Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Victor E. Olson
Former Hastings resident Victor Edwin Olson, 85, of Boulder, Colo., died Tuesday, July 29, 1997, at Boulder Community Hospital.
Private family memorial services will be at a later date. Crist Mortuary of Boulder is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Olson was born Sept. 10, 1911, to A.E. and Reu (Evans) Olson in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School. He graduated from Hastings College and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. On Dec. 6, 1944, he married Jane Casey in Baltimore, Md. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an intelligence officer in Washington, D.C. He was a professor emeritus of the Air University in Montgomery, Ala. He was an educator, author and editor. In 1957 they moved to Boulder.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Vicki Braunagel of Denver, and Megan Olson of Brooksville, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Native American Indian Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.
 

Wallace L. Kohl
Former Carleton resident Wallace L. Kohl, 64, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 1, 1997, in Excelsior Springs.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Union Church in Hardy with the Rev. Dale Bussinger officiating. Burial with masonic rites will be in Nora Cemetery at Nora. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kohl was born March 3, 1933, to Jerome and Genevieve Kohl at Carleton. He attended Fairbury Junior College in Fairbury and served in the U.S. Navy. On Aug. 12, 1956, He married Margaret Haifleigh .

He was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration from 1958-88. He worked for Raythem Service Co. as senior construction engineer and senior civil engineer from 1990-97.

He was a member of the Excelsior Springs Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Aranet Shrine Temple.

Survivors are his wife; his parents of Hardy; two daughters, Jan Kohl of Excelsior Springs and Kelly Heflick of El Paso, Texas; one sister, Nancy Grinstead of Lincoln; one brother, Jerry Kohl of Lincoln; and four grandchildren.
 

Harold R. Black Sr.
Hastings resident Harold R. Black Sr., 86, of 526 Boston Ave. died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Steve Markle officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Blue Valley Cemetery at Ayr.

Mr. Black was born May 31, 1911, to Roy Curtis and Mollie (Zimmerman) Black in Pauline. He attended Union Grade School and graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1929. On Oct. 11, 1939, he married Emma Rutt. She died in 1984. He worked in dairies in Hastings and California for 15 years before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned to Hastings. He worked for Losee and Cornelius Auto Works for 35 years.

He was a member of New York Avenue Congregational Church, American Legion 40/8, Eagles Lodge and DAV.

He is survived by one son, Harold Jr. of Hastings.

He also was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to New York Avenue Congregational Church or Blue Valley Cemetery.
 

Lorraine Shackelford
Former Hastings resident Lorraine Elizabeth (Thomas) Shackelford, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 1997, at Mercy Care Center in Omaha.
Vigil services were Monday at Beckwith Mortuary chapel in Larned, Kan. Services were to be at 10:30 a.m. today at the mortuary with the Rev. Bob Schremmer officiating. Burial was planned in the Larned Cemetery.

Mrs. Shackelford was born April 11, 1919, to Eugene and Anna (Schartz) Thomas in Ellinwood, Kan. On Jan. 8, 1951, she married James Arthur Shackelford in Kansas City, Mo. He died Oct. 29, 1978. In 1988 she moved to Hastings from Larned. In 1994 she moved to Omaha. She was a homemaker.

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

Survivors are one son, Thomas of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Jean Horning of Omaha and Ann Chance of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Marie Christoph of Omaha; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorials may be given to Boys Town, USA, in care of Beckwith Mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KS 67550.
 

Ethel M. Gorham
Former Franklin County resident Ethel M. (Marik) Gorham, 96, of Lincoln died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, in Lincoln.
Services are 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln with the Rev. C. Rex Bevins officiating. Graveside services are 4 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin with the Rev. Dean Joy officiating. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Metcalf Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Mrs. Gorham was born May 19, 1901, to Calvin and Ada (Rogers) Marik in Smith County, Kan. She married Van F. Gorham. He died in 1928. She was Franklin County superintendent of schools from 1952-63.

She was a 75-year member of the Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the P.E.O. and Rebekah Lodge. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors are three sons, Calvin C. of Lubbock, Texas, William of South San Francisco, Calif., and Thomas J. of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Robert L.

Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
 

Lyle A. Dunham
Hastings resident Lyle A. Dunham, 72, of 406 S. Maple Ave. died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at his home.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Steve Markle officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Mr. Dunham was born Dec. 14, 1924, to George A. and Ethel (Mendenhall) Dunham in Aurora. He moved to Hastings in 1930. On May 23, 1943, he married Berdina Hoff in Hastings. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-46. He returned to Hastings. He worked for Swift and Co. for nine years. He then joined the Hastings Police Department. He was a patrolman from 1955-67, police captain from 1967-1980 and acting chief of police from 1971-72. He retired in 1980 after 25 years of service.

He was a member of New York Avenue Congregational Church, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Commercial Travelers, Adams County Historical Society, American Legion, Noon Kiwanis and The Salvation Army.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Carol Ann Torske of Aurora, Colo., and Roberta Jean Kalvoda of Glenvil; one brother, Keith Dunham of Antioch, Calif.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Lyle "Sonnie" Jr.; one brother, one sister and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to New York Avenue Congregational Church, the family or Mary Lanning Hospice.
 

Joseph H. McNeely Jr.
Blue Hill resident Joseph H. McNeely Jr., 75, died Tuesday, July 29, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunnyside Cemetery at Wilber. His remains were cremated. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McNeely was born Sept. 5, 1921, to Joseph Howard and Minnie (Wier) McNeely in Table Rock. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-46. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad from 1946-83. On Feb. 21, 1957, he married Cora Etta Milligan in Geneva. In 1967 they moved to Blue Hill from Campbell. His wife died April 8, 1984. 

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 101 of Wilber.

Survivors are one son, Joe III of Blue Hill; two stepsons, Jim Lines and Richard Lines, both of Hastings; three stepdaughters, Kathy Apfelbeck, Genny Sasek and Dee Packwood, all of Wilber; one sister, Mary Jane Kuhn of Washington; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Willard 'Dick' Steinshouer
Franklin resident Willard "Dick" Steinshouer, 86, died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Rita Coakley officiating. Burial will be in Alma Cemetery at Alma. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until services Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Steinshouer was born Feb. 23, 1911, to Bert and Lula (Breese) Steinshouer in Franklin. On Oct. 24, 1936, he married Emma Bachar in Beaver City. He was a mechanic in a garage in Culbertson. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific. They later moved to Alma. He was a section foreman for Burlington Northern Railroad for 30 years, retiring in 1971. They were managers in KOA campgrounds for several years during the summer.

He did volunteer work in the Black Hills for the forest service near Custer, S.D.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Darlene Araujo of Fort Morgan, Colo.; one son, Burton of Florence, Miss.; one sister, Irene Burger of San Marcos, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, three brothers and two sisters.
 

Gladys L. Uhrich
Hastings resident Gladys L. (Howell) Uhrich, 82, of 227 Good Samaritan Village Goldbeck Towers died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at GSV Villa Grace.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Cheryl Ann Elfond and Carl W. Utley officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Uhrich was born March 23, 1915, to Archie and Mamie (Jones) Howell in Grand Island. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1932. On Aug. 19, 1933, she married Everett G. Uhrich in Hastings. She was a sales clerk for Woolworth's and Schweser's for 26 years. She retired in 1984.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Church Circle Three and Order of the Eastern Star Acacia Chapter No. 39.

Survivors are her husband; three daughters, Marilyn Searle of Hastings, Gail England of Denton, Texas, and Cynthia Wullschleger of Bailey, Colo.; one brother, R. W. Howell of Grand Island; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.
 

Clarence Fegter
Monday, Aug. 4, 1997
Deshler resident Clarence Fegter, 80, died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at Thayer County Memorial Hospital in Hebron.
 

Esther M. Davis
Smith Center, Kan., resident Esther Minerva (Billings) Davis, 79, died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, in Smith Center.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Simmons Mortuary chapel in Smith Center with the Rev. Dale McCain officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View (Myer) Cemetery at Athol, Kan. Visitation is until services at the funeral home.

Mrs. Davis was born Jan. 20, 1918, to Milo and Alta (Beach) Billings in Reamsville, Kan. She married Joe Davis. He died in 1970. She was a seamstress and homemaker.

Survivors are three sons, Robert of Smith Center, Thomas of Colby, Kan., and Richard of Watonga, Okla.; one sister, Ruby Jean Hull of Smith Center; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Smith County Memorial Hospital.
 

John O. Newlin
Mankato, Kan., resident John Oscar Newlin, 95, died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at Republic County Hospital in Belleville, Kan.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Christian Church in Mankato with the Rev. Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery at Burr Oak, Kan. Visitation is at Melby Mortuary in Mankato.

Mr. Newlin was born Jan. 1, 1902, to John William and Sarah (Chubick) Newlin in Burr Oak. A lifelong resident of Jewell County, Kan., he was a farmer and later worked for the water department for the city of Mankato. He was preceded in death by two wives, Alma in 1963 and Ota in 1987.

Survivors are one daughter, Opal Buster of McPherson, Kan., eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Oscar Lowell.

Memorials may be given to Christian Church.
 

Lela M. Meadows
Former Mankato, Kan., resident Lela M. Meadows, 93, of Snohomish, Wash., died Sunday, Aug. 3, 1997, at Providence General-Colby Campus in Everett, Wash.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Melby Mortuary chapel in Mankato with the Rev. Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Ionia Cemetery at Ionia, Kan. Visitation is Thursday prior to services.

Miss Meadows was born July 16, 1904, to John Henry and Flora Grace (Skinner) Meadows in Jewell County. She attended rural schools, Mankato High School and Strickler's Business College in Topeka, Kan. She worked for the State Exchange Bank in Mankato from 1924-29, and then Security Benefit Life in Topeka. She retired in 1970. In 1970 she moved to Everett, Wash.

Frances M. Koziol

Genoa resident Frances M. (Egnoske) Koziol, 83, died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at her home.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at The St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Genoa. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery. Anson Funeral Home of Genoa is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are two daughters, including Bonnie Taylor of Hastings; one son; two sisters, including Betty Loftus of Hastings; one brother; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
 

Edward Burr
Former Kenesaw resident Edward Burr, 97, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Saturday, Aug. 2, 1997, in Albuquerque.
Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church near Juniata with the Rev. Brian Pummill officiating. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery near Juniata. French Mortuary of Albuquerque and Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home of Kenesaw are in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Burr was born May 9, 1900, to Walter M. and Alvina (Katzberg) Burr in rural Adams County. He married Elsie Harms. They farmed in Adams County before moving to Albuquerque in 1974. His wife died July 18, 1986.

Survivors are one son, Roland of Albuquerque; three sisters, Anita Ryan of Scottsdale, Ariz., Irene Cullen of Tempe, Ariz., and Elsie Schroederof Edmund, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Leonard 'Len' Schnell
Former Hastings resident Leonard John "Len" Schnell, 76, of Republican City died Monday, Aug. 4, 1997, at Harlan County Hospital in Alma.
Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Banta-Torrey Funeral Home chapel in Alma. His remains were cremated. There will be no visitation. Private burial will be at a later date.

Mr. Schnell was born March 5, 1921, to John Henry and Mollie (Stroh) Schnell in Lincoln. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939. He was married to Althea Schwichtenberg from 1939-41. He worked for Blair Telephone Co. in Blair from 1939-40, the Lincoln Telephone Co. in Lincoln from 1941-42 and Continental Telephone Co. in Kearney from 1942-43. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-45. He served in the Construction Battalion in the South Pacific. He worked at Plainview Telephone Co. in Plainview from 1945-1947 and Continental Telephone Co. in Scottsbluff from 1947-53. In 1953 he moved to Fremont where he worked for Mode O'Day. In 1961 he moved to Omaha where he was plant manager and owner of Lamb Manufacturing Co. In 1963 he moved to Hastings. He was machinist and assistant manager at Mode O'Day. On Dec. 19, 1964, he married Eula Lee (Clark) Bahr. He retired from Mode O'Day in 1975. They moved to Republican City. He owned and operated a retail boot and shoe repair shop.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 317 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite and Tehama Shrine Sandheaters, of which he was an officer, all of Hastings.

Survivors are his wife, of Colonial Villa Good Samaritan Center in Alma; one stepdaughter, Mary Lee of Omaha; two sisters, Martha Schleiger and Arlene Locinski, both of Lincoln; three stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Good Samaritan Hospice in Kearney.
 

Edna E. Swanstrom
Friday, Aug. 8, 1997
Hastings resident Edna A. Swanstrom, 82, of 517 Lane D died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.

Services are pending at Butler-Volland Funeral Home.
 

Eldon C. Lewis
Blue Hill resident Eldon C. Lewis, 95, of Community Care of Blue Hill died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Franklin.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Bladen with the Rev. Baldeo Singh officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery at Bladen. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lewis was born June 14, 1902, to Marshall and Fannie (Wulf) Lewis in Bladen. On Oct. 22, 1924, he married Ella L. Jahn. She died June 29, 1934. On June 14, 1944, he married Florence Burge. She died Feb. 1, 1993. He was a farmer and stockman in the Bladen and Kenesaw areas for 75 years. He moved to Community Care of Blue Hill about a year ago.

He was a member of United Methodist Church.

Survivors are one daughter, Bonnie Duval of Bladen; three sisters, Dorothy Dahlin of Minden, Grace Bannister of Haigler and Wanda Sidlo of Harvard; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Lloyd 'Dutch' Branstitre
Former Clay County resident Lloyd "Dutch" Branstitre, 96, of Arco, Idaho, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at Lost River Nursing Home in Arco.
Memorial graveside services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Edgar Cemetery at Edgar with the Rev. Kirk Einspahr officiating. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Branstitre was born June 15, 1901, to John Wesley and Mary Katherine (Perry) Branstitre in Edgar. He attended school through the eighth-grade at Branstitre School House in Clay County. On July 2, 1934, he married Edith Marguerite Elliott in Clay Center. She preceded him in death. He worked as a farm hand for many years before going to work for Phillips Petroleum as a welder in 1934. He retired in June 1966. In 1991 he moved to the Blackfoot and Arco, Idaho, areas.

He was a member of Oddfellows.

Survivors are one son, James E. of Blackfoot, Idaho; one sister, Mildred Root of Hastings; and four stepgrandchildren.

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


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