Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Iris E. Durning
Monday, Nov. 3, 1997
Grand Island resident Iris E. Durning, 66, died Monday, Nov. 3, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home chapel in Grand Island. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island.

Survivors are two sons; one daughter; two sisters, including Sharon Brodrick of Hastings; one brother; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the Shriner's Hospital.
 

Rena J. Trambly
Monday, Nov. 3, 1997
Franklin resident Rena J. (Lynch) Trambly, 98, died Monday, Nov. 3, 1997, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church 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. Thursday and 9-11 a.m. Friday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 1 p.m. until services at the church.

Mrs. Trambly was born April 9, 1899, to Otto and Ella Mary (Shepard) Lynch on a farm northwest of Macon. She attended School District 9 in Macon. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1918. She graduated with a second grade teaching certificate through a normal training course. She taught rural school in School District 75 east of Macon in Logan Township. She also worked as a relief telephone operator in Macon and Franklin. On Jan. 14, 1920, she married Ephraim John Trambly at her parents' home in Franklin. They farmed near Upland and Campbell, later moving to Franklin. Her husband died in March 1965.

She was a 50-year member of United Methodist Church and was a member of its Mary Circle. She was a member of American Legion Unit No. 209 Auxiliary of which she was historian, charter member of World War I Auxiliary and Methodist Ladies Quilting Group of which she was treasurer from 1974-90.

Survivors are one son, Merle of Franklin; four daughters, Ethel Sanger of Franklin, Doris Keatts of Walla Walla, Wash., Naomi Gorham of Lincoln and Madelyn Lynch of McCook; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Donald E. McIntosh
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997
Former Hastings resident Donald E. "Mac" McIntosh, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, at Good Samaritan Center in Wood River.

Memorial graveside services are 3 p.m. Friday at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings with the Rev. Steve Markle officiating. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McIntosh was born Sept. 14, 1924, to Clyde E. and Florence (Peterson) McIntosh in Marquette. He worked at the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant in Grand Island during World War II. He also worked at the Grand Island Sale Barn. He married Betty Korn. He moved to Aurora where he worked on his sister's farm. In 1957 he moved to Hastings. He did yard work and cleaned apartment buildings. In 1973 he returned to Grand Island to care for his father. From 1974-89 he did yard work in Alda. Due to ill health he moved to several nursing homes before moving to Good Samaritan Center in Wood River in 1993.

He was preceded in death by an infant son and one sister.

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Emil F. Kucera
Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997
Hastings resident Emil F. Kucera, 80, of 621 S. Denver Ave. died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Rosary is 10:15 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Monday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kucera was born May 7, 1917, to Leonard and Helen (Harvanek) Kucera in Deweese. In 1945 he moved to Hastings. He worked for Western Land Roller for 35 years. He retired in 1983. On June 4, 1988, he married Katharine Cornelius.

He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. He was a volunteer at Alcott School and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors are his wife; one brother, Donald of Lawrence; and one sister, Julia Schroer of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorial's may be given to the donor's choice.
 
 

Than D. Nguyen
Friday, Nov. 7, 1997
Hastings resident Than D. Nguyen, 67, of 518 E. Second St. died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Mr. Nguyen was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Vietnam. He moved to Hastings one and a half years ago. He married To Vu.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Hahn Nguyen and Trinh Nguyen, both of Hastings; and one son, Cuong Nguyen of Hastings.
 

Leonard C. Hill
Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997
Former Hastings resident Leonard C. Hill III, 47, of Miami, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Hastings with the Rev. Sam Rathod officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hill was born Sept. 3, 1950, to Leonard Clarence Jr. and Juanita Rae (Walker) Hill in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1968. He graduated from Hastings College in 1972 with a degree in biology. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was involved in marine biology and environmental research at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 18 years. He was an internationally recognized conchologist.

Survivors are his father of Hastings; and one brother, Bob Pate of Casper, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
 

Emil F. Kucera
Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997
Hastings resident Emil F. Kucera, 80, of 621 S. Denver Ave. died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Rosary is 10:15 a.m. and services are 10:30 a.m., both Monday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kucera was born May 7, 1917, to Leonard and Helen (Harvanek) Kucera in Deweese. In 1945 he moved to Hastings. He worked for Western Land Roller for 35 years. He retired in 1983. On June 4, 1988, he married Katharine Cornelius-White.

He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. He was a volunteer at Alcott School and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors are his wife; one brother, Donald of Lawrence; and one sister, Julia Schroer of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Memorial's may be given to the donor's choice.
 

Ivan G. Shurigar
Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997
Kenesaw resident Ivan G. Shurigar, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Presbyterian Church in Kenesaw with Thomas Gould officiating. Burial will be in Kenesaw Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Jackson-Wilson Funeral Home in Kenesaw.

Mr. Shurigar was born Dec. 13, 1914, to John and Molly (Godwin) Shurigar on a farm north of Kenesaw. He graduated from Kenesaw High School. On June 17, 1936, he married Leona "Jackie" Pearson. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years, retiring in 1975. He was a conductor. He worked in Nebraska for two years before transferring to Wyoming. In 1976 they moved to Kenesaw. His wife died Jan. 2, 1992.

He was a member of Presbyterian Church in Kenesaw and was a lifetime member of UTU (trainmen union). He was involved in the building of the Kenesaw Senior Center in 1992. He held many offices at the Senior Center.

Survivors are three daughters, Marlene Nicholson of Rawlins, Wyo., Karee Pyle of Henderson, Nev., and Judy Cruickshank of Casper, Wyo.; one sister, Dorothy Hall of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four brothers, David, Marion, Wilson and Frank, all of Kenesaw; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda and Vickie; and three brothers, Bob, Eddie and John.

Memorials may be given to Presbyterian Church or Kenesaw Senior Center.
 

Fredrick J. Johnson
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997
Hastings resident Fredrick J. Johnson, 57, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services were planned for 2 p.m. today at Maple Cemetery in Salem. Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home of Wymore is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 8, 1940, to Joseph and Ellen Johnson in Sabetha, Kan. In 1958 he graduated from Honey Creek High School near Falls City. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-63. On Nov. 16, 1964, he married Charlene Honeycut in Coffeyville, Kan. They lived in Grand Island and Wymore before moving to Hastings in 1995. He was a mechanic and truck driver until ill health forced him to retire.

He attended Church of God in Grand Island.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Marty Henry of Central City; one sister, Carol Johnson of Falls City; and three grandchildren.
 

Richard DeJung
Friday, Nov. 7, 1997
Sutton resident Richard DeJung, 66, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Federated Church in Sutton with the Rev. William Jardine officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery with military rites provided by Argonne American Legion Post No. 61 of Sutton. Kohler Mortuary of Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. DeJung was born Feb. 3, 1931, to Albert and Henrietta (Stickfork) DeJung on a farm near Glenvil. He attended a rural school in Clay County. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On March 11, 1951, he married Norma L. Vauck in Sutton. They farmed near Cowles. They later moved to Sutton. He was a mechanic for Traudt Brothers. He later worked for Vauck Elevator, Sutton Cement Plant and Smith Brothers Implement before going into business with Ernie Traudt. They co-owned DeJung and Traudt Irrigation. After retiring he repaired small engines.

He was a member of the Federated Church, Argonne American Legion Post No. 61, both of Sutton, and VFW of Geneva.

Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Deborah Waddle of Glenvil, Janet Schwalb of Mesa, Ariz., and Terrie Northrop of Sutton; and six grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Louis E. Everhart
Friday, Nov. 7, 1997
Hardy resident Louis E. Everhart, 73, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, at his home.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Union Church in Hardy with the Rev. Dale Bussinger officiating. Burial will be in Chester Cemetery at Chester. Williams Funeral Home of Superior is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Everhart was born Feb. 16, 1924, to Frank and Pearl (King) Everhart in Belleville, Kan. He grew up in Belleville and attended school there. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He returned to Belleville where he worked at a gas station. On May 24, 1957, he married Marjorie Hayes in Belleville. In 1958 he began working for Hill Oil Co. in Chester. He later moved to Superior, continuing his employment with Hill Oil Co. He later worked for Morris-Andersen Ford and then Alexander Motor Co. until retiring in 1986. He also managed the Simic Recreation Skating Rink in Superior for a number of years.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 103 of Superior.

Survivors are his wife; four sons, Lyle and Doyle, both of Florida, Daniel L. of Nelson and Brian L. of Hastings; two daughters, Kathryn L. Kintigh of Hastings and Debra L. Adams of Superior; two brothers, Paul of Omaha and Leo of Belleville; three sisters, Opal Owen of Concordia, Kan., Velma Tunks of Central City and Shirley Lipker of Alma; and nine grandchildren.

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

Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers.
 

Lee G. Hamilton
Friday, Nov. 7, 1997
Franklin resident Lee G. Hamilton, 87, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. R.L. Malchow officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Hamilton was born Nov. 14, 1909, to Effry and Clow (Pierce) Hamilton on a farm south of Riverton. He attended Spring Valley School in Franklin County. He lived in Riverton from 1909-28 before moving to a farm west of Franklin. In 1936 he moved to a farm northwest of Riverton. In 1948 he moved to a farm on the Nebraska-Kansas state line, south of Franklin. In 1960 he moved into Franklin. He owned the Ford Tractor Implement Co. in Franklin from 1948-52. He owned the pool hall in Franklin during the 1950s and '60s. On April 29, 1990, he married Mina (Meline) Marick in Franklin.

He was a member of United Methodist Church, Rotary, Odd Fellows Lodge, Country Club and Chamber of Commerce, all of Franklin. He served on the Bloomington Township Board.

Survivors are his wife; two stepsons, Charles Marick of Franklin and Gene Marick of Omaha; one stepdaughter, Betty McNair of Holstein; eight stepgrandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Belle (Nelms); his second wife, Neta (Waddell); his third wife, Ida (Haskins); two brothers and one stepsister.
 

George F. Mewes
Friday, Nov. 7, 1997
Hebron resident George Farr Mewes, 87, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, in Hebron.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home chapel in Hebron with the Rev. John R. Walton officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Hebron. Visitation is until 8 p.m. today and Tuesday until services at the funeral home.

Mr. Mewes was born June 29, 1910, to Hugh and Molly Mewes in Shelbyville, Mo. He moved to Stratton, Colo., with his family as a child. He farmed in the Williams, Gladstone and Powell areas. He later moved to Fairbury and then Hebron where he lived for the past 34 years. On Jan. 27, 1933, he married Hazel Muriel Mumby. He worked for Consolidated Sand and Gravel in Fairbury, Steele Brothers Sand and Gravel of Crete, Ells Mobil Station of Hebron and Canning Truck Lines of Fairbury.

He was former president of the Oregon Trail Campers Association.

Survivors are three sons, Glenn of Beatrice, Alvin of Montrose, Colo., and Harold of Meridian, Idaho; two daughters, Eileen Lewis of Hebron and Twila Collins of Plymouth; 20 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Roberta Jaycox and Arleen Mae Newes; and two sisters.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Harry V. Shields Sr.
Friday, Nov. 7, 1997
Hebron resident Harry V. Shields Sr., 82, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, in Lincoln.

Services were to be at 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church in Hebron with the Revs. L. Patterson Culligan and John Walton officiating. Burial with military rites was planned in Hebron City Cemetery. Price Funeral Home of Hebron was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shields was born March 31, 1915, to Walter and Ida (Haddox) Shields in Talmage. In 1934 he moved to Hebron where he worked at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp. On Dec. 14, 1935, he married Lois Myrtle Miller in Belleville, Kan. She preceded him in death. He was a policeman in Hebron and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was an auto mechanic at Ells Oil Co. for many years and drove a truck for Peake Transport Co. He also was the projectionist at Beatrice Drive Inn Theater.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Hebron and was a deacon for 45 years. He was a member and past master of the Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 43. He was a member of the American Legion Saxton Post No. 80 and DAV.

Survivors are one son, Harry Jr. of Conifer, Colo.; one daughter, Connie Pesek of Hebron; one sister, Elenora Healey of Anaheim, Calif.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Eugene W. Anderson
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997
Grand Island resident Eugene W. Anderson, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at Community Care of America in Grand Island.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church Gollaher Chapel in Grand Island. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Island. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, including Jim Watson of Minden; eight daughters; 41 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Trinity United Methodist Church or St. Francis Hospice.
 

Robert M. Anderson
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997
Minden resident Robert M. "Bobby" Anderson, 18, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, in a traffic accident west of Gibbon.

Rosary is 7 p.m. Tuesday and services 10 a.m. Wednesday, both at St. John's Catholic Church in Minden with the Rev. James O'Connor officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Bobby was born May 2, 1979, to Mark K. and Shelly (Clark) Anderson in Ogallala. He grew up in Minden. He was a senior at Minden High School.

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Survivors are his father and stepmother, Mark and Judy Anderson of Minden; his mother, Shelly Rodriquez of Denver; two brothers, Brian Rosse of Columbus and Eric Anderson of Minden; one sister, Heather Anderson of Minden; grandparents, Lorraine Anderson of Ogallala, Delano and Ellen Loseke of Kearney, Garner and Beverly Clark of Wood River and Byron and Freda Lauristen of Fremont.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Milton Anderson.
 

Marie Casper
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997
Hildreth resident Marie Casper, 82, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Hildreth with the Revs. Ronald Ebb and Harold Gronstal officiating. Burial will be in Hildreth Cemetery. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Jelden-Layton Funeral Home in Hildreth.

Mrs. Casper was born Oct. 8, 1915, to Herman and Joan (Arnold) Kruse in Hildreth. She graduated from eighth grade at Lynch School District 59 near Hildreth. She was a housekeeper for several families in the Hildreth area. On June 8, 1937, she married George Casper Jr. They farmed northwest of Hildreth. They later moved into Hildreth. Her husband preceded her in death on June 8, 1982.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and was active in its women's group. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors are four sons, Wayne of Lincoln and Robert, Dale and Dave, all of Hildreth; three daughters, Maxine Johnson of Upland, Betty Swallow of Grand Island and Deborah James of Lexington; one brother, John Kruse of Hildreth; one sister, Eovena Krouse of Haigler; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Margaret L. Wilken
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997
Hastings resident Margaret Leona (Zobel) Wilken, 86, of 1215 W. Oakridge died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at her home.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today at Butler-Volland Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wilken was born Sept. 6, 1911, to Pete and Leona (Linder) Zobel in Hastings. In 1934 she married Edward D. Wilken. He died Aug. 17, 1991.

She was a member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cozy Corner Extension Club, YWCA and Union Commercial Travelers. She volunteered with Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for many years and the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

Survivors are one daughter, Donna Moran of Hastings; one son, Gary of South Sioux City; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.

Memorials may be given to First St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital Foundation.


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