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Obituaries from May 2009

Jay L. Strang (05/29/09)
April 12, 1952 - May 7, 2009 BILLINGS, Mont. -- Jay L. Strang, 57, of Forsyth, Mont., died Thursday (May 7, 2009) at Horizon Hospice in Billings after a battle with cancer. He was born April 12, 1952, to David and Ann (Carroll) Strang in Dickinson, N.D. He graduated from Forsyth High School in 1971 and joined the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict...
Glen Burdette Powell (05/28/09)
Feb. 23, 1934 - May 22, 2009 BENKELMAN -- Glen Burdette Powell, 75, died Friday (May 22, 2009) at his home in Benkelman. He was born Feb. 23, 1934, in Holyoke, Colo., to William J. and Marie (Jorgensen) Powell, Sr. He grew up in the Yuma area and graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1953...
Maudie Smith Isley (05/28/09)
Feb. 11, 1922 - May 24, 2009 LINCOLN -- Maudie Smith Isley, 87, died Sunday (May 24, 2009) He was born Feb. 11, 1922, to Seldon and Mary Smith of rural Champion. She joined siblings Jack, Hazel and Stanley. Several years later, Francis was a new adopted sister...
Maryan R. Casjens (05/28/09)
Feb. 9, 1928 - May 25, 2009 HILL CITY, Kan. -- Maryan R. Casjens, 81, died Monday (May 25, 2009) at Graham County Hospital in Hill City. She was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Madison, S.D., to Rudolph and Anna (Ruemann) Bothern. On Dec. 20, 1947, she married Dr. Clifford Curtis Casjens PHD., in Coleman, S.D. She worked as a social worker and a homemaker. She was formerly of Lincoln...
David Paul Wederski (05/27/09)
July 9, 1941 - April 14, 2009 PADUCAH, Texas -- David Paul Wederski, 67, died April 17, 2009, at Paducah, Texas. He was born July 9, 1941, at Stratton to Elijah and Sarah (Bramblett) Wederski. He grew up in Stratton and graduated from Stratton High School in 1959...
Earl Thomas Moore (05/27/09)
Dec. 13, 1920 - May 24, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Earl Thomas Moore, 81, died Sunday (May 24, 2009) at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe. He was born Dec. 13, 1920, to Cyrus "Ole" and N. Mable (Horton) Clements. His mother died shortly after his birth. He was later adopted by her sister, Grace L. (Horton) Moore and husband, Oscar Frank Moore. He was almost 20 years old when he learned that he had been adopted...
Vonda Gayleen (Davis) Doak (05/27/09)
Jan. 30, 1933 - May 23, 2009 Vonda Gayleen (Davis) Doak died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln. She was 76 years old Vonda was born Jan. 30, 1933, in McDonald, Kan., to Sewell Willis and Mary Elllen (Buck) Davis. She attended school in McDonald and in 1951 attained her GED in McCook...
Bernice W. Crook (05/26/09)
Aug. 28, 1913 - May 23, 2009 OSCEOLA -- Bernice W. Crook, 95, died Saturday (May 23, 2009) at Osceola Good Samaritan Society in Osceola. She was born Aug. 28, 1913, to Lewis Elmo and Katherine Edna (Boyd) Humphreys at North Bend. She attended school in Benkelman graduating in 1932...
Harold Junior Wenburg (05/26/09)
March 4, 1923 - May 23, 2009 COZAD -- Harold Junior Wenburg, 86, died Saturday (May 23, 2009) at his home in Cozad. He was born March 4, 1923, at Cozad to Harold B. and Mae (Griffis) Wenburg. He attended Cozad schools. On May 9, 1944, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served in World War II...
Idabelle (Smith) Harper (05/26/09)
April 3, 1915 - May 21, 2009 BENKELMAN -- Idabelle (Smith) Harper, 94, died Thursday (May 21, 2009) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. She was born April 3, 1915, in Rawlins County to Clarence Demby and Lena Mae (Blakeley) Smith. She grew up on the farm in Kansas and graduated from McDonald High School...
Sylvia June (Clawson) English (05/22/09)
Oct. 22, 1930 - May 14, 2009 CURTIS -- Sylvia English of Atascadero, Calif., formerly of Curtis, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, after a nine-month battle with leukemia. Sylvia June Clawson was born Oct. 22, 1930, to Ira James and Vinnie Marie (Hetcht) Clawson a large pioneer farming family in Curtis, one of eight children and 37 cousins. She attended grade school at District 78 south of Curtis, later attended high achool in Curtis graduating in 1947...
Elinor Eisenhart Lemon (05/22/09)
Feb. 16, 1919 - April 8, 2009 STERLING, VA -- Elinor (Lennie) Lemon was born and raised in the town of Culberston, where in 1886 her father established a bank that remains in the family. She was one of 15 children. Lennie graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1940 with a degree in Business Administration. Growing up, she loved music and often played the piano for musical events, which established a life-long love of music...
Josephine Little (05/21/09)
Dec. 3, 1925 - Dec. 9, 2008 LAS VEGAS -- Josephine Little, 83, died Dec. 9, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born Dec. 3, 1925. She was a graduate of McCook High School. After graduation she worked at the McCook Army Air Field and for a local insurance agency. Leaving McCook in the 1950s. Josephine and her sister, worked in the Insurance Industry in Phoenix, Ariz., and Los Angeles, Calif...
Wilma Lucille Liess (05/21/09)
Jan. 28, 1914-May 19, 2009 Wilma Lucille Liess died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at the Cambridge Hospital. She was 95. She was born in Indianola to William Joseph and Bessie L. (Hess) Carmichael on Jan. 28, 1914. She was a member of St. Catherine's Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary and numerous card clubs...
Dorothy B. Geihsler (05/20/09)
April 22, 1917 - May 18, 2009 Dorothy B. Geihsler died Monday, May 18, 2009 at Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Holdrege. She was 92 years old. Dorothy was born near Maywood to Winfred A. and Mary Agnus (Trotter) Parker. She graduated from Curtis High School in 1936...
Dennis Frank Perkinson (05/19/09)
April 7, 1949 - May 16, 2009 Dennis Frank Perkinson died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 60. He was born April 7, 1949, to Francis M. and Marvel M. (Ahlgrim) Perkinson in Elgin, Ill. In 1978, he married June Jamieson and they had three children, Jonathan, Melissa and Philip. Dennis and his family moved to McCook in May of 1985, where he worked as a general laborer...
Lola E. Main (05/19/09)
July 7, 1923 - May 18, 2009 GERING -- Lola E. Main, 85 of Gering, died Monday (May 18, 2009) at Mitchell Care Center. She was born on July 7, 1923, in Benkelman to Cyrus and Ruth (Stoutsenberger) Harper. She attended school in Benkelman. She moved to live with her sister, Goldie Collier in California, because her husband, Orval J. ...
Betty Lucille DeFruiter (05/19/09)
May 10, 1927 - May 16, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Betty Lucille DeFruiter, 82, of Arapahoe, passed away on May 16, 2009, at the Arapahoe. 
 She was born May 10, 1927, to John and Minnie (Jensen) Selk at Lexington. She attended and graduated school at Lexington High School.
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Dorothy B. Geihsler (05/19/09)
PALISADE -- Dorothy B. Geihsler, 92, of Holdrege, formerly of Palisade, died Monday (May 18, 2009) at Phelps County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at Palisade Trinity Luthern Church in Palisade with the Rev. Greg Stuckwisch officiating. Burial will be in the Palisade Cemetery...
Wilma Jane Hayden (05/18/09)
July 16, 1946 - May 16, 2009 Wilma Jane Hayden, died Saturday (May 16, 2009) at her residence northeast of McCook, at the age of 62. She was born July 16, 1946, at McCook, the daughter of the late James Patrick and Mildred Laurabelle (Carfield) Norton. She grew up in McCook where she received her education...
Velma Jane (Baney) Cline (05/18/09)
Jan. 13, 1918 - May 16, 2008 BENKELMAN -- Velma Jane (Baney) Cline, 91, died Saturday (May 16, 2009) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born Jan. 13, 1918, at Benkelman to William Arthur and Mary Amanda (Richard) Baney. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1937 and furthered her education at the Hastings Business College...
Dorothy Ann Vontz (05/18/09)
April 27, 1932 - May 15, 2009 Dorothy Ann Vontz, age 77, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born April 27, 1932, to Joseph B. and Hazel E. (Claflin) Kircher on their family farm north and west of Indianola. She graduated from Red Willow High School in 1949...
Andie O. Patty (05/15/09)
Sept. 14, 1928-May 7, 2009 STRATTON -- Andie O. Patty, 80, died Thursday (May 7, 2009). She was born Sept. 14, 1928, at Megargel, Texas, to Andrew Madison and Maggie Ola (Winters) Patty and attended school near her home. She was preceded in death by her parents; and six brothers and sisters...
Dwight Marion Ginther (05/15/09)
Jan. 2, 1929 - Feb. 25, 2009 BARTLEY -- Dwight Marion Ginther, 80, died Feb. 25, 2009, at Veterans Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was born Jan. 2, 1929, to John and Velma Ullom Ginther on their family farm six miles north of Bartley. He lived all his life in Red Willow County with the exception of his service in the Army (Korea) and the last 10 months of his life in Portland...
Petrina 'Peanut' Mae (Bahmer) Gruhn (05/15/09)
Aug. 28, 1971 - May 13, 2009 GRAND ISLAND -- Petrina "Peanut" Mae (Bahmer) Gruhn, 37, of Grand Island, died Wednesday (May 13, 2009) at home with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 28, 1971, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Henry Rider and Karleen Gilbert Cooper. She grew up in the Hayes Center and Trenton areas. She received her education at Hayes Center High School...
Lillian E. Mahon, (05/13/09)
Richard Charles Pierce (05/14/09)
June 28, 1926 - May 13, 2009 STRATTON -- Richard Charles Pierce of Kearney, formerly of Stratton, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island. He was 82 years old. Richard was born June 28, 1926, in Stratton to Charles Elkanah and Lucy Belle (Cushing) Pierce. He graduated from Stratton High School...
Maurine Bogart Skoda (05/14/09)
Jan. 21, 1919 - May 5, 2009 DENISON, Texas -- Maurine Bogart Skoda died peacefully in the home of her daughter on Tuesday evening, May 5, 2009, at the age of 90. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at The United Church of Oberlin in Oberlin on Saturday, May 16, 2009, with services at 2 p.m. Pastor Judith Stricker will conduct the service followed by burial in Oberlin Cemetery...
Lois (Hansen) McBee (05/12/09)
Byron Lee 'Barney' Owens (05/14/09)
Aug. 12, 1940 - May 11, 2009 ELWOOD -- Byron Lee "Barney" Owens, 68, died Monday (May 11, 2009) at Elwood Care Center, after battling liver cancer. He was born in Falls City on Aug. 12, 1940, to Roland and Marie (Miller) Owens. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Marks Lutheran Church. He graduated from Verdon High School at Verdon in 1958...
Thelma Opal Randolph (05/12/09)
Stacie Elizabeth (DeCrane) Shaddock (05/13/09)
July 7, 1959 - May 11, 2009 Stacie Elizabeth (DeCrane) Shaddock died Monday, May 11, 2009, at her home in McCook. She was 49 years old. Stacie was born July 7, 1959, in Houston, Texas to Alfred and Joan (Hoffman) DeCrane. She graduated from Bronxville High School, Bronxville, N.Y., in 1977. She continued her education at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., with a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy and later a Masters Degree in Horticulture...
Anita Fekkers (05/12/09)
March 30, 1930 - May 6, 2009 WAUNETA -- Anita Fekkers, 79, died Wednesday (May 6, 2009) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. She was born March 30, 1930, to Lloyd William and Emma (Domes) Boulton in Chicago, Ill. She was baptized two months later and confirmed at age 13. ...
June Marie Troxell (05/12/09)
April 12, 1928 - May 10, 2009 June Marie Troxell, age 81, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at her home in McCook. She was born April 12, 1928, to Franklin Phillip and Yula Mae (Dunn) Kleckinger in Falls City. She married Joe Morgan. On Feb. 12, 2005, she married Homer J. Troxell Jr. in Culbertson...
Vaughn L. Thompson (05/11/09)
Sept. 16, 1933 - May 9, 2009 STERLING, Kan. -- Vaughn L. Thompson, 75, died Saturday (May 9, 2009) at his home in Sterling. He was born Sept. 16, 1933, in Big Springs to Jacob R. and Delphia (Dunning) Thompson. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On April 15, 1953, he married Carolyn Becker. They lived in Cambridge, before moving to Sterling. He was a tool pusher for Sterling Drilling Company until his retirement...
Eva May White (05/08/09)
LOVELAND, Colo. -- Eva May White passed away on April 30, 2009 at the age of 91 in Loveland, Colo. Eva was a 20-year resident of McCook, Neb., and lived in Huron, S.D., for 39 years prior to moving to Loveland in March of 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband Junior Dewane "JD" White who died on Jan. 17, 1983...
Vora Perkins Thompson (05/08/09)
July 22, 1922-May 4, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Vora Perkins Thompson, 86, died Monday (May 4, 2009), at Beaver City Manor in Beaver City. She was born July 22, 1922, at Preston, Idaho, to Pattison and Cloie (Perkins) Griffeth. She grew up in Preston and graduated from Preston High School in 1940. ...
Andrew J. Denton (05/08/09)
April 2, 1956-May 6, 2009 WOOD RIVER -- Andrew J. Denton, 53, formerly of Beaver City, died Wednesday (May 6, 2009), at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born April 2, 1956, at Bristol, Pa., to Osberne and Clara (Paprzycki) Denton Jr...
Lillian E. Mahon (05/08/09)
WRAY, Colo. -- Lillian E. Mahon, 95, died Thursday (May 7, 2009), in Wray, Colo. Funeral services will be Monday, 11 a.m., MST, at the Haigler United Methodist Church in Haigler. Interment will be at the Haigler Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Haigler United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Plains, PO Box 365, Wray, CO, 80758...
Anita Fekkers (05/08/09)
WAUNETA -- Anita Fekkers, 79, died Wednesday (May 6, 2009), at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. Survivors include her husband, Francis Fekkers of Wauneta; a son, Mike and wife, Wendy of Corvallis, Ore.; a daughter, Ruth Liedle of Lincoln; a brother, George Boulton and wife, Terry of Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Nona Kerchal and husband, Keith of Wauneta; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Chloe Irene Dold (05/07/09)
Dec. 2, 2005 - May 4, 2009 Chloe Irene Dold, age three, of McCook went to be with Jesus on May 4, 2009. She was born on Dec. 2, 2005, at Hastings to Logan R. Tucker and Kaylia M. Dold. Chloe was a very tender-hearted child who had many "little friends." She loved babies, playing ball with her grandpa, feeding the ducks and geese at Barnett Park and saying her bedtime prayers...
William A. Mesh (05/06/09)
Nov. 7, 1924 - May 5, 2009 William A. "Bill" Mesh, 84, died May 5, 2009, at Promise Regional Medical Center, ICU. He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Kansas City, Kan., to John A. and M. Louise (Strotgen) Mesh. He graduated in 1941 from Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City, in 1943 from Finlay Engineering College and in 1953 from Wichita University with a degree in accounting. He received his CPA in 1958...
Ronald Milner (05/06/09)
IMPERIAL -- Ronald Milner, 75, died Monday (May 4, 2009) at his home in Imperial. Survivors include his wife, Monna of Imperial; son, Jerry and wife, Susan of Grand Island; daughters, Becky Carman and husband, Doug of Imperial, Deborah Heskett and husband, Craig of York and Linda Graff and husband, Mark of McCook; brothers, Dean Milner and wife, Dorothy of Imperial, Delmer Milner and wife, Wilma of Champion and Leonard Milner and wife, Effie of San Jose, Calif.; sisters, Virginia Ridlen and husband, Carl of Fairview, Tenn., and Viola Bischoff and husband, Dale of Wauneta; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.. ...
Marguerite M. Clark (05/06/09)
Aug. 3, 1914 - May 4, 2009 NORCATUR, Kan. -- Marguerite M. Clark, 94, died Monday (May 4, 2009) in Oberlin. She was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Plattsburg, Mo., to Orville and Leona (McCoy) Wade. She grew up in the Long Brand District near Norcatur and attended the Norcatur Rural School System, graduating in 1932...
Vera M. (Carlson) Wray (05/06/09)
Feb. 3, 1910 - May 3, 2009 TRENTON -- Vera M. (Carlson) Wray died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at El Dorado Nursing Home in Trenton. She was 99 years old. Vera was born Feb. 3, 1910, on the family farm south of Stratton to French and Lena M. (Kisling) Carlson. She attended a one-room country school through eighth grade...
Linda Kay (Childers) Williams (05/04/09)
Dorothy A. Vise (05/05/09)
May 23, 1932 - May 2, 2009 BERTRAND -- Dorothy A. Vise, 76, died Saturday (May 2, 2009) at Bertrand Nursing Home in Bertrand. She was born in Naponee on May 23, 1932, to Carl and Florance (Geen) Klinzmann. She attended country school. On July 30, 1948, she married Robert A. ...
Homer J. 'Whitey' Troxell Jr. (05/05/09)
July 26, 1929 - April 30, 2009 Homer J. "Whitey" Troxell Jr. died at his home on Thursday, April 30, 2009. He was 79 years old. He was born in McCook on July 26, 1929, one of six children born to Homer Ira and Myrtle Ellesta (Barnes) Troxell. On April 28, 1952, he married Martha Jane Anderson in Wauneta...
Phyllis D. Kelsey (05/05/09)
Nov. 22, 1945 - May 2, 2009 Phyllis D. Kelsey died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Cambridge Manor. She was 63 years old. Phyllis was born Nov. 22, 1945, at Richmond, Calif., to Ralph and Nola (Smith) Hammack. On June 22, 1997, she married Kent Kelsey in Virginia City, Nev. They moved to the McCook Community in 2003. Phyllis was a cosmetologist as well as a licensed vocational nurse where she worked for a number of years in skilled nursing facilities. She enjoyed painting, knitting and cooking...
Elma Elsie Noel (05/04/09)
July 7, 1926 - April 30, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Elma Elsie Noel, 82, died Thursday (April 30, 2009) at Beaver City Manor in Beaver City. She was born July 7, 1926, in Culbertson to Carl and Dora (Perkins) Carlson. She grew up in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High School in 1945...
Richard S. Fisher (05/04/09)
Aug. 17, 1940 - April 30, 2009 Richard S. Fisher died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was 68 years old. On Aug. 17, 1940, he was born in Maywood to Leonard S. and Ona Evalena (Blake) Fisher. He received his GED in 1959. He lived most of his life in southwest Nebraska and Northern Kansas...
Lavina M. Palic (05/04/09)
Jan. 19, 1915 - April 30, 2009 HAYES CENTER -- Lavina M. Palic died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. She was 94 years old. On Jan. 19, 1915, in Lincoln County, Lavina was born to Walter and Fannie (Hruza) Buzzell. She graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1934 and lived all her life in the Hayes Center and Wallace area...
Marcella P. (Spahn) Barnes (05/01/09)
July 25-1917-April 30, 2009 LINCOLN -- Marcella P. ( Spahn) Barnes, 91, of Lincoln, widow of John F. Barnes, died Thursday, April 30, 2009. She was born July 25, 1917, in Culbertson to Peter and Lydia (Wacker) Spahn. She moved to Lincoln in 1958 and was a longtime receptionist at Union Insurance Co., retiring in 1979...
Lloyd V. Rupp (05/01/09)
May 13, 1923-April 30, 2009 NORTH PLATTE -- Lloyd V. Rupp, 85, formerly of McCook, died April 30, 2009, at the North Platte Care Centre. He was born May 13, 1923, to Chris and Emma Heiselman Rupp at Holbrook. He was raised in Furnas County and served in the United States Army until his honorable discharge in 1946...
Mark Steven Larreau (05/01/09)
Dec. 9, 1960 - April 27, 2009 HASTINGS -- Mark Steven Larreau, 48, of 742 Williams of Hastings, died Monday (April 27, 2009) at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. He was born Dec. 9, 1960, in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Gerald and LaDonna Larreau. After graduating from Wauneta High School and a variety of jobs, he decided to follow his dad in the masonry line of work...
Tasha Christine Pike (05/01/09)
July 26, 1993 - April 30, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Tasha Christine Pike, 15, of Keyes, Okla., died Thursday (April 30, 2009) at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kan. She was born July 26, 1993, at Cambridge to Jay and Kelley (Tomlinson) Pike. The family lived north of Arapahoe for a year and moved to North Carolina for 2 1/2 years. The family then moved to Keyes in 1999. She was a sophomore at Yarbrough High School at Goodwell, Okla. She suffered from Retts Syndrome...
Elma Noel (05/01/09)
BEAVER CITY -- Elma Noel, 82, died Thursday (April 30, 2009) at Beaver City Manor. Services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Friendship Center Church in Beaver City with the Rev. Bonnie Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City...
DeWayne Alfred 'Shad' Caress (05/01/09)
Aug. 11, 1924 - April 28, 2009 STRATTON -- DeWayne Alfred "Shad" Caress was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Holbrook to Nelley Mae Caress and James Patrick McByron. He departed this world April 28, 2009, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman at the age of 84...
Byron Bremer (05/01/09)
IMPERIAL -- Byron Bremer, 79, died Wednesday (April 29, 2009) at Imperial Manor Nursing Home. Survivors include his wife, Connie of Imperial; son, Kip and wife, Jan of Imperial; daughter, Kandi Bremer of Lincoln; four granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter...
Florence Dorothy (Ryan) Crampton-Leitner (05/01/09)
Sept. 4, 1916 - April 29, 2009 Born Sept. 4, 1916, in Frontier County. Her father James E. Ryan of Irish immigrants. Mother, Lillian was raised in a homestead dugout near Stockville. Her parents were prosperous until the depression and years of drought in 1930's. ...
Lavina Palic (05/01/09)
GOTHENBURG -- Lavina Palic, 92, died Thursday (April 30, 2009) at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. Funeral services will be at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook, Monday at 1 p.m. with Randy Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Hayes Center Cemetery...
Richard Fisher (05/01/09)
Richard Fisher, 68, of McCook, died Thursday (April 30, 2009) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook. Burial will be in the Quick Cemetery. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook is in charge of the arrangements...