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Obituaries from February 2004

George L. Todd (02/27/04)
OMAHA -- George L. Todd, 86, died Thursday (Feb. 26, 2004) at Good Samaritan Center in Omaha. Survivors include three sons, Jim and wife, Paula of Manassas, Va., Gary and wife, Ann of Omaha and Randy of Mancos, Colo.; two brothers, Jack and wife, Betty of Grant and Bill and wife, Jean of Littleton, Colo.; sisters, Maxine Fosbinder of Grant and Marion Titz and husband, Dan of Omaha; sister-in-law, Vivian Todd of Imperial; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren...
Marilyn A. Carlson (02/27/04)
June 22, 1934-Feb. 27, 2004 HAYS, Kan. -- Marilyn A. Carlson, 69, died Friday (Feb. 27, 2004) at her home in Hays, Kan. She was born June 22, 1934, to L. Vernon and Mary (Macfee) Puelz near Danbury. She attended public schools through the eighth grade. She graduated from McCook High School in 1951. She then qualified for an elementary grade teaching certificate by attending McCook Junior College in McCook for two years...
Donald William Follett (02/27/04)
April 2, 1924-Feb. 25, 2004 WAUNETA -- Donald William Follett, 79, died Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2004) at Heritage of Wauneta in Wauneta. He was born April 2, 1924, to Floyd and Anna Roberta (Dudek) Follett in Palisade. He graduated from Palisade High School in 1942...
Harley LeRoy Phares (02/25/04)
Dec. 10, 1909-Feb. 23, 2004 Harley LeRoy Phares died Monday (Feb. 23, 2004) at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He was 94 years old. Harley was born Dec. 10, 1909, in Hayes County, to Reuben Leslie and Anna D. (Romersheuser) Phares. ...
Jack C. Johannsen (02/25/04)
Sept. 15, 1917-Feb. 23, 2004 ARAPAHOE -- Jack C. Johannsen, 86, died Monday (Feb. 23, 2004) at CA Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. He was born Sept. 15, 1917, to John and Lillie (Stolle) Johannsen in Pierpont. He attended and graduated from Langford Public Schools in Langford, S.D. After school, he caught and sold wild horses and worked for the CCC in Washington...
Paul Sweeney Sulc (02/24/04)
March 5, 1931-Feb. 22, 2004 GOTHENBURG -- Paul Sweeney Sulc, 72, of Gothenburg, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2004) at his home in Gothenburg. He was born on March 5, 1931 to Joseph G. and Bergetta A. Tirrill Sulc at Gothenburg. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1948. He served in the National Guard then enlisted into the Navy as a Seaman First Class...
Margaret (Anderson) Olson (02/24/04)
Word has been received of the death of Margaret (Anderson) Olson of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 23, 2004. "Miggs" as her friends knew her, was a member of the McCook High School class of 1949. Cards of condolence may be sent to her husband George Olson and family, 1912 Eastlake Blvd., No. 601, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. She is survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Miggs" was a good friend to all and will be greatly missed...
Boyd McDonald Mead (02/24/04)
Sept. 21, 1923-Feb. 20, 2004 Boyd MacDonald Mead, 80, was born Sept. 21, 1923, at Champion, to Russell June and Anna Elizabeth Hall Mead and died Feb. 20, 2004, in Fort Collins, Colo., after a short illness. Mr. Mead lived most of his adult life near Tulsa, Okla. ...
Geraldine Turpin (02/23/04)
April 8, 1942-Feb. 19, 2004 KEARNEY -- Geraldine Turpin, 61, of Stratton, died Thursday (Feb. 19, 2004) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born April 8, 1942, to Leo F. and Doris L. (Sparks) McEvoy in Benkelman. She attended school in Benkelman and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1960...
Lee 'Japp' Dinnel Jr. (02/23/04)
March 25, 1929-Feb. 22, 2004
Dorothy Marie (Hinz) Kalthoff (02/23/04)
Marc 1, 1934-Feb. 18, 2004
Ruth A. Nealeigh (02/20/04)
April 28, 1915-Feb. 19, 2004
Bess M. Bunnell (02/20/04)
Sept. 28, 1920-Feb. 19, 2004
Darrell Polley Jr. (02/20/04)
July 2, 1925-Feb. 16, 2004
Helen Bessie (Reimers) Blomstedt (02/20/04)
Sept. 5, 1915-Feb. 14, 2004
Albert W. Kirk (02/20/04)
Nov. 29, 1915-Feb. 18, 2004
Maxine Lavina Herbert (02/20/04)
April 1, 1925-Feb. 5, 2004
Martha Clare Salisbury (02/19/04)
Sept. 11, 1910-Jan. 5, 2004
Denly J. Thompson (02/18/04)
Feb. 23, 1920-Feb. 17, 2004
Raymond Lee Werkmeister (02/17/04)
Oct. 14, 1930 -- Feb. 15, 2004
Ruth F. Stroup (02/17/04)
Aug. 3, 1906-Feb. 16, 2004
Norma Jean (Doetker) Fortkamp (02/17/04)
April 17, 1935-Jan. 15, 2004
James A. 'Mac' McCormick (02/17/04)
Sept. 11, 1915-Feb. 15, 2004
G.E. Turnquist (02/16/04)
March 22, 1922-Feb. 12, 2004
Nathan Alexander Andrews (02/16/04)
Nathan Alexander Andrews died Friday (Feb. 13, 2004) at Community Hospital of McCook. He was the infant son of Amber S. Retzlaff and Jeffrey R. Andrews. He is survived by his parents Amber and Jeffrey of Benkelman; sister, Dessa Hunter; grandparents, Don and Rhonda Sheneman of Broken Bow and step-grandfather, George Atwood of Benkelman...
Kenneth Kohmetscher (02/16/04)
Jan. 7, 1925-Feb. 13, 2004
Raymond D. Wederski (02/16/04)
Sept. 1, 1922-Feb. 15, 2004
Merle H. Berry (02/16/04)
March 25, 1939-Feb. 13, 2004
Van Cozad (02/13/04)
May 16, 1908-Feb. 12, 2004
Jessie Mae Davis (02/13/04)
Oct. 10, 1933-Feb. 11, 2004
Alice A. (Solko) Heble (02/12/04)
July 28, 1918-Feb. 9, 2004
Scott E. Hoffman (02/11/04)
Aug. 18, 1970-Feb. 8, 2004
Ariel McNamara (02/06/04)
Oct. 25, 1921-Feb. 2, 2004
Oletha Bliss Heaton (02/11/04)
Feb. 2, 1905-Feb. 10, 2004
Hazel L. (Sterner) Nohrenberg (02/10/04)
Dec. 14, 1927-Feb. 6, 2004
Rita Marie (Pianalto) Antholz (02/10/04)
Oct. 22, 1933-Feb. 8, 2004
Roy William Williamson (02/09/04)
April 23, 1921-Feb. 4, 2004
Maxine (Thomas) Bohme (02/09/04)
July 21, 1928-Feb. 5, 2004
Alvina Elizabeth Buffington (02/09/04)
Jan. 10, 1912-Feb. 6, 2004
Diana Dell (Anderson) Doetker (02/09/04)
Aug. 30, 1944-Feb. 7, 2004
Eugene Miller (02/06/04)
BENKELMAN - Eugene Miller, 77, died Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Dec. 29, 1926, on his family's farm in Cheyenne County, Kan., to John and Sophia (Lampe) Miller. He spent his childhood on the farm. He entered the Army in 1945 and received his honorable discharge in 1947...
Doris 'Dodie' (Helt) Jeffres Benett (02/06/04)
Doris "Dodie" (Helt) Jeffres Bennett died Feb. 4, 2004, in Norton, Kan. She was born Aug. 29, 1936, in Lebanon to Ted and Wyna (Gay) Helt. She grew up and graduated in Lebanon. She then moved to Ogallala where she worked and met her first husband, Don Jeffres. ...
Marvin C. Waterman (02/06/04)
ATWOOD -- Marvin C. Waterman, 81, died Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2004) at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born April 15, 1922, in Pawnee City to Herman and Clara (Siske) Waterman. In 1927, he and his family moved to Rawlins County from Pawnee City and lived on a farm southeast of Atwood...
M. Elaine Burton Bryan (02/06/04)
PUEBLO, Colo. --  M. Elaine Burton Bryan died Monday (Feb. 2, 2004) at her home in Pueblo, Colo. She was born in Bartley. She spent eight grades in a one-room school near her farm home. She graduated from Bartley High School as valedictorian. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, graduating with honors. Her teaching career consisted of teaching English and business for two years at Palisade and four years at Benkelman High School...
Marlin Lee Zimbelman (02/06/04)
Marlin Lee Zimbelman was born Oct. 22, 1942, at St. Francis to Ernest Zimbelman and Martha Walz. He died Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 2003, at Swanson Reservoir in Trenton at the age of 61. Marlin's early years were spent on a farm north of St. Francis. ...
Pauline B. Fossen (02/05/04)
INDIANOLA -- Pauline B. Fossen, 83, died Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2004) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born March 30, 1920, to John and Anna (Lalley) Stritt in Indianola. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1936 and attended Kearney State Teachers College. She taught in Red Willow rural schools for many years. She also worked in the prisoner of war camps...
Cheyanne Valerie Walton (02/04/04)
Cheyanne Valerie Walton, 10, of Dorchester died Sunday (Feb. 1, 2004). Our spunky little angel, who fought and lost her struggle with cancer, left us and will return to heaven to be with Jesus. Survivors: parents Shaun and Annette of Dorchester; brothers Tony and Alex; grandparents Paul and Marlene Holthus of Culbertson, Jean Burgess of Lincoln and Steven Walton of El Paso Texas; great grandmother, Mary Jane Walton of Shelbyville, Ind.; best friend and pet, Sniper; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends and family.. ...
Josephine Schmelzer (02/05/04)
MAYWOOD -- Josephine Schmelzer, 91, died Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2004) at her home in rural Maywood. She was born June 5, 1912, to John Henry and Wilhelmenia Dorothea Henerika Emma (Duhrkopf) Schmelzer in Hayes County near White. She attended school at District No. ...
James R. Harper (02/05/04)
ALMA -- James R. Harper, 77, of Beaver City, died Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2004) at Harlan County Hospital of Alma. He was born Dec. 28, 1926, in Beaver City to Leo and Mabel (Thompson) Harper. He grew up in Beaver City and graduated with the class of 1944 from Beaver City High School...
Dorothy 'Dottie' Elizabeth Wimer (02/04/04)
TRENTON -- Dorothy "Dottie" Elizabeth Wimer, 63, died Sunday (Feb. 1, 2004) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. She was born Sept. 30, 1940, to William and Dorothy (Kier) Lyman in Omaha. When she was nine-years-old the family moved to Leadville, Colo., where she grew up and received her education...
Carl Alvin Adams (02/04/04)
Carl Alvin Adams died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Community Hospital of McCook. He went home to the Lord after a 9-month battle with lung and brain cancer. He was 64 years old. Carl was born March 19, 1939, at Jamestown, Kan. to Thomas Lee Glenn and Pauline (Christie) Adams. He graduated from Kirwin High School, at Kerwin, Kan., in 1958...
Lila I. (Blecha) Manley (02/03/04)
FAIRFAX, Iowa -- Lila I. (Blecha) Manley, 72, died Sunday (Feb. 1, 2004) at her home in Fairfax, Iowa after a long illness. She was born April 23, 1931, to Albert and Hattie (Wilkinson) Blecha in Benkelman. On June 25, 1950, she married Keith D. Manley. In the early 50s, she taught school in a one room schoolhouse in Nebraska and for 20 years she worked as a bookkeeper for farm equipment companies. Her husband died Feb. 2, 1981, in Yuma, Ariz...
Faye Lillian Johannsen (02/02/04)
ARAPAHOE -- Faye Lillian Johannsen, 85, died Friday (Jan. 30, 2004) at CA Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Nov. 4, 1918, to Harrison and Pearl (Gorton) Remington in Holbrook. She attended Holbrook High School and graduated with the class of 1936. After school she went to California and worked in a plane factory during World War II...
Pauline 'Ruby' Floyd (02/02/04)
CURTIS -- Pauline "Ruby" Floyd, 85, died Friday (Jan. 30, 2004) at Sunset Haven Nursing Home in Curtis. She was born Nov. 4, 1918, to Justin E. and Nora Belle (Hibbs) Floyd near Smithfield. She attended the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis and graduated in 1937. ...