Miscellaneous Kimball County, Nebraska Obituaries


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Ronald Green

Former Dix resident Ronald "Brownie" Green, 91, of El Paso, Texas, died June 15, 2000, in El Paso.

A private family burial was held on Thursday, June 29 in Christus Gardens of the Kimball Cemetery, with the Rev. Roger Gillming of the Trinity United Methodist Church officiating.

He was born June 5, 1909, in Hendley, Neb. He moved to Dix in his early years and graduated from Dix High School in 1926.

He married Irma Kronkright of Kimball in September 1930.

He was a retired manager of the J. C. Penney Company.

He is survived by son Larry Green of El Paso; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

Cantrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charlton E. Califf

Charlton E. "Chuck" Califf, 77, of Kimball, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at his home. Cremation has taken place. He and his wife, Teresa, lived in Kimball for four years.

A private family memorial service will be held.

He was born March 11, 1923, in Winner, S.D. to Edward and Merle (Donohoe) Califf. He was raised in Whitten, S.D. He married Teresa Mathews in New Castle, Wyo.

He was a cattle buyer and had owed a sale barn in Gettysburg, S.D. at one time. He was a respected auctioneer and rancher in the cattle and agriculture industry. He had also lived in La Junta, Colo., and the Black Hills of S.D., Aberdeen and Gettysburg, S.D.

He is survived by his wife Teresa of Kimball; sons Warren Califf of Valdosta, Ga. and Lance Califf of Pierre, S.D.; step-son Doug Tope of Belle Fourche, S.D.; daughters Jeanne Runge of Sioux Falls, S.D., Cathleen Califf of Pierre, S.D., Linda Stevens of Covington, Wash. and Sally Califf of Olympia, Wash.; step-daughter Cindy Nieber of Sioux Falls, S.D.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Hal Califf of Wheatland, Wyo.; and sisters Marilyn Goldade of Wheatland, Wyo., and Beverly Hall of Jamestown, N.D.

Memorials can be made to hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Stanley J. Svitak, Sr.

Stanley J. Svitak, Sr., age 91, of Howells, Neb., died July 2, 2000 at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Neb. He is the father of Ellen (Mrs. George) Vrtatko of Dix, Neb.

A Wake was to be held Wed. and funeral services were to be Thurs. (today) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Johnís Catholic Church in Howells with burial at St. Johnís Catholic Cemetery there.

He was born Nov. 12, 1908 on the home farm north of Howells to Anton and Anna (Cerny) Svitak. He married Marie Borska April 18, 1931 in Mirotice, Czechoslovakia and they returned to his farm home where they worked and lived until moving to Howells in 1964.

A son, three daughters, and one sister survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife, a grandson-in-law, four brothers and seven sisters.

Humlicek Funeral Home made arrangements in Howells.

Delma Powell

Delma (Modlin) Powell, of Torrinton, Wyo. and formerly of Bushnell, Neb. died July 3, 2000 in Torrington. She is the sister of Janet Mulvihill of Bushnell.

Funeral arrangements are pending and are being handled by Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington.
Betty E. Schrack

Betty E. Schrack, 83, of Kearney, Neb., formerly of Lexington, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She and her husband Wayne farmed in Kimball County for approximately 60 years.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 29, 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Lexington, with Pastor Ken Fairbrother officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington, Neb.

She was born December 2, 1916, at Gosper County, Neb. to Howard and Hallie Decker Thomas. She grew up and attended school near Lexington, graduating in 1935. She married Wayne Schrack June 23, 1944, at North Platte, Neb.

She worked for the Nebraska Gas Company and REA. She was a member of the First Christian Church for 63 years and the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Sue Ann and Ray Wilson of Kearney; sister-in-law Edna Schrack of Kimball; one sister; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be made to the Lexington Fire Department or the First Christian Womenís Counsel.

Jennie Alice Trollope

Jennie Alice Trollope, 89, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at the Cheyenne Health Care Center. She is formerly of Albin, Wyo.

A graveside service was Wednesday, June 28 at the Pine Bluffs Cemetery, with Pastor Vic Walter officiating.

She was born September 5, 1910, to T.H. and Jennie Alice (Barger) Lent. She graduated from high school in Grand Island in 1929. She married O.L. Trollope in 1920 in Grand Island. They lived in Albin. until his death.

She then moved to Spokane, Wash., and in 1995 relocated to Cheyenne.

She is survived by her daughter Alice M. Berryman of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter; one son-in-law; two grandchildren; three brothers; and one sister.

Memorials can be made to a hospice of the donorís choice.

Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Clarence Smith

Rev. Clarence W. Smith, 89, of Fort Collins, Colorado, died June 22, 2000, at the Columbine Care Center West. He served as pastor of the Trinity United Methodist church in Kimball from 1953 to 1963.

A memorial service was held June 26 at Christ United Methodist Church in Fort Collins.

He was born on January 20, 1911 in Waterloo, Iowa to Russell B. and Mabel L. (Combellick) Smith. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1929. He married Helen K. Forburger Sept. 13, 1935, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

He received degrees from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1938, Boston University School of Theology in 1942 and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming in 1942. He served a United Methodist Pastor all his life.

He had served as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball from 1953 to 1963. He also lived in Littleton, Colo., Chugwater, Wyo., and has been a resident of Fort Collins since 1986.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Senior Harmonetts Choral Group, served on the Conference Board of Missions, Conference Communications Committee, University of Wyoming Wesley Foundation Board. He also served as a Director of the Rocky Mountain Methodist Conference Historical Society, on the Nebraska Conference Boards and in many Nebraska district church activities.

He is survived by son Russell C. Smith of Belgrade, Mont.; daughter-in-law Marsha Smith-Franz of Loveland, Colo.; brothers Leonard Smith of Lincoln, Neb., and Glenn Smith of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents, and one son.

Memorial gifts may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Christ United Methodist Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins.

Allnutt Funeral Service of Fort Collins, Colo. is in charge of arrangements.
LaVerna Neoma Fanning

LaVerna Neoma Fanning, 77, died Monday evening, June 19, 2000, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial, Neb. She is the sister of Arlene Prince of Kimball.

Funeral services will be held June 23, 10 a.m. at the Westside Church of Christ, Imperial. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta. Visitation will be held Thursday 2-6 p.m. at the Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.

She was born October 14, 1922, on the Fanning homestead located eight miles northeast of Wauneta, Neb., to Harry and Lucy (Manning) Fanning. She was educated in the Hayes and Chase County Schools. She received her bachelor of science and her masterís degree in elementary education from Chadron State College. She retired in 1989, ending a teaching career that spanned 49 years.

She was a member of the Westside Church of Christ and the state and national teaching associations.

Survivors include her sister Arlene Prince of Kimball; one sister-in-law; two nephews, including Gary Peters of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; two nieces, including Denise Bingham of Kimball; and 11 great-nieces and nephews; four great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother; one brother-in-law; two nephews; one great-nephew; and one great-niece.

A memorial has been established to the Westside Church of Christ and the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie Brown

Former Banner County resident Marjorie J. (Streeks) Brown, 81, of Scottsbluff died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at the Residency in Scottsbluff.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 16, 11 a.m., at the Calvary Memorial Evangelical Free Church in Gering, with Pastor Charlie Hornick and Pastor Charles Bonds officiating. Interment will be at High Butte Cemetery in McGrew. Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be served at the Central Church of Christ in Gering. Friends may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and at the funeral.

She was born July 16, 1918, in Banner County to George and Hazel (Lalley) Streeks. She attended School District #42 until eighth grade and graduated from Banner County High School in 1936.

She married George H. Brown in Kimball on December 9, 1937. They farmed and ranched in Banner County until February 1993, when they moved to the Residency in Scottsbluff.

She was a member of the Wrightís Project Club, Banner County Historical Society, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #2998). She was vice-president of the Old Settlers Division of Oregon Trail Days in 1986. She was appointed as an Admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by Gov. Bob Kerry.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Joan and Stan Cross of Tacoma, Wash., and Julia and Roger Rogers of Colgate, Wis.; son and daughter-in-law Terry and Linda Brown of Harrisburg; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Glenna Streeks of Harrisburg; brother-in-law Dick Maycumber of Denver; sister-in-laws Edith Streeks of Banner County and Myrtle Streeks of Douglas, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Mary Swanson

Mary Swanson, 67, of Bushnell, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Fort Morgan, Colo., following an extended illness.

Funeral services were Monday, June 12, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Roger Gillming and the Rev. Phillip Tarmen officiating. Burial was in Kimball Cemetery.

She was born May 16, 1933, at Fleming, Colo., to Carl and Emma (Madsen) Peterson. She married Roger Swanson September 25, 1949, in Sidney, Neb. They have lived and farmed south of Bushnell since 1949.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball, Midway Club, Merry Workers Extension Club, and the Nebraska State Genealogical Society.

She is survived by her husband Roger; sons Robin of Dix and Rodney of Windsor, Colo.; daughters Dianne Wicks of Burns, Wyo., and Kristy Moehr of Fort Morgan, Colo.; six grandchildren; sisters Ruby Adams of Bayard, Neb., and Julia Rodman of Evans, Colo.; and brother Carl Peterson of Gering, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one grandson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball.

Cantrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Esther Kaczmarek

Esther Frances Kaczmarek, 72, of Kimball, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at her home.

Funeral services were Friday, June 2 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, with Pastor Virgil Johnson officiating. Burial was in Dix Rural Cemetery.

She was born May 20, 1928, in Climbing Hill, Iowa to Rodney and Nellie (Geyer) Weikel. She spent two years in Missouri before moving back to Onawa, Iowa, until her senior year of school.

She moved to Omaha and spent her last year of high school in Omaha. She worked for Mutual of Omaha for a short while before moving to Hastings to attend Hastings College for two years.

She moved to the Kimball/Dix area in 1952. She married Bob Kaczmarek May 16, 1953, in Dix.

She was a member of Dix Presbyterian Church until it closed.

She is survived by her husband Bob of Kimball; sons Richard Kaczmarek of Dix, Roger Kaczmarek of Kimball; one daughter Diane Sabus and her husband Fred of Pueblo, Colo.; granddaughter Hannah Evertson and one brother Harold Weikel of San Diego, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Rodney and five brothers and one sister.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be made to Nebraska Children's Home, the Alliance Boys Ranch or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Emma J. Curless

Emma J. Curless, 72, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at her home in Pine Bluffs.

A service of Christian burial was Friday, June 2, at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Wheatland, Wyo., with Rev. Cliff Moore officiating. Internment was at Wheatland Cemetery. A memorial service was Monday, June 5 at the United Methodist Church in Pine Bluffs, with Rev. Terrilynn Russ officiating.

She was born in Werner, N.D., December 8, 1927, to August H. and Mary (Merslack) Unverzagt. At a young age, she moved to the Veteran/Yoder Wyo., area. She attended the Veteran school where she graduated in 1945. She later moved to Sidney, Neb., where she was manager of the Western Union office.

She married John Curless in Sidney December 14, 1947. They lived for many years in Sidney. They then moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where she worked as a bookkeeper at Memorial Hospital. In 1977, they moved to Pine Bluffs where she was the bookkeeper for a local clinic until retiring. She was instrumental in starting the local museum and was a member of the Past Time Club.

She is survived by her husband John of Pine Bluffs; children Timothy and John J. Jr., both of Pine Bluffs, Callae McManus of Wheatland and Cheri Santini of Cheyenne; three brothers; three sisters; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; one brother; one sister; one half-sister; four half-brothers; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials can be made to the National Jewish Hospital, in care of Jack Curless, 1413 State Road 215, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 82082.

Ruby Corine Belgum

Ruby Corine Huff Belgum, 78, of Port Angeles, Wash., died May 22, 2000.

She was cremated and there were no funeral services. Her remains will be scattered over the mountains of Port Angeles and Puget Sound.

She was born to Rolla Austin and Ida Mabel (Harger) Huff in Fort Scott, Kan., where she also received her schooling. She moved to San Diego, Calif., and was a band saw operator during World War II. After the war, she was employed for many years as a telephone order clerk for Brunswick Wholesale Drug Co.

She married Merrill K. Belgum in Yuma, Ariz., on April 9, 1944. They lived and traveled throughout the United States and many countries because of her husbandís military career with the Navy and as a field service representative with the Navy and Marine Corps.

In 1985, they made Port Angeles their permanent home.

She is survived by her husband and preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Memorials can be made to hospice of Clallam County, P.O. Box 2014, Port Angeles, WA. 98362 or Alzheimerís Association, 12721 30th Ave. NE., Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.

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