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Obituaries from February 2010

Ward Lee McBee (02/09/10)
Erceil Eugene Sellers (02/26/10)
July 25, 1917-Feb. 25, 2010 SCOTTSBLUFF -- Erceil Eugene Sellers, 92, of Scottsbluff, formerly of Hayes County, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Western Nebraska Veteran's Home in Scottsbluff. His funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2010, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte with Pastor John Lewis of Camp Bethel of Wellfleet officiating. ...
David J. Warning (02/26/10)
April 6, 1923 - Feb. 24, 2010 BENKELMAN -- David J. Warning, 86, died Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2010) at his home in Benkelman. He was born April 6, 1923, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to August and Susie (Adamson) Warning. He attended country school near his home and after completion of the 8th grade returned to the family farm to help his father...
Edward William Schmelzer Jr. (02/26/10)
March 6, 1927 - Feb. 25, 2010 Edward William Schmelzer Jr., 82, died Thursday (Feb. 25, 2010) at home from COPD. He was born March 6, 1927, in McCook, the seventh child of Edward Sr. and Lula Mae (Cooley) Schmelzer. He was baptized March 9, 1927, in St Catherine's Hospital because he was thought not to live. ...
Wanda Nelsen (02/25/10)
Dec. 7, 1920 - Feb. 22, 2010 TRENTON -- Wanda Nelsen, 89, formerly of Curtis, died Monday (Feb. 22, 2010) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. She was born Dec. 7, 1920 , to Giuseppe "Joseph" and Elena (Fulgari) Fratti at Pavulo, Italy. She and her mother joined her father in the United States in February, 1926.
She graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit, Mich., in 1939. Upon completing high school she did secretarial work in the Detroit area.
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Bonnie L. Premer (02/25/10)
1919 - 2010 LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Bonnie L. Premer, long-time Laramie resident, died Thursday (Feb. 18, 2010). Bonnie was born in McCook in 1919, to Robert and Hattie Boner and graduated from Red Willow High School in 1937. She married Leon Premer in 1938. They had two daughters, Garnet Holden of Grass Valley, Calif., and Gwen Tilling of Palm Springs, Calif...
Saphira Lynn Wegele (02/24/10)
Feb. 16, 2010 - Feb. 16, 2010 Saphira Lynn Wegele, infant daughter of Mark and Shannon (Warford) Wegele was born prematurely on Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010). She went to be with her Savior the same day. Survivors include her parents, Mark and Shannon of McCook; brothers, Robert Hale Enlow IV and Dustin Dale Enlow, both of Kearney and Dominic Emmanuel Wegele of McCook; grandparents, Doug and Janice Viter of McCook and Sheila Fisher of McCook, Teri Ebmeier of Oxford and Dale Ebmeier of Cozad...
Duane I. Bourne (02/24/10)
May 3, 1925 - Feb. 24, 2010 Duane I. Bourne, 84, died Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2010) at Community Hospital in McCook. He was born May 3, 1925, at Edison to C.P. and Inez (Holton) Bourne. He grew up at Edison and Oxford. He attended and graduated from Oxford Schools in 1940. He also attended colleges at Kearney, Greeley, Colo., and Chicago, Ill., as well as Musical College and School of Mines at Rolls, Mo...
Patricia Jean (Murphy) Duesberg (02/24/10)
Dec. 10, 1936 - Feb. 19, 2010 Loving Mother, Grandmother, sister, aunt and cherished friend, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2010 at the age of 73. Patricia was born to William Patrick Murphy and Susan Elizabeth Unger Murphy on Dec. 10, 1936. She grew up in McCook, Neb., where she attended St. ...
Lowell Grimm (02/24/10)
WAUNETA -- Lowell Grimm, 85, died Monday (Feb. 22, 2010) at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home. Survivors include his wife, Myra of Wauneta; one son, Carroll and wife, Susie of Greeley, Colo.; one daughter, Jacqueline Medcalf of Lincoln; sister, Miriam Allen and husband, Chuck of Des Moines, Iowa; grandson, Chad Grimm of Denver, Colo.; three step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren...
Audrey Mae Lockenour (02/24/10)
Nov. 24, 1926 - Feb. 20, 2010 LINCOLN -- Audrey Mae Lockenour, 83, died Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010) at Eastmont Care Center in Lincoln from a stroke. She was born Nov. 24, 1926, on a farm near Cambridge the only child of Charles and Frances (Kleinschmidt) Lockenour. After attending a rural school, she graduated from Cambridge High School in 1944...
Leo Valgene 'Val' Foster (02/22/10)
Betty Margaret Stroup (02/23/10)
BENKELMAN -- Betty Margaret Stroup, 78, died Sunday (Feb. 21, 2010). at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. Funeral services will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (MST), at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery...
Dennis Ray 'Buzz' Buzzell (02/23/10)
June 6, 1934 - Feb. 14, 2010 LAVA HOT SPRINGS, Idaho -- Dennis Ray "Buzz" Buzzell, 75, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 2010) at his home in Lava Hot Springs. He was born in Culbertson on June 6, 1934, to Glenn 'Short' and Velma (Haussler) Buzzell. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict...
Betty L. Keating (02/23/10)
March 17, 1904 - Feb. 20, 2010 PALISADE -- Betty Leona Keating died Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010) at the El Dorado Manor Home in Trenton, at the age of 105. She was born March 17, 1904 on the family farm north of Palisade in Hayes County, Neb., the daughter of the late Cyrus and Myrtle (Dunham) Smith. ...
Debra E. Vincent (02/23/10)
March 25, 1955 - Feb. 22, 2010 Debra Elaine Vincent, 54, died Monday (Feb. 22, 2010) at the McCook Community Hospital. She was born March 25, 1955, in McCook the daughter of the late Delbert and Arlene (Owens) Seybold. She grew up at Trenton where she graduated from Trenton High School in 1973...
Dale Theodore Corder (02/19/10)
Sept. 9, 1922-Feb. 17, 2010 Dale Theodore Corder died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney. He was 87 years old. On Sept. 9, 1922, Dale was born in Arapahoe to John Franklin and Mable Ellen (Roggensees) Corder. He lived most of his life in McCook and graduated from McCook High School in 1941...
Helen L. Taylor (02/18/10)
Aug. 13, 1919 - Feb. 17, 2010 BEAVER CITY -- Helen L. Taylor, 90, of Kearney, formerly of Stamford and Beaver City area died Wednesday (Feb. 17, 2010) at St. John's Center in Kearney. She was born Aug. 13, 1919, at Precept to William David and Rachel (Marble) Perkins. ...
Berdeina M. Farrell (02/18/10)
Dec. 18, 1920 - Feb. 16, 2010 BENKELMAN -- Berdeina M. Farrell, 89, died Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was born Dec. 18, 1920, at Hastings, to Benjamin H. and Mabel Anne (Nelson) Mulvany. On Sept. 9, 1939, she married Chester T. ...
Mary Pauline Hanna (02/17/10)
Oct. 22, 1933 - Feb. 16, 2010 Mary Pauline Hanna, 76, died Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born Mary Pauline Gieber on Oct. 22, 1933, in Ogden, Kan., to John and Lela (Cummings) Gieber. She married the love of her life, Rex Hanna, Jr. ...
Phyllis Smith (02/17/10)
Sept. 27, 1933 - Feb. 16, 2010 CAMBRIDGE -- Phyllis Smith, 76, died Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010) at Methodist Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1933, to Bessie Ogorzolka and Bill Downey. She grew up on a farm south of Cambridge, attended Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1951...
Lloyd Ray Stretch (02/16/10)
June 17, 1921 - Feb. 12, 2010 Lloyd Ray Stretch, 88, died Friday (Feb. 12, 2010) at McCook Community Hospital in McCook. He was born June 17, 1921, at Wauneta, the son of the late Ira Mart and Flora Estella (Bennett) Stretch. Lloyd grew up at Wauneta where he graduated from Wauneta High School in 1941...
Susie Steele (02/16/10)
July 11, 1932 - Feb. 15, 2010 HASTINGS -- Graveside services for Susie Steele will be conducted from the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege Friday, 11 a.m., with Pastor Murray Jones, officiating. Susie Steele, 77 years of age, of Hastings (formerly of McCook and Loomis) passed away at her home in Hastings on Monday (Feb. ...
Ray D. 'R.D.' Thornton (02/15/10)
Nov. 13, 1937 - Feb. 12, 2010 OBERLIN -- Ray D. "R.D." Thornton, 72, died Friday (Feb. 12, 2010) at Decatur County Good Samaritan in Oberlin. He was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Nampa, Idaho, to Orval E. Thornton and Hazel L. McDonald. He grew up on a farm near Norcatur and graduated from Norcatur High School in 1955. He entered the U.S. Navy and served on an Amphibious Squadron...
Viola J. 'Vi' Koler (02/12/10)
Delbert Wayne Powell (02/12/10)
March 14, 1925 - Feb. 10, 2010 BIRD CITY, Kan. -- Delbert Wayne Powell, 84, died Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2010) at Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis, Kan. He was born March 14, 1925, at Cheyenne County, Kan. He was a farmer. Preceded in death by one son, Duane Powell...
Kenneth Charles Luther (02/12/10)
Sept. 27, 1911 - Feb. 11, 2010 Kenneth Charles Luther, 98, died Thursday (Feb. 11, 2010) at Hillcrest Nursing Home. Kenneth was born at Orleans, Neb., on Sept. 27, 1911, to Harry Charles and Mary (Backes) Luther. He graduated from Orleans High School in 1929...
Leroy Wessel (02/12/10)
April 25, 1929 - Feb. 11, 2010 OBERLIN -- Leroy Wessel, 80, died Thursday (Feb. 11, 2010) at Oberlin. He was born April 25, 1929, in Thomas County, Kan., to Joseph Francis Wessel and Mary Elizabeth Mindrup. He grew up near Angelus in Thomas County, Kan., and attended country schools prior to serving in the U.S. Army...
Carol R. Shaw (02/11/10)
Nov. 27, 1918-Feb. 9, 2010 SELDEN -- Carol R. Shaw, 91, died Tuesday (Feb. 9, 2010), at Sheridan County Long Term Care Unit in Hoxie, Kan. She was born Nov. 27, 1918, at Phillips County, Kan., to Frank and Eunice (Pruitt) Ward. She was raised in Glade, Kan., and attended Speed High School...
Georgia Cobb (02/10/10)
Feb. 24, 1924 - Feb. 8, 2010 TRINITY, Texas -- Georgia Cobb, 85, of Trinity, Texas was born Feb. 24, 1924, and passed into eternal peace on Feb. 8, 2010. Georgia was raised in the Houston, Texas, area and married Robert "Bob" Cobb, her husband for 68 years. ...
Grace Joy Hutchins (02/10/10)
June 21, 1909 - Feb. 6, 2010 LINCOLN -- Grace Joy Hutchins, daughter of John and Louisa Guthrie was born June 21, 1909 at Exeter, Nebraska and passed away on Feb. 6, 2010 at age 100. She graduated from the Exeter Public Schools, attended Hastings College and taught in the Exeter and Lincoln Public School systems...
Scott H. Dolan (02/10/10)
May 27, 1955 - Feb. 6, 2010 OBERLIN -- Scott H. Dolan, 54, died Saturday (Feb. 6, 2010) at Culebra, Puerto Rico. He was born May 27, 1955, in Lincoln to Philip D. Dolan and Bonnie J. Brooks. He grew up in McCook and Oberlin, attending Oberlin Elementary and graduating from Decatur Community High School in 1973...
Julia Marie Cappel (02/10/10)
Oct. 10, 1926 - Feb. 9, 2010 Julia Marie Cappel, 83, died Tuesday (Feb. 9, 2010) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born in Winona, Kan., on Oct. 10, 1926, to Thomas and Nellie M. (Snider) Page. She attended Emily Griffith School in Denver...
Lawrence 'Rex' Welborn (02/09/10)
April 7, 1927-Feb. 7, 2010 FARIBAULT, Minn. -- Lawrence "Rex" Welborn, 82, died Sunday (Feb. 7, 2010), at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, in Faribault, Minn. He was born April 7, 1927, at Lebanon, to Lawrence and Auretta (Daffer) Welborn. He attended Lebanon schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school...
Ardis Faye Brown (02/09/10)
June 3, 1936 - Feb. 8, 2010 INDIANOLA -- Ardis Faye Brown went to be with her Lord on Monday (Feb. 8, 2010) at the Cambridge Hospital. She was 73 years old. She was born in Furnas County on June 3, 1936, to Albert Francis and Madeline Jean (Dolph) Gutzman. She attended Sunny Hillside Rural School and Cambridge High School...
Howard Allen Petracek (02/09/10)
Nov. 24, 1934 - Feb. 5, 2010 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Howard Allen Petracek, 75, passed away on Friday (Feb. 5, 2010). Howard was born on Nov. 24, 1934, in Oberlin, Kan. He worked for United Airlines for 12 years, Frontier Airlines for eight years, and served five years in the Army National Guard. Howard also farmed in Jennings, Kan., for 20 years. He enjoyed traveling all over the world...
Duane Paul Wilkens (02/08/10)
Sept. 11, 1952-Feb. 5, 2010 McDONALD -- Duane Paul Wilkens, 57, died Friday (Feb. 5, 2010), at Valley View Senior Life Center in Junction City, Kan. He was born Sept. 11, 1952, at McCook. He was a feed store owner and a veteran of the U.S. armed services...
Sara L. Utter (02/05/10)
Dec. 26, 1932-Feb. 2, 2010 NORTH PLATTE -- Sara L. Utter, 77, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2010), at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island. She was born Dec. 26, 1932, to George and Hazel (Neal) Genau at North Platte. She graduated from North Platte High School...
Christine Karolene Relph (02/03/10)
Feb. 15, 1912 - Feb. 2, 2010 Christine Karolene Relph, 97, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2010) at McCook Community Hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1912, to Walter and Anna (Volroth) Pollmann in Culbertson. She attended Culbertson Public School. She married Elmer Relph on Nov. 26, 1936, at McCook. They moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., and lived there until her husband's retirement from Union Pacific Railroad and then moved back to McCook...
Joseph A. Haag (02/05/10)
Jan. 27, 1926 - Feb. 2, 2010 FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Joseph A. Haag, 84, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2010) at the San Juan Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Danbury to John and Nellie May (Thomas) Haag. He attended school at Danbury and later was drafted into the military during World War II and served in the 8th Army Air Corp, where he was an MP on Kwajalein Island, guarding the atom bomb...
Jean M. Peters (02/05/10)
April 29, 1915 - Feb. 3, 2010 GRAND ISLAND -- Jean M. Peters, 94, of Grand Island, formerly of McCook, died Wednesday (Feb. 3, 2010) at Wedgewood Care Center of Grand Island. There will be no services and at Jean's request cremation has taken place. All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family...
Glema Jean Macy (02/04/10)
July 11, 1931 - Feb. 2, 2010 LEBANON -- Glema Macy, 78, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2010) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. She was born July 11, 1931, in Lebanon to Truman A. Gay and Clara Mildred Weatherwax. She grew up in Lebanon and Lyle, Kan., attended Hamburg Rural School and graduated from Decatur Community High School prior to attending Kearney State College...
Gladys Hoff (02/03/10)
April 3, 1926 - Jan. 28, 2010 IMPERIAL -- Gladys Elaine Hoff, 83, died Thursday (Jan. 28, 2010) at the St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. She was born April 3, 1926, in Imperial to Ralph D. and Minta E. (Speer) Grosbach. She grew up on a farm and attended schools near Enders, graduating in 1943 from Chase County High School in Imperial. After graduation she attended the University of Nebraska and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947...
Louis Ferdinand Ostdiek (02/01/10)
Louis Ferdinand Ostdiek May 19, 1927 - Jan. 25, 2010 DENVER, Colo. -- Louis Ferdinand Ostdiek, 82, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at St. Anthony Hospice in Denver, Colo. He was born May 19, 1927 in Indianola to Ferdinand and Rose (Schutte) Ostdiek. He spent two years in the U.S. Army...
Jesse Waldean Malick (02/01/10)
Sept. 8, 1916 - Jan. 31, 2010 MINDEN -- Jesse Waldean Malick, 93, died Sunday (Jan. 31, 2010) at the Bethany Home in Minden. He was born Sept. 8, 1916, in Bloomington to Jesse Uriah Malick and Vera Mae (Thomas) Malick. He was baptized in the Bloomington Methodist Church in 1934 and attended grade school and high school at Bloomington, where he gradated in 1934. He farmed in the Bloomington area after graduation...
Mary Angela Schenck (02/01/10)
March 14, 1932 - Jan. 30, 2010 Mary Angela Schenck, 77, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 2010) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was born on March 14, 1932, to Thomas and Catherine (Boyle) Hoatson at North Platte. She graduated from St. Patrick's High School in North Platte in 1940. She attended the University of San Jose in San Jose, Calif...
Dean A. Brown (02/01/10)
Aug. 6, 1932 - Jan. 22, 2010 Dean A. Brown, 77, a resident of San Diego, Calif., since 1960, passed away suddenly on Jan. 22, 2010. He was born on Aug. 6, 1932 in Danbury to Don C. and Edna Ruth Roesch-Brown. After graduation from Indianola High School Dean enlisted in the U. ...
Irma Louise Johnson (02/01/10)
July 3, 1928 - Jan. 30, 2010 Irma Louise Johnson, 81, formerly of Benkelman, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 2010) at Community Hospital in McCook. She was born July 3, 1928, at Lawrence, to Ferdinand and Rose (Schutte) Ostdiek. She grew up in the South Fork Area, Benkelman, and Indianola...
Rita Woods (02/01/10)
March 6, 1917 - Jan. 28, 2010 KEARNEY -- Rita B. Woods, 92, of Kearney died Thursday (Jan. 28, 2010), at Mother Hull Home in Kearney. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m, Monday, at St. James Catholic Church in Kearney with the Rev. Matt Koperski officiating. Interment will be at a later date in McCook...