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Obituaries from May 2008

Helena Monice Fitts Brickey Carlson (05/30/08)
April 19, 1935 - May 29, 2008 ATWOOD -- Helena Monice Fitts Brickey Carlson, 73, died Thursday (May 29, 2008) at Rawlins County Health Center. She was born April 19, 1935, in Lee County, Va., to Otto and Mary (Buchanon) Fitts, and moved with her family to Salem, Ind., in 1947...
Doris M. Fahrenbruch (05/30/08)
Sept. 3, 1920 - May 29, 2008 Doris Mary Fahrenbruch died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook at the age of 87. She was born in McCook on Sept. 3, 1920 to Floyd M. and Doris M. (Jennings) Covert. She grew up in Culbertson and attended school there, graduating from the Culbertson High School in 1938...
Harold George Demmer (05/30/08)
July 15, 1914 - May 28, 2008 OBERLIN -- Harold George Demmer, 93, died Wednesday (May 28, 2008) at Decatur County Good Samaritan Center. He was born July 15, 1914, in Finley Township in Decatur County, to George and Rose (Preisinger) Demmer. He grew up on the family farm east of Herndon in the Finley Township and attended rural Green Valley School...
Mary Leona Haller (05/30/08)
Sept. 18, 1907 - May 28, 2008 STRATTON -- Mary Leona (Heilers) Haller, 100, of Stratton died Wednesday (May 28, 2008 ) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. She was born Sept. 18, 1907, at Huntingburg, Ind., to Joseph John and Mary Magdalena (Grabber) Heilers. She moved to Nebraska with her family at an early age and attended school in Lawrence for seven and a half years before moving to the Stratton area in 1919. She finished the half year of school and completed the eighth grade...
Theada R. Hill (05/28/08)
CAMRIDGE -- Theada R. Hill age 60, of Cambridge died at the Good Samaritan Hospital on May 23, 2008. She was born in Hazard, Kent., to Norman B. and Arty Ruth (Burrell) Hill. The family moved to Michigan in 1952, where Theada attended school and graduated from Ortonville High School. She moved to California and attended Deanza College...
Charles 'Charlie' McBride (05/28/08)
Nov. 3, 1926 - May 26, 2008 GRAND ISLAND -- "Charlie" Charles McBride, 81, of Grand Island, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at his home with family by his side. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Rev. Francis Curran will officiate. Burial of ashes will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors...
Velma R. Warnock (05/28/08)
Feb. 3, 1925 - May 26, 2008 Velma Ruth Warnock died Monday May 26, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb., at the age of 83. She was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Hitchcock County, Neb., the daughter of the late John and Amanda (Wendele) Coyle. She grew up in Hitchcock County and graduated from high school at the Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, Neb...
LaMoine Thomas McConville (05/28/08)
Sept. 3, 1921 - May 27, 2008 LaMoine Thomas McConville died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was 86 years old. On Sept. 3, 1921, he was born in Indianola to Thomas Patrick and Lillian C. (Colling) McConville. He graduated from Havana High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Kevin E. Schiessler (05/27/08)
Nov. 29, 1954-May 25, 2008 OBERLIN -- Kevin E. Schiessler, 53, died Sunday (May 25, 2008), at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born Nov. 29, 1954, at Oberlin, to Frances Schiessler and was raised in the Herndon area. He attended Laing Center Grade School and Herndon High School...
Charles Wayne Brown (05/27/08)
March 24, 1946-May 22, 2008 LONGMONT, Colo. -- Charles Wayne Brown, 62, of Longmont, died Thursday (May 22, 2008), at Applewood Living Center. He was born March 24, 1946, in Oberlin, to Charles and Mildred (Bailey) Brown. He grew up in McCook. He came to Longmont from McCook in 1972...
Frederick William Ankenman (05/27/08)
Dec. 9, 1921 - May 16, 2008 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Frederick William (Fritz) Ankenman, age 86, a long time resident of Lebanon Neb., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 16, 2008, after a long illness. He was living at the Brighton Gardens Nursing Home in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the time of his death...
Norvin 'Cork' Wayne Griffing (05/23/08)
April 5, 1929 - May 21, 2008 CULBERTSON -- Norvin "Cork" Wayne Griffing of Culbertson died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was 79 years old. Cork was born on April 5, 1929, at Thornburg, Kan., to George G. and Bessie (Logan) Griffing. He attended rural school in Thornburg through eighth grade and graduated from Smith Center High School in 1946...
Gary 'Hedge' Winston Hedges (05/23/08)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gary Winston Hedges, 55, died at his home in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 10, 2007. He was born in McCook to Winston and Evelyn (Oades) Hedges. He graduated from McCook High School in 1971. He was a proud member of the elite "Schocker" squad on the high school basketball team. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a degree in microbiology, continuing his post-graduate education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins...
Steven Earl Ladner (05/23/08)
Dec. 27, 1949-May 20, 2008 EDMOND, Kan. -- Steven Earl Ladner, 58, died Tuesday (May 20, 2008) at his home in Edmond, Kan. He was born Dec. 27, 1949, in Garden City, Kan., to Charles and Laurabelle (Hamton) Ladner. He attended the Edmond Grade School and graduated from Lenora High School with the class of 1968. He also attended Goodland Vo-Tech...
Delmar I. Dewey (05/23/08)
June 22, 1928 - May 22, 2008 TRENTON -- Delmar Ivan Dewey died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home at the age of 79. He was born June 22, 1928, in Hitchcock County, Neb., the son of the late Ivan and Nila (Owens) Dewey. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School in 1945...
James Lee Stewart (05/23/08)
Nov. 8, 1938 - May 21, 2008 LINCOLN -- James Lee Stewart, 69, of Lincoln, died Wednesday (May 21, 2008). He was born Nov. 8, 1938, to Arthur and Nell (Hayes) Stewart. He attended SCC studying Building Construction and was employed as a cabinet maker. He later taught school at Lincoln Public Schools and at the University of Nebraska in the art department...
Dale M. 'Wiz' Wismer (05/23/08)
Dec. 7, 1921 - May 22, 2008 LINCOLN -- Wismer, M. Dale, "Wiz", 86, Lincoln, died Thursday May 22, 2008. Dale was born in Benedict, Neb., Dec. 7, 1921, to Otis John and Ann Mary (Pillard) Wismer. He was a School Teacher/Coach, in McCook, Los Alamos, N.M., and Lincoln for 37 years. He retired in 1983...
Eulah J. Zahl Adkinson (05/23/08)
Aug. 24, 1914 - May 21, 2008 STRATTON - Eulah J. Zahl Adkinson, was born Aug. 24, 1914, to Frank and Vina (Frear) Linderman in a log cabin near the Niobrara River at Carns, Neb. Eulah was baptized at Carns and attended school near her home. Following graduation from Rock County High School in Bassett, where she was valedictorian of her class, Eulah then taught school for several years. She furthered her education at Wayne State College...
Gregory Matthew Pennington (05/21/08)
Jonathan Aloyius Ternes (05/23/08)
June 23, 2004 - May 20, 2008 BELLEVUE -- Jonathan Aloysius Ternes, age three, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, after a courageous battle. Jonathan was born on June 23, 2004, in Wichita, Kan., to Brady L. and Lisa A. (Lilienthal) Ternes...
Orlo Robert Bassford (05/23/08)
Aug. 27, 1915 - May 22, 2008 CAMBRIDGE -- Orlo Robert Bassford, 92, died Thursday (May 22, 2008) at the Cambridge Manor. He was born on Aug. 27, 1915, in Furnas County near Wilsonville to Aubrey Roy and Etta Melissa (Blair) Bassford. He graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1933...
Carl E. Keller (05/21/08)
Nov. 8, 1917 - May 4, 2008 Carl E. Keller died Sunday May 4, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 90 years old. On Nov. 8, 1917, he was born in Trenton to Howard G. and Bertha G. (Riley) Keller. He lived in the Trenton Community most of his life and graduated from Trenton High School in 1934...
Michael 'Mike' Eugene Howard (05/21/08)
Sept. 23, 1989-May 17, 2008 HOWE, Ind. -- Michael "Mike" Eugene Howard died unexpectantly Saturday, May 17, 2008, at his home in Howe, Indiana while working on a car. He was 18 years old. Mike was born on Sept. 23, 1989, to James D. and Virginia (King) Howard in Deming, New Mexico. He was a member of the junior class at Lakeland High School in Howe...
Nellie J. Kness (05/20/08)
May 9, 1944 - May 17, 2008 KENNESAW -- Nellie J. Kness, 64, of McCook, died Saturday (May 17, 2008) at Haven Home in Kennesaw. She was born May 9, 1944, in Aurora, Ind., to Walter and Eva (Shoopman) Henry. She worked as homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Kim Kness of McCook; sister, Patty Henry of Phillipsburg, Kan.; brothers, Dale Henry of Phillipsburg, Jessie Henry of Harrison, Ohio and Alvin Henry of Sealy, Texas; and several nieces and nephews...
Dorothy Elsie (Weber) Ivins (05/20/08)
Dec. 26, 1920 - May 3, 2008 WRAY, Colo. -- Dorothy Elsie (Weber) Ivins, 87, died May 3, 2008, at her home in Wray, Colo. She was born Dec. 26, 1920, on the family farm north of Culbertson to Henry H. and Anna Margaret (Bekel) Weber. On Aug. 21, 1945, she married Melvin Ivins in McCook. They moved to New Jersey, where her husband's worked in family business. They returned to Culbertson in 1948...
Dustin E. Wertz (05/19/08)
June 13, 1984 - May 16, 2008 TRENTON -- Dustin Earl Wertz, died Friday, May 16, 2008, at Ellis, Kan., at the age of 23 years, due to an automobile accident. He was born June 13, 1984, at Waco, Texas, the son of Ronald and Gail (Scott) Wertz. Dustin grew up on the family farm east of Trenton, Neb., and graduated from Lakeside Central High School in 2003...
Jennifer Lynn Boyd (05/19/08)
Jan. 9, 1952 - May 16, 2008 Jennifer Lynn Boyd died Friday, May 16, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was 56 years old. Jennifer was born Jan. 9, 1952, in Nelson, Neb., to Wilford and Marrianne (Sole) Stineman. She graduated from Nelson High School in 1970. She continued her education at the Denver School of Business. In May of 2002, she graduated from McCook Community College with an Associates Degree...
LaRetta G. Brewer (05/19/08)
Sept. 26, 1956 - May 16, 2008 OBERLIN -- LaRetta G. Brewer, 51, died Friday (May 16, 2008) at her home in Oberlin. She was born Sept. 26, 1956, in Grant to Milo and Margie (Clark) Rowley. She grew up in Grant and attended Grant Elementary School. She graduated from Perkins County High School...
Velda I. Bieghler (05/16/08)
Jan. 15, 1921-May 15, 2008 BEAVER CITY -- Velda I. Bieghler, 87, died Thursday (May 15, 2008) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She was born Jan. 15, 1921, at Calvert, Kan., to George and Emma (Akins) Roberts. She grew up in Kansas then moved with her family to Red Willow County when she was 19...
Robert Edward Lehman (05/16/08)
April 14, 1939 - May 12, 2008 ST. ANTHONY, Idaho -- Robert Edward Lehman, of St. Anthony passed away peacefully to join his Lord and Savior, at home, with his children present, May 12, 2008.Bob was born at home in Guthrie, Okla., to John Kenneth Lehman and Inez Marie Hokanson Lehman, April 14, 1939. ...
Helen Elizabeth Esslinger (05/16/08)
Aug. 18, 1926 - May 15, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Helen Elizabeth Esslinger, 81, of Arapahoe, died Thursday (May 15, 2008) at Cambridge Manor in Trenton. She was born Aug. 18, 1926, near Broken Bow to Fred and Ollie (Palmer) Reed. She attended rural school in Custer County and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1945. She attended Kearney State Teachers College and returned to Custer County to teach at rural schools for 18 years...
Joan Mary McCarville (05/16/08)
Aug. 23, 1936 - May 15, 2008 Joan Mary McCarville of McCook died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was 71 years old. Joan was born on Aug. 23, 1936, in Springfield, Mass., to Richard Samuel and Sophie Agatha (Gorecki) Trotter. She graduated from Enfield High School, Enfield, Conn., in 1956...
LeRoy G. Ulrich (05/15/08)
Feb. 22, 1939 - May 13, 2008 LeRoy G. Ulrich died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at the age of 69 at his home in McCook He was born Feb. 22, 1939, to Louis and Francis (Richards) Ulrich in Oberlin, Kan. He graduated from McCook High School in 1957. LeRoy married Avis L. Sheldon on Oct. 18, 1958, in Oberlin. To this union two children were born, Byron and Shree...
Russel Albin Warren (05/15/08)
Jan. 1, 1928 - May 14, 2008 AURORA -- Russel Albin Warren, 80, died Wednesday (May 14, 2008) at Hamilton Manor in Aurora. He was born Jan. 1, 1928, to Harley and Verda (Skinner) Warren of Giltner. He attended rural schools through grade 8 and then Giltner High School. He was baptized in the Giltner Christian Church. He served in the Navy from July 2, 1945 to July 2, 1946...
James D. Anderson (05/15/08)
Sept. 26, 1929 - May 9, 2008 BIRD CITY, Kan. -- James D. Anderson, 78, died Friday (May 9, 2008) at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Long Pine, Neb. He owned and operated Anderson Grocery in Bird City until his retirement...
Harley E. Ward (05/14/08)
May 9, 1927 - May 12, 2008 PALISADE -- Harley E. Ward, age 81, died Monday, May 12, 2008, at Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home in Wauneta. He was born May 9, 1927, to William W. and Clara (Geihsler) Ward in McCook. He graduated from Palisade High School in 1945...
Jeremy J. Simmons (05/13/08)
Feb. 27, 1980 - May 9, 2008 HOLBROOK -- Jeremy Joel Simmons, 28, died Friday (May 9, 2008) at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born Feb. 27, 1980, in Omaha to Diane Simmons. He grew up in Kansas and Nebraska and attended schools in Norton, Kan., Holbrook, Arapahoe and Sumner Eddyville Miller High School. He was an electrician's apprentice...
Ella Mae (Smalberger) Wahrman (05/13/08)
Jan. 3, 1923 - April 26, 2008 STRASBURG, Colo. -- Ella Mae (Smalberger) Wahrman, 85, died April 26, 2008, at her home in Strasburg, Colo. She was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Marion to Glenn and Arvella (Sines) Smalberger. She attended country schools and graduated from Decatur County High School in 1941...
Henry M. Wolfram (05/13/08)
Aug. 18, 1919 -- May 11, 2008 OBERLIN -- Henry M. Wolfram, 88, died Sunday (May 11, 2008) at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City, Kan. He was born Aug. 18, 1919, in rural Herndon to Martin and Emma (Grafel) Wolfram. He grew up on a farm near Herndon and attended Green Valley School...
Gordon Bradley Towne (05/13/08)
Dec. 22, 1929 - May 9, 2008 BENKELMAN -- Gordon Bradley Towne, 78, of Benkleman died Friday (May 9, 2008), at Dundy County Hospital. He was born in Vinton, Iowa on Dec. 22, 1929, to Paul McBain and Thurla Gretchen (Healy) Towne He served in the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 24, 1950, to Nov. 23, 1954...
Brad Lee Curran (05/12/08)
Feb. 26, 1964 - May 11, 2008 HAYES CENTER -- Brad Lee Curran of Hayes Center died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Great Plains Regional Center in North Platte. He was 44 years old. Brad was born on Feb. 26, 1964, in Imperial, Neb., to Donald Duane and Carole Kay (Leffler) Curran. He graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1982...
Frank Lawrence Pochop (05/12/08)
Sept. 5, 1916 - May 8, 2008 ATWOOD -- Frank Lawrence Pochop, 91, died Thursday (May 8, 2008) at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born Sept. 5, 1916, at Beardsley, Kan., to Rudolph and Vincentia (Novotny) Pochop. On April 11, 1950, he married Elizabeth Chleborad at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood. He worked as a farmer, raising crops and operating cattle and hog operations...
Jerome C. 'Joe' Kirkpatrick (05/09/08)
May 8, 1946-May 9, 2008 BENKELMAN -- Jerome C. "Joe" Kirkpatrick, 62, died Friday (May 9, 2008) at his home in Benkelman. He was born May 8, 1946, at Denver, Color., to A.C. "Jack" and Helen M. (Schott) Kirkpatrick and attended school in Benkelman. He served his country in the U.S. ...
Anthony 'Tony' Joseph Ruda (05/09/08)
Oct. 1, 1940-May 4, 2008 ATWOOD -- Anthony "Tony" Joseph Ruda, 67, died Sunday (May 4, 2008). He was born Oct. 1, 1940, to Anton J. and Marian Ruda. He attended Atwood Grade School and graduated from Atwood High School in 1958. On Aug. 3, 1963, he married Marcia K. Most. He farmed alongside his father and brothers until 1985 when he went into partnership and opened the Atwood Repair Shop. He was involved in other ventures and worked at Hansen's Plumbing for the past five years...
Helena Bruggeman (05/09/08)
Aug. 22, 1922 - May 7, 2008 OBERLIN -- Helena Bruggeman, 85, died Wednesday (May 7, 2008) at Decatur County Hospital. She was born Aug. 22, 1922, at Grinnell, Kan., to William and Regina (Robben) Baalman. She was raised and attended school in Grinnell...
Doris Lee Dodot (05/08/08)
Jan. 30, 1934 - May 6, 2008 Doris Lee Dodot died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was 74 years old. Doris was born on Jan. 30, 1934, in McCook to Leo and Grace (Woods) Stevens. She graduated from McCook High School in 1952...
Edna Louise Glanzer (05/08/08)
Sept. 8, 1913 - May 7, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Edna Louise Glanzer, 94, of Arapahoe, died Wednesday (May 7, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born Sept. 8, 1913, southeast of Arapahoe to John G. and Ida C. (Helms) Riepe. She attended country school , seventh and eighth grade Christian Day School and Arapahoe High School, graduating in 1930. She went to Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney and received her teaching degree...
John Earl Ford (05/06/08)
March 10, 1949-April 18, 2008 John Earl Ford, 59, of Cambridge, Neb., passed away on April 18, 2008, after a brief illness. He was born on March 10, 1949, in Topeka, Kan., to Jane and AH Ford, Jr. He graduated from high school in Hammond, VA and graduated from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas with a teaching degree. ...
Marilyn D. Martin (05/05/08)
Gerhard H. Holste (05/06/08)
Sept. 20, 1918-May 4, 2008 ATWOOD -- Gerhard Henry Holste, 89, died Sunday (May 4, 2008), at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood. He was born Sept. 20, 1918, to Herman and Mary (Hoffbauer) Holste in the "stonehouse" on the Holste farm northeast of Ludell. ...
Helen E. Meyers (05/05/08)
March 13, 1907 -- May 3, 2008 Helen E. Meyers died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born March 13, 1907, to George Washington and Ida (Hauxwell) Loomis in Haigler. She graduated from McCook High School in 1924. Helen married Hugh Meyers in McCook on May 1, 1935. To this union two children were born, Marilyn and Kent. She taught rural school for 11 years. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking and her kittens...
David J. Phelps Jr. (05/02/08)
Dec. 11, 1937 - April 29, 2008 ATWOOD -- David J. Phelps Jr., 70, died Tuesday (April 29, 2008) at Good Samaritan Center in Kearney. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, to David Jay and Alta May (Scarrow) Phelps in Beardsley, Kan. He was baptized into the Methodist faith on March 21, 1948, at the United Methodist Church in Atwood...
Nettie M. Park (05/01/08)
Aug. 21, 1921 - April 30, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Nettie M. Park, 86, formerly of Beaver City, died Wednesday (April 30, 2008) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 21, 1921, at Beaver City to Albert and Opal (Shellenbarger) Penrod. She grew up in Beaver City and attended Beaver City Schools...
John Frederick Rogers (05/01/08)
July 3, 1958 - April 19, 2008 OMAHA -- John Frederick Rogers 49, died Saturday (April 19, 2008) in Omaha. He was born July 3, 1958, in Tucson, Ariz., to Frank Everett and Jennie Taylor Rogers. He lived in McCook and was employed with Valmont Irrigation in McCook...