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Obituaries from April 2009

Florence Louise Slater Roach (04/30/09)
Aug. 17, 1929 - April 25, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Florence Roach, 79, died April 25, 2009, at The Manor in Cambridge. She was born Aug. 17, 1929, to Helen Williams Slater and Frank Henry Slater in Tooele, Utah. To those who knew Flo, her life may have seemed ordinary, but throughout her life she showed courage, determination and great strength. ...
Ewald Emil Werschke (04/29/09)
March 6, 1920 - April 28, 2009 PALISADE -- Ewald Emil Werschke, formerly of Palisade, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse. He was 89 years old. He was born March 6, 1920, in Enders to Theodore L. and Matilda (Schultz) Werschke. ...
Gerold Alfred Bodeman (04/29/09)
Oct. 10, 1921 - April 28, 2009 PALISADE -- Gerold Alfred Bodeman was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Hayes County to Lee A. and Alza Donzella "Dot" (Hilton) Bodeman at their home north of Palisade. He passed from life on April 28, 2009, at the age of 87...
Samuel McNeal Roberts (04/29/09)
Sept. 17, 1936 -April 26, 2009 Samuel McNeal Roberts, age 72, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born Sept. 17, 1936, in Joplin, Mo., to D. G. (Bob) and Mary Juanita (Higgins) Roberts. The family moved from Missouri to Arizona in 1947. ...
Ray E. Aldrich (04/29/09)
Jan. 31, 1921 -- April 26, 2009 Ray E. Aldrich, 88, peacefully passed away from this life at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook after a long battle with Parkinson's. Ray was born Jan. 31, 1921, on a farm north of Cambridge to Albert and Mabel (Harmon) Aldrich. ...
Charles William Heaton (04/29/09)
Jan. 22, 1926 - April 26, 2009 HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- On April 26, 2009, Charles William (Bill) Heaton entered into eternal peace in Hendersonville, N.C. His parents, Ollie and Temple Heaton and his wife of 59 years, Rita Marie Heaton, preceded him in death...
Carl Stanley Mohr (04/28/09)
Feb.12, 1945 - April 14, 2009 SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Carl Stanley Mohr, 64, of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away April 14, 2009, in Surprise, Ariz. Stan was born Feb. 12, 1945, in McCook to Carl and Doris (Cox) Mohr. He grew up in McCook and graduated in 1964. He attended barber school in Omaha, Neb., and graduated in May 1965, returning to McCook to barber from 1965-2001...
Betty M. Overbye (04/24/09)
June 4, 1926-April 24, 2009 Betty M. Overbye died April 24, 2009 at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. She was 82 years old. On June 4, 1926 she was born to Ira Ernest and Maggie (Woods) Peters at Denver, Colo. She grew up south of McCook and received her GED from McCook College. She worked at the Rubber Hose Manufacturing for around 14 years...
E. Blanche Smith (04/24/09)
Billy F. Shafer (04/27/09)
Sept. 24, 1934 - April 24, 2009 Billy F. Shafer died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his home in McCook at the age of 74. He was born Sept. 25, 1934, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of the late Edward and Josephine (Schmidt) Shafer. He grew up at St. Joseph, where he attended St. Patrick's High School...
Charlotte Ann Ganser (04/27/09)
May 6, 1927 - April 23, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Charlotte Ann Ganser, 81 of Beaver City, died Thursday (April 23, 2009) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. She was born May 6, 1927, in Madison to Edward L. and Mary Ann (Rowlette) Reeves. She grew up in Madison and attended Madison High School...
Nelda Vaughn (04/27/09)
May 14, 1918 - April 24, 2009 OBERLIN -- Nelda Vaughn, 90, died Friday (April 24, 2009) in Oberlin. She was born May 14, 1918, in Decatur County to Milo F. and Edna (Whartman) Rhodes. She grew up in Decatur County near Dresden, Kan., and attended school in Dresden...
Charlotte Rogers (04/24/09)
Feb. 8, 1929 - April 23, 2009 Charlotte Elizabeth Rogers died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook at the age of 80. She was born Feb. 8, 1929, in Red Willow County, the daughter of the late Charles and Bessie (Meyers) Wilcox. Charlotte grew up on the family farm and attended McCook High School and received her GED from Republican Valley High School in 1975...
Charles Vrbas (04/24/09)
March 15, 1923 - April 22, 2009 PALISADE -- Charles J. Vrbas passed away at the family farm home near Palisade on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. He was born in Beardsley, Kan., on March 15, 1923, to Frank and Mary (Bartosovsky) Vrbas. He attended a country school near Beardsley through the eight grade...
Robert G. Wurm (04/24/09)
June 29, 1921 - April 22, 2009 OBERLIN -- Robert G. Wurm, 87, died Wednesday (April 22, 2009) at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born June 29, 1921, to George J. and Elizabeth (Hoffbauer) Wurm, in Traer, Kan. He grew up in Traer and Oberlin and attended Green Valley, Oberlin Elementary and Decatur Community High School...
LeRoy 'Roy' D. VanPelt (04/24/09)
July 21, 1945 - April 22, 2009 OBERLIN -- LeRoy "Roy" VanPelt, 63, died Wednesday (April 22, 2009) in Oberlin. He was born July 21,1945, in Akron, Colo. He worked as a driller for Murfin Oil Company. Survivors include his wife, Dona VanPelt of Oberlin; son, Brian and wife, Shaundell VanPelt of Hays, Kan.; daughter, Lisa and husband, Glenn Dreiling of Colwich, Kan.; brothers, Keith and wife, Maritta VanPelt of Oberlin and Charlie and wife, Janelle VanPelt of Indianola; and four grandchildren.. ...
Otto Zapp (04/24/09)
Aug. 26, 1922 - April 21, 2009 ORD -- Otto Zapp, 86 of Ord died Tuesday (April 21, 2009) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Island. He was born Aug, 26, 1922, at Worshach, Germany to Gustav and Hermine (Schehr) Zapp. At the age of two, the family immigrated to the United States. The family settled on a farm at Culbertson. He was raised in Culbertson where he received his education and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1940...
Beverly Ann Fritz (04/24/09)
July 14, 1937 - April 23, 2009 INDIANOLA -- Beverly Ann Fritz of Indianola died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was 71 years old. Beverly was born July 14, 1937, in Cambridge to Walter E. and Loretta Elizabeth (Kehr) Baker. She attended Cambridge Public Schools...
Betty M. Overbye (04/24/09)
TRENTON -- Betty M. Overbye, 82, died today (April 24, 2009) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. Funeral information will be available online at www.carpenterbreland.com or mccookgazette.com. Services are pending and will be announced later by Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook, which is in charge of arrangements...
Clyde Hoff (04/21/09)
Douglas Dryden Dutton (04/23/09)
Sept. 13, 1939 - April 20, 2009 IMPERIAL -- Douglas Dryden Dutton, 69, died April 20, 2009, at his home in Imperial after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born to Renold and Sarah (Bowley) Dutton on Sept. 13, 1939, in Anselmo. He graduated from Anselmo High School in 1957. After his graduation, he moved to Imperial where his parents were living. He was baptized into the Christian faith on Oct. 25, 1953, at the Christian Church in Broken Bow...
Mark Gregory Glasco (04/22/09)
March 2, 1962 - April 14, 2009 BENKELMAN -- Mark Gregory Glasco, 47, formerly of Benkelman, died Tuesday (April 14, 2009) at his home in Denver, Colo.
 He was born March 2, 1962, at McCook to Harold and Mary (O'Brien) Glasco and grew up in the Benkelman area. He graduated from Benkelman High School in 1980 and went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Denver University...
Timothy Lee Grafel (04/21/09)
July 29, 1967 - April 19, 2009 Timothy Lee Grafel, of Holdrege died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings. He was 42. He was born in McCook to Elmore L. and Beverley A. (Young) Grafel on July 29, 1967. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1984...
Marie Elsie O'Dea (04/20/09)
Loy M. Teter (04/21/09)
March 22, 1920 - April 18, 2009 BARTLEY -- Loy M. Teter, 89, of Wolbach, died Saturday (April 18, 2009) at Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island. She was born March 22, 1920, at Bartley to John F. and Edith L. (Parmalee) Teter. She received her education in Bartley...
Donald J. Harr (04/21/09)
Oct. 8, 1927 - April 20, 2009 Donald J. Harr, 81, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. Don was an active businessman and community leader in McCook for many years. He served on the McCook City Council, McCook Chamber of Commerce, Community Hospital Board of Directors and McCook National Bank Board of Directors...
Helen M. Jones (04/20/09)
Dec. 20, 1919 - April 17, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Helen M. Jones, 89, died Friday (April 17, 2009) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born east of Cambridge in Furnas County on Dec. 20, 1919, to Alfred and Hilma (Olson) Johnson. Helen graduated from Cambridge High School in 1938. She worked on the farm with her family for several years after graduation...
Robert 'Bob' W. Johnson (04/20/09)
July 11, 1930 - April 12, 2009 BENKELMAN - Robert "Bob" W. Johnson, 78, peacefully passed from this life on Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Neb., after a valiant battle with Parkinson's disease. At his request cremation rites were accorded and a memorial to celebrate his life will be Sunday, April 26, at Rainbow Fountain Park community room in Benkelman, Nebraska from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m...
Diann D. Colson (04/20/09)
April 25, 1951 - April 18, 2009 LEXINGTON -- Diann D. Colson, 57, died Saturday (April 18, 2009) at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. She was born April 25, 1951, at Lewistown, Mont., to Ira and Almira (Warren) Drake. She grew up in Montana and graduated from Hardin High School in Hardin, Mont., in 1969. She attended Business College in Billings, Mont...
Berniece 'Bee' A. James (04/17/09)
May 26, 1911-April 14, 2009 TEMPLE, Texas -- Berniece Agnes "Bee" James, loving, devoted and prayerful wife, mother and grandmother went to be with Our Lord on April 14, 2009, at Temple, Texas. Berniece was born on May 26, 1911, in Beaver City, Neb. Over the 97 years she was on this earth, she lived in McCook, Neb., Temple, Texas and Kerrville, Texas. Berniece was a wonderful role model for her family. She had a joyful and positive outlook in everything she did...
Don Peterson (04/17/09)
IMPERIAL -- Don Peterson, 80, died Thursday (April 16, 2009) at Chase County Hospital. Survivors include his sister, Barbara Cline and husband, Harvey of Glendeive, Mont. Memorial services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., (MT) at United Methodist Church in Imperial with the Rev. Kay Alnor officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial...
Homer F. Fisher (04/14/09)
Rita M. Bauer (04/14/09)
Oct. 15, 1929 - April 12, 2009 Rita Marie Bauer died Sunday, April 12, 2009 at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 79. She was born Oct. 15, 1929, at Kearney, Neb., the daughter of the late Russell and Agnes (Litjen) Lawrence. She grew up at Kearney where she graduated from Kearney High School in 1948. ...
Iris (Joy) Thompson (04/14/09)
May 21, 1921 - Sept. 21, 2008 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. She married to Dale Thompson in 1942, and following their marriage they resided on several Army bases during World War II and then returned to McCook where they farmed and raised registered Herefords...
Nola Mae Edwards (04/14/09)
July 21, 1919 - April 10, 2009 WAUNETA -- Nola Mae Edwards of Denver, Colo. passed away Friday, April 10, 2009, at Porter Hospital in Denver, Colo. at the age of 89 years old. Nola was born to Linus (Shorty) Breece and Clara Mae (Glaser) Soule in Wray, Colo. on July 21, 1919. She graduated from Stratton High School...
Jerry L. Bagan (04/14/09)
July 20, 1921 - April 13, 2009 Jerry L. Bagan died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 87 years old. Jerry was born July 20, 1921, in McCook to Wilfred J. and Marguerite (McAdams) Bagan. He graduated from McCook High School in 1939. He attended one year at Creighton University before being drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the 100th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, during World War II...
Leslie 'Les' Leochner Sr. (04/14/09)
March 12, 1922 - April 12, 2009 LUDELL, Kan. -- Leslie "Les" Leochner Sr., 87, died Sunday (April 12, 2009) at his home in Ludell. He was born March 12, 1922, in Ludell to Leonard and Emma M. Leochner. He was the former postmaster at Ludell. Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Ludell; three sons, Leslie Jr. ...
Nola Mae Edward (04/13/09)
Nola Mae Edwards of Denver, Colo. passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 at Porter Hospital in Denver, Colo. at the age of 89 years old. Nola was born to Linus (Shorty) Breece and Clara Mae (Glaser) Soule in Wray, Colo. on July 21, 1919. She graduated from Stratton High School...
Merna Elizabeth Mills Cross (04/13/09)
Feb. 20, 1914 - April 10, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Merna Elizabeth Mills Cross, 95, formerly of Arapahoe, died Friday (April 10, 2009) at Columbine Health Center in Fort Collins, Colo. She was born Feb. 20, 1914, at Edison to Ray and Grace Steward Mills. She grew up on a farm at Edison and graduated from Oxford High School in 1931...
John W. Weskamp Jr. (04/13/09)
April 3, 1924 - April 11, 2009 John W. Weskamp, Jr. died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home. He was 85 years old. John was born on April 3, 1924, the youngest of six children, to John W. and Lena (Reiners) Weskamp, Sr., in Frontier County. He graduated from Red Willow High School in 1942...
Leona May Houghtelling (04/10/09)
Nov. 3, 1923- April 8, 2009 NORTH PLATTE -- Leona May Houghtelling, daughter of Ira Andrew and Matilda May (Fisher) Williams was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Bird City Kan. She departed this life Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Linden Court in North Platte Nebraska. She was 85 years old...
Harold Leland Hall (04/10/09)
Dec. 6, 1930-April 7, 2009 Harold Leland Hall of McCook died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure. He was 78 years old. Harold was born on Dec. 6, 1930, in Fairbury, Neb., to Albert and Eva (Harmon) Hall. The family moved to Fairmont when Harold was a young boy. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 1948...
Guy E. Pierce (04/08/09)
Joyce Lavaughn Hastings (04/08/09)
May 31, 1940 - April 6, 2009 HAYES CENTER -- Joyce Lavaughn Hastings, of Hayes Center, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Center in North Platte after a short courageous battle with cancer. She was 68 years old. Joyce was born to Harley A. and Helen Marie (Phelps) Scott in Scottsbluff, Neb., on May 31, 1940. She attended school in Palisade...
Camilla Celestine Pahl Orvis (04/08/09)
June 27, 1918 - April 6, 2009 Camilla Celestine Pahl Orvis passed from this life on April 6, 2009, at her home in McCook. Camilla was born June 27, 1918, to Mary and Arnold Pahl in Orafino, Neb. She graduated from Wilsonville High School. Her marriage to Oliver Orvis Sept. ...
Esther Viola Marble (04/07/09)
March 23, 1929 - April 5, 2009 ALMENA, Kan. -- Esther Viola Marble, 80, of Almena, Kan., died Sunday (April 5, 2009) at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She was born March 23, 1929, at Almena to Jimmie and Agnes (Picraux) Shearer. She was a life long resident of Almena. She attended country schools near Almena...
Novella Ann Hewett (04/07/09)
July 29, 1914 - April 6, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Novella Ann Hewett, 94, of Beaver City, died Monday (April 6, 2009) at Harlan County Hospital at Alma. She was born July 29, 1914, at Deer Trail, Colo., to James and Grace (Booth) Nichol. The family moved to a farm near Logan, Kan., in 1916. She grew up in Bow Creek Community, graduating from Densmore, Kan., High School in 1933...
Piper Brooklyn Waddell (04/07/09)
BARTLEY -- Piper Brooklyn Waddell, infant daughter of Michael Paul and Rebecca Sue (Gilliam) Waddell of Bartley, went to be with Jesus on Friday, April 3, 2009. She was born at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Survivors include her parents, Michael and Rebecca Waddell of Bartley; two sisters, TayLynn and Audra Waddell of Bartley; maternal grandparents, Brent and Lori Cobb of McCook and Earl "Butch" and Sherry Gilliam of Lincoln; paternal grandparents, Trudy and Jerry Burkholder of Bartley; great-grandparents, Kenneth and Janice Waddell of McCook, Joyce Gilliam of Milligan, Jo Burkholder of Corsicana, Texas, Doris Phillips of Sedona, Ariz., Kenneth and Jean Kohlmann of Lincoln and Francis Shiree of Lincoln; great-great-grandmother, Dorothy Eisenbarth of McCook; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.. ...
Sarina Beth Ruda (04/07/09)
June 18, 1980 - April 2, 2009 ATWOOD -- Sarina Beth Ruda, 28, of Atwood, died Thursday (April 2, 2009) at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. She was born June 18, 1980, in Colby, Kan., to Tim and Vicki (Bearley) Ruda. She graduated from Atwood High School in 1999...
Jason Drew Brown (04/06/09)
Oct. 14, 1977 - March 29, 2009 LINCOLN -- Jason Drew Brown, formerly of McCook, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Lincoln. He was 31 years old. Jason was born Oct. 14, 1977, in Portland, Ore., to Dan R. and Susan Marie (Brown) Brown. He graduated from McCook High School in 1996. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1997 and was honorably discharged in 1999...
Jack Macy (04/06/09)
June 30, 1929 - April 4, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Jack Macy, 79, died Saturday (April 4, 2009) at Cambridge Manor. He was born June 30, 1929, in Wheatridge, Colo., to Dick and Goldie (Sanson) Macy. He grew up in Cedar Bluffs and attended school in Cedar Bluffs and Oberlin, graduating from Decatur Community High School in 1947...
Betty Jean Rowland (04/03/09)
Dec. 27, 1929 - Jan. 3, 2009 AURORA, Colo. -- Betty Jean Rowland, 78, of Aurora, Colo., died Jan. 3, 2009. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, to Hershel and Irene Rowland. Betty grew up on a farm in McCook, a small town of 8,000 people. She remembers the summers being very hot and the winters being very cold, but she kept up her chores in spite of the weather...
Charles Eugene Rice (04/02/09)
Dale Hagan (04/02/09)
IMPERIAL -- Dale Hagan, 81, of Imperial, formerly of Elsie Community, died Wednesday (April 1, 2009) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at Imperial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kay Alnor officiating. Burial will be in the Madrid Cemetery...
Arlene E. (Northrop) Christian (04/01/09)
May 20, 1920 - March 27, 2009 GRAND ISLAND -- Arlene E. (Northrop) Christian, 88, died Friday (March 27, 2009) in Grand Island after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born May 20, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., She married Kenneth Christian. She worked for the Jumble Shop in McCook and helped with the Congregational Church functions in McCook and Aurora, Ill...
Kim D. Fassler (04/01/09)
June 12, 1945 - March 31, 2009 CULBERTSON -- Kim D. Fassler died Tuesday March 31, 2009 at Community Hospital in McCook after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was 63 years old. He was born in McCook on June 12, 1945, to Donald W. and Merylin Rebecca (Rippen) Fassler. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1963...
Darlene D. Wagner (04/01/09)
Dec. 14, 1927 - March 30, 2009 Darlene Wagner died March 30, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook at the age of 81. She was born Dec. 14, 1927, along with twin brother, Dallas in Red Willow County, the daughter of Lloyd and Daisy Blake. She graduated from McCook High School in 1945...