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ALBSTEG, Hans Erik, 22, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at his home
Services: Monday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born March 28, 1988, in Denver
Parents: Hans Peter and Carol (Hill) Alpsteg
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; brothers, Will Alpsteg of Omaha and Andrew Alpsteg of Lincoln; paternal grandparents, Hans and Agatha Alpsteg of Tucson, Ariz.; great aunt, Hilde Duss of Tucson; aunt, Liz Causey and her husband, Keith, of Atlanta; uncles, David Hill and his wife, Diana, of Duluth, Minn., Robin Hill of Aurora, Minn., and Chris Hill and his wife, Annette, of Arlington, Texas; and cousins, Lara Hill, Sara Hill, Anthony Hill, Pamela Bartles and Austin Causey
Grew up in Kearney and attended Windy Hills Elementary School; attended high school in Elkhorn and at Millard West in Omaha, graduated from Kearney High School in 2006; attended University of Nebraska at Omaha, majored in communications and earned the dean's list in 2010; also was involved with the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Activities: played roller hockey for the Hastings Cyclones; played youth ice hockey in Kearney for the Thunder Cats, then in Omaha for the Junior Lancers, then AAA Hockey for the Omaha Energy for three years; had a true love and talent for arts and music
Was preceded in death by his father in 2005 and his maternal grandparents
Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Tri-City Optimist Youth Ice Hockey Association
Kearney Hub, 8 January, 2011

ANDERSON-PACE, Myrtle "Myrt", 94, of Amherst died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at her home
Services: Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Stanley Cemetery in Amherst
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Jan. 21, 1917, in Kearney
Parents: John and Florence (Armstrong) Schnacker
Married: Aug. 10, 1944, to John M. Anderson in Smith Center, Kan. He died in 2002
Married Cecil Pace
Survivors include her husband; sons, J. Lee Anderson and his wife, Donna, of Placitas, N.M., Dale Anderson and his wife, Nancy, of Denver and Ray Anderson of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; brothers, Denzil Schnacker and his wife, Dodi, of North Platte, Wayne Schnacker and his wife, LaRea, of Kearney, Loren Schnacker and his wife, Pearl, of Edmond, Okla., and Stanley "Jack" Schnacker and his wife, Ruth, of Forsyth, Mo.; and sisters, Eldeen Busch of Wood River and Cleo Driewer and her husband, Stu, of Rockaway Beach, Mo.
Grew up in the Amherst and Miller areas, attended school at Immanuel Lutheran School north of Amherst
With John, lived in California, moved back to the area in 1946; farmed north of Amherst; retired and moved into Amherst
Was preceded in death by her husband John; a son, Richard in 2007; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; and four brothers
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church, Amherst Fire Department or Stanley Cemetery
Kearney Hub, 27 January, 2011

BAYS, Elva, 90, of Grand Island, formerly of Ravenna, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Tiffany Square in Grand Island
Graveside services: Monday, Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Feb. 1, 1920, in Rockville
Parents: Samuel and Bessie (Nelson) Sullivan
Married: Elwin Shirkey
Married: July 16, 1959, to Dale Bays at Alma. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her brother, George Sullivan of Lincoln; sister, Evaline Scott of Grand Island; and nieces and nephews
Was a graduate of Rockville High School
With Dale, lived in Ravenna; managed the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club in Ravenna for many years
Activities: enjoyed bowling; member of the VFW Auxiliary
Was preceded in death by her husband; son, Dan Shirkey; infant daughter, Connie Shirkey; brothers, Nels Sullivan and Samuel Dempsey Sullivan II; and sister, Olga Karr
Kearney Hub, 22 January, 2011

BEBB, Claryce L., 70, of rural Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Saturday, First Baptist Church
Burial of cremains: Norton, Kan.
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: April 3, 1940, in Imperial
Parents: Clarence and Leona (Lunbery) Foster
Married: May 21, 1955, to Howard E. Bebb in Norton
Survivors include her husband; son, William "Bill" Bebb and his wife, Reesa, of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Monica Bebb of Lenora, Kan.; sister, Margie Webster of Kearney; brother, David Foster and his wife, Karen, of Kearney; grandchildren, Jeremy Webster and wife, Celeste, Erik and his wife, Hannah, Jamie and his wife, Jillian, Josie, Jared, Jordan, Jonas and Jesse Bebb, Gavyn Reier, and Justin and his wife, Megan, Stephen and Zane Bebb; and great-grandchildren, Abby Bebb and Tanner, Alexxys, Kaleb and Owen Webster; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends
Grew up and attended school in the Republican City area
Lived in Topeka, Kan., until 1961, moved to Norton; moved to Golden, Colo., 1966; to Oxford, 1970; to Republican City in 1973; to the Axtell-Kearney area in 1980
Had many occupations during her life, the last being a rural newspaper carrier
Activities: enjoyed crocheting and made an afghan for each of her grandchildren; loved card games, bingo and fishing; especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Albert and Charles; and brother-in-law, James Webster
Memorials: First Baptist Church
Kearney Hub, 7 January, 2011

DAGGETT, Margaret H., 99, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Jan. 15, Faith United Methodist Church
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Born April 7, 1911, in Lodi in Custer County
Parents: Illa and May (Nichols) Mougey
Married: March 28, 1959, to Elmer O. Daggett of Scottsbluff in Kearney. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sisters, Marian Wisch of Kearney and Jean Russell of San Diego; nieces, Sharon Mason of Kearney, Cynthia Marrow of Lincoln, Phyllis Day of Mackay, Idaho, Carole Annas of Castro Valley, Calif., Janine Stone and Liane Aigner of Montesano, Wash., and Margaret Treinen of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nephews, Roger Wisch of Kearney, David Wisch of Lincoln, Vinton Mougey of Portland, Ore., Charles Mougey of North Platte, Philip Mougey of Montesano and Dennis Russell of San Diego; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews
Was the oldest of six children, was raised on the Mougey homestead located at Lodi (between Callaway and Oconto); lived with her grandparents in Kearney during her high school years; graduated from Kearney High School in 1930; attended Kearney Normal School
Taught at the Iowa School for the Deaf for 15 years; returned to Kearney, worked as a dental assistant at the Nebraska State Tuberculosis Hospital; when the hospital closed, worked at J.C. Penney's and George's Market; was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, served as Sunday school secretary, a member of the choir and education secretary of the Women's Society
Moved to Scottsbluff with her husband in 1959, was a volunteer with Hunts Acres and the Regional West Medical Center; returned to Kearney, 2001
Activities: was active in Eastern Star Bethel No. 10, honorary member of Job's Daughters; enjoyed gardening, especially her roses and other flowers; member of the Scottsbluff First Christian Church, volunteered in many church activities; in Kearney, again joined Faith United Methodist Church; life member of the Buffalo County Historical Society
Was preceded in death by her husbnad, parents and three brothers
Memorials: First Christian Church in Scottsbluff or Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 6 January, 2011

DELAHUNTY, Jerry V., 51, of Kearney died of esophageal cancer Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born July 16, 1959, in Gothenburg
Parents: Thomas and Valetta (Hunse) Delahunty
Married: July 19, 1980, to Jody Mayberry in Gothenburg
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Jessica Delahunty and her fiancé, Jomar Pika, of Lincoln, Jenna Lockhorn and her husband, Ryan, of Omaha and Jaime of Kearney; grandson, Isaiah of Kearney; his mother, of Gothenburg; brother, Tom Delahunty of Gothenburg; sister, Kathy Chambers and her husband, Jeff, of North Mankato, Minn.; parents-in-law, Larry and Shirley Nelson of Gothenburg; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Kim and Scott Willis of Denver, Dirk and Stephanie Block of Omaha, Kent and Amy Sytsma of Elkhorn and Bobbi Nelson of Omaha; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was a graduate of Gothenburg High School in 1977; attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, received his associate's degree in building construction
Moved to Kearney, worked in construction; had worked in the contractor sales department at Builders Warehouse in Kearney for the past 15 years
Activities: member of Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Was preceded in death by his father and a sister-in-law, Sonia Delahunty
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2011

ECKHOUT, Rita Jean, 35, of Omaha died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Omaha
Memorial services: Thursday, St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: Stanley Cemetery in Amherst
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Memorials: her son's education fund
Born Dec. 4, 1975, in Kearney
Parents: John and Eva (Linden) Eckhout
Survivors include her son, Hunter of Amherst; her mother of Amherst; brothers, Byron Eckhout and his wife, Inett, of Kearney and Nathan Eckhout of Litchfield; and sister, Tara Urwiller of Amherst
Was educated in Amherst, graduated from Amherst High School in 1994; during high school, was active in cheerleading, sports and pep club; was the homecoming queen
Attended cosmetology school, was employed by the House of Barbers in Kearney; moved to Omaha, worked as a dental assistant
Was preceded in death by her father
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2011

FULMER, Lorene B., 90, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney
Burial: Wilcox Cemetery
Born April 1, 1920, in Alma
Parents: Theodore and Amelia (Barr) Schnoor
Married: Aug. 21, 1940, to Parker Fulmer in Franklin County. He died in 1975
Survivors include her sons, Ron Fulmer and Sheri of Elm Creek and Don Fulmer and his wife, Teresa, of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters, Donna Ringel and her husband, Clark, of Lakewood, Colo., Jane Caviness and her husband, Dave, of Eagle, Idaho, Connie Curd of Littleton, Colo., and Barbara Fulmer and Randy of Golden, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren
Was raised and attended school in Bloomington along with her brothers, Christian, Julius, Otto and Theodore, and sisters, Anna and Laura
After marriage, lived southeast of Elm Creek on a farm; was a stay-at-home homemaker until Parker died; later earned her GED
Worked at BD, then at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the cafeteria; moved to Kearney from the farm in 1997
Activities: enjoyed bingo; enjoyed attending family gatherings, marriages and graduations; enjoyed crocheting, and quilting; past member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Quilting Club; enjoyed fishing, cooking and gardening, and spending time with family and friends
Was preceded in death by her husband and her six siblings
Memorials: American Legion or Mount Carmel Home
Kearney Hub, 8 January, 2011

GRIMMETT, Gary B., 67, of rural Gibbon died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha
Services: Friday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Parkview Cemetery in Hastings
Born Feb. 14, 1943, in Sidney
Parents: Howard and Norma (Brownelle) Grimmett
Married: 1963 to Marcy Mizell in Julesburg, Colo.
Survivors include his wife; son, Allan; daughter, Brenda; sister, Nancy Whitemarsh and her husband, Louis, of Denver; grandchildren, Nicole, Alicia, Joe, Brianna, Alexis and Jesse; aunt, Betty Stephens and her husband, Richard; one niece; and one nephew
Grew up and attended elementary school in Deuel County south of Chappell; relocated to town, attended and graduated from Chappell High School in 1960; attended junior college for a year and one-half beginning in Sterling, Colo., then transferring to junior college in Kearney
Lived in Hastings, was employed by Metz Baking Co. for 31 years; worked in the position of head sanitarian toward the end of his career
Activities: enjoyed entertaining family and friends; enjoyed Southern gospel music, and target practice from his small collection of firearms; enjoyed motorcycle trips to Colorado; enjoyed working with wood and made items for home and family; loved the Bible, was a youth leader and Sunday school teacher for the teenagers and enjoyed accompanying them to church camp
Left the Hastings area, moved to an acreage south of Gibbon in 2001
Was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents
Memorials: The Nebraska House in Omaha
Kearney Hub, 6 January, 2011

HAZZARD, Harley "Hap", 74, of Louisville died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Louisville
Services: Thursday, Rundus Funeral Home in Broomfield
Burial: Louisville Cemetery
Born Dec. 14, 1936, in Miller, Neb.
Parents: Raymond and Alice (Osborn) Hazzard
Married: June 5, 1955, Marlyn Whitesel in Miller
Survivors include his loving wife; son, Brad and his wife, Pam, of Broomfield and grandchildren, Jaime and her husband, Brian Sherry, Justin and Jackie; son, Kelly and his wife, Denise, of Fort Collins and grandchildren, Nick and Katie; son, Brett and his wife, Lee Anne, of Lafayette and grandchildren, Brynne and Morgan; brothers, Walter Hazzard and his wife, Geri, of Kearney, Neb., and Raymond Hazzard of Miller; sister, Hazel Strickler of Plattsmouth, Neb.; and sister-in-law, Arleen Hazzard of Fort Collins
Attended Miller High School and Lincoln (Neb.) High School
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1954-1957
Became a private pilot in 1966; joined LifeLine Pilots in 2007, flying mercy missions in which the pilots are considered Angels with Wings
Activities: loved his family, was an avid fan of golf, flying and sports
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bernard Hazzard; and sisters, Ruth Wells, Lois Peters and Roselyn Hazzard
Memorials: LifeLine Pilots or the Food Bank of the Rockies
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2011

HEMMANN, Marianne, 89, of Janesville, Wisconsin, formerly of Amherst, Neb., died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at a hospice facility near Janesville
Memorial services: Jan. 29, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Janesville; later at Trinity Lutheran Church of Amherst
Born Feb. 1, 1921, in Danzig, Germany
Parents: Johann and Anna Magdalena Mowinski
Married: January 1949, she married Eugene Hemmann. He died in 1983
Survivors include her sons, Rudy of Loveland, Colo., and Roland of Janesville; nieces, Renate Mowinski of Munich, Germany, and Dagmar Buttner of Gelsenkirchen, Germany; and granddaughter, Erica Hemmann of Grand Island, Neb.
Was a hospital nurse in Berlin during World War II; met Eugene after the war, and immigrated to the United States in December 1948
Lived on the family farm northeast of Amherst; moved to Wisconsin, 2005, to join her son, Roland
Was preceded in death by her husband, and sister Evamaria in 2002
Kearney Hub, 18 January, 2011

HOLBROOK, Dianna K., 68, of Kearney, formerly of Cozad, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at her home
Services: Saturday, Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad
Burial: Cozad Cemetery
Born Nov. 4, 1942, at Lexington
Parents: Harold and Erma (Fenno) Wilson
Married: Nov. 27, 1966, to Robert Holbrook Sr. at Seattle
Survivors include her sons, Robert Jr. of Gibbon, Larry of Claremore, Okla., and Terry of Wahoo; daughters, Tammy Hilker of Gibbon and Monica LaCost of Frankfort, Kan.; brothers, Larry Wilson of South Bend, Ind., Johnny Cornelius of Yuma, Ariz., Bobby Irwin of Oregon, Roger Irwin of Escondido, Calif., and Tommy McNulty of Bryan, Texas; sisters, Doris Anderson of North Dakota and Linda Kniensteadt of Cozad; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren Kearney Hub, 19 January, 2011

HOLL, Judith Ann, 58, of Minden died of breast cancer Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River
Burial: St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Lowell Township Cemetery near Shelton
Mortuary: Apfel in Wood River
Born June 23, 1952, in Denver
Parents: Harlan and Lois (Ehlen) Wall
Studied education at Concordia College in Seward
Married: Nov. 4, 1972 to Byron Holl in Brighton, Colo.; lived in Gibbon
Was a dedicated teacher who homeschooled her children as well as taught and served on the school board of Shanan Academy in Gibbon for more than 15 years
With husband, founded Hollman Foods, 1992, and were active members in Nebraska's small business community; took great pride in the business and the work that she put into it
Enjoyed spending time with her large extended family
Survivors include: her husband, Byron of Gibbon; nine children and their families, Leah Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, and her children, Jordana, Nathaniel, Gabriella and Avi, Hannah Rogers of Des Moines, her husband, Will, and their daughter, Ariella, Keren Fiorenza of Chicago and her husband, Joseph, Isaiah Holl of St, Paul, Minn., Jedidiah Holl of Des Moines and his wife, Kathleen, Hadassah Holl of Des Moines, Havvah Holl of Chicago, Vered Holl of Davenport, Iowa, and Shoshanah Holl of Des Moines; her mother, Lois Wall of Brighton, Colo.; and brothers, Steven Wall of Stockton, Calif., and Brian Wall of Denver
Was preceded in death by her father, Harlan Wall
Memorials: to hospice
Kearney Hub, 21 January, 2011

HOOD, Lois Irene, 80, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Cambridge Court Assisted Living
Services: Tuesday, Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery at Sargent
Born March 21, 1930, at Broken Bow
Parents: Elmer and Evelyn (Moody) McCaslin
Married: 1951, to George Curtis in Broken Bow. He preceded her in death
Married: July 5, 1967, to Herman Hood in Broken Bow. He died April 15, 1970
Survivors include her sons, Clyde Curtis of Pawnee City, Kenneth Curtis of Lincoln and Keith Curtis of Grand Island; daughters, Dawn Potter of Kearney, Laura Prall of Alliance and Pam DeLancey of Lincoln; brother, Wesley McCaslin of Lake Charles, La.; sisters, Mary Jo Hinman and Elizabeth Bobbitt, both of Omaha, Sharroll Bishop of Taylor, Bernice Brooks of Moscow, Idaho, and Donna Rasmussen of Toledo, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 8 January, 2011

JACOBSEN, Sophie Ann, infant daughter of John and Jessica Jacobsen of Kearney, was born at rest Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Graveside services: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Survivors include her parents and her grandparents, Margaret Ann Shupe of Kearney, Michael Shupe of Tacoma, Wash., and Mark and Deborah Jacobsen of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 27 January, 2011

JAMESON, Esther E., 83, of Amherst died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at her home
Services: Friday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Stanley Cemetery near Amherst
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Sept. 30, 1927, on the family farm north of Amherst
Parents: Oscar and Anna (Rusch) Hemmann
Married: Aug. 15, 1954, to James Norman Jameson at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Amherst. He died July 3, 1995
Survivors include her daughters, Sarah Jameson and Jane Jameson, both of Amherst, and Lori Nickels of York; grandchildren, Zackary Jameson of Amherst and Jameson and Jeremy Nickels of York; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Hemmann and Norma Hemmann, both of Amherst; and nieces, nephews and cousins
Was baptized Oct. 30, 1927 and confirmed March 17, 1940, at Immanuel Lutheran Church
Attended school at District 74, Prairie Dell and Parochial School at Immanuel Lutheran Church; then stayed at home and helped with the housework and cared for her mother; attended Walther League activities and worked at Mother Hull Home for a short period of time
With husband, lived on and farmed his dad's place northeast of Amherst; assisted with farm chores, including raising chickens, milking cows, raising pigs, feeding hogs and cattle, gardening, canning, baking, cooking, sewing and crocheting; was a hard worker devoted to taking care of her family (children and grandchildren)
Activities: member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and HOP Club and was a choir member of both churches; enjoyed playing cards, quilting, traveling with her husband and listening to music, especially original Carter family and Johnny Cash, country and western, and several of the local performers
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Eugene, Gerhard, Reinhold and Martin Hemmann; and sister-in-law, Marianna Hemmann
Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Fund, Amherst Methodist Quilting Club or the Amherst Volunteer Fire Department
Kearney Hub, 27 January, 2011

KUNKLE, Ada E., 94, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Wednesday, Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born June 6, 1916, in Bloomington
Parents: Edgar A. and Frances M. (Dennis) Van Steenberg
Married: Dec. 24, 1955, to Ernest O. Kunkle in Alma. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her daughter, Sue Anne Roberts of Kearney; granddaughters, Vanessa Kaiser and her husband, Robert, of Omaha and Rebecca Ziobrowski of Rochester, N.Y.; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends
Graduated from Hildreth High School, 1933; attended Kearney State Teachers College
Worked for Nebraska Public Power District for the majority of her life; retired in 1978
Activities: enjoyed reading, her photographs and crocheting; family was very important to Ada
Was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and two sisters
St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Kearney Hub, 11 January, 2011

LANGE, Elda Mae, 80, of Denver, Colordao, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Denver
Memorial services: Feb. 12 in Denver and March 11 at First Lutheran Church in North Platte, Neb.
Burial of cremains: McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Born June 25, 1930, on the family farm outside Pleasanton, Neb.
Parents: Charles and Esther (Rodehorst) Ritter
Married: 1960, to Richard "Dick" Lange in Kearney, Neb. He died March 12, 2002
Survivors include her children, Scott Lange and his wife, Lori, of Midwest City, Okla., and Patrina Lambert and her husband, Sherman, of Englewood; grandchildren, Cody Wright, Chris Lange, Christiana Lambert and Jackson Lambert; brothers, Harold Ritter of Columbus, Neb., and Carrell Ritter of Kearney; sister, Sharon Sand of Loveland; and numerous nieces and nephews
Graduated from Pleasanton High School, earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts education from Kearney State Teachers College in 1951 and a master's degree in music education from the Colorado State College of Education-Greeley in 1958; taught at Callaway and other schools throughout Nebraska
With husband, lived in Kearney, moved to Callaway; moved to North Platte, 1972; was a paraprofessional at Madison Junior High, then worked for the Nebraska Department of Labor; retired to Estes Park in 1995
Activities: was a music leader and church organist throughout her life and served through May 2009
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and her brother, Dale Ritter
Memorials: University of Nebraska Foundation or to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Estes Park, Colo. Mortuary: Allnutt Funeral Home, Colorado
Kearney Hub, 29 January, 2011

LEATHERS, Billy, 80, of Amherst died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
No services planned
Burial: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl in Kearney
Born March 4, 1930, in Vinita, Okla.
Parents: Albert H. and Lula (Woolman) Leathers
Survivors: brothers, John Leathers of Amherst and Charles "Frank" Leathers of Topeka, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Was raised in Amherst, graduated from Amherst High School in 1947
Military: U.S. Army during the Korean War
Worked in construction the majority of his life
Activities: enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening in his spare time; having no children or grandchildren of his own, especially enjoyed the visits of neighborhood children
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert Leathers and Leo Leathers; and sisters, Marie Leathers and Louise Leathers
Memorials: Amherst Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Services
Kearney Hub, 3 January, 2011

MAJER, Roy James "Jim", 96, of Ravenna died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at his home.
Services: Saturday, Congregational Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Nov. 4, 1914, in Sherman County
Parents: Frank and Tillie (Helebrant) Majer
Married: July 20, 1946, to Ave Galassi in Rome. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his son, Dan Majer and his wife, Joanne, of Gibbon; daughter, Loray Hastings and her husband, David, of Ord; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Was educated in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School in 1932
With brother Frank, owned and operated the Ravenna Locker and Bottling Works, 1938 - 1975
Military: U.S. Army, April 9, 1942, to Jan. 14, 1946; was a World War II veteran; after discharge, worked for the Office of Foreign Liquidation in Italy; returned to Ravenna in 1947
Worked as a rural mail carrier for 40 years
Activities: 60-year member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club and Ravenna Fire Department and was a past member of the Ravenna School Board and Ravenna Historical Society; enjoyed fishing and hunting
Was preceded in death his wife and two brothers
Memorials: Ravenna Emergency Unit
Kearney Hub, 20 January, 2011

McCUE, Myron D., 94, of Lewisville, Texas, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at his home
Graveside services: Saturday, Kearney Cemetery
Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Lowell, Neb.
Parents: Thad and Effie (Anderson) McCue
Married to Viola "Babe" Fleming. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his sons, Don McCue and his wife, Carol, of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Mike McCue and his wife, Susan, of Highland Village; grandchildren, Shawn and his wife, Jennifer, of Wixom, Mich., Nicole of Highland Village, Brian and his wife, Stacie, of Hilliard, Ohio, Marcus and his wife, Carri, of Plano, Matt and his wife, Lesley, of Springboro, Ohio, and Todd of Columbus, Ohio; and eight great-grandchildren
Military: U.S. Army during World War II
After discharge, returned to Kearney, worked with his father and his brother in McCue's grocery in Kearney; the sore was was known for its produce, feed business and flocked Christmas trees, was in business from 1926 until January 2003
Was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother, Lyle McCue
Memorials: Compassionate Hands Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice. Kearney Hub, 18 January, 2011

METHE, Salamae "Sally", 88, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann of Kearney
Born Oct. 23, 1922, in Elyria
Parents: Joseph and Kathrine (Walahoski) Danczak
Married: April 8, 1942, to Leo Methe in Omaha. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her son, Jim and his wife, Cheryl, of Omaha; daughters, Dianne Kraus of Grand Island and Marilyn Beckman and her husband, Bryant, of Lincoln; grandchildren, Brenda Graham of Cambridge, Barbara Green of Moorpark, Calif., Sarah Wenberg and her husband, Michael, and Jill Beckman, all of Omaha, Ann Thompson of Lincoln and Steven Beckman of Ithaca, N.Y.; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother, Simon Danczak of San Francisco
Grew up in the Elyria and Ord area; was a graduate of Ord High School
Lived for a time on a farm south of Gibbon, was employed by Kearney State College; later moved to Kearney
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church, Altar Society and the Lay Carmelites; pastimes included cooking, baking, sewing and gardening
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and her sisters, Margaret Poirier and Cecelia Blakesley
Kearney Hub, 6 January, 2011

OHLMAN, Viola M., 99, died Monday, May 10, 2010, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City
Services: Friday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Central City
Mortuary: Wagner in Central City
Burial: Central City Cemetery
Born on July 4, 1910, near Crookston
Parents: William and Minnie (Lade) Holtz
Married: June 5, 1932, to Fred Ohlman at Zion Lutheran Church North of Shelton
Was preceded in death by her husband on May 10, 2005, and an infant daughter, also her parents, a grandson, Quentin DuVall, a daughter-in-law, Lorinda Ohlman, and sisters, Vera Lange, Lydia Stohs, Ella Bremer and Imogene Holtz.
Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Don and Sandy Ohlman of Central City, Bernie Ohlman of Central City and Jerry Ohlman of Walnut Creek, Calif.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Myrna and Quentin DuVall of Menifee, Calif., Ruth and Bernard Karr and Dorian and Leo Pfeifer, all of Surprise, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Bredthauer of Arcadia and Bernadine Lange of Ord; also several nieces and nephews
Moved with her parents to a farm North of Shelton at age 4; received her early education at Zion Lutheran and rural schools; graduated from Shelton High School and Kearney College; taught at elementary schools in Buffalo, Merrick and Hamilton counties
Lived on the farm in that area, moved to Central City, 1945, and lived on various farms; moved to town in 1995
Activities: was active in the Lutheran Ladies Guild and taught Sunday School for many years; was a leader of 4-H Club and Extension Club; enjoyed crocheting, flowers and gardening
Memorials: St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hour Ministries or Heartland Lutheran High School in Grand Island
Grand Island The Indepedent, 11 May 2010

REITER, Doug W., 54, of Kearney died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Born Oct. 10, 1956, in Kearney
Parents: Bruce and Gwen (Kenton) Reiter
Survivors include his daughter, Angela Lang and her husband, Scott, of Kearney; son, Damon Gifford of Kearney; his mother of Kearney; brother, Rick Reiter and his wife, Karen, of Kearney; sisters, Pam Ohlman and her husband, Dave, of Gibbon, Deb Brush and her friend, R.V., of Kearney and Cindy Carter and her husband, Jerry, of Tyler, Texas; three grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews
Graduated from Gibbon High School in 1975
Did construction and farm work in the Kearney area; lived in Tyler for 10 years, moved back to Kearney in 2004
Activities: enjoyed playing pool, belonged to several pool leagues; also enjoyed playing darts
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2011

RESH, Rodney LeRay "Rod", 69, of Shelton died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island
Memorial services: Saturday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Shelton
Mortuary: Apfel in Wood River
Born Aug. 2, 1941, in Hastings
Parents: Thurl "Bus" and Mildred "Millie" (Day) Resh
Married: Feb. 14, 1960, to Judith "Judy" Schmidt
Survivors include his wife of nearly 51 years; his children, Gayle Resh and Joe Gourlay of Lincoln, Shelly Wolfe and her husband, Dan, of Mesa, Ariz., and Bryan Resh and Shannon Doyle of Kapolei, Hawaii; and grandchildren, Joe Gourlay II of Lincoln, Jessica Wolfe of Mesa, Bridgette Resh of Lampasas, Texas, and Robert and Michael Resh of Kapolei
Battled throat cancer successfully in 1994 but was not able to overcome another episode that began in 2010
Graduated from Shelton with the class of 1958 and later from Omaha School of Commerce
Worked for Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas City, Kan., Oconto, Callaway, Central City and Gibbon; owner of Rod's Marine & Engine Service in Shelton; became an independent owner/operator truck driver, hauling for Grand Island Moving & Storage, TFS of Grand Island, Grand Island Contract Carriers and Green Tree Transportation of Granite City, Ill.; retired from trucking in 2007
Activities: member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Shelton and served on the board of Heartland Lutheran School of Grand Island; volunteered for Camp Restore in New Orleans; worked as a project manager assisting people of the Gulf Coast region whose community and homes were devastated by Hurricane Katrina; enjoyed restoring his 1964 Chevy Super Sport Impala convertible; attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally nearly every year; was involved in the Tri-Cities Harley Owners Group (HOG) of Grand Island and was an active Patriot Guard rider
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard "Rick" Resh; and nephew, John Resh
Kearney Hub, 26 January, 2011

ROACH, Delius L. "Del", 85, of Kearney died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at his home
Services: Friday at First United Methodist Church with military honors
Burial: Green Hill Cemetery in Sapulpa, Okla.
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Was born Oct. 23, 1925, in Pontotoc, Okla.
Parents: William and Florence (Jones) Roach
Married: April 23, 1948, to Alice Big Pond in Sapulpa. She died in 1995
Survivors include his sons, Delius L. "Chuck" Roach Jr. and his wife, Susan, of San Antonio, Damon Roach and his wife, Judy, of Louisville and Kevin Roach and his wife, Lori, of Kearney; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren
Grew up and attended school in Pontotoc
Military: U.S. Navy, 1944 to 1946, was a veteran of World War II; received a Purple Heart
Graduated from Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State) with a degree in veterinary ag
Lived in Sapulpa for a couple of years; moved to Randolph, was a vet ag teacher in McClain; later moved to Plainview, was a feed salesman for 4x4, Walnut Grove and Land of Lakes; moved to Lincoln in 1980, and to Kearney in 2002
Activities: member of the Masonic Lodge and the Legion Club
Was preceded in death by his wife and three sisters
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2011

SHIELDS, Harry LeRoy "Bud", 82, of Nuevo, California, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Moreno Valley
Memorial services were Jan. 3 in Sun City
Burial: Riverside National Cemetery
Born April 30, 1928, in Lusk, Wyo.
Married Joan Trivelpiece, had nine children
Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Barbara; four sons; five daughters; sister, Patty Boyll of Grand Island, Neb.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Grew up in Kearney, lived there for several years
Military: Merchant Marines during the last portion of World War II
Drove trucks for several years, became a regional manager for Mac Tools; retired and began a horse trailer business and followed his love of horses
Activities: was active in several horse associations and was a director of the American Paint Horse Racing Division
Was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Shields; sister, Betty Hall; and daughter, Barbara Mehling
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2011

SIDWELL, Ann L., 83, of Gibbon died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Riverside Cemetery at Gibbon
Born June 15, 1927, on a farm in rural Gibbon
Parents: John and Elsie (Hendrickson) Betebenner
Married: March 28, 1947, to Edward A. Sidwell in Phillipsburg, Kan. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Busboom of Gibbon; son, Scott and his wife, Jean, of Kearney; grandsons, Matthew of Lincoln, Zachary of Florida, Jeremy and Clint, both of Kearney, and Leif of Colorado; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Parker and Payton Follett, Madison, Sydney and Tyler Schnase, Sebastian and Steve Nehls and Carter Geist
Attended country school at District 75 near Gibbon; graduated from Kearney High School in 1945
With husband, farmed near Gibbon; lived on the farm her entire life
Activities: member of Evangelical Free Church in Kearney and the Pioneer Club; started the Rainbow Girls in Gibbon; was a beautiful seamstress; loved to fish and work crossword puzzles, especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and an infant sister, Shirley Mae
Memorials: Gibbon Emergency Unit or the Humane Society
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2011

SKALA, David E. "Dave", 64, of Gibbon died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at his home north of Gibbon
Services: Saturday, Faith United Church in Gibbon
Burial: later
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born Sept. 12, 1946, in Gibbon
Parents: Fred and Helen (Hanousek) Skala
Married: Dec. 7, 1974, to Becky Keyser in Arnold
Survivors include his wife; his mother, of Gibbon; sons, Dan and his wife, Kelly, of Manhattan, Kan., and Jeff and his wife, Amanda, of Gibbon; daughter, Jamie Jurgensen and her husband, Kenton, of Omaha; grandchildren, Chad Skala, Bailee Rose and Barrett and Brayden Jurgensen; brother, Jim Skala and his wife, Wilma, of Gibbon; brothers-in-law, Dan Keyser and his wife, Jackie, of Sutherland and Kirk Keyser and his wife, Carol, of Branson, Mo.; sister-in-law, Caro Lehmkuler and her husband, Dwaine, of Arnold; and parents-in-law, Jerry and JoAnn Keyser of Donna, Texas
Grew up on the family farm north of Gibbon, attended rural school in that area, graduated from Gibbon High School in 1964
Lived and farmed north of Gibbon since their marriage
Activities: won many trophies in Gibbon tractor pulling events; member of Ducks Unlimited Association; enjoyed hunting and golf; was an avid supporter of the Gibbon American Legion and was a social member; his pride and joy were his kids and grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, his father and a nephew
Memorials: Gibbon American Legion or Emergency Unit
Kearney Hub, 13 January, 2011

VALENTINE, Gerald "Jerry", 83, of Kearney died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Friday, Spirit of Life Church in Kearney
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Feb. 23, 1927, in Buffalo County
Parents: Frank and Vila (Simon) Valentine
Married: Oct. 27, 1948, to Helen Hanousek in Ravenna
Survivors include his wife; son, Kent Valentine and his wife, Kay, of Antioch, Calif.; daughter, Barb Pageler and her husband, Denny, of Gering; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Lloyd Valentine of Kearney
Attended school at District 110 at Pleasanton, graduated from Pleasanton High School
Military: U.S. Army at the end of World War II, served in Germany
Worked at the Chevy and Ford garages for a short time; worked for Nebraska Public Power District for 35 years; worked as a meter reader, clerk, lineman and district store manager; finished his career in Chadron; also farmed and owned Ravenna Sanitation
Activities: was active in the United Methodist and Open Bible churches, served on the church boards and as a youth sponsor, Sunday school teacher and greeter; was active on the Ravenna Fire Department and in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, coached Little League, helped with 4-H; enjoyed working in his garden or in his woodworking shop; made many shelves, cradles and hope chests for his family
Was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert
Memorials: to the church
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2011

WILCOX, Margaret E., 94, of Gering died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Heritage Estates in Gering
Services: Monday, St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery near Oconto
Mortuary: Jolliffe in Scottsbluff
Born July 29, 1916, in Miller
Parents: Edd and Anna (Gadway) Jones
Married: Dec. 29, 1936, to Harold "Mick" Wilcox. He died in 1973
Survivors include her children, Jacqueline Carpenter and her husband, Gary, Donna Klypinger and her husband, Roger, Daniel Wilcox and his wife, Connie, and Michael Wilcox and his wife, Marla; sister, Shirley Barber; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren
Graduated from Miller Schools, attended Kearney State College; received a teaching degree, taught at rural schools near Miller
With husbnad, moved to Oconto, farmed for three years; moved to Idaho, 1942, and farmed eight more years; purchased an oil business in Oconto, 1950
Was a wife, mother, homemaker and bookkeeper until Mick's death; moved to Scottsbluff in 1974; worked for Marlene Boston, served food samples at grocery stores
Activities: member of St. Agnes Catholic Church's funeral committee
Was preceded in death by her husband; son, Gregory; sister, Dorothy Baker; brother, Albert Jones; and her parents
Memorials: Prairie Haven Hospice or donor's choice
Kearney Hub, 28 January, 2011

WILLIAMS, Arlene, 93, of Ravenna died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Ravenna Good Samaritan Center
Graveside Services: Friday, Highland Park Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Nov. 29, 1917, on a farm near Des Moines, Iowa
Parents: Chet and Maude (White) Baker
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, two grandsons, five nephews and one niece
Kearney Hub, 11 January, 2011

WILLIAMS, Donna R. Asher, 78, of Forks, Washington, died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in Forks
Memorial services: Saturday, May 21, Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna, Nebr.
Mortuary: Sequim Valley in Sequim
Born May 1, 1932, in Sweetwater, Neb.
Parents: Grant and Evalyn (Hehnke) Asher
Married: 1953, to Denny Williams. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her siblings and their families, Carol McGahan of Grand Island, Neb., Rich Asher and his wife, Sandi, of Kearney, Neb., and Ron Asher and his wife, Shary, of North Platte, Neb.; sons, Dennis of Honolulu, Doug and his wife, Joanne, of Sebastopol, Calif., and Don and his wife, Patti, of Bethel, Conn.; grandchildren, Angelique and Cody, Vaughn and Linda, and Monica and Ian; and great-grandchildren, Xavier and Matisse
Was a beloved grandmother, mother, sister and friend
Grew up in Ravenna, Neb., graduated from Ravenna High School in 1950 After marriage, moved to Washington state, resided in Olympia for 46 years
Finished her accounting degree at The Evergreen State College in 1982 at age 50; worked at the State Capitol for more than 20 years; retired in 1992
Activities: was a volunteer and member in many community organizations; earned her many awards, including recognition from Governor Locke for her work with the local Caregivers Support Group and Capitol Area Stroke Club; enjoyed traveling and visiting family in England, Malaysia, China and Guam
Was preceded in death by her husband, and sister Janice
Kearney Hub, 19 January and 18 May, 2011

WOHLGEMUTH, Charles L., 81 of Kearney, formerly of the Funk area, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday at Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Fridhem Lutheran Cemetery near Funk
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Born Aug. 10, 1929, in Omaha
Parents: Earl and Yvena (Smith) Wohlgemuth
Married: Feb. 19, 1955, to Bonita Broberg in Keene
Survivors include his wife; sons, Daniel and his wife, Kim, of Dickinson, Texas, David and his wife, Branda, and Donald and his wife, Brenda, all of Holdrege, Daron of Kansas City, Mo., and Delwin and his wife, Ellen, of Bonita Springs, Fla.; daughters, Denise Larsen and her husband, Doug, and DeAnn Watermeier and her husband, Nathan, all of Lincoln; grandchildren, Danielle and Dustin Wohlgemuth of Hagerstown, Md., Jessica Kohlmorgan and Carli Wolfington of Texas, Morgan and LeAnna Wohlgemuth and Colby Wohlgemuth, all of Holdrege, Kelsi and Brandon Foster of Overland Park, Kan., Shane and Jayde Wohlgemuth and Chase Wohlgemuth, all of Funk, Caleb Exstrom of Kearney, Jada Exstrom of Rochester, Minn., Weston, Kennedy, London, Peyton and Kendel Wohlgemuth of Fort Myers and Bonita Springs and Elise and Camryn Watermeier of Lincoln; and great-granddaughter, Elaina Wohlgemuth of Funk
Was baptized as an infant in the Fridhem Lutheran Church; grew up on a farm in Phelps County, graduated from Holdrege High School in 1947
Lived and farmed in the Funk area for 36 years; retired from farming after 61 years and moved to Kearney, 1991
Activities: charter member of the Funk Lions Club, served on the Funk School Board, served as assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 222; member of the Emmaus Evangelical Free Church, served as an elder and taught Sunday school; member of the Kearney Evangelical Free Church, served on the Maintenance and Building Commission for several years; sang with barbershop quartets in Funk and Kearney, the Holdrege Choraleers and in the church choir; with his family, sang for church programs
Was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald
Memorials: Phelps County Museum or the Evangelical Free Church Building Fund
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2011

WOOD, Raymond Gene, 80, of Kearney died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at his home
Services: Friday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born Jan. 4, 1930, in Broken Bow
Parents: Fred and Elsie (Hobbs) Wood
Married: Dec. 16, 1950, to Margaret Snyder in Oberlin, Kan.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Cindy Dennis and Lora Webb and her husband, Jim, all of Kearney, Cheryl Sinner and her husband, Lonnie, of Gibbon, Patti Jones and her husband, Bob, of Columbus and Brenda Lockler and her husband, Ronnie, of Spring, Texas; brother, Chuck Wood and his wife, Helen, of Plentywood, Mont.; nine grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren
Moved with his parents to Kearney in 1941
Military: U.S. Army, 1948-1949
Lived in Holdrege, moved to Kearney, 1970, worked at Rockwell for nine years; then worked at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center as a counselor; retired in 1988
Activities: loved spending time with his family; enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking and his dog
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harley and Merle; and sister, Freida
Memorials: AseraCare hospice or to the family
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2011
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