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BAXTER, Edna Juliet, 85, of Kearney died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home
Burial of cremains: Evergreen Cemetery in Lexington
Born Dec. 26, 1925, in Springbrook, N.D.
Parents: Halvor and Hilda (Tressing) Thompson
Married: May 4, 1946, to Clifford Hanson
Married: Sept. 21, 1961, to Charles Baxter in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Kevin Baxter and his wife, Rhonda, of Abilene, Kan., Alan Baxter of Laporte, Colo., Bruce Hanson and his wife, Cherilynn, of Tacoma, Wash., Perry Hanson and Daryl Hanson and his wife, Sharon, all of Minnesota, and Neil Hanson and his wife, Debbie, of Michigan; daughter, Cindy Baxter of Tacoma; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren
With Charles, lived in Tacoma, Wash., for 24 years; was a homemaker and later worked in food service; moved to Nebraska, 1985, continued her work in food service, then retired and devoted her time to her grandchildren
Activities: member of the Salvation Army for many years; enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with her family
Was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters
Memorials: to the family or to the Shrine's Hospital for Children
Kearney Hub, 2 April, 2011

BENDIG, Charline C., 90, of Kearney died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Tuesday, March 22, Mount Carmel Chapel
Burial: Newport Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Born March 28, 1920, in Anselmo
Parents: Charles and Ernestine (Bamesberger) Mohatt
Married: Oct. 24, 1939, to Willard Garner. He preceded her in death
Married: June 10, 1989, to Arthur Bendig in Fremont
Survivors include her husband; sons, Bill Garner and his wife, Sandra, of Oregon and Tim Garner and his wife, Jackie, of Washington; daughter, Susie Quillian of Hawaii; stepchildren, Dave Bendig of Fremont, Lori Nelson of Broken Bow, Karen Swisher and her husband, Jim, of Halsey and Teresa Stadler and her husband, Dickie, of Axtell; sisters, Mary Schmitt of Broken Bow and Joann Hammond of Texas; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 16 stepgrandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren
Received her education in Anselmo
Ran a nightclub during the 1940s and 1950s; also sold magazines and worked at a bakery and as a bartender; lived in various places, including California, Rockville and Ravenna; with Arthur, lived in Fremont, moved to Kearney
Activities: member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont; enjoyed dancing and time spent with her family
Was preceded in death by her husband Willard; parents; son, Daniel Garner; two brothers; and four sisters
Memorials: Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 21 March, 2011

BERKE, Floyd O., 85, of Kearney, formerly of Eustis, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis
Burial with military honors: East Cemetery near Eustis
Mortuary: Berryman in Cozad
Born April 24, 1925, nine miles south of Eustis
Parents: Otto and Lydia (Zeeh) Berke
Married: Aug. 15, 1954, to Esther Schmeeckle at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis. She died in 2007
Survivors include his sons, Mark Berke and his wife, Chris, and Neil Berke and his wife, Jolene, all of Kearney; daughter, JoAn Berke of Kearney; brother, Glenn Berke and his wife, Beth, of Eustis; sisters, Ruth Lyon of Arvada, Colo., and Janet Gerken and her husband, Dean, of Eustis; grandchildren, Emelie, Katherine and Sarah Berke, Derik Geisler and his wife, Lindsay, and Ryan Geisler; great-grandchildren, Bladen and Alexia Geisler; and a host of other relatives and friends
Was baptized June 1, 1925, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis, remained a member of St. John's all his life; was confirmed with the class of 1939; attended Elder Creek School near his home, graduated from Eustis Public Schools in 1942
Farmed with his father
Military: U.S. Naval Reserve, March 1945-July 1946; served stateside
After married, lived on a farm east of Eustis for more than 40 years; the couple moved into Eustis, 1994; had also worked part time at Eustis Welding Shop; more recently, lived in Kearney to be close to his family
Activities: member of St. John's Lutheran Church, sang in the church choir, taught Sunday school, served as head usher and member of the church board; enjoyed woodworking, was an active volunteer; member of American Legion Post 257; also served on various co-op boards and on the ASCS Committee
Was preceded in death by his wife and brother-in-law, Glen "Bud" Lyon
Memorials: Nebraska Children's Home Society
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2011

BONDE, Robert A. "Bob", 72, of Kearney, formerly of Callaway, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Thursday, Callaway United Methodist Church
Burial of cremains: Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway
Mortuary: Timm-Reynolds-Love in Callaway
Born May 10, 1938, in Gothenburg
Parents: George and Emelyn (Anderson) Bonde
Survivors include his brother, Gordon of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 15 March, 2011

BURMOOD, Roberta M. "Bobbie", 94, of Kearney, formerly of Lexington, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Saturday, First Presbyterian Church in Lexington
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love in Lexington
Born May 24, 1916, in Shelton
Parents: Edward and Ethel (Jones) Oliver
Married: Oct. 25, 1940, to Sheridan Z. "Tex" Burmood. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Dennis of Lexington and Michael of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, Nelson Oliver of Shelton; sisters, Ann DeLaet and Josephine Oliver, both of Kearney; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren
Kearney Hub, 18 March, 2011

CARDENAS, Mary S., 82, of Kearney died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Wednesday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born June 17, 1928, in Hutchinson, Kan.
Parents: Ygnacio Sierra Cardenas and Delores Soto Cardenas
Survivors include her nephews, Jesse Rivera and his wife, Deb, and Ygnacio Meza and his wife, Davine, all of Omaha, Raul Meza Jr. of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Henry Meza and his wife, Karen, of Gibbon; niece, Delores Lamkins of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and many grandnephews and grandnieces
Worked at the Nebraska Turkey Growers Association for 20 years and then at Baldwin Manufacturing Co. for 25 years until she retired
Had a kind heart, lively spirit and easy laughter that everyone enjoyed being around
Was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Eloise Meza; brother, Louis Cardenas; her life partner, Jose Abundes; nieces, Lupe Jehl and Brianne Meza; and nephew-in-law, Bill Lamkins
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2011

CHERRY, Roseanna M. "Rose", 46, of Holdrege died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Golden Age Living in Franklin
Services: Wednesday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel in Kearney
Burial: Pleasant Valley Cemetery northwest of Pleasanton
Born July 22, 1964, in Kearney
Parents: Melford and Marjorie (Lucas) Cherry
Survivors include her mother, of Holdrege; sisters, Sandra Cherry of Holdrege, Velma Gonzales of Kearney and Julie Cherry of Inavale; brothers, Robert Cherry and his wife, Faye, of Hildreth, Gerald Cherry and Jim Cherry and his wife, Sharon, all of Holdrege; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews
Graduated from Gibbon High School in 1983
Worked at Bethphage Mission in Axtell as a caregiver, most recently was working at Christian Homes in Holdrege as a cook
Activities: enjoyed drawing, horses, and watching movies and professional wrestling
Was preceded in death by her father and two brothers
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2011

COONS, Richard William "Dick", 67, of Elm Creek died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Grand Island Veterans Home
Services: Thursday, Elm Creek United Methodist Church
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Elm Creek
Born April 22, 1943, in Avery, Iowa
Parents: H. Max and Juanita A. (McCracken) Coons
Survivors include his sons, Perry Coons and Kelly Coons and his wife, Kim, all of Elm Creek; daughter, Candi Headley and her husband, Scott, of Greeley, Colo.; grandchildren, Bryce Sadd, Natasha Coons, Dani Coons and Zach Headley; brother, Steven James Vogt and his wife, Janie, of Hamilton, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews
Grew up in Alma, graduated in 1961 Military: U.S. Air Force, 1961-1964; honorably discharged as airman third class
Spent many years as an over-the-road trucker
Activities: hobbies include karaoke, car racing and numerous sports
Was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Fielding and Henry Coons; sister, Rosetta Haile; and grandson, Tucker Coons
Kearney Hub, 15 March, 2011

CRUMM, Douglas G. "Doug", 66, of Brush, Colo., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Brush
Memorial services: March 24, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born March 16, 1944, in Shawnee, Okla.
Parents: Ira and Ella (Riley) Crumm
Married: July 1, 1983, to Cathy Walter in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; son, Conway Crumm of Kearney; daughter, Veronica Green of Kearney; brothers, Don Crumm and his wife, Judy, of Shelton, Bobby Crumm and his wife, Susie, of Axtell, Jerry Crumm and his wife, Betty, of Kearney, Ricky Crumm and his wife, Trina, of Overton and Alfred Crumm; sisters, Connie Hampton of Ava, Mo., Jo Ann Doss of Blue Springs, Mo., Janice Becker and her husband, Jeff, of Edmond, Okla., Patty Lively of Green Forest, Ark., and Donna Hillburn and her husband, Mark, of Gilbert, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Joshua Morris, Tessa Green, Emily Green and Kylie Green, all of Kearney
Lived in Missouri and California where he drove truck; moved to Kearney in 1982; worked as a truck driver for Skeen Construction; stopped working for Skeen in 1998 for health reasons
Activities: attended Prince of Peace Catholic Church; member of the Eagles Club in Kearney; enjoyed spending time with family, camping, hunting and fishing
Was preceded in death by his parents
Memorials: Sunset Manor in Brush
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2011

DEINES, Helen May (Williamson), 91, of Kearney, formerly of Clay Center, died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Homestead Home in Kearney
Services: Tuesday, Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield
Burial: Clay Center Cemetery
Mortuary: McLaughlin in Clay Center
Born May 28, 1919, in Clay Center
Parents: Louis E. and Agnes L. (McFadden) Williamson
Married: July 28, 1937, to Willis Robert Deines in Clay Center. He died in March 2000
Survivors include her son, Stephen W. Deines, and his wife, Marge, of Lexington; daughter, Bonnie Lee Mayers and her husband, David, of San Antonio; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren
Attended school in Clay Center through her junior year in high school, finished her senior year of high school in Lincoln
After marriage, lived in Ansley, Salinas, Calif., and Weslaco, Texas, then settled in Harlingen, Texas, in 1945; had been married for more than 62 years until his death
Activities: family was most important; other interests included playing golf, cards, especially couples bridge, travel, crocheting, and needlepoint; longtime member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and P.E.O.
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents and her son, Robert
Memorials: Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield or to Asera-Care Hospice of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 19 March, 2011

DILLMAN, Lora L., 83, of Kearney died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Saturday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Ong Cemetery
Born March 31, 1927, on the family ranch near Newcastle, Wyo.
Parents: James F. and Lora L. (West) Davis
Married: Dec. 22, 1948, to Merle C. Dillman near Riverton, Wyo. He died Feb. 7, 1987
Survivors include her daughters, Tereca Diffenderfer and Mary Hakanson, both of Kearney, Merle Ann Schell and her husband, Edwin, of Grand Island and Connie Washburn and her husband, Doug, of San Jose, Calif.; sons, Clyde Dillman and his wife, Ranee, of Hastings, Dale Dillman and his wife, Mary, of Kearney and Mark Dillman and his wife, Deb, of Republic, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Myrtle Shaner of Riverton, Wyo.; brother, Elmore Davis and his wife, Dee, of Lander, Wyo.; and uncle, Clyde West of Mesa, Ariz.
Attended school at Platte Valley Academy at Shelton, graduated from high school in 1946
Was employed as a saleslady for Watkins and Fuller Brush until she retired; moved to Kearney in 2002 and was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Was preceded in death by her husband, two grandsons, one great-granddaughter and a brother, James Davis
Memorials: Mother Hull Home, AseraCare Hospice or the Seventh-day Adventist Missions
Kearney Hub, 25 March, 2011

DIMMITT, Orlienne Barbara "Bucky", 79, of Kearney died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Monday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Born Feb. 21, 1932, in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Parents: Charles and Velma (Houston) Erven.
Married: Dec. 31, 1950, to Loren "Jack" Dimmitt in Arcadia. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Hatch and her husband, Jon, of Tripoli, Iowa; son, Brad Dimmitt and his wife, Shelly, of Kearney; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Roger Erven of Phoenix; sister, Judy Harris of Durango, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law
Was employed by the Grand Island School District as a custodian for many years; enjoyed sewing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband, six brothers and three sisters
Memorials: Angels Way care of Mount Carmel Home and Prairie View Gardens of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 12 March, 2011

FRIES, Alpha, 88, of Kearney died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at her home
Services: Tuesday, Hope Evangelical Free Church in Kearney
Burial: Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Born Jan. 22, 1923, in Stockville
Parents: Omer and Maude (Urling) Guthrie
Married: Dec. 7, 1941, to Wayne Fries in Oberlin, Kan. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Roger Fries and his wife, Martha, of Madison, Ala., David Fries and his wife, Judy, of Tucson, Ariz., Douglas Fries of Wichita, Kan., and Lindell Fries and his wife, Beth, of North Platte; daughters, Beverly Scott and her husband, Randy, of St. Anne, Ill., and Joyce Hibberd and her husband, Robert, and Marilyn Fries, all of Kearney; brothers, John Guthrie and his wife, Carol, of Odessa, Wayne Guthrie and his wife, Janice, of Alma, Cecil Guthrie and his wife, Donna, of Holdrege and Dale Guthrie and his wife, Lou Ann, of Ragan; sisters, Geraldine Richards of Cambridge, Florence Maxwell of East Lake, Colo., Thelma Soderberg and her husband, Vern, of Northglenn, Colo., and Eleanor Rogers of Holbrook; sister-in-law, Linda Guthrie; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews
Attended Sunny Plains District 63 in Frontier County to the eighth grade
After marriage, lived in Elm Creek for 38 years, moved to Kearney in 2003
Activities: enjoyed reading, Bible study, poetry, crocheting and playing the keyboard
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Lester L. Fries; daughter-in-law, Penny Fries; brothers, LaVerne Guthrie, Omer Guthrie and Harold Guthrie; and sisters, Alberta Covey, Garnett Covey and Myrna Guthrie
Kearney Hub, 26 March, 2011

GIBBS, Kenneth Lyle "Bud", 62, of Republican City died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at his home
Services: Wednesday, Republican City United Methodist Church
Body was donated to the State Anatomical Board; burial of cremains will be later
Mortuary: Banta-Torrey in Alma
Born Nov. 1, 1948, in Orleans
Parents: Norman and Betty (Voight) Gibbs
Married: Sept. 16, 1967, to Judy Martenson in Kearney
Married: June 21, 2008, to Shirley Bailey in Republican City
Survivors include his devoted wife, Shirley "Honey Bun"; daughter, Kristi "Ding" Journey and her special friend, Jack Gleason, of Kearney; sons, Kurt "ET Bud" Gibbs and his wife, Jill, of Hastings and Lanny "Goob" and his wife, Pam, of Kearney; sister, Patty Gibbs of Kearney and her fiancé, Curt Bauer of Hildreth; grandchildren, Amber Gibbs, Nicholas Journey, Corey Journey and Noah Journey, all of Kearney, and Emmalee Gibbs of Hastings; great-grandchildren, Aaron Journey and Samirah Jayde N'Doumy, both of Kearney; niece, Michele Walter of Arlington, Va.; nephew, Ryan Walter of Lincoln; Shirley's family who had come to mean a lot to him; and many other family members and friends
Was a blue baby, was put into a box to die but he was a fighter, and the nurse worked with him and he lived
Lived in old Republican City until the Harlan County Dam was being built, then the family moved to the present Republican City when he was 2 years old; attended Republican City Schools, then moved to Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1967
Worked for Eaton Corp. in Kearney for 23 years at different jobs but mostly in the tool and die department; retired because of illness; worked at various other employments in Omaha, Dillon, Colo., and Lexington; returned to Republican City into the house he was raised in
Activities: was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department; taught CPR for five years for the American Red Cross; was a member of the Republican City Fire Department for a few years; member of the Republican Valley Saddle Club; member of New Life Assembly of God Church in Kearney, then transferred his membership to the United Methodist Church when he returned to Republican City; loved animals
Was preceded in death by his mother in June 1996 and by his father in July 2005
Memorials: Republican City United Methodist Church, AseraCare Health Care or the Republican City Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2011

GRASSMEYER, Larry, 62, of Kearney died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at his home
Services: Saturday, April 26, O'Brien Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: later
Born Sept. 22, 1947, in Kearney Parents: Charles and Audrey (Roeder) Grassmeyer
Married: July 10, 1965, to Linda Rasmussen in Overton. They divorced
Survivors include his sons, Troy and Gary, both of Kearney; grandson, Logan of Kearney; brother, Bob and his wife, Linda, of Riverdale; and special friend, Rose Stevens of Kearney
Grew up and attended school in Riverdale and Kearney
Lived in Kearney, worked for West Co. until the mid-1980s; later owned and operated Kearney Cycle Center
Activities: loved for vintage cars and motorcycles, collected model cars, enjoyed fishing
Was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and one grandson, Bryan Schaeffer
Kearney Hub, 31 March, 2011

HAWKINS, Glenn S., 99, of Kearney, formerly of the Mason City area, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney
Services: Friday, Mason City Baptist Church
Burial in Mason City Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Born Jan. 7, 1912, at home in Custer County south of Mason City
Parents: William and Jennie (Livingston) Hawkins
Married: July 26, 1938, to E. Lorene Porath in Kearney. She died in 1995
Survivors include his daughter, Audry Caldwell of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Margaret Hawkins of Mason City; and grandchildren, Brian and wife Mindy Hawkins of Mason City and great-grandchildren Grant, Morgan and Aubrey, Jonathan and wife Emily Hawkins of Mason City and great-grandchildren Bailey and Owen, Rachel and husband Jason Unger of Mason City and great-grandchildren Allison and Jayden, Matt and wife Barbara Caldwell of Denver and great-grandchild Kiley, and Brett Caldwell of Kearney
Grew up in the Mason City area and attended school at Zimmer School District 178 south of Mason City
Farmed his entire life in the Basin area south of Mason City; moved to Prairie View Gardens in Kearney in 2007
Was preceded in death by his wife; son, Robert in 2003; son-in-law, Jim Caldwell in 1991; brothers, Howard, Franklin and Harold; and sister, Mabel Whistler
Memorials: Mason City Baptist Church or Mason City Fire Department
Kearney Hub, 9 March, 2011

HINRICHS, Joanna, 49, of Kearney died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at her home
Services: Wednesday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born May 2, 1961, in Grand Island
Parents: Lyle and Patricia (Thein) Orcutt
Married: Feb. 14, 1986, to Gene Hinrichs in Otis, Colo.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Skylar and Spencer, both of Kearney; her mother of Doniphan; brothers, Rick Orcutt and his wife, Judy, of Red Cloud and Tim Orcutt and his wife, Tracy, of Doniphan; sisters, Angela Hemberger and her husband, Mark, of Hastings and Anita Fehlhafer and her husband, Dave, of Doniphan; numerous nieces and nephews; and her very close family of 1,800 members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Lived in Doniphan and Red Cloud; was a graduate of Red Cloud High School
Helped manage Hinrichs Photography
Activities: member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, was a Sunday school teacher at Holy Cross for more than 18 years; enjoyed spending weekends at the lake with her family; battled cancer for the past seven years
Was preceded in death by her father and one niece, Molly Orcutt
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2011

IMM, Louise K., 95, of Aurora died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Brookshire House in Denver, Colorado
Graveside services: Tuesday, Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege, Neb.
Mortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
Born April 16, 1915, at St. Michael, Neb.
Parents: Edwin and Martha (Stuber) Hunsberger
Married: Aug. 31, 1942, she married Elton W. Imm. He died Oct. 23, 1973
Survivors include her nieces, including Janice Bombeck of Shelton, Neb., and Patricia Stienike of Fremont, Neb. Kearney Hub, 21 March, 2011

JEFFRES, Charlotte Ida, 74, of Upland died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe
Burial: Arapahoe Cemetery
Mortuary: Wenburg Home in Arapahoe
Born May 26, 1936, in Holbrook
Parents: Walter and Henrietta (Wendland) Warner
Married: Jan. 15, 1956, to Eldon Linner. They divorced
Married: April 22, 1978, to Donald Jeffres in Las Vegas
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Chris Rubenthaler and her husband, Jack, and Barb Linner, all of Kearney; sons, Jeff Linner and his wife, Tammy, and Dave Jeffres, all of Upland, Dan Jeffres and his wife, Alice, of Lawson, Mo., Craig Linner of Wimberley, Texas, and Scott Linner of Upland; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren
Attended Holbrook High School, graduated with the class of 1954
Lived in Norfolk, Va., for a few months, then returned to the farm south of Holbrook; with Eldon, ran the tavern in Holbrook for a few years and then later ran the Arapahoe Country Club
With Donald, lived in the Gibbon area in 1980, ran the Lakeview Café in Gibbon for a number of years; owned and operated the Roses For You flower shop in Kearney; moved to Upland in fall 2010
Activities: enjoyed being a 4-H leader; member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge, later transferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowell
Was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Rollin Warner
Kearney Hub, 22 March, 2011

KENT, Stanley Leroy, 69, of Odessa died Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Minden
Services: Wednesday, O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Born June 11, 1941, in Oxford
Parents: William and Marian (Breinig) Kent
Survivors include his daughters, Linda Welch and her husband, Michael, of Odessa, Lisa Kent of Kearney and Kari Kent of Omaha; grandchildren, Jami Ellis and her fiancé, Michael Adelman, Jessica Whitmire and her husband, Michael, and Jordan Ellis; great-grandchild, Van Leroy Whitmire; and brother, William Kent Jr. and his wife, Ellen, of Cambridge
Attended Longfellow High School in Kearney
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, Feb. 23, 1960, in Omaha-May 10, 1960, in San Diego; honorably discharged
Was employed as an over-the-road trucker for several companies
Activities: Attended First Baptist Church in Kearney
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LANCASTER, Patricia Christensen, 79, of Barrington Hills, Ill., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Scottsdale Health Care Osborn Hospital
Services will be in Barrington Hills
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2011

LINE, C. Azale, 89, of Miller died Monday, March 21, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Miller United Methodist Church
Burial: Armada Cemetery in Miller
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Nov. 6, 1921, at home in the Buzzards Roost area in Custer County northeast of Eddyville
Parents: C.T. and Minnie (Russell) Line
Married: Dec. 24, 1941, to Irma A. Judy. She died in 2000
Survivors include his daughter, Judy Erwin and her husband, Robert, of Sumner and grandchildren Susan and husband Brian Dittmar of Sumner and their children Kasie and Lindsey Dittmar, and James Erwin of Akron, Colo., and his children Jessica and Chelsey Erwin of Grand Island and Chase Erwin of Sumner; daughter-in-law, Dixie Line of Miller and grandchildren Darby Line and wife, Annette, of Miller and their sons Travis, Dillan, Jason, Creyton and Braxton, Deanna Sleicher and husband Dan of Kearney and their children Cassidy and Collin, and Danelle Hadwiger and husband, Matt, of Amherst and their children Ty, Taryn, Tenley and Tayje; and special friend, Janice Pfeiffer of Amherst
Farmed and ranched all their lives; the Judy & Line Ranch has been in the family for 124 years; met many fellow cattlemen from years as a cattle buyer
Activities: member of Miller United Methodist Church, Miller Lions Club and the Miller Senior Citizens; served on the Buffalo County Fair Board, Platte Valley State Bank Board of Directors and was an officer in the Buffalo County T-Bone Club; served as a 4-H leader for many years with the Diamond Willow 4-H Club and was a founding member of the Miller Dance Club
Was preceded in death by his wife, and sons, Daniel in 1961 and Douglas in 2009
Memorials: Miller United Methodist Church or the Sumner Baseball Program
Kearney Hub, 23 March, 2011

LOCY, Jay K., 78, of Kearney died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at his home
Graveside services: Tuesday at Norcatur (Kan.) Cemetery; military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Born Aug. 13, 1932, in Norcatur, Kansas
Parents: George and Virgie (Gundy) Locy
Married: Oct. 25, 1953, to Maryllin Alexander in Norcatur. She died in 2008
Survivors include his son, Scott, and his wife, Sally Ann, of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Shelley Reich, and her husband, Jeff, of Phoenix; and five grandchildren
Grew up in the Norcatur area; graduated from Oberlin High School in 1950
Military: U.S. Navy during the Korean War, 1952-1956
Worked 18 years with the highway patrol; later worked for Consolidated Freightways for 11 years before retirement; had been a resident of Kearney since 2006
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church in Norcatur, Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion; pastimes included fishing and hunting
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Craig; brothers, Francis and Don; and sisters, Imogene Sawdon and Mary Dotson
Memorials: the Lupus Foundation
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2011

MAY, Roger Glen, 65, of Palestine, Texas, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Palestine
Services: March 24, Palestine Church
Mortuary: Herrington/Land of Memory in Palestine
Born July 23, 1945, in Red Cloud, Neb.
Parents: Loren "Shorty" and Cleo (Figgins) May
Married: 1965, to Shirley Vopat
Married Rebecca Gustafson
Survivors include his wife; mother-in-law, Ida Panzarella of Escondido, Calif.; brother-in-law, Denzle Minyard; daughters, Lori Yeago of Tampa, Fla., and Marci Ortiz and her husband, Joe, of Williamsburg, Va.; sister, Sandra Scheer and her husband, John, of Kearney, Neb.; brothers, Randie May and his wife, Lisa, of Kearney and Ricky May and his wife, Pam, of Tampa; stepsons, Benjamin Gustafson and his wife, Christina, of Kearney and Isaac Gustafson and his wife, Melissa, of New Baden, Ill.; grandchildren, Justin, Austin and Megan Yeago and Keagan and Kyler Covington; and stepgrandchildren, Elias, Solomon, Dylan, Jordan, Abbigaile and Samuel Gustafson
Attended schools in Hastings, Neb., and later in Kearney
Military: U.S. Army, February 1966-May 1970; was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany; honorable discharge
Returned to Florida and Nebraska; worked with his father's appliance and repair business, remodeling homes and management positions for several companies; retired from Chief Industries in Kearney for health reasons
Moved to Texas in 2006, finding the climate to be much more comfortable for his health; moved to Greenbriar Nursing Rehabilitation facility in Palestine 2010
Activities: member of Palestine Church
Was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and a sister-in-law, Anne Minyard
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2011

McCOY, Leo A., 84, of Fort Collins, Colorado, formerly of Cozad, Neb., died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins
Services: March 19, Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad
Burial with military honors: St. Ann's Cemetery at Lexington
Mortuary: Berryman in Cozad
Born July 13, 1926, in Greeley, Neb.
Parents: Patrick and Kathleen (McCarthy) McCoy
Married: Aug. 14, 1945, to Rosella Dreher in Grand Island, Neb. She died in November 1998
Survivors include his son, Tom McCoy and his wife, Kathy, of Cozad; daughters, Mary Lynn Stenson of Republic, Kan., and Cynthia Walters and her husband, Jeff, of Fort Collins; sister, Agnes Jarvis of Littleton; grandchildren, Casey Vanatta, Jennifer Vanatta, Michael Stenson, David Stenson, Jon Stenson, Sarah Kunc, Michaella McCoy, Jason McCoy and Ryan McCoy; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson
Graduated from Greeley High School
Military: joined U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marines November 1944, served in active duty during World War II
After discharge, lived in Grand Island, worked at Kernan's Shoe Store; moved to Kearney, Neb., 1954, worked in shoe sales at Claussen's Shoe Store; also owned McCoy's Shoe Store in Lexington, Neb.; retired in 1991, then moved to Cozad; had lived in Hebron and Superior, Neb., before moving to Fort Collins in 1999
Activities: member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad; was active in the Knights of Columbus as a fourth-degree knight and was also a member of the Masons; was a past exalted ruler of the Kearney Elks Lodge and had also served as a local scoutmaster for many years, earning the Silver Beaver Award for his long and distinguished service as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts
Was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Terry in 1985; son-in-law, Gene Stenson in 2004; three brothers; and one sister
Kearney Hub, 12 March, 2011

MERRYMAN, Lillian Rose, infant daughter of Shawn and Diana (Lienemann) Merryman of Gibbon, was born at rest Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Private service
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Survivors include her parents; sister, Elaine "Ellie" of Gibbon; grandparents, Susan and Del Lienemann of Richmond, Va., and Sue Merryman of Lincoln; great-grandparents, Florence Lienemann of Gibbon, Elton DeLes Dernier of Richmond and Dale Merryman of Kearney; and great-great-grandmother, Evelyn Smith of Kearney
Kearney Hub, 12 March, 2011

O'MEARA, Shawn F., 45, of Kearney died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery at Eddyville
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born March 3, 1966, in Lexington
Parents: Edward and Virginia (Fagot) O'Meara
Survivors include his sisters, Jeanne Britt of Puyallup, Wash., Bonnie Varvel and her husband, Gary, of Lincoln, Kathy Dickerson and her husband, John, of Phoenix, Connie Banks and her husband, Ken, of Hastings, Kelly Parsons and her husband, Lonnie, of North Platte, Peggy O'Meara of Lincoln, Judy Butler of Des Moines, Iowa, and Suzanne O'Meara of Chicago; and brothers, Mike O'Meara and his wife, Patti, and Bill O'Meara and his wife, Bette, all of Kearney, and Bob O'Meara and his wife, Kristi, of Lexington
Attended school in Lexington, was a graduate of Lexington High School in 1987; lived in Eddyville until 1991, moved to Kearney where he was employed at Mid-Nebraska and at Baldwin Manufacturing
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church; was involved with ARC and enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics
Was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Scott and Pat
Memorials: Special Olympics or ARC
Kearney Hub, 9 March, 2011

REEH, Wilbur George, 77, of Grand Island died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the Grand Island Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Services: Tuesday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Grand Island
Mortuary: All Faiths in Grand Island
Born Feb. 22, 1934, at Sumner
Parents: Richard and Rosalina (Bunzendohl) Reeh
Married: Sept. 23, 1962, to Deanna Schwarz in Home, Kan.
Survivors include his wife; son, Jeffrey Reeh of Bellevue; daughters, Angela Thompson and her husband, Max, and Tracey Reeh, all of Grand Island; brothers, Velmer Reeh of Modesto, Calif., and Carroll Reeh of Alliance; and sisters, Geneva Gillming of Fort Collins, Colo., and Frances Howard of Kearney
Grew up at Sumner and graduated from Sumner High School in 1951; had been baptized in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst on March 18, 1934, by the Rev. W. Seefeldt and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Sumner on Oct. 26, 1947, by the Rev. G. Schaefer
Militkary: U.S. Army on Sept. 19, 1956-June 28, 1958, served in Korea
Lived in Grand Island their home; was employed by Nash Finch for 44 years; worked in several jobs following his retirement, including the Carpenter Shop, Grand Island Bottle Shop and Thompson Prometric Testing
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Stephens Ministry and Lutheran Layman League, and served on a number of boards and committees, served as a Stephen minister by making hospital calls and was an usher for a number of years; enjoyed woodworking, fixing things around the house and working with the computer; especially enjoyed his family
Was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gwen
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity School, Heartland Lutheran High School or the Orphan Grain Train
Kearney Hub, 19 March, 2011

SCHROEDER, Floyd "Buck", 81, of Ravenna died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Dec. 19, 1929, in Hazard
Parents: William and Anna (Engel) Schroeder
Married: Dec. 31, 1955, to Marian Keehn in Grand Island
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Pam Klein and her husband, Earl, of Pleasanton, Cindy Schroeder-Ripp and her husband, Terry Ripp, and Marla Schroeder, all of Ravenna, and Teresa Olson of Holdrege; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Schroeder of Allyn, Wash.; and sisters, Helen Tillson and Amy Mullally, both of Ravenna, and Betty Rolfe of Elsie, Mich.
Military: U.S. Army in Korea, 1951-1953
Lived in Valentine for 15 years; moved to the family ranch south of Sweetwater, 1972, raised cattle and horses; moved to their present home south of Ravenna in 1991
Activities: enjoyed music, horses, coonhounds and his family
Was preceded in death by two brothers
Kearney Hub, 29 March, 2011

SIGLER, Aileen, 102, of Gibbon died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Tuesday at Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson Mortuary of Gibbon/Shelton
Born Oct. 26, 1908, in Dublin, Ireland
Parents: Edward and Ellen (Milward) Burchell
Married: April 18, 1928, to Glenn H. Sigler in Kearney. He died in 2004
Survivors include her daughter, Joan Westberg and her husband, Marlin, of Gibbon; sons, John "Jack" Sigler and his wife, Daisy, of Zebulon, N.C., and Alan Sigler and his wife, Lana, of St. Simons, Ga.; grandchildren, Jeff Westberg and wife, Pat, of Shelton, Bart Westberg and wife, Laurie, of Overland Park, Kan., Vickie Sigler Harper and husband, Dan, of Kearney, Darin Sigler and wife, Brenda, of Cozad, Shawna Sigler of Birmingham, Ala., Mark Sigler of St. Simons, Cassie Sigler Allen and husband, Blake, of Helena, Ala., and T.J. Sigler of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Westberg and wife, Peggy, of Gibbon, Kirstin Westberg Bowling and husband, Jon, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Josh, Hannah and Kate Westberg of Overland Park, Bailey and Riley Sigler of Cozad and Miles Allen of Helena
Immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1911, at age 2; settled in the Minden area; grew up there and graduated from Minden High School in 1927
After marriage, lived in Gibbon; husband owned and operated an auto repair shop; studied nursing and began her licensed practical nurse career at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center soon after it opened
Activities: was an avid gardener and a loyal member of the Gibbon Garden Club; member of other social clubs, including the Faithful Rebekah Lodge of Gibbon, which she served as a past noble grand; played checkers, enjoyed fishing
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents, three brothers and three sisters
Memorials: Baptist Church or Good Samaritan Center in Gibbon
Kearney Hub, 28 March, 2011

SIMMONS, Leland J., 79, of Kearney, formerly of Sumner, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Thursday, First Christian Church in Miller
Burial: Sumner Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Aug. 15, 1931, in Miller
Parents: Lester and Bessie (Day) Simmons
Married: Aug. 27, 1954, to Dolores Larson in Sumner
Survivors include his wife; sons, Doug Simmons and his wife, Darcie, of Kearney and Dennis Simmons and his wife, Mary, of Sumner; grandchildren, Sara Simmons and Aaron Simmons, both of Sumner, and Alec Simmons of Kearney; and nephews, Dan Simmons and his wife, Connie, of Kearney and Ron Simmons of Broken Bow
Grew up in the Sumner and Miller area, attended school in Sumner
Lived and farmed north of Sumner; moved to Kearney in October 2010
Activities: member of Miller Christian Church; coached youth baseball, softball and basketball in Sumner; enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events
Was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Hansen and her husband, Gordon; and brother, Roy Simmons and his wife, Avon
Memorials: Miller Christian Church or the Sumner Rescue Unit
Kearney Hub, 30 March, 2011

SOHRWEID, Howard E., 78, of Amherst died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Stanley Cemetery at Amherst
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Jan. 26, 1933, at home north of Amherst
Parents: William and Gertrude (Steinhauser) Sohrweid
Married: March 15, 1952, to Romona LeBar in Amherst
Survivors include his wife; son, Don Sohrweid of Amherst; grandson, Greg Sohrweid and his fiancée, Karri Boston, of Riverdale; granddaughter, Tami Banda and her husband, Ryan, of Kearney; and great-grandson, Ethan Sohrweid of Amherst
Attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School; graduated from Amherst High School in 1950
Worked for Buss Curd Construction, then for J.C. Rogers and then worked for Abels Construction of Lincoln for more than 30 years until he retired
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst; enjoyed going to auctions, gardening and cruising around the Amherst area; especially enjoyed spending time with his great-grandson, Ethan
Was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith in 1993; brother, Dwayne in 2006; and nephew, Michel Sohrweid in 1989
Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst or the Amherst Volunteer Fire Department
Kearney Hub, 9 March, 2011

STITTLE, Robert Jerome, 61, of Kearney died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at his home
Services: Friday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann
Born: Feb. 13, 1950, in Kearney
Parents: Rupert and Irene (Schuller) Stittle
Married: Oct. 14, 1972, to Phyllis M. Butler in Cozad
Survivors include his wife; son, Brett Stittle of Doniphan; his mother of Ravenna; sisters, Shirley Lockhorn and Patricia Loeffelholz and her husband, Jerome, all of Pleasanton, Sharon Marzolf and her husband, Ed, of Gibbon, Carol Kugler and her husband, Victor, and Marcia Olson and her husband, Gary, all of Red Cloud, Beverly Macek and her husband, Don, of Ravenna, Annette Finke and her husband, Mike, of York and Cathy Hilker and her husband, Barry, of Westminster, Colo.; brothers, Donald Stittle and his wife, Toni, and Ken Stittle and his wife, Cyndy, all of Ravenna; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends
Was a 1968 graduate of Ravenna High School, 1970 graduate of Central Community College-Hastings
Military: U.S. Army on July 22, 1970 - February 1972, served during the Vietnam War; honorably discharged
Employed by the city of Kearney as a senior maintenance worker for 18 years
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Kearney American Legion Post 52 and VFW Post 759; was an avid sports fan; was always there to offer a helping hand
Was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Jerome Stittle
Memorials: AseraCare Hospice
Kearney Hub, 24 March, 2011

SWENSON, Afton Marie Christensen, 92, of Kearney died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Mount Carmel Home-Keens Memorial
Services: Friday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Burial: Ephraim (Utah) Park Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann in Kearney
Born July 19, 1918, in Ephraim
Parents: Niels and Henrietta (Sorensen) Christensen
Married: May 24, 1946, to Jay Swenson
One of nine children. grew up in Ephraim, attended Snow College where she received her associate's degree; before World War II, worked for the U.S. Navy as a payroll clerk at the Naval Supply Depot
After marriage, lived in Salt Lake City; Yuma, Ariz.; Tremonton, Utah; Brigham City, Utah; and Grand Island; lived the last 40 years in Kearney. Had a son, Gregory; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren
Activities: was a wonderful wife and homemaker; member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Was preceded in death by her parents and eight brothers and sisters
Memorials: National Alzheimers organization
Kearney Hub, 9 March, 2011

WALKER, James D., 83, of Lincoln, formerly of the Kearney and Overton areas, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at BryanLGH Medical Center East in Lincoln
Services: Thursday, First Lutheran Church
Burial: Westerville Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann
Born Aug. 17, 1927, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha
Married: June 6, 1948, to Elaine Moore at the United Brethren Church in Broken Bow
Survivors include his wife of 63 years; daughter, Carolyn Jo Lippire of Moreno Valley, Calif.; son, James Walker Jr. of Lincoln; grandchildren, Kristi Linn Lippire of Los Angeles, Melissa Jo Wamsley and Richard Michael Wamsley, both of Kearney; great-grandson, Daniel Hernandez; and many relatives and friends
Shortly after birth, was taken into the home of James and Nina (Leach) Walker, who lived in the Westerville community of Custer County
Attended a one-room country grade school, graduated from Ansley High School with the class of 1945; while young, he confessed Christ as his personal savior and was baptized into the membership of the Methodist Church, the denomination he held most of his life
Elected to stay on the farm and was given deferment from military service following World War II because of the health of his parents; in the winter, worked as a mechanic in Broken Bow
After married, farmed in the Westerville community; moved to farm and ranch in the Cumro community, 1957; quit the farm in 1963 and moved to Kearney, entered Kearney State College, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in education in 1967; moved to Overton, began a teaching career combined with ministry; received his first master of arts degree in 1969, his second master's in 1974 and his specialist degree in 1982; had also pursued graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Was appointed, 1965, to be the first Baptist campus minister at Kearney State College, and pastor of the Baptist Church in Glenvil and the Community Church of Juniata; served Glenvil and Juniata for the next nine years; served various churches on a part-time or interim basis the remainder of his life, even after retirement; also worked as teacher, counselor, principal and finally as superintendent in several school districts; retired in 1992, from the position of superintendent of schools in Stapleton; moved back to Overton, and took up woodworking and restoring old Farmall tractors
Following the tragic death of their daughter Janet, in January 2003 moved to Kearney they made a second home for their grandchildren; joined the First Lutheran Church where their daughter and grandchildren were members
Activities: former member of Nebraska Council of School Administrators, the Nebraska State School Board Association and the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association; lifetime member of the Nebraska Council of Retired School Administrators; member of Lions Club International
Was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Janet Elaine
Memorials: the church Kearney Hub, 8 March, 2011
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