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Betty Lee Newton Able (1927-2009)
Betty Lee Newton, one of two daughters of Merle Floyd and Merle Floyd and Myrtle M. (Parriott) Newton, was born March 27, 1927 in Peru. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1946. On May 23, 1946, Betty was united in marriage to John Wesley Able III in Hiawatha, Kan. They were blessed with four children: John IV, Kay, Pat, and Sue. Betty was always first and foremost a wife, mother and homemaker. She also operated Able Grocery in Nemaha for six years, worked as a security guard at Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, and as a cook at the Nemaha County Hospital and Auburn Senior Center. Betty was baptized in the Nemaha Christian Church in 1962, and later transferred her membership to the Auburn Christian Church. She was a member of the Peru VFW Auxiliary, Auburn American Legion Auxiliary, and Auburn Eagles Auxiliary. She also volunteered for many years with the Nemaha County Neighbor to Neighbor program. After a fall in May of 2008, Betty stayed for a short time in Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln. She then moved to the Lancaster Manor, where she died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at the age of 81 years, nine months and 16 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wesley, longtime friend and companion John Smith, daughter Patricia Jo McMahon, and grandson Derek Behrends. Betty is survived by her son, John Wesley Able IV of Palmyra; daughters Kay Sigwing of Palmyra, Sue and husband Steve Biltoft of Eagle; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren (and two on the way); sister Donna M. Karr of Valley; many other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 11:00 a.m. at the Auburn Christian Church, with Rev. Corey Miller officiating. Carlene Andrew will be accompanist for a solo by Debbie Meyer as well as a song by the congregation.  Honorary bearers will be Jarod King, Matthew Easton, Wade Easton, Brian Puhalla, Chris Gerdes, Nick Plate, Scott Schomaker, and Kirby Behrends.  Inurnment of ashes will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru.  Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, January 15, 2009

Betty L. Able, age 81, of Lincoln, formerly of Auburn, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at the Lancaster Manor in Lincoln. She was born March 27, 1927 in Peru. Survivors include her children, John Able of Palmyra; daughters Kay Sigwing of Palmyra, and Sue (Steve) Biltoft of Eagle; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister Donna M. Karr of Valley; other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 11:00 a.m. at the Auburn Christian Church in Auburn, Inurnment of ashes will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru. A book will be available for signing at the funeral home Thursday, Jan. 22 from 9:00 a.m. to5:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, January 22, 2009.

Clyde Dean Adams (d. Jan 1977, age 55)
Adams-Clyde Dean, 55, Peru, died Friday. Survivors: wife, Vera; sons, Larry, Jerry, both of Peru; daughters, Mrs. Jim (Linda) Huey, Auburn, Mrs. David (Shirley) Kraus, Crete; mother, Mrs. Mae Adams, Peru; brothers, Otis, Oscar, both Peru; sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Eunice) Jun, Mrs. Jim (Wilma) Polston, both Nebraska City, Mrs. Bob (Judy) Andrews, Auburn; seven grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday. Casey-Witzenburg Chapel, Auburn. Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru.
Source: Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebr., Sunday, Jan. 30, 1977.

EARL DEAN ADAMSON (1925-2008)
Earl Dean Adamson was born December 19, 1925 to James Boyd and Tessa (Bohlken) Adamson on a farm southwest of Auburn; the last of four children born of this union. Earl was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Auburn and attended the Auburn Public School system. From the age of 14, Earl first started driving trucks in and around Auburn and Nemaha County, which would lead to his lifetime career as an over-the-road semi-truck driver. He drove out of Auburn for Dovel's Trucking Company later. During World War II, Earl enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 16, 1944 after finishing three years of high school. He served in the 161st Airborne Engineers attached to the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper in the European Theatre. Later, when the 161st :was deactivated, Earl was assigned to Fort Knox to train as a tank driver with the 756th Tank Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. Upon recovering from injuries from a tank accident, he was assigned to the 202nd M.P. Battalion as a personal bodyguard to General Mark Clark at the Four Powers Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. While in Austria, Adamson met and married the love of his life, Emilie Eugenie Neubauer. They were married just south of Vienna in a small village's church on June 19, 1946. Their first home was in Auburn and from that union two sons, Edward Earl and James Boyd Jr. were born. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Adamson moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in the early 1950s, where they spent many happy years. Both sons graduated from Castle Rock High School before enlisting :in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, carrying on the fine Army tradition of their father. In 1977, Emilie (Millie) Adamson and husband Earl Adamson moved to Kearney, where they made their home for the rest of their lives. A lifetime :member of Kearney V.F.W. Post #759 and a member of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, Earl continued to serve the community and his many friends. After retiring from the Nebraska Highway Department, he enjoyed ; occasional jobs as a fry-cook with several Kearney restaurants and cafes. Cooking was one of many things he loved doing. Throughout his life, Earl Adamson was a gentle, gregarious, loving man, who made friends easily. In 1989, Earl lost his wife of 40 years. Earl Dean Adamson is preceded in death by his parents and all three of his siblings: Sterling, Arnold (Bud), and sister Imogene; including the death of his youngest son, James Boyd Adamson this year. Surviving are his eldest son, Edward Earl Adamson of Gibbon; three nieces: Robin Adaire (Adamson) Schmidt of Omaha, Dawn (Finnell) Sherman of Prescott, Arizona, and Tressie Christine Hanson of Casa Grande, Arizona; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral was held November 24 at the Horner Lieske Horner Mortuary in Kearney. Interment was at Kearney Cemetery beside his beloved wife, Millie. Sympathy cards may be sent to Edward E. Adamson and family at 4131 1st Street, Apt. #120; Gibbon, NE 68840.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, November 20, 2008.

FREDERICK 'FRED' R. ALLEN (1946-2008)
Frederick "Fred" R. Allen was born at Oneida, Kansas on June 17, 1946, the son of James Clifton Allen and Edith Bell Davis Allen. He attended Oneida Grade School and then attended the Seneca High School. Fred worked for the Farmers Coop Elevator in Sabetha, and then was maintenance man for M.B.P in Rock Port, Missouri and Cornland Beef in Lexington. He was united in marriage to Janice Meyer on September 6, 1966. To this union five sons were born. Fred was an avid fisherman, hunter and boater and enjoyed running bank lines and always enjoyed a gXXXFREDERICK "FRED" R. ALLEN (1946-2008)
Frederick "Fred" R. Allen was born at Oneida, Kansas on June 17, 1946, the son of James Clifton Allen and Edith Bell Davis Allen. He attended Oneida Grade School and then attended the Seneca High School. Fred worked for the Farmers Coop Elevator in Sabetha, and then was maintenance man for M.B.P in Rock Port, Missouri and Cornland Beef in Lexington. He was united in marriage to Janice Meyer on September 6, 1966. To this union five sons were born. Fred was an avid fisherman, hunter and boater and enjoyed running bank lines and always enjoyed a good card game. He especially enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren's activities.  Fred died on December 16, 2008 at the Bryan Lincoln General Hospital in [.......... missing words] Peru since 1955 and has served on the city council the past two years. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Edith; two children, Johnnie and Edna; seven grandchildren, Mrs. Jerry Henning of Sloan, Iowa, Mrs. Carroll Reeves, Richard J., Jerry L., and Phillip D. Allgood, all of Peru. Connie J. and James A. Wheeldon of North Highlands, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Michael and Troy Henning and Kevin Reeves; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Blankenship of Peru, Mrs. Clifford Stock of Lincoln, and Mrs. Floyd Jennings of Tulbre, Calif.; five brothers, Cleo of Auburn, Fred of Lancaster, Calif. Clyde, Ernie and Ray of Peru; many relatives and a host of friends. APPRECIATION In behalf of the family, we wish to express their gratitude for your many kindnesses evidenced in thought and deed, and for your attendance at the memorial service. At Rest: Friday, December 6, 1963- age 62 Funeral Services: Peru Methodist Church, Tuesday, December 10, 2:00 p.m. Clergyman: Rev. J. Wilfred Carter & Rev. Ray Hankins Interment: Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru, Nebraska Music: Soloist- Mrs. Darrell Wininger; Organist- Mrs. Elvis Merritt Pall Bearers: Guy Grafton, Roy Grafton, Ervin Eickheff, George Grafton, Arnold Koeppel, Robert C. Majors Flower Bears: Mrs. Helen Eberthart & Mrs. Cleve Coatney. CHESTER MAY, May & Timm Chapels Auburn, Shubert, Dawson.
Source: Newspaper unknown

Edith Lorene (Polston) Allgood (1905-1986)
Edith Lorene Allgood, daughter of Andrew and Margaret Wells Polston, was born at Peru on June 8, 1905, one of eight children. Edith received her education at district No. 3 rural school near Peru and T. J. Majors high school. She joined the Christian church in Paul at the age of 12 and was also a member of the Rural Life Club. April 9, 1921, she was united in marriage to Arthur F. Allgood. They lived their entire married life in Nemaha County. Mr. Allgood passed away on Dec. 6, 1963. In 1971, Mrs. Allgood moved to North Highlands, Calif. to be with her daughter and family. She passed away May 21, 1986, having reached the age of 80 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four brothers and three sisters. Surviving are her son, Johnnie Andrew Allgood of Auburn; daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Wheeldon of North Highlands, Calif; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; other relatives, and many friends. Funeral services were held May 24 at Casey-Witzenburg chapel, conducted by Gregg Berger. Grandsons serving as pallbearers included Phillip Allgood, Jim Wheeldon, Troy Henning, Jeff Allgood, Rip Reeves and Travis Allgood. Mrs. Ellis Adams and Mrs. LaVerne Wheeldon assisted with flowers. Burial was in Mt. Vernon cemetery at Peru.
Source: Nebraska City News Press, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebr., May 1986.

Ellen P. Allgood (25 Sept 1914-26 May 2007)
Ellen P. Allgood, 92, Nebraska City, died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at her home. She was born September 25, 1914, at Peru, daughter of Everett E. and Desta L. (Allgood) Applegate. She married Clyde Allgood January 21, 1933. He died May 9, 1969. Allgood attended school at Peru. She lived all of her married life at Peru. She worked for her son Eldon for more than 10 years at his restaurant, cooking and baking wonderful pies. In 1974, she and her daughter Deb moved to Nebraska City, where she worked for Region V until she retired. Allgood enjoyed playing cards, bingo and slots at the casino. She also loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her children: Darrell and wife Jan, Eldon and wife Mary, Marty, Laquita Rubenking and husband Roy, Ron and wife Candy, and Deb Sammons and husband John, all Nebraska City; Pearl Rainforth and husband Dave, Lincoln; and Arnie and special friend Kathy, Nacodoches, Texas; 27 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Henning and husband Charles, Peru; brother, Sidney Applegate and wife Sarah, Glenrock, Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members and many friends. Besides her husband, Allgood was preceded by an infant son; seven siblings; an infant granddaughter and a special daughter-in-law. Services will be Wednesday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gude Mortuary Chapel, Nebraska City. The Rev. Norman Anderson will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Peru. Memorials are suggested to the Tabitha Hospice or the American Heart Association. Gude Mortuary, Nebraska City, is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nebraska City News-Press, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebr., Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

Ethel E. (Sherman) Allgood (d. 1986, age 75)
Allgood-Ethel E. Allgood, 75 yr., Peru, NE. widow of Ray Allgood. Survived by 5 children; Mrs. Keith (Betty) Gammel, Tekamah, NE, Ray, San Francisco, Rex, Peru, NE, Howard, Cave Creek, AZ, Monty, Omaha; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 7 brothers and sisters. Services Mon. 11 am, Casey-Witzenburg Funeral Chapel, Auburn, Ne. Burial Mount Vernon Cemetery, Peru, Ne. Casey-Witzenburg Funeral Home, Auburn, NE.
Source: Newspaper Unknown April 27, 1986

Fern Allgood (25 Jun 2002, age 79)
Fern Allgood, 79, of Auburn, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. She is survived by children: Marlene Ballance of Russellville, Ky., Marcia Reeves of Peru, Richard Allgood of Auburn, Jerry Allgood of Peru, and Philip Allgood of Peru; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters Bernice Meyers of Auburn and Opal Bohl of Auburn; and one half-sister Lois Hinzman of Norfolk. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2002 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Auburn with burial at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Peru. Visitation is Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Casey-Witzenburg-Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn is in charge of the arrangements.
Source: Nebraska City News Press, Thursday, June 27, 2002, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebraska.

Howard Boyd Allgood (10 Apr 1937-26 Apr 2006)
Howard Allgood Died April 26 in Phoenix Howard Boyd Allgood, 68, formerly of Peru, died April 26, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ. Howard was born October 10, 1937 in Peru to Raymond E. Allgood, Sr. and Ethel E. Allgood (Sherman). Howard finished the 10th grade and worked road construction in his early years. He had worked for 13 years in law enforcement and 15 years with the volunteer fire department - both in the Peru community. Howard married Trudy Jean Schnider April 26, 1965 in Sabetha, Kan. He had three children prior to this union: Timothy Cason, Rex and Jay Adam and four with Trudy: Brian, Tony, and Chris Allgood, and Lisa Allgood-Beavers. Howard is also survived by his three brothers: Ray Jr., Rex and Monte and a sister Betty Gammel as well as 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents and an infant brother, Dwight. Funeral services were held in Phoenix on May 2, 2006 with Interment at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Phoenix. Phoenix Memorial Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nemaha Co., Nebraska, May 5, 2006, Pg. 3

John F. Allgood (Oct. 1, 1876 - Oct. 20, 1946)
Passed Away Sunday Johnnie Franklin Allgood, son of the late Alex and Maggie Allgood, was born Oct. 1, 1876, at Peru, and passed away at his home Sunday, Oct. 20, at the age of 70 years and 19 days. In his early youth he was united with the Baptist church. He was a kind loving husband and father. He spent his entire life in Nemaha county, where he farmed. He was well known throughout this community as a man possessed of many fine characteristics. He was united in marriage to Claudia Adams, Nov. 1, 1899, and to this union there were born nine children, three daughters and six sons. Those left to mourn his passing are: his wife, Claudia; daughters, Mrs. Chas. Blankenship, Peru; Mrs. Clifford Stock and Mrs. Floyd Jennings, Auburn; sons, Arthur F., Ernie A., Ray E., Clyde O., of Peru; Freal J. Allgood, Sidney and Cleo G. Allgood, Auburn. He is also survived by 40 grandchildren, and three brothers and four sisters, besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Peru Baptist church, Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Wm. Nollman in charge. Music for the service was furnished by Mrs. Pete Pharoah, Mrs. Wm. Thomas, and Fred Gilbert. Pallbearers were: Fred Wrightsman, Glen Wrightsman, Ward Shiveley, Clyde Frans, Walter Hall and Ed Schriner. Interment was made at Peru cemetery [Mt. Vernon] with Casey and Timm funeral home in charge of arrangements.
Source: Newspaper unknown.

JOHNNIE A. ALLGOOD (1922-2008)
Johnnie Andrew Allgood, son of Arthur F. and Edith L. (Polston) Allgood, was born Feb. 8, 1922 near Peru. He attended the one-room country school, District #64 Oakdale, and then high school at T.J. Majors Training School in Peru. Johnnie married Fern J. Rogge of Auburn. To this union were born five children: Marlene, Marcia, Richard, Jerry and Phillip. This marriage dissolved after 29 years. He later married Mary (Holmes) Pierce of Watson, Mo., who preceded him in death in February of 1998. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II with the 14th Armored Division. He received his honorable discharge in October of 1945. Johnnie operated heavy earth-moving equipment, and at one time had his own earth-moving construction business. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, and belonged to VFW Post #7299 in Peru. Johnnie became a resident of the Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home in Bellevue. It was there he died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at the age of 85 years, 11 months, and four days. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Marlene and Bob Ballance of Russellville, Ky.; Marcia and Carroll Reeves of Peru; Richard and Carolyn Allgood of Auburn; Jerry Allgood and Phillip and Chris Allgood of Peru; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Edna and husband Kenneth Wheeldon of No. Highlands, Calif.; a niece and nephew; step-children Steve Cummings, Kathy White and Doris Born and their families; other relatives and friends. A graveside memorial service and committal of ashes will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the High Creek Cemetery near Watson, Mo. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home in Bellevue. Hemmingsen Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nemaha Co., Nebraska, January 2008.

Robert F. Allgood 1936-2006
Robert Franklin Allgood, the son of Ernie and Wilma (Neal) Allgood, was born on January 14, 1936 near Peru. He died on February 7, 2006 at the Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior at the age of 70 years, and 25 days. Robert was one of 11 children. He attended schools in Peru, living with his aunt and uncle from the age of 14 until his marriage. He was a dragline operator for many lakes and canals in Nebraska and Kansas.  He was united in marriage to Joyce Montgomery on January 20, 1957 at the United Methodist Church in Superior. This union was blessed with four children. He was baptized by Rev. Robert Wigert in 1959.  Robert attended the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island and also Air Conditioning and Refrigeration School at the Technical College in Beloit, Kansas. Robert had a 27 year career with the Superior Police Department, including 20-1/2 years as the Chief of Police and four years as Assistant Police Chief. He also did refrigeration repair part time. Robert and Joyce were the managers for the Simic Skating Rink for 10 years.  Robert truly enjoyed interacting with the children.  A member of the NRA, he liked to shoot guns, fish and hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin son, Danny; two brothers, Wayne and Edward; and three sisters, Jean Swartz, Arlene Hurst, and Alice Hanika; and mother and father-in-laws, John and Vivian Montgomery. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; daughters: Cindy Lamb and husband Greg of Lincoln, and Lori Carroll and husband Steve of Hastings; son Dave and wife Jill of Superior; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four brothers: Harold and wife Doris of Kingland, Texas; Lee and wife Charlene of Las Vegas, Nevada; Bill and wife Cindy of Sutherland; and Gary and wife Sharon of Pawnee City; one sister, Pauline Beauchamp of O'Neill; a sister-in-law, Annette Allgood of Toledo, Ohio; Aunt Mert Jennings, who he lived with prior to his marriage; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 11 at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Superior, with Pastor Dorthea Fairbanks officiating.  Music sung by Darrel Miller with Lynn Wilton as organist. Pallbearers were Perry Freeman, Jim Marr, Gary D. Keeling, Tom Johnson, John Disney, Jim Rust, Darrel Miller and Brad Baker. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren: Nick Clark, Andy Clark, Mandy Falk, Tony Falk, Harley Allgood, Daniel Allgood, Aaron Allgood, Korey Lamb, Maddie Lamb, Jarad Kinyoun and Jena Kinyoun.  Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Superior. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.
Source: Obituary, Auburn Press Tribune, Tuesday, February 14, 2006 Page 3.

Alexander Armstrong (d.1897)
Death of Alexander Armstrong
Auburn, Neb, Aug. 14. 1897-(Special)
Alexander Armstrong, a well to do farmer of this precinct and a resident of the county since 1807, died at his home near this city last evening and will be buried in Sheridan cemetery tomorrow at 3 p.m. Deceased leaves a large family of grown children, all of whom are married and living in this county.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Sunday Morning, Aug. 15, 1897.

George I. Banks (d. 1959)
Out of Town Deaths
Banks-George I. Banks, 45, of Auburn, Neb., died Sunday. Funeral services And burial will be held in Auburn. He was a World War II veteran. Survivor: Wife, Blanch.
Source: Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Nebr., Mon., June 22, 1959.

Lena Irene Bennett 1932-2006
Lena Irene Bennett, daughter of Charley S. and Irma (Allgood) Blankenship, was born Dec. 10, 1932 at Peru. Lena attended school and lived in Peru until after graduation from high School. On June 21, 1952 Lena married William Robert Bennett, Jr. To this union three children, Tom, Randy and Mary, were born. The family lived in Nebraska City and then moved to California. After her husband's death on July 31, 1971, Lena and children moved to Auburn where she lived until her death. Lena entered the Nemaha County Good Samaritan Center in Auburn in October of 2005.  It was there she died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at the age of 73 years, one month, and 22 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Neva Weisbrook, and brother Dale Blankenship. Lena's survivors include her children, Tom L. and wife Becky Bennett of Lincoln, Ore.; Randy L. and wife Pam Bennett of Auburn, and Mary L. and husband Lee Lynch of Auburn; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Leland Blankenshi, Sunday Morning, Aug. 15, 1897.

George I. Banks (d. 1959)
Out of Town Deaths
Banks-George I. Banks, 45, of Auburn, Neb., died Sunday. Funeral services And burial will be held in Auburn. He was a World War II veteran. Survivor: Wife, Blanch.
Source: Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Nebr., Mon., June 22, 1959.

IVAN BLECHA (1917-2008)
Ivan Blecha, 91, of Humboldt, was born on July 22, 1917, on a farm southwest of Humboldt, to Charles and Mary (Sher) Blecha. Ivan grew up on the farm and attended country school. After his schooling, he began working at various jobs as a mechanic. On September 12, 1938, Ivan was united in marriage to Amy Rue in Falls City. To this union, seven children: Joann, Gene, Dick, Roger, Donnie, Lou Ann, and Randy, were born. The couple raised their family in Humboldt where Ivan would live his entire life. He worked as a mechanic for Merle Strong at the Chevy dealership and for John Stalder at the Ford dealership. After working as a mechanic. Ivan worked for several years on road construction. He enjoyed being a mechanic and "fixing" everything, fishing, hunting, farming, gardening, being outside, and listening to Bohemian music. Ivan died at his residence in Humboldt on December 8, 2008 having reached the age of 91 years, four months, and 16 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Amy; sons Roger, Donnie, and Dick Blecha; two infant daughters; brothers Stanley and Otto Blecha; sisters Mae Hunzeker and Velma Boomgaarn, and son-in-law Jack Rose. Ivan is survived by his daughters: Joann Rose of Kansas City, Mo.; Lou Ann Iliff and her husband Greg of Humboldt; sons Gene Blecha and his wife Marj and Randy Blecha of Humboldt; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at the. Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt, with Pastor Mary-Ellen Gaither officiating. Interment was at the Bohemian National Cemetery, south of Humboldt. Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, December 11, 2008.

Lena Irene Bennett (1932-2006)
Lena Irene Bennett, daughter of Charley S. and Irma (Allgood) Blankenship, was born Dec. 10, 1932 at Peru. Lena attended school and lived in Peru until after graduation from high School. On June 21, 1952 Lena married William Robert Bennett, Jr. To this union three children, Tom, Randy and Mary, were born. The family lived in Nebraska City and then moved to California. After her husband's death on July 31, 1971, Lena and children moved to Auburn where she lived until her death. Lena entered the Nemaha County Good Samaritan Center in Auburn in October of 2005.  It was there she died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at the age of 73 years, one month, and 22 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Neva Weisbrook, and brother Dale Blankenship. Lena's survivors include her children, Tom L. and wife Becky Bennett of Lincoln, Ore.; Randy L. and wife Pam Bennett of Auburn, and Mary L. and husband Lee Lynch of Auburn; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Leland Blankenship and wife Mary of Auburn, Carroll Blankenship of Newton, Iowa, Charles Blankenship of Nemaha, Lester Blankenship and wife Betty of Nebraska City; sister-in-law Virginia Blankenship of Kearney; mother-in-law Lillian Bennett of Omaha; brothers-in-law Ben and wife Joyce Bennett of Omaha, Mike and Connie Bennett of North Dakota; sister- in-law Trish Bennett of Iowa; other relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home Chapel in Auburn with Rev. Frank Zimmerman officiating. Special music was played during the service. Inurnment of ashes will be at a later date at Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn.
Source: Obituary, Nemaha County Herald, Page 3, Friday, February 10, 2006.

Margaret Burnetta BISHOP, age 97, Born 23 Feb 1904, Peru, NE, Died 16 Jan 2002, CA (Huntington Beach?)
1925-1965: Teacher, Attended USC
Named for great-aunt, Burnetie Baugh. Survived by an older sister (living in Elkhorn, NE); and ten nieces and nephews.  Lived in Whittier, CA for 41 years; cared for her parents.  Member of First Baptist Church, Whittier since 1954.  Service: 23 Jan 2002, Rose Hills Memorial Park Chapel, Whittier, CA
Ref: Extract from Los Angeles (CA USA) Times, page B11, Tues 22 Jan 2002.

Elsie Bixby (????- 1902)
Peru, Neb., Feb. 5. - (Special) - Miss Elsie Bixby died at the home of her parents in this city yesterday of quick consumption and will be buried the 6th in Mount Vernon cemetery.  Miss Bixby graduated from state normal school in 1895, since which she has taught in the public schools of Elmwood, Valentine and North Bend.  She was a successful teacher in each place and a host of friends will mourn her death.
Source: Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Thursday Morning, Feb. 6, 1902.

VERN BOHLING (10 Dec 1922-Dec 2008
LaVerne Herman August Bohling, one of five children of John and Mary (Rogge) Bohling, was born December 10. 1922 at Auburn. He attended rural school and then graduated from Auburn High School. Vern went on to attend Wartburg College until he entered the U.S. Army in January of 1944. He served during World War II until his honor able discharge in May of 1946, when he returned to Nemaha County. On October 27, 1945 Vern was united in marriage to Carol Rebuck in Hiawatha, Kansas. Three children were born to this union: Cheryl, Gale, and John. After farming for 10 years, Vern went to work as a salesman at Duteau Chevrolet in Lincoln. He then purchased Mercer Motors in Hickman, which he operated as Hickman Motors until moving the business to Lincoln under the name Bohling Motors. After retiring in 1984, Vern and Carol lived in Arizona and Omaha before returning to Lincoln. Vern was a member of St. Paul Lutheran (Hickory Grove) Church near Auburn, which is where he was baptized and confirmed. He had been a member of the VFW Post in Omaha, and the Lincoln American Legion Post. He loved cars, and loved to travel. Vern entered the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn in April of 2008. He died there on Saturday, December 13 2008 at the age of 86 years and three days. His parents and sister Bernice Boeck preceded him in death. Vern is survived by his wife Carol of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Larry Beldin of Omaha; sons and daughters-in-law Gale and Holly Bohling of Phoenix, Arizona; John and Tonja Bohling of Lincoln; grandchildren Paul and wife Leah Beldin; David Beldin; Amery Bohling; Sara and husband Chad Wilson; John Bohling; and Christianna Bohling; great-grandchildren Ryan, Luke, and Sean Beldin; sisters and brothers- in-law Vera and Richard Plager of Elk Creek; Wilma and Mervin Geyer of Humboldt; Marlene and Eiber Alberts of Auburn; brother-in-law Everett Boeck of Gaylord, Kansas; other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held December 17, 2008 at St. Paul Lutheran (Hickory Church. officiated by Rev. Paul Lillenas. Music was presented by the trio of Annette VonBergen, Janelle Johnson, and Amy McAlexander, with Deanne Gerking as organist. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post #330 of Johnson. Inurnment of ashes followed in the church cemetery. Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn assisted with arrangements.
Handwritten note: "27 Dec 2008".

Ed Bollinger (2 May 1920-24 Nov 2008)
Died Nov. 24 in Auburn Ed Bollinger, age 88 of Auburn, died Monday, November 24, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. Ed was born May 2, 1920. He is survived by his son Ron Bollinger of Auburn and grandchildren. Ed donated his body to science and no services are scheduled at this time. Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn is in charge of arrangements.
Note: published 27 Nov 2008.

Joe Boyle's Baby Dies (age 7 mon. 18 March 1937)
The sympathy of the community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boyle, who run a grocery store in the northeast part of Auburn, at the death of their 7 month old baby, who died of whooping cough, Sunday, March 18, 1937. The child was buried from the house on Tuesday morning.
Transcriber note: Mother of child ???.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, March 23, 1937.

James E. Boyle (28 Feb 1919-19 June 1959)
James Edward Boyle passed away at his home in Auburn, June 19, at the age of 40. He was the son of Joseph and Maud Boyle and was born in Auburn, February 28, 1919. He attended Saint Joseph Catholic school and later Auburn. high school. In 1942, he entered the armed forces and saw duty.. in the European campaign, returning home in 1945: James were preceded in death. by his father, Joseph, Sr., two brothers, Joseph, Jr., and Patrick, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Bee and Imogene. He is survived by his mother, Maud of Auburn; one daughter, Mrs. Robert Bantz of Auburn; sisters, Mrs. John Spoon of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Fred Christensen; Tarkio, Mo., and Eleanor Boyle of Auburn; and one brother, John, also of Auburn. Funeral services were held at the May and Timm funeral home, June 22, at 10 a.m. Rev. Frank R. Flicek officiated. Soloist. was Al Riches, with Miss Emily Engles as organist. Pallbearers were Loyal Beard Raymond Taylor, Eugene Taylor, Vincent Barnard, William Roberts and William Allgood. Interment was made in Holy Cross cemetery with military honors.

Joseph Boyle, Sr. (28 Mar 1875-19 Jan 19??)
Joseph Boyle, passed away at; his home in this city, Jan. 19, of a heart attack.  He was born at Logansport. Ind., March 28, 1875, the son of Edward and Mary Boyle. On Aug. 19, 1907 he was united in marriage to Maude Palmer. To this union there were born five daughters and four sons, three of whom preceded their father in death. They were: Joseph, Jr.; Mrs. Mary Bee and Imogene.  Those left to mourn his passing are his widow, sons, John W., James E., Patrick K., and Eleanor, all of Auburn; Mrs. Genevieve Christenson, Tarkio, Mo.; Mrs. Kathleen Spoon, Kansas City Mo.; and one granddaughter, Mina Eleanor, who lives at the home. There is one other grandaughter and five grandsons.  Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic church at 9:30 a. m. with Rev. Frank Flicek officiating. Altar Boys, were: Michel and Larry Christenson, Dennis and Lynn Spoon, all grandsons of the deceased. Music by the church choir.  Pallbearers were: Hubert Humphrey, William Humphrey, Vincent Barnard, Thomas Whitaker. Wesley Palmer and W. A. McKee.  Interment was made in Holy Cross cemetery with May and Timm Funeral Home in charge.  Those attending from a distance were: Father Yehle, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. McAdams, Mrs. Fletcher, all of Tarkio, Mo.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, abt. June 23, 19??.

Joseph Boyles Jr. (20 Jun 1908-?)
YOUNG MAN DIED IN PLANE CRASH ----- JOSEPH BOYLES, JR.. WAS BURNED TO DEATH
Barton Furlong and E. C. Karsten, Pilot, Were Also Injured When Plane Hit Tree North of Peru Late Last Tuesday Afternoon.
Joseph Boyles, Jr.. was burned to death. Barton Furlong sustained broken ribs. a broken toe and cuts and bruises and E. C. Karstens of Shubert, pilot. was painfully, but not seriously injured in an airplane crash which, occurred on the Julius Wey farm one-half mile north of Peru,, about 4:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. An adverse air current pulled the plane downward until it hit the top of a high cottonwood tree. Karstens was unable to regain control in time to avoid hitting another tree, with such force that the wings were torn loose and the fuselage fell to the ground, and caught fire. Karstens was thrown clear and managed to pull Furlong from the wreck. He was, however, unable to fight his way through the flames to save Boyles. Mrs. Julius Wey was an eye witness to the wreck. She saw the plane approaching, flying low over her house and hit first one tree and then the other. Farmers came from the fields nearby and helped in the attempt to save Boyles, but when the fire was extinguished he was dead. He had been riding with his feet under the gas tank and was unable to extricate himself. Evidence indicated that he had been rendered unconscious by the force of the fall. Furlong suffered severely from his injuries and was taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Furlong, where he is now recovering. The plane was one that had been partially destroyed by fire at the airport in Falls City last fall. It was bought by Boyles and a Humboldt man and brought to the shops of the Auburn Machine Works where It was reconstructed. Flights were begun about a month ago, and the plane was apparently in good condition. The men had been planning a trip south. All three men had taken flying instructions. Boyles having received his instructions at the Omaha airport. Joseph Boyles, Jr., was born in Omaha. June 20. 1908. and when he was about a year old the family moved to Auburn, and it was here that he grew to young manhood. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's parochial school. Joseph was a likeable young man very popular with his friends and associates. His tragic death has brought profound sorrow to all these friends and the people of the entire community extend their sympathy to the bereaved members of the family. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boyles, and brothers and sisters, Mary, John. Eleanor. Genevieve. Katherine. James, and Patrick.

Maud Boyle (18 Mar 1882-8 May 1960)
Mrs. Maud Boyle passed away May 8, at a local hospital, after long illness. Eleanor Maud Palmer was born March 18, 1882 in Sheridan, now Auburn, the daughter of George and Martha Palmer. She was united in marriage to Joseph. Boyle, Aug. 19, 1907. To this union nine children were born. Preceding her in death were her husband, three sons, Joseph, Jr., James E., and Patrick K. Survivors include - three daughters, Eleanor of Auburn; Mrs. Kathleen Spoon of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Genevieve Christensen of Tarkio, Mo.; two granddaughters and five grandsons; three brothers, Joseph Palmer and Phillip Palmer of Auburn, and John Palmer of California; one sister, Mrs. Edna Whitaker of Auburn. Rosary was recited at the May and Timm funeral home at 8 p.m., May 10. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic church, with Rev. Frank R. Fliceki officiating. Pallbearers were Hubert Humphrey, Wm. F. Humphrey, Tom Whitaker, Wesley Palmer, Joe Harpham and Loyal Beard. Interment was in Holy Cross cemetery with May and Timm in charge.
Hand written notes: "an Auburn Newspaper" and "died 5/8/1960"

Henry Branstiter, (age 61, Feb 1888)
Henry Branstiter, a prominent resident and leading farmer of Glen Rock precinct, died Friday last at his home of general congestion and was buried Saturday [26 Feb 1888] in the Camp Creek burying ground [Otoe county Nebraska]. Mr. Branstiter was 61 years old at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and a large family of children. He was the father of John Branstiter, who died Feb. 5th. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their double affliction.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, March 2, 1888.

John R. Branstiter, (age 34y 11m 10d, 5 Feb 1888)
John R. Branstiter, of Glen Rock precinct, died at his home Saturday afternoon last of Bright's disease of the kidneys and was buried Tuesday [7 Feb 1888] at Camp Creek burying ground, [Otoe county Nebraska]. Deceased was a young and influential man in the precinct and was generally respected by all and his death cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his early death.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, February 10, 1888.

Erma Mae Broers (3 Dec 1925-25 Feb 2007)
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, in Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Vancouver Washington for Erma Mae Broers, who died Feb. 25 [2007] at age 81.  Erma Mae Auker was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Auburn, Neb. She moved in 1967 to Portland and was a teacher and director of Tigard Preschool. She moved in 1984 to Vancouver and was a volunteer for Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Bank for 10 years and a member of the church. In 1948, she married Harold J. Broers.  Survivors include her husband; daughters, Diana Gilmour and Kristy Lechelt; sisters, Clara McCoy, Leona Bargstadt, Marie Hughes and Yvonne Smith; brothers, Harland Auker and LeRoy Auker; six grandchildreHand written notes: "an Auburn Newspaper" and "died 5/8/1960"

Susan Palmer Dubuque Cole Cary (9 Apr 1841-26 Jun 1924)
AGED WOMAN OF PERU DIES LEAVING LARGE FAMILY
Mrs. Peter Cary died at her home in Peru Thursday morning of last week. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Van Fleet former pastor of the church of which she was an esteemed member. Saturday afternoon an interment was made in Mount Vernon Cemetery [Carey plot]. Mrs. Cary was an old and greatly beloved resident of Peru, having lived there for more than forty years, she leaves to mourn her loss, an aged husband, who was unable to attend, being at the National Soldier's Home in Leavenworth, (Kansas) and in feeble health. three daughters [Phoebe M. Dubuque Burdick of Eagle Nebr., Minnie L. Dubuque Parriott Whitfield of Peru Nebr., Alice Susan Cole Mason of Peru Nebr.], two sons [Joseph Albert Dubuque, Octave F. Dubuque], one adopted son Ezra Cary and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral was largely attended and the floral tributes were many and beautiful.

Transcriber note: Daughter of John & Eleanor Doves Palmer, immigrated from England 1857. Husbands were (1) Octave Dubuque (m. 5 Jan 1861 St. Louis Missouri) (d. Utah), (2) William Cole (m. 30 May 1869 Oneida Co. Idaho), (3) Peter Cary/Carey (m. 7 Apr 1889 Nemaha Co. Neb.) Civil War Veteran.  Susan was preceded in death by a daughter Elizabeth A. Dubuque (d. 1861 Missouri, son Octave Alexander Dubuque (1 Dec 1866-18 Jun 1867 Smithfield Utah), husband Octave/Octavo F. Dubuque (10 Jul 1836 Canada-16 Nov 1868 Utah)
Source: The Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, 1924.

Mary Clemans (????-1916)
Mary Clemans died Thursday night at a local hospital.  The body was taken to Peru, Neb., today for burial.
Source: The Lincoln Daily Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., May 19, 1916.

CHESTER A. COMSTOCK (1913-1998)
Died: December 13, 1998 in Whitefish, MT. Born: October 7, 1913 in Peru, NE. Parents: Forrest Comstock and Bessie Polston Comstock. Spouse: Jean Jackson. Married: August 31, 1935. Buried: Tobacco Valley Cemetery; Eureka, MT. Preceded in death by son Gary in 1973. Survived by wife of Eureka; sons Terry and Jan both of Eureka; sister Naoma Eloge of Nebraska City, NE.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.
Source: FLATHEAD COORDINATOR [Montana USA] on Sat, 19 Dec 1998.

[Archibald Lawson Cook (1871-1924)]
Peru Resident Dropped Dead in Nebraska City.
Arch Cook
who lived in Peru for the past few years and was well-known to older residents, having lived here in his youth, died very suddenly last Sunday. He was in a hardware store in that place when the attack came and was dead after everything was done for him. The family consists of his wife, two sons and two daughters live in Peru. His sister, Mrs., H. C. Burstetta, lives about two miles from that place. Funeral services were held and interment was made in Camp Creek Cemetery where other members of the Cook family are buried. The sympathy of the entire community goes to those who mourn his sudden passing.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Fri. Feb. 1, 1924.

Soldier Goes On Final Furlough
Andrew J. Connett Enrolled in Army of the Dead
(1 Apr 1846-DEC 1928)
Aged Veteran of Civil War Passed Away at His Home in Auburn Monday---Had Lived Here for a Number of years and Was Well Respected Man
Andrew J. Connett, aged veteran of the Civil War, passed away at his home on south 'O' street, Monday, after a long illness.  He had reached the age of 82 years 8 months and 17 days.
Mr. Connett was born at Warsaw, Indiana, April 1, 1846 and at the age of 16 years moved with the family to Vandalia, Iowa.  He was a young man when the Civil War began and promptly enlisted in the service of 'his country' serving throughout the year in Company A, Third Iowa Cavalry.  He participated in important engagements at Wilson Creek, Chattanooga, Vicksburg, Memphis and other places and was Honorably discharged  with an excellent record for Faithful service.  The fine spirit of patriotism which prompted him to give so freely of his services in the time of national need, remained with him always and he was ever a loyal and patriotic citizen.
    He was married October 17, at Des Moines, Iowa to Martha Ellen Gilbert and they went to South Dakota to make their home and lived near Yankton until 1881, when they moved to Iowa, then to Missouri and finally to Nebraska coming to Auburn in 1916, where his wife died two years later.
    While living in South Dakota, he and wife became members of the United Brethren Church and afterwards transferred their memberships to the Methodist Church while living in Missouri and they continued in that fellowship until death.  Mr. Connett had been a member of the Avenue M.E. Church in this city since 1919.
  The deceased was the father of twelve children and those who survive him are Gilbert G. Connett, Columbus, Ohio.  Emma Ratterman, Glendale, California.  Ellis C. Connett, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Melvin Connett, Kansas City,  E. D. Connett, Atlantic, Missouri.   Roy Connett, Bird City, Kansas.  Ella Parkhill, Brush, Colorado, and B.L. Hinkle, of Fortescue, Missouri.  He is also survived by his sisters, Mrs Mary Denny, Nemaha, Mrs. Lavina Rawson, Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. Clara Carson, Milan City, Missouri, Mrs. A.M. Rumbaugh of Auburn, NE and one brother John C. Connett of  St. Paul, Minnesota.
  The funeral was held from the Avenue M.E. Church at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with services conducted by the pastor Rev. S. A. Draise.  A large number of friends and neighbors were in attendance and following the services the interment was made in Sheridan cemetery.
source: Nemaha Co. Herald, Auburn, NE. Dec. 21, 1928.

Gertrude May (Vaughn) Curtright (1907-1989)
CURTRIGHT- Gertrude, 82, Nemaha, died Wednesday. Survivers: husband, Walter L. Jr., daughter, Mrs. Franklin (Margaret) Patrick, Nemaha; sons, Joseph Poulston (sic Polston), Omaha, Thomas Curtright, Nemaha; sisters, Mrs. Joe (Belva) Roberts, Rapid City, S.D., Mrs. Fredolin (Lorene) Lechner, Nebraska City, Mrs. Ralph (Marjorie) Boerner, Nebraska City, 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services: 2 p.m., Monday, Nemaha Cemetery. Casey-Witzenburg Funeral Home, Auburn.
Transcriber Note: 1st husband was Harry Emery Polston (1921); second marriage to Walter “Wally” Curtright, Jr.(1940)..
Source: Nebraska City News-Press, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebraska, 1989.

MARLA S. DUNN (1955-2008)
Marla Suzanne Dunn, 53, Minneola, Kansas, died at the University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, on Sunday, November 2, 2008. She was born September 26, 1955, at Falls City, the daughter of Gene and Jeannine (Shafer) Hanika. Marla was raised in southeast Nebraska and graduated from Southeast Consolidated School at Stella with the class of 1973. On October 27 1973, she married Harold Dunn Jr. at the Shubert Christian Church. In 1984 she moved to Minneola, Kan., where she was actively involved in the community. She was a librarian at the Minneola Public Library, an Avon representative and involved in craft shows and fairs. Marla was a member of the First Christian Church where she served as treasurer, a member of the Quilt Club, a past president of the Healthcare Foundation and she was a volunteer for many community organizations and events. She is survived by her husband: two sons, Wade and his wife Amy, Dodge City, Kan., and Reed, Lafayette, Louisiana: a granddaughter, Payton: two sisters, Kim Dunn and her husband Randy, Shubert: and Tonda Jones and her husband Ron, Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services were held, Friday, November 7, at First Christian Church in Minneola. Virgil White and Jay Thompson, Alabama, officiated. Burial followed in Appleton Township Cemetery, Minneola. Serving as pallbearers were Randy Dunn, Evan Dunn, Ron Jones, Timothy Stanley, Marty Powell and Travis Powell. Memorials are suggested to Minneola Public Library, c/o Minnis Mortuary, P.O. Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865. Minnis Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, November 13, 2008.

ARNOLD E. DIECKHOFF (1936-2008)
Arnold E. Dieckhoff was born to Fritz and Esther (Meyer) Dieckhoff on Dec. 29, 1936 in Tecumseh, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed at the Martin Luther Church, Johnson. Arnold attended rural Hawthorne country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1955. He served his country in the United States Army in Germany from his enlistment May 28, 1960 to his discharge on March 5, 1963. He joined the Army Reserves and continued to serve until 1966. Arnold was united in marriage to Sharon Myers on July 4, 1964 at the Martin Luther Church by Rev. Carl Carlson. To this union one son was born. He was lifetime member of the Martin Luther Church, Johnson. Arnold was a farmer and retired truck driver. He enjoyed socializing at the Senior Center, restoring classic pickups, playing cards, and woodworking. He died suddenly December 30, 2008 at the age of 72 years. He is survived by his wife Sharon, of rural Tecumseh; son Arnold Dieckhoff, Jr. of Kansas City, Kansas; brothers LaVern Dieckhoff and wife Carol of Commerce, Oklahoma, and Ralph Dieckhoff and wife Donna of Tecumseh; sisters Eleanor Hart and husband Larry of Burchard, Carolyn Brehm and husband Dallas of Johnson, Linda Vogel and husband Roger of Auburn, and Sharon Gnade and husband Jim of Auburn; aunt Maxine. Meyer of Lincoln; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; brother-in-law Vaughn Myers of Jefferson City, Missouri; and sister-in-law Ruby Rezac and husband Rick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Albert Myers. Funeral services were held at the Martin Luther Church, south of Johnson, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, with Rev. Eric Spruth-Janssen officiating. Organist Joan Bohling accompanied Tara Meyer, soloist, as she sang, "Borning Cry" and "Amazing Grace" and congregational hymns, "How Great Thou Art" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Pallbearers were Ronald Meyer, LeRoy Meyer, Willis Meyer and Glen Meyer, Ed Plager and Steve Cawley. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Dieckhoff, Greg Myers, Perry Myers, Lee Myers, John Rezac, Jack Stinson and Henry Rieken. Interment was in the Martin Luther Cemetery, rural Johnson, with military honors. Memorials may be directed to the family's choice.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, January 8, 2009.

John C. Deuser (age 79 d.1910)
Auburn, Neb., Aug. 16. - John C. Deuser of this place died last night at the age of seventy-nine years.  Mr. Deuser was on of the early settlers in Brownville and was for many years engaged in the hardware business.  Later he moved to Layfayette precinct and became owner of a large tract of land which he farmed until his health failed some years ago, when he moved to Auburn.  Mrs. Deuser died some twelve years ago.  The deceased leaves one son, John C. Deuser, a banker at Raymond, and two daughters, Miss Mollie and Charlotte who have been with the father through the many months of suffering.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Wed., Aug. 17, 1910.

S. C. Dillon (????-1900)
Peru, Neb., Feb. 3. - (Special) -At 1 o'clock yesterday S.C. Dillon and Mrs. Isabelle Garrison, two old and respected citizens of Peru, died after a short illness.  Mr. Dillon leaves a wife and a large family of children, all grown to womanhood and manhood.
Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Sun. Morning, Feb. 4, 1900.

Lois Maud Whitaker Ford (1916-1993) WW II veteran
Lois Maud Whitaker, daughter of Rose Edna Palmer Whitaker [and Jess T. Whitaker] was born May 7, 1916 in Norfolk, Nebraska.  She was one of five children. . Her family moved to Auburn [Nebraska] when she was young.  She attended public schools there.  Lois served in the United States Army [WACS] from 1942 to 1945. On Aug. 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Herman F. Ford [06 Sep 1913-Jul 1976 Waverly, Missouri] in Auburn.  After their marriage they moved to Waverly, Missouri,  In 1976, Lois returned to Auburn.  On August 13, 1993, Lois passed away at the Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She reached the age of 77 years, three months, and six days.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers [George. Thomas and Howard Hollas Whitaker]. Those left to mourn her passing are her brother William Garold Whitaker, of Sacramento, California, her nephew, Arthur (Bud) Whitaker, of Auburn, a niece, Judy Carpenter, of Sacramento and other relatives and many friends.

Transcriber annotations: Lois Maud Whitaker Ford, daughter of Jesse Thomas Whitaker and Edna Rose Palmer Whitaker was born May 7, 1916 in Norfolk, Nebraska. The family moved to Auburn when Lois was still quite young and it was here that she attended school. Later she joined the armed forces and served in the army (WACs ) from 1942 until 1945. On August 16, 1952 she married Herman F. Ford and they moved to Waverly, Missouri to make their home. After the death of her husband she returned to Auburn in 1976 to make her home with her mother. Lois died 13 Aug, 1993 at Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, having reached the age of 77 years, 3 months and 6 days. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, George, Thomas and Hollas, who died in infancy. Surviving Lois are her brother William Garold Whitaker and a niece, Judy Carpenter, both of Sacramento, California, and a nephew, Arthur (Bud) Whitaker of Auburn, other relatives and many friends,. Funeral services were held at Casey-Witzenburg Chapel Aug. 17 conducted by Rev. Donald Thursby. Interment was in Grandpass Cemetery at Waverly, Missouri.
Source: transcribed by Phyllis A. Palmer Obermeyer from original obituary with annotations.

CHARLES H. GABUS 1918-2008
Charles H. Gabus of Urbandale, Iowa died October 23, 2008 at The ?eserve in Urbandale at age 90. Charles was born June 2, 1918 in Brock. He grew up in southeast Nebraska and attended Peru State College. Charles taught school in Nebraska, Wyoming and Iowa before entering private business. He married Frances Marie Hardy On July 3, 1939 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He owned and operated an appliance business in Auburn in the late 1940s and early '50s. In 1953 he purchased a car dealership in Holdrege and remained there until 1967, when he sold business and bought an automobile dealership in Des Moines. Charles and Frances lived in the Des Moines/Urbandale area since September of 1967. He owned Charles Gabus Ford, Des Moines Chrysler, Toyota of Des Moines, Des Moines Mitsubishi and Kia of Des Moines. Gabus was the first contributor to the Peru State College Foundation whose donations totaled one million dollars over the past 10 years. He supported many worthwhile causes, including many of them anonymously. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, the National Automobile Dealers Association, Iowa Automobile Dealers Association and Rotary. Gabus was preceded in death by his wife, Frances. He is survived by his sons Dr. Jan C. Gabus of Palo Alto, California and Gene G. Gabus of Adel, Iowa; daughter Patricia Peterson of Olathe, Kansas; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchilden. A visitation was held October 26, with the funeral services at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Following the services his body was donated to the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Elevator and Building Fund. Westover Chapel was in charge of services.
Handwritten Note: 6 Nov 2008.

Arnold Gadeken Death Services Held Jan. 7 2009 
Arnold R. Gadeken, age 90 of Syracuse (formerly Talmage), died January 4, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Society-Syracuse. He was born June 29, 1918 near Brock. Survivors include his wife Norma of Syracuse; sons Ray (Debbie) Gadeken of Honey Creek, Iowa; Don (Joann) Gadeken of Cook; daughter Janis (Neil) Harris of Lincoln; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 7, at Faith Lutheran Church in Talmage. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery near Talmage, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post #246 of Talmage. Memorials are suggested to family choice. Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Handwritten Note: 8 Jan 2009.

Mrs. Isabelle Garrison (????-1900)
Peru, Neb., Feb. 3. - (Special) -At 1 o'clock yesterday S.C. Dillon and Mrs. Isabelle Garrison, two old and respected citizens of Peru, died after a short illness. 
Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Sun. Morning, Feb. 4, 1900.

LaVerne Gerdes (23 Dec 1927-22 Nov 2008)
Died Nov. 22 in Tecumseh Laverne John Gerdes, age 80 of Auburn, died Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh. He was born December 23, 1927. Survivors include his wife Shirley of Auburn; children Darvin and wife Marchelle of Washington state; David and wife Robyn of Las Vegas, Nevada; Deborah and husband Ronald Grotrian of Johnson; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; sisters Ora Behrends of Johnson; Maxine Behrends of Johnson; Della and husband Harvey Bergmann of Auburn; brothers Raymond and wife Nadyne Gerdes of Humboldt; Lloyd and wife Marlene Gerdes of Auburn; sisters-in-law Leota Moore of Auburn; Marilyn Heater of Lincoln; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 26, at the St. John Lutheran (Stone) Church near Auburn. The body will be cremated after the services and burial of ashes will be at a later date at the church cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran (Stone) Church Cemetery. Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn was in charge of arrangements.
Handwritten Note: 27 Nov 2008.

Emily Ann (Horn) Branstiter Green (15 Sept 1857-17 Mar 1935)
PIONEER WOMAN PASSED BEYOND
Mrs. F. M. Green Died At Julian.
Was Native of Nemaha County and Among First White Children Born in Territory of Nebraska -- Her Entire Life Was spent Here.
Mrs. F. M. Green, a true pioneer of Nemaha county passed away at her home in Julian Sunday evening after an illness of four days. She suffered a paralytic stroke Wednesday night from which she never recovered. She was among the first white children born in the territory of Nebraska and therefore knew and experienced all the hardship of the pioneer and lived to see the crude country of her birth develop year after year and had her part in bringing about the present stage of development. And in this environment she fulfilled at all times the duty that became the lot of women reared under such conditions. She possessed all strong traits of character necessary to the pioneer woman and leaves behind the record of a long and useful life the memories of which will live long in the hearts of those who knew her.  Ann Horn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chase Horn was born in Nemaha county September 15, 1857 and had attained the age of 77 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was married in 1879 to John Branstiter and to this union seven children were born, four of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Chloe Mignery, Julian; Wesley Branstiter, Evanston, Wyo., Mrs. Myrtle Lockwood, Loesch, Mont., and Mrs. Hattie Morton, Spokane, Wash.  Mr. Branstiter passed away in 1888. On October 20, 1890 she was married to Frank M. Green who survives with their two children, O. U. Green of Julian and Lay Green of Loesch, Mont. Mrs. Green was a kin and affectionate wife and mother, always thinking of the welfare of her family and she was also a good and considerate neighbor and friend. The funeral was held at the United Brethren church in Julian Wednesday afternoon with services conducted by Rev. T. M. Langberg, Adventist pastor from Omaha assisted by Rev. L. O. Webb, pastor of the United Brethren church. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. V. Robb, Mrs. Nellie Wilberger and J. E. Epler with piano accompaniments by Mrs. Klinger, Pall bearers were J. W. Lyon, Lucien Bernard, E. Mignery, T. L. Young, J. E. Epler and C. W. Epler. Interment was made in the Camp Creek cemetery.
Source: unknown newspaper, Nemaha or Otoe county, Nebraska, March 1935.

Martin Luther Hannaford,
son of William and Mary Hannaford, was born on a farm in Nemaha County on Feb. 1, 1871. He passed away in the Tushla Hospital on Dec.28, at the age of 79 years, 10 m. and 2 days. On Jan. 17 1895 he was united in marriage to Sarah Palmer Hodgkinson. To this union three children were born: Mrs. Blanche Davis of Yuma, Colorado, John of Peru and an infant daughter, Nellie Fern, who died in 1900. He also leaves a stepdaughter, Mrs. Zoe Beason, of Brock, six grandchildren four step-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Mr. Hannaford was always a loving and thoughtful father and as such will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 30, at 1:30 p m at the Casey Funeral in Auburn with the Rev. Arthur Swanson, Officiating. Two songs, “Rock of Ages” and “Nearer My God to Thee” were sung by Mrs. Alta Williams and Mrs. Amelia Young. They were accompanied by Mrs. Roy Garber. Pall bearers were Omer Hannaford, Robert Hannaford, Hut Shrewsberry, George Guilliatt., Clarence Pebley and Van Guilliatt. Interment was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru with Casey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha Co Herald, 4 Jan. 1951

Harriet (Rolston) Horn (10 Mar 1835-8 May 1903)
Mrs. J. W. Horn died at her residence in Brock May 8th, aged 68 years. Deceased had been in poor health for several months. The funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church Sunday at 11.00 a.m. and the remains were laid to rest in Lafayette cemetery. An unusually large crowd attended. A husband and a large family of grown children are left to mourn her loss.
Source: The Granger, Nemaha Co. Nebraska, May 15, 1903.

John W. Horn (4 July 1835-19 July 1924)
JOHN W. HORN DIED AT BROCK ON SATURDAY----Pioneer of Nemaha County, He Amassed Wealth Which He Distributed Among His Seven Children---Grandfather to Fifty-two and Great grandfather to Forty-one. John Wesley Horn was born at Jacksonville, Ill., July 4, 1835, and died at his home in Brock, July 19, 1924, at the age of eighty-nine years and fifteen days. When sixteen years old he moved from Jacksonville to Watson, Mo., where he remained one year and then engaged in freighting across the plains to California for two years and then located in Nebraska, sixty-nine years ago. A year later at the age of twenty-one he married Miss Harriet Ralston and took a homestead one mile west of Peru where they made their home until the Civil war broke out when Mr. Horn enlisted in the Union army and his family went to the home of his wife’s parents where they remained until he returned from service when they resumed their home on the old homestead. In 1883 they purchased what is known as the Roiter farm, west of Brock and moved there. By hard work, thrift and good judgment in farming, stock raising and the buying of land, Mr. Horn accumulated considerable wealth. Several years ago Mr. Horn retired from active farm life and moved to his home in Brock where he spent the remainder of his life. Mrs. Horn died May 8, 1903, and to them were born eleven children, seven of whom are living, as follows: Mrs. Dan Branstiter of Oconto; Mrs. Frank Green of Julian; Charles Horn of Broken Bow; Litt Horn of Eddyville; Milt Horn of Oconto; Dick Horn, Oconto and Miss (sic Mr.) Elsie F. Horn, Brock Mr. Horn was the grandfather of fifty-two children, the great grandfather of forty-one and great great grandfather of three. Coming to this country in a wagon, in the early day he went through all the hardships and privations of pioneer life and through his rugged career, he made many warm and lasting friends who cherish his memory. He was a devout Christian and was for many years an active worker in the Methodist church as well as a liberal contributor. Much of the vast property he acquired during his life he distributed among his children prior to his death. The funeral was held from the Brock Methodist church Tuesday afternoon and the edifice was inadequate to hold all those who desired to pay their last respects to one who they had been so proud to call their friend in whose demise they desired to mourn. The impressive funeral services were conducted by the Rev.. Schenck, pastor of the Methodist church and interment was made in the Lafayette cemetery, the services at the grave being in charge of the Masons of which Mr. Horn was an honored member.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, July 25, 1924.

Charles Edward Huey (February 7, 1912 Bourbon Co., Kansas - February 27, 1999- Auburn, Nebraska)
Funeral Services: 1:00 P.M. Wednesday - March 3, 1999, Fusselman-Wymore-Marshall Funeral Home, Nebraska City, Nebraska Clergy: Rev. Jeff Kelley, First United Methodist Church, Nebraska City, Nebraska Music Selections: "Jesus Loves Me", "Dances with The Angels" and "I Saw The Light" Pallbearers: Gary Schneider, Terry Marnell, Chuck Huey, Richard Metzger, Jerry Sayer and Donny Huey.  Interment: Sheridan Cemetery-Auburn, Nebraska Arrangements by: Fusselman-Wymore-Marshall Funeral Home, Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Source: Prayer Card

Vera Pauline (Schneider) Huey (June 11, 1917 Peru, Nebraska - December 25, 1999 Auburn, Nebraska)
Funeral Services: Tuesday, December 28, 1999, 2:00 P.M., Fusselman-Wymore-Marshall Funeral Home, Nebraska City, Nebraska Clergy: The Reverend Jeff Kelley First United Methodist Church, Nebraska City, Nebraska Music Selections: "Jesus Loves Me" and "The Old Rugged Cross" Pallbearers: Randy Peterson, Gary Schneider, Everett Huey, Bob Parsley, Bill Sayer and Jerry Sayer.  Interment: Sheridan Cemetery, Auburn, Nebraska Arrangements by: Fusselman-Marshall Funeral Homes, Nebraska City, Nebraska
Source: Prayer Card

Georgia M. Palmer Humphrey (15 Sep 1884-28 Aug 1934)
FATAL INJURIES CAUSED BY FALL
MRS. CHARLES HUMPHREY
DIED AT HOSPITAL
Was Riding With Members of Family When Threatened Fire Caused Her to Jump or Fall From Car—Fractured Skull Caused Death.
Mrs. Charles Humphrey died at the Auburn hospital, Tuesday morning, a few hours after she had fallen from an automobile on the highway near the turn south of Julian. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey, their son Hubert and his wife and Phillip, another son, had started in a coupe with a rumble scat to go to the home of Henry Stork near Julian. From there they expected to drive to the home of their daughter, Mrs. John Stock, near Crete. Mrs. Humphrey and Hubert were in the car with Hubert driving, and Mr. Humphrey and Phillip were in the rumble seat. An empty sack lying on the floor of the cat caught fire from some unknown cause. At the sight of the fire, Mrs. Humphrey became frightened and opened the door. Hubert stopped the car as soon as possible but before it came to a standstill Mrs. Humphrey stepped out on the running board and either jumped or was thrown off in such a manner that she fell to the pavement. When other occupants of the car reached her she was unconscious. The injured woman was taken to the Auburn hospital Acre it was found that she had sustained a fractured skull and she failed to rally following an emergency operation. The tragic and untimely death of Mrs. Humphrey was a great shock to her friends many of whom had known her all her life. The sorely stricken members of the family have the deep sympathy of the people of the entire community. Georgia M. Palmer, daughter of George Palmer, was born in Auburn September 15, 1884. She attended the public schools and grew to young womanhood here and was married to Charles Humphrey July 19, 1905. Mrs. Humphrey was deeply devoted to her home and all her life had exemplified the finest traits of womanhood as wife, mother, friend and neighbor. It is those who knew her best who most, deeply deplore the accident which cost her life. She was an active and faithful member of the Christian church and hers was a worthy example of faith made perfect by works. Mrs. Humphrey is survived by her husband, her sons, Hubert, Phillip and William and her daughter, Mrs. John Stock. Others who survive include her aged father, George Palmer, her brothers John Palmer, Joseph Palmer and Phillip Palmer and her sisters, Mrs. Joseph Boyles and Mrs. Jesse Whitaker. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the family home, conducted by Rev. T. V. Hubbell, pastor of the Christian church and there was a very large attendance of sorrowing friends and neighbors and many beautiful floral tributes. Following the services the interment was made in Sheridan cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, Thursday 30 August 1934, Number 39.

James Lee Humphrey (d. 1958)
Auburn Air Cadet Killed
Jet Crashes at Texas Station Kingsville, Tex. (UPI)
Navy Cadet James Lee Humphrey of Auburn, Neb., was killed near here when his Cougar jet crashed at the Naval air station. The jet fighter crashed in Baffin Bay. Cadet Humphrey was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Humphrey of Auburn, Nebr. He attended the University of Nebraska before entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program through the former Naval Air Station at Lincoln. He made his first solo flight a year ago at Pensacola, Fla.
Source: Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Nebr., Tues., Oct. 28, 1958.

Leona J. (Polston) Johnson (1903-2004)
Leona J. Johnson, 101, Lincoln, died Friday (11/5/04). Born, Peru (10/6/03), to James and Mabel (Patterson) Polston. Retired, reservation clerk, Hotel Lincoln. Survived by cousins. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mount Vernon Cemetery, Peru. Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, all Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N. 27th St. Condolences or personal reflections may be left at Metcalf Funeral Home.
Transcriber Note: She is the daughter of James Arthur Polston & Mabel I. Patterson (1st wife).  Granddaughter of Andrew & Margaret (Wells) Polston
Journal Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Sat., November 6, 2004.

Mrs. John Jack (????-1900)
Death of Mrs. John Jack
Peru, Neb., Feb. 3. - (Special) -Mrs. John Jack, wife of Dr. John Jack of Wymore, Nebraska, died at that place and was brought to Peru for burial yesterday.  The funeral services where held at the residence of Dr. Jack's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Jack, at 2 o'clock.  The deceased was a long time resident of this place, where she was highly respected.
Source: Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Sun. Morning, Feb. 4, 1900.

Errol Troy Jarrett (Oct. 08, 1941-Jan. 15, 2009)
He was born in Auburn, Neb. He owned Troy's Concrete Construction. Survived by daughter, Stephanie Cruikshank; and son, Steven. No service will be held. Arrangements by Wherity Family Funerals & Cremations.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Monday, February 9, 2009.

James Millard Leslie Jr. (11 Jul 1922-18 Sep 2008)
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Newberg Christian Church for James Millard Leslie Jr. of Newberg, who died Sept. 18 at age 86. James Millard Leslie Jr. was born July 11, 1922, in Brownville, Nebr. He received his naval commission at Northwestern University and served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He also graduated from Willamette University and taught music and math for 26 years in various Oregon locations. Later, he was a real estate agent.  In 1944, he married Carol Haskin. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Carol Proehl, Dianne Richmond, Beth Swain, Laura Comfort and Lisa Leslie; son, David; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  Arrangements by Attrell's Newberg, Oregon.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008.

Afred Lockwood (31 Oct. 1844-6 June 1913)
DECEASED PIONEER WAS NATIVE OF ENGLAND
ALFRED LOCKWOOD DIED AT HIS HOME MONDAY
Was born in Lincolnshire England and Came to America When a Small Boy
Had Lived in This County Over Forty Years
Alfred Lockwood died at his home six miles north of this city Monday, after an illness covering a period of three weeks. Every effort was made to combat the disease with which he was afflicted, but to no purpose and his many friends and neighbors received the news of his passing with sincere regret. The deceased was sixty eight years of age and was a native of Lincolnshire, England. He came with his parents to this country when he was a small child and the family located first at Rochester, N. Y. and afterwards moved to Montgomery county, Ohio, where the deceased grew to manhood. When he was about twenty five years old he came west and located in this county and in a short time thereafter, was married to Ellen Whitlow. He took up his residence on a farm near Brock and continued to live there over 30 years. His wife died many years ago and was afterward married to Mary Williams, who survives him to share with the children the sorrow caused by his death and to share also the sympathy of the many friends of the family. Mr Lockwood was the father of seven children, one of whom, Mrs. Lizzie Buckridge, died about nineteen years ago. The surviving children are James Lockwood, whose home is in Knox County, Nebraska, and Mrs. Emma Conkel, Mrs. Mary VanWinkle, William Lockwood, and Ed Lockwood, all of whom are residents of this county. During the long period of his residence in this county, Mr. Lockwood had become widely acquainted and those who knew him regarded him as a good man and a most excellent citizen. He was a member of the Christian church and carried it's teaching into his daily life. These friends feel that his death is a distinct loss to the community. The funeral was held from the family home on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock and the services were conducted by the pastor of the Christian church at Brock. There was a large number of sorrowing and sympathetic friends present at the last rites. At the conclusion of the services the remains were laid to rest in the Glenrock cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Nemaha Co., Nebraska, 10 Jan 1913.

Thomas Lockwood (age 78, d. 10 Feb 1895)
DIED---At his home in Glen Rock precinct, Sunday February 10, 1895 Thomas Lockwood, aged 78 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest in Glen Rock cemetery by the side of those of his wife who departed this life in February 1893. Mr. Lockwood was a typical Englishman, a neat farmer, a good neighbor and a devoted husband and father and has gone to enjoy the reward awaiting the just. [Note: Wife, Mary died in 1892]
Source: The Granger, Nemaha Co., Nebraska, 15 February 1895.

Rachel Long (1811-1897)
Death of a Nemaha County Pioneer
Auburn, Neb., June 17,1897-(Special)
Rachel Long, who has resided in this county and in Douglas Precinct since the year 1863, died near here at the home of her Daughter, Mrs. Wniter Parker, on 24th inst. Deceased was an Estimable woman. She was born in Baltimore, Md., in the year 1811, and leaves a husband and a family of grown children. The remains are to rest in Sheridan cemetery.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Friday Morning, June 18, 1897.

O. F. McAdams (????-1917)
Pioneer Laid to Rest
Peru, Neb., Nov. 20.- At his home on Third street of this place, the funeral services of O. F. McAdams, one of the early settlers in Peru, were held.  Services were under the direction of Rev. L. A. Jones of the Methodist church and interment was made in the Mt. Vernon cemetery.  Mr. McAdams death was due to an operation which he had just undergone in the Methodist hospital in Omaha.  He leaves a wife and one son,  Charles Forrest, superintendent of the Indianola schools.  The deceased came to Nebraska about 1868.
Evening State Journal and Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb. Tuesday, November 20, 1917.

Mrs. Ann Majors (1820-1917)
Early Neb. Pioneer, Dies at Her Home
Mrs. Ann Majors died at her home in Peru, Neb., Tuesday, July 31, 1917, aged 97 years, four months and twelve days.  The funeral will be held Saturday, August 7, at 10:30 a.m. from the Methodist church in Peru, conducted by Rev. I. A. Jones.  Burial will be in Mount Vernon cemetery.  Captain A. M. Trimble, adjutant general of the G.A.R. and W. M. Gifford commander of the local G.A.R. post, will attend.  Mrs. Majors is the aged mother of Thomas J. and Wilson E. Majors.  She came to Nebraska in 1857, and settled on a homestead near Peru and has spent the greater part of her life on the home place.  She has been in failing health for some months and passed away at a ripe old age.  She was universally loved and respected and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The Lincoln Daily Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Friday, August 3, 1917.

Eoma L. (Hill) Masonbrink (1931-2009)
Eoma L. Hill, daughter of Lee Hill and Eunice (Barker) Hill was born on February 10, 1931 in Salem. She was one of five children born to this marriage. Eoma graduated high school, went to Peru State College and earned a Bachelor degree in Education. She went on to the University of Nebraska in Omaha and received her Masters Degree. She was united in marriage to Donald Masonbrink on November 22, 1961. Eoma loved to teach and retired from teaching in 1990, after 27 years. Eoma and Donald lived in Omaha for many years.  Eoma loved to read, and travel, and was very active in her church. They moved to Auburn in 2005 and Don entered the Nemaha County Good Samaritan, it is there that he died in April of 2006.  Eoma died suddenly at her home in Auburn on March 8, 2009, at the age 78. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother. Those left to celebrate her life are her brother Carl Hill and wife Eleanor of Stella, sister Wilma Johansen and husband Knute of Chubbuck, Utah, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. A graveside memorial service for will be held Friday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bedford Cemetery near Howe, with Rev. Michael Schmidt officiating. Memorials may be given to the Stella Community Church or Bedford Cemetery. There will be no viewing but family and friends may sign the register from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn.
Source: Nemaha County Hearld, Auburn, Nebraska 12 Mar 2009.

Maria Victoria Maxey (1892-1894)
Glen Rock - Mr. & Mrs. Lee Maxey's little girl was taken violently ill last week at Mr. Forney's in Auburn. The little one was brought home Saturday only to die Sunday. She was buried Monday. The nature of the disease was not known.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nemaha Co., Neb., Friday, December 14, 1894.

H. M. Mears (????-1898)
Death of H. M. Mears
Peru, Neb., Oct. 16. - (Special) - H. M. Mears died at his home in this city at 1 o'clock today.  The funeral will occur at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.  For two months Peru has felt the absence of its prime business factor, H. M. Mears, who was stricken with nervous prostration in the early part of August.  His relations in the business world have been such that not only the people of Peru, but the surrounding towns, have manifested great interest in his condition.  As a business man of very versatile ability, he has controlled the Peru trade in everything for twenty-five years.  The largest brick building in town contains his stock of general merchandise, and another, a finely stocked line of hardware.  In these years he has been the only dealer in lumber and coal and has always received the orders from the state normal school.  Besides this he has manufactured brick and put up ice, giving employment to many people.  The continued strain of these varied interest produced a complete nervous collapse.
Source: Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Monday Morning, Oct. 17, 1898.

Riley Miller (??-1910)
Auburn, Neb., Aug. 16. - Riley Miller a retired farmer and longtime resident of this county died at this home in this place about 10 o'clock today from heart trouble.  Mr. Miller was president of the Bank of Brock at the time of his death.  He leaves a wife and two daughters.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Wed., Aug. 17, 1910.

Ella Donaldson Palmer (22 Oct 1892-13 Apr 1924)
DEATH TAKES MOTHER FROM HER BAIRNS
Mrs. John H. Palmer Dies Suddenly at Her Home Sunday Afternoon Leaving Her Beloved Husband and Four Small Children to Mourn Her Untimely Loss.
The heavy hand of death brought to a close the life of Mrs. John H. Palmer, Sunday, April 13, at her home on Tenth street. While she has not been feeling well for a short time she was able to attend to her household duties up to a short time before her death, which physicians pronounced due to enlargement of the liver. Ella Donaldson was born in Avoca Iowa, October 22, 1892, and when two years old moved with her parents to Auburn. She was married to John H. Palmer, June 12, 1912, and to this union was born six children, two of whom are dead, those living being .Wesley Clayton, Evelyn Mildred, Mary Alice and Philip Donaldson.  Her parents, George C. and Leona Donaldson died some years ago and four brothers and three sisters survive, the brothers being Bert, Plattsmouth; Clayton D., Haddam, Kan.; Verne C., Fairbury and Guy D. Donaldson of Shelton. The sisters are Mrs. Clarence West, Fairbury; Mrs. Fred Harrison, St. Louis and Mrs. Lloyd Casteel, Falls. City. The funeral. was held from the family residence Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. W. C. Harper of the Auburn M. E. church conducting the services and interment made in Sheridan cemetery.
Source: The Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, April 18, 1924.

GEORGE PALMER (24 Dec 1850-)
STRICKEN FRIDAY WHILE EATING DINNER
Man Who Had Been Resident of Auburn For More Than Half Century Passed Away Saturday Night—Had Been Active Resident of Community.
George Palmer, who had been a resident of Auburn for many years and who was a well known and respected citizen, passed away Saturday night at the home of his son, Joseph Palmer in Auburn. He was eating dinner with his son and family Friday and was stricken while at the table. Although everything possible in the way of medical treatment and care, was done for him, the hand of death could not be stayed. Mr. Palmer had been in poor health for sometime but no one realized that the end was so near, therefore the news of his passing came as a surprise and shock to his friends. George Palmer was born in Lincolnshire. England December 24, 1850 and had attained the age of 85 years, 3 months and 14 days. When he was seven years old he came with his parents, brothers and sisters to this country, making the. voyage in a small sailing vessel requiring 21 days to cross the ocean. They landed in Boston and later went to St. Louis. From there Mr. Palmer went to Omaha, making the trip up the Missouri river. He drove cattle across the plains to Idaho and then came to this country. In 1878 he was married to Martha Parish who passed away in September 1928. They moved to a farm near Peru where they resided until 1881 when they came to Auburn. At the time of his death, Mr. Palmer was operating a grocery store in the north part of town. He was a carpenter by trade and built many of the: pioneer homes in Auburn and to tell of many hardships endured here in the early days. His life had been marked by activity and industry and a deep interest in the community. Surviving are his five children: Joseph Palmer, Mrs. Maude Boyles, Mrs. Jess Whitaker, John Palmer and Palmer, all of Auburn. His daughter, Mrs. Georgia Humphrey preceded him in death about two years ago. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and. four great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Furlong funeral home Monday afternoon; conducted by Rev. T. V. Hubbell. Many friends and neighbors were present at the last rites to pay their respects to his memory and the floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. A quartet consisting of Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Sorenson, George Codington and Mrs. LaVeta Andrews sang: "Nearer, Still Nearer" and "Abide With Me." Piano accompaniments were played by Miss Frances Kinghorn. Pallbearers were Robt. Ward, William Johnson, Paul Loronce, Albert Humphrey, Earl Hardenburger and Ralph Hawkins. Burial was in Sheridan Cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebr. April

Martha Parish Palmer (7 Dec 1855-7? Sep 1928)
DEATH HAS CALLED ESTIMABLE W0MAN
MRS. GEORGE PALMER IS SUMMONED INTO BEYOND
Old and Highly Respected Woman Passed Away Thursday Afternoon After Lingering Illness— Deceased Had Lived in This County Since Early Days. Mrs. George Palmer passed away at the family home, 1202 Seventh street Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Palmer had been in failing health for a long time, and while everything possible was done in the way of treatment, nursing and tender care, the end gradually grew nearer until the moment came when she heard and heeded the summons of death. Her passing e has brought deep sorrow to the hearts of many friends throughout the community and in their deeper personal sorrow the bereaved family has the sympathy of all these friends. Martha Parish was born in Monroe, Iowa December 7, 1855 and moved with her parents to Peru in 1865. She attended school there and afterward became a member of the first class to be enrolled at the Peru Normal School which had just been founded in 1866. She recalled many vivid recollections of the early days at the school which has become one of the chief institutions of learning in Nebraska. She also recalled the earthquake that shook this part of Nebraska in 1866. She was able to recount many, other interesting experiences in the= early times and her conversation was always interesting and instructive, especially to the younger people. In 1878 she was married to Geo. Palmer at Nebraska City and they moved to a farm near Peru where they lived until 1881 when they came to Auburn to make their home. Mrs. Palmer was a woman endowed with very fine traits of character. In the home and among friends and neighbors she wielded a strong influence to every worthy cause. She was a charter member of the Auburn Methodist church and her christian life was a beautiful exemplification of the faith that she had professed. She was also a member of the Royal Highlanders and true to the principles and ideals of that order. She will be missed by those who knew and appreciated her true-womanly worth. She is survived by her husband and six children, Joe Palmer, Mrs. Maude Boyle, Mrs. Charles Humphrey, Mrs. Jess Whitaker, John Palmer and Phillip Palmer, all of Auburn and also by twenty-four grandchildren and one brother, John Parish of Burbank, California. The funeral services will be held this (Friday) afternoon at two o'clock and the interment will be made in Sheridan cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, 7 Sept. 1928.

Army Sgt. Jason T. Palmerton, age 25, Auburn [Nebraska], d. July 23, 2005
Nebraska death in Iraq War 2005
Source: Columbus Telegram [Nebraska], Thurs. 26 Apr 2007.

FRANKLIN PATRICK (1916 - 15 June 1993)
Franklin Patrick, 77,  Canton, GA., died June 15, at his residence after an extended illness.
 Mr. Patrick was a past post commander of the V.F.W. in Emporia, Kan., a member of the Mason Lodge, he was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Christian Church Faith. Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife Margaret Patrick of Canton, Ga.; a son, Robert Patrick of Germantown, Md.; three daughters, Maureen Puckett of Columbus, Neb., Julie DeRyke of Shelby, Neb. and Linda Thiem of Holly Springs, Ga.; three brothers, Fred Patrick of Kansas, Mo., Herbert Patrick of Lee Summit, Mo. and Glen Patrick of Vista, Calif.; three sisters, Mildred Gitthens of Decatur, Neb., Vera Millsap of Cameron, Mo. and Naomi Taylor of St. Joseph and 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. [buried: Nemaha Cemetery, Nemaha Co., Nebraska]
A memorial service is scheduled for a later date with Huey Funeral of Canton, Ga. in charge of arrangements.
Source: Unknown paper, June 1993.

Andrew Polston (1856-1880)
Death Summons for Andrew Polston
Andrew Polston, son of Elizabeth and Mitchel Polston, was born in Mercer County, MO., April 14, 1856, and passed away May 25, in this city, at the age of 92 years, one month, and 11 days. On September 6, 1880 he was united in marriage to Margaret Ellen Wells, in Lancaster, NE. To this union were born eight children, five of whom survive. He was preceded in death by Mrs. Polston, who died, May 8, 1923, a daughter, Ollie and two sons, Elmer and Harry, also four grandchildren, two brothers and 3 sisters. They first made their home in Sprague, Nebr., but moved to Peru in 1892. Since the passing of Mrs. Polston he has made his home with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Arthur Allgood. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Peru Christian church with Rev. Ward Merritt, of Humbolt, officiating. Mrs. Marie Pharoah sang, "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and “Sweet Bye and Bye,” accompanied by Mrs. Grant Kingrolived. Pallbearers were: Paul Adams, will Adams, Harry Patterson, Sr., Ed Koeppel, Hayden Comstock. Those in charge of the flowers were; Mrs. Richard Parriot, and Mrs. Lewis Lotter. Interment was made in the Mount Vernon cemetery at Peru with Casey and Timm funeral home in charge of arrangements. Relatives from out of town who attended the services: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Birley, and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Retherford, M. Ardis Hartley, and children, all of Malvern, Iowa, Mrs. Ethie Hartley and Donel, Glenwood, Iowa, Mrs. Dan Bryon and daughter, Hastings, Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Comstock, Mr. and Mrs. Will Bolton, Mr. and Mrs. Fredolin Lechner, M. A. Polston, Joe Polston, Mrs. Alvin Elog, Mrs. Will Roach, all of Nebraska City; Mrs. Valda Padgett, and son, Wallace, Nebr.; Mrs. Andy Polston, Auburn.
Source: Newspaper Unknown

Andrew Polston (14 Apr 1856-25 May 1948)
Father of Local Residents Passes Away
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Christian church at Peru for Andrew Polston, 92, who died in an Auburn hospital last Monday morning.  Mr. Polston had lived in Nemaha county ever since he came from Missouri many years ago. At one time he was a janitor at Peru State College.  He was born in Missouri on April 14, 1856, and married Margaret Wells who passed away about 25 years ago.  Surviving children are Mrs. Forrest Comstock, Nebraska City; Mrs. Arthur Algood, Peru, with whom he had made his home for 23 years; Mrs. William Roach, Nebraska City; James Polston, Nebraska City, and Joseph Andrew Polston, Peru. A son, Harry died seven years ago. Also there are 20 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.  Interment was at Peru [burial: Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru, Nemaha Co., Nebraska] cemetery.
Source: unknown paper. May 1948.

James Arthur Polston (Dec. 17, 1883 - Aug. 4, 1963)
DEATH COMES TO JAMES A. POLSTON
James A. (Bud) Polston, 79, retired Burlington section foreman who had lived in Nebraska City since 1910, died at the Mt. Carmel Home at 4:30 p.m. Sunday after having been in failing health for three years.
Funeral services will be held at the Gude mortuary at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Don Sherwood officiating. Burial at Peru. [buried: Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru, Nemaha Co., Nebraska]
Mr. Polston, who worked in a number of places in the Midwest, was born December 17, 1883, at Sprague, Neb., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Polston. He married Alice Mullenax in Nebraska City in 1916. She died in 1950.
He was a member of the Christian church.
Surviving are Mrs. Jerry (Leola) Chapman, Stockton, Calif.; Mrs. Fredolin (Lorene) Lechner and Mrs. Ralph (Marjorie) Boerner, City; Mrs. Walter (Gertrude) Curtright, Auburn, and Mrs. Joe (Belva) Roberts, Rapid City, S.D.:
Sisters, Mrs. Forest Comstock, City; Mrs. William Roach, City and Mrs. Art Allgood, Peru, and a brother, Joe Polston, Peru, also survive. He was preceded by two brothers and a sister. Other survivors are 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Source: Nebraska City News-Press, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebraska.

Margaret (Wells) Polston (1 Dec 1864 - 8 May 1923)
Falls over and Expires Almost Instantly- Funeral Yesterday
Mrs. Andrew Polston died very suddenly Tuesday evening, May 8. She had been about her work as usual, with no indication of ill health, apparently, when after supper Mrs. L. L. Mardin came after the milk she was buying there. Mr. Polston went out to milk, leaving the two women visiting until he should return. After a few minutes Mrs. Polston complained of not feeling well, and a moment later told Mrs. Mardin that she was going to faint. Before Mrs. Mardin could get to her she fell over. Mrs. Mardin at once called Mr. Polston and some neighbors who were in hailing distance, and Dr. Vance was summoned, but death had resulted almost immediately after she fell over. The funeral was held at the Christian church at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, and the services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Elliott of that church. Interment was made in the Mt. Vernon cemetery. Margaret Ellen Wells was born December 1, 1864, in Mercer county, Mo, and was aged 58 years, five months and seven days at the time of her death. Her parents moved to Lancaster county, Nebraska, when she was but an infant, and there she grew to womanhood. On September 6, 1880 she was married to Andrew Polston. To this union eight children were born. In 1895 she and her husband came to Nemaha county, and here she has spent the remainder of her life. Besides the husband she leaves behind her six children, James. A. at Nebraska City; Mrs. Bessie Comstock, Wallace, Nebr.; Joseph A., Peru; Harry E., Nebraska City; Mrs. Edith Allgood, Auburn; and eleven grandchildren; also three brothers; General Wells and John Wells, Neligh and Norman Wells, Sprague; and three sisters; Mrs. Rachel George, Neligh; Mrs. Matilda Bollin, Sprague; and Mrs. Nancy Bertwell, Peru. She accepted Christ while young, united with the Christian Church, and was planning for flowers for Mother's day program next Lord's Day, when her Savior said, " Come up higher." Because of her cheerful disposition and willingness to extend a helping hand she leaves a host of friends to mourn her sudden passing away.
Source: Unknown paper, May 1923.

Robert E. Polston (9 July 1924-22 July 1978)
Robert Emry Polston, son of Harry E. and Gertrude M. Vaughn Polston, was born July 9, 1924 at Nebraska City.  He was one of three children born to this marriage. During the years Robert was growing up the family lived in the communities of Nebraska City, Humboldt, and Rulo before moving to Nemaha, where he finished his grade school education and attended Nemaha High School. In 1942 he was married to Frances Ellis.  Four children were born to this marriage.  They were later divorced. After living on the west coast for a number of years, Robert had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he lived for a few years before moving to Richmond, Virginia, some three years ago.  It was there he died Saturday, July 22, 1978.  He had reached the age of 54 years and 13 days. He is survived by his mother, Gertrude, and step-father, Walter Curttright of Nemaha, Nebraska; his four children, Jerry, Larry, Linda and Patty, all of Omaha; by one sister, Mrs. Franklin (Margaret) Patrick of Emporia, Kansas; one brother, Joseph A. Polston of Omaha; one half-brother, Thomas Curttright of Nemaha; other relatives and many friends.
  Graveside services:  Nemaha Cemetery, Monday, July 31, 1978, 3:30 p.m.
Clergyman: Rev. Thomas Sexton
Source: Unknown Paper, July 1978.

Olive Blanche (Robinson) Polston (age 84 d. 1975)
Mrs. Jack Polston, 84, Peru, died Saturday. Survivors: son, James Polston, Nebraska City; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Monday, Casey-Witzenburg, Auburn. Burial Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru.
Source: Sunday Journal and Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, Sunday, 5 Oct. 1975

JOSEPH ANDREW POLSTON (9 Jun 1887-19 May 1970)
Joseph Andrew Polston, son of Andrew and Margaret Wells Polston, was born June 9, 1887 at Sprague, Nebraska. He was one of eight children. When he was a child the family moved to the Peru, Nebraska community. Joe started his school in the Honey Creek school and later attended the Indian Hill School in Peru. October 14, 1909, he was married to Olive "Jack" Robinson at Nebraska City. Except for a few months, all of their married life has been spent in the Peru community. Two sons were born to this marriage. Joe suffered a stroke ten years ago and has been in failing health since that time. On April 24th, he suffered another stroke and after spending a few days in the Nursing Home in Auburn. It was there he passed away early Tuesday morning. May 19, 1970, having reached the age of 82 years, 11 months and 10 days. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife, Olive "Jack" Polston, of Peru; sons, Joseph Andrew Polston, Jr. of Ralston and James A. Polston of Nebraska City; three grandchildren, Dennis, Joseph Andrew III and Pamela; three sisters, Mrs. Forrest (Bess) Comstock and Mrs. Pearl Roach, both of Nebraska City and Mrs. Edith Allgood of Peru; other relatives, and many, many friends. Casket Bearers: Dean Adams, Bob McAdams, Robert Majors, Albert Allgood, Eugene Robinson and Harold Patterson. Services Held: Casey Funeral Chapel, Auburn, Nebraska, Thursday, May 21, 1970, 11:00 A.M. Clergyman: Rev. Ward Merritt Organist: Mrs. Ellen Meritt Soloist: Mrs. Darrell Wininger Song: "In the Garden" Interment: Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru, Nebraska Source: Prayer Card

Joseph Andrew “Andy” Polston, Jr. (age 62 d. 1973),
Polston - Andy, 62, Ralston, died Friday. Survivors: son, Joseph, Anaheim, Calif.; daughter, Mrs. Pam Chilese, Lincoln; mother, Mrs. Jack Polston, Peru; brother, James, Nebraska City; three grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Casey-Witzenburg Funeral Home, Auburn. Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Peru.
Source: Sunday Journal and Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, 4 March 1973.

Margaret (Margurite) Ellen (Wells) Polston (1864-1923)
Falls over and Expires Almost Instantly- Funeral Yesterday
Mrs. Andrew Polston died very suddenly Tuesday evening, May 8. She had been about her work as usual, with no indication of ill health, apparently, when after supper Mrs. L. L. Mardin came after the milk she was buying there. Mr. Polston went out to milk, leaving the two women visiting until he should return. After a few minutes Mrs. Polston complained of not feeling well, and a moment later told Mrs. Mardin that she was going to faint. Before Mrs. Mardin could get to her she fell over. Mrs. Mardin at once called Mr. Polston and some neighbors who were in hailing distance, and Dr. Vance was summoned, but death had resulted almost immediately after she fell over. The funeral was held at the Christian church at two o'clock Thursday afternoon, and the services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Elliott of that church. Interment was made in the Mt. Vernon cemetery. Margaret Ellen Wells was born December 1, 1864, in Mercer County, Mo, and was aged 58 years, five months and seven days at the time of her death. Her parents moved to Lancaster County, Nebraska, when she was but an infant, and there she grew to womanhood. On September 6, 1880 she was married to Andrew Polston. To this union eight children were born. In 1895 she and her husband came to Nemaha County, and here she has spent the remainder of her life. Besides the husband she leaves behind her six children, James. A. at Nebraska City; Mrs. Bessie Comstock, Wallace, Nebr.; Joseph A., Peru; Harry E., Nebraska City; Mrs. Edith Allgood, Auburn; and eleven grandchildren; also three brothers; General Wells and John Wells, Neligh and Norman Wells, Sprague; and three sisters; Mrs. Rachel George, Neligh; Mrs. Matilda Bollin, Sprague; and Mrs. Nancy Bertwell, Peru. She accepted Christ while young, united with the Christian Church, and was planning for flowers for Mother's day program next Lord's Day, when her Savior said, “Come up higher." Because of her cheerful disposition and willingness to extend a helping hand she leaves a host of friends to mourn her sudden passing away.
Source: Newspaper unknown

Robert E. Polston (1924-1978)
Robert Emry Polston, son of Harry E. and Gertrude M. Vaughn Polston, was born July 9, 1924 at Nebraska City. He was one of three children born to this marriage. During the years Robert was growing up the family lived in the communities of Nebraska City, Humboldt, and Rulo before moving to Nemaha, where he finished his grade school education and attended Nemaha High School. In 1942 he was married to Frances Ellis. Four children were born to this marriage. They were later divorced. After living on the west coast for a number of years, Robert had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he lived for a few years before moving to Richmond, Virginia, some three years ago. It was there he died Saturday, July 22, 1978. He had reached the age of 54 years and 13 days. He is survived by his mother, Gertrude, and step-father, Walter Curttright of Nemaha, Nebraska; his four children, Jerry, Larry, Linda and Patty, all of Omaha; by one sister, Mrs. Franklin (Margaret) Patrick of Emporia, Kansas; one brother, Joseph A. Polston of Omaha; one half-brother, Thomas Curttright of Nemaha; other relatives and many friends. Graveside services: Nemaha Cemetery, Monday, July 31, 1978, 3:30 p.m. Clergyman: Rev. Thomas Sexton.
Source: Newspaper unknown

Jacob Rauschkolb (1827-1902)
Auburn, Neb., April 30 - (Special)-Jacob Rauschkolb died at his residence in this city yesterday, aged about seventy-five years.  Mr. Rauschkolb was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1827.  He came to America in 1840.  In 1872, the family moved to Brownville and Mr. Rauschkolb engaged in the grocery and saloon business and in 1884 removed to Calvert, now Auburn, where he has since lived.  His wife died about four years ago.  Two children survive him, Barney of Howe, Neb., and Jacob, jr., of Rockport, Mo.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Thursday Morning, May 1, 1902.

Ruth N. Ross (1917-2007)
Ruth Naomi (Huey) Ross, one of 14 children of John A. and Victoria McCormick Huey, was born February 15, 1917 in Auburn. She attended school in Nemaha and Auburn, graduated from Auburn High School, and attended beautician school in Omaha.  On October 29, 1945, Ruth was married to John W. Ross in Sabetha, Kansas. The couple made their home in Omaha. During World War II, Ruth worked as a riveter in Omaha. She later worked in the city as a beautician.  Ruth was a member of the Methodist Church. She had been involved in "crafting" in past years, and always enjoyed fishing.  In 2002, Ruth became a resident of the Nemaha County Good Samaritan Center in Auburn. It was there she died on September 17, 2007 at the age of 90 years, seven months and seven days. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, and 11 brothers and sisters.  Ruth is survived by her sister Lillian Carmichael of Nemaha; brother Everett Huey of Nemaha; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  Funeral services were held September 26, 2007 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home Chapel in Auburn, with Rev. Ruth Henderson officiating. Special pre-recorded music was played. Burial followed in Sheridan Cemetery west of Auburn.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nemaha Co., Neb., 26 Oct 2007.

Thomas H. Sayer (Jan. 20, 1936-Aug. 16, 2004)
Thomas H. Sayer, 68, of Rising City, formerly of Peru, died on Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Butler County Health Center in David City. He was born on Jan. 20, 1936 to Jack and Charlotte (Able) Sayer at Peru. He married Marilyn J. Huey on October 26, 1956 at Auburn. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, remodeling and watching his grandsons play sports. He is survived by his wife; daughters Linda Thomas and husband Pat of Evergreen, Colo., Kathy Parsley and husband Bob of Rising City and Cindy Peterson and husband Randy of Lincoln; four grandsons; brothers Bill Sayer of Peru and Jerry Sayer of Auburn; sister Thelma Den of Auburn; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne and infant granddaughter Randi. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, at the Peru Community Church in Peru with Rev. Frank Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. on Thursday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City and one hour before services at the church. The family will greet friends and relatives from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nebraska City News-Press, Nebraska City, Nebr., Wednesday, August 18, 2004.

Lindell Sears (1878-1899)
Young Business Man of Peru Dead
Peru, Neb., March 15. - (Special) - Lindell Sears died Monday of cerebro spinal meningitis after an illness of a week.  The funeral was conducted at the Baptist church today by Rev. B. Bedell.  The deceased was a model young man, twenty-one years old and was of the firm of Sears and Sears.  This is the first case of this disease in Peru, though the neighboring towns of Julian and Auburn have had a number of cases, many of which have been fatal. Source: Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Thursday Morning, March 16, 1899.

Lettie Algood Schulz (30 July 1931-25 Mar 2007)
A service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2007, in Sellwood United Methodist Church for Lettie Schulz, who died March 25 at age 75.  Lettie Allgood was born July 30, 1931, in Auburn, Neb. She was a telephone operator before moving to Portland in 1957. In 1951, she married Robert Schulz.  Survivors include her husband; daughters, Cynthia Force and Catherine Schulz; sons, Robert W. and Henry B.; brother, Charles Allgood; sisters, Shirley Ward and Geraldine Daniels; and five grandchildren. Arrangements by Portland (Oregon) Memorial Funeral Home.
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, March 27, 2007.

Lewis M. Swanson (1842-1913)
Peru Pioneer Dies
(Special to the Star) Peru, Neb., Dec. 16.
Lewis M. Swanson, 71 years old, died at the home of his sister here yesterday.  He is survived by a widow and five children.  Mr. Swanson had been a resident of this section for fifty-six years, coming to Peru in 1857.
Source:The Lincoln Daily Star, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Tues. December 16, 1913.

Dean Stuck (25 Dec 1919-9 Jan 2009)
Services Held Jan. 12 Dean Stuck of Auburn
Dean Stuck, age 89 of Auburn, died January 9, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn.  He was born December 25, 1919 in Johnson, and served in the Navy during WWII.  Survivors include his wife Mary of Auburn; children Julie Stuck of Eagle, Colorado; Greg Riggs of North Carolina; Suzanne Cummings of Tucson, Arizona; Mike Magor of Washington, DC; Ann Oasan of Omaha; 7 grandchildren; other relatives and friends.  Memorial services were Monday, January 12 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home Chapel in Auburn.  Burial followed in Sheridan Cemetery, with graveside military honors provided by Auburn American Legion Post #23 and VFW Post #2635.  Memorials in lieu of flowers were suggested to the Auburn Rescue Squad.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, January 22, 2009.

James Dwight Vance (1896-1899)
Child Dies of Pneumonia
Peru, Neb., Feb. 23 - (Special) - James Dwight Vance, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Vance, died last night of pneumonia.  He was three years and seven months old.  He was the idol of the parents, whose grief at his loss is almost unbearable.  The funeral was held at the M. E. church today.
Source: Nebraska State Journal,Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Friday Morning, Feb. 24, 1899.

Alfred Watkins (????-1944)
Alfred Watkins, a retired rancher who had lived here (Lincoln) for the past 12 years, died early Sunday at his home, 1534 So. 23.  Born in Glenvil, Nebr., he first farmed in Nemaha county and later moved to a ranch at Flagler, Colo.  where he remained until 1932.  He is survived by two sisters, Maude Michael, Rocky River, O., and Mary Watkins Morley, Lincoln, principal at Prescott school; and two brothers, D. E., San Francisco, and W. G., Myrtle Creek, Ore.  Friends may view the body at Wadlows until noon Tuesday.  Funeral at Glen Rock, Neb.  Victor H. Sellers in charge.  Burial in Glen Rock Cemetery.
The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Monday, July 10, 1944.

ZELDA WALLAR (1916-2008)
Zelda Evelyn (Hays) Wallar, daughter of John and Zoe ( Hodginkson ) Hays, was born Dec. 29, 1916 in the former Territorial Governor's Mansion in Brownville. Her father died shortly after Zelda was born, and Zoe later married Bill Beason, who was just like a father to Zelda. The family lived in the Brock area, and Zelda attended school there, graduating from Brock High School. On Dec. 17, 1937, Zelda was united in marriage to LeRoy "Budge" Wallar in Hiawatha, Kan. They were blessed with two children, Randal and Karen. The couple lived in the Brock area for a while after their marriage, and then moved to Iowa before moving back to Nebraska in the Johnson area and then Tecumseh While in Johnson and Tecumseh, Zelda worked at the Campbell Soup Company in Tecumseh. After 30+ years, she and Budge retired from the plant in 1980. Zelda had been a member of the Nemaha County Extension Club, and served as a 4-H leader. Later in life she was a devout " Red Hatter. " She loved to quilt, and made a quilt for every grandchild and for special occasions. She enjoyed gardening, and in her younger days looked forward to camping and fishing trips. In 2002 Zelda moved to an assisted living center in Papillion. Because of failing health, she entered the Omaha. Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha in September of 2008. She entered The Nebraska Medical Center in December, and it was there she died on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 13 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband LeRoy in 1982, brothers Kenneth, Jerry and Arnold, and sisters Opal and Velva. Zelda is survived by her children Randal and wife Marge Wallar of LaVista ; Karen and husband Ron Henrichs, Blue Eye, MO ; eight grandchildren ; I2 great-grandchildren ; sister Rene Vandevort of Prescott, Ariz. ; dear friends Don and Linda Finney ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were Dec. 16, 2008 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home Chapel in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Larry Tolen. Special music was presented by soloist Maryann Henrichs, accompanied by Carlene Andrew.  Pallbearers were Scott Wallar, Jim Wallar, Tim Wallar, Rob Henrichs, Mike Henrichs, and Jeremy Henrichs. Mandy Stofferahn, Abbie Wallar, Joy Wallar, and Tonya Eubanks served as honorary pallbearers.  Burial followed in Lafayette Cemetery near Brock.  Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, 18 Dec. 2008.

Brandon Floyd Wamsley (29 Oct 1984-6 Dec 2008)
Brandon Floyd Wamsley, the third of four sons of Donald and Patricia (Maddox) Wamsley, was born Oct. 29, 1984 in Falls City. Brandon attended Southeast Consolidated School in Stella, and graduated from there in 2003.  While in high school at Southeast, Brandon was very involved in school activities. He was a member of the Science Club, and in the cast of the One Act play that received honors. Brandon also participated in football and track. Lessons from his brother Jed, such as being told to always keep his feet moving, helped him in sports as well as life in general. Brandon had a knack to keep going no matter what, and bouncing back from any set-back.  Following high school, Brandon worked for a couple of years at Consolidated Industries in Auburn. He then decided to go back to school and was near to completing his Bachelors in Elementary Education, with a Physical Education endorsement, at Peru State College. Brandon was excited about teaching young children, and had been tutoring a child recently. While attending PSC, Brandon worked part-time at Magnolia Metal Corp Peru, Neb., Feb. 23 - (Special) - James Dwight Vance, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Vance, died last night of pneumonia.  He was three years and seven months old.  He was the idol of the parents, whose grief at his loss is almost unbearable.  The funeral was held at the M. E. church today.
Source: Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, Friday Morning,  Feb. 24, 1899.

Sadie Lucille Lash Ward (5 Nov 1911-20 Nov 2008)
November 25 Services Held For Lucille Ward
Lucille Ward, age 97 of Auburn, died Thursday, November 20, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn. She was born November 5, 1911 at Auburn.  Survivors include her brother George Lash of Sacramento, Califor­nia; cousin Edith Durst of Auburn; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 25, at the Hemmingsen Funeral Home Chapel in Auburn.  Burial followed in the Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn. Memorials are suggested to Sheridan Cemetery, Auburn Rescue Squad, or Good Samaritan Society-Auburn.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, November 27, 2008.

LUCILLE WARD (5 Nov 1911-20 Nov 2008)
Sadie Lucille Lash, one of 11 children of Charles Alva and Lucy Mahaliann (Deakins) Lash, was born Nov. 5, 1911 on the family farm near Auburn. She attended Harmon Rural School, and graduated from Auburn High School in 1928. She then worked for a short time as a stenographer in the office of County Superintendent Grandy.  On Oct. 5, 1929 Lucille was married to Maurice R. "Ted" Ward at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn. The two made their home on a farm near Auburn, and were blessed with son Ted.  After her marriage, Lucille devoted her time to the duties of a household, raising her son and helping out on the farm. She loved tending to her flowers around the home during the day, and watching the big trucks with all their lights at night.  Lucille and her husband were very active in the Future Farmers of America. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Auburn, and also belonged to a card club. She enjoyed adding to her collections of bells and butterflies. When she could no longer take care of herself on the farm, Lucille moved to the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn in October of 2002. While there she involved herself in the daily life and activities of the residence.  Lucille died at Good Sam. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at the age of 97 years and 15 days. Her husband, son and siblings Vera May, Goldie, Lilac, Zella, Pansy, Charles, James Emmor, Hank, and Bill preceded her in death.  She is survived by her brother, George Lash of Sacramento, Calif., and cousin Edith Durst of Auburn; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 25,2008 at Hemmingsen Funeral Home Chapel in Auburn, with Dr. Fred Richart officiating. The trio of Annette VonBergen, Janell Johnson, and Amy McAlexander sang hymns.  Pallbearers were Lanny Smith, Myron Gerdes, Cody Gerdes, Dennis Meyer, Jeff Kamies and Chuck Malzer.  Burial was in Sheridan Cemetery near Auburn.  Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, December 4, 2008.

Alfred Watkins (????-1944)
Alfred Watkins, a retired rancher who had lived here (Lincoln) for the past 12 years, died early Sunday at his home, 1534 So. 23.  Born in Glenvil, Nebr., he first farmed in Nemaha county and later moved to a ranch at Flagler, Colo.  where he remained until 1932.  He is survived by two sisters, Maude Michael, Rocky River, O., and Mary Watkins Morley, Lincoln, principal at Prescott school; and two brothers, D. E., San Francisco, and W. G., Myrtle Creek, Ore.  Friends may view the body at Wadlows until noon Tuesday.  Funeral at Glen Rock, Neb.  Victor H. Sellers in charge.  Burial in Glen Rock Cemetery.
Source: The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, Monday, July 10, 1944.

Cyrus W. Wheeler (??-1889)
Nemaha County Pioneer Dead
Auburn, Neb., Nov. 14 [1899]. - (Special) - Judge Cyrus W. Wheeler, one of the oldest residents of this county, and a resident of Auburn for the last fifteen years, died at this place last night and will be buried tomorrow afternoon at Sheridan cemetery.  Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church of this place under the auspices of Masonic lodge.  Judge Wheeler is one of the best known men of this county, coming here in the early '50's (sic 1850s).  Until about 1875 he did all the bridge work for the county, as well as neighboring counties.  He served one term as county judge and has held various other important positions in the county.
Source: Nebraska State Journal, Wednesday Morning, November 15, 1899.

Melinda (Overton) Whitlow (10 Nov 1824-4 July 1907)
MRS. PETER WHITLOW GOES TO ETERNAL REST, DIES AT HOME OF HER DAUGHTER IN HOWE Had Been Resident of This County Since 1876 (sic 1855)-- Moving Here From Illinois Was A Noble Woman. Dearly Beloved by all Who Knew Her. Mrs. Peter Whitlow died on the 4th. of July at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louise Byron, in Howe Nebraska. Mrs. Howe (sic Mrs. Whitlow) was 83 years, 5 months and 24 days of age and her death was caused by ailments incident to old age. She was one of Nemaha county’s pioneers, having lived in this county since 1876. (1855) Mrs. Whitlow was born Nov. 10, 1824, in Cass County, Ill., where she resided until 1842, when she was married to Peter Whitlow. They moved to Nebraska in the fall of 1876, (sic 1855) and settled on a farm about three and one half miles north of Auburn, then Sheridan, Nebraska. They resided on his farm until a few years ago when they moved into the city of Auburn, where they lived until the death of Mr. Whitlow about two years ago in January. Nine children were born to the family, eight of whom are living at the present time, as follows; Perry and Chas Whitlow, and Mrs. Mary Riemers, of Auburn, Mrs. Louise Byron of Howe, Mrs. Alice McLaughlin and Miss (Mr.) Dora Whitlow of San Francisco, California, Amos Whitlow of Newberry, Oregon, Dan Whitlow who lives In the western part of this state, and Mrs. Emma Durell of Lithfield, Nebraska. She also leaves 45 grandchildren and 52 great grand children. For 35 years Mrs. Whitlow was a faithful member of the Christian church, and took great interest in religious work. She was favorable known among the pioneers of the country, and it was said of her that “she was the soul of goodness, and all praises of her are like the streams drawn from the spring that still is full, and leaves the greater part remaining.” Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Auburn on Saturday July 6, conducted by Rev. F.L. Pettit, after which the remains were borne to the Sheridan Cemetery, and laid to rest, after so many years of care in this world. Thus has this one Passed into the bright hereafter; one with the scared titles of mother and grandmother, the names that touch the spring of sympathy in every heart.
Source: The Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, 12 July, 1907.

Peter Wade Whitlow (4 Sep 1821-7 Jan 1905)
PETER WHITLOW At the home of his son, three miles north of Auburn, Peter Whitlow, weak from the infirmities of age was overtaken by the grim horse and his rider at five o’clock on Saturday morning, January 7, 1905, and was overpowered in the struggle that ensued. He gave up the struggle feeling that he had battled long enough and was entitled to rest after a campaign of 83 years, 4 months and 3 days. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. Bitenbach on Sunday at the Lutheran church and the remains borne to Sheridan cemetery to the spot he had selected for his last resting place, several years since and caused to be erected a monument of dark granite. A large number attended the funeral. Peter Whitlow was born in the state of Kentucky, and married to Malinda Overton, in Cass County, Illinois, in Nov. 1843, and in the summer of 1854 came west and settled on the Nemaha river, and on this farm and in Auburn he has since made his home. To Mr. and Mrs. Whitlow were born five sons and five daughter’s all of whom grew to man and womanhood and all but one is still living, while their children number 45, and reside in Nebraska, California, Oregon and Oklahoma. Peter Whitlow’s whole life may be said to have been spent on the frontier, and he was considered a man of rough exterior, tho those who have known him the longest and most intimately speak highly of him because of some of his noble characteristics. He was a good neighbor and honorable in his dealings. The last years of his life were fro’t with misgivings as to the esteem in which he was held by his wife and children, and he became despondent and weary of life and was willing that the great change should come.
Source: The Granger, Nemaha Co. Nebraska, 10 Jan. 1905.

BOB WIEMERS (7 Mar 1958-3 Dec 2008)
Robert Allen "Bob" Wiemers, 50, of Pawnee City, died at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. He was born March 7, 1958 in Beatrice to Dale and Virginia (Cookus) Wiemers.  A 1977 graduate of Auburn High School, he attended one year at UNL. Bob was married to Penny Hager April 22, 1977 and to this union four children were born.  He worked at Homestead National Monument for 15 years and for area farmers, and trimmed horses on the side. He loved driving his horses, helping with the Pawnee County Rodeo and the outdoors. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends.  He was preceded' in death by his father, Dale Wiemers, and grandparents.  Surviving are his wife Penny Wiemers of Pawnee City; mother, Virginia Ottersberg of Beatrice; sons and wives Dale Wiemers and wife April, Beatrice, and Scott Wiemers and wife Daa (sic?), Humboldt; daughters Peggy Wiemers, Pawnee City, and Virginia Wiemers, Auburn; nine grandchildren Robert, Kalyn, Alexis, Sara, Wyhatt, Kelsie, Larissa, Zachary, and Colby; brothers, Gary Wiemers of Lewiston, and David Wiemers and wife Tammy, Wymore; sisters Sharon Kay Atkins and husband Rob, Homedale, Idaho, Karen Hughes and husband Gene, Lincoln; Carol Maatsch and husband Jamie, Wymore; Lindy Coffee, Omaha, and Robin Wiemers; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Memorial services were Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 at Immanuel "State Line" Lutheran Church in Wymore, officiated by Rev. Travis Panning. Inurnment followed at State Line Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to family choice.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, December 11, 2008.

George Wilburger (1859-1914)
Nebraska City, Neb., April 9 [1914]. - George Wilburger, one of the best and popular men in the vicinity of Julien died suddenly at his home in that place last night at 8:30 o'clock after an illness of less than three hours of acute indigestion.  Mr. Wilburger was born in Hamburg, Ia (sic Indiana)., April 5, 1859, where he resided for many years then going west where he was married about twenty-five years ago to Miss Augusta Weinick, a resident of York, Neb.  He later moved to Nebraska City where he resided for several years, being an employee of H. G. Markel.  He later moved to Julian where he engaged in farming and remained until the time of his death.  He was well known in this city and was held in high esteem by all and his many friends will be shocked to hear of his sudden death.  Besides a wife, Mr. Wilburger leaves a son, Roy, and a daughter, Miss Alma, three brothers and three sisters to mourn his death.
Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Neb., Friday, April 10, 1914.

Keith Wagner (1925-2008)
Keith Wagner, 82, of Camdenton, formerly of Tecumseh, and Bishopville, S.C., died Nov. 8, 2008 in Camdenton. Keith Wagner was born to Louis and Grace Wagner on December 20, 1925. Keith graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1944. In 1959, Keith married Anna Arlene (Rieken) Neemann and was a long time custom wheat harvester, which is how he acquired the nickname, "Wheaty ". Keith was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Barnes, Beatrice, in 1977 and resided in Tecumseh, where they owned and operated the Harvest Bowl and Harvest Inn Restaurant. One of his favorite pastimes was trap shooting. He attended many meets and was actually a national winner in 1979. He was a custodian for the Tecumseh Public Schools for several years, worked for Brinkman Brothers and was a groundskeeper for both the Tecumseh and Beatrice golf courses. Keith and Bev relocated to Bishopville, S.C., where he did maintenance work for Ivy Terrace Retirement Home. After Beverly died, he moved to Camdenton, Mo., where he lived the last eight months prior to his death on November 8, 2008, following heart surgery. He was a devoted husband and father and will be fondly remembered for his wealth of information 1 regarding just about everything in the eyes of his children—from gardening, lawns, and roses, to woodworking, plumbing, and electrical work, he was quite a handy man. He freely gave his time and labor to his large extended family who will miss him dearly. He was survived by daughters Vickie Krueger of Lincoln and Connie Miller of Savage, Minn. ; stepdaughters Stacy Powers of Hurricane Deck, Mo., Lori Hendee of Cameron, Mo., Naomi Keller of Camdenton, Mo., Chris Parrish of Omaha and Kim Schnell of Dorchester ; stepsons Chris Robertson of McBee, S.C. and Chuck Robertson of Elgin, S.C. ; 25 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Keith was preceded in death by wife Beverly and brother Eugene. A memorial service is planned for June 13, 2009 at Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1540 South 70th St. Suite 100 Lincoln, NE. 68506.
Source: ??, Nov. 20 2008.

ERMA D. WRAGGE (1925-2009)
Erma Darlene Stephens, daughter of Charles Russell Stevens and Zola Belle (Shively) Stephens, was born on a farm in rural Nemaha County, Nebraska.  She was one of three children born to this union. Her family moved into Shubert when Erma was a young girl. She attended school there and graduated from Shubert High School in 1942.  Erma was married and had one daughter, Judy. She lived in various communities in southeast Nebraska and moved to West Virginia where she has resided for the past 30 years. Due to ill health Erma entered the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.V.  It is there that on February 18, 2009 Erma died having reached the age of 83 years, three months, and 27 days. She was a resident of Charles Town, W.V. at the time of her death.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Velma Grimes, and her daughter Judy Hugunin. Those left to celebrate her life are her special companion James Smith of Charles Town, W.V.; two grandsons Christopher Hugunin and Hyle Hugunin Jr.; sister Elaine Wheeler of Stella; two nieces Sandra Balfour and Kimberly Bassinger, other relatives and many friends.  A graveside service was held Monday, February 23 at Prairie Union Cemetery near Shubert.  Services were entrusted to Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, Febr 26, 2009.

EDWARD L. WRIGHT (1927-2008)
Edward L. Wright was born to Jessie and Goldie (Wells) Wright on July 11, 1927 at Rochester, Missouri. He grew up in Caywood, Missouri and attended school through the 8th grade in Caywood. He later moved to the Crab Orchard area with his family. He was united in marriage to Grace Long at the Fairbury Courthouse on December 11, 1950. Ed and Grace moved to Tecumseh in 1953. Ed worked at Magnolia Metal Company in Auburn until he retired and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. While they lived in Arizona, Ed and Grace managed an apartment complex. They moved back to Johnson, Nebraska in 1991. Ed worked part-time for area farmers during harvest time. Ed liked hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family. Ed died December 3, 2008 at the Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh at the age of 81 years, four months and 22 days. He is survived by his sons Steve Wright and wife Terri of Phoenix, Arizona, Mike Wright of Scottsdale, Ariz., Randy Wright of Mesa, Ariz., Kevin Wright of Phoenix, Mark Wright of Nebraska City, David Wright of Phoenix, and Jamie Wright of Nebraska City; daughter Kathy Gebers and husband Ron of Johnson&; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; brother Robert Wright of Omaha, sister Betty Misek of Columbus, brother-in-law, Frank Long and wife Bev of Kidder, Mo. and sister-in-law Leona Taylor of Kaycee, Wyo., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Grace, sons Jerry and Johnny, daughter Christine Brewer, sister Virginia, and brothers, Roy, Charles, Leonard, Virgil and Willard. Funeral services were held at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, with Rev. Hugh Giesbrecht officiating. Cheryl Meister, organist, accompa- [missing words]
Source: ??, 5 Dec. 2008.

Todd L. Zinn was Auburn Native
Todd L. Zinn, age 47, of Lincoln (formerly of Auburn) died Saturday, December 6, [2008] at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. Todd is survived by his partner of 11 years, Linda Taylor of Lincoln; father Michael Zinn and wife Patricia of Bayou Vista, Texas; son Blake Zinn of Auburn; sisters Debbie Whitaker of Nashville, Tennessee, Kelley Huffman and husband Jerry of Raymond, Kristi Zerr and husband Roger of Firth; Sarah Holroyd and husband Michael of Eagle; one brother David Whitaker of Memphis, Nebr.; step-father Bud Whitaker of Auburn; aunt Charlene Majors of Lincoln; uncle Tim Zinn and wife Jan of Falls City; cousins Bob Majors of Lincoln, Terri Lonowski of Atlanta, Georgia, other relatives and many friends. A memorial service was held Wednesday, December 10, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Inurnment followed at the Sheridan Cemetery in Auburn.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn Nebraska, 11 Dec. 2008.

Todd L. Zinn (6 Oct. 1961-6 Dec. 2008)
Source: Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln Nebraska, Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

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