Miscellaneous Kimball County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Levi C. White

Levi C. White, 24, of Greeley, Colo. died Nov. 16, 1998 as the result of a traffic accident near Kersey. He is the son of Ivan Albert and Joyce Kay (Lipprand) White of Kimball.

No services will be held.

He was born March 13, 1974, in Kimball. He grew up and attended school in Kimball where he graduated high school. He moved to Greeley, Colo. after graduation where he drove truck for Goodrich Trucking.

Survivors include his parents; his wife Katrina Burke of Greeley; brother David White of Kimball; sisters Tony Anderson of Ft. Morgan, Colo. and Lesli Kellner of Guthrie, Olka.; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law Kathy Balcom Burke and Donald Simmons of Greeley; father-in-law Alan Burke of Casper, Wyo.; sister-in-law Stevi Burke of Greeley and several nieces and nephews.

Roberta Ann (Anderson) Robb

Roberta Ann Anderson Robb, 70, of Denver, Colo., died Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, in Englewood, Colo. after a long illness. Graveside services will be Friday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born at home in Bushnell on Sept. 16, 1928, to Winfield and Pearl Anderson. She attended Bushnell and Banner schools. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1948 and from Scottsbluff Jr. College in 1950. She worked in a career as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her sisters Helen Richards and Lorene Shaw, both of Kimball; brother DeRoy Anderson of Kimball; son Michael J. of Littleton, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law Gregory and Marla of San Benito, Texas; daughter Denise A. Walker of Littleton; grandson Scott and his wife Somer of Donna, Texas; grandsons Jeffrey of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Zachary of Littleton; granddaughter JoAnna Walker of Littleton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son.

Freda Mary Pahl

Freda Mary Pahl, 76, of Kimball, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, in Kimball. A funeral mass was held on Nov. 16, 1998, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Francis Curran as celebrant. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery with services by V.F.W. Auxiliary #2243. A rosary was held Sunday at Cantrell Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Kimball. She spent most of her life in Kimball, except for several years when she lived on her family’s homestead near Laramie Peak, Wyo. She married Joe Cunningham in 1942. He preceded her in death in 1952. On Jan. 19, 1974, she married Francis Pahl.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Society. She was very active with the V.F.W. Auxiliary and was department chairwoman and local chairwoman for entertaining veterans at the Veteran’s Hospital in Cheyenne Wyo. She was also a volunteer for Meals On Wheels.

She is survived by her husband Francis Pahl of Kimball; son Clarence Cunningham of Scottsbluff; daughters and sons-in-law Helen and Lloyd Welty of Rock Springs, Wyo. and Phyllis and Dennis Tuzicka of Sidney; seven grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, daughter Judith Ann Cunningham and four brothers.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1117, Torrington, Wyo. 82240.

Ruthella Lauder

Ruthella Lauder, 73, of Chadron, died, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Chadron Community Hospital. She is the mother of Debbie Serres of Potter.

Funeral services were Nov. 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Fr. Ed. Cortney officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron was in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 6, 1925, in Clinton, Neb. to Marion and Jessie (Westlake) Parrott.

She is survived by her sons Jim of Morrill, John and Diann of Alliance and Roger and Gloria of Alliance; daughters Linda Lauder of Denver, Janice Fodor of Colorado Springs and Debbie and Larry Serres of Potter; sister Dorothy Davis of Ainsworth; and 13 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo, son Larry, two sisters and one brother.

A memorial has been established to the family and donations may be sent to First National Bank in Chadron.

Esther Leckner

Esther Leckner, 78, of Kimball, died Wednesday morning, Nov 18, 1998, at Memorial Health Center in Sidney. A funeral mass was Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Francis Curran officiating. Burial was at Bushnell Cemetery. A rosary was held at Cantrell Funeral Home on Sunday.

She was born Nov.16, 1920, in Hays, Kan., to Cosmas and Kathryn (Weigel) Staab. She married William Leckner on Jan. 12, 1943, in Dalton. They lived in Alliance before moving to Kimball in 1964. She owned and operated the Western Market in Kimball with her husband until his death in 1991. She then worked at George Risk Industries until the spring of this year.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Society.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Karoleen and William Mika of Sidney; brothers Virgil Staab and Leland "Shorty" Staab both of Kimball; sisters Fabiola Hirschfeld of Brush, Colo., Betty Christenson of Kimball and Ramona Allen of Bridgeport, Texas; grandchildren Lori Ann and her husband Gregory Walker of Lubbock, Texas and JaNee and her husband Gerald Leibrand of Billings, Mont.; and great-grandchildren James and Jacob Leibrand.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and a sister.

Fern Caroline Baker

Fern Caroline Baker, 78, of Sidney, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1998, at Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dalton with the Rev. Ruth Boettcher officiating. Burial will be in the Dalton Cemetery. Holechek Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 12, 1920, at Dalton to Mabel (Reinmuth) and Bert Gillespie. She graduated from Broadwater High School in 1938. On May 15, 1939, she married Gene Baker in Kimball. They lived at Broadwater, North Platte, Scottsbluff and retired to Sidney.

Survivors include her husband, Gene, of Dalton; daughters Joan Loghry and LaVon Kahl, both of Sidney; son Duane Baker of South Pasadena, Calif.; brother Don Gillespie of Portland, Ore.; ten grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Dale and Don, sister Marge and sons-in-law Jack Schlicker and Jim Loghry.

Memorials can be made to the Dalton Fire Department or the Alzheimer’s Secure Unit at Memorial Health Center Extended Care.

Ruth Cromie

Ruth Cromie, 94, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at her daughter’s house in Lakeport, Calif.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Father Francis Curran officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cantrell Funeral Home. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

She was born Dec. 16, 1903, at Lake View, Iowa to James and Margaret (Battie) Fitzsimmons. Ruth was a teacher for many years in Kimball County. She married Jess Cromie.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Society. She served on the Kimball Library Board. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross for many years. She loved to play bridge and belonged to several bridge clubs.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Lou White of Lakeport, Calif.; sister, Mable Fitzsimmons; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; son John and seven brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Lake County, 1717 South Main Street, Lakeport, Calif. 95453.

Emily Louise Carlson

Former Potter resident Emily Louise Carlson, 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at SunRise Care and Rehabilitation of Moses lake, Wash. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at 2:30 p.m. at the Potter Cemetery, with the Rev. Don Notz officiating. Visitation can be made from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney. Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 9, 1911, in Hayes County, Nebraska to the late Carl Heinrich and Anna Louise (Corlett) Hagemeister. She was raised and educated in Potter, graduating from Potter High School in 1930. She was married to Emil Theodore "Ted" Carlson on Oct. 3, 1930, in Sterling, Colo.

They lived and farmed on the Carlson Homestead north of Potter until 1957. They then began working for the Fred Harvey Corporation, a company that operated and maintained national parks and monuments where she worked as a gift shop clerk. While with Fred Harvey, they lived and worked in several areas of the southwest. In 1972, they moved to Moses Lake where they have lived since.

While living in Nebraska, she was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Eastern Star, was a 4-H leader and was an organizer and the superintended of the Prairie View Sunday School. She was a member of the Moses Lake Senior Citizens and attended the Free Methodist Church of Moses Lake.

Survivors include her husband, daughter Byrdeen Worley of Moses Lake; son Charles Carlson of Kimball; two sisters Katheryn Nelson and Charlyn Herboldsheimer, both of Potter, 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mabel Hagemeister, two daughters Betty Cushing and Beverly Neilson and son-in-law David Worley.

Memorials may be made to Camp Rock, American Missionary Fellowship, Bridgeport, Neb.

Joe Minar, Jr.
Joe Minar, Jr., 54, of Bridgeport, died Nov. 14, 1998, at Morrill County Community Hospital in Bridgeport. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with Reverend James Leslie Kidd officiating. A private family visitation and cremation will take place at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory in Scottsbluff.

Memorials may be given in care of the family.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Minar of Bridgeport; son Joe Minar of Springfield, S.D.; daughter Jana Minar of Bridgeport; step-daughters Melinda Thompson of McNeil, Ariz. and Amy Vann of Phoenix, Ariz., sister Lorabell Kugler of Ashton, Neb.; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step-father.

Kenneth E. Heidemann
Kenneth E. Heidemann, 70, of Kimball, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998, at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes. Memorial services are pending.

He was born March 23, 1928 in Wilcox, Neb. and moved to Kimball with his family when he was three years old. He was a welder and a member of the American Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Heidemann of Kimball; brother and sister-in-law, Merlyn and Carolyn Heidemann of Potter; sister and brother-in-law, Orleatha and Lester Onigkeit of Kimball; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Phillip A. Heidemann of Loveland, Colo., Duane R. Heidemann of Seattle, Wash., John S. and Pamela Heidemann of Kimball and Kenneth L. and Sara Heidemann of Puyallup, Wash. and granddaughters Erin, Emily and Abby Heidemann of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Lula Heidemann.

Memorials can be given to donor’s choice or the Kimball Little League program

Elmer B. Wilkening
Elmer B. Wilkening, 78, of Bushnell, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, in the Kimball County Hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball with the Rev. Thomas Jacobsen officiating. Burial was in the Dix Rural Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 3, 1920, at Deshler, Neb. to William and Marie (Stolnow) Wilkening.

He attended public schools at Deshler before joining the Armed Forces. He served in the United States Army during World War II. On Sept. 19, 1945, he married Doris Schreinert. After the service, he worked in the oil fields for a number of years until they moved to Dix where he worked at the Co-op Elevator. They later moved to Bushnell where he became the manager of the Pillsbury Company Elevator until his retirement about 15 years ago.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a life member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Wilkening of Bushnell; daughter, Bonnie Miles of Douglas, Wyo; granddaughter, Marci Miles of Douglas; sisters, Lucy Mitchell of Eugene, Ore. and Lenora Eberhardt of Ogallala, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and a sister.

The Elmer Wilkening Memorial Fund has been established.

Robert Herbel
Robert Herbel, 76, of Sylmar, Calif., died on Oct. 28, 1998 in a convalescent home. Cremation was performed.

He was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Lincolnville, Kan. to David and Mollie (Schwemmer) Herbel. He attended school in Kansas. As a young man, he moved to western Nebraska with his family. He lived in the area until World War II. On Sept. 8, 1942, he was drafted into the armed forces. He served overseas in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. He received an honorable discharge on Nov. 30, 1945. He married Helen Schwartzkoph in Harrisburg, Neb. on July 12, 1947.

He is survived by his son Robert; daughters Carol, Tina, and Nanette; brothers Melvin of Gering, Neb., Raymond of Ogallala, Neb. and David of Wichita Falls, Tex.; sisters Helen Mitchell of California, Irene Kreutzman of Kansas, Roberta Rein of Mtchell and Esther Bastron of Scottsbluff; five grandchildren; many brothers and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Alex, Rudolph, Edwin, LuVerne and Reinhardt; sisters Mollie Dienes, Emma Deines, Mary Herbel and Lydia Haas

Lynda Rose
Former Potter resident Lynda Rose, 60, of Pleasanton, Calif., died after a sudden illness at Mt. Diablo Medical Center in Concord, Calif. on Friday, Nov., 6, 1998.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Potter Methodist Church. Graham-Hitch Mortuary of Pleasanton is in charge of arrangements.

She was a native of Potter, graduating from Potter High School and Nebraska Weslyn University in Lincoln. She lived in Pleasanton for the last 14 years and spent the last seven years working as a loan officer for GMAC.

She is survived by her mother Thelma Rose of Potter, sister Connie Winkelman and husband Don of Dalton; nieces Lori Wolff and husband Greg, Colleen McKay and husband Patrick and Donna Juelfs and husband Lane, all of western Nebraska; seven great-nieces and nephews; and her special friend Nancy Snover of Pleasanton.

She was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Rose and great-nephew Brennan Wolff.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Potter Methodist Church.

John F. McCoy
John F. McCoy, 64, Platteville, Colo. died Oct. 28, 1998 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. He was born July 26, 1934 in Lost Springs, Kan. to Alma Burdett and James McCoy. He married Connie Estandley Sept. 9, 1957 in Miami, Okla.

He graduated from Lost Springs High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 in Germany as a Corporal. He worked most of his life around oil rigs. He was part owner of C.L.S. Anchors.

He is survived by his wife, Connie of Platteville; sons James McCoy of Evans, Colo. and Steven McCoy of California; mother, Alma McCoy of Hillsboro, Kan.; sisters, Marilyn Baker of Bakersfield, Calif. and Marcia Welsh of Hillsboro, Kan. and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.

No services are scheduled, cremation. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Association c/o Stoddard Funeral Home.

Harry L. Shepard

Harry L. Shepard, 78, of Tucson, Ariz. died Wednesday, Nov. 4 in Tucson, Ariz. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes with Pastor John Petty officiating. Interment was at Kimball Cemetery in Kimball with Military honors provided by the VFW #2234.

He was born June 15, 1920, in Bushnell and had maintained a Wyoming residency in Cheyenne, Green River and Casper since 1958.

He served in the European Military Operations in the United States Air Force from 1942-1946. He and his wife Ruth were married Oct. 22, 1961 in Cheyenne. He was a retired millwright with 30 years of service in Local #2834 in Thorton, Colo. and a member of VFW Post #9439 in Casper, Wyo. and the Eagles in Green River, Wyo.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Shepard of Tucson; five sons, Dennis Shepard of Saudi Arabia, Roy D. Shepard of Tucson, Steven P. Shepard of Aurora, Colo., Keith E. Shepard of Willington, Nev. and Harry A. Stahla of Denver; three daughters, Roxanne Rose of Denver, Marilyn C. Stevens of Westminster, Calif. and Barbara A. Clark of Tustin, Calif.; three brothers, Richard Shepard of Oklahoma, Ray Shepard of Lander, Wyo. and Willard Shepard of Wheatland, Wyo.; a sister, Doris Sumner of Cheyenne; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alma Shepard; two brothers, Ralph Shepard and Cecil Shepard and a grandson, Matthew.

Memorials may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

November 5

Wayne Schrack

Wayne Schrack, 85, of Lexington, Neb., died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington. He is the brother-in-law of Edna Schrack of Kimball.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 30 at the First Christian Church in Lexington with Pastor Tom Reynolds officiating. Burial, with military rites, was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1912, in Gosper County, Neb. to Roy and Francis (Lucas) Schrack. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1931 and then served in the Army during World War II. On June 23, 1944, he married Betty (Thomas) at North Platte, Neb. The couple farmed near Kimball.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife; daughter and son-in-law SueAnn and Ray Wilson of Kearney, Neb.; one granddaughter Kelly and Monte DeWeese of Kearney; two great-grandsons Greg and Chris DeWeese of Kearney; one brother and sister-in-law Donald Dean Sr. and Rose Mary of Tama, Iowa; one sister Wyona Pape of Omaha; two sisters-in-law Edna Schrack of Kimball and Lelah Schrack of Lexington and seven nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Memorials are to the First Christian Church or the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

Lois Fern McCann

Lois Fern McCann, 89, died Oct. 26, 1998 at Arapahoe, Neb. She was born Oct. 3, 1909 at Pine Bluffs, Wyo., to Orvice and Emma (Wilson) Brawner. She lived in Kimball from about 1916 until about 1929, and graduated from Kimball County High School in 1927.

She married Howard McCann in 1929. They lived at Edison, Neb., and later at Arapahoe.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, a grandson, and sisters Bessie Mae, Pearl (Mrs. Floyd) Anderson, and Beulah (Mrs. Deroy) Anderson. Survivors include daughter Shirley (McCann) Griesbach, sons Brad and Doug, brother Murray Brawner, sister Berniece Hindmarsh, 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Edison Cemetery.

Mark A. Rogers

Mark A. Rogers, 73, died Oct. 30, 1998 at his home in Banner County. Funeral services were held Monday at Calvary Memorial Evangelical Free Church in Gering with Pastor Charlie Hornick officiating. Burial was at the Kirk Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 8, 1925 in Cherokee, Iowa to Joseph and Ruby Rogers. He graduated from Gering High School. He served two and a half years in the Air Force as radio operator/gunman on B-17’s and B-29’s, where he attained the rank of sergeant. He attended Chadron State College and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a bachelor of science degree and from Creighton University with a masters of science degree in microbiology.

He married Winnie I. Huffman on Aug. 27, 1950. He farmed in Banner County until early retirement in 1979, because of Huntington’s Chorea Disease. He was a member of the American Legion, served on the ASCS Committee, Banner County School Board and served 10 years on the Educational Service Unit 13 board.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie of Banner County; daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Royce Ammon of Shakopee, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Julie Rogers of Banner County; grandchildren, Nathan and Sean Rogers of Banner County; brother and sister-in-law, Blair and Betty Rogers of Mitchell; brother, Jay Rogers of Scottsbluff; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bob Spurgeon of Scottsbluff and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Joffre and son, Michael.

Gering Memorial Chapter was in charge of arrangments.

Memorials may be given to Camp Rock or the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

William ‘Tom’ Jefferson

William T. "Tom’’ Jefferson, 72, died Oct. 30, 1998, at his home in Wheatland, Wyo.

Funeral Liturgy was Monday morning at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wheatland, with Father Jan Santich as Celebrant. Burial was in the Wheatland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Laramie Peak Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3558.

He was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Bushnell, the son of George and Gertrude (Batterton) Jefferson. He was reared and educated in the Bushnell-Kimball area; graduating from Kimball County High School in 1946. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1943-45. Following graduation from high school, he entered the Air Force; retiring in 1965. After his retirement, he lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., Ohio and moved to Wheatland in 1990. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by four children, Cindy Dolan of Cheyenne, Tom Jefferson of Wheatland, Tim Jefferson of Cheyenne and CeCe Jefferson of Cheyenne; and eight grandchildren: Justin, Kristen and Brian Dolan, Whitney, A.J. and Sara Jefferson, and Courtney and Alex Jefferson. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeanne Jefferson on Sept. 4, 1998; and a brother, Phil Jefferson.

Memorials have been established to Platte County Home Health Care, 201 14th Street, Wheatland, WY 82201.

Platte Funeral Chapel of Wheatland was in charge of the arrangements.

John Lester Novotny

John Lester Novotny, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, in the Kimball County Manor. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at Cantrell Funeral Home with Pastor Virgil Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery.

He was born May 9, 1920, at Ord, Neb. to John W. and Mary (Skolil) Novotny. His family moved to Kimball County in 1925. He was raised and attended a rural school in the Czech community of the South Divide. In 1939, he married Velva Imes. The couple lived in Cheyenne, Wyo. for a while and then Long Beach, Calif. where he worked for Douglas Aircraft on war planes. They returned to Kimball County and raised their five children. He was a well-known Studebaker and used car dealer. His love for the grain harvest kept him on the custom harvest route for many years. John loved to polka and attended Czech festivals all over the Nebraska Panhandle. He made his home at the Kimball County Manor for the past three and a half years.

He was a long-time member of the Dix Lions Club, the Dix Volunteer Fire Department, the Elks Lodge and the Eagles Aerie #3889 at Kimball.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Lonnie and Joyce Novotny of Ft. Collins, Colo. and John and Colleen Novotny of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters and sons-in-law, Janette and Dave Ukasick of Florence, Ariz. and Nanci and Gary McCaslin of Potter; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Esther Novotny and Richard and Carol Novotny, all of Kimball, and Ron and Mary Novotny of Sun City, Ariz.; sisters and brother-in-law, Lillian Locke of Tulsa, Okla. and Alice and Ed Chamberlain of Waco, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Val; and his son, Monty.

Memorials may be made to the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or to the John Novotny Memorial Fund.

October 29

Robert E. Sumner

Robert E. Sumner, 84, of Kimball, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at the Kimball County Manor. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at the Kimball County Manor Chapel with cremation following. Rev. Jack Sample officiated.

He was born June 5, 1914, at Elkhorn, Neb. to James and Liz (Weeks) Sumner. He grew up and graduated from Kimball County High School. He then farmed with his family and later on his own. On Dec. 27, 1938, he married J. Frances Selover in Denver, Colo. They moved to Hemingford, Neb. in 1946, where they owned and operated a Gamble's Store. In 1950, they moved to Scottsbluff, where he was self-employed. They later lived in Sidney, North Platte, and Denver, returning to Kimball in 1976.

He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church at Kimball and the Kimball Friendship Senior Center, where he served as president and help with the relocation to their present building.

Survivors include his wife, Frances of Kimball; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Linda Sumner of Denver, Colo.; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Fred Gerhardt of Kingston, Mich. and Judy and Dan Gudahl of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Owen Sumner of California; sister, Dee Barba of Montana; grandchildren, Robert, Dena, Rob, Brian, Karen, Alice, Sarah, Kristian and Jenille; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters; and a grandson, Aaron.

A memorial has been established to the Kimball Friendship Senior Center.

Agnes Lukesh

Agnes Lukesh, 91, of Sidney, Neb. and a former Kimball resident, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at the Sidney Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the Rev. Gary Aten of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Graveside services and burial were in the Kimball Cemetery. Holechek Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 22, 1907, in Hallam, Neb. to Frank and Mary (Chrastil) Bilka. When she was three years old, her parents moved to Valley County, near Comstock, Neb., where she grew up.

On January 22, 1929, she married Albert Lukesh in Ord, Neb. They moved to Kimball right after their marriage and lived there until moving to Burwell, Neb. in September of 1936. In 1948, they moved back to Kimball and moved to Sidney in 1982.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Royalee Lukesh of Sidney; daughter and son-in-law, Esther and Walt Skrdlant of Sterling, Colo.; daughter Betty Janicek of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987, her parents, three brothers, two sisters, one of which was her twin, one granddaughter, Connie Skrdlant Pafford, and one son-in-law, Donald Janicek.

Jacob "Jake" Huber
Jacob "Jake" Huber, 84, of Bayard, Neb. died Tursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at the Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. He is the father of Linda Dickerson of Kimball.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 26 at the Faith United Church of Christ. Interment was in the Bayard Cemetery.

He was born June 26, 1914, in Mitchell Valley, the son of Jacob and katherine (Pfenning) Huber. As a young child, he moved with his family to the Bayard area where he attended rural school. He was united in marriage to Marie "Mary" Lockman Feb. 18, 1934, in Bayard. They farmed in the Bridgeport, McGrew and Bayard areas from 1934 until his retirement in 1980.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta Jane and Frank McGinley of Olathe, Kans., Linda Lee and Bill Dickerson of Kimball; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granchild; brother Henry Huber of Bridgeport; sisters, Mary Wickman of Denver and Irene Kraus and Helen Blum, both of Morrill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; daughter, Lillian Huber Turner; brothers William and John Huber; and sister Lydia Harimon.

Memorials have been established to the church of Chimney Rock Villa.

Dorene A. Adels

Dorene Alice Adels, 78, of Bushnell, died Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998 at Grace Lutheran Church in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. with Pastor Tom Jacobsen officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery. A memorial has been established in care of the family.

She was born May 31, 1920, in Kimball to Albert and Alice (Carlburg) Imes. She attended and graduated from the Kimball schools. She graduated from Kearney State Teachers College and taught school for two years in the Kimball County area.

On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Bill Adels in Harrisburg. They moved to a farm south of Kimball, where they lived for 12 years. She worked for Dr. Edwin Core for 12 years and the Kimball County Hospital for 10 years. After that, she and her husband did carpentry and painting work until retiring in 1991.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church at Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; daughters and son-in-law, Kazan Schmidt of Ventura, Calif. and Diane and Dennis Christophersen of Brady, Neb.; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Janet Adels of Casper, Wyo.; sisters, Margie Halstead of Castle Rock, Colo. and L'Marie Watson of Kimball; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Eugene Imes; sister, Velva Novotny; and a grandchild.

William F. Behrends

William Frederich Behrends, 94, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died Sunday, Oct. 11, 1998, in the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services will be held Thursday (today), Oct. 15, 1998, at 10:00 a.m. in the Pine Bluffs United Methodist Church with Rev. Terilynn Russ officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery with Masonic services. Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born August 21, 1904, at Roca, Neb. to Benjamin and Wilhemenia (Ahrens) Behrends.

He started working for the Union Pacific Railroad from May 10, 1926 and was promoted to foreman in 1928. He spent four years in the National Guard. On Feb. 26, 1944, he married Phyllis Birt. He retired from the railroad in 1969. He then spent time in his hobby shop doing carpenter work and saw sharpening.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Pine Bluffs, the U.P. Old-timers Club, Worthy Patron of Eastern Star and a Thirty-second Degree Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Pine Bluffs; son and daughter-in-law, William David and Dorothy Behrends of Ellsworth, Neb.; brother, Harry Behrends of Roca; sister, Freda Hopp of Bennet, Neb.; granddaughter, Heather and her husband, Jason Haynes; grandsons, Jeffrey Weller and Aaron and his wife, Sara Behrends; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Richard Frederich; brothers, Adolph, Ben, Carl, Henry and Ralph.

Memorials have been established to the Pine Bluffs United Methodist Church and the Kimball County Hospital.

Venda M. Phillips

Venda M. Phillips, 94, of Kimball, Nebraska, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in the Kimball County Manor at Kimball.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, at the Cantrell Funeral Home with private burial in the Kimball Cemetery. Rev. Daniel Zitterkopf officiated.

She was born July 14, 1904 to Thomas and Effie (Hurst) Russell in Grafton, Neb. She was raised in Grafton. She moved to Kimball County to live with her brother, Earl, in 1923, where she taught school. She married Lewis E. Phillips in 1925 in Wray, Colo. They farmed southwest of Kimball. In 1949, they moved to Ft. Lupton, Colo. to farm. They also lived in Loveland and Boulder before returning to Kimball in 1966.

She was a member of the Methodist churches in the communities where they lived and was active in her church and community organizations.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley and Esther Phillips of Bushnell, Douglas and Shirley Phillips of Colorado Springs, Colo., Cyril and Beth of Woodland, Calif. and Thomas of North Platte, Neb.; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and George Hockman of Littleton, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, a sister, a half-brother and a grandson.

Memorials have been established to the Kimball County Hospital Foundation and to the Kimball County Manor.

Leslie (Ike) Lipska

Leslie (Ike) Lipska, 78, of Potter, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, in the Potter United Methodist church with Pastor Carol Fine officiating. Burial will be in the Potter Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Masonic home for cripple children, the Potter Historical Museum or the Memorial Health Center Hospice.

He was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Cheyenne County to Frank B. and Pearl W. (Belden) Lipska. He attended Prairie View School District #42 until the eighth grade. As a young adult, he broke and rode horses.

On Sept. 2, 1945, he was united in marriage to Willomine Evelyn Johnson at the Potter Methodist Parsonage. She preceded him in death in 1981.

He worked on his family farm and ranch until 1955. Until 1973, he worked for Cliff farms until 1973 and then for the Cheyenne County Highway Department until his retirement in May of 1984.

On Jan. 7, 1989, he was united in marriage to Helen May Tallmage at the Dalton Lutheran Church.

He was a member of the Frank Welch Lodge #75, A.F. & A.M. and was a past master of the Potter Masonic Lodge #313. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past Worthy Patron of the organization. He was the president of the Potter Historical Museum.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Potter; two sons, Lloyd Lipska and his wife Janet of Gothenburg, Neb. and Leroy Lipska and his wife Rachel of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; one daughter Lois Schlacter and her husband Perry of Monument, Colo.; two step-sons, Scott Tallmage and his wife Pam of North Platte, Neb. and Monte Tallmage and his wife Shelly of Potter; one step-daughter Linda Woodward and her husband Doug of North Platte; ten grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and seven brothers and sisters.


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