HOCH

Hoch Funeral Homes, Inc. has family-owned funeral homes operating in the Nebraska Sandhills and surrounding area for almost 50 years. Our funeral homes provide all types of services involving traditional burial or cremation with care and compassion. The staff members are committed to providing the best service and assistance possible when families are faced with the loss of a loved one. We appreciate your time in viewing our website today. If there are any questions that you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

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Our Obituaries

Mercedes F. (Burrows) Johnson

November 5, 1921 - September 16, 2017

Mercedes (Burrows) Johnson life story; Mercedes Florene Burrows was born in rural Sterling, Nebraska on November 5, 1921. Her parents were Earl and Mabel (Culp) Burrows. She had one older brother, Durward. The family lived in rural Adams, Nebraska until 1925, when they bought a ranch twelve miles north of Johnstown, Nebraska. Mercedes grew up in this beautiful area of the Sandhills which she...
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James Otis "Jim" Harlan

June 4, 1933 - September 15, 2017

James Otis Harlan was born at home, in the Sybrant neighborhood south of Bassett, Nebraska, on June 4, 1933, to Margaret and Ora Harlan. Mrs. Stout, a neighbor lady, was the midwife; she had delivered most of his seven older brothers and sisters, and delivered his younger sister three years later. He was born in the Depression years, and although money was scarce, love was not. He grew up in a...
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Gene Arthur Schlueter

May 17, 1940 - September 10, 2017

Gene Arthur Schlueter, 77, died on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at his home, southwest of Wood Lake, Nebraska. Gene was born May 17, 1940 in Valentine, Nebraska, to Arthur LeRoy and Aileen Harriet (Petersen) Schlueter. He was welcomed home by one sister, Karen. Gene lived all of his childhood on the family ranch southwest of Wood Lake, going to Wood Lake Rangers 4-H meetings and showing Hereford...
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Elmer R. Sharp

April 29, 1926 - September 7, 2017

Elmer Ray Sharp, 91 of Long Pine, Nebraska, died on September 7, 2017 at Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Elmer and his twin sister, Elnora were the last of five children born on April 29, 1926, to Lewis and Ethel (Firth) Sharp in his family home north of Long Pine. They later moved into town where he received his education. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps during...
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Lyle J. "Jack" Jones

December 25, 1923 - September 3, 2017

Lyle "Jack" Jones was born north of Ainsworth on December 25, 1923 to John and Mary (Waits) Jones, the youngest of 10 children. Jack graduated from high school in Ainsworth, NE. He entered US Army-Infantry September 8, 1945. He trained at Camp Roberts, California and served overseas. He was honorably discharged January 17, 1947. On February 4, 1947 Jack was united in married to Dorothy E....
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Elmer W. Andersen

April 19, 1918 - August 28, 2017

Elmer Woodrow Andersen was born April 19, 1918 and was 99 years old when he passed away August 28, 2017 in the Sandhills Care Center, Ainsworth Nebraska. He was born on a ranch near Elsmere, Nebraska to Jens and Kirsten Andersen, his three siblings were Einar, Donavan, and Edith Keller. The Andersen family moved frequently in Cherry and Brown Counties until settling on what they referred to...
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Mary M. (Huffman) "Memo" McMullen

August 14, 1944 - August 25, 2017

Mary "Memo" McMullen was born on August 14, 1944 to Mary (Brion) and M.B. Huffman. She passed away in Bassett, Nebraska on August 25, 2017. Mary lived with her parents on the family ranch in Wheeler County after her father's return from service in World War II. The family moved to Ewing, Nebraska where her parents owned and operated the Farmers State Bank. After they purchased the Commercial Bank...
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Paul E. Josoff

March 6, 1943 - August 22, 2017

Paul E. Josoff passed away peacefully at his home on August 22, 2017. Paul was born March 6, 1943 in Omaha Nebraska. He is the eldest of five children born to Ruby (Grinnell) and Eli Josoff. He graduated from Omaha South High School in 1960 and was proud to be an SOB "South Omaha boy." He was a Fire Sprinkler Fitter for over 30 years and belonged to Local 669, UA. Paul retired to Long Pine...
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Esther L. Zeigler

March 1, 1922 - August 20, 2017

Esther Laura Augusta Zeigler, 95, of Ainsworth, Nebraska passed away August 20, 2017 at Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska. Esther was born at her grandmother's house, in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Louis and Marie (Chrust) Schneidereit on March 1, 1922; the oldest of five children. Esther's long, hard-working, prosperous and influential life began. As a child, she attended...
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Gene A. Allen

January 31, 1937 - August 19, 2017

Gene A. Allen, age 80, was born to Martha (Farris) and Clarence Allen on January 31, 1937, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He departed this life and entered into the gates of Heaven on August 19, 2017. Gene was baptized and became a member of the Highland Grove Church on Palm Sunday, March 21, 1948. On that blessed day, other members of his family were also baptized, including his mother Martha,...
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William Arden "Arden" Stech

March 19, 1925 - August 8, 2017

William Arden Stech passed away on August 8, 2017 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska. Arden was born on March 19, 1925 to John and Jessie Fay (Childs) Stech of Powell, Wyoming. His family moved to Chadron, Nebraska where he went to high school and Chadron State College. He was inducted into the United States Army in July of 1943. He served as a combat infantry...
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Michael Kurtz "Mick" Clapper

August 24, 1945 - July 29, 2017

Retired Major Michael Kurtz Clapper "Mick" passed away at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska July 29, 2017. Mick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jack and Francina (Kurtz) Clapper on August 24, 1945. He joined the United States Air Force at age 17 upon graduating high school and was trained in intelligence. His initial duty station was Alaska where he first discovered boxing and won the State Golden...
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Alfred E. "Al" "Shippy" Schipporeit

May 21, 1930 - July 26, 2017

Alfred Ernest "Shippy" Schipporeit, age 87, passed away July 26, 2017 at Brookstone View in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Al was born on the Schipporeit Ranch north of Brewster, Nebraska in German Valley, May 21, 1930 to Ernest and Bertha (Weihs) Schipporeit. Al was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in German Valley. After starting his education in a one room country school District ...
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Richard John Seadore

April 17, 1929 - Unknown

Richard John Seadore was born April 17, 1929, at Stamford, Jackson County, South Dakota to John and Ella Seadore. He was the first living child of a family of 10. At a young age his parents moved him to Milaca, Minnesota, the home of his Mother's Father. They later moved to Nebraska and lived in the Johnstown and Wood Lake areas before settling in Long Pine. Richard worked for a couple of...
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Jerry M. Focken

January 8, 1955 - July 17, 2017

Jerry Myron Focken, was born at Atkinson, Nebraska on January 8, 1955, to Don and Beulah (Brainard) Focken. He was the third of five children. Jerry attended Kirkwood Country School north of Newport, Nebraska and later graduated from Rock County High School in 1973. On a cold night in December of 1974, he met the love of his life, Peggy Cerv at a dance in Carlock, South Dakota. It took Jerry...
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June D. (Snelson) Kelly

February 10, 1927 - July 14, 2017

June Kelly was born on February 10, 1927 at Ewing, Nebraska to Emel and Iva (Goodwin) Snelson. She graduated from Long Pine, Nebraska on May of 1944. June was married to Paul Laughead in 1945, and two children were born, Paul and Renda. The marriage ended in a divorce. June later married Leslie Kelly on December 18, 1954 at Long Pine, Nebraska. One daughter, Velda was born in 1956. June...
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Brian D. "Fuzzy" Gaskins

March 18, 1962 - June 21, 2017

Brian Dean Gaskins was born on March 18, 1962 in Ainsworth, Nebraska. His parents were Orville and Opal (Allen) Gaskins. Brian passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at his home west of Ainsworth at the age of 55 years. Brian spent most of his life in Brown County, living south of Ainsworth as a small child and later just west of town. Brian "grew up outside" having all kinds of pets; dogs,...
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Twila Mae (Diehl) Kepler

May 1, 1924 - June 21, 2017

Twila Mae (Diehl) Kepler was born May 1, 1924 to Wilbur and Pearl (Cameron) Diehl at Pawnee County, Nebraska, and passed away on June 21, 2017 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care in Bassett. Twila's family moved back to Rock County and she graduated from Rock County High School. She taught for two years in country schools in Rock and Brown County. Twila loved to dance and she met her...
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Peggy A. (Wiley) Larson

February 7, 1934 - June 21, 2017

Peggy Ann (Wiley) Larson was born February 7, 1934 in Burton, Nebraska to Lucille (Lewis) and Louis Wiley. She passed away at the Rock County Long Term Care on June 21, 2017 at the age of 83. The Wewela, South Dakota and Burton, areas are where Peggy spent her childhood. She attended rural schools and graduated in the class of 1951 from Keya Paha County high school in Springview, Nebraska. A...
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Carlean Mae (Nordstrom) Stern

March 30, 1937 - June 13, 2017

Carlean Mae Stern was born a twin on March 30, 1937 to Eddie and Alta (Burdick) Nordstrom at Winner, South Dakota. She and her twin brother Carl, had an older brother, Edward, and a younger brother, Robert. She left to go to her heavenly home on June 13, at the Winner Regional Health Care Facility at Winner, South Dakota at the age of 80. Most of her young life, she lived on a farm east of...
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Louise Ann (Weber) "LouAnn" Williams

May 26, 1937 - June 12, 2017

Louise Ann "LouAnn" (Weber) Williams was born at home on May 26, 1937 in Butte, Nebraska to Minnie (Tiefenthaler) Weber and Raymond J. Weber. She passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Nebraska at the age of 80 years. LouAnn attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic grade school and graduated from Butte Public High School in 1955. After...
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A. Voy Alderman

September 27, 1916 - May 27, 2017

Voy Alderman of Bassett, Nebraska was born September 27, 1916 in Springview, Nebraska to Harry and Ella (Williams) Carr, and passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 100 years and eight months. Her dad nicknamed her "Topsy" and her six siblings always referred to her as "Tops." Her family moved from Springview (Keya Paha County) in...
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George M. Hipke

November 26, 1915 - May 16, 2017

George Hipke passed away Tuesday, May 16th at the Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth, at the age of 101. George Maurice Hipke was born Nov. 26, 1915 at Clarks, Nebraska, the third of eleven children born to Roy William and Sophia Charlotte (Zwiebel) Hipke. At a young age, his family moved to Holt County where he grew to adulthood. George and five of his brothers were called up to serve their...
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James A. "Jim" Carr

March 1, 1935 - May 10, 2017

James "Jim" Amaniuel Carr was born on March 1,1935 in Springview, Nebraska to Fred and Edna Lucille (Boshart) Carr. He joined an older brother, John. Jim grew up in the Springview area, graduating from Keya Paha High School in 1953. He then went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and began teaching in Scotia, Nebraska. ...
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Audrey E. (Brewer) Christensen

April 28, 1927 - May 1, 2017

Audrey Ellen (Brewer) Christensen was born on April 28, 1927 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Bertha C. (Roach) and Lloyd H. Brewer. When she was nine years old the family moved to Forest Grove, Oregon due to her father's ill health. (Her youngest brother, Ronald E., was born while living in Oregon.) Audrey attended the fifth grade in Oregon, after which the family returned to Ainsworth. Her father...
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Evelyn L. (Irwin) Allen

September 9, 1932 - April 29, 2017

Evelyn Louise (Irwin) Allen was born on September 9, 1932 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Mark and Rachel (Wigent) Irwin. She graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1950 and went on to teach one year at a rural school. Evelyn worked as a waitress for a short time. While roller skating in Long Pine, Nebraska she met Wayne Allen and were united in marriage on December 28, 1954. To this union five...
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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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