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Our Obituaries

Karen M. "Peg" Raymond

February 2, 1940 - April 25, 2017

Karen Margaret "Peg" Raymond was the youngest of three daughters born to Thora (Heggelund) and Bateson Kimball, on February 2, 1940, in Gregory, South Dakota. She graduated from Gregory High School in 1958 and the University of South Dakota in 1962 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She taught English and Business in Milbank, South Dakota for several years. On June 27, 1964, she married John...
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Jessica Tate (Hempel) Anderson

April 3, 1974 - April 20, 2017

Jessica Tate (Hempel) Anderson, age 43 of Ainsworth, Nebraska, passed away April 20, 2017, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska. She was born April 3, 1974, in Ainsworth, Nebraska, to Richard and Anita Hempel. Jessica grew up with an older sister (Julie) and younger brother (Jared) in Long Pine, Nebraska, where she attended grade school and junior high. She had a very...
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Marilyn F. (Hawks) Krause

December 22, 1929 - April 20, 2017

Marilyn F. (Hawks) Krause was born December 22, 1929 to Phillip and Bertha (Ward) Hawks near Elgin, Nebraska. Marilyn passed away on April 20, 2017 at the Sandhills Care Center at the age of 87 years. As many fathers did, her dad delivered her on the farm six miles west and one and a half miles south of Elgin. When Marilyn was seven, her dad was asked politely to leave the county, due to his ...
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Ronnie Nicole Porter

July 1, 1981 - April 17, 2017

Ronnie Nicole Porter "Pooh Bear" This is not a normal obituary, for it is written for an extraordinary woman. Ronnie Nicole Porter lost her long and courageous battle with cancer, in the early morning hours of Monday April 17, 2017. Ronnie started doing things "her own way" from birth, on July 1, 1981, by arriving on her own time, not on the due date. She continued this theme until her...
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Erwin L. Keim

January 31, 1926 - April 4, 2017

Erwin Lee Keim, age 91, passed away on April 4, 2017 at O'Neill, NE. He was born January 31, 1926 to Frank and Gertrude Keim. He was the youngest of 8 children and spent his boyhood years on the family farm in and near the Plum Creek canyon, north of the Mabelo community. He was drafted into the US Army in July of 1944 and took basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. He was shipped...
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Donald R. "Don" Rossenbach

September 11, 1927 - March 31, 2017

Donald Ray Rossenbach was born to John and Alma (Graber) Rossenbach on September 11, 1927 at Ainsworth, Nebraska. At the age of four, he started country school at District #21, Norden, Nebraska, riding horseback with his mother each way until he could saddle a horse by himself. He grew up on the family farm and ranch southeast of Norden, later attending Keya Paha County High School, graduating at...
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Carol M. (Meads) Chase

July 11, 1930 - March 28, 2017

Carol M. Chase of Ainsworth, Nebraska was born July 11, 1930, at Callaway, Nebraska to Marshall and Veneta (Nansel) Meads, and passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 86. There are the obvious titles that describe Carol. Words such as, "wife," "mother," "sister," "grandmother," and "friend." And then there are descriptive words that dig...
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Teresa L. (Rich) Percival

January 24, 1958 - March 23, 2017

Teresa "Terri" Lynn (Rich) Percival was born on January 24, 1958 to William Frank and Retha (Pickens) Rich Sr. in Wichita Falls, Texas. Teresa and her brother, Billy and sister, Debra, lived in Arkansas with their mother until the untimely death of her mother and sister. She and Billy moved with their father to Georgia where she lived out her childhood, graduating from Swainsboro (GA) High...
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David Duane Harlan

November 5, 1953 - March 6, 2017

David Duane Harlan, age 63, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home in Bassett, Nebraska. David was born November 5, 1953 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. His parents were Levi D. and Eula (Thomas) Harlan. He grew up in Bassett and received his education from Bassett Grade School and Rock County High School. David was united in marriage to Phyllis Kroenke on June 2, 1979 at Dodge, Nebraska. To this...
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Frank E. "Junior" Weander, Jr.

October 26, 1924 - March 3, 2017

Frank E. Weander Jr. passed away March 3, 2017 at the Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 92. "Junior" was born at Bassett, Nebraska on October 26, 1924 to Katherine (Krause) and Frank Weander. He and his ten other siblings grew up around the Long Pine area. He attended grade school for a short period of time, but soon left due to having to go to work to help the family. ...
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Robert D. "Bob" Scott

March 13, 1923 - February 28, 2017

Robert Donald Scott was born to Alexander and Ida (Weber) Scott on March 13, 1923 in Merriman, Nebraska, the second of four children. He passed away on February 28, 2017 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Bob was raised in Merriman and graduated from Merriman High School. He was united in marriage to Dora Elizabeth Ricedorff on June 6, 1943. They had two children, a daughter, Pam and a son, Rick. Bob...
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Leslie Dean "Les" Farris, Jr.

October 10, 1951 - February 20, 2017

Leslie Dean Farris passed away on February 20, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska. Les was born on October 10, 1951 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, to Birdeen (Crooker) and Leslie M. Farris. He grew up in South Dakota and then Ainsworth, surrounded by a loving close-knit extended family. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1969 and subsequently attended Parks School of Business in Denver, Colorado. In...
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Marcella E. (Johnson) Welke

December 1, 1921 - February 19, 2017

Marcella was the youngest of four girls, born to Cora Eva (Stich) and Cincinnatus Johnson on December 1, 1921, at home on a farm four miles east of Ainsworth, Nebraska, and passed away on February 19, 2017 with her daughter and family by her side in Sterling Heights, Michigan at the age of 95 years, two months and 18 days. She attended and graduated from Ainsworth High School. Marcella was...
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Leslie W. "Les" Graff

April 6, 1914 - February 10, 2017

Leslie W. Graff was born on April 6, 1914 to Frank and Emma (Thompson) Graff at Johnstown Nebraska. He grew up on the family ranch on Plum Creek north of Johnstown. The ranch was homesteaded in 1896 and has been in the Graff family for over 100 years. Leslie attended rural school district #32 north of Johnstown through eighth grade and high school in Johnstown. He rode a horse three miles...
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Amber A Frerichs

October 25, 1995 - February 4, 2017

Amber Annette Frerichs was God's gift to this world in the early morning hours of October 25th, 1995, at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Nebraska. Welcoming her were her parents Barry and Amy Frerichs and two year old brother Brennan Frerichs of rural Long Pine, Nebraska. She and Brennan enjoyed a childhood filled with adventures out in the trees, building their fort, watching "Out of...
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Charles J. 'Charlie" Fuller

October 20, 1944 - January 30, 2017

Staff Sergeant Charles Justus Fuller born October 20, 1944 and went to the Lord on January 30, 2017. He was born to Harrison Ilo and Irene (Tyler) Fuller. Charlie served in the United States Army from September of 1962 to October of 1972. He served a total of 54 months in Vietnam. After his time in the army he went to Oklahoma. He spent 22 years there until returning home to Bassett. During...
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Marvin J. "Tiny" Reynolds

March 25, 1939 - January 24, 2017

Marvin John "Tiny" Reynolds, 77, of Bassett, died January 24, 2017, at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. He was born March 25, 1939, to Eldon Loren and Betty Maria (Dunbar) Reynolds in Almeria, Loup County, Nebraska. Growing up in southern Rock County, Marvin developed lifelong friendships with the Swanson boys. Many days they could be found tearing through the Sandhills with their...
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Doris M. (Moyer) Weddel Olson

June 25, 1921 - January 22, 2017

Doris May, daughter of Carl C. and Laurel Edith (Everingham) Moyer, was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska, June 25, 1921, and departed this life January 22, 2017 at Good Samaritan Pine View in Valentine, Nebraska. She attended Ainsworth public schools until her junior year in high school, and on her fifteenth birthday, she, with her parents and brother Bob, moved to Springview. Doris finished her...
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Jonas J. "Joney" Dillon, Jr.

November 25, 1939 - January 3, 2017

Jonas "Joney" Jonathan Dillon, Jr. was born November 25, 1939 to Jonas Sr. and Ortha I. (Rix) Dillon in Ainsworth, Nebraska. At age 15, he quit school to work with his father with the Keya Paha County Road Department making bridges. In the summer of 1957, he was en route to work for Jack Jones in Rose, Nebraska but Verg Rockford caught him on the road and hired him to work on the L. E. Ray Ranch...
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Alda M. (Moon) Ellis

February 26, 1937 - January 3, 2017

Alda Mae (Moon) Ellis, was born on February 26, 1937, at Stuart, Nebraska to Fred and Margaret (Johnson) Moon, and passed away on January 3, 2017 at the Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska, just shy of her 80th birthday from the adverse affects of COPD. They lived on a farm south of Stuart. She has one brother Donald Moon. Alda worked as a waitress in her early years, but was always trying to...
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Dale E. Mundorf

March 12, 1946 - January 1, 2017

Dale Eugene Mundorf, age 70, was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on March 12, 1946 to James D. and Lorena M. (Fernau) Mundorf. As a young child his family lived in various places. They finally settled in Long Pine where he graduated from Long Pine High School in 1964. Dale attended Chadron State College for 1 ½ years. He left college for a while and during this time he worked on a ranch. Later...
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Melton A. "Mel" Crisman

October 15, 1933 - December 20, 2016

Melton A. "Mel" Crisman was born October 15, 1933 in Wagner, South Dakota to Roy and Grace (Rude) Crisman. He was the seventh of nine children, joining Roy Jr., Glyde, Roland, Burton, Gloria, and Ken, with Betty and Clark to follow. Mel grew up in Wagner and helped on the family farm. He attended school in Ravinia, South Dakota graduating in 1951. Following graduation, Mel enlisted in the...
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Cooper Simon Stewart

July 21, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Cooper Simon Stewart was born on July 21, 2016 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill, Nebraska to Lucas and Melissa (Heine) Stewart of Long Pine, Nebraska. He was baptized into God's loving family on October 23, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett, Nebraska. Cooper was called to his heavenly Father on December 17, 2016, just shy of 5 months of age at Avera McKennan Hospital in...
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Laura May (Hutcheson) Alderman

January 9, 1927 - December 16, 2016

Laura May (Hutcheson) Alderman, 89, passed away on December 16, 2016 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. She was born on January 9, 1927 in Newport, Nebraska, the seventh child of Leslie "Shorty" and Sadie (Moss) Hutcheson of Long Pine, Nebraska. Laura married Lloyd James "Sunny" Alderman on June 15, 1948 in Gering, Nebraska. Laura and Lloyd found they had an unusual common connection....
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Teresa B. (Downing) Wilkins

April 17, 1918 - December 15, 2016

Teresa Belle (Downing) Wilkins, age 98, was born April 17, 1918, near Wood Lake, Nebraska. She was one of 12 children born to Halsey and Julia Downing. Most of her early life was spent near the banks of the Niobrara River north of Wood Lake. She attended the Rocky Ford School in Cherry County. If the weather cooperated, she and her siblings made the three mile trek on foot carrying their lunch in...
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Gwen G. (Baker) Fling

June 11, 1917 - December 10, 2016

Gwen Genelle Baker was born on June 11, 1917 at North Platte, Nebraska to Bertha Elizabeth (Smith) Baker and John David Baker. She died December 10, 2016 at the age of 99 years, 6 months. When Gwen was a year old, she traveled with her parents to Burton, Nebraska where she spent her childhood on the Baker ranch. All eight of the Baker children attended school in Burton through grade 10 and then...
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Everett Arch Densberger

July 13, 1938 - December 8, 2016

Everett A. Densberger was born on July 13 1938 in Holt County Nebraska at the home of his grandparents to Warren A. "Bob" and Muzetta (Brown) Densberger, and passed away on December 8, 2016 at the VA Black Hills Health Care System in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He attended grade school in Keya Paha County and at Brewster Nebraska. In 1953 the family moved to a farm near Johnstown, Nebraska where...
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Hazel M. (Westover) Engle

October 27, 1923 - December 5, 2016

Hazel Westover Engle was born at home in Ainsworth, Nebraska on October 27, 1923 to Vern and Beulah (Smith) Westover. She was raised in Ainsworth where she met Turk Engle of Springview, Nebraska and they married on October 26, 1940. They raised five children in Ainsworth. Hazel has been involved with the Ainsworth Senior Center, DOES Drove #54, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Hospital...
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Betty L. (Bower) Kirkpatrick

May 18, 1938 - November 20, 2016

Betty Louise Bower was born on May 18, 1938 to Darrel and Lois (Best) Bower at Ainsworth, Nebraska. She went to her heavenly reward on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from heart complications at the Brown County Hospital at the age of 78 years. Betty attended 12 years of school in Ainsworth and graduated with the Class of 1956, and was so excited to have celebrated her 60th year class reunion this past...
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Margaret E. (Eastman) Dugger

February 22, 1919 - November 20, 2016

Margaret Evelyn Dugger was born February 22, 1919, to Grover and Edna (Sandall) Eastman in Rock County, Nebraska. She died at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska, on November 20, 2016. She attended country schools and graduated from Rock County High School in 1938. Margaret married James Dugger on June 29, 1940. To this union two daughters were born, Joyce and Marjorie. She has...
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William A. "Bill" Ganser III

May 8, 1930 - November 19, 2016

William A. "Bill" Ganser III was born in Johnstown Nebraska on May 8, 1930. He was raised on a ranch on Goose Creek in Cherry County and graduated from Curtis Agriculture School in 1946. Bill and Janice (Jarman), from Chambers Nebraska, were married on November 6, 1950. Bill passed away quietly at home near Ainsworth, Nebraska the evening of November 19. He is survived by his wife Janice;...
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M. Arlene "Penny" Hughes Ruge

November 24, 1926 - November 10, 2016

M. Arlene Nelson, only child of Ray and Viola (Marian) Nelson was born November 24, 1926 at Utica, Nebraska. Arlene attended Rosemound District 59 and Utica Public High School. There she received a four year scholarship to Kearney State Teacher's College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education and attended graduate school in Fine Arts. She loved her...
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Barbara J. (Rice) Strand

August 31, 1928 - November 2, 2016

Barbara was born August 31, 1928 at home on her parents' ranch in Blaine County, near Dunning, Nebraska. She was the third of six children of Delbert and Mildred (Warren) Rice. While growing up, Barbara was active in 4-H with sewing, cooking, and showing beef cattle. Following her graduation from Dunning High School, Barbara attended College in Denver and attained a teaching degree. She taught...
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Gary D. Sell

January 20, 1936 - October 11, 2016

Gary D. Sell 80 of Springview, Nebraska passed away October 11, 2016 at his home with family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Gary was born January 20, 1936 at Winner, South Dakota to Henry and Theresa (Gehlsen) Sell. He grew up in Todd County South Dakota, the youngest of five children, along with his sister, Delores Holmes, and brothers, Gerald, Donald, and Howard. He...
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Ardeth A. (Sawle) Coleman

May 8, 1924 - October 10, 2016

Ardeth Arlene Coleman was born May 8, 1924 to Leslie and Rita (Johnson) Sawle, and passed away peacefully on October 10, 2016. She grew up north of Ainsworth on the Sawle Brothers farm. Ardeth loved to learn and was appreciative of her teachers in rural school District 11 and at Ainsworth High School where Ardeth graduated valedictorian of her class. Her marriage right after her high school...
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Barbara Kathleen (Appleman) Pedersen

June 26, 1943 - October 6, 2016

Barbara Kathleen (Appleman) Pedersen, 73, of Bassett, Nebraska, passed away Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, Nebraska after a short illness. Barbara was born to Theodore and Marian (Feagin) Appleman at Ainsworth, Nebraska on June 26th, 1943. She attended rural school south of Wood Lake, Nebraska and also near Johnstown, Nebraska. She graduated from Ainsworth...
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Robert T. Laverty

November 18, 1933 - September 30, 2016

Robert T. Laverty was born to E.A. and Marguerite A, (Hill) Laverty on November 18, 1933 at Lincoln, Nebraska and passed away at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska on September 30, 2016. Robert served his country as a Career Service Man for the United States Navy and Air Force from 1952-1973. He is survived by his four sons, Robert Laverty and John Laverty both of Dallas, Oregon, Mark Laverty of...
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Glenda J. (McGuire) Gilliland

December 17, 1949 - September 25, 2016

Glenda J. (McGuire) Gilliland, 66, of Long Pine, Nebraska passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, after a short battle with cancer. She was born December 17, 1949 in Bassett, Nebraska to Alex "Deck" and Bernice (Jones) McGuire. She attended Bassett Elementary School and graduated in 1968 from Rock County High School. On August 18, 1969 she married...
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Frieda "Fritzi" (Windorfer) Scholtes

November 11, 1936 - September 12, 2016

Frieda (Windorfer) Scholtes age 79, was born November 11, 1936 to Lorenz and Antonie (Rieger) Windorfer of Munich, Germany, and passed away on September 12, 2016. Frieda was united in marriage to Luke A. Scholtes January 29th, 1957. Frieda and Luke met while he was stationed in the military in Germany. The couple returned to Johnstown in August of 1957. Frieda became a naturalized citizen...
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Peter A. "Pete" Theisen

November 12, 1941 - September 9, 2016

Peter A. Theisen, 74, died Friday, September 9, 2016, at Rock County Hospital in Bassett, Nebraska, after battling cancer. He was born November 12, 1941 in Osmond, Nebraska, son of Joseph and Ella (Petersen) Theisen. Pete graduated from Rock County High School with the class of 1959 and continued his studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He married Catherine on October 25, 1969. Pete...
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Lanny Ray Heyden

February 24, 1943 - August 25, 2016

Lanny Ray Heyden was born February 24, 1943 to Clifford "Tiff" and Goldie (Ludemann) Heyden in Gregory, South Dakota and passed away August 25, 2016 near his home north of Newport, Nebraska due to injuries suffered in an accident. Lanny attended rural schools in northern Rock County. Instead of riding a horse to school, Lanny put a washing machine motor on his bike and that's how he got to...
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Arthur V. Heerten

July 10, 1920 - August 23, 2016

Arthur V. Heerten passed away August 23, 2016, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 96. He was the second son of John and Emma (Keohnken) Heerten, born on July 10, 1920, near Springview, Nebraska. Art left high school after his first year to help with the farm, later earning his GED to set a good example of the value of education for his children. Art enlisted in...
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David "Dave" R. Chase

February 27, 1946 - August 17, 2016

David Russell Chase, son of Ted and Edith (Lydiatt) Chase of Wood Lake Nebraska, was born February 27, 1946 in Ainsworth, Nebraska and passed away suddenly at his home in Ainsworth, August 17, 2016 at the age of seventy years. Dave grew to manhood in Wood Lake, where he enjoyed high school sports. After graduation, Dave joined the United States Air Force serving six years and earning the rank of...
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Ortha L. (Reynolds) Emry

April 13, 1923 - August 1, 2016

Ortha Loretta Emry passed away at the Brown County Hospital on August 1, 2016, at the age of 93. She was born to John L. Reynolds and Susie Amy (Shattuck) Reynolds on April 13, 1923 in her parent's house about 13 miles northwest of Springview, in Keya Paha County, Nebraska. Ortha was the youngest of three daughters. She and her sisters Alice and Inez grew up on property originally homesteaded...
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James H. "Jim" Fuhrman

May 8, 1952 - July 27, 2016

James Henry Fuhrman was born on May 8, 1952 in Gregory, South Dakota to Henry and Francis Fuhrman and passed away on July 27, 2016. His childhood years were spent in Burke, South Dakota. He grew up with his siblings, Gary, Rita, David, and Ray Dean. Jim married his beloved wife Eugenia (Jean) Fuhrman, on December 6th, 1968. To this union three children were born, Leslie, James, and Keith. After...
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Glenn A. Miller

July 31, 1941 - July 25, 2016

Cowboy, farmer, avid hunter, proud auctioneer, voracious reader, and former enthusiastic dancer who occasionally stayed on beat, Glenn A. Miller passed away peacefully Monday, July 25, 2016, at Tabitha Nursing Center, Crete, Nebraska. Glenn was born in Long Pine, Nebraska, grew up in his beloved Sandhills, and graduated from Rock County High School. After working as a cowboy in Wyoming, he...
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Betty Ann Camilla (Wood) Aronson

July 22, 2016

Betty Ann Camilla Wood was born on August 29, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska to Jessen and Ann (Weiland) Wood. She died peacefully in her home on July 22, 2016 near Long Pine, Nebraska at the age of 88 years. Betty graduated from Omaha North High School and worked at Northern Natural Gas when she married Gerald E. Aronson on October 4, 1948. They started their married life in Omaha then headed to...
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Daphyne L. (Carr) Clark

October 7, 1935 - July 21, 2016

Daphyne Lucile (Carr) Clark was born to George and Josephine (Dillon) Carr on October 7, 1935 in Springview, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children. She passed away July 21, 2016 at her home in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 80 years, nine months and 14 days. Daphyne graduated from Keya Paha County High School in Springview in 1953. She was united in marriage to William E. Clark II on...
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Georgia Faye (Baldwin) Miller

May 15, 1918 - July 21, 2016

Georgia Faye Baldwin was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on May 15, 1918, the only child of John Joseph and Elsie Fern (Offil) Baldwin. She passed away on July 21, 2016 at Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. As a girl, Georgia loved animals. Instead of playing with dolls, climbed trees with her boy cousins, and learned to fix "almost anything." She learned to play the piano and developed her voice,...
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Lyle Henry Davis

July 12, 1923 - July 19, 2016

Lyle Henry Davis, son of Freeman and Gladys Davis, was born at home in Selden, Nebraska (Rock County) on July 12, 1923. He passed away on July 19, 2016 at Silver Ridge Memory Unit in Gretna, Nebraska, where he had been residing since May 30, 2016. His age was 93 years, 1 week at the time of his death. As a child, Lyle attended elementary school at District 72-Ewing School and then moved six...
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Elaine Kay (Lewis) Nelson

March 11, 1973 - July 18, 2016

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Gary R. Assarsson

June 9, 1937 - June 24, 2016

Gary R. Assarsson was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa on June 9, 1937. He was the oldest of three children born to Fred and Ruth (Malone) Assarsson. Gary went to be with his Lord June 24, 2016. He passed away in his home suddenly with his wife and daughters by his side. Gary married Barbara Barta on November 15, 1958 at St Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth, Nebraska. To this union three children...
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Jerry Lyne DeBolt

August 4, 1965 - June 23, 2016

Jerry Lyne DeBolt was born August 4, 1965 at Bassett, Nebraska to Leo Arthur and Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt. He passed away June 23, 2016 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. Jerry and twin brother, Gary were two adventurous boys growing up. Jerry had a tendency of hitching rides with semi operators after a Wednesday cattle auction to deliver cattle to their buyers without...
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Janice I. (Davison) Pennington

January 19, 1937 - June 22, 2016

Janice Idora Pennington, 79, passed away June 22nd, 2016 in her home surrounded by her children after she had fought a courageous battle with ALS. Born January 19, 1937 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, Janice was first of two children born to John and Nellie (Strand) Davison. Janice earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also graduated from St. Elizabeth's School...
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Ruth M. (Beutner) Lutz

January 17, 1929 - June 19, 2016

Ruth M. (Beutner) Lutz was born on January 17, 1929 to Viola (Minor) and Gustav Beutner at White Lake South Dakota. She passed away on June 19, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney Nebraska at the age of 87. Ruth spent her early years in White Lake and met her husband Tom from Plankinton South Dakota. They loved to dance and would find a dance somewhere seven nights a week. She married...
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Louise S. (Skinner) Jefferis

May 7, 1934 - June 18, 2016

Louise S. Jefferis was born in Gregory, South Dakota on May 7, 1934 to Ben and Marie (Klindt) Skinner, and passed away on June 18, 2016 at the age of 82 years at the Rock County Long Term Care. Louise was married to Donald D. Jefferis on August 16, 1952, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. To this union Louise and Don had four boys, Dewey, Kenneth, Michael and Dennis. Louise lived the majority of her life...
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Clyde E. Blake

December 17, 1926 - June 1, 2016

Clyde Edward Blake was born to Edward and Gladys (Robinson) Blake, on December 17, 1926 on the ranch he still owns southeast of Bassett Nebraska in southern Rock County, and passed away on June 1, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett at the age of 89 years. He was the fourth of six children. He received his education at a country school close to the Blake Ranch. Clyde was united in...
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Arthur D. McDaniel Sr.

March 18, 1936 - May 8, 2016

Arthur D. McDaniel Sr. was born March 18, 1936 to George Lewis McDaniel and Minnie (Jessup) McDaniel at Johnstown, Nebraska and passed away May 8, 2016 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh, Nebraska at the age of 80 years, one month and 20 days. He grew up in Johnstown and worked as a ranch hand on various ranches around Ainsworth and the surrounding area. On October 4, 1966, Arthur was...
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Kathryn "Katy" Burt

September 10, 1919 - May 2, 2016

Kathryn (McCance) Burt was born Sept 10, 1919 on her grandfather's homestead near Cams, Nebraska. Her cowboy father worked at various ranches in the area. Kathryn attended primary school in southern Keya Paha County and later the family moved south into Rock County where she graduated from Rock County High School in 1936. She was the last surviving member of that class from RCHS. On Christmas...
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Aurelia C. (Stichweh) Krull

November 19, 1923 - May 1, 2016

Aurelia Cora Krull was born to Henry and Susetta (Einspahr) Stichweh on November 19, 1923 in Collinsville, Illinois. She was the oldest of three girls. She passed away on May 1st, 2016 at the age of 92 years, and 6 months at the Burwell Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska. Aurelia grew up in Belleville, Illinois where she went to the Zion Lutheran Grade School where her father...
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Dale E. North

July 12, 1920 - April 30, 2016

Dale Edward North, 95, of Long Pine, Nebraska passed away Saturday April 30th, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson, Nebraska. Dale was born to Robert C. and Bessie L. (Pearson) North at Plainview, Nebraska on July 12, 1920, the fourth of five children. He was raised in the Plainview area and graduated from high school there in 1940. Following graduation, at the beginning of World War...
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Joyce G. (Story) Songer

April 16, 1937 - April 26, 2016

Joyce Gladys Songer was born to Joe and Bertha (Totton) Story on April 16, 1937 at Norris, South Dakota, and was called home on April 26, 2016 at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska. Joyce had four sisters, Melba, Dorothy, Ruby and Vera, and five brothers, Ernie, Jasper, Bud, Bill, and Glen. She grew up around the Dallas and Herrick, South Dakota area, going to school through...
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M. Margaret "Maggie" Buoy

August 16, 1935 - April 25, 2016

Mary Margaret "Maggie" (Strelow) Buoy was born August 16, 1935 to Louis and Kathryn (Alexander) Strelow in Rock County, Nebraska. She passed away April 25, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett Nebraska at the age of 80 years. Margaret was the oldest of four children, Charles, Betty and Carl. She grew up in Rock County and graduated from Rock County High School. Margaret taught for five...
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Elwin W. "Jones" Davis

June 11, 1923 - April 24, 2016

Elwin W. Davis was born on June 11, 1923 to Erwin W. O. and Mary L. (Wanker) Davis at Duff, Nebraska, and passed away on April 25, 2016 at the Golden LivingCenter-Grand Island Lakeview in Grand Island, Nebraska. He grew up on the family farm where his folks were farmers raising livestock and crops. In his younger years, he stayed in Bassett, Nebraska and roomed with people going to high school...
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J. Loren "Sawdust" Hofeldt

June 7, 1939 - April 23, 2016

John Loren "Sawdust" Hofeldt, age 76, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Loren was born on June 7, 1939, in Winner, South Dakota, to Leonard and Freda (Schmidt) Hofeldt. He was the youngest of 3 children raised on the family farm. Loren served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959. He was married to Helen Carter on October 28, 1959, and to this union three...
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Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt

August 11, 1935 - April 11, 2016

Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt was born August 11, 1935 in Lakin Township, Minnesota to John and Ella (Fleck) Seadore, and passed away on April 11, 2016 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska. Katherine had eight siblings. While Katherine was still a young lady her family moved several times to Redfish, South Dakota; Wood Lake, Johnstown, and finally to Long Pine, Nebraska....
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Avis M. (Jones) Hutton

January 12, 1924 - April 9, 2016

Avis Marie (Jones) Hutton was born January 12, 1924 to Clarence 0. and May (Moore) Jones at their farm near Mariaville, Nebraska. She departed this life April, 9, 2016 at the age of 92. Avis attended grade school at various rural schools in Rock County. She graduated from Rock County High School in 1941. Her high school classes included all the Normal Training courses to prepare her for the...
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Lynn E. Moore

December 27, 1933 - April 8, 2016

Lynn E. Moore was born on December 27, 1933 to Shelley T. "Ted" and Minnie Moore. He passed away in a tragic motor vehicle accident on Friday April 8th, 2016, near Long Pine, Nebraska. Lynn was the fourth of eight children born in Long Pine, and walked several miles to country school south of Long Pine. He graduated from Long Pine High School in 1951. Lynn met Lois Jean Doty at Camp Witness...
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Alfred Dean "Doc" Gilg, MD

February 1, 1931 - April 4, 2016

Alfred Dean "Doc" Gilg was born on February 1, 1931 in Newport, Nebraska to Alfred and Hazel Gilg and raised on the family ranch during the depression. After graduating from Rock County High School and Northeast Technical Community College, he attended the University of Nebraska in Omaha where he met and married Regina Anne Harvey in 1951. The army interrupted his education from 1952-54 when he...
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Wayne George "Bud" Simons

March 9, 1932 - April 2, 2016

Wayne "Bud" Simons of Springview, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Winner Regional Hospital Long Term Care Center in Winner, South Dakota at the age of 84 years and 24 days. He was born at home on March 9, 1932 in Sparks, Nebraska to George J. and Minnie Mae (Archer) Simons. Bud attended grade school at Happy Hollow in Sparks. He worked for local farmers and ranchers until...
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Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Stahl

November 28, 1982 - March 5, 2016

Mandy was a very special girl, one-of-a-kind, and has touched so many lives in so many ways. She lived life to the fullest as one grand celebration after another. Mandy absolutely loved to plan the family reunions, birthday parties, Halloween, and Christmas. She would create elaborate fantasies where she was planning to go on a world tour, be a pop star, and become rich and famous. She included...
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Wilford A. Leach

October 9, 1924 - February 26, 2016

Wilford Albert Leach was born in Hyannis, Nebraska, October 9, 1924 to Bert and Dagmar (Jensen) Leach. He passed away on February 26, 2016, at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton, Nebraska. Wilford grew up on the family ranch near Arthur, Nebraska. In 1941, the family moved to a ranch south of Johnstown, Nebraska. Wilford graduated from Ainsworth High School with the class of 1942. He enlisted in...
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Theona A. "Toni" Andersen

June 18, 1914 - February 25, 2016

THEONA ARDITH (LEONARD) RASMUSSEN ANDERSEN Theona Ardith Leonard was born on June 18, 1914, to Alta (Miller) Leonard and Benjamin Franklin Leonard in Bassett, Nebraska. "Toni", as she was known all her life, spent most of her childhood in the home of her grandparents, Hugh and Belle Miller, in Bassett as her mother pursued a career in nursing administration. Toni graduated from Rock County High...
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Thomas Wayne "Tom" Nelson

March 4, 1958 - February 16, 2016

Thomas Wayne "Tom" Nelson was born on March 4, 1958 to Donald Wayne and Josephine (Watkins) Nelson at Oskaloosa, Iowa. He passed away on February 16, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital. Tom served in the United States Army for four years and 11 months. His last duty assignment was HHC 2nd Bn 8th Cav 1 CD Forscom FC. He was a M48-M60 Armor Tank Crewman. Tom is preceded in death by his father,...
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James R. "Jim" Walton

February 18, 1931 - February 1, 2016

James Ruben Walton was born in Gordon, Nebraska on February 18, 1931 and passed away on February 1, 2016, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska, at the age of 84 years. He was the oldest of three children born to Ruben A. and Dorothy V. (Mielke) Walton. Jim was named after his great grandfather. Jim was raised and attended school in the Gordon area until his early high school...
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Wayne L. Iverson

November 17, 1926 - January 28, 2016

Wayne L. Iverson, the first of four children, was born to Elbert J. "E.J." and Cecelia P. "Ruby" (Seberger) Iverson on November 17, 1926 at Stuart, Nebraska. Wayne lived on a ranch south of Newport, Nebraska while growing up, always loving the country life. He attended a one-room country school for grade school and went to Rock County High School in Bassett. Wayne joined the United States...
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Warren E. Horner

September 3, 1958 - January 17, 2016

Warren Eldon Horner was born on September 3, 1958 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Eldon and Ila (Moore) Horner of Rose, Nebraska. He was the fourth child in a family that eventually grew to eight children. The Horner Ranch was the perfect place for a young boy to grow and explore. There were cows, horses, dogs, cats, the great outdoors, and sisters. Warren loved horses the most. From atop a horse he...
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Melva L. (Cords) Fletcher

May 13, 1927 - January 11, 2016

Melva Louise Fletcher, 88 years old, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska. She departed peacefully while surrounded by family. Melva was born to Henry and Verna (Metz) Cords on May 13, 1927. She was the oldest of five children, a role she was quite proud of. They grew up on a farm near Pleasanton, Nebraska at a time when horses were...
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Mary E. (Taylor) Kent

September 3, 1923 - December 30, 2015

Mary Elizabeth Kent was born to William J. and Julia B. (Brosnihan) Taylor on September 3, 1923 at Sutherland, Nebraska and passed away on December 30, 2015 at her home in Ainsworth Nebraska at the age of 92 years. Her early childhood was spent in the Platte Valley area on ranches at North Platte and Stapleton, Nebraska, and then the purchase of a ranch in the Goose Creek Valley of the Sandhills...
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Ruth E. (Nachtman) Fox

September 27, 1934 - December 29, 2015

Ruth Elaine was born September 27, 1934 Pishelville, NE to James and Wilhemina (Elis) Nachtman. Ruth was the oldest of two children. Ruth graduated from Stuart High School in 1953. After graduation Ruth moved to Lincoln working as a bookkeeper. March 28, 1954 Ruth married Donald Fox in O'Neill, Nebraska and into this union five children were born. Ruth was a bookkeeper for many years. Around 1967...
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Shirley M. (Edwards) Davis

November 3, 1936 - December 29, 2015

Shirley Mae (Edwards) Davis of Ainsworth, Nebraska was born on November 3, 1936 in Butte, Nebraska to George and Anna (Scherer) Edwards. She passed away at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska on December 29, 2015 at the age of 79. Shirley grew up in the Ainsworth area. On April 16, 1955, she was united in marriage to Raymond Dale Davis. To this union two daughters were born. In 1984...
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Stanley H. Schelm

August 7, 1947 - December 27, 2015

Stanley Harold Schelm age 68 was born to Harold and Irene (nee Rauscher) Schelm on August 7th, 1947 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, and died Sunday, December 27th, 2015 at his home in northwest Ainsworth, as of a result of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He married Rebecca Frahm of Plainview May 21st, 1980 and had two children, Nathan Carl and Jennifer Marie. He was baptized into the Christian faith in Zion...
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Leona E. (Klein) Spann

August 3, 1916 - December 22, 2015

Leona Emma Klein Spann was born in Battle Creek, Nebraska on August 3, 1916, and passed away on December 22, 2015, at the age of 99 years. She was one of six children born to Leonard J. and Emma (May) Klein. Leona attended elementary school in Battle Creek, and graduated from Royal, Nebraska High School in 1934, as the family had moved to a farm near Royal. Her dad farmed, raised pigs, and...
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Gertrude L. "Gert" Shade

May 12, 1922 - December 5, 2015

Gertrude L. "Gert" Shade passed away December 5, 2015 at the age of 93 years. She was born May 12, 1922, in a sod house in Keya Paha County, Nebraska to Glenn and Rose (Childs) Masters. She had two older siblings, Paul and Phyllis and two younger siblings, Dale and Janice. Gert graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1939. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator in Ainsworth...
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Dora Ruth (Bartholow) Allen

February 13, 1929 - November 29, 2015

Dora Ruth (Bartholow) Allen was born February 13, 1929 near Purdum, Nebraska to Maude (Chase) Bartholow and William T. Bartholow. She passed away November 29, 2015 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska Dora was the fourth child of five. She received her education at the south Elsmere School and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1946. Dora married Lester Clarence Allen on...
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Janice I. Schwager

February 1, 1960 - November 22, 2015

Janice Ione Schwager was born on February 1, 1960 in Bassett, Nebraska to Elmer L. and Helen Ione (Harlan) Schwager of Mills, Nebraska. In November of 1960, Elmer, Helen and Janice moved to Ewing, Nebraska to Elmer's parent's home place. In February of 1961, Janice became a big sister to Judy Kay two days after her 1st birthday. Helen always dressed them like twins. In 1962, the family moved to a...
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Richard M. "Dick" Reece

February 17, 1927 - November 19, 2015

Richard M. "Dick" Reece passed away November 19, 2015 peacefully at his home of 52 years, at the age of 88. He was born February 17, 1927 in Crawford, Nebraska to Reuben and Frances (Kreman) Reece. He was the eldest of three sons. Richard grew up on a ranch south of Crawford and attended school in Harrison, Nebraska, graduating in 1945. Immediately after, he was drafted into the United States...
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Jeanie Marie (Maurer) Shankland

January 10, 1964 - November 15, 2015

Jean Marie (Maurer) Shankland was born at the Rock County Hospital January 10, 1964, in Bassett, Nebraska to Jake and Marcella Maurer. She joined siblings Janice, Susan, and Jake. Jeanie passed away November 15, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. Jeanie, as she was known to her family and friends, attended Pleasant Hill school through second grade. During the school year, Pleasant Hill and...
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Ardis I. (Beebout) Johnson

January 4, 1916 - November 10, 2015

Ardis Ione (Beebout) Johnson, daughter of LeRoy and Rosa (Akert) Beebout was born January 4, 1916 at the family home in Johnstown, Nebraska. She passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson, Nebraska. It was 30 below zero the night she was born. Dr. Cameron delivered her assisted by his wife. Her mother Rosa later said, "that the old wood stove was just...
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Evelyn Zoreda (Allen) Hill

February 15, 1927 - November 3, 2015

Evelyn Zoreda (Allen) Hill was the sixth of eleven children born to Clarence and Martha (Farris) Allen on February 15, 1927. She was born northeast of Ainsworth, Nebraska at a place along Bone Creek. She died November 3, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center in Atkinson, Nebraska at the age of eighty-eight. While growing up on her family's farm north of Ainsworth, Evelyn was baptized...
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Rickie Dean Lentz

August 23, 1957 - October 24, 2015

Rickie D. Lentz was born August 23, 1957 at Madison, Wisconsin to Elmer and Eiko Lentz. He passed away October 24, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rick was born into a military family and enjoyed a life full of travel and service to his country. He comes from a long line of Lentz ancestors who settled in the Long Pine, Nebraska area. Rick spent several school years in...
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Shirley M. (Christensen) Olson

April 23, 1926 - October 20, 2015

Shirley M. Olson went home to our Lord on October 20, 2015 in Grand Island, Nebraska. She was born near Centerville, South Dakota on April 23, 1926 to Viggo and Marie (Knudsen) Christensen. Shirley graduated from Centerville High School and attended Springfield Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota. She began her teaching career in a one-room country school. She always taught school at...
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Calvin Dale Croghan

May 8, 1929 - October 19, 2015

Calvin D. Croghan was born on May 8, 1929 to James David and Florence Gertrude (DeBolt) Croghan at Bassett Nebraska, and passed away at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska on October 19, 2015. Calvin had four brothers and two sisters. Cal was inducted into the United States Army on July 6, 1951. He was wounded in combat at Chorwon Korea on September 9, 1952 and was awarded the...
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Dwayne Arnold Huelle

November 22, 1946 - October 11, 2015

Dwayne Arnold Huelle was born November 22, 1946 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Arnold and Mildred (Rudnick) Huelle. He passed away October 11, 2015 at his home in Franklin, Nebraska. Dwayne was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Ainsworth on January 28, 1946 and later was confirmed on May 21, 1961 there. Dwayne graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1965. He was united in marriage to Barbara Ann...
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Jacob C. Koch

May 6, 1938 - October 2, 2015

Jacob C. Koch was born on May 06, 1938 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to George and Gertrude (Kurpjuweit) Koch, and died peacefully and unexpectedly at the West Holt Memorial Hospital on October 2, 2015 in Atkinson, Nebraska at the age of 77. Jacob married Bonita D. Beel on June 2, 1957. He worked at the Beel Ranch as a ranch hand. He then worked for Missouri Valley as a Heavy Equipment Operator,...
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Leona F. Morrow

August 7, 1919 - September 7, 2015

Leona Faye (Beebout) Morrow, 96, of Ainsworth, Nebraska passed away on September 7, 2015 at her home in Ainsworth. Leona, the fourth child of Rosa (Akert) and LeRoy Beebout was born at home on August 7, 1919 in Johnstown, Nebraska. Earning the nickname "Giggy," because of her giggly nature, Leona had many fond memories of her growing-up years in Johnstown with her four brothers and three...
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Myrtle B. Sears

March 31, 1919 - August 24, 2015

Myrtle B (Meyers, Dahlgren) Sears was born to Erwin and Maggie Mae Meyers on March 31, 1919 at Merriman, Nebraska. She was the youngest of seven children joining three brothers, Guy, Elwood and Roy, along with three sisters, Esther, Mildred and Ruth. Myrtle's mother passed away on July 23, 1920 and with the task of raising seven children her father enlisted the help of neighbors, Andrew and...
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Raymond M. "Dick" Wait

August 9, 1920 - August 19, 2015

Raymond Melvin "Dick" Wait was born on August 9, 1920 to James Franklin and Alvera Irene (Hall) at Broken Bow, NE. He passed away on August 19, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Cozad, NE. He grew up on a farm in Brown County and graduated from high school in 1939. On March 24, 1940, he was united in marriage to Velma Marie Wait. He enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged when the...
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Vivian L. (Reinert) Alberts

November 22, 1922 - August 6, 2015

Vivian Lula Jeanette (Reinert) Alberts was born on November 22, 1922 to Lillian and Arthur Reinert on a small place northwest of Ainsworth, Nebraska. From there they moved north of Ainsworth and lived there until 1925. When Arthur passed away Doris & Vivian moved to Ainsworth, and lived with their Grandmother, Anna Lockmiller, and started kindergarten, attending up to third grade, they then moved...
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Elvin D. "Al" Moore

September 20, 1917 - August 2, 2015

Elvin D. "Al" Moore was born on September 20, 1917 to Delbert and Maude (Higbee) Moore at Meadow Grove, Nebraska, and passed away on August 2, 2015 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. The family moved to a place just west of Ainsworth, where Al attended school in Brown County, graduating from the eighth grade. He then helped out on the family farm. He met Martha Mae Grubaugh and they...
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