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Obituaries from May 2003

Capt. Edward H. McDowell, Ret. (05/16/03)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Capt. Edward H. McDowell, Ret., 82, died Tuesday (March 11, 2003) in San Diego, Calif. He was born July 16, 1920, in Brush, Colo., to Elzy and Grace (Hayward) McDowell. He received his elementary education in McCook before the family moved to Hayes County where he graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1939...
David R. Snyder (05/12/03)
PARKS -- David R. Snyder, 52, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. He was born Feb. 25, 1951, at Detroit, Mich., to Russell E. and Lorna (Robertson) Snyder, and attended school in Detroit. During his life he worked as a printer, an auto detailer, and a truck driver...
Ruth Y. Pedersen (05/12/03)
NORTH PLATTE -- Ruth Y. Pedersen, 55, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. She was born Oct. 5, 1947, in North Platte, to Robert Leland and Mildred Josephine Spencer Welch. She attended school in Farnam and graduated in 1965...
Arlene Kay Knott (05/12/03)
Arlene Kay Knott, 45, died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born June 16, 1957, to Sam R. and Katherine (Quiring) Janzen at Henderson. She graduated from Henderson High School in 1975. She attended Grace University in Omaha for two years and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1980. She taught music at Lincoln Christian High School from 1980-1983...
Jason M. Reinsch (05/13/03)
Jason M. Reinsch, 29, died Friday (May 9, 2003) in McCook. He was a corrections corporal with the McCook Work Ethic Camp. He was a member of the Benkelman Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Survivors include his wife, Jill of McCook; his father and step-mother, John and Naomi Reinsch of Lincoln; his mother and step-father, Diana and Dale Sonder of Lincoln; one sister, Lisa and husband, Chris Usserman of San Antonio, Texas; one brother, Derek Sonder of Lincoln; his mother and father-in-law, Greg and Vida Eden; and grandparents, aunts and uncles.. ...
Eunice Irene Petracek (05/13/03)
OBERLIN -- Eunice Irene Petracek, 94, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at the Decatur County Good Samaritan Center in Oberlin. She was born Nov. 18, 1908, in Juanita, Colo., to Bruce and Netta (Wasson) Moore. She was raised on a farm near Dresden and graduated from Decatur Community High School in Oberlin...
Delbert L. Conner (05/14/03)
CURTIS -- Delbert L. Conner, 88, died Monday (May 12, 2003) at Sunset Haven Nursing Home in Curtis. He was born May 12, 1915, at Quick, to Lewis George and Genevive Tracey Conner. He graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1933...
Clifford H. Smith (05/14/03)
Clifford H. Smith, 86, died Tuesday (May 13, 2003) at Willow Ridge Assisted Living Center in McCook. He was born June 9, 1916, at Rockville, to Hans and Marie (Hetzel) Smith. He grew up in Rockville and graduated from Rockville High School. He entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II...
Phillip Propp (05/14/03)
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Phillip Propp, 99, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Heart of the Valley in Corvallis, Ore. He was born Feb. 5, 1904, to Henry and Anna Marie (Schriner) Propp at Hausenbach, Russia. His family immigrated to America in 1906 and farmed in Culbertson...
Jordan Lee Eugene Baumfalk (05/15/03)
Jordan Lee Eugene Baumfalk, infant son of Paul Eugene and Adrienne Nicole (Berry) Baumfalk, died Tuesday (May 13, 2003) at Community Hospital of McCook. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Duane Berry; and and an uncle, Jarod Lee Berry...
Philip Propp (05/15/03)
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Philip Propp, 99, died Friday (May 9, 2003) at Heart of the Valley in Corvallis, Ore. He was born Feb. 5, 1904, to Henry and Anna Marie (Schriner) Propp at Hausenbach, Russia. His family immigrated to America in 1906 and farmed in Culbertson...
Doran D. Remington (05/15/03)
Doran Dean Remington, 75, of McCook, died Tuesday (May 13, 2003) at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was born Dec. 17, 1927, to George and Anna Catherine (Ward) Remington in Red Willow County. On April 6, 1947, he married Delphine Nokes at Oberlin. They have lived in McCook since 1948. He was a mechanic for Nebraska Road Department and sold farm machinery for the McCook Co-op...
Marvel Phillips (05/15/03)
KILGORE -- Marvel Phillips, 68, died Wednesday (May 14, 2003) at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine. Survivors include his wife, Anita of Kilgore; two sons, Mark of Broken Bow and Martin of Midland, Texas; his father, Kenneth of Cambridge; three brothers, Preston Phillips and Duane Phillips of Cambridge and Bob Phillips of Curtis; one sister, Janet of Missouri...
William M. kogl (05/15/03)
ATWOOD -- William M. Kogl, 99, died Wednesday (May 14, 2003) at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood. He was born Sept. 26, 1903, in Cherry Creek, Colo., to Mathias and Magdalene (Hautzinger) Kogl. The family relocated to a farm near Herndon when he was a small child. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School until he was in the third grade, when his father needed him to help with the farming, since he was the oldest son...
Robert Lee Brown (05/12/03)
Robert Lee Brown, 55, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Bryan LGH Medical Center East in Lincoln. He was born April 17, 1948, at Yuma, Colo., to Floyd E. and Nellie F. (Ellis) Brown. He grew up in Benkelman where he graduated from Benkelman High School in 1966. He attended McCook Community College in McCook. He spent his working life in construction with Missouri Valley Construction...
Milton August Wegner (05/12/03)
Milton August Wegener, 77, of McCook died Thursday (May 8, 2003) at Bryan LGH East Hospital in Lincoln. He was born Sept. 3, 1925, to August F. and Mildred Elize (Rathe) Wegener at Norton, Kan. He attended Perry School west of McCook and lived most of his life in the McCook area. He enjoyed making things out of wood and many craft items as well. He enjoyed working in his garden and teasing his grandchildren...
Maria Elfrieda Stover (05/12/03)
ARAPAHOE -- Maria Elfrieda Stover, 99, died Saturday (May 10, 2003) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born Feb. 20, 1904, at Schomberg, Germany, to Paul and Marie (Sollich) Badura. After receiving her schooling, she worked for a telephone company as a secretary in Schomberg. She then had to help her family for many years during World War II, as they had to travel extensively for a number of years. She came to the United States in 1956...
Anne Rosalie Lampman (05/01/03)
Anne Rosalie Lampman, 80, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at McCook Community Hospital. She was born April 21, 1923, at Imperial, to Marian and Francis (Lentz) Ady. On May 14, 1946, she married Robert E. Lampman in Reno, Nev. They resided in Trenton where they raised their four children. They moved to McCook in 1970...
Georgia Fern Schleeman (05/01/03)
STRATTON -- Georgia Fern Schleeman, 63, died at her home in Stratton on Monday (April 28, 2003). She was born March 28, 1940, at Rush Spring, Okla., to Owen Gore and Velma (Hilderith) Beck. She attended school at Dinuba, Calif., and then graduated from Beauty School...
Clifford Dale Lambert (05/02/03)
TRENTON -- Clifford Dale Lambert, 75, died Wednesday (April 30, 2003) at Community Hospital in McCook. He was born March 12, 1938, at Benkelman, to Clifford A. and Louise (Gunderman) Lambert, and was a member of the graduating class from Parks High School in 1945. ...
Anne Rosalie Lampman (05/02/03)
Anne Rosalie Lampman, 80, died Tuesday (April 29, 2003) at McCook Community Hospital. She was born April 21, 1923, at Imperial, to Marian and Francis (Lentz) Ady. On May 14, 1946, she married Robert E. Lampman in Reno, Nev. They resided in Trenton where they raised their four children...
Joseph P. Bruckler (05/05/03)
Joseph P. Bruckler, 90, died Saturday (May 3, 2003) at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln. He was born April 16, 1913, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Michael and Catherine (Tishler) Bruckler. He grew up in Philadelphia where he received his education. On Oct. 25, 1942, he married Katherine Walsh. She preceded him in death...
Joseph P. Bruckler (05/06/03)
Joseph P. Bruckler, 90, died Saturday (May 3, 2003) at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln. He was born April 16, 1913, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Michael and Catherine (Tishler) Bruckler. He grew up in Philadelphia where he received his education. On Oct. 25, 1942, he married Katherine Walsh. She preceded him in death...
Benjamin Frank (05/07/03)
Benjamin Frank, 90, died Monday (May 5, 2003) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was born Jan. 13, 1913, in McCook, to Casper and Katherine E. Frank. He grew up in McCook and attended McCook High School. In 1937, he began flying as a commercial pilot...
Merna Shearer Haught (05/08/03)
WILSONVILLE -- Merna Shearer Haught, 67, died Tuesday (May 6, 2003) at her home in Wilsonville. She was born Jan. 1, 1936, at Hendley, to Frank and Ruth (Harrold) Brand. She grew up in the Hendley and Beaver City areas. She graduated from Beaver City High School with the Class of 1953...
Benjamin Frank (05/08/03)
Benjamin Frank, 90, died Monday (May 5, 2003) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was born Jan. 13, 1913, in McCook, to Casper and Katherine E. Frank. He grew up in McCook and attended McCook High School. In 1937, he began flying as a commercial pilot...
Dina Doyle (05/08/03)
Dina Doyle, recently of Longmont, Colo., formerly of McCook, passed away at Longmont United Hospital on Monday (May 5, 2003). She was born in McCook on Oct. 2, 19 (that's Dina's business), to Robert E. and Ina P. (Askey) McDonald. Dina lived in McCook most of her life and was a member of First Christian Church, Eureka Chapter No. ...
Elva Rose Knosp (05/08/03)
Elva Rose Knosp, 89, died today (May 8, 2003) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born Sept. 27, 1913, at Culbertson, to Samuel L. and Myrtle E. (Richardson) Hollars. She grew up in McCook where she received her education. In 1933, she married Charles Koetter at Oberlin. She was employed in food service at St. Catherine's Hospital and later in the McCook School System, retiring in 1973...
Merna Shearer Haught (05/09/03)
WILSONVILLE -- Merna Shearer Haught, 67, died Tuesday (May 6, 2003) at her home in Wilsonville. Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at the Baptist-Christian Church at Wilsonville with the Rev. Keith Theobald officiating. Burial will follow at the Wilsonville Cemetery at Wilsonville...
James 'Jim' Leo Williams (05/09/03)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- James "Jim" Leo Williams, 65, died Sunday (April 26, 2003). He was born May 17, 1937, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Orval and Gretchen (Edwards) Williams. They later moved to Nebraska and he graduated from Benkelman High School in 1956...
Lucy P. Leonard (05/12/03)
KEARNEY -- Lucy P. Leonard, 94, formerly of Beaver City, died Sunday (May 11, 2003) at St. Luke's Village in Kearney. She was born Sept. 21, 1908, at Beaver City, to James and Elvira (Vining) McCarty. She grew up on a farm south of Beaver City and attended county school. Later she attended Beaver City High School...
Harriet R. Vandervort (05/27/03)
Harriet R. Vandervort, 80, of McCook, died Friday (May 23, 2003) at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born April 5, 1923, at Scranton, Pa., to John David and Harriet (McCullock) James. The family moved to Camden, N.J. where she grew up and attended school. In 1945, she moved to McCook...
Leo Barnell (05/23/03)
BENKELMAN -- Leo Barnell, 99, died Wednesday (May 21, 2003) at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Dec. 20, 1903, on a farm near Sutton, to Sumner and Anna (Watipka) Barnell, and attended school in Sutton. He graduated from Sutton High School in 1922 and went on to attend the University of Nebraska Ag College, and graduated in 1926...
Donna Louise White (05/23/03)
ARAPAHOE -- Donna Louise White, 82, died Wednesday (May 21, 2003) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, at Harper County, Ohio, to Oscar and Ruth (Folk) Craig. She was raised and attended school at Kenton, Ohio, and graduated high school from Kenton High School with the Class of 1939...
Donna L. White (05/22/03)
ARAPAHOE -- Donna L. White, 82, died Wednesday (May 21, 2003) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. She was born Dec. 29, 1921. Survivors include two sons, George Schlingloff and wife, Sue and Dave Schlingloff all of Mesa, Ariz.; one daughter, Chris and husband, Don Sandell of Arapahoe; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren...
Grace Marian (Chessmore) Cables (05/22/03)
SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. -- Grace Marian (Chessmore) Cables, 97, died Tuesday (May 20, 2003) at the Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kan. She was born Oct. 1, 1905, at Eagle Grove, Iowa, to Vernon Arthur and Susan Charlotte (Singer) Chessmore. The family moved to Ludell in 1907, where they farmed south of town. ...
Laura Maxine Price (05/27/03)
CAMBRIDGE -- Laura Maxine Price, 82, died Friday (May 23, 2003) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. She was born Oct. 19, 1920, in rural Lincoln County, to Louie and Agnes (Frimel) Broeder. She graduated from O'Fallons High School in 1937. She graduated from West Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1942...
Jeffery Eugene Myers (05/27/03)
CEDAR CREEK, Texas -- Jeffrey Eugene Myers, 43, of Cedar Creek, Texas died Thursday (May 22, 2003) at Smithville Regional Hospital in Smithville, Texas. He was born Feb. 6, 1960, in Denver, Colo., to Richard Arvene and Jolene Kay (Sinner) Myers. He graduated from Niwot High School in Niwot, Colo., in 1980. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was very good at art, especially pencil drawings...
Bernard H. Haag (05/27/03)
LEBANON -- Bernard H. Haag, 81, died Sunday (May 25, 2003) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. He was born Aug. 27, 1921, on a farm north of Lebanon, to Francis A. and Grace M. (Warner) Haag. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1938. He attended Barns School of Commerce in Denver, Colo., in 1939 and farmed from 1940 to 1942...
Lyle E. Dunham (05/28/03)
HUMBOLDT, Kan. -- Lyle E. Dunham, 62, died Thursday (May 22, 2003) at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He was born April 11, 1941, to Clyde Dunham and Mabel (Wickizer) Dunham. He worked for many years as a truck driver for firms in Nebraska, Missouri, Texas and Kansas. He most recently owned the L&T Bait and Tackle in Humboldt, Kan. Until his health started failing, he had been restoring the Odd Fellows Club building for the Historical Society in Humboldt...
Florence Howard (05/29/03)
Florence Howard, 86, died Sunday (May 25, 2003) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born May 23, 1917, in Red Willow County, to Raymond Daniel and Cora (Maisel) Quigley. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1935. On Dec. 21, 1938, she married Alvin M. Howard. They made their home on a farm near Indianola. She was a homemaker and helped raise their three children...
Glen Alan Lytle (05/29/03)
EDGAR -- Glen Alan Lytle, 40, of Edgar, formerly of McCook, died Sunday (May 25, 2003) at Lovewell Reservoir near Mankato, Kan. He was born June 10, 1962, at McCook, to Glen W. (Bud) and Julia M. (Harsch) Lytle. He graduated from Republican Valley High School in 1979. He was baptized and confirmed in St. John's Lutheran Church of Ash Creek, rural McCook...
Glen Alan Lytle (05/29/03)
Robert Fuhrer (05/30/03)
KERSEY, Colo. -- Robert Fuhrer, 81, died Wednesday (May 28, 2003) at the Hospice & Palliative Care of Northern Colorado. He was born June 13, 1921, at McCook, to LeRoy and Thelma (Heskett) Fuhrer. He grew up in McCook and attended school in McCook. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a staff sergeant and a flight trainer...
Matilda 'Tillie' Romine (05/21/03)
PALISADE -- Matilda "Tillie" Romine, 75, died Tuesday (May 20, 2003) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. She was born June 20, 1927, to Exie and Laura Taylor Brown. She attended school in Palisade. In 1947, she married Wayne Romine. They lived south of Hamlet on their family farm. They moved to Oregon in 1967, and she returned to the area in the early 1980's...
Mona 'Monie' Mae Padgett (05/21/03)
Mona "Monie" Mae Padgett died Monday (May 19, 2003) at Community Hospital of McCook. She was 66 years old. Monie was born Oct. 26, 1936, at Wallace, to Pascal Carter and Valda Fern (Comstock) Padgett. She graduated from McCook High School in 1955. ...
N. Christine Moore (05/21/03)
RIDGECREST, Calif. -- N. Christine Moore, 82, died Sunday (May 18, 2003) at her home in Ridgecrest, Calif. She was born May 26, 1920, in Beaver City, to Clarence and Rose Anna (Minniear) Axtell. She grew up at Danbury where she graduated from Danbury High School in 1938. She received her associate of arts degree from McCook Junior College in 1940...
Della L. Klima (05/16/03)
OBERLIN -- Della L. Klima, 73, died Wednesday (May 14, 2003) at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. She was born Dec. 3, 1929, at Riley, Kan., to Delbert and Florence (Ayres) Phalen. She was raised in Riley and Cuba, Kan. and graduated from Cuba High School...
Darlene E. Premer (05/19/03)
CAMBRIDGE -- Darlene E. Premer, 78, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. She was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Red Willow County near Bartley on the family farm. She attended school in Bartley and graduated from Bartley High School. ...
Walter Morgan Phillips (05/19/03)
CAMBRIDGE -- Walter Morgan Phillips, 82, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born Aug. 2, 1920, at the family home on the Medicine Creek in Frontier County, to William and Isabel (Morgan) Phillips. He attended District 15 school in Frontier County and graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis in 1938...
Fay Lenoia McVey (05/20/03)
HAIGLER -- Fay Lenoia McVey, 84, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at Heritage of Wauneta in Wauneta. She was born Sept. 17, 1918, at Talmage, to Hartly and Cornelia (Meyers) Bryan, and was a graduate of Nebraska City High School. She attended Peru State Teacher's College where she received her teaching degree, and taught elementary grades in the Nebraska City vicinity, including Baker's School, for several years. She moved to the Haigler area and continued teaching throughout the early 1940's...
Grace Ellen McComb (05/20/03)
ARAPAHOE -- Grace Ellen McComb, 96, died Monday (May 19, 2003) at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born May 10, 1907, at Norton County, Kan., to Isaih and Sarah C. (Thompson) Michals. She was raised in Norton County and attended school at Norton Public Schools. After her schooling, she worked at the Norton Sanitarium at Norton, Kan...
Darryl E. Moore (05/20/03)
IMPERIAL -- Darryl E. Moore, 63, died Thursday (May 15, 2003) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born April 30, 1940, in the family home in Culbertson, to Harvey and Eileen Moore. ...
Lila P. Shafer (05/20/03)
Lila P. Shafer, 78, formerly of Nebraska City, died Monday (May 19, 2003) at Community Hospital of McCook. She was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Rulo, to Dewey E. and Leah E. (Ely) Zimmerman. In 1943 she married Leonard Smalley at Nebraska City. To this union three children were born...
Lester 'Bus' M. Phillips (05/20/03)
BEAVER CITY -- Lester "Bus" M. Phillips, 83, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at a Lincoln Hospital. He was born Dec. 22, 1919, at Edison, to Lloyd and Lora (Marts) Phillips. He was a long-time resident of Furnas County. He grew up in the Edison area. He graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis with the Class of 1939...
Kelsey Leann Congdon-Vacha (05/20/03)
BELLEVILLE, Kan. -- Kelsey Leann Congdon-Vacha, 1 month and 2 days old, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) while visiting grandparents in Beaver City. She was born April 15, 2003, at Concordia, Kan., to Desiree Congdon and Kasey Vacha. Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Louie and Shirley Congdon of Belleville, Kan., and Don and Barb Vacha of Beaver City; and great-grandparents, Charlotte Ganser of Beaver City and Philomena Vacha of Madison...
Donald Charles Schwerdt (05/20/03)
McDONALD -- Donald Charles Schwerdt, 79, died Monday (May 19, 2003) at his home northeast of McDonald in Rawlins County. He was born Jan. 2, 1924, at Creston, Iowa, the adopted son of Theodore W. and Charlotte (McDonald) Schwerdt. He graduated from Brownville High School near Brewster, Kan., and served during World War II in the U.S. Navy...
Grace Ellen McComb (05/20/03)
ARAPAHOE -- Grace Ellen McComb, 96, died Monday (May 19, 2003) at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born May 10, 1907, at Norton County, Kan., to Isaih and Sarah C. (Thompson) Michals. She was raised in Norton County and attended school at Norton Public Schools. After her schooling, she worked at the Norton Sanitarium at Norton, Kan...
Maxine M. Shafer (05/21/03)
BENKELMAN -- Maxine M. Shafer, 87, of Benkelman, died Sunday (May 18, 2003) at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. She was born Dec. 7, 1915, at Max, to George and Civilla (Boyles) Mills and grew up in Max where she attended school. She was a member of the 1934 graduating class of Max High School...
Mabel Lean Pingetzer Scott (05/16/03)
LINCOLN -- Mabel Lena "Pingetzer" Scott, 78, died Wednesday (May 14, 2003) at the Lancaster Nursing Home in Lincoln where she had been living for the past year. She was born July 17, 1924, to Calvin Eugene and Charlotte Ruth (Creek) Roblyer in Cass County...