Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Frieda G. Ocker
Rural Glenvil resident Frieda G. (Murman) Ocker, 72, died Friday, June 6, 1997, at her home.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church west of Glenvil with the Rev. Clinton McDonald officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Churchyard cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings.

Mrs. Ocker was born Oct. 19, 1924, to Wessel and Grace (Memmen) Murman in Glenvil. She graduated from Glenvil High School in 1942. On June 18, 1944, she married Erwin A. Ocker. She farmed with her husband and was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She was a member St. Paul's Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America of which she had held all offices and was treasurer at the time of her death. She had received a 50-year perfect attendance certificate. She also was a member of Glenvil Double Dozen Extension Club of which she served as president. She was a past Girl Scout leader and Sunday school and summer Bible school teacher.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Steven of Glenvil; her mother of Glenvil; two sisters, Hermina Stromer and Mary Lou Harms, both of Glenvil; and two brothers, Carl Murman and Glenvil and Elmer Murman of Hastings.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
 

Hazel I. Colburn
Blue Hill resident Hazel I. (Carpenter) Colburn, 100, died Friday, June 6, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Blue Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Colburn was born Nov. 17, 1896, to William J. and Frank A. (Smith) Carpenter in Douglas. On Nov. 18, 1914, she married George A. Colburn in Lincoln. In 1918 they moved to a farm near Guide Rock. In 1926 they moved to a farm near Blue Hill. Her husband died Oct. 20, 1955. In 1982 she moved into Blue Hill.

She was a member of Blue Hill United Methodist Church and Helping Hands Extension Club. She was a volunteer at Blue Hill Community Care for many years.

Survivors are one daughter, Nina Marie Colburn of Blue Hill; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Cecil, and an infant son.

Memorials may be given to the Blue Hill United Methodist Church.
 

Ronald A. McNichols
Former Superior resident Ronald A. McNichols, 56, of LaJunta, Colo., died Thursday, June 5, 1997, at Rochester, Minn.
Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Guide Rock Cemetery at Guide Rock with the Rev. Leland Smith officiating. Peacock-Larson Funeral Home of LaJunta is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McNichols was born Aug. 11, 1940, to Glenn and Hazel (Howe) McNichols in Superior. In 1965 he began working as a clerk in the post office in Golden, Colo. In 1972 he was promoted to postmaster in Black Hawk, Colo. He also was postmaster in Nederland, Colo., and Las Animas, Colo., before becoming postmaster in LaJunta in 1987. On June 18, 1985, he married Barbara Carter in Aspen, Colo.

He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene and Masonic Lodge and was past president of the LaJunta Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Bent's Fort Historical Association Board and was treasurer for the Colorado League of Postmaster Retirees.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Mark of Arvada, Colo., and Bret of Lee's Summit, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Dianna Hansen of Westminster, Colo., and Brenda Jorgensen Branson of Seattle, Wash.; one stepson, Don Aron Hansen of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Stephen of Golden; five sisters, Betty Fenimore and Darlene Oglevie, both of Superior, JoAnn Brehm and Doris Ross, both of Golden, and Glenna Kitten of Grand Island; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Rhonda Rae.
 

Allan G. Miller
Minden resident Allan G. Miller, 56, died Saturday, June 7, 1997, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dr. Terry Palmer officiating. His remains were donated to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Layton Funeral Home of Minden is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Miller was born Aug. 18, 1940, to Arthur and Clara (Petersen) Miller in Hastings. He grew up in the Norman area and graduated from Campbell High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-65. He moved to Minden where he worked with his father at Miller Transfer. On Nov. 26, 1975, he married Beverlee (Olsen) Graham. In 1990 he began working in the maintenance department at Pioneer Village.

He attended Westminster United Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Minden American Legion Post No. 94 and Heartwell VFW.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Allan Jr. of Hastings; one daughter, Rita Peshek of Hastings; his mother of Seward; one sister, Karen Coffey of Seward; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.
 

Anton 'Tony' Zeleny
Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Chester resident Anton "Tony" Zeleny, 81, died Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester with the Rev. William Larsen officiating. Burial will be in Chester Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home in Belleville, Kan., and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home in Chester.

Mr. Zeleny was born April 27, 1916, to Anton and Bessie (Molik) Zeleny in Lanham. He was a veteran of World War II. On Sept. 2, 1941, he married Verna M. Meyer. He was a retired grain elevator manager.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Richard and Robert, both of Carleton, and Rex of Phoenix; one daughter, Margaret Lahners of Carleton; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 

Alice W. Bangert
Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Blue Hill resident Alice W. (Booker) Bangert, 85, died Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rosemont with the Rev. Daniel Praeuner officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery southwest of Lawrence. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bangert was born Nov. 13, 1911, to Richard and Laura (Royer) Booker in Jewell County, Kan. On March 30, 1930, she married Richard Carl Bangert at Zion Lutheran Church in Webster County. They farmed near Guide Rock. In 1976 they moved to Blue Hill. She moved to Community Care in 1996. Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors are one daughter, Joyce Hanes of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; three sisters, Vida Rehtus of Blue Hill, Goldie Umbach of Superior and Viola Gerloff of Ayr; one brother, Harold Booker of Aurora, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Gene; two sisters and six brothers.

Memorials may be given to Community Care of Blue Hill.
 

Kimberly K. Stamper
Juniata resident Kimberly Kai (Salmon) Stamper, 31, of Juniata died Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at Prairie Lake, southwest of Hastings.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Hastings with the Rev. Karl Harman officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings.

Mrs. Stamper was born Nov. 27, 1965, to Harold and Sharon (Rathjen) Salmon in Red Cloud. She attended school in Guide Rock and Hastings. On Aug. 18, 1984, she married Clyde Stamper. She was a construction truck driver.

Survivors are two sons, John Charles and Robert Harold, both of Juniata; mother and stepfather, Sharon and George Young of Hastings; father and stepmother, Harold and Karen Salmon of Hastings; and two sisters, Cindy Herrin of Hastings and Brenda McLaughlin of Superior.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Floyd 'Curley' Zeigler
Superior resident Floyd Raymond "Curley" Zeigler, 96, died Wednesday, June 11, 1997, in Greenwood.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Saturday at the funeral home.

Mr. Zeigler was born Oct. 13, 1900, to Albert and Mary Ann (Thompson) Zeigler in Oak. He attended school in Guide Rock. He farmed near Guide Rock for many years. He also raised horses. On March 7, 1941, he married Elizabeth Lucretia Buckles in Aurora. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1976 he moved from the farm to Superior. His wife died May 13, 1989.

He attended First Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion, both in Superior.

Survivors are one daughter, Retta Kay Swaim of Greenwood; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Mary A. Frydendall
Smith Center, Kan., resident Mary Agnes (Kiddoo) Frydendall, 102, died Thursday, June 12, 1997, in Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Simmons Mortuary in Smith Center, Kan., with the Rev. Jim Chamblee officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Smith Center. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Frydendall was born Jan. 27, 1895, to William Nealy and Mary Frances (Derr) Kiddoo in Joy, Ill. In 1900 she moved with her family to Onawa, Iowa. In 1911 they moved to Williamsburg, Kan. Later that year they moved to Smith Center. She lived on a farm south of Hummer. She lived with her siblings in Hummer while attending school. She began teaching in 1915 and continued for five years after she was married. On April 14, 1920, she married Chris N. Frydendall. In 1967 they moved to Smith Center. Her husband died Feb. 12, 1984.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Maxine.

Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.
 

Blanche MacDonald
Sutton resident Blanche MacDonald, 96, died Thursday, June 12, 1997, at Sutton Community Home in Sutton.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kohler Mortuary in Sutton with the Rev. Charles Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery.

Miss MacDonald was born March 28, 1901, to James C. and Agnes (Scott) MacDonald in Sutton. She attended Sutton Public Schools, graduating from Sutton High School in 1920. She attended Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln. She continued to live in Lincoln where she was a legal secretary for 50 years. She retired in the early 1970s. In 1988 she returned to Sutton. She moved to Sutton Community Home later that year.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be given to Sutton Community Home.
 

Delores 'Dee' Holz
Harvard resident Delores "Dee" (Gitt) Holz, 52, died Monday, June 16, 1997, at her home.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Hastings with the Very Rev. John P. Bartholomew officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings.

Mrs. Holz was born July 20, 1944, to James George and Mary Edith (Schmidt) Gitt in Hastings. She grew up in Hastings. On Dec. 1, 1989, she married Virgil Holz. They moved to Harvard. She worked at the Hastings Regional Center from August 1980 until retiring in December 1993.

She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral Church.

Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Mary Elaine Thibodeau of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Deb Hansen of Grant; two sons, Gary Lee Cassell of St. Louis, Mo., and Guy Lynn Cassell of Grand Island; three stepsons, Randy Holz of Kearney and Jim Holz and Scott Holz, both of Lincoln; one sister, Marilyn Benirschke of Omaha; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial will be established.
 

Alice M. Seward
Former Alexandria resident Alice M. (Knigge) Seward, 86, of Andersonville, Tenn., died Friday, June 13, 1997, in Andersonville.
Rosary is 7 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home chapel in Hebron. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with the Rev. William Grant officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Mrs. Seward was born Aug. 31, 1910, to Chris and Martha (Kinzie) Knigge in Alexandria. She graduated from Alexandria High School. She received a teacher's certificate from Peru State College. She taught school in Jefferson County. She received a nursing degree from Hastings College. She married Arnold M. Seward. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Norris, Tenn., and Home Demonstration Club of Anderson County, Tenn.

Survivors are two sons, William A. of Owensville, Ohio, and Daniel Chris of Ashville, N.C.; three daughters, Patricia Kwieeinski of Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, Shirley Parker of Andersonville, and Victoria Knight of Joplin, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two daughters, Alice Katherine Seward and Martha Raye Seward; one son, James Earl; seven brothers and three sisters.

Memorials have been established.
 

Sadie L. Westing
Kenesaw resident Sadie L. (Lippincott) Westing, 95, died Sunday, June 15, 1997, at Kenesaw Haven Home.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Kenesaw with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Burial will be in Kenesaw Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Mrs. Westing was born Feb. 24, 1902, to Charles and Olga (Moldrup) Lippincott in Denman. She attended grade school in Denman. She graduated from Kenesaw High School in 1920. She attended Kearney State Teachers College. She taught in rural areas. On June 1, 1921, she married Glenn Westing at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. They farmed in the Kenesaw area. In 1980 they moved into Kenesaw. In 1994 they moved to Kenesaw Haven Home.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Kenesaw and United Methodist Women. She played the organ and piano at the church for 40 years. She also played at Kenesaw Haven Home. She was active in Kenesaw Senior Center. She also was a member of the Read-More Club and a 65-year member of the Shilo and Just-A-Mere Extension Club. She was a 50-year charter member of Kenesaw Legion Post No. 268 Auxiliary.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Charles "Chick" of Prosser; two sisters, Abigail Lippincott of El Cajon, Calif., and Marjorie Nelson of Hastings; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Loraine; and four sisters.

Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church in Kenesaw.
 

Rick Bryan
Rural Glenvil resident Rick Bryan, 17, died Tuesday, June 17, 1997, in Clay County as a result of a traffic accident.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil with the Rev. Tim Wiggins officiating. Burial will be in Glenvil Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings and prior to services Friday at the church.

Rick was born June 4, 1980, to William H. and Juliene A. (Harms) Bryan in Hastings. He attended Sandy Creek School. He was active in band, jazz band, football, track, weightlifting and Close-Up.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, its youth group, LYONS, and the high school Sunday school class. He was a member of TEAMS+S (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science). He was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 94 of Fairfield and had earned the God and Country Award, was a member of the Order of the Arrow and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was the 1997 Boys State representative from Glenvil American Legion Post No. 26.

Survivors are his parents of Glenvil; one sister, Nicole R. Bryan of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, Michael W. of Glenvil; and grandparents, Warren and Virginia Harms of Fairfield.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Benjamin and Pauline Bryan.

Memorials may be given to the Glenvil Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Boy Scout Troop No. 94 of Fairfield or Immanuel Lutheran Church in Glenvil.
 

Kenneth J. Grossman
Nelson resident Kenneth J. Grossman, 87, died Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Nelson.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Nelson Community United Church of Christ in Nelson with the Rev. Royce Buchtel officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery at Edgar. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9-11 a.m. Friday at Klawitter-Price Funeral Home in Nelson and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mr. Grossman was born May 18, 1910, to Morgan and Alfa Grossman near Angus. He grew up on the family farm near Angus. He attended country school. On March 2, 1938, he married Dorothy Maude Blevins in Mankato, Kan. He farmed in the Angus area for many years. He retired and they moved to Nelson in 1980. His wife died Jan. 9, 1992.

He was a member of Nelson Community United Church of Christ and past member of District 16 School Board.

Survivors are two sons, Kenneth L. of Gravois Mills, Mo., and Dwight L. of Seward; one daughter, Dorothy Leann Lipker of Oak; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Richard James; two sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be sent to the family at Rural Route 1, Box 31, Oak, NE 68964.
 

Lester P. Grabill
Hastings resident Lester P. Grabill, 89, of 2709 W. Third St. died Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at his home.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Congregational United Church of Christ with the Rev. Max Hale officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home.

Mr. Grabill was born Aug. 8, 1907, to Samuel and Emma (Martin) Grabill in Roseland. He graduated from Roseland High School. On Feb. 10, 1935, he married Myrl F. Bohannon. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a crew mechanic in the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division. He and his wife owned and operated Economy Cleaners. After retiring he did volunteer work for RSVP and Meals on Wheels. His wife died April 12, 1997.

He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and Masonic Lodge No. 50, A.F. & A.M.

Survivors are one daughter, Sheryl Jones of Grapevine, Texas; one brother, Isaac of Hastings; and two grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ or Mary Lanning Hospice.
 

Ronald Paymal
Hastings resident Ronald Paymal, 80, of 101 E. J St. No. 2 died Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at Gala Gardens Manor in Inavale.
Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at Parkview Cemetery with Brett Hanes officiating. There will be no viewing or visitation. The remains were cremated. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Paymal was born May 28, 1917, to Guy and Essie (Stoodt) Paymal in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1935. He was a retired car salesman for Kerr Chevrolet.

Survivors are two sons, Brad and Randy, both of Hastings; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be given to Mary Lanning Hospice.
 

Edith M. Brown
Alexandria resident Edith May (Messing) Brown, 89, died Tuesday, June 17, 1997, in Plattsmouth.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at United Presbyterian Church in Alexandria with the Rev. John K. Tritenbach officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Gilead. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 5, 1907, to David W. and Lillie (Erwin) Messing in Chambers. She married Stevenson P. Brown Sr. They lived in Edgar, Fairfield and Alexandria. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Alexandria United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are one son, Steve of Lincoln; one brother, Herold Messing of Grass Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to Alexandria United Presbyterian Church or Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth.
 

Merrill W. Tucker
Former Hardy resident Merrill W. Tucker, 89, of Rohnert Park, Calif., died Sunday May 11. 1997, in Rohnert Park.
Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home chapel in Superior with Danny Jackson officiating. Private burial was at Rosemound Cemetery near Hardy.

Mr. Tucker was born Aug. 11, 1909, to Homer and Alta Tucker on a farm in Jewell County, Kan. He grew up in the Hardy area. He graduated from Hardy High School. He married Edna Bucknell. He was the manager of Hardy Co-op for many years. In 1946 they moved to California where he was a mushroom grower. His wife died Aug. 1, 1995. 

He was a member of Union Church in Hardy and later First Baptist Church in Rohnert Park. He was a member of Masonic Lodge and Shrine Temple.

Survivors are one son, Tennyson of Petaluma, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 

Marion C. Hoagland
Harvard resident Marion C. Hoagland, 87, died Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at Harvard Rest Haven.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Rev. Hal Smith officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until services Saturday at the funeral home.

Mr. Hoagland was born Feb. 22, 1910, to Clark and Mabel (Stover) Hoagland in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1927. On Feb. 17, 1932, he married Theodora Onken in Hastings. They farmed near Edgar from 1932-46. They moved to Harvard where they farmed until retiring in 1980. They moved to Good Samaritan Village. They later moved to Harvard Rest Haven. His wife died July 6, 1991. 

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Harvard.

Survivors are two sons, Dale of Grand Island and Galen of Harvard; two daughters, LaVonne Snyder of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sharyl Lewandowski of North Platte; one sister, Ruth Hunt of Hastings; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.


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