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M. Marilyn Beers, 76
M. Marilyn Beers, 76, of Omaha died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998.
Services were Saturday at Heafey - Heafey - Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler West Center Chapel in Omaha. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
She had worked as the manager of a school food service.
She was the sister of the late Don DeFore, best known as Mr. B in the sitcom "Hazel."
She was survived by four sons and daughters - in - law, Louis and Sharon Beers of Thompsons Station, Tenn., Mark and Kris Beers of Omaha, Dana and Sue Beers of Omaha and Jayme and Molly Beers of rural Blair; a daughter and son - in - law, Pat and Neil Harman of rural Blair; five grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Almstead of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a brother, Verne DeFore of California.

Helen Munk, 87
Helen Munk, 87, of Blair died Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 8 at First Lutheran Church in Blair. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery.
Helen Antil Munk was born Sept. 23, 1910, at Blair to George and Jenny ( Jacobs) Antil. She grew up in Blair and graduated from Blair High School. On June 23, 1927, she married Leonard Munk at Harlan, Iowa. She worked at Dana College for many years.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard; daughters, Ruth Plucar and Virginia Faltys, both of Omaha; one son, Norman Munk of Bloomfield, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 15 great - grandchildren; and one sister, Georgia Matzen of Blair.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Melvin; one granddaughter, Rhonda Kiddes and two sisters, Arlene Shock and Mildred Gasser.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of arrangements.

Paul V. Schmit, 70
Paul V. Schmit, 70, of Beaver Crossing died Sunday, Aug. 2, 1998, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services were Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Beaver Crossing . Rev. Maurice Current officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at Beaver Crossing with military services conduced by American Legion Holmes Post No. 178.
Paul Victor Schmit was born March 8, 1928, on a ranch near Nenzel in Cherry County to John and Gertrude ( Schaefer) Schmit. He attended school in Nenzel and later graduated from Valentine High School. On July 25, 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. After his discharge, he married Doris D. Horan on July 5, 1956 at Beaver Crossing. He operated "Smitty's Cafe" for many years in Beaver Crossing. He also was employed with the Beaver Crossing Co - op.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he taught CCD classes and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion Holmes Post 178 in Beaver Crossing and the 40 & 8 Voiture 103 in Lincoln. He was scout master of Troop 179 and served as the city's mayor for 15 years. He was a long - time member of the Beaver Crossing Volunteer Fire Department.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed working as a carpenter and built several structures in Beaver Crossing.
He is survived by his wife, Doris of Beaver Crossing; children Rodger Schmit and Debra McCartney of Grand Island, Robert Schmit of Beaver Crossing, Donna and Jim Waegli of Kennard, Mary and Dennis Coufal of Brainard, Shirley and Denver Beetem of Friend and Donald and Becky Schmit of Unadilla; 10 grandchildren; three brothers, Al Schmit of Blair and Bud Schmit and Bill Schmit of Nenzel; one sister, Anna Marie Nollette of Nenzel; mother - in - law, Fern Horan of Friend and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and four brothers.
Memorials may be directed in care of the family.
Lauber - Moore Funeral Home in Beaver Crossing was in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Snover, 71
Mary A. Snover, 71, of Nickerson died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998, at her home.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church north of Arlington. Rev. Dr. Michael L. Rogers officiated. Burial was in the Hooper Cemetery.
Mary A. Moseman was born April 16, 1927, in rural Hooper to Herman and Fern ( Briggs) Moseman. On Aug. 18, 1946, she married Dale Snover at Winslow. She lived all her life in the Fremont and Hooper area. She worked for St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School at rural Arlington.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband, Dale; three sons and daughters - in - law, Don and Sandra Snover of Yuma, Ariz., Ron and Donna Snover of Lincoln and John and Connie Snover of Fremont; five brothers and sisters - in - law, Clarence and Lorraine Moseman of Fremont, Kenneth and JoAnn Moseman of Plainview, Calvin and Marian Moseman of Craig, Marlyn and Marlene Moseman and Duane and LaRae Moseman, all of Hooper; a sister and brother - in - law, Joan and Marlin Scheer of Auburn; six grandchildren and eight great - grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Shawn A. Snover.
Pallbearers were Kendall Scheer, Jeff Clarkson, Jason Snover, Ernie Schafersman, Dana Iverson and Rick Moseman. Honorary pallbearers were Verdell Stork, Michael Leifeste, John Foust, Dennis Rosenthal, Ted Martin, Dale Wimer, Byron and Michael Moseman and Jerry Ruskamp.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Arlington, the American Cancer Society or Fremont Area Medical Center Hospice Program.
Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont was in charge of arrangements.

Harold O. Swanson, 76
Harold O. Swanson, 76, of Fort Calhoun died Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Fort Calhoun Presbyterian Church. Rev. Gregg Miller officiated. Burial was in the Fort Calhoun Cemetery. Military honors were presented by American Legion Post No. 348. Solomon Lodge No. 10 conducted a Masonic service.
Harold Ove Swanson was born April 4, 1922, in Omaha to Harold V. and Hertha Ove Swanson. He grew up in Omaha and attended Omaha North High School. On July 15, 1942, he married Lillian Lavonne Smith in Omaha. The couple celebrated 54 years of marriage before her death on March 25, 1997. He was a World War II veteran, serving aboard the USS Maryland in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He had worked at Northside Bank in Omaha. He opened his own company, Calhoun Oil in 1947, when he and his wife decided to move to her hometown. Last Oct. 1, he celebrated 50 years of business with a special open house for his customers.
He was active in many community organizations and assisted with many projects. He had served as treasurer for Fort Calhoun School District No. 3, for the Washington County Historical Association and for the city of Fort Calhoun. He had served as a city councilman and was a 35 - year member of the Fort Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 50 - year member and past commander of the American Legion Post 348.
He was also a 50 - year member of the Tangier Shrine. He was past Worshipful Master of Solomon Lodge 10 AF & AM. He was a past Patron of the Naomi Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a past Grand Patron and past chairman of the board of trustees of the Grand Chapter of Nebraska Order of Eastern Star. He had served as vice president on the board of trustees of the Eastern Star's Home for Children at Fremont. He was a past Grand Chef De Gare Du Nebraska 40 & 8.
From 1983 through 1985, he was president of the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association. Since 1974, he had served as a member of Fort Calhoun State Bank's board of directors. He was an elder at Fort Calhoun Presbyterian Church.
He was survived by three sons, Clayton, Gregory and Joel and his wife, Kim; two daughters and sons - in - law, Marcia and Mark Graff and Nancy and Mark Prauner; 14 grandchildren, one great - grandson; and one sister, Janice Forbes of St. Louis, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lillian.
Pallbearers were Robert Falk, Gayle Maine, Gene Smith, Sydney Clausen, Paul Kruger and Howard Barnes.
Carol Sprick was the organist.
Sievers - Sprick Funeral Home in Fort Calhoun was in charge of arrangements.

Lloyd G. "Bud" Utterback, 74
Lloyd G. "Bud" Utterback, 74, of Omaha and Arlington native, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998.
Services were Tuesday morning at the West Center Chapel of Heafey - Heafey - Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler in Omaha. Rev. Douglas L. Ferguson officiated. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by Millard American Legion No. 374 and Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 8334.
Lloyd G. "Bud" Utterback was born April 3, 1924, at Arlington to Elmer and Rose ( Hanslip) Utterback. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a postal worker.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 3943 at Elkhorn and Millard American Legion Post No. 374.
He was survived by his wife, Elva Rose; a daughter and son - in - law, Loye and William Kenny of Olathe, Kan.; three grandchildren, Summer, Alex and Nathaniel Kenny; two brothers, Floyd and Kenneth Utterback, both of Omaha; a sister, Phyllis Cook of San Angelo, Texas; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to the Eagles or American Legion.

June Woodring, 76
June Woodring, 76, of Blair died on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 8 at First Christian Church in Blair. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery.
June Engelke was born on June 18, 1921, at DeSoto to George and Marietta ( Stricklett) Engelke. On Sept. 13, 1947, she married Brice Woodring, Jr., at Logan, Iowa.
She was a member of First Christian Church.
She is survived by her husband, Brice; five children and spouses, David and Connie Woodring, Donald and Linda Woodring, Duane and Shelly Woodring, Jerry and Mary Uehling, Mary and Ned Miller, all of Blair; eight grandchildren and one brother, Tim Engelke of Blair.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Engelke and one sister, Helen Uehling.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of arrangements.

William C. "Bill" Bolton, 58
William C. "Bill" Bolton, 58, of Blair died Monday, Aug. 17, 1998, at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
William C. Bolton was born May 25, 1940, in Blair to Chris and Willie ( Jones ) Bolton. He attended school in Blair. He worked for many years for Hawkins and Vrana Construction.
He is survived by three daughters and sons - in - law, Tammy and Wesley Inman, Kim and Danny Lovato and Wendy and Darrel Cates, all of Denver, Colo.; one son, Chris Bolton of Blair; eight grandchildren; four sisters, Gloria Mantell, Sharon Robinson, Shirley Bolton, all of Blair, and Mary Shumake of Tekamah; four brothers, Jim, Larry, Bob and Pat Bolton, all of Blair; and by a special friend, Rose.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Shawn.

Freida Haley, 90
Freida Haley, 90, of Blair died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998, at the Tekamah Nursing Center.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Blair. A 3 p.m. graveside service is scheduled at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wausa.
A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home, who is in charge of arrangements.
Freida Brassfield Haley was born on June 1, 1908, in Half Rock, Mo., to Orville and Sarah E. ( Brittian ) Brassfield. She was baptized and became a member of the Baptist Church. She graduated from Chillicothe High School in Missouri. In 1932, she married Leon Haley. The family lived in Omaha for 17 years before moving to Wausa in 1949. They were members of the United Methodist Church in Wausa. She worked as a bookkeeper for a hatchery and then as a secretary for a lawyer and an insurance salesman. She later lived in California for 10 years and worked in a Boy Scout office. She retired in Morrill, close to her daughter, Carol. She enjoyed helping as a volunteer grandmother in the Morrill Schools. She moved to Blair and lived in Parkview Manor. She later moved to Good Shepherd Home.
She is survived by two daughters and sons - in - law, Carol and Virgil Baker of Wheatland, Wyo., and Connie and Alvan Andersen of Blair; one son, Patrick Haley of Reno, Nev.; eight grandchildren; 17 great - grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon, in 1949; her parents; three sisters and one brother.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Wausa or the First Lutheran Church in Blair.

Eleanor DeVinney Jensen, 87
Eleanor DeVinney Jensen, 87, a prominent Washington County farm woman and community activist, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998, in San Mateo, Calif., where she had recently moved to be near her son and his family.
She granted her body to the Stanford University Medical Research School for detailed rheumatoid arthritis study. After this study, she will be buried with the Jensen family in the Blair Cemetery.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be 10 a.m Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998, at the Herman Federated Church with Rev. David Masten officiating. A reception will follow.
Eleanor DeVinney was born March 2, 1911, in Chunchula, Ala., to Joseph and Marie DeVinney. Six years later, after developing a lumber mill, the DeVinney family returned to a family farm near Blair. She graduated from Blair High School in 1928 with high honors and was a state champion in debate. She debated that the origin of a civilized society is well - chosen words. The debate topic was "Resolved, words and ideas are first weapons of choice to correct human conflict." Through Normal School courses, she received a teaching certificate with her Blair degree. By age 21, she had taught for four years at the eight - grade March country school. She emphasized classic farm community concepts, cooperation, fundamental knowledge and the advance of an idea from year to year. On May 20, 1932, she married Alton Byron Jensen. The couple farmed seven miles north of Blair.
Despite the effects of drought and severe economic depression on farm life, she strongly believed in community activity. She helped found and promote the Federation of Women's Clubs in Nebraska, Blair Bench Club, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Blair Community Hospital, Pleasant View Sunday School, Herman Eastern Star and the Herman Federated Church. She was an organist and often accompanied her husband.
After suffering a stroke, she moved to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Blair. In October of 1996, decades after she gave up formal school teaching, she began working with South School students in Blair on their reading and math skills through an inter - generational program. She enjoyed teaching again, adding that "It gives me something to do besides taking a nap."
She is survived by her daughter, Sally, of Omaha; her son, Larry, and his wife, Noriko, of San Mateo; her sister, Irene Davis of Truckee, Calif.; her stepsister Lucille Smith of Blair; three grandchildren, Dirk Byron and his wife, Dawn, of San Mateo; Brooke Alise Jensen of San Francisco; Nels Joseph of San Jose; and two great - grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton, in 1985 and a daughter - in - law, Jan Alise, in 1974.

Eva Smith, 98
Eva G. Smith, 98, of Blair died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1998, at Good Shepherd Home in Blair.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at First United Methodist Church in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.
A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home, whose staff is in charge of arrangements.
Eva G. Smith was born on Oct. 26, 1899, at Blair to Frank and Cecil Schafer. She attended the March Elementary School and graduated from Blair High School in 1919. She taught school in Springfield. On June 8, 1921, she married Roland P. Smith in Omaha. They farmed in the DeSoto area until moving to Blair in July of 1978. She moved to Good Shepherd Home in April of 1998.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church for 70 years. She was a member of the DeSoto Club, War Mothers and the Fort Calhoun Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by her son, Roland Smith, Jr. of Blair; two grandsons, Jeff Smith and wife, Cindy, of Blair and Ken Smith and wife, Dawn, of Bloomfield; a granddaughter, Shirley Moore and husband, Mike, of Sgt. Bluff, Iowa; and by seven great - grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roland in 1978, her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Carolyn Ann Standen, 56
Carolyn Ann (Stokes) Standen, 56, of Omaha died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Blair. Burial will be in the Herman Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home.
Carolyn Ann Stokes was born on Aug. 16, 1942, in Blair to Earl and Doris (Christiansen) Stokes. She was baptized at an early age and later was confirmed at the Methodist Church in Walthill. Her family moved from Walthill in 1953. She attended Blair High School and graduated in 1960. She worked for Kelly Ryan Equipment Company as a secretary. She moved to Omaha in 1962 and was employed at several places, including the Nebraska Credit Union League and Ramada Inn. On Aug. 16, 1964, she married Daryl Jack Standen in Blair.
She is survived by her daughter and son - in - law, Kimberly Joy and Jon Arrington of Omaha, two grandchildren, Nickolas and Mikayla; and her parents, Earl and Doris Stokes of Blair.
Campbell - Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ray Lantry, 61
Ray Lantry, 61, of Blair died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Country Bible Church. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery. A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair, in charge of arrangements.
Ray Edward Lantry was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Washington County to George and Opal (Brewster) Lantry. He graduated from Blair High School and attended Dana College. On June 5, 1959, he was married to Peggy Gutschow in Blair. For the past nine years he had been employed with Woodhouse Ford in Blair.
He was a member of Country Bible Church and the Blair Golf Club.
He was survived by his wife, Peggy; one daughter, Terri, and husband, Dave Taylor of Blair; three sons, Tom, and wife, Gina Lantry of Omaha, and Tony and Timothy Lantry of Blair; grandchildren, Sydney and Kylie Taylor of Blair and Wyatt and Paige Lantry of Omaha; two sisters, Norma Jean Anderson and Wanda Poulson of Blair; one brother, Lee Lantry, of Sarasota, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Opal Lantry.

Roberta 'Bobbie' Perkins, 74
Roberta J. "Bobbie" Perkins, 74, of Blair died Thursday, Aug. 27, 1998, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Services were Monday, Aug. 31, at the Campbell - Aman Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery.
Bobbie Reeh was born on Sept. 2, 1923, at Fort Calhoun to Earl and Theodora (Finch) Reeh. She attended the Fort Calhoun Schools. After the death of her first husband, Willis Gregory, she married Lyman "Perk" Perkins on Dec. 19, 1947, in DeKalb, Ill. While living in the DeKalb area, she was a bookkeeper for different companies. The couple ran Perk's Tavern in Blair for several years. After closing the tavern, she worked as a corrections officer for the Washington County Sheriff's Department and also worked for a seed corn company. She was an avid flower gardener and enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a good friend to many people. She was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. Auxiliaries. She belonged to the DeKalb, Ill., Moose Lodge.
She is survived by one son, Henry "Hank" Gregory of Dunlap, Ill., and his significant other, Anne Connors; one daughter, Linda Jacobson - Dinley, and her husband, Jerry Dinley of McConnell, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Bob and Jim Rudisill, Henry Gregory III, Gavin, Luke and Andy Gregory, Kimbery Lawson and Daniel Jacobson, Jr.; three great - grandchildren, Courtney Lawson, Daniel Jacobson III, and Sinjin Lewis; a foster granddaughter, Pam Gilmore, and foster great - grandchildren, Tara and Amber Gilmore; and foster great - great - grandson, Gage Gilmore; three sisters, Marilyn Kempcke of Blair, Dorothy Floyd of Everett, Wash., and Mildred Nisco of Seattle, Wash.; one brother, Warren Reeh of Blair; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman Perkins; a daughter, Maureen Rudisill; her parents, Earl and Theodora Reeh; a sister, Corrine Reeh; two grandsons, Michael and Roger Jacobson; and her first husband, Willis Gregory.

Wubbena 'Bea' Rand, 95
Wubbena "Bea" Rand, 95, of Blair, formerly of Missouri Valley, Iowa, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998, at her brother Jake Rand's home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Presbyterian Church in Missouri Valley. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Missouri Valley.
Wubbena Catherine Rand was born March 7, 1903, in Sac County, Iowa to John and Steinetta (Spier) Rand. She attended school in Sac and Harrison Counties in Iowa. She lived on the family farm and helped manage the farm operation in rural Harrison County until moving to Blair to be with her brother in 1995.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
She is survived by her brother, Jacob Rand of Blair; two nephews, Robert and Roger Rand; one niece, Mary Wohlers and many great - nephews and great - nieces; and by a special care giver, Mac Connealy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Katy, Shamka and Jennie and by two brothers, John and Eilert.
Memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Blair or the Rand Community Senior Center in Missouri Valley.

Alvin O. Wrich, 68
Alvin Otto Wrich, 68, of Omaha, formerly of Kennard, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998, at Aksarben Manor in Omaha.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Campbell - Aman Funeral Home in Blair. Burial will be in the German Cemetery.
Alvin Otto Wrich was born June 13, 1930, in Orum to Otto and Dora (Wiese) Wrich. He attended Blair High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He was awarded two bronze stars from being wounded. He lived most of his life in Kennard and Omaha. He worked for Omaha Steel until retiring in 1992.
He is survived by four children, Terry Wrich of Blair, Cynthia Bond of Arlington, Mary Lou Satterfield and Julie Boyce of Blair; 11 grandchildren; three great - grandchildren; his mother, Dora Wrich of Blair; one sister, LeuEtta Wulbern of Kennard; and two brothers, Andrew of Kennard and Larry of Fairmont.


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