|Clarence Edwin Beitel
SCOTTSBLUFF — Clarence Edwin Beitel, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Monday,
December 10, 2001 at Bryan Memorial West Hospital in Lincoln. His funeral
service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Emmanuel
Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Reverend Larry E. Scovil officiating.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff with military honors
by Admiral Dewey Post No. 1681 V.F.W. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m.
Friday, December 14, 2001 at Jolliffe Funeral Home and at the church Saturday
morning until service time. Memorials to Emmanuel Congregational Church
in Scottsbluff would be appreciated.
He was born January 26, 1918 at Weta, South Dakota the son of Homer
and Selena (Truman) Beitel. He attended school at Weda, graduating from
Weda High School. He attended Chillocothe Business College before joining
the National Guard. He activated into full military service on December
23, 1940. He served during World War II in the United States Army and was
honorably discharged on October 7, 1945. He was united in marriage to Rose
Ida Yost on December 1, 1944 at Columbus, Georgia. The couple returned
to the Scottsbluff area following World War II. They moved to a farm/ranch
near Angora hill where they lived until moving to a farm four miles north
of Scottsbluff where they made their home. They retired and moved to Scottsbluff
in 1964 and Clarence went to work for the University of Nebraska Panhandle
Station for two years. He was employed by B & C Steel Corporation for
many years until ill health forced him to retire at the age of 81.
He was a member of Emmanuel Congregational Church in Scottsbluff and
the V.F.W. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and outdoor activities, especially
yard work. He loved to cook, especially grilling, for visitors. His sons,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
He will be remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and
Nancy Beitel of Mullen and Larry and Sonja Beitel of Sargent; sister, Pat
Cole of Carmichael, Calif.; grandchildren, Amiee Beitel of Ashland, Ohio,
Mark Beitel of Kearney, Nicole Owens and her husband Nick of Aurora, Jeff
Beitel of Capistrano Beach, Calif. and Natalie Beitel of Lincoln; great-grandchildren,
Kaitlyn, Sydnee, and Grayce Owens all of Aurora; numerous nieces, nephews,
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; Rose in 1987;
one brother, Francis Beitel; infant brother, Theodore and sisters, Florence
Farmer and Lucille Quinn.
Thomas L. Klein
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Thomas L. Klein, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday,
December 1, 2001 at North Kansas City Hospital. A memorial service will
be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Zion Evangelical Church
in Scottsbluff with Pastor Doug Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials
to the church would be appreciated. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff
is assisting with the arrangements.
Tom was born March 29, 1957 in Scottsbluff, the son of David L. and
Geraldine J. (Rexus) Klein. He graduated from Morrill High School with
the Class of 1975. He worked for various companies throughout his life
including Gerry Company in Denver, Apple Computer Company in North Carolina,
and Goodyear Tire Company in Denver. At the time of his death he was working
as a security guard at the Holiday Inn in Kansas City, Mo. As a young adult,
he committed his life to Christ, receiving his salvation through baptism
on January 9, 2000 at Community Christian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.
His greatest joy was traveling.
He is survived by his parents, David and Geraldine Klein of Gering;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Lisa Klein of Mitchell and Brian
and Lori Klein of Kearney; nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Joshua and Kirsten
Klein all of Kearney and Mersades and Matthew Klein both of Mitchell; maternal
grandmother, Caroline Rexus of Terrytown; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins
and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal
Richard ‘Dick’ McKean
BAYARD — Richard "Dick" McKean, 74, of Bayard, died Saturday, December
8, 2001 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Hot Springs, SD. Graveside services
will be held at 11 a.m. December 17 at the Black Hills National Cemetery
in Sturgis, SD. The family invites friends and relatives to join them for
a memorial flag raising followed by supper on December 18 at 5:30 p.m.
at the Bayard Housing Authority complex in Bayard. In lieu of flowers,
a memorial fund to build a flower bed near the flagpole at the Bayard Housing
Authority complex has been established. Those who wish to contribute may
send their donation to Valley Bank and Trust, C/O Richard "Dick" McKean
Memorial Fund at 1425 10th Street, in Gering, NE.
Dick was born February 5, 1927 to Ralph J. and Sadie M. (McFarland)
McKean in Witten, SD. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served
during World War II. During his service, he served as Fireman, First Class,
on the destroyers, U.S.S. Aylwin and U.S.S. Glennon and received the World
War II Victory, American Theatre, and Asiatic Pacific medals. He was proud
of his service and remained active in the VFW in White River, SD, where
he lived for 35 years, serving for a time as Commander of that post and
acting as Legion Baseball coach for a period. Dick loved hunting, trapping,
fishing, and card playing and was known for his love of practical jokes.
He moved to Bayard around 1985 and purchased some land with his son Richard
"Rich" McKean, north of town. He lived there, each year planting a large
garden, the bounty shared with family and friends until health required
that he move to the Housing Authority complex in Bayard. At the Housing
Authority, he maintained a smaller garden, sharing the fruits with neighbors
and friends and volunteered to raise and lower the American flag daily
until his health prevented it. In his final year he enjoyed cups of coffee
with friends at the Housing Facility, watching sports, (tracking the progress
of the NE Comhuskers), and visits with his children and grandchildren.
Dick is survived by son, Mark McKean of Gering and his children, Jason
and Jared McKean, son, Kerry McKean of Amarillo, Texas, son, Richard "Rich"
McKean and wife Kathy of Bayard and their children Melissa, Ryan, and Steve
McKean; daughter, Kathy Hatfield of Mesa, Ariz. and her daughter Ashley
Hatfield and daughter, Becky Richter and husband Randy of Gering and their
children Martin and his wife Maria Gillen, Christi, Michael, and Michelle
Gillen and two great grandchildren, Bradley and Anabelle Gillen of Gering.
He is also survived by two sisters, Velva Roberts, of Springfield, SD and
Maureen Liacos, of Peabody, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sadie (McKean) Buck and Ralph
Amy Loretta Sieger
OSHKOSH — Amy Loretta Sieger, 95 of Oshkosh, passed away at the Highland
Park Care Center in Alliance, Saturday morning, December 8, 2001. Funeral
services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Holechek
Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Cliff Transmeier of the Lisco Presbyterian
Church officiating. Burial will be in the Oshkosh Cemetery. Visitation
will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
A memorial is being established and may be made in care of the family.
Holechek Funeral Home of Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Amy Loretta Sieger, the daughter of Lurton and Amy (Phillips) Jay,
was born on November 25, 1906 at Alliance. The family lived on a ranch
southwest of town and at an early age moved to a ranch northeast of Whitman
in Cherry County. She spent many happy times fishing, hunting and working
on the ranch while growing up. She loved the Sandhills and enjoyed telling
stories of her early years there. Due to the distance from town, when it
became time for High School, she and her sister Ilas stayed in Alliance
and worked at the St. Joseph’s Hospital to pay room and board while attended
school there. Following graduation, she stayed on and attended the Hospital
School for nurses and graduated June 25, 1928 with her nursing degree.
While visiting a friend in South Dakota, she met Leonard Sieger who
was living on the family ranch at Buffalo Gap, SD. On April 22, 1930 they
were married at Hyannis. They made there home on Leonard’s ranch and she
stayed there until 1997, when she moved with her son Donald to their present
ranch north of Oshkosh.
In June of 1998 she was hospitalized with a stroke, but recovered enough
to move back to the ranch. She was cared for by her son and her Health
Care Nurse, Betty Zlomke until returning to the hospital with a second
stroke on October 27 of this year. She then moved to the Highland Park
Care Center. She enjoyed a quiet home life, her garden, flowers and ranch
livestock. She was a devoted wife and mother and was always willing and
able to help anyone she could.
Survivors include her son, Donald of Oshkosh and many nieces and nephews.
Amy Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in July of
1976; her parents; one brother, Lurton H. Jay; three sisters, Lela Phipps,
Anna Vandermate and Ilas Jay and an infant brother and sister.
Ralph C. Williams
Ralph C. Williams, 92, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Northfield
Villa Medical Center of Gering. Funeral arrangements are pending at the
Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff.
Louis Keith Bartow
GUERNSEY, Wyo. — Louis Keith Bartow, 68, of Guernsey, Wyo., passed
away Thursday, January 31, 2002 at his home. Funeral services will be held
Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the Guernsey Presbyterian
Church. Interment will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials have been established to the church or to the Lions Club of Guernsey.
Visitation will be Tuesday at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel from 9 a.m. to
noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Guernsey Presbyterian Church. Dugan-Kramer
Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on August 16, 1933 in Gering to Floyd and Myrtle (Robinson)
Bartow. He attended grade school in Gering and graduated high school in
Torrington, Wyo., in 1951. On June 4, 1960 he married Lucille Marion Cook
in Torrington, where he worked at the Outer Inn. Six months later they
moved to Guernsey, where he worked at the Guernsey Skaggs Grocery Store
and later Jack & Jill. In 1984, he went to work at the Trail Inn Restaurant
until failing health forced his retirement in 1988. He was a member of
the Guernsey Lions Club, where he served as secretary for 19 years. He
was also a member of the Guernsey Presbyterian Church. He had many hobbies
including ceramics, crafts, dog breeding, watching TV and was an excellent
cook. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Lucille of the home; daughter Joleen and
husband Maurice Dalton of Davenport, Iowa; son, Terry and wife Dixie of
Guernsey and daughter Tamalya Bartow of Brandywine, W.V.; four grandchildren,
Roy Lee Layman, Philip, Jonathan and Terryl Bartow; one sister Lois Lowery
of Scottsbluff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dale, Ernie, Norman
and Harold and an infant sister.
Dorothea K. Billey
LACEY, Wash. — Dorothea K. Billey (Pat), 83, of Lacey, Wash., formerly
of Minatare, died January 31, 2002 at Roo Lan Healthcare Center in Lacey.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Forest
Funeral Home. A funeral Mass for Mrs. Billey will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
February 6 at Sacred Heart Church in Lacey. Arrangements are under the
direction of Forest Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice, 3706 Griffin Lane SE, Olympia,
She was born April 12, 1918 in Sentinel Butte, N.D. She moved from
Minatare to Lacey in 1968. She worked at St. Martin’s College as a cook
and later at Evergreen State College. She ran the restaurant at Bailey’s
Drugstore in Tumwater, and later she purchased a restaurant in Lacey she
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Stephen Billey, and a
son John Paul Billey.
She is survived by two sisters, Irene Boysen of Olympia, Wash., and
Ilene Rambousek of Albany, Ore. She is also survived by seven sons and
four daughters, Roger of Redding, Calif.; Jim and Christopher of Lacey;
Joseph of Bothell, Wash.; Stephen of Long Beach, Calif.; Charles of Hobart,
Okla.; Michael of Olympia; Ruth Allen of Dayton, Ohio; Kathaleen Thibeault
of Kingston, Wash; Patricia Kight of Eagle River, Alaska; and Valerie Geiger
of Tumwater, Wash; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Richard Henry Roth
MORRILL — Richard Henry Roth, 61, of Morrill, died Thursday, January
31, 2002 at his home. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February
4, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church in Gering with Pastor David
Rowe officiating. Interment will be in the West Lawn Cemetery. Friends
may call at Gering Memorial Chapel Saturday, February 2, 2002 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and Sunday February 3, 2002 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A memorial
has been established to Prairie Haven Hospice or to the First United Methodist
Church in Gering.
Dick was born July 28, 1940 in Scottsbluff to Henry, Jr. and Helen
E. (Achziger) Roth. He received his education at Dome Rock School and in
Clearmont, Wyo. He lived with his parents on a farm south of Gering until
1950 when the family moved to Clearmont, Wyo. In 1956 the family moved
to Stegall, Neb. where they owned and operated the Stegall Store until
1964. Dick lived with his parents on a farm northwest of Morrill from 1965
until his death. He was devoted to helping his parents and loved living
and working on the farm. He loved animals and enjoyed working with and
caring for them. His dog Skipper was his constant companion. His nephews,
Mark and Steve were very important to him and the highlight of his life.
Dick was an inspiration to all who knew him as he battled cancer for
almost four years. His kindness and willingness to help others continued
as a part of his life until his illness made it physically impossible.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gering.
He is survived by his father, Henry Jr. of Morrill; brother and sister-in-law,
Don and Dian Roth of Gering; nephews, Mark Roth and his wife Wendy of Omaha
and Steve Roth of Milwaukee, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.
Martin R. Sparks
SCOTTSBLUFF — Martin R. Sparks, 80, of Scottsbluff, died February 1,
2002 at the Residency Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A memorial service
will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 at the Residency Chapel in Scottsbluff
with Fr. Tom Miles officiating. Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park
Crematory. A memorial has been established to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He was born August 4, 1921 at Agra, Kan., to Roy and Grace (McCabe)
Sparks. He entered the Navy in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Grace Queram June 16, 1945 in Chicago. They lived in Chicago,
Denver and Honolulu. After his stint with the Navy they moved to Scottsbluff
in 1948, where he worked for Ledbetter’s Wholesale for several years. He
and Grace were instrumental in building Gra Mar Manor, which is currently
Beverly Health Care, in Scottsbluff, where he was administrator for 12
He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a life member of
Elk’s Lodge #1367, and Scottsbluff Rotary. He loved to hunt, fish, garden,
golf, cook and travel.
Survivors include his wife: Grace; sons: Col. Grant Sparks Ret. U.
S. Marine Corps and his wife Marla of Swansboro, N.C., and Greg Sparks
and his wife Ann of Kearney; grandchildren: Gina and Dr. John Eisenach
of Rochester, Minn., Grant Sparks and Emily Sparks both of Kearney; sister:
Roma Lea Bundy of Boulder, Colo., and great-grandson Blake Eisenach of
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Marie.
Bernardina ‘Nina’ Valdez
MITCHELL — Bernardina ‘Nina’ Valdez, 84, of Mitchell entered into eternal
peace January 31, 2002 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff
with her family by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday,
February 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mitchell
with Fr. Stephen Deaver officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, February
2, 2002 from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, February 3, 2002 from 1 to 5 p.m.
at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell with a vigil to follow at the church
beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. Interment will be at the Mitchell Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association.
She was born May 20, 1917 in Fredericksburg, Texas, to Vincente and
Barbarita (Quinonez) Martinez. She spent her youth in Texas before moving
to Wheatland, Wyo., in her teenage years. She married Manuel Valdez on
July 16, 1938 in Wheatland, where the couple lived before moving to the
Mitchell area in 1942. She worked at the Herbert Campbell Potato Company
until her retirement in the mid 1980s. She lived at her home and enjoyed
working outdoors until her death.
She will be sadly missed by her many friends and family for the humor
and joy she brought to their lives.
She is survived by her three daughters, Eva Castillo and husband Pete
of North Platte, Isabel “Liz” Greeno of Lincoln and Eloise Giron and husband
Edward of Olathe, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters
Margarita Arciaga of Lincoln, Edna Vega and husband Joe of Scottsbluff
and Isabel Sisneros and husband Ysidro of Denver; brothers Frank Martinez
of Brighton, Colo., and Margarito Martinez of Mitchell; special family
friends Tony and Jenny Ayala and family of Mitchell as well as nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband Manuel; two sons, Cruz and
Manuel; parents; and two brothers, Saragosa and Tiofilio Martinez.
HAY SPRINGS — Edward Yekel, 77, of Hay Springs, died Saturday, February
2, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Hot Springs, S.D. Arrangements are pending
at Chamberlain Mortuary in Hay Springs. A full obituary will appear in
Theodore ‘Ted’ Fogel
DENVER — Theodore “Ted” Fogel, 69, of Denver, died May 27, 2002. Funeral
services will be held June 3, 2002 at 12:30 p.m. at the Horan and McConaty
Funeral Home in Denver. Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery
in Denver with military services. Memorial contributions may be made to
the American Heart Association.
He was born December 5, 1932 in Scottsbluff, to Karl and Anna (Meier)
Fogel. In 1966, he moved to Denver and had been in the carpet business
until his retirement in 1992.
He is survived by his mother of Bayard; sister Dorothy Kautz of Minatare;
brothers larry of Denver and Kenneth of Phoenix; and nieces, nephews, grand
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Andrea Rose Gray Grass
LOOMIS — Andrea Rose Gray Grass, 18, of Loomis, formerly of Scottsbluff,
died Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at Phelps Memorial Health Center following
an automobile accident. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, June
3, 2002 at the Inter-Cultural Chapel in Scottsbluff with Pastor Charles
Underhill officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
A Wake will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Friends
may call Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at the Inter-Cultural Chapel.
A memorial has been established to the family.
She was born on October 13, 1983 in Scottsbluff to Blair Gray Grass
and Verbena Rocky Mountain. She attended Roosevelt Elementary School and
Bluffs Middle School in Scottsbluff. She attended high school in Huron,
S.D., the Normative School in Sheridan, Wyo., Lexington, and Loomis. She
was a 2002 graduate of Loomis High School.
Rose enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, doing artwork,
listening to music and running.
She is survived by her parents, her paternal grandmother, Martha Iron
Horse of Scottsbluff; brother, Jeremy Gray Grass of Scottsbluff; numerous
aunts, uncles, cousins, and her foster family, Barry and Terry Sullivan
and family of Loomis.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather.
Clarence D. Orr
OSHKOSH — Clarence D. Orr, 98, a long-time resident of Garden County,
Neb., passed away May 29, 2002, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at the
Lisco Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Cliff Transmeier officiating. Burial
will be in the Lisco Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral
Memorial contributions may be made to the Garden County Community Foundation,
P.O. Box 291 Oshkosh, NE 69154. Funds should be designated for the Clarence
and Emily Orr Scholarship fund. Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in
charge of the arrangements.
Clarence D. Orr was born on September 6, 1903 in Tyro, KS to John and
Ardilla (Ray) Orr. When he was 13 years old, his father moved the family
to a homestead near Kit Carson, CO where he graduated from high school.
After attending one year at a business college in Wichita, Kan., he and
his brother Floyd come to Nebraska to work on road construction in the
Sand Hills. The two brothers began farming east of Oshkosh the following
On November 24, 1932, Clarence was united in marriage to Emily Ridenour
in Oshkosh. The newlyweds began their long farming career on several farms
near Lewellen. In 1947, Clarence moved his family to a farm east of Lisco,
which he owned until his death. He farmed dry land wheat north of Lisco,
raised stock cows and operated a small feedlot on his farm east of Lisco.
Farming was his vocation and he maintained an intense interest in agriculture
during his lifetime.
Clarence served on the Lisco school board, and the Lisco Irrigation
District Board. He was a member of the Lisco Presbyterian Church and was
involved in Lisco Community activities.
Survivors include his three children: Donald Orr and his wife Marlene
of Lisco, William “Bill” Orr and his wife Linda of Ft. Myers, Fla. and
Carol A. Beall and her husband Jack of Daytona Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren
and 13 great-grandchildren.
Clarence was the last surviving member of the John and Ardilla Orr
family, as he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Emily, sister
Marie Mauter and brothers Harry, Floyd, Emery and Robert.
Garland G. ‘Gale” Moore
GUERNSEY, Wyo. — Garland G. “Gale” Moore, 74, of Guernsey, died Wednesday,
May 29, 2002 at his home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on
Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, Wyo., with
full military rites. The casket will be closed. Those who wish may direct
memorial contributions in his memory to either the Guernsey-Sunrise High
School Activity Department or to the Guernsey Community Library. The Colyer
Funeral Home of Torrington is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born May 7, 1928 in Minatare, the son of Forrest and Nadean
(Reeder) Moore. He grew up and received his education, graduating from
Torrington High School in 1945. He then joined the U.S. Army, where he
served in Germany. He returned to Torrington and continued to serve with
the Army National Guard at Guernsey. He married Helen Ann Arland on June
10, 1950 in Walla Walla, Wash. The couple moved to Guernsey in 1970. He
spent 38 years with the Wyoming National Guard at Guernsey; retiring in
1988 as a Sgt. Major. After his retirement from the National Guard, he
went to work for the State of Wyoming at Camp Guernsey and retired in 1996.
He enjoyed being a part-time rancher, and he was an avid rock hunter.
He liked spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He
was a member of the Guernsey Fire Department for 23 years and served as
fire chief for 12 years. He was also a member of the Guernsey Rural Fire
Zone and of the Torrington VFW Paul A. Johnston Post #2918.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Beverley and Odell Haynes
of Lusk, Wyo., Vicky and Steve Miller of San Diego and Sandra and Rod Smith
of Glendo, Wyo.; sister and brother-in-law Berdean and Leo Walter of Torrington,
Wyo.; special friend Linda Matzke of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren Michael
P. Haynes, Michael R. Haynes, Michelle Daniels, Zachary Miller, Alexander
Miller, Zachary Moore, Christopher Smith, Heather Smith and B.J. Smith;
and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
KIMBALL — Gus Sakelaris, Jr. 64 of Albuquerque, New Mexico died on
May 29, 2002 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
May 1, 2002 at the French Mortuary Westside Chapel of Albuquerque.
He was born December 6, 1938 in Kimball a son of Gus and Luella Mae
Sakelaris. He graduated from Kimball High School in May 1957. He was an
honorary Fireman on the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department. He has lived
in Albuquerque since 1985, where he was employed as a maintenance technician
at Cube Corporation. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Gus
enjoyed music, traveling, fishing, all sports and was a loving grandfather
He is survived by his wife Lydia, and two children, Mike Sakelaris
and Brenda Hoffman, and three step children, Donna Tollardo and husband
Dave, Amanda Chavez and husband Delbert, and Loretta Valdez, all of Albuquerque.
Also two sisters, Elaine Sandridge of Kimball and Dorothy Engstrom of Lincoln,
seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.
Austin Dale Smith
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Austin Dale Smith, 12, of Torrington, Wyo., died
May 24, 2002 at Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston, Texas. Memorial services
will be in Torrington Asturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church,
and in Laramie, Wyo., Monday, June 3 2002 at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian
Church on Grand Avenue with Rev. Tom Hall presiding. Burial will be in
Valley View Cemetery in Torrington following the service in Torrington.
Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials
may be sent to Pinnacle Bank, 2000 Main Street, Torrington, WY. Money raised
will go to a fund for children’s healthcare research.
He was born September 26, 1989 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne,
Wyo., to Paul W. and Cary L. Berry Smith. He was a sixth-grader at Paintbrush
Elementary School in Laramie. He was active in 4-H, Cub Scouts, Torrington
Little League and church. As a member of 4-H, he participated in shooting
sports, dog training, leathercraft and photography. He won second place
in 4-H air pistol competition at state when he was 10. He was also awarded
best of show honors at the county fair for his photography work. He enjoyed
playing baseball, soccer and basketball. He enjoyed rollerblading, riding
bicycles and eating pizza with the pepperoni on top. One of the biggest
joys of his life was his little brother Gentry, whom he babysat and showed
off to anyone who he could corner.
Survivors include his parents; brother; grandmother Ruth Berry of Sheridan,
Wyo.; grandparents Charles Ray and Peggy Smith of Fayetteville, Tenn.;
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Oral D. “Shorty” Berry
and his great-grandparents.
Mary Emma (Woten) VanPelt
GERING — Mary Emma (Woten) VanPelt, 91, of Gering, went with her Lord
May 31, 2002 at Heritage Health Care Center in Gering. Funeral services
will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Gering Memorial Chapel
with Pastor Don Mathis officiating. Interment will follow at the West Lawn
Cemetery in Gering. Memorials may be sent to the Panhandle Humane Society,
126 South Beltline Highway West, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Friends may call
Gering Memorial Chapel Monday from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to
8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service. Gering Memorial Chapel
is in charge of arrangements.
She was born October 27, 1910 at Cedar Rapids. Her parents were Hugh
and Mary Ella (Purdy) Woten. She moved to Cheyenne County when she was
5 years old. She graduated from Banner County High School in 1928. She
attended nurses training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. She also worked
at the Kimball Hospital and a hospital in Littleton, Colo.
She married Roy VanPelt September 6, 1932 at Kimball, and to this marriage
two children were born, son William Hugh and daughter Mary Elsie Sparks.
They farmed and ranched in Banner County for 50 years. They raised registered
Hereford cattle. She was a volunteer at the information desk at the Regional
West Medical Center for several years. She was a present member of the
Women of the Moose Lodge, Chapter 1398 and a past member of the Pythian
Sister of Harrisburg and the Eagles Auxiliary of Scottsbluff.
She is survived by her daughter Elsie Sparks of Gering; brother Myron
Woten of Potter; sister Gladys Pierce of Scottsbluff; granddaughters Crystal
VanPelt of Scottsbluff and Mary Wilcox of Nederland, Colo.; grandsons Roy
Sparks of Commerce City, Colo, Charley Sparks of Denver and Roy Lee VanPelt
of Tipton, Okla.; eight great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren;
numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Bev Faden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roy on January 13,
1983; son William Hugh (Bill) VanPelt on February 9, 2001; sisters Vera
Woten and Grace White; brothers Dell and Robert Woten; grandsons James
Sparks and Billie VanPelt; an infant grandchild and two infant great grandchildren.
Marguerite A. West
RUSHVILLE — Marguerite A. West, 85, of Rushville died Wednesday, May
29, 2002 at Chadron. Services will be held Monday, June 3, 2002 at 2 p.m.
at Rushville Chapel with Rev. Al Trucano officiating. Burial will be at
Extention Cemetery in White Clay. A memorial has been established for the
Rushville Rescue Unit and St. Jude’s Hospital. Donations may be sent to
Security First Bank of Rushville. Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron is in charge
She was born August 14, 1917 in Rushville to George Lehman and Agnes
She is survived by sons Bryan and Sharon Bourne of Colorado Springs,
Colo., and Bernard and Pat Bourne of Rushville; sister Carrie Reeves of
White Clay; as well as numerous grand and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne West.
Merle A. Barker
Merle A. Barker, 90, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at
Regional West Medical Center, from injuries he received in an automobile
accident near Minatare. Cremation took place at The Jolliffe Funeral Home
and Crematory in Scottsbluff. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.,
Saturday, July 12, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Reverend
Ed Hunzeker officiating. Memorials may be given to the Elks Crippled Children’s
Fund. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. on Friday.
He was born July 3, 1913 at Newport, Neb., the son of Virgil E. and
Maggie (Debolt) Barker. He graduated from Newport High School with the
Class of 1932, where he participated in basketball and received numerous
ribbons and medals for track. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Staal
on Oct. 27, 1934 in Bassett. The couple moved to Scottsbluff, where Merle
began his career with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He was the
District Manager for Firestone for a five state area before becoming the
manager of the Scottsbluff store. Merle was awarded the distinction of
being a member of the Firestone Billionaire Club. He retired in 1978 after
44 years of service to the Firestone Company.
Merle was a member of the B.P.O. of Elks Lodge #1367, the Masons, and
the El Jebel Shrine Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing,
playing pool, listening to Jazz, working in his yard and garden, and socializing
over coffee with the guys at Baileys and later at the Holland Bakery. He
was a collector of antique Buick cars. Merle was honored this past Saturday
with a reception at the Elks in honor of his 90th birthday.
He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan
and Bob Deeds; granddaughter Lisa Tenney and her husband Chad; great-granddaughters
Madison and Makenzie Tenney, all of Littleton, Colo.; sister-in-law Mildred
Hummel of Gering; nieces; nephews; and his beloved dog “Buster.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marjorie in 1987; and
brothers, Lawrence and Howard.
Charles D. Gritzfeld
Charles D. Gritzfeld, 80, of Scottsbluff died Wednesday, July 9, 2003
at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Jolliffe Funeral Home
Keith Rollo Leinweber
DOUGLAS, Wyo. — Funeral services for Keith Rollo Leinweber, 83, will
be held Thursday, July 10, at 10 a.m., at the Gorman Funeral Home/Converse
Chapel in Douglas, Wyo., with Reverend Doctor Robert D. Firebaugh of the
First United Methodist Church officiating. The Samuel Mares American Legion
Post #8 will conduct military rites. Mr. Leinweber died Monday, July 7,
2003, at his home near Douglas.
He was one of 17 children born to Hugo and Zella (Hottenstein) Leinweber,
on March 21, 1920 in Wymore, Neb. He was reared and educated in Minatare.
He farmed with his father in the Minatare area. He joined the United States
Army in March 1942, and he fought battles in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium,
and North Africa. He was discharged in May 1945 returning to Minatare.
He worked in Nebraska and Wyoming in the oil fields for 50 years. He was
married to Dolores Uglow on Jan. 9, 1946 in Harrisburg. Keith and Dolores
have been residents of Douglas since 1970. He was a past member of the
American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was known for his great
He is survived by his wife Dolores, of Douglas; seven children, Keith
R. Leinweber Jr. and wife Sheri, Dale Leinweber and companion Lynn, and
Danny Leinweber, all of Douglas, Roy Leinweber and wife, Mary of Aurora,
Colo., Fred Leinweber of Sheridan, Wyo., Bonnie Bott and husband Tim of
Gillette, Wyo., and Ruth Bartels and husband Marvin of Casper, Wyo.; sister
Irene Buskirk of Bayard; brother Jay Leinweber of Minatare; 14 grandchildren;
and 20 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers; and seven
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be David Bartels, Alan Bartels,
Mike Leinweber, Casey Leinweber and Cody Leinweber.
A memorial to the Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, P.O. Box 1,
Douglas, Wyo. 82633, would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Home/Converse Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Katrine Anna Mariegard
TORRINGTON, Wyo. –– Funeral services for Katrine Anna Mariegard, age
93, will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Colyer Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Brad Eakins officiating. Burial will be held in the
Lusk Cemetery in Lusk, Wyo., at 5 p.m. Katrine died on July 8, 2003 at
the Goshen Care Center in Torrington. Visitation hours will be held at
the Colyer Funeral Home on Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to either the Torrington
Senior Friendship Center or to the Torrington United Methodist Church.
Harold G. Powell
Harold G. Powell, 64 of Gering, died Monday, July 7, 2003 at Regional
West Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 11,
at Salem Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Dale Brown officiating.
Interment will be 2 p.m. Friday, in the Hemingford Cemetery. Friends may
call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday,
July 10. Memorials have been established to the Shriner’s or to the National
He was born April 10, 1939 in Sioux County to Glen Albert and Leota
(Morgan) Powell. He received his early education in rural Sioux County
and in Scottsbluff Public Schools before graduating from Scottsbluff High
School in 1957. He furthered his education at Scottsbluff Junior College
and received his Associate of Arts Degree in 1959. He was employed with
Lockwood Corporation for over 25 years. He married Jean Koch on June 10,
1962 in Scottsbluff, and they made their home in Gering.
He was a member of the Alliance Masonic Lodge #183 AF & AM and
a life member of The National Rifle Association. He served in the Nebraska
Army National Guard for about 10 years.
He enjoyed farming, collecting coins, shooting and hunting for arrowheads.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Mike Bell
of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter Glenette Powell of Grand Island; daughter and
son-in-law, Lorena and Doug Schlaepfer of Gering; son Schuyler Powell of
Gering; son Jason Powell and Jenny Lyon of Gering; brother and sister-in-law,
Duane and Rosanne Powell of Scottsbluff; sister and brother, Lorraine and
Gene Brown of Gering; sister, Eileen Smith of Gering; brother and sister-in-law,
Wade and Randy Powell of Gering; sister and brother-in-law, Twila and Kyle
Clause of Fort Collins, Colo., and Merle and Rosie Zimmerman of Scottsbluff;
grandchildren, Ashley Bell; Aspen, Tegan, Kenzie and Keaton Schlaepfer;
Maxwell, Alex and Mason Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents, an infant sister and an infant brother preceded him in
Julie A. Prickett
YUMA, ARIZ. — Julie A. Pricket passed away on July 3, 2003 in Yuma,
Ariz. She was born in Omaha on July 16, 1941 to James V. and M. Virginia
She graduated from Gering High School in 1959. She married Larry Prickett
on Feb. 23, 1960 in Scottsbluff. She owned and operated J&L Handy Service
with her husband until illness forced her retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Prickett of Yuma, Ariz.; her
son, Michael Prickett of Yuma, Ariz.; three daughters, JulAnne and Les
Gompert and Chris Prickett all of Yuma, Ariz., Laura and Tracy Novis of
Palm Desert, Calif.; mother, Virginia Hendrickson of Gering; sisters, Susan
and Wally Baird of Alliance, and Joan Hendrickson of Gering; brothers,
James and Pam Hendrickson of Columbus, and William and Lorraine Hendrickson
of Alliance; granddaughter, Justine Gompert of Yuma, Ariz.; three grandsons,
Jacob Gompert of Yuma, Ariz., Taylor and Zachary Novis of Palm Desert,
Calif.; and nieces and nephews. Her father, James V. Hendrickson, preceded
her in death.
A memorial open house will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 661
S. 6th Ave., Yuma, Ariz. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial donations can be
made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364.
Without her in it, the world is a darker place.
Leota A. McGrew-Rogers
Leota A. McGrew-Rogers, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003
at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Funeral arrangements are
pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.