Bertrand resident, 95
BERTRAND — Walter H. Bunsen, 95, of Bertrand died Friday, Nov. 26,
1999, at Bertrand Nursing Home.
Arrangements are pending with Sandstrom Funeral Home in Bertrand.
Kearney resident, 91
KEARNEY — Edith Erpelding, 91, of Kearney died Wednesday, March 1,
2000, at Mount Carmel Home in Kearney.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church
in Kearney with the Rev. Charles Torpey officiating. Burial will be at
Vigil wake services will be at 7 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Unit at Mount Carmel Home
or the church.
She was born September 24, 1908, in Eddyville to Julius and Minnie
(Flowerdew) Boyd. She grew up in the Eddyville area and graduated from
Kearney High School.
On Oct. 29, 1929, she married Leo H. Erpelding in Kearney. They farmed
in the Kearney-Gibbon area. She worked at the state tuberculosis hospital
and later worked as a hostess for King's Food Host and the Villager restaurants.
She had been a resident of Mount Carmel for the past seven years.
She was a member of the church and the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed
gardening, crocheting and bowling.
Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis Mauler, Axtell, and Diana
Wubbenhorst, Minden; son, Robert, Kearney; sister, Irene Thompson, Snohomish,
Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren;
and two step-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, five brothers,
two sisters and two grandchildren.
Thedford resident, 75
THEDFORD — Russell Allan Nutter, 75, of Thedford died Wednesday, May
24, 2000, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Thedford Gymnasium with the
Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at
the Thedford Cemetery.
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at Govier Brothers Mortuary in
Broken Bow and from 10 a.m. until services Friday at the Thedford Gym.
Memorials are suggested to the Thedford American Legion or the Thedford
He was born March 13, 1925, in Washington County, Kan., to Walter Pearl
and Catherine Nutter. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II,
and then ranched in the Thedford area for several years.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association,
the National Limousin Association and the Selective Service Board.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; daughter, Connie Moser, North Platte;
sons, Mark and Troy, both of Thedford, and Brad, Hickman; sisters, Shirley
Krause, Ansley, Phyllis Figard, Thedford, and Joyce Molley, Lakewood, Colo.;
brother, Charles, Lincoln; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Minden resident, 89
MINDEN — Frank C. Eighmy, 89, of Minden died Friday, June 2, 2000,
at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden
with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating. Burial will be at Minden Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral
He was born July 23, 1910, in Kenesaw to William and Bertha (Mack)
Kearney resident, 50
KEARNEY — Robert J. "Bob" Schaffer, 50, of 2814 Ave. L, died Friday,
May 26, 2000, at Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church
in Kearney with the Rev. Charles Torpey officiating. Burial, with military
honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 759 and Kearney National Guard
Unit, will be at Kearney Cemetery.
Wake service will be at 7 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 3, 1949, in Wichita, Kan., to Reinhold and Regina
(Depperschmidt) Schaffer. He graduated from East High School in Wichita
in 1968. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
On Oct. 7, 1972, he married Carol J. Wood in South Dakota. Following
his discharge, they moved to Kearney where he was employed by Rockwell
Manufacturing for nine years. For the past 18 years, he had been employed
as a custodian at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
He was a member of the church and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife; mother, Wichita, Kan.; and brothers, Richard
and Ralph, both of Derby, Kan., and Roy, Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his father.
J. Bruce White
Broken Bow resident, 70
BROKEN BOW — Jerrold Bruce White, 70, of Broken Bow died Sunday, May
7, 2000, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Govier Brothers Chapel in
Broken Bow with the Revs. Jim Stark and David Hansen officiating. Burial
will be at Grand View Cemetery in Anselmo.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to the Broken Bow Rescue Unit.
He was born Oct. 7, 1929, at Anselmo to George and Florence (Predmore)
White. He graduated from Anselmo High School in 1947 and served with the
U.S. Army from 1951 to 1963.
In 1955, he married Evelyne Duryea of Brewster. They lived in Grand
Island, where he was employed at Gambles. They moved to Wood River in 1959,
where he worked as a farmhand until returning to Grand Island and Gambles
in 1961. The couple moved to Broken Bow in 1965, and they became owners/managers
of the Gambles Store until retiring in 1990. He continued to raise cattle
on his ranch north of Anselmo.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge and a lifetime member of the Anselmo
Veterans of Foreign Wars, which he served as commander.
Survivors include his wife; son, Robert, Lubbock, Texas; daughters,
Karen Hutsell, Kansas City, and Patricia Zeleski, Lincoln; brother, Ron,
Anselmo; sisters, Patty Jackson, Broken Bow, and Louise Gilpin, Grand Island;
and two grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Kearney resident, 90
KEARNEY — Laveta P. Feis, 90, of 3207 11th Ave., died Thursday, June
15, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, where she was a patient
for 18 days.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist
Church in Hastings with Rev. Earl Higgins officiating. Burial will be at
Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday from
noon to 9 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brand Wilson Mortuary
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Pooh Corner.
She was born Jan. 13, 1910 in Campbell to Clem and Elizabeth (Rosch)
She married Gordon Feis July 16, 1929. He died Feb. 10, 1974.
She graduated from Campbell High School. She and her husband lived
in Franklin 25 years, where she worked for J.C. Penney and Tilford's Department
Store. They moved to Hastings in 1963 and she worked as a psych technician
at Hastings Regional Center, retiring in January 1975. After retiring she
worked as a foster grandmother for 22 years.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hastings and
the Friendly Dozen Club in Franklin, and was a 50-year member of the Rebekah
Lodge of Franklin.
Survivors include daughter, Gwen Sterner, Kearney; sons Gillys, Rocklin,
Calif., and Gillford, Hastings; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and
Miller resident, 76
KEARNEY — Jack D. Day, 76, of Miller died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at
Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grandview Church in rural Miller
with the Revs. Dean Pofahl and J.H. Schroeder officiating. Burial, with
military honors by American Legion Post 351 of Miller, Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 759 of Kearney and the Kearney National Guard unit, will be at
Armada Cemetery in Miller.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Horner-Lieske-Horner
Mortuary in Kearney and before services Thursday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Armada Cemetery Association.
He was born Dec. 6, 1923, northeast of Miller to Harold R. and Mabel
L. (Keyser) Day. He graduated from Miller High School in 1942. He served
with the First Cavalry Division in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947.
On June 5, 1949, he married Ruth M. Jorgensen in rural Miller.
He was a member of Legion Post 351, VFW Post 759 and the Miller Volunteer
Fire Department. He was president of Miller Rodeo Association and coached
youth baseball for many years in Miller.
Survivors include his wife; sons, George, Amherst, Schuyler, Plattsmouth,
John, Omaha, Dick, Callaway, Charles, Miller, and Ned, Kearney; brother,
Norman, Miller; sisters, Jeanne Stevens and Sarah Graham, both of Miller,
Shirley McCullough, Broken Bow, and Susan Underhill, Riverdale; 14 grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; four stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Ex-Loomis resident, 99
HOLDREGE — Helen Leavina Nelson, 99, of Holdrege, formerly of Loomis
and rural Bertrand, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at Christian Homes in
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Westmark Evangelical Free
Church in Phelps County with the Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial
will be at Sandstrom Cemetery in Phelps County.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Nelson-Harris Funeral
Home in Holdrege with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
A memorial has been established in her name.
She was born on Nov. 29, 1900, in Bertrand to John H. and Mamie A.
(Lindsten) Nelson. She attended District 21 Star School and graduated from
Bertrand High School in 1918. She then attended the Minnehaha Business
School in Minneapolis and Kearney State Teachers College. She taught at
Districts 21 and 75 schools in Phelps County for four years.
On Oct. 21, 1925, she married Fred Nelson in Bertrand. They lived northeast
of Bertrand for 52 years before moving to Loomis in 1977. In 1988, she
moved to Chrisoma Villa. In 1997, she moved to Christian Homes.
She was a member of the church, where she served in the Free Church
Women's Ministries, taught Sunday school and was a choir member. She was
a charter member of the neighborhood Advance Extension Club in Phelps County.
Survivors include her sons, LeRoy of Atlantic, Iowa, Howard and Raymond,
both of Bertrand, and Willard of Overland Park, Kan.; daughter, Helen Carlson
of Eaton, Colo.; brother, Holland of Bertrand; 11 grandchildren; and 31
She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and a great-granddaughter.
Ex-Kearney resident, 72
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — Marvin Edward Burton, 72, of Fernandina Beach,
formerly of Kearney, Neb., died Oct. 2, 2000, in Florida.
Services were at the First Presbyterian Church in Florida with the
Rev. Conrad Sharps officiating.
He was born Aug. 5, 1928, in Kearney and grew up in the area. He served
with the U.S. Navy and then worked at Container Corp. in Florida for 37
years before retiring in 1990.
He was a member of the church and served as deacon, choir member and
adult school teacher. He enjoyed working on projects around the church
and for Habitat for Humanity.
Survivors include his wife, L. Barbara; sons, Robert of St. Augustine,
Steve of Hazelhurst, Ga., and Rusty of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Judy
Owens of Jacksonville; brother, Art of Washington, Utah; and five granddaughters.
Loup City resident, 80
LOUP CITY — Wilbur Kuhl, 80, of Loup City died Friday, March 30, 2001,
at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loup
City with the Rev. Shawn Kitzing officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen
Cemetery with military honors by Loup City American Legion Post 48.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Higgins Funeral Home
in Loup City
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Beaver City resident, 96
NORTON, Kan. — Irene Cozad, 96, of Beaver City, Neb., died Sunday,
Aug. 12, 2001, at Norton County Hospital in Norton.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church
in Lyle with the Rev. Charles Keller officiating. Burial will be at Lyle
Cemetery in Lyle.
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver
City and before services at the church on Wednesday.
She was born May 31, 1905, in Lyle to James and Ruth (Wyatt) Powell.
She grew up in that area and graduated from high school in Oberlin. She
attended Palmer Lake College in Colorado.
On March 22, 1929, she married Van Cozad in Lyle. They retired from
farming in 1987 and moved to Beaver City.
She was a member of the church, where she was Sunday school superintendent
for a number of years and was active in United Methodist Women.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Ruth Vise and Karla Clason,
both of Beaver City; sister, Margaret Magers of Lyle; five grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and a grandson.
Former Kearney resident, 73
ROSEBURG, Ore. — Velma G. Garrelts, 73, of Roseburg, formerly of Kearney,
Neb., died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Mercy Care Center.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in
Kearney with the Rev. Jer Gilbreath officiating. Burial will be at Kearney
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.
She was born May 27, 1928, in Elm Creek, Neb., to Logan and Pearl (Mudge)
Rice. She attended school in Ansley, Neb., and Kearney, Neb.
In 1944, she married Alfred Garrelts. They lived in the Kearney area
for 55 years.
Survivors include her son, Terry of Oakland; brother, Doyle Rice of
Commerce City, Colo.; sister, Shirley Pettit of Winnebago, Minn.; four
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a stepgrandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, seven brothers and
Cairo resident, 73
Cairo resident, 72
GRAND ISLAND — Wilma L. Lemburg, 73, of Cairo died Friday, Dec. 14,
2001, at St. Francis Skilled Care. Her husband, Willis A. Lemburg, 72,
of Cairo died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center.
Services for the couple will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran
Church in Cairo with the Rev. Glen Keylon officiating. Burial will be at
the Cameron Cemetery. Military honors graveside for Mr. Lemburg will be
conducted by a unit from Fort Riley, Kan.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church in Cairo.
Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lemburg was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Hazard to Henry and Minnie
(Brewer) Smith. She graduated from Hazard High School in 1949. She attended
medical school in Omaha.
Mr. Lemburg was born Sept. 14, 1929, near Dannebrog to Gustav and Dora
(Becker) Lemburg. He grew up in Dannebrog and attended school at District
16 country school until 1942 when the family moved to Grand Island. He
served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1949 and was a World War II veteran.
On Feb. 18, 1951, the couple were married in Ravenna. They lived in
Cheyenne, Wyo., for a short time and then returned to Nebraska. She was
employed by Omaha Cold Storage in Ravenna and the Gibbon Turkey Plant.
They moved to Cairo where they ran the bowling alley, Cairo Bowl, for many
years. She also candled eggs.
He worked for the sugar beet factory and was then employed with Supersweet
Feeds for more than 32 years.
They were members of the church in Cairo. They also were members of
the Eagles Club.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the NRA.
She enjoyed bingo, reading, sewing and bowling. He enjoyed hunting,
fishing, bowling and in his youth, swimming.
Survivors include their son, Brent of Giltner; daughters, Delphine
Ciemnoczolowski and Doreen Lemburg, both of Kearney, and Sharon Lindell
of Cairo; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She is survived by a brother, Lyle Smith of Hazard; and sisters, Shirley
Palasek of Fullerton and Arlone Breiner of Grand Island.
He is survived by brothers, Mervin of Mesa, Ariz., and Lowen of Lincoln;
and sisters, Elaine Grim of Dannebrog and Lois Drake of New Johnsonville,
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Former Holbrook resident, 84
CAMBRIDGE — Robert Eugene Mishler, 84, of Cambridge, formerly of Holbrook,
died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Cambridge.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday) at Lockenour-Jones
Mortuary in Cambridge.
He was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Edison to William and Avis (White) Mishler.
He graduated from high school in Edison in 1936.
On May 2, 1942, he married Wilma Robeson.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and served in the South
He was a charter member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9357 in Holbrook.
He farmed all his life. He enjoyed taking drives in the country and
spending time with family.
Survivors include his wife of Holbrook; son, Rex of Park City, Mont.;
two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
Kearney resident, 77
KEARNEY — Archie L. Fairbrother, 77, of 1011 Sixth Ave., died Sunday,
Oct. 1, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Capital City Christian Church
in Lincoln with the Rev. Bill Thornton officiating. Burial will be at Lincoln
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 today at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel
Funeral Home in Kearney and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church
Memorials will be established in his name.
He was born June 24, 1923, in Oconto Falls, Wis., to Charles and Lucille
(Ferguson) Fairbrother. He farmed with his father in northeastern Wisconsin
and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1941 on a basketball
scholarship. He transferred to Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn.,
in 1944 and graduated from Lincoln Bible Institute in Lincoln, Ill., in
On March 26, 1948, he married Marguerite Bare in Oswatamie, Kan.
In 1951, he began missionary work in Shillong, Assam, India, with his
family. They returned to the U.S. in 1968, and he served as dean of men
and taught at Dakota Bible College in Huron, S.D. In 1972, he became senior
minister at Douglas Street Christian Church in Lincoln. Beginning in 1976,
he served as manager for the McKinley Indian Mission in Toppenish, Wash.
for five years.
The family went to Hong Kong in 1981, where he served as a missionary.
In 1984, he served as pastor of the Church of Christ in Waverly and then
spent six years as director of the Boise (Idaho) Christian Retirement Home.
Although he semiretired in 1993, he took a mission trip to Africa in 1994
and was pastor at the Douglas Street Church in Lincoln in 1995. He retired
in Kearney in July 1999.
Survivors include his sons, Charles of Santa Clara, Calif., and Ken
of Kearney; daughters, Jewel Martinez of Gibbon, Ellen Banta of Caldwell,
Idaho, Jean Mortimer of Morrow, Ga., and Zana Durst of St. Louis; sister,
Claire Freburg of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a daughter and two sisters.
Kearney resident, 80
KEARNEY — Hazle V. Stutheit, 80, of 600 E. 23rd St., died Friday, Nov.
17, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Arrangements are pending at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home of
Ex-Sargent resident, 67
MIDDLETON, Wis. — Donovan Darrell Gift, 67, of Middleton, formerly
of Sargent, Neb., died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Middleton.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Govier Brothers Chapel
in Broken Bow, Neb., with the Rev. J.H. Schroeder of Elizabeth, Colo.,
officiating. Burial, with military rites, will be at Custer Center Cemetery
west of Broken Bow.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until services today (Saturday) at the
mortuary in Broken Bow.
Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice or the family.
He was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Arnold, Neb. to Donovan Lewis and Margaret
(Schroeder) Gift. He graduated from Sargent High School in 1951 and moved
to Omaha. He served with the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Following his
discharge, he returned to Omaha and was transferred to Wisconsin by Ray
O Vac Co. He later owned and operated a TV repair business and contracted
to build electronic boards in Wisconsin.
He was a member of the Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, science
fiction books and movies.
Survivors include uncle, Donald Schroeder of Malvern, Iowa; aunts,
Fern Hall of Arnold and Gayle Godsey of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and many
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Broken Bow resident, 87
BROKEN BOW — Iris L. Mannel, 87, of Broken Bow died Thursday, March
29, 2001, at Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Philipsen officiating. Burial will be
at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Govier Brothers Mortuary
in Broken Bow. Wake service will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.
She was born Oct. 1, 1913, in Milburn to Mike and Edna (Leap) Loughran.
She graduated from Milburn High School.
On May 7, 1934, she married Emil T. "Mac" Mannel in Anselmo. They farmed
on the Mannel home place east of Anselmo for 41 years. In 1974, they retired
and moved to Broken Bow, where she worked at Broken Bow Floral. Her husband
died in 1995.
She was a member of the church and its altar society.
Survivors include her son, Bill of Anselmo; daughters, Sharron Shea
of Pekin, Ill., and Deloris Foster of Gibbon; brother, Tom Loughran of
Anselmo; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters.
Eddyville resident, 85
KEARNEY — Arthur John Sullivan, 85, of Eddyville died Thursday, April
5, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church
in Eddyville with the Rev. Neal Nollette officiating. Burial will be at
the church cemetery in Eddyville.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Reynolds-Love Chapel
in Lexington. Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church in Eddyville.
Memorials are suggested to the Eddyville Fire Department or Eddyville
He was born Jan. 18, 1916, in Eddyville to Michael and Mary (Musil)
Sullivan. He attended District 8 School and graduated from Eddyville High
School in 1934 then began working on the family farm.
On Feb. 19, 1955, he married Bernadine Kaupp Rohde in Eddyville. He
farmed the family farm the rest of his life.
He was a member of the church, Knights of Columbus and Lion's Club,
all in Eddyville.
He enjoyed farming, playing baseball and horseshoes, hunting and spending
time with his family.
Survivors include his wife; son, Gary of Eddyville; daughters, JoAnn
Johnson of Kearney and Patricia Bowie of Miller; brother, Adolph of Kearney;
sister, Albia Hagan of Kearney; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Gothenburg resident, 68
GOTHENBURG — Gene Willard Paulsen, 68, of Gothenburg died Wednesday,
May 30, 2001, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in
Gothenburg with the Rev. Steve Deines officiating. Burial will be at Gothenburg
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at Blase Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg.
Memorials are suggested to the church, Gothenburg Fire Department or
Great Plaines Hospice in North Platte.
He was born March 16, 1933, at Blair to Alfred and Rena (Peterson)
Paulsen. The family lived in the Omaha area until moving to Cozad in 1946.
He graduated from Cozad High School in 1950.
In 1953, he married Marlene Owings, then served with the U.S. Army
from 1954 to 1956. He returned to Cozad to work in the family business,
Paulsen Building & Supply Company.
On Sept. 13, 1965, he married Lavonne (Bonnie) Ballmer. He was a former
partner of Hi Gain Feed Lot and was a partner in Hicken Lumber. He also
owned a farm and hog operation. He retired from the family business in
He was a member of American Legion Post 64, and former charter member
of the Cozad Elks Club. He enjoyed golf, playing cards and traveling to
Mexico and Florida.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Steven of Pleasanton and Michael
of Oconto; brothers Lyle of Tucson, Ariz., and Earl of Cozad; sister, Cleo
Wilkins of Cozad; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. .
Lexington resident, 62
LEXINGTON — Darrell D. Evans, 62, of Lexington died Sunday, Aug. 12,
2001, at the Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Love Chapel in
Lexington with the Rev. Kyron C. BeDunnah officiating. Burial will be at
Evergreen Cemetery in Lexington.
Visitation will be until 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel
Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson Research Foundation or the
He was born July 29, 1939, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Frank and Amy
(Cox) Evans. When he was 14, the family moved to Lexington. During high
school, he worked for his father. He graduated from Lexington High School
On Nov. 22, 1958, he married Carol McCandless. He worked for hay mills
in the area, for Hennek's for 15 years and then for Orthman Manufacturing.
He took early retirement in 1990 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's
He enjoyed automobiles, bowling and camping. For several years he participated
in the annual Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D.
On Feb. 5, 1983, he married Carolyn Houser in Lexington.
Survivors include his sons, Doug of Lexington and David of Phoenix;
sisters, Sharlynn Shields of Boise, Idaho, Margaret McClellan of Newport,
Ore., and Sharon Salazar of Newport, Ore.; stepsons, Bill Houser of Sturgis
and Joe Houser and Wes Houser, both of Lexington; four grandchildren; seven
stepgrandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Alma resident, 79
ALMA — Raymond A. Johnsen, 79, of Alma died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001,
at Harlan County Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Alma United Methodist Church
with the Rev. Lyn Seiser officiating. Burial will be at Oxford Cemetery
in Oxford with military rites by Fay Cady American Legion Post 118 of Alma.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today (Saturday), Sunday and
Monday at Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma.
Memorials are suggested to the Harlan County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Oxford to Arthur and Rose Marie (Schroder)
Johnsen. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1940. He farmed in the
area. He served in U.S. Army in 1942 to 1945 with the 432nd Signal Heavy
Construction Battalion in North Burma and China and received the American
Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the World War II Victory
Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
On Feb. 10, 1946, he married Gwendolyn McDaniel in Colorado Springs,
Colo. They lived in Oxford, where he was employed at the Gambles Store
and Cowan's Filling Station, operated the Billiards Hall, worked for the
postal service, was the town constable, worked in construction and did
carpentry. He served as the Harlan County sheriff from 1963 until the 1970s.
The couple moved to Alma in 1965. He served at custodian and maintenance
man at Harlan County Hospital from 1983 to 1991. His wife died Nov. 8,
He was a member of the Fay Cady American Legion Post 118, was a past
member of the Legion post at Oxford, and was a past member of the Oxford
Volunteer Fire Department, the Nebraska Peace Officers Association and
the Eagles Club of Holdrege.
Survivors include his daughters, Ramona Hartley of Lincoln and Judy
Brooks of Minden; brother, Kenneth of Oxford; sisters, Phyllis McBride
of Cocoa, Fla. and Shirley Jansma of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and seven
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother.
Holdrege resident, 40
HOLDREGE — Luther J. Spruth, 40, of Holdrege died Monday, Dec. 17,
2001, from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident north of Holdrege.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege
with the Revs. David Sites, Erwin Spruth, Amalia Spruth-Janssen and Eric
There will be no visitation. The body will be cremated.
Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Synod Prison Ministry and World
Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 8, 1961, in Papua, New Guinea, to Erwin and Lorraine
(Westlake) Spruth. He attended school at Highland Lutheran School in Papua
and graduated from Luther College High School in Melbourne, Australia,
in 1978. He attended Valparaiso (Ind.) University, Texas Christian University
in Fort Worth and Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. At the
time of his death he was employed in maintenance at IBP in Lexington.
Survivors include his parents, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers,
Erwin and Michael, both of northern Minnesota; and a sister, Amalia Spruth-Janssen
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Broken Bow resident, 78
BROKEN BOW — William "Bill" Fann, 78, of Broken Bow died Friday, Feb.
1, 2002, at Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary
in Broken Bow with the Rev. Jim Stark officiating. Burial will be at a
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
He was born June 2, 1923, in Oakland, Calif., to Clarence and Katherine
(Bule) Burge. He was adopted by his mother's second husband, George Fann.
He attended school in Oakland. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to
1946. He attended business school in Lincoln.
He married Iva Britton and they made their home in Taylor and Broken
Bow. He operated auto repair shops in Taylor and Sargent.
On Jan. 1, 1975, he married Verlene Snell in Alameda, Calif. They made
their home in California including the San Francisco Bay area where he
worked as a pickup salesman. They moved to Broken Bow in 1989. He worked
at Ranchland Ford for a short time. In 2001 he became a resident of Heritage
Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Broken Bow Elks Lodge 1688. He
enjoyed racing stock and modified cars.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Rex and Tahlequah, Okla., and Scott
of Little Rock, Ark; sister, Barbara Kuntz of Sacramento, Calif.; five
grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.