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Obituaries from July 2008

Raymond G. Lunbery (07/31/08)
Sept. 12, 1923 - July 12, 2008 AXTELL -- Raymond G. Lunbery, 84, of Axtell, died Saturday (July 12, 2008) at Kearney County Health Services Hospital in Minden. He was born Sept. 12, 1923, in Trenton to Melvin and Anna (Pollmann) Lundbery. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946...
Leonard Virgil Rose (07/31/08)
July 17, 1922 - July 29, 2008 ST. FRANCIS -- Leonard Virgil Rose, 86, died Tuesday (July 29, 2008) at Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis. He was born July 17, 1922, in Cheyenne County. He married Dorla Mae Weed and was a farm laborer. Survivors include his wife, Dorla Mae of St. ...
Benjerman Scott Gaines (07/31/08)
April 8, 2004 - July 26, 2008 GARDEN CITY, Kan. -- Benjerman Scott Gaines, 4, died Saturday (July 26, 2008) at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was born April 8, 2004, in Rolla, Mo., the son of David Allen Gaines II and Brenda Joy Decker. He had been a resident of Garden City since 2006 moving from Crocker, Mo...
Paul Hamilton Gilbert (07/30/08)
Nov. 22, 1909 - July 29, 2008 Paul Hamilton Gilbert, 98, died Tuesday (July 29, 2008) at Community Hospital in McCook. He was born Nov. 22, 1909, at Fulton, Ark., where he received his education.On March 1, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on March 4, 1945...
Melva Jean Chandler (07/30/08)
June 3, 1928 - July 14, 2008 FLORA VISTA, N.M.-- Melva Jean Chandler, 80, died July 14, 2008 at her home in Flora Vista, N.M. She was born June 3, 1928, in Danbury. She married Robert R. Chandler on Feb. 16, 1947, and the family moved to Farmington in 1957 and Flora Vista in 1970, where they built their family home...
Elma C. Ashley (07/30/08)
Nov. 20, 1919 - July 28, 2008 OBERLIN -- Elma C. Ashley, 88, died Monday (July 28, 2008) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Decatur County to Hugh and Mabel (Beam) Cramer. She grew up on a farm in Decatur County, before moving to Oberlin. She attended Decatur Community High School and graduated in 1938...
Mildred L. Cochran (07/30/08)
Aug. 22, 1921 - July 29, 2008 OBERLIN -- Mildred L. Cochran, 86, died Tuesday (July 29, 2008) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Traer, Kan., to John and Mary (Dageford) Jording. She grew up in Traer and attend school in Traer and Oberlin...
Esther (Freehling) Walter (07/29/08)
March 19, 1916 - July 27, 2008 ST. FRANCIS -- Esther (Freehling) Walter, 92, died Sunday (July 27, 2008) at Hester Home in Benkelman. She was born March 19, 1916, in Dundy County, Kan. She married Roy Frank Walter and worked as a homemaker. They lived in Haigler, St. Francis and Benkelman...
Silas R. Brown (07/29/08)
July 26, 1933 - July 28, 2008 Silas R. Brown died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 75. He was born July 26, 1933, at Maywood, Neb., the son of the late Hiram and Myrtle (Cox) Brown. Silas grew up at Maywood where he received his education...
Harold E. Larmon (07/29/08)
April 4, 1921 - July 28, 2008 Harold Larmon was born April 4, 1921, at Wilsonville, Neb., to Rolland and Lola (Hensley) Larmon. He moved to McCook with his parents in 1923, and graduated from McCook High School in 1938. He attended McCook Community College for one year and then entered the University of Nebraska where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and graduated from the College of Business Administration in 1942...
Marjorie A. Gardner (07/28/08)
Sept. 7, 1925 - July 26, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Marjorie A. Gardner, 87, died Saturday (July 26, 2008) at Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Gosper County to William F. and Lizzie J. (Schuetz) Stagemeyer. She attended Arapahoe High School and graduated in 1938...
June Saum (07/25/08)
Aug. 20, 1916-July 25, 2008 OBERLIN -- June Saum, 92, died Friday (July 25, 2008), at Oberlin. She was born Aug. 20, 1916, at Danbury, to Irvin and Bernice (Parker) Brown. She was raised in rural Danbury and attended Jolly Hills School and Decatur Community High School...
Janice Allen (07/25/08)
NORTH PLATTE -- Janice Allen, 57, a former longtime resident of Imperial, died Thursday (July 24, 2008) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Doug Allen of North Platte; daughter, Jennifer and husband, Jim Harris of Imperial; two sons, Aric and wife, Tiffany Allen of Imperial and Chad Allen, also of Imperial; her mother, Verna Sandman of Wauneta; two brothers, Bill and wife, Deb Sandman of Kearney and Greg and wife, Sandy Sandman of Curtis; two sisters, Jackie and husband, Terry Deewey of Grand Island and Vicki and husband Gary Grimes of Enders; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.. ...
Joy 'J.W.' Stevens (07/24/08)
Nov. 23, 1912-July 23, 2008 Joy Wilson "J.W." Stevens died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at his home in McCook. He was 95 years old. Joy was born on Nov. 23, 1912, in North Platte to Roy T. and Mary A. (Titus) Stevens. He graduated from McCook High School in 1930...
Nema A. Johnson (07/23/08)
Sept. 28, 1920-July 22, 2008 LOOMIS -- Nema Alvina (Veegert) Johnson, 87, died Tuesday (July 22, 2008), at Christian Homes in Holdrege. She was born Sept. 28, 1920, at Beatrice and was adopted by her parents, Axel and Effie (Murphy) Veegert of Loomis...
Ann Rose (Sis) Sutton (07/23/08)
ATWOOD -- Ann Rose (Sis) Sutton, 88, died Friday (July 18, 2008), at Citizen's Medical Center in Colby, Kan. Survivors include two daughters, Susan and husband, Darold Ashford and Patty and husband, Steve Thomas, all of Atwood; a son, Ronald Sutton of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Agnes Turner of Atwood; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson...
Karon Kay Galitz (07/23/08)
May 12, 1942-July 21, 2008 OBERLIN -- Karon Kay Galitz, 66, died Monday (July 21, 2008), at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. She was born May 12, 1942, at McCook to Louis and Dorothy (Woolen) Kasper. She was raised ona a farm 12 miles southeast of Oberlin in Decatur County. She graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1960...
Brock Adams (07/18/08)
March 22, 1962 - July 16, 2008 ELWOOD -- Brock Adams, 46, died Wednesday (July 16, 2008) at his home in Elwood. He was born March 22,1962, at Albuquerque, N.M. to Larry and Carolyn (Loftus) Adams. He moved to Holdrege at a young age and was raised and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended rural schools and graduated from Holdrege High School in 1980...
Naida Lorraine (Hawes) Townsend (07/18/08)
Dec. 18, 1921 - July 15, 2008 ATWOOD -- Naida Lorraine (Hawes) Townsend, 86, died Tuesday (July 15, 2008) at her home in Atwood. She was born Dec. 18, 1921, at DeWitt to Carl and Myrtle Lindquist Hawes. She attended Beatrice Nebraska Schools graduating in 1939. After graduation she went to work for the telephone company and was working on Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was bombed. She later reminisced about how the entire switchboard lit up at that time...
Harold Eugene Baker (07/18/08)
Jan. 31, 1923 - July 15, 2008 BRIGHTON, COLO - Harold Eugene Baker, 87, formerly of Trenton, died Tuesday (July 15, 2008) at Brighton Care Center in Brighton, Colo. He was born Jan. 31, 1923, on his family's farm in Hitchcock County north of Trenton, the son of Charles W. and Irma (Evans) Baker. He attended country school near his home before attending and graduating from Stratton High School...
Donna Mae Guthrie (07/17/08)
May 4, 1931 - July 15, 2008 INDIANOLA -- Donna Mae Guthrie died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at her home in Indianola. She was 77 years old. Donna was born on May 4, 1931, in Dawson, Neb., to Roy D. "John" and Ethel Helen (Stevenson) Bacon. She was united in marriage to Glen Shadley in December of 1947. To this union three children were born, Douglas, Marcy and Jaynee...
Lola I. Ruppert (07/17/08)
Feb. 25, 1933 - July 16, 2008 Lola I. Ruppert, age 75, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. On Feb. 25, 1933, she was born on the family farm south of Curtis, to James "Jim" and Leola "Ruth" (Kistler) Fischer. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in 1951...
Dorothy Irene Bryan (07/17/08)
April 5, 1920 - July 16, 2008 Dorothy Irene Bryan, age 88. died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Decatur County Good Samaritan Home in Oberlin, Kan. On April 5, 1920, Dorothy was born in Oxford to Gilbert LeRoy and Sybil Irene (Thomas) Loper. She graduated from McCook High School in 1938...
Michael Eugene Allerton (07/16/08)
March 10, 1944 - July 12, 2008 LITTLETON, Colo. -- Michael Eugene Allerton, age 64, died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at his home in Littleton, Colo., surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lincoln to Russell and Geraldine Allerton on March 10, 1944. ...
Irene Lillian Kolbet (07/16/08)
Jan. 4, 1917 - July 14, 2008 Irene Lillian Kolbet, age 91, died Monday, July 14, 2008 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born Jan. 4, 1917, to Nicholas and Magdalena "Lena" (Giespert) Kolbet at their homestead southeast of the St. Ann Church in Frontier County. She grew up in Hayes County where she attended school in a one-room schoolhouse with her many brothers, sisters and cousins, causing much mayhem and mirth...
Lila Jean (Schlesener) Steele (07/15/08)
March 15, 1928 - July 14, 2008 ATWOOD -- Lila Jean (Schlesener) Steele, 80, died Monday (July 14, 2008) at Good Samaritan Center in Atwood. She was born March 15, 1928, to August and Martha (Gentz) Schlesener in Dickinson County near Hope, Kan. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended Maple Grove and Grandview Elementary schools and graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in 1946...
Norman Charles Pfortmiller (07/15/08)
Oct. 26, 1941 - July 12, 2008 ATWOOD -- Norman Charles Pfortmiller, 66, died Saturday (July 12, 2008) at the Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Great Bend, Kan., to Charles and Bernadean Pfortmiller. The family moved to Bushton, Kan., where he attended middle school before moving to Hays, Kan., where he graduated from Hays High School in 1959...
Lavona Elnora Nelson (07/14/08)
June 5, 1915 - July 11, 2008 GRANT -- Lavona Elnora Nelson, 93, died Friday (July 11, 2008) at Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant. She was born June 5, 1915, at the family ranch near Jennings, Kan., to Charles and Avis Bard. The family moved to Newark in 1921, where she attended school at District No. 24...
Darlene E. Barnett (07/14/08)
March 29, 1931 - April 12, 2008 ATWOOD -- Darlene E. Barnett, 77, died Saturday (July 12, 2008) at her home in Atwood. She was born March 29, 1931, in Denver, Colo., to Earl and Ruth (Shutte) Thieler. She grew up in the Rexford, Kan., area and attended Hawkeye rural school. She graduated from Decatur County High School in 1949...
Mary Dettman (07/11/08)
March 1, 1953 - July 10, 2008 AURORA -- Mary Dettman, age 55, died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 14, 2008, at Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Jim Garfield will officiate. Inurnment will be at the Aurora Cemetery...
George Charles Andrade (07/11/08)
Feb. 23, 1920 - July 8, 2008 ATWOOD -- George Charles Andrade, 88, died Tuesday (July 8, 2008) at Good Samaritan Center in Atwood. He was born to William Gregory and Mary Quintal Andrade on Feb. 23, 1920, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Saint Louis School in Honolulu in 1939...
James Edward Burdick (07/11/08)
1955-2008 WHEATRIDGE, Colo. -- Jim, age 53, survived by loving wife Kathy; devoted father of Jessica, Candice, Arianne, Lauryn; beloved son of Mary Gill and Gene Burdick; cherished brother of Anne Sweeney, Jana Weber, Mari Gordon, Tim and Josh; four grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends...
Jane E. Urban (07/10/08)
April 9, 1948 - July 8, 2008 NORTON, Kan. -- Jane E. Urban, 60, died Tuesday (June 8, 2008) at Norton County Hospital in Norton, Kan. She was born April 9, 1948, to Harry and Eunice (Moore) Petracek. She attended Jennings Public Schools, Fort Hays State and Colby Community College...
William Jay Cotton (07/09/08)
Oct. 20, 1947 - July 7, 2008 William Jay Cotton died Monday, July 7, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., at the age of 60. He was born Oct. 20, 1947, in McCook, Neb., the son of the late Thomas and Anne (Dillon) Cotton. Bill attended school in McCook and graduated from McCook High School in 1966...
William Dean Polivka (07/09/08)
Nov. 11, 1944 - July 7, 2008 OBERLIN -- William Dean Polivka, 63, died Monday (July 7, 2008) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He was born Nov. 11, 1944, in Wahoo to Lod and Marie (Spicka) Polivka. He grew up in Wahoo, Camp Rule and Lakewood, Colo. He attended Jefferson School and graduated from Almeada High School in 1962...
M. Donna Mollring (07/09/08)
July 2, 1927 - July 9, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- M. Donna Mollring, 81, of Holbrook, died Tuesday (July 9, 2008) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born July 2, 1927, at Oxford to W.H. and Edith M. (Coe) Quinn. She attended and graduated from Oxford High School in 1945. He worked for Bell Telephone Company in Oxford for several years...
Merle O. Frasier (07/09/08)
July 21, 1920 -July 5, 2008 FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Merle O. Frasier, 87, formerly of Benkelman, died Saturday (July 5, 2008) at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo. He was born July 21, 1920, in Dundy County, north of Benkelman, to Claude Oliver and Alma Charity (Bernard) Frasier. ...
Marvin Len Pratt (07/08/08)
May 12, 1947 - July 5, 2008 McCook resident, Marvin Len Pratt, 61, of McCook died Saturday (July 5, 2008) at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings. He was born May 12, 1947, to Marvin Orlie and Janice Daisy (Welcome) Pratt at Aitkin, Minn. He married Victoria I. Eaken on Feb. 5, 1998, in Salina, Kan.They later moved to McCook...
Irene Cloe Gertson (07/08/08)
May 9, 1911 - July 5, 2008 ATWOOD -- Irene Cloe Gertson, 97, died Saturday (July 5, 2008) at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. She was born to William and Agnes Beck Birrer on May 9, 1911, in Atwood. She attended school in Atwood graduating in 1929, and then attended Denver Beauty Academy in Denver, Colo...
C. Jean Shafer (07/08/08)
March 29, 1915 - July 6, 2008 BEAVER CITY -- C. Jean Shafer, 93, of Beaver City, died Sunday (July 6, 2008) at Tri-Valley Hospital at Cambridge. She was born March 29, 1915, at Orleans to Harry and Elfie (Childress) Olson. She grew up in the Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1932. ...
Gary R. Wacker (07/07/08)
Helen S. Ekstrum (07/08/08)
STRATTON -- Helen S. Ekstrum, 97, formerly of Stratton, died Sunday (July 6, 2008) at Linden Court in North Platte. She was born in Hitchcock County, north of Stratton to Roy and Effie (Gagle) Spencer, and attended country school near her home. She attended and later graduated from Stratton High School in 1929, and went on to attend summer school at Peru State Teachers College...
Robert F. Leibrandt (07/07/08)
May 30, 1935 - July 3, 2008 NORTH PLATTE -- Robert F. Leibrandt, 73, of North Platte, died Thursday (July 3, 2008) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born May 30, 1935, to Walter and Erna (Buck) Leibrandt at McCook. He graduated from McCook High School in 1953, and attended McCook Junior College. He served in the Army Reserves and on March 30, 1958, he was united in marriage to Danielle Morgan in Wauneta...
Letha Ilene Long (07/07/08)
May 16, 1934 - July 6, 2008 WAUNETA -- Letha Ilene Long of Wauneta died Sunday July 6, 2008, at Heritage of Wauneta. She was 74 years old. Letha was born, May 16, 1934, to Ernest and Ruby Anita (Hays) Dizmang at Benkelman She attended a school for the blind in eastern Nebraska...
Lois Eckhart (07/03/08)
Jan. 2, 1915-July 3, 2008 OBERLIN -- Lois Eckhart, 93, died Thursday (July 3, 2008) at the Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born Jan. 2, 1915, in rural Norcatur, Kan., to Charles A. and Elizabeth (Rachow) Eckhart. She was raised on a farm southwest of Norcatur and attended Prairie Hill Rural School District No. 46 and graduated from Norcatur Rural High School in 1933...
Bernard Frank Korte (07/03/08)
Jan. 30, 1918 - July 1, 2008 ORLEANS -- Bernard Frank Korte, 90, formerly of Orleans, died Tuesday (July 1, 2008) at Harlan County Health Systems in Alma. He was born Jan. 30, 1918, on the family farm west of Orleans in Harlan County to Herman William and Anna Marie (Knobbe) Korte. He received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Orleans...
Jerry Lee Bradley (07/03/08)
Sept. 24, 1936 - July 2, 2008 Jerry Lee Bradley of McCook, Neb., died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Bryan LGH Medical Center East in Lincoln. He was 71 years old. Jerry was born in Culbertson, on Sept. 24, 1936, the son of Harold J. and Goldie V. Matson Bradley. He attended the Culbertson Public Schools, and lived in this area all his life...
Robert C. Hidy (07/03/08)
May 16, 1927 - June 22, 2008 SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Robert (Bob) C. Hidy, 81, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Hospice of the Valley in Sun City, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer. He was born on May 16, 1927, in Trenton, Neb., to Connie and Leah (Rodgers) Hidy. He attended country school north of Trenton...
Bert W. Cool (07/01/08)
Jan. 15, 1928 - June 28, 2008 KEARNEY -- Bert W. Cool, 80, died Saturday (June 28, 2008) at the Decatur County Hospital. He was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Kearney to Eugene B. and Ethel A. (Fellows) Cool. He attended Sand Puppy Elementary School and graduated from Amherst High School in 1945...