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Roger D.M. Harano
Former Hastings resident the Rev. Dr. Roger David Makoto Harano, 59, of Beaumont, Texas, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, in Beaumont of a heart attack while playing golf.
Memorial services were Dec. 7 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Beaumont. The remains were cremated. Burial will be in the Chaplains Hill section at Arlington National Cemetery this spring. Broussards Mortuary of Beaumont was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Dr. Harano was born in 1937 to George and Chieko Harano in Berkeley, Calif. During World War II his family was uprooted and sent to a relocation camp in Utah for three years. After the war they moved to North Platte. He graduated from North Platte High School where he was band captain and president of the Student Council. He attended Hastings College where he majored in philosophy and English. He was Student Council president. He also played French horn in the Hastings Symphony. He earned a master of divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. After serving as a pastoral intern in churches in Elgin and O'Neil he served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army from 1963-93. He retired at the rank of Colonel. His army career included two tours in Vietnam, two in Germany, one in Japan and various U.S. installations. He had been pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Beaumont for the past three years. In 1962 he married Audrey Onwiler at Grace United Presbyterian Church in Hastings.

He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Hastings.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Elizabeth Marie Adams of Des Moines; one son, David Martin of Warner Robins, Ga.; his mother, of North Platte; four brothers, Robert of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Ronald Harano of Chicago, Randall of Ontario, Ore., and R. Paul of Houston; and four sisters, Betty Ann Akiyama of Columbia, Md., Helen Christ of Mound City, Mo., Kay Kanayama of Sagamihara, Japan, and Gail Cunningham of Leawood, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorials may be given to the Westminster Presbyterian Church memorial fund in care of the family at 2080 Belvedere, Beaumont, TX 77706.
 

Melvin H. Ingles
Melvin H. Ingles, 80, of Denver, Colo., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, in Denver.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Price Funeral Home chapel in Hebron. Burial with military rites provided by American Legion Saxton Post No. 180 of Hebron will be in Chester Cemetery at Chester. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Ingles' widow is the former J. Irene Cox of Chester.
 

J. Martin Onwiler
Former Hastings resident Joseph Martin Onwiler, 85, of 900 E. U.S. Highway 83 #29F, San Juan, Texas 78589, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at his home.
Memorial services were Saturday at Pharr United Methodist Church in Pharr, Texas, with the Rev. Rick Hope officiating. Kreidler Funeral Home of McAllen, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Onwiler was born in Calhoun, Mo. He lived in Hastings and retired as an ad compositor for the Hastings Tribune. He moved to San Juan seven years ago. 

Survivors are his wife, Kathleen; one son, Harold of Llano, Texas; two daughters, Audrey Harano of Beaumont, Texas, and Marlene Shearer of Minden; one brother, Kenneth of Calhoun; two sisters, Evangeline Depew of Urich, Mo., and Jean George of Springfield, Mo.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Pharr United Methodist Church Building Fund, 119 East Kelly, Pharr, TX 78577.
 

Albert Stockam
Ruskin resident Albert Stockam, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at Parkview Nursing Home in Deshler.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Ruskin with the Rev. Paul Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Thayer County. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stockam was born July 9, 1908, to Henry and Mary Ann (Ruhlman) Stockam on a farm near Ruskin. He attended Summit Rural School and graduated from Ruskin High School in 1928. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by a half brother and a half sister.
 

Lois L. Stadler
Former Minden resident Lois L. (Christensen) Stadler, 74, of Kearney died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dale Coakley officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mrs. Stadler was born Jan. 3, 1922, to Edward and Anne (Petersen) Christensen near Norman. She grew up in Kearney County. She graduated from Minden High School in 1938. On May 30, 1941, she married Kermit "Pete" Stadler. They lived in Minden. In 1959 they bought a hardware store. They named it Pete's Hardware. She later worked at Minden Lumber and Concrete. In 1987 they moved to Kearney. Her husband died in 1988.

Survivors are one daughter, Beverly Lemmer of Holdrege; one son, Scott of Kearney.; one brother, Arlo Christensen of Minden; and five grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one brother.

A memorial fund has been established.
 

Elsie V. Blum
Hastings resident Elsie V. (Hamburger) Blum, 79, of 1233 N. Colorado Ave. died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Robert Dana officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Blum was born Nov. 27, 1917, to Jake and Kathryn (Finning) Hamburger in Clay County. She attended school in Harvard, graduating from Harvard High School. On April 19, 1941, she married Raymond Blum.

She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Survivors are her husband; three daughters, Connie Van Laningham of Fort Collins, Colo., Sandra Young-West of Union, S.C., and Judy Jurecki of LaVeta, Colo.; one sister, Helen Yost of Harvard; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ.
 

Howard R. Griess
Former Sutton resident Howard Richard Griess, 68, of the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at Veterans Medical Center in Grand Island.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Friday at Sutton Cemetery with the Rev. Rod Dunkerson officiating. Military rites will be provided by Sutton American Legion Post No. 61. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Griess was born Feb. 22, 1928, to Hugo and Molly (Lissman) Griess in Lincoln. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Korean War and two tours during the Vietnam War. He retired as master chief in 1971. He worked for International Harvester in California. He later worked for the Bendix Corp. and E-Systems/MSO in Oxnard, Calif., Ascension Islands, Saudi, Arabia and Egypt. He retired in the early 1990s and moved to Sutton. In 1995 he moved to the Nebraska Veterans Home.

Survivors are one daughter, Nancy Griess of Elkhorn; two sons, Richard of Sacramento, Calif., and Daniel of Ventura, Calif.; four sisters, Gerre Plettner of Sutton, Virginia Tribble and Marilyn Potter, both of Lincoln, and Norma Shumate of Grants Pass, Ore.; one brother, Ron of Emerald; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Hilda G. Wilson
Inland resident Hilda G. (Britton) Wilson, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Trumbull Methodist Church in Trumbull with the Rev. Jurden Counts officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Trumbull. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wilson was born Sept. 30, 1905, to John and Matilda (Hasler) Britton in Plankinton, S.D. She moved to Arkansas with her parents at a young age. They lived on several different farms near Trumbull before moving to a farm east of Hastings. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1924. She taught school in Hay Springs one year and in a rural school east of Trumbull one year. On May 27, 1926, she married Ralph Wilson in Trumbull. He died Feb. 29, 1996. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Trumbull Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, of which she was a district and conference officer.

Survivors are two daughters, Bernita Lampmann of Fairfield and Marilyn McDonald of Aurora; two sons, Darrell and Harry, both of Inland; two sisters, Doris Johnson of Central City and Ida Clark of Hastings; one brother, Sid Britton of Troutdale, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
 

Roger A. Garrett
Former Hastings resident Roger A. Garrett, 46, of Grand Island died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kleine Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Karen Kennerly officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Garrett was born July 11, 1949, to Wilson R. and Irene B. (Bierman) Garrett in Hastings. He grew up in Grand Island. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1967. He was employed in various businesses in Grand Island and Hastings. Failing health forced him to retire. He received a heart transplant in June 1990 in Salt Lake City. He returned to Grand Island.

Survivors are his mother of Grand Island; and one brother, Ronald of Hastings.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Catherine E. Lorence
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997
Esbon, Kan., resident Catherine Elizabeth Lorence, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, Kan.
 
 

Wilma Langer
Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997
Superior resident Wilma (Vale) Langer, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital.
 

Bernice L. Harris
Hastings resident Bernice Lavone Harris, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
Services and burial will be at a later date in Gordon. There will be no visitation. Brand-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Miss Harris was born May, 29, 1908, to George T. and Bertha L. (Kemp) Harris in Spring Ranch. She moved to Hastings from Gordon in 1995. She was a housekeeper.

She was a member of Gordon United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one brother, Merle V. Harris of Hastings.
 

Eilert E. Bargen
Superior resident Eilert E. Bargen, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Superior.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday 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 8 p.m. today, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until services Monday at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mr. Bargen was born Nov. 7, 1910, to Carl A. and Mary Katherine (Grummert) Bargen near Superior. He attended Smyrna Rural School through the eighth grade. He then worked on the family farm. On April 3, 1934, he married Vernoye Bishop at her parents farm home near Hebron. During the depression years of the 1930s he helped build the Champlin Telephone Lines. He also worked on a bridge crew for the State of Nebraska when Highway 14 was built. In 1953 they moved into Superior to a house they had built. He continued to farm. He also worked as a salesman for Christensen's IH for 29 years. He retired in 1980.

He was a 39-year member of Centennial Lutheran Church. He served as an elder of the church, chairman of the Mission Board and various positions on the church council.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Vic of Superior; three brothers, Alvin of Hardy and Orlin and Leland, both of Superior; one sister, Ruby Wilton of Superior; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.
 

Grace Kersenbrock
Hildreth resident Grace (Bunger) Kersenbrock, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at Kearney County Community Hospital in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church south of Hildreth with the Rev. John Erlandson officiating. Burial will be in Hildreth Cemetery. Visitation is 3:30-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth.

Mrs. Kersenbrock was born Jan. 5, 1908, to George and Christena (Forden) Bunger near Upland. She grew up in the Upland and Hildreth area. She attended School District 42 Country School. On Feb. 6, 1929, she married John Kersenbrock at her parents' home. They farmed near Crete. In March 1933 they moved to Wilcox, 1943 to the Upland area and in 1953 to Hildreth. She worked for Schwartz Brothers Implement and Zobels Cafe, both in Hildreth. She retired in 1975. In 1995 she moved to Bethany Home in Minden.

She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Myron of Hildreth; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.
 

Lois M. Shepherdson
Red Cloud resident Lois M. (McArthur) Shepherdson, 78, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Congregational Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Royce Rexilius officiating. Burial will be in the Red Cloud Cemetery with the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Shepherdson was born March 15, 1918, to Theodore K. and Pearl (Ireland) McArthur in Red Cloud. She attended the Red Cloud grade school and graduated from the Cowles High School in 1936. She earned her degree as a registered nurse in 1944 from the Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing.

On July 1, 1943, Mrs. Shepherdson married Isaac Shepherdson in Longmont, Colo. They lived in North Dakota and Omaha before retiring to Red Cloud in 1971.

Mrs. Shepherdson was a member of the Congregational Church in Red Cloud and the Order of the Eastern Star, Charity Chapter No. 47.

Survivors are two sons, James L. Shepherdson of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and John I. Shepherdson of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
 

Ruby Coakley
Former Clay Center resident Ruby (Mack) Coakley, 91, of Camarillo, Calif., died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, in Camarillo.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church near Clay Center with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating. Burial will be in Clay Center Cemetery. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Coakley was born July 30, 1905, to William and Margaretha (Tietze) Mack near Clay Center. She graduated from Clay Center High School in 1924. On Jan. 8, 1926, she married Lige Coakley. After retiring in 1965 they traveled in the United States and foreign countries. Her husband died April 26, 1973.

Survivors are one daughter, Faye Anderson of Intervale, N.H.; two sons, James of Fillmore, Calif., and Donald of Laurens, S.C.; one sister, Lula Mack of Clay Center; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
 

Benjamin Copley
Republican City resident Benjamin "Spec" Copley, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at Veteran's Administration Home in Grand Island.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Hill Cemetery in Blue Hill.

Mr. Copley was born July 15, 1920, to Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Ann (Harvey) Copley in Red Cloud. He graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1939. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, Mr. Copley served as a mechanic with the U.S. Navy. He made his home in Red Cloud where he worked as an insurance agent.

On June 5, 1964, he married Ella Mae Bowen Colburn. They continued to live in Red Cloud where Mr. Copley worked for his brother at Valley Ready Mix. He later worked as a rural mail carrier until he retired in 1980. He also owned the Dip N' Strip refinishing shop with his wife. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sidlo Post No. 5641 and the American Legion Post 238 in Red Cloud.

Survivors are his wife, two stepdaughters, Faith Ann Colburn of Lincoln and Jo Ann Kline of Blue Hill; two brothers, Robert Copley of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Glenn E. Copley of Red Cloud; three sisters, Orfa Barta of Wichita, Kan., Ila Merle Copley of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Phyllis Drake of Norfolk; and five stepgrandchildren.
 

Earl W. Schuff
Former Hastings resident Earl W. Schuff, 49, of Kansas City, Mo., died recently in his home.
Memorial services will be in Illinois at a later date.

Mr. Schuff was born Sept. 23, 1947, to Earl L. "Jake" and Marie Schuff in Millstadt, Ill. He was pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings from 1984-89.

Survivors are one daughter, Meghan Schuff of Hastings; one son, John Paul of Hastings; and his mother of Illinois.
 

Raymond Mitzelfelt
Red Cloud resident Raymond A. Mitzelfelt, 77, died Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at his home.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Congregational Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Royce Rexilius officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Red Cloud Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Mitzelfelt was born Sept. 30, 1919, to Carl and Minnie (Gilam) Mitzelfelt in Blue Hill. He grew up on a farm south of Blue Hill, graduating from Cowles High School in 1938. On Aug. 19, 1939, her married Esther Wilson in Davenport, Iowa. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre of Operations. In 1940, the couple moved to Webster County where they were longtime residents of the Red Cloud area. Mr. Mitzelfelt drove a fuel truck for Skelly Oil Co., Texaco Oil and Nikodym Implement. He retired in 1984.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sidlo Post No. 5641 and the American Legion Post No. 238. He was a 30-year member of the Red Cloud Fire Department.

Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Frances Warring of Omaha and Roberta Harrifeld of Fremont; two sons, Tom of Lincoln and Richard of Gypsum, Colo., a brother, Ed of Red Cloud, a stepbrother, Bob Ernest of Washington, Ill., seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Glenda and Janice.

Memorials may be given to the Red Cloud Fire Department.
 

Mary Jensen
Nelson resident Mary (Larsen) Jensen, 100, died Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at Nelson.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church at Ruskin with the Rev. Bill Waterman officiating. Burial is at Springcreek Cemetery at Ruskin. Visitation is today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mrs. Jensen was born Aug. 12, 1896, to Nels and Stena (Nelsen) Larsen in Craig, Mo. 

Survivors include seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, a son, Herbert, and three sisters, Nellie Dillon, Stella Noblitt and Stena Moran.

Memorials may be given to the Good Samaritan Center of Nelson or Bethany Lutheran Church at Ruskin.


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