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1985

23 Mar 1985 (Sat.): Grand Island Independent

FRED T. FREELAND, 82 - CLARKS

Born 23 Dec. 1902, at Palmer, NE. Parents: Fred and Minnie Glause Freeland.

Married Evelyn Peck - 31 Dec. 1927, at Central City. Farmed north of Clarks. Later moved into town.

November - "they moved to the Bethesda Care Center in Central City."

Member: United Methodist Church, Clarks.

Died Wed., 20 March 1985, Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Services: Mon., United Methodist Church in Clarks. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks.

Survivors: Widow of Central City; 4 daughters, Mae Marie Craig of Corvallis, OR, Lucile Kantor of Julesburg, CO, Doris Ann Glinsmann of Omaha and Bonnie June Hack of Columbus; two sons, Kenneth of Omaha and Marvin of Clarks; sister Ella Verplank of Palmer; brother Henry of Carthage, MO, 13 gch and 8 g-gch.

Preceded by 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

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10 Aug 1985: Grand Island Independent

Overton L. Bandt, 68

Born 27 Aug. 1916, Kimball, NE.  Parents: William and Anna Freeland Bandt. "He attended school in Phillipsburg Kansas. In 1927, he moved to a farm in Howard County near Wolbach." Farmer.

Married 7 Aug. 1978, Alma, NE - Gertrude Gibbons.

Died Fri., 9 Aug. at hospital, St. Paul, NE.  Visitation: Mon. McIntrye-Jacobsen Funeral Home, Wolbach.

Service: Tues. United Methodist Church, Wolbach. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach.

Survivors: his wife; 2 step-sons, Eugene Gibbons of Buckley, WA and John Gibbons of Renton, WA; 4 step-daughters, Mrs. Charles (Beverley) McDonald of Grand Prairie, TX, Mrs. Steven (Patricia) Marinkovich of Castro Valley, CA, Mrs. Richard (Sandra) Portugal of Denver, CO, and Mrs. Maureen Humphreys of Auburn, WA; 19 step-gch and 8 step-g-gch; 3 brothers, Percy, of St. Paul, Harold of Alma; and Marvel of Farmington Hills, MI.

Preceded in death by an infant brother.

Obit from Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 5 Apr 2005.


25 Oct 1986 (Sat.): Grand Island Independent

JESSIE E. FREELAND, 89

Born 1 Oct. 1897, at Ravenna, NE. Parents: J. E. and Clara Salling Swaim.

Married 29 Jan 1928: Frank Freeland, at Fullerton.

"They farmed east of Palmer and had lived in Central City after his retirement. ... Later she moved to Ravenna."

Member of the United Methodist Church.

Died Thurs. 23 Oct 1986, Grand Island, Hall, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home in Central City & Mon. at the church.

Services will be Mon., United Methodist Church in Ravenna. Burial: Highland Cemetery, Ravenna.

Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Donald (Dorothy Alice) Welton of Basin, Wyo.; 3 sons, Wayne of Lead. S.D., Ernest of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Donald of Hampton; brother, Cecil Swaim of CA; sister, Irene McGraw of CO, 6 gch, 4 step-gch and 5 g-gch.

Preceded in death by her husband (13 May 1970, see above) & three sisters.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.


1988

13 Feb 1988 (Sat.): Grand Island Independent obit

EDWARD HENRY SUCK, 82

Born 13 Dec. 1905, near Archer. Parents: Jacob and Lena Wegner Suck.

Died Thursday, 11 Feb 1988, Palmer, NE. Visitation: Sunday, Solt Funeral Home in Central City.

Services: Monday - Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial: Archer Zion Evangelical Community Cemetery.

Lifelong resident of the Archer community.

1923: Married Anna Rudolf. Member of the Archer Zion United Methodist Church.

Survivors: 4 daughters, Mrs. Otis (Luella) Langrehr of Parker Dam, CA, Mrs. Guy (Ruby) Hendricksen of Las Vegas NV, Mrs. Carl (Phyllis) Brim of Elwood and Mrs. Harold (Delores) Meyer of St Libory; 11 gch; 19 g-gch; 2 brothers; Elmer and Delbert, both of Palmer; and a sister, Viona Suck of Palmer.

Preceded in death by a brother, a sister, and a grandchild.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

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11 Nov 1988 (Fri.): Grand Island Independent

EVELYN O. FREELAND, 80

Born Sept. 2, 1908, at Clarks, NE.  Parents: Jerome and Laura Adams Peck. Attended school at Pleasant Hill near Clarks.

Married 31 Dec 1927 to Fred Freeland at Central City. "They farmed near Clarks and later moved into Clarks."

1985 - to Central City.  Member of the United Methodist Church of Clarks.

Died Wed. 9 Nov 1988, Central City, NE.  Visitation Fri. - Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Services: Sat. - United Methodist Church in Clarks. Burial: Pierce Chapel Cemetery near Clarks.

Survivors: 2 sons, Kenneth of Omaha and Marvin of Clarks; 4 daughters, Mrs. Arnold (Doris Ann) Glinsmann of Omaha, Mrs. Glenn (May Marie) Craig of Corvallis, Oregon, Mrs. Dan (Lucile) Kantor of Julesburg, Colorado, and Mrs. Cecil (Bonnie) Hack of Sierra Vista, Arizona; 2 sisters, Pearl Freelend of Central City and Mildred Lorance of Grand Island; 15 gch, 17 g-gch.

Preceded in death by her husband (20 Mar 1985), 2 brothers, and 1 granddaughter.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.


1989

20 Feb 1989 (Mon.): Grand Island Independent

Arthur F. Rudolf, 83

Born Sept. 16, 1905, near Archer, NE.  Parents: Carl and Emalia Ostrick Rudolf.

Married Edna Zlomke 16 June 1930, St. Paul.

Died Sun. 19 Feb 1989, Central City, NE. Services: Wed. at the Zion United Methodist Church near Archer.

Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery at Archer.
Farmer.  Served on the school board. Member of the Archer Zion United Methodist Church. 1966: Moved to Central City.

Survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. LeWayne (Joyce) Medinger of Palmer; five grandchildren.
Memorials: Archer Zion United Methodist Church.

Obit provided by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 1 Apr 2005

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10 May 1989: GI Independent

LeWAYNE KENNETH MEDINGER, 49

Born 8 Nov. 1939, David City, (Butler Co.), NE.  Parents: Leo and Caroline Zima Medinger.

Grew up in the Genoa-St. Edward area. 1964 moved to Central City, NE.

Married 12 Nov 1966, Central City, NE to Joyce Rudolf. 1968, they moved to farm near Archer.

Member of St. Michael's parish in Central City.

Died Mon. 8 Mar 1989 at home in Archer, NE.  Solt Funeral Home, Central City in charge of arrangements.

Rosary: Wed. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City.  Service: Thurs. at the church. Burial: Central City Cem.

Survivors: wife; 3 daughters, Patricia, Colleen and Susan; 2 sons, Michael and Nicholas; his mother, Central City; 3 brothers - Clayton of Fullerton, Gary of Grand Island and Dean of Archer; and 4 sisters - Mrs. Don (Delores) Faulhaber of North Platte, Mrs. Dolend (Phyllis) Swanson of Eagle, and Mrs. Jack (Carol) Hahn of Lincoln.

Preceded in death by his father and a brother, Norman.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

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13 Oct 1989 (Fri.): GI Independent

Marie Matilda Retzlaff, 92

Born 21 Feb. 1897, Platte County, NE. Parents: William & Amanda Luschen Hake. "In 1912 the family moved to the Archer ...".

Married 29 Sep. 1920, Archer, NE to George Retzlaff. "They farmed in the Palmer area ...".

Resided: 1947, Archer; 1954, Sidney. NE; 1960, Central City, NE.

Member of the United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Women.

Died Thurs. 12 Oct 1989, Central City, NE.  Visitation: Sun. Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Service: Mon. United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery

Survivors: Husband; son, Bud Retzlaff of Anchorage, Alaska; 2 dau, Lucille Rudolph of Central City and Mrs. Herbert (Loretta) Foreman of Monticello, Ind.; 4 sisters, Anna Kunnemann and Hulda Kuppinger, both of Hammond, Ind., Alma Kamper of Grand Island and Minnie Buckalou of Texas; 1 brother, Henry Hake of Highland, Ind.; 4 gch. and 4 g-gch.

Preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.


1992

2 Jun 1992 (Tues.): Grand Island Independent

HARVEY GUSTAF RUDOLF, 85

Born 27 Jan 1907, Archer, N.  Parents: Emil and Anna (Wildt) Rudolf.

Member of Archer Evangelical Community Center.

Died Sat. 30 May 1992, Central City, NE.

Services: Tues. Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.

Survivor: Sister, Emma Rudolf of Central City.

Memorials: Archer Evangelical Community Church.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

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19 Sep 1992 (Sun.): Grand Island Independent

Anna Spink

Born 27 Feb 1892, Archer, NE Parents: Fredrick and Augusta (Rudolph) Gilmont.

Died - Wed., Jan. 15, at the Jennie Melham Hospital, Broken Bow.

Services: Mon. at the Livingston-Sondermann Chapel.  Burial: West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.

Married Ed Spink in Grand Island; lived in Grand Island.

Moved to Broken Bow eight years ago due to ill health.

Member of the Christian faith.

Survivors: a granddaughter, Norma (Mrs. Wendall) Weakly-Roos, Greeley, Colo.; & a sister, Ella (Mrs. Lee) Hawkins, Peetz, CO.

Preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Geraldine Weakley; a brother, a sister, two half-brothers, two half-sisters.

Memorials are suggested to the family

Obit provided by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 1 Apr 2005


1993

24 Apr 1993 (Sat): GI Independent

WINIFRED H. PETERSON, 91

Born 14 April 1902, Central City, NE. Parents: Henry & Augusta (Rudolf) Boehl. Lived at Archer.

Married 16 Nov 1921, Grand Island, NE - Carl Peterson. Resided in Central City, moved to Grand Island in 1965.

"Mr. Peterson died on March 20, 1980. Mrs. Peterson then resided in Aurora."

She died Thurs 22 Apr 1993, Aurora, (Hamilton Co.) NE. Visitation: Mon. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home.

Graveside service: Tues. Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.

Survivors: A son, Douglas Peterson of Aurora; sister, Mabel Nelson of Jacksonville, FL.

Preceded in death by her husband, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

Obit from Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 5 Apr 2005.


1994

3 Feb 1994 (Thurs.): Grand Island Independent

PEARL E. FREELEND, 89

Born 26 Dec 1904, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Jerome I. and Laura (Adams) Peck

Married 23 Dec 1926, Central City, NE - to Edward Charles Freeland.

Member of First Christian Church.

Died 31 Jan 1994, Central City, NE

Service: Thurs. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel.

Survivors: Son, Robert Freelend of Central City; sister, Mildred Lorance of Wood River; 4 gch; 8 g-gch, & 1 g-g-grandson.

Preceded in death by her husband; sister, Evelyn Freelend; 2 brothers, Carmine and Orville Peck.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

NOTE:  Have found this surname as Freeland also.

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2 Mar 1994 (Wed.): Grand Island Independent

George F. Retzlaff, 93

Born 25 April 1900, near Archer, NE.  Parents: August & Bertha (Rudolf) Retzlaff.

Married 29 Sep 1920 to Marie Hake. "... farmed in Palmer before moving to Archer where they lived for several years."

Resided: 1954, Sidney, NE; 1960: Central City, NE; 1991: Community Care of Central City

Member of the Archer Zion United Methodist Church.

"He was the 1993 Resident of the Year for Bethesda Care Center and was the 1994 Valentine King at the Community Care Center."

Died Tues. 1 March, Central City.  Visitation: Fri. Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Service: Sat. at same place.  Burial: Central City Cemetery.

Survivors: son, Delbert "Bud" of Anchorage, Alaska; 2 daughters, Lucille Rudolf and Loretta Foreman of Central City; 4 gch and 4 g-gch; sister, Martha Retzlaff of Central City.

Preceded in death by his wife in (1989); 3 brothers, Henry, William and Charlie; and 4 sisters, Mary Wegner, Minnie Wegner, Anna Wegner and Lydia Bonness.


Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

NOTE: Mother listed as Bertha Rudolf but according to research should have been Anna.

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12 Aug 1994 (Fri.): GI Independent p11

Lena Campbell, 99

Born 17 May 1895, in Merrick County, NE.  Parents: William and Mary (Rudolf) Glause. Lived in Palmer area.

Married 24 Dec 1914, Burwell, NE - Walter Campbell. "They farmed in Nance, Merrick and Polk counties".

1952: Moved to Stromsburg (Polk Co, NE).  Worked as nurse's aide and cook.

Member: Methodist Church in Stromsburg.

Died Tues. 9 Aug., Stromsburg, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.

Service: Fri. at the Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.

Survivors: Daughter, Mahala Koehn of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 4 gch; 6 g-gch; and 8 gg-gch.

Preceded in death by her husband (17 Dec 1939); 4 brothers - Charlie, Paul and two infants; 4 sisters - Elsie, Hulda, Esther and Bertha.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.


1995

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 1 Jun 1995

Robert E. BROWN, 50

Born 1 Sep 1944 at Wolbach, NE. Parents: George & Barbara (Swirczek) Brown. 1957: Family moved to Clarks, NE. Attended Clarks HS. Farmer. National Guard (6 yrs). 1964: Married at Clarks. 1974: Started Platte Valley Aeriel Spraying Inc. Died Tues. 30 May 1995 near Clarks in airplane accident. Visitation: Today. Service: Fri., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Hoem, Central City. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, a son, 3 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents.

Columbus Telegram  - Thurs. 1 Jun 1995

Ben KMIECIK, 71

Former resident of Silver Creek, NE. Current resident of Laughlin, NV. Died Mon. 29 May 1995 at hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Service today. Survivors: His wife Nancy; two sons; 2 step-daughters; a step-son; 2 sisters; a gch.

13 Jun 1995 (Tues.): Grand Island Independent

EMMA JOHANNA RUDOLF, 91

Born 21 Jan 1904, in Archer. Parents: Emil & Anna (Wildt) Rudolf.

"She lived with her brother Harvey in the Archer area until their retirement." Moved to Central City.

Member of the Archer Zion United Methodist Church.

Died Mon. 12 Jun 1995, Central City, NE. Visitation: Today. Services: Wed. Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Burial: Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.

Survivors: Special friends Bob and Millie Mustard ..., and cousins.

Preceded in death by her brother, Harvey Rudolf.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

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29 Jun 1995 (Thurs): Grand Island Independent

RAYMOND F. RUDOLF, 86

Born 13 Sep 1908, Archer, NE. Parents: Frank & Lizzie Rudolf.

"He attended rural school and grew up on a farm near Archer. He farmed with his two brothers near Palmer."

Other residences - 1938: Newport; Hastings, NE.  1966: St. Paul, NE.

Died: Wed. 28 Jun 1995, St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Thurs, Solt Funeral Home, Central City.

Graveside service: Fri. Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.

Survivors: 2 brothers, Leonard of Aurora and Lawrence of Chapman.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

Obit from Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 5 Apr 2005.

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26 Dec 1995 (Tues): Sidney NE newspaper

William "Lee" Hawkins, 93

Born 5 April 1902 at Pilger, NE. Parents: "Henry and Jennie Burg."

1917: Moved to Cheyenne county, NE. 1920: Peetz area (CO). 1994: Sidney, Cheyenne, NE

Married 7 Feb 1926 at Archer, NE - Ella Gilmont.

"They lived on the same farm for 67 years, retiring from farming in 1991."

Member of the Peetz Community Methodist Church (church trustee and member of the board 37 years). Active in other groups.

1960: "...he and his wife were the King and Queen for Peetz Sake Day."

Died Fri. 22 Dec. Sidney, NE. Service: Today at Peetz Community Methodist Church.

Burial: Greenwood Cem, Sidney, NE.

Survivors: His wife, Ella, of Sidney; 7 gch, 6 g-gch, several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by 2 sons, Robert Lee and Don Dean; 4 brothers, 5 sisters.

Gebrig and Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Peetz Community Methodist or the donor's choice.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.


1996

16 Feb 1996 (Fri.): Grand Island Independent

ELLA M. VERPLANK, 89

Born July 16, 1906. Parents: Fred and Minnie (Glause) Freeland.
Resided: Wolbach, Chambers and "... Meadow Grove, where she finished the eighth grade."

20 Jun 1923: Married George Verplank, at Stanton, NE. 1924: Moved to Palmer.

Member of First Church of Christ and Willing Workers.

Died Wed. 14 Feb 1996, Central City, NE.

Visitation: Fri. at Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Sat., First Church of Christ in Palmer. 

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery Memorials: Cancer Fund.

Survivors: 2 sons, Lee Verplank of Sidney & Allen Verplank of Kearney; 4 daughters, Helen (Mrs. Leon) Kolar of Wolbach, Louise (Mrs. Carl) Davison of Palmer, Lida (Mrs. Donald) Friedricksen of Palmer, Barbara (Mrs. Eugene) Meyer of Central City; 33 gch; a foster g-dau; 60 g-gch; 11 g-g-gch.

Preceded in death by her husband (24 Aug 1982); 5 brothers - Fred, Ed, Henry, Frank & Louie; 4 sisters - Emma Farlee, Anna Bandt, Lydia Gruber and Clara Freeland; a g-son and a g-gch.

Obit submitted by Dona Hawk <fcdfhawk@cccusa.net> 4 Apr 2005.

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7 Aug 1996: Los Angeles Times

Charles Franklin HESSELGESSER

Born 19 June 1921 in Nebraska. Died 1 Aug 1996 in Utah. Plumber. Survied by a daughter; a son; the mother of his children, Anita; 11 gch & 1 g-gch.; a special companion, Bonnie; their 2 children; a brother and sister-in-law. Service 9 Aug 1996 at Memory Chapel, Forest Lawn Memorial - Covina. Forest Lawn Mortuary, Covina, CA.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p6a H1138 D173 F173: Central City, Merrick, NE (w/p)

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1997

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Dec 1997

Hattie F. FRENCH, 92

Born 1 Aug 1905, Norfolk, NE. Parents: Julius & Martha Kell. Husband Presley French is deceased. Owned a grocery store with her siblings. 1946: Moved to Central City. Died. Fri. 28 Nov 1997 at Central City, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a daughter & 3 gch.; 4 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her spouse, 2 sisters & a brother. Memorials: Central City Library, or Salvation Army.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Dec 1997

WILLIE F. PETERS, 87

Born 29 Jan 1910, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Friedrich N. Peters & Emma Luebbe. Grew up in Merrick County. 

4 Jun 1930: Married Elvera Bader at Grand Island, NE. Farmed south of Worms, NE until 1960, then was carpenter. 

Died Wed. 3 Dec 1997 near Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Fri. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Sat. at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial: Worms West Cemetery. Memorials to the church.

Survivors: 5 sons, 2 daughters, 25 gch., 54 g-gch.; 1 brother, 3 sisters. 

Predeceased by his spouse (1991), daughter LaVerna Moeller, 2 gch.; 3 brothers - Henry, Walter & Edward Peters; 2 sisters - Mamie & Meta.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 6 Dec 1997

Roy WOODRING, 84

Born 28 Jun 1913, Pattonsburg, MO. Parents: W. C. Woodring & Lucy Dannar. Grad. of Aurora HS (Hamilton Co.) NE. 19 Sep 1937: Married Mildred I. Van Pelt at Aurora, NE. WW II: US Army. 1991: Moved to Central City, NE. Died Thurs. 4 Dec 1997 at Central City. Service: Sat. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & a son; 7 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife (10 May 1993). 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Dec 1997
Josephine E. BREMER, 83
Born 4 Mar 1914 near Clarks, NE. Parents: George P. Luft & Ida T. Holtz. 15 Nov 1936: Married Elmer W. Bremer at Central City, NE; lived at Clarks, NE. 1938: Moved to Frohna, MO. 1948: Moved to farm near St. Edward (Boone Co.), NE. Died Sun. 7 Dec 1997, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. Levander Funeral Home, Albion, NE. Service: Wed. Zion Lutheran Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion, NE. Survivors: 1 son & 2 daughters, 10 gch., 17 g-gch.; 3 brothers & 1 sister. Predeceased by her husband (1970); daughter JoAnn Hendrickson; 3 grandsons; 2 brothers - Lawrence & Phillip Luft; sister Christina Wait.
Notes: Sister - Christina Wait is buried at Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel), near Clarks, Merrick Co., NE. Brother - Vernon Luft died in 2005 and was buried at Fullerton Cemetery (Nance Co.)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Dec 1997

L. Clark CALEY, 64

Born 26 Jan 1933, Springfield, NE. Parents: Clifford R. Caley & Eva E. Clark. 1950 grad. of Springfield HS. 1954 grad. UNL. Aug 1955: Married. Lived in Lincoln, NE & Greeley, CO. Served in US Army. Returned to banking business at Alamosa, CO. 1961: Moved to Clarks, NE. Mar 1988: Married a second time. Mr. Caley died Sat. 6 Dec 1997 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed. Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs. at United Methodist Church, Clarks.  Burial in Clarks, Cem. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents. 

Grand Island Independent- Tues. 9 Dec 1997

Richard L. "Dick" CHURCH, 37

Born: 16 Jun 1960, Osceola, NE. Parents: Harold Church & June Scott. 1978 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended Central Community College in Grand Island, NE. 16 Jun 1977: Married at Yankton, SD. Lived at Clarks until 1991, moved to Lexington. Died Sun. 7 Dec 1997 in accident near Lexington, NE. Service: Thurs. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Lexington. Burial: Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE (Bureau Cemetery). Arrangements: Reynolds-Love Funeral Home, Lexington. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter; his parents; a brother, 2 sisters. 

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 Dec 1997

Lester Fred "Jack" BARTH, 84

Born: 4 Dec 1914, near Chapman, NE. Parents: Charles J. Barth & Cecil McPherson. Grew up at Palmer, NE. 20 Mar 1937: Married Edythe Butler at Grand Island, NE. Lived at Palmer. Farmer, mechanic, welder. Jan 1994: Moved to Elba, NE. Mr. Barth died Fri. 12 Dec 1997 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: One daughter, 2 gch., 1 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by his wife, an infant daughter; 2 sisters - Esther Husman & Opal Burkman.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE - ED163 p1A F2, (w/p); extracts of Rose Hill Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 14 Dec 1997

Peter W. GRAUS, 82

Born 29 Oct 1915, near Elba, NE. Parents: Mike Graus & Helen Szwanek. Family moved to farm near St. Paul, NE. Farmer, REA employee, self-employed electician, carpenter, plumber. Died Fri. 12 Dec 1997 at Palmer, NE. Service: Mon. Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: 2 brothers, 3 sisters. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Benny, Frank & Ed Graus; a sister Kathryn Cochenour.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs.18 Dec 1997

Edna Emilie WICHMANN, 92

Born 9 Jan 1905 on farm east of Worms, NE. Parents: Wm. F. Bader & Marie Loeffelbein. 24 Mar 1926: Married William "Bill" Wichmann at Grand Island, NE. They farmed south of Palmer, NE. 1957: Moved to Grand Island, NE.  She died Tues. 16 Dec 1997 at Palmer, NE. Service: Fri. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 15 g-gch., 9 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers - Arnold, Alfred, Edgar & Martin Bader; a sister, Elvera Peters. Also deceased, a gch. & 2 g-gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II pp 136 (Boltz), 263 (Wichmann). Check Prairie Creek Twp - 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p4B D73 F73 (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p3a D54 F54

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 Dec 1997

Harriet M. SCARBOROUGH, 67

Born 10 Jan 1930, Kearney, NE. Parents: Ira Scarborough & Edith Ferris. Spent 25 years at Bethphage Home, Axtell, NE. 1990: Moved to Lakeview Nursing Home. Died Wed. 17 Dec 1997, Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: Several cousins.

Note: see Rose Hill Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 22 Dec 1997
Wilma RUGE, 69

Died Sun. 21 Dec 1997 at Central City, NE.  Services pending at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. "More details will appear later."

Note: Did not find any additional info.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Dec 1997

Victoria "Vickie" Baker, 23

Born 28 May 1974, Columbus, NE. Parents: Daniel Baker & Sandra Prososki. 1992 grad. of Silver Creek HS. Worked in Schuyler. Died Thurs. 25 Dec 1997 at Columbus, NE. Service: Mon. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial in church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: Her parents, 4 brothers. Also surviving, her maternal grandparents. Predeceased by her paternal grandparents: Gilbert & Victoria Baker.

 



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