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Walter VanLinden Gregory
HAWK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Walter VanLinden Gregory, 79, of Hawk Springs, Wyo., died Sunday, February 4, 2001, at the Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2001, at the LaGrange Bible Church with Reverend Bill Marietta officiating. Interment will be in the LaGrange Cemetery with Military Rites by John A. McGill Post 70, American Legion of LaGrange, Wyo. Friends who wish may call at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Hawk Springs Community Building or the Hawk Springs Community Bible Church.
He was born April 21, 1921, in Mitchell, to Noah VanLinden and Fannie (Christensen) Gregory. He attended schools in LaGrange, Wyo. and graduated from Mitchell High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII and served stateside. He married Geraldine Hazel Ramsey on September 2, 1947, in Volga, S.D. They farmed in LaGrange on the family farm for many years until moving to Hawk Springs and buying the Hawk Springs Hardware in 1971. He retired to care for his wife until her death. He helped with farming at the farm of Ida Andrews until his death.
He was a member of the American Legion of LaGrange, Wyo., the Hawk Springs Fire Department and the Wyoming Wheat Growers Association.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Noah and Nina Gregory of Glasgow, Mont., Gayla and Paul Morrill of Morrill, and Wayne and Julie Gregory of Ethan, S.D.; five grandchildren, Brian, Mike and Justin Gregory of Montana, Denise and husband Jason Jensen of Rhinelander, Wis., and Aaron Gregory of Ethan, S.D.; great-grandson Joshua Jensen of Wis.; sister Lillie Bandemer of Lyman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers, Oscar and Clifford Gregory.

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Walter Schanhols
BAYARD — Rebecca "Becky" Walter Schanhols, 41, of Bayard, died Monday, February 5, 2001, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2001, at the Hope Congregational Church in Bayard, with the Reverend Paul Hebbert officiating. Interment will be in the Bayard Cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Friends may call at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, Thursday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and at the funeral.
She was born August 15, 1959, in Scottsbluff, to Jacob Jr. and Constance Joyce (Amen) Walter. She was raised and educated in the Melbeta area and graduated from the Melbeta High School. She then worked for Corral West Ranchwear and later for the Leon Ross Insurance Co. She was married to Gary Schanhols, in June of 1984 in Bayard. She has been a resident of the Bayard area since that time. She loved her animals especially her cows, horse back riding, gardening, fishing, hunting and life in general.
She was a member of the Gering Zion Church.
She is survived by her husband Gary of Bayard; son Jeffrey of Bayard; father Jacob Walter Jr. of Bayard; and brothers Wade Walter of Gering, and Jacob E. Walter of Bayard. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, maternal and paternal grandparents.

Maud E. Witschy 
GERING — Maud E. Witschy, 98, died Monday, January 29, 2001, at Northfield Villa Medical Center in Gering. Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2001, at The Northfield Villa Chapel in Gering, with Rev. John Nordlander officiating. A private family service and interment, including O.E.S. rites provided by Dome Rock Chapter #215 of Scottsbluff, will be held prior to the public memorial service. Memorial contributions may be sent to: The First United Methodist Church, 2002 4th Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE 69361; Alzheimer’s Research, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611-1676; Northfield Villa Medical Center’s Memorial Fund, 2550 21st St., Gering, NE 69341; or to the charity of your choice. Jolliffe Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born December 20, 1902, in Rolfe, Iowa, to John N. and Minnie (Morris) Hole. She lived with her family in Shenandoah, Iowa, and the Nebraska cities of Fairbury, DeWitt, Fullerton and Mitchell, graduating in 1921 from Mitchell High School. Following her graduation from the Scottsbluff Business College, she was hired as the first secretary of the newly planned Scottsbluff Methodist Hospital at 18th and Broadway. Later, she was a secretary for Robert G. Simmons Sr., until he was elected to the U.S. Congress. While employed by lawyers Glebe and Elliott, she met and married Roy J. Witschy on May 30, 1923, in Mitchell. They celebrated 62 anniversaries while living in Scottsbluff and Gering.
She was a leader for the Campfire Girls and Jr. Audubon Bird Club, past president of both the American Legion Auxiliary and the Wildcat Audubon Club, a 65 year member and past Worthy Matron of Dome Rock Chapter #215, O.E.S., and a 30 year member of Katahdin Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. As a life member of the Nebraska Ornithologist’s Union, she banded birds for over 12 years with a government permit, and for six years wrote a weekly column "Notes on Wildlife" for the Scottsbluff Star-Herald. She was a 75 year member of the United Methodist Church, and was especially active at its earlier location on East 16th Street. 
Maud and her husband spent 10 years of their retirement traveling to every State and National Park in the continental U.S., photographing wildlife. They started Witschy Productions and produced conservation, historical and nature films. Many organizations and schoolroom classes enjoyed their travel and wildlife movies.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn Goldfain Lyons and Jack Lyons of Sequim, Wash., and Susan and Bob Kautz of Sterling, Colo.; grandchildren and spouses, Gary and Karby Goldfain of Ft. Collins, Colo., Craig and Karen Goldfain of Nairobi, Kenya, Carol and John Nordlander of Littleton, Colo.; Marianne and Grant Peoples of Englewood, Colo., Mark and Valerie Goldfain of Bourbonnais, Ill., Jeff and Sheila Kautz of Crooks, S.D., Robin and Shawgi Yamani of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Douglas Kautz of Dayton, Wyo.; 16 great-grandchildren; and brother John J. Hole of Oklahoma City, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and one sister. 

Martha ‘Mrs. Buck’ Huston
SCOTTSBLUFF — Martha E. Huston, 80, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, April 5, 2001 at Shorewood Senior Campus in Rochester, Minn. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff with Rev. Bret Rickard and Rev. Jim Rowe officiating. Inurnment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church building fund. Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born December 1, 1920 in Bradford, Ill., the daughter of Ross and Addie (Dawson) Pettit. She moved with her family to Sterling, Colo., when she was 6 years old and attended school there. She met the love of her life, G.O. “Buck” Huston, when she was 15. They were united in marriage in Fort Morgan, Colo., on June 27, 1939. The young couple moved to Denver, where they lived until Buck was called into the Army. Martha, Buck, and their two daughters moved to Scottsbluff in 1946. Buck had a successful excavation contracting business and Martha worked as his secretary, bookkeeper, receptionist and advisor along with being a mother and homemaker. She was an avid bowler and won numerous bowling league honors. She enjoyed growing hybrid roses, embroidery and visiting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff.
She is survived by her husband G.O. “Buck” Huston of Scottsbluff; daughters and sons-in-law Sharon Louise and Jerry Ingram of Chadron and Charlotte Ann and David Staehr of Overland Park, Kan.; grandsons and their wives James and Connie Ingram, Andrew and Wendy Ingram, Lee and Shelley Staehr and Brett and Julie Staehr; great-grandchildren Erin, Lindsey, Grant and Sydney Staehr, Joshua, Jonathan, Caitlin, Caleb, Hannah and Rachel Ingram; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Ruth.

Patricia R. Tebbet
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Patricia R. Tebbet, 75, of Torrington, Wyo., died Friday, April 6, 2001 at the Torrington Community Hospital. Memorial services will be Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel in Torrington. Cremation has already taken place. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Lung Association. Colyer Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born August 25, 1925 in Casper, Wyo., the daughter of Thomas and Wilma (Webb) Rasmussen. She moved with her family to Mitchell, where she attended Sunflower School, later graduating from Mitchell High School. She married Rex Warren Tebbet in 1946, and the couple were later divorced. During their marriage, they lived in Torrington, where she took care of the home. She later moved to Ft. Laramie, Wyo., where she owned and operated a bar and an antique store. She sold the bar in 1985 and the antique shop in 1987. She then moved back to Torrington to take care of her mother. Following the death of her mother in 1997, Mrs. Tebbet moved into Bell Park Towers.
She is survived by her daughter Peggy Fullmer and her husband Jim of Modesto, Calif.; sons Richard of Ft. Laramie, Kent of Scottsbluff and Thomas and his wife Pat of Salt Lake City; sister Betty Carpenter of Newport, Ore.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Debra Beth Burgess
SCOTTSBLUFF — Debra Beth Burgess, 35, of Scottsbluff, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Services will be at 2 p.m. MDT Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Hyannis, with the Rev. Christine Mottl officiating. Burial will be in the Ashby Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church in Hyannis. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. The Mullen Funeral Home in Mullen is in charge.
She was born September 3, 1965, in Alliance, to Bernard and Ruth Stevens Burgess. Thirty years of her life were spent at the Area 2 Human Development Group Home in Scottsbluff.
She is survived by her parents of Ashby; three brothers, Gary, Bernie (Oliva) and Dave (Dixie); five nieces, two nephews, and several aunts, uncles and friends.

Nancy Jo Dean
MORRILL — Nancy Jo Dean, 48, of Morrill, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, in Longmont, Colo. Funeral services are pending with the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell.

Donald E. Duke
GERING — Donald E. Duke, 67, of Gering, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at his home. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Gering Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ed Hunzeker officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory in Scottsbluff. Private family inurnment will be at West Lawn Cemetery. Memorials have been established to Prairie Haven Hospice and Gering Organized Baseball.
He was born on August 9, 1933, in Stigler, Okla., to Lester and Fanny (Gilstrap) Duke. He graduated from high school and enlisted in the United States Army on December 7, 1953, and was honorably discharged December 6, 1955. He was stationed at the Presidio. He married Charlene Turrentine in 1956. A son Charles was born to them. They later divorced. He married his current wife JoAnn, in 1982. He worked as a route salesman for Harris Sales of Alliance for over 20 years. He was a coach for G.O. Baseball and the Gering American Legion Club. He also coached the D & A Fast Pitch softball team, earning 3 State Championships. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge #2998 and the Gering American Legion.
He is survived by his wife JoAnn, son Charles of Oklahoma, sister Dottie Price of Oklahoma, two brothers, Dow and Doug of Oklahoma, and three step children.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Lydia Huck
BAYARD — Lydia Huck, 89, of Bayard, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. Funeral arrangements are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff. 

Russell R. Luce
GERING — Russell R. Luce, 71, of Gering, died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at his home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2001, at Rejoice Lutheran Church with the Rev. Terry Templeton and Pastor Charlie Hornick officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gering Memorial Chapel Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice, Cheyenne Genealogical Society, or to Rejoice Lutheran Church.
He was born on September 23, 1929, in Buffalo County, Neb., to Ray and Louise Anna (Schmitz) Luce. He graduated from high school in Pleasonton, Neb. On August 23, 1953, he married Joyce Rowe in Sidney. He was employed by the city of Sidney Street department where he retired in 1995 after 40 years. After his retirement, they made their home in Gering.
He enjoyed gardening, collecting pens and pencils, macrame and was an avid Nebraska fan.
He is survived by his wife Joyce of Gering; mother Louise of Kearney; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Liz Luce of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Cade Luce of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sisters Edith Bukovsky of Pueblo, Colo., Erma Lammers and husband Don of Kearney; brother Wayne Luce and wife Loretta of Westminster, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Victor.

John ‘Jack’ W. Robarchek Sr.
GERING — John “Jack” W. Robarchek Sr., 71, of Gering, NE. died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. due to complications following surgery. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2001, at Gering Memorial Chapel with Rev. Richard Neugebauer officiating. Inurnment will follow the service at West Lawn Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post #36. Cremation was held at Wrights Colorado Cremation in Loveland, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
He was born on February 7, 1930, in McCook, Neb. He grew up in Culbertson, Neb. and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1948. He served with the United States Navy from 1948 to 1949. In September of 1950, he married Carolyn Anderson of McCook. Jack was recalled to the Navy to serve in the Korean War during 1952 to 1953. Jack and Carolyn moved to Gering in 1957. He worked for Hinky Dinky grocery in McCook before moving to Gering in 1957. He managed the Rompus Room bar in Gering for seven years. In 1981, he began working for Gering Public Schools as Director of Transportation until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the American Legion for over 25 years and the Elks Lodge for 36 years. He enjoyed gardening, woodwork, watching Husker football, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn; daughters, Julie Burks and husband Dan of Sweet Home, Ore., Jeanne Sanchez and husband Rudy of LaPorte, Colo., and Jaci Sullivan and husband Mark of Fairplay, Colo.; sisters, Jo Ann McIlravy and husband Bill of Ord, and Shirley Dike and husband Robert of McCook; and grandchildren, McKenzie and Kyle Burks, Elysha Conner-Robarchek, Olivia Sanchez, and Dawson Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, and a grandson.

Henry Schmall
BAYARD — Henry Schmall, 86, of Bayard, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at the Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff.

Victor Covalt 
ALLIANCE — Victor Covalt, 81, of Alliance, died Saturday, August 11, 2001 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alliance Rural Fire Department or to the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born January 27, 1920 on the family homestead south of Alliance in Morrill County to Victor E. and Nellie M. (Landon) Covalt. He married Betty Douglass August 31, 1940 at Bridgeport, Nebraska. Victor was a third generation Morrill County rancher on Broadwater Road south of Alliance. He was a founder and first president of Box-Mor Telephone Company bringing telephone service to that area. He also was instrumental in the formation of the Gilchrest Fire District in Morrill County. He served as a past board member of the Nebraska Boys Ranch, lifetime member of the American Hereford Association, and the Nebraska Cattlemen.
He retired in 1997 due to health reasons and moved into Bridgeport. He and his wife moved into Alliance in June 2001. 
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in- law, Wilma E. and Wes Behm of Hill City, S.D., Alice J. and Ed Dentler of Lakeside, Neb.; sons, Blaine "Ben" Covalt of Denver, Colo., and Victor E. Covalt, III and his wife Ann of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Ellen, Karen, Brandon, Tony, Heather, Maddie, and Emma; brother Lewis Covalt of Angora; and sister Stella Weber of Puyallup, Wash.
He is preceded in death by his wife on August 4, 2001. He was also preceded in death by a son Paul Jay; granddaughter Stacy; sisters Clara and Mary; and brother Floyd. 

James N. Dewing
GORDON — James N. Dewing, 74, of Gordon, died Thursday, August 9, at Gordon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 14 at the Gordon Cemetery with Reverend Vonne Blessman-Anderson of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born June 27, 1927 in Rushville to Ben and Esther (Robinson) Dewing. He married Myrna Genevieve Hathorn January 14, 1946 in Marysville, Kansas. He was a lifetime resident of the Gordon and Rushville area. 
Jim owned and operated the liquor store at the intersection of Highway 20 and 27 in Gordon. He previously worked as a mechanic. He also ran the Gordon Golf Course and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Jenny Dewing of Gordon; daughter Myrna Gardner of Loveland, Colo.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Virgil C. Jensen
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Virgil C. Jensen, 81, died Thursday August 9, 2001 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 14 at the United Methodist Church in Alliance with Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department. Bates-Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements.
He was born April 18, 1920 at York, Nebraska to Christ and Marie (Winkler) Jensen. His family moved to Alliance in 1927. He served in the U.S. Army from August 1942 to November 1945. On September 2, 1950 he married Norma Christensen in Alliance. She passed away in 1979. On November 23, 1985 in Alliance he married Ollie L. (Layman) Paul.
Virgil worked in farming and ranching for many years in the Alliance area. He then worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads for 17 years until his retirement. Since then he has worked in maintenance for North Park Apartments and Hardee’s Restaurant. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Eagles, American Legion and the Panhandle Country Music Association.
He is survived by his wife, Ollie; daughter Susan Jensen of Alliance; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Norene Jensen of Alliance, Randy and Jody Jensen of Bridgeport, Neb., Terry and Peggy Jensen of Alliance; step-daughter Debbie and Andy Postell of Alliance; step-son Ron Arcuri of San Francisco, Calif.; sister Lucille Culp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Matthew Jensen, Mark Jensen, Crystal Van Galder, Tyler Jensen, Mindy Jensen, Jordan Jensen, Kylee Jensen, Marissa Jensen, Scott and Pam Barber, Michelle Barber, Hope Jensen, Ryan and Jody Postell, Heather and Brad Mathis; 7 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Norma; brother Leo; and grandson Christopher Jensen.

Charles David McCracken
Charles David McCracken, 95, of Bayard, died Thursday, August 9, 2001 at the Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 at Bayard Memorial Chapel, with Pastor Jason Hanselman officiating. Burial will be in the Bayard Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Chimney Rock Villa. Visitation will be at the Bayard Memorial Chapel from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001. Bayard Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He was born December 19, 1905, in Sterling, Neb., to Robert John and Nettie Belle (Austin) McCracken. Following his father’s death in 1916, the family made their home in Morrill County.
He was engaged in farming all his life, working with the older McCracken brother’s for many years in the area of the old C-14 School. He later worked for his younger brother, Pat, and his final seven years of farm work were spent in the Bridgeport area with a niece and her family.
He made his home in Bayard with his mother and sister, Agnes. He was a charter member of the Bayard Senior Center where he enjoyed the activities and company of the other members. He always raised a little garden and liked to throw horseshoes. He had been a resident of the Chimney Rock Villa the past few years and was a participant in most of the activities.
He is survived by his sister, Agnes McCracken of Bayard; nieces, Betty J. Fillis-Smith and Blake of Spokane, Wash., Donna J. Kempt and Robert of Colorado, Gail D. Hocott and Rod of Little Rock, Ark.; grandnieces, Beverly Kaufman and Laura Kaufman and daughter Chancey of Scottsbluff, Lancier Hocott and son Max of Little Rock, Ark.; grandnephews, James Douglas Fillis, Mitzi, and R. David Fillis of Bridgeport, Danial L. Fillis and Tana of Alliance, Neb., Jefferson Davis and Suzette of Little Rock, Ark., Jordan Davis and Petrea of Ketchum, Id., H.A. (Jake) Christensen of Minnesota; great-grandnieces, Kayla Brooke Fillis and Colette Michelle Fillis, Tara and Tatum Bastron, and Maddaly Gail Davis; great-grandnephew, Jefferson Patrick Davis; and many cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James D. and John Virgil (Pat) McCracken and his wife Henrietta; half-brothers, Edward, Robert J. (Bob) and his wife May, Frank, and William (Bill) McCracken.

Adella Miller
SCOTTSBLUFF — Adella Miller, 92, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, August 11, 2001. Funeral arrangements are pending at The Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. 

Samuel E. Taylor
ALLIANCE — Samuel E. Taylor, 65, died Saturday, August 11, at Good Samaritan Health Care Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel. Father Vince Parsons will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born January 27, 1936 in Rushville, Nebraska to William C. and Myrtle B. (Lockman) Taylor. He married Josephine Hawkins June 22, 1974 at Colorado Springs, Colo. 
He had owned and operated J & S Janitorial Service at Alliance and had also been the Service Manager at Dobson Dodge. After his retirement he had been the caretaker at the Good Samaritan Towers.
He is survived by step-daughters Julie Hubert of Gainesville, Florida and Denise Shugarts of Denver, Colorado; sisters Verna Dennon of Scottsbluff and Betty Tjardes of Clovis, N.M.; brothers Lloyd E. Taylor of Alliance, James E. Taylor of Atlanta, Tex., and Van Crouter of Banning, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a step-daughter, Allie Hawkins.

Gilbert Christensen
OSHKOSH—Gilbert Christensen, 82, of Oshkosh, died Saturday morning, October 20, 2001 at the Heritage of Bridgeport Nursing Home in Bridgeport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2001 in the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oshkosh with Pastors Jack and Dawn Coffey officiating. Burial will be in the Ash Hollow Cemetery at Lewellen, with military rites by the Oshkosh V.F.W. Post and the Lisco American Legion Post. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or the Oshkosh Senior Center. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh. 
Gilbert Eugene Christensen, the oldest child of Ole Bryan and Oline Marie (Leth) Christensen was born August 29, 1919 in a sod house south of Big Springs. His family lived on various farms in Deuel, Garden and Sioux counties. He graduated from the 8th grade in 1932. As a young man he worked on various farms and ranches. 
On August 7, 1941 he was sworn into the Army, 108 Field Artillery, B.T.Y.B., 28th division. He was on the other side of St. Lo France where he was wounded. He was in hospitals in France and England and later transferred to Atlantic City, N.J. He was in hospitals for 14 months and two weeks. He received the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, the French Crodix Guear and the Bronze Star. He achieved the rank of Buck Sergeant. He was discharged in October of 1945. 
After his discharge, he returned to his family home on a farm at Big Springs. In February of 1946 he went to work for Ad Patrick. 
On June 9, 1946 he was united in marriage to Josephine Helen King at Lewellen. They worked for Harold Orr and Waldo Haythorn in the Rackett area. In 1959 they moved to Oshkosh, where they bought W & W Salvage from Ray Miller. In 1983 they sold the business and moved into town and retired. 
He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and was a member of F.O.B. Eagles Aerie #4283 at Oshkosh and Aerie #2813 at Bridgeport. He had received an award for 17 years of meritorious service with the volunteer firemen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the Senior Center and his family. 
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Christensen of Oshkosh; two sons, Rodney and his wife Arlene Christensen of Dacono, Colo. and Curlie Joe and his wife Connie Christensen of Bridgeport; one brother, Albert and his wife Jackie Christensen of Rapid City, S.D.; three sisters, Deloris Smith of Cody, Wyo., Vyola Cochran of Lewellen and Leola and her husband Bob Starr of Santa Clara, Calif.; three brothers-in-law, Ralph King of Oshkosh, Raymond and his wife Joyce King of Forest Grove, Ore. and Clyde and his wife Alice King of North Platte; one sister-in-law, Ruth King of Ogallala; four grandchildren, Felecia Ann Christensen of Harrison, Ariz., Tanya and her husband Brent Fitch of Greeley, Colo., Eric Christensen of Dacono, Colo. and Trenton John Christensen of Bridgeport; two step-grandchildren, Andy Zimmerman of Laramie, Wyo. and Brandi Zimmerman of Greeley, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Leroy, Jonathan and Bradley Compton of Independence, Kan.; and two step-great-grandchildren, Austin and Crystal Kierstead of Greeley, Colo. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son and two sisters. 

Gerald LeRoy Davis
CHADRON — Gerald LeRoy Davis, 61, passed away October 21, 2001 at his home doing what he loved, working on his house. Memorial services will be at United Methodist Church Thursday, October 25th at 11 a.m. with the Rev. K.F. (Kilo) Kaleuati officiating. Burial will be at Alliance City Cemetery Friday, October 26th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established at the Nebraska Stroke Foundation and the United Methodist Church Remodeling (Elevator) Fund. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, Box 970, Chadron, Neb. Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Davis was born June 13, 1940 in Alliance to Lonnie and Mae Davis. He attended school in Alliance. He met and married Sharon Powell on June 5, 1960 in Alliance.
In 1958 Mr. Davis became employed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Alliance. In 1964 he was transferred to Gering, where he worked at the Wildcat Hills Game Reserve. He was later named superintendent and moved to the game reserve.
In 1981 he became superintendent of Chadron State Park where he retired after 39 years of service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
His survivors include his wife, Sharon of Chadron; daughters, Annette and husband Shane Aulick and Jana and husband Alan DeHaven all of Scottsbluff; brothers-in-law, Marvin and Laura Powell of South Dakota and Rob and Judy Hall of Galveston, Texas and Marvin Sloan of Lakeside; sister-in-law, Darlene Davis of Chadron; six grandchildren, Krystal Aulick, Brent Aulick, Kayla DeHaven, Jessica DeHaven, Matthew DeHaven and Mitchell DeHaven; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale Davis and Ed Davis; and sister, Doris Sloan. 

Arthur M. Henrickson
SCOTTSBLUFF — Arthur M. Henrickson, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Monday, October 22, 2001 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral arrangements are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.

Loren Melton ‘Tiny’ Klassert
EUGENE, ORE. — Loren Melton "Tiny" Klassert, 86, of Eugene, Ore. died Friday, September 28, 2001. Funeral services are Tuesday, October 23rd at 10 a.m. at Creighton Valley Cemetery in Melbeta. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association. West Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born August 27, 1915 in Wheatland, Wyo. to Sam and Maude (Folmsbec) Klassert. He married Iona Mildred Paine Bobbitt in Weiser, Idaho, March 6, 1957. He lived in Madras, Ore., for about four years and moved to Nebraska in 1959. He moved to Eugene, Ore. in 1990. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and visiting with all the farmers. He was a man’s man and a real teaser. He did a lot of jobs in his life. He was a farmer in his youth, helping his dad on their beet farm, carpenter, foreman for the City of Weiser on a street crew, fireman at the sugar factory in Nebraska. Most of his life, he was a ditch rider-irrigation water distributor for farmers. He was a "jack of all trades, master of none." He was a member of Assembly of God Church in his youth.
He is survived by his wife, Iona; sons, Sam of Minatare and Tim of Eugene; daughters, Rayma Ocheltree of Eugene, Lorena Reynolds of Brownsville, Ore., Laura Keeling of Phoenix and Juanita Klassert of Lyman; step-son, Bill Bobbitt of Scottsbluff; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a daughter and a step-daughter. 

Leonard Narvais
SCOTTSBLUFF — A funeral mass for Leonard Narvais, 41, of Scottsbluff, who died Friday, October 19, 2001 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, will be held Wednesday October 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morrill with Father Stephen Deaver officiating. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill. A vigil will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the church. A memorial has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice.
He was born November 26, 1959 at Scottsbluff to Louis and Elean (Urdiales) Narvais, Sr. He grew up and graduated from Morrill High School in 1978. He worked at the Beanery in Morrill, Groskopf Gas Station, and later at Platte Valley Pet Food in Scottsbluff for ten years before working for CMR Trucking in Alliance for two years. He was currently employed by Long Electric in Evanston, Wyo. In 1988, he met Susan Ivey and they were married on February 23, 1990 in Scottsbluff. Leonard was a wonderful, kind person with a huge warm heart who touched a lot of lives. Throughout the years Leonard made it very well known that his family meant a great deal to him, and he will be sadly missed.
He was a member of the church.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Narvais of Scottsbluff; sons and daughters-in-law, Shaun and Melissa Weimer of Scottsbluff, Paul and Gloria Narvais of Memphis, Tenn., and Dereck Narvais of Mitchell; seven grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Victor Juarez of Denver, Colo. and Caroline and Ron Torrez of Mitchell; brother, Louis Narvais, Jr. of Potter; parents, Louis and Elean Narvais, Sr. of Morrill; nieces and nephews, Veronica, Dominic, Phillip, Edward, Narciso, Richard and Cassie.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Narciso and Frank Narvais and godson, Joseph Torrez.

Joe L. Ozuna
SCOTTSBLUFF — Joe L. Ozuna, 45, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2001 at First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Bret Rickard officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2001. A memorial has been established to the family. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 
He was born July 23, 1956 in Edingburg, Texas to Flavio and Frances (Sanchez) Ozuna. He received his early education in the Scottsbluff public schools and graduated from Scottsbluff High School and then attended the University of Nebraska. He married Teresa K. Gonzales on March 1, 1980 in Scottsbluff and they made there home in Scottsbluff. 
He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa of Scottsbluff; daughter, Felicia A. Ozuna of Scottsbluff; son, Joseph Ozuna, Jr. of Scottsbluff; granddaughter, Anisha Ozuna of Scottsbluff; grandson, Angelo Ozuna of Scottsbluff; mother, Frances Ozuna of Scottsbluff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Terry and Bill Livermont of Scottsbluff, Elma and Rudy Guerrero of Scottsbluff, Gloria and Homero M. Torres of Scottsbluff; Dora and Armando Comacho of Indiana; sister, Ellen Ozuna of Scottsbluff; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Maria Ozuna of Scottsbluff; brothers, Flavio Ozuna, Jr. of Scottsbluff, Rueben Ozuna of Texas, and Fred Ozuna of Scottsbluff; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Flavio Ozuna, Sr., and a niece, Trisha. 

Mildred Provancial
SCOTTSBLUFF — Mildred Provancial, 75, of Scottsbluff died Saturday, October 20, 2001 at the Chadron Community Hospital. Funeral services are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff.

Rosalie A. Rohnke
SCOTTSBLUFF — Rosalie A. Rohnke, 81, of Scottsbluff died Friday, October 19, 2001 at Heritage Health Care Center in Gering. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2001, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jeffrey Grams officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial is to Prairie Haven Hospice. 
She was born March 28, 1920, at the Hull Community near Lyman to Conrad and Martha Marie Kuxhaus, and she received her education in Lyman. She worked at a dairy in Gurnsey, Wyo. then on the family farm. In 1942 she moved to Missouri and was married to Frank Rohnke June 13, 1942 in Neosho, Mo. They lived in Anderson and Lanagan, Mo. and Ft. Lewis, Wash. She returned to Lyman in 1945 while Frank was in the service; upon his discharge they moved to Scottsbluff and lived here since. 
She worked at the Scottsbluff High School cafeteria from 1963 until 1972; then at West Nebraska Community College dormitory for three years. In 1975 she started working for Regional West Medical Center and was there for 10 years until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff. 
She is survived by her husband, Frank; son, Richard A. Rohnke of Yankton, S.D.; daughters, Merrily Meier of Ft. Collins, Colo. and Connie Rohnke of Gering; two grandchildren, Erika Meier of Ft. Collins and Steve Meier of Englewood; and many nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Fred and Dave Kuxhausen; four sisters, Kate Wills, Pauline Minge, Ella Johnson, her twin sister Fay Rohnke; and son-in-law, Dennis Meier.


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