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Obituaries from September 2009

Sylvia Jane Polly (09/30/09)
Oct. 31, 1945 - Sept. 27, 2009 IMPERIAL -- Sylvia Jane Polly, 63, died Sunday (Sept. 27, 2009) in Lakewood, Colo. She was born Oct. 31, 1945, in Imperial to Helen and Ralph Sandman Jr. She attended Rural Service District 21 through the second grade and graduated in 1964 from Chase County High School. Upon graduation, she attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, Colo., receiving her cap after completion of her preliminary training...
Russell Thompson (09/30/09)
Aug. 30, 1967 - Sept. 21, 2009 WAUNETA -- Russell Wayne Thompson, 42, died Monday (Sept. 21, 2009) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. He was born Aug. 30, 1967, at Longview, Texas to Riley H. and Betty J. (Hancock) Thompson. He grew up and attended school in Texas...
Rhonda Joy (Rhoades) Friend (09/29/09)
Oct. 3, 1953 - Sept. 27, 2009 COZAD -- Rhonda Joy (Rhoades) Friend of Cozad, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln. She was 55 years old. Rhonda was born Oct. 3, 1953, to Robert and Shirley (Joy) Rhoades in Loveland, Colo. She attended Loveland High School and Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo. After college she entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Jan. 28, 1980. She resided in Virginia for many years before moving to Nebraska...
Clara Hector (09/28/09)
Richard Dean Hanes (09/29/09)
July 29, 1928 - Sept. 27, 2009 LOVELAND, Colo. -- Richard Dean Hanes, 81, of Loveland, died Sunday (Sept. 27, 2009). He was born on July 29, 1928, in Freedom to Harvey Ellsworth and Fern (Blake) Hanes. He graduated from Stockville High School in Stockville...
Betty Jean Orth (09/28/09)
Dec. 3, 1945 - Sept. 24, 2009 ST. FRANCIS -- Betty Jean (Potthoff) Orth, 63, died Thursday (Sept. 24, 2009) in St. Francis. She was born Dec. 3, 1945, in Wray, Colo. She married Gordon Orth. She worked as an accountant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon in June of 2009...
Robert 'Bob' Dean Yost (09/28/09)
Dec. 23, 1927 - Sept. 23, 2009 ST. FRANCIS -- Robert "Bob" Dean Yost, 81, died Wednesday (Sept. 23, 2009) at DePaul Health Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Culbertson. He married Arnita A. Himberg. He lived in St. Francis where he owned and operated an automotive and farm equipment dealership...
Clay Malory Berry (09/28/09)
Feb. 11, 1924 - Sept. 24, 2009 BRIDGEPORT -- Clay Malory Berry, 85, of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Sept. 25, 2009, at Morrill County Community Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m., at All Souls Catholic Church at Bridgeport with Father David Rykwalder officiating. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Broadwater with Military Honors rendered by the Nebraska National Guard...
Alfred F. Malleck (09/28/09)
June 2, 1929 - Sept. 25, 2009 INDIANOLA -- Alfred F. Malleck passed on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Exempla Hospital in Lafayette, Colo,. from complications of cancer. He was 80 years old. On June 2, 1929, Alfred was born on the family farm south of Indianola to Toney and Fay (McCool) Malleck. He attended grade school in the country and graduated from Indianola High School in 1948. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was discharged in 1953...
Zelpha Ilene Scott (09/25/09)
Dec. 1, 1919-Sept. 23, 2009 Zelpa Ilene Scott of Hayes Center, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Great Plains Medical Center in North Platte. She was 89. Zelpha was born on Dec. 1, 1919, to Frank William and Charlotte "Lottie" Esther (Fornoff) Snoke in Hayes Center. She spent a lifetime on the family farm in the Eddy community and she loved to farm and do crafts such as crocheting and making quilts. She enjoyed music and flowers...
Wanda Martha Thompson (09/25/09)
Sept. 21, 1925-Sept. 23, 2009 Wanda Martha Thompson, age 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at Hillcrest Nursing Home. She was born in Omaha to Laurs Benjimon and Cecil Sylvia (Anderson) Hansen on Sept. 21, 1925. She graduated from high school in Omaha...
Glen W. 'Bud' Lytle (09/24/09)
Mildred P. Stretch (09/24/09)
April 1, 1929 - Sept. 23, 2009 HAMLET -- Mildred P. Stretch died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 80. She was born April 1, 1929, on the family farm in Rawlins County, south of Stratton. She was the daughter of the late Sherman and Flossie (Hoover) Spears. She grew up on the farm until the eighth grade when the family moved to Stratton, where she graduated from Stratton High School in 1946...
Norma Laverne (Rollstin) Chapman (09/24/09)
Jan. 18, 1915-Sept. 21, 2009 EDISON -- Norma Laverne (Rollstin) Chapman, 94, of Arapahoe, formerly of Edison, died Monday (Sept. 21, 2009) at the Good Samaritan Society in Arapahoe. She was born Jan. 18, 1915, at Giltner to Ralph D. and Carmen (McCoy) Rollstin. She received her education at Edison, graduating from Edison High School in 1933. She was baptized into the Christian faith at age 10 in the Edison Christian Church and remained an active member her entire life...
Shirley Canavan (09/24/09)
March 17, 1947 - Aug. 21, 2009 MONTROSE, Colo. -- Shirley Patricia (Wehmeyer) Canavan, 62, died Aug. 21, 2009, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was born March 17, 1947, in Iowa City, Iowa to Merritt and Gladys (Latta) Wehmeyer. She grew up in Riverside, Iowa and attended schools there until the family moved to Nebraska. She graduated from Culbertson High School. Following graduation, she attended nurse's training in Dodge City, Kan., obtaining her LPN...
Sheila Ann Gerdes (09/24/09)
March 17, 1951 - Sept. 17, 2009 OMAHA--Sheila Ann (Nelson) Gerdes, 58, died Thursday (Sept. 17, 2009) in Omaha. She was born March 17, 1951. She married Richard Gerdes of Wauneta. She was preceded in death by her father, Denton; and a brother, Patrick...
Norma Laverne (Rollstin) Chapman (09/23/09)
Jan. 18, 1915-Sept. 21, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Norma Laverne (Rollstin) Chapman, 94, of Arapahoe, formerly of Edison, died Monday (Sept. 21, 2009), at the Good Samaritan Society in Arapahoe. She was born Jan. 18, 1915, at Giltner, to Ralph D. and Carmen (McCoy) Rollstin. ...
Ira E. 'Big I' Zimmerman (09/22/09)
Leroy Roudebush (09/22/09)
July 9, 1924 - Sept. 21, 2009 CURTIS -- Leroy Roudebush, 85, died Monday (Sept. 21, 2009) at his home in Curtis. He was born July 9, 1924, to James and Erma (Franklin) Roudebush at Rushville, Ill. He attended and graduated from Rushville High School in 1943...
James 'Jim' S. Adams (09/21/09)
Dec. 1, 1912 - Sept. 19, 2009 James "Jim" Sheldon Adams, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Willow Ridge Retirement Community at the age of 96. He was born Dec. 1, 1912, in McCook, the son of the late John Fred and Eurilla (Fitch) Adams. Jim grew up in McCook, where he graduated from McCook High School and attended McCook Junior College...
Bryan Dennis Solberg Sr. (09/21/09)
Dec. 10, 1965 - Sept. 19, 2009 BARTLEY -- Bryan Dennis Solberg Sr., 43, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 2009) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born in Glendale, Calif., on Dec. 10, 1965, to Arnold and Janet (Berard) Solberg. At the age of four months, Bryan and his brother, Arnie age 14 months, were adopted and raised by his grandparents, Raye and Helen Solberg. ...
Leona A. McNerny (09/21/09)
June 14, 1917 - Sept. 19, 2009 LEXINGTON -- Leona A. McNerny, 92, of Lexington, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 2009) at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington. She was born June 14, 1917, at Fairbolt County, Minn., to August Henry William and Amelia (Fredricks) Carstens. She attended the Lutheran Church in Elmore, Minn...
Ronald R. Cumming (09/15/09)
Kenny Discoe (09/17/09)
April 29, 1931 - Sept. 15, 2009 Kenny Discoe of McCook was born at North Platte, Neb., on April 29, 1931, to Evangeline (Pattison) and Harry Kenneth Discoe of rural Brady. He died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Community Hospital of McCook. He was 78 years old...
Harvey D. Hampton (09/17/09)
April 20, 1933 - Sept. 11, 2009 LEXINGTON -- Harvey D. Hampton, 76, died Friday (Sept. 11, 2009) at his home in Lexington following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born April 20, 1933, in Mullen to Carlie and Cammie (Morrison) Hampton. He grew up in the Sandhills area. He settled in the Lexington area in the 1960s where he was a farm hand and mechanic for many area businesses...
Richard 'Dick' D. Lynch (09/16/09)
Jan. 29, 1932 - Sept. 15, 2009 KEARNEY -- Richard "Dick" D. Lynch, 77, formerly of McCook, died Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2009) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. He was born Jan. 29, 1932, in Kearney to Benjamin A. and Mary E. (Gage) Lynch. He was raised in Kearney and attended Kearney High School, graduating in 1950. He then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his degree in Pharmacy in 1954...
Martin A. Kometscher (09/16/09)
Jan. 11, 1922 - Sept. 14, 2009 INDIANOLA -- Martin A. Kometscher, 87, Lincoln, formerly of Indianola died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at his daughter's home in Lincoln. Martin was born on Jan. 11, 1922, in Lawrence to Henry and Catherine (Kuppenbender) Kometscher...
Robert 'Bob' Hancock Jr. (09/16/09)
March 1, 1954 - Sept. 11, 2009 Robert "Bob" Hancock Jr. 55, died Friday (Sept. 11, 2009) at McCook. He was born March 1, 1954, at Council Bluffs, Iowa to Robert and Florene Rose (Nixon) Hancock, Sr. He lived in Morrison, Colo., where he was employed with the railroad as an engineer. He often traveled to McCook with the railroad where he had made many friends...
LeRoy James Durbin (09/16/09)
Dec. 1, 1921 - Sept. 13, 2009 HAIGLER -- LeRoy James Durbin, 87, of Haigler, died Sunday (Sept. 13, 2009) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. He was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Benkelman to Roscoe and Hazel (DeHart) Durbin and moved with his family at a young age. He graduated from eighth grade while at Union, Mo. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Force. He was inducted on Sept. 15, 1942, and received his honorable discharge on Jan. 2, 1946...
Robert 'Bob' Dempewolf (09/15/09)
June 13, 1960 - Sept. 13, 2009 OBERLIN -- Robert "Bob" Dempewolf, 49, died Sunday (Sept. 13, 2009) at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born June 13, 1960, in Oberlin to Gerald and Marian (Gilbert) Dempewolf. He grew up in Oberlin and attended Oberlin Elementary School and Decatur Community High School, graduating in 1978. After graduation, he lived in Oberlin, where he worked as a plumber...
Mary Hamilton (09/15/09)
July 6, 1941 - Sept. 14, 2009 CULBERTSON -- Mary Hamilton, 68, died Monday (Sept. 14, 2009) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born on July 6, 1941, in Hastings to Henry and Margaret (Lovell) McClenahan. She grew up in the Hastings area and graduated from Hastings High School...
Lila Prior (09/15/09)
IMPERIAL -- Lila Prior, 87, died Sunday (Sept. 13, 2009) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. Survivors include her son, Merlin and wife, Janet of Imperial; daughters, Janet Fong and husband, Nelson of Underwood, Iowa, and Marcia Prior-Miller of Ames, Iowa; sister, Fern Peters of Superior; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren...
Kenneth Dean Lacey (09/09/09)
Alice Hopkins (09/08/09)
Harriett J. Mues (09/09/09)
Sept. 30, 1914 - Aug. 29, 2009 ARAPAHOE -- Harriett J. Mues, 94, of San Angelo, Texas, died Saturday (Aug. 29, 2009). She was born Sept. 30, 1914, in Galesburg, Kan., to James and Ruba (Barber) Gillette. She graduated high school in Chester and Parsons Junior College in Parsons, Kan. She taught school in Neosho County, Kan., and in Thayer County...
Kathryn Ann Riddle (09/09/09)
May 23, 1947 -- Aug. 20, 2009 OMAHA -- Kathryn Ann Riddle, 62, of Omaha, died Thursday (Aug. 20, 2009) in rural Saunders County as the result of an automobile accident. She was born May 23, 1947 in McCook to Lloyd and Sadie (Flanagin) Riddle. ...
John H. Ready (09/09/09)
Dec. 11, 1915 - Sept. 8, 2009 OBERLIN -- John H. Ready, 93, died Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2009) at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born Dec. 11, 1915, in rural Tenney, Minn., to Raymond and Esther (Newman) Ready. He grew up in Tenney and attended grade school and high school there. He went on to attend Morris State College in Morris, Minn., and St. Louis Mortuary School...
Dale Elwood Waddell (09/09/09)
Oct. 29, 1924 - Aug. 30, 2009 DENVER, Colo. -- Dale Elwood Waddell, 84, died Sunday, (Aug. 30, 2009). He was born on Oct. 29, 1924, in Red Willow County to Jessie and Charlie Waddell. He spent his early years on the farm and attended a rural school through the eighth grade. He graduated from Red Willow Consolidated High School in 1941...
Audra Nadeane Haag (09/08/09)
Feb. 27, 1922 - Sept. 5, 2009 OBERLIN -- Audra Nadeane Haag passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin at the age of 87. She was born Audra Nadeane Pattison on Feb. 27, 1922, in Wilsonville to George and Emma (Pearson) Pattison. Nadeane and her brother, Lovell, were reared on the family farm near Wilsonville. She attended a country school named Sunflower School and graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1939...
Ruby L. Eggers (09/08/09)
March 31, 1931 - Sept. 7, 2009 BIRD CITY, Kan. -- Ruby L. (Allen) Eggers, 78, formerly of Bird City, Kan., of Goodland, Kan., died Monday (Sept. 7, 2009) at Good Samaritan Center in Goodland. She was born March 31, 1931, in Rawlins County. She married Ed Downing and he preceded her in death in 1984...
Vona Mae Hardenbrook (09/08/09)
Nov. 26, 1922 - Sept. 5, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Vona Mae Hardenbrook, 86, of Beaver City died Saturday (Sept. 5, 2009) at Harlan County Hospital in Alma. She was born Nov. 26, 1922, at Beaver City to Clem and Adie J. (Thompson) Harman. She was raised in Arapahoe...
Leatha M. Colson (09/08/09)
May 7, 1918 - Sept. 7, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Leatha M. Colson, 91, died Monday (Sept. 7, 2009) at Cambridge Manor. She was born in Wauneta on May 7, 1918, to Chester C. and Bessie (Ough) Stock. She went to country school and later graduated from Wauneta High School in 1936. She took normal training and taught school on the south divide at Wauneta...
AmyJo Stone (09/04/09)
June 28, 1991-Sept. 3, 2009 AmyJo Stone, age 18, of McCook died Thursday, September 3, 2009 near North Platte as a result of a motor vehicle accident. AmyJo was born to Roger and Donna (Roberts) Stone in McCook on June 28, 1991. She attended St. Patrick's Elementary and graduated from McCook High School with the class of 2009, where she played tennis. She was currently enrolled at McCook Community College at the time of her death. She was employed by Chief Restaurant...
Leah Donna McCune (09/02/09)
Merald E. Van Vleet (09/02/09)
Nellie N. Ervin (09/03/09)
Jan. 9, 1910 - Sept. 1, 2009 Nellie N. Ervin, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at Wedgewood Care Center in Grand Island at the age of 99. She was born Jan. 9, 1910, in Grant County, the daughter of the late Selbi "Dude" and Cora (Shoemaker) Roth. Nellie grew up in Hayes County and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1930. For three years she taught rural school...
Nathaniel R. 'Nate' Trask (09/03/09)
Feb. 22, 1976 - Aug. 30, 2009 DEARBORN, Ill -- Nathaniel R. "Nate" Trask, 33, of Dearborn, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, after a courageous fight with melanoma cancer. He was born to Robert and Margaret Trask on Feb. 22, 1976, in Newburyport, Mass. On Dec. 18, 1999,...
Dale Norman Wurm (09/01/09)
Aug. 20, 1937 - Aug. 27, 2009 PASADENA, Calif. -- Dale Norman Wurm, 72, died Thursday (Aug. 27, 2009), at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., after a short battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 20, 1937, on the family farm in Decatur County, to George L. and Martha E. (Schrammel) Wurm...
Dale Wickizer (09/01/09)
Aug. 18, 2009 MESA, Ariz. -- Dale Wickizer, 71, died Aug. 19, 2009, due to complications from a stroke suffered earlier this year. He was born in Benkelman and graduated from Stratton High School in 1955. He entered professional rodeo as a bull rider and when he could no longer ride, he became a barrelman. ...