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Elvis H. Kinney
Blue Hill resident Elvis H. Kinney, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at his home. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Blue Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Burial with military rites provided by American Legion Shirley Post No. 176 of Blue Hill will be in Blue Hill Cemetery. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kinney was born Aug. 16, 1922, to Harry and Edna (Wickstrom) Kinney in Woodruff, Kan. He graduated from Woodruff High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On July 25, 1953, he married Lucile M. Hinze in Oxford. He worked at Schemper International in Long Island, Kan., before moving to Hastings. He then was a service manager for Sherman's International Harvester for 28 years, retiring in 1987. He lived in Long Island and then Roseland for two years before moving to Blue Hill. His wife died April 13, 1989. Survivors are two daughters, Celeste Munsinger of Wichita, Kan., and Melody Knapp of Papillion; three sons, Dan of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jerry of Lincoln and William of Longmont, Colo.; one sister, Marjory Wolters of Phillipsburg, Kan.; and 13 grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by two brothers and one grandchild. Memorials may be given to Blue Hill United Methodist Church.

Helen M. Woodward
Guide Rock resident Helen M. (Hancock) Woodward, 86, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Guide Rock with the Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be in Guide Rock Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Woodward was born May 20, 1910, to Guy and Myrtle (Smith) Hancock in Flagler, Colo. She moved with her family to Esbon, Kan., in 1918. She attended rural Jewell County schools and Esbon High School. They moved to Nebraska. She graduated from Cowles High School in 1928. She taught in rural schools for several years. In 1935 she married Clair Woodward in Atwood, Kan. They lived in Guide Rock. She was a member of Methodist Church, Methodist quilters, HC Club and Retired Teachers Association. Survivors are her husband; one son, Allen of Guide Rock; one daughter, Mary Ann Lang of Edgar; one sister, Fern Chase of Grand Island; three brothers, Rex Hancock of Omaha and Lowell Hancock and Milford Hancock, both of Esbon; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lee; three brothers and three sisters. Memorials may be given to the family.

Marion 'Slim' Huffman
York resident Marion "Slim" Huffman, 44, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, in Omaha. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in York. Burial will be in Waco Cemetery at Waco. Metz Mortuary of York is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Huffman was a 21-year employee of Protex Central in Hastings where he managed the Candyco Division. Survivors are his wife; one daughter; his parents; one sister; and three grandchildren.

Thurman 'Shorty' Parnell
Harvard resident Thurman "Shorty" Parnell, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Rev. Dean Clausing officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens north of Hastings. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Parnell was born Sept. 23, 1922, to Dock Franklin and Ellen Belle (Davis) Parnell in Kenly, N.C. He was a World War II veteran. On Oct. 19, 1957, he married Norma Jane Brown in Hastings. He worked for Jack and Jill Stores of Hastings for 20 years. In 1968 he went to work for Mullen Oil in Harvard. He later worked at Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center. He retired in 1987 after 16 years. Survivors are his wife; five sons, Paul of Hastings, Craig of Harvard, Thomas of Clay Center and Rodney and Robert, both of Lincoln; five sisters, Anne Belle Phillips, Mary Belle Shellington and Gloria Hope Talton, all of Princeton, N.C., and Martha Ellen Price and Gladys Irene Summerlin, both of Fremont, N.C.; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the family.

Edwin H. 'Yank' Mertens
Friday, Nov. 29, 1996
Former Lawrence resident Edwin H. "Yank" Mertens, 63, of Lincoln died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, in Lincoln.

Robert M. Wilhelm
Hastings resident Robert M. Wilhelm, 75, of 414 W. Fourth St. died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Island. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John McCabe officiating. Private burial will be in Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home. Mr. Wilhelm was born March 27, 1921, to John M. and Maryett (Kennedy) Wilhelm in Hot Springs, S.D. He is survived by one brother, Bert of Hastings.

Lowell C. Woods
Former Clay County resident Lowell C. Woods, 85, of Findlay, Ohio, died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, in Findlay. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Church of the Plains in Edgar with the Rev. Dr. Alastair Parr officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery at Fairfield. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Woods was born Dec. 1, 1911, to Zeb and Fannie (Hoyt) Woods in Fairfield. He worked at Lewis Grocery Store in Fairfield. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1929. On Oct. 8, 1933, he married Twila Elizabeth Stewart in Fairfield. They lived in Fairfield. In 1949 they moved to Sidney. He worked at the Sioux Ordnance Depot. In 1962 he retired and they returned to Fairfield. In 1965 they moved to Edgar. His wife died Dec. 30, 1982. In 1985 he moved to Findlay. Survivors are one daughter, Joanne Soder of Coldwater, Mich.; one son, Dale of Dallas; one sister, Mildred Farley of Topeka, Kan.; one brother, Mervin of Hastings; five grandchildren; and six grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by an infant son. Memorials may be given to Church of the Plains Church.

Edna K. Nolde
Former Sutton resident Edna Katherine (Sterkel) Nolde, 96, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Community Care of Edgar. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Kohler Mortuary chapel in Sutton with the Rev. Rod Dunkerson officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. until services Friday at the funeral home. The family will be present from 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Nolde was born Dec. 20, 1899, to George and Christina (Trautman) Sterkel near Sutton. She attended Rock School District 38 south of Sutton. In 1918 she married Reuben A. Nolde in Hastings. They farmed east of Sutton. They later moved to the Sandhills in Valley County. They later returned to a farm in the Sutton area. In 1949 they moved into Sutton. Her husband died in 1972. She had been a resident of Community Care of Edgar for the past 41/2 years. She was a member of the Federated Church. Survivors are two daughters, Avona Noyes of Myrtle Point, Ore., and Marcella Watts of Corona, Calif.; two sons, Cletus of Dove Creek, Colo., and Virgil of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Freda Bettger of Geneva; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be given to the family.

Eda V. Doering
Former Webster County resident Eda V. (Yingling) Baker Doering, 101, of South Sioux City died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at her home. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud. Burial will be in Red Cloud Cemetery. Mrs. Doering was born July 21, 1895, to Lewis and Viola E. (Jones) Yingling in Yorktown, Ind. On Nov. 4, 1916, she married Paul Lester Baker in Daleville, Ind. In 1922 they moved to a farm near Inavale. In 1929 they moved to Red Cloud. Her husband died Sept. 28, 1935. She was a clerk at the Webster County Clerk's office for a number of years. On Jan. 6, 1962, she married George F. Doering in Red Cloud. He died Dec. 22, 1963. She continued to live in Red Cloud. In August 1986 she moved to South Sioux City. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and American Legion Post No. 238 Auxiliary, both in Red Cloud. Survivors are two sons, Robert E. Baker of Selma, Calif., and Malcolm M. Baker of South Sioux City; one daughter, Eda I. Grothen of South Sioux City; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Dollia L. Hayes
Franklin resident Dollia L. Hayes, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Franklin Nursing Center in Franklin. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin Missionary Church with the Rev. Tim Bauer officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 1 p.m. until services Wednesday at the church. Miss Hayes was born Sept. 27, 1908, to Albert and Elvina (Harger) Hayes on a farm southwest of Bloomington. She attended rural schools and graduated from Franklin High School in 1928. She remained on the farm until 1969, when she moved to Franklin. She was a member of Franklin Missionary Church and Missionary Ladies Group. She taught Sunday school at the Missionary Church in Bloomington for a number of years. She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Illa B. Kennedy
Hastings resident Illa B. "Jerry" (Smith) Kennedy, 79, of 623 S. Lincoln Ave. died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Tom Murray officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. until services Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Kennedy was born Feb. 6, 1917, to Joseph and Addie (Faulkner) Smith on a farm near Palava, Texas. She attended school in Palava. In 1964 she moved to Hastings from Fort Worth, Texas. She was a licensed vocational nurse in Texas and Nebraska and was a licensed beauty operator in Texas and Missouri. She was employed by Hastings Regional Center, Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital and Good Samaritan Village and provided private nursing care. She was a life member of the DAV. She was senior vice commander of the Hastings unit at the time of her death. She was a Golden Eagle member of the Eagles Auxiliary No. 592 and a member of the VFW Auxiliary No. 1346 and MOC Auxiliary No. 16. She also was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors are two daughters, Peggy Moorhead of Hastings and Wanda Mercier of Oriskany Falls, N.Y.; two brothers, L.D. Smith and Cleave Smith, both of Sweetwater, Texas; two sisters, Ruby Bonner and Rita Smith, both of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

Viola R. Powell
Hastings resident Viola R. Powell, 93, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial will be in Kenesaw Cemetery at Kenesaw. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Thursday at the funeral home. Miss Powell was born Oct. 8, 1903, to Loren and Lillie (Gasaway) Powell in Kenesaw. She graduated from Kenesaw High School. She attended Peru State College, where she was a secretary. She lived in Lincoln most of her life, working as a bookkeeper for several businesses. Survivors are three sisters, Fae Powell of Kenesaw, Luella Huwaldt of Lincoln and Eleine Hampshire of Foreman, Ark. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

Dora J. Wittrock
Davenport resident Dora J. (Bohling) Wittrock, 89, died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, in Geneva. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Davenport with the Rev. Dan Heuer officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery at Davenport. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Urbauer-Price Funeral Home in Davenport and one hour prior to services at the church. Mrs. Wittrock was born Aug. 16, 1907, to Fred and Martha (Glawatz) Bohling in Edgar. She married Roy Wittrock. He preceded her in death. Survivors are one son, Dale of Davenport; one daughter, Linda Rae Wittrock of Davenport; one brother, Arnold Bohling of Superior; and one sister, Martha Holtzen of Twin Falls, Idaho. She also was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Francis J. 'Doc' Weiler
Hastings resident Francis J. "Doc" Weiler, 89, of 739 E. Third St. died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. Rosary is 10 a.m. Friday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. Services will follow with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Mr. Weiler was born July 25, 1907, to George M. and Elizabeth (Schiffer) Weiler in Hanover, Kan. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1925. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II (1942-45). In April 1948 he married Gladys B. Vangsnes. He worked for Hastings National Bank, First National Bank and Norwest Bank, retiring as an assistant vice president. He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, American Legion and VFW. He was a honorary life member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 1123. Survivors are his wife; and one sister, Agnes Heywood of Omaha. He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. Memorials may be given to St. Cecilia's High School Endowment Fund.

Ruby L. Williams
Former Davenport resident Ruby L. (Bennett) Williams, 78, of Lincoln died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, in Lincoln. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren United Methodist Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Dr. Keith W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Lincoln. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Roper and Sons Funeral Home in Lincoln and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Mrs. Williams was born Sept. 9, 1918, to Grover and Hattie (Whited) Bennett in Peru. On Sept. 14, 1933, she married Cecil Williams in Mankato, Kan. They lived on a farm near Davenport from 1933-64. She was employed by Hardinger Drug Store in Davenport. She worked with the youth of Davenport Methodist Church and was secretary of the Davenport High School PTA. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Edward W. of Albuquerque, N.M., and Larry of Lincoln; one daughter, Sharon Andersen of Lincoln; two sisters, Jean Knaus of Mitchell and Nadine Hancock of Hill City, S.D.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Memorials may be given to American Kidney Foundation, 7101 Newport Ave. No. 301, Omaha, NE 68152.

Marion R. Hansen
Former Smith Center, Kan., resident Marion R. (Kugler) Hansen, 66, of Westminster, Colo., died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, at her home. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Smith Center Church of the Nazarene in Smith Center with the Rev. Bernie Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Womer Cemetery in Smith County. Visitation is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Simmons Mortuary of Smith Center is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Hansen was born July 8, 1930, to Leslie and Bessie (Johnson) Kugler in Superior. On March 9, 1974, she married Wayne Hansen in Colorado. She was a homemaker. She attended Westminster Nazarene Church in Westminster. Survivors are her husband; three sons, Gayle Yenne of Houston, Jack Yenne of Smith Center and Jason Hansen of Great Bend, Kan.; three daughters, Patti Horton of Aurora, Colo., Julee Kirnie of Orlando, Fla., and Tamara Yenne of Oxford, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be given to Smith Center Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.

Emma A. Scott
Former Roseland resident Emma A. (Wermeskerch) Dreibelbis Scott, 90, of Longmont, Colo., died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Life Care Center in Longmont. Services were to be 10:30 a.m. today at Ahlberg Funeral Home in Longmont with the Rev. John Daniels officiating. Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Roseland Cemetery at Roseland with the Rev. Ted Uhlig officiating. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings. Mrs. Scott was born Jan. 31, 1906, to Peter and Mary (Theis) Wermeskerch in Roseland. On July 31, 1928, she married Sol Dreibelbis in Belleville, Kan. He died in 1942. She was a bank teller for Roseland State Bank and a telephone operator for Roseland for seven years. She also owned a school bus that was leased by the Roseland School. In 1950 she moved to Casper, Wyo., and married Ray Scott. She was a bookkeeper for Scott Construct Co. In 1972 her husband died and she moved to Longmont. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Golden West Chapter No. 37 of Glenrock, Wyo., and Daughters of the Nile in Casper. Survivors are two daughters, Gayle Mock of Longmont and Adell Ulrich of Bridgeport; one sister, Edith Means of Hastings; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be given to Shriner's Hospital Burn Unit in care of Ahlberg Funeral Home, 326 Terry St., Longmont, CO 80501.

Doris C. Thaut
Hastings resident Doris C. (Alberts) Thaut, 81, of Good Samaritan Village Goldbeck Towers died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Friday at Parkview Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, services will be at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Thaut was born Feb. 15, 1915, to Ernest E. and Jeannette B. (Rants) Alberts in Sutton. On April 4, 1936, she married Ronald Thaut. He died in 1983. She was a timekeeper at Naval Ammunition Depot, clerk at Brach-Thompson and Schwesers stores and was a stenographer at Central Community College-Hastings until retiring. She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She did volunteer work for Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Red Cross, PTA and YMCA Swim Association. Survivors are two sons, Ronald L. of La Monte, Mo., and Philip D. of Hastings; two sisters, Mary Hohlen and Maxine Stimbert, both of Hastings; three brothers, Curtis E. Alberts of Medford, Ore., Mark C. Alberts of Cedar Creek, Texas, and Richard E. Alberts of Roseland; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also was preceded in death by one daughter, D. Lorraine; one sister and one infant brother.

Harry E. Potter
Hastings resident Harry E. Potter, 84, of 3555 S. Baltimore Ave. died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard. Masonic services are 2 p.m. Monday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with S.H. Jackson and Arthur S. Dye officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation or viewing. Mr. Potter was born Dec. 24, 1911, to Harry and Nina (Case) Potter in Omaha. He grew up in Fairbury. He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1928. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Doane College in Crete. He was a construction inspector for Martin Bomber plant in Omaha during World War II. After the war he worked in bridge construction for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He retired in 1958. On Feb. 14, 1947, he married Beulah Daugherty in Hastings. In 1958 they moved to Hastings. They opened the Antique Shop in their home in 1971. He was a member of Hastings York Rite Bodies, Tehama Shrine and Mid West Lodge No. 317 A.F. & A.M. of which he was past master. Survivors are his wife; and one sister, Ninita Johnson of Hastings. Memorials may be given to Shriners Crippled Children Transportation Fund.

Anna J. Bentley
Hastings resident Anna J. (Petersen) Bentley, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bentley was born June 8, 1909, to Iver and Anna (Larsen) Petersen in Minden. On Feb. 19, 1928, she married William H. Bentley in Red Cloud. They moved to Hastings from Minden in 1941. Her husband died in 1979. She was the director of United Way of Hastings for 31 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and its circle. She also was a member of BPO Does, of which she was president in 1962 and 1972, and attendant to Supreme Junior Counselor of Grand Lodge in 1963. She was a member of a rifle team and set two records. She also was involved with the Girl Scouts, Red Cross and taught first aid classes. Survivors are one daughter, Jane Fox of Hastings; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. Memorials may be given to United Way of Hastings or First Presbyterian Church.

Derek H. Craig
Derek Harm Craig, 2-day-old son of Timothy and Tammy (Junker) Craig of 1930 W. Seventh St., died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at Children's Hospital in Omaha. Services are 11:30 a.m. Monday at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd with the Rev. John Ross officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home. Derek was born Dec. 3, 1996, in Hastings. Survivors are his parents; grandparents, Harold and Marj Junker and Tom and Jenneth Brown, all of Hastings; and great-grandparents, Helena Junker of Hastings, Betty Jurgens of Wymore and Mildred Niermeier of McCook. He was preceded in death by three great-grandfathers. Memorials may be given to the family's choice.

Mabel E. Nodlinski
Hastings resident Mabel E. (Briant) Nodlinski, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion. Rosary is 7 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel. Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. The Rev. Dale Phillips will give the eulogy. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Mrs. Nodlinski was born Jan. 23, 1918, to Lester H. and Elsie M. (Stroud) Briant in Havelock. She moved to Wymore with her parents at the age of 2. In 1950 she moved to Hastings. On June 16, 1951, she married Kenneth Nodlinski in Kearney She was the bookkeeper at the Ammunition Depot before becoming manager of the cafeterias. Her husband died April 23, 1993. She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America and was past president of St. Michael's Altar Society. She was a member of The Cut Ups and was a volunteer of the American Cancer Society as a state and district director. Survivors are two daughters, Evelyn Hunt of Tustin, Calif., and Sue Pontine of Hastings; two sisters, Hazel Weber of Lincoln and Vera DeBuhr of Lincoln; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter and three brothers. Memorials may be given to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church or Keystone Baptist Church Children's Library.

Jenelle M. Wicker
Edgar resident Jenelle M. (Fitzke) Wicker, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at her home. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil with the Rev. Tim Wiggins officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings and one hour prior to services at the church. Mrs. Wicker was born Nov. 9, 1934, to Carl A. and Doris (Warren) Fitzke in Fairfield. On June 9, 1957, she married Ken Wicker. She was a secretary at Sandy Creek School for more than 35 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of the MNO Extension Club and Edgar Bowling League. Survivors are her husband; her father of Fairfield; one sister, Darlene Morava of Grand Coulee, Wash.; three brothers, Ronald D. Fitzke of Sutton and Carlyle G. Fitzke and Aubrey D. Fitzke, both of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her mother. Memorials may be given to the Edgar Rescue Squad.

Howard P. Weavers
Doniphan resident Howard P. Weavers, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Haven Home of Kenesaw. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rosedale United Methodist Church in Rosedale with the Rev. Bill Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Cedar View Cemetery at Doniphan. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home in Grand Island. Mr. Weavers was born April 20, 1911, to Frederick and Martha (Haack) Weavers in Doniphan. He grew up on the family farm near Doniphan. He graduated from Rosedale High School. On June 8, 1939, he married Twyla Mae Main in Fullerton. They lived on the family farm. He retired in 1973. He was a member of the Rosedale Methodist Church and Senior Citizens Center of Doniphan. He was treasurer for the Martin Township Board and was a 4-H leader. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Fredrick and Donald, both of Doniphan; one daughter, Elaine Goldenstein of Juniata; five grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one stepgrandchild. Memorials may be given to the family.

Bill L. Lynch
Nora resident Bill L. Lynch, 76, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, in Superior. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nora United Methodist Church with the Rev. L. Patterson Culligan officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Nora Cemetery. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson. Mr. Lynch was born April 17, 1920, to William and Mabel (Lanham) Lynch in Nora. He attended Antelope Country Grade School near Nora. He graduated from Nora High School in 1937. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1945. On March 19, 1946, he married Melba Brown. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of Nelson VFW No. 7197, Nora Farmers Union Co-op Board, of which he served as president, and Nora Board of Education. Survivors are his wife; two sons, James and Jerry, both of Nora; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, William Henry. Memorials may be given to the family.

Lorene Kristokat
Hebron resident Lorene Kristokat, 73, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, in Hebron. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron with the Rev. Bruce W. Berggren officiating. Burial will be in Deshler City Cemetery. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services at the church. Mrs. Kristokat was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Deshler. Survivors are one sister, Marie Crisman of Hebron and one brother, Edwin Othling of McPherson, Kan. Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church.

Harold E. Breitenfeldt
Giltner resident Harold E. "Hans" Breitenfeldt, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, in Lincoln. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home chapel in Grand Island. Burial will be in Cedar View Cemetery at Doniphan. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 300 of Doniphan. Survivors are his wife; two sons; two daughters; four sisters, including Bernice Shultz of Doniphan; and eight grandchildren.

Loretta M. Griess
Sutton resident Loretta M. (Griess) Griess, 81, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kohler Mortuary chapel in Sutton with the Free German Reformed Salem Church elders officiating. Burial will be in the Free German Reformed Salem Cemetery near Sutton. Mrs. Griess was born April 14, 1915, to August J. and Katherina (Griess) Griess near Sutton in York County. She attended School District 66 near Sutton and graduated from Sutton High School in 1933. On Nov. 3, 1938, she married Benjamin Griess in Hastings. They farmed near Sutton. In 1980 they moved into Sutton. She was a member of Free German Reformed Salem Church. Survivors are her husband; one son, Melvin of Sutton; two sisters, Lisetta Nuss and Louise Huber, both of Sutton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter and one sister. Memorials may be given to the family.

Orra E. Powell
Hebron resident Orra Eva (Leff) Powell, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, in Hebron. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Price Funeral Home chapel in Hebron with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Burial will be in Alexandria Public Cemetery at Alexandria. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Powell was born Oct. 11, 1910, to Ernest and Anna Leff near Alexandria. She married Reuben B. Powell. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. Survivors are three sons, Corwin of Hebron and Gary and Lyle, both of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth; one daughter, Colene Powell; and one brother. Memorials may be given to the family.

Ruth L. Kelly
Sutton resident Ruth L. (Harder) Kelly, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, at Sutton Community Home in Sutton. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Sutton Community Home with the Rev. Rod Dunkerson officiating. Her remains have been donated to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hebron at a later date. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Kelly was born May 29, 1917, to Friedrich August Henrick and Lydia Mae (Fry) Harder in Hebron. She attended Hebron Public Schools. She graduated from Hebron High School in 1935. On June 27, 1936, she married Peter John Kelly in Hebron. He died Feb. 23, 1947. After his death she ran a restaurant and bar in Belvidere. In the mid-1950s she moved to Lincoln. She was a cook for the Kellogg Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln east campus. She retired in the mid-1980s. She bought a house and moved to Harvard. In 1988 she suffered a stroke and moved to Sutton Community Home. Survivors are two sisters, Anna Bloom of Lincoln and Phyllis Herzfield of Milford; and six brothers, Albert Harder of Plattsmouth, Theodore Harder and Michael Harder, both of Portland, Ore., George Harder of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Melvin Harder of Decatur, Ala., and Donald Harder of Riceville, Tenn. She also was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Thelma L. Gergen
Former Hastings resident Thelma L. (LaBrie) Gergen, 84, of Grand Island died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Rosary is 7 p.m. Friday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home chapel in Grand Island. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island with the Rev. Mark Maresh officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Catholic Daughters rosary will at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Gergen was born May 22, 1912, to Albert and Clara (Bassett) LaBrie in Fairbury. She grew up in Trumbull. She attended Hastings Academy and graduated from Hastings Senior High School. She graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing as a registered nurse. On May 22, 1934, she married Joseph M. Gergen in Harvard. They moved to Huron, S.D., later returning to Hastings. She was employed by the Hastings Regional Center for 19 years. She retired from nursing in 1974. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island, its Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of America of which she was past regent. She also was a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Crosier Lay Apostolates. Survivors are one son, Vincent of Central City; three daughters, Janet Marie Gergen of St. Louis, Ruth Tonkin of Los Osos, Calif., and Yvonne Gergen of Portland, Ore; one brother, Glenn LaBrie of Doniphan; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one sister and one infant grandchild. Memorials may be given to Crosier Monastery in Hastings.

Martha L. Tinker
Former Hastings resident Martha L. (Limber) Tinker, 84, of North Granby, Conn., died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at her home. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Episcopal Church in Suffield, Conn. Her remains were cremated. Hayes-Huling and Carmon Funeral Home of Granby is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Tinker was born Aug. 24, 1912, to Lon and Sarah Limber in Franklin, Penn. She married Malcolm H. Tinker Sr. They lived in Hastings during the early 1950s. Her husband was a commanding officer at the Naval Ammunition Depot. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Malcolm Jr. of Flowermound, Texas, and John F. of Pembroke, Mass.; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Calvary Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 145 Bridge St., Suffield, CT 06078.

Lester A. Hunt
Franklin resident Lester Alva Hunt, 81, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Edward Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Naponee Cemetery at Naponee. 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. Hunt was born Dec. 13, 1914, to John and Elizabeth (Dierking) Hunt on a farm south of Bloomington. He attended rural school and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1933. On Oct. 7, 1940, he married Helen Avery. They lived in Montana and Idaho for two years before moving to the Naponee area where they farmed. In the spring of 1964 they moved to Franklin. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Lonnie of Franklin and Larry of Kearney; two daughters, Karen Marquez of Refugio, Texas, and Cathy Hall of Edison; two brothers, Junior of Imperial and Jess of Palco, Kan.; four sisters, Agnes O'Hare of McCook, Dollie Goedekin of Republican City, Alice Schultz of Danbury and Elaine Peterson of Palisade; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son and one brother.

Elizabeth A. Hipple
Former Franklin resident Elizabeth Ann Hipple, 38, of Lincoln died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha. Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Richard Dimond officiating. The remains were cremated. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin at a later date. There will be no visitation. Miss Hipple was born June 13, 1958, to Oliver and Alice (Stolting) Hipple in Great Bend, Kan. She attended Kensington (Kan.) Elementary School and graduated from Kensington High School in 1975. She also graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln. She had been a resident of Lincoln for the past 16 years. She was employed in the data entry department of Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin. She is survived by her mother of Franklin. She was preceded in death by her father.


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