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* Funeral service for Robert Tielke, 80, of Stuart, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Stuart American Legion Post. Robert Tielke died Friday, June 26, in his home. Visitation is scheduled from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday in Seger Funeral Home of Stuart with a 7 p.m. Rosary. Survivors include his wife Joyce Tielke of Stuart; children Kim Shald and husband Dan of Granby, Colo., Tammy Hytrek and husband Pat of Stuart, and Don Tielke and wife Kristi of Atkinson; brother Jack Tielke and wife Edith of Stuart; sister Phyllis Friend and husband Arnie of Omaha; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

* A graveside service for Dewey “Bud” Lee Beck Jr., 81, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Newport, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Stuart Community Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Atkinson American Legion Post. Bud Beck Jr. died Sept. 5, 2014, at Greeley. Survivors include his wife Charlotte Beck of Greeley; daughter Sheryl Kippen and husband C. Scott of Greeley; sister Mary Lou Davis and husband Ralph of Valentine; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Korey Brandon Schow, 39, of Paxton, June 27, in the Paxton School gymnasium. Korey Schow died June 13 in the Perkins County Hospital at Grant. Survivors include his wife Roxy Schow of Paxton; children August and Ruby Schow of Paxton; mother Leah Schow of Paxton; brothers Kyle Schow and wife Cheryl of Paxton, and Kevin Schow and wife Kim of Paxton; parents-in-law Roger and Jo McCoy of Ainsworth; brother-in-law James McCoy and wife Mandy of Ainsworth; two nieces and three nephews.

* Funeral service for Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Kaplan, 92, of Atkinson, June 27, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Betty Kaplan died June 20 in the Butte Health Care Center. Survivors include children Mary Lou Easton and husband Lawrence of Atkinson, Bonnie Hansen of Butte, Bill Kaplan of Gordon, Gary Kaplan and wife Sue of Gordon, and Terry Kaplan of Gordon; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four step-granddaughters; and sister Bonnie Zwart of Bishop, Calif.

* A memorial service for Tyler Jaye Walton, 22, of Ainsworth, June 25, in McAndrew Gymnasium with inurnment in the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Tyler Walton died June 20 in the Monarch at Lincoln from injuries suffered April 3 in a motor-vehicle accident. Survivors include his parents Bob and Carol Walton of Ainsworth; siblings Erin Robinson and husband Draper of San Antonio, Jade Walton of Chicago, Ill., and Matthew Walton of Lincoln; grandmother Donna Rezac of Ainsworth; and aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

* Word has been received of the death of Tyler Joseph Sloan Luna, 29, of Des Moines, Iowa. Tyler Luna died June 18 from injuries suffered during an automobile accident. Funeral service was held June 22 at Des Moines. Survivors from this area include grandparents Jim and Ginger Walton of Ainsworth, and two aunts. He is also survived by his parents Roman and Pamela Luna; children Mareilla, Emra and Tyler Joseph Sloan II; significant other Raelynn Steenblock; siblings Roman Luna, Richelle Seitz and husband Terry, and Nick Luna; grandmother Edris Williams; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Glen A. Schrantz, 89, of Springview, June 24, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Glen Schrantz died June 21 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include his wife Vera Schrantz of Springview; children Sandra McCoy and husband Mike of Springview, Connie Nemecek and husband Tracy of Charlevoix, Mich., Patsy Cook and husband Stan of Springview, Russell Schrantz and wife Kayla of Springview, and Nancy Boltz and husband Stan of Huron, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother Rex Schrantz and wife Joan of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters-in-law Marjorie Schrantz of Casper, Wyo., Shirley Clark of Rockford, Ill., and MaryLou Johnson of Tekamah; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Joanne “Jody” White, 66, of Lusk, Wyo., formerly of Elsmere, June 22, in the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium at Lusk. Jody White died June 18 in a ranch accident. Survivors include her husband Butch White of Lusk.

* Funeral service for Harlan Kubart, 89, of Atkinson, June 19, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Harlan Kubart died June 8 in the Good Samaritan Center at Atkinson. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Kubart of Atkinson; children Verdell Kubart and wife Ruth of Henderson, Nev., Shari Krysl and husband Ron of Atkinson, David Kubart and wife Susan of North Platte, and Greg Kubart and wife Ermalynn of Kansas City, Mo.; son-in-law Ken Kossen and wife Connie of Omaha; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Christin Lee Daniels, 52, of Arvada, Colo., and a 1981 Ainsworth High School graduate, June 17, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites. Chris Daniels died June 13 in the Lutheran Medical Center at Wheat Ridge, Colo. Survivors include mother Clara Mae Daniels of Ainsworth; brother Eddy Daniels and wife Joan of Ainsworth; biological mother Claire White of Monroe, Mich.; step-children Tyler, Erin and Emily of Colorado; two nieces and a nephew.

* Funeral service for Gene F. Meyers, 90, of O’Neill, June 17, in the Christ Lutheran Church of O’Neill with burial in the Ainsworth City Cemetery. Gene Meyers died June 14 in the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital at O’Neill.

* Funeral service for Mary Mulligan, 94, of Valentine, June 16, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Wood Lake. Mary Mulligan died June 11 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include daughters Regina Lamoureaux of Valentine, Barb Hammond of Valentine, and Colleen Todd of Grand Island; sons Bill Mulligan of Valentine, Tom Mulligan of Wood Lake, and Jim Mulligan of North Platte; and sister Ruth Salzman of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Jerold Stewart, 78, of Newport, June 13, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Eureka Valley Cemetery south of Newport with military rites by the Bassett American Legion Post. Jerry Stewart died May 30 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include his wife Marilyn Stewart of Newport; children Cheryle Wagnitz and husband Ron of Kearney, and Ronald Stewart of Newport; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Roy Stewart and wife June of Newport; and sisters Judy Bello and husband Woody of Sacramento, Calif., and Carol Green Kirsch of Phoenix, Ariz.

* Funeral service for Laura Tunink, 56, of Norfolk formerly of Bassett, June 12, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Laura Tunink died June 7 in the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital at Lincoln. Survivors include her husband Randy Tunink of Norfolk; children Tyler Tunink and wife Kari of Columbus, and Whitney Tunink and boyfriend Adam Bolen of Grand Island; one granddaughter; brothers Jack Waddell of Hot Springs, Jerry Waddell and wife Marie of Dallas, Texas, and LeRoy Waddell and wife Connie of Battle Creek; sisters Mary Hayes and husband Marvin of Nixa, Mo., Darlene Andry of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy Nast and husband Earl of Niceville, Fla., and Sharon Olsen of Orchard; mother-in-law Eileen Tunink of Norfolk; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Irma C. Hickman, 87, of Bassett, June 10, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Irma Hickman died June 6 in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include sons Lynn Hickman and wife Shirley of Bassett, Paul Hickman and Rhonda of Colton, S.D., Bob Hickman of Gillette, Wyo., and Art Hickman and wife Shari of Creighton; daughters Kathie White and husband Doyle of Muskogee, Okla., and Norma Dannatt and husband Brian of Imperial; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Wilma J. Peters, 84, of Ainsworth, June 9, in the Ainsworth Congregational United Church of Christ with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Wilma Peters died June 5 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Sandy Devine and husband Frank of Peoria, Ariz., Connie Jackman and husband Jimmy of Johnstown, and Pat Schipporeit and husband David of Norfolk; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Loretta "Isabelle" Lockman of Crawford, Floretta "Ellen" Moore of Mapleton, Minn., and Ruth Falk and husband Marvin of Delta, Colo.; brother Dwight Bunn and wife Gwen of Lizella, Ga.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Ron Melcher, 74, of Valentine, June 8, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Valentine. Ron Melcher died June 3 in his home. Survivors include his wife Snooks Melcher of Valentine; daughters Teresa Peterson of Burke, S.D., Linda Thomsen of Lincoln, Annie Osnes of Valentine, and Kim Shaul of Valentine; brothers Robert Melcher, and Dick Melcher; and step-brothers Larry Frank and Freddie Frank.

* Funeral service for Marjorie A. Palmer Wentworth, 91, of Bassett, June 8, in the Valley Grove Community Church west of Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Marjorie Wentworth died June 3 in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include sons Denis Palmer and wife Betty of Springview, and Darrel Palmer and wife Dorothy of Furley, Kan.; daughter LeeAnn Morse of Lakewood, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister Wanda Lingenfelter of Bassett; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Florence R. Elkins, 90, of Norfolk formerly of Johnstown, June 8, at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. Florence Elkins died May 28 in the St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Care Center. Survivors include children Kenneth Elkins of Hoskins, Catherine Morrison and husband Larry of Omaha, and Paul Elkins and wife Kathy of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and sister Helen Axtell of Denver, Colo.

* Funeral service for Raymond Engelhaupt, 75, of Spencer, June 6, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Spencer with burial in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Raymond Engelhaupt died June 3 in his home.

* Funeral service for Yvo E. Keck, 90, of Newport, June 4, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Simpson Cemetery north of Newport. Yvo Keck died May 30 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include son Bob Keck and wife Judy of Newport, and Mark Keck and wife Mary Kay of Newport; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother Robert Connell and wife Delores of Burke, S.D.; sister-in-law Kathleen Connell of Hot Springs, S.D.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Beth Tielke, 84, of O'Neill, June 2, in the O'Neill St. Patrick's Catholic Church with burial in the O'Neill Calvary Cemetery. Beth Tielke died May 28 in the Golden Ours Living Center at O'Neill.

* A visitation and time of sharing for Gerald E. "Jerry" Aronson, 89, of Long Pine, June 1, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine with a military flag presentation. Jerry Aronson died May 27 in his home. Survivors include his wife Betty Aronson of Long Pine; daughters Jane Aronson and Joan Aronson both of Dallas, Texas; son John Aronson and wife Jean of Fort Collins, Colo.; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Stanley Jacobsen, 63, of Ainsworth, May 30, in the St. John Lutheran Church of Gregory, S.D., with a private family committal service in the Hillview Cemetery near Dallas, S.D. Stanley Jacobsen died May 27.

* Funeral service for Roman P. Coash, 85, of Bassett, May 30, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Roman Coash Jr. died May 26 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include sisters Marge Bonenberger of Bassett, and Joan Krysl and husband Gene of Omaha; sister-in-law Lavonne Coash Briggs of Lincoln; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Bob Kohle, 90, of Stuart, May 29, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Bob Kohle died May 27 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Tom Kohle and wife Kathy of Stuart, and Sharon Wantoch and husband Paul of Hoskins; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for John C. Hipke, 95, of O'Neill, May 27, in the First United Methodist Church of O'Neill with burial in the Black Bird Cemetery with military rites conducted by the O'Neill American Legion Post, VFW Post and American Legion Riders. John Hipke died May 22 in the Golden Living Center at O'Neill. Survivors include children Julius Hipke and wife Deb of O'Neill, Earl Hipke and wife Jill of O'Neill, and Carol Hipke-Muske of Hastings; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; siblings George Hipke of Ainsworth, Dale Hipke of Tyler, Texas, Zane Hipke of Grand Island, Goldie Kelly of California, and Sylvia Strong of Hallsville, Mo.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Vada D. Bjorklund, 91, of Ainsworth. Vada Bjorklund died May 21 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Rhonda Larsen of Kennesaw, Ga.; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Donna Swim and husband Roger of Springview; brothers Donald Davis of Scottsbluff, and Mervin Davis of Milner, Colo.; and nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled through Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth.

* A memorial graveside service for Dorothy A. Baxter, 92, of Ainsworth, May 23, at the Purdum Cemetery. Dorothy Baxter died Dec. 21, 2014, in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include sons Mike Baxter and wife Linn of Ainsworth, and Jim Baxter and wife Candy of Delta, Colo.; daughters Sharon Jenkins of Greenwood, Ark., Sandy Miller and husband Allen of Elyria, and Shelly McKimmey and husband Stan of Ainsworth; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother Loran Daniels and wife Wanda of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Fern Daniels of North Platte; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Judy Lynn Haynes, 39, of Bassett, May 18, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Judy Haynes died May 12 in her home. Survivors include twin daughters Pheobe and Sable Fessler of Blue Hill; parents Willis and Betty Haynes of Blue Hill; brother Scott Haynes and wife Heidi of Lincoln; sister Nadean Wilkerson and husband Rod of Pauline; boyfriend CJ Hawkins of Ainsworth; and aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

* Funeral service for William "Bill" Snider, 92, of Butte, May 18, in the Butte Community Bible Church with burial in the Butte City Cemetery. Bill Snider died May 11 in the Faith Regional Health Services at Norfolk.

* Funeral service for Gale Welch, 85, of Valentine, May 12, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Gale Welch died May 9 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include sons Jim Welch and Terry Welch.

* Funeral service for Opal F. Boyd, 98, of Casper, Wyo., formerly of Ainsworth and Johnstown, May 12, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the East Woodlawn Cemetery near Johnstown. Opal Boyd died May 5 in the Central Wyoming Hospice at Casper. Survivors include daughter Shirley Mundorf of Casper; three grandsons; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister Annabelle Anderson of Ness City, Kan.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial graveside service for Betty Jo Calif of Long Pine, May 9, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Betty Calif died Dec. 12, 2014, in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include husband Gene Calif of Long Pine; sons Lonnie Morgan and wife Robin of Helena, Mont., and Ronnie Morgan and wife Maggie of Missoula, Mont.; adopted daughter Janet Smith and husband Dean of Topeka, Kan.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother the Rev. John Kaspari of McPherson, Kan.; half-brothers George "Andy" Kaspari and wife Mary Ann of Fort Collins, Colo., and William "Bill" Kaspari of Grand Junction, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Gene Matthews, 80, of Spencer, May 7, in the Spencer Wesleyan Church with burial in the Union Cemetery near Spencer. Gene Matthews died May 2 in the Golden Living Center at O’Neill.

* Funeral service for Jane Keller, 83, of Bassett, May 2, in the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Jane Keller died April 29 in her home. Survivors include children Mike Keller and wife Anita of Bassett, Krynn Keller Buckley-Pechous and husband Bryan of Dubuque, Iowa, and RJ Keller and wife Terri of Kearney; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; sisters Jean Gilbert and Betty Brinkerhoff; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for William Krueger, 82, of Valentine, May 1, in the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Valentine. William Krueger died April 25 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include daughter Mary Carollo of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons Dennis Krueger of Valentine, Tim Krueger of Norden, Kerry Krueger of Valentine, and Bill Krueger of Valentine; brothers Dan Krueger of Larkspur, Colo., and Jay Dean Krueger of Holyoke, Colo.; and sister Eunice Oltjenbruns of Holyoke, Colo.

* A memorial service for Lyle Arent, 70, of Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30, in the Austin Bluff Community Church of Colorado Springs. Lye Arent died April 26 at Colorado Springs. He was a 1963 graduate of Ainsworth High School.

* Funeral service for Alan B. Dailey, 54, of Arnold, April 29, in the Arnold High School Auditorium with burial in the Arnold Cemetery. Alan Dailey died April 24 in the Great Plains Regional Medical Center at North Platte.

* A memorial service for Jackie Graff, 87, of Ainsworth, April 25, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with a private inurnment in the East Woodlawn Cemetery near Johnstown. Jackie Graff died April 20 in her home. Survivors include children Connie Dillon and husband Brad of Ainsworth, Kathy Burchell and husband Bill of Ainsworth, Merrilee Spanel of Omaha, and Marty Graff and wife Brenda of Ainsworth; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sisters-in-law Glee Swanson of Valentine, Jeanne Graff of Coulee Dam, Wash.; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Darold L. Lammers, 60, of Fordyce formerly of Ainsworth, April 25, in the St. John the Baptist Church of Fordyce. Darold Lammers died April 11. Survivors include children Adam Lammers and wife Keeley of Gretna, Chriss McGraw of Surprise, Ariz., and Laurie Lammers of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren; siblings Rose Schieffer of Crofton, Danielle Lammers of Yankton, S.D., Kevin Lammers of Tabor, S.D., Donna Kramer of Fordyce, and Duane Lammers of Eau Claire, Wis.

* Funeral service for Ernest R. Brinkman, 97, of Lincoln formerly of Atkinson, April 23, in the St. John's Lutheran Church of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Ernest Brinkman died April 18 in the Holmes Lake Manor at Lincoln. Survivors include his wife Bonnie Brinkman of Lincoln; son David Brinkman and wife Mary of Laramie, Wyo.; two grandchildren; step-children Diana Weber of Lawrence, Kan., Scott Udey and wife Willa of Topeka, Kan., Ross Udey and wife Susan of Blair; and Douglas Udey and Candace of St. Paul, Minn.; six step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephews.

* Funeral service for Glenn Louis Kienke, 79, of Springview, April 22, in the Grace Lutheran Church of Burton with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Glenn Kienke died April 17 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include children Pamela Munk and husband Tom of Springview, Tammy Ripley and husband Jim of Springview, and Bryan Kienke and wife JoJo of Springview; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Sharon Kienke of Springview; brothers-in-law Gary Ludemann and wife Cristy of Springview, and Dick Ludemann and wife Judy of Upton, Wyo.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Donald George Frick, 70, of Springview, April 21, in the Keya Paha County High School gymnasium at Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview with military rites performed by the Springview American Legion Post. Donald Frick died April 17 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include children Mark Frick and wife Marcia of Springview, Daniel Frick and wife Donna of Fort Hood, Texas, Brian Frick and wife Jenny of Springview, Richard Frick and wife Jenna of Bassett, and Susan Simons and husband Trent of Rapid City, S.D.; 17 grandchildren; mother-in-law Sarah Clay of Springview; siblings Robert Frick and wife Hanna of Spencer, Iowa, Roberta Peterson of Hartley, Iowa, Fred Frick and wife Linda of Harrodsburg, Ken., and Carl Frick and wife Cathy of New York Mills, Minn.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Darrell Mundorf, 87, of Wood Lake, April 18, in the Wood Lake Union Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Wood Lake. Darrell Mundorf died April 15 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Ruth of Wood Lake; son Joe Mundorf of Wood Lake; daughters Julie Dewing of Valentine, Jane Howell of Valentine, and Jill Burge of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers Eldon Mundorf of Norfolk, and Jerry Mundorf of Norden; and sister Deloris Watts of Burwell.

* Funeral service for Janet F. Connery, 84, of Bassett, April 17, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Janet Connery died April 13 in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include children Gregory Lee Connery and wife Kathleen of Wasilla, Alaska, Gaylene Kokol and husband Edward of Helper, Utah, Roger "Scott" Connery and wife Lisa of Bassett, and Brett Michael Connery and wife Lorrie of Glendale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Jim Nelson and wife Judy of Bassett, and Joe Nelson and wife Betty of Long Pine; sister Jeanne Solheim of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law Blondie Nelson of Kingston, Nev.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Evelyn Marie Wolf, 84, of Atkinson, April 14, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery near Fairfax, S.D. Evelyn Wolf died April 9 in the Golden Living Center at O’Neill. Survivors include sons Jesse Wolf and wife Lexi of Hartington, Jack Wolf and wife Linda of Atkinson, and Jay Wolf of Lincoln; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister Irene Donovan of Omaha.

* A memorial service for Sally Jane Mauch, 82, of Bassett, April 14, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Sally Mauch died April 9 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include children Mark Mauch of Bassett, Dr. Teri Mauch and husband Dr. Dave Sweeney of Omaha, and Shelly Mauch of Long Pine; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Allan C. Jones Jr. of Centennial, Colo.; brother-in-law Richard Mauch and wife Carol of Bassett; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Lois A. Jones, 91, of Ainsworth, April 11, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Lois Jones died April 6 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include daughters Lila Jones and Rena Cathy, both of Amarillo, Texas; daughters-in-law Carol Jones and Carolyn Jones, both of Ainsworth; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for Orlon Higgins, 82, of Gregory, S.D., April 11, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Gregory with burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery near Naper. Orlon Higgins died April 5.

* Funeral service for Ricky Jay Finley, 56, of Ainsworth, April 10, in the Ainsworth Church of the Nazarene with burial in the East Woodlawn Cemetery near Johnstown. Ricky Finley died April 4 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Patty Finley of Ainsworth; son Nathan Finley of Valentine; step-mother Bonnie Finley of Ainsworth; brothers Kim Finley of Ashland, Robert Finley and wife Teresa of Irving, Texas, Joey Finley and wife April of Ainsworth, Richard Finley and fiance Melody Pebley of Grand Island, and Scotty Finley of Wichita, Kan.; sisters LaRene Beebout and husband Brent of Kearney, Rebecca Jo Assarsson and husband Mike of Warner, S.D., and Maria Finley of Denver, Colo.; sister-in-law Kathy Finley of Longmont, Colo.; and nieces, nephews and numerous other family members.

* Funeral service for Danny L. Nekolite Sr., 78, of O’Neill, April 10, in the Christ Lutheran Church of O’Neill with burial in the O’Neill Cemetery. Danny Nekolite Sr. died April 5 in the Golden Age Living Center at O’Neill. Survivors include his wife Vernona Nekolite of O’Neill; children Deb Schwartz of Stanton, Dan Nekolite Jr. and wife Deb of O’Neill, Dennis “Duff” Nekolite of O’Neill, Cindy Hauf of O’Neill, Rick Nekolite of O’Neill, and Don Nekolite of Montrose, S.D.; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and sister Donna Irwin and husband Paul of Ainsworth.

* A memorial service for Samantha Jo Everett, 24, of Atkinson, April 8, in the Atkinson Community Center with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Samantha Jo Everett died April 3 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Survivors include her mother Kathleen Everett of Stuart; father Harley Everett of Atkinson; sisters Maggie Everett of Omaha, and April Everett of Lincoln; grandparents Chuck and Connie Everett of Atkinson, and Francis and Margaret Kennedy of Springfield; and aunts uncles and cousins.

* Funeral service for Walter Gustave Albrecht, 97, of Thurston, April 7, in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Emerson with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery near Emerson. Walter Albrecht died April 1 in the Pender Community Hospital. Survivors include his wife Violet Albrecht of Thurston; children; Judy Barelman and husband Herb of Bellevue, Richard Albrecht of Ainsworth, Robert Albrecht and wife Connie of Emerson, Dr. James Albrecht and wife Kathy of Emerson, Michael Albrecht and wife Joni of Thurston, and Terry Albrecht and wife Julie of Thurston; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Bonnie Dahms, Irene Albrecht, Joanne Albrecht and Lavone Gutzmann; brother-in-law Leonard Gutzmann; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for Cassandra Duffield, 25, of Arnold, Mo., April 7, at Arnold. Cassandra Duffield died April 2 in her home. Survivors include her mother Kathy Duffield of Arnold, Mo.; father Donald Duffield Jr. of Indio, Calif.; six sisters; one brother; grandparents Esther and Donald Duffield Sr. of Johnstown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, including aunts and uncles from the Norden and Springview areas.

* Funeral service for Betty June Snover, 91, of Ainsworth, April 6, in the Ainsworth Congregational United Church of Christ. Betty Snover died April 1 in the Ainsworth Care Center. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near North Bend. Survivors include daughters Sheryl Graff of Ainsworth, and Paige Snover of Mankato, Minn.; two grandsons; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; siblings Letha Bayes of Spokane, Wash., Chlorinne Fitzwater and husband Bill of Villisca, Iowa, Frank Monk of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Carole Collins of Nash, Texas; and nieces and nephews. 

* A memorial service for George K. Palmer, 82, of Long Pine, April 2, in the New Hope Community Church of Springview with inurnment at the Palmer Ranch near Long Pine. George Palmer died March 30 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Dorie Palmer of Long Pine; children Corey Palmer and wife Molly of Long Pine, Cheyenne Heath and husband Brett of Colome, S.D., and Catherine Schreur and husband Nate of Sanborn, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for James L. West, 83, of Johnstown, March 31, in the Wood Lake Union Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites. Jim West died March 25 at his home near Johnstown. Survivors include his wife Shirley West of Johnstown; children Jeff West and wife Bethanie of Omaha, Rachel Stevens and husband Jon of Wheaton, Ill., and Dan West and wife Carla of Johnstown; 11 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; sisters Mary Symonds of Saginaw, Mich., and Ethelene Jones and husband Earl of Warsaw, Mo.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for John L. Fletcher, 93, of Bassett, March 28, in the Emmanuel Community Church of Bassett with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. John Fletcher died March 25 in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include his wife Melva Fletcher of Bassett; children Lana Pfeifer and husband Don of Bassett, Kent Fletcher and wife Jody of Shelton, and Monte Fletcher and wife Mary of Spencer; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Donald Fletcher and wife Jeri of Gibbon; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Mildred Irene Harlan, 90, of Bassett, March 28, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Irene Harlan died March 21 in the Rock County Long Term Care facility at Bassett. Survivors include sons Allen Harlan and wife Rose of Bassett, and Warren Harlan and wife Cheryl of Bassett; daughter Reta Freeman and husband Dennis of Ord; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Berdena Butler of Bassett; sisters-in-law Alta Simons of Woodburn, Ore., and Violet Sullivan of Estacada, Ore.; brothers-in-law Jim "Otis" Harlan and wife Nancy of Bassett, and Elmer Schwager of Springview; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Thomas "Les" McCormick, 92, of Brewster, March 27, in the Brewster Community Center with burial in the Hawley Flats Cemetery. Les McCormick died March 22 in the Brown County Hospital at Ainsworth. Survivors include 10 children; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four siblings.

* Funeral service for Marvin Earl Dorsey, 88, of Bassett, March 26, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with a military flag presentation and Taps conducted by the Bassett American Legion Post. Burial in the Crookston Cemetery. Marv Dorsey died March 21 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include sons Warren Dorsey and wife Dawn of Ainsworth, and David Dorsey of Valentine; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; step-daughters Mary Shaffer and husband Mark of Valentine, and Shirley Fuller and husband Ronald of Payson, Utah; six step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; brother James Dorsey and wife Cathie of Greenacres, Wash.; aunts, nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Elizabeth Anne Ivory-Davis, 71, of Brewster, March 23, in the Ainsworth St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Hawley Flats Cemetery near Dunning. Liz Ivory-Davis died March 18 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Suzette Utter and husband Frank of Brewster; two granddaughters; brothers John Ivory and wife Joan of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Pat "Bud" Ivory of Manhattan, N.Y.; sister Theresa Lawrence of Westminster, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mary Ellen Kaup, 89, of Atkinson, March 23, in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Mary Ellen Kaup died March 17 in Heritage Assisted Living at Omaha. Survivors include children LeAnn Karbaumer and husband Klaus of Platte City, Mo., Mary Lou Farquhar and husband John of Ashville, N.C., Patty Janousek and husband Greg of Omaha, and Anita Markle and husband Bill of Omaha; son-in-law Tom Beck of Carefree, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and brother Roy Gilg and wife Katie of Pensacola, Fla.

* Funeral service for Vonald R. Bartlett, 75, of Bassett, March 16, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the East Part Cemetery along with the cremains of his wife Marcella Bartlett. Vonald Bartlett died March 11 in the Nebraska Heart Hospital at Lincoln. Survivors include daughter Lori Lissolo and husband Todd of Hugoton, Kan.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers Loice Bartlett and wife Mary of Chadron, Dean Bartlett and wife Emily of David City, and Denny Bartlett and wife Marie of Lakewood, Colo.; sisters Vada Haumann and husband Dave of Thedford, Vivian Sharp of Muscatine, Iowa, and Vernal Densberger of Shamrock, Texas; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Monica Lechtenberg, 96, of Butte, March 14, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte with burial in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Monica Lechtenberg died March 10 in the Avera Gregory Hospital at Gregory, S.D.

* Funeral service for Donald Robert “Butch” Lindeman, 79, of Security, Colo., March 13, in the Memorial Gardens Chapel with burial in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Butch Lindeman died March 10 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include daughters Linda Alberts and husband Howard of Long Pine, and Donna Miller and husband Terry of White City, Kan.; and two grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Vera L. Jilg, 90, of Bassett, March 12, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Vera Jilg passed away March 7 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include children Dennis Jilg and wife Barb of Newport, Doug Jilg and wife Carol of Broken Bow, Veta Hungerford and husband Bruce of Long Pine, and Mark Jilg of Bassett; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Gary Mundhenke, 73, of Hutchinson, Kan., March 11, in the Hutchinson Trinity United Methodist Church. Gary Mundhenke died March 4 at Hutchinson. He was a 1959 graduate of Ainsworth High School. Survivors include his wife Sherry of Hutchinson; son Jeff Mundhenke and wife Christy of Hutchinson; daughter Sarah Waggoner and husband John of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren; sister Rita Shenkel and husband Roger of Grand Junction, Colo.; and brother Todd Mundhenke and wife Brenda of Ainsworth.

* A private family memorial service will be held at a later date for Gloria Virginia Burkinshaw, 86, of Norfolk. Gloria Burkinshaw died Tuesday, March 3, in the Heritage of Bel Air Nursing Home at Norfolk. She was a 1946 Long Pine High School graduate. Survivors include brothers Kenneth Burkinshaw and wife Olean of St. Paul, Minn., and Stanley Burkinshaw and wife Jeannie of Long Pine; sisters Dessly Burkinshaw of Norfolk, and Hazel McNally and husband Webb of Norfolk; and numerous nieces and nephews.

* A funeral Mass for Emil J. Tejral, 92, of Spencer, March 10, in the Spencer St. Mary's Catholic Church with burial in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Emil Tejral died March 5 in the Butte Health Care Center.

* A memorial service for Russell E. Crawford, 83, of Ainsworth, March 9, in the Ainsworth Congregational United Church of Christ with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites performed by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Russell Crawford died March 6 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include sons Russ Crawford and wife Sophie of Ada, Ohio, and Gilbert Crawford of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Pat Dannatt of North Platte; son-in-law Steve Dixon of Omaha; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Mary C. Kunz, 88, of Stuart, March 9, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Mary Kunz died March 4 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include children Jan Kramer and husband Dan of Atkinson, Sue Pokorny and husband Randy of Winner, S.D., Kathy Friedrich of Norfolk, Sandra Kramer and husband John of Stuart, and Bob Kunz and wife Kathy of Stuart; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother Bob Kohle of Stuart; and sisters-in-law Theo Kohle of Stuart and Doris Kohle of Stuart.

* Funeral service for Leslie M. Farris, 86, of O'Neill, March 7, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Leslie Farris died March 3 in the Avera St. Anthony's Hospital at O'Neill. Survivors include his wife Fern Farris of O'Neill; son Leslie Farris Jr. of Ainsworth; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; step-children Patricia Nichelson and husband Tim of Ashland, Deborah Laible of Orchard, and Leon Meyers and wife Jacque of O'Neill; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister Carolyn Musilek of Sturgis, S.D.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Doris Wheeler, 88, of Long Pine, March 5, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Doris Wheeler died Feb. 26 in her home. Survivors include daughter Sandra Welke and husband Gary of Long Pine; and five grandchildren.

* Funeral service for William “Bill” Strong, 65, of Giltner formerly of Bassett and O’Neill, March 5, in the Faith Community Church of O’Neill with burial in the O’Neill Prospect Cemetery. Bill Strong died March 1 in the Bryan LGH West at Lincoln. Survivors include his wife Marjorie of Giltner; sisters Wyona Orsborn and husband Herman of O’Neill, Pauline Parks and husband Virgil of O’Neill, Joyce Kotrous and husband Gordon of Pierce, Lonnie Fuller and husband George of Glasgow, Ky., and Jennie McGaffin of Grand Island; brothers Earl Strong and wife Norma of O’Neill, and Jim Strong of Fenton, Mo.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Esther B. Woods, 91, of Ainsworth, March 3, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Esther Woods died Feb. 24 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Betty Derr of Ainsworth, Sherri Graham and husband Gary of Valentine, and Kathy Woods of Fort Pierre, S.D.; son Kenneth Woods and wife Sharon of Vida, Ore.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Raymond Davis and wife Margaret of Bassett; sister Grace Holcomb of San Antonio, Texas; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Timothy Dean Williams, 52, of Atkinson, Feb. 28, in the Christ Lutheran Church of O'Neill with burial in the O'Neill City Cemetery. Timothy Williams passed away Dec. 9, 2014, near Atkinson. Survivors include daughter Ashley Wittgow and husband Lowell of Stanton; son Mark Williams of Ainsworth; two grandchildren; brothers Tom Williams and wife Tami of Laurel, and Tony Williams and wife Beth of Casper, Wyo.; and sisters Linda Baugher of Bassett, Diana Skeabeck and husband Scott of Cincinnati, Ohio, Anita Johnson and husband Herman of Madison, Ronda Williams and husband Gary of Bassett, and Marla Snodgrass and husband Roy of Orchard.

* A memorial service for Lester M. Sybrant, 88, of Bassett, Feb. 28, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Bassett American Legion Post. Lester Sybrant passed away Feb. 21 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include children Judith Sybrant Lemp and husband Chuck of Long Pine, Kristie Sybrant Keller and husband Jim of Newport, and Daniel Blaine Sybrant and wife Deb of Corvallis, Mont.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Leona Swinney of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Delbert Peter Baum, 95, of Stuart, Feb. 26, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Delbert Baum passed away Feb. 22 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include sister Juel Vera Smith of Des Moines; and 19 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Floyd R. Crone, 90, of Ainsworth, Feb. 26, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with Taps and a military flag presentation by the Ainsworth American Legion Post. Inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Floyd Crone passed away Feb. 21 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Shirley Crone of Ainsworth; sons Don Crone and wife Vickie of Ainsworth, and Mike Crone and wife Kristen of Omaha; six grandchildren; brothers Eldon Crone and wife Loretta of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Laurel Crone and wife Kay of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters Evelyn McElgunn of Hilo, Hawaii, and Beryle Banker of Britt, Iowa; sisters-in-law Judy Cole of Ainsworth, and Viola Crone of Blair; brother-in-law Jim Walton and wife Ginger of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

A memorial service for Raymond D. Davis, 81, of Ainsworth, Feb. 25, in the Ainsworth Congregational United Church of Christ with military rites conducted by the Ainsworth American Legion Post. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the East Park Cemetery near Ainsworth. Raymond Davis passed away Feb. 21 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Shirley Davis of Ainsworth; daughters Rhonda See and husband Bill of Ainsworth, and Nadine Little and husband Rick of Omaha; four grandsons; one great-granddaughter; brother Ralph Davis and wife Mary Lou of Ainsworth; sisters Betty Stewart and husband Lyle of Ainsworth, and Janice Dillon and husband Joe of Glenrock, Wyo.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Sidney E. Salzman, 87, of Ainsworth, Feb. 25, in the Ainsworth St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Sid Salzman passed away Feb. 21 in his home. Survivors include his wife Ruthie Salzman of Ainsworth; children Mary Beth Rutledge and husband David of Lincoln, John Salzman of Ainsworth, Ann Romohr and husband John of Waco, Steve Salzman and wife Amy of Ainsworth, and Peg Aschwege and husband Dave of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Dorothy Mae Weander, 87, of Valentine formerly of Ainsworth, Feb. 21, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Dorothy Weander died Feb. 14 in the Bryan LGH East at Lincoln. Survivors include her husband Jr. Weander of Valentine; son Stanley Weander of Ardmore, Okla.; four granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; sisters Helen Townsend of Lexington, and Leona Hagedorn of Lexington; brother Ralph Freeman of Maryland; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Judy E. Smith, 73, of Schuyler formerly of Bassett, Feb. 21, in the Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler with committal at a later date at Bassett. Judy Smith died Feb. 11 in her home. Survivors include sons Tim Smith of Schuyler, and Dan Smith and wife Judy of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters Sonya Quinn and husband Mike of Ainsworth, and Jackie Pieper and husband Scott of Howells; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Phyllis Nelson of Lincoln; brother Bob Lanz and wife Jo of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for Samona Snow, 91, of Atkinson, formerly of Ainsworth, Feb. 16, in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Samona Snow died Feb. 6 at Atkinson. Survivors include sons Garland Snow of Kearney and Mel Snow of Slayton, Minn.

* Funeral service for Geneva Michaelis, 92, of Spencer, Feb. 14, in the Spencer Wesleyan Church. Geneva Michaelis died Feb. 9 in the Avera St. Anthony's Hospital at O'Neill.

* A memorial service for Richard L. Lingenfelter, 65, of Bassett, Feb. 14, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Willowdale Cemetery near Newport. Rick Lingenfelter died Feb. 11 at his home near Bassett. Survivors include his wife Janet Lingenfelter of Bassett; sons Gale Lingenfelter and wife Leslie of Roca, Jeff Lingenfelter and wife Michelle of Lincoln, and Kyle Lingenfelter of Ainsworth; six grandchildren; mother Wanda Lingenfelter of Bassett; brother David Lingenfelter and wife Maxine of Withee, Wis.; brothers-in-law Keith Allison of Long Pine, and Dr. Jay Allison and wife Lynnelle of Freeman, S.D.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Shawn Elliott, 43, of Valentine, Feb. 13, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church with burial at a later date. Shawn Elliott passed away Feb. 9 at the ranch south of Valentine. Survivors include his wife Patty Elliott of Valentine; children MaKenzie, Shaylee, Ty, Laramie, Jessie, Brandan and Amber Elliott; parents Ron and Virginia Elliott of Valentine; sister Deb Long of Valentine; brother Billy Verbeek of Valentine; and grandmother Georgia Belville of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Robert L. "Bob" Zwiebel, 90, of Ainsworth, Feb. 11, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites. Bob Zwiebel passed away Feb. 4 at his home. Survivors include sister-in-law Karen Zwiebel of Ainsworth; numerous nieces and nephews, including locally Dan Zwiebel and wife Susan, Dale Zwiebel and wife MiSu, and Phil Zwiebel all of Ainsworth, Jo Dailey and husband Dan of Long Pine, Richard Sisson and wife Susan, Roger Sisson and wife Sandy, and Iris Sisson all of Ainsworth; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Thomas J. "Tom" Galleher, 93, of Bassett, Feb. 9, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites. He passed away Feb. 1, in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include nieces and nephews, including locally, Tammera Kunz and husband Dan of Stuart.

* Funeral service for Wayne Anthony Cook, 45, of O'Neill, Feb. 7, in the O'Neill United Methodist Church with burial in the O'Neill City Cemetery. Wayne Cook passed away Feb. 4 in the Avera McKenna Hospital at Sioux Falls, S.D. Survivors include his wife Nikki Cook of O'Neill; children Shalee Cook and Desiree Alexander of Lincoln, Tristan Keyes and husband Josh of O'Neill, Alexa Cook of Lincoln, Garrett Lake-Cook of O'Neill, Easton Cook of O'Neill, and Tucker Cook of O'Neill; two grandchildren; mother Marian Cook of Newport; brothers Karl Cook of Atkinson, and James Cook of Atkinson; sister Katherine Pfaff of Newport; and a niece and nephew.

* Funeral service for Ed Schmuecker, 87, of Atkinson, Feb. 6, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery and military rites provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post 86. Ed Schmuecker passed away Feb. 1 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include his wife Gloria Schmuecker of Atkinson; son Rod Schmuecker and wife Patty of Atkinson; daughters Sheryl Fix and husband Rod of Yankton, S.D., Patty Schaaf of Ord, and Michelle Stoltenberg and husband Todd of Sargent; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and cousins.

* A memorial service for Rick L. Stolcpart, 68, of O'Neill, Feb. 6, in the Christ Lutheran Church of O'Neill with military rites conducted by the O'Neill American Legion Post 93 and inurnment at a later date. Rick Stolcpart passed away Jan. 26 in his home. Survivors include his wife Suzanne Stolcpart of O'Neill; children Corby Stolcpart and wife Shelley of Firth, Ryan Stolcpart of Madison, Wis., Marnee Rosenberg and husband Tim of Chandler, Ariz., and Holli Lovegrove and husband Brandon of Geneva; seven grandchildren; mother Bettye Stolcpart of Newport; brothers Randy Stolcpart and wife Linda of Burton, and Rod Stolcpart and wife Lori of Newport; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Elmer A. Vogel, 88, of Stuart, Feb. 3, in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Elmer Vogel passed away Jan. 29 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include children Everett Vogel and Carol Ries of Stuart, Greg Vogel and wife Roma of Atkinson, John Vogel and wife Chris of Atkinson, Carol Cruise of O'Neill, Phil Vogel and wife Sarah of Omaha, Kristi Cobb and husband Kelly of Omaha, and Laurie Meuret and husband Jim of Brunswick; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Gerald Vogel of St. Louis, Mo.; and sister Irene Wilson of Oakland, Calif.

* Word has been received of the death of Samuel E. Privett Sr., 86, of Pollock Pines, Calif. Samuel Privett passed away Jan. 26 at Placerville, Calif. No formal services will be held. Survivors locally include son Allen Privett and wife Laura of Ainsworth, and three grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Orland L. Anson, 83, of Atkinson, Jan. 29, in the Faith Community Church of O'Neill with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Orland Anson passed away Jan. 24 in the Bryan LGH at Lincoln. Survivors include his wife Anita Anson of Atkinson; children Robert Anson of Atkinson, Richard Anson and wife Joan of Borrego Springs, Calif., Deborah Brauer of Atkinson, and Rod Anson of Atkinson; 17 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Bernard Dale Craven, 83, of Bassett, Jan. 24, in the Burwell United Methodist Church with burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery near Burwell. Bernard Craven passed away Jan. 21 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Deb Schwanke and husband Larry of Amboy, Minn., Vick Moninger and husband Nyal of Dupree, S.D., Doug Craven and wife Delores of Bassett, Jackie Barta and husband Lynn of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Jim Craven of Newport; 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister AnnaBelle Craven of Central Point, Ore.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mervin Higgins, 85, of Naper, Jan. 23, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte with burial in the Naper Catholic Cemetery. Mervin Higgins passed away Jan. 20 in the Gregory, S.D., Health Care Center.

* Funeral service for Shaina M. Shaw, 26, of Bassett, Jan. 19, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Shaina Shaw passed away Jan. 13 in the Children's Hospital at Omaha. Survivors include her parents Ben and Danita Shaw of Bassett; sister Leah Hagan and husband Justin of Bassett and their children Mason, Collin and Aiden; brother Ethan Shaw of Bassett; grandparents Roger and Ione Fischer of Bassett, and Cecilia Shaw of Ainsworth; aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members.

* Funeral service for Ronald Gene McNally, 69, of Phenix City, Ala., Jan. 17, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites. Ron McNally passed away Jan. 9 in the St. Francis Hospital at Columbus, Ga. He was a 1963 Ainsworth High School graduate. Survivors include companion Joyce Karen Nelson of Phenix City; brother David McNally and wife DiAnn of Cozad; sister-in-law Cindy McNally of Ainsworth; aunts Arlene Klein of O'Neill, and Connie McNally of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Doris Rae Greenfield, 88, of Stuart, Jan. 17, in the Stuart Community Church with inurnment at a later date. Doris Greenfield passed away Jan. 7 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include her husband Robert Greenfield of Stuart; children Diane Greenfield of Omaha, Dan Greenfield of Lincoln, and Dixon Greenfield of Elkhorn; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister Eva Mathews of Lincoln.

* Funeral service for Dave Kocian, 65, of Butte, Jan. 16, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte with burial in the Butte City Cemetery. Dave Kocian passed away Jan. 13 in the Niobrara Valley Hospital at Lynch.

* Funeral service for James McCloughan, 69, of Valentine, Jan. 15, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Valentine. James McCloughan passed away Jan. 9 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include wife Nadda McCloughan of Valentine; daughters Sheila Krueger of Valentine, and Judy McDougle of Sioux Falls, S.D.; son Tom McCloughan of Valentine; and sister Shirley Vontz of Lincoln.

* A memorial service for Richard Walter Welke, 76, of Grand Island formerly of Ainsworth, Jan. 10, in the Ainsworth American Legion Hall with inurnment at a later date. Rich Welke passed away Dec. 17 in the VA Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include his wife Marsha Welke of Grand Island; daughter Debra Gillam of Chicago, Ill.; son Scott Welke and spouse Terry of Chicago, Ill.; step-children Mischell Hill and husband Wes of Kilgore, Kimberly Minge and husband Joel of Raymond, David Rayment and wife Laray of Mitchell, S.D., and Crystal Denny and husband Eric of Long Pine; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother Robert Welke and wife Donna of Rockford, Ill.

* A memorial service for Lorena Johnson, 82, of Butte, Jan. 7, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte with burial in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Lorena Johnson passed away Jan. 2 in the Butte Health Care Center.

* Funeral service for Ramona J. Carr, 86, of Ainsworth, Jan. 5, in the Ainsworth Congregational United Church of Christ with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Ramona Carr passed away Jan. 2 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include sons Bill Carr and wife Gerry of Ainsworth, and Steve Carr and wife Karen of Lincoln; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Donna Vroegh of Eddyville, Iowa; brothers Bernie Ludemann and wife Carol of North Platte, Carl Ludemann and wife Donna of Naper, and John Ludemann of St. Paul; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Norma Jean Martin, 90, of Orangevale, Calif., Jan. 3, in Hoch Funeral Home of Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Norma Jean Martin passed away Dec. 27 in her home. Survivors include children Tim Martin and wife Lu of Frisco, Texas, Nancy Johnson of Orangevale, and Becky Smith and husband Steve of Grandview, Texas; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Viona Liest of Citrus Heights, Calif.; brother Duane Mauch of Sun City, Ariz.; sister-in-law Maureen Mauch of Burlington, Colo.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* A celebration of life memorial service for Emily Sue "Susie" Lucht, 72, of Ainsworth, Jan. 3, in the Ainsworth Church of the Nazarene with inurnment at a later date in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Susie Lucht passed away Dec. 20 in the Avera St. Anthony's Hospital at O'Neill. Survivors include her husband John E. Lucht Sr. of Ainsworth; children Connie Kelley and husband Michael of Ainsworth, Therea Crocker and husband Royden of Sacramento, Calif., and John Lucht Jr. and wife Dayna of Ainsworth; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; half-brother Grahme Redding of Florida; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

 

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