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Chester Wentz
Kearney resident, 79
KEARNEY — Chester L. Wentz, 79, of Kearney died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Mount Carmel Hone in Kearney.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Salvation Army Chapel in Kearney with Capt. Dale Hixenbaugh officiating. Burial, with military rites by VFW Post 759 and the Kearney National Guard Unit, will be at Kearney Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
He was born March 7, 1921, in Alma to Edward and Ida (Duncan) Wentz. He attended school in Alma and served with the U.S. Army in France during World War II. Following his discharge, he worked on farms in the area.
On May 10, 1958, he married Shirley Mowry. He worked for the city of Kearney's sanitation department until retiring.
He enjoyed walking and playing bingo.
Survivors include his daughters, Keitha Beck, Friend, and LaVeta Journey, Kearney; brother, Bacil, Kearney; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, an infant son, four brothers, one sister and one step-brother. 

Marjorie Snodgrass
Kearney resident, 73 
KEARNEY — Marjorie I. Snodgrass, 73, of 1321 Seventh Avenue died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at Sutter Community Hospital in Tracy, Calif.
Arrangements are pending at O'Brien-Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home in Kearney. 

Steven Sinsel
Minden resident, 45 
MINDEN — Steven G. Sinsel, 45, of Minden died Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery northwest of Minden. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Layton Funeral Home in Minden.
Memorials are suggested to the church.
He was born July 10, 1955, in Kearney County to Clarence and Millie (Jepsen) Sinsel. He grew up in the Minden area and graduated from Minden High School in 1973. He worked in Kearney for a number of years and for the past 10 years he farmed the family farm.
He was a member of the church.
Survivors include his parents; brothers Ronald of Minden and Loren of Lexington; and nephews and nieces. 

Rheta O'Sullivan
Ex-Beaver City resident, 85
TULSA, Okla. — Rheta I. O'Sullivan, 85, of Tulsa, formerly of Beaver City, Neb., died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at Tulsa.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with the Rev. Tom Brouillette officiating. 
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City.
She was born June 11, 1915, in Ashland, Neb., to William and Ida (Smith) Morton. She graduated from Lincoln (Neb.) High School in 1932 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1936 with a degree in education.
On July 1, 1937, she married John "Jack" O'Sullivan. She was employed as Furnas County school superintendent from 1948 to 1952. The couple moved to Arizona in the mid-1950s. She was an educator. She received her master's degree in education in the 1960s from the University of Arizona. Her husband died on Oct. 27, 1988.
She was a member of the Beaver City American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters.

Melvin Swanson
Hastings resident, 93
HASTINGS — Melvin Burdette Swanson, 93, of Hastings died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Village in Hastings.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings with the Rev. Kathleen Kasper officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family greeting friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until noon Friday at Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home in Hastings and one hour before services Friday at the church.
He was born March 25, 1908, in Ong to Henry G. and Mary (Nelson) Swanson. He graduated from Ong High School in 1926 and farmed in the Ong/Edgar area for 12 years. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On May 26, 1946, he married Seatta (Hornbacher) Wenz in Sutton. They lived in Davenport, where he worked for Davenport Implement Co . In 1955, they moved to Hastings, where he was employed by Fred Spady Motors and later for Big G General Supply until retiring in 1974. 
He was an active member of the church, and a past member of the Chorus of the Plains, U.C.T., AARP and the American Legion. He played drums for 16 years for the Golden Age Entertainers Band of Good Samaritan Village. 
Survivors include his wife; brothers, Chester of Edgar, Reuben of Oakland and Alvin of Denver; sister, Lorene Hope of Grandview, Mo.; stepdaughter Carol Wall of Kearney; and two stepgrandsons.
He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Mary Ann Owens
Ord resident, 69
ORD — Mary Ann Owens, 69, of Ord died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Valley County Nursing Home in Ord.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City with the Rev. Reginald A. Urban presiding. Burial will be at Arcadia City Cemetery in Arcadia.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 5, 1932, at Loup City to Anton and Sophia (Rewonlinski) Lewandowski. She graduated from Loup City High School in 1950.
On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Raymond "Bud" Owens at Loup City. They farmed near Arcadia until moving to Arcadia in 1962. She became a resident of Valley County Nursing Home in Ord in 1985.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and altar society in Arcadia and the church in Loup City. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Arcadia. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, polka music and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of Arcadia; sons, Richard "Dick" of Albion, Myron "Mike" of Lincoln, Mark of Hastings, Dwain of Columbus and Shawn of Arcadia; daughters, Paula Johnson of Arcadia, Janelle Masters and Patricia "Patti" Buttell, both of Hastings, Julie Gydesen of Ord and Mary Young of Columbus; brothers, Fred Lewandowski of Ansley and Dale Lewandowski of Loup City; sisters, Donette Holcomb of Arcadia, Marge Larimer of Billings, Mont., and Harriet Polski and Esther Kaminski, both of Omaha; 24 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, one brother and two sisters. 

Betty Sall
Elm Creek Resident
KEARNEY —Betty Jane Sall, 72, of Elm Creek died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Nelson-Harris Funeral Home of Holdrege with the Rev. David Sites officiating. Burial will be at the Fridhem Cemetery in Funk.
Visitation and registry signing will be before services on Tuesday.
A memorial has been established in her name. 
She was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Athol, Kan., to Arthur S. and Mary M. (Myers) Hansen.
She grew up on the family farm near Athol and attended rural schools. She graduated from Kensington (Kan.) High School in 1947.
On Aug. 15, 1954, she married Lloyd Rodger Sall in Smith Center, Kan. They lived in Holdrege. She was employed by Good Samaritan Hospital of Kearney and Mount Carmel Nursing Home as a nurses aide for several years.
In the late 1960s, they moved to Elm Creek and lived there until January, when they moved to Mount Carmel.
She was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege.
She is survived by two sons, Charley Sall of Elm Creek and Warren Sall of Springdale, Ark.; sisters, Alvira Mattson of Denver and Elizabeth Libby of Smith Center, Kan.; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in January, her parents, a son and a brother. 

Virginia Peterson
Holdrege resident, 60
ASHLAND — Virginia Ruth Peterson, 60, of Holdrege died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at her daughter's home in Ashland.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege with the Rev. David Sites officiating.
There will be no burial. The body will be cremated.
Memorials are suggested to the church. 
Marcy Mortuary of Ashland is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 3, 1941, in Broken Bow to Arthur and Rebecca (Halliwell) Sterner. She grew up east of Merna and graduated from Merna High School in 1959. She attended Kearney State College for two years and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2001. 
On Dec. 22, 1963, she married Lawrence Peterson. They lived in Jasper, Minn. In Nebraska, they lived in Eustis, Merna and Loomis before settling in Holdrege. 
She was a home economist with the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service. After moving to Holdrege, she was employed by South Central Public Library, the Holdrege Public Library as a librarian and bookmobile driver, Funk Public School as a librarian, and Holdrege High School as a para-professional. She had been a career counselor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for 10 years.
She was a member of the church and was involved in church activities as well as fraternal and community organizations including Steven Ministries, Steven Leader, PKG Leadership, Nebraska Extension Employees Association, Chi Sigma Iota and Kappa Omicron Nu. She and her husband had organized a cancer support group in Holdrege.
Survivors include her husband of Holdrege; daughters, Tonja Peterson-Wendt of Ashland, Sasha Hahn of Loomis and Kyla Smith of Cincinnati; brother, Marvin Sterner of Merna; sisters, Shirley Jorgensen of North Loup and Ardis Martin of College Place, Wash.; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. 

Linda Spellman
Shelton resident, 60
KEARNEY — Linda M. Spellman, 60, of Shelton, formerly of Kearney, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelton with the Revs. Paul Collins and Thomas Mullowney officiating. Burial will be at Shelton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church with a vigil and rosary at 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the church building fund and the American Cancer Society.
She was born Oct. 7, 1941, in Auburn to Archie and Opal (Adams) Keup. She graduated from Gibbon High School. 
On Sept. 12, 1959, she married Gary Spellman in Shelton. They lived in Cozad for 25 years, and she worked for Mead Lumber. They moved to Kearney and lived there for nine years where she worked for Wal-Mart, Kmart and the Head Start program. They had lived in the Shelton area for seven years. She was a "grandma" for the second grade class at Shelton schools. She had been disabled for two years.
She was a member of the church and the altar society.
Survivors include her husband; son, Scott of Lees Summit, Mo.; daughter, Kristy Kennedy of Shelton; brothers, Rodney Keup of Richmond, Ill., Eldon Keup of Puyallup, Wash. and Allan Keup of Kearney; sisters, Marylin Broekemeier of Gibbon, Judy Rose of Arnold, Mo., Nita Krueger of Ansley, Sue Hawke of Broken Bow, Gail Keup of Gibbon and Kathy Murr of Kenesaw; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Robert Winter
Lexington resident, 82 
LEXINGTON — Robert Carl Winter, 82, of Lexington died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington with the Rev. Don Buhrman officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at the parish cemetery in Lexington.
Wake service will be at 7 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church trust fund or the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
He was born June 1, 1918, at Cozad to Carl and Clara (Buchholz) Winter. He attended rural school near Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1936. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, then returned to the area.
On Feb. 4, 1946, he married Madeline Cooney in Overton. They farmed in the area, and in 1956, they moved to his family's farm. Because of poor health, they moved to Lexington in 1999.
He was a member of the church, the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was active in the Hillside Spark Plugs 4-H group. He enjoyed metal and woodworking, gardening, and duck hunting. He also enjoyed playing cards with the same group of friends for 50 years.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Bob of Lake Elmo, Minn., and Bernie of Papillion; sister, Esther Jensen of Cozad; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant son and two sisters. 

Edith Scott
Broken Bow resident, 92
BROKEN BOW — Edith Pearl Scott, 92, of Broken Bow died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Govier Brothers Mortuary Chapel in Broken Bow with LeRoy Sanford and Alfred Broady officiating. Burial will be at Dry Valley Cemetery north of Ansley.
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.
She was born May 22, 1908, at Duff to David D. and Pearl (Ogden) James.
On Feb. 5, 1937, she married Robert P. Scott at Burwell. They farmed in several various communities and lived several years northwest of Sargent. They later moved near Kellerton, Iowa, and returned to Broken Bow in 1988. Her husband died June 14, 2000.
Survivors include her nephew, Richard James of Issaquah, Wash.; niece, Judy Gruber of Sargent; brother-in-law, Samuel Scott of Broken Bow; and sisters-in-law, Guyneth Orvis of Broken Bow and Avis Guggenmos of Ogallala and Esther Scott of Broken Bow.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers.

Kathryn Wallace
Cozad resident, 83
KEARNEY — Kathryn Wallace, 83, of Cozad died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parkview United Methodist Church in Cozad with the Rev. Jim Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Memorials are suggested to the church.
She was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Benedict to John and Elizabeth (George) Volzke. She graduated from Beaver Crossing High School.
On Oct. 12, 1940, she married George Wallace in Aurora. They lived in the Custer County area before moving to Cozad in 1956.
She was an active member of the church and a former member of the Rebekah Lodge and B.P.O. Does.
Survivors include her husband; son John of Grand Island; daughter Georgina Lehmann of Minden; sisters, Evelyn Hunkins of Ansley and Vera Mae Horn of McCook; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Jack Rodgers
Grand Island resident, 71
GRAND ISLAND — Jack L. Rodgers, 71, of Grand Island died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island with the Rev. Jim Keyser officiating. Burial will be at Grand Island Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 5 to 6 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, Easter Seal Society or the donor's choice.
He was born Oct. 19, 1929, at Eddyville to Oakley and Eva (McMahon) Rodgers. He graduated from Eddyville High School in 1947.
On July 8, 1948, he married Naida J. Thomas at Lexington. They made their home in Eddyville until moving to Grand Island in 1950. He was employed as a salesman for Kelly Supply Co. until retiring in 1965 due to his health.
He was a member of the church and past member of the Grand Island Jaycees.
Survivors include his wife and daughter Connie Olson of Grand Island.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lily Wagner
Bertrand resident, 87
BERTRAND — Lily M. Wagner, 87, of Bertrand died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at the Bertrand Nursing Home in Bertrand.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege with the Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Child Evangelism Fellowship.
She was born March 17, 1914, in Phelps County near Funk to Peter and Sorine (Swensen) Christensen. She graduated from Oxford High School and then earned a teaching certificate. She taught grades one through eight at rural school District 65 in Phelps County for three years.
On May 24, 1935, she married Lloyd Wagner. They farmed near Bertrand. In 1958 they moved to Castle Rock, Colo., where they owned and operated Lifeline Boys Ranch for foster boys for several years. Her husband died in 1970.
She was active in child evangelism at Longmont, Colo., at Calvary Baptist Church until 1988. She returned to Nebraska in 1988.
Survivors include her sons, Ronald of Grant, N.M., and Gary of Westminster, Colo.; foster sons, Jerry Breeden of Los Angeles and Randy Schreiner of Greeley, Colo.; sister Georgia Kuck of Bertrand; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, and a brother. 

Dennis Tucker
Holdrege resident, 47
HOLDREGE — Dennis Tucker, 47, of Holdrege died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege with the Rev. Dixon Powers officiating. Burial of cremains will be later at Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and the family will greet friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
He was born April 13, 1953, in Hutchinson, Kan., to David and Shirley (Elliott) Tucker. The family moved to Superior in 1959, and he attended school there. 
He played drums for a band in Lincoln for several years. He moved to Holdrege in 1980. He had worked for Sun Mart South for several years.
Survivors include his parents; brothers, Elliott of Lincoln and Larry of Holdrege; and grandmother, Etha of Holdrege.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather. 

Alvin Wescoat
Lexington resident, 72
LEXINGTON — Alvin Lee Wescoat, 72, of Lexington died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with the Rev. Michael Gruhn officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Visitation will be until 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to the hospital.
He was born Aug. 5, 1929, in Riverton to Charles and Gladys (Kugler) Wescoat.
On May 12, 1955, he married Eunice Kranau in Phillipsburg, Kan. He worked for Bill McKee Farming, Nis Jensen Farming and several area hay mills. He was a member of the church.
Survivors include his wife of Gothenburg; son, David of Alda; daughters, Vera McIntosh of Grand Island and Sherry Thaden of Lexington; sister, Ethel Farrens of Red Cloud; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Elizabeth Smith
Ex-Lexington resident, 96
BERTRAND — Elizabeth W. Smith, 96, of Bertrand, formerly of Lexington, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at Bertrand Nursing Home in Bertrand.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nelson-Harris Funeral Home in Holdrege with the Rev. Melva Tranmer officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Bertrand.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in her name.
She was born Jan. 8, 1905, in Otoe County to Louis and Emma (Haeffner) Karsten. The family moved to Bertrand where she attended elementary school and later moved to Elm Creek. She helped care for the family and also worked as a telephone operator in Elm Creek. 
On Feb. 15, 1923, she married Raymond H. Smith. They lived in Oconto, Overton, Elm Creek and Darr before moving to Lexington. Her husband died in 1969. She relocated to Holdrege in 1994 and became a resident of the Bertrand Nursing Home in 1995.
She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, traveling and her flower gardens.
Survivors include her daughter, Ruthe McGraw of Sand Coulee, Mont.; sisters, Lila Rishel of Gothenburg and Fern Karsten of Portland, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, two daughters, four brothers, three sisters and a stepdaughter. 

W. Jeanne Hampton
Lexington resident, 71
LEXINGTON — W. Jeanne Hampton, 71, of Lexington died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington with the Rev. Floyd H. Starr II officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. 
There will be no visitation and the casket will be closed.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
She was born Sept. 16, 1929, at Lexington to Ora "Doc" and Marie (Draper) Welliver. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1947 and then worked at Cornland Hotel and Ma's Kitchen.
In December 1951, she married Fred Hampton. They moved quite often but Lexington was always their home. They had four children of their own and her husband had two children from a prior marriage. She worked as a waitress at Norm's Restaurant for 21 years and later at the Little Paris. Her husband died in 1976.
She enjoyed having coffee with friends, working crossword puzzles, reading and following Nebraska football.
Survivors include her sons, Fred Jr. of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Jim of Round Rock, Texas, and Steven of Gibbon; daughters, Genevieve "Cookie" Vogel of Fort Calhoun, Nancy Neff of Lexington and Suzanne of Elm Creek; brother, Jack Welliver of Omaha; sister, Claribelle "Sis" Mitchell of Kearney; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister. 

Lawrence Walker
Alma resident, 76
ALMA — Lawrence Donald Walker, 76, of Alma died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Harlan County Hospital in Alma.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Alma United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lyn Seiser officiating. Burial, with Masonic rites by Jochin Lodge 146 A.F. and A.M. of Holdrege, will be at Alma Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma.
Memorials are suggested to the church Building Fund.
He was born Aug. 14, 1924, northwest of Alma to Lovell Robert and Mable Clara (Coe) Walker. He attended Midway Rural School District 76 and graduated from Orleans High School in 1942.
On Oct. 16, 1945, he married Vada Fern Anderson at Alma. They made their home in Orleans until moving to Alma in 1963. He farmed the family farm, was a crop insurance adjuster and sold crop insurance.
He was a member of the church  in Alma and Jochin Lodge 146 A.F. and A. M. in Holdrege.
Survivors include his wife; son, Douglas of Alma; brothers, Oscar of Holmes Beach, Fla., and Hiram of Kearney; and sister, Ellen Kerr of Billings, Mont.

Theodore Wendland
Arapahoe resident, 88
HOLDREGE — Theodore F. "Ted" Wendland, 88, of Arapahoe died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. Carl Lilienkamp officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Arapahoe Cemetery. 
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at Williamson-Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe and before services Wednesday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the church building fund or Arapahoe Rescue Unit.
He was born June 1, 1913, in Gosper County to Julius and Auguste (Schievelbein) Wendland. He grew up in Gosper County where he attended Immanuel Lutheran School. He worked on farms in Gosper and Hitchcock counties. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and received a Purple Heart. Following his discharge in 1945, he returned to Arapahoe. 
On April 7, 1946, he married Phyllis Wieland in Norton, Kan. He worked for Milt Stewart for 25 years as a brick mason. He also was custodian for Arapahoe Public Schools for 13 years.
He was a member of the church and the American Legion Post in Arapahoe.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jerry of Denver, Billy of Paxton and Dale of Arapahoe; daughters, Darlene Wymes of Brunswick, Ga., and Wanda Pulley of Arapahoe; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.


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