Obituaries from October 2011
Melvin Harold Bortner
Melvin Harold Bortner Feb. 28, 1921 - Oct. 31. 2011 McCOOK, Nebraska --Melvin Harold Bortner passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Hillcrest Nursing Home. He was 90 years old. Melvin was born on Feb. 28, 1921, at McCook to Clyde H. and Jesse L. (Beebe) Bortner. He graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1940. After graduation, Melvin took flying lessons and would soon fly many solo flights, an experience he often talked about...
Colleen Fay Botts
Colleen Fay Botts Dec. 4, 1957 - Oct. 30, 2011 McCOOK, Nebraska --Colleen Fay Botts, age 53, of McCook, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at her home in McCook. Colleen was born Dec. 4, 1957, in Phoenix, Arizona to parents Loopis and Jerrie...
Laddie F. Kacirek
Laddie F. Kacirek Feb. 13, 1921-Oct. 28, 2011 ATWOOD, Kansas -- Laddie Kacirek, 90, died Friday (Oct. 28, 2011), in Decatur County, Kansas. He was born Feb.13, 1921, in Atwood, Kansas to Theo and Josephine (Chleborad) He attended grade school at North Star Country School and graduated from M.R.H. S in 1939...
Lt. Col. (Retired) Max R. Harris
Lt. Col. (Retired)Max R. Harris June 17, 1917 - Oct. 26, 2011 GLOUCESTER:, Virginia -- Lt. Col. (Retired) Max R. Harris entered into eternal rest on Oct. 26,2011, after a long, fulfilled life. He was a retired United States Air Force officer, math and science teacher at Gloucester High School, and the Navy's procedural writing expert on welding for the Newport News Shipyard and Dry Dock Company (now Northrop Grumman.)...
Robert V. 'Bob' Chambers
Robert V. 'Bob' Chambers Jan. 11, 1929 - Oct. 27, 2011 McCOOK, Nebraska -- Robert V. "Bob" Chambers, age 82, of McCook, passed away Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at the Community Hospital in McCook. Bob was born Jan. 11, 1929, in a farm house in Decatur County Kansas, Northwest of Norcatur in Lincoln Township to parents John W. and Seletha M. (McIntyre) Chambers. He was one of six children born to the union...
Bill G. Goss
March 25, 1933-Oct. 26, 2011 OBERLIN, Kansas -- Bill Gene Goss, 78, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 2011), at Porter Hospice in Centennial, Colorado. He was born March 25, 1933, at Norton, Kansas, to Leland and Anna K. (Loper) Goss. He grew up in the Norton and Oberlin communities, attending school in Oberlin...
Robert V. Chambers
Robert V. Chambers McCOOK, Nebraska -- Robert V. Chambers, 82, died Thursday (Oct. 27, 2011), at Community Hospital. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 31, from 1-8 p.m. at Carpenter Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Services will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Carpenter Breland, with the Rev. Richard Karr officiating. Burial will follow at the Oberlin Cemetery...
Talana S. Chamberlain
Talana S. Chamberlain Aug. 9, 1957 - Oct. 26, 2011 GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska --Talana S. Chamberlain, 54, of St. Paul, died Wednesday, Oct.26, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Caroline Hellerich will officitate...
Dorothy Belle (Traphagan) Bortner
Dorothy Belle (Traphagan) Bortner Nov. 9, 1907 - Oct. 27, 2011 McCOOK, Nebraska -- Dorothy Belle (Traphagan) Bortner died Thursday, Oct.27, 2011, at Community Hospital of McCook at the age of 103 years. She was born on November 9, 1907, in Frontier County, Nebraska, the daughter of Fred and Mattie (Simmerman) Traphagan. The family moved to a farm in Red Willow County, with Dorothy attending rural school in Red Willow County and later McCook High School...
Opal Iva (Hall) Stubbs
Opal Iva (Hall) Stubbs June 13, 1918 - Oct. 26, 2011 BEAVER CITY, Nebraska -- Opal Iva (Hall) Stubbs, 93, formerly of Lexington, Nebraska, died Wednesday, (Oct. 26, 2011) at the Beaver City Manor at Beaver City, Nebraska. She was born June 13, 1918, at Cabool, Missouri to Samuel W and M. Alverda (Goosic) Hall...
Wayne Reiners April 14, 1931 - Oct. 26, 2011 McCOOK, Nebraska -- Wayne Harold Reiners passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at his rural McCook home. He was 80 years old. Wayne was born on April 14, 1931, near Indianola to Albert H. and Clara W. (Esch) Reiners. He attended rural school through eighth grade and completed his high school education after entering the service...
Martha Margaret 'Peg' Frack
Martha Margaret 'Peg' Frack Sept. 29, 1925 - Oct. 7, 2011 BEAVER CITY, Nebraska -- Martha Margaret "Peg" Frack, 86, of Holdrege, Nebraska died Friday, (Oct. 7, 2011), at Mary Lanning Hospital at Hastings, Nebraska, after a year and half battle with lung cancer...
April 14, 1931 - Oct. 26, 2011
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Wayne Reinders, 8-, died today (Oct. 26, 2011) at his home in rural McCook.
Services are pending with Carpenter Breland Home in McCook.
Norma Schultz IMPERIAL, Nebraska --Norma Schultz, 80, died Tuesday (Oct. 5, 2011), at the Chase County Community Hospital. Survivors include husband, Joe of Wauneta, Nebraska; sisters, Beulah Purdy of Wauneta, Delores Cappel and husband, Claude, of McCook, Nebraska; brothers, Wayne Einspahr and wife, Shirley, of Sutherland, Nebraska, Donald Einspahr and wife, Pat, of McCook, Alvin Einspahr and wife, Kaye, of Enders, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Marty Einspahr of Indianola, Nebraska; and numerous nephews.. ...
Maurice James 'Jim' Hess
Maurice James 'Jim' Hess July 2, 1945 - Oct. 24, 2011 GREENFIELD, Wisconsin -- Maurice James "Jim" Hess passed away Monday (Oct. 24, 2011), at the age of 66 years. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 2, 1945. He was the dear father of Michelle (Will) Boettcher, Staci Carper, Dawn (Todd) Foster, Heidi Hess and Wendy (Jason) Brown, the loving grandfather of Bryson, Trevor, Tyler, Brooke, Kendell, Cameron, Jason and Daniel; great-grandfather of eight; brother of Pam (Alan) Heston; and former husband of Beverly (Lee) Robinson. ...
Jocelyn Sue Carmichael
Jocelyn Sue Carmichael March 11, 1957 - Oct. 23, 2011 OMAHA, Nebraska -- Jocelyn Sue Carmichael, 54, died Sunday (Oct. 23, 2011), at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She was born March 11, 1957 to the late Theodore Kerwin "Ted" Britt and Dorothy Somers "Dot" Lowe. She grew up in McCook where she graduated from McCook High School...
Theodore 'Ted' Richard Deuter
Theodore 'Ted' Richard Deuter TRENTON -- Theodore Ted Richard Deuter, 103, died Sunday (Oct. 23, 2011) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Culbertson with the Rev. Bradley Rick officiating,...
Virginia Ann Scott
Virginia Ann Scott June 11, 1931 - Oct. 20, 2011 McCOOK, Nebraska --Virginia Ann Scott passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 80 years old. Virginia was born on June 11, 1931, to Elmer J. and Laura Violet (Wacker) Cook at Culbertson, Nebraska. She graduated from Culbertson High School in 1949 and later McCook Beauty Academy...
Bonnie Mae (Seals) Hamilton Davis
April 25, 1927-Oct. 19, 2011 PENDLETON, Oregon -- Bonnie Mae (Seals) Hamilton-Davis, 84, died Wednesday (Oct. 19, 2011), at her home in Pendleton, Oregon. She was born April 25, 1927, in Freedom, Nebraska to George F. and Margaret (Cuttrel) Seals. She moved to Pilot Rock, Oregon in 1958. After retiring in 1981, from Albertson's Grocery, where she worked for 11 years, she moved to Pendleton...
Darlene F. Baughman
OBERLIN, Kansas -- Darlene Faye Baughman, 75, died Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011) at the Cedar Living Center in Oberlin, Kansas. Survivors include her husband, Glen E. Baughman, Sr. of Oberlin; three sons, Glen E. Baughman Jr. and wife, Georgia of Culbertson, Nebraska, Richard Portz and wife, Carol, of Paradise, Texas, Robert Portz and wife, Penny of McCook, Nebraska; two daughters, Diana Trout and husband, Paul, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Teresa Kuhlmann and husband, Charles, of McCook; brother, Dale Musgrave and wife, Elizabeth, of Hastings, Nebraska; sister, Dorothy Hejl of Oaklawn, Illinois; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and friends.. ...
Helene Roberts Arnold
July 22, 1932 - Oct. 16, 2011 AURORA, Colorado -- Helene Roberts Arnold, 79, died Sunday (Oct.6, 2011), in Aurora, Colorado. She was born July 22, 1932, at Danbury, Nebraska, the daughter of the late James D. and Marjorie "Pew*" Roberts. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leslie; her father, James Dole Roberts in 1979; her mother, Marjorie "Pew" Roberts in 2000; one brother, Jack Roberts and nephew, Daniel...
Scott D. Everhart
May 20, 1947 - Oct. 11, 2011 CEDAREDGE, Colorado -- Scott Dean Everhart, 64, died Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2011), at his residence at Cedaredge, Colorado. He was born May 20, 1947 to Wendall Dean and Betty Jane (Killfoil) Everhart in Lindsborg, Kansas. He spent his childhood in Lindsborg and graduated from Lindsborg High School. He later received his BA from Bethany College and then his MBA from the University of Nebraska...
OBERLIN, Kansas -- Corey Cook, 22, died Monday (Oct. 17, 2011), at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Services are pending with Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin.
Junior Hunt IMPERIAL, Nebraska -- Junior Hunt, 87, a long time resident of Imperial, died Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2011), at his home in Imperial. Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Imperial; son,Roger Hunt of Colby, Kansas; daughters, Sharon and husband, Tedd Allen of Riverton, Wyoming; Patricia Darchuk of Yuma, Colorado; Debra Rizzo of Loveland, Colorado; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren...
John Charles Shafer
John Charles Shafer Sept. 20, 1931 - Oct. 16, 2011 LAFAYETTE, Indiana -- John Charles Shafer, 80, of Kentland, died at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette, Indiana.
He was born Sept. 20, 1931 in Edison, Nebraska to the late George A. ...
Eleanor Marie Nickerson
Eleanor Marie Nickerson LONGMONT, Colorado --Eleanor Marie Nickerson, age 75 of Longmont, died Wednesday, (Oct. 12, 2011), at Longmont United Hospital, due to complications of PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). Born in Curtis, Nebraska, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Katie Jensen Olsson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Olsson and his wife Dorothy, and a sister, Evelyn Mercer and her husband Kelly...
June Dyette (Cox) Prestes
McCOOK, Nebraska -- June Prestes died Sunday (Oct.16, 2011 ), at her home in McCook.
Services are pending at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Don Leroy Lieberth
Don Leroy Lieberth Feb. 22, 1934 - Sept. 27, 2011 LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Don Leroy Lieberth passed away Sept.27, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 77 years old. Don was born on Feb. 22, 1934, in McCook to Joseph and Belva (Clemons) Lieberth. He graduated from McCook High School in 1952...
James A. 'Smitty' Smith
James A. Smith
March 14, 1935 - Oct. 16, 2011
MCCOOK, NEBRASKA --James A. Smith, 76, died Sunday (Oct.16, 2011), at his home in McCook.
Services are pending with Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Leona Mae Paustian
Leona Paustian WAUNETA, Nebraska - Leona Paustian (formerly Schwenk), 102, a long-time resident of Wauneta died Friday (Oct. 14, 2011), at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial, Nebraska. Survivors include her daughter, Joan Denker of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren...
Don Everett Harford
Don Harford, 94, died Friday (Oct. 14, 2011) at his home north of Haigler.
Services are pending and will be announced by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Keith DeWayne Conner
Keith DeWayne Conner March 12, 1922 - Oct. 113, 2011 NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Keith DeWayne Conner, 89, of North Platte died Thursday (Oct. 13, 2011), at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. Keith was born on March 12, 1922 at White, Nebraska, between Maywood and Hayes Center, Nebraska, to Wilber Dean "Johnny" and Gertie Adelle Speer Conner. He grew up north of Maywood and went to country school, before graduating from Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, Nebraska in 1941...
Joseph Pete Vlasin
Joseph Pete Vlasin Aug. 6, 1927 - Oct. 12, 2011 HAYES CENTER, Nebraska -- Joseph Pete Vlasin passed away Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2011), at his rural farm near Hayes Center. He was 84 years old. Joe was born on Aug.6, 1927 at Hayes Center to Joseph John and Rose (Kucera) Vlasin. He graduated from Hayes Center High School...
Martha L. Munson
Martha L. Munson
April 8, 1027 - Oct. 12, 2011
OBERLIN, Kansas --Martha L. Munson, 84, died today (Oct. 12, 2011), at Decatur County Hospital.
Services are pending at Pauls Funeral Home.
Mary Louise (Eby) Brown
Mary Louise (Eby) Brown Jan. 9, 1937 - Oct. 11, 2011 IMPERIAL, Nebraska -- Mary Louise (Eby) Brown, 74, of Imperial, Nebraska died Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2011) at Kearney Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born in Soldier, Kansas on Jan. 9, 1937. She was married to Anthon Brown on Nov. 24, 1954, seven children were born to this union: Rose, Anthony "Tony," Andrew "Andy," Timothy "Tim," Lori, Karen and Michael "Mike."...
Donna Joyce Mather
Donna Joyce Mather June 3, 1917 - Oct. 10, 2011 ARAPAHOE, Nebraska -- Donna Joyce Mather, 94, died Monday (Oct. 10, 2011), at the Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Nebraska. She was born on June 30, 1917, in Gosper County, north of Holbrook, Nebraska to Clyde and Oma (Packwood) Vandruff...
Gerald I. Coates
Gary I. Coates
June 8, 1948-Oct. 3, 2011
PARKS, Nebraska -- Gary Irwin Coates, 63, died Monday (Oct. 3, 2011) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.
He was born June 8, 1948 to the Rev. Harold I. and Carolyn Irene (Stone) Coates in Holdrege, Nebraska. His father served many churches across the state of Nebraska.
Shirley Joan Miner
Shirley Joan Miner CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Shirley Joan Miner passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at the Cambridge Manor Nursing Home. She was born to Leo Joseph and Twila Lucile (Dolph) Sughroue in Indianola. She attended school and graduated from Indianola High School. ...
Maynard Eugene Wright
Maynard Eugene Wright Sept. 4, 1915 - Oct. 11, 2011 ATWOOD, Kansas -- Maynard Eugene Wright, 96, died Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2011), at the Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. He was born Sept. 4, 1915, in Ruskin, Nebraska. He was a farmer. Survivors include his wife, R. Lucille (Quary) Wright of Bird City, Kansas; sons, Jon Wright and Gerald Wright, both of Bird City; daughter Eileen Moon of Westchester, Ohio; nine grandchildren, 25 step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren...
Stanley Delmar Knudsen
Stanley Delmar Knudsen April 5, 1927 - Oct. 7, 2011 PARIS, Texas --Stanley Delmar Knudsen, 84, of Paris, Texas, former long-time Lexington resident, passed away peacefully Friday (Oct. 7, 2011), in Paris, Texas. Stanley had moved to Paris, Texas and resided at Springlake Assisted Living...
Norma M. Grafel
Norma M. Grafel Oct. 15, 1929 - Oct. 10, 2011 OBERLIN, Kansas -- Norma M. Grafel, 81, died Monday (Oct. 10, 2011) at Decatur County Hospital. She was born Oct. 15, 1929 to Fred and Agnes (Behnke) Crocker in McCook, Nebraska. She was raised south of McCook...
Garnett Alva Ginther
Feb. 23, 1920-Oct. 6, 2011 COZAD, Nebraska -- Garnett Alva Ginther passed away Thursday, Oct.6, 2011, at Golden Living Center Nursing Home in Cozad. He was 91 years old. Garnett was born on Feb. 23, 1920, at Atwood, Kansas to Clarence Alva and Edith Adaline (Brown) Ginther. He attended rural school near Atwood...
Virginia L. 'Ginger' Baker
Virginia L. 'Ginger' Baker Aug. 19, 1930 - Oct. 7, 2011 CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Virginia L. "Ginger" Baker, 81, of Cambridge, died Friday (Oct. 7, 2011), at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born at home on Aug. 19, 1930 in Palco, Kansas to Roy G. and Irene E. (Gibson) Morton. She attended school at Palco Consolidated School...
Martha 'Peg' Frack
Martha 'Peg' Frack BEAVER CITY, Nebraska -- Martha "Peg" Frack, 86, of Holdrege, Nebraska, formerly of Norton, Kansas and Hendley, Nebraska, died Friday, (Oct. 7, 2011), at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska after a year and a half battle with lung cancer...
Rocky Lee Courange
Rocky Lee Courange Aug. 3, 1961 - Oct. 7, 2011 HAYS, Kansas -- Rocky Lee Courange, 50, died Friday (Oct. 7, 2011), at Hays Medical Center. He was was born Aug. 3, 1961, in McCook Nebraska, to Irvan and Maralyn (Magers) Courange. He and his four siblings were raised in California for a short time until moving to Traer. He attended Oberlin Elementary and graduated from Decatur Community High school in 1979...
Shirley Joan Miner
Shirley Joan Miner CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Shirley Joan Miner died Saturday (Oct. 8, 2011) at Cambridge Manor. Rosary will be Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Indianola, Nebraska. Burial will follow at St. Catherine's Cemetery,...
Catherine 'Kay' Marie (Lane) Hanes
Catherine 'Kay' Marie (Lane) Hanes Aug. 1, 1922 - Oct. 8, 2011 CENTENNIAL, Colorado -- Catherine "Kay" Marie (Lane) Hanes, 89, died Saturday (Oct. 8, 2011 ), at Porter Hospice in Centennial. She was born on Aug. 1, 1922 in Omaha, Nebraska. On April 8, 1956, she married Richard "Dean" Hanes in Cambridge, Nebraska...
Clarence 'Junior' Cress
Clarence 'Junior' Cress Sept. 17, 1930 - Oct. 8, 2011 He was born Sept. 17, 1930 in Cheyenne County, Kansas. He was a mail carrier. Surviviors included his wife, Geraldine "Jeri" (Smith) Cress of Lakewood; sons, Pat Cress of St. Francis, Kansas and Dan Cress of Aurora, Colorado; daughter Gloria Riemer of Lakewood; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren...
Robert 'Red' L. Warburton
June 13, 1929-Oct. 7, 2011 GERING, Nebraska -- Robert "Red" L. Warburton, 82 of Gering, Nebraska passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at his home. His memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel. At his request, cremation was held...
William Wesley 'Bill' Leach death
William Wesley 'Bill' Leach Aug. 24, 1926 - Oct. 1, 2011 COMMERCE, Oklahoma -- William Wesley "Bill" Leach, 85, formerly of Bird City, Kansas, died Saturday (Oct. 1, 2011) at Good Shepherd Hospice in Commerce. He was born Aug. 24, 1926 in Cheyenne County, Kansas. He was a farmer/rancher...
John Michael Ritter death
John Michael Ritter June 15, 1957 - Oct. 3, 2011 DRESDEN, Kansas -- John Michael Ritter, 54, of Dresden, died Monday (Oct. 3, 2011) at his residence. He was born June 15, 1957 at Colby, Kansas to Vincent and Mary (Reinert) Ritter and lived in rural Dresden...
Mary E. Lehl death
Mary E. (Phelps) Lehl Aug. 3, 1918 - Oct. 2, 2011 McCOOK -- Mary E. Lehl, 93, died Sunday, (Oct. 2, 2011) at Community Hospital. Services well be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook. Visitation will be Tuesday, 1 - 8 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home...
Cloyd R. Peters death
Cloyd R. Peters Dec. 22, 1918 - Sept. 2, 2011 McCOOK -- Cloyd R. Peters died Sunday October 2, 2011 at the Hillcrest Nursing home in McCook, Nebraska at the age of 92. He was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Red Willow County, Nebraska, the son of Ernest and Maggie (Woods) Peters. Cloyd lived his entire life on a farm southwest of McCook. Cloyd graduated from the 8th grade at Banksville one-room rural school...
Dennis Marine Green death
Dennis Marine Green Aug. 13, 1944 - Sept. 29, 2011 McCOOK -- Dennis Marine Green passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 67. Dennis was born on Aug. 13, 1944, at Colby, Kansas to Roy Major and Ethel E. (Lanning) Green. He graduated from Atwood High School with the class of 1964...