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2004 - Obits related to Merrick Co., NE

The following extract list is NOT complete. Most of these obits were found on-line, assorted websites.
The majority of Merrick County deaths seem to be reported in the Grand Island Independent,

which has an archive starting 1 Dec 1997. Recommend you search that archive.

Note: As of Feb 2005, you must register to access the archive.

For links to other newspapers, please see the NEGenWeb Project NEWS page.

Several of the following have a note that the name appears in one of the volumes of the History of Merrick County, NE.
For copies from those books, see the Merrick lookups page. Send donation & SASE with your request to the

Merrick Co. Historical Museum, 211 "E" St., Central City, NE 68826.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 Jan 2004
Eula McHARGUE, 96
Born 4 Aug 1907 Central City, NE. Parents: John & Ida (Phelps) Willhoft. Grad. of CCHS. 9 Mar 1927: Married Hiram McHargue at Central City. They farmed E of Central City. Eula died Wed. 24 Dec 2003 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Christ Episcopal Church, Central City. Inurnment at the city cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters. Predeceased by her husband; a sister & 5 brothers. Memorials to the church.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 6 Jan 2003
Edna M. HANKE, 85
Born 25 Aug 1918 near Ithaca, NE. Parents: August & Anna (Smith) Timm. 1935 grad. of Wahoo HS. Attended Luther College. 30 Nov 1938: Married Clarence D. Hanke at Dawson, NE.  They lived near Ithaca, NE & Merrill, Iowa. Moved to Archer, NE. Clarence died in 1993. Edna died Sun. 4 Jan 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Today, Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at Zion United Methodist Church near Archer. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 19 g-gch., 3 step-ggch; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; 6 brothers - Frank, Fred, Robert, Sam, Edward & Charles Timm; 2 infant sisters. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Jan 2004
David E. PULLEN, 73
Born 24 Oct 1930 near Clarks, NE. Parents: William E. & Prudence (Baird) Pullen. 1948 grad. of Clarks HS. 1948-52: US Army. 18 Oct 1953: Married at Central City, NE. Mechanic; transportation supervisor. David died Tues., 13 Jan 2004 at Grand Island Veterans Home. Service: Fri., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, his mother, a daughter & her husband, 2 gch.; 2 aunts. Predeceased by his father; aunts & uncles. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Jan 2004; Aurora News Register (brief) - Thur. 22 Jan 2004.
Ethel A. JOHNSON, 86
Born 20 Nov 1917 near Marquette, NE. Parents: Stephen & Anna (Anderson) Andersen. 1935 grad. of Marquette HS. 12 Aug 1936: Married Elner G. Johnson. They farmed near Marquette. 1984: Moved to Central City, NE. Ethel died Sun. 18 Jan 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, Burial in Mamre Evangelical Free Church Cemetery near Marquette. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, a son, 4 gch., 11 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by a daughter Cheryl An Johnson (23 Jul 1958); 2 gch.; a brother Elmer Andersen; 4 sisters - Esther & Axel Peron, Edith & Clarence McConnell, Erma & Clyde Travis, Lillian May; brother-in-law Kenneth Nyblom.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Jan 2004
Milton H. KURZ, 79
Born 18 Dec 1924, Palmer, NE. Parents: William & Katie (Peters) Kurz. 1 Oct 1945: Married at Wichita, KS. Dairy farmer, cattle feeder in Howard County, NE. He died Tues., 20 Jan 2004 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Sat., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors:  His wife, a daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister in TX. Predeceased by his parents; a sister - Helen Krupski. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Jan 2004; Aurora News Register - 27 Jan 2004
Luke L. LUFT, 94
Born 21 Feb 1909 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Henry L. & Minnie J. (Kramer) Luft. WW II: US Army. Lived at Central City, Clarks & Marquette, NE. Currently residing at Edgar, NE. Died Wed. 21 Jan 2004 at Aurora, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by his wife Patty Ann.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Jan 2004; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 27 Jan 2004
Lealdes "Lee" HUSTON, 81
Born 6 Dec 1922, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Walter Lee & Ruth O. (Smith) Huston. 1940 grad. of CCHS; attended NE Central College. WW II: US Army. Farmer. 27 Nov 1949: Married in Central City, NE. They farmed NE of Central City until 1958, moved to farm N of Central City but moved back to home place in 1988.  In July 1996, Lee moved to NE Veterans Home in Grand Island, NE where he died Sat., 24 Jan 2004. Visitation will be Mon. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 2 daughters, 3 sons, 7 gch.; 2 sisters (one is Lee's twin).  Predeceased by his parents & an infant daughter Linda Lee (1954).
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p7b D165 F167: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 25 Jan 2004
Donna OAKESON, 71
Born 7 May 1932, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Alfred & Esther (Trampe) Wagner. Attended school at Worms, NE. 1949 grad. of St. Paul HS (Howard County). 1950 grad. of Omaha Business College. 8 Mar 1952: Married Eugene Oakeson at Worms, NE. Eugene died 13 Oct 1999. Donna died Fri., 23 Jan 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul will be private. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: 2 sons, 5 gch.; a brother, a sister. Predeceased by her parents. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 26 Jan 2004
John Martin FRIEDRICHSEN, 97
Born 13 Mar 1906, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Hans & Miniie (Schiebe) Friedrichsen. 21 Jan 1929: Married Viola Fern Nedrig. They farmed SE of Palmer, NE. Viola died in Aug 2000. John died Sat., 24 Jan 2004 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Wed., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer. Survivors: A son & his wife, 4 gch., 11 g-gch., 2 gg-gch. Predeceased by his wife, a ggch; 7 brothers - Henry, Wlliam, Louis, Leonard, George, Lawrence and Virgil Friedrichsen; a sister Elizabeth (infant).
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p4a: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues., 27 Jan 2004; Columbus Telegram - Wed. 28 Jan 2004,

Lorraine Alice WILLIAMS, 86

Born 11 Dec 1917, Washington Co., NE. Parents: C. Henry and Mary (Voss) Petersen. About 1919: Family moved to Central City area. Grad. of CCHS. 5 Nov 1938: Married Darwin R. Williams at Clay Center, NE. They farmed near Clarks. Mr. Williams died 29 Dec 1998 (error in date). Mrs. Williams died Mon., 26 Jan 2004 at Central City, NE.  Graveside service will be at later date.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband, son Marvin (died 1980); 5 sisters - Dora Fitch, Kathryn Holtorf, Clara Rasmussen, Celia Rasmussen and Alvena Wrich; 3 brothers - Karl, Herbert and Otto Petersen.

Note: Burial notices -

Columbus Telegram - 29 Feb 2004 and 3-4 Mar 2004; Grand Island Independent - 2 Mar 2004

Graveside service will be Fri. 5 March, at Bureau Cemetery (Pierce Chapel) near Clarks, NE.

Grand Island Independent  - Thurs. 29 Jan 2004
Warren F. ABEL, 82
Born 12 Oct 1921, Central City, NE. Parents: Harvey D. & Edith (Peterson) Abel. 1939 grad. of CCHS. Worked in Wichita, KS for 2 years; married there 10 Aug 1942. In 1943: Moved to farm in Clarks area, NE. Later moved into Central City. 1987: They moved to Lincoln, NE. Warren died Wed., 28 Jab 2004 at Lincoln, NE. Service will be at later date. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 3 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a brother, Stuart Abel, a gch. Memorials to United Methodist Church, Central City, NE.
Note - 19 May 2004: Grand Island Independent - Service for Warren Abel will be Sat., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Jan 2004
Warren "Mac" McBRIDE, 79
Born 31 Dec 1924, Lamar, CO. Parents: Ellis & Pearl (Crosswhite) McBride. 1942 grad. of Lamar HS. Attended Univ. of Denver. WW II: US Marine Corps. 23 Sep 1950: Married at Denver, CO. 1954: Moved to Archer, NE. In 1992 they moved to Bayou Vista, TX. "Mac" died Mon., 26 Jan 2004 at hospital in Galveston, TX. Service: Fri., Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Galveston, TX. Service in NE at later date, with burial in NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 2 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; sister Mildred Chesnut. Memorials to the church.

 

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 Feb 2004

Elmer E. STELK, 82

Born 4 Apr 1921, Hall Co., NE.  Parents: Barney Stelk and Ella Schimmer. WW II: US Army (Europe). 18 Dec 1949: married Delma Marie Kuhlman at Central City, NE. They farmed: he later farmed & worked for Hornady Manufacturing.  Elmer died Thurs., 29 Jan 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Grace Lutheran Church.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.Survivors: His wife, 2 sons,; 2 gch., 2 g-gch.; a brother & a sister.  Predeceased by 2 brothers - Don & Maynard; a sister, Freida Moss.  Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or the WW II Monument in Washington, D.C.


Grand Island Independent - Fri. 6 Feb 2004

Joseph A. SANTIN, Jr.

Born 27 Nov 1920, Palmer, NE. Parents: Joseph & Katherine (Plihal) Santin. 1938 grad of Fullerton Public School. 29 Apr 1943: Married at Columbus, NE. They farmed NE of Palmer. Mr. Santin died Wed. 4 Feb 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Palmer with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Greenway-Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 8 gch., a foster gch. & 13 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; 4 sisters - Amy Andrews, Erma McCracken, Mildred Wendt & Ella Johnson.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-15 p1a D2 F2: West Newman Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).


Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Feb 2004

Robert "Bob" MANNING, 74

Born 23 Feb 1929 near Worms, NE. Parents: Leon & Hilda (Wieck) Manning. 1947 grad. of Chapman HS. 22 Apr 1950: Married at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near Chapman. 1958: Moved into town and started Manning Construction Co. He died of cancer on Fri. 6 Feb 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 7 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; a son Rex (1967). Memorials to Chapman United Methodist Church.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p3a D61 F59: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).


Columbus Telegram - Tues. 10 Feb 2004; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 11 Feb 2004

Crystal B. HAWTHORNE, 99

Born 19 Dec 1904, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Henry Good & Bessie Luella Giles. Grad: Friends College, Central City, NE.  22 Mar 1926: Married Clifford L. Hawthorne at Central City, NE. They later lived at St. Paul and Nance County, NE. 1960: Moved to Omaha, NE. 1975: Returned to Fullerton, NE. Clifford died 16 Apr 1980. Mrs. Hawthorne died Sat. 7 Feb 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs. at Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Burial in Fullerton Cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters, 15 gch., 46 g-gch.; one sister. Predeceased by her husband, a son Merrill T. Hawthorne, an infant daughter Janet. Also deceased are 3 brothers: Lane, Eldon & Merle Good; 7 sisters - Frankie Garrett, Sadie Charron, Enid Hagar, Eunice Hawthorne, Orpha Hawthorne, Ivilla Hawthorne & Connie Good (infant).

Note: See Merrick County Marriage Records Book I p170 #3723.

Grand Island Independent  - Thurs. 12 Feb 2004
Lester Charles "Les" McCONNELL, 81
Born 8 Mar 1922 on hometead near Central City, NE. Parents: Goerge & Mary (Fish) McConnell. 1940 grad. of CCHS. WW II: US Navy. 6 Jun 1948: Married Kathryn "Jean" Welsch. Jean died in 1993. He married a second time on 16 Apr 1994. They lived at Sidney, NE. Les died Sun. 8 Feb 2004 at Sidney. Service: Thurs., Light Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sidney. Burial at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Holechek Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife; 2 sons, a daughter, 12 gch., step-descendents; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his first wife; his parents & his step-father Fred Welsch; a brother Francis McConnell; a son Roger McConnell; a gch. Memorials to the church building fund.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p8a D168 F170: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Feb 2004; Aurora News Register (brief) - 25 Feb 2004
Claude Allen SCOTT, 82
Born 12 Jul 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: Dennis & Lena (Gee) Scott. Grad. of Palmer HS. US Army Air Corps (brief, ill). Moved to Brementon, WA. 21 Nov 1943: Married at Tacoma, WA. They moved to NE; lived at Wahoo, and Lincoln. 1988: Moved to Aurora, NE. Claude died Wed., 18 Feb 2004 at Aurora, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Service: Fri. at United Methodist Church, Aurora. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 2 daughter, a gch.; a brother in CA. Predeceased by his parent; a brother Norval; 2 sisters, Evelyn Davis & Marjorie Hurtt.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-8 p3a D55 F55: Palmer Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 Feb 2004
Arlene Lucille SANDER, 81
Born 21 Jan 1923, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Carl H & Bertha (Birkholz) Stoppkotte. Lived in Merrick County. Married Cliff Sander. Arlene died Thurs. 19 Feb 2004 at Lodgepole, NE. Service: Mon. Gehrig Funeral Home, Sidney, NE. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery at Sidney. Survivors: Her husband; a son & 3 daughters.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p3B D72 F72: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 26 Feb 2004
John W. "Jack" WEGNER, 51
Born 31 Jul 1952, Oakland, CA. Parents: John & Telma (Mitchell) Wegner. Grew up in CA. 1972: Moved to Palmer, NE to farm with an uncle. 10 Dec 1977: Married at Palmer. Farmed & drove school bus. He died Mon., 23 Feb 2004 at Howard County Hospital. Service: Fri., Palmer HS gymnasium. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangment: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons; 2 sister & their spouses. Predeceased by a son Erik; his parents; a brother Robert. Memorials to Palmer School Endowment Fund or Palmer United Methodist Church.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 1 Mar 2004
Cecelia ZUEHLKE, 81
Born 14 May 1922, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Josephine (Mouller) Zuehlke. Grad. of Palmer HS. Died Sun., 29 Feb 2004 at Fullerton, NE. Service: Wed., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A brother & a sister. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Ed, George & Louis Zuehlke; 5 sisters - Augusta Petersen, Mary Ziller, Lucy Basch, Margaret Lillienthal & Ann Tracy.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Mar 2004
Edythe M. MAGNUSON, 81
Born 21 Mayn 1922, Newton, KS. Parents: Otto & Matilda (Thimm) Schmidt. 1940 grad. of Newton HS. Attended Bethel College and TX State College for Women at Denton, TX. Research librarian in Wichita, KS. 31 Aug 1957: Married Wayne Magnuson at Bethel Mennonite Chruch, Newton, KS. They lived in El Dorado, KS; moved to Central City, NE. She died Sun., 29 Feb 2004 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 6 gch.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 6 Mar 2004; Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Mar 2004
Roger C. BECK, 76
Born 1 Feb 1928, Clarks, NE. Parents: Raymond W. & Ruth A. (Wolfe) Beck. Attended schools at Clarks & Central City, NE. 12 Mar 1949: Married at Lexington, NE. Farm laborer. Ranched at O'Neill, NE, worked at Conservation Office, etc. 1963: Returned to Central City & bought a farm east of town. He died Fri., 5 Mar 2004 at home in Merrick County, NE. Visitation: Sun. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon. United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 children, 6 gch., 3 ggch.; 3 brothers, a sister-in-law & a brother-in-law. Predeceased by his parents & his step-mother Elsie Beck; sister Doris Neel; 2 brothers - Wes & Phil Beck.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 9 Mar 2004
Lucille McHARGUE, 91
Born 5 Sep 1912, Omaha, NE. Parents: Charles E. & Marie (Frandsen) Martin. 1929 grad. of HS in St. Paul, MN. 3 May 1939: Married Don McHargue in St. Paul, MN. They lived on McHargue home place east of Central City, NE. 1974: Moved into Central City. Lucille died Mon., 8 Mar 2004 at Central City NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Hoem. Service: Fri., United Presbyterian Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 12 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents, a brother Ed Martin.

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent, York News Times (death notice) - Tues. 9 Mar 2004
Verna L NELSON, 74
Born 17 Dec 1929, Monroe, NE. Parents: Cleve & Ora (Carroll) Farmer. 1947 grad. of Monroe HS. 12 Dec 1948: Married Max Nelson at Monroe. 1972: They moved to Clarks, NE. She died Sun. 7 Mar 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Methodist Church, Clarks. Burial in Stromsburg Cemetery (Polk Co.). Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Stromsburg. Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter, 6 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister in KY. Predeceased by 3 brothers - Roy, Otto & Aaron Farmer; 2 sisters - Izetta Chaney & Vera Mae Geiser (twin to Verna).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Mar 2004
Dwain L. BRUMBAUGH, 75
Born 30 Mar 1928, Central City, NE. Parents: Leslie & Ruby (Gruen) Brumbaugh. 1946-47: US Marines. 1952: Moved to Grand Island & married Betty A. Doan there. 1948-52: USAF. He died Mon., 8 Mar 2004 at Grand Island. Service: Thurs., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 3 daughters, 2 gch.; a sister & her husband in ID. Predeceased by his wife; his parents. Memorials to Salvation Army Food Pantry or Life Line.

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent (abbrev) - Wed. 10 Mar 2004
Drexal A. "Andy" Engel, 79
Born 29 Nov 1924, Platte Co., NE. Parents: Frederick & Bertha (Johansen) Engel). Grew up in Silver Creek, NE. Grad. of Duncan HS. 1950-52: US Army. 1953: Married at Silver Creek. Farmer, rancher. They lived in Merrick County and in Craig Co., OK. He died Mon., 8 Mar 2004 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Wed., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in Jacson Cemetery, Duncan, NE. Survivors: His wife, 4 sons, 12 gch.; 2 sisters, a brother, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers - Donald & Lee "Tub" Engel; a sister Elaine Sokol

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Mar 2004
Viola "Babe" ROHLING, 88
Born 26 Feb 1916, Havens, NE. Parents: William & Emma (Hohmann) Wilhelmi. 1933 grad. of Chapman HS. 22 Apr 1939: Married Roy F. Rohling at Red Cloud, NE. 1942: Moved to Spokane, WA; 1963 to Los Angeles, CA. In 1979 moved to Grand Island, NE. Roy died 11 Mar 1979. Mrs. Rohling died Mon., 8 Mar 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 7 gch., 3 ggch.; a brother in TX. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Ray & Virg; a sister Fera Leamons. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church or The Grand Generation Center.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 405-6 (Wilhelmi, Pts 1 & 2). 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p4a D83 F84: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 17 Mar 2004
Velaura M. "Vel" FRAUEN, 83
Born 24 Nov 1920 on farm near Archer, NE. Parents: Arthur & Sophie (Ashweige) Ueckert. Family moved to Grand Island, NE. 3 Mar 1940: Married John D. Frauen. They farmed in Merrick County, and later moved to Hall County. John died 5 Jan 1984. She was living in Grand Island. Vel died Sun., 14 Mar 2004 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Thurs, Kleine Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Gollaher Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A son & his wife, 3 gch., 6 ggch.; a sister-in-law, an aunt. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 2 ggch.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 18 Mar 2004
Charlotte "Char" TREBILCOCK, 61
Born 4 Mar 1943, Palmer, NE. Parents: Charlie & Maxine (Fleshmen) Knapp. Married Gene Trebilcock. She died Sun., 14 Mar 2004. Resident of Longview, WA. Arrangements: Steele Chapel, Longview Memorial Park & Cremation. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons; 4 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Mar 2004

Bruce A. BEYERSDORF, 48

Born 24 Aug 1955, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Arnold & Doris Beyersdorf. Died Thurs., 18 Mar 2004 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Mon, Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel, Bellevue, NE. Service: Tues., Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Bellevue, NE. Burial: Tues., Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters & a son; his parents, a sister & 2 brothers.

Columbus Telegram & Aurora News Register (abbrev) - Tues. 23 Mar 2004; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Mar 2004

Fritz ENGEL, 71
Born 4 Aug 1932, Platte Co., NE. Parents: Frederick & Bertha (Johansen) Engel. 1949 grad of Silver Creek HS. Auctioneer. 23 Oct 1951: Married at Clarks, NE. They farmed in Platte County, then ranched near Elgin. 1956: Returned to Clarks area. 1964: Purchased the Fullerton Livestock Market. He died Mon. 22 Mar 2004 at Clarks. Service: Thurs., St. Peter Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Palmer Funeral Home of Fullerton, NE. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 3 daughters, 21 gch, 8 ggch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by a daughter Patricia L. Engel; 2 brothers - Donald L. and Andy Engel; a sister - Elaine Sokol.
Note: Grand Island obit included a 3rd deceased brother - Lee "Tubs" Engel.

Grand Island Independent & Kearney Hub - Thurs. 25 Mar 2004

Vera Arta Van PELT, 93 
Born 29 Oct 1910, Archer, NE. Parents: Charles Hollis & Florence Irene (Herring) Woodward. 29 Oct 1925: Married Mayo Leonard Dewitt Van Pelt at Archer, NE. They farmed in the area. She died Wed., 24 Mar 2004 at hospital in Central City NE. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons, 5 daughters, 39 gch., 83 g-gch., 10 gggch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers & 5 sisters; 4 gch. and one ggch.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 411; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p2A F32: Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Also see - Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book I p139 #3692; & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p3b D68 F68: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 1 Mar 2004
Margaret Norma OVERBOE, 95
Born 1 Jan 1909 near Gays Mills, WI. Parents: Henry & Christina Marie (Turben) Natwick. Grad. of Gays Mills HS. Took normal training as Vioqua, WI. Teacher. 14 Apr 1937: Married Bernard M. Overboe at Mt. Sterling WI.  They farmed, Margaret continued to teach.  Bernard died 6 May 1977. In 1999 Margaret moved to Central City where she died Mon. 29 Mar 2004. Service will be Thurs. at SW Prairie Lutheran Church near Viroqua, WI with burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: A sister living in Central City; 6 nephews. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Harold; 3 sisters - Aleda Raaum, Helen Bailey & an infant.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 Apr 2004
Craig E. SCARBOROUGH, 48
Born 2 Nov 1955, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Wayne & Geraldine (Glover) Scarborough. 1974 grad. of GISH. Attended Doane College & UNL. Employee of KRGI Radio. Craig died Mon. 29 Mar 2004 at home in Grand Island. Service: Tues., Livingston-Sonderman Funeral Home. Burial in Rosehill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: His father; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by his mother (2001). Memorials to American Diabetes Association.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 13 Apr 2004
The Rev. J. Russell MEAD, 83
Born 4 Mar 1921, Champion, NE. Parents: Russell Jun & Anna Elizabeth (Hall) Mead. 1940 grad. of Chase County HS, Imperial, NE. Grad. of Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa. Attended Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, Ill; University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Served United Methodist Church, Nebraska Conference 41 years - including Central City/Archer Zion 1969-1974. 1969: Married at Jefferson, IA. The Rev. Mead died Sat. 10 Apr 2004 at Central City. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Wed. United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters & their husbands; 5 gch., 2 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Boyd M. Mead & Corwin Enfield Mead (infant). Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Apr 2004; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 18 Apr 2004
Doris Rose JOHNSON, 100

Born 28 Mar 1904 near Belvidere, IL. Parents: John Arthur & Matilda Agnes (Hasler) Britton. Farmily moved o farm near Plankington, SD, and the to Arkansas. 1916: Family moved to NE. 1922 grad, of Trumball HS. Earned Teacher's certificate at Kearney. Teacher. Nurse. 11 Oct 1924: Married Linord Johnson near Hastings, NE. They moved to Johnson farm near Clalrks. Linord died 19 Apr 1970. Doris died 16 Apr 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 10 gch., 24 g-gch., 8 gg-gch. a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law; 2 gch.; 4 brothers - Fred, Sid, Bert & Leslie Britton; 3 sisters - Elsie Britton, Hilda Wilson & Gertrude Bauer. Memorials to the cemetery or to Clarks United Methodist Church.

Columbus Telegram - Mon. 19 Apr 2004; Grand Island Independent - Tues., 20 Apr 2004
Merry "Sandra" SPIKE, 69
Born 25 Dec 1934  Red Oak, IA. Parents: Harold L. & Edna M. (Swanson) Patterson.  1946: Moved to Norfolk, NE where she graduated from HS in 1952. 7 Feb 1953: Married Doyle Haase at Yankton, SD.  Worked in Omaha;  moved to Columbus in 1968.  27 Jun 1970: Married Dean Walter Spike at Silver Creek, NE. She moved to Silver Creek. Sandra died Sun. 18 Apr 2004 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Tues., First United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors:  Her second husband; 2 sons, 6 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents. Memorials to American Heart Association or the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Apr 2004; Aurora News Register - Wed. 21 Apr 2004
Doris Frazier Stubbe JOHNSON, 83
Born 27 Oct 1920 on farm in Boone County, NE. Parents: George W. & viola (Frazier) Omer. 1939 grad. of Fullerton HS. 24 Mar 1940: Married Harold W. Stubbe. They farmed near Central City. Harold died 25 Jan 1953. 1 Nov 1959, she married Morris W. Johnson. They moved into Central City. Morris died 13 Jan 1990. Doris died Fri. 16 Apr 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues. United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Solf Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter & her husband, 4 gch., 5 g-gch.; 3 sisters , a brother, a brother-in-law. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; her son - William L. "Bill" Stubbe; 3 sisters - Mary Ann Hinrich, Georgia Smith, Dorothy Dickinson Wozniak (twin to Doris). Memorials to Tabitha Hospice or the church.


Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Apr 2004
Rex LAMB, 88

Born 9 Jan 1916, Central City, NE. Parents: Mark & Eva (Ackerman) Lamb. Farmer; resident of Clarks, NE. Died Sun. 18 Apr 2004 at hospital in Grand Island. Service: Wed. St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial in Calvary Cemetery at Clarks. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Survivors: A brother. Predeceased by 4 brothers - John, Robert, Gerald & Leo Lamb.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p8A D30 F31: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p5b D140 F143: Clarks Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Apr 2004
Muriel Shirey SHAVER, 94
Born 15 Aug 1909, Lambert Ranch, Palmer, NE. Parents: Joseph & Rosalia Shirey. 21 Oct 1928: Married Mel Shaver at her parents home. They lived on the Shaver farm near Stamford. Later lived at Orofino, Farnum & Holdrege, NE. 1938: Moved to Vernonia, OR and then to Lebanon, OR. Murial died Thurs., 8 Apr 2004 at Albany, OR. Graveside service was 12 Apr 2004 at IOOF cemetery, Lebanon, OR. Survivors: A daughter, 5 gch., 12 g-gch. 7 gg-gch.; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; 5 sisters - Inez Ward, Grace Prowett, Nancy Butler, Mildred Reils & Dorothy Morris; 2 brothers - Earl & Oral Shirey; an adopted brother - Otto Leroy Carley Shirey; 2 infant siblings.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p362;  1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p1B D21 F23: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Apr 2004
Marie Louise WEGNER, 80
Born 8 Jun 1923 Hubbard, IA. Parents: Fred H. & Fannie (Smith) Rieks. 1941 grad. of Hubbard HS. 17 Oct 1945: Married Leland William Wegner at Hubbard. They operated a farm near Archer, NE. In 2000 she moved to Lawton IA. Marie died Tues. 27 Apr 2004 at Kingsley, IA. Service: Sat., Zion United Methodist Church, Archer. Burial in Prairie Creek Cemetery near Archer. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 2 daughter, 2 sons, 9 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister, 2 brothers. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Dale & Earl; a sister Grace Weuve.


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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 May 2004
James Harold KEEFER, 62
Born 11 Dec 1941, Central City, NE. Parents: Harry F. & Marie A. (Workman) Keefer. 1959 grad. of South Sious City HS. US Air Force (6 yrs). Joined 185th Air National Guard in Sioux City, IA - served in Vietnam. 2 Sep 1978: Married at Sious City. Business owner. He died Mon. 26 Apr 2004 at home. Service was Fri. 30 Apr at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, a step-daughter, 7 gch.; a brother & 4 sisters. Predeceased by his father.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun. 2 May 2004
Benton E. KIRBY, 67
Born 4 Aug 1936, Shelby, NE. Parents: James N. & Marie (Schlesinger) Kirby. 1954 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1958-60: US Army. Farmer at Silver Creek. Attended Farrier School in San Luis Obispo, CA. He died Thurs. 29 Apr 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., Curran Funeral Chapel, Grand Island. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Survivors: 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (brief) - Sun. 2 May 2004
Gertrude Elizabeth PETERSON, 93
Born 20 Aug 1910, Dixon, NE. Parents: Durwin Walter & Bessie Gertrude (Shadley) Adair. Grad. of South HS, Omaha, NE. Attended Kearney State & NE Wesleyan. Teacher. 26 Dec 1937: Married L. Merle Peterson at Osceola, NE. They lived in Albion & Fullerton, NE; Long Beach, CA; Osceola, NE; 1947: The moved to Silver Creek, NE. In 2000 Gertrude moved to Shelby, NE followed by move in 2003 to Osceola, NE. She died Fri. 30 Apr 2004 at Osceola. Service will be Mon at United Methodist Church, Shelby. Burial in Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements: Robert-Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Survivors: 2 daughters, 4 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, & a sister Marie Perry.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Mon. 3 May 2004; Aurora News Register (brief) - Tues. 4 May 2004
Richard Henry THOMPSON, 90
Born 12 Mar 1914 near Ebson, KS. Parents: Jacob N. & Elsie L (Michael) Thompson. 1933 grad. of Ebson HS. 10 Apr 1933: Married Frances Rogers at Smith Center, KS. They farmed near Ebson. 1953: Moved to farm near Aurora, NE. Currently resident of Clarks, NE. He died Sun. 2 May 2004 at hospital in Aurora, NE. Service: Wed. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch, 14 g-gch.; a sister & a brother.
Note: Wife's obit published 24 May 2011 in Grand Island Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 4 May 2004

Arnold Claus DAMMANN, 94

Born 7 Feb 1910, near Worms, NE.  Parents: Alfred Dammann and Katherina Hinrichs.  Grandfather Claus Dammann was "one of the original German settlers in Merrick County".  Attended Zion Lutheran School (Worms) and Palmer HS.  21 Sep 1933: Married at Worms.  Farmed.  1975: "recipient of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award for the continued ownership within the family of the same Nebraska farm for more than 100 years or more." Res: St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE. Died Mon. 3 May 2004, St. Paul, NE.  Service: Thurs. Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE.  Burial at church cemetery.  Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Survivors: wife; 2 daughters, 1 son, 5 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by parents; a sister Agatha Luebbe, a son-in-law Robert Frauen.  Memorials: "... Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, where four generations of the Dammann family are buried, or to the Lutheran Hour."

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 168-169 (Dammann), 277 (F&A Luebbe). Parents Marriage - Merrick Co. Marriage Book E p129 #1946.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 5 May 2004
Charles H. WEBER, 80
Born 4 Apr 1924 on farm SW of Palmer, NE. Parents: Lloyd & Viola (Scarborough) Weber. 1942 grad. of St. Paul HS. Worked in WY and Grand Island, NE. WW II: US Army. 21 Jan 1947: Married in Grand Island. They farmed near St. Paul. He died Mon. 3 Mat 2004 at home in St Paul, NE. Service: Fri. Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul, NE.  Burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughter, 4 gch., 1 g-gch.; Predeceased by his parents; 3 infant children, - Janet Marie, David Allen, & Charles Arthur Weber; one grandson;  a sister -  Twila Kunze.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 6 May 2004
Morris Wayne NITZEL, 78
Born 13 Dec 1925, Central City, NE. Parents: Lawrence Walter & Bessie Margaret (Morris) Nitzel. 1943 grad. of CCHS. Grad. of Lincoln School of Business. 24 May 1945: Married in KS. Farmed in Merrick County. 1962: Went to work for company in Grand Island. Resident of Central City, where he died Wed. 5 May 2004. Service: Sat. Solt Funeral Home. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, gch. & g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters - Betty Holtorf & Hannah Hobbs; a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 8 May 2004; York News Times - Mon. 10 May 2004; Aurora News Register (abbrev.) - Wed. 12 May 2004

Roland C. OBERLE, 82

Born 10 Jan 1922, Verdigre, NE.  Parents: Claude Bryan & Cecelia Rose (Stoikes) Oberle.1946-49: US Army. 4 Jun 1946: Married Verena M. Thunker at Crofton, NE. They farmed near Coleridge for 10 years; then he became a trucker.  1970: moved to Central City. Died Fri., 7 May 2004 at hospital in Grand Island. Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 9 gch., 4 g-gch; a brother. 

Note: Wife's obit appeared 26 Apr 2008 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 May 2004
Jerri C. OLSON, 32
Born 20 Oct 1971 at Grand Island, NE. Parents: Jerald Olson & Dorothy Reeves. Resident of Central City, NE. Jerri died 16 May 2004 at Central City, NE. Graveside service Thurs. at the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, her father, her mother & step-father; 2 brothers & 4 sisters; a grandmother.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 19 May 2004

Evelyn M. BONNESS , 95

Born 14 Jan 1909 at Archer, NE.  Parents: Paul J. Bonness & Lyduia E. Retzlaff. Grad. of Kearney State Teachers College (BA in math), and Columbia University (Masters). Teacher in Nebraska and Michigan. Died Mon. 17 May 2004 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Wed. at Roper & Sons Funeral Home, Lincoln, NE. Service: Thurs., Archer United Methodist Church. Burial in Archer Evangelical United Brethren Cemetery. Survivors: a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her parents, 4 brothers - Harvey, Orville, Quentin & Arthur; a sister, Waunita Faizier (surname should be Frazier). Memorials to Archer United Methodist Church.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p2A F25: Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p6b D151 F151: Archer, Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 May 2004

Harold M. BRANDES , 88 

Born 7 Jan 1916, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Carl Henry Brandes & Ida Bauman. 1934 grad. of Central City HS. Mechanic, farmer. 17 Sep 1939: Married Berniece Suck, Merrick Co., NE.  Died Tues. 18 May 2004, Central City, NE.  Visitation Sun. Wagner Funeral Home. Service: Mon. Fairview United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 3 gch. Predeceased by his wife; a daughter Connie Greenwood; a brother George.  Memorials: Fairview United Methodist Church.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 134-5, 380 (Suck); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p4B F71: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p3b D60 F61: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 21 May 2004
Hester Fern CRITES, 100
Born 28 Apr 1904 near Norman, NE. Parents: George J. & Olive E. (Meyer) Wilson. Married Raymond "Rams" Crites who died 28 Jan 1983. Resident of Long Term Care at Central City where she died Wed. 19 May 2004. Graveside service will be Tues. at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solf Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 daughters, one son.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 May 2004

Maxine V. BRYER, 89

Born 16 Jun 1914, Central City, NE.  Parents: Delmer Gleason and Jessie Everett. 1934 grad. Central City schools. 30 Sep 1936: married Reuben Carlson at Columbus, NE.  Reuben died 24 Sep 1963.  5 Jul 1970: married Glen Bryer. Glen died 11 Mar 1979.  1982: moved to Fullerton, NE. 1993: moved to Central City, NE.  Died Sun. 23 May 2004 at Central City.  Service: Wed., First Presbyteriaqn Church, Fullerton, NE.  Burial: Fullerton Cemetery.  Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton.  Survivors: a son, a daughter, 4 stepsons, 11 gch., 21 g-gch.  Predeceased by both husbands; her daughter Patricia Konwinski; a stepson; 3 g-gch. - Daniel, Craig and Jessica Konwinski.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 May 2004
Bob A. PLATT, 74
Born 3 Mar 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: Cecil & Mabel (Laffler) Platt. Educated in Lincoln, NE. Raised by an uncle. Resident of Grand Island, NE. Truck driver, mechanic. Died Sun. 23 May 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial in Grand Island Cemetery. Survivors: 2 half-brothers; 2 half-sisters. Predeceased by his parents.

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Grand Island Independent  - Sat. 5 Jun  2004
Gerald "Dutch" STOPPKOTTE, 79
Born 5 Apr 1925, Central City, NE. Parents: Carl & Bertha (Bergholtz) Stoppkotte. Attended Chapman Public School. Farmer. 1944-46: US Navy. Thereafter farmed with uncles near Grand Island, NE. 5 Jul 1955: Married at Central City. Truck driver. 1971: Moved to Shelton, NE. Gerald died Wed. 2 Jun 2004 at Wood River, NE. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Shelton, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: Apfel-O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home of Wood River, Cairo and Shelton. Survivors: 3 sons, 6 daughters, 20 gch., 10 g-gch; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a daughter Cindy Doremus; twin gsons.; 3 brothers - Jim, Lenord & Virgil; 3 sisters - Arlene Sanders, Virginia Georgy & Clarice Lauby. Memorials to Grand Island Humane Society.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p3B D72 F72: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent & York News Times - Thurs. 10 Jun 2004

Esther Irene BRONDEL, 90

Born 4 May 1914, Benedict, NE. Parents: Henry P. Harrington and Ella B. Baker. Grad. of York HS. 11 Jan 1937: married John H. Brondel in Kansas. They moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Brondel died Tues. 8 Jun 2004 at Central City, NE.  Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters, 3 sons, a daughter-in-law, a sister-in-law, 17 gch., 17 g-gch. Predeceased by husband (died 12 Apr 1980); two sons - Marvin (died 1959) and David (died 2003); one daughter, Emma Senkbile (died 1999); a son-in-law, Wayne Senkbile (died 1998); three brothers - Roland, Ralph, & Laverne Harrington; a sister, Louise H. Pomeroy. Memorials to Central City Senior Center or the Christian Church in Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 12 Jun 2004
Richard S. "Dick" LEVANDER, 72
Born 24 Aug 1931, Fillmore County, NE. Parents: Harvey & Donna (Brust) Levander. Grad. of Geneva HS. Attended UNL. Farmer. 1952-56: USAF. 4 Jul 1953: Married at Gering, NE. They lived in CA; Ediburgh, Scotland; 5 states in the Midwest; TX. 1983: Moved to Central City, NE. Salesman. Dick died Wed. 9 Jun 2004 at hospital in O'Neill, NE. Service: Tues., Fairview United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; his mother; a son, 4 daughters, 12 gch.; a sister; other relatives. Predeceased by his father.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 Jun 2004
Ronald D. KRUEGER, 72
Born 11 Nov 1931, Denver, CO. Parents: Jess & Marguerite (Furst) Krueger. Grew up near Sidney, NE. Attended Police Academy at Scottsbluff, NE. Served two yrs. in US Army. Farmed near Sidney & particpated in family business. Moved to Hastings, NE. 17 Mar 1974: Married at Curtis, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. Ronald died Sat., 12 Jun 2004 at Central City. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 6 gch., 1 g-gch.; his mother-in-law. Predeceased by his parents & grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 Jun 2004

Lawrence Walter RUDOLF, 89
Born 3 Oct 1914, Palmer, NE. Parents: Frank & Louise (Rudolf) Rudolf. Married at Atkinson, NE. Served in US Army. Worked/farmed in Stuart, NE. 1958: Moved to Chapman, NE. He died Thurs., 17 Jun 2004 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 2 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 3 g-gch.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p4A F32: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE w/p), & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p4b D93 F93: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 22 Jun 2004
Kristena Alvilda McNEAL,  101
Born 2 Sep 1902, Lexington, NE. Parents: Niels & Minnie Pedersen. Married Robert McNeal. Lived at Palmer, NE. Robert died 3 Mar 1985.  She was currently a resident of Corvallis, OR. Kristena died Tues. 1 Jun 2004 at Oregon. Graveside service: Wed. 23 Jun 2004 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 son, a daughter.

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent, York News Times - Tues. 22 Jun 2004

Esther A. Van PELT, 87 
Born 10 Mar 1917 near Worms, NE. Parents: Oene & Hattie (Wagner) Simonson. 21 Sep 1936: Married Charles L. "Chick" Van Belt. They farmed near Archer & Palmer. 1961: Moved into Palmer, NE. 1968: Moved to Hordville, NE. In 2003, they moved to Central City, NE. Esther died Mon. 21 Jul 2004 at Central City. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs, Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, 6 daughters, 25 gch., 21 g-gch.; 4 sisters, a sister-in-law; Predeceased by her brother John Simonson; 2 sons-in-law, a gch., and a brother-in-law Harvey Langrehr Sr.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p366; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p3A D46 F46: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p);  1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p2a D36 F36: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 Jun 2004
Edythe E. COLEMAN, 65
Born 22 Sep 1938 Imperial, NE. Parents: Milton & Opal (Power) Browning. Married William W. Coleman. Resident of Central City NE. Died Tues., 22 Jun 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters; a sister. Predeceased by her husband.
Note: Husband died 10 Jul 2002, see cemetery diretory.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 28 Jun 2004

Esther DeMARY, 94

Born 2 Nov 1909, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Charles Fuller & Mary Jacobs. 30 Apr 1927: Married Charles A. DeMary at Central City, NE.  They lived at Gage Valley until 1939 when moved to St. Paul, NE.  She died Sun. 27 Jun 2004, St. Paul, NE. Service: Wed. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, St. Paul. Survivors: 5 sons, 4 daughters, 30 gch., 46 g-gch., 17 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband (18 Jul 1991), her parents, a daughter Alice Grim, a son Charles "Sonny", 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter.
Note: See Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p244 #I-244

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 Jun 2004
Lena Fern WELLS, 81
Born 14 Oct 1922 in Gary, SD. Parents: Albert & Gertie (Bossman) Loats. 1940 grad. of Lennox HS in SD. 1947 grad. of Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL. 1953: RN from Methodist Hospital, Mitchell, SD. 11 Sep 1955: Married Marlin L. Wells at Lennox, SD. They lived in Grand Island, NE; Denver, CO; and then in various NE towns. 1970: Moved to Central City NE. Employee of NE Veteran's Hospital (21 yrs). Lena died Tues., 29 Jun 2004 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., First Christian Church, Central City. Burial in Kenesaw Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons 5 gch.; a brother & his wife; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents & 2 brothers - Francis "Pinky" and George Loats.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p399.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 Jul 2004
Dwane J. EGGLI, 66
Born 12 Apr 1938, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Roland & Martha (Born) Eggli. 1956 grad. of Fullerton HS. 1956-58: US Army (Korea). Oct 1961: Married at Fullerton. Resident of Central City. He died Fri. 2 Jul 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons; a daughter; 6 gch.; a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by daughter Kristi (1991); his parents & 2 infant brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Jul 2004; Aurora News Register - 13 Jul 2004.
Emma NIELSEN,  102
Born 21 Aug 1901 near Abie (Butler Co.), NE. Parents: Frank & Antonia Johannes. 30 Sep 1919: Married Joe Stanislav Sr. at David City, NE. They lived in Linwood until 1951; moved to farm near Central City. Joe died 2 Aug 1954. 6 Aug 1957: Emma married second to Levi Nielsen at Central City, NE. Levi died 23 Nov 1981. Emma lived at Central City; died there Sat. 3 Jul 2004. Service: Tues., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons & their wives, 10 gch., g-gch & gg-gch; a brother; a daughter-in-law. Predeceased by both husbands; a son James Stanislav; a daughter Evelyn Power; 4 brothers, 1 sister, a gch.
Note: Aurora obit identifies her mother as Antonia Wirgil.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 7 Jul 2004
Marx Carl PETERSEN, 69
Born 7 Jubn 1935, on farm N of Central City, NE. Parents: Karl Henry & Marie Christine (Holtorf) Petersen. 1952 grad. of CCHS. 1956 grad of UNL. 1958-60: US Army. 14 Aug 1960: Married Elaine. They farmed with his father until he died in 1971;  Marx continued to farm. Played the saxophone & the banjo, sang. Member of Grace Lutheran Church. He died Mon. 5 Jul 2004 at UN Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Cremated. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 3 gch.; a sister; his ex-wife. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Jul 2004
John H. ZIMBELMAN, 80 (photo)
Born 26 Oct 1923, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Henry & Frieda (Nichols) Zimbelman. Attended school in Howard County; grad. of HS in Omaha, NE. WW II: US Army. Attended college in Grand Island, NE. 7 Feb 1948: Married Alice Ida Kurz at Palmer, NE. They farmed W of Palmer. He ran an electrical shop. Alice died 7 Jan 2000. John died Wed. 6 Jul 2004 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch., 10 g-gch.; 3 brothers & their wives. Predeceased by his parents, his wife; 2 brothers - Edwand and an infant; a sister Jean Moeller.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Jul 2004

Delma M. STELK, 74

Born 5 Oct 1929,Grand Island, NE. Parents: Alfred Kuhlman & Mabel Windfield. 1948 grad. of Chapman HS. Worked in Washington D.C. and Lincoln, NE. 18 Dec 1949: married Elmer E. Stelk at Central City, NE. They farmed near Grand Island, NE; moved into town. Delma died Wed., 7 Jul 2004 at Kearney, NE. Visitation: Fri., Kleine Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Service: Sat., Grace Lutheran Church.  Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island.  Survivors: 2 sons, 2 g-sons, 2 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband (29 Jan 2004).  Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church, or St. Francis Cancer Center.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Jul 2004

Helen E. FREI, 96
Born 15 Mar 1908, Merrick County, NE. Parents: John & Anna (Zamzow) Wiegert. Attended Grand Island HS. 6 Jul 1930: Married Rueben Frei. They farmed in Merrick County, then moved to Marysville, KS. 1947: Returned to live at Grand Island, NE. Rueben died 16 May 1975. Helen died Wed. 7 Jul 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Memorial service will be Mon. at All Faiths Funeral Home. Inurnment at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, gch. & g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 6 brothers - Albert, Fred, Emil, Emmons, Wesley & Ray; 5 sisters - Clara, Dora, Linda, Esther & Leona.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p404 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED163 p2B D39 F39: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p1B D22 F22: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); Merrick County Marriage Records Book I p486 #I-486.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Sun. 11 Jul 2004
Wilma Eileen DIDIER, 80
Born 19 Mar 1924, Clarks, NE. Parents: Fritz & Hazel (West) Dittmer. 1942 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended Kearney Normal School. Teacher. 5 May 1945: Married Bernard J. Didier at Marysville, KA. They lived in Clarks, NE. In 1982, they moved to Central City, NE. Wilma died Fri., 9 Jul 2004 at hospital in Aurora, NE. Service: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 10 gch., several g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband (4 Aug 1988); her parents; a son Larry (1988).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 Jul 2004; Columbus Telegram - Mon. 19 Jul 2004
Barbara Josephine KOHL, 80
Born 8 Sep 1923, Polk, NE. Parents: Herbert L. & Josephine C. (Lindburg) Wurtz. 1941 grad. of Clarks HS. Worked in Columbus 2 yrs. 20 Feb 1943: Married William H. Kohl at Beatrice, NE. They farmed near Clarks. Postal clerk; grocery clerk. 1968: Moved into town. Barbara died Sat. 17 Jul 2004 in Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., Congregational Church, Clarks. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 daughters; a son, 4 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by her parents; a sister Arlyce Smeltzer; a daughter-in-kaw Bonnie (Fairbairn) Kohl; a son-in-law Hubert Kocek; an infant gch. Memorials to Merrick Foundation for the Bonnie Kohl Scholarship Fund.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Jul 2004

Donald J. SENKBILE, 83

Born 19 Apr 1921, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Jess Senkbile and Vira Rice. Worked in Montana & California after finished HS. Served in military during WW II. 9 Apr 1950: Married Sylvia. They farmed in Merrick County. Jun 1997: They moved to San Antonio, TX.  Mr. Senkbile died Tues. 20 Jul 2004 at San Antonio, TX. Visitation: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat. at Central City United Methodist church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons & a daughter, 6 gch. Predeceased by his parents; sister Mary Elisabeth (wife of Oliver Jensen, she died Sept. 15, 1951 in car accident).
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p4a D83 F85: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (abbrev) - Thurs. 22 Jul 2004
Zelda Zee Van WINKLE, 83
Born 15 Jul 1921, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Irl J. & Gertrude E. (Lauder) Ward. 1939 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 4 May 1941: Married L.T. "Buss" Van Winkle at Silver Creek. They farmed in the area. School cook. Zelda died Tues., 20 Jul 2004 at Osceolal Good Samaritan Center. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter, a son; 7 gch., 1 step-gch.; 8 g-gch., 5 step-ggch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, a daughter-in-law; a sister Wilda Ward.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p4b D89 F90: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 23 Jul 2004
Isabel C. BEMIS, 94
Born 5 Oct 1909, Chapman, NE. Parents: Lora & Nell (Adair) Aurand. Lived in Chapman & Lincoln, NE (Father was state legislator). 1932 grad. of UNL. Teacher in Colorado. 1940: Moved to San Diego, CA. 20 Sep 1948: Married Ken Bemis at Yuma, AZ. They lived in Brawley, CA. She died there Tues., 20 Jul 2004. Memorial service will be Fri., First United Methodist Church, Brawley. Burial at Chapman Cemetery at later date. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter; a brother. Predeceased by her parents; her twin brother Robert (Boulder, CO); brother Paul (San Diego), sister Margaret Eversoll (Grand Island).
Notes: Burial notice appeared 13 Aug 2004 (Fri) in GI Independent - Graveside service Sat. at Chapman Cemetery (cremains). See History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p132 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p5A D24 F24: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent (photo) & Aurora News Register - Fri. 23 Jul 2004
Lyle Wayne McDONALD, 83
Born 10 Sep 1920, Cotesfield, NE. Parents: Samuel E. & Pearl C. (Madison) McDonald. 1939 grad. of Scotia HS (Greeley Co.) 1942-45: US Army. 11 Nov 1942: Married Wilma H. Biskeborn. 1945: Moved to North Loup, NE and farmed. House painter. 1959: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Wed. 21 Jul 2004 at Central City. Visitaion: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Sat., Community Bible Church. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery near Scotia. Survivors: A daughter & her husband; 5 sons, 11 gch., 21 g-gch.; a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a brother Dallas McDonald; a sister Luella Kerns.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 24 Jul 2004
Irvin J. "Henry" MATE, 89 (photo)
Born 22 Aug 1914, Grand Rapids, MI. Parents: Duvillo & Ida (Schear) Mate. 1932 grad. of HS in Grand Rapids, MI. 1936-66:  US Navy. 1 Feb 1945: Married Doris (Wealthy) Moser. She died in 1962. He lived in New Jersey. 8 Sep 1981: Married a second time & moved to Central City, NE. He died Thurs., 22 Jul 2004 at Central City. Service: Mon. Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Survivors: His second wife; 2 daughters; step-children; 4 gch. 20 step-gch.; 2 g-gch, 7 step-ggcch. Predeceased by his first wife; an infant daughter; a brother Maury Mate.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 27 Jul 2004
James B. "J.B." McGUINN, 66
Born 27 Dec 1937, Polk County, North Carolina. Parents: Joe "Pink" & Velda Ann (Baker) McGuinn. 1955 grad. of Asheville HS, NC. 1956-58: US Army. 13 Feb 1960: Married at Unionville, CT. Mechanic. 1962: Moved to Omaha, NE. Moved to Polk Co., NE and then to Clarks, NE in 1966. Owned a garage, also farmed. He died Sun., 25 Jul 2004 on farm in Polk Co., NE. Visitation: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri., First Baptist Church, Polk, NE. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; his mother; a son 2 daughters; 7 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by son Kenneth James (23 Sep 1977) & his father.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 27 Jul 2004
Kenneth H. ROSS, 80 (photo)
Born 8 Aug 1923, Hamilton Co., NE. Parents: Herman & Elnora (Reichert) Ross. 17 Dec 1944: Married at Central City, NE. 1945-47: US Army. They farmed in Clay County. 1954: Moved to farm near Central City. 1963: Became business manager. Kenneth died Mon. 26 Jul 2004 at Central City. Visitation: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home. Memorial service will be Wed., Uited Methodist Church. Private graveside service at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Maxine Dunham & her husband Walter Dunham; a brother-in-law Eugene DeMaranville; a gch. Memorials to the church or Alzheimer's Association.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Jul 2004
Birdie B. TUCKER, 91
Born 30 Jun 1913, Clarks, NE. Parents: Herman & Bertha (Haase) Holm. Grad. of Clarks HS.  Took Normal Training. Teacher for one yr. Moved to Central City. 1 Apr 1939: Married Warren H. Tucker. They lived in Central City. Warren died in 1980. Birdie died Wed. 28 Jul 2004 at Central City. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: A daughter, 2 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers - Herman, Carl, Hugh & Billy (infant); a sister - Margaret Anderson.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p11A D116 F121: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p4a D76 F76: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); Bureau Cemetery Lot List (Old) Lot 49 (SE 1/4): Clarks, Merrick, NE

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 2 Aug 2004
Viola M. MEYER, 89
Born 29 Oct 1914, Chapman, NE. Parents: Adolph & Margaretha (Ruge) Bove. 1935 grad. of Chapman HS. 21 May 1933: Married Arnold W. Meyer. They farmed, owned farm equipment business. 1964-87: Farmed in Nevada. Viola died Fri. 30 Jul 2004 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Tues., Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 10 gch, 21 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband (1996); 6 sisters - Ella Winburn, Clara Vieth, Olga Scheel, Alma Cavendor, Minnie Tatreau, Mary Meier; 5 brothers - Henry & Max Bove, Edward, Herman & August Baumeister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Aug 2004

Helen W. JOHNSON, 90

Born 19 Mary 1914, St. Libory, NE. Parents: Herman Ruge & Anna Schwenk. Attended District 42 Merrick Co. School.  1 Dec 1932: Married Clarence P. Johnson at Grand Island, NE. They farmed in Merrick County until 1964 when moved to Grand Island. Mrs. Johnson died Sat. 31 Jul 2004 at Grand Island. Visitation: Wed. at All Faiths Funeral Home.  Service: Thurs. at Messiah Lutheran church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 2 gch., 4 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband (1969); a son Paul; 2 sisters - Mildred Svitak & Dorothy Svitak. Memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church.

The Oregonian, Portland, OR - Thurs. 5 August 2004
Robert W. TURNER, 84  

Born 29 July 1920, Central City, NE. Raised in Vernonia. Died 30 Jul 2004. WW II: US Navy, Pacific Theatre.   Following war, served 3 yrs in merchant marines. Employed 30 yrs by Portland Police Bureau. 1975: Married Jo Sheets. Funeral service: Fri. 6 Aug at Gresham Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations to Sacredflight, please. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters; a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 12 Aug 2004
Louis M. "Lou" KNAPP, 71 (photo)
Born 9 Mar 1933, Palmer, NE. Parents: Charlie & Maxine (Fleshman) Knspp.  1951 grad. of Palmer HS. 1953-55: US Army. 1 Dec 1956: Married at Greeley, NE. They lived at Palmer, NE. Plumber. Moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Tues., 10 Aug 2004 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Curran Funeral Chapel. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 4 sons, 12 gch, 4 g-gch.; 3 brothers; a sister. Predeceased by his parents; a son Max, a daughter Angel; his sister -Charlotte Trebilcock.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Aug 2004
Bruce James KERSHAW, 80 
Born 27 Jul 1924, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: James & Edith (Paulfrey) Kershaw. 1942 grad. of Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Navy. Farmed & worked at Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant. He died Wed. 11 Aug 2004 at hospital in Columbus, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 4 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by a sister - Margaret Johnson; 2 brothers-in-law - Myron Jones and Les Johnson.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p3a D47 F47: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 16 Aug 2004
Alma Ann GLEASON, 83 (photo)
Born 17 Feb 1921, Scranton, PA. Parents: Fred & Minnie Kropa. Grad. of HS in Scranton, PA. Worked in Jersey City, NJ; married there on 12 Sep 1943 to Harold F. Gleason. After military, they lived in Central City, NE. Alma died Sun. 15 Aug 2004 at home. Service: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch., 4 step-gch., 5 g-gch., 7 step-ggch.; a brother in PA. Predeceased by an infant daughter Marjorie; 3 brothers - Gus, Emil & Walter; 2 sisters - Ruth & Esther.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Aug 2004

Prudence PULLEN, 94
Born 11 Jul 1910 near Central City, NE. Parents: David McClellan & Annie (Mills) Baird. 1927 grad. of CCHS. Attended NE Central College & Kearney State College. Apr 1929: Married Earl Pullen. He died in May 1948. She was teacher at Clarks & North Platte, NE. 1975: Retired to live at Central City, NE. Prudence died Tues. 17 Aug 2004 at Central City. Service: Sat. Presbyterian Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A daughter-in-law, 2 gch, 2 g-gch.; 2 sisters-in-law; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her husband; a son David; 3 sisters - Marjorie Rose, annie Louise Samuelson & Dorothy Mills; a brother Robert Baird.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p113 (w/p);  History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p205 (R&E Mills). Also, 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p6A F105: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p4b D85 F86: Mead Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 24 Aug 2004
Lottie A. GALUS, 90
Born 4 Aug 1914, Loup City, NE. Parents: Stanley & Mary (Balasa) Galus. 2004 - Resident of Osceola, NE. Residential housekeeper. Died Sun. 22 Aug 2004 at Osceola. Visitation: Today, Roberts-Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Service: Wed., St. Vincent Catholic Church, Osceola. Burial in Calvary Cemetery at Clarks, NE. Predeceased by a sister Wanda Dittmer & a brother Henry Galus.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p6b D140 F140: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 31 Aug 2004

Leo Henry BRANDENBURG, 78 (photo)

Born 19 May 1926,in Iowa. Parents: John Brandenburg & Sylvia Gries. Family moved near Archer, NE. 1944-45: US Navy. 8 Jun 1946: Married Sharon L. Harlow, in KS; then lived in Central City, NE. Mr. Brandenburg died Mon., 30 Aug 2004, Central City, NE. Private service. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 1 daughter; 9 gch., 16 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his wife (6 Oct 2000); a son Steven Leo (3 Jun 1977); a grandson Ryan James Brandenburg (16 Sep 1996); a g-grandson Cody Ray Maw (8 Sep 1993). Also deceased are 2 sisters - Vera Lawson & Leta Brandenburg; 2 brothers -  Glen & John Brandenburg.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 3 Sep 2004
Cora Ellen HANSON, 98 (photo)
Born 1 Oct 1905, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Francis O & Anna B. (Graves) Holden. Farmily lived in Columbus, Schuyler, & Ord, NE. 1 Mar 1928: Married Ralph Hanson at Ord, NE. They farmed N of Ord, moving into town in 1959. Mr. Hanson died 2 Jun 1965. Cora died Wed. 1 Sep 2004 at Ord, NE. Graveside service: Sat., Ord City Cemetery. Arrangements: Ord Memorial Chapel. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 10 gch, 15 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 4 brothers - Harvey, Roger, Harry & Eugene; 4 sisters - Marie, Lois, Leona & Luella.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 3 Sep 2004
Tim A. QUANDT, 30 (photo)
Born 20 Jul 1974, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Allen & Linda Quandt. 2001 grad. of NW High School in Grand Island. Moved to CO. Married. Survivors: His wife; a step-daughter; his mother; his father & step-mother; 2 sisters, a brother; step-siblings. He died Tues. 31 Aug 2004 at home in Elizabeth, CO. Service: Sat., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial at Chapman Cemetery.

Grand Island Independent -  Sun. 5 Sep 2004; Aurora News Register - 8 Sep 2004
Genevieve Ruth MAY, 84
Born 8 Mar 1920, Central City, NE. Married Virgil D. May. She died Sat. 4 Sep 2004 in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Mon. Roeder Mortuary. Service: Tues., St. Paul Methodist Church, Omaha. Private burial at Evergreen Memorial Park, Omaha, NE. Survivors: A son & daughter-in-law. Predeceased by 2 brothers - Roy & Charles Wilson.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Sep 2004

Mildred Sophie Agnes NIERMEIER, 84

Born 20 Nov 1919, Palmer, NE. Parents: Herbert Albert John Dankert & Anna Sophie Nietfeld. Died Mon. 6 Sep 2004 at McCook, NE. Service: Thurs. Peace Lutheran Church. Burial in Emmanuel Cemetery, Ludell, KS. Arrangements: Carpenter Breland Chapel, McCook, NE.  Survivors: 1 son, 4 daughters, 1 brother (Melvin of Palmer, NE), 2 sisters. Predeceased by husband, Erich Niermeier.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Mon. 13 Sep 2004

Eleanor May MATTSON, 88

Born 1 May 1916, Archer, NE. Parents: Paul Bonness& Lydia Retzlaff.  1916 (sic) grad. of Archer HS.  Teacher.  8 Jun 1941: Married Gerald E. Mattson at Archer, NE. They farmed near Chapman, and then on the Mattson home place.  Following husband's death (23 Feb 2002), she moved to Lincoln, NE.  Mrs. Mattson died Sat. 11 Sep 2004 at Tabitha Health Care. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues., Zion United Methodist Church, near Archer, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 11 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by her husband; 4 brothers - Harvey, Arthur, Orville & Quentin Bonness; 2 sisters - Evelyn Bonness & Wauneta Frazier.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 14 Sep 2004
Evelyn Ardyth NEUMANN, 93 (photo)
Born 25 Jan 1911, Polk County, NE. Parents: Clarence & Myrtle (Waggner) Vincent. Grad. of Stromsburg HS. 1933: Married Dale Richards; they lived in Polk & Merrick Counties - at Clarks for 17 yrs. 1987: Married Ralph Neumann, moved to Central City. She died Mon. 13 Sep 2004 at Central City, NE. Service will be Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Polk Cemetery, Polk, NE. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch., 6 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her parents; a sister - Lela; & both husbands.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Mon. 13 Sep 2004; Columbus Telegram & York News Times (photo) - Tues. 14 Sep 2004

Charles Lee "Chick" Van PELT, 92
Born 20 Feb 1912 near Archer, NE. Parents: Milo & Zora (Badgley) Van Pelt. 21 Sep 1936: Married Esther A. Simonson. They farmed near Archer until 1942; moved to farm near Palmer, NE. 1961: They moved into town where he was school bus driver & custodian. 1968: They moved to Hordville. 2003: Moved to Central City, NE. He died Sat. at hospital in Central City. Service: Wed. Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, 6 daughters, 25 gch., 21 g-gch. Predeceaed by his wife (21 Jun 2004); a gch - Matthew Dale Jacobsen; 2 sons-in-law - Herb Brown Jr & Paul Jacobsenn; 3 sisters - Viola Newlon, Erma Kucera & Eugenia Chernoff; a half-brother - Ogle Snyder; a half-sister - Hazel Long & her infant twin.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Sep 2004

Lavonne "Bonnie" POWERS, 74

Born 2 Apr 1930, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Leonard Dickman & Anna Shipman. Baptized at Worms, NE. 16 Feb 1953: Married Dennis J. Powers at Grand Island, NE. They lived in California, and in Chapman, NE. Mrs. Powers died Fri. 17 Sep 2004, at Daytona Beach, FL. Memorial service: Mon., at First Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, NE.  Inurnment at later date. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, 14 gch.; 2 sisters & a sister-in-law.  Her husband died in 1984.  Also deceased are her parents and a brother Marvin Dickman.

Note: Parents - Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I page 273 #I-273

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 18 Sep 2004; Columbus Telegram - Sun 19 Sep 2004
Oleata Faye RIBLETT,  55
Born 26 Jul 1949, Central City, NE. Parents: Glen F. & Ruth R. Brandenburg. 1967 grad. of CCHS. 13 Jan 1967: Married Richard Riblett. They lived in Central City. Oleata worked for Bonnavilla Homes in Aurora for 35 yrs. Lutheran. She died Thurs. 16 Sep 2004 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service will be Mon. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; a son, a daughter, 5 gch.; her mother; 2 sisters & 3 brothers; her husband's father. Predeceased by her father; her husband's mother, a brother-in-law - Martin Riblett.

Grand Island Independent  - Thurs. 23 Sep 2004
Raymond Luther GRAVES, 68
Born 19 Apr 1936, Fullerton, NE. Parents: Donald & Clara (Schultz) Graves. Died Sun. 19 Sep 2004 at home in North Platte, NE. Service: Sat. Carpenter Memorial Chapel, North Platte. Graveside service will be Sat at Bureau Cemetery near Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 8 sons, 3 daughters, a sister & 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Sep 2004
Pamela M. SHIVELY, 47 (photo)
Born 13 Mar 1957, Central City, NE. Parents: Larence & Donna Reeves. 1975 grad. of CCHS. 1981: Married Steven Shively at Grand Island, NE. They lived in Central City. She died Thurs. 23 Sep 2004 at hospital in Grand Island NE. Private service will be Mon., with burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; her parents; 2 daughters, 2 sisters and a brother. Predeceased by her grandparents - Walter & Rose Rusterholz; Cleveland and Anna Reeves.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Sep 2004
Faye ERICKSON, 96
Born 3 Jan 1908, Decatur, NE. Parents: George & Elizabeth (DeWolf) McCleery. Former resident of Central City, NE. Died Sun. 26 Sep 2004 at Windson, CO. Service will be at later date. Survivors: A daughter & her spouse. Predeceased by husband Carl Erickson in 1989.
Note: See Central City Cemetery listing.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 4 Oct 2004; Aurora News Register - Wed. 6 Oct 2004
Rusty Lee WILLIAMS, 42 (photo)
Born 6 Mar 1962 Central City, NE. Parents: Donald L. & Joyce E. Williams. 1981 grad. of CCHS. Served in US Navy. Lived in Brownsville, TX; Grand Island, Central City & Hordville, NE. 2002: MOved to Siloam Srings, Ark. Recently moved to Duenweg, MO where he died Fri. 1 Oct 2004. Service: Wed. Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in Hordville Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Sirvovprs: His parents, 3 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by his grandparents: Fred & Verna Williams, step-grandfather Louis Gerber; Emil & Helen Nelson; 2 uncles - Don Nelson & Bob Williams.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Oct 2004
Arden B. HACK, 79
Born 12 Apr 1925 Albion, NE. Parents: Bernard & Clara (Packard) Hack. Died Tues. 12 Oct 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife Leota; a son, a daughter; 2 step-children; his step-mother; 10 step-siblings.

The Star, Ventura, Ventura, CA - Wed. 13 Oct 2004, Ventura, Ventura County, CA.
Marjorie STUBBLEFIELD (photo)

Born 13 Jan 1927, Silver Creek, Merrick, NE. Died 11 Oct 2004, Oxnard, CA. Active in Oxnard Elks Lodge, played cards & bingo. Survived by 2 sisters, a brother Clinton Hensen, a daughter & son-in-law, 2 sons & their wives, 3 step-daughters; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceded in death by 2 spouses, Dean Miller & Robert Stubblefield. Memorial service Sat. 16 Oct at Oxnard Elks Lodge. Memorial donations to American Cancer Society, please. Arrangements: Conrad-Carroll Mortuary.
Submitted by Carol Davies, 4 Nov 2004.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 16 Oct 2004
Gladys Marie MERRYMAN, 99 (photo)
Born 15 Jan 1905 near Chapman, NE. Parents: Homer O. & Clara P. (Fogland) Blevins. Grad. of Chapman HS. Teacher's certificate from Kearney Normal School. Teacher. 20 Aug 1924: Married Dwight Merryman at Sioux City, IA. They farmed at Chapman, NE. Dwight died in 1988. Gladys died Wed. 13 Oct 2004 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun. Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service will be Mon., First Baptist Church, Chapman; burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: A niece, a nephew, cousins. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a sister Marilyn Orendorff; 2 brothers - Ralph & Kenneth Bleins. Memorials to the Chapman Cemetery Association.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p6B D58 F58: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p) & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p4b D89 F90: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Sun., 17 Oct 2004; Aurora News Register - Wed. 27 Oct 2004

Hubert W. "Bud" ORTEGREN, 77

Born 20 Aug 1927, Murphy, NE. Parents: Henry E. Ortegren & Dolly A. Anderson. 1944 grad. Hordville HS. Served in US Navy. Farmer, carpenter, property management. 11 Oct 1953: Married Barbara A. Dolph at Central City, NE.  5 Nov 1973: Married Mildred L. Johnston Weller at Colorado Springs, CO. Died Fri. 15 Oct 2004, Grand Island, Hall, NE.  Service: Tues., 19 Oct at United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife, 2 daughters & their spouses; a stepson & 2 step-daughters; 14 gch., 13 g-gch.; a brother & a sister.  Predeceased by his parents.

Note: See second wife's obit extract - Dec 2006.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Oct 2004
Betty Jean SUHR, 79 (photo)
Born 18 Nov 1924, Palmer, NE. Parents: Edward & Marie (Rudolf) Oxner. Jul 1938: Married Ralph Thurlow. Sep 1960: Married Ray Scarborough; they lived in CO about a year, moved to Grand Island. Cook. Ralph died 15 Jul 1983. 13 Apr 1988: Married third to Emanuel "Fritz" Suhr. Fritz died 29 Dec 2001. Resident of Hamilton Manor in Aurora since Sep 2002. Betty died Sun. 17 Oct 2004 at Aurora. Service: Thurs. Kleine Funeral Home Chapel, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: A son in AZ; 2 daughters, 9 gch., 23 g-gch, 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by husbands Ray & Fritz; 2 brothers - Carl "Blackie" & Louie Oxner; a sister Madeline.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 21 Oct 2004
Gary E. CLEMENT, 64
Born 5 Feb 1940 near Horace, in Greeley Co., NE. Parents: Harold & Eunice (Graff) Clement. Grad. of Spalding HS. 1959-64: USAF. Guard, driver. Died Thurs. 14 Oct 2004 at his home in Chapman, NE. Memorial service: Sat. United Methodist Church, Greeley, NE. Burial in Greeley Cemetery. Survivors: A brother. Predeceased by his parents & a sister Shelia.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 23 Oct 2004

Ty Bonness, 97

Born 15 Feb 1907, Archer, NE. Parents: Paul Bonness & Lydia Retzlaff. Grad. of Archer HS. Jul 1936: Married Cora Niemoth at Gibbon, NE. Owner of Bonness Bros. IGA over 50 years. Resident of O'Neill, NE. Died Fri. 22 Oct 2004 at Atkinson, NE. Visitation: Sun., Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill. Service: Mon., Archer Zion United Methodist Church, Archer, NE. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 3 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife (1974).

Note: Identified in sister Eleanor Mattson's obit (13 Sep 2004, Grand Island Independent) as Elmer "Ty" Bonness.

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Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Mon. 1 Nov 2004
Glen Dale OLAFSON, 77

Born 14 May 1927, Linwood, NE. Parents: Jens & Emma (Janocek) Olafson. 1945 grad. of Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Army. 29 May 1950: Married Frances Mecek in Silver Creek. They lived in Silver Creek, NE. Glen died Sat. 30 Oct 2004 at NE Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Service: Thurs. United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Silver Creek. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, 8 gch.; 2 sisters in AZ. Predeceased by his wife; 3 brothers - Art Fleek, Calvin "Kelly" & Robert Olafson.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-14 p5a D130 F131: Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Nov 2004
Jimmie Dean "Jim" HINKLE,  67 (photo)
Born 6 Sep 1937, Dannebrog, NE. Parents: Glen H & Mabel M. (Smyers) Hinkle. Attended rural school in Merrick County, NE. 1955-57: US Army. 25 Oct 1959: Married in Grand Island, where they lived. Later lived in Cozad and Chapman, NE. He died Tues. 2 Nov 2004 at Grand Island, NE after long battle with cancer. Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 4 gch.; a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Dorothy Nielsen. Memorials to St. Francis Hospital Skilled Care Unit.

Grand Island Independent  - Thurs. 4 Nov 2004
Edna Augusta RUDOLF, 96 (photo)
Born 4 Apr 1908, Duff (Rock Co), NE. Parents: Adolf A. & Anna B. (Faber) Zlomke. 1915: Family moved to Archer, NE. 1927 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 16 Jun 1930: Married Arthur Frederick Rudolf. They lived on Rudolf family farm, 35 yrs. 1966: Moved to Central City. Feb. 1989: Arthur died. Edna died Wed. 3 Nov 2004 at Central City. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., Zion United Methodist Church, Archer, NE. Burial in Archer Zion Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, gch. & g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her son-in-law LeWayne Medinger; 5 brothers - Ed, Fred, Art, George & Adolph (infant); 8 sisters - Lena Horner, Christina Dillon, Lizzie Wagner, Anna Landsrom, Sophia Mason, Glady Sims, Esther Rudolf, & Malinda Bates. Memorials to the church and the Senior Center in Central City.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Nov 2004
Berney PAPROCKI, 95 
Born 15 Aug 1909, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Joseph B. & Mary (Tworek) Paprocki. 1935: Married Julia Syslo at Krakow, NE. She died in 1959. 4 Jan 1964: He married second to Stasia Gavlik at St. Edward, NE. Farmer, welder. Resident of Silver Creek, NE. Berney died Thurs., 4 Nov 2004 at Genoa, NE. Service: Mon., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, with burial in the church cemetery. Attangements: McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek. Survivors: A son, 4 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by both wives; 4 sisters - Anna Borowsku, Minnie Stopak, Josie Swalic & Lilian Wahl; 2 brothers - Felix & Frank Paprocki. Memorials to the church.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED171 p3A D47 F47: Prairie Creek Twp, Nance, NE (w/p) & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-11 p3b F66: Prairie Creek Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Nov 2004 (repeat on 21 Nov)
Gladys T. HAUSERMAN, 96 (photo)
Born 20 Sep 1908, Smith County, KS. Parents: Guy W. & Goldie G. (Kersey) Thompson. Grad. of Alma HS (NE). 11 Jun 1927: Married Clayton J. Houseman. They lived in Hastings, NE & Iowa City, IA. 1942: Moved to Central City, NE. Clayton died 6 Dec 1973. Gladys died Tues. 2 Nov 2004. Memorial service: 27 Nov 2004 at United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; 2 brothers - Raymond & Donald Thompson; a sister Mabel Zimmer. Memorials to the church.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent (photo)- Sun. 7 Nov 2004; Aurora News Register - Wed. 10 Nov 2004
Frankie Lyn ANDERSON, 15
Born 1 Jun 1989, Lincoln, NE. Parents: Sheryl (Strobel) McKinnis & Don McKinnis of Clarks; Steve Anderson of Omaha, NE. Lived in Lincoln, NE; Warrensburg, MO & Lee's Summitt, MO. Aug 2002: Moved to Clarks, NE. She died Fri. 5 Nov 2004 in auto accident in Polk Co., NE. Service: Mon. Clarks School Gymnasium. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: Her parents; 2 brothers; her grandparents; a great-grandmother. Predeceased by grandfather Bob Anderson; & by g-grandparents - Leonard Strobel, Earl Clark, Erman Clark-Randall.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 7 Nov 2004
Walter M. HUFF, 93
Born 20 May 1911, Central City, NE. Parents: Charles & Elizabeth (Lehr) Huff. Married twice. Resident of Holdrege, NE (Phelps Co.). Died Fri. 5 Nov 2004 at Holdrege. Service: Mon., Berean Fundamental Church, Broken Bow, NE. Burial in Broken Bow Cemetery. Arrangements: Govier Bros. Mortuary. Survivors: A son, a daughter; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by wife Mildred in 1973 and wife Irma in 2000.

Columbus Telegram (death notice) - Tues. 9 Nov 2004; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 11 Nov 2004

George Oscar BADER, 87

Born 8 Jan 1917, near Palmer, NE. Parents: John & Elizabeth Bader. 24 Dec 1939: Married Irwina at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. They farmed in Merrick County, near Palmer. Mr. Bader died Tues., 9 Nov 2004 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Palmer Funeral Home. Service: Fri., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial: Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 4 g-ch., 14 g-gch; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; 2 sisters, Lilly (Mrs. Art Bosselman), and an infant, Tilly; 4 brothers - Henry, John, Albert, & Carl. Memorials: St. John's Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent, Kearney Hub (abbrev.) - Mon. 15 Nov 2004
Vernon O. MEYER, 75
Born 8 Oct 1929, Palmer, NE. Parents: Fred & Sophia (Meyer) Meyer. Grad. of Palmer HS. Korean War: US Army. 23 May 1954: Married at Fort Laramie, WY. They lived in Palmer. Employee of SA Foster Lumber. Moved to Wood River, NE. He died Sat. 13 Nov 2004 at Wood River. Visitatio: Tues. Apfel-O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home, Wood River. Service: Wed. Grace Lutheran Church, Wood River. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 7 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents & a gch.

Grand Island Independent - Tues.16 Nov 2004

Laurence J. FISHLER, 92 (photo)

Born 5 Oct 1912, Morse Bluffs, NE. Parents: Alois "Ollie" Fishler & Isabelle Ballard. Both parents were deceased by the time he was 9 years old. Lived with friends in South Dakota, and then with an aunt & uncle at Leigh, NE. WW II: US Marine Corps. After war, farmed near Central City, NE. 5 Oct 1947: Married Mary E. Nelson at Hordville, NE. Died Sun. 14 Nov 2004, Central City, NE.  Service: Thurs. at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery.  Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 22 gch. Predeceased by his parents; a brother Lester; 2 sisters - Viola Archibald & Naomi Casey; 2 gch. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association.

Note: See wife's obit extract - Jul 2006

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Nov 2004
Candice W. WEGNER, 57
Born 6 Apr 1946, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Warren W. & Beulah K. (Clausen) Wegner. 1965 grad. of Central City HS. Attended Wayne State. Grad. of St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. She died Wed. 17 Nov 2004 at Lincoln, NE. Memorial service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial private, in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers, a sister, their families. Predeceased by her parents. Memorials to the United Methodist Church.

Grand Island Independent & York News Times- Mon. 22 Nov 2004
Randall J. "Rand" CHAMBERS, 53
Born 12 Jul 1951, Central City, NE. Parents: Lester L. & Margaret P. (Power) Chambers. 1969 grad. of York HS. Worked on offshore rigs. Dec 1979: Married. 1993: Returned to NE. He died Sat. 20 Nov 2004 at home in Grand Island, NE. Cremation by Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements: Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: 4 sons, 3 sisters, a brother, his father. Predeceased by his mother & a brother Thomas Lee Chambers.

Grand Island Independent (w/photo) - Sun. 28 Nov 2004; Columbus Telegram - Mon. 29 Nov 2004; York News Times - Tues. 30 Nov 2004

Lucille Hazel SAATHOFF, 94

Born 26 Apr 1910, Odell, NE. Parents: Fred Moffitt & Rose Kriensick. 11 Feb 1934: Married Herman F. Saathoff in Kansas. They lived in Nebraska. 1958: Moved to Central City, NE. She died Sat. 27 Nov 2004, Central City, NE.  Visitation: Today at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues. at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughter, 2 sons, 10 gch., 8 g-gch.; 1 gg-gch; two sisters. Predeceased by her husband (died 31 Jul 1995); a sister Ruth Clark; 2 brothers - Fred & Jess Moffitt. 

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 Dec 2004
Thomas D. KUHN, 63
Born 6 Jul 1941, Central City, NE. Parents: Lawrence & Violet (Eckles) Kuhn. Former resident of Clarks, NE. Grad. of NE Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE. Lived in Omaha, NE and St. Louis, MO. 1985: Moved to Hanover, MA. Died 20 Nov 2004 at hospital in Boston, MA. Service was held 24 Nov 2004 at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, Hanover, MA. Burial was in MA National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; a brother - Larry D. Kuhn; an infant sister Kay Kuhn.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 1 Dec 2004
Wilbur PETERS, 79
Born 4 Oct 1925, Worms, NE. Parents: Henry J. & Irene (Leffelbien) Peters. Resident of Monticello, IA; former resident of Central City, NE. He died 13 Nov 2004 at hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA. Service was held near Monticello with Goettsch Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 sons; a brother, 3 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Dec 2004
Helga Elizabeth HELZER, 88
Born 8 Oct 1915, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Christian & Johanne (Ettrup) Paulsen. Moved with family to Dannebrog, NE. 19 Apr 1940: Married Walter Helzer at Palmer, NE. They lived near Palmer. Walter died 30 Jan 1976. Helga moved to St. Paul, NE. School cook. She died Wed. 8 Dec 2004 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Fri., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Sat., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: A daughter, 3 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her husband; an infant daughter; 3 sisters - Erna Clark, Millie Engle & Alice Martin.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 10 Dec 2004
Carol L. HILDERBRAND, 52 (photo)
Born 11 Dec 1951, Central City, NE. Parents: Fred & Nettie (Brown) Hilderbrand. She died Wed. 8 Dec 2004 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat. Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 brothers, a sister-in-law; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by her parents & grandparents; a brother Merle.

Grand Island Independent (photo) & York News Times - Sat. 11 Dec 2004

Ivan O. MARTSON, 86

Born 23 May 1918 on farm west of Friend, NE. Parents: Clarence O. Martson & Leona C. Barton. 1922: Family moved to ranch west of Springview. 1936 grad. Keya Paha County HS.  29 Dec 1946: Married Naoma Foster, at Central City, NE. They moved to Los Angeles, CA where he worked at Lockheed.  1944-46: US Navy. Thereafter lived at Silver Creek and then Central City, NE. Business owner. Died Tues. 7 Dec 2004, Hastings, NE. Service: Fri., United Presbyterian Church, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 gch. Predeceased by his wife (28 Nov 2000). Memorials to United Presbyterian Church or the Merrick Foundation.

Note: Obit in York News Times, gave middle name as Oliver.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 13 Dec 2004

Onilee NEWLUN, 91

Born 26 Mar 1913, Palmer, NE. Parents: Franklin Wymer & Mary Adams. Grad. of Palmer HS. 28 Feb 1932: Married Leroy Newlun (he died 1991). They farmed near Palmer. She was magician known as Princes Jackie and performed for hospitals, veterans homes. 2002: She moved to Dixon, NE. Died Fri. 10 Dec 2004 at Dixon, NE. Service: Mon. at Church of Christ, Palmer, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter, 3 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband, and her brother Wayne Wymer.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 304 (Newlon), 412 (Wymer); 1920 Fed. Census NE Loup Twp, Merrick, NE - ED159 p7A D9 F9 (w/p); Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p 601 #I-601

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Dec 2004
Elsie WELLER, 98
Born 31 May 1906, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Wilhelm & Johanna (Seim) Bruns. Grew up near Chapman & Palmer, NE. 24 Feb 1926: Married Herman E. Weller. Worked in nursing homes & hospitals. 1956: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 1976: Moved to son's farm near Palmer. 1984: Moved to Central City, NE. She died Mon. 13 Dec 2004 at Central City. Visitation: Tues. Solt Funeral Home. Service: Wed. Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter-in-law; 7 gch., 14 g-gch., 4 gg-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; son Merle; daughter-in-law Onilee Weller. 2 ggch.; 4 brothers - Albert, Edward, Gerhard & an infant Bruns; 2 sisters - Helen Bader & Hulda Suck. Memorials to the church.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p7A D126 F126: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-9 p5b: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE (w/husband); Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book I p163 #3716.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 15 Dec 2004
Irene H. ALEXANDER, 93 (photo)
Born 13 Oct 1911, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Charles & Cora (Burnett) Scheibe. 26 Nov 1938: Married Raymond Alexander at Smith Center, KS. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Raymond died in Sep 1998. Irene died Sat. 11 Dec 2004 at Grand Island. Visitation: Fri., Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home. Service: Sat. Faith United Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch. 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; a grandson - Troy Alexander; 2 sisters - Emma Kamper & Mabel Fletcher; 2 brothers - Wesley & Edward Scheibe. Memorials to the church.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p1B D13 F13: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p5b D115 F109: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE. Irene is with her widowed Mother in both of these records.

Grand Island Independent  - Thurs. 16 Dec 2004
Charlene Clara BETTS, 67 (photo)
Born 1 Jan 1937 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Clarles & Clara (Burkhardt) Eckstrom. 1958 grad. of Palmer HS. 2 Jul 1958: Married Jerry L. Betts at Palmer. They farmed & raised livestock in Merrick County. Charlene died Tues. 14 Dec 2004 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Fri. Grace Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery by Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, a daughter, 4 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by daughter Becky Betts (19 Jun 1981); her parents; a sister Clarice Ann Addison; an infant brother.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 22 Dec 2004
Neil OSBORN, 91 
Born 6 Jun 1913 Central City, NE. Parents: Floyd & Blanche (Scudder) Osborn. Resident of Hastings, NE. Died Thurs. 16 Dec 2004 at Perkins Pavilion. Cremated. Burial at later date in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife & 2 step-daughters.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p12B H1212 D108 F109: Central City Ward 2, Merrick, NE (w/p) & 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-1 p14a H1303 D120 F121: Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE (w/p),

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 28 Dec 2004

Merlyn Lee ASHELFORD, 74

Born 23 Mar 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: Clifford A. Ashelford & Hazel V. Danhauer. Served in US Army. Moved to CA. Insurance agent, tax preparer. Died 14 Dec 2004, Orange Co., CA. Memorial Service will be at later date. Survivors: 2 sons, 1 gch.; 1 sister. Predeceased by brother, Dale Ashelford.

Note:  Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 May 2005 Funeral Notice
Memorial Service: 28 May 2005 at United Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. This article gives death dates for parents & brother.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 28 Dec 2004; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Dec 2004
Jean PIERCE, 61
Born 28 Jun 1943, Clarks, NE. Parents: Leonard & Marie (Steinke) Pierce. Attended school at Clarks. 1965: Moved to Columbus, NE. 15 Fev 1969: Married Betty Jean Keith at Columbus. Currently a resident of Duncan, NE. Died Sat. 25 Dec 2004 at home. Visitation: Today, Gass Haney Funeral Home. Service: Wed., First United Methodist Church, Columbus. Survivors: A brother and a sister. Predeceased by his wife (5 Jan 1997); his parents.

Columbus Telegram, Grand Island Independent & York News Times - Tues. 28 Dec 2004
Margaret P. WILCOX, 88
Born 10 Jun 1916 Springview, NE. Parents: Havey Elton & Princess Jane (Martin) Middaugh. Family moved to WY. 22 Apr 1935: Married William Charles Wilcox at Fullerton, NE. They farmed near Silver Creek, and in Polk Co., NE. Worked at Osceola Hospital; retired to Stromsburg, NE. William died 5 May 1997. Margaret died Sat. 25 Dec 2004 at Stromsburg. Service will be Wed. at Midwest Covenant Home Chapel, Stromsburg. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangments: Palmer Funeral Home, Stromsburg. Survivors: A son, 2 gch., 1 g-gch.; a sister in MT. Predeceased by her husband; a son Jerome Wilcox, a daughter Barbara Wilcox; 3 brothers - Louie, Leo & Vernon; a sister - Hazel.

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