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2007 - 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 - Wed. 3 Jan 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 9 Jan 2007
Lloyd M. PIERCE, Sr., 76 (photo)

Born 14 Oct 1930, Clarks, NE. Parents: Lyman L. Pierce & Vera I. Rallens. Grew up at Marquette, NE. 1950-53: USAF. 20 May 1951: Married Donna Francis. They lived in Central City, NE. Methodist. Mrs. Pierce died in 1996. Mr. Pierce died Mon. 1 Jan 2007 at Aurora, NE. Service: Thurs. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife & his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Jan 2007
Cecil L. CREECH, 90

Born 27 Oct 1916, Central City, NE. Parents: Fay Creech & Matilda Dughman. 1 Mar 1941: Married Dorothy Rookstool.  Served in US Army and USAF. Retired from HUD at age 65. Mrs. Creech died 21 Nov 2001. Mr. Creech died 13 Dec 2006 at Carmichael, CA. Service at later date in Broken Bow, NE. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 2 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by 3 brothers: Wayne, Fay Jr. and Donald Creech.

Aurora News Register and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Tues. 9 Jan 2007; Polk County Newspaper - Wed. 10 Jan 2007
Ruth Frances SHENK, 92

Born 21 Sep 1914, near Bradshaw, NE. Parents: John Johnson & Anna Carlson. Grad. of Bradshaw HS. 6 Feb 1935: Married Herschel H. Shenk at York, NE. They farmed south of Clarks, and then south of Polk, NE. 1986: They retired to Central City, NE. Mr. Shenk died 7 Jul 1993. Mrs. Shenk moved to Stromsburg in 2001. She died Sat. 6 Jan 2007 at Stromsburg, NE. Visitation: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs. at First Baptist Church, Polk, NE. Burial: Polk Cemetery. Survivors: a son; 2 sisters. Predeceased by son Carroll (died 22 May 1995); daughter-in-law Charlene Shenk (died 22 Mar 1994), 2 gch. Also deceased: 2 brothers, Milton & Herman Johnson. Memorials to Arborville Congregational Church or Teens with a Mission.

Aurora News Register - Tues. 9 Jan 2007
Patricia L. McKNIGHT, 54

Born 21 Jan 1952, Loup City, NE. Parents: Ronald Trompke & Esther Sample. Family lived in Central City, NE; then moved to Aurora in 1962. Later lived in other towns in NE & IA. 22 Dec 1987: Married Ray McKnight at Maryville, MO. They lived in Clarinda, IA. Catholic. Mrs. McKnight died Mon., 1 Jan 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service: Fri., 5 Jan. at Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by her parents; her grandparents: Clifford & Julia Sample, Ed & Thelma Trompke. Also deceased, 3 infant sisters.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 10 Jan 2007
Walter B. BREMER, 95 (photo)

Born 9 Nov 1911 on farm near Boelus (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Carl Bremer & Anna Paulman. 1930 grad. Boelus HS.  10 Oct 1953: married Edna Lutz. 1957: Purchased a farm in Merrick County, NE. Mr. Bremer died Mon. 8 Jan 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Fri., Evangelical Free Church, Grand Island.Burial in Ebenezer Cemetery, north of Boelus. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by his wife (died 1984) and a son Carl. Also deceased are 8 siblings - Martha, Clara, Ester, Alma, Louis, Carl, Emil and Edward.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Jan 2007

Francis John GROSCH, 88

Born 25 Jun 1918 near Bartley (Red Willow Co.), NE. Parents: Max F. Grosch & Elizabeth Fritz. Grew up on farm near Silver Creek, NE. 1940-45: US Army (Europe). 23 May 1962: Married Virginia at Grand Island, NE. Construction worker, truck driver, miner. Previous residence: St. Paul, NE. Died Thurs. 4 Jan 2007 at Webster, SD. Service was Sunday at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel, Webster, SD. Burial at later date, Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. Survivors: His wife and 2 step-children, 4 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister living at Silver Creek. Predeceased by his parents and 5 siblings: Gottlieb, Walter (infant), Fred, Esther and Helen.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Jan 2007
Raymond J. PROSOSKI, 83 (photo)

Born 1 Aug 1923, Clarks, NE. Parents: Walter Prososki & Mary Brovwiak (sic). Grad. of HS in Farwell (Howard County), NE. WW II: US Navy. 3 Jul 1945: Married Leona at Farwell, NE. They moved to MN where he attended the University. Owned furniture store & mortuary at Le Center, MN. Retired to Loup City, NE. 2003: moved to St. Paul, NE. Died Mon., 8 Jan 2007 at North Mankato, MN.  Service: Thurs., Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, NE.  Burial: St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery near Farwell, NE. Survivors: wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 21 gch., 5 g-gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents, sister Helen Czarnick, and 3 brothers - Leo, Louie and Clarence Prososki.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Jan 2007
James R. GREEN, 63 (photo)

Born 10 Oct 1943, Myrtle Point, OR. Parents: Raymond Green & Eleanor June Blake. Attended school in Wheeler County. Well driller, machinist. 17 Oct 1964: Married Kay near Clearwater, NE. They lived at O'Neill, NE; then moved to Palmer, NE. Died Sat. 13 Jan 2007 at York, NE. Service: Wed. at United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial: Chambers Cemetery (NE). Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch.; 2 brothers; other relatives.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 16 Jan 2007
Harold "Dutch" Seim, 89 (photo)
Born 21 Mar 1917, Merrick County, NE. Parents: John Seim & Clara Giesenhagen. Raised on farm near Worms, NE.  Grad. of Zion Lutheran School, Worms. WW II: US Army. 26 Jan 1943: Married Lorraine Renken at Tacoma, WA.  1946: They moved to Grand Island, NE. Employee of REA; retired. Died Sun. 14 Jan 2007, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Wed., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Thurs., St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Survivors: 4 sons, 10 gch., 8 g-gch.; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by his wife (died 31 Jul 2005); his parents and a brother.

Note: The following day his birthdate & birthplace were given, along with his parents names.  His mother died 17 Feb 1998 at Grand Island, NE.

Los Angeles Times pB7 -  Fri. 19 Jan 2007; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 2 Feb 2007

Thoria "Theo" M. HEISE, 89

Born 27 Feb 1917, Palmer, NE.  Parents: Olin Taylor & Ada Sherman. Married Edward Heise. 1939: They moved to CA.  Died Sun., 14 Jan 2007 at Lakewood (Los Angeles Co.), CA.  Survivors: 2 daughters, 41 gch of 3 generations; her sister.  Service: Fri. 19 Jan 2007 at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, CA.

Note: She can be found in 1920 Fed. Census NE w/p at Loup Twp, Merrick, NE - ED159 p7A D8 F8.  Her parents marriage - Nance County Marriage Book 3 p462 #A147

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 21 Jan 2007; Fremont Tribune  - Mon. 22 Jan 2007
Arline J. DeVRY

Born Fremont, NE. Parents: John Betkie & Hazel Housewirth. Grew up in Fremont, NE. Married Hans DeVry at Kenesaw, NE. Owned Black Cat Café in Central City, NE. Died Thurs., 18 Jan 2007, St. Paul, NE. Graveside service: Tues. at Ridge Cemetery, Fremont, NE. Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Survivors: her husband, a daughter, a sister. 

Note: no age, no birthdate given.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 22 Jan 2007
Clara A. NIEMOTH-FRENCH, 94 (photo)

Born 28 Sep 1912 on farm near Kenesaw, NE. Parents: George Augustin & Minna Kueh. 19 Apr 1939: Married Victor Niemoth at Worms, NE. They farmed west of Chapman, NE; then moved to farm northwest of Grand Island, NE.  Victor died 24 Jan 1980.  31 Jul 1993: Married second to John S. French. John died 14 Nov 1998. Mrs. French died Sat. 20 Jan 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Tues., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Wed. at Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: a daughter, a son, 6 gch.; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; sisters Laura Nienhueser, Alma Augustin and Agnes Augustin; brother Leonhard Augustin.  Memorials to the Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 308 (C Niedfelt), 310-12 (Niemoth)

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 23 Jan 2007
Francis Marion "Bud" FRY, 80 (photo)

Born 19 Jul 1926, Mahaska, KS.  Parents: Cecil Fry & Grace Edwards. Attended HS in Hebron, NE. 1948: US Army.  2 Jun 1950: Married Letha at Hebron, NE.  Abt 1954, lived at York, NE and later at Juniata, NE; 1977: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 1988: Moved to Chapman, NE. Died Sun. 21 Jan 2007 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Service: Thurs., First Baptist Church, Chapman. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 12 gch., 8 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, brother Gordon Fry, and 2 sisters: Wanda Cazwell and Betty Krakow. Memorials to NE Cancer Society.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 23 Jan 2007
Margaret E. HARLOW, 83 (photo)

Born 22 Sep 1923, Clarks, NE. Parents: Harvey Kingsley & Mary Morgan. Family lived in Missouri, and at Denman, NE. Business owner, beautician, poet. Married Harold Harlow Sr., he is deceased. Resident of Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Harlow died Sun. 21 Jan 2007. Service: Thurs., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Ashes will be buried at Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 4 gch.; a brother, a sister. Predeceased by her spouse and an infant daughter Mary Margaret. Also deceased: 2 brothers, Clyde & Don Kingsley; a sister Frances Buell.  Memorials to the church.

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 25 Jan 2007
Phyllis VOLNEK, 75

Born 19 Jan 1932, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Adam Vetick & Frances Shemek. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. Moved to Columbus, NE.  24 Apr 1956: Married Andrew Volnek at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Died Tues. 23 Jan 2007, Omaha, NE. Visitation: Fri., McKown Funeral Home. Service: Sat., St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Burial in All Saints Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, daughter, 4 gch.; 3 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by brothers Chloris and Larry Vetick; brother-in-law Mike Volnek.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 26 Jan 2007; Columbus Telegram (death notice) Sat. 27 Jan 2007
Wynona FORBES, 87

Born 11 Apr 1919, Nance Co., NE. Parents: Clifford Hadfield & Emma Frenzen. Grad of Fullerton HS. 1 Nov 1939: Married Robert Forbes. They lived in Glenwood community (north of Palmer, NE). Died Tues. 27 Jan 2007, Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Today at Palmer Funeral Home.  Service: Sat. at Palmer United Methodoist Church. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, 7 gch., 9 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her husband (died 2004), and a son Larry Forbes. Memorials: the church.

Note: See Fullerton's 1st 100 years 1879-1979 pp 120 (Hamilton & Forbes), 174 (Hadfield) & insert (Frenzen); 1920 Fed. Census Timber Creek Twp, Nance, NE ED173 p6A D105 F107 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 26 Jan 2007
Susan J. Adams. 59

Born 12 Jul 1947, Central City, NE. Parents: Holly & Alene Willhoft. 1965 grad. of CCHS. Died Thurs., 25 Jan 2007 in Alameda, CA. Celebration of Life, 2 Feb at Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda. Survivors: Her husband Gary Adams, 2 sisters. Memorial donations to Merrick Foundation for the Merrick County Museum Building fund or the Wright Morris Boyhood Home Restoration Fund.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p407 (JD Willhoft Children); and History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p265.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Jan 2007
Florence L. PETERS, 93 (photo)

Born 3 Nov 1913, Chapman, NE. Parents: Carl Müller & Mable McIntosh. 15 Feb 1933: Married Walter M. Peters at Marysville, KS. They farmed near St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE. Walt died 12 May 1987. She had lived at Riverside Lodge in Grand Island, then moved to Central City Care Center. Died Thurs., 25 Jan 2007, Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 6 gch., 12 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; a brother Donald Müller. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Mon. 29 Jan 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 30 Jan 2007; Polk Co. Newspaper - 1 Feb 2007
Gerald Dean "Jerry" CLINE, 66

Born 11 Jan 1941, Aurora, NE. Parents: Vernon A. Cline & Neta M. Lantzer. Attended school in Alliance, NE. 1959 grad. Polk HS.  1959-63: US Navy. 10 Jun 1963: Married at Polk, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. Business owner. Died Sat. 27 Jan 2007 at Omaha, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., United Methodist Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch.; a brother and a sister.

Grand Island Independent (death notice) - Sun. 28 Jan 2007; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 30 Jan 2007; Polk County Newspaper - 8 Feb 2007
Adeline "Della" STANCZYK, 96

Born 15 Oct 1910, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John Swertzic & Stella Dubas.  16 Oct 1934: Married Frank Stanczyk at Krakow, NE. They farmed in Polk County. 1970: Moved to Silver Creek, NE. Died Fri. 26 Jan 2007, Osceola, NE.  Service: Thurs., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek. Arrangementsby McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 5 gch., 9 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; brothers: Dominic, Adolph, Charles, John, Alvin & Ben Swertzic; sisters: Victoria Kusek & Barbara Swertzic. 

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Polk County Newspaper - 1 Feb 2007

Charles Ludwig SOLL, 83

Born 15 Mar 1923, Bennington, NE. Parents: Henry P. Soll & Katie A. Hagedorn. Family moved to Clarks area. WW II: US Army Infantry. Farmed near Clarks and Fullerton, NE. 15 Oct 1952: Married in Polk Co., NE. Died Sun., 28 Jan 2007 at Osceola, Polk, NE. Visitation: Wed., Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola, NE. Service: Thurs., 1 Feb at Calvary Lutheran Church, Swede Home (Polk Co.)  Burial in Columbus Cemetery, Columbus, NE.  Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, 3 sons (one surnamed Viergutz); 9 gch., 21 g-gch., 2 gg-gch. Also surviving: 3 brothers & a sister-in-law.  Predeceased by his parents; his siblings & their spouses - Lester & Hertha Soll; Ed Soll; Louise (Soll) & John Dyer; Bill & Florence Soll. Memorials to Osceola Good Samaritan Center or Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola.

Notes: Abbrev. obit appeared 29 Jan in GI Independent. Death notice appeared 29 Jan in Columbus Telegram.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 6 Feb 2007
Melvin D. "Doc" BAHENSKY, 94 (photo)

Born 18 Jul 1912, Palmer, NE. Parents: Steven Bahensky & Ruby Kutch. Grew up in Gage Valley area. 1938 grad. St. Paul HS. Attended Vet school in Canada. 29 Aug 1937: Married Irene D. Dammann at Worms, NE. Worked as veterinarian and as meat inspector.  Died Sun. 4 Feb 2007 at St. Paul, NE. Service: Thurs., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 5 gch., 13 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife (died 17 Aug 2006), his parents, 2 brothers: LeRoy and Lyle Bahensky.

Grand Island Independent and Norfolk Daily News (death notice) - Tues. 6 Feb 2007
Ward Robert SMITH, 92 (photo)

Born 13 Nov 1914, Chambers, NE. Parents: Hubert L. Smith & Cordia B. Davis. 1931 grad. Chambers HS. Grad. of Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.  28 Sep 1937: Married Helen at Des Moines. Served in Honduras, Pennsylvania, and Shelton (NE).  1960: Moved to Central City, NE. Mr. Smith died Sun., 4 Feb 2007 at Central City. Service: Thurs., Community Bible church. Burial: Thurs. at cemetery in Chambers, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 10 gch., 9 g-gch. Predeceased by 2 sons: Russell (died in 1946) and Warren (died in 2006). Also deceased: His parents and a brother Vernon Smith. Memorials to Nebraska Christian Schools.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Feb 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 13 Feb 2007
Ruth Rose BRANDENBURG, 83 (photo)
Born 11 Jan 1924, Worms, NE. Parents: Henry B. Ruge & Anna C. Husman. 1941 grad. Chapman HS. 13 May 1948: Married Geln F. Bradenburg. They lived in Merrick County. Mr. Brandenburg died 29 Oct 1994. Ruth moved to the Veteran's Home in 2006. Died Thurs., 8 Feb 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 2 daughters, a son-in-law; 18 gch., 27 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband, and a daughter Oleata Riblett. Also deceased are a granddaughter Barbie Simms; and 2 brothers: Raymond and Robert Ruge.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-16 p2B D39 F39 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 11 Feb 2007
Edith L. VAN PELT, 68 (photo)

Born 30 Nov 1938, Palmer, NE. Parents: John Burch & Nancy Shirey. 1956 grad. Palmer HS. 13 Oct 1956: Married Roger Van Pelt at Palmer. They farmed northwest of Archer, NE; later moved to farm north of Fairview Methodist Church. 1966: Moved to Farwell area, and in 1970 to Dannebrog (both in Howard Co.). She died Sat. 10 Feb 2007 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Mon., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, St. Paul.  Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husand, 2 sons, 6 gch. Predeceased by her parents, a son Toby and an infant daughter Jennifer. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Feb 2007
Ileen Mae NIELSEN JOHNSON, 91 (photo)

Born 11 Nov 1915, Marquette, NE.  Parents: Charles Nielsen & Dorothy Lock. 1932 grad. of CCHS. 1942: Married Lonney C. Johnson Jr. at Denver, CO. After they divorced, she returned to Central City. Eventually was society editor for the GI Independent.  Lived in Lincoln for a time, returned to Central City. Died Sun., 11 Feb 2007 at Central City.  Service: Fri. at Heartland Evangelical Free Chruch. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: a daughter and a son; 8 gch., 11 g-gch.; 2 brothers and a sister. Predeceased by her husband; sister Virginia Shively; a gch. and a  g-gch. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Feb 2007
Walter D. NIEDFELT, Jr. , 66 (photo)

Born 13 Jun 1940, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Walter A. Niedfelt & Elnora Anne Pieper. 1958 grad. of GISH. Farmed with family (western edge of Merrick County). 1963-65: US Army. 23 Dec 1966: Married Donna J. Pedersen at Columbus, NE. She died in 2001. Mr. Niedfelt died Sat., 10 Feb 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Wed., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Service: Thurs., Messiah Lutheran Church. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A daughter, a son, a step-daughter, 3 gch., 3 step-gch.; a brother.  Predeceased by his wife.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 15 Feb 2007
Lucile Maxine FERRIS, 88 (photo)

Born 26 Jan 1919, Merrick County, NE.  Parents: William Pressler & Goldie Culbertson. Attended CCHS and Nebraska College.  Teacher.  9 Mar 1941: Married Elwin H. Ferris at Cairo, NE. They farmed north of Central City. 1983: Moved into town. Mrs. Ferris died Mon., 12 Feb 2007 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Sat., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City, NE.  Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 son, 2 daughters, 10 gch.; 2 brothers, a sister. Predeceased by her husband (died 5 Feb 2006), her parents, a sister Opal Gay; 2 brothers-in-law - Dorsey Gay and Arnold Schultz. Memorials to the church or to the family for a scholarship fund.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp188 (E Ferris), 324 (D Pressler); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p3B F48 (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p1a D10 F10 (w/p) - Mead Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 16 Feb 2007
Lee A. GLYNN, 94

Born 4 Jun 1932, Palmer, NE. Parents: Ernest Glynn & Hazel Stone. Died Tues. 13 Feb 2007, Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Fri., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Private family service: Sat.  Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a step-sister.

Note: For parents see extracts of Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Feb 2007
Harold Francis GLEASON, 94 (photo)

Born 7 Dec 1912, Central City, NE. Parents: Ernest B. Gleason & Ella N. Langston. Grad. of CCHS.  WW II: US Army.  12 Sep 1943: Married Alma Kropa at Jersey City, NJ. After the war they lived in Central City. Farmer; truck mechanic. Died Thurs., Central City, NE.  Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, gch. & g-gch.; a brother, 4 sisters. Predeceased by his wife (died 15 Aug 2004), and an infant daughter Marjorie. 

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED160 p4A F62 and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-10 p4a D71 F72 - Mead Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 19 Feb 2007
Debra D. LAUTENSCHLAGER, 47 (photo)

Born 24 Feb 1959: Casper, WY. Parents: Claris & Darlene Wilkinson. Third marriage - to Larry Lautenschlager at Omaha, NE.  Resided near Palmer, N. Died Wed. 15 Feb 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service: Sat., St. John's Luthern Church, Palmer, NE. Cremation. Arrangements by Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Survivors: Her husband, her parents, 3 sons, 2 daughters, a foster son; 3 brothers and a sister.  Predeceased by three grandparents and a brother-in-law Louis Lautenschlager.

Aurora News Register and Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Feb 2007
Violet Evelyn DANHAUER, 92 (photo)

Born 4 Jan 1915 near Aurora, NE. Parents: Henry F. Sandberg & Amy C. Larson. After college, lived in Lincoln for several years; returned to Aurora. 11 Mar 1937: Married Ellsworth W. Danhauer at York, NE. They farmed near Aurora and Marquettte, NE. Retired to Aurora. 2001: Moved to Central City, NE. Violet died Sun. 18 Fen 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Service: Thurs. at United Methodist Church, Aurora. Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 11 gch., 29 g-gch., etc; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her husband (died 16 Jun 2003); her parents; a sister Dorothy Howland. Memorials to the church.

Aurora News Register and Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Feb 2007
Emma C. "Jackie" FOGT, 87 (photo)

Born 5 Nov 1919, Aurora, NE. Parents: Alfred Peterson & Sarah Wray. 23 Jul 1941: Married Theodore R. Fogt at Central City, NE. Died Sun., 18 Feb 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Thurs., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Hom;  Burial in Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: 3 nieces and a nephew; 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; sister Mary Jayne Meyer, 2 brothers - Robert & Alfred "Bus"Peterson; 2 half-brothers - Clarence & Ray Peterson. Memorials to Stuhr Museum.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 20 Feb 2007
Leila SMITH, 84 (photo)

Born 28 Aug 1922, Central City, NE.  arents: Ralph D. Wise & Gertrude L. Whitney. 16 Dec 1939: Married Marion G. Smith at North Platte, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Member of 7th Day Adventist Church. Died Sun. 18 Feb 2007 at Grand Island. Service: Wed. Apfel Funeral Home. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 2 daughters, 13 gch., 25 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents, 3 sons; 3 sisters - Betty Henderson, Bonnie J. Williams & Phyllis Wise; 3 brothers - Ralph, Vincent & Jim Wise.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 21 Feb 2007
Cyrus L. BARTELS, 90 (photo)

Born 5 Mar 1916, Greenwood, SD. Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Herman Bartels. WW II: US Army. 8 Feb 1946: Married Buzzetta Sangster at Burke, SD. They lived at Colome, SD; Wichita, KS; Guernsey, WY and Omaha, NE. Mechanic. Cyrus died Sun. 18 Feb 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: a step-son and 4 step-gch. Predeceased by his wife (died 2 Nov 2002); his parents and a brother Elmer Bartels.

Grand Island Independent obit - Wed. 21 Feb 2007
Hugh DOYLE, 67

Born 19 Jun 1939, Webster Co., NE. Resident of Central City, NE. Died Sat. 17 Feb 2007 at home. Service: Wed. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Red Cloud, NE. Burial in church cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter. 

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 21 Feb 2007
Carol E. RIEKEN, 81 (photo)

Born 20 Sep 1925 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Orville Peck & Mary Bloxom. 1942 grad. Clarks HS. School teacher. 23 Aug 1949: Married Lyle Rieken at Central City, NE. They lived on farms in Nance & Merrick Counties. Died Mon., 19 Feb 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial at Pierce Chapel (Bureau Cemetery near Clarks, NE).  Survivors: A son, a daughter, a gch. and a g-gch; a brother, a sister. Predeceased by her husband (died in 1984), her parents and a son-in-law, Ron Krueger. 

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-10 p5b D112 F113 (w/p).

Grand Island Independent (death/funeral notice) - Thurs. 22 Feb 2007
Debra D. LAUTENSCHLAGER, 47

Died Wed. 14 Feb 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Lived near Palmer, NE. Service: Sat. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Cremation afterward. Arrangements by Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 26 Feb 2007
Verlin Dean HILDERBRAND, 81 (photo)

Born 15 Jan 1926, Fort Lupton, CO. Parents: Frederick A. "Fritz" Hilderbrand & Nettie P. Brown. Grad. CCHS.  1944-46: US Navy. Farm worker, brick layer. 1954: "seriously injured in a stock car accident." Lived with his parents, and then with a brother. Died Sat. 24 Feb 2007 at Veteran's Home, Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & their wives, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents, brother Merle, sister Carol Lynn; a niece & a nephew.

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 1 Mar 2007
Lillie Christine SUCK, 98 (photo)

Born 24 Jun 1908 near Scotia, NE. Parents: Henry Hermsmeyer & Carolina Vogt. Attended school near Scotia, and at Grand Island, NE.  2 Feb 1930: Married Lester A. Suck secretly. Lester died 28 Feb 1981. Lillie moved to Mullen, NE; died there Tues. 27 Feb 2007. Visitation: Fri. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Sat., Zion United Methodist Church near Archer, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, 4 gch., 11 g-gch.; a brother and 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; 2 sisters -Martha Yost & Viola Loftus; 3 brothers - Albert, George & Edward (infant). 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 Mar 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 6 Mar 2007
Violet C. GALUSHA, 93 (photo)

Born 2 Nov 1912 on Prairie Island, Merrick County, NE. Parents: Samuel G. Sawyers & Loualta Adams. 3 Feb 1932: Married Elmer E. Galusha at Central City, NE. They operated Community Sales; she ran the sale-barn cafe. Died Thurs., 1 Mar 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery.  Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 7 gch., 16 g-gch., 5 gg-gch.; a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (died 9 Mar 2001), son-in-law Dwaine Nelson; 3 sisters - Edith Peters, Ruby Ortegren & Marjoie Dettman; 3 brothers - Harold, Raymond & Orville Sawyers; 2 g-gch. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p201; 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p6a D125 F127 (w/p); Merrick Co. NE Marriage Records Book I p598 #I-598

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 4 Mar 2007
Kathleen SCHOTT, 83 (photo)

Born 12 May 1923, Rising City (Butler Co.), NE. Parents: John M. White & Myrtle Baker. 1941 grad Silver Creek HS.  Grad. of Kearney State College. Teacher. 19 Jan 1947: Married Merle P. Schott at Silver Creek, NE. Died Fri., 2 Mar 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery.  Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home of Columbus, NE. Survivors: 3 daughters, 3 gch. Predeceased by her husband (died 27 Apr 1984); her father (died 1967), her mother (died 1995).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Mar 2007
Leonard Albert DEARKING, 90

Born 16 Jul 1916, Ohiowa, Iowa. Parents: Albert Dearking & Sophia Bahe. Died Sat. 3 Mar 2007, Central City, NE.  Service: Tues., St. John's Lutheran Church, Ohiowa. Burial: Ohiowa Public Cemetery. Arrangements by Farmer & Son Funeral Home, Geneva, NE. Survivors: A son and a daughter; 5 gch., 4 g-gch.  Predeceased by his wife Marian. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Mar 2007
Dianna M. LOCKWOOD, 64 (photo)

Born 4 Nov 1942, Hastings, NE. Parents: Victor Martin Kroll & Arlene Luella Stade. 1960 grad Kenesaw HS. 19 Jan 1963: Married Darrel Lockwood at Juniata, NE. They lived near Hastings, NE; in Iowa; at Marquette and then at Palmer, NE. She died Sun. 4 Mar 2007 at Tijuana, Mexico. Visitation: Sun., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE.  Service: Mon., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a son & his wife; a brother & his wife. Predeceased by daughter Kristine.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Mar 2007
Elmer BLANK, 91 (photo)

Born 9 Jan 1916, Mercedes, TX. Parents: J.S. Blank & Alma Donscheske. 1919: family moved to Nebraska. He attended rural schools near Central City, NE.  23 Nov 1939: Married Marjorie Mae "Mamie" at Archer, NE. They farmed near Archer, NE. 1958: Moved to Central City, NE.  He worked for the police department (3 yrs), then drove truck; worked for Merrick County Dept of Roads. Died Fri. 9 Mar 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home.  Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, ason. Predeceased by his parents and 2 half-brothers - Leonard & Charles Kanter. Memorials to American Heart Association.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Mar 2007
Harvey W. BRUNS, 87 (photo)

Born 28 Jun 1919, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William H. Bruns & Johanna E. Seim. 21 Nov 1942: Married Merle G. Kaiser at Worms, NE. They farmed near Archer. Merle died 23 Oct 2002. Mr. Bruns died Sat. 10 Mar 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in church cemetery. Arrangements by Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul. Survivors: 3 sons, 1 daughter, 9 gch, 11 g-gch. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 4 sisters - sisters Helen Bader, Hulda Suck, Elsie Weller & Ella Hursh; 4 brothers - Albert, Edward, Garrett & William Jr (infant). Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Mar 2007
Edna Irene BELLE, 97 (photo)

Born 11 Jul 1909, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Joseph C. Fullington & Hattie J. Gagle. 4 Jan 1933: Married Floyd A. Belle at Aurora, NE. They lived in Central City, NE. 1940: Moved to Hamburg, IA.  Floyd died in 1973; Edna returned to Central City. She died Sun. 11 Mar 2007 at Central City. Service: Thurs., at Solt Funeral Home. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: A son-in-law, a daughter-in-law; 5 gch., 8 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband; son Carroll Belle (died 1986); daughter Connie Schenk (died 2003); 2 brothers - Earl & Cecil Fallington; 2 sisters - Delia Rice & Inez Erickson. Also deceased - an infant granddaughter and an infant great-granddaughter.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 335 ((E Rice), 350 (F Schenk Jr)

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Mar 2007
Albin B. NABITY, 84

Born 24 Jul 1923, Central City, NE. Parents: Anton & Mayme Nabity. Died Wed., 7 Mar 2007, Phoenix, AZ. Service: Tues., St. Theresa Catholic Church, Phoenix. Survivors: 9 children, 26 gch., 30 g-gch.; 3 brothers, a sister. Predeceased by his wife Betty. Also deceased - his parents; twin brother, Rev. Anthony Nabity SCJ, and brother, Rev. Walter Nabity; sister, Mary Brogan.

Note: For family - see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p301 (Nabity); Merrick Co NE Marriage Records Book G p635 #3170; 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p5A D93 F93: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p4a D85 F87: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 16 Mar 2007
Velma V. TUNKS, 85 (photo)

Born11 Jun 1921, Belleville, KS. Parents: Frank Everhart & Lydia King. 1 May 1943: Married Merle L. Tunks at Belleville, KS. 1960: Moved to Geneva, NE. 1954: Moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Tunks died Wed. 13 May 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Sat. Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City, NE.  Burial in Hawk Cemetery, Haddam, KS. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: 3 sons, 6 gch., 6 g-gch.; a brother, a sister.  Predeceased by her husband Merle, her parents, 3 brothers - Harold, Lou & Leo Everhart; 2 sisters - Betty June & Opal Owen. Memorials to the church. 

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Sun. 18 Mar 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 20 Mary 2007
Erma I. LUSK, 96

Born 19 Sep 1910 near Exeter, NE. Parents: Ralph Wullbrandt & Lena Lutz. 21 Oct 1929: Married Charles "Edward" Lusk at Kenesaw, NE. They lived in Fairmont area, and York area. 1986: Moved to Central City. Mr. Lusk died in March 2000. Mrs. Lusk died Fri. 16 Mar 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial in Fairmont Cemetery. Survivors: a daughter, a grandson, etc. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; her son-in-law.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Mon. 19 Mar 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 20 Mary 2007
Kathryn Marie McHARGUE, 93

Born 8 Jun 1913, Hamilton County, NE. Parents: Leslie Lock & Emma Christina Tunall. Attended CCHS, and Nebraska Teachers College, Central City, NE. 13 Feb 1934: Married Walter D. McHargue at Lincoln, NE. They lived in Texas while he was in military, then returned to Central City, NE and farmed. Mrs. McHargue died Sat. 17 Mar 2007 at Grand island, NE. Service: Tues., United Presbyterian Church, Central City, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; three sisters - Margaret Haynes, Mabel Nedblake, & Francis Matthews. Memorials to United Presbyterian Church of Central City or Long Term Care of Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Mar 2007
Maxine E. KUSKIE, 83 (photo)

Born 4 Jul 1923, near Central City, NE. Parents: Edward Peters & Erma Winkleman. 2 May 1942: Married Virgil E. Kuskie at Hastings, NE. They farmed near Central City, NE. Mrs. Kuskie died Sun. 18 Mar 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 gch., 3 g-gch; a sister-in-law.  Predeceased by her parents, and a sister Wilma (and her husband Ray Meyers). Memorials to Alzheimer's Association.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 266 (Kuskie), 318-9 (Peters); 1930 Fed. Census Midland Twp., Merrick, NE ED61-11 p1b D17 F17

Polk County Newspaper - Wed. 21 Mar 2007

Ivan Harley HASTINGS, 86

Born 3 May 1920, near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Warren DeWitt Hastings & Almyra Wisely. 1937 grad. Silver Creek HS. 22 Oct 1939: Married Glennis Maxine Timm at Osceola, NE. They lived in Omaha, and later at other places including Moline, IL. WW II: US Army. 1951: Moved to Polk Co., NE - lived at Swede Home and at Stromsburg. Died 11 Mar 2007 at hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Remains will be inurned later at Swede Home Cemetery near Stromsburg, NE.  Survivors: A daughter, 4 gch., 3 g-gch.; a brother, a sister. Predececeased by his wife; his parents; 4 brothers - George, Charles, & DeWitt (Dee) Hastings; 4 sisters, Alyce, Hazel, Fern, & Neva; and by his dear companion, Betty Albrecht Vasquez.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 22 Mar 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 27 Mar 2007
Richard L. BROWN, 89

Born 23 Oct 1917, Niles, OH. Parents: Frank Brown & Margaret Smith. Family moved to Hugoton, Stevens, KS.  22 Jun 1941: Married at Montezuma, KS. 1954: Moved to Jefferson County. 1958: Moved to farm in Merrick County.  Died Tues. 20 Mar 2007, Central City, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home.  Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in Central City Cem. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 20 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.  Also surviving are a brother, 2 step-brothers, a step-sister. Predeceased by a sister-in-law, Lazine Brown; a step-brother, Thomas Jones; and a step-sister, Kathryn (Jones) Curtis.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Mar 2007
Marian Cinda FAIRBAIRN, 64

Born 13 Sep 1942 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Clayton Anderson & Doris Buey. Raised near Cushing, NE. 1960 grad. St. Paul HS. Grad. Hastings College and Iowa State University.  Teacher (in Iowa). Died Sun. 18 Mar 2007 at Lead, SD.  Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial: St. Paul Cemetery. Arrangements by Aldinger Funeral Home, Spearfish, SD. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by her parents. Memorials to Hospice of the Northern Hills, the Adams House and Museum and the Lead YMCA preschool

Columbus Telegram - Sun./Mon. 25/26 Mar 2007; Grand Island Independent - Mon. 26 Mar 2007
Thomas E. CUNNINGHAM, 34

Born 5 Apr 1972, Lexington, NE. Parents: Terry & Karolyn Cunningham. 1991 grad. Medicine Valley HS, Curtis, NE.  Attended WyoTech in Laramie, WY. Lived in Lincoln, NE; moved to Silver Creek in 2002. Died Fri., 23 Mar 2007 near Chapman, NE. Service: Tues., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Burial: All Saints Catholic Cemetery, Columbus, NE. Survivors: His parents, finance, a son and a daughter; a sister, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his grandparents and 2 nephews.

Fremont Tribune - Mon. 26 Mar 2007; Grand Island Independent - Tues.27 Mar 2007
Donald A. HRUZA, 80

Born 3 Aug 1926, Chapman, NE. Parents: Alois Hruza & Marie Vogel. Grad. of St. Mary's HS, Grand Island, NE.  WW II and Korean War: US Navy. 5 Oct 1946: Married Juanita Parr at Louisville, KY. Farmed near St. Paul, NE.  1958: employed in SD, IA and IL. 1969: Started career as nursing home administrator - worked in NE, OK, and MI.  1984: moved to North Bend, NE. 2003: Moved to Fremont, NE.  Mr. Hruza died Sun. 25 Mar 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service: Thurs., St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Fremont, NE.  Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Fremont, NE.  Arrangements: Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont. Survivors: 2 daughters, 8 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 brothers, and a sister.  Predeceased by his wife (died 22 May 2004); a daughter & a son. Memorials: St. Patrick's Elementary School Fund.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-4 p4a D75 F76 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Mon. 26 Mar 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 27 Mar 2007; Polk County Newspaper - Fri. 30 Mar 2007

RoJean A. NECKER, 72

Born 31 Jan 1935, Osceola, NE. Parents: Edwin Gerhart Nelson & Alice Leona McClure. 1954 grad. Polk HS. 5 Jun 1953: Married Loyal Necker. They lived near Hordville (Hamilton Co.), NE. Mrs. Necker died Sun. 25 Mar 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Wed., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Thurs. 29 March at First Baptist Church, Hordville. Burial in Lindale Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 4 sons, 2 daughters, 17 gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents and a brother-in-law, Fred Smith.

Grand Island Independent and Aurora News Register - Tues. 27 Mar 2007
Einer Gustaf JOHNSON, 91 (photo)

Born 26 Oct 1915 near Marquette, NE. Parents: Gust F. Johnson & Ella M. Carlson. 1935 grad. CCHS.  12 Aug 1936: married Ethel Andersen. They farmed near Marquette; moved to Central City in 1984. Mr. Johnson died Sun. 25 Mar 2007, Central City, NE. Service: Wed. Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Mamre Church Cemetery near Marquette, NE. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 4 gch, 11 g-gch. 5 g-gch.; a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife (18 Jan 2004); daughter Cheryl Ann Johhnson; granddaughter Libby Fay Johnson Richards; grandson Mitchell Ray Kleve; 2 sisters - Norma Matthes and Edna Matthes.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 28 Mar 2007
Gene E. Schleichardt, 79

Resident of Chapman, NE. Died Mon., 26 Mar 2007. Visitation: Thurs., Kleine Funeral Home. Graveside service: Thurs., Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: a son, a daughter; a brother, 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife Sharon.

Note: Wife Sharon Sample Schleichardt, died 11 Feb 1998.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Mar 2007
Mary I. LEAMONS, 80 (photo)

Born 1 Nov 1926, Arlington (Washiongton Co.), NE. Parents: Jessie O'Connar & Minnie Mae Swearingin. Grew up at Viola, TN and North Loup, NE. 1948 grad. Grand Island SHS. 14 Oct 1950: Married Lloyd Leamons Jr. at Osceola, NE.They farmed at Chapman, NE. 1960: Moved to Cairo, NE. 1963: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Leamons died Mon. 26 Mar 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Sat., Apfel Funeral Home. Burial: Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 2 gch.; 2 sister. Predeceased by her husband (1971); her parents; a sister Alice Wight; a granddaughter. Memorials to National Kidney Foundation.

Note: For husband, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p271 (Leamons); 1930 Fed. Census, Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE - ED61-4 p3a D54 F54 (w/p); Chapman Cemetery extracts.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 31 Mar 2007
Florene R. DOREMUS, 88

Born 10 Jan 1919 near Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Frank Miller & Mary Cremeen. Married Victor Doremus (he is deceased).  Mrs. Doremus died Thus. 29 Mar 2007 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Mon., Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola, NE. Burial in Osceola Cemetery. Survivors: 2 daughters, a sister-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 31 Mar 2007
Donald D. KAMPER, 80 (photo)

Born 21 Feb 1927, Archer, NE. Parents: Herman Kamper & Lydia Luebke. Attended school in St. Paul, NE.  1950-56 (Korean War time): US Army. 27 Dec 1958: married Theresa Prorok at Grand Island, NE.  She died 9 May 1964.  6 Aug 1966: married Donna Eastman. Mr. Kamper died Thurs., 29 Mar 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., St. Mary's Cathedral. Inurnment: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: A son; 3 brothers, 3 sisters; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by both wives; his parents. Memorials: St. Mary's Cathedral, Parkinsons Disease or the Leukemia Society of America.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 Apr 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 3 Apr 2007; Polk County Newspaper - Fri. 6 Apr 2007
Eldon Outten HUTCHISON Sr., 73 (photo)

Born 10 Dec 1933, Osceola, NE. Parents: Theodore Hutchison & Emma Wilcox. Attended HS in Monroe, NE. 9 May 1953: married Patsy at Silver Creek, NE. Served in US Army. Lived in Grand Island and Columbus, NE. Resident of Aurora, NE. Died Fri. 20 Mar 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE.  Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements: Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola & Stromsburg. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, a son, 7 gch.; a sister and a brother. Predeceased by his parents; a son Barry; a brother Terrance Hutchinson.

Grand Island Independent (abbrev.) - Sun. 1 Apr 2007; Polk County Newspaper - Fri. 6 Apr 2007
Laird J. McCORMICK Sr., 76

Born 29 Jan 1931, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Lester Marion McCormick & Florence Bernice Hendrickson. 1948 grad. CCHS. 1948-52: US Marine Corps. Married in Washington, DC. Teacher, musician. Died Fri. 20 Mar 2007 at Lincoln, NE. Memorial service: Wed., Christ United Methodist Church, Lincoln, NE. Burial: Tues. at Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements: Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola & Stromsburg. Survivors: His wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons.  Also surviving: 5 sisters and a sister-in-law.  Predeceased by his parents, and a brother Neal McCormick.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p295.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Apr 2007
L. June WEBB, 95 (photo)

Born 23 Jun 1911, Scott City, KS. Parents: Herbert Jonathan Mott & Lillie Jane Watkins. 1934 grad. NE Central College, Central City, NE.  1949 grad. USC. Teacher, occupational therapist. June 1949: Married Weston Harry Bauerle Webb at Colorado Springs (died in 2002). Mrs. Webb died 27 Mar 2007, Central City, NE. Celebration of Life: Fri., 6 Apr at Friends "Quaker" meeting. Cremated.  Survivors: A daughter, a son, 6 gch., 23 g-gch., 5 gg-gch.  Predeceased by her husband and 5 older siblings - "Mary Hazel Mott, who died at 13 years old, David Wilfred or "Bill" Mott, Iona AraBelle Mott (Patrick), Jessie Evelynn Mott (Schutz), and Horace Greenleaf Mott." Memorials to Central City Friends Meeting (c/o Selma Mesner, 2611 Bader Drive, Central City, NE 68826).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Apr 2007
Raymond A. MEINKE, 84

Born 18 Jun 1922, St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE.  Parents: Fritz Meinke & Martha Tuenge. 17 Dec 1954: Married Minnie Boersen at Grand Island. They farmed in Merrick County; then moved to Grand Island, NE. He died Thurs. 5 Apr 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Mon., Apfel Funeral Home. Burial: Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: in-laws, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife (1 Sep 2006). Also deceased are his parents; 5 brothers - Ervin, Carl, Fred, Walter & Edward Meinke; 4 sisters - Lydia Gulzow, Gertrude Schroeder, Milda Crabtree & Myrtle Reimers. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 7 Apr 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 10 Apr 2007
Ralph Lewis RITTA, 83

Born 18 Mar 1924, Waukegan, IL. Parents: Lewis Earl Ritta & Emma Katherine Kuebker. 1942 grad. Lake Zurich HS.  20 Mar 1943: Married Dorothy at Ivanhoe, IL. Apr 1962: family moved to Central City, NE. Farmer. Mr. Ritta died Thurs., 5 Apr 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., Community Bible Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 5 sons, a daughter, 13 gch. Also surviving: a brother and a half-sister.  Predeceased by his parents; daughter Elizabeth Mae (died Apr 2002), son-in-law Larry J. Conn (died Jul 2001).  Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 10 Apr 2007
Edna M. LAUTENSCHLAGER, 78 (photo)

Born 29 Aug 1928, Dannebrog, NE. Parents: Thomas Reimers & Nellie Wilson. 10 Dec 1946: Married Leonard Lautenschlager at Palmer, NE. They lived on his family's farm. She died Sun. 8 Apr 2007 at Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Service: Wed., St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 4 daughters, 18 gch., etc. Also surviving: 2 brothers & 2 sisters.  Predeceased by 2 infant brothers, and a sister Dora Jean Fries; a daughter-in-law.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Apr 2007
M. Madolyn JOHNSON, 85 (photo)

Born 19 Apr 1921, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Elmer David Heuring & Florence Hazel Nason. Family lived in various places before setting near Marquette, NE. 1939 grad CCHS. 12 Jan 1941: Married Carl Adolf Johnson at her parents home. They farmed west of Hordville. Employed as receptionist & office nurse. 1981: They retired to Lincoln, NE. Oct 2003: Moved to Central City, NE. Carl died 17 Jan 2006. Mrs. Johnson died Wed., 11 Apr 2007 at Central City.  Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., at Fridhem Lutheran Church, Hordville.  Burial: Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons & their spouses, 9 gch., 12 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; brother Glenn Heuring and his wife Ilene; sister Berneice and her husband Oscar Cram. Memorials: Litzenberg Long Term Care or Fridhem Lutheran Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p248; 19 Jan 2006: Grand Island Independent obit of husband

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 13 Apr 2007
John R. "Jack" LINCOLN, 71

Born 5 Feb 1936, Beatrice, NE. Parents: Ross Lincoln & Irene Hill. 1954 grad Beatrice HS. 1959 grad NE Wesleyan.  8 Oct 1961: Married Patricia at Central City, NE.  They lived in Lincoln and Grand Island, NE. 1959-65: US Army Reserve. Business manager. Died Wed., 11 Apr 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Today at All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Sat., First Presbyterian Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters and a son, 6 gch. Predeceased by his parents; a sister Shirley Abbott. Memorials to Edith Abbott Memorial Library, First Presbyterian Church, the Humane Society.

 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 12 Apr 2007
Thaddeus S. "Ted" PALU, 79

Born 14 Feb 1928, Loup City, NE.  Parents: Edward Palu and Bertha Kosmicki.  25 Nov 1947: married Marcella Michalski at Loup City, NE. 1956: moved to Central City, NE. Mrs. Palu died 23 Aug 2002.  Mr. Palu died Tues. 10 Apr 2007 at Central City, NE.  Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Fri., St. Michael's Catholic Church.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 daughters, 8 gch., 7 g-gch.  Also surviving: 3 brothers, a sister.  Predeceased by his parents, and 2 sons-in-law - Howard Hubka and Mervin Luschei. Memorials: to the church.

Note: see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p240 (Hubka).

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Apr 2007
Forrest D. CHURCH, 83

Born 27 Aug 1923, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Walter T. Church & Marie Dickman.  24 Sep 1954: Married Henrietta L. Greger at Central City, NE. They lived south of Clarks, NE until 1982, then moved into town. Henrietta died 28 Nov 2006. Mr. Church died Mon., 16 Apr 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Wed., at chapel of Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter & son-in-law; 8 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his wife; his parents, sister Betty Gulbrandson, 4 brothers - Arnold, Ron, Melvin & Milford Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 157-8 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p7a D155 F155 (w/p); Bureau Cemetery Obits (w/mother).

Norfolk Daily News - Wed. 18 Apr 2007; Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 19 Apr 2007
Ewald H. HAKE, 92

Born 17 Jun 1914, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Edward Hake & Elise Korte. Attended school in Platte County, NE. 26 Mar 1939: Married Lola at Zion Lutheran Church. They farmed near Creston, NE; then moved to Leigh in 1953. Mr. Hake died Mon., 16 Apr 2007 at Columbus, NE. Service: Today, Zion Lutheran Church. Burial: church cemetery.  Arrangements: Gass Haney Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Survivors: wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, grandchildren; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, son-in-law, Robert Steele; brothers Elmer &Vernon Hake; brother-in-law, Victor Malasek.

Note: See Leigh Centennial, 100 Years p41 (Callies); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED189 Creston Twp, Platte, NE p5a D14 F7 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 19 Apr 2007
Edward L. "Ed" JOHNS,  81 (photo)

Born 21 Nov 1925, Catawissa, MO. Parents: William Elasco Johns & Emma Lolita Johnson. Grad. of Herculaneum HS. Served during WW II. Attended college in Emporia, KS. 24 Nov 1949: Married Alverta at Emporia, KS. Teacher, coach, farmer. 1969-1978: taught in Nebraska. Farmed in KS. 1999: moved to Central City, NE. Died Wed., 18 Apr 2007 at Central City. Memorial service: Sat., Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Central City. Burial: at later date, Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell, NE. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: wife, 3 daughters, 3 gch., 12 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 20 Apr 2007
Duane A. DEERTZ, 80

Born 20 Feb 1927, Palmer, NE. Parents: George Deertz & Mary Glause. 1945 grad. Grand Island HS. Retired from OP Skaggs Co./ Skagway Discount Dept. Stores after 37 years. Died Thurs. 19 Apr 2007 at Grand Island, NE. No visitation. Graveside service: Sat., Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements: Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE.  Survivors: a brother and a sister. Predeceased by his parents, and his sister Colleen Smith. Memorials: Grand Island Humane Society.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Apr 2007
Dixie Davis LOCK, 91

Born 14 Oct 1915, Central City, NE. Parents: Fred & Ethel Davis. Grad. of CCHS (salutatorian). Teacher.  1936: Married Herbert Lock. They lived in Omaha, NE; Washington, DC, Paris, France; Florida. Died 21 Feb 2007 at Palm Bay, Florida. Memorial service held at that place. Graveside service: Thurs., 26 Apr at Central City Cemetery, NE.  Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter, 2 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents and her brother Fred A. Davis Jr.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 27 Apr 2007
Shirley M. GARRETT, 66

Born 26 Jun 1940, Columbus, NE. Parents: Edward Hilmer & Pearl Adams. About 1946, family moved to Central City, NE. 1959 grad CCHS. 28 Jun 1959: Married Melvin Garrett at Fairview United Methodist Church. They lived in Oakland, CA while husband was in Navy. Returned to farm in Merrick County. Mrs. Garrett died Wed. 25 Apr 2007 at Kearney (Buffalo Co.), NE.  Visitation: Sun., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Service: Mon., Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Survivors: husband, 3 sons, a daughter, 7 gch., 2 step-gch; a brother & a half-brother, other relatives. Predeceased by her parents; stepfather, Armin Luschei; half brother, Mervin Luschei; and half sister, Janet Luschei. Memorials: Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital, Archer Park or Fairview United Methodist Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p203 (Garrett); History of Merrick Co., NE Vol II p168 (Garrett)

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Apr 2007
Mary V. BURRUSS, 103

Born 8 Mar 1904 on farm near Fairfield, IA. Parents: Frank L. West & Jennie C. Dana. Family moved to farm northwest of Clarks when Mary was one year old. 1921 grad Clarks HS. Attended Kearney State College; teacher. 24 Dec 1923: married Hubert M. Burruss at Osceola, Iowa. They farmed near Clarks, NE.  Mr. Burruss died 27 Dec 1970.  Mrs. Burruss died Sat., 28 Apr 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: today at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Tues. at United Methodist Church, Clarks, NE. Burial: Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: a son & his wife, 3 gch., 5 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, her parents, and a sister Hazel Dittmer.  Memorials: United Methodist Church at Clarks.

Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p400 (w/p); Dittmer Scrapbook p46 (newsclip); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p5A D130 F132 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p6a D126 F126

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Apr 2007
Richard Ernst SPIRES, 75

Born 7 Jun 1931, Clarks, NE. Parents: Nanette & Robert Spires Sr. Grad. of Clarks HS. Served in US Navy. 1958 grad. Denver University. Married Jean of Burwell, NE. Resided in Omaha, NE. Died Sun., 22 Apr 2007. Memorial service: Wed. at Countryside Community Church, Omaha. Arrangements: Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler.  Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 7 gch.; 2 sisters, 3 brothers. Predeceased by his parents; his sister Imogene Abbot, and a brother Frank Spires. Memorials to Clarks HS. Endowment Fund, or Countryside Community Church, Omaha, NE.

Note: Grand Island Independent - Fri. 1 Jun 2007 service notice "Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Countryside Community Church in Omaha."

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 May 2007
Portia REEVES, 101 (photo)

Born 26 Sep 1905, Central City, NE. Parents: Fred A. Marsh & Virginia I. Crites. 1923 grad of NE Central Academy.  1929 grad. of NE Central College. Teacher. 24 Dec 1929: Married Ted Reeves at Archer, NE. They farmed near Chapman. Mrs. Reeves died Sun. 29 Apr 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Tues., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Wed., First Baptist Church, Chapman. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 16 gtch., 22 g-gch., 2 gg-gch.; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband and her parents; 3 sisters - Dorothy Marsh (infancy), Erma Mesner and Elizabeth Jensen; 3 brothers -Earl, Marion, and Warren Marsh; 3 grandsons, Paul Jon Fraser, Daniel John Reeves and Randy Francis; and a great-grandson, Elliott Michael Reeves. Memorials: Merrick County Historical Museum and Chapman Baptist Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 282 (Marsh), 316 (Owens), 332 (Reeves); Nebraskana p766 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Midland Twp, Merrick, NE - ED161 p3B F18 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-4 p4a D80 F81; Marriage Records Book I p452 #I-452

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 May 2007
Dianne Marie DANKERT, 56 (photo)

Born 5 Jun 1950, Auburn (Nemaha Co.), NE.  Parents: Herman & Neva Koester. 1968 grad. Deshler HS. Attended Grand Island School of Business. 8 Mar 1970: married Dennis Dankert. Lived in Central City, NE.  2002: moved to MO. 2004: moved to Hutchinson, KS. Died Tues., 1 May 2007 at Hutchinson. Service: Sat., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter; her parents, a brother & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 4 May 2007
Evert D. OLSON, 81 (photo)

Born 23 Jan 1926 in Spring Creek area southwest of Comstock (Custer Co.), NE. 1944 grad. Dry Valley HS. 1944-46: US Navy. Farmer - near Berwyn, and Loup City, NE. 1991: Retired near Kearney, NE.  1995: Moved near Palmer, NE. Died Tues. 1 May 2007, St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Fri., Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Service: Sat. at Palmer Wesleyan Church. Burial: Douglas Grove Cemetery near Comstock, NE. Survivors: A sister & her spouse.   Predeceased by his parents, a sister Elvera Rivers, five brothers - Harry, Emil, Vernon, Bertil and an infant. Memorials to Palmer Wesleyan Church or the Howard County Community Hospital.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 May 2007
Wilma Ruth UDEN, 80 (photo)

Born 4 Jan 1927 south of Palmer, NE. Parents: Herber Dankert & Anna Nietfeld. Married Paul Uden. Mrs. Uden died Thurs., 3 May 2007 at home in Hastings, NE. Visitation: Sun., Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Service: Tues., Faith Lutheran Church. Burial: Concordia Cemetery near Juniata, NE. Survivors: a daughter, 3 sons. Predeceased by her husband and a son Roy.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE - ED61-12 p3a D49 F50 (w/p). Her parents - Merrick Co. Marriage Records Book G p405 #2939. Grand Island Independent obit of husband published 18 Mar 2003.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 5 May 2007
Ruby C. SCHULTZ, 90 (photo)

Born 13 Feb 1917, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: William Pressler & Goldie Culbertson. Attended school at Archer; grad of CCHS. 22 Dec 1944: married Arnold Schultz at her parents home, Cairo, NE. They farmed northeast of Cairo. She taught school in Merrick, Nance, Hall & Howard Counties. Arnold died 31 Oct 1986. Mrs. Schultz died Thurs., 3 May 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., Apfel Funeral Home, Cairo. Service: Mon., Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo.  Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cairo. Survivors: A son, 3 daughters, 7 gch., 10 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband; a son-in-law, Dennis Lindell, granddaughter, Sherry Lindell; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Opal and Dorsey Gay and Lucille and Elwin Ferris; an infant brother. Memorials to the church.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p324 (D Pressler); 1920 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE - ED160 p3B F48 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Mead Twp, Merrick, NE - ED61-10 p1a D10 F10 (w/p). Obit of sister Lucile published 15 Feb 2007 in GI Independent.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 8 May 2007
Betty L. SMITH, 79 (photo)

Born 39 July 1927 near Palmer, NE. Parents: William Starkey & Clara Samuelson. 4 Feb 1946: Married Calvin "Spike" Smith at Smith Center, KS. Died Mon. 7 May 2007 at Heritage Living Center, St. Paul, NE. Service: Thurs., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul.  Burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, a daughter, 8 gch., 6 g-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her parents; a brother LaVern; 2 sisters - Leila Hansen and Lucille Grause. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.

Note: For her family, see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p9A D56 F58: Loup Twp, Merrick, NE; and Rose Hill Cemetery extracts (Palmer, Merrick, NE).

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 12 May 2007
Jenna Mae TROTTER, 16 (photo)

Born 23 Nov 1990 at Grand Island, NE. Parents: Gary L. & Janie Trotter. Resident of Clarks, NE. Died Wed. 9 May 2007 in auto accident. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: her father & step-mother, her mother & step-father, 3 sisters (one is her twin), a brother; 3 step-brothers; several grandparents & some great-grandparents. Predeceased by several relatives.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 14 May 2007
Bennie E. KNUTSON, 84 (photo)

Born 21 Nov 1922, Pennock, MN. Parents: Thomas Knutson & Anna Grande. 1945-46: US Army. 3 May 1947: Married Lorraine G. Tjernagel at Spicer, MN. They farmed; then he went into construction work and they moved about.  Nov 1966: Family settled at Aurora, South Dakota where he started a business. Mrs. Knutson died 17 Nov 1998 at Brookings, SD. Mr. Knutson died Sun. 13 May 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: First Lutheran Norway Lake Cemetery near Spicer, MN. Survivors: 2 sons, 4 daughters, 23 gch., 18 g-gch.; 2  sisters. Predeceased by his wife, his parents, 2 brothers - Harold & Arthur Knutson; 2 sisters - Bergloit & Agnes.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 17 May 2007
Stella E. ULLSTROM, 97

Born 26 Jan 1910, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Jacob & Mabel Mohr. Grad. of CCHS. Married Kenneth Ullstrom. Died Mon. 14 May 2007, at hospital in Omaha, NE. Graveside service: Fri., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: a sister & 2 nephews. Predeceased by her husband; her parents and 3 brothers - Asa, Charles and Gerald.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 19 May 2007; Columbus Telegram - Sun. 20 May 2007
Victor N. CERNY, 84

Born 30 Oct 1922, Polk Co., NE.  Parents: John Leo Cerny & Mary Ziemba.  Lived on farm near Osceola, NE.  WW II: US Army Air Corps.  8 Oct 1946: Married Regina near Duncan, NE. They lived near Osceola. Later lived in Central City and in Grand Island, NE. Mr. Cerny died Thurs., 17 May 2007 at Veteran's Home, Norfolk, NE.  Service: Mon., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Interment at later date in Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements: Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: His wife, 4 children, 7 gch., 3 g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents; a brother - Donald; 2 sisters - Barbara Anderson & Elizabeth "Elsie" Cerny.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 25 May 2007
Gary LeRoy LEECE, 60 (photo)

Born 29 Aug 1946, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Billy L. Leece & Maxine Galusha. 1964 grad. Central City High School. Attended CO State Univ. at Fort Collins, CO.  22 Jun 1968: Married Marlene at Grand Island, NE. Insurance, real estate. Died Wed. 23 May 2007 at Grand island, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home Chapel, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: wife, 2 daughters, a son, 7 gch.  Predeceased by his parents, and a brother Ronny; his grandparents - Clyde and Edith Leece, Fred Galusha, Jess and Edith Austin.

Note: Obit of father - GI Independent, 31 Mar 2005

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 3 Jun 2007
Marjorie V. BRAASCH, 95 (photo)

Born 12 Dec 1911, Merrick Co., NE.  Parents: Jacob Mohr & Mabel Olson. Married Gilbert Braasch; lived in Central City, NE. Gilbert died in Sep 1981. Marjorie died Thurs. 31 May 2007 at Omaha, NE. Service: Tues., Christ Episcopal Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Survivors: A son and his wife, 2 grandsons, a g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; a sister - Stella Ullstrom; and 3 brothers - Asa, Charles & Gerald Mohr

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Jun 2007; Polk Co. Newspaper - Wed. 6 Jun 2007
Asa L. POLLARD, 64

Born 13 Apr 1943 Columbus, Platte, NE. Parents: Avard Asa & Roma G. Pollard.  Grew up at Clarks, NE. 1961 grad. Clarks Public School. 1962-66: USAF. 1 Jun 1968: Married Mary at Clarks, NE. They lived at Clarks, NE. 1973: with brother Rod, purchased Pollard Oil & Propane from their father. Asa died Sun., 3 Jun 2007 at Lincoln, NE.  Service: Thurs., St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Arrangements: Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton, NE. Survivors: wife, 1 son, 2 daughters, 4 gch.; mother and 3 brothers. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p321.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (photo) - Tues. 5 Jun 2007
Arvid Emanuel STRANBERG, 95

Born 4 Dec 1911, Hordville (Hamilton Co.), NE. Parents: John E. Stranberg & Mary Swenson. 1930 grad. Hordville HS. 20 Sep 1938: married Edna V. Dahlberg at Omaha, NE. They lived at Central City, NE. WW II: US Navy Seabees. 1946: opened Stranberg Carburetor and Electrical Service. "Arvid was named as the Outstanding Citizen by the Central City Chamber of Commerce in 1964." Died 3 Jun 2007 at David City, NE. Visitation: Today, Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service: Wed., Mamre Evangelical Free Church near Marquette, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, 4 gch.; a sister and a brother. Predeceased by his wife (1 May 2000); his parents; sister, Elvira Nyberg; and brother, Alvin Stranberg.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p378.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 12 Jun 2007
Olga L. SEIM, 91 (photo)

Born 23 Nov 1915, Steger, IL. Parents: Rev. H. William Meyer & Emma Kruse. 1932 grad. Oxford HS. 23 Jul 1936: Married Reynold Seim at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. They lived in Utah for 10 years, returned to farm near Worms, NE. 1984: Retired to St. Paul, NE. Mr. Seim died in 1986. Thereafter Mrs. Seim lived in St. Paul, Grand Island and Papillion; a few months ago moved to Adams, NE.  She died at Adams Sat., 9 Jun 2007. Service: Thurs., Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Burial in church cemetery.  Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE.  Survivors: 2 daughters, a son, 17 gch., 27 g-gch.; 3 sisters and a brother.  Predeceased by her husband & 2 sons - Jerry and Robert; her parents, 4 sisters, 5 brothers. Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 288 (Meyer), 359 (Seim). Obit of son Robert, Nov 2003.

Grand Island Independent   - Wed. 13 Jun 2007
Dean A. SIDDERS, 76 (photo)
Born 16 Nov 1930, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Vernon Sidders & Iva Waggoner. Grad of CCHS. 10 Feb 1952: Married at Central City, NE. 1952-54: US Marine Corps. Farmed north of Central City. Died Mon. 11 Jun 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE.  Private family service at later date. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, son, 3 daughters, 14 gch., 2 ggch; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents, his father-in-law Lawrence Watkins; and 2 brothers-in-law. Memorials: Central City Fitness Center.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 258 (King), 364 (Sidders)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 14 Jun 2007
Dr. Emmanuel "Chuma" WADIBIA, 48

Born 21 Mar 1959, Aba, Nigeria. Parents Fredrick & Gladys Wadibia.  Resident of Daphne, Alabama. Died 23 May 2007 at Fairhope, Alabama. Service: Fri., at Life Church, Mobile, Alabama. Graveside service: Tues., Bureau Cemetery near Clarks, NE. Local arrangments by Solt Funeral Home, Centraql City, NE. Survivors: His wife & 3 children; his mother, 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Also surviving are members of his wife's family living in Nebraska.

Polk County Newspaper
Fri. 22 Jun 2007
Bertha "Bea" CURRY, 85

Born 15 Jun 1921, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Alvin F. Anderson & Amanda E. Larson. Grad. of Osceola HS. Teacher. 3 Oct 1946: married Harold James Curry at Swede Home, NE. Died Fri. 25 May 2007, Overland Park, Kansas. Burial: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Survivors: Her husband, 4 children, 10 gch, 1 g-gch. Memorials to Altar Guild at Atonement Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent   - Fri. 22 Jun 2007
Marilyn L. RADEMACHER, 67

Born 19 Aug 1939, Adams Co., NE. Parents: George & Berniece Harrifeld. Grew up in Webster County. Attended Kearney State College. Taught mostly in Central City, NE. 14 Aug 1960: Married Paul B. Collison at Blue Hill, NE.  Later married Roger Rademacher. Died Wed., 29 Jun 2007 at Hastings, NE. Service: Sat., 23 Jun at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Blue Hill NE. Survivors: 2 children, 2 gch.; her mother, 2 sisters.

Columbus Telegram - Sun. 24 Jun 2007

Emil Carl "Toby" TOBIASON, 79

Born 10 Jun 1928, Chapman, NE. Parents: Harry Tobiason & Anna Hamer. 1946 grad Silver Creek HS. 1950-52: Military service in Korea. 5 Jun 1955: married at Genoa, NE.  "He was employed by the Nebraska Department of Roads for 34 years, retiring as maintenance supervisor in 1989." Died Fri., 22 Jun 2007 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Today, at McKown Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Highland Park Evangelical Free Church. Burial: Columbus Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, 1 daughter, 3 sons, 8 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister in Iowa. Predeceased by his parents, and grandparents; grandson Theodore Tobiason; brother-in-law Maurice Greek. Memorials to Columbus Christian School.

Aurora News Register, Grand Island Independent - Tues. 26 Jun 2007
Vickie J. CLINE, 50 (photo)

Born 2 Aug 1956, Sherman, TX. Parents: Ernest Soard & Barbara Twigger. Grew up in Joplin, MO. 3 Aug 1974: Married Robert Cline in Oklahoma. They lived in Central City, NE. Mrs. Cline died Sun. 24 Jun 2007. Service: Wed., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, son, 2 daughters, 4 gch.  Predeceased by her mother.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 Jun 2007
Wendy McCARROLL, 40

Born 7 Nov 1966, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Kenneth L. & Shirley McDonald. Died Tues., 26 Jun 2007 at Omaha, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Fri., Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: 4 daughters and a son; her parents & 3 sisters.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 1 Jul 2007; Aurora News Register - Tues. 3 Jul 2007
Merlyn Ray FOWLER, 74 (photo)

Born 22 Oct 1932, Marquette (Hamilton Co.), NE.  Parents: Joseph G. Fowler and Margaret R. Wilson. 1952 grad. of Hordville HS.  1953-55: US Army.  20 Nov 1955: Married Darlene at Archer, NE. Custodian for Hordville schools.  "He and Darlene have managed the food stand at the Merrick County Fair for over 30 years." Resident of Hordville, NE.  Died Fri. 29 Jun 2007 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service: Tues., chapel of Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Hordville Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 10 gch. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers , Melvin & Gene Fowler; a sister, Clover Jones.

The Oregonian, Portland, OR - Sun. 1 July 2007
Mildred L. SHIVELY, 90

Born 14 Jan 1917, North Platte (Lincoln Co.), NE. Maiden name: Soderman. 1946: Married Harold Shively. Harold died in 2006. Mildred died 22 Jun 2007, Portland, OR. Arrangements: Portland Memorial. Survivors: 3 step daughters and a step-son, 9 step gch., 14 g-gch.

Note: Husband was born in Central City, NE. Alternative marriage date: 29 Mar 1937, Vancouver, WA. Obit gives no information about service or burial place.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent (abbrev) - Tues. 3 Jul 2007
Wanda L. TEMME, 70

Born 26 Aug 1936, Elgin, NE. Parents: Louis F. Ganskow & Lulu A. Koinzen. 1954 grad. Neligh HS. 1956-1971: lived in CO.  20 Apr 1971: Married Donald G. Temme. They lived in Petersburg, NE.  1976: Moved to Clarks, NE.  Mrs. Temme died Thurs., at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service will be private. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, a son, a gch.; 2 brothers & 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; 2 infant sisters (Bonnie & Dion Ganskow); 3 brothers: Keith, Bob and Gene Ganskow. 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Jul 2007
Alma "Peggy" GOINS, 93

Born 8 Sep 1913 near Chapman, NE. Parents: William Jerome and Lila Zeitler. Also lived near Palmer, NE and in Central City. Attended CCHS. Moved to Grand Island, NE.  6 Aug 1949: Married Russel Goins at Grand Island, NE.  They owned & operated a diner. Mrs. Goins died Mon., 2 Jul 2007 at Grand Island. Service: Sat., Apfel Funeral Home.  Burial: Westslawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Survivors: 3 daughters, 4 gch., 5 g-gch.; 2 sisters, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband, and a brother Glen Jerome.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 15 Jul 2007
Edna Viola BELL, 84

Born 14 Jan 1924, Worms, NE. 18 Jul 1943: Married Leo C. Bell at Ann Arbor, MI. 1945: They moved to Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Bell died there Sat., 14 Jul 2007. Service: Mon., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial at later date.  Survived by 3 sons, 7 gch.  Predeceased by her parents (not named), her husband and a son Richard.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 15 Jul 2007
Glen HINKLE Jr., 63

Born 12 Nov, 1943, Palmer, NE. Parents: Glen H. Hinkle & Mabel Smyers. Grad. of CCHS (when 45 yrs of age). 20 May 1967: married Dee at Sargent, NE.  They lived at Sargent and Bassett, NE.  Opened a construction business in Central City, NE. Moved to Grand Island in 1980. Mr. Hinkle died Fri., 13 Jul 2007 at Grand Island. Service: Wed., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son & 2 daughters, 4 gch.; a sister & brother-in-law, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; two sisters & a brother-in-law, Dorothy Miller and Bette and Keith Bailey; brother, Jimmy Hinkle.

Note: For parents - see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-13 p1A D3 F3: Prairie Island Twp, Merrick, NE; and extracts of Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Jul 2007
Lily D. KUCERA, 72
Born 9 Aug 1934, Ogallala, NE. Parents: Thomas L. Schuler & Fern Allen. Married Jimmie Kucera (he is deceased).  Died Thurs. 12 Jul 2007 at hospital in Grand Island, NE.  Service: Tues., First Church of Christ, Palmer, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Arrangements; Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 2 stepsons and a stepdaughter; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by her husband; daughter Cathy, son Danny; step-daughter Sherry Caputo.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Jul 2007
Merlyn W. SOLT, 76

Born 4 Oct 1930, Central City, NE. Parents: Leslie Wain "L.W." Solt & Beulah M. Turney. 1948 grad. CCHS.  Attended Hastings College, Univ. of Iowa and Univ. of CO.  Chemist.  1952-54: US Army. 1 Mar 1968: married Violette at Knoxville, TN. They lived at Golden, CO. Died there Sat. 14 Jul 2007. Service: Wed., chapel of Solt Funeral Home. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, many relatives. Predeceased by his parents and a brother Ronald; 2 nephews: Les & Lindle Morris.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 20 Jul 2007
William "Bill" KRUSE, 75

Born 28 Sep 1931, Chapman, NE. Parents: George Kruse & Rose M. Stueven. 1949 grad. Grand Island HS. Korean era: USAF (Spain & Germany). Never married. Farmed with father & brother; worked at feed store. Died Wed., 18 Jul 2007 at GI Veterans Home. Service: Satt., Livingstone-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Predeceased by his parents; brother Ernest; nephew, James Kruse; great-niece Nitaya Kruse.

Note: For parents & brother see 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p3a D57 F57: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Jul 2007
Wauneta Lavonne McBRIDE, 82 (photo)

Born 13 Oct 1924, Archer, NE. Parents: Louis Wegner & Lydia Weller. Grad. of Archer HS. Cartographer. 23 Sep 1950: Married Warren McBride at Denver, CO. They lived there, and in Glendale, CA; returned to Archer, NE in 1954. 1992: Retired to Bayou Vista, TX. She died Sat. 21 Jul 2007 at hospital in Sugarland, TX. Service: Wed., Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Galveston, TX. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 2 gch.; a brother & 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband (died 2004). "Memorials may be sent to Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, TX 77551."

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p5b D116 F116: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Jul 2007
Gerald Leroy "Jerry" BETTS, 67 (photo)

Born 7 Nov 1939, Central City, NE. Parents: Roy Betts & Frances Hilderbrand. 1957 grad. CCHS.  2 Jun 1958: Married Charlene C. Eckstrom at Palmer, NE. They farmed near Palmer, then owned a business in Central City. Charlene died 14 Dec 2004.  17 Mar 2006: Jerry married Melba Jones Minich in Long Beach, CA. He died Wed., 25 Jul 2007 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial: Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel near Clarks, NE. Survivors: his second wife; 2 sons, a daughter, a step-daughter; a brother and a sister. Predeceased by his first wife and a daughter Becky Betts (died 19 July 1981); his parents and an infant sister Barbara. 

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 25 Jul 2007
Janice GRAY, 72 (photo)

Born 9 Feb 1935, Hastings, NE. Parents: Michael R. Geren & Della E. McGowen. Grad. of Central City HS. Catholic. 26 Jan 1957: Married Gerald P. Gray at Central City. They lived in Riverside, CA and Broomfield CO; moved to Loveland, CO in 1976. Mrs. Gray died 28 May 2007. Service was held 31 May at Viegut Funeral Home, Loveland, CO. Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 12 gch., 1 g-gch.; 2 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her parents; a brother, Joe Geren. "Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Larimer County in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538."

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Jul 2007
Janet E. HEDGLIN, 58 (photo)

Born 21 Dec 1948, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Merle Brittain & Alice Brown. Attended Wood River HS. Methodist. 9 May 1964: Married Levi Hedglin at Wood River, NE. They lived in Wood River, and then MO. 1984: moved to Central City, NE.  Levi died 17 Jul 2006.  Mrs. Hedglin died Thurs., 26 Jul 2007 at Central City. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 5 sons & 4 daughters-in-law, 21 gch.; 5 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; brother Norman Brittain; sisters Lela West & Mary Brittain.

The Oregonian, Portland, OR - Mon. 30 July 2007
Eugene H. THURSTONSON, 80

Born 25 May 1927, Silver Creek, NE. Served in US Army. Early 1950's: Moved to Portand, OR.1961: Married Gertrude "Trudy" Goodin (dec. 1979).  Lived in Tigard & Wilsonville, farmed near Canby. Mr. Thurstonson died 28 Jun 2007, farming accident. Memorial service: Thurs., 2 Aug 2007, Canby Funeral Chapel. Survivors: 2 sisters, nieces & nephews.

Note: For family see 1920 Census, Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED162 p9B D18 F18 (parents & 2 sisters listed). 1930 Census, Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-15 p3a D57 F57 (parents, Eugene & 3 sisters listed).  Sister Irene Frizell's obit - Columbus Telegram, Thurs. 14 Mar 2002


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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 4 Aug 2007; Aurora News Register - 7 Aug 2007
Heber C. WAGNER, 90 (photo)

Born 8 Apr 1917, Merrick County, NE. Parents: August J. Wagner & Johanna Sierks. Attended Archer HS.  1942-1945: US Air Force.  21 Mar 1942: Married Alma at Lincoln, NE. They farmed west of Central City until 1972, moved into town. Mr. Wagner died Fri., 3 Aug 2007 in Fullerton, NE. Service: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons and their spouses, 4 gch, 4 g-gch; a sister. Predeceased by 6 sisters - Silda Stelk, Lydia Wagner, Frances Hanna, Clara Summerville, Erma White & Edna Wagner; 4 brothers - Roy, Claus, Glen & Howard Wagner. Memorials: American Legion Baseball program.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED157 p4B D89 F89: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p3b D64 F66: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE; and History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 394-5 (Wagner)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 9 Aug 2007
Lowen D. LEMBURG, 67

Born 26 Dec 1939 near Dannebrog, NE.  Parents: Gustav Lemburg & Dora Becker. Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Tues., 7 Aug 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Service: Fri., Wesleyan Church, Palmer. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Dannebrog, NE. Survivors: A sister & a brother.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 12 Aug 2007
Rodney L. GLATTER, 58 (photo)
Born 20 Jul 1949, Stromsburg, NE. Parents: Walter Glatter and Virginia A. Green. Attended school in Central City, NE.  1967-69: US Navy. Lived in Denver, CO. Oct 2006: Returned to Central City, NE. Died Fri. 10 Aug 2007 at hospital. Graveside service: Wed. Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sisters & their husbands; 5 aunts, a niece & 4 nephews. Predeceased by his parents & grandparents.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 14 Aug 2007
Patricia"Pat" WILSON, 72

Born 10 Jul 1935, Schuyler, NE.  Parents: Burt & Agnes McGee.  1952 grad. Chapman HS.  3 Jan 1959: married Robeert Wilson at Chapman.  They lived in Edmund, OK.  "She taught school in the Edmund area for over 25 years, receiving Teacher of the Year in 1976-77, and then received the State of Oklahoma Teacher of the Year award in 1978." She died 1 Aug 2007.  Service held 6 Aug. at Edmund First United Methodist Church.  Survivors: husband, a dauaghter, a son, 2 gch.; 2 sisters, a brother. Predeceased by her parents, a brother Dennis McGee.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 15 Aug 2007
Ella G. CUPITA, 91(photo)

Born 10 Jun 1916, Verdigre, NE. Parents: Frank Dobry and Chrisina Rytarich. 1934 grad. Crete HS. 16 Oct 1933: Married Edward F. Souhrada in South Dakota. They lived in Wymore, then Syracuse, NE. Mr. Souhrada died in 1968.  She married second to Tom Cupita. They lived in Omaha, NE. She moved to Central City to live with a son, and they recently moved to Burwell, NE. Mrs. Cupita died Sun. 12 Aug 2007 at Burwell. Service: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial: Hillcrest Cemetery, Omaha, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 6 gch., 8 g-gch, 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by both husbands; 3 sisters - Blanche Ambrose, Irene Williams & Clarice Best. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 17 Aug 2007; Aurora News Register - 21 Aug 2007
David L. BOTTORF, 53 (photo)

Born 2 Jun 1954, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Freman E. and Shirley Bottorf.  1973 grad. of Aurora HS (Hamilton Co.).  23 Sep 1973: Married Mary Ann at Aurora, NE. Resident of Clarks, NE. Died Mon., 13 Aug 2007. Memorial service: Sat. at Curran Funeral Chapel, (Grand Island). Cremated. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 7 gch.; his parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters. Predeceased by brother Lonnie.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 19 Aug 2007
Patricia KUNZE, 64 (photo)

Born 8 Jul 1943, Phoenix, AZ. Parents: James Allen and Hazel Irene Kimes.  29 May 1962: Married Warren Kunze at Las Vegas, NV.  1968: settled in North Platte, NE.  1989: Moved to farm east of St. Paul, NE. Mrs. Kunze died Fri. 17 Aug 2007 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Mon., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul. Service: Tues., St. Mark's Lutheran Church, St. Paul, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: Her husband, a son, 2 daughters, 3 gch.; 3 brothers. Predeceased by her parents and 2 sisters: Elsie Mae Ferguson & Carol Jean Brown. Memorials ... "to the local chapter of the American Red Cross in support of Blood Drives or to St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island."

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 20 Aug 2007
Earl A. DANKERT, 77

Born 23 Feb 1930, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Arthur and Alice Hamann Dankert. Grew up on farm near Dannebrog, NE.  1953-55: US Army.  11 Jul 1954: Married Donna. Continued on farm until 1977 when moved to Grand Island, NE.  He died Sat., 19 Aug 2007 at Grand Island. Service: Fri., Trinity Lutheran Church. Cremains will be interred at Cairo Cemetery, later. Arrangements: All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son a daughter; a sister. Predeceased by his parents, a sister Marion Schultz; a sister-in-law.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p2b D43 F44: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 20 Aug 2007
Alice Mae FREDRICKSON, 89
Born 17 Nov 1917 on farm near Clarks, NE.  Parents: Herman H. and Stella Eugene Hipke Kohl. Married Wallace Fredrickson; he is deceased. Resident of Stromsburg, NE. She died Sun., 19 Aug 2007 at hospital in Lincoln, NE.  Service: Wed., Salem Lutheran Church, Polk Co., NE Burial: Stromsburg Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, and a brother.

Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p13B D154 F161: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p3a D53 F53: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 20 Aug 2007
Nathan H. LUTES, 79 (photo)

Born 24 Jan 1928, Sidney, NE.  Parents: Louis & Ernestine Hanna Lutes.  Abt 1937: Family moved to Stapleton, NE.  1950-52: US Army.  28 Dec 1952: Married Joyce at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Thedford. Lived in Minneapolis, MN, then Lyons, NE as Assembly of God Church pastor. 1969: Moved to Central City, NE. Died Sat., 18 Aug 2007, Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home.  Service: Tues., Fairview United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial: Lone Star Cemetery, Ringgold, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 gch.; 4 brothers, 5 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Martin & Stephen; a sister, Flora Connell. Memorials to  Nebraska Christian Schools.

Grand Island Independent -Thurs. 23 Aug 2007
Raymond Paul PETZOLDT, 80

Born 1 Feb 1927, Worms, NE.  Parents: Henry Petzoldt and Ella Mettenbrink.  20 Feb 1955: Married Laverna at Grand Island, NE.,  Died Fri.. 17 Aug 2007 at Hastings, NE. Service: Thurs., First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hastings.  Burial: Parkview Cemetery. Arrangements: Brand-Wilson Funeral Home Cremation Service. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 gch., a g-gch; a brother & his wife, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; a brother Clarence. Memorials: First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the American Diabetes Foundation or the Adams County Cancer Association.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p2B D34 F34: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Aug 2007
James Dee "Jim" GILLAN, 73 (photo)

Bone 1 Jan 1934, York, NE. Parents: Leland and Cecil Griffee Gillan.  1953 grad. of CCHS. 21 Nov 1954: Married Ruth.  24 Nov 1982: Married second to Wendi at Denver, CO.  (Wife is Methodist minister.) Currently was a resident of Northwood, IA.  Mr. Gillan died Wed., 22 Aug 2007 at hospice in Mason City, IA.  Services at Northwood, Iowa and Central City, NE.  Arrangements in NE by Wagner Funeral Home.  Survivors: His wife, 2 children; a brother, his in-laws, and other relatives. Predeceased by his parents and grandparents; 2 brothers, Bill and Sam Gillan; 2 sisters, Lauree Lorensen & Norma Haith; nephew, Jim Lorensen; sister-in-law, Sally Persons-Beck.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 25 Aug 2007
Arnold H. BEYERSDORF, 75 (photo)

Born 8 Jan 1932, St. Libory (Howard Co.), NE. Parents: Max & Sadie Hostler Beyersdorf. 15 Oct 1952: Married Doris (of Palmer, NE) at Zion Lutheran Church, Worms, NE. Served during Korean War in USAF.  Farmed near Worms, NE. Teacher.  Lived in St. Paul and Kearney area. Died 13 Aug 2007 at Tucson, AZ. 1 Sep 2007: Cremains to Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, 2 sons, 10 gch., 5 g-gch.; 2 brothers. Predeceased by his parents, son Bruce (18 Mar 2004), and a grandchild, Sarah. Memorials: Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Columbus Telegram   - Mon. 27 Aug 2007
Cecil IRWIN, 89

Born 16 Jul 1918, Palmer, NE. Parents: Raymond Irwin and Anna Yonk. 10 Sep 1939: Married Mary Ellen Greser.  They lived in Columbus, NE; Villa Park, IL; St. Louis, MO; and Kentucky. Worked with horses; retired to Columbus, NE. Died there Fri., 24 Aug 2007. Service. Tues., McKown Funeral Home. Burial: Roselawn Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter and grandchildren; a brother; other relatives. Predeceased by his wife (1 Oct 2003); his parents; sisters - Ruth Hack, Rene Skank, Hazel Swanson; brothers - Art, Bob, Fred & Ralph Irwin; August & Earl Rickner.

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 29 Aug 2007
Donald W. KORCEK, 50

Born 10 Dec 1956, Maywood, CA. Parents: Herb & Pat Korcek. Grew up in Central City and Columbus, NE. Served 10 years in US Navy. Worked as electronic technician in Mesa, AZ. Died there Fri., 24 Aug 2007. Memorial service will be private. Survivors: 2 daughters; his mother, his father and his step-mother, 3 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 30 Aug 2007
Deloris L. NORGARD, 76 (photo)

Born 19 May 1931, Central City, NE. Parents: Lisle & Sophia Mason. Grad. of CCHS. Married Robert Norgard. Lived in Central City. Telephone operator. 1958: They moved to Sacramento, CA.  She died 22 Aug 2007 in CA. Memorial services will be later. Survivors: a daughter, 1 gch., 1 g-gch; 3 brothers, 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband.

Note: Her parents - see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p 415 (Zlomke)

Columbus Telegram, Fremont Tribune - Fri. 31 Aug 2007
Laun E. HINKLE Jr., 72

Born 12 Jul 1935, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Laun E. Hinkle St. and Helen Staniec.  1951 grad. of Silver Creek HS.  1950-55: US Navy. Communication technician. 13 Feb 1958: Married Virginia in Columbus, NE. They had lived in numerous places - overseas, in NE, in MO and recently Wellsville, KS.  Laun died there, Wed., 29 Aug 2007. Memorial service Sat.. at A.J. Merrick Manor Chapel, Fremont, NE.  Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 19 gch., 11 g-gch., 1 gg-gch.  Predeceased by his father. Memorials : Hospice Care of Kansas or the American Cancer Society, c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067.

Note: His father, see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p5B D16 F19: Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE; and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-14 p2b D35 F35: Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 31 Aug 2007
Olivia Jean Koza, infant
Daughter of Brad and Jodi Koza died 23 Aug 2007, at UN Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Family services were held Thursday. Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery in Silver Creek. Arrangements: McKown Funeral Home.

Grand Island Independent obit - Fri. 31 Aug 2007
Mamie Gertrude "Gertie" WILLIAMS, 91
Born 11 Aug 1916. Parents: John & Pearl Curtis Rawlings. Died Wed. 29 Aug 2007 at North Platte, NE. Visitation: Fri., Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Graveside service: Sat., North Platte Cemetery. Survivors: 4 sons; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband Orville L. Williams. 

Notes: Her family, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 329-3030 (Rawlings), 396 (Watkins); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED161 p5A F48: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p3a D49 F49: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 1 Sep 2007, Aurora News Register - 6 Sep 2007
Roy M. KNUTSON, 85 (photo)

Bornb 24 Sep 1921 near Hordville, NE. Parents: C. Henry Knutson & Purle Donelson. 1939 grad. of Hordville HS.  WW II: USAF.  Returned to family farm.  21 May 1987: Married Nadine Guilford. They retired to Central City, NE.  Nadine died 3 May 2005. Mr. Knutson died Fri. 31 Aug 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Tues., Wagner Funeral Home. Burial: Aurora Cemetery. Survivors: 4 step-children, 7 step-gch; a sister & her husband; 2 sisters-in-law.  Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Harvey & Roger Knutson; a sister Dorothy Quick. Memorials to American Legion.

Columbus Telegram - Sun. 9 Sep 2007
Bernice HANEY, 101

Born 16 Jun 1906 Krakow, Poland. Parents: Andrew Szostak & Catherine Boro. Grew up near Platte Center, NE. 28 Oct 1926: Married Howard Haney at Platte Center. Died Thurs., 6 Sep 2007 at Central City Care Center. Visitation: Sun./Mon. McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Service: Mon., St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial: Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, Columbus. Survivors: a son, a daughter, 7 gch., 16 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents, her husband, a daughter Roberta; 2 brothers - Frank and Louis Schostak; 3 sisters - Victoria Ryba, Agnes Sorensen and Mary Szostak; a son-in-law, Roger Larson.

Note: Two spellings for her maiden name.

Columbus Telegram and Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Sep 2007
Lucille Agnes CHOHON, 85

Born 1 May 1922, Leigh, NE. Parents: William Steiner & Erna Thomas. Grew up at Humphrey, NE. 16 Oct 1944: Married Henry Chohon at Humphrey, NE. They farmed near Tarnov, and then in Merrick County. 1984: They retired to Columbus, NE. After Henry died, she moved to the Grand Island Veteran's Home. Lucille died Sat. 8 Sep 2007 at hospital in Grand Island. Visitation: Tues./Wed. at McKown Funeral Home. Service: Wed., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, NE. Burial: St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 3 daughters; 6 sisters,3 brothers, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, etc.  Predeceased by her husband, her parents, 2 sisters - Esther Tworek & Wilma Recek; a brother, Ralph Steiner; a grandson, Joshua Chohon.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 12 Sep 2007
Glennys H. MADDOX, 88 (photo)

Born 18 Apr 1919, Deshler, NE. Parents: Conrad Seitz & Anna Hongerson. Grew up in Cairo, NE. "She worked for 25 years at TRW in Ogallala as an infiller." 30 Nov 1974: Married Kenneth Maddox at Central City, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE. Mrs. Maddox died there Tues., 11 Sep 2007. Service: Thurs., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island.  Burial: Fort McPherson National Cemetery (Maxwell, NE).  Survivors: Her husband, 2 sons (surname: BORING), 3 daughters, a step-son and 2 step-daughters; 16 gch., 22 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents, a brother & a sister; step-son Marshall Maddox, 2 gch., a son-in-law.  Memorials to St. Francis Hospice.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Sep 2007
S. Robert GILPIN, 73 (photo)

Born 23 Nov 1933, Carson, Iowa. Parents: Roy Gilpin & Elma Morris. 1952 grad. of Carson HS. 21 Mar 1953: Married Shirley at Carson, IA. Served in US Navy and USAF. 26 Dec 1974: Married Bonnie at St. Paul, NE. Farmer, trucker. Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Wed., 12 Sep 2007 at St. Paul, NE. No service. Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Wolbach, NE.  Arrangements: Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, Wolbach. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 2 step-sons, 3 step-daughters; 23 gch., 14 g-gch.  Also surviving - a brother & a sister. Predeceased by a grandaughter; his parents, & 2 brothers - Jack & Nick Gilpin.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 Sep 2007
Patricia D. KUNZE, 82

Born 23 Apr 1925, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Edward Scull & Anna Suponchick. 1943 grad. of St. Paul HS. Grad of St. Francis School of Nursing. 23 May 1947: Married Reinhardt Kunze at St. Paul. They farmed near Palmer, NE until 1976 when moved into town. 2004: moved to St. Paul, NE. Mr. Kunze died 30 May 2007. Mrs. Kunze died Thurs., 20 Sep 2007 at St. Paul. Visitation: Sun., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Mon., United Methodist Church, Palmer, NE.  Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.  Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents, & 2 brothers - Richard and Arthur Scull. Memorials to Matelyn Retirement Community or Howard County Community Hospital.

Note: Didn't find husband's obit.

Columbus Telegram - Mon. 24 Sep 2007; Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Sep 2007
Kathryn PROSOSKI, 94

Born 3 Jun 1913 on farm south of Genoa, NE. Parents: Thomas Tomasiewicz and Julia Iwan. Family moved to a farm in Merrick County, northeast of Clarks. 1931 grad. of Clarks HS. Taught in Nance County schools. 8 Jun 1936: Married Albin Prososki at Silver Creek. They farmed northeast of Osceola, NE. May 1974: Retired into town. Mrs. Prososki died Sun., 23 Sep 2007 at Osceola. Service: Wed., St. Vincent's Catholic Church, Osceola. Burial at Osceola Cemetery. Arrangements: Dubas Funeral Home. Survivors: 4 sons, a daughter,17 gch., 39 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband and her parents; 5 brothers - Joe, Francis, Frank, Tony and Louis; 3 sisters - Mary, Anna and Helen Sellers; one gch., one g-gch.

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 2 Oct 2007
Norma MARIMAN, 68

Born 6 May 1939, Riverton, WY. Parents: William Skala & Irene Schuller. 1956 grad. of Litchfield HS (Sherman Co, NE).  30 Jun 1959: married Edward Mariman at Geneseo, IL. They lived at Grand Island and Polk, NE. Mr. Mariman died in 1997. Mrs. Mariman was currently a resident of Central City, NE. She died Sat., 29 Sep 2007 at Colby, KS.  Service: Wed., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Grand Island.  Survivors: 3 sons, 6 daughters, 22 gch., 7 g-gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; 2 sons - Christopher & Joseph. Also deceased, her parents; a brother, Bill Skala; & a sister, Anna Yeager.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 3 Oct 2007
Dudley "Dud" Fossberg, 76

Born: 5 Oct 1930, Clarks, NE. Parents: Irvin Fossberg and Aleta Youmans. Died Sun. 30 Sep 2007 at Nebraska City (Otoe Co.), NE. Service: Wed. at First Christian Church, Nebraska City. Burial "with military honors" at Wyuka Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 3 siblings. Predeceased by a daughter, Sonia Renee Fossberg (1958), and a son, Steven Dudley Fossberg (Oct. 1, 1984.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Oct 2007
Verna P. ERICKSON, 98 (photo)

Born 7 Mar 1909 near Hordville, NE. Parents: Victor Erickson & Emily Nicholson. 1927 grad. of Hordville HS.  Teacher, principal. Died Tues., 2 Oct 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Fri. Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Sat., First Baptist Church, Hordville. Burial: Lindale Cemetery near Hordville. Survivors: 2 sisters & a brother.  Predeceased by her parents, 3 sisters - Blanche Johnson, Margaret Larson & Pearl White; 5 brothers-in-law - Lennart Johnson, Adrian Larson, Orwin White, Ronald Solt & Dwight King.

Fremont Tribune - Mon. 8 Oct 2007
Adelyne F. O’HARA, 94 (photo)

Born 6 Dec 1912, Chapman, NE. Parents: John Hruza & Aloise Musilek. 1924: family moved to Central City, NE.  1930 grad. of CCHS. Teacher. 16 Aug 1944: Married William R. O'Hara at Central City, NE. They farmed near North Bend, NE. Mr. O'Hara died 1 Apr 1967. Adelyne farmed with her son until 1977 when she moved into town. 2006: Moved to Gretna, NE. Died Sat. 6 Oct 2007 at Gretna. Visitation: Tues., Moser Funeral Chapel, North Bend.  Service: Wed., St. Charles Catholic Church, North Bend. Burial: Woodland Cemetery, North Bend. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 8 gch., 10 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, 4 brothers & 4 sisters. Memorials to North Bend Senior Center and North Bend Library Fund.

Note: For her family see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED155 p6A D48 F48: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-7 p7a D151 F153: Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Oct 2007
Edna A. BEETEM, 98 (photo)
Born 21 Jun 1909, Julian, NE. Parents: Theodore J. Lux & Ruby M. Ghumm.  1927 grad. of Nebraska City HS.  1930: Married E. Phil Morris. They lived in Lincoln, and then Omaha, NE. She became "an ordained elder minister for the Free Methodist Church. Her first pastorate was at the Free Methodist Church in Central City in 1945." Lived at McCook, NE and in California, always returned to Central City, NE. 15 Oct 1971: Married Leonard Beetem. They lived in Central City and managed the hospital's thrift shop. Mrs. Beetem died Tues., 9 Oct 2007 at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital, Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home. Service: Fri., Heartland Evangelical Free Church. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter, a son, 8 gch, 14 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents; brother, Ted Lux; 2 sisters, Josephine Smith & Beth Smith; a grandson.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 10 Oct 2007
Lyman WEDEMEYER, 85

Born 1 Oct 1922 on farm south of Ravenna, NE. Parents: Henry Wedemeyer & Anna Heesch.1940 grad. of Ravenna HS. 25 Aug 1946: Married Ellen at Worms, NE. They farmed on family place near Ravenna. Died Sun. 7 Oct 2007 at Kearney, NE. Service: Thurs., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ravenna, NE. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery, Ravenna. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 5 gch., 4 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents, sister Hattie Keilig; a grandson, Nicolas Wedemeyer.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I page 111.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 23 Oct 2007; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Wed. 24 oct 2007
John F. KOHL Sr., 86

Born 20 Sep 1921 at Clarks, NE. Parents: William G. Kohl & Catherine Hansen. Served in US Army. Farmed with his family. 25 Jan 1944: married Paula. They farmed northwest of Clarks, NE. Died Sun. 21 Oct 2007 at Lincoln, NE.  Service: Thurs., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Survivors: His wife, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 17 gch., 16 g-gch.; 3 sisters & 1 brother.  Predeceased by his parents; a brother, Arthur Kohl; two sisters, Martha Darnell & Elsie Grosch; a great grandson.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Oct 2007
Willard BADER, 86 (photo)
Born 3 Nov 1920, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John L. Bader & Elizabeth Lautenschlager.1945-146: US Navy. 27 Mar 1949: Married Margaret Lockard at Osceola, NE. They farmed near Palmer, raised livestock. Margaret died 8 Jan 2003.  Willard moved to Heritage Living Center in 2006, died Sat. 20 Oct 2007 at St. Paul, NE. Visitation: Tues., Palmer Funeral Home, Palmer. Service: Wed., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer. Survivors: his twin brother & his wife.  Predeceased by his wife Margaret; 5 brothers - John, Henry, Albert, Carl and George Bader; 2 sisters - Lilly Bosselman and Tilly Bader.

Note: For his family, see 1900 Fed. Census NE ED139 p7b D125 F126: Prairie Creek, Merrick, NE; and 1920 Fed. Census NE ED226 p2B D35 F35: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Oct 2007
Michael L. BROEKEMEIER, 48 (photo)

Born 22 Oct 1959: Burke, SD. Parents: Delbert Dean & Juliette Broekemeier. 1978 grad. of CCHS. 1981: Married Shelly. 1983: Grad. of UN Kearney. 1986-89: US Army. Farmer, US Postal worker. Died Wed., 24 Oct 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Mon., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Prairie Creek Cemetery near Archers.  Arrangements by Solt Funeal Home, Central City. Survivors: A daughter, a son; his mother, a sister, 4 brothers.  His father & grandparents are deceased. 

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Oct 2007
Robert C. "Bob" Lee, 45 (photo)

Born 10 Apr 1962, El Paso, TX. Parents: Robert & Trudy Lee. 1980 grad. of Silver Creek HS, NE. Was involved in horse racing, farrier, youth care worker. Resident of Franklin, PA. Died Tues., 23 Oct 2007 at Wilson, NC. Service: Mon., Curran Funeral Chapel. Burial: Silver Creek Methodist Cemetery. Survivors: His parents, a brother, a sister. Predeceased by his grandparents: Lewis & Gladys Lee, and E.V. Carroll & Mary Ellen Bryant.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 27 Oct 2007
Beverly J. OSTRANDER, 73 (photo)

Born 7 Jun 1934, Central City, NE. Parents: Leslie Martin & Nina Dughman. Grad. of CCHS. Married Donald Ostrander. They lived in Central City, Belgrade and Grand Island, NE.  Died Thurs. 25 Oct 2007 at Grand Island.  Service Tues., All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 4 daughters, 3 sons, 11 gch., 4 g-gch.; a brother & a sister. Predeceased by her parents; a brother Orville & a sister Joyce.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 30 Oct 2007
Randall L. "Randy" Davis, 52 (photo)

Born 27 Jun 1955, North Platte, NE. Parents: Willis Davis & Bonnie Dempcy. 1973 grad. of Maywood HS. 1 Oct 1985: Married Susan M. Daniel at North Platte, NE. They lived in Grand Island, Central City and Clarks, NE. Mr. Davis died Sat., 27 Oct 2007 in auto accident near Osceola, NE. Service: Thurs. at Community Bible Church. Burial: Thurs., Maywood Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City & Clarks. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters; a brother, 3 sisters. Predeceased by his wife, his parents, an infant brother David.

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Grand Island Independent - Fri. 2 Nov 2007
Erma McHARGUE, 79 (photo)

Born 1 Jan 1928, Giltner, NE. Parents: Albert Gannon and Mabel Thayer. 1947: Married Stanley Anderson at Grand Island, NE; had 2 children. 1971: Married Kenny McHargue at Central City, NE. Mrs. McHargue died Thurs., 1 Nov 2007 at Omaha, NE. Graveside service: Sat., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 5 sons and 2 daughters; 18 gch., and 25 g-gch. Also surviving - a sister and a brother. Predeceased by her parents and 8 siblings. Memorials to Christ Episcopal Church, Central City, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 3 Nov 2007
Shirley Ann EDWARDS, 78 (photo)

Born 1 May 1929 on farm near Palmer, NE. Parents: John Bader & Florence Bosselman. 1946 grad. St. Paul HS; attended college at Kearney.  Teacher.  5 Jan 1958: Married Harry C. Edwards at St. Paul. They farmed near Cushing, and then east of Worms. Retired to live at St. Paul, NE.  Mr. Edwards died Thurs., 1 Nov 2007 at St. Paul. Service: Mon., Christ Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial: Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements: Peters Funeral Home. Survivors: her husband & 4 daughters; 10 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her parents and 2 brothers - Robert & Donald Bader. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 6 Nov 2007
Nancy I. FICKEN, 65
Born 25 Oct 1942, Enid, OK. Parents: Alfred & Thelma Ficken. 1960: grad. of Marshall HS, in OK. Attended OK College for Women in Chichasha, OK; trained at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, OK. Pathologist. Resident of Clarks, NE.  Died Sat. 3 Nov 2007 at UN Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Memorial service: Thurs, Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Burial at later date. Survivors: Her parents, a sister, 3 nieces and a nephew. Predeceased by her grandparents; a sister Frances Henrietta Ficken; and a great-nephew, Martin Miller.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Nov 2007
Sylvia Ellen CARUTHERS, 87

Born 5 Apr 1920, Chapman, NE. Parents: David & Ethel Magnuson. Grad. of NE Wesleyan Univsity. 19 Aug 1941: Married Marion F. "Buck" Caruthers. Lived all over the world as husband was in USAF.  Sylvia died Sun., 4 Nov 2007 in Tallahassee, FL. Service: Thurs., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tallahassee. Burial: Culley Meadow Wood Memorial Park. Survivors: A daughter, 2 sons, 20 gch, 20 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband, Col. Caruthers in 2005. Memorials: Red Cross, 187 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 279 (Magnuson-Ogden), 280 (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census Chapman Village, Merrick, NE ED61-3 p1b D11 F11 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 8 Nov 2007
Eugene "Chick" DAVIS, 81

Born 11 Oct 1926, Shelby, NE. Parents: Austin Davis & Susan Belle McMillin. Attended school at St. Edward & Belgrade, NE. 1952-54: US Army. Truck driver. 8 Dec 1975: Married at St. Paul, NE. They lived at Worms, NE; moved to Grand Island In 1997. Mr. Davis died Tues., 6 Nov 2007 at Grand Island. Service: Sat., Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in Rosehill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 4 daughters, a step-daughter & 4 step-sons; 22 gch., etc. Also surviving: 3 brothers, 2 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Calvin & Wallace; a sister - Lola Rieken; a granddaughter and 2 step great-grandchildren.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 9 Nov 2007
Shirley Ann BUCK, 72 (photo)

Born 7 Aug 1935, Palmer, NE. Parents: Paul & Bernice Ewers.  Grew up on farm south of St. Paul, NE. 1953 grad. of St. Paul HS.  Teacher.  12 Jul 1954: Married Kenneth Buck in Colorado. They lived in St. Paul until 1956 when moved to Grand Island, NE.  Mrs. Buck died Tues., 6 Nov 2007 at Grand Island. Visitation: Sun., All Faiths Funeral Home. Service: Mon., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  Survivors: her husband, 3 sons, 11 gch., 2 g-gch; her mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by her father, and a son Michael Joseph Buck. Memorials to the church or to American Cancer Society.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Nov 2007
Linden R. BOCKMANN, 82 (photo)

Born 27 Feb 1925, Palmer, NE. Parents: William Bockmann and Marie Carstens. Attended country school. 27 Dec 1950: Married at Grand Island, NE.  1951: US Army. Later farmed in Gage Valley, near Palmer. Retired in 2004 to St. Paul, NE. Died Thurs., 8 Nov 2007 at St. Paul.  Service: Mon., St. Mark's Lutheran Church, St. Paul. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: His wife, a daughter, a son, 4 gch. Predeceased by his parents, and 2 brothers - Delbert and Harry Bockmann. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 12 Nov 2007
Gertrude E. ANDREWS, 87 (photo)

Born 27 Jul 1920, Palmer, NE. Parents: Truman Alvah Bee and Etoile Colburn. 1937 grad. of Palmer HS. Attended American School of Business, Omaha.  WW II: WAC.  2 Jun 1946: Married Thomas L. Andrews at Palmer. They lived in Colorado. Retired in 1977, moved to Palmer, NE. Moved to Central City in 1997. Mr. Andrews died 17 Sep 2005.  Mrs. Andrews died Thurs., 8 Nov 2007 at Sandy, Utah. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 9 gch., 4 g-gch.; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by her husband, and twin daughters - Betty Jane & Bonnie June.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census Loup Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-9 p3b

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 13 Nov 2007
Jack Henry KORTUM, 91 (photo)

Born 15 Mar 1916, near Chapman, NE. Parents: Henry Kortum and Nellie Landon. Grad. of Chapman HS. WW II: US Army. 24 Apr 1944: Married Margaret A. Green at Grand Island, NE. They lived near Chapman, NE. He worked for UPRR, Bader's Garage, & farmed. Methodist. Margaret died 25 Sep 2003. Mr. Kortum died Mon., 12 Nov 2007 at Central City, NE. Service: Fri., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Chapman Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 3 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; brother, Jim Kortum; sister, Edna Rogers; and an infant grandchild.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Nov 2007
Frank A. CERNY Jr., 92

Born 24 Nov 1914, Clarks, NE. Parents: Frank A. Cerny Sr. and Julia Chalupa. Resident of Sargent, NE. Died Mon. 12 Nov 2007 at Ord, NE. Service: Wed., Rhoad Funeral Chapel, Sargent. Burial: National Cemetery east of Sargent.  Survivors: His wife Mary; 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 14 Nov 2007
Ervin C. SCHEER, 87 (photo)

Born 19 Dec 1919, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Otto Scheer & Mamie Peters. Grew up north of Chapman, NE.  Completed 8 grades at Zion Lutheran School. 23 Jun 1940: Married Lorena. They farmed in Merrick & Howard Counties. 1988: moved to Grand Island, NE. Died Sun. 11 Nov 2007. Service: Wed., Curran Funeral Chapel. Burial: Grand Island City Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, a son & his wife; a brother, 2 sisters-in-law; a sister & her spouse. Also surviving, 4 gch. & 12 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents and a daughter-in-law Sandra K. Scheer. 

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p349 (w/p); 1920 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED226 p8A D143 F143 (w/p) and 1930 Fed. Census Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-12 p4b D86 F81 (w/p)

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 17 Nov 2007
Charles Emery MENDENHALL, 96

Born 16 Nov 1910, Central City, NE. Parents: Charles L. Mendenhall and Martha A. L. Schultz.  1927 grad. of Duncan HS (Platte County).  1931 grad. of Grand Island Business College.  25 Mar 1931: Married Merle Vipperman at Mankato, KS. They lived in Chapman, and then Auburn, NE. Moved to California. Worked for Army Corps of Engineers.  erved during WW II in infantry. Lived in Los Angeles, CA; India; Iran; California; Huntsville, AL; Grand Island, NE. Moved to Bella Vista Arkansas following death of wife (date not given). Mr. Mendenhall died Wed., 14 Nov 2007 at Rogers, Ark. Service: Mon., Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial: Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island, NE. Survivors: A daughter and a son. Predeceased by his wife and a grandson, Jon.  Memorials to Chapman United Methodist Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 285-6.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Nov 2007

Ruth Emily (Erickson) KING, 90 (photo)

Born 27 Feb 1917, Hordville, NE.  Parents: Victor Erickson and Emily Nicholson. 1935 grad. of Hordville HS.  Attended NE Central College and UNL. Teacher. 20 Jan 1946: Married H. Dwight King.  They lived at Kearney, NE; New Kensington, PA; and Central City, NE.  1957: Moved to Holdrege, NE.  She died Fri. 16 Nov 2007 at Holdrege.  Service: Wed., First United Methodist Church.  Burial: Prairie Home Cemetery, Holdrege, NE. Survivors: A son; a brother & a sister; a niece. Predeceased by her husband (1995); sister Verna; 3 additional sisters & their spouses - Blanche & Lennart Johnson, Margaret & Adrian Larson, Pearl & Orwin White. Also deceased - a brother-in-law, Ronald Solt; a nephew, Les Solt.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 20 Nov 2007; Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Nov 2007
Robert Lisco POWERS, 79

Born 26 Jun 1928, Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Charles Ned Powers & Madeline Pennington. 1946 grad. of Silver Creek HS.  26 Oct 1947: Married Bethel at Silver Creek. They lived at Silver Creek. Trucker. Died Mon., 19 Nov 2007 at Columbus, NE.  Service: Fri., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial at Silver Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters, a son, 6 gch., 7 g-gch; a sister, a brother. Predeceased by his parents; sister Peggy Rice, infant sister Jeannette; brother Ned Powers; brother-in-law Robert Cyza.

Note: For his family, see History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p318 (Pennington); and 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-14 p2b D51 F52: Silver Creek Village, Merrick, NE

Columbus Telegram  - Wed. 28 Nov 2007
Elizabeth "Liz" MICEK, 75

Born 9 Dec 1931 near Clarks, NE. Parents: Charles Laska and Catherine Stanczyk. Attended school in Platte County. 1 May 1965: Married Norman Micek at Duncan, NE. Died Mon., 26 Nov 2007 at Columbus, NE. Visitation: Thurs., McKown Funeral Home. Service: Fri., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus. Burial: "... St. Mary's Pilsno Cemetery southwest of Columbus." Survivors: Her husband; 2 sisters; a brother-in-law; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; a son Paul Micek; 3 sisters - Alvina Laska, Emelia Laska & Helen Nickolite; 2 brothers - Phillip & Sylvester Laska.

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Grand Island Independent - Wed. 12 Dec 2007
Donald Robert McHARGUE, 96 (photo)

Born 5 Feb 1911, Central City, NE.  Parents: Sol & Lucy (Jones) McHargue. 1928 Grad. CCHS. Attended Lincoln School of Commerce. 5 May 1939: Married Lucille Martin at St Paul, MN. Farmed near Central City, NE. Active in church & community affairs. Died Mon. 10 Dec 2007 at Central City, NE. Visition: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Service: Fri., United Presbyterian Church. Burial: Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 5 children, 12 gch., 5 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by 2 brothers - Oscar & Walter McHargue; a sister, Elsie Lock. Memorials to United Presbyterian Church or to Long Term Care, Central City, NE.

Note: See - History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 296-7; 1920 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED157 p4B D80 F80; 1930 Fed. Census Lone Tree Twp, Merrick, NE ED61-7 p5b D117 F119 (w/p). Wife died 8 Mar 2004. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 21 Dec 2007
Edna M. FEDDERSEN, 93 (photo)

Born 7 Sep 1914 west of Palmer, NE.  Parents: Richard B. & Wilhelmina (Kruse) Burkhardt, Sr. Attended a school between Palmer and St. Paul, NE. 30 Oct 1949: Married Ernest Feddersen at Grand Island, NE. They farmed near Dannebrog, NE. 1970: Retired to Nysted, NE.  1983: moved to Chapman, NE. Ernest died 8 Aug 1993. Edna later moved to St. Paul, NE; she died there Wed. 19 Dec 2007. Visitation: Fri., Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul.   Service: Sat., Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Dannebrog. Burial: Nysted Cemetery. Survivors: A daughter-in-law, 3 gch., 3 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband; her son Daniel (10 Jun 1990). Also deceased are her parents; 7 brothers - Hugo, Fredrick, Arthur, Harry, Otto, Bruno & Richard Burkhardt; 2 sisters - Clara Eckstrom & Meta Lawrence.

Note: For members of her family, see cemetery extracts for Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 26 Dec 2007
Lillie E. KOHTZ, 102

Born 15 Aug 1905 near Boelus, NE. Parents: Carl & Anna (Paulman) Bremer. Grad. of Boelus HS. 16 Apr 1932: Married Elmer Kohtz in Howard Co., NE.  They farmed in Hamilton County until 1940; then in Merrick County.  1948: Retired to Central City, NE. Elmer died 20 Mar 1977. Lutheran. Lillie died Mon., 24 Dec 2007 at Central City, NE.  Graveside service: Thurs., Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Nieces & nephews.  Predeceased by her parents & her husband; 5 brothers - Louis, Emil, Carl, Edward & Walter Bremer; 4 sisters - Clara Palmbeck, Alma Carstens, Esther Carstens & Martha Siebler.

Columbus Telegram & Fremont Tribune (death notice) - Thurs. 27 Dec 2007
Helen Eva HINKLE, 98

Born 31 Jan 1909, Nance Co., NE.  Parents: Bartley & Julia (Marficia) Staniec.  Grew up in Nance County; attended schools at Silver Creek, NE.  4 Oct 1930: Married Laun Hinkle at Columbus, NE. They lived at Silver Creek, NE. Died Tues., 25 Dec 2007 at Fremont, NE. Service: Sat., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek. Burial: Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: Five gch., 16 g-gch., 11 gg-gch.; 3 sisters. Predeceased by her husband, her son Laun Jr.; her parents, 4 brothers & 2 sisters.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 28 Dec 2007
James Arthur DAHLKE, 78 (photo)
Born 9 Apr 1929, York, NE. Parents: Arthur & Mabel (Faustman) Dahlke. 1947: Grad. of Benedict Consolidated Schools. 1952: Grad. of UN Ag College. US Army. 1953: Married at Fairbury, NE. Attended UNL. Teacher, school principal. Died Wed., 26 Dec 2007 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Sun., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service: Mon., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE. Survivors: His wife. a daughter, a son; 2 gch. Predeceased by his parents; sister Jean Steinke, and her husband, Leonard.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 29 Dec 2007
Jean Caroline TAGGGE, 88 (photo)
Born 25 Jul 1929, Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Albert & Lena (Springsguth) Stratman. Grad. of GISH. Beautician. 1948: Married Donald Beery. They had 4 children. 1976: Married Gerald Tagge. Died Fri. 28 Dec 2007 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Sun., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service: Mon., Gollaher Chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Grand Island City Cem. Survivors: Her second husband; 2 daughters, a son; a step-son and a step-daughter; 20 gch., 27 g-gch. Also surviving: 2 brothers. Predeceased by her first husband; a son Don Berry Jr. Memorials to the church.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p3B D80 F80: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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