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Obituaries from December 2008

Homer F. Fisher (12/26/08)
Dorothy Bell (12/31/08)
May 27, 1918-Dec. 30, 2008 OBERLIN -- Dorothy Bell, 90, died Tuesday (Dec. 30, 2008), at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. She was born May 27, 1918, to Jess and Chelsie (Vaughn) Bell at rural Selden and was raised on a farm south of Selden. She received her education at Selden Rural High School, and lived in rural Selden, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Oberlin. She was a homemaker...
Donald C. Hambidge (12/31/08)
Aug. 7, 1927 - Dec. 29, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Donald C. Hambidge, 81, of Arapahoe, died Monday (Dec. 29, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born Aug. 7, 1927, on the family farm north of Arapahoe in Gosper County to Archie L. and Bertha F. (Hoffman) Hambidge. He attended country school at Snyder School in Gosper County and graduated in 1944, from Arapahoe High School...
Herbert Rinehart Lauer (12/31/08)
Catherine F. Campbell (12/30/08)
Aug. 11, 1926 - Dec. 28, 2008 HOXIE, Kan. -- Catherine Frances Campbell, 82, died Sunday (Dec. 28, 2008) at Sheridan County Health Complex in Hoxie. She was born Aug. 11, 1926, to Lambert and Frances (Haffner) Kraft at Park. She married Maurice Campbell Nov. 24, 1948. They lived near Hoxie all their married life. He died Nov. 26, 1994...
Clarence R. Madden (12/29/08)
Aug. 28, 1924 - Dec. 26, 2008 INDIANOLA -- Clarence R. Madden, 84, of Indianola, died Dec. 26, 2008, at St. John's Care Center in Kearney. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at St. Catherine's Church in Indianola. The Rev. Thomas McGuire will officiate. Interment will be in the Indianola Catholic Cemetery...
Jack Vincent Xavier Daily (12/29/08)
Dec. 11, 1943 - Dec. 26, 2008 LINCOLN -- Jack Vincent Xavier Daily, 65, died Friday (Dec. 26, 2008) in Lincoln. He was born Dec. 11, 1943, in North Platte. He was raised by his grandparents, Edger and Alice (Vansickle) Daily and his uncle, Bill Rogers. He served in the U.S. Navy...
Harry 'David' Fahrenbruch (12/29/08)
Nov. 9, 1944 - Dec. 27, 2008 CULBERTSON -- Harry "David" Fahrenbruch, age 64, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln, Neb. He was born Nov. 9, 1944, in McCook to Harry P. and Doris M. (Covert) Fahrenbruch. David graduated from Culbertson High School in 1963 and Parks Business College in Denver, Colo. He lived in this area all his life...
Lova Burdese (Fisher) Cooper (12/29/08)
Aug. 22, 1916 - Dec. 25, 2008 MCDONALD, Kan. -- Lova Burdese (Fisher) Cooper, 92, died Thursday (Dec. 25, 2008). She was born Aug. 22, 1916, in Ludell, Kan., to Frank and Lillie (Smith) Fisher. She attended Ludell Public School and graduated from Atwood Community High School in 1934. After graduation she began teaching small rural schools. In the summer she attended Fort Hays Kansas State College to get her certificate...
Hugo 'Hoot' Mohr (12/29/08)
April 3, 1915 - Dec. 27, 2008 HAMLET -- Hugo Gus "Hoot" Mohr, 93, died Saturday (Dec. 27, 2008) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. He was born April 3, 1915, at Avoca, to Gus F. and Olga (Witzke) Mohr. He moved with his parents from Eastern Nebraska to the Hamlet area, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Hamlet High School in 1933. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, on the USS Eridanus during World War II, returning in 1946...
Hulda Erma Einspahr (12/29/08)
Oct. 30, 1913 - Dec. 27, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Hulda Erma Einspahr, 95, died Saturday (Dec. 27. 2008) at the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Oct. 30, 1913, at Cadams in Nuckolls County to Julius and Anna (Kottmeyer) Radtke. She grew up and attended school at Flagler, Colo...
Sylvia Robin Ahrens (12/26/08)
July 27, 2008-Dec. 25, 2008 Sylvia Robin Ahrens died at her home in McCook, Thursday, December 25, 2008. She was 4 months and 28 days old. She was born July 27, 2008 in McCook to Kenneth M. and Katrina M. (Weaver) Ahrens. Her grandmother, Minnie Ahrens preceded her in death...
Harry J. Huston (12/26/08)
Sept. 1, 1922-Dec. 25, 2008 Harry J. Huston, age 86, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was born Sept. 1, 1922, at Ragan, Neb., to Jesse McKinley and Helen Christine (Abraham) Huston. He attended school at Chase County High School...
Gabe Thomas Juenemann (12/26/08)
Nov. 13, 2008 - Dec. 24, 2008 OBERLIN -- Gabe Thomas Juenemann, infant son of Gary and Jennifer (Chason) Juenemann died Wednesday (Dec. 24, 2008) in Oberlin. He was born Nov. 13, 2008, in McCook. Survivors include his parents, Gary and Jennifer of Oberlin; grandparents, John and Hank Juenemann of Oberlin, Keith and Cathy Madsen of Laurence Harbor, NJ., and Audie and Ella Chason of Captain Cook, Hawaii; great-grandmother, Josefa Chason of Topeka, Kan.; step-great-grandparents, Richard and Viola Madsen of Lenexa, Kan.; brothers, Wade, Brent, Troy, Jeff, Drew and Josh Juenemann, all of Oberlin; and sister, Jenna Juenemann of Oberlin.. ...
Arda M. Krepcik (12/26/08)
1933 - 2008 CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Arda M. Krepcik, 75, died on Dec. 21, 2008 in Cheyenne. She was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Arapahoe, Neb. Mrs. Krepcik was a waitress and had previously owned two restaurants. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness faith and a participant in the Foster Grandparent Program...
Leland Donald Rogers (12/24/08)
March 20, 1915 - Dec. 22. 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Leland Donald Rogers, formerly of Arapahoe, died Monday (Dec. 22, 2008) at Tiffany Square Care Center at Grand Island. He was born on a farm north of Holbrook on March 20, 1915, to James O. and Verl (Ellis) Rogers. ...
Duane A. 'Red' Breinig (12/24/08)
Dec. 27, 1939 - Dec. 22, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Duane A. "Red" Breinig, 68, died Monday (Dec. 22, 2008) at his home in Arapahoe. He was born Dec. 27, 1939, on the family farm north of Arapahoe in Furnas County to Francis and Elsie (Dudden) Breinig. He grew up on the family farm and attended the Bruce and Gardner country schools until the eighth grade...
Jennifer Louise Vaughn (12/23/08)
March 20, 1954 - Dec. 21, 2008 HOLDREGE -- Jennifer Louise Vaughn, 54, died Sunday (Dec. 21, 2008) at her home in Holdrege. She was born March 20, 1954, at McCook to Kenneth and Helen (Kennedy) Vaughn. She received her primary education at District No. 41 in Red Willow County, north of McCook. She then attended Trenton Public Schools and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1972...
Goldie Agnes (Edmonds) Randolph (12/23/08)
May 5, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2008 INDIANOLA -- Goldie Agnes (Edmonds) Randolph of Indianola, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was 86 years old. Goldie was born on May 5, 1922, in Greentop, Mo., to Grace Estella (McBrien) and Emmett Earl Edmonds. Her family moved from Greentop to Red Cloud in 1926, and then moved to Hendley in 1929...
Burdette C. Melchert (12/23/08)
Jan. 3, 1929 - Dec. 21, 2008 TRENTON -- Burdette Cecil Melchert died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland, Neb., at the age of 79. He was born Jan. 3, 1929, at Stratton, Neb., the son of the late Oscar and Esther (Bauerle) Melchert. He grew up at Stratton where he graduated from Stratton High School. He entered the U.S. Navy serving from 1951 to 1954...
Mildred Mousel Reeves (12/22/08)
Dec. 4, 1916 - Dec. 20, 2008 CAMBRIDGE -- Mildred Mousel Reeves, 92, died Saturday (Dec. 20, 2008) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 4, 1916, in Cambridge to Aaron and Hazel (Downey) Mousel. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1934...
Florence M. (Van Vleet) Moyer (12/22/08)
July 20, 1908 - Dec. 19, 2008 ST. FRANCIS -- Florence M. (Van Vleet) Moyer, 100, died Friday (Dec. 16, 2008) at Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis. She was born July 20, 1908, in Danbury. She married Orville Moyer. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville in 1988 and son, Dale Moyer in 1996...
Velda Ward (12/22/08)
Aug. 18, 1925 - Dec. 19, 2008 OBERLIN -- Velda Ward, 83, died Friday (Dec. 19, 2008) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born Aug. 18, 1925, on a farm in Norton County, Kan., to Hiram and Bertha (Crabill) Fullerton. She grew up in rural Norcatur, Kan., and attended Long Branch Country School. She graduated in 1943, from Norcatur High School...
Dr. Gary L. Nielsen (12/19/08)
Aug. 31, 1945-Dec. 18, 2008 Dr. Gary L. Nielsen of McCook, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Community Hospital after a short courageous battle with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He was 63 years old. He was born on Aug. 31, 1945, at Tacoma, Wash., to Richard Andrew and Verna Pauline (Lohr) Nielsen. ...
Elsie Mae (Robeson) Hall (12/17/08)
May 4, 1914 - Dec. 14, 2008 BEAVER CITY -- Elsie Mae (Robeson) Hall, 94, of Beaver City, died Sunday (Dec. 14, 2008) at Beaver City Manor. She was born May 4, 1914, at Holbrook to Andrew and Osa (Mulford) Robeson. She attended school at District 71 in Furnas County for eight years, then Hendley High School at Hendley for three years and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1931...
Tamara 'Tammy' Jo Tophane (12/17/08)
Sept. 18, 1973 - Dec. 15, 2008 Tamara "Tammy" Jo Tophane was born Sept. 18, 1973, at Omaha, Neb., and passed away Dec. 15, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 35. She and her brother Michael, were adopted by Ronald and Marilyn (Bryan) Tophane. Tammy grew up in Culbertson, Neb., where she attended elementary school...
Sheridan R. Magnani (12/18/08)
Jan. 5, 1933 - Dec.15, 2008 BENKELMAN - Sheridan R. Magnani, 75, died Monday (Dec. 15, 2008) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born Jan. 5, 1933, to Sheridan "Ray" and Anna (Pettit) Magnani, in Cheyenne County, Kan., near the farm where he grew up and spent most of his life. He attended elementary school in a small country school near his home. He attended and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1951...
Victor Vincent Stasser (12/17/08)
May 9, 1914 - Dec. 13, 2008 HAIGLER -- Victor Vincent Stasser, 94, of Haigler, died Saturday (Dec. 13, 2008) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. He was born to Jacob F. and Zadie M. (Cook) Stasser on May 9, 1914, in Cheyenne County, Kan., and attended country school near his home...
Thomas Leo Junker (12/17/08)
July 5, 1937 - Dec. 15, 2008 INDIANOLA -- Thomas Leo Junker of Indianola died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He was 71 years old. Thomas was born on July 5, 1937, at Marble, Colo., to Floyd Edward and Elizabeth Mary (Lehn) Junker...
Wallace 'Wally' L. Jensen (12/16/08)
Anna Ruth Brown (12/16/08)
Leslie H. Walters-Cheatham (12/16/08)
Aug. 7, 1919 - Dec. 13, 2008 OBERLIN -- Leslie H. Walters, 89, formerly of Oberlin, died Saturday (Dec. 13, 2008) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was born Aug. 7, 1919, in Quanah, Texas to Walter and Lillian (Smith) Cheatham. He grew up in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II...
Daniel Liebig (12/16/08)
Aug. 27, 1923 - Dec. 14, 2008 WAUNETA -- Daniel Liebig, 85, died Sunday (Dec. 14, 2008) at Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 14, 2008, in Platte Center to Adolph and Mary Liebig. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School. After completing his sophomore year in high school, he began farming full-time on the family farm...
Kenneth Verner Carlson (12/16/08)
May 30, 1928 - Dec. 14, 2008 Kenneth Verner Carlson, 80, died Sunday (Dec. 14, 2008) at Hillcrest Nursing Home. He was born May 30, 1928, south of Herndon on the family farm to Carl Robert and Mina May (Anderson) Carlson. On Sept. 22, 1957, he married Betty Marie (Eggers) Stone in Atwood. He adopted her children, Carol, Norma and Bruce Gerald on June 21, 1958...
Joan Marilyn Olson (12/16/08)
July 24, 1930 - Dec. 12, 2008 CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Joan Marilyn Olson, age 78, died peacefully of lung cancer in the company of her children on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at her home in Camarillo, Calif. Joan was born on July 24, 1930, in Barnston, Neb., to Blaine Fletcher and Mary (Stromer) Fletcher Jarl. She grew up in McCook and was a proud member of the McCook High School Class of 1948...
Joan L. Gufford (12/15/08)
May 19, 1933 - Dec. 14, 2008 CAMBRIDGE -- Joan L. Gufford, 75, died at Sunday (Dec. 14, 2008) at her home in Cambridge. She was born in Cambridge, May 19, 1933. She grew up in the Cambridge area and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1951. She worked while in high school for Dr. Taylor's dentist office and the Minnick Hospital. She move to Denver to take a job...
Aloysius B. Schuhart (12/15/08)
April 27, 1923 - Dec. 12, 2008 LEOVILLE -- Aloysius B. Schuhart, 85, died Friday (Dec. 12, 2008) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. He was born April 27, 1923, in Sheridan County, Kan., to Peter J. and Anna (Ritter) Schuhart. He grew up on the family farm near Leoville and attended Green Valley School...
Wanda L. Turner (12/15/08)
Feb. 28, 1954 - Dec. 11, 2008 LOGAN, Kan. -- Wanda Lea Turner died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Logan Manor Nursing Home at Logan, Kan., at the age of 54. She was born Feb. 28, 1954, in Norton, Kan., the daughter of the late Robert A. and Laura Belle (Laughlin) Turner. ...
Gladys Katherine Awtrey (12/15/08)
Aug. 25, 1927 -- Nov. 28, 2008 TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gladys Katherine Awtrey, age 81, died Nov. 28, 2008, at Stormont-Vail Health Center in Topeka. She was born Aug. 25, 1927, in La Junta, Colo., the daughter of George and Katherine (Schimpf) Dorsch. Gladys had lived in Ulysses since 1963. She grew up near La Junta and graduated from La Junta High School...
Richard Cox (12/15/08)
March 11, 1936 - Dec. 12, 2008 MAYWOOD -- Richard Cox, 72, of Sutherland, formerly of Maywood, died on Friday (Dec. 12, 2008) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He was born on March 11, 1936, at Maywood to Richard and Rita (Bates) Cox. He graduated from Maywood High School. He served his country in the U. S. Army from January 1955-January 1958. He worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads...
Edward Hlavinka (12/15/08)
Jan. 4, 1923 - Dec. 11, 2008 Edward Hlavinka died Thursday (Dec. 11, 2008) at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook at the age of 85. He was born on a farm near Ord, Neb., in Valley County on Jan. 4, 1923, the son of Frank and Mary (Dohnal) Hlavinka. He went to country school which was during the time of the Great Depression, drought, dust storms, grass hoppers and heat...
Lois (Hansen) McBee (12/12/08)
Jan. 22, 1942-Dec. 8, 2008 Lois (Hansen) McBee passed away Dec. 8, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz., surrounded by immediate family. Lois was born in Correctionville, Iowa on Jan. 22, 1942. She married Ward McBee on March 23, 1959 and enjoyed raising her four daughters and being a farmer's wife in Culbertson, Neb. Ward and Lois moved to Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1994 to enjoy the warm weather and to be closer to grandchildren...
Helen M. Colfer (12/12/08)
June 29, 1915 - Nov. 30, 2008 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Helen M. Colfer, 93, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on Nov. 30, 2008. Helen was born on June 29, 1915, in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she grew up. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in primary education from the University of Nebraska in 1937. Her first teaching assignment was in McCook, where she met and married Thomas Colfer in 1939. After 60 years of marriage, Tom predeceased Helen in 1999...
Daniel Gene Swanson (12/09/08)
Jim Cassey (12/11/08)
Dec. 1, 1939 - Dec. 7, 2008 GRAND ISLAND -- Jim Cassey, 69, of Grand Island, died Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008) at St. Francis Medical Center. Memorial services will be Friday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m., at Central Catholic High School. The Rev. Mike McDermott will officiate...
Albert William 'Bill' Davis (12/11/08)
Sept. 17, 1940 - Nov. 29.2008 OMAHA -- Albert William "Bill" Davis, age 68 years of Omaha and surrounding communities. passed away Nov. 29, 2008. He was born in McCook Sept. 17, 1940. Bill was a dedicated teacher his whole life. He spent 30 years at Papillion-LaVista Junior High and many years with the Boystown Hotline...
Elda L. Campbell (12/11/08)
Oct. 8, 1918 - Dec. 10, 2008 COLBY, Kan. -- Elda L. Campbell, 90, died Wednesday (Dec. 10, 2008) at Citizen Medical Center in Colby, Kan. She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Allison, Kan., to Richard and Lena (King) Kincaid. She grew up in Allison and attended Allison Schools...
Ruth Lucile Madron (12/09/08)
Feb. 17, 1916 - Dec. 7, 2008 Ruth Lucile Madron departed this life Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was 92 years old. Ruth was born in McCook on Feb. 17, 1916, to Raymond Vear and Edith May (Lytle) Huet. She graduated from McCook High School in 1932...
Janet B. Campbell (12/09/08)
Dec. 31, 1927 - Dec. 6, 2008 Janet Beth Campbell, 80 of Grand Island, formerly of McCook, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Seward County to James Benjamin and Nellie (Brittel) Walford, Jan grew up on the family farm east of Gresham, Neb., and graduated from Gresham High School in 1945. She attended Hastings College...
Crystal Dawn Abbott (12/09/08)
Feb. 8, 1982 - Dec. 1, 2008 AURORA - Crystal Dawn Abbott, 26, of Aurora died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City. Memorial services were Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Ms. Abbott was born Feb. 8, 1982, at Grand Island to Barry Lee and Marilyn Sue (Dahnke) Abbott...
Benito Garcia Sr. (12/09/08)
March 21, 1913 - Dec. 8, 2008 Benito Garcia, Sr., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 95 years old. Benito was born on March 21, 1913, in Manchester, Kan., to Jose R. and Maria (Pelagio) Garcia. He married Maria Lucille Rodriguez on July 27, 1937, in McCook. They made their home in McCook where they raised their four children. Ben was a local construction contractor for more than 60 years. He also taught at the McCook Job Corp...
Roy William 'Bill' Hall (12/09/08)
Jan. 2, 1952 - Dec. 6, 2008 BENKELMAN -- Roy William "Bill" Hall, 56, of Benkelman, died Saturday (Dec. 6, 2008) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Jan. 2, 1952, to Harold H. and Lucile M. (Hinrichsen) Hall and attended school in Benkelman. ...
Daniel Joseph Wallen (12/08/08)
Jan. 4, 1951 - Dec. 2, 2008 Daniel Joseph Wallen of McCook, died Dec. 2, 2008, at Kindred Hospital in Houston, Texas after a short but valiant fight with cancer. He was 57 years old. On Jan. 4, 1951, he was born in McCook to Robert L. and Carollee G. (Franklin) Wallen. He graduated from McCook High School in 1969, McCook Junior College in 1971 and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1973. 

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Ramona A. Chambers (12/03/08)
Nov. 7, 1928 - Nov. 29, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- Ramona A. Chambers, 80, of Cambridge, formerly of Arapahoe and Wilsonville, died Saturday (Nov. 29, 2008) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 7, 1928, on the family farm near Lyle, Kan., to Harry D. and Aril A. (Ankenman) Warner. She attended Lebanon High School and graduated with the class of 1946...
B. June Roepke (12/02/08)
June 12, 1921 - Nov. 30, 2008 ARAPAHOE -- B. June Roepke, 87, died Sunday (Nov. 30, 2008) at Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney. She was born June 12, 1921, on the family farm south of Arapahoe to William H. and Hazel (Elston) McCoy. She attended Arapahoe High School and graduated in 1938...
Alden H. Rogers (12/01/08)
Dec. 3, 1916 - Nov. 27, 2008 ATWOOD -- Alden Herbert Rogers, 91, died Thursday (Nov. 27, 2008) at his home. He was born Dec. 3, 1916, to Henry and Elma Oyster Rogers. He attended school in Atwood and graduated from Rawlins County High School in 1936. He lived and worked on the family farm until October of 1940, when he moved to Vernon, Calif., to work...