Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Rolland H. Davis
Franklin resident Rolland H. Davis, 78, died Sunday, June 29, 1997, at his home.
Memorial graveside services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the Greenwood Cemetery in Franklin with the Rev. Russell Malchow officiating. American Legion Post No. 145 of Bloomington will provide military rites. There will be no visitation. The remains were cremated. Hutchins Funeral Home of Franklin is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Davis was born May 31, 1919, to Charles Matthew and Ella Mae (Kunze) Davis in Franklin County. On July 28, 1943, he married Belva Morrison in Smith Center, Kan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-45 during World War II. He was a retired carpenter.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 145 in Bloomington.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Ann Raish of Montrose, Colo.; two sons, Paul of Kearney and Stephen of Lincoln; one sister, Ruth Schnuerle of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; two brothers, Henry of Torrington, Wyo., and Marvin of Weiser, Idaho; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

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

Erwin W. Schiermeyer
Superior resident Erwin W. Schiermeyer, 79, died recently in Superior. 
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Paul Albrecht officiating. Burial was to be 4 p.m. today at Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Superior. There will be no visitation.

Mr. Schiermeyer was born Oct. 6, 1917, to Ernst and Anna (Grummert) Schiermeyer in Superior. He attended school in Smyrna. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-45. He also lived in Los Angeles and Omaha.

He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors are three sisters, Bertha Schiermeyer, Alvina Larsen and Esther Spring, all of Superior.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
 

Virgil G. Mueller
Kenesaw resident Virgil G. Mueller, 73, died Monday, June 30, 1997, in Kenesaw.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Farmer & Son Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Rodney Armon officiating. Burial will be in Shickley Public Cemetery in Shickley. Visitation begins today at the funeral home.

Mr. Mueller was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Ong.

Survivors are four sisters, Erma Witt of Doniphan, LaVerne Langeteig of Evansville, Wis., Wilma Favinger of Minden and Norma Oswald of Denver.
 

Mina L. Mathew
Inavale resident Mina L. (Gouldie) Mathew, 91, died Monday, June 30, 1997, at her home.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Alvin Trucano officiating. Burial will be in the Red Cloud Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mathew was born Sept. 20, 1905, to John and Emma (Zalman) Gouldie in a sod house in Smith County, Kan., south of Inavale. She attended the Johnson rural school in Kansas. In 1924 she graduated from Red Cloud High School. She taught for several years in Webster County schools. On Dec. 11, 1932, she married Lee "Mick" Mathew in Esbon, Kan. They farmed south of Red Cloud until 1948 when they moved to a farm one mile north of Inavale. Her husband died Oct. 20, 1987. She worked at the Morgan Nursing Home in Inavale. She also was a correspondent for the Red Cloud Chief, for which she wrote the Inavale news section.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Red Cloud.

Survivors are one daughter, Shirley Kort of Blue Hill; one son, John of Red Cloud; one sister, Verla Boner of Red Cloud; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one grandchild.
 

Helen C. Yost
Harvard resident Helen C. (Hamburger) Yost, 90, died Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at Harvard Rest Haven.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Harvard Cemetery in Harvard with the Rev. Barbara Spangler officiating. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings.

Mrs. Yost was born Feb. 1, 1907, to Jacob and Kathryn (Fenning) Hamburger in Clay County. She married Floyd Yost. He preceded her in death. She was a lifelong resident of Clay County.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley May, one sister and three brothers.

Memorials may be given to the church or the Harvard Rest Haven.
 

Jimmie M. Morgan
Hastings resident Jimmie M. Morgan, 77, of 1802 W. Seventh St., died Tuesday, July 1, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Rev. Barbara L. Spangler officiating. Burial will be in the Juniata Cemetery in Juniata.

Mr. Morgan was born March 11, 1920, to Edgar and Erma (Stone) Morgan in Adams County. In 1938 he graduated from Juniata High School in Juniata. On Aug. 10, 1945, he married Lois Hickman in Hastings. She died in 1984. He was a truck driver 20 years for Nash Finch Co. He later drove for Bee Line Motor Freight. He was a lifelong Adams County resident.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Eagles Club, both Hastings.

Survivors are one son, Robert of Lincoln; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association.
 

Elaine Matthews
Former Smith County, Kan., resident Elaine (Morgan) Matthews, 88, of Pleasanton, Calif., died Sunday, June 29, 1997, at the San Leandro Hospital in San Leandro, Calif.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Alvin Trucano officiating. Burial will be in Cora Cemetery in Lebanon, Kan.

Miss Matthews was born Aug. 1, 1908, to Shy and Beulah (Hawkins) Morgan in Winnebago. She grew up in Smith County, Kan., near Smith Center. She attended Dewey rural school. In 1926 she graduated from Smith Center High School. She taught rural schools in Smith County. She later moved to Denver where she was a beautician. In 1951 she moved to San Leandro where she worked at the Alameda County Juvenile Department until she retired.

Survivors are two daughters, Sharon Croft of Boise, Idaho, and Sheila Berry of Danville, Calif.; one son; Michael of Pleasanton, Calif.; four sisters, Elsie Jones of Fairbury, Edna Peterson of Smith Center, Mary Ann Funaro of Inavale and Pauline Conn of Estes Park, Colo.; three brothers, Earl Morgan of Inavale, Alan Morgan of Red Cloud and Darrel Morgan of Smith Center; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
 

Enos 'Jim' Svoboda
Hastings resident Enos "Jim" Svoboda, 75, of 7810 E. Osborne Drive died Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at his home. 
Rosary is 10:45 a.m. Saturday and services 11 a.m., both at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Hastings with the Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Hastings. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings and 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Mr. Svoboda was born July 27, 1921, to Valentine and Mary (Beran) Svoboda in Lawrence. He served in the U.S. Navy 1945-46 during World War II. On Oct. 4, 1949, he married Jeanette Trausch. In 1954 they moved from Grand Island to Hastings. He was a farmer.

He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Hastings.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Kathleen Owens of Hastings; five sons, Richard, Kenneth, David and Donald, all of Hastings, and Alan of Holdrege; one sister, Katherine "Katie" Trausch of Hastings; five brothers, Frank and Clem, both of Fallon, Nev., Louis of Concord, Calif., Norbert of Grand Island and James of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and an infant brother.

Memorials may be given to the church's renovation fund or Adams Central Booster Club.
 

Harold J. Roth
Hastings resident Harold J. Roth, 96, of Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at Perkins Pavilion.
Rosary is 8:45 a.m. and services 9 a.m., both Saturday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Hastings. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings.

Mr. Roth was born Sept. 3, 1900, to Henry J. and Catheryn (Gerber) Roth in Hanover, Kan. He graduated from Hanover High School in Hanover. He served in the U.S. Army from May to December in 1918 during World War I. On June 14, 1928, he married Margaret E. Goodfellow in Lincoln. He was a traveling salesman for Grainger Brothers Wholesale Grocery in Lincoln for 37 years. He later worked for Kerr Chevrolet in Hastings until he retired in 1965. He was a Hastings resident for 67 years.

He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and United Commercial Travelers. He was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus. In 1993 he received the 75th Anniversary of WWI Commemorative Medal.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Max H. of Denver and Paul H. of El Reno, Okla.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Clarence R. Campbell
Hastings resident the Rev. Clarence R. Campbell, 68, of 1413 Webster Ave. died Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Sam Rathod and the Rev. Earl Higgins officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Campbell was born April 20, 1929, to James Bryce and Eva (Sherman) Campbell in Saskatchewan, Canada. At an early age he moved with his family to Indianola, Iowa. He graduated from Martinsdale High School in Martinsdale, Iowa. He graduated from Simpson College in Indianola and earned his theology degree from Illif School of Theology in Denver. He married Lila Spick. She preceded him in death. On Oct. 7, 1989, he married Ruth E. Wiklund. He was a pastor at United Methodist churches in Wallace, Ord, Tekamah, Decatur and Aurora and St. James United Methodist Church in Lincoln. He was Northwest District superintendent of the Methodist Conference until he retired in 1991 from First United Methodist Church in Hastings. He was pastor emeritus at the Hastings church and interim pastor for United Church of Christ in Clay Center and Harvard. 

He was a member of Rotary and Community Concert Board; president of Habitat for Humanity and former board member of the Crossroads.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Marcia Eriksen of Sioux City, Iowa, and Laurie Yardley of Lincoln; one son, Paul of Rochester, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Carla Hedstrom and Carrie Sheppard, both of Hastings; one stepson, Roland Wiklund of Lincoln; two brothers, Thorman of St. Charles, Iowa, and Eugene of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; six grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or Habitat for Humanity.
 

Aaron J. Hurt
Aaron Jeffrey Hurt, infant son of Jeff and Shelly (Miller) Hurt of 1141 W. H St., was stillborn Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Apostolic Church in Grand Island with the Rev. Russell Wolf officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery in Hastings. There will be no visitation. Kleine Funeral Home in Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his parents; one sister, Whitney Miller of Hastings; one brother, Matthew Miller of Hastings; grandparents, Dale and Sandra Finney of Fremont, Lonnie Miller of Hansen and Mary Behrends of Hastings.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Harriett Topliff
Esbon, Kan., resident Harriet (Marrs) Topliff, 92, died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at the Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Mankato, Kan.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Esbon with the Revs. Lane, Lon and Lance Hardy and Laura Fricker officiating. Burial will be in Esbon Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday at Melby Mortuary in Mankato.

Mrs. Topliff was born Feb. 28, 1905, to William and Evelyn (Whitmore) Marrs in Howard, Kan. She married Walter Glenn Topliff Aug. 23, 1922, in Oklahoma. He died June 6, 1978.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Jewell, the Esbon American Legion Auxiliary and Esbon United Methodist Church.

Survivors are two daughters, Glenna Fogo of Esbon and Beth Hardy of Longmont, Colo.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care Unit or Esbon United Methodist Church.
 

Agnes Black
Edgar resident Agnes (Reiman) Black, 87, died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at her home.
Rosary is 10 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Monday at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Deweese with the Rev. Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery. Urbauer-Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Black was born June 16, 1910, to Joseph and Barbara (Lalley) Reiman on a farm near Lawrence. She attended St. Stephen's schools near Lawrence. She attended beauty school in Grand Island. She owned and operated Agnes' Beauty Shop in Edgar for many years. She also did hair at nursing homes in Edgar and Nelson. She married Cecil Black in 1953 in Deweese. He died July 6, 1972.

She was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church and its altar society.

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

Golden D. Blew
Former Mankato, Kan., resident Golden D. (Busick) Blew, 95, of Lafayette, Colo., died Tuesday, July 1, 1997, at Manor Care Health Services in Boulder, Colo.
Services are 2:30 p.m. today at Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato with the Rev. Frank DeFisher officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Mankato. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. today at Melby Mortuary in Mankato and 11 a.m. until services at the church.

Mrs. Blew was born April 16, 1902, to Robert and Bertha (Fleeman) Busick in Pretty Prairie, Kan. She attended Abbyville, Kan., High School and Hayes State Teacher College. She was a farm wife and a teacher.

Survivors are four daughters, Donna Silsby of Mankato, Doris Long of Golden, Colo., Margaret Patten of Lafayette, Colo., and Melba Johnson of Alburn, Kan.; a son, Merle Blew of Mankato; 24 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given Harmony United Methodist Church.

Hazel Hefnider

Hazel Hefnider of 120 Forest Blvd. died Thursday, July 3, 1997 at her home.

Services are pending at Butler-Volland Funeral Home. 
 

Elmer L. Christensen
Former Minden resident Elmer L. Christensen, 85, of Fullerton died Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church in Fullerton with the Rev. Mary McQueen officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Minden Cemetery at Minden. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Palmer Funeral Home in Fullerton. 

Mr. Christensen was born June 2, 1912, to Chris C.M. and Sene' (Pedersen) Christensen in Minden. He attended Minden Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1932. On April 10, 1937, he married Virginia Jorgensen in Minden. They lived in Minden, where he worked for the Safeway and J.M. McDonald stores. In 1946 they moved to Fullerton, where he managed the J.M. McDonald store until it closed in 1976. They also lived in Manning, Iowa, and Valentine.

He was a member of Fullerton United Methodist Church and had been a member of S.C.O.R.E. for 21 years. He was a former member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Eagles Club and the Tatters. He also had served on the city council and was a former mayor of Fullerton.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Steven of Hilo, Hawaii, Val of Joplin, Mo., and David of Hiawatha, Kan.; two sisters, Gladys Massey of Springfield, Mo., and Grace Hawe of Heartwell; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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

Memorials may be given to the Fullerton Rescue Squad, Fullerton Senior Center or Fullerton United Methodist Church. 
 

Fern A. Andersen
Minden resident Fern A. (Danielsen) Andersen, 91, died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church in Minden with the Rev. Kathy Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-5 and 7-8 p.m. Sunday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mrs. Andersen was born April 13, 1906, to Niels and Mabel (Jameson) Danielsen in Upland. She grew up and attended school in Upland. Her parents died when she was a teen-ager. She then moved in with Andrew and Bertha Olson.

She married Orval Andersen April 16, 1951. They farmed northwest of Minden. They moved into Minden in 1965. Her husband died in 1993.

She was known in the Minden area for her work as a seamstress. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors are a daughter, Carol Martin of Arvada, Colo.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
 

Victor H. James
Guide Rock resident Victor H. James, 79, died Friday, July 4, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Guide Rock with the Rev. Tom Hinshaw officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Guide Rock Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James was born Sept. 3, 1917, to Alvin and Verna (Woods) James in Blue Hill. In 1930, he moved to Guide Rock. He graduated from high school there in 1936. He attended Clemson University for one year. He served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He married Elizabeth P. Phillips Aug. 9, 1944, in Belleville, Ill. They lived in Belleville until 1950 when they moved to Guide Rock. His wife died April 26, 1992.

He was a member of the Baptist church and American Legion Post 278 in Guide Rock.

Survivor is one son, Craig James of Lincoln.
 

Frank A. Sittler
Former Adams County resident Frank A. Sittler, 81, of Grand Island died Sunday, July 6, 1997, at Park Place Nursing Center in Grand Island.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Grand Island with the Rev. Michael Cole officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Trumbull. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m.

Mr. Sittler was born Oct. 19, 1915, to Jacob and Barbara (Seng) Sittler in Havelock. He grew up in Custer County in the Merna area. He attended school in Merna. On April 27, 1938, he married Janet Nelson in Broken Bow. During World War II, they lived in Spokane, Wash. In 1945 they returned to Nebraska. They lived in Juniata. He managed the farm operation at Ingleside. In 1948 he and his wife moved to Hastings. He was an automotive parts salesman for Hastings Battery and Electric. In 1955 they moved to Mason City, Iowa, with Sidles Automotive, later transferring to Omaha. In 1978 he and his wife retired and moved to Grand Island. His wife died in 1987. On Jan. 21, 1989, he married Ilene Hickstein in Grand Island.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 378 and Platte-Duetsche Society, all of Grand Island, and Eagles Camping Club. He also was a master mason in Capital Lodge No. 3 of Omaha.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Edwin of Grand Island and Richard of Omaha; one daughter, Janice Shuey of Omaha; two stepdaughters, Linda Maddox of Houston and Sandra LeVeen of Omaha; one stepson, Dennis Hickstein of Seattle; two sisters, Virginia Craft of Hastings and Arlene Petersen of Grinnell, Iowa; two brothers, Edward of Tulsa, Okla., and Pat of Hesperia, Calif.; four grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church or Grand Generation Center.
 

Hazel M. Hefnider
Hastings resident Hazel M. (Denton) Hefnider, 91, of 120 Forest Blvd. died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at her home.
Services were to be today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond officiating. Burial was planned in Parkview Cemetery.

Mrs. Hefnider was born Oct. 5, 1905, to Silas and Laura (Drum) Denton in Denton, Kan. In 1910 she moved with her family to Edgar. She attended Edgar High School. She moved to Hastings. She took cosmetology classes at Addline Beauty School. On April 12, 1926, she married Jake Hefnider. They owned and operated Hefnider Beauty and Barber Shop for 50 years. In 1980 she and her husband retired.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Board of Cosmetology.

She is survived by her husband.

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

Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.


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