2011 Archives......

* Funeral service for Irene Cerv, 92, of Winner, S.D., Jan. 3, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Winner with burial in the Winner City Cemetery. Irene Cerv passed away Dec. 30 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett.

* A memorial service for Bonnie V. Hutcheson, 77, of Stuart, formerly of Long Pine, will be held at a later date. Bonnie Hutcheson passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. There will be no visitation. Survivors include mother Nada Dittmar of Stuart; sons Alan Hutcheson and wife Sherri of Omaha, Gary Hutcheson and wife Joyce of Long Pine, Lonn Hutcheson and wife Pam of Dallas, Texas, and Mark Hutcheson and wife Doris of Rapid City, S.D.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; half-brother Steve Oliver of Brandon, S.D.; and nieces and nephews. Memorials have been directed to the Long Pine Community Center or to Avera Hospice Care of O'Neill. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is in charge of arrangements.

* Funeral service for Henry J. Hostert, 84, of Butte, Dec. 31, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte. Henry Hostert passed away Dec. 28 in the Butte Health Care Center.

* Memorial service for Clyde W. Grunke, 96, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date in the spring of 2012. Clyde Grunke passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include son Dwain Grunke of Ainsworth; daughter Myrna Newman and husband Bobby Brooks of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers Roy Grunke and wife Marlene of Norfolk, and Jerry Grunke and wife Mary of Sealy, Texas; sisters Delores Lindhorst of Littleton, Colo., and Delpha Hinman and husband Arthur of Highland Ranch, Colo.; and cousins. Memorials have been suggested to the Brown County Foundation or to the Sandhills Cancer Fund. Hoch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

* Funeral service for Perry A. Campbell, 92, of Ainsworth, Dec. 30, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Perry Campbell passed away Dec. 25 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include his wife Phyllis Campbell of Ainsworth; son Dr. Melvin Campbell and wife Sherry of Ainsworth; daughters Myrna Jacob and husband Jerry Koszut of Ainsworth, Nina Johnson and husband Blaine of York, Anita Hempel and husband Dick of Long Pine, and Lori Ganser and husband Tim of Meadville; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* A funeral Mass of Christian burial for Martin D. Connealy, 78, of Lincoln, a longtime Whitman rancher, Dec. 29, in the Mullen St. Mary’s Catholic Church with interment in the Cedar View Cemetery. Martin Connealy passed away Dec. 25 at Lincoln. A memorial service will also be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Lincoln. Survivors include sons Bill Connealy and wife Renee of Phoenix, Ariz., Jerry Connealy and wife Sharon of Whitman, Jack Connealy and wife Jane of Lincoln, Mick Connealy and wife Kathy of Omaha, and Terry Connealy and wife Lisa of Omaha; daughters Susan Huffman and husband Bob of Bassett, and Kathy Cleveland and husband Steve of Chadron; 25 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Howard E. Titus, 74, of Springview, Dec. 29, in the Burton Grace Lutheran Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Springview. Howard Titus passed away Dec. 23 in the Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha. Survivors include wife Kathy Titus of Springview; children Bill Titus of Medina, Wash., Nancy Geaghan and husband Bryan of Burke, S.D., Susan Kamla and husband Ron of Haigler, and Randy Titus and wife Melissa of Omaha; eight grandchildren; sisters-in-law Lois Titus of Springview, Mary Williams of Clearfield, S.D., Ruth Elaine Williams of Oacoma, S.D., and Shirley Dutrow and husband Wayne of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Barbara C. Moore, 94, of Long Pine, Dec. 27, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Barbara Moore passed away Dec. 24 in the Pineview Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include sons Dennis Moore and wife Sherian of Douglass, Kan., Donald Moore and wife Coleen of Madison, Wis., and Lowell Moore and wife Catherine of Denver, Colo.; daughter Jane Duffield and husband David of Long Pine; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister Eveline Cannon of Anchorage, Alaska; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for John W. "Wally" Fredrickson, 84, of Spencer, Dec. 27, in the Bristow Trinity Lutheran Church. Wally Fredrickson passed away Nov. 27 in the Golden Living Center at O'Neill.

* Funeral service for Brenna L. Clark, 3, of Thedford, Dec. 22, in Hyannis High School with burial in the Hyannis Cemetery. Brenna Clark passed away Dec. 17 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

* Funeral service for Bruce Shelbourn, 57, of Valentine, Dec. 22, at the Cherry County Fairgrounds with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. Bruce Shelbourn passed away Dec. 18 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include sons Ryan Shelbourn of Morrison, Colo., and Dustin Shelbourn of Aurora, Colo.; brother Marvin Shelbourn; and sisters Lavonne Eibert and Beverly Cassady.

* Funeral service for Keith D. Keys, 83, of Elsmere, Dec. 20, in the Sandhills Community Church of Dunning with burial in the Purdum Cemetery. Keith Keys passed away Dec. 15, in his home. Survivors include son Kerry Keys and wife Anita of Elsmere; daughter Michelle Staeck and husband Ken of Ohatchee, Ala.; four grandchildren; brother Ted Keys and wife Marlea of Elsmere; brothers-in-law Joe Giles of Ainsworth, and Charles Giles and wife Ina Jean of Broken Bow; sisters-in-law Ruth Sullivan of Broken Bow, and Mary Lou Giles of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Sidney Pat Einspahr, 51, of Bassett, Dec. 19, in the Valley Grove Community Church of Bassett with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Sidney Einspahr passed away Dec. 13 in his home. Survivors include wife Gladys Einspahr of Bassett; brother Richard Einspahr and wife Dorothy of Ainsworth; mother-in-law Gladys Sanchez of Bassett; sister-in-law Juanita Serrano of New York City; an uncle; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Gladys M. Bennett, 104, of Holdrege, formerly of Bassett, Dec. 17, in the Bassett Assembly of God Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Gladys Bennett passed away Dec. 11 in the Christian Homes Care Center at Holdrege. Survivors include sons Les Bennett and wife Jo of Omaha, and Bob Bennett and wife Karon of Grant; daughter Maxine Snyder of Seattle, Wash.; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Dallas Bennett and wife Lois of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Bobby J. Davis, 80, of Rose, Dec. 16, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Bobby Davis passed away Dec. 11 in his home near Rose. Survivors include son Robert Davis and wife Mona of Rose; daughter Peggy Davis of Ord; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Bill Davis and wife Claudette of Fremont, and Dean Davis and wife Alvia of Fremont; two uncles; and nieces and nephews.

* A celebration of life service for Doris Cerny, 85, of Greenville, Ohio, Dec. 7, in the Bailey Funeral Home of Greenville. Doris Cerny passed away Dec. 2 in her home. Survivors include husband Daryl Cerny of Greenville; sons Neil Cerny and wife Diane of Pearland, Texas, and David Cerny and wife Julie of Crawfordsville, Ind.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Fern Nolles of Clayton, Okla.; and Gladys Sybrant and husband Kenneth of Bassett; four nephews and one niece.

* Funeral service for Silena Berigan, 78, of Butte formerly of Burwell, Dec. 6, in the Spencer Wesleyan Church with burial in the Fairview Cemetery at Ada, Kan. Silena Berigan passed away Dec. 3 in the Butte Health Care Center.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Robert "Mark" Reed, of Horneck, Iowa, formerly of Atkinson. Mark Reed passed away recently in the Mercy Medical Hospital at Sioux City, Iowa.

* Funeral service for Lawrence Pfister, 97, of Long Pine, Dec. 3, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Lawrence Pfister passed away Nov. 30 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include son Dennis Pfister of Grand Island; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Bill Austin, 75, of Bassett, Dec. 3, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial at a later date in the Gordon Cemetery. Bill Austin passed away Nov. 27 in the Tabitha Care Center at Lincoln. Survivors include children Deb Sybrant and husband Daniel of Corvallis, Mont., Dawn Trail and husband David of Waverly, and David Austin of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson; sister Neta Knoop and husband Joe of Petersburg, Fla.; and brother Joe Austin and wife Elizabeth of Galveston, Texas.

* Funeral service for Bart Stuhldreier, 46, of Spencer, Dec. 1, in the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Spencer with burial in the National Cemetery at Spencer. Bart Stuhldreier passed away Nov. 28 in his home.

* Graveside service for Dennis L. Johnson, 63, of Lynch, Nov. 30, at the Alford Cemetery southwest of Monowi. Dennis Johnson passed away Nov. 28 in the Niobrara Valley Hospital at Lynch.

* Funeral service for Hugh L. James, 67, of Springview, Nov. 30, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Chambers Cemetery. Hugh James passed away Nov. 25 in Avera St. Anthony's Hospital at O'Neill. Survivors include wife Carma James of Springview; son Monte James of Yankton, S.D.; daughter Shana Platt and husband Nick of Yankton; three grandchildren; and mother-in-law Lela Harkins of O'Neill.

* Funeral service for Helen Tuch, 99, of Verdel, Nov. 26, in the Verdel Presbyterian Church with burial in the L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery at Niobrara. Helen Tuch passed away Nov. 23 in the Niobrara Valley Hospital at Lynch.

* Memorial service for Agnes L. Emerson, 93, of Ainsworth, Nov. 26, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Agnes Emerson passed away Nov. 23 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include sons Duane Emerson and wife Connie of Bassett, and Arthur Emerson and wife Chris of Fairplay, Colo.; daughter Merry Emerson-Snodgrass and husband Warren of Orchard; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; brother Donald Anderson and wife Esther of Ainsworth; sisters Gyla Bowden of Lincoln, Lois Decker and husband Paul of Grand Island, and Beulah "Bea" Cooper of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Virginia Anderson of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Emily V. Herring, 91, of Springview, Nov. 26, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery Emily Herring passed away Nov. 23 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include son Robert Tuttle and wife Mavis of Springview; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister Eunice Rinehart of Van Nuys, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Lyle Erlenbusch, 68, of Spencer, Nov. 26, in the Christ Lutheran Church of Lynch with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Lynch. Lyle Erlenbusch passed away Nov. 22 in the Golden Living Center at Omaha.

* Funeral service for Lorris Osborne, 95, of Atkinson, Nov. 23, in the Atkinson United Methodist Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Lorris Osborne passed away Nov. 19 in her home. Survivors include children Jeanette Sweet of Denver, Colo., Kenneth Osborne and wife Margorie of Atkinson, Rodney Osborne of Phoenix, Ariz., Dennis Osborne of Norfolk, Cathy Weller and husband Gene of Virginia Beach, Vir., Mike Osborne and wife Kathy of Norfolk, and Cynthia Curley and husband Jim of Douglas, Wyo.; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and brother Harlan Kubart and wife Dorothy of Atkinson.

* Funeral service for former State Sen. Elvin Adamson, 91, of Valentine, Nov. 22, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Elvin Adamson passed away Nov. 18 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include wife Mabel Adamson of Valentine; daughters Cheryl Ravenscroft of Nenzel, Janie Bennett of Valentine, and Marge Harris of Lincoln; son Marvin Adamson of Nenzel; and sister Delma Gregersen of Chadron.

* A private family graveside service for Shirley Ann Lemmer, 73, of Atkinson, Nov. 19, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Shirley Lemmer passed away Nov. 16 in her daughter’s Atkinson home. Survivors include husband Robert Lemmer of Atkinson; children Renee Mitchell and husband Dale of Atkinson, Bonnie Lemmer of Atkinson, and Barry Lemmer and wife Lori of Atkinson; four grandchildren; brothers Clayton Fox of Newport, Floyd Fox and wife Sharon of Newport, and Jim Fox and wife Patsy of Valentine; sisters-in-law Ruth Fox of Bassett, and Deloris Fox of Newport; brothers-in-law Don Tocko of Longmont, Colo., and Len Kurtz of Plainfield, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Lester Derickson, 89, of Lynch. Nov. 18, in the Lynch Community Hall with inurnment in the Highland Cemetery near Lynch. Lester Derickson passed away Nov. 13 in the Niobrara Valley Hospital at Lynch.

* Memorial service for Harry Patrick "HP" Arnholt, 64, of Bassett, Nov. 14, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. HP Arnholt passed away Nov. 6 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include brother Jim Arnholt of Bassett; nephews Jeremy Arnholt of Lincoln, and Jamison Arnholt of Omaha; and great-niece Mackinzie Arnholt of Bassett.

* Funeral service for Leslie James Larsen, 54, of Columbus, Nov. 12, in the Grace Lutheran Church of Burton with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Leslie Larsen passed away Nov. 8 in the Columbus Community Hospital. Survivors include mother Virginia Sylva of Springview; brother Ernie Larsen and wife Paula of Springview; sisters Linda Svoboda and husband Dick of Schuyler, Elizabeth Boyd and husband Joel of Yankton, S.D., and Sara Kruse and husband Steve of Springfield, Mo.; step-brother Rich Sylva and wife Amber of Murdo, S.D.; step-sister Audra Hobelman and husband Dana of Bennett; and nieces and nephews along with other family members.

* Funeral service for Elvira Cassidy, 84, of Valentine, Nov. 12, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Elvira Cassidy passed away Nov. 6 in her home. Survivors include daughter Sarah Newcombe of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Rock County High School graduate Joan (Shaw) Vogt, 79, of Elmwood, Nov. 9, in the Elmwood United Methodist Church. Jo Vogt passed away Nov. 3 in her home. Survivors from this area include brother Chuck Shaw and wife Ann, and nephew Tim Shaw and wife Penni.

* Funeral service for Donna Rae Drueke, 84, of Ainsworth, Nov. 8 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Nov. 5 at Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth. Survivors include daughter Dianne Daniels and husband Chuck of Ainsworth; two grandsons; six great grandchildren; special friend Ann Vaughn of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Carolyn Marcene Williams, 88, of Ainsworth, Oct. 31, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with a committal service at the Clearwater Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 26, in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include husband Lyle Williams of Ainsworth; sons Phil Medcalf of Ainsworth, and Doug Medcalf of Waverly; daughter-in-law Jackie Medcalf of Lincoln; four grandchildren; step-children Blair Williams and wife Marilyn of Johnstown, and Sharon Brede and husband Roger of Long Pine; step-daughter-in-law Becky Williams of Bradley, Ill.; sisters Charlene Lange of Clearwater, Melpha Hiser of Kearney, and Olive "Tim" Nikles of Lincoln, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for James H. “Jay” Baker, 87, of Ainsworth, Oct. 29, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Oct. 25 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include wife Ruth Baker of Ainsworth; children Jennie Nora of Lawrence, Kan., Dottie Pettington and husband Wesley of Rawlins, Wyo., Steven Baker of Rawlins, Duane Warnke and wife Debbie of Augusta, Maine, Donna Pirnie and husband Rich of Ainsworth, and Dean Warnke and wife Theresa of Phillips; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Kenneth “Doc” Leonard, MD, 84, of Rapid City, S.D., Oct. 31, at the Bassett City Cemetery. He passed away Oct. 22, in a local Rapid City nursing home. Survivors include daughter Sharon Leonard of Rapid City; son Scott Leonard and wife Han of Enola, Pa.; brother Klane Leonard of Bassett; step-daughter Lisa Marshall and husband Roger of Rapid City; step-son Kevin Stuart of Rapid City, S.D.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Ruth Werner of North Loup, E. Francine Leonard of Garrison, N.D., and Nancy Harlan of Bassett; and his ex-wife JoAnn Leonard of Rapid City.

* Funeral service for Sue Ann McCoy, 78, of Ainsworth, Oct. 22, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 19 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include children Michael McCoy and wife Sandi of Springview, Teresa Lanz and husband Steve of Lincoln, Connie Zastrow of Norfolk, Cara Bowers and husband Kevin of Ainsworth, and Chad McCoy and Karlie McNally of Yankton, S.D.; 14 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Loyce Morphis of Pontotoc, Miss., and Jenna Fox of Woodville, Texas; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Marty Kloppenborg, 53, of Emmet, Oct. 22, in the O’Neill United Methodist Church with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery near Atkinson. He passed away Oct. 16 at Gillette, Wyo., as a result of a car accident. Survivors include wife Charlotte “Chuck” Kloppenborg of Emmet; children Niki Engelberg and husband Jeremy of Wentzville, Mo., Holly Cole and husband Tyson of Page, Danielle Sargent and husband Brett of Piedmont, S.D.; three grandchildren; parents Donald and Jackie Kloppenborg of Emmet; siblings Kirby Kloppenborg and wife Kathy of Emmet, Kelly Kloppenborg and wife Terry of Emmet, and Laurie O’Neill of Emmet; and many nieces and nephews.

* Celebration of life service for Melody R. Crandall, 45, of Central City, formerly of Ainsworth, Oct. 15, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. She passed away Oct. 6 in the St. Francis Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include husband Donald Hammock of Central City; sons Ira Haley and wife Deann of Ainsworth, and Roy Turner of Columbus; daughters Loretta Turner and husband Derek Klosner of Columbus, Crystal Parker and husband Robert of Ainsworth, and Sherri Bolli and husband Curtis of Ainsworth; step-son Billy Miller of Central City; sister Katrina Schroder and husband Troy of Ainsworth; 12 half-brothers and half-sisters; 12 grandchildren; parents John and Edna Crandall of Salina, Okla.; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Helen Wells, 89, of Spencer, Oct. 12, in the Spencer Wesleyan Church. Helen Wells passed away Oct. 9 in the Faith Regional Hospital at Norfolk.

* Memorial service for Donald Zeisler, 79, of Butte, Oct. 11, in the Brockhaus Funeral Home of Spencer. He passed away Oct. 7 in the Douglas County Hospital at Omaha.

* Graveside service for Connie B. Arrowsmith, 71, of Kearney, Oct. 11, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Connie Arrowsmith passed away Oct. 2 in her Kearney home. Survivors include daughter Terry Lynn and husband Mark of Kearney; son Roger Arrowsmith and wife Deb of Brandon, S.D.; brothers Richard Funk of Omaha, and Craig Funk and wife Cheri of Atkinson; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

* Word has been received of the death of Beverly Graver Luse, 81, of Carmichael, Calif. A graduate of Ainsworth High School, She passed away Oct. 4, in her home. Survivors include children Kurt Luse of Carmichael, Steven Luse of Sweden, and Jo Linda Carpenter of Carmichael; and sister Carol Larson of Ainsworth. No services are planned.

* Funeral service for Marlie Fetherston, 88, of Atkinson, Oct. 8, in the Faith Wesleyan Church of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Marlie Fetherston passed away Oct. 4 in the Good Samaritan Center at Atkinson. Survivors include children Julienne Fetherston of Atkinson, Marlienne Hoppe and husband James of Atkinson, Jill McConnell of Orlando, Fla., and husband Leon of Loup City, Robert Fetherston and wife Jayne of Atkinson, and Lisa Fix and husband Scott of Atkinson; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers and five sisters.

* Funeral service for Evelyn L. McKenney, 88, of Newport, Oct. 8, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Newport Cemetery. She passed away Oct. 4 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart.  Survivors include children Lorraine "Susie" Sidak of Mesa, Ariz., Lewis "Jiggs" B. McKenney and wife Judie of Hay Springs, and Lillian "Lilly" Denny and husband Ray of Newport; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister Harriet McKenney of Broken Bow; sister-in-law Beulah McKenney of Aurora; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Rolland Kurzenberger, 92, of Springview, Oct. 8, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. He passed away Oct. 1 at Kearney. Survivors include children Paula Stephen of Springview, Nancy Richey of Wewela, S.D., Randy Kurzenberger of Springview, and Julie Kurzenberger of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Dean Graham of Rushville, Sept. 30, in the Rushville Legion Club with burial in the Sparks Cemetery. Survivors from this area include brother Don Graham and wife Peggy of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Gerald D. Titus, 82, of Springview, Oct. 1, in the New Hope Community Church of Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. He passed away Sept. 25 in the Brown County Hospital at Ainsworth. Survivors include wife Lois Titus of Springview; sons Edward Titus of Springview and Ernie Titus of Bassett; daughters Linda Keever and husband Stan of Winner, S.D., and Jean Bucholz and husband Hank of Mitchell, S.D.; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; brother Howard Titus and wife Kathy of Springview; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Duane Hall, 74, of Brewster, Sept. 28, in the Open Bible Church at Dunning with burial in the Floral Lawns Cemetery at North Platte. He passed away Sept. 24 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include wife Lela Hall of Brewster; sons Brian Hall and wife Jackie of Omaha, Matthew Wright of North Platte, and Danny Wright of North Platte; daughter Stephanie Moorhous of Ogallala; eight grandchildren; and brother Glen Hall and wife Tammy of North Platte.

* Funeral service for Lyle C. Kops, 84, of Bassett, Sept. 28, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Sept. 24 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include wife Jean Kops of Bassett; daughters Patt Collura and husband Rick of Ashland, Barbara Merritt and husband Bill of Omaha, Cathy Rasmussen and husband Ron of Elgin, Ill., Carol Nygren and husband Mike of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Cheryl Wagoner and husband Jay of Cook; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Fran Mabie of Lincoln; brother-in-law Tom Nutgrass of Parker Heights, Texas; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Millard "Curly" Martin, 88, of Orangevale, Calif., Sept. 26, in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Sept. 18 in the Sutter Roseville Medical Center at Roseville, Calif. Survivors include wife Norma Jean Martin of Orangevale; son Tom Martin and wife Lu of Frisco, Texas; daughters Nancy Johnson and husband Dean of Lincoln, Calif., and Becky Smith and husband Steve of Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

* Funeral service for Agatha G. Hall, 87, of Lincoln, Sept. 22, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 19 in her home. Survivors include husband Duane "John" Hall of Lincoln; son Jerry Schroetlin of Lincoln; step-daughters Christy Boyce and husband Bill of Wamego, Kan., and Lucy Johnston and husband Paul of Woodbury, Minn.; sister Lois Groth of Linthicum, Md.; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Kenneth J. Alberts, 90, of Ainsworth, Sept. 16, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Sept. 12 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include his wife Vivian Alberts of Valentine; children Jerry Alberts and wife Geraldine of Scotia, Sheila Witt and husband Bob of Valentine, Karen Spanel and husband Bill of Burwell, and Bob Alberts and wife Janet of Long Pine; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Delbert Ward, 86, of Valentine, Sept. 16, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church. He passed away Sept. 9 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include sons Gary Ward of Madison, David Ward of Valentine, Ken Ward of Lamar, Colo., and Bob Ward of Valentine; sister Elvira Cassidy of Valentine; and brother-in-law George Farley of Cody.

* Funeral service for Betty L. Lotspeich, 69, of Ainsworth, Sept. 15, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 10 in her home. Survivors include daughters Jan Epperly and husband Darin of Norfolk, Beth Davis and husband Roger of Norfolk, and Marcy Weis and fiance Rod Kiser of Stanton; eight grandchildren; brother Richard Kaiser and wife Kay of Leesburg, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Annetta M. Johnson, 99, of Dallas, Texas, Sept. 12, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 5 in the Buckner Retirement Village at Dallas. Survivors include sister Marcella Welke of Wood Lake; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Chet Herron, 76, of Wood Lake, Sept. 10, in the Wood Lake Union Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. He passed away Sept. 5 at Seward. Survivors include brother-in-law Dean Pike of Mitchell; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Jeff Christian Clausen, 58, of Lincoln, an Ainsworth High School graduate, Sept. 10, in the St. John's Catholic Church at Lincoln with burial in the Fairview Cemetery. He passed away Sept. 4 in a plane crash near Seward. Survivors include his wife Mary Clausen of Lincoln; son Jack Clausen and fiancee Marcy Hauschild of Weeping Water; parents Jack and Jean Clausen of Ainsworth; sister Jill Shaffer and husband Bruce of Norfolk; brother Jerry Clausen and wife Teri of Lincoln; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Nettie Pike-Plantz, 91, of Lake Jackson, Texas, formerly of Ainsworth, Sept. 10, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 4 in the Oak Village Health Care Center at Lake Jackson. Survivors include husband Merritt Plantz of Lake Jackson; son Dean Pike and wife Jillane of Mitchell; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; step-daughters Estelle Baker and husband Ken of Lincoln, Jean Walz and husband Mike of Crystal Beach, Texas, and Chris Shriver and husband Jerry of Lincoln; four step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Verta E. Sawle, 75, of Ainsworth, Sept. 9, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Sept. 5 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include husband Harry Sawle of Ainsworth; daughters Peggy Gross and husband John of Johnstown, Teri Daniels and husband Dan of Ainsworth, and Cheri Gude and husband Ted of Hawarden, Iowa; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers Loice Bartlett and wife Mary of Chadron, Dean Bartlett and wife Emily of David City, Vonald Bartlett and wife Marcella of Bassett, and Denny Bartlett and wife Marie of Lakewood, Colo.; sisters Vada Haumann and husband Dave of Thedford, Vivian Sharp and husband Clayton of Muscatine, Iowa, and Vernal Densberger and husband Kenneth of Shamrock, Texas; sisters-in-law Helen Bartlett of Bassett, Norma Bartlett of Valentine, and Ardeth Coleman and husband Rex of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Judy Fisk, 86, of Ainsworth, Sept. 3, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with committal service at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Aug. 31 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include son Bill Fisk and wife Bonnie of Chadron; daughters Patty Kaiser and husband Kevin of Ainsworth, Charlene Fox and husband Russell of Ainsworth, and Barb Sears and husband Dan of Ainsworth; 10 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mabel Lenore Newman, 90, of Stuart, Aug. 31, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. She passed away Aug. 25 in West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include daughter Janice Obst and husband Bob of Lincoln; sons Chuck Newman and wife Shelly of Glidden, Iowa, and Michael Newman and wife Debbie of Harlem, Mont.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Bernice O. Jamison, 97, of Bassett, Aug. 27, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Simpson Cemetery north of Newport. She passed away Aug. 24 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include children Delores Connell and husband Bob of Burke, S.D., Marilynn Richards and husband Stacy of Denver, Colo., Diane Hoyt and husband Garry of Wausa, Jeri Kuchera and husband Terry of Newport, Teri Taylor and husband Dennis of Newport, and James Jamison and wife Celia of Richland, Wash.; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Vernon Jamison and wife Ann of O'Neill; and sisters-in-law Ruth Hallock of Springview, Maxine Jamison of Springview, and Peg Carlson of Bassett.

* Graveside service for Jan Meyer of Blue Hill, formerly of Rose, Aug. 28, at the Rose Cemetery. Survivors include her children Casey and Keeley; sister Daveta Brader of Glenvil; and brother Richard Meyer of Aurora.

* Graveside service for Doris M. Newcomer, 94, of Long Pine, Aug. 26, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. She passed away Aug. 22 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include son Brent Newcomer of Long Pine; daughters Betty Gipson and husband Keith of Bismarck, N.D., Marilyn Randall and husband Jim of Tucson, Ariz., and Sandy Lentz and husband Steve of Long Pine; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Frank E. Biltoft, 61, of Long Pine, Aug. 23, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church with inurnment in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. He passed away Aug. 18 in his home. Survivors include his wife Mary Biltoft of Long Pine; daughters Tonda Biltoft of Ainsworth, Faye Potter and husband John of Coldwater, Mich., Jami Biltoft of Long Pine, Jeri Biltoft of Ainsworth, Franki Biltoft of Long Pine, Anita Biltoft of Ainsworth, Angela Axmann and husband Mitch of Grand Island, and Mary Lynn Tunender of Long Pine; 12 grandchildren; brothers Robert Biltoft of North Platte, Marvin Biltoft of Omaha, and John Biltoft and wife Pat of Midway, Ark.; sister Dora Cross and husband Bill of Page; sisters-in-law Leona Biltoft of Ainsworth, and Mary Ann Biltoft of Atkinson; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Phyllis E. Skinner, 69, of Olney Springs, Colo., Aug. 19, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Aug. 15 in the Swedish Medical Center at Denver, Colo. Survivors include husband Marvin Skinner of Olney Springs; sons Ronnie Skinner and wife Sherry of Goodland, Kan., and Marvin "Dale" Skinner and girlfriend Marion of Lamar, Colo., daughters Sherry Lynn Skinner of Olney Springs, Marla Skinner of Olney Springs, and Leslie Dudley and husband Frank of Lamar; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother Mary Woffenden of Selah, Wash.; brothers William Woffenden and wife Kathy of Selah, and Jimmy Woffenden of Selah; sisters Bonnie Heubach and husband Marvin of Sedgwick, Kan., Joyce Woffenden and husband Russell of Penrose, Colo., Ramona Watson and husband Guy of Gleed, Wash., and Clara Carr and husband Dennis of Loveland, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for H. Eugene Johnson, 75, of Wilcox, Aug. 18, in the Wilcox St. John's Lutheran Church with interment in the Wilcox Cemetery. He passed away Aug. 15 in the Christian Homes Care Community of Holdrege. Survivors include his wife Lorraine of Wilcox; son Michael Johnson of Wilcox; daughters Debbie Harms and husband Brent of Wilcox, Lori Tripe and husband Craig of Alma, and Kari Kelley and husband Dave of Grand Junction, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother LaMont Johnson and wife Phyllis of Minden; sisters-in-law Berniece Clark and husband Lon of Holdrege, Dorothy Harms of North Platte, and Dianne Albright and husband Dale of Kearney; brother-in-law Lamoine Harms of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for William Franklin Sr., 77, of Springview, Aug. 10, in the Parkside Berean Church of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Springview. He passed away Aug. 6 in the Golden Living Center at O’Neill. Survivors include his wife Mona of O’Neill; children Dennis Franklin and his wife Fonda of Paul, Idaho, Katherine Heaton of Portland, Ore., Billy Franklin Jr. and wife Rose of Ainsworth, Kevin Franklin and wife, Jamie of Court, Iowa, Martin Franklin of Portland, Ore., Alan Franklin of Portland and Tammy Smith of Portland; 22 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren along with many other relatives.

* Funeral service for Rita Marie Arens, 86, of Stuart, Aug. 8, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. She passed away Aug. 5 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Jim Arens and wife Joani of Ainsworth, Mary Merkel and husband Don of Castle Rock, Colo., Frank Arens and wife Marcia of Valentine, Priscilla Keogh and husband Ray of Stuart, Mike Arens and wife Charlotte of Springview, Ruth O'Brien and husband Ed of Tilden, Ann Olberding and husband Ralph of Stuart, Bonnie Krysl and husband Tom of Stuart, Kathy Kunz and husband Bob of Stuart, Mark Arens of Ainsworth, and Cindy Hancock and husband Don of Avon, Colo.; 48 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; sister Monica Dendinger of Hartington; sisters-in-law Betty Arens of Crofton, Verena Helmes of Yankton, S.D., and Mary Ann Muller and husband Ray of Onawa, Iowa; and brother-in-law Don Arens of Yankton, S.D.

* Funeral service for Eleanor M. Williams, 91, of Ainsworth, Aug. 6, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with a private family interment in the East Woodlawn Cemetery at Johnstown. She passed away Aug. 2 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include son Blair Williams and wife Marilyn of Johnstown; daughter Sharon Brede and husband Roger of Long Pine; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister Mary Lou Skeslien and husband Bud of Stratford, Wash.; sisters-in-law Marion Keefer of Beaverton, Ore., and Louise Keefer of Hamilton, Mont.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for MayDe Beel, 97, of Johnstown, Aug. 4, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Aug. 1 at Valentine. Survivors include daughters LaVeta Sargent of Oklahoma City, Okla., Bonita Parks of Ord, and Judy McGuire of Valentine; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters Annetta Johnson of Dallas, Texas, and Marcella Welke of Wood Lake.

* Graveside service for Edna Clark, 84, of Long Pine, Aug. 3, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. She passed away July 31 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include son Jerry Clark and wife Sandra of Long Pine; daughter Christy Mason and husband Scott of Long Pine; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Lula B. Larsen, 95, of Yankton, S.D., formerly of Springview, Aug. 4, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. She passed away July 30 in the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital at Yankton. Survivors include daughter Ana Bailey of Yankton; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

* Funeral service for Ruth N. Thornton, 91, of Wheatland, Wyo., formerly of Ainsworth, July 28, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away July 24 in the Platte County Memorial Hospital at Wheatland, Wyo. Survivors include daughters Barbara Kriz of Hemingford, Virginia Lower of Wheatland, Wyo., and Iodine Lurz and husband Jim of Ainsworth; son Larry Thornton and wife Jan of Randall, Kan.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Helen Thompson of Lake City, Colo.; sister-in-law Darlene Thornton of Valentine; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for Kenneth H. Dillon, 92, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of southern Brown County, will be held at a later date. He passed away Monday, July 18 at Colorado Springs. Survivors include daughters Marcia Whitson and husband Bill; Sydney Voss and husband Kayo; sons Brad Dillon and wife Connie, Dean Dillon and wife Deb, Sean Dillon and wife Karen, and John Dillon and wife Michelle; step-children Jeannie Keim, and Rick Morrow and wife Lori; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Genevieve Lackaff and husband Richard; brothers-in-law Duane Lewis and wife Lois, and Keith Lewis and wife Juanna Beth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

* A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Paul Moosdorf, 71, of Loveland, Colo., July 22, in the Viegut Funeral Home at Loveland with burial July 21 in the Fort Logan National Cemetery at Denver, Colo. He passed away July 19. Survivors include daughters Renee Moosdorf of Loveland, Katrina Trobee and husband Todd of Ainsworth, Laura Gentilucci and husband Greg of Littleton, Colo., and Christina Cross and husband Harrell of Loveland; five grandchildren; sister Marilyn McDevitt; brother Rick Moosdorf; and former wife Julie Schmidt.

* A memorial service for John “Jay” Brady, 73, of Fort Lupton, Colo., formerly of Ainsworth, July 18, in the Ainsworth Congregational Church. He passed away June 9 in his home. Survivors include his wife Nancy Butler Brady; daughter Teri Brady Dudley and husband Ralph Dudley; brother Robert Brady and wife Jackie; step-sister Barbara Harris; step-daughters Kathleen Livingston and Beverly Lidell; step-sons Bill Butler and Paul Butler; three grandchildren; and a nephew.

* Funeral service for Thomas Kent Keller, 64, of Bassett,  July 16, in the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery and military rites performed by the Bassett American Legion Post 123. He passed away July 13 in his home. Survivors include wife Korla Keller of Bassett; sons Thomas D. Keller and wife Lisa of Malcolm, and Todd Keller and wife Kerry of Bassett; five grandchildren; sister Trudy Stave of Tucson, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.

* Private memorial graveside service for Mary A. Wigent, 85, of Ainsworth, July 6, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away July 2 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include daughter Sandra Shimic and husband Douglas of Buffalo, Wyo.; one grandson; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Donald Peterson, 80, of Valentine,  July 5 at the Methodist Church in Valentine with burial at a later date. He passed away June 30 at the Ainsworth Care Center. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Valentine. Daughter, Pam Bauer of Ainsworth. Son, Mike of Kilgore. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Brother, Carroll Peterson of Valentine. Twin sister, Delores Stasch of Sidney.

* Funeral service for Helen M. Heller, 87, of Dunning, July 3, at the Open Bible Church in Dunning with burial in the Dunning Cemetery. She passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney on June 29.  Survivors include her husband, Miller Heller of Dunning.  Daughters: Vickie and husband Bill Webb of Dunning, Elizabeth and husband Laddie Kmoch of Broken Bow and son Stan and wife Shelly McKimmey of Ainsworth.  Six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Sister, Beverly Hebbert of Casper, WY.  

* Funeral service for William "Bill" Rowan, 92, of Springview, June 30, at the Mills Community Church with military honors at Olive Branch Cemetery in Mills.

* Funeral service for Alfred A. Stec, 82, of Long Pine, June 30 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bassett. Burial, with Military Honors, in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. He passed away June 25 at Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. Survivors include his wife Jo Stec of Long Pine. Son Jason Stec and wife Malissa of McKinney, Texas. 3 grandchildren. Father-in-law Francis Duffy of Stuart. Brothers Stanley Stec and wife Lee of Long Pine and Peter Stec and wife Rosella of Gretna. Sisters Bernice Voller and husband Harold of Beatrice and Teresa Murphy and husband Jay of Ainsworth. 3 sisters-in-law, Shirley Stec of Rapid City, Beverly Stec of Pomona, California and Delores Stec of Valentine, plus nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Gladys V. Quinn, 100, of Ainsworth, June 28 at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away June 24 at Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. Survivors include a daughter Wilma Miller of Sun City West, Arizona. Son Eldon Quinn of Hadar, Nebraska. Daughter-in-law Marlene Quinn of Ainsworth. 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Guila M. Pfister, 91, of Long Pine, June 28, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away June 23, in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include husband Lawrence Pfister of Long Pine; son Dennis Pfister of Grand Island; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Beryl Elaine Lewis, 91, of Springview, June 23, in the Burton Assembly of God Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. She passed away June 19 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include son David Lewis and wife Sandra of Springview; and two grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Morris Kloppel, 91, of Mission, S.D., June 22, in Holmes Funeral Home of Valentine with burial in the Harmony Cemetery north of Valentine. He passed away June 18 in the VA Hospital at Hot Springs, S.D. Survivors include wife Minvera of Mission; daughters Marietta Kloppel of Valentine, and Darlene American Horse of Pierre, S.D.; son Felix Provancial; brothers Glen Kloppel of Ainsworth, and Dean Kloppel of Ainsworth; and sisters Donna Kloppel of Omaha, and Bonnie Heine of Valentine.

* A memorial service for Lisa Miller of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Ainsworth, June 18, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church. Survivors include daughter Keila Peters of Colorado Springs.

* A celebration of life service for Avis F. Jamison, 98, June 17, in the Bassett United Methodist Church. She passed away March 7. Survivors include daughters Vivian Joseph of Lexington, Kathy Wellfring and husband Otto of Marshalltown, Iowa, Donna Curtis and husband Gary of Lincoln, and Sherry Kahrhoff and husband Tom of Grand Island; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; sister Jean Brown of Portland, Ore.; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Betty Maxine Berkheimer, 78, of Ainsworth, June 11, in the Zion Lutheran Church of Ainsworth with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. She passed away June 4 in the Bryan LGH East at Lincoln. Survivors include daughter Marilyn Hill and husband Ed of Kilgore; son Larry Berkheimer of Ainsworth; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Brown of Gregory, S.D., and Patricia Copeland of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside memorial service for EllAnn M. Calif, June 10, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Dec. 18, 2008. Survivors include sisters Beverlee Branson of Independence, Mo., and Janice Bitemieks of Lincoln; brother Johan Jensen of Independence, Mo.; and brother-in-law Gene Calif and wife Betty of Long Pine.

* Graveside service for Mary Margaret Frauen Lochmiller, June 10, at the Ainsworth Cemetery.

* Graveside memorial service for Elmer D. Hanna of Ainsworth, June 10, at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. He passed away May 1. Survivors include daughters Jeannie Welke and husband Randy of Johnstown, and Anita Hannah of Gibbon; son Larry Hanna of Ainsworth; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Gilbert Hanna of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Donald Braun, 78, of Gregory, S.D., formerly of Atkinson, June 9, in Kotrba Funeral Home of Gregory.

* Funeral service for Nadine F. Allen, 86, of Alliance formerly of Ainsworth, June 7, in the Bates-Gould Chapel at Alliance with graveside service June 8 at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away June 2 in the Highland Park Care Center at Alliance. Survivors include children Francie Hartman and husband Jim of Hemingford, Larry Allen and wife Alice of Alliance, Jerry Allen and wife Anita of Alliance, Freda Rima and husband Lyle of Lincoln, Joyce Cochran and husband Julian of Madison, and Jack Allen and wife Sharon of Olathe, Kan.; 35 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren; brother Kenneth Clyde and wife Larine of Bell Fourche, S.D.; sister Evelyn Burton of Sandstone, Nev.; sisters-in-law Pat Clyde and Sheila Clyde; and numerous nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Gerald C. "Jud" Gesiriech, 85, of Newport, June 3, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Stuart Cemetery. He  passed away May 28 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include step-children Keith Allison of Long Pine, Lonna Allison of Newport, Janet Lingenfelter and husband Rick of Bassett, and Dr. Jay Allison and wife Lynelle of O'Neill; nine step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren; brothers Wayne Gesiriech and wife Suzanne of Barstow, Calif., Charles Rollin Gesiriech of Urbandale, Iowa, and Harley Gesiriech and wife Jan of Elkhorn; sisters Philomenia Pape of Bassett, Jacqulyn Owens and husband Milton of Carroll, and Carol Edmunds and husband Niel of Lincoln; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for David H. "Dave" Haskell, 65, of Ainsworth, May 31, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away May 25 in his home. Survivors include wife Susan Haskell of Ainsworth; children David "Cap" Haskell of Valentine, Margo Haskell of Valentine, Cameron Haskell of Norfolk, Jacob Haskell of Lincoln, and Savannah Haskell of Kearney; three grandchildren; sisters Jinx Hedrick and husband Merle of Ainsworth, Bonnie Macfee and husband Bob of Loveland, Colo., Toni Petrie and husband Rod of Thedford, and Teresa Jeffries and husband Mick of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Helen Haskell of Ainsworth; mother-in-law Donna Rajkowski of Sartell, Minn.; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Georgiana Painter Hallock, 86, formerly of Springview, May 29, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. She passed away Jan 4, in Oklahoma.  Survivors include sons William Hallock and wife, Maryann of Pauls Valley, Okla., Dennis Hallock and wife, Linda of Tempe, Ariz.; three grandchildren; one step-granddaughter, two great-grandchildren; sisters Marilyn Baker and husband Vance of Springview, Beth Hales and husband Wayne of Casper, Wyo., Lucy Forgey and husband John of Colome, S.D.; sister-in-law Ruth Hallock of Springview; and many nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Kenneth W. "Kenny" Heuer, 82, of Ainsworth, a longtime employee of KBRB Radio, May 28, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away May 26 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include wife Delores Heuer of Ainsworth; daughters Deb Stec and husband Paul of Kearney, Carey McGillivray and husband Mike of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Becky Allen and husband Lorne of Ainsworth; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; step-children Mike and Kathy Schulz of Daphne, Ariz., Ivan Schulz of Lincoln, and Jody Stull and Dr. Todd Stull of Omaha; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Kline of Gothenburg; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Lorrine Hamling, 86, of Gregory, S.D., May 28, in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Gregory. She  passed away May 24 in the Gregory Hospital. Survivors include nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Olen Scott Finley, 55, of Longmont, Colo., May 28, in the East Woodlawn Cemetery near Johnstown. He passed away Jan. 12 at Longmont. Survivors include his wife Kathy of Longmont; sons Trent Finley and wife Denise of Longmont, and Sean Finley and wife Teri of Hurricane, Utah; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; father Dick Finley and step-mother Bonnie Finley of Ainsworth; father-in-law Turk Beebout of Ainsworth; sisters LaRene Beebout and husband Brent of Kearney, Beccy Assarsson and husband Mike of Warner, S.D.; brothers Kim Finley of Ashland, Rick Finley and wife Patty of Ainsworth, and Bob Finley and wife Teresa of Farmersville, Texas; step-brothers Joe Finley and April Temple of Ainsworth, Scotty Finley and Kristy of Ainsworth, and Ricky Finley and Melody of Grand Island; and step-sister Maria Finley of Wheatridge, Colo.

* Funeral service for Lily Marie Shearer, 86, of Stuart, May 24, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. She  passed away May 21 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Mary Lynn Bott of Stuart, Don Shearer and wife Gini of Stuart, Jean Mattson and husband David of Kearney, Doris Hamilton and husband Rick of Stuart, Rick Shearer and wife Terri of Stuart, and Bill Shearer of Stuart; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister Loretta Fawcett of Denver, Colo.

* Funeral service for Norma Leona Keller, 73, of Bassett, May 23, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. She passed away May 18 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include brothers Dexter Halligan and wife Shirley of Greeley, Colo., Douglas Halligan and wife LaRayne of Ord, and Dewey Halligan and wife Doris of Saratoga, Calif.; and sister Jean Vonheeder and husband Jim of Ainsworth.

* Word has been received of the death of former Ainsworth resident Lisa Littell Miller. She passed away May 13 at Colorado Springs, Co. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

* Graveside service for Robert H. Allen, 92, of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly a longtime Brown County resident, May 21, at the Ainsworth South Cemetery. He passed away May 16 at Bella Vista. Survivors include sons James Allen of Arkansas, Monte Allen of Missouri and Bruce Allen of Missouri; and daughter-in-law Ruth Allen of Johnstown.

* Funeral service for Mary Jane Halldorson Owen, 90, of Hurricane, Utah, formerly of Long Pine, May 21, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Grandview Cemetery at Long Pine. She passed away May 15 in her home. Survivors include sons John Halldorson of Dayton, Ohio, and Arbec Halldorson of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Joyce Brownfield of Toledo, Ohio; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and, locally, nephew Lyle Stewart and wife Betty of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Vivian Alice Bain, 88, of Ainsworth, May 21, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away May 14 in the Methodist Hospital at Omaha. Survivors include son Terry Bain of Maxwell; daughters Linda McDermitt of Omaha, and Darlene Clark and husband Vance of Omaha; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Betty J. Fernau, 81, of Ainsworth, May 17, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with a private family inurnment to follow at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away March 30. Survivors include sons Brett Fernau and wife Caren of Ainsworth, and Blair Fernau and wife Anna of McLean, Va.; six grandchildren; sister Marg Kinney and husband Rich of Bassett; sister-in-law Avis Hollopeter of Lompoc, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Sheila Marie Jones, 61, of Omaha formerly of Bassett, May 13, in the Stonebridge Christian Church of Omaha with interment at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery May 14. She passed away May 9. Survivors include one daughter; 10 brothers and sisters; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

* Memorial service for David Eastman of Wichita, Kan., May 14, in the First Evangelical Free Church of Wichita. He passed away May 6 in his home. Survivors include wife Susan Eastman of Wichita; sons Brock Eastman and Nathan Eastman; daughter Kelli Eastman; two grandchildren; parents Doris and Earl Eastman of Wichita; and, from this area, aunt and uncle Elaine and Don Eastman and aunt Margaret Dugger.

* Graveside service for Mildred E. "Milly" Lamb, 92, of Brookfield, Wis., May 13, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away April 28 in the Care Age Center at Brookfield. Survivors include husband George Lamb of Brookfield; brother-in-law James Lamb and wife Evelyn; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Dorothy Kreycik, 86, of Valentine, May 7, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church with inurnment in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. She passed away May 3 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include sons David Kreycik of Douglas, Wyo., Bruce Kreycik of O'Fallon, Mo., and Mike Kreycik of Ainsworth; and daughter Ann Kreycik of Fort Collins, Colo.

* Graveside memorial service for Betty J. Beckley, 80, of Bassett, along with military rights for Leo James Beckley, conducted by the Bassett American Legion Post 123, with their inurnment together, May 7, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include daughters Lynda Zwetzig and husband Carl of Yankton, S.D., Lora Lackaff and husband Dr. Rick of Bassett, and Alicia Rehbein and fiance Marvin Shears of Oconto; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and sisters Sally Glidden and husband Chuck of Las Vegas, Nev., and Virginia Tufte of Beverly Hills, Calif.

* Funeral service for Donald R. Linse, 67, of Springview., May 5, in the Keya Paha County High School Gymnasium at Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. He passed away May 1 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include wife Sharyl Linse of Springview; children Curt Larson of Springview, Connie Davis of Springview, Corrine Larson of Gordon, DD Linse and wife Glenda of Springview, and Kristen Linse and wife Jayce of Bassett; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Maurine Linse of Fort Collins, Colo.; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial graveside service for Elmer D. Hanna, 87, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. He passed away May 1, in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Jeannie Welke and husband Randy of Johnstown, and Anita Hannah of Gordon; son Larry Hanna of Ainsworth; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Gilbert Hanna of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Administration and mailed to Jeannie Welke at RR1 Box 324B, Johnstown, NE 69214. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is in charge of arrangements.

* Memorial service for Lois L. Grunke, 93, of Ainsworth, April 29, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 20 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include husband Clyde Grunke of Ainsworth; son Dwain Grunke of Ainsworth; daughter Myrna Newman and husband Bobby Brooks of Kansas City, Mo.; and cousins.

* Funeral service for Bill Edwards, 77, of Holdrege, April 25, in the Sparks Community Church with burial in the Sparks Cemetery. He passed away April 21 in the Grand Island Veterans Home. Survivors include wife Laretta Edwards of Holdrege; daughters Glenda Schumacher of Juniata, Ellen Goshorn of Grand Island, and Retta Edwards of Axtell; son William Edwards Jr. of Missouri; and brother Jim Edwards of Norfolk.

* A celebration of life service for Marcella Dillon, 95, of Bassett, formerly of Ainsworth, April 23, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Duff Cemetery near Rose. She passed away April 10 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center at Bassett. Survivors include children Marcia Whitson and husband Bill of St. Louis, Mo., Sydney Voss and husband Kayo of Spokane, Wash., Brad Dillon and wife Connie of Ainsworth, Dean Dillon and wife Deb of Sheridan, Wyo., and Sean Dillon and wife Karen of Sterling, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

* Memorial service for Joe R. Leonard, 76, of Bassett, April 15, in the United Methodist Church of Bassett with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away April 9 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include sons Joe R. Leonard III and wife Christi of Bassett, and Dave Leonard and wife Carol of Valentine; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; son-in-law Tom Grigsby of Seward; aunt Winnifred Parker of Bassett; sisters-in-law Ann Tuton and husband Stan of Mills, and Mary Carlson of Arnold; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Lexie L. Treat Smith, 63, of Ainsworth, April 11, in the Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church with burial in the Purdum Cemetery. She passed away April 7 in her home. Survivors include sons Jay Treat of Milan, Mo., Travis Treat of Norfolk, and Jessie Treat of Omaha; mother Dorothy Baxter of Ainsworth; mother-in-law Beverly Smith of Ainsworth; sisters Sharon Jenkins of Arkansas, Sandy Miller of Elyria and Shelly McKimmey of Ainsworth; and brothers Mike Baxter of Ainsworth and Jim Baxter of Colorado.

* Funeral service for Mary Lou "Micky" Fisher, 83, of Halsey, April 11, in the Sandhills Community Church at Dunning with burial in the Purdum Cemetery. She passed away April 4 in the Heritage Hall Nursing Home at Broken Bow. Survivors include son Rick Fisher of Cheyenne, Wyo.; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; sister Judy Crist of Bassett; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

* Graveside service for Darlene Beer, 73, of Lexington, April 8, at the Seneca Cemetery. She passed away April 4.

* Funeral service  for Jerry J. Lambley, 73, of Gordon, April 4, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away March 31 in his home. Survivors include companion Pat Thomas of Gordon; sons Michael Lambley of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Mitchell Lambley and wife Laura of Portland, Ore.; daughter Monique Christiansen of Morgantown, W.V.; five grandchildren; brother Jim Lambley and wife Deneen of Gordon; and sisters Phyllis Orr and husband Don of Broken Bow, and Lynda Ogle and husband Chuck of Kearney.

* Funeral service for Dolores Pacha, 91, of Atkinson, April 2, in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. She passed away March 30 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include children Maxine Krieger of Atkinson, Carol McKay and husband Mike of Center, Wayne Pacha and wife Jean of Atkinson, and Lane Pacha and wife Bernie of Papillion; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren; sister Kathleen Steinhauser of Stuart; and sister-in-law Sylvia Morgan of Atkinson.

* Memorial service for Betty J. Fernau, 81, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. She passed away March 30 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. There will be no visitation. Survivors include sons Brett Fernau and wife Caren of Ainsworth, and Blair Fernau and wife Anna of McLean, Va.; six grandchildren; sister Marg Kinney and husband Rich of Bassett; sister-in-law Avis Hollopeter of Lompoc, Calif.; and nieces and nephews. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is in charge of arrangements.

* Funeral service for Lawrence E. "Shorty" Mundorf, 87, of Grand Island formerly of Long Pine, April 2, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church with burial in the Grand View Cemetery near Long Pine. He passed away March 27 in the St. Francis Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include brothers Leland Mundorf and wife Del of Elephant Butte, N.M., Leonard Mundorf and wife Susanne of Saline, Mich., and Lloyd Mundorf of Ainsworth; sisters Martha Ladley and husband Glenn of Crookston, and Lillian Tlustos of Pierre, S.D.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Doris Spencer, 83, of Brewster, April 2, in the Brewster Gymnasium with burial in the Brewster Cemetery. Survivors include sons Dale Spencer of Brewster, and Mike Spencer of Lincoln.

* Funeral service for Dean Ivan Quinn, 78, of Ainsworth, April 2, in the Ainsworth St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away March 28 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include wife Marlene Quinn of Ainsworth; children Monica Reinke and husband Craig of Kalispell, Mont., Michael Quinn and wife Sonya of Ainsworth, Loren Quinn and wife Tena of Johnstown, DeAnn Nilson and husband Todd of Ainsworth, and Stacy Kelly and husband Brian of Grand Island; 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; mother Gladys Quinn of Bassett; sister Wilma Miller and husband Harold of Sun City West, Ariz.; brother Eldon Quinn of Hadar; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Helen Marie (Turner) Schrantz, 85, of Grand Island, formerly of the Springview and Ainsworth area, March 25, in the All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island with burial in the Ainsworth East Park Cemetery. She passed away March 19 in the Good Samaritan Society at Wood River. Survivors include daughter Kay Gudgel and husband Andrew of Grand Island; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Marilyn Turner of Perris, Calif., and Marge Schrantz of Casper, Wyo.; brothers-in-law Glen Schrantz and wife Vera of Springview, and Rex Schrantz and wife Joan of Greer, S.C.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Wilma Clark, 83, of Chadron, formerly of Long Pine, March 21, in the Chamberlain Chapel at Chadron with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery. She passed away March 17 in the Regional West Medical Center at Scottsbluff. Survivors include daughters Laura Huerta and husband Pascual of Brighton, Colo., Linda McCargill of Omaha, Karen Baumann of Gering, Karol Hix and husband Larry of Chadron, Kathy Brochtrup and husband Paul of North Platte, and Mickie Clark and husband Rick of Hemingford; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Steve Kiiker, 50, of Wichita, Kan., March 18, at Wichita. Survivors include wife Julie Kiiker (formerly Julie Clopton of Springview); daughter Hope Kiiker of Wichita; brothers-in-law James Clopton of Ainsworth and Herb Hollingsworth of Ainsworth; and other relatives from the area.

* Memorial service for Gordon Winther, 79, of Ainsworth, March 18, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. He passed away March 13 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include son Denny Richmond of Glenwood, Iowa; one grandson; sister-in-law Dot Winther of Omaha; one niece and two nephews.

* Funeral service for Glenna Ethel Mae Horton Huffaker, 99, of Wheatland, Wyo., March 17, in the Wheatland Memorial Baptist Church with entombment in the Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Colorado Springs, Colo. She passed away March 13. Survivors include children A. Duane Huffaker and wife Judith of Wheatland, Florence Loella Prestel of Olympia, Wash., and Tammy Moretz and husband Roy of Long Pine; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; sister JoeAnn Brandt; brothers Leland Horton and John Horton; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mildred Kathryn Galligan, 84, of Atkinson, March 15, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. he passed away March 10 in the Good Samaritan Center of Atkinson. Survivors include cousin Monsignor James Cain of Omaha; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Dorothy Margarite Freeman, 93, of Burwell, March 15, in the Burwell United Methodist Church with burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell. She passed away March 10 in the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center at Albion. Survivors include children Marilyn Kolar and husband John of Sargent, Morris Lee Freeman of Sargent, Wilberta Hood of Fort Worth, Texas, Cheryl Harlan and husband Warren of Bassett, and Zandra Coakes and husband Ron of Petersburg; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and daughter-in-law Linda Freeman of Ord.

* Private family graveside service for Avis F. Jamison, 98, of Bassett, March 12, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date. She passed away March 7 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Vivian Joseph of Lexington, Kathy Wellfring and husband Otto of Marshalltown, Iowa, Donna Curtis and husband Gary of Lincoln; and Sherry Kahrhoff and husband Tom of Grand Island; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; sister Jean Brown of Portland, Ore.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Fredrick Bernard Kaup, 79, of Stuart, March 12, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. He passed away March 6 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include son Jeffrey Kaup and wife Velma of Bauxite, Ark.; two granddaughters and two great-grandsons; and brothers Tom Kaup of Stuart and Dennis Kaup and wife Joanne of Atkinson.

* Funeral service for Dorothy Wells, 75, of Burke, S.D., March 7, in the Burke Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the Rosebud Cemetery at Bonesteel. She passed away March 4.

* Funeral service for George Grooms, 93, of Valentine, March 5, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery.  He passed away on Feb. 28 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include his wife Sylvia of Valentine; sons Edgar Grooms of Valentine, and Alfred Grooms of Valentine; and sister Hazel Henney of Oakland, Calif.

* Graveside service for Garnet D. Anderson, 81, of Long Pine, March 4, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. She passed away March 1 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include her husband Neil Anderson of Long Pine; sons Rex Anderson and wife Rosie of Elm Creek, and Rick Anderson and wife Ione of Bassett; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Geraldine Anderson of Bassett; and nieces and nephews.

* Former Ainsworth and Wood Lake resident James “Skip” O’Halloran III, 72, passed away Feb. 23. A wake service was held Feb. 26. Survivors include children Kevin O’Halloran and wife Jane, Sean O’Halloran and wife Jaime, and Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” O’Halloran; and one grandson.

* Funeral service for Lenora "Lee" Meyer, 89, of Aurora, March 1, in the Higby-McQuiston Chapel at Aurora. She  passed away Feb. 26 in the Hamilton Manor at Aurora. Survivors include children Richard Meyer and wife Connie of Aurora, Jann Meyer of Blue Hill, and Daveta Brader and husband Dick of Glenvil; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Mildred Welton of Wenatchee, Wash., Sylva Dixon of Burwell, Agres Frahm of Chambers, and Ferne Briggs of Chambers; and nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Charles Collins, 84, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. He passed away Feb. 24 at Boise.  Survivors include wife Cleo Collins of Boise; son Dwain Collins and wife Gail of Boise; grandchildren; sister Eleanor Ammon of Bassett; brother Franklin Collins of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Robert Fellows, 91, of Mills, Feb. 28, in the Mills Community Church with burial in the Olive Branch Cemetery with military honors.

* Funeral service for Clare Coulthard, 84, of Chambers, Feb. 25, in the Elgin United Methodist Church with interment in the Oakdale Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 17 in his home. Survivors include his wife Elsie of Chambers; daughters Christiana Coulthard-Childers of Ainsworth, and Cathlina Frederick and husband Jim of Amelia; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

* Word has been received of the death of Susan Owens, 60, of Cedar Crest, N.M. She passed away Feb. 17 at Cedar Crest. Survivors locally include her mother, Bode Sorey, of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Richard R. Troxel, 75, of Broken Bow, Feb. 26, in Govier Brothers Chapel at Broken Bow. Survivors include sons Tim Troxel and wife Carolyn of Broken Bow, and Ben Troxel and wife Roxanne of Ainsworth; daughter Ann Dockweiler and husband John of Chadron; eight grandchildren; brother Lawrence Troxel and wife Millie of Bennett; and sister Sharon Land and husband Steve of Broken Bow.

* Graveside service for Helen B. Henderson, 93, of Long Pine, Feb. 23, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. She  passed away Feb. 19 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Sharron Kelso and companion Gary McNaught of Long Pine; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother Basil Thompson and wife Maxine of Eugene, Ore.; and nieces and nephews.

* Graveside memorial service for Eldon H. Warnke, 83, of Long Pine, Feb. 17, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. He passed away Feb. 12 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include wife Rosie Warnke of the Ainsworth Care Center; children Dorothy Mapes and husband Dale of Long Pine, Steve Warnke of Long Pine, and Betty Warnke-Larson and husband Lloyd of Newport; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Evelyn Warnke of Sweet Home, Ore., and Ruth Baker of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Anna Marie Robinson, 72, of Valentine, passed away Feb. 10 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center of Valentine. Survivors include husband Arnnie Robinson of Valentine; daughter Teresa Burnett of Lincoln; and son Kenneth Robinson of Mead.

* Funeral service for Bernice Tuton, 93, of Mills, Feb. 14, in the Mills Community Church with burial in the Olive Branch Cemetery near Mills.

* Funeral service for Patricia Imelda Moore, 91, of Newport, Feb. 12, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the Newport City Cemetery. She passed away Feb. 6 in the Good Samaritan Center at Atkinson. Survivors include son Paul Moore and wife Carol of Newport; daughters Bonnie Land and husband Kenneth of Atkinson, and Darlene Kaup and husband Richard of Stuart; 14 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Nellie Bauld of Gresham, Ore., and Helena Heermann of O’Neill; and brothers Emmett Doyle of Butte, and George Doyle of Newport.

* Funeral service for Willda Diefenbaugh, 87, of Broken Bow, Feb. 11, in the Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church with burial in the Merna Cemetery. She passed away Feb. 7 in the Custer Care Assisted Living Center at Broken Bow. Survivors include children Mike Diefenbaugh and wife Judy of Merna, Joan Foster and husband Jim of Merna, Yvonne Tucker of Merna, and Deb Miller and husband Steve of Callaway; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Evelyn McElgunn of Apple Valley, Calif., and Beryle Banker of Britt, Iowa; and brothers Floyd Crone and wife Shirley of Ainsworth; Eldan Crone and wife Loretta of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Laurel Crone and wife Kay of Grand Junction, Colo.

* Graveside service for Lucille C. Densberger, 83, of Ainsworth, Feb. 11, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Feb. 8 in the Ainsworth Care Center. Survivors include daughter Carolyn Kabella of Nebraska City; two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

* Memorial service for Merle Kaiser, 84, of O'Neill, Feb. 9, in the O'Neill United Methodist Church. He passed away Feb. 5 in Avera St. Anthony's Hospital at O'Neill. Survivors include her husband Elmer Kaiser of O'Neill; daughters Karen Goetsch and husband Ralph of Norfolk, and RaJean Johnson and husband Wade of Holdrege; sons Bill Kaiser and wife Bev of Mesa, Ariz., Wayne Kaiser and wife Kathy of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Randy Kaiser and wife Mary of David City; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brother Ralph Boller and wife Myra of Hopewell, Va.; and sisters-in-law Phyllis Kaiser of Ainsworth, and Edna Blodgett of Hay Springs.

* Betty J. Beckley, 80, of Bassett, passed away Feb. 5 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include daughters Lynda Zwetzig and husband Carl of Yankton, S.D., Lora Lackaff and husband Dr. Rich Lackaff of Bassett, and Alicia Rehbein and fiance Marvin Shears of Oconto; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters Sally Glidden and husband Chuck of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Virginia Tufte of Beverly Hills, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Dorothy I. "Pinkie" Micheel, 97, of Ainsworth, Feb. 7, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. She passed away Feb. 3 in Cottonwood Villa of Ainsworth. Survivors include sons Bill Micheel and wife Ruth of Ainsworth, and Bob Micheel and wife Geraldine of Ainsworth; daughter Thelma Miller and husband Dave of Omaha; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Joanna Kate (Dodson) Hollandsworth, 46, of Valparaiso, formerly of Ainsworth, Feb. 4, in the Ceresco United Methodist Church with burial in the Valparaiso Cemetery. She passed away Feb. 1 in the BryanLGH Medical Center West. Survivors include husband Ted of Valparaiso; daughter Kaylee May Hollandsworth and son Theodore Isaac Hollandsworth, both of Valparaiso; step-daughter Andrea Salmen of Valparaiso; brothers Burl Dodson of Staplehurst, and Wallace Dodson of Madrid; sisters Sandra Adams and husband Dan of Wheatland, Iowa, and Kathy Sue Leapaldt and husband Leon of Elmwood; mother Janet Doty and husband Charles of Seward; and several nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Robert Ellis, 85, of Cody, Feb. 4, in the Adamson Community Hall at Cody with a private interment in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery at Cody. Robert Ellis passed away Jan. 29 in his home. Survivors include children Robert Wayne Ellis of Little Rock, Ark., Reva Faye of Casper, Wyo., and Randy Ellis of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Mary Jean Hammerstrom, 81, of Ainsworth, Feb. 4, in the Roeders Mortuary at Omaha. She passed away Jan. 27 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Sherry Campbell and husband Mel of Ainsworth, Malia Hammerstrom of Ainsworth, Lisa Wiebesiek of Ainsworth, and Brenda Vosik and husband Rick of Omaha; son Lee Hammerstrom and wife Lorie of Hingham, Mass.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and sister Pearl Siebler of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Margaret Dunne, 96, of Bassett, Feb. 2, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Jan. 29 in the Rock County Long Term Care Center. Survivors include son William Dunne and wife Renee of North Platte; daughters Mary Beth Kettering of Littleton, Colo., and Merrilee Lingren and husband Ernie of Sequim, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

* Memorial service for Lois L. Grunke, 93, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date in the spring of 2011. She passed away Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Brown County Hospital. Inurnment will be held at the Ainsworth Cemetery.  Survivors include husband Clyde Grunke of Ainsworth; son Dwain R Grunke of Ainsworth; daughter Myrna Newman and husband Bobby Brooks of Kansas City, Mo.; and cousins. Memorials have been suggested to the Ainsworth Public Library Foundation or the Sandhills Cancer Fund. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is in charge of arrangements.

* Memorial service for Pat O'Mara, 73, of Ainsworth, Jan. 24, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Ainsworth City Cemetery. She passed away  Jan. 15 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include son Shawn O'Mara of Fort Collins, Colo.; and daughters Brenda Beeken of Valentine and Jeanette Harlan of Tennessee.

* Funeral service for Olen Scott Finley, 55, of Longmont, Colo., Jan. 18, in the Faith Community Lutheran Church at Longmont with inurnment in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Johnstown. He passed away Jan. 12. Survivors include his wife Kathy of Longmont; sons Trent Finley and wife Denise of Longmont, and Sean Finley and wife Teri of Hurricane, Utah; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; father Dick Finley and step-mother Bonnie Finley of Ainsworth; father-in-law Turk Beebout of Ainsworth; sisters LaRene Beebout and husband Brent of Kearney, Beccy Assarsson and husband Mike of Warner, S.D.; brothers Kim Finley of Ashland, Rick Finley and wife Patty of Ainsworth, and Bob Finley and wife Teresa of Farmersville, Texas; step-brothers Joe Finley of Ainsworth, Scotty Finley and Kristy of Ainsworth, and Ricky Finley and Melody of Grand Island; and step-sister Maria Finley of Wheatridge, Colo.

* Memorial service for longtime area businessman Loren Scott Ritter, 62, of Ainsworth, Jan. 17, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with a inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. He passed away Jan. 14 in the Brown County Hospital. There will be no visitation. Survivors include wife Marla Ritter of Ainsworth; daughters Deana Arens and husband Jim of Ainsworth, Kara Welch and husband Harlin of Ainsworth, and Amy Vetter and husband Jake of Cozad; six grandchildren; stepsons Dana Hansen and wife Kristine of Olathe, Kan., and Darin Hansen and wife Michelle of Spring Hill, Kan.; stepdaughter Tara Lea Davis and husband Tim of Cozad; seven step-grandchildren; sister Jan Ritter Acuff of Chicago, Ill.; and nieces and other friends and family.

* Funeral service for Richard Dale Ratliff, 75, of Atkinson, Jan. 8, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. He passed away Dec. 31 in his home. Survivors include wife Laura Ratliff of Atkinson; children Cynthia Johnson and husband Mark of Atkinson, David Ratliff of Forgan, Okla., and Colleen VanMeter and husband Brian of Atkinson; six grandchildren; and sisters Florence Knape of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Sue Kissinger and husband Bob of Rocklin, Calif.