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Kenneth J. Richards

Kenneth J. Richards, 83, of Kimball, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor. Graveside services will be Thursday, April 12, 3:30 p.m. at the Kimball Cemetery, with Pastor Andy Hergenreder of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating.

He was born on June 19, 1917, at Bassett, Neb. to John and Flossie (Heath) Richards. He was raised by Albert and Marion McCall in Rock County, Neb. after his mother’s death in 1919.

He married Avid Bogle on March 24, 1940, north of Bushnell. He farmed with his father-in-law in Kimball County until moving to Mitchell in 1950. The couple returned to Kimball in 1960 and in 1967 moved to Longmont, Colo., where he worked for the Longmont Public Schools. After retiring in 1984, they returned to Kimball.

He coached youth sports and supported local athletic teams.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Connie and Jerry Knutsen of Kimball; son and daughter-in-law Tom and Mary Richards of Indio, Calif.; grand-daughters Valarie Franklin of Palm Desert, Calif., Pamela Smith of Parker, Colo., and Julie Franklin of Scottsbluff; one great granddaughter,

Kristen Smith of Parker, Colo.; and LaVerne McCall Iverson of Ainsworth, Neb., a daughter of the family who raised Ken.

He was preceded in death by his wife Avis, his parents, a brother, a sister and numerous half-brothers and sisters.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Manor.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

April 5, 2001
John V. Bernard

John Veetz Bernard, Sr., of Ft. Collins, Colo. died July 1, 2000. He was Superintendent of the Kimball High School in the 1940s. He is survived by son John Russell Bernard, Jr.

Elwood L. H. Harms

Elwood L. H. Harms, 87, of Kimball, died Saturday, March 31, 200l.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were Wednesday, April 4, at the First English Lutheran Church, with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Burial of the cremains was at Potter Cemetery.

He was born on October 30, 1913, in Dodge County, Neb. to Arthur T. and Freda (Wiekhorst) Harms. He came to Cheyenne County with his parents in 1928. He graduated from Potter High School.

He married Wilma Schreinert on June 2, 1935, in Dalton, Neb. The couple had lived in Dix and Burns before coming to Kimball in 1966.

He was a section foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad for 40 years. He retired in 1974.

He was a member of the First English Lutheran Church of Kimball. He was a member of the Maintenance Union of Railroad Workers. He had served on the Dix School Board and had been on Town Council at Burns, Wyo.

He is survived by his wife Wilma of Kimball; son Elwood J. (Junior) Harms of Potter; sisters Margorie Curtis of Salem, Ore., and Betty Bennett of Auburn, Wash.; grandchildren Candice Dudney, Lori Maas, Randy Harms all of Potter, and Ronald Harms of Ft. Collins, Colo.; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Harriet Sanders.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Oneita M. Sibal

Oneita M. Sibal, 88, of Scottsbluff, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare in Scottsbluff. She was the mother of Pat Sibal of Kimball.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 4 at Draucker Funeral home. Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.

She was born December 20, 1912, in Smith County, Kan. to French and Bessie Fruit Smith. She grew up in Arthur County and lived in Julesburg, Colo.; Thermopiles, Wyo.; Ogallala and Arizona throughout her life. She married Alford “Boliver Clapp in 1928. She married Joe F. Sibal in 1939. She had received her nursing training in 1935 and had been employed in North Platte, Grant, Ogallala and Julesburg.

She was survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, including Pat and Cathleen Sibal of Kimball; two sisters; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, three brothers and one sister.

A memorial has been established.

Draucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

March 29, 2001
W.R. (Waldo) Nelson

Former Kimball resident W.R. (Waldo) Nelson, 72, of Mesa, Ariz. died Sunday, March 25, 2001 at his home.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. in Mesa.

He was born October 18, 1928, to Elvis and Iva Nelson in Carmi, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1948.

He married Norma Jean Gardner January 25, 1951, in West Liberty, Ill. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

He worked in the oilfields in Illinois, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. His family moved to Kimball in 1956. He established Orbit Drilling Company in 1979. He ran the firm until retiring in 1993.

After spending winters in Arizona, they moved permanently to Mesa in 1996.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge #294 and the Tehoma Shrine Temple.

He is survived by his wife Norma Nelson of Mesa; son Douglas Nelson of Mesa; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Larry Dedic of Scottsbluff, Neb.; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; several special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be made to the W.R. Nelson memorial fund in care of Norma Nelson at 2507 S. Acanthus Mesa, Ariz. 85208 to be donated to Hospice in Mesa, Scottsbluff, and Kimball, or to the donor's choice.

Evelyn Hantsbarger

Evelyn Mae Hantsbarger, 92, of Cherokee, Iowa, died Thurs., March 22, 2001, at Careage Hills in Cherokee. She was the mother of Joan Hilkemeier of Kimball.

Services were Monday, March 26 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. A family prayer service was held at the church.

She was born October 20, 1908, in Spring Township, Cherokee County to Christian and Nancy (Dunn) Schnell. She attended schools in Cherokee, graduating in 1925. She taught rural school in Afton Township for several years. She married Reginald Hantsbarger in Cherokee, Iowa, on March 15, 1931. They farmed in Afton for many years before moving to Cherokee in 1984.

Survives include two daughters Roberta Rogge of Cherokee and Joan Hilkemeier and her husband Don of Kimball; one sister; and eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in March 1931, one brother, one sister, one grandson and one son-in-law.

Bernard “Bud” Farmer

Former Kimball County resident Bernard K. “Bud” Farmer died March 26, 2001 at the Veterans’ Hospital in Sheridan, Wyo. He is the son of Florence Farmer of Kimball and brother of Carroll Farmer of Kimball.

Graveside services were Thursday, March 29 at Oregon Trail Veterans’. Cemetery, with military rites performed.

He was born in Kimball County on January 20, 1922, to Clyde and Florence Farmer. He graduated from Kimball County High School in 1940 and attended the University of Wyoming.

He married Virginia Sears at Columbia, Mo. on June 19, 1943.

He enlisted in the Army Air Force October 19, 1942 and was an Aviation Cadet, graduating in 1944 at Foster Field, Victoria, Texas. He went overseas in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the 8th Air Force and received many honors for his service.

After the war, he was a wheat farmer in Kimball for a short while. In 1946, he moved Casper and went to work for Sinclair Oil and later for Amoco Refinery. He retired in 1982.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, sons Keith and Jim Farmer of Casper, Richard Farmer of Flora Vista, N.M. and one daughter Suzanne Besich of Aurora, Colo.; and his mother Florence Farmer and brother Carroll Farmer of Kimball, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1977 and his brother in 1992.

Memorials may be directed to Sheridan V.A. Hospital, Paradise Valley Christian School or donors choice

March 22, 2001
Phyllis Sanders

Potter resident Phyllis Sanders, 83, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 19, 11 a.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney, with Pastor Stirling Berry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Sanders Cemetery West of Dalton, Neb.

She was born March 2, 1918, to Harry Cumming and Oma Louise (Demaray) Stanley, at Alexandria, Neb. She spent her early years there before moving with her family to a farm west of Dalton in 1932. She attended Sidney High School, graduating in 1935. While in high school, she took Normal Training and after graduating attended Chadron State Teachers College for one year. She then taught in various schools from 1937 until 1944.

She married Edward Clinton Sanders June 28, 1944, at Scottsbluff. They made their home on a farm north of Potter. She returned to teaching in 1962. She taught one year at the Bunker Hill School before teaching at the Kimball elementary school for 19 years.

She was active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include her husband Edward Sanders of Potter; sons Jim Sanders of Potter and Tom and his wife Jan Sanders of Osawatomie, Kan; daughters Renae and her husband Douglas Hay of Redlands, Calif. and Roma Sanders of Fairfield Calif.; brothers Lowell and his wife Amelia Stanley of Battleground, Wash., and Dean and his wife Luella Stanley of Vancouver, Wash.; and three grandchildren Ian Hay, Derek Edwards and Devin Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Rhonda Edwards; and brother Howard Stanley.

Buelah Fleming

Buelah Karoline Fleming, 90, of Kimball, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor.

Burial will be Friday, March 23, 1:30 p.m. at the Kimball Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimball County Manor Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

She was born on February 8, 1911, in Cairo, Neb. to Alfred and Anna (Anderson) Jensen. She grew up and graduated from high school at Rockville, Neb.

She married Loyel Melvin "Bus" Fleming October 10, 1931, in Grand Island. She and her husband had lived in St. Paul, Sidney, Broken Bow and Lexington before coming to Kimball in 1949.

She had worked at the Vogue Shoppe in Kimball for 25 years.

She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was a member of the Rebekah's at Lexington, Neb.

She is survived by her son Jack Fleming and his wife Carolyn of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter-in-law Florence Fleming of Henderson, Nev.; brother Otis Jensen of Omaha; grandchildren, Patrick Fleming, Scott Fleming, Michael Fleming and Julie Fleming; and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in November 1991, one son Gary in 1992 and granddaughter Christine Marie.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Manor.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Alma Macy

Alma A. Macy, 87, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the United Medical Center-West in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 22, 2 p.m. at Grace English Lutheran Church in Pine Bluffs, with Pastor Mark J. Maas officiating. Burial will be at the Pine Bluffs Cemetery.

She was born on July 27, 1913, in Elk Creek, Neb., to John and Amanda (Bartels) Lange.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Pine Bluffs, Grace Ladies Aid, VFW Auxiliary and the Pasttime Club.

She is survived by her husband Wayne of Pine Bluffs; son Kenneth of Pine Bluffs; brother Norman Lange of Hebron, Neb.; sisters Viora Bauman of Carleton, Neb., and Norine Philippi of Bruning, Neb; three granchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister.

Irvin Lee Thomason

Oklahoma resident Irvin Lee Thomason, 27, died March 15, 2001, in an oil field accident. He is the step-grandson of James Westby and nephew of Lora and Orville Tuzicka, Jr. and Jimmy Westby, all of Kimball.

Funeral services were Sunday, March 18 at Henninger-Allen Chapel. Burial was in the Enid Cemetery.

He was born on October 27, 1973, in Kimball to Albert and Joni (Sorrels) Thomason. He moved with his parents to Oklahoma in 1974. He was a derrick hand for P.W. Drilling Company.

He is survived by his wife Janet; six daughters; one son; six step-children; parents Albert and Liz Thomason of Enid and Joni Thomason of Stratford, Okla.; one brother and three step-brothers; one step-sister; maternal grandmother; step-grandmother and step-grandfather; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

March 15, 2001
Jesus SaenzPardo

Jesus SaenzPardo, 39, of Harrisburg, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, in Laramie County, Wyo. as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m., at the Albin Community Center. Burial will be in his hometown in Mexico.

He was born on October 7, 1961, in Durango, Mexico, to Jesus and Martina (Rendon) SaenzPardo. He attended school in Mexico. He married Penny Seymour on November 7, 1981 in Hot Springs, Wyo. They have lived in Harrisburg since their marriage. He farmed in Banner County.

He is survived by his parents Jesus and Martina SaenzPardo of Mexico; his wife Penny; son Jesus Adam SaenzPardo and daughters Jessica SaenzPardo and Meleza Rae SaenzPardo, all of Harrisburg; brother Lionel SaenzPardo of Mexico; and sisters Rosalva Vasquez of Torrington, Wyo., and Leticia Munoz of Mexico.

Memorial contributions can be made to the SaenzPardo Family, Box 81, Albin, WY 82050.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Norman Wade Johnson

Norman Wade Johnson, 71, of Banner County, died Monday, March 12, 2001.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 16, 11 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Potter, with the Rev. Mary A. Frohs officiating. Burial will be in Potter Cemetery. Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

He was born on January 28, 1930 in Kimball, Nebraska to Ollic and Mary (Patrick) Johnson and grew up on the family farm eight miles north of Dix. He attended school in District 12, north of Dix, and graduated in 1947 from Kimball County High School.

On August 5, 1951, he married Betty Jean Oeltjen at First Lutheran Church in Potter. In 1951-1952, he spent a brief period of time in the Marine Corps. In 1952, he and his wife moved to southeastern Banner County. In the fall of 1957, they moved to the Kirk Community and have resided there since. The couple was honored as the Outstanding Farmer Rancher of Kimball-Banner County in 1986.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Potter and served on the Church Council. He also served on the Banner County Board of Education. He was active in the Dix Legion, serving as Post Commander in 1993 and in the Nebraska Stock Growers and the Wheat Growers Association. He served on the Bethel Cemetery Board and was currently serving on the Kirk Cemetery Board and as a director of the Banner County Bank.

He is survived by his wife Betty; son Gary Johnson of Banner County; daughters, Janet Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Debra Garden and her husband Dick of Lincoln and Wanda Bartling and her husband Richard of Sidney; six grandchildren, Brent, Ryan and Kyle Johnson, Alex Garden and Karisa and Shane Bartling.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard, who died in infancy.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Lutheran Church of Potter, the Banner County Historical Society or to the Parkinson's Association of the Rockies.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Millard Jacob Rohrer

Millard Jacob Rohrer, 87, of Kimball, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services were Monday, March 12, at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Burial was in Pine Bluffs Cemetery.

He was born December 7, 1913, to Earl and Maude (Sanburn) Rohrer in Friend, Neb. On October 1, 1937, he married Margaret Booker in Lincoln.

They farmed most of their life in west central Minnesota. Upon retirement from farming in 1970, the couple moved to Pine Bluffs. In September 1989, Millard moved to the Kimball County Manor.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynda Kay Sanders and her husband, Norman of Pine Bluffs; sons, Roger Millard Rohrer and his wife, Dianne of South St. Paul, Minn., and Dale Earl Rohrer and his wife, Gwen of Kearney, Neb.; sister Ardis Laux of Kimball; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in April 1989; his parents, brother Carlton Rohrer; sister Bernice Barney and one grandson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Manor.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

March 8, 2001
Dale G. Janicek

Former Kimball resident Dale G. Janicek, 72, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

A funeral mass was held Monday, March 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering, with Father Gerald Harr and Father Marty Egging officiating. Cremation was held and entombment of the urn was at Sunset Memorial Park mausoleum. A vigil service was held Sunday at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff.

He was born May 19, 1928 at Kimball to Albert and Helen (Kirchner) Janicek, where he grew up and graduated from Kimball High School in 1946. He began farming in the Kimball area and married Janice Jensen on February 14, 1949. In 1965, he moved to Scottsbluff where he owned and operated Sew & Sew Fabric until retiring in 1988. He married Irene Gillen on January 7, 1995, at Scottsbluff. At the time of his death, he still had farming interests in Kimball and Dundy counties.

He is survived by his wife Irene of Scottsbluff; sons and daughters-in-law Monte and Lee Janicek of Meridan, Idaho, Kevin and Denise Janicek of Wauneta, Neb., Brad and LouAnn Janicek of Meridan and Vance and Sandra Janicek of Meridan; daughters and son-in-law Tonia and Woody Burge of Irvine, Calif. and Denise Janicek of Boise, Idaho; stepsons and stepdaughter-in-law Jeff Gillen of Lincoln and Jon and Patti Gillen of Scottsbluff; sisters and brother-in-law Alberta Brown of Scottsbluff, Caralee and Lawrence Egging of Gurley and Pat Glenn of Oberlin, Kan.; brothers and sister-in-law David Janicek of Reno, Nev., Dan Janicek of Denver, Derald Janicek of Little Rock, Ark. and Duane and Fran Janicek of Kimball; sister-in-law Betty Janicek of Pine Bluffs; thirteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Memorials can be made to the Christ the King Catholic Church building fund.

March 1, 2001
Gerald “Gump” Gumbir

Gerald "Gump" F. Gumbir, 63, of Potter, died Saturay, February 24, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday (today), March 1, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with Rev. Ed Hunzeker of Prairie Haven Hospice officiating. Visitation at the funeral home until 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Cremation will take place after the service.

He was born on June 2, 1937, in Great Bend, Kansas to William F. and Edith May (Rose) Gumbir. He grew up in Great Bend. His family also lived in California for several years and he graduated high school there.

He married Janice "Jan" F. Caine on August 22, 1958 in Wichita, Kan. He and Jan moved to Kimball and Jerry began working for Curley's Machine Works. He has worked for Curley's for the past 45 years, and served as vice-president for the company. He has lived in Potter for the past 25 years.

He was a member of St. Hilda's Episcopal Church in Kimball and the Potter Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife Jan of Potter; his mother Edith May Bicknell of Reading, Calif.; son Kevin L. Gumbir of Denver; daughters Jodie Nienhuser and her husband Greg of Peetz, Colo., and Jennifer Lee Ann Ingwersen and her husband Don of Brainard, Neb.; brothers Jim Eastman and Bob Eastman both of Calif.; sister Kathy Schlosser of Calif.; step-mother, Beatrice Gumbir of Bakersfield, Calif.; one uncle; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Jerry Gumbir Memorial Fund.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle J. Jones

Myrtle Jane (Bouma) Jones, 83, of Kimball, died Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2001, at Kimball County Hospital.

A private family funeral service was held on Monday, February 26 at Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with Pastor Charles Bonds officiating. Interment was at the Christus Gardens Cemetery in Kimball.

She was born in Custer County, Neb., on February 13, 1918, to Namen Johannas Bouma and Mary Magdelena Franzen. She worked on the family farm in central Nebraska during her childhood. She also hired out to other families, often to do wall papering. In her late teens, she came to Kimball County to work for Bert and Charity Jones on their homestead north of Bushnell.

On September 14, 1939, she married George Woodford "Woody" Jones. They moved to a farm one mile west of the family homestead where she assisted her husband with the farm operation. They remained on the farm until October 1990 when they moved to Kimball.

She was an amateur radio "ham" operator and participated in several amateur networks. She was a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League and the Young Ladies' Relay League. She also served as a Volunteer Examiner and an Official Observer for many years.

She is survived by her daughters Jane Hill and her husband Lee, of Woodland Park, Colo., and Elizabeth "Beth" Jones of Kimball; granddaughter Kathy Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers Raymond Bouma of Arcadia, Neb., and Dean Bouma of Weatherford, Okla.; sisters Betsy Nehls of Broken Bow, Neb.; Ruth Edmunds of Bushnell; and Dorothy Ames of Aurora, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992; her parents; one brother, Edwin Bouma; three sisters, Rachel Olson, Frances Olson and Hazel Dietz.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball Evangelical Free Church or the Kimball County Hospital Foundation.

Dick Siebenaler

Former Kimball resident Dick Siebenaler, 68, of Estes Park, Colo., died February 17, 2001, in Arizona. He was the brother of Dorothy Thummel and Gertrude Siebenaler of Kimball.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m., at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Estes Park. Interment will be at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens.

He was born to Lucien and Mary (Rall) Siebenaler October 25, 1932. He married Marilyn Lieske on February 4, 1961, in Kimball. He moved to Estes Park April 1, 1964. He operated Dick’s Rock Museum from its opening in 1964 until his death.

He was a lector and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church and also sang in the church choir.

Survivors include his daughters Barbara Morley and her husband Dusty of Maydena, Tasmania, Ruth Siebenaler of Madonna House, Canada and Toni Siebenaler of Jackson, Wyo.; brother Wayne Siebanaler and his wife Sharon of Tuscon, Ariz.; sisters Dorothy Thummel, Gertrude Siebenaler and Dee Barclay of Napa, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife and daughter, Maria.

Memorials can be made to the Dick Siebenaler memorial Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, Colo., 80517.

Wilson Emanuel Blattert

Wilson Emanuel Blattert, 86, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at the Heritage Health Care Center at Gering. He was the father of Kathleen Hunzeker of Kimball.

Funeral services were Friday, February 23 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

He was born November 11, 1914 to Gottlob and Minnie (Brunswick) Blattert at Stanton, Neb. He served in the U.S. Army from September 1942 until October 1945 and was decorated with the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. He married Lucille Nagel on May 20, 1915 in Bridgeport. He was a coin-operated machine mechanic until retiring in 1979.

He is survived by his wife Lucille; daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Dwayne Hunzeker of Kimball; grandchildren Will and Katie Hunzeker of Kimball; and two sisters.

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

Alvin "Al" E. Hisey

Alvin "Al" E. Hisey, 71, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at his home. Funeral services were Friday, February 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

He was born on December 14, 1929, in Lenora, Kan. to Everett and Edna (Thompson) Hisey. He attended school and graduated high school at Norton, Kan. He was in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950 as a flight engineer with the 10th Rescue Squadron stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

He married Beverly J. Butler on November 24, 1950, in Norton, Kan.

He owned a Western Auto Store in Oberlin, Kan. for 10 years and also did custom combining before moving to Kimball in 1959 to farm and ranch.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He had served on the School Board for District 4 and had served on the Fair Board and as a 4-H leader.

He is survived by his wife Beverly of Kimball; sons Richard Hisey and his wife Karen of Kimball, Greg Hisey and his wife Melody of Maple Creek, Canada and Michael Hisey of Kimball; daughter Trish Lukassen and her husband Dave of Kimball; brother Galen Hisey and his wife Barb of Cummings, Kan.; sister Evelyn Reiman and her husband Wilbur of Benkelman, Neb.; and six grandchildren, Shelli Hisey, Sean Hisey, Calli Hisey, Ardell Hisey, Pake Newell and Taren Lockwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Lyle Hisey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Prairie Haven Hospice.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

February 1, 2001
Audrey Mae Nielsen

Audrey Mae Nielsen, 80, or rural Bridgeport, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at her home. She formerly taught in Banner County.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 30, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Interment was at the Redington Cemetery.

She was born April 28, 1920, at Cadams, Neb. to Curtis and Grace (Underwood) Smith. She taught elementary school in Banner, Morrill and Cheyenne Counties. She married Norval L. Nielsen on June 2, 1946, at McMinnville, Ore. They lived on a ranch near Redington after their marriage.

She is survived by her husband; three sons; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert E. "Bob" Young

Robert E. "Bob" Young, 87, of Kimball, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at the Kimball County Hospital.

Funeral services were Wednesday, January 31, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

He was born May 18, 1913, in Kimball to William T. and Olive M. (Vogler) Young. He attended school in Kimball, except for a partial school year in Pasadena, Calif., when he was 8 years old. He graduated from Kimball County High School in 1930 and from the University of Nebraska in 1935 with a degree in Business Administration. He was a member of the University of Nebraska Boxing Team.

He married Dorcas L. Carlson on September 27, 1941. They lived in Banner County for a short time until moving to Kimball. He farmed in Banner County and Laramie County, Wyo., raising wheat, potatoes, barley, oats, rye, safflower and sunflowers. He and his brother, Bud owned a potato cellar and grain elevator at Albin, Wyo. for several years.

He was president of the Kimball County Grade School Board when the Mary Lynch School was built, and he was President of the Kimball County High School Board when construction of the new Kimball County High School was approved.

He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Kimball Masonic Lodge 294, as well as the Masonic Scottish Rite and Shriner's Lodges. He served on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Certified Potato Growers Association. He was also a member of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Advisory Council.

He is survived by his wife, Dorcas of Kimball; son, Tom of Kimball, son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Virginia of Gering, and son and daughter-in-law, Don and Clarissa of Yuma, Arizona; his brother, Lawrence of Kimball; and grandsons, Shawn and Christopher.

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

Memorial gifts have been established to the Trinity United Methodist Church and to the Kimball County Hospital Foundation.

Bennie Low

Bennie Low, 78, of Bayard, died Thursday, January 25, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. He was the father of Ivah Martin of Harrisburg.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 30, at the Community Bible Church in Bayard. Internment was at the Veterans Circle at the Bayard Cemetery, with military rates conducted by the Bayard Honor Guard.

He was born October 12, 1922, at Wellfleet, to Walter W. and Iva (Walker) Low. He married Betty L. Lockman December 6, 1953, at the Minatare Church of Christ. At one time, he worked for Pearly Wyatt in Banner County.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters; three sons; seven grandchildren; and two brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; one grandson; two sisters; one brother and two nieces.

Gladys Berkeypile

Gladys Berkeypile, 91, of Minden, Neb., died January 24, 2001, at the Bethany Home in Minden. She was the mother of Ann Warner of Kimball.

Funeral services were Monday, January 29 at the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Minden. Burial was in the Minden Cemetery.

She was born to Charles and Mary (Dillingham) McCollough November 25, 1909, in Marshall County, Ind. She married Clayton Berkeypile on September 29, 1940. The couple lived in Bourbon, Ind., and later moved to Minden, Neb.

She is survived by two daughters; one son; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband; two granddaughters; one great grandson; three brothers and five sisters.

Byron Rowley

Byron Rowley, 83, of Lodgepole, died Thursday, January 25, 2001, in Torrington, Wyo. He was the father of Earl “Butch” Rowley of Dix.

Funeral Services were Monday, January 29, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney, with the Rev. Lyle Schoen of the Lodgepole Untied Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Lodgepole.

He was born December 3, 1917, to Joseph and Agnes (Waidley) Rowley in Wauneta, Neb. He married Mary Edith Shepard of Belle Fourche, S.D., on August 28, 1940. In 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army in Africa, Sicily and Italy and received several medals of honor. At various times in his life, he lived in Longmont, Colo. and Belle Fourche, S.D. In 1946, he moved to Lodgepole, working for the union Pacific Railroad until retiring in 1977.

He is survived by one son; two daughters; one sister; two stepbrothers; twenty grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Duane E. Tangeman

Duane E. Tangeman, 75, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Friday, January 19, 2001, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo. He formerly lived in Kimball and ran a chiropractic practice here.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, February 1, at 1 p.m. A graveside ceremony will follow at Olivet Cemetery.

He was born October 19, 1925, in Iowa City, Iowa to Harvey and Mabel Tangeman. He was raised in Chadron, Neb. He married Dodie Aspinall on September 3, 1949. He worked as a chiropractor in Kimball and Chadron, Neb. He also worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He is survived by his wife; one son; one daughter; one brother; one sister; seven grandchildren and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; a sister; and a granddaughter.

January 24, 2001
Theora "Teddy" Tuzicka

Theora M. "Teddy" Tuzicka, 73, of Kimball, died Sunday, January 21, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services were Wednesday, January 24, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with the Rev. Ed Hunzeker, Prairie Haven Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Kimball VFW Post 2243 Auxiliary.

She was born March 9, 1927, in Owosso, Mich. to Oliver and Lilly M. (Simpson) Pierce. She graduated high school in Michigan.

She married Orvile N. Tuzicka, Sr. were married on August 8, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nev. They moved to Kimball in 1951. They also had lived in Sterling, Colo., Sidney and Wyoming. They returned to Kimball in 1967.

She had worked as a clerk in several of the retail businesses in Kimball, including Ben Franklin, Duckwall’s and Safeway.

She was a member of the Kimball VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Orvile of Kimball; sons and daughters-in-law Dennis and Phyllis Tuzicka of Sidney, Orville Jr. and Lora Tuzicka of Kimball, Timothy and Rosie Tuzicka of Orlando, Fla., and Kevin and Kim Tuzicka of Paducah, Ky.; daughter and son-in-law Janice and Roger McCarty of Rifle, Colo.; her twin sister Evora Easlick of Elsie, Michigan; 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother, Aletha Pierce, one son, Charlie and two brothers.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Mark Charles Price

Former Kimball resident Mark Charles Price, 36, of Sterling, Colo., died Monday, January 15, 2001, in Sterling, Colo.

Funeral services were Friday, January 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sidney, with President James Shields officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born March 18, 1964, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Charles Allen and Dorothy J. (Kelley) Price. He served in the Army from February 1986-1990.

After his discharge, he attended Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, and received his R.N. degree. He worked at Kimball County Hospital.

He married Susan DeGuzman on July 20, 1994, in Las Vegas, Nev., and was solemnized in the Denver Temper on March 18, 1999. He was working at the Sterling Correctional Facility at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his wife Susan of Sterling; children Dylan, Jordan and Nolan; two brothers; and five sisters.

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

Memorials can be made to the Mark Price Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, Box 1547, Sterling, Co. 80751.

Doris Eastman Fritzler

Former Kimball resident Doris Eastman Fritzler, 85, of Fort Collins, Colo., died January 19, 2001, at Poudre Valley Hospital in fort Collins.

A memorial service will be held in Fort Collins at a later date and interment of cremains will take place in Kimball.

She was born November 22, 1915, at Chappell, Neb., to Leon Roy and Emma Dudek Eastman. They moved to Kimball when she was two years old. She graduated from Kimball County High School and received her bachelor’s of arts degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

She married Kenneth Carl Fritzler on October 22, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb. They lived in Oxford, Omaha and Kimball. In 1972, she moved to Fort Collins with her youngest daughter.

She was a legal assistant in real estate law at Harden, Schmidt and Hass until retiring in 1980.

Survivors include her son Kenneth C. Fritzler, II of Kearney, Neb.; her daughters Janet Huntley of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Beth Elliott of Fort Collins; sister Betty McClenny of Ballaire, Texas; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Nancy Morris of Fort Collins and her brother Nathan Eastman of Kimball.

Memorials can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund in care of Goes Funeral Care in Fort Collins.

Goes Funeral Care in Fort Collins is in charge of arrangements.

Emily Michelle Onstott

Emily Michelle Onstott, 7 months old, of Gering, Neb., died Wednesday, January 17, 2000, at the Childrens’ Hospital in Denver, Colo. She was the granddaughter of Linda and Duayne Onstott of Harrisburg.

Funeral services were Monday, January 22 at the WestWay Christian Church in Scottsbluff, with Pastor Randy Kreiling officiating.

She was born June 8, 2000, in Scottsbluff, to Michael Gene and Jennifer Rose (McCarty) Onstott of Gering.

She is survived by her parents; her sister Courtney; grandparents Linda and Duayne Onstott of Harrisburg and Rosetta and Jerald Green of Henry, Neb.; her paternal great grandparents and maternal great grandmother; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two uncles; great-great grandparents on both maternal and paternal sides; and paternal and maternal great grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Emily Michelle Onstott Fund, c/o Valley Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 538, 1425 10th St., Gering, Neb. 69341, or dropped off at any Valley Bank and Trust branch.

Hyla Baltensperger

Hyla Louise Baltensperger Kern, formerly of Bushnell, died January 16, 2001, in Colorado.

Cremation has taken place. No memorial services have been scheduled.

She was born June 19, 1913, to Frederick and Louise (Manz) Baltensperger around Nebraska City, Neb. She attended school there and then moved to Bushnell with her family. She taught school in the Bushnell area. She married Clarence H. Kern in Colorado September 27, 1937.

She is survived by her husband of Loveland, Colo.; children Eldon Kern and Louise Kaufman; sisters Anna Andrews of Nebraska City, Neb., and Arden Baltensperger of Las Cruces, N.M.; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers.

January 18, 2001
E.M. “Margie” Nunn

E.M. “Margie” Nunn, 75, of rural Harrisburg, died Tuesday, January 11, 2001.

At her request, no services will be held. Cremation has been held and private inurnment will be at Sunset Memorial Park at Scottsbluff.

She was born in Portland, Ore., and had lived in Banner County after her marriage to Jean L. Nunn in 1976.

Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff was in charge of arrangements.

January 11, 2001
Millard Neal Frostrom

Millard Neal Frostrom (“Frosty”), 83, died January 1, 2001, in Pasadena, Calif.

A private memorial service will be held in California. A burial is to take place in the spring with a service at Kirk Cemetery in Banner County.

He was born in Kimball to Alrick and Ida Frostrom on July 23, 1917. He moved to California in 1939, but spent summers on the family farm, owned by Uncles Alfred and Henry Henrickson, near Kimball.

He is survived by children Barbara Grooms, Sandra Scott and John Frostrom; former spouse Dixie Frostrom; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and Kimball cousins Evy Johnson, Norma Jefferson and Colin Moul; and many other relatives.

Donald Christensen

Former Potter resident Donald Christensen, 63, of Scottsbluff, died Friday, December 29, 2000.

Funeral services were Wednesday, January 3, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney. Burial was at the Potter Cemetery.

He was born October 10, 1937, to J.W. and Sarah Louise (Mcmillen) Christensen in Long Beach, Calif. He grew up and attended school in Potter.

On September 18, 1955, he married Edith Dove in Potter.

He worked for the Village of Potter and then the Union Pacific Railroad until retiring due to ill health. He and his wife moved to Scottsbluff in 1995.

He is survived by his wife Edith; son and daughter-in-law Gevan and Candy Christensen of Potter; daughters Celinda Luebke of Potter and Gina Boyce and her husband Ron of aurora, Colo.; sister Heather Lipska and her husband Jerry of Potter; brother Jerry Christensen and his wife LaVonne of Potter; nine grandchildren; and one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Marie “Mary” Huber

Marie “Mary” Kathrine Huber, 89, of Bayard, died January 5, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor. She has lived at the manor for the past year.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 9, at the Faith United Church of Christ at Bayard, with the Rev. Ron Nuss-Warren officiating. Interment will be in the Bayard Cemetery.

She was born November 22, 1911, at Woodbine, Kan. to Fred and Katie (Funk) Lockman. She moved with her family to Wisconsin. The family moved to Nebraska in 1918 and lived at Scottsbluff for six months before moving to Bayard.

She married Jacob “Jake” Huber on February 18, 1934, at Bayard. They farmed in the Bridgeport, McGrew and Bayard areas from 1934 until 1980. After retiring, they moved into Bayard.

She was a member of Faith United Church Christ of Bayard, had taught Sunday School for nine years and served as president of the Ladies Fellowship.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Bill Dickerson of Kimball, Loretta and Frank McGinley, of Olathe, Kan.; sister Rosalie Lockman; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jake in October 1998; an infant daughter; daughter Lillian Huber Turner; five sisters Ann Arnold, Pauline Hamburg, Katherine Kaufman, Katie Hamburg, and Margaret Hamburg; and brother Fred Lockman.

A memorial has been established to Faith United Church.

Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport was in charge of the arrangements.

January 4, 2001
Terry E. Paxton

Dix resident Terry E. Paxton, 53, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at his home.

No funeral services are scheduled. Cremation has taken place.

He was born April 21, 1947, in North Platte, Neb. to Leon and Evelyn (McCarty) Paxton. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1965. He married Marjorie Britt on January 23, 1965, in North Platte.

He started his career in October 1965 with the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne as a clerk and then moved in November 1965 to Rawlins, Wyo. In 1971, he began working as a switchman/brakeman. He became a conductor for the railroad in 1973 and continued working in Rawlins until January 1992. He was transferred to Cheyenne and worked there until October 1998. He and his wife moved to Dix in August 1997, where he retired from the railroad in October 1998 due to ill health.

He was a member of U.T.W. (Transportation Union).

He is survived by his wife Marjorie of Dix; three daughters, Stephanie Deanna Paxton of Dix, Danette Elizabeth Paxton of Westminster, Colo., and Nicole Georgette Paxton of Davenport, Iowa; four brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Beth Paxton of Sidney, Lynn and Marilu Paxton of Denver, Wayne Paxton of Malden, Mass., and Francis and Loretta Paxton of North Platte; seven sisters, Virginia Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev., Ellen Sparks and her husband Tom of Blaine, Minn., Leona Paxton, Glendean Paxton and Nancy Fisher all of North Platte, Neb., Janet Pekrul of Thornton, Colo. and Helen Simco, and two grandchildren, Taylor Nicole Welch of Davenport and Brittany Katlin Paxton of Dix.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Violet J. Van Housen

Former Potter resident Violet J. Van Housen, 70, died Saturday, December 24, 2000, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 29 at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney, with Father Lyle Martin officiating. Burial was in the Dix Cemetery.

She was born December 3, 1930, to Raymond Jr. and Bessie Yetter. at Lewellen, Neb. She married George Van Housen at Kimball on September 27, 1947.

She lived in Gurley for a time, moving to Ogden, Utah, in 1966. In the fall of 1979, she moved back to Cheyenne County, settling at Potter.

She is survived by her son Randall of Potter; her father; her sisters Agnes Eisele and her husband Gerald of Kimball and Cermel Haney of Boone, Colo.; brother Howard Yetter of Potter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother; one nephew and a great-niece.

Neva Mary Jackson

Kimball resident Neva Mary Jackson, 89, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 4, 2 p.m., at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with the Rev. Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation hours were noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 3 at the funeral home.

She was born on June 28, 1911, to William and Bertha Leona (Inman) Wright in Petersburg, Neb. She married Elton G. Jackson on March 22, 1930, in Sidney.

She worked as a LPN at the Kimball Manor and the Kimball Hospital. She also worked for Dr. Core and Dr. Pinkerton. Before working at the Kimball Manor, she operated a certified nursing facility out of her home. She and her husband resided at the Park Terrace Apartments for about 10 years. She moved to the Kimball Manor in 1996.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kimball and the Kimball VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by sons Richard Jackson and his wife Eloise of Sidney, Neb., Gayland Jackson and his wife Kathy of Pierce, Colo., and Alan Jackson of Niangua, Mo.; daughter Bernita Brown and her husband Noia "Cork" of Kimball; 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on March 22, 1930; and two daughters, Mary Lynn Applebury and Carol Lou Jackson.

Memorial gifts may be made to Kimball Manor Activity Department or the Presbyterian Church of Kimball.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Gerald Loyd McCaslin

Sidney resident Gerald Loyd McCaslin, 74, died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at the Swedish Critical Care Unit in Denver. He was the father of Gary McCaslin of Potter.

Funeral services were January 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Sidney, with Rev. Gary Aten officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born October 5, 1946. He married Lucille Burnett on October 5, 1946. He moved his family to Sidney in July of 1952.

He is survived by his wife Lucille of Sidney; sons Gary and wife Nanci of Potter, Larry and wife Cheryl of Scottsbluff and Kevan and wife Cate of Elizabeth, Colo.; two brothers; one sister; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Habitat for Humanity or the First United Methodist Church in Sidney.

Holechek Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Alvin M. Johnson

Former Banner County resident Alvin M. Johnson, 85, of Hawk Springs Wyo., died December 27, 2000, at his home. Funeral services were held December 30 at the Frontier Bible School Chapel in LaGrange, Wyo., with the Rev. Don Mathis officiating. Burial was in Kimball.

He was born in Banner County to Emil and Anna (Olson) Johnson on October 15, 1915. He grew up and attended school in Banner County. He worked the family ranch in Banner County before serving in the U.S. Air Force and for a short time after his discharge. He married Edna Mae Lewellen on March 19, 1950, in Kimball.

He is survived by one daughter; two sons; three sisters; one brother and twelve grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and eight brothers and sisters.


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