Miscellaneous Adams County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Eugene E. Coutts
Monday, Nov. 24, 1997
Hastings resident Eugene E. Coutts, 71, of 812 Hewett Ave. died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at his home.

Graveside services with military rites are 2 p.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. W.C. Westman officiating. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Brand-Wilson Funeral Home. There is no visitation Thursday.

Mr. Coutts was born Dec. 27, 1925, to Leonard N. and Mabel Belle (Echternach) Coutts in Ayr. He graduated from Ayr High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II From 1944-46. He received the Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal. On June 8, 1948, he married Marcelyne M. Burge. He worked for CB&Q (later Burlington Northern Railroad) for 39 years. Most of those years he was an operator/lever man in the tower.

He was a member of VFW Post No. 1346, American Legion Post No. 11 and Eagles Club Aerie No. 592.

Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Peggy L. Post of Sutton, Marcia J. Henry of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jacalyn J. Smith of Utica and Melissa S. Coutts of Broken Bow; two sisters, Lurean M. Smith of Alamogordo, N.M., and Ruby Ellen Coutts of Hastings; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or donor's choice.
 

Robert 'Bob' Hansen
Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997
Minden resident Robert W. "Bob" Hansen, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Minden with the Rev. Manick Samuel officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery with military rites provided by Minden American Legion Post No. 94. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Hansen was born Oct. 8, 1918, to Corbin and Carrie (Weldon) Hansen in Upland. He graduated from Upland High School. On Aug. 4, 1940, he married Irene Bader. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his military discharge, he and his wife moved to Minden. He worked for Lehmkuhl Hardware, Garrett Cleaners and later the post office.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 94 and was a long-time member of the Minden Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Linda Jameson of Minden and Kary Beth Frandsen of Milwaukee, Wis.; one son, Robert of Bertrand; two sisters, Irene Holst of Omaha and Phyllis Royber of Denver; one brother, Gerald of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church.
 

Inez B. Wilson
Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997
Hastings resident Inez B. (Weston) Wilson, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Village All Saints Chapel with Steve Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and 1-9 p.m. Thursday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home and 9 a.m. until services Friday at the church.

Mrs. Wilson was born May 4, 1906, to George and Ada Anna (Barett) Weston in Nemaha County, Iowa. She moved to Hastings in the 1920s. She was a housekeeper at Clarke Hotel and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors are one daughter, Kathryn Schoen of Des Moines, Iowa; two sons, Scott Doiel of Eugene, Ore., and Steve Doiel of Saugus, Calif.; one sister, Jessie Magruder of Walnut Creek, Calif.; one brother, Lawrence Weston of Lompoc, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

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

Donald 'Donnie' Gunn
Monday, Nov. 24, 1997
Edgar resident Donald P. "Donnie" Gunn, 76, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at his home.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Urbauer-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Edgar with the Rev. Rick Cepris officiating. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery with military rites provided by Warren Fletcher American Legion Post No. 248.

Mr. Gunn was born Dec. 8, 1920, to Newton and Verna (Huffman) Gunn in Oxford. He graduated from Edgar High School in 1939. On Sept. 15, 1940, he married Mary Ann Ahrens in Mankato, Kan. He was a welder in Long Beach, Calif., for a few years before returning to Nebraska. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served with the 35th Battalion of the Navy Sea Bees. He was discharged in 1946. He worked for Shuck Drilling Co. for 20 years and later for Superior-Deshler Co., both in Edgar. He retired in 1985. In later years he worked with McReynolds farms and Gordon Jacobs. He also did welding and repair work in his shop.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Lana Horst of Edgar and Dixie Osborne of Omaha; two sons, Jay P. of Edgar and Jeffrey of Kanopolis, Kan.; his mother of Edgar; one brother, Dean of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Virginia Portrey of Houston, Mo., and Genevieve Northrop of Clay Center; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; one son, Donald Dean; and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to GSV All Saints Chapel.
 

Leander E. 'Lee' Brockman
Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997
Hastings resident Leander E. "Lee" Brockman, 78, of 410 Circle H died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Rosary is 9:45 a.m. and services are 10 a.m., both Wednesday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with the Rev. Troy Schweiger officiating. Burial with military rites will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery south of Lawrence. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brockman was born June 7, 1919, to Joseph and Mary (Ostdiek) Brockman at Mount Clare. He attended St. Stephen's Parochial School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in England and France. After his military discharge he farmed with his brother, Leonard. He owned and operated a tavern in Lawrence. In 1977 he moved to Hastings.

Survivors are two sisters, Alice R. Peper of Hastings and Bernice Wenz of Billings, Mont.; and one brother, Urban Brockman of Portland, Ore.

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

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Agnes D. Windhorst 
Monday, Nov. 24, 1997
Deshler resident Agnes Daisy (Ocobock) Windhorst, 82, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, in Lincoln.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler with the Rev. Woodrow Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Deshler City Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today, 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-11 a.m. Friday at Ahrendts Funeral Home in Deshler and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mrs. Windhorst was born March 21, 1915, to Horace E. and Sarah Arabella (Strickland) Ocobock in rural Republic, Kan. She worked at Deshler Broom Factory, Parkview Haven Nursing Home and Reinke Manufacturing, all in Deshler.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Survivors are her husband, Ervin J.; one daughter, Darlene Fintel Heckenlively of Oakley, Kan.; one son, Darrell of Stromsburg; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Henry H. Schiermeyer
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997
Deshler resident Henry Herman Schiermeyer, 93, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, in Hebron.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery at Deshler. Visitation is 3-8 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Ahrendts Funeral Home in Deshler and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mr. Schiermeyer was born Dec. 18, 1903, to Charles and Sophia (Kolling) Schiermeyer in rural Deshler. He was a retired farmer.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Cemetery Board.

Survivors are his wife, Marie; one daughter, Carol O'Neal of Marysville, Kan.; and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

William N. Reed
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997
Nelson resident William N. Reed, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior.

Graveside services were to be today at Nelson Cemetery with the Rev. Royce Buchtel officiating. Klawitter-Price Funeral Home of Nelson is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Reed was born Oct. 7, 1918, to Oliver E. and Freida M. (Carey) Reed on a farm near Nelson. He attended Beulah Country School through the eighth grade. He farmed with his father for many years.

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

Memorials may be sent to the family at 124 S. Montgomery, Nelson, NE 68961.
 

Harry Reifschneider
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997
Hastings resident Harry P. Reifschneider, 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Harold D. Stromer officiating. Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery at Blue Hill.

Mr. Reifschneider was born Jan. 21, 1917, to Peter and Katharine (Schafer) Reifschneider in Lincoln. He served n the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941-45. On May 27, 1944, he married Leona B. Buschow. In 1945 they moved to Hastings from Galveston, Texas. He worked for Western Land Roller for 32 years. His wife died Oct. 23, 1991.

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

Survivors are two daughters, Sandra Mackie of Norfolk and Vicki Ganzel of Fremont; three sisters, Selma Eagleton and Lillian Reifschneider, both of Lincoln, and Dorothy Gable of Waverly; one brother, Peter of Lincoln; and three grandchildren.

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

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

Lemoine J. Olsen
Monday, Nov. 24, 1997
Minden resident Lemoine J. Olsen, 76, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at St. Francis Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden with the Rev. Dr. Terry Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery with military rites provided by Minden American Legion Post No. 94. Visitation is 3-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. today at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.

Mr. Olsen was born Sept. 10, 1921, to John and Esther (Pearson) Olsen in Minden. He graduated from Minden High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. On Feb. 20, 1943, he married Quentene Anderson. After his military discharge they lived in Minden. He and his brother, Duane, owned and operated Olsen Brothers and were involved in farming, trucking, cattle and land leveling. He later was superintendent for Werner Construction from the early 1960s until retiring in 1980. On Nov. 4, 1978, he married Violet Younglund. They lived in Minden. 

He was a member of Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Kearney Elks and Minden American Legion Post No. 94, of which he was a past commander.

Survivors are his wife; four daughters, Sheryl Boisen of Minden, Linda Lund and Marcy Etzelmiller, both of Ogallala, and Teresa Detlefsen of North Platte; two stepdaughters, Beverly Radford of San Jose, Calif., and Arlene Bruns of Lakewood, Colo.; one stepson, Gary Younglund of Palmdale, Calif; one brother, Duane Olsen of Minden; eight grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.
 

Velma M. Dowdy
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997
Former Carleton resident Velma Mary Dowdy, 94, of Hebron died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, in Hebron.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Blue Valley Nursing Home chapel in Hebron with the Rev. Dale Dowdy officiating. Burial will be in Carleton City Cemetery at Carleton. Price Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dowdy was born Oct. 13, 1903, to Frank and Amanda (Hartley) Axtell in Carleton. She attended Coonridge Rural School south of Carleton and graduated from Hebron High School in 1921. On Feb. 21, 1929, she married Claude H. "Pete" Dowdy in York. They lived on a farm southwest of Carleton and farmed north of Carleton for many years. After retirement, they moved into Carleton where they lived for 17 years. In 1987, she moved into the Parkside Manor Apartments in Hebron and moved to Blue Valley Home in 1990.

She was a member of the Bethel Church of the Brethren, Bethel Women's Fellowship and Carleton Community Birthday Group, all of Carleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four sisters and two brothers.

Memorials may be given to Bethel Church of the Brethren or Blue Valley Nursing Home.
 

Melvin J. Chaney
Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997
Melvin J. Chaney, 88, of Red Cloud died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace in Hastings.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home chapel in Red Cloud with the Rev. Barb Spangler officiating. Burial will be in the Cora Cemetery north of Lebanon, Kan.

Mr. Chaney was born March 22, 1909, to John R. and Johanna (Sullivan) Chaney in Franklin County. He grew up in Franklin County where he attended rural school District 69 and Red Cloud High School. He farmed and raised livestock on the family farm southeast of Riverton. In 1953, he began farming for Wayne Campbell. In June 1995, he moved to Good Samaritan Village.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.


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