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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 in Gothenburg.
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 Police Department.
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 Home.

Dorothy Howard
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 cancer.
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 Fund.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church with the Rev. Sacia Young officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery at Maxwell.
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.

Wayne Lee
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 January 1953.
He then worked for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co., and also worked in construction.
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 McCreery.
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 Sullivan.
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 five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Harry O. Jr.; a granddaughter, Laura Wilson; her parents; and three brothers, John, Joseph and Lawrence Sullivan.
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 Memorial Chapel.

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 grandchildren.
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 transplant.
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 their families.
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 Hebron.
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 Wars Auxiliary.
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.

Patricia Vasquez
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, Mexico.
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 before retirement.
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 Feltz.
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) of Ogallala.
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 Henry.
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 Denver.
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 1940s.
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 her parents.
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.
 
Hayes McGraw
BROKEN BOW — Hayes McGraw, 77, died Dec. 7, 1997, at the Sargent Nursing Home.
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.

Earl McGregor
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.
 
F.W. McKnight
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 he pastored.
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 Arthur.
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 and friends.
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.


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