Obituaries

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01
Jul

Betty Brown

June 30, 1932 - June 24, 2015 Betty Jane Brown, 82 of Pawnee City, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home in Auburn, Nebraska. She was born on June 30, 1932 to August and Bertha “Alice” (Burgett) Babcock, rural Dawson, Nebraska. Betty was one of nine children. Betty attended school at District 16 near Dawson and later graduated from Pawnee City High School. Betty met Donald Brown of Table Rock and later they were married on June 15, 1949. They made their home in Pawnee City, Nebraska. To this union they had four children.  Betty was active in church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and Bible School. She loved music and played the piano. Betty also enjoyed flowers, vegetables and gardening. Betty was  also active in the Ladies V.F.W. Auxillary unit in Pawnee City.

Wed
24
Jun

Gerald “Jerry” Lee Whiffen

October 25, 1939 ~ June 16, 2015 Gerald “Jerry” Lee Whiffen, 75 of Du Bois, Nebraska passed away at his home in Du Bois on June 16, 2015. He was born on October 25, 1939 to Thomas Edward and Ruth Nehoma (Haggerty) Whiffen in Los Angeles. Jerry was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his mom in Garvey Hills along with his brothers and sisters. He first met his future wife, Helen, in the fifth grade. Jerry married Helen Byars in San Gabriel, California on November 28, 1959. After Jerry and Helen married they moved to Montery Park and started their family They bought their first home in Baldwin Park where they raised their four children. Jerry was a truck driver for Fed Ex. He retired and then they moved to Nebraska. Jerry was a sweet, kind hearted man. He loved to bake and sharing, what he baked, with the community. He was good at starting the conversation and loved talking and joking with everyone. He was always willing to help no matter what.

Wed
17
Jun

Bob Loch

June 20, 1930 - June 7, 2015 Bob Loch 84, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2015 in Thornton, Colorado. He is survived by his loving family; his wife of 62 years, Irene, children; daughter Linda Perdue, sons; Brian (Dawn) Loch, and Scott Loch, grandchildren; Alisha Kisner, Jacqueline (Rory) Keys, Crystal Loch, Randall Loch, Samantha Loch, and Brandon Loch, his sister, Mary Ellen (Robert) Frazee, also 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; Sterling and Jessie Loch. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015, 10 am at Olinger Highland Mortuary Reception Center. A committal service at Olinger Highland Cemetery will be held at 11am, with Military Honors. Memorial contributions can be made in Bob’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, http://www. alz.org/CO/ - Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203.  

Wed
17
Jun

Ronald Lloyd Gould

July 4, 1939 ~ May 22, 2015 Ronald Lloyd Gould, 75, of rural Humboldt, Nebraska was born on July 4, 1939, in Humboldt to Lloyd and Ila (Kuper) Gould. Ron grew up in Humboldt and graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1957. After graduation, he started to work in the printing department of the O.A. Cooper Company eventually becoming manager printing for six feed mills. On April 2, 1961, Ron was united in marriage to Bette Rist in Humboldt. To this union two daughters, Ronda and Debra, were born. The couple later divorced. As a young man, Ron played trombone with the Bob Blecha and the Bouncin Czechs for a few years. Due to growing job responsibilities and the girls’ activities he had to give it up. In 1980, Central Soya bought out Coopers and Ron was one of the lucky ones to still have a job.

Wed
17
Jun

Lyle Farwell

March 18, 1922 - June 14, 2015 Lyle Burton Farwell, 93 of Du Bois, Nebraska passed away on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at Colonial Acres, Humboldt, Nebraska. He was born on March 18, 1922 to J. Verner and Mollie Leone (Turner) Farwell at home on the farm near Du Bois, Nebraska. Lyle was baptized at the Methodist Church in Du Bois on September 29, 1929. After his father passed away in March of 1940, Lyle began farming the land. He graduated from Du Bois High School in May of 1940. On June 14, 1942, Lyle married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Wissler, they started kindergarten together and graduated from High School together. To this union four children were born, Pamela, Diane, Patricia and Douglas. Lyle was an active member of Knights of Pythian and former member of the Auburn Eagles and the Falls City Elks. He served on the school board of the District 8 Du Bois Schools. In 1992 they received the Nebraska Pioneer Family Award for the farm being in the family for one hundred years.

Wed
03
Jun

Emil Popelka

Wed
03
Jun

Gayle Louise Buss

Gayle Louise Buss, age 68 of Mitchell, SD died Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston, SD after a hard fought and courageous battle with lymphoma and leukemia. Memorial services were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, SD. Gayle Louise Buss, daughter ofEdward and Rita (Jacobs) Steiner, was born in David City, NE on December 14, 1946. She graduated from Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus, NE. Gayle was united in marriage with Henry Edward Buss on November 6, 1968 in Columbus, NE. Gayle and Henry had four children  and made loving homes for their family in several locations, including Columbus, NE, Omaha, NE, Pawnee City, NE, Broadland, SD, Huron, SD, Alexandria, SD and most recently in Mitchell, SD. During this time, Gayle also used her mathematical skills while employed as a corporate payroll bookkeeper, an ASCS Program Representative and a livestock market bookkeeper.

Thu
28
May

Don Lavern Harshbarger

Don Lavern Harshbarger was born on April 8, 1923, in rural Richardson County near Humboldt. His parents were Jesse Lee and Ethel Belle (Williams) Harshbarger. Don lived in the Humboldt area his entire life and attended Oak Grove grade school near his home and then graduated from Bratton Union High School, the first consolidated school in the state of Nebraska, in 1941. He was a standout athlete and was a member of the 1938 Bulldog State Championship Basketball team, as well as, two more state tournament basketball teams. In the fall of 1940 when Bratton Union won their class’s football championship, Don was named to the Nebraska Six-Man All-State Football team as a center. In addition to basketball and football, he played baseball and  participated in track and field.On March 22, 1945, Don was married to Nina Louise Peterson at the Methodist Church in Humboldt.

Wed
20
May

Irene M. Marteney

Wed
20
May

Mary Jo Houlihan

Mary Jo Houlihan, widow of Edwin, 86 of Lincoln died Sunday, 5/17/15. Retired Registered Nurse, 1950 Graduate of St. Elizabeth  School of Nursing, Member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Altar Society, Red Hat Society and St. Elizabeth Alumni Association. Survivors: Sons - Tom (Nancy) of St. Louis, Missouri, Mark (Terri), Tim, and Shawn all of Lincoln. Daughters - Mary Pat Bloom of Lincoln, Barbara (Rick) Palmer of Tallahassee, Florida, Colleen (John) Sweeney of Pawnee City, NE, Mary Beth Kirchmann of Eagle, NE, and Monica (Robert) Cramm of Firth, NE.20 grandchildren, 2 great  grandchildren.Preceded in death by her parents, son Mick, and daughter-in-law  Kerri Mass of Christian Burial: 11:30a.m. Thursday, 5/21/15 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 17th & Lake Streets, Father Benjamin  Rynearson, Rosary: 6:00 p.m.Wednesday at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to church in lieu of flowers.

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