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Obituaries from August 2005

Dorothy J. Duckworth (08/30/05)
June 23, 1919--Aug. 27, 2005 Dorothy J. Duckworth, 86, died Saturday (Aug. 27, 2005) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born June 23, 1919, to Homer and Mabel (Bohling) Hampy in Florence, Mo. She married John G. Duckworth in California, Mo., on Jan. 26, 1946...
Rodney Ray Scott (08/30/05)
Aug. 29, 1941--Aug. 28, 2005 Rodney Ray Scott, 63, died Sunday (Aug. 28, 2005) at Community Hospital of McCook. He was born Aug. 29, 1941, to Wallace Dow and Alice France (Balius) Scott in McCook. He attended McCook and Oberlin schools. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 until 1978, during the Vietnam War...
Josephine G. Ramos (08/31/05)
Sept. 14, 1919--Aug. 29, 2005 Josephine G. Ramos, 85, died Monday (Aug. 29, 2005) at her home in McCook. She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Miguel and Paula (Castillo) Guerrero. She grew up in Corpus Christi and married Guadalupe Ramos on March 28, 1946. To this union four children were born...
Winnifred 'Winnie' E. Kotschwar (08/30/05)
Oct. 27, 1922--Aug. 27, 2005 KETTERING, Ohio -- Winnifred "Winnie" E. Kotschwar, 82, passed away Saturday (Aug. 27, 2005) at the Kettering Medical Center. She was born Oct. 27, 1922, to Lawrence M. and Auretta I. Welborn at the family farm in Red Willow County. She graduated from Lebanon High School and McCook Junior College. Winnie obtained her teaching certificate and taught grades three and four from 1942 until 1946...
Joyce Lucille Jarmin (08/30/05)
Oct. 22, 1922--Aug. 27, 2005 BIRD CITY -- Joyce Lucille (Stunkel) Jarmin, 82, died Saturday (Aug. 27, 2005) at Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis. She was born Oct. 22, 1922, in Cheyenne County, Kan. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold R. Jarmin. Survivors include her sister Elaine Whiteside of Lake Jackson, Texas...
Leona M. Osborn (08/30/05)
Jan. 1, 1914--Aug. 28, 2005 BENKELMAN -- Leon M. Osborn, 91, died Sunday (Aug. 28, 2005) at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was born Jan. 1, 1914, to Roy W. and Mabel (Kimple) Hall on the family farm near Norman. She attended country schools until the family moved to Clinton, Iowa, in 1924. She was a graduate of Clinton High School in 1932...
Jeryce Earline Kelly (08/29/05)
March 24, 1944--Aug. 27, 2005 BARTLEY -- Jeryce Earline Kelly, 61, died Saturday (Aug. 27, 2005) at the Premier Estates Senior Living Community in North Platte. She was born March 24, 1944, to Earl Thomas and Mildred Pauline (Burgess) Dasher in Rock Springs, Wyo. She graduated in 1962 from Loop County High School in Taylor. She continued her education at McCook Junior College for two years and graduated in 1989 from Chadron State College with a bachelor's degree in special education...
Elsie Theresia Macfee (08/29/05)
Nov. 10, 1915--Aug. 25, 2005 ATWOOD -- Elsie Theresia (Thiringer) Macfee, 89, died Thursday (Aug. 25, 2005) in Denver, Colo. She was born Nov. 10, 1915, to John W. and Theresia (Grafel) Thiringer in Herndon, Kan. She graduated from Herndon High School in 1934...
Mary Ellen McBrien (08/29/05)
Dec. 2, 1919--Aug. 27, 2005 BASEHOR, Kan. -- Mary Ellen McBrien, 85, passed away Saturday (Aug. 27, 2005) at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 2, 1919, in Loring, Kan. She spent the last 40 years in Basehor. She loved antique Ford V-8 cars and first learned to drive a 1936 Ford in 1941. ...
John Albert Mazurek (08/29/05)
April 23, 1926--Aug. 13, 2005 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- John Albert Mazurek was born April 23, 1926, in Cambridge, Mass., to Polish immigrants, Albert and Rose Mazurek. There he joined his sister, Mary, and brothers, Ben and Al. Shortly after John's birth his mother became very ill and the children were placed in a Catholic orphanage and remained there until they reached their teenage years. ...
Laura C. Buzzell (08/23/05)
April 18, 1906--Aug. 19, 2005 TRENTON -- Laura Celestial Buzzell, 99, died Friday (Aug. 19, 2005) at the ElDorado Manor Home in Trenton. She was born April 18, 1906, to Charles and Mollie (Rheinheimer) Williams in Mascot. She grew up on a farm north of McCook and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1925...
Mary J. Puelz (08/24/05)
Jan. 5, 1909--Aug. 22, 2005 HAYS, Kan. -- Mary J. Puelz, 96, died Monday (Aug. 22, 2005) at the St. John's Rest Home in Hays, Kan. She was born Jan. 5, 1909, to Pierre and Ella (Yates) Macfee in Oberlin, Kan. She attended school in Danbury, McCook and Wilsonville before graduating from Herndon High School in Herndon, Kan...
Bernard Dale Sensel (08/23/05)
March 5, 1922--Aug. 17, 2005 CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Bernard Dale Sensel, 83, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2005) in Hospice Care Center in Centennial, Colo. He was born March 5, 1922, to Byrus and Minnie (Pollard) Sensel in Farnam. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister...
Adah Vee Riggs (08/23/05)
Sept. 11, 1907--Aug. 16, 2005 SHENANDOAH, Iowa -- Adah Vee Riggs, 97, formerly of McCook, died Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2005) at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa. She was born Sept. 11, 1907, in Bassett to Mark and Vera (Gorball) Howard. She grew up in Gordon, where her family moved soon after her birth...
Mark Allan Hinz (08/22/05)
Jan. 29, 1970--Aug. 20, 2005 Mark Allan Hinz, 35, died Saturday (Aug. 20, 2005) southeast of McCook as the result of an auto accident. He was born Jan. 29, 1970, to Kenneth D. and Gayle Lee (Helberg) Hinz in McCook. He attended Republican Valley Schools and McCook Public Schools...
Naomi Elsa Nelson (08/22/05)
March 11, 1913--Aug. 19, 2005 HAYES CENTER -- Naomi Elsa Nelson, 92, died Friday (Aug. 19, 2005) at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. She was born March 11, 1913, to William Frederick and Emilie (Schultz) Wach in Hayes County. She graduated from Hamlet High School in 1931. She attended Hastings College and received her lifetime teaching certificate from Kearney Teachers College...
Charles Henry Mueller (08/22/05)
Aug. 4, 1920--Aug. 20, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Charles Henry Mueller, 85, died Saturday (Aug. 20, 2005) at the Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege. He was born Aug. 4, 1920, to Charles H. and Winnie (Harrison) Mueller in Craig. He graduated from Tekamah High School in 1937...
Wanda P. Jackson (08/22/05)
Feb. 23, 1912--Aug. 15, 2005 PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Wanda Pearl Jackson, 93, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at the Linden Grove Health Care Center in Puyallup, Wash. She was born Feb. 23, 1912, to Robert L. and Nettie M. (Massey) Lemon in Portis, Kan. She grew up near Lenora, Kan. She received her bachelor's of education from the University of Washington...
Raymond L. Gugleman (08/22/05)
June 22, 1913--Aug. 20, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Raymond L. Gugleman, 92, died Saturday (Aug. 20, 2005) at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Home in Arapahoe. He was born June 22, 1913, to William and Mary (Johnston) Gugleman in Lewellen. He graduated from Orafino High School in 1931...
Brandy Dettman (08/19/05)
Sept. 16, 1974--Aug. 17, 2005 AURORA -- Brandy Dettman, 30, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2005) at her home in Aurora. She was born Sept. 16, 1974, to Larry and Mary (Bright) Dettman in Aurora. She graduated from Aurora High School. She was a member of the ARC of Hamilton and Merrick County and the Special Olympic Team. She volunteered at Memorial Community Care and the Edgerton Explorit Center and was a published poet...
Thaddious 'Thad' Jacob Douthit Jr. (08/19/05)
Aug. 11, 1944--Aug. 17, 2005 ST. FRANCIS -- Thaddious "Thad" Jacob Douthit Jr., 61, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2005) at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis. He was born Aug. 11, 1944, in St. Francis. He was a rancher. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou (Smith) Douthit of St. ...
Leola E. Chapman (08/19/05)
July 25, 1941--Aug. 17, 2005 TRENTON -- Leola Ellen Chapman, 64, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2005) at her home in Trenton. She was born July 25, 1941, to Loren Edward and Ethel May (Breach) Brixner in Ogden, Utah. She married William "Oscar" Chapman on May 24, 1958...
Marie Violet Foster (08/18/05)
July 15, 1925--Aug. 11, 2005 POULSBO, Wash. -- Marie Violet Foster, 80, died Thursday (Aug. 11, 2005) at Martha & Mary Health Care Service in Poulsbo, Wash. She was born July 15, 1925, to Joseph and Grace (Spiers) Kolsky in Jennings, Kan. She attended school in Jennings, Kan...
Evelyn M. Foster (08/18/05)
May 6, 1916--Aug. 17, 2005 BENKELMAN -- Evelyn M. Foster, 89, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2005) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was born May 6, 1916, to Chesney C. and Grace M. (Ham) Foster on her family's farm north of Max. She graduated from Benkelman High School. She then attended the Lincoln School of Commerce before returning to Benkelman...
Lod Emil Polivka (08/18/05)
Feb. 21, 1921--Aug. 15, 2005 HAYS, Kan. -- Lod Emil Polivka, 84, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. He was born Feb. 21, 1921, to John and Frances (Kubicek) Polivka in Brainard. He attended school in Brainard. He married Marie Agnes Spicka on Feb. 27, 1944, in Lincoln...
Wanda P. Jackson (08/18/05)
Feb. 23, 1912--Aug. 15, 2005 PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Wanda Pearl Jackson, 93, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at the Linden Grove Health Center in Puyallup, Wash. She was born Feb. 23, 1912, to Robert Leroy and Mylia M. (Massey) Lemon in Portis, Kan. Graveside services will be Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, 2:30 p.m., at the Cornell Cemetery in Trenton. Friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home in Trenton on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005...
Leola E. Chapman (08/18/05)
July 25, 1941--Aug. 17, 2005 TRENTON -- Leola Ellen Chapman, 64, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2005) at her home in Trenton. She was born July 25, 1941, to Loren Edward and Ethel May (Breach) Brixner in Ogden, Utah. She married William Chapman on May 24, 1958; the couple has resided in Trenton since...
Robert W. Sandman (08/17/05)
Nov. 11, 1945--Aug. 15, 2005 CAMBRIDGE -- Robert W. Sandman, 59, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) as the result of an accident. He was born Nov. 11, 1945, in McCook to Clarence and Onna (Stock) Sandman. He attended Afton Country School and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1964...
Duane Aldon Gardner (08/17/05)
Aug. 16, 1926--Aug. 15, 2005 ARAPAHOE -- Duane Aldon Gardner, 78, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at the Cambridge Manor in Cambridge. He was born Aug. 16, 1926, to George H. and Daisy E. (Morse) Gardner in Gosper County. He served in the Army from December 1945 to February 1947 in Japan...
Robert Alvin 'Toots' Mitchem (08/17/05)
Dec. 9, 1919--Aug. 15, 2005 Robert Alvin "Toots" Mitchem, 85, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at his home in McCook. He was born Dec. 9, 1919, at Simla, Colo., the son of the late Jesse and Viretta (Bales) Mitchem. He grew up in McCook where he attended McCook Schools. ...
Floyd Harold Wesch (08/17/05)
July 22, 1925--Aug. 16, 2005 Floyd Harold Wesch, 80, died Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2005) at the McCook Community Hospital. He was born July 22, 1925, at McCook, the son of the late Charles and Nellie (Crocker) Wesch. Floyd grew up in McCook and graduated from rural school. ...
Nadine G. Stramel (08/15/05)
Dec. 29, 1921--Aug. 14, 2005 Nadine G. Stramel, 83, died Sunday (Aug. 14, 2005) at her home in McCook. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, to Dean W. and Emma E. (George) Hoyt in McCook. She graduated from McCook High School in 1939 and McCook Junior College in 1941. She attended business college in Denver, Colo...
Robert G. Quick (08/16/05)
Oct. 17, 1925--Aug. 13, 2005 GREELEY, Colo. -- Robert G. Quick, 79, died Saturday (Aug. 13, 2005) at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. He was born Oct. 17, 1925, to Merritt and Gertrude (Griffith) Quick at the family home in Quick. He graduated high school in Curtis in 1942 and received an associate's degree in business from McCook Junior College...
Junior F. Andres (08/16/05)
Dec. 11, 1924--Aug. 14, 2005 BENKELMAN -- Junior F. Andres, 80, died Sunday (Aug. 14, 2005) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Dec. 11, 1924, to Frank and Vica (Harrington) Andres in Guide Rock. He graduated from Parks High School in 1943...
Sybil B. Thomas (08/16/05)
April 8, 1919--Aug. 15, 2005 OXFORD -- Sybil B. Thomas, 86, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege. She was born April 8, 1919, to Arthur and Gladys (Shellenbarger) Nicholson in Havelock. She lived in Beaver City until the family moved to Colorado in the early 1930s...
Alfred Henry Unger (08/15/05)
Aug. 9, 1915--Aug. 13, 2005 HAYES CENTER -- Alfred Henry Unger, 90, died Saturday (Aug. 13, 2005) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. He was born Aug. 9, 1915, to Fred Frederick and Eva Margaretha "Emma" (Tilgner) Unger in Red Willow County. He graduated from Red Willow County High School...
Lucille Marie Colling Hill (08/12/05)
April 16, 1916--Aug. 11, 2005 BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Lucille Marie Colling Hill, 89, died Thursday (Aug. 11, 2005) at Grace Alzheimer's Home in Bellevue, Wash. She was born on April 16, 1916, the first of nine children born to Louis and Susan Colling at their home in Red Willow County. After high school graduation she became a school teacher, teaching in a one-room school house. She then spent 27 years working in a hospital...
Audrey L. Dixson (08/12/05)
May 17, 1926--Aug. 10, 2005 ATWOOD -- Audrey L. Dixson, 79, died Wednesday (Aug. 10, 2005) in Pratt, Kan. She was born May 17, 1926, to Dr. M.J. and Emma Marnix in Arkansas City, Kan. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1950 with a degree in home economics...
Henry Jacob Schaefer (08/12/05)
Dec. 17, 1920--Aug. 12, 2005 HOLDREGE -- Henry Jacob Schaefer, 84, died Friday (Aug. 12, 2005) at the Holdrege Memorial Homes. He was born Dec. 17, 1920, to Conrad and Anna (Adolph) Schaefer in Shields, N.D. The family moved to Culbertson in 1927. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1940...
Lyle C. Axthelm (08/12/05)
July 21, 1928--Aug. 9, 2005 Ellensburg, Wash. -- Lyle C. Axthelm, 77, died Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2005) at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital in Ellensburg, Wash. He was born in Hallam on July 21, 1928, to Milton H. and Anna (Sothan) Axthelm. He graduated from high school in Crete in 1944...
Emily Donaldson Austin (08/11/05)
Aug. 14, 1917--July 29, 2005 Greenville, Tenn. -- Emily Donaldson Austin, 87, died Friday (July 29, 2005) at Takoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn. She was born Aug. 14, 1917, to William Jay Donaldson and Emily Craig Donaldson in Knoxville, Tenn. She graduated from Mount Vernon College and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville...
Minnie Louise Theresa Busse (08/11/05)
Aug. 1, 1919--Aug. 8, 2005 BIRD CITY -- Minnie Louise Theresa (Oestmann) Busse, 86, died Monday (Aug. 8, 2005) in St. Francis. She was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Auburn. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband Clarence Henry August Busse of Bird City; two sons, Dan Busse of Bird City and Dave Busse of Omaha; a daughter, Pat Cooksey of Houston, Texas; a brother, Louis Oestmann of Cottonwood, Ariz.; a sister, Ella Bergmann of Auburn; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren...
Fern A. Weimer (08/11/05)
Sept. 29, 1910--Aug. 10, 2005 OBERLIN -- Fern A. Weimer, 94, died Wednesday (Aug. 10, 2005) at her home in Oberlin. She was born Sept. 29, 1910, to Leo Anderson and Ethel McKee in Four Acres, Okla. She graduated from Decatur County High School in 1929...
Robert 'Bob' B. McKillip (08/10/05)
Oct. 22, 1927-Aug. 8, 2005 HAYES CENTER -- Robert "Bob" B. McKillip, 77, died Monday (Aug. 8, 2005) at Community Hospital of McCook. He was born Oct. 22, 1927, in McCook to George J. and Rose A. (Anderjaska) McKillip. He lived most of his life in the Hayes Center area. He graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1944...
Virgil Warren Hay (08/10/05)
Aug. 27, 1908-Aug. 9, 2005 TRENTON -- Virgil Warren Hay, 96, died Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2005) at the ElDorado Manor Home in Trenton. He was born Aug. 27, 1908, in the Cornell Community of Hitchcock County, the son of the late William Caswell and Ada Roanna (Terrell) Hay. He grew up in Hitchcock County and graduated from Trenton High School in 1926. He and his brother Charles farmed the family farm...
Joni Marie Clapp (08/08/05)
May 7, 1963-Aug. 7, 2005 Joni Marie Clapp, 42, died Sunday (Aug. 7, 2005) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born May 7, 1963, to Kenneth and Dorinda (Haarberg) Polly in Imperial. She graduated from McCook High School and trained at the McCook Beauty Academy...
Roger Wayne Bauer (08/08/05)
Oct. 11, 1961-Aug. 3, 2005 CULBERTSON -- Roger Wayne Bauer, 43, died Wednesday (Aug. 3, 2005) at his home in rural Culbertson. He was born Oct. 11, 1961, to Robert and Betty (Milliken) Bauer in McCook. He graduated from Culbertson High School and later Wesleyan University at Indianapolis, Ind., with a degree in engineering draftsman...
Donald L. Wimer (08/05/05)
Oct. 27, 1936-Aug. 3, 2005 TRENTON -- Donald Lloyd Wimer, 68, died Wednesday (Aug. 3, 2005), at the El Dorado Manor Home in Trenton. He was born Oct. 27, 1936, in Rawlins County to Henry and Nellie (Olson) Wimer. He grew up on the family farm south of Stratton and graduated from Stratton High School...
Francie 'Frannie' E. Weiland (08/02/05)
Sept. 5, 1925-Aug. 1, 2005 Francis "Frannie" E. Weiland, 79, died Monday (August 1, 2005) at the Premier Estates Senior Living Center in North Platte. Francis was born in McCook, Sept. 5, 1925, to Francis N. and Marion E. (Kling) Weiland. He was a member of the McCook High School class of 1945. He lived all his life in McCook until moving to North Platte in 1999...
Donald E. Currier (08/03/05)
March 6, 1933-Aug. 1, 2005 ATWOOD -- Donald Albert Currier, 72, died Monday (Aug. 1, 2005), at the Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born March 6, 1933, at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo., to Howard and Anna (Karnes) Currier. He was raised in Hoxie, Kan. He was a pharmacist in Atwood until his retirement...
Harold Frickey (08/02/05)
March 24, 1911-July 31, 2005 OBERLIN -- Harold Frickey, 94, died Sunday (July 31, 2005), at Decatur County Hospital. He was born March 24, 1911, at Blackfoot, Idaho, to John H. and Lizzie (Pauley) Frickey. When he was five, the family relocated to a farm in Center Township in Decatur County. He attended Center School and Decatur Community High School...
Wilma L. Bone (08/02/05)
July 1, 1912-Aug. 1, 2005 Wilma L. Bone, 91, died Monday (Aug. 1, 2005), at her daughter's home north of McCook. She was born July 2, 1914, at Kensington, Kan., to Ray and Lottie (Chance) Diamond. She grew up at Herndon and graduated from high school there. She lived in McCook for 59 years...