Obituaries

* Funeral service for Patricia A. Van Winkle, 85, of Ord formerly of Ainsworth, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Pat Van Winkle died Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Visitation is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with a 6:30 p.m. Rosary, one from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service in the church. Survivors include children Michael Van Winkle of Creighton, Dave Van Winkle and wife Connie of Fowler, Kan., and Cathy Radant and husband Larry of Valentine; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister Judy Hearn and husband Jack of Lipan, Texas; sister-in-law Maxine Mattern of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the Make a Wish Foundation or to the ALS Association.

* A celebration of life service for Edith Ann Jefferis, 69, of Ainsworth, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at Clear Lake southwest of Ainsworth. Edith Jefferis died Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include her husband Dewey Jefferis of Ainsworth; children Danny Jefferis and wife Alicia of Ainsworth, DeVon Jefferis and significant other George Matucha of Pierre, S.D., and Dawn Sheets and significant other Todd Wilkins of Ainsworth; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; two god-grandchildren; siblings Maxine Nickless of Ainsworth, Jim Mizner of Johnstown, Marilyn Jefferson of Ainsworth, Sharon Goff of Ainsworth, Mary Turley of Ainsworth, Bonnie Belmont and husband Joey of Newport, Sylvia Moody and husband Joe of Ainsworth, and Patty Hughbanks of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation. Those attending the service are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

* Funeral service for Josie Wilde-Voss, 48, of Long Pine, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Valentine with burial at 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Flats Cemetery near Ainsworth. Josie Wilde-Voss died Monday, Aug. 2, in her home. Visitation is scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors include her husband Randy Voss of Long Pine; children Kyann Voss, Cheyenne Voss, Hardin Voss and Thomas Voss, all of Long Pine; mother Ruth Wilde of rural Valentine; step-children Brad Voss and Ryan Voss; and siblings Margarita Magana, Burt Wilde of rural Valentine, Trent Wilde of Utah and Jed Wilde of Wyoming.

* A celebration of life for Donald R. Goodnight, 90, of Long Pine, will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Long Pine Community Center with inurnment at a later date in the Tahoma National Cemetery at Kent, Wash. Don Goodnight died April 18 in his home near Long Pine. Per his wishes, his body was donated for anatomical study. Survivors include his wife FaDonna Goodnight of Long Pine/Bassett; children Jon Hoke of Overbrook, Kan., David Hoke of Kent, Wash., Terry Hoke of Long Pine, Diane Goodnight and husband Nick Allen of Huntington Beach, Calif., Julie Thueringer and husband Martin of Kent, and Rebecca Goodenough and husband Gene of Granite Falls, Wash.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Jacqueline Shiever of Salina, Kan.; nephews and other family members. Memorials have been suggested to the Sandhills Cancer Fund.

Funeral service for Daniel Lee Beasley, 87, of Long Pine, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church with burial in the East Park Cemetery with military rites performed by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Daniel Beasley died Saturday, July 31, in the Brown County Hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth, and one hour prior to the service Saturday in the church. Survivors include his wife Shirley Beasley of Long Pine; sons Daniel Beasley of Atlanta, Ga., and James Beasley and wife Rocio of Mojave, Calif.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; step-children Pam Carroll and husband Terry of Long Pine, Debbie Magnusson of Carmel, Ind., and Kent Painter and wife Karen of Beaverton, Ore.; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the Assembly of God Church.

* Funeral service for Erma Todd, 94, of Valentine, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Erma Todd died Monday, Aug. 2, in the Cherry County Hospital. Visitation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine. Survivors include sons Larry Todd of Florida, and Mike Todd of Lincoln; daughters Connie Scherzberg of Papillion, and Dedee Markus of Valentine; and sister-in-law Pat Monroe of Sparks.

* Funeral service for Steven N. Daniels, 73, of Seneca, will be held at 10 a.m. MDT Friday, Aug. 6, in The Lariat Auditorium at Mullen. Steven Daniels died Friday, July 30, as the result of a semi-train accident near Dunning. Survivors include his mother Shirley Daniels of Ainsworth; daughters Jolin Everhart of Emmet, Janell Stoeger of Valentine, Bobbi Melcher of Battle Creek, and Lana Hoeferer of Norfolk; sons Stan Daniels of Dalton, and Shane Daniels of Mullen; sisters Connie Daniels of Scottsbluff, and Shirley Pitcher of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and brother Chuck Daniels of Ainsworth.

* A memorial service for Rudina Wewel Thayer, 82, of Lincoln formerly of Stuart, Aug. 3, in the Stuart St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Rudina Thayer died Feb. 3 in Ambassador Health at Lincoln. Survivors include children Deana Kollman O’Donnell of Johnson, Bill Kollman and wife Linda of Lincoln, John Kollman of Hot Springs, S.D., Kathy Thomas and husband Keith of Leavenworth, Kan., and Gail Kollman of West Chester, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings Paul Wewel and wife Betty of Denver, Colo., Tony Wewel and wife Jeanette of Creighton, Ruth Masin of Billings, Mont., Terese Lech and husband Harry of Burwell, Kristine Wewel of Burwell, and Jean Logsdon and husband Tim of Buckeye, Ariz.

* Funeral service for Betty J. Christensen, 94, of Newport, Aug. 2, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Willowdale Cemetery near Newport. Betty Christensen died July 26 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include daughters Myrna Stewart and husband Everett of Newport, and Lonna Allison of Newport; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Larry Brown and wife Nancy of Fremont; sisters Naomi Frizzell of Bassett, Jean Mohanna of Grand Island, and Norma Stoeger of Valentine; sister-in-law Shirley Brown of Aurora, Colo.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Rex Brott, 73, of Atlanta, Texas, formerly of North Platte, Aug. 1, at Atlanta with a service at North Platte at a later date. Rex Brott died July 27. Survivors include his wife Sue Seberger Brott; children Shaun Brott and Kily of North Platte, Shelia Sanford and husband Kevin of Minden, Carrie Crum and husband Scott of Nebraska City, Keeley Lammers and husband Adam of Omaha, and Kevin Keim and wife Brooke of Chadron; 10 grandchildren; sister-in-law Lee Ann Chinn of Bassett; and brother-in-law Frank Seberger and wife Pam of Newport.

* A memorial service for Wayne S. “Spud” Bower, 84, of Ainsworth, July 31, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Wayne Bower died Jan. 15 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include his wife Lucinda “Cindy” Bower of Ainsworth; daughter Tamela Ayala and husband Diego of Lincoln; son Thomas Bower and wife Betty of Ainsworth; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Dale Kirkpatrick of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Pamela Lech, 61, of Fremont, July 31, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson. Pamela Lech died May 18 in the Fremont Hospital. Survivors include her husband Tony Lech of Fremont; son Jonathan Lech of Fremont; daughter Trina Johnston of Fremont; 11 grandchildren; and siblings Kevin Sylvester of Scottsbluff, Jenny of Atkinson, and Kitty Kloppenborg of Atkinson.

* A graveside service for Arnold Fiala, 93, of David City, July 31, at the New Holy Trinity Cemetery near Brainard with military rites. Arnold Fiala died July 27 at Kearney. Survivors include sister-in-law Berniece Fiala of Ainsworth, and several area nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Chad B. Stec, 44, of Bassett, July 31, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Chad Stec died recently in his home. Survivors include his mother Susan Brewer and husband Don of Sylvan Grove, Kan.; brothers Ryan Stec and wife Jessica of Morrill, and Wade T. Stec of Lincoln; sister Amanda K. Stec of Salina, Kan.; half-sister Jaida Eastman of Giltner; grandmother Helen Stec of Bassett; and other family members.

* A celebration of life service for Kenneth L. Osborn, 86, of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Ainsworth, July 31, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites. Kenneth Osborn died June 12, 2020, at Oklahoma City. Survivors include his wife Ann Osborn of Oklahoma City; daughters Christine Duke and husband Kyle of Oklahoma City, and Karen Seefeldt and husband Mark of Houston, Texas; son Andrew Osborn and wife Lara of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother Gerry Osborn and wife Bev of Ainsworth; sisters-in-law Cindy Bower of Ainsworth, and Jo Purviance of Vancouver, Wash.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life for Nancy S. Gable, 89, of Loveland, Colo., formerly of Long Pine, July 31, at the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Nancy Gable died Jan. 8 at Loveland. Survivors include son Matthew Gable and fiancé Amber Vonheeder of Lincoln; daughter Annie Gable Fitzgerald and husband Randy of Windsor, Colo.; three grandchildren; sister Cynthia Nichol of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; brother Stuart Orsborn of Denver, Colo.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Martha Higgins, 102, of Valentine, July 30, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Martha Higgins died July 22 in the Cherry County Hospital. Survivors include daughter Maureen Panzer of Omaha; sons Tom Higgins of Valentine, Steve Higgins of Lincoln, Dave Higgins of Lincoln, Jerry Higgins of Valentine, and George Higgins of Albuquerque, N.M.

* Funeral service for Marvin “Trig” Doolittle, 85, of Amelia, July 28, in the Amelia United Methodist Church with burial in the Chambers Cemetery. Trig Doolittle died July 23 in his home. Survivors include his wife Leonetta Doolittle of Amelia; sons Rodney Doolittle and wife Iris of Madison, Rick Doolittle and wife Mary Jo of Amelia, and Tim Doolittle and wife Becky of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Jeanene Roth of Valentine; brothers Jim Doolittle and wife Nancy of Norfolk, and Denny Doolittle and wife Jeanne of Kenai, Alaska; and sister-in-law Donita Doolittle of Hawley, Pa.

* A celebration of life fellowship service for Karen Fernau, 78, of Ainsworth, July 26, in Brockhaus Funeral Home of Niobrara. Karen Fernau died July 21 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett.

* A private family graveside service for Deloris A. Crist, 88, of O’Neill, July 24, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Deloris Crist died July 21 in the Arbor Care Center at O’Neill. Survivors include daughters Joyce Keyes and husband Ralph of Norfolk, and Debra Clausen and husband Casey of Wausa; sons Lewis Crist Jr. of Grand Island, Lyle Crist of O’Neill, and Leon Crist of O’Neill; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Dobrovolny of Atkinson, Alvina Rockford and husband Chet of Grand Island, and Viola Colfack of Farmington, N.M.; and brother Floyd Keithley of Nampa, Calif.

* A memorial service for Philomenia O. Pape, 94, of Longwood, Fla., formerly of Newport and Bassett, July 24, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Stuart Cemetery. Philomenia Pape died July 12 at Longwood. Survivors include her husband Ross Morgan of Longwood; children Cynthia Pape of Lincoln, David Pape and wife Colleen Cipoletta of Orlando, Fla., Susan Hadfield of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kathryn Pape of Grand Island; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings Carol Edmunds and husband Niel of Lincoln, Jacqulyn Owens and husband Milton of Carroll, Rollin Gesiriech of Urbandale, Iowa, Harley Gesiriech and wife Jan of Elkhorn, and Wayne Gesiriech and wife Suzanne of Barstow, Calif.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Wilma Crist Tunender, 78, of Malmo formerly of Ainsworth, July 22, in the Ainsworth Zion Lutheran Church with burial in the Ainsworth South Cemetery. Wilma Tunender died July 16 in her home. Survivors include her husband Eugene Tunender of Malmo; children Randy Crist and wife Deb of Ceresco, Becky Shinn and husband Terry of Wilber, Terry Abuwisha and husband Abe of Grand Island, and Mike Crist and wife Lisa of Lincoln; step-children Debbie Hamik and husband Bruce of Atkinson, and Daniel Tunender of Fremont; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for J.D. Ross, 85, of Valentine, July 22, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Valentine. J.D. Ross died July 16 in his home. Survivors include his wife Kathryn Ross of Valentine; son Mike Ross of Wellfleet; and daughter Kay Stoner of Kilgore.

* Funeral service for Karon Kay Bussinger, 77, of Atkinson, July 20, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Karon Bussinger died July 11 in her home. Survivors include children Kris Bussinger and Ronald Dodge of Ainsworth, Timothy Bussinger and wife Becky of Atkinson, Michelle Quintero of Grand Island, Angela Swartz and husband Manuel of Grand Island, and Kari Reams of Aberdeen, S.D.; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

* A celebration of life picnic will be held at a later date for Richard Best, 69, of Naper. Richard Best died July 9 in his home.

* A memorial service for Louis James Tushla, 25, of Atkinson, July 17, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with the repatriation of his remains to follow in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Louis Tushla died Dec. 7, 1941, during the initial attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. His remains were recently identified.

* Funeral service for Jessica Kee, 52, of Butte, July 16, in the Butte High School gym with a private interment at a later date. Jessica Kee died July 3 in the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital at Yankton, S.D.

* Funeral service for Nancy Ann Fessler, 78, of Stuart, July 15, in the Stuart Community Church with burial at Lyons. Nancy Fessler died July 2 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include children Jeffery Fessler of Stuart, Kenneth Fessler and wife Doreen of Stuart, Shawn Fessler and wife Valerie of O’Neill, and Kimberly Pulis of Plainview; 11 grandchildren; and sister-in-law Ruth Newill of Plainview.

* A graveside service for O’Dean Coleman, 89, formerly of Ainsworth, July 13, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. O’Dean Coleman died July 8 at Aurora.

* Funeral service for Leone Mary Slaymaker, 86, of Atkinson, Monday, July 12, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Leone Slaymaker died July 8 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include sons Don Slaymaker and wife Chris of Atkinson, and Rick Slaymaker and wife Karen of O’Neill; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Michael R. Leicher, 72, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date at Houma, La. Michael Leicher died July 8 in his home. Survivors include his wife Carolyn Leicher of Ainsworth; son Jon Leicher and wife Tiffany of Anchor Point, Alaska; daughter Ryanne Kerrigan and husband R.L. of Ainsworth; seven grandchildren; siblings Lynell Jordan of Houma, Bryan Leicher and wife Shari of Anaheim, Calif., Craig Leicher and wife Mona of Houma, Yvonne Crow and husband Jeff of Rifle, Colo., and Monice Lowe of Pflugerville, Texas; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Ruby Graham, 77, formerly of Springview, July 10, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Ruby Graham died July 1 in the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha.

* A memorial service for Wayne E. Mattern, 86, of Ainsworth, July 9, in Uncle Buck’s Lodge at Brewster with a private family inurnment in the Ord Cemetery. Wayne Mattern died June 30 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Maxine Mattern of Ainsworth; sisters Pat Van Winkle and fiancé Everett Lech of Ord, and Judy Hearn and husband Jack of Lipan, Texas; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Duane D. Lewis, 82, of Ainsworth, July 5, in the Ainsworth Church of the Nazarene with inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Duane Lewis died April 16 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Lois Lewis of Ainsworth; foster daughter Tracey Burke and friend Nicodemus of Arizona; foster son Chris Burke and wife Erica of North Platte; brother Keith Lewis and wife Juanna Beth of Challis, Idaho; and other family members.

* A private family memorial service for John P. LeMay, 71, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. John LeMay died June 28 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include his wife Brenda LeMay of Ainsworth; daughters Rose LeMay of Seattle, Wash., and Sarah Davis and husband Jason of Milton, Wash.; mother-in-law Mary Daniels of Ainsworth; brother-in-law Dan Daniels and wife Teri of Ainsworth; cousins and other family members.

* A graveside service for Mildred A. Painter, 101, of Ainsworth, July 1, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Mildred Painter died June 26 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include children Marlin Painter of Crown Point, Ind., Roberta Painter of Springview, Donnie Painter of Ainsworth, Donita Painter of Ainsworth and Roger Painter of Ainsworth; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister Betty Zoerb of Mitchell, S.D.

* Funeral service for Darlene Schaefer, 88, of Valentine, June 29, in the St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Valentine. Darlene Schaefer died June 23 at Atkinson.  Survivors include husband Lynn Schaefer of Valentine; daughters Suzanne Baker of O’Neill, Reggie Bennett of Lincoln, and Denise Simons of Phillip, S.D.; and son Robert Schaefer of Lexington.

* A celebration of life for Frank Marshall, 83, formerly of Bassett, June 26, in the Bassett United Methodist Church. Frank Marshall died Nov. 25, 2020. Survivors include his wife Margie Marshall; children Eugene Marshall and wife Janet, Kelly Marshall and wife Paula, and Amy and husband Iain; and eight grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Virginia A. Sylva, 86, of Springview, June 24, in the Burton Grace Lutheran Church with burial in the Jordan Valley Cemetery near Burton. Virginia Sylva died June 19 in the Brown County Hospital at Ainsworth. Survivors include children Linda Svoboda and husband Dick of Schuyler, Elizabeth Haddican and husband Steve of Bloomfield, Ernest Larsen and wife Paula of Springview, and Sara Kruse-Thatcher and husband Scott of Nixa, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; stepson Rich Sylva and wife Amber of Murdo, S.D.; stepdaughter Audra Sylva-Hobelman of Pierre, S.D.; five step-grandchildren; sister Ellen Miller of Bassett; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Vera “Toots” Lee, 103, of Valentine, June 21, in the Valentine Presbyterian Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Vera Lee died June 15 at Valentine. Survivors include son Jim Lee of Valentine, and daughter Diane Clark of Georgia.

* Funeral service for Geneva M. Davis, 96, of Bassett, June 17, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Duff Cemetery near Rose. Geneva Davis died June 9 in the Southern Wind Manor at Pittsburg, Texas. Survivors include daughter Jolene Turner Wilson and husband Tim of Hughes Springs, Texas; daughter-in-law Joan Herrington Thorne of Adair, Okla.; son-in-law Mike Lutz of North Platte; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life service for Dennis R. Graf, 75, of Bassett, June 7, in the Bassett United Methodist Church. Inurnment preceded the service in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Dennis Graf died Nov. 17, 2020. Survivors include his wife Judy Graf of Bassett; children Rodney Graf and wife Amy of McHenry, Ill., Troy Graf and wife Jackie of Bassett, Tami Cosgrove and husband Keith of Bassett, Tonya Thompson and husband Curtis of Liberal, Kan., and Tricia Anderson and husband Joey of Bassett; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; siblings Joyce Lofgreen and husband Dennie of Norton, Kan., Dr. Steve Graf of Almena, Kan., and Julie Graf-Frye and husband Steve of Longmont, Colo.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Daniel Baker, 69, of Glendale, Ariz., formerly of Atkinson, June 7, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson. Daniel Baker died Nov. 20, 2020, in his home. Survivors include children Ivan Baker, Charles Baker and wife Michelle, Mary Lindsey and husband Trent, and Rita Baker and husband Jordan; four grandchildren; and sisters Maxine Stanton of Chambers, Jean Craig of Omaha, and Elizabeth Baker of Rockford.

* A graveside memorial service for Ralph C. Davis, 82, of Ainsworth, June 5, at the Stuart Cemetery. Ralph Davis died May 31 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Davis of Ainsworth; children Sandy Sisson and husband Roger of Ainsworth, Peggy Graham and husband Don of Ainsworth, Ricky Davis of Tucson, Ariz., and Sally Jo Reed of Ainsworth; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Betty Stewart of Ainsworth and Janice Dillon of Glenrock, Wyo.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Dianne Marie Daniels, 70, of Ainsworth, June 4, at the Ainsworth South Cemetery. Dianne Daniels died May 27 at Kearney. Survivors include her husband Charles Daniels of Ainsworth; sons Bandy Daniels and wife Shannon of Ainsworth, and Nuly Daniels and wife Roni of Ainsworth; and seven grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Michael Dean Max, 59, of Burwell, June 4, in the Burwell High School gym with burial in the Cottonwood Cemetery. Mike Max died June 1 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include his wife Kelly Max of Burwell; brother Darrin Max and wife Shareen of Burwell; sister Deb Timm of Cozad; step-father Ted Dehart of Burwell; mother-in-law Sandy Carr of Burwell; father-in-law Danny Redman and wife Carolyn of Burwell; sisters-in-law Robin Brockman and husband Denny of Burwell, Kim Eggers of Alliance, and Rona DeBoer of Grand Island; brothers-in-law Monty DeBoer of Grand Island, and Casey Redman of Burwell; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family graveside service for Brenda Linn Livingston, 84, formerly of Atkinson, June 4, at the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson. Brenda Livingston died May 6 in the Immanuel Lakeside Village at Omaha. Survivors include sons Dana Livingston and wife Graciela of Lincoln, Shawn Livingston and wife Renita of Omaha, and Thad Livingston of Omaha; five grandchildren; and sister Sheila Norbury of Tucson, Ariz.

* Funeral service for Joel A. Beddow, 77, of Atkinson, June 1, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Joel Beddow died May 27 in his home. Survivors include his wife Bonnie Beddow of Atkinson; children Barbara Beckwith and husband Gregg of Atkinson, Becki Adams and husband John of West Point, Jeffrey Beddow and wife Christy of Atkinson, and Julie Klimek and husband Mike of Ord; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Susan Holly of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

* Funeral service for Melvin Reiser, 68, of Butte, June 1, in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Butte with burial in the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery and military rites performed by the American Legion Post 51 and the Army National Guard Honor Guard. Melvin Reiser died May 26 in the Niobrara Valley Hospital at Lynch.

* A celebration of life service for William Frederick Seipel, 86, of Stuart, and Esther Kathryn Seipel, 84, formerly of Stuart, May 29, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery near Stuart and military rites for William conducted by the Stuart American Legion Post. William Seipel died Dec. 5, 2020, in the Parsons House at Omaha. Esther Seipel died Sept. 28, 2020, in the Methodist Hospital at Omaha. Survivors include children Casey Rakes and wife Heide of Omaha, E.J. Flemming and wife Jessica of Omaha, and Sammie Falls and husband Tim of Seattle, Wash. Survivors also include William’s son William Seipel of Omaha.

* A memorial graveside service for Joan S. Kennedy, 87, of Bassett formerly of Springview, May 29, at the Mount Hope Cemetery near Springview. Joan Kennedy died April 3 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include children William J. Kennedy of Bertrand, Betty Jo Weller and husband Richard of Atkinson, Robert Ray Kennedy and wife Mary of Atkinson, Hazel Chase and husband Carl of Springview, and Ruth Kennedy and special friend Jesse Syfie of Gregory, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; twin sister JoAnn Burr of Battle Ground, Wash., sisters-in-law Barbara Vaughn of North Platte and Ann Vaughn of Valentine; son-in-law Rodger Kaup of Bassett; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Joe L. Giles, 95, of Ainsworth, May 26, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Purdum Cemetery. Joe Giles died May 21 in his home. Survivors include daughters Jo McCoy of Ainsworth, Karen Nance of North Platte, Marcia Speck and husband Rod of Gothenburg, and Erin Allen and husband Terry of Ainsworth; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Ruth Sullivan of Broken Bow; brother-in-law Ted Keys and wife Marlea of Elsmere; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Betty Jean Keller, 87, of Taylor, May 25, in the Taylor Assembly of God Church. Betty Keller died May 20 in her home. Survivors include children Brad Keller and wife Kari of Ozark, Mo., and Beth Keller-Ralls and husband Greg of Taylor; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Shirley Birch and husband Bob of Millville, Calif., Cleo Keith and husband Jerry of Taylor, and Claris Lewis of Kearney; and sister-in-law Jeanette Lewis of Burwell.

* A memorial service for Donald Engle Allen, 98, of Del Rio, Texas, formerly of Johnstown, May 21, at the Ainsworth Cemetery. Donald Allen died April 24 at Del Rio, Texas. Survivors include his wife Emma Allen of Del Rio; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial graveside service for Darby Randall Cook Sr., 50, of Johnstown, May 21, at the East Woodlawn Cemetery of Johnstown with military rites. Darby Cook died recently at his home. Survivors include children Cheyenne Doyle and husband Cody of Newport, Skyler Cook of Newport, Darby Cook Jr. of Sparks, Jessamyn Cook of Anchorage, Alaska, and Decker Cook of Anchorage, Alaska; father Dennis Cook of Ainsworth; mother Susan Cook of Plattsmouth; sister Beth Hemmer and husband Tony of Plattsmouth; and other family members.

* A memorial service for Dr. Joel Gillespie, 90, of Norfolk, May 20, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Norfolk. Dr. Joel Gillespie died April 23 in his home. Survivors include his wife Dionne Gillespie of Norfolk; children Kim Karweik and husband Mike of Hopkins, Mich., Marc Gillespie of New London, Wis., Diette Glenn and Rod Palmer of Ainsworth, Jeff Gillespie of Norfolk, Kathy Neidig and husband Van of Battle Creek, Michaela Chelberg and husband Glen of Minneapolis, Minn., Chad Gillespie of Norfolk, and Amy Gillespie of Minneapolis; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Arlene Ries, 86, of Wood Lake, May 18, in the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ainsworth with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery near Atkinson. Arlene Ries died May 11 in the Parkside Manor at Stuart. Survivors include her husband Walter Ries Jr. of Wood Lake; daughter Barb Ohlrichs and husband Wayne of Norfolk; sons Rodney Ries and wife Lynn of Wood Lake, and Roland Ries of Lincoln; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Elden Voss of Montana, Cao Voss and wife Sid of Washington, Darwin Voss and wife Ruth of Kansas, and Jerry Voss and wife Doris Kay of Nebraska; brothers-in-law Roger Ries and wife Beverly of California, Richard Ries and wife Cyndi of Nebraska, and Bob Ries and wife Kay of Nebraska; sister-in-law ZoAnn Valley of Washington; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Dr. Dennis Bejot, 85, of Seward formerly of Ainsworth, May 13, in the Seward United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery with military rites. Dennis Bejot died May 8 at Lincoln. Survivors include his wife Janet Bejot of Seward; sons Mark Bejot of Maywood, and David Bejot and wife Cindy of Temperance Mich.; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister Lorideen Larabee of Neligh; sister-in-law Melba Bejot of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family funeral service for Marjorie Ann Johnson, 87, of Atkinson, will be held in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Marjorie Johnson died May 7 in the West Holt Memorial Hospital at Atkinson. Survivors include children Kathleen Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mark Johnson and wife Cynthia of Atkinson, and Monique Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Yvonne M. “Vonnie” Reyman, 84, of Lincoln, May 11, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. Yvonne Reyman died May 5 in the Bryan Lincoln General Hospital East at Lincoln. Survivors include her husband Claude Reyman of Lincoln; daughter Lynda Granfield and husband Christopher of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister-in-law Donna Lee Marlatt of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Lorene Kernan, 99, of Bassett, May 7, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the Grandview Cemetery near Long Pine. Lorene Kernan died May 1 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include daughter Judith Kernan of Collbran, Colo.; sister-in-law Donna Hayden of Boise, Idaho; niece Joyce Muirhead and husband Neal of Valentine; and other family members.

* Funeral service for Theresa M. Krysl, 89, of Stuart, May 4, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Theresa Krysl died Wednesday, April 28, in the Parkside Manor. Survivors include sons Kevin Krysl and wife Tricia, Tom Krysl and wife Bonnie of Stuart and Chuck Krysl; and daughter Mary Jo Serbousek and husband Mark of McCook.

* Funeral service for Beulah Focken, 92, of rural Newport, May 1, in the Stuart Community Church with burial in the Stuart Community Cemetery. Beulah Focken died April 26 in her home. Survivors include her children Shirley Focken of Newport, Roger Focken of Freeman, S.D., and Alvin Focken and wife Liz of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughters-in-law JoDeen Focken and Peggy Focken; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service for Verny Krieger, 79, of Bassett, May 1, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery and military rites conducted by the Atkinson American Legion Post 86. Verny Krieger died April 24 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include his wife Anita Krieger of Bassett; children Brad Krieger of Irving, Texas; Kevin Krieger and wife Cathy of Bassett, and Lynnette Shannon of North Platte; five grandchildren; siblings John Krieger of Spencer, Irene Hunt of Grand Island, Don Krieger and wife Sandy of Bassett, Sharon Atkinson and husband Dan of Bassett, and Ron Krieger and Lorain of Bassett; and sister-in-law Maxine Krieger of Atkinson.

* Funeral service for Herris Lambley, 82, of Herrick, S.D., April 30, in the Burke, S.D., Civic Center with burial in the Herrick Cemetery. Herris Lambley died April 23.

* A memorial service for Duane D. Lewis, 82, of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date. Duane Lewis died April 16 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include his wife Lois Lewis of Ainsworth; foster daughter Tracey Nicodemus of Arizona; foster son Chris Burke and wife Erica of North Platte; brother Keith Lewis and wife Juanna Beth of Challis, Idaho; and other family members.

* A memorial graveside service for Martha E. Frew, 98, of Ainsworth, April 24, at the Norden West Cemetery. Martha Frew died Jan. 26 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include sons Bill Frew and significant other Robin Morton of Norden, and Jerry Frew and wife Marj of Ainsworth; daughter Rosalie Fletcher and husband Val of Ainsworth; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for James Fritz, 72, of Butte, April 24, in the Fairfax, S.D., Community Hall with burial in the Highland Cemetery near Fairfax and military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 51 and United States Marine Corps Honor Guard. Jim Fritz died April 20 in the Avera Sister James Care Center at Yankton, S.D.

* A memorial service for Mary Joyce Easton, 77, of Atkinson, April 24, in the Atkinson United Methodist Church with inurnment in the Chambers City Cemetery. Mary Easton died April 19 in the Alpine Village at Verdigre. Survivors include children Ronald Sterns Sr. and wife Gwen of Inman, Jodi Poessnecker and husband Glen of Atkinson, and Robin Cronk and husband Scott of Page; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Nancy Everett and husband Rol of Atkinson; and brother-in-law Darrel Dexter of Chambers.

* Funeral service for James H. “Jim” Shaw, 84, of Bassett, April 24, in the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bassett with burial in the Olive Branch Cemetery near Mills and military rites conducted by the Bassett American Legion Post 123. Jim Shaw died April 20 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include children Darla Novotny and husband Charlie of Omaha, JT Shaw and wife Kim of Bassett, Kirt Shaw of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Annita Wilson of Loveland, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Clifford T. Harris, 65, of Norfolk, April 23, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with burial in the East Park Cemetery and military rites conducted by the Ainsworth American Legion Post 79. Cliff Harris died April 16 in the Faith Regional Health Services at Norfolk. Survivors include son Stephen Harris and wife Vanessa of San Diego, Calif.; daughter Leah Harris-Anderson and husband Derek of Marysville, Wash.; two grandchildren; siblings Sheila Harris of Lincoln, Tammy Omer of Omaha, Pat Jones and husband Tom of Ainsworth, and David Kackmeister and wife Karen of Ainsworth; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Ruth C. Smith, 93, of Ainsworth, April 21, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Ruth Smith died April 15 in her daughter’s home southwest of Ainsworth. Survivors include son David Smith and wife Sharon of Rapid City, S.D.; daughters DeLila Lumbardy and husband Stan of Spearfish, S.D., and Connie Rossenbach and husband John of Ainsworth; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Mildred Lillian Swim, 84, of Atkinson, April 19, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Willowdale Cemetery north of Newport. Mildred Swim died April 15 in the Good Samaritan Center at Atkinson. Survivors include son Ron Swim and wife Doris of Westcliff, Colo.; daughter Karen Ammon and husband Loren of Newport; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Scott Lee Frickel, 56, of Lincoln, April 17, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Scott Frickel died April 6 in the Bryan East Hospital at Lincoln. Survivors include his father David Frickel and wife Cheryl of Hampton; step-father Neal Lange Sr. of Yankton, S.D.; brothers Dr. Neal Lange Jr. and wife Tiffany of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Nathan Lange of Lincoln, Brock Lange and wife Kristen of Stuart, and Jamie Frickel and wife Shannon of North Ogden, Utah; sisters Kim Cleary and husband Steve of Leigh, Monique Lange of Lincoln, Mandy Rogers and husband Kenny of Wichita, Kan., Amie Shelton and husband Craig of Shelton, Utah, Michella Honas and husband Jeff of Hampton, and Gena Larson and husband Larry of Randolph, Kan.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Ashley Marie Hurley, 27, formerly of Atkinson, April 17, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial at a later date. Ashley Hurley died April 11 in the CHI Health St. Francis Hospital at Grand Island. Survivors include her son King Jordan and his father Rodney Jordan of Grand Island; parents Eli and Pam Hurley of Atkinson; sister Megan Hurley of Atkinson; step-brother Eli Fox of Atkinson; step-sister Jeannie Fox of Norfolk; grandparents, uncles and cousins.

* Word has been received of the death of Michelle Lynn (Thornton) Sterup, 48, of Osceola. Michelle Sterup died April 2 in the Bryan East Lincoln General Hospital. Services were held April 6 in the Osceola City Auditorium with interment in the Osceola Cemetery. Survivors include her husband Darin Sterup of Osceola; children Shelby Rae Czarnick, Cierra Lynn Fisher, Garrett Curt Fischer and Creighton Laurence Sterup; two granddaughters; father Johnny Ray Thornton of Bladen; brothers Todd Thornton and wife Loreece of Long Pine, and Chad Thornton and wife Glenda of Ellijay, Ga.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Melvin Duane Carr, 84, of St. Paul, April 10, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Melvin Carr died April 4 in his home. Survivors include daughter Kitty Faye Guthmiller of Archer.

* Funeral service for Larry Addison, 63, of Norfolk formerly of Atkinson, April 10, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson with burial at a later date. Larry Addison died April 2 in his home. Survivors include his wife Lynette Addison of Norfolk; daughter Julie Schulz and husband Mike of Norfolk; son Justin Addison and wife Mattaya of Meadow Grove; mother Dolores Addison of Atkinson; and sisters Joy Potts of Norfolk and Bonnie Lech and husband Gary of Atkinson.

* A memorial service for Mary Jones, 98, of Spencer, April 10, in the Our Saviour Lutheran Church of Spencer with burial in the Union Cemetery. Mary Jones died Feb. 18 in the Butte Healthcare Center.

* A memorial service for John Forgey, 86, of Colome, S.D., April 10, in the Winner Methodist Church. John Forgey died recently in the Memorial Hospital of Converse County at Douglas, Wyo.

* A memorial service for Gary W. Kinzie, 74, of Ainsworth, April 10, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with inurnment in the Butte Cemetery. Gary Kinzie died March 31 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include spouse Coralene Kinzie of Ainsworth; sons Graig Kinzie and wife Stephanie of Ainsworth, and Kyle Kinzie of Ainsworth; two grandchildren; brothers Terry Kinzie of Plains, Mont., and Craig Kinzie and wife Janet of Urbandale, Iowa; sisters-in-law Sherrill Kinzie of Homer, Sandy Lewis of Adams and Ruth Lewis of Edina, Minn.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for Kerry D. Ebert, 70, of Bassett, April 8, in the Bassett St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with a private family scattering of ashes at a later date at Byers, Colo. Kerry Ebert died April 5 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. Survivors include his wife Cathy Ebert of Bassett; sons Kres Ebert and wife Julie of Byers, and Kasey T. Ebert and wife Angie of Byers; stepdaughter Jessica Johnson of Pueblo, Colo.; five grandchildren; brother Larry Ebert of Bassett; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Wesley Sedivy, 87, of Spencer, April 8, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Spencer with burial in the Spencer National Cemetery and military rites performed by the American Legion Post 78 and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Wesley Sedivy died March 27 in the Butte Healthcare Center.

* Funeral service for Richard Zeisler, 77, of Butte, April 6, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Naper with burial in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery and military rites provided by the American Legion Post 51 and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Richard Zeisler died April 1 in his home.

* A memorial service is pending in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth for Kelly J. Mefferd, 58, of Chambers. Kelly Mefferd died March 28 in the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital at O’Neill. Survivors include son Chancy Steward and wife Catarina of Orchard; six grandchildren; parents Ralph and Betty Mefferd of Chadron; sister Sandra Mefferd of Chadron; brother Michael Mefferd and wife Carmen of Rapid City, S.D.; nieces, nephews and other family members. Memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation.

* A memorial service for Bessie Mogle, 100, of Valentine formerly of Merriman, is pending in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine. Bessie Mogle died March 25 in Cherry Hills at Valentine. Survivors include daughters Lorena Cobb of Merriman and Shirley Kime of Valentine.

* A graveside service for Edith Lillian Holbrook, 103, formerly of Stuart, April 2, at the Orchard City Cemetery. Edith Holbrook died  March 24 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include son Dwight Holbrook of Lakeside, Calif.; daughter Carolyn Schleis of Danbudy, Iowa; brother Arthur Kenneth Hille of Albuquerque, N.M.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service for Gary A. Bellingtier, 73, of Battle Creek formerly of Ainsworth, April 1, in the Home for Funerals Chapel at Norfolk. Gary Bellingtier died March 27 in the Faith Regional Health Services at Norfolk. Survivors include his wife Kris Bellingtier of Battle Creek; daughter Karen Acker of Park Rapids, Minn.; son Greg Bellingtier and wife Connie of Elgin; four grandchildren; sister Sharon Perkins and husband Cliff of Fort Dodge, Iowa; brother Dennis Bellingtier of Lancaster, Pa.; mother-in-law Georgia Pingel of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Doris Sharp, 84, of Sparks, April 1, in the Sandoz Chapel of the Pines at Valentine with burial in the Sparks Cemetery. Doris Sharp died March 28 in her home. Survivors include son Duane Sharp of Illinois; daughter Rita Rowan of Sparks; and sisters Maxine Duffy of Colorado, and Jean Docken of Winner, S.D.

* Funeral service for William J. “Bill” Sybrant, 76, of Bassett, March 29, in the Sybrant Community Church near Bassett with burial in the Sybrant Cemetery. Bill Sybrant died March 24 in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett. Survivors include wife Carolyn Sybrant of Bassett; children Scott Sybrant and wife Dawn of Bennet, Jeff Sybrant and wife Kat of Bassett, and Jenny Peterson and husband Chad of Molt, Mont.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons;  sister Doris Nachtman of Stuart; brother Steve Sybrant and wife Cathy of Bassett; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life service for Erwin Eugene “Gene” Cleveland, 75, of Lincoln, formerly of Bassett, March 26, in the Southview Baptist Church of Lincoln.  Gene Cleveland died March 11 in Lincoln. Survivors include wife Dawn Cleveland of Lincoln; daughters Megan Cleveland of Lincoln and Amber Cleveland of North Carolina; son Ethan Cleveland and wife Mary of Omaha; five grandchildren; sister Cathe McCaffrey of Alliance; and aunt Eunice Wulf of Ainsworth. 

* A memorial service for Betty J. Fernau, 88, of Ainsworth, March 26, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with a private inurnment in the Ainsworth Cemetery. Betty Fernau died March 2 in the Brown County Hospital. Survivors include her husband Don Fernau of Ainsworth; son Ron Fernau of Ainsworth; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother Jerry Greenough and wife Shirley of Aurora; sister-in-law JoAnn Greenough of Lusk, Wyo.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Clifford “Gene” Jones, 79, of Kearney, formerly of Springview, March 26 in the O’Brien Straatmann Redlinger Funeral Home of Kearney with interment in the Kearney Cemetery. Gene Jones died March 21 in the Mount Carmel Home at Kearney.  Survivors include wife Karen Jones of Kearney; children Bobbie Jo Ackley and husband Tim of Lincoln, Michael Jones and wife Kristie of Lincoln, Pamela Rapp of Kearney, Lonnie Jones and wife Judy of Kearney, and Marcia Temoshek and husband Sean of Kearney; 24 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; sister Edith Van-Cleave of Omaha; brothers-in-law Jack Frost of Omaha, Gail Rapp and wife Deb of Blair, and Kevin Rapp and wife Jeanne of Ansley; sisters-in-law Judy Jones of Mason City, Linda Sturgill and husband John of Doniphan and Marlene Rapp of Kingsland, Ga.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A celebration of life service will be held  at a later date at the Stuart Cemetery for Carol Avis (Hoffman) McBride, 79, of Ainsworth. Carol McBride died March 11. Survivors include her husband Mort McBride; children Scott Halligan and wife Pam, Tracy Landis and husband Brian, Carrie Gaskins and husband Mark, and Jim Halligan; and brother Daniel Hoffman and wife Judy.

* A private family memorial service for Delbert Don Lear, 75, of Kearney, March 20, in the Bassett Holy Cross Catholic Church with inurnment in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Don Lear died March 16 in his home. Survivors include his wife Jan Lear of Kearney; children Bruce Lear and wife Menda of Kearney, Rick Lear and wife Jennifer of Madison, Ala., and Suzie Lear and husband Nathan Castaldi of Brookhaven, Ga.; six grandchildren; sister Bonnie Murphy and husband Patrick of Nathrop, Colo.; brothers-in-law Larry Buell and wife Nick of Long Pine, and Homer Buell and wife Darla of Rose; sister-in-law Sue Hutchinson of Rose; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Harlan Stahlecker, 86, of Naper, March 19, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Naper with burial in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Harlan Stahlecker died March 9 in the Sanford USD Medical Center at Sioux Falls, S.D.

* Funeral service for Joan Frances Murphy, 86, of Stuart, March 16, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Joan Murphy died March 11 in the Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital at O’Neill. Survivors include her husband Conny Murphy of Stuart; children Terry Murphy of Stuart, Jerome Murphy and Beth of Stuart, Jeanne Krotter of Spencer, Julie Knudson and husband Kelly of Norfolk, Colleen Osborne and husband Roland of Atkinson, Marde Paxton of Stuart, Kevin Murphy and wife Jill of Stuart, Kelly Murphy and wife Beth of Stuart, Connie Jo Novak and husband Steve of Seward, and J.P. Murphy and wife Neely of Kearney; 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother Ron Kallhoff and Linda of O’Neill; and sister Sherri Strong of Norfolk.

* A memorial service for Helen Townsend, 95, of Lexington formerly of Ainsworth, March 13, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church. Helen Townsend died March 1 in the Plum Creek Care Center at Lexington. Survivors include sons Robert Johnson of Loomis, and Jim Townsend of Valentine; daughter Shirley Hazen of Spokane, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

* A memorial service for Molly B. Palmer, 50, of Springview, March 11, in the Ainsworth Assembly of God Church. Molly Palmer died March 3 in the Avera McKennan Hospital at Sioux Falls, S.D. Survivors include daughter Baillee Palmer of Springview; Baillee’s father Corey Palmer of Ainsworth; sister Robin McMurtrey and husband Mike of Valentine; brother Henry Pavlik and wife Rio of North Platte; and nieces, nephews and other family members. 

* Funeral service for Mark Tuton, 61, of Mitchell, S.D., March 11, in the Mills Community Church with a private family committal service at a later date. Mark Tuton died March 5 from injuries suffered during a motor vehicle accident.

* A graveside memorial service for Stanley Weander, 65, of Ardmore, Okla., March 6, at the Ainsworth South Cemetery followed by a gathering in the Ainsworth Elks Lodge. Stanley Weander died Dec. 14, 2020, at Ardmore. Survivors include daughters Sheena See and husband Brent, Lindsey Smith and husband Grant, Bridget Meyer and husband Cameron, and Rachel Weander; eight grandchildren; and special friend Marti O’Hara.

* Funeral service for Andrew John Hoffman, 42, of Atkinson, March 6, in the Atkinson Community Center with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Andy Hoffman died March 1 in his home. Survivors include his wife Brianna Hoffman of Atkinson; children Ava, Jack and Reese Hoffman all of Atkinson; parents Gary and Karen Hoffman of Spencer; brothers Tony Hoffman and wife Amy of Crofton, and Michael Hoffman and wife Jacky of Spencer; sister Julia Jones and husband Chris of Tellico Plains, Tenn.; parents-in-law Kerry and Bonnie Stiner of Burke, S.D.; and nieces and nephews.

* Funeral service for Jolene K. Walters, 73, of Ainsworth, March 5, in the Ainsworth United Methodist Church with burial in the East Park Cemetery. Jolene Walters died March 1 in her home. Survivors include children Connie Linder and husband John of Minden, Cathy Cook and husband Joe of Belgrade, and Rich Walters and wife Amy of Kearney; seven grandchildren; family exchange student Katriina Valjus of Finland; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family funeral service for Marilyn Kay Breiner, 77, of Atkinson, March 4, in Seger Funeral Home of Atkinson. Marilyn Breiner died Feb. 28 in her home. Survivors include her husband Russ Breiner of Atkinson; children Tom Schaaf and wife Karissa of Thomasville, N.C., Steve Schaaf and wife Tracy of Lincoln, Jeff Schaaf and wife Vicki of Broken Bow, Sandy Tucker of Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., Scott Arias and Tony of Las Vegas, Nev., Kurtis Breiner and wife Christine of Elizabeth, Colo., and Kristopher Breiner and wife Jennifer of Hidden Valley Lake; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Jeanne J. Nost, 73, of Grand Island formerly of the Ainsworth area. Jeanne Nost died Feb. 15 in the Azria Health Broadwell at Grand Island. Survivors include daughter Lee Anne Adamson and husband Danny of Bandera, Texas; two granddaughters; sister Janet Schuyler and husband Don of Ainsworth; brother Douglas Smith of Aurora; special friend Dennis Pfister of Grand Island; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family graveside service for Deloris M. Fox, 94, of Newport, Feb. 20, at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Deloris Fox died Feb. 13 in the Arbor Care Center at O’Neill. Survivors include son Glenn Lee Fox and wife Deb of Newport; daughter Linda Knoetzel and husband Dave of Bassett; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Florence Nelson of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers-in-law Clayton Fox of Newport, and Jim Fox of Valentine; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family funeral service for Clarence Danielski, 91, of Valentine, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Broken Bow with burial at a later date. Clarence Danielski died Feb. 12 at Broken Bow. Survivors include his wife Betty Danielski of Valentine; children Dave Danielski, Don Danielski, Mike Danielski, Susan Paprosky, Leonard Danielski and Tom Danielski; and sisters Irene Kresha and Lucy Kresha.

* A private family funeral service for Vance Heiser, 17, of Lynch, Feb. 17, in Brockaus Funeral Home of Spencer with burial in the Alford Cemetery near Monowi. Vance Heiser died Feb. 11 in his home.

* Funeral service for Gregory J. Lohmeyer, 63, of Ainsworth, Feb. 17, in Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth with cremation to follow. Greg Lohmeyer died Feb. 12 in the CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital at Kearney. Survivors include his wife Debra Lohmeyer of Ainsworth; children Kenneth Lohmeyer and wife Anna of Denton, Texas, Isabella Lindholm and husband Rhett of Gothenburg, and Francesca Castillo and husband Moises of Kearney; three grandchildren; mother-in-law Karen Davison of Ainsworth; siblings John Lohmeyer and wife Berta of Denver, Colo., Thomas Lohmeyer of Fort Collins, Colo., Julie Lohmeyer of Geneseo, Ill., and Kevin Lohmeyer of Davenport, Iowa; sister-in-law Denise Crofutt of Long Pine; brothers-in-law Jacques Davison of Bradley, Ark., Jesse Colburn and wife Carrie of Bradshaw, and Mark Colburn and wife Becky of Henderson; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Norlin Jay Dobias, 63, of Stuart, Feb. 13, in Seger Funeral Home of Stuart with burial at a later date. Norlin Dobias died Feb. 3 in the Select Specialty Hospital at Omaha. Survivors include his wife Shirley Dobias of Stuart; children Josh Dobias of Birmingham, Ala., and Jacob Dobias and wife Kayli of Stuart; two grandchildren; mother Bernice Dobias of Creighton; siblings Noreen Lind and husband Jeff of Wausa, Natalie Prewitt and husband Jerry of Atkinson, Carl Dobias and Krista of Verdigre, Gene Dobias of Creighton, Julie Dobias of Plainview, Lucy Rudloff of Creighton, and Tony Dobias and wife Shannon of Creighton.

* Funeral service for Robert “Bob” Anderson, 76, of Winner, S.D.,  Feb. 13, in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Winner with burial in the Winner City Cemetery. Bob Anderson died Feb. 4 in the Winner Regional Hospital.

* Funeral service for Ted Hilderhoff, 47, of Wood Lake, Feb. 10, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Ted Hilderhoff died Feb. 5 near Valentine. Survivors include his wife Cherie Hilderhoff of Wood Lake; sons Ryder Hilderhoff and Edward Hilderhoff; mother Bonnie Hilderhoff; and sister Tammy Cash.

* A celebration of life service will be held at a later date for Patricia Humphrey Jay Owens, 85, of Kennewick, Wash., formerly of Ainsworth. Pat Owens died Jan. 30. Survivors include husband Steve Owens of Kennewick; sister Carolyn Ehrig of Manchester, Iowa; son Steve Owens and wife Debby of West Richland, Wash.; daughter Cyndi Goodman and husband Gary of Denver; Colo.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

* Funeral service for Raymond J. Keogh, 71, of Stuart, Feb. 1, in the St. Boniface Catholic Church of Stuart with burial in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Raymond Keogh died Jan. 27 in the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha. Survivors include his wife Priscilla Keogh of Stuart; children Christopher Keogh of Omaha, Tracy Ludwig and husband Travis of Stuart, Laurie Keogh of Omaha and Lisa Keogh of Omaha; four grandchildren; brother Tom Keogh and wife Diane of Atkinson; and sister Margaret Keogh of Maple Grove, Minn.

* Funeral service for Josephine Lopez, 92, of Valentine, Jan. 30, in the Valentine United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Josephine Lopez died Jan. 24 in the Pine View Good Samaritan Center at Valentine. Survivors include son Kent Lopez of Valentine, and daughter Helen Lopez Colgan of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Eugene Donald Poessnecker, 78, of Atkinson, Jan. 30, in the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Atkinson with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Eugene Poessnecker died Jan. 25 in the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital at Yankton, S.D. Survivors include children Marie Dowling and husband Troy of Malta, Ill., Michael Poessnecker and wife Cheryl of Lincoln, Paulette Read and husband Shawn of O’Neill, Monette Jo and husband Jeff of Denver, Colo., Matthew Poessnecker of Hampton, Clifford Poessnecker and wife Jen of Lincoln, Marla Schwanke of Butte, Lori Schwanke of Arkansas; Melinda Schwanke of Arkansas, and Pamela Poessnecker of Doniphan; numerous grandchildren; sisters Maxine Brink and husband Roger of Atkinson, and Marlene Ogden and husband Larry of Atkinson; ex-wife Elizabeth Poessnecker of Dewitt; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Wesley “Robb” Slaymaker, 69, of O’Neill formerly of Bassett, Jan. 30, in the O’Neill Assembly of God Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery near Atkinson with military rites conducted by the Atkinson American Legion Farley-Tushla Post 86. Robb Slaymaker died Jan. 20 in the West Holt Medical Center at Atkinson. Survivors include sons Dustin Slaymaker and wife Jenna of O’Neill, Bob Slaymaker and wife Kiley, Randy Slaymaker and wife Kerry, and Rick Slaymaker; numerous grandchildren; sisters Mary Brinkman and husband Dave of Surprise, Ariz., and Sandra Slaymaker of Sun City, Ariz.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date for Martha E. Frew, 98, of Ainsworth. Martha Frew died Jan. 26 in the Sandhills Care Center. Survivors include sons Bill Frew of Norden, and Jerry Frew and wife Marj of Ainsworth; daughter Rosalie Fletcher and husband Val of Ainsworth; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Word has been received of the death of Jerry Beck, 69, of Grand Island formerly of Ainsworth. Jerry Beck died Jan. 20 in his home. Per his wishes, no service will be held. Survivors include his wife Joyce Beck of Grand Island; sons Tonny Beck and wife Michelle of Ainsworth, and Jeremey Beck and wife Kristin of Bellingham, Wash.; four grandchildren; step-sons Kenny Bauer and wife Heather of Lincoln, and Bryce Bauer and wife Emily of Ord; and four step-grandchildren.

* A memorial service will be held at a later date for Richard H. Walton, 81, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Ainsworth. Richard Walton died Jan. 16 at Springfield.

* A private family funeral service for Marilyn Baker, 93, of Papillion formerly of Springview and Valentine, Jan. 18, in the Springview United Methodist Church with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Marilyn Baker died Jan. 10 at Papillion. Survivors include sons Mark Billings, David Billings and Blaine Baker; and daughter-in-law Sandy Billings.

* A private family inurnment for Dora E. Scott, 98, of Omaha formerly of Ainsworth, will be held at a later date at the Mount Hope Cemetery at Wood Lake. Dora Scott died Jan. 8 in The Heritage at Legacy at Omaha. Survivors include daughter Pam Scott of Las Vegas, Nev.; son Rick Scott and wife Joyce of Omaha; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* Funeral service for Gary Jon Aten, 82, of Atkinson, Jan. 12, in the Atkinson United Methodist Church with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Gary Aten died Jan. 7 in the Atkinson Good Samaritan Center. Survivors include his wife Caroline Aten of Atkinson; sisters Cheri Frisch and husband Terry of Atkinson, and Cindy Weale and husband Denny of Omaha; brother Don Aten and wife Mary of Loveland, Colo.; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A public graveside service for Wilma Kenan, 90, of Valentine, Jan. 11, at the Mount Hope Cemetery. Wilma Kenan died Jan. 4 at Gordon. Survivors include daughter Linda Kluender of Edgemont, S.D.; and sister Edith Bachelor of Valentine.

* Funeral service for Ben LeRoy Boerger,87, of Grand Island formerly of Rock County, Jan. 11, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Grand Island with burial in the Duff Cemetery with military rites provided by the Bassett American Legion Post 123. Ben Boerger died Jan. 4 in his home. Survivors include his wife Judy Boerger of Grand Island; daughters Lori Stolcpart and husband Rod of Newport, and Carole Urbom and husband Brian of Grand Island; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Lois Nydle of Ottumwa, Iowa; sister-in-law Marie Dodd of Ainsworth; an aunt, nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A memorial service for James J. Friedel, 87, of Kearney formerly of Stuart, will be held at a later date. James Friedel died Jan. 1 in his home. Survivors include his wife Barbara Friedel of Kearney; children Tim Friedel and wife Janice of Kearney, Sue Maxson and husband Byron of Kearney, LeaJane Friedel of Kearney, and Marcee Johnson and husband Tom of Norfolk; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters Eileen Moss of Stuart, Dorothy Flannigan and husband Dan of Elkhorn, and Anita Shald of Yakima, Wash.

* Funeral service for Merle James Liewer, 75, of Atkinson, Jan. 8, in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Atkinson with burial in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Merle Liewer died Jan. 4 near Grand Island. Survivors include his wife Anita Liewer of Atkinson; daughters Jeannie Elsbernd and friend Kevin Kenney of Grand Island, and Holli Kirwan and husband Kody of Butte; son Jamie Liewer and wife Michelle of O’Neill; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Stan Liewer and wife Joann of Burke, S.D., Mike Liewer and wife LaDell of Butte, and Dave Liewer and wife Carol of Butte; and sister Alice Verzal and husband Joe of Omaha.

* Word has been received of the death of Betty J. Grebenc, 90, of Ainsworth. Betty Grebenc died Jan. 3, in her home. Survivors include children David Lehn and wife Treva of Kearney, Carol Caudill of Ainsworth, and Ralph Lehn of Forest Grove, Ore.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Phyllis Cutsinger of Elberta, Ala.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A private family funeral service for Margaret E. “Marg” Kinney, 85, of Bassett, Jan. 7, in the Bassett United Methodist Church with burial in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Margaret Kinney died Jan. 2 in the Rock County Hospital. Survivors include her husband Rich Kinney of Bassett; children Jeri Nelson and husband Bim of Long Pine, Mike Kinney and wife Michele of Bryan, Texas, Bill Kinney and wife Sandi of Kaysville, Utah, and Patty McConnell and husband Johnny of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Avis Hollopeter of Titusville, Fla.; nieces, nephews and other family members.

* A graveside service for Faye L. Buoy, 88, of Bassett,  Jan. 2, at the Rose Hill Cemetery near Rose. Faye Buoy died Dec. 30 in the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care at Bassett. Survivors include children Leanne Fox and husband Doug of Bassett, Gary Buoy and wife Daunnita of Burwell, Lonnie Buoy and wife Deb of Bassett, Bonnie Emerson and husband Brad of Bassett, Jerry Buoy of Laurel, and Cindy Norton and husband Todd of Ainsworth; 18 grandchildren; 45 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.

* A private family burial for Sylvia F. (Pavelka) Fink, 67, of rural Bladen, Jan. 2 at the Cloverton Cemetery with a public celebration of life service at a later date. Sylvia Fink died Dec. 26 in Bryan Health at Lincoln. Survivors include son Scott Fink and wife LaCaylla of Elsmere; daughter Amy Berggren and husband Chris of North Platte; four grandchildren; sisters Rosalyn Piel of Arvada, Colo., and Mary Johnson and husband Richard of Hastings; brother Stanley Pavelka and wife Sharon of Blue Hill; and nieces and nephews.