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WINTER, Evelyn M., 91, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann Memorials: Mount Carmel, AseraCare or Birthright
Born April 5, 1918, in Sutherland
Parents: Ernest and Dora (Swanson) Falk
Graduated from North Platte High School in 1936 and from Denver Business College; worked in North Platte for 10 years
Married: March 5, 1946, to William Winter in North Platte. He preceded her in death
Lived in North Platte, Sutherland and Lewellen, then moved to Loup City; later moved to Miller, was the bookkeeper for the ranch she and husband operated
Moved to Prairie View Gardens in 2000 and moved to Mount Carmel in 2005
Activities: member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ansley until it closed; was a pilot; did trick riding on her horse
Survivors include her daughters, Pat Winter of Loup City and Linda Smedra and her husband, Dave, of Miller; sister, June Balik and her husband, Ed, of Miami; sisters-in-law, Marjory McNeel of Gering and Terri Winter Ferguson of Miller; brother-in-law, David Vaughan of Grand Island; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, infant brother and sister, and two sons
Kearney Hub, 3 September 2009

GREGERSON, Amy V., 94, of Kearney died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Friday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, or Mount Carmel Home
Born Nov. 28, 1914, in Valley City, N.D.
Parents: Carl and Mabel (Simonson) Brown
Grew up and completed her education in Valley City; worked in the cosmetics department at the City Drug Store in Valley City; became Miss Valley City and won a trip to the West Coast traveling by train, 1935
Married: Feb. 11, 1940, to Kenneth Gregerson
Remained in Valley City a few years; moved to Denver then to Rock Springs, Wyo.; settled in Kearney in 1951; with husband, owned and operated Gregerson's Jewelry in downtown Kearney; retired in 1978
Activities: charter member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney, charter member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club; volunteered at Good Samaritan Hospital; loved working in the jewelry store; enjoyed cooking, visiting with family and friends; especially enjoyed her grandchildren
Survivors include her devoted husband of 69 years; daughters, Judye Gregerson of Kearney, Jayne Gregerson of Englewood, Colo., and Deb Kruse and her husband, Tom, of Hildreth; grandchildren, Nate Kruse and Alyssa Kruse, both of Lincoln; sisters, DeLores Yaeger of Valley City and Marilyn Sorensen of Edina, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews and their families
Was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Agnes Johnson; and brother, Cliff Brown
Kearney Hub, 2 September, 2009

RUSSELL, Bryce D., 17, of Elm Creek died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, New Life Assembly Church in Kearney
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Memorials will be designated later
Born July 17, 1992, in Minden
Parents: Troy and Teri (Epp) Russell
Was a junior at Elm Creek High School; member of New Life Assembly Church in Kearney; enjoyed football, hunting, fishing, riding all-terrain vehicles, camping and boating
Survivors include his parents; brother, Zachary Russell of Elm Creek; sister, Kylie Russell of Elm Creek; grandparents, Joe and Pat Epp of Elm Creek and Denny and Trudy Russell of Kearney, all formerly of York; great-grandmother, Sally Epp of York; aunt, Kristy Stahr and her husband, Laine, of Indian Mound, Tenn.; uncles, Jay Epp and his wife, Willi, of Hastings and Thane Moore and his wife, Dionne, of Kearney; cousins, Carson, Leslie and Kameron Stahr, all of Indian Mound, and Konner Epp of Hastings; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, and family members
Was preceded in death by an aunt, Tamara Russell Moore
Kearney Hub, 2 September, 2009

VanVLEET, Hal E. , 53, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials will be designated later
Born March 7, 1956, in Broken Bow
Parents: Eugene and Delilah (Zutavern) VanVleet
Moved with family to Kearney as a child; graduated from Kearney High School and attended Kearney State College
Married Sharon Vlcek
Worked as assistant manager at the Coast to Coast store in Kearney, was also employed by Rowat Cut Stone and Marble in Des Moines; returned to Kearney, worked at Wheelers and McDonald's
Activities: member of Grace Fellowship; enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and growing tomatoes
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; brother, Marc VanVleet and his wife, Karla, of Billings, Mont.; sisters, Diane Folk and her husband, Larry, of Washington, D.C., Teresa Danos and her husband, Johnny, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Jeanne Ferbrache and her husband, Jack, of Omaha; and nieces, Josie and Hunter VanVleet
Was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and daughter, Natasha
Kearney Hub, 1 September, 2009

LUBBERS, Kenneth L., 55, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at his home
Services: 31 August, Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: to Emergency Services at Good Samaritan Hospital, Children's Ministry at the Kearney Evangelical Free Church or to the family
Born Jan. 22, 1954, in Freeport, Ill.
Parents: Clarence and Maxine (Myers) Lubbers
Was baptized as a youth in Freeport Mennonite Church; graduated from Freeport High School in 1972; graduated in 1974 from Hesston (Kan.) College
Married: 1975, to Sharon Kennel
Was employed at Lichti Bros. Inc. in Shickley until 1990; moved to Kearney, worked as a paramedic for Good Samaritan Hospital until the time of his death
Activities: attended Kearney Evangelical Free Church; enjoyed several outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, running and cycling; volunteered with Ten Thousand Villages; enjoyed spending time with his wife and children and especially his grandchildren
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Karena Mercer and her husband, Karl, and Amity Brandt and her husband, J.B., all of Kearney; father, Clarence and his wife, Janet, of Freeport; brothers, Tom and his wife, Becky, of Hartville, Ohio, and Jeff and his wife, Donna, of Dakota, Ill.; grandchildren, Allyson and Trent Mercer and Cole Brandt; sister-in-law, Audrey Yordy and her husband, Franz, of Lebanon, Ore.; brothers-in-law, Rod Kennel and his wife, Carol, of Arthur, Ill., and Conley Kennel and his wife, Shelly, of Shickley; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his mother
Kearney Hub, 31 August, 2009

MILLER, Jackie, 67, of Kearney died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at her home
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Memorials: donor's choice
Born Oct. 3, 1941, in Lexington
Parents: Chester and Laurel (Meese) Beans
Graduated from Pleasanton High School
Married: March 1959, to Leslie Miller. They divorced
Was employed by Coleman Powermate and the Cellar Lounge
Activities: enjoyed animals, bowling, gardening, Elvis Presley, family and friends
Survivors include her sons, Stacie Miller and Weslie Miller and his fiancée, Judy Johnson, all of Gibbon; daughters, Candie Bubak of Kearney and Valerie Ruda and her husband, Christopher, of Canton, Ga.; brother, Yarrell Beans of Minneapolis, Kan.; sister, Carolyn Smith of Omaha; sister-in-law, Lavon Beans of Kearney; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Laurie Starkey; brothers, Joe and Lee Beans; and sister, Phyllis Bechtel
Kearney Hub, 31 August, 2009

WALTER, Natalie A., 60, of La Vista, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, in Omaha
Graveside services: Saturday, Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner, Kearney
Born Jan. 25, 1949, at St. Mary's Hospital in Columbus
Parents: David and Pamelia (Nelson) Peppler
Graduated from Kearney High School, and from Kearney State College in 1971
Married: May 1, 1971, to Robert Walter in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Lived in Kearney and had two sons, Scott and Michael; lived in Omaha, worked as a baker for the past 14 years
Activities: member of Daughters of the American Revolution
Survivors include her sons, Scott Walter of Parker, Colo., and Michael Walter of Aurora, Colo.; grandchild, Mia Lynne Walter; sister, Lana Stickney and her husband, Gary, of Kearney; and brother, Mark and his wife, Bobbie, of Eagle
Was preceded in death by her husband; mother, Pamelia Long; and her father, David Peppler
Kearney Hub, 27 August, 2009

HENRIKSEN, Mathew D., 35, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, near Holdrege
Services: Thursday, Bethany Lutheran Church in Axtell
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: education fund for his children
Born Dec. 14, 1973, in Aurora
Parents: Don and Judy (Jameson) Henriksen
Was baptized into the Christian faith in Hampton, later confirmed in the faith in Arnold; graduated from Axtell High School in 1992
Married: April 2005, to Amy Easton in Kearney
Was a project manager for BD Construction in Kearney
Activities: member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Axtell and the Holdrege Country Club; enjoyed computers, gaming, playing golf and spending time with his family
Survivors include his wife; son, Brandon Easton of Kearney; daughter, Brooke Henriksen of Kearney; his parents, of Kearney; sister, Wendy Wiest and her husband, Aron, of Lincoln; brother, Phil Henriksen of Issaquah, Wash.; grandmother, Helen and Art Jacobson of Aurora; father-in-law, Bob and Marie Easton of Kearney; sister-in-law, Susie Oligmueller and her husband, Jon, of Hickman; brother-in-law, Dan Easton and his wife, Shannon, of Dallas; and niece and nephews, Cooper Oligmueller, Jacob Wiest and Aubrey Wiest
Was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mikki Easton, and his grandparents, Clarence and Dorothy Henriksen and Don Jameson
Kearney Hub, 26 August, 2009

OGLE, Laurence E., 89, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Graveside services: Thursday, Kearney Cemetery, military rites
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: the family
Born March 23, 1920, in Vian
Parents: Charles and Jessie Ogle
First wife, Anna, preceded him in death
Married: Wilma (Arnold) Smith
Military:was an honorably discharged veteran of World War II, served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in the Eastern Mandates, South Philippines and Western Pacific; received a Meritorious Unit Award, two ribbons and two medals
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Verda Heisler, Ann Darling and Elizabeth Bright, all of Grand Junction, Colo., Cheyenne "Bonnie" of Beverly Hills, Calif., Melba Ogle Becker of Las Vegas, Dianne Ogle LaForge of Memphis, Tenn., and Kathy Ogle Erwin of Arkadelphia, Ark.; two brothers; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
In addition to his first wife of 49 years, was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sally Walvoord; and brothers, Charles and Frank Ogle
Kearney Hub, 26 August, 2009

YBARRA, Jimmy P., 52, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born Nov. 20, 1956, in Quanah, Texas
Parents: Felix and Bennie (Poar) Ybarra
Was employed by Yellow Van Cleaning at the time of his death; previously had worked for Masek Golf Carts in Gering for 12 years
Activities: hobbies included watching movies, hanging out, spending time with his kids and, most of all, cooking; enjoyed Kansas City Chiefs football
Survivors include his sons, Matthew and his wife, Marisa, and Nathan, all of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 25 August, 2009

FITZKE, Marie H., 90, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village
Services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary chapel
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Memorials: to be designated later
Born Aug. 15, 1919, in Roseland
Parents: Carl and Edna (Grim) Craft
Attended school in Hastings, was a graduate of Hastings High School
Married: March 4, 1939, to Elmer Fitzke in Grand Island. He died Jan. 31, 1993
Lived in Edgar, moved to Kearney in 1941; moved to Oxford in 1944 and to Minden in 1961; husband was the police chief in Oxford, 1949-1961 and police chief in Minden, 1961-1978; retired and moved to Kearney, 1978
Activities: member of Zion Lutheran Church, was a devoted wife and mother, enjoyed spending time with her family; hobbies included fishing and cooking
Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Swanson and her husband, Jim, of Wilcox, Donna Fitzke of Kearney and Judy Bell of Portland, Ore.; son, Ronald Fitzke and his wife, Haruko, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Jim Swanson II of Grand Island, Rick Fitzke and his wife, Linda, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Cheri Christensen and her husband, Tom, of Hildreth, Crystal Ward and her husband, Peter, of Olympia, Wash., and Rob Bell and his wife, Rose, of Portland; and great-grandchildren, Dusty, Linzy and Catie Swanson, Ryan, Reagan and Melissa Fitzke, Cassie Ward, and Shai and Wes Christensen
Was preceded in death by her husband, seven brothers and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 24 August, 2009

KIELBASINSKI, Edward A., 57, of Kearney died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Monday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials will be designated later
Born Oct. 5, 1951, in Chicago
Parents: Edward and Sylvia (Fournier) Kielbasinski
Graduated from St. Joseph's High School in La Grange, Ill.; received his master's degree in broadcasting from Western Illinois University
Married: Aug. 15, 1981, to Corinne Carter in Chicago
Was a broadcasting professor at Kearney State College, retired in 1986 for health reasons; also ran No Frills Software in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed spending time with his wife and working with computers
Survivors include his wife; sister, Donna Kielbasinski of Berwyn, Ill.; and aunt, Dorothy Fournier of Berwyn
Was preceded in death by his parents
Kearney Hub, 24 August, 2009

SODERQUIST, Willard V., 84, of Kearney, formerly of Axtell, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Bethany Lutheran Church south of Axtell
Burial: church cemetery
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born Dec. 7, 1924, in Axtell
Parents: Victor and Mollie (Linder) Soderquist
Grew up in the Axtell area, graduated from Axtell High School in 1943
Military: U.S. Army, 1944-1946; was wounded June 2, 1945, in Okinawa, Japan; earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star
Returned home, was employed with the Axtell Post Office as a postal clerk
Married: Feb. 22, 1948, to Marilyn Rundquist in Minden
Farming in the Axtell area, 1952-1989; retired; moved to Kearney in 1994
Activities: lifetime member of Bethany Lutheran Church near Axtell, served on many committees and in many offices; served on the Axtell town board; charter member of the Axtell Veterans of Foreign Wars, also a member of the Minden American Legion; was devoted to his family and the community of Axtell; favorite pastimes included playing cards with his friends and family
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Deanna Nelson and her husband, Marvin, of Harvard; son, Rendell Soderquist of Axtell and his friend, Lori Nelson of Kearney; grandchildren, Scott Nelson and his wife, Brooke, of Ashland, Jodi Behlen and her husband, Brian, of Waverly, Lacy Pokharel and her husband, Ashish, Tammy Vlock and her husband, Dan, and Ashley Soderquist, all of Omaha, and Holly Pracht and her husband, Jeremy, of Kearney; great-grandchildren, Eve and Jules Nelson, Jordyn Behlen, Hannah and Sierra Pokharel and Logan and Edward Pracht; sisters-in-law, Ruth Soderquist of Kearney, and Phyllis Soderquist, Marian Johnson and Vivian Space and her husband, Dale, all of Minden; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his brothers, Dale and Calvin; and sisters, Adelle Leff, Lorene Larson, Mae Swanson and Etta Popple
Kearney Hub, 24 August, 2009

ASHTON, Pearl Ortzow, 89, of Shelton died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, in Kearney
Graveside services: Saturday, Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Memorials: the Shelton Emergency Unit or AseraCare Hospice in Kearney
Born Jan. 5, 1920, in Oakland, Calif.
Parents: Shale and Annie (Hurwitz) Ortzow
Parents had immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s; Pearl graduated from Oakland High School, worked as a secretary
Married Walter "Steve" Ashton. He preceded her in death after 48 years of marriage
Moved to Shelton, lived there over 60 years
Activities: decades-long member of the Shelton American Legion Auxiliary; enjoyed flower gardening, crafting, sewing and visiting with friends and family; lived her final months at the Homestead in Kearney
Survivors include her daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Jeff Seib, of Overland Park, Kan.; grandsons, Michael Bentley and his wife, Amanda, and Steven Seib; and great-grandson, Connor Bentley
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters and one brother
Kearney Hub, 21 August, 2009

DAVIS, Marilyn K., 56, of Kearney died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Bladen United Methodist Church
Burial: East Lawn Cemetery in Bladen
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: Bladen United Methodist Church, Future Problem Solvers, Kearney Humane Society, Methodist Hospital-Hospice of Omaha or to donor's choice
Born Aug. 21, 1952, in Red Cloud
Parents: Marvin and Merna (Harding) Davis
Attended school in Bladen, graduated from Bladen High School in 1970; received her bachelor of arts in education from Kearney State College in 1973; was a member of Pi Omega Pi business education honorary and also worked for the Vocational Education Center on campus
Worked as a secretary for various agencies in the Kearney area; worked part time at the Calvin T. Ryan Library at the Learning Material Center; also worked full time during this period for the Special Education/Communication Disorders Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney until 1999; worked part time for the Nebraska Future Problem Solving Program; worked as the executive secretary for the Nebraska Odyssey of the Mind; was as a billing assistant for the finance department for Baldwin Filter/Manpower in Kearney, 1999-2000; worked in customer service for Morris Press-Commercial Division; at time of death, was employed by Investment Property Exchange in Kearney
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney; served as co-state director of Nebraska Future Problem Solving from 1993
Survivors include special friends, Julie and Don Gunderson, Bill and Wilma Henderson and Kenny and Elnor Vannier, all of Kearney, and Brian and Christi Berns of Bladen
Was preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 21 August, 2009

SINCLAIR, B. David, 68, of Kearney died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at his home
Services: Friday, Grace Fellowship Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: for the education of his minor children
Born Feb. 18, 1941, in Sweetwater, Texas
Parents: Bedford and Caroline (Graham) Smith
Married: July 31, 1992, to Deborah Justice Sinclair
Taught in the University of Nebraska at Kearney's English department for 39 years; was the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award and the editor of an international journal, Studies in Contemporary Satire; retired from UNK in 2006
Activities: after retiring, home educated his children, recorded a CD titled "God Songs" and did editing for other writers; 2008, went to the mission field in Cyprus, lived there intermittently until July of this year; was active in his church and family
Survivors include his wife; daughter, M'Lissa Smith and her husband, Parker, of Los Angeles; sons, Dave Marshall and his wife, Sarah, of Grand Island and Grayson Sinclair, Frank Sinclair, Slade Sinclair, Colm Sinclair and Trace Sinclair, all of Kearney; sister, Kay Koble and her husband, Sam, of Cushing, Okla.; friend, Angela Bargstadt; and two grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents
Kearney Hub, 20 August, 2009

RIVERA, Manuel, Jr., 43, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at his home
Services: Thursday, St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island
Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery
Mortuary: Livingston-Sondermann in Grand Island
Memorials: to the family
Born Sept. 22, 1965, in Kearney
Parents: Manuel and Angeline (Hernandez) Rivera
Activities: loved music, dancing and playing pool; enjoyed watching professional wrestling and movies, especially Westerns
Survivors include his sisters, Rosemary Jenkins and her husband, Emory, Elizabeth Vega and her husband, Henry, and Lisa Alba and her husband, Mario, all of Grand Island, and Megdaline Cash and her husband, Lloyd, Lucille Pacheco and her husband, Lupe, and Helen Bickford and her husband, Delbert, all of Kearney; brothers, Joe Rivera and his wife, Dorothy, of Grand Island and Paul Rivera of Kearney; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Virginia Mancilla, Gracie Ortiz and Victoria Deras; and brother, Reynaldo Rivera
Kearney Hub, 18 August, 2009

WIMBERLEY, Carole Mae, 69, of Houston, Texas, died of cancer Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in Austin
Memorial services: Saturday, The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at Fairfield in Cypress
Mortuary: Superior Memorial Services in Austin
Born Dec. 20, 1939, in Charlson, N.D.
Parents: Alexander "Pete" and Elsie (Anderson) Thomas
Member of the Turtle Mountain band of Ojibwa/Chippewa Indians in North Dakota
Married: 1957, to Stan Wimberley of Kearney, Neb. He died Nov. 4, 2007
Lived in Kearney until 1972; husband died shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary
Activities: treasured her family; especially enjoyed time with relatives and family
Survivors include her son, Lane and his wife, Liza, of Austin and their children, Max and Hannah; daughter, Dana and her husband, Scott Dennison, of Cypress and their children, Mason and Callie; sisters, Louise Dutchuck of North Dakota and Karen McDowell of Ravenna, Neb.; brothers, Allen Gifstad of Kearney and Robert Gifstad of Dallas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews
Kearney Hub, 18 August, 2009

KOWALEWSKI, Ellen M., 75, of Kearney died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at her home
Services: Tuesday, St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City
Mortuary: Peters of Loup City
Memorials: to the family's choice
Born Dec. 2, 1933, in Rockville
Parents: John and Agnes (Szafrajda) Piontkowski
Grew up on a farm north of Rockville, graduated from Loup City High School in 1950
Married: June 27, 1950, to Emil Kowalewski in Rockville
Lived on a farm northeast of Loup City, worked at G&G Manufacturing, the Snack Shop Bakery and Rose Lane Home, all in Loup City; moved to Kearney, 1997, attended Central Technical College, graduated with a degree in nursing; worked at Mount Carmel Home, St. John's Nursing Home and Good Samaritan Hospital; retired in 2006 because of health issues
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church; enjoyed extensive travel, including a mission trip to Peru; reading; crocheting; gardening; collecting antiques and birdhouses; and playing poker; loved spending time with her grandchildren
Survivors include her sons, Dennis Kowalewski and his wife, Lisa, of Eden, Utah, James Kowalewski and his wife, Joyce, of West Richland, Wash., Ron Kowalewski and his wife, Linda, of Madison and Gary Kowalewski and his wife, Karen, of Gothenburg; daughter, Cami Watson and her husband, Terry, of Lincoln; brothers, Ronald Piontkowski and his wife, Winona, and Johnny Piontkowski and his wife, Phyllis, all of Loup City; sisters, Lois Welles and her husband, Reggie, of Omaha and Marilyn Czaplewski of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rich Piontkowski; nephews, Mark and Earl Piontkowski; and a special friend, Earl Commins
Kearney Hub, 17 August, 2009

McLEOD, David "Smokey", 68, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, from injuries in a car-semitrailer truck accident on Interstate 80 near the Minden interchange
Services: Tuesday, New Life Assembly in Kearney
Burial: later
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: to the family
Born Nov. 1, 1940, in Toledo, Ohio
Parents: Morrison and Edith (Lauharn) McLeod
Married: Oct. 3, 1962, to Verna "Vicky" Kloe in Kearney
Lived in various places including Amherst and Toledo; settled in Kearney; worked for IBEW 1525 as a traveling lineman
Activities: enjoyed fishing and coffee time friends at McDonald's; standing member of the Eagles Club
Survivors include his wife; sons, D.J. and his special friend, Lori, of Kearney, Richard of Bremerton, Wash., Michael and his wife, Vicki, of Hastings and Henry and his wife, Connie, of Ogallala; daughter; Penny Field of Kearney; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; brother, Slim of Florida; sister, Nancy Pheils and her husband, Randy, of Jasper, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Mary Schaub and family of Kearney, Carol and family of Rapid City, S.D., and Kitty and her husband, Butch, of Cincinnati; and special nephew, Donnie McLeod and family of Michigan
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe; and daughter-in-law, Jami McLeod, who was killed in the same accident
Kearney Hub, 17 August, 2009

ROCKEFELLER, Orpha V. "Dot", 84, of Gibbon died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Wednesday, Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson in Gibbon/Shelton
Memorials: Gibbon Baptist Church or Gibbon Emergency Unit Fund
Born Aug. 17, 1924, on Fort Farm Island south of Gibbon
Parents: Richard and Alma (Cooper) Lowell
Grew up in this area; attended rural schools at Gibbon and Shelton, attended Shelton Public School
Married: July 10, 1943, to LeRoy Shafer. He preceded her in death
Married: Dec. 12, 1954, to Harold Rockefeller. He preceded her in death
Worked at the Kearney Air Base Hospital kitchen during World War II; also worked at the Grand Island Ordnance Plant, the Good Samaritan Home in Gibbon, and 1977-1986 at the Baldwin Filter plant in Kearney
Activities: member of the Baptist Church, Faithful Rebekah Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Gibbon; enjoyed flowers, gardening, crocheting, drawing and painting
Survivors include her sons, Robert Shafer and his wife, Connie, of Lincoln and Richard Shafer and his wife, Karla, and Daniel Rockefeller and his wife, Melody, all of Gibbon; 10 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husbands; parents, four brothers, three sisters and a grandson, Royce Rockefeller
Kearney Hub, 17 August, 2009

VON LOH, Dustin A. "Dusty", 24, of Elm Creek died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln
Services: Thursday, Elwood High School gymnasium
Burial: Elwood Cemetery, with military honors
Mortuary: Berryman in Cozad
A memorial has been established
Born Nov. 9, 1984, in Lexington
Parents: Robert and Kristi (Schultz) Von Loh
He was raised in and attended school in Lexington and Elwood. He participated in wrestling, football and track and graduated from Elwood High School in May 2003. He went on to attend Wyoming Technical College in Laramie where he became a certified diesel mechanic in March 2004. Married: June 8, 2006, to Heather Nickel
Military: enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on May 20, 2005; was activated Sept. 1, 2006; served as a cavalry scout with the 755th Recon/Decon Company in Iraq from Dec. 5, 2006, to Dec. 1, 2007; last assignment was as an infantryman with Troop C 1/134th Long Range Surveillance; recently had been promoted to the rank of sergeant (E-5)
Activities: loved big trucks, fast motorcycles, cowboying and camping; most of all, loved his family
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Grace of Elm Creek; his parents of Elwood; brother, Justin Von Loh of Omaha; parents-in-law, Brian and Julia Nickel of Elm Creek; brothers-in-law, Richard Kennedy and Jeremy Nun, both of Elm Creek; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends; and an expected son Dustin Robert, due in December
Was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Gailard and Nelia Von Loh, and his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Arlene Schultz
Kearney Hub, 17 August, 2009

FRINK, Bert D., 89, of David City, formerly of Gibbon, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at David Place in David City
Services: Tuesday, St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: later
Mortuary:O'Brien-Straatmann
Memorials: David Place
Born May 4, 1920, in Holstein, Iowa
Parents: Bert Sr. and Viola (Nailor) Frink
Married: Oct. 12, 1940, to Dolores Pflanz at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Belden. She preceded him in death
Lived in several communities throughout his life and farmed in the Coleridge area; also owned and operated many businesses in Pierce, Emerson and Upland; worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and lived on the Sacramento State Game Farm near Wilcox
Activities: loved wildlife and the outdoors
Survivors include his daughters, Sherry Utemark and her husband, Paul, of Emerson, Kitty Hansen of Kearney, Brenda Miller and her husband, Perry, of Rising City, and Linda Almquist and her husband, Ken, of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Sandra; grandson, Kris Almquist; brother, Walter; and sister, Dorothy Moore
Kearney Hub, 9 September, 2009

ROHRS, John B. "Jack", 78, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Wednesday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Good Samaritan Home Care and Hospice or to First Lutheran Church
Born April 3, 1931, in Auburn
Parents: John and Elsie (Zabel) Rohrs
Graduated from Auburn High School in 1949; earned his bachelor's degree in 1959 and graduated magna cum laude from Kearney State Teachers College, then earned a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Married: March 18, 1978, to Elvera "Jim" Holthus in Kearney
Was a physics professor at Kearney State College for 25 years, retired in 1991-1992; had seminars on nuclear physics; tested homes for radon, 1990-1997
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church and Golden K Kiwanis, lifetime member of Elks Lodge 984; was very active at the college; greatly enjoyed golfing, singing, his daily coffee with the "crew" and climbing the occasional mountain; also enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Brenda Anderson and her husband, Robert, of Parker, Colo., Cynthia Morris and her husband, Fred, of Littleton, Colo., and Jennifer Korthuis and her husband, Steve, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; stepsons, Doug Duff and his wife, Kathy, of Verona, Wis., and Brad Duff and his wife, Val, of Charleston, S.C.; brother, Dan Rohrs and his wife, Jan, of Malcolm; eight grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents and a stepson, Dennis Duff
Kearney Hub, 16 August, 2009

WHITNACK, Opal Orvetta, 94, of Kearney died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Memorials: Kearney Humane Society
Born Feb. 10, 1915, in Rapid City, S.D.
Parents: Albert and Nancy (Custer) Gensler
Was employed by the telephone company at Alliance
Married: to C.H. "Pete" Walters
Married: Sept. 20, 1949, to E.E. "Gene" Whitnack in North Platte. He died July 5, 2007
Lived in North Platte until 1956, moved to Kearney
Worked for the telephone company in North Platte and Kearney; retired from the phone company in Kearney and worked as head housekeeper for Paul Younes at the Ramada Inn
Activities: enjoyed flower gardening; as her health failed, enjoyed the flowers, birds and squirrels, and her pet cat
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Lyons of Kearney; grandchildren, Kelly Sommer and his wife, Jan, Kendra Sommer and Bambi Staab, all of Kearney, Jeff Lyons and his wife, Hollie, of Garden City, Kan., and Stephanie Stones and her husband, Kurt, of Colby, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Jamie Reiter and his wife, Jodi, of Nashville, Kortney Sommer of St. Louis, Levi Lyons and Abbie Lyons of Lawrence, Kan., Kory Staab of Lincoln, Kaitlin Staab of Kearney and Nicole Stones and Zack Stones of Colby; many good friends; and her caregivers, Rhonda, Shirley, Ellen and Val
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Margaret Evans; and son-in-law, Jim Lyons
Kearney Hub, 16 August, 2009

HAINES, Evalyn L., 82, of Kearney died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her home
Memorial services: Saturday, First Presbyterian Church
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: First Presbyterian Church
Born June 2, 1927, in Pleasantville, Pa.
Parents: Dewey and Leta (Sanford) Meabon
Grew up in Pleasantville, graduated from Oil City Senior High School in 1945; graduated from Clarion State Teachers College in 1949 then taught in the Titusville, Pa., school system until 1954; moved to Thermopolis
Married: March 30, 1956, to Myron Haines in Thermopolis, Wyo.
Moved to Kearney in 1969, raised her family here
Activities: member of First Presbyterian Church, sang in the church choir and was active with the Presbyterian Women; also served with her husband as Sunday school superintendents
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Marcia Lowe and her husband, Andrew, of Kearney; sons, Wayne Haines and his wife, Teresa, of Toccoa, Ga., Gordon Haines and his wife, Kathy, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Gary Haines and his wife, Robin, of Prattville, Ala.; nine grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor Dyke and her husband, Bill, of Warren, Pa., and Amy Joan Kline and her husband, Bruce, of Meadville, Pa.; and brother, Harold Meabon and his wife, Betty, of Henderson, Nev.
Was preceded in death by a sister, Winnifred Carter
Kearney Hub, 14 August, 2009

MARIENAU, Wayne G., 86, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday, Zion Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or First United Methodist Church
Born June 30, 1923, in Holbrook
Parents: John and Faye (Stone) Marienau
Was baptized at the Lutheran Parsonage in Arapahoe on July 30, 1923, and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney; graduated from Kearney High School in 1941
Military: entered the U.S. Army Air Force on Feb. 19, 1943; was an airplane mechanic during World War II; served as a staff sergeant; was decorated with the Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Unit Badge with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Married: Sept. 14, 1947, to Selma Abels in Amherst. She died in 1996
Married: Dec. 29, 2005, to Velma Gulden
Farmed 14 years in the Kearney area, then served nearly 25 years in the U.S. Postal Service, retired July 3, 1983
Activities: enjoyed playing cards, bowling and family and friends; member of Zion Lutheran Church, Kearney American Legion Post 52 and Kearney VFW Post 759
Survivors include his wife; son, John Marienau and his wife, Jane, of Chicago; grandson, William Marienau and his wife, Julie, of Wilmington, Del.; brothers, Douglas Marienau and his wife, Cletis, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Robert Marienau and his wife, Leola, of Hanford, Calif., and Charles Marienau and his wife, Bertha, of Kearney; stepsons, Gary Enochs and his wife, Kathy, of Overton and Randy Enochs and his wife, Bonita, of New York; stepdaughter, Linda Larson and her husband, Robert, of Overton; eight stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his first wife, parents and one brother
Kearney Hub, 14 August, 2009

RUSSELL, M. Arlene, 71, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, First Christian Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: First Christian Church
Born March 2, 1938, in Broken Bow
Parents: Claude and Marjorie (Crosley) Johnson
Moved to Kearney with family in 1946; attended school in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School
Married: Aug. 21, 1954, to Ron Russell in Kearney
Activities: member of First Christian Church and the Kearney Country Club; enjoyed playing golf and spending time with her family and friends
Survivors include her husband; son, Steve Russell and his wife, Stacey, of Kearney; grandchildren, Tayler, Asa and Lainey Russell of Kearney; and brother, Gary Johnson of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 12 August, 2009

WHITE, Jack Duane, 85, of Hondo, Texas, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at his home
Services and burial: Nov. 4 at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery
Mortuary: Tondre-Guinn in Hondo
Memorials: Norris Religious Fellowship or Odyssey Vistacare Hospice Foundation
Born June 25, 1924, in Surprise, Neb.
Parents: George and Mildred (Brown) White
Graduated from Kearney High School
Military: was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1943, became a B-26 medium bomber pilot; flew 65 combat missions in Europe and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart
Married: 1947, to Harriet Williams of Kearney, Neb.
Attended the University of Nebraska, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949; went on to receive his master's degree in 1951
Had a very successful career as an engineer and senior executive in the electronics field; had a passion for Nebraska football, airplanes and building and fixing anything
Survivors include his wife; sons, Scott of North Potomac, Md., Brett of Hondo and Kent of Roswell, Ga.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 12 August, 2009

MERRYMAN, E. Sue, 71, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at her home
Services: Wednesday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials :Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice or to First Lutheran Church
Born Nov. 1, 1937, in Ord
Parents: C. Oakley and May (Kasselder) Hather
Moved with parents to Kearney in 1942, attended school; graduated from Kearney High School in 1956
Married: Sept. 2, 1956, to Nelson "Buzz" Merryman in Kearney
With husband, was in a family farm partnership, left the farm in 1979; owned and operated Bill's Liquor, 1979-1991; worked part time at Ruter's The Fashion store from 1991 until the store closed
With Gene Simpkins, in 1996, opened and ran the liquor department at the IGA grocery store; retired in 2002 due to ill health
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church; enjoyed learning new businesses and meeting many new friends
Survivors include her husband; son, A. Douglas Merryman of Kearney; daughter, Lori Lin Rivera and her friend, Karl Sickinger, of Olney, Md.; and brother, Don Hather and his wife, Betty, of Skagway, Alaska
Was preceded in death by her parents
Kearney Hub, 11 August, 2009

LACY, Katherine M., 82, of St. Paul, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Good Samaritan Center in Osceola
Services: Tuesday, St. Mark's Lutheran Church in St. Paul
Burial: Phillips Cemetery near Phillips
Mortuary: Jacobsen-Greenway in St. Paul
Memorials: family's choice
Born June 23, 1927, in St. Paul
Parents: Joseph and Anna (Marfica) Ambrose
Was baptized as an infant at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul; attended School District 79 until seventh grade when the family moved into St. Paul, graduated from St. Paul High School in 1945
Was first employed at R. Crawford's dental office
Married: April 28, 1947, to Donald Lacy in Phillipsburg, Kan. He died in 2002
Lived in Cozad, where husband was employed with Safeway Stores; moved to Phillips in 1952, owned owned a tavern; later moved to Kearney, Hastings, Minden and back to Kearney, worked for R. Hamilton's dental office; later worked for 14 years for Richard Bush's dental office
Activities: in Kearney was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Does group of the Elks Club; during retirement, spent the winters in Texas; moved back to St. Paul in 1997, and recently moved to Osceola to be close to family; enjoyed attending her grandchildren's activities and did extensive traveling, enjoying going places with her sister Irene; also liked to play cards and read; member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in St. Paul and of the Carl Mogensen American Legion Auxiliary Unit 119 of St. Paul
Survivors include her sons, Richard Lacy and his wife, Bonnie, of Osceola and Douglas Lacy and his wife, Ellen, of Axtell; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Archie Ambrose and his wife, Betty, of St. Libory; and sisters, Irene Meyer of St. Libory and Joan Ziegler and her husband, Leroy, of Colby, Kan.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Roger in 1947; brother, Donald Ambrose; and stepfather, Louie Sintek
Kearney Hub, 8 September, 2009

JEYS, Gwendolyn, 88, of Elm Creek, formerly of Panama, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel in Lincoln
Burial:Lincoln Memorial Park
Memorials: Holland Seventh-day Adventist Church
Born Nov. 20, 1920, in Odell
Parents: J.R. and Bella (Quinn) Snyder
Married Joseph "Art" Jeys. He preceded her in death
Activities: member of Holland Seventh-day Adventist Church
Survivors include her sons, Martin Jeys and his wife, Mary, of California and Herbert Jeys and his wife, Joan, of Nebraska; grandchildren, Charlotte Jeys, Cheryl Ruiz and her husband, Al, and Christopher Jeys, all of California, Thomas Jeys and his wife, Kathy, of New Jersey, Todd Jeys and his wife, Crystal, of Texas and Tanya Crouch and her husband, Jeff, and Timothy Jeys, all of Nebraska; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Roma Rasmussen of Spangle, Wash., Donalee Fasnacht and her husband, Sy, of Denver, Naomi Nogler of Minneota, Minn.; brothers, James Snyder and his wife, Ruth, of Nebraska and Andrew Snyder and his wife, Judy, of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Velma Snyder of Grand Terrace, Calif., Ann Snyder of Dufur, Ore., Dorothy Metzger of Berrien, Mich., and Ann Snyder of Dix; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband, brothers, Ted Snyder, Max Snyder, Dennis Snyder and Frank Snyder; son, James Albert Jeys; and grandchild, Theresa Jeys
Kearney Hub, 9 September, 2009

LUTHER, Dale Karl, 86, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Concordia Care Center in Bella Vista
No services
Mortuary: Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory
Born Feb. 2, 1923, in Hooper, Neb.
Parents: Karl and Emma (Moseman) Luther
Married Sylvia Krejci
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Linda McVittie of Gravette, Ark.; brother, Wayne of Hooper; and one granddaughter
Kearney Hub, 9 September, 2009

McPHERSON, Donald S., 68, of Kearney died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Friday, Prairie Center Cemetery at Haven's Chapel, with military honors
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Memorials: to the family
Born April 25, 1941, in Kearney
Parents: Lawrence and Dorothy (Zimmerman) McPherson
Was raised on a farm north of Kearney; graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1959
Military: joined the U.S. Navy in 1960, served for four years
Lived in Kearney, worked as a photographer and at KGFW Radio
Activities: enjoyed fishing and playing games and was an avid Husker fan
Survivors include his daughters, Debbie McPherson and Tracy Mitchell of Elm Creek, Dawn McPherson of Chino Valley, Ariz., Diedra Stedman and her husband, Darrell, of North Pole, Alaska, Danielle Bell and her husband, Randy, of Buckeye, Ariz., and Amy Muramoto and her husband, Justin, of Goodyear, Ariz.; son, Dan McPherson and his wife, Alisha, of Napa Valley, Calif.; brothers, Bob McPherson of Spring Hill, Kan., Larry McPherson and his wife, Beverly, of Olathe, Kan., and Bill McPherson and his wife, Mary, of West Virginia; sister, Frances Brown of Lake Wells, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Virginia Hisey
Kearney Hub, 12 September, 2009

LUSH, Scott A., 45, of Kearney died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home
Services: Saturday, New Life Assembly Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner-Lieske-Horner
Memorials: to be designated later
Born July 22, 1964, in Quonset Point, R.I.
Parents: Richard and Kay (McDowell) Lush
Moved with parents to Kearney in 1965, attended school here; graduated from Kearney High School in 1983
Was employed at the French Café in Kearney at the time of his death; previously worked at the Kearney Hub and Hobby Lobby
Activities: member of New Life Assembly Church; member of the Boy Scouts and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, also was a member of the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow
Survivors include his parents of Kearney; sisters, Kimaleeta Nila and her husband, Markos, of North Platte and Melynda Schmit of Kearney; brothers, Steven Lush and his wife, Rebecca, and Craig Lush, all of Kearney; nieces and nephews, Manuel, Jacob, Joshua and Elio Nila of North Platte and Alexzander and Tatsiahna Schmit and Kaylie Lush, all of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his grandparents, one sibling in infancy and brother, Roger Lush, on Nov. 20, 1977
Kearney Hub, 11 September, 2009

ZELLER, Eldor W., 96, of Ravenna died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Services: Friday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born June 29, 1913, in Buffalo County
Parents: William and Anna (Pape) Zeller
Was a graduate of Ravenna High School
Married: May 31, 1942, Wilma Weitzel in Ravenna. She preceded him in death
Lived on a farm south of Ravenna for 63 years, moved into Ravenna in 2005
Activities: member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Survivors include his son, David Zeller and his wife, Gloria, of Ravenna; daughter, Carol Fisher of Rockville; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Ellene Euler of Kearney; and sister-in-law, Helen Bedke of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his wife and his brother, Ed
Kearney Hub, 14 September, 2009

MARSH, Daniel G. "Dan" "Boone" Marsh, 72, of Kearney died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary
Burial: Douglass Grove Cemetery in Comstock
Memorials: to the family
Born Nov. 29, 1936, in Broken Bow
Parents: Melvin "Fat" and Florence "Becky" (Amos) Marsh
Graduated from Comstock High School
Married: May 20, 1968, to Lucille Vanmatre in Kearney
Worked for many years as a scraper operator for Broadfoot Sand and Gravel in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed fishing, woodworking, spending time in his garage and a good joke; especially enjoyed camping and spending time with his grandchildren
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Lisa Myers and her husband, Jim, of Merna and Vangie Marsh of Austin, Texas; son, Myron Marsh of Austin; grandchildren, Nathan Marsh of Austin, Tiffany Moore and her husband, Scott, of Lincoln, Allyn, Ashlyn, Mackenize and Michaela Jo Myers, all of Merna, and Clinton and Haley McMurty of Sargent; great-grandchildren, Tatum and Keeley Moore of Lincoln; sister, Sally Shaw and significant other Jamie Galloway of Lincoln; brother, Gale Marsh and his wife, Angie, of Comstock; special niece, Rhonda Brink of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Kathy McMurty of Sargent; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Marsh; brother-in-law, John Shaw; and his parents
Kearney Hub, 15 September, 2009

OLSON, Hugo J. "Ole", 81, of Kearney died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital
Funeral services, Wednesday, First Baptist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Memorials: First Baptist Church in Kearney
Born July 18, 1928, in Sumner
Parents: Hugo and Alice (Lockard) Olson
Grew up in the Sumner and Kearney area, graduated from Sumner High School
Married: Nov. 17, 1950, to Donna Lee Duncan in Rapid City, S.D. She preceded him in death
Lived in Kearney, worked for Kearney Roofing and Sheet Metal; owned and operated Olson and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning
Activities: member of the First Baptist Church, Kearney Elks Club, Kearney Eagles Club, Boy Scouts and the American Legion; hobbies were gardening and tinkering
Survivors include his sons, Terry Olson and wife, Debra, of South Bend, Ind., and Bradley Kent Olson of Kearney; daughter, Julie Compton and husband, Andy, of Kearney; sister, Wanda Morrison of Kearney; brother-in-law, Bobby Duncan and wife, Phyllis, of Kearney; grandchildren, Joshua and Amy Olson, Dustyna and Dan Maynard, Shaina Olson, Kelsi Olson and Brenna Olson; and great-grandchildren, Trey, Ryleah and Madesyn Maynard, Lilith Johnson, Dylan Straatmann and Henry Olson
Was preceded in death by his parents and wife
Kearney Hub, 15 September, 2009
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