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Hazel D. Smidt
Former Hebron resident Hazel D. (Blodgett) Malone Smidt, 78, of Homer died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital after a brief illness.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home chapel in South Sioux City with the Rev. Roger Miller officiating. Burial will be in Lyons City Cemetery at Lyons. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today.

Mrs. Smidt was born Nov. 4, 1918, to William and Ora (Putman) Blodgett in Farnam. She graduated from high school. On June 13, 1935, she married William A. Malone in Pawnee City. He died April 15, 1993, in Omaha. She later married Paul Smidt. She was a cook at various restaurants in Nebraska including Blue Valley Green Thumb in Hebron. She retired in 1993 and moved to Homer.

Survivors are five sons, Jack Malone of Ogallala, James Malone and Jerry Malone, both of Fremont, Terry Malone of Hebron and William Malone of Holdrege; one daughter, Leona Jenkins of Homer; one sister, Helen Canning; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Maggie B. Todd
Former Hastings resident Maggie Belle Todd, 101, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at IHS Nursing Care Services in Port Charlotte.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Englewood United Methodist Church in Englewood, Fla. Burial will be in Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood. Lemon Bay Funeral Home of Englewood is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Todd was born Aug. 8, 1896, in Ontario, Canada. She married John Todd. He preceded her in death. She was a third-grade teacher at Lincoln School in Hastings for many years. She moved to Englewood in 1959 from Ferndale, Mich.

She was a member of Englewood United Methodist Church and its Rebekah Circle. She also was a member of Lemon Bay Women's Club.
 

Harry Alexander
Harvard resident Harry Alexander, 98, died Monday, Sept. 8, 1997, at Harvard Rest Haven.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at United Church of Christ in Harvard with the Rev. Stanley Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Harvard Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home in Harvard.

Mr. Alexander was born Jan. 28, 1899, to Elias and Emma (Clark) Alexander in Jackson. On July 17, 1923, he married Elsie Muth. In 1953 they moved to Harvard from Hastings. He was employed at the Naval Ammunition Depot. He later was an aide at the Hastings Regional Center. He retired in 1969. His wife died in 1988.

Survivors are one daughter, Darlene Schueler of Harvard; four sons, Robert and Larry, both of Harvard, Sherman of Watsonville, Calif., and Harry Jr. of Hastings; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one son, two daughters and eight siblings.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Ruth E. Alexander
Red Lodge, Mont., resident Ruth E. (Hull) Alexander, 91, died Monday, Sept. 8, 1997, in Red Lodge.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge. Her remains were cremated. Burial will be at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery at Big Timber, Mont.

Survivors are four daughters, including June Ewart of Hastings; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
 

Doris Zook
Cozad resident Doris (Nilsson) Zook, 77, died Monday, Sept. 8, 1997, in Cozad. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Cozad. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad. Berryman Funeral Home of Cozad is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband; three daughters, including Ann Martin of Doniphan; one sister; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.
 

Marko Haggard
Former Hastings resident Marko Haggard, 73, of Portland, Ore., died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, of congestive heart failure in Portland.
Memorial services were Aug. 28 at the Old Church in Portland. His remains were cremated. Wilhelm Funeral Home of Portland was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Haggard was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Hastings. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas. He taught at Kansas State and North Dakota State. He was a Carnegie Fellow at the University of Oregon in 1950. He arrived at Portland State College, now Portland State University, in 1954. He taught political science. In 1966 he took a leave of absence to join Gov. Tom McCall's staff as an administrative assistant responsible for economic opportunity programs. In 1969 he was made ombudsman. He held that position until 1971. He went to work for the state Board of Education to design local and state government courses for kindergarten through community college. In 1973 he returned to PSU. He retired in the late 1980s. He also was host of a radio talk show about current affairs in the 1960s. Until the mid-1990s he delivered editorials on KATU-TV.

In 1966 the Portland State Alumni Association honored him for inspirational service to PSU students and to Oregon citizens.

Survivors are his wife, Susan; two sons, Mark and Greg, both of Portland; one daughter, Jody Ruff-Harcourt of Oakland, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Kaiser Hospice or Cannon Beach Children's Center, P.O. Box 596, Cannon Beach, OR 97110.
 

Alice E. Stuhmer
Hastings resident Alice E. (Wilken) Stuhmer, 85, of 1117 S. Hastings Ave. died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Harold Stromer officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation is noon-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stuhmer was born Jan. 18, 1912, to William and Charlotte (Lindau) Wilken in Hildreth. She graduated from Hildreth High School in 1930. On Oct. 10, 1934, she married Wilhelm "William" Stuhmer. They lived in North Platte for 25 years before moving to Hastings in 1971. Her husband died May 13, 1995.

She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Survivors are two daughters, Marlene Garrity of Danville, Calif., and Gloria Lange of Hastings; one son, Roger of Omaha; one brother, Walter Wilken of Kearney; and six grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers.

Memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Opportunity House.
 

Clair 'Red' Sumstine
Minden resident Clair "Red" Sumstine, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, at Long Term Care Unit of Kearney County Health Service in Minden.
Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Treat officiating. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Friday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Sumstine was born June 23, 1923, to Samuel and Edith (Mapes) Sumstine in Kenesaw. He grew up in the Kenesaw area. He graduated from Kenesaw High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On June 23, 1945, he married Harriet Timm. They lived in Kenesaw. He was a mechanic. In 1951 they moved to Minden. He was a mechanic for Bauer Motors. In 1957 he opened Red's Auto Repair. He retired in 1980. In 1983 he moved to the Nebraska Veteran's Home in Grand Island. He returned to Minden last week after suffering a massive stroke.

Survivors are one son, Michael of Minden; two daughters, Margaret Jorgensen of Hastings and Cheryl Sumstine of Everett, Wash.; two sisters, Agnes Duncan of Lakewood, Colo., and Goldie Ashby of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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

Delores 'Dee Dee' Bonham
Former Hastings resident Delores "Dee Dee" (McDonald) Bonham, 60, of Piedmont, Calif., died Sunday, Aug. 17, 1997, in Berkeley, Calif.
Memorial services were Aug. 20 at Piedmont Community Church in Piedmont.

Mrs. Bonham was born Nov. 8, 1936, to D.G. and June McDonald in Hastings. She moved to the California Bay Area as a child. She attended the Anna Head School in Berkeley. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet Academy from 1952-54. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 1954 and from Stanford University in 1958. She was a senior sales associate with Pacific Union Residential Brokerage in Oakland. She formerly was the executive director of the California State Parks Foundation.

She was an active and influential volunteer for many Bay Area arts organizations. She was chairwoman of the board of the Oakland Ballet and helped establish the dance company. She was on the executive board of the Oakland Symphony and on the boards of the University of California Art Museum and the Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Survivors are her husband, John L.; one son, John C. of Piedmont; and one brother, Craig Alan McDonald of Santa Monica, Calif.

Memorials may be given to the Oakland Ballet Delores Bonham Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society.
 

Loretta A. Ostdiek
Former Lawrence resident Loretta A. Ostdiek, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill.
Rosary is 11 a.m. and services are 11:30 a.m., both Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery east of Lawrence. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ostdiek was born Nov. 9, 1904, to Frank and Frances (Weinzinger) Britten in Guide Rock. She graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1922. She taught in rural schools for many years. On June 18, 1930, she married Ernest Ostdiek at St. Stephen's Catholic Church south of Lawrence. They farmed near Lawrence until 1995 when they moved to Blue Hill.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She also was a member of Cornerettes Extension Club and was a past Nuckolls County 4-H leader.

Survivors are her husband; two sons, LaVerne of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ronald of Blue Hill; one daughter, Dolores Morrison of Howells; two sisters, Mary Hipsher of Longmont, Colo., and Clara McCaffrey of Overland Park, Kan.; one brother, Elmer Britten of Superior; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Darrell Lee; twin sisters and one great-grandchild.
 

Darleen Keen
Minden resident Darleen Clara Anna (Albers) Keen, 77, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 1997, at Long Term Care at Kearney County Health Services in Minden.
Memorial services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Pioneer Village Church in Minden with the Rev. Wilton Lee officiating. Her remains have been donated to the State Anatomical Board in Omaha.

Mrs. Keen was born Aug. 2, 1920, to Fred and Clara (Werth) Albers on a farm northeast of Minden. She attended country school through the eighth grade. She graduated from Minden High School in 1938. She was a live-in nanny in Lexington. She later returned to Minden to help her brother raise his daughter. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she worked in a defense plant and later as a long-distance switchboard operator. She returned to Minden. On March 20, 1946, she married LaVern Keen. They lived on a farm near Minden. They raised chickens for 3 1/2 years. In 1948 they moved into Minden. Due to failing health she moved to Long Term Care 2 1/2 years ago. Her husband died in January 1997.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden and its Ladies Aid Society. She was a past member of the Ruth Society.

Survivors are four sons, Melvin of Snowflake, Ariz., Merlin of Minden, Allen of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Armin of Roy, Wash.; two daughters, Rose Marie Brown of Omaha and Sylvia Sawyer of Indianola; three brothers, Wilfred Albers, Erwin Albers and Edgar Albers, all of Minden; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers and one grandchild.
 

Louise M. Brown
Minden resident Louise M. (McCall) Brown, 87, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 1997, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Becker 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.

Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 6, 1910, to Rex and Frances (Ward) McCall near Red Cloud. She moved with her family to Lincoln as a small child. She graduated from Jackson High School in Lincoln. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1932 she married Neal W. Brown. She was executive secretary to the superintendent of Lincoln State Hospital until retiring. In 1983 she moved to Minden.

She was a member of United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, both in Minden.

Survivors are one daughter, Nancy Werth of Minden; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister.
 

William C. Kennedy
Hastings resident William C. Kennedy, 79, of The Kensington, suite 314, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services were to be at 2 p.m. today at Crosby-Kunold-Burket-Swanson Golden Colonial Chapel in Omaha with the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond officiating. Private family burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha at a later date. Butler-Volland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kennedy was born July 20, 1918, to Howard Jr. and Mary (Cunningham) Kennedy in Omaha. He graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1937. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942-45. He received his law degree from Creighton University in 1947. On Jan. 3, 1948, he married Elizabeth Day in Superior. He worked most of his career for Mutual of Omaha in the claims division. In 1963 they moved from Omaha to Little Rock, Ark. He managed the Mutual of Omaha service office. In 1970 he was transferred back to Omaha. He retired in 1980. In March 1996 he and his wife moved to Hastings.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, Nebraska Bar Association, Nebraska Historical Society, Douglas County Historical Society, Amnesty International, Thomas Hardy Society, Nebraska Ornithological Union and Kennedy Society of America.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Bradford D. of Lexington, Ky.; three daughters, Katherine Wyrill and Sarah Wyrill, both of Kirwin, Kan., and Jean Cashoili of Doniphan; one sister, Elizabeth Kennedy Dondore of Minneapolis, Minn.; and nine grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Alzheimer's Association.
 

Edna Mulder
Roseland resident Edna (Nissen) Mulder, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel in Hastings with the Rev. Beverly Minor officiating. Burial will be in Roseland Cemetery at Roseland. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Mulder was born May 28, 1913, to Christian and Jennie (Liston) Nissen in Roseland. On April 4, 1936, she married Joseph Mulder. He died Aug. 4. 1992. She was a lifelong resident of Roseland.

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

Survivors are one son, Burdette of Doniphan; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Community Care of Blue Hill Bird Aviary Fund.
 

Bertram Christensen
Former Nelson resident Bertram T. Christensen, 78, of Fremont died Friday, Sept. 12, 1997, at Arbor Manor in Fremont.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Presbyterian Church in Fremont with the Rev. Stephen J. Brownlee officiating. Private family burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont. There will be no viewing at the church.

Mr. Christensen was born Dec. 10, 1918, to Thorvald and Rose (Sorensen) Christensen in Dannebrog. He grew up in St. Paul, graduating from St. Paul High School in 1937. He attended Creighton University in Omaha. On Nov. 23, 1938, he married J. Fredrica "Freddy" Primrose in St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul, Nelson, Grand Island, Wahoo and Mead before moving to Fremont in 1950. They also briefly lived in Shenandoah, Iowa, and Franklin. He worked for Pfister Farm Store in Fremont, Henry Fields Garden Center in Shenandoah and Continental Care Centers in Franklin and Omaha. After retiring from Continental Care Centers in 1983, he worked as a long-term health care consultant. His wife died in November 1996.

He was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Fremont where he was an active leader in children's ministry. He served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Health Care Association.

Survivors are two daughters, Barbara Patrick of Harvard, and Linda Heyen of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; one son, Richard of Hastings; one sister, Marilynn Bell of Fayetteville, Ark.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to The Presbyterian Church.
 

Madge C. Walsh
Former Alexandria resident Madge C. (Pletcher) Walsh, 98, of Ontario, Ore., died Thursday, Sept. 11, 1997, in Ontario.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with the Rev. William Grant officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home chapel in Hebron and 11 a.m. until services Wednesday at the church.

Mrs. Walsh was born July 9, 1899, to William and Sarah (Lilley) Pletcher in Daykin. She married Francis N. Walsh. He preceded her in death. She was a retired librarian of Alexandria Public Library.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary and Alexandria Community Club, all of Alexandria.

Survivors are three sons, Keith of Pawnee City, Wayne of Papillion and Perry of Great Falls, Mont.; one daughter, Ruth DeLong of Vale, Ore.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Dale; two brothers and two sisters.

Memorials may be given to Alexandria Public Library or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
 

Tena M. Dobbins
Red Cloud resident Tena M. (Shigley) Dobbins, 98, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Jewell County, Kan.

Mrs. Dobbins was born Nov. 15, 1898, to Chester and Mary (Weaver) Shigley in Lebanon, Kan. She attended rural school. On July 14, 1919, she married Everett J. Dobbins in Nelson. They farmed three miles west of Northbranch, Kan., for 44 years. In 1963 they retired and moved into Red Cloud. Her husband died Aug. 20, 1982.

Survivors are one daughter, Violet Merrill of Guide Rock; and one sister, Josephine Gouldie of Smith Center, Kan.

She also was preceded in death by four sisters.
 

Evelyn M. Johnson
Minden resident Evelyn M. (Schroder) Johnson, 76, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997, at Long Term Care Unit of Kearney County Health Services in Minden.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Sandra Leifeste officiating. Burial will be in Upland Cemetery at Upland. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 23, 1920, to Alvin and Sophia (Dunse) Schroder in Wilcox. She attended school in Upland. On Jan. 3, 1938, she married Raymond Johnson in Norton, Kan. He preceded her in death. She was a lifelong resident of the Upland and Minden areas.

Survivors are two sons, Ronald of Lincoln and Larry of Minden; one daughter, Barbara Venturi of Evansville, Ind.; three sisters, Gwen Johnson of Upland, Beverly Fritson of Minden and Beth Lynch of Wilcox; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

A memorial fund has been established.
 

Elbert L. Shelton
Burr Oak, Kan., resident Elbert L. Shelton, 74, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997, at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kan.
There will be no services. His remains were cremated. His ashes will be scattered in the mountains at Morrison, Colo. Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shelton was born Sept. 3, 1923, to Howard and Mattie (Wresler) Shelton on his parents' homestead near Fort Knox, Ky. He served in the U.S. Navy. On June 15, 1967, he married Leota June Collins in Vine Grove, Ky. He lived in Radcliff, Ky., Littleton, Colo., and Burr Oak.

He was a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Gail Shelton of Burr Oak and Kathy Kinneman of Littleton; one son, Mark of Burr Oak; three sisters, Helen Griffith of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Mae Peeve and Elizabeth Curry, both of Radcliff; two brothers, Ewell of Radcliff and Jim of Arizona; and six grandchildren.

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

Vern L. Allen
Blue Hill resident Vern L. Allen, 72, died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Blue Hill with the Revs. Bill Westman and Wayne Smith officiating. Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Shirley Post No. 176 of Blue Hill. Merten-Butler Mortuary of Blue Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Allen was born May 27, 1925, to Dean and Florence (Buchanan) Allen in Greensburg, Kan. He moved with his family to Hutchinson, Kan., where he attended school. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Sept. 22, 1961, he married Shirley Burge in Mankato, Kan. He owned and operated Allen's Tree Service for 52 years. He operated the business in Blue Hill for 30 years. Hiss youngest son, Tim, was his business partner for many years.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Randy of Thermopolis, Wyo., and Tim of Blue Hill; one daughter, Mona Fenswick of Humboldt, Texas; one sister, Bonnie Boswell of Ardmore, Okla.; two brothers, Kenneth and Jerry, both of Hutchinson; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Marcia Slonaker; one sister; one brother; and three grandchildren.

Dean Bartley
Red Cloud resident Dean Bartley, 79, died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Red Cloud with the Rev. Alvin E. Trucano officiating. Burial will be in Red Cloud Cemetery. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bartley was born June 11, 1918, to James Walter and Alice Louise (Reed) Bartley in Jewell County, Kan. He grew up in Kansas in the Esbon-Lebanon area. On Aug. 5, 1939, he married Muriel Evelyn Tucker in Mankato, Kan. They lived on a farm in Webster County. He later moved to Red Cloud. He worked for Wayne Sibert Truck Line and Garnett Phifer. He was part owner of Red Cloud Livestock Commission Co. and was owner of the South Bar and Royal Liquor in Red Cloud before his retirement.

Survivors are five daughters, Phyllis Greenhalgh of Eatonton, Ga., Janet Maruhn and Marlene Zimmerman, both of Red Cloud, Valda Phelps of Franklin, and Charlene Krueger of Ord; one son, Lyle of Canon City, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, six brothers and two grandchildren.
 

Raymond F. Johnson
Former Ayr resident Raymond F. Johnson, 76, of Lincoln died Monday, Sept., 15, 1997, in Lincoln.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Lutheran Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Robert C. Stenson officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln with military rites provided by VFW Posts 131 and 3606. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Roper and Sons Mortuary in Lincoln.

Mr. Johnson was born July 5, 1921, to Henry and Eda (Janssen) Johnson in Ayr. He served in World War II in the North Africa and Italy campaigns. He moved to Lincoln 40 years ago. He retired as maintenance shop chief for the Nebraska National Guard after 37 years of service.

He was a member of United Lutheran Church, American Legion Post No. 3 and VFW Post No. 131.

Survivors are his wife, Lucille J.; one son, Daniel Ray of Lincoln; three daughters, Connie Wesslund, Joyce Jaques and JoAnn Noonan, all of Lincoln; one brother, Dale of San Jose, Calif.; two sisters, Grace Stromer of Hastings and Wilma Krebsbach of Lawrence; and eight grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to United Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont, Lincoln, NE 68507, or to the family.
 

Johnie W. Pittman
Hastings resident Johnie Wayne Pittman, 72, of 621 S. Lexington Ave. died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Berean Bible Church with Rev. Steve Hodgsen officiating. Burial will be 3:30 p.m. Friday in Sunset Memorial Gardens north of Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pittman was born Jan. 13, 1925, to John Jay and Pearl Jane (Scovill) Pittman in Frankfort, Kan. He attended school in Frankfort. He moved with his family to Hastings as a young man. On June 28, 1944, he married Jean Hopkins. They moved to Holdrege where he worked construction. They returned to Hastings. He owned and operated Johnie Pittman's Sewer Cleaning and Digging. He retired in 1983. His wife died Dec. 12, 1995.

He was a member of Berean Bible Church.

Survivors are four daughters, Joan Andersen, Jill Holling, Jane Harrington and Renee Doyen, all of Hastings; two sons, Jack and Jerry, both of Hastings; three sisters, Ada Wisneski of Virginia, Bessie Pittz of Hastings and Betty Luttrell of Orleans; one brother, Dalbert of Hastings; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Berean Bible Church.


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