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Rena M. Anderson

Rena M. Anderson, 82, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4, at the Kimball Cemetery, with Elder Eldon Burkey officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 3, at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

She was born September 15, 1918, to Chris L. and Neta M. (Decker) Olsen at their ranch in Banner County. She attended school in Harrisburg, graduating in 1937 from Harrisburg High School.

She married Charles "Ivan" Anderson in Hugo, Colo. on January 23, 1939. They lived all of their married lives in Banner County, and were longtime residents of the Epworth Community. She was involved with the family farm and ranch until her death.

She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Daughters' of the Covenant and helped with the Zion's League.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Glynette and Dick Patton of Scottsbluff; son and daughter-in-law, Charles E. and Linda Anderson of Pine Bluffs, WY; four grandchildren; two great grandsons; one sister, Neva Scott of Gering; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 18, 1992, her parents, one brother Clifford Olsen, one sister Helen Ruhl and two infant sisters Betty and Dorothy.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Banner County Fire and Rescue Department or the Albin Fire and Rescue Department.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jack Windle Jarvis

Jack Windle Jarvis, 70, of Denver, died July 13, 2001, in Aurora, Colo. He was the father of Geri Ann Perry of Kimball.

Mass was held Wednesday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Interment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

He was born May 15, 1931, in Sayre, Okla. On July 8, 1953, he married Eugenia R. Grethen. Her served as a yeoman third class in the Navy during the Korean War. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal and a United Nations Medal. He received a master’s degree in education and was a retired principal.

He was a member of the VFW, USS Toledo Association, American Legion and Athletic Directors Association.

He is survived by his wife, daughter Geri Ann Perry of Kimball; sons Shane Lexina of Kan., Blake of San Antonio and Greg of Parker; sister Alice Sherman of Elk City Okla.; brother James Ware of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and nine grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the American Liver Foundation, 1425 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Howard R. Yetter, Sr.

Howard R. Yetter, Sr., 73, of Potter, died at his home Sunday, July 22.

Memorial services were Saturday, July 28, at the First Lutheran Church in Potter, with Pastor Mary Frohs officiating. Inurnment was to be held at a later date.

He was born to Ray and Bessie (Baird) Yetter July 24, 1927, in Lewellen, Neb. He attended school in Lisco and Lewellen. He married Elvera Lipska on November 28, 1948.

He was a farmer and a ranch hand. He had worked for the railroad, the Sioux Ordinance Depot, drove water and semi-trailer trucks. He was an equipment operator for many oilfield contractors in Wyoming and Colorado. He traveled with his family band throughout the western United States and Canada as a singer and lead guitarist.

Survives include his father, Ray Yetter of Kimball; sisters Agnes Eisele of Kimball and Carmel Haney of Boone, Colo.; children Vikki Marshal of Phoenix, Ariz., Patti Rich of Reno, Nev., Martin Yetter and Howard Yetter, Jr, both of Winnemucca, Nev.; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elvera; his mother; granddaughter Rachel and a sister, Violet Van Housen.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family.

July 27, 2001
Carl E. Davis

Longtime Dix resident Carl E. Davis died Monday, July 23, 2001, at his home in Potter. He had recently moved to that community.

Cremation has taken place. No services are scheduled at this time.

He was born October 23, 1923, in Crookston, Neb. to Earl W. and Elsie E. (Wilmot) Davis. He entered the service in 1943 and served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

He married Irma M. Hansher December 18, 1946, in Portland, Ore. During the 1950's and 1960's, they lived in Oregon and Missouri. They also lived in Bushnell and Kimball before making Dix their permanent residence in 1967. He worked for many years as the maintenance man for the Village of Dix.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Irma in April 1999.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Davis Activity Center in Dix in care of Nanci McCaslin or Linda Rasmussen, Potter, Neb.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Nagel Frohm

Edna "Toots" Frohm, 89, of Kimball, died Sunday, July 22, 2001.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 26, 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church of Kimball, with the Rev. Tom Jacobsen officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation was held until 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 25 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball.

She was born July 30, 1911, in Staplehurst, Neb. to Fred and Johanna (Meier) Nagel. She grew up and attended parochial school at Staplehurst. She moved to Kimball with her family in 1930. She married John Fredrick Frohm June 27, 1937, in Kimball.

She and her husband owned the Kimball Tavern. She worked for over 20 years as a waitress for several eateries in Kimball, including the Jones Grill, Kelley's CafÈ, and the Kimball CafÈ and Al Strauch Steak House. She also worked in the kitchen of the Kimball County Manor.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Kimball.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Odis Lewis of

Kimball; granddaughter Lynette Lusche of Kimball; grandson Jason Lewis of Scottsbluff; great granddaughters, Destiny Lusche and Alisa Lusche; great grandson Devin Lusche; and great great-granddaughter, Taylor Shepard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred in August 1957, her six brothers Paul, Jack, Elmer, twins Otto and Bill and Edna's twin brother Elmer "Sonny" Nagel and one sister Mary Nieman.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church of Kimball.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bennie Herboldsheimer

Bennie Blaine Herboldsheimer, 78, of Potter, died at his home, Thursday, July 19, 2001.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 24 at the Sidney Evangelical Free Church, with Pastors Richard Fisher and Doug Birkey officiating. Burial will be in Potter Cemetery.

He was born on June 9, 1923, south of Potter. He attended the Potter schools, graduating from Potter High School in 1941. On June 9, 1944, he married Charlyn H. Hagemeister in Potter. He attended one and half years at the University of Nebraska.

He spent his entire life farming the family home place.

He developed the Benaire Air Conditioner and spent many years selling it in nine states and Canada. He helped build and manage the Point of Rocks Grain Elevator east of Potter.

He was active with the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout leader, District Council member, spent 24 years as a Order of the Arrow Member and received the Silver Beaver Award. He is a Past Master of the Potter Masonic Lodge and most recently the Frank Welch Lodge in Sidney. He was named an Outstanding Young Nebraska Farmer, was active in the Nebraska Wheat Growers and had served as a State Transportation Officer. He received a State Soil Conservation Award, was a member of the Potter Fire Department and a Potter Board Member. He was the Potter Cemetery Caretaker for five years, began the fund and was first to begin to build the Potter Youth Center. He built and maintained ice skating rinks in Potter for several years. He built 50 sets of kitchen cupboards and built his own solar home over the course of five winters.

He is survived by his wife Charlyn of Potter; daughters Alicia Eagan and her husband Wayne of Arapaho, Ohio; Patrice Egging and her husband Mike of Pratt, Kan., and Susan Kruse and her husband Darrell of Auburn; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by parents and one son Steven in1999.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Health Center Hospice Program, The Parkinson's Foundation or the church.

Vernon Thomas Larson

Vernon Thomas Larson, 67, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at his home in Tacoma, Wash.

Funeral services were Monday, July 23, at Green Funeral Home Chapel in Thief River Falls, Minn. Burial was at the Holt Cemetery in Holt, Minn.

He was born on June 18, 1934, to Irvin and Donella “Dolly’’ (Taylor) Larson in Holt, Minn. He attended rural school and was raised in the Holt area. He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Albuquerque, N.M.

He married Mary Ann Tarpley in 1955. Following his honorable discharge, he worked at the paper mill in International Falls, Minn.

He married Dottie Becher in 1968 and worked for several farms in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota. He was employed at Armour’s in St. Paul, Minn. until he moved to Kimball. He farmed in Kimball County for 23 years. He moved to Tacoma, Wash. in February of 1995, where he has since resided.

He is survived by his mother, Dolly Larson of Thief River Falls, Minn; his children Thomas Larson of Santa Rosa, Calif., Cheryl Cox of Dayton, Ohio, Robert Larson of Longmont, Colo., Brenda Marquez of Kansas City, Mo., DeAnna Villarreal of Kansas City, Mo., Pamela Brodie of Marquette, Iowa, Dawn Block of Tacoma, Wash., Michael Larson of Gering, Neb., Todd Larson of Tacoma, Wash., Deborah Larson of Tacoma, Wash.; former wife Dottie Larson of Elk River, Minn.; step-daughter, Brenda Blaine of Elk River, MN.; 20 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin; first wife, Mary (Tarpley) Marold; and one daughter, Sandra.

July 19, 2001
Dennis C. Coffman

Former Kimball resident Dennis C. Coffman, 62 of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died Monday, July 16, 2001 at United Medical Center in Cheyenne.

Family and Friends are invited to attend an informal service at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the pavilion near the boat ramp at Lake Oliver (Oliver Reservoir). Cremation has taken place. The Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

He was born November 4, 1938, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Roy and Dorothy (Forman) Coffman. He was raised in Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School. After graduation he worked for a time in the Oil Fields and then joined the U.S. Navy. After his naval service, he returned to Kimball and worked for the city. He later moved to Pine Bluffs and began working for the Laramie County Department of Roads. He retired from the county in June 2000.

He is survived by his parents, Roy and Dorothy Coffman of Kimball, a son and daughter-in-law Roy and Kristie Coffman of Scottsbluff, three granddaughters Lori, Maegan, and Abbigail all of Scottsbluff. Also surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Wayne Baldwin of Pine Bluffs, and Beverly and Donald Arnold of Kimball, and Sister Sharon Moore of Pine Bluffs. Also special friend Bertha Scioneaux and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister Lorene Coralee Coffman.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Dennis Coffman Fund c/o Compass Bank in Kimball.

Thomas H. Lutey

Former Kimball resident Tom H. Lutey, 87, of Gering, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, the Northfield Villa.

Funeral services were Monday, July 16, at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Masonic rites were conducted by Sonny Eatmon Lodge No. 294, AF&AM. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery. Presentation of the flag was conducted by Kimball VFW Post 2243.

He was born April 12, 1914, in Central City, S.D. to James and Mary (Campbell) Lutey. He moved to Kimball with his family at the age of six. He graduated from Kimball County High School in 1933. He attended the University of Wyoming and the University of Nebraska. He worked for Standard Oil Company before entering military service in 1940.

He married Frances Hilton in Miami, Fla. on October 3, 1942.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and spent time in the South Pacific. He was discharged as a major in 1946. At that time, he and Frances moved to Kimball. He ran Lutey's Furniture Store for 27 years.

He and his wife moved to Northfield Villa in Gering in 1990.

He was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball and served on the board. He was Past Master of Kimball Masonic Lodge, Past Patron of Eastern Star in Kimball and an honorary member of Jobs Daughters.

He was also a charter member and Past President of Kimball Rotary Club and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife Frances of Gering; son and daughter-in-law James and Pamela Lutey of Johnstown, Colo.; grandsons Bert Lutey of Denver, Colo., and Paul Lutey of San Francisco, Calif.; and great-grandson Anton Lutey of Denver, Colo.

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

Memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball, Prairie Haven Hospice, or Northfield Villa, Gering.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 12, 2001
Mayrene A. Gompert

Mayrene A. Gompert, 92, of Kimball, formerly of Mitchell, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with the Reverend Ed Newbury officiating. A second service was also held Monday at The Federated Church of Mitchell, with the Reverend Carlyle Smith officiating. Burial was at the Mitchell Cemetery.

She was born on September 17, 1908, in Montavallo, Mo. to William A. and Myrtle (Schwartz) Moore. After completing her education, she taught school in Wyoming and Nebraska. The last place she taught was Fairview #34, where she met her future husband.

She married Fred Gompert on March 22, 1935, in Mitchell, Neb. They lived in Mitchell until Fred's death in March of 1983. She moved to Kimball in 1984 to be closer to her family.

She was a member of the Federated Church in Mitchell. She was also a member of PEO, Chapter GN and Eastern Star. She received a 50-year member pin from Eastern Star. She was a member of the Dutch Flats Birthday Club from the Mitchell area. In 1975, she received a national plaque for her work on the Bicentennial celebration. She was also an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Fredene and Al Pietsch of Kimball; one sister, Irene Johnson of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren Jon Pietsch and his wife Lara of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jeanine Pope and her husband Jeff of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Jennifer Roley and her husband Marc of Ft. Collins, Colo.; five great-grandchildren, Michael Roley, Alicyn Roley, Jonathon Pope, Jayne Pope and Rachel Pietsch; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred, two brothers one sister.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Manor, Friends of the Library or to the Federated Church of Mitchell.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dante D. Walker

Former Potter resident Dante D. Walker, 27, of Bridgeport died at his home Friday, July 6, 2001.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 12 (today), 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, with Dr. Charles Bonds officiating.

He was born to Dean and Ruth Walker on October 11, 1973, in Sidney. He attended and graduated from Potter-Dix schools. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries from Grace College of the Bible, now Grace University. He pastored in Munich, N.D. He moved to Fargo, N.D. and worked as an assistant clerk for Yellow Freight.

Last September he went to Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel. He returned home in December and worked as an assistant clerk for Yellow Freight in Bridgeport.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather Ruth and Bill Morgan of Potter; his father and step-mother Dean and Margaret Walker of Sunol; sister Kandy of Bolivar, Ohio; brother Dusty of Arcanum, Ohio; two stepsisters Trina Sagissor of Grant and Sonia Corne of Sidney; and one stepbrother William Morgan of Chappell.

Memorials can be given to the family’s choice.

Gehrig and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Dale Wood

Robert Dale Wood died Thursday, July 5, at United Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

A graveside service will be held Sat., July 14, 10 a.m. at the Pine Bluffs Cemetery.

He was born September 25, 1927, to Earnest and Marjorie Wood at Kimball. He moved to Wyoming in 1937 with his family to Carpenter, Wyo. and then to Egbert. He went to the Army and served in Korea for two years and in the Army Reserves for four years. He lived Pine Bluffs for approximately 50 years.

He was a farm laborer and worked for his sister and husband, Esther and Wesley Phillips, for many years.

He is survived by his brother Charles Wood of Pine Bluffs; sisters Esther Phillips of Bushnell and Shirley Kinnison of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Viola; and two brothers, Donald and Lester.

Memorials can be made to the United Medical Center hospital.

Jacqueline Winscott

Jacqueline "Jackie" Winscott, 82, of Kimball, died Saturday, July 7, 2001.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Schoonover and Pastor Harvey Macklin officiating. Burial was at the Dix Cemetery.

She was born on December 23, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo. to Cleveland Wm. and Alice Clara (Neiderhelm) Swick. She graduated from Nevada High School in 1937.

She married J. D. Winscott June 1, 1939, in Nevada, Mo. They lived in Nevada until August 1942 when they moved to Denver. They moved to Worland, Wyo. in April 1946.

They lived in various places in Wyoming and Montana while J. D. ministered, beginning in Meeteetse, Wyo. Jackie assisted by playing piano during church services. She and her husband pastored in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., before moving to Kimball in 1975. They served at the Assembly of God Church for two years before retirement.

She also worked in various jobs from 1959 to 1970 in Powell, Wyo., including serving as a secretary-bookkeeper for Castberg Insurance, real estate agent, and working for the Willwood Irrigation District

She continued working for over 13 years for the Foster Grandparent Program at the Kimball Day Care Center.

She was a member of the Kimball Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by her husband, J. D. Winscott of Kimball; son James D. Winscott of Tacoma, Wash.; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Richard Schoonover of Springfield, Mo., Patricia and Ken Vandiver of Kimball and Donna and Dave Groskopf Camano Island, Wash.; brothers Robert Swick of Midland, Tx., and Woodrow Swick of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters-in-law Bonnie Swick of Lawton, Okla., and Lettie Swick of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six grandchildren, Jonathan Winscott, Roberta Smith, Tim Schoonover, Kimberly Schoonover, Cory Vandiver and Carla Young; and one great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one son Marvin "Butch" Winscott, and one grandson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball Assembly of God Church or the Highlands Adoption Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie (Rosser) Bates

Kimball resident Bonnie Gayle Bates, 53, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ed Hunzeker officiating. Burial was at the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born on September 1, 1947, to Robert D. and Beauleh M. (Weaver) Rosser in Oshkosh, Neb. She was raised on the family farm at Oshkosh in an area known as, "The South Table.” She attended rural school in District 6 and attended Garden County High School.

She married Kenneth Vincent on January 18, 1964.

On May 14, 1988, she married Donald R. Bates in Kimball. They lived west of Kimball.

She was employed by the Kimball County Sheriff's Department for several years. She also worked for an oil field business and a construction company as secretary prior to working in April 1991 for GRI. She worked at GRI until July of 1999 when a reoccurrence of her cancer forced her to give up her position. From 1990 until 2000, she helped her husband with their rental properties, keeping books and helping with repairs.

While her sons were young, she was involved with their activities including Tiger Cubs, Boy Scouts, Demolition Derby and sports.

She was a member of the Kimball Eagles Auxiliary #3889 for 30 years, become Charter President in 1979. She was also involved in the Bridgeport Eagles Auxiliary #2813 and held several offices.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Bates; sons Gary Vincent, Bob Vincent and his wife Fawney of Kimball, and Michael Vincent of Las Vegas, Nev.; her mother Beaulah Rosser of Oshkosh, Neb.; sister Carol Webb and her husband Bill of Greybull, Wyo.; and brothers, Chester Rosser and his wife Sorcorro of Gering, Neb., and Byron Rosser of Alliance, Neb.; two stepchildren; Donnie Cole and Donna Fuhr and her husband Keith all of Kearney, Mo. and two step grandchildren, Amy and Nathaniel.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert D. Rosser and a foster son Robert (Rob) Bechtel.

Memorial gifts may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 5, 2001
Willard (Bill) A. Prince

Willard (Bill) A. Prince, 72, died Sat., June 30, 2001, at Beverly Nursing Home in Scottsbluff. Inurnment will be held in Grand Island at a later date.

He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Augusta, Maine. He spent his youth in Grand Island and attended school in Grand Island and Delafield, Wis.

He is survived by his brother, James Prince, and his wife, Arlene, of Kimball; nephew Jim Prince of Littleton, Colo.; and niece Nancy and her husband, Kelly Garrett, of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Elizabeth Rumsey.

Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital in care of Jim Prince, #6 Crestwood Drive, Kimball, NE 69145.

Jolliffe Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Mae Moehr

Betty Mae Moehr, 72, of Kimball, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 5, 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Kimball, with the Rev. Dwayne Hunzeker and Rev. Ed Hunzeker officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born on May 2, 1929, in Scottsbluff, Neb. to David and Mary (Mohr) Schilling. She attended schools in Nebraska and Wyoming and graduated from high school in Yoder, Wyo.

She married Carl Moehr on April 30, 1950, in Torrington, Wyo. at the Congregational Church. During their 51 years of marriage, they lived in Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Louisiana, always coming back to Kimball.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kimball.

She is survived by her husband, Carl of Kimball; sons and daughters-in-law Doug and Lana Moehr of Forgan, Okla., Mike and Mary Moehr of Kimball, Steve and Jane Moehr of Casper, Wyo. and Alan and Kristy Moehr of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; daughters and son-in-law, Pat and Bobby Dunkin of Kimball and Deb Moehr and special friend Gary of Kimball; two brothers Ken Schilling and Wayne Schilling of Torrington, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Helen Schilling; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and Kay Hutchinson of Borger, Tex.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents Mr. & Mrs. Dave Schilling, one grandchild and one brother Vernon Schilling.

Memorial gifts may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice or to the Presbyterian Church of Kimball.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edith A. Clark

Edith A. Clark, 87, of Scottsbluff, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center.

Funeral services were June 28, at the Joliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. A lodge service was conducted by the Scottsbluff Rebekah Lodge #290.

She was born August 16, 1913, in a log cabin in Banner County to Thomas and Eula (Cronn) Cox. When she was 8 years old, she moved with her family to Oregon. She married Ralph L. Clark September 27, 1937, in Kimball. They farmed in the Lake Alice community northeast of Scottsbluff.

She is survived by two daughters; one sister; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and nine sisters.

A memorial has been established to the Scottsbluff Rebekah Lodge #290.

JR Mattson

JR Mattson, 22, of Colby, Kan., died June 19, 2001, at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. He formerly lived in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. and is the grandson of Marilyn Jessen of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 23, 2001, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Colby, Kan. Burial was at Beulah Cemetery in Colby.

He was born May 11, 1979, in Kimball. At the age of seven, he moved with his family from Pine Bluffs to Colby, Kan., where he attended 12 years of school and Colby Community College. He worked in the family seed-cleaning business and farming operation, the last two years managing the Wyoming business during the summer.

He is survived by his parents Herb and Brenda; his mother Karen; four brothers, one sister; his grandparents; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers and one grandmother.

Richard Sowerwine Sr.

Richard L. Sowerwine Sr., 87, of Gering, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at Northfield Villa Medical Center in Gering. He is the grandfather of Rhonda Stander and Robin Rutledge, both of Kimball.

A memorial service was Saturday, June 30, at the Northfield Villa Chapel in Gering. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory in Scottsbluff.

Memorials have been established to the Central Church of Christ or to the Gering Volunteer Fire Department.

Gering Memorial chapel was in Charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Gering; son and daughter-in-law Richard L. Sowerwine Jr. and Loretta of Gering; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister and one nephew of Tulsa, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

June 28, 2001
Alice Ann Ege

Former Kimball resident Alice Ann Ege, 92, of Gering, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at the Heritage Health Care Center in Gering.

Graveside services were Saturday, June 23, at Kimball Cemetery, with the Rev. Francis Curran officiating. Recitation of the rosary was held Friday, June 22,at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

She was born on February 20, 1909, in Barada, Neb. to Henry and Emma (Schlader) Kuhlman. She married Leonard Ege in 1927, in Fall City, Neb., where they lived for a number of years. She lived in Nebraska most of her life and spent several years living in Kimball before moving to Gering. She has lived at the Heritage Health Care Center in Gering since 1978.

She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Fall City.

She is survived by one granddaughter, Mary Webb and her husband John of Kimball; three grandsons, Jerry Trujillo and his wife Sandra of Tacoma, Wash., Larry Trijillo and his wife Sue of Mahomet, Illinois and Michael Trujillo and his wife Roxie of Fontana, Calif.; 11 great grandchildren and eight great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard in 1968, one daughter Janet Trujillo-Reitz and one brother Marvin Kuhlman.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alice Ege Memorial Fund.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

June 21, 2001
Edwin ‘Earl’ Baack

Longtime Sidney resident Edwin “Earl” Baack, 85, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at Memorial Health Center in Sidney. He lived on a farm in Kimball County with his family in the 1930’s.

Funeral services were Monday, June 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, with military graveside services.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann of Sidney; one son; one daughter; three step-children; two sisters; 11 grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Myrtle E. Smith

Former Potter resident Myrtle E. Smith, 90, of Sidney, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 19, at the Potter United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mary Frohs officiating. Burial was at the Potter Cemetery.

She was born to Peter and Florence (Herboldsheimer) Nelson July 29, 1910, north of Potter. She attended school at District #13 and graduated from Potter High School in 1927.

She married William (Billie) Smith September 26, 1928. The couple began farming in 1929 and bought their own farm north of Potter in 1942, where they lived for the next 34 years. In March 1976, they moved to Sidney due to her husband’s failing health.

She was a member of the Potter Methodist Church, the Methodist Women’s Society, Royal Neighbors and was a past matron of the Potter and Sidney chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her sons Douglass and wife Ardis of Dalton and Loran of Lake Wales, Fla.; one daughter Barbee Harmon of Sidney; one brother Roy Nelson of Sidney; two daughters in law; 24 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; two sons Wallace and Lester; one daughter Karyn; one daughter-in-law; one grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be made to the Potter Methodist church or the Potter Fire Department.

Alice E. Snyder Nagel

Alice E. Snyder Nagel, 88, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Residency Care Center.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 20, at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born on April 1, 1913, in rural Banner County to Earl and Mabel (Cross) Callaham. She attended a country school through the tenth grade. She married John Snyder on October 1, 1928, in Scottsbluff, Neb., and later married Otto Nagel on February 17, 1951, in Sidney. She was a housewife.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Twin Tree Sunday School.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law J.W. and Janice Snyder of Harrisburg; daughters and sons-in-law Marlene and Carl Carlson of Kimball and Eloise and Richard Jackson of Sidney; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands John and Otto; an infant daughter Alice; four brothers and one sister.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prairie Haven Hospice, Banner County Historical Society or the First English Lutheran Church.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Lea Sterkel

Betty Lea Sterkel, 65, of Gering, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at her home. She is the niece of Mary Hodgson of Kimball.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 20, at Central Church of Christ in Gering. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsbluff.

She is survived by her husband Jack of Gering; three sons; one daughter; one sister; an uncle; an aunt; and six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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

A memorial has been established to the family to be designated at a later date.

June 7, 2001
Merle E. Morgan

Merle E. Morgan, 77, of Kimball, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at the Kimball County Hospital.

Recitation of the Rosary was at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2001, at the Cantrell Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Francis Curran officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery in Kimball. Cantrell Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

He was born on February 24, 1924, in Dix, Neb., to Claude B. and Anna (Gragert) Morgan. He attended grade school north of Dix in a country school. He was active in FFA while attending Columbus High School and graduated in 1941. He spent three years in the Army during World War II. He married Evelyn M. Gable on May 14, 1946, in Shelby, Neb. While in Kimball he owned and operated the Studebaker dealership and the Conoco Oil business.

He was a member of the Kimball County Ag Society for 47 years and was associated with the Kimball Fire Department for 35 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W. and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Kimball; one son Craig Morgan and his wife Beth of Lakewood, Colo. four daughters, Jean Barrett and her husband Bob of Kimball, Lois Poessnecker and her husband Larry of Atkinson, Joyce Reed and her husband Leonard of Sheridan, Wyo., and Janet Adels and her husband Dennis of Casper, Wyo.; a sister Loretha Mulholland of Marysville, Wash.; a brother Ron Morgan of Firestone, Colo., 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prairie Haven Hospice or the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department.

George Patrick Burke

George Patrick Burke, 72, died on May 30, 2001 in Green Valley, Ariz. He was a lawyer in Kimball for 45 years.

A memorial service was held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Green Valley, on June 1, 2001. Green Valley Mortuary and Holy Hope Cemetery, Tucson, are in charge of the funeral arrangements.

George was born in Alliance, Nebraska, on April 27, 1929. He graduated from St. Agnes Academy High School in Alliance, NE. He left the family ranch to attend college and graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, in 1952 with a Juris Doctor degree. As a senior at Creighton, he was elected Class President and also President of the Student Bar Association. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the national law honorary fraternity. From the Creighton Student Bar Association he was honored for outstanding service to the School of Law, 1949 to 1952.

After graduation, he joined the Army as a First Lieutenant in the JAG Corp and served in that capacity in the states and in Okinawa until his discharge.

In 1955 he moved to Kimball, Neb., and became a member of the law firm of Van Steenberg, Myers and Burke. George practiced law in Kimball, NE, for 45 years. The firm still bears his name of Burke and Wilson.

He was married to JoAnne in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, on July 8, 1961. He lived in Green Valley, Ariz., for the past four years.

George was a member of the American Bar Association and Nebraska State Bar. He served on the Disciplinary Committee for the Nebraska State bar for several years and is a past member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers. He served as city attorney for both Kimball and Sidney, Neb., and president of the Kimball Cosmopolitan Club. He was also a past member of Knights of Columbus, Elks, Kimball Library Board and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball, NE.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnne, four children — Jennifer Biggs, Tucson, AZ; Laurie Tomczyk, Littleton, CO; John Burke, Imperial, NE; and Daniel Burke, Sidney, NE, six grandchildren, two brothers, Jack Burke and Bernard Burke, both of Alliance, NE, and sister Barbara Morrill of Alliance, NE. He was precede in death by one sister.

Remembrances can to made to the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Society or to a charity of choice.


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