Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Lucille E. Hancock
Hardy resident Lucille Elaine (Runyan) Hancock, 48, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Dale Bussinger officiating. Burial will be in Davenport Cemetery at Davenport. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral hom e.

Mrs. Hancock was born June 9, 1949, to Vernon and June (VanNuffel) Runyan in Hastings. In 1967 she married Jarvis C. Fayle. In 1991 she married Don Hancock.

Survivors are two sons, Jarvis E. Fayle of Superior and Timothy L. Fayle of Hardy; two brothers, Charlie Runyan and Billy Runyan, both of Hardy; three sisters, Edith Marquart of Byron, Charlotte Miron of East Hartford, Conn., and Nancy Lewellyn of Harvard; and one grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Sherrie Lynn Fayle; one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be sent to the family at Rural Route 2, Box 17A, Superior, NE 68978.
 

Charles A. Hertel
Former Clay Center resident Charles A. Hertel, 55, of Hemit, Calif., died Saturday, March 22, 1997, in Hemit.
Memorial graveside services are 2 p.m. Friday at Clay Center Cemetery at Clay Center with the Rev. Stan Crawford officiating. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hertel was born March 1, 1942, to Louis and Lenore Hertel in Clay Center. He attended Clay Center Public Schools. In 1951 he moved to Grand Island. He later graduated from high school in Grand Island. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincol n. He was an administrator in nursing homes in Humbolt, Iowa, and later Shelby, Ill., until ill health forced him to retire.

Survivors are his mother, Lenore Ragel of York; and one sister, Suzanne Hertel of Hartford, Conn.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepfather, R.A. Ragel.
 

Bert Andersen
Edgar resident Bert Andersen, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at Community Care of Edgar.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Williams Funeral Home in Edgar with Harold Fox officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery.

Mr. Andersen was born April 28, 1905, to Andrew K. and Bertha (Price) Andersen in Oak. He attended Star Rural School south of Oak. He completed his education in Oak. On Feb. 24, 1937, he married Gertrude Hughes in Mankato, Kan. They moved to a farm southwe st of Edgar. In 1975 they retired and moved into Edgar. His wife died June 25, 1992.

He did volunteer work at the Edgar Nursing Home.

Survivors are one brother, Bill of Superior; and one sister, Mabel Korbelik of Nelson.

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

Elsa G. Barnes
Hastings resident Elsa G. Barnes, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Arthur Schakat officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Miss Barnes was born Sept. 2, 1908, to Clarence and Eda (Witzel) Barnes in Reemsville, Kan. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School and Hastings College. She was a lab technician at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital for 40 years. She also taught studen ts at the hospital. She retired in 1966.

Survivors are two sisters, Elva Aufdenkamp of Hastings and Norma Stuckey of Fredrickstown, Mo.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

M. Darlene Meerkatz
Hastings resident M. Darlene (Lampshire) Meerkatz, 67, of Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial will be in Lindale Cemetery near Hordville. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Meerkatz was born June 18, 1930, to Lyman and Goldie (Benson) Lampshire in Hamilton County. On Dec. 1, 1945, she married Willard Meerkatz in Belleville, Kan. In 1978 she moved to Hastings. She was retired from the Hastings Regional Center.

She attended Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion Peace Chapel.

Survivors are one daughter, Sheri Podewitz of Hastings; one son, Gene of Lincoln; three brothers, Merlyn Lampshire of Minden, Donald Lampshire of Hordville and Calmer Lampshire of Central City; and three grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Janet S. Frost
Esbon, Kan., resident Janet S. (Alcorn) Frost, 54, died Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, Kan.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Esbon, Kan., with the Rev. Laura Beth Fricker officiating. Burial will be in Esbon Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Frost was born Nov. 24, 1942, to Gordon and Ilene (Terrill) Alcorn in Beloit, Kan. She grew up in Ionia, Kan. She graduated from Ionia High School in 1960. She was an operator with Southwestern Bell while living in Beloit and later Concordia, Kan. On July 18, 1964, she married William Frost in Ionia. They lived in Smith Center, Kan. She continued to work for Southwestern Bell. In 1967 she and her husband moved to Emporia, Kan. In 1970 they moved to Esbon. After suffering debilitating injuries from an a utomobile accident in 1990, she moved to the long-term care unit at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center.

Survivors are her husband; one daughter, Jill Frost of Manhattan, Kan.; three sons, William Jr. of Esbon, Jack of Tulsa, Okla., and Michael of Manhattan; her parents of Mankato; and three grandchildren.
 

Gene D. Wilkinson
Former Minden resident Gene D. Wilkinson, 72, of Grand Island died Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at his home.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church Gollaher Chapel in Grand Island with the Rev. Delvin Roper officiating. Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. at Osco Cemetery south of Norman. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home in Grand Island. The family will be present from 6-7 p.m.

Mr. Wilkinson was born Aug. 23, 1925, to Ed and Anna (Youngson) Wilkinson in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up on a farm south of Minden. He attended Snowflake School. He graduated from Minden High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-45. He served in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge he attended Kearney State Teachers College. On Aug. 14, 1949, he married Frances Christensen in Minden. He received a bachelor's degree in 1950 and began his 37-year teaching career in Giltner. He taught English in Clay Center from 1951-55 and then taught German in Wahoo. While living in Wahoo, he completed his master's degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1958 he and his wife moved to Grand Island where he taught German at Grand Island Senior High School. He did post-graduate work in German at the Deutsche Sommerschole as Pazifik in Portland, Ore., the University of Colorado and the University of Minnesota. From 1963-69 he was on the faculty at Kearney State College where he taught German, trai ned and supervised student teachers and developed the foreign language laboratory. In 1969 he returned to Grand Island Senior High School where he taught German. He retired in 1987. After retiring he tutored at-risk students at local high schools and at th e Alcoholism and Drug Treatment Center.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island Area Retired Teachers Association, several other retired teacher organizations, American Legion and VFW. He was honored as Nebraska German Teacher in 1984.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Doug of Heartwell; three daughters, Cynthia Wilkinson of Denver, Christine Deter of Red Oak, Iowa, and Carole Glenn of Lincoln; one brother, James of Minden; one sister, Annette Baize of Henderson, Nev.; and seven grandchil dren.

Memorials may be given to the Gene Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Grand Island Area Retired Teachers Association.
 

Florence Hall
Hastings resident Florence (Andersen) Hall, 93, died Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Carl Utley officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Hall was born Jan. 12, 1904, to Nels and Elsie (Sorensen) Andersen in Bladen. On April 15, 1922, she married Lloyd "Dick" Hall. He died July 23, 1977. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are one son, Nels C. of Goleta, Calif.; two daughters, Phyllis Krull of Hastings and Elsie Mays of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; two sisters, Margaret Burge and Pearl Buettgenback, both of Blue Hill; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 24 great -grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Hospice or donor's choice.
 

Kari L. Frerichs
Minden resident Kari Lynn Frerichs, 21, died Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, in a traffic accident north of Minden.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Sandra Leifeste 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.

Miss Frerichs was born Feb. 4, 1976, to Alfred and Harriet (Greening) Frerichs in Minden. She graduated from Minden High School in 1994. She also graduated from Joseph's School of Hair Design in Kearney. She worked at Hastings Book Store in Kearney for one year. She had just begun working at Morris Press in Kearney.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.

Survivors are her parents of Minden; and two brothers, Kevin of Kearney and Keith of Minden.
 

Hilda Johnson
Red Cloud resident Hilda (Mohnike) Johnson, 93, died Monday, Aug. 25, 1997, at Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud.
Memorial services are 10 a.m. Friday at Wesleyan Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Mike Lehr officiating. Burial will be in Red Cloud Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson was born March 21, 1904, to Henry and Flora (Fox) Mohnike in Sutton. She attended rural school in Clay County. On July 14, 1924, she married Ray Johnson in Smith Center, Kan. They farmed northwest of Sutton. In 1967 they moved to Cheyenne, Wyo ., where they retired. In 1991 they moved to Red Cloud.

Survivors are her husband; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Verenna Johnson; and one son, Gary.
 

Greta J. Dice
Wakeeney, Kan., resident Greta Joyce Dyce, 60, died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, at Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony Campus, in Hays, Kan.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wakeeney with the Revs. Randy Gibbs and Jeff Ungs officiating. Burial will be in Wakeeney City Cemetery.

Survivors are her husband, one son, John F. Dice II of Hastings; four daughters; two brothers; three sisters; and nine grandchildren.
 

Harold J. Griess
Friday, Aug. 29, 1997
Sutton resident Harold J. Griess, 85, died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 
 

Curtis J. Griess
Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997
Former Sutton resident Curtis J. Griess, 79, of Grand Island died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. 
 

Eldon W. Grout
Mankato, Kan., resident Eldon W. Grout, 78, died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, at Jewell County Hospital in Mankato.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato with the Rev. Frank DeFisher officiating. The remains were cremated. Melby Mortuary of Mankato is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Grout was born Jan. 19, 1919, to Glenn E. Sr. and Mildred Marie (Mizner) Grout in Highland Township, Kan. On. Sept. 4, 1938, he married Jeannie P. Daniels at Salina, Kan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 during World War II. He retired from Denver Community College where he worked in the bookstore.

He attended Harmony United Methodist Church in Mankato and was a member of American Legion Post No. 58 in Topeka, Kan.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Michelle DeGroot of Denver and Marsha Ramich of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one son, Michael of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Glenn Jr. of Mankato; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the bell choir fund of Harmony Methodist Church.
 

Jacquen M. Maixner
Former Deweese resident Jacquen M. (Smith) Maixner, 63, of Kearney died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Rosary was to be at 2:30 p.m. and services were to be at 3 p.m., both today, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church near Deweese with the Rev. Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial was to be in St. Martin's Cemetery near Deweese. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Maixner was born Oct. 20, 1933, to Frank and Josie (Cash) Smith in Kearney. She attended Kearney schools. She married Fred Maixner and they farmed near Deweese for 35 years.

Survivors are her husband; one son, Don Patsios of Kearney; two sisters, Joan Lammers of Burwell and Benita Spaulding of Franklin; and one brother, Donald Smith of Elm Creek.

She was preceded in death by one son, Andrew Patsios.
 

Paul A. Steinke
Hastings resident Paul A. Steinke, 61, of 1200 Country Club Drive, died Friday, Aug. 29, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Revs. Harold Stromer and Kathleen Kasper officiating. Brand-Wilson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Steinke was born Dec. 23, 1935, to Paul B. and Emma (Spickermann) Steinke in West Allis, Wis. He graduated from high school in West Allis in 1953 and attended the University of Wisconsin. On Oct. 19, 1957, he married Barbara Hynnek in West Allis. From 1958-63, he was district service representative for Chrysler Corp. in the Kansas City, Mo., zone and district sales manager from 1964-66. From 1966-84, he owned and operated Great Plains Chrysler Plymouth Dodge in Hastings. At the time of his death, he owned and operated Paul Steinke's Auto World in Hastings.

He was a member of Hastings Sertoma Club and served as president in 1969. He was a member of Hastings Rotary Club since 1983 and was a board member of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce for three years. He was a member of Lochland Country Club since 1967, president in 1973 and a board member four years. He was a member of National Automobile Dealers Association for 18 years, Nebraska New Car Dealers Association for 18 years, president in 1973 and a board member seven years; Chrysler Corp. Advertising Association 12 years and secretary-treasurer eight years; New Car Service Board four years and president in 1980-81.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Lynn Hohlen of Juniata; two sons, Jeff of Woodland Park, Colo., and Mark of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
 

Helen H. Kinney
Franklin resident Helen H. (Swanson) Kinney, 85, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Dean R. Joy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. until services Thursday.

Mrs. Kinney was born July 20, 1912, to Arthur and Kate (Kneher) Swanson at Norman. She attended school at Norman. On April 5, 1930, she married Everett Kinney in Kearney. They lived in Campbell until moving to a farm near Kearney in 1942. In 1960, they moved to Kearney, where they lived until moving to Franklin in 1973. Her husband died Jan. 15, 1994.

She was a member of United Methodist Church of Franklin and the auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2722 in Kearney.

Survivors are three daughters, Joan Anderson of Cook, Joyce Imel of Aurora, Colo., and Janice Killough of Kearney; two sisters, Doris Griffith of Denver and Verna Brady of Ogden, Utah; one brother, Cecil Swanson of Donna, Texas; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters.
 

Wanda F. Lorence
Esbon, Kan., resident Wanda Faye (Davis) Lorence, 58, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Esbon with the Rev. Laura Fricker officiating. Burial will be in Esbon Cemetery in Esbon. Visitation is until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Simmons Mortuary of Smith Center, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lorence was born May 11, 1939, to Wilbur and Alta (Rezabek) Davis in Lucas, Kan. On Nov. 18, 1962, she married Doyle Lorence. He died in 1991. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of United Methodist Church of Esbon.

Survivors are two sons, Dwayne and Darren, both of Lebanon, Kan.; her parents of Lucas; two sisters, Lona Davis and Donna Davis, both of Lucas; and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to United Methodist Church in Esbon.
 

Wilma D. Shafer
Hastings resident Wilma D. (Campbell) Shafer, 83, of 621 Lane F died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Revs. Jurdan Counts and Manick Samuel officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Trumbull. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Shafer was born Aug. 4, 1914, to Lee and Matie (Reber) Campbell in Byron. On Feb. 24, 1937, she married Lester V. Shafer. He died May 19, 1989. She was a homemaker. She lived in the Trumbull and Hastings areas all her life.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's Group and 4 Cs Club, all in Trumbull, and Good Sam's camping club in Hastings.

Survivors are one son, Kenneth of Trumbull; two daughters, Sherilyn Larson of Aurora and Karen Bloomfield of Fremont; two brothers, Gene Campbell of Doniphan and Bob Campbell of Hastings; two sisters, Betty Adkins of Overland Park, Kan., and Maxine Ferebee of Moses Lake, Wash.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 

Walter A. Thompson
Minden resident Walter A. Thompson, 85, died Saturday at Kearney County Health Services in Minden.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Thompson was born March 17, 1912, to Fred and Mary Ann (Petersen) Thompson in Adams County. He grew up near Roseland and attended rural schools. He went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad in 1936. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942-45 during World War II. On Aug. 7, 1945, he married Marjorie Beck in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad in Minden, Wilsonville, Atlanta and Holdrege and in Otis, Colo., until he retired in 1974 and moved to Minden.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Lonnie of Arvada, Colo., and Doug of Hastings; one daughter, Mary Legleiter of Garden City, Kan.; four brothers, Edward of Gibbon, Fred of Seward, Raymond of Wichita, Kan., and LeRoy of Lincoln; two sisters, Evelyn Smith of Gibbon and Martha Prichard of Seattle, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

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

Goldie E. White
Franklin resident Goldie E. (Wittmer) White, 85, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Dean R. Joy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until services Tuesday.

Mrs. White was born Oct. 9, 1911, to John and Bernice (Evans) Wittmer in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended school in Fort Dodge until she was 14. She moved to Walsenberg, Colo., and attended high school. On July 6, 1929, she married Ray G. White in Trinidad, Colo. They homesteaded near Walsenberg. In 1948, they moved to a farm six miles south of Bloomington in Smith County, Kan. In 1980, they retired and moved to Franklin. Her husband died Feb. 25, 1996.

She was a member of United Methodist Church and Rebekah Lodge No. 173, both in Franklin.

Survivors are one son, Ray Jr. of Franklin; two daughters, Christine Cornelius of Manhattan, Kan., and Ann Strebig of San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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


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