|Vernon C. Ekstrom
Vernon Clare Ekstrom, 90, of North Platte died Oct. 9, 1997, at Great
Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 17, 1906, to Walter and Lulu Price Ekstrom at Clyde,
Kan. He graduated from Minneapolis (Kan.) High School and then attended
two years of college at Concordia, Kan.
On Sept. 1, 1956, he married Frances Larson in Julesburg, Colo.
Mr. Ekstrom owned and operated an implement dealership for many years
in North Platte.
Survivors include his wife; a son, James of Englewood, Colo.; a stepson,
Donald Larson of Yuma, Ariz.; three sisters, Wilma McGhaey of Colorado,
Florence Miller of Parsons, Kan., and Bernetha Beneda of Concordia; eight
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia; his parents; a sister,
Esther Ekstrom; and a brother, Virgil.
A memorial has been established.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Adams and Swanson Chapel with the
Rev. Wayne Paulsen of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be
in North Platte Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon
to 6 p.m. Sunday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.
Myrtie B. Henry
COZAD — Myrtie B. Henry, 81, died Oct. 9, 1997, at Hilltop Estates
She was born March 15, 1916, near Cozad to William and Mae Pearson
Scrutchfield. She lived her entire life in the Cozad area.
On Jan. 18, 1933, she married Jesse Henry at Lexington. The coupled
farmed north of Cozad until 1959, when they moved to Cozad.
Mrs. Henry was a dispatcher for more than 22 years for the Lexington
In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing and camping. She loved gardening,
dancing and playing the organ.
In 1949, she received the first private pilot's license issued to a
woman in Dawson County.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1950 and a
50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and Priscilla Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kathryn (Glen) Cherry
of Cozad and Marlene Scott of Denver; a son, Harold (Dorthy) of Cozad;
11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Clifford Lee and Mick Van
Cleave; three sisters; and 11 brothers.
Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with
the Rev. Bob Neben officiating. Burial will be in Cozad Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Berryman Funeral
BROKEN BOW — Dorothy Ann Howard, 66, of Broken Bow died Oct. 8, 1997,
at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow after an extended illness with
She was born Nov. 16, 1930, at Dunning to George Joseph Jr. and Margaret
Ann Iverson Fisher. She graduated from Brewster High School in 1948. She
attended Chadron and Kearney State Teachers' College and then taught three
years until having her family.
On Aug. 17, 1950, she married Victor "V.C." Howard at St. Anselm's
Catholic Church in Anselmo. They lived in Blaine County until 1953, when
they moved to Sherman County. Mrs. Howard began working for the Ordnance
Plant in Grand Island in 1965 and worked there for five and a half years.
In 1967, the couple moved to Litchfield, where they lived until semi-retiring
and moving to Broken Bow in 1988. In 1967, the couple established the V.C.
Howard Hay Company in Litchfield. She was a working partner in the company
for 26 years, retiring in 1993 after becoming ill.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow, St.
Joseph's Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed
bowling and playing the slot machines.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Vicki (Paul) Peters
of Casper, Wyo., Debra (Bill) Schlund of Tooele, Utah, and Emma (Mark)
Whitaker of Loudonville, Ohio; two sons, Brad (Michele) and Brent (Ronda),
both of Litchfield; four sisters, Odetta (Bill) Huffman of Whitman, Georgia
(E.B.) Howard of Merna, Donna (Wayne "Pete") Smith of Maryville, Mo., and
Sharon (Merlyn) Rieber of Loup City; a foster brother, Warren (Connie)
Bryant of Casper, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two infant sons and her parents.
Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev.
Bob Rooney officiating. Burial will be in the Litchfield Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Govier Brothers Mortuary.
Carol Jeanette Kieselhorst
Carol Jeanette Kieselhorst, 57, of North Platte died Oct. 8, 1997,
at the Gothenburg Community Hospital.
She was born March 26, 1940, to Jarold and Inez Soloman Sukraw at Maxwell,
where she attended school and graduated from high school in 1958. Following
graduation, she attended Kearney State College. She taught at several rural
Lincoln County schools and Maxwell Public School for 38 years.
On Aug. 30, 1975, she married Kenneth Kieselhorst at Hershey. He preceded
her in death on Sept. 28, 1993.
She is survived by two daughters, Marcia (Alan) Hajek of Sidney and
Monna (Garth) Hardy of Dillon, Colo.; a son, Jaye (Linda) Kieselhorst of
Grand Island; her mother, Inez E. Sukraw of North Platte; two sisters,
Sharon (Jack) Wyttenbach of Sauk City, Wis., and Marilyn (Stephen) Morton
of North Platte; two brothers, Morris (Jeannette) Sukraw of Gothenburg
and Loren (Cathy) Sukraw of Maxwell; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her father and a brother.
A memorial has been established to the Maxwell Public School Scholarship
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church with
the Rev. Sacia Young officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery
Visitation will be from 8;30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Adams and Swanson
Funeral home, and prior to services Saturday at the church.
ELSIE — Wayne Lee, 80, of Loveland, Colo., formerly of the Elsie community,
died Oct. 8, 1997, at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
He was born March 8, 1917, in Hayes County, south of Grainton, the
eighth of 10 children born to Walter and Bessie Sharrah Lee. He attended
rural school through the eighth grade.
On Dec. 30, 1939, he married Marcella Voda at Wallace. They lived on
the Lee family farm in Hayes County until 1942, when they moved to their
farm home southeast of Elsie. The couple moved to Loveland in 1970, where
he worked for the State of Colorado Water Board until 1982.
Mr. Lee is survived by his wife; a daughter, Phyllis Neff of Denver;
two grandsons, Nathan and Brian Neff; a sister, Clara Anderson of Grant;
and a brother, George (Doris) of Madrid. Committal services will be at
1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grant Cemetery with John Long officiating.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge.
K. Wayne McCreery
K. Wayne McCreery, 69, of North Platte died Oct. 8, 1997, at Great
Plains Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 22, 1928, to Hubert W. and Lotus R. Hall McCreery
at Emporia, Kan. He attended school in Kansas and Missouri and graduated
from Carl Junction (Mo.) High School in 1946. He enlisted in the Marine
Corp in July 1946, and was discharged from the Marine Corp Reserves in
He then worked for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co., and also worked
On June 15, 1975, he married Connie K. Tuttle in Valentine.
In 1975, he moved to North Platte and in 1976 he began Waco Wall Saw
Co. He successfully owned and operated the company until his death. His
work brought him a great deal of pleasure.
Mr. McCreery was a member of Noel C. Donnigan Post No. 1504 of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars and P.R. Halligan Post No.163 of the American
Legion. He also enjoyed collecting antique cars.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Amy of Elm Creek; a son, Anthony
of Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Training Center; three children from a previous
marriage, Robert and Ronald McCreery and Tammy Van Loenen; five sisters,
Dorothy (George) Bray of Topeka, Kan., Carol (Roy) Myrick of Littleton,
Colo., Virginia (Daniel) Garrison of Neosho, Mo., Mildred (Ralph) Hooker
of Ashville, N.C., Mary (Jack) Smith of Pensacola, Fla.; a brother, Phil
McCreery of Neosho; three grandchildren; and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Hubert Hall
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church
with the Rev. Virgil Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Fort McPherson
National Cemetery with military honors graveside.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to
9 p.m. Monday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.
Theresa Mae Wilson
GOTHENBURG — Theresa Mae Wilson, 89, of Gothenburg died Oct. 9, 1997,
at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 23, 1908, at Lincoln to Thomas and Margaret Quigley
On Oct. 21, 1925, she married Harry O. Wilson at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Louise Stevens of Fort Collins,
Colo.; two sons, Orville D. "Bud" (Gloria) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and
Bob (Roberta) of Hershey; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and
She was preceded in death by a son, Harry O. Jr.; a granddaughter,
Laura Wilson; her parents; and three brothers, John, Joseph and Lawrence
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the
Rev. Larry McDermott officiating. Burial will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Blase
Clara K. Kraft
ALLIANCE — Clara K. Kraft, 93, died Oct. 7, 1997, at Good Samaritan
Health Care Center in Alliance.
She was born Sept. 14, 1904, at Eustis to Godfried and Anna Seiz Weiland.
On May 4, 1921, she married George Kraft Sr. at Holyoke, Colo. They
homesteaded south of Grant. She moved to Alliance in 1983.
Survivors are eight daughters, Carolina D. Sand of Milan, Ill., Bertha
Campbell of Hannibal, Mo., Martha Venditte of Omaha, Katie (John) Barber
of Fort Morgan, Colo., Betty (Jim) Jones of Bryant, Wis., Susan (Dean)
Starr of Sidney, Lizzie Jeffers of North Platte and Ilene (Del) Vian of
Oshkosh; three sons, George Jr. (Hannah) of Alliance, John (Yoko) of Jamul,
Calif., and Phillip of North Platte; 32 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren;
16 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kraft was preceded in death by her husband, three sons and three
Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Health Care Center, PO Box
970, Alliance 69301.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance
with Carolann Arrants officiating. Graveside services and burial will be
at 2:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery at Grant with the Rev. Sharee Kelly officiating.
Wilber B. Mars
PAXTON — Wilber B. Mars, 85, a native of Paxton now of Oregon City,
Ore., died Sept. 25, 1997, at Vancouver, Wash.
Mr. Mars is survived by a daughter, Susan Olive (Randy) Keller of Gladstone,
Ore.; three sons, Wilber Jr. (Ariel Von) of Oregon City, Jon T. (Sharon)
of Spray, Ore., and Paul E. of Roseburg, Ore.; a brother, Glenn A. of San
Leandro, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Esther Holscher of Ogallala; eight grandchildren;
and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Order of Amaranth Kellog Court
No. 29, American Diabetes Association, or the Rehabilitation Unit of Shriner's
Hospital for Children.
Memorial services were at Cochran and Waud Sunset Chapel in Gladstone.
The body was cremated.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Paxton Cemetery with
the Rev. Doniver Peterson of Trinity Lutheran Church of Paxton officiating.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of local arrangements.
Cheryl K. Baye
Cheryl K. Baye, 49, of North Platte died Dec. 6, 1997, at the University
of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha from complications following bone marrow
She was born July 24, 1948, at O’Neill.
Mrs. Baye was a graduate of the Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha
and received her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Clarkson College.
She was a home-health nurse at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
On Feb. 19, 1971, she married Larry Baye at Omaha.
A member of Signet Chapter 55 Order of the Eastern Star, she was currently
serving as Grand Martha.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Karen of Lincoln; a son,
Ken of North Platte; her parents, Fred and Marilyn Rahn Tesch of Plattsmouth;
a sister, Dianne Osler of Lincoln; a brother, Rod Tesch of Phoenix; and
A memorial has been established to the Leukemia Society.
A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. today at Carpenter Memorial Chapel,
with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic
Church with the Rev. James Heithoff as celebrant. Burial will be in Floral
Lawns Memorial Gardens. A lunch will be served at the church.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Carpenter Memorial
Chapel, which is in charge.
Lillian P. Reysen
RENO, Nev. — Lillian P. Reysen, 64, a longtime Reno, Nev., motel manager
and wife of former North Platte resident Patric Reysen, died Dec. 1, 1997,
in Washoe Medical Hospital in Reno.
Surviving her is her husband of Reno; a daughter, Paula McNinch of
Escondito, Calif.; and a son, Manley McNinch of Santa Maria, Calif.
Services and burial will be in San Pedro, Calif., at a later date.
Cecil Glen Taylor
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Cecil Glen Taylor, father of Douglas Taylor
of Hershey, died Dec. 7, 1997, at the Mesa Manor Nursing Home. He was 80.
He was born Sept. 17, 1917, to Harry and Nellie Effenbeck Taylor at
Mr. Taylor retired from Keenans Coca-Cola Company in 1980 after many
years of driving accident-free. He received several recognition awards
despite being deaf.
He was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Clifton Lion’s Club
and the Grand Junction Deaf Club. He enjoyed fishing and camping and his
family and friends will remember him for his outgoing personality and for
being a gentle person.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Rinderle of Grand Junction; two
sons, Cecil Glen Jr. (Connie) of Goose Creek, S.C., and Douglas (Brenda)
of Hershey; a brother, Verne Taylor of Brunswick, Ohio; nine grandchildren;
and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Grand Valley, PO Box 60307,
Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Orchard Mesa Cemetery
with Pastor David Crowley officiating.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, which
is in charge.
Marian E. Thomason
COZAD — Marian E. Thomason, 93, died Dec. 8, 1997, at Southview Manor
Care Center in Cozad.
She was born Feb. 14, 1904, at Abbott to Fred and Effie Law Graham.
She lived in several Nebraska communities before moving to Cozad in 1924.
On Oct. 1, 1925, she married Beryl Thomason at North Platte and the
couple made their home in Cozad.
Mrs. Thomason enjoyed playing the piano and gave lessons for many years.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Veterans of Foreign
Survivors include three daughters, Norma (Mel) Zoerb of Gothenburg,
Joan (Roger) Stear of Gering and Janice (Bill) Ahrens of Coachella, Calif.;
a sister, Meryl Grisham of Gothenburg; a brother, Harry Graham of Sutherland;
17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1960; a daughter, Eilene
Stevens; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church
in Cozad with the Rev. Steve Deines officiating. The body was cremated
and private inurnment of the cremains will be in Cozad Cemetery.
Berryman Funeral Home is in charge.
LEXINGTON — Patricia Vasquez, 35, of Lexington died Dec. 7, 1997, in
a car accident near Wood River.
She was born July 23, 1962, at Mexico City, Mexico, to Jesus and Maria
E. Montes Diaz Pedroza.
Mrs. Vasquez and her husband Ricardo, moved to Lexington six years
ago and were employed by IBP. She attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter and a son, Viviana and Richard,
both at home; four sisters, Maria del Carmen of Lexington, Guadalupe and
Silvia Pedroza, both of Mexico, and Maria Elena Pedroza of San Diego; and
three brothers, Jose Luis Pedroza of Mexico, Juan Pedroza of Lexington
and Martin Pedroza of San Diego.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Burial will be a later date at Cementerio Los Rosales in Chimalguacan,
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Gerald W. Awtry
McCOOK — Gerald W. Awtry, 74, of McCook died Dec. 6, 1997, at Linden
Manor Nursing Home in North Platte.
He was born Jan. 15, 1923, to Oliver Edward and Lydia Gifford Awtry
at Stockville, where he attended elementary schools in rural Stockville
and graduated from high school in 1942.
On Sept. 26, 1943, he married Doris B. Nelsen at Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mr. Awtry served with the Army 72nd Troop Carrier Squadron during World
War II. He worked for McCook Equity for 28 years and DayCo for 11 years
He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and Veterans of
Foreign Wars. He enjoyed woodworking, especially making furniture.
Survivors include his wife of McCook; a daughter, Sandy (Dick) Foran
of North Platte; two sons, Dennis (Donna) of North Platte and Wayne of
Omaha; a brother, Dale (Norma) of Ogallala; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beulah Wind; and
a brother, Wayne.
A memorial has been established.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Carpenter Breland
Chapel with Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Inurnment will be at 2 p.m.
at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge.
Richard L. “Dick” Church
LEXINGTON — Richard L. “Dick” Church, 37, of Lexington died Dec. 7,
1997, in an accident near Lexington.
He was born June 16, 1960, at Osceola to Harold and June Scott Church.
He attended school and graduated from Clarks High School in 1978, and attended
Grand Island Community College for two years.
On June 16, 1977, he married Marge Ziemba at Yankton, S.D. The couple
moved to Lexington from Clarks in 1991.
Mr. Church was an agronomist at Farmland Co-Op.
He attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church. He was president of the Lexington
Wrestling Federation and was a 15-year member of the Nebraska Wrestling
Federation. He was active with the wrestling program at Lexington as his
son, Shawn, was a Lexington wrestler. He also enjoyed hunting and being
outside with his son calling in the ducks and geese.
He was a member of the Lexington Booster Club.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, April Church of Lexington,
a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney; a son, Shawn of Lexington;
two sisters, Tammy Church of Clarks and Melody Church of Osceola; a brother,
Jeff (Lori) Church of Stromsberg; his mother-in-law, Theresa Ziemba of
Fullerton; nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law.
Memorials are suggested to his children.
A Wake Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church,
with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the
Rev. Don Buhrman officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Pierce
Chapel Cemetery at Clarks.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home is in charge.
Firmin Q. Feltz
OGALLALA — Firmin Q. Feltz, 86, of Ogallala, a longtime area attorney,
died Dec. 7, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
He was born May 22, 1911, in Keystone to Firmin Q. and Alice M. Walker
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Ogallala; a daughter, Kerry (John)
Himler of Louisville, Ky.; a son, John “Chip” (Penney) of Ogallala; six
grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua and Jullian Himler and Chrissa, Bo and
Jess Feltz; a sister, Georgia Lawler of Paxton; and a brother, Gene (Ruby)
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
A memorial has been established.
Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at St. Luke’s Catholic Church,
with Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church with the
Rev. Art Faesser as celebrant. Burial will be in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Gubser Funeral Home,
which is in charge, and from 6 p.m. to time of Rosary at the church.
Merle V. Henry
HASTINGS — Merle V. Henry, 87, father of Robert M. Henry of North Platte,
died Dec. 6, 1997, at Park Place Nursing Center in Grand Island.
He was born Aug. 21, 1910, at Wormer, Kan., to Perry and Lucy Ward
On June 15, 1932, he married Helen Boltz. She preceded him in death
on July 6, 1988.
Mr. Henry was a mechanic for the State of Nebraska Highway Department
and had lived in Hastings since 1946.
Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn (Elmer) Layher of Grand Island;
two sons, Robert M. (Carolyn) of North Platte and Kenneth E. (Marcia) of
Cheyenne, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Alice Peter; his
parents and two sisters.
A memorial has been established.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brand-Wilson Chapel in Hastings,
with the Rev. Bill Liddell officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery
at Hastings at a later date.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to service time
Wednesday at Brand-Wilson Chapel, which is in charge.
Alice C. McEvoy
Alice C. McEvoy, 76, formerly of North Platte, died Dec. 6, 1997, at
She was born March 7, 1921, to Marion J. and Ruth Ella Codner Amis
at North Platte, where she was raised and graduated from North Platte High
School in 1939. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years.
In 1941, she married Robert Faulkner. He preceded her in death.
On Sept. 10, 1945, she married William R. McEvoy in Goodland, Kan.
He preceded her in death. In 1949, she moved to Colorado.
Mrs. McEvoy was the former proprietor of Lemon’s Cafe in the early
She was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Business and Professional
Women, Does and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, all in Denver.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn McEvoy and Colleen Dingmann,
both of Aurora, Colo., and a grandson, Daniel Dingmann of Greeley, Colo.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert D. Faulkner Jr. and
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at North Platte Cemetery
with the Rev. Virgil Taylor of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial
will be in the North Platte Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 a.m.
to noon Thursday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge.
BROKEN BOW — Hayes McGraw, 77, died Dec. 7, 1997, at the Sargent Nursing
He was born Aug. 25, 1920, to Charles and Emily Bader McGraw on a farm
near Gates, where he attended school and graduated at the age of 16.
The fall following graduation, he began teaching in a rural school.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College in 1954 and
his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1957. He
taught in rural and town schools in Nebraska, and he also taught at Wayne
State College, Kearney State College and Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa.
Mr. McGraw was the Custer County superintendent for 16 years. He was
a Professional Penman and held a professional and teacher’s certificate
in manuscript and cursive writing. He enjoyed many sports, raising flowers
and he also performed as a clown at many county fairs and celebrations.
Survivors include a sister, Carol Swartz of Grand Island and a brother,
Myron of Gates; four nieces; and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James T. and Max.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Govier Brothers Mortuary
in Broken Bow, with burial in the Broken Bow Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Govier Brothers Mortuary.
GRAINTON — Earl McGregor, 91, a lifetime resident of Hayes County,
died Dec. 5, 1997, at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial.
Funeral services were Monday at the Grainton United Methodist Church
with Pastor Delano Cunningham officiating. Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge.
ATHENS, Ga. — F.W. McKnight, a former pastor of First Baptist Church
in Maxwell, died Dec. 7, 1997. He was 79.
He was born to Clark Conley and Margaret Davis McKnight at Cathage,
Mo. He was a 1948 graduate of Rockmart Bible College in Denver and was
awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Pillsbury Baptist College in Owatonna,
Minn., in 1959.
Dr. McKnight was the first dean for Bible Baptist College in Denver
and served on many college and association boards throughout the years.
He was serving as interim pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Athens at
the time of his death. He conducted jail ministries in each town where
Survivors include three daughters, Rachel Chandler of Athens, Connie
McCloud of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Carolyn McKnight of Portland, Ore.;
a sister, Mary Swihart of Lowrey City, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elnora Stover McKnight, on Dec.
2, 1997, and a daughter, Elnora Ann Jones.
Memorials are suggested to the Temple Baptist Church missionary fund.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church with
the Revs. Lee Ayers and Bill Ricketts officiating. Burial will be in Calvary
Baptist Church Cemetery.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge.
Dorothy L. Real
OGALLALA — Dorothy L. Real, 74, of Ogallala died Dec. 6, 1997, at the
Ogallala Community Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, James of Ogallala; a son, Mike of Davenport,
Iowa; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elnor Day
of Crystal Springs, Miss., and Lois (George) Tiller of McCook.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Johnston.
Memorials have been established to the Osteoporosis Foundation and
St. Luke’s Catholic Church.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. MT Wednesday at Draucker Funeral Home
with the Rev. John Schlaf officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. CT in
Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Draucker Funeral
Home, which is in charge.
Harold B. Wenburg
LEXINGTON — Harold B. Wenburg, 96, of Lexington died Dec. 7, 1997,
at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
He was born March 16, 1901, at Fullerton to John H. and Hilma Linden
Wenburg. He grew up in the Oconto area and he had lived in the Cozad and
Lexington areas since 1919.
On April 22, 1946, he married Elizabeth Wilson at Norton, Kan. She
preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 1997.
Mr. Wenburg farmed for 25 years prior to driving truck for area hay
mills, retiring in 1970. He enjoyed yard work and gardening and being with
family and friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Margie (Tom) Nelson of Lexington; five
sons, Harold (ReNelda) Wenburg of Cozad, Floyd (Alice) Wenburg of Lexington,
Kenneth (Juanita) Wenburg of Elm Creek, Kenneth (Mary) Statler of Desert
Center, Calif., and Gary (Linda) Statler of Westminster, Colo.; a brother,
John of Cozad; 24 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sons, a grandson, his parents
and two brothers.
Memorials are suggested to the Plum Creek Care Center at Lexington.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reynolds-Love Chapel in
Lexington with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood
Cemetery in Lexington.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at Reynolds-Love
Chapel in Lexington, which is in charge.
Ralph Oatis Wooter
ARTHUR — Ralph Oatis Wooters, 79, died Dec. 7, 1997, at his home in
Survivors include a daughter, Cinda (Bill) Ross of Garden City, Kan.;
two sons, Gerald (Linda) of Ponca City, Okla., and Dale (Connie) of Henderson,
Nev.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise
Stutzman of Broken Bow, Velma (Vern) Ims of Pharr, Texas, and Florence
(Jim) Riley of Geneva, Ill.; two brothers, Frank (Una Jae) of Sacramento,
Calif., and Eldon “Bud” (Charlotte) of Lincoln; and a host of relatives
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, in 1996; his parents;
a baby sister; and two brothers, Melvin and Wayne.
Memorials have been established to Home Health Care and the Arthur
County Rural Fire and Ambulance.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Arthur Baptist Church with
the Rev. Glendon Epp officiating. Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday
at the Draucker Funeral Home in Ogallala, which is in charge.