Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Mary J. Champlin
Hastings resident Mary Jane (Miller) Champlin, 80, of 211 N. Rhode Island Ave. died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at her home.
Memorial services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Revs. Dale Phillips and Ted Brust officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. There will be no visitation or viewing.

Mrs. Champlin was born July 15, 1916, to Ralph and Mabel (Morgan) Miller in Hunter, N.D. She graduated from Fargo (N.D.) Central High School in 1936. On Dec. 12, 1936, she married John H. Champlin in Fargo. In 1950 they moved to Hastings. Her husband died Jan. 1, 1987. 

She attended Keystone Baptist Church and North Shore Assembly of God. She was a lifelong member of Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was a volunteer for Adams County Senior Services.

Survivors are two sons, John of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Bill of Chandler, Ariz.; four daughters, Jane Giddings, Nancy Bathe, Jill Champlin and Jo Knoedler, all of Hastings; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Memorials may be given to Home Health Services of Hastings.
 

Leonard Folkerts
Bruning resident Leonard C. Folkerts, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, in Chandler, Ariz.
Services are 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning with the Rev. Vern Barlow officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Bruning. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Farmer and Son Funeral Home in Geneva.

Mr. Folkerts was born in Beatrice.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning.

Survivors are his wife; Delores; one son, Alan of Bruning; two daughters, Joann Folkerts of Bruning and Linda Hansen of Emporia, Kan.; and six grandchildren.
 

Jack Q. Russell
Superior resident Jack Q. Russell, 79, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, in Superior.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Linda Willey officiating. Burial will be in Webber Cemetery at Webber, Kan., Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Russell was born Feb. 8, 1917, to Lot and Sara (Miller) Russell in Reubens, Kan. He attended Ruebens Grade School and graduated from Webber High School. He attended Chillicothe (Mo.) Business College. He worked at a bank in Santa Fe, N.M. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in Panama. On Oct. 24, 1950, he married Corinna Goodman. She died Sept. 1, 1996.

Survivors are one daughter, Deborah Kaye Duffey of Magalia, Calif.; one son, Alfred Richard of Superior; two sisters, Doris Vernon of Salina, Kan., and Norma Thomas of Superior; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by five brothers; and four sisters.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Boyd C. Spencer
Red Cloud resident Boyd C. Spencer, 89, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Mike Lehr officiating. Burial will be in Red Cloud Cemetery.

Mr. Spencer was born Oct. 22, 1907, to Jeremiah and Reva (Sloan) Spencer in Esbon, Kan. He attended rural Jewell County schools and the Esbon High School. He married Dorothy M. Long in Denver. He was a veteran of Word War II. Following the war, he was employed in Wauneta as a mechanic and welder and at the Farmers Cooperative Exchange. After 25 years of service as an electrician with Gates Rubber Co. in Denver, he retired with his wife and moved to Red Cloud.

Survivors are his wife; and a brother, Kenneth of Inavale.
 

Mabel M. Uhrmacher
Hastings resident Mabel Meta (Pfeifer) Uhrmacher, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Clinton L. McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Uhrmacher was born Nov. 21, 1903, to Conrad and Anna (Kothe) Pfeifer in Mendota, Ill. She moved to Hastings with her family in 1906. She attended School District 35 southwest of Hastings. On Jan. 10, 1923, she married Arthur Uhrmacher at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church southwest of Hastings. They lived on a farm near Hastings. They later moved into Hastings. Her husband died Nov. 24, 1991.

She later moved to GSV Perkins Pavilion.

She was a member of St. Matthew's Church until it was sold. She then was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, of which she was the oldest female member. She was a honorary member of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She and her husband made quilts for World Relief.

Survivors are two sons, Elmer of Juniata and Eddie of Hastings; six daughters, Muriel Krull, Erma Parks and Hazel Hueske, all of Hastings, Helen Moon of Minden, Inez Stumme of Beatrice and Lucille Watts of Lincoln; one brother, Arno Pfeifer of Hastings; two sisters, Mathilda Pfeifer and Helen Pfeifer, both of Hastings; 21 grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, LaNora; one brother, four sisters and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or GSV Perkins Pavilion.
 

Violet Zade
Orleans resident Violet Zade, 78, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Evangelical Free Church in Orleans. Burial will be in Orleans Cemetery. Mitchell Funeral Home of Orleans is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are four daughters, including Marilyn Cuba of Glenvil; two sons; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
 

Anna Ochsner
Former Thayer County resident Anna (Darnauer) Ochsner, 89, of Goodland, Kan., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1997, at Goodland Regional Medical Center in Goodland.
Services were Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland with the Rev. Dan Bowman officiating. Burial was in Goodland Cemetery. Koons Chapel in Goodland was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ochsner was born April 25, 1907, to William and Anna (Trippel) Darnauer on a farm between Hebron and Deshler. She graduated from Hebron Academy in 1926. She taught school near Byron for one year. She moved to Sherman County, Kan. She taught in rural one-room schools in Sherman County for four years. On June 1, 1930, she married Edmund Ochsner in Goodland. They lived on a farm northwest of Goodland. In 1931, they moved to a farm one mile west and one mile south of Goodland. In 1947 they moved to a farm south of Caruso, Kan. In 1971 they moved into Goodland. Her husband died in 1987.

She was the grandmother of Brook Berringer, quarterback of the University of Nebraska football team (1991-95) who was killed in a plane crash April 18, 1996.

Survivors are four daughters, Roma Troutt of Emmett, Idaho, Jolene Ellis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Judy Willems and Jan Berringer, both of Goodland; three sisters, Bertha Fixsen of Sun City, Calif., Rose Isernhagen of Goodland and Helen Polk of Port Hueneme, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Memorials may be sent to the funeral home at 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735.
 

Frank O. Lemmon
Citrus Heights, Calif., resident Frank O. Lemmon, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at Roseville (Calif.) Hospital.
Services were Thursday at Reinhert's Funeral Home chapel in Citrus Heights. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Monday at Alma Cemetery at Alma with military rites provided by Fay Cady American Legion Post No. 118 of Alma. Banta-Torry Funeral Home of Alma is in charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Lemmon married Mildred Lucile Caley of Hastings Oct. 1, 1947.

Elfrieda H. McNair

Hastings resident Elfrieda H. McNair, 87, of 608 Lane F died Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, at her home.

Services are pending with Brand-Wilson Funeral Home.
 

Ervin Mangers Jr.
Former Hastings resident Ervin Mangers Jr. 48, of Wichita, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Services are pending with Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings.

John 'Gene' Hromes

Kenesaw resident John E. "Gene" Hromes, 63, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at Haven Home in Kenesaw.

Services are pending with Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.
 

Elvira Wallace
Hastings resident Elvira (Parker) Wallace, 91, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
There will be no services, viewing or visitation. Burial will be in Golden Gate National Cemetery at San Bruno, Calif.

Mrs. Wallace was born June 7, 1905, to Edmond and Edith (Simmons) Parker in San Francisco. She married Russell J. Wallace in San Francisco. He died in 1944. She was an accountant for the United States Naval Base Moffett Field in California for 30 years. She retired in 1986. In 1987 she moved to Hastings from Lincoln.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hastings.

Survivors are two daughters, Shirley Hasselbacher of Neenah, Wis., and Joyce Ruberson of Hastings; one son, Richard of Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by an infant son.
 

C. Dale Crispin
Superior resident C. Dale Crispin, 96, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Nelson.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Webber, Kan., with the Rev. Linda Willey officiating. Burial will be in Webber Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Crispin was born Dec. 6, 1900, to Owen and Ella Jane (Bashford) Crispin on the family farmstead north of Webber in Jewell County. He grew up in Jewell County. He attended Valley View rural school. He graduated from Superior High School. On May 23, 1939, he married Marie Graham in Hastings. He farmed on the family farm in Jewell County. In 1977 he and his wife sold the farm, retired and moved to Superior. In 1990 they moved to Good Samaritan Center in Nelson due to failing health. His wife died Jan. 31, 1996.

He was an active member of Webber United Methodist Church.

He also was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Ashby rites

Memorial services for former Guide Rock resident Lyle Walter Ashby, 91, of Venice, Fla., who died Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996, in Venice are 3 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Florida Retirement Center Esther Room in Venice. Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory, Venice Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Hastings College Foundation, 3555 Farnam St., Suite 222, Omaha, NE 68131.
 

Eula V. Hamilton
Superior resident Eula V. (Lyne) Hamilton, 92, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, in Superior.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kate Lyne Chapel at United Methodist Church in Superior with the Rev. L. Patterson Culligan officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Wednesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mrs. Hamilton was born June 3, 1904, to Jesse Lewis and Bertha Gertrude (Stineman) Lyne in Jewell County, Kan.. She attended Jewell County schools and graduated from Superior High School. She took normal training at Peru State College. She also attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She taught school in Western for several years. On May 5, 1943, she married Howard C. Hamilton in Beloit, Kan. They lived in Superior. Her husband died in 1964.

She was a 75-year member of First United Methodist Church and had been president of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of Retired Teachers Association and Extension Clubs. She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Center and for the Hospital Guild and Extension clubs.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Gregory; and one brother.

Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church. 
 

Margaret E. Cushman
Lebanon, Kan., resident Margaret E. (Swift) Cushman, 83, died Friday, Jan. 17, 1997, at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, Kan.
Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Price Cemetery at Lebanon with the Rev. Ken Lohrmeyer officiating. Her remains were cremated. There will be no visitation. Simmons Mortuary of Smith Center, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cushman was born May 23, 1913, to Thomas and Myrtle (Debruler) Swift in Leavenworth, Kan. She married Jean Cushman. He died in 1978. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors are one daughter, Cheryl Matthews of Larkspur, Colo.; and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University.
 

Fay M. Roe
Former Fairfield resident Fay Mildred (Athey) Laubon Roe, 89, of Orem, Utah, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, at East Lake Care Center in Provo, Utah.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Berg Mortuary in Orem. Burial will be in Orem City Cemetery.

Mrs. Roe was born Jan. 30, 1907, to John and Edna (Thompson) Athey in Fairfield. She grew up in Spring Ranch. She attended school in Fairfield. In 1923 she married Louis John Laubon in Hastings. She worked at Swift & Co. in Hastings. She later worked at the State Hospital west of Hastings. In 1948 she married Richie Roe and moved to Provo. She became a licensed practical nurse. She worked at the Utah State Hospital in Provo where she was supervisor of the geriatrics ward. She received Utah State's outstanding LPN award two consecutive years. She was preceded in death by both husbands.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was a Relief Society visiting teacher.

Survivors are two sons, Ronald Laubon of Oscoda, Mich., and Jerry Laubon of Orem; three daughters, Donna Grothen and Jean Beiriger, both of Hastings, and Glenda Ferguson of Orem; one sister, Laura Costa of Ione, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Louis Jr.; one brother and one sister.
 

John A. Kersenbrock
Hildreth resident John A. Kersenbrock, 92, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church south of Hildreth with the Rev. John Erlandson officiating. Burial will be in Hildreth Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth.

Mr. Kersenbrock was born June 18, 1904, to Herman and Lena (Rietfors) Kersenbrock in Crete. He graduated from Crete High School. On Feb. 6, 1929, he married Grace Bunger at her parents' home. They farmed near Crete. In 1933 they moved to Wilcox. In 1943 they moved to the Upland area and in 1953 moved to Hildreth. He was a mechanic for Schwartz Brothers Implement in Hildreth. He retired in 1981. His wife died Jan. 2.

He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Hildreth Lions Club.

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

Eva M. Hilger
Juniata resident Eva M. (Moriarty) Hilger, 53, died Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, in a train-vehicle accident at Juniata.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Rev. Ted Brust officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. There will be no visitation or viewing.

Mrs. Hilger was born Jan. 27, 1943, to Lewis V. and Rosetta (Coleman) Moriarty in Sutherland. She graduated from North Platte High School. She graduated from Mary Lanning School of Nursing in 1963. She moved to Adams County in 1971. On April 18, 1971, she married Gerald Hilger. She was a registered nurse in intensive care at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Walter T. of Natick, Mass.; two daughters, Suzanne M. Bielser of Broken Bow and Stacey M. Schnacker of Kearney; her parents of Paxton; three sisters, Neva Rolls of Hastings, Barbara Leeds of Riverdale and Joy Connell of Tryon; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Homer W. Godwin Jr.
Former Hastings resident Homer W. Godwin Jr., 83, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., died Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, at Illinois Community Hospital in Pittsfield, Ill.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill with the Rev. Greg Carr officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. Ward-Lummis Funeral Home of Pleasant Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Godwin was born July 8, 1913, to Homer W. Sr. and Clarice (Bybee) Godwin in Pleasant Hill. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1931. He also graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he studied to be an EEG technician. On Dec. 7, 1933, he married Lorena "Rena" Nutt in Winchester, Ill. He worked at the State Hospital west of Hastings for 28 years. In 1965 he began working at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., where he was an EEG and EKG technician. He was instrumental in establishing the EEG lab there. He retired in 1976. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he was a chief pharmacist's mate 1st class serving on a minesweeper in Africa and the Mediterranean. He was in the first landing at Iwo Jima. He also served in Guam.

He was a member and officeholder of Pleasant Hill Lions Club, Pleasant Hill American Legion Post No. 1048 and lifetime member and past commander of American Legion Club and lifetime member of the Eagles, both of Hastings. He served on the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Ambulance Unit and coached little league baseball in Hastings for more than 20 years. He also was president of the Wells Cemetery Association in Pleasant Hill.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Larry E. of Falls City; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.

George Tawzer

Hastings resident George "Raymond" Tawzer of 410 S. Garfield Ave. died Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at his home.

Services are pending with Brand-Wilson Funeral Home.
 

Theodore M. Schroetlin
Sutton resident Theodore M. "Ted" Schroetlin, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 1997, at his home.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hope Reformed Church in Sutton with the Rev. George Horner officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Post No. 61 of Sutton. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schroetlin was born Jan. 11, 1917, to Henry and Katharina (Roth) Schroetlin in Bonesteel, S.D. He attended Fairfax School near his home. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he moved to Sutton where he began a drayman service. He later worked at the Squirt Co. in York and the Naval Ammunition Depot in Hastings. On Jan. 18, 1949, he married Marie Ehly in Geneva. In 1951 he became a co-owner of OK Rubber Welders Ko-op, which later became OK Tire. He retired in 1983.

He was a member of Hope Reformed Church, American Legion Post No. 61, VFW, DAV, Oddfellows, 40/8, Sutton Volunteer Fire Department and Travelers Protection Assoc.

Survivors are his wife; four sons, Steve, Alan and Gary, all of Sutton, and Mike of Leesburg, Fla.; four sisters, Erma Franklin of Parker, Texas, Martha Haas of Lincoln, Esther Brown of Wheatland, Wyo., and Lillian Mathieson of Belleville, Kan.; three brothers, Herman of Butte and Edgar and Benjamin, both of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; and one stepgrandchild.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Frank Rademacher
Minden resident Frank Rademacher, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1997, at Kearney County Community Hospital in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery just west of Hildreth. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth.

Mr. Rademacher was born Nov. 24, 1900, to Heye and Antje (Doyen) Rademacher in Germany. He came to America in 1923 and worked in a German settlement east of Beatrice. In 1928 he moved to Hildreth, and married Anna Bunger. They lived in Hildreth. In 1964 they moved to Upland. His wife died in 1967.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Survivors are one brother, Johann of Aurich, Germany; one stepgrandson; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
 

Gertrude C. Ruhge
Former Edgar resident Gertrude C. (Hahn) Ruhge, 100, of Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island died Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Church of the Plains in Edgar with Harold Fox, Ron Thomtke and Lee Bledsoe officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ruhge was born Aug. 14, 1896, to Joseph and Lavinia (Nielson) Hahn in Adams County. In 1901 she moved near Fairfield with her parents. She attended East End Fairfield School. She graduated from the eighth grade in 1912. On Aug. 6, 1930, she married Herman Ruhge. They lived in Edgar. Her husband died Feb. 4, 1983. In 1989 she moved to Bethesda Care Center in Edgar and in 1994 moved to the Nebraska Veterans Home.

Survivors are one sister, Evaline Haiman of Twin Falls, Idaho, one stepson, Max Ruhge of Vero Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vilma Marie; and one grandchild.
 

Estell Rasmussen
Minden resident Estell (Shannon) Rasmussen, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dr. Terry Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mrs. Rasmussen was born Jan. 5, 1903, to John W. and Sarah (Borgaard) Shannon in Arcola, Texas. She moved with her family to Minden at a young age. She attended rural School District 16. On May 25, 1921, she married Henry Rasmussen. They farmed southeast of Minden. In 1965 they retired and moved into Minden. Her husband died in 1969.

She was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are one son, Eugene of Minden; one daughter, Jeannette Rupprecht of Campbell; two sisters, Ethel Hansen of Minden and Leola Holmes of Northridge, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers.


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