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LOTTIE KRISS
Lottie Kriss, age 92, of Ord died Thursday, March 2, 2000 at her home in Ord.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ord Evangelical Free Church with Rev. John Campbell and Rev. Ernest Moravec officiating. Burial was in the Douglas Grove Cemetery at Comstock. Visitation was Monday prior to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Family.
Mrs. Kriss was born March 5, 1907 to Leroy and Lucy (Wayne) Niles at Ericson, NE. At the age of 10 she moved to West of Taylor and attended the Knotty Ridge School until the 8th grade, and then went to the Sargent High School.
On September 2, 1926 she married James A. Kriss at North Platte, NE. The couple lived on a farm north of Comstock for 62 years. Mr. Kriss passed away June 15, 1989. In 1990 she moved to the town of Ord residing at Parkview Village. In 1995 she moved into her daughter's home in Ord.
She attended the Evangelical Free Church. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandkids.
She is survived by two daughters, Emily Van Dyke of Grand Island, and Wanda Erks of Ord; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Norman; and two granddaughters.

LEE CLARENCE SINNER
Lee Clarence Sinner 80 was born Feb. 13th, 1920 at home near Loup City, Ne. to Clarence and Ella (Garner) Sinner. He died Feb. 19th, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, NE.
When three weeks old he and his family moved to Blaine County, NE. He spent his lifetime working on the ranch, enjoying the cattle, neighbors, and family. He especially enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.
He left Brewster High School to help on the ranch when his father died, going back a year later to graduate with his sister Leona in 1939.
Lee enjoyed several summer vacations with the Lethert family at their lake home in Minnesota, and fishing with his special friend Joe Divis.
Lee was a father to his sister Betty when their dad died in 1938. He was always there to lend a helping hand to family members.
Lee was Blaine County Sheriff for twenty some years.
He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Survivors are his sister Betty Dunbar and husband Floyd, two sister-in-laws, Irene Sinner, and Bethene Sinner, 18 nieces and nephews, many great neices and nephews and a lot of friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sister, Luella Moninger - Leona Sinner, Louise Sinner and Beulah Scofield, and two brothers, Floyd Sinner and Leonard Sinner.
Funeral services were held February 22, 2000 at the Mortuary in Broken Bow with Burial at Brewster, Ne. Pallbearers were: Stanley Moninger, Keith Moninger, Orval Moninger, Roger Sinner, Lonnie Sinner, Leslie Sinner, Bryan Scofield, and Robert Dunbar. Honorary Pallbearers: Gordon and Margaret Bradley, George and Loretta Epp, Walt and Marilyn Rhoades, and Dale and Maxine Dingman.

IN MEMORIAM
We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. We thought of you yesterday, and the day before that, too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. All we have now are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. A million times we've cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place no one can ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone. For a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

HOWARD I. PROCTOR
Howard I. Proctor, age 91, of Freeport, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at his residence.
He was born on May 6, 1908 in Burwell, NE, the son of Ira and Viola (Todd) Proctor.
Mr. Proctor was raised in Nebraska and attended schools there.
He married Mable I. Cass on May 2, 1930 and they moved to their present farm house on Sisson Road in 1943.
Mr. Proctor's employment included Bradford White Corporation in Middleville for 22 years, retiring in 1971. He was also engaged in farming and beekeeping.
He was a member of the Middleville Wesleyan Church.
Mr. Proctor was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Roger and Neil Proctor.
He is survived by his wife, Mable; two sons, Seth (Joan) Proctor of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Norman Proctor of Hastings; daughter, Lois (Gilbert) Preston of Ft. Myers, Florida; seven grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at Wren Funeral Home in Hastings. Reverend Mark Patchett officiated.
Burial was at the Freeport Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice or Middleville Wesleyan Church.
Arrangements were made by Wren Funeral Home of Hastings.

RALPH DICK FRANZEN
Ralph Dick Franzen, 88 of Arcadia died Thursday, February 24, 2000 at the Community Memorial Nursing Home in Burwell.
Funeral services were held at the Ord Memorial Chapel on Monday, February 28, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Gerald Roggow officiating. Burial was in the Arcadia City Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph was born March 26, 1911 five miles north of Arcadia, NE to Frank K. William Fredrick and Mary Elizabeth (Arndt) Franzen. He attended school north of Arcadia at the Dunham School. He also attended the Grand Island Business College. On June 1, 1934 he married Pearl Clingman at Thedford, NE. They rented farms north of Arcadia for a number of years. They moved to Scotia for one year and in 1947 moved back to Arcadia where they rented a farm. In 1968 they purchased the Mike Setlik farm north of Arcadia. Mrs. Franzen passed away December 21, 1993. Mr. Franzen has been a resident of the Community Memorial Nursing Home since March 11, 1991.
Survivors include one son, Raymond and his wife Sonja of Arcadia; one daughter Evelyn (Mrs. Richard) Kirkpatrick of Lincoln; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruby McClaflin of Flagstaff, AZ; two brothers, Harold of Cheyenne, WY, Dick of Broken Bow, NE.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Pearl; a brother Floyd, an infant brother Calvin Leroy; a sister Sophie Moore and a grandson Wayne Franzen.

SANDIE G. SCHULTZ
Sandie G. Schultz, age 77, of Sargent, Nebraska died Saturday August 5, 2000 at the Sterling House in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Sandie Schultz was born October 5, 1922 in Sargent to Alexander and Agnes (Daugherty) Schultz. He attended school and graduated in 1941 from Sargent High School. On July 2, 1948 Sandie married Bessie Jezbera. They made home in the Broken Bow and Sargent area, where they farmed and ranched. Sandie was a past member of the Sargent and Somerford school boards. He also was a school bus driver for Sargent Schools for many years.
Survivors include his wife Bessie of Sargent; Sons LeRoy Schultz of Central City, NE, Harvey and Cyndie Schultz of Cottonwood, AZ, Marvin and Raye Jean Schultz of Sargent, Marlyn and Lori Schultz of Gering, NE; Daughters Marlene and Frank Amos of Doniphan, NE, Karen and John Glidden of Mullen, NE, and Carolyn and Mike Criss of Sargent, NE; Two sisters Violia Schultz of Corvales, OR and Wilhelmina Johnston of Salem, OR; One brother Norris Schultz of Littleton, CO; 12 grandchildren, Amy Schultz, Kimberly Glidden, Chad Schultz, David Criss, Clinton Amos, Trevor Glidden, Amber Schultz, Jessica Schultz, Chandra Criss, Justin Schultz, Jody Schultz, and Ashlyn Schultz. One great granddaughter, Haleigh Schultz. Sandie was preceded by his parents, 2 sisters, and 1 brother.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the Govier Brothers Chapel in Broken Bow with the Rev. Dr. Charles Spence Officiating. Visitation was Monday, August 7th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Memorials may be made to the Sargent Alumni Scholarship Fund. Burial was in the Somerford Cemetery.

EMMA A. FISCHER
Emma Alice Fischer was born September 9, 1920 near Comstock, NE, to Albert and Agnes (Slossar) Lukesh and passed away Sunday, July 30, 2000 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, NE, at the age of 79 years, nine months and 21 days. Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 3, 2000 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth with graveside services following at the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Pastor Georg Williams officiated the services. Music was provided by Pastor and Mrs. Georg Williams and Misty Tadda.
Emma grew up around the Ord and Comstock area and received her education at country schools. She was united in marriage to Harry W. Fischer on November 19, 1942 at Burwell, NE. Emma worked in restaurants and did nurse's aide work around the Ainsworth and Bassett area. She spent many hours cooking, canning and preparing meals for her large family. Even in hard times, there was always plenty to eat. Emma loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and became known to many as "Granny". She loved polka music and could dance many a night away in her younger years.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry, who passed away October 9, 1989; one brother and one sister; and four grandsons. She leaves to mourn her passing, four sons, Dick Fischer of Friend, NE; Jim Fischer and wife Patty, of Atkinson, NE; Ben Fischer and wife Vicki, of Millboro, SD; Steve Fischer and wife Claudia, of Butler, PA; three daughters, Marilyn Anderson and husband Jack, of Ainsworth; Mary Ann Crist of Lexington, NE; and Darlene Tadda of Leavenworth, KS; one sister, Agnes Fischer of Atkinson; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Dustin Marshall Fischer and all of Emma's other family and friends. Memorials are suggested to the family in her name. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of arrangements.

GUY E. BECKER
Guy E. Becker, 87, of Burwell, died Saturday, October 21, 2000 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord.

DOROTHY MARGARET HALL
Dorothy Margaret Hall, 81, of Burwell, Nebraska died Friday October 20, 2000 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, NE.

SOPHIA MEYER CARR KINSEY
Services for Sophia Meyer Carr Kinsey, age 90, of Mineral Wells, was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Chapel with burial in Sturdivant Cemetery in Palo Pinto County. The Rev. Don Fawcett officiated with Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Kinsey passed away Sept. 23, 2000, at her residence. She was born in Hanover, Germany, on April 16, 1910. The daughter of Herman and Anna Bormann Meyer.

STEWART WILLIAM KLEEB
Stewart William Kleeb, 81, of Sargent, passed away Oct. 23, 2000 at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow.

BILL LEGATE
Funeral services for William "Bill" Legate 67, of Elgin, were held Friday, Oct. 20, at the Clearwater High School Gymnasium in Clearwater. Rev. Mike Gardner officiated, with burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery at Neligh and military rites by American Legion Post 172 and VFW Post 5287.

HAROLD McKAY
Harold "Casey" McKay, 78, longtime Moses Lake resident lost a two-year battle with cancer when he passed away Saturday, October 28, 2000 at his home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at Kayser's Chapel of Memories with Rev. Floyd Wilks officiating. Interment followed at Pioneer Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were in care of Kayser's Chapel of Memories.

MILDRED FREDERICK
Mildred Frederick, 88, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at Parkview center in Beatrice. She was born Feb. 26, 1912 at Adams, NE. The family moved to the Garfield and Loup County area. She resided there until 1958 when she moved to Beatrice. She worked as an Examiner at Formit and retired after fourteen years to care for her father. She was a long time member of Beatrice Business & Professional Women's Club. She enjoyed gardening while in good health and later did reading and handcrafts but most of all she enjoyed holding her little dog.
Survivors include: sister, Louise Frederick of Beatrice; sister-in-law, Betty Frederick of Taylor, NE; nieces, Vicki Schottenkirk & husband Bill of Grand Island, and Lyn Nelson & husband Charles of Taylor, NE; great nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, William & Mary (Atkins) Frederick; brother, Russell; and a sister, Doris Frederick.
Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, at Cottonwood Cemetery, Burwell, NE. Pastor Marty Robbins officiated. Visitation was at Harman-Wright Mortuary, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Family and friends gathered at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Mortuary. Memorial established to the Beatrice Humane Society or the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation with the mortuary in charge. Harman-Wright Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

RUDOLPH ZOUBEK
Rudolph Zoubek, 88 of Schuyler, formerly of Clarkson, died January 20, 2001 at the Schuyler Nursing Center in Schuyler.
Funeral Services were Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson. Visitation was Monday, 3-7 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home & Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. at the church. Dr. Earl F. Underwood, Jr. officiated with interment at Clarkson National Cemetery.
Mr. Zoubek was born March 4, 1912 in Colfax County, NE, south of Clarkson. His parents were Emil and Antonia (Vavra) Zoubek. He attended rural Colfax County schools and was a farmer.
On February 25, 1936, he married Helen Hamernik. She passed away September 18, 1985.
Rudy farmed in the Clarkson and Dodge areas until settling on a farm south of Leigh in 1943. After his retirement he moved to Schuyler where he loved to work on his lawn and garden, play cards and especially help his brother Frank fix lawn mowers.
Survivors include two sons: Dennis (Luella) Zoubek of Leigh, and Raymond (Lin) Zoubek of Taylor; four grandchildren: Kathy (Melvin) Wemhoff, June (Todd) Went, Tim Zoubek, Troy (Sue) Zoubek; four great-grandchildren: Taylor, Dylan and Logan Went and Ashley Zoubek; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and sister Eva Tuma of Schuyler.
He was preceded in death by his wife, daughter-in-law Sharon Zoubek, and five brothers.
Pall bearers were Tim Zoubek, Troy Zoubek, Melvin Wemhoff, Todd Went, Dean Janousek, Phil Edwards, Bob Cerv, and John E. Jedlicka.

ESTHER MARIE BUFFINGTON
Esther Marie Buffington, 69, daughter of Lloyd and Fern (Lytle) Key, was born at Burwell, NE, Oct. 13, 1931, and died at the Antelope Memorial Hospital. Neligh, NE March 23, 2001.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 26, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Elgin with the Rev., Janet Burgel, pastor, officiating. Carolyn Johnson was organist. Interment was in the West Cedar Valley Cemetery at Elgin with Wilfred Arehart, Noel Bottendorf, Ray Dinslage, Donald Mackel, Kenneth Peters, and Kenneth Richart serving as casket bearers.

FLORENCE DAVENPORT
Florence Mae Davenport, 100, of Burwell, Nebraska died Monday, January 21, 2002 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.
Funeral Services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2002 at the Assembly of God Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery. Rev. Mike Blatchley officiated. Visitation was Thursday, January 24, 2002 from 5-8 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the church.

BERDINE PIPER
Charlotte Berdine Piper, 86, of Burwell, Nebraska, died January 28, 2002, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Services will be a the Metz Funeral Home in York, Nebraska, on February 2 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Arborville Cemetery near Polk.

GWENDOLYN J. RIEHART
Gwendolyn Joyce (Yocum) Riehart, 68, of Norfolk, Nebraska, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the Norfolk Faith Regional Hospital after an illness of three weeks.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 1, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent, Nebraska, with Rev. Don Studley officiating. Music was provided by LaDonna Studley. Pallbearers were Jim Rogers, Larry Rogers, Wade Van Diest, Mike Dunbar, Marcus Gubbels, and Norval Van Diest. Burial was in Madison Square Cemetery, Loup County, Nebraska. Rhoad Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

GRACE E. NELSON
Grace Elizabeth (Luedtke) Nelson, 84, of Comstock, Nebraska, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare Sargent in Sargent, Nebraska.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. at Wescott Baptist Church in rural Comstock, Nebraska, with Pastor Don Schauda officiating.

Dorothy E. Cunliffe
Dorothy E. Cunliffe, 90 of Scottsbluff, Nebraska died Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at Heritage Health Care in Gering.
A memorial service was held Saturday, October 5, 2002 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Morrill with Rev. Charles Murithi officiating. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory and a private inurement will take place at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill. Memorials have been established to Donor's Choice.

Vera Becker
Funeral services for Vera H. Becker will be held Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Burwell with Reverend Donald Studley officiating. Interment will be at Cottonwood Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell United Methodist Church, Loup County Historical Society or the Alzheimers Fund. Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Gene Cech
Eugene Joseph "Gene" Cech, 71, of Miamisburg, Ohio passed away on Sunday, September 22,2002 at Hospice of Dayton.
Memorial services were held September 25, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gebhart Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home in Miamisburg. Donations my be made to the Hospice of Dayton or the charity of your choice.

Florence (Kelley) White
Florence Martha (Kelley) White, 81, of Burwell, Nebraska died Sunday, November 24, 2002 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska.
Funeral services were Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 10:30 am at the Burwell Baptist Church. Burial was in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Nebraska. Max Kelley officiated. Hitchcock Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell Rural Fire Department.
Florence was born March 31,1921 in Holt County, Nebraska to Herman and Maude (Dailey) DeGroff.

Edwin Fitzgibbons
Edwin L. Fitzgibbons, 80, of Lincoln died Saturday, November 30, 2002. Funeral services were Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 10:00 am, Southview Christian Church, 20th and South Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Burial was in Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to National Parkinsons Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research or the church. Metcalf Funeral Home, Lincoln, was in charge of the arrangements.
Edwin was born in Beaver City, Nebraska on June 10, 1922 to Roy and Nellie (Towle) Fitzgibbons.

Lois Sidak
Lois V. Sidak, 84, of Burwell died Saturday, November 23, 2002 at the Burwell Community Health Center.
Funeral services were Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Burwell United Methodist Church. The Reverend Don Studley officiated. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Scotia. Memorials are suggested to the Burwell or Scotia Rescue Units. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Lois Vivian was born June 27, 1918 to Robert and Othelia (Keowon) Mitchell at Greeley County, Nebraska.

Russell Troxell
Russell E. Troxell, 80, of Burwell, died Saturday, November 23, 2002 at the Community Memorial Health Center, Burwell, Nebraska. At his request, there will be no services.
Russell was born July 4, 1922, in Burwell, to Eugene and Agnes (Banks) Troxell.

Rosa Kilpatrick
Rosa Kate Kilpatrick, 90, of Burwell, Nebraska died March 4, 2003 at the Valley County Hospital in Ord, Nebraska.
Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2003 at the Assembly of God Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Reverend Kevin Jay officiated. Burial was at 12:30 p.m. at the Cotesfield Cemetery with Reverend Dominic Pecorara officiating. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Rosa was born September 29, 1912 at Wheatland, Wyoming to Frank and Ellen A. (MacFarlane) Prager.

Geneva Barnett
Geneva Tetschner Barnett, 78, of Twin Falls, Idaho, died March 11, 2003 at Twin Falls Care Center. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2003 at White Mortuary "Chapel by the Park", with Reverend Mike Seward, pastor of the Kimberly Church of the Nazarene officiating. A private family interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to the Animal Shelter, Twin Falls, Idaho, P.O. Box 1168, 83303-1168 or the Kimberly Church of the Nazarene, 355 E. 3750 N., Kimberly, Idaho, 83341.
She was born August 9, 1924 in Burwell, Nebraska, the daughter of James V. and Constance Benjamin Murphy

June Gilman
June May Gilman, 88, of Atkinson passed away on March 14, 2003 at the Good Samaritan Center in Atkinson, Nebraska.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Seger Funeral Home, Atkinson, Nebraska. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Atkinson, Nebraska. Pastor Wayne Owens officiated.
June was born December 29, 1914 at David City, Nebraska, Butler County, to Rinard Van Lom and Bertha (Hermsen) Van Lom..

Dick Cone
Richard "Dick" Eugene Cone, 71, of Fairview, KS died Thursday, March 13, 2003 at his home after a long struggle with cancer.
Mr. Cone was cremated. A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Nebraska. Reverend Don Studley will conduct the services. Casket bearers were Gene Cone, Royce Cone, Terry Cone, Bruce Cone, Tom Harris, Ernie Harris, Roger White, Roland White, and Dennis Maley. Inurnment will be in the Burwell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be left to Kansas State University Cancer Research and sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, Seneca, Kansas.
Dick was born November 18, 1931 in Gordon, Nebraska, the son of Lester Guy Cone and Gladys Fox Cone.


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