Miscellaneous Custer County, Nebraska Obituaries


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Marcelline G. Dlouhy, 83, of Clarkson, NE, died June 6, 2000 at Colonial Manor in Clarkson, Ne.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 9, 2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Leigh, NE. Father Mel Wiese officiated. Visitation was from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at church. Rosary was on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home. Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Leigh, NE.
Marcelline was born on May 15, 1917 at rural Clarkson, NE. She is the daughter of Joe Konicek and Martha Janecek.
She attended school at rural Colfax County School and graduated from Schuyler High in 1934. She then attended Wayne Normal School and received her teaching certificate and taught in a rural Colfax County School.
She married James F. Dlouhy on January 2, 1940. James died in 1979. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Leigh, St. Mary's Altar Society.
They lived on a farm South of Howells until 1947 when they bought a farm south of Clarkson. Marcelline lived there until moving into Clarkson in 1992.
Survivors include her son, James Dlouhy, Jr. and his wife LaVonne of Clarkson; daughter, Joyce Bos and her husband Dean of Bartlett, NE; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-children; 3 sisters, Margaret (Mrs. Orville) Novak of Schuyler, Angie Vlach of Schuyler and Lillian (Mrs. Evon) Brdicko of Columbus; and sister-in-law, Helen Komicek of Clarkson.
Marcelline was preceded in death by her husband, infant daughter, infant sister, brother Rudolph Konicek and daughter-in-law Inez Dlouhy.


Sandie G. Schultz, age 77, of Sargent, Nebraska died Saturday August 5, 2000 at the Sterling House in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Sandie Schultz was born October 5, 1922 in Sargent to Alexander and Agnes (Daugherty) Schultz. He attended school and graduated in 1941 from Sargent High School. On July 2, 1948 Sandie married Bessie Jezbera. They made home in the Broken Bow and Sargent area, where they farmed and ranched. Sandie was a past member of the Sargent and Somerford school boards. He also was a school bus driver for Sargent Schools for many years.
Survivors include his wife Bessie of Sargent; Sons LeRoy Schultz of Central City, NE, Harvey and Cyndie Schultz of Cottonwood, AZ, Marvin and Raye Jean Schultz of Sargent, Marlyn and Lori Schultz of Gering, NE; Daughters Marlene and Frank Amos of Doniphan, NE, Karen and John Glidden of Mullen, NE, and Carolyn and Mike Criss of Sargent, NE; Two sisters Violia Schultz of Corvales, OR and Wilhelmina Johnston of Salem, OR; One brother Norris Schultz of Littleton, CO; 12 grandchildren, Amy Schultz, Kimberly Glidden, Chad Schultz, David Criss, Clinton Amos, Trevor Glidden, Amber Schultz, Jessica Schultz, Chandra Criss, Justin Schultz, Jody Schultz, and Ashlyn Schultz. One great granddaughter, Haleigh Schultz. Sandie was preceded by his parents, 2 sisters, and 1 brother.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Dr. Charles Spence Officiating. Visitation was Monday, August 7th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Memorials may be made to the Sargent Alumni Scholarship Fund. Burial was in the Somerford Cemetery.


Emma Alice Fischer was born September 9, 1920 near Comstock, NE, to Albert and Agnes (Slossar) Lukesh and passed away Sunday, July 30, 2000 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, NE, at the age of 79 years, nine months and 21 days. Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 3, 2000 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth with graveside services following at the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Pastor Georg Williams officiated the services. Music was provided by Pastor and Mrs. Georg Williams and Misty Tadda.
Emma grew up around the Ord and Comstock area and received her education at country schools. She was united in marriage to Harry W. Fischer on November 19, 1942 at Burwell, NE. Emma worked in restaurants and did nurse's aide work around the Ainsworth and Bassett area. She spent many hours cooking, canning and preparing meals for her large family. Even in hard times, there was always plenty to eat. Emma loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and became known to many as "Granny". She loved polka music and could dance many a night away in her younger years.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry, who passed away October 9, 1989; one brother and one sister; and four grandsons. She leaves to mourn her passing, four sons, Dick Fischer of Friend, NE; Jim Fischer and wife Patty, of Atkinson, NE; Ben Fischer and wife Vicki, of Millboro, SD; Steve Fischer and wife Claudia, of Butler, PA; three daughters, Marilyn Anderson and husband Jack, of Ainsworth; Mary Ann Crist of Lexington, NE; and Darlene Tadda of Leavenworth, KS; one sister, Agnes Fischer of Atkinson; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Dustin Marshall Fischer and all of Emma's other family and friends. Memorials are suggested to the family in her name. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of arrangements.


Leland Ora Chaffin, 81, of Burwell, NE, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Bryan-LGH Hospital in Lincoln, NE.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Michael Laing will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Eberle Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the church, Community Memorial Health Center, or the Burwell Ambulance Supply Fund.
Leland was born in Franklin County Nebraska to Orrin and Edith (Dickerson) Chaffin on December 4, 1918. The Chaffin family moved to a ranch north of Burwell in the Sandhills, April 1, 1925. He attended elementary school at Erina Dist. 11 and took a farm mechanic course in Lincoln, NE. Leland married Marie Kruml on December 8, 1937, in Ord, NE. They were the parents of three children: Jeanne, Edythe Marie (DeeDii), and Leland, Jr. (Bub). Leland and Marie lived on this same ranch until they retired to Burwell in September of 1993. They both entered Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell in January of 1998. He spent a lifetime improving his purebred Hereford cattle herd. Leland and Marie hosted the Nebraska Hereford Association tour several times. They were honored by the NHA in 1987. The Chaffins were great supporters of 4-H. For several years the Chaffin Hereford Ranch hosted a Livestock Field and Judging Day. Teamwork would describe the relationship between Leland and Marie. Leland's shop was often busy with repair work for the neighborhood. Leland helped to get rural electricity and telephone to that area of the Sandhills. Leland enjoyed watching his family compete in 4-H and sporting events. Leland was always very active in his community.
Leland is survived by his wife Marie Chaffin of Burwell; one daughter, DeeDii Bonsall of Aurora, NE; one son, Bub and his wife Pam Chaffin of Burwell. Seven grandchildren: Don Cain, Jr. and wife Sherry of Broken Bow, NE; Randy Cain and wife Melissa of Omaha, NE; Byron Bonsall of San Francisco, CA; Lora Bonsall of Holdrege, NE; Brady Bonsall and wife Sherri of Broomfield, CO; John Chaffin and wife Dana of Burwell; and Jamie Chaffin of Lincoln, NE. Five step-great-grandchildren: Jason, Daniel, Jennifer, Lindsey, and LeAnne Sittler. Three brothers: Les Chaffin of Norfolk, NE; Gerald Chaffin of Lincoln, NE; and Jerald Chaffin of Burwell; one sister, Lois Horwart of Burwell.
Leland was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Jeanne Cain, a granddaughter Brenda Chaffin, a brother Wayne Chaffin, and a sister Doris Cass. 


Esther May Hawthorne, 93, of Santa Rosa, California, died February 8, 2000. She was born on June 28, 1906 in Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska. She taught in country grade schools in Colorado between 1924 and 1928. She married Cecil D. Hawthorne February 5, 1927 at Arapahoe, Colorado. They and their children moved to Loup County in 1947, where they owned and operated a cattle ranch north of Taylor, until Cecil's death in 1971. Esther moved to Sacramento, California in 1972 and then to Santa Rosa, California in March of 1999. She is survived by her son, Merl Hawthorne, of Almeria, NE; and daughters, Joyce Dillon of Frazier, CO and Sharon Hawthorne of Sebastopeo, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, and son, Ross, and parents, William and Anna Taylor. Family and friends knew her as a delightful, determined, woman with a kind and loving nature, who valued her independence and found great joy in the ordinary activities of daily life. Memorials to senior support agency of choice.


Yuvonne Jean Reineke, 54 of Grand Island, formerly of Burwell, Ne. died Saturday, March 18, 2000 at St. Francis Skilled Care Center after an illness. Memorial Services were held on Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at the Burwell Baptist Church at Burwell, Ne. with Rev. David Koenigsberg officiating. Yuvonne's remains were cremated. There was visitation with the family prior to the services. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice. Kleine Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Yuvonne was born September 1, 1945 at Burwell, Ne. the daughter of August and Norma (Taylor) Schutt. She was raised in Burwell and graduated from Burwell High School. She lived in Broken bow, Ne. and worked at the B & D before she attended airline school at Kansas City, Mo. She married Marvin Reineke on Dec. 3, 1961 at Burwell, Ne. After receiving training from H & R Block she worked for them in the Milwaukee area. She made numerous friends as she worked for various companies across the United States. In early 1996 she moved to Stapelton, Ne. where she managed a hotel. Later that year she moved to Grand Island to be closer to her family.
She was a member of the Christian Faith, enjoyed crafts and making Indian Head Dresses. She also enjoyed making Infinity Lights, collecting old coins, stamps, antiques, jewelry and other fine collectibles.
She is survived by one son, Robert Reineke of Kearney, Ne.; one grandson, Zachary; one granddaughter, Jenna; Mother, Norma Taylor of Grand Island; Father, August Schutt of South Dakota; and one brother, Jim Schutt of Tuscon, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by one brother, August Schutt and her special step-father: Harold Freeman.


Alvin Markvicka, 69, of Ord died Thursday, July 20, 2000 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord due to emphysema and heart problems.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 24, 2000 at 2:00 P.M. at the Ord Assembly of God Church with Rev. Lonnie Carpenter and Reverend Jeffrey Markvicka officiating. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Rites was conducted by the Ord VFW and American Legion. Visitation was Sunday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Alvin Joe Markvicka was born November 14, 1930 at Sherman County, Nebraska to Adolph and Anna (Waskowiak) Markvicka. He attended school in Sherman County. From 1952 until 1953 her served in the United States Army and was medically discharged. On November 19, 1952 he married Renae Kush at Ord, NE. in 1957 the couple began their family with their first son Scott, followed by sons Carl, Craig, Ken, David, then had Diane, Gerlayn, Betty, finishing with Jeff and Kim in 1969. He worked several jobs to raise his family and felt it was important to lead a respectable life. He expected these morals to be passed on to each of his children.
He owned and operated his own garbage route from 1981 until 1992 when he retired due to ill health.
His hobbies include listening to party-line, watching "Over The Backyard Fence" and gardening. He gave gardening tips to all who came near and took pride in his tomato plants that grew to 6 feet tall.
He is survived by his wife, Renae of Ord; five sons, Carl and his wife Cindy of Burwell, Craig and his wife Barb of Wahoo, Kenneth of Ord, David of Ord, and Jeffrey and his wife Katina of Minneapolis, MN; three daughters, Diane (Mrs. Dave) Kaslon of Ord; Geralyn Markvicka of Bad Axe, Michigan, and Kimberly Darnell of Kearney; two brothers, Don of Fremont and Bob of Grand Island; one sister, Delores Badura of Loup City; and 9 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Scott and one daughter, Betty. 


Vance Ernest Jeffres, 70, of Burwell, NE died Monday, July 17, 2000 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell with Fr. Bernard Berger officiating. Following cremation there was a private family burial. Visitation was from 5 - 8 P.M. Friday, July 21, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Community Fund.
Vance was born June 15, 1930 to Sam and Alta (Oberkotter) Jeffres at Burwell. Vance was raised south of Burwell, where he attended Valley County District 56 Grade School. He graduated from Burwell High School in 1946.
Vance was a partner with Richard Burnham in a feed store in Burwell for several years. In '48 and '49 he worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads. On December 10, 1950, Vance married Marjoria Burnham in Burwell and they moved west of town (where the current airport is now). In the '50's Vance drove a truck for Richard Burnham while continuing his farming operation. In 1961 Vance, Marj, and their family moved east of Burwell, where he resided until his death, expanding his current farming/ranching operation.
Vance enjoyed deer hunting and road trips to look at the countryside. He was a member of the Ord Elks for 30 years. Vance rose early every morning to feed cattle. Tending to his crops and livestock was what he dearly loved. Vance looked forward to Sunday mornings when all his family gathered for Marj's chocolate chip cookies and coffee. His sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his greatest joy. The grandchildren spent many hours with Vance in his pickup and tractor.
Vance is survived by his wife, Marjoria, three sons: Lee, Lex and his wife Deb, and Lin and his wife Nancy all of Burwell; one sister Doris Pishna and one aunt, Lois Pishna both of Burwell; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rich and Marilyn Burnham of Burwell, and brother-in-law Sonny Erington of Seguin, TX; many nieces and nephews; and a host of neighbors and friends. Vance's ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren include: Matt and Jossi Jeffres and their children Brook, Drew, and Toni; Darci Jeffres of Allentown, PA; Seth Jeffres and Sarah Newbury; Gabe Jeffres and Ashley Thoene and their son Ethan; Mike, Todd, and Scott Jeffres; and Grant, Blake, and Shea Jeffres.
Vance was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Lois Erington, nephew James Pishna, and brother-in-law, Louis Pishna.

A Farmers Prayer
I bow my head and pray, 
O God,
With hands worn rough by toil.
That you will ever guide my plow,
Help cultivate my soil.
Please send the sunshine and the rain
And bless the seeds I sow,
And give me strength from day to day
That I may make them grow.
Watch over my livestock and my barn,
Each shed and every tree,
Protect them from the wind and storm
I pray, O God, of Thee.
And bless my house and family
My neighbor's home as well.
Under each roof and in each heart,
Let love and friendship dwell.


Evertt Richard Woeppel, 87, of Ericson, Nebraska died July 28, 2000 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Funeral Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 31, 2000 at United Methodist Church, Ericson, Nebraska with burial at 1:00 P.M. at Cedar Rapids, Nebraska. Rev. Jurdan Counts officiated. Visitation was from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 30, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Ericson, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the church.
Evertt Richard Woeppel was born August 11, 1912 to Richard Paul and Mary Ann (Learch) Woeppel at Ewing, Nebraska. Evertt was raised on the farm in the Ewing area and later did well work around the Wheeler County area.
On March 12, 1941 he married Marie Theresa Van Cleave at the United Methodist Parsonage in Ericson, Nebraska.
Evertt enlisted in the Air Force at Omaha, Nebraska on November 3, 1942 during World War II. He was discharged February 11, 1946 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, holding the rank of Corporal at the time of discharge. Evertt was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #107.
Evertt and his wife ran the Ericson Locker for 22 years, but a heart attack in 1976 forced his retirement. He also served two terms as Mayor of Ericson.
After retiring, Evertt was active with the American Legion, Senior Citizens, and placed the flag every day outside the Ericson fire hall. His garden was his pride and joy. Marie and Evertt were also janitors for the Ericson State Bank.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law: Norma Woeppel of Cedar Rapids, and Louisa Woeppel of Harve, Montana, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marie, two sisters: Laura Reinke and Hukla Palmer and eight brothers: Fred, Alfred, Walter, Guss, Elmer, Richard, George and Emil.


Lorraine M. Augustyn, 71 of Ord died Friday, July 28, 2000 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, July 31, 2000 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father James Murphy officiated. Burial was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. with a rosary at 7:30 P.M. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family's Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine Mae Augustyn was born November 25, 1928 in Valley County, near Elyria, NE to John and Anna (Kapustka) Boro. She was raised near Comstock and attended rural country school. She was a 1946 graduate of Ord High School. On October 19, 1948 she married Bernard Augustyn. The couple made their home on a farm North of Ord for 17 years. In 1966 they moved into Ord. Mrs. Augustyn worked at Safeway, Vida's Rest Home and LeBose Rest Home. In 1968 she began working for Carson's IGA where she was employed until retirement in October of 1999. She was the janitor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and St. Mary's Catholic School for many years. She also painted and wallpapered. Mr. Augustyn passed away July 1, 1992.
She was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
She enjoyed sewing, baking, visiting and spending time with her family and grandkids.
She is survived by two sons: Gary and his wife Susan of Ord, and Tim of Ord; two daughters, Patti (Mrs. Lex) Bratka of Burwell and Joni (Mrs. Jody) Smith of Crete, NE; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Al Boro of Ord; and one sister, Margaret (Mrs. Harold) Klinginsmith of Cambridge, NE.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; and one brother, Sylvester "Syl" Boro.


Geneva Bowers, 95, of Burwell, Ne. died Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, Ne.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2000 at First Christian Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Rolly Salts and Rev. Mike Blatchley officiated. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family to be used for a children's organization that will be decided on later.
Geneva was born May 24, 1904 near Burwell, to William and Emma (Hughes) Nelson.
Geneva attended Garfield County Schools and graduated from Burwell High School. She attended Kearney State Teachers College.
Geneva taught school in the last sod school house in the county.
Geneva married Samuel Bowers on September 27, 1930 in Stanton, Ne. They lived and ranched in the Burwell area all of their lives. Sam died on June 19, 1969.
Geneva attended the Assembly of God Church and was a member of D.A.R., the Community Club and the Workers Group Church Circle. Geneva loved all types of livestock, especially horses. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting and cooking.
Geneva is survived by two sons: Delmar and his wife Marcella Bowers of Taylor, and Sterling Bowers of Burwell. 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. One brother-in-law: Robert Schrup of Burwell, and many nieces and nephews.
Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Darlene Larsen, two brothers and one sister.


Herman John Kruml, 72, of Burwell, NE, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, NE.
Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2000, at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Burial were in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Rolly Salts officiated with visitation one hour before the service on Monday, May 1. Memorials are suggested to the Sargent Nebraska American Legion or the Taylor Nebraska V. F. W. 
Herman was born March 29, 1928, to Albert and Josephine (Sindelar) Kruml near Sargent, NE.
Herman attended Shady Hollow grade school District 154. In 1946, Eddie and Pokop (Dick) Kruml bought out their dad's farming and ranching operation, the AK Ranch. About one year later, Herman was added as a partner and they farmed the AK Ranch. Using that brand for a short while then got the 1-7 brand later on which was known as the Kruml Brothers 1-7 ranch in northeast Custer and northwest Valley counties in Nebraska. They ran cattle and general livestock operations along with crop farming at different times during the farm crisis.
In 1952 Herman was inducted into the United States Army at Omaha, NE. He spent a real short time at Camp Crowder, MO, then took eight weeks infantry training at Ft. Leonard, MO, then followed up with another 8 to 16 weeks of engineer basic training. He almost went into combat against hostile forces in the Korean Conflict; however, at the last minute his orders were changed and Herman was sent to officer's training school near Frankfurt, Germany. He would have become a second lieutenant, but two weeks before graduation he became ill and could not complete the course; therefore, he did not get a chance to wear the second lieutenant bars. Later on, after the army, he rejoined his two brothers and continued their farming/ranching until 1995.
Herman was a sound rancher and farmer and a good cowboy. He had a good, fun-loving disposition. Herman loved music, hunting and fishing and was always there at the time of need.
Herman is survived by three sisters: Minnie Prucha and Barbara Hulinsky, both of Burwell, and Mildred Roth of Comstock, NE. One brother: Elmer Kruml of Taylor, NE. Many nieces and nephews.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sister.


Hazel M. Johnson, 90 of Ericson died Sunday, April 02, 2000 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Ericson United Methodist Church. The Reverend Cynthia Altstadt officiated. Burial was at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Scotia. Visitation was on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ericson United Methodist Church or the Burwell Community Memorial Health Center. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Hazel Marie was born May 3, 1909 at Wheeler County, Ne. to Joseph and Emily (Gion) Foster. She grew up in Greeley County on a farm where she also attended country school. On October 4, 1934 she married Guy Johnson in Greeley County. The couple farmed in Greeley County all of their married lives. In 1972, they moved into Ericson. Mr. Johnson passed away in 1972 and Mrs. Johnson continued to live in Ericson until 1992 when she became a resident of the Burwell Community Memorial Nursing Center.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ericson, Willing Workers Club and a Canasta Club. She enjoyed flowers, crocheting, crossword puzzles and reading.
She is survived by one son Roger Johnson of Ericson; one daughter Maxine (Mrs. Dean) Peterson of Ericson; one brother Richard "Dick" Foster of Ericson; four grandchildren and 7 great-grandsons.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 infant daughters; 3 half brothers; one half sister and 4 brothers.


Mary A. Bower, 88, of Burwell, Ne. died Monday March 27, 2000 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday March 31, 2000 at the United Methodist Church. Burial was at Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Michael Laing officiated. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Thursday March 30, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Community Memorial Health Center SCU Wing or the Burwell Ambulance Fund.
Mary was born August 13, 1911 to Frank and Antonia (Uhur) Cech at Woodspark in Custer County Nebraska.
Mary attended school in Custer County. She married Joe Bower on January 24, 1933 at Taylor, Ne. They farmed in Custer County and Valley County until they retired and moved into Burwell in the late 1970's.
Mary worked for many different restaurants, including the Burwell Sale Barn, Jack's Tavern and the Jungman Hall to name a few. She loved being around people of all ages. She was there for anyone needing a helping hand. She was everyone's Mom, Grandma or Aunt Mary and her door was always open.
Mary was not all hard work though. She loved music, dancing, entertaining and a good joke. At the age of 80 she took her first motorcycle ride with her grandson. She could be remembered laughing and baking a batch of Kolaches. Mary also enjoyed gardening canning and going for rides.
Mary is survived by two daughters: Ilene Combs of Burwell, and Jean and her husband Edward E. Bruha of Comstock, Ne. Two sons: Bob Bower of Casper, Wyoming and Bernard and his wife Ilene Bower of Burwell. 19 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, a son-in-law, two sisters and two brothers.


Jack D. Locker, age 75, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2000 in Henning, Minnesota. Funeral services were on Wednesday April 5, 2000. Jack was born in Scotia and grew up in Taylor.
He is survived by his wife Dawine, daughter Janine and her husband, Berry Cronk.
Burial was in Oak Dale Cemetery, Almora, Minnesota.


Donald Sears, 68 of Burwell formerly of Ord died Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at his home at the Calamus Lake.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 1, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ord United Methodist Church. The Reverend James B. Miller and Reverend James H. Miller officiated. Inurnment will be at the Kent Cemetery southeast of Taylor. Visitation was on Friday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Ord United Methodist Church, and the Calamus Golf Course.
Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Donald Duane Sears was born October 12, 1931 on a small farm west of Sargent, NE to Earl and Ida (Garner) Sears. He graduated from Taylor High School where he participated actively in basketball, football and track.
He then entered the United States Navy and was medically discharged in 1952. Don then carried mail in the St. Paul area.
On June 6, 1954 he was united in marriage to Marilys Peters at Taylor, NE. They lived in St. Paul, NE where Don worked for St. Paul Parts. In 1962 they purchased the C.E. Brown Parts Store, which later became Don's Auto and Machine Shop Inc., with locations in Ord, Loup City and Burwell. Don retired from the business in July of 1990. Don and Marilys moved permanently to their home at the Calamus Lake in 1997.
Don was formerly active in the Ord City Council, the Ord Volunteer Fire Department and officiated basketball and football games and umpired baseball for many years. He was a charter member of the Ord Elks Lodge, a lifetime member of the Ord V.F.W. and the Ord United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in developing the Calamus Golf Course. Don loved Nebraska Cornhusker football and was an avid sports fan, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing ad took numerous fishing trips to Canada with his friends. He loved spending time with his Grandchildren.
Don enjoyed getting together for coffee with their friends at local restaurants.
His is survived by his wife Marilys of Burwell; three daughters, Marcia (Mrs. Mitch) Vodehnal of Burwell, Kelly (Mrs. Mark) Owens of Hastings, and Lisa (Mrs. Steve) Lind of O'Neill; 9 grandchildren, Kristin and Ryan Klimek, Karly Vodehnal, Eric, Dan and Brett Owens, Heather Ulrich, Taylor and Nicole Lind; four brothers, Ray of Bartlett, Dale of Bartlett, John of Ord and Gary of Grand Island.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother Robert Sears. 


Gertrude Holeman, 84, formerly of Arcadia, died Thursday, March 30, 2000 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 3, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Arcadia with Rev. Paixao Baptista and Harold Holeman officiating. Burial was in the Lee Park Cemetery west of Arcadia with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements.
Visitation was on Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary. Memorials have been established to the Custer County Hospice or to the donor's choice.
Gertrude Irene Holeman was born May 5, 1915 to Amos Coy and Rosena Ellan (Scott) Hunt on the family farm in Valley County east of Arcadia. The family later moved to Lincoln. Gertrude returned to Arcadia to finish her junior and senior years of high school, and stayed with a sister. She graduated from Arcadia High School in 1934. On May 4, 1935, she was married to Donnell Ivan Holeman of Arcadia. Six children were born to this union; Eugene Ivan, Harold Glen, Reuben Amos, Donnell Coy, Sharon Kay, and Dick Lee. After farming on several places in the Arcadia area, they purchased a farm in the Clear Creek area in 1958. In 1981, they retired and bought a house in Arcadia. In December of 1998, Gertrude became a resident to Sandhills Manor Nursing Home in Broken Bow, and was later transferred to Heritage Hall Nursing Home, where she was residing at the time of her death.
Survivors include her sons; Eugene Holeman and wife, Louise, of Westerville, Harold Holeman and wife, Lois of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Reuben Holeman of Ansley, Donnell Holeman and wife, June of Arcadia, Dick Holeman and wife, Peg of Arcadia, daughter, Sharon John and husband, Robert, of Nelson, 23 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six sisters, Elsie Barr, Dora Hodgson, Myrtle Benson, Margaret Heald, Hazle Hood, and Charlotte Pillard, two brothers; Vernard Hunt and Harold, who died in infancy, and one grandson.


Iva Grace Helmkamp, 94, of Burwell, Ne. died Friday March 24, 2000 at Valley County Hospital in Ord, Ne.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday March 28, 2000 at the First Christian Church in Burwell. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Rolly Salts officiated. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Monday March 27, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Ne. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church.
Iva was born April 3, 1905 in Doniphan, Nebraska to Francis D. and Eldora (Harrod) Carriker. At the age of 7 she moved with her family to a farm five miles north of Burwell. Iva attended country school through the eighth grade. After graduating from the Burwell High School in 1923, she taught school for 4 years in Garfield County rural schools. She also taught piano lessons to many people.
Iva married William McKinley "Mike" Helmkamp on June 26, 1926 in Burwell. To this union was born a daughter Delores Fae and two sons Darrel Ray and Galen Lee.
Iva was a member of the Community Christian Church and the First Christian Church of Burwell. She played the piano and organ for Sunday School and church for many years. Iva was a member of the New Century Club and Burwell Womens Club. She enjoyed attending the alumni banquets.
Iva lived at the Burwell Plaza for many years before becoming a resident at the Valley County Nursing Home at Ord, in November of 1999.
Iva is survived by a daughter Delores Fae Gibson of Melairic, Louisiana. Two sons and their wives: Darrel Ray and Verna Helmkamp of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Galen Lee and Twylla Helmkamp of Round Rock, Texas. Four grandsons: John Gibson, James Gibson, Steven Gibson and Kirby Helmkamp. Five granddaughters: Carol Parker, Luetta Jones, Katrina Zydiak, DeAnn Kraser and Wendy Rooch. Eleven great grandchildren.
Iva was preceded in death by her husband, a brother Lloyd Carriker, a sister Alta Abbott and a son-in-law John Gibson.


Warren Krause, 78, of Burwell, NE, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, at the First Christian Church in Burwell. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Rolly Salts officiated. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or the family.
Warren Edward Krause was born May 7, 1921, at Cordova, in Seward County, NE, to Henry and Addie (Eaton) Krause. His father worked for the railroad and later was a rural mail carrier following the family's move to Burwell.
Warren attended school in Loup County. He married Elaine Mares June 15, 1944, in Burwell. Two children blessed this union: Katherine (Mrs. Philip Mann) and Scott.
Warren served as a school board member, as a member of the Elks Lodge, and as a Deacon in the Christian Church. Warren was a farmer-rancher and a good caretaker of his livestock. He was one of the first employees at the Loup Valley Alfalfa Mill in Burwell. Then he was a parts man for International Harvester, and later he was employed at the Burwell Livestock Market for many years. Warren was like a father to his brother-in-law, Roy Mares, and they spent many years farming and ranching together.
Warren was an honest and fair man with a sense of humor that made everyone laugh. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was also proud of his grandchildren and took a great interest in their activities. The great-grandchildren really brightened Warren's life. Colten Thomas Krause was his first great-grandchild and Colten was followed by Heidi Mann and Blake Mann.
Warren was an avid reader, liked to watch T.V. and enjoyed dancing and traveling. After his retirement, he always looked forward to the four o'clock coffee break with friends and neighbors. As his health declined, he found enjoyment in watching his black cats, dog, and especially the birds and flocks of wild turkeys that he could see while seated at his kitchen window.
Warren is survived by his wife, Elaine Krause; a daughter and her husband, Kathy and Philip Mann; and a son, Scott Krause. Five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of Burwell. Two brothers-in-law and their families, Roy Mares and Curt Mares. Nieces, nephews and cousins.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Dorothy Krause, Hazel Strege and Elma Cronk; and three brothers: Lester, Floyd and Virgil Krause.


Marie Barbara Bartak, 94, daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Jonas) Pavel, was born August 23, 1906, at Morrison, OK, and died August 28, 2000, at the Neligh Nursing home, Neligh, NE.


Edwin E. Volf, 71 of rural Ord, NE died Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord.
Mr. Volf was cremated. Memorial services were held on Friday, May 5, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. The Father Jim Warner officiated. Interment was in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Donor's Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Edwin Eugene Volf was born April 28, 1929 in the Eureka Township of Valley County, NE to Frank and Agnes (Bruha) Volf. He attended Eureka District 32 country school.
On January 10, 1950 he married Maxine Swanek at Arcadia, NE. The couple made their home on Mr. Volf's family farmstead west of Ord, NE where they have lived and farmed their entire married lives.
He enjoyed horses, cattle, old pickups and old tractors.
He is survived by his wife Maxine; two sons, Allen of Comstock, and Darwin of Burwell; 6 grandchildren; four sisters, Alice Hulinsky of Gering, NE, Dorothy Setlik of Grand Island, Lillian Setlik and Lucille Vampola both of Ord.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Emma Hulinsky; an infant twin brother and sister.


Ruth Louise Beran, 66 of Ord, departed this life Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at her home in Ord, Ne.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 6, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Ord with Rev. Mark Middendorf officiating. Burial was in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the family. Ord Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
"Ruthie" was born November 12, 1933 at Weeping Water, in Cass County, Nebraska to Noah Adam and Helena Anna Louisa (Sass) Wannemaker. She graduated from Weeping Water High School in 1952. She married Richard James Beran August 28, 1953 at Hebron, Nebraska. Ruthie had worked as a bookkeeper for the Cass County ASCS office, the Thayer County Bank, Dempster Mill and Eastman Kodak. She became a full time homemaker after starting her family. She enjoyed sewing, Collecting Hallmark ornaments and spending time with her grandson, Cody.
Survivors include her husband Richard (Dick) Beran of Ord; a daughter Julie McBride and her husband Gene of Burwell, her Grandson Cody McBride of Burwell, a sister Goldie Hanson of Weeping Water; three nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Eugene Wannemaker of Omaha.


Hazel Nakano, age 94 of Cozad, died May 3, 2000 at the Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
She was born February 24, 1906 at Hastings to Harry and Anna Gates Post. On April 13, 1923, she married Glen Wilcox and he preceded her in death in 1944. On January 23, 1967, she married Togo Nakano. She had lived most of her adult life in Cozad where she worked in several cafes. She had spent most of her retired days with her family whom she dearly loved.
Survivors include 3 sons, Fred Wilcox of Terrebonne, Oregon Charles "Chic" (Ginny) Wilcox of Tygh Valley, Oregon and Jim (Penny) Wilcox of Gurley; 2 daughters, Donna Wilcox of Cozad and Glenda (John) Trausch of Roseland; 2 step-sons, Miki (Terri) Nakano of Oxnard, California and Richard Nakano of Santa Barbara, California; 26 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Nakano was also preceded in death by Mr. Nakano in 1998; a son, Wellman "Bud" Wilcox; 2 daughters, Ella Fleming and Delores Miller and 2 granddaughters.


Erline C. Britton, 77, of Grand Island, NE died Monday, April 3, 2000 at her home.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 2000 from the St. Mary's Catholic Church at Sargent, with Father Bernard M. Berger officiating. There was no visitation. Mrs. Britton donated her body to the Anatomical Board. Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island, NE or Family's Choice.
Erline C. Britton was born on September 19, 1922 to Joseph and Myrtle (Miller) Mitchel at Hallettsville, TX. She grew up and received her education in Victoria, TX. She was united in marriage to Marlin A. Britton on July 21, 1945 at Victorville, CA. After which the couple made their home in California until December of 1945 when they moved to Taylor, NE, where they farmed and she was a wife and mother and later worked as a bookkeeper for the Loup County Public Schools. In 1985 they moved to Grand Island. In 1986 she began working for the Hall County Housing Authority and retired from there in 1991.
She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Survivors include: Two sons: Gary J. and wife, JoAnn Britton of Lincoln; and Alan C. and wife, Peggy Britton of Syracuse, NE; Daughter: Carol Ann and husband, Reid Wells, Ashton, NE; Seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Marlin; and a sister: Maurine McCurdy.


Edd McCain, 74, of Burwell, NE, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.
Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April, 11, 2000, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burwell, with burial in the Bartlett City Cemetery in Bartlett, NE. Rev. Mark Middendorf officiated. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2000, at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Edd was born at home on August 15, 1925, west of Bartlett, NE. He was the seventh son of Ralph and Bessie (Alexander) McCain.
Edd attended grade school at Gritta Ridge through the eighth grade and then entered the service on October 2, 1943, and was honorably discharged in December of 1946 while serving his country in Europe. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Eamet Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern World War II Victory Medal and the occupational Medal Germany.
After returning home from the service, Edd farmed with his dad.
On March 20, 1948, Edd was united in marriage to Leola Mae Bently at Vermillion, SD. To this union seven children were born. In 1956 Edd was baptized and confirmed at Saint John's Lutheran Church in Ord, NE.
Edd owned and operated a service station in Grand Island, NE, in the 1950's. Edd and Leola owned and operated a grocery store, McCain Thriftway in Bartlett, in the 1970's. Edd spent most of his life farming and ranching in Texas and Nebraska. In 1981 they moved to the Gracie Creek Ranch near Burwell. Then after retiring in 1987 they moved into Burwell. After retirement, Edd continued to help Rod Clark farm at Bartlett for a few years.
Edd was a Life Member of the V. F. W. and a member of the American Legion serving as commander of the V. F. W. in the 1980's. Edd was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Edd is survived by his wife Leola McCain of Burwell, NE. Four sons: Eddie McCain of Grand Island, NE; Rocky McCain of Salt Lake City, UT; Lannie McCain of Alliance, NE; and Lennie McCain of Coolridge, AZ. Two daughters and their husbands: Cheryl and Steve Conner Rose, NE, and Kimberly and J. W. Wagner of Burwell. One daughter-in-law: Barb McCain of Isle of Man, England (formerly of O'Neill, NE); 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Four brothers: Wayne McCain of Greeley, NE; Willard and his wife Jenny McCain of Seattle, WA; Earl and his wife Shirley McCain of Aurora, CO; and Flash and his wife Donna McCain of Norfolk, NE. Four sisters: Ruth Lanker of Phillipsburg, KS; Veda and her husband Ray Wibbels of Grand Island, NE; Jenny Wildman of Burwell; and Tiny Foster of Bassett, NE. One sister-in-law: Lula McCain of Norfolk, NE.
Edd was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Lon, Ralph and Vern McCain, one son David McCain and one grandson Jeremy McCain.


Funeral services for Leroy "Butch" Ihde were Monday, April 3, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark G. Cutler officiated. Organist was Constance Ore. Burial was at Utica Cemetery with full military honors.
Leroy "Butch" Ihde was born on June 12, 1939, to Herbert and Thelma (Comer) Ihde. He attended school in Tamora, NE, and later served in the U. S. Marines.
On February 13, 1960, Leroy and Karen Lewis were united in marriage at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Gresham, NE. The couple's home was in Tamora all their married life.
Leroy was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, NE. He was a retired maintainer operator for Seward County.
Leroy passed away in Lincoln, NE, on March 30, 2000, at the age of 60 years, 9 months, and 18 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Robert; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Leonard and Dorothy Lewis; and his brother-in-law Lennis Lewis.
Leroy is survived by his wife, Karen Ihde of Tamora; his sons Leroy G. Ihde of Lincoln, NE; Lloyd and wife Marianna Ihde of Tamora; a daughter, Diana and husband Rick Cook of Tamora. Thirteen grandchildren; brothers: Darrell & Betty Ihde of Lincoln, and Roger and Shirley Ihde of Tamora; Terry and Karen Ihde of Lincoln; Gary Ihde of Lincoln; Larry Ihde, Minnesota; Ricky Ihde of Lincoln; Ronnie and Sherry Ihde, Lexington, NE; sisters: Jenny Ramey of Shelby, NC; Mae and William Triplette of Lincoln; Carol and Don Withers of Bloomington, IL; Bonnie and Asa Price of Ft. Wayne, IN; Debbie and Frank Meeks of Louisa, KY; Alice and Wayne Bolander of Minnesota; Kathy Graves of Lincoln. Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Vickie and Dennis Connell, Utica, NE; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roger and Mary Lewis of Omaha, NE; many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Tyrone Schultz, Rodney Wilson, Gale Watson, Kevin Knott, Russ Daehling, and Chris Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Bauer, Tom Wilson, and George Janacek.


Jim "Jimmie" Schmidt, 96, of Burwell, NE, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2000, at the Assembly of God Church with burial in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Rev. Mike Blatchley officiated. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Jimmie was born on November 28, 1903, in Dodge County Nebraska to Mary (Landerfield) and Fritz Schmidt. As a young boy he came with his parents to Gables, NE, and later moved with his parents to a Homestead in Jones Canyon northeast of Burwell. Jimmie attended the Willow Springs School. Jimmie loved pets and always had a dog. He had a 1929 Dodge pickup that was his pride and joy. When he would go places, his dog would always go along. He enjoyed seeing all the wildlife in the canyon and also loved to attend auctions and sales. Jimmie also enjoyed reading and visiting with friends and relatives. Jimmie had an amazing memory. He stayed on the family farm until he could no longer care for it, and then entered the Community Memorial Health Center on July 14, 1997, where he lived until his death.
Jimmie is survived by two sisters, Elsie Schmidt and Helen Dodd both of Burwell; and nieces and nephews.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lillie Reineke of Burwell and Goldie Dunker of Tonganoxie, KS; four brothers, Harry and Bill Schmidt of Twentynine Palms, CA, and Lyle and Stanley Schmidt of Burwell. 


Robert H. Schrup died May 9, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 81 years and 3 days.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 13, 2000 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Rev. Greg Volzke officiated. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. Visitation was from 5-8 P.M. Friday, May 12, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Church or the Burwell Ambulance Fund.
Robert was born May 7, 1919, in Gentry, Arkansas, to Henry and Nellie (Carson-Bowers) Schrup. In the very early 1920's his family returned to Loup County where they had homesteaded earlier, in 1905. They lived on the Annie Ely (pronounced ELI) and John Fisher ranches near Gracie Creek until they purchased. "The DeLashmutt quarter" and moved a homesteader's house there. It was here his parents spent the rest of their lives.
Robert attended Valleyview School District #17 in Loup County, graduating from the eighth grade in 1933. In World War II he served as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Corps and was stationed in Texas.
It was during the War he married his sweetheart and schoolmate, Bernice Helena (pronounced Hell-lena) Scherzberg on June 12, 1943, in Houston, Texas.
Following the War, the couple moved to the Schrup place on Gracie Creek later purchasing the old C.W. Gilbert homestead from H.V. Nims. Together they added to their ranching operation, including the purchase of Robert's parents' 1905 homestead section. In 1974 the Schrups moved to their new home on the J.C. Hartford place. For the rest of their lives, this was home. His wife died February 8, 1988.
Robert and Bernice were never blessed with children of their own, but they always made a place in their home and hearts for all their many nephews and nieces and other young people who came to work on the ranch. With Robert's love of people, there was never a stranger he didn't welcome. His skills for conversation and listening were legendary among family and friends.
He was baptized into God's Kingdom Dec. 16, 1963, and confirmed as an adult member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Burwell. From 1958 through 1982, he served as a District I country commissioner for Loup County. In later years he was a member of the Farmers and Ranchers to Save the Loup & Calamus, the Calamus Lake Association, and the Loup County Historical Society, along with membership in the Burwell American Legion post 298.
He had a special love for the land, and ranching was always his pride and joy. In recent years he delighted in raising poultry until his health began to wane. After Bernice was gone, he also really enjoyed being an adopted grandparent in the 5-6 grades program of Mrs. Jean Harden at the Taylor School. He was very honored to receive an honorary high school diploma from the Loup County Public School on Veterans Day 1999 with other World War II veterans who were unable to complete high school at that time.
Robert is survived by two sisters-in-law, Maxine Brown and Eula Mae Scherzberg of Burwell, many nieces and nephews, and a legion of good friends from far and near. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers--Lawrence, Glen, and Sam Bowers; and two sisters, Bessie Bowers and Alice Kittle. 


Alfred George Kilpatrick, 83, of Burwell, died Thursday, May 11, 2000 at Valley County Hospital in Ord.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at the Assembly of God Church in Burwell with the Rev. Mike Blatchley officiating. Burial followed the service at the Cotesfield Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Dominic Pecoraro officiating. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Alfred was born to Abraham Lincoln and Mary Frances (Kafka) Kilpatrick on September 16, 1916 at Cotesfield, Ne. He attended the Cotesfield school. As a young man he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on ranches in Nebraska and Wyoming. While in Wyoming he met Rosa K. Prager and they were married July 14, 1945 at Camp Maxey in Paris, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941 - 1945 as an air corps as well as infantry. While on duty he filled the position of Chaplain serving in Texas, Utah and Alaska.
After being honorably discharged at the end of WW II, he entered York College on the G.I. bill. He graduated in the spring of 1951 and became ordained as a minister of the Church of the Nazarene. The family lived in Farnam and Burwell and later moved to a ranch north of Burwell. Along with farming he worked at the Loup Valley Irrigation District. He served in various churches including Wood River and Grand Island. He enjoyed ministering to the elderly.
Alfred was active in the Lions Club, Historical Society and the V.F.W. post at Burwell. He and Rosa moved to the Valley County Nursing Home in the fall of 1998.
Alfred was well known for his wood-working talents, turning out toys, model buildings and home decorating items.
Alfred is survived by his wife Rosa of Ord; two daughters and their husbands: Carol and Chad Miller of Ord, and Mary and Bruce Fowler of Arcadia. One son and his wife: Roy and Sherrill Kilpatrick of Douglas, Wyoming. Six grandchildren: Cory and his wife Joy Miller of Ord; Matt, Jason and Nathan Kilpatrick of Douglas, Wyoming; Shawn and his wife Jarrett Fowler of Waco, Ne. and Steven Fowler of Hastings, Ne. One great grandson Dylan Miller of Ord.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents and one son David.


Eleanor Irene Wells, 73, of Broken Bow, NE, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow. Burial was in the Custer Center Cemetery near Broken Bow. Rev. Clifford Reynolds officiated. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at Eberle-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, NE. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
Eleanor was born September 3, 1926 in Missouri to Ray and Beulah (Holmes) Link. She married Lloyd Wells on June 20, 1942 in Broken Bow. Shortly after they were married Lloyd entered the services during World War II. Eleanor taught school during this time and continued to do so after Lloyd returned home from the service. In 1950 they purchased a ranch southeast of Broken Bow in the Cumro Community. In 1974 they moved to a home north of Broken Bow and then retired and sold the ranch in 1998.
Eleanor enjoyed traveling, gardening, flowers, auctions and quilts.
Eleanor is survived by her husband Lloyd Wells of Broken Bow. One daughter and her husband: Connie and Daniel Wagner of Broken Bow. One son and his wife: Wayne and Willa Wells of Taylor, NE. Four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two step-great-grandchildren. One brother and his wife: Kenneth and Virginia Link of Grand Island, NE. One sister and her husband: Letha Mae and Richard Province of Ft. Collins, CO.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Eldon Link.

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