|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
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
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
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
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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.
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.
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
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.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Adella Miller, 92, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, August
11, 2001. Funeral arrangements are pending at The Jolliffe Funeral Home
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.