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Obituaries from April 2004

Donald LeRoy Magee (04/28/04)
July 25, 1933-April 26, 2004 ATWOOD -- Donald LeRoy Magee, 70, died Monday (April 26, 2004) in Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born July 25, 1933, to LeRoy Venton and Olga (Hansen) Magee south of Maxwell. He attended grade school north of Curtis and graduated from the UNSA High School in Curtis. He worked at the Curtis lumber yard while attending high school...
Elizabeth L. 'Beth' McFee (04/27/04)
May 3, 1924-April 25, 2004 COLDWATER, Kan. -- Elizabeth L. "Beth" McFee, 79, died Sunday (April 25, 2004) at Pioneer Lodge in Coldwater, Kan. She was born May 3, 1924, to Jean and Pauline (Correll ) VanAlmen in Atwood. In 1942, she married James Edward McFee in Wichita, Kan. She was a resident of Atwood for the majority of her life; lived in Colorado Springs from 1966 to 1990; and in the last several years, lived in Coldwater...
Mabel H. Dowling (04/26/04)
Harold M. 'Shorty' Gonshor (04/27/04)
March 11, 1938-April 16, 2004 Harold M. "Shorty" Gonshor, 66, died Monday (April 26, 2004) at his home southwest of McCook. He was born March 11, 1938, to Jerome M. and Norma (Mackey) Gonshor in Carnagie, Okla. Survivors include one daughter, Katherine Schneider and husband, Larry of Kennasaw; one son, Harold M. ...
Melissa Jean (Harmon) Scott (04/26/04)
Melissa Jean (Harmon) Scott Jan. 4, 1974-April 21, 2004 Melissa Jean (Harmon) Scott died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Denver Health Hospital in Denver, Colo. She was 30 years old. Melissa was born to Mike and Jeanne (Gray) Harmon on Jan. 4, 1974, in North Platte. She was baptized June 2, 1974, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook by Father Yamamoto. She was confirmed June 22, 1986, also at St. Alban's...
Margaret Ann (Rosenthal) Bender (04/23/04)
Oct. 6, 1924-April 19, 2004 Margaret Ann (Rosenthal) Bender of Houston, Texas died Monday April 19, 2004. Funeral services were Thursday April 22, 2004, 10 a.m. at St. Robert's Catholic Church in El Campo, Texas. The Rev. Lawrence Matula officiated...
Cleo Harrison (04/22/04)
IMPERIAL  -- Cleo Harrison, 94, died Wednesday (April 21, 2004) at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial. Survivors include four sons, Warren Harrison and wife, Rose of Stratton, Wayne Harrison and wife, Katie of Phoenix, Ariz., Donald Harrison and wife, Fredora of Goodland, Kan., and Will Harrison and wife, Joan of Whitehouse, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren...
J. Edwin 'Ed' Kanost (04/23/04)
May 8, 1923-April 21, 2004 LINCOLN -- J. Edwin "Ed" Kanost, 80, of Lincoln, died Wednesday (April 21, 2004) in Lincoln. He was born May 8, 1923, to Elmer and Winifred (Gibson) Kanost in Wauneta. He served in the Army during World War II with the 42nd Infantry serving from 1944-1946. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart...
'Tony' Anthony Paul Conroy (04/22/04)
June 5, 1962-April 19, 2004 "Tony" Anthony Paul Conroy died Monday, April 19, 2004 at Sidney as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was born June 5, 1962, to Thomas Joseph and Bertilla Ann (Hickert) Conroy at McCook. He graduated from McCook High School in 1980. ...
Robert Sayer (04/22/04)
June 1, 1926-April 19, 2004 CAMBRIDGE -- Robert Sayer, 77, died Monday (April 19, 2004) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. He was born June 1, 1926, in Cambridge to George and Mary (Hougnon) Sayer. He grew up in Orleans and graduated from Alma High School at the age of 16. He received normal training and taught in the area for several years...
Lois Allene (Voss) Hahn (04/22/04)
Nov. 14, 1924-April 20, 2004 ARAPAHOE -- Lois Allene (Voss) Hahn, 79, died Tuesday (April 20, 2004) at the CA Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, to W. Delbert and Opal L. (Odell) Weatherwax in Furnas County. She attended country school and then graduated in 1943 from Arapahoe High School...
Evelyn E. Marsh (04/21/04)
Oct. 14, 1921-April 19, 2004 BEATRICE -- Evelyn E. Marsh, 82, died Monday (April 19, 2004) at the Beatrice Good Samaritan Care Center in Beatrice. She was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Wilsonville. She graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1939. She was married to Fenton Butricks and they later divorced. She moved to Beatrice in 1945...
Charles 'Chuck' LeRoy Murray (04/21/04)
June 17, 1934-April 19, 2004 AMES, Iowa -- Charles "Chuck" LeRoy Murray, 69, of Boone, Iowa, died on Monday (April 19, 2004) at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa from complications of cancer. He was born June 17, 1934, in Madrid, Iowa, to Carl & Mary Magdelina (Walker) Murray. He attended school in Madrid, Iowa...
Donald Ray Cress (04/19/04)
Oct. 16, 1932-April 14, 2004 Donald Ray Cress, 71, died Wednesday (April 14, 2004) at his home in McCook. He was born Oct. 16, 1932, to Clarence and Emma (Peter) Cress in Cheyenne County, Kan. He grew up in Cheyenne County and graduated from the Bird City High School in Bird City in 1950...
PFC Chance R. Phelps (04/21/04)
July 14, 1984-April 9, 2004 PFC Chance R. Phelps, 19, of Riverton, Wyo., died on Good Friday, April 9, 2004, while serving his country as a Marine in Iraq. He was born July 14, 1984, to John Phelps and Gretchen (Pollnow) Mack in Dubois, Wyo. Chance graduated high school in 2003 in Palisade, Colo. ...
Elizabeth Ellen Thayer (04/21/04)
Oct. 19, 1914-April 18, 2004 COLBY, Kan. -- Elizabeth Ellen Thayer, 89, died Sunday (April 18, 2004) at Prairie Senior Living Complex in Colby, Kan. She was born Oct. 19, 1914, to Grover and Jennie (Walkey) Hoppas in Dresden. She was raised in Rexford and attend schools in there. She graduated from Rexford High School...
Darrel John Fortin (04/21/04)
June 24, 1939-April 19, 2004 THORNTON, Colo. -- Darrel John Fortin, 64, died Monday (April 19, 2004) at St. Anthony North in Thornton, Colo. He was born June 24, 1939, to Eugene and Mabel (Pavlicek) Fortin in Leoville. He was raised in the Leoville area and attended St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio...
Delores 'Dee' Fay Reyes (04/20/04)
Aug. 27, 1931-April 18, 2004 Dolores "Dee" Faye Reyes died at her home in McCook on Sunday, April 18, 2004. She was 72 years old. Dee was born on Aug. 27, 1931, in Wayne to Otto Clause and Thelma (Nichols) Rosacker. She attended school in Wayne. She married Duane Herfel at Sioux City, Iowa. To this union one daughter, Debra, was born...
Willard 'Bill' D. Troester (04/20/04)
April 13, 1942 - April 16, 2004 Bill was born in McCook to Rue W. and Vera M. Troester. He was a graduate of McCook High School in 1960. He then received his business degree from Metropolitan College of Denver. Written by Daniel Troester in memory of Bill Troester...
LaVeda 'Maxine' Meissner (04/20/04)
Dec. 2, 1928-April 19, 2004 KEARNEY -- LaVeda "Maxine" Meissner, 75, died Monday (April 19, 2004) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Stockville to Delva DeWayne and Wilma Dee (Blake) Smith. On June 14, 1946, she married Robert Simmerman Meissner in Oberlin, Kan. They made their home south of McCook. To this union one daughter, Marilyn, was born...
Madeline May Hartman (04/20/04)
Oct. 7, 1918-April 13, 2004 NORTH PLATTE -- Madeline May Hartman died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the Linden Court Care Center in North Platte at the age of 85. She was born October 7, 1918, in Logan County, the daughter of the late Clarence S. and Maggie May (Whipple) Chesley. Madeline grew up on a family homestead southwest of Dunning, where she graduated from rural school...
Delmer 'Del' Wayne Schuman (04/19/04)
Oct. 20, 1937-April 15, 2004 DENVER, Colo. -- Delmer "Del" Wayne Schuman, 66, a long time resident of the Imperial area, died Thursday (April 15, 2004) at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo. He was born Oct. 20, 1937, to Albert and Mary Schuman in Hayes County. ...
Cloyd M. Claar (04/19/04)
Sept. 27, 1927-April 15, 2004 FALL CREEK, Wis. -- Cloyd M. Claar, 76, died Thursday (April 15, 2004) in Fall Creek, Wis. He was born Sept. 27, 1927, to Adren and Olive (Brown) Claar in Oberlin, Kan. On Nov. 24, 1948, he married Evelyn Rummel of Atwood. A retired Industrial Specialist from the Rock Island Arsenal, he was an eight year resident of Wisconsin and a former 30 year resident of Illinois...
Thomas Kendall Quigley (04/19/04)
July 27, 1920-April 15, 2004 Thomas Kendall Quigley departed this life on April 15, 2004, at his home in Pensacola, Fla. He was born on July 27, 1920, in Indianola to B. Adrian and Fern (Duckworth) Quigley. Tom attended school in Indianola, graduating from Indianola High School with the class of 1938. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and worked as a salesman in the petroleum industry before retiring in 1990...
Calysta C. Rohr (04/19/04)
May 6, 1941-April 17, 2004 MUNJOR, Kan. -- Calysta C. Rohr, 62, died Saturday (April 17, 2004) at her home in Munjor, Kan. She was born May 6, 1941, to Marcellus E and Bertha (Pfannenstiel) Gross near Palco, Kan. She attended school in Plainville, Kan., and a country school near Holbrook. She graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis and she attended one year of college at Nebraska State College in Kearney...
Helen Verneta Kisker (04/19/04)
July 9, 1912-April 16, 2004 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Helen Jean Kisker, 91, died Friday (April 16, 2004) at the Shannondale Health Care Center in Knoxville, Tenn. She was born July 9, 1912, to Harry and Mary Bessie (Fleming) Bieghler in Beaver City. She grew up in Wilsonville and graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1929...
Edmund John Stehno (04/19/04)
Aug. 14, 1926-April 17, 2004 FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Edmund John Stehno, 77, of Stratton, died Saturday (April 17, 2004) at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colo. He was born Aug. 14, 1926, to Frank and Mary (Sis) Stehno on his family's farm south of Stratton. ...
Marvin Earl Hollenbaugh (04/19/04)
Oct. 18, 1929-April 16, 2004 BENKELMAN -- Marvin Earl Hollenbaugh, 74, died Friday (April 16, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Oct. 18, 1929, to Lewis and Florence Aileen (Ferguson) Hollenbaugh Yount in Julesburg, Colo. He moved several times with his family before settling in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., in 1945. ...
Jean Helen Stevens (04/19/04)
May 7, 1932-April 11, 2004 SPALDING -- Jean Helen Stevens, 71, passed away April 11, 2004, at the Friendship Villa in Spalding. She was born in Lynn, Mass., on May 7, 1932, to Charles and Helen (Winslow) Stevens. She grew up in the Boston area. In 1949, she joined as a member of the Congregation of St. ...
Del Schuman (04/19/04)
DENVER, Colo. -- Del Schuman, 66, a long time resident of the Imperial area, died Thursday (April 15, 2004) at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo. Survivors include his wife, Carol of Imperial; two sons, Jeff Schuman and wife, Diane of Highland Ranch, Colo., and Terry Schuman and wife, Leslie of Westminister, Colo.; three daughters, Lori Schuman of Arvada, Colo., Marilee Wallin and husband, Jeff of Imperial and Julie Swan and husband, Tim of Fort Collins, Colo.; two brothers, Kenneth Schuman and wife, Delores of Greeley, Colo., and Neil Schuman and wife, Margaret of Aurora, Colo.; and 11 grandchildren.. ...
Wanda Wareham (04/15/04)
Nov. 23, 1935-April 13, 2004 Wanda was born Nov. 23, 1935, in Wauneta to Howard E. and Lois Fern Stinnette. She attended school in Wauneta until the family moved to McCook in 1952, where she graduated from McCook High School in 1953. After graduating, she attended teletype school in Kansas City, Mo., and when completed, returned to McCook where she met her future husband, Larry Wareham...
Josephine 'Jo' Filothea Matisek (04/14/04)
Dec. 20. 1911-April 13, 2004 DENVER -- Josephine "Jo" Filothea Matisek, 92, died Tuesday (April 13, 2004) in Denver, Colo. She was born Dec. 20, 1911, to Joseph F. and Anna (Kytner) Matisek in rural Atwood. She attended grades 1-8 at Hawkeye School No. ...
Jerome Irvin 'Jerry' Lattimer (04/13/04)
June 7, 1932-April 8, 2004 DENVER, Colo. -- Jerome Irvin "Jerry" Lattimer, 71, of Imperial, died Thursday (April 8, 2004) at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver. He was born June 7, 1932, to Rollie and Vina Lattimer in Imperial. He grew up in Imperial and attended school there...
Daisy M. Trask (04/13/04)
Dec. 28, 1905-April 9, 2004 TRENTON -- Daisy M. Trask, 98, died Friday (April 9, 2004) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. She was born Dec. 28, 1905, to Friedrich W. and Pauline Anna (Pauglusch) Eller in Redwood County, Minn. On Sept. 22, 1922, she married Fred Okins in Redwood County. ...
Hattie E. Olson (04/13/04)
June 2, 1908-April 12, 2004 OBERLIN -- Hattie E. Olson, 95, died Monday (April 12, 2004) at Decatur County Good Samaritan Center in Oberlin. She was born June 2, 1908, to Walther and Eleanora Louise (Stoeckel) Schmidt in Rawlins County. She was raised on a farm west of Achilles, Kan., in Rawlins County. She attended Rawlins County District 37 school and graduated from Atwood High School in 1927. She also took a normal training course...
Margaret Wyatt (04/13/04)
Written and recited by Julie Wyatt Smith In memory of Margaret Wyatt Born May 22, 1931, died April 3, 2004 MOM She was a Mom and so much more You knew you were always welcome at her door I'm sure she touched your life in some special way That is why you are all here today...
Evelyn E. Shaw (04/12/04)
Aug. 20, 1919-April 7, 2004 CLAYTON, Kan.  -- Evelyn E. Shaw, 84, died Wednesday (April 7, 2004) at her daughter's home in Clayton, Kan. She was born Aug. 20, 1919, to John Paul and Agnes Mary (Heagney) Slaven in Selden. She was raised in Prairie Dog Township in rural Selden and graduated from Selden High School...
Rochelle M. Roberts (04/12/04)
June 1, 1936-April 10, 2004 KEARNEY -- Rochella M. Roberts, 67, died Saturday (April 10, 2004) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born June 1, 1936, to Clifford and Lena V. (Sayer) Fichtner in Cambridge. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1955. She attended McCook Community College, Mary Lanning School of Nursing and she later graduated from Kearney State Teachers College in 1962 with a degree in education. She taught in Eustis, Kimball and Grant...
Robert Evon Walcott (04/09/04)
Feb. 2, 1921-April 7, 2004 LINCOLN -- Robert Evon Walcott, 83, of Wauneta, died Wednesday (April 7, 2004) at the Madonna Rehab Center in Lincoln. He was born Feb. 2, 1921, to Joshua and Grace (Scott) Walcott in Northeast Yuma County, Colorado. He attended country school and high school in Holyoke...
Ralynn M. 'Ray' Rittenhouse (04/08/04)
Aug. 11, 1948-April 6, 2004 SCOTTSBLUFF -- Ralynn M. "Ray" Rittenhouse, 55, died Tuesday (April 6, 2004) at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He was born Aug. 11, 1948, to Shirley and Edna (Pinkston) Rittenhouse. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1967. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served from 1967-1971...
Lora Colleen Horton (04/08/04)
Oct. 20, 1917-April 7, 2004 ARAPAHOE -- Lora Colleen Horton, 86, died Wednesday (April 7, 2004) at the CA Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Oct. 20, 1917, to Claude L. and Millie (Shepherd) Taylor in Gosper. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1936...
Jeremy Lee Hamit (04/07/04)
Feb. 15, 1978-April 4, 2004 WALLACE -- Jeremy Lee Hamit, 26, of Wallace, died on April 4, 2004, west of Curtis. He was born Feb. 15, 1978 to Carl E. and Linda R. Hall Hamit at North Platte. He graduated from Wallace High School in 1997 and attended the Western Nebr. ...
Walter R. Anderson (04/07/04)
March 8, 1923-April 5, 2004 OBERLIN -- Walter R. Anderson, 81, died Monday (April 5, 2004) at Marysville, Kan. He was born March 8, 1923, at Fort Collins, Colo., to J. Fred and Amy H. Anderson. He was raised in Meeker, Colo., where he completed his primary education. He then attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins...
Julia Sis (Austin) Vandiver (04/07/04)
Jan. 30, 1911-April 1, 2004 LINCOLN -- Julia Sis (Austin) Vandiver, 93, died Thursday (April 1, 2004) at Monarch Hospice Facility in Lincoln. She was born Jan. 30, 1911, in a sod house in Beardsley, Kan., in Rawlins County, to Frank and Appolonia Sis...
Margaret Mary Wyatt (04/05/04)
May 22, 1931-April 3, 2004 MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. -- Margaret Mary Wyatt, 72, died Saturday (April 3, 2004) at Ottawa County Health Care Center in Minneapolis, Kan. She was born May 22, 1931, to Frank and Veronica (Loshinski) Ringwelski in Little Falls, Minn. She grew up in Little Falls and attended school there. She also attended college and majored in acting...
Wilfred J. Marx (04/06/04)
April 28, 1914-April 5, 2004 HILL CITY, Kan. -- Wilfred J. Marx, 89, of New Almelo, Kan., died Monday (April 5, 2004) at Dawson Place Nursing Home in Hill City, Kan. He was born April 28, 1914, to Joe and Thresia Marx in Nashville, Kan. She was raised in Densmore, Kan., and attended schools there. He served in the Army during World War II...
Frieda Meininger (04/05/04)
March 4, 1910-April 4, 2004 LINCOLN -- Frieda Meininger, 94, died Saturday (April 4, 2004) in Lincoln. She was born March 4, 1910, to George and Lizzie (Gies) Dietz in Culbertson. She retired in 1975, after 18 years as a clerk for J.C. Penny's She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Friendship Sunday School Class, Electa Chapter 8, Order of Eastern Star, she was a past Noble Grand, a member of Vesper Chapter 375, Rebekah Lodge, Harrington Encampment Auxiliary 138, Bethany Women's Club, AARP, Koinonia, Does BPOE of McCook, and a volunteer for Lincoln Senior Center.. ...
Alvin J. Jording (04/05/04)
March 21, 1914-April 1, 2004 OBERLIN -- Alvin J. Jording, 90, died Thursday (April 1, 2004) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. He was born March 21, 1914, to John and Mary (Pageford) Jording in Palmer, Kan. He was raised in Palmer and then the family moved to Traer in 1917. He attended Traer schools...
Eddie Gene Oberg (04/02/04)
Dec. 31, 1939-March 31, 2004 HITCHCOCK COUNTY -- Eddie Gene Oberg, 64, died Wednesday (March 31, 2004) while working north of Culbertson. He was born Dec. 31, 1939, to Gustave and Maudie (Tirrill) Oberg in Red Willow County. He grew up in McCook and attended McCook High School. He graduate from Edison High School in Edison in 1958...
Richard Paul Anderson (04/02/04)
Aug. 8, 1908-March 31, 2004 IMPERIAL -- Richard Paul Anderson, 95, died Wednesday (March 31, 2004) at Chase County Community Hospital. He was born Aug. 8, 1908, to Charles H. and Hilma A. (Anderson) Anderson. The family moved to Gordon in 1921 to farm. He went to Freedom, Minn., in the fall of 1924 and worked on a dairy farm. In the spring of 1925, he moved to Upsala, Minn., and worked on a farm. He attended ninth grade while there...