2010 Archives......

* Memorial service for Dallas Smith, 74, of Ainsworth, Dec. 28, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth. Dallas Smith passed away Dec. 25, in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include wife Beverly Smith of Ainsworth; daughters Deb Fowler of Ainsworth, Lori Osborn of Beaver, Okla., and Kris Newman of Wichita, Kan.; brother Ken Smith of Ainsworth; sister Carol Lauf of Kansas City, Mo.; and mother-in-law Dorothy Jones of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Harold E. Theis, 75, of Ainsworth, a longtime grocery store operator, Dec. 28, in the Ainsworth St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Harold Theis passed away Dec. 25, in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include his wife Marenna "Roni" Theis of Ainsworth; daughter Jill McBride and husband Dennis of Ainsworth; sons David Theis and wife Rhonda of Ainsworth, and Tom Theis and wife Pam of Johnstown; three grandchildren; brothers Bob Theis of Friend, and Marvin Theis and wife Barbara of Creighton; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Clem Parker of Valentine, Dec. 21, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

* Memorial service for Ronald L. Hall, 69, of Long Pine, Dec. 20, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. Ron Hall passed away Dec. 14 in his home. Survivors include his wife Joanne Hall of Long Pine; mother Annamae Walter of Ainsworth; children Shadrick Hall of Holdrege, and Ragen Rexroad and husband Michael of Las Vegas, Nev.; stepson Scott Leal of North Platte; seven grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Lois E. Moore, 76, of Long Pine, Dec. 18, in the Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church with inurnment in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. Lois Moore passed away Dec. 8 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include her husband Lynn Moore of Long Pine; children Betty Thompson and husband Dick of Eagle, Jerry Moore and wife Kim of Lincoln, and Myron Moore of Long Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters Corinne Scott and husband Kent of Duluth, Minn., and Anita Nelson and husband Jim of Atlanta, Ga.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Ina Faye Holmes, 81, of Valentine, a former Ainsworth teacher, Dec. 14, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. Ina Holmes passed away Dec. 11. Survivors include her husband Willie Joe Holmes of Valentine; sons Joe Holmes of Grand Island, and Bob Holmes of Omaha; daughters Sherri Bennett and husband John of York, and Cathie Belville and husband Wayne of Valentine; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Douglas G. Haskell, 68, of Ainsworth, Dec. 13, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Doug Haskell passed away Dec. 8 in his home. Survivors include his wife Helen Haskell of Ainsworth; sons Gordon Haskell and wife Mary Lynn of Madison, Jim Haskell and wife Carey of Ainsworth, Monte Haskell and wife Julie Ann of Ainsworth, and Scott Haskell of Ainsworth; 10 grandchildren; brother Dave Haskell and wife Sue of Ainsworth; sisters Jinx Hendrick and husband Merl of Ainsworth, Bonnie Macfee and husband Rod of Thedford, Toni Petrie and husband Rod of Thedford, and Teresa Jefferis and husband Mick of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Raymond F. Jones, 84, of Ainsworth, Dec. 11, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. Raymond Jones passed away Dec. 7 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include wife Helen Jones of Ainsworth; children Veleria Hayes of Cohoes, N.Y., Annette Hubbell and husband Leonard "Butch" of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rayetta Zibell and husband Steve of Spearfish, S.D., and Pat Jones of Ainsworth; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Heil of Scottsbluff and Bonnie Bayliss of Indianola; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Larry McCarthy, 70, of Jamison, Dec. 9, in the Clausen Funeral Home of Burke, S.D., with burial in the Spotted Tail Cemetery at Jamison.

*  Funeral service for Glyn Clark, 66, of Omaha, formerly of Long Pine, Dec. 9, at Omaha. Glyn Clark passed away Dec. 3 in his home. Survivors in this area include his mother, Edna Clark; brother Jerry Clark and wife Sandra; and sister Christy Mason and husband Scott, all of Long Pine; and several nieces.

* Funeral service for Lorraine Mundorf, 89, of Springview, Dec. 3, in the New Hope Community Church of Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Lorraine Mundorf passed away Nov. 29 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include daughter Connie Simons of Dallas, Texas; and sons Jim Mundorf of Springview and Tom Mundorf of Springview.

* Funeral service for Mary Scheer, 80, of Ainsworth, Dec. 2, in the Zion Lutheran Church of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Mary Scheer passed away Nov. 28 in her home. Survivors include daughter Rose Mary Saner and husband Larry of Ainsworth; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers Dale Steele and wife Doris of Pierce, Darrel Steele Sr. and wife Ruth Ann of Ainsworth; sisters-in-law Klyda Steele of Lincoln and Beverly Scheer of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* Mass of Christian burial service for Warren Gee Gorball, 89, of Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 1, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Warren Gorball passed away Nov. 26 in the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Survivors include son Gary Gorball and wife Brenda of Antioch, Calif.; daughter Lynda Jacquot-Imberi and husband Alex of Rapid City; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law R'Lene Minnig of Loveland, Colo.; nieces and nephews; and special friend Alta Miles of Medford, Ore.

* A private family inurnment will be held at a later date for Dale H. Cooper, 88, of Ainsworth. Dale Cooper passed away Nov. 21 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include his wife Bea Cooper of Ainsworth; children Duane Cooper of Lincoln, Diane Rasmussen of Storm Lake, Iowa, Kenneth Cooper of Eureka, Calif., and Scott Cooper of Stillwater, Okla.; six grandchildren; sister June Pulliam of Casselberry, Fla.; stepson Greg Bruce of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Craig Schrader, 18, of York, Nov. 26, in the Stuart Community Church. Craig Schrader passed away Nov. 10 at Lincoln. He lived with Royce and Barbara Stout of Bassett for the past three years, and is the grandson of Joe Schrader of Stuart.

* Memorial service for Judith Ann Swiney Frazier, 61, of West Columbia, South Carolina, Nov. 21, in the Thompson Funeral Chapel at Lexington, S.C. She passed away Nov. 18.  Judi Frazier is survived by her husband Bill Frazier, Jr. of West Columbia. A daughter Faith. Three sons; Jimmy, Ed and Jeff and their wives. Her mother Lois Swiney of Cayce, South Carolina. Sisters; Jackie Schneller, Janice Smith and Joyce Norton. Half sister Phyllis Magill of Ainsworth. 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Anita Kloppel, 74, of Ainsworth, Nov 20 in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Nov. 16 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett.  Survivors include:  Husband, Dean Kloppel of Ainsworth; Children:  John Kloppel & wife, Paula of Columbus, NE, Carrie DeLancey & husband, Doug of Lincoln, NE and James Kloppel & wife, Marci of Staplehurst, NE, 10 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

* Memorial service and inurnment for Charles M. "Charlie" Yoeman, 92, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. Charlie Yoeman passed away Monday, Nov. 15, at the Ainsworth Care Center in Ainsworth.  Survivors include 5 step-children.

* Funeral service for Helen Eileen Martens, 84, of Atkinson, Nov. 20, in the Atkinson Community Center with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Atkinson. Helen Martens passed away Nov. 16 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include lifelong companion Dale Papstein of Atkinson, a cousin and friends.

* Memorial service for Mike Hughes, 61, of Lockhart, Texas, Nov. 19 at the Congregational Church in Thedford. He is the son of the late Lyle and Dorothy Hughes, former Ainsworth residents. He is survived by four sisters.

* Funeral service for Craig Schrader, 18, of York, Nebraska, Nov. 15, in the Metz Chapel at York. Graveside service Nov. 16 at the Wolf Creek Cemetery near Newport. Craig Schrader died Nov. 10 at Lincoln.

* Funeral service for John E. Klatt, 78, of Ainsworth, Nov. 13, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with private family inurnment at a later date at the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Nov. 8 in the Bryan Memorial West Hospital at Lincoln. Survivors include wife Shirley Klatt of Ainsworth; children Michael Klatt and wife Becky of Lincoln, Denise Troester and husband Gary of Orcutt, Calif., Greg Klatt and wife Ashley of Keller, Texas, and Brian Klatt and wife Mindy of Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Roberta Hopkins of Blue Springs; and two nephews.

* A memorial service for Ted Ross, 69, of Kilgore, Nov. 15, in the Kilgore United Methodist Church. He passed away Nov. 7 in his home. Survivors include wife Susann Ross of Kilgore; and daughters Nicole Lipps of Ohio, Kiersten Hentz of Washington, Penny Olson of Colorado, and Starr Baxter of California.

* A memorial service for Jeree J. Beebout, 79, of Ainsworth, Nov. 8, in the Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Nov. 4 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include husband Merlin "Turk" Beebout of Ainsworth; children Brent Beebout and wife LaRene of Kearney, Kris Broekemeier and husband Steve of Valentine, Kathy Finley and husband Scott of Longmont, Colo., and Bruce Beebout and wife Ros of Valentine; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Larry Erickson, 60, of Valentine, Nov. 6, in the St. Nicholas Church of Valentine. He passed away Nov. 4 in his Valentine home. Survivors include wife Helen Erickson of Valentine; sons Joe Bacon of Valentine, J.R. Erickson of Valentine, and James Erickson of North Platte; daughter Lori Willson of Elm Creek; mother Lorraine Erickson of Webster, S.D.; brothers Eugene Erickson of Webster, S.D., and Rick Erickson of Harriman, Tenn.; and sisters Karen Nolte of Webster, Shirley Jones of Aberdeen, S.D.; Joyce Lentz of Morrison, Colo.; and Judy Zetah of Rapid City, S.D.

* Graveside memorial service for Mary Elizabeth Rose, 85, of Omaha, formerly of Ainsworth, Nov. 6, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Nov. 3 at Omaha. Survivors include children Ann Russell and husband Kirk of Pittsburgh, Pa., Jud Rose and wife Barbara of Washington, D.C., and Warren Rose of Joshua Tree, Calif; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; dear friend Fred Wupper of Omaha; and nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for Pauline Witte, 101, of Valentine, Nov. 6, in the Crookston Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. She passed away Nov. 3 in the Pineview Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include children Marilyn Robertson of Valentine, Elaine Marcks of Almsville, Ore., Don Witte of York, and Yvonne Green of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Robert P. "Bob" McGill, 78, of Ainsworth, Nov. 6, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Oct. 31 in the St. Francis Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include wife Loretta Joy McGill of Ainsworth; children Terry McGill and wife LaVada of Ainsworth, Tom McGill and wife Dortha of Ainsworth, Tim McGill and wife Ann of Omaha, Trevor McGill and wife Jamie of Blair, and Tamara Jarnigan and husband Forrest of Albuquerque, N.M.; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; mother Gertrude McGill of Omaha; and sister Patricia Kogele.

* Funeral service for Edsel D. Daniels, 83, of Ainsworth, Nov. 5, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Nov. 2 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include wife Clara Mae Daniels of Ainsworth; sons Eddy Daniels and wife Joan of Ainsworth, and Chris Daniels of Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Noral Daniels and wife Shirley of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Mary Daniels of Ainsworth; an aunt and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Irene Bain, 96, of Bassett, Nov. 1, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 27 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include son Robert Bain and wife Bonnie of Curtis; daughter Connie Bussinger of Bassett; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Robert W. "Bob" Wigent, 84, of Ainsworth, Oct. 29, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Oct. 25 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Mary Wigent of Ainsworth; daughter Sandie Shimic and husband Douglas of Buffalo, Wyo.; one grandson; and sister Marilyn Miller and husband Gene of Eagle Rock, Mo.

* Graveside memorial service for Jerry M. Knepp, 66, of Bassett, Oct. 29, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Oct. 20 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include brothers Andrew Knepp and special friend Marilyn Harris of North Platte, Lee Wayne Knepp and wife Sharon of North Platte, Burtis Knepp and wife Linda of North Platte, and Danny Knepp and wife Kathy of Scottsbluff; sisters Frances Daffer and husband Allen of Indianola, Patricia Mills and husband Everl of Arlington, Wash., Ilene Stanley and husband Doug of Wichita, Kan., and Inez Minderman and husband Paul of Creighton; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Lillie Jewel "Judy" Pirnie, 85, of Grand Island, formerly of Ainsworth, Oct. 22, in the Bethel Baptist Church of Grand Island with burial in the Dunning Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 17 in the Saint Francis Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include sons Richard Pirnie and wife Donna of Ainsworth; Alvin Pirnie of Hordville, and Montie Pirnie of Phillips; daughters Lillie Jones of Grand Island, and Marilyn Smith of Kingsville, Mo; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister Nona Mae Downs of Washington; and brother Joseph Chavers of Waco, Texas.

* Funeral Mass for Lois Schmit, 80, of Nenzel, Oct. 16, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Nenzel with burial in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 13 at Rapid City, S.D. Survivors include sons Rhett Westover of Cody, and Richard “Buddy” Schmit of Nenzel; daughter Deanna Schmit of Cody; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Harold J. Camp, 90, of Bassett, Oct. 15, in the Zion Lutheran Church of Albion with burial in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Petersburg with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 334 of Petersburg. He passed away Oct. 11 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include sons Tom Camp and wife Peg of St. George, Utah, and Steve Camp and wife Kristie of Bassett; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and sister Marge Seier of Petersburg.

* Funeral service for Helen T. Vavrina, 91, of Bassett, Oct. 15, in the Holy Cross Catholic Church at Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 12 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include daughter Gwen Cosgrove and husband Gene of Long Pine; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Lanny D. Weddel, 68, of Springview, Oct. 1, in the New Hope Community Church of Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. He passed away Sept. 28, in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include wife Kathy Weddel of Springview; children Lara Norris and husband Dennis of College Station, Texas, and David Weddel and wife Amy of The Woodlands, Texas; five grandchildren; mother Doris Weddel of Valentine; half-brother Norman Weddell of Charleston, Ill.; and nieces and cousins. Memorials have been suggested to the New Hope AWANA Program, the Springview Activity Center, or to the Keya Paha County Historical Society.

* Memorial service for Doris Biltoft, 53, of Ainsworth, Sept. 28, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. She passed away Sept. 22, in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include brothers Robert Biltoft of North Platte, Marvin Biltoft of Omaha, Frank Biltoft and wife Mary of Long Pine; and John Biltoft and wife Pat of Midway, Ark.; sister Mrs. Bill (Dora) Cross of Page; sisters-in-law Leona Biltoft of Ainsworth and Mary Ann Biltoft of Atkinson; and nieces and nephews. Memorials have been suggested to the family in her name. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is in charge of arrangements.

* Funeral service for Hazel Peterson, 91, of Valentine, Sept. 27, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 23, in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include sons Norman Peterson of Page, and Wayne Peterson of Valentine; and brother Otto Frauen of Springview.

* Graveside service for Janis R. (Ingwersen) Koller, 63, of Estero, Fla., Sept. 27, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 20, in the Gulf Coast Medical Center at Fort Myers, Fla. Funeral service was held at the Kiser Funeral Home of Fort Myers. Survivors include husband Howard Hunlock of Naples, Fla.; son Rob Koller and wife Sue of Laramie, Wyo.; one granddaughter; brother Larry Ingwersen of Minneapolis, Minn.; and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

* A prayer service for Marie J. Bourn, 95, of Ainsworth, Sept. 24, in the St. Piux X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with committal service in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 20 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include husband Maynard Bourn of Ainsworth; sons Gordon Bourn of Phoenix, Ariz., and Bradley Bourn of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter Lorraine Lopez of Ainsworth; seven grandchildren; brother Jeff Cold of Omaha; sisters Mildred Smith of Omaha, and Patricia Schoettger of Gooding, Idaho; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Helen Barber of Huntsville, Alabama Sept. 18 at Madison, Alabama. She passed away Sept. 16. Survivors in this area include brothers; Dallas and wife Beverly Smith, Ken and wife Jean Smith of Ainsworth along with nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Sharon M. Gardiner, 72, of Alamogordo, N.M., Sept. 17, in the Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel. She passed away Sept. 13 in the Mountain View Medical Center at Las Cruces, N.M. Survivors include husband John Gardiner of Alamogordo; sons Douglas Gardiner and wife Theresa of Altus, Okla., and Michael Gardiner and wife Christina of Aledo, Texas; daughter Lyn Smalstig and husband Kevin of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren; sister Dorothy Wayne and sister-in-law Jean Pinney and husband Ron.

* Funeral service for Georgia Pauline Turpin, 76, of Bassett, Sept. 17, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 14 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include husband Bob Turpin of Bassett; sons Mace Turpin of Bassett, and Michael Turpin and wife Melody of Bassett; two grandchildren; sister-in-law Mary Hustead of Kingman, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for longtime Brown County Sheriff, Donald E. Brown, 76, of Ainsworth, Sept. 16, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. He passed away Sept. 11 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include son Ed Brown and wife Lorrie Stoneacek of Longmont, Colo.; daughter Jeanette Brown of  North Platte; two grandchildren; and sisters Deloris "Dee" Borg of Lincoln and Elizabeth Berke and husband Glenn of Eustis.

* Funeral service for Wesley Frank "Doc" Dodds Jr., 86, of Ainsworth, Sept. 13, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Sept. 10 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include sons Elven "Spud" Dodds of Ainsworth, Steve Dodds and wife Lindsey of Ainsworth, John Dodds and wife Bonnie of Ainsworth, Jim Dodds and wife Penny of Gothenburg, Dave Dodds of Creighton and Ford Dodds and wife Kodi of Gillette, Wyo.; daughters Mary Hite of North Platte, Cathi Flynn and husband Mike of Gothenburg, Cindy Struckman and husband Craig of Ord, Diane Watte and husband Gerald "Chop" of Ainsworth, and Neena Miller and husband Allen of Kearney; 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; half-sister Charlene Becker of Norfolk; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Pat Neujahr, 76, of Valentine, Sept. 10, in the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Pat Neujahr passed away Sept. 7 at Valentine. Survivors include daughters Beverly Bartlett of Chadron, and Susan Beel of Valentine; brothers Gerald Schipporeit of Ainsworth, Don Schipporeit of Long Pine, Robert Schipporeit of Lakewood, Colo., and Richard Schipporeit of Ainsworth; and sister Carolyn Schipporeit of Ainsworth.

* A celebration of life service for William "Bill" McLain, 83, of Iowa, formerly of Bassett, Sept. 11, in the Mitchell Family Funeral Home at Marshalltown, Iowa, with burial in the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery. He passed away Aug. 2 in the Iowa Veterans Home. Survivors include children William McLain and wife Patricia of Marshalltown, Iowa, Beryl Streff and husband Paul of Stillwater, Minn., and Warren McLain and wife Carol of Sioux Falls, S.D.; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Ladd, Shirley Roberts and Patricia Ivey; brothers Roy McLain and Robert McLain; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Bud Rasmussen, 82, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., formerly of Ainsworth, Sept. 9, at Sun Lakes. He passed away Sept. 5 at Sun Lakes. Survivors include his wife Yvonne of Sun Lakes; four children; and, from the area, nieces Sherry Goochey of Johnstown and Geri Johnson of Johnstown.

* Funeral service for Wendy J. O’Neel, 42, of Burwell, Sept. 10, in the First United Methodist Church of Ord with burial in the Ord Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 6 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney following an accident while riding a horse. Survivors include her husband Rod of Burwell, and children Clinton and Darci O’Neel.

* Funeral service for Laurence Lange, 94, of Grand Island, a former agriculture teacher in the Ainsworth and Atkinson schools, Sept. 8, in the Faith United Methodist Church of Grand Island with burial in the Grand Island City Cemetery. He  passed away Sept. 3 in the Tiffany Square Nursing Home at Grand Island. Survivors include daughters Marty Lueck and husband Vernon of Grand Island, and Jacque Sybrant and husband Dale of Bassett; son Greg Lange and wife Wanda of Lakewood, Wash.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother Harold Ammon and wife Delores of Bassett; sister-in-law Eleanor Ammon of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Verna (Gable) Kohn of Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 3, at the Grandview Cemetery of Long Pine. She passed away Aug. 31 in her Sioux City home. She was a 1942 graduate of Long Pine High School. Survivors include husband Bill Kohn of Sioux City; three daughters; and sister-in-law Nancy Gable of Long Pine.

* Memorial graveside service for Avon I. Calif, 74, of Ainsworth, Sept. 3, at the Stuart Cemetery. He  passed away Aug. 30 in the Brown County Hospital at Ainsworth. Survivors include his mother Velma Jones of O'Neill; and brother Gene Calif and wife Betty of Long Pine.

* A memorial service for Rosemary Smiley, 70, of Bassett, Sept. 2, in the Emmanuel Community Church of Bassett. She passed away Aug. 29 at Bassett. Survivors include sons Mike Smiley of Bassett, and Thomas Smiley of Bellevue; three grandchildren; brother Floyd Taylor of Lakewood, Colo.; sister Bev Borland of Independence, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Elsie J. Leonard, 72, of Bassett and Stuart, Sept. 1, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Aug. 27 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include husband Joe R. Leonard of the Parkside Manor at Stuart; sons Joe R. Leonard III and wife Christi of Bassett, and Dave Leonard and wife Carol of Valentine; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; son-in-law Tom Grigsby of Seward; sisters Ann Tuton and husband Stan of Springview, and Mary Carlson of Arnold; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Thomas L. Slattery, 86, of Newport, Aug. 30, in the Bassett Assembly of God Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Aug. 25 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Newport; children Marsha Stamp of Elk Point, S.D., Michael Slattery and wife Karen of Mosinee, Wis., Rene Koeneke and husband Tim of Wickenburg, Ariz., Janice Hackett and husband Rodney of Wickenburg, Ariz., Steven Slattery and wife Jane of Bassett, Patrick Slattery and wife Jeanne of Stuart, Robin Goering and husband Dennis of Auburn, and Krista Railsback and husband Jerry of Wickenburg, Ariz.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Ruby Porter of Bassett, Elizabeth Strand of Ainsworth, and Goldie Kubo of Fremont; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Frances N. Hoffman, 80, of Dallas, S.D., Aug. 21, in the Union Congregational Church at Gregory, S.D., with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Gregory. Frances Hoffman passed away Aug. 16. Survivors include son Michael Hoffman and wife Melanie of Gregory; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Thelma Kappelman of Napa, Idaho; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

* Funeral service for David H. Van Metre, 84, of Valentine, formerly of Springview, Aug. 17, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. He passed away Aug. 14 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include wife Donna Fae Van Metre of Valentine; son David Lee of Burke, S.D.; daughters Karolyn Stovall of Torrington, Wyo., Sandy Billings of Valentine and Terri Grexa Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters Lorraine Haley of Brandon, S.D., and Janice Libolt of Springview; and sister-in-law Hazel Prentice of Gordon.

* Funeral service for Jack Kreycik, 86, of Valentine, Aug. 14, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church. Jack Kreycik passed away Aug. 11 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Valentine; sons David of Douglas, Wyo., Bruce of O'Fallon, Mo., and Mike Kreycik and wife Teri of Ainsworth; daughter Ann of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers Hale of Douglas, Wyo., and Keith of Lake Wood, Colo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

* Word has been received of the death of James G. Stufft, 86, of Loveland, Colo. James Stufft passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, in his Loveland home. A private family burial will be held at a later date at Polk. Survivors from the area include sister Evelyn Moody; brother Lester Stufft; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Duane M. Lotspeich, 73, of Ainsworth, Aug. 16, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Duane Lotspeich passed away Aug. 8 in the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. Survivors include his wife Betty of Ainsworth; daughters Jan Epperly and husband Darin of Norfolk, Beth Davis and husband Roger of Norfolk, and Marcy Weis and fiance Rod Kisor of Stanton; sisters Elaine Fling and husband Kenny of Ainsworth, and Lola Nelson and husband Ron of Onalaska, Texas; eight grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Lynn A. Prewitt, 75, of Ainsworth, Aug. 4, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Chambers Cemetery. Lynn Prewitt passed away July 30 at his Ainsworth home. Survivors include Glenna Prewitt of Mission, Texas; children Cindy Poessnecker and husband Mark of Atkinson, Tom Prewitt and wife Connie of O'Neill, and Karen Prewitt of Ainsworth; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; step-sons Dave Dolph of Dallas, Texas, and Dan Dolph of Hanover, Md.; sisters Myrtha Fix and husband Gayle of Scottsbluff, Peggy Dixson of Crawford, Janie Kennedy of Riverside, Calif., and Sharon Kling of Scottsbluff; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Leslie A. Schumacher, 81, of Ainsworth, Aug. 3, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery at Chadron. Les Schumacher passed away July 29 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include his wife Marjorie of Ainsworth; children Jerry Schumacher and wife Marilyn of Chadron, Sue Baker and husband Bob of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Tom Schumacher and wife Trish of Gordon; two granddaughters; sisters Juanita Jackson and husband Bill of Hay Springs; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mary Frances Buckles, 82, of Merriman, Aug. 2, in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Gordon with burial in the Gordon Cemetery. Mary Frances Buckles passed away July 29 in the Gordon Countryside Care Center. Survivors include sons Robert Buckles and wife Cindy of Ainsworth, and Michael Buckles and wife Kimberly of Broken Bow; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers and two sisters.

* Graveside service for Donna Jo (Shook) Lee, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of the Wood Lake area, July 31, at the Wood Lake Cemetery. Donna Lee passed away March 26. Survivors include children Alan Lee and Dorian Lee, both of Colorado Springs; Cousins-Shirley Hoefel, Keith and Marilyn Baker all of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Doyle H. Hollenbeck, 87, of Long Pine, July 21, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. Doyle Hollenbeck passed away July 17 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Judy Walz and husband Jerry of Cody, and Joyce Micheel of Long Pine; 11 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; sisters Dema Hollenbeck of Clearfield, S.D., and Betty Eacker of Lincoln; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Norman Dean Miller, 68, of Longmont, Colo., July 20, in the Rocky Mountain Christian Church at Longmont with burial in the Foothills Gardens of Memory at Longmont. Norman Miller passed away July 15 at Longmont. Survivors include wife Judy of Longmont, formerly of Johnstown; sons Brett Miller and wife Evelyn of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Burton Miller and wife Kim of Longmont; daughter Brenda Rusk and husband James of Berthoud, Colo.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers Irvin Miller and wife Marietta, Bob Miller, and Ken Miller and wife Barb; sister Bev Olds and husband Rich; mother-in-law Bunny Lake; stepmother Nell Miller; uncle and aunt Kenneth and Ruth O’Hare of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for Beverly J. Baker, 66, of Long Pine, July 17, in the Ainsworth Nazarene Church with burial in the Brewster Cemetery. Beverly Baker passed away July 12 as a result of a one-vehicle traffic accident south of Ainsworth. Survivors include children William Batt Jr. of Richmond, Vir., and Diana Hermelbracht and husband Marlo of Sioux City, Iowa; three grandchildren; step-children Brian Baker and wife Buffy of Carriere, Miss., Jeff Baker and wife Andrea of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Jamie Austin of Conroe, Texas; eight step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; sister Teresa Harman and husband Tom of Camp Springs, Md.; brothers Joseph Pilkerton and wife Brenda of Leonardtown, Md., and Walter Pilkerton of Camp Springs, Md.; half-sister Helen Ann Murphy of Newburg, Md.; brother-in-law Donald Baker Sr. and wife Donna of Brewster; sister-in-law Beverly Penn of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mabel Koenig, 87, of Riverton, Wyo., formerly of the Bassett area, July 17, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Mabel Koenig passed away July 11 in the Wind River Health Care Center at Riverton. Survivors include son Charles "Bill" Koenig and wife Kathleen of Dubois, Wyo.; daughters Bonnie Reicks of Batavia, Ill., and Bette Koenig of Sacramento, Calif.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Arne L. Peterson, 78, of Ainsworth, July 16, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Arne Peterson passed away July 12 at his home. Survivors include wife Barbara Peterson of Ainsworth; brothers Manfred Peterson and Frank Peterson, both of Burke, S.D.; sisters LaVera Reber of Naper and Margaret Hitchcock of Burke; brother-in-law Royce Greder and wife Lydia of Johnstown; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Sheila Townley, 55, of Overton, formerly of Valentine, July 9, in the First Baptist Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Sheila Townley passed away July 4 in her home. Survivors include husband the Rev. Robert Townley; children Amber Rieter of Miller, S.D., Robbie Townley of New Underwood, S.D., and Jason Townley of Grand Island; mother Leona Hagedorn of Valentine; sisters Sharon Jess of North Platte and Sheryl Notemboom of Cody; and brothers Chuck Hagedorn of Falls City and John Hagedorn of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Hazel Lucille Obermire, 93, of Butte, July 5, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte with burial in the Butte Catholic Cemetery. Hazel Obermire passed away June 30 in the Butte Healthcare Center. Survivors include children Donald Obermire and wife Fran of Atkinson, Dean Obermire and wife Carol of Atkinson, Byron Obermire and wife Judy of Atkinson, Barb Van Houten and husband Jerry of Butte, Joe Obermire and wife Cheryl of Norfolk, and Rick Obermire of Gillette, Wyo.; daughter-in-law Lynn Obermire of Omaha; 45 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Gene France, 82, of Ogallala, July 3, in Gubser Funeral Home of Ogallala with burial in the Ogallala Cemetery. Survivors in this area include a sister, Delores Heuer of Ainsworth.

* Graveside service for Michael Ray Mizner, 49, of St. Mary's, Kan., July 2, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Michael Mizner passed away June 24 in his home. Survivors include his wife Marsha Mizner of St. Mary's; daughter Angel of Douglas, Wyo.; son Brian of Wayne; step-sons Lynn O'Brien of Holdrege, Tim O'Brien of Germany, and Leroy O'Brien of St. Mary's; step-daughter Mary Beth Lyons of Grand Island; 10 step-grandchildren; brothers Ed Mizner and Earl Mizner, both of Kearney, David Mizner of Roosevelt, Utah, and George Mizner of Springview; sisters Phyllis Boller of North Platte, Shirley McDonald of Grand View, Mo., Ella DeWeese of Kearney, Arvilla Self of Tennessee Ridge, Tenn., and Cindy Hissong of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Goldie Boller Huff, 96, of Ainsworth, July 2, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Goldie Huff passed away June 28 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include daughter Phyllis Kaiser of Ainsworth; son Roy Boller and wife Mary of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Gladys Quinn of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Ines Sharp, 83, of Valentine, July 1, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Ines Sharp passed away June 28 in her Valentine home. Survivors include husband Kenneth Sharp of Valentine; daughters Rosella Nieuwenhuis of Valentine, Lila O'Keefe of Valentine and Sherry Weatherly of North Platte; sons Kenny Sharp of Millboro, S.D., and Jerry Sharp of Valentine; brother George Soles of Millboro; and sisters Nellie Warner of Oregon, Mary Hayford of Oregon, Ellen Goslin of Idaho, Helen Michel of Idaho, Ann Divine of Missouri, and Pearl Chambers of Colome, S.D.

* Funeral service for Nancy Lee Mangelsen, 47, of Ainsworth, June 28, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. Graveside service June 29 at the Osceola Cemetery. Nancy Mangelsen passed away June 24 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include parents Victor and Diane Mangelsen of Ainsworth; brother Carl Mangelsen of Valentine; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

* Graveside service for Doris E. Stufft, 77, of Oakdale, formerly of Bassett, June 21, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Doris Stufft passed away June 15 in the Golden Living Center at Neligh. Survivors include daughter Debbie Hawkins and husband James of Oakdale; one granddaughter; brother Chester Bair and wife Helen of San Jacinto, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Robert Dean Williams, 83, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Johnstown, June 21 in the Evangelical Free Church of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth South Cemetery. Robert Dean Williams passed away June 6 at Las Vegas. Survivors include daughters Robyn Williams and Melanie Bullock; son Mark Williams; brother Chan Williams; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

* Memorial service for Pearl Maxine (Gorball) Binsted, 86, of Greenville, S.C., formerly of the Bassett and Rose area, June 19, in Hoch Funeral Home of Bassett with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Pearl Binsted passed away Feb. 12, at Greenville. Survivors include sons Wayne C. Binsted and wife Gretchen of Taylors, S.C., and Jamie Binsted of Charlottesville, Vir.; brother Warren Gorball of Rapid City, S.D.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

* Funeral Services for Theodore G. “Ted” Baker, 70, of Long Pine, June 12, in the Church of the Nazarene at Ainsworth with burial in the Brewster Cemetery. Ted Baker passed away June 7 in the Brown County Hospital at Ainsworth. Survivors include wife Beverly Baker of Long Pine; children Brian Baker and wife Buffy of Carriere, Miss., Jeff Baker and wife Andrea of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Jamie Austin of Conroe, Texas; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; step-children Bill Batt of Richmond, Vir., and Diana Hermelbracht and husband Marlo of Sioux City, Iowa; three step-grandsons; brother Donald Baker Sr. and wife Donna of Brewster; sister Beverly Penn of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for former Ainsworth graduate Mary Ann Trumm, 69, of Omaha, June 4, in the Hessey Mortuary of Omaha. Mary Ann Trumm passed away May 31. Survivors from the area include cousins Marilyn Philben and Dale Hollingsworth, both of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Frieda E. Gilbert, 101, of Ainsworth, June 2, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. Frieda Gilbert passed away May 27 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include son Robert Mandelko of Omaha; daughter Carolyn Gilbert of Sheridan, Wyo.; step-daughter-in-law Jean Shipman Gilbert of Houston, Texas; and numerous step-grandchildren.

* Funeral services for Jim Passyka, 54, of Hoskins formerly of Ainsworth, June 1 in the Christ Lutheran Church of Norfolk with burial in the New Lutheran Cemetery at Norfolk. Jim Passyka passed away May 26 north of Hoskins. Survivors include his wife Sandra Passyka of Hoskins; children Jeremy Passyka and wife Kayle of Pierce, Jaima Flesner and husband Keith of Pierce, and Jacob Passyka and friend Katie Yosten of Hoskins; brother John Passyka of Albion, Calif.; sisters Stephania Passyka of Mukwonago, Wis., Mary Lucht and husband Bing of Chambers, and Edica Baxter and husband Bob of Burwell; and numerous other family members.

* Funeral service for Ruby Stephenson Smith, 94, of Lincoln formerly of North Platte, May 29 in the Roper and Sons Chapel at Lincoln with burial in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Ruby Stephenson Smith passed away May 26 at Lincoln. Survivors include children Allegra Penington and husband Chuck of Lincoln, Terry Trego and husband Gary of North Platte, and Malcolm Smith and wife Cindy of Elsmere; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister Joan O'Rourke of North Platte.

* Memorial service for Valissa Lynn "Lisa" Gierau Murdock, 53, of Bassett, June 3 in the Bassett United Methodist Church. Lisa Murdock passed away May 26 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include her husband George Murdock of Bassett; sons Spencer Murdock of Lincoln, Martin Murdock and wife Carrie of Woodbine, Iowa, and Nicholas Murdock of Omaha; three grandchildren; mother Arlene Gierau of Springview; mother-in-law Mary Lou Murdock of Sun Lake, Ariz.; sisters Pam McCormick and husband Chet of Valentine, and Teri Carlstrom and husband Tom of St. Edward; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial Services for Sandra Jean Adkisson, 69, of Dallas, Texas and Creede, Colo., will be held Monday, June 7, in the Creede Community Church. A private family memorial will be held at Dallas, Texas, at a later date. Sandra Jean Adkisson passed away May 10 at Creede. Survivors include son James Adkisson of Austin, Texas; brother Jim Adkisson and wife Renee of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and great-nephews.

* Funeral service for Daisy M. Rudolf, 91, of Bassett, May 29 in the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Daisy Rudolf passed away May 25 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center. Survivors include sons Hershel “Shorty Wilson and wife Jo of Bassett, Bobbie Wilson and wife Audrey of Ainsworth, Lynn Wilson and wife Jo of Bassett, Ray Wilson and wife Betty of Newport, and Alvin Wilson and wife Nadine of Cedaredge, Colo.; daughters Lou Ann Samora of Alamosa, Colo., Alice Woodward of Melbourne, Ark., Vivian “Susie” Thomas and husband Lorrin of Bassett, and Ada Scott and husband Randy of Taylor; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Otis Lovejoy, 88, of Omaha formerly of Valentine, May 25 in the Zion Lutheran Church of Crookston with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Otis Lovejoy passed away May 20 at Omaha. Survivors include son Maurice Lovejoy of Omaha; and sisters-in-law Betty Reimers of Valentine and Wilma Lovejoy of Hastings.

* Funeral service for Lyle Vakiner, 58, of Gregory, S.D., May 26 in the Gregory Auditorium with burial in the Graceland Cemetery at Burke. Survivors include his wife Lori; sons Justin Vakiner, and Cory Vakiner and wife Melissa, all of Gregory; four grandchildren; mother Eleanor Vakiner of Gregory; brother Curt Vakiner and wife Joyce of Gregory; sister Alice Miner and husband Dennis of Gregory; mother-in-law Dixie Frey of Burke; father-in-law Gayus Frey of Herrick, S.D.; sister-in-law Dana Anderson and husband Ken of Valentine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

* Funeral Services for Bertha B. Minnig Brown, 89, of Bassett, May 27 in the Valley Grove Community Church at Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Bertha Minnig Brown passed away May 21 in the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include husband Edwin Brown Sr. of Bassett; sons Leslie Minnig and wife Cheryl of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash., and Garold Minnig of Pleasanton, Calif.; daughter Deanna Nakosteen of Ojai, Calif.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; step-son Ed Brown Jr. of Bassett; step-daughter Vonnie Seidel and husband Robert of Ainsworth; brother-in-law Kenneth Minnig and wife Neva of Bassett; sister-in-law Evelyn Minnig of Santa Clara, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Ross Milton Baxter, 90, of North Platte, formerly of Chadron and Thedford, May 27 in the Thedford United Church of Christ. Ross Baxter passed away May 17 in his North Platte home.

* Memorial service for Tim Bare, 53, of Valentine, May 29 in the Valentine Assembly of God Church. Tim Bare passed away May 17 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include wife Wanda of Valentine; children Allona Pfau of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Jeff Bare and family of Valentine, Trevor Bare and family of Valentine, Trina Myers of Valentine, Ashley Myers of Valentine, DJ Bromwich, Mika Bromwich and Chantz Bare; sister Candy Bare of Helena, Mont.; and brother Bob Bare of Susanville, Calif.

* Funeral service for William Broadbooks, 89, of Colome, S.D., May 22, in the Gregory Assembly of God Church with burial in the Colome City Cemetery. William Broadbooks passed away May 19 in the Regional Nursing Home of Winner, S.D. Survivors include son John Broadbooks and wife Marsha of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter Lori McKenney and husband Jim of Springview; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Ben Wright, 34, of Loup City, May 20, in the Loup City Community Building with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery. Ben Wright passed away May 17 as a result of a boating accident. Survivors locally include parents-in-law Greg and Charlotte Wales of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Mary Duerfeldt, 56, of Burke, S.D., May 18 in the Union Baptist Church of Burke with burial in the Olive Branch Cemetery at Mills, NE. She passed away May 15 at the Burke hospital. Survivors include her husband, Bob of Burke; two children: Richard Hoffman and Angela Hoffman both of Burke; two stepsons: Mark and wife Darcy Duerfeldt of Herrick, SD, Mike and wife Ammie Duerfeldt of St. Charles, SD; her parents: Frank and Ruth Gessner of Mills; plus grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Justin Kumke, 29, of Kearney, May 18 in the Presbyterian Church at Campbell with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Red Cloud. He died May 13 in the Mother Hull Home at Kearney. Survivors include his wife Misti Harlan Kumke, formerly of Bassett, parents Carol and Allen Kumke of Campbell, a brother James of Elm Creek, a sister Jessica of Laramie, Wyoming, mother-in-law Jeanette Harlan of Clarksville, Tennessee, father-in-law Ward Harlan of Bassett, grandparents-in-law Pat and Ray O’Mara of Ainsworth and James and Nancy Harlan of Bassett.

* Graveside memorial service for Elsie M. Smith, 93 of Ainsworth will be held Friday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Grandview Cemetery in Long Pine.  She passed away May 6, 2010 at Ainsworth Care Center.  Survivors include sons, Ronald smith & wife, Margaret of Rapid City, SD, Larry Smith & wife, ImoGene of Ainsworth, Kenneth Smith of the Philippines, Quinton Smith & wife, Letty of Blyth, CA, sister, Ruth Baker and husband, Jim of Ainsworth, son-in-law William Yaeger of Centennial CO, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.

*Funeral service for Lucille I. Hopkins, 92 of Bassett May 17 in the St Mary's Episcopal Church of Bassett with burial in the Sybrant Cemetery near Bassett. She passed away May 13 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include daughter Beverly Hopkins of Hildreth, son Donald and wife, Jeanine, brother Harold Ammon and wife, Delores of Bassett, sister, Eleanor Ammon of Bassett, brother-in-law, Lawrence Lange of Grand Island,  nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Melvin Brokofsky, 90, of Grand Island, May 14, in the Apfel Funeral Home of Grand Island with burial in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. He passed away May 12, in the Grand Island Veterans Administration Hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday in the Apfel Funeral Home. Surivivors include his wife Pearl; children Larry Brokofsky and wife Linda of Lincoln, and Roderick Brokofsky and wife Ellen of Papillion. Survivors in the Ainsworth area include brother-in-law Charles “Bump” Gudgel; sister-in-law Blanche Gudgel; sister in-law Sharon Jochem and husband Dean; and nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to the United Congregational Church of Grand Island.

* Funeral service for Rolly Kaup, 68, of Stuart, May 15, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. He passed away May 11, in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include wife Diane Kaup of Stuart; children Rhonda Miksch and husband Randy of Stuart, Wayne Kaup of Stuart, and Kurt Kaup and wife Katherine of Stuart; five grandchildren; brothers John Kaup of Brevard, N.C., Mike Kaup and wife Mary of Stuart, Arnie Kaup of Stuart, and Kenny Kaup and wife Diane of Stuart; and sisters Laurene Bogue of Rapid City, S.D., Marjorie Moeller of Schuyler, Jonita Albaugh and husband Dennis of Schuyler, and LaJean Hipke and husband Keith of Stuart.

* Memorial service for Jo Ann McWilliams of Weiser, Idaho, formerly of Springview, May 15, in the Thomason Funeral Home of Weiser, Idaho. She passed away May 9, in her home at Weiser. Graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, May 17, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Survivors include son Carl Dean Chase and wife Hazel of Ainsworth; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew.

* Graveside memorial services for Elsie M. Smith, 93, of Ainsworth, will be held in the Grandview Cemetery at a later date. She passed away May 6, in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include sons Ronald Smith and wife Margaret of Rapid City, S.D., Larry Smith and wife ImoGene "Sara" of Ainsworth, Kenneth Smith of the Philippines, and Quinton Smith and wife Letty of Blythe, Calif.; sister Ruth Baker and husband Jim of Ainsworth; son-in-law William Yeager of Centennial, Colo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Janessa Lee Schaaf, 34, of Atkinson, May 10, in the Faith Wesleyan Church of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Atkinson. She passed away May 5, in the Faith Regional Hospital of Norfolk. Survivors include mother Connie Schaaf of Atkinson; sister Ashley Hoffman and husband Dustin of Wayne; brother Rodney Stevens and wife Heidi of Norfolk; grandmother Evelyn Schrunk of Atkinson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephews.

* Funeral services for Donna R. Willer, 76, of Ainsworth, May 10, in the Evangelical Free Church of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away May 6, in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include sister Ellen "Sunny " Kyser and husband Charlie of Ainsworth; brothers Walter Jerry Hazard of Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Terry Lynn Hazard of Hyannis; sister-in-law Dee Book and husband Bob of Citrus Heights, Calif.; and aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. Memorials have been suggested to the family in her name.

* Celebration of life service for Janeth L. O'Hare, 60, of Ainsworth, May 1, in the Lila McAndrew Gymnasium with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away April 26 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include husband Corby O'Hare of Ainsworth; sons JD O'Hare of Lincoln, Pat O'Hare of Lincoln, and Scott O'Hare of Bradshaw; daughter Alyx Thomas and husband Eric of Salina, Kan.; one grandson; brother Richard "Dick" Turpin and wife Reenie of Lincoln; sister LaNita Maurer and husband Robert of Columbus, Mt.; parents-in-law Kenneth and Ruth O'Hare of Ainsworth; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other family members. Memorials have been suggested to Ainsworth High School for a future scholarship in her memory.

* Funeral service for Frances Bachelor, 87, of Valentine, April 30, in the Valentine Assembly of God Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. She passed away April 27 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include daughters Esther Sybrant of Bassett; Noreen Eldridge of Long Beach, Calif., and Eileen Bachelor-Davis of Santan Valley, Ariz.; son Leslie Bachelor Jr. of Salem, Ore.; and sister Georgie Bracha of Tyegate, Mt.

* Funeral service for Ruby E. Heap, 84, formerly of Ainsworth, April 29, in Kremer Funeral Home of Omaha with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Omaha. She passed away in Chandler, Ariz. Survivors include children Sharon Schell and husband Bermie of Chandler, Ariz., Denise Gentry and husband Dennis of Omaha, Mark Heap and wife Marcy of Branson, Mo., Paul Heap and wife Deb of Brighton, Colo., and Heather Hruby and husband Steve of Omaha; brother James Wilson of El Dorado, Kan.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Bill Freeman, 89, of Valentine, formerly of Ainsworth, May 1, in the Presbyterian Church of Valentine. He passed away April 27 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Maxine of Valentine; son Henry Freeman of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Jan of Valentine; grandchildren; sisters Helen Townsend of Ainsworth, and Dorothy Weander and Leona Hagedorn of Valentine; and brother Ralph Freeman of Germantown, Md.

* Graveside service for Kenneth L. Huston, 65, of Comstock, April 30, at the Overton Cemetery. He passed away April 20 in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Grand Island. Survivors include his father Merle Huston of Ainsworth; son Justin Huston of Palisade; daughters Christy Huston of Gillette, Wyo., and Stacy Haskell of Ainsworth; and one grandchild.

* Funeral service for Delbert Paulson, 76, of Winner, S.D., April 27, in the First Christian Church of Winner with burial in the Winner Cemetery. He passed away April 21 at Sioux Falls, S.D. Survivors include son Jerry Paulsen of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Robert Carr, 95, of Springview, April 24, in the Valentine Presbyterian with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. He passed away April 22 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include wife Maybelle Carr of Valentine; daughters Janice Scripter of Gering, Jeanne Smith of Norfolk, Cathy Segrist of Spearfish, S.D., and Sheila McLeod of Valentine; son Bobby Carr of Valentine; and brother Jack Carr of White River, S.D.

* Funeral service for Lucile Luse, 92, of Springview, April 24, in the Springview High School gymnasium with burial in the Springview Cemetery. She passed away April 20 as the result of an automobile accident.

* Memorial service for Sara Conner, 95, of Lexington, April 26, in the First United Methodist Church of Lexington. She died March 10 at the Homestead in Kearney. Inurnment in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. Survivors include son Ken Conner and wife Judy of Huntington Beach, Calif., and daughter Marianne Schlueter and husband Gene of Wood Lake; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Delmar "Jimmy" Nielsen, 89, of the Elsmere-Ainsworth area, April 20, in the Purdum United Church of Christ with burial in the Purdum Cemetery. He passed away April 17 in the Golden Living Center at O'Neill.

* A celebration of life service for Kenneth E. Magill, 65, of Omaha, April 21, in the Braman Mortuary-Southwest Chapel of Omaha. He passed away Sunday, April 18, at Omaha. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the Ainsworth East Park Cemetery. Survivors include borthers Harold "Mac" Magill of Omaha, Howard Magill and wife Caroline of Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Dean Magill of Ainsworth; sister Lois Magill of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews. Local arrangements are being handled through Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. Memorials have been suggested to the family in his name for future designation.

* Funeral service for Michael John Keogh, 30, of Stuart, April 17, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. He passed away April 13 on U.S. Highway 81 south of Norfolk as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Survivors include his parents, Ray and Priscilla Keogh of Stuart; sisters Tracy Ludwig and husband Travis of Stuart, Laurie Keogh of Stuart, and Lisa Keogh of Stuart; brother Christopher Keogh of Stuart; friend Jessica Baker of Columbus; grandmother Rita Arens of Stuart; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

* Funeral service for Madonna M. Adcock, 81, of Ainsworth, April 17, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Union Cemetery west of Springview. She passed away April 14 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Nadine Baxter and friend Doug Mulligan of Ainsworth; son Danny Adcock and wife Denise of Ainsworth; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Donald Stone and wife Berniece of Ozark, Mo.; sister Darlene Low and husband Harold of Arapahoe; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Ida Marie Donahoo, 94, of Ainsworth, April 15, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away April 11 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include son James F. Todd and wife Sarah of Broken Bow, Okla.; daughter Janet Wedel of Erie, Penn.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Rosa Grooms, 94, of Valentine, April 14, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. She passed away April 11 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include her daughter Stalla Graham of Ainsworth; sons Jerry Grooms of Valentine and Duane Grooms of Arizona; and sister Helen Schrantz of Grand Island.

* Funeral services for Pauline G. Lehn, 82, of Ainsworth April 9 in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away April 7 in the St. Francis Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include her son Mike Lehn and wife Annette of Long Pine; daughters Linda Phillips and husband Bill of Burwell, and Debra Prucha of Burwell; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Garth "Buck" Carr and wife Doris of Springview; sisters Josephine Prentice and husband Harold of Springview, and Daphyne Clark of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Marie Wait and husband Dick of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral services for the Rev. Howard A. Dixon age 91 of Springview, April 10 in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away April 5 in the Bryan LGH Medical Center East at Lincoln Survivors include daughters Ruth Davidson and husband Paul of Barneveld, N.Y., Mary Keller and husband Paul of Great Bend, Kan., Beverly Piper and husband Warren of Lincoln, and Janice Sykes and husband Jerry of Kansas City, Kan.; son Todd Dixon and wife Tracy of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 

* Funeral service for Bonnie J. Anderson, 74 of Ord April 7 in the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Ord with burial in the Ord City Cemetery. She passed away April 3 in the Valley County Health System Hospital at Ord. Survivors include daughters Cindy Uden and husband Larry of Kenesaw, Christy Peterson and husband Keith of Ord, and Jenny Scribner and husband Brian of David City; nine grandchildren; brother Dan Carson and wife Shirley of Elsmere; and sister Juanna Beth Lewis and husband Keith of Darlington, Idaho.

* Funeral service for Mike Cadwallader, 77, of Stuart April 6 in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. He passed away April 2 in his home. Survivors include his wife Barbara Cadwallader of Stuart; children Roy Cadwallader and wife Lou Ann of Stuart, Tami Klemp and husband Lawrence of Yuma, Ariz., and Jean Doty and husband Mike of Spencer; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sisters Lois Skala of Stuart, and Norma Everett of Bellevue.

* Funeral service for Harold Eugene “Jack” Harris, 83, of Taylor April 5 in the Burwell United Methodist Church. He passed away April 1 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include son Dale Harris and wife Marla, formerly of Ainsworth, now of St. Paul.

* Funeral service for Janice M. Campbell, 58, of Stuart April 5 in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. She passed away March 31 at Bassett. Survivors include her husband Ivan Campbell of Stuart; children Janice Leigh Robinson and husband Pat of Madison, William Campbell and wife Michelle of Yankton, S.D., Daniel Campbell and wife Suzi of Nebraska City, and Waylon Campbell and wife Jenny of Stanton; nine grandchildren; brothers Richard Nekuda and wife Linda of Stuart, Tommy Nekuda and wife Sandy of Wisner, and Dennis Nekuda and wife Cindy of Schleswig, Iowa; sisters Judy Cadwaller and husband Harold of Buffalo, Mo., and Joleen Jochem and husband Glen of Stromsburg; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

* Funeral service for Peggy Kappelman, 84, of Gregory, S.D., April 1 in St. John’s Lutheran Church of Gregory with burial in the Colome Cemetery.

* Funeral services for Sharon Knepp, 66, of Bassett, March 30, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away March 24 in the Faith Regional Health Center at Norfolk. Survivors include husband Jerry Knepp of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* A celebration of life service for Hazel Lanz Anson, 98, of Bassett, March 27, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away March 23 in the Heritage of Bel Air Nursing Home at Norfolk. Survivors include her son Dr. John Lanz and wife Peggy of Norfolk; daughter DeAnna Goodenough of Fremont; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Karla Dee Snow, 58, of Slayton, Minn., formerly of the Ainsworth-Atkinson area, March 27, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away March 22 in the Golden Living Center at Slayton, Minn. Survivors include her mother Samona Snow of Ainsworth; brothers Garland Snow and wife Lorna of Kearney, and Meldon Snow and wife Camille of Slayton; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

* Private memorial graveside service for the immediate family of Janice Porter, 55, of Bassett, March 23 at the Willowdale Cemetery northwest of Newport. She passed away March 18 at her home near Bassett. Survivors include her husband Walter Porter of Bassett; children Nathan Porter and wife Ranell of Bassett, Jarred Porter and wife Carrie of Ainsworth, and Maacah Tarrell and husband Bud of Long Pine; 11 grandchildren; mother Lucile Sieker of Bassett; sister Carol Freeman and husband Gary of Omaha; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Harold W. Pfister, 91, of Long Pine, March 23, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away March 17 in the Nebraska Veterans Home at Norfolk. Survivors include daughters Sandra Lee and husband Tom Sawyer of Bassett, and Deanna Pfister of Lincoln; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Lawrence Pfister and wife Guila of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Norm Desive, 62, of O'Neill, March 15, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. He passed away March 10 Avera St. Anthony's Hospital at O'Neill. Survivors include his wife Janet of O'Neill; children Debby Parks and husband Mike of O'Neill, Tim Desive of O'Neill, and Chris Desive and wife Kelly of O'Neill; eight grandchildren; and sister Marlene Brandl and husband Duane of O'Neill.

* Funeral service for Earl Stewart, 98, of Stuart, March 11, in Seger Funeral Home of Stuart with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. He passed away March 6 in Parkside Manor of Stuart. Survivors include his children Jerry Stewart and wife Marilyn of Newport, Judy Bello and husband Woody of Santa Rosa, Calif., Roy Stewart and wife June of Newport, and Carol Green Kirsch of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brothers Gene Stewart and wife Wendy of Foley, Ala., and Duane Stewart of Tucker, Ga.; brother-in-law Gene Ramm and wife Dona of Long Pine; and sisters-in-law Eileen Belville of Pierce and Helen Ramm of Stuart.

* Funeral service for Bruce Phipps, 83, of Valentine, March 5, in the United Methodist Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. He passed away March 1 in the Cherry County Hospital.

* Funeral Mass for Raymond Schaefer, 80, of Valentine, March 3, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 28 in the Cherry County Hospital at Valentine. Survivors include his wife Ruth of Valentine; daughters Terri Kreycik of Ainsworth and Sandra Jacobsen of Salado, Texas; sister Ruth Ferris of Valentine; and brothers Clem Schaefer and Lynn Schaefer, both of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Marie Lange, 90, of Grand Island, March 2, in the Faith United Methodist Church of Grand Island. Survivors include husband Lawrence of Grand Island; daughters Marietta Lange and husband Vernon of Grand Island, and Jacque Sybrant and husband Dale of Bassett; son Gregory Lange and wife Wanda of Tacoma, Wash.; six grandchildren and one step-granddaughter; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister Lucille Hopkins of Stuart; brother Harold Ammon and wife Delores of Bassett; sister-in-law Elenor Ammon of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Margaret M. Goodwin, 96, of Valentine, Feb. 25, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. She passed away Feb. 20 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include her daughter Barbara Cornett of Worland, Wyo.; sons Bob Goodwin of North Platte, Rick Goodwin of Salem, Ark., and Jack Goodwin of Spokane, Wash.; and sister Gertrude Sorenson of Lubbock, Texas.

* Memorial service for Jana E. Sever, 56, of Bassett, Feb. 24 in the Kingdom Hall of Ainsworth with inurnment at a later date in the Randolph Cemetery. She passed away  Feb. 19 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include her husband Gary Sever of Bassett; son Blaine Sever of Blairsville, Pa.; daughter Andrea Perez and husband John of Aberdeen, S.D.; one grandson; parents Omar and Gloria Smith of Norfolk; brothers Wesley Smith and wife Darla of O'Neill, and Warren Smith of Coupeville, Wash.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Harold E. Hill, 83, of Johnstown, Feb. 22, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. He passed away Feb. 17 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include his wife Evelyn Hill of Johnstown; son Kenny Hill and friend Jolene Walters of Ainsworth; daughters Gaylene Hill of Lincoln, Kay Hill of Johnstown and Pam Hill of Beatrice; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Raymond Estes, 84, of Stuart, Feb. 19 in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 15 in his Stuart home. Survivors include his wife Mary Catherine Estes of Stuart; children Rosemary Briggs of Dimondale, Mich., Patti Frickel and husband Tom of Atkinson, Doris Estes of Stuart, Vickie Seger and husband Leo of Atkinson, and Alan Estes and wife Kim of Stuart; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and sister Evelyn Rudolf of Chapman.

* Funeral service for Harold Krieger, 67, of Atkinson, Feb. 20, in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 14 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include his wife Maxine Krieger of Atkinson; daughters Deb Straka of Kearney, Michele Krieger of Kearney, Susan Judge and husband Veldon of Atkinson, Sandra Kennedy and husband Pat of Atkinson, and Deb Welsh and husband Mike of Atkinson; nine grandchildren; mother-in-law Delores Pacha of Stuart; brothers and sisters John Krieger of Spencer, Vernie Krieger and wife Anita of Bassett, Irene Hunt and husband Merlin of Grand Island, Fritz Krieger of Atkinson, Don Krieger and wife Sandy of Bassett, Sharon Atkinson and husband Dan of Bassett, and Ron Krieger of Bassett.

* Memorial service for Keith Ward Barthel, 79, of Amelia, Feb 15 at the Burwell Baptist Church. Survivors include:  Wife: Dorothy of Amelia, sons: Craig & wife Mary,  Alliance, NE, Weston & wife Bethel, Newman Grove, NE, Alan & wife Jan, Briggsdale, CO, Kerry, Amelia.  12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sisters: Eleanor & Glenn Johnson, Burwell, Lois & Virgil Swett, Erickson, Joann Barthel, Wheatridge, Co along with nieces and nephews.

*Funeral service for Betty Ormesher, 89, of Valentine Feb 15 at the Presbyterian Church, Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Valentine. She passed away Feb. 11 at Pine View Good Samaritan Center in Valentine.  Survivors include: Daughters,   Deloris Hornung, Lincoln, Marcy Cox, Valentine and son, Ted of Valentine.

*Funeral service for Larry Blevins, age 75 of Lincoln Feb 11 at Butherus, Maser, & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln.  He was raised in the Ainsworth area and graduated for Ainsworth High School in 1953.  Area relatives are:  Jan Pennington - sister-in-law, and Stan Pennington, Nephew of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Orville Dixon, 89, of Pierre, South Dakota,  Feb. 13, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD.  Burial at the Winner Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 7th in Lincoln.  He grew up on the Dixon Ranch in Springview and graduated from Keya Paha Co. High School in 1939.   Survivors include wife, Ina (Haaf) Dixon of Lincoln; two daughters, Judy and Jean, one son, Ivan; and brother, Howard Dixon of Springview. 

* Funeral service for R.T. Hopkins, 32, of Climax, Ga., Feb. 10, in the Clary-Glenn Funeral Home at DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He passed away Feb. 6, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Survivors include wife Teronda Hopkins of Climax, Ga.; son Nicholas Hopkins of Glendale, Fla. and Nicholas' mother Barbara Hopkins; father Donald Hopkins and wife Jeanine of Bassett; mother Kendra Rollins and husband Richard of Glendale, Fla.; grandparents Lucille Hopkins of Bassett, and Kenneth Fredrick and Joyce Lesher; brothers Jamie Hopkins of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Zack Hinkle and Christopher Rollins both of Glendale, Fla.; sister Nickia Padgett of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and numerous other relatives.

* Memorial services for Floyd A. Olson, 86, of Bassett, Feb. 12 in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett. He passed away Feb. 8, in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett.  Survivors include his wife Shirley Olson of Bassett; daughters Cathi Markisich and husband Pete of Rock Springs, Wyo., Mary Foxworthy and husband Terry of Bassett, and Jill Sharkey and husband Chet of Friend; son Chris Olson of Friend; sister Marjorie Gors and husband Wayne of Sioux Falls, S.D.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Memorials have been suggested to the donor’s choice.

* Graveside service for Fred R. Assarsson, 102, of Ainsworth, Feb. 5, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 3, in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include his wife Ruth Assarsson of Ainsworth; sons Clifford Assarsson and wife Pauline of Ainsworth, and Gary Assarsson and wife Barbara of Long Pine; daughter Louree Beguin and husband Ernie of Ainsworth; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Memorials have been suggested to the Rock County Long Term Care Center or to the Ainsworth Senior Center.

* Word has been received of the death of former Ainsworth resident Robert "Gene" O'Donnell of Longmont, Colo. Funeral service was held Jan. 7. He passed away Jan. 1 at the age of 88. Survivors include his wife Jackie of Longmont.

* Funeral service for Lee Anderson, 75, of Newberg, Ore., formerly of Ainsworth, Jan. 30, in Attrell’s Newberg Funeral Chapel with interment at Valley View Memorial Park in Newberg. He passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, in his home at Newberg, Ore.  Survivors include his friend Betty Johnson of Newberg; three sisters, Ida Anderson and Rutha May Blundel, both of Nebraska, and Iva Marie of Iowa; and brother Andy Anderson and wife Trish of Indiana.

* Funeral service for Elaine J. Bussinger, 66, of Bassett, Jan. 29, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 25, in her Bassett home. Survivors include husband Gary Bussinger of Bassett; sons Tim Bussinger of Bassett, Kevin Bussinger and wife Jennifer of Austin, Texas, Bradd Bussinger and wife Brandy of Bassett, and Brian Bussinger and wife Misty of Cozad; 12 grandchildren; mother Ilene Stewart of Bassett; brothers Les Jurgens and wife Hilga of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gary Jurgens of Fort Collins, Colo.; sister Connie Nash of Piedmont, S.D.; sister-in-law Betty Marcellus and husband Ron of Franklin; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials have been suggested to the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Aseracare Hospice, or to the family in her name.

* Funeral service for Peggy Stewart, 77, of Valentine, Jan. 28, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 24, in North Platte. Survivors include brother Frank Stewart of Valentine; and sisters Ella Claire Barnet of Blue River, Wis., and Betty Geiser of Louisville, Ky.

* Funeral service for Dewey Kerwin Polen, 62, of Loup City, formerly of Rock County, Jan. 27, in the Loup City Community Building with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City. He passed away Jan. 23, in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include wife Barb of Loup City; son Rob Polen of St. Paul; daughters Sherie Kuszak and husband Mike of Loup City, and Tamara Sabatka of Holdrege; nine grandchildren; mother Naoma Polen of Valley; brothers Harry Polen of Bennington, Marlow Polen and wife Phyllis of Cedar Bluffs, and Albert Polen of Long Pine; sister LaVonne of Valley; brothers-in-law Garry Vargason of Bassett and Lowell Peterson of York; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.

* Funeral service for Arlene Schmidt, 79, of Wahoo formerly of Broken Bow,  Jan. 22, in the First Christian Church of Broken Bow with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at Anselmo. Survivors include son Gerald Schmidt and wife Deb of Colon; daughters Karen Hunt and husband Silver of Bassett, and Peggy Trew and husband Mike of Gibbon; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and brothers Duane Sheets and wife Lois of Sacramento, Calif., Doyle Sheets and wife Betty of Bend, Ore., and Don Sheets and wife Sharon of Caldwell, Idaho.

* Funeral service for Evan Bowman, 2, of Atkinson, Jan. 21, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Phoenix Cemetery north of Atkinson. He passed away Jan. 17, in West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include mother Marla Bowman of Atkinson; father Allen Bowman of Spencer; brother Dalton Hopson of Atkinson; sisters Candace Hopson of Omaha and Breanna Bowman of Atkinson; grandmothers Lucille Bowman of Spencer, and Ethel Parshall of Kingman, Ariz.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

* Funeral service for Helen Eatinger, 83, of North Platte formerly of Valentine,  Jan. 21, in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. She passed away Thursday in North Platte. Survivors include son John Eatinger of Ainsworth; two granddaughters; and brother John Ballard of California.

* Funeral service for Mike Riley, 60, of Kearney formerly of Bassett, Jan. 18, in the Saint James Catholic Church of Kearney. He is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, and sister Sue Heyden and husband Lanny of Newport.

* Family graveside service for Steven A. Bussinger, 61, of Bassett, Jan. 18, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Jan. 12, in the Madonna Rehabilitation Center of Lincoln. Survivors include his wife Connie Bussinger of Bassett; children Lynette Morey and husband Herb of Omaha, Teresa Beed and husband Vaughn of West Point, Susan Fleming and fiance Ted Morton of Bassett, and Erich Bussinger and wife Mitz of Bassett; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; mother Marjorie Bussinger of Bassett; mother-in-law Irene Bain of Bassett; brothers Ernest Bussinger and wife Connie of Scottsbluff, and Bill Bussinger and Norma Labahn of Bassett; sisters Sue Boltz of Lincoln, Carol Kuhre and husband Doug of Johnstown, and Meri Lee Bussinger of Lincoln; and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be designated to the Rock County Senior Center or to the family in his name.

* Funeral service for Coletta Margaret Stewart, 93, of Stuart, formerly of Newport, Jan. 16, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 4 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include husband Earl Stewart of Stuart; children Jerry Stewart and wife Marilyn of Newport, Judy Bello and husband Woody of Santa Rosa, Calif., Roy Stewart and wife June of Newport, and Carol Green Kirsch of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Ilene Belleville of Hoskins; brother Gene Ramm and wife Dona of Long Pine; and sister-in-law Helen Ramm of Stuart.

* Funeral service for Raymond Van Norman, 82, of Minden, formerly of Rock County, Jan. 15, in the Minden United Methodist Church with burial in the Minden Cemetery. He passed away Jan. 12 in the Kearney County Health Services Hospital at Minden. Survivors include his wife Alice of Minden; daughters Laureen Van Norman and husband Steven Hanson of Lincoln, and Nancy Weber and husband Craig of Kearney; sons Kurt Van Norman and wife Annette of York, and Kris Van Norman and wife Jeanie of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson; and brother Warren Van Norman of Sun City, Ariz.

* Funeral service for Gary Hitchcock, 69, of Stuart, Jan. 15, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Atkinson. he passed away Jan. 11 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson.  Survivors include wife Bev Hitchcock of Stuart; sons Steve Hitchcock and wife Darlene of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Al Hitchcock and wife Tammy of Burwell, Gordon Hitchcock of Council Bluffs and John Hitchcock and wife Julie of Council Bluffs; daughter Natalie Bower and husband Vince of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; mother Etha Hitchcock of Atkinson; 13 grandchildren; sisters Renee Bittner of Elkhorn and Connie Kirchmann of Raleigh, N.C.

* Funeral service for Opal Jean White, 91, of Bassett, Jan. 15, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Springview. She passed away Jan. 11 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center of Bassett. Survivors include sons Lloyd White and wife Sharon of Garland, Texas, and the Rev. Donald White and wife Cheri of Omaha; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Getha Leonard and husband Klane of Springview; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Robert Lucht, age 69, of Crookston, Jan. 13, in Our Savior Lutheran Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. He passed away Jan. 10 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include children Tamara Wetzel of Woonsocket, S.D., Timothy Lucht of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Tina Osnes of Valentine; twin sister Roberta Sherman of Valentine; and sisters Kathy Tinant of Valentine and Rosemary Bolton of Del City, Okla.

* Funeral service for Marjorie Ann Vochatzer, 72, of Stuart, Jan. 13, in Seger Funeral Home of Stuart with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 7 in West Holt Memorial Hospital of Atkinson. Survivors include daughter Brenda Vochatzer of Ainsworth; sons Gene Vochatzer of Ainsworth and Glen Vochatzer of Anchorage, Alaska; brother Murrel Zollicker of Calhoun, Mo.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

* Funeral service for Martha Gertrude Pospichal, 102, of Atkinson, Jan. 11, in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 5, in Pierceville, Kan. Survivors include sons Richard Pospichal and wife Pat of Garden City, Kan., and Mike Pospichal and wife Mary of Atkinson; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Bernard Phifer, 91, of Callaway, Jan. 9 in the Callaway United Methodist Church with burial in the Arnold Cemetery. He passed away Jan. 6, at Kearney. Survivors include sons Bernie Phifer and wife Shirley of Franklin, Kent Phifer of Mason City, and Greg Phifer and wife Stacia of Torrington, Wyo.; daughters Sandy Phifer of Denver, Colo., Marlis Hammond and husband Larry of Carmel, Ind., and Marilyn Whitaker and husband Chip of Chambers; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Jim Phifer of Bandon, Ore.; half-brother Marvin Phifer; and half-sisters Marjorie and Joyce.

* Funeral service for Eugene Zillig, 82, of Neligh Jan. 6, at Calvary Bible Church in Neligh with burial at the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Jan. 1 at Neligh.

* Kenneth William Schroder, 69, of Hay Springs formerly of Ainsworth died Dec. 29 at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs. Funeral services were Jan. 2 at the Chadron Berean Church. Burial with military honors was held at the Ashby Cemetery. Survivors include: his wife Kay; son Shane Schroder; one granddaughter; sister Ruby Bishop and husband Harry of Scottsbluff; brother Ed Schroder of Hyannis; and numerous uncles and aunts, and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for former Ainsworth resident Terry Fales, 59, of Broken Bow Jan. 5 in the Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with burial at the Arnold, Nebraska cemetery. He passed away Dec. 30 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Survivors include a step-daughter; Jenny Landen of Kearney, step-son; Thad Hock of Denver, Colorado and a sister; Connie and husband Dan Spencer of Hastings. Terry was employed at KBRB in Ainsworth starting in 1973.

* Funeral service for Dorothy Ann Farr, 80, of Atkinson Jan. 5, in St. John’s Lutheran Church of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Atkinson. She passed away Dec. 31 at West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson. Survivors include daughter Janet J. Farr of Atkinson; daughter-in-law Perri Farr of Stuart; three grandchildren; brother Max Karo and wife Luella of Stuart; and sister DeLores Seger and husband James of Milaca, Minn.

* Funeral service for Blanche L. Dutrow, 87 of Ainsworth, Jan. 4, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away TDec. 31, in her home in Ainsworth.  Survivors include son Wayne Dutrow and wife Shirley of Ainsworth; sister Mabel Morris and husband Ed of Soldotna, Alaska; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Robert H. Coleman, 89, of Ainsworth, Jan. 5, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Dec. 30. Survivors include wife O'Dean Coleman of Ainsworth; daughters Roberta Coleman of Alemeda, Calif., and Carol Lewien and husband Gary of Aurora; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Ethel Martinson and husband "Red" of Eugene, Ore.; sisters-in-law the Rev. Neva Murphy and husband Don of Ainsworth, Erva Peirsol and husband Bart of Farnam, and Susan Blattner of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for George Lyman "Doc" White, 77, of Long Pine Jan. 4 in the Atkinson United Methodist Church with a private family inurnment at a later date. He passed away Dec. 29, in the Brown County Hospital at Ainsworth. Survivors include his wife the Rev. Sherry Sklenar of Cambridge; and daughter Cheryl White of Atkinson.