Miscellaneous Kimball County, Nebraska Obituaries

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Wilma Jean Rux

Kimball resident Wilma Jean Rux, 84, died Friday, September 24, 1999, at the Kimball County Manor.

Graveside services were Wednesday, September 29 at the Kimball Cemetery with The Rev. Francis Curran will officiate. A memorial service will be Thursday, September 30 at the Kimball County Manor Chapel.

She was born on October 3, 1914, to Robert and Lydia (Willowghby) Rux in Buckley, Wash. and was baptized on June 8, 1925, by a Lutheran church minister in Alma, Neb.

In June 1969, she moved from the Beatrice State Home to the Kimball County Manor, whose residents and staff have been her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Fredrick Lewis Eby, Sr.

Fredrick Lewis Eby, Sr., 80, of Kimball died Thursday, September 23, 1999, at his home.

Cremation will take place. A memorial service and burial of cremated remains will take place on Thursday, September 30 at the Kimball Cemetery.

He was born at Burks, Neb. to Virgil and Minnie (Johnson) Eby on November 8, 1918. He was orphaned at a young age and was raised by his maternal grandmother in California. He spent a number of years in California as a young man and came to Kimball in 1968. He worked for Oil Field Pipe and Supply until retiring in 1981.

He married Nancy Wilson in Kimball on May 25, 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Fred Eby, Jr. of Greeley, Colo., daughters Patricia Wimberley of Tulsa, Okla., Mary Adkins of El Dorado, Ark., and Fredricka Hall of Sidney, Neb.; brother C. S. Eby of Yuma, Ariz.; a number of step-children including a stepson Francis William Setzer of Kimball; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son Ralph J. Eby, an infant daughter Brenda Sue and two brothers, Bob, and Jick Eby.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil C. Staab

Virgil C. Staab, 77, of Kimball, died Saturday, September 25, 1999, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, September 29, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with the Rev. Francis Curran officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary was Tuesday, September 28 at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

He was born February 10, 1922, in Catherine, Kan. to Cosmas and Katherine (Weigel) Staab. He was raised in Kansas and later moved to Colorado where he farmed for a number of years.

He married Mary Frieberger on April 18, 1944 in Julesburg, Colo. They moved from Colorado to Kimball in 1950.

In Kimball, he worked in the oil fields and was a heavy equipment operator. He worked on several of the area missile sites. He had also managed the Jet Gas in Kimball and had worked for Schadegg Oil. He retired in 1984.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th Degree Knight. He was also a member of Kimball VFW Post #2243 and a member of the Operating Engineers Union.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Kimball; sons Gary D. Staab and his wife Carmen of Eden, Wyo., and Virgil Staab, Jr. of Kimball; daughters Diane Ikuta and her husband Mits of LaMirada, Calif., Linda Villalobos and her husband Ventura of Rock Springs, Wyo., Cheryl Bates and her husband Larry of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Carmen Ramos and her husband Ernie of McLaughlin, S.D.; brother Leland "Shorty" Staab of Kimball; sisters Fabiola Hirschfeldt of Brush, Colo., Betty Christensen of Kimball and Ramona Allen of Bridgeport, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Artie, Eldon and Eddie and two sisters, Esther and Dora Lee.

Memorial gifts may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice, #2 West 42nd, Suite 3400, Scottsbluff, NE 69361.

Thurman E. Decker

Former Kimball resident Thurman E. Decker, 94, of Gillette, Wyo., died Saturday, September 25, 1999, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette.

Funeral services were Tuesday, September 28 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gillette, with Rev. Dan Lush of First United Methodist Church in Gillette officiating.

He and his wife Doloras Pageler were married in Kimball on April 23, 1937, and lived here until moving to Newcastle, Wyo. in 1955.

He is survived by his wife; one son; three granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; a sister and four brothers.

A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of Wilson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 734, Gillette, WY 82717.

William Edwin Skiles

William Edwin Skiles, 86, of Scottsbluff, died Sunday, September 26, 1999, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. He lived in the Kimball area from 1934 to 1942, when he entered the U.S. Air Force.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 30, at 10 a.m. at the Jones Mortuary Chapel in Mitchell Cemetery.

He is survived by numerous cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Mitchell Berean Church.

Betty R. Held

Former Kimball resident Betty R. Held, 52, of Kewaunee, Wis., died Wednesday, September 22, 1999, at St. Maryís Hospital in Kewaunee.

A memorial service was held Sunday, September 26 in Kewaunee.

She was born October 21, 1946, to Edward and Ida (Leibensperger) Callery. She grew up in Allentown, Pa. and graduated from Allen High School. She married Eugene Held September 26, 1969, in Emmaus, Pa. She moved to Kimball in the early Ď90ís and moved to Kewaunee, Wis. in 1997. While in Kimball, she worked at the Kimball County Manor. In Kewaunee, she worked at Point Beach Nuclear Plant as an office assistant.

She is survived by her husband; sons Bret and wife Wanda Miller of Breiniesville, Pa., Joseph Held of Lenhartsville, Pa., Michael and Tricia Held of Algoma, Wis. and Daniel Held of Kewaunee; three sisters and four grandchildren.

Nathan LeRoy Eastman

Nathan LeRoy "Nate" Eastman, 78, died Thursday, September 23, 1999, at his home in Kimball.

Funeral services were Monday, September 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Roger Gillming officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

Nate was born March 29, 1921 in Kimball to Leon and Emma (Dudek) Eastman. He was raised and educated in Kimball and attended the University of Nebraska before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He graduated from Pilot Training January 7, 1944 and served in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.

Following his return in 1946, he took over the family insurance and real estate business and completed requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Wyoming. He joined the Wyoming Air National Guard and served with the 187th Fighter Bomber Squadron in Korea.

He married Elizabeth Gailey in Lincoln, Neb. on June 1, 1942.

Following his return from WWII, they established their home in Kimball where they raised six sons.

He was active in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball and was a Master Mason with Masonic Lodge 294 in Kimball. He was a member of the Kimball Rotary Club, serving as District Governor of Rotary 1992/1993. He was also a member of the Kimball Chamber of Commerce, the Kimball Airport Authority, and the Vista Villa Board of Trustees. He has also served many years on the school boards of Kimball County.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; sons and daughters-in-law Jug and Colleen of Westminster, Colo., Andy and Audrey of Topeka, Kan., Bill and Cathy of Dallas, Texas, Jim and Ruth of Niwot, Colo., John and Lydia of Sidney, Neb., and Tom and Pat of Scottsbluff, Neb.; sisters, Doris Fritzler of Fort Collins, Colo., and Betty McClenney of Houston, Texas; eleven grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball.

September 23, 1999
Ronald E. Woodral

Ronald E. Woodral, 53, of Kimball, died Tuesday, September 14, 1999, at Kimball County Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were Friday, September 17 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker of the First English Church officiating.

He was born September 6, 1946, in Douglas, Wyo., to Everett and Helen (Weaver) Woodral. He grew up and attended school in Riverton, Wyo. He married Mary Aguilar on March 18, 1982, in Cody, Wyo.

He was an electronics technician for Northrup of California and several other firms in California. He retired in 1990 due to illness.

In 1998, the family moved to Kimball from Arapahoe, Neb.

He is survived by his wife Mary; sons Sean, Thor and Luke and daughter Valenteen, all of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Karl Richard Madden

Former Bushnell resident Karl Richard Madden, 66, of Sidney, Neb., died Sunday, September 19, 1999, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 23 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, with Pastor Edgar Schambach officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born on July 19, 1933, in Sidney to Edson Larue and Alice F. (Carlson) Madden. He attended the Lorenzo schools, graduating from Lorenzo High School in 1951.

On April 1, 1951, he was united in marriage to Sally Mae Swenson in Peetz, Colo. They made their home and farmed north of Bushnell before moving to the Sidney Draw area in 1964. They continued farming even after moving into Sidney in 1973.

He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, a long-time member of the Sidney Elkís Lodge and was very active with the local 4-H clubs over the years.

Survivors include his wife Sally; sons and daughters-in-law Karl and Jean Madden of Casper, Wyo., and Donald and Judy Madden of Kearney, Neb.; daughter and son-in-law Sadonna and Kris Johnson of Sidney; brothers Raymond and Jerry Madden, both of Kimball; sisters Charlotte Fleming of Sidney, Shirley Trimmer of Flagler, Colo. and Alice M. Madden of Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or the Childrenís Hospital in Denver.

Holechek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Marie Eby

Clara M. Eby, 79, formerly of Kimball, died Sunday, September 19, 1999, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyo.

Graveside services will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, September 23, 1999 at Kimball Cemetery.

She was born March 2, 1920, in Kimball to George and Anna (Naggatz) Cleveland. She was raised on a farm north of Kimball and graduated from Kimball County High School.

She married Albert "Bob" Eby on September 14, 1938, in Kimball. The couple moved to California and later to Ft. Collins, Colo. where they ran a sawmill in Risk Canyon. They returned to Kimball in 1947, owning and operating several businesses, including Eby Wrecking Yard and the Skate House, which they owned for over 25 years. They retired and moved to Payette, Idaho in 1981. They returned to Kimball in April 1995. Following the death of her husband in 1995, Clara moved to Gillette, Wyo. to live with her daughter.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Hewitt and Mary Daniels, both of Gillette, Wyo.; son Dusty Eby of Kimball; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one son, one daughter and a sister.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Clara Eby Memorial fund in care of the Cantrell Funeral Home to be designated to hospice by the family.

Dr. Creda E. Thompson

Dr. Creda E. Thompson, 66, of Scottsbluff, Neb., died Saturday, September 18, 1999, at the Village at Regional West in Scottsbluff. She is the mother of Deon Evans of Kimball.

Funeral services were Tuesday, September 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Gering, Neb., with Rev. David Rowe officiating. Internment was at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff.

She is survived by daughters Deon Evans of Kimball, Brenda Brown and her husband Mike of Gering, Neb. and Jill Gurney of Gering; son and daughter-in-law Troy and Kathy Thompson of Hays, Kan.; two sisters and two brothers; seven grandchildren, three-step grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice.

Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

September 16, 1999
Douglas Harrison

Word has been received of the death Sept. 13 of Douglas Harrison of Escondido, Cal. He was the husband of the former Lucille Spencer of Dix, and a frequent visitor of Phyllis and Gail Southard of Kimball.

September 9, 1999
Dema L. Nachtigal

Dema L. Nachtigal, 80, of Kimball, died Thursday, September 2, 1999, at her home.

Funeral services were Saturday, September 4 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

She was born September 3, 1918, in Doyle, Okla. to J. Demes and Emma (Stotts) Williams. She was educated in Megargel, Texas.

She and Harlow E. Nachtigal were married on June 16, 1941, in Wichita Falls, Texas. They lived in Great Bend, Kan. for a number of years, before moving to Kimball in 1960.

She was employed as a secretary at the County Extension Office from 1967 until 1990, when she retired. She did a great deal of volunteer work for the community and for many church projects. She was an avid bridge player.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball, PEO Chapter GN, the Eagles Auxiliary, the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, the Cedars and Weeders Garden Club, and the County Extension Club.

She is survived by sons Dennis H. Nachtigal and his wife Jolene of Kearney and Mark A. Nachtigal of Denver, Colo.; sisters Scotty Bottarini and her husband George of Penn Grove, Calif., and Wynona Branson of Decatur, Texas; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harlow on November 9, 1978, and her parents.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Dema L. Nachtigal Memorial Fund to be designated later to a community project.

Steven Herboldsheimer

Former Potter resident Steven Karl Herboldsheimer, 45, of Osceola, Neb., died August 31, 1999, at the Regional West Medical Center in Hastings, Neb. following a long illness.

Memorial services were held Sunday, September 5 at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, with Pastor Doug Birky officiating. Private family inurnment will be in the Potter Cemetery.

He was born November 19, 1953, to Bennie and Charlyn (Hagmeister) Herboldsheimer in Sidney. He attended the Potter Schools and graduated from Potter High School. He then enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was very active with the UNL Marching Band, attending several bowl games and various marching competitions. He then returned home and attended Western Nebraska Community College, earning a degree in welding and later studied auto body repair.

He was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, the Lionís Club, the Potter Trap Club, the Ft. Sidney Colonels and was formerly a licensed pilot.

Survivors include his parents; children Daniel and Heidi Herboldsheimer, both of Sterling, Colo.; sisters Susan Kruse and her husband Darrell of Auburn, Neb., Patrice Egging and her husband Mike of Pratt, Kan., and Alicia Eagan and her husband Wayne of Arapaho, Okla.

Memorials may be made in care of the Sidney Evangelical Free Church or to the donorís choice.

Holechek Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Juanita Joan Howard

Juanita Joan Howard, 65, formerly of Dix, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at her home in North Platte, Neb. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 7, 1999, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Virgil Johnson of the Dix Bible Church officiating. Burial was in Dix Rural Cemetery.

She was born September 16, 1933 at Columbus, Neb. to Clarence and Fern Marie (McNair) Beierle. She graduated from Minden Mines High School in Missouri in 1951. She and William A. "Bill" Howard were married on April 1, 1951 at Bentonville, Ariz.

They lived in Wichita, Pittsburg and Junction City, Kan. They also lived in Albuquerque, N.M. before moving to Dix in 1961. She worked as a postal clerk in the Dix Post Office for 10 years. In 1991 she and Bill retired to a small acreage near North Platte.

She is survived by her husband of North Platte; three sons, Bill Howard and his wife Kathy of Riverton, Wyo., Garry Howard and his wife Lorrie of North Platte, and Bob Howard and his wife Ranae of Kearney, Neb.; a daughter Deb Linden of Pleasanton, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Virginia McKinney.

The family has established a memorial in Juanita's memory to the Great Plains Hospice.

Odean Colonial Chapel of North Platte and Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball were in charge of funeral arrangements.

Robert Gene Steele

Robert Gene Steele, 71, of Kimball, died Sept. 2, 1999 at Delta, Colo. Memorial Services were at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7, at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker officiating.

He was born April 28, 1928 in Banner County, Neb. to William and Blanche (Fitz) Steele. He lived in Banner and Kimball counties all of his life. He served in the armed services in Korea during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. He was a rancher and farmer. On Oct. 2, 1953, he married JoAnn Christensen.

He was a member of the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball and had served on the church board. He belonged to the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, had been a 4-H leader, served on the Dix Rural Fire Board and the Kimball-Banner County Rodeo Committee.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, Dick and Barbara Steele of Delta, Colo., Dan and Janet Steele and their children of Albany, Ore., David and Susan Steele and their children of Irving, Tex., and Daryl and Kerry Steele and their children of Kimball; three brothers, Maurice Steele of Kimball, Harold Steele of Potter, Neb. and Billy D. Steele of Sidney, Neb.; and one sister, Irene Wallin of Kimball.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Bernard, and one nephew, Ed Steele.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First English Lutheran Church, 501 S. Webster, Kimball.

Arrangements were made by Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo.

September 2, 1999

James L. "Sonny" Eatmon

James L. "Sonny" Eatmon, 71, of Kimball, died Saturday, August 28, 1999, at his home.

Funeral services were Wednesday, September 1 at the Kimball Event Center, with the Rev. Ed Newbury officiating, Masonic services were conducted by Kimball Lodge #294 A.F.&A.M. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

He was born March 8, 1928, in Three Sands, Okla. to James Stanley and Margaret Jane (Levings) Eatmon. He attended school in Kansas. He served with the U.S. Marines in World War II from April 1945 to May 1947. In 1954, he moved to Kimball from Sterling, Colo. He and Mari Lou Asmus were married in Kimball.

He owned and operated Eatmon Well Service from 1956 until he retired in1991.

In his second term as a Kimball County Commissioner, he was serving as a chairman and as secretary-treasurer of the Nebraska Association of County Officials (N.A.C.O) Board of Directors.

He was very involved in the Masonic Order. He became a Master Mason in Kimball Lodge #294 in 1961 and served as Master of the Lodge in 1967. He was a member of numerous Masonic organizations and served in a number of capacities in the Grand Lodge of Nebraska. He was installed as Grand Master of Nebraska in 1992. He was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Oregon Trail Chapter #65, York Rite. He also was a member of Tehama Temple Shrine.

He was a member of St. Hilda's Episcopal Church; a member and past president of the Kimball Rotary Club; the Elks and Eagles. He had served as the Chairman of the Republican Finance Committee of Nebraska and was a past chairman of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Omaha Home for Boys.

He is survived by his wife Mari Lou of Kimball; sons Randy Eatmon of Redding, Calif. and Mike Eatmon and his wife Denise of Earlville, Ill.; daughters Patty Watson and her husband Steve of Kimball, Liz Ferguson and her husband John of Kimball and Georgia Nelson of Kearney; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother Jerry and grandson Andy Ferguson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kimball County Hospital, Kimball Masonic Lodge #294 or the Omaha Home for Boys.

Margaret Schemm

Margaret R. Schemm, 86, of Kimball, died Tuesday, August 24, 1999, at the Kimball County Manor. Funeral services were Friday, August 27 at St. John's Lutheran Church, with Pastor Tom Jacobsen officiating. Burial will be in Kimball Cemetery.

She was born January 6, 1913, in Herrick, S.D. to Dick and Margaret (Rugge) Schmidt.

She married Leonard M. Schemm on September 17, 1930. They farmed in South Dakota until 1947 when they moved to Valentine, Neb. They moved to Bassett, Neb. in 1950 and then to Kimball in 1952. In the early 1960's they moved to Bushnell where she managed a grocery store from 1963 to 1970. She and her husband moved back to Kimball in 1970.

She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in 1931. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball; a member of St. John's Ladies Aid and an honorary member of L.W.M.L. (Lutheran Womenís Missionary League).

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara L. Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sister Emma McKee of White River, S.D.; eight grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, her daughter Donna Janicek, her parents, two sisters and four brothers.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. John's Ladies Aid or St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball.

Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edmund J. Staab, Jr.

Edmund J. Staab, Jr., 45, of Kimball, died Wednesday, August 25, 1999, at United Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, August 28 at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with Father Francis Curran officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary was Friday, August 27 at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

He was born March 27, 1954, to Edmund J. and Veronica (Gertner) Staab, Sr. in Kimball. He was a lifelong resident of Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School in 1973. At one time, he worked for Joe Rebein and Shorty Staab as a pumperís assistant. He enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles and painting ceramics.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his mother Veronica of Kimball; brother Chad Shane Cosmas Staab of Kimball; sisters Sandra Weltz, of Potter, and Pamela J. Noram of Walnut Grove, Minn.; and seven nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Edmund Staab, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Albert M. Sandberg

Albert M. Sandberg, 92, of Albin, Wyo., died Wednesday, August 25, 1999, at his home.

Funeral services were Saturday, August 28 at Schrader Chapel in Cheyenne, Wyo., with Minister Jim Brown officiating. Internment was at Albin Cemetery.

He was born August 2, 1907, in Randolph, Neb. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a 52-year member of the Golden Prairie Baptist Church, serving formerly as treasurer.

His wife, Alice, preceded him in death in December 1990. He was also preceded in death by three brothers.

He is survived by daughters, Beverly Allen, of Albin, and Sandra Campbell and Eldora Lawson, both of Littleton, Colo.

Memorials may be made to Golden Prairie Baptist Church, 4996 County Road 226, Burns, Wyo. 82053.


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