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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 1 Jan 2000

Louise STAROSKA, 71

Born 2 Sep 1928, Columbus, NE. Parents: Peter & Sophie (Bugus) Teterus Sr. 10 Sep 1946: Married Clarence "Shorty" Staroska at Tarnov, NE. They lived in Wisconsin; then Palmer, NE; moved to Clarks, NE. She died Wed., 29 Dec 1999 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Arrangement: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter & 2 sons, 8 gch., 2 g-gch; 2 sisters. Predeceased by 7 brothers, 5 sisters; a gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p375 (Starostka)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 Jan 2000

Robert L. "Bob" MAY, 61

Born 15 Jan 1938, Aurora, NE. Parents: John & Vivian (Thompson) May. Grad. of Chapman HS. Plumber.  Resident of Chapman, NE. Died 14 Dec 1999, Grand Island, NE. Memorial service: Tues., Friendship Masonic Lodge 239, Chapman, NE. Survivors: A son, a gch.; his father, a sister. Predeceased by his mother.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 Jan 2000
L. Maxine BROWN, 84

Born 8 Oct 1917, Palmer, NE. Parents: Clifford Lamberson & Justa Forbes. Attended schools in Merrick & Nance Counties. 1933 grad. Fullerton HS. 1 Oct 1939: Married Jack Brown at Fullerton, NE. They farmed in Glenwood area near Palmer. 1973: Moved to Palmer, NE. Mrs. Brown died Mon. 3 Jan 2000 at Palmer, NE.  Visitation: Tues at Palmer Funeral Home. Service Wed. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 1 son, 2 daughters, 7 gch., 8 g-gch.; one brother. Predeceased by her husband; sister Lois Hadley & 2 brothers: Otis & Guy Lamberson.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 268 (Lamberson); Fullerton's First 100 Years 1879-1979 pp 120 (Hamilton-Forbes) & 174 (Brown); Nance County NE Marriage Record Bk 2 p 574.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 7 Jan 2000

Dominic John "Dick" KIELIAN, 63

Born 24 Feb 1936 near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Joseph & Valeria (Prososki) Kielian. 1954 grad. of Silver Creek HS. US Marine Corps. 3 Dec 1960: Married in Chicago, IL. They lived there until 1967. Moved to Silver Creek; farmed & owned salvadge yard. Died Tues. 4 Jan 2000 at hospital in Central City, NE. Service: Sat., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Burial at church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Suurvivors: His wife, 5 sons, 3 daughters,10 gch. Also surviving - 5 sisters & 5 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Anthony & Stanley; a sister, Rose Kresha.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Jan 2000

Walter L. LARSON, 60

Born 30 Jan 1939, Clarks, NE. Parents: J.E. Walter & Blanche (Sweenie) Larson. Grad. of Stromsburg HS.  1957-61: US Navy. Died Thurs., 6 Jan 2000 at VA Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Visitation: Sun., Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Mon., Calvary Methodist Church, Swede Home (Polk Co.), NE.  Burial: Stromsburg Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch.; 3 brothers, a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Jan 2000

Alice ZIMBELMAN, 74

Born 7 Feb 1925, Grand Island, Hall, NE. Parents: Herman & Elsie Killinger Kurg. Attended country schools. 7 Feb 1948: Married John Zimbelman at Palmer, NE. They farmed west of town. Died Fri. 7 Jan 2000 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Visitation: Sun., Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Tues., St. John's Lutheran Church.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: Her husband, a son & a daughter, 5 gch., 6 g-gch.

Note: Husband's obit (8 Jul 2004 in Grand Island Independent) gives her maiden name as KURZ. See extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 Jan 2000
Corrinne G. DEUTSCH, 95

Born 10 Jan 1904, Clarks, NE. Parents: Fred & Myrtle (Wilson) Gilliard. 1921 grad of Clarks HS. Taught in country schools. Later lived in Chicago, IL & Los Angeles, CA. Married Alfred Deutsch. They moved to Wickenburg AZ in the mid 1960's & remained there until 1989. She died 6 Jan 2000 at Sun City, AZ. Graveside service: Thurs., Clarks Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Survivor: A brother. Predeceased by siblings - Frieda Mae (infant) & Clifford Gilliard.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 16 Jan 2000
Clareta E. ITA, 91

Born 31 May 1908, Palmer, NE. Parents: Darwin B. & Sarah E. (McMurrin) Peck. 22 Feb 1928: Married Harry Ita at Palmer. They farmed in Greeley County, NE; moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Ita died in 1978 and Mrs. Ita moved to Columbus, NE. She died Thurs., 13 Jan 2000 at Schuyler, NE. Visitation: Sun., Gass Haney Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Service: Mon., Hightland Park Evangelical Free Church. Burial: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Scotia, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch., 9 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by her husband; daughter, Melinda Mae Ita.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p9B D63 F65: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); Merrick Co. NE Marriage Records Book I p311 #I-311; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p5a D101 F102: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/sp)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 Jan 2000
Verleen CAULKINS, 88

Born 29 Jul 1911, Clay County, NE. Parents: George & Clara (Korgan) Whitlake. 1930 grad. of Harvard HS. Teacher, bookkeeper. 17 Jun 1933: Married Robert Caulkins at Aurora, NE. They lived at Giltner, NE. ~1938: Moved to Chapman, NE. 1958: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Caulkins died Sun. 16 Jan 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Wed., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 9 gch., 12 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 Jan 2000
Gloria McHARGUE, 72

Born 2 Feb 1927, Omaha, NE. Parents: Method J. & Albina (Novak) Hruban. Attended school in Omaha and Schuyler, NE; 1945 grad of HS in Los Angeles, CA. 14 Sep 1952: Married Thomas McHargue at Central City, NE. They lived primarily in Central City, NE. She died Sun. 16 Jan 2000 at Central City. Service: Wed., Christ Episcopal Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 3 daughters, 9 gch. Also living - her twin sister, and a brother. Predeceased by a sister, Gustie Bildo.

Grand Island Independent - Wed 19 Jan 2000

Frances M. MAGLECIC, 82

Born 1 Jul 1917, Worms, NE. 1939: Moved to Nampa, ID. 14 Jun 1941: Married Ladislav "Lot" Maglecic at Nampa. They homesteaded in Deer Flat area. Died 29 Dec 1999 at Nampa, ID. Service was 3 Jan at Zion Lutheran Church, Nampa. Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, ID. Arrangements: Alsit Funeral Chapel of Nampa. Suvivors: her husband, a daughter, 3 sons, 5 gch., 9 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; 2 sisters and 1 brother.  Predeceased by 3 brothers - Glenn, Calvin and Quintin; two sisters - Aldean and an infant.

Note: Maiden name WELLER?

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Jan 2000

Robert F. FAIRBAIRN, 76

Born 28 Oct 1923, on farm west of St. Paul, NE. Parents: Andrew Fairbairn & Sadie Bunchfinck. 1940 grad. of St. Paul. 25 Feb 1944: Married Ethel McClelland at St. Paul, NE. They farmed near St. Paul, in Archer/Central city area, and near Fullerton, NE. 1967: Moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Wed. 19 Jan 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Sat. at Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister & 2 brothers. Predeceased by daughter Bonnie Kohl, son Herbert, and brother Virgil.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 Jan 2000
Mildred I. DITTMER, 83

Born 22 Jun 1916. Parents:? LaVern & Maude Mae (Hulit) McLean. 1933 grad. of Clarks HS. 24 Dec 1935: Married Raymond F. Dittmer at Council Bluffs, IA. Homemaker, postal clerk, librarian. Died Fri. 21 Jan 2000 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central Ctiy, NE. Service: Mon., Congregational Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 13 gch., 13 g-gch.; one brother, two sisters. Predeceased by her husband (Aug 1985); son Dick; & an infant grandson.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Jan 2000
Freda E. BADER, 92

Born 17 Oct 1907, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Friedrich Nicholaus & Emma Maria Katherina (Luebbe) Peters. 2 Dec 1928: Married Arnold Bader at Worms, NE. They farmed in Iowa. Mr. Bader died in May 1966. Mrs. Bader died Sat., 22 Jan 2000 at Marion, IA. Service: Wed., St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Atkins, IA.  Burial: Church cemetery. Arrangements: Phillips Funeral Home of Vinton, Iowa. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 15 gch., 15 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by two sons - Robert & Arnold; 5 brothers - Edward, Herman, Henry, William & Walter; 2 sisters - Meta Schmidt & Mamie Scheer.

Note: See Marriage Records Book I p369 #I-369: Central City, Merrick, NE; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p1B D13 F13: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Jan 2000

Joan F. FORBES, 68

Born 11 Aug 1931, Palmer, NE. Parents: Benjamin Davis & Anna Novotny. 1949 grad. of Palmer HS. 3 Aug 1949: Married E. Don Forbes at Palmer. They farmed in area. 1958: Moved to Whittier, CA; 10 yrs later - to Tulsa, OK. 1988: Moved back to Palmer, NE. Mrs. Forbes died Sun. 23 Jan 2000, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues. at Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Wed. at Palmer United Methodist Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 14 gch., 2 g-ggch.; 3 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by son Ronald; 3 brothers - Frank, Harry & James; 2 sisters: Elizabeth Dunder & Dorothy Rankin.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Jan 2000

Charles August KAMPER, 78

Born 26 Aug 1921, Archer, NE. Parents: Albert & Emma Florence (Scheibe) Kamper. 1942: Moved to Central City, NE. 1983: Moved to Integrated Health Services. Died Sun., 23 Jan 2000 at Central City. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Wed. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 brothers & 5 sisters. Predeceased by sister Dorothy Morrow; & 2 brothers - Roger & Verle Kamper.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Jan 2000
Helen S. OBERSCHULTE, 93

Born 26 Feb 1906, Atlantic, Iowa. Parents: Hinrich & Katherine (Wilshusen) Aldag. 4 Dec 1928: Married Fredrick Oberschulte at Atlantic, IA. 1929: They moved to Worms, NE. Her husband died 16 Mar 1954. Mrs. Oberschulte moved to Grand Island, NE; worked in a drug store. 1980's: Moved to Merrick Manor. Died Tues., 25 Jan 2000, Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Grace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Worms, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 18 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, a daughter, Evelyn, a gch.; 2 brothers - Otto & Ernest; her step-father Fred.
Note:  See 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p3a D60 F58

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Jan 2000
Fred H. MEYER, 89

Born 5 Sep 1910, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Andrew & Marie (Hug) Meyer. 1927 grad. of Silver Creek HS.  22 Aug 1938: Married Loretta Campain at Fullerton, NE. They farmed. Died Thurs., 27 Jan 2000 at Genoa, NE. Visitation: Mon., McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial at Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife; 3 sisters - Alice Burruss, Lena Hansen & Clara Karges; a brother, John Meyer; 3 grandsons.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-11 p2a F26: Prairie Creek Twp, Nance, NE (w/p). Obit of wife published in GI Independent 20 Mar 1998.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 31 Jan 2000
Warren B. GARRETT, 79

Born 5 Dec 1920, Palmer, NE. Parents: Walter & Frankie (Good) Garrett. 1939 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Army (paratrooper). 7 Apr 1947: Married Theresa at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Lander, WY until 1959; moved back to Grand Island, NE. 1965: Founded Garrett Enterprises Inc; later started other enterprises. Died Sat. 29 Jan 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., St. Leo's Catholic Church, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 2 sons, 1 daughter; 4 gch., 3 g-gch. Also living - 2 brothers & 4 sisters.  Predeceased by brother Wesley Garrett.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 203; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p6a D119 F121: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 Feb 2000

Pearl WILLIS, 101

Born 2 Nov 1898, Newark, NE. Parents: Charles H. & Florence I. (Herring) Woodward. 1902: Family moved to Archer, NE. 1916 grad. of CCHS. Attended UN, & Teacher's College at Greeley, CO. Teacher. 23 Sep 1923: Married Arthur L. Willis. They lived in Central City, NE. She worked at the CC Library. Mr. Willis died 21 May 1963. Mrs. Willis died Sun. 30 Jan 2000 at Central City. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers & 3 sisters.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 407-8 (Willis), 411 (Woodward);1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p2A F32: Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census Central City, Merrick, NE ED61-1 p14a D121 F122.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 2 Feb 2000
Alice Marie Tooley CRITES, 98
Born 22 Sep 1901, Central City, NE. Parents: Roller & Anna Jane (Smith) Tooley. Grad. of CCHS. 10 Apr 1926: Married Everett C. Crites. They lived in North Platte, NE; Washington, DC; Park Ridge, IL.; Troy, MI; & Lake Oswego, OR. She taught school in McCook & Central City, NE; Silver Spring, MD; & Glenview, IL.  Mr. Crites died in 1970. Mrs. Crites died Tues., 1 Feb 2000 at Lake Oswego, OR. Graveside service: Thurs., Central City Cemetery, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: A son, 3 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Cecil & Roller Tooley; a sister - Marion Ross.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 384-5 (R Tooley); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p15B H2222 D20 F20: Central City Ward 3, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 6 Feb 2000
Bernice L. HELLWEGE, 75

Born 4 May 1924, Worms, NE. Parents: John & Erna (Niemoth) Helzer. 1943 grad. of Grand Island HS. 21 Dec 1947: Married Dale Helwege at Worms. They farmed near St. Libory, NE. Mr. Helwege died 10 May 1972. Mrs. Hellwege moved to St. Paul. She died Fri., 4 Feb 2000 at St. Paul. Service: Tues., Zion Lutheran Church cemetery, Worms, NE. Arrangements: Jacobson Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, a daughter, 8 gch.; 2 sisters. Memorials: Christ Lutheran Church annex fund or to St. Francis hospice.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p232 (Helzer);1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p2a D30 F30: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Feb 2000

William H. BOSWORTH, 97

Born 2 Oct 1902, Central City, NE. Parents: William Thomas & Pearl Jane (Hammock) Bosworth. Family moved to Oregon. 1918: Family moved to Burwell, NE. 28 Apr 1923: He married Fannie De Mary at O'Neill, NE. 1926: They moved to Grand Island. He died Sat. 5 Feb 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Thurs., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 nieces, 2 nephews, a brother. Predeceased by his wife, 3 sisters (Mary Snavley & 2 others), a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 Feb 2000

Dean L. SHOUP, 76

Born 6 Mar 1923, Pawnee City, NE. Parents: Vernon & Hannah Shoup. Grew up at Central City, NE. 16 Jan 1943: Married Jimmie Leona Harrell at Long Beach, CA. Worked for Douglas Aircraft. 1943-46: 8th US Air Force. Moved to Merced, CA. Returned to Central City & farmed for about 7 years, then moved to California. Lived in various places including Los Angeles, Stockton, & Visalia, CA; Portland, OR; Lincoln and Newton, KS; Tracy, CA. 26 June 1990: Moved to Sutherlin, OR. Died 2 Feb 2000 at Roseburg, OR. Private memorial service at Chapel of the Firs, Sutherlin, OR. Inurnment: San Joaquin National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 6 gch., 7 g-gch.; a brother living in Clarks, NE. Predeceased by his wife; sister, Louella; 2 brothers - Don (his twin) & Norman.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p363 (EL Shoup). 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Feb 2000

Dorothy H. DAVIS, 78

Born 23 Dec 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ivan & Aleda (Anderson) Swadley. Married Otis Davis and moved to Grand Island, NE. Worked at CAAP; & at the Lutheran Hospital. Died Sun., 6 Feb 2000 at Grand Island. Visitation: Thurs., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Third City Christian Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 5 duaghters, a foster-daughter, 26 gch., 41 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by a son Melvin & a daughter Patricia Stenka; a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 11 Feb 2000

Marie CHURCH, 99

Born 14 Aug 1900, Hall County, NE. Parents: Gehrt A. & Elizabeth (Dorr) Dickman. Was raised by a sister in Merrick County from age of 7 years. 16 Nov 1919: Married Walter T. Church. They farmed in Polk County, NE, then moved to Clarks, NE. Mr. Church died in 1962. 1965: Mrs. Church moved into town. 1997, she moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Church died Wed., 9 Feb 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., 12 Feb. at Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial: Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 4 sons, 8 daughters, 38 gch., 61 g-gch. 11 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, 3 sons - Arnold, Jack & Milford Church; a daughter, Betty Gulbrandson; six step-siblings; 3 brothers; 6 gch.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 157-8; Merrick Co. Marriage Record Book G p615 #3150; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p9B D71 F72: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p7a D155 F155: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 11 Feb 2000

Donna Jean ELLIOTT, 64

Born 19 Sep 1935, Palmer, NE. Parents: George E. Spilger & Helen M. Obermiller. 1953 grad. Palmer HS.  1956 grad. Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing. Worked in Lincoln & in Knoxville, TN. Then returned to Nebraska. Later lived at Phoeniz, AZ; Lincoln, NE; and in 1997 moved to Tilden, NE. Died Wed. 9 Feb 2000 at Norfolk, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Sat. at Palmer United Methodist Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 11 Feb 2000
Helen P. MUNN, 93

Born 9 Mar 1906 near Grand Island, NE. Parents: Jacob & Cecelia (Ott) Pahl. 27 Dec 1931: Married Kenneth Jennings "Jack" Munn at Omaha, NE. Apr 1948: Moved to New Cambria, MO where they operated New Cambria Sales Barn until 1974. She also ran a restaurant. Died Wed. 9 Feb 2000 at Macon, MO. Visitation: Sat., Gilleland and McElwain Funeral Home in New Cambria. Burial at later date. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (died 16 Jun 1989); eleven siblings.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p3B D66 F66: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE. Parents - see Merrick Co. NE Marriage Record Book B p163 #610

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 Feb 2000
Harry F. PROCHASKA, 88

Born 21 Apr 1911, on farm in Gage Valley, NE. 1929 grad. of Palmer HS. 5 Sep 1937: Married Edith Stone.  They farmed in Gage Valley. Edith died in 1968. 18 Aug 1974: He married Ellen Greenough at Palmer, NE.  Harry worked as a securities broker. They lived in Palmer. Harry died Fri., 11 Feb 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Tues., First Church of Christ, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: his second wife; a daughter, a sister; 2 step-daughters, 2 step-sons.  Predeceased by his first wife; his brother William Prochaska, & a sister Wilma Coomer.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p378 (Stone); Rose Hill Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Feb 2000

Nancy S. BUTLER, 92

Born 1 Oct 1907, Keya Paha County, NE. Parents: Joseph Shirey & Rosella Clark. Family to Palmer area when she was infant. 1926 grad. of Palmer HS. 8 Apr 1930: Married John Burch. They lived at Palmer & Central City. Mr. Burch died in 1957.  4 Mar 1960: She married Roy Butler at Palmer, NE; he died in 1971. Mrs. Butler died Thurs. 24 Feb 2000 at Palmer, NE. Service: Sat. at Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: One daughter, 2 gch., 6 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by two spouses, 2 gch., 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

Grand Island Independent -  Sun. 20 Feb 2000

Edith B. McCONNELL, 85

Born 17 Dec 1914 Marquette, NE. Parents: Stephen & Anna (Anderson) Andersen. Teacher. 11 Sep 1937: Married Clarence McConnell at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Central City until 1952; moved to Grand Island, NE.  She died Sat., 19 Feb 2000 at Grand Island. Visitation: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Faith United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.  Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 4 gch., 6 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; a granddaughter; 3 sisters - Esther Person, Erma Travis & Lillian May. Memorials: Osteoporosis Foundation.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Feb 2000
John H. SCHNASE, 69

Born 20 Apr 1930, Gering, NE. Parents: William Schnase & Myrtle Rogers. Attended school at Loup City, NE. 19 Jun 1954: Married at Ord, NE. They farmed near Loup City & Weissert, NE. 1976: Moved to Central City, NE where he owned a saw mill. 1989: Moved to Kearney, NE. He died Wed., 23 Feb 2000 at Kearney.  Visitation: Fri., Peters Funeral Home, Loup City, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Loup City.  Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Loup City, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 9 gch.; 6 sisters, 3 brothers.  Predeceased by a daughter, Saundra Schnase; & a son, Farron Schnase.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 26 Feb 2000
Dennis L. KILLHAM, 45

Born 22 Feb 1955, Central City, NE. Parents: George & Margaret Killham. Resident of Warrenville, IL. Died Thurs., 24 Feb 2000. Prayer service: Mon., Williams-Knapp Funeral Home, Wheaton, IL. Service: Mon., St. Irene Church, Warrenville, IL. Burial: Assumption Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter; his mother, 2 brothers, a sister.  Predeceased by his father.

Note: 24 Nov 1998 - obit of father appeared in Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 27 Feb 2000
Arthur H. BONNESS, 94

Born 1 Mar 1905, Archer, NE. Parents: Paul Bonness & Lydia Retzlaff. Attended Central College in Central City, NE.  21 Nov 1931: Married Vera Hicks at Smith Center, KS. They lived at Archer where he was co-owner of store with brother. 1942: went to work for UPRR. Lived in Grand Island, NE; later moved to Lincoln, NE. Died Thurs. 24 Feb 2000 at Lincoln. Visitation: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Faith United Methodist Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A son, 2 gch., 3 g-gch; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; 3 brothers - Harvey, Orville & Quentin; sister, Wauneta Frazier.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census, Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick NE ED161 p2A F25 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census, Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick NE ED61-11 p6b D151 F151 (w/p). See also - 23 Feb 1998: Grand Island Independent obit of wife; 19 May 2004: Grand Island Independent obit of sister Evelyn; 13 Sep 2004: Grand Island Independent obit of sister Eleanor; 23 Oct 2004: Grand Island Independent obit of brother Elmer "Ty".

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Feb 2000
Llewella O. DJERNES, 99

Born 10 Mar  1900 at Butka (Rock Co.), NE. Parents: Henry Ehrsam & Armenta Good. Teacher, care giver.  26 Aug 1933: Married Lucas Djernes at Kearney, NE. They farmed near Marquette & Central City, NE. Mr. Djernes died 27 Sep 1970. Mrs. Djernes died Sat. 26 Feb 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 11 gch., 20 g-gch., 5 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, a sister & 2 brothers. Memorials: United Methodist Church, Central City, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Feb 2000
Gary Eugene SAWYERS, 56

Born 6 Jan 1944, Central City, NE. Parents: Orville Sawyers & Jean M. Swanson. 1962 grad. of CCHS. Military service: US Navy. Drywaller. Moved to Denver, CO. Died Sat. 26 Feb 2000, at Denver. Memorial service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial (later date): at Veteran's Cemetery, Denver, CO.  Survivors: his father & step-mother; a son & 3 daughters, 7 gch; a sister and a brother. Predeceased by his mother, and a brother Gordon Sawyers.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 29 Feb 2000
Peter R. SHIPMAN, 95

Born 13 Aug 1904, Hall County, NE. Parents: William Shipman & Minnie Hargens. 1942-43: US Army.  Farmer. Early 1950's, he moved to Veteran's Home in Grand Island. Died Sun., 27 Feb 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Messiah Lutheran Church.  Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & 3 sisters. Predeceased by 4 brothers - Albert, Herbert, Harry & Ervin Shipman; 1 sister - Alvina Shipman.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p361 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census, Vierregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p2a D31 F31 (w/p); 14 Mar 2006: Grand Island Independent obit of brother John

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 March 2000
Ethel SCHOW, 95

Born 7 Jan 1095 on farm near Clarks, NE. Parents: Elmer & Anna (Bending) Cowell. Attended CCHS. 19 Sep 1939: Married Andrew Schow at Central City. They farmed "in the Fairdale area north of St. Paul for 33 years." Mr. Schow died 2 Nov 1972. Mrs. Schow moved to Central City in 1979, and in 1998 to the O'Neill Nursing Center. She died there on Tues., Feb 29, 2000. Visitation: Fri., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Sat. United Methodist Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial: Fairdale Sunrise Cemetery north of St. Paul. She is survived by a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 3 brothers - Frank, Roy & Marvin Cowell; 5 sisters - Ruby Schow, Alice James, Minnie Overland, Pearl Brings & Margaret. Memorials: To the church.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 2 March 2000
Glenn E. HAUBOLD, 72

Born 28 Nov 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Charles & Edna (Berry) Haubold. 1945 grad. of Palmer, HS. 18 Apr 1946: Married at Smith Center, KS. Truck driver. He died Wed., 1 Mar 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 19 gch., 11 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his daughter Ann Marie; a sister Ella.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 3 March 2000
Helen MAURER, 86

Born 20 Jun 1913 near Chapman, NE. Parents: John Samuel & Anna M. Magnuson. Grad. of Chapman HS. Attended GI Business School. Secretary. Worked in Lincoln, Washington, DC & California. 1941: Married George Holman. They owned a business. He died in 1959. Later married Floyd Maurer who died in 1989. Mrs. Maurer died Sat. 26 Feb 2000 at home in Oakland, CA. Survivors: 3 sisters. Predeceased by both husbands, 3 sisters - Violet Dickerson, Bonnie Rice & Lorraine Hanway; a brother Paul Magnuson.

Grand Island Independent obit - Sat. 4 March 2000
Bertha PALU, 89

Born 24 Mar 1910, Sherman Co., NE. Parents: John & Mary (Lewandowski) Kosmicki. 10 May 1927: Married Edward Palu at Loup City, NE. They lived at Loup City. 1972: Moved to Osmond, NE.1975: Moved to Central City, NE.Mr. Palu died 4 Nov 1982. Mrs. Palu died Fri. 3 Mar 2000 at Central City. Service: Mon. St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial: City cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.Survivors: 4 sons, 1 daughter, 23 gch., 45 g-gch. 14 gg-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, a sister & 2 infant gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Mar 2000

Pearl Evangeline SMALL, 91

Born 13 Jun 1908 at Hordville, NE. Parents: John & Amanda (Carlson) Larson.4 Feb 1934: Married Harold Benton Small in Merrick Co., They famred on Prairie Island. 1960: Moved to Central City, NE where she worked at Dairy Queen. 1996: Moved to Merrick Manor. Mr. Small died 13 Sep 1996. Mrs. Small died Fri., 3 Mar 2000 at Central City. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Survivor: A brother in Greeley, Colorado. Predeceased by sister Ruby Larson; 3 brothers - Leonard, Elmer & Harold.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 11 March 2000
Iola M. RICE, 86

Born 25 Jun 1913, near Chapman, NE. Parents: William & Hester (Lutes) Corcilius. 1930 grad. of Chapman HS. Teacher. Jun 1935: Married Jasper Rice. They lived in Grand Island, NE. 1945: They moved to Corcilius farm near Chapman. She died Thurs., 9 Mar 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun. at Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon., First Baptist Church, Chapman, NE. Survivors: A son, one daughter, 5 gch., 4 g-gch., 1 gg-gch; a sister.. Predeceased by her husband and an infant sister Wilma Corcilius.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p336 (J&I Rice). Also 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p6A D50 F50: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE, and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p5a D100 F101: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); extracts of Chapman Cemetery.

 


Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 March 2000
Joan L. EWERS, 72

Born 22 Mar 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: Mervin Stone & Gertrude Mullligan. 1944 grad. St. Paul HS. 22 Jul 1946: Married Don Ewers at St. Paul; they farmed south of town. Died Mon. 13 Mar 2000 at St. Paul.  Service: Thurs., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Graveside service: Thurs., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Arrrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 15 gch. Predeceased by daughter Carol Johnson; brother Robert Stone, & 2 sisters - Helen Courtney and Georgina Weber. Memorials: St. Francis Hospice.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 17 March 2000
Martin L. KNAPP, 92

Born 22 May 1907, Palmer, NE. Parents: John & Laura (Goodrich) Knapp. 1925 grad of Palmer HS. 1954: Married Gladys Timmerman. They lived in Omaha where he worked for UPRR.  Martin died 11 Mar 2000 at Omaha, NE. Services were Tues. at Roeder Mortuary, Omaha. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Predeceased by his wife in 1995; 5 sisters & 2 brothers.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p11B D102 F105: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 21 Mar 2000:

John Burton MARTINDALE, 78

Born 3 Jul 1921, Norton, KS. Parents: Roy & Hazel (Jones) Martindale. 1939 grad of HS in Alma, NE. 1941-45: US Army AF. 2 Feb 1943: Married at Phillipsburg, KS. They lived in Mississippi; then in Columbus, Kearney and Alma, NE. Moved to Central City, NE. He worked for telephone companies. John died Sun. 19 Mar 2009 at Central City. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Service: Thurs., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughter, 9 gch., 14 g-gch. Predeceased by a daughter Jeanne Wandfluh; 2 brothers - Bob & Dick Martindale.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Mar 2000

Bernard "Beanie" BECK, 74

Born 20 Aug 1925, Clarks, NE.  Parents: Metro Beck & Mary Derbala. 1943 grad. Clarks HS. 1950-52: US Army (Korea). 16 Oct 1952: Married Alyce M. Taaczek at Genoa, NE. Farmed near Clarks. Died Wed. 22 Mar 2000, Columbus, NE. Service: Sat. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 10 gch;  2 brothers, 7 sisters. Predeceased by his wife and 2 brothers, Edward & Walter Beck.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p6b D141 F141: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent -  Sat. 25 Mar 2000

Dr. Martin Evald CARLSON, 94

Born 5 Nov 1905, Saronville (Clay Co.), NE. Parents: Carl Anton Carlson & Clara Monson. Grad. of Sutton HS. 1942-45: USAF. 1963: PhD from UNL. Teacher, principal. 13 Sep 1949: Married Blanche Johnson at Marysville, KS. 1955-62: Luther College. 1942-77: Kearney State College... Died Thurs. 23 Mar 2000, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Sun. at All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service: Mon. at Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial at Palmer Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a stepson, 2 gch. Predeceased by 2 brothers and a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Mar 2000
Dale Neil McMILLAN, 82

Born 16 Apr 1917, Central City, NE. Parents: Hubert Neil & Mary L. (Reeves) McMillan. 1935 grad. of CCHS. 5 Apr 1942: Married at Chapman, NE. They lived in Columbus, NE. WW II: USAF. 1948: Farmed southwest of Central City. 1980: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Farmer, electrician, real estate. Died Sat. 24 Mar 2000 at VA Medical Center, Grand Island. Service: Tues., All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Memorials: United Methodist Church or Chapman Fire & Rescue. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, one son, 5 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by sister Helen Eriksen.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p6B D61 F61: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p3b D67 F67: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Mar 2000
Walter H. WAGNER, 77

Born 5 Oct 1922 Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry & Pauline (Schwartz) Wagner. Attended Zion Lutheran School. WW II: US Army. Farmer. Resident of St. Libory, NE. Died Fri., 24 Mar 2000 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial: Church cemetery. Survivors: A sister. Predeceased by 2 sisters & 3 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 27 Mar 2000
Lorrel Ardell BRANTING, 86

Born 27 Dec 1913, Clarks, NE. Parents: Clifford & Iva (Beck) Branting. 1932 grad. of Polk HS. 4 Sep 1938: Married Virginia Stuart. They lived at Clarks, NE. Section man for UPRR. Died Sat. 25 Mar 2000, Grand Island, NE. Service at later date, cremated. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 10 daughters, 34 gch., 24 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his wife (1997); a son Richard and a daughter Lorrie; 3 gch., 3 brothers - Willard, Maurice & Melvin "Silver" Branting.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 3 Apr 2000
Samuel F. BOWERS, 80

Born 17 Feb 1920 on farm in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Lawrence & Mary (Steinbeck) Bowers. Family moved to Grand Island. 1939 grad. of GISH. 1941-45: US Army (Europe). 1948: Married at Hastings, NE. Power plant operator. He died Sat. 1 Apr 2000 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Messiah Lutheran Church, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, one daughter, 2 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Roy, Lawrence, & Elmer; 2 sisters- Clara Montoya & an infant.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 21 Apr 2000
Ruth Mildred SCHULDT, 95

Born 6 Oct 1904, Fargo, ND. Parents: Andrews Sherman & Rebecca E. (Davis) Baker. Grew up near Palmer, NE; attending Nance Co. schools. 1922 grad. of HS in Kearney NE. Attended college. Teacher. 28 Dec 1926: Married Frank W. Schuldt at Columbus, NE. They lived at Silver Creek & then moved to Clarks. Business owners. Frank died 1 Nov 1987. 1997: She moved to Central City, NE. Died Thurs., 20 Apr 2000 at Central City. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funerral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., Congregational Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: A half-sister & a niece. Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers - Vern, Robert, Othal & Harold Baker; 4 sisters, - Anna Holmes, Enola McCray, Myrtle White & Ione Pickerel.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 Apr 2000

Dylan Dwaine Van PELT, 11 months

Born 4 May 1999 Grand Island, NE. Parents: Daniel & Tonya Van Pelt. Died Thurs., 20 Apr 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., First Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Apr 2000
Marvin D. KUCERA, 59

Born 27 Jul 1940, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Frank & Eunice (Bussart) Kucera. 1959 grad. of Chapman HS. Owned a hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He died 17 Apr 2000 at Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Service: Sat., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island, NE. Survivors: Four daughters and an adopted son.; 10 gch.; two brother and a sister. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Apr 2000
Patricia A. GRIESS, 48

Born 3 Apr 1952, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ernest F. & Bernadene Bane. 1970 grad of Wolbach HS. 1971 grad. of GI School of Business. Interior designer. 1971: Moved to Hastings, NE. 30 Jun 1995: Married Bryan D. Griess. She died Wed., 26 Apr 2000 in Hall County, NE. Service: Mon. morning, Butler-Volland Chapel, Hastings. Second service: Mon. afternoon at United Methodist Church, Wolbach, NE. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach. Survivors: Her husband; 2 daughters & a son (surname Engel); 4 step-children; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her father & a sister Carolyn Bane Caudill.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Apr 2000
Lola WIDMAN, 92

Born 4 Mar 1908, Archer, NE. Parents: Charles H. & Florence I. (Herring) Woodward. 1926 grad. of Archer HS. 12 FEb 1930: Married Charles F. Widman at Archer. They farmed in Merrick County. 1946: Moved to farm in Hamilton County. 1974: Moved to Central City, NE. She died Thurs., 27 Apr 2000 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A daughter, 4 gch., 10 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; a daughter Rachel M. Cover; 2 brother - Clarence & Cort Woodward; 4 sisters - Daisy Woodward, Mae Swan, Opal Campbell and Pearl Willis.

Grand Island Independent - Sun 30 Apr 2000
William Robert DOUGLAS - 74

Born 9 Feb 1026, Clarks, NE. Parents: Micahel B. & Maude A. (Byrd) Douglas. 1944 grad. of Clarks HS. WW II: US Marine Corps. 11 Aug 1949: Married at Clarks. They owned a grocery store. 1982: Moved to Ravenna, NE. 1987: Retired and divided time between NE & AZ. He died Fri., 28 Apr 2000 at hospital in Sun City West, AZ. Service: Tues., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial at city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 16 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Don & Jim; sister, Jean Bolen.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 1 May 2000
James BANDEEN, 89

Born 9 Nov 1910, Inez, TX. Parents: Howard & Maude (Convill) Bandeen. Served in the US Army. Postal worker in Portland, OR. Retired to be a NE farmer. Died Sat. 29 Apr 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: 2 brothers & 4 sisters. Predeceased by his wife Hazel Ditloff (had been married over 60 years); & a sister Fern Haire.

Note: Wife's obit appeared 30 Nov 1999 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 1 May 2000
Leonard M. JISA, 75

Born 24 Feb 1925, Loma, NE. Parents: Charles & Agnes (Ruzicka) Jisa. 1945 grad. of Polk HS. WW II: US Army. 8 Sep 1948: Married at Central City, NE. They farmed near Polk, Clarks and Central City, NE. 1964: Moved to Hastings, NE. He died there Sat., 29 Apr 2000. Visitation: Mon., Butler-Volland Funeral Home Chapel. Service: Tues., St. Michael's Catholic Church. Graveside service: on same date at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, a son; 14 gch., 1 g-gch; 4 sisters, & one brother. Predeceased by 3 sons - James, Joseph & Michael; a brother Eugene.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 May 2000
Raymond E. SHULL, 81

Born 23 Apr 1919 on farm near Archer, NE. Parents: Ray & Ina (Anderson) Shull. 1938 grad. of Archer HS. Moved to California. Traffic manager. 1946: Married in California. Resident of Downey, CA. He died Sun. 20 Apr 2000 at local hospital. Cremated. Graveside service at later date. Survivors: His wife, a son, a gch; 2 brothers. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Kenneth & Gerald Shull.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 May 2000
Edna Viola STRANBERG, 84

Born 14 Apr 1916, Fairfax, SD. Parents: Eddie & Elma (Mostrom) Dahlberg. She moved to Omaha, NE. 29 Sep 1938, married there to Arvid Stranberg. He was in military during WW II and they went to VA. They later moved to Central City where she worked in school cafeteria. She died Mon., 1 May 2000 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial: Mamre Evangelical Church Cemetery near Marquette, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 4 gch. Predeceased by 5 sisters - Judy Slama, Alice Kause, Edlan Olson, Gladys Swanson, Bernie Bower.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p378. Husband's obit published 5 Jun 2007 in Columbus Telegram.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 May 2000
Isabel BROWN, 93

Born 2 Aug 1906, Clarks, NE. Parents: Fred & Maud (McLean) Brown. Grad. of Clarks HS. Resident of Clarks. She died Tues., 2 May 2000 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Congregational Church, Clarks. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Cousins. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Wallace, Edwin & Jean Brown; one sister - Betty Brown.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p5B D138 F143: Clarks Village, Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p1b D30 F30: Clarks Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 May 2000
Deborah Lynn CHASE-DOUGHHIT, 48

Born 20 Apr 1952, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Lonnie & Melva (Pollock) Chase. 1970 grad. of Northwest HS. 2 Aug 1971: Married James S. Douthit at Grand Island. She has lived in Colorado since 1987. Died Wed., 3 May 2000 at Fort Collins, CO. Visitation: Sun., All Faiths Funeral Home, 2929 S. Locust. Service: Monday, Abundant Life Christian Center, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 3 gch.; her father & step-mother. a sister, a brother, a grandmother. Predeceased by son Joshua Oak Douthit; her mother, & her grandfather Lawrence Chase.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 12 May 2000

Farnum T. SCHRADER, 83

Born 18 Mar 1917, Bradshaw, NE. Parents: Pete & Annie (Shockey) Schrader. Grad. of Polk HS.Worked in SD in 1936.WW II: US Army (Europe). Farmed with his father afterwards. 31 Jan 1948: Married at Hastings, NE. They farmed near Bradshaw and then near Sutton, NE. 1956: Moved to farm near Wolbach, NE. 1975: Moved near Palmer, NE. He died Wed., 10 May 2000 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon., Jacobsen Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughter, 10 gch., 11 g-gch.; a brother.Predeceased by brother, Glenn; 2 sisters- Rae Cramer & Cappy Lorenson.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 May 2000
Bonnie Carol GELLING, 76

Born 13 Nov 1923, near Chapman, NE. Parents: Ernest & Blanche (Raser) Hudnall. 1941 grad. of Chapman HS. Worked in Chapman, then in California. 13 May 1945: Married Charles Gelling in CA. They moved to Chapman, NE. Teacher. Resident of Central City, NE. She died Thurs., 18 May 2000 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home chapel. Service: Mon., First Baptist Church, Chapman, NE. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 May 2000

Harold R. HILDER, 86

Born in Wymore, NE. Parents: George C. & Winifred B. (Roberts) Hilder. 1938 grad. of Wymore HS. Worked for implement dealers in Lincoln, NE; then at the Oliver plant in Charles City, IA. 1 Jan 1939: Married Alice L. Bruckner. 1950: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Sun., 21 May 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 7 gch., 9 g0gch., a brother and a sister. Predeceased by son Kenneth G. Hilder (1984), 2 daughters - Betty Ann Rutherford (1977) & Patty J. Steele (1996); a gch & a g-gch.

Note: His wife died 26 May 2001, obit in Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 May 2000
Marcelline A. "Marcy" JANOVEC, 76

Born 27 Apr 1924, Clarks, NE. Parents: Jacob J. Zoucha & Josephine Lassek. 1941 grad. of Clarks HS.  Attended NE Central College. Teacher.  26 Aug 1947: Married Joseph V. Janovec at Clarks. They farmed NW of Chapman. Died Wed., 24 May 2000 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 5 gch., 1 g-gch; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by her husband (13 Jan 1994); 3 brothers - Ben, Adrian & an infant; an infant sister.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 245 (Janovec), 416 (Zoucha); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p1b D12 F12 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 May 2000
Edna M. JONES, 87

Born 3 Nov 1912, Central City, NE. Parents: Benjamin F. Beetem & Lucy G. Jerome. 1930 grad. of CCHS.  20 Jul 1933: Married Vern Jones. They managed Farmers Produce at Polk, NE (10 yrs). Later clerked at IGA store in Polk. Died Fri. 26 May 2000 at Stromsburg, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Polk, NE. Service: Tues., First Baptist Church, Hordville, NE. Burial: Lindale Cemetery, Hordville. Survivors: her husband, 3 daughters, 17 gch., 40 g-gch. Predeceased by her son Larry; 2 gch., 1 g-gch.; her brother James & an infant sister.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p20B D144 F151: Central City Ward 3, Merrick, NE; and 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p1B D14 F14: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (Beetem family enumerated twice).  See also - 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p6a H215 D164 F164: Central City, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 May 2000
Dwayne O. VOLKMAN, 83

Born 28 Apr 1916, Chapman, NE; grew up there. Grad. of Grand Island Business College. 8 Jun 1940: Married Inez at Central City, NE. Employee of federal agencies; lived NE, SD, Washington DC and Denver CO.  Catholic. Died 13 Mar 2000, Denver, CO. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 daughters, 3 sons, 9 gch., 1 g-gch; a sister. Predeceased by 4 sisters & 2 brothers.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 279 & 393: Merrick Co., NE; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p2A D31 F32: Chapman Village, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED61-3 p3a D53 F54. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 May 2000

Edward J. BIALUS, 89

Born 26 Jan 1911, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Charles Bialas & Mary Sturek. WW II: US Army. 9 Sep 1946: Married Helen, at Fullerton, NE. Farmer. Resident of Silver Creek, NE. Died Sun. 28 May 2000 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Fri., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE.  Burial: church cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 5 gch.; 5 brother & 4 sister. Predeceased by 2 brothers Lloyd & Louies; 2 infant sisters.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census Newman Twp, Nance, NE ED170 p5A D90 F91 (w/p); {1257} 1930 Fed. Census East Newman Twp, Nance, NE ED63-5 p3b D54 F54 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 31 May 2000
Jacob Dean GLOVER, stillborn

Born/died Fri. 26 May 2000, Phoenix, AZ. Parents: Larry & Diane Glover. Memorial services: last Sunday in Phoenix; Wed., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His parents, and grandparents, 2 siblings. Predeceased by a sister Taylor; great-grandmother, Nina Martin; great-grandfathers - Leslie Martin, John Baum and Alfonse Reicks.  Memorials: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 1 Jun 2000

Leonard H. ECKSTROM, 86

Born 16 Oct 1913, near Palmer, NE. Parents: George J. Eckstrom & Mary T. Deertz. 26 Dec 1940: Married near Palmer, NE. Farmed in area. 1982: Retired into town. Died Tues. 30 May 2000 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Thurs. at Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Fri. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 6 gch, ...; 3 brothers.  Predeceased by brother Walter. 

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p11A D96 F99: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p2a D24 F26: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 1 Jun 2000

Anna L. OLIVER, 95

Born 25 Oct 1904, near Chapman, NE. Parents: William & Mary Elsie (Sundermeier) Stoppkotte.5 Jan 1927: Married George E. Oliver at Belleville, KS. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Mr. Oliver died in 1950. Mrs. Oliver died Tues., 30 May 2000 at Grand Island. Visitation: Thurs., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service Fri., Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery.Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch., 1 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a gch.; 7 brothers & 2 sisters.

Note: See 920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p4B D82 F82: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/mother).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 Jun 2000
Archie William JOHNSTON, 87

Born 28 Aug 1912, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: George G. & Mabel L. (Solt) Johnston. Farmily moved to farm near Primrose, NE. 18 Mar 1936: Married Viola at his family home. They farmed near Primorse, then moved to Fairview community near Central City, NE. 1948: Moved to farm near Chapman, NE. He died Wed., 31 May 2000 at Chapman. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, a son, 3 gch., 2 g-gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by son Donald; an infant gch; a brother George; 2 infant brothers; a sister Beulah Watts.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 7 Jun 2000
Imogene M. "Jean" ABBOTT, 74

Born 3 Nov 1923, Clarks, NE. Parents: Robert & Nannette (Ernst) Spires. Grad. of Clarks HS. Married Rolland R. "Red" Abbott. They lived in Lincoln, NE. Accountant. She died Mon. 5 Jun 2000 at Lincoln. Visitation: Thurs., Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Service: Fri., St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch.; 4 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, and a brother, Franklin Spires.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Jun 2000
Berhard Edward "Garrett" Bruns, 87

Born 16 Sep 1912 on farm north of Chapman, NE. Parents: William H. & Johanna E. (Seim) Bruns. 12 Jun 1940: Married Evelyn Mae Scharvin at Archer, NE. They farmed near Archer. Evely died 4 Seop 1981.n In 1998 he moved to Central City, NE. Garrett died Tues., 6 Jun 2000 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer. Burial at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; 3 brothers - Albert, Edward "Armin, & William Jr. (infant); 2 sisters - Helen Bader & Hulda Suck.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Jun 2000

Amelia HUENEKE, 97

Born 10 Oct 1902, Doniphan, NE. Parents: Edward C. & Minnie (Neubert) Boltz. 17 Sep 1924: Married Louis C. "Pete" Hueneke at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Chapman & Grand Island, NE. Mr. Hueneke died in 1984. Amelia died Sun. 11 Jun 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Graveside service at later date. Arrangments: Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 5 gch., 7 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 3 brothers  & 4 sisters.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-4 p4a D76 F77.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Jun 2000
Mary A. HOUDEK, 96

Born 2 Dec 1903, Loma, NE. Parents: Alois R. & MaryAnn (Coufal) Ruzicka. 27 Feb 1922: Married Charles J. Houdek at Loma, NE. They farmed in Dwight/Valpariso area until 1963; moved near Central City, NE. She died Mon., 12 Jun 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 sons, 31 gch., 70 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 1 sister. Predeceased by her husband (9 Jan 1999); 3 sons - Joseph, Jerome & Charles; 2 daughters - Charlotte Houdek & Margaret Hotovy; 2 brothers - Jerold & Louis Ruzicka; a sister Agnes Jisa; a gch.

Grand Island Independent obit - Sat. 17 Jun 2000
Emma POEHLER, 97

Born 13 Nov 1902, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Herman & Bertha (Tuenge) Kruse. Attended Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE. 15 Apr 1928: Married Fred Poehler at Worms. They farmed near Cairo, NE. Mr. Poehler died 17 Mar 1945. 1964: Emma moved into town. She died Thurs., 15 Jun 2000 at Cairo. Service: Mon., Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo. Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cairo.  Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors:A daughter, a son, 12 gch., 8 g-gch.; 3 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by her husband; a son John, a daughter Dorothy; 2 brothers & 7 sisters.

Note: See Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book I p325 #I-325.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 Jun 2000
Donna Jane STAAL, 71

Born 16 Jan 1929, Central City, NE. Parents: Guy & Abbigale (Myers) Gilson. Family lived at Fullerton & Wolbach, NE. 15 May 1949: Married Lafayette Staal. They lived in Archer & Grand Island, NE. She worked for Archer schools. 1987: Donna moved to Texas; later moved to Key West, FL where she died Thurs., 15 Jun 2000. Service: Mon., at Westlawn MEmorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island. Arrangements: Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 9 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by her husband; & an infant son Kenneth.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p4b D92 F94: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Jun 2000
Robert A. AURAND, 90

Born 5 Oct 1909, Central City, NE. Parents: Lora H. & Nell (Adair) Aurand. 1928 grad. of Chapman HS. Engr. degree from Univ. of CO. Worked in San Diego; was sent to Scotland by company. Married in Symington, Scotland. After war moved to Colorado. Restaurateur. Resident of Louisville, CO. Died 12 Jun 2000, Boulder, CO. Memorial service: Thurs., at Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 2 daughters; 2 sisters (one is his twin); and a brother. Predeceased by brother Paul.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Jun 2000
Carl R. DAVISON Jr., 76

Born 11 Jun 1924. Parents: Carl R. Sr. & Lois A. (Ivey) Davison. Grad. of Palmer HS. WW II: US Navy (Pacific). 16 Sep 1947: Married. They lived mainly at Palmer, NE. Truck driver. He died Fri., 23 Jun 2000 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon., First Church of Christ, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons, a foster daughter, 17 gch., 10 g-gch.  Predeceased by a brother Glenn; a sister Frances Rieken; a stepsister Barbara Kontos.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Jun 2000
Arnold Eugene ZLOMKE, 89

Born 4 Mar 1911, Central City, NE. Parents: Otto Ferdinand & Anna Helena (Baumiester) Zlomke. 1930 grad. of GISH. Married in 1942; they lived in Grand Island. He died Thurs., 22 Jun 2000 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., All Faiths Funeral Home on Locust. Service: Mon., Gollaher Chapel of Tinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by 5 brothers & 5 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 27 Jun 2000
Irvin P. MEVES, 95

Born 6 Mar 1905, Worms, NE. Parents: Peter N. & Margaretha (Hein) Mewes. Grad. of GISH. 21 May 1932: Married Ruby Mae Terry. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Business owner. He died Sat., 24 Jun 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Thurs., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 5 daughters, 8 gch., 9 g-gch., 2 gg-gch. Predeceased by his wife (27 Aug 1989); a brother Herman; 6 sisters - Minna Dankert, Anna Launer, Emma Schwyn, Laura Mewes, Alma Schmidt & Ella Roeser. Memorials: Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies Aid or the Alzheimer's Association for Research.

Note: His name given as MEVES while his parents are named MEWES in the obit. See 1920 Fed. Census - Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p5A D89 F89 (w/sib: Herman).
 

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 Jul 2000
Irvin R. FRIEDRISHSEN, 71

Born 4 Jul 1928, Chapman, NE. Parents: Henry & Margaret (Wiecks) Friedrichsen. 2 Jun 1954: Married Marilyn Seeber at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Lincoln, NE. Construction worker. Resident of Grand Island, NE. He died Sat. 1 Jul 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Wed., Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 3 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by an infant brother.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 6 Jul 2000

Lucille Eunice TYLER, 78

Born 19 Jun 1922, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Percy & Marie (McReynolds) McElwain. 1928: Family moved to Broomfield, CO. She attended Colorado Teachers College, Greeley, CO for 2 yrs. 3 Jul 1942: Married Donald Wayne Tyler. (He was in military until 1946.) 1947 & later: They farmed at Prairie Island, Hordville, Polk and Central City, NE. Teacher. She died Tues., 4 Jul 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Sollt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 10 gch.; 3 sisters in Colorado. Predeceased by her husband (1998) and an infant daughter Joyce Elaine.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 7 Jul 2000
Dr. Earl A. ROGERS, 90

Born 30 Sep 1909, NE. Parents: James E. & Myrtle H. (Jerome) Rogers. 3 Jul 1931: Married. WW II: US Army. NE Director of Health. Resident of Fairfield Bay, Arkanasas. Died Tues., 4 Jul 2000 at Clinton, Arkansas. Memorial service: Sat. at Kirk of the Hills Church, Fairfield Bay, Ark. Survivors; His wife, 2 daughters, a foster daughter; 11 gch., several g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his son Dr. James Rogers.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p20A D136 F143: Central City Ward 3, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p24a D400 F425: Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Jul 2000
Myrtle CLARKE, 88

Born 8 Feb 1912 near Hordville, NE. Parents: Gustaff & Millie (Johnson) Randahl. Her mother died in childbirth. Raised by father & step-mother Julia Bankson Randahl. 1930 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 17 May 1941: Married James F. Clarke at Hordville. Mr. Clarke died 25 Jan 1998. Mrs. Clarke died Sun., 9 Jul 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughters, 4 sons, 15 gch., 8 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; and her twin sister, Mildred Holtorf.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 15 Jul 2000
James A. "Jim" WOOD, 65

Born 14 Jan 1935, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Walter & Argylle (Schultz) Wood. Served in National Guard (2 yrs) & US Army (1955-61). 13 Jul 1957: Married at Wood River, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Owner of Jim Wood & Son Trucking. Died Thurs., 13 Jul 2000, Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, a son, 9 gch.; 5 brothers & 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 19 Jul 2000

Grace L. KUNZE, 90

Born 16 Jun 1910, Howard Co., NE. Parents: Lauritz & Flora (Nielsen) Feddersen. Grad. of Dannebrog High School & Kearney State College. 13 Oct 1934: Married Theodore Kunze in Howard Co. They farmed. She taught in Howard & Merrick Counties. 1985: Grace moved to Central City, NE. She died Mon., 17 Jul 2000 at Central City. Visitation: Wed., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Thurs., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.Survivors: 2 sons, 4 daughters, 20 gch., 37 g-gch., 8 gg-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; a son Daryl; 5 brothers - Sigurd, Christian, Ernest, Vernon & Howard; 2 sisters - Astrid Christensen & Thyra Toof.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 23 Jul 2000
Ruth HETRICK, 77

Born 30 Oct 1922, Lake Manawa, IA. Parents: Earnest & Stella (Steuben) Kiesel. Raised in Central City/Chapman, NE. 19 Oct 1941: Married Merwin P. Hetrick at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island where she worked at hospital. She died Fri. 21 Jul 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 5 gch., 2 step gch.; 2 step-brothers, and a step-sister. Predeceased by sister Helen Battles and 2 step-brothers - Elwin and Kenneth Orendorff; a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Jul 2000
Opal Dell SCHERER, 92

Born 31 Oct 1907, Rennals, IA. Parents: Fred & Abigail (Tidball) Walker. Raised in Geddes, SD. 31 Aug 1925: Married Carl Floyd Scherer in Geddes, SD. They farmed in South Dakota. 1972: They retired to live at Chapman, NE. Mr. Scherer died 30 Sep 1993. Mrs. Scherer lived in Central City, Grand Island and Wood River, NE. She died Mon. 24 Jul 2000 at Wood River. Graveside service Thurs., at Chapman Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 12 gch., 20 g-gch, 8 step g-gch., 15 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband, a son Lawrence Arthur, a gch; 3 brothers - Forrest, Lawrence & Lee Walker.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Jul 2000
Edna M. SEMM, 79

Born 30 Oct 1920, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Paul & Tony (Rohweder) Lockenvitz. 1939: Grad. of Chapman HS. 17 Oct 1940: Married Gene Semm at Hastings, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. She died Sun., 23 Jul 2000 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Wed., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Thurs., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, gch & g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband (1998); brother Harold Lockenvitz.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Jul 2000

Mae L. SCRANTON, 93

Born 25 May 1907, Lindsay, NE. Parents: Andrew & Winnie (Swanson) Nelson. Grad. of St. Edward HS. Teacher. 31 Dec 1932: Married Ray Scanton at Miller, NE. They lived at Miller until 1941; moved to Potter, NE, and later to Sidney, NE. Ray died in 1963. 1965: Mae moved to Fullerton, NE and continued to teach. She later lived at St. Paul, Palmer & Central City, NE. Mrs. Scranton died Tues., 25 Jul 2000 at Central City, NE. Memorial service: Sat., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul, NE. Graveside service: Sat., Potter Cemetery, Potter, NE. Survivors: 2 grandchildren, a g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her daughter Peggy Jane Moon; a brother Glenn Nelson; 4 sisters - Hazel McCalsin, Margaret Williams, Violet Peterson and Lorraine Moench.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Jul 2000

Gladys KANTER, 84

Born 20 Dec 1915, Waco, NE. Parents: Rolla & Evylin (Robson) Mace. Abt. 1917, Family moved to Sidney, NE - later returned to central NE. She worked in Omaha, NE. 15 Sep 1940: Married Glenn Kanter at St. Paul, NE. They farmed west of Palmer, and then south of Worms, NE. Mr. Kanter died 11 Nov 1986. Mrs. Kanter moved to St. Paul the following year. She died Wed. 26 Jul 2000 at Ravenna, NE. Visitation: Sun., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Mon., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 6 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 brothers.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Timber Creek Twp., Nance, NE ED63-14 p4a D71 F71 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Jul 2000

Robert James PAXTON, 46

Born 7 Dec 1953, O'Neill, NE. Parents: Norman & Joyce Paxton. Lived at Chambers, NE; Sedalia, MO; Omaha Home for Boys. 1971-73: US Army. 23 Jun 1973: Married. Lived at Palmer, NE. Truck driver, mechanic. He died 27 Jul 2000 in auto accident near Chapman, NE. Service: Mon., Wesleyan Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife; 4 sons, a gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers - Cecil & an infant; a son Jeffrey Lee; a daughter Robbie Jean.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 Aug 2000
Christian August CAMPA, infant

Born/died 27 Jul 2000. Parents: Tony F. & Sarah S. Campa. Private graveside service yesterday at Chapman Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: His parents, a sister, grandparents & a great-grandmother. Predeceased by a great-grandmother: Dicey Lovejoy; 2 g-grandfathers - William Knight & James C. Campa; g-grandparents - Bryce and Helen Groetzinger.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 2 Aug 2000
Walter Joseph FOSBURY, 83

Born at Clarks, NE. Parents: William & Mamie Fosbury. Grad. of Clarks HS. Married twice. Had lived in El Paso, TX. Presbyterian. Died 24 Jul 2000 at Austin, TX. Graveside service was held Fri. at Clarks Cemetery, Merrick Co., NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Predeceased by his first wife, Anne. Survived by his second wife; a son & a daughter, 5 gch., 1 g-gch.

Note: See Who's Who in Nebraska Merrick p815 w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p2A D44 F46: Clarks Village, Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p6a D149 F153: Clarks Village, Merrick, NE(w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 Aug 2000

Vera Irene WEBSTER, 99

Born 5 Apr 1901, Otoe Co., NE. Parents: James E. & Louisa M. (Beetem) White. Grew up in Merrick Co, NE. 30 Apr 1947: Married Rev. Jack MacGregor Webster at Everett, WA. They worked for the Salvation Army in WA, OR, Alaska & other parts of the USA. Returned to live at Chapman, NE. Mr. Webster died 21 Mar 1977. Mrs. Webster moved to Merrick Manor in Central City. She died Sat. 5 Aug 2000 at Central City Care Center. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Graveside service: Wed. at the city cemetery.Survivors: 3 step-daughters; a cousin; Predeceased by her husband; 4 sisters - Fanda Connor, Hester Scofield, Gertrude Laurence & Frances Behrens; 2 brothers - George & Scott White.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Aug 2000

Daniel C. SAMUELSON, 56

Born 31 Dec 1943, Palmer, NE. Parents: Carl & Naomi (Pratt) Samuelson. 1962 grad. of Palmer HS. Farmer. 1965-67: US Army, Vietnam. Attended UNL. 26 Oct 1968: Married at St. Paul, NE.They lived in Lincoln until finished school; moved back to Palmer to farm & drive truck. He died Tues., 8 Aug 2000 at hospital in Rochester, MN. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a gch.; his mother; a sister. Predeceased by his father.

Note: His mother died 19 Mar 2009.

 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 10 Aug 2000

Ada Mae SKOW, 93

Born 21 Dec 1906 on farm near Hordville (Hamilton Co.), NE. Parents: Charles Campbell & Ruth Rallens. About 1916, her family moved to farm on Prairie Island (Merrick Co.), NE. 1925 grad. CCHS. 26 Mar 1929: Married Gilbert M. Skow at Aurora, NE. They farmed on Prairie Island, then moved to Gibbon, NE. Mrs. Skow died Tues. 8 Aug 2000 at Kearney, NE. Visitation Thurs. at Godberson Mortuary, Gibbon.  Service: Fri., Faith United Church.  Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Gibbon. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch. 4 g-gch.; a sister in Idaho. Predeceased by husband (died 6 Mar 1998), 3 brothers and a sister.

Note: see 1920 Fed. Census NE Merrick County, Prairie Island Twp., ED154 p1A D1 F1 (w/parents)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 18 Aug 2000

John W. WICHMANN, 63

Born 30 Aug 1936 on farm south of Palmer, NE. Parents: William Wichmann & Edna Bader. Attended District 45 School. 14 Feb 1956: Married at St. Libory, NE. Farmer. Died Thurs. 17 Aug 2000 at Lincoln, NE. Service: Sat. at St. Libory Catholic Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 3 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by daughter Monica, a grandson and his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Aug 2000
Gary Lee BOERSEN, 40

Born 14 Feb 1960, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Fritz H. Boersen Sr. & Pearl Castor. Attended school in Central City, NE.Worked in Chapman, NE. Died Wed., 23 Aug 2000 atGrand Island, NE. Service: Sat., All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 5 brothers & a sister. Predeceased bya brother Donald.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 Aug 2000

Mae Edna BAKER, 89

Born 14 Oct 1910, near Chapman, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Edward William & "Jetta Ravenelle (Jessie Berman) Kruse." 1928 grad. of GISH. Simplex operator (telegrams); teletype operator. Secretary/bookkeeper. 12 Jun 1943: Married Robert L. Baker. Member of  First Christian Church. March 1999: Moved to David City, NE. She died Thurs., 24 Aug 2000 at David City, NE. Service: Sat., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters, 6 gch.; a sister in Arizona. Predeceased by her husband in 1993.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p3B D63 F63: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 27 Aug 2000

Louise Emma FRIEDRICHSEN, 89

Born 19 Aug 1911, Elizabethville, PA. Parents: Otto Kuppinger & Clara Bruanlich. Family moved to Palmer, NE. 4 Sep 1926: Married William Friedrichsen at Council Bluffs, IA. He died in 1961. She moved to CA. 1995: Moved to Clarks, NE. Died Fri. 25 Aug 2000 at Aurora, NE. Memorial service at later date. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 daughters, & a son, 14 gch., 33 g-gch. 4 gg-gch. Predeceased by daughter Arlene, brother John, 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sun 27 Aug 2000

Emmett L. SHOUP, 80

Born 13 Nov 1919, Cortland, NE. Parents: Vernon & Hannah (Rinne) Shoup. Lived in Pawnee County, NE. 1938 grad. of Barston HS. Family moved to Central City that same year.WW II: USAF (stationed at Washington DC and Alaska). Welder. 1 Jun 1947: Married at Central City. Farmed on Prairie Island with wife's family.Served in many capacities for the church & the community, fraternal organizations. He died Fri., 25 Aug 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Tues., First Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 7 gch. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Norman; twins Don & Dean; 2 sisters - Luella, Betty (infancy).

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 151 (Carlson), 363-4 (Shoup): Merrick Co., NE

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 31 Aug 2000
Viola Fern FRIEDRICHSEN, 90

Born 25 Aug 1910, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Henry R. & Rose K. (Wagner) Nedrig. 21 Jan 1929: Married John Martin Friedrichsen at Palmer, NE. They farmed southeast of Palmer. Viola died Wed., 30 Aug 2000 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Sat. Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 4 gch., 11 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by a g-gch.; 2 brothers - Robert & Virgil Nedrig.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p4A F30: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p5a D96 F96: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Sep 2000
Victor BOSSELMAN, 94

Born 15 Apr 1906 at Worms, NE. Parents: Henry & Ollie (Konrad) Bosselman. 10 Jun 1928: Married Irma Rauert at Grand Island. They farmed in Hall County. He died Wed., 30 Aug 2000 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 5 daughters, 24 gch., 40 g-gch., 4 gg-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Elmer & Arnold; 2 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 7 Sep 2000
Gladys Henrietta JOHN, 92

Born 21 Sep 1907 at Arcadia (Valley Co.), NE. Parents: Henry & Nellie (Nygren) Cremeen. Grad. of Arcadia HS. Teacher. 27 Jun 1927: Married Owen J. John at St. Edward, NE. They lived in Valley Co. 1934: Moved to Merrick County, NE - lived in Central City & Silver Creek, NE. 1963: Moved to California. Mr. John died in 1978. Mrs. John was currently living at San Dimas, CA. She died at hospital in Covina, Ca. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 gch., 22 g-gch., 5 gg-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband; son Darwin; a gch.; a brother Virgil Cremeen.

Note: Death date does NOT appear.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 9 Sep 2000
Jack C. RODYSILL, 63

Born 24 Dec 1936, Central City, NE. Parents: Clarence & Verna (Held) Rodysill. After finished school at Cenral City, he attended Lincoln School of Commerce. 1960-62: US Army. 1962: Married at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Grand Island. He died Fri., 8 Sep 2000 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Mon., First Presbyterian Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; a son, a daughter; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; infant son Jay; sister Dorla Nickel.

Note: His parents - see Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p342 #I-342; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p2a D36 F36: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE; Directory for Central City Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Sep 2000
Frances Cecelia CHADER, 89

Born 13 Aug 1911 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Frank E. & Rose H. (Corcilus) Widman. 1930 grad. of CCHS. 20 Oct 1945: Married Evvard Turno Chader at Central City, NE. They farmed east of Hordville, NE. 1949: Bought a farm near Central City, NE. Later retired to live in town. She died Mon. 17 Sep 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Mamre Evangelical Free Cemetery near Marquette, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a son. Predeceased by 3 sisters - Edna Widman, Alice Hammons & Perna Hammons; 6 brothers - Embree, Charles, Earl, Frank, Walter & David Widman.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Sep 2000
Lena Gladys SULLIVAN, 99

Born 21 Feb 1901, Grand Junction, MO. Parents: Robert L. & Euphemia (Manifold) Rankin. 1909: Family moved to Archer, NE. 15 Sep 1924: Married Edward T. Sullilvan. They lived near Archer, NE. 1942: Moved to Denver, CO. 1969: Returned to Archer, NE. 1993: She moved to Central City, NE. Died Tues., 19 Sep 2000 at Central City. Service: Sat., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister in Californai> Predeceased by her husband (12 Oct 1985); sister Margaret Johnston; 2 brothers - Kenneth & Mike Rankin.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp327 Rankin), 381 (Sullivan). 1920 & 1930 census for Midland Twp, Merrick, NE. See also 24 Jun 1999: Grand Island independent "Lena Sullivan reflects on life in early 1900s Archer to today's closer world" by Barrett Stinson.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Sept. 2000
Marie CLAYTON, 85

Born 28 Feb 1915, Hordville, NE. Parents: John Emil Veburg & Emily C. Bengtson. 1933 grad. of Hordville HS. Teacher, historian, news writer. 2 Apr 1944: Married Kenneth Robert Clayton. Died Wed. 20 Sep 2000 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat. at Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville, NE. Burial at Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 brothers, 1 sister. Predeceased by her husband (21 Aug 1969); and a brother Richard Veburg.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Sep 2000
Martha E. DANKERT, 91

Born 17 Apr 1909, Irvington, NE. Parents: Gustav & Lizzie (Wilke) Heitzmann. Employee of Concordia Teachers College at Seward, NE for 27 yrs. Died Wed., 20 Sep 2000 at Council Bluffs, IA. Service: Sat., St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, a daughter, 2 gch., 2 step gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 Sep 2000
Charles Alvin WALL, 14

Born 23 Nov 1985 at Omaha, NE. Parents: Michael & Lucinda Wall. 1997: Moved to Central City, NE. Freshman at CCHS. Died Mon. 25 Sep 2000 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Survivors: His parents, 2 brothers.

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Oct 2000
Pearl V. SCHLITT, 84

Born 17 Apr 1916, Central City, NE. Parents: Leonard & Nellie Kuhn. 11 Dec 1940: Married Merwin D. Schlitt at Lincoln, NE. They moved to Laramie, WY. She later moved to Aurora, CO where she died Mon., 2 Oct 2000. Visitation: Fri. Montgomery/Stryker Mortuary in Laramie, WY. Service: Fri. at Green Hill Cemetery, Laramie, WY. Survivors: A daughter; 5 gch., 4 g-gch.; a brother, a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Leon & Archie Kuhn; 2 sisters - Eva Ilene Hanner & Luella Mae Lunsford.  Memorials: Rocky Mountain Cancer Center.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 Oct 2000
Anola Elaine SCHENK, 77

Born 26 Feb 1923, Ainsworth, NE. Parents: Guy & Edna (Decker) Kenyon. 1941 grad. of Ainsworth HS. 1 Jul 1945: Married Frederick G. Schenk at Ainsworth. They moved to Central City, NE. Worked for husband's mother. Mr. Schenk died 11 Oct 1979. Mrs. Schenk died Thurs., 5 Oct 2000 at Central City. Service: Sat. 7 Oct at Community Bible Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; 2 brothers & 1 sister. Predeceased by her husband; brother Douglas Kenyon and a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Oct 2000
Sharon Leigh BRANDENBURG, 70

Born 11 May 1930, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Harold W. & Myrtle (Everett) Harlow. Attended school at Clarks & Central City, NE. 8 Jun 1946: Married Leo Brandenburg at Kansas. They lived in Central City area.  Housekeeper. she died Fri., 6 Oct 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial will be at Burke Cemetery at later date. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, a daughter, 10 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Also living, 2 step-siblings. Predeceased by son Steven; a gch. and a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Oct 2000
Sophie KINSEY, 90

Born 16 Apr 1910, Hanover, Germany. Parents: Herman & Anna (Bormann) Meyer. Immigrated when young; family lived at Burwell and Palmer, NE. She moved to Texas. Married Joe Carr. Married second to Luther Kinsey. They lived at Mineral Wells, TX. She died 23 Sep 2000 at Mineral Wells. Service: 26 Sep 2000 at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Chapel. Survivors: Her second husband; 4 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 11 g-gch.; 3 step-daughters; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Predeceased by son Jesse Carr; 3 brothers - Fred, Henry & Alfred Meyer; 2 sisters - Dora Frey & Martha Farnsworth.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p287.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 12 Oct 2000
Yvonna Mary REYNOLDS, 63

Born 23 Dec 1936, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Lloyd & Flossie (Van Owen) Kelley. 1960: Married Ronald Reynolds at Omaha, NE. Bookkeeper. She died Sun., 8 Oct 2000 at home in Thornton, CO. Service: Thurs., Rice Chapel, Brighton, CO. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 1 son, 2 gch. Memorials: American Cancer Society

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Oct 2000
George Nathan STORK, 92

Born 25 Feb 1908, Hayward, WI. Parents: George & Margaret (Rinehardt) Stork. Served during WW II. 27 Oct 1952: Married Kathryn K. Olson at Hayward, WI. 1970: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Stork died 6 May 1989. Mr. Stork died Thurs., 12 Oct 2000 at Aurora, NE. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at the city cemetery.Survivors: A step-daughter, a step-son. 13 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by a sister E. Margaret Dunn (1999) and 3 stepsons - Alvin B., Maynard & Marvin J. Olson.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Oct 2000
Fern E. Campbell WIDMAN, 83

Born 2 Feb 1917 near Hordville, NE. Parents: William Tecumsech & Lucinda "Lucy" (Phelps) Campbell. 1933 grad. of Hordville HS. 9 Apr 1938: Married Frrank E. Widman at Central City, NE. They farmed near Central City. in Hamilton County and then near Chapman after 1949. Moved into Central City in 1970. Member of Christian Church. Frank died 22 Jul 1996. Fern died Sun., 15 Oct 2000 at Central City. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 6 gch, 7 g-gch.; a brother in Iowa. Predeceased by her husband; daughter Geraldine Peterson; an infant son Norman Ray; 10 siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Oct 2000
Maysel JORGENSEN, 90

Born 11 Jan 1910 in Hamilton Co., NE. Parents: Fred & Pearle L. (McDougal) Fowler. 28 Feb 1929: Married Emanuel Jorgensen. They farmed near Hampton, NE. Retired in 1971 to live in town. Mr. Jorgensen died in 1986. Maysel later lived in Aurora, and then in 1996 moved to Central City, NE. She died there Mon., 16 Oct 2000. Service: Thurs., United Lutheran Church, Hampton. Burial at the church cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: a brother; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by 2 sisters, Maxine & Viola.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Oct 2000
Kenneth MARKWORTH, 66

Born 4 Jul 1934, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Henry and Elsie (Albers) Markworth. Grew up at Chapman, NE. 1956-57: US Army. Farmer. 3 Aug 1974: Married at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Palmer, NE. Ken died Sat. 14 Oct 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Wesleyan Church, Palmer, NE. Burial at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island at later date. Survivors: His wife, a son & a daughter, 2 gch., 2 step-gch. ...; a brother & 4 sisters. Predeceased by brothers Melvin and James; sisters Gloria Jean Markworth & Betty Marquis.

Note: Grand Island Independent on Thurs. 19 Oct 2000 gave day of burial as Friday. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Oct 2000

Julia SAMPLE, 88

Born 2 Mar 1912, Elba, NE. Parents: Martin & Julia (Sonnenfeld) Vincent. 20 Jul 1931: Married Clifford Lyman Sample at Ord (Valley Co.), NE. They farmed south of Ord, NE and in Sherman Co., NE. Moved to Loup City, and then to Central City, NE in 1951. Mr. Sample died 16 Aug 1985. Mrs. Sample moved to Long Term Care in Aurora in 1994. She died there Mon., 16 Oct 2000. Service: Thurs., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughter, 28 gch., 41 g-gch., 7 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; daughter Esther Trompke; sisters Margaret Sample and infant Emma Vincent; brother Martin Vincent; 4 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Oct 2000
Richard LUEBBE, 61

Born 4 Jun 1939, Archer, NE. Parents: Lawrence & Irene (Gillham) Luebbe. Was member of last graduating class at Archer HS. Served in US Navy. 18 Oct 1963: Married at Hastings, NE. Farmed near Archer, then moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Tues., 17 Oct 2000 at Aurora, NE. Cremated; no services. Survivors: His wife, 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by brother William.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 22 Oct 2000

Edward LeRoy HOLTORF, 54

Born 29 Dec 1945, Central City, NE. Parents: August & Betty Jane (Nitzel) Holtorf. 1964 grad. of CCHS. Served in US Army. Truck driver. Married at Grand Island, NE; had 2 daughters. Married a second time in 1984. Methodist. Edward died Fri. 20 Oct 2000 in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 3 brothers, 2 gch. Predeceased by his parents, & a sister Sherry (1971).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 23 Oct 2000

Janet SPILGER, 58

Born 26 Jun 1942, Palmer, NE. Parents: Fred & Sylvia (De Mary) Spilger. 1947: Family moved to farm near Clarks, NE.1961 grad. of Fullerton HS (Nance County).1994: She moved to Central City, NE. Janet died Sat, 21 Oct 2000 at medical center in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Wed., Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a sister, cousins. Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 25 Oct 2000
Robert "Bob" GOERL, 53

Born 19 Sep 1947, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Joseph C. & Leila Viola (Wegner) Goerl. Family lived at Palmer, NE. 1965: grad. of Palmer HS. 1968-1995: US Coast Guard. 13 Jul 1974: Married. 1995: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Mon., 23 Oct 2000 at medical facillity in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, a gch.; his mother. Predeceased by his father; sister Betty Tash.

Note: His mother died 1 Jul 2009 at Central City, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Oct 2000
Rosemary A. HAMIK, 87

Born 9 Mar 1913, Julesburg, CO. Parents Ray & Ola (Coolidge) Kombrink. Family moved to Central City, NE. 1931 grad. of CCHS. Worked in Omaha, NE. 5 Oct 1940: Married Albert H. Hamik at Omaha, NE. 1948: They moved to Grand Island, NE. Albert died in Apr 1979. Rosemary moved to McCook, NE; returned to Grand Island to live at the Veteran's Home. She died there Thurs., 26 Oct 2000. Visitation: Sun. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Burial at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors:A son, a daughter, 13 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; and a brother Rudolph Kombrink.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p9A D184 F186: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p3b H313 D86 F86: Central City, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 31 Oct 2000
Marvin "Doc" KLUCK, 82

Born 10 Sep 1918 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Herman & Dora (Kerkmann) Kluck. 1942-45: US Army. 11 Dec 1945: Married Gladys Beckstrom at Central City, NE. They farmed near Clarks. 1956: Moved to Cupertino, CA where he worked for Kaiser Aluminum. 1984: Returned to live at Clarks, NE. He died 24 Oct 2000 at Seward, NE. Service: Fri., Congregational Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home of Stromsburg, NE. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons; a sister. Predeceased by his wife and his brother Walter.


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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 2 Nov 2000

Wilma BAKER, 71 

Born 1 Oct 1929 Ansbach, near Nuremberg, Germany. Parents: Johann Friedrich Stark & Katharine Karoline Kirschbaum. 9 Oct 1959: Married Thomas "Buster" Baker in Germany. They lived in Grand Island, NE. She moved to Bader Villa in Central City, NE. Died Tues. 31 Oct 2000 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 3 sons, a daughter, a step-son, 8 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband (1996), 2 sisters & 3 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Nov 2000

Blanche S. CARLSON, 89

Born 28 Jul 1911, Loup City (Sherman Co.), NE. Parents: Hans Johnson & Mary Bloomquist.  Attended Palmer HS. 13 Sep 1949: Married Dr. Martin E. Carlson (see above - Mar 2000). They lived in Wahoo and Kearney, NE. 1978: Retired to Grand Island, NE. Died Thurs. 2 Nov 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Sun. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial: Palmer Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by husband; 5 brothers: Martin, Harry, Elmer, James & Carl; 6 sisters: Minnie, Gladys, Alice, Florence, Lillian & Clara.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 16 Nov 2000
Florine L. HOFFER, 80

Born 2 May 1920, Clarks, NE. Parents: Herman Church & Florence Branting. Married Billie B. Hoffer at Clarks, NE. They farmed, and husband worked for RR. 1955-1970: Lived in Denver, CO. Returned to Clarks until 1979 when moved to Ogallala. 1981-1999: Englewood, CO. Returned to Ogallala. Mrs. Hoffer died Thurs. 9 Nov, 2000, Ogallala, NE. Cremains to Pierce Chapel Cemetery (Bureau Cem) near Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, 6 gch., 11 g-gch.; 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 19 Nov 2000
Susan "Catherine" DEMEL, 87

Born 21 Jun 1913, Central City, NE. Parents: George Reeves & Elnor Price. Grad of CCHS. 1 Sep 1956: Married Hubert M. Demel at Central City. "They owned and operated Demel and Company Insurance and Abstracting." She died Sat. 18 Nov 2000, Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Private burial at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A son & 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband (25 Jul 1996); brother George E. "Red" Reeves & sister Elfie Stines.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Nov 2000

Grace B. PROWETT, 97

Born 2 May 1903, Atlantic, IA. Parents: Joseph Shirey & Rosella Clark. 1907: Family moved near Palmer, NE. 31 May 1924: Married Harold Prowett at Grand Island, NE. 1936-1963: They managed the Merrick County Poor Farm. She was later an aide at the Soldier & Sailors Home. Member: First Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Lived at Palmer until 1991 when moved to Central City. Died Wed. 22 Nov 2000, Central City, NE. Service: Sat. at Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: 2 sisters, a grandson and a great-grandson. Predeceased by her husband (1972), daughter Pauline Maciejewski; 4 sisters: Nancy Butler, Ethel Shirey, Inez Ward & Mildred Reils; 4 brothers - Earl, Oral, Kenneth & LeRoy Shirey; an infant granddaughter.

Note: See cemetery extracts posted on-line. Send for copy of History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 361-2 (w/her parents)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Nov 2000
Barbara A. GORGEN. 78

Born 6 Jan 1922, Sioux City, IA. Parents: Wendell J. M. "Bill" Glotfelty & Fern F. Peck. Family moved to Omaha, NE. 1940-48: Secretary at Spokane, WA. 7 Oct 1948: Married Floyd M. Gorgen at Spokane. They farmed near Central City, NE until 1969; moved into town. Died Sat. 25 Nov 2000, Central City. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home chapel, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 4 gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Nov 2000
Fonda Rae JONES, 28

Born 11 Feb 1972, Mt. Holly, NJ. Parents: Charles Jones & Joyce Rogers. Resident of Chapman, NE since 1993. Died Fri. 24 Nov 2000, auto accident near Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church, Chapman. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her parents, 4 children, 2 brothers and a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Nov 2000
Vern H. VonOHLEN, 71

Born 6 Apr 1929, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Emil VonOhlen & Roseanne Ueckert. Served in US Army.  4 Oct 1968: Married Shirley Mae Swanson Broshears at Grand Island, NE. Farmed northwest of Chapman, NE. Died Tues. 21 Nov 2000, Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, one son, 10 gch.; a sister & 2 brothers. Predeceased by his wife (1996), & a sister Dorothy McGuiness.

See: History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 393 (E&R Von Ohlen, & F&J Von Ohlen)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Nov 2000
Bernice E. EATON, 63

Born 11 Nov 1937, Seward, NE. Parents: Paul Bender & Marie Brauer. 1946: Family moved near Clarks, NE. 1956 grad. of Clarks HS. 4 May 1958: Married Duane L. Eaton. The next year they moved to Central City, NE. Business owners, truckers. Mrs. Eaton died Mon. 27 Nov 2000, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter, a brother & a sister.

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 29 Nov 2000

Gene PEARSON, 57

"...died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Silver Creek Cemetery. There will be no visitation. McKown Funeral Home in Columbus ..."

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 30 Nov 2000
Naoma MARTSON, 83

Born 22 Nov 1917, Central City, NE. Parents: Clifford B. Foster & Dorothy Augusta Wilson. 1935 grad. of CCHS. 29 Dec 1940: Married Ivan O. Martson, at her parents home. They lived in Los Angeles, CA; Omaha, Silver Creek and Central City, NE. She died Tues. 28 Nov 2000, Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 2 gch.; a brother & a sister. Memorials to the church.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Dec 2000
Buena M. CRANDELL, 96

Born 31 Jan 1904 Sidney, IA. Parents: Clayborn & Jessie (Fox) Jackson. Grad. of Nebraska City HS. 2 Jul 19125: Married Mark L. Crandell at Nebraska City. Lived in Franklin, Fullerton, Columbus & Edgar, NE. 1936: Moved to Central City, NE. Business owner. She died Fri. 1 Dec 2000 at Central City. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Mon., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial at city cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughter, 1 son, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband, 8 siblings.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Dec 2000
Lloyd D. FRIEDRICKSEN, 50

Born 4 Nov 1950 Palmer, NE. Parents: Virgil & Betty (McClurkin) Friedricksen. Attended school at Giltner, NE. USAF. 1973: Married in South Dakota. 20 Feb 1988: Married a second time in Grand Island, NE. He died Fri. 1 Dec 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island. Burial at Cameron Cemetery in Hall County, NE. Survivors: His second wife, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 4 gch.; 7 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Peggy Wieck and brother Thomas Friedricksen.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 Dec 2000
John H. BOWERS, 86

Born 18 Oct 1914 Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Lawrence & Mary (Steinbeck) Bowers. 1922: Family moved to Grand Island, NE. WW II: US Navy (South Pacific). Creamery engineer, business owner. 16 Feb 1957: Married at Grand Island, NE. Died 1 Dec 2000 at Grand Island. Service: Tues., St. Pauls Lutheran Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Arrangements: Kleine Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 14 gch. Predeceased by an infant daughter, a gch.; 4 brothers - Roy, Elmer, Lawrence & Sam (Apr 2000); a sister Clara.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Dec 2000
William L. "Bill" KELSEY, 71

Born 6 Jul 1929 Columbus, NE. Parents: Lester & Alene (Miller) Kelsey. 1948-52: USAF. 30 Nov 1952: Married in Columbus, NE. They later divorced. Mr. Kelsey died 28 Nov 2000 at Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Service: Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, his ex-wife; 5 sisters. Predeceased by son William & brother Leroy (both in 1999).

Grand Island Independent obit - Fri. 8 Dec 2000
John WETZEL, 50

Born 20 Apr 1950 Grand Island, NE. Parents: Vernon E. & Evelyn (Fleishman) Wetzel. Farmer, construction worker. Lived at Central City & St. Libory, NE. Died 27 Nov at Las Vegas, NV. Graveside service: Mon., Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Arrangements: Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by his parents & 2 sisters - Helen Bruss and Betty Wetzel.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 11 Dec 2000

Ruth J. SPROUSE, 85

Born 15 Apr 1915, Thedford, NE. Parents: Thomas M. & Emma (Wetterer) Lucas. 1932 grad. of Central City HS. Teacher. Grad. of Grand Island Business College. 1938: Moved to Arlington, VA. Married in mid 1950s to Lee Sprouse who died about 20 years later. She died Sat. 9 Dec 2000 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & a sister.  Predeceased by her husband; brother William Lucas; sister Mary Lou Lucas.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Dec 2000

Chris W. HANSEN, 104

Born 20 Sep 1896 near Loup City, NE. Parents: Nicholas & Pauline (Jung) Hansen. Attended Kearney Normal School. Teacher. WW I: US Army; WW II: US Navy. 30 Aug 1925: Married Mildred E. Benson at Silver Creek, NE. They lived at Kearney, NE. He worked for US Postal Service. Chris died Mon. 11 Dec 2000 at Kearney, NE. Visitation: Wed., Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary. Service: Sat., St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Graveside service at Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: Nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his wife, 5 brothers & 4 sisters. Memorials: To the church or the University of Nebraska at Kearney Foundation - Mildred (Benson) Hansen Scholarship Fund.

Note: See Merrick Co. NE Marriage Records Book I p123 #3676.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 17 Dec 2000
Lula I. HLADKY, 83

Born 26 Sep 1917 Allendale, MO. Parents: Robert Luther & Bearl (Moore) Spencer. Family moved to Mount Ayr, IA about 1921; and to Central City, NE in 1937. Lula was a teacher. 25 Jun 1941: Married Ernest F. Hladky at Fremont, NE. They lived north of Archer, NE. 1947: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Hladky died 1 Dec 1998. Mrs. Hladky lived at the Veteran's Home the last 2 years. Died Fri. 15 Dec 2000 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City; burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: A brother & 4 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, 2 brothers - Loyde Spencer & Albert Spencer (infant).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 18 Dec 2000
Clinton Albert KAMPER, 69

Born 21 Dec 1930 Archer, NE. Parents: Albert & Emma F. (Scheibe) Kamper. 1952-53: US Marine Corps. He died Sat. 16 Dec 2000 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Graveside service: Wed., Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & 5 sisters. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Verle, Charles & Roger (infant); a sister Dorothy Morrow.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 19 Dec 2000
Robert Joseph JONES, 84

Born 17 Feb 1916, Ord, NE. Parents: Benjamin Joseph & Mary Sena (McCarty) Jones. 1931 grad. of Ord HS. Worked east on Central City, NE on uncle's farm. 29 Jun 1949: Married at Grand Island, NE. 1946: Purchased farm west of Central City, NE. Robert died Sun. 17 Dec 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, a gch., a g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Charles & John (infant); a sister - Maxine Lammermann.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Dec 2000
Arthur H. LUEBBE, 83

Born 18 Sep 1917 at Worms, NE. Parents: Charles & Anna (Horstmann) Luebbe. Grad. of Palmer HS. 2 Feb 1947: Married Ruby Thesenvitz at Worms. They farmed at Worms. He died Thurs., 21 Dec 2000 at hospital in St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Tues, Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch., 6 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; brother Fred Luebbe; 2 sisters - Edna & Evelyn Luebbe.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 277 (F&A Luebbe), 410 (Witt-Luebbe); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p7B D129 F129: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p1a D13 F13: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Dec 2000

Maxine V. CARLSON, 83

Born 5 Sep 1917, Greeley Co., NE. Parents: Clifford Peterson & Edith Raney. Educated at Fullerton, NE. 10 Jan 1934: Married Wayne Carlson at Osceola (Polk Co.), NE. Lived on farm north of Palmer, NE. Mr. Carlson died in 1979. She moved to Grand Island in 1981; died there Sun. 24 Dec 2000. Service: Thurs. at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial: Private, at later date. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 12 gch., 19 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; a brother in Idaho & a sister in Oregon. Predeceased by husband, & a daughter Patricia Williams.

 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Dec 2000

Lawrence M. CLARK, 80

Born 14 Jul 1920, Tilden, NE. Parents: Lyman M. & Emma (Dahms) Clark. Abt 1932, family moved to Central City, NE. 16 Jul 1945: Married in Grand Island, NE. Took over Clark's Bakery after death of father. He died Tues. 26 Dec 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivor: His wife. Predeceased by an infant brother and a half sister Mildred Abrahamson. Memorials: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City & Litzenberg Long-term Care, Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 Dec 2000
Clinton Howard LYONS, 71

Born 18 May 1929, Taylor, NE. Parents: Howard & Elsie (Bishop) Lyons. 1947-52: US Army. Moved to Central City. 20 Aug 1954: Married at Central City. Superintendent of City Water Dept. Clint died Tues., 26 Dec 2000 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Burial at the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, 6 gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by son Jeffery (1967).


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