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Charles R.B. Little
Former Hastings resident Charles R.B. Little, 74, of Lincoln died Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tabitha Chapel in Lincoln. Graveside services with military rites are 1 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings with the Rev. Carl W. Utley officiating. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings. Mr. Little was born Jan. 31, 1922, to Roy A. and Myrtle (Bonham) Little in Beaver City. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1939 and from Hastings College in 1944. On June 2, 1944, he married Lucille Wentink. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a B-24 pilot. He flew on 35 long-range missions in the Western Pacific. He attained the rank of 1st lieutenant and earned the Asian Pacific Service Medal and the air medal with three oak leaf clusters. He was a marketing consultant with C.R.B. Little and Associates before becoming president of Delicious Foods Co. in Grand Island in 1973. Prior to his retirement he was owner and manager of the Nutrition Depot in Hastings. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Hastings Masonic Lodge No. 50 and Lochland Country Club, all of Hastings. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Kristen Stohs of Lincoln; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. Memorials may be given to Shriners Crippled Children or American Lung Association.

Noreen L. Hupf
Hastings resident Noreen L. (Rogers) Hupf, 56, of 323 S. Garfield Ave. died Saturday, Aug. 17, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Mrs. Hupf was born Feb. 6, 1940, to Vern and Gladys (Mecham) Rogers in Big Springs. She attended Joseph's College of Beauty. She moved to Hastings nine years ago. On Feb. 6, 1987, she married LaVerne E. "Bud" Hupf. She was a homemaker. She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Village. Survivors are her husband; her parents of Big Springs; two stepdaughters, Deborah Krull of Harvard and Diana Millikan of Beaver, Okla.; one stepson, David Hupf of South Haven, Miss.; and five stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be given to the family's choice.

R. Howard Madsen
Superior resident R. Howard Madsen, 66, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 1996, in Omaha. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior with the Rev. Paul Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior. Mr. Madsen was born May 9, 1930, to Carl Marinus and Daisie Marie (Young) Madsen in Petaluma, Calif. He attended Superior Public Schools and graduated from Superior High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-54. On Feb. 4, 1955, he married Elaine Ruth Johannes in Superior. He was a ditch rider for Bostwick Irrigation. He was a member of VFW, of which he served as quartermaster from 1988 to the present, the American Legion and Danish Brotherhood. He was a 30-year member of Centennial Lutheran Church. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Bonnie Wos of Coon Rapids, Minn., Linda Winter of Overland Park, Kan., and Trudy Clark of Lincoln; two sons, Kent of Lamar, Colo., and Kevin of Gibbon; one brother, Carl of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two sisters, Esther McClintock of Penngrove, Calif., and Helen Moyle of Santa Rosa; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister. Memorials may be given to Centennial Lutheran Church.

Hugo E. Griess
Sutton resident Hugo Edwin Griess, 98, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Hope Reformed Church in Sutton with the Rev. George J. Horner officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Griess was born Jan. 10, 1898, to Henry J. and Wilhelminia (Mehlhaf) Griess in York County near Sutton. He attended rural school. On Jan. 29, 1919, he married Mollie L. Lissman in Sutton. They farmed north of Sutton. They later moved to Lincoln where he drove a bus. He attended auctioneering school in Chicago. He returned to Lincoln where he worked at Gold's department store and auctioneered at night. He moved to Russell, Kan., where he was an auctioneer full time. Less than a year later he returned to Sutton and then Lincoln. He was a carpenter and later became a realtor. They later moved to California. In February 1989, they returned to Sutton, moving into the Nolde Center. His wife died June 9, 1989. He lived with his children, later moving to Sutton Community Home. He was the oldest member of Hope Reformed Church and a past member of St. John's Reformed Church of Lincoln. Survivors are four daughters, Geraldine Plettner of Sutton, Virginia Tribble and Marilyn Potter, both of Lincoln, and Norma Shumate of Grants Pass, Ore.; two sons, Howard of Grand Island and Ronald of Lincoln; one sister, Bertha Bauer of Wichita, Kan.; two half sisters, Edna Hornbacher of Sutton and Irene Baumann of Arvada, Colo.; one half brother, Edgar Griess of Atkinson; 28 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by one son, Rubert H.; four brothers, six sisters, one half sister and two grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Hope Reformed Church.

Evelyn E. Jones
Former rural Harvard resident Evelyn E. (England) Jones, 90, of Denver died Sunday, Aug. 18, 1996, in Denver. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairmount Cemetery, Little Ivy Chapel, in Denver. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Horan & McConaty Funeral Service of Denver is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Jones was born April 1, 1906, to George and Edith England near Harvard. She attended the University of Nebraska and taught in a country school in Nebraska. On June 6, 1935, she married W.J. "Doc" Jones in Lincoln. They were longtime San Luis, Colo., residents. They owned and operated a Gambles store in Monte Vista, Colo., from 1939-69. Her husband preceded her in death. Survivors are two sons, Stuart A. of Denver and Kent J. of LeMars, Iowa.; and four grandchildren.

Wava Bargen
Hardy resident Wava (Sperry) Bargen, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Salem Lutheran Church north of Superior with the Rev. Michael Osberg officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is until 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior. Mrs. Bargen was born Sept. 18, 1922, to Thaddeus and Edna Myrtle (Thurber) Sperry in Lucas, Kan. She lived in Lucas and Sharon Springs, Kan. She moved with her parents to Nebraska as a child. She graduated from Superior High School in 1947. She worked at Armour's and Hested's, both in Superior. On Jan. 16, 1949, she married Alvin John William Bargen in Superior. She owned and operated Cake Haven and later the Salebarn Cafe for many years. She was a 46-year member of Salem Lutheran Church and a member of Salem Lutheran Circle and helped with 4-H. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Lowell of Douglas and Terry of Superior; two daughters, Pam Beale of Shickley and Cheryl Mohler of Superior; four sisters, Lovey Lambert, Edna Johnson, Irma Grummert and Theora Bargen, all of Superior; two brothers, Rex Sperry of Lincoln and Ron Sperry of Billings, Mont.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 13, Hardy, NE 68943.

Frank C. Larkins
Chester resident Frank C. Larkins, 97, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, at his home in Chester. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Chester with the Rev. T.J. Fraser officiating. Burial will be in Chester Cemetery at Chester. Visitation is at Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home in Belleville, Kan. Mr. Larkins was born Nov. 18, 1898, to Emery and Alta (Randel) Larkins near Belleville, Kan. On Sept. 9, 1919, he married Florence E. Eickman. He was a retired farmer and stockman and owner and operator of Larkins Oil Co. He lived his entire life in the rural Belleville and Chester communities. He was a member of United Methodist Church. Survivors are three sons, Jean of Chester, Max of Belleville and Howard of Concordia; one daughter, Pauline Frye of Chester; 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Euvalene Swanstrom
Oak resident Euvalene (Anderson) Swanstrom, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1996, in Oak. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at First Community Church in Oak with the Revs. Dale Bussinger and Leslie Warner officiating. Burial will be in Nora Cemetery at Nora. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson. Mrs. Swanstrom was born Aug. 25, 1923, to Ernest and Lillie (Wagensen) Anderson near Cadams. She attended Nora Elementary School and graduated from Ruskin High School in 1941. She received a teaching certificate from the University of Nebraska. She taught at School District 25, Prairie Hill west and south of Nora and Oak School. After teaching for three years, she married Alfred Swanstrom in Belleville, Kan., on July 31, 1946. He died Nov. 13, 1993. She was a member of First Community Church and Oak Church Circle, both in Oak. Survivors are two daughters, Sandra Hopkins of Kansas City, Mo., and Anne McCoy of Naperville, Ill.; and three grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, Gary, and an infant daughter. Memorials may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 18, Oak, NE 68964.

F.C. 'Peanuts' Kirchner
Former Esbon, Kan., resident F.C. "Peanuts" Kirchner, 94, of Indianola, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Cemetery at Esbon with the Rev. Kenneth Lohrmeyer officiating. Simmons Funeral Home of Smith Center, Kan., is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kirchner was born Sept. 30, 1901, in Herndon, Kan. On April 10, 1929, he married Teresa Gaza. She died in 1951. He was a retired railroad worker and farm hand. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Esbon. Survivors are two daughters, Kathleen Rector of Allerton, Iowa, and Mary Jo Arneson of Seward; four sons, Charles and Richard, both of Kansas City, Mo., James of Smith Center, Kan., and Danny of Harrisburg, N.C.; 25 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

Connie Wells
Axtell resident Connie (Cole) Wells, 57, died Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, in Kearney. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Axtell. Freeland-Layton Funeral Home of Axtell is in charge of arrangements. Survivors are her husband; four sons; two stepdaughters; one stepson; her parents; one brother; one sister, Roberta Schwartz of Hildreth; seven grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.

Arnold Koch
Deshler resident Arnold Koch, 70, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, in Hebron. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Deshler with the Rev. James P. Moll officiating. Burial will be in Deshler City Cemetery. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services at the church. Mr. Koch was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Deshler. On June 10, 1949, he married Delores Edna Presnell at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler. He was a farmer and a truck driver for Leuders Trucking in Deshler. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and its church council and was treasurer of the Lutheran Laymen's League. He was a member of the Deshler Volunteer Fire Department and treasurer of the Spring Creek Swingers Square Dance Club. Survivors are his wife; one son, Stephen of Lincoln; two daughters, Arlene Wilke of Lincoln and Margaret Lichty of Blacksburg, Va.; one brother, Otto Koch of Imperial; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers. Memorials may be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Marie A. Miller
Former Hastings resident Marie A. Miller, 86, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs. Services are pending at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings.

Arthur H. Flammang
Doniphan resident Arthur H. "Art" Flammang, 87, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at his home. Visitation was Sunday and services were to be 10 a.m. today, both at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Doniphan with the Rev. John Hawkins officiating. Burial was planned in the Cedar View Cemetery at Doniphan. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Flammang was born Oct. 1, 1908, to Alphons "A.C." and Christina Flammang in Orleans. He grew up in Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1926. He began farming near Orleans. On Feb. 28, 1933, he married Josephine "Jo" Oswald at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans. They farmed until moving to North Hollywood, Calif., in 1940. He worked for Bendix Aviation. In 1944 they returned to Orleans to farm. In 1952 they purchased a farm near Doniphan. They retired in 1975 and moved into Doniphan. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and the Crosier Lay Apostolate. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Robert of San Marcus, Texas, and Ronald of Crowley, Texas; one daughter, Virginia Williamson of Plant City, Fla.; four sisters, Eleanor Grime of Toledo, Ohio, Bertha McCoy of Omaha and Magdaline Givens and Mildred Ayers, both of Lancaster, Calif.; one brother, Harold of Hemet, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Memorials may be given to St. Ann's Catholic Church or the Crosier Monastery in Hastings.

W. Wayne Kelly
Rural Naponee resident W. Wayne Kelly, 78, died Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, as the result of a pickup-train accident one-half mile west of Naponee. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Republican City with the Rev. Lyn Seiser officiating. The remains will be cremated. Burial will be at a later date. There will be no public visitation. Banta-Torrey Funeral Home of Alma is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kelly was born May 8, 1918, to William and Myrtle (Romjue) Kelly at Naponee. He attended school in Naponee, graduating in 1935. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 in Iran. On March 1, 1943, he married Marguerite Driggers in Columbia, S.C. After his discharge from the Army, he and his wife farmed near Naponee. He was member of Republican City United Methodist Church, where he had been a Sunday school teacher. He served on the Sindt Rural School District 14 Board of Education and was a former Franklin County Supervisor. He was a member of the Republican Lodge No. 98, A.F. & A.M., and Order of the Eastern Star Republican Chapter No. 304, both of Republican City. Survivors are his wife; one son, Dave of Naponee; one daughter, Janice Lovitt of Ansley; one sister, Velma Gartin of Kearney; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister.

John B. Parsons
Hastings resident John Buford "Boots" Parson, 84, of 1109 N. St. Joseph Ave. died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Joe Scahill officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Parsons was born May 7, 1912, to John and Verna (Wilson) Parsons in Ong. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School. On Oct. 18, 1935, he married Kathryn E. Wacker in Hastings. He was associated with his father at Parsons Oil Co. for many years. After the sale of the company, he worked for National Oil and Equipment Co. He retired Sept. 1, 1972. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors are his wife; one son, John of Fort Collins, Colo.; three daughters, Peggy Haff of Waterloo, Ontario, Suzanne Smith of Fort Collins and Kathleen Parsons of Denver; one sister, Jean Miles of Lincoln; and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church.

Francis G. Carl
= Former Adams County resident Francis G. Carl, 79, of Reno, Nev., died Sunday, Aug. 18, 1996, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. Graveside services with military rites were Aug. 21 at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nev. Ross-Burke-Knobel Mortuary of Reno was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Carl was born April 12, 1917, to Otto and Rose (Earthum) Carl in Holstein. He grew up in Adams County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a manager for an auto leasing company. Survivors are his wife, Beverly; six daughters, Cathy Hultine of Lexington, Jackie Koepke of Hastings, Marilyn Fowler of Chectah, Okla., Suszie Carl of Sterling, Cindy Whitenight of Greensburg, Pa., and Maryellen Carl of Reno; three sons, Jim and Tim, both of Winnemucca, Nev., and Joseph of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Marge Parr of Roseland, Lucille Hoffman of Lincoln and Rosie Navarez of California; one brother, Gene of California; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Marie A. Miller
= Former Hastings resident Marie A. "Dollie" (Scott) Miller, 86, died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Rosary is 9:45 a.m. and services are 10 a.m., both Thursday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery in Campbell. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home. Mrs. Miller was born July 18, 1910, to Frank and Adaline (Jones) Scott on a farm southeast of Stanberry, Mo. As a young child she moved with her parents to Louisiana for one year before returning to Stanberry. While in grade school she moved to Omaha. She graduated from Benson High School. On Dec. 29, 1934, she married Tobias "Toby" Miller in Anselmo. He died in 1991. She was a homemaker. She also was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. Memorials may be given to Crosier Monastery.

Melvin E. Spahn
= Former Sutton resident Melvin Eugene Spahn, 66, of Norfolk died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Norfolk. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ is King Church in Norfolk with the Rev. Glenn Waplehorst officiating. Graveside services are 4 p.m. at Sutton Cemetery in Sutton. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kohler Mortuary in Sutton. Johnson-Stonacek Funeral Chapel of Norfolk is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Spahn was born Sept. 20, 1929, to George Lyle and Hattie Ruth (Hatcliff) Spahn in Sutton. He graduated from Sutton High School in 1949. On Sept. 7, 1964, he married Carol Summerville in Mitchell. He was a feed mill foreman for Farmland Co-op in Juniata from 1963-79 and Sutton Co-op in Sutton from 1979-87. In 1987 he began working for Clay County Roads Department. In 1991 he retired due to ill health. In April 1995 he moved from Sutton to Norfolk. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sutton and a past member of Sutton Volunteer Fire Department and Sutton Lions Club. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Charis Buell of Chicago and Lois Spahn of Norfolk; two sons, Lee of Norfolk and Jason of Chicago; one brother, Lyle of Lincoln; and three grandchildren.

Pamela S. Ronzheimer
= Hastings resident Pamela Sue (Lowery) Ronzheimer, 44, of 902 N. Lincoln Ave. No. 2 died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996, as result of a traffic accident in Friend. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Hastings with the Revs. Karl Harman and Tim Fleener officiating. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today with the family at Roper and Sons Funeral Home in Lincoln and one hour prior to services at the church. Mrs. Ronzheimer was born July 21, 1952, to George Edward and Betty (Heinrichs) Lowery in Hebron. She was a student at Central Community College-Hastings. She was a former secretary at Keller Graduate School in Chicago and Arlington Heights, Ill., and Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Hastings Baptist Church. Survivors are one daughter, Teresa Ronzheimer of St. Charles, Ill.; one brother, George Richard of Palatine, Ill., and three sisters, Candy Kay Lowery and Marilyn Diane Clevenger, both of Elgin, Ill., and Barbara J. Douglas of Lincoln. Memorials may be given to the Arthritis Foundation, Nebraska Chapter, 5601 S. 27th St., Suite 204, Lincoln, NE 68512 or First Baptist Church.

Benny Watson Jr.
Former Hastings resident Benny Watson Jr., 80, of Newman Grove died Friday, Aug. 23, 1996, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Island. Services were Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newman Grove. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post No. 73 of Newman Grove was in Hope Cemetery at Newman Grove. Jacobson-Motl Funeral Home of Newman Grove was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Watson was born June 30, 1916, to Ben and Nancy (Meyers) Watson in Albion. He attended school in Albion. He completed the seventh grade. He moved with his family to Newman Grove in 1929. On March 5, 1938, he married Grace Katherine Edwards. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-45. From 1947-52 he worked on a section gang for Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. He moved to Hastings where he was a maintenance man in the Hastings Public School system. After his retirement, he continued to live in Hastings. Survivors are four daughters, Sharon Ahrens, Sherry Watson and Vicki Guenter, all of Lincoln, and Sandy Alles of Colorado; two sons, Kent and Jimmy, both of Lincoln; one sister, Iva Landen of Albion; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirlene; four sisters and one brother.

Fern M. Speed
Hastings resident Fern M. (Newberg) Speed, 87, died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Friday at Parkview Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Speed was born Sept. 25, 1908, to Leonard and Amanda (Anderson) Newberg in Stanton, Iowa. She graduated from Red Oak (Iowa) High School. She married John Evert Speed. She moved to Hastings in 1950. Her husband died Dec. 13, 1974. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by one daughter, two brothers and five sisters. Memorials may be given to the family's choice.

Thomsen rites
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996
Services for former Minden resident Inger Marie Thomsen, 89, of Kearney who died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at St. John's Center in Kearney are 2 p.m. Friday at Layton Funeral Home chapel in Minden with the Rev. Ralph Larson officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Marie L. Erlewine
Former Hastings resident Marie Louise (Christle) Tscharner Brandes Erlewine, 89, died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at Whitewater Health Care Center in St. Charles, Minn. There will be no services. The remains have been donated to the Mayo Clinic Anatomy Department in Rochester, Minn. Burial will be at a later date in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Mrs. Erlewine was born April 9, 1907, to Henry and Louise Christle in Burlington, Iowa. She married John Tscharner, Frank Brandes and then Leonard Erlewine. They all preceded her in death. She moved to Hastings 30 years ago. Five years ago she moved to Rochester to live with her son. She was a member of Church of Christ in Hastings. Survivors are one son, Robert Tscharner of Rochester; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Church of Christ.

Dean Bonham
Franklin resident Dean Bonham, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Franklin with the Rev. Richard Dimond officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 9 a.m. until services Friday at the church. Mr. Bonham was born May 18, 1935, to Claude and Louise (Palmer) Bonham in Franklin. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1953. He was employed by Bushman Construction Co. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56. On Sept. 16, 1956, he married Connie J. Gooder at the Methodist Church in Franklin. He was a farmer. He was a member of VFW Post No. 5757 in Franklin, American Legion in Minden and had served on the Franklin Board of Education for a number of years. Survivors are his wife; one son, Craig Bonham of Franklin; one daughter, Debbi Jo Blank of Wilcox; his parents of Franklin; two brothers, Murel of San Francisco and Max of Franklin; and five grandchildren.

Lindy 'Boots' Gardner
Bloomington resident Lindy "Boots" Gardner, 69, died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, at his home. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin with the Rev. Edward Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 9:30 a.m. until services Saturday at the church. Mr. Gardner was born Feb. 28, 1927, to Charles and Rose (Zulaf) Gardner on a farm south of Bloomington. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1945. On May 25, 1947, he married Dorothy Mae Albers at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ash Grove. She died April 1, 1987. He farmed in the Bloomington area. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin. He had served on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service board and had been a member of the American Shorthorn Breeders Association. Survivors are three sons, Warren of Saugus, Calif., Larry of Parker, Colo., and Ron of Hastings; two sisters, Viola Gardner of Bertrand and Evelyn Hrabak of Guide Rock; and seven grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by four brothers.

Ivan Earl
Superior resident Ivan Earl, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Earl was born April 25, 1915, to Rolland and Clara (Hahn) Earl in Downs, Kan. He grew up in the Downs area. He attended school in Mankato, Kan., and Superior. On June 28, 1936, he married Thelma Davis in Lenora, Kan. They lived in Santa Ana, Calif. He owned and operated a television retail and repair business. In 1985 they retired and moved to Superior. His wife died April 19, 1991. He also was preceded in death by two brothers.

Helen M. Butler
Thedford resident Helen Mary (Strupp) Butler, 81, died Monday, Aug. 26, 1996, in Lincoln. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at Cliff Table Cemetery west of Merna. Memorial services are at 1:30 p.m. at United Church of Christ in Thedford. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements. Survivors are three sons, including Larry Butler of Hastings; one brother; one sister; and five grandchildren.

Derrik M. Rogers
Derrik Michael Rogers, 1-month-old son of Michael Corbet and Michelle Louise (Lewis) Rogers of Nixa, Mo., died Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996, in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo., of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Mrs. Rogers is formerly of Hastings. Services were Monday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Nixa, Mo. Burial was in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens in Springfield. Harris, a Heritage Funeral Home of Nixa was in charge of arrangements. Survivors are his parents; one brother; grandparents, including Sam and Bev Whiteman of Hastings; and great-grandparents. Memorials may be given to Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Inger M. Thomsen
Former Minden resident Inger Marie Thomsen, 89, of Kearney died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996, at St. John's Center in Kearney. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Ralph Larson officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Miss Thomsen was born Dec. 22, 1906, to Christian and Mary (Simmonsen) Thomsen in Kearney County. She graduated from School District 48 and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She was a nurse serving with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in South Africa for more than 20 years. She had lived in Kearney for the past several years. She was a member of Moody Church in Chicago. Survivors are one sister, Ann Pierce of Peoria, Ariz.; and one brother, Leland of Minden. She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Alta Gage
Former Clay Center resident Alta (Lewis) Mensen Gage, 86, of Spearfish, S.D., died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D. Services are 10 a.m. today at United Church of Christ in Spearfish with the Rev. Barbara Murray officiating. Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Monday at Glenvil Cemetery at Glenvil with the Rev. Clinton McDonald officiating. Fidler Funeral Home of Spearfish is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Gage was born Oct. 3, 1909, to George and Mary Dolly (Bryant) Lewis in Fairfield. She graduated from Fairfield High School. She taught rural school in the area for two years. On March 3, 1929, she married Albert J. Mensen in Glenvil. They farmed near Glenvil for 38 years. They retired and moved to Hastings. Her husband died Feb. 21, 1970. In September 1978 she moved to Spearfish. On July 16, 1980, she married Verne Gage. They lived in Spearfish. Her second husband died Jan. 27, 1993. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Women's Fellowship and Sara Circle, Senior Citizens chorus and band and Order of the Eastern Star Queen City Chapter No. 89. Survivors are one daughter, Marilyn Rosenau of Spearfish; one stepson, William Gage of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, Wayne Lewis of Grass Valley, Calif., and Orville Lewis of Sequim, Wash.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one sister, three brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be given to Spearfish United Church of Christ.

Leola C. Rauscher
Sutton resident Leola C. Rauscher, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at Henderson Community Hospital in Henderson. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Sutton with the Rev. Terry Jorgensen officiating. Burial will be in the Sutton Cemetery. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements. Miss Rauscher was born May 30, 1915, to Gustav and Sarah (Oschner) Rauscher near Stockham in Hamilton County. She attended school in Sutton, graduating from Sutton High School in 1934. She worked as a teller at City State Bank in Sutton for more than 20 years. She retired in the 1980s. She was a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church and its ladies' aid society and the Order of the Eastern Star Evening Star Lodge in Sutton. Survivors are a brother, Harold of Lincoln, and a twin sister, Viola Griess of Sutton. She was preceded in death by a sister. Memorials may be given to Emmanuel Reformed Church or Sutton Christian School.

Emma D. Magnuson
Friday, Aug. 30, 1996
Hastings resident Emma DeEtte Magnuson, 101, of 1138 N. Denver Ave. died Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. Services are pending with Butler-Volland Funeral Home.

Duane M. Albers
Davenport resident Duane M. Albers, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 1996, in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Christ's Lutheran Church in Davenport with Rev. Dennis Sylte officiating. Burial will be in Davenport City Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by Davenport American Legion. Eastern Star services will be conducted by Th e Nebraska Grand Officers. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home in Davenport and one hour prior to services at the church. Mr. Albers was born Sept. 19, 1924, to Edwin L.G. and Cornelia B. (Klepper) Albers in Crab Orchard. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of Christ's Lutheran Church, Lily Lodge No. 154 A.F. & A.M., Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 268, Lions Club, all of Davenport, Scottish Rite of Hastings, American Legion posts in both Davenport and Hebron, National Rifle Association and Nebraska Historical Society. He was the current associate grand patron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Nebraska, president of the Davenport Rural Fire Board and served on the Little Blue Natural Resources District board of directors. Survivors are his wife, Julia L.; one son, Tregan P. of Davenport; two brothers, Earl E. of Kissimmee, Fla., and Gayard of Rosehill, Calif.; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to the family at Rural Route 1, Davenport, NE 68335.

Nancy L. Edgington
Hastings resident Nancy L. (Muhleisen) Edgington, 53, of 2203 Home St. died Saturday, Aug. 31, 1996, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Carl H. Rehwaldt officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Blue Hill. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home. Mrs. Edgington was born Feb. 4, 1943, to Clarence and Irene (Wallace) Muhleisen in Blue Hill. She graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1960. She also graduated from Mary Lanning School of Nursing in 1963, the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1977 w ith a bachelor of science degree and in 1982 with a master's degree in vocational education. She was a nurse for Dr. John Coover in Hastings and in hospitals in Wheatland, Wyo., and Santa Barbara, Calif., prior to 1968. She was a faculty member at Mary La nning School of Nursing from 1968-1980, director of Mary Lanning School of Nursing from 1980-1988, director of Quality Assurance at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital and from 1988-1994 and was director of education at MLMH at the time of her death. She also w as coordinator of student affairs for Creighton University School of Nursing, Mary Lanning campus from 1988 until the present. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Single Parents Group and 5 x 5 and served on the Board of Stewardship from 1992-94. She was Nebraska Nurse's Association-District I Nominating Committee chairw oman and a member of the American Nurse's Association, South Central Rural Health Education Network, Mary Lanning School of Nursing Alumni, of which she was past board member and secretary, Creighton University Recruitment Committee, Nebraska Chapter of th e American Society for Health Education and Training, Vital Signs Health Fair board, Central Nebraska Division of Make-A-Wish Foundation board, Health Services Council-Hastings Chamber of Commerce, Planned Approach to Community Health and Hastings Area Cou ncil on Alcohol and Drugs advisory board. She was site coordinator for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. She was a past surveyor for the National League for Nursing and a past member Nebraska Association of Healthcare Quality. Survivors are three daughters, Andrea Edgington of Kearney, Angela Swails of Hastings and Dawn Edgington of Lincoln; one son, Brad of Pinetop, Ariz.; her parents of Blue Hill; two sisters, Shirley Lang of Blair and Diane Wallace-Reid of St. Paul, Minn.; an d four grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Nancy L. Edgington Memorial Fund.

Dean H. Avers
Former Davenport resident Dean H. Avers, 73, of Greeley, Colo., died Friday, Aug. 30, 1996, at Hospice of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit in Greeley. Services were Tuesday at St. Paul's Congregational Church in Greeley. Burial was in Linn Grove Cemetery at Greeley. Allnutt Funeral Service of Greeley was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Avers was born Nov. 12, 1922, to Roy C. and Emma (Koinzan) Avers in Davenport. In August 1949 he married Marie Venell in Lincoln. He moved to Weld County, Colo., in March 1957. He was a rancher and farmer. He also sold real estate. On June 22, 1985, he married Donna Bershinsky in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He was a member of St. Paul's Congregational Church. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Sally Hays of Johnstown, Colo., and Susan Wheeler of Greeley; one stepson, Bill Bershinsky of Fort Collins, Colo.; one stepdaughter, Becky Harrison of Loveland, Colo.; two sisters, Clarice Cronk of Grand Island and Ca rol Meyer of Edgar; six grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild. He was preceded in death by an infant sister. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Northern Colorado.


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