky, of Hastings; sister-in-law, Teri Schoeggl of Medford, Ore.; dear friend, Dee Coughlin of Kearney; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends
Was preceded in death by her father, Horace Reed; stepbrother, Steve Amsberry; her grandparents; and her mother- and father-in-law, Ben and Donna Anderson
Kearney Hub, 24 June, 2009

KLINGENSMITH, Richard L. "Dick", 79, of Kearney died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at his home north of Kearney
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Memorials: Kearney Eagles Lodge
Born Dec. 25, 1929, in Leechburg, Pa.
Parents: Leon and Roberta (Morgan) Klingensmith
Grew up and attended school in Leechburg
Military: U.S. Army Air Corps, 1947-1949
Married: June 19, 1948, to Frances Mason in Kearney. She died in 2008
Was a sheet metal mechanic for Anderson Brothers Plumbing and Heating, then started his own business; was later employed by Bamford Plumbing and retired in 1985
Activities: member of V.F.W. Post 759 and Kearney Eagles Lodge 2722
Survivors include his sisters, Jean Shellhammer of Apollo, Pa., and Marjorie Lingenfelter and Geraldine Wilds, both of Leechburg; brother, Leon Klingensmith of Leechburg; good friends, Norman and Linda Vinderslev of Kearney; and stepson, Edie Mason of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Was preceded in death by his wife, and one sister in infancy
Kearney Hub, 24 June, 2009

LARSON, Ruth Genevieve, 87, of Kearney, formerly of Holdrege, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell
Mortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
Memorials: Axtell Volunteer Fire Department
Born July 15, 1921, at Holdrege
Parents: Sam and Helen (Sauer) Schrock
Was baptized in the Methodist Church as a small child; received her education at Holdrege, graduated at Holdrege High School, 1939
Worked for Montgomery Ward and Fidelity Insurance in Omaha; during World War II, was employed as a bookkeeper at the Prisoner of War Camp at Atlanta for three years until her fiance came home from the war
Married: Sept. 2, 1945, to Burthon "Burt" Larson
Lived on the Larson family farm south of Axtell for 30 years; moved to Holdrege in 1969, was employed at the Holdrege Medical Clinic as a receptionist for 23 years until retiring; moved to Kearney, March 2007, to be near family
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell and Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, was active with the Lutheran Women's Ministries; was also active as a 4-H leader in Axtell, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; member of the Help One Another women's club for 50 years; taught Sunday school and volunteered her services calling for the Bloodmobile for many years; enjoyed square dancing and playing Somerset; enjoyed making quilts; also enjoyed family celebrations
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Teresa Murray and her husband, Max, of Kearney; son, Dudley Larson and his wife, Sally, of Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren, Chadd Murray and his wife, Dawn, of Kearney, Angela Philbrick and her husband, Trent, of Gering and Brett Larson of Hebron; great-grandchildren, Austin, Nathan, Colin, Justin and Joslyn Murray and Taylor and Lauren Philbrick; sister, Helen Hendricks of David City; sisters-in-law, Ruth Dyke of Lincoln and Eileen Schrock of Holdrege; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Ann Larson at 9 months old; sisters, Patty Leff and her husband, Charles, and Violet Morrison and her husband, Forrest; brothers, Truman Schrock in infancy and Sam Schrock Jr.; and brothers-in-law, Harlan Hendricks, Robert Dyke and Roy Larson
Kearney Hub, 24 June, 2009

THIENEL, Barbara S., 87, of Wood River, formerly of Shelton, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Good Samaritan Center in Wood River
Services: Thursday, Shelton United Methodist Church
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Apfel in Wood River
Memorials: Shelton United Methodist Church or Stuhr Museum Foundation
Born Dec. 1, 1921, at Shelton
Parents: William and Nona (Boyce) Smith
Received her education in Shelton, graduated from Shelton High School, 1939
Married: June 3, 1941, to Curtis Thienel at Dannebrog. He preceded her in death
Lived in the Shelton area; taught rural school for three years after graduation; worked two years at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant at Alda and several years for the United Methodist Church in Shelton
Activities: member of Shelton United Methodist Church, Shelton Chapter DAR and Shelton Rebekah Lodge; taught Sunday school teacher and enjoyed counted cross stitch; had a great love of history and genealogy
Survivors include her sons, David Thienel and his wife, Mary, of Wood River, Donald Thienel and his wife, Karen, of Omaha and Larry Thienel and his wife, Allison, of Rhode Island; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Robert Thienel; brothers, Dick and John Smith; sisters, Rachel Smith and Louise Williams; and several half-brothers and half-sisters
Kearney Hub, 23 June, 2009

O'NEILL, Dorothy M., 90, of Kearney died Friday, July 10, 2009, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Tuesday, St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park in Grand Island
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner in Kearney
Memorials: to be designated later
Born July 26, 1918, in Gibbon
Parents: Everette and Flossie (Shaner) Shiers
Married: Oct. 1, 1938, to Robert O'Neill in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Worked at Eaton Corp., 1975-1983; lived in Gibbon and Grand Island, moved to Kearney in 1987
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, Eagles Auxiliary of Grand Island, the Quilting Group of Grand Island and Eaton retirees; loved spending time with her family and attending the Shiers family reunions; also enjoyed bowling, sewing, crocheting and cooking
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Adams of Kearney; son, Robert O'Neill and his wife, Jean, of Scottsbluff; sisters, Charolette Liesinger of Kearney and Janice and Don Carter of Wood River; 15 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband, seven brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter
Kearney Hub, 13 July, 2009

DEAVER, Marvin Wayne, 78, of Modesto, California, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Modesto
Burial: Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Brunowith military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: VFW Post 759 or American Legion Post 52
Born June 18, 1931, in Kearney
Parents: Charles and Marie (Giltz) Deaver
Was raised on the family farm, attended Kearney Public Schools and enjoyed raising his prize Angus cattle
First job was working for Union Pacific Railroad with his dad at the old roundhouse on Highway 30 while attending high school. The train engine remains on display at Trails and Rails Museum in Kearney
Military: 1952-1955, veteran of the Korean War; member of Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and American Legion Post 52
After serving in the Korean War, relocated to California; was employed as a backhoe operator with Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Married Shirley, who preceded him in death
Married: 1971 to Dorothy (Salzmann) Willis
Moved their blended family to Kearney; was employed as a media driver with Educational Service Unit 10 until retirement
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Janelle Snider and her husband, David, of Washington, Roxanne Kent and her husband, Daniel, of Richfield, Minn.; stepchildren, Bob Willis and his wife, Pat, of Elizabeth City, N.C., Nancy Hansen and her husband, Al, of Manteca, Colleen Rickard and her husband, Larry, of Kearney and Michael Hutchinson and his wife, Wanda, of Doniphan, Neb.; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his first wife, parents, four children and five great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 16 July, 2009

REED, Kenneth Dale 81, of Beaverton, Oregon, formerly of Kearney, Nebraska, died July 2009, from complicationi of Alzheimer's disease
Memorial service: Saturday, July 18, 2009, in the First United Methodist Church of Beaverton
Memorials: Alzheimer's Association of Oregon or the FUM Church of Beaverton
Born: May 8, 1928 in Kearney, Neb.
Parents: Frank and Ellen Reed, their first son
Lived in Nebraska until 1944, when family moved to Forest Grove
Married: 1952, to June Myers; celebrated 57th anniversary
Worked for Westinghouse Appliance Co., for 27 years, was a member of the Oregon National Guard for 27 years, and worked at Beaverton High School as night foreman of the custodial crew; retired June 1990
Activities: was a scoutmaster with his sons; member of Masonic Lodge 100 in Beaverton, Beaverton Elks Lodge 1989, as well as a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Beaverton
Survivors: wife, June; two daughters, Melodee (Tim) Knapp of Wilsonville and Joy (Ted) Ottmar of Beaverton; two sons, John (Echo) Reed of North Bend and Jim (Colette) Reed of Portland; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Louise (Melvin) Van Domelen; and brothers, Harold of Hoquiam, Wash., Richard of Gresham and Donald of Salem
Was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marjorie
The (Portland) Oregonian, 16 Jul 2009

BURMASTER, Patricia A., 59, of Kearney died Friday, July 17, 2009, at her home
Memorial services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: later
Born: June 10, 1950, in Fairbury
Parents: Alfred and Charletta (Carpenter) Almaguer
Grew up in Fairbury, graduated from Fairbury High School
Moved to Kearney; lived in Salina and Fairbury, and returned to Kearney
Married: 1969, to James Riskowski
Married: June 17, 1980, to Bob Burmaster. He died Feb. 28, 2002
Was employed by Morris Press; former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles
Survivors include her significant other, Mark Crooks; son, Tom Riskowski and his wife, Tavis, of Kearney; grandchildren, Dillon, Madison, Tina, Leera, Casey, Brittney and James; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Alfred Almaguer Jr. and his wife, Paula, of Garner, N.C.; sister, Elizabeth Freeman and her husband, Arnold, of Lincoln; and nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband and parents
Kearney Hub, 20 July, 2009

EDWARDS, Alexander C. "Alex", 5, of Riverdale died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Monday, First Baptist Church in Kearney
Burial: Riverdale Cemetery
Memorials: Kearney Church of Christ or to the family to be designated later
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Born: Nov. 25, 2003, in Kearney
Parents: Clayton and Rochelle (Peterson) Edwards
Survivors include his parents, of Riverdale; sister, Samantha Edwards of Riverdale; maternal grandparents, Mike and Sandy Peterson of Riverdale; paternal grandparents, Dennis and Pattie Edwards of Kearney; maternal great-grandparents, Donna and Scotty Osborne of Kearney; paternal great-grandparents, Colis and Dolores Campbell of Superior; aunts and uncles, Doug and Nicki Rezac and Chris and Jill Peterson, all of Riverdale, Clint and Vickie Edwards, Jake Edwards and McKinney Edwards, all of Kearney, and Abigail Edwards of Kansas City, Kan.; cousins, Makala, Morgan, Christian, Sydney, Addison, Eve, Jack and Dominique; and numerous great-aunts and great-uncles
Kearney Hub, 17 July, 2009
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