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Obituaries from September 2008

Vicky Lee Rehn (09/30/08)
A. LaVerne Neal (09/30/08)
Oct. 18, 1926 - Sept. 27, 2008 TRYON -- A. LaVerne Neal, 81, of Tryon, died Saturday (Sept. 27, 2008) at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln. He was born to Loren Thomas and Nancy Hill Neal in Tryon, on Oct. 18, 1926. He grew up in McPherson County and attended District 9 in Tryon...
Larry Ernest Johnson (09/30/08)
June 19, 1939 - Sept. 27, 2008 Larry Ernest Johnson, 69, of McCook, died Saturday (Sept. 27, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born on June 19, 1939, in Holdrege, to Ernest and Lois Irene (Hopkins) Johnson. He received his education in Holdrege, graduating from Holdrege High School in 1957. He then attended Kearney State Teachers College...
Gordon Luhrs (09/30/08)
IMPERIAL -- Gordon Luhrs, 80, died Sunday (Sept. 28, 2008) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial Survivors include his wife, Mary of Imperial; sons, Art Luhrs of Wauneta, Robert Gordon Luhrs and wife, Tracy of Carmel, Ind., John Luhrs of Imperial and Tom Luhrs and wife, Lynn of Imperial; and 15 grandchildren...
Eugene F. Leitner (09/30/08)
Aug. 25, 1930 - Sept. 28, 2008 ATWOOD -- Eugene F. Leitner, 78, died Sunday (Sept. 28, 2008). He was born Aug. 25, 1930, to Carl Andrew and Theresia Elizabeth (Kogl) Leitner. He worked at the grocery store for Glen Williams and attended Atwood grade school. He graduated from Atwood High School in 1948...
Mary Esther Richards (09/29/08)
Nov. 12, 1915 - Sept. 26, 2008 STRATTON-- Mary Esther Richards, 92, formerly of Stratton, died Friday (Sept.26, 2008), at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born Nov. 12, 1915, near Coffee, Mo., to James Thomas and Edna Ursula (Ellis) O'Dell. In 1924, she moved with her family to Nebraska, living near Beverly, and later, on a farm east of Stratton. She was a graduate of Stratton High School...
Beth A. Wilhelm (09/26/08)
Jan. 7, 1922-Sept. 25, 2008 Beth A. Wilhelm died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at the McCook Community Hospital in McCook, Neb., at the age of 86. She was born Jan. 7, 1922 at Thatcher, Colo., the daughter of the late Carl and Lenna (Everist) Relph. Beth grew up on the family farm south of McCook and graduated from McCook Sr. High School in 1939. She graduated from McCook Jr. College in 1941...
Wilma Elizabeth Bauer (09/26/08)
March 12, 1916-Sept. 24, 2008 Wilma Elizabeth Bauer, age 92, of Eau Claire, Wis., passed away on Sept. 24, 2008, at Dove Healthcare Nursing & Rehabilitation in Eau Claire. Wilma was born on March 12, 1916, in Mocksville, N.C., to Steven and Marian Reba Ellis. She attended Benkelman High School and McCook Business College...
Gerard 'Jerry' I. Cotnoir (09/26/08)
April 1, 1931 - Sept. 25, 2008 HOLBROOK -- Gerard "Jerry" I. Cotnoir, 77 formerly of Holbrook, died Thursday (Sept. 25, 2008) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He was born in Lowell, Vt., on April 1, 1931, to Antoine H. and Rose (Girouard) Cotnoir. He attended and graduated Salutatorian of the Newport Center High School in 1949. He continued his education receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Vermont at Burlington in 1953...
Glen M. Osborn (09/25/08)
Jan. 1, 1919 - Sept. 22, 2008 BENKELMAN - Glen M. Osborn, 89, died Monday (Sept. 22, 2008) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Jan. 1, 1919, in rural Dundy County to Orlando and Freda (Gunther) Osborn. His mother died when he was five years old and his father died five years later. His Uncle Ora and Aunt Agnes took him and his sisters in and cared for them...
Floyd C. Peters (09/24/08)
Feb. 26, 1918 - Sept. 19, 2008 GILBERT, Ariz. -- Floyd C. Peters of Mesa, Ariz., passed away Sept. 19, 2008, in Gilbert, Ariz., at the age of 90. He was born Feb. 26, 1918, to John and Mina Peters in McCook, Neb., where he lived most of his life. Floyd served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a retired grain farmer. He always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends...
Dixie Lee Rask (09/24/08)
Oct. 11, 1939 - Sept. 22, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Dixie Lee Rask, 68, of Edison, died Monday (Sept. 22, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Gosper County to Dale H. and Wilda Mae (Rhodes) Phillips. She grew up north of Arapahoe in Gosper County. She attended Arapahoe High School and graduated with the class of 1957...
Elaine M. Peters (09/24/08)
Feb. 11, 1919 - Dec. 3, 2007 GILBERT, Ariz. -- Elaine M. Peters of Mesa, Ariz., passed away Dec. 3, 2007 in Gilbert, Ariz., at the age of 88. She was born Feb. 11, 1919, to Milton and Katie Reynolds in Culbertson, Neb., where she lived most of her life...
Iris (Joy) Thompson (09/23/08)
May 21, 1921 - Sept. 21, 2008 WEST MILFORD, N.J. -- Iris (Joy) Thompson, 87, died Sunday (Sept. 21, 2008) at Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J. She was born May 21, 1921, in Culbertson to Ira and Flossie Joy. She graduated from Culbertson High School...
Leola Electa (Smith) Moody (09/23/08)
Jan. 29, 1918 - Sept. 19, 2008 WAUNETA -- Leola Electa (Smith) Moody, 90, died Friday (Sept. 19, 2008) at Wauneta. She was born Jan. 29, 1918, near Eskridge, Kan., to Jesse William and Almetta Estella (Van Deventer) Smith. The family moved by immigrant train to Chase County and settled in the Blanche Community. In 1925, her family moved to Imperial. She graduated from Chase County High School in 1934...
Leola Moody (09/19/08)
WAUNETA -- Leola Moody, 90, died Friday (Sept. 19, 2008), at Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home. Survivors include her daughter, Vonna Jo Moody and life friend, Howard Kaler of Wauneta; a sister Jeanette Blackledge and husband, Dick of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a brother, Ansel Smith and wife, Connie of Madison, Minn; and numerous nieces and nephews...
Lois M. Mullally (09/19/08)
Jan. 1, 1908 - Sept.18,2008 LINCOLN -- Lois M. Mullally, age 100, of Lincoln, formerly of McCook, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. She was born Jan. 1, 1908, in Craig, Neb., to Raymond and Margaret (Shutt) Stevens. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan and taught in the McCook Public Schools for 25 years...
Mitchell Redfield (09/19/08)
HOLDREGE -- Mitchell Redfield, 30, formerly of Palisade, now of Holdrege, died Wednesday (Sept. 17, 2008). Memorial services will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Holdrege.
Joye Louise Thompson (09/18/08)
Oct. 14, 1925 - Sept. 16, 2008 CULBERTSON -- Joye Louise Thompson, age 82, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Nebraska Veteran's Home in Grand Island, Neb. She was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Joseph and Louise (Koch) Heizenreter of Culbertson, Neb. Joye grew up in Culbertson where she graduated from Culbertson High School in 1943...
Norma Ilene Hardwick (09/18/08)
Dec. 17, 1918 - Sept. 14, 2008 BENKELMAN -- Norma Ilene Hardwick, 89, of Benkelman, died Sunday (Sept. 14, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Roy and Pearl (Huffman) Crook. She lived her entire life in Dundy County, Neb., and was a graduate of Benkelman High School in 1936. After graduation, she taught school for two years at Rural District No. 66...
Austin G. Fischer (09/18/08)
July 22, 1984 - Sept. 16, 2008 MAYWOOD -- Austin G. Fischer died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 as a result of a car accident. He was 24. He was born July 22, 1984. to Cindy S. (Boubin) and Jerry D. Fischer in North Platte. He graduated from Maywood High School in 2003 and Chadron State College in 2008, majoring in wildlife biology...
Kathy A. Orr (09/17/08)
Dec. 13, 1945 - Sept. 12, 2008 CULBERTSON -- Kathy Ann (Kern) Orr went home to be with the Lord after a long illness. She died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at Hi Park Nursing Home in Red Wing, Minn. Kathy was born Dec.13,1945 at St. Catherine's Hospital in McCook, Neb., to her parents, Everett and June (Lorimor) Kern of Culbertson, Neb...
Philip Mullanix (09/16/08)
IMPERIAL -- Philip Mullanix, 52, died Friday (Sept. 12, 2008) at his home in Imperial. Survivors include his sisters, Lora Lee O'Brien and husband, Dan of McCook and Maribeth Borders and husband, Zan of Hutchinson, Kan.; brothers, Dave Mullanix and wife, Colleen of Lamar, Russ Mullanix and wife, Darla of Gordon and Dan and wife, Janie of Champion; and many nieces and nephews...
Irene E. Pope (09/16/08)
May 18, 1917 - Sept. 15, 2008 Irene E. Pope, 91, died Monday (Sept. 15, 2008) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born May 18, 1917, at Eldorado, Neb., to Jacob and Agnes (Klippenstein) Tessman. She married Glen Pope on March 16, 1939, at Belleville, Kan. They moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he was stationed in the Navy...
Mildred H. Troutwine (09/16/08)
Sept. 27, 1920 - Sept. 11, 2008 Mildred H. Troutwine died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 87 years old. Mildred was born Sept. 27, 1920, at Sellersburg, Ind., to Ernest and Pearl (Anson) Hostoller. After her graduation from high school she continued her education with two years of college...
Dolores A. Leffler (09/15/08)
April 27, 1927-Sept. 12, 2008 Dolores A. Leffler, formerly of Hayes Center, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was 81 years old. Dolores was born on April 27, 1927, in Hayes Center to William Henry and Zella Geraldine (Eastabrook) Strop. She graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1945. She continued her education in California attending cosmetology school...
Scott Thomas (Stumpff) (09/09/08)
Jan. 15, 1971 - Aug. 25, 2008 VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Scott Thomas (Stumpff), 37, of Vancouver, Wash., died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at his home. He was born on Jan. 15, 1971 in Lincoln, Neb., to Tom and Nancy (Saladen) Stumpff. Scott graduated from Raymond High School in Raymond, Neb., in 1989. ...
Mary Ellen Frye (09/09/08)
July 15, 1929-Sept. 7, 2008 INDIANOLA -- Mary Ellen Frye, formerly of Indianola, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at the Cambridge Manor. She was 79 years old. She was born July 15, 1929, to John and Mary (Barrett) Nolan in Lebanon, Nebraska. Mary was united in marriage to Clarence E. "Bud" Frye on Nov. 19, 1923, at McCook. They made their home in Lincoln for many years where she was a homemaker and mother. They retired to Indianola in 1992...
Janet Mary Colgan Smith (09/08/08)
1938-2008 ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Janet Mary Colgan Smith, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, died Sept. 1, 2008. Janet was born to John Gilbert and Julia Frances Colgan in McCook, Neb. in 1938, the youngest of four, including brother Jack, and sisters Geraldine and Margaret...
Viola Pauline Wright (09/08/08)
June 13, 1916-Sept. 5, 2008 FORT MORGAN, Colo. -- Viola Pauline (Richers) Wright, formerly of Bird City, died Friday (Sept. 5, 2008), at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Fort Morgan, Colo. She was born June 13, 1916, at Cheyenne County, Kan. She was a homemaker...
Harold Foster Smith (09/08/08)
Feb. 1, 1924-Sept. 4, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Harold Foster Smith, 84, died Thursday (Sept. 4, 2008), at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. He was born in Utica, Kan., on Feb. 1, 1924, to William and Grace (Smith) Smith, and grew up in the Utica area...
Barbara Joan Hinz (09/08/08)
Dec. 8, 1935-Sept. 6, 2008 Barbara Joan Hinz died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 72 years old. Barbara was born in McCook on Dec.8, 1935, to Roland R. and Doris L. (Redd) Hollars. She graduated from McCook High School in 1953. She continued her education at McCook Junior College and graduated with an Associate's Degree...
Vernon Ray Beckman (09/08/08)
Dec. 25, 1935-Sept. 6, 2008 BENKELMAN -- Vernon "Vern" Ray Beckman, of Benkelman, Neb., died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, at the age of 72. He was born in Norfolk, Neb., to Willie and Emma (Stork) Beckman, on December 25, 1935, and grew up on the family farm near Madison, Neb., where he lived until he joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division...
Dorothy Ann Tabor (09/05/08)
April 13, 1939 - Sept. 3, 2008 OBERLIN -- Dorothy Ann Tabor, 69, died Wednesday (Sept. 3, 2008) at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. She was born April 13, 1939, in Austin, Minn., to Dallas and Donna (Orphan) Nowell. She grew up in and attended school in Austin...
Jill E. Remington (09/05/08)
March 29, 1978 - Aug. 29, 2008 OMAHA -- Jill E. Remington, 30, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at her home in Omaha. She was born March 29, 1978, in McCook. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lowell and Helen Pew and her aunt, Carolyn Roth...
Wayne C. Petsch (09/05/08)
Dec. 30, 1921 - Sept. 3, 2008 Wayne Cyril Petsch died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb., at the age of 86. He was born south of Wauneta, Neb., on Dec. 30, 1921, the son of the late Guy and Jessie (Crossen) Petsch, Crampton. He grew up at Wauneta where he received his education...
Anita W. Reade (09/04/08)
Nov. 22, 1926 - Aug. 26, 2008 BENKELMAN - Anita W. Reade of Benkelman, Neb., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at the Dundy County Hospital. She was 81.
 She was born in Wauneta, Neb., to Frank and Mable (Hartzer) Taylor on Nov. ...
Bernard Larue (09/03/08)
Nov. 4, 1932 - Sept. 2, 2008 OBERLIN -- Bernard Charles Larue, 75, died Tuesday (Sept. 2, 2008) at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in rural Decatur County to Charles and Leta (Moore) Larue. He grew up on a farm southwest of Oberlin and graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1951...
Eldon 'Babe' Paul Catt (09/03/08)
Oct. 8, 1916 - Sept. 1, 2008 MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Eldon "Babe" Paul Catt, 91, died Monday (Sept. 1, 2008) at Alterra Wynwood Assisted Living in McMinnville, Ore. He was born Oct. 8, 1916, to Raymond and Mayr (Klepper) Catt in Wilsonville. He attended grade school in St. Francis...
Merwin L. Smith (09/02/08)
June 27, 1933 - Aug. 28, 2008 SEWARD -- Merwin L. Smith, 75, died Thursday (Aug. 28, 2008) in Seward. He was born June 27, 1933, in Wilsonville to C.J. and LaVinna (Clements) Smith. He graduated from McCook High School in 1951, and received his masters from Kearney State Teachers College...
Maxine Mae Schrein (09/02/08)
May 8, 1922 - Aug. 30, 2008 Maxine Mae Schrein died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb., at the age of 86. She was born May 8, 1922, in Red Willow County, Neb., the daughter of the late Charles and Minnie (Hinz) Reiners. She grew up in the Ash Creek Community where she graduated from rural school...