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Clinton C. Druecker
Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997
Former Ayr resident Clinton C. Druecker, 82, of Lancaster, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997, at Lancaster General Hospital after a short illness.

Services were Wednesday at Christ United Methodist Church in Lancaster. Burial was in Salunga Mennonite Cemetery at Salunga, Pa. Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home of Lancaster was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Druecker was born Feb. 12, 1915, to Ernest and Amanda (Brown) Druecker in Ayr. On Aug. 17, 1938, he married Thelma Hiestand. He worked in the dairy business for 40 years. In 1977 he retired from Graybill's Dairy in Lancaster.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where he served on several committees. He sang in the choir for 25 years.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Joyce Ritz of Lancaster; one son, James of Media, Pa.; two sisters, Delma Plein and Velma Copple, both of Hastings; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
 

Marie A. Gimeson
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997
Former Superior resident Marie A. Gimeson, 62, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997, at Grand Junction, Colo., as a result of a car accident.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Superior. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Smith Center, Kan.

Mrs. Gimeson was born April 9, 1935, in Smith Center, Kan., to Lloyd and Genevieve Grabast. She attended school in Franklin. On Sept. 12, 1952, she married Junior Hamilton. He died in November 1963. On April 7, 1967, she married Byron "Russ" Gimeson at the Nazarene Church in Superior.

Mrs. Gimeson was baptized Nov. 8, 1964, at Riverton and attended the Assembly of God Church there.

Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Linda Brazeale and Cheri Leach, both of Chappell; three sons, Tom Hamilton of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Bill Hamilton and Dave Hamilton, both of Superior; two sisters, Jean Thompson of Concordia, Kan., and Ferne Butler of Superior; two brothers, Don Grabast of Belleville, Kan., and Doug Grabast of Superior; and 12 grandchildren.
 

Elsie C. Gordon
Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997
Red Cloud resident Elsie C. (Mitchell) Gordon, 96, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at Webb Hill Cemetery south of Red Cloud with the Rev. Mike Lehr officiating. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Gordon was born Nov. 24, 1900, to William W. and Eva I. (Meager) Mitchell in Pleasantville, Pa. She moved with her family to Kansas as a young girl. On Nov. 24, 1923, she married Fredrick Henry Gordon in Fredonia, Kan. They lived in Independence, Kan., before moving to Tulsa, Okla. In 1968 they moved to El Paso, Texas. Her husband died Dec. 18, 1978. In 1986 she moved to Red Cloud.

Survivors are one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Genevieve S. Marson
Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997
Geneva resident Genevieve S. (Reinsch) Marson, 98, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, in Geneva.

Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Farmer and Son Funeral Home in Geneva. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Father Ulenberg Memorial Hall in Geneva with Monsignor Ivan Vap officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery at Geneva.

Mrs. Marson was born May 6, 1899, to Nickolaus and Katherine (Dondlinger) Reinsch on a farm in Momence Township northwest of Shickley. She married Peter Marson. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was past president of World War I American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors are one brother, Lawrence Erthum of Grant; and two sisters, Loretta Gaudreault of Gothenburg and Louise Churchill of Holdrege.

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

Harold R. Black Jr.
Friday, Oct. 3, 1997
Hastings resident Harold R. Black Jr., 54, of 308 Kent St. died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at his home.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Steve Markle officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens north of Hastings.

Mr. Black was born April 6, 1943, to Harold and Emma (Rutt) Black in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1961. He worked for Braach Thompson from 1962-77. In 1978 he began working for Hastings Utilities. He was employed as dispatch operator at his time of death. On Aug. 22, 1992, he married Susan Adler.

Survivors are his wife; two stepsons, Dan Lewis and Darrin Lewis, both of Hastings; one stepdaughter, Stacey Halbmaier of Trumbull; and three stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Lillie M. Finnigsmier
Friday, Oct. 3, 1997
Kenesaw resident Lillie M. (Potratz) Finnigsmier, 90, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at Haven Home in Kenesaw.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Kenesaw with the Rev. Brian Pummill officiating. Burial will be in the Kenesaw Cemetery. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Mrs. Finnigsmier was born Jan. 10, 1907, to August and Emma (Frerichs) Potratz in Hastings. She graduated from the eighth grade at St. Pauls Parochial School. On Feb. 21, 1929, she married Walter Finnigsmier at St. Pauls Lutheran Church parsonage. He died Oct. 3, 1975. She was a cook at Kenesaw School for four years.

She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church and its quilters' group.

Survivors are two daughters, Bernice Petersen and Joyce Clark, both of Kenesaw; one son, Roger of Grand Island; two sisters, Marie Lange of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Laura Witt of Fort Collins, Colo.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one son, Russell; five brothers, four sisters, and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Kenesaw Cemetery Directory or donor's choice.
 
 

Cecelia Johnson
Friday, Oct. 3, 1997
Grand Island resident Cecelia (Hardy) Johnson, 83, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, in Grand Island.

Services were to be at 1 p.m. today at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home chapel in Grand Island. Burial was planned in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island.

Survivors are two sons; three daughters, including Marie Walters of Minden; one half brother; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association or American Cancer Society.
 
 

Edmon Montgomery
Friday, Oct. 3, 1997
Superior resident Edmon Montgomery, 92, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Superior.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Mark Imel officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Mankato, Kan. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. until services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Montgomery was born July 20, 1905, to Richard James and Zenetta Margaret (Leffingwell) Montgomery in Richland Township in Jewell County near Mankato, Kan. He was raised on the farm in Richland Township where he lived for 84 years. He attended Pavonia School in Jewell County. On Oct. 7, 1929, he married Alean Knight. She died Nov. 20, 1996. He was a farmer and auctioneer. He was an auctioneer from 1941-1993. He was the first of three generations of auctioneers. During the 1950s and 1960s he traveled to area communities and country schools with a band to play his banjo and call square dances. In later years he and his wife wintered in Texas.

Survivors are two sons, Richard "Slim" of Guide Rock and M.E. "Andy" of Superior; two daughters, Maxine Hall of Superior and Phyllis Doyle of Webber, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 
 

Robert J. Werner
Friday, Oct. 3, 1997
Hebron resident Robert J. Werner, 73, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, in Hebron.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron with the Rev. Bruce W. Berggren officiating. Burial will be in Hebron City Cemetery at Hebron. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Mr. Werner was born Aug. 6, 1924, to John and Margaret (Grosshans) Werner in Deshler. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Signal Corps. He worked in apartment construction and maintenance, farming and implement repair.

Survivors are his wife, K. Delores; two sons, Bill of Morgan Hill, Calif., and John of Seward; one sister, Lucile Damm of Lincoln; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Werner Michels: one brother and three sisters.

Memorials have been established.
 

Thelma L. Brown
Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997
Hastings resident Thelma L. (Wise) Brown, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at GSV All Saints Chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 13, 1899, to Fred and Clara (Brant) Wise in Stuart. In 1944 she married L.H. Brown from Elkhorn. He died in 1986. She was a merchandise buyer and designer for Emporium World in Omaha for 14 years. They lived in and near Denison, Iowa, later moving to Mesa, Ariz. In 1971 they moved to Hastings.

She was past president of World War I Auxiliary and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a partner of the 8/40 Auxiliary, member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was director and organizer of the Golden Age Entertainers. She also helped start the Bargain Store at GSV.

Survivors are one stepdaughter, Maureen Greenwell of Omaha; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Marge Reimer.

Memorials may be given to GSV Senior Center. 
 

J. Scott Buck
Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997
Hastings resident J. Scott Buck, 37, of 2507 W. Eighth St. died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Harold Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Buck was born Oct. 9, 1959, to John and Nola (Cavender) Buck in York. He was a self-employed construction worker.

Survivors are one daughter, Asia Buck of Hastings; two sons, Ian and Dustin Buck of Hastings; his parents, of Hastings; two brothers, Kerry and Craig, both of Hastings; and his grandmother, Lila Cavender of Hastings.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Arthur E. Schukei
Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997
Kenesaw resident Arthur E. Schukei, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at his home.

Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wanda Zion Lutheran Church near Holstein with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Burial will be in Wanda Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Mr. Schukei was born Oct. 20, 1918, to Herman and Emma (Uden) Schukei in Kenesaw. He attended Wanda Zion Parochial School for eight years. On Aug. 23, 1942, he married Verona Marie Hagels in Davenport. He farmed in Adams County retiring in 1983.

He was a member of Wanda Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Sharon Schukei of Gibbon; one son, Darrell of Holstein; two sisters, Lorena Werner of Yuma, Ariz., and Marilyn Nienhueser of Juniata; one brother, Wesley of Kenesaw; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Dean.
 

Emanuel J. Ganakis
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997
Hastings resident Dr. Emanuel John Ganakis, 65, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997, in Minneapolis, Minn., from medical complications.

Services are Saturday at Greek Orthodox Cemetery chapel in San Francisco, Calif. Burial will be in Greek Orthodox Cemetery. California Funeral Services of San Francisco is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Ganakis was born July 17, 1932, to John George and Katherine (Kostakis) Ganakis in Hopewell, Va. He grew up in Hopewell. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Innsbrook in Austria. In 1964 he returned to America. He worked in private practice and various mental health and chemical dependency programs in Utah and California before moving to Hastings. He was a staff psychiatrist at Hastings Regional Center.

Survivors are his wife, Judith; one daughter, Katherine Antigone of Iowa City, Iowa; two sons, John Gregory of Santa Barbara, Calif., and John Michele of Bosnia; and three sisters, Nonie Giusti and Mary Sakkaris, both of San Francisco, and Nancy Vidalakis of Seattle, Wash.

He was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Eleanor L. Whitney
Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997
Former Hastings resident Eleanor L. (Gentert) Whitney, 71, of McAlester, Okla., died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, in McAlester.

Services were Saturday at Bishop Funeral Home chapel in McAlester. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at McAlester.

Mrs. Whitney was born May 7, 1926, to Raymond and Maude Gentert in Holstein. On June 30, 1949, she married Myron Whitney in Hastings. In 1965 they moved to McAlester. Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors are one son, Steven of Krebs, Okla.; her mother of Rock Port, Mo.; three sisters, Mae Petersen of Holstein, Lois Whitney of Hastings and Rachel Solomon of Simi Valley, Calif; one brother, Raymond Gentert of Brownville; and one grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by her father and one sister.
 

Thelma I. Pounds
Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997
Former Hastings resident Thelma I. (Wookey) Pounds, 88, of Greeley, Colo., died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Bonell Good Samaritan Center in Greeley.

Memorial graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings with the Rev. Bill Pounds officiating. Brand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pounds was born Aug. 4, 1909, to Henry and Arabella (Hardy) Wookey in Blessing, Texas. She graduated from Alma High School and attended Hastings Business College. In 1927 she married Elton C. Pounds in Smith Center, Kan. He died in 1985. She was a bookkeeper at J.M. McDonald's in Hastings for many years. She moved to Greeley four years a ago.

She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral and its Altar Guild. She was active in Episcopalian women's groups, Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors are two sons, Bill of Denver and Allen of Reno, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Bonell Good Samaritan Center in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO 80631.
 

Velma S. Doering
Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997
Former Hastings resident Velma Sadie (Trauernicht) Doering, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at Haven Home in Kenesaw.

Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Graveside services are 2 p.m. at Davenport Cemetery in Davenport. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Doering was born July 28, 1914, to Tamme P. and Martha E. (Radke) Trauernicht in Byron. She grew up near Yuma, Colo. On July 28, 1936, she married Adolph Doering in Belleville, Kan. They lived in Ellensburg, Wash. In 1948 they moved to Davenport. She was a librarian at the Davenport Public Library for many years. Her husband died in 1982. In 1990 she moved to Hastings.

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

Survivors are one daughter, Leanne Rutherford of Hastings; two sisters, Dorothy Harms of Loveland, Colo., and Blanche Marquart of Davenport; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Darlene Graves; two infant brothers and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Leslie E. Hultquist
Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997
Fort Wayne, Ind., resident Leslie E. Hultquist, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, in Fort Wayne.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Elzey and Haggard Home For Funerals in Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery at Fort Wayne.

Survivors are his wife; one son; and one sister, Jean Lockett of Hastings.

Memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice or SPCA.
 

Robert C. Meyer
Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997
Former Hastings resident Robert C. Meyer, 73, of Hagerstown, Ind., died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at his home after an extended illness.

Rosary is 8 p.m. Wednesday at Culberson Funeral Home chapel in Hagerstown. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Church at Cambridge City, Ind., with the Rev. John H. Luerman officiating. Burial will be in Mooreland Cemetery at Mooreland, Ind., with military rites provided by VFW Post No. 1282. 

Mr. Meyer was born Aug. 25, 1924, to Joseph F. and Mary (Pelzel) Meyer in Cambridge City. He graduated from Cambridge City High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He lived in New Castle, Ind., before moving to the Hagerstown area in 1959. He was a supervisor and engineer for Dana Corp. for 40 years. He retired in 1982. After retiring he served as a consultant for Dana. He lived in Hastings in 1984 and 1985 and was instrumental in establishing the Hastings division plant.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Perfect Circle 25-Year Club and American Legion Lawrence H. Bertsch Post No. 169 of Cambridge City. He was a life member of both the VFW Post 1282 of New Castle and DAV Chapter IN25 of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Survivors are his wife, Janet; two sons, Robert B. of Hagerstown and Robbie W. of Summitville, Ind.; two daughters, Anna Brown of Hagerstown and Janelle Trausch of Roseland; two brothers, Joseph M. of Milton, Ind., and Charles V. of Cambridge City; two sisters, Irene Davis of New Castle and Marlene Brown of Milton; and 12 grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to family's choice.
 

Marilyn R. Herman
Monday, Oct. 6, 1997
Rural Lebanon, Kan., resident Marilyn Ruth (Kattenberg) Herman, 60, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at her home.

Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Creek Cemetery south of Lebanon with the Rev. Steve Slate officiating. There will be no visitation. Simmons Mortuary of Smith Center, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Herman was born May 12, 1937, to Richard and Olive (Burns) Kattenberg in Portis, Kan. On Aug. 28, 1955, she married John Clayton Herman at Oak Creek Christian Church. They moved to Lebanon from Ames, Iowa, five years ago. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Christian Church in Fayettville, Ark.

Survivors are her husband; and one daughter, Lisa Miles of Omaha, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be given to Smith County Area Hospice in Smith Center.


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