Miscellaneous Kimball County, Nebraska Obituaries

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D. Alida Fisher

Funeral services for D. Alida Fisher, 88, Scottsbluff, who died Saturday at her home, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with the Rev. Vern Greenhalgh officiating.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Kimball Cemetery in Kimball.

She was born to George Bennett "Beníí and Maude Ethel (Howe) Denson on Feb. 12, 1911 at Meadow Grove, Nebr. She taught school in Wyoming and Nebraska for 45 years before her retirement in 1976.

On June 1, 1957 she was married to Hiram "Hiíí Fisher at Torrington, Wyo.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Shirley and Michael Post of Chesapeake, VA.. and Richardi and Frank Hagerman of Anaheim, Calif; one brother and sister-in-law: Richard and Lucille Denson of Broken Bow, Neb.

Amy Irene Larson

Amy Irene Larson, 96, of Sidney and a former Potter resident, died Wednesday, April 7, 1999, at the Sidney Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 10, in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney with the Rev. Gary Aten officiating. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery.

She was born April 26, 1902, to Ira E. and Ella May (Overman) Willeford near Taylor Station in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. She attended rural schools until the family moved to Logan, Iowa, where she graduated from high school in 1921. In June of 1921, she joined her family on their ranch west of Peetz, Colo. On Nov. 5, 1923, she married Carl Larson in a double ceremony at Methodist parsonage in Sterling, Colo. The couple moved south of Potter where they lived until 1976 when they moved to Sidney. Her husband died Feb. 24, 1978.

Prior to being married, she taught school with her sister in their parentsí home. She was an active life-long member of the Potter United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Womenís Society. While living in Sidney, she was active at the First United Methodist Church. She was also a charter member of the Jolly Neighbors Club and a past member of the D.U.V.

Survivors include her sons Calvin and his wife Dorothy of Potter and Boyde of Westminster, Colo.; daughters Amy Ann and her husband Henry Geu of Sidney; Joyce and her husband John Jensen of Lincoln; Merrill and her husband Ronald Alfs of Shickley, Neb. and Sherill and her husband Ivan Svoboda of Pender, Neb.; one brother; one sister; 21 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, her husband, an infant daughter, one grandson, five brothers and three sisters.

Sarah Risher Grace

Former Kimball resident Sarah Risher Grace, 88, of Wharton, Texas, died Sunday April 11, 1999.

A memorial service was Wednesday, April 21 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball with the Rev. Jack Sample officiating. Cremation was held. A private family burial followed the memorial service.

She was born November 17, 1910, in Lumberton, Miss., to Horace and Mattie Howell Scott Risher. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women with a bachelor's degree in English and did post-graduate work at the University of Wyoming.

She married Thomas Levi Grace on June 2, 1934, in Wisner, La.

She was a former resident of Louisiana and Colorado before moving to Kimball in 1949. She taught school in Wisner, La. and taught English at Kimball County High School. She later taught English and was a librarian in Dix until her retirement in 1976. She moved to Texas in 1991.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball and a former member of the Kimball Garden Club.

She is survived by her daughter Pat Grace Joyce of Wharton, Texas; son, Tom Grace of Atlanta, Ga; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 26, 1968.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church or donorís choice.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Blanche Louise Meier

Blanche Louise Meier, 92, of Scottsbluff died March 31, 1999 at The Residency in Scottsbluff. She was a Kimball resident until 1992.

Funeral services were Monday at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with the Rev. Craig H. zumBrunnen officiating. Burial was at the Kimball Cemetery.

Blanche was born June 19, 1906 in Currie, Minn., to Pete and Emma Denault Longtin. She lived in Currie and attended school there until her family moved to Broadwater, Neb., in 1920. Blanche Longtin and Henry Carl Meier were married on May 22, 1922 in Bridgeport.

In 1926 she and Henry moved to a farm three miles east of Kimball where they farmed for many years. Henry died in 1990. In 1992 Blanche moved to The Residency in Scottsbluff.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Kimball for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her son, Raymond H. Meier of Scottsbluff and also by a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, her parents, a sister and two brothers.

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

Harlan Haddix

Former Kimball County resident Harlan Haddix, 78, died March 25, at Greeley, Colo. He is the brother of Bernard Haddix of Kimball.

Funeral services were March 30 in Greeley.

He was born Sept. 27, 1920, at Mason City, Neb. to Winfield and Abbie May Fielding Haddix. He attended Mason City Public School. He moved to Bushnell with his family in 1939.

He entered the Army Sept. 5, 1942, and served with the 89th Infantry as a rifleman and the 88th Infantry in the African campaign. His experience included the Rome-Arno, North Apennines and P.O. Valley. After being wounded in battle in Italy, he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was discharged Oct. 29, 1945, and returned to the Kimball area, where he farmed with his brother Ernest until moving to Kersey, Colo. in 1948.

Survivors include his brother Bernard and wife Eunice of Kimball; sister Gladys Knispel of Kearney; and eight nieces and nephews.

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

Rita Helen McNamee

Former Kimball resident Rita Helen McNamee, 66, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died Friday, March 26, 1999, at Mountain Towers Healthcare Center.

A vigil was held Tuesday, March 30, at St. Paulís Catholic Church in Pine Bluffs. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 31, at St. Paulís Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Cronkleton and Rev. Ed Cortney as concelebrants. Interment was in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 13, 1932. She married Stanley W. "Stan" McNamee Sept. 20, 1951, in Kimball. She lived in Pine Bluffs for 51 years.

She was a member of St. Paulís Catholic Church, Pine Bluffs Past Time Club and Council of Catholic Women.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley W. "Stan" McNamee of Pine Bluffs; sons Jim of Burns, Wyo., Mark and Steve, both of Pine Bluffs, Jack of Miles City, Mont. and Michael of Torrington, Wyo.; daughters Kathleen Humphrey, Nancy McNamee and Susan Gross, all of Pine Bluffs, Denise Osborn of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Beth Churchill of Beatrice, Neb.; brothers Francis Cortney of Las Vegas, Nev. and Rev. Ed Cortney of Chadron, Neb.; sisters Nancy Cortney of Midland, Mich. and Rosaline Reinelt of Kingston, Mich.; and twenty-eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Helen Cortney, and brother Ron Cortney.

Funeral arrangements were made by Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes.

Hilmer T. Nuss

Former Potter resident Hilmer T. Nuss, 78, of Nampa, Idaho, died Thursday, March 25, 1999, at his home.

He was born April 10, 1920, in Sutton, Neb., to Otto and Sophia (Griess) Nuss. He married Lorna Jung on May 4, 1947, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Potter. They lived and worked on a farm northeast of Potter and he also worked at the Sioux Ordinance Depot. In 1959, the family moved to Nampa, Idaho.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at Zion Lutheran Church in Nampa with the Rev. Michael Schumacher officiating. Burial was at Meridian Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Lorna of Nampa; four children; two brothers and one sister; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four infant brothers.

Ricky D. Thomas

Ricky D. Thomas, 48, of Chicopee Mass., died March 29, 1999, at his home in Chicopee. He is the brother of Barbara Swayze of Kimball.

Funeral services were private, with Alternative Funeral Service of Springfield, Mass. in charge of arrangements.

He was born in Scottsbluff and graduated from Scottsbluff High School. He has lived in Chicopee since 1987. He was a energy auditor in the housing department field. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam era.

He is survived by his wife Gail (Oprisko) Voyles of Chicopee; one daughter; three brothers and three sisters.

Robert A. Wistrom

Robert A. Wistrom, age 68 of Dix, Nebraska died on Sunday, March 28, 1999
at his home. He was born in Dix, Nebraska on July 24, 1930 a son of W. L.
and Beulah (Needham) Wistrom. Mr. Wistrom was a life long resident of Dix
and attended Dix schools. He and Ardys Olsen were married on September 24,
1950. Over the years Robert had careers in auto bodywork, farming and
contract pumping of oil wells. He retired in 1995. He had enjoyed spending
his retirement time with his children and grandchildren.

Robert had volunteered for the Dix Volunteer Fire Department and had also
been a member of the Town Board for many years.

He is survived by his wife Ardys of Dix, three sons Tim Wistrom and his
wife Kathy of Kimball, NE, Steve Wistrom of Cheyenne, WY, and Bob Wistrom
and his wife Mary of Sidney, NE, daughter Sonya Geuke and her husband Brad
of Windsor, CO. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Cassie Wistrom,
Jeremiah Wistrom, Anna Wistrom, Austin Geuke, Noelle and Madalyn Geuke and
Josh and Sheena Straub. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother
Richard Wistrom and sister Virginia Stormberg.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the
Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. The Rev. Virgil Johnson of Dix Bible
Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Dix Rural Cemetery, Dix,
Nebraska. Visitation will be at the Cantrell Funeral Home, Kimball, NE from
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on
Wednesday.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Robert A. Wistrom Memorial Fund in care
of the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Tom Fumio Abe

Tom Fumio Abe, 71, tof Lingle, Wyo. died Sat., March 13, 1999, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He is the grandfather of Callie Abe and Tacha Fornstrom, both of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

Memorial services were held March 19 at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, with the Rev. Kanya Okamoto officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff.

A memorial has been established to the family.

Charles Stewart

Charles Kenneth "Speck" Stewart, 77, of Oshkosh died Fri., March 19, 1999, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He is the father of Phyllis Brown and Patricia Stewart of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

Funeral services were Mon., March 22, 1999, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with the Reverend Joy Savage officiating. A private committal service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice.

Survivors include his daughters Patricia Stewart, and Phyllis Brown and son-in-law, all of Pine Bluffs; son Gerald of Scottsbluff; grandson Richard Brown of Bushnell; four sisters and one brother.

Leona Irene Tomich

Leona Irene Tomich, 86, of Bushnell, died on Friday, March 19, 1999, at Kimball County Hospital. Funeral services will be Thurs., March 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball with the Rev. Jack E. Sample officiating. Interment will be in the Kimball Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball Manor Assisted Living Fund.

She was born in Kimball on Dec. 11, 1912, to James H. and Mary L. (Allison) Louthan. After graduating from Kimball County High School in 1930, she attended the University of Nebraska and taught school in Kimball County for nine years. On Oct. 29, 1939, she married Bernard Tomich. They made their home north of Bushnell, later moving to a farm two miles east of Bushnell. After her husbandís death in November of 1989, she continued to live on the farm.

She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Bushnell, the Golden Sheaf Rebekah Lodge for 63 years and the Moonbeam Extension Club. She served on the Co-op Food Store Board, taught Sunday school, and was a 4-H leader for many years.

She is survived by sons Ken of Dacono, Colo., Doug and his wife Merry Ann of Bushnell daughters Kathy Scales of Kimball, and Nancy Gregor and her husband Alex of Austin, Texas; sisters Elsie Kelly of Vista, Calif., Alma Bunyard of Lee's Summit, Miss., and Marilyn Ashby of Gulfport, Miss.; two grandsons and one great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers and four sisters.

Walter P. Thummel

Walter P. Thummel, 80, of Kimball, died on Wed., March 10, 1999, while vacationing in Arizona. A Recitation of the Rosary was held on Sun., March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Mass of Christian Burial were held at Monday, March 15, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball with Rev. Francis Curran officiating. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery.

He was born on June 26, 1918, at Plainville, Kan. to Vincent and Elizabeth (Hake) Thummel. He moved from Kansas to Kimball in 1939. On June 12, 1948, he married Dorothy Siebenaler in Kimball. They farmed northwest of town for many years. Although semi-retired, he always kept up his interest of farming and agriculture.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kimball and the Knights of Columbus. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and had served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. He was an Honorary Chapter Farmer of the FFA. In 1990, he was named a recipient of the Nebraska Outstanding Tree Planter award. During the latter years of his life he had planted and cared for over 20,000 trees.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Kimball; sons Duane of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Dale and Allen, both of Kimball, Bruce of Lincoln, and Greg Thummel of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters Mary and husband Jim Coon of Bayard, Neb., Donna and husband Dan McMasters of Columbus, Ohio, Peggy and husband Darold Spradlin of Cozad, Neb., Shirley Thummel of Sidney, Neb., Theresa and husband Bob Eisinger of Denver, Colo., and Alice and husband Ken Lauer of North Platte, Neb.; brothers Jerry Thummel of Boise, Idaho and Fred Thummel of Midland, Texas; sisters Eleanor Thummel and Angeline Schmitz both of Beloit, Kan., Leona Pair of Sugar Creek, Mo., and Connie Tande of Austin, Texas; and 12 grandchildren.

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

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Joseph's Church Renovation Project.

Lyle Wayne Evertson

Lyle Wayne Evertson, 69, of Lake Havasu City, died March 1, 1999, at Havasu Regional Medical Center.

Services were March 3 at Lietz-Fraze Chapel.

Arrangements were made by Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Kimball. A member of the Elks Lodge, he was a self-employed rancher/farmer in Kimball for 35 years. Lake Havasu City was his home for 30 years.

Survivors include son Bruce Evertson of Kimball; daughters Teresa D. Green of Lake Havasu City and Dianne Davega of Tustin, Calif; sisters Ferne Johnson of Gering and Helen Wheeler of Potter; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Zelda Nelson

Zelda R. Nelson, 99, of Omaha, died March 2, 1999 at Omaha. Funeral services were Monday at Lincoln. She was born near Bennet, Neb., Sept. 15, 1899. She taught in Kimball early in her career after graduating from Bennet High School about 1915.

Hubert C. Trumbull

Former Banner County resident Hubert C. Trumbull, 77, of Morrill, died Feb. 23, 1999, at PresbyterianSt. Lukeís Hospital in Denver. He is the brother of Pearl Cleveland of Kimball.

Memorial services were Sat., Feb. 27 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Morill, with the Rev. Tom Hunter officiating. Inurnment was at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill.

He was born Nov. 24, 1921, in Banner County to Lewis and Della Trumbull. He grew up and received his education in Banner county and Kimball County schools. He farmed with his father until he entered the Air Force during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge in 1943, he married Doris Pheiffer Nov. 13 in Atwood, Kan. He farmed in Banner County until 1958 when the family moved to a farm north of Morrill. In 1976, they moved to Morrill, where he was Park Superintendent for the City of Morrill until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of the American Legion Post in Morrill and a Pythian Brother.

He is survived by his wife Doris; daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Lloyd Hinze of Gering, sister and brother-in-law Pearl and Richard Cleveland of Kimball; four grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.

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

Memorials may be give to the American Heart Association or to the Nebraska Childrenís Home.

Rose Mary Metz Debus

Rose Mary Metz Debus, 80, of Mitchell, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. She is the mother of Kathleen Snyder of Kimball.

Funeral services were Monday, March 1, at the Federated Churches in Mitchell, with the Rev. Stephen Chapman officiating. Burial was in the Mitchell Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 23, 1919, in Petersburg, Neb. She moved with her family to Morrill as an infant and attended school in Torrington, Wyo. until moving to the Liberty School area. She married Henry Debus Jr. on March 17, 1936. They farmed in the Mitchell Valley for years. She did painting and papering and worked for Great Western Sugar Company until her retirement.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen and Val Deane Snyder of Kimball, Norma and Doug Allen of Loveland, Colo., sons and daughters-in-law Gary and Joann of Greeley, Colo., Dennis and Shirley of Torrington, Brad and Rama, Kent and Bobbi, all of Mitchell; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Bea Munroe of Torrington and Betty Hort of rural Lyman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and her husband.

Memorials are to the family.

Holger F. Gram

Long-time Kimball resident Holger Gram, 97, died at the Kimball Manor, Sat., Feb. 27, 1999. Funeral services were Wed., March 3 at the Presbyterian Church in Kimball with the Rev. Craig zumBrunnen officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 28, 1901, at Hormested, Denmark to Marius and Engel (Pries) Gram-Mikkelsen. His early years were spent on the farm. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Denmark at 14. He was then ready to go out and work. He worked mostly in creameries. He attended dairy school.

At the invitation of a friend and a promise of a job at Sorensen's creamery, he decided to come to America, landing in New York in July 28.1928. In 1934, he decided to become a farmer and rented a farm northeast of Kimball. On Dec. 20, 1939, he married Lula Ross. They lived on their farm until they moved to Kimball in 1994. He moved to the Kimball County Manor on Feb. 24, 1999.

He was a member of Presbyterian Church of Kimball. He had served as both trustee and elder.

He is survived by his wife, Lula; two sons and daughters-in-law Dan and Dianne Gram of Vermont, Gordon and Carmen Gram of Grand Junction, Colo; one daughter Bonnie and son-in-law Al Kovatch of Denver; three grandchildren; two step granddaughters; two great granddaughters M and two step great grandsons.

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

Memorials may be donated to the Presbyterian Church of Kimball or to the Kimball County Manor.

Reinhold Schukei

Reinhold ĎReinyí Julius Schukei, 78, of Sun City, Ariz., died Feb. 21, 1999, at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, Ariz. He is a former Kimball and Scottsbluff resident.

Funeral services were Sat., Feb. 27, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, with the Rev. Mervyn Bauer officiating. Interment was at the Creighton Valley Cemetery, with military rites by Admiral Dewey Post #1681 VFW.

He is survived by his wife Alice; son Ryan of Lakenheath, England; daughter Janice Schweitz of Minot, N.D.; two brothers; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 15630 Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, Ariz. or The American Lung Association.

Holger F. Gram

Long-time Kimball resident Holger Gram, 97, died at the Kimball Manor, Sat., Feb. 27, 1999. Funeral services were Wed., March 3 at the Presbyterian Church in Kimball with the Rev. Craig zumBrunnen officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 28, 1901, at Hormested, Denmark to Marius and Engel (Pries) Gram-Mikkelsen. His early years were spent on the farm. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Denmark at 14. He was then ready to go out and work. He worked mostly in creameries. He attended dairy school.

At the invitation of a friend and a promise of a job at Sorensen's creamery, he decided to come to America, landing in New York in July 28.1928. In 1934, he decided to become a farmer and rented a farm northeast of Kimball. On Dec. 20, 1939, he married Lula Ross. They lived on their farm until they moved to Kimball in 1994. He moved to the Kimball County Manor on Feb. 24, 1999.

He was a member of Presbyterian Church of Kimball. He had served as both trustee and elder.

He is survived by his wife, Lula; two sons and daughters-in-law Dan and Dianne Gram of Vermont, Gordon and Carmen Gram of Grand Junction, Colo; one daughter Bonnie and son-in-law Al Kovatch of Denver; three grandchildren; two step granddaughters; two great granddaughters M and two step great grandsons.

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

Memorials may be donated to the Presbyterian Church of Kimball or to the Kimball County Manor.

Robert S. Stauffer

Robert S. Stauffer, 84, of Harrisburg died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at the Village at Regional West in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at Gering Memorial Chapel with Rev. Rock Stahla officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1914, in Banner County to Frank F. and Martha (Osborne) Stauffer. He spent his life in Banner County and as a young man he enjoyed riding "broncy" saddlehorses. He also enjoyed raising Hereford cattle and farming. He married Marjorie H. Wilkinson on Oct. 1, 1939, at Torrington, Wyo.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law Mary and Ron Stahla of Lexington, Neb.; sons Frank and Robert J. and daughter-in-law Judy, all of Harrisburg; brother Walter of Gering and two sisters, Mary Luckbill of Bridgeport, Neb. and Cora Koenig of Phoeniz, Ariz; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, a brother, a sister and one grandson.

Memorials can be made to the Banner County Fire Department and Rescue Unit.

Harold Leroy Alderman

Harold Leroy Alderman, 90, of Gordon, died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were Monday, March 1 at the Gordon Church of God, with Pastor Harlen Wheeler officiating. Interment was in the Alliance Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Gordon Countryside Care.

He was born Dec. 27, 1908, to Monte and Sylvia Alderman in Barnum, Wis. He formerly lived in Banner County until the time of his wifeís illness in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Etta; sister Hazel of Sacremento, Calif., and many other family members.


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