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Cecilia E. Brown
Friday, Dec. 26, 1997
Hastings resident Cecilia E. (Seyler) Brown, 95, of 523 Lane D, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace. 

Rosary will be 10:45 a.m. followed by services Monday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with Monseignor John J. McCabe officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born July 19, 1902, to Frank and Elizabeth (Gross) Seyler in Roseland. On Feb. 7, 1933, she married Lloyd Brown. He died March 30, 1978. She worked for Brach Thompson and Queen City Laundry. She was a housekeeper at Villa Grace.

She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and its Altar Society.

Survivors are two sons, Donald of Northglenn, Colo., and Lloyd Jr. of Omaha; one daughter, Shirley Ziolo of Thornton, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, JoAnn Obester, and one sister.

Memorials may be given to St. Cecilia's Catholic Church.
 

Eileen M. Scott
Friday, Dec. 12, 1997
Former Hastings resident Eileen Mary (McKenna) Scott, 93 of Fort Collins, Colo., died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, at Four Seasons Health Care Center in Fort Collins.

Rosary will be at 9:45 a.m. and services will follow Jan. 5, 1998, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Doniphan with the Rev. John Hawkins officiating. Inurnment will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. The remains were cremated.

Mrs. Scott was born Jan. 15, 1904, to Joseph Michael and Mary Ellen (Kernan) McKenna in Hastings. In 1933, she married Raymond Higinbotham in Scottsbluff. They lived in Hastings. In 1946, she married Al G. Scott in Fort Morgan, Colo. Both husbands preceded her in death. She was a secretary and bookkeeper in insurance law and real estate for 25 years, retiring in 1946. She moved to Fort Collins in 1944.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fort Collins. 

Survivors are one daughter, Mary R. Carpenter of Fort Collins; two sisters, Frances Lowell of Wood River and Lois Barry of Hastings; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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

Edna James
Dec. 17, 1997
Former Hastings resident Edna (Lanpheer) James, 102, of Madison, Wis., died Dec. 17, 1997, at Ingleside Care Center in Mount Horeb, Wis.

Memorial services are pending with Fitch-Lawrence-Sanfillippo Funeral Home in Madison.

Mrs. James was born Sept. 26, 1895, to Dater D. and Anna Matilda (Haslee) Lanpheer in Greenbush, Wis. She graduated from high school in Glenbeulah, Wis., and attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. On Aug. 20, 1919, she married Harry R. James. They lived and taught in Wellington and Manhattan, Kan., and later moved to Madison. In 1932, they moved to Hastings. She was a kindergarten teacher at Longfellow Elementary School for several years. Her husband was a professor of physics at Hastings College. He died in 1970.

Survivors are one daughter, Marjorie Von Tongeln of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, William L. James of Madison; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to Hastings College.
 

Keith Koepke
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997
Hastings native Keith Koepke, 53, of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, in Rancho Bernardo.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. The remains were cremated.

Mr. Koepke was born Jan. 30, 1944, to Howard M. and Harriet (Borley) Koepke in Hastings. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in business administration in 1966. He was a member of Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are his wife, Rosalind Chang Koepke of Rancho Bernardo; one son, Michael Alan of Rancho Bernardo; his mother of Hastings; one brother, Alan W. of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and one sister, Kay M. Cole of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Children's Hospital and Health Center, 3020 Children's Way, MC 5013, San Diego CA 92123; The Leukemia Society of America, 4715 Viewridge Ave., Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92123; or the Michael Koepke College Fund in care of Rosalind Koepke, 17659 Adena Lane, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.
 

Floyd G. Smith
Friday, Dec. 26, 1997
Arcadia resident Floyd G. Smith, 78, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at Community Care Center in Edgar.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Arcadia Congregational Church with the Rev. Wayne Rouse officiating. Burial will be in Arcadia Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Carole Jean Shuck of Edgar.
 

Robert D. Downing
Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997

Hastings resident Robert Duane Downing, 47, of 1022 S. Wabash Ave. died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Sam Rathod and Ronald Wickard officiating. Burial will be in Kenesaw Cemetery. Butler-Volland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Downing was born Jan. 10, 1950, to Arthur and Mary Rose (Paxton) Downing in Valentine. He moved with his family to Hastings at an early age. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School in 1969. On March 14, 1970, he married Linda Ernst. He worked at Heartland Co-op in Trumbull.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Bradley and Randy, both of Hastings; his stepfather, Lyle Wickard of Hastings; his stepmother, Mina Downing of Newcastle, Wyo.; one sister, Kay White of Newcastle; and one grandchild.

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

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Delbert W. Davisson
Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997

Franklin resident Delbert W. Davisson, 69, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at his home.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin with the Rev. Bruce Crabtree officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Franklin. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin and 1 p.m. until services at the church.

Mr. Davisson was born May 24, 1928, to Lloyd and Clara (Dooley) Davisson in Hastings. He lived in Bloomington until the age of 6. Most of his life was spent in Franklin. He attended Bloomington Grade School. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-47. He graduated from Elgin (Ill.) Watchmakers College in 1950. On Aug. 16, 1953, he married Mariann Jesse in Wilcox. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service and later the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation until opening Davisson Jewelry with his wife in Franklin. They retired in 1993 after 37 years.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where he had held most offices. He was past president of Franklin Jaycees and was a member of Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Barber Shop Chorus and Quartet. 

Survivors are his wife; one son, Ronald of Loveland, Colo.; and two brothers, Dwight and John, both of Franklin.

He was preceded in death by one sister.
 

Verl M. Brown
Friday, Dec. 26, 1997

Campbell resident Verl M. Brown, 94, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at Grandview Manor in Campbell.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Dean Joy officiating. Graveside services are 9 a.m. Wednesday at Fairmount Cemetery at Denver with the Rev. Gary Brown officiating. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Brown was born Aug. 18, 1903, to Granville and Nora Mae (Statts) Brown in Emporia, Kan. In 1924 he married Jean McIllizan in Emporia. She died in 1968. He farmed near Emporia until 1946 when he moved to Denver. There he was a plaster contractor. In 1991 he moved to Inavale.

Survivors are one son, Dave of Bloomington; one daughter, Betty Dunn of Allen, Kan.; one sister, Phyllis of Topeka, Kan.; one half sister, Darlene Jacob of Franklin; 14 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, two brothers, one sister and one grandchild.
 

Gilbert H. Rose
Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997

Hastings resident Gilbert H. Rose, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Carl H. Rehwaldt officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery. Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home and 9 a.m. until services Wednesday at the church.

Mr. Rose was born Oct. 30, 1927, to John H. and Anna (Luitjens) Rose in Blue Hill. He attended grade school at District 37 in Webster County. He farmed for his parents four miles south of Rosemont until joining the U.S. Air Force in 1947. He was an instructor at Auto Mechanic Special Equipment School at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. He also spent a year in Korea. He was discharged in 1954 as a technical sergeant. On Dec. 7, 1948, he married Norma Jean Nass in Greeley, Colo. They later divorced. He moved to Hastings where he worked for Western Land Roller for seven years. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 24 years, retiring in 1985. 

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, VFW Post No. 1346, DAV Chapter No. 9, American Legion Post No. 11, Eagles Arie No. 592, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and American Association of Retired Persons, all of Hastings.

Survivors are two daughters, Janice Snavely of Hastings and Ronda Strickland of Marquette; three sons, Jerry of Davenport and Dale and Randy, both of Hastings; one sister, Esther Wademan of Blue Hill; and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dennis; six brothers, one sister and one grandchild.

Memorials may be given to Faith Lutheran Church.
 

Royal L. Rollins
Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997

Harvard resident Royal L. Rollins, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Community Care of Edgar.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Church of Christ with the Rev. Stanley Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Harvard Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday. Alberding-Wilson Funeral Home of Harvard is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rollins was born Nov. 6, 1932, to William I. and Zola B. (Flynn) Rollins in Penokee, Kan. On Oct. 26, 1951, he married Beverly Nelson in Harvard. He moved to Harvard in 1951. He was employed by Morrison-Quirk Elevator and later worked for T & L Irrigation for 24 years.

He was a member of United Church of Christ.

Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Anna Jean Smith of Harvard, Jacqueline Roberts of Sutton and Barbara June Jepsen of Hastings; one son, Robin of Hastings; three sisters, five brothers, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family.
 

Leland W. Jungert
Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997

Hastings resident Leland W. Jungert, 66, of 33 Kingston Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Heartwell Cemetery in Heartwell with the Rev. Tom Murray officiating. There will be no visitation. The remains were cremated. Brand-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jungert was born May 4, 1931, to Otto W. and Nellie M. (Clinger) Jungert in Wall Lake, Iowa. He graduated from Kenesaw High School. He served with the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. On April 1, 1957, he married Johanna Torske. He moved to Hastings in 1978 and worked as a hospital aide at the Hastings Regional Center.

He was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Kim Douglas of Hastings, one son, David of Overland Park, Kan.; one sister, Carol Houlden of Hemet, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial may be given to the family in lieu of flowers.
 

Mabel A. Latter
Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997

Former Minden resident Mabel Alice (Golay) Latter, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Methodist Memorial Homes in Holdrege.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wilcox with the Rev. Jeremy Jacoby officiating. Burial will be in Minden Cemetery at Minden. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Wilcox.

Mrs. Latter was born April 6, 1914, to Charles Spencer and Estella Blanche (Berger) Golay near Minden. She attended Hoosier Valley Rural School District 47 in Kearney County. She graduated from Minden High School in 1932. She attended Business College in Grand Island for one year. She worked at Kearney County Courthouse in Minden for a time. On Jan. 5, 1936, she married Lorenz Martin Latter at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minden. They farmed near Minden. In 1949 they moved into Minden. In 1959 they moved to Wilcox. She moved to Methodist Homes in Holdrege in August 1994. Her husband died in 1995. 

She was a past member of Liberty Baptist Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid, all of Minden. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and its Ruth Society of Wilcox. She was an organist for St. John's Lutheran Church and later at Methodist Homes for Sunday chapel services.

Survivors are two daughters, Joanne Hueftle of Holdrege and Joyce Woodman of Kenesaw; two sons, Larry and Ronny, both of Wilcox; one sister, Maude Gishwiller of Henderson; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church.
 

Verne D. Magnuson
Monday, Dec. 29, 1997

Hastings resident Verne D. Magnuson, 78, of 810 Madden Road died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Mr. Magnuson was born Oct. 9, 1919, to Carl Verne and Evalyn (McGuire) Magnuson in Loomis. In 1920 he moved to Hastings with his family. He graduated from Hastings Senior High School and Hastings College. On Oct. 10, 1947, he married Elsaleah "Lee" Smith in Kansas City, Mo. He began as an insurance agent with Knicely-Magnuson with his father. The name was later changed to Magnuson-Friend Insurance Agency.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge No. 50 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Tehama Shrine Temple and Lochland Country Club.

Survivors are his wife; one son, David Duane of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Debra Hrncir of Houston; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.
 

Paul K. 'Olo' Huffman
Monday, Dec. 29, 1997

Mankato, Kan., resident Paul K. "Olo" Huffman, 83, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, in Mankato.

Private graveside services are Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery at Mankato with the Rev. Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Visitation is until 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Melby Mortuary in Mankato.

Mr. Huffman was born April 19, 1914, to Edward and Carrie (Danison) Huffman in Ionia, Kan. He attended schools in Ionia, Stubean, Norway and Windy Paint School, all in central Kansas. On April 23, 1938, he married Helen Fullerton in Mankato. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Jewell County Highway Department.

He was a member of East Union School Board and East Union Literary Society, all in Jewell County.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Judy Watkins of Mankato and Linda McConnell of Texas; two sisters, Marcella "Sally" Sipe of Mankato and Opal Walford of Kennewick, Wash.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Thomas C. Bundy
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997

Nampa, Idaho, resident Thomas Clinton Bundy, 40, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln from injuries sustained in a plane crash near Hastings.

Services were Monday at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Okla. Gene Adams Funeral Service of Bethany was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Bundy married former Hastings resident Holly Mudd.
 

James D. O'Keefe
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997

Former Hastings resident James Dale O'Keefe, 63, of Broomfield, Colo., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at St. Anthony Hospital Central in Denver.

Memorial services were Saturday at Rundus Funeral Home in Broomfield.

Mr. O'Keefe was born April 30, 1934, to William C. and Glenice H. (Scoville) O'Keefe in Wheaton, Kan. He graduated from Wheaton High School. On May 6, 1954, he married Laverne Brewer in Hastings. They lived in Hastings for a time. He was a brakeman for Union Pacific Railroad.

He was a member of United Transportation Union, Union Pacific Old Timers Club and Country Cottage Coffee Club.

Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Margaret Kouns of Brighton, Colo., Mary Ann Yagar of California and Maureen Nelson of Marysville, Kan.; and eight grandchildren.
 

Kenneth 'Toby' Tobias
Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997

Hastings resident Kenneth W. "Toby" Tobias, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, at Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavilion.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Thursday and prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Tobias was born April 25, 1923, to Ezra J. and Cora W. (Wagner) Tobias in Lebanon, Pa. He entered the U.S. Army in 1940. He served as master sergeant of the 446th Bomb Group at Flixton Air Field in England. The 446th Bombardiers led the D-Day Invasion in 1944. In 1975 he moved to Hastings from New York City.

He was a member of Keystone Baptist Church, Eagles, VFW and DAV. He also was a member of the 446th Bombardment Group Association. He attended its 50th reunion in Florida in 1995.

Survivors are one daughter, Marilyn Norgren of Dayton, Ohio; one son, Michael J. Walton of Frimley, England; three brothers, Ray W. of Pylesville, Md., Wayne of Raleigh, N.C., and Arthur of Baltimore, Md.; three sisters, Geraldine Sparks of Steelton, Pa., Janet Anspach of Morganton, Pa, and Margaret Fessler of Lebanon; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be given to the family's choice.
 

Jamie L. McWilliams
Monday, Dec. 29, 1997

Former Hastings resident Jamie Lynn (Hess) McWilliams, 40, of North Platte died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at O'Brien-Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney with the Rev. C.J. Willis officiating. Burial will be in Overton Cemetery at Overton. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. McWilliams was born Dec. 22, 1957, to Glenn and Bonnie Hess in Patagonia, Ariz. She lived in Kearney where she attended grade school. She later moved to Hastings and attended high school. In 1973 she married Geoffrey Marlow in Phillipsburg, Kan. She later married Tom McWilliams on Feb. 6, 1981, in Ravenna. She worked as a waitress in various places. While living in the Ravenna area she worked at a care home. She recently moved to North Platte.

Survivors are two daughters, April McWilliams and Christiann McWilliams, both of Ravenna; her parents of Mankato, Kan.; and one grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Memorials may be given to the family.


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