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ADAMS, Fern M., 87, of Kearney, Neb., died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Baptist Village Home in Oklahoma City, Oklahmoa
Service: Saturday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery near Lexington
Born Feb. 17, 1928, in Smith County, Kan.
Parents: Wright W. and Clara Anne Marie (Diechen) Baker
Received her education in Athens and Downs, Kan., then graduated from Esbon (Kan.) High School
Married: Sept. 17, 1947, to Eugene B. Adams in Superior, Neb.
After marriage, lived in Milford, Lincoln, Gibbon and Kearney, all in Nebraska
Activities: was an avid doll collector and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends
Survivors include: her son, Larry Adams of Gibbon; daughter, Laurie and husband Donald Mosel of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother, Melvin Baker of Buena Vista, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter, Linda Bramer
Kearney Hub, 31 December, 2015

ALMAZAN, Flavio, 77, of Gibbon died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney
Service: Monday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Gibbon
Burial: Riverside Cemetery at Gibbon
Born on September 20, 1938 at Cuadrilla Nueva, Guerrero, Mexico
Parents: Quintin Velasquez and Crecenciana Almazan
Grew up in Cuadrilla Nuevo
Married: to Tomasa Garcia in 1960
After marriage, lived in Cuadrilla Nuevo, moved to Yuma, Arizona in 1986 and to Gibbon in 1998
Survivors include: his wife, Tomasa Almazan of Gibbon; five sons, Epi Almazan of Tennessee, Enrique Velasquez of Shelton, Jorge Almazan and Hugo Almazan of Tennessee, Joe Almazan of Gibbon; three daughters, Bony Vega of Arizona, Leticia Almazan of Gibbon and Aleida Contreras of Gibbon; 30 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister

ALVAREZ, Victor Lawrence Anderson, 58, of Lincoln, formerly of Kearney, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Lincoln
Celebration of life: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Kearney
Burial: private
Born Feb. 13, 1957, in Oakland, Calif.
Married: Jan. 2, 1982, to Kathy Langston in Kearney
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Kristine Devoll of Hastings and Michelle Weston and Jodie Lindholm, both of Lincoln; his mother, Charleen Anderson of Kearney; sisters, Karen Ussery of Gibbon, Kathy Bullock of Gothenburg and Koleen Fruhling of Cedar Bluffs; brother, Michael Anderson of Kearney; and eight grandchildren
Was preceded in death by a son, Victor Alvarez Jr.; and his stepfather, Stanley Anderson
Kearney Hub, 6 January, 2016

BASNETT, Eileen D., 94, of Ravenna died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Services: Monday at Ravenna United Methodist Church
Burial: Sodtown Cemetery
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Sept. 21, 1921, in St. Michael
Parents: Henry and Laura (Meyer) Muhlbach
Graduated from Shelton High School; attended Kearney State College, then taught school for six years before marriage
Married: Marvin Basnett on May 28, 1944, at Zion Lutheran Church North Shelton
After marriage, lived on a farm in the Sodtown area; worked as a bookkeeper for Sodtown Telephone Co. for many years
Activities: member of the former Zion United Methodist Church and later joined Ravenna United Methodist Church; member of Sodtown Extension Club and Platte Valley China Painters; enjoyed flower gardening, china painting, crafts, baking for her family and playing the piano at church and for pleasure
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Diane Basnett and Randy and Buzz Basnett, and daughter, Janice Nutter, all of Ravenna; nine grandchildren, Jon and wife Heidi Nutter of Kearney, Cyndi and husband Robert Pesek of Gibbon, Darrin and wife Amy Nutter of Shelton, Chris and wife Megan Basnett of Lincoln, Rick Basnett of New York, Curtis and wife Sheena Basnett of Omaha, Eric and wife Amber Basnett of Pleasanton and Kelly Basnett and Caelan Basnett, both of Ravenna; seven great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Lois Muhlbach of Shelton
Was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; sisters, Fern and Dorothy; and son-in-law, Denten Nutter
Kearney Hub, 21 January, 2016

BLUE, Harold “Lyle” Blue, 92, of Valley Center, Kansas, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Newton, Kansas
Service: Saturday at Valley Center Christian Church
Burial: Kearney (Neb.) Cemetery. Mortuary: Baker Funeral Home Valley Center
Born Feb. 9, 1923, in Shelton, Neb.
Parents: Chester Allen Blue and Bernice Aleeta (Derby) Blue
Married: Illene (Landburg) Blue and enjoyed having her work with him at the Kwik Shop down through the years; was a retired Valley Center Kwik Shop owner
Also enjoyed working for USD 259 and Child Start, finally retired at age 85
Activities: always enjoyed people and loved all his jobs as he interacted with each person he met
Survivors include: children and spouses, Connie and William “Butch” Shafer, John Blue, Linda Cash and Allen and Elizabeth Blue; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Gary Blue; many other family and friends
Was preceded in death by his wife, Illene Blue; children, Patti Jo and twins Terry and Deanne Blue; granddaughter, Tammy Cash; sister, Nadine Benson; and brothers, Virgil and Darrell
Memorials: National MS Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Kearney Hub, 14 January, 2016

BOGNER, Winona "Wink" C., 90, of Grand Island, formerly of Lexington and Kearney, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Grand Island Veterans’ Home
Service: Monday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: St. Ann’s Cemetery near Lexington
Mortuary: Reynolds-Love in Lexington
Born Nov. 29, 1925, in Smithfield
Parents: Ralph L. and Ethel R. (LaVene) Forster
Married: April 7, 1947, to Marvin Bogner in Lexington. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her children, James and Marlin, both of Kearney, and Kris of Lincoln; brother, Verlouis Forster of Smithfield; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 13 January, 2016

CLINE, Timothy Wayne, 52, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Kearney
Memorial service: Saturday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born May 24, 1963, in Franklin
Parents: Wilbur and Janice (Brune) Cline
Grew up and received his education in Overton and Minden
After high school, lived in Kansas, worked in the cabinetry business; married his first wife and had two children; later returned to Nebraska, worked for Olsen Farms near Minden for several years
Married: Barb Luther on Jan. 20, 1996, in Kearney
After this marriage, lived in Kearney, worked for Ace Irrigation for almost 20 years; at the time of his death, was a supervisor and head welder at Ace Irrigation
Was injured in an ATV accident seven years ago, was told he would never walk again; persevered, and to the amazement of doctors and nurses he was walking again in a matter of months
Activities: enjoyed fishing, camping, mudding and working on cars and trucks; was an avid race car fan and an excellent mechanic; loved working on the race cars of Cody Blessing and Travis Kernick; at one time or another, had worked on several, if not all, race cars driven by Kearney drivers; loved animals, especially his dogs; most of all, loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren
Survivors include: his wife, Barb Cline of Kearney; a daughter, Amanda Wagoner and husband Jeremy of Osborne, Kan.; a son, Andrew Cline of Downs, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Brenda Kenkel and husband Roger of Gibbon; a stepson, Michael Luther and wife Lisa of Kearney; 10 grandchildren, Karley, Miracle, Rylan, Caly, Korben, Chaz, Kaiden, Kaden, Chase and Kirby; his siblings, Kathy, Susan, Steve and Craig; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents and siblings
Kearney Hub, 20 January, 2016

CORNELIUS, Wesley J. “Wes”, 82, of rural Shelton died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society in Wood River
Services: Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shelton
Burial: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Lowell
Mortuary: Apfel Funeral Home
Born: Oct. 25, 1933, in Blue Hill
Parents: Clarence and Helen (Stupenhorst) Cornelius
Grew up and attended school in Alda, participated in drama and basketball; graduated in 1950
Military: U.S. Army, 1956 - 1958
Married: Sept. 4, 1966, in Shelton, to Diane Uhrich
After marriage, lived on the home place between Shelton and Kenesaw, farmed and raised cattle; had three sons
Activities: member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lowell, the Platt-Duetsche and Saddle Club; was an officer of the Lowell Drainage District; enjoyed dancing, visiting with friends, going to cattle sales and taking trips to Las Vegas and Husker football games; when blessed with a rare inch and one-half of rain, would treat his family to a Royals baseball game or a quick visit to the beautiful Rocky Mountains; enjoyed time with his family, especially canoeing, fishing and taking long drives to view the countryside with his grandsons
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Diane of rural Shelton; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith “K.C.” and Jackie Cornelius and Alan and Lori Cornelius, all of Shelton, and Brad Cornelius of Omaha; grandsons, Trevor, Michael and Kaden Cornelius, all of Shelton; sister and brother-in-law, Bev and Darold Strong of Alda; sister-in-law, Janna Cornelius of Alda; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jan and Tom Sorahan of Grand Island; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Shirley Cornelius; and brother, Wayne Cornelius
Kearney Hub, 4 January, 2016

CORRELL, Wilma Frances, 85, of Kearney, formerly of Hebron, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Service: Jan. 29 at First Community Church in Hebron
Burial: Hebron City Cemetery
Mortuary: Kroll in Hebron
Born June 3, 1930, in Harvard
Adoptive parents: Oscar and Edith (Redenbo) Ireland
Grew up in Hebron, attended school and graduated from Hebron High School, 1947; then worked various jobs around Hebron until her marriage
Married: Earnest Correll, her high school sweetheart, Aug. 21, 1949, at First Christian Church in Hebron
Activities: enjoyed cooking, served great meals to her family; liked to crochet and knit; especially loved spending time with her family
Was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earnest; granddaughter, Erin Danielle; and brother, Maurice Ireland
Survivors include: two sons, Dan and wife Gay of Kearney and Dennis and wife Jean of Medford, Minn.; granddaughters, Caitlin Mueller and husband James and Megan Fleischman and husband Bill, all of Lincoln, and Lindsay and Brittany Correll of Medford; four great-grandchildren, Owen and Eli Mueller and William and Erin Fleischman; sister, Emaline Einspahr and husband Lamoine of Hastings; brother, Bill Ranz and wife Barbara of California; and nieces, nephews and friends
Kearney Hub, 21 January, 2016

CRONIN, Bess A., 98, of Ravenna died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Rose Lane Nursing Home in Loup City, just six days shy of her birthday
Service: Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Jan. 28, 1917, on a farm southeast of Ravenna in Buffalo County
Parents: Louis and Kate (Hervert) Psota
Was the oldest of six children; moved with family to Sherman County, attended District 48 Dry Creek, Bloody Run and Wiggle Creek Schools; graduated from Ravenna High School, 1933
Worked at Acoma Foods (Henningson’s) in Ravenna, the Kearney Air Base during World War II and retired from the Ravenna Bank after almost 30 years of service
Married James “Pat” Cronin on Oct. 19, 1944; then lived in Ravenna
Activities: enjoyed crossword puzzles, car rides, writing letters and listening and dancing to polka music; loved spending time with family and grandchildren
Survivors include three children and their spouses, Donna and Loren Obermiller of rural Loup City, Mike and Kim Cronin of Ravenna and Jim and Glenda Cronin of rural Loup City; son-in-law, Rex Kroeger of Kearney; sisters and their spouses, Clara and Duane Ewer of Aberdeen, S.D., Wilma and Don Keaschall of rural Ravenna and Joyce and Al Wink of Kearney; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James “Pat”; daughter, Coleen Kroeger; brother, John “Jack” Psota; and sister, Frances Wiseman
Kearney Hub, 23 January 2016

FECHT, Ben F., 81, of Amherst died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Center in Kearney
Services: Wednesday at Riverdale Christian Church
Burial: Bainbridge Cemetery in Huntley
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born Feb. 9, 1934, in Ragan
Parents: Behrend and Nettie (McArthur) Fecht
Grew up in the Huntley area, graduated from Huntley Consolidated School in 1951
Married Mary Riley on July 18, 1954, in Alma
Worked at various grain elevators in Nebraska, BD in Holdrege, Harlan County Road Department, T and F Sand and Gravel, and Dannehl’s as a feed and seed salesman; retired in 1996
Activities: member of Riverdale Christian Church, served as an elder, 1985-2007, then was made an honorary elder until his death; hobbies included finishing antiques and gardening; enjoyed playing cards, watching Husker football and volleyball and putting jigsaw puzzles together in his spare time
Survivors include: wife, Mary of Amherst; sons, Randal Fecht and wife Carol of Oxford and Ronald Fecht of Holyoke, Colo.; daughters, Roxie Gibb and husband Rick of Atlanta and Rae Lynn Johnson and husband Jeff of Amherst; sister, Margaret Johnson of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; brother, Don Fecht and wife Phyllis of Wilcox; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by three brothers, Roger, Delmar and Eugene; two sisters, Ruth Ann Curts and Pauline Fecht; and infant granddaughter, Leisa Ranae Kehl
Kearney Hub, 9 January, 2016

FENNER, Lorene Bernice, 96, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at her home
Services: Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg
Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell
Mortuary: Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg
Born April 19, 1919, in Gothenburg
Parents: John and Louise (Frank) Geiken
Married: Sept. 1, 1947, to Earl D. Fenner. He died Nov. 13, 1988
Survivors include her son, Darrell of Louisiana; daughters, Anita Greeley of Brule and Jalene Davis of Kearney; brother, Alvin Geiken of Gothenburg; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2016

GODDARD, LaVon Lou, 71, of Kearney died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Service: Saturday at Pleasanton Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Pleasant Valley Cemetery northwest of Pleasanton
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Dec. 24, 1944, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Loup City
Parents: Kenneth and Fern (Cherry) Reitz
Attended Elder Grove Country School at South Loup in her early years; graduated from Litchfield High School
As a child, attended South Loup Community Church; accepted Jesus as Savior at age 5 years; attended New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wis., where she met her future husband
Married on Jan. 24, 1965, at South Loup Community Church, to Robert Goddard
After marriage, completed their missions training 1½ years later; had two sons; served with New Tribes Mission for 45 years in Paraguay, South America; retired and moved to Kearney four years ago
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Kearney; sons, Wesley and Wayne, both of Paraguay; sister-in-law, Mary Reitz of Pleasanton; brothers, George and wife Donna Reitz of Pleasanton and Peter and wife Belva Reitz of Hesperus, Colo.; sister, Becky and husband Joe Lucas of Kearney; and a host of nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Millie Reitz; brothers, Laverne, Larry, Lloyd and Danny Reitz; infant sister, Donna Reitz; and nephew, Ricky Reitz
Memorials: Homeward Trail Bible Camp
Kearney Hub, 20 January, 2016

GRELL, Matilda A. “Tillie”, 101, of Shelton died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at her home
Services: Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shelton
Burial: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Apfel in Grand Island
Born March 1, 1914 on a farm south of Denison, Iowa
Parents: William and Ida (Hollander) Steinkueller
Married: May 23, 1932, to Alfred Grell. He preceded her in death
Survivors include her children, Darlene Mohr of Ute, Iowa, Phyllis Kaelin of Ansley, DeWayne of Grand Island, Deb of Shelton, Richard of San Marcos, Calif., and Charles of Bovey, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 37 great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 31 December 2015

HALL, Henry “Ted”, 73, of Kearney died of cancer Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at the Grand Island Veterans Hospital
Graveside service: Tuesday at Eaton Cemetery in Heartwell, military honors
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger in Kearney
Born Jan. 24, 1942, in Texas
Parents: Henry and Inez (Bomark) Hall
Attended Kearney High School
Military: enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1969, was honorably discharged in November 1969; later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served as a Seabee, March 1969 - December 1976
Worked all of his life in construction; was an avid outdoorsman and had many hobbies including leather crafting
Survivors include: children, Beth Jones, Renee Seevers, Michael Hall, Timothy Hall and Tammy Crowell and their families; sisters, Alyce Stone and Susan Hall; brothers, Robert Snyder, Jerry Hall and Robert Hall; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marie Wells; and half-sister, Beth Reed
Memorials: Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home
Kearney Hub, 28 December, 2015

HARMS, Paul E., 79, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Kearney Regional Medical Center
Service: Friday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born July 25, 1936, in his grandparents’ home at Wilcox
Parents: Herman H. and Helen E. (Carskdon) Harms
Attended school in Hildreth, was a graduate of Hildreth High School in 1955
Military: U.S. Army, Nov. 17, 1959, - Feb. 12, 1962
Married Barbara A. Keenan on July 21, 1963, in Grand Island
After marriage, lived in Albion; moved to Kearney in 1965, established Harms Drywall Contracting Co.; with Barbara, operated the company for over 40 years; retired in 2006
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church, Kearney Elks Lodge 984, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and the Homebuilders Association
Survivors include: wife, Barbara; daughters, Tressie Nootz and her husband, Tim, of Olathe, Kan., Lisa Wuehler and her husband, Dale, of Fayetteville, Ark., Deniese Smith and her husband, Brian, of Windsor, Colo., Lori Prichard and her husband, Dan, of Lenexa, Kan., and Rita Shay and her husband, Robert, of Olathe; sister, Jean Rush and her husband, Lloy Dean, of Axtell; 11 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Fern Higley of Kearney; brother-in-law, Robert Keenan and his wife, Chris, of Renton, Wash.; sister-in-law, Wanetta Halbert of Kearney; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted friends of the kids
Was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Mason
Memorials: First United Methodist Church or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Kearney Hub, 14 January, 2016

HAUSCHILD, Ruth, 91, of Ravenna died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna
Service: Saturday at Ravenna United Methodist Church
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born Feb. 18, 1924
Parents: Claude and Fern (Fellows) McMurtry
Was educated in Ravenna
Married Albert Hauschild on Oct. 20, 1942, in Hastings
After marriage, lived on a farm east of Ravenna; lived in Ravenna, 1947-1966, then returned to the farm
Activities: member of the United Methodist Church in Ravenna and the American Legion Auxiliary; enjoyed doing crafts, sewing and crocheting; enjoyed helping other people
Survivors include her sons, Bill Hauschild of Firth and Albert Hauschild of Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Johnny Smith of Calhan, Colo.; grandchildren, Matt Hauschild and Tige Hauschild, both of Lincoln, Rich Barr of Denver, Albert Hauschild of Phillips and Amy Bennet and Kitty Vaughn, both of Illinois; eight great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Judy McMurtry of Scottsbluff
Was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; infant daughter, Tammy Marie; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Hauschild; brother, Jim; and sister, Mella Mae
Kearney Hub, 15 January, 2016

HOWSDEN, Leonard D., 71, of Kearney, formerly of Grand Island, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln.
Memorial service: Thursday, December 31, 2015, at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney; military honors
Burial: later
Born Sept. 11, 1944, in Alma
Parents: Willard and Helen (Barnes) Howsden
Attended Alma High School and graduated with the class of 1962
Military: U.S. Air Force
Married: Marcia M. Blois on Dec.11, 1966; she passed away on July 23, 1972
Married: married Anna Schneider on April 14, 1973, in Kearney
Worked the majority of his life as a truck driver, retired in 1995
Activities: member of the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island; served as Exalted Ruler of Grand Island Lodge 604 of the B.P.O. Elks and was a member of The American Legion and the Knights of Columbus; in retirement, loved to spend time at the lake with his wife, children and grandchildren
Survivors include his wife, Anna Howsden, of Kearney; children, Cindy Beno and husband Jim, Vicki Hanson and husband Andy and Randy Howsden, all of Kearney, Janine Blank of Hutchinson, Kan., Chris Howsden and wife Molly of Lithia, Fla., and Leanna Howsden and special friend Holly Waugh of Lake Mary, Fla.; sister, Vivian Young of Olivette, Mo.; grandchildren and spouses, Blake Beno, Justin and Jen Huber, Tyler and Jessica Hanson, Abby Hanson, Corey and Caitlin Young, Amanda Blank, Virginia Howsden and Taylor Howsden; and great-grandchildren, Alivia Huber and Drake Huber
Was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marcia Howsden; son, Coby Dean Howsden; granddaughter, June Marie Howsden; two brothers; and one sister
Memorials: Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Kearney Animal Shelter or the Elks National Foundation
Kearney Hub, 31 December, 2015

KEUP, Rodney G., 82, of Gibbon, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at his home
Memorial service: Wednesday O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Cremation was chosen
Born on Feb. 26, 1933, in Peru
Parents: Archie and Opal (Adams) Keup
Graduated from Gibbon High School in 1951
Military: U.S. Army, June 1953 until May 1955, was honorably discharged
Worked for Teleweld for several years, traveling all over the United States; later worked in the maintenance department of Intermatic in Richmond, Ill.; returned to Gibbon in 2001
Activities: member of Family of Christ Church, was a volunteer at the Gibbon American Legion Post 310; enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors; enjoyed his family and friends
Survivors include: sons, Jeff Keup and wife Karen of Spring Grove, Ill., and Bryan Keup and wife Amy of Waukesha, Wis.; three grandchildren; five sisters, Marylin Broekemeier of Kearney, Judith Rose of St. Louis, Nita Krueger of Kearney, Suzanne Hawke and husband Dan of Broken Bow and Kathleen Stander and husband Roger; a brother, Alan Keup and wife Nancy of Kearney; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eldon Keup; and two sisters, Linda Spellman and Gail Keup
Memorials: Gibbon American Legion Post 310
Kearney Hub, 29 December, 2015

KINKADE, Kyah Nicole, 16, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, as the result of a house fire in Kearney
Service: Saturday at Kearney Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born March 17, 1999, in Kearney
Parents: Joel and Kerry (Oliva) Kinkade
Was a junior at Kearney High School, was active in band and a member of HOSA; was passionate about band and animals; volunteered at Awana and Early Head Start; was working at Runza at the time of her death
Survivors include: parents, Kerry Oliva of Kearney and friend Armando Tamayo of Bartlett and Joel Kinkade and friend Tamara Berumen of Kearney; stepmother, Shanda Hahn Kinkade of Omaha; brother, Zayne Kinkade of Kearney; grandparents, Paula Kinkade of Nelson, Roger Lee Kinkade of Kansas City, Kan., and Sharon Oliva of Stockton, Kan.; aunts and uncles, Tina and James Davis of Garden City, Kan., Monica and Dale Taskinen of Salina, Kan., Carrie Kinkade of Denver, Leland Kinkade of Texas, Kurt Oliva of North Platte, Kim and George Salpas and Kelly and Emigdio Cuevas, all of Grand Island, Marenda Gretzschel and friend Tom Schluntz of Alma and Chris Gretzschel of Lawrence, Ala.; and other extended family members, Nicholas Berumen and Taylor Whittaker
Was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ronald and Janet (Holen) Oliva; uncle, Martin Gretzschel; and cousin, Adrian Cuevas
Kearney Hub, 15 January, 2016

McLAUGHLIN, Mary Jane, 77, of Kearney died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Memorial service: later
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born July 1, 1938, in York, Maine
Parents: Foster and Mary (Sewell) Beard
Married: Ray McLaughlin in Portland, Maine, on Dec. 21, 1957
With husband in the U.S. Air Force, lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Michigan, the Philippines and eventually came to Bellevue; moved to Kearney in 1978; they were married for 25 years
Activities: was an avid quilter and loved to collect lighthouses; was an advocate for seniors in the Kearney area
Survivors include: son, Scott and wife Tracie McLaughlin of Kearney and their children, Lindsay of Kearney, Lauren and husband Joel Thurman of Greeley, Colo., and Adam of Omaha; daughters, Kim and husband Tim Almgren of Omaha and their daughter, Rose Almgren, Tonja and husband Gabriel Parra and their daughter, Samantha, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Tracy and husband Matthew Troncone of Haddonfield, N.J., and their children, Macie and Sydney; half-sister, Geraldine Parshley of Rollinsford, N.H.; and her ex-husband, Ray McLaughlin and his wife, Donna, of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Paula Butler
Kearney Hub, 18 January, 2016

MUSIL, Elaine J., 89, of Shelton died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island
Graveside services: Shelton Cemetery
Mortuary: Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island
Born April 8, 1926, in Howells
Parents: Emil and Anna (Dirkschneider) Matejka
Grew up in the Howells and Dodge area, received her education from Dodge High School
Married: Francis Musil on Nov. 26, 1947, in Dodge
After marriage, lived in various locations, including Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Michigan, Texas and New York; returned to Nebraska, worked for Fischer-Price Toys and later for Hinky-Dinky Supermarkets
Survivors include: two sons, Robert Musil of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Jim Musil of Flower Mound, Texas; and three grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 31 December 2015

NETH, Verba V., 95, of Kearney, formerly of Ansley, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Mother Hull Home
Services: Saturday, Govier Bros. Mortuary Chapel in Broken Bow
Burial: Broken Bow Cemetery
Born Oct. 29, 1920, in Broken Bow
Parents: George and Ethel (Broyles) Cox
Survivors include her sons, Scott of Oregon and Robert of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 8 January, 2016

PABIAN, Marie M. “Mary”, 86, of Kearney died Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Service: Wednesday at First Baptist Church
Entombment: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born May 19, 1929, in Poole
Parents: Joseph and Martha (Hajek) Hanousek
Grew up in and attended country school in Poole; first job was at Urbanek’s Cleaners in Ravenna; moved to Grand Island
Married Vern Pabian of Ravenna in Grand Island
After marriage, lived in Ravenna, had eight children
Worked at several businesses throughout her life, mostly in the food service industry; eventually became the owner of Midway Café in Ravenna for several years; later moved to Kearney to be near her children
Activities: member of Open Bible Church and later the Congregational Church in Ravenna, joined First Baptist Church in Kearney; enjoyed church and Bible study; especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren; enjoyed crocheting and reading; enjoyed cooking the foods of her Czech heritage, such as kolaches and sauerkraut dishes
Survivors include her daughters, Lenora “Norie” Bartley of Kearney, Beverly Whitford and husband Daniel of Cheyenne, Wyo., Joanne Pabian of Kearney, Donna Mendyk and husband Nick of Ashton, Gretchen Pabian of Holdrege and Suzanne Pabian of Kearney; sons, Loren Pabian and wife Lori, and Charles Pabian, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Dustin Bartley of Lincoln, Kirby Mendyk of Kearney and Lisa Mendyk of Ashton; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one sister and an infant grandson, Jamie Bartley
Memorials: First Baptist Church
Kearney Hub, 11 January, 2016

PETERS, Carol, 56, of El Paso, Texas, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in El Paso
Memorial service: pending
Born on March 19, 1959, in Holdrege, Neb.
Parents: Ralph Spongberg and Joline (Van Horne) Spongberg
Moved with family to Kearney, attended grade school, junior high and high school; earned a word processing diploma at Lincoln School of Commerce
Worked as a legal secretary for many years, changed jobs many times as she moved with her husband
Activities: loved God, life, music, appreciated her many friendships; enjoyed reading, movies, sunbathing, traveling. and animals; was a great encouragement to her husband who earned a law degree; had a life-long battle with diabetes Was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Spongberg and Joline Spongberg; sister, Christine Spongberg; and her friend, Tim
Survivors include: husband, Danny G. Peters; brother, Thomas R. Spongberg; niece, Hannah Spongberg; nephew, Nathan Spongberg; grandnephews, identical triplets Chase, Noah and Maddox; and numerous friends
Kearney Hub, 16 January, 2016

PICKERING, Bruce Wayne Jr., infant son of Bruce and Renee (Schall) Pickering of Kearney, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha
Celebration of life: Monday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Born: Jan. 9, 2016 Born nearly 15 weeks early, weighed only 1 pound 3 ounces, was still able to open his eyes and respond to his mother’s singing and father’s voice; lived for 43 hours
Survivors include his parents, Bruce and Renee (Schall) Pickering; brother, Austin Curtis; sisters, Emily Milligan and Courtney Coffin; grandfather, Lonnie Pickering; and extended family and friends
Was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Bourland; maternal grandparents, Dale and Louana Schall; aunts Lyn Schall and Jenny Fritson
Kearney Hub, 22 January, 2016

RAMSEY, Alice E., 77, of Kearney died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at her home
Service: Monday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: later
Born Dec. 12, 1938, in Glen Elder, Kansas
Parents: Earl and Velma (Linton) White
Graduated from Glen Elder High School in 1956
Married: Dec. 26, 1957, to Douglas D. Ramsey in Glen Elder
After marriage, lived in Kansas and later in Kearney; retired from Farmers Home Administration and later worked for Mid-Nebraska Community Action and RYDE
Activities: believed in an active lifestyle, enjoyed family volleyball, badminton or croquet game; also enjoyed crossword puzzles, sudoku and playing cards; was an excellent hostess
Survivors include her husband, Douglas of Kearney; son, Dennis Ramsey of Minden; daughters, June Ramsey of Atlanta, Janice Scheuffele and husband Douglas of Kearney, Sherry Ward and husband Tim of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Joyce Bestol and husband Wayne of Minden; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters, Arleta Carlton of Jewell, Kan., and Lois Myers and husband Irvin of Lindsborg, Kan., and sisters-in-law, Joy White and Michelle White Was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert White and Richard White; and brother-in-law, Gerold Carlton. Kearney Hub, 25 December, 2015

RUF, Ronald Wesley, 75, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Graveside services with military honors: Friday at Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born on Dec. 2, 1940, in Alliance
Parents: Wesley and Margaret (Lattin) Ruf
Grew up in Morrill, received his education in Morrill and Sidney
Military: U.S. Army, July 22, 1959,- July 12, 1961; was honorably discharged
Returned to Scottsbluff for two years; entered mechanic school, then lived in various states working as an airplane mechanic and later as an airplane inspector; retired in Yankton, S.D., then moved to Torrington, Wyo., to be with his dad and sister; moved to Kearney in March 2008
Activities: member of River of Life Church in Torrington; enjoyed sports, especially football, reading, fishing and hunting
Survivors include: sister, Carol Diedrichsen of Kearney; a brother, Charles Ruf of Shattuck, Okla.; three nieces; and one nephew
Was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Richard Painter
Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association
Kearney Hub, 13 January, 2016

SIGLER, Fern E., 92, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
Services: Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ravenna, Neb.
Burial: Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna
Mortuary: Rasmussen in Ravenna
Born March 23, 1923, on a farm north of Pleasanton, Neb.
Parents: Bill and Delia (Margritz) Wagner
Moved to Ravenna at age 3, attended school there, graduated with the class of 1941
Married: March 20, 1944, to Roy Sigler in Smith Center, Kan.
After the war, in 1945, returned to Ravenna to make their home; had two daughters
Worked at the Warrick Store, Dr. Carignan’s office and for the Ravenna School system
Activities: was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church; member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Dorcas Society in Ravenna; lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the originating president of the Ravenna Lioness, a board member at Grand Manor for 20 years and a board member of the Ravenna Senior Center; served as treasurer and coordinator for the Ravenna Alumni for many years; greatest joy was her family; was an avid Nebraska football fan; loved to sew and crochet
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Royetta and Cletus Lockhorn of Cheyenne and Linda Caldwell of Lincoln, Neb.; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Marge and husband Oren Larsen of Hazard, Neb., Margaret Sigler of Grand Island, Neb., Marvin Zinnel of St. Louis Park, Minn., Dorothy Sigler of Ravenna and Norma Sigler of Kingsburg, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews and many friends
Was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Pearl Jakob; brothers, Jack and Earl Wagner; and son-in-law, Robert Caldwell
Kearney Hub, 13 January, 2016

SMITH, Donald William, 86, of Elm Creek died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at his home
Service: Friday at Elm Creek United Methodist Church
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Elm Creek Chapel
Born: Jan. 3, 1930, in Kearney
Parents: Frank W. and Etta J. (Cash) Smith
Early years were spent south of Gibbon and in Kearney; attended Riverdale High School
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1948-1953; served in postwar Japan and later, in Korea
Married Barbara Kenney in Kearney on Aug. 28, 1954
After marriage, farmed in the Elm Creek area, also worked for Rockwell International for many years
Survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Barbara; children, Robin Smith of Elm Creek, Nora Steenson and her husband, Michael, of Arvada, Colo., and Karla Smith of Lincoln; his grandson, James Buchanan of Arlington, Va.; his sister, Gloria Lammers of Kearney; and a niece and several nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Jacquin and Benita
Memorials: Elm Creek Fire and Rescue Department
Kearney Hub, 21 January, 2016

SMITH, John F. “Jack”, 86, of Kearney died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at his home
Services: Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born on Aug. 21, 1929, in Overton
Parents: Omar and Nell (Brennan) Smith
Attended school in the Kearney area, graduated from Kearney High School
Military: was an engineer in the U.S. Navy; was decorated with a Purple Heart during the Korean War
Married: Darlene F. Ripp on Oct. 21, 1952, in Eddyville
Retired from General Telephone Co. in Kearney as a field engineer in 1987
Activities: active member of the new Catholic Community of Kearney, charter member of the Prince of Peace Parish in Kearney; lifetime member of Kearney American Legion Post 52, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus; past member of Kearney Elks Lodge 984; was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, planting and harvesting an annual garden at his acreage; enjoyed the weekly gatherings with his family and numerous friends in his later years
Survivors include his sons, Blase Smith and his wife, Theresa, of Kearney and John Smith of Roanoke, Texas; daughters, Anita Huddleston and her husband, Lee, Denise Coughlin and her husband, Jack, and Darla Langenberg and her husband, Bart, all of Kearney; grandchildren, Sarah Huddleston and her husband, Mike Giboney, Hunter Smith and Lee Langenberg, all of Kearney; great-grandchild, Brynn Giboney of Kearney; and his brother, Don Smith of Kearney
Was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; and his granddaughter, Sydney Smith
Memorials: St. James Catholic Church or the Kearney Catholic High School Foundation
Kearney Hub, 8 January, 2016

SPELLMAN, Marcella C., 98, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Service: Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: June 5, 1917 at Wood River
Parents: Howard and Viola (Harper) Oswald
Married: March 20, 1937 to William E. Spellman in Grand Island
Attended school in Wood River, except for her freshman year in Russell, Kan.; graduated from Wood River High School in 1937
After marriage, lived in Wood River then moved to Central City, Albin, Wyo., and LaGrange, Wyo., then moved to Oconto then Amherst, then to Kearney; worked for PFM/Chartwells at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. October 1975 - 1996, then retired
Activities: was baptized in the Riverdale Methodist Church and transferred her membership to First United Methodist in Kearney; enjoyed crocheting, sewing, traveling and visiting with her family
Survivors include: sons, Virgil and Richard and his wife, Judy, all of Kearney; daughters-in-law, Della Spellman of Sun Valley, Nev., and Carol Spellman of Oconto; grandchildren, Carlene, Rory, Burke, Jacob, Austin, Kerri Jayne, Cindy, James, Annette, Rob, Angela, Michael and Daniel; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; daughter, Marvel Ann Spellman; sons, Carl Spellman and Stanley Spellman; grandson, Gregory Spellman; daughters-in-law, Linda Richter Spellman and Judy Billings-Spellman; sisters, Mildred Spellman and Viola “Viddie” Marshall; brother, Herbert “Buddy” Oswald; and one great-grandson, Taylor Spellman
Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department or to the donor’s choice
Kearney Hub, 5 January, 2016

SWANSON, Geraldine, 67, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Hospice House in Kansas City
Service: Saturday at Minden (Neb.) Evangelical Free Church
Burial: Minden Cemetery
Mortuary: Layton-Craig in Minden
Born on Dec. 4, 1948, in Haxtun, Colo.
Parents: Harold and Sadie Katheryn (Spanjer) Ruch
Grew up in Haxtun; at age 16 moved to Wilcox, Neb.
Married: June 11, 1967, married John Swanson
After marriage, lived near Wilcox and farmed in that area; moved to Kearney, Neb., and then to Lee’s Summit
Ran a day care for children for 28 years
Activities: loved to follow her children and grandchildren in their activities; was the personal “stats keeper” for the children and grandchildren at their games; loved to play the piano and sing; sang for many family and friend occasions; was able to listen to a song and play it on the piano and had played the piano for 62 years; was a great cook
Survivors include her husband, John of Lee’s Summit; daughter, Kathy Cobb and husband Grey of North Kansas City; son, Kyle Swanson and wife Alane of Minden; five grandchildren, Brandon Cobb, Connor Cobb, Kelsey Cobb, Kyla Swanson and Luke Swanson; her father, Harold Ruch and wife Dora of Haxtun; five brothers, Harold Ruch of Kearney, Harlan, “Carl,” Dennis Ruch and Dale Ruch of Colorado
Was preceded in death by her mother
Memorials: to “Be the Gift” in Minden
Kearney Hub, 20 January, 2016

WEIDEL, Connie J., 79, of Kearney died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney
Services: Thursday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born Sept. 20, 1936, in Kearney
Parents: Clarence and Lillie “Madge” (Smith) Fuqua
Was a lifelong resident of Kearney; attended Kearney Public Schools; was an employee of several local businesses including Cambridge Court, Fort Kearney Inn, Kearney Laundry, Kearney Recycling Plant and Baldwin Filters/Yellow Van; retired in 2013
Activities: enjoyed visiting with people, baking cookies, taking care of her dogs, embroidering and just keeping busy; enjoying walking her dogs
. Survivors include: her children and spouses, Connie and Dan Scoville, Lane Journey and Wade and Doni Journey, all of Kearney; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Ricky Fuqua of Red Cloud and Jimmie Fuqua of Grand Island; and sisters, Gwen Traxler, Joan Cash, Joanne Hansen and Rita Jo Marzolf, all of Kearney
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rex Fuqua; and sisters, Ethel Mae Bickford and Hazel Dorothy Henry
Memorials: Mount Carmel Home
Kearney Hub, 28 December, 2015

WELTER, Lillian A., 89, of Kearney died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Mother Hull Home
Celebration of life: Feb. 6 at First Baptist Church
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born June 8, 1926
Parents: William and Vivian (Colburn) Wagner
Grew up in Garden City, Kan.; graduated from Phillips College in Enid, Okla., with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and minors in religious education and sociology; worked for the Kansas Christian Missionary Society in Topeka, Kan., and then for Child Evangelism in Wichita, Kan.
Married: Paul Welter of Westmoreland, Kan., in in Baltimore, Md., where he was stationed in the U.S. Army
After marriage, lived in Kansas, Missouri, Lincoln, California and South Dakota, then settled in Kearney in 1968
Activities: interests centered around her family and First Baptist Church, taught Sunday school classes of every age from toddler to adult and was active in the women’s groups at the church; started and led a weekly Bible study group for 45 years and a weekly Prayer Circle for over 40 years; chose to have her body donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Society for medical research, to be followed by cremation
Survivors include: Paul, her husband of 64 years; children and spouses, Stephen and Catherine Welter of Novato, Calif., Kathy Welter of Bakersfield, Calif., Susan and Doug Frerichs of Omaha and Bill Welter and Diana Scardilli of Park City, Utah; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters
Memorials: The Building Fund of First Baptist Church Kearney
Kearney Hub, 19 January, 2016

WRIGHT, Dennis Scott, Sr., 59, of Kearney, Neb., died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Missouri Valley Community Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa
Mass of Christian burial: Thursday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Kearney
Burial: Elm Creek Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born Sept. 28, 1956, in Kearney
Parents: George R. and Audrey (Swartwood) Wright
Grew up and received his education in Elm Creek and Kearney; after high school, worked for DC Lynch Shows and Harm’s Drywall
Married Bobbi Jo Capshaw; had a son and a daughter
Married: July 27, 1985, to Patty Hagedorn at West Point; had one daughter
After marriage with Patty, lived in Kearney, worked for Jack Letterman and Co.; also worked for various companies as an over the road truck driver; hauled livestock and freight to and from all 48 contiguous states; in 1998 was awarded the Truck Driver of the Year Award from OmaHaul; retired from truck driving in 1999 due to health reasons and began working for Task Lighting
Activities: enjoyed cooking, making wine, canning and was well known by many for his delicious sauerkraut; liked working with his hands and tinkering with woodworking; was an avid listener of KGFW; member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, the visually impaired support group and the Lions Club
Survivors include his wife, Patty of Kearney; a son, Scott Wright of Kearney; a daughter, Tonya Wright and fiancé Brian Wagner of Woodbine, Iowa; three grandchildren, Jenna Wright, Colten Wright and Jayden Jo Rose Wright; two step grandchildren, Brenden and Corey Wagner; three sisters, Bonneta Dresden and husband Jim of Wagner, S.D., Sandra Krotz of Oklahoma, and Brenda Gant and husband Richard of Mineola, Texas; two brothers, Dee Allen “Pete” Wright, Sr. and wife Sharon of Plano, Texas and Delwyn Wright and wife Katie of Pleasanton; and several nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Brandy Ellestad; three grandchildren, Gavin Wright, Jayden Ellestad and Aaryn JoAnn Ellestad; a sister, Shirley Wooder; and two brothers, Terry Wright and Teddy Joe Wright
Memorials: American Diabetes Association
Kearney Hub, 29 December, 2015

YENDRA, LaVern L. "Bud", 84, of Gibbon died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at his home in rural Gibbon
Service: Wednesday at Gibbon Baptist Church
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born June 14, 1931, on a farm north of Gibbon
Parents: John and Ethel (Cline) Yendra
Attended school in the Gibbon area
Married Virginia Stall on Aug. 19, 1951, in Gibbon
After marriage, bought a farm north of Gibbon, farmed until Bud was drafted into military service
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, from 1952 to 1954
Retired from Good Samaritan Hospital in 1993
Activities: enjoyed the winter Texan journey for the past 20 years; also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and sharing his home and collections with all his family and friends
Survivors include: wife of 64 years, Virginia; children and their spouses, Rick Yendra of Gibbon, Deborah and Gary Zinnel of Columbus, Terry and Patricia Yendra of Gibbon and Diane and Mike Hughes of Lincoln; grandchildren and spouses, Jabriel and Cari Zinnel, Andrew and Kori Yendra, Heath Zinnel, Alease Zinnel, Cody and Jennifer Yendra, Tiffany and Tony Redfern, Chelsea and Kelly Oliver, Ashley and Adam Dack, Jonathan and Alison Yendra, Jamie Yendra and Ryan Hughes; and great-grandchildren, Max, Parker, Kyndel, Leah, Crew, Finn, Charlie, Olivia, Logan, Sandra, Serenity, Cadance, Ian, Jazzlyn, Madison, Jessie, Ada and Augustus
Was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel Yendra; brother, Kenneth Neil Yendra; granddaughter, Brandy; and great-granddaughter, Agereonia Zinnel
Kearney Hub, 12 January, 2016
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