Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Irven F. Blauvelt
Holdrege resident Irven F. Blauvelt, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, in Holdrege.
Rosary is 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege. Burial will be in Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters; four sons, including Terry of Hastings; six sisters; one brother; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
 

Perry R. Fitzsimmons
Minden resident Perry Richard Fitzsimmons, 90, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday 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. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Fitzsimmons was born Sept. 6, 1906, to John S. and Nellie M. (Chambers) Fitzsimmons in Elwood. He graduated from Elwood High School and attended Kearney State College. He married Hazel Rasmussen. In 1939 they moved to Minden where they owned and operated Fitzsimmons Furniture. He served in World War II. He retired in 1989 and moved to Bethany Home.

He was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church where he was choir director for many years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 127 in Minden and York Rites and Tehama Temple, both of Hastings. He was a member of the marching band and Jesters of the Tehama Temple.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, John Michael of Minden and Richard S. of Albuquerque, N.M.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother.
 

Lorma M. Janssen
Franklin resident Lorma M. (Wessels) Janssen, 74, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, in a vehicle accident near Westerville in Custer County.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Dean Joy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Janssen was born March 2, 1923, to Anton and Pearl (Smith) Wessels on a farm near Franklin. She lived in California for a short time as a young child. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1941. On Sept. 8, 1941, she married Martin Janssen in Topeka, Kan. They farmed south of Franklin. In 1949 they moved to a farm north of Franklin. In 1991 they retired and moved into Franklin. Her husband died Dec. 9, 1994.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Hillside Extension Club.

Survivors are one son, Gary of Franklin; one daughter, Bonnie Goebel of Franklin; three brothers, Harold Wessels of Truth or Consequences, N.M., Harry Wessels of Cairo and Melvin Wessels of Texas; one sister, Mabel Rhubottom of Truth or Consequences; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Ramona Strickland
Former Hastings resident Ramona M. (Gates) Strickland, 52, of Lincoln died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, in Lincoln.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln with the Revs. Dr. Otis Young, John Smeltzer and Robert Giles officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery at Lincoln. Visitation is until noon Tuesday at Roper and Sons Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mrs. Strickland was born Feb. 1, 1945, to Amos and Harriette (Bush) Gates in Grand Island. She married Robert Strickland. They lived in Hastings where her husband worked for the Nebraska Highway Patrol. They moved to Lincoln from Hastings in 1983. She was a secretary at First Plymouth Congregational Church.

She was a member of First Plymouth Congregational Church.

Survivors are her husband; two sons, Ryan S. of Thornton, Colo., and Trent A. of Lincoln; one daughter, Kari E. Strickland of Lincoln; her mother, of Lincoln; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Raymond J. Rupp
Hastings resident Raymond J. Rupp, 85, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Memorial services are Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rupp was born March 4, 1912, to Leo and Henrietta Rupp in Quincy, Ill. He moved to Hastings from Clinton, Iowa, in 1973. He was a salesman for Fleming Manufacturing Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.

He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and the Elks Club.

Survivors are two daughters, Carol Petersen of Grand Island and Kathy Rupp of Wichita, Kan.; three sons, Michael of Clinton, Iowa, Gregory of California and David of Bakersfield, Calif.; one sister, Dorothy Rupp of Quincy; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He also was preceded in death by on brother and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Edna A. Swanstrom
Hastings resident Edna A. (Kapperman) Swanstrom, 82, of 517 Lane D died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at GSV All Saints Chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial will be in Nora Cemetery at Nora. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home.

Mrs. Swanstrom was born Sept. 19, 1914, to Herman and Hanaretta (Lipker) Kapperman in Carleton. On June 19, 1937, she married Arthur Swanstrom in Mankato, Kan. They moved to Hastings from Oak in 1983. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of GSV All Saints Chapel and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors are her husband; two sons, Harold of Hastings and Elroy of Arvada, Colo.; one brother, Ernest Kapperman of Deshler; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to GSV all Saints Chapel.
 

Sara Nelson
Former Clay Center resident Sara Nelson, 53, of Manassas, Va., died Friday, June 6, 1997, in Manassas.
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Clay Center Cemetery at Clay Center with the Rev. J. Waldo Greer officiating. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nelson was born June 5, 1944. She graduated from Wesleyan University in Lincoln. She was a homemaker. She married Ken Nelson.

Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Julie Stringley of Billings, Mont.; one son, Ryan of Illinois; and her mother, Virginia Long of Omaha.
 

Mildred B. Peirce
Former Kenesaw resident Mildred B. (Peck) Peirce, 85, of Victor, Mont., died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at her home.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Whitesitt Funeral Home chapel in Stevensville, Mont. Burial will be in Victor Cemetery at Victor.

Mrs. Peirce was born July 22, 1912, to Orin and Nora (Bradshaw) Peck in Kenesaw. She lived on a farm near Denman. She attended Denman school through the 10th grade. On March 16, 1935, she married James E. Peirce in Grand Island. They lived on the Doc Johnson farm west of Shelton. They later moved to a farm in the Wood River area. In 1959 they moved to Montana. They lived in Toston and Townsend before moving to Helena. In 1964 they moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Victor. Her husband preceded her in death.

She was a member of Florence Bible Church.

Survivors are one son, Martin of Victor; one daughter, Janice Rathman of Wood River; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by an infant sister and one grandchild.
 

Mary A. Moore
Hastings resident Mary A. (Teder) Tull Moore, 87, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery at Sutton. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Moore was born Oct. 24, 1909, to Alexander and Tyne (Toppilia) Teder in New York City. She married Anton Tull. He preceded her in death. She later married Ralph Moore. He also preceded her in death. She was an aide at Sutton Community Home for 10 years. In 1995 she moved to Hastings.

Survivors are one daughter, Marilyn Steinacker of Stuttgart, Germany; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Ronald.

Memorials may be given to Sutton Community Home or Good Samaritan Village.
 

Darlene Schmidt
Former Red Cloud resident Darlene (Horton) Schmidt, 66, of Cairo died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo with the Rev. William Voelker officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Cairo. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Apfel Funeral Home in Cairo.

Mrs. Schmidt was born Nov. 4, 1930, to Royce and Nora (Beardslee) Horton in Jewell County, Kan. She attended school in Red Cloud, graduating in 1948. She worked at a hardware store in Red Cloud. On April 26, 1951, she married Wayne Schmidt in Red Cloud. They lived in Campbell. In 1966 they moved to Cairo. She worked in the Wood River High School cafeteria for 19 years, retiring in 1988.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and its quilting club.

Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Connie Stromer of Doniphan; one son, Mark of Shawnee, Kan.; one brother, Melvin Horton of Kearney; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donald; and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.
 

Thomas A. Tanner
Hastings resident Thomas A. Tanner, 50, of 1329 W. Fourth St. died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Lincoln.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Sam Rathod officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens north of Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Tanner was born Dec. 28, 1946, to Bliss E. and Alene (Thompson) Tanner in Hastings. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1967-69. He was a member of the 54th Infantry Division of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Sharpshooter Badge, Marksmanship Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. He returned to Hastings. He was a brakeman for Burlington Northern Railroad.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his mother of Hastings; two brothers, Richard of Bellingham, Wash., and Robert of Hastings; and one sister, Anne Cantrell of Bellingham.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or the family.
 

Norman D. Ross
Former Hastings resident Norman Dale Ross, 51, of Pearce, Ariz., died Monday, July 28, 1997, at his home.
Services were Aug. 2 at Tucker Funeral Home chapel in Goodyear, Ariz. His remains were cremated. Burial will be at a later date.

Mr. Ross was born May 5, 1946, to Stephen and Ethel "Pat" (McCoy) Ross in Sioux City, Iowa.

Survivors are one daughter, Melanie of California; his father of Wheatland, Mo.; his mother, Pat Scott of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight sisters, Roberta Theesen and Joyce Schmidt, both of Hastings, Tina Gallegas of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mary Ross, Zazel Dallmann, Judy Sylvia, Debra Barela and Kathy Wells, all of Phoenix; two brothers, George and Kevin, both of Phoenix; and one grandchild.
 

Hildreth M. Russell
Superior resident Hildreth Marie (Morris) Russell, 92, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, in Superior.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Webber, Kan., with the Rev. Karen E. Weakley officiating. Burial will be in Webber Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mrs. Russell was born April 23, 1905, to Joseph and Letha (Griffin) Morris on a farm near Jewell, Kan. She attended rural school near Randall, Kan., and Lovewell Grade and High schools. She graduated from Randall High School in 1924. On Jan. 27, 1932, she married Charlie L. Russell in Smith Center, Kan. He died Aug. 24, 1990. She lived in Lovewell, Formoso, Randall, Rubens, and Webber, all in Kansas, before moving to Superior three years ago.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, WSCS of Webber, EHU Homemakers Club and Ruben's Club.

Survivors are two daughters, Bonnie Poole and Rita Ordich, both of Superior; two brothers, Keith of Longview, Wash., and Arden of Webber; three brothers, Don Morris of Basin, Wyo., Pete Morris of St. Helens, Ore., and Jack Morris of Mankato, Kan.; one sister, Dorothy Layton of Randall; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Webber United Methodist Church.
 

Robert L. Taylor
Hastings resident Robert Lee Taylor, 77, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
There will be no services. Private family burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Brand-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Taylor was born April 24, 1920, to Henry and Mary (Green) Taylor in Williamson, Tenn. He was a shoe shine man in California for many years. His clientele included many Hollywood stars. He moved to Hastings due to ill health.

He was a member of 30th Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where he was a deacon.

Survivors are two daughters, Anita Taylor of Nashville, Tenn., and Lecia Womak of Hastings; one son, Robert of Dallas; two sisters, Mary Mitchel and Dorothy Merritt, both of Nashville; two brothers, Ollie and Howard, both of Nashville; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Edwin J. 'Ed' Bleyhl
Blue Hill resident Edwin John "Ed" Bleyhl, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at Haven Home in Kenesaw.
Rosary is 10:15 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hastings with the Rev. David F. Bourek officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery at Hastings. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings and prior to services Saturday at the church.

Mr. Bleyhl was born June 6, 1908, to Henry and Alvina (Schwartz) Bleyhl in Snyder. On Oct. 2, 1930, he married Veronica Malloy in Snyder. They farmed in Dodge County until 1938. They moved to Fremont where he was an electrician. In 1943 they moved to Omaha. He was employed by the Nebraska Public Power District. In 1952 he was promoted to dispatcher of the Hastings office. He retired in 1970. He also co-owned Whirla-Whip and Chubbyville fast food restaurant in Hastings from 1953-80. In 1975 they moved to Blue Hill. His wife died March 17, 1995.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Blue Hill. He also was a member of the Elks, Eagles, Knights of Columbus and Holiday Ramblers.

Survivors are two daughters, Rita Goodenough of Fremont and Marilyn Schneider of Hastings; two sisters, Sylvia Braun of Silverdale, Wash., and Mabel Waite of Roswell, N.M.; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to St. Michael's Catholic Church or Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
 
 

Eva N. Huebner
Former Hastings resident Eva N. (Van Slyke) Huebner, 84, of Grand Island died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at Skilled Nursing Unit of St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Livingston-Sonderman Funeral Home chapel in Grand Island with the Rev. Jerry Quandt officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery at Scotia. Visitation is 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Huebner was born March 3, 1913, to Henry and Anna (Ludington) Van Slyke in Ord. She attended rural school near Ord. On Sept. 22, 1941, she married Ralph Huebner in St. Paul. They lived in North Loup. In 1945 they moved to Lincoln. She was a psychiatric technician at the Lincoln Regional Center. In 1969 they moved to Hastings where she was a psychiatric technician at the Hastings Regional Center. She retired in 1977 and they moved to Grand Island. Her husband died May 13, 1982.

She was a member of the Methodist faith.

Survivors are one son, Daniel Huebner of Hastings; one sister, Evelene Day of Grand Island; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Ralph H.; one sister and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to St. Francis Hospice.
 
 

Esther R. Yelken
Former Franklin county resident Esther R. (Velte) Yelken, 92, of Holdrege died Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at Phelps County Hospital in Holdrege.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Dean Joy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Yelken was born Sept. 25, 1904, to Henry and Kathryn Velte on a farm near Eustis. She attended grade school in Dawson County. On June 29, 1932, she married John C. "Pete" Yelken in Fairbury. They farmed in the Spring Valley community near Riverton. Her husband died Jan. 12, 1979. She moved to Franklin in 1981 and to Methodist Homes in Holdrege in 1989.

She was a member of Spring Valley Methodist Church, later transferring her membership to United Methodist Church in Franklin. She also was a member of the Spring Valley Extension Club.

Survivors are one daughter, Kathryn Vandell of Holdrege; one sister, Lena Buchholz of Lexington; one brother, Wesley Velte of Lexington; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Joseph McReynolds
Edgar resident Joseph E. McReynolds, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at Aurora Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Williams Funeral Home chapel in Edgar with the Rev. Rick Cepris officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery.

Mr. McReynolds was born April 18, 1920, to Elzy B. and Mattie (Stewart) McReynolds on a farm near Fairfield. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1938. On Sept. 21, 1940, he married Eula Taylor in Belleville, Kan. They farmed in Clay County. In 1957 they moved to the Edgar area.

He was a member of Church of the Plains and a 19-year member of the Edgar Fire Department. He served on the Rural Fire Board for 28 years and was president for the last nine years. He was past president of the Clay County Livestock Feeders and was honored as the 1989 Long Time Feeder.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Keith of Tempe, Ariz., and Joseph Wayne of Edgar; one brother, Max of Lincoln; and seven grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Church of the Plains and Edgar Fire Department and EMTs.
 
 

John Blair
Hastings resident John Blair, 80, of No. 98, Smitty's Plaza died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Walter Bye officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Blair was born July 17, 1917, to Frank L. and Caroline (Kirtley) Blair in Amistad, N.M. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Central Europe and the Aleutian Islands. He earned two Bronze Service Stars while serving with the Anti-Tank Co. 386th Infantry. On Sept. 24, 1956, he married Barbara Jean Hickson in Clovis, N.M. He moved to Hastings from Farwell, Texas, in 1956. He was a warehouse foreman at Aurora Pump in Hastings.

He was a member of the Eagles.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Joy Lea Willard and Jean Ann Anderson, both of Hastings; and three grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family.
 
 

Joe R. Anderson
Friday, Aug. 15, 1997
Former Hastings resident Joe R. Anderson, 62, of Lincoln died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 
 

Byrl D. Busboom
Former Fairfield resident Byrl Dean Busboom, 75, of Washington, Ind., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 1997, at Daviess County Hospital in Washington.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gill Funeral Home chapel in Washington with the Rev. Kathleen Weller officiating. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens in Washington. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Busboom was born Feb. 26, 1922, to Ernest and Cecil (Cornell) Busboom in Sidney. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1940. On Feb. 27, 1946, he married Donna Jean Belcher. He served in World War II as a military policeman in the African and Italian campaigns. He worked for NWSC Crane. He retired in 1981 after 38 years of service.

He was a member of American Legion, VFW, of which he was past commander, and 40/8 Club in Vincennes, Ind.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Connie Larkin of Kayenta, Ariz., and Donna Harms of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Lowell of Indianapolis, Ind., and Neal Busboom of Washington; one brother, Orval Busboom of Deweese; and six grandchildren.

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


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