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Kenneth L. Sturgeon
Former Superior resident Kenneth L. Sturgeon, 78, of Auburn, Wash., died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1996, in Seattle. Services were Aug. 27 at White River Presbyterian Church in Auburn. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery at Auburn. Price-Helton Funeral Home of Auburn was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Sturgeon was born Nov. 11, 1917, to Roy and Maggie (McMillen) Sturgeon in Superior. He grew up in Superior. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received a Purple Heart while serving in Belgium. He was a produce truck driver. He had lived in Auburn for 50 years. He was a member of White River Presbyterian Church and Elks Aerie No. 1808, both of Auburn. Survivors are his wife, Irene; three sons, Kenneth of Puyallup, Wash., Ed of Olympia, Wash., and Mike of Lacey, Wash.; one brother, Ralph of California; one sister, Louise Schiermeyer of Hastings; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be given to White River Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

Clara A. Biester
Geneva resident Clara A. Biester, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 1996, in Geneva. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Geneva with the Rev. Darren Green officiating. Burial will be in Geneva Public Cemetery at Geneva. Visitation is at Farmer and Son Funeral Home in Geneva. Survivors are her husband, Alvin C.; one son, Larry of Geneva; four daughters, Sharon Wiese of Estes Park, Colo., Anita Williams and JoAnn Chapman, both of Lincoln, and Patricia Bingley of Peyton, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church or the family.

Dennis E. Pelowski
Hastings resident Dennis E. Pelowski, 63, of 817 N. Burlington Ave. died Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at his home. Rosary is 10 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bourek officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday a t Brand-Wilson Funeral Home. Mr. Pelowski was born June 10, 1933, to John D. and Helen L. (Werkus) Pelowski in Greenfield Township, N.D. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55. On July 7, 1956, he married Marjorie Glover at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings. He was emplo yed by Huyck Grain for 12 years and the Hastings Fire Department for 21 years. He retired in 1988 as fire captain. He and his wife also owned a home in Republican City. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Crosier Apostolate and VFW. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Tricia Pelowski at home and Cindi Brennfoerder; two sons, Thomas and James; six brothers, Jerome of Grand Forks, N.D., John of Conyers, Ga., Vernon of Lincoln, Clayton of Grand Island, Bill of Funk and Don of Holdrege ; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Crosier Monastery or St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Dorothy H. Sloggett
Broken Bow resident Dorothy H. Sloggett, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 1996, in Broken Bow. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Broken Bow. Burial will be in Broken Bow Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of arrangements. Survivors are four sons, including Everett "Gene" and Charles, both of Hastings; one daughter; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Hazel P. Toap Blue Hill resident Hazel P. Toap, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 1996, at Community Care of Blue Hill. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bladen United Methodist Church in Bladen with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery at Bladen. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements. Miss Toap was born July 10, 1905, to William E. and Elizabeth Toap in Kearney County. In 1926 she moved to Bladen and in 1986 to Blue Hill. She had been a switchboard operator, operated a cafe and taught school. She was Bladen town clerk from 1961-76. She was a member of Bladen Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Memorials may be given to the family.

Fred F. Saathoff
Franklin resident Fred F. Saathoff, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 1996, at Bethany Home in Minden. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Macon with the Rev. David Collins officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 1 p .m. until services Wednesday at the church. Mr. Saathoff was born Oct. 22, 1906, to John and Flora (Folkerts) Saathoff in Hildreth. He attended School District 54 and Hildreth High School. On July 20, 1930, he married Minnie Marie Meyer in Macon. She died Jan. 26, 1979. On June 17, 1981, he married Lillian Hollis Kelso in Mountain Home, Ark. She died July 14, 1990. He farmed in the Ash Grove area for many years. He retired in 1975 and moved to Franklin. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Macon and Senior Citizens of Franklin. Survivors are two daughters, Marilyn Nielsen of Minden and Lelia Usher of Grand Island; three sons, John of Minden, Dean of Mountain Home and Eugene of El Cajon, Calif.; two sisters, Tina Frerichs and Flora Adam, both of Hildreth; nine grandchildren; and 2 0 great-grandchildren.

Elsie A.M. Mueller
Nelson resident Elsie Anna Maria (Eilers) Mueller, 88, died Monday, Sept., 23, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church north of Superior with the Rev. Michael Osberg officiating. Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Cemetery at the church. Visitation is until 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson. Mrs. Mueller was born Nov. 14, 1907, to Johann Dietrick and Sophia Charlotte (Kuper) Eilers near Nelson. She attended rural school near Nelson. On Dec. 28, 1927, she married Carl W.J. Mueller. They farmed north of Nelson for many years. Her husband died Ja n. 7, 1980. She continued to live on the farm. She later moved to Good Samaritan Center in Nelson. Survivors are seven sons, Ralph of Littleton, Colo., Marvin of Glenvil, Dale of Hastings, Lester of Broomfield, Colo., Glen of Nelson, Carl Jr. of Pueblo, Colo., and Richard of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; one daughter, Doris Swanstrom of Moses Lake, Wash.; 19 gra ndchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, Wilbur; one brother and three sisters. Memorials may be sent to the family at Rural Route 1, Box 54, Nelson, NE 68961.

Leland 'Lee' Cyr
Franklin resident Leland "Lee" Cyr, 93, died Monday, Sept. 23, 1996, at Franklin Nursing Center in Franklin. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Russell Malchow officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until services Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Cyr was born April 22, 1903, to Howard V. and Nellie (Phoenix) Cyr in a sod house in Franklin County. He attended School District 15 in Franklin County and graduated from Franklin Academy. He attended Doane College and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He taught agriculture in Palisade high school. On Nov. 7, 1929, he married Jeanette Brown in Chappell. They moved to the family farm near Franklin and built their home. He retired in 1958. His wife died Jan. 23, 1991. He was a member of Congregational United Church of Christ in Franklin. Survivors are two sons, Howard J. of Aurora and Stanley N. of Minneapolis, Minn.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Elle 'Al' Fuerst
Hildreth resident Elle Janssen "Al" Fuerst, 96, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Rev. Ronald Ebb officiating. Burial will be in Hildreth Cemetery. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. today at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth. Mr. Fuerst was born July 7, 1900, to John and Hilke (Weber) Fuerst near Hildreth. He attended School District 35. On Feb. 16, 1926, he married Hannah DeJonge. They farmed southwest of Hildreth. They retired and moved into Hildreth. He remained active in th e farm operation. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Leonard of Mapleton, Queensland, Australia, and Jim of Wilcox; two sisters, Hilda Anderson of Kearney and Lena Osterbuhr of Garden City, Kan.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and one great-grandchild.

Alvin C. Schuck
Former Harvard resident Alvin C. Schuck, 90, of Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion died Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at United Church of Christ in Harvard with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial will be in Harvard Cemetery. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday, all at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home in Harvard. Mr. Schuck was born July 5, 1906, to John and Kathryn (Knosp) Schuck in Inland. On March 28, 1928, he married Clara Kloke. They lived on a farm near Harvard. In 1978 they moved into Harvard. He continued to farm until 1990. His wife died Dec. 26, 1995. He was a member of United Church of Christ in Harvard and served on the church council. He was secretary-treasurer of the Harvard Rural Fire Department from 1954-78 and was a School District 41 board member. He received Ak-Sar-Ben's Good Neighbor Award in 1947. Survivors are three daughters, Donna Wernke of Grand Island, Marilyn Will of Hastings and Glenda Cook of Adams; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by one son, Ivor; three sisters and two brothers. Memorials may be given to United Church of Christ.

Bessie M. Derra
Former Nuckolls County resident Bessie M. (Morgan) Derra, 87, of Lebanon, Mo., died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, at Lebanon Care Center in Lebanon. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Cemetery south of Lawrence. Holman Funeral Home of Lebanon is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Derra was born Aug. 29, 1909, to Clayton L. and Lillian E. (Bohannon) Morgan in Utica, Ky. She graduated from Davis County High School in Owensboro, Ky. She attended college in Bowling Green, Ky. She was a school teacher for a few years. In 1954, she married Alphonse Lewis Derra. For several years, the couple live near Lawrence. He died in 1995. For health reasons, Mrs. Derra later moved to Missouri to be closer to her daughter. Survivors include a daughter, Bettie Gardner of Tunas, Mo., seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Edith L. Parsons
Former Superior resident Edith L. (Hutt) Parsons, 87, of Lincoln died Thursday, Sept. 26, 1996, in Lincoln. Services are 10 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lincoln and 2:30 p.m. at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior, both Monday, with the Rev. Murray Schmechel officiating. Burial will be in Webber Cemetery at Webber, Kan. Visitation is 9 a.m. until services Monday at the church. Mrs. Parsons was born April 1, 1909, to Walter H. and Clista (Goodall) Hutt near Webber. She grew up on the farm. She attended Collins Country School District 32 near Webber. She graduated from Superior High School in 1928. On Dec. 28, 1930, she married Da niel Glenn Parsons in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They lived east of Superior. They later moved to Valley View District south of Superior in Kansas. Her husband died March 6, 1947. In 1948 she and her children moved into Superior. She worked at Hested's. From Ap ril 9, 1951, until Superior converted to dial, she worked for Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Co. In August 1964 she moved to Lincoln. She retired April 1, 1974. She was a member of Business and Professional Women of Superior and in Lincoln, Aldersgate United Methodist Church and its church circle, United Methodist Women, Aldersgate Grand Generation and "Over 60 Club." She was past member of Valley View Club in Web ber and had served on the Hutt School Board for several years. Survivors are one daughter, Veda Joy Whitehead of Bolingbrook, Ill.; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, Garold; one daughter, Beulah; one brother, one sister and an infant grandchild.

Howard Yost
Former Webster County resident Howard Yost, 101, of Lincoln died Monday, Sept. 30, 1996, in Lincoln. Memorial services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Lincoln. The remains were cremated. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Grand Island City Cemetery at Grand Island. Roper and Sons Inc. of Lincoln are in charge of arrangements. Mr. Yost was born June 12, 1895, to John and Lydia (Megli) Yost in Bladen. He grew up in Red Cloud. He graduated with the first graduating class from the University of Nebraska/College of Dentistry in 1919. He practiced general dentistry in North Platte. I n 1934 he moved to Grand Island where he limited his practice to orthodontics. In 1974 he retired and moved to Lincoln. On Sept. 15, 1920, he married Sybil Gantt. She preceded him in death. On March 24, 1979, he married Bennetta Moore. He was a founding member of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1929 and of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1979. In 1985 he was honored as the first person to be recognized as Grand Diplomate by that body. He was a mem ber of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Rotary International, American Legion, Omicron Kappa Upsilon and was a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. He had served as vestryman and senior warden of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Grand Island and was governor of District 120 Rotary International, president of the Midwestern Section of the American Association of Orthodontists in 1956 and president of the Nebraska State Dental Association in 1960. He was a charter member and served as commander of the American Legion Post No. 153 in North Platte. Survivors are his wife; two sons, John G. of Hastings and Howard F. of Mission Hills, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Stilwell. Memorials may be given to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

David A. Howard
Rural Doniphan resident David A. Howard, 51, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996, at his home. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Private family burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in rural Hall County at a later date. Mr. Howard was born March 3, 1945, to William H. and Dorothy (Schlump) Howard in Bridgeport, Conn. He served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-67. He was part owner of Bernardo's Steak House and Lounge from 1970-80. On Jan. 10, 1982, he married Li nda Cheyney in Grand Island. He was a postal clerk in the Grand Island Post Office from 1985-94. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Rhonda Rakestraw of Harvard; and one brother, William of Mercerville, N.J. He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant sons. Memorials may be given to P.A.L., Providing Activities for Improved Quality of Life, in care of Hastings Regional Center.

William D. Bombeck
Shelton resident William David Bombeck, 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996, at Sargent Nursing Center in Sargent. Services were Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shelton. Burial was in Shelton Cemetery. Godberson Funeral Home of Gibbon was in charge of arrangements. Survivors are his wife; four sons, including Craig of Kenesaw; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Iva-Lou Steele
Nelson resident Iva-Lou (McMillin) Steele, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 1996, in Nelson. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Nora with the Rev. L. Patterson Culligan officiating. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson. Mrs. Steele was born Oct. 13, 1912, to Paul Hyiatt and Iva (Grant) McMillin in Portland, Ore. She attended Broadway High School in Seattle. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle. On Dec. 27, 1947, she married Lloyd E. Steele in New York. He died March 11, 1991. She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and Alpha Gamma Delta. She was president of Garden Club. Survivors are one daughter, Patricia F. Jones of Nora; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a sister. Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Center in Nelson in care of the family at Rural Route 1, Box 82, Nora, NE 68961.

F. Douglas Brown
Former Hastings resident F. Douglas Brown, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at Merrick Manor in Fremont. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Presbyterian Church in Fremont with the Revs. Stephen Brownlee and Dennis Hysom officiating. Visitation with the family is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont. There will be no viewing. Mr. Brown was born Sept. 10, 1924, to Claire and Reba (Schnoor) Brown in Miller. In 1930 he moved to Hastings with his family. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in England, France and Italy. On June 22, 1948, he married Rosalie M. Rowan in Hastings. They lived in Omaha. In 1952 they moved to Sioux City, Iowa. He managed Buck's Shoe Store, which he later purchased. In 1964 they moved to Fremont. He purchased Buck's Shoe Store there. He retired in 1994. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Fremont Masonic Lodge No. 15 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Tangier Shrine Temple of Omaha, Fremont Shrine Club and Order of the Eastern Star Arbor Vitae Chapter No. 92 of Fremont. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Vickie Martinkus of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sons, Craig of Omaha and Kirk of Fremont; one brother, Dick of Sterling, Colo.; one sister, Bettie Akerson of Holdrege; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Deacon's Account of The Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund.

B. Faye Harris
Red Cloud resident Beulah Faye (Pegg) Harris, 92, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. There will be no services. The remains were cremated. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Harris was born Oct. 23, 1903, to John and Bessie (Keagle) Pegg in Red Cloud. She attended Red Cloud schools. On July 26, 1923, she married Orvin J. Harris. They lived in Red Cloud. She was a telephone operator for Independent Telephone Co. for over 30 years. Her husband died Oct. 10, 1964. Survivors are one son, Allan of Ogden, Utah; one daughter, Sharon Strobl of Nelson; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Harris.

Forrest R. Hazard
Omaha resident Forrest R. Hazard, 69, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, in Omaha. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at John A. Gentleman West Side Chapel in Omaha. Survivors are three daughters, including Frances Maunder of Hastings; one son; one sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Shirley L. Eubanks
Cambridge resident Shirley Louise Eubanks, 60, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, in Des Moines. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Cambridge. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements. Survivors are her husband; one son, Chuck of Roseland; four daughters; three sisters; one brother; and 10 grandchildren.

Margaret Borchers
Former Clay County resident Margaret Mae (Jurgens) Borchers, 90, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at Presbyterian Home in Ackley, Iowa. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Bible Church in Henderson with the Rev. David Coleman officiating. Burial will be in Saronville Cemetery at Saronville. Linn's Funeral Home of Iowa Falls, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Borchers was born Jan. 15, 1906, to Fritz and Emma Jurgens in Holdrege. She attended school in Holdrege through the eighth grade. She attended college for two years, earning a nursing degree. She was a licensed practical nurse. She worked at Good Samaritan Village in Hastings. In 1935 she married Harry Borchers. He died in 1954. On Nov. 26, 1962, she married John Borchers. He died in 1982. Survivors are one son, Dean of Jefferson, Iowa; one brother, Emery Jurgens of Holdrege; one sister, Ella Lundvall of Holdrege; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two sisters and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be sent to the family in care of Dean Borchers, P.O. Box 149, Jefferson, IA 50129.

Lillian M. Edwards
Hastings resident Lillian M. (Flesner) Edwards, 84, of 503 Lane B, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at GSV All Saints Chapel with the Revs. Dean Clausing and W.C. Westman officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Edwards was born May 19, 1912, to John F. and Gesina (Dane) Flesner in Glenvil. On Dec. 1, 1946, she married Houston W. Edwards in Lincoln. They moved to Hugoton, Kan. In 1980 they moved to Hastings. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hastings. Survivors are her husband; three daughters, Joyce Harrison of Puyallup, Wash., Marilyn Edwards, Bellaire, Texas, and Robin Usher of Lincoln; two sisters, Matilda Meyer and Edith Hinrichs, both of Hastings; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Memorials may be given to the Lillian M. Edwards Memorial Fund.

Clayton S. Gurney
Red Cloud resident Clayton S. Gurney, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Royce Rexilius officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Red Cloud Cemetery. Mr. Gurney was born Aug. 3, 1916, to Walter and Mable (Angle) Gurney in Cowles. He grew up in Webster County. He attended rural school and graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1933. He farmed in the area, later working in Greeley and Denver, both in Colorado, and in Idaho. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. On June 9, 1946, he married Irma I. Johnston. They lived in Red Cloud. He managed the local grain elevator. In 1948 they moved to Riverton where he co-owned and operated the elevator. In 1966, they sold the elevator and moved to Franklin. He worked for Franklin Grain Co. in outside sales. After retiring they moved to Republican City where they lived for 14 years. In 1989 they returned to Red Cloud. He was a member of Republican City VFW and Red Cloud American Legion Post No. 238. Survivors are his wife; one son, Jud of Omaha; one daughter, Rajaena Appleby of Omaha; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be given to American Lung Association.

Archie R. Weaverling
Mankato, Kan., resident Archie R. Weaverling, 96, died Friday, Oct. 4, 1996, at Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Mankato. Services are 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Melby Mortuary chapel in Mankato with the Rev. Kendal Utt officiating. Masonic services will be provided by Mankato Masonic Lodge No. 87 A.F. & A.M. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Mankato. Mr. Weaverling was born March 16, 1900, to William Tecumseh and Etta L. (Winters) Weaverling in Plainville, Kan. He graduated from Plainville High School. He lived in Hunter, Kan., Beloit, Kan., and Mankato. He was employed by the Natural Gas Co. He later worked for Loomis Building and Electric in Mankato. He was a member of the Christian Church, Mankato Country Club and had been a member of Masonic Lodge No. 87 A.F. & A.M. for 55 years. Survivors are three sons, Rex of Mankato, Bob of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Darrell of Topeka, Kan.; two daughters, Betty Walker of Beatrice and Norma Beasley of Ponca City, Okla.; one brother, Bert of Pine Bluffs, Calif.; two sisters, Ethel Seery and Vera Marurek, both of Ventura, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be given to Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care Unit or Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Mankato.

Gerald P. Pearson
Edgar resident Gerald P. Pearson, 94, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 1996, at Community Care in Edgar. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Friday at Church of the Plains in Edgar with the Revs. Dennis Sylte, Fred Wolff and Harold Fox officiating. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Pearson was born May 12, 1902, to Olander and Selma (Millerstat) Pearson in Bridgeport, Conn. He moved to the Edgar area with his family as an infant. He attended Lincoln Barber College. He was a barber in Shickley, Davenport, Oak and Edgar. On April 3, 1929, he married Mabel Busch in Davenport. They farmed in the Edgar and Davenport areas. In 1968 they moved into Edgar. His wife died Oct. 19, 1993. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Edgar. He is survived by a daughter, Gaylene Pearson of Salem, Ore. He also was preceded in death by two brothers.

Forrest R. Hazard
Omaha resident Forrest R. Hazard, 69, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, in Omaha. Services were to be 11 a.m. today at John A. Gentleman West Side Chapel in Omaha. Survivors are three daughters, including Mary C. Parks and Frances Maunder, both of Hastings; one son; one sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Alma M. Ahrens
Superior resident Alma M. (Grummert) Ahrens, 82, died Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior with the Rev. Paul Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior. Mrs. Ahrens was born Nov. 4, 1913, to Henry and Karoline (Paack) Grummert near Superior. She attended rural school near Cadams. On Jan. 30, 1936, she married Rudolph Ahrens. He died March 13, 1987. She was a member of Centennial Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid. She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Center. Survivors are one son, Robert of Superior; three daughters, Dorothy Boyle of Salina, Kan., Helen Platte of Superior and Carolyn Peterson of Curtis; one stepson, Duane Ahrens of Torrington, Wyo.; two sisters, Mildred Black and Verna Roe, both of Superior; 10 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by three sons, Eldon Ray, Ronald Eugene and Roland Vergene; one brother and one grandchild. Memorials may be given to the family.

William J. Schumm
Hastings resident William J. Schumm, 71, of 1004 Webster Ave. died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. Rosary is 10 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bourek officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home. Mr. Schumm was born Sept. 29, 1925, to William and Adeline (Himmelberg) Schumm in Lawrence. He served in World War II. On June 5, 1962, he married Frances Barber. He farmed near Lawrence before moving to Hastings. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion and the Eagles Club, of which he was a Golden Eagle. Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Jane Stanley of Hastings, Kay Rader of Lee's Summit, Mo., Lois Smidt of Grand Island and Julie Smith of Germany; two sons, Dale and Bill, both of Hastings; one stepdaughter, Kim Bromstead of Aurora, N.Y.; one stepson, Larry Hanson of Blue Hill; five sisters, Eileen Wescott of Lexington, Alvina Kathman of Lawrence, Lorene Klein and Josephine Mangers, both of Roseland, and Elizabeth Classen of Glenvil; three brothers, Leroy of Lawrence, Leonard of Blue Hill and Gilbert of Deweese; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Glen R.; one brother and two sisters. Memorials may be given to the family.

Ivan D. Newell
Nelson resident Ivan Duane Newell, 54, died Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until services Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Newell was born Nov. 20, 1941, to George Pete and Clara Earlene (Gutscher) Newell in Superior. He attended school in Hardy. On Aug. 31, 1979, he married Loretta Rae Shaff in St. Paul. He was owner/operator of Newell's Trailer Sales for several years and was a self-employed welder. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Teresa Ferguson of Hooker, Okla., and Corrina Kerbo of Elkhart, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Tonya Pearson of McPherson, Kan.; one stepson, Fred Jones Jr. of McPherson; his mother of Superior; two sisters, Virginia Nondorf of Superior and Velma Hajny of Nelson; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father; and a stepdaughter, Maritta Sue Jaramillo. Memorials may be sent to the family at Rural Route 1, Box 49, Nelson, NE 68961.

Corrine J. DeBacker
Former Hastings resident Corrine J. DeBacker, 66, of Concord, Calif., died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at Guardian of Concord Care Center in Concord. Services were Sept. 29 at the family home. Ouiment Brothers Concord Funeral Chapel of Concord was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. DeBacker was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Newman Grove. She married Edward F. DeBacker. She moved to Concord 31 years ago. She was owner and operator of DeBacker Board and Care for 17 years. She was a member of St. Agnes Church in Concord. Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Janice Leung of Concord; five sons, Michael of Santa Cruz, Calif., Ronald and Richard, both of Concord, Steven of Oakland, Calif., and Thomas of Phoenix; one brother, Norman Score of Nebraska; four sisters, Barbara Howat, Adriana Swanson and Ila Hanson, all of Nebraska, and Marian Davis of San Diego; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 4295, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or to the family at 1278 Windermere Way, Concord, CA 94521.

Bernard 'Bud' Umbach
Superior resident Bernard "Bud" Umbach, 78, died Monday, Oct. 8, 1996, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Burr Oak Cemetery at Burr Oak, Kan., with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Umbach was born April 22, 1918, to George Arnold and Florence L. (DeWeese) Umbach in Superior. In 1918 he moved with his family to Yankton, S.D. He moved to Clay Center and Riverton before returning to Superior in 1934. He attended grade school in Clay Center and Riverton. He graduated from Superior High School in 1937. On Aug. 7, 1960, he married Goldie Booker. They lived in Superior. He worked for Consumers Public Power for 10 years and for Superior Utilities Electrical Department for 35 years. He retired in April 1983. Much of his retirement was spent on his farm west of Bostwick. He was a former member of the Superior Volunteer Fire Department, Central Nebraska Rock and Mineral Society and was a life member of American Angus Breeders Association. Survivors are his wife; and one sister, Mildred Larraway of Poulsbo, Wash. He was preceded in death by one sister. Memorials may be given to Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital.

Walter C. Gartner
Rural Ayr resident Walter C. Gartner, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings with the Revs. Jim Miller and W.C. Westman officiating. Burial will be in Blue Valley Cemetery at Ayr. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Gartner was born March 23, 1904, to Peter and Maggie (Trauernicht) Gartner near Glenvil. He attended School District 26 near Pauline and Glenvil High School. On April 25, 1925, he married Lenore Woodworth at her parents' home near Ayr. They farmed in the Pauline area. In 1938 they moved to the Woodworth farm, which they later purchased, north of Ayr. His wife died March 10, 1951. He served on the Little Blue Township Board, School District 20 Board of Education, Ayr Methodist Church Board, Ayr Township Board and Ayr School District 53 Board of Education. He was a member of the Blue Valley Cemetery Association Board of Directors. Survivors are one daughter, Doris Rohrs of Canoga Park, Calif.; one son, Dale of Ayr; five brothers, Herman, Paul and Carl, all of Hastings, Raymond of Santa Ana, Calif., and Herbert of Santa Maria, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Lois; and three sisters.

Henry Von Lehe
Washington, Kan., resident Henry Von Lehe, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996, at Washington County Hospital in Washington. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Christian Church in Washington. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery at Washington. Ward Funeral Home of Washington is in charge of arrangements. Survivors are one stepson; one stepdaughter, Carol Koss of Hastings; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Mid American Heart Association.

Ruth C. Wellman
Hebron resident Ruth C. Wellman, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, in Hebron. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hebron United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Eastern Star services will be provided by Hebron Chapter No. 31. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Riverview Cemetery at Scandia, Kan. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Mrs. Wellman was born Nov. 23, 1910, near Scandia. She attended grade school at School District 87, southeast of Scandia. She attended the first three years of high school in Norway, Kan., and graduated from high school in Concordia, Kan., in 1928. She attended business college in Concordia. She was a secretary at KMMJ Radio Station in Clay Center. On Aug. 4, 1933, she married Ernest Wellman in Clay Center. They lived in Clay Center, later moving to Hebron. She worked at Bruning Air Base during World War II. She was a secretary for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in the Thayer County Courthouse in Hebron for many years. She also worked for Lincoln Telephone Co. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star Hebron Chapter No. 31, both in Hebron. She is survived by a brother, Carl M. Benson of Mankato, Kan. She also was preceded in death by two brothers. Memorials may be given to Hebron United Methodist Church, Hebron Country Club or O.E.S. Hebron Chapter No. 31

Linda M. Bruning
Former Harvard resident Linda Mae (Frank) Bruning, 55, of Bartlesville, Okla., died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1996, at her home. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home chapel in Harvard with the Rev. Stan Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to services. Mrs. Bruning was born Aug. 3, 1941, to Clyde and Flora Frank in Harvard. She attended Harvard Public Schools. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree. She earned master's and doctorate degrees in mathematics from the University of Nebraska. On Aug. 3, 1968, she married Donald D. Bruning in Lincoln. She taught mathematics at the high school and college levels in Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, most recently at North Harris County College in Houston and Bartlesville Wesleyan College. She retired in 1992 due to ill health. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Church Council and other church organizations. She also was a member of Chapter CH, P.E.O. in Bartlesville. Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Lori Lynn Scott of Houston and Michele Ann Durda of Galveston, Texas; her mother of Harvard; and one brother, Clyde W. Jr. of Harvard. She was preceded in death by her father. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society in care of Lee Warzel, P.O. Box 1094, Bartlesville, OK 74005.

Audrey C. Simnitt
Former Hastings resident Audrey Claire (Woodworth) Simnitt, 65, of Lincoln died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1996, in Lincoln. Private memorial services will be held. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home of Lincoln is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Simnitt was born Jan. 25, 1931, to Emery and Alda (Brandt) Woodworth in Hastings. On May 20, 1950, she married Gene Dewane Simnitt. He preceded her in death. She was a retired secretary for American Family Insurance Co. in Beatrice. Survivors are two sons, Mark Roger of Lincoln and Lance Cameron of Fremont; two daughters, Jeanie Jan Craig of Castle Rock, Colo., and Linda Simnitt Nelson of Lincoln; two sisters, Carolyn Phyllis Seely of Clawson, Utah, and Eva Eileen Battle of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be given to Madonna Foundation, 5401 South St., Lincoln, NE 68506.


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