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Anita L. Brown

Anita L. Brown, 51, of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Wood River, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at her home. She is the sister of Billy Hinton of Kimball.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 4, 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wood River, with the Rev. Rose Bartleson officiating. Burial will be at the Grand Island city Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Apfel Funeral Home in wood River.

She was born on July 20, 1948, to Curtis and Thelma Hinton at Kilgore, Texas. She graduated from Linden High School in Linden, Kan.

She married Phil Watts on July 24, 1966, at Sidney, Neb. The couple moved to Wood River in 1967. She was employed by Treasure City and Eakes in Grand Island. After her husbandís death, she moved to Hastings in 1985 and continued to work for Eakes. In 1987, she moved to Lincoln and worked for Business World Products. In 1989, she moved to chicago, where she worked for IBICO selling office products.

She married Taylor Brown in October 1990 in Wood River. The couple lived in Chicago until 1998, when they moved to Charlotte.

Survivors include her husband Taylor of Charlotte; son Phil of Wood River; mother Thelma Hinton of Alabama; brother Billy Hinton of Kimball, Curtis Richard Hinton of Louisiana and Curtis Lee Hinton of Alabama; five sisters and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband; one son; and two brothers.

Memorials can be made to the Wood River Foundation or the Wood River Rescue Squad.

Lzena Tiner

Kimball resident Lzena Tiner, 78, of Kimball, formerly of Alameda, Calif., died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at her home.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 31 in California. Burial was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hayward, Calif.

She was born December 14, 1921. to Millard Oliver and Rosie Lee (Collins) Jenkins in Pontotoc Center, Okla. While living in California, she worked for Colgate-Palmolive as part of the WWII efforts, working as a civilian in the shipyards. She lived in Alameda, California for a number of years and moved to Kimball in May of 1999.

She is survived by sons Glendel Tiner of Roseville, Calif., William Tiner of Grey Eagle, Calif., and Raymond Tiner of Pueblo, Colo.; daughters Linda Lillquist of Fullerton, Calif., and Darlene Tiner of Kimball; four brothers and sisters; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.

Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of local

arrangements.

Sidney L. Olsen

Former Kimball resident Sidney L. Olsen, 81, of Independence, Miss., died July 14, 2000, at Southern Inyo Hospital. He is the brother of Henry and William Olsen of Harrisburg.

A rosary and funeral mass were Thursday, July 20, at the Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Lone Pine, with Father Francis Simeone officiating. Gravesite military honors were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8036. He was a 20-year resident of southern Owens Valley, living in Independence for the past 15 years.

He was born in Kimball on February 28, 1919. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He belonged to VFW Post 8036. He was a member of the Lions Club from 1980-85, serving as president for the club.

Survivors include his wife Margeret Olsen of Independence; son Martin Olsen of Long Beach; daughters Jo Ann LaChance of Huntington Beach and Sidney Russell of La Quinta; brothers Henry and William Olsen, both of Harrisburg, and Albert Olsen of Helena, Mont.; sisters Mary Lewis, Lois Stanfield and Reva Spiller, all of Texas; seven grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren.

Emma Goranson

Emma Christina Goranson, of Kimball, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at the Kimball County Manor.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 3, at the First English Lutheran Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Larry Spomer officiating. Burial will be in Kimball Cemetery. Visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, at the Cantrell Funeral Home.

She was born on January 30, 1917, on the family farm near Colton in Cheyenne County, Neb., to Jacob and Anna (Nun) Zimmerman. She was educated in Cheyenne County rural schools.

On September 10, 1941, she married J. R. (Joyce) Goranson in Sidney, Neb. They made their first home on a farm west of Gurley, Neb.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, a former Sunday school and Bible school teacher, and a member of the women's organizations of the church. She was an Avon representative for 21 years and a cancer survivor.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Wayne Downer of Harrisburg, son and daughter-in-law, Daryl and Miki Goranson of Utah; granddaughters Lynne Koski of Creston, Neb., Shelly Koehler and Susan Nitz of Norfolk, Neb., and Cassi Goranson of Williston, N.D.; grandsons Bradley Goranson of Williston, N.D. and Jordan Goranson of Utah; two great-grandchildren Kristin and Aaron Koski of Creston, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband J. R., five brothers

and four sisters.

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

Christine Villavicencio

Former Kimball resident Christine M. Villavicencio, 62, of Las Cruces, N.M., died July 16, 2000, at Centro Medico de Americas in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 20 at Bacaís Funeral Chapel in Las Cruces, with Pastor David Harrelson and Pastor Danny McKinney officiating. Concluding services and interment were in Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces.

She was born in Tyler, Texas July 24, 1937, to Fidel and Luciana Marques Morales. She had been living in the Las Cruces area for the past fifteen years. She was a homemaker and a member of the University of Christ Church.

She is survived by her husband Antonio of Las Cruces; sons and daughters-in-law Daniel and Debbie of Fort Worth, Texas, Raymond and Mayela of Athens, Greece; daughters and sons-in-law Angela and Kevin Baker of Rock Springs, Wyo. Pamela and Michael Highfill of Denver; brother Roque Morales of Denver; sisters Isabel Ortega of Lyman, Neb., Mary Morales and Jane Riley, both of Scottsbluff; and ten grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; children Susan and Stephen Villavicencio; three brothers and one sister.

Memorials can be made to the University Church of Christ, 1555 University Ave., Las Cruces, N.M., 88001.

Mel Argo

Former Kimball resident Mel Argo, 82, of Shelton, Neb., died at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island on Wednesday, July 19, 2000.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 22, 2000, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball, with the Rev. Francis Curran as celebrant. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. A prayer vigil was conducted on Thursday, June 20 at the Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River, Neb.

He was born September 9, 1917, in Kenesaw, Neb. to Alfred and Maude (Leisinger) Argo. He grew up in Shelton, graduating in 1934. He lived and worked in Grand Island.

On February 24, 1940, he married Eunice Henry at Grand Island. The couple lived there until moving to Alliance in 1963. Later that same year they moved to Kimball, where they operated a Phillips 66 service station and bulk plant from 1965 to 1975. After his wife's death, he returned to Shelton in 1994.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelton. While living in Kimball, he was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law James and Betty Argo of Loveland, Colo.; daughter Jeannette James of Blair, Neb.; daughters-in-law Kathy Argo of Kimball and Tammi Argo-Ray of Thornton, Colo., sister Marjorie Felps of Shelton, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eunice in March 13, 1993; sons Don and Steve; and one brother and one sister.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Joseph's Church or to Prairie Haven Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Marjorie Helen Stauffer

Marjorie Helen (Wilkinson) Stauffer, 81, of Harrisburg, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at the Village at Regional West in Scottsbluff.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 26 at the Gering Memorial Chapel, with Father Thomas Miles officiating. Burial was at the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born July 4, 1919, to Felix and Jessie (Barfloot) Wilkinson at their home in Banner County.

She attended grade school in Kimball and graduated from high school at Harrisburg in 1937. One of the highlights of her life was when Mr. Burchfield took a bus load of kids to Yellowstone National Park in 1936.

She attended Chadron State College, where she majored in teaching, and then taught school at District #27 in Banner County for one year.

She married Robert S. Stauffer in Torrington, Wyo., on October 1, 1939. She was a homemaker and drove a school bus for the Banner County School for many years.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Mary and Ron Stahla of Lexington, Neb.; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Judy Stauffer of Harrisburg; son Frank Stauffer and special friend Margie Moss of Minatare, Neb.; sisters Elizabeth Johnson of LaGrange, Wyo. and Edris Alvestead of California; brother Jim Wilkinson of Morrill, Neb.; and ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchilren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one grandson; and two sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Episcopal Church.

Gering Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Clara Bragg

Former Bushnell resident Clara Bragg, 79, of Casper, Wyoming, died at her residence at the Life Care Center of Casper on Sunday, July 9, 2000.

A funeral service for Mrs. Bragg was Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery at Bushnell.

She was born September 20, 1920, at Orchard, Neb. to Guy and Hila (Butterfield) Cook. She married Glenn Bragg April 3, 1936, at O'Neill, Nebraska. The couple farmed at Clearwater, Nebraska for twelve years before moving to Gering. They later lived at Harrisburg for three years and moved to Bushnell in 1962.She moved to Casper four years ago.

She is survived by her son Lawrence Bragg of Ringwood, Okla; daughters Sarah Bridge of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Mary Dilky of Mitchell, Neb., Rose McLaughlin of Casper, Wyo., and Vicki Lovell of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister Jessie McBain of Portland, Ore.;14 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on August 31, 1988, one son, one daughter, a grandson and a great granddaughter.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Clara Bragg Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Jeraldine (Flohr) Soper

Jeraldine J. (Flohr) Soper, 73, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fla.

She was cremated and her ashes will be buried in the Littleton Cemetery in Littleton, Colo.

She was born in Kimball to Phillip and Pauline Flohr. She graduated from Kimball County High School. She lived in Ogallala, Neb., Ft. Collins, Colo., Highlands Ranch, Colo., and spent the past five years in Brooksville, Fla.

She is survived by her husband Willard of Brooksville, Fla.; sister Rosella Larrison of Wilsonville, Ore., and two grandchildren Phillip Abbott of Las Crucis, N.M. and Katherine Abbot of Albuquerque, N.M.

Memorials can be made to the United Methodist Church in Ogallala.

Ray Soto

Kimball resident Ray Soto, 73, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, July 15, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery. The Rosary recitation services were Friday, July 14, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

He was born January 6, 1927, at Eaton, Colo. to John and Alexandria Soto. He grew up in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. and moved to Kimball in 1957. He married Bonnie Siebenaler May 16, 1959, at Kimball.

He served with the U. S. Marine Corp and was in the South Pacific during World War II. He also served during the Korean Conflict.

He worked for the City of Kimball from 1957 until 1993 when he retired as line superintendent. After retiring from the City of Kimball he worked at Cabela's.

He spent over 25 years as a member of the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department and was a life member of the VFW. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Kimball; sons and daughters-in-law David and Lisa Soto of Grand Island, Neb., and John and Lisa Soto of Sidney; sisters Josie Rea and Emma Ornelas, both of Pine Bluffs, and Connie Garcia of Washington; brothers Dario Soto of Medicine Bow, Wyo., Alex Soto of Arizona, Martin Soto of Denver, and Laverne Soto of California; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Chris Soto, two sisters and his parents.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Ray Soto Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Ray Soto

Long-time Kimball resident Ray Soto died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Cantrell Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will appear next week.

Marvin D. Bowden

Former Kimball resident Marvin (Mike) D. Bowden, 72, died June 25, 2000 at his home in Wellton, Ariz.

He was born December 28, 1927, to Joe and Lillian Bowden at Overton, Neb. He served in the U.S. Armyís 47th engineers from 1950 to 1952 at Fort Riley, Kan. He married Sherry (Welch) on August 9, 1952, at Enid, Okla. He worked for John Deere Plow Company for 18 years and 24 years for KN Energy Gas Company at Kimball.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry; son Edward of California; foster daughter Lynn Kudebeh and husband Larry of Yucca Valley, Calif.; sister Dorothy McCannon of Kearney, Neb.; grandchildren Jennifer Greenwood and husband Kenny, Stephanie, Kimberly and J.R. Westby, all of Kimball; great grandsons Jeffry and Jordan Greenwood, both of Kimball; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.

Clara Bragg

Former Bushnell resident Clara Bragg, of Casper, Wyo., died Sunday, July 9, 2000.

Funeral services have been scheduled for Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m., at Cantrell Funeral Home. Internment will be at Bushnell Cemetery.

A complete obituary will appear next week.

Constance Neusbaum

Constance LaVerne Neusbaum, 77, of Kimball, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at University Medical Center in Denver, Colo.

Memorial services will be Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m., at the Kimball Event Center. Private inurnment will be at the Kimball Cemetery.

She was born March 9, 1923, to Lloyd and Vera (Claggett) Stonner in Kirwin, Kansas. She graduated from Kirwin High School. She lived for over thirty years in several communities throughout Kansas. She lived in Kimball since 1955.

She married Harold Richard Neusbaum in San Diego, Calif., June 5, 1943. She did clerical work for her husbandís business, worked at Brown and Brighton Leasing Company in Kimball, and was a homemaker.

She belonged to the Jehovahís Witnesses.

She is survived by her daughter and sons-in-law Cherilyn and James Freuden of Kimball, Pam and Allen Heim of Kimball, and Sheila and Randy Knutsen of Englewood, Colo., sister and brothers-in-law Vera Jane and Herb Glick of Plainville, Kan. and Leanne and Charles Martin of Tulsa, Okla.; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in February 1993.

Delma Rae Modlin Powell

Delma Rae Modlin Powell, 51, of Torrington, Wyo., died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Community Hospital.

Funeral services were Friday, July 7 at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel, with friends of the family directing the service. Graveside service and burial were at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, Wyo. She is the sister of Janet Mulvhill and Larry Modlin of Bushnell.

She was born September 8, 1948, in Kimball to Leonard and Esther (Evertson) Modlin. She was raised on the family farm north of Bushnell. She married Sam Powell on August 23, 1970, in Bushnell. She taught and coached for 25 years in Goshen County, retiring in 1995.

She is survived by her husband Sam; son Regi; daughter and son-in-law Nicole LeRae and Justin Hoff; sister and brother-in-law Janet and Don Mulvihill of Bushnell; brother Larry Modlin of Bushnell, two nieces and three nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Shy-Dragerís Foundation. The Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington was in charge of arrangements.

Roy M. Medbery II

Roy M. Medbery II, 33, of Schnellville, Ind., formerly of Kimball, died Sunday, July 2, at Methodists Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 8, at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with Pastor James Garrett officiating. Cremation will take place after the service.

Cantrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Roy M. Medbery II Memorial Fund.

He was born February 24, 1967, in Okinawa, Japan, to Roy and Clara Marie (Kinney) Medbery. He was raised in Kimball by his grandparents and attended Kimball schools. He moved to California, where he graduated from high school. He served for a short time in the U. S. Air Force before being honorably discharged.

He married Elizabeth Jane Grasmick. He was a truck driver for both Werner and J-Mar Trucking.

He is survived by his wife and sons Michael and Thomas Medbery of Gering; his father Roy Medbery of Scottsbluff; four sisters Kathy Bateman of Lincoln, Julie Medbery of Bakersfield, Calif., Laura Cheney and Lonna Town, both of Michigan; one brother Michael Cheney of Missouri; and grandfather Ray Medbery of Scottsbluff.

He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandmother Martina Medbery.

Virgil Belgum

Former Dix resident Virgil Edward Belgum died April 5, 2000, at Monroe, Wash.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 8 in Snohomish, Wash., with Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Burial was in the Monroe cemetery.

He was born October 28, 1926, at Dix to Dora and Carl Belgum. He attended District 26 school and Dix schools. He farmed for his father for a number of years and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Kimball County.

He married Dorothy Kirstine of Hay Springs, Neb. in Rushville in 1945.

Survivors include his daughter Julie Holden, of Seattle, Wash.; sons Karl Belgum of Seattle, Don and Bill Belgum, both of Monroe; sisters Maurine Walline of North Platte, Lily Smith of Laramie, Wyo., Norma Turner of Delta, Colo. and Marilyn Krotz, of Denver; many grandchildren and great grand-children; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother Albert, sisters Leona Zavoral and Myrna Balcom; and two infant sisters.

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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