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Rhonda Edwards

Rhonda (Sanders) Edwards, 45, of Westchester, Ill., died Dec. 26, 1998, at her home after a three-year battle with cancer. She is the daughter of Edward and Phyllis Sanders of Potter.

Funeral services were at Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Elmhurst, Ill., on Dec. 30. Burial was at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

She was born May 4, 1953, to Edward and Phyllis Sanders. She attended grade school in Potter, graduated from Platte Valley Academy in Shelton in 1972 and attended college at Union College in Lincoln. She married Donald Edwards, Jr., on Aug. 18, 1979.

She is survived by parents; her husband and two sons; sisters Renae and husband Douglas Hay of Redlands, Colo., and Roma Sanders of Citrus Heights, Calif.; brothers Jim of Potter, and Tome and wife Janis of Osawatomie, Kan.

Robert C. Gray

Robert C. Gray, 89, of Mesa, Ariz. died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, in Mesa, Ariz.

He was born in Ord, Neb. He was a graduate of Kimball County High School. He was a retired aerospace supervisor.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline, and brother Edward, both of Mesa.

Pearl Gray Kerstrins Mastin

Pearl Gray Kerstrins Mastin, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., died Wed., Dec. 30, 1998, in Mesa, Ariz.

She was a graduate of Kimball County High School and worked as a telephone operator in Kimball.

She is survived by her husband Ralph; her brother Edward; five children six grandchildren and her brother Edward.

Charles Elwin Harris

Charles Elwin Harris, 80, founder of the former Bank of Kimball, passed away Jan. 5, 1999, in Sun City West, Ariz. Memorial and burial services will be held Mon., Jan. 25, 1999, at 10 a.m. at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, Calif.

Born Nov. 10, 1918 in Sioux Falls, S.D., he was the second of four children born to Helen and Fred Harris. As an Omaha resident, he graduated from Central High School. He attended Doane College and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

He also served during World War II as a member of the Carlson Raiders in the Pacific Theater, where he received a field promotion to 2nd Lt. during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Silver Star for bravery and received national recognition in Newsweek in 1945.

He and his family moved to Kimball in June 1948 where he formed the Kimball County Implement Corp. with Andrew Stenberg. He then purchased the John Deere dealership.

In July 1954, he established the Kimball County Bank of Bushnell and two years later founded the Bank of Kimball.

In June 1964, he became President of Humboldt National Bank, a newly-formed independent bank in Eureka, Calif. where he added seven branches. During his tenure, he became President of the Northern California Independent Bankers Association and taught college courses in banking.

While in Kimball, he participated in many activities including serving as President of the Lions Club, Chairman of the Utility Board and as a member of the State Republican Committee.

In 1981, he retired and lived in Sun City West, Ariz. and Eureka, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Aris Harris of Eureka; daughter and son-in-law, Margene and Michael OíShea of Arcadia, Calif.; two sons, Robert of Eureka and Charles Elwin, Jr. of Long Beach, Calif.; two sisters and one brother; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent in his honor to the Kimball County Hospital.

William Dunn

Former Banner resident William "Bill" Dunn, 84, of LaGrange, Wyo., died Wed., Dec. 23, 1998, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Memorial services were at the Hull United Methodist Church Jan. 7, south of Stegall, with the Pastor George Dean officiating. Inurnment was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Kimball to John and Cecil (Ogg) Dunn. He graduated from high school in Harrisburg in 1933 and joined the Coast Guard in 1944. He worked on ships that had been bombed in Pearl Harbor. He married Helen Wendt Scoon on Aug. 7, 1959, in Scottsbluff. They ranched in the Banner County area.

He is survived by his wife Helen, brothers Wayne of LaGrange and Warren of Granada Hills, Calif.; sister Mildren Moreland of Sand Point, Idaho, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jones Mortuary in Mitchell, Neb., was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the LaGrange Rescue Unit or to the Hull United Methodist Church.
Gail Leo Shipman

Gail Leo Shipman, 75, of Gering and formerly of Bushnell, died Jan. 1, 1999 at Presbyterian- St. Lukeís Hospital in Denver, Colo. from complication after heart surgeries.

A memorial service was Jan. 5 at the Calvary Memorial Church in Gering, Neb. with Dr. Charles Bonds officiating. Cremation was held in Denver.

A memorial has been established to the Banner County Museum or to the donorsí choice.

He was born March 23, 1923 at Anita, Iowa at the home of his parents, Amos and Gladys (Rickel) Shipman. He attended school at Scottsbluff, Lake Minatare, Jardine, Mont. and graduated from Lyman high school. He served in the Navy during WW II for three and a half years in the Pacific Theater on the USS Dixie.

On June 23, 1946 he married Rowena Nelson and lived at Stegall where he had a butchering and meat cutting business until 1947 when they moved to a farm and ranch near Harrisburg. They moved to a farm south of Bushnell in 1975 where they lived until moving to Gering in March, 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Rowena; daughter, Sherry Frichtl of Springfield, Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Bobette of Elsberry, Mo. and Robert and Judy Eldridge, Iowa.; six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, parents and half brother.

Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff was in charge of arrangement.

Royal "Pat" Bolin

Royal "Pat" Bolin, 86, of Loveland, formerly of Banner County, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, at Loveland, Colo. Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Hull United Methodist Church in Banner County, with the Rev. Mel Acheson officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

He was born May 13, 1912, in Gering, Neb., to Roy D. and Grace (Barnes) Bolin. He attended school in Morrill and graduated from Banner County High School in 1931. He married Lucy E. Craton on May 15, 1937 in Scottsbluff. He farmed and ranched in the Hull Community of Banner County until ill health forced his retirement in 1967. He and his wife traveled full-time until 1989, when they moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Loveland, Colo.

He was a lifetime member of the Hull United Methodist Church and attended services at Good Samaritan Village.

He is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Joy Bolin of Banner County; daughter and son-in-law Veletta and Mel Schneider of Gering; grandchildren Evie Lukessan of Dix; Ronald D. Bolin of Annapolis, M.D.; Adicia Schneider of Phoenix, and Jacob D. Schneider of Tucson, Ariz.; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Hull United Methodist Church or to the New Chapel at Good Samaritan Village in Loveland to be specified for the Chancel Project.

F. (Hensley) Keeler

Sidney resident Rick F. (Hensley) Keeler, 39, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, in Sidney. He is the brother of Tina Vowers of Kimball.

Memorial services were Wednesday at the Gehrig and Son Funeral Home in Sidney with Father Lyle Martin of the Christ Episcopal Church officiating. Inturnment was at Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 13, 1959, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Donald and Diana (Tuggle) Hensley. He was raised in and graduated from high school in Tarzana, Calif. He married Rhonda Krotz Sept. 3, 1998, in Deadwood, S.D.

Survivors include his wife Rhonda; his parents, Don and Jeanette Hensley of Sidney; two daughters and two sons; his stepfather; two brothers and seven sisters; seven grandchildren, two grandmothers and two aunts.

He was preceded in death by his mother and three grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the family.
Thelma Sharp Henson

Thelma Sharp Henson, 85, of Kimball died on Friday, December 25, 1998, at the Kimball County Manor. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Interment will be at the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born at Walters, Okla. on Sept. 28, 1913, to Arthur and Ferol (Cline) Joens. She spent her early years in Oklahoma and attended high school there. She also attended Cameron College near Lawton, Okla. It was while she resided in Oklahoma that she married W. H. "Jinks" Sharp. The Sharp's moved to Kimball in 1953 and operated The Waffle Shop until she sold it in 1966. Her husband died on Feb. 18, 1962. In September 1977 she married R. J. Henson. He died June 4, 1983.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball.

Before that, she had been active with the Church of Christ in Kimball. She loved visiting with family, enjoyed music, and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her son Robert Sharp and his wife Judy of Gering; daughter Paula Brown and her husband Marvin of Arvada, Colo.; brother Tom Joens and his wife Bennie of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Elizabeth Wigham and her husband Hardy of Kimball and Louann Clakey and her husband Lee of Caldwell, Idaho; six granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Hospital.

Gladys M. Wilson

Gladys M. Wilson, 84, of Scottsbluff, died Dec. 27, 1998, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ronald Nuss-Warren officiating. Rebekah Lodge services will be conducted by Rebekah Lodge #290 at the funeral. Interment will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and before the funeral.

She was born May 10, 1914, in Fort Collins, Colo. to Truman and Alma (Cox) Schindler. She attended District 22 high school in Harrisburg and graduated from Gering High School in 1933. She was employed by Woolworth as a cook before entering beauty college. She owned and operated Gladysí Beauty Shop out of her home for 40 years. She married Merle L. Wilson June 16, 1934.

Survivors include her cousins Myrna I. Jackson of Kimball, Iona Mae Cross of Cody, Wyo., and numerous other cousins in surrounding areas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A memorial has been establish to the Christian Education of the First Presbyterian Church.

Terrill "Terry" Schuler

Terrill "Terry" Alan Schuler, 53, of Riverton, Neb. died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. As a child, Schuler had lived in Kimball before moving to Bridgeport, Neb.

A memorial service will be Sat., Jan. 2, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Redington Community Church in Redington, Neb., with the Rev. Rick Parker and Nevelle Razak officiating. Cremation has been held and inurnment will be in the Redington Cemetery. Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Church or Camp Rock, both in Redington.

Anthony Francone

Former Potter resident Anthony Francone, 84, of Sidney, and a longtime Broadwater resident, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at the Veteransí Administration Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 1, 1914, in Weldona, Colo., to John and Louisa (Ricco) Francone. The family moved to Lewellen and later to Broadwater. He attended rural school at Kelly School District No. 3 near Broadwater.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an airplane mechanic and as an MP. He married AnnaBelle Carlson May 23, 1948. They lived and farmed in the Broadwater area before moving to Potter in 1992. They moved to Sidney in 1997. He had been a resident of the V.A. home in Cheyenne for the last year.

Survivors include his wife; son John of Sidney; daughter Louise Leisy of Sidney; grandchildren John Francone of Englewood, Colo., Branda Batt of Potter, Michelle Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., Jennifer Hiett of Sidney, Tony Francone of Sidney, Andrew Leisy of Broadwater and Phillip Francone of Potter; great-grandchildren Phillip Francone Draper of Sidney, and Riley Wilson of Birmingham.

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

Bernice L. Nelson

Bernice L. Nelson, of Fort Morgan, Colo., died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at Valley View Villa in Fort Morgan. Funeral services were Tuesday at the Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born June 5, 1909, south of Dix on her parentsí homestead to John and Emily Blake. She went to country school until 1913 when the family moved northwest of Kimball. She attended Harrisburg High School and to Kimball High School, graduating from Kimball in 1929.

She married Vern N. Nelson March 28, 1933, in Bayard. They moved to a farm east of her parents, where they farmed until 1945, when they moved to Sidney. In 1948, they moved to Deer Trail, Colo. In 1978, they retired, moving in 1990, to the Valley View Nursing Home.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

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

Charles Sheets

Charles Sheets, 69, of Potter, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 1, 1998, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the Rev. Carol Fine of the Potter United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Cheyenne County as the only child of Floyd and Bessie (Stanton) Sheets. He attended the Potter schools and graduated from Potter High School. He worked on fishing boats in Sitka, Alaska, on the railroad as a signalman at Bosler and Walcott, Wyo., as an electrician in Pine Bluffs and Cheyenne, Wyo. and lastly as a roughneck in the oil fields.

He married Eleanor Whitney in 1976 and she preceded him in death earlier this year.

Survivors include daughters Donna Clark and Dale Meheny, both of Potter, Debra Russo of Raymore, Mo., Diana Mattert of Cheyenne; step-daughter Lenore VanDeburg of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials are to the Memorial Health Center Hospice or the Potter Rescue Unit.

Wayne L. Diedrich

Wayne L. Diedrich, 17, of Sidney, died at his home in Sidney late Saturday evening, Dec. 4, 1998. Memorial services were Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Sidney, with Pastor Gary Aten officiating. Cremation was held. Gehrig and Son Funeral Home in Sidney was in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 4, 1981, at Thornton, Colo. to John and Amber (Robbins) Heath. The family lived in Thornton and Kimball for a short time before moving to Sidney in 1991.

He is survived by his parents, brothers Mike Elman, Allen, Charlie and Steven Diedrich, and his sister Shanon Diedrich, all of Sidney. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather David Noe and his brother John.

Memorials are to the familyís choice.

Elmer Nels Rasmussen

Former Kimball County resident Elmer Nels Rasmussen, 80, of Sterling, Colo., died Dec. 12, 1998, at Sterling. Services were Wed., Dec. 16, 1998, at Peace Lutheran Church in Sterling with the Rev. Eugene Zeller. Burial was at Kimball Cemetery. Chaney-Walters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Sidney, Neb. to Casper Andrew and Julia Celinda (Johnson) Rasmussen. He married Deana Bourlier on Feb. 26, 1938, at Julesburg, Colo. They farmed in Kimball County from 1938 until 1944. They moved to Logan County where they purchased a ranch, living there until Feb. 1972. They then purchased a farm and ranch south of Sterling where they have resided since. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the BPO Elks Lodge No. 1336.

Survivors include his wife Deana of Sterling; daughters Elna Hamilton and husband Howard of Crook, Colo., Kay Clemens and husband Vince of Wallace, Neb., Bonnie Koenig of Kenniwick, Wash. and Elaine Haffelson and husband Dick of Padroni, Colo.; sons Roy Rasmussen and wife Lola, Savonburg, Kan., Dean Rasmussen and wife Sheri of Sterling; brother Frank Rasmussen and wife Kathryn of Kimball; sister Dorthy Rowe and husband Lynn of Sidney; 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his sister Helen Runion.

Memorials can be sent in care of Chaney-Walters Funeral Home to Hospice, Peace Lutheran Church or Boys Ranch of LaJuanta, Colo., at Box 1046, Sterling, Colo. 80751.

Charles Sheets

Charles Sheets, 69, of Potter, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 1, 1998, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the Rev. Carol Fine of the Potter United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Cheyenne County as the only child of Floyd and Bessie (Stanton) Sheets. He attended the Potter schools and graduated from Potter High School. He worked on fishing boats in Sitka, Alaska, on the railroad as a signalman at Bosler and Walcott, Wyo., as an electrician in Pine Bluffs and Cheyenne, Wyo. and lastly as a roughneck in the oil fields.

He married Eleanor Whitney in 1976 and she preceded him in death earlier this year.

Survivors include daughters Donna Clark and Dale Meheny, both of Potter, Debra Russo of Raymore, Mo., Diana Mattert of Cheyenne; step-daughter Lenore VanDeburg of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials are to the Memorial Health Center Hospice or the Potter Rescue Unit.

Sharon Lee Huff

Sharon Lee Huff, age 46 of Kimball, Neb., died Tuesday, December 15, 1998 at her home after a lengthy illness. A funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 19 at the First English Lutheran Church of Kimball, with her pastor the Rev. Dwayne Hunzeker, officiating. Interment will be in the Kimball Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sharon Huff Memorial Fund. The family requested no viewing, but friends may sign the memorial register book at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Thursday or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or at the church on Saturday.

She was born in Kimball, October 16, 1952 a daughter of Ernest E. and Leola (Kellner) Bohac. She was a lifelong resident of Kimball and a graduate of Kimball High School.

On November 7, 1970 she married James J. Huff, Jr. in Kimball. She was involved in a number of business interests in the Kimball area including the Holiday Restaurant, Kimball Clothing Company, the KOA Campgrounds, the Goodhand Theater and several others. She had been employed by the Kimball Co-op and Dairy Queen, and was the Manager of the Kimball Municipal Swimming Pool.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, had been a member of the Kimball Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Sports Booster Club President, and a class parent.

She had served as Chairman of the Farmers Day Committee and was a member of the Bridge Marathon Club.

Survivors include her husband, James J. Huff, Jr., two daughters Andrea Huff of McCook, Neb., and Staci Huff and her fiancé Dane Wurdeman both of Kearney, Neb., parents, Ernie and Leola Bohac, of Kimball, three brothers, Randy Bohac and his wife Deb, Kerry Bohac, and Bill Bohac and his wife Tamie, all of Kimball, two sisters, Kay Williams and her husband Norman, and Cindy Drake and her husband Bill, all of Kimball. Also surviving are her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Chris and James Huff, Sr. of Kimball.

Her grandparents and two infant daughters and an infant son preceded her in death.

Ben M. Burt, Sr.

Ben M. Burt, Sr., 68 of Bushnell died on Monday evening, November 30, 1998, at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Dr. Charles L. Bonds officiating. Interment will follow at the Bushnell Cemetery with military honors by Kimball V.F.W Post 2243.

He was born in Bushnell on March 29, 1930, to Earl and Clara (Christensen) Burt. He was a lifelong resident of the Bushnell community except for time he spent serving in the U. S. Army. He was a combat veteran, having served in the 64th Tank Battalion Armored Division and in Korea. He had been awarded two bronze stars and was selected as the first ever "Soldier of the Week" when the program was started during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. 1st Class in 1953.

He married Joan Evensen on April 28, 1962, in Cheyenne. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 40 years retiring in December 1990.

He was a member of the Kimball Evangelical Free Church and the V. F. W. Post 2243 in Kimball.

He loved music and had played mandolin and guitar. For many years he would play for dances held at the one-room schools in the area.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter Rebecca M. Burt of Beatrice, Neb., a son Benjamin M. Burt and his wife Kimberly of Pearland, Texas; brother Ervin E. Burt of Bushnell and sister Frances M. Norberg of Kimball.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball Evangelical Free Church or the Bushnell Volunteer Fire Department.

Mary M. Russell

Mary M. Russell, age 91 of Gering, Neb. and formerly of Kimball, died at Northfield Villa in Gering December 1, 1998.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sat., December 5 at the Northfield Villa in Gering. Cremation will take place and burial of cremains will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kimball Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made either to the First United Methodist Church in Gering or the Prairie Haven Hospice.

She was born at Colby, Kan. on December 13, 1906 a daughter of Frank and Grace (Richardson) Lovitt. She came to Kimball in 1924 where she started teaching and taught for a number of years in the Kimball Public Schools.

On September 3, 1928 she married Lloyd J. Russell in Kearney, Neb. He died April 11, 1993. The Russell's had moved to Northfield Villa from Kimball in 1985.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball for over 75 years. When she moved to the Villa she attended the First United Methodist Church of Gering.

She was a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood. She enjoyed playing bridge, and loved to golf, which she reluctantly gave up when she was over 85 years old. She had a great love for children and many of them called her "Aunt Mary".

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Dorothy Russell of Westminster, Colo., and a daughter, Mary Louise Sample, of Dickinson, N.D. Also surviving are five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five nieces and two nephews.

Her parents, husband, four sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Walter G. Feistner

Former resident Walter G. Feistner, of Seward, Neb., died Nov. 25, 1998. He is the son of Mary Feistner of Kimball.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Seward, Neb. with the Rev. Mark Cutler officiating. Burial was at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb. with full military honors on Dec. 1. Wood-Zabka Funeral Home in Seward, Neb. was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 9, 1927 in Sterling, Neb. to Walter G. and Mary (Boslau) Feistner. He was a retired farmer and rancher. During World War II, he served in the United States Army. He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the American Legion and a life member of D.A.V.

Survivors include his mother; his wife Leona of Seward; stepdaughter Christine Bollman of San Diego, Calif.; brothers and sisters-in-law Dale and Jo Feistner of Joshua Tree, Calif., Landis and Enid Feistner of Highland, Calif. and Charles and MaryJane Feistner of Ramona, Calif., Robert and Jean Feistner of Fairbanks, Ala.; brother Marion Feistner of Colfax, Wash.; mother-in-law Dorothea Rucksdaeschel of Seward; sister-in-law Joyce Rucksdaeschel and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Elmer, his sister Waunetta and Elmer Branson.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Evelyn I. Van Trump

Evelyn I. Van Trump, 86, of Lyman, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at her home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at 10 a.m. at the Jones Mortuary Chapel in Mitchell with Scott Gribble officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice or to the Lyman Volunteer Fire Department. She was born June 24, 1912, in Hastings to Bert and Amelia (Koberstien) Tjaden. She also received her education in Hastings. She married James Van Trump in 1935 in Harrisburg. They lived in Scottsbluff until 1975 when they moved to Lyman.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Karen and Dennis Easton of Lyman; son Gary Van Trump of California; brother Leslie Tjaden of Yorba Linda, Calif.; sister Lucille Shaffer of Lincoln; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Gladys Rea

Gladys Rea, 92, died at Northfield Villa in Gering Sat., Nov. 28, 1998. She is the aunt of Edward Killham of Kimball.

Funeral services were at Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Gehrig and Son Funeral Home in Sidney, with the Rev. Jack Sample of the United Methodist Church in Kimball officiating. Burial will follow in the Potter Cemetery. Gehrig and Son Funeral Home in Sidney was in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 9, 1906, six miles south of Sunol, the daughter of James and Sarah (Schad) Vacik. A few years later, her family moved to a homestead north of Crook, Colo. She attended school and graduated from Crook High School. When she was 21 years old, she moved to Chicago, Ill. and became a beautician. While in Chicago she met and married Millard Rea. In the mid 1930ís, they moved to Denver. They lived in Denver most of their lives until moving to Western Nebraska in the late 70ís. The last two years, she and her sister lived in a retirement village in Gering.

She is survived by her sister Naomi Killham of Gering, nephew Edward Killham of Kimball; great nephew Miles Killham; and great nieces Joni Troska and Jodi Livingstone.

She is preceded in death by her husband Millard, parents, one niece and one great nephew.

Memorials are to the familyís choice.

Dorothy A. Hickman

Former resident Dorothy A. Hickman, 73, of Phoenix died there on Sunday Nov. 29, 1998. She previously owned Oil Field Pipe and Supply in Kimball

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Rev. Jack Sample officiating. Interment will be at the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may visit at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Sunday from 9:00 am until noon.

She was born in Carnegie, Okla. Nov. 9, 1925 to Carl and Vesper (Ford) Hartman. She married Bill Hickman on June 16, 1946 in Carnegie. He died Dec. 30, 1985. The Hickman's had lived in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to Kimball in 1957.

She taught English in the Kimball schools from 1964 until 1985. After her husbandís death she assumed ownership of Hickman Oil and Oil Field Pipe and Supply. She retired in 1991 to Ft. Collins, Colo. until moving to Phoenix in 1995.

She was an active music lover, serving on the Executive Board of the Summit Brass, an All-American large brass ensemble founded by her son. She also owned Summit Records.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Jones of Sun City West, Ariz. and Tina Hickman of Chandler, Ariz.; son David Hickman of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Don Hartman of Chapel Hill, N.C. and four grandchildren.

Greer

Former Kimball resident Eddie M. Greer, 74, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. David Rowe officiating. Burial was at the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering, with military honors by Admiral Dewey Post #1681 VFW.

He was born Oct. 11, 1924, to William and Berdie (Phillips) Greer in Vernon County, Mo. He received his education at Schell City, Mo. He married Bernice Metcalf, at Hyannis, Neb. in November of1952. After her death in 1965, he married Vivian Brant Wahe on Nov. 19, 1967, at Kimball. They lived in Kimball, Sidney, Chadron and Missouri before moving to Scottsbluff in 1979.

He was a long haul driver at the age of 16 for several years. He served during WWII in India-Burma Theater. He also worked in a career as a diesel engine technician, working at Standard Oil Company in Hyannis, Neb. and later for John Deere and IH dealerships in the Panhandle.

He was very active in the Legion Post at Hyannis, was a volunteer fireman for many years, served as Fire Chief and drove the ambulance for the fire department. Before his retirement he worked for ESU 13 media center. He volunteered at the Bargin Bin during his retirement. In April of 1989, he was KOAQ volunteer of the month for outstanding community service.

He was an avid NASCAR fan, serving as crew chief of his sonísNASCAR racing car pit crew at Colorado National Speedway.

He is survived by his wife of Scottsbluff; son Darrell and his wife Sharla Greer and son Douglas Greer of Longmont, Colo.; two daughters Daniece Mitchell of Scottsbluff and Margie and her husband Mac McCoy of Adrian, Mo.; step-children Karen and her husband Jim Benzel of Sidney, Debra Watson of Scottsbluff and Timothy and his wife Aldoris Wahe of Gillette, Wyo.; sister Myrtle and her husband Calvin Smith of Eldrado Springs, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mabel and Stella; foster sister Anna Mae Charles; brothers Vernon, Virgil and James; and grandson Jason Greer.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist

Mable O. Elliot

Mable O. Elliot, 89, of Alliance died Nov. 28, 1998 in Hemingford at the Hemingford Community Care Center. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the First Christian Church in Alliance with Rev. Walter Cline officiating. Burial was at the Alliance Cemetery. Bates and Gould Funeral Home of Bridgeport was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 20, 1909, in Pollock, Miss. to Elza C. Rodgers and Carrie O. Yardley.

She married Larmer Elliot on August 26, 1926. She lived in Alliance most of her life. She was a homemaker and helped her husband farm. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the High View Extension Club.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Richard and Betty Elliott of Kimball; son Virgil Elliot of Hemingford, Neb; daughter Myrna Woodsmall of Alliance; sister Alma Dennis of Pollock, Miss.; ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Larmer and three grandchildren.

Memorials are to First Christian Church or donorís choice.

Hazel J. Hamilton

Former Kimball resident Hazel J. Hamilton, 82, of Oklahoma City, Okla. died Nov. 24, 1998, at Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Graveside services were held Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m. in the Sunnylane Cemetery in Oklahoma City, with a private family service. Baggerly Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 21, 1916 in Jay, OK. and married Albert F. Hamilton Nov. 30, 1935, at Norman, Okla. They resided in Kimball from 1955-1960 where she was employed at Ken Fritzler Abstract Co.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Ruth Hamilton of York, Neb.; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn (Nagel) Moench of Kimball; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.


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