Miscellaneous Jewell County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Obituaries Published Nov. 26, 1998

Lois Bills
Lois M. Bills, age 98, Burr Oak, died Friday at the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato. Services were scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northbranch Friends Church with the Revs. Paul Snyder and Brian Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Northbranch Cemetery. The Simonson-Williams Funeral Home, Red Cloud, is in charge of the arrangements.
She was the mother of David Bills, Greensboro, N.C., Ruth Stahl, Strong City and Mary Snyder, Burr Oak.

Margaret Hart
Margaret V. Hart, 83, of Jamestown, died Nov. 17 at Cheyenne Lodge, Jamestown. She was born Feb. 15, 1915, northwest of Jamestown to Peter Kaad and Ina Shoemaker.
She graduated in 1931 from Randall High School. She taught in rural schools in Jewell County before her marriage. She was married to Gerald R. Hart on May 17, 1936, and was a lifetime resident of the Jamestown and Randall communities. She had been a resident of Cheyenne Lodge Nursing Home since April 1, 1994.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Cozy Corner Club, all of Jamestown. Also she was a 50-year member and past worthy matron of Port Chapter 55 Order of Eastern Star, Jewell, and served many years as a 4-H leader.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Hart, Jamestown; daughters Mrs. John MacVean (Sharon), Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Dean Stoskopf (Mary Anne), Hoisington; a son Robert, Ponca City, Okla.; a sister Mrs. Loraine Swenson (Loreita), Concordia; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
A son, Vaughn, and her parents preceded her in death.
Services were held Friday at the United Methodist Church, Jamestown, with the Rev. Ralph Jones officiating. Burial was in St. Luke's Cemetery, Jamestown. Blachly & Buoy Funeral Home, Jamestown, were in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Jamestown.

Peter Smith
Peter Lawrence Smith, 96, second youngest and last surviving of 11 children of George Francis and Katherine Kahl Smith, was born Oct. 2, 1902, at the family farm southeast of Tipton. He and died Nov. 15 at the Mitchell County Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Beloit.
He attended grade school in Tipton and high school in Cawker City, where he graduated with the class of 1920. He then attended the Salina Business College, graduating in 1922.
From 1922 to 1929 he worked for the Rothchild Clothing Company in Cawker City; then in 1929 he began what was to become a 45 -year tenure as a parts man for International Harvester dealers-hips. He worked for the Heinen Implement Company in Cawker City and Downs, and in 1934 transferred with P.J. Heinen to Jewell, where they established a new dealership. He continued with the Jewell dealership for 16 years. From 1950 to 1959 he worked for the Waugh Implement Company in Mankato.
In 1959, he returned to Jewell as parts manager where he remained until retirement in 1974.
He served as a member of the Jewell City Council in the 1940s.
A lifelong baseball fan, in the 1920s, he began pitching for the Cawker City town team. His younger brother, Gus was his catcher. He was known as a crafty left-hander with a wicked curve ball. He continued pitching for the Jewell town team until 1949.
On Nov. 26, 1940, he married Zona Butts at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Esbon. Three children were born to the couple, Lawrence Eugene, Mary Francis, and Linda Joyce. Their 56 years of their married life were in the Jewell and Mankato communities. They were among the original members of St. Theresa's Catholic Parish in Mankato.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Zona in 1996; brothers Joe, Philip, Lewis, Charles, John and Gus Smith; and sisters Anna Ochs, Florence Thull, Elizabeth Hake and Marie Hake.
Survivors include his children, Larry Smith, Mrs. John Snelgrove (Mary), and Mrs. Ed Perdue (Linda) five grandchildren; and a great grandson.
Services were held Thursday by Father Allen Scheer at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mankato. A rosary on the eve of the funeral was led by Sister Stanislaus Porter. Interment was in the Jewell Cemetery, with Kleppinger Funeral Home of Jewell in charge of arrangements.

John Plowman
John E. Plowman, 95, died Oct. 22, at Evergreen Laurel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Laurel, Mont. He had been a resident there since mid-February of this year.
He had lived an active life up until recently. He was a member and elder of the Joliet Christian Church where he was song leader and sang in the church choir. He was a member and past master of Carbon Lodge of Joliet, Royal Arch of Red Lodge, Alderman Commandery and Al Bedoo Shrine in Billings. He played with the Al Bedoo Shrine Band for a number of years, was a member of Rock Rose Chapter 63 Order of Eastern Star of Columbus, the Kitchen Band of Joliet, Joliet Senior Citizens and the Joliet Lions Club.
The son of Eugene and Laura Plowman, he was born in northern Kansas on Jan. 31, 1903. He graduated from Jewell High School in 1920. He taught in rural schools in Kansas for 14 years. On April 22, 1925, he married Etta L. Kemmerer. They moved to Montana in 1943 where they farmed and ranched in the Joliet and Edgar-Prior areas with Harry and Mary Plowman until retirement in 1969. They moved into Joliet following retirement.
In 1997 he moved to Aspen View Retirement Home in Billings and lived their until moving into the Evergreen Laurel Nursing Home in February.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Etta, April 12, 1989; a daughter, Mary Jean Rowland; two brothers, Harry and Ray; and a sister, Mabel Bohnert.
He is survived by one son and wife, Ed and Gerri Plowman, Joliet; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Masonic memorial services were held Oct. 27 at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel. His funeral was held Oct. 28 at Joliet Christian Church with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Billings.

Larry Phillips
Larry W. Phillips, 61, of Solomon, died Oct. 31, at his home in Solomon. He was born Oct. 14, 1937, in Beloit, the son of Garrett and Dorothea (Braden) Phillips. He grew to manhood in the community of his birth and attended the local schools, graduating from Ionia High School in 1955.
He was married April 28, 1957, to Ferna Shoemaker in Mankato. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995. They had resided in Jewell County prior to moving to Solomon in 1975. He was a journeyman electrician, had owned and operated Larry's Lectric Co. in Beloit, and was a board member of IBEW Union 661 since 1969.
He is survived by one son, Garrett, St. Charles, Mo.; two daughters, Diane Angelotti, Salina, and Ferna Louden, Alton, Ill.; and nine grandchildren. Also surviving are his parents Garrett and Dorothea Phillips, Ionia; two brothers, R. J. Phillips, Little River, and Terry Phillips, Scott City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and one granddaughter.
Services were held Nov. 13, at at the Ionia United Methodist Church in Ionia, with the Rev. Frank DeFisher officiating. Burial was in the Ionia Cemetery.

Mabel Frye
Mabel Sarah Frye, 103, of South Sioux City died Saturday, Nov. 14, at a South Sioux City nursing home.
Services were at First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Dale Jirousek officiating. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery, Emerson, Neb.
Mrs. Frye was born Sept. 16, 1895, in Somers, Iowa, the daughter of Verde H. and Lilly Mae (Amsden) Sprackin. She moved with her family to Woonsocket, S.D. as a child.
She married P.H. Lund on July, 4, 1914. She later married Frank Frye on July 26, 1922, in Woonsocket. The couple moved to Emerson in March 1923. They moved to South Sioux City in 1945. He died Sept. 22, 1954, in Sioux City.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church, St. Lukes Missionary Society, where she served as secretary and treasurer. Lakeview Extension Club, American Legion Auxiliary and a former member of St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Emerson. She was awarded the Good Neighbor Citation from Ak-Sar-Ben and the Omaha World-Herald in 1991 and the Person of the Month from First Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Ferne Combs, Superior, three grandsons, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Beulah Harris, Deerwood, Minn.; a brother, Gerald Spracklin, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers and a great-great-grandchild.

Dennis Hansen
Dennis Dee Hansen, 53, son of George L. and Ardeth D. Davidson Hansen, was born April 1, 1945, at Superior. He died Sunday at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital, Superior.
He attended Hardy Public School and graduated from Hardy High School with the Class of 1963. After graduation he joined and served with the Kansas National Guard.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Superior.
He is survived by his parents; a son, Richard Hansen, Kearney, two daughters, Mrs. Tim Mason (Jennifer), Kearney, and Mrs. Jim Christensen (Marcia), Otis, Colo; two brothers, Milan and Lee, both of Superior; and six grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel, Superior, with the Rev. Arthur Taylor officiating.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Superior.

Obituaries Published February 18,1999 

Albert (Al) Alford
Albert Darwin Alford, 91, the son of Wilder and Ardella (Shafer) Alford, was born Aug. 28, 1907, at Superior. He died Feb. 10, at the Good Samaritan Center in Superior.
He attended Superior schools and on Aug. 25, 1926, Nelson, he married Cathelma Julia Reed. They lived and farmed in the Superior community for many years. They also lived in Maxwell and Nevada, Iowa, Bostwick and Hastings.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Superior and active in several farmers organizations and senior citizens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife on Sept. 15, 1984, a daughter, Roberta Alene Alford and two grandsons.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry Egan (Dollene), Bullhead City, Ariz.; and Mrs. Wilfred Jorn (Catherine), Hastings; a brother, Henry Alford, Chula Vista, Calif.; five grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Feb. 13 from the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Superior, with Pastor Jon Albrecht officiating.
Interment was in the Ever-green Cemetery, Superior.

Ryan Lee Thayer
Ryan Lee Thayer, 18, a senior at Meeker, Colo., high school, died Oct. 14, at the Pioneers Hospital in Meeker.
Born Aug. 29, 1980, in Meeker, Ryan was the son of Stanley R. and Joy (Jones) Thayer. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fish and "four wheeling."
Music was one of his greatest joys. He sang in the Meeker High School Choir. He also enjoyed creative writing and paticularlay poetry.
He is survived by his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Rob Riegel (Laney), Grand Junction; Amy, a student at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and his paternal grandmother, Lillian Thayer, Superior.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Barry Dean Thayer, in 1968; grandparents, Paul and Etta Jones and Loren Thayer.
Cremation was chosen and a service of remembrance was held Oct. 19 at the Meeker High School Auditorium with Pastor Steve Goebel and Mr. Geary Cantrell officiating. Interment was in the Highland Cemetery.

Blanche Fowler
Blanche Elizabeth Fowler, 85, the daughter of Adelbert and Edna (Frink) Sisler, was born Nov. 3, 1913, at Cylinder, Iowa. She died Feb. 13 at the Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior.
She attended Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska schools.
On Oct. 7, 1933, she marked Floyd Fowler in Mankato, Kan.
She was a member of the Birthday Club, Rebekah Lodge and Rebekah Kensington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Oct. 4, 1981, and a sister, Lucile Gall.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Vernon, Abilene, Texas; a brother, Russell Sisler, Wichita; and two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Wednesday at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Superior, with the Rev. Harold Backus officiating. A tribute was given by Rebekah Lodge No. 70.
Interment was in the Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Neb. 

Clara Harding
Clara Margaret Harding, 89, died Feb. 6, at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Healdton, Okla.
She was born March 26, 1909, at Webber, the daughter of John and Clara Kirkpatrick Lane. A Healdton resident for two years, formerly of Lyons since 1942, she was an Avon saleswoman for 25 years and was a homemaker.
She was a charter member of the Mid-K Campers and was active in various card clubs.
She married Montie Fay Harding at Johnson on Aug. 6, 1927. He died Jan. 29, 1983.
Survivors include a daughter, Lucille Dill, Healdton; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted in Lyons Municipal Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Friesen officiating. 

James Hinz
James Duane Hinz, 66, the son of Carl August and Erna Minnie (Eilers) Hinz, was born July 2, 1932 on a farm near Nelson. He died Feb. 14 at the Thayer County Hospital, Hebron.
He attended Star Country School, Kelley School and Nelson Public School and lived in the Oak and Ruskin communities his entire life. He seved in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955. 
On May 14, 1961, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings, he married Jureta Pearl Stiles. He was manager of the Oak, Dewitt, Hubbell, Ruskin and Republic grain elevators. He and Jureta owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Steakhouse in Ruskin for 20 years. He was a member of the Ruskin American Legion, of which he was commander, a life member of Superior VFW, a member of Ruskin Volunteer Fire Department, the Ruskin Village Board and St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife of Ruskin, four daughters, Mrs. LaVeryl Kleen (Rebecca), Ruskin, Mrs. Donald Schmid (Cindy), St. Paul, Neb., Mrs. Dennis Gurley (Kimberly), Milligan, Lisa Hinz, Waverly; two sons, Timothy Crowl, Superior and Kevin Hinz, Ruskin. He survived by 21 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Eldred Hinz, Oak, Raymond Hinz, Denver and LeRoy Hinz, Oak; five sisters, Mrs. Donald Brandt (Gertrude), Nora, Margie Zoch, Deshler, Mrs. Richard Medina (Darlene), Deshler, Shirley Hinz, Lincoln, Neb. and Mrs. Larry Plock (Rose), Deshler.
Services were held Wednesday from the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Ruskin, with the Rev. Robert Mrosko officiating.
Interment with full military rites by American Legion Kolling Post of Ruskin, was in the Spring Creek Cemetery near Ruskin.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior were in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Herrick
Vernon Diehl Herrick, 90, the son of William and Lillie Diehl Herrick, was born April 6, 1908, on the family farm northwest of Nelson. He died Feb. 15at Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital in Superior.
On July 18, 1929, he married Hilda Bencken.
His early years were spent farming in Nuckolls County. He also worked at the Hastings ammunition depot. In 1954 he moved to Edgar, where he was employed by Burlington Northern railroad for 30 years. Upon retirement he moved to Guide Rock where he lived until the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife on May 18, 1997 and a sister, Norma Hummell.
Survivors include his two sisters, Mrs. Carol Shuck (Lois) and Wilma Anderson, both of Superior, and a brother Willis Herrick, Kiowa, Colo.
Services are today (Thursday), at 2 p.m. from the Klawitter-Price Funeral Home Chapel in Nelson, with the Rev. Harold Backus officiating.
Interment will be in the Nelson Cemetery at Nelson.

Helen L. Trussell
Helen Louise (Press) Trussell, 92, Jamestown, died Sunday at Cheyenne Lodge Nursing Home in Jamestown.
Services were Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Courtland, with the Rev. Walter Bye officiating. Burial was in Jamestown Cemetery.
Mrs. Trussell was born Oct. 27, 1906, to Charles and Dellwert (Skinner) Press in Cawker City. She moved with her family to Mankato. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1924. She worked at Putt's Store in Mankato. In July 1932, she married Willis E. Trussell at Ellsworth. They lived at Burr Oak, where her husband was a school teacher. They later lived in Stella and Kackley, where her husband managed grain elevators. Her husband died Oct. 18, 1971. She then lived in Superior and later Good Samaritan Village in Hastings. On Feb. 14, 1995, she moved to Cheyenne Lodge Nursing Home.
She was a member of United Methodist Church in Superior and was active in Bible study groups in Hastings and Superior.
Survivors are three daughters, Judy Moore, Superior, Mary Lou Gorden, Lisle, Ill., and Betty Vandivier, San Diego; two sons, Charles, Grand Junction, Colo., and Larry of Louisville; one sister, Doris Breault, Concordia, one brother, Harold Press, Manhattan; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Lydia Deterding
Hastings resident, Lydia L. Deterding, 86, died Friday at Good Samaritan Village Villa Grace.
Services are 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday), at GSV All Saints Chapel with the Rev. Carl Rehwaldt officiating. Burial will be in Wanda Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Juniata.
Miss Deterding was born July 4, 1912, to William H. and Agnes (Brase) Deterding in Holstein. In 1918 she moved with her family to a farm near Ruskin. In the early 1960s she moved to Good Samaritan Village. She was a homemaker and housekeeper.
She was a member of the Aid Association for Lutherans at Wanda Zion Lutheran Church and a volunteer at Good Samaritan Village.
She is survived by one brother, Joe, Friend.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.

Gus Samuelson
The funeral or Gus J. Samuelson, 71, Medford, Okla., will be at 10:30 a.m., today (Thursday) at the Church of the Nazarene, Medford, with the Revs. Mark Ramsey and Travis Janzen officiating. Burial will follow in Rosemound Cemetery, Medford, with military honors by the United States Navy. Arrangements are under the direction of Hills-Ely Funeral Home, Medford.
He was born March 14, 1927 on a small farm near Courtland, to Gus A. and Elsie (Bettis) Samuelson. He died Sunday at his home near Medford, after a long battle with leukemia.
He joined the U.S. Navy in March, 1945, and served as a medic until his discharge in May, 1946. He was a lifetime member of the Oddfellow Lodge, the American Legion and a former member of the Lions Club. He was awarded the Distinguished Citizens Award in Palco.
On June 6, 1945, he married Vida B. Wallace in Belleville.
He managed elevators at Blakeman, Ludell, and Palco, and in Colorado at Walsh and Lamar. In November, 1977, the couple moved from Lamar to a farm northeast of Medford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gus LeRoy; a granddaughter; and four brothers, Bernard, Herbert, Chet and Estel.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Ken Mangum (Dixie), Joplin, Mo., and Mrs. Argyle Janzen (Bonnie) Medford; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ada Barlene, Klamath Falls, Ore., May Perry, Holt, Mo., and Geraldine Joerg, Courtland.

Elda Elniff
Elda S. Elniff, 84, Concordia, died Feb. 8 at Sunset Home. She was born Oct. 23, 1914, at Scottsville to Clinton Lorenzo and Minnie Josephine (Hanson) Russell. She married Lawrence V. Elniff Dec. 31, 1931, and they lived near Randall until his death in 1973. At that time, Elda moved to Concordia where she was employed by the Moose Lodge until her retirement.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Charles Holdren (Roberta) Jewell, and Merle Ann Cordry, Concordia; four sisters, Vira Amende, Eulula Wright and Ferma Webster, all of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Helen Webster, Buhl, Ind.; two brothers, Ival Russell, Rupert, Ind., and Louis Russell , Boise, Ind.; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and two brothers. 
The funeral was held Friday, at Nutter Mortuary Chapel. Burial was in Randall Cemetery.

Dorothy Burdett
Dorothy Marie Burdett, 90, Ionia, died Monday at the Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. 
She was born Sept. 8, 1904, near Lebanon. A homemaker and a longtime resident of Dispatch and Ionia, she was a member of the Ionia United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Deters in 1952 and John Burdett in 1970.
Survivors include: a son, Boyd Deters, Victoria; two daughters, Shirley Sparks, Weeping Water, and Charlotte Deters, Durango, Colo.; two brothers, Carl Diecker, Duncan, Okla., and Warren Diecker, Lebanon; a sister, Lorraine Belleville, San Fernando, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Ionia United Methodist Church, with Pastor Frank DeFisher officiating. Burial will be in the East Dispatch Cemetery. 
McDonald Funeral Home, Beloit, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Briggs
Ethel Briggs, 95, died Tuesday at the Good Samaritan Center, Superior. Her service is scheduled for 10:30 Saturday morning at the Union Church of Hardy. Burial will be in Hardy Cemetery. Pastor Dale Bussinger will officiate.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Swinton
Donald E. Swinton, 58, Salina, died at his home Feb. 8. The son of Lyle Swinton and Ruby Clark, he was born in Mitchell County Dec. 15, 1940.
A resident of Salina since 1960, he was a route driver and salesman for Cruce Produce, Salina Coffee House, Schwann's Food Service, and Tony's Pizza Service. He was a life-member and past director of Golden Wing Touring Association Salina Chapter. 
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include two daughters, Terry Haggard and Donn Swinton; a son, Donald Swinton, Jr., all of Salina; his mother, Ruby Clark, Mankato; two sisters, Shirley Carlton, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Beverly Smith, Nephi, Utah; step-mother, Evelyn Swinton, Mankato; and five grandchildren.
Services were held Friday at Ryan's Mortuary, Salina, with the Rev. Paul Robbins officiating. Interment was in the Round Springs Cemetery near Hunter.


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