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ALLEN, Jill Ellen Henry, 85, of Morning Sun, Iowa, formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Friday, June 9, 2017, in Burlington, Iowa
Funeral service: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, Iowa
Cremation will follow
Burial with Jerry: Saturday, August 12, in the family plot (Gibbons-Henry) at Kearney Cemetery
Born: June 16, 1931, in Kearney
Parents: Jane Gibbons Henry and John A. Henry
Grandparents: Nellie Downing Gibbons and Dr. Charles K. Gibbons of Kearney
Attended Whittier Elementary, Kearney junior high and Longfellow High School; graduated from Principia Upper School in St. Louis, Missouri, and from Principia College in Elsa, Illinois, in 1953, with an education degree
Had been a secretary and then teacher at Bancroft School in New Jersey and later worked as a social worker
Married: Jerry Neil Allen, on June 18, 1955 in Kearney; he preceded her in death on September 25, 2013
After marriage, had a number of years moving around the country; was an active volunteer with the Cub Scouts and the Brownies, watching her three children grow; settled permanently in Morning Sun in 1975
Activities: was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mediapolis and a P.E.O. Chapter in Burlington; enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, theatre, musicals, and animals; loved being a homemaker and a hostess; hosted many foreign exchange students, sponsoring high school students from Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Chile and Denmark Survivors include: her son, Charles Edwin Allen; two daughters, Jane & Tom Cranston of Coralville and Nancy & Owen Ryder of Quebec, Canada; four grandchildren, Jessica & Jason Clark, Robert ‘RJ’ Hergert, Eric & Nicole Pershing, and Carter Pershing; four great grandchildren, Sierra Rose, Christopher, Lea, and Ashlynn; a brother, Charles Henry of Danville, California; two sisters, Nancy Van Allen of Honolulu, Hawaii and Maren Henderson of Santa Monica, California; and several nieces and nephews and their families. Her extended family includes Luc Van Zandvliet and Anne-Mie Van Zandvliet both of Belgium, Cory & Jason Darnell of Peru, Illinois; Bradley Murphy of Hephzibah, Georgia; Ann & Keith Homer of Cambridge, Ohio, Rusty Johnson of Des Moines, Brad & Johna Murphy of Mediapolis; Stephanie, Charity, and Tasha; and Joy Mack
Was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jerry
Memorials: Animal Shelters
Kearney Hub, 11 August, 2017 and http://www.hageleandhonts.com

BENNETT, Steven A., 61, of Kearney died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Service: Wednesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born: Aug. 3, 1955
Parents: Larry and Joyce (Brooks) Bennett of Hastings
Was oldest child; received his education at Hastings High School, graduated in 1973; later earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2004
Married: Sept. 2, 1978, tod Kimberly Parks; had two children together; the marriage dissolved in 1990
Worked for Eaton Corp. for 33 years, retired in 2009
Activities: was an avid outdoorsman; enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting; especially enjoyed time at deer camp with children; longtime member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever; was very active in Boy Scouts for many years; was a collector; built “Bennett’s Bookhouse” on his property to house and display his treasures, but more importantly, to provide a place for the family to gather on holidays and special occasions; cherished the time he spent with his family; his grandchildren were his heart and joy
Survivors include his children and spouses, Lindsey and Colby Schwan of Staplehurst and Brandon and Kelsi Bennett of Hampton; grandchildren, Harper and Quinn Bennett; parents, Larry and Joyce Bennett of Hastings; sister, Cheryl Popple of Axtell; brother, Tom and wife Renee Bennett of Glenvil; nieces, Jessie Bennett and Kelly VanWey; and nephew, Trevor Popple
Was preceded in death by his infant son and his grandparents
Kearney Hub, 31 July, 2017

CATLIN, Jill Dean, 80, of Nebraska City, formerly of Kearney, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Morton Place in Nebraska City
Service: Tuesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Gude in Nebraska City
Born: Dec. 2, 1936, in York
Parents: John Dwight and Marjorie Marie (Rose) Myers
Grew up in York, Portland, Ore., South Gate, Calif., Nebraska City and Seward; graduated from Seward High School in 1954; started nurses' training at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing School in Lincoln, then quit to get married
Married: Charles Calvin Molzahn in June 1955
After marriage, lived in Kearney; worked at Bear Brand Hosiery, when it closed, moved to Loveland and Berthoud, Colo., and worked for Hewlett-Packard for 10 years; later moved to Imperial and opened a café; when their marriage ended in 1978, Jill moved to Nebraska City
Worked at a café, cooking and waiting tables in Nebraska City, then found a job in the kitchen at the Ambassador; in her 40s, finally returned to school and earned a degree in food service and nursing home administration; eventually earned a master’s degree in administration; worked as a nursing home administrator in Lincoln, Grand Island, Harvard and Adams; also became an instructor and taught classes in administration at Central Community College-Hastings while working full time; retired in 1998; helped create the children’s day-care center in the Gold Crest Retirement Home, where the young and the old enjoy and learn from each other
Married: 1992, to Alfred Catlin; lived at El Charman Lake near Gibbon and later built a new home in Kearney
Activities: enjoyed fishing, gardening, antiquing, car shows, traveling, cribbage, bridge, walking in the pool and their families; when Al passed away in 2014, Jill moved closer to family in Nebraska City
Was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al Catlin; and her brother, Thomas Parke Myers
Survivors include: her children and spouses, Mark and Vickie Molzahn of Craig, Colo., Allysyn and John Paap of Dunbar, Johnathan Molzahn of Fremont and Catherine Catlin, Elaine and Frosty Chapman and Brian and Christine Catlin, all of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; sister-in-law, Gloria Myers; brother, Skip Kreiser; cousin, Mildred Gardner; and many special friends in Adams and Kearney and at Morton Place in Nebraska City
Memorials: Nebraska City Lourdes Central Catholic Guardian Angel Fund, Countryside Christian Church in Kearney or the family’s choice
Kearney Hub, 5 August, 2017

CLARK, Richard M. “Dick”, 94, of Kearney died Friday, July 28, 2017, at Kearney Regional Medical Center. Service: Friday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial with military honors: Kearney Cemetery
Born: June 10, 1923, in Kearney
Parents: Herman and Edna (Miller) Clark
Graduated from Kearney High School, later attended Kearney State College
Military: U.S. Air Force, 1943-1980's, had a 35 year career; was a B-25 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, flew 76 missions in Burma, India
Married: Dec. 23, 1943, to Donna June Kindler in Sacramento, Calif.
After WWII, got his master’s degree in meteorology from the University of St. Louis, became an officer in the U.S. Air Force; retired as a lieutenant colonel; returned to Kearney where he resided until his death
Survivors include: daughter, Patricia Rose and her husband, Wayne, of Green Bay, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Ray E. Clark of Denver; four grandsons; one granddaughter; and four great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his son, Richard L. Clark in March 2017; and his wife, June in November 1998
Memorials: American Cancer Society
Kearney Hub, 2 August 2017

DeBECK, Doreen L., 60, of Kearney died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Welcov Assisted Living, after battling lung cancer
Service: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: May 24, 1957, to Betty Jean (Donohue) and Ed DeBeck in Phoenixville, Pa.
Was the third of four children; moved to Kearney in 1963 with her family, attended grade school, junior high and high school in Kearney; received her bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College and earned her master’s degree in deaf education
Married: Roger Reiter in 1974
Taught in numerous schools in Nebraska and Iowa, including South Loup Scotia, Iowa School of the Deaf in Council Bluffs and held an itinerant teaching position in Storm Lake, Iowa; was honored by the University of Nebraska at Kearney for being a one-room school teacher in Antioch, her favorite school; had a passion for teaching the deaf and fashioned her teaching skills to match the individual needs of her students; claimed that she received more blessings from her students than she could give to them; followed the progress of many of her students as they advanced in their educational pursuits
Activities: daughter Brandi Michelle Reiter was the love, pride and joy of her life; was proud of the kind, caring and hard-working woman her daughter had become; favorite car was a 1963 Plymouth Valiant named it Gertrude; volunteered a couple of years with Cruise Nite in Kearney; loved growing herbs in her garden and shared them with family and friends; knitted prayer shawls for friends who needed comfort
Survivors include: daughter, Brandi of Lincoln; mother, Betty of Kearney; sister, Deb and husband Randy Erickson of Riverdale; brother, Ed and wife Mary Beth DeBeck of Elma, Wash.; and younger brother, Ron and wife Devonia DeBeck of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; as well as nieces, Mindy Erickson, Olivia DeBeck, Abigail DeBeck and Lillian DeBeck; and nephews, Matt Erickson, Dallas DeBeck and A.J. DeBeck; along with numerous grandnieces and grandnephews
Was preceded in death by her father
Kearney Hub, 10 August, 2017

DUBBS, Larry Benton, 68, of Gibbon died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney
Memorial service: Tuesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Kearney
Burial of ashes: Riverside Cemetery near Gibbon
Mortuary: Apfel of Wood River
Born: May 31, 1949, in Kearney
Parents: Benton E. and Anna Marie (Wicht) Dubbs
Grew up in and attended school in the Gibbon area, graduated from Gibbon High School in 1968; did two more years at Hastings Community College
Married: Cathy Marie Heller on Sept. 27, 1969, at Roseland
After marriage, lived on the farm near Gibbon; enjoyed raising livestock and keeping company with his dogs
Survivors include: his son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Carmen Dubbs of Gibbon
Was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Cathy in 2006
Memorials: Grace Fellowship Church
Kearney Hub, 5 August, 2017

ELLIOTT, Elizabeth Ann “Bea”, 96, of Kearney died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Brookdale Kearney Northridge
Memorial service: Thursday Aug. 3 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Inurnment: at the church columbarium
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: Jan. 14, 1921, in Wray, Colo.
Parents: Charles and Aura (Brakey) Houtchens
Grew up in the Wray, Yuma and Culbertson area of southwestern Nebraska/Colorado, eventually settled permanently in Kearney; graduated from Kearney High School in 1939, attended Kearney State College
Married: Joseph Elliott on April 3, 1942, in San Fernando, Calif.; raised three children in Kearney
During World War II, while Joe was serving in the Pacific, Bea worked at the telephone company in Kearney
Activities: put her family first; member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Altar Guild, a charter member of chapter GG PEO and PTA; volunteered her time on many election boards, at the Frank House and at Trails and Rails Museum
Survivors include: sons, Gary of Canaan, Conn., and Bob Elliott and his wife, Kathy, of Denver; daughter, Mary Jo Buresh and her husband, Steve, of Plainville, Kan.; and grandchildren, Andi, Jackie and Kate Elliott and Lauren, Mallory and Ryan Buresh
Was preceded in death by her husband; five brothers, Wilber, Max, Bob, Preston and Jim; and one sister, Barbara Beshore
Memorials: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or Kearney Public Schools Foundation
Kearney Hub, 15 July, 2017

FISHER, Darryl D., 67, of Kearney died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at his home
Service: Monday at the American Legion Club
Burial: Kearney Cemetery with military honors
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: Aug. 29, 1949, in Ravenna
Parents: James and Mary Ann (Fester) Fisher
Grew up in Kearney, attended Bryant Grade School, graduated from Kearney High School in 1967
Military: Vietnam veteran, U.S. Navy from 1969-1973, then served 17 years in the Nebraska Army National Guard
Worked as a mason for Kearney Masonry for eight years then worked at Anderson Bros. Plumbing and Heating, retired 2010
Married: Jan. 15, 1977, Rosemary Best in Kearney; she died in 2007
Married: July 19, 2017, to Kathy Loskill in Kearney
Activities: member and three-time past commander of Kearney American Legion Post 52, member and past commander of VFW Post 759 and the 40&8l life member of the Disabled American Veterans and member of the Sons of the American Legion; enjoyed Husker and San Francisco 49ers football, watching Westerns and spending time with his family and especially his grandkids
Survivors include: his wife, Kathy of Kearney; daughters, Michelle Root and Nicole Reicheneker, both of Kearney; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Donna Hosick and husband Darren and Leigh Loskill, all of Lincoln, and Paula Delo and husband Jay of Margate, Fla.; and brothers, Richard Fisher and wife Sherry of Scottsbluff, David Fisher and wife Lois of Lincoln and Roger Fisher and wife Robin of Kearney; and numerous nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Rosemary; and brother, Terry Jo Fisher
Memorials: AseraCare Hospice or Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial at the Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home
Kearney Hub, 4 August, 2017

GARCIA, Alfred G., 86, of Kearney died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Center
Private family service: later
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Kearney Hub, 15 July, 2017

GLINSMANN, David Peter, 84, of Ravenna died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Ravenna
Service: Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loup City
Burial: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Ashton
Mortuary: Higgins in Loup City
Born: July 1, 1933, in Loup City
Parents: Peter F.A. and Laura (Obermiller) Glinsmann
Married: Aug. 18, 1968, to Arlene M. Bockstadter in Wood River
Survivors include his wife; brother, Alvin of Rapid City, S.D.; and sisters, Ruby Niederklein of Tobias, Shirley Ficken of Elkhorn and Ethel Rasmussen of Windsor, Colo.
Kearney Hub, 10 August, 2017

HURT, Irene M., 86, of Kearney died Monday, July 24, 2017, at Mount Carmel Home and Rehabilitation Center
Graveside services: Saturday, August 5, at Kearney Cemetery.
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: April 4, 1931, in Loup City
Parents: Albert and Martha (Bremer) Siebler
Grew up in Loup City, graduated from Loup City High School; attended Kearney State College and received her teaching degree
Married: June 21, 1953, to Jack Hurt in Kearney
Taught school at Park Elementary and then at Center School northeast of Kearney until she retired
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney, Rural Teachers Association and the Nebraska Education Association; enjoyed keeping her house, pictures of her family, her flowers and watching the wrens in the yard; was an avid reader and loved teaching and learning; most of all, loved her family and her three grandsons; was so excited to become a great-grandmother in November
Survivors include: her husband, Jack of Kearney; daughters, Jennifer Henricksen and husband David of Omaha and Joni Fenwick and husband Mark of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandsons, Bryan Fenwick and Danielle Broderick, and Bradley Fenwick, all of Cheyenne, and Warren Henricksen, wife Alissa and expected great-grandchild, of Omaha; niece, Brenda Whitley and husband Glen of Hurst, Texas; nephew, Ron Siebler and wife Julie of Dallas; and sister-in-law, Norma Lee Siebler of Wichita Falls, Texas
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harold Siebler; and sister, Phyllis Siebler
Memorials: Mount Carmel Home and Rehabilitation Center
Kearney Hub, 2 August 2017

KOETTERS, William C., 87, of Kearney, formerly of Sioux City, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Mother Hull Home
Service: Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux City
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: June 18, 1930, in Sioux City
Parents: William G. and Veigh E. (Garner) Koetters
Attended Central High School in Sioux City, graduated with the class of 1948; was accepted as a carpenter apprentice in Carpenter Local 948 in Sioux City; served a four-year apprenticeship, and was awarded a certificate of completion and became a lifetime member of Carpenter Local 948
Married: Alice D. Eastman at Riverside Lutheran Church in Sioux City on May 5, 1950; had eight children together
Survivors include: his wife, Alice of Kearney; sons and spouses, Steven and Kathy Koetters and Matthew and Michalene Koetters, all of Sioux City, Daniel Koetters of Johnston, Iowa, and Jason and Carin Koetters of Kearney; daughters and spouses, Jaime and Dennis Flynn of Kearney and Meryl and Dennis Tieck, and Reba Koetters, all of Sioux City; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michael; and two granddaughters
Memorials: Hospice of Siouxland
Kearney Hub, 7 August, 2017

KRING, Archie Leonard Jr., 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at his home near Axtell
Service: Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Axtell
Burial with military honors: Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger in Kearney
Born: Aug. 12, 1926, on the farm near Axtell
Parents: Archie Leonard Kring and Pearl (Edney) Kring
Worked on the family farm and attended Axtell High School
Military: drafted into U.S. Navy midterm of his senior year, in January 1945; was a seaman first class and spent most of his time in the service in Corpus Christi, Texas, in repair and maintenance of airplanes
After discharge, returned to the family farm
Married: Emma Lee Carrouth, in Carlisle, Ark., on Aug. 21, l947; had three daughters together
Moved to Milford to attend Nebraska State Trade Schoolonthe G.I. Bill; member of the first graduating class in auto mechanics/auto body repair; moved to Mason City, Iowa, was the parts manager at the Lincoln Mercury Ford Dealership; returned to Kearney to be closer to family; worked downtown for an auto parts store and the alfalfa mill; n 1954, moved into the renovated District 50 schoolhouse and began farming full time with his parents; retired in the late 1990s
Activities: in retirement enjoyed traveling/camping, gardening, visiting family and enjoying their hobbies; dedicated a large amount of time to Axtell Presbyterian Church, served on various boards and was a longtime elder
Survivors include: his wife, Emma Kring; his daughters, Janet Reeves and her husband, Don, of Axtell and their children, Darcy and Danel; Jeannine Cramer and her husband, Brian, of Denver and their sons, Michael and David; and Jayne Steffens and her husband, John, of Lincoln and their sons, Chris and his wife, Heather, and Matt. Great-grandchildren include John, Jordyn, Jakob, Kennedy, Payton, Parker, Isaac and Evan
Memorials: Alzheimer’s disease research or First Presbyterian Church of Axtell
Kearney Hub, 12 August, 2017

LAMMERS, Cynthia S. “Cindy”, 51, of Kearney died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, near Funk
Private family memorial service: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: Feb. 10, 1966, in Rosebud, S.D.
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1984; attended Central Community College
Married: Mike Splitter in Kearney on Aug. 14, 1993; later divorced
Worked at Mount Carmel Home and Rehabilitation Center in Kearney; enjoyed fishing and camping
Survivors include: father, LeRoy K. Lammers of Kearney; sister, Shellie Ingersoll and her husband, Odee, of Kearney; stepbrothers, John Moss and Jeff Moss, both of Fort Wayne, Ind., David Blankenship and his wife, Sandy, of Alliance and Johnny Blankenship and his wife, Jennifer, of Lincoln; also many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles
Was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Lammers; brother, Mitch Lammers; grandparents; stepbrother, Earl Soden; and birth mother, Amy Standing Soldier-Busch
Memorials: Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D.
Kearney Hub, 2 August, 2017

MESSERSMITH, Donaleen F., 67, of Kearney died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at her home
Celebration of life service: Thursday at First United Methodist Church
Burial: later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: May 3, 1950
Parents: Jake and Mary Stricker
Was raised on a farm outside of Gering; attended college at Kearney State College and became a vocational high school teacher Married: Ken Messersmith
With husband, moved in Kearney in 1986; raised their son; became a beloved high school teacher at Kearney High School for 19 years
Activities: was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; loved to teach, to entertain, to laugh and to spend time with her family and friends; her grandson was an especially bright light in her life over the past few years
Survivors include: her husband of 44 years, Ken; son, Jake, daughter-in-law, Amber, and grandson, Drew, of Lincoln; sister, Eileen Jones and brother-in-law, Tom Jones of Leavenworth, Kan.
Was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Mary Stricker; brother, Norman; and sister, Elvira
Memorials: Shriners Hospitals for Children in honor of Isabelle Rude or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Kearney Hub, 8 August, 2017

MILLIGAN, Gladys Ione, 100, of Lexington, formerly of Elm Creek, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Lexington Regional Health Center
Memorial service: Tuesday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney
Interment of ashes: Kearney Cemetery
Born: Nov. 23, 1916, in Boone, Iowa
Parents: Lester and Ethel (Zenor) Martin
Grew up and received her education in Boone; moved to Idaho as a young lady
Married: Lester R. Milligan on March 19, 1939, in Nampa, Idaho; he died April 25, 1988
After marriage, lived on a farm in Iowa; moved to a farm north of Elm Creek, 1949, retired and moved into town in 1972; moved to Brookdale Senior Living in Lexington, 2015
Activities: enjoyed sewing, crocheting and gardening; in younger years, loved horseback riding
Survivors include her children, Jim Milligan and wife Carolyn of Kearney, Janice Steele of Ellsworth, Kan., Jackie Stauffer and husband Ron of Elm Creek, Judy McClain and husband Don of Lexington and Lester R. Milligan Jr. of Elm Creek; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren
Kearney Hub, 7 August, 2017

MOFFETT, Marcette D. “Marc”, 49, of Kearney died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
A sunset memorial service: Saturday at Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: Aug. 27, 1967, in Kearney
Parents: M. David and Dianne (Schmidt) Moffett
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1986; attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Was employed by Cash-Wa Distributing for 25 years
Activities: enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing golf and being outdoors
Survivors include: daughters, Taylor and Kami Moffett of Kearney; parents, Dave and Dianne Moffett of Kearney; sister, Mindy Donohue of Kearney; nephew, Dylan Donohue of Kearney; niece, Ali Donohue of Kearney; uncles, Mike Schmidt and his family of Kearney and Dick Schmidt and his family of Little Rock, Ark.; and aunt, Lucille “Toots” Hallberg and her family of Bee
Was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Marc Donohue
Kearney Hub, 26 July 2017

NUTTER, Grace Lorraine, 89, of Kearney, formerly of Gibbon, died Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Mount Carmel Home and Rehabilitation Center
Memorial service: Wednesday at Faith United Church in Gibbon
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Gibbon
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger in Kearney
Born: 14 Oct 1927
Parents: Vern and Irene Osler
Grew up in the Kenesaw area, attended country school until the fourth grade, then attended Kenesaw Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1945
Married: Richard H. Nutter on Sept. 4, 1949, in Kenesa
Activities: lived and loved the farm life; enjoyed gardening, bird watching and crossword puzzles; also enjoyed sewing and made several dresses for her daughters and granddaughters; was an excellent cook and loved to bake, was especially known for her cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls; always looked forward to cooking for her family during the holiday; throughout her life, her faith remained constant
Survivors include: her daughters, Barbara Andersen and husband Ted of Lincoln, Vicki Lewis and husband Ronald of Shelton and Janis Applegate and husband Scott of Gibbon; grandchildren, Nicole (Andersen) Jones and husband Jeremiah, Timothy Andersen and wife Kala, Curt Lewis and wife Chris, Peggy (Lewis) Westberg and husband Wyatt, and Sarah Applegate; great-grandchildren, Emmett Andersen, Ryan Lewis, Taylor Lewis, Lucas Westberg and Kenzie Westberg; a brother, Rodney Osler of Hastings; a sister-in-law, Genevieve Robb of Lincoln; a brother-in-law, John Nutter of North Platte; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five sisters and one brother
Memorial: Faith United Church of Gibbon or Mount Carmel Home in Kearney
Kearney Hub, 21 July, 2017

PAPE, Dean F., 89, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at St. John’s Good Samaritan Center
Private family services will be later
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Born: April 18, 1928, in Oxford
Parents: Charles and Vesta (Poehlman) Pape
Attended and graduated from Mascot High School in 1945
Married: July 30, 1950, to Elaine Drew; celebrated 66 years of marriage
Military: U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, veteran of the Korean War
Entire life was spent farming in the Oxford area, which he truly loved; was also a mechanic and repaired his own tractors and automobiles
Activities: member of First United Methodist Church in Kearney; was a loving husband and father
Survivors include: wife, Elaine of Kearney; daughters, Dixie Barnes and husband Ron of Naples, Fla., and Debra Stephenson and husband Ross of St. Paul Minn.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Pape; and sisters, Velma Cody, Arlene Burns and Irene Ostrand
Kearney Hub, 14 August, 2017

PRIDDY, Barbara J., 86, of Northglenn, Colorado, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Avamere Care Center in Northglenn
Service: Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney, Neb.
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Rundus of Broomfield and O’Brien Straatmann Redinger of Kearney
Born: in Kearney on Sept. 24, 1930
Parents: Emory Priddy and Magdalen Mary (Murray) Priddy
Was preceded in death by her father Emory, Feb. 26, 1978, in Denver and her mother, Magdalen Priddy, on March 30, 2008, at the age of 101 years
Survivors include: two brothers, one sister and their spouses, Jack and Lorraine Priddy of Boise, Idaho, Jerry and Esther Priddy of Denver and Patricia and Larry Hasty of Broomfield; eight nieces and nephews; and 22 grandnieces and grandnephews
Kearney Hub, 11 August, 2017

RICHTER, Jennifer L. “Jeni” (Wiseman), 75, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at her home northeast of Kearney
Service: Monday at St. James Catholic Church
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Mortuary: Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl
Born: July 21, 1942, in McCook
Parents: Dale and Willa (Poore) Wiseman
Graduated from Longfellow High School (Kearney High School) in 1960
Married: Feb. 11, 1961, to James Richter at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney
Worked at the family farm along with her husband and also at Walgreens in Kearney
Activities: loved her kids and grandkids and attended as many of their activities as possible; loved to garden and crochet and made many afghans for family and friends; active member of St. James Catholic Church and served on the Parish Council; served on the Glenwood School Board and was a Haven’s Chapel softball coach, a 4-H leader and a member of T.O.P.S.
Survivors include: her husband, Jim of Kearney; son, Jeff Richter and wife Cindi of Kearney; daughters, Julie Kyriss and husband Mark of Bellevue and Jeanette Greer and husband Rob of Lincoln; and grandchildren, Matthew Kyriss and wife Melissa, Laura Kyriss, Samantha Greer and Isaac, Rachel, Christian and Eli Richter; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Pat and Ed Reinhardt of Centennial, Colo., Sally Schulte of Omaha, Jim and Jean Richter of Glenwood, Iowa, Rick and DeAnn Richter of Fort Collins, Colo., and Dick Clark and Virgil Spellman, both of Kearney; and many nieces and nephews
Was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Jim Schulte; and sisters-in-law, Karen Clark and Linda Spellman
Memorials: Kearney Catholic High School Foundation or St. James Catholic Church
Kearney Hub, 12 August, 2017

RUMERY, Alice L., 86, of Kearney died Friday, July 14, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Memorial service: Friday, July 28, at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services
Born: on April 30, 1931, while the family lived in Bayard
Parents: Harold and Lucille Mayborn
Moved with family to Scottsbluff, 1934; excelled in the Scottsbluff Schools, earned an associate degree at Scottsbluff Junior College; graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree as a medical laboratory technologist
Married: 1954, to Kenneth Rumery; had three children together
After marriage, lived in several Nebraska towns including Scotia and McCook, moved to Kearney in 1966; worked as a medical technologist at the Kearney Clinic, many years as the laboratory supervisor; retired in 1996
Activities: loved to learn, took classes at the senior college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and was an avid reader, a supporter of libraries and education; loved nature, was a student and defender of the natural world and an enthusiastic bird watcher; dedicated member of the Big Bend chapter of the National Audubon Society and a longtime supporter of National Audubon Society’s Rowe Sanctuary
In later years, partnered with William Dunn, also a skilled photographer; enjoyed extensive travel both inside the United States and beyond
Survivors include: her partner of nearly 30 years, Bill Dunn of Kearney; son, Kevin Rumery and his wife, Julie, of Denver; daughter, Gayle Rumery-Haar and her husband, Jonathon, of Grand Island; sister, Nancy Mayborn Petersen and her husband, James, of Denver; brothers-in-law, Wayne Ehrisman of San Antonio and Ron Waits of Denver; grandchildren, Joshua Keller and his wife, Danielle, of Kansas City, Kan., and Elizabeth Keller of Grand Island; stepdaughters, Kelly Johnson and her husband, Mike, of Lincoln and Meredith Dunn-Wall of Omaha; stepson, Dan Dunn and his wife, Rosemary, of Danbury, Conn.; stepgrandchildren, Sean and Grace Johnson of Lincoln, Shailana and Janak Dunn-Wall of Omaha, Michael Dunn and his wife, Megan, and Elizabeth Dunn of Danbury; and seven nieces and nephews, including Jennifer Rumery and her husband, Grant, of Minden
Was preceded in death by her son, Craig Rumery; and two sisters, Emilie Ehrisman and Carol Waits
Memorials: National Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Kearney Hub, 15 July, 2017

SCHLIEFERT, Mervyn LeRoy “Merv”, 82, of Kearney died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Tiffany Square Center in Grand Island
Celebration of life: Friday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney
Burial: Geneva Cemetery
Mortuary: O’Brien Straatmann Redinger
Born: in Aurora on May 9, 1935
Parents: Aaron and Gladys (Otte Mau) Schliefert
Grew up in Omaha as an only child, graduated from Benson High School in 1953 as a Benson Bunny; graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1957 and earned a master’s degree from Iowa State in animal husbandry
Military: served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel for 29 years
Formed a union in 1958 with Beverly; had five children together
Lived in various locations across the country, then in 1983 settled in Kearney; did farmland appraisal and loan lending
In retirement, volunteered and supported local events, including Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis, United Methodist Men, singing (or sleeping) in the church choir, attending events at the Merryman, Lied and community theater, etc.; was awarded Kearney’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2003; was very proud of his grandchildren,made them his special waffles, attend their events and shared his appreciation of classical music with them; enjoyed traveling around the world, including Thailand, Panama, Alaska and Taipei; other hobbies included photography and listening to the stock market or news
Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Bev; children, Roger Schliefert, David Schliefert and Doug Schliefert and wife Jodi, all of Grand Island, and Linda Dixon of Central City. He leaves behind six grandchildren, Josh, Michael, Megan, Courtney, Chloe and Sarah, as well as three great-grandchildren
Was preceded in death by his infant son, Dennis
Memorials: Kearney’s First United Methodist Church or Habitat for Humanity in Merv’s name
Kearney Hub, 3 August, 2017

SCHMER, Sue Ann, 76, of Grand Island died Monday, July 31, 2017, at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island
Service: Friday at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island
Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island
Born: Oct. 30, 1940, in Kearney
Parents: Albert and Vera Mae (Niel) Holbert
Spent her early years in Kearney and Fort Collins, Colo.; graduated from Kearney High School and continued on to receive her teaching degree in special education from Kearney State College
Married: in 1959 to Vernon Fredericksen; had two children together; lived in Grand Island, taught in Grand Island Public Schools in the special education department
After retirement and her husband's death, began working at Mid-Nebraska Individual Services; cared for and advocated for the people with developmental disabilities
Married: 2002, to William "Bill" Schmer
Activities: was always up for an adventure; started the Wednesday Group at MNIS; also helped with Honey Sunday and was on the Foster Care Review Board; loved to travel, many times taking trips with her family or friends from school; enjoyed playing cards with friends and was an avid bowler; a recent hobby was creating or repairing stained-glass windows
Survivors include: her children, Scott and wife Jodi Fredericksen of Parker, Colo., and Kristen Fredericksen of Grand Island; stepchildren, Paige Sciulli of Portland, Ore., and Sam Schmer of Omaha; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, along with numerous extended family and friends
Was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Vernon Fredericksen and Bill Schmer; and sister, Carol Bakke
Memorials: MNIS Wednesday Group
Kearney Hub, 2 August, 2017

SKRDLA, Faith (Weber), 40, of Littleton, Colorado, died of brain cancer Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Littleton
Celebration of life service: Saturday, Aug. 5, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney, Neb.
Memorial service: Monday Aug. 7, at the mouth of the Rock River, west of Au Train, Mich.
Born: Dec. 15, 1976, in Kearney
Parents: John and Ellen (Griesse) Weber
Youngest of three children, attended school at Zion Lutheran and Kearney Catholic High School; attended Concordia College in Seward, returned to Kearney to pursue a degree in business while working for her family at Prairie Hills Golf and Ski Club
During school years, was very active in athletics and dance. She participated in track, volleyball, basketball, and was a Lucky Star at Kearney Catholic
Married: Aug. 8, 1998, to Nate Skrdla
After marriage, lived in Kearney and Denver; worked for the Buckle, as a personal trainer and for Pulte Homes; maintained an independent business as an illustrator in From the Heart Stamps
Moved to Munising, Michigan, 2009, to follow Nate’s career and to be closer to Faith’s parents; was active in the ministries of Lutheran Churches in Munising, Kearney and then in Littleton, Colo., helping coordinate Vacation Bible School, Women’s Ministry, clothing donations, and children’s programming, etc.; home-schooled their children, integrating nature and distinctive learning experiences into the curriculum; touched the lives of many wherever she was, her heart always felt at home in Colorado
Activities: supported her children in their pursuits of competitive and traveling hockey, enjoying a trip to Burlington, Vermont with Mekaela in the spring of 2016; had profound artistic ability, expressed in her independent business and through photography, was able to capture the beauty of simple moments, glorifying God’s beauty in nature, her family, and daily activities; always ready for adventure, approached new endeavors with a trusting sprit, contagious laughter, and enduring positivity
Was preceded in death by her grandparents
Survivors include: her husband, Nate, and her three children Mekaela, Ethan and Andrew; her parents, John and Ellen Weber of Munising, MI; her siblings Mike (Carol) Weber of Pleasanton and Heidi (Jamison) Lubben of Fort Mill, South Carolina; her parents-in-law, (Jack) Cheryl Johnson of Upland and Larry (Becki) Skrdla of Newport; her brothers-in-law, Mark (Trisha) Skrdla of Colorado Springs, CO and Matt (Shauna) Skrdla of Ft. Collins, CO and 7 nephews and nieces Memorials: to the church or family
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SMITH, Charles E., 73, of Boise, Idaho, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise
Service: July 19 at First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise
Born: Aug. 18, 1943, in Kearney, Neb.
Parents: Dr. Harold V. and Florence Smith
Married: July 24, 1965, to Barbara J. Cairns of Redwood Falls, Minn.
Graduated from Carleton College and Northwestern University Medical School, completed his internship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and his residency at the University of Minnesota; was part of the first generation of physicians to receive board certification in radiation oncology
Began working at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise in 1972, was instrumental in founding the Mountain States Tumor Institute, helped establish numerous clinics across Idaho; his compassion, dedication and devotion to his patients was unmatched
Activities: loved sports and outdoor activities, including football and basketball in his high school and college years, and skiing, fishing and golfing the rest of his life; interests included cooking, mountaineering, astronomy and paleontology; read voraciously and was intensely curious and continued learning until his last days by taking courses on a wide range of topics, including physics, philosophy, art and history; loved teaching his kids to fish and ski, playing golf with his family and taking his dogs for walks; was intensely proud of his family
Survivors include: Barb, his wife of 52 years; sons and their wives, Scott and Melissa, Stephen and Kristin, and Sam and Alison; grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Logan, Samantha, Tucker, Maxwell and Stella; and sisters and their husbands, Roxie and Mark Parker of Smartsville, Calif., Roz and Ron Laux of Lexington, Neb., and Shell and Jack Ramey of Kearney
Memorials: Mountain States Tumor Institute (Twin Falls) or a charity of the donor’s choice
Kearney Hub, 28 July 2017

STOKES, Glenda Mae, 78, of Ravenna died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, after a long, courageous battle with COPD
Service: Wednesday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Riverton
Burial: Riverton Cemetery
Mortuary: Craig in Minden
Born: May 4, 1939, in Riverton
Parents: Leona Edgar and Clarence Schriner
Attended Riverton Public School until 1956
Married: June 1956, to her first husband of 32 years, Edward Duane Stump
Purchased the Wagon Wheel bar in Oxford in 1981, went on to receive the Nebraska Business Women’s Award; closed the business in 2014 due to medical issues
Married: 1993 to Donald Stokes
After marriage, settled in Ravenna; after a fire took their first home, built a new one
Activities: enjoyed learning new skills and excelled at nearly everything she tried, including farming; was a skilled contractor, welder and mechanic; was skilled at pool, received many trophies and placed in several tournaments; also enjoyed attending horse races, fishing, camping, boating, gardening, playing cards and talking with friends and family
Survivors include: five children, Edward Stump and wife Shelly of Funk, Everett Stump and wife Joy of Norfolk, Bradley Stump of Oxford, Edith Stump of Ohio and Malinda Poley of Oxford; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Gaylene “Squirt” Hill, Diane Willhelm and Vikki Poppe and husband Rich; sister-in-law, Edie “Gus” Schriner; and many adored nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Was preceded in death by her first husband, Duane Stump; second husband, Donald Stokes; mother, Leona Edgar; father, Clarence Schriner; brother, Roger Schriner; brothers-in-law, Jack Hill and Dwight Hodges; and niece, Star Hill
Kearney Hub, 24 July 2017

SWANSON, Daniel Lee, 56, of Ashland died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Kearney as a result of an automobile accident
Service: Monday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney
Burial: later
Born: May 4, 1961 in Oshkosh, Nebraska
Parents: Marion and Donna (Dilley) Swanson
Attended high school in Bridgeport, graduated in 1979
Married: Maria Badalamenti on May 19, 2008 in South Dakota
Worked for Echo Automation as a Sales Director
Survivors include: his wife, Maria of Ashland, sons, Quade Allen Swanson and his wife Melanie of Lincoln, Jase Robert Lee Swanson of Lincoln, and John Daniel Clark of Ainsworth; father, Marion “Bob” Swanson and his wife DeEtta of Oshkosh; brother, Bob Swanson and his wife Eve of Napa, Calif.; sisters, Deanne Didier and her husband Don of Bridgeport, and Toni Darr and her husband Steve of Sidney; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other extended family and friends
Was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Swanson
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VOHLAND, Celia F., 100, of Lincoln, formerly of Kearney, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Sumner Place Nursing Home in Lincoln
Service: Tuesday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born: June 17, 1917, at her parents' farm south of Shelton
Parents: Clyde and Pearl (Hathaway) Leisinger
Grew up and attended school in the Shelton area
Married: June 17, 1937, to Harold Vohland; he died in 1989
After marriage, lived on a farm south of Shelton; later moved to Kearney, worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in housekeeping; moved to Lincoln in the late 1980s
Married: Sidney Glazier in 1994, lived in Shelton
After Sidney's death, she returned to Lincoln
Activities: former member of Shelton United Methodist Church; loved to travel, dance and garden
Survivors include: her daughters, Patricia Rafferty of Lincoln and Connie Vohland and Chris Jeffers of Lincoln; stepdaughter, Linda Neilson and husband Dan of Elwood; and stepson, Larry Glazier and wife Cheryl of Grand Island
Was preceded in death by her husbands and one brother, Don Leisinger
Memorials: Humane Society
Kearney Hub, 29 July 2017

VOLLMER, Gary Dean, 67, of Kearney, formerly of Oxford, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at CHI Health Good Samaritan
Graveside service and inurnment: Thursday at Prairie Home Cemetery near Holdrege, military honors
oMortuary: Nelson-Bauer in Holdrege
Born: Nov. 28, 1949, in Lexington
Parents: Alfred R. and Thelma G. (Grant) Vollmer
Married: Mary Lauby; they divorced
Married: Nov. 28, 1992, to Dawn Haag
Survivors include his daughters, Tera Deprez of Bay City, Mich., and Jacinda and Gabrielle Vollmer, both of Oxford; sisters, Donna Boggs and Marsha Samuelson, both of Bertrand; and one grandson
Kearney Hub, 9 August, 2017

WALTERS, Michael Don, 54, of Littleton, Colorado, died Friday, June 30, 2017, following a car accident
Service: Friday at The Chapel at Cherry Hills in Highlands Ranch
Died the afternoon of June 30, 2017, following a tragic car accident
Born: Kearney, Neb., on March 27, 1963
Parents: Donald J. and Lois (Rehfeld) Walters
Grew up in Kearney, graduated from Kearney High School in 1981; attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Married: Jill M. Fujan in 1989; had two children together
Worked at LatLon in Denver as an IT manager
Activities: enjoyed cooking, skiing and hiking in the Rockies, traveling the world, watching Husker football and spending time with his family; was a humble, compassionate and witty man with a real zest for life and an amazing sense of humor; was never afraid to help others out or follow his dreams
Survivors include: daughter, Nicole and son, Nicholas; his mother, Lois Walters; sisters and spouses, Sharla and Jim Mruz, Shelley and Brad Hilker and Shari Walters; aunt and uncle, Keith and Lee Rehfeld; uncle, Rick Walters; and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins
His wife, Jill, died July 20, 2017, from her injuries
Was preceded by his father and grandparents
Kearney Hub, 24 July 2017

WIEMERS, Sandra K. “Sandy”, 70, of Kearney died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha
Service: Thursday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney
Burial: Kearney Cemetery
Born: Feb. 4, 1947, in Kearney
Parents: Charles and Louise (Griss) Steele
Grew up and attended school in Kearney
Married: Aug. 27, 1963, to Wayne Wiemers in Grand Island
Worked as a waitress at Sophie’s Café and several other restaurants and finished her career as a waitress at the Kearney Elks Club, worked there for many years until it closed
Activities: was kind-hearted and loved her family; enjoyed sparkly things, dancing, listening to music and traveling, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her husband, her children and grandchildren
Survivors include: her husband, Wayne of Kearney; daughter, Tracy Rheault and husband Dave and two daughters, Taylor and Sydney, of La Vista; daughter, Kelly Huls and husband Steve and two daughters, Paige and Macie, and son, Josh, and two stepchildren, Trevor and Sydney, of Sterling; son, Vince Wiemers and wife Tina and three daughters, Brook, Kelsey and Brenae, of Kearney; son, Johnathon and daughter, Olivia and two sons, Seth and Isaac, and companion Beverly Bordeaux, of Kearney; two great-grandchildren; brother, Chuck Steele and wife Hilda of Grand Island; and sister, Maryann Powers of St. Paul
Was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Vicki Louise at birth; grandson, Jacob Rheault; and brothers, Fred and Mike Steele
Kearney Hub, 1 August, 2017

WOODEN, Louise C., 93, of Kearney, formerly of Loup City, died Friday, July 28, 2017, at St. Luke’s Good Samaritan Village
Service: Tuesday at Loup City United Methodist Church
Burial: Arcadia City Cemetery
Mortuary: Higgins in Loup City
Born: Sept. 26, 1923, in Omaha
Parents: Marion and Rose Anne (Fagus) Lane
Attended Bristol schools
Enjoyed cooking all of her life; at age 13, started cooking at the Fredrick Hotel in Loup City
Married: Sept. 10, 1942, to Roy D. Wooden in Ord
After marriage, lived in Loup City; moved to Arcadia, 1954, and started Woody’s Café; in the early 1960s, they ran a bar in Arcadia together, returned to Loup City in 1966, and ran the bowling alley for a couple of years; later they ran Trade Winds Marina, and then managed the Arcadia American Legion Club
Activities: member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 56 years and was a Gold Star Sister; enjoyed quilting, coin collecting, auctions and collecting antiques; her family was truly the most important part of her life
Survivors include: three sons, Dick and wife Jeanie of Ogallala, Roger and wife Bev of Cairo and Robert and wife Tami of Kearney; daughter-in-law, Shirley Wooden of Cairo; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild
Was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; son, David; parents; stillborn sister; and two brothers
Memorial: Arcadia American Legion Auxiliary or Sherman County Historical Society
Kearney Hub, 31 July 2017
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