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Obituaries from May 2016

Joyce Elaine Nicholson (05/31/16)
Joyce Elaine Nicholson March 15, 1944 - May 30, 2016 LEBANON, Neb. -- Joyce Elaine Nicholson, a long-time resident of Lebanon, ascended into heaven on Monday the 30th of May while in Lincoln, Neb. She was born on March 15, 1944, in Dighton, Kan., to Kenneth and Norma (Davidson) Zink. ...
Enid Phyllis Mann Davis (05/31/16)
Enid Phyllis Mann Davis July 18, 1925 - May 14, 2016 LARNED, Kan. -- Enid Phyllis Mann Davis of Culbertson, Neb., passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned, Kan. She was 90 years old. Enid was born on July 18, 1925, on the Burton place near Chardon, Ilion Township, Rawlins County, Kan., to Cris William Mann and Blanche Agnes (Palmer) Mann. She attended Fairview Country School, Atwood Grade School and Atwood Community High School...
James R. Unger (05/31/16)
James R. Unger Sept. 7, 1951 - May 29, 2016 KEARNEY, Neb. -- James R. Unger, 64 of Grand Island, went to his Heavenly home Sunday, May 29, 2016, while at CHI Health-Good Samaritan in Kearney. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Reverend Luke Biggs will officiate. Burial will be at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery...
Ursula Martha Sommer (05/27/16)
Ursula Martha Sommer TRENTON, Neb. -- Ursula Martha Sommer, 74, of Dickens, Neb., died Thursday (May 26, 2016), at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. A private family viewing is Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook. Services are pending with Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel...
Virginia Lou "Peggy" Ellis Brown (05/26/16)
Virginia Lou "Peggy" Ellis Brown March 23, 1928 - May 25, 2016 TRENTON, Neb. -- Virginia Lou "Peggy" Ellis Brown, age 88, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. Peggy was born on March 23, 1928, in Culbertson to parents, Richard Clark and Doris (Adkins) Ellis. She graduated from Culbertson High School with the class of 1945. Following graduation, Peggy worked in the Hitchcock County Court House in the Assistance Office from 1945 to 1950...
Phyllis Lee Haag (05/27/16)
Phyllis Lee Haag Dec. 15, 1934 - May 25, 2016 LINCOLN, Neb. -- Phyllis Lee Haag, 81, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016. She was born Dec. 15, 1934, in O'Neil, Neb., to Edward and Martha Engelhaupt. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a nursing degree. On Oct. 25, 1958, in Omaha, Neb., she married Dr. Robert L. Haag, a graduate of Lebanon (Neb.) High School. They made their home in Lincoln, where they raised their family...
Ersel Joy Boyd (05/26/16)
Ersel Joy Boyd Oct. 12, 1924 - May 27, 2016 AUGUSTA, Kan. -- Ersel Joy Boyd, 91, of Augusta, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Wichita, Kan. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service begins at 11 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016, at Headley Funeral Chapel in Augusta...
Alan M. Rucker (05/25/16)
Alan M. Rucker March 1, 1952 - Oct. 17, 2015 MARSHFIELD, Wis. -- Alan M. Rucker, age 63, of Marshfield, passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Marshfield. Alan was born on March 1, 1952, in Chicago, Ill. He spent a great deal of his early life on the farm with his grandparents, Dave and Gladys Alexander. His parents, Stanley and Marilyn Rucker, spent their entire married life in Hayes Center, Neb., along with their son, Alan, and a brother, Michael Steven Rucker, who passed away in infancy...
Merlin J. James (05/26/16)
Merlin J. James Aug. 20, 1951 - Dec. 13, 2015 ARAPAHOE, Neb. -- Merlin J. James, 64, died Dec. 13, 2015, at his home in Arapahoe. He was born Aug. 20, 1951, to Glen and Norma James in Norton, Kan., one of twin sons. He grew up east of Hendley, Neb. ...
Sheila Gay Connell Taylor (05/16/16)
Sheila Gay Connell Taylor March 15, 1954 - May 10, 2016 BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Sheila Gay Connell Taylor, age 62, was born on March 15, 1954, in Lincoln, Neb. She died in Omaha, Neb., on May 10, 2016. Sheila's family surrounded her when she went to be with the loved ones that had gone before her...
Genny Rowley (05/25/16)
Genny Rowley IMPERIAL, Neb. -- Genny Rowley, 85, died Friday (May 20, 2016), at the Mother Hull Home in Kearney, Neb. Survivors include children, Dan and special friend, Mary of Imperial and Brenda Florea and husband, Greg of Lincoln, Neb.; brothers, Gail Hedges and wife, GayNell of Modesto, Calif., and Dick Hedges and wife, WayDean of Commerce City, Colo.; sisters, Hazel Wagner of Sutherland, Neb. ...
Maribeth Grace Augustyn (05/23/16)
Maribeth Grace Augustyn Dec. 2, 1928 - May 21, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Maribeth Grace Augustyn, age 87, of McCook, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. Maribeth was born Dec. 2, 1928. She was the daughter of Leonard Wallace and Mary Jeannette (Baldwin) Grace in Denver, Colo...
Dora "Grace" Probasco Burton (05/23/16)
Dora "Grace" Probasco Burton Feb. 12, 1920 - May 22, 2016 CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Dora "Grace" Probasco Burton, age 96, of Cambridge, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Tri Valley Health System in Cambridge. Grace was born on Feb. 12, 1920, to Daniel Gail and Nellie May (Webb) Probasco. ...
Velda Hartman (05/23/16)
Velda Hartman March 17, 1927 - May 22, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Velda Hartman, age 89, of McCook, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Community Hospital in McCook. Velda was born March 17, 1927, to Herman and Pearl (Smith) Gerdes on the family farm south of Max, Neb. in Dundy County. Velda attended country schools in both Dundy County in Nebraska and Rawlins County in Kansas...
Shirley Beth Carter (05/23/16)
Shirley Beth Carter March 7, 1957 - May 21, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Shirley Beth Carter, age 59, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at her home in McCook. Shirley was born March 7, 1957, in McCook, to parents Burdette Earnest and Edna May (Trimpey) Carter. She was one of three children born to this union...
Cleo Denker (05/24/16)
Cleo Denker WAUNETA, Neb. -- Cleo Denker, 84, longtime resident of Wauneta, died Saturday (May 21, 2016), at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Survivors include children, Kerry Denker of Wauneta, Debbie Sandman and husband, Bill of Utica, Neb., and Shelly Yoder and husband, Randy of Wauneta; sisters-in-law, DeLores Taylor of Wauneta, Diann Widger and husband, Dean of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Vera Fosbinder of North Platte, Neb.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren...
Norma J. Helm (05/23/16)
Norma J. Helm May 16, 1930 - May 21, 2016 CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Norma J. Helm, age 86, of Cambridge, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Tri Valley Health System in Cambridge. Norma was born May 16, 1930, in Indianola, Neb., to parents Rozella and Clarence E. (Hall) Potts. Norma lived her entire life in Red Willow County. Norma graduated from Indianola High School in 1948...
Mildred McCallister Schwab (05/18/16)
Mildred McCallister Schwab July 19, 1914 - May 17, 2016 NORTON, Kan. -- Mildred McCallister Schwab, 101, died Tuesday (May 17, 2016), at the Andebe Home in Norton. She was born July 19, 1914, in Carroll County, Ind., to James and Lucy E. (Cresse) Snell. She grew up in Winfield, Kan. She was a homemaker...
Theresa Darlene Haarberg (05/23/16)
Theresa Darlene Haarberg Dec. 16, 1945 - May 21, 2016 WAUNETA, Neb. -- Theresa Darlene Haarberg was born to Max and Mary (Maes) Baldonado on Dec. 16, 1945, in Parks, Neb., and was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman, Neb., on March 24, 1946. At a young age, Darlene's family moved to Wauneta, where she graduated from high school with the class of 1964...
Patsy Ruth Stevens (05/23/16)
Patsy Ruth Stevens Aug. 8, 1931 - May 19, 2016 LINCOLN, Neb. -- Patsy Ruth Stevens , 84, died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at her home in Walton, Neb. She was born on Aug. 8, 1931, at Beatrice, Neb., to Orie and Jesse (Branstetter) Lape. She had two siblings, John Lape and Carol Horky. They grew up on a farm north of Beatrice. She had many fond memories of her childhood home. Pat married Gerald Stevens Sr. on April 30, 1949. To this union seven children were born...
Claudis Darwin Yonkers (05/19/16)
Claudis Darwin Yonkers Oct. 7, 1922 - Dec. 3, 2015 MAYWOOD, Neb. -- Claudis Darwin "Darky" Yonkers, 93, of Maywood, died Dec. 3, 2015, in Trenton, Neb. He was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Hayes County, Neb., to Anthony Benjamin Yonkers and Lucy Delia (Brownell) Yonkers. He graduated school in Hayes county. He married Shirley Yonkers in Hayes Center on May 21,1952. He worked as a truck Driver for Farmers COOP...
Alberta Main (05/19/16)
Alberta Main Feb. 18, 1924 - April 21, 2016 BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Alberta "Bertie" Mae Main was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Guy G. and Ivy Myrtle (Farrens) Burkhalter. As a young girl she attended country school in Cheyenne County to the eighth grade...
John Edmund Bahl (05/18/16)
John Edmund Bahl June 29, 1940 - May 15, 2016 GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- John Edmund Bahl, 75, formerly of McCook and North Platte, died Sunday (May 15, 2016) at Grand Island. He was born June 29, 1940, to William and Geraldine (Tumbleson) Bahl in McCook...
Mary Elizabeth Molloy (05/17/16)
Mary Elizabeth Molloy Jan. 18, 1923 - May 14, 2016 HERSHEY, Neb. -- Mary Elizabeth Molloy, age 93, of Hershey, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Mary was born on the farm near Curtis, Neb. on Jan. 18, 1923, to Frank F. and Anna Katie Bollner Thompson. ...
Doretta June Stroup (05/17/16)
Doretta June Stroup Oct 15, 1954 - May 12, 2016 WICHITA, Kan. -- Doretta June Stroup, 61, of Goodland, Kan., died Thursday (May 12, 2016), at Via Christie in Wichita. She was born to Kenneth L. and Jessie J. Stroup at Imperial, Neb. on Oct 15, 1954...
Lester L. Haussler (05/17/16)
Lester L. Haussler Sept. 22, 1942 - May 13, 2016 LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Lester L. Haussler, 73, of Lakewood, died Friday (May 13, 2016). He was born Sept. 22, 1942, to Lester J. and Lelia (McCoy) Haussler. He graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1960 and attended McCook Junior College, Dana College and Kearney State College, earning degrees in economics and sociology. He served in the Army National Guard from 1966 -- 1972...
Irene F. Stover (05/17/16)
Irene F. Stover March 22, 1918 - May 13, 2016 TRENTON, Neb. -- Irene F. Stover, age 98, died at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton on Friday, May 13, 2016. She was born in Trenton, Neb., on March 22, 1918, to Carl and Mary (Raymond) Steinke. At age nine, Irene's mother died and she was raised by her father and grandmother. She grew up on a farm near Trenton and went to Trenton Schools...
Helen Ruth Muirhead (05/16/16)
Helen Ruth Muirhead March 7, 1930 - May 13, 2016 DRESDEN, Kan.-- Helen Ruth Muirhead, 86, died Friday (May 13, 2016), at Citizens Medical Center in Colby, Kan. She was born March 7, 1930, in Jennings, Kan., to Henry and Blanche (Richardson) Heilman. She grew up on a farm near Jennings, Kan. She attended Jennings High School and Mercy School of Nursing in Denver, Colo. She married Keith V. Muirhead on April 5, 1953, in Jennings...
Geraldine Gerry Robertson (05/16/16)
Geraldine Gerry Robertson May 26, 1920 - May 10, 2016 ANDOVER, Kan. -- Geraldine Gerry Robertson, 95. formerly of Oberlin, died Tuesday (May 10, 2016), at Victoria Falls Nursing Home in Andover. She was born May 26, 1920, to Jay Devere and Faye Dean Paddock. ...
Claudia C. Schnabel (05/12/16)
Claudia C. Schnabel Nov. 24, 1940 - May 11, 2016 BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Claudia C. Schnabel, age 75, of Benkelman, passed away at Hester Memorial Home on May 11, 2016. She was born in McCook, Neb., on Nov. 24, 1940, to Leo B. and Claudine Maun (Adams) Frank. The family moved to Trenton, where Claudia attended and graduated from Trenton High School in 1958...
Mildred Stute (05/13/16)
Mildred Stute BENKELMAN, Neb. -- Mildred Stute, 95, longtime resident of Haigler, Neb., died Wednesday (May 11, 2016), at the Sarah Ann Hester Home in Benkelman. Survivors include children, Kenneth Stute and wife, Sheryl of Sidney, Neb., LeRoy Stute and wife, Irene of Westminster, Colo., and Ray Stute and wife, Debra of Haigler; numerous grandchildren and brothers and sisters...
Gordon 'Buzz' Matson (05/13/16)
Gordon 'Buzz' Matson May 24, 1944 - May 6, 2016 TULSA, Okla. -- Gordon "Buzz" Matson was born May 24, 1944, in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Gordon and Audell Matson. He passed away May 6, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla. Buzz attended school in Iowa, Wyoming and Minnesota, graduating from Harmony High School in Minnesota. He married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia Broadwater, and to this union two sons were born...
John Bauer Jr. (05/12/16)
Services are pending with Herrmann-Jones Funeral Home in McCook.
George Korkisch (05/12/16)
George Korkisch HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- George Korkisch, 95, died Jan. 23, 2016, in Huntsville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Edwards, formerly of Benkelman, Neb. Survivors include his brother-in-law, Eugene Edwards; six nieces; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and godson, Andrew Joseph Battle...
Stannis Maureen Spencer (05/09/16)
Stannis Maureen Spencer Nov. 26, 1927 -May 8, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Stannis Maureen Spencer, age 88, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Community Hospital of McCook. Stannis was born on Nov. 26, 1927, to Stanley Marvin and Mary Irene (Whitaker) Clark in Boise, Idaho. The family moved to Nebraska when she was young. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1944...
Dr. Vernon Harold "Bud" Hanke (05/10/16)
Dr. Vernon Harold 'Bud' Hanke March 21, 1928 -May 9, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Dr. Vernon Harold "Bud" Hanke passed away Monday, May 9, 2016, at his home in McCook, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old. Bud was born on March 21, 1928, at Holyoke, Colo., to parents, William A. ...
Hollis Irene Kehlbeck (05/10/16)
Hollis Irene Kehlbeck Sept. 29, 1919 - May 8, 2016 CENTENNIAL, Colo.-- Hollis Irene Kehlbeck, 96, died Sunday (May 8, 2016), at Centennial. She was born Sept. 29, 1919, in Bird City, Kan. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritz and son, Larry, in 1962...
Rita Jeannine (Lebow) Schmid (05/10/16)
Rita Jeannine (Lebow) Schmid Aug. 27, 2933 - May 7, 2016 ST. FRANCIS, Kan. -- Rita Jeannine (Lebow) Schmid, 82, died Saturday (May 7, 2016), at Good Samaritan Society in St. Francis. She was born Aug. 27, 1933, in McDonald, Kan. She was a retired truck driver and homemaker...
Ron L. Smith (05/10/16)
Ron L. Smith Dec. 9, 1961 - May 7, 2016 OMAHA, Neb. -- Ron L. Smith, 54, of Omaha, formerly of McCook, Neb., died Saturday, May 7, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Smith. Survivors include his father, Paul "Bud" Smith; wife, Heidi Smith; children, Katie, Gibson and Gracie Smith; brother, Randy (Joan) Smith; nephews, Ryan, Tyler and Colton Smith; and many loving family and friends...
Sharon Andrew (05/06/16)
Sharon G. Andrew Aug. 2, 1943 - May 6, 2016 PALISADE, Neb. -- Sharon G. Andrew of Palisade, age 72, entered into eternal life on Friday May 6, 2016, at Sunrise Heights in Wauneta, surrounded by her loving family. Sharon was born Aug. 2, 1943, at the family's home in south Palisade to Francis M. and Mildred O. (Weston) Andrew...
Enid Vernelle (Boyer) Zapp (05/06/16)
Enid Vernelle (Boyer) Zapp July 14, 1927 - May 5, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Enid Vernelle (Boyer) Zapp, age 88, of McCook, led a full and joyful life and was deeply loved by her large family. She passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Community Hospital of McCook...
Gerald 'Jerry' Dellere (05/06/16)
Gerald 'Jerry' Dellere Feb. 28, 1935 - May 4, 2016 SELDEN, Kan. -- Gerald "Jerry" Dellere, 81, died Wednesday (May 4, 2016), at Selden, Kan. He was born Feb. 28, 1935, in New Almelo, Kan., to Paul P. and Mathilde (Spartz) Dellere. He grew up on a farm southwest of New Almelo. He attended New Almelo grade school and Lenora High School...
Elbert E. Pywell (05/06/16)
Elbert E. Pywell Dec. 17, 1930 - May 5, 2016 KEARNEY, Neb. -- Elbert E. Pywell, 85, died Thursday (May 5, 2016), at St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney. He was born Dec. 17. 1930, in Norton, Kan. Services are pending at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney. Online condolences may be left at www.hlmkfuneral.com...
Dale Leon Oberst (05/05/16)
Dale Leon Oberst Dec. 12, 1947 - May 3, 2016 CAMBRIDGE, Neb.-- Dale Leon Oberst, age 68, of Cambridge, passed away May 3, 2016, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He was born in Omaha, Neb., on Dec. 12, 1947, to Lee and Doris (Healea) Oberst. The family moved to Hayward, Calif., where Dale went to school and graduated from Mount Eden High School. Dale joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and retired after serving his country for over 22 years...
Carl Dean McQuiety (05/05/16)
Carl Dean McQuiety Sept. 2, 1944 - May 3, 2016 CAMBRIDGE, Neb. -- Carl Dean McQuiety, age 71, died at his home in Cambridge on May 3, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Lebanon, Mo., on Sept. 2, 1944, to Carl and Elsie (Teter) McQuiety. The family moved to the family farm northwest of Cambridge...
Oneata May 'Sis' Fisher (05/03/16)
Oneata May 'Sis' Fisher July 21, 1926 - July 21, 1926 McCOOK, Neb. -- Oneata May "Sis" Fisher passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at Hillcrest Nursing Home. She was 89 years old. Sis was born on July 21, 1926, at Decatur County, Kan., to parents, Julian and Bernice (Crook) Copley. She attended Danbury Schools...
James (Jim) Edward Baxter (05/02/16)
James (Jim) Edward Baxter Feb. 27, 1958 - April 27, 2016 TRENTON, Neb. -- James (Jim) Edward Baxter, age 58, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Trenton. On Feb. 27, 1958, James was born in McCook to Richard L. and Leona E. (Potthoff) Baxter. ...
Dale Arthur Leibbrandt (05/02/16)
Dale Arthur Leibbrandt Sept. 8, 1925 - May 2, 2016 McCOOK, Neb. -- Dale Arthur Leibbrandt of Danbury passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 90 years old. Dale was born in McCook, Neb., to parents, William and Bertha (Boll) Leibbrandt on Sept. 8, 1925...
Avis L. Wolfe (05/02/16)
Avis Wolfe Nov. 20, 1916 - May 1, 2o16 HOLDREGE, Neb. -- Avis Wolfe, age 99, formerly of Wilsonville, Neb., passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Holdrege Memorial Hospital. She was born near Wilsonville on Nov. 20, 1916, to Clarence and Orpha (Payne) Scott. Avis attended country school and later graduated from Wilsonville High Schol in 1936. She was united in marriage to Roscoe H. Wolfe in 1936. He preceded her in death in July of 1993...
Dwain L. Banzhaf (05/02/16)
Dwain L. Banzhaf Dec. 17, 1934 - April 29, 2016 EUSTIS, Neb. -- Dwain L. Banzhaf of Eustis passed away April 29, 2016, at Cozad Community Hospital at the age of 81. Dwain was born at the farm home of his grandparents, Fred and Grace Volkman, four miles southeast of Orafino on Dec. ...