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Susan Lynn Bottrell 
MINATARE — Susan Lynn Bottrell, 49, of Minatare, died Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at her home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 10 at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, with the Rev. Scott McPeak officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 9. The casket will be closed at the funeral.
She was born March 24, 1950, at Grand Island, Neb., the daughter of Harold Lee and Opal (Brown) Knott. She moved with her family to Scottsbluff at the age of 8 and graduated from the Scottsbluff Senior High School in 1968. She was united in marriage to Ronald Bottrell, Oct. 4, 1974, at Cheyenne, Wyo. She worked for the Star-Herald from 1984 to 1985 in the Circulation Dept. The past 13 years she has worked in Patient Accounts at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff and had also worked at Target in Scottsbluff since 1992.
She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, a current member of the Minatare City Council and a former Camp Fire leader.
She is survived by her husband Ronald; daughters and sons-in-law Kimberly and Heath Donley, Kristina and Tom Johnson all of Minatare; grandchildren Jordan, Tyler and Rileigh Donley, Taylor and Brendon Johnson; mother Opal Han of Minatare; brother and sister-in-law Dick and Christine Knott of Minatare.
She was preceded in death by her father Harold Lee Knott, step-father Carl Han, and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Joan Morgan
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Joan R. Morgan, 60, of Leavenworth, Kan., died Saturday, May 1, 1999, at St. John Hospital. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Farley, Mo., with the Rev. Douglas Good officiating. Burial was at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Sugar Diabetes Foundation. Davis Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Dec. 29, 1938, at Bayard, the daughter of Henry and Lydia Hartwig Leikam. She married Marion M. Morgan on Feb. 21, 1970, in Virginia City, Nev. She was retired from Civil Service. She had worked for the CGSC Library at Fort Leavenworth.
She was a member of the Hallmark Collector’s Club. She was a Lutheran.
She is survived by her husband, daughter Kimberely A. Mailey of Lansing; son Dennis W. Morgan of Clarksville, Tenn.; four brothers Edward Leikam and Riney Leikam, both of Riverton, Wyo., Richard Leikam of Tucson, Ariz., and Ted Leikam of Seaside, Calif.; three sisters Mary Ann Lynch of Gering, June Pedranti of Monterey, Calif., and Margaret Kemper of Bothell, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Bernice Rystrom 
SCOTTSBLUFF — A Funeral for Bernice Rystrom, 91, of Scottsbluff, who died Friday, May 7, 1999, at Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff, is pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home at Scottsbluff.

Hilda M. (Herrmann) Swindle
TUCSON, Ariz. — Hilda M. (Herrmann) Swindle, of Tucson, Ariz., who grew up near Bayard, died May 5, 1999. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11 in Bayard. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10 at Christensen-Bayard Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or the Alzheimer’s Association. Bring’s Broadway Chapel in Tucson, Ariz. are in charge of the arrangements. Christensen-Bayard Memorial Chapel in Bayard is in charge of the local arrangements.
She was born May 19, 1919 in Scottsbluff, the daughter of George J. and Marie (Gruenwald) Herrmann. She earned a B.A. degree from Hastings College in 1940, graduating with honors. She then taught math and science in Bayard, Berwyn, and Indianola, Neb. She married the Rev. Cecil L. Swindle in 1943, and was a homemaker the rest of her life.
She is survived by her husband; three sons John and wife Sandra of Honolulu, James and wife Gail of Houston, and Timothy and wife Kerry of Tucson; two sisters Olinda Kingma of Scottsbluff and Regina Seligh of Wichita, Kan.; and four grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Clara Muehlberger. 

Ricky B. Erpelding
SCOTTSBLUFF –– Ricky B. Erpelding, 37, a resident of Scottsbluff and formerly of Kearney, died Monday afternoon, Oct. 4, as a result of injuries received in a car/pickup accident near Scottsbluff. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary with Rev. Michael Cary officiating. Burial will be in the Kearney Cemetery with military rites at the grave by V.F.W. Post #759 and the Kearney National Guard Unit. There will be no visitation. Memorials are planned to the family. Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Ricky was born June 8, 1962 in Kearney to Bernard and Josephine (Johnson) Erpelding and was a resident of Kearney until moving to Scottsbluff eight years ago. He graduated from Kearney high School in 1980 and was employed as a carpenter and a self-employed businessman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He entered the service on Nov. 4, 1980 and was discharged on Oct. 30, 1984. He re-enlisted and served in the Desert Storm conflict and was discharged June 6, 1991.
Surviving relatives include his mother, Josephine Swanson of Kearney; his brother, David of Scottsbluff; his sisters, Theresa Erpelding, Marcia Whiteley, Tracy Salcido and Pamalin Venegas, all of Kearney.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Joy Elizabeth Sandberg
DENVER — Joy Elizabeth Sandberg, 48, of Denver died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 at Mariner Health Care Center in Littleton, Colo. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Denver and on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Central Church of Christ in Gering with the Rev. Victor McPeak officiating. Memorials may be made to the Joy E. Sandberg Memorial Fund in care of the Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard St., Denver, Colo. 80224. 
She was born in Scottsbluff Aug. 11, 1951 to Larry and Joyce (Rickard) Sandberg. After she finished first grade in the Banner County schools, the family moved to Gering where she graduated from high school in 1969. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1973 with majors in English and political science from Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln. She taught one year at Bryan Senior High School in Omaha. She continued her education at Simmons College in Boston, earning a master’s degree in library science. She also studied for a time at the University of Graz in Vienna, Austria, in the summer of 1972. She also traveled the world extensively, including trips to England, Russia, China, Italy and Korea.
In 1975, she joined Mountain States Employers Council, a human resource membership organization, as a librarian and became director of research in 1985. She was responsible for wage and benefit surveys conducted by the council.
She was a member and a past president of the Denver Mile High Rotary Club, a long-time member of the Toastmasters and the Leadership Denver organization.
On Sept. 22, 1966, she was baptized at the Central Church of Christ by the Rev. Howard Roseberry.
Joy married Gary Diffendaffer in Denver June 22, 1991. To this union, one daughter Jillian Joy was born. 
Among her honors and activities are recipient of Title II-B Fellowship for study in library science, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority president, secretary general of Model United Nations, Kappa Delta Pi (the national education society), Pi Gamma Mu (national social science society), Cardinal Key (senior women’s honor society), associate editor of the Plainsman yearbook, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and Phi Theta Kappa (junior college scholastic honor society).
She is survived by her husband, Gary Diffendaffer and daughter, Jillian Joy Diffendaffer of Denver; parents, Larry and Joyce Sandberg of Gering; sister Janis and husband Perry Lofing of Gering; brothers Kevin and wife Karla Sandberg and Kelly and wife Crystal Sandberg of Gering; mother- and father-in-law, Eldon and Opal Diffendaffer of Scottsbluff; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Ron and Carol Diffendaffer, Steve and Karen Hascal, Jan and Michael Blue, all of Scottsbluff; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Roy Seery
HAY SPRINGS — Roy Seery, 85, of Hay Springs, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron with Rev. Gene Vanhuss officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. in Chambers, Neb. A memorial has been established for Hay Springs Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Security First Bank of Hay Springs. Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 18, 1913 in Cario, Neb. to Fred and Edna (Hodgson) Seery.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Seery of Hay Springs; daughters Wilma Dvorak of Chadron and Janet Quinn of Hay Springs; sister Pearl Westover of Burwell; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

George Wilhelm Jr.
SCOTTSBLUFF — George Wilhelm Jr., 42, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral arrangements are pending at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff.

Dave Schnell
ALLIANCE — Dave Schnell, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance. The Revs. Martin T. Schnare and Richard C. Mueller officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 715, Alliance, Neb., 69301 or to Good Samaritan Health Care Center, P.O. Box 970, Alliance, Neb., 69301.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Feb. 22, 1915, at Minatare to E. George and Eva E. (Reich) Schnell. He married Edna W. Bauer on Nov. 26, 1933, at Harrisburg.
They moved to Alliance in 1946 and he farmed north of Alliance until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; children, Shirley Varilek of Fremont, Marilyn Schoeneman of Alliance, Jerry Schnell of Alliance and Joyce Galyen of Alliance; brothers, Conrad and Pete Schnell of Alliance and Henry Schnell of Gainseville, Fla.; sisters, Eva Merrigan of Scottsbluff and Mary Heinz of Scottsbluff; half-brothers, John Schnell, Edward Schnell and Robert Schnell, all of Florida; and half-sisters, Judy Jacobs of Canada and Ruth Todd and Alvina Schnell of Florida.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one great-grandson, Michael Conroy. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Keith L. Seip
SCOTTSBLUFF — Keith L. Seip, 75, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at a Scottsbluff care facility. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Rev. Jay Warren officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park at Scottsbluff with military honors provided by Admiral Dewey Post #1681. 
A memorial to the church has been established. 
Friends may call the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 9a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.
He was born Nov. 12, 1923, to Fay and Cora (Mefford) Seip and he received his education in the Scottsbluff school system and graduated from high school in 1941. In October of 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific area. On Dec. 7, 1944, he was aboard the USS Ward when it was sunk by a Japanese Kamakzee plane. The USS Ward was the destroyer that fired the first shot of WWII in the Pacific. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945. While serving on the USS Ward, the ship received the Presidential Unit Citation.On April 28, 1945, he married Betty Krull in Long Beach, Calif.He was involved in farming with his father and in 1941, was the Nebraska Potato Judging Champion, and for that, He was given a trip to Texas and Mexico. In 1969, he stated working for the Scotts Bluff County Weed Control under Warren Scoggan. When Warren retired, Keith became the Superintendent. He worked for the county for 17 years. He retired in 1986 to care for his parents and oversee the farm. 
Keith was a member of the church where he served on the Board of Trustees and served several terms, and was also a deacon for two terms. He also served on the Plymouth Foundation Board for three years. He was an active handyman at the church as long as his health permitted, doing anything that needed to be done. He was a member of the VFW since 1946, and was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge. He also served as a director on the Roosevelt Public Power Board for a number of years. 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; son and daughter-in-law Galen and Julia Seip of Scottsbluff; daughter Diona Copsey of Guernsey, Wyo.; grandchildren and spouses Daren and Elaine Seip of Alliance, Lori (Copsey) and John Warner, Amy (Copsey) and Cody Solomon all of Guernsey, Andee (Seip) and Troy Hardesty, and Christine (Bay) and Phil Darely all of Scottsbluff. 12 great-grandchildren and a lifetime of good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was loved by everyone who knew him.

Henry Rick Briones
SCOTTSBLUFF - Henry Rick Briones, 49, of Scottsbluff, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Colorado University Hospital in Denver. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Highland Olinger Cemetery in Northglenn, Colo. A Rosary was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Northglenn on Monday evening.
He was born Dec. 10, 1951, in Scottsbluff. He attended Barber College in Denver. He is the father of Isreal, Ricky, and Richard of Denver.
He is survived by parents Dave and Bertha Briones Sr. of Scottsbluff; sisters Olga and Robert Blanco of Gering, Stella and Manuel Urdiales of Denver; brothers Roy and Maria Briones of Denver, David and Connie Briones III of Gering; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by brother Dave Briones Jr., cousin Rodney Briones, Raymond Briones; aunt Carmen Briones-Rodriquez; and Briones grandparents.

Wanda Lee Cartwright
DENVER - Wanda Lee Cartwright, 65, of Denver, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Denver. A funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at First Covenant Church, 8390 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. She will be cremated at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Scottsbluff, Neb., at a later date.
Family Funeral Care in Denver is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed in care of Tracy Cartwright, 3532 N. 65th Ave., Denver, Colo. 80221.
She was born Dec. 30, 1934, in Scottsbluff, Neb. She married Ira Lee Cartwright in 1958, in Mitchell, S.D.
She was publisher/editor of "Singles Network" Newspaper. She was a musician in school and in the community.
She is survived by her daughter Pamela Dennis, son Tracy Cartwright, and granddaugther Mellisa Aguilar, all of Denver. Also surviving are five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband.

Emma Lou Davis 
SCOTTSBLUFF - Emma Lou Davis, 89, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at her home. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at The Scottsbluff Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Frank Tochterman officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery here. Memorials may be made to the church. Friends who wish may call at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon and at the funeral service.
She was born July 26, 1910, on a homestead northeast of Scottsbluff, to Louis and Grace (White) Davis. At a young age she moved with her family to Rand, Colorado. She later moved to Grand Island, Neb. where she attended elementary school at the Seventh Day Adventist church school. She attended high school at the Shelton Academy in Shelton, Neb. and graduated with the class of 1929. She attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb., for a time, and in 1930, she married Dave Price in Bridgeport, Neb. She and her husband moved to the East Coast to work in photography and they lived there for 10 years. The couple divorced and Emma Lou returned to Scottsbluff in 1940. She worked full and part time for Downey’s Studio as a photographer, negative artist, and receptionist until her retirement in 1989. Emma Lou spent many years caring for her father and her uncle at home.
She was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was baptized in 1980 by Pastor Frank Tochterman. She had a beautiful voice and in earlier years, she sang with choirs at the Shelton Academy and at Union College.
She is survived by cousins Marllene Goodon of Scottsbluff, who was also her caregiver, Phillis Franklin of Carrollton, Ky., Carolyn Brossfield of Taylor Mill, Ky., Dr. Emma Long of Elkhart, Ind., Deloris Henshaw of San Diego, Calif., John Coe of Hurricane, W.V., Jack Morrill of Morrill, Jean Frazier of Arizona and Dr. J. Paul Shively of Napa, Calif.; special friends Jim and Mona Downey of Scottsbluff and their three sons, Doug, Tom and Mike, and Fred Whitney of Lakewood, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Bernadine Emma Detweiler 
COZAD - Bernadine Emma Detweiler, 64, of Cozad, Neb., died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Southview Manor Care Center in Cozad. Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff, with Pastor Charles Underhill officiating. Friends who wish may call at The Jolliffe Funeral Home Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon.
She was born Oct. 25, 1935, at Sargent, Neb., to Raymond Oscar and Marie Louise (Gilligan) Troxel. She grew up in Wyoming and in the Mitchell, Neb., area. She married Howard Detweiler in 1951 at Scottsbluff, where they made their home. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and knitting. She had been a member of the First Church of God in Scottsbluff.
She is survived by son Donald Detweiler of Brock, Neb.; daughter Darlene Emma Kraus of Melrose, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law David and Sara Troxel of Knightdale, N.C. and Carl and Ruby Troxel of Mitchell, Neb.; sisters and brothers-in-law Barbara and Henry Vedder of Wallace, Neb., Carol Graham of Alaska, Wanda and Robert Giffin of Coalinga, Calif., Avalon and Norman Biederman of Boca Raton, Fla., Roberta Lewis of Arkansas City, Kan., and Rosemary Edwards of Coalinga, Calif.; and granddaughter Stephanie and husband Mike Apple of Auburn, Neb.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Clyde, Tom, George, Robert and John Troxel and sisters Betty Clark and Amy Sparks. 

Mary Agnes Foster (Turner)(Thewlis) Dunlap
CRAWFORD — Mary Agnes Foster (Turner)(Thewlis) Dunlap, 94, of Crawford, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at The Memorial United Methodist Church in Harrison with The Reverend Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford was in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be in the Auld Kirk Cemetery at Almonte, Ontario, Canada, at a later date.
Memorials are established to the Crawford Ambulance Fund, or Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Neb., or the Harrison Ambulance Fund or The Memorial United Methodist Church in Harrison. Memorials may be sent in care of the Security Bank, P.O. Box 216, Harrison, Neb. 69346.
She was born June 28, 1905, at her parents home, where she was also baptized, in Ramsey Township, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. Her parents were John H. and Agnes (McIlraith) Turner.
She attended Appleton S.S. #11 public school in Appleton, Ontario, and graduated from Almonte High School in 1921. She then attended nursing school, graduating form Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1924, and matriculated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in 1928 with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing.
Following her education, she was a Nursing Instructress at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, before becoming Nursing Instructress at Lamont Hospital in Lamont, Alberta, Canada.
On Sept. 19, 1936, she married John H. Thewlis. To this union were born two children, Anne and Ina. John died on July 11, 1941. In August, 1944, Mary and her two children moved to Sioux County, Neb., arriving in Lusk, Wyo., on the "Galloping Goose." She then married Leo Dunlap on Aug. 24, 1944. They made their home on a ranch north of Harrison, Neb., known now as the Joe Falkenburg South Ranch. After her marriage, she kept herself busy with nursing, as she served as the Sioux County School nurse, which included implementing the annual health physicals; served as rodeo nurse; 4-H camp nurse; as well as doing relief nursing in Lusk, Wyo., Edgemont, S.D., and Crawford, Neb. She also served as the Sioux County Ag Hall Superintendent for at least 15 years, was a 4-H leader, and taught First Aid classes. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
In 1947, she became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States of America. She was an American National Red Cross Nurse in 1950.
In August, 1948, she and her husband, Leo, adopted two sons, Terry and Jerry Dunlap. In May, 1973, the couple retired and moved to Crawford. Leo died on July 3, 1991. While living in Crawford, she remained active in the community. She was a volunteer at Ponderosa Villa, a volunteer with R.S.V.P., receiving a certificate for contributing over 2100 hours of service. She was a member of the Crawford Congregational Church, where she served as a member of the Diaconate, and Flower lady, as well as Secretary/Treasurer for the women’s circle, and helping with Church Fundraising activities. When her health deteriorated to the point that she was unable to practice nursing, she did private duty nursing, often sitting with people who were ill or dying at the Crawford Hospital, Ponderosa Villa or the Niobrara County Hospital in Lusk, Wyo.
During her free time, she enjoyed knitting, art, needlework, crocheting, reading, cooking and music. She quilted baby quilts, and embroidered two quilts of the United States, one with the State birds and one with the State flowers, and made an afghan for each member of her family. She was also afforded the opportunity to take a few trips to her homeland, Canada. She moved to Ponderosa Villa on Feb. 1, 1998.
She was a lifetime member of the Ottawa Civic Hospital Alumnae.
She leaves to mourn her daughters Anne (Thewlis) Quintard of Harrison, Ina Glaubius of Wisner; sons Terry and wife Janet Dunlap of North Platte, Jerry and wife Lovilla Dunlap of Lowell, Ark.; 10 grandchildren Monique (Bradshaw) Quintard, Rolisa Lewis, Mark Glaubius, Michael Glaubius, Marijean Peterson, Rebecca Dunlap-Morton, Rachel Dunlap, Allan Dunlap, Jennifer Dunlap, Luke Dunlap; nine great-grandchildren Etelka "Teli" Bradshaw, Tyler and Spencer Lewis, Zachary and Alexander Glaubius, Sophie Glaubius, Gabe Morton, Melissa Hotell and Barry Western; two great-great-granddaughters Lauren Rae Hotell and Emily Michelle Hotell; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; three brothers Ross Turner, Cecil Turner, J.M. Turner; one sister Anna Turner and two sons-in-law Rolland Quintard and Keith Glaubius.

Frances V. Ehrman
HAY SPRINGS — Frances Virginia Ehrman, 74, of Hay Springs died Sunday Feb. 27, 2000, at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs, Neb. Cremation took place in Rapid City, S.D. A memorial mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs with Father Robert Karnish officiating.
Memorials have been established for Pioneer Manor, the Hay Springs ambulance fund, and St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary in Hay Springs, P.O. Box 443, 69347.
The Rosary will be held 9 a.m. prior to the services on Tuesday.
Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements.
She was born on Oct. 14, 1925, to William and Maude Murphy, in Fruitland, Idaho. As a young girl, she moved with her family to the Scottsbluff area. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1943. She married James (Bill) Ehrman on Nov. 27, 1947, in Mitchell. They moved to Mirage Flats in 1949, to take up farming on one of the original units of the Mirage Flats Irrigation District. She spent a productive life as a mother, farm wife, and bookkeeper for several businesses in Hay Springs.
She is survived by her husband Bill; five children Kathie and her husband Erik Johnson of Billings, Mont.; Cecelia and her husband Ed Hagerman of Scottsbluff; Bill and his wife Sherry of Hay Springs; James and his wife Irena of Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada; and Dick and his wife Merri of Lincoln. Grandchildren include Josh and Katie Johnson, Mandy and Ryan Hagerman, Cody and Carlyn Ehrman, Jimmy Ehrman, and Phil and Will Ehrman. She is also survived by a sister, Helen Allen of Oregon City, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers, and four sisters.

Orville Howard Fairchild 
LISCO — Orville Howard Fairchild, 81, of rural Lisco, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at his home. A Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Messiah Lutheran Church at Broadwater with the Reverend Ruth Boettcher officiating. Interment will be in Ash Hollow Cemetery at Lewellen. Memorials may be made to the Church, Broadwater Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Donor’s Choice. Friends may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home at Bridgeport, Tuesday, Feb. 29 from 1 to 9 p.m.
He was born July 13, 1918, at rural Lewellen, Neb., the son of Howard E. and Tinsey (Pratt) Fairchild. He was raised and educated near Lewellen, Nevada and California. As a youngster he enjoyed hunting with his dog Sam. Orville was united in marriage to Vida Etta Beel, Oct. 6, 1940, at Shelton, Neb. After their marriage they lived in Yoder, Wyo., until returning to the Broadwater area in 1942 where he ranched with his father on the Cedar Creek ranch. In 1956, they moved to Norwalk, Calif., where he worked for Douglas-Hughes Aircraft Co. In 1961, after his father’s death, they returned to the Cedar Creek ranch. In 1979, he retired and they moved to their present home near Lisco. He enjoyed hunting, flying his airplane, working in his yard and gardening.
He was a lifetime member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Lavieta and Lee Cundiff of Scurry, Texas, Arleda and Richard White of Broadwater; grandsons Rick and his wife Sandra White of Hartford, Wis., Mike Washburn of Scurry, Texas; five great-grandchildren; step-sister Jean Clapp of Phoenix, Ariz.; and special friend Dorothy Bowdish of Memphis, Mo. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-parents, wife on Jan. 4, 1995, and 1 grandson.

Velma K. Hodgson
GERING — Velma K. Hodgson, 88, of Gering, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Central Church of Christ with Pastor Victor McPeak officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Scottsbluff. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 22, 1911, to Elijah and Lena (Light) Fiscus at Albany, Kan. When she was a small child her family moved to Greenwood County, Kan., where she received her education. She married Norman Hodgson on Dec. 10, 1926, and they made their home in Pleasanton, Kan. In 1945, they moved to Gering where she was a homemaker.
She was a great seamstress and enjoyed quilting, rug weaving, gardening, canning, traveling, family, and staying active. She also attended the Central Church of Christ in Gering.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Deanie and George Rupp of Glendale, Ariz.; Betty and Jack Sterkel of Gering; brother Tim Fiscus of Salem, Ore.; six grandchildren Diana Huckfeldt, Don Modena, Robert Sterkel, Rodney Sterkel, Russel Sterkel, and Shelly Sterkel; nine great-grandchildren Scott Huckfeldt, Daylene Blankenship, Shane Carter, Justin Carter, Ryan and Jessica Sterkel, Shane and Logan Sterkel, and Austin Propp; seven great-great-grandchildren Kelsi Carter, Alisha and Matthew Huckfeldt, Christian Carter, Ethen Blankenship, and Kassie Modena; one step-great-great-grandchild Seth Blankenship and a sister-in-law Mary Hodgson of Kimball.
She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter June Modena, eight brothers, one sister, two grandchildren Jerry Carter and Rick Sterkel and a son-in-law Ernie Modena.

Fern (Hecht) Jorgensen
CURTIS — Fern (Hecht) Jorgensen, 95, of Curtis, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. 
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Curtis with Rev. Shirley Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Curtis Cemetery. Memorials to the United Methodist Church, Curtis Senior Center or Curtis Rescue Unit would be appreciated.
Blase Wetzel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born July 17, 1904, near Grafton, in Fillmore County, Neb., to Fred and Edna Moul Hecht. In 1907 she moved with her family to a farm south of Curtis. She married Carl A. Jorgensen May 12, 1925, at Julesburg, Colo., he preceded her in death Oct. 6, 1956. They owned and operated Jorgensen’s Meat Market for many years and it later became a grocery store. About 1947 she began working as a cook at U.N.S.A. in Curtis. She continued working until she was 65 and retired. She later cooked at Sunset Haven and babysat for many families in the Curtis community. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Methodist Women. She was a member of many card clubs and enjoyed cooking all the time.
Survivors include daughters Shirley Todd of Scottsbluff, Beverly Benda of Hemingford, Carolyn ‘Sus’ Peden of Gothenburg; sons Marvin C. (Eva) Jorgensen of Omaha, Jerry (Marlene) Jorgensen of Gothenburg; sister Mabel Jorgensen of Curtis; sisters-in-law Jessie Hecht of Curtis and Vera Mae Hecht of Fredrick, Md.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven sisters, three brothers, one grandson and three sons-in-law.

Howard J. Krause
ALLIANCE — Howard J. Krause, 65, of Alliance, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Box Butte General Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the First Presbyterian Church in Alliance with the Reverend James Kidd officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Presbyterian Memorial Scholarship Fund, Prairie Haven Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 20, 1934, at Alliance to Bud and Esther (Gasal) Krause. He graduated from Alliance High School in 1952, and from the technical college in Milford, Neb., in 1954.
He married Carolyn Tollman on Sept. 8, 1957, in Alliance.
He worked in agriculture in the Alliance area all of his life. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and trustee, and as a youth group sponsor for several years. He served as rural school board member for over 25 years. He also was a board member of R.E.A. for 12 years and the Tri-State board of Denver, Colo. As a 4-H Leader for 17 years, he was instrumental in getting the beef carcass contest started at the county fair.
Survivors are his wife Carolyn; daughters and sons-in-law Willow and Mark Holoubek of David City, Wendy and Bob Bush of Morrill; grandchildren Joe, Luke, Chase, and Katie Holoubek of David City, Andrew and Spencer Bush of Morrill; mother Esther Krause of Alliance; brother and sister-in-law Vic and Jane Krause of Alliance; aunts Marcella Krause of Alliance, Agnes Gasal and Lois Gasal of Jamestown, N.D.; uncle Wilbert Gasal of Jamestown, and nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
His father preceded him in death.

Peggy M. Manternach
CHADRON — Peggy M. Manternach, 72, of Chadron, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Crestview Care Center. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Fr. Ed Cortney officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Disabled American Veterans and donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.
She was born April 1, 1927, in Mission, S.D. to William and Stella (Hill) Kackmeister. 
She is survived by son Jim Manternach of Chadron; daughters Jean and Randy Hornboster of Scottsbluff, Vickie and Larry Schmidt of Chadron, Debbie and Ron Tweed of Brookings, S.D., Valerie Reeves of Chadron, Janice and Bob Green of Scottsbluff; brothers Bob and Luella Kackmeister of Long Pine, Donny and Evelyn Kackmeister of Arnold; sister Margurite Bolton of Algona, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Harold Eugene Metz
GERING — Harold Eugene Metz, 74, of Gering, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Regional West Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Gering Memorial Chapel.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Romick
GERING — Betty Romick, 92, passed from this life on Feb. 27, 2000, at her home in Gering Valley. Services will be held Thursday, March 2, 2000, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gering. She will be laid to rest at East Lawn Cemetery in Minatare, Neb. Friends and family may call at the Gering Memorial Chapel on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to sign the guest register and view photographs. A memorial to the Gering Volunteer Fire Department would be appreciated by her family. The Gering Memorial Chapel will be in charge of receiving your donations. A private family service will be held.
Betty arrived in the world on Sept. 19, 1907, to the proud parents Fred and Elizabeth (Schenaman) Schmidt of Lincoln. Here she grew to a young lady and received her education. During a working family trip to Melbeta in 1924, she met Chris Romick, who became her husband in 1925. Together they began their venture in farming and purchased Dry Land in Banner County. In 1943, they expanded their farming business by purchasing an irrigation farm in Gering Valley, where they made their home. With the passing of her husband in 1953, she and her children continued on with farming. She is most remembered for her courage and strength to carry on as a single parent, raising her children and working the fields of the farms. Despite the hard work of farming, some of her pleasures came from growing beautiful flowers. Her yard, full of brilliant colors, was always a pleasure to view when passing by. She enjoyed attending "Quilting B’s" with other valley farm wives, which resulted in many beautiful quilts. She was also very talented in crocheting doilies, pillow cases, and table scarves, pieces of artistry her children and grandchildren will forever treasure.
Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gering and an active participant of the Ladies Circle. She was always willing to assist with church functions and extend a helping hand to others.
She is survived by her ever grateful children, son, Don and his wife, Leota of Greeley, Colo.; daughters Rosalie Yeager and husband Jim of Gering, Sharon Leonard and husband, Al of Valdosta, Ga., and Violet Leikam and husband, Al of Alpharetta, Ga.
Her loving grandchildren, Ruben and Diana Romick, Rachel and Scott Thompson, all of Greeley, Colo., Linda Romick, Ruth and James Buck all of Scottsbluff, Christine and Jerry Lebruska of Mitchell, Denise and Greg Hendricks of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason and Michelle Leonard of Loganville, Ga., Michelle and Stuart Oliver of Lawrenceville, Ga., Darcie and Len Lewis of Valdosta, Ga., Jana Leikam of Dallas, Ga., and David Leikam of Alpharetta, Ga., plus seven precious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Florence Chapin and Frieda McGueffie both of Lincoln; brothers Heinie Schmidt of Gaylord, Minn., and Fred Schmidt of Lincoln.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son and several brothers and sisters and great-grandson.

Mary E. Rowley
LODGEPOLE — Mary E. Rowley, 73, of Lodgepole, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at the Memorial Health Center in Sidney.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Lodgepole with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given in Mary’s name to the Lodgepole Rescue Unit.
Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born April 7, 1926, at Pienele, Mont., the daughter of Samuel Pearl and Margeurite (Hedrick) Shepard. She attended school at Belle Fourche, S.D. and Paxton, Neb.
On Aug. 28, 1940, she was united in marriage to Byron G. Rowley at Brodus, Mont. She worked as a professional painter and housekeeper. She lived in Paxton from 1943 until 1945, then moved to Belle Fourche in October 1945, then to Lodgepole in October 1946 where she and Byron resided until her death.
She was a 50 year member of the United Methodist Church of Lodgepole, where she sang in the church choir for 28 years and held various offices. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors for several years.
Survivors include her husband Byron of Lodgepole; son Earl "Butch" Rowley and his wife Eileen of Dix; daughters Katherine Hyatt and her husband Kenneth of Torrington, Wyo. and Alice Mauch and her husband Raymond of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brother Sammy Shepard Jr. of Bell Fourche, S.D.; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters Eulalia Radke, Francis Clegg and Alberta Derby.

Margaret K. Schledewitz
SCOTTSBLUFF — Margaret K. Schledewitz, 92, of Scottsbluff, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Beverly Health Care. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with the Reverend Doug Jones officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Friends may call at the funeral chapel today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice.
She was born Sept. 26, 1907, to Henry and Rose Ann (Luther) Heimbuck in Sugar City, Colo. She received her education at the Haig School. She was united in marriage to Pete Schledewitz on Aug. 2, 1925, in Gering. They were lifelong residents of the Valley where they farmed. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
She enjoyed crocheting, and had a great love for flowers. She was a lifetime member of Salem Congregational Church.
She is survived by sons Pete Jr. and wife Shirley Schledewitz of Scottsbluff, Howard and Kim Schledewitz of Omaha; daughter Helen and husband George Jr. Schlager of Scottsbluff; grandchildren Steven and wife Kristy Kay Schledewitz of Victoria, Texas, Jeff and wife Patricia Schledewitz of Scottsbluff, Krissan Schledewitz of Scottsbluff, Sharol and husband Emanuel Frank of Scottsbluff, Georgetta and husband Gene Weimer of Scottsbluff, Brenda and husband Stew Baxter of Sutherland, and Alissa Schledewitz of Omaha; 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters, and one brother.


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