|Richard C. Pilcher
Richard C. Pilcher, 45, died Saturday (Oct. 12, 2002) at Community
Hospital of McCook.
He was born June 29, 1957, to Charles E. and Rachel M. (Shaffer) Pilcher.
He grew up in McCook and was a 1976 graduate of McCook High School. He
graduated from McCook College in 1978 and from Kearney State College in
He entered the U.S. Army and served at Ft. Riley, Kan. He spent his
life in McCook.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts and received the Eagle Scout Degree
and the God and Country Award.
Survivors include his parents, Charles and Rachel Pilcher of McCook;
one sister, Coralee Pilcher of Boston, Mass.; four brothers, Edward Pilcher
and wife, Louise of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Lloyd Pilcher and wife, Cindy and
Carroll Pilcher all of Seattle, Wash. and Ronald Pilcher and wife, Roxanne
of Westchester, Ohio.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational
Church in McCook with the Rev. Rod Church and the Rev. Stan Hendershot
officiating. Interment will be in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may call at the funeral
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Thelma L. Crist
ATWOOD — Thelma L. Crist, 93, died Friday (Oct. 11, 2002) at the Rawlins
County Health Center in Atwood.
She was born Jan. 26, 1909, to Greenup C. and Adelia (Smith) Leeper
in rural Rawlins County. She was a resident of the Rawlins County area
most of her life.
On Sept. 28, 1930, she married Everett A. Crist at Atwood. She was
a homemaker and a former teacher.
She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ
of Atwood; Home and Fireside Extension Club and the Atwood Senior Citizens
Board of which she was instrumental in organizing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everett; one daughter,
Viola Crist; her stepfather; and several step-brothers and step-sisters.
Survivors include one son, Lowell Everett Crist and wife, Sharon of
Kennewick, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Ilene Baker and Iris Holsinger; and
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at First Christian Church
Disciples of Christ in Atwood with the Rev. James Larson officiating. Interment
will be in the Atwood Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given in her name to the church; the Crist Family
Scholarship Fund; or to the Atwood Second Century Fund.
Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne LeRoy Wheeler
OBERLIN — Wayne LeRoy Wheeler, 71, died Sunday (Oct. 13, 2002) at the
Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin.
He was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Dellvale, Kan., to Fred Enoch and Lela
Faye (Gaylord) Wheeler. He attended District No. 81 School in Norton County
and Norton High School.
He served in the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 4, 1953, he married Delores Marie Jording in Oberlin. The
couple resided in Norton before moving to Oberlin in 1966. He worked as
a combination man for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1952-1994.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oberlin American Legion
Post No. 70; Herndon Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oberlin Fire Department,
National Rifleman’s Association, AARP, Telephone Pioneers, Norton Jaycees
and the Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Charla
Rae; brothers, Dale Wheeler and Henry Wheeler; and sister, Faye Lela Reigan.
Survivors include his wife, Delores of Oberlin; two daughters, Paula
and husband, Adrian Tadlock of Brush, Colo., and Patricia and husband,
Lorn Dizmang of Moorefield; one sister, Anna Ruth Huber of Milton-Freewater,
Ore.; and two grandchildren.
Graveside memorial services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Oberlin
Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Eckles officiating. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of arrangements.
IMPERIAL — Doris Anderson, 70, died Friday (Oct. 11, 2002) at the Chase
County Community Hospital in Imperial.
She was born June 26, 1932, at Imperial to Orville O. and Elsie L.
(Cecil) Bressie. She grew up on a farm south of Wauneta where she attended
country school. She graduated from Wauneta High School in 1950.
She married Kenneth Hicks and they made their home on Wauneta’s South
On Dec. 31, 1983, she married Phillip N. Anderson in Imperial and the
couple soon moved to Marrila, N.Y. They returned to Imperial in 1984.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Wauneta and the Westside
Church of Christ in Imperial.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Phil Anderson of Imperial; two sons,
Kenny Joe Hicks of Nashville, Tenn., and Richard Hicks and wife, Linda
of El Dorado, Calif.; one daughter, Cynthia and husband, Charles Cates
of Globe, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Westside Church
of Christ with Bill Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside
Cemetery of rural Wauneta.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 2-6 p.m., at the funeral home in Imperial.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial is in charge of arrangements.
Wilfred J. Miller
COLBY, Kan. — Wilfred J. Miller, 81, died Saturday (Oct. 12, 2002)
at his home in Colby.
He was born Nov. 24, 1920, to Edward J. and Christina B. (Zimmerman)
Miller in Sheridan County, Kan. He was raised on a farm in the Dresden
area and graduated from Leoville High School at Leoville, Kan., in 1939.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On May 27, 1950, he married Betty J. McCafferty in Great Falls, Mont.
The couple resided on a farm in the Dresden community before moving to
Colby this year. He was a farmer and stockman.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Leoville, Knights
of Columbus of Leoville, Oberlin American Legion Post No. 70, and the Grinnell
Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth Miller
and Joseph Miller; and two sisters, Rita Kinser and Mary D. Miller.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Miller of Colby; two sons, Greg Miller
and wife, Marie, and Larry Miller and wife, Mary all of Dresden; two daughters,
Kathy and husband, Francis Britton of Colby, and Pat Van Horn of Canon
City, Colo.; his mother-in-law, Lourena McCafferty; one brother, Ed Miller
and wife, JoAnn of Colby; three sisters, Lorraine and husband, Howard Lyells
of Phoenix, Ariz., Geraldine and husband, Don Neff of Oberlin and Janice
Bruggemier of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception
Church in Leoville with the Rev. Mathew Vazhappily, the Rev. Galen Long
and the Rev. Stan Chapin officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Calvary
Cemetery at Leoville.
A vigil service will be Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at the Immaculate Conception
Church in Leoville.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home
in Selden and from 6-8 p.m. at the church in Leoville.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Pauls Funeral Home of Selden is in charge of arrangements.
Zella Eloise Adams
BENKELMAN — Zella Eloise Adams, 68, formerly of Haigler, died Friday
(Oct. 11, 2002) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
She was born July 29, 1934, at Haigler to Francis Emmons and Iona Beatrice
(Altman) Adams, and grew up in the Haigler area. Due to a lifetime handicap,
she lived with her parents and after their passing, moved to Hester Memorial
Home in Benkelman where she resided for the past 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two nephews; sister-in-law,
Betty Adams; and special friend, Eddie Fuehring.
Survivors include two sisters, Joann and husband, Don Webster of Haigler,
and twin sister, Elaine (Osborne) and husband, George Corkle of Walden,
Colo.; brothers, Lester Adams of Haigler and Dallas Adams and wife, Judy
of Camano Island, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel
with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment will follow services
at the Haigler Cemetery in Haigler.
Visitation will be at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman Sunday from
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be given in her name to
Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.
Sherri Lynn (Garratt) Blase
GOTHENBURG — Sherri Lynn (Garratt) Blase, 39, died Thursday (Oct. 10,
2002) at her home in Gothenburg following a two-year battle with lung cancer.
She was born Dec. 16, 1962, in Gothenburg to Arlond Francis and Creta
Edna (Andrews) Garratt. She attended Gothenburg Public Schools and graduated
from Gothenburg High School in 1981. She attended Mid Plains Community
College in North Platte and graduated from Kearney State College in 1987
with a degree in social work.
On May 16, 1987, she married Richard “Rick” Blase at the American Lutheran
Church in Gothenburg. In 1988, she began working with her husband at McVay
Memorial Chapel and in 1994, they purchased the funeral home and began
operating it as Blase Memorial Chapel. In 2000, they purchased Blase-Wetzel
Funeral Home in Curtis.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church where she served on
various committees and taught Wings and Bible School. She was a majority
member of the Job’s Daughters and also served on the boards of Gothenburg
Public Library and Building Block’s Child Care and Preschool. She was also
a member of the Journey of Hope Cancer Support Group in Gothenburg.
Survivors include her husband, Rick of Gothenburg; three daughters,
Jill and husband, Joe Loos of Ashland, Terri Blase of Lawrence, Kan., and
Samantha Blase of Gothenburg; her parents, Arlond and Creta Garratt of
Gothenburg; one sister, Kathy and husband, Mick Brosius of North Platte;
two brothers, Don Garratt and wife, Sandy of Superior, Colo. and Roger
Garratt and wife, Kris of Seattle, Wash.; and her mother and father-in-law,
Harold and Shirley Blase of Central City.
Funeral services will be Sunday, 2:30 p.m., at the American Lutheran
Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Steve Berke, the Rev. Wendy Ruetten
and the Rev. Jeff Ruetten officiating. Burial is in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Blase
Memorials may be given to Lutheran Family Services or to a charity
of donor’s choice.
Blase Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred L. Fritsch
Mildred L. Fritsch, 83, died Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2002) at Ivinson Memorial
Hospital in Laramie, Wyo.
She was born Dec. 19, 1918, in Decatur County to George L. and Lena
V. (Bryan) Harris. She grew up in McCook where she graduated from McCook
High School in 1937. She was employed by A & M Rexall Drug Store and
the Olympia Candy Company in McCook.
On Dec. 1, 1944, she married Orville Fritsch at Atwood. They made their
home in McCook before moving to Trenton in 1953, where her husband owned
and operated a dry cleaning business. From 1955 until 1985, she and her
husband were partners in the Herrmann Funeral Home at Trenton. They retired
in 1985 and have lived in McCook for the past ten years.
She was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star at Stratton and
a member of the Order of Eastern Star at Benkelman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two infants, Sandra Kay and
Larry Raymond Fritsch; four brothers, Byron (Pete) Harris, Charles Harris,
Wilbur Harris and Donald Harris; one sister, Lucille (Meints) Solko; and
Survivors include her husband, Orville of McCook; one son, William
Fritsch and wife, Rita of Trenton; one sister, Phyllis Anderson of Auburn;
one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 2 p.m., at the Herrmann Memorial
Chapel in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating. Inurnment
will be in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell at a later date.
Memorials may be given in her name and friends may call at the funeral
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.
Linda Marie Leising
ARAPAHOE — Linda Marie Leising, 54, of Stillwater, Okla., died Wednesday
(Oct. 9, 2002) at the Stillwater Medical Center in Stillwater.
She was born July 27, 1948, at Smith Center, Kan., to William A. and
Bessie E. (John) Garretson. She attended Jackson and Reamsville country
schools and Smith Center High School. In 1970, she received her degree
in Music Education from Kearney State College.
On Aug. 9, 1970, she married James G. Leising in Franklin, and taught
vocal music there for two years. They lived in Ames, Iowa from 1972-76.
They moved to Davis, Calif., where she worked in the main library at the
University of California, Davis. In 1995, they moved to Stillwater where
she was employed at the Edmond Lowe Library and later as Library Specialist
for Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women’s Missionary
League and the church choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Shirley May
Survivors include her husband, James G. Leising of Stillwater; two
daughters, Laura and husband, Cory Parnell of Gilbert, Ariz., and Andrea
and husband, Bill Bitunjac of Minneapolis, Minn.; five brothers, William
Garretson of Smith Center, Stanley Garretson of McCook, James “Fritz” Garretson
of Shelley, Idaho, Roger Garretson of Soda Springs, Idaho and L. Brent
Garretson of Woodland Park, Colo.; and five sisters, Betty Webster of Colorado,
Harriett Rounsley of Washington, Virginia McBath of Idaho, Margaret Garretson
of Arizona and Marcia Heinrich of Alaska.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran
Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. Carl Lilienkamp and the Rev. Carlton Riemer
officiating. Interment will be in the Arapahoe Cemetery. A memorial service
will be Thursday, 4 p.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Zion Lutheran Church Building
Fund, Lutheran World Relief-Project Hope, The American Cancer Society or
Judith Karman Hospice.
Williamson-Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Marie Farrell
WAVELAND, Miss. — Alice Marie Farrell of Waveland, Miss., formerly
of San Diego, Calif., passed away at her home Friday (Oct. 4, 2002).
Memorial services will be Nov. 2, 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
in Herndon with burial services following at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Mrs. Farrell was born April 24, 1916, to Mathias “Mat” and Elizabeth
(Huss) Hartner at Herndon. She attended St. Mary’s school and graduated
with the class of 1934.
Alice married Lee Flechenstein in February 1942. Lee passed away in
Dec. 1949. On Jan. 5, 1953, Alice married James A. Farrell at St. Patrick’s
Catholic Church in McCook. Two sons were born to this union, James F. Farrell
of Carlsbad, Calif., and Kent A. Farrell of Waveland. Her husband passed
away Jan. 27, 2002, in San Diego. After his death, Alice moved to Waveland.
Her hobbies were crocheting, growing flowers and reading.
Alice is survived by her two sons; one granddaughter, Shannon Farrell
of Carlsbad; three sisters, Esther Pennington of Arvada, Colo., Rita Eckherdt
of Loveland, Colo., and Joan Noble of Grand Island; and numerous nieces
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; four brothers;
and two sisters.
Robert Duane Maurer
HOLDREGE — Robert Duane Maurer, 76, died Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2002) at
the Bryan LGH-East Hospital in Lincoln.
He was born Jan. 1, 1926, at Genoa to Robert F. and Edith (Stromburg)
Maurer. He attended school in Genoa and graduated with the class of 1943.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II from
September 1943 to April 1946. He received his training in radio operations
at Madison, Wis., during his time in the Navy. Following his service he
returned to Genoa and began working for the Northwestern Bell Telephone
Company in Grand Island, McCook and then in Holdrege in 1950 where he worked
until his retirement.
On Sept. 18, 1948, he married Helen Shields at McCook. He was a member
of the All Saints Catholic Church, the Holdrege Country Club, the Elks
Club, Eagles Club, the American Legion in Holdrege and the Telephone Pioneers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy
Maurer and Evelyn Shields; and four brothers-in-law, Harold Sohrweid, Harold
Shields, Elmer Shields and John Shields.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of Holdrege; one daughter, Barb and
husband, Tim Long of Holdrege; one son, Steve Maurer and wife, Gayleen
of Atlanta; three brothers, Richard “Dean” Maurer and wife, Mary Jo of
St. Edward, Marvin Maurer of Lincoln and Philip Maurer of Lincoln; one
sister, Roberta Sohrweid of Denver, Colo.; and six grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at All Saints
Catholic Church in Holdrege with the Rev. Steve Cooney officiating. Interment
with military honors will be in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.
The rosary will be Friday, 9:30 a.m., prior to mass at the church.
Visitation is today until 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family greeting
from 6:30-8 p.m.
Nelson Funeral Home of Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.
Cora (Meissner) Dybddahl
TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Cora (Meissner) Dybdahl, 61, died Monday (Oct.
7, 2002) in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She was born Nov. 25, 1940, to Leo and June Meissner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Della; one
brother, James; and one sister, Thelma.
Survivors include one son, David and wife, Linda; three daughters,
Debra, Elizabeth and Cinda; four brothers, LeRoy Meissner and wife, Dianna
of Culbertson, Gerald Meissner and wife, Lynn of Wellfleet, Carl Meissner
and wife, Merri of Broken Bow and Kenneth and wife, Jeannie of Cozad; and
special friend, Bill.
Funeral services will be Friday, 4 p.m., at Parke’s Magic Funeral Home
in Twin Falls.
Correspondence will reach the family at 1187 Addison Avenue E, Trailer
No. 13, AOK Trailer Park, Twin Falls, ID 83301-5224.
Doris Lucille 'Cookie' Ross Schipman
PALISADE — Doris Lucille “Cookie” Ross Schipman, 88, of Palisade died
Saturday (Oct. 5, 2002) at Hospice of Johnston in Des Moines, Iowa.
She was born Oct. 4, 1914, at Mound City, Mo. to James Edgar and Julia
Ann (McCumber) Ross. At the age of one year her family moved to a farm
near Stratton and later moved to Eden Precinct, where she completed grade
school and attended high school at Stratton. She later moved to Palisade
which has been her home since. She was the cook at Hamlet public school
for six years and the Benkleman public school for ten years.
On Aug. 28, 1939, she married Arion Schipman in Grand Island.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Arion; two infant
brothers and three sisters, Selma, Marjorie and Hazel.
Survivors include: her son, Don Schipman and wife, Peggy of Des Moines;
four grandchildren; and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church
in Palisade with the Rev. Michael Laing officiating. Burial was in the
Memorials may be given in her name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.
Virginia Joyce Einspahr
WAUNETA — Virginia Joyce Einspahr, 70, died Saturday (Oct. 5, 2002)
at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. She was born June 29,
1932, on a farm north of Wauneta, to Jacob Oren and Alice (Gettys) Hopkins.
The family moved to a farm on the east edge of Wauneta in 1937, where she
attended school, graduating from Wauneta High School in 1950. She went
on to attend McCook Community College where she received her Teacher’s
Certificate and taught school at Dundy District #17 south of Wauneta.
On June 7, 1953, she married Dennis Einspahr at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church south of Wauneta. They lived in Wauneta for 11 years, before moving
to a farm. She worked in the insurance office of A.D. McCallum and Fred
Grimm, and later at the Wauneta Roller Mills. She became the manager of
the Cornhusker Mutual Life Association of Imperial in the early 1980’s,
where she was working at the time of her death. Following the death of
her husband, in 1998, she moved to Wauneta.
She became a member of the Wauneta Methodist Church in 1942. She then
became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1953. She was also a member
of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.
She was preceded in death by her father; and her husband, Dennis.
Survivors include her two sons, Tim Einspahr and wife, Carolyn of Lincoln
and David Einspahr of Wauneta; her mother, Alice Hopkins of Palisade; three
sisters, Yvonne Wilson of Denver, Colo., Eleanor and husband, Jerome Muths
of Palisade and Pat McLeod of Seattle, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Esther
Einspahr of Wauneta; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack Neverve and
wife, Carol of Ogallala, Ron Hill and wife, Joan of Longmont, Colo. and
Dick Schriver and wife, Kathy of Lakewood, Colo.; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church of rural Wauneta with the Rev. Keith Wellman officiating. Interment
will follow St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.
Alvere H. 'Butch' Frecks
LINCOLN — The Rev. Richard Atherton, 82, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 2002)
He was born June 17, 1920, at Mineral, Ill., to the Rev. Edgar and
Ola (Ader) Atherton. He grew up in several communities in Illinois and
graduated from high school in Kankakee, Ill. He received a bachelor’s degree
from North Western University College in Chicago, Ill., and his master’s
degree from the Garrett Theological Seminary. He began his ministry at
Henepin, Ill., and Newman, Ill., and Jonesville, Minn.
He entered the U.S. Air Force and was a Chaplain at Warren Air Force
Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., during the Korean Conflict.
On Dec. 31, 1951, he married Colleen Duryea at Reading, Mich. Following
his discharge from the service, they moved to Pawnee City where he served
churches at Crete, Ord, Blair and Lincoln before moving to Culbertson in
June 1975 where he served the Trinity United Methodist Church. They moved
to Superior in 1983. Upton retiring, they returned to Culbertson where
they operated Atherton’s Stained Glass business. He also served the Garden
Prairie and Indianola Churches.
He was a past member of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. He was preceded
in death by his parents; and one brother, Eugene.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen of Lincoln; one daughter, Lynn
and husband, David Lux of Lincoln; two sons, Lee Atherton and wife, Rosanne
of Tulsa, Okla., and Paul Atherton and wife, Gina of Central, S.C.; one
brother, John Atherton of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Edith Atherton of
Lovington, N.M.; a sister-in-law, Jean Atherton of California; and seven
A Memorial Service will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Trinity United
Methodist Church in Culbertson with the Rev. Dan Spearow and the Rev. David
Lux officiating. Interment will be in the Culbertson Cemetery prior to
Memorials may be given in his name to the Rev. Richard Atherton Ministerial
Scholarship Fund in care of the family or to the church of the donor’s
Announcement courtesy of Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook.
Clarence Eugene 'Gene' Lambert
Clarence Eugene “Gene” Lambert, 68, died at his rural home near McCook,
on Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) after several years of a hard battle with
He was born Feb. 26, 1934, at Benkelman, to Clifford Ambrose and Louise
Esther (Gunderman) Lambert. He graduated from Parks High School in 1951.
He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and served during the Korean
War. He was honorably discharged in August of 1954. He then attended the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated with a degree in Soil Conservation.
On March 18, 1960, he married Velda Mae Edmonds at Marysville, Kan.
To this union four children were born. Gene worked for Nebraska Department
of Roads in Lincoln. He was then employed as a soil scientist for the U.S.
Government for the Department of Interior under the Bureau of Indian Affairs
in Montana, South Dakota, and Washington State, until his retirement in
1982. After his retirement he returned to work for Hitchcock County as
the Weed Superintendent until his illness forced him to retire. He was
an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper. He also enjoyed gardening, sharing
his produce with many family and friends, inheriting the name melon man
or weed man.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Clifford and Louise Lambert;
one brother, Alvin Lambert; and one sister, Doris Cox.
Survivors include his son, Rick Lambert and wife MiSuk of South Korea,
a government employee; three daughters, Peggy Lambert of McCook, Judy Lambert
and Cindy Lambert both of Lincoln; four brothers, Dale Lambert and wife,
Dorothy, of Trenton, Lyle Lambert and wife, Valgene, of Hastings, Jerry
Lambert and wife, Darlene, of McCook; one sister, Fern Belau of Wildomar,
Calif.; and three triplet grandbabies, Richard, Mellisha and Kimberly Lambert;
numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be Monday, 10 a.m., at Carpenter Breland Chapel
with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. A private family inurnment will be
at a later time.
Friends may sign the book at the funeral home during office hours.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Hospice Foundation.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Edward Emmett Pilcher
Charles Edward Emmett Pilcher, 90, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2002) at
Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
He was born Dec. 1, 1911, to Lloyd Raymond and Elizabeth (Bolt) Pilcher
at Blair. He grew up at Blair and graduated from Albion High School in
1930. He graduated from the University of Nebraska college of agriculture
where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1938 and a master’s
degree in 1940, majoring in Conservation and Agronomy and a minor in agriculture
engineering. He was employed at the University of Nebraska for two years
before entering the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served as a marine engineer
in the European Theater.
On June 23, 1946, he married Rachel M. Shaffer at Beatrice. He worked
for the Soil Conservation Service at Walthill and was transferred to Butte
in 1947. In January of 1956, he transferred to the Bureau of Reclamation
in McCook where he was conservationist and land manager until his retirement
He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and was elected a member of Gamma
Sigma Delta, The Society of Sigma Xi. He was a member of The First Congregational
Church, The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, American
Association of Retired Persons, The University of Nebraska Alumni Association
and served on the Heritage Senior Center Board. He was the Father of The
Year in 1967 and received the Silver Beaver Award in scouting in 1985.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard Pilcher;
three brothers, Jean, Keith and Raymond Pilcher; two sisters, Marjorie
Donaldson and Shirley Pilcher; and three grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel of McCook; one daughter, Coralee
Pilcher of Boston, Mass.; four sons, Edward Pilcher and wife, Louise of
Fort Morgan, Colo., Lloyd Pilcher and wife, Cindy and Carroll Pilcher all
of Seattle, Wash., and Ronald Pilcher and wife, Roxanne of West Chester,
Ohio; one brother, Curtis Pilcher of Sun City, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the First Congregational
Church in McCook with the Rev. Rod Church officiating. Interment will be
in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
Memorials may be given in his name to the First Congregational Church,
YMCA, Boy Scouts or Heritage Senior Center.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.
OMAHA — Dorotha Darlene Bowersox Frost, 95, formerly of Palisade, died
Sunday (Nov. 24, 2002) in Omaha.
She was born June 30, 1907, to Joshua M. and Della Alta (Beeney) Bowersox
on the family farm southeast of Palisade. She graduated from Trenton High
School and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She followed
teaching as a profession, teaching in Hamlet, Arapahoe, Palisade and Waycross,
On Oct. 18, 1941, she married James Ralph Frost. Shortly after their
marriage, he began service in the Army Air Corps, and they lived in Inglewood,
Calif., Baton Rouge, La., and Waycross. After his discharge from the service,
they settled in Omaha where she lived until the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Ralph Frost; parents,
Joshua and Della Bowersox; two brothers, Bruce and Clinton Bowersox; and
two sisters, Betha Smith and Ethel Pflug.
She is survived by three nieces, Jean and husband, Theodore Tuke of
Pittsford, N.Y., Ardith and husband, Richard Miller of Westminster, Colo.,
and Nelda and husband, Harlan Waugh of Fremont; and 17 great-nieces and
Graveside services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Palisade Cemetery
with the Rev. Michael Laing officiating. Burial will be at the Palisade
Visitation is today until 8 p.m.
Memorials may be given in her memory to the Palisade Community Foundation.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Zelma Jane Bose
CAMBRIDGE — Zelma Jane Bose, 97, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 2002) at the
She and her twin sister were born Aug. 9, 1905, to Ernest and Pearl
(Newton) Guy at Stamford. She attended grade school in Stamford and graduated
from Orleans High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University
of Nebraska at Lincoln. She taught elementary school in Orleans, Oxford,
Cambridge and Bartley.
On June 2, 1926, she married Clarence Bose in Orleans in a double wedding
with her sister. They moved from Stamford to Cambridge in 1946 to a farm
west of Cambridge.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, receiving her 75-year
pin in 1997.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Abel; sisters, Adria
Mullis, Margaruite Youngquist and Velma Wroot; and one grandchild.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Bose and wife, Colleen of Ten Sleep,
Wyo.; daughter, Joyce Bose and fiance’ Robert Sughroue of Cambridge; four
sisters-in-law, Florence Evans of Torrance, Calif., Grace Kennedy of Oswego,
N.Y., Donna Bose of Stamford and Bonnie Hunt of Beaver City; five grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be Friday, 11 a.m., at the Trinity United Methodist Church
in Cambridge with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Interment will be
at the Stamford Cemetery at 2 p.m., at Stamford.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.
James Raymond Trupp
James Raymond Trupp, 58, of Imperial, died Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2003)
at his home following a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Jim was born March 22, 1944, in McCook, to Raymond and Elsie (Foster)
Trupp. He attended country school at District 8 through eighth grade, graduating
from McCook High School in 1962 and McCook Community College in 1964. He
then attended Chadron State College.
On Sept. 9, 1965, he was united in marriage to Geri Chase at North
Platte. To this union a son, James Conrad, was born. On Feb. 1, 1974, he
married Linley Schrader in McCook, embracing her daughter Wendy as his
On July 18, 1997, he married Jan Harmon at Imperial. Jim worked at
many different jobs. He first learned the brick laying trade, worked for
Dayco of McCook, then as a construction worker for Radec, helping to build
McCook Community Hospital and then moving to Imperial to help build the
Chase County School. He then went to work for the chemical and fertilizer
business of Imperial and at the time of his death was working for UAP of
Jim was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, McCook Elks Lodge
No.1434, the McCook Eagles No. 2769 and Imperial Eagles No. 3472. He was
a charter member of Ducks Unlimited, helping to establish the McCook chapter.
He taught Hunters Safety to area youth for many years. Jim loved the outdoors.
He spent many hours hunting and fishing, sharing his love of the sport
with his son and nephews when they were young boys. He especially loved
hunting with his wife Jan, his many friends and of course his dogs. He
was able to enjoy hunting within a few weeks of his death. His dog Flip
will miss hunting with him and their nightly walks followed by his bowl
of cereal and milk. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie in 1964;
his father, Raymond in 1987; his maternal grandparents, Stephen and Fannie
Foster; and paternal grandparents Conrad and Edith Trupp.
Survivors include his wife, Jan of Imperial; son, James and friend,
Sandra of Phoenix, Ariz.,; stepmother, Lorna Trupp of McCook; stepdaughters,
Wendy and husband, Chad Cox of Grand Island and Cheryl and husband, Jim
Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepsons, Ron Leibhart and wife, Chris
of Lexington, Michael Leibhart and wife, Kristie of Hershey, and Daniel
Leibhart and wife, Stacy of Imperial; three sisters, Sharon and husband,
Steve Frimann of Stapleton, Kathie and husband, Dick Cappel of McCook,
and Karen and husband, Maurice Allen of Berthoud, Colo.; stepbrother, Michael
Wagner of Fort Laramie, Wyo.; stepsisters, Patty and husband, Ira Zimmerman
of McCook and Mary Beth and husband, Jim Carlson of Scottsbluff; one grandson;
five step granddaughters and five step grandsons; many nieces, nephews
and a host of friends.
Jim will long be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother,
uncle and a friend to many. He did not know a stranger.
Funeral services were Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Albans Episcopal
Church in McCook with Rev. Sam Williams officiating with burial following
in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name to benefit Dundy County Hospital
or St. Albans Episcopal Church.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.