Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Harry L. Dill
Monday, Oct. 6, 1997
Former Hastings resident Harry L. Dill, 68, of Tacoma, Wash., died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, in Tacoma.

Memorial services were Saturday at Fir Lane Funeral Home chapel in Spanaway, Wash. Military rites were provided.

Mr. Dill was born March 28, 1929, in Benedict. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948-68. He worked for Weyerhaeuser Co. and later the State of Washington. He retired in 1984. He married Shirley Kimbel.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Gary of Tacoma; one sister, Lucile Kaufman of Waterloo, Ontario; and two brothers, Maynard and Graydon, both of Hastings.

Memorials may be given to the American Parkinson Disease Association or Alzheimer's Association of Western and Central Washington.
 

Randall 'Randy' Fandry
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997
Hastings resident Randall A. "Randy" Fandry, 66, of 1216 N. Webster Ave. died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Hastings.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Cheryl Ann Elfond and Carl W. Utley officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Fandry was born May 16, 1931, to Arthur Max and Esther (Pouk) Fandry in Edison. He grew up in the Holdrege area. He graduated from Holdrege High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-54 as a paratrooper. He was a member of the U.S. Army 508th Regiment Combat Team. On Feb. 15, 1959, he married Gayle Karlson in the Fridhem Lutheran Church in Funk. He lived in North Platte, McCook and Grand Island before moving to Hastings in 1972. He worked for Safeway stores in the meat department.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Richard A. of Hastings; one daughter, Mickie Baideme of Omaha; one sister, Norma Borcher of Atlanta; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, David Randall; and one brother.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Merlin 'Mert' Gaston
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997
Hebron resident Merlin "Mert" Gaston, 61, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, in Lincoln.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Hebron with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Hebron. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home in Hebron and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Mr. Gaston was born April 13, 1936, to Joseph and Bessie (Senteney) Gaston in Hebron. He was owner of Gaston Construction and Gaston Sand and Gravel.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, National Federation of Independent Business, National AggreGates Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Pan American Highway Association.

Survivors are his wife, Paula; two daughters, Linda Bohling of Byron and Audrey Rickers of Hebron; three brothers, Don, Dale and Lyle, all of Hebron; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
 

Rodney R. Kroger
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997
Hastings resident Rodney R. Kroger, 57, of 1915 W. 10th St. died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald E. Boeschen officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kroger was born April 7, 1940, to Frederick and Hilda (Eigenberg) Kroger near Hastings. He graduated from Trumbull High School. On Dec. 11, 1960, he married Gloria Warrings at Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings. He worked for Ashton Wholesale. In 1983 he began farming full-time. He also was a NC+ dealer.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and National Corn Growers Association.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Lori Selko of Hastings; one son, Kerwin of Hastings; his parents of Trumbull; one sister, Marilyn Knehans of Grand Island; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Carl S. Simonson
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997
Hastings resident Carl S. Simonson, 83, of 825 Circle P died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at GSV All Saints Chapel with the Rev. Alvin E. Trucano officiating. Burial with military rites will be at 1 p.m. in Shell Creek Cemetery at Newman Grove. Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Simonson was born Aug. 28, 1914, to George and Hannah (Vikse) Simonson at Newman Grove in Madison County. He attended rural school and graduated from Newman Grove High School in 1933. He farmed the family homestead north of Newman Grove until World War II. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre of Operations. On Dec. 26, 1945, he married Marjorie Claney at Newman Grove. He attended Norfolk Junior College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before graduating from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He worked at Kramer Funeral Home in Omaha until March 1952. He purchased the funeral home in Red Cloud, which he operated until retiring in August 1980. They continued to live in Red Cloud. In 1995 they moved to Good Samaritan Village.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hastings, Funeral Directors Association and Red Cloud American Legion Post No. 238. He served on the Board of Education, Chamber of Commerce, Cemetery Board and First United Methodist Church Board, all in Red Cloud, and Webster County Selective Service Board. He also was a Boy Scout leader.

Survivors are his wife, children, two sisters and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 11 siblings.
 

Matilda A. Briggs
Friday, Oct. 17, 1997
Hastings resident Matilda A. (VonSpreckelsen) Briggs, 95, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Services are pending with McLaughlin Funeral Home in Clay Center.

Mrs. Briggs was born Dec. 17, 1901, to August and Marie (Arp) VonSpreckelsen in Clay Center. She graduated from Clay Center High School. On Feb. 16, 1924, she married Chester J. Briggs. They lived in Clay Center. In 1955 they moved to Hastings. Her husband died Jan. 24, 1961.

Survivors are one son, James C. of North Sioux City, S.D.; four grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
 

Herman Hubert
Friday, Oct. 17, 1997
Upland resident Herman Hubert, 94, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Kearney County Health Services Long Term Care Unit in Minden.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating. Burial will be in Upland Cemetery at Upland. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Sunday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Hubert was born June 9, 1903, to William and Anna (Lieske) Hubert in Upland. On April 11, 1928, he married Laura Schielke in Wilcox. They farmed near Upland. In 1967 they retired and moved into Upland. He moved to Long Term Care March 1, 1996.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He served on the Franklin County Farm Bureau Board, Upland Telephone Board, Upland Township Board and was a 25-year member of the Upland Cemetery Board.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Naomi Johnson of Minden; one foster son, Lewis Dirks of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one sister, Martha Meyer of Minden; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.
 

Bruce L. Botcher
Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997
Hastings resident Bruce Lavern Botcher, 41, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, as a result of a semitrailer truck accident near Brookville, Pa.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca, Iowa, with the Revs. Paul Bengtson and Wayne Paulsen officiating. His remains were cremated. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery in South Sioux City, Iowa.

Mr. Botcher was born April 25, 1956, to Lavern and Alice (Dose) Botcher. He graduated from Galva (Iowa) High School in 1975. In 1977 he graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He was a truck driver for Nebraska Atlantic Transportation Inc. of Fremont.

Survivors are two children, Steven and Nicole, both of Grand Island; his parents of Avoca, Iowa; two sisters, Rhonda Greder of Plymouth, Minn., and Julie Malone of Dow City, Iowa; one brother, Brian of Denver; and his paternal grandmother, Bertha Botcher of Sioux City, Iowa.
 

H. Joan Pfeil
Friday, Oct. 17, 1997
Doniphan resident H. Joan (Hendrickson) Pfeil, 68, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.

Services were to be at 10 a.m. today at United Methodist Church in Doniphan with the Rev. Bill Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Cedarview Cemetery northeast of Doniphan. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pfeil was born Dec. 18, 1928, to Carl and Hazel (Morgan) Hendrickson in Doniphan. She graduated from Doniphan Senior High School in 1946. On April 12, 1953, she married Dallas Pfeil in Grand Island. She worked for the Naval Ammunition Depot near Hastings and the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant at Grand Island. She was a teacher's aid in Doniphan and taught English as a second language at Central Community College-Grand Island. She retired in 1991.

She was a member of United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her husband; two sons, Richard of Grand Island and Donald of Moore, Okla.; one daughter, Linda Fisher of St. Paul; two brothers, James Hendrickson of Harvard and Bill Hendrickson of Reno, Nev.; two sisters, Nadine Moore and Susan Whitaker, both of Doniphan; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one son, Timothy D.; and an infant sister.

Memorials may be given to United Methodist Day Care Center in Doniphan.
 

Bertha Phelps
Friday, Oct. 17, 1997
Hebron resident Bertha Phelps, 100, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, in Hebron.

Services were to be at 9:30 a.m. today at Blue Valley Nursing Home chapel in Hebron with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating. Burial was planned in Hebron City Cemetery at Hebron. Price Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Phelps was born March 17, 1897, in Smithfield, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Phelps. She was a homemaker.

Memorials may be given to Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home.
 

Helen M. Underhill
Friday, Oct. 17, 1997
Hastings resident Helen M. Underhill, 82, of Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Earl Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Miss Underhill was born Jan. 16, 1915, to George W. and Fleta (Crowley) Underhill in Ness City, Kan. She moved with her family to Neosho Falls, Kan., at age 4. In 1929 they moved to Hastings. She graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1933. She lived with her mother. In 1974 she moved to Good Samaritan Village.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church for 67 years and a member of Royal Neighbors and Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors are two sisters, Lucile Walker of Gibbon and Marge Roberts of Long Beach, Calif.; and two brothers, George Hubert Underhill of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Carl Underhill of Branson, Mo.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church.
 

Rex A. Brush
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997
Clay Center resident Rex Alvin Brush, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard.

There will be no services. His remains were donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board in Omaha. There will be no visitation. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brush was born July 18, 1911, to Alvin Dean and Hattie (Powell) Brush in Walton, Kan. He graduated from Walton High School in 1930. He worked for John Deere Plow Co. and later was a salesman for John Deere Implement Co. for several years and then Electrolux Corp. In 1941 he began farming and ranching. He expanded the business with his father in Kansas. In 1957 they sold the farm and he moved to North Platte. He sold grain storage equipment. On Nov. 16, 1961, he married Ruth Thomas. They lived in Clay Center where he was a distributor for Pure Water Distillers until this year.

He was a member of the Eagles Club in North Platte for more than 35 years.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Edith Marie Brush of Larned, Kan.; two sons, James Dean of Garden City, Kan., and John Alvin of Montana; and five grandchildren.
 

Arthur R. Counselor
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997
Hastings resident Arthur R. Counselor, 85, of 708 Creighton Ave. died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at his home.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church in Riverton, Wyo. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery at Riverton. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Counselor was a long-time resident of Shoshoni, Wyo. In 1985 he moved to Hastings to live with his son.

Survivors are one son, Joe Counselor of Hastings; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 

Elaine Tate
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997
Former Hastings resident Elaine (Wapelhurst) Kampsnider Tate, 71, of Lincoln died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, in Lincoln.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Don Griffith officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Scribner Cemetery at Scribner. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Butherus-Maser and Love Mortuary in Lincoln.

Mrs. Tate was born Oct. 27, 1925, to Otto and Anna (Bauer) Wapelhurst in Scribner. She was executive secretary for the National Parks Department and former executive secretary to the late Fred Seaton of Hastings when he was Secretary of the Interior.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church.

Survivors are her husband, Max; four sons, David Kampsnider of Highland Ranch, Colo., Gregory Kampsnider of Hastings, Bruce Kampsnider of Lincoln and Gary Tate of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Debra Hebdon of Springfield, Ore.; one sister, Lois Flores of Scribner; and 16 grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church.
 

Carl E. Nuss
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997
Sutton resident Carl E. Nuss, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at Henderson Community Hospital in Henderson.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kohler Mortuary chapel in Sutton with the Free German Reformed Salem Church elders officiating. Burial will be in the Free German Reformed Salem Cemetery near Sutton.

Mr. Nuss was born Jan. 2, 1906, to William and Margaretha (Gemar) Nuss near Sutton. He attended rural School District 8 and later Koin Electrical School in Chicago. On April 14, 1938, he married Emma Huber in Clay Center. They farmed near Sutton until retiring in 1969. In 1970 they moved into Sutton.

He was a member of the Free German Reformed Salem Church.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Nadine Griess of Sutton; one son, Waldine of Sutton; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Robert G. Zielinski
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997
Superior resident Robert G. Zielinski, 59, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, in Superior.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home chapel in Superior with the Rev. Joan Gaines officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Nelson Cemetery at Nelson. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Zielinski was born Feb. 11, 1938, in Chicago. He was a paralegal/administrator for the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors are his wife, Joan; three daughters, Lori Flick of Exton, Pa., Kimberly Chambers of Jackson, Miss., and Bobbie Rudolph of Peoria, Ariz.; one sister, Brenda Zielinski of Kankakee, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the family.


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