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* A celebration of life service for Norma Jean Keech, 88, of Valentine, will be held at a later date. Norma Jean Keech died Saturday, May 19, in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Pam Bryan of Waxhaw, N.C.; son Kevin Keech of Redfield, Iowa; and sister Darlene Schaeffer of Valentine.

* A graveside memorial service for Betty J. Chrans, 69, of Springview, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Betty Chrans died Nov. 30, 2017, in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include children Eric Chrans and wife Denise of Clinton, Conn., Darci Lee and husband John of Brownlee, Jason Chrans of Lincoln, and Dana Jackson of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; siblings Connie Larrington and husband Gale of Springview, Sue Weston and husband Ben of Springview, Ernest Hallock and wife Karen of Springview, and Steve Hallock and wife Chris of Springview; and nieces, nephews and other family members. Memorials may be made to the Rock County Long Term Care or to the Springview Community Center.

* Funeral service for Roger W. “Bubba” Fischer, 84, of Bassett, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Roger Fischer died Sunday, May 20, in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Visitation is scheduled one hour prior to the time of service Friday in the St. Peter Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife Ione Fischer of Bassett; children David Fischer of Omaha, Karla Theisen and husband Tom of Atkinson, and Danita Shaw and husband Ben of Bassett; four grandchildren; six great-grandsons; brother Larry Fischer and wife Ardelle of Bassett; sisters Marlene Johnson and husband Ted of Rapid City, S.D., and Carol June Gordon and husband Lyle of Holmen, Wis.; 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 Joe Fleming, 78, of Valentine, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Harmony Cemetery north of Valentine. Joe Fleming died Friday, May 18, in his home north of Valentine. Visitation is scheduled from 5 until 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine. Survivors include his wife Mavis Fleming of Valentine; children Jackie Hollenbeck of Bassett, Larry Fleming of Hudson, Colo., Lori Witte of Valentine, and Jill Fleming of California; and siblings Gail Bray of Pova, Ga., Charles Fleming of Sun Valley, Nev., Mildred Light of Sarasota, Fla., and Mavis Foyle of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Lois A. Dvorak, 89, of Stuart, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Lois Dvorak died Sunday, May 20, in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Visitation is scheduled from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in Seger Funeral Home of Stuart with a 4 p.m. Christian Mothers Rosary and a 7 p.m. Parish Rosary. Survivors include her husband Richard Dvorak of Stuart; children Nancy Snover and husband Mark of Stuart, Jerry Dvorak and wife Kim of Stuart, Rick Dvorak and wife Katie of Oconto, Bob Dvorak and wife Judy of Stuart, Tom Dvorak and wife Peggy of Stuart, and Jeff Dvorak and wife Cheri of Stuart; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Roger F. Bernt, 69, of Amarillo, Texas, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with inurnment in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery near Stuart. Roger Bernt died May 9 in the Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital at Amarillo. A Rosary and prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Pius X Catholic Church. Survivors include sisters Susan Sisson and husband Richard of Ainsworth, and Opal Doerr and husband Eric of Lincoln; and nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family.

* Funeral service for Doris Kohle, 87, of Stuart, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Doris Kohle died Thursday, May 17, in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Visitation is scheduled from 3 until 8 p.m. Sunday in Seger Funeral Home of Stuart with a 4 p.m. Christian Mothers Rosary and a 7 p.m. Parish Rosary in the funeral home. Survivors include children Cindy Barney and husband Kent of Kearney, Pat Kohle of Norfolk, Jim Kohle and wife Linda of Stuart, Jerry Kohle and wife Teresa of Stuart, Julie Tielke and husband Bill of Atkinson, Laurie Murphy and husband Tim of Valentine, and Deb Maas and husband Derric of Norfolk; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and brother Jim Davis and wife Buttons of Stuart.

* A graveside memorial service for Kenneth L. “Kenny” Jines, 60, of Newport, May 19, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Kenny Jines died March 10 in his home. Survivors include his father A.G. Jines of Alliance; son Devin Ward of Ainsworth; sister Marilyn Crooker and husband Richard of Newport; step-father Merlyn Hambleton of Johnstown; and half-brother Jimmie Jines of Ormond Beach, Fla.

* Funeral service for Lydia Story, 92, of Colome, S.D.,  May 14, in the Colome Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the Colome City Cemetery. Lydia Story died May 7 in the Countryside Home at Madison. Survivors include children Kenneth Story and wife Cami of Norfolk, Wallace Story and wife Marcia of Danville, Ill., and Don Story and wife Jackie of Dallas, S.D.; seven grandchildren; and sisters Martha Bender of Wisconsin, and Mabel Lehmann of Wisconsin.

* Funeral service for Alfred “Bud” Schaaf, 79, of Atkinson, May 11, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with military rites provided by the Atkinson American Legion Farley/Tushla Post 86. Bud Schaaf died May 6 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include his wife Judy Schaaf of Atkinson; children Regina Johnson and husband Bowde of Kearney, Rhonda McConnell and husband Jeremy of Gretna, and Tyler Schaaf and wife Amanda of Atkinson; seven grandchildren; and siblings Mary Vanderbeek of Atkinson, Dick Schaaf of Omaha, Anita Babutzke of Atkinson, Randy Schaaf and wife Lynette of Stuart, Gayle Jungman and husband Roger of Atkinson, Dan Schaaf and wife Nancy of Hamilton, Ohio, and Pat Hamik and husband Tom of Atkinson.

* A memorial service for Keith Sandall, 73, of Lincoln formerly of Bassett, May 11, in the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home with burial at a later date at Bassett. Keith Sandall died May 8. Survivors include his wife Delores Sandall of Lincoln; children Brian Sandall and wife Tiffany, and Darrel Sandall and wife Sharon; nine grandchildren; sisters Kay Ann Knox and husband Paul, and Joan Tempero and husband Steve; and nieces and nephews.

*  Funeral service for Richard Lee Goochey, 81, of Ainsworth, May 5, in the Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth with burial with in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites performed by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Richard Goochey died on May 1 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include his wife Ardith Goochey of Ainsworth; children Daniel Goochey and wife Carol of Omaha, Barbara Lurz and husband Jim of Pender, and Amy Himburg and husband Michael of Norfolk; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; half-sisters Betty Morgan of Castana, Iowa, Linda Parr of Battle Creek, Iowa, and Darla Westin of Elk Point, S.D.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Lester D. Stufft, 80, of Ainsworth, May 5, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with a private family inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery at a later date. Lester Stufft died Dec. 29, 2017, in the Cherry County Hospital at Valentine. Survivors include children Shiela Baragar and husband Allen of Ainsworth, Franklin Stufft of North Pole, Alaska, Curt Stufft of Ainsworth, Shana Harper and husband Chad of Paulina, Iowa, Garret Stufft of Ewing, and Michael Stufft and wife Loretta of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren; brothers William Stufft and wife Roberta of Albuquerque, N.M., and Francis Stufft and wife Haroldine of Stromsburg; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Harold E. Ammon, 96, of Bassett, May 2, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Sybrant Cemetery southeast of Bassett. Harold Ammon died April 27 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include his wife Delores Ammon of Bassett; children Denise 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 Cambridge; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Eleanor Ammon of Bassett; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Lee A. Mitchell, 57, of Stuart, May 1, in the Stuart Auditorium with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery and an honor guard provided by the Borderline Tractor Pullers Association. Lee Mitchell died April 27 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include his wife Jodi Mitchell of Stuart; children Kari Mitchell of Kearney, and Cory Mitchell of Stuart; parents Ken and Nancy Mitchell of Newport; and sister Sandra Vallario of Huntersville, N.C.

* A memorial service for Elaine Slaymaker, 66, of Atkinson, April 28, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson. Elaine Slaymaker died Monday in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include her husband Terry Slaymaker of Atkinson; daughters Monica Rose Hanson and husband Jim of Richland, Wash., and Pamela Slaymaker of Maui, Hawaii; three grandchildren; and siblings Rose Satterfield of Casper, Wyo., Pete Perry and wife Robin of Casper, Paula Perry of Denver, Colo., Mike Perry and wife Sharon of Loveland, Colo., Patsy Thomas of Boston, Mass., Chris Perry and wife Julie of Casper, Phyllis Randel and husband Greg of Eudora, Kan., Karen Anderson of West Fargo, N.D., and Nancy Watson of Cape May, N.J.

* A graveside service for Eugene A. Holbrook, 79, of Stuart, April 28, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Eugene Holbrook died March 18 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include son Raymond Holbrook and wife Julie of Malmo; daughters Anita Holbrook of Atkinson, Tonia Holbrook of Omaha, Wanda Hernandez and husband Joe of Lincoln, LeAnn Rice and husband Jason of Omaha, Amber Holbrook of Fremont, and April Holbrook of Indianapolis, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Avis E. Moore, 93, of Randolph formerly of Long Pine, April 25, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Grand View Cemetery near Long Pine. Avis Moore died April 22 in the Colonial Manor Skilled Nursing Facility at Randolph. Survivors include children Steve Moore and wife Julie of Lincoln, Kathy Moore of Randolph, and Sherry Walker and husband Jim of Logan, Iowa; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Warren Lee Funk, 68, of Atkinson, April 25, in the Atkinson United Methodist Church. Warren Funk died April 19. Survivors include his wife Carol Funk of Atkinson; daughters Amy Funk of Lake Quivira, Kan., Lisa Graycar and husband Mark of Lafayette, Colo., and Katie Almgren and husband Randy of Omaha; three grandchildren; mother Jeanine Funk of Atkinson; and sisters Karen Fundus and husband Ken of Norfolk, Michele Kopecky and husband Joe of Atkinson, and Pamela Kopecky of Papillion.

* Funeral service for Dorothy Kubart, 89, of Atkinson, April 19, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Dorothy Kubart died April 15 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Verdell Kubart and wife Ruth of Henderson, Nev., Shari Krysl and husband Ron of Atkinson, David Kubart and wife Susan of North Platte, and Greg Kubart and wife Ermalyn of Kansas City, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and son-in-law Ken Fossen and wife Connie of Omaha.

* Funeral service for Mary Beth Abraham, 96, of Valentine, April 17, in the Valentine St. Nicholas Catholic Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Mary Beth Abraham died April 12 in the South Haven Living Center at Wahoo. Survivors include sons Tom Abraham of Omaha, and Jim Abraham of Sydney, Australia; daughters Donna Watson of Traverse City, Mich., Nancy Olson of Omaha, and Colleen Moosman of Valentine; and sister Alice Bonnell of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

* A memorial service for Donald E. “Donnie” Richardson, 86, of Ainsworth, April 16, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with inurnment at a later date in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Donnie Richardson died Feb. 18 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include his wife Luanne Richardson of Ainsworth; daughters Pamela Richardson of Orlando, Fla., and Dawn Denise Dobbins and husband Dave of Lexington; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Albert M. Polen, 78, of Long Pine, April 12, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Albert Polen died April 9 in the Grand Island Lakeview Rehabilitation and Care Center. Survivors include children Alica Ward of Fort Worth, Texas, Matt Polen of Eagle, April Vandeventer of Hastings, Amber Sherman and husband Loren of Ainsworth, Adam Polen of Phillips, and Aleah Polen of Hastings; daughter-in-law Kim Polen of Port Lavaca, Texas; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings Lavonne Polen of Valley, and Marlowe Polen and wife Phyllis of Cedar Bluffs; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Word has been received of the death of James P. “Jimmy” Hempel, 71, of Long Pine. Jimmy Hempel died April 4 in the Sandhills Care Center. A service will be held at a later date. Survivors include brother Richard “Dick” Hempel and wife Anita of Ainsworth, and George Hempel and wife Heike of Boaz, Ala.; sister Jeanne Allen of Rogers, Ark.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service for Harry V. Pedersen, 76, of Bassett, April 7, at the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites provided by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Harry Pedersen died March 21 in the VA Medical Center at Grand Island. Survivors include brothers-in-law John Appleman and wife Verna of Johnstown, and Robert Appleman and wife Wilma of Johnstown; sisters-in-law Linda Black and husband Tom of West Point, and Wanda Major and husband Wayne of Riverton, Wyo.; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

* Funeral service for Inez Weller, 97, of Atkinson, April 7, in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Inez Weller died April 2 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include children Karen Bussinger of Atkinson, Mary Jansen of Yukon, Okla., Roger Weller and wife Jeanette of Emmet, Francis Eugene Weller and wife Cathy of Bradenton, Fla., Patrica VanEck of Yukon, Okla., Richard Weller and wife Betty of Atkinson, and Joyce Weekley and husband Robert of Atkinson; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren; and sister Minnie Stevens of Casper, Wyo.

* A celebration of life service for Jason K. Lauer, 41, of Ainsworth, April 7, in the Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church. Jason Lauer died April 2 in the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital at Omaha. Survivors include his wife Heidi Lauer of Ainsworth; children Tessa Lauer, Kaleb Lauer, and Courtney Lauer all of Ainsworth; one grandson; parents Jim Lauer and wife Deb of Ainsworth, and Barb Merritt and husband Bill of Omaha; siblings Alissa Johnson and husband Shawn of Syracuse, Megan Killion and husband Ryan of Kearney, and Aaron Lauer of Coral Gables, Fla.; grandmother Jean Kops of Lincoln; one niece, five nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Linda Beck, 74, of Mills, April 7, in the Mills Community Church with burial in the Olive Branch Cemetery. Linda Beck died April 2.

* Word has been received of the death of Thomas A. “Tom” Coble, 89, of Ainsworth. Tom Coble died March 27 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Elsie Coble of Ainsworth; children Toby Coble of North Platte, Denise Adcock and husband Danny of Ainsworth, and Carla Herrera of Corpus Christi, Texas; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Dane Furnett, 89, of Atkinson formerly of Fayetteville, Tenn., March 29, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Dane Furnett died March 24 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include her husband Robert Furnett of Atkinson; sons Larry Roberson and wife Donna of Elizabethtown, Ill., and Rickie Roberson and wife Pati of Gresham, Ore.; daughters Deb Hash and husband Mark of Atkinson, and Valerie Edwards and husband Bruce of Noblesville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Marilyn M. Philben, 86, of Ainsworth, March 28, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Marilyn Philben died March 22 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include daughters Iree McNally and Dick Schipporeit of Ainsworth, and Lori Haake and husband Craig of Gothenburg; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other family members.

* A celebration of life service for Moonyeen Faye Stuart, 85, of Atkinson, March 26, in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Moonyeen Faye Stuart died March 17 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include children Ed Gilmore and wife Kathy of Central City, Jon Gilmore and wife Julia of Las Vegas, Nev., Shelley Caldwell of Thornton, Colo., Gordon Stuart and wife Diana of Salem, Ore., Kevin Stuart and wife Renee of Lincoln, James Stuart of Lincoln, Deneen Stuart of Atkinson, and Michael Stuart of O’Neill; 17 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Mike J. Wenner, 88, of Atkinson, March 26, in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Mike Wenner died March 22 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include wife Sharon Wenner of Atkinson; daughter-in-law Marsha Wenner of Atkinson; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; brother John Wenner of Atkinson; and sister Leona Kabeiseman of Yankton, S.D.

* A memorial service for Teresa “Teri” Lynn Burdick, 63, of Johnstown, March 23, in the Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church with a private family inurnment at a later date at the Burdick Ranch. Teri Lynn Burdick died March 20 in her home. Survivors include her husband Terry Burdick of Johnstown; children Loralea Frank and husband Mark of Kearney and Johnstown, and Byron Burdick and wife Julia of Johnstown; six grandchildren; brother Dr. Jim Stech of Lexington, Ky.; parents-in-law Ben and Aleta Burdick of Johnstown; and other family members.

* Funeral service for Judy Walz, 73, of Cody, March 22, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial at a later date. Judy Walz died March 16 at Valentine. Survivors include her husband Jerry Walz of Cody; daughter Kathy Thaller of Lincoln; sons Jeff Walz of Cook, and Kirk Walz of Valentine; and sister Joyce Micheel of Long Pine.

* A memorial service for Kenneth S. Elkins, 74, of Hoskins, March 22, in the Stonacek Funeral Chapel of Norfolk with military rites provided by the Norfolk American Legion Post 16, the VFW Post 1644, the Nebraska American Legion Riders and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Ken Elkins died March 17 in the Faith Regional Hospital at Norfolk.

* Funeral service for Doris Elaine Marcellus, 85, of Stuart, March 22, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. Doris Marcellus died March 18 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include her husband Carroll Marcellus of Stuart; daughter Stephanie Marcellus and husband Shawn Smith of Wayne; and son Jeffrey Dale Marcellus of Stuart.

* A memorial service for Margie T. Cosgrove, 73, of Long Pine, March 21, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Margie Cosgrove died March 17 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include her husband Tom Cosgrove of Long Pine; son Chad Cosgrove and wife Amy of Lincoln; one grandson; brother Gerald Denny and wife Theresa of Long Pine; sisters Judy Frew of Ainsworth, and Cathy Cole and husband Glen of Long Pine; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Jeanne Andersen, 88, of Atkinson, March 20, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Jeanne Andersen died March 16 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Glenn Andersen and wife Nancy of O’Neill, Cathy Skala and husband Dick of Atkinson, Kevin Andersen and wife Chris of Atkinson, Bryan Andersen and wife Kim of Atkinson, and Heidi Kohle and husband Brad of Stuart; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Donald J. Stone, 84, of Ozark, Mo., formerly of Wood Lake, March 17, in the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church of Ozark with burial in the Marshfield City Cemetery. Donald Stone died March 7 in his home. Survivors include his wife Bernice Stone of Ozark; sons Joe Stone and wife Chris of Chanhassen, Minn., and Jeff Stone and wife Anh of Springfield, Mo.; two grandsons; sister Darlene Low and husband Harold of Arapahoe; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Josephine V. Prentice, 84, of Norfolk formerly of Springview, March 16, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Josephine Prentice died March 10 in her home. Survivors include her husband Harold Prentice of Norfolk; daughters Janeen Prentice of Madison, Lori Connot and husband Neil of Yankton, S.D., and Gina Knight and husband Bud of Wright, Wyo.; son-in-law Jim Mundorf and wife Anna of Ayr; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; brother Garth “Buck” Carr and wife Doris of Springview; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Otto Gerald “Shorty” Schipporeit, 82, of Ainsworth, March 14, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with inurnment in the Lutheran Cemetery near Ainsworth. Shorty Schipporeit died March 8 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include his sister Carolyn Schipporeit of Ainsworth; brothers Richard “Dick” Schipporeit and Iree McNally of Ainsworth, and Don Schipporeit of Long Pine; sister-in-law Illa, Mrs. Robert, Schipporeit of Lakewood, Colo.; five nieces and two nephews.

* Funeral service for Vivien D. Johnson, 91, of Ainsworth, March 12, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the East Woodlawn Cemetery near Johnstown. Vivien Johnson died March 8 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include children Daniel Johnson and wife Linda of Ainsworth, Patricia Wasson and husband Myron of Hadar, and Brian Johnson and wife Donna of Ainsworth; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; special friend Bruce Botsford of Ainsworth; brothers-in-law Brent Johnson and wife Karen of Johnstown, and Bruce Johnson and wife Jeane of Ainsworth; sister-in-law June Biggs of Quincy, Calif.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Robert “Bob” Louis Groeger, 92, of Sioux Falls, S.D., March 10, at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery near Atkinson with military rites provided by the Atkinson American Legion Post 86. Bob Groeger died Jan. 14 in his home. Survivors include his wife Geraldine Groeger of Sioux Falls; sons Bob Groeger and wife Kathy, and Dick Groeger and wife Julie; one grandson; three step-granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; sister Dolores Lower and husband Lyle; brother-in-law Bill Dexter and wife Nancy; sister-in-law Pat Gutherie; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Mark F. Jilg, 64, of Bassett, March 8, in the Holy Cross Catholic Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Mark Jilg died Feb. 28 in his home near Bassett. Survivors include sons Daniel Jilg and wife Lora of Seward, Jacob Jilg of Lincoln, and Thomas Jilg and wife Megan of Alton, Iowa; five grandsons; brothers Dennis Jilg and wife Barb of Newport, and Doug Jilg and wife Carol of Broken Bow; sister Veta Hungerford and husband Bruce of Long Pine; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for F. DeWayne Wicht, 76, of Cameron, Mo., March 6, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine with military rites performed by the Bassett American Legion Post 123.  DeWayne Wicht died Feb. 28 in the Missouri Veterans Home at Cameron. Survivors include step-daughters Suzanne "Suzie" Glendy and husband Brian of Oconto, Mary McNally and husband Jim of Doniphan, Margie Zieber and husband Mike of Cameron, Mo., and Ellie Milbourn of Cameron; sisters Donna Williams and husband Ralph of Dannebrog, Jolene Weakley and husband Larry of Kearney, Betty Jo Johnson and husband Gary of Minden, and Pat Stange and husband Marty of Hastings; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

* A celebration of life service for Mary L. Baker, 92, of Ainsworth, March 3, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church fellowship hall. A graveside memorial service for the family will be held at a later date at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Mary Baker died Feb. 15 in the Sandhills Care Center. There will be no visitation. Survivors include her husband Glen Baker of Ainsworth; sons Ken Baker and wife Estelle of Lincoln, and Donald Baker and wife Audrey of Millard; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Rosella Sterns, 91, of Fairmont formerly of Atkinson, March 3, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Rosella Sterns died Feb. 19 in the Fairview Manor at Fairmont. Survivors include sons Ross Schochenmaier and wife Jan of Aberdeen, S.D., and Todd Sterns and wife Brenda of McCool Junction; daughter Jodene Castator and husband Rex of Williston, N.D.; daughter-in-law Dorene Schochenmaier of Rapid City, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Donald Bentz and wife Betty; and sisters Leona Opbrock, Marge Kramer, Alice Anderson, Twila Schmidt and Patty Larsen.

* Funeral service for Joe O’kief, 48, of Valentine, March 1, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine with burial at a later date. Joe O’kief died Feb. 24 at Winner, S.D. Survivors include daughter Stephanie O’kief of Salt Lake City, Utah; son Colten O’kief of Salt Lake City; parents Jerry and Sharon O’kief of Wood Lake; brother Greg O’kief of Omaha; sister Mary Dittrich of Boise, Idaho; and twin brother John O’kief of Garland.

* Funeral service for Mike Tasler, 60, of Atkinson, Feb. 28, in the Atkinson Community Center with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Mike Tasler died Feb. 24 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include his wife Diane Tasler of Atkinson; daughter Jami Hulsey and husband Josh of Atkinson; son Josh Tasler and wife Karissa of Atkinson; parents Charles and Wilma Tasler of Atkinson; siblings Suzanne Schrunk and husband Richard of Emmet, Chris Vogel and husband John of Atkinson, Charles Tasler Jr. and wife Mary of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Nancy Weber and husband Bob of Atkinson, and Tom Tasler and Kay Nelson of Atkinson; and five grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Gary M. Kelly, 71, of Ainsworth, Feb. 26, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Gary Kelly died Feb. 19 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his companion Annie Moeder of Ainsworth; son Michael Kelly of Ainsworth; twin daughters Theresa Kelly and special friend Shawn Wilson of Chadron, and Laura Kelly of Denver, Colo.; brother Dr. Craig Kelly and wife Karen of North Platte; sister Chris Hallock and husband Steve of Springview; brother-in-law Gerald Denny and wife Theresa of Long Pine; sisters-in-law Margie Cosgrove and husband Tom of Long Pine, Judy Frew of Ainsworth, and Cathy Cole and husband Glen of Long Pine; nieces, nephews, and other family members.

* A graveside service for James “Jim” Lewis, 76, of St. Cloud, Minn., formerly of Butte, Feb. 24, at the Butte City Cemetery. Jim Lewis died Feb. 18 in his home. Survivors include his wife Ruth Lewis of St. Cloud; children John Lewis and significant other Kelli Emo of Woodbury, Minn.; daughter Lisa Bechtold and husband Doug of Bloomington, Minn.; two grandchildren; sister Coralene Kinzie and Gary of Ainsworth; sister-in-law Sandy Lewis of Hickman; brothers-in-law Ken Katzer and Dennis Katzer; sisters-in-law Myrna Weiss and husband Dave, and Linda Dunn and husband Stan; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Verna Luber, 97, of Butte, Feb. 24, in the Butte Community Bible Church. Verna Luber died Feb. 13 in the Butte Health Care Center.

* Funeral service for Dorothy J. Davis, 91, of Bassett, Feb. 24, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. Dorothy Davis died Feb. 20 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include children Pati Martinson of Taos, N.M., Paula Velasquez of Santa Fe, N.M., Jim Harmon and wife Jaci of Atkinson, Bill Harmon and wife Jeana of Bassett, Janet Robison of Greeley, Colo., Brian Harmon of Ainsworth, Richard Harmon and wife Mary of Columbus, and Ronnie Davis and wife Kelly of Lincoln; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Willie Kerr, 89, of Valentine, Feb. 24, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Willie Kerr died Feb. 21 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Mary Kerr of Valentine; daughters Kathy Brown of Valentine, and Peggy Snell of Valentine; and brother Jerry Kerr of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Norma L. Davis, 84, of Ainsworth, Feb. 23, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Norma Davis died Feb. 17 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include husband Paul Davis Jr. of Ainsworth; sons Mick Davis and special friend Marie Corkle of O’Neill, and Billy Joe Davis and wife Nancy of Fort Davis, Texas; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Dale Dishman and wife Evelyn of Utica; brother-in-law Harry Johnston of Brewster; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life gathering for Monte L. Osborn, 52, of Ainsworth, Feb. 17 in the Zion Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Monte Osborn died Jan. 19 in his home. Survivors include his mother Lois Osborn of Ainsworth; siblings Ed Osborn of Brighton, Colo., Kim Bejot and husband Evan Evans of Ainsworth, and Shawn Osborn and wife Wendy of Littleton, Colo.; two aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Dorothy Nelsen, 94, of Valentine, Feb. 17, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Dorothy Nelsen died Feb. 13 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include sons David Nelsen of Valentine, and Bruce Nelsen of White Fish Bay, Wis.; and four siblings.

* Funeral service for Roberta Sherman, 78, of Valentine, Feb. 7, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Roberta Sherman died Feb. 3 in her home. Survivors include her husband Bill Sherman of Valentine; daughters Julie Jones, Becky Poland and Larissa Arnold all of Valentine; son JJ Sherman of Hayden, Idaho; and siblings Kathy Tinant of Lakeview, S.D., Rosemary Bolton of Dell City, Okla., George Sherman of Valentine, and Loretta Melcher of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Ida L. “Leah” Fredericksen, 51, of Ainsworth, Feb. 6, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Leah Fredericksen died Feb. 1 in her home. Survivors include parents Don and Joan Fredericksen of Long Pine; special friend Mark Arens of Ainsworth; son Drai Beverage of Ashland, Ore.; daughter Jori Beverage of Ashland, Ore.; sister April Hinrichs and husband Corvin of Ainsworth; half-brothers Gary Hoffman and wife Sharon of Catoosa, Okla., Willy Hoffman of Long Pine, John Hoffman of Cheyenne, Wyo., Kevin Hoffman and wife Cheryl of Eagle Point, Ore., and Mike Griffen and wife Laura of Helena, Mont.; half-sister Sally Hanson of Long Pine; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Mabel Hespe, 97, of Burton, Feb. 5, in the New Hope Community Church of Springview with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Mabel Hespe died Feb. 1 in her home. Survivors include sons Larry Hespe and wife Dixie of Springview, Dennis Hespe and wife Ramona of Spencer, David Hespe and wife Cora of Naper, Roger Hespe and wife Robin of Newcastle, Wyo., and Daniel Hespe of Burton; daughters Donna Basgall of Salina, Kan., Loretta Hespe of Webster City, Iowa, and Mavis Schuman and husband Dick of Salina, Kan.; 29 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Renee Hespe of Norfolk; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family memorial service for Kimberly A. Haszard, 46, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date.  Kimberly Haszard died Feb. 1 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Aspen Kinning; sons Kole Denny and Brody Denny; parents Richard and Bonnie Haszard; brother Greg Haszard, and sister Amber McNally. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation.

* A memorial service for Barbara J. Lamb, 86, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. Barb Lamb died Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Marcia Meade and husband Edward Dawson of Spokane, Wash.; son Thomas “Tom” Lamb of Spokane, Wash.; two granddaughters; sister-in-law Dr. Carol Shackleton of Gothenburg; and other family members.

* A memorial service for Roger A. McCoy, 72, of Ainsworth, Feb. 3, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with military rites conducted by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Roger McCoy died Jan. 9 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Jo McCoy of Ainsworth; children Roxy Schow of Paxton, and James McCoy and wife Mandy of Ainsworth; two grandchildren; sisters-in-law Karen Nance of North Platte, Marcia Speck and husband Rod of Gothenburg, and Erin Allen and husband Terry of Ainsworth; father-in-law Joe Giles of Ainsworth; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Mary Ellen Atkinson, 89, of Butte, Feb. 2, in the Naper St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with burial in the Butte Cemetery. Mary Ellen Atkinson died Jan. 27 in the Avera Gregory Hospital at Gregory, S.D.

* Funeral service for Karen Ann Philben, 68, of Springview, Feb. 1, in the Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Karen Philben died Jan. 27 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include son Lance Philben and wife Roxanne of Ainsworth; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; two aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

* Funeral service for Harriet M. McKenney, 89, of Broken Bow, Jan. 31, in Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow with burial in the Newport Cemetery. Harriet McKenney died Jan. 27 in the Broken Bow Care and Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include sons Leonard McKenney and wife Lynna of Broken Bow, and John McKenney and wife Glady of Vaughn, Mont.; daughter-in-law Barb McKenney of Ord; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

* Word has been received of the death of Francis J. Schmitz, 92, of College Station, Texas, formerly of Hutchinson and Leoti, Kan. Francis Schmitz died Jan. 19 at College Station. Funeral service was held Jan. 23 in the Hutchinson Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the St. Louis Cemetery near Waterloo, Kan. Survivors include children Mary Jane Dickinson and husband Randy of Moose Lake, Wash., David Schmitz and wife Rose of College Station, Marvin Schmitz and wife Pam of Johnstown, and Eugene Schmitz and wife Margaret of Warsaw, Mo.; and 10 grandchildren.

* A memorial service for former Ainsworth mayor Russell D. “Moose” Moody, 69, of Ainsworth, Jan. 27, in the Ainsworth Congregational United Church of Christ with coffee to follow in the Ainsworth Elks Lodge. Russ Moody died Jan. 16 in the Faith Regional Hospital at Norfolk. Survivors include his wife Ellen Moody of Ainsworth; son Andre Voss of Ainsworth; one granddaughter; brother Dale Moody and wife Bettie of Kernersville, N.C.; sister Karen Allyn and husband Calvin of Norfolk; and several nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Patrick Baker, 51, of Atkinson, Jan. 26, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Patrick Baker died Jan. 20 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include his parents Wayne and Jan Baker of Atkinson; brother Todd Baker and wife Janine of Kansas City, Mo.; two nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

* Funeral service for Loretta J. “Bubs” Coleman, 83, of Norfolk formerly of Bassett, Jan. 24, in the Bassett St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Bubs Coleman died Jan. 17 in the Homestead of Norfolk Assisted Living Facility. Survivors include children Dave Coleman and wife Cheri of Colorado Springs, Colo., Bryan Coleman and wife Bobbi of Bassett, and Cheri Heimann and husband Steve of Norfolk; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other family members.

* A time of gathering for memories, food and Pinochle for Jerome A. “Jerry” Koszut, 74, of Ainsworth, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 21, has been postponed to a later date due to the weather. Jerry Koszut died Jan. 6 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include his wife Myrna Jakob of Ainsworth; daughter Katie Koszut of Avondale, Ariz.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; step-children Allen Jakob and wife Susan of Marshfield, Mo., and Amy Jo Sassatelli and husband Tom of Waco, Texas; four step-grandchildren; brother-in-law Dr. Melvin Campbell and wife Sherry of Ainsworth; sisters-in-law Nina Johnson and husband Blaine of York, Anita Hempel and husband Dick of Ainsworth, Lori Ganser and husband Tim of Ainsworth, and Arlene Koszut of Orland Park, Ill.; and nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the Live-Love-Wag Pet Rescue of Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Lyle Lemmer, 81, of Atkinson, Jan. 19, in the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Lyle Lemmer died Jan. 15 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital. Survivors include his wife Jeanie Lemmer of Stuart; children Sonja Martens and husband Tom of Edina, Minn., and Stephanie Lemmer and partner Kevin Leven of Fort Collins, Colo.; four grandchildren; and sister Vivian Otteman of Washington, D.C.

* Funeral service for Chaeley J. Ruegge, 17, of Johnstown, Jan. 19, in McAndrew Gymnasium of Ainsworth with burial in the O’Neill Cemetery. Chaeley Ruegge died Jan. 11 from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident east of Ainsworth. Survivors include parents Dave and Jenne Ruegge of Johnstown; siblings Clint Ruegge of Brownlee, and Nicole Fischer and special friend Tyler Johnson of Ainsworth; grandmother Gloria Ruegge of O’Neill; grandparents Phil and Kris Adsit of East Troy, Wis.; a nephew and other family members.

* A memorial service for Clarence G. Cafferty, 88, of Kearney formerly of Long Pine, Jan. 18, in the Kearney Faith United Methodist Church with burial in the Kearney Cemetery. Clarence Cafferty died Jan. 14 in the Mother Hull Home at Kearney. Survivors include children Lisa Robison and husband Dave of Green River, Wyo., and Marsha Nelson and husband Dennis of Kearney; sister Lorraine Mason of Kearney; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Robert Woodson, 74, of Valentine, Jan. 17, in the Valentine First Baptist Church with burial at in the Kilgore Cemetery. Robert Woodson died Jan. 11 in Ainsworth. Survivors include his wife Chari Woodson; and children John Woodson, Lisa Woodson and Bill Woodson.

* Funeral service for Marilyn L. Gokie, 81, of Atkinson, Jan. 15, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Marilyn Gokie died Jan. 13 in the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital at O’Neill. Survivors include her husband Donald Gokie of Atkinson; children James Gokie and wife Patty of Atkinson, Jeffery Gokie and wife Cathy of Columbus, Janell Rossman and husband Truman of Atkinson, and Jillyn Kratochvil and husband Chris of Omaha; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Evelyn D. Moody, 84, of Ainsworth, Jan. 15, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Evelyn Moody died Jan. 6 at Phoenix, Ariz. Survivors include sons Donald Moody and wife Lisa of Collins, Iowa, and Bradley Moody of Pilot Mound, Iowa; daughters Linda Moody of Ceresco, and Lydia Moody of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother William Stufft and wife Roberta of Albuquerque, N.M., and Francis Stufft and wife Haroldine of Stromsburg; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Roger A. McCoy, 72, of Ainsworth. Roger McCoy died Jan. 9 in the Brown County Hospital.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Lester D. Stufft, 80, of Ainsworth. Lester Stufft died Dec. 29, 2017, in the Cherry County Hospital at Valentine. Memorials may be made to the family and sent to daughter Shiela Barager, 233 N. Maple St., Ainsworth, or to Hoch Funeral Home at 1320 E. Fourth St., Ainsworth.

* Funeral service for Norma Jehorek, 77, of Valentine formerly of Lynch, Jan. 13, in the Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church of Lynch with burial in the Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Cemetery near Lynch. Norma Jehorek died Jan. 4 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Society of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Patricia L. Mead, 85, of Grain Valley, Mo., formerly of Ainsworth, Jan. 10, in the Colonial Hills Community of Christ Church at Blue Springs, Mo., with a graveside memorial service in the Valley Cemetery at a later date. Patricia Mead died Jan. 5. Survivors include children Kerri Booth and husband John of Liberty, Mo., Mindy Day and husband Edwin of Grain Valley, John Mead of Ainsworth, Stazie Church and husband Scott of Stanton, Texas, and Jenny Kramer and husband Jeff of Harrisonville, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

* A graveside service for Geraldine Mikus, 92, of Stuart, Jan. 9, at the Stuart Community Cemetery. Geraldine Mikus dies Jan. 3 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include brothers Elvin Vanderbeek and wife Alex of Stuart, Dwaine Vanderbeek of Sebeka, Minn., and William Vanderbeek of Carter Lake, Iowa; and sisters Velma Seger of Atkinson, Darlene Gantt of Stuart, and Mary Nickels of San Diego, Calif.

*Funeral service for Ileen L. Rose, 79, of Valentine, Jan. 8, in the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home of Gordon with interment in the Fairview Cemetery near Rushville. Ileen Rose died Jan. 3 in the Valentine Good Samaritan Society.

* Funeral service for Tim Albrecht, 56, of Atkinson, Jan. 8, in the Atkinson Immanuel Lutheran Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Tim Albrecht died Jan. 3 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include his mother Mary Ann Albrecht of Atkinson; brothers Wayne Albrecht of Atkinson, and Richard Albrecht and wife Nancy of Atkinson; sister Alice Klabenes and husband Mike of Clearwater; aunts, uncles, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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