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2012 - 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 maintained for ten years. Recommend you search that 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 - Sun. 1 Jan 2012
Marlin L. WELLS, 85 (photo)

Born 12 Dec 1926 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Lester & Della Mae (Dunn) Wells. Family lived near St. Paul, NE; moved to farm near Denman about 1930  & then to farm near Chapman about 1944. 1945-47: US Army. Worked mostly for Knight Brothers Construction. 11 Sep 1955: Married Lena Loats at Lennox, SD. They lived in Grand Island, NE; & then in Denver, CO. Thereafter lived in several NE communties. 1967: Moved to Central City, NE. Lena died in 2004. Marlin died Thurs., 29 Dec 2011 at hospital in Grand Island, NE following accident with antique tractor. Service will be Wed. at First Christian Church in Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Servivors: 2 sons, 5 gch., 4 g-gch.; a brother in CO. Predecased by his wife; his father (1965) & his mother (1994), his step-father, Arnold Frank.


Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Jan 2012
Benjamin Thomas LINDNER 

Stillborn on Sun.. 1 Jan 2012 at Aurora, NE. Parents: Lance & Tina Lindner of Central City, NE. Private graveside service will be at Central Ciy Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors include his parents, 4 siblings,  grandparents & great-grandparents.


Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Jan 2012
A. Yvonne MARSH  (photo)

Born 20 Jul 1926 near Archer, NE. Parents: Lloyd Immel & Lilllian Kathrine (Condell) Nitzell. Grad. of CCHS - salutatorian. Attended UN Ag College for a year. Teacher. 7 Apr 1946: Married Robert Marsh at home of parents. They farmed near St. Libory. 1954: Moved to farm near Ravenna, NE. Yvonne taught piano. 1964: They moved to Grand Island, NE. 1970: Moved to Rensselaer, IN; and in 1971 to Webster City, IA. In 1984: Moved to Littleton, CO. In 2006: Moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Robert died in Jul 2011. Yvonne died Fri. 30 Dec 2011. Visitation will be 5 Jan 2012 at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Service 6 Jan at Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City, NE. Survivors: 3 children, 4 gch.; a brother. Predecased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers-in-law. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association or the Fairview United Methodist Church.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p312; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-11 p3a D52 F52: Midland Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).


Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Jan 2012
William "Bill" RICE, 70

Born 21 Jul 1941, Neligh, NE. Parents: Albert & Frances Rice. Grew up at Clarks, NE. Resident of Lakewood, CO. Bill died Thurs. 29 Dec 2011 in Wyoming - snowmobiling accident. Service will be Fri. at Mile High Church, Lakewood, CO. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 3 gch. Memorial donations to DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women), 4 Hance Dr., Charleston, IL 61920, www.drawfasthelp.org.


Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Jan 2012; Polk County Newspaper - Tues. 10 Jan 2012

Robert SPIRES Jr., 87

Born 16 Aug 1924, Clarks, NE. Parents: Robert & Nettie I. (Ernst) Spires. Grad. of Clarks HS, 18 Nov 1937: Married Donna Mae Land at Central City, NE. WW II: US Army. Lived at Exeter & York, NE. NE State Patrol (27 yrs) & member NE Public Service Commission (10 years) . He died 2 Jan 2012, at Lincoln, NE. Visitation today at Metz Mortuary in York, NE. Service will be Fri. at First United Methodist Church, York, NE. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 4 daugters, 9 gch., 18 g-gch.; 2 sisters, 2 brothers. Predeceased by his wife; 2 brothers & a sister, 2 infant gch. and a g-gch.

Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-5 p1a D8 F8: Clarks Village, Merrick, NE (w/p).


Grand Island Independent - Wed. 11 Jan 2012

Shirley J. "Shushe" ZIEMBA, 64 (photo)

Born 27 Jan 1947 at Palmer, NE. Parents: James & Evelyn (Scott) Davis. 26 Oct 1969: Married Ronald Ziemba. They lived in Kansas City & Hastings. 1976: Moved to Grand Island, NE. Shirley died Mon. 9 Jan 2012 at Grand Island, NE. Service will be Thurs. at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Grand Island. Private inurnment at Westlawn Memorial Park.  Survivors: Her husband; 2 daughters; gch.; a sister in CA; 3 brothers; other relatives & friends. Predeceased by her parents; a brother Ronald; a nephew Todd Davis.


Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Jan 2012
Samuel R. RANDALL, 88 (photo)

Born 10 May 1923 near Forest City, MO. Parents: Samuel Hayes & Bertha Beatrice (Ross) Randall. Family moved to Merrick Co. NE in 1930. 1945-46: US Army. 28 Nov 1947: Married Velma D. Bush at Clarks, NE. They lived in Clarks. He worked for Overland Sand & Gravel from 1955 to 2007. Mr. Randall died Fri. 13 Jan 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Mon. at Wagner Funeral Home with burial at Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 daughters and their families. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 3 sisters - Madge Elliot, Dorothy McMillan & Margaret Randall; 7 brothers - Chalmer, Claude, Grandville, Donald, Joseph, Martin & Herbert. Also deceased are a son-in-law and a gch.

Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p326.


Grand Island Independent - Sat. 21 Jan 2012; Polk County Newspaper - Tues. 24 Jan 2012
Dale William LINDBURG, 83 (photo)
Born 6 Mar 1928 on farm N of Polk, NE. Parents: Maurice G. & Elva (Hahn) Lindburg. 1946 grad. of Polk HS. 1951: Married at Ong, NE. They farmed near Polk; retired to Central City, NE. Dale died Thurs. 19 Jan 2012 at NE Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Memorial service will be Sat. at First Baptist Church in Polk with burial at Leclede Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 14 gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister, 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by hs parents & 2 brothers.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Jan 2012
Eleanora Grace JOHNSON, 85 
Born 1926 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Joseph & Annue (Walden) Gorgen. 1944 grad. of CCHS. Telephone operator. 1953: Married Maynard Johnson at Central City, NE. They lived at Hordville, Hampton and Aurora, NE. She died Sun. 22 Jan 2012 at Aurora, NE. Service will be private; burial later in Aurora Cemetery. Arrangements by Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Survivors: Her husband; 3 sons, 4 gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her parents, a brother Gilbert Gorgen.
Notes: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p1b D17 F17: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).  Husband Andrew Maynard Johnson died 30 Sep 2012.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 24 Jan 2012
Robert "Bob" KORTUM, 57 (photo)
Born 28 Mar 1954, Central City, NE. Parents: James F. & Margaret (Collingwood) Kortum. Grew up on Prairie Island, NE. 1972 grad. of Hordville HS. 1982: Married; they lived in Central City, NE until 1999 when moved to Hordville. Later moved to Chapman, NE. Bob did Fri. 20 Jan 2012 at Chapman. Service will be Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 2 gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a brother Russell; an infant brother James F. Kortum Jr.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Jan 2012
James T. "Tom" McMAHON, 72 (photo)
Born 27 Nov 1939 at Central City, NE. Parents: James B. & Janet (Willeman) McMahon. 1957 grad. of CCHS. 14 Aug 1965: Married. They farmed at Central City, NE. Active in many civic groups. He died Sun. 22 Jan 2012 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service: Fri. 27 Jan at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, a daughter, 4 gch.; a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents & 5 infant children - Maureen, Mary Therese, Jay, Jean, Jess.  Memorials to St. Michael's Catholic Church, American Legion Baseball Program, Central City Senior Center, or Merrick County Child Development Center.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p300.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Jan 2012
Max W. CHRISP, 85 
Born 5 Jan 1927, Central City, NE. Parents: Elmer J. & Ernestine (Pearsons) Chrisp. Resident of Rogers, Arkansas. Died Wed. 25 Jan 2012 at home. Service will be Sat. at Sisco Funeral Home, Pea Ridge, Ark. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 6 daughters, many gch & g-gch.; 2 brothers; 2 sisters. Predeceased by 2 sons - Max William Jr. & Terry Lee Chrisp.

Fremont Tribune - Sat. 28 Jan 2012
Homer Lloyd MYERS Sr., 76
Born 28 Feb 1935, Clarks, NE. Parents: Bert & Rose (Morris) Myers. Attended Clarks HS. Served 4 yrs in US Navy. 6 Sep 1957: Married at Logan, IA. 1972: Moved to Fremont, NE. Worked 30 years for Valmont. He died Wed. 25 Jan 2012 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service will be Mon. at Teichmuth Funerakl Home, Elkhorn, NE. Burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery.  Survivors: His wife, 4 children, 10 gch.; 14 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by his parents: 2 brothers - Marvin & Herb; an infant sister - Lois; a gch. Memorials to American Cancer Society or Calvary Methodist Church.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p359 (RD Senkbile).

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 31 Jan 2012
Lila Nadine COOK, 91 (photo)
Born 22 Nov 1920. Mitchell, NE. Parents: Parker & Lily (Cameron) Watson. In 1934 the family moved to CA. Lila grad. from Tracy HS in 1938. LPN. 4 Jun 1940: Married Denver Cook at Carson City, NV. Lived in California until 1970's when moved to farm in MO. Later returned to CA. 2000: Moved to NE. Denver died in 2000. Lila died Mon. 23 Jan 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Thurs at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: A daughter; a son. 4 gch., 9 g-gch. Predeceased by 5 brothers & a sister. Memorials to "'Help Us Animals' Fund through Archer Credit Union."

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 31 Jan 2012
Beatrice Lillian Fenske Burbach TRAUDT, 96 (photo)
Born 22 Dec 1915, Martland Twp, Fillmore Co., NE. Parents: O.W. & Chrstine (Bermaster) Fenske. 1928: Family moved to Sutton (Clay Co.), NE. Teacher. 7 Jun 1939: Married Reuben A. Burbach at Minden, NE. He died 29 Jul 1964. 29 Aug 1976: Married Donald M. Traudt at Central City, NE. He died 27 Jan 1980. Beatrice moved to Aurora, NE. She died Sun. 29 Jan 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Thurs at Pleasant View Bible Church, Aurora, NE. Burial in the cemetery at Sutton, NE. Wagner Funeral Home in Central City is assisting with arrangements. Survivors: A son, a daughter, many grandchildren; a sister; step-children & their descendents. Predeceased by her parents; 2 husbands; a half brother Leonard Fenske; a sister Gretchen Hietbrink. Memorials to the church or Litzenberg Long Term Care, Central City, NE.

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Grand Island Independent - Sun. 5 Feb 2012
Rogene Cora HOWE 90 (photo)
Born 2 Jun 1921, Central City, NE. Parents: Henry Arthur & Ermyl D. (Fogland) Roark. Educated at Central City, NE. 25 Nov 1938: Married Ronald C. Howe at Omaha, NE. They lived in Central City. WW II: Ronald served in US Army. They later lived in both Central City & Aurora, NE. Ronald died 12 Dec 1990. Rogene died Fri. 3 Feb 2012 at Central City, NE. Visitation Tues. at Solt Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Tues. at Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 children, 6 gch., 14 g-gch.; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a sister - Elaine Anderson; a brother Thomas Roark. a gch. Memorials to American Cancer Society, or Save Us Animals Shelter, Central Cty.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 29 Feb 2012
Erma M. KYES, 101  (photo)
Born 15 Sep 1910 at Central City, NE. Parents: Ernest B. & Ella N. (Langston) Gleason. 1928 grad. of CCHS. 23 Apr 1930: Married Dean C. Kyyes at Fullerton, NE. They farmed at Archer & Fairview, NE. 1968: Moved to Central City, NE. Erma died Sun. 26 Feb 2012 at Central City. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home. Service will be Fri. at Fairview United Methodist Church near Central City. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: 3 sons, 4 daughters-in-law; 2 daughters & their spouses; 22 gch, 38 g-gch., 3 gg-gch.; 2 sisters; a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a son - Robert Kyes, a daughter and son-in-law, Dorla and LeRoy Schroeder, a brother, Harold Gleason, a sister, Dorothy Ferguson; a gch.

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Columbus Telegram - Wed. 7 Mar 2012; Polk County Newspaper (abbrev) - Thurs. 8 Mar 2012
Dorene G. FRIZZELL-RODENE, 92
Born 10 Oct 1910 in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: Irl  & Gertrude (Laudder) Ward. 1937 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 23 Apr 1942: Married Dale Frizzell at Silver Creek, NE. They moved to Osceola, NE. Dale died 29 Nov 1987. Dorene married Devern Rodene 29 Jun 1996. Mr. Rodene died 13 Oct 2001. Dorene died Tues., 6 Mar 2012 at Osceola Good Samaritan Society. Service will be Fri. at United Methodist Church, Osceola. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Dubas Funeral Home, Osceola. Survivors: A daughter, 4 gch., 11 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents; both husbands, a son Ronald Frizzell; 2 sisters - Zelda "Zee" Van Winkle and Wilda ("Billy" Ward.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p271 (W Lauder); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED162 p8B D15 F15: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p4b D89 F90: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Aurora Daily Register - Thurs. 8 Mar 2012; Grand Island Independent - Sat. 10 Mar 2012
Janice Kathryn "Jan" HENK, 75 (photo)
Born 21 May 1936, Harvard, NE. Parents: Floyd H. & Velma G. (Lomax) Hoffman. 1953 grad. of HS in Aurora, NE. 15 Jun 1958: Married Duane B. Henk in Aurora. They moved to Central City 4 years later. Jan died Thurs. 8 Mar 2012 at Central City. Service will be Tues., United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial at later date in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband, 3 daughters, 1 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by her parents and a brother Ronald. Memorials to ALS Association.

Aurora Daily Register - Wed. 7 Mar 2012; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Fri. 9 Mar 2012
Frances Lynn "Fran" MOORE, 64
Born 13 Sep 1947 at Hastings, NE. Parents: Frank & Verna (Daily) Hulme. 1965 grad. of Doniphan HS. 22 Mar 1968: Married Walter B. Moore at Kearney, NE. They lived in North Platte, Hansen and Central City, NE. Fran was dietary supervisor at Litzenberg Hospital for 15 yrs. She died Wed., 7 Mar 2012 at home. Service will be Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter, 2 sons, 8 gch. Predeceased by her parents; a sister - Margaret Smets.

Fremont Tribune - Mon. 12 Mar 2012
Chester RYAN, 99
Born 27 Sep 1912 at Central City, NE. Parents: Samuel & Fanny (Heuring) Ryan. Grad. of CCHS. 26 Jun 1938: Married Marguerite Barton at Central City. In 1949 they moved to Neligh, NE. 1986: Moved to Fremont, NE. He died Sat. 10 Mar 2012 at Fremont, NE. Visitation will be Thurs at Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont, NE. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: A son, 3 gch., 8 g-gch., 2 gg-gch. Predeceased by his wife (1995); a gch.; a sister & a brother.

Aurora News Register - Tues. 13 Mar 2012; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Thurs. 15 Mar 2012
Jean M. SCHANK, 87
Born 28 Jul 1924  at York, NE. Parents: Clinton D. & Maude N. (Mathes) Davis. 1942 grad. of CCHS. 23 May 1942: Married Raymond J. Schank. They farmed near Archer, NE. Jean worked in the County Treasurer's office. She died Tues. 13 Mar 2012 at Central City, NE. Visitation will be Thurs. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Graveside service: Fri. Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, a son, a daughter, 9 gch., 15 g-gch. Predeceased by her parents; 2 sisters - Alice Davis and Mable Fairchild; a brother - Jack Warren; a son Gary (2010).

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 16 Mar 2012
Frances SHOTKOSKI, 91
Born 16 May 1920, Clarks, NE. Parents: Joseph & Agatha (Zoucha) Gaver. 26 Jan 1949: Married Edwin J. Shotkoski at Clarks. They lived near Silver Creek, NE. About 2004 she moved to Omaha, NE. Frances died Wed. 14 Mar 2012 at Good Samaritan Home, Millard, NE. Service will be Sat. 17 Mar at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek, NE. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 4 gch. 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 sisters - Kate Danielski, Barbara Hybner, Josephine Sliva; 4 brothers - Pete, Carl, Henry & Paul Gaver; a son-in-law, Jack Fajman.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p1b D18 F18: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/mother & siblings).

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 18 Mar 2012
Helen L. PETERSON, 91
Born 15 Jan 1921 at Omaha, NE. Parents: August  & Clara (Schupbach) Blase. Grew up at Silver Creek, NE where she graduated from HS in 1939. 9 Oct 1946: Married Virgil F. Peterson at Silver Creek. They lived at Dannebrog about a year, then moved to Grand Island. Helen moved to Omaha in 2004. She died there Thurs. 15 Mar 2012. Graveside service will be Tues. at Westlawn Cemetery in Grand Island, NE. Arrangements by Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters; 6 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 2 brothers & a sister.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Mar 2012
Helen Irene BLAUHORN, 80 (photo)
Born 3 Dec 1931 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Frank & Rosa (Ray) Rowlett. 1949 grad. of Palmer HS. Married Wayne Peck in 1949; they lived on Prairie Island. Wayne died in 1951. Helen married Elmer Blauhorn in 1952; they farmed east of Palmer, NE. In 1980 they moved to Central City, NE. Elmer died in 2001. Helen died Sun. 18 Mar 2012 at Central City. Service will be Thurs. at Zion United Methodist Church near Archer NE. Burial in Zion Evangelical Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 8 gch., 11 g-gch. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; 3 brothers - Frank, David & Robert Rowlett; 3 sisters - Ida Rowlett, Lenora Booher & Ruby Schlueter; 2 sons-in-law. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 20 Mar 2012
Lucile HUDGENS, 99 (photo)
Born 6 Feb 1913 at Stockton, KS. Parents: H.A. (Ben) & Clara (Freeman) Butler. 19 Jul 1931: Married Al Hudgens at her parents home. They lived in Lamar, CO; Hays, KS; and McCook, NE. 1935: Moved to Central City, NE. They owned Hudgens Variety Store. Al died in 1981. Lucile died Sun. 18 Mar 2012 at Central City, NE. Her body will be donated to Creighton University School of Medicine. Later burial will be at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter; a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Harold Butler; a daughter-in-law. Memorials to Central City United Methodist Church or the Central City Public Library.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 27 Mar 2012
Ronald G. HUEBNER, 77
Born 14 Jan 1935 at Chapman, NE. Parents: Frank & Roseela (Lambert) Huebner. Grew up in Central City, living with grandparents Clem & Bertha Lambert. Later lived in Columbus and Fullerton, NE. 1953-55: US Army. 1933: Moved to Aurora, NE. Married 3 times. He died Mon. 26 Mar 2012 at Grand Island, NE. Body donated to NE Anatomical Board, Omaha. Arrangements by Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter, a son; 3 gch., 2 g-gch.; a stepsister.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Mar 2012
Wilma Faye BUTTS, 85 (photo)
Born 13 Dec 1926 at Wolbach, NE. Parents: Ralph Neale & Ethel M. (Prewitt) Sutton. 1944 grad. of Fullerton HS. Teacher, nursing assistant. Moved to Grand Island, NE. 9 Nov 1947: Married Max M. Butts at Grand Island, NE. They farmed at Clarks, NE. Max died 12 Jul 1997. Wilma died Tues., 27 Mar 2012 at hospital in Hastings, NE. Service will be Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, near Clarks, NE. Survivors: 2 children, 4 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister and a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Ronald, a son-in-law & 2 sisters-in-law. Memorials to Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church or Second Presbyterian Church in Hastings.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 29 Mar 2012
Lyle Vernon RASER, 88  
born 6 Jan 1924 at Chapman, NE. Parents: Jesse and Gladys Raser. Farmer. WW II: US Marine Corps. 5 Mar 1950: Married Charlotte. Resident of Fort Collins, CO. Died at home Fri. 23 Mar 2012. Service will be Sat. at Bohlender Funeral Chapel with burial in Roselawn Cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 4 children, 9 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister; other relatives. Predeceased by his brother Vic; sister Donna; 2 nephews and a niece.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 Mar 2012
James Chris KUENZEL, 73  (photo)
Born in Iowa City, IA and adopted at 2 weeks by Ernest C. & Ruth Kuenzel.  Family lived in IA, IL and WI. 1950: Moved to Central City, NE. 1956 grad. of CCHS. Served in US Navy. 7 Feb 1959: Married at Central City, NE. They later lived in Lincoln, NE and Des Moines, IA; then in other locations. He lived in Raleigh, NC. He and wife separated,  got back together in 1997 and lived in CO. In 2004 they moved to Surprise, AZ James died 19 Mar 2012 at hospital in Sun City West, AZ. There will be no services. Body was cremated. Survivors include his wife; a step-daughter; his mother-in-law; gch and g-gch. Predeceased by his parents (step-mother, Louise); his father-in-law D. Ellsworth Reeves.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 30 Mar 2012
Lucille M. RUDOLF, 91 (photo)
Born 20 Jan 1921, Palmer, NE. Parents: George & Marie (Hake) Retzlaff. 1938 grad. of Archer HS. 7 May 1941: Married Harry G. Rudolf at Atcher, NE.  They lived at Chapman, Palmmer and Archer. 1963: Moved to Central City, NE. She worked at Randy's Steaks, and Central Bank. Lucille died Wed. 28 Mar 2012 at Central City. Visitation: Fri., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be Saturday at United Methodist Church with burial at later date in the city cemetery. Survivors: Two daughters; 2 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother - Delbert "Bud" Retzlaff. Memorials to the church.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 31 Mar 2012
Thomas J. MEYSENBURG, 86 (photo)
Born 14 Jul 1925 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Leo & Anita (Koeller) Meysenburg. 1931: Family moved to Bellwood, NE. 1943 grad. of Marietta HS. WW II: US Navy. 28 Aug 1952: Married Anna "Pat" Burke at Coleridge, NE. They farmed in Platte & Boone Counties. 1978: Moved to Columbus, NE. He died Thurs., 29 Mar 2012 at Columbus. Visitation: Mon., McKown Funeral Home. Service will be Tues., St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.Burial will be in Presentation Cemetery near Bellwood, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter, 12 fch, 13 g-gch; 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a son Tom Jr.; a brother Jerome.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-2 p2a D24 F24: Central Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Apr 2012
Gail GRAHAM, 42 (photo)
Born 21 May 1969 at Central City, NE. Parents: Duane & Jan (Hoffman) Henk. 1987 grad. of CCHS. 1991 grad Mary Lannings Nursing School. 14 Nov 1992: Married Rodney Graham at Central City. RN. Resident of Hastings, NE. Died Thurs., 29 Mar 2012 at Hastings. Service will be Tues at First Christian Church, Hastings. Burial in Central City Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, her son; her father, two sisters. Predeceased by her mother & an uncle Ron. Condolences to www.brandwilson.com.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 3 Apr 2012
Doris Louise MICHALSKI, 66 (photo)
Born 22 Apr 1945, at "Tilden in Antelope County", NE. Parents: Wesley L. & Jeanie E. (James) Sandquist. Married twice - to Rodney Beckman and Darwin Michalski. Resident of Chapman, NE. Doris died Sat. 31 Mar 2012 in Grand Island, NE. Service will be Wed. Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island., NE. Survivors: 3 sons; 4 sisters, many gch. Predeceased by both husbands; her parents; 3 siblings - Wesley S. Sandquist, Dwyla Osborn, Betty Truman.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 4 Apr & Thurs. 5 Apr 2012
Iva L. BURKIT, 80 
Born 30 June 1931 at Cirleville, OH. Parents: Marshall W. Sr. & Cleo G. (Parks) Green. 4 Oct 1947: Married Charles W. Burkit at Newport, Kent. Iva was resident of Central City, NE. She died Mon. 2 Apr 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Wagner Funeral Home. Service will be Fri. at Heartland Evangelicaal Free Church, Central City, NE. Burial at later date. Survivors: Her husband, 5 daughters, 3 sons, 35 gch., 26 g-gch.; a brotther and 2 sisters.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 14 Apr 2012
Beverly A. BRANDENBURGER, 76
Born 22 Sep 1935 at Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Clifford & Grace (Dick) Merrill. 1950: Married Ed Brandenburger at Silver Creek. Cook. Resident of Columbus, NE. She died Thurs., 12 Apr 2012 in Lincoln, NE. Service: Tues. St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial in Graceland Cemetery, Shelby, NE. Arrangements by Rice Runeral Home, Genoa, NE. Survivors: 6 daughters, 3 sons, 18 gch, 36 g-gch, 1 gg-gch.; 2 brothers, a sister, 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; sister Bonnie Merrill; 3 brothers - Paul Dean, Allen, and Max Merrill. Also deceased is special friend, Dave Johansen.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 16 Apr 2012
Shirley A. EDIC, 79  (photo)
Born 10 Jul 1932 at Silver Creek, NE. Parents: Lyle D. & Margarite (Dean) Himebaugh. 1949 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1 Jun 1952: Married Richard J. Edic at Silver Creek. They lived in Chapman, NE; California; Clarks, Aurora & Central City, NE. Richard died 25 Aug 2002. Shirley was living in Chapman. She died Sat. 14 Apr 2012 at Grand Island, NE. Graveside service will be Wed. at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, a daughter, 5 gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, a brother Dean.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Apr 2012
Ernest "Ernie" HUSMANN, 79
Born 7 Jun 1932 at Chapman, NE. Parents: Otto & Ella Husmann. 1950 grad. of Chapman HS. 1952: Married while living in Grand Island, NE. Builder. He died Fri. 13 Apr 2012 at home in Muenster, TX. Service will be at Meador-Clement-Keel Chapel (no day or date given). Survivors: His wife; 5 children, 14 gch., 10 g-gch.; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by his parents; a daughter Leanne Ferguson; a son Darrell Husmann; a brother Kenneth Husmann. Memorials to Cooke County Home Hospice, P.O. Box 936, Gainesville, TX 76241/
Note: No information in obit about burial place. See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p242.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 17 Apr 2012
Hal L. MUSTARD, 80 (photo)
Born 28 Dec 1931 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Earl & Dorothy (Dittmer) Mustard. Attended Clarks HS. Married in Fremont, NE. Worked as mechanic, painter, farmer, building contractor. Lived in Clarrks, Hastings, Buffalo and Overton, NE. 2009: Moved to Kearney, NE. He died Sun. 15 Apr 2012 at hospital in Kearney. Service will be Wed. at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial in Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Oconto, NE. Arrangements by O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, a son, 2 daughters, gch & g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Earl & Lloyd; a sister - Faye Wagner.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 18 Apr 2012
Arthur L. SNYDER, 70 (photo)
Born 8 Dec 1941, Ewing, NE. Parents: Marcus & Ruby (Angus) Snyder. Attended Ewing HS. 1967-69: US Army. 13 Sep 1968: Married at Junction City, KS. Worked in Palmer more than 40 years. He died Mon. 16 Apr 2012 at Palmer. Service will be Fri. at United Methodist Church, Palmer with inurnment Sat. in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: His wife; 2 sons, 5 daughters, 17 gch, 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent / Wed. 18 Apr 2012
Dennis L. WAGGONER, 74 (photo)
Born 1 May 1937 at Clarks, NE. Parents: Harvey & Eddra (Cambell) Waggoner. Family moved to farm near Central City, NE. 1955 grad. of CCHS. Servd in National Guard. 26 Oct 1963: Married at Grand Island, NE. They farmed SW of Central City. Dennis died Mon. 16 Apr 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Fri. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City. Survivors: His wife; 2 sons, 2 daughter, 6 gch., a sister. Predeceased by his parents & his stepmother, Leola Waggoner. Memorials to the church, American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 25 Apr 2012
M. Wayne MAGNUSON, 86 (photo)
Born 7 Jul 1925 at Stapleton to A. Rex & Maude W. (Post) Magnuson. Grad. of Stratton HS. Attended NE Wesleyan Univ. at Lincoln for 2 years. 31 Aug 1957: Married Edythe M. Schmidt at Newton, KS. They lived in Eldorado, KS where Wayne was a chemist; then moved to a farm W of Central City, NE. Edythe died 29 Feb 2004.  Wayne died Mon. 23 Apr 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Thurs., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home. Survivors A son, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 3 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by his wife & his parents. Memorials to Central City Senior Center or the Central City Library.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 28 Apr 2012
Darrel H. LOCKWOOD, 76 (photo)
Born 21 Jan 1936, Grand Meadow, MN. Parents: Charles H. & Evelyn H. (Norby) Lockwood.  1953 grad. of Grand Meadow HS. 1957 grad. of U. of MN. 1958-64: US Marine Corps. 1963: Married Dianna M. Kroll at Juniata, NE. They lived in North Platte, and then in Kenesaw. Later lived in IA (5 yrs), Grand Island & Alda, NE. 1973: Moved to Palmer, NE. Donna died in 2007. Darrel died Wed. 25 Apr 2012 at medical center in Omaha, NE. Visitation: Sun. at Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Service will be Mon., St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, NE. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: A son,  gch.; a sister & her husband; other relatives. Predeceased by his wife, & a daughter, Kristine; his parents & grandparents.

Grand Island Independent obit - Sun. 29 Apr 2012
Virginia JONES, 89 (photo)
Born 1 Jun 192 at Grand Island, NE. Parents: Albert Hans Heinrich & Jennie (Fishburn) Hueneke. Grad. of Chapman HS. 1942: Married David Chester Jones at her parents home. Virginia died Sat., 21 Apr 2012 at Louisville, Colorado. Memorial service will be Sat. 12 ay 1t United Methodist Church, Chapman. Arrangements by M.P. Murphy and Associates Funeral Directors. Survivors: A son, 2 daughter, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband; a sister - Shirley Thomas; a gch. Memorials to Alzheimer's Association Great Plains Chapter, 1500 S. 70th St., Suite 201, Lincoln, NE 68506; Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children, c/o administrator, Box 1327, Fremont, NE 68026, or HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p3B D68 F68: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p). Parents are buried at Chapman, NE.

Grand Island Independent (photo) - Sun. 29 Apr 2012; Norfolk Daily News - Mon. 30 Apr 2012
Fern E. BEED, 96
Born 31 Mar 1916 at Orchard, NE. Parents: Isaac & Jennie (Lewis) Spar. Lived in New York when young; family moved to Battle Creek, NE. 22 Aug 1934: Married Charles Beed at Tilden, NE. They lived in New York, then returned to NE.  Lived at Palmer, NE.  Charles died 30 Nov 1988. Fern died Thurs., 26 Apr at hospital in Grand Island. Service will be Tues., United Methodist Church, Palmer. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Survivors: 9 sons, 3 daughters, 48 gch., 9 step-gch., 85 g-gch., 20 gg-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, a daughter & son-in-law - Delores & Don Landauer; 3 gch.; 3 sons-in-law - Jim Kunze, Robert Seim, Ray Yerton. Also deceased are 2 brothers - Fred & Bryan Spar; 2 sisters, Lillian & Bessie (no surnames given for sisters).

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Grand Island Independent - Tues. 1 May 2012
Harlan F. FRIEDRICHSEN, 89 (photo)
Born 28 Dec 1922 at Palmer, NE. Parents: Henry & Margaret (Wiecks) Friedrichsen. Married 29 Dec 1951 at Minden, NE. Resident of Cozad, NE. He died Fri. 27 Apr 2012 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Service will Tues., at O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home, Kearney.  Burial in Highland Cemetery at Ravenna, NE. Survivors: His wife; 3 sons, 3 daughters, 20 gch., 21 g-gch.; in-laws. Predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers & a sister.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-4 p5a D98 F99: Chapman Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 3 May 2012
Dennis W. THEDE, 69 (photo)
Born 9 Jan 1943 near Palmer, NE. Parents: Walter & May (Christensen) Thede. 1961 grad. of Palmer Public Schools. Served in National Guard. Farmer in Merrick & Howard Counties; builder. 1964: Married at Grand Island, NE. 1980: Moved to WY. Married a second time in 1988 at Rock Springs, WY. They moved to Grand Island. 1999: Moved S of Alda, NE. Dennis died 30 Apr 2012 at Grand Island. Service will be Fri. at Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 2 daughters; 2 step-sons; 2 sisters, 2 brothers, gch. Predeceased by his parents.

Fremont Tribune - Fri. 4 May 2012
Harry C. SANDERS Jr. , 89 (photo)
Born 23 Sep 1922 on farm in Platte Co., NE. Parents: Harry & Marie (Nielsen) Sanders Sr.  1942 grad. of Silver Creek HS. WW II: US Army. Worked for UPRR in UT. Attended auctioneering school in Denver, CO. 25 May 1950: Married Ruth May Hageman at Ithaca, NE. They lived in Fremont, NE. Harry died Thurs., 3 May 2012 at Fremont. Service will be Tues. at Evangelical Free Church, wit burial in Memorial Cemetery, Fremont. Arrangements by Ludvigsen Mortuary. Survivors: A son, 2 gch., 1 g-gch.; a brother, a sister, a sister-in-law. Predeceased by his wife (Dec 1988); his parents; 2 brothers - Jack & Don.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p347; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-15 p1A D1 F1: Silver Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 May 2012
Jimmy D. FARMER, 64
Born 16 Oct 1947 at Garden City, MO. Parents: Albert & Alice (Phillips) Farmer. 1965-69: US Army. Resident of Palmer, NE. Died Fri. 4 May 2012 at Palmer, NE. No service. Burial in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Survivors: A brother & a sister. Arrangements by Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 7 May 2012
Bonnie L. STEVENSON, 46 (photo)
Born 30 Sep 1965 at Central City, NE. Parents: George & Helen Harvey. 1984 grad of CCHS. Attended Wayne State (2 yrs). Employed by NE Veteran's Home, Grand Island. 14 Mar 2009: Married Scott Stevenson. They lived near St. Paul, NE. Bonnie died Sun. 6 May 2012 from auto accident. Service will be Thurs. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul. Arrangements by Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Hoe. Survivors: Her mother; 2 step-children; her mother-in-law; 2 sisters; a brother. Predeceased by her husband (19 Jun 2011); her father; a brother -Andrew Harvey.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 9 May 2012
Maye E. LANG, 93 
Born 8 Apr 1919 at Bladen, NE. Parents: Otto & Ethelee (McNair) Schulz. 1937 grad. of Chapman HS. 29 Mar 1941: Married Burnam Lang at Grand Island, NE. They lived at Holstein, & later moved to Grand Island, NE. Mr. Lang died 22 Jan 1995. Maye died Mon. 7 May 2012 at home in Grand Island. Graveside service will be Thurs. at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Island. Arrangements by Livngston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 daughters, 4 gch., 6 g-gch.; other relatives. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; an infant gch.; 3 sisters - Argylle Wood, Ardythe Haugh & Arlynne Buettgenback. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Columbus Telegram - Sat. 19 May 2012
Virginia PACZOSA, 83 (photo)
Born 18 Feb 1929 in Merrick Co., NE. Parents: John & Mary (Czarnick) Starostka. Raised at Silver Creek, NE. 1 Jun 1949: Married Raymond Paczosa at Silver Creek. She died Fri. 18 May 2012 at home. Service: Tues., St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Silver Creek with burial in the church cemetery.  Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home.  Survivors: 2 sons, 6 daughters, 17 gch., 24 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Alfred & Joe Starostka.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 24 May 2012
James H. and Eleanor C. AYRES (photo)
Graveside memorial service will be Sun. 27 May 2012 at Chapman Cemetery, Chapman, NE. Arrangements by All Faiths Funeral Home.
James H. Ayres, born 30 Sep 1916 at Bussey, IA. Parents: Royce W. & Elsie Hartness Ayres. WW II: US Army Air Corp. Salesman, business owner.  Died 9 July 1998 at Colorado Springs, CO. Predeceased by his parents and a brother Elmer.
Eleanor C. Wagner Ayres, born 30 Oct 1920 on farm near Chapman, NE. Parents: Herbert & Martha (Giesler) Wagner. Beautician. Died 15 Oct 2011 at Denver, CO. Predeceased by her parents; a brother Harold; a sister Betty Wiese & her husband Glen Wiese; brother-in-law Leonard Wiese; other relatives.
15 Mar 1944: They married at Grand Island, NE.  They lived in thr Rio Grand Valley, TX; moved to Colorado Springs, CO. They are survived by a son and a daughter; 4 gch. Also surviving are a brother & a sister of Eleanor.

Columbus Telegram - Tues. 29 May 2012
Vernon Dale PETERSON, 90 (photo)
Born 11 Sep 1921 at Ogallala, NE. Parents: Walter & Lulu (Benson) Peterson. Family moved to Silver Creek, NE in 1933. 1939 grad. of Silver Creek HS. WWII: US Army Air Force. 5 Sep 1948: Married Phyllis B. Huston at Central City, NE. They farmed near Silver Creek. Vernon died Sun. 27 May 2012 at Prairie Village Retirement Center, Columbus, NE. Service will be Thurs., 31 May 2012 at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE with burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 1 son, 10 gch, 6 g-gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a brother Virgil, & a sister Ila Mae Klein. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 30 May 2012
Neva M. LONGSINE, 94 (photo)
Born 18 March 1918 at Hendley, NE. Parents: Robert & Louise (Kirste) Martin. 1935 grad. of Hendley HS. 9 Apr 1938: Married Floyd W. Longsine. They lived at Hendley and then Lebanon, NE. In 1958, moved to Central City, NE. Floyd died in 1977. Neva died Sun. 27 May 2012 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Service will be Thurs. at United Methodist Church, Central City, NE with burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 11 gch., 10 g-gch; a brother & his wife; a son-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a daughter Sharon Sitzman (Sep 2011); 3 sisters - Merna Smith, Irma Mart, Glenva Hinkle; a son-in-law, Dwain John.

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Jun 2012
Alma Dorcas BREDHAUER, 79 (photo)
Born 14 Oct 1932 on Merrick Co. farm to Onen & Hedwig (Wagner) Simonson. Grad. of Palmer HS. 9 Sep 1951: Married Eugene Bredthauer at Worms, NE.  They farmed S of Ord, NE. Alma died Wed., 30 May 2012 at St. Paul, NE.  Visitation: Sun., Ord Memorial Chapel. Service will be Mon. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Ord., NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter  13 gch., 14 g-gch.; 3 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; a gch.; other relatives  - Elmer & Wanda Bredthauer; Esther & Charlie Van Pelt; John Simonson, Harry Thede, Bob Mettenbrink; Fern & Bernard Bredthauer, Herbert Bredthauer; Ruth & Alva Pingel; Harvey Langrehr.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p366.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 2 Jun 2012
Maribeth O'HERN, 40 (photo)
Born 23 Jan 1972 at Grand Island, NE to Deborah Dockhorn. 10 May 2011: Married Michael O'Hern. She died Wed., 30 May 2012 at hospital in Kearney, NE. Service will be Tues., All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter, a stepdaughter; her parents, 3 brothers; her father-in-law; a grandfather. Predeceased by a grandmother, & an aunt Dotie Brandt.

Grand Island Independent & Norfolk Daily News - Tues. 5 Jun 2012
Grace Ruthann GRAHAM, infant (photo)
Died 31 May 2012. Parents: Isaiah & Emily Graham. Visitation: Wed. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be Thurs., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her parents & grandparents, other relatives.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 5 Jun 2012; Sidney Sun Telegraph - Wed. 6 Jun 2012
Linda G. GREEN,  65 (photo)
Born 11 Jan 1947, St. Paul, NE. Parents: Harold F. & Marie A. Joseph.  1965 grad. of Palmer HS. Attended Kearney State. 16 Oct 1965: Married Floyd Green at Aurora, NE. They lived in Grand Island and Sidney, NE. 1988: Returned to live at Grand Island. She died Sun. 3 Jun 2012. Service will be Thurs. at Faith United Methodist Church, Grand Island; with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer. Arrangements by Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; two sons; her mother; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her father, a brother-inlaw - James Green.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Wed., 6 Jun 2012
Margaret B. GENTLEMAN, 87 (photo)
Born in Monroe, NE to Bert & Beda (Swanson) Clayburn. 1942 grad. of Monroe HS. 1 Sep 1953: Married Charles Gentleman at Genoa, NE. Business owner. Resident of Fullerton, NE. She died Mon. 4 Jun 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service will be Thurs.,m 7 Jubn 2012 at McKown Funeral Home, Silver Creek, NE with burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Silver Creek. Survivors: 4 children; 4 gch., one g-gch.; a sister in TN and a sister-in-law in NE. Predeceased by her husband, her parents; 4 brothers-in-law - Keith Sutton, Ward Beebe, James Gentleman & Edward Gentleman; a sister-in-law, Rachel Gentleman.
Note: Marriage Record Bk 7 p320: Fullerton, Nance, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 6 Jun 2012
Frederick H. MUELLER (photo)
Born 2 Apr 1928, Grand Island, NE. Parents: Henry & Ruth (Rousey) Mueller. Lived on farm in Merrick County until abt 1936, moved to Grand Island, NE. Grad. of GISH. 4 Feb 1949: Married in Buffalo Co., NE. They moved to Southern California. In 1990, they returned to Grand Island, NE. He died Sun. 3 Jun 2012. Service will be Thurs. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island; burial will be in the city cemetery. Survivors: His wife, 3 chilren, 11 gch. and 15 g-gch; 2 sisters & a brother. Predeceased by his parents, other relatives. Memorial donations to National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-16 p2a D27 F27: Vieregg Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 13 Jun 2012
Barbara Lee McHARGUE, 72 (photo)
Born 29 Jan 1940 at Sabina, OH. Parents: Vaughan & Evelyn (Henderson) Bentley. 1958 grad. of HS located at Lees Creek, OH. 1962 grad. of Wilmington Friends College in OH. Teacher. 19 Jun 1964: Married Leslie Leon McHargue. They lived in Central City, NE. Barbara died Mon. 11 Jun 2012 at home. Service will be Thurs., Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 4 sons, a daughter, 16 gch.; 2 brothers.  Predeceased by her parents.

Columbus Telegram (photo) - Sat. 16 Jun 2012; Grand Island Independent (photo) - Sun. 17 Jun 2012; Polk County Newspaper - Tues. 19 Jun 2012
Jeanette G. BECK, 82
Born 1 Jul 1929 at Red Cloud, NE. Parents: Dwight & Gertrude (Adams) Kaminsky. Family moved about 1936 to Clarks, NE. Grad. from Clarks HS & attended NE Central College at Central City, NE. Teacher. 11 Feb 1949: Married Dale Beck at Pierce Chapel near Clarks. They lived near Silver Creek, NE. Dale died 10 Jan 2008. Jeanette died Fri. 15 Jun 2012 at Genoa, NE. Service will be Mon., United Methodist Church, Silver Creek with burial in the Clark's Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: 5 children, 17 gch., 13 g-gch.; 3 brothers-in-law; 4 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 infant sisters - Phyllis & Charlotte Kaminsky; a sister Camille Johnson; brother Russell Kaminsky; other relatives.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 18 Jun 2012
Margaret "Peg" PARKS, 76
Born 7 Sep 1935 at Sumner, NE to Lloyd & Laura (Summers) Potter. Worked in California and Tucson, AZ. 3 Sep 1983: Married D. L. Parks at Tonopha, NV. 1992: They moved to Palmer, NE. D.L. died 26 Oct 2001. Margaret died Fri.; 15 Jun 2012 at St. Paul, NE. Service will be Thurs. at Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer, NE with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors: 2 brothers & 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband & her parents. Memorials to  Palmer American Legion Auxiliary or to the American Cancer Society.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 20 Jun 2012
Thomas S. "Tom" LAMB, 91
Born 15 Oct 1920 at Clarks, NE to Mark & Eva (Ackerman) Lamb. 1938 grad. of Clarks HS. WW II: US Army Air Corps. Farmer. He died Sat. 16 Jun 2012 at Grand Island, NE. Service will be Wed. at St. Peters Catholic Church, Clarks, NE. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Clarks. Attangements by Palmer Funeral Home, Fullerton. Survivors: A sister-in-law; nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents; 6 brothers - Mike, Rex, Robert, Gerald, Leo & John; a sister - Mary.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 22 Jun 2012
Lucille R. NEWLON, 86 (photo)
Born 16 Feb 1926 at Omaha, NE to Frank & Blanche (Wells) Buffington. Grad. of Benson HS. Dental assistant. 15 Jun 1952: Married James F. Newlon at Omaha. They later farmed near Palmer, NE; then moved to St. Paul, NE. James died 10 Feb 1995. Lucille died Wed., 20 Jun 2012 at Lincoln, NE. Service will be Mon., at Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Survivors: 1 daughter, 3 sons, 13 gch., 11 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Melvin & George Buffington; 2 sisters - Louetta Millen & Margaret Crosby.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 27 Jun 2012
Leo T. SZATKO, 83 (photo)
Born 25 Jul 1928 at Wolbach, NE to Ingnatius James & Victoria (Gembica) Szatko. 1946-48: US Navy. Dairy & hog farmer near Clarks, NE. 11 Aug 1951: Married Betty Konwinski.  She died 30 Jun 1987.  2 Jun 1988: Married Isabel Kzionzek. Leo died Sun., 24 Jun 2012 in Central City, NE. Service will be Thurs., at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Clarks, NE. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home. Survivors: His second wife; 3 daughters, 2 sons; step-children; 17 gch, 16 g-gch. Predeceased by his first wife; his parents; a sister - Rose Kazor; 5 brothers - Frank, Vincent, Steven, Ollie & Louis Szatko.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 28 Jun 2012
Rhoda Louise EDLUND, 89 (photo)
Born 28 Feb 1923, Central City, NE to Warren H. & Ella E. (Wegner) Riggs. 1941 grad. of CCHS. 4 Mar 1942: Married Raymond E. Edlund at Hastings, NE. They lived in Grand Island, NE and Midland TX while he was in service. 1946: Moved to Loveland, CO. 1983: Moved to Central City, NE. Ray died 11 Dec 1991. Rhoda died Mon. 25 Jun 2012 at Good Samarian Society in Wood River, NE. Visitation: Thurs., Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be Fri., United Methodist Church, Central City, NE. Survivors: 2 sons, 3 gch., 6 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 sisters - Naomi Clary & Rosemary Wilson; a brother - Orval Riggs.
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p337; 1930 Fed. Census NE ED 61-1 p12a H1026 D66 F67: Central City, Lone Tree, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 5 Jul 2012
Donald L. BARNES, 80
Born 23 Nov 1931 near Greeley, NE to E.J. & Marie Barnes. Family moved to Central City, NE. 1951-55: US Navy. 16 Mar 1963: Married at the Friends Church in Central City. The lived in Omaha where Donald was a welder. 1969, returned to Central City area and dairy farmed. He died Tues. 3 Jul 2012 at Central City. Serice will b Fri. at Heartland Evangelical Free Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home.  Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, a daughter, 3 gch.; 4 nbrothers, one sister.  Predeceased by his parents; a brother - Gerald; 2 sisters - Helen Giesenhagen & Patricia Barnes. Memorials to Nebraska Christian Schools.

Grand Island Independent - Fri, 6 Jul 2012
Robert J. Lambe, 90
Born 9 Feb 1922 at Ulysses, NE to James & Clara (Reinders) Lambe. 1939 grad. of Ulysses HS. 27 Jul 1946: Married Nadine; they farmed at Shelby and Osceola until 1954, moved to Central City, NE. He worked for the county. Served on the city council, and as mayor.  Member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, Grand Island, NE. Robert died Thurs 4 Jul at Grand Island, NE,  Service will be at later date, with burial at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 20 g-gch. Predeceased by his daughter Judy; his parents; a brother Patrick; 2 sisters - Mary & Alice Lambe. Memorials to the church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 8 Jul 2012
Alice M. LANGREHR, 83 (photo)
Born 24 Sep 1928 on farm N of Worms, NE. Parents: Onen & Hedwig (Wagner) Simonson. Attended Zion Lutheran School at Worms, NE. 5 May 1945: Married Harvey H. Langrehr at Worms. They farmed SE of St. Libory, NE. Harvey died 18 Nov 1983. Alice died Sat. 7 Jul 2012 at St. Libory. Visitation: Mon., Peters Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Service will be Tues. at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms. Burial in Norwegian Cemetery, NW of Worms. Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 10 gch., 6 g-gch.; 2 sisters, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 sisters - Esther Van Pelt and Alma Bredthauer; a brother John Simonson; 2 brothers-in-law Charles Van Pelt and Bob Mettenbrink. Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 13 Jul 2012
Brandy Lyn HUGHES, 36
Born 22 Aug 1975 at Grand Island, NE to Gordon & Claire Schott. Grad. of Central City HS and UNL. 3 May 2003: Married Rustin Hughes. They lived in Fort Collins, CO; later moved to Kearney, NE. Brandy died Thurs. 12 Jul 2012 at Kearney. Service will be Mon. at First United Methodist Church, Kearney.  Burial in Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home, Kearney.  Survivors: Her husband, her parents, 2 brothers & a sister.  Predeceased by 3 grandfathers; and her stepfather - Nick Longly.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 14 Jul 2012
Beulah B. SCARBOROUGH, 95 (photo)
Born 3 Aug 1916 near Palmer, NE to Bert & Ruby (Campbell) Ross.  1936 grad. of St. Paul HS (Howard Co). Attended Kearney State College. Teacher in rural schools of Howard & Merrick Counties. 24 May 1939: Married Harold Scarborough. They lived on his family farm, then moved in 1948 to a farm between Palmer & Archer, NE. Beulah died Thurs., 12 Jun 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Service will be Tues. at United Methodist Church, St. Paul, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Palmer, NE. Arrangements by Jacobsen - Greenway Funeral Homem, St. Paul. Survivors: A son & his wife; a granddaughter, 4 g-gch.; a sister; a sister-in-law. Predeceased by her husband (8 May 1998); her parents; a sister Dorothy Kanter.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 17 Jul 2012
Steven Paul McHARGUE, 47 (photo)
Born 20 Apr 1965 at Central City, NE to Leslie & Barbara (Bentley) McHargue. 1983 grad. of NE Christian HS, Central City, NE. 1987 grad. of UNL. 20 Feb 1988: Married. They lived in Battle Creek, NE; then Honolulu, Hawaii.  Moved to Sioux City, IA and then to MN where he was "Director of Mobilization for Reign Ministries in Minneapolis, Minn."  Steven died Thurs. 12 Jul 2012 at home in Pymouth, MN. Service will be Thurs. at Woodridge Church, Medina, MN. Survivors: His wife, 2 children; his father; 3 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by his mother.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 22 Jul 2012; Columbus Telegram - Tues. 24 Jul 2012
Audra E. BROWN, 39 (photo)
Born 8 Aug 1972 at Aurora, NE to Robert & Judith Brown. 1990 grad. of Clarks HS. Attended Joseph's College of Beauty. Cosmetologist. She died Fri. 20 Jul 2012 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Memorial service will be Wed. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Burial at a later date. Survivors: A daughter; her mother; a brother, 3 sisters. a grandmother.  Predeceased by her father; 3 grandparents.  Memorials to a fund for her daughter.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Fri. 27 Jul 2012
Wilbur L. ‘Webb’ CHURCH, 92 (photo)
Born 22 Mar 1920 at Clarks, NE to LeRoy "Roy" & Mabel (Branting) Church. Family lived on Prairie Island. Attended Clarks HS. WW II: US Army Air Corps. 23 Jun 1946: Married at Clarks, NE. Webb was employed by UPRR at Central City & Chappell, NE. He died Thurs. 26 Jul 2012 at Central City, NE. Visitation Sun. at Solt Funeral Home. Service will be Monday at United Methodist Church, Central City. Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE. Survivors: His wife, 4 children, a "special daughter, Celia Cortez Luz, of Sao Paulo, Brazil"; 7 gch., 11 g-gch.; 3 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents; an infant daughter - Diane; a grandchild - Adam Church; 3 brothers - Leonard, Russell & Cecil Church; 2 sisters-in-law, Marjorie Church & Laura Church.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-13 p1B D19 F19: Prairie Island Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p); History of Merrick Co., NE Vol 1, p153.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 29 Jul 2012
Trueman H. MERRITT, 80 (photo)
Born 22 Jul 1932 at Walnut, NE (Knox Co) to Trueman H. & Phoebe M. (Webb) Merritt.  Grad. of Verdigre HS. 1952-56: US Navy. 27 Jan 1962: Married in Council Bluffs, IA. They lived in Omaha, NE. 2001: Moved to Central City, NE.  Trueman died at Grand Island Veterans Home Sat., 28 Jul 2012.  Service will be Tues. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE.  Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 2 gch.; a sister; 2 sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law & his wife.  Predeceased by his parents; a sister Rose Goedeker.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 30 Jul 2012
Nina J. RAUERT, 88 (photo)
Born 8 Jun 1924 at Palmer, NE to Olin & Ada (Sherman) Taylor. 1942 grad. of Rockville HS (Sherman Co).  Attended St. Agnes Beauty School in Lincoln, then moved to Grand Island, NE & worked for relatives.  21 May 1950: Married Robert R. Rauert at Grand Island. They lived on farm NW of town.  Bob died in Apr 2010. Nina died Sat. 28 Jul 2012 at Grand Island.  Service will be Wed. at Gollaher Chapel of Trinity Methodist Church. Burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Apfel Funeral Home. Survivors: 2 daughters, 2 sons, gch. & g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a sister Theoria Heise and a brother Lester Taylor.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-6 p8b D173 F173: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 13 Aug 2012
Victor W. SNELL, 92 (photo)
Born 15 Dec 1919 at Quincy, MA to Victor A. & Elsie E. (Nieminen) Snell.  1937 grad. of Quincy HS. 1941-45: USAF. 5 Mar 1944: Married Mary Gilley at Topeka, KS. 1950 grad. of UNL. Opened insurance office in TX. Retired to Central City, NE. Methodist. Active in civic affairs, fraternal groups.  He died Sat. 11 Aug 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City with burial in the city cemetery.  Survivors: a daughter & her family; 2 nephews & a niece. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; two in-laws - Robert (Esther) Gilley and Alma (Verner) Benson. Memorials to Nebraska Christian Foundation c/o Snell Scholarship Fund; 1847 Inskip Avenue; Central City, NE 68826.

Grand Island Independent  - Tues. 14 Aug 2012
Theodore Dwaine BETTS, 87
Born 6 Jan 1925 near Clarks, NE to Frank & Lillian (White) Betts. 1985: Moved to Elsie, Perkins Co., NE.  He died Mon. 13 Aug 2012 at Grant, NE.  Service will be Thurs at Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant. Buriel will follow that afternoon at Central City Cemetery. 

Columbus Telegram - Thurs. 16 Aug 2012
Frank August CARMAN, Jr. 71  (photo)
Born 10 Aug 1941 at Silver Creek, NE to Frank & Mabel (Brand) Carman. Grad. of Silver Creek HS. Truck driver. He died Tues., 14 Aug 2012 at Midwest Covenant Home Hospice Care, Stromsburg, NE. Service will be Sat. at United Methodist Church, Silver Creek, NE. Survivors: A special friend; 3 daughters; 8 gch., 6 g-gch.; a sister & a brother. Pedeceased by his parents; a gch., 2 g-gch.; a sister Charlene Vetick. Arrangements by McKown Funeral Home.

Grand Island Independent  (photo) &  Polk County Newspaper - 21 Aug 2012
Rodney "Rod" BECKSTROM, 64
Born 12 Jul 1948 at Central City, NE to Irvin M. & Maxine I. Beckstrom. Family lived in Polk County. 1966 grad. of Stromsburg HS. 1968-72: US Navy. 1974: Married Barbara and moved to Castle Rock, CO. He returned to NE, farmed with father, did electrical work. 10 Jul 1981: Married Judy Stueven; they lived in Grand Island. Judy died 9 Oct 2002. Rod died Sat. 18 Aug 2012 at VA Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Memorial service will be Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Interment at later date in cemetery of Swede Plain Methodist Church near Polk, NE.  Survivors: a daughter & her family in KS; his parents; step-children; 2 sisters, one brother. Predeceased by his second wife; his grandparents - Verner and Lillie Beckstrom, McKinley and Faye Land.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 24 Aug 2012
Arlis E. DRUMMOND, 73
Born 24 May 1939 at Lyons, NE to Eldon J. & Eva Berniece (Case) Drummond. 1957 grad. of Central City HS. 1957-59: USAF. 7 Feb 1960: Married Alice M. Wetzel at Central City, NE. Truck driver; employee of Atlantic Homes. Arlis died Wed. 22 Aug 2012 at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Service will be Sat. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: a son; a daughter. 9 gch., 11 g-gch.;  2 brothers. Predeceased by his wife; an infant son Anthony; his parents, a gch. April Drummond.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 26 Aug 2012
LaVonne Mae HELD, 86
Born 1 Mar 1926 at Palmer, NE to George & Margaret (Ita) Weyers. 18 Mar 1949: Married Keith Held at Taylor, NE. Mrs. Held died Fri. 24 Aug 2012 at Neligh, NE. Service will be Tues., United Methodist Church, Ericson, NE. Burial in Pibel Cemetery. Arrangements by Hitchcock Funeral Home, Burwell, NE. Survivors: 3 children, 13 gch, 12 g-gch.; a sister and 2 brothers.  Predeceased by her husband (1997).

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Grand Island Independent - Sat. 1 Sep 2012
Margaret Ella HESSEL, 91 (photo)
Born 7 Apr 1921 at Richmond, NE to Herman D. & Reminnie d. (Michaelsen) Schmidt.  Family moved to farm "near Archer" / "outside Palmer" ... 1939 grad. of Palmer HS. 10 Oct 1940: Married Raymond Hessel.  They lived at Grand Island, NE.  Raymond died in 1997.  Margaret died Thurs., 30 Aug 2012 at St. Paul, NE.  Celebration of her life will be held at future date.  Arrangements by All Faiths Funeral Home. Survivors: A daughter, a son, 6 gch., 2 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - Robert L. Schmidt (during WW II) and Arnold H. Svhmidt (1948); her sister Rose Ann  Jacobsen (2007). 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 13 Sep 2012
Steven G. MYERS, 61 (photo)
Born 23 Nov 1950 at Lexington, NE to Clarence & Irene Emma Margaret (Holthus) Myers. 1969 grad. of Bertrand HS. 30 May 1969: Married at Bertrand, NE.  1972: They moved to Hoxie, KS. 1984: Moved to Clarks, NE; sold insurance.  Has served on village board and as mayor. Steven died Tues. 11 Sep 2012 at hospital in Omaha, NE. Service will be Fri. 13 Sep at Grace Lutheran Church, Central City with burial at Highland Cemetery, Bertrand, NE. Arrangements: Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife; 2 daughters, 6 gch.; 3 brothers, & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a daughter - Heather Myers; his father-in-law - Raymond Hanson. 

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 14 Sep 2012
Emma Jane Peterson BOWERS (photo)
Born 16 Sep 1921 in Copeland, KS to Frank F. & Goldie C. (Burk) Wynn. Her family moved to CA where Emma grad. from Inglewood HS, Los Angeles, CA. She moved to KS & worked. 19 Jun 1955: Married Harlan E. Peterson at Wichita, KS. They farmed near Polk, NE and then at Hordville, NE. Harlan died in 1989. 17 Oct 1992: Emma married Lloyd K. Bowers; they lived at Central City, NE.  They later moved to Aurora, NE. Emma died Wed. 12 Sep 2012 at Aurora, NE. Service will be Sat. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial in Mamre Evangelical Free Church Cemetery. Survivors: Her second husband; 2 step-children; 3 step-gch.  She was predeceased by her first husband, her parents; a brother - Frazier Wynn; a sister - Catherine Kaplin; a niece. Memorials to the United Methodist Church Foundation in Central City.

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 14 Sep 2012
Donald WARNER, 90 (photo)
Born in Ashland, NE to Arthur & Ruth (Carlson) Warner). Raised at Waverly, NE by relatives following death of his mother.  Grad. of UN Agricultural College.  1947: Married on UN campus.  They lived at Central City, NE.  Elevator manager.  1986: Ordained Episcopalian Deacon. 2006: Moved to Owassa, OK.  He died 28 Aug 2012. Memorial service wll be Sat. 22 Sep 2012 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Grand Island, NE. Arrangements by Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso, OK.  Survivors: His wife, a son, a daughter, 4 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by his parents; a sister & 2 brothers; a daughter Janis Rutth Warner.  Memorial donations to St. Simeon's Episcopal Home in Tulsa, Okla., or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Grand Island, NE.
Note: Appears in directory for Central City Cemetery, where daughter is buried.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 17 Sep 2012
Lloyd L. RIPPE, 69 (photo)
Born 26 Mar 1943, Linn, KS. Parents: Harry & Ida (Dierking) Rippe. 1961 grad. of Linn HS. Attended Grand Island Business School - accounting.  17 Feb 1967: Married. They lived at Grand Island & at Chapman, NE. Lloyd died Sat. 15 Sep 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE. Memorial service will be Wed., Grace Lutheran Church, Grand Island.  Burial private, in Chapman Cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City, NE. Survivors: His wife, 3 daughters, 3 gch.; a brother. Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Clarence & Raymond Rippe; one sister - Lucille Stalder.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 20 Sep 2012
Margaret "Anne" CONNER, 84 (photo)
Born 10 May 1928 at Mankato, KS to Ross & Alice (Greek) Minor. Family moved to Central City, NE. 1946: Anne grad. of Grand Island HS. 26 May 1927: Married Leonard Conner at Smith Center, KS. They lived at Grand Island, NE. Anne died Fri. 14 Sep 2012 at Fort Collins, CO. Memorial service will be Sat. at Trinity United Methodist Church Gollaher Chapel. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 2 sons, a daughter, 3 gch. Predecased by her parents; a brother - Millard Minor; a sister - Lucille Coakley.

Sidney Sun Telegraph - Tues. 25 Sep 2012
Donald Richard ANDERSON, 90
Born 14 Aug 1922 at Palmer, NE to Clyde & Bertha (Glause) Anderson. Family moved to the sandhills.  Ranch worker. WW II: US Army paratrooper.  Aug 1951: Marrtied Deloris Evans; they lived in the sand hills until 1970 when they moved to Lodgepole, NE. Don died Sun. 23 Sep 2012 at hospital in Wichita, KS. Service will be Fri. 28 Sep at Lodgepole United Methodist Church.  Burial in Whitman Cemetery at Whitman, NE. Arrangements by Holechek Funeral Home, Sidney.  Survivors: 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 gch., 2 g-gch.  Predeceased by his wife; his parents; 3 brothers & 6 sisters.  Memorials to the Book Mobile of Sidney Library.
Note: Two sisters were born at Halsey, Thomas, NE (Esther in 1929 & Mary Ellen in 1939). 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 25 Sep 2012
Everett Donald "Don" FORBES, 82 (photo)
Born 26 Oct 1929 near Palmer, NE to Everett D. & Carrie (Hiett) Forbes. Grew up in Glenwood area north of Palmer, NE. 1946 grad. of Palmer HS. 3 Aug 1949: Married Joan Davis at Palmer. They lived on a farm until 1958, moved to Los Angeles.  1967: Moved to Tulsa, OK. 1985: Retired from American Airlines; returned to Palmer the next year.  Joan died 23 Jan 2000.  Don died Mon. 24 Sep 2012 at Heritage Living Center, St. Paul, NE.  Graveside service will be Tues. 2 Oct at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.  Arrangements by Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: 2 sons; 2 daughters, 15 gch., 12 g-gch; a brother & his wife; 2 sisters. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a brother-in-law William Davis. Memorials to Palmer United Methodist Church Youth Group.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED63-3 p5a D83 F84: Cottonwood Twp, Nance, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent obit - Tues. 25 Sep 2012
Frances Marie HOLTZ, 101  (photo)
Born 16 Mar 1911 in Merrick Co., NE to James N. & Laverne (Weber) Johnston. 1929 grad. of CCHS. 4 Feb 1935: Married Arthur Holtz in Grand Island, NE. They lived in Central City until moved to Mount Pleasant, IA in 1942.  The next year they moved to Lincoln, NE an remained until 1985 when they moved back to Central City.  Arthur died in 13 Mar 1986.  Frances died Sun. 23 Sep 2012 at Long Term Care, Central City, NE. Service will be Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City; burial at Burke Cemetery near town.  Survivors: A daughter & her husband; a son-in-law; a brother.  Also living are a gdau & a g-gdau. Frances was predeceased by her husband; a daugher Gloria Cyr; a grandson - Leland Cyr; her parents; 3 brothers - Floyd, Lloyd, & Leonard Johnston; a sister Ruby Olsen; 4 infant siblings.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Sep 2012
Bernard F. DUBAS, 89 (photo)
Born 16 Aug 1923 at Genoa, NE to William & Anna (Tworek) Dubas. Family lived near Krakow & near Clarks, NE. 21 Jun 1958: Married at Aurora, NE. They lived on farm north of Central City, NE.  Bernard died Wed., 26 Sep 2012 at Central City. Service will be Sat. 29 Sep at St. Peters Catholic Church in Clarks, with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Clarks, NE.  Survivors: His wife; a son, 3 daughters, 7 gch. Also living are two sisters & a brother. Predeceased by his parents; a brother - Conrad Dubas; a brother-in-law Ray Kula.

Columbus Telegram & Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 27 Sep 2012
Donna Mae STEINKE, 80 (photo)
Born 18 May 1932, at Clarks, NE to Walter A. & Josephine (Shemek) Kluck.  1950 grad. of Clarks HS. Teacher's certificate from NE Central College in Central City, NE. 28 Oct 1952: Married Emil R. Steinke at Clarks. They livd at Central City, NE.  Donna worked 30 yrs as a dental assistant. She died Tues. 25 Sep 2012 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Service will be Sat. 29 Sep at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City. Burial in the city cemetery.  Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home.  Survivors: A son & his wife, a gch. & a g-gch.; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband (3 Jun 2002); her parents; a brother - Robert Kluck. 
Note: See the cemetery directory.

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Aurora News Register  - Mon. 2 Oct 2012, Columbus Telegram & GI Independent -  Wed. 4 Oct 2012
Peggy Lee DITTMER, 80 (photo)
Born 5 Jan 1932 at Omaha, NE to Russell B. & Doris W. (Stege) Lee. 1950 grad of Kramer HS, Columbus, NE. 14 Apr 1952: Married Lester L. Dittmer at Columbus. They lived in CO & KS. 1953: Moved to farm south of Clarks, NE.  She taught dance & exercise, swimming. In 2009, they moved to Aurora, NE. Peg died Tues., 2 Oct 2012 at Aurora, NE. Service will be Sat. 6 Oct at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: Her husband; 3 children, 8 gch., 6 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her parents.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 4 Oct 2012
Bettie D. MONSON, 102 (photo)
Born 25 Oct 1909 at Clarks, NE to William & Catherine (Hansen) Kohl.  27 Dc 1928: Married Joseph Monson at Columbus, NE.  They lived in Polk Co., NE.  1948: Moved to Clarks, NE. Bettie later moved to Central City, where she died Tues. 2 Oct 2012.  Service will be Sat. at Clarks Congregational Church. Burial in Valley View Cemetery, Genoa, NE. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.  Survivors: 2 sisters.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 sisters - Martha Darnall & Elsie Grosch; 3 brothers - Arthur, John Sr. & Bill Kohl. 
Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I pp 261 (WG Kohl), 289 (J Monson); 1920 Fed. Census NE ED156 p13B D157 F164: Clarksville Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent - Fri. 5 Oct 2012
Don L. "Bub" BRIDGER, 87
Born 25 May 1925 at Fullerton, NE to Roy & Eulalia (Zuerlien) Bridger.  1946-48: US Army. Married in South Dakota. They farmed in Nance, Boone, Filmore & Burt Counties.  1960: Moved to Central City, NE. Don died Wed. 3 Oct 2012 at Central City, NE.  Service will be Sat. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, St. Edward, NE.  Survivors: His wife; 4 sons; 2 daughters; 13 gchh & 23 g-gch.; a brother & his wife.  Predeceased by 2 sons - Richard & David Bridger; 2 sisters - Arnette Furby & Donna Coufal; a brother - Lynn Bridger; a gch & 2 g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Oct 2012
Shirley Fae (Folbrecht) LARSON, 79 (photo)
Former resident of Central City, NE. Died Sun. 7 Oct 2012 at home in Lincoln, NE. Memorial service will be Wed. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home.  Memorials: Bethany Branch Library or Lincoln Public Schools Backpack Program.
Notes: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p249 (R&LA Johnson). Maiden name was Thompson. Her second husband was Kenneth E. Larson who died 30 Oct 2001.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 9 Oct 2012
Elna Lorraine SCHNEIDERHEINZ, 77 (photo)
Born 24 Nov 1934 in Merrick Co. NE to Lyman & Vera (Rallens) Pierce. Lived in Marquette/Central City areas. 18 Apr 1952: Married Daniel R. Schneiderheinz. They lived at Central City, NE. Dan was the County Sheriff & Elna was dispatcher/cook for the department. Dan died 26 Sep 2011.  Elna died Sat. 6 Oct 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE.  Visitation: Tues. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be Wed. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City, NE. Burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter; 7 gch., 3 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband; her parents; a brother Lloyd Pierce. 

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 11 Oct 2012
Robert E. KYES, 80
Died 12 Dec 2010 at Grand Island Veterans Home. He donated his body to science. Graveside memorial service will be held Sat. 13 Oct 2012 at Central City Cemetery. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home, Central City.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 12 Oct 2012
Arthur ‘Bud’ WISER, 84 (photo)
Born 28 Aug 1928 on farm near Chapman, NE to Arthur B. & Alice (Johnson) Wiser. Abt 1942 - dropped out of school after father had accident. Farmer. 1949: Married Lois Garretson at Kearney, NE. They farmed west of Osceola until 1971, moved to farm west of Columbus, NE. He also did custom haying, was a heavy equipment operator, and a welder. Bud died Wed., 10 Oct 2012 at Columbus, NE. Service will be Sat., 13 Oct at Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus. Burial in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, Columbus.  Arrangements by Gass Haney Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 3 daughers, 7 gch., 12 g-gch.; 2 sisters; assorted in-laws. Predeceased by his wife (4 Sep 2006); his parents; a sister - Geraldine Juhl; a grandson.
Note: See 1930 Fed. Census NE ED61-12 p4b D85 F80: Prairie Creek Twp, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Aurora News Register - Wed. 17 Oct 2012; Grand Island Independent - Fri. 19 Oct 2012 (photo)
Duane L. EATON, 79
Born 26 Jun 1933 in Hamilton Co., NE to Cecil W. & Ella (Brondel) Eaton. Attended Central City HS. Worked in St. Edward, NE.  Korean War: US Army.  Returned to Central City, NE. 4 May 1958: Married Bernice E. Bender.  He worked for lumber company, managed a concrete operation, owned/operated a cafe, etc.  They lived in Central City, wintered in TX.  Bernice died 27 Nov 2000. Duane died Wed., 17 Oct 2012 at GI Veterans Home. Visitation: Tues., at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be Wed. 24 Oct at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with burial in the city cemetery.  Survivors: A son, a daughter; a sister & her husband; a brother & his wife.  Predeceased by his wife & his parents. Memorials to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the Central City Volunteer Fire Department.

Columbus Telegram & Fremont Tribune - Fri. 19 Oct 2012
Charles "Milton" WILCOX, 74 (photo)
Born 1 Jan 1938 at Columbus, NE to Marvin L. & Marie (Larson) Wilcox. 1957 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 16 Jul 1960: Married at Columbus, NE. They lived at Silver Creek until 1966, moved to O'Neill.  Later lived at Arlington & North Bend, NE. Returned to Arlington. He died Wed. 17 Oct 2012 at hospital in Fremont, NE. Memorial service will be Sat. 20 Oct at McKown Funeral Home, Columbus, NE. Burial will be with his family at Silver Creek Cemetery.  Survivors: His wife; 3 daughters, a son, several gch.; 5 brothers, a step-brother; many in-laws. Predeceased by his parents & his step-mother Grace Reed Wilcox; a sister Patsy Lesiak; a brother-in-law Ron Champoux; a sister-in-law Elaine Rasmussen; a brother-in-law Norman Stromberg.  Memorial donations to Arlington Fire & Rescue, North Bend Fire & Rescue or the Arlington Community Church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 24 Oct 2012
Roger D. PLATT, 73  (photo)
Born 25 Feb 1939 at Superior, NE to Cecil & Ida May (Newell) Platt.  Grew up at Cadams, NE. 13 Aug 1960: Married Georgetta at Central City, NE.  They lived in Central City, Palmer & Grand Island, NE.  Georgetta survives, lives in Grand Island. Roger returned to live at Central City, NE.  He died Mon. 22 Oct 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE.  Service will be Thurs. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City - with burial at Burke Cemetery, near town. Survivors: Five daughters, 12 gch., 13 g-gch., a companion - Karen W.; a brother & his wife; 2 sisters.  Predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers - Bob & Brad; 2 sisters - Marie & Donna.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 25 Oct 2012
Irene M. SORENSEN, 92 (photo)
Born 24 Feb 1920 at Clarks, NE to Albin J. & Margaret (Dodds) Nelson. 1938 grad. of Hordville HS (Hamilton Co.).  14 Jun 1939: Married H. Ervin Sorensen at York, NE.  They lived at Brush, CO, then at Hordville, NE. 1950: Moved to Grand Island, NE.  They owned L&V Furnace Co.  Mr. Sorensen died 11 Oct 2008.  Mrs. Sorensen died Tues., 23 Oct 2012 at Grand Island. Service will be Fri. at Messiah Lutheran Church; burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.  Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter; 5 gch., 3 g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents, 2 brothers - Clarence (infancy) & Lee; a sister Mary Fishler. Memorials to the church.

Grand Island Independent  - Wed. 31 Oct 2012
Robert A. "Bob" BOCK, 86 (photo) /
Born 27 Sep 1926 on farm near Papillion, Sarpy, NE to Edward E. & Marie P. (Lamprecht) Bock. 1945-46: US Army. 1948: Moved to Kimball, NE & worked in oil fields, ranch hand. Bought a truck, & went into hauling business.  21 Nov 1981: Married Nellie.  Went to work in Central City, NE.  He died Mon. 29 Oct 2012 at hospital in Grand Island, NE.  Service will be Fri. at First Christian Church, Central City with burial at Bureau Cemetery, Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE.  Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: His wife; a brother, 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents, 3 sisters Elaine Smith (Harold), Bernice Hooper, Verna Villella (Tom); brother - Hans Bock; parents in law - Ervin & Vanda Zehr; other relatives.

Columbus Telegram - Wed. 31 Oct 2012
Bonnie Mae GARRETSON, 73 (photo)
Born 8 Jun 1939 at Silver Creek, NE to Glenn Edmond & Mary E. (Hinkle) Mustard. 16 Jul 1954: Married Dennis Garretson at Columbus, NE. She died Tues. 30 Oct 2012 at home in Platte Center, NE. Visitation: Thurs., McKown Funeral Home, Columbus.  Service will be Fri. at First United Methodist Church, Silver Creek with burial in Silver Creek Cemetery. Survivors: 2 sons, a daughter; 7 gch., 10 g-gch; a brother. Predeceased by her parents; a son Bruce Garretson. Memorials to the church.

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Nov 2012
Barbara M. BURKE, 79 (photo)
Born 8 Jan 1933 at Arnold, NE to Adolphus H & Leona (Backes) Norgard. Family moved to Central City, NE. Married Dale Hedges; lived at Central City. 1983: Barbara moved to California & worked at para- educator for Sacramento City School district.  Married Myron Burke. After Ron's death she moved back to Nebraska. She died Sat. 3 Nov 2012 at Kearney, NE. Memorial service will be Thurs. at Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 4 daughters, 10 gch., 4 g-gch.; a sister. Predeceased by 5 sisters - Marceil (age 6), Bonnie Carlson, Pat Stuart, Dorothy Brown & Shirley Martin; a brother - Robert Norgard; a gch. Memorials to AseraCare.

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 5 Nov 2012
Anna Lee COBB, 85 (photo)
Born 19 Nov 1926 at Central City, NE  to Lee & Grace (Wagoner) Clayton.  Attended school at Central City & at Hordville, NE.  7 Nov 1948: Married Edwin E. Cobb at Central City.  They farmed in Merrick County, then retired to Central City.  Ed died 6 Jun 1994.  Anna died Sat. 3 Nov 2012 at Central City.  Service will be Wed. at Solt Funeral Home, Central City; burial in the city cemetery.  Survivors: A son & his wife, 2 gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 brothers - Gerald, Kenneth & Roger Clayton; a sister - Gwendolyn Leach.
Note: See 1920 Fed. Census NE ED158 p18B H2115 D104 F110: Central City Ward 3, Merrick, NE (w/p).

Grand Island Independent  - Sun. 11 Nov 2012
Bernardine F. "Nana" Hedges, 79  (photo not linked)
Born 25 Dec 1932 in South Sioux City, IA to Bernard & Ruth (Irwin) Hack. Family moved to St. Paul, NE.  She also attended school in Merrick County, NE. 23 Sep 1950: Married Philip E. Bolling at Central City.  She owned a business, worked as teacher's aide. Philip died 17 Dec 1975.  Bernardine married G. Dale Hedges on 11 Apr 1980.  She died Fri. 9 Nov 2012 at Bryan Medical Center East, Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Mon., Wagner Funeral Home, Central City. Service will be Tues., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Central City; burial in the city cemetery. Survivors: Her 2nd husband, 5 sons, 5 daughters, 22 gch., 19 g-gch., 4 step-daughters.  Also living are 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  Predeceased by her first husband; a daughter Anita Bolling; 3 brothers - Arden, Bob & John Hack; a sister - Fern Meyer; a g-gch. Memorials to Central City Wrestling Program; Cancer Research; Central City Volunteer Fire Department; or Alcoholics Anonymous.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Nov 2012
Eunice I. CEDER, 90 (photo)
Born 17 Aug 1922 in Platte County, NE to Anton & Alma (Larson) Peterson. 1930 grad of Genoa HS, NE. 29 Jul 1940: Married Howard Ceder at Fullerton, NE. They lived in CA until 1942, moved to Central City, NE. 1962: Started Ceder's Home Improvement. Eunice died Tues. 20 Nov 2012 at Central City. Service will be Fri. at Grace Lutheran Church, Central City, with burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home. Survivors: Her husband; 3 sons, 5 gch., 15 g-gch; a brother; her twin sister. Predeceased by her parents; a brother - Jim Peterson; a sister - Phyllis Schlesinger; a gch.
Note: 1940 Fed Census at Lindsay, Platte, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Nov 2012
Christina Dorothy KRUSE, 100 (photo)
Born 3 Aug 1912 at Farwell, NE to Chris & Martha (Lemburg) Knoepfel. Lived at Kelso, NE. 1930 grad. of Farwell HS. 27 Jun 1937: Married Herman J.C. Kruse at parents farm.  They farmed SE of Worms, NE.  1970: Herman died in tractor accident. Christina moved to Grand Island in 1973.  Did home care of elderly & worked in a bakery.  She died Mon. 19 Nov 2012 at Grand Island, NE. Visitation Fri. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island. Service will be Sat. at Trinity Lutheran Church (Grand Island) with burial at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Worms, NE. Survivors: 4 daughters, a son, 10 gch., 23 g-gch., 10 gg-gch.; 3 brothers, a sister. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 3 brothers - Clarence, Arnold, & Donald Knoepfel; a sister Elvena & her husband Loris Campbell; 2 sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law; a son-in-law. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran Church.

Grand Island Independent - Wed. 21 Nov 2012
Darrel V. "Pete" PETERSON, 71 
Born 25 Oct 1941 at Denver, CO to Lyle & Imogene (Hill) Peterson. Grad. of HS in Suitland, MD. Lived in Colorado. 31 Dec 1998: Married at Clarks, NE. Darrel died Sun. 18 Nov 2012 at Central City, NE. Family & friends will meet Mon. at Clarks VFW. Survivors: His wife, 3 sons, 5 gch., step-gch.; a brother & 2 half-sisters. Predeceased by his parents. Arrangements by Wagner Funeral Home, Central City, NE.

Grand Island Independent - Thurs. 22 Nov 2012
Douglas L. PETERSON, 86
Born 27 Jun 1926 at Central City, NE to Carl & Winifred H. (Boehl) Peterson. Grad. of CCHS; attended UNL (Engr).  1944-46: US Navy. Died Tues., 20 Nov 2012 at Central City. Service will be Mon. at Apfel Funeral Home, Grand Island, NE. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. Survivors: His cousins. Predeceased by his parents.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 24 Nov 2012; Aurora News Register
Marilyn J. DJERNES, 90 (photo)
Born 28 Mar 1922 on farm near Archer, NE to Charles H. & Emma Esther (Wegner) Retzlaff.  1940 grad. of CCHS. 4 Jun 1944: Married Edgar Djernes at the home of her parents. They lived on farm near Marquette, NE for 21 years; moved (to Merrick County?). Teacher. Edgar died in 2008. Marilyn died Wed. 21 Nov 2012 at Central City, NE. Visitation: Mon. at Wagner Funeral Home. Service will be Tues. at Archer Zion United Methodist Church. Burial in Archer Evangelical Community Cemetery.  Survivors: 2 daughters; a sister-in-law; a gch.; a g-gch. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; 2 brothers - August & Oliver Retzlaff. Memorials to the cemetery's perpetual care fund. 

Grand Island Independent  - Mon. 26 Nov 2012
Clarence A. KANTER, 88 (photo)
Born 22 Jun 1924 at Palmer, NE to Arthur W. & Katherine D. (Holtz) Kanter). Grad. of Palmer HS. 1945-46: US Army. 24 Jun 1951: Married Katherine Butt at Central City, NE.  In 1953 they moved onto family farm W of Palmer, NE. Katherine died 7 Aug 1998. Clarence died Sat. 24 Nov 2012 at Howard Co. Medical Center, St. Paul, NE. Service will be Wed. at St. John's Lutheran Church, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE. Arrangements by Greenway Funeral Home, Palmer. Survivors: A son & his wife; a daughter-in-law; 10 gch., 17 g-gch., 1 gg-gch. Predeceased by his wife; his parents; a son Wayne Kanter; daughter-in-law Gayle Kanter; 2 g-gch.; 3 brothers - Glenn, Edwin & Harold Kanter; a sister Anna Weber. 

Grand Island Independent - Mon. 26 Nov 2012
Allen L. VERPLANK, 82 (photo)
Born 31 Aug 1930 at Palmer, NE to George W. & Ella M. (Freeland) Verplank. 1948 grad. of Palmer HS. Trucker, gas station operator. 25 Jun 1950: Married in Vermillion, SD. Allen died Fri. 23 Nov 2012 at hospital in Kearney, NE.  Service will be Wed. at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home, St. Paul, NE. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer, NE.  Survivors: His wife of Kearney; 2 sons, a daughter, a son-in-law; 11 gch., 4 step-gch., 9 g-gch., 4 gg-gch.; 3 sisters, a sister-in-law, his mother-in-law.  Predeceased by his parents; a daughter -Theresa Conway; a gch.; a sister - Lida Friedrichsen; a brother - Layton Verplank; his father-in-law - Adrian Stone. Memorials to Palmer HS Athletic Dept. 

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Grand Island Independent - Mon. 3 Dec 2012
Roland E. "Rollie" REYNOLDS, 81 (photo)
Born 11 Dec 1930 near Palmer, NE to Oscar & Marie Francies (Ewers) Reynolds.  Grad. of St. Paul HS, & UN College of Agriculture. Served in USAF (2 yrs).  6 Aug 1952: Married. Salesman. Methodist. He died Fri. 30 Nov 2012 at home in Grand Island, NE. Private service will be held at later date. Arrangements by All Faiths Funeral Home, Grand Island. Survivors: His wife; a son, a daughter, 4 gch.

Grand Island Independent  - Thurs. 6 Dec 2012
Annie Olwen FERGUSON, 91
Born 27 Jul 1921 north of Central City, NE to Owen G. & Elizabeth (Jones) Jones.  1961: Married Carl Ferguson. Carl died in 1990. Lived at Lincoln, NE.  Annie died Tues. 4 Dec 2012 at Holdrege, NE.  Memorial service will be Wed. 12 Dec at Holdrege Memorial Home Chapel.  Inurnment at later date in Bureau Cemetery at Pierce Chapel, Clarks, NE.  She is survived by a niece, a nephew, a brother-in-law. 
Note: See History of Merrick Co. Nebraska, Vol I p187 (Ferguson); Bureau Cemetery extracts.

Polk County Newspaper - Thurs. 6 Dec 2012
Evelyn LISKO, 89 
Born 13 Mar 1923 at Clarks, NE to John & Eva (Shotkoski) Zelazny. 18 Nov 1952: Married Clifford Lisko at Clarks. They farmed near Osceola, NE.  Clifford died in 1976. Evelyn moved Columbus, NE; and in 2008 moved to Omaha, NE.  She died Wed. 28 ov 2012 at Omaha, NE. Service will be Sat. 1 Dec at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Columbus, NE.  Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Pilsno (near Osceola), NE. Survivors: 3 daughters, gch & step-gch.; 2 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her husband & her parents; 2 sisters - Clara Voichoske and Jean Kula; 3 brothers - Edward, Hubert and Phil Zelazny.

Columbus Telegram - Fri. 7 Dec 2012
Joseph A. KONWINSKI, 73 (photo)
Born 26 Feb 1939 at Silver Creek, NE to Joseph Sr. & Florence (Kantor) Konwinski. 1955 grad. of Silver Creek HS. 1956-58: US Navy. 2 Jul 1960: Married at Columbus, NE. 1966: Moved back to Silver Creek as owner/operator of Lil Joe's Bar. Farmer with additional jobs. He died Wed. 5 Dec 2012 at home in Silver Creek. Service will be Mon. 10 Dec at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Survivors: His wife; 3 daughters, 2 sons; several gch, & g-gch.; a brother & 2 sisters. Predeceased by his parents; a son Joseph; a g-gch.

Grand Island Independent - Sun. 9 Dec 2012
Wanda G. NELSON, 65 (photo)
Born 11 Mar 1947 at Huntsville, Alabama to Russell & Christine (Baron) Spears. Family lived in WY, Puerto Rico, & CA. Grad. of Atwater HS, CA. 1968: Married Mervyn Nelson at Castle AFB, CA. They lived in Modesto, CA. In 1980 moved to Grand Island, NE.  About 2000, they moved to Jefferson City, MO; and in 2011 moved to Central City, NE.  Wanda died Thurs. 6 Dec 2012 at Central City, NE. Service: Wed. at Solt Funeral Home. Burial at a later date.  Survivors: Her husband; a son, a brother; 3 sisters-in-law. Predeceased by her parents; a brother - Ben Spears.

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 11 Dec 2012
Diana Marie KELLY, 48 (photo)
Born in Salt Lake City, UT to Leslie Earl & Mary Blackwell. Family lived in UT, MT, ND and NE. 1983 grad. of Central City HS. She moved to York, NE. 18 Jun 1999: Married Ronald L. Kelly.  2005: They moved to Osceola, NE. She was an animal control officer for Columbus & Osceola. Diana died Sat. 8 Dec 2012 at hospital in Osceola, NE.  Service will be Thurs at Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Burial in Burke Cemetery, Merrick Co. Survivors: Her husband, a daughter; her mother; 3 brothers & a sister. Predeceased by her father & her grandparents. 

Grand Island Independent - Tues. 18 Dec 2012
(Lucile) Lindy MURPHY, 96 (photo)
Born 19 Feb 1916 at Palmer, NE to Charles Rita "Rite" & Elsie (Davis) Linderman.  1922: Moved to Grand Island, NE. 9 Jul 1937: Married Jerry Murphy at Grand Island.  Presbyterian. Jerry died in 2007.  Lindy died Sat. 15 Dec 2012 at Grand Island, NE.  Memorial service will be Tues. at Riverside Retirement Lodge.  Private inurnment at later date. Arrangements by Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Survivors: A son, 2 gch., 2 g-gch.; 2 sisters. Predeceased by her husband; her parents; her siblings - Bernice, Margaret & Lowell.  Memorials to the church.
Note: Her family, see 1920 Fed. Census NE ED159 p6A D133 F138: Palmer Village, Loup Twp, Merrick, NE. Husband's obit published 27 Jan 2007 in GI Independent.

Gass Haney Funeral Home - Wed. 19 Dec 2012
Eileen HANSHER, 85
Born 19 Jun 1927 at Clarks, NE to Robert Sr. & Nanette (Ernst) Spires. Grad. of Clarks HS. Married Corbet "Corky" Hansher. At retirement they moved to Columbus, NE. Eileen died Wed. 19 Dec 2012 at Columbus.  Service will be private, with burial at later date in Clarks Cemetery. Survivors: 3 daughters, 1 son; a daughter-in-law; 11 gch., several g-gch.; a sister; 2 brothers. Preceded in death by her husband; a son: Jim; a daughter and son-in-law - Ilene & David Booth; a son-in-law - Gordon Bergman. Also deceased are her parents; 3 brothers - Robert Spires Jr & his wife Donna, Richard Spires  & Frank Spires; a sister - Imogene and her spouse, Rolland Abbott; a brother-in-law - Frank Schuele.

Grand Island Independent - Sat. 22 Dec 2012
Dale M. TAYLOR, 89 (photo)
Born 3 Aug 1923 at Hoxie, KS to Elva & Jessie (Haskel) Taylor. WW II: US Army & Army Air Corps. 19 Apr 1944: Married at Fullerton, NE. Station owner. Resident of Palmer, NE. Dale died Wed. 19 Dec 2012 at hospital in Lincoln, NE. Visitation: Wed. at Greenway Funeral Home in Palmer. Memorial service will be Thurs. at Wesleyan Church, Palmer, NE. Inurnment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.  Survivors: His wife (in Grand Island), 3 sons, 4 daughters, numerous gch. g-gch., gg-gch.; 3 brothers, 4 sisters; other relatives. Predeceased by a son Howard; his parents; 2 sisters - Margie & Darlene. Memorials to Burton Beyer American Legion Post 120 of Palmer, NE.

Aurora News Register - Wed. 26 Dec 2012; Grand Island Independent & Norfolk Daily News (photo) - Fri. 28 Dec 2012
Juliette M. BROEKEMEIER, 83
Born 7 Jul 192 near Naper, NE to Jacob H. & Kathrina (Boes) Berg.  15 Nov 1947: Married Delbert Dean Broekemeier at Norfolk, NE.  They lived at Norfolk; then Naper, NE.  1961: Moved to farm near Central City, NE. Delbert died 13 Sep 2002.  Juliette died Wed. 26 Dec 2012 at Central City, NE. Service will be Sat. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Central City with burial in the city cemetery. Arrangements by Solt Funeral Home, Central City. Survivors: 5 children; 19 gch; 12 g-gch.  Predeceased by her husband; a son Michael  (2007); her parents; 5 sisters - Alta Small, Eileen Webber, Dorothy Belcher, Vi Forsch & Durla Jean Berg (infant); 1 brother - Henry Berg.





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