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* A graveside service for Dick Witt, 80, of Valentine, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Ainsworth South Cemetery. Dick Witt died Saturday, Sept. 19, in Oakwood Assisted Living. There will be no visitation. Survivors include brother Robert Witt, and sister Judy Mayhew.

* A graveside service for Carolyn J. Dillon, 79, of Bassett, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Thurman Cemetery near Bassett. Carolyn Dillon died Saturday, Sept. 19, in her home. Visitation is scheduled from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. Social distancing will be required during the visitation and the service. Survivors include children Jolyn Dillon-Clark and husband David of Long Pine, James Dillon and wife Lesa of Long Pine, and Justin Dillon of Johnstown; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Marlene Andersen and husband Jerald of Grand Island; brother Arnie Thurlow and wife Marilyn of Tucson, Ariz.; step-brothers Garlen Thurlow and wife Marcia of Newport, and Oliver Thurlow and wife Donna of Atkinson; and nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation.

* A graveside service for Eugene A. “Gene” Cosgrove, 78, of Long Pine, Sept. 19, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery with a memorial Mass at a later date. Gene Cosgrove died Sept. 15 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include his wife Gwen Cosgrove of Long Pine; children Beth Murphy and husband Jerome of Stuart, Keith Cosgrove and wife Tami of Long Pine, and Kaye Stewart and husband Jay of Newport; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Ann Cosgrove of Johnson Lake, and Elizabeth Cosgrove of York; nieces, a nephew and other family members. Directed health measures will be in place. Facial coverings are recommended.

* A graveside service for Joanne Gracey, 90, of Ainsworth, Sept. 18, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Joanne Gracey died Dec. 26, 2019, in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include children Michael Staab and wife Christy of Wellington, Colo., Mark Gracey and wife Debb of Ainsworth, and Cameron Gracey and wife Mona of Wellington; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

* A private family funeral service for Mary Catherine (Foster) Peterson, 93, of Valentine, Sept. 15, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Mary Peterson died Sept. 9 in the Sandhills Care Center at Ainsworth. Survivors include children Lois Lux of Bradleyville, Mo., Rhonda Sutherland and husband Tim of Ogallala, Debb Gracey and husband Mark of Ainsworth, Dee Hoefs and husband John of Wood Lake, and Russell Peterson and wife Gayle of Valentine; 20 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Norma Jean Kramer of Fremont, Albert “Jack” Foster of Portland, Ore., Barbara Morlang of Rolla, Mo., Sharon Brinda of North Platte, Phyllis Mayhew and husband Dan of Valentine, and Robert “Bob” Foster and wife Gloria of North Platte; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Evelyn Schrunk, 94, of Atkinson, Sept. 12, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Evelyn Schrunk died Sept. 7 in her son’s home. Survivors include children Larry Schrunk and wife Cecelia of Atkinson, Connie Schaaf of Atkinson, Richard Schrunk and wife Susanne of Emmet, Diane Kaup and husband Kenny of Stuart, and Harlan Schrunk and wife Sandy of Atkinson; 16 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

* A graveside service for Martin Jehorek Jr., 85, of Valentine, Sept. 11, at the Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Cemetery near Lynch. Martin Jehorek Jr. died Sept. 4 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine.

* Funeral service for Dean Charles Honnen, 85, of Lincoln formerly of Johnstown, Sept. 4, in the Roper and Sons Midtown Chapel at Lincoln. Dean Honnen died Aug. 28 in Lincoln. Survivors include his wife Beth Honnen of Lincoln; sons Scott Honnen and wife Toni of Springfield, Ill., Steve Honnen and fiancÚ Alice Flowers of Lincoln, and Greg Honnen and wife Pamela of Victoria, Texas; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Ramona Painter, 82, of Ainsworth, Sept. 4, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Ramona Painter died Aug. 29 in her home. Survivors include sons Tony Painter and wife Dee of Gothenburg, Tim Painter and wife Dee of Valentine, and Terrill Painter and friend Rachel Rabe of Hoskins; daughter Tami Gum and husband Lynn of Long Pine; sister Janet Huggins and husband Ken of Ainsworth; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Gloria C. Randall, 85, of Ainsworth, Sept. 2, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with inurnment at a later date in the Scott County Cemetery at Scott City, Kan. Gloria Randall died Aug. 30 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include sons Pastor David Randall and wife Mitzi of Ainsworth, and Jeff Randall and wife Shelle of Jonesboro, Ark.; daughters Wendy Randall of Wakarusa, Kan., and Kristi McCluskey and husband Mike of Shawnee, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother Gary Gamble and wife Linda of Ashland, Ore.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service for John A. Neben, 82, of Brewster, Sept. 2, at the Brewster Cemetery with military rites. John Neben died Aug. 27 in Brookstone View at Broken Bow. Survivors include son Perry Neben and wife Huriye of Mountain View, Calif.; two grandchildren; and sisters Linda Mintken of Arizona City, Ariz., and Gertrude Hoffman of Norfolk.

* Funeral service for William J. Morrow, 71, of Bridgeport formerly of Ainsworth, Sept. 2, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Bill Morrow died Aug. 25. Survivors include his wife Julia of Bridgeport; step-children Travis Garska and Stacey Worth; sisters Martha Jean Goad and husband Robert, and Ardith Flyr and husband Gary; brother James Morrow and wife Carol; nieces, a nephew and other family members.

* A graveside service for Eddie Gracey, 89, of Ainsworth, Aug. 29, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Valentine. Eddie Gracey died Aug. 7 in the Arbor Care Center at Neligh. Survivors include daughters Connie Bennett of Ainsworth, and Sharon Stiefel and husband Dean of Crookston; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Carolyn Fuelberth, 78, of Stuart, Aug. 27, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Cleveland Cemetery north of Stuart. Carolyn Fuelberth died Aug. 20 in her home. Survivors include her husband Don Fuelberth of Stuart; children Darian Fuelberth and wife Wendi of Stuart, Tracy Fuelberth and wife Becky of Central City, and Carla Fuelberth of Norfolk; brothers Gary Grams and wife Barb of Ankeny, Iowa, and Robert Grams and wife Nancy of Hastings; sister Connie Welty and husband Gary of Kearney; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Joan B. Fredericksen, 90, of Long Pine, Aug. 25, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Joan Fredericksen died Aug. 10 in her home. Survivors include sons Willy Hoffman of Long Pine, John Hoffman of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Kevin Hoffman and wife Cheryl of Eagle Point, Ore.; daughter April Hinrichs and husband Corvin of Ainsworth; stepson Mike Griffith and wife Laura of Helena, Mont.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Lyle Stewart and wife Betty of Ainsworth, and Bob “Zeke” Stewart of Fullerton; sister Judy Baxter of Hooker, Okla.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* The gathering to remember the life of John Lee Wright, 64, of Bassett. John Wright died Aug. 8 in his home. Survivors include his wife Jina Wright of Bassett; children Rebecca LeZotte and husband Drew of Bassett, and Josh Wright and wife Robyn of Bassett; five grandchildren; mother-in-law Janet Anderson of Bassett; siblings Mitch Wright and wife Judy of Crawford, Keith Wright and wife Donna of Bassett, and Kathy Frimann of Hay Springs; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life service for Carl Scott Starkey, 72, of Ainsworth, Aug. 22, at the Spalding City Park with inurnment in the Grandview Cemetery near Spalding. Scott Starkey died July 23 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include four sons, among them Kurt Starkey and wife Nadine of Ainsworth; 15 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; five siblings; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service for Karen L. Hansen, 71, of Grand Island formerly of Ainsworth, Aug. 21, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Karen Hansen died July 15 in the Lakeview Care and Rehabilitation Center at Grand Island. Survivors include her husband Larry Hansen of Grand Island; son Brian Hansen and wife Tausha of Grand Island; one granddaughter; sister Marlene Brady of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law Kathy Heller of Reno, Nev.; and other family members.

* A graveside service for Harry E. Swanson, 86, of Long Pine, Aug. 20, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery with military rights performed by the Bassett American Legion Post 123. Harry Swanson died Aug. 15 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include son Jeff Swanson and wife Jo of Bassett; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers Duane Swanson and wife Patty of Bassett, Ken Swanson and wife Greta of Central City, and Dave Swanson and wife JoAnn of Bassett; sister Joyce Menzel of Bassett; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for John Bernard Mathis, 70, of Atkinson, Aug. 20, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. John Mathis died Aug. 15 in his home. Survivors include children Tammy Foutch and husband Carl of O’Neill, Kristy Nelson and husband Travis of Norfolk, and Jeff Mathis and wife Andrea of Atkinson; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Gerald Mathis and wife Carol of Kenna, N.M.; and sisters Lorraine Ammon and husband Keith of Bassett, Diane Sybrant and husband Dave of Bassett, and Cindy Clyde and husband Gaylen of Hoskins.

* Funeral service for Gina Keller, 54, of Johnstown, Aug. 18, in the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Gina Keller died Aug. 15 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include her husband Richard Keller of Johnstown; sons Lonnie Feller, Stetson Feller and Justin Keller; step-children Teresa Craig and Brad Keller; parents Gillbert and Virginia Witte; sister Vicki Cumbow; and brothers Duane Witte and Gordon Witte.

* A memorial service for Fae Laree (Sharp) Smith, 85, of Ainsworth, Aug. 15, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church. Fae Smith died May 5 in her home. Survivors include children Michael Smith and wife Alice of Hill City, Kan., Cheri Fernau of Ainsworth, and Marlin Smith and wife Peggy of Newport; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; siblings Esther Buhr of Ainsworth, Lila Daniels of Fort Scott, Kan., Linda Douglas of Muscatine, Iowa, and Marvin Hart and wife Sharon of Long Pine; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Judy Kopejtka, 76, of Valentine, Aug. 8, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Judy Kopejtka died July 25 in her home. Survivors include daughters Kody Williams of Valentine, Kari Schmidt of Waverly and Kandy Cruz of Greeley, Colo.; sister Sharon Appelt of O’Neill; and brother Roy Appelt of Springview.

* Funeral service for Joan Mlinar, 86, of O’Neill, Aug. 8, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Joan Mlinar died Aug. 4 in the Arbor Care Center at O’Neill. Survivors include children Marsha Thomassen and husband John of Atkinson, LeRoy Mlinar of O’Neill, and Steven Mlinar of O’Neill; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Theresa Mock of Sheridan, Wyo., and Marie Parkison and husband Ron of Gillette, Wyo.; and brothers Tony Fiedor and wife Bonnie of Sheridan, and Jack Fiedor and wife Connie of Ranchester, Wyo.

* A graveside service for Ruth E. (Day) O’Hare, 94, of Ainsworth, Aug. 7, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Ruth O’Hare died July 29 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include children Corby O’Hare of Ainsworth, Cindy McNally of Ainsworth, Doug O’Hare and wife Linda of Ainsworth, Becky O’Hare of Ainsworth, and Tod O’Hare and wife Sue of Ainsworth; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and other family members.

* A memorial service for Larry J. Schmitz, 77, of O’Neill, Aug. 3, in Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill. Larry Schmitz died July 29 in the Faith Regional Health Services at Norfolk. Survivors include his wife Cindy Schmitz of O’Neill; children Brett Schmitz and wife Mindy of McCook, Troy Schmitz and wife Monica of Red Cloud, Travis Schmitz and Alex Breiner of Atkinson, Justin Walton and wife Tina of Birmingham, Iowa, and Patty Danielson of Fremont; sister Mary Ann Havranek and husband Dennis of O’Neill; mother-in-law Alice Mitchell of Ainsworth; sisters-in-law Cheri Coutts of Ainsworth, and Chris Crawford and fiancÚ Andrew Sukup of Norfolk; nieces, nephews and foster children.

* Funeral service for Mildred Varilek, 99, of Red Oak, Iowa, formerly of Stuart, Aug. 1, in the Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home of Gregory, S.D., with burial in the IOOF Cemetery. Mildred Varilek died July 27 in the Good Samaritan Center at Red Oak.

* Funeral service for Doris Camin, 97, of Butte, July 31, in the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Butte with burial in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Doris Camin died July 23 in the Good Samaritan Society at Atkinson.

* A celebration of life service for Irene Cobb, 82, of Stuart, July 29, in the Stuart St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Irene Cobb died July 22 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Perri Farr of Stuart, Kelly Cobb and wife Kris of Omaha, Jane Andersen and husband Curt of Kearney, and Gina Thurlow of Rising City; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister Edith Kunz of Central City.

* A celebration of life service will be held at a later date for Max Karo Jr., 72, of O’Neill. Max Karo Jr. died July 8 at Omaha. Survivors include his wife Peggy Karo of O’Neill; daughters Kandy Weigel and significant other Troy Wedige of Fort Calhoun, and Kat “Kitty” Alder and husband Calvin of Stuart; four grandchildren; sister Pat Karo of Stuart; sisters-in-law Judy Donahue and husband Patrick of Warsaw, Mo., and Becky Baker of Kansas City, Kan.; brothers-in-law Tim Baker and wife Chris of Michigantown, Ind., and Kurt Baker and wife Monique of Whispering Pines, N.C.; nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for William Schueneman, 79, of Winner, S.D., July 26, in the St. John Lutheran Church of Gregory, S.D., with inurnment in the Black Hills National Cemetery with military rites provided by the U.S. Army and the Spearfish Honor Guard. William Schueneman died March 11.

* A celebration of life service for Waldo Osterman, 89, of Wood Lake, July 25, in the Wood Lake Union Church with inurnment in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Waldo Osterman died February 21 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include daughter Diana Tweedy of Omaha; and son Chris Osterman of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Arlene Parks, 82, of Valentine, July 25, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine. Arlene Parks died July 20 in Oak Wood at Valentine. Survivors include sons Larry Parks of Thornton, Colo., and Bud Parks of Valentine; and daughters Gay Pickner of Huron, S.D., and JJ Harvey of Crescent, Iowa.

* A memorial service for Kenneth Emanuel Krieger, 71, of O’Neill, July 24, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post 86. Kenneth Krieger died April 9 in his home. Survivors include children Korby Krieger and wife Nikki of Atkinson, and Staci Krieger of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; sister Leona Smith and husband Rick of Lincoln; and brother Bob Krieger of Wakefield.

* A graveside service for Paul Hoefs, 93, of Wood Lake, July 23, at the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. Paul Hoefs died July 15 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include children Paul Hoefs Jr., Sherry Cameron, Mary Kay Mooney, Jan Upchurch, Bonnie Rought, John Hoefs, Patrice Hoefs, Jim Hoefs and Mark Hoefs.

* Funeral service for LeRoy Lurz, 82, of North Platte formerly of Valentine, July 22, in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine. LeRoy Lurz died July 16 at Sutherland. Survivors include his brothers Leonard Lurz, Raymond Lurz and Dave Lurz; and sisters Deloris Hamling, Louise McLean and Dee Gallino.

* A graveside service will be held at a later date for Joslyn Angel Johnson, the infant daughter of Keith and Sherri Johnson of Ainsworth. Josyln Johnson died July 8 in the Methodist Women’s Hospital at Omaha. Survivors include her parents; brother Ty Bolli; sisters Danni Bolli and Logan Johnson; grandparents Glenn and Kristy Johnson of Ainsworth, and Charles and Darlene Cleal of Ainsworth; great-grandmothers Edna Crandall of Salina, Okla., and Marilyn Mizner of Kiowa, Kan.; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

* Funeral service for Beatrice “Bette” Shald, 73, of Stuart, July 10, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Bette Shald died July 5 in the Faith Regional Hospital at Norfolk. Survivors include her husband John Shald of Stuart; children Cindy Anderson and husband Scott of Las Vegas, Nev., Bob Shald and wife Nikki of O’Neill, Neil Shald and wife Angie of Stuart, and Jason Shald and wife Abigail of Fountain, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister Janet Switzer of Hadar; and brother Jim Kocian of Spencer.

* Funeral service for Richard James Cleary, 77, of Atkinson, July 9, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery and military rites by the Atkinson American Legion Post 87 and the Legion Riders. Richard Cleary died March 11 in the Countryside Home at Madison. Survivors include children Steve Cleary and wife Kim of Leigh, Jeff Cleary and wife Sarah of Omaha, Lisa Cleary and Pat Herring of Atkinson, and Jenny Hilkemeier and husband Justin of Atkinson; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Barbara Loock of Fremont; and brother Larry Cleary of O’Neill.

* A private family funeral service for Dixie L. (Boyd) Worth, 78, of Springview, July 9, in the New Hope Community Church of Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Dixie Worth died July 4 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include her husband Larry Worth of Springview; children Shawn Freeman and wife Julie of Ozark, Mo., JoRene Herron of Springfield, Mo., and Kristina Eggerling of Springview; step-children Debra Black of Lincoln, Gregory Worth and wife Nancy of Overland Park, Kan., and Brian Worth of Chicago, Ill.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings Delpha Fairbanks and husband George of White River, S.D., Delbert Boyd and wife Wilma of Sequim, Wash., DeAnne Vaughn of O’Neill, Dorene Boyd of LaSalle, Colo., and Della Boyd of Winner, S.D.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service for Glenna Spanel-Abbott, 92, of Long Pine, July 7, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Glenna Spanel-Abbott died  June 29 in her home. Survivors include sons Bill Spanel and wife Karen of Burwell, and George Spanel of Ainsworth; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Doris Gill of Sargent; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Zak Taylor Palmer, 18, of Springview, July 2, at the North Central Knights football field at Springview with a private inurnment at a later date. Zak Palmer died June 22 in the University of Minnesota Medical Center at Minneapolis, Minn. Survivors include his parents Bruce and Julie Palmer of Springview; siblings Justin Palmer and Kaylee Harvey of Springview, and Ty Palmer and wife Chloe of Grand View, Idaho; grandparents Denis and Betty Palmer of Springview, and Vernon and Anita Moody of Scotia; and aunts, uncles and other family members.

* A celebration of life service for Casper William Grogan, 70, of Blue River, Wis., June 28, in the Knights of Columbus Hall at O’Neill with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. Casper Grogan died June 1 in the Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital at Boscobel, Wis. Survivors include daughter Brandi Summers and husband Darren of Page; son Davus Closson and wife Ann of O’Neill; two grandchildren; sister Carol Ermo of Green Bay, Wis.; and brother Clyde Strong of California.

* A celebration of life service for Ray Edgar Keller, 69, of Burwell formerly of Brewster, June 27, at the Burwell Rodeo grounds. Ray Keller died June 17. Survivors include his wife Donna Keller of Burwell; children Kimberly Conner and husband Greg of Overland Park, Kan., Carie Kobiela and Shane Kaczor of Bassett, Kathryn Lautzenhiser and husband Ryan of Raymore, Mo., Trinity Kobiela and wife Jenni of Elkhorn, Kent Keller and wife Ashley of Eaton, Colo., and Janet Keller of Raymore, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and other family members.

* A memorial service for Verlon Hoffman, 81, of Butte, June 27, in the Butte Immanuel Lutheran Church with military rites provided by the American Legion Post 51 and the Air Force Honor Guard. Burial will be held at a later date. Verlon Hoffman died June 11 in his home.

* A graveside memorial service for Robert Dean Turpin, 89, of Bassett, June 27, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Bob Turpin died May 24 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include sons Mace Turpin of Bassett, and Michael Turpin and wife Melody of Bassett; two grandsons; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Kenneth Ray Smith, 79, of Ainsworth, June 26, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery and military rites to be provided by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Ken Smith died June 21 in his home. Survivors include his wife Jeanne Smith of Ainsworth; daughters Pam Schmitz and husband Marv of Ainsworth, Kendy Blake and husband Turk of Ainsworth, Konny Zeigler and husband Larry of Ainsworth, and Kim Yankowski of Ainsworth; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister Carol Lauf and husband Don of Kansas City, Mo.; sisters-in-law Beverly Smith of Ainsworth, Donna Smith of Maryville, Mo., Barb Fullerton and husband Delbert of Gothenburg, and Carole Witt and husband Mike of Valentine; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Jo Reagan, 74, of Valentine, June 26, at the Mount Hope Cemetery. Jo Reagan died June 19 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include her sisters Joyce Colvin of Valentine and Patty Schubauer of Blackhawk, S.D.

* Funeral service for Dustin Roberts, 45, of Atkinson, June 25, in the Atkinson Community Center. Dustin Roberts died June 19 in the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha. Survivors include his wife Daisha Roberts of Atkinson; son Max Roberts of Atkinson; parents Dan and Jean Roberts of Spencer; brother Kelly Roberts and wife Paula of Fort Calhoun; and sister Vicky Roberts of Lincoln.

* A memorial service for Patty Barstow, 58, of Springview, June 24, at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine with a private family inurnment at a later date. Patty Barstow died June 19 in her home. Survivors include her husband Neri Barstow of Springview; sons Wyatt Barstow of Bluffdale, Texas, and Austin Barstow of Stephenville, Texas; father Otto Frauen of Valentine; brother Monte Frauen of Valentine; and sister Sally Conner of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Norma J. Waits, 76, of Ainsworth, June 20, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Norma Waits died June 16 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include her husband Les Waits of Ainsworth; daughters Vicki Krueger and husband John of Central City, and Mary Beel and husband Henry of Johnstown; five grandchildren; brothers Jim Lurz and wife Iodine of Ainsworth, and Hank Lurz and wife Mimi of Greensboro, Md.; sister-in-law Melba Bejot of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Conrad Budde Jr., 89, and LaRena Budde, 86, both of Ainsworth, June 20, in the Zion Lutheran Church of Ainsworth. Conrad Budde Jr. died Jan. 7. LaRena Budde died Nov. 6, 2019.

* A graveside service for Earl H. Fernau, 92, of Ainsworth, June 20, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Earl Fernau died June 17 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include children Don Fernau and wife Saberina of Clovis, N.M., Cindy Starnes and husband Bud of Aurora, and Robert Fernau and significant other Laurie Jirovsky of Goehner; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers Lavern Fernau and wife Ida Belle of Caldwell, Idaho, and Sidney Fernau and wife Joyce of Rupert, Idaho; brother-in-law Merlyn Hambleton of Johnstown; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service for Donald E. Schipporeit, 74, of Ainsworth, June 19, at the Lutheran Cemetery northwest of Ainsworth. Donald Schipporeit died June 12 in his home. Survivors include children Joleen Iverson and husband Tim of Long Pine, Tsipi Gibson and husband Mike of Douglas, Wyo., and Tate Schipporeit and wife Sarah of Ainsworth; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Carolyn Schipporeit of Ainsworth; brother Richard “Dick” Schipporeit and Iree McNally of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Illa Schipporeit of Lakewood, Colo.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Marenna “Roni” Theis-Raymond, 80, of Ainsworth, June 19, in the Ainsworth St. Pius X Catholic Church. Roni Theis-Raymond died March 21 in her home.

* Funeral service for Daniel Dean Schaaf, 74, of Atkinson, June 16, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Daniel Schaaf died June 10 in the Faith Regional Health Services at Norfolk. Survivors include his wife Jaynell Schaaf of Atkinson; sons Daniel Schaaf Jr. and wife Kimberly of Atkinson; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers Tom Schaaf and wife Susan of Lynch, and Ronald Roy Schaaf and wife Annabel of Giltner.

* A celebration of life service will be held at a later date for Mark W. Kinnick, 66, of Rapid City, S.D. Mark Kinnick died May 25 at Rapid City. Survivors include his wife Darlene Kinnick of Rapid City; son Shane Kinnick and wife Kristin of Ainsworth; daughter Shannon Lamb; step-son Ryan Miles and wife Diana; step-daughter Melissa Hupp and husband Eric; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

* Word has been received of the death of Nancy Jackson, 85, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Ainsworth. Nancy Jackson died June 6 in the Hospice House at Rapid City. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Buffalo Flats Cemetery. Survivors include son Bob Jackson and wife Diana of Kansas City, Mo.; daughters Fay Ludens and husband Don of Rapid City, and Kathy Mosier and husband Don of Grand Junction, Colo.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister Cora Koss and husband Leslie of Rapid City, sister-in-law Nellie Johnson of Ainsworth; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Judy J. (Campbell) Rau, 66, of Ainsworth, June 5, in the Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Judy Rau died June 3 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include her husband Doug Rau of Ainsworth; children Randall Rau of Ainsworth, Julie Ruhter and husband Tony of Ainsworth, and Sandra Walck and husband Jason of Cheyenne, Wyo.; five grandchildren; brothers James Campbell and wife Nancy of Springview, and Larry Campbell of Milford; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life service will be held at a later date for Brayden M. Lawrenz, 15, of Ainsworth. Brayden Lawrenz died May 27 in his home. Survivors include his mother Briana Lawrenz of Ainsworth; father Stacy Lawrenz of Lincoln; sisters Bailey Roher of Douglas, Wyo., and Macey Flynn of Ainsworth; brothers Brayde Lawrenz of Grand Island, and Bryndyn Lawrenz of Lincoln; grandparents Kelly and Angie Flynn of Broken Bow, Deborah and Mike Carroll of Lincoln, and Paula and David Dentino of Blue Hill; and other family members.

* A private family funeral service for Evelyn Liewer, 97, of Butte formerly of Fairfax, S.D., will be held in the St. Anthony Catholic Church of Fairfax with burial in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery near Fairfax and military rites to be provided by the Fairfax American Legion Post 187. Evelyn Liewer died May 24 in the Butte Health Care Center.

* A graveside memorial service for Robert Dean Turpin, 89, of Bassett, will be held at a later date. Bob Turpin died May 24 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include sons Mace Turpin of Bassett, and Michael Turpin and wife Melody of Bassett; two grandsons; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private funeral service for Nettie M. (Radden) Ross, 103, of Springview, May 30, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Nettie Ross died March 12 at Hope Mills, N.C. Survivors include daughter Lorraine Ross Hall of New York City; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Lorraine Clopton of Manhattan, N.Y.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Roger Roth, 80, of Butte, May 21, at the Butte City Cemetery. Roger Roth died May 17 in the Arbor Care Center at O’Neill.

* A graveside service for Herbert Lurz, 89, of Valentine, May 21, at the Harmony Cemetery north of Valentine. Herbert Lurz died May 18 in Pine View at Valentine. Survivors include son Bill Lurz of Bassett; daughter Sharon Beirow of Hastings; and brother Ivan Lurz of Oklahoma.

* Word has been received of the death of Larry D. Hanna, 68, of Ainsworth. Larry Hanna died May 13 in the Kearney Regional Medical Center. Survivors include sisters Jeannie Welke and husband Randy of Johnstown, and Anita Hannah of St. George, Utah; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

A graveside service for Dick Kaup, 82, of Stuart, May 15, at the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery near Stuart with military rites provided by the Stuart American Legion Post. Dick Kaup died May 11 in his home. Survivors include his wife Darlene Kaup of Stuart; children Chad Kaup and wife Beth of Neligh, Cheri Dvorak and husband Jeff of Stuart, Lyle Kaup and wife Terri of Stuart, Lynn Neibauer of Atkinson, and Brad Kaup of Stuart; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister Evelyn Paxton and husband Larry of Stuart; and brother Bob Kaup and wife Marge of Atkinson.

* A private family funeral service for Cody F. “Badger” Svatos, 28, of Lynch, May 12, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Lynch. Cody Svatos died May 7.

* A private family graveside service for Weneth D. “Wen” Painter, 84, of Pleasanton, Calif., May 8, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine with a celebration of life service at a later date. Wen Painter died April 21 at Pleasanton. Survivors include wife JoAnn Painter of Pleasanton; daughters Pam Carroll and husband Terry of Long Pine, and Debbie Magnusson of Winchester, Calif.; son Kent Painter and wife Karen of Beaverton, Ore.; step-son Steve Siglin and wife Claudia of Pleasanton; step-daughter Jamie Raye and husband Chuck of Lompoc, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Wardene Roark of Long Pine; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private graveside service for Irene Schelm, 99, of Ainsworth, May 7, in the Lutheran Cemetery near Ainsworth. Irene Schelm died May 5 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include daughter Jan Vogelsang and husband Brian of Ainsworth; daughters-in-law Sandy Schelm of Ainsworth, and Rebecca Schelm of Ainsworth; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

* A private family graveside service for Gerald E. “Jerry” Priest, 86, of Ainsworth, May 1, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Jerry Priest died April 29 in his home. Survivors include children Sharon Simonson and husband Harlan of Ainsworth, Jeri Huddle and husband Gordy of Thedford, David Priest and wife Julie of Long Pine, and Mark Priest and wife Sandy of Merna; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers Ted Priest and wife Marilyn of Roosevelt, Utah, and Dallas Priest and wife Alberta of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister Ruth Allen of Johnstown; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family committal service for Daniel G. Kozisek, 88, of Ainsworth, April 29. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Dan Kozisek died April 22 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Colleen Viola and husband John of Fort Worth, Texas; sons Mark Kozisek and wife Joni of Ainsworth, and Greg Kozisek and wife Sue of Lincoln; siblings Mariann Kozisek of Lincoln, Bill Kozisek and wife JoAnn of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Larry Kozisek and wife Jan of Fond du Lac, Wis.; sister-in-law Gladys Birkel of Papillion; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Word has been received of the death of Larry W. Schelm, 76, of Ainsworth. Larry Schelm died April 22 in his home. A private family inurnment was held in the Lutheran Cemetery near Ainsworth. Survivors include his wife Sandy Schelm of Ainsworth; children Lori Schelm and husband Tim Harkins of Kansas City, Mo., Steve Schelm and wife Reiko of Plymouth, Mich., and Dana Buurman of Bennington; six grandchildren; mother Irene Schelm of Ainsworth; sister Jan Vogelsang and husband Brian of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Rebecca Schelm of Ainsworth; brothers-in-law Jim Miller and wife Nancy of Torrington, Wyo., and Dave Miller and wife Thelma of Fort Calhoun; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family graveside service for Verna R. Appleman, 86, of Johnstown, April 25, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Verna Appleman died April 22 in her home. Survivors include her husband John Appleman of Johnstown; children Loren Appleman and wife laurel of Johnstown, Lana Hauck and husband Gary of Utica, S.D., Lila DeRaad of Uganda, and Leonard Appleman and wife Kim of Johnstown; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Laura Anne Cront Wilson of Burton, Evelyn Snow of Kearney, Donnabelle Leonhardt of Riverton, Wyo., and Eunice Dowling Skinner of Napa, Calif.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family graveside service for John Wenner, 87, of Atkinson, April 23, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery near Atkinson with military rites provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post 86. John Wenner died April 20 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include children Kevin Wenner and wife Elaine of Kimberling City, Mo., Jean Jefferies and husband Bill of O’Neill, Suzan Snyder and Jeff Sinclair of Spencer, and Joe Wenner and wife Rhonda of Atkinson; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

* A private inurnment for Dean Colburn, 90, of Valentine, was held in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Dean Colburn died April 20 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include his wife Delores Colburn of Valentine; daughters Kay Miller of Ellsworth, and Nadeane Allard of Valentine; son David Colburn of Hot Springs, S.D.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Dick Colburn of Missouri, Don Colburn of Valentine, Tim Colburn of Valentine, Ann Rosfeld of Valentine, and Shirley Mullin of Indiana.

* A private graveside service was held for Agatha Killion Lewis, 81, of Windsor, Colo., formerly of Ainsworth, with a celebration of life service at a later date. Agatha Lewis died April 8 at Windsor.

* A private family graveside service was held for Margaret Fuhrer, 93, of Butte, with a memorial Mass at a later date. Margaret Fuhrer died April 12 in the Butte Healthcare Center.

* A private graveside service for Garth D. “Buck” Carr, 90, of Springview, April 17, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview with a military flag presentation by the Springview American Legion Post 98. Buck Carr died April 12 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include his wife Doris Carr of Springview; sons Doug Carr of Springview, and Rick Carr of Burton; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family funeral service for Roger Carr, 91, of O’Neill, April 16, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post. Roger Carr died April 13 in the Arbor Care Center at O’Neill. Survivors include his wife Joy Carr of O’Neill; children Roy Carr and wife Carolyn of Omaha, and Bradd Carr of Omaha; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* A private family funeral service for Mary Kaupp, 90, of Springview, April 14, in the Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home of Gregory, S.D., with burial in the IOOF Cemetery near Gregory. Mary Kaupp died April 8 in the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center at Gregory.

* A private graveside service for William Daniel “Blackie” Frederickson, 65, of Ainsworth, April 9, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Dan Frederickson died April 4 in his daughter’s home at Creston. Survivors include daughter Trica Magsamen and husband Mike of Creston; son Travis Leitschuck and wife Jennifer of Grand Island; seven grandchildren; siblings Jimmy Frederickson and wife Rita of Las Vegas, Nev., Jeff Frederickson of Ainsworth, and Peggy Ford and husband Chris of Scottsbluff; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Scott R. Leisy, 34, of Atkinson, April 9, at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Scott Leisy died April 6 in his home. Survivors include his wife Mary Leisy of Atkinson; children Hayden, Baylor and Jordyn Leisy; parents Darrel and Wilda Leisy of Atkinson; sister Jenny Leisy of Atkinson; parents-in-law Rick and Nancy Hendricks of Atkinson; brother-in-law Tim Hendricks and wife Kim of Wahoo; grandmothers Rita Muhm of Alliance, and Della Schwindt of Salina, Kan.; and nieces and nephews.

* A private graveside service for Helen E. (DeVall) Bartlett, 78, of Bassett, April 6, at the Ainsworth East Park Cemetery. Helen Bartlett died April 3 in her home. There will be no public visitation. Survivors include her daughter Lisa Gaskins and boyfriend Danny Witt of Ainsworth; son-in-law Rick Koch of Ord; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings Ed DeVall and wife Lottie of Ainsworth, Harold DeVall and wife Janice of Bassett, Bob DeVall and wife Bonnie of Stratton, Colo., Linda DeVall of Ainsworth, Ione Anderson and husband Rick of Bassett, and Bertha Shay of Milwaukie, Ore.; brothers-in-law Allen Ray Clausen of Nampa, Idaho, and Don Copeland of Waco; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside celebration of life service will be held at a later date for Ethel D. (Copeland) Reynolds, 96, of Kansas City, Mo. Ethel Reynolds died recently at Kansas City. Survivors include son Bill Reynolds and wife Juliette; daughter Janice Etzenhouser and husband David; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Janet Stewart and husband Terry; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family graveside service for Wayne Sharp, 83, of Sparks, will be held at a later date. Wayne Sharp died March 27 in the Cherry County Hospital at Valentine. Survivors include his wife Doris Sharp of Sparks; son Duane Sharp of Illinois; and daughter Rite Rowan of Sparks.

* Word has been received of the death of Deanna L. Sorenson, 77, of Long Pine. Deanna Sorenson died March 24 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Retreat, Wis. Survivors include her husband Clarence Sorenson of Long Pine; daughters Nancy Peterson and husband Marc of Brewster, and Rebecca Bauers of Big Lake, Minn.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Avis Denu of Tomah, Wash.; and other family members.

* A private graveside service for Marenna “Roni” Theis-Raymond, 80, of Ainsworth, March 25, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Roni Theis-Raymond died March 21 in her home. Survivors include her husband Jack Raymond 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; step-sons Chris Raymond and wife Wanda of Ainsworth, John Raymond of Ainsworth, and Jim Raymond of Ainsworth; step-daughters Patty Finney and husband Chris of Ainsworth, and Pam Raymond of Bassett; nine step-grandchildren; brothers Jon Shaffer and wife Joyce of Grand Island, Gene Shaffer and wife Pat of Creighton, and Mike Shaffer and wife Julane of Plainview; sister Ann Wortman and husband Warren of Creighton; sister-in-law Fran Shaffer of Niobrara; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Stephen D. Lentz, 72, of Long Pine, will be held at a later date. Stephen Lentz died March 18 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Sandy Lentz of Long Pine; son CJ “Chad” Lentz and wife Angel of Aurora; brothers Fred Lentz and wife Lois of Elkhorn, and Elmer Lentz Jr. of Ainsworth; sister Nancy Goodwin of Cody; sister-in-law Shirley Lentz of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation.

* A private graveside service for Ellis “Al” Hodge, 80, of Ainsworth, March 21, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Al Hodge died March 16 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include daughter Malinda Hodge and significant other Tim Roggasch of Rose; son Eugene Hodge and wife Jennifer of Johnstown; five grandchildren; sister Pam Smith of Michigan; brother Ron Smith and wife Carla of Michigan; brother-in-law Doc McMahan of South Carolina; sister-in-law Karen Otte of Florida; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Mary Lou Troshynski, 83, of Lincoln formerly of Atkinson, has been postponed. It was scheduled for March 21 in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Mary Lou Troshynski died March 14 in the Centennial Park Nursing Home at Lincoln. Survivors include children Tom Troshynski and wife Beth of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jerry Troshynski and wife Jeanne of Wasilla, Alaska, Todd Troshynski and wife Annette of Milwaukee, Wis., Martin Troshynski and wife Lisa of North Platte, and Chris Troshynski of Hastings; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Richard James Cleary, 77, of Atkinson, has been postponed. It was scheduled for March 19 in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery and military rites to be provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post 86. Richard Cleary died March 11 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include children Steve Cleary and wife Kim of Leigh, Jeff Cleary and wife Sarah of Omaha, Lisa Cleary and Pat Herring of Atkinson, and Jenny Hilkemeier and husband Justin of Atkinson; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Barbara Loock of Fremont; and brother Larry Cleary of O’Neill.

* Funeral service for LaVerne L. Iverson, 92, of Bassett, March 18, in the St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. LaVerne Iverson died March 11 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include sons Ronald Iverson of Bassett, and Dr. Casey Iverson of Grand Island; one grandson; one great-grandson; and other family members.

* Funeral service for Beverlee McPeak, 85, of Valentine, March 16, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Beverlee McPeak died March 3 in her home. Survivors include daughter Kim Troudt of Martell; sons Casey McPeak of Valentine, and Scott McPeak of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and brothers William Berry Smith of California, and Bill McPeak of Presho, S.D.

* A memorial graveside service for Gerald “Gary” W. Davis, 82, of Ainsworth, March 14, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Gary Davis died Dec. 29, 2019, in his home. Survivors include his wife Edna Mae Davis of Ainsworth; children Deb Sybrant and husband Allen of Bassett, Jim Davis and wife LaTonne of Ainsworth, Mike Davis and wife Ronda of Ainsworth, Shari Davis of Grand Island, and Charles Davis of Ainsworth; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother Paul Davis Jr. of Ainsworth; sister Marjorie Wilkins and husband Chet of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Violet Raschke, 95, of Gregory, S.D., March 14, in the St. John Lutheran Church of Gregory with burial in the IOOF Cemetery. Violet Raschke died March 7 in the Gregory Hospital.

* Funeral service for Joseph Henry Deermer, 95, of Stuart, March 12, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery and military rites provided by the Stuart American Legion Post. Joseph Deermer died March 7 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include one nephew and two nieces.

* A memorial service for Bill Gallino, 91, of Crookston, March 10, in the Valentine United Methodist Church. Bill Gallino died March 4 in the Cherry County Hospital at Valentine. Survivors include his wife Bessie Gallino of Crookston; children Bonnie Price and husband Dave of Valentine, Kay Stancil and husband Wayne of Pierre, S.D., and Billy Gallino of Crookston; and brother Nile Gallino and wife Carol of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Donna Van Metre, 93, of Torrington, Wyo., formerly of Springview, March 7, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Donna Van Metre died March 1 at Torrington. Survivors include daughters Karolyn Stovall of Torrington, Sandy Billings of Valentine, and Terri Lynn Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son David Lee Van Metre of Burke, S.D.; and sister Hazel Prentice of Gordon.

* Word has been received of the death of Eiko Lentz, 89, of Ainsworth. Eiko Lentz died Feb. 29 in the Brown County Hospital. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Grand View Cemetery near Long Pine. Survivors include husband Elmer T. Lentz Jr. of Ainsworth; daughter Susan Terry Quimby and husband Gerald of Vacaville, Calif.; sons Alan Lentz and wife Teresa of Ainsworth, and Antony Lentz of Ainsworth; daughter-in-law Kris Lentz of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters and other family members.

* Funeral service for Don Christensen, 87, of Gregory, S.D., March 4, in the Gregory Congregational Church with burial in the IOOF Cemetery. Don Christensen died Feb. 28 in the Gregory Hospital.

* Funeral service for Donald Brown, 84, of Fremont formerly of Atkinson, March 3, in the Atkinson United Methodist Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery and military rites to be provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post. Donald Brown died Feb. 27 in the Methodist Fremont Hospital. Survivors include children Dottie Anderson of Waterloo, Daniel Brown and wife Jody of Blair, Monte Brown and wife Jenise of Omaha, Jerry Brown and wife Jayma of Oakland, Jason Brown and wife Danielle of Omaha, and Joel Brown and wife Valerie of Omaha; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings Dale Osborne and wife Eileen of Atkinson, Orville Osborne and wife Donna of Atkinson, Bonnie Bilstein and husband Dick of Atkinson, Pat Jefferys and husband Bill of Kearney, and Billie Brown of Centerton, Ark.

* Funeral service for Billy M. David, 64, of Bassett, March 3, in the Chambers United Methodist Church with burial in the Chambers Cemetery. Billy David died Feb. 26 in his home. Survivors include brothers Tim David and wife Mary of Norfolk, and Terry David of Ainsworth; an uncle; two nieces and two nephews.

* Funeral service for Jeanette Keller, 84, of Valentine, Feb. 29 in the Elsmere Bible Church with interment in the Purdum Cemetery. Jeanette Keller died Feb. 23 in the Callaway Good Life Center. Survivors include daughters Dee Painter of Valentine and Keller Hayes of Colorado.

* Funeral service for Laverne Schrader, 85, of Gregory, S.D., Feb. 29, in Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home of Gregory. Laverne Schrader died Feb. 23 in the Tieszen Memorial Home at Marion, S.D.

* Funeral service for Norman S. Larabee, 84, of Neligh, Feb. 28, in the Neligh United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Norman Larabee died Feb. 24 in the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha.

* Funeral service for Julius J. "Pug" Murer, 79, of Ainsworth, Feb. 27, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Pug Murer died Feb 23 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include wife Rachel Murer of Ainsworth; daughters Elizabeth Anne Murer and special friend Bill Williams of Cody, Theresa K. Murer-Roemer and husband Lamar of The Woodlands, Texas, Tracey K. Noel and husband Jack of Indiana, and Marty Jo Murer-Honorable of Rapid City, S.D.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Jo Wilson and husband Shorty of Bassett; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for LaVern L. Heller, 79, of Atkinson Feb. 25, in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wisner with burial in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. LaVern Heller died Feb. 22 in his home. Survivors include wife Jan Heller of Atkinson; daughter Linda Rahder and husband Bill of Atkinson; sons John Heller and wife Kathy of Platte, S.D., and Joel Heller and wife Pam of Atkinson; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Milford Heller and wife Lois of Red Oak, Iowa, and Richard Heller and wife Joyce of San Angelo, Texas; sister Rosemary Risor and significant other Haile of St. Paul, Minn.; and sister-in-law Alice Heller of Wisner.

* A memorial service for Waldo Osterman, 89, of Wood Lake will be held in the spring. Waldo Osterman died February 21 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include daughter Diana Tweedy of Omaha; and son Chris Osterman of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Vance Baker, 98, of Valentine formerly of Springview,  Feb. 19, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Vance Baker died Feb. 14 at Valentine.  Survivors include his wife Marilyn Baker of Valentine; sons Mark Billings of Lincoln, David Billings of Valentine and Blaine Baker of Papillion; and daughter-in-law Sandy Billings of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Clara Mae Daniels, 91, of Ainsworth, Feb. 13, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Clara Mae Daniels died Feb. 7 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include son Eddy Daniels and wife Joan of Ainsworth; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Shirley Daniels of Ainsworth, and Mary Daniels of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Robert R. Mack, 98, of Ainsworth formerly of Kenesaw, Feb. 13, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Kenesaw with burial in the Kenesaw Cemetery with military rites provided by the Hastings Veterans Association. Robert Mack died Feb. 6 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include daughters Rita Paddock and husband Roland of Ainsworth, and Roanne Mack of Lincoln; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Donna Dillon, 81, of South Sioux City formerly of Ainsworth and Valentine, Feb. 8, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with inurnment in the Grand View Cemetery near Long Pine. Donna Dillon died Jan. 27 in the St. Luke’s Hospital at Sioux City, Iowa. Survivors include sons Bill Dillon of Valentine, Stan Dillon of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Donnie Dillon of Lincoln; and sisters Loraine Biltoft of Ainsworth, and Lois Rahn of Wichita, Kan.

* Funeral service for Jackson "Jack" Roark, 89, of Long Pine, Feb. 8, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine with military rites. Jack Roark died Feb. 3 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include his wife Wardene Roark of Long Pine; sons Dennis Roark and wife Connie of Keaau, Hawaii, and Randall Roark and wife Pam of Cheney, Wash.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Pat Thompson of Warrenton, Ore.; brother Terry Roark of Boise, Idaho; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Bernard “Bernie” Holmberg, 83, of Spencer, Feb. 8, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Spencer with burial in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery and military rites performed by the Army National Guard Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 78. Bernie Holmberg died Feb. 4 in the Fillmore County Hospital at Geneva.

* A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Mervin Davis, 77, of Ainsworth. Mervin Davis died Jan. 28 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include daughters Janice Davis of Thermopolis, Wyo., and Sondra Peck and husband Mike of Bonesteel, S.D.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Donna Swim and husband Roger of Springview; brother Don Davis of Scottsbluff; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Byron “Bud” Stolzenburg, 80, of Crookston, Feb. 1, in the Our Savior Lutheran Church of Valentine with a private family burial in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery south of Crookston. Bud Stolzenburg died Jan. 26 at North Platte. Survivors include his wife Jean Stolzenburg; children Denise West and Kurt Stolzenburg; and sisters Sharon Eickhoff, Judi Ketelsen and Jo An Walling.

* Funeral service for John P. “Pat” Chase, 83, of Ainsworth, Feb. 1, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Ainsworth East Park Cemetery. Pat Chase died Jan. 29 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include his wife Marlene Chase of Ainsworth; children Brenda Davis and husband Mike of Wood Lake, Michael Chase of Chanute, Kan., and Douglas Chase of Sioux Falls, S.D.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers Al Chase and wife Ronna of Glendale, Ariz., and Glen Chase and wife Pam of Chanute, Kan.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Richard Duane Fink, 87, of Grand Island formerly of Purdum, Jan. 25, in the Govier Brothers Chapel of Broken Bow with interment in the Purdum Cemetery with military rites. Richard Fink died Jan. 17 at Grand Island. Survivors include sister Beverly Scheer of Broken Bow; nieces and nephews and cousins.

* Funeral service for John Richard Jochem Jr., 90, of Morrill formerly of Ainsworth, Jan. 25, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with interment in the German Valley Cemetery near Brewster. John Jochem Jr. died Jan. 19 in his home. Survivors include children Gale Jochem, Craig Jochem, Ellen Spearman, Barb Bowlin and husband Don, John Jochem and wife Kelly, Rebecca Turner and husband Tom, Glen Jochem, Donita “Dee” Allen and husband Bill, Jackie Dishman and husband Monte, and Emma Fish and husband Mark; special friend Joyce Nelson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Sally A. Grooms, 94, of Springview, Jan. 22, in the Springview United Methodist Church with a private family inurnment at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. Sally Grooms died Jan. 18 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include children Rhonda Kohel and husband Ed of Kearney, Laurene Munger and husband Gary of Springview, Charles Grooms of Iowa, Tammy Spies and husband Jeff of Mullen, and Pam Petersen of Mullen; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and other family members.

* Funeral service for Delores D. Ammon, 93, of Bassett, Jan. 21, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Sybrant Cemetery near Bassett. Delores Ammon died Jan. 16 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include children Dee Tech and husband Ron of Alda, Keith Ammon and wife Lorraine of Bassett, Shirley Bell of Gillette, Wyo., Gerald Ammon of Bassett, and Rhonda Wulf and husband Jeff of Kearney; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister Mardelle Hansen of Oklahoma; and other family members.

* Funeral service for Darlene Jean Jauernig, 76, of Stuart, Jan. 20, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. Darlene Jauernig died Jan. 16 in the Parkside Manor. Survivors include her husband Marvin Jauernig of Stuart; sons Robert Schafer and Deneen Stuart of Stuart, Brant Schafer and wife Lori of Stuart, and Brian Schafer of Stuart; seven grandchildren; sister Carol McBride of Ainsworth; brothers Robert Hoffman of Milaca, Minn., and Daniel Hoffman of Kearney; an aunt, and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Harry K. Buoy, 91, of Bassett, Jan. 18, in the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bassett with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery near Rose. Harry Buoy died Jan. 12 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include his wife Faye Buoy of Bassett; children Leanne Fox and husband Doug of Bassett, Gary Buoy and wife Daunitta of Burwell, Bonnie Emerson and husband Brad of Bassett, Lonnie Buoy and wife Deb of Bassett, Jerry Buoy of Laurel, and Cindy Norton and husband Todd of Ainsworth; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sisters-in-law Sylva Buoy of Burwell, Elva Buoy of Long Pine, Darline Blake of Bassett, and Ila Mae Blake of Bassett; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Tom Osborne, 73, of Atkinson, Jan. 18, in the Atkinson United Methodist Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Tom Osborne died Jan. 14 in the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha. Survivors include his wife Sandra Osborne of Atkinson; children Jerry Osborne and wife Melinda of Atkinson, Doreen Larson and husband Justin of Castle Rock, Colo., Charley Osborne and wife Amanda of Omaha, and Andrew Osborne and wife Crystal of Atkinson; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Rose Swenson of Atkinson; and sister-in-law Ruth Osborne of Dewey, Ariz.

* Funeral service for Homer C. Kenner, 85, of Wood Lake, Jan. 13, in the Ainsworth Church of the Nazarene with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. Homer Kenner died Jan. 8 in the Sandhills Care Center.  Survivors include his wife Clarabelle Kenner of Wood Lake; children Lyle Kenner and wife Gina of Linton, N.D., Sandi Boehr of Florissant, Colo., Paul Kenner and wife Ronda of Wood Lake, and Bryan Kenner of Stapleton; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family memorial will be held at a later date for Laura L. Spanel, 58, of Ainsworth. Laura Spanel died Jan. 7 in the Bryan Medical Center East at Lincoln. Survivors include her husband George Spanel of Ainsworth; five step-children; five step-grandchildren; mother-in-law Glenna Abbott of Long Pine; sisters Cindy Groce of Scottsbluff, Barbara Barber and husband Tom of Canyon City, Colo., Julie Robinson and husband Rick of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kathy Renault of Havre, Mont., Pam Taylor and husband Roy Torres of Bridgeport, and Rhonda Tooley of Scottsbluff; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Conrad Budde Jr., 89, of Ainsworth. Conrad Budde Jr. died Jan. 7 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include children Michael Budde and wife Debbie of Forest, Va., Ann Lebsack and husband Gary of Conway, S.C., and John Budde and wife Sandy of Severance, Colo.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Helen Boysen of Grand Island; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Gerald “Gary” W. Davis, 82, of Ainsworth, Jan. 10, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with a committal service at a later date in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Gary Davis died Dec. 29 in his home. Survivors include his wife Edna Mae Davis of Ainsworth; children Deb Sybrant and husband Allen of Ainsworth, Jim Davis and wife LaTonne of Ainsworth, Mike Davis and wife Ronda of Ainsworth, Shari Davis of Grand Island, and Charles Davis of Ainsworth; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother Paul Davis Jr. of Ainsworth; sister Marjorie Wilkins and husband Chet of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Donald R. Stevens, 74, of Verdigre formerly of Ainsworth, Jan. 9, in the Ainsworth Church of the Nazarene with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Donald Stevens died Dec. 30 in the Alpine Village Retirement Center at Verdigre. Survivors include brothers Danny Stevens of Lincoln, and Gage Stevens of Franklin; and other family members.

* Funeral service for Garneta J. Johnson, 94, of Rose, Jan. 7, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Duff Cemetery near Rose. Garneta Johnson died Jan. 2 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include sons Richard Johnson of Jackson, Miss., and Jim Johnson and wife Betty of Rose; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other family members.

* A memorial service for Donna Jean Tasler, 86, of Atkinson, Jan. 4, in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center chapel. Donna Tasler died Dec. 4 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include her husband Dewayne Tasler of Atkinson; children Wayne Tasler and wife Linda of Casper, Wyo., Jeanette Tasler of Atkinson, Jerry Tasler and wife Elaine of Atkinson, Debra Kramer and husband Kevin of Lincoln, and Tony Tasler and wife Tammy of Forest Grove, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Ray Herrington and wife Wanda of Bassett.

* Funeral service for Kenneth C. Millard, 61, of Springview, Jan. 4, in the Springview New Hope Community Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Kenneth Millard died Dec. 27 in his home. Survivors include his wife Debra Millard of Springview; son John Millard and wife Jenna of Volga, S.D.; daughter Amanda Memrick and husband Matt of Belmont, N.C.; two granddaughters; parents Jack and Carol Millard of Grand Island; sister Deborah Kay Van Ert of Fullerton; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service for Joanne Gracey, 90, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. Joanne Gracey died Dec. 26 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include sons Mike Staab and wife Christy of Wellington, Colo., Mark Gracey and wife Debb of Ainsworth, and Cameron Gracey and wife Mona of Wellington, Colo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

 

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