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Obituaries from February 2009

Elaine Winnifred Wilson Wallace (02/27/09)
Elaine W. Wallace (02/27/09)
BENKELMAN -- Elaine W. Wallace, 83, died Thursday (Feb. 26, 2009) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. Services are pending. Information will be provided as it becomes available. Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman...
Rose Ellen Doyle (02/27/09)
Jan. 9, 1932 - Feb. 25, 2009 Rose Ellen Doyle, age 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 in Kearney at Good Samaritan Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 9, 1932, in McCook to Arthur and Mary (Lepper) Koetter. She graduated from McCook High School in 1948...
Ardith Helen Morris (02/27/09)
Nov.15, 1929 - Feb. 25, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Ardith Helen Morris, 79, formerly of Holbrook and McCook, died Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2009) at Premier Estates in North Platte. She was born Nov. 15, 1929, at Elwood to Vernon and Ethel (Golden) White. She was raised in the Elwood and Bertrand area and graduated from Bertrand High School. After high school she worked as a cook at Hamburger Inn in Holdrege...
Robert D. 'Bob' Jack (02/25/09)
Oct. 12, 1938 - Feb. 23, 2009 EUSTIS -- Bob Jack, age 70 of Eustis, died Feb. 23, 2009 at the Tri County Hospital in Lexington. He was born Oct. 12, 1938, at Farnam, to Chester and Eva (Lindberg) Jack. Bob entered the Army National Guard when he was in the 11th grade. He graduated from Eustis High School in 1957. He was baptized on June 4, 1961 at the Salem Lutheran Church...
Donald 'Don' Burton Hink (02/25/09)
Aug. 7, 1927 - Feb. 23, 2009 CHAMPION -- Donald "Don" Burton Hink, 81, of Champion, died Monday (Feb. 23, 2009) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Aug. 7, 1927, to Edward A. and Pearl E. (Lindsey) Hink, on his grandfather's homestead in Dundy County. He attended the Crete Grade School and Chase County High School before entering the U.S. Army in February of 1946...
Bryan Wade Witt (02/25/09)
Nov. 10, 1976 - Feb. 21, 2009 PALISADE -- Bryan Wade Witt, age 32, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in Shamrock, Texas. He was born in McCook on Nov. 10, 1976, to Billie D. and Colleen F. (Moreau) Witt. He was in the Special Olympics during high school and graduated from McCook High in 1998...
Donald Stapp (02/25/09)
July 15, 1918 - Feb. 23, 2009 OBERLIN -- Donald Stapp, 90, died Monday (Feb. 23, 2009) at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born July 15, 1918, on a farm northwest of Norcatur to Ray J. and Emma (Bailey) Stapp. He grew up northwest of Norcatur and attended country school and Norcatur High School...
Paul D. Wilmot (02/24/09)
June 21, 1925 - Feb. 22, 2009 KEARNEY -- Paul D. Wilmot, 83, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2009) at his home in Kearney. He was born June 21, 1925, in Wilsonville to Everett H. and Helen (Miller) Wilmot. He graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1943. He entered the service on Oct. ...
Charles Peter Teply (02/24/09)
July 24, 1942 - Dec. 15, 2008 PALISADE -- Charles Peter Teply, 66, of Palisade, died Dec. 15, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. On July 4, 1942, he was born to Charlie and Myrtle (Plunkett) Teply on the family farm and ranch north of Wauneta. Charles spent his youth on the family farm and ranch and attended grade school in a one-room school house until the eighth grade, when he transferred to Wauneta Public School. Charles graduated from Wauneta High School in 1960...
Leslie 'Les' Lloyd Wood (02/24/09)
Nov. 17, 1942 - Feb. 21, 2009 MAYWOOD -- Leslie "Les" Lloyd Wood, 66, died Saturday (Feb. 21, 2009) at his home in Maywood after a year long battle with colon cancer. He was born Nov. 17, 1942, at Maywood to Lloyd Franklin and Ula Rebecca Smith Wood. ...
Tim L. Steinbeck (02/24/09)
Jan. 31, 1975 - Feb. 13, 2009 WRAY -- Tim L. Steinbeck, 34, died Friday (Feb. 13, 2009) in Laird, Colo. He was born Jan. 31, 1975, to Gary and Laura Steinbeck. He lived in Barstow, Calif., where worked in the pistachio groves and the moving business. He also drove truck and was a machinist in Nevada, Mo. He then moved to Illinois, where he drafted maps...
Ned C. Johnson (02/24/09)
March 25, 1921 - Feb. 22, 2009 STRATTON -- Ned C. Johnson, 87, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2009) at Sara Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. He was born March 25, 1921, at Alton, Mo., to James Edward Johnson and Lola Mae Wheeler. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. during World War II and received his honorable discharge in 1945...
Bernard Joseph 'BJ' Farrell (02/23/09)
May 26, 1928 - Feb. 16, 2009 MESA, Ariz. -- Bernard Joseph "BJ" Farrell, 80, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with lung disease. BJ was born May 26, 1928, in McCook, the fourth and youngest son of Frank and Genevieve Farrell. The family farmed near Danbury, Lebanon and Palisade, where BJ finished high school in 1946. He attended college in Lincoln, then served as a clerk in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force...
E. Dale Schrader (02/23/09)
Dec. 31, 1926 - Feb. 19, 2009 E. Dale Schrader, 82, of McCook, formerly of Benkelman, passed away Feb. 19, 2009, in Coolidge, Ariz. He was born in Dundy County, Neb., at the farm home on Dec. 31, 1926, to August and Pearl Schrader. He attended the country school near his home through eighth grade and graduated from Benkelman High School...
Robin Lee Johnson (02/20/09)
July 3, 1951 - Feb. 18, 2009 ALMENA, Kan. -- Robin Lee Johnson, 57, died Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2009) at his home in Almena, Kan. He was born July 3, 1951, to Robert Leroy and Helen Louise (Sidles) Johnson in Bird City, Kan. He grew up on the family farm near McDonald, Kan., and graduated from McDonald Rural High School. ...
Willard Jerome Teel (02/20/09)
March 6, 1928 - Feb. 18, 2009 PUEBLO, Colo. -- Willard Jerome Teel, 80, died Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2009 at Pueblo Hospital. He was born March 6, 1928, at Indianola to Earl and Clara (Hakel) Teel. He graduated from McCook High School and joined the Air Force...
Beverly J. Sutton (02/18/09)
Mary Joan Serbousek (02/19/09)
March 20, 1936 - Feb. 21, 2009 ATKINSON -- Mary Joan Serbousek, 72, formerly of Atkinson, died Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2009) at her home in Grand Island. Survivors include her children, Dr. Mark Serbousek and wife, Mary Jo of McCook and Dr. Leann Serbousek and husband, Terry Tietsort of Edmond, Okla.; brother, Jim Konrath and wife, Cathy of Boise, Idaho; sister, Delores Hulseman and husband, Wally of Guernsey, Wyo.; and two grandchildren...
Jerry Filmore Potter (02/19/09)
March 8, 1945 - Feb. 17, 2009 HAYES CENTER -- Jerry Filmore Potter, 63, of Trenton, Neb., died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born March 8, 1945 in McCook, the son of the late Victor Joy and Cleo Marna (Cross) Potter. ...
Donald Wayne Snellings (02/19/09)
Aug. 30, 1943 - Feb. 15, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Donald Wayne Snellings, of Phoenix, Ariz., was born on Aug. 30, 1943 in Fredericksburg, Va. Donald lost a valiant battle with cancer on Feb. 15, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmet and Julia Snellings of Fredericksburg, Va. ...
Dorothea Jane Hoffman (02/18/09)
Dec. 11, 1915 - Feb. 12, 2009 HOUSTON, Texas -- Dorothea Jane Hoffman, 93, died Thursday (Feb. 12, 2009) in Houston, Texas. She was born Dec. 11, 1915, at Havelock to Charlie and Elizabeth (Wacker) Fahrenbruch. She spent most of her life in Culbertson...
Elsie Katherine Rathbun (02/18/09)
May 25, 1915 - Feb. 16, 2009 NORTH PLATTE -- Elsie Katherine Rathbun was born May 25, 1915, in rural Hayes County, Neb., to Joe and Bertha Tate. Her parents moved to Frisco, Colo., for two years while she and her brother were still small children, where her father hauled supplies to the minors...
Phyllis Ann Warner (02/18/09)
June 1, 1930 - Feb. 16, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Phyllis Ann Warner, 78, died Monday (Feb. 16, 2009) at Denver, Colo. She was born June 1, 1930, at Arapahoe to William and Jerry (Highland) Stewart. She spent her childhood and early family life in Arapahoe and McCook...
Tim L. Steinbeck (02/17/09)
WRAY -- Tim L. Steinbeck, 34, died Friday (Feb. 13, 2009) in Laird, Colo. Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at First Christian Church in Wray. Interment will be in the Haigler Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., at Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home, 427 Adams St., in Wray...
Wanda Melvene Seals (02/17/09)
Aug. 20, 1924 - Feb. 16, 2009 Wanda Melvene Seals died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was 84 years old. On Aug. 20, 1924, she was born in McCook to Charles H. and Bernice (McManigal) Mitchell. She attended McCook schools and lived in the community all her life...
George Allen Randel (02/17/09)
Feb. 10, 1923 - Feb. 13, 2009 George Allen Randel, 86, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was born in Red Willow County on Feb. 10, 1923. He graduated from McCook High School in 1940. Randel enlisted in the Navy in World War II, and served throughout the Pacific Theatre, including being stationed in Japan...
Pauline Phillips (02/17/09)
Jan. 12, 1921 - Feb. 14, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Pauline Phillips, 88, died Saturday (Feb. 14, 2009) at her home in Cambridge. She was born near Bartley on Jan. 12, 1921, to Otis E. and Irene (Mayo) Teter. She graduated from Bartley High School in 1938. After high school she taught country school for several years. She was a polio survivor. She contracted polio at the age of nine and wore braces for more than 17 years...
Joan Ann Wessel (02/17/09)
May 25, 1938 - Feb. 13, 2009 SELDEN -- Joan Ann Wessel, 70, died Friday (Feb. 13, 2009) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was born May 25, 1938, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Wilbur and Floy (McKinney) Ryan. She grew up in Caney, Kan., and attended Caney Public Schools and Coffeyville Junior College. She graduated from the Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Education degree...
Bill Grilli (02/17/09)
Feb. 23, 1947 - Feb. 13, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Bill Grilli, 61, died Friday (Feb. 13, 2009) at his home in Beaver City. He was born Feb. 23, 1947, at Louisville, Colo., to Luigi and Mary (Anselma) Grilli. He grew up in Louisville and attended Louisville Schools. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from July 26, 1966 until July 25, 1968...
Ramona M. Hofman (02/13/09)
Caroline I. Pettera (02/16/09)
Oct. 29, 1912 - Feb. 10, 2009 HERNDON -- Caroline I. Pettera, 96, died Tuesday (Feb. 10, 2009) at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. She was born Oct. 29, 1912, in Ludell Township, Kan., to Joseph T. and Amelia (Vap) Pettera. She was a self-employed domestic worker during her working years...
Maxine Robinson (02/12/09)
Jan. 9, 1932 - Feb. 10, 2009 PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. -- Maxine Robinson, 77, died Tuesday (Feb. 10, 2009) at Phillips County Retirement Center in Phillipsburg, Kan. She was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Stamford, to Lawrence and Yvonne (Bundy) Satter. She grew up in Furnas County...
Leo Francis McConville (02/12/09)
May 28, 1918 - Feb. 11, 2009 INDIANOLA -- Leo Francis McConville of McCook died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home. He was 90 years old. Leo was born on May 28, 1918, in Frontier County, Neb., to Joseph Leo and Grace Frances (Chitwood) McConville. He graduated from Havana High School, Frontier County, in 1934...
Sylvia J. Wachendorfer (02/12/09)
June 21, 1936 - Feb. 10, 2009 SELDEN -- Sylvia J. Wachendorfer, 72, died Tuesday (Feb. 10, 2009) at Citizens Medical Center in Colby, Kan. She was born June 21,1936, in rural Atwood to Ralph and Eleanor (Kundysek) Urban. She grew up on a farm southeast of Atwood and attended Rawlins County District No. 48...
David J. McGee (02/12/09)
Aug. 11, 1927 - Feb. 10, 2009 OBERLIN -- David J. McGee, 81, died Tuesday (Feb. 10, 2009) at Decatur County Good Samaritan Center in Oberlin. He was born Aug. 11, 1927, in McCook to Walter W. and Olive (Wade) McGee. He grew up in Oberlin and graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1947...
Doris A. Black (02/11/09)
June 7, 1925 - Feb. 7, 2009 OBERLIN -- Doris Alene Black, 83, died Saturday (Feb. 7, 2009) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born June 7, 1925, in rural Oberlin to Earl and Mabel (McClellan) Wilson. She grew up in the Traer and Oberlin communities and attended rural grade school. She graduated fron Decatur Community High School...
Margie Marie Eaton (02/09/09)
Virginia J. Hanes (02/10/09)
Oct. 10, 1959 - Feb. 8, 2009 TRENTON -- Virginia J. Hanes, 49, died Sunday (Feb. 8, 2009) at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born Oct. 10, 1959, at Cambridge, to Boyd and Evelyn (Brown) Wagner. She grew up in Furnas and Red Willow Counties and attended high school at Lebanon...
David E. Koerperich (02/10/09)
Sept. 24, 1954 - Feb. 7, 2009 OBERLIN -- David E. Koerperich, 54, died Saturday (Feb. 7, 2009) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He was born Sept. 24, 1954, in Oberlin to Eugene N. and Dolores M. (Reitcheck) Koerperich. He grew up in Oberlin and attended Oberlin Elementary School and Decatur Community High School, graduating in 1972...
Don A. Moorhous (02/09/09)
Feb. 11, 1930-Feb. 5, 2009 Don Allen Moorhous died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., at the age of 78. Don was born Feb. 11, 1930, in rural Culbertson, the son of Charles Fay and Minnie Margaretha (Leimbach) Moorhous. Don was baptized (1930) and confirmed (1945) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Culbertson, Neb...
Geraldine 'Jerry' R.M. Dorwart (02/09/09)
Jan. 20, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2009 Geraldine "Jerry" R.M. Dorwart died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 84 years old. On Jan. 20, 1925, Geraldine was born in Bartley to Charles John and Rose Kathryn (Schaffert) Barth. Geraldine attended grade school in Bartley and high school in Longmont, Colo. She moved back to McCook to attend McCook Junior College...
Minna Emma Noltensmeier (02/09/09)
Aug. 13, 1912 - Feb. 7, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Minna Emma Noltensmeier, 96, died Saturday (Feb. 7, 2009) at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. She was born Aug. 13, 1912, to Henry and Mary (Grafe) Ziems in Bellingham, Wash. She was confirmed on May 13, 1928, at Salem Lutheran Church, south of Elwood in Gosper County. She attended school at Bertrand, Elwood and Holbrook...
Michael C. 'Mike' Papiernik (02/06/09)
Jan. 12, 1948-Feb. 4, 2009 SPRINGFIELD, S.D. -- Michael C. "Mike" Papiernik, 61 of Springfield, S.D., formerly of Ord, Neb., died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, as a result of single automobile accident near Springfield, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, Feb. ...
Don A. Moorhous (02/06/09)
Feb. 11, 1930 - Feb. 5, 2008 CULBERTSON -- Don A. Moorhous, 78 died Thursday (Feb. 5, 2008) at University Medical Center in Omaha. He was born Feb. 11, 1930, at Culbertson. Survivors include his wife, Thelma; children, Pam Miller and husband, Mike of Bayfield Colo., Mike Moorhous and wife, Darlene of Gillette, Wyo., Pat Hagan of Culbertson, Donna Sauvage and husband, John of Selden, Kan., Laurie Orr and husband, Jack of Lemoyne, David Moorhous of St. ...
The Rev. Vivian Joyce Hand (02/05/09)
ATKINSON -- The Rev. Vivian Joyce Hand, 88, died Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2009) at Good Samaritan Center in Atkinson, She was formerly of the McCook area and was living in the Good Samaritan Center for the last several years. She was preceded in death by her parents and special friend, Loraine Lucier...
James Frederick 'Jim' Adkinson (02/05/09)
Dec. 24, 1939 - Feb. 2, 2009 BENKELMAN -- James Frederick "Jim" Adkinson, 69, died Monday (Feb. 2, 2009) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Dec. 26, 1939, at Benkelman, to Ivan Boyd and Vernice G. (Pringle) Adkinson. With his dad being in the military, he moved quite often with his family, and lived in numerous places including Hawaii, Denver, Colo., and Germany...
Raymond Roger Evans (02/05/09)
Feb. 11, 1920 - Feb. 3, 2009 WICHITA, Kan. -- Raymond Roger Evans, 88, formerly of Wichita Kan., died Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2009) at St. John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo. He was born Feb. 11, 1920, to Eska Eugene and Minnie O. Evans in Freedom. He received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army as a pilot...
Kenneth Neil Tridle (02/05/09)
July 25, 1913 - Feb. 4, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Kenneth Neil Tridle, 95, died Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2009) at Independence Home in Lincoln. He was born near Orafino on July 25, 1913, to Ralph and Effie (Drake) Tridle. He grew up on the family farm and attended Orafino schools...
John E. Rule (02/05/09)
Nov. 22, 1925 - Feb. 1, 2009 CLAYTON, Kan. -- John E. Rule, 83, died Sunday (Feb. 1, 2009) at his home in Clayton. He was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Paonia, Colo., to Blakey and Blanche (Reid) Rule. The family moved to Clayton, where he grew up and attended school...
Florence E. Frakes (02/02/09)
Donna Jane Gessleman (02/04/09)
June 14, 1934 - Feb. 3, 2009 CULBERTSON -- Donna Jane Gessleman of Culbertson died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. She was 74 years old. Donna was born June 14, 1934, in Wood Lake, Neb., to Elmer Donald and Inez Viola (Kime) Hoisington. She graduated from Valentine High School in 1952...
Roger L. Shimek (02/03/09)
Nov. 1, 1933 - Feb. 1, 2009 JENNINGS -- Roger L. Shimek, 75, died Sunday (Feb. 1, 2009) in Kearney. He was born Nov. 1, 1933, on the family farm in Decatur County to Willie and Ellen (Cilek) Shimek. He grew up in the Jennings area and graduated from Jennings High School in 1952. He attended Kansas State University and Fort Hayes State University, graduating in 1962...
Arthur James "Jimmy" Alegria (02/03/09)
July 31, 1953 - Jan. 31, 2009 Arthur James "Jimmy" Alegria died Saturday (Jan. 31, 2009) at his home in McCook. He was 55 years old. Jimmy was born on July 31, 1953, in Sutherland to Arthur Alegria and Tomasa (Gaona) Jarvis. He attended Aurora High School and graduated in 1971. He continued his education at North Platte Vo-Tech School studying Auto Body...
Jean Mardelle (Barker) McNeal (02/03/09)
Oct. 30, 1916 - Jan. 6, 2009 SAN GABRIEL, Calif. -- Jean McNeal passed away at her home in San Gabriel, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Jean, the daughter of Fred and Iva Irene (Mills) Barker, was born Oct. 30, 1916, in Atlantic, Iowa, and moved to Max, Neb., where she grew up and attended Max Rural Public School and graduated in 1934...
Lynn D. Stevens (02/02/09)
Feb. 4, 1940 - Jan. 31, 2009 BEATRICE -- Lynn D. Stevens went to his eternal home Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. He passed away at Good Samaritan Home in Beatrice, Neb., at the age of 68. He was born Feb. 4, 1940, to Orville and S. Dessa (Wilkinson) Stevens in Beatrice. ...
Kurt Lee Propes (02/02/09)
Nov. 22, 1961 - Jan. 28, 2009 FORT MEYERS, Fla. --Kurt Propes passed away Jan. 28, 2009, at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center at the age of 47. He was born Nov. 22, 1961, in McCook to Robert and LouAnn (Lewis) Propes. Kurt graduated from McCook Senior High School in 1980...
Michael Allen Gufford (02/02/09)
March 12, 1957 -- Jan. 30, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Michael Allen Gufford passed away on Jan. 30, 2009, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., surrounded by his family and friends. Michael was born on March 12, 1957, at March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif., the son of Charles and Joan Gufford. He was the younger of two brothers born to the couple...