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15 May 1970: Grand Island Independent


Central City (Special Dispatch) -- Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:a.m. in the chapel of Solt-Byers Funeral Home here for Frank W. Freelend, 83, a retired farmer.

     The Rev. Dr. Melvin Zichek, pastor of the Central City Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at Ravenna. Visitation hours were scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

     Mr. Freelend died Wednesday evening, May 13, 1970, at his home in Central City.

     He was born June 12, 1886, near St. Libory, the son of Fred and Minnie Glause Freelend. On Jan. 29, 1928, he was married to Jessie E. Swaim at Fullerton. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in Merrick County and then lived in Litchfield before coming to Central City in 1960. They were longtime members of the Methodist Church.

     Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Darrell (Dorothy) Moore of Lead, S.D. ; three sons, Alfred of Lead, Ernest of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Donald of Hampton; one sister, Mrs. George Verplank of Palmer; four brothers, Louis of Loup City, Edward of Central City, Henry of Joplin, MO, and Fred of Clarks, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by three sisters.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.

NOTE:  Have found this surname given as Freelend also.


11 Sep 1970 (Fri.): Grand Island Independent

Clarence Stout, Chapman, Dies, Funeral Set Monday

     Clarence L. Stout, 70, Chapman, an Army veteran of World War I, died early Friday morning at his home following a long illness.

     Funeral rites are to be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the chapel of the Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. The Rev. Harvey Clark will officiate. Interment is to be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitations may be made from 4-9 Sunday at the Funeral Home. Friends may remember through memorials to the Cancer Fund.

     Mr. Stout was born June 5, 1900, at Fremont. He received his schooling at Fremont and entered the armed forces there.

     He and Miss Mabel Rudolf were married Jan. 20, 1925, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. They farmed in the Central City area and then came to Grand Island, where Mr. Stout was employed at the Soldiers and Sailors Home. They moved to Hermiston, Ore., where Mr. Stout was employed by the Umitallia Ordance Depot until he retired in 1966 and they came to Chapman to make their home.

     Mr. Stout was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was a member of the Eagles and the Stuart Post of the American Legion.

     He is survived by his wife, Mabel, one brother, Jack Stout of Wilbert Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Bernard Newton of Yuma, Ariz., and Mrs. Leona Watkings of the Talles, Ore.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant child, two brothers and two sisters.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


May 1973: Grand Island Independent

Bertha Rembolt, 85

Mrs. Bertha J. Rembolt, ... "died at a local nursing home Wednesday following a long illness."

Visitation: Friday, Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.

Funeral: Saturday, Faith United Methodist Church, the Rev. Donald Roker officiating.

Burial: West Lawn Cemetery (Grand Island).

Born 20 Dec. 1887, Archer, NE.  Parents: Gustav and Emma Wiegert Rudolf.

9 Jan. 1907: Married Gottleib A. Rembolt at Archer. They farmed in Merrick County.

1945: Moved to Chapman. Abt. 1966: She moved to Grand Island.

Survived by daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Lucille ) Stratmen, Grand Island; son, Erwin, Denver, CO; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Sautter, Mrs. Ella Wadsworth and Mrs. Lill Winebrenner, all of Grand Island; 4 gch. and 8 g-gch.

Preceded in death by her husband (1965); 2 brothers and 3 infant sisters.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


10 Jul 1973 (Tues.): Grand Island Independent


CENTRAL CITY--Funeral services for Edward C. Freeland, 75, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Solt and Byers Funeral Home in Central City with the Revs. Wayne Carlson and Melvin Zichek officiating.

     Burial will be in the Pierce Chapel Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

     Mr. Freeland died Sunday morning, July 8, 1973, at the Central City Hospital. He was born on May 10, 1898, near Palmer, to Fred and Minnie Glause Freeland. He attended Merrick County Public Schools. He married the former Pearl Peck on Dec. 23, 1926, at Central City. He was a member of the Christian Church.

      He is survived by his widow; one son, Robert of Central City; one sister, Mrs. Ella Verplank of Palmer; two brothers, Fred of Clarks and Henry of Carthage, MO., and four grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.

NOTE:  Have found this surname given as Freelend also.


14 Dec 1973 (Fri): GI Independent


ARCHER--Wilhelm Phocian Hansen, 85, a lifetime resident of Merrick County died Thursday at the Aurora hospital.

     Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Solt-Byers Funeral Home at Central City with Rev. Kenneth Rood officiating. Burial will be in the Archer Cemetery.

     Visitation will be Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the Solt-Byers Funeral Home.

     Mr. Hansen was born Oct 2, 1888, at Archer to Emil and Mattie Hooper Hansen. He was cashier for the Citizens State Bank and served as secretary-treasurer for the Co-Op Credit Association. In 1943, he was postmaster at Archer, retiring in 1953. He had married the former Dora Wegner Jan. 3, 1920, at Archer. He was a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge 36. He was also past patron, Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 200. He served in WWI.

     He is survived by a brother, Carl of Rocky Ford, CO, three sisters, Mrs. Pete DeLano of Wood River, Mrs. Helen Earhart of Clarinda Iowa, and Mrs. Anita McCutcheon of Honolulu Hawaii.

     He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Obit from by Dona Hawk <> 5 Apr 2005.


9 May 1974 (Thurs): Custer County Chief


A Merna man spent many years in Nebraska Sand hills

     Mr. Paul Glause, 75 years of age, of Merna, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, April 8, 1974 in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, following considerable illness.

     Funeral rites for Mr. Glause were held on Thursday, April 11, 1974 at 2:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary Chapel in Broken Bow, Nebraska, with Rev. Royce Buchtel (United Blaine Co. Larger Parish, United Church of Christ (Formerly Congregational) of Dunning, Nebraska, officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery at Merna, Custer County, Nebraska.

     Memorials were suggested in lieu of flowers to the Cancer Fund, in care of Mrs. Dwight Lyon of Merna. Funeral services were private.

     Mr. Glause is survived by his wife, Genevieve Glause of Merna, and six daughters, Mahala Thompson of Tryon, Nebr., Lois Jensen of Kearney, Nebr., Charlene Rhoades of Dunning, Nebr., Margaret A. Campbell of Denver, Colo., Judy Gushard of Lincoln, Nebr., and Linda Haumont of Bridgeport, Nebr., by 3 sons, Paul Glause, JR. of Oshkosh, Nebr., Roland W. Glause of Dunning, and Van E Glause of Merna, Nebr.; by 29 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and also by one sister, Lena Campbell of Stromsburg, Nebr.

     Paul Herman Glause, the son of William and Mary Glause was born at Palmer, Nebraska on February 3, 1899.

     He was, when an infant, baptized in the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Palmer, Nebraska.

     At the age of 17 years, he moved with his parents, to a ranch north of Halsey in the sand hills of Nebraska.

     On October 5, 1926, he married Genevieve VanArdsdale. To this union, 9 children were born, all of whom now survive. They are Mrs. Mahala Thompson, Lois Jensen, Charlene Rhoades, Margaret Campbell, Judy Gushard, Linda Haumont, Roland W, Paul M. and Van E..

     He lived in the communities of Halsey and Purdum, where for many years he was a rancher. In 1956, he moved to Merna, in Custer County, where he resided until his death April 8, 1974 in hospital at Kearney Nebraska at age of 75 years.

     At the funeral in Broken Bow, music was furnished by a granddaughter and her husband, Larry and Karla Estes and Joyce Dowse and Cleo Haynes. Pallbearers were his 5 sons-in-laws, Wallace Jensen, Claude Rhoades, Rodney Campbell, Stanley Gushard and Darrel Haumont and Billy Jensen.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Obit from Dona Hawk <> 5 Apr 2005.


12 Jan 1978 (Thurs): Grand Island Independent


     Mrs. Gladys Freeland, 72, of Virginia Drive, died Wednesday, January 11, 1978, at a Grand Island hospital. Services are pending at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.

     Mrs. Freeland was born May 7, 1905, near Meadow Grove. She was the daughter of Bert and Minnie Ellis Verplank. She married Louie Freeland on June 20, 1923. They lived on a farm near Palmer until the early 1950's, then moving to Cushing. In 1967 they moved to Loup City. Mr. Freeland died in 1971.

     Mrs. Freeland moved to Central City in 1975 where she lived until 1977. She then came to Grand Island to live with her daughter, Mrs. Opal Oswald.

     Survivors include two sons, Rolland and Harold, both of Central City; 10 daughters, Mrs. Lyle (Euveda) Wilson of Central City, Mrs. Harry (Zella) Hausmen, Mrs. Ron (Betty) Beck, Mrs. Norman (Lois) Petersen and Mrs. Robert (Opal) Oswald, all of Grand Island, Mrs. Fred (Wanda) Rother of Wolbach, Mrs. Ernest (Mable) Burkhardt of Palmer, Mrs. John (Shirley) Abbott and Mrs. Ed (Minnie) Rasmussen of Omaha, and Mrs. Richard (Ruby) Henderson of Olathe, Kansas; 29 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three brothers, George Verplank of Palmer, Robert of Neligh and Willard of Boone, Iowa.
     She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


18-19 May 1979: GI Independent


ARCHER--Services for Oscar Ita, 79, of Archer will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Archer Zion United Methodist Church. The Rev Daniel R. Gangler will officiate. Burial will be in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.

     There will be no visitation. Solt Funeral Home of Central City is in charge of arrangements. Memorials will be designated later.

     Mr. Ita was born July 5, 1899, in Merrick County, the son of Jacob and Minnie Wegner Ita. He attended rural schools and had lived in the Archer area all his life.

     He married Velma Luft on Feb. 5, 1927. He was a mechanic in the Archer area.

     Mr. Ita was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Archer and the Central City Masonic Lodge.

     Survivors include a brother, Wesley of Grand Island, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Weyers of Burwell.

     He was preceded in death by four brothers, an infant sister and two infant sons.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.

27 Jan 1980 (Sun.): Grand Island Independent


Born 7 April 1913, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Otto and Bertha Templin Rudolf. "... resident of this area his entire life."

Married 7 May 1941 - Lucille Retzlaff.

Member of the Central City United Methodist Church.

Died Fri. (25 Jan) at hospital in Omaha, NE.  Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral home in Central City.

Services: Mon, at the Central City United Methodist Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery.

Survivors: widow, Lucille of Central City; 2 daughters, Mrs Mike (Geraldine) Hansen of Omaha and Mrs Dick (Gloria) Evers of Clarks; sister, Mrs Anna Suck of Grand Island; and 2 gch.

Preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


18 Jan 1981 (Sun.): GI Independent


Born 20 Oct. 1904, Archer, NE. Parents: Frank and Louise Rudolph.

Married 20 Jan. 1925, Grand Island, NE - Leonard Stout. Lived in the Central City area, and Grand Island.

"Later they moved to Pendleton, Oregon." 1966: Moved to Chapman, NE.

Member of the Evangelical Church in Chapman.

Died Fri. (16 Jan.), Chapman, NE.  Visitation: Sun., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island. 

Service: Mon. at Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Cemetery.  Memorials: Cancer Fund.

Survivors: 3 brothers, Leonard and Lawrence Rudolph, both of Chapman, and Raymond of St. Paul.
Preceded in death by husband (1970), a son and 2 half-brothers.

22 Jan 1981: GI Independent


Services : Monday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.

Burial: Westlawn Cemetery in Grand Island.

"Pallbearers were Terry Rudolf, Terry Suchanek, Bill Maahs, Randy Maahs, E.J. Burke and LeRoy Randolph."


2 articles submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


30 Jun 1981 (Tues): Grand Island Independent


Born 3 Feb. 1900, Archer, NE.  Parents: Jacob and Lena Wegner Suck.

Member of Zion United Methodist Church.

Died Mon. (29 Jun), Palmer, NE.  Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home Central City.

Service: Thurs., Zion United Methodist Church in Archer. Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.

Memorials to the church.

Survivors: sister, Viona Suck of Palmer; 3 brothers, Edward of Central City, and Elmer and Delbert, both of Palmer.

Preceded in death by 2 brothers and a sister.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


1 Jun 1982 (Tues): Grand Island Independent

Ida A. Glause, 88

Born 24 Aug. 1893, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Julius and Marie Buss Blauhorn.

Married 15 Jun 1912 at Grand Island, NE - Charles W. Glause.

Member: Zion United Methodist Church in Archer (50+ years).

Died Sat., Central City hospital.

Visitaion: Tues,, Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Services: Wed., Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.

Survivors: son, Cecil, Archer; brother, Albert Blauhorn, Central City; sister, Mrs. Anna Lee, Marsing, ID, a g-dau and 2 g-gch.

Preceded in death by husband (1951) and a brother.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005.


15 Jul 1983 (Fri): Grand Island Independent


Born 12 Oct. 1937, Nance County, NE. Parents: Louie and Gladys Freeland.

Died Thurs. 14 Jul 1983, Omaha, NE.  Service: Mon., Heafey, Heafey and Hoffman Mortuary's West Center Chapel, Omaha.

Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Omaha, NE.

Survivors: husband, John of Omaha; 2 daughters, Mrs. Don (Sharon) Jorgensen of St. Paul and Mrs. Kathy Nielsen of Denver, CO; a granddaughter; 2 brothers, Harold and Rolland Freeland, both of Central City; 9 sisters, Euveda Wilson of Stromsburg, Betty Beck, Fay Lubken, Lois Peterson and Opal Oswald, all of Grand Island, Mabel Buckhart of Templeton, CA and Minnie Rasmussen of Omaha, Wanda Rother of Wolbach and Ruby Henderson of Yates Center, KS.

Obit from Dona Hawk <> 5 Apr 2005.


12 Aug 1983 (Fri): Grand Island Independent


Born Dec. 11, 1889, in Merrick County.  Parents: William and Bertha Rudolph Wegner.

Attended school in the Lone Tree area, and Nebraska Central College in Central City.

12 May 1911: Married Warren H. Riggs at Archer.

1914: Moved to Central City. Lived a short time at Archer while they were in the mercantile business.

1966: Moved to Lewellyn, NE; Mr. Riggs died soon afterwards.

About 1973: Mrs. Riggs moved to the Garden County Nursing Home.

Member of the United Methodist Church and its choir. Member of the Royal Neighbors of America (more than 50 years), and Eastern Star, Auburn Chapter No. 200, at Central City.

Died 12 Aug 1983, Oshkosh, NE.

Visitation: Sunday at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Holechek Funeral Home of Oskosh in charge of local arrangements.

Services: Saturday, United Methodist Church in Lewellyn.

Graveside services: Monday, Central City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the church or the Garden County Nursing Home.

Survivors: 2 daughters, Mrs. Naomi Clary of Lewellyn and Mrs. Rhoda Edlund of Central City, 6 gch.; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Hazel Riggs of Albuquerque, N.M.; and 3 sons-in-law, Oren Clary, Raymond Edlund and Clayton Wilson.

She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters; a son, Orval, and a daughter Rosemary.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005


17 Aug 1983 (Wed.): Grand Island Independent

Esther A. Rudolf, 71

Born 23 June 1912, at Duff, in Rock County.

Parents: Adolph and Anna Faber Zlomke. 1915: Moved to farm 5 miles south of Archer.

Married 22 Oct 1930: Albert Rudolf , St. Paul (Howard Co). Farmed near Palmer.

Abt. 1966: Moved to Central City.

Member of Zion United Methodist Church at Archer, and Eagles auxiliary.

Died Tues., Central City, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home Central City.

Service: Fri. at Zion United Methodist Church in Archer. Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.

Survivors: daughter, Mrs. Jack (Aileen) Rawlings of St. Paul; 3 sons, Ralph of Palmer, Wayne of Hastings, and Gary of St. Charles, Iowa; 4 sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Edna) Rudolf of Central City, Mrs. Roy (Anna) Landstrom of Pontiac, Illinois, Mrs. Marvin (Gladys) Sims and Mrs. Ben (Linda) Bates, both of Sacramento, Calif., 15 gch and 11 g-gch.

Preceded in death by: husband (1966); a daughter, 2 grandsons, 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005


12 May 1984 (Sat): Grand Island Independent

Steve L. Kolar, 36 - Grand Island Resident

Born 16 Feb 1948, St. Paul, NE.  Parents: Leon and Helen Verplank Kolar. Educated at Wolbach.

Member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wolbach.

Married 3 July 1981, Grand Island, NE - Pam Partridge.

Died Thurs. May 10, 1984, Omaha, NE. Visitation: Sun. Jacobsen Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Services: Mon. Trinity Lutheran Church at Wolbach. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach, NE.

Survivors: his wife, Pam; his parents, of Wolbach; 2 brothers, Gary of Colorado Springs, CO, and David of Grand Island; 6 sisters, Mrs. Linda Bagley, Mrs. Judy Small, Mrs. Terri (Laura) Wicht and Mrs. Dale (Connie) Lamberson, all of Grand Island; Diane Kolar of Palmer, and Gail Kolar of Wolbach. Grandparents are deceased.

20 May 1984 (Sun): Grand Island Independent 

Steve Kolar

Added info: "Pallbearers were Randy Broshears, Dan Mieth, Wendell Land, Bill Verplank, Rick Davison and Ivan Rasmussen."

2 articles from Dona Hawk <> 5 Apr 2005


4 Jun 1984 (Mon.): Grand Island Independent

Geraldine A. Weakley, 66

Born Sept 16, 1917, Grand Island, NE.  Parents: Edward and Anna Gilmont Spink.

Married 9 Nov 1941, Grand Island - to Ronald Weakley of Gibbon.
Member: Grand Island Eagles Auxiliary, Trinity United Methodist Church.

Died Sun. 3 June, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home.

Service: Thurs. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Cemetery
Survivors: husband; mother, Anna Spink of Grand Island; daughter, Norma Weakley of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Neva Pool of Grand Island.
Preceded in death by her father.
Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Fund.

9 or 10 Jun 1984: Grand Island Independent

Geraldine Weakley

Services were Thurs. at Gollaher Chapel.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers: Duane Wildon, Bob Carter, Kenneth Eckles, Morris Pool, Lyle Nedrig and Jack Gilmont.
Livingston -Sondermann Funeral Home in charge.

2 articles provided by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005


21 Jun 1984 (Thurs.): Grand Island Independent


Born 2 Oct. 1926, Palmer, NE.  Parents: John and Meta Doncheske Rudolf.

Married 9 Jun 1946, Palmer, NE - William J. Jackson. "They lived in Denver ..."

Member: Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver and active in many church activities.

Died 11 June, Denver, CO.  Service: Fri. 15 June, Olinger Chapel in Denver. Burial: Ft. Logan National Cemetery at Denver.

Survivors: her husband; 2 sons, Kenneth of Cheyenne, WY and Gary of Denver; 6 gch; her parents of Palmer, and a sister, Mrs. Warren (Dorothy) Rice of Columbus Ohio.

Obit provided by Dona Hawk <> 4 Apr 2005


Oct 1984 - Central City newspaper?

Mrs. Klar SHIVELY (Celia Agnes GOERL), 78

Born 9 Aug 1906 in Merrick County, NE. Parents: John & Hannah (Sims) Goerl. Grew up near Clarks in Pierce Chapel neighborhood. 1 Jun 1926: Married Thomas Klar Shively at Osceola, NE. They farmed near Clarks. She died 16 Oct 1984 at Fulleton Manor. Service was 20 Oct at Palmer's Funeral Chapel, Fullerton, NE. Burial: Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery) near Clarks. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons; 2 brothers & 5 sisters; 4 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents; brother Clifford, and a grandson.


Nov 1984 - Central City newspaper?

Thomas Klar SHIVELY, 87

Born 4 Nov 1896 in Pierce Chapel area (near Clarks). Parents: Thomas A. & Indiana (Richards) Shively. Farmer. 1 Jun 1926: Married Celia Goerl at Osceola, NE. 1980: Pioneer Farm Family Award from Ak-Sar-Ben of Omaha for family ownership of 100 years. He died 2 Nov 1984 at hospital in Fullerton, NE. Service was 6 Nov at Palmer's Funeral Chapel, Fullerton, NE. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery (Bureau Cemetery near Clarks). Survivors: Two sons, 4 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife; a grandson; 3 brothers & 3 sisters.


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