|Brenda M. Halsey, 18
Brenda M. Halsey, 18, of Beaver City, Neb., and formerly of Blair,
died Saturday, June 13, 1998, after an automobile accident in Longview,
Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Blair.
Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell -
Aman Funeral Home in Blair.
Brenda Marie Halsey was born Feb. 19, 1980, at Columbus to Steven and
Donna ( Darling ) Halsey. She moved to Blair in infancy and attended school
in Blair and Jefferson, Texas. She graduated from Beaver City in 1998.
She is survived by her father, Steven, and wife, Lori Halsey, of Blair;
her mother, Donna Serfass of Longview, Texas; grandmother, Jeanne Halsey
of Tekamah; two brothers, Keith and Kelley Halsey of Blair; two sisters,
Sheila Danials of Jarome, Mich., and Lynn Halsey of Avenger, Texas; and
by a special friend, Jackie Lewis, of Beaver City.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Campbell - Aman Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Henry "Hank" Koepke, 66
Henry "Hank" Koepke, 66, of Gold Canyon, Ariz., formerly of Pilger,
died Monday, June 8, 1998, in Mesa, Ariz.
Services were Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Pilger. Rev.
Scot McCluskey officiated. Burial was in the Pilger Cemetery. The Pilger
American Legion Post 69 conducted military rites.
Henry Fredrick Koepke was born July 28, 1931, in rural Wayne County,
Winside, to William F. and Christina ( Muhs ) Koepke. He was baptized and
confirmed in his family moved to Hoskins and in 1932 to Pilger. After graduating
from Pilger High School in 1948, he attended Wayne State College and later
attended Long Beach State College, studying diesel technology. He served
in the U.S. Army for two years. On Aug. 26, 1954, he married Evelyn Gerst
in Norfolk. They lived in Wichita, Kans., in California, Altoona, Eagle
Grove and Granger, Iowa. On May 31, 1992, he married Mary Cunningham. He
retired from Cummins Great Plains Diesel at Des Moines in 1994 and moved
to Gold Canyon, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; two sons,
Michael Koepke of Des Moines and Henry, Jr., and his wife, Cindy, of Phoenix;
one daughter, Cheryl Brake and her husband, Michael, of Des Moines; daughter
- in - law, LuAnn Koepke of Urbandale, Iowa; son - in - law, Floyd Schrodt
of Urbandale; four grandchildren; four sisters, Wilma Lawson of Pilger;
Alma Carsten and husband, Warren, of Wisner, Berneta Schaffer of Redford
TWP, Mich., Betty Baumert and husband, Gene, of Blair; sister - in - law,
Doris Koepke of Pilger; two stepdaughters, Vicki Colby and husband, Charles,
of Des Moines and Carla Driver and husband, Wade, of Mesa, Ariz.; one stepson,
Jon Weston of Des Moines; seven step grandchildren; one step great - grandson;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan Marie; brother,
Junior W. Koepke and stepfather, William Ferris.
Pallbearers were Sean Scrodt, Steve Camine, Donald Bassett, Larry Miller,
Lee Koepke, Joseph Umthun, Cecil Reuter and Stanley Schellpeper.
Kuzelka Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Leona B. Scheer, 92
Leona B. Scheer, 92, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at
Services were Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Dr. Mark
Hannemann officiated. Burial was in Wyuka Cemetery. Sleona B. Scheer was
born Feb. 15, 1906, to Fred and Anna ( Bender ) Mehl in Lorraine, Kan.
On Sept. 7, 1927, she married Emil Scheer in Holyrood, Kan. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
She was survived by two sons and daughters - in - law, Dale and Jean
Scheer of Lincoln and Dean and Patricia Scheer of North Almstead, Ohio;
a daughter and son - in - law, Lee Adell and James Starkey of Colorado
Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 17 great - grandchildren; two brothers
and a sister - in - law, Adolph and Odah Mehl of Lyons, Kan., and Gilbert
Mehl of Lorraine, Kan.; a sister, Clara Russsell of Holyrood, Kan.; nieces
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil, in 1975 and four brothers.
Memorials may be given to Faith Lutheran Church or Tabitha Hospice
Roper & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Larry J. Williams, 53
Larry J. Williams, 53, of Bennett, Colo., formerly of Blair, died Sunday,
June 7, 1998, at the Hospice of Metro Denver in Aurora, Colo.
Larry John Williams was born June 11, 1944, to Mervin and Veida ( Hinners
) Williams in Sibley, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Hartley, Iowa
He married Gwendolyn Wright on Nov. 24, 1962. The couple moved to Blair
and Larry was employed by United Airlines in Omaha. They moved to Colorado
in 1983 where he continued with United Airlines.
He was a member of the Blair United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn, of Bennett; his parents of Worthington,
Minn., and three brothers, all of Worthington.
LaVern F. Bennett, 67
LaVern F. Bennett, 67, of Blair died June 16, 1998, at Memorial Community
Hospital in Blair.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church
in Blair. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Blair.
LaVern F. Bennett was born March 9, 1931, in Cedar Rapids to William
B. and Viola M. (Nichols) Bennett. On March 3, 1952, he joined the U.S.
Army and served in the Korean War. He was discharged on March 24, 1954.
On Aug. 16, 1960, he married Marjorie A. Bennett in Webster, S.D. They
have been residents of Blair for the past 38 years. He worked for the Appleby
Furniture and Appliance Store in Blair prior to starting his own appliance
repair business in 1976.
He was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, the Knights
of Columbus, the Blair American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Blair; a son, William A. of
Blair; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie L. and Wayne Moore of Blair;
brother, James Bennett of Grand Island; sister, LaVonne Straub of Malcolm,
Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William. Campbell-Aman
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Forsberg, 75
Ruby Mae Forsberg, 75 of Apache Junction, Ariz., died April 2, 1998,
at the Hospice of the Valley, Desert In-Patient Care Center in Mesa, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. .Saturday at First Lutheran
Church in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
Additional information will be run as it becomes available to the Enterprise/Pilot-Tribune
LaVern D. "Vern" Luddington, 65
LaVern D. "Vern" Luddington, 65, of Omaha, died June 15, 1998, in Omaha.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church, 36th and X streets in Omaha. Burial will be in Saint John's Cemetery.
Military honors will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2704.
LaVern "Vern" Darold Luddington was born March 25, 1933, in Ord to
Darold K. and Valeria (Golka) Luddington. He attended Valley and Howard
County schools and graduated form South High School in Omaha. After high
school he served in the National Guard and the 134th Army Band of Nebraska.
In the mid-1950s he served in the U.S. Army and played in the 82nd Army
Band. He had retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and had played eight
years with the Union Pacific German band.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and past president of the Sokol Auditorium. He was a founder of the
40's Ballroom Dance Club and the Luddington Polka Band and Vern Lawrence
He is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Virgil Dembowski
of Farwell; nieces and nephews, Larry and Mary Dembowski of Millard and
Joe and Connie Dembowski of Grand Island, Joan and Larry Koperski of Farwell,
Shiron and Pete Johansen of St. Paul, John and Theresa Dembowski of Kearney
and Valerie and Tony Papst of Farwell and a fiancee, Vivian Kelley of Blair.
He was preceded in death by his baby son, LaVern; his parents and stepfather,
Tony Papiernik; and great-nephew, Jamie Johansen.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, American Heart
Association or St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Staskiewicz Mortuary in Omaha is in charge of arrangements.
Carole VanKirk, 53
Carole VanKirk, 53, of Bancroft, died at her home on June 14, 1998.
Services are today at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Bancroft.
Rev. Don Drury and Rev. Larry Orvis are officiating. Burial will be in
the Bancroft Cemetery.
Carole Husk VanKirk was born on Aug. 19, 1944, in Blair, to Gene and
Grace (Jackson) Husk.
On March 4, 1967, she married Ronald VanKirk in Herman. She was a graduate
of Wayne State College and worked as an elementary and special education
teacher in the Winnebago Schools.
She was active in the First Presbyterian Church and was a member of
the Eastern Star. She was also a long-standing member of the District 37
She is survived by her husband, Ron, of Bancroft; two daughters and
sons-in-law, Amy and Pat Akins of Lincoln and Julie and Tony Syonvec of
Utica; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Christine VanKirk of
Thetford, England, and Harley and Jennifer VanKirk of Wayne; seven grandchildren;
her mother, Grace Husk of Herman; a brother and sister-in-law, John and
Judy Husk of Kobe, Japan; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Perry
Gydesen of Odell and Jaque and Larry Orvis of Norfolk; and many nieces
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Marie, and her father.
Edna M. Francisco, 82
Edna M. Francisco, 82, of Blair died Sunday, June 21, 1998, at her
home in Blair.
Services today at First Lutheran Church in Blair. Burial was in the
Blair Cemetery. Military honors were by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
Edna Marie Jensen was born Jan. 17, 1916, at Blair to Carl O. and Caroline
( Christensen ) Jensen. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran
Church. She graduated from Blair High School and Immanuel School of Nursing.
In 1941, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps. She served in England, France,
Belgium and Germany. She received three bronze stars. She was discharged
from the army with the rank of captain in 1951 after 10 years of service.
In 1948, she married H.G. "Duke" Francisco at Battle Creek, Mich. Duke
suffered a disabling stroke in 1953 and she worked and took care of him
until his death in April of 1981. She then moved back to Blair where she
lived until her death.
She is survived by her stepson and his wife, David and Alice Francisco;
two step-grandsons, David and Michael, all of Irwin, Pa.; one niece, Arlene
Sonderup, and one nephew, Don Olson, both of Blair; seven great-nieces
and nephews; 16 great-great nieces and nephews and one great-great-great
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duke; her father in 1919
and her mother in 1968; and her sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Ted
Monte "Spud" D. Frye, 37
Monte "Spud" D. Frye, 37, of Omaha died Saturday, June 20, 1998.
Services were pending Monday. Burial will be in the Craig Cemetery
Monte "Spud" Duane Frye was born Aug. 4, 1960, in Blair to Monte L.J.
and Beatrice Glendora ( Bushnell ) Frye. He attended school in Chandler,
Ariz., and graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa, Ariz. He joined
the Army and spent time in Korea on training maneuvers. His favorite part
of this was helicopter rapelling. He loved being a dare devil. He then
began driving the big rigs coast to coast, a job he enjoyed to the fullest.
He was always a friendly face, he never met a stranger. On this part of
his life's journey, he met and married Sherry Cullum on Sept. 2, 1989.
The couple had two children, Sarah Gayle born April 13, 1990, and Megan
Ann born March 6, 1992. He also had a stepson, Andres Sanchez. In 1995-96,
Frye attended Caterpillar School. He was employed by Embassy Investigative
Corp. at the time of his death.
On Aug. 5, 1997, he accepted the Lord at the Liberty Christian Center
in Omaha. He began the most exciting part of his life, learning the teachings
of our Lord.
He is survived by two daughters, Sarah and Megan of New Mexico; a stepson,
Andres Sanchez of New Mexico; his mother and stepfather, Beatrice and Butch
of Arizona; two brothers, Larry of Arizona and Robert of New York; a stepbrother,
Jesse, of Arizona.; grandmother, Effie; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. Memorials
may be directed to the Frye family at 1118 Nebraska St., Blair.
Campbell - Aman is in charge.
Frances Hineline, 81
Frances Hineline, 81, of Blair, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, at Memorial
Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Blair.
Burial was in the Blair Cemetery.
Frances Kiefer was born Dec. 3, 1916, at Blair to Frank and Carrie
(Clements) Kiefer. She attended school in Blair. In July of 1933 she married
Ralph Hineline. After their marriage, they moved to DeSoto where she lived
until moving to Blair in 1976. She worked at Wilkinson Manufacturing, Blair
Laundry and most recently at D.L. Blair Company.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Totten of Fremont and Bonnie
Zeleny of Blair; two sons, Ralph Hineline, Sr., of Arvadia, Colo., Ronald
Hineline of Fort Calhoun; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and
one brother, Frank Kiefer of Osage Beach, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph in September 1969;
one grandson, three sisters and three brothers.
Campbell-Aman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Morris E. Hoier, 90
Morris E. Hoier, 90, of Monterey Park, Calif., formerly of Washington
County, died Saturday, May 23, 1998.
Services were May 27 at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif.
Morris E. Hoier was born May 8, 1908, in Tascher, Austria, to Martin
and Eva Hoier. He came to America in the spring of 1912. He attended Pleasant
View School north of Blair. He married Norma Robinson at Yankton, S.D.,
in 1954. They moved to California where he worked as a union truck driver
until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; a daughter, Diana Schneider, and
a grandson, Brian Schneider, all of California.; and a sister, Martha Hineline
of Fort Calhoun.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene; and a sister, Anna
Margaret E. Dixon, 93
Margaret E. Dixon, 93, of Blair, died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, at Immanuel
Medical Center in Omaha.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church. Burial will
be in the Blair Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair.
Margaret Esther Norris was born on Aug. 22, 1904, in Worthington, Ohio,
to Cornelius and Elizabeth ( Cline ) Norris. At the age of seven, she and
her parents moved to Ord by train. She grew up in Ord and graduated from
Ord High School. As a teenager she was given the nickname "Mike," which
many of her friends called her. Her grandchildren would later refer to
her as "Grandma Mike." She married Ted Leroy Lathrop on Sept. 18, 1923.
They lived in Blair. Eleven years after the death of her first husband
in 1949, she married Curtis Dixon from Fort Calhoun.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, Ted N. and Crystal Lathrop
of Omaha and James W. and Linda Lathrop of Hialeah, Fla.; a son - in -
law, Henry Antczak of Pelham, N.J.; two grandsons and their wives, Ted
R. and Terri Lathrop of Lincoln and James and Kathie Lathrop of Logan,
Iowa; two granddaughters and their husbands, Linda and Patrice Guesnet
of Paris, France, and Donna and Dave Rorke of Toms River, N.J.; seven great
- grandsons and two great - granddaughters; and one niece, Eloise Beranek
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ted L. Lathrop in May 1949
and Curtis Dixon in 1967; two daughters, Betty Jean Lathrop and Margaret
Ann Antczak and one son, Robert Lathrop.
Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church building fund.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred M. Dunlap, 87
Mildred M. Dunlap, 87, of Blair, formerly of Macy, died Tuesday, June
23, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Methodist Church.
Burial will be in the Walthill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.
to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair.
Mildred M. Ferguson was born Nov. 28, 1910, at Decatur to Louis and
Alice ( Miller ) Ferguson. She attended rural school in Thurston County
and graduated from Decatur High School and Wayne State College. She taught
school in Thurston County prior to her marriage to Walter Dunlap on June
1, 1931. Mildred lived near Decatur until moving to Good Shepherd Home
She is survived by three sons and daughters - in - law, James L. and
Margaret Dunlap of Zearing, Iowa, Robert D. and Virginia Dunlap of Fremont
and Roy H. and Rita Dunlap of Decatur; three daughters and a son - in -
law, Donna L. Rawson of Tekamah, Mary E. Holst of Leshara and Alice and
William Shamburg of Herman; 11 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 27
great - grandchildren and one great - great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1964; one grandson,
Roy Marvin Dennis Dunlap; and two brothers, Burt and Vern Ferguson.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Leroy J. King, 76
Leroy Joseph King, 76, of Tekamah, died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, at
Tekamah Health and Rehab.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Tekamah.
Rev. Judith Clark Wharton is officiating. Burial will be in the Tekamah
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Tekamah or
the Tekamah Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
A more complete obituary will be available later.
Hamel - Peck - Pelan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Stella Hall, 88
Stella ( Jensen ) Hall, 88, of Tujunga, Calif., a. former Blair resident,
died Sunday, May 24, 1998.
Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar, Calif.
Stella Jensen was born on June 6, 1909, in Washington County to Jens
B. and Anna Jensen. She was raised in Washington County. She married Cleo
Hall and they lived in Blair for several years before moving to California.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include one son, Larry, and three grandchildren, all of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo, on March 2, 1998; two
sons, Jerry and Dale Hall; her parents; four brothers, Soren, Chris, Emil
and William Jensen and five sisters, Sena Wulf, Hanna Jensen, Eleanore
Hart, Mabel Best and Esther Saulvester.
Leroy J. King, 76
Leroy J. King, 76, of Tekamah died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, at the Tekamah
Health & Rehab Center.
Services were Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah. Rev.
Judith Clark Wharton officiated. Burial was in the Tekamah Cemetery.
Leroy Joseph King was born April 9, 1922, in Herman to Joseph S. and
Esther F. ( Moffitt ) King. He attended the Evergreen and Homestead Schools
near Tekamah. On Dec. 22, 1952, he married Eva Petersen. They made their
home in the Lake Quinnebaugh Township until 1959 when they moved to a home
west of Tekamah. They had two daughters. Mrs. King died on Aug. 24, 1990.
On July 9, 1993, he married Janet Stevens at the United Methodist Church
in Tekamah. He farmed and was an Allis Chalmers dealer in Tekamah.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Tekamah.
He is survived by his wife, Janet of Tekamah; two daughters and sons
- in - law, JoJen and Steve Shamburg of Tekamah and Victoria and Lon Kuhlmann
of Herman; four grandchildren, Scott and Andrea Shamburg and Maggie and
Rebecca Kuhlmann; a stepson, Scott Stevens of Omaha; one brother, Verlin
"Bud" King of Tekamah; five sisters, Doris Kjelgaard, Madeline Hardy and
Joan Maxwell, all of Tekamah; Betty Buddecke of Grand Island and Mary Syverson
of Homosassa, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eva; a grandson,
Steven Shamburg; and one brother, Kenneth "Doc" King.
Donna Palmer was the organist and Carol Bacon was the vocalist.
Pallbearers were Gene Rollins, Arthur Reil, Ward Odell, Tom Marshall,
Bob Shumake and Gerald Shumake.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church and the Tekamah
Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Hamel - Peck - Pelan Funeral Home in Tekamah was in charge of arrangements.
Ebba Rasmussen, 84
Ebba Rasmussen, 84, of Blair died Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Crowell
Memorial Home in Blair.
Services were Monday, June 29 at the First Lutheran Church in Blair.
Rev. R. Joe Marek, Jr., and Rev. Michael Dismer officiated. Burial was
in the Blair Cemetery.
Ebba Rasmussen was born Jan. 26, 1914, at Kennard to H. Victor and
Laura C. ( Kuhr ) Rasmussen. She graduated from Blair High School in 1932.
She worked for many years in the Nebraska Insurance Department with workmen's
compensation. She moved back to Blair in the late 1940s. She worked at
Nebraska - Iowa Supply, Fort Calhoun Stone and Dana College.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Rebekah Circle.
She is survived by a brother and sister - in - law, Ray and Mary Ann
Rasmussen of O'Neill; a niece, Karen Furman of Butler, Mo.; and two nephews,
David of York and Mark of Lima, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church or Good Shepherd
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Thomas J. Cronin, 82
Thomas J. Cronin, 82, of Blair died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in Blair.
Services were Monday at the Campbell - Aman Funeral Home. Burial was
in the Blair Cemetery.
Thomas J. Cronin was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Omaha to Clement and Marie
( Colombo ) Cronin. He attended school in Omaha and had worked for the
City of Omaha.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Howard C. Linnenkohl, 96
Howard C. Linnenkohl, 96, of Blair died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at
Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Tuesday morning at the Blair Cemetery.
Howard Cecil Linnenkohl was born Dec. 18, 1901, at Washington, Ga.,
to William and Caroline ( Porterfield ) Linnenkohl. At the age of 10 he
moved to Arkansas City, Kan., with his family. He graduated from Arkansas
City High School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1919 to 1921. In 1939,
he moved to Omaha and in February of 1944, he married Eunice Kuhr. They
lived in Omaha until moving to Blair in 1965. He had been employed as a
He is survived by his wife, Eunice; one son, Joe Linnenkohl of Omaha;
one daughter, Eva Baber of Blair; 12 grandchildren; and one brother, William
Linnenkohl of Newhall, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Howard; and one brother,
Marvin W. 'Dobby' Sexton, 91
Marvin W. "Dobby" Sexton, 91, of Fremont, formerly of Nickerson, died
Friday, July 3, 1998, at Merrick Manor in Fremont.
Services were Tuesday morning at the First United Methodist Church
in Fremont. Rev. Eugene Watson and Rev. Brian Kottas officiated. Burial
was in the Hooper Cemetery.
Marvin W. "Dobby" Sexton was born Jan. 31, 1907 in Nickerson. He grew
up and was educated in Nickerson. On Sept. 27, 1930, he married Virginia
Bailey in Grand Island. They lived in Nickerson and operated a general
store for 20 years. He was also the postmaster in Nickerson from 1951 to
He served as State President of the National League of Postmasters
in 1957 - 58. He was named State Postmaster of the Year in 1956, as well
as National Postmaster of the Year in 1956. He served as the group's regional
coordinator in 1959 - 60.
He led many community projects in Nickerson. He was president of the
Nebraska Volunteer Fire Fighters Association in 1956. He served as Nickerson's
fire chief for 25 years, having helped establish the fire department in
1939. He had been a member of the committee to establish and promote state
fire schools. He was the civil defense director in 1952 and local chairman
of the Red Cross in 1961.
He was a member of the Lion's Club and Past Noble Grand of the Odd
His membership in the Nickerson Methodist Church and the First United
Methodist Church of Fremont totaled 75 years. He served on many church
boards and committees including work for Camp Fontanelle.
He served on the board of directors of the May Museum. He served on
the Dodge County Disaster Committee.
He was a member of the Fremont Eagles Aerie 200, Dodge County Old Timers
Baseball Association and had been a member of DeMolay more than 50 years.
He is survived by one daughter and her husband, Marcella and Dale Hansen
of Fremont; four grandchildren; eight great - grandchildren; one great
- great - grandchild; a sister, Phyllis Badger of Denver, Colo.; two brothers
and their wives, Maurice and Gladys Sexton of MaMesa, Calif.; and Robert
and Karen Sexton of Durango, Colo.; and one aunt, Anona Johnson of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, who died in June of
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and to
the Fremont Area Medical Center Foundation.
Opal Stork, 79
Opal Stork, 79, of Blair died Sunday, July 5, 1998, at Wichita, Kan.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church
in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Campbell
- Aman Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Opal Mylet Gottsch was born March 12, 1919, at Kennard to Arthur Gottsch
Sr. and Mary ( Huber ) Gottsch. She graduated from Kennard High School.
On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Gilbert Stork in Bennington. They lived
in rural Blair. She moved to Blair in 1996 after the death of Mr. Stork
in November of 1995. She was a longtime employee of Western Electric and
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She is survived by four sons, Gordon Stork and Greg Stork of Omaha,
Gary Stork of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Gerald Stork of Westminster, Colo.;
two daughters, Vanessa Brown of Arlington and Angela Hensen of El Dorado,
Kan.; 12 grandchildren; 4 great - grandchildren; two sisters, Rosemary
Christopherson of Omaha and Betty Travis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five brothers,
Arthur Gottsch, Jr., of Mead, Pat, Bob, Sr., Virgil and Lyle Gottsch, all
of Elkhorn; one sister - in - law, Norma Jean Stork of Blair; and one brother
- in - law, Wilfred Stork of Kingman, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert, and her parents.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair is in charge of arrangements.