Miscellaneous Kimball County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Alice M. McCready

Alice Mildred McCready, 83, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Mountain Towers in Cheyenne.

A funeral service wasSaturday, May 19, at St. Hilda's Episcopal Church in Kimball with the Rev. Ed Newbury, officiating. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff.

She was born in Yuma, Colo. to William and Dora (Arnold) Sampson October 12, 1917. She was first married to Albert Pietsch, who was killed on the Burma Road during World War II. She was involved in jobs related to the war effort, including working on a railroad section crew.

She married Lee Stewart and they made their home in Mitchell.

After his death in 1959 she moved to Boise, Idaho. She married Burl McCready and they lived in Las Vegas, where they managed a motel. He preceded her in death.

In 1990 she returned to Cheyenne where she has since made her home.

She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and enjoyed reading and television,

especially following the Colorado Rockies.

She is survived her son Al Pietsch and his wife Fredene of Kimball; sisters Berneice Bowker of Sidney and Violett Workman of Haigler, Neb.; grandchildren Jon Pietsch, Jeanine Pope and Jennifer Roley; and five great grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society or to St. Hilda's Church.

May 22, 2001

To friends and loved ones of Mary Jane Morehouse,

Many of you are aware that Jane was diagnosed with Cancer in the Fall of 1993. For seven years, Jane fought for her life and never complained to anyone. She always remained optimistic and determined to live life to its fullest. On December 22, 2000, Jane joined Charlie and Tom in heaven.

On January 5, 2001, a memorial service was held in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Several people attended and expressed their love for Jane. We are having a memorial service for Jane in her beloved Kimball, Nebraska on Saturday, June 2, 2001. We would like to extend an invitation to all who knew and loved Jane to join us at this service in her memory.

Sincerely,

John, Fred, and Families

Celebration of Jane’s Life

June 2, 2001 10:00am

Trinity United Methodist Church

305 East 4th Street, Kimball Nebraska

You are cordially invited to join us for lunch after the service.

*In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Kimball Public Schools Foundation. 301 South Howard Street, Kimball, Nebraska, 69145.

Vickie Lee O’Neal

Vickie Lee O’Neal, 56, of Lisco, died Sunday, May 20, 2001. She was the mother of Darrell O’Neal of Dix.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 23, at the Oshkosh Methodist Church. Burial was at the Antelope Valley Cemetary.

She is survived by her parents; two daughters; two sons; one brother; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the Vickie Lee O’Neal Memorial Fund, in care of the family.

Henry William Spain

Henry William Spain, 79, of Loveland, Colo., died Monday, May 21, 2001. He was the brother-in-law of Francelia Johnson of Kimball.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 25, at the Hull United Methodist Church in Banner County. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with military rites.

He is survived by his wife Betty of Loveland; one daughter; one son; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in law.

Memorials have been established to Henry’s pastor, the ministry of Rev. Mel Acheson, or to the donor’s choice.

May 17, 2001
Effie Marie Harris

Effie Marie Harris, 87, formerly of Kimball, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at the United Medical Center West in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was the sister of George McDonald of Kimball.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Michael Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, Wyo.

She was born on June 5, 1913, in Kimball, Neb., to Therell and Mary (Trowbridge) McDonald. She grew up and received education in Banner County in Harrisburg. She met Alva Harris on a ranch and the couple were married on May 24, 1930, in Gering. They worked on several different ranches in Banner County until 1940 when they moved Cozad. They also lived in Torrington and Apache Junction, Ariz.

She is survived by a son, three daughters, three brothers, five sisters, 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, one sister and her stepmother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bell Park Towers in Torrington. The Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of arrangements.

Caroline Pebler

Caroline Pebler, 87, of Aurora, Colo., died April 20, 2001. She formerly lived in Kimball, completing high school here.

Funeral services were held April 30 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Aurora. Committal services were May 2 in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, with full military honors by the United States Army.

She is survived by two sisters; one brother; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

Joshua Ray Norberg

Bushnell resident Joshua Ray Norberg, 19, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Vienna, Ga.

A memorial service was held Monday, May 14, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Cremation has taken place.

He was born to Junior and Lorri (Muhr) Norberg April 22, 1982, in Scottsbluff. He had lived at home until moving to Georgia several weeks ago.

He graduated from Kimball High School in May 2000. During his junior year, he participated in the annual Inter-School Scholastic Contest held at Chadron State College, placing first in the area of Energy, Power, and Transportation. He was interested in automobile technology and mechanics and during his senior year he competed in the Nebraska Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge.

He is survived by his parents Junior and Lorri Norberg of Bushnell; sisters Sarah and Samantha both at home; grandparents Ruth Norberg of Bushnell, Larry and Betty Muhr of Kimball, and Bruce and Cherie Snyder of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Bernard Norberg and his aunt Carolyn Norberg.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Joshua Norberg Memorial Fund in care of the family.

May 10, 2001
Myrle Edens

Myrle Edens, 96, of Fowler, Colo., died Friday, May 4, 2001, at Pioneers Nursing Center in Rocky Ford.

He is the father of Lee Ray Edens of Harrisburg. He had been a wheat farmer and cattleman in Nebraska before moving to Fowler.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 8, at Griffy Family Funeral Home in Fowler, Colo. Burial was at the Fowler Cemetery.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Lee Ray and Beverly of Harrisburg, Marlin Clay and Ferrel of Boone, Colo. and John and Pam of Bridgeport; three daughters Gaye Russell of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Wanda Jo and her husband David Irwin of Westminster, Colo., and Yolanda Billups of Fowler; one brother, fifteen grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to the Arkansas Valley Hospice and may be sent in care of Griffy Family Funeral Home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Essie Bright in 1986.

John Downer Jr.

Former Banner resident John A. Downer Jr., of Chandler, Ariz., died Wednesday, May 2, 2001.

Funeral services were held May 8, in Chandler.

He was born March 17, 1943, in Kimball. He grew up in Banner County and attended schools in Harrisburg and Gering. He married Sharon Jeanette Blue in Gering on June 18, 1961.

He is survived by his wife; one son; one daughter; five grandchildren; his mother; two brothers; and one sister.

He was preceded in death by his father and a son.

Memorials can be made to the family and sent to 6155 W. Del Rio St., Chandler, Ariz., 85226.

Jeannette V. Underhill

Jeannette V. Underhill, 85, of Pueblo, Colo., died April 30, 2001. She is the sister of George VanPelt of Harrisburg.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 4, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel in Pueblo.

She was born March 24, 1916 in Kimball and was a longtime Pueblo resident. She was a member of the American Nurses Association.

She is survived by one son; two sisters; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the Pueblo County Easter Seal Society in care of the funeral home.

Edward DeFranco

Edward DeFranco, 80, of Kimball, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the Veteran's Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo.

A memorial service will be Thursday, May 10, 2 p.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Francis Curran officiating. Cremation will take place prior to the service. Private inurnment will be in Kimball Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled.

He was born on May 10, 1920, to Ralph and Ann (Palladino) DeFranco in Cleveland, Ohio.

He married Marge Shimel on November 24, 1947, in Covington, Ky. The couple had lived in Iowa and various locations around the country.

For the past 25 years, he had managed rental properties. He retired in 1990. He and his wife Marge have lived in Kimball for the past three years.

He is survived by his wife, Marge of Kimball; sons Edward R. DeFranco and his wife Betty of Kimball, John Edward DeFranco of Sheldon, Iowa, and Joseph Jack DeFranco and his wife Barbara of Red Feather Lakes, Colo.; daughters Louise Barbara Norton and her husband Michael of Rogersville, Tenn., and Sheila Kay Beal and her husband Barry of Cleveland, Ohio; brother Ralph DeFranco and his wife Pat of Gates Mills, Ohio; and sister Gen Havlice and her husband Bob of San Jose, Calif.; 24 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and one great -great grandchild.

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

Memorial gifts may be made to the Edward DeFranco Memorial Fund.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Jim Hamilton

Jim L. Hamilton, 64, of Ardmore, Okla., died April 26, 2001, in Ardmore. He was the brother of JoAnn Moench of Kimball. He had lived in Kimball in the late 1950's.

A memorial service was held April 30 in Ardmore.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Ardmore, two daughters and four sons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hester Halsted VanSteenberg

Former Kimball resident Hester Mary Halsted VanSteenberg, of Sun City, Ariz., died April 29, 2001.

She and her first husband operated the Wheat Grower’s Hotel for 29 years.

A memorial service was held May 1, 2001, in Sun City. Interment was at the Kimball Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter; two grandsons; four nieces and one nephew.

Her husband, Charles Michael Halstead, preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to the Sun Health Hospice, 12740 Plaza del Rio, Peoria, AZ 85381.

May 3, 2001
Alberta Marie Kleven

Former Banner County resident Alberta Marie Kleven died April 23, 2001.

Services were Thursday, April 26, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook, Minn. Interment was at the Westbrook Cemetery.

She was born September 8, 1909, in Algona, Iowa, to Albert and Lena (Gunderson) Anderson. She grew up in Westbrook, where she graduated from high school.

She married Jens Kleven December 15, 1928. The couple settled on the family farm until 1948, when they moved to Banner County. They retired in 1969 and moved to Lake Minnewaska. They returned to Westbrook in 1975.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters.

April 26, 2001
Paul Rasmussen

Paul Rasmussen, 82, of Hay Springs, Neb. died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron, Neb. He was the father of Fran Wallin of Kimball.

Funeral services and burial were Monday at Hay Springs, Neb. American Legion Post 239 honor Guard provided military rites.

He was born September 15, 1918, to Anton and Viola (Sorensen) Rasmussen at Kelso, Neb. He moved with his parents He grew up south of Hay Springs. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945, serving in the European African Mid East and the Asiatic Pacific.

He married Elvera Blonien March 19, 1949.

He was a farmer. He was a longtime member of the American Legion and the VFW.

He is survived by his wife Elvera, of Hay Springs; two sons; two daughters; one sister; one brother; and seven grandchildren.

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

Memorials have been established to the Hay Springs ambulance fund and can be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, 115, N. Main St., Hay Springs, Neb.

William (Bill) Owen

Former Bushnell resident William (Bill) Milton Owen died April 13, 2001, at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was born June 10, 1929, to Vivian and Lillian Owen in Lushton, Neb. He graduated from York High School in York, Neb. in 1946. After high school, he spent 18 months in the U.S. Army. He married Nancy DeCamp, of York, on November 6, 1946. He worked as a lineman for Hamlin Electric, out of Fort Morgan, Colo.

He is survived by son William Michael (Mike) Owen of Wailua, Hawaii; daughters Terrie Culek of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Lori Chandlee of Littleton, Colo.; two grandchildren and one great- grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother Robert.

Richard E. Burback

Lifelong Kimball resident Richard E. Burback, 72, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 24, at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with Father Francis Curran officiating. Burial was at Kimball Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary was Monday, April 23 at the funeral home.

He was born on October 28, 1928, in Kimball to Henry and Anna (Honstein) Burback. He graduated from Kimball County High School in 1946. He started farming at the age of 14 with his brother Harry.

He married Elizabeth (Betti) Knoblauch April 23, 1957, in Cheney, Kan.

He is survived by his wife, Betti of Kimball; son John Burback and his wife Shelly of Kimball; daughters Kim Baliman and her husband Todd of Kimball and Pamela Boer and her husband Wayne of Lyons, S.D.; brother Harry Burback of Kimball; sisters Esther Novotny and Elizabeth Strasheim, both of Kimball, and Irene Young of Scottsbluff; and eight grandchildren Ryan Burback, Steven Burback, Hunter Baliman, Richie Boer, Jarrod Boer, Maggie Baliman, Mollie Baliman and Kellie Boer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

Memorial gifts may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice, St. Joseph's Catholic Church Renovation Fund or to the Kimball County Agricultural Society.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Hilmar Krueger

Kearney resident Hilmar Krueger, an extension educator for Cheyenne, Kimball and Banner counties from 1990 to 1995, died recently.

Funeral services were held April 9 at First Lutheran Church in Kearney, with interment at Ft. McPherson Military Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.

Survivors include his wife, Lu, of Kearney; children Shiela, Cheryl and Jason; four grandchildren; three sisters; and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

April 19, 2001
Billy Lorenzo Drake

Billy Lorenzo Drake, 56, of Kimball, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at the Kimball County Hospital.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the First English Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Cremation has taken place.

He was born on June 21, 1944 in Suffolk, Va. to Lorenzo and Lona (Turner) Drake. He grew up in Virginia and graduated high school in South Hampton, Va. in 1963.

He entered the U. S. Air Force in May 1964. He was honorably discharged as an Airman 1st Class in January 1977.

He married Cindy Bohac on August 27, 1977, in San Antonio, Texas. They moved to Kimball in 1978.

He worked as a fuel driver for High Plains Co-op.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy of Kimball; son Justin Drake of Kimball; daughters Sheila and Shelley, both of Virginia; brothers and sisters-in-law Frank and Judy Drake of Columbus, Ohio and Roy and Maggie Drake of Sedley, Va.; sisters and brothers-in-law Dot and Ralph Godwin of Smithfield, Va., Sara and E. D. Forrest of Chesapeake, Va., and Eleanor and Blair Barnes of Diamond Bar, Calif.; mother and father-in-law, Ernie and Leola Bohac; brothers-in-law Bill Bohac, Kerry Bohac and Randy Bohac; sister-in-law Kay Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Barbara and two infant brothers, Milton and Clinton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Billy Drake Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Addleman, Jr.

Thomas J. Addleman, Jr., 96, of Kimball, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor.

Graveside services were Monday, April 16, at the Kimball Cemetery, with Rev. Ed Newbury officiating. A memorial service was Monday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Kimball County Manor.

He was born on August 25, 1904, in Springfield, Neb. to Thomas J. and Elizabeth (Fergusen) Addleman.

He married Dorthie L. Gillispie on July 20, 1925 at Rock Port, Mo. He farmed in Gretna, Neb. and later at Aurora, Neb. He also ranched near Watson, Missouri for seven years. The couple moved to Kimball in July of 1944. He worked for the State of Nebraska as a highway foreman until his retirement. He moved to the Kimball County Manor in 1996.

He is survived by son Harold Addleman of Douglas, Wyo.; 16 grandchildren and a number of great- and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Dorthie; sons Grant and Robert; daughter Mary Taylor; six brothers and three sisters.

Nora Madden

Former Potter resident Nora Madden, 93 of New Braunfels, Texas, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in New Braunfels.

Funeral services will be at Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, with Rev. Donald Fraker officiating. Burial will follow in the Potter Cemetery.

Nora Emma Wilhelmina (Wittrock) Madden was born on May 29, 1908, in Sweet Springs, Mo., to Herman and Emma Marie Elisa (Borcher) Wittrock. She moved to Western Nebraska in 1918 with her family, where they homesteaded north of Potter. She attended country school north of Potter.

She married Howard Madden on September 12, 1928, in Scottsbluff. They made their home southwest of Potter and later moved to the former home of Howard’s parents, where they resided until their retirement. They then moved to a house southwest of Potter. She later moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and then to New Braunfels, Texas.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and the Jolly Neighbors Club.

She is survived by children Patricia Buddecke of Kimball, J Joe Madden of Dix, Jeanette Hensley of Sidney, Elizabeth Larson of Plains, Mont., Betty Reinhard of Bozeman, Mont., Nora Wheatley of Blanco, Texas, Dennis Madden of Chicago, Ill., and Gloria Woods of Arvada, Colo.; 46 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers, two sons, two daughters, four grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be given to the Lutheran Hour or the New Braunfels Hospice.

Gehrig & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Leslie W. Wills

Former Potter resident Leslie W. Wills, 86, of Harlingen, Texas, died April 12, 2001, at Harlingen.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 16, at the First Lutheran Church in Potter, with Rev. Michael Wills officiating. Inurnment was held at the Potter Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the First Lutheran church.

Gehrig and Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

April 12, 2001
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.


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