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Obituaries from October 2007

Orville James ‘Jim' Mockry (10/30/07)
April 2, 1954-Oct. 28, 2007 Orville James "Jim" Mockry died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 53 years old. Jim was born on April 2, 1954, at Longmont, Colo., to Orville Hugo and Donna Berdena (Vandervort) Mockry. He graduated from Johnson County High School, Buffalo, Wyo., in 1972...
Harold E. Burke (10/29/07)
Jan. 7, 1927-Oct. 28, 2007 BARTLEY -- Harold E. Burke, 80, died Sunday (Oct. 28, 2007). He was born Jan. 7, 1927, at Cambridge to August and Edith (Campbell) Burke and graduated from Bartley High School in 1944. He joined the U.S. Army, serving during World War II and the Korean Occupation...
Robert ‘Bob' W. Clark (10/29/07)
Feb. 8, 1921-Oct. 26, 2007 Robert "Bob" W. Clark passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 86 years old. Bob was born on Feb. 8, 1921, on a farm south of McCook to Fred Milton and Lucy (Nothnagle) Clark. On Oct. 24, 1943, he married Berniece Heskett at Oberlin, Kan. ...
Kelly Jo. Stalder (10/25/07)
Nov. 15, 1980 - Oct. 22, 2007 RENO Nev. -- Kelly Jo. Stalder, 26, formerly of Miller and Beaver City died Monday (Oct. 22, 2007) in Reno, Nev., from an auto accident. She was born Nov. 15, 1980, at Gothenburg to Rodney and Linda (Province) Stalder. She grew up in the Miller area. She spent some of her younger years in Beaver City. She graduated from Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School in 1999. She was active in volleyball, track and basketball...
Thelma B. Pettit (10/24/07)
May 6, 1924-Oct. 21, 2007   BENKELMAN -- Thelma B. Pettit, 83, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2007), at the Sara Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. She was born May 6, 1924, on her family's farm in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Oscar and Bertha (Martin) Gunther and attended country school near her home.  She was a graduate of Bird City High School, and taught country school in Cheyenne County for several years...
LeRoy J. Leibrandt (10/25/07)
June 19, 1918 - Oct. 24, 2007 LeRoy John Leibrandt, 89, went to live with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday Oct. 24, 2007. He died at Community Hospital in McCook. He was born June 19, 1918, to John C. and Lydia (Geisler) Leibrandt on the farm southeast of McCook. He was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church - Ashcreek on July 4, 1918, and was confirmed April 9, 1933, by Reverend Lesel. He attended school to the eighth grade at District 25 School in Red Willow County...
Ida M. (Yost) Boyle (10/25/07)
Jan. 30, 1953 - Oct. 24, 2007 HAYES CENTER -- Ida M. (Yost) Boyle, 54, died Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2007) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was born Jan. 30, 1953, in McCook to Leroy and Deretha (Coulter) Yost. She grew up on a farm southwest of McCook. She attended Herndon Schools and Brown Mackie in Salina...
Charles Hubert Weintz (10/25/07)
Jan. 31, 1939 - Oct. 21, 2007 HAYS, Kan. -- Charles Hubert Weintz, 68, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2007) in Hays, Kan.    He was born Jan. 31, 1939, to Maude (Howard) Weintz and Charles Herman Weintz in Windsor, Mo., and  attended school in Windsor until the family moved to Cambridge in 1950.   In 1956, the family moved to Arapahoe, where he graduated from high school in 1957.   He worked in McCook and served in the Army until he moved to Omaha to attend Barber College, graduating in 1963.   He enlisted in the U.S. ...
Marvin L. Lieske (10/23/07)
March 1, 1943 - Oct. 22, 2007 Marvin L. Lieske of McCook died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He was 64 years old.  On March 1, 1943, he was born in Minden to Carl and Sophie (Pollmann) Lieske.  He married Sherry Hansen on Aug. 31, 1963.  To this union were born two children, Nicky and Ryan...
Sharon Diane Brennemann (10/22/07)
Aug. 11, 1951-Oct. 19, 2007 LINCOLN -- Sharon Diane Brennemann, 56, of Lincoln, died Friday (Oct. 19, 2007). She was born Aug. 11, 1951, at McCook to Neal and Anita Callan. She was raised and graduated from high school in Alliance. She worked for the State of Nebraska Treasurer in the Unclaimed Property Division...
Melvin Lee Weber (10/19/07)
Nov. 11, 1932-Oct. 19, 2007 ARAPAHOE " Melvin Lee Weber, 74, died Friday (Oct. 19, 2007), at his home north of Arapahoe. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Gosper County, to Herman and Marie (Ritschel) Weber. He was baptized, educated and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Arapahoe. He graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1950...
Martin K. Waterman (10/18/07)
Sept. 17, 1919-Oct. 15, 2007 ATWOOD " Martin E. Waterman Sr., 88, died Monday (Oct. 15, 2007) at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood. He was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Steinauer to Herman and Clara (Siske) Waterman. He was baptized Oct. 26, 1919, and was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ludell in 1933.
Robert Bruce Minghelli (10/19/07)
March 9 - Oct. 18, 2007 Bruce Robert Minghelli, 79, died Thursday (Oct. 18, 2007), at his home in McCook. He was born March 9, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Alfonse and Inez (Maida) Minghelli. Bruce was raised in Baldwin Park, Calif. At age 14, he began working in the cement business with his father. He continued working as a masonry contractor until the age of 75...
Anthony ‘Tony’ Calvo (10/18/07)
Aug. 5, 1928-Oct. 16, 2007 GRAND ISLAND " Anthony “Tony” Calvo, 79, died Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2007), at St. Francis Medical Center after battling cancer. He was born Aug. 5, 1928, in Newark, N.J. He joined the Merchant Marines at age 17, becoming the youngest chief cook during his term of service. He later joined the Air Force and then the Navy...
Elmer R. Frerichs (10/18/07)
March 9, 1925-Oct. 17, 2007 LEXINGTON " Elmer R. Frerichs, 82, died Wednesday, (Oct. 17, 2007), at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. He was born March 9, 1925, at Culbertson, to William H. and Mabel (Christensen) Frerichs. He grew up in the Culbertson area where he attended school...
Etta E. Nelms (10/18/07)
Jan. 10, 1907-Oct. 16, 2007 HAYES CENTER " Etta E. Nelms, 100, died Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2007), at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 10, 1907, to John Henry and Melissa J. (Mulford) Lawson in Cambridge. She graduated from Bartley High School in 1926...
Joleen A.?O'Hare (10/17/07)
Sept. 14, 1957 - Oct. 15, 2007 SELDEN -- Joleen A. O'Hare, 50, died Monday (Oct. 15, 2007) at Sheridan County Hospital. She was born Sept. 14, 1957, to Elton and Mildred (McCashland) O'Hare in Oberlin. She grew up in Norcatur and Oberlin attending Norcatur grade school and graduating from Decatur Community High School...
Mildred G. (Weishapl) Kleidosty (10/17/07)
Dec. 24, 1924 - Oct. 14, 2007 HERNDON -- Mildred Grace (Weishapl) Kleidosty, 82, died Sunday (Oct. 14, 2007) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born Dec. 24, 1924, to Paul and Theresia (Green) Weishapl. On June 4, 1946, she married John M. Kleidosty at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Herndon...
Ida 'Lorene' Johnson Frick (10/16/07)
May 17, 1931 - Oct. 17, 2007 JULESBERG, Colo. --Ida "Lorene" Johnson Frick, 76, of Julesburg died Oct. 13, 2007, in Julesburg, Colo. Funeral services will be Wednesday Oct. 17, 2007, at the United Methodist Church in Julesburg, at 10 a.m., with interment following at Hillside Cemetery in Julesburg. Visitation is today until 6 p.m., at Austin-Tennant Funeral Home in Julesburg...
Lois (Henze) Lusk (10/16/07)
Oct. 18, 1919 - Oct. 9, 2007 CORTEZ, Colo. -- Lois (Henze) Lusk, 87, died Tuesday (Oct.9, 2007). She was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Palisade, to Elmer and Bessie Henze. She grew up during the Great Depression on a farm outside of Palisade. Upon graduating from high school in 1936, she moved to Denver, Colo., to attend the Bonnie School of Beauty Culture and received her beautician's license...
Martha Walz Zimbelman Gilbraith (10/16/07)
April 15, 1916-Sept. 28, 2007 Martha Walz Zimbelman Gilbraith was born April 15, 1916, to Fred Walz and Eva Schmierer/Knorr and went to her heavenly home on Sept. 28, 2007, at the age of 91. She was baptized in May 1916, and confirmed on June 21, 1931, at Salem Lutheran Church northwest of St. ...
Robert Fred Dame (10/15/07)
June 23, 1932 - Oct. 13, 2007 Robert Fred Dame of McCook died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was 75 years old. Bob was born June 23, 1932, in Stratton to Fred A. and Ella B. (Parsons) Dame. He attended school through the fourth grade west of Stratton in a country school close to a farm where he and his parents lived at the time. In 1940, the family moved to Stratton where he graduated from Stratton High School in 1950...
Wendell P. West (10/15/07)
Sept. 25, 1923 - Oct. 14, 2007 BEAVER?CITY?-- Wendell P. West, 84, died Sunday (Oct. 14, 2007) at Beaver City Manor. He was born Sept. 25, 1923, at Stamford to Harold and Grace (Bain) West. He was raised in Stamford and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1941. Following graduation, he started farming...
Isabel Fay Rossmiller (Graves)-(Busselli) (10/12/07)
Aug. 4, 1909 - Oct. 5, 2005 GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Isabel Fay Rossmiller (Graves)-(Busselli) was born Aug. 4, 1909, to Albert E. and Ollie May (Oliver) (Schwyhart) Rossmiller in Dundy County. She died Oct. 5, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. Isabel enjoyed life, politics, baseball and visiting with family and friends...
Florence May Yost (10/09/07)
Betty Jane Sullivan (10/12/07)
Nov. 23, 1922-Oct. 10, 2007 Betty Jane Sullivan, 84, formerly of Windsor, Colo., died Wednesday (Oct. 10, 2007) at Community Hospital of McCook. She was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Rochester, N.Y., to William and Edna (Spencer) Ambrose. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Rochester...
Beatrice V. Wolfram (10/11/07)
April 23, 1923 - Oct. 9, 2007 OBERLIN -- Beatrice V. Wolfram, 84, died Tuesday (Oct. 9, 2007) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born April 23, 1923, in Traer, Kan., to Simeon and Agnes Helms (Pirkl) McCoy. She grew up on a farm near Traer and attended Traer Grade School. She graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1941 and attended Normal Training to teach school...
Harry Kinner Jr. (10/09/07)
IMPERIAL -- Harry Kinner Jr., 75, died Monday (Oct. 8, 2007), at his rural home.
Ruth Ellen Callan (10/10/07)
Sept. 9, 1917 - Oct. 8, 2007 Ruth Ellen Callan, age 90, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at Hillcrest Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 9, 1917, in Mullen, to Harold and Susie (O'Brien) Tourtellotte. She grew up and lived in McCook. She attended grade school and graduated from McCook High School in 1936...
James Edward Brougham (10/10/07)
March 6, 1932 - Oct. 8, 2007 James Edward Brougham, Jr. died at his home in Palisade, Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. He was 75 years old. He was born March 6, 1932, to James E. and Ruth Josephine (Johnson) Brougham, Sr. at Mondovi, Wis. He graduated from Mondovi High School...
Martha Ellen Evans (10/10/07)
March 11, 1977 - Oct. 8, 2007 Martha Ellen Evans died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, following a very short but gallant fight with cancer. She was 30 years old. She was born March 11, 1977, to Darrell W. and Teresa M. Evans at Holyoke, Colo. She graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1995, as the class Salutatorian. In high school she was involved with 4-H and FFA and became interested in raising cattle...
Steven Dale Hinson (10/10/07)
June 2, 1956-Oct. 5, 2007 Steven Dale Hinson died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, at his home in McCook surrounded with loving family. He lived a full life of 51 years. Steven was born on June 2, 1956, at Smyrna, Tenn., to Melvin and Delores (Cooper) Hinson. He graduated from Yokota High School, Yokota, Japan in 1974...
Mildred Lucille Grafel (10/09/07)
March 21, 1922 - Sept. 11, 2007 Mildred Lucille Grafel, 85, of Herndon, died Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2007) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born March 21, 1922, in Traer, Kan., to Gustav and Theresia (Leitner) Wudtke. She grew up in Traer and Herndon and attended Herndon Schools, graduating from Herndon High School in 1939. She spent a year in normal school in Oberlin, aspiring to teach...
Edna Mae Casper (10/09/07)
Dec. 21, 1912-Oct. 7, 2007 ALMA -- Edna Mae Casper, 94, died Sunday (Oct. 7, 2007), at Harlan County Health Systems in Alma. She was born Dec. 21, 1912, near Alma to Clarence Arthur and Elsie Laura (Kirts) Bear. She attended rural school near Naponee, later moving to Alma where she finished grade school and attended two years of high school. ...
Frances Marie (Vrbas) Ham (10/09/07)
July 11, 1925-Sept. 16, 2007 THORNTON, Colo. -- Frances Marie (Vrbas) Ham, 82, formerly of Benkelman, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo. She was born July 11, 1925, to Frank J. and Mary (Bartosovsky) Vrbas, in Rawlins County, Kan. She attended country school near Beardsley, Kan. She graduated from the Charles Beauty Academy in Denver, Colo., in 1946...
Calista Jeanette 'C.J.' Rea (10/09/07)
Nov. 18, 1944-Oct. 7, 2007 Calista Jeannette (C.J.) Rea, 62, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 18, 1944 in Kearney, Neb., a daughter of Bernice B. (Raveling) and Edward B. Curtis. She was baptized into the Christian faith on Dec. ...
Irva L. Butherus (10/08/07)
Nov. 29, 1928-Oct. 5, 2007 CULBERTSON -- Irva Leanna Butherus died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Neb., at the age of 78. She was born Nov. 29, 1928, at Culbertson, Neb., the daughter of the late Frank D. and Polly (Fahrenbruch) Wagner. Irva grew up at Culbertson where she graduated from Culbertson High School in 1946...
Twila E. Frick (10/09/07)
Feb. 6, 1932-Oct. 6, 2007 DOWNS, Kan. -- Twila E. (Collins) Frick, 75, died Saturday (Oct. 6, 2007). She was born Feb. 6, 1932, in Palisade. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Donald Frick of Downs; two daughters, Diane Koetter of Downs and Debra Deininger of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Wayne Donald Ely (10/08/07)
Oct. 28, 1923-Oct. 6, 2007 Wayne Donald Ely died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 83 years old. Wayne was born on Oct. 28, 1923 at McCook to Orin P. and Opal Theresa (Troedsen) Ely. He graduated from McCook High School in 1941...
Dorothy Statz (10/08/07)
Dorothy Statz CHAMPION -- Dorothy Statz, 88, a longtime resident of the Champion area, died Sept. 28, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz. Survivors include five sons, Harold and wife, Ann Statz of Nickerson, Robert and wife, Barbara Statz of Holyoke, Colo., Ralph Statz and wife Linda, also of Holyoke, Leon and wife, Jean of Lebanon, Ky., and Bud and wife, Sharon Statz of Champion; three daughters, Pauline Patterson, Kathy Hern and Carla Croner, all of Tucson; a brother, Donald Knight of Rockville, Md.; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.. ...
Carol J. Kmoch (10/08/07)
Oct. 20, 1948-Oct. 6, 2007 YORK -- Carol J. Kmoch, 58, died Saturday (Oct. 6, 2007), in Lincoln. She was born Oct. 20, 1948, to Harry and Allegra (Byrnes) Wedberg in Lincoln. She graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and then obtained her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln...
Kasey Jo Warner (10/05/07)
Aug. 31, 1979-Oct. 3, 2007 ARAPAHOE -- Kasey Jo Warner, 28, died Wednesday, (Oct. 3, 2007) southwest of Arapahoe from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-car accident. She was born on Aug. 31, 1979, in Greeley, Colo., to Jim and Deb (Holzworth) Walker...
Barbara Jean Brush (10/05/07)
Barbara Jean Brush SALT LAKE?CITY, Utah -- Barbara Jean Brush, 65, died Monday (Oct. 1, 2007) at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born March 5, 1942, in Denver, Colo., to Oscar and Blanche (Fix) Calhoon. She graduated from Phillipsburg High School at Phillipsburg, Kan., May 20, 1960...
Doris C. Griffin - Morgan (10/05/07)
Doris C. Griffin - Morgan died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at Community Hospital in McCook, at the age of 82. She was born Dec. 5, 1924, at Augusta, Kan., to Alvin and Iva (McKitrick) Stapleton. After graduating from high school, she attended St. Rose Nurses Training in Great Bend, Kan...
Doris C. Griffin - Morgan (10/05/07)
Doris C. Griffin - Morgan died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at Community Hospital in McCook, at the age of 82. She was born Dec. 5, 1924, at Augusta, Kan., to Alvin and Iva (McKitrick) Stapleton. After graduating from high school, she attended St. Rose Nurses Training in Great Bend, Kan...
Lynn M. Thompson (10/04/07)
Oct. 7, 1961 - Sept. 6, 2007 Lynn M. Thompson, age 45, of Garden City, Ga., formerly of McCook, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in Savannah, Ga. Lynn was born on Oct. 7, 1961, at Escondido, Calif., to Robert and Catherine (Mulkey) Thayer. She graduated from McCook High School in 1979....
Malinda Maria Niemeier (10/04/07)
Oct. 8, 1919 - Oct. 2, 2007 Malinda Maria Niemeier, 87, died Tuesday (Oct. 2, 2007) at C. A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Oct. 8, 1919, north of Arapahoe, to Ernest and Minnie (Mues) Niemeier. She was raised on the family farm north of Arapahoe in Furnas County and attended St. Matthews Parochial School in Holbrook...
Wynona Aldena Hamel (10/03/07)
Feb. 22, 1921-Sept. 29, 2007 DENVER -- Wynona Aldena Hamel, 86, died Saturday (Sept. 29, 2007), at Denver, Colo. She was born Feb. 22, 1921, and was a former resident of Imperial. Survivors include her children, Deanna Espinoza, Nancy Bressler and Peni Aronson; a sister, Trudy Nelson of McCook; seven grandchildren; and six grandchildren...
Harry P. Martin (10/03/07)
July 29, 1926-Sept. 30, 2007 BENKELMAN -- Harry P. Martin, 81, died Sunday (Sept. 30, 2007), at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born July 29, 1926, on his family's farm north of Benkelman in Dundy County, to Raymond E. and Lula C. (McBride) Martin, and attended school near his home. He graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, in 1945...
Herman Henry William Ficken (10/02/07)
Nov. 1, 1912 - Sept. 30, 2007 Herman Henry William Ficken passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 94. He was born Nov. 1, 1912, to John and Johanna (Noltensmeier) Ficken in Frontier County. He was baptized Dec. 15, 1912, and confirmed May 23, 1926, all at the Salem Lutheran Church. He attended rural and parochial school for nine years....
Timothy Long (10/02/07)
Jan. 21, 1951 - Sept. 30, 2007 IMPERIAL -- Timothy Jay Long, 56, died Sunday (Sept. 30, 2007) at Chase County Community Hospital. He was born Jan. 21, 1951, at Grant to Marion and Alberta (Parde) Long. The family moved to Salem, Ore., where he grew up and attended school, graduating from South Salem?High School in 1969...
Donna Pflum (10/02/07)
March 7, 1938 - Sept. 27, 2007 IMPERIAL?-- Donna Pflum, 69, died Thursday (Sept. 27, 2007) at Chase County Community Hospital. She was born March 7, 1938, to Elmer Fredrick Johann and Magdelina Augusta (Hinz) Roedel. She grew up south of McCook in the Ash Creek area. She attended St. John Lutheran Parochial School and graduated from McCook High School. She was baptized March 27, 1938, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural McCook in 1951...