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Gayle Tolliver, 51
Gayle Jean Tolliver, 51, of Maple Valley, Wash. died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, in Renton, Wash.
Services were April 13 at Weeks' Enumclaw Funeral Home. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park in Enumclaw, Wash.
Gayle Jean Tolliver was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Decatur, Neb. to Ed and Pauline (McAllister) Wanamaker. She married Garry Tolliver in 1963 in Blair. She was a licensed practical nurse.
She was a member of the Harley's Owner Group.
Survivors are her husband, Garry, of Maple Valley; a son, Michael Tolliver of Redmond, Wash; two daughters, Shelly Tolliver of Maple Valley and Teresa Gardner of Lacey, Wash.; two brothers, Duane Wanamaker of Dakota City, Neb.; and Ronald Wanamaker of Sioux City, Iowa; a sister, Linda Small of San Antonio, Tex.; and a grandson, Scott Gardner.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Michael Tolliver.
Memorials may be given to the Maple Valley Food Bank.

George Dean, 82
George W. Dean, 82, of Arlington died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at A. J. Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Rev. Donald Levenhagen will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the Fremont Honor Guard of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 854 and American Legion Post No. 20, at the funeral home. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Westlawn Memorial Park in Grand Island, Neb.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Reckmeyer - Moser Funeral Home in Arlington and at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of services.
George W. Dean was born July 6, 1915, in Grand Island to William and Josephine (Werner) Dean. He grew up at Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1933. He enlisted in the U. S. Army during World War II serving from March 1945 to July 1945. He lived in Grand Island until 1956, then in Columbus until 1961. He lived in Fremont until 1974 and then in Arlington until his death. On July 12, 1936, he married Mildred Riggert in Seward, Neb. On April 6, 1974, he married Emma (Leu) Widener in Blair.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair and American Legion Post No. 71 in Arlington.
Survivors are his wife, Emma of Arlington; a son and daughter - in - law, Gary and Barbara Dean of Fremont; a daughter, Marcia (Mrs. William) Schwartzer of Shelby, Neb.; step - daughters and step - son - in - law, Marlene and Ernest Armendariz of Tulsa, Okla.; and Sharon Schlueter of Watertown, Wis.; a son - in - law, Bob Schuyler of Grand Island; a step - daughter - in - law, Joan Schlueter of Arlington; 16 grandchildren and 25 great - grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred on July 29, 1973; his father, William; his mother and step - father, John and Josephine (Werner) Bacon; a daughter, Janice Schuyler; a brother, Orville Dean and a step - son, Jerrold Schlueter.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Schwartzer, Michael Dean, Matthew Dean, Kurt Schuyler, Kent Schuyler, Bill Schwartzer, Jr., Roger Carlow and Allen Lubken.
Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair; Arlington American Legion Post No. 71 or the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department.

Arthur Panning, 87
Arthur G. Panning, 87, of Fremont died Wednesday, April 29, 1998, at the Fremont Area Medical Center in Fremont.
Services were Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Hooper. Rev. Rodney Meske officiated. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
Arthur G. Panning was born May 20, 1910, near Altona, Neb., in Wayne County to Fred G. and Emma (Pflueger) Panning. He was baptized on June 10, 1910, and confirmed on April 13, 1924. At the age of five, he moved with his family to a farm near Hooper. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School east of Winslow and graduated from the Hooper High School. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army from 1941 through 1945. On June 4, 1944, he married Meta Wende in Cisco, Tex. In 1946, they moved to a farm in the Hooper area and farmed until 1978, when they retired and moved into Fremont.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he had served as an elder, a trustee and on various other boards and committees of the church. He was also a member of the Lutheran Laymen's League and had been a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Fremont.
Survivors are his wife, Meta; two sons and daughters - in - law, James and Nancy Panning of Hooper and Glen and Barbara Panning of Littleton, Colo.; three grandchildren and two brothers, Victor Panning and Theodore Panning, both of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Rabe Suhr, Esther Stong and Leona Kuhls and a brother, Irvin Panning.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.

Doris Johns, 83
Doris Adelaide Johns, 83, of Bennington died Monday, May 4, 1998, at the Ville DeSante Nursing Home in Omaha.
Services were Thursday at the Jaynes Street Community Church of God in Omaha. Rev. Scott Ross officiated. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery. Mrs. Johns was born Dec. 3, 1914, at Kennard. She was a bookkeeper.
Survivors are her husband, Russell Johns, Bennington; sons, Dean Johns, Bennington and Ronald Johns, Sun City, Ariz. and formerly of Fremont, Neb.; a daughter, Janet Johns, San Francisco, Calif.; two daughters - in - law, Kay Johns, Bennington and Nancy Johns, Sun City and formerly of Fremont; a sister, Faye Dierking, Amelia, Neb.; nine grandchildren and nine great - grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Brad Johns, Gregg Johns, Jeff Johns, Paul Johns, Bruce Yonehiro and Grant Yonehiro.
Memorials may be given to the Jaynes Street Community Church of God Gideons.

Frances M. Autenrieth
Frances M. Autenrieth of Mission, Texas, died Monday, May 4, 1998, at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.
Frances M.. Autenrieth was a native of Kansas, City, Mo. She lived and raised her family in Omaha from 1943 to 1988. Since 1988, she lived in Mission, Texas.
She was a Red Cross swimming instructor, a member of the Omaha Symphony Guild, a former PTA president, Girl Scout leader and an active participant in community activities.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William G. Autenrieth; seven children, Karen A. Olmsted of Arlington, Va.; Robert W. Autenrieth of Blair; Dorothy L. Day of Bloomington, Ind., Patricia G. Autenrieth of Hayattsville, Md., Linda L. Autenrieth of Kansas City, Mo.; Janet M. Autenrieth of Tampa, Fla.; and Helen F. Fall of Fairfax, Va.; nine grandchildren and four great - grandchildren.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the American Red Cross.

Ruth I. Frink, 81
Ruth I. Frink, 81, of Fremont, died at her home on Saturday, May 9, 1998.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Fremont with Rev. Brian Kottas officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Dayton Valley Cemetery at Clarence, Iowa.
Visitation will be at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m.
Ruth I. Frink was born on Dec. 9, 1916, at Kennard, to Nels and Cora ( Grimm ) Lauritsen. She graduated from the Kennard High School and attended the Commercial Extension School of Commerce in Omaha.
She worked as a secretary for Paxton & Gallagher in Omaha and also for her father at Lauritsen Grain & Lumber in Kennard. On Aug. 27, 1944, she married Kenneth C. Frink in Omaha. They lived on a farm near Clarence, Iowa, and moved into town after retirement. She worked as the secretary for the Methodist Church in Clarence. She moved to Fremont in 1985.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fremont, the Hospital Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary and Eagles REACT in Fremont and the VFW Auxiliary in Arlington.
She is survived by one sister and brother - in - law, Loraine and Russell Taylor of Fremont and one brother and sister - in - law, Byron and Freda Lauritsen of Fremont.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 1980; a sister, a brother and an infant brother.

Marie Johnson, 79
Marie Johnson, 79, of Blair, died Friday, May 8, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Memorial services were Monday at First Lutheran Church.
Marie Amanda Johnson was born March 19, 1919, at Bowbells, N.D., to Martin and Anna ( Peterson ) Johnson. As an infant, she moved to Albert Lea, Minn., where she was later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and was a member until transferring to First Lutheran Church in Blair in the late 1940s. She attended Dana College from 1944 to 1946 and received her degree in 1960. She worked faithfully at Dana College for 35 years and retired in 1979 as assistant registrar.
She was a member at First Lutheran Church, in worship, choir, circle, Love Days and many other volunteer activities. She also helped with serving coffee and cookies to residents at Good Shepherd Home. She was a member of the Memorial Community Hospital Auxiliary and helped with the rummage sale for many years.
Survivors are her sister, Arline Nyman of Silver Bay, Minn.; an uncle, Arthur Peterson of Dekalb, Ill.; nephews, cousins and special friend, Sigrid Christensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step - mother Sena ( Peterson ) Johnson; and sisters Della Wineberg and Martha Clarke.
Memorials may be given to Dana College, First Lutheran Church or Good Shepherd Home.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of arrangements.

Meta M. Taylor, 86
Meta M. Taylor, 86, of Fremont, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at the Arbor Manor Living Center in Fremont.
Services were today at the Fremont Alliance Church. The Revs. Phil Ronzheimer and John Wirkes officiated.
Meta M. Taylor was born April 9, 1912, on a farm near Blair to Edward and Marie Hansen. She grew up on a farm near Orum. She attended Orum and Rosehill Schools and graduated from Blair High School in 1929. She taught school for two years. On June 7, 1930, she married John Taylor in Denison, Iowa. They farmed northwest of Orum from 1931 through 1968. In January of 1969, they moved into Fremont.
During the years, she taught many Bible classes in Blair and Fremont. She was a member of the Fremont Alliance Church and active in the Christian Women 's Club.
She is survived by her husband, John, Sr.; four sons and three daughters - in - law, John and Pat Taylor, Jr., of Fremont, Robert and Pat Taylor of Fremont, Thomas Taylor of Fremont and Timothy and Debbie Taylor of Princeton, Texas; three daughters and two sons - in - law, Janet and Gary Chubb of Dallas, Texas, Mary and Chuck Barrett of Denver and Marie Cameron of Boise, Idaho; 20 grandchildren; 21 great - grandchildren; and three sisters, Emma Hansen of Blair, Anna Toelke of Fort Calhoun and Esther Welliver of Omaha.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, two brothers and one sister.
Memorials may be given to the "Back to the Bible" Broadcast in Lincoln and the Fremont Alliance Church.
Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald "Jerry" Harper, 50
Gerald "Jerry" Harper, 50, of Blair died Monday, May 11, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Omaha.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery with military honors.
Gerald "Jerry" Harper was born March 29, 1948, in Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Gerald and Gladys ( Hartvig ) Harper. He graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1966. He married Jannie Stitchler in 1967. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1967 and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. On April 3, 1976, he married Connie Frish in Omaha. He was a foreman in the steel department at Kelly Ryan Equipment Co. in Blair, where he worked for 19 1 / 2 years.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1251 and the Am Vets Post No. 8 in Blair.
Survivors are his wife, Connie; son and daughter - in - law, Robbie and Gerri Harper of Council Bluffs, Iowa; granddaughter, Shelby; sister and brother - in - law, Linda and Dennis Stark of Council Bluffs; brother, Terry, of Texas; goddaughter Lorelei Pedersen of Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; father - in - law and mother - in - law, Earl and Priscilla Frish of Mondamin, Iowa, sisters - in - law and brothers - in - law, Gerald and Jani Houston of Dunlap, Iowa, Charlie Frish and Bev Allison of Little Sioux, Iowa, Paul and Julie Pedersen of Kentucky; special friend, Am Vets Commander Deb Wehrli; and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leo B. Vaughn, 82
Leo B. Vaughn, 82, of Tekamah, died May 2, 1998 at the Tekamah Nursing Center.
Military services were May 5 at First Baptist Church in Tekamah with Rev. Steve Eggum officiating. Jeff Robinson and Juli Morrow furnished the music.
Leo Bernard Vaughn was born March 5, 1916, to Jasper and Rose ( Colgan ) Vaughn at Herman. He married Lola May Vinderslev. He farmed for many years in Washington County and was later employed at Kelly Ryan Equipment Co. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
After his first wife's death, he married Margaret LaScala.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Bonnie Ricker of Livermore, Iowa, and Annette Peterson of Tekamah; six grandchildren, a brother, Floyd Vaughn, and sister, Patricia Comstock, both of Blair.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diane; a grandson, Jeff Ricker; two sisters, Erma Kruse and Ethel Frye; and a step - daughter, Sandra Osmera.
Pallbearers were nephews Don Fink of Fremont, Bernard Comstock, Dennis Penry, Lonnie Penry, Randy Penry and Elmer Schmidt. all of Blair.

Lavonne M. Hansen, 88
Lavonne M. Hansen, 88, of Blair, died Sunday, May 17, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
Lavonne Marie Hansen was born March 3, 1910, in Fremont, to Andrew C. and Agnetha (Stark) Hansen. She graduated from Blair High School in 1925. She earned a bachelor's degree at Midland College in Fremont in 1953 and did graduate work at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She taught school for 35 years. She began teaching in four rural schools: Lacronne, Wranch, Sutherland and Cuming City. She also taught in the Waterloo Public Schools and taught 19 years in the Fremont Public Schools. She retired in 1968. She had lived in Fremont and Blair. She was living in the Good Shepherd Home at the time of her death.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Blair, church circle, Alpha Delta Kappa and American Association of University Women.
She is survived by two brothers and sisters - in - law, Ray and Norma Hansen of Pensacola, Fla., Andrew "Butch" and Ruby Hansen of Blair; a sister and brother - in - law, Lorraine and Howard Pearson of Mayhill, N.M.; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Fay Rose and brother, Niles Hansen.
Memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church or Good Shepherd Home in Blair.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair is in charge of arrangements.

William A. Meyer, 58
William A. Meyer, 58, of Fort Calhoun, died Friday, May 15, 1998, at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha.
Services will be today at 10:30 am. at Sievers - Sprick Funeral Home in Fort Calhoun. Internment will be in the Fort Calhoun Cemetery.
William Arthur Meyer was born April 15, 1940, in Hastings to Arthur William and Gladys (Muriel) Miller. He grew up in Omaha and went to high school at Omaha Tech, playing on the football team. He received a football scholarship to Doane College in Crete. He later transferred to Peru State's Teacher's College where he received his bachelor of science in education degree in social studies and physical education. On July 2, 1960, he married Christie Hays in Peru. They lived in Peru and then Auburn before moving to Fort Calhoun. The couple taught in Fort Calhoun for a few years. He and his brother-in-law bought the grocery store in Fort Calhoun and he ran it for a few years. He worked 20 years as an auditor for Hawkeye Security insurance company in Omaha. During that time he belonged to an auditors' association. He had been in failing health the past 12 years and suffered from multiple sclerosis and a heart condition. He enjoyed the visits of nurses and nurses aides who visited him through Blair Home Health Care.
He was a member of the Fort Calhoun Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Christie; three daughters and their families, Ann and Wesley Devney of Blair; Karey Meyer and Bill Soll of Fort Calhoun and Wendy and Kevin Allely of Omaha; four grandchildren; one brother and two sisters.
Sievers - Sprick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harvey F. Ahlmeyer, 92
Arlington native Harvey F. Ahlmeyer, 92, of Ogallala, died Friday, May 8, 1998, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.
Services were May 11 at St. Paul' s Lutheran Church in Ogallala. Rev. Robert Pierce officiated. Burial was in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Harvey Frederick Ahlmeyer was born Jan. 18, 1906, at Arlington to Fredrick and Hanna Ahlmeyer. He grew up and attended schools in the Arlington area.
On Dec. 26, 1931, he married Mildred Walkenhorst in Lincoln. The couple made their first home in Fontanelle before moving to Arlington in 1933. In 1936, they moved to a farm in Perkins County. They purchased their present farm south of Ogallala in 1940.
He had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and St. John' s Lutheran Church before transferring membership to St. Paul' s Lutheran Church in Ogallala when the church started an elementary school.
Survivors are two daughters and sons - in - law, Connie and Dean Cook and Betty and Larry Morrison, all of Ogallala; seven grandchildren; 13 great - grandchildren and one great - great granddaughter; and one sister, Mrs. Alfred Dahlkoetter of Ogallala. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred on Feb. 19, 1995; a son - in - law, Ervin Armknecht; three grandsons; and three sisters, Elsie Hilgenkamp, Regina Walkenhorst and Lillie Bensen.
A memorial has been established to the church in his memory.
Gubser Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Harvey W. Goodwin, Sr. , 77
Harvey W. Goodwin, Sr., 77, of Kearney died Monday, May 18, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney. Rev. C.J. Willis officiate. Masonic Ritualistic services will be provided by the Rob Morris Masonic Lodge #46 A.F. & A.M. of Kearney. Burial will be in the Herman Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Friday, with military rites conducted by the Tekamah American Legion Post and V.F.W.
Harvey W. Goodwin was born March 17, 1921, in Detroit, to Harvey and Irene ( Doherty ) Goodwin. He grew up and attended school in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a veteran of World War II. After the war, he returned to Cleveland and was a self - employed candy salesman. He later moved to Iowa then moved to Kearney in 1980. He worked at Cash - Wa Candy Company and then was an instructor for Mid Nebraska Individual Services for three years until retiring in 1997. On Dec. 12, 1980, he married G. Marie Hansen in Belleville, Kan.
Throughout his life, he was very active in organizations, including the Masonic Lodge, the Tehama Temple Shrine of Hastings, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Order of Eastern Star, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Elks.
Survivors are his wife, G. Marie, of Kearney; two sons, Harvey W. Goodwin, Jr., and Patrick Goodwin, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a step - daughter, Karen Fisher of Broken Bow, three grandchildren, four step - grandchildren; two step - great - grandsons, and a brother, Warren Goodwin of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Memorials can be given to the Tehama Shrine Transportation Fund.
Horner - Lieske - Horner Mortuary of Kearney was in charge of arrangements.

L. Marie Wheatley, 88
Former Blair resident L. Marie Wheatley, 88, of Wymore died Monday, May 18, 1998, at the Wymore Good Samaritan Center.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Blair Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Cynthia Ordway of the Wymore United Presbyterian Church is officiating.
She was born June 7, 1909, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Thomas P. and Lauretta ( Hansen ) Jensen. She spent her childhood at Spencer and was a 1928 graduate of Spencer High School. She attended the Capitol School of Hair Styling in Omaha. On May 19, 1943, she married F. Warren Wheatley in Omaha. They moved to Blair, and then to Wymore in 1978.
She was a member of the Wymore United Presbyterian Church and the Beacon Mariners of the church.
Survivors are a sister, Anna Parcher of Blair; two brothers and sister - in - law, Neils Jensen of Wymore and Albert and Pat Jensen of Tacoma, Wash.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, F. Warren on April 4, 1997; three brothers and one sister.
Laughlin - Hoevet Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jo Sprick, 31
Betty Jo Sprick, 31, of Blair, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at her home.
Services were May 23 at First Lutheran Church in Blair. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery.
Betty Jo Sprick was born April 18, 1967, at Scottsbluff. and adopted by Rolland and Leanna Metz on Jan. 11, 1968. She was baptized at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Kennard and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Blair. She attended West Elementary School and graduated from Blair High School in 1985. She attended Midland College in Fremont. On May 17, 1997, she married Todd Sprick at First Lutheran Church. She was employed at Dakotah Telemarketing at the time of her death.
Survivors are her husband, Todd; two daughters, Bailey Jo and Evelyn Ann; mother, Leanna Metz of Blair; father, Rolland Metz of Blair; grandmother, Edna Metz of Blair; two sisters, Amy ( Mrs. Bryan ) Hansen of Blair and Sheryl Metz of Omaha; father - in - law and mother - in - law, Wes and Ruth Ann Sprick, Blair; godmother, Bev Johnsen of Valley; two nephews, Bryer and Lance Hansen; and aunts and uncles.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gladys I. Beavers, 86
Gladys I. Beavers, 86, of Fremont died Friday, May 29, 1998, at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair.
Services were Monday at First United Methodist Church in Fremont. Rev. Ron Croom officiated. Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Gladys I. Childers Beavers was born Jan. 10, 1912, in Lebanon to John and Lottie ( Horton ) Childers. She grew up in Nelson and was a graduate of Nelson High School. On Nov. 26, 1932, she married Victor D. Beavers at Mankato, Kan. They lived in Superior, Denver, Colo., and Ortonville, Minn., but most of her life was spent in Fremont. She had worked at the former Campbell's Soup Co. in Fremont, and the former J.C. Penney's Store and the former J.M. McDonald's Store in downtown Fremont. She was an Amway Distributor.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fremont and the Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does.
Survivors are a daughter and son - in - law, Charlotte and Delvin Westermann of Arlington; and two grandchildren, Keith Westermann of Fremont and Amy Westermann of Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her husband on April 5, 1976; her parents and an infant daughter.
Pallbearers were Leonard and Dale Lauritsen, Bill Springer, Dyral Dunklau, Jim Akin and Mike Stolley.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, Fremont, or Crowell Memorial Home in Blair.
Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.

Dale Dewain Claxton, 45
Dale Dewain Claxton, 45, of Cortez, Colo., an Omaha native, was killed Friday, May 29, 1998, in Cortez.
Services were Wednesday at the Montezuma - Cortez High School Football Field. Rev. Michael Thornton and Police Chief Roy Lane officiated.
Dale Dewain Claxton was born March 15, 1953, in Omaha to Dairl Dewain and Agnes Lucille Claxton. He was a police officer in Cortez, Colo.
Survivors are his wife, Susan Elizabeth Claxton of Cortez; two daughters, Judy Louise Claxton Choate of Niagra, Mo, and Caitlin Makenzie Claxton of Cortez; two sons, Colton Tyler Claxton of Buffalo, Mo., and Corbin Walker Claxton of Cortez; his parents, Dairl and Agnes Claxton of Marshfield, Mo.; four sisters, Bonnie Christianson and Judy Moore, both of Blair, and Sherri Zwally and Carolyn Valdez, both of Marshfield, Mo.; and one brother, Doug Claxton, Sr., of Phoenix, Ariz.
Memorials may be given in Dale Claxton's name in care of Centennial Savings Bank, 343 E Main St., Cortez, CO 81321.
Ertel Funeral Home in Cortez was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Kenneth W. Ernstmeyer, 79
Rev. Kenneth W. Ernstmeyer, 79, of Fremont, formerly of Hooper, died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, at the Fremont Area Medical Center. Services were Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont. Rev. David Loeschen officiated. Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Kenneth W. Ernstmeyer was born Nov. 1, 1918, in Polk to Walter and Helen ( Nierman ) Ernstmeyer. He grew up in Scotia and Jansen. He attended St. Paul's College at Concordia, Mo., for two years and then attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis for four years.
He was ordained at Hancock, Md., in 1944. On July 17, 1945, he married M. Naomi Barney in Staplehurst. He served parishes at Hancock and Salisbury, Md., and in Scotia, Utica and Franklin. He served as pastor at Hooper from 1971 until retirement in 1994 when he moved to Fremont.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont.
Survivors are his wife, Naomi; three sons and daughters - in - law, Phillip and Kaye Ernstmeyer of Grand Island, David and Sheridan Ernstmeyer of Austin, Texas, and Jeffrey and Nina Ernstmeyer of Derby, Kan.; two daughters and a son - in - law, Constance Rager of Omaha and Ruth Ann and Deland Morse of Orlando, Fla.; a brother and sister - in - law, Deverne and Ruth Ernstmeyer of Lincoln; two sisters and brothers - in - law, Lois and Neal Hafemeister of Lincoln and Ruth and Jack Wilson of Ventura, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and two great - grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mark, and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Shane Rager, Brannon Morse, Phillip Ernstmeyer, Jr., Brent Morse, Larry Brink, Russell Callaway and Jason Ernstmeyer. J
unior pallbearers were Kenneth, Michael, Seth and Nathan Ernstmeyer.
Honorary pallbearers were pastors of the Fremont Circuit, Missouri Synod.
Memorials may be given to the Seminary Students Fund at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo; Trinity Lutheran Church, Fremont; or The Lutheran Hour.
Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.

Merton Jensen, 87
Merton Jensen, 87, of Blair, died Sunday, May 31, 1998, at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha.
Services are 3 p.m. Thursday ( today ) at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
Merton Jensen was born April 1, 1911, in rural Blair to Henry C. and Esther ( Jacobsen ) Jensen. He graduated from Blair High School and Dana College. On Oct. 7, 1939, he married Betty Crichton in Omaha. He farmed in the Blair area until retiring in 1978. He had been a county assessor and worked with the ASC Office.
He was a past member of the Blair Lions Club, past president of the Blair Golf Club, 60 - year member of the Blair Masonic Lodge and member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He was Dana College's first inductee into the Football Hall of Fame.
Survivors are his wife, Betty; three daughters and sons - in - law, Judy and Roland Clark of Blair, Jane and Joe Warman of Beltsville, Md., and Deborah and Dale Morrow of Severn, Md.; five grandchildren and four step - grandchildren; and two great - grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Valerie Jean; one brother, Clarence; and two sisters, Cora Mae and Mary Ann Jensen.
Memorials may be given to the Blair Rescue Squad.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

E. Ivan "Ike" McKinnis, 74
E. Ivan "Ike" McKinnis, 74, of Blair died Friday, May 29, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Monday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Chapel in Blair. Rev. David Ludwick officiated. Military graveside services were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1251 at the Blair Cemetery.
E. Ivan "Ike" McKinnis was born on May 31, 1923, at Tekamah to Elmer Howard and Edith ( O'Neill ) McKinnis. He was baptized at the Riverside Baptist Church in Tekamah and he attended the Riverside School. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard Battleship USS Iowa during World War II. He was discharged in 1946. After returning home from World War II, he was in the trucking business in Decatur. He learned the brick mason trade from his step - father, Herman Hartley, in Westminster, Calif., and returned to the Blair area. He worked for Tom Pedersen, McKinnis - Rosenkilde and later operated his own brick masonry business. After retiring from masonry, he owned and operated Lazy Ike's Fish Market for several years. At the time of his death, he was working at Crowell Memorial Home.
On Jan. 27, 1945, he married Lorene McKee of Decatur at Hiawatha, Kan. They were divorced in 1987. He later married Mary Moore. They were divorced in 1997.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1251 in Blair and was a member of the Brick Layer's Union Local 5 in Fremont.
Survivors are one son, John McKinnis of Yutan; three daughters and sons - in law, Pat and Gary Williby of Blair, Michelle and Dean Campbell of Blair and Sandy and Ron Shubert of Shubert; one step - sister, Josephine of Litman, Calif; seven grandchildren; six great - grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his step - father; one brother, Pat McKinnis; and step - sister, Dee Dee Pottela of California.
Memorials may be given to the Blair Rescue Squad or Blair Fire Department.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles E. Schneider, 46
Charles E. Schneider, 46, of Arlington died Friday, May 29, 1998.
Graveside services were Wednesday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Blair.
Charles E. Schneider was born May 8, 1952, in Omaha to Sylvan Schneider Sr., and Viola ( LaTour ) Schneider. He was a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines. He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors are a daughter, Tammy Schneider of Kansas City, Kan.; his father, Sylvan Schneider, Sr., of Tekamah; and one brother, Sylvan Schneider. Jr., of Sylmar, Calif..

Leroy Sieckmeyer, 77
Leroy Sieckmeyer, 77, of Blair, died Friday, May 29, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Blair. Rev. Kenneth McClain officiating. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery with military honors.
Leroy Sieckmeyer was born on the family farm south of Lincoln, Nebraska, at Martell on May 9, 1921, to William and Emma (Beuttgenbach) Sieckmeyer. He graduated from Sprague - Martell High School in 1939. He worked in Lincoln until joining the U.S. Navy on Sept. 10, 1942. He made many crossings from England to various ports and back, escorting fighting personnel. He was discharged on Dec. 10, 1946, as a Navy gunner's mate, 2nd class petty officer. He then attended Lincoln School of Commerce under the G.I. Bill. Upon graduation, he worked eight years for the Nebraska Public Service Commission in Lincoln. He came to Blair in 1956 to work for the Hunt Telephone Companies and later worked as chief accountant for Great Plains Communications. He retired in 1985 after 30 years with the company.
He was president of the Nebraska Telephone Association in 1961 - 62. He had been a member of the Blair First United Methodist Church since coming to Blair. He was a member of the Blair Lions Club for nearly 40 years. He also belonged to BIG (Blair Investment Group) for many years and enjoyed fellowship with the members. He was a member of the Blair American Legion Post 154 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 131 in Lincoln.
Survivors are his wife of 33 years, Betty; two sons, Douglas of Blair and Myron of Phoenix, Ariz., two step - daughters, Ruth (Mrs. George) Forst of Omaha and Ardeth (Mrs. Jerry) Scheer of Fremont; one sister - in - law, Virginia Sieckmeyer of Lincoln; four grandchildren; two great - grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Elsie Schleiger; one brother, Glen; and a step - son, Steven Wilkins.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, the Diabetes Foundation or the Blair Rescue Squad.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of arrangements.


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