Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Donovan Yoachim
Belvidere resident Donovan Yoachim, 63, died Thursday, June 19, 1997, in Belvidere.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron with the Rev. Bruce W. Berggren officiating. Burial will be in Hebron City Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron.

Mr. Yoachim was born July 25, 1933, to John and Josephine (Domeier) Yoachim in rural Alexandria. 

He was a former member and elder of Alexandria United Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He served on the church council. He was president of Hebron Board of Education, Thayer County Pork Producers and Thayer County Livestock Feeders. He was past president of Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association. He spearheaded the creation of "The Beef Pit" at the Nebraska State Fair and was "Pit Boss" for 13 years. He served on the board of National Cattlemen's Association, Beef Promotion and Research Board and Advisory Board of Thayer County Bank of Hebron.

Survivors are his wife, Ruth; two sons, Kirk of Belvidere and Kevin of Hebron; one daughter, Gaylene Callahan of Otoe; one sister, Marla Jean Pletcher of Alexandria; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron.

Rodney Davis
Former Bladen resident Rodney Davis, 55, of Ord died Thursday, June 19, 1997, at Valley County Hospital in Ord.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ord Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. John Peterson officiating. Graveside services are 3:30 p.m. at East Lawn Cemetery at Bladen. Visitation is 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Ord Memorial Funeral Home chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Davis was born Nov. 11, 1941, to Eldon and Vera (Vance) Davis in Hastings. He lived in Bladen, Campbell, Beatrice, Kearney and Ord. For the past 11 years he lived with the James and Sarah Andreesen family in Ord. He worked at Mid-Nebraska Sheltered Workshops in Kearney and Ord. He also worked for Jim Andreesen and Jim's Family Pharmacy.

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
 

Albert D. Gangwish
Former Juniata resident Albert Dale Gangwish, 77, of Jerome, Idaho, died Saturday, June 14, 1997, in Jerome.
There will be no services. The remains were cremated. Robertson's Funeral Home chapel in Jerome was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gangwish was born June 12, 1920, to Albert A. and Clara (Penn) Gangwish in Hastings. He grew up on a farm near Juniata. He graduated from Roseland High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation mechanic. He farmed near Juniata until retiring. He moved to Jerome.

Survivors are one sister, Trionne Brown of Hastings; and one brother, Gale of South San Francisco.
 

Earl W. Churchill
Former Holstein resident Earl W. Churchill, 90, of Holdrege died Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at Methodist Memorial Homes in Holdrege. 
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege with the Rev. Melva Tranmer officiating. Graveside services are 2 p.m. at the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Churchill was born May 1, 1907, to George and Margaret (Burroughs) Churchill in Holstein. He graduated from Holstein High School. He attended business school in Grand Island. On Dec. 2, 1928, he married Louise Erthum of Ayr. They lived in Hastings until moving to Holdrege in 1981. He worked at Nash-Finch Co. for seven years. During World War II he worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot east of Hastings and later the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant in Grand Island. He sold life and health insurance in the Hastings area for several years before retiring.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Jacqueline Evans of Red Oak, Iowa, and Noel Haberer of Alma; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.
 

Margaret Taylor
Superior resident Margaret (Joppru) Taylor, 79, died Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Bob Wine officiating. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery at Thief River Falls, Minn. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Taylor was born Oct. 7, 1917, to Andrew and Tilda (Berglund) Joppru in Thief River Falls. She grew up and attended school in Thief River Falls. She worked at Narverud Cleaners. She completed nurses training and worked at Northwestern Hospital in Thief River Falls. On Feb. 17, 1951, she married Arthur W. Taylor in Thief River Falls. They lived in Babbitt, Minn., for 12 years. They moved to Mentor, Minn., where they owned and operated A&M Hartz Grocery Store. They later moved to Warren, Minn., Riverton and Kearney before moving to Superior in 1983.

She was a honorary member of the Jewell Assembly of God Church in Jewell, Kan.

Survivors are her husband; two sons, Wallace of Fargo, N.D., and the Rev. Kenneth Taylor of Verndale, Minn.; one daughter, Carol Snyder of Bayard; four brothers, Sander Joppru, Arthur Joppru and Orville Joppru, all of Thief River Falls, and Richard Joppru of Fredrick, Md.; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Memorials may be sent to the family at 1048 E. Fourth St., Superior, NE 68978.
 

Maria B. Browne
Former Hastings resident Maria B. (Bauer) Browne, 89, of Towson, Md., died Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at her home.
Graveside services were Saturday at Druidridge Cemetery at Pikeville, Md. Ruck Towson Funeral Home of Towson was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Browne was born Nov. 23, 1907, to David W. and Katherine (Schafer) Bauer in Hastings. She married Kenneth A. Browne. He preceded her in death.
 

Fern A. Lehechka
Thursday, June 19, 1997
Former Hastings resident Fern Adell (Miller) Krieger Lehechka, 80, died Thursday, June 19, 1997, at her home.
 

Ralph V. Hatch
The Rev. Ralph V. Hatch, 83, of Anderson, Ind., died Thursday, June 19, 1997, at his home.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Park Place Church of God at Anderson. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery at Anderson. Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Home of Anderson is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Hatch married former Clay County resident Alma Johnson in Glenvil. She survives.
 

Connie V. Gaston
Alexandria resident Connie Vernon Gaston, 79, died Thursday, June 19, 1997, in Alexandria.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Presbyterian Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Sylvia Cross officiating. Burial will be in Alexandria Cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Post No. 194. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Mr. Gaston was born May 8, 1918, to Charles and Jessie (Ross) Gaston in rural Alexandria. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45. He was a farmer. He married Nova Jane Gillaspie. She preceded him in death.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 194 in Alexandria.

Survivors are one daughter, Elaine Bartels of Alexandria; two sons, Cecil of Tobias and Charles of Alexandria; three brothers, Judson of Alexandria, Allie of Lincoln and Allen of South Carolina; two sisters, Helen Baldwin of Fairbury and Minnie Achtemeier of California; and six grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one daughter, Gayle Gaston; four brothers, and five sisters.

Memorials have been established.
 

Mary B. Nye
Kearney resident Mary B. (Quinton) Nye, 89, died Friday, June 20, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Monday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney. Burial will be in Kearney Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son; and two daughters, including Virginia Mastin of Hastings and Betty Jo Trenchard of Hastings.

Memorials may be given to St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
 

Russell W. Davidson
Thursday, June 19, 1997
Hastings resident Russell W. Davidson, 93, of Good Samaritan Village Goldbeck Towers died Thursday, June 19, 1997, at GSV Villa Grace.

Memorial graveside services are pending with Butler-Volland Funeral Home.
 
 

Betty J. Brehm
Harvard resident Betty J. (Kendell) Brehm, 76, died Saturday, June 21, 1997, at her home.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harvard United Methodist Church in Harvard with the Rev. Dr. Hal Smith officiating. Burial will be in Harvard Cemetery in Harvard. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home in Harvard.

Mrs. Brehm was born April 26, 1921, to Floyd and Elsie (Black) Kendell in Fairfield. On Aug. 8, 1938, she married Vernon R. Brehm in Fairfield. They farmed in Clay County. She was a homemaker. She later was a cook at Harvard Public School for 10 years. She also was a cook at Harvard Rest Haven for 10 years until retiring.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Harvard.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Jack of Clay Center; one sister, Evelyn Yost of Harvard; one half sister, JoAnn Mall of Smithfield, Mo.; four granddaughters; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marta Finningsmeier; and one sister.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church Building Fund.
 

Lloyd M. Driscoll
Axtell resident Lloyd M. Driscoll, 75, died Friday, June 20, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Graveside services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell. Memorial services are 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Axtell with the Rev. Eldon Wells officiating. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at Freeland-Layton Funeral Home in Axtell.

Mr. Driscoll was born Dec. 25, 1921, to John and Mable (Elsam) Driscoll on a farm northwest of Axtell. He grew up in the Axtell area. He graduated from Kearney High School in Kearney. On Aug. 3, 1947, he married Alice Carter in McCook. They farmed northwest of Axtell. In 1985 they moved into Axtell.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Axtell where he was an ordained elder. He served on the Axtell Co-op elevator board.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Susan Mayer of Omaha and Rachael Phillips of Axtell; one son, Jeffrey of Axtell; one sister, Eleanor Falk of Sun City, Ariz.; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.
 

Clara E. Buchleiter
Superior resident Clara E. (Larmer) Buchleiter, 96, died Sunday, June 22, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Superior.
Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery north of Superior with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior.

Mrs. Buchleiter was born Aug. 17, 1900, to Charles H. and Camille E. (Guidici) Larmer on a farm near Webber, Kan. She attended Webber and Lovewell, Kan., schools. On Jan. 14, 1928, she married Floyd Kenneth Buchleiter. They farmed east of Superior. Her husband died June 16, 1982. In November 1995 she moved to Good Samaritan Center in Superior.

Survivors are two sisters, Florence Urban of Miltonvale, Kan., and Ila Rohla of Superior.

She also was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Memorials may be sent to the family at 415 Louden St., Superior, NE 68978.
 

Vera E. Rolls
Hastings resident Vera Esther (Mohlman) Rolls, 79, of 1505 N. St. Joseph Ave., died Sunday, June 22, 1997 at her home.
Memorial services are 3 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond officiating. Private family burial will be in Blue Valley Cemetery at Ayr prior services. Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rolls was born Feb. 11, 1918, to George and Ica (Hoyt) Mohlman in Clay County. She attended Willowdale District 58 and Harris Knoll District 78. In 1994 she earned her general educational development (GED) certificate in Adams County. On May 23, 1937, she married Kenneth Richard Rolls in Hall County. They lived in Ayr and moved to Doniphan in 1955. In 1960 they moved to Trumbull. Her husband died Dec. 4, 1973. She was a salad cook at Dales Cafe in Hastings in 1954. In 1960 she was an aide at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings until she became disabled in 1975. 

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women Association and many church circles. She also was a member of Adams County Historical Society, Adams County Genealogical Society, Nebraska Genealogy Society and Mary Lanning Auxiliary. She was a volunteer at Mary Lanning.

Survivors are three daughters, Leota Lovina Rolls of Hastings, Wauneta E. Montague of Lynchburg, Va., and Violet V. Nordby of Trumbull; three sons, Keith R. of Grand Island, Bruce E. of Scottsbluff and W. Dean of Hastings; one brother, Donald L. Mohlman of Pauline; and 11 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, David Leroy; and one sister.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Renovation Fund or Mary Lanning Hospice.
 

Richard F. Wicker
Edgar resident Richard Frank Wicker, 72, died Wednesday, June 18, 1997, at Veteran's Administration Hospital in Omaha.
Graveside memorial services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Edgar Cemetery with Harold Fox officiating. Urbauer-Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wicker was born Oct. 11, 1924, to Harvey and Lueelan (Kirk) Wicker in Hastings. He grew up in the Edgar area. He graduated from Edgar High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his military service, he drove truck for Ace Gas for a short time. On July 14, 1978, he married Bonnie Culbertson in Nelson. He attended Central Community College-Hastings earning an electronics degree. He owned and operated Wicker TV in Edgar.

He was a member of the Edgar Volunteer Fire Department, emergency medical technician squad and American Legion.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, David Wicker of Hastings and Lynn Holt of Nelson; one brother, Kenneth of Edgar; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
 

Russell W. Davidson
Hastings resident Russell W. Davidson, 93, of Good Samaritan Village Goldbeck Towers died Thursday, June 19, 1997, at GSV Villa Grace.
Memorial graveside services are 9 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Hastings with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. The remains were cremated. There will be no visitation. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Davidson was born Oct. 2, 1903, to William E. and Clara A. (Wedean) Davidson in Holdrege. He graduated from Holdrege High School. He also graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. On June 13, 1937, he married Clara Mahurin in Woodland Park, Colo. He was a landscape architect. He owned Davidson Nursery & Greenhouse in Hastings for 40 years. He then worked at Hastings College. In 1980 he retired and moved to Green Valley, Ariz. In 1989 he returned to Hastings.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 50, A.F. and A.M.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Margaret Amack of Hastings; one son, Edward L. of Peachtree City, Ga.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Memorials may be given to the Good Samaritan Village.
 

John E. Sullivan
Clay Center resident John E. Sullivan, 86, died Monday, June 23, 1997, at Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Aurora.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harvard with the Rev. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Burial will be in Clay Center Cemetery at Clay Center. McLaughlin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Sullivan was born March 31, 1911, to Andrew and Lillian (Maas) Sullivan near Hickman. He attended rural school through the eighth grade. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Lincoln in 1928. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1932 with a bachelor's of arts degree. He received a juris doctorate from UNL College of Law in 1934. He worked in the Lancaster County Attorney's office in Lincoln. On Dec. 26, 1933, he married Margaret Elizabeth "Peg" Burke in Lincoln. He later worked at Scott and Sullivan Law office in Clay Center. In 1939 he and his wife moved to Clay Center. He was Clay County Attorney from 1939-43. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant. He was Clay County Veterans Service Officer from 1945-75. He went into partnership with his son and grandson in 1961.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion Post No. 87 of Clay Center of which he was past county and district commander, VFW of Harvard, 40/8 Chef DeGare, Clay County Cemetery Board, Nebraska Veterans Service Officers and UNL President Advisory Council. He also was past president of the Clay Center Board of Education. He received many honors and citations.

Survivors are two daughters, Joan Bouse of Grand Island and Judy Bennett of Lincoln; one son, Jay of Clay Center; two sisters, Ann May of Hickman and Mabel Olsen of Lincoln; one brother, Bob of Vancura, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by three sons.

Memorials may be given to the family or St. Joseph Catholic Church.
 

Joe Delgado
Hastings resident Joe Delgado, 76, of 405 S. Kansas Ave. died Saturday, June 21, 1997, at his home.
Rosary is 1:45 p.m. and services are 2 p.m., both Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Mr. Delgado was born Sept. 30, 1920, to Dionicio Navarette and Ajesus (Bravo) Delgado in Cuitzed De Abagologtogto, Mexico. He graduated from Arkansas City (Kan.) High School. In 1941 he married Fidelia Delgado. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-51. In 1965 he moved to Hastings from Arkansas City. He worked for Hastings Industries. He later was a custodian at Montgomery Ward. He retired in 1980.

Survivors are four sons, Richard D. and Jim J., both of Hastings, Raymond P. of Greeley, Colo., and Joseph J. Jr. of Lincoln; three daughters, Linda M. Campos and Virginia M. Sand, both of Greeley, and Rita R. Sunday of Hastings; one sister, Rosa Perez of Arkansas City; one half brother, Joaquin Delgado of Kansas; one half sister, Pauline Gonzalez of Arkansas City; 23 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, one half brother, one sister, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the Hospice Foundation.


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