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ALBRECHT, Inez I., 87, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Tuesday at First Lutheran Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born June 27, 1925, in Gandy
Parents: Fred and Kelpie (McCain) Johnson
Married: Nov. 9, 1946, to Harold Albrecht in Kearney
Survivors include her husband; sons, Richard Albrecht and his wife, Kaye Linn, and Dennis Albrecht, all of Kearney; sister, Virginia Lindstrom of Holdrege; and grandchildren, Molly Albrecht of Rapid City, S.D., and John Albrecht of Los Angeles
Graduated from Logan High School in 1943 as the valedictorian of her class; shortly after graduation, moved to Kearney
Taught school for one term, then worked as a bookkeeper for a number of businesses in the Kearney area, including Nebraska Propane supply, Jack Lederman & Co. and REA; also worked for Central Contracting Corp. for more than 19 years
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church; was active member in the BPO Does and served as president in 1970 and as queen in 1980; member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and three bridge groups; enjoyed bowling and golf; retired in 1988, enjoyed several years in Carlsbad, Calif., during the winter months
Was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Art, Gene and Harry; and sisters, Mildred Leach and Mable Johnson
Memorials: First Lutheran Church
Kearney Hub, 14 January 2013

ARRAM, Hanny E., 34, of Kearney died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Monday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Aug. 3, 1978, in Kearney
Parents: Essam J. and Barbara J. (Pritchard) Arram
Survivors include his wife, Courtney; children, Essam Saleem Arram, age 6, and Sophia Joy Arram, age 1; his parents of Kearney; sister, Nadia J. Saadi and her husband, Camil Saadi, and their children, Laila, Emily and Amir Saadi, of Kearney; and brother, Tarik Arram of Kearney
Graduated from Kearney High School in 1996
Was self-employed as an investment/project manager in Kearney
Activities: adored his children and family; loved playing guitar and listening to music; enjoyed spending time with family and friends
Was preceded in death by his sister, Alia Joy Arram on June 24, 1997, and his paternal and maternal grandparents
Kearney Hub, 29 December 2012

BABBITT, Bernard A. "Bernie", 89, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital. Services: Saturday, First Lutheran Church
Inurnment: church columbarium
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Aug. 8, 1923, in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Parents: Claire and Irene (Lueke) Babbitt
Married: March 23, 1946, to Bette E. Christensen in Council Bluffs. She died in 2010
Survivors include his son, David Babbitt of Kearney, granddaughters, Alexis Pennington and Caitlin Smith, and great-grandsons, Beckett and Crew; daughter, Sue Babbitt of Denver, grandchildren, Karla Jones and Steve Schneider, and great-grandsons, Rhys and Grayson; daughter, Sarah Stubbs and her husband, Keith, of Pleasanton, grandsons, Adam and Clint Stubbs, and great-grandchildren, Calley, Hayden, Colton, Bentley, Maci, Jackson and Avry; daughter, Sandra Pratt and her husband, Denis, of Kearney, grandsons, Tyler and Carter Pratt, and great-granddaughter, Emersyn; daughter, Shari Peterson and her husband, Rex, of Riverdale, grandchildren, Jordan Cochran, Zach, Cole and Nolan Peterson, and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Huston, Elle and Hendrex; daughter, Stacey Mayberry and her husband, Mark, of Chapman, Kan., and grandchildren, Schuyler and Addie Mayberry; sister, Kathryn Schmid of Mesa, Ariz.; and brother-in-law, Edward Christensen and his wife, Dorothy, of Omaha
Grew up in and graduated from high school in Council Bluffs; earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Iowa State University.
Military: U.S. Navy, 1943-1946, veteran of World War II
After marriage, moved to Kearney; then moved to the Amherst area, was a rural mail carrier for 40 years; moved to Kearney in 2002
Activities: member of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Kearney Elks Lodge 984, Kearney American Legion Post 52 and Kearney Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759; did volunteer work walking dogs at the Kearney Animal Shelter; enjoyed golfing and watching Nebraska football
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents, an infant daughter and a grandson, Bronson Stubbs
Memorials: Kearney Area Animal Shelter, Kearney Area YMCA or to The Salvation Army
Kearney Hub, 10 January 2013

BISH, Jane Ann (Conser), 84, of Miller, Neb., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Overland Park (Kansas) Regional Medical Center
Services: Friday at Miller United Methodist Church
Burial: Armada Cemetery near Miller
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born May 29, 1928, in Blackwell, Okla.
Parents: Leroy N. and Hazel (Green) Conser
Survivors include her children, Barbara Dickerson and her husband, Chuck, of Lubbock, Texas, Kathy Swift and her husband, Pat, of Kearney, Mary Bish and her husband, Terry France, of Gardner, Kan., and Jim Bish and his wife, Rebecca, of Manassas, Va.; grandchildren, Brent Swift and his wife, Amanda, Keith Swift, Ashley Dickerson, Aaron and Hannah Bish and Callie Bish; and great-grandchildren, Clay and Haley Dickerson
Spent early childhood in Blackwell; after one year of school in Kearney and one year in Aurora, moved with her parents to her grandparent Green's family farm located near Miller; finished her public school education in Miller, graduated in 1945; earned teacher certification at Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney; taught at Red Wing School north of Miller; returned to Nebraska State Teachers Collegethe nest year
Taught school for more than 20 years at Giltner, Harrison, Brewster, Amherst, Sumner and Oconto Public Schools, all in Nebraska; lived most of her retired years on the home place near Miller
Activities: enjoyed quilts and quilting, collecting stamps, reading, crocheting, spending time with her family and friends, and being Grammy to her loving grandchildren; member of Miller United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Methodist Women and HOA Club
Was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Thomas Leroy
Memorials: Miller United Methodist Church and the Armada Cemetery Association
Kearney Hub, 10 January 2013

BRAY, Glen Dale, 78, of Kearney died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Memorial services for Glen and his wife, Connie: Saturday at First Baptist Church
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger of Kearney
Born Dec. 29, 1933, in Ansley
Parents: Nathan E. and Alice M. (Jelinek) Bray
Married: Nov. 14, 1969, to Connie Stone in Odessa. She preceded him in death
Survivors include his son, Jerry Bray of Kearney; daughters, Karen McCormick and her husband, Pat, of Lewellen and Glenda Bailey and her husband, Sean, of Kearney; grandchildren, Amber Levick and her husband, Jim, Cale McCormick and Tara, Heidi and Jackson Bailey; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Virgil Bray and his wife, Sue, of Fairbury
Military: U.S. Army on July 8, 1953-June 29, 1956
Worked for the hay mills in Odessa, Lexington and Elm Creek; later worked as a welder for Behlen Manufacturer in Columbus, retired from in 1996
Activities: enjoyed flying remote control airplanes, riding motorcycles and spending time with his grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Leo Bray; and brother, Lavern Bray
Kearney Hub, 20 December 2012

BRODINE, Paul J., 87, of Kearney died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Morning View Cemetery in Wallace
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born April 17, 1925, in Elm Creek
Parents: Paul and Belva (McMichael) Brodine
Married: Sept. 21, 1946, to Lucile Allison in Lexington. She died in 2004
Survivors include his son, Steve, and his wife, Renee, of Kearney; daughters, Marcia Ranch and her husband, Gary, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Barbara Uden and her husband, Ed, of Riverdale; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, LaVaughn Lauby of Lexington; and nieces and nephews
Graduated from Lexington High School in 1942
Military: U.S. Navy, 1944-1945, was aveteran of World War II
Moved to Kearney in 1955, owned and operated Brodine Tractor; retired in 1977
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church and the Together Sunday School Class; past member of the Kearney Cosmopolitan Club and the chamber of commerce
Was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Gordon; and granddaughter, Tishanna Uden
Activities: took great delight in his family and many friends; maintained a lively correspondence with people from Sweden to India; was proud of his Swedish heritage; he traveled to his ancestral land twice and organized many Brodine reunions; obtained his pilot's license in 1965; was a devoted husband to Lucile, especially during her difficult decline with Alzheimer's
Memorials: Heifer International or Samaritan's Purse
Kearney Hub, 21 December 2012

BUETTNER, Melvin Edward, 81, of Omaha died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha
Services: Thursday at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Omaha
Burial of cremains: Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Elm Creek
Mortuary: Roeder Mortuary 108th Street Chapel in Omaha
Born March 15, 1931, on a farm near Elm Creek
Parents: Edward J. and Ida A. (Plischke) Buettner
Married: June 16, 1951 to Lavonne Northrup at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elm Creek
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; children, Daniel of Omaha, Kristy Scott and her husband, Dale, and James, all of Phoenix, and Patricia Breiner and her husband, Mike, of Lynch; grandchildren, Stacie Theis, Joshua Buettner, Tara Kellerhals, Jake Buettner, Ben Buettner, Cory Buettner, Kyle Steinkraus, Tricia Jensen and Cody Breiner; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Eileen Smith and her husband, Ronald, of Elm Creek; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends
Attended school in Elm Creek, graduated in 1949; went to Railroad School in Omaha
Lived in Elm Creek, was employed by Union Pacific Railroad for 37 years, served stations in Scotia and between Kearney and Gothenburg and later transferred to Millard; accepted a position in management, and moved to St. Louis; retired and moved back to Omaha to be near family
Activities: member of the Knights of Columbus, a Eucharistic minister and usher at St. Leo's Catholic Church and a volunteer at Bergan Mercy Hospital for 24 years; had been a baseball coach and a Boy Scout leader; loved watching his kids' and grandkids' sporting events and fishing; learned to play golf after retirement; enjoyed family and friends; member of the Union Pacific Oldtimers Club and of the Elm Creek Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years
Was preceded in death by his parents and his nieces, Rhonda Maas and Marcia and Gloria Smith
Memorials: St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
Kearney Hub, 1 January 2013

COLEMAN, Sheree L., 64, of Longmont, Colorado, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at her home
Memorial services, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot
Born Sept. 18, 1948, in Kearney
Parents: Warren and Lola Mae Johnson
Married: Nov. 19, 1977, to Bill Coleman in Longmont
Survivors include her husband; sons and their spouses, Jeff Coleman and Alison Hildreth Coleman of Thornton and Blake Coleman and Lisa Martin Coleman of Roseville, Calif.; her mother of Kearney; sister, Patricia Johnson of Kearney; stepdaughter, Christina Lynch of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Kaleb Coleman, Maison Coleman, Shayla Coleman, Michael Vincent and Nick Vincent; and nephew, Landon Johnson
Graduated from Kearney High School, moved to Longmont in 1967
Retired from the St. Vrain Valley School District after 35 years in transportation
Activities: active member of Professional Association of Driving Instructors, member of the National Rifle Association and the Old English Sheepdog Club of America; enjoyed her family, scuba diving, old English sheepdogs, and traveling
Was preceded in death by her father
Kearney Hub, 7 January 2013

DAMRATOWSKI, Evangeline Frances "Van", 87, of Kearney, formerly of Loup City, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Wednesday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City
Mortuary: Higgins in Loup City
Born May 28, 1925, in Loup City Parents: Stephen and Helen (Kraus) Placek
Married: July 28, 1945, to George C. Damratowski. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her son, Allen Damratowski of Kearney; daughters, Georgia Mohr of Sun City West, Ariz., and Paulette Slominski and her husband, Steve, and Shelly Mason and her husband, Skip, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Brian Slominski, Brad Slominski, Scott Damratowski, Laura Mason and Alexis Mason; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Magdalene Palu and her husband, Robert, of Bloomfield; and sister-in-law, Rita Kubicek and her husband, Duane, of Grand Island
Grew up and attended school in Loup City; lived in Loup City all of her life; moved in 2006 to Wel-Life in Kearney and in 2010 to Mount Carmel Home in Kearney
Had been a schoolteacher, and worked as a secretary for an insurance agency
Activities: member of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church, Sodality Rosary and Loup City American Legion Auxiliary
Was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Raymond and Edward Placek; and son-in-law, Stan Mohr
Kearney Hub, 22 December 2012

DEIST, Myrtle A., 73, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia
Memorial services: Jan. 5 at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born Sept. 8, 1939, in Kearney
Parents: George A. and Pearl (Penny) Crowell
Married: Aug. 20, 1961, to Marvin Deist in Kearney
Survivors include her husband of 51 years; son, David Deist of Axtell, Neb.; daughter, Elaine (Deist) Milteer and son-in-law Byron Milteer of Warner Robins; grandchildren, Joshua Milteer, Georgia Milteer and Elijah Milteer; brother, Albert Crowell and sister-in-law Beverly Crowell of Elm Creek, Neb.; sisters, Florence Schmidt and brother-in-law Lavern of Marshfield, Mo., and Doris Meeks of Sacramento, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews
Graduated from Odessa High School in 1958; attended Peru State College and Kearney State Teachers College, earned a master's degree in education; taught school for 25 years in Nebraska and 10 years in Nevada
Was preceded in death by an infant son, Daniel Deist; her parents; brothers, Robert Crowell, Patrick Crowell and Mike Crowell; and sister, Reba Crowell
Memorials: Mosaic at Axtell, in Omaha, NE
Kearney Hub, 31 December 2012

DRAKE, Katherine L., 74, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Jan. 3 at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Burial: later
Born Nov. 27, 1938, in Broken Bow
Parents: Joseph and Leta (Fuller) Gunther
Married: Jan. 1, 1958, to Sherril Drake in Coquille, Ore.
Survivors include her husband; son, Ron Drake and his wife, Jolinda, of Kearney; daughters, Sherry DeBord and Patti Daugherty, both of Kearney; brothers, Bob Gunther and his wife, Connie, of Kearney and Vernon Daugherty of Broken Bow; grandchildren, Kelly Miller and her husband, Adam, Robyn Wachter and her husband, Matt, Monica Epp and her husband, Travis, Amy Bettles and her husband, John, Hillary Drake and Caitlyn Drake; great-grandchildren, Rylan Miller and Rileigh Epp; and several nieces and nephews
Graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1957
After marriage, moved to Kearney in 1973; with husband, owned and operated the Crossroad Standard filling station for several years; most recently worked at Walmart, retired in 2000
Activities: enjoyed playing bridge, camping and traveling
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ron Gunther; and son-in-law, Brad DeBord
Memorials: Heartland Hematology and Oncology
Kearney Hub, 29 December 2012

ELLINGSON, Howard Galen, 90, of Kearney, formerly of Broken Bow, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Memorial services: Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow
Scattering of cremains: later
Mortuary: Iverson Memorial in Broken Bow
Born Feb. 7, 1922, in Broken Bow
Parents: Melvin and Fern (Ash) Ellingson
Survivors include his sons, John and Galen, both of Broken Bow; daughter, Cindi Rogers of California; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 20 December 2012

FERGUSON, Ralph Roy, 86, of Miller, formerly of Ansley, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island
Services: Friday at First Christian Church in Ansley
Burial: Ansley Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: Govier Bros. in Broken Bow
Born July 7, 1926, 12 miles south of Berwyn
Parents: Elmer and Goldie (Roades) Ferguson
Married: Oct. 18, 1948, to LaVada Yohn. She died in 1995
Married: Oct. 16, 1998, to Terrie (Burns) Winter
Survivors include his wife; son, Rick of Omaha; brothers, Lyle, Don, Lawrence, Norman and Bennie; sisters, Evelyn Reich and Betty Johnson; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; stepsons, Mike and Marlin Winter; stepdaughter, Bev Pop; three stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 9 January 2013

FOX, Beth L., 81, of Kearney died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Wednesday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Born Oct. 8, 1931, at Shelton
Parents: Floyd and Clara (Pope) Hogg
Married: May 21, 1980, to Gerald F. Fox in Georgetown, Colo. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her stepson, Randall Fox and his wife, Cyndi, of Nebraska City; stepdaughter, Connie Fox of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Was raised north of Shelton, graduated from Shelton High School in 1949; moved to Kearney in 1951 and to Greeley, Colo., in 1974; after marriage, moved back to Kearney
Taught country school for three years, then worked at Montgomery Ward for more than 28 years
Activities: enjoyed needlework, crossword puzzles, painting and crafts; collected spoons and teddy bears
Was preceded in death by her husband and parents
Memorials: Friends of Arbor Lodge Foundation
Kearney Hub, 1 January 2013

GARCIA, Katherine, infant daughter of Adan and Zuleyma (Dinora) Garcia of Shelton, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Graveside services: Thursday at Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger - Miller Godberson Chapel of Gibbon
Born Dec. 15, 2012, in Kearney
Survivors include her parents; brother, Adan Jr. of Shelton; and sister, Yessenia of Shelton
Kearney Hub, 19 December 2012

GARRINGER, John C., 85, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at his home
Services: Thursday at New Life Assembly
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born July 22, 1927, in Oconto
Parents: John E. and Jennie (Martin) Garringer
Married: May 24, 1957, to Nancy Wondercheck in Atkinson
Survivors include his wife; sons, Marty, Dan and his wife, Paige, and Steve and his wife, Marni, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Luke Garringer and his wife, Amanda, Sarah Talbitzer and her husband, Trenton, McCrae Garringer, Maggie Garringer and Hannah Garringer, all of Kearney; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Noah John Garringer and Jackson Talbitzer, all of Kearney
Grew up in rural Oconto and Plattsmouth; received his education at rural schools in Oconto and Plattsmouth
After marriage, lived in Plattsmouth, worked for the city utilities department and Burlington and Missouri River Railroad; moved to Kearney, worked for Rockwell and Eaton Corps
Activities: enjoyed gardening, raising fruit, visiting with friends and family, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; loved Major League Baseball, was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan
Was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers
Memorials: Christ for the Nations Inc.
Kearney Hub, 8 January 2013

GEISLER, Eugene L., 84, of Lincoln died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center in Lincoln
Services: Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pleasanton
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Pleasanton. Mortuaries: Roper and Sons in Lincoln and Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl in Kearney
Born: Jan. 1, 1928 at Pleasanton
Parents: John F. and Anna M. (Grammer) Geisler
Married: June 5, 1951, to Lucile Eisele in Prairie Center; she died March 19, 2012
Received his bachelor of science and Master's Degrees from Kearney State College
Was a farmer, teacher and teachers' rights advocate at Nebraska State Education Association for 17 years
Activities: member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church
Survived by his daughters, Mary Ann (Robert) Dahle, Forest Lake, Minn., Joan (Emerson) Jones, Mayer, Ariz., Carol Geisler (Jeffrey Yaw) Shoreview, Minn; grandchildren, Analisa Dahle, Kristina Dahle, Kathryn Jones, Emerson Andrew Jones, Benjamin Geisler- Yaw; sister, Shirley Chavanu, Pleasanton
Preceded in death by parents, wife Lucile, sister Faye Wendt, brother Francis Geisler
Memorials: Pleasanton Fire Department, Pleasanton Cemetery or Eastmont Towers
Kearney Hub, 29 December 2012

HOLL, Byron Wayne, 65, of Minden died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Thursday, Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River
Born: Jan. 14, 1947 in Hastings
Parents: Lorenz and Mary Holl
Married: Nov. 4, 1972 to Judith Ann Wall; she preceded him in death, Jan. 18, 2011
Survivors include: brothers, Paul Holl of Gibbon, Carroll Holl of Grangeville, Idaho, and Loren Holl of Kenesaw; and sister, Bonnie Holl of North Platte; children and grandchildren, Leah Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, and her children, Jori, Nathaniel, Gabriella and Avi, Hannah Rogers of Des Moines, her husband, Will, and daughter, Ariella, Keren Fiorenza of Chicago and her husband, Joseph, and son, Aaron, Isaiah Holl of St. Paul, Minn., Jedidiah Holl of Des Moines and his wife, Kathleen, Hadassah Holl of Des Moines, Havvah Holl of Chicago, Vered Holl and her husband, Blake, of Davenport, Iowa, and Shoshanah Holl of Des Moines
Lived most of his life in the Shelton and Minden area
Military: joined the U.S. Navy in 1964; later attended DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, studied electronics
After marriage, lived in Gibbon; devoted much time to their company, Hollman Foods, and Nebraska's small business community; was one of the founders of Shanan Academy
Was preceded in death by his wife and parents, Lorenz and Mary Holl
Memorials: Nebraska State Stroke Association
Kearney Hub, 8 January 2013

JOHNSTEN, Lois June, 69, of Ravenna died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Memorial Services: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen of Ravenna
Born August 6, 1943 in Lincoln, Nebraska
Parents: William and Norma (Lawton) Rowe
Graduated from Benning High School in Willmington, California
Married: June 23, 1962 in Wilmington to Robert Johnson (sic)
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Ravenna, sons, Oren Johnsten of Kearney and Dane Johnsten of California, brother, Bill Rowe and sister, Mary Rowe, both of Carson, California
Moved to Ravenna in 1972; served as the librarian for the Ravenna City Library for ten years; started the Ravenna Historical Society; served on the All American City Committee
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church in Ravenna
Was preceded in death by her parents and one sister
Memorials: Ravenna Historical Center
Kearney Hub, 3 January 2013

JONES, Jerry L., 77, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Homestead Assisted Living
Services: Thursday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial with military honors: Kearney Cemetery
Born June 25, 1935, in Miller
Parents: Morris and Beulah (Lindner) Jones
Married: June 24, 1992, to Mary Mohanna in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; and stepsons, Brian Axmann of Kearney and Mark Axmann of Kansas City
Kearney Hub, 1 January 2013

KARGES, Gilbert Edward "Gil", 81, of Lincoln, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Lincoln
Memorial services: Tuesday at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln
Mortuary: Butherus, Maser & Love
Born Feb. 12, 1931, in Auburn
Parents: Gilbert S. and Jessie (Rogers) Karges
Married: June 7, 1953, to Connie Clark at the Presbyterian Church in St. Edward during a tornado
Survivors include his wife; and sons and their families, Todd and his wife, Dianne, their sons, Tim and wife Elissa, Joshua and Matthew and daughter, Joy, Kelly and his wife, Cindy, their daughters, Katie and Emily, and son, Zack, and Casey and his twins, daughter, Maggie and son, Michael
Spent his early years in Sterling and in Glendale, Calif., and returned to Nebraska when he was in the fifth grade; lived on a farm outside Albion for most of his early school years, graduated from high school in 1949; graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1953 and majored in vocational agriculture
Military: ROTC training in college, then entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and served at Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Hood, Texas, and Camp Chaffee, Ark.
Returned from service, and was a dairy farmer for 18 years, first in the Woodville area south of St. Edward and then on the family farm just west of Albion
Felt the call to the ministry in 1971, attended St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo.; was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1974
Served in Overland Park, Kan., while in seminary, then was appointed to United Methodist Churches in Doniphan/Rosedale and Waverly; after retirement, served Cortland United Church and Denton/Pleasant Dale United Methodist Churches in Nebraska; "home church" was the United Methodist Church in Albion; recently was a retired minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln; served as a district superintendent of the Central District of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990-1995
Activities: was an avid UNL football fan, loved playing golf and enjoyed singing tenor in various church choirs; member of FarmHouse Fraternity; treasured his friends and colleagues; loved his family, enjoyed Christmas with them this past week
Was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Beckwith; and brother, Bill
Memorials: Christ United Methodist Church
Kearney Hub, 7 January 2013

LAWSON, Mary Ann, 72, of Kearney died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, of pancreatic cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital
Services: Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born Nov. 10, 1940, in Loup City
Parents: Leon and Rose (Roy) Kociemba
Married: June 5, 1965, to L. Gayle Lawson
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Andrea McMurtry and her husband, Tom, of Kansas City; son, Matthew and his wife, Carol, of Ladera Ranch, Calif.; son, Chad and his fiancée, Carrie Kishline, of Vashon, Wash.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Nancy Seaman and Ellen Rae Werner; brothers, Roy Kociemba and Tom Kociemba; six nieces; one nephew; and 10 grandnieces and grandnephews
Grew up in Ogallala; after high school, worked at Rexall Drug headquarters in Hollywood; later moved to Colorado
After marriage, lived in Denver: moved to Kearney in 1978
Worked at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and obtained both her bachelor's and master's degrees by 1992; was director of business internships, retired in July 2011
Activities: volunteered with the Kearney Community Theatre, the Central Mediation Center, Leadership Kearney, Golden Torch Society, UNK Alumni Association (board member), Kearney Chamber of Commerce (member) and Lambda Pi Eta (honorary member)
Was preceded in death by her parents
Memorials: The Nebraska Medical Center Oncology Department
Kearney Hub, 18 December, 2012

MANN, Karen Fay Thomas, 74, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha
Services: Saturday at Spirit of Life Church in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born Dec. 1, 1938, in Kearney
Parents: Glenn and Ethel (Vest) Keller
Married: Sept. 27, 1957, to Donald Thomas. He preceded her in death
Married: Sept. 20, 1981, to Richard Mann. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Rick Thomas of Iowa, Randy Thomas and his wife, Nancy, of Kearney, Rodney Thomas and his wife, Sandy, of Oklahoma, Ronnie Thomas and his wife, Bobbi, of Oklahoma; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brother, Harold Keller of Colorado; and sisters, Jean Wood of North Platte, Neb., and Helen McLemore of Texas
Activities: attended church at the Christian Center in Chickasha; loved spending time with her family
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Rhonda Jessen; brother, Neal Keller; sisters, Bonnie McFarland and JoAnn Spellman; and granddaughter, Ranae Warner
Kearney Hub, 8 January 2013

McCAMMON, Robert "Dale", 91, of Kearney died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Services: Tuesday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery, military honors
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born March 16, 1921, in Holdrege
Parents: Warren and Ruby (McGeorge) McCammon
Married: June 17, 1951, to Dorothy Bowden at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Nancy Hansen and her husband, Thomas, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Gail Mullins and her husband, Michael, and Lori O'Brien and her husband, Stephen, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Jennifer Behnk and her husband, Shane, of Columbus, Christopher Hansen of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Katie McCaslin and her husband, Jordan, of Kearney; great-grandchildren, Olivia and John Behnk of Columbus and Jaxon McCaslin of Kearney; one niece; and two nephews
Grew up in Holdrege and Bertrand; was active in Boy Scouts, was known for his musical ability in playing the sousaphone; graduated from Bertrand High School in 1939
Military: U.S. Navy, Oct. 8, 1940, to November 1946; was serving on the USS Lexington when it was sunk in the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942; also served on the USS Bogue, which served off the shores of Argentina, Newfoundland and Murmansk, Russia, and on the USS Cowpens, an aircraft carrier in Pacific Ocean; also served on the USS Ard 29, a floating dry dock in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, and then was stationed in the Bikini Atolls for the first of two atom bomb tests
After the war, began his lifelong career in the automotive repair business, worked as the body shop foreman at Nelson Motors, Kearney Body Shop, Olson-Hill Ford, Turner's Body Shop, Killion Motors and Crossroads Ford; also did upholstery work while at Turner's Body Shop
Retired, and After retirement, worked for Eppley Express as a driver and for General Adjustment Bureau as an adjuster for automobile accidents; finally retired at age 81
Activities: enjoyed bowling and carpentry work; was active in the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, served as president of the department; was a life member of VFW Post 759, American Legion Post 52 and Elks Lodge 984; was very active in VFW and served in many leadership capacities; was also an admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska; started the Avenue of Flags at Kearney Cemetery in 1984, and it continues to this day
Was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna Remus; brother, Benjamin; and great-grandson, Michael Behnk
Memorials: Flag Fund at Kearney Cemetery, First United Methodist Church or the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department
Kearney Hub, 12 January 2013

MERRYMAN, A. Doug, 55, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his home
Services: Friday, Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born March 4, 1957, in Kearney
Parents: Nelson "Buzz" and E. Sue (Hather) Merryman
Survivors include his father and his friend, Marcia Smith, of Kearney; and sister, Lori Rivera and her friend, Karl Sickinger, of Olney, Md.
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1976; graduated from Kearney State College
Lived most of his life in Kearney; worked at various occupations
Was preceded in death by his mother in 2009
Memorials: First Lutheran Church in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 9 January 2013

MOOMEY, Burton, 94, of Grand Island, formerly of Kearney, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Grand Island Veterans Home
Services: Saturday, O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Riverside Cemetery at Gibbon with military honors
Born Aug. 8, 1918, in Dannebrog
Parents: Fred and J. Sophia (Nielsen) Moomey
Married: July 28, 1978, to Beulah Catlin in Bushton, Kan. She died in 1991
Survivors include his brother, Earl of Junction City, Ore.; sister, Rachel Schaefer of Seattle; stepsons, Alfred Catlin and his wife, Jill, of Kearney and Randy Catlin and his wife, Sue, of Beaver Crossing; stepdaughter, Carolyn Anson of Greensboro, N.C.; many nieces and nephews; and 11 stepgrandchildren
Grew up in Sherman County and received his education from Wiggle Creek High School
Military: U.S. Army during World War II, received an honorable discharge in September 1945
Returned from the war and farmed in Sherman County
Activities: member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney and VFW Post 5820 in Ravenna; loved to recite poetry by Robert Service
Kearney Hub, 4 January 2013

NEUJAHR, Mary, 48, of Gibbon, formerly of Ewing, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island
Memorial services: Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Ewing
Burial: O'Neill Calvary Cemetery
Mortuary: Biglin's in O'Neill
Born Jan. 21, 1964, in O'Neill
Parents: Frank and Marjorie (Summerer) Tomjack
Married: June 10, 1988, to married Keven Neujahr in Omaha
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Caroline of Gibbon and Katherine of Lincoln; son, Ryan of Gibbon; her mother of Ewing; brothers, Daryl, Keith, Bob and Dave, all of Ewing, and Rick of Flagstaff, Ariz.; sisters, Leanne Tomjack of Ewing, Phyllis Rhylander of Omaha, Beth Clouse of Springfield, Sharlene Parry of Helena, Mo., Linda Brandl of Bennington and Kala Tomjack Peterson of Omaha; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Kathy Arens of Ewing
Graduated from St. Mary's High School in O'Neill; received her bachelor's degree and graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Mary in Omaha Worked for RESCARE for 18 years, eight of those years as a quality assurance manager
Activities: was cheerleading sponsor for the cheerleaders in Gibbon Public Schools in 2009 and 2010; taught CCD in 2010
Was preceded in death by her grandparents, her father and her father-in-law
Kearney Hub, 26 December 2012

PENNA, Annette Kay (Borchert) (Hardwick), 73, of Chandler, Texas, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado
Services were Dec. 21 at Horan and McConaty Funeral Service in Lakewood
Inurnment: at Golden, Colorado.
Born Dec. 17, 1938, in Benkelman, Neb.
Parents: Merle and Gladys Borchert
Married: Feb. 15, 1957, to William P. Hardwick at First Methodist Church in Kearney; they divorced in May 1976
Married: December 1981, to Joseph R. Penna
Survivors include her husband, Joe, his two children, Robert and Tammie, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; ex-husband, Bill Hardwick, their daughters, Debra Leonard and Chana Guy, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and brother, Marshall and his wife, Jennie, and their children
Was the first of four children and the only daughter in her family; most of her education was in Hastings, Neb.; graduated from Kearney High School in 1956; played clarinet in the KHS band; worked at a ladies clothing store part time
Later was a full-time mother; also worked as a nurses aide, dental assistant, Department of Motor Vehicles clerk, a pub owner, microscope technician, cleaner at model homes, co-owner of a retail business, sales manager for a home furnishings store, custom frame store, accounts clerk for Farmers Insurance and at one time was a volunteer emergency medical technician for a fire department
Activities: was a lifelong United Methodist and a willing participant in church and Sunday school activities; immersed herself in local activities where she lived: Nebraska, Kansas, Virginia, Colorado and California; retired to Chandler, Texas
Was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Merle and David; and grandson, Andrew Leonard
Kearney Hub, 28 December 2012

ROBBINS, Johnny A., 49, of Kearney died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital
Memorial services: Saturday at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Born June 8, 1963, in Fort Campbell, Ky.
Parents: John and Mary E. (Traudt) Robbins
Married: Dec. 4, 1981, to Mary Eudy in Sutton
Survivors include his wife; sons, Derek and his wife, Danielle, of Ames, Iowa, and David and his fiancée, Janis, of Kearney; daughter, Nicole of Kearney; grandson, Conner; granddaughter, Kinley; brothers, Mike Robbins of Sutton and Chris Robbins of Newnan, Ga.; sisters, Sanya Robbins and Tina Kimball, both of Terre Haute, Ind., and Cindy Lobeda of Grand Island; and his parents of Sutton. He was expecting another grandson in February
Grew up in Nebraska
Military: U.S. Army during the early 1980s with the 82nd Airborne Division
After marriage, lived in Kearney; was the network administrator at West Co. in Kearney
Activities: was a true family man; enjoyed being in the outdoors, golf and spending time with his two grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 21 December 2012

ROWE, Frances Ann, 69, of Pleasanton died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, at her home
Services: none planned at this time
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born Oct. 21, 1943, in William County, Va.
Parents: Ralph and Alice (Mazingo) Adams
Married: Aug. 26, 1960, to Donald Rowe Sr. in Lamar, Colo.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Robert of Kearney and Mike of Pleasanton; daughter, Shelia White of Ravenna; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 9 January 2013

SANDERS, Kenneth L. Sr., 68, of Lincoln died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Lincoln
Services: Saturday, St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Mortuary: Butherus, Maser and Love in Lincoln
Born Jan. 8, 1944, in Minden
Parents: Charles and Ethel (Moses) Sanders
Married: June 2, 1961, to Roberta Evans at St. Ann's in Lexington
Survivors include his wife; sons, Kenneth L. Sanders Jr. and Jerald L. Sanders, both of Lincoln; grandchildren, Luke and Mae Sanders; and many nieces and nephews
Grew up in Lexington
Worked in construction, became a contractor; built homes all over the state including Hastings, Taylor, Kearney and Lincoln; loved his work, and for many years, he and his sons were in business together
Activities: enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling with his sons, and watching them play sports; was active in Parents Association at Kearney Catholic and Knights of Columbus; especially enjoyed his grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and seven sisters
Kearney Hub, 3 January 2013

SCHMITZ, Margie Ann, 73, of Kearney died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Services: Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery in Oconto
Mortuary: O'Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born Oct. 8, 1939, in Milford, Kan.
Parents: Arnold and Susanna (Gould) Dobbins
Married: Nov. 14, 1964, to Francis J. Schmitz. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her sons, Joseph Schmitz and Franklin Schmitz and his wife, Sunny, all of Kearney; daughters, Ann Schmitz of Kearney and Sheila Piscopo and her husband, Michael, of Green Bay, Wis.; eight grandchildren; and sisters, Wilma Juker of Washington and Patsy Snethen of Lexington
Grew up on a ranch near Anselmo, received her education from Anselmo High School and graduated in 1958
Activities: member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church; enjoyed traveling, going to museums and antiques
Was preceded in death by her husband; parents and a son, James Lee Schmitz
Kearney Hub, 28 December 2012

SEIFERT, Phyllis, 86, of Ravenna died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Thursday at Ravenna United Methodist Church
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Dec. 5, 1926, in Topeka, Kan.
Parents: Hervey and Elizabeth (Sabo) Sheldon
Married: Jan. 18, 1948, to J.G. "Mike" Seifert in Ravenna. He died in 1995
Survivors include her son, Ron Seifert and his wife, Ingrid, of Grand Island; daughter, Bev Geisler and her husband, Don, of Pleasanton; grandchildren and spouses, Heather and Mark Weinrich of Omaha, Brandon and Vanessa Seifert of Lincoln, Doug and Cortney Geisler of Pleasanton, Dana and Ashley Geisler of Denver and Brenda and Phil Wilson of Overland Park, Kan.; and great-grandchildren, Madison, Olivia, Michael, Mallory and Parker
Attended school in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School in 1945
After marriage, lived in Ravenna; with husband, operated the Gambles Store in Ravenna for 10 years; then did the bookkeeping for their Sinclair Station and later for their tank wagon service at the Ravenna Co-op; began at the Ravenna bank in 1968, retired in December 1991 after 23 years
Activities: enjoyed traveling, bus tours and cruises; member of the United Methodist Church in Ravenna and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary; volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Grand Island, Ravenna Good Samaritan Center and the Bloodmobile; enjoyed her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends, playing cards, crafts, shopping, the Senior Center in Ravenna; after living 60 years in the same house, moved to Homestead Assisted Living in Kearney in February 2010
Memorials: AseraCare Hospice, Ravenna Senior Center or the church
Kearney Hub, 1 January 2013

SLOCUMB, Mark, 57, of Kearney died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at St. John's Good Samaritan Center
Memorial services: Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Pleasanton
Burial: Pleasanton Cemetery. Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born: March 6, 1955, in Kearney
Parents: Gerald and Bonnie (Lammers) Slocumb
Survivors include his sons, Sam Slocumb and his wife, Alex, and Jake Slocumb, all of Kearney; and grandson, Carter of Kearney
Graduated from Pleasanton High School
Lived in Kearney, worked in construction
Kearney Hub, 18 December, 2012

VAN MATRE, Lila Mai, 82, of Gibbon died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Friday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Shelton
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born April 25, 1930, in Poole
Parents: Paul and Irene (Gruhn) Heider
Married: Dec. 30, 1951, to Clifferd Van Matre. They divorced in 1982
Survivors include her daughters, Gail Jones and her husband, Clyde, of Lees Summit, Mo., and Joan McAuliff and her husband, Tim, of Gibbon; sons, Frank Van Matre and his wife, Darla, of Kensington, Kan., and Nick Van Matre and his wife, Deb, Todd Van Matre and his wife, Tia, and Luke Van Matre, all of Gibbon; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren
Attended school in Ravenna, graduated from Ravenna High School in 1948; took normalized training for one year then moved to Seattle to pursue a career as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Co.; returned a year later and worked as a switchboard operator in Sodtown, and later at the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant, Graham Restaurant and for several years as a cook at Gibbon Public School; retired from Eaton Corp., 1996, after 17 years of service
Activities: enjoyed traveling and watching football; greatest joys were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and being a mother; member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Shelton
Was preceded in death by her parents and two great-grandsons, Alex and Axel Kern
Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church stained-glass window fund
Kearney Hub, 7 January 2013

WUEHLER, Luella B., 81, of Amherst died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney
Services: Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst
Burial: Immanuel Cemetery northwest of Amherst
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Dec. 19, 1931, at Pleasanton
Parents: Emil and Bertha (Schwab) Kreutzer
Married: June 10, 1950, to Melvin Wuehler in Kearney. He died in 2009
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Nelson and her husband, Rick, of Lincoln, Jeanie Nickel and her husband, John, and Jackie Trampe and her husband, Ron, all of Elm Creek, and Cindy Moninger and her husband, Tim, of Shelton; sons, Alvin of Seattle and John of Amherst; grandchildren, Angie Nelson, Kimberly and Zach Zegers, Bill Nickel, Jim Nickel, Lisa and Kirk Frecks, Seth Moninger, Isaac Wuehler, James and Sheri Gifford, Matt Gifford, Clayten Wuehler and Hunter, Keaton, Jordyn, Gabriele, Garret and Jaiden Trampe; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ashlynn, Quinn and Teagan Zegers, Macy and Kyan Nickel, Taylor Kotas and great-great-granddaughter Chloe, Hunter and Carter Frecks and James, Janna, Abby, Willy and Gaberele Gifford; sisters, Twila Bosshamer and her husband, Loren, of Amherst, Marilyn Bailey and her husband, Bill, of Lexington and Lois Lee of Riverdale; brother, Allen Kreutzer and his wife, Charleen, of Kearney; brother-in-law, James Wuehler of Montgomery, Ala.; and sister-in-law, Ruth Kreutzer of Kearney
Grew up in Riverdale, graduated from Riverdale High School in 1950
After marriage, lived at Amherst; then moved to Bellingham, Wash., 1954; returned to Amherst, 1958, lived on a farm and had a dairy operation; worked at Kearney State College, 1964-1968
Activities: member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst; enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, traveling, fishing, reading, crocheting, gardening and bowling
Was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Bobby, Larry and Roland "Sonny"; and grandson, Riley Trampe
Memorials: Amherst Volunteer Fire Department, Trinity Lutheran Church or to the family
Kearney Hub, 28 December 2012
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