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ADDY-CRUZ, Raven Jade, 23, of Kearney died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at BryanLGH Medical Center West in Lincoln
Memorial services: June 23 in the Ponderosa Room at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskan Student Union
Born Feb. 22, 1989, in Grand Island
Parents: Darren C. and Rebecca (Getzschman) Addy
Married: July 6, 2007, to Edgar E. Cruz in Lincoln
Survivors include her parents of Kearney; her husband; 13-month-old daughter, Hazel Nayeli Cruz; sisters, Jasmin Addy-McGinnis and Rivkah Addy-Raffaeli, both of Kearney; grandparents, Elvin and Barbara Addy of West Point; great-grandfather, Herbert Schreck of West Point; and a number of aunts and uncles and many cousins
Attended Park Elementary and Horizon Middle School, graduated from Kearney High School with the class of 2007; was a K-12 special education major at UNK at the time of her death
Was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 2006; was an active member of the Kearney Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses; was a volunteers with the Regional Building Team, assisted with the recent construction of a new Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Red Cloud in late May 2012
Kearney Hub, 16 June, 2012

ANDERSON, Roland A., 53, of Kearney died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Private services: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Sept. 28, 1958, in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Parents: Louis and Eileen (Burns) Anderson
Survivors include his son, Allen Anderson of Kearney; his mother of Kearney; sisters, Tere Fieldgrove of Yuma, Ariz., and Tanya Anderson of Kearney; family friend, Jodi Sowl of Kearney; brothers, Bob Anderson and his wife, Kristine, and Rob Anderson, all of Kearney; and numerous nieces and nephews
Attended school in Kearney
Military: U.S. Army, 1976-1979
After discharge, returned to Kearney; worked at West Co. and then did residential landscaping in Kearney; later worked at First Presbyterian Church, and he drove trucks for Lewis Feedlot
Activities: enjoyed fishing, working on cars, watching NASCAR, playing cards, horseshoes and darts and playing pool; enjoyed being outdoors
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 3 July, 2012

BRANDT, Miriam E., 79, of Kearney died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: later
Born June 13, 1932, in North Platte
Parents: Charles and Nellie (Staple) Eubank
Married: May 17, 1952, to Roger Brandt in Fairbanks, Alaska
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Nina Baker and her husband, Clete, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sons, Jim Brandt and his wife, Mary, of Red Wing, Minn., and David Brandt and his wife, Jan, and Mark Brandt and his wife, Shelley, all of Kearney; sister, Donna Lou Herwig and her husband, Lloyd, of Knoxville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Graduated from Benson High School in Omaha in 1950
After marriage, moved to the Kearney area in 1960; was a stay-at-home mother who raised four children
Activities: member of the D.A.R. and Nebraska Quilters Guild; enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida; was the oldest organ donor in the state of Nebraska
Memorials: Nebraska Organ Recovery
Kearney Hub, 9 June, 2012

DAHLSTEDT, Ralph F., 69, of Kearney died Monday, June 4, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Friday at First Lutheran Church
Burial: Moses Hill Cemetery near Holdrege
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger
Born Sept. 9, 1942, in Holdrege
Parents: Carl and Lucille (Carlson) Dahlstedt
Married: Aug. 26, 1966, to Margene Olson in Holdrege. They divorced
Survivors include his son, Jason and his wife, Jenae, of Kearney; daughter, Misha Eilers and her husband, Adam, of Kearney; grandchildren, Dylan and Addison Dahlstedt and Ethan, Preston and Brooklyn Eilers; brothers, Carle Dahlstedt and his wife, Arlene, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lee Ray Dahlstedt of Ragan; sisters, Alice Dzvibanek and her husband, Richard, of Livingston, Texas, and Ann Forrest and her husband, Walt, of Ravenna; special friend, Marla Larsen of Grand Island; and aunts, several nieces and nephews and cousins
Grew up in Loomis; was a 1960 graduate of Loomis High School; attended Kearney State College
Moved to Kearney, worked for Good Samaritan Society; also lived in McCook, worked in sales for McCook Monuments
Activities: member of the church and Kearney Optimist Club, served in local and state offices; loved fishing with grandkids, was an avid golfer and enjoyed time spent with family
Was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and brothers, Don and Fritz
Kearney Hub, 6 June, 2012

DILLOW, William H., 83, of Holdrege died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Graveside services: Tuesday, Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born Oct. 25, 1928, at St. Michael
Parents: Samuel M. and Evelina (Hornickel) Dillow
Married: Dec. 11, 1953, to Marlene Thomas in Gibbon
Survivors include his sister, Mary Jane Zimmerman of DeWitt
Kearney Hub, 11 June, 2012

DODGE, Neal L., 85, of Kearney died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his home
Services: Thursday, O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home
Graveside services: Edmunds (N.D.) Cemetery
Mortuary: Eddy Funeral Home in Jamestown, N.D.
Born March 9, 1927, in Edmunds
Parents: Norman and Ella (Mae) Dodge
Married: Dec. 29, 1945, to Darlyne Schrade
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Connie Lester and her husband, Clarence, of Kearney; granddaughter, Carina Bennison and her husband, Josh, of Helena, Mont.; grandson, Chad Lester of Kearney; and great-granddaughters, Carina, Alexis and Ava
Military: was a parachutist in the U.S. Army, was stationed in Germany; was discharged in 1946
After discharge, moved to Longview, Wash., worked in a paper mill; after an injury, returned to North Dakota and attended Molar Barber College in Fargo, N.D.; owned Dodge's Barber shop for many years in Jamestown
Activities: was president of the North Dakota Barbers Association; member of American Legion Post 14 and the Drum and Bugle Corps; gave his life to Jesus Christ and became an officer in The Salvation Army, served in Aberdeen, S.D.; Lincoln; Kansas City, Mo.; and Wichita, Kan.; returned to Jamestown and then moved to Kearney; passions were to live for God, serve his country and love his family; enjoyed many special times with his grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; enjoyed fishing, reading, the New York Yankees; attended New Life Assembly
Was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lynda Dodge; sister, Beverly Wanamaker; and brothers, Norman and Lyle Dodge
Memorials: Wounded Warrior Project or the donor's choice
Kearney Hub, 6 June, 2012

FULTON, Robert L., 95, of Kearney died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Service: Saturday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home
Burial: Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver with military honors
Born Dec. 8, 1916, in Los Angeles
Parents: Charles and Olla (Walker) Fulton
Married: Aug. 18, 1946, to Virginia "Gini" Kellums in Denver
Survivors include his wife; son, Barry and his wife, Jennie, of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters, Terree Warren and her husband, Jim, of Kearney and Sherree Cordova and her husband, Arnie, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; grandchildren, Trevor Fulton, Brooke Sequist, Ryan McEntee and Charlie and Steve Cordova; great-granddaughter, Sophia Cordova; sisters, Dora Liggett of Denver and Charlyn Boord of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews
Graduated from high school at West High School in Denver
Military: U.S. Army's 347th Infantry Division during World War II; earned a Purple Heart; was discharged in 1945
Performed on stage at Elitch Gardens as a child, later sang in the Cheesman Park Opera in Denver; was a commercial artist, worked for Advertising Display in Denver; was the in-house artist for the Denver Orpheum Theatre and the artistic designer for the Lakeside Amusement Park, 1940s-2008; moved to the Northridge Retirement Community in Kearney in 2008
Activities: was the soloist at Divine Science Church in Denver for many years, sang for many churches in his lifetime; loved entertaining guests in their home in Denver
Was preceded in death by his parents
Memorials: St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney or the Kearney Area Animal Shelter
Kearney Hub, 22 June, 2012

FYFE, Marilyn A., 73, of Kearney died Friday, June 1, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society in Wood River
Memorial services: First United Methodist Church in Cozad
No burial
Mortuary: Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad
Born Oct. 21, 1938, at Wichita, Kan.
Parents: Virgil and Dorothy (Smithey) Morton
Married Wayne Fyfe. They divorced in the late 1980s
Survivors include her son, Bill of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; daughters, Michelle Pinkelman of Cozad, Tammy of Houston and Shawn Junot of Kemah, Texas; sisters, Carol Little and Linda Carlson, both of Grand Island; and three grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 4 June, 2012

HALL, Donald Harlan, 63, of McCook, formerly of Kearney, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Community Hospital in McCook
Services: Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook
Burial with military honors: Indianola City Cemetery
Mortuary: Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook
Born July 9, 1948, in Frontier County
Parents: Floyd and Violet (Calkins) Hall
Married: May 31, 1970, to Janine Fritz
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jason of Lincoln and Justin of Minden; brother, Bernard of Culbertson; sisters, Betty Hardre of Tulsa, Okla., Barb Ruggles of McCook and Helen Berndt of Danbury; and two grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 19 June, 2012

HARMS, Stephanie K., 67, of Kearney, formerly of Fremont, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at A.J. Merrick Manor in Fremont
Memorial services: Thursday at Ludvigsen Mortuary chapel in Fremont
Born Aug. 8, 1944, in St. Joseph, Mo.
Parents: Francis and Irene (Dean) Matya
Married: Jan. 8, 1966, to Eldon Harms. They divorced
Survivors include her sons, Mark Harms and his wife, Cindy, and Matt Harms and his wife, Kristen, all of Fremont, and Tom Harms and his wife, Brenda, of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and sisters, Laurie Pfeifer and her husband, Jim, and Vickie Pfeifer and her husband, Tom, all of Aurora, and Diane Thompson and her husband, Mike, of Sutton
Worked several places in her life, most recently was produce manager at Boogaarts in Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents and a brother
Kearney Hub, 3 July, 2012

HOELTING, Rose Dolores, 89, of Kearney died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Tuesday, St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger
Born: Cecilia Edna Hoelting on June 24, 1923, in Oconto
Parents: John and Dorothy Hoelting
Was accepted into the Congregation of Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters in Kearney on May 27, 1948; did her religious training in Kearney, made her final vows here on Feb. 11, 1953; was assigned to work in Duluth, Minn., and was in charge of making altar bread, 1958-1967; then returned to Mount Carmel Home to help with the nursing and care of the elderly
Completed three courses in nursing, received a diploma from the Chicago School of Nursing in February 1954; celebrated her 50th Jubilee with the Corpus Christi Carmelite Congregation July 22, 1998, in Kearney
Was kind, loving and caring, had a keen sense of humor; was the last of the hard-working sisters who pioneered Mount Carmel Home from its small beginning to what it is today; after giving her life to "serving the Lord with gladness," she slipped away peacefully to meet her God
Memorials: Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters
Kearney Hub, 2 July, 2012

HUBBARD, Gary Lee, 78, of Elm Creek died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at his home
Services: Monday, Immaculate Conception Church in Elm Creek
Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Elm Creek with military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger Funeral Home of Kearney and Elm Creek
Born Nov. 29, 1933, in Lexington
Parents: Morace and Carmel (Bryan) Hubbard
Married: March 6, 1954, to Shirley Moles
Survivors include his wife; children, Gary Mike Hubbard and his wife, Marian, Jeff Hubbard and his wife, Lana, Harold Hubbard and his wife, Darla, Neal Hubbard and his wife, Tracy, and April Hubbard, all of Elm Creek, Dawn Schneider and her husband, Dennis, of O'Neill, Lisa Marshall and her husband, Larry, of Bertrand, Tia Van Matre and her husband, Todd, of Gibbon, Shawn Hubbard and his wife, Sandy, of Dickens, Heather Anderson of Kearney, Anastasia Benson and her husband, Craig, of Castle Rock, Colo., and Tara McCormick and her husband, John, of Andover, Mass.; 55 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold Hubbard of Arizona and Dennis Hubbard of California; and stepsister, Marijean Methe and her husband, Gene, of Kearney
Grew up in Lexington and Overton, graduated from Elm Creek High School
Military: U.S. Air Force, served during the Korean War; was honorably discharged after four years
Resided in Elm Creek most of his adult life; was employed by Overton Public School as a bus driver, was a self-employed farmer and worked for Cash-Wa Distributing
Activities: member of Immaculate Conception Church; was fondly called "Big Daddy" by family and friends; enjoyed fishing with the grandkids attending their activities; enjoyed playing horseshoes
Was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carol; one grandson; parents; stepmother; and parents-in-law
Memorials: Elm Creek Fire District 7
Kearney Hub, 7 July, 2012

KEASCHALL, Kurtis A., 46, of Pleasanton died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery south of Ravenna
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born May 25, 1966, in Kearney
Parents: Don and Wilma (Psota) Keaschall. Married: 1988 to Nichole Peterson
Married: Jan. 3, 1997, to Julie Pohlmann in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Makala of Kearney and Emma and Elle, both of Pleasanton; sons, Trey, Jakson and Kaden, all of Pleasanton; his parents of Ravenna; sisters, Kim Gewecke and her husband, Ken, of Kearney, Kathy Loeffelholz and her husband, Ron, of Amherst and Konnie Kiser and her husband, Tim, of Tempe, Ariz.; brothers, Keith Keaschall of Ravenna and Karl Keaschall and his wife, Jodi, of Watsonville, Calif.; parents-in-law, Dale and Janet Pohlmann of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Camie West and her husband, Robert, of Elm Creek and Holly Thyne and her husband, Jason, of Kearney; and 19 nieces and nephews
Graduated from Ravenna High School in 1984; enrolled in and graduated from the utility line technician program at Northeast Community College in Norfolk in 1986
Moved to Lexington, worked for Dawson Public Power; had worked as a member of a construction crew based in Lexington, as a maintenance lineman based at the Kearney service center and was named chief area serviceman at the Ravenna service center in 2001; lived in Lexington, Kearney and Pleasanton
Activities: member of St. James Catholic Church and Dawson Public Power Employee Club; helped with the Kearney Catholic Wrestling Club and Pleasanton Baseball Association, helping with T-ball; loved his family and taking part in all their activities; also enjoyed working and spending time on the Keaschall family farm
Was preceded in death by his grandparents and one uncle
Kearney Hub, 14 June, 2012

KIRKPATRICK, Jay, 86, of Ravenna died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Graveside services: Monday at Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna with military honors
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Dec. 17, 1925, in Phillips
Parents: Virgil and Bessie (DeWitt) Kirkpatrick
Survivors include his brother, Wayne of Grand Island, and sisters, Mary Ellen Reed of Miller, S.D., and Dorothy Zillarreal of San Antonio
Was educated in Aurora
Worked as a janitor for Lincoln Public Schools; moved to Ravenna in 1978
Activities: member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kearney and the American Legion and was a ham radio operator
Was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters
Kearney Hub, 27 June, 2012

LANGENBERG, Mary Ellen, 66, of Grand Island died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at her home
Services: Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Island
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Mortuary: All Faiths in Grand Island
Born July 27, 1945, at Hastings
Parents: Floyd and Ardis (Westerbuhr) Smiley
Married: July 21, 1964, to Ronald Langenberg
Survivors include her daughters, Michelle Oberschulte and her husband, Kevin, Shiela Wall and her husband, Todd, and Jennifer Gage and her friend, Robert Kyman, all of Grand Island; brothers, Dennis Smiley and his wife, Kathy, of Zavalla, Texas, and Scott Smiley of Franklin; sister, Judy Rheome of Kearney; grandchildren, Miranda and Kira Oberschulte, Steven and Joshua Vickers, Nick Langenberg, Chris Gage and Kathryn and Conner Speer and great-grandchild, Aiden Vickers, all of Grand Island; and stepgrandchildren, Taylor and Maci Wall of Central City
Was raised in and received her education in Gibbon; lived most of her adult life in Grand Island, worked as a med aide at the Nebraska Veterans Home for more than 30 years
Activities: enjoyed her grandchildren's sporting events and activities, family gatherings, canning, sewing, crafts, crocheting, reading, puzzle books, attending concerts with her sister, planting flowers, Nebraska football, collecting pigs, and her dog, Buster; member of Grace Lutheran Church
Was preceded in death by her parents
Memorials: Rosemary Werner Memorial Hat Tree
Kearney Hub, 9 July 2012

LIND, Matthew Phillip, 29, of Denver, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital in Denver
Memorial services: Thursday June 16, at Campus Lutheran Church in Kearney
Born Nov. 22, 1982, in Kearney
Parents: Mark and Robyn (Robison) Lind
Survivors include his parents, Robyn Lind and Mark Lind, both of Kearney; sisters, Laura of Honolulu and Joanna of Kearney, brother, David and his wife, Jill, of Clarinda, Iowa; grandparents, Rex and Norma Robison of Cozad, Neb., and John and Agnete Lind of Clarinda; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends; and nephew, Tristan
Graduated from Kearney High School in 2001, attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion
Kearney Hub, 15 June, 2012

MASER, Flora, 101, of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Sun City
Memorial services: Friday at Sunland Mortuary Chapel in Sun City
Born June 10, 1910, in Swaledale, Iowa
Parents: Frederick Johns and Katherine Mintz
Married Jake Maser. He died Dec. 11, 1992
Survivors include her son, James Maser of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Maser; granddaughter, Lee Anne Nicolopoulos of Thessaloniki, Greece; and several nephews and nieces including Wes Maser of Sun City West, Norma Pollman of Larkspur, Colo., and Natalie Huston of Cincinnati
Was a housewife and mother; cared for her family in the early years of her marriage in Kearney; moved to Sun City in 1968
Activities: member of Sun City Country Club and First Presbyterian Church in Sun City; was an active bridge player until her later years
Was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters and one brother
Kearney Hub, 7 June, 2012

McKAY, Lyle J. "Jim", 82, of Kearney died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Memorial services: Wednesday, Grace Fellowship Church, with military honors
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
orn April 2, 1930, in Fairbury
Parents: Lyle and Clara (Zimmerman) McKay
Married: Feb. 10, 1952, to Betty Love in Lincoln
Survivors include his wife; sons, Dennis McKay and his wife, Brenda, of Avondale, Ariz., and Barry McKay of Kearney; daughters, Pam Dorothy and her husband, Ray, of McCook and Nancy Davidson and her husband, Tom, and Patti Busch and her husband, Randy, all of Kearney; brothers, Jerry McKay and his wife, Mary, of Omaha and Robert "Bob" McKay and his wife, Kim, of Lincoln; sisters, Jo Ann Brown and her husband, Keith, and Judy Chloupek and her husband, Dick, all of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Ray Brown of Hastings; special friend, Debbie Welty-Tucker of Thornton, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Graduated in 1949 from Teachers College High School in Lincoln
Military: U.S. Navy, October 1950 - 1954; served during the Korean War
Moved to Kearney in 1962; owned and operated Ray's Pizza, 1962-1972; became involved with the Kearney State College Athletic Department, helped with the football team, eventually served as the equipment manager; retired in 1995
Activities: was a big fan and supporter of UNK athletics; was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed tying jigs and flies for fishing
Was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis McKay, and sister, Doris Brown
Memorials: UNK Athletic Foundation
Kearney Hub, 12 June, 2012

MERRYMAN, Dale Eugene, 82, of Kearney died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Cambridge Court in Kearney
Services: Monday, New Life Assembly
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger
Born Aug. 17, 1929, in Kearney
Parents: Asa and Anna (Notz) Merryman
Married: Feb. 22, 1952, to Marlene Anderson. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his daughter, LeeAnn Smith and her husband, Troy, of Sargent; son-in-law, Bruce Petersen of North Carolina; brother, Nelson "Buzz" Merryman of Kearney; sisters-in-law, Gwen McCune of Hastings and Jan Anderson of Lincoln; and special friend, Marge Hitt of Kearney
Was a lifelong resident of the Kearney area, graduated from Kearney High School
MilitarY: served 10 years in the Army National Guard
After marriage, lived on the Merryman family farm, was engaged in agriculture for 50 years; loved working the land, the challenges associated with growing crops and livestock
Moved into town, was employed by Ace Irrigation for eight years
Activities: member of New Life Assembly; hobbies were waterfowl hunting and, more recently, talking politics to anyone who enjoyed a lively debate; enjoyed time spent at Bob's Superstore, visiting with friends and acquaintances over a cup of coffee; enjoyed spending time with his grandsons on the farm
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Randy; daughter, Connie Petersen; sister-in-law, Sue Merryman; grandsons, Christopher Petersen and Jeff Merryman; and great-granddaughter, Lillian Merryman
Memorials: AseraCare Hospice in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 29 June, 2012

MEYERS, Joseph E., 67, of Omaha, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, June 1, 2012, in Omaha
Memorial services: Friday, King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha
Mortuary: Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler in Omaha
Born June 9, 1944, in Ainsworth
Parents: Loyd and Anna (Smith) Meyers
Married: 1964, to Sheri Sidders. She preceded him in death
Married: 1988, to Juanita "J.J." Brown
Survivors include his loving wife; children, Shawna Erbsen and her husband, Mike, Debi Auch Moedy and her husband, Andrew, Aindrea Schlotfeld and her husband, Sonny, Summer Parrott and her husband, Ben, Ashley Stoczanskyj and her husband, Peter, and Collin Brown; 13 grandchildren; sister, Lainie Paul and her husband, John; brothers, Richard Meyers, Howard Meyers and his wife, Donna, and Bobby Meyers
Worked as a meat manager and district supervisor for Hinky Dinky Supermarkets in Kearney for 20 years, then relocated to Omaha; founded Meyers Home Improvement in 1985
Activities: enjoyed building his business, spending time with his family, watching Husker football and spending time outdoors
Was preceded in death by his first wife; parents and seven brothers and sisters
Memorials: Habitat for Humanity
Kearney Hub, 6 June, 2012

NASON, Joyce, 67, of Kearney died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna
Born March 9, 1945, in California
Parents: Malcolm and Janet (Asher) Fisher
Married: Lee Nason. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Paula Nesiba of Kearney; grandson, Deric; brother, Ken Fisher and his wife, Kris, of Ravenna; stepgranddaughter, Cat Allen; niece, Melisa Dobish; nephew, Marcus Fisher; and grandniece, Kasidy Dobish
Grew up in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School and Grand Island School of Business
After marriage, spent the next 25 years living in rural Alliance; loved tending to their pets, gardening, mowing and keeping in touch with family and friends; moved to Kearney several years ago to be close to her son and his family
Activities: despite ill health for many years, enjoyed helping the downtrodden, praying for people, visiting on the phone and buying gifts for others
Was preceded in death by her husband and parents
Memorials: Calvary Assembly of God in Alliance or Kearney Humane Society
Kearney Hub, 5 June, 2012

NICKMAN, Donald F. "Don", 80, of Park City, Utah, formerly of Pleasanton, Neb., died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City
Services: Tuesday, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pleasanton
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Pleasanton with military honors
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney, Neb.
Born Sept. 16, 1931, in Pleasanton
Parents: John and Monica Nickman
Survivors include his sister, Joanna Baciocco and her husband, Gene, of Atherton, Calif.; daughter, Nancy Nickman and Rosanne Ruiz of Park City; and sons, Jim and his wife, Jean, and grandchildren, Beth, Kyle and Noah, of Lino Lakes, Minn., and Steve and grandchildren, Zachary and Tucker of Salt Lake City
Graduated fromm Pleasanton High School in 1949
Military: U.S. Navy, served aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) with honorable discharge (1950 to 1954)
Attended the University of Nebraska, graduating with distinction in 1958, worked in the Omaha stockyards to put himself through school; graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1961, and was inducted into the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha; completed an internship at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha, then moved to Denver and was in general practice until 1969; completed a radiology residency at the University of Colorado, 1972, and moved to Butte, Mont., and became board certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1974; also moved to Pocatello, Idaho, and Helena, Mont.; retired in 1989; relocated to Park City, 2004, to be closer to family
Married: 1956 to Marilyn Jane Schmidt of Hildreth, Neb.
Activities: was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed fly fishing, upland bird and big game hunting; also enjoyed tying flies and carving birds; taught all of his children to downhill ski and volunteered for many years with Park City Mountain Resort as a race volunteer; served with the race secretariat as a volunteer for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics; after retirement, fished the Little Blackfoot River nearly every day
Was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bob and Norman; and his ex-wife Marilyn
Memorials: Huntsman Cancer Hospital, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Kearney Hub, 30 June, 2012

NICKMAN, Norman James, 73, of Missoula, Montana, formerly of Pleasanton, Neb., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at his home
Memorial services: Tuesday July 3, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pleasanton, with military honors
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Nov. 10, 1937, in Pleasanton
Parents: John L. and Monica "Mona" C. Nickman
Married: Aug. 18, 1962, to Janet Charlene Joseph. They divorced in 2001
Survivors include his son, John Nickman of Missoula and granddaughter, Megan Van Haren and her husband, Pete, of Miles City; daughter, Mary Ebe and her husband, Greg, and grandchildren, Erika, Dana and Bryan of Custer, Wash.; daughter, Anne Millar and her husband, Jud, and grandchildren, Wyatt and Molly of Huntingdon, Pa.; sister, Joanne Baciocco and her husband, Gene, of Atherton, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Doris Nickman of Pleasanton and Dianne Nickman of Helena; and many cousins, nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. His brother, Don Nickman of Park City, Utah, died June 25, 2012
Was raised on the farm with his older brothers, Bob and Don, and his younger sister, Joanne; graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1955 with 10 fellow students; received his undergraduate degree in 1958 from Nebraska State College and the University of Nebraska
Military: in 1959, was appointed a Reserve officer and commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps; was also permanently appointed a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1967 and called to active duty in 1968; was released from active duty on June 30, 1970, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1980; was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and received numerous commendations from his rear admiral for exemplary naval service and volunteering his time at hospitals in nearby Hayward and Alameda
Received his doctor of medicine and bachelor of science in medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1962; completed his internship at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital in 1963; residency in general surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1965; and residency in otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1968
Began his first practice in Missoula as an ear, nose and throat, head and neck surgeon in July 1970 with Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology Associates, the predecessor to the Rocky Mountain Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Medical Center; eventually retired in 2000; during his career, received numerous awards and honors
Activities: loved to hunt and fish, shoot trap and skeet; started shooting international skeet for the U.S. Navy team in 1968; especially enjoyed a hunting trip to South Africa in 2007 with son John; longtime member and donor to organizations including the NRA (life), NSSA, MSSA, Missoula Trap and Skeet Club, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, Retriever trial clubs, American Legion and numerous others
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; and the mother of his children, Jan
Kearney Hub, 30 June 2012

RANDALL, John M. 74, of Gibbon died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at St. Luke's Good Samaritan Village in Kearney
Graveside services: Tuesday, Gibbon Riverside Cemetery
Mortuary: Godberson of Gibbon/Shelton
Born Sept. 16, 1937, in Kearney
Parents: Mark and Stella (Blackstone) Randall
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; brother, Joel Randall Sr. of Seymour, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews
Grew up on the family farm northwest of Gibbon, and graduated from Gibbon High School in 1957; continued to live and work on the family farm
Later, resided at Gibbon Good Samaritan Center because of health problems until it was closed earlier this year, moved to St. Luke's in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed music and watching birds
Was preceded in death by his father
Memorials: Bethel Church of rural Gibbon
Kearney Hub, 25 June, 2012

ROSENLOF, Jacquelyn "Jackie" Elizabeth Hoss, 81, of Kearney died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at her home
Services: Saturday, First Presbyterian Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Sept. 7, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa
Parents: Richard and Mary (Ball) Hoss
Married: May 23, 1952, to Robert C. Rosenlof in Grand Island. He died in 1997
Survivors include her sons, Eric Rosenlof and his wife, Debbie, of Mount Airy, Md., and grandchildren, Amy and Susie, and Clark Rosenlof and his wife, Susan, of Omaha and grandchildren, Anna, Matthew and Maggie; and daughters, Lori Drake and her husband, Al, of Farmville, N.C., and grandchildren, Jacquelyn, A.J., Andrea, Amanda, Joanna and Abbigail, and Lynn Hoelting and her husband, Don, of Hunt Valley, Md., and grandchildren, Emily, Zachary and Avery
Graduated from Grand Island High School in 1948, third in a class of 265; graduated with distinction and received a bachelor of science degree in education and an associate applied arts degree in broadcasting from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1952
Taught seventh-grade English at Monroe Junior High School, 1952-1956; moved to Kearney, 1957; husband, Bob, and Dan Nye founded Platte Valley Medical Group
Activities: served on the Women's Club committee to found the Good Samaritan Hospital Service League, was president of the Buffalo County Medical Auxiliary; served on many boards and councils over the years and earned a number of awards; was an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church Was preceded in death by her husband and parents
Memorials: Kearney Area Community Foundation or the University of Nebraska Foundation
Kearney Hub, 6 June, 2012

RUSMISELL, Norris L. "Norrie", 95, of Kearney died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Southlake Village Nursing Home in Lincoln
Services: July 14 at First United Methodist Church in Kearney with Masonic ritual services
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Sept. 19, 1916, in Mason City
Parents: G. Ralph and Merle E. (Lanterman) Rusmisell
Married: Oct. 18, 1941, to Katie B. Murrish in St. Paul. She died March 5, 1996
Survivors include his daughters, Sue Johansen and her husband, Arnie, of Lincoln and Cathie Lacey and her husband, Steffan, of Norfolk; granddaughters, Allison Borovik and her husband, Lior, of Madison, Wis., Abbe Boonstra and her husband, Tim, of Lincoln, Mindy Lacey and her husband, Geoffrey Talmon, of Papillion, Kelli Funk and her husband, Josh, of Omaha and Jennie Lacey-Benson and her husband, Drew Benson, of Ralston; great-grandchildren, quadruplets Anna, Katie, Luke and Riley Boonstra of Lincoln, Taylin Lacey-Benson of Ralston, Hannah Funk of Omaha and twins Emma and Claire Lacey-Talmon of Papillion; brother, W.C. Rusmisell of Chula Vista, Calif.; and sister, Madeline Rusmisell of Fallbrook, Calif.
Ws raised in the Mason City area, was a graduate of Mason City High School in 1933; attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Military: U.S. Army; entered on Feb. 15, 1941; served with distinction for five years during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations; received three combat ribbons and the Bronze Star
After discharge, moved to Kearney, employed at Lowe & Co. selling real estate and insurance;later purchased the company, changed the name to Rusmisell's Lowe & Co.; also started Rusmisell's Realty, retired in December 1999
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church, Fort Kearney Shriners and Tehama Shriners, helped establish the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and served as its president two terms, served in numerous capacities in community organizations and recieved numerous awards
Was preceded in death by his wife and two sisters
Memorials: Shriners Crippled Children Transportation Fund or University of Nebraska Foundation designated for the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney Hub, 4 July, 2012

SALTZMAN, Timothy R. "Tim", 43, of Kearney died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride
Born Feb. 10, 1969, in Sioux City, Iowa
Parents: Thomas Sr. and Patricia (McLarty) Saltzman
Married: Feb. 23, 1993, to Brenda Hawkins at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Breanna Saltzman and Jessica Saltzman, both of Kearney; sons, Jacob Saltzman of Kearney and Ryan Wren of Fort Collins, Colo.; mother, Pat Saltzman of North Sioux City, S.D.; brother, Tom Saltzman Jr. and his friend, Brandy Rysavy, of South Sioux City; sisters, Tammy Steemken and her husband, Mike, of North Sioux City and Tanya Saltzman of Kearney; parents-in-law, Ivan and Joyce Hawkins of Pleasanton; brother-in-law, Tye Hawkins of Holdrege; sister-in-law, Christal Holt and her husband, Bill, of St. Paul; and nieces and nephews, Mikayla and Isaiah Saltzman, Evan and Emily Steemken, Addison Tracy and Derek and Brittany Holt
Grew up in South Sioux City; graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1987, participated in football and wrestling; attended Kearney State College, was on the wrestling team and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity
During college, began work at Baldwin Manufacturing; continued there, was the quality assurance coordinator at the time of his death; also worked part time at Thrifty Car Rental in Kearney
Activities: member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church; enjoyed stock car racing, fishing and playing with his kids; he and his wife were foster parents for seven years
Was preceded in death by his father
Kearney Hub, 28 June, 2012

SCHNUELLE, Robert E. "Bob" , 81, of Grand Island died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Memorial services: Thursday at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island
Burial of cremains for him and his wife: Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell with military honors
Born May 21, 1931, in Omaha
Adopted parents: Clarence F. and Pearl (Wilson) Schnuelle
Married: Nov. 2, 1952, to Sara Krebs in Kearney. She died Jan. 27, 2002
Survivors include his daughter and a son-in-law, Shari Schnuelle and Richard Sharkey of Grand Island; son, Robert K. Schnuelle of Grand Island and Annie Schnuelle of Manitowoc, Wis.; grandchildren, Brian Sharkey and his wife, Rachel, and Amanda Sharkey, all of Casper, Wyo.; six great-grandchildren; niece, Linda Petersen; and nephew, Kern Petersen and his wife, Marsha, of California
Attended school in Gering, Dannebrog and Gibbon, graduated from Gibbon High School in 1949; attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, served as a sergeant; honorably discharged in 1951
After discharge, met and married Sara Jane Krebs; lived in Hastings and Grand Island; had been married for 49 years until Sara died
Career was in broadcast media, both radio and television; started out at KGFW Radio in Kearney and transitioned to television in 1952; opened Channels 5, 13 and 11 as an anchor, putting all three stations on the air; television career began at KHOL-TV, now NTV; moved to KHAS Radio and Television in Hastings in 1953; also worked at KOLN/KGIN in 1960; was promoted to general manager of Channel 11/KGIN TV in Grand Island, worked globally in advertising, delivering news and announcements, being host for public affairs programs, recording innumerable voiceovers, and tirelessly promoting Grand Island; after a massive stroke in 1977, had to leave the airwaves; retired in 1986; moved to the Grand Island Nebraska Veterans Home in 2007
Received numerous awards for civic and fraternal organization involvement; was passionate about community building and helping make Grand Island a progressive, growing community
Activities: was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman; enjoyed metal detecting, swimming and camping; and particularly loved the outdoors; enjoying hosting many barbecues, playing cards and traveling; member of First Presbyterian Church
Was preceded in death by his wife and parents
Memorials: Nebraska Children's Home or Tabitha Hospice
Kearney Hub, 10 July, 2012

SCHRINER, Connie R., 65, of Kearney died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Wednesday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born: June 15, 1946, in Holdrege
Parents: Edward and Lucille (Philips) Scott
Married: May 1967, to Edward Schriner
Survivors include her sons, Edward Schriner and Steven Schriner, both of Kearney; brother, Dennis Scott and his wife, Denise, of Iowa; and nephews, James Scott of Giltner and Jon Scott of O'Fallon, Mo.
Was the oldest child in her family; spent most of her childhood in the Holdrege and Kearney area; later spent some time with her aunt and uncle in Torrance, Calif.; moved to Franklin, met Edward Schriner there
Worked all kinds of jobs from a beautician at Queen Anne's Salon to nurses aide; retired as a custodian from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, had primarily worked in Men's and Mantor halls; enjoyed working to be a positive influence in the lives of the students
Activities: enjoyed NASCAR and collecting praying hands; especially enjoyed her two sons, and spending time with family
Was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald Scott
Kearney Hub, 18 June, 2012

STARK, BettyAnn, 86, of Ravenna died Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Kearney
Services: June 14, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Omaha
Burial: Calvary Cemetery in Omaha
Mortuary: Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home in Omaha
Born Nov. 24, 1925, in Omaha
Parents: Theodore and Anna (Tangeman) Rupp
Married: Oct. 25, 1949, to Lowell R. Stark. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her daughter, Debbra Anderson and her husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Ken, Rebecca, Kevin, Jackie, David and Eric; sisters, Shirley Bowen and Barbara Tamisiea and her husband, Robert; sister-in-law, Agnes Stark; brother-in-law, Gerald Stark and his wife, Irene; and nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and six brothers and sisters
Kearney Hub, 14 June, 2012

VERTREES, Michael E., 62, of Kearney died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born March 13, 1950, in David City
Parents: Russell and Ruby (Thayer) Vertrees
Married: May 12, 1974, to Donna Schulze in Missouri
Survivors include his mother of Kearney; daughter, Heather Brosh of Georgetown, Texas; son, Chris Vertrees and his wife, Rachel, of Irving, Texas; daughter, Tina Vertrees, of Austin, Texas; sisters, Becky Zimbelman and her husband, Stan, of Kearney and Cindy Vertrees of Hastings; grandchildren, Brittney Brosh, Brian Brosh, Michael Vertrees and Kanaan Vertrees; and several nieces and nephews
Graduated from Gothenburg High School with the class of 1968
Worked for the Department of the Interior of the U.S. government
Was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Timothy
Kearney Hub, 29 June, 2012

VOIGT, Lloyd Evan, 80, of Kearney died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Republican City United Methodist Church
Burial: Republican City Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Banta-Torrey in Alma
Born June 9, 1931, south of Republican City in Phillips County, Kan.
Parents: August and Venita (Smith) Voigt
Married: June 9, 1956, to Shirley Wiley in Alma. They divorced in 1983
Survivors include his son, Daniel of San Jose, Calif.; daughters, Joyce of Holdrege and Janet Dietz of Alma; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; fiancée, Norma Robeson of Cambridge; and former wife, Shirley Voigt of Alma
Kearney Hub, 5 June, 2012

WIECKHORST, Paul Edwin, 92, of Nebraska City, formerly of Kearney, died Monday, June 4, 2012, at the Ambassador in Nebraska City
Services: Friday, Peterson Mortuary Chapel in Nebraska City
Burial: Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City
Born July 18, 1919, in Nebraska City
Parents: Herman and Anna (Stahlhut) Wieckhorst
Married: Nov. 6, 1945, to Irene M. Levesque in Fall River, Mass. She died Aug. 13, 1986
Survivors include his niece, Judy Smith of Lincoln; niece-in-law, Jean Wieckhorst of Nebraska City; grandnephews, West Smith and his wife, Amy, and their children, Amber and Camryn, of Denver, Michael Wieckhorst II and his wife, Brenda, and their children, Mason Paul, Braxton, Bryson and Braellen, of Nebraska City; grandniece, Michelle Francis and her husband, Dale, and their children, Mark and Julia, of Nebraska City; special friend, Kay Gillpatrick of Ralston; and other relatives and friends
Graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1936; attended Doane College, received his bachelor of arts degree in 1940
Military: enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, Feb. 10, 1942; was honorably discharged on Nov. 3, 1945, as a master technical sergeant
Received his master's degree in 1950 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln; taught mathematics and coached for five years at Plainview, Silver Creek, Dunbar and Davenport; was the superintendent of schools for 15 years, then was the business administrator for the public school system in Kearney for 16 years, retired in 1981; moved to Nebraska City in 1983
Activities: loved going to all of their nieces' and nephews' activities; avid golfer, was so proud of getting two holes in one; enjoyed traveling
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents and his brothers, Ralph and Mark
Memorials: Bethel United Church of Christ, American Heart Foundation or American Cancer Foundation
Kearney Hub, 6 June, 2012

WRIGHT, Eddis A., 85, of Kearney died Monday, June 25, 2012, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Mortuary: O'Brien-Straatmann-Redinger
Services: Wednesday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born March 13, 1927, near Kearney
Parents: Lawrence and Fannie (Williams) Marlatt
Married: Nov. 26, 1947, to Kenneth Wright at Elm Creek Christian Church
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Deanna Gordon of Kearney and Cheryl Seachord and her husband, Michael, of Fairbury; brother, Marlin Marlatt and sister-in-law, Norma, of Kearney; sister-in-law, Billie Marlatt of Roswell, N.M.; grandchildren, Michelle Cate and her husband, Lyle II, of Valentine, Jeffrey Gordon of Phoenix and Heather Gordon of Kearney; great-grandsons, Lyle and Logan Cate of Valentine; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends
Grew up on a farm south of Elm Creek, was baptized into the faith at Elm Creek Christian Church; was a graduate of Elm Creek High School; in high school, was very involved in music; attended Kearney State Teachers College, earned her certificate to teach in rural schools; taught in Phelps and Buffalo counties
After marriage, lived in Kearney; moved to Plattsmouth in 1955, taught in Sunday school and Bible school and sang in the Christian Church choir; moved to York in 1966; returned to Kearney in October 2005
Activities: collected angels and angel books; collected poems and put them in a scrapbook; enjoyed the beauty of God's world and growing many flowers in the garden; member of First United Methodist Church in York, her church circle and the York Hospital and Hearthstone Auxiliary; attended Christian Women's Club until it closed; loved her family and looked forward to all family events
Was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gregory Lynn, who died in infancy; and brother, Lee Marlatt
Kearney Hub, 26 June, 2012
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