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Bruce Alvard

Bruce Alvard, 46, died Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at the Eben Ezer Care Center in Brush, Colo.

A memorial service was Monday, February 4 at the Heer & Joliffe Mortuary Chapel in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

He was born June 9, 1955, in Medford, Wisc. to Robert and Shirley Alvard. He grew up in the New Raymer, Colo., area. He graduated from Prairie High School.

He was a Nebraska State Bullfighting Champion four years in a row. He worked for several ranches around Nebraska and Colorado.

Survivors include his daughter his parents of Log Lane Village, Colo.; TJ Dawn Alvard of Brush, Colo.; step daughter Dusty Smith of Lone Tree, Colo.; sister Ginger Clasen of Kayenta, Ariz.; one niece and two nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, 122 Hospital Road, Brush, Colo. 80723.

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Betty J. N. Muhr

Life-long Kimball resident Betty Muhr, 73, died at the Kimball County Hospital on Monday, February 4, 2002.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 7, 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Burial She was born September 17, 1928, in Kimball a daughter of L.O. and Zola (Schoshke) Vencill. She was a life long resident of the area. She graduated from Kimball High School and attended secretarial school in Denver. For a number of years, she was a secretary at the First State Bank in Kimball retiring in 1990.

On September 25, 1949, she and Charles E. "Bud" Schindler were united in marriage. Mr. Schindler died August 15, 1972. She married Larry Muhr on February 22, 1986.

She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was a member of the Church Wesleyan Circle and the United Methodist Church Women. She was a member of the A.P.H.E. Extension Club. She was associated with Job's Daughters for many years and had served as an Honored Queen.

She is survived by her husband, Larry of Kimball; sons Charles Tim and his wife Debbie Schindler of LaGrange, Texas, and Cory Muhr of Ft. Collins, Colo.; daughters Cheryl and her husband Tim Weyers of LaJunta, Colo., Julie and her husband Robert Lee of Banner County, and Lorri and her husband Junior Norberg of Bushnell; brothers Jack and his wife Wilma Vencill of Kimball and Jim and his wife Dorothy Vencill of Vernal, Utah; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Bud, a brother Glenn Vencill and a grandson Josh Norberg.

Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

The Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel (Tart) Johnson

Hazel (Tart) R. Johnson, 91 of Gering, Neb., died Sunday, February 3, 2002, at the Northfield Villa Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 7, 10 a.m., at the Gering Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Howard Roseberry officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Friends may call Wednesday at the Gering Memorial Chapel until 8 p.m. and an hour before service on Thursday.

She was born in Snyder, Okla. on September 1, 1910, to Edson A. and Eva Lena (Boss) Tart. She has lived in Banner County since 1913. She attended the one room school known as the Vee grade school and Gering and Melbeta. She graduated from Gering High School with the class of 1929.

She married Fred Lars Johnson of Banner County on August 2, 1947, at Alliance, Neb. They farmed and ranched west of Harrisburg until 1977, when they moved to the ranch of Hazels childhood growing up days south of Gering.

She was a lifetime member of the Banner County Historical Society.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews

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

Memorials have been established to the Banner County Historical Society or donors choice.

Donna Schindler

Former Kimball resident Donna Rae Schindler, 54, of LaSalle, Colo. died on Saturday, February 2, 2002, at the Graycara Center in Keensburg, Colorado.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Fri., Feb. 8 at the Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball. Inurnment will be at the Kimball Cemetery following the service.

She was born August 31, 1947, at Creston, Neb. to Louis F. and Edna Louise (Bohac) Wurdeman. She graduated high school at Dix in 1965. She married Roger Allen Schindler on September 15, 1973, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball.

She was a long time resident of the area and had been employed by George Risk Industries until her health forced her to retire in 1999. She then moved to the Kimball Manor in August that year and in December moved to LaSalle, Colo. to be with her daughter.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Allen Schindler of Big Piney, Wyo.; son Casey Allen Schindler of Kimball; daughter Tonia Rae McAdams of LaSalle, Colo.; sisters Janice Daugherty of Hyannis, Neb., and Nancy Smith, Linda Seeman, and Barbara Wurdeman all of Kimball; brothers Roy Wurdeman of Dix and Larry Wurdeman of Kingman, Ariz.; one granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Max Wurdeman.

Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Barbara Ann Thacker

Barbara Ann Thacker, 67, of Kimball died at her home on Wednesday, January 30, 2002.

Memorial Services was held February 2, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Rev. Ed Newbury of St. Hilda's Episcopal Church officiating. Cremation has taken place.

She was born November 17, 1934, in Virginia to George and Georgia Lee (McKinney) Torrance. She lived in that area for a number of years. On July 12, 1952 she married to Wm. John Thacker in Rockville, Maryland. They would have been married 50 years in July.

The couple lived in Scottsbluff for a time and then moved to Kimball in 1960.

They operated various restaurants in Kimball including the Hik'ry Inn which they ran for over 30 years.

She had some music and poetry published. She was a member of the Song Writers Guild.

She had been a member of the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary for many years.

She is survived by her husband Wm. John Thacker; son William John Thacker, Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Bakersville, Calif.; daughters, Sherri Lynn Reed and her husband Larry Batkin of Grand Junction, Colo., Cynthia Lee Webb of New Orleans, La., and Toni Charleen Faustman of Peabody, Kan.; brother George Walter Torrance of Virginia; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Her parents and a sister Georgia Lee Matise preceded her in death.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department.

January 31, 2002
Florence Farmer

Florence Emma (Peterson) Farmer, 102, of Kimball, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 25, at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born in Banner County on September 22 1899, to Victor and Emma Kristine (Swanson) Peterson. She married Clyde Wesley Farmer on May 21, 1921, in Sidney.

She attended Kearney State College and later studied music in San Pedro, Calif. at the Heelds School of Music.

She and her husband Clyde moved to Kimball County where they farmed and raised livestock. After Clyde’s death on June 1, 1977, she continued to live on the farm for a number of years before moving into Kimball.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church of Kimball.

She is survived by her son Carroll of Bayard, Neb.; daughter-in-law Virginia Farmer of Mills, Wyo.; grandchildren Keith Farmer of Casper, Wyo., Richard Farmer of Flora Vista, N.M., James Farmer of Casper, Wyo., and Suzette Besich of Denver, Colo.; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde; sons Bernard and David; three sisters and two brothers.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Manor or First English Lutheran Church.

Raymond Henry Meier

Former Kimball resident Raymond Henry Meier, 78, of Scottsbluff, died in Scottsbluff on Saturday, January 26, 2002.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 29, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with Rev. Ron Nuss-Warren officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery.

He was born on July 28, 1923, to Henry Carl and Blanche (Longtin) Meier in Sidney, Neb. He lived in Broadwater with his parents until 1926 when they moved to a farm three miles east of Kimball. He grew up there and graduated from the Kimball County High School in 1941. He worked during his high school years for the J.C.Penney Company and for a while was a manager of the Kimball store. He also worked as a production manager for Bedrock Oil and Gas Company for a number of years. Ray served with the U. S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. He farmed for many years before moving in 1992 from the farm to The Residency in Scottsbluff.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Kimball of over 50 years. He was also a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years.

He is survived by several cousins. His parents and several cousins preceded him in death.

Memorials gifts may be made to The Residency in Scottsbluff or to the Kimball Presbyterian Church.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Vena L. Russell

Former Potter resident Vena L. Russell, 82, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, in Gering.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 29 at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney, with Pastor H. Eldin Wells officiating. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery.

She was born October 21, 1919, to Leonard Wayne and Mabel Fannie (Hollenbeck) in Scottsbluff. She married Leonard W. Russell on November 29, 1937, in Norton Kan. In 1949, they moved to Potter where she worked a short time as a cook at the Potter CafÈ, the Potter Schools and Memorial Hospital in Sidney. Following her husband’s death in 1993, she moved to Sidney and then to the Scottsbluff-Gering area.

She is survived by sons Wayne Russell and his wife Bernice of Gurley and Vaughn Russell Sr. of Scottsbluff; brothers Lawrence Prickett of Henery and Eugene Prickett of Caldwell, Idaho; sister Rachel Harmon of Gering; twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and two brothers.

Venetta ‘Bud’ Davis

Former Potter and Kimball resident Venetta Louise “Bud” Davis, 80, of Magnolia, Ark., died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at Magnolia City Hospital.

Funeral services were Tuesday, January 29 at Lewis Park Cemetery.

She was born April 13, 1921, to Homer and Louise Light of Potter. She was a retired bank teller for American National Bank in Kimball. She was a member of Kilgore Lodge Methodist Church and was formerly active in the Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband John Davis of Magnolia; son Jim Davis of Chicago, Ill.; daughter Jill and Jeff Ellis of Magnolia; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lewis Funeral Home of Magnolia was in charge of funeral arrangements.

January 22, 2002
Florence Farmer

Florence Emma Farmer, 102, of Kimball, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Cantrell Funeral Home.

Charles Richard Taylor

Former Kimball resident Charles Richard Taylor, 79, of Centralia, Wash., died Wednesday, January 2. He is the brother of Judy Stecks of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

A private family service will be held. Cremation arrangements have been made.

He was born August 19, 1922 to George and Edna (Philpot) Taylor in Grant, Neb. He served in the U.S. Navy from August 1942 to March 1947. He married Wyoma Small June 8, 1973, in Reno, Nev. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Washington Irrigation and Development Company.

He is survived by his wife Wyoma; sons Charles Richard Jr. and Ted, both of Douglas, Wyo.; stepson Jay Small of Chehalis; daughter Shelly Coon of Pacific; stepdaughter Peggy Hinrichs of Casper, Wyo; sisters Judy Stecks of Pine Bluffs and Myrna Lowe of Woodland, Ala; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 2120 First Ave. N., Seattle, Wash. 98109 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 12721 30th Ave., N. Suite 101, Seattle, Wash., 98125.

Sylvia Marie Lobb Underdown

Sylvia Marie (Saarinen) Lobb Underdown, 80, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, Scottsbluff. She owned and farmed land in Kimball County.

At her request no services will be held; cremation was at Sunset Memorial Park. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

She was born May 10, 1921, to August Saarinen and Karoliina Joutsen, in Sublette, Wyo. After her parent’s death, she was adopted by Jadon O. and Edythe Mae (Baker) Lobb of Dalton. She married Lt. John Wesley Underdown, of Sioux Ordinance Depot, Sidney, on September 2, 1944. She and her husband moved from Sidney to the Residency Care Center in August of 1992.

She is survived by a daughter, Rita A. LaCroix Danklefs of Austin, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband John; son Dennis; three brothers and three sisters.

Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

January 17, 2002
Richard M. Novotny

Richard M. Novotny, 70, of Kimball, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at United Medical Center West in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Funeral Services were Saturday, January 12, 2002 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. The Rev. Roger Gillming will officiate. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery with Military Honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2243.

Richard Michael Novotny was born November 30, 1931, south of Kimball to John and Mary (Skoil) Novotny. He was a farmer.

He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and had served aboard the U.S.S. Bryce Canyon. He had been a master carpenter in the Navy.

After his discharge from the service he worked as a master electrician and was a troubleshooter with the Boeing Company, working on a number of the missile sites in the area.

He had played saxophone in the Navy Band. He formed and played in his own Polka band. He participated in many Czech Festivals held in the area and was a member of the Czechs of the Panhandle.

He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles.

He married Carol A. Kotarski were married in Orange County, Calif. on May 27, 1955.

He is survived by his wife Carol; a son and daughter-in-law Richard J. and Nancy Novotny of Bushnell, two brothers; his twin Ronald J. and his wife Mary Novotny of Sun City, Arizona, and William and his wife Esther Novotny of Kimball; sisters Lynn Locke of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Alice and her husband Edward Chamberlain of Waco, Texas and grandchildren, Heather, Natalie, Sarah, Julie and Eric Novotny.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son James M., and a brother John L.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Band Fund of Kimball High School in memory of Richard Novotny.

Evelyn P. Ramirez

Evelyn P. Ramirez, wife of Isabel Ramirez, died Dec. 24, 2001 in Scottsbluff. She worked many years for the Social Security Administration in Scottsbluff. Isabel has owned Modern Printing in Kimball since 1979 and commutes from Gering.

Kyle B. Siewert

Former Kimball resident Kyle B. Siewert, 89 of Kissimmee, Fla. died Saturday, January 5, 2002.

Memorial services were held at Grissom Funeral Home & Crematory in Kissimmee on January 7.

He was born in Columbus, Neb. on October 17, 1912, where he attended school.

While in high school, he started working for the J. C. Penney Company. In 1943, he transferred to the store in Kimball as store manager. In 1961, he left the Penney Company and opened his own clothing store called "Kyle's of Kimball." He operated this store until a devastating fire nearly burned down several businesses including Morgan Drug Store, Larson Jewelry and Kyle's.

He then worked for the Western Nebraska Observer for a short period of time before taking the position of Business Manager for the United Methodist Conference of Nebraska from which he retired.

He and his wife Marjorie moved to Kissimmee, Fla. in 1986 where he lived until his death.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, The Masonic Lodge and the Kimball Volunteer fire department where he was the secretary for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie D. Siewert of Kissimmee; one son Richard of Sun City West, Arizona; two daughters, Kay Clinger of Winter Garden, Florida and Kathy Stastka of Lake Buena Vista, Florida; one sister, Betty Siewert of Denver and one brother Robert Siewert of Riverton, Wyoming; five grandchildren and nine great-grand children.

Memorials can be made to: Give Kid's the World, 210 South Bass Road, Kissimmee, Fl. 34746 or Florida Wildlife Foundation, Attn: Pat Pearson, PO Box 6780, Tallahassee, Fl. 32314

Ralph B. Stanfield

Former Kimball resident Ralph B. Stanfield, 88, of Scottsbluff, died at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home on Sunday, January 13, 2002. He had been a resident of the Veterans Home for a number of years.

Graveside Funeral Services were Tuesday, January 15, at the Kimball Cemetery, with the Rev. Francis Curran officiating. Presentation of the flag was conducted by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2243 of Kimball.

He was born July 18, 1913 in Kimball to Fred and Viola (Harpster) Stanfield. He attended public schools in Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School in 1931. He entered the U.S. Army and served during WW II with the 2nd Armored Division in Africa, Italy, Sicily, and France. After his discharge from the service he returned to Kimball where he worked on various farms in the area until his retirement.

He is survived by his brother Robert Stanfield and his wife Mary of Kimball; sister Leatha Bushor of Kimball; nieces Esther Phillips, Shirley Kinnison, Kathleen O'Brien, and Sue Wallesen; and nephews Robert Stanfield, Jr., Ken Bushor, Jr., and Charles Wood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a twin sister Ruth, two half brothers, Jesse Stuart and Raymond Stuart and a half sister, Marjorie Wood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Western Nebraska Veterans Home of Scottsbluff. The Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

January 10, 2002
Frank L. Joska

Frank L. Joska, 78, of rural Pine Bluffs, Wyo. died Wednesday, January 2.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, January 5, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pine Bluffs, with the Rev. Thomas Cronkleton will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at the Kimball Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary was held Friday, January 4 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball.

He was born September 27, 1923, to Anton and Antonie (Culek) Joska at Bruno, Neb.. He grew up there and attended Bruno and North Bend schools. After moving to Madison, Neb., he graduated from Liberty Consolidated High School.

For many years, he farmed and ranched in southwest Kimball County.

He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pine Bluffs and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by brothers Frederick Joska of Pine Bluffs, and Anton Joska of Kimball and sister Marie Beranek of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joseph and James Joska.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Kimball County Hospital.

Leta Adamson Conrad

Leta Adamson Conrad, 88, of Longmont, Colo., died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001. She grew up in Kimball and attended high school here.

Memorial services were Saturday Nov. 17 at First United Methodist Church. Inurnment was at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

She was born August 14, 1913, to Arthur and Lillian (Stickley) Whiteman in Seneca Neb. She married Harold Adamson October 18, 1930, in Sterling, Colo. She married Forrest Conard on November 12, 1953, in Longmont.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Ramona Hervey of Longmont and Shirley Gloor of Fort Collins; step-daughters Jean Bennett of Bartlesville, Okla., Dorothy Murphy of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Carol Soucie of Arvada; sisters Avis Hicks of Sandy, Utah and Beryle Howe of Basalt, Colo; 22 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, an infant daughter, a stepdaughter, four brothers and two sisters.

Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, Colo., 80501.

Kenneth Gene Larson

Kenneth Gene Larson, 69, of Gering, died Saturday, January 5, 2002.

A memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 11, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church in Gering, with Rev. Thomas Miles and Rev. Ed Hunzeker officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Cemetery in Gering, with military honors by Admiral Dewey Post #1681 VFW. Friends may call the Gering Memorial Chapel Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 pm.

He was born in Kimball on February 1, 1932, to Fred H. and Evelyn M. (Wilger) Larson. He graduated from Kimball High School in 1951 and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for one year before being drafted in 1952. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1955. After his honorable discharged from the Army, he returned home to help operate the Little L Ranch in Banner County.

He married Judith E.McMaster on September 17, 1961, and moved to Gering in 1964.

He attended Nebraska Western Technical College at Sidney taking courses in building construction. He worked as a general contractor.

He was an active member of the York Rite of Freemasonry. He was a member of the Scotts Bluff Lodge #201 AF and AM. He served as Commander of the Knights Templer in 1960. He was very active in the Panhandle Shrine Club and the Tehama Shrine Temple of Hastings, in 1992 he transferred his membership to the NAJA Temple. He loved being part of the Clown Patrol and driving his 1927 Model T with the Parade Unit.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth F. Larson of Rapid City, S.D.; daughter and son-in-law, Karen L. and Scott D. Mousel of Juniata, Neb.; sister and brother-in-law Joan and John D. Knapp of Kimball; brothers and sister-in-law, Leonard and Agnes Larson of Gering, Neb., Donald Larson of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

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

A memorial has been established to Shriners Childrens Hospital.

Rodney Howard Seymour

Banner County resident Rodney Howard Seymour died December 28, 2001.

Memorial services will be held January 5, 10 a.m., at Albin Baptist Church. Cremation has taken place.

He was born May 6, 1935, to Goldie Ellen (Gillam) and Ray Seymour. He was a resident of Banner County for 40 years. He worked on Bull Canyon ranch for 30 years, as well as helping other area farmers.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; children Goldie Seymour, Patricia Dykes, Robin Iliff, Rodney Seymour Jr., Randall Seymour, Penny SaenzPardo and Christopher Seymour; brothers Lenoir Seymour and Raymond Seymour; sisters Dorthea Sloane, Helen Piep and Joanne Seymour; 30 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Russell and granddaughter Jennifer Grube.

Willard J. Shepard

Former area resident Willard J. Shepard, Sr., 76, died Monday, December 10, 2001.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 14 at the Platte Funeral Chapel in Wheatland Wyo. Inurnment was at the Wheatland Cemetery.

He was born March 2, 1925, in Bushnell to George and Alma (Walton) Shepard. He grew up in Kimball and graduated from Bushnell High School in 1942. He farmed until joining the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict.

He married Louise M. Steinmark in Pine Bluffs in 1954. They moved to Cheyenne in 1963 and to Wheatland in 1968. He worked for Reiman & Werth until retiring in 1987.

He is survived by two children Tambra and her husband, Barry Wilhelm of Wheatland and Will Shepard and his wife, Laura of Evanston; a sister Doris Sumner of Cheyenne; brothers Ray Shepard of Powell and Dick Shepard of Norman, Okla.; his ex-wife Louise Shepard of Wheatland and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son George and three brothers Raplh, Cecil and harry.

Memorials may be sent to Moose Lodge #1626 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 433, Wheatland, Wyo. 82201.

Velma Greenlee

Velma Greenlee, 92, of Gothenburg, Neb., died Dec. 20, at Cozad Nursing Home. She was the mother of Tim Greenlee, formerly of Kimball.

Funeral services were tentatively scheduled for Monday, Dec. 24, in McCook.

January 3, 2002
Oren Cox

Former Kimball and Potter resident Oren Cox, 83, of Sidney, died Thursday, December 27, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Funeral services were Wednesday, January 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Sidney. Burial was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.

He was born May 6, 1918, in Shelton, Neb., to Clarence E. and Stella (Bolton) Cox. He attended and graduated from Kimball High School. He moved to Sidney in 1941 after living in Potter.

He served as Cheyenne County Sheriff for four years, deputy sheriff for eight years and a special deputy for 20 years. He was a member of the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, Nebraska Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff’s Association.

Survivors include his wife, Earline of Sidney; son Larry Cox of Sidney; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Melvin Flick of Morrill, Neb., and Patricia and Bill Printz of Sidney; brother and sister-in-law Alva and Beverley Cox of Escalon, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Gehrig and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to the family’s choice.

December 27, 2001
Marilyn Stormberg

Former Kimball resident Marilyn Claire Stormberg, 67, of McMinnville, Ore., died Saturday, December 22, 2001. She is the sister of Bill Stormberg of Kimball.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, December 29, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kimball. Interment will be at Kimball Cemetery.

She was born to Barnard J. and Kathryn (Colling) Stormberg in Kimball on January 8, 1934, on the family farm. She attended country school through the sixth grade. She finished her schooling in Kimball. After high school, she worked at the National Bank in Kimball.

She moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and worked at the Colorado National Bank for 22 years. She moved to Chehalie, Wash., in 1983. In 1984, she moved to McMinnville.

She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville.

She is survived by sisters Doris Bergin of Arvada, Colo., and Eileen Johnson of Arlington, Texas, Marjorie Stormberg of McMinnville, Ore., Virginia Totten of Murieta, Calif., and Barbara Wintergalen, of Phoeniz, Ariz.; brothers B.J. “Jack” Stormberg of Central Point, Ore. and Bill Stormberg of Kimball; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Richard Stormberg in 1999.

Memorials can be made to the Pregnancy Counseling and Information Center, c/o/ Macy and Son Funeral Home, 103 S. Baker, McMinnville, Ore., 97128.

Macy and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, with Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

December 20, 2001
Barbara Lee Selk

Former Pine Bluffs resident Barbara Lee Selk, 56, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died December 14, 2001.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18, at Schraders Funeral Home in Cheyenne.

She was born in August 1945, in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., to Lorene and Marvin Sanders. She married Tony L. Selk in August 1962. They lived in Anchorage, Alaska, North Platte, Neb., and Cheyenne, Wyo.

She is survived by her husband Tony; children Boyd, Tony, Kelly and Tara; her grandchildren and siblings.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials can be made to UMC Hospice, 2600 East 18th Street, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82001, or the donor’s choice.

December 13, 2001
Marlow L. Jones

Former Kimball resident Marlow L. Jones, 69, of Dix, died Thursday, December 6, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at Wednesday, December 12, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball.

He was born December 31, 1931, in Mississippi to Herbert and Ida Mae (McDonald) Jones. He moved to the Kimball area several years ago and most recently had moved to Dix to be with his daughter.

He drove truck most of his working life.

He was a veteran and had served in the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and David Anderson of Sultan, Wash., and Dortha and Lee Ramsey of Dix; sons Marlow Jones, Jr. and Dan Jones, both of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Jim Jones of Reno, Nev.; sisters and brothers-in-law Pat and Hawood Coker of Brewton, Ala., and Brenda and Tom Phillips of Florence, Ala.; brother Sonny Jones of Louisiana; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Rusty Jones and brother Gene Jones.

Memorials may be made to the Marlow Jones Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Gerald "Gene" Morgart

Bushnell resident Gerald E. "Gene" Morgart, 76, died Thursday, December 6, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Funeral services were held Saturday December 8 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Burial was at the Kimball Cemetery.

He was born on July 1, 1925, to Harry E. and Goldie E. (Gillespie) Morgart at Hamilton, Kan. He moved to western Nebraska in the early 1960's. He was a contract oil well pumper and had worked in the oil fields since he was fifteen years old.

He married Jewell Cannon on January 3, 1946 at Lyons, Kan. She died July 5, 1979. He married Marilyn (Christensen) Woken December 23, 1983.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Bushnell; sons Gerald D. "Gerry" Morgart of Kimball, Randy Morgart and his wife Neva of Moscow Mills, Mo., and Jeff Morgart of Lisco, Neb.; a daughter Donna Barrett and her husband David of Kimball; stepson Jim Woken of Ogallala, Neb.; brother Jay Morgart of Sterling, Kan.; sisters Ardis Arnold of Little River, Kan. and June Adams of Sterling, Kan.; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Ellsworth Morgart, and two sisters, Vandella and his twin sister Geraldine Maxine.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Bushnell Volunteer Fire Department or the Calvary United Methodist Church of Bushnell.

December 6, 2001
Veronica Anderson

Veronica Anderson, 31, of Fort Collins, Colo., died November 24, 2001. She was the wife of former Kimball resident Josh Anderson and the daughter-in-law of former Kimball resident Sherry Anderson.

Funeral services were held Friday.

She was born October 21, 1970, to Bernice and Milner Sena. She and Josh had been married for 11 years. She managed a SuperCuts location in Fort Collins.

Survivors include her husband and children, Justine and Josh; her mother-in-law Sherry (Schrader) Anderson, brother-in-law Zachary Anderson and sister-in-law Holly Anderson, all of Fort Collins and formerly of Kimball; her mother, Bernice, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and three siblings. She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorials can be made to the First National Bank in Fort Collins or sent in care of the family at 3112 Colony Drive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80525. Funds will be matched by SuperCuts.

Dolores Juarez

Dolores Juarez, 101, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Scottsbluff, died Monday, November 26, 2001. He is the step-grandfather of Richard Caudillo of Harrisburg.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later time. Cremation has taken place.

He was born April 1, 1900, in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico to Serapio and Maria (Munoz) Juarez.

He is survived by one daughter; one step-son; one granddaughter; four step-grandsons; one great-grandson; eight great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings, two wives, and two step-grandchildren.

Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Mae Madden

Linda Mae Madden, 53, of Greybull, Wyo., died Monday, November 26, 2001. She formerly lived in Kimball and Banner counties.

Funeral services were Friday, November 30 at the Grace Fellowship Church at Greybull, Wyo.

She was born in Columbus, Neb., to Lawrence Albert and Marjorie Mae (Bachman) Osten. She received education at Creston, Neb., and attended Scottsbluff Junior College. She married Al Madden on Jne 5, 1966, at Columbus, Neb.

She started her own business, the Mountain States Review, in Worland, Wyo., a year ago. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary $3086 in Basin, Wyo., and held offices there.

She is survived by her parents of Madison, Neb.; her husband, Al of Greybull; her children and their spouses Noamie and Loren Niemitelo of Gillette, Wyo., Bryan and Carrie Madden of Melbourne, Fla., and Tawnya and Troy Shephard of Basin, Wyo.; eleven siblings and their spouses Carrol Osten of Kimball, Leta and Kris Dorau of Kimball, Merle and MaryJo Osten of Columbus, Neb., Willie and Myre Osten of Columbus, Neb., Eldon and Gloria Osten of Shreveport, La., Leila and Rick Konaposek of Norfolk, Neb., Lola and Keith Walters of Leominster, Mass., LaRae and Rich Crow of Kearney, Loretta and Tim Porter of Des Moines, Iowa, Lee and Janet Osten of Columbus, Neb., and Terry and Lisa Osten of Omaha; mother-inlaw Eudene Madden of Kimball; two granddaughters of Basin, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the Linda Madden Scholarship Fund, Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, Wyo., 82410.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.

Florence N. Miles

Former Potter resident Florence N. Miles, 75, of Sidney, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 1, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born June 27, 1926, to James A. and Marguerite M. (Tillotson) Sterling. She lived in Potter as a child, attending school there.

She is survived by two daughters; three sons; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Robert William Thompson

Robert Thompson, 83, of Harrisburg, died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, in Espanola Hospital in Espanola, N.M.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 29 at Calvary Memorial Evangelical Free Church in Gering. Interment was at West Lawn Cemetery in gering.

Memorials can be made to the Harrisburg Community Church and the Banner County Historical Museum.

He was born March 21, 1908, to Martha (Francis) and James Thompson in Anderson County, Kan. In 1926, he graduated from Welda High School in Welda, Kan. He married Edith Carolyn Riebe January 5, 1931, in Aberdeen, S.D. They moved to Harrisburg in May 1949.

He farmed his entire life, first in South Dakota until 1935, in Missouri and then in Harrisburg.

He was a member of the Harrisburg Community Church, serving as treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Harrisburg and was a 50-year member of the Farm Bureau.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Martha and Charles Bonds of Gering; sons and daughter-in-law Robert and Eliza of Santa Crus, N.M. and Marvin Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith; brother Walter; and son Bill.


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