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Hoch Funeral Homes, Inc. has family-owned funeral homes operating in the Nebraska Sandhills and surrounding area for almost 50 years. Our funeral homes provide all types of services involving traditional burial or cremation with care and compassion. The staff members are committed to providing the best service and assistance possible when families are faced with the loss of a loved one. We appreciate your time in viewing our website today. If there are any questions that you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.

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Our Obituaries

Lanny Ray Heyden

February 24, 1943 - August 25, 2016

Lanny Ray Heyden was born February 24, 1943 to Clifford "Tiff" and Goldie (Ludemann) Heyden in Gregory, South Dakota and passed away August 25, 2016 near his home north of Newport, Nebraska due to injuries suffered in an accident. Lanny attended rural schools in northern Rock County. Instead of riding a horse to school, Lanny put a washing machine motor on his bike and that's how he got to...
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Arthur V. Heerten

July 10, 1920 - August 23, 2016

Arthur V. Heerten passed away August 23, 2016, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 96. He was the second son of John and Emma (Keohnken) Heerten, born on July 10, 1920, near Springview, Nebraska. Art left high school after his first year to help with the farm, later earning his GED to set a good example of the value of education for his children. Art enlisted in...
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David "Dave" R. Chase

February 27, 1946 - August 17, 2016

David Russell Chase, son of Ted and Edith (Lydiatt) Chase of Wood Lake Nebraska, was born February 27, 1946 in Ainsworth, Nebraska and passed away suddenly at his home in Ainsworth, August 17, 2016 at the age of seventy years. Dave grew to manhood in Wood Lake, where he enjoyed high school sports. After graduation, Dave joined the United States Air Force serving six years and earning the rank of...
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Ortha L. (Reynolds) Emry

April 13, 1923 - August 1, 2016

Ortha Loretta Emry passed away at the Brown County Hospital on August 1, 2016, at the age of 93. She was born to John L. Reynolds and Susie Amy (Shattuck) Reynolds on April 13, 1923 in her parent's house about 13 miles northwest of Springview, in Keya Paha County, Nebraska. Ortha was the youngest of three daughters. She and her sisters Alice and Inez grew up on property originally homesteaded...
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James H. "Jim" Fuhrman

May 8, 1952 - July 27, 2016

James Henry Fuhrman was born on May 8, 1952 in Gregory, South Dakota to Henry and Francis Fuhrman and passed away on July 27, 2016. His childhood years were spent in Burke, South Dakota. He grew up with his siblings, Gary, Rita, David, and Ray Dean. Jim married his beloved wife Eugenia (Jean) Fuhrman, on December 6th, 1968. To this union three children were born, Leslie, James, and Keith. After...
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Glenn A. Miller

July 31, 1941 - July 25, 2016

Cowboy, farmer, avid hunter, proud auctioneer, voracious reader, and former enthusiastic dancer who occasionally stayed on beat, Glenn A. Miller passed away peacefully Monday, July 25, 2016, at Tabitha Nursing Center, Crete, Nebraska. Glenn was born in Long Pine, Nebraska, grew up in his beloved Sandhills, and graduated from Rock County High School. After working as a cowboy in Wyoming, he...
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Betty Ann Camilla (Wood) Aronson

July 22, 2016

Betty Ann Camilla Wood was born on August 29, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska to Jessen and Ann (Weiland) Wood. She died peacefully in her home on July 22, 2016 near Long Pine, Nebraska at the age of 88 years. Betty graduated from Omaha North High School and worked at Northern Natural Gas when she married Gerald E. Aronson on October 4, 1948. They started their married life in Omaha then headed to...
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Daphyne L. (Carr) Clark

October 7, 1935 - July 21, 2016

Daphyne Lucile (Carr) Clark was born to George and Josephine (Dillon) Carr on October 7, 1935 in Springview, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children. She passed away July 21, 2016 at her home in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 80 years, nine months and 14 days. Daphyne graduated from Keya Paha County High School in Springview in 1953. She was united in marriage to William E. Clark II on...
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Georgia Faye (Baldwin) Miller

May 15, 1918 - July 21, 2016

Georgia Faye Baldwin was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on May 15, 1918, the only child of John Joseph and Elsie Fern (Offil) Baldwin. She passed away on July 21, 2016 at Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. As a girl, Georgia loved animals. Instead of playing with dolls, climbed trees with her boy cousins, and learned to fix "almost anything." She learned to play the piano and developed her voice,...
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Lyle Henry Davis

July 12, 1923 - July 19, 2016

Lyle Henry Davis, son of Freeman and Gladys Davis, was born at home in Selden, Nebraska (Rock County) on July 12, 1923. He passed away on July 19, 2016 at Silver Ridge Memory Unit in Gretna, Nebraska, where he had been residing since May 30, 2016. His age was 93 years, 1 week at the time of his death. As a child, Lyle attended elementary school at District 72-Ewing School and then moved six...
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Elaine Kay (Lewis) Nelson

March 11, 1973 - July 18, 2016


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Gary R. Assarsson

June 9, 1937 - June 24, 2016

Gary R. Assarsson was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa on June 9, 1937. He was the oldest of three children born to Fred and Ruth (Malone) Assarsson. Gary went to be with his Lord June 24, 2016. He passed away in his home suddenly with his wife and daughters by his side. Gary married Barbara Barta on November 15, 1958 at St Pius X Catholic Church in Ainsworth, Nebraska. To this union three children...
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Jerry Lyne DeBolt

August 4, 1965 - June 23, 2016

Jerry Lyne DeBolt was born August 4, 1965 at Bassett, Nebraska to Leo Arthur and Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt. He passed away June 23, 2016 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett. Jerry and twin brother, Gary were two adventurous boys growing up. Jerry had a tendency of hitching rides with semi operators after a Wednesday cattle auction to deliver cattle to their buyers without...
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Janice I. (Davison) Pennington

January 19, 1937 - June 22, 2016

Janice Idora Pennington, 79, passed away June 22nd, 2016 in her home surrounded by her children after she had fought a courageous battle with ALS. Born January 19, 1937 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, Janice was first of two children born to John and Nellie (Strand) Davison. Janice earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also graduated from St. Elizabeth's School...
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Ruth M. (Beutner) Lutz

January 17, 1929 - June 19, 2016

Ruth M. (Beutner) Lutz was born on January 17, 1929 to Viola (Minor) and Gustav Beutner at White Lake South Dakota. She passed away on June 19, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney Nebraska at the age of 87. Ruth spent her early years in White Lake and met her husband Tom from Plankinton South Dakota. They loved to dance and would find a dance somewhere seven nights a week. She married...
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Louise S. (Skinner) Jefferis

May 7, 1934 - June 18, 2016

Louise S. Jefferis was born in Gregory, South Dakota on May 7, 1934 to Ben and Marie (Klindt) Skinner, and passed away on June 18, 2016 at the age of 82 years at the Rock County Long Term Care. Louise was married to Donald D. Jefferis on August 16, 1952, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. To this union Louise and Don had four boys, Dewey, Kenneth, Michael and Dennis. Louise lived the majority of her life...
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Clyde E. Blake

December 17, 1926 - June 1, 2016

Clyde Edward Blake was born to Edward and Gladys (Robinson) Blake, on December 17, 1926 on the ranch he still owns southeast of Bassett Nebraska in southern Rock County, and passed away on June 1, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett at the age of 89 years. He was the fourth of six children. He received his education at a country school close to the Blake Ranch. Clyde was united in...
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Arthur D. McDaniel Sr.

March 18, 1936 - May 8, 2016

Arthur D. McDaniel Sr. was born March 18, 1936 to George Lewis McDaniel and Minnie (Jessup) McDaniel at Johnstown, Nebraska and passed away May 8, 2016 at the Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh, Nebraska at the age of 80 years, one month and 20 days. He grew up in Johnstown and worked as a ranch hand on various ranches around Ainsworth and the surrounding area. On October 4, 1966, Arthur was...
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Kathryn "Katy" Burt

September 10, 1919 - May 2, 2016

Kathryn (McCance) Burt was born Sept 10, 1919 on her grandfather's homestead near Cams, Nebraska. Her cowboy father worked at various ranches in the area. Kathryn attended primary school in southern Keya Paha County and later the family moved south into Rock County where she graduated from Rock County High School in 1936. She was the last surviving member of that class from RCHS. On Christmas...
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Aurelia C. (Stichweh) Krull

November 19, 1923 - May 1, 2016

Aurelia Cora Krull was born to Henry and Susetta (Einspahr) Stichweh on November 19, 1923 in Collinsville, Illinois. She was the oldest of three girls. She passed away on May 1st, 2016 at the age of 92 years, and 6 months at the Burwell Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Nebraska. Aurelia grew up in Belleville, Illinois where she went to the Zion Lutheran Grade School where her father...
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Dale E. North

July 12, 1920 - April 30, 2016

Dale Edward North, 95, of Long Pine, Nebraska passed away Saturday April 30th, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson, Nebraska. Dale was born to Robert C. and Bessie L. (Pearson) North at Plainview, Nebraska on July 12, 1920, the fourth of five children. He was raised in the Plainview area and graduated from high school there in 1940. Following graduation, at the beginning of World War...
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Joyce G. (Story) Songer

April 16, 1937 - April 26, 2016

Joyce Gladys Songer was born to Joe and Bertha (Totton) Story on April 16, 1937 at Norris, South Dakota, and was called home on April 26, 2016 at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska. Joyce had four sisters, Melba, Dorothy, Ruby and Vera, and five brothers, Ernie, Jasper, Bud, Bill, and Glen. She grew up around the Dallas and Herrick, South Dakota area, going to school through...
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M. Margaret "Maggie" Buoy

August 16, 1935 - April 25, 2016

Mary Margaret "Maggie" (Strelow) Buoy was born August 16, 1935 to Louis and Kathryn (Alexander) Strelow in Rock County, Nebraska. She passed away April 25, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett Nebraska at the age of 80 years. Margaret was the oldest of four children, Charles, Betty and Carl. She grew up in Rock County and graduated from Rock County High School. Margaret taught for five...
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Elwin W. "Jones" Davis

June 11, 1923 - April 24, 2016

Elwin W. Davis was born on June 11, 1923 to Erwin W. O. and Mary L. (Wanker) Davis at Duff, Nebraska, and passed away on April 25, 2016 at the Golden LivingCenter-Grand Island Lakeview in Grand Island, Nebraska. He grew up on the family farm where his folks were farmers raising livestock and crops. In his younger years, he stayed in Bassett, Nebraska and roomed with people going to high school...
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J. Loren "Sawdust" Hofeldt

June 7, 1939 - April 23, 2016

John Loren "Sawdust" Hofeldt, age 76, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Loren was born on June 7, 1939, in Winner, South Dakota, to Leonard and Freda (Schmidt) Hofeldt. He was the youngest of 3 children raised on the family farm. Loren served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959. He was married to Helen Carter on October 28, 1959, and to this union three...
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Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt

August 11, 1935 - April 11, 2016

Katherine June (Seadore) DeBolt was born August 11, 1935 in Lakin Township, Minnesota to John and Ella (Fleck) Seadore, and passed away on April 11, 2016 at the Rock County Long Term Care in Bassett, Nebraska. Katherine had eight siblings. While Katherine was still a young lady her family moved several times to Redfish, South Dakota; Wood Lake, Johnstown, and finally to Long Pine, Nebraska....
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Avis M. (Jones) Hutton

January 12, 1924 - April 9, 2016

Avis Marie (Jones) Hutton was born January 12, 1924 to Clarence 0. and May (Moore) Jones at their farm near Mariaville, Nebraska. She departed this life April, 9, 2016 at the age of 92. Avis attended grade school at various rural schools in Rock County. She graduated from Rock County High School in 1941. Her high school classes included all the Normal Training courses to prepare her for the...
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Lynn E. Moore

December 27, 1933 - April 8, 2016

Lynn E. Moore was born on December 27, 1933 to Shelley T. "Ted" and Minnie Moore. He passed away in a tragic motor vehicle accident on Friday April 8th, 2016, near Long Pine, Nebraska. Lynn was the fourth of eight children born in Long Pine, and walked several miles to country school south of Long Pine. He graduated from Long Pine High School in 1951. Lynn met Lois Jean Doty at Camp Witness...
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Alfred Dean "Doc" Gilg, MD

February 1, 1931 - April 4, 2016

Alfred Dean "Doc" Gilg was born on February 1, 1931 in Newport, Nebraska to Alfred and Hazel Gilg and raised on the family ranch during the depression. After graduating from Rock County High School and Northeast Technical Community College, he attended the University of Nebraska in Omaha where he met and married Regina Anne Harvey in 1951. The army interrupted his education from 1952-54 when he...
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Wayne George "Bud" Simons

March 9, 1932 - April 2, 2016

Wayne "Bud" Simons of Springview, Nebraska passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Winner Regional Hospital Long Term Care Center in Winner, South Dakota at the age of 84 years and 24 days. He was born at home on March 9, 1932 in Sparks, Nebraska to George J. and Minnie Mae (Archer) Simons. Bud attended grade school at Happy Hollow in Sparks. He worked for local farmers and ranchers until...
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Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Stahl

November 28, 1982 - March 5, 2016

Mandy was a very special girl, one-of-a-kind, and has touched so many lives in so many ways. She lived life to the fullest as one grand celebration after another. Mandy absolutely loved to plan the family reunions, birthday parties, Halloween, and Christmas. She would create elaborate fantasies where she was planning to go on a world tour, be a pop star, and become rich and famous. She included...
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Wilford A. Leach

October 9, 1924 - February 26, 2016

Wilford Albert Leach was born in Hyannis, Nebraska, October 9, 1924 to Bert and Dagmar (Jensen) Leach. He passed away on February 26, 2016, at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton, Nebraska. Wilford grew up on the family ranch near Arthur, Nebraska. In 1941, the family moved to a ranch south of Johnstown, Nebraska. Wilford graduated from Ainsworth High School with the class of 1942. He enlisted in...
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Theona A. "Toni" Andersen

June 18, 1914 - February 25, 2016

THEONA ARDITH (LEONARD) RASMUSSEN ANDERSEN Theona Ardith Leonard was born on June 18, 1914, to Alta (Miller) Leonard and Benjamin Franklin Leonard in Bassett, Nebraska. "Toni", as she was known all her life, spent most of her childhood in the home of her grandparents, Hugh and Belle Miller, in Bassett as her mother pursued a career in nursing administration. Toni graduated from Rock County High...
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Thomas Wayne "Tom" Nelson

March 4, 1958 - February 16, 2016

Thomas Wayne "Tom" Nelson was born on March 4, 1958 to Donald Wayne and Josephine (Watkins) Nelson at Oskaloosa, Iowa. He passed away on February 16, 2016 at the Rock County Hospital. Tom served in the United States Army for four years and 11 months. His last duty assignment was HHC 2nd Bn 8th Cav 1 CD Forscom FC. He was a M48-M60 Armor Tank Crewman. Tom is preceded in death by his father,...
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James R. "Jim" Walton

February 18, 1931 - February 1, 2016

James Ruben Walton was born in Gordon, Nebraska on February 18, 1931 and passed away on February 1, 2016, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska, at the age of 84 years. He was the oldest of three children born to Ruben A. and Dorothy V. (Mielke) Walton. Jim was named after his great grandfather. Jim was raised and attended school in the Gordon area until his early high school...
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Wayne L. Iverson

November 17, 1926 - January 28, 2016

Wayne L. Iverson, the first of four children, was born to Elbert J. "E.J." and Cecelia P. "Ruby" (Seberger) Iverson on November 17, 1926 at Stuart, Nebraska. Wayne lived on a ranch south of Newport, Nebraska while growing up, always loving the country life. He attended a one-room country school for grade school and went to Rock County High School in Bassett. Wayne joined the United States...
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Warren E. Horner

September 3, 1958 - January 17, 2016

Warren Eldon Horner was born on September 3, 1958 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Eldon and Ila (Moore) Horner of Rose, Nebraska. He was the fourth child in a family that eventually grew to eight children. The Horner Ranch was the perfect place for a young boy to grow and explore. There were cows, horses, dogs, cats, the great outdoors, and sisters. Warren loved horses the most. From atop a horse he...
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Melva L. (Cords) Fletcher

May 13, 1927 - January 11, 2016

Melva Louise Fletcher, 88 years old, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska. She departed peacefully while surrounded by family. Melva was born to Henry and Verna (Metz) Cords on May 13, 1927. She was the oldest of five children, a role she was quite proud of. They grew up on a farm near Pleasanton, Nebraska at a time when horses were...
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Mary E. (Taylor) Kent

September 3, 1923 - December 30, 2015

Mary Elizabeth Kent was born to William J. and Julia B. (Brosnihan) Taylor on September 3, 1923 at Sutherland, Nebraska and passed away on December 30, 2015 at her home in Ainsworth Nebraska at the age of 92 years. Her early childhood was spent in the Platte Valley area on ranches at North Platte and Stapleton, Nebraska, and then the purchase of a ranch in the Goose Creek Valley of the Sandhills...
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Ruth E. (Nachtman) Fox

September 27, 1934 - December 29, 2015

Ruth Elaine was born September 27, 1934 Pishelville, NE to James and Wilhemina (Elis) Nachtman. Ruth was the oldest of two children. Ruth graduated from Stuart High School in 1953. After graduation Ruth moved to Lincoln working as a bookkeeper. March 28, 1954 Ruth married Donald Fox in O'Neill, Nebraska and into this union five children were born. Ruth was a bookkeeper for many years. Around 1967...
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Shirley M. (Edwards) Davis

November 3, 1936 - December 29, 2015

Shirley Mae (Edwards) Davis of Ainsworth, Nebraska was born on November 3, 1936 in Butte, Nebraska to George and Anna (Scherer) Edwards. She passed away at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska on December 29, 2015 at the age of 79. Shirley grew up in the Ainsworth area. On April 16, 1955, she was united in marriage to Raymond Dale Davis. To this union two daughters were born. In 1984...
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Stanley H. Schelm

August 7, 1947 - December 27, 2015

Stanley Harold Schelm age 68 was born to Harold and Irene (nee Rauscher) Schelm on August 7th, 1947 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, and died Sunday, December 27th, 2015 at his home in northwest Ainsworth, as of a result of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He married Rebecca Frahm of Plainview May 21st, 1980 and had two children, Nathan Carl and Jennifer Marie. He was baptized into the Christian faith in Zion...
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Leona E. (Klein) Spann

August 3, 1916 - December 22, 2015

Leona Emma Klein Spann was born in Battle Creek, Nebraska on August 3, 1916, and passed away on December 22, 2015, at the age of 99 years. She was one of six children born to Leonard J. and Emma (May) Klein. Leona attended elementary school in Battle Creek, and graduated from Royal, Nebraska High School in 1934, as the family had moved to a farm near Royal. Her dad farmed, raised pigs, and...
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Gertrude L. "Gert" Shade

May 12, 1922 - December 5, 2015

Gertrude L. "Gert" Shade passed away December 5, 2015 at the age of 93 years. She was born May 12, 1922, in a sod house in Keya Paha County, Nebraska to Glenn and Rose (Childs) Masters. She had two older siblings, Paul and Phyllis and two younger siblings, Dale and Janice. Gert graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1939. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator in Ainsworth...
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Dora Ruth (Bartholow) Allen

February 13, 1929 - November 29, 2015

Dora Ruth (Bartholow) Allen was born February 13, 1929 near Purdum, Nebraska to Maude (Chase) Bartholow and William T. Bartholow. She passed away November 29, 2015 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska Dora was the fourth child of five. She received her education at the south Elsmere School and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1946. Dora married Lester Clarence Allen on...
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Janice I. Schwager

February 1, 1960 - November 22, 2015

Janice Ione Schwager was born on February 1, 1960 in Bassett, Nebraska to Elmer L. and Helen Ione (Harlan) Schwager of Mills, Nebraska. In November of 1960, Elmer, Helen and Janice moved to Ewing, Nebraska to Elmer's parent's home place. In February of 1961, Janice became a big sister to Judy Kay two days after her 1st birthday. Helen always dressed them like twins. In 1962, the family moved to a...
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Richard M. "Dick" Reece

February 17, 1927 - November 19, 2015

Richard M. "Dick" Reece passed away November 19, 2015 peacefully at his home of 52 years, at the age of 88. He was born February 17, 1927 in Crawford, Nebraska to Reuben and Frances (Kreman) Reece. He was the eldest of three sons. Richard grew up on a ranch south of Crawford and attended school in Harrison, Nebraska, graduating in 1945. Immediately after, he was drafted into the United States...
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Jeanie Marie (Maurer) Shankland

January 10, 1964 - November 15, 2015

Jean Marie (Maurer) Shankland was born at the Rock County Hospital January 10, 1964, in Bassett, Nebraska to Jake and Marcella Maurer. She joined siblings Janice, Susan, and Jake. Jeanie passed away November 15, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. Jeanie, as she was known to her family and friends, attended Pleasant Hill school through second grade. During the school year, Pleasant Hill and...
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Ardis I. (Beebout) Johnson

January 4, 1916 - November 10, 2015

Ardis Ione (Beebout) Johnson, daughter of LeRoy and Rosa (Akert) Beebout was born January 4, 1916 at the family home in Johnstown, Nebraska. She passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson, Nebraska. It was 30 below zero the night she was born. Dr. Cameron delivered her assisted by his wife. Her mother Rosa later said, "that the old wood stove was just...
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Evelyn Zoreda (Allen) Hill

February 15, 1927 - November 3, 2015

Evelyn Zoreda (Allen) Hill was the sixth of eleven children born to Clarence and Martha (Farris) Allen on February 15, 1927. She was born northeast of Ainsworth, Nebraska at a place along Bone Creek. She died November 3, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center in Atkinson, Nebraska at the age of eighty-eight. While growing up on her family's farm north of Ainsworth, Evelyn was baptized...
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Rickie Dean Lentz

August 23, 1957 - October 24, 2015

Rickie D. Lentz was born August 23, 1957 at Madison, Wisconsin to Elmer and Eiko Lentz. He passed away October 24, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rick was born into a military family and enjoyed a life full of travel and service to his country. He comes from a long line of Lentz ancestors who settled in the Long Pine, Nebraska area. Rick spent several school years in...
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Shirley M. (Christensen) Olson

April 23, 1926 - October 20, 2015

Shirley M. Olson went home to our Lord on October 20, 2015 in Grand Island, Nebraska. She was born near Centerville, South Dakota on April 23, 1926 to Viggo and Marie (Knudsen) Christensen. Shirley graduated from Centerville High School and attended Springfield Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota. She began her teaching career in a one-room country school. She always taught school at...
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Calvin Dale Croghan

May 8, 1929 - October 19, 2015

Calvin D. Croghan was born on May 8, 1929 to James David and Florence Gertrude (DeBolt) Croghan at Bassett Nebraska, and passed away at the West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska on October 19, 2015. Calvin had four brothers and two sisters. Cal was inducted into the United States Army on July 6, 1951. He was wounded in combat at Chorwon Korea on September 9, 1952 and was awarded the...
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Dwayne Arnold Huelle

November 22, 1946 - October 11, 2015

Dwayne Arnold Huelle was born November 22, 1946 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Arnold and Mildred (Rudnick) Huelle. He passed away October 11, 2015 at his home in Franklin, Nebraska. Dwayne was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Ainsworth on January 28, 1946 and later was confirmed on May 21, 1961 there. Dwayne graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1965. He was united in marriage to Barbara Ann...
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Jacob C. Koch

May 6, 1938 - October 2, 2015

Jacob C. Koch was born on May 06, 1938 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to George and Gertrude (Kurpjuweit) Koch, and died peacefully and unexpectedly at the West Holt Memorial Hospital on October 2, 2015 in Atkinson, Nebraska at the age of 77. Jacob married Bonita D. Beel on June 2, 1957. He worked at the Beel Ranch as a ranch hand. He then worked for Missouri Valley as a Heavy Equipment Operator,...
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Leona F. Morrow

August 7, 1919 - September 7, 2015

Leona Faye (Beebout) Morrow, 96, of Ainsworth, Nebraska passed away on September 7, 2015 at her home in Ainsworth. Leona, the fourth child of Rosa (Akert) and LeRoy Beebout was born at home on August 7, 1919 in Johnstown, Nebraska. Earning the nickname "Giggy," because of her giggly nature, Leona had many fond memories of her growing-up years in Johnstown with her four brothers and three...
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Myrtle B. Sears

March 31, 1919 - August 24, 2015

Myrtle B (Meyers, Dahlgren) Sears was born to Erwin and Maggie Mae Meyers on March 31, 1919 at Merriman, Nebraska. She was the youngest of seven children joining three brothers, Guy, Elwood and Roy, along with three sisters, Esther, Mildred and Ruth. Myrtle's mother passed away on July 23, 1920 and with the task of raising seven children her father enlisted the help of neighbors, Andrew and...
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Raymond M. "Dick" Wait

August 9, 1920 - August 19, 2015

Raymond Melvin "Dick" Wait was born on August 9, 1920 to James Franklin and Alvera Irene (Hall) at Broken Bow, NE. He passed away on August 19, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Cozad, NE. He grew up on a farm in Brown County and graduated from high school in 1939. On March 24, 1940, he was united in marriage to Velma Marie Wait. He enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged when the...
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Vivian L. (Reinert) Alberts

November 22, 1922 - August 6, 2015

Vivian Lula Jeanette (Reinert) Alberts was born on November 22, 1922 to Lillian and Arthur Reinert on a small place northwest of Ainsworth, Nebraska. From there they moved north of Ainsworth and lived there until 1925. When Arthur passed away Doris & Vivian moved to Ainsworth, and lived with their Grandmother, Anna Lockmiller, and started kindergarten, attending up to third grade, they then moved...
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Elvin D. "Al" Moore

September 20, 1917 - August 2, 2015

Elvin D. "Al" Moore was born on September 20, 1917 to Delbert and Maude (Higbee) Moore at Meadow Grove, Nebraska, and passed away on August 2, 2015 at the Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska. The family moved to a place just west of Ainsworth, where Al attended school in Brown County, graduating from the eighth grade. He then helped out on the family farm. He met Martha Mae Grubaugh and they...
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Phyllis A. Lane

November 3, 1945 - August 2, 2015

Phyllis A. Lane was born on November 3, 1945 in Spooner, Wisconsin, and passed away in the Rock County Hospital at Bassett, Nebraska on August 2, 2015. (Instead of a normal eulogy, the family requests that I tell a LOVE story.) Phyllis and Larry began their journey at the young age of 16, their sophomore year in high school. "A Newport Country Boy GOO-GOO over a Bassett City Queen." They...
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Fred P. Meyer

June 18, 1947 - July 21, 2015

Fred P. Meyer was born to Leroy C. and Jennie W. (Bezanson) Meyer, on June 18, 1947, at Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He was followed by four brothers and one sister. Fred graduated from Ceres high school and then attended California Christian College as a layperson. He was active in his hometown church as a young man. He married and had two children. He became a reserve officer with the Ceres...
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Evan Wesley Lane

May 1, 1917 - July 18, 2015

Evan Wesley Lane was born May 1, 1917 to Owen and Norma (Tuttle) Lane at the Lane Ranch northeast of Newport, Nebraska, where he lived his lifetime. He attended two grade schools and graduated from Newport High School. He worked with his father raising cattle and farming his entire life and for several years, he worked with the Rock County Road Department. Evan married Elizabeth Elaine Brown...
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Bit Reins Painter

August 12, 2010 - July 12, 2015

Bit Reins Painter was born on August 12, 2010 at the Cherry County Hospital, in Valentine, Nebraska, to Monty and Angie Painter, of Springview, Nebraska. "Little Bit" was an extraordinary cowgirl, from her "one of a kind name" to her quick wit and determination to do anything she tried. With her freckles, sparkling blue eyes and untamed blonde hair (she would rather not have brushed,) Bit never...
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David G. "Dave" Carr

September 10, 1962 - July 12, 2015

David George Carr was born September 10, 1962 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Garth "Buck" and Doris (Rasmussen) Carr of Springview, Nebraska. He joined brothers Doug and Rick, and later a sister Kathy. David attended grade school at Liberty Dist. 17 and graduated from Keya Paha County High School in 1981. David was an avid hunter and fisherman. Breaking and training horses was his passion. He was...
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Harry F. Sawle

October 29, 1934 - July 6, 2015

Harry F. Sawle was born on October 29, 1934, to Leslie and Rita (Johnson) Sawle on the Sawle homesite seven miles northeast of Ainsworth, Nebraska, and passed away on July 6, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in O'Neill, Nebraska. He was the youngest of three children, with two older sisters. He went to grade school at District #11 country school, and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1952...
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Russell Oren "Russ" Dodd

January 31, 1943 - July 6, 2015

Russell Oren Dodd, eldest son of Floyd "Irish" Russell Dodd and Cleo Alberta (Jackman) Dodd, was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on January 31, 1943, and passed away on July 6, 2015, at Parkside Manor in Stuart, Nebraska, at the age of 72. He attended elementary school in rural Brown County and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1961. He played football and graduated from Norfolk Junior College...
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James H. "Jim" Clay

October 13, 1959 - July 1, 2015

James Howard Clay was born October 13, 1959 to Sarah (Anson) and Howard Clay and passed away on July 1st, 2015 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska, at the age of 55. He grew up on the family ranch southeast of Springview, Nebraska where he attended grade school and graduated from Keya Paha Co. High school. There he met Sheri (Gibson) Clay and were united in marriage July 23, 1980...
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Glen A. Schrantz

November 30, 1925 - June 21, 2015

Glen Alvin Schrantz was born November 30, 1925 at his grandparents' home in rural Keya Paha County, Nebraska to Alvin Irvin and Anna May (Painter) Schrantz. He left the constraints of his earthly existence and entered into the presence of his Savior on June 21, 2015 at Stuart, Nebraska at 89 years of age. Glen was raised on various ranches in the Springview and Meadville area. He had a passion...
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Tyler Jaye Walton

September 28, 1992 - June 20, 2015

Tyler Jaye Walton was born on September 28, 1992 in Valentine, Nebraska to Bob and Carol Walton of Ainsworth, Nebraska. Tyler's life was taken on June 20, 2015 at the Monarch in Lincoln, Nebraska. Tyler played many sports during his school years. He excelled in wrestling, qualifying for state twice and placing 4th his senior year. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 2011. Upon...
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Christin Lee "Chris" Daniels

December 5, 1962 - June 13, 2015

Christin Lee Daniels was born to Claire White on December 5, 1962 at Spencer, Iowa and was 52 years of age when he passed away on June 13, 2015 at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He was adopted by Ed and Clara Mae Daniels at 8 days of age. He joined his brother Eddy and they later attended grade school in Elsmere, Nebraska. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1981, then...
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Laura K. (Waddell) Tunink

November 16, 1958 - June 7, 2015

Laura K. Tunink was called home on the evening of June 7, 2015 surrounded by her family at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Laura was born on November 16, 1958 to George and Ruby (Kinder) Waddell in Plainview, Nebraska. Growing up, she lived in Plainview and then moved to Norfolk, where she graduated from Norfolk High School in 1977. Laura was united in marriage to Randy...
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Irma C. (Vose) Hickman

December 1, 1927 - June 6, 2015

Irma Caroline (Vose) Hickman was born December 1, 1927 to Quintin and Orva (McQueen) Vose at Sargent, Nebraska, and died June 6, 2015 at the Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett, Nebraska at the age of 87 years and 187 days. Irma married Eugene L. Hickman at the Methodist Parsonage, in Broken Bow, Nebraska on November 9, 1948. They moved to the Clesson Keller Ranch...
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Wilma J. (Bunn) Peters

April 25, 1931 - June 5, 2015

Wilma (Bunn) Peters was born in Johnstown, Nebraska, on April 25, 1931, to Joseph and Lillian (White) Bunn. On June 5, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, she passed away at the Brown County Hospital at the age of 84 years. Wilma spent her childhood in Johnstown, Nebraska; Fetterman, Wyoming; and Newell, South Dakota, where she graduated in 1948. She later married James L Peters and...
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Marjorie A. (Vargason) Palmer Wentworth

August 3, 1923 - June 3, 2015

Marjorie Ann (Vargason) Wentworth was born at home in Kirkwood Precinct, Rock County, Nebraska on August 3, 1923. The attending midwife was Mrs. Peters. She was the oldest of two daughters born to Orval and Alice (Timmerman) Vargason. She lived her entire life in Rock and Keya Paha counties, graduating from Keya Paha County High School in 1941. Marjorie was very proud to have graduated from...
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Yvo E. (Connell) Keck

May 25, 1925 - May 30, 2015

Yvo Elaine (Connell) Keck the second child, and only daughter of Robert Harrison Connell and Ada Millicent (Winter) Connell, was born at home at Simpson, Nebraska in Keya Paha, County on May 25, 1925. She attended rural schools in Keya Paha County, and graduated in 1942 from Newport High School. She accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized in the Methodist Church in Newport. Yvo...
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Gerald E. "Jerry" Aronson

May 2, 1926 - May 27, 2015

Gerald Everett "G.E." or "Jerry" Aronson, Long Pine, Nebraska, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on the afternoon of May 27, 2015 at age 89. He was born in Blair, Nebraska on May 2, 1926, and was a graduate of North High School in Omaha, Nebraska. Son of Everett and Alice Aronson, Jerry grew up in North Omaha, and supported his father's auto business, The Auto Exchange, on Farnam...
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Roman P. Coash, Jr.

November 27, 1930 - May 26, 2015

Roman P. Coash Jr. age 84, of Bassett, Nebraska passed away on May 26, 2015, at the Rock County Hospital in Bassett. He was born on November 27, 1930 at Burke, South Dakota, to Roman Phillip Coash Sr. and Matilda Lydia (Cahoy) Coash. He worked on the family ranch south of Long Pine, Nebraska and at the Bassett Sale Barn. He also worked for the Rock County Oil Company for many years until his...
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Judy Lynn Haynes

March 21, 1976 - May 12, 2015

Judy Lynn Haynes age 39, passed away on May 12, 2015 in Bassett, Nebraska at her home. She was born on March 21, 1976, in Cozad, Nebraska. At one year of age, she was adopted by Willis and Betty Haynes. Judy graduated from Rock County High School in 1995. She went to Bonner School of Cosmetology in Fremont Nebraska. She married Jeff Fessler in 1997, to that union three children were born,...
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Opal F. (Welke) Boyd

April 2, 1917 - May 5, 2015

Opal F. Boyd, age 98, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper, Wyoming following stroke complications. Opal Frances Welke was born April 2, 1917 in the Sandhills of Cherry County near Wood Lake, Nebraska. She was the first of seven children born to Fred and Anna (Mundt) Welke. Her childhood years were spent in the Black Hills near Vail, South Dakota. The family moved...
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Pauline Jacquelyn "Jackie" Graff

February 20, 1928 - April 20, 2015

Pauline Jacquelyn "Jackie" Graff was born February 20, 1928, at the family home in Johnstown, Nebraska to Martin and Freda (Schulz) Petersen. She attended Johnstown School through the 11th grade, graduating 12th grade from Ainsworth High School in 1945. Due to the teacher shortage during WWII Jackie received a 3rd Grade Teacher Certificate for rural schools. In 1945 and 1946 she taught school...
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Donald G. Frick

April 17, 2015

Donald George Frick passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015 at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 70 years, eight months and twelve days after a courageous battle against cancer. Donald was born on August 5, 1944 to George and Dorothy (Bates) Frick on the family dairy farm near Ashton, Iowa. He graduated from Ocheyden High School in 1962. After graduating, he...
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Glenn L. Kienke

May 9, 1935 - April 17, 2015

Glenn Louis Kienke was born May 9, 1935, to Louis F. and Fern L. (Jackson) Kienke at home in Burton, Nebraska and departed this life on April 17, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 79 years, eleven months and eight days. Glenn was the eldest of two sons, attended rural grade school at District #62, also known as German Flats Grade School, just one-half mile west...
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Janet F. (Nelson) Connery

July 13, 1930 - April 13, 2015

Janet Frances (Nelson) Connery was born on July 13, 1930 with sand between her toes at home on the Clark place south of Ainsworth, Nebraska. Although she didn't spend her whole life in the Sandhills, her heart was always here. Her husband Roger promised he would bring her back and he did when he retired. Janet passed away on April 13, 2015 at Rock County Long Term Care Center in Bassett,...
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Sally Jane Mauch

February 16, 1933 - April 9, 2015

Sally Jane Mauch was born to Olga Christine (Jensen) and Charles Allan Jones in Long Pine, Nebraska, on February 16, 1933. She grew up on a horse and cattle ranch and rode a pony to a one-room grade school south of Bassett, Nebraska. She was the Salutatorian of her Rock County High School graduate class in 1950. Sally attended Colorado Women's College for two years before obtaining a BA and...
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Lois A. Jones

June 29, 1923 - April 6, 2015

Lois Alberta Bejot was born June 29, 1923 on the home place on Buffalo Flats near Ainsworth, Nebraska to Amile and Alma (Allen) Bejot. She was the youngest of three children. She attended School District #17. Lois started kindergarten in the new brick school house at age 4 and spent most of her time sitting on the teacher's lap. Lois loved going with her father to check crops and when he went to...
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Ricky Jay Finley

October 19, 1958 - April 4, 2015

Ricky "Rick" J. Finley was born October 19, 1958 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Betty Jean (Lucht) and Richard "Dick" Finley, and passed away suddenly April 4, 2015, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He and his family moved back to Nebraska in 1963 where he attended Johnstown Grade School and graduated from Ainsworth High School. After high school he attended a tech school in Lincoln,...
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Betty June (Monk) Snover

September 26, 1923 - April 1, 2015

Betty June Snover was born September 26, 1923 to Lawson and Bessie (Gardner) Monk in Percival, Iowa. She grew up along the Missouri River. Her father was a farmer and fisherman on the Missouri River. They dressed lots of fish for delivery to markets. When the floods came in the spring, her father took the kids to school in his boat. She played basketball and baseball and had a three mile walk...
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James L. "Jim" West

January 4, 1932 - March 25, 2015

James Luther West, 83 was born January 4, 1932 at Norwich, Iowa to Ben and Hattie (Hardin) West. When he was small, the family moved to Holt, Missouri, returning to Iowa when he was about 3. The family lived in various places during his elementary school years. He and his two youngest sisters attended Clarinda High School. He graduated in 1950 and enlisted in the Coast Guard a year later. James...
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John Leo Fletcher

February 12, 1922 - March 25, 2015

John Leo Fletcher, age 93, passed away on March 25, 2015 at the Rock County Hospital Long Term Care. John was born in Austin, Nebraska, on February 12, 1922, to James and Lena (Heil) Fletcher. John was the third of four children. He was raised south of Ainsworth, Nebraska and he attended one year of high school at Cottonwood. John and his sister, Bessie, each rode their horse 7 miles one-way to...
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Marvin Earl Dorsey

March 17, 1927 - March 21, 2015

Marvin Earl Dorsey was born on March 17, 1927 south of Newport, Nebraska to Charles R. Dorsey and Florence P. (Thompson) Dorsey, and passed away on March 21, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 88. Marvin was the 2nd child of four sons. He grew up south of Newport attending grade school at District 21 and graduated from Rock County High School in 1944. Marvin...
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Mildred Irene Harlan

August 13, 1924 - March 21, 2015

Mildred Irene "Irene" Sandall was born near Bassett, Rock County, Nebraska on August 13, 1924. She was the third child of five born to Theodore "Ted" and Zada (Dennis) Sandall. At this time they were living on the Donahue place (John Stec) northeast of Bassett. During Irene's childhood the family moved to several different places in the Bassett-Newport area which was common during the Depression...
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Elizabeth Anne "Liz" Ivory-Davis

July 8, 1943 - March 18, 2015

Elizabeth "Liz" Ivory-Davis 71, of Ainsworth, Nebraska lost her battle with cancer on March 18, 2015 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, with her family at her side. Liz was born on July 8, 1943 in Manhattan, New York to Patrick J. Davis and Helen (Gaynor) Ivory. She married Ross Charles Cowles in 1965 and from this union had one daughter, Suzette (Cowles) Utter. In October of 1981 she...
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Vonald R. Bartlett

November 3, 1939 - March 11, 2015

Vonald Ray Bartlett was born at home in Riverview, Nebraska along with his older twin Victor, to Fritz and Ida (Gordon) Bartlett on November 3rd, 1939. They were the 7th and 8th children out of a total of eleven.He grew up on a farm learning that everyone worked together and no job was to menial. When the Bartletts' got together you could be sure of one thing, music would be a part of the fun. At...
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Vera L. (Potratz) Jilg

June 14, 1924 - March 7, 2015

Vera Leona Potratz was born June 14, 1924 to Arthur F. and Celia S (Burgett) Potratz in Bassett, Nebraska. She was the third daughter with older sisters Marie and Evelyn. Another daughter, Donna Mae died at 2 months of age. The family lived in the Bassett area where a 4th daughter, Wilma joined the family. The family lived in several locations during Vera's elementary school period. They moved...
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Russell Eugene "Russ" Crawford

March 24, 1931 - March 6, 2015

Russell Eugene Crawford, 83, died March 6, 2015, at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska. He was born March 24, 1931, in Ainsworth to Lloyd Dale "Bud" and Ruth Viola (Salzmann) Crawford. Russ was raised on the family farm four miles northwest of Ainsworth. He attended school at District 13 through eighth grade, and was a 1949 graduate of Ainsworth High School and played football...
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Leslie M. Farris

November 1, 1928 - March 3, 2015

Leslie Martin Farris was born November 1, 1928 near Long Pine, Nebraska to Martin and Mattie (Hopkins) Farris. He passed away on March 3, 2015 at the Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill, Nebraska at the age of 86 years. Leslie grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills until he moved to a ranch near Wewela, South Dakota. He finished the 8th grade there and never went on to high school. Leslie...
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Esther B. (Davis) Woods

March 19, 1923 - February 24, 2015

Esther B. Davis was born at Duff, Nebraska on March 19, 1923 to Henry "Bud" and Lena (Seier) Davis, the second of five children. She passed away on February 24, 2015 at the Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska surrounded by the love of her family. Esther graduated from Rock County High School, in Bassett, Nebraska. After graduation, she worked as a waitress where she met the love...
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Sidney E. "Sid" Salzman

February 23, 1927 - February 21, 2015

Sid Salzman was one of a kind. The one and only child and pride and joy of Albert and Leona Salzman. He was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on February 23, 1927 and passed away in Ainsworth on February 21, 2015, just 2 days before his 88th birthday. After graduating from Ainsworth High School, Sid received a degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He returned home to follow in...
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Floyd R. Crone

February 10, 1925 - February 21, 2015

Floyd R. Crone was born on February 10, 1925 at the Crone homestead north of Brewster, Nebraska. He passed away in Ainsworth, Nebraska at the age of 90 years and 11 days. He was born the 8th child of Evan J. and Minnie (Blumenthal) Crone. Five sisters and two brothers were there to greet him. Two more sisters and two more brothers were added to the family, totaling twelve children. Floyd...
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