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Obituaries from May 2005

Emma C. Lehn (05/27/05)
(Dec. 4, 1915 - May 26, 2005) COZAD -- Emma C. Lehn, 89, died Thursday (May 26, 2005), at Southview Manor Care Center in Cozad. She was born Dec. 4, 1915, in Lawrence to John and Mary (Baune) Flaherty. She attended Indianola High School and lived in this area most all of her life. She moved to Cozad in 1991...
Bernadine Diederich (05/27/05)
NEW ALMELO -- Bernadine Diederich, 98, died Friday (May 27, 2005), at the St. John's Nursing Facility in Hays, Kan. Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Almelo . Interment will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery...
Ruth V. Poush (05/31/05)
(Nov. 10, 1923 -- May 28, 2005) SYRACUSE -- Ruth V. Poush, 81, formerly of McCook, died Saturday (May 28, 2005), at the Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse. She was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Hastings to Elmer and Christina (Glantz) Yost. She married Moner Poush on May 15, 1947, in Hastings. She was a school teacher and librarian. She was formerly of McCook and Hastings, and moved to Syracuse in 1987...
Alvin 'Audrey' Kehr (05/27/05)
(May 5, 1922 - May 25, 2005) BERTRAND -- Alvon "Audrey" Kehr, 83, of Bertrand, formerly of Oxford, died Wednesday (May 25, 2005), at the Bertrand Nursing Home. He was born May 5, 1922 to Alvon Martin and Jennie Lillian (Moser) Kehr on the family farm southwest of Bertrand in Gosper County. He attended school in Phelps and Gosper counties and began farming at an early age...
Errol Brunk (05/24/05)
(April 20, 1943 - may 22, 2005) Errol Brunk, 64, died Sunday (May 22, 2005), at his home in McCook. He was born on April 20, 1941, in Oberlin, to Dale L. and Lila R. (Vernon) Brunk. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1958. On Nov. 24, 1990, he married Judith R. Hanes in Oberlin. They made their home in the McCook community where Errol was employed by Parker Dayco for 31 years...
Norman W. Unger (05/26/05)
(Dec. 12, 1932 - May 24, 2005) Norman W. Unger, 72, died Tuesday (May 24, 2005), at the Sunset Villa Care Center in Omaha. He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in McCook, to Elmer and Elva (Dinnill) Unger. He grew up in McCook and attended McCook High School...
Glen Buker (05/23/05)
(March 3, 1936 - Dec. 10, 2004) NORTH PLATTE -- Glen Buker, 68, died Dec. 10, 2004, at his home in North Platte. He was born March 3, 1936 at Freedom to Guy S. and Della Castor Buker. He graduated from Stockville High in 1953. He married Marilyn Roggensees on Aug. ...
Shane Michael Miller (05/20/05)
(Dec. 28, 1989 - May 19, 2005) BEAVER CITY -- Shane Michael Miller, 15, of Goodwell, Okla., died Thursday (May 19, 2005), at Elkhart, Kan. as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 28, 1989 in McCook to Todd and Kelly (Tomlinson) Miller...
Eryline Leona Nichols (05/25/05)
(May 19, 1910 - May 23, 2005) OBERLIN -- Eryline Leona Nichols, 95, died Monday (May 23, 2005), at Decatur County Samaritan Center in Oberlin. She was born May 19, 1910 in Oberlin to Charles Robinson and Elizabeth Hauptman. She graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1928, and resided in Oberlin...
Sarah Joy O'Mara (05/24/05)
(March 11, 1945 - May 20, 2005) EDDYVILLE -- Sarah Joy O'Mara, 60, died Friday (May 20, 2005), at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born March 11, 1945 in Broken Bow, to Arthur and Lily (Weinman) Kinish. She lived near Anselmo and attended Rural District 58 until the seventh grade. ...
Arvin Duane Kurth (05/24/05)
(Sept. 13, 1938 - May 22, 2005) IMPERIAL -- Arvin Duane Kurth, 66, died Sunday (May 22, 2005), in Imperial. He was born Sept. 13, 1938 in Sidney to August Frederick William Kurth and Viola Louise Burke. He was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dalton. He attended Dalton public schools...
Larry Mihm (05/23/05)
(April 24, 1939-May 20, 2005) LINCOLN -- Larry Mihm, 66, Lincoln, formerly of Indianola, died Friday (May 20, 2005), at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln after a courageous year long battle with cancer. He was born to Clarence and Alma (Coburn) Mihm on April 24, 1939 in Indianola, Neb. ...
James 'Jim' Floro (05/23/05)
(June 22, 1941 - May 20, 2005) CURTIS -- James "Jim" Floro, 63, died Friday (May 20, 2005), in McCook. He was born on June 22, 1941, to Harold and Mildred (Whitehead) Floro, when they lived in Colorado where Harold was working in a gold mine. He was the oldest of four children and the oldest of the grandchildren to Frank and Laura Floro, former Curtis residents...
Walter 'Walt' Gilmer (05/23/05)
(Oct. 22, 1931 - May 21, 2005) OBERLIN -- Walter "Walt" Gilmer, 73, died Saturday (May 21, 2005), at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born Oct. 22, 1931 to Guy A. and Mildred (Creager) Gilmer in Snyder, Colo. She was raised in Alamosa, Colo., and attended Alamosa Public Schools...
Ronald E. Emmett (05/20/05)
(Oct. 20, 1926 - May 19, 2005) ARAPAHOE -- Ronald E. Emmett, 78, died Thursday (May 19, 2005), at Tri County Hospital in Lexington. He was born Oct. 20, 1926 in Oxford to R. Finch and Twyla (Tull) Emmett. He grew up in Arapahoe and graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1948 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II...
Orvil D. Gray (05/20/05)
(Nov. 23, 1928 - May 20, 2005) CULBERTSON -- Orvil D. Gray, 76, died Friday (May 20, 2005), at Community Hospital of McCook. He was born on Nov. 23, 1928, to David A. and Zula M. (Ayers) Gray in Culbertson. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1947 and attended 3 1/2 years of college...
Inez R. Sydow (05/20/05)
(June 27, 1909 - May 18, 2005) TRENTON -- Inez R. Sydow, 95, died Wednesday (May 18, 2005) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. Inez was born June 27, 1909, in Hamlet, to Peter and Rosa (Volkerts) Johnson. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1929. She attended Kearney State Teacher's College where she earned a teaching certificate through normal training. She taught school for a couple of years...
Alvin Singleton (05/19/05)
(Oct. 4, 1912 - May 17, 2005) TRENTON -- Alvin Singleton, 92, formerly of the Wallace community, died Tuesday (May 17, 2005), at the El Dorado Nursing Manor in Trenton. He was born Oct. 4, 1912 in Stanberry, Mo., to James and Nellie Sherry Singleton. He moved to Colorado with his family in 1915 and to western Nebraska in 1928. He worked for area farmers for 10 years before he and his future father-in-law purchased a gas station in Grainton...
Richard Homer Anderson (05/19/05)
(Oct. 25, 1926 - May 17, 2005) COLORADO -- Richard Homer Anderson, 78, died Tuesday (May 17, 2005), in Colorado. He was born in McCook, Oct. 25, 1926, to George Dustin and Beatrice Zyola (Snyder) Anderson. His sister, Margaret Irene (Olson) was born on Sept. 19, 1931. He attended school in McCook, and graduated high school in 1944. He then entered the U.S. Navy and served as a seabee for two years. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended McCook Junior College for two years...
Roy G. Hart (05/16/05)
(Oct. 11, 1932-May 11, 2005) BARTLEY -- Roy G. Hart, 72, died Wednesday (May 11,2005), at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge. He was born in Red Willow County near Bartley on Oct. 11, 1932, to Roy G., Sr. and Lydia (Fischer) Hart. He attended and graduated from Bartley High School in 1950. He attended McCook Community College for two years receiving a provisional teaching certificate...
Dick Hahn (05/16/05)
(Sept. 27, 1931 - May 14, 2005) IMPERIAL -- Dick Hahn, 73, died Saturday (May 14, 2005) at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. He was born Sept. 27, 1931, on the family farm in Hayes County, to Clarence and Bertha (Herbert) Hahn. He graduated from Wauneta High School in 1951, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy that same year, serving four years during the Korean War...
Lucille R. McBee (05/17/05)
(May 19, 1913 - Nov. 22, 2004) TUCSON, ARIZ. -- Lucille R. (Ball) McBee, 91, died Nov. 22, 2004, in Tucson, Ariz. She was born in Danbury on May 19, 1913, to Thomas and Alma (Hayes) Ball. She attended school in Danbury. On Oct. 10, 1936, she married Ora Franklin McBee. They farmed north of Culbertson, and moved to McCook in 1985. She has resided in Arizona since 1994...
Richard 'Dick' Beideck (05/16/05)
(July 16, 1931 - May 12, 2005) Richard "Dick" Beideck, 73, died Thursday (May 12, 2005), at Bryan LGH-East in Lincoln. On July 16, 1931, he was born in McCook, the son of Jacob and Marie Katherine (Brehm) Beideck. He graduated from McCook High School in 1950...
Jeremy Jerome Horkey (05/13/05)
(June 18, 1983 - May 12, 2005) Jeremy Jerome Horkey died Thursday (May 12, 2005), at the Community Hospital of McCook at the age of 21. He was born June 18, 1983, in McCook, the son of Ben and Doris (Nichols) Horkey. He grew up in McCook and attended McCook High School. ...
Lee A. Gerdes (05/13/05)
(July 22, 1918 - May 12, 2005) HOLDREGE -- Lee A. Gerdes, 86, died Thursday (May 12, 2005), at the Christian Homes in Holdrege. He was born July 22, 1918, to Herman and Pearl (Smith) Gerdes on a family farm south of Max in Dundy County. As a young boy, he attended school in Dundy County and later engaged in farming with his father and uncle...
Bernard 'Bernie' Neal Hock (05/13/05)
(Jan. 22, 1953 - May 11, 2005) CULBERTSON -- Bernard "Bernie" Neal Hock died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at Denver, Colorado. He was 52 years old. Bernie was born on January 22, 1953, at McCook to Leslie L. and Maxine I. (Campbell) Hock. He graduated from McCook High School in 1971...
Rachel Merklin (05/13/05)
(Sept. 22, 1923 - May 9, 2005) BENKELMAN -- Rachel (Sambor) Merklin, 81, died Monday (May 9, 2005), at Bryan LGH-East Hospital in Lincoln. She was born Sept. 22, 1923, on her grandparents' farm outside of Max, N.D. She was raised in Chicago, Ill. On Jan. ...
Cloyce D. Harold (05/13/05)
(Dec. 6, 1924 - May 10, 2005) OBERLIN -- Cloyce D. Harold, 80, died Tuesday (May 10, 2005) at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Dresden to Albert and Vera (Bates) Harold. He was raised on a farm southeast of Oberlin and was a graduate of Decatur Community High School in 1943, and the University of Wisconsin...
Rhomine E. Smith (05/13/05)
(Dec. 7, 1907 - May 12, 2005) OBERLIN -- Rhomine E. Smith, 97, died Thursday (May 12, 2005), at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born Dec. 7, 1907 to Rolly and Ivy (Smith) Bishop in a sod house in Rawlins County. He was raised on a Decatur county farm and attended school in Dresden...
Phyllis Fichtner (05/13/05)
(April 15, 1931 - May 11, 2005) CAMBRIDGE -- Phyllis Fichtner, 74, died Wednesday (May 12, 2005), at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born on the family farm in Red Willow County, north of Bartley on April 15, 1931, to Ralph and Virginia (Estergard) Ohlson. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948...
Joseph 'Bob' Brown (05/13/05)
(Jan. 19, 1922 - May 12, 2005) CAMBRIDGE -- Joseph "Bob" Brown, 83, died Thursday (May 12, 2005), at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born near Cambridge on the family farm in Furnas County. He attended Cambridge Elementary School in Cambridge for a short time. His chores of delivering milk in the mornings made it hard to get to school on time, so his parents conceded and let him attend rural school. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1940...
Bertha Kutz (05/12/05)
(Jan. 20, 1924-May 10, 2005) HAYES CENTER -- Bertha Kutz, 81, died Tuesday (May 10, 2005), at the Chase County Hospital of Imperial. She was born Jan. 20, 1924, to Emanuel and Anna (Burnenheide) Klumpe at Olpe, Kan. As a young girl, she grew up and attended Catholic Parochial School in Olpe, graduating in 1942. She then traveled to Wichita, where she was employed by Boeing Aircraft Company assisting in the production of bombers during World War II...
James 'Jim' Bricker (05/12/05)
(Feb. 12, 1941 - May 11, 2005) OBERLIN -- James "Jim" Bricker, 64, died Wednesday (May 11, 2005), at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born Feb. 12, 1941, to Robert and Bertha (Bank) Bricker, at Russell. He attended Lucas Grade and High School and graduated in 1959...
Pauline Ferne Merchant (05/12/05)
(May 29, 1924 - May 9, 2005) WAYNE -- Pauline Ferne Merchant, 80, died Monday (May 9, 2005), in Lincoln. She was born May 29, 1924, to Paul and Ida (Meng) Kunde at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D. She was baptized and then confirmed on June 12, 1938 at St. ...
Martha Wilson (05/11/05)
(Dec. 24, 1911 - May 7, 2005) BENKELMAN -- Martha Wilson, 93, died Saturday (May 7, 2005), at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was born Dec. 24, 1911, to John and Elizabeth (Strachblein) Gobel in Gotebo, Okla. At an early age, she moved with her family to Nebraska, where she attended school in Scottsbluff and Chadron, and graduated from high school in Whitney, as class valedictorian in 1931...
Dwight L. Vise (05/11/05)
(July 20, 1934 - May 9, 2005) BEAVER CITY -- Dwight L. Vise, 70, of Beaver City, died Monday (May 9, 2005), at Tri-Valley Hospital of Cambridge. He was born July 20, 1934, at Wilsonville, to Everett and Florence (McConnell) Vise. He grew up in the Wilsonville area and graduated from Wilsonville High School with the class of 1952. Following graduation he moved to Norton, Kan...
Lila Williams (05/11/05)
(May, 16-1924 - May 8, 2005) GRIFFIN, Ga. -- Lila Williams, 80, died Sunday, (May 8, 2005), at her residence in Griffin. Mrs. Williams was born May 16, 1924 in Palisade, Neb., daughter of the late Frank Roller and the late Bessie Eliza Henderson. She was a homemaker and a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt...
Makenna Lee Britton (05/11/05)
KEARNEY -- Makenna Lee Britton, infant daughter of Rebecca Britton, was born and died on April 24, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Survivors include her mother, Becky Britton, formerly of McCook, now of Kearney; her grandparents, Francis and Kathy Britton of Colby, Kan.; her uncle, Tony Britton of Topeka, Kan.; and her great grandmothers, Betty Miller and Lois Vanhorn of Colby...
Evelyn Mefford (05/10/05)
Nov. 10, 1916 - May 2, 2005 STERLING, COLO. -- Evelyn Mefford, 88, died May 2, 2005, in Sterling, Colo. She was born Nov. 10, 1916, to Earl and Ethel (Uptagrafft) Crosier in Burr Oak, Kan. On Dec. 6, 1934, she married Harry Mefford. She worked as a tour guide in Mesa, Ariz. for 10 years...
Merle Skiles (05/10/05)
Sept. 19, 1908 - May 9, 2005 BEAVER CITY -- Merle Skiles, 96, died Monday, (May 9, 2005) at Beaver City Manor and Assisted Living in Beaver City. She was born Sept. 19, 1908 to Arthur and Edna (Bristow) Hahn in Norton, Kan. She grew up in Norton County and graduated from Norton High School with the class of 1928...
Lucille M. Shuler (05/09/05)
June 16, 1921-May 5, 2005 HOXIE -- Lucille M. Shuler, 83, of Hoxie, Kan., died Thursday, May 5, 2005 at the Sheridan County Hospital in Hoxie. She was born June 16, 1921 on the Krizek Homestead north of Jennings, Kan., to Victor and Pauline (Beneda) Krizek. She attended the Jennings School for eight years until moving to Decatur Community High School of Oberlin, and graduated in 1941...
Warren A. 'Mike' League (05/09/05)
Nov. 19, 1923-May 6, 2005 STRATTON -- Warren A. "Mike" League, 81, of Stratton, died Friday (May 6, 2005) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born November 19, 1923, at Haigler, to Ray Edwin and Anna S. (Hawkinson) League. The family moved to their farm south of Stratton. He attended country school near his home and helped with work on the farm until he entered into the U.S. Army where he served his country in Germany during World War II...
Derrick M. Deets (05/09/05)
April 2, 1980 - May 6, 2005 KEARNEY -- Derrick M. Deets, 25, died Friday, May 6, 2005, at home in Kearney of liver cancer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at First Lutheran Church in Kearney with the Rev. Mark Price officiating. ...
Lucille L. Weglarz (05/09/05)
Jan. 2, 1918-May 6, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Lucille LaVeda Weglarz, 87, died Friday (May 6, 2005) at CA Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Jan. 2, 1918, to Alvin and Grave (Chapman) Swinger in Hudsonville, Ill. She graduated from Lakewood High School in Chicago, Ill. She begin doing bookkeeping at a local general store and then worked for wire manufacturing for the next 37 years. She retired in 1985...
Victor C.W. Haussler (05/09/05)
Aug. 25, 1920-May 5, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Victor C.W. Haussler, 84, died Thursday (May 5, 2005) at his home in Arapahoe. He was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Furnas County to August and Anna (Mues) Haussler. He attended country school at St. Matthew's Parocial School. After school he worked for other farmers in the area until enlisting in the U.S. Army on Aug. 21, 1942...
Thelma J. Lueders (05/06/05)
Dec. 4, 1925-May 5, 2005 BEATRICE -- Thelma J. Lueders, 79, died Thursday (May 5, 2005) at her home in Beatrice. She was born Dec. 4, 1925, in Linn, Kan. She grew up in Kansas. She moved to Beatrice in August of 1946. On Feb. 8, 1948, she married John H. ...
Reva R. Hockemeier (05/06/05)
March 11, 1937-May 4, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Reva Rae Hockemeier, 68, of Holbrook, died Wednesday (May 4, 2005) at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge. She was born March 11, 1937, to Fred and Hazel (Wagner) Arehart in Dresden. She attended country school in Kansas and schools in Victor and Lodi, Calif. She attended Decatur County High School in Oberlin and graduated in 1955. She then worked as a dental nurse...
Gary M. Mohr (05/05/05)
Dec. 24, 1952-May 2, 2005 ATWOOD -- Gary Martin Mohr, 52, died Monday (May 2, 2005). He was born Dec. 24, 1952, to Martin and Eleanora Mohr in Wakeeney, Kan. He was raised on the family farmstead west of Wakeeney. He attended elementary school in Collyer, Kan. He graduated from Trego Community High School in 1970...
Peggy J. (Schaffert) Ohrman (05/02/05)
Feb. 12, 1961-April 30, 2005 Peggy Jean Ohrman died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at Community Hospital of McCook after a four-year courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 44 years of age. She was born Feb. 12, 1961, in McCook, the daughter of the late Eugene and Patricia (Wallace) Schaffert...
Ruth Marie DeBaufre Morgan (05/03/05)
Dec. 21, 1928-May 1, 2005 Ruth Marie DeBaufre Morgan died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Community Hospital of McCook. She was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Langhorne, Penn., and was adopted by William and Elizabeth DeBaufre. Ruth's early years were spent in New Jersey. The family moved to Lincoln in 1931. She attended Prescott and Sheridan grade schools, Irving Junior High and Lincoln High graduating in 1946. She attend the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1949...
Lorene F. Butter (05/02/05)
Feb.14, 1929-April 29, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Lorene Frances Butter, 76, died Friday (April 29, 2005) at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge. She was born Feb. 14, 1929, to Thomas and Essie (Wiley) Ungles in Bethany, Mo. She attended school in Palisade. After school she helped her mother run the grocery store in Palisade...