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Dahnke (Neifert), Adeline Deaver (Samples), Althea Donze (Francis), Virginia M
Dahnke, Eddie John Carl Decker (Fletcher), Frieda Leota Donze (Harrison), Francis Louella
Dailey (Danielson), Nova Carolyn Decker, Cecil Beard Donze, Delbert Dale
Dailey, Elmer Earle DeGarmo (Samson), Iva Donze, Donald Arthur
Dailey, Kurt Robert DeGarmo (Schmitt), Lorna Belle Donze, John Henry
Daily, Harmon DeGarmo (Young), Faith Angeline Donze, Ralph E
Dalby (Premer), Alta Arlene DeGarmo, Boyd Marshall Douglass (Bradley), Florence E
Dalrymple (Williams), Iola Joy DeHart (Frazell), Nellie Etta Douglass (McFarland), Edith Leona
Dalrymple, Gerald Edwin DeHart (Louch), Glenden Doretta Douglass (Smith), Rena
Dalton, Michael Lee DeHart (Wickizer), Beulah Lucretia Douglass (Tidyman), Edith Viola
Dame, Norval Burdette DeHart, LeRoy Coleman Douglass, Archie Lee
Damrow (Chaney), Flossie LaVern DeHart, Mason Floyd Douglass, Don Russell
Damrow (Eweit), Wilhelmina Pauline DeLaMater, Harry Harrison Douglass, Ettie Gertrude
Damrow (Shaw), Ethel Irene Denker, Iven Wilhelm Johann 'Ike' Douglass, Jim 'Jimmie'
Damrow, Helen Denny (Hester), Mariam Marie Douglass, Lawrence A
Damrow, Louis J Denny (Hester), Patricia Ann Douglass, Lloyd L
Damrow, Raymond Harold Denny Earl Jesse Douglass, Marion C
Damrow, William George Denny, Fay LeRoy 'Pete' Douglass, Roy William
Daniel (Warfield), L. Alean Deselms, Ida Belle Douthit (Pochop), Helen Clara
Daniel, Alvyn Clinton Deselms, Jacob Vincent Douthit, Frank Richmond
Daniel, J. C. Desmond (Gummere), Thelma G Douthit, James Walter 'Jim'
Daniels (Hunter), Hazel Edith Desmond, Fred E Douthit, Thaddious Jacob 'Thad'
Daniels (Nietzel), Sylvia Lucille DeVinny, Harry Dowdle, Leila
Daniels (Reed), Florence Lorraine DeWester, James Madison Downing II, David Howard
Daniels (Whirler), Elizabeth Ann DeWester, Lindsey Jean Downing, Gregory Alan
Daniels, C. Richard Dexter (Fix), Elmina Mae Downing, Kermit Willis
Daniels, Clyde Elbert Dexter (Gies), Aline Elizabeth Doyle (Koetter), Rose Ellen
Daniels, Clyde Elbert 'Danny' Dexter, James Philip Doyle, Gene T
Daniels, Elbert Edward Deyle (Raffle), Caroline L Doyle, William Bacil
Daniels, Rex H Deyle, Charles Albert 'Chuck' Draper (Burgett), Ethel M
Daniels, Rex Harold Deyle, Charley Emile Draper (Ellis), Nannie Blanche
Daniels, William Eugene Deyle, Edwin E Draper (Mossburgh), Harriette F
Dankenbring,Vernon Wilhelm Deyle, George F Draper, Raymond Donald
DaPron, Lynette Marie Deyle, Joseph Jacob Draper, Thomas Jason
Darby, Raymond Theodore 'Jack' Deyle, Theodore C. 'Ted' Drinkwine, Kenneth G
Darby, Theodore Deyle, Walter F. 'Walt' Druliner (Dennon), Josephine May
Darnell (Carter), Mary Ann Dicke (Baughman), Eunice May Druliner (Zorn), Mary Elizabeth
Darnell (Schackleford) (Pflum), Mary Elizabeth Dicke (Meyeer), Margaret Ida Druliner, Ross D. Jr
Darnell, Isham Randolph Dicke (Page), Gladys Ann Druliner, Ross Dee, Sr
Darnell, Katherine Carter Dicke (Walgren), Mabel Delcenia Drumm, Blanche
Darnell, Ruth Elizabeth Dicke, Fredrick W Drumm, Loren Clifton
Darnell, Shapley Dicke, Henry O Dubbert (Gerdes), Ethel Eunice
Daschofsky, Calvin Cletus Dicke, Leland William Duda (Sidell), Lucille
Daum, Henry William Dicke, Louis Frederick Duke (Jones), Virginia M
David (Mears), Ada Lucille Dicke, William H. 'Bill' Dunagan, Sylvester S
David (Mears), Rubie Inez Dickman (Hannah), Dorothy E Dunbar (Kimsey) (Morris), Emma
David, Donald Arthur Diehl, John Charles Dunbar, Merle O
David, Joel Benjamin Ditton (Seitz),Violet Stella Duncan (Andrews), Elizabeth
David, Raymond Royce Ditton, Byron Kenneth 'Kelly' Duncan (Goodell), Leta Arlene
David, Russell Andrew Ditton, Ray 'Judge' Dunn (Allen), Opal
Davis (Barker), Arlene A Dixon (Frasier), Virginia Elizabeth Dunn (Hardwick), Erma Arlene
Davis (Cozad), Jennie Etta Dixon (Jensen), Leila Harriet Dunn (Johnson), Carrie Marie
Davis (DeLaMater), Luella Caroline Dixon, Floyd Clarence Dunn (Johnson), Nettie Drusilla
Davis (Hester), Agnes I Dixon, Joseph Dunn (O'Neall), Lila A
Davis (Raffle) (Yost), Matilda Dixon, Marvin W Dunn, Gaile E
Davis, Clarence A Dixon, Maurice Marshall Dunn, Harvie Alvin
Davis, Jimmy Dale Dixon,Mardelle Duaime Dunn, John Audie
Davis, John Grant 'Bear', Jr Dixson (Sander), Helen Lucille Dunn, Loran 'Audie'
Davis, John Grant 'Bear', Jr. Doak, Jack B Dunn, Ryann Lee
Davis, Melvin O Doak, James Alva Durbin, LeRoy James
Davis, Ned Abram Doak, Lee Waitman Durkin, Peter
Davis, Paul Doak, W Durrie (Robidoux), Dora
Davis, Roy Earl Doak, Wayne Claude Duvel (Kutz), Mary Mae
Davis, Vernon H Dobbs, Edward Layton Dwinell, George
Dawson (Bernard), Mary Katherine Dodson (Horinek), Joan Patricia Dybdahl (Littell), Dorothy A
Day (Hink) Viola Darlene Doetker (Busking), Lena Gretchen Dyke (Davis), Bessie Lorena
Day (Motherhead), Irene A Doetker, Charles Dyke, Hubert E
Day, Keith Morrill Dolan (Teel), Fern T Dyson, Amy
de Aragon (Behlke), Donna Lee Dommer (Ahlmann), Rosa Bessie
Dean (Horinek), Marcie M Donley, Kaydan Dean
Dean (Lavell), Leanna E. Donohue (Ivie), Alice M
Dean (Martin), Dorothy Mae Donohue (Louch), Marguerite B
Dean (Rickard), Ila Colleen Donohue (Martin), Wilma Jean
Dean, Harold C Donohue, James Harry
Dean, Marvin Benjamin Donohue, Lester T
Dean, Rufus Cleveland Donohue, Wesley Michael
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1988
Adeline (Neifert) Dahnke

Adeline Dahnke was born in a sod house on Elm Creek, northwest of Trenton, Nebraska, on November 25. 1901. She married Eddie John Carl Dahnke on August 15, 1927.

Adeline is survived by four sons and their wives: John and Helen of Loma Linda, California; Jack and Hazel of Fountain Valley, California; George and Carol of Woodland, California, and Roy and Patti of Trumbell, Connecticut; one stepdaughter, Betty Watts, and her husband, Roger, of Riverside, California; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: Alvin Neifert of Lyons. Colorado, and Burdette Neifert and wife. Blanche, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and two sisters: Lillian Scheurer of Aurora, Colorado, and Vera Burks and husband, Arils, of Denver, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, who died October 6, 1973; her brother, John Neifert, and two sisters, Helen Dandrea and Pearl Anderson.

Adeline's parents were William Ebenezer Neifert and Nora Elizabeth Thomas Neifert.

Seven years after her birth, Adeline's family moved to Stratton, Nebraska, where she went to school and was graduated from high school. She attended Kearney State Teacher's College and taught school for seven years. In addition Adeline taught piano to many students.

Adeline was married to Ed Dahnke by the Rev. Schaeffer at the United Brethren parsonage and joined Ed on the Dahnke farm which had been homesteaded by Ed's father in 1884.

She was a firm believer and follower of Jesus Christ, joining the Methodist Church at 13 years of age, was baptized in the Republican River and some years later accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. In addition to her love for Jesus, she had a natural love for people, especially children. She had far-reaching influence on the lives of many young people, teaching Sunday School for more than 40 years covering succeeding generations. In addition she attained a phenomenal record for 30 years continuous perfect attendance in Sunday School. Further, she demonstrated devoted love for her own four sons by writing to each one every day throughout their college years.

Adeline also loved her country, the freedom it represented and its foundation upon trust in God. Correspondence received from the United States Senates, U.S. House of Representatives and the White House all attest to her personal actions in corresponding to political leaders on issues she believed vital to the continued success of our country.

Most of all, Adeline was known by those close to her as a prayer warrior, praying that
those she loved— relatives, friends, and even those she had not met, would receive eternal life through personal belief in and acceptance of Jesus Christ. She prayed for America to continue to be a God-fearing nation that would be a light of Christ to all nations and continue to be "the land of the free and home of the brave."

In 1964 Adeline and Ed retired and moved to the Village of Stratton, where she became of member of the Community Club, the Woman's Club, Methodist Women's Society, Garden Club and Ladies' Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On February 5, 1988, Adeline departed from this life and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Services were held Thursday, February 11, 1988, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebraska, with the Rev. Randall Goeke officiating.

Organist was Majorie Redfield. Larry Forch Jr. sang the selection "Alleluia He Is Coming." There was congregational singing of "Rock Of Ages," "Amazing Grace" and "Nearer The Cross."

Bearers were Dr. George Dahnke, John Dahnke, Jack Dahnke, Roy Dahnke, Burdette Neifert and Lee Carter.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton. The funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1973
Eddie John Carl Dahnke

E. J. Dahnke, a prominent Stratton community resident, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Saturday at the age of 84 years. He had been ill for several years with a heart condition. Mr. Dahnke was a member of the pioneer William J. Dahnke family and was born in Hitchcock County on June 23, 1889. He was well known over Southwestern Nebraska for his interest in organizations for the benefit of farmers as well as being a booster for the Stratton community and the Methodist Church. He was a strong leader in the United Methodist Church at Stratton and in the men's Sunday School. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and the University of Nebraska.  

He was married to Adeline Mokentine on August 15, 1927 and the family resided on a farm south of Stratton. He is survived by his widow, four sons and a daughter: John Dahnke, Beaumont, California, Jack Dahnke, Fountain Valley, California, Dr. George Dahnke, Woodland, California, Dr. Roy Dahnke, Ridgefield, Connecticut and Mrs. Betty Watts, Riverside, California; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Watts, Pittsburg, Pa.; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William and Walter Dahnke.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday morning at the United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. James Mote officiating. Marie Klienschmidt was the organist and Lois Carlson and Iris Gummere the singers. Casket bearers were John Dahnke, Roy Dahnke, Earl Bailey, George Dahnke, Jack Dahnke and Lee Carter. Honorary bearers were Mathus Mauel, Russell Walter, Verne Eller, Fred Hanson, Seymore Bailey, Bill Wyss and Floyd Bose. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2006
Nova Carolyn (Danielson) Dailey

Nova Carolyn Dailey, a lifelong resident of Stratton, Neb., died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Neb., at the age of 99.

She was born on July 6, 1907, to Axel E. and Mary Ann (Weller) Danielson, while they were visiting family in Dorchester, Neb. Nova attended school in Stratton and was a member of the graduating class of Stratton High School in 1927.

Nova married Elmer Dailey at Wray, Colo., on Aug. 17, 1927, and they lived on a farm northwest of Stratton. To this union four children were born: Charlotte, Bob, Neil and Jim.  

In addition to being a busy farm wife and mother. Nova was active in numerous community organizations. She was an 85-year member of the Methodist Church, and a 64-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a charter member of the Busy Bee Club, a member of the United Methodist Women and a Gold Star Sister. Nova also served as a volunteer at Grandview Retirement Center until her health failed.

Nova loved being around family and friends, traveling, going out to dinner and, in her later years. she enjoyed her white kitties.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; brother Evald; son Robert Dailey; daughter Charlotte Wyss; grandsons John Dailey and Kurt Dailey, and a great-granddaughter, Maggie Eden.
Survivors include sons Neil Dailey and wife, Beverly, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Jim Dailey and wife, Wyona, of Stratton; son-in-law Howard Wyss of Stratton; daughter-in-law Dorothy Whaley of Trenton; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-greatgrandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. July 29, 2006, at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Musical selections were provided by Marjorie Redfield, organist, Beth Kollmorgen, pianist, and Sandy Thompson who sang "Whispering Hope," "Precious Memories" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." Casket bearers were Randy Dailey, Craig Dailey, Larry Eden, Jimmy Dailey, Quentin Dailey and Brandon Dailey. Honorary bearers were Nova's grandchildren. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1983
Elmer Earle Dailey

Elmer Earle Dailey, son of Harrison and Elsie (Burk), was born September 16, 1903, in Hitchcock County Webster Precinct, northwest of Stratton and passed away at Wauneta, Nebraska, on December 11, 1983, at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 24 days.

His early years of school were spent at District 77, Webster Precinct, where Elmer later served on the school board for a number of years.

He worked with his father on the farm before and after his marriage to Nova Danialson on August 17, 1927, at Wray, Colorado. To this union four children were born, Charlotte, Bob, Neil and Jim. They lived on a farm just east of the home place until his father retired in 1931 and moved to town.

Elmer lived on the same farm his entire life until the last seven months, when he entered Kinder Kare Center, now Heritage of Wauneta. Here he acquired a second family with the staff at the home, giving loving care to his every need.

Elmer was a hard worker, always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it, and to give the very best to his family. He taught his children honesty and integrity and compassion for your fellow man by his example. He was a great lover of the land, his cattle and especially his children and grandchildren.

Elmer was preceded in death by his son, Bob, a baby grandson, John, and his parents. ,
He leaves to mourn his wife, Nova, his sister, Ethel, and her husband, Ralph Sarver, of Kennewick, Washington; his daughter, Charlotte, and her husband, Howard Wyss, of Stratton; his son, Neil, and his wife, Beverly, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and his son, Jim, and his wife, Wyona, of Stratton; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Poem

Our dad and grandpa has departed
He has left us as the snow.
It has left us deep in sorrow
To see our loved one go.

But the good Lord is waiting
To take him by the hand,
And lead our late departed one,
Into the promised land.

His departure
Has greatly grieved us all.
But he has only answered
Unto the Master's Call.

Services were held on Wednesday, December 14, 1983, at 10:30 a.m. in the United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebraska.

The Rev. Dale Coates officiated. Beth Kollmorgen accompanied the quartet, Wallace Gummere, Richard Stahly, Arthur Hawkinson and Daniel Rife while singing the selections, "Whispering Hope,” "Ivory Palaces" and "Precious Memories."

Pallbearers were Jimmie Dailey, Craig Dailey, Kurt Dailey, Larry Eden, Randy Dailey, Dean Bradley, Steve Wyss and Larry Forch. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Rath, Floyd Rath, Willis Lorance, Willis Brannan, Burdette Randall, Robert Forch Sr. and Donald Randall.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton. Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1996
Kurt Robert Daile

STRATTON--Kurt Robert Dailey was born May 18, 1955, in McCook, Neb., to Robert Earle and Dorothy Jean (Rickard) Dailey. He died near Stratton, Neb., Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, at the age of 41. He was educated in the local schools and graduated from Stratton High School in 1973.

On Jan. 18, 1974, Kurt and Diane Reye Steinbrink were married and together raised their three children.

Kurt loved farming, starting to work for his Grandpa Dailey and Uncle Jim. He worked for various farmers before being employed by Koch-Matador as a truck driver for eight years. He then began farming full-time and continued until death. Kurt was active in the Stratton Rural Fire Department for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob, and grandparents Amer Dailey and Otis and Erma R:ckard.

Survivors include his wife, Diane, of Stratton; their children: Dori Ann of Lincoln, Neb., and Brandon Robert and Jessica Reye at home; a grandson, Jeremiah; his mother, Dorothy, and her husband, Dean Whaley, of Trenton, Neb.; a sister, Jana Dailey,and a niece, Allyson, of Creston, Iowa; his grandmother, Nova Dailey, of Stratton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rex and Twyla Steinbrink, of Trenton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Final rites for Kurt Dailey were Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1996, at 2:30 p.m. at the high school gymnasium in Stratton with the Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Organist was Marjorie Redfield and Michael Pruter sang "Hymn Of Promise" and "How Great Thou Art." The congregation sang "On Eagle's Wings."

Bearers were Dan O'Byrne, Terry Sydow, Garth West, Lynn Sutton, Lyndell Whipps and Robin Carter. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Stratton Volunteer Fire Department and all of his friends. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton with Jones Funeral Home Inc. of Stratton in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1946
Harmon Daily

Harmon Daily passed away at a local hospital on Saturday afternoon in his eighty-fourth year. His passing was preceded by an acute illness of several weeks during which time he was hospitalized here. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church on Tuesday morning by Rev. Paul E. Boyles. Singers were Lloyd Boswell, R. D. Druliner, Sr., Harry L. Ough and R. D. Druliner, Jr., with Mrs. Sam Hopkins at the piano. Pall bearers were Vic Ham, Ward Artist, Ray Ham, Ivan Kirkman, George Russell and E. L. Reynolds. Arrangements were in charge of the Laughlin Funeral Home.

Mr. Daily's lifetime involved Dundy county in two different periods. In his youth he championed education in the establishment of a rural school for the homestead children of his neighborhood north of Benkelman. In this work he achieved distinction for he was a student himself and learning was a fascination for him as well as teaching, and that success was his, could be the only result.

He spent several years of his life in the broom factory business in other states and in the later years of his life he returned to Benkelman to remain to his last days in the county he loved so well. As an elderly man, Mr. Daily was energetic beyond the bounds of his health and he refused to give up his local broom enterprise until further continuance was an impossibility. When this work was finally abandoned he took on a new line of endeavor, clock repairing. With his eyesight ebbing and his nerves unsteady. he toiled in a new and fascinating work, achieving a measure of success unbelievable but full of gratifying satisfaction to himself and his friends.

In all his years, Harmon Daily was a learned man. If a subject came to his attention and found him lacking in background and details he launched a searching study of the subject until he became amply versed in all its details. His love of books and his retentive memory enabled him to become an engaging conversationalist on about every topic. One of his most exciting hobbies was his work within the Republican party in this county. He loved his party and devoted many hours in expounding upon its virtues, defending its mistakes and deploring the policies of the party which ruled the nation much against his wishes. It was in the interest of his party that he entered upon his last earthly project, that of overseeing the reorganization of the county Republican committee and welcoming the party caravan. His illness overcame him a few days before the election in November and it is doubtful if he ever knew that his party was triumphat. Such, knowledge would not have surprised him for he consistently predicted sucess in every election and when defeat was felt he suffered more than any of the party candidates.

Harmon Daily died seized of a wealth of the world's knowledge. That which was his had been sought and learned and surrendered at will to those who sought his council. His enthusiasm, his friendship and his wit have left a proud mark on the community and he will not be forgotten.

Harmon Daily was born, at Waverly, on October 4, 1863 and passed away at Benkelman, Nebraska, on November 23, 1946 at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 19 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Fannie 0. Thompson of Shellrock, Iowa in 1885. To this union two daughters were born. One of them passed away in infancy.

Mr. Daily and his family moved to Nebraska in the latter part of 1886 or early part of 1887. This has been his home most of the time since. He was one of the early school teachers of Dundy county, having taught in several of the district schools during the first few years after coming here. His interest in reading and educational activities was active until the last few weeks of his life. He later gave all his interest to farming and followed this until retirement.

In later life Mr. Daily was converted and united with the Methodist church. He was active in the church school until his last illness made it impossible for him to attend.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Estella M. Starr of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren, Hazel Butts, Clara Smith and Eva Smith, all of Huntington Beach, California; Lawrence Starr of Los Angeles, California, and Clarence Starr of Millville. Caifornia; also nine great grandchildren.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1978
Iola Joy (Williams) Dalrymple

Iola Joy (Williams) Dalrymple, daughter of Rollie and Ella Williams, was born Jan. 5, 1931 at Benkelman, Nebr. and passed from this life, after a prolonged illness and a valiant struggle for life, June 6, 1978 at St. Joseph's hospital at Denver, Colo. at the age of 47 years, 5 months and one day.

Iola, better known as Joy to most people, lived out in the Pleasant Valley community until, with her parents, moved to Haigler and later to Stratton, Nebr.

She was married Oct. 23, 1973 to Gerald Dalrymple of Grand Island, Nebr. and they lived there at Grand Island until 1974 when they moved to Thornton, Colo. where they were living at the time of her passing. Iola's husband, Gerald, passed away April 28, 1978 while she was confined to the hospital with the affliction which finally resulted in her death.

Before her passing, Iola received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior through the faithful ministry of Rev. Stan Perisho, the Friends pastor in Denver. He stayed close by her and ministered to her and as a result she found hope, strength and encouragement to bear the pain and suffering that was her's to bear.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rollie and Ella Williams; her husband, Gerald; one brother, Cecil Williams; and two brothers-in-law, Willard Mathews and Bill Gooder.

She leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters, Phyllis Steele and her husband, Ron of Shawnee Mission, Kans. and Gaylene Vail and her husband, Mark of Osawego, Kans.; two stepchildren, Kimberly and Bradley Dalrymple both of Grand Island, Nebr.; two sisters, Irene Gooder and Inez Mathews, both of Benkelman, Nebr.; two brothers, Glen Williams and wife Edna of Benkelman and Orval and wife Grethen Williams of Bakersfield, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Doris Williams of the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman; five grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and friends. She was like a mother to her nieces and nephews and in times of need she was always present to help and encourage.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1978
Gerald Edwin Dalrymple

Gerald Edwin Dalrymple was born February 18, 1933 at Wakeeney, Kansas, the son of Perry C. and Lily V. Dalrymple. He passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Denver, Colorado on April 28, 1978.

Jerry attended Kansas Weslean University, Salina, Kansas. He was Honorably discharged from the U.S. Army February 1961. Previously a member of the Kansas National Guard and served with the 82nd Airborne Div. Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was a talented Musician and an Electrician by trade.

Jerry and his wife Iola Joy moved to Thornton, Colorado in 1974 from Gand Island, Nebraska.

Jerry is survived by his wife Iola Joy and stepmother, Mrs. Goldie Dalrymple, Stafford, Kansas, two children; Kimberly Dawn and Bradley Gerald of Grand Island, Nebr.; two step daughters Mrs. Phyllis Steele, Shawnee Mission, Kansas and Mrs. Gaylene Vail, Oswego, Kansas and five grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Carol Koch of Grand Island, and three brothers, Perry James of Grand Island, Nebr., Eugene Milton of Topeka, Kansas, and William Dale of Lakewood, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Darlyn.

Services for Gerald Edwin Dalrymple were held May 2, 1978. Rev. John A McKenry III officiated. Interment Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Relatives from Benkelman attending the funeral was Mrs. Inez Mathews, Irene Gooder, June Tracy and Ryan. June, Ryan and Irene came home on Wed. and Inez remained to be with sister Joy a week.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2004
Michael Lee Dalton

Michael Lee Dalton, 45, of Fremont, Neb., died on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born on March 1, 1959, in Wayne, grew up in Laurel and was a 1977 graduate of Laurel High School.

While attending school, he lived in Lincoln from 1977-81, Houghton, Mich., 1981-83, Kearney 1983-88, Minden, 1988-92 and came to Fremont in 1992.

Dalton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1981 and his master's degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in Houghton in 1983. He earned his doctorate in cell biology at the UNMC in Omaha in 1998.

He was a graduate assistant in the department of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University from 1981-83; an instructor for the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Nebraska - Kearney from 1983-92; graduate assistant, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, UNMC, 1992-98, and assistant professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, UNMC, from 1988 to the present time. He also served as Anatomical Donor Memorial Service Coordinator, College of Medicine Faculty Council Alternate and committee chair for the GCBA website development.

He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1992 and American Society for Cell Biology since 1997. Other memberships include the College of Medicine faculty council alternate, UNMC, and medical school acceptance committee.

In 2004, he received the Golden Apple Award given to him by being voted the master's degree students' favorite teacher. He was the recipient of many other honors in his lifetime.

Dalton was an elder of the Fremont Evangelical Free Church, short-term missionary leader, Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader and former youth leader and fellowship chair.

He married Robyn Ann Beller on July 19, 1980, at Wakefield, Neb.

Survivors include his wife, son Aaron Michael and daughters Jordyn Nicole and Joslyn Marie, all of Fremont; brothers and sisters-in-law William and Kathy Dalton of LeMars, Iowa, Philip and Jan Dalton of Pine, Colo., and Don and Lois Dalton of Omaha; sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Paul Dalton Tedesco of Emmetsburg, Iowa; sister-in-law Joy Beller of Exeter, N.H.; mother-in-law Effie Mae Beller of Benkelman, Neb., and 20 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James F. and Joyce B. (Griess) Dalton and father-in-law, Murl R. Beller.

Funeral services for Michael Dalton were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at the Evangelical Free Church in Fremont, with the Revs. Rob Spykstra and Jim Fain officiating. Pall bearers were Verlyn Carlson, Steave Harmon, Dale Parkening, Bart Qualsett, Larry Rasmussen and Mick Shadbolt. Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont was in charge of arrangements and cremation.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1987
Norval Burdette Dame

Norval Burdette Dame was born February 29, 1908, at Stratton, Nebraska, the youngest son of David and Clara Dame, and died December 6, 1987.

He attended high school at the Stratton Public School and was graduated with the class of 1926. He then attended business college and later the University of Nebraska where he received a certificate to teach public school music. He taught music one year in the Palisade Schools and then he returned to Stratton to engage in raising purebred livestock.

He was united in marriage to Colleen Carter in 1942. In 1943 he was inducted into the Army and served in the European Theater with a heavy pontoon battalion group of the Army Engineers Corps.

After his discharge from the service he again engaged in farming south of Stratton. In 1949 he was elected County Commissioner and he served two terms after which he served in the Nebraska Legislature for two years.

In 1958 Norval and Colleen went to Alaska where they remained for 15 years during which Norval was engaged in various business enterprises. He was an ardent outdoorsman and enjoyed the hunting and fishing in Alaska. Upon retirement they moved to Deming. New Mexico.

Norval was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Fred, Ray and George,
and his sisters, Lillian Watson, Ida Richards, Mary Franklin and Anna West.

His wife, Colleen, remains at their home in Deming.

Services were held Thursday, December 10, 1987, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebraska, with the Rev. Randall Goeke officiating.

Organist was Marjorie Redfield. Larry Forch Jr. sang the selections "Alleluia, He Is Coming" and "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Lee Carter, Robin Carter, Kelly Fanning, Brad Klingman, Forrest Watson and Lowell Dame.

Committal service was given by V.F.W. Post No. 9155.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton. Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1998
Flossie Lavern (Chaney) Damrow

Flossie Lavern Damrow was born on March 28, 1913, at Wallace County, Kan., near Sharon Springs, to Elmer and Effie (Burns) Chaney.

Flossie attended school and graduated from high school at Weskan, Kan., in 1932.

On Dec. 16, 1935, Flossie married Raymond H. Damrow at the Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Neb. .

The couple lived on a farm north of Benkelman until they retired and moved their house to Benkelman in September 1973. She continued to live there until she entered the Assisted Living Quarters at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman in the fall of 1997.

Mrs. Damrow passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998, at the Hester Home. She was 85 years of age.  

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Women of E.L.C.A. and belonged to the Friendly Neighbors extension club.

Flossie enjoyed gardening, liked to sew and made many quilts of polyester pieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1990; daughter, Linda; brothers Virgil, Albert and Russell Chaney, and a sister, Lona Brunkhorst.

She is survived by her son, Clifford, and his wife, Elaine, of Benkelman; grandchildren: Rodney and wife, Teresa, of Woodston, Kan., and Connie and husband, Chuck Wergin, of Milford, Neb.; great-grandchildren: Kayla and Leslee Damrow and Brandon, Krista and Hunter Wergin; a sister, Dorothy Rivenburg, of Tribune, Kan.; two sisters-in-law: Erma and husband, Al Harder, of McCook, Neb., and Ida and husband, Otto Bartels, of Wauneta, Neb.; other relatives and friends.

Final rites for Flossie Damrow were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Chris Farmer officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Steven Stroup sang "In The Garden" and "Beyond The Sunset." Bearers were Henry Krug Jr., Jim Schrader, James Russell, Jim Osborn, John Owens and Jerry Fries. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1925
Wilhelmina Pauline (Eweit) Damrow

Wilhelmina Pauline Damrow, nee Eweit, was born March 6th, 1839, in Prussia, Germany, and passed away at the home of her son, Fred Damrow in Beatrice, Thursday evening, February 26, 1925, at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Her early childhood was spent in Germany where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. In 1853 she came with her three brothers and two sisters to America and settled at Manitamoc, Wis. The following year she was married to Frederick Damrow. In 1874 they located at Rockport, Mo., where they lived two years then came to Gage county, taking up their home south of Firth. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond June 28, 1899.

In December, 1921, the deceased suffered a paralytic stoke and after being bedfast nearly a year she recovered sufficiently to enable her to walk about. January 29, 1924, she suffered a second stroke from which she never recovered.

She leaves to mourn her death five sons, Emil of Hatton, Colo., Herman of Hebron, Nebr., Fred of Beatrice, Nebr., Will of Guernsey, Wyo., Louis of Benkelman, Nebr., three daughters Mrs. Gusta Pitz of Firth, Nebr., Mrs. Ernelia Miller of Pickrell, Nebr., and Mrs. Ella McClendion of Midwest, Wyo., 59 grandchildren, 36 great-grand-children and many other relatives and friends.—Beatrice Daily Express.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1991
Ethel Irene (Shaw) Damrow

BENKELMAN—Ethel Irene Damrow was born June 2, 1904, and adopted as an infant by Colonel Darwin F. Shaw and Sylvia Nettle (Williams) Shaw of Wymore, Nebraska. The family moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, in 1910.

When Irene was eight years old, her adoptive mother died, leaving her, her adoptive father and a step-brother, Earl Shaw. When she was 10, her father married Lena Whitely. This gave her two more step-brothers, Don and Paul Whitely.

When Lena died, her father much later married Katie Gunderman. This gave Irene five more step-brothers and sisters. They were Bill Gunderman, Clarence Gunderman, Louise Lambert, Hazel Jourdan and Florence Beeson.

Irene attended all her years of schooling in the Benkelman schools. She was graduated from Benkelman High School in 1923 and taught school at Doane, the Richards School. the Ough School and the Alsbury School.

On January 10, 1926, she married William Damrow of the Ough Divide. After the marriage, they moved to a rented farm in the Hiawatha Precinct where their two children, Jackie and Dolores, were born.

After seven years they moved near his father's farm in the Ough Precinct where Burdette and Jackie now live. They farmed. raised cattle and traveled for the St. Joseph Livestock Commission Company for 13 years.

In 1946 they moved to Benkelman where they built a new home. They operated the Gooch Feed Store and later the Gamble Store and the Dundy County Bowling Alley.

Irene was baptized and confirmed by Pastor William Wendling of St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the Divide in 1932. She and her husband, Bill, had been active members of Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman since 1946.

Irene's activities centered around her home, her church and the Garden Club. She loved to cook and sew, to read and crochet and had many crocheted bedspreads, tablecloths and doilies.

During the depression she said that all they had to work on were flour and sugar sacks. but everything was embroidered or crocheted around and many of these she still had.

As long as her health permitted, Irene was busy helping the church women serve funeral dinners, farm sales, etc. She was very active in her garden club and was a state flower show Judge for many years. Her yard and her flowers, roses and irises. were her pride and Joy.

When her husband, Bill, died on January 13, 1987, Irene went to live in the Hester Memorial Home due to her blindness and Alzheimer's Disease.

She died August 18, 1991, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 16 days.

She was preceded in death by her adoptive father and three step-mothers, five step-brothers and two step-sisters, her husband, William Damrow, and a great-granddaughter, Kristina Wilson. daughter of Laddie and Anita Wilson.

She Is survived by her daughter, Jackie Wilson. and husband, Burdette of Benkelman, and their children: Laddie Wilson and wife, Anita of Kansas City, and their children. Shari and Tony Brubaker and Shana and Bobbi Wilson; Alyce Richard and husband, Alan of Omaha. and their children, Allyson and Angela; Kathy Watt and husband, Charlie of Stratton, and their children, Chris, Katie and Carson; Bill Wilson and wife. Kim of Benkelman, and their children, Andy, Shelby, Suzie and Hilary, and Richard Wilson and wife, Jennifer of Indianola, and their children, Johana. Tiffany and Nathan.

She is also survived by her daughter, Dolores Wilkinson. and husband, Douglas of Elba, Nebraska. and their children: Tom Wilkinson and wife, Pat, and their children, Connie and Scott of Grand Island; Gary Wilkinson and wife, Cindy of Wood River. and their children, Stacy and Greg. and Sherri Webb and husband, Bob, of North Platte, and their children, Tammy and Doug.

Irene's love for her family, community and church will always be cherished. She will always be remembered at the Hester Home for her love of music and her whistling.

Services were held Wednesday. August 21, 1991. at 10 a. m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglass Allen officiating.

Helen Lutz was the organist. Edwina Roesener and Steven Stroup sang “In The Garden" and "Nearer My God To Thee." The congregation sang "How Great Thou Art."

Bearers were Laddie Wilson, Bill Wilson, Rich Wilson. Alyce Richard. Kathy Watt. Gary Wilkinson, Tom Wilkinson, Sherri Webb. Anita Wilson, Kim Wilson, Jennifer Wilson. Allan Richard, Charlie Watt, Cindy Wilkinson, Pattie Wilkinson and Bob Webb.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1979
Helen Damrow

Helen Damrow, longtime resident of Dundy County, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital Mon., May 21, 1979, following a long illness at the age of 70 years.

After the death of her mother, Helen devoted her life caring for her father and younger brothers and sisters at the family farm on the Ough Divide.

Helen was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at an early age.

In 1946, Helen and her father moved to Benkelman where she made her home until the time of her death.

Helen owned and operated her ceramic shop in her home. It brought her many hours of joy as she worked with her students.

She was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the Ough Divide until she moved to Benkelman. She since has been a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Helen has always been a faithful worker in church activities.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Louis of Cheyenne, Wyo., Henry of Omaha, and Edward in infancy. One sister also precedes her in death, Francis of Loveland, Colo.

Helen leaves to mourn her brothers, Bill Damrow and Raymond Damrow of Benkelman; four sisters, Ida Bartels of Wauneta, Fern Keisier of Omaha, Anna Brunkhorst of Wauneta, and Erma Harder of McCook; two sisters-in-law, three in-laws, and many nephews, nieces and friends throughout many states.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1973
Louis J. Damrow

Funeral services for Louis J. Damrow, 69, were held at the Wiederspahn Chapel of t h e Chimes in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Saturday. Among those attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. William Damrow and Helen Damrow of Benkelman, Mrs. Al Harder of McCook, Mrs. Otto Bartels and son Alan of Wauneta, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Brunkhorst of Wauneta, Mrs. Albert Keiser of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Art Damrow and Mrs. Fred Damrow of Torrington, Wyoming and Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Finkbeiner of Loveland, Colorado.

Damrow, who had been secretary-manager of the Moose Lodge for 15 years, died Tuesday at DePaul Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born in eastern Nebraska and moved to the Burns area in 1930. He came to Cheyenne in 1946.

Damrow had been employed by the Laramie County Road and Bridge Department and also had been an instructor at Warren Air Force Base.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Long active in the Moose Lodge, he was a life member of the organization. a charter member and first elected governor of Lodge No. 257, past president of the Wyoming Moose Association, deputy supreme governor of Wyoming and held the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. He was a life member of the Legion of Moose Second Degree, Fellowship Order Third Degree and a past North Moose in the Legion of Moose.

He is survived by his wife. Martha Damrow; these children, Mrs. Charles Homan. the former Bernice Damrow, of Cheyenne; Mrs. Marion Towns, the former Phyllis Damrow, of Hillsdale; Mrs. Perry Mason, the former Vaughnetta Damrow, of Summerville, Ky.; Mrs. John Vesina, the former Norma Damrow of Essex Junction, Vt.; and Mrs. Richard Gamel, the former Lois Damrow, of Sidney, Nebraska.

Other survivors are step-children, Mrs. Bob (Patricia) Chamberlain of Houston, Tex., Mrs. David Naomi) White of Cheyenne and Ralph Facher of Fort Worth, Tex.

Twenty two grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren also survive.

Brothers and sisters surviving are Helen, Bill and Ray Damrow of Benkelman, Nebr., Ida Bartels and Anna Brunkhorst of Wauneta, Nebr., Fern Keiser of Omaha and Emma Harder of McCook, Nebraska.

Two daughters preceded him in death.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1990
Raymond Harold Damrow

BENKELMAN— Raymond Harold Damrow was born north of Benkelman, Nebraska, on April 22, 1913, the son of Louis and Emma (Delebar) Damrow.

He was baptized as an infant at St. Paul Lutheran Church of rural Wauneta, Nebraska, and confirmed at the same church on May 9, 1926, by the Rev. Victor Hoffmann.

He attended District 33 Elementary School and graduated from Benkelman High School.

He was united in marriage with Flossie Chaney of Sharon Springs, Kansas, on December 16, 1935, at the Zion Lutheran parsonage, Benkelman, in a service officiated by the Rev. H.L. Meyer.

Two children were born to this marriage: a son, Clifford, and a daughter, Linda, who died as an infant.

The Damrows farmed north of Benkelman until they moved into town in 1973. In retirement, Raymond continued active with this hobby of doing electrical wiring and repair.

Raymond was a member of the District 33 School Board for 12 years. He was on the Co-Op board for 27 years and served as the president for 18 years. He was also a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman.

He became ill three years ago and his condition worsened during the past year. He entered the nursing home on June 4, 1990.

Raymond died on July 11, 1990, at the Chase County Hospital. Imperial, Nebraska, at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 19 days.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda; four brothers, Louis, William, Henry and Edward (who died as an infant), and by three sisters, Frances Finkbeiner, Helen Damrow and Anna Brunkhorst.

He is survived by his wife, Flossie; his son, Clifford and wife, Elaine, of Benkelman; his grandson, Rodney, and wife, Teresa, Benkelman; his granddaughter, Connie Wergin, and husband, Charles of Milford, Nebraska, and by three great-grandchildren, Kayla Damrow, Brandon Wergin and Krista Wergin.

He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Ida Bartels, Wauneta, Mrs. Fern Kaiser, Omaha, Nebraska, and Mrs. Emma Harder, McCook, Nebraska, and by many friends.


Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating.

A solo, "How Great Thou Art," was sung by Steve Stroup, and a duet, "In The Garden," was sung by Edwina Roesener and Steve Stroup. The organist was Helen Lutz.

Serving as bearers were Leonard Kerchal, Jim Russell, Glenn Spears, Glen Osborn, Jerry Owens and John Owens.

Honorary bearers were Henry Krug Sr., Harry Stamm, Everett Stamm, Don Osborn and Leon Stamm.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1987
William George Damrow

William George Damrow, long-time Dundy County and Benkelman resident died January 13, 1987, at Dundy County Hospital after a lengthy illness and stroke at the age of 81 years. Bill was born June 22, 1905, at Firth, Nebraska, to Louis and Emma (Delabar) Damrow.

Bill Damrow was baptized July 9, 1905, at Firth by J. Blumenbranz and confirmed on June 8, 1919, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church by Victor Hoffman at Wauneta, Nebraska. He grew to manhood on the Ough Divide helping his father on the family farm.

On January 10, 1926, at Imperial, Nebraska, he was united in marriage to Irene Shaw. To this union two children, Jackie and Dolores, were born, They resided on a rented farm in the Hiawatha community for seven years and then established a home near his father's farm in the Ough Precinct. There he farmed, raised livestock and was a representative of the St. Joseph Livestock Commission Company for 13 years.

In 1946, he built a new home in Benkelman and he and Irene joined the Zion Lutheran Church there. He ran a feed store with his son-in-law, Doug Wilkinson. He later served for 14 years as the mayor, helped as deputy sheriff and after Glenard Phelps death, filled in as sheriff. Bill helped many times as deputy sheriff for other sheriffs. He traded and fed cattle, helped with 4-H sales and ran the Gambles Store.

Bill bought and remodeled stores downtown and helped build and run the bowling alley.

Just to keep himself busy in later years, he also bought old houses and remodeled them, also tore down old schoolhouses and built garages in town. He tore down the Benkelman Depot and moved into the homeplace where Burdette and Jackie live. When health permitted he enjoyed helping the Lions Club.

Surviving to mourn his passing are his loving wife, Irene Damrow; his daughters and sons-in-law: Jackie and Burdette Wilson of Benkelman and Dolores and Douglas Wilkinson of Elba, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren: Laddie and Anita (Stamm) Wilson, Shari, Shana and Bobbi of Wauneta, Nebraska, Alan and Alyce (Wilson) Richards, Allyson and Angela of Omaha, Nebraska, Charles and Kathy (Wilson) Watt, Chris, Katie and Carson of Stratton, Nebraska, Bill and Kim (Jackson) Wilson, Andy and Shelby of Benkelman, Richard and Jennifer (Williams) Wilson, Johanna, Tiffany and Nathan of McCook, Nebraska, Tom and Pattie (Babel) Wilkinson, Connie and Scott of Grand Island, Nebraska, Gary and Cindy (Brittin) Wilkinson, Stacey and Greg of Wood River, Nebraska, Bob and Sherri (Wilkinson) Webb, Tammy and Doug of Waldorf, Maryland; his sisters: Fern Keiser of Omaha, Ida and Otto Bartels of Wauneta, Erma and Al Harder of McCook; his brother, Raymond and Flossie Damrow of Benkelman and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Louis and Emma Damrow; three brothers, Edward (age two), Louie and Henry Damrow; three sisters: Francis Feinkbeiner, Anna Brunkhorst and Helen Damrow and one great-grandchild, Kristina Lee, daughter of Laddie and Anita Wilson.

Services were held Friday, January 16, 1987, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with Pastor Earl Martell officiating.

Organist was Shirley Adkinson. A trio composed of Tim Vanderheiden, Steven Stroup and Richard Bartholomew sang the selections "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art." There was a congregational singing of "Abide With Me."

Bearers were Laddie Wilson, Alan Richards, Bill Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Rich Wilson, Gary Wilkinson, Charlie Watt and Bob Webb.

Honorary bearers were all of Bill's friends.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman. The funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1998
L. Alean (Warfield) Daniel

L. Alean Daniel, age 83, died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.

She was born May 25, 1915, in Carlisle, Tenn., to Henry Kale and Mattie Bell (Brake) Warfield. She married J. C. Daniel on Aug. 31, 1931, in Hopkinsville, Ky. He was a Methodist minister. They served in the Tennessee Conference for 13 years and in the Kansas West Conference for 29 years.

Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1988. Also preceding her in death were her parents, six brothers, three sisters and a grandson, Deloy Ray Manteuffel.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Bill and Judith of Gresham, Ore., and Landon and Lucinda of Salem, Ore.; her daughters: Winnie and her husband, Walter Manteuffel, of Hays, Kan., and Dora Daniel of Cummings, Ga.; a sister, Lula Maye Clark, of Granite City, Ill.; 8 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A 2 p.m. graveside service was held Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at the Farmington Cemetery in Macksville, Kan., with the Revs. Michael Davis, Marvin Zimbelman and William Brigden officiating. Kent Lamb was the solist singing "In The Garden" and "Sweet Hour Of Prayer." The congregational hymn was "Amazing Grace." A poem was read by her oldest grandson, Bob Manteuffel. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1979
Alvyn Clinton Daniel

Alvyn Clinton Daniel, son of Earnest and Kitty (Lantz) Daniel, was born April 1, 1914 in Hayes County, Nebraska, and departed this life at Presbyterian Medical Center, Denver, Colorado on April 24, 1979 of cancer at the age of 65 years and 23 days.

Alvyn's early life was spent in and around Hamlet, Nebraska. On August 14, 1941 he was united in marriage to Loneta Mary Christner and their home was established in Wauneta, Nebraska. After one year, they moved to Palisade, Nebraska where they lived for five years. It was here that two daughters came to bless their home. In 1947 they moved to Hamlet where he resided until the time of his death.

Alvyn was a member of the Hamlet Union Church and, through the years, served in the church as a board member, teacher, and in many other capacities. He was a member of the Gideons for several years; he also served many years as a lay minister in surrounding communities.

Preceding him in death were his wife, parents, and a brother, Richard.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. David (Carol) Showell, Cody, Wyoming and Joyce Daniel, Denver, Colorado; two grandchildren, Kevin and Loneta Showell, Cody, Wyoming; two sisters, Mrs. Howard (Etta) Trainer, Yucapia, California and Mrs. Velma Collins, Hamlet, Nebraska, and many other relatives and friends. Alvyn will be remembered as a man whose Christian influence touched many lives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 28, 1979 at 11:00 o'clock a.m. CST at the Hamlet Union Church, Hamlet, Nebraska with the Rev. Dennis Gordon and The Rev. G. L. Showell officiating.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Dennis Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wheeler, Mr. Ivan Flaming. Mrs. Wesley Wheeler was organist and Mrs. Ivan Flaming was pianist.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1988
J.C. Daniel

J.C. Daniel, 75, passed away Saturday, January 23, 1988, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.

He was born January 2, 1913, in Erin, Tennessee, to Alonza Edwin and Minnie Evelyn (Powers) Daniel. He married Laura Alean Warfield on August 31, 1931, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He was a Methodist minister and served in the Tennessee Conference for 13 years.

In 1949 he transferred to the West Kansas Conference. He retired from the Macksville-Belpre charge in 1978. Other charges served were Lawn Ridge-Neville; Gove; Glen Elder, and Kerwin-Lodge-Glade.

He is survived by his wife, Alean, of Benkelman; two sons: Bill and wife, Judith, of Fort Morgan, Colorado, and Landon of Salem, Oregon; two daughters: Winnie and husband. Walter Monteuffel, of Hays, Kansas, and Dora and husband, Marvin Zimbelman, of Bird City, Kansas; one sister, Gladys Harris, of Clarksville, Tennessee; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Spurlin, Coy and Bobby; two infants and one sister, Ida, and one grandson, Deloy Ray.

Services were held Tuesday, January 26, 1988, at 10 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating.

Organist was Gwen Bauer. Richard Bartholomew sang the selections "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."

Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 27, 1988, at 3 p.m. (CST) with the Rev. Don Zook officiating. Vocalist was Kent Lamb.

Bearers were Dennis Walker, Dennis Dutton, Don Vosburgh, Larry Adams, Doug Lamb and Kent Lamb.

Interment was in Farmington Cemetery in Macksville, Kansas.

Funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1978
Hazel Edith Daniels

Hazel Edith Daniels, daughter of Charles Cole Hunter and Caroline Stein Hunter, was born Dec. 18, 1889 in Emporia, Kans. She passed away July 14 at the Hester Home in Benkelman at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 26 days. She had been in failing health for several years.

At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour, becoming a member of the Baptist Church in Emporia. Her girlhood was spent in Emporia, where she attended grade and high schools, and after graduating from high school, attended the Emporia State Normal School and received her teaching certificate. At the age of 17, and against the protests of her family, who were certain she would meet with dire calamity in the wild west, she came out to Haigler on the train to accept a teaching position. She taught two six-month terms in the old sod school house in Northwest Cheyenne County, Kansas.

On Marcy 30, 1908, she was married to Oliver Douglas Daniels, and to this union were born seven children. The Daniels made their home on a farm in Cheyenne County, Kansas until Oliver's death.

Hazel was always a pioneer and a leader. With horse and buggy she laid out the first mail route in Northwest Cheyenne County which is the route still used today. For a period of years she was news correspondent from the Grandview District. She helped to organize their first Literary Society, Community Club, Extension Club, two 4-H Clubs, of which she was the leader, and a Helping Hand Club, whose main purpose was to help anyone in the area with anything. Helping others was her philosophy of life. She was Sunday School Superintendent for several years when Sunday School and Church were held in the Grandview School House in Cheyenne County and she obtained the services of the ministers at the country church.

After the death of her husband in 1956 she moved to Haigler where she continued active in the community. She was a member of the Haigler Woman's Club as long as her health permitted and also taught a Sunday School class for several years. She served as President of the N.S.C.S. for two years. She helped with the Women's Club Library for a period of time and later opened her own private library in her home to encourage young people to read. She loved young people, and many of the children lovingly called her "Grandma."

Hazel was always ready to help in time of need, and an eternal optimist. She could always find good in everyone and everything and to her, everything was beautiful in its own way. She saw the silver lining behind the dark cloud; the light, however small, at the end of the long tunnel; the green blades of grass when all else was brown. She loved nature and her flowers. She maintained a garden when it would seem impossible.

She was preceded in death by two children who died in infancy, her parents, her husband, two sisters, Mildred Calburn, and Marguerite Hunter, and one brother William. She leaves to mourn her five children: Laurence and Arlene Daniels of Tribune; Edith and Paul Atkinson of Bird City; Rex and Florence Daniels of Haigler; Ardith and Floyd Michals of Greeley, Colo.; Phoebe and Gerald Albright of Scottsbluff; one sister, Catherine Hunter of Gardena, Calif.; eleven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the Haigler United Methodist Church on July 18 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Morris Coggin of Wray officiating. Organist was Carol Lee Flaming, who accompanied the quartet, Don Harford, Helen Woods, Virginia Harford and Ray Harford as they sang "My God and I," and "Beautiful Garden of Prayer."

Burial was in the Haigler Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home in charge.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2007
Sylvia Lucille (Neitzel) Daniels

Sylvia Lucille Daniels was born November 30, 1919 to William Carl and Dora (Wieck) Neitzel at St. Francis, Kansas. She died December 10, 2007 at Goodland, Kansas at the age of 88 years and 10 days. She was the second child and only daughter in a family of seven children.

She was baptized at an early age at Valley Lutheran chunch and confirmed in April of 1938 at Zion Evangelical Church in St. Francis.

Slyvia graduated from St. Francis High School in 1938 and started her career directly out of high school of being an Elementary Teacher. She continued teaching and furthered her education by going to summer school, and graduating fnom Nebraska State Teachers College in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. Twenty of her twenty-four years of teaching were spent in Bird City. Her third graders were a very special part of her life.

Sylvia was united in marriage to William Eugene Daniels on March 19, 1941. To this union one son, Thomas Eugene. was born. Daughter Debra Ruth joined the family as a two year old making the family complete.

After retiring, Sylvia enjoyed traveling with her husband in their motor home, visiting both coasts and the states in between.

At home Sylvia enjoyed cooking, doing fancy work, attending church and circle. She did a lot of canning from the garden that Gene tended. There was always a plentiful supply of dill pickles for the grandkids. She welcomed visitors and her home was always company ready.

After the death of her husband in 1998, Sylvia continued to live alone and keep up the home. In 2003 she made the difficult decision to sell the family home and moved to assisted living at the Wheat Ridge Acres in Goodland. She remained there until her death.

Those left to miss her the most are her daughter Debbie and husband Scott Wiese. Three grandsons and spouses, Gavin and Jennifer Wiese, Jason and Lindsay Wiese. Jared and Abby Wiese, along with one granddaughter Jill, with husband Jason Jonas. Together with four great grandchildren, Hailey Wiese, Hannah Wiese, Jadyn Wiese and Adison Wiese.

She also leaves four brothers and sisters-in-law who were of much comfort and support to her: Glen Neitzel, Harvey Neitzel. Dale and Alma Neitzel, Floyd and Janice Neitzel and Barbara Neitzel. Plus two other very special friends, Don and Mary Koppenhauer. Together with nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Dora, husband Gene, son Tommy, and brothers Roy Neitzel and Duane Neitzel.

She left us the legacy of her years on earth. Our lives are richer because she was here. Our ultimate comfort is the resurrection and the hope of heaven.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2007
Florence Lorraine (Reed) Daniels

On March 19, 1919,a girl was born to William Smiley Parmley and Lemma Lucinda (Mendenhall) Reed at their home in Wray, Colo. She was given the name Florence Lorraine, and joined a brother, Byron. Three years later, sister Margaret completed the family.

Florence grew up in Wray and attended the Wray schools. Around age 8, she started taking piano lessons and practiced on her grandmother's pump organ. She developed a love of music and became an accomplished instrumentalist, playing clarinet, baritone and violin, in addition to piano and organ.

Florence's mother died in 1935 so Florence went to work to help with family finances which were depleted by her mother's illness. Around this time, she learned that she had Sioux Indian ancestry and she was proud of that heritage.

Florence graduated from Wray High School in 1937 and was determined to go to college, so with $40 and a suitcase, she went to Greeley, took an entrance exam and won a full-tuition scholarship in English at Colorado State College of Education. With her tuition paid, she worked for her room and board, living with Dr. and Mrs. Deane Miller, and graduated with honors in 1941 with an AB degree. She also managed to save enough money to buy a 1935 Ford she named "Myrtle.''

During her time in college, Dr. Miller would drive to Wray to direct the high school band and Florence would ride along and learned to direct band and vocal by practicing on the Wray students. One time Dr. Miller's brother, the famous band leader Glenn Miller, came to Wray to play his trombone for the school. While he was playing, the lights went out and Florence was chosen to hold a candle for him to see the music. After that, she always said: "No one could say she couldn't hold a candle to Glenn Miller."

After college she came back to the Wray area and taught high school English, geometry and music for three years at Armel. The first year she also taught at Idalia in the afternoons. She lived with her cousin, Ida Connally, and family and drove "Myrtle" to school. She enjoyed teaching, especially the music and coaching plays. Later, after she was married, she would teach two years at the Haigler (Neb.) Schools. Many were the students with fond memories of Miss Reed and Mrs. Daniels for her help and encouragement in learning to play piano or other instruments and her patient teaching manner.

She also gave piano lessons, and there are some excellent pianists from Haigler who got their start with Florence.

In 1942, she went to Olive Lake, east of Wray, to hear a friend play in the band. Along came Rex with his dark, curly hair and blue eyes and asked her to dance. When he came home after the war, she became Mrs. Rex H. Daniels on Dec. 2, 1945, at the Christian Church in Wray.

The newlyweds set up housekeeping on Rex's ranch, purchased from F. N. Trembly in 1935, southwest of Haigler in Cheyenne County, Kansas.

They worked together to add to the ranch, including land in Nebraska and Colorado. Florence would drop whatever she was doing to help if Rex called. She was the bookkeeper, and also insisted on taking a turn checking heifers until she was more than 80 years old.

Florence and Rex had three daughters and she was a mother who read to her children. Cherished gifts she left her family were the journals of daily activities she kept for most of her married life.

She liked to fly with Rex and learned to pilot their Citabria airplane. and was the navigator for Rex on many fun and often exciting, trips they took around the country. She was the one who got them where they were going!

They also enjoyed traveling to all but two states of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Europe, Iceland, Panama and the Caribbean. She helped entertain guests from around the world and many states.

She was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Haigler Women's Club and for several years was active in the St. Francis Music Club. She was one of the pianist-organists at the Haigler church and directed a choir and instrumental ensembles whenever she could get some kids together. She loved teaching and helping anyone with music. Many were the "trip to town" to practice with singers for one occasion or another, and every Wednesday for choir practice for many years. Another joy was playing piano-organ duets. In 2002, she was recognized for 48 years of music ministry at the Haigler United Methodist Church.

Florence always loved the early morning, so it was the perfect time of day for her to go, just as the sun was beginning to light the sky on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at the age of 87 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her sister and Rex. her husband of 60 years.

Those who survive include daughters Patricia Ann Theobald and husband, Keith, of Beaver City, Neb., Peggy Sue Deremer and husband, Bill, of Shawnee, Kan., and Sally Fern Leinen and husband Dan, of Haigler; eight grandchildren: Travis Theobald, Sandi Longfellow and husband. Chad, Paladin Deremer, Jordan Deremer, Jade Hays and husband Lyle, Heather Rowe and husband, Chris, Heath Leinen and Becky Leiner; and three great-grandchildren; David Theobald, Makayla (Deremer) Franklin and Rylie Susannah Hays.

Services were held at the Haigler United Methodist Church on Wednesday. Jan. 31, 2007, with lay pastors Keith Theobald and Lana Fong officiating. Pianist Carol Peterson accompanied Audrey Brueggeman as she sang “The Sound of Music," “The Lord's Prayer" and "Beyond the Sunset." Violinist Louanne Isernhagen played "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." Casket bearers were her eight grandchildren. Burial was in the Haigler Cemetery. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray was in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1980
Elizabeth Ann (Whirler) Daniels

Elizabeth Ann Daniels passed away at the Dundy County Hospital Sept. 4, 1980 at the age of 86 years, 3 months, 14 days.

She was born May 20, 1894 near St. Francis, Kansas to Lilla May Wells and Issac Whirler and attended German Plains school near Haigler, Nebraska.

She was married to Elbert Daniels Nov. 24, 1912 at her home 19 miles northwest of St. Francis and they homesteaded near Haigler. In 1917 they moved northwest of Stratton, Nebraska, then in 1919 bought their home east of Max, Nebraska where she lived until three years ago when she moved into Max.

Preceding her in death was her husband Elbert on March 13, 1951 her parents, Lilla and Issac, two brothers, John and Earl, two sisters, Clara and Edith and two granddaughters, Janice and Susan Daniels.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Woman's Club and the Federated Woman's Club of Max. She was very active in church, teaching Sunday School many years and community activities.

Survivors are Ray Daniels of Max, Clyde and wife Manota Daniels, Stratton; Cleta and husband Bob Seybold of Libby, Montana; Mabel and husband Otto Parsons of Stratton;
grandchildren Gary and Melinda of Libby, Montana; Threasa and husband Bob of Boulder, Montana; Paul of Sterling. CO; Byron, Diana, Lyndel, Larry and wife Sheryl, all of McCook; Denise of Kansas City, MO and six great grandchildren: Misty, Adam, Jimmy, Gregory, Pat, and Melissa; also nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral seryices were held Sat., Sept. 6, 1980 at 2 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, NE with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Organist was Velma Case who accompanied Elmer and Wilbur Case with the selections "Beautiful Garden Of Prayer” and "Precious Memories.”

Bearers were Wayne Bascue, Bob Bellamy, Clyde Brown, Loren Humphrey, John Donze and Edgar Powell. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with funeral arrangements under the direction of Jones Funeral Home, Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1993
C. Richard Daniels

St. FRANCIS. Kan.--C. Richard Daniels was born March 10, 1912, in St. John, Kansas, to Nay and Sarah Daniels.

He died February 11, 1993, at University Hospital in Denver, Colorado, after a lengthy illness.

At an early age, the family moved to Cheyenne County, Kansas, and lived in the Big Timber area.

Richard's early years of schooling were in Benkelman, Nebraska, and he graduated from high school in Bird City, Kansas.

He married Sylvia I. Bowans of Bird City February 22, 1936.To this union one daughter, Ruth Elaine, was born.

Richard and Sylvia began their early years farming in the Big Timber area. With the start of World War II, Richard moved his family to St. Francis, Kansas, and he spent four years serving his country. After returning to St. Francis, he worked with Ernest Bressler in the Firestone Store.

Richard went into partnership with Ernest in Bressler Implement. The name was changed to Daniels & Bressler. He later purchased Ernest's share and it became Daniels Implement.

He enjoyed dealing with farmers far and wide. A salesman he was, not saying too much but ending with a smile.

Richard and Sylvia sold this business to Robert and Arnita Yost.

It was Richard's choice to retire to farming and traveling. He loved the feel of the land and enjoyed farming for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; his daughter, Ruth Elaine and her husband, John Dobson of Denver: a brother, Eugene; a sister-in-law, Sylvia; a sister, Ruby Willt, and sisters-in-law Mayzee Schultz and Jane Bowans.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2006
Clyde Elbert Daniels

Clyde Elbert Daniels, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Neb.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1924, to Elbert and Elizabeth (Whisler) Daniels at Max, Neb. He grew to manhood on the family farm near Max where he completed his schooling. After graduating from high school, Clyde proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class. He entered the Navy in October 1943 being inducted in Denver, Colo., and received his honorable discharge in January 1946 at St. Louis, Mo., having served in the Marshall Islands.

Now known as "Danny" to family and friends, he was united in marriage to Manota Barnhart on Aug. 4, 1946, at St. Francis, Kan. To this union four children were born: Janice Irene, Paula Rae, Byron Clyde and Susan Kay.

Clyde's occupation was in the lumber and grain business. He worked at Krotter Lumber Yard and Grain Elevator in Max from 1946 until 1959 when he traveled as a sales representative for Grolier Publishing Co. He quickly missed being with his wife and children, so in March 1960 he began working as manager of Co-op Lumber Yard in Stratton, Neb. Later he became the manager of Farmers Co-op Grain & Supply in Stratton, retiring after 29 years in April 1989. As an honest man who cared about people, he gained much respect from fellow workers, farmers and truckers with whom he had contact over the years. In 1964 Clyde moved his family to Stratton and made his home there until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 A.F. & A.M., and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as a number of community boards. He had a deep faith in God which carried his family through many trials and heartaches, as well as many happy times together. His family was very dear to him and he was always ready to "travel that extra mile" for family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his older brother, Ray Daniels; younger sisters Cleta Seybold and Mabel Parsons, and infant daughters Janice Irene and Susan Kay.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Manota Daniels of Stratton; daughter Paula Rae Fraser and husband, Grant, of Fairfield, Wash.; son Byron Daniels and wile, Peggy, of Trenton; grandchildren Benton, Cody and Michaela Daniels, and numerous other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist. Sandy Thompson and Michael Pruter sang "Precious Memories" and "On The Wings of a Dove." The congregational hymn was "How Great Thou Art." Committal was offered by Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 A.F. & A.M.

Casket bearers were Benton Daniels, Cody Daniels, Larry Parsons, Adam Parsons, Scott McDonald, Daniel Rife, Victor Kisela and Gene Kleinschmidt. Honorary bearers were Roy League, Bill Latta, Bill Zahl, Earl Bailey, Wallace Gummere, Verle Raichart, Charlie Carlson, Phil Goodenberger, Larry Tatum and Dan Ladenburger. Military honors were by The American Legion - V.F.W. of Stratton. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman, Neb. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.


Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, October 20, 2006
Clyde Elbert 'Danny' Daniels

Friday, October 20, 2006

Feb. 6, 1924-Oct. 18, 2006
STRATTON - Clyde Elbert "Danny" Daniels, 82, died Wednesday (Oct. 18, 2006), at El Dorado Manor in Trenton.

He was born Feb. 6, 1924, to Elbert and Elizabeth (Whisler) Daniels at Max. He grew to manhood on the family farm near Max where he completed his schooling. After graduating from high school, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class. He entered the Navy in October 1943, being inducted in Denver Colo., and received his honorable discharge in January 1946, at St. Louis Mo., having served in the Marshall Islands.

On Aug. 4, 1946, he married Manota Barnhart at St. Francis. He worked in the lumber and grain business at Krotter Lumber Yard and Grain elevator in Max from 1946 until 1959 when he traveled as a sales representative for Grolier Publishing Co. In March 1960, he began working as manager of Co-op Lumber Yard in Stratton. In 1964 he moved his family to Stratton and made his home there until the time of his death. He later managed Farmers Co-op Grain & Supply in Stratton, retiring after 29 years in April 1989.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 A.F. & A.M., and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as a number of community boards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Elizabeth Daniels; a brother, Ray Daniels; two sisters, Cleta Seybold and Mabel Parsons; and two infant daughters, Janice Irene and Susan Kay.

Survivors include his wife, Manota Daniels of Stratton; daughter, Paula Rae Fraser and husband, Grant of Fairfield, Wash.; son, Byron Daniels and wife, Peggy of Trenton; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman.

Visitation is today until 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to the Stratton Ambulance.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1951
Elbert Edward Daniels

Elbert Edward Daniels was born the 29th of January 1881 near Memphis, Missouri. He was the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Daniels. When a child he was baptized in the Presbyterian church.

As a young man he worked in a livery stable for a few years. At the age of 21 he moved to Lamar, Colorado, for his health. He herded sheep several months and then moved to Montana for a short time. In 1907 he came to Haigler, Nebraska, where he homesteaded.

On November 24, 1912, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Ann Whisler of Haigler, Nebraska. To this union were born four children, Clyde, Ray and Cleta of Max, Nebraska; Mrs. Mabel Parsons, Curtis, Nebraska.

In 1917 he moved with his family to north of Stratton. In 1919 they moved to the present home near Max. Mr. Daniels had been in failing health for the past 20 years. In September 1950, he had a light stroke from which he partly recovered.

He passed away of a heart attack on March 13, 1951 at the age of 70 years, one month and 13 days.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, Clyde and Ray of Max; two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Parsons, Curtis, Nebraska, Cleta, Max; one son - in - law, Otto Parsons; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Menota Daniels, Max, Nebraska; one grandson, Lyndel Parsons, Curtis, Nebraska; four brothers: 0llie Daniels, Haigler, Nebraska, Burley Daniels, Lafayette, Indiana, Earl Daniels, Haskell, Oklahoma, and Rue Daniels, Fort Madison, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in the Max Methodist church Saturday, March 17th at 2 p.m. Rev. Harold Stagg conducted the service which was in charge of the Jones Mortuary, Stratton, Nebraska. The pall bearers were Percie Heater, Tom Wilkens, Boyd Raichart, Robert Kappelman, Clyde Brown and Fred Scott. The solist was Wilbur Case, accompanied by Mrs. Case at the piano.

Burial was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, May 9, 2006
Rex H. Daniels

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

May 19, 1913 - May 5, 2006

HAIGLER -- Rex H. Daniels, 92, died Saturday, (May 5, 2006) at the Beaver City Manor in Beaver City.

He was born May 19, 1913 to Oliver Douglas and Hazel Edith (Hunter) Daniels on their ranch in Cheyenne County, Kan., and attended school near his home. After school, Rex worked for several area ranchers.

In 1931 he hitchhiked to the South Park, Colo., area where he worked in the hay fields. In 1932 he traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, to sell cattle. His desire to see the country moved him to once again to hitchhike throughout the Midwest before returning home.

He began acquiring property of his own in 1934 and he raised sheep and cattle.

Before entering the U.S. Army in 1942, he was forced to sell his livestock. He served his country as a truck driver for the 76th Quartermaster Company in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1945, Rex returned to the Haigler area once again, where he became a rancher.

On Dec. 2, 1945, he married Florence Lorraine Reed at Wray, Colo.

He and his family continued ranching in the area, raising Hereford cattle for many years. He owned the "Three Corners" property, where the states of Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas join together.
He was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church and a scout leader for many years. He was also a lifelong member of the Haigler VFW and American Legion.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Oliver and Hazel Daniels; one brother, Laurence; sisters, Edith and Phoebe; and two infant siblings.

Those who survive him include his wife of more than 60 years, Florence Daniels of Haigler; daughters, Patricia Ann Theobald and husband, Keith of Beaver City, Peggy Sue Deremer and husband, Bill of Shawnee, Kan., and Sally Fern Leinen and husband, Dan of Haigler; sister, Ardith Michals of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. (MDT), Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with Lay Pastor, Keith Theobald officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Haigler Cemetery.

There will be no visitation. The casket will be open at the church prior to services.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 2006
Rex Harold Daniels

On May 19, 1913, a son was born to Oliver Douglass and Hazel Edith (Hunter) Daniels on their homestead in Cheyenne County, Kansas. He was given the name Rex Harold Daniels. Brother Laurence and sister Edith would have a baby brother and. later, Ardith and Phoebe would join the family.

Rex attended country school in District 60 just over the hill from his home. He always joked that he spent four years in the 4th grade, and had nine teachers in eight years. He thought maybe they needed the extra one to handle him, as he always had an ornery side!

As a young man. Rex worked for several area ranchers. and was paid 50 cents a day to herd cattle for Henry Steinhagen. He also broke horses and had a special saddle made for that job. His pay one time for riding several horses was a pair of boots. They were too small, but he wore them anyway! He loved riding in the hills and prairie and took his last ride when he was 80 years old. A very special horse he raised was a blue roan he named “Pal." Pal was the horse he would later use to teach his three daughters to ride.

In 1931, he hitchhiked to the South Park, Colorado. area where he worked that summer in the hay fields on the Eli Ports ranch. Though he earned $1.50 a day, he often said "this little country kid would have paid for the privilege of working in that beautiful place."

A year later, at age 19, he accompanied a load of Steinhagen's cattle to Sioux City, Iowa. It seemed Rex was born under a wandering star, and again decided to hitchhike throughout the Midwest before returning home. He slept under bridges, bathed in rivers and was often invited into homes for meals.

Rex began acquiring property of his own in 1934 and raised sheep and cattle.

He sold his livestock before being inducted Into the United States Army in July 1942. Rcx received basic training at Fort Warren, Wyo., specialized winter training at Watersmeet, Mich., where he learned to ski and snowshoe with the 76th Ski Patrol, and was stationed , at Camp McCoy, Wis.. Fort Meade, Md., and A.P. Hill Military Reservation, Va., before heading for the European Theater. He served in the 76th Quartermaster Company of Patton's Third Army as a truck driver, hauling troops and supplies. Rex fought in the "Battle of the Bulge" and would in later years be plagued by flashbacks of that time. He received five medals of merit.

Before going to the front. Rex was housed in a home in Itzig. Luxembourg. During the stay, a friendship began that has lasted 60 years--a special friend who has never ceased to express the gratitude of the people of Luxembourg for their rescue from Hitler's oppression. Corporal Daniels returned to the United States aboard the Queen Mary. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 5, 1945, and returned home to Cheyenne County.

On Dec, 2. 1945, he married Florence Lorraine Reed at Wray. Colo.. the girl he had met at a dance at Olive Lake and who had waited for him back home. To this union, three daughters were born.

Rex and his family continued ranching in the Haigler. Neb., area, raising Hereford cattle for many years. Though he finally changed the color of his cattle, he always remained a Hereford man at heart. Anyone who ever worked with Rex around the ranch would know he was famous (or infamous!) for his hand signals. No one ever knew what they meant!

He was especially proud of owning the “Three Corners" property, where the states of Nebraska. Colorado and Kansas join together.

He flew his own airplane for more than 30 years and tried very hard to give rides to anyone who wanted one--and some who didn't! He delighted in "buzzing" friends and neighbors--the earlier in the morning, the better! That being his favorite time of day, he took pleasure in relating that he had the chores done before sunrise, but neglected to mention the two-hour nap he often took before noon.

With Florence. he continued his wandering, visiting all but two of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They also visited Europe, the Caribbean, Iceland and Panama. Many of these travels were to reunions of the 76th Quartermaster Company.

He never met a stranger, and made friends everywhere they went. Of course. they were all invited back to the ranch. Rex and Florence entertained guests from Germany, Switzerland, Jamaica, England, Luxembourg and many states.

As much as he enjoyed their travels, he was always happiest to return home to the love of old friends and family. He loved cats and dogs, watching birds, baby calves and children. His eight grandchildren were his pride and Joy.

For relaxation, Rex loved to read. His favorite authors were Zane Grey and Harold Bell Wright, and he never seemed to tire of reading and re-reading the same books. Also. he could often be found playing a game of cards with Florence or the grandsons.

He was a Boy Scout leader, teaching marksmanship. a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Haigler VFW Post 134 and American Legion.

Rex died at the Beaver City Manor in Beaver City. Neb., on Saturday. May 6, 2006, where he had resided the past year. He had reached the age of 92 years, 11 months and 17 days.

Preceding him In death were his parents, brother Laurence, sisters Edith and Phoebe, and two infant siblings.

Those who survive him include his loving wife of more than 60 years, Florence Daniels; daughters Patricia Ann Theobald and husband, Keith, of Beaver City, Peggy Sue Deremer and husband, Bill, of Shawnee. Kan., and Sally Fern Leinen and husband, Dan, of Haigler; sister Ardith Michals of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren: Travis Theobald, Sandi Longfellow and husband, Chad, Paladin Deremer and wife, Christy, Jordan Deremer, Jade Hays and husband, Lyle, Heather Rowe and husband, Chris, Heath Leinen and Becky Leinen: great-grandchildren David Theobald and Makayla Deremer, and Jade and Lyle will give him his third.

Rex was remembered with funeral services at the Haigler United Methodist Church on May 10, 2006, with Keith Theobald, lay pastor, officiating. Carol Peterson was the pianist and Kelly Hayward, who accompanied himself on guitar. sang. "Empty Saddles," "Beyond the Sunset" and "Back in the Saddle Again." Casket bearers were grandsons and grand-sons-in-law. Burial was in the Haigler Cemetery with military honors.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1998
William Eugene Daniels

St. FRANCIS, Kan.- -William Eugene Daniels, son of Sarah (Fella) and Nay Daniels, was born on Jan. 28, 1914, at Fordland, Mo. He died April 5, 1998, in St. Francis, Kan., at the age of 84 years and 2 months.

Gene, as he was known to all, was the middle child in the family of three, living his early life in the Benkelman. Neb., and the Big Timber area. He attended rural grade school and graduated from Bird City (Kan.) High School.

Gene was united in marriage to Sylvia Neitzel on March 19, 1941. To this union one son, Thomas Eugene, was born. Daughter Debra Ruth joined the family when she was two years old.

On April 9, 1952, Gene was confirmed and became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bird City. After moving to St. Francis in 1990, he transferred his membership to Peace Lutheran Church.

He provided well for his family--his purpose for living. At first he made a living working as a Mobil Oil agent in Bird City delivering farm fuels. Later he went into business there serving his customers with gasoline, diesel, oils and propane gas. He started the fertilizer business in Bird City which is now known as Krien Farm Supply.

Gene was a perfectionist in all that he did. He enjoyed going fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. After he retired he enjoyed traveling in his motor home visiting both coasts and the states in between. During his last fishing trip he was involved in an accident in Texas which left him living a life as an amputee. However, he never let it be a burden to him and never considered himself handicapped.

Those left who will miss him most are his wife, Sylvia, and daughter, Debbie, her husband, Scott Wiese, and their four children: Gavin, Jason, Jill and Jared.

The rest of his family consisted of a nephew, Kenneth Willt, and his wife, Elaine, and two nieces: Ruth and her husband, John Dobson, and Jeannette and her husband, L. D. Baker.

Others close to him are in-laws Glen Neitzel, Harvey Neitzel, Dale Neitzel and wife, Alma, Floyd Neitzel and wife, Janice, Duane Neitzel and wife, Barbara, plus nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Tommy; a brother, Richard, and his wife, Sylvia, and a sister, Ruby, and her husband, John Willt.

Final rites for Gene Daniels were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at Peace Lutheran Church in St. Francis with the Revs. David Rossbach and Ron Roberts officiating. A special reading was by grandson Jason Wiese. The organist was Darlene Feikert. Tracy Neitzel sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and Dan and Lynn Busse sang "Lord Of All Hopefulness." Accompanist was Tema Trumbo. The congregational hymn was "Amazing Grace."

Casket bearers were nephews Roger, Ron, LeRoy, Rodney and Todd Neitzel and Kenneth Willt.

Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery with arrangements by Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2001
Vernon Wilhelm Dankenbring

St. FRANCIS, Kan.--Vernon Wilhelm HAIGLER -- Rex H. Daniels, 92, died Saturday, (May 5, 2006) at the Beaver City Manor in Beaver City.
 
He was born May 19, 1913 to Oliver Douglas and Hazel Edith (Hunter) Daniels on their ranch in Cheyenne County, Kan., and attended school near his home. After school, Rex worked for several area ranchers.
 
 In 1931 he hitchhiked to the South Park, Colo., area where he worked in the hay fields. In 1932 he traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, to sell cattle. His desire to see the country moved him to once again to hitchhike throughout the Midwest before returning home.
 
He began acquiring property of his own in 1934 and he raised sheep and cattle.
 
Before entering the U.S. Army in 1942, he was forced to sell his livestock. He served his country as a truck driver for the 76th Quartermaster Company in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1945, Rex returned to the Haigler area once again, where he became a rancher.
 
On Dec. 2, 1945, he married Florence Lorraine Reed at Wray, Colo.
 
He and his family continued ranching in the area, raising Hereford cattle for many years. He owned the "Three Corners" property, where the states of Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas join together.
 
He was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church and a scout leader for many years. He was also a lifelong member of the Haigler VFW and American Legion.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Oliver and Hazel Daniels; one brother, Laurence; sisters, Edith and Phoebe; and two infant siblings.
 
Those who survive him include his wife of more than 60 years, Florence Daniels of Haigler; daughters, Patricia Ann Theobald and husband, Keith of Beaver City, Peggy Sue Deremer and husband, Bill of Shawnee, Kan., and Sally Fern Leinen and husband, Dan of Haigler; sister, Ardith Michals of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. (MDT), Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with Lay Pastor, Keith Theobald officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Haigler Cemetery.
 
There will be no visitation. The casket will be open at the church prior to services.
 
Memorials may be given in his name.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.Dankenbring was born Jan. 30, 1917, at Republic County, Kan. He died as a result of cancer at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis, Kan., on Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the age of 84 years.

Vernon was the oldest child of El Roy H. and Marie (Mohrmann) Dankenbring. He was baptized as an infant into the Lutheran faith, and as a teenager, he was confirmed at St. John Lutheran in Bird City, Kan.

In 1928, Vernon, his parents, a brother and two sisters made the move to a farm east of Bird City. He attended country school south of the family farm at Sunnyside through the eighth grade. The family worshiped regularly at St. John in Bird City, attending Sunday school, "German school" (catechism), Luther League, choir and Lutheran Brotherhood. Vernon served as a Sunday school superintendent, church council member and on other committees.

On Aug. 27, 1940, he married Meta Melita Bader of rural St. Francis, a young lady he'd met at Luther League gatherings with area churches. To this union, four children were born: Phyllis Marlene, Milferd Vernon, Keith El Roy and Victor Paul. The three older children were born while the family resided on a farm east of Vernon's parents where he farmed with his father.

Throughout his life, Vernon strived to do things right. He was a farmer at heart and took great pride in that as well as his work as a mechanic. As the children grew up, the boys worked outside with him because "operating machinery was not meant for women." He worked with his sons as they established themselves in their trades thus broadening his skills in other trades. Upon the death of his father in 1974, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of operating the family farm.

Vernon enjoyed pulling harmless pranks on his friends and family--no one was exempt! He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and favorite uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Elmer; a sister, Lorene Foster; a great-granddaughter, Alexis Anne Rueb, and a grandson, Dustan Wright.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Meta, of their home in Bird City; daughter Phyllis and husband, Gerald Wright; sons Milferd of Wheeler, Kan., Keith and wife, Cinda, and Victor and wife, Dara, all of St. Francis; his sister, Leona, and husband, Robert Charles, of Florida; grandchildren Kimberly Wright, Kamela Neville, Jerry Dankenbring, Anita and Shane Diltz, Dale Wright, Canda and Don Orten, Karah Dankenbring, Jennifer and Bryce Schneider, Kale Dankenbring, Teresa Dankenbring, Chelsi Dankenbring and Cassandra Dankenbring; great-grandchildren Ashton Rueb, Skyler Rueb, Kelci Wright, Joel Wright, Miles Neville, Mitzi Diltz, Caitlin Wright, Wil Orten, Adam Orten and Mary Anne Orten, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Bird City with the Rev. Ron Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Bird City Cemetery with arrangements by Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2001:
Lynnette Marie DaPron

BIRD CITY, Kan.--Lynnette Marie DaPron was born Feb. 18, 1984, at the Cheyenne County :Hospital in St. Francis, Kan. She died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001. She was a senior at Cheylin High School in Bird City.

Lynnette was editor of the 2001-02 Cheylin High School yearbook, participated in basketball and volleyball for the Cougars and was a teacher aide for Cheylin Elementary School. She also was active in Career Leaders of America, band, vocal music and Student

Before attending Cheylin High Lynnette attended schools in Kinsley and Hays, Kan.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Bird City and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship and taught Sunday school to youth.

She traveled to Juarez, Mexico, on a UMYF mission trip in the summer of 2000 and journeyed to New York and Washington, D.C., with the help of the American Legion Post. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Lynnette was very involved in community events. She participated in the Cheyenne County Junior Miss Pageant this summer and volunteered annually at the Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Show.

She finished in second place in the Favorite Centennial Baby competition at the Bird City Centennial celebration in June 1985.

She worked as a hostess and cashier at Big Ed's Restaurant. She also worked at the Blue Bird Cafe, Two Lee's Restaurant and the Dusty Farmer Restaurant. Lynnette was a baby-sitter for several area youth.

She had a zest for life and lived each day to the fullest. She always had a smile for everyone she greeted and touched the lives of all those sire met.

She was engaged to be married next July.

Lynnette is survived by her parents, Darwin DaPron of Bird City; her mother, Lynda Kerstetter, Tim and girls, Elizabeth and Alicia, of Augusta, Kan.; her fiance, Ryan Weeks, of St. Francis; a brother, Danny DaPron, of La Veta, Colo.; grandparents John and Hollis DaPron of Bird City, Beth Stubblefield of Springfield, Mo., and Sam Clouse of Walsenburg, Colo., and her great-grandmother, Eva Murray, of Bird City.

She is also survived by a host of other relatives, and leaves behind many friends and acquaintances.

Funeral services for Lynnette DaPron were held Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at the Cheylin High School gymnasium at Bird City with the Revs. Doug Mason and Dennis Livingston officiating. Burial was in the Bird City Cemetery. Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis was in charge of arrangements.

A Lynnette DaPron Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1995
Raymond Theodore "Jack" Darby

HAIGLER—Raymond Theodore "Jack" Darby was born December 23, 1919, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, the fourth child and only son of Theodore and Christina E. (Wall) Darby.

He died Monday, July 10, 1995, while a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, at the age of 75.

He grew up and attended rural school in Cheyenne County and later moved to Haigler, Nebraska, where he worked for area farmers.

He was a dependable and dedicated laborer who enjoyed gardening, visiting with people and playing cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his four sisters, Martha Walter of Benkelman, Nebraska, Mary Stute of Haigler, Tressa Downs of Newport, Kentucky, and Esther Cline of Arkansas City, Kansas; and nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service was held Thursday, July 13, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. at the Haigler Cemetery with the Rev. Marcine Farmer officiating.

Song leaders were Dana Webster and Linda Morris. Selections included "Amazing Grace" and "Jesus Loves Me."

Honorary bearers were Rex Daniels, Dean Clark, Marvin Kamla, Wayne McVey, Mark McVey, Craig Kamla and Dick Bannister. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1978
Theodore Darby

Theodore Darby of Haigler, Neb. was born July 3, 1884 in Poland which was a property of Russia, to Paul and Martha Darbin. He died at the age of 93 years, 10 months and one day April 4 at the Kinder Kare Home in Wauneta, Neb.

Funeral services were held April 7 at Zion Lutheran Church in Haigler with Pastor Terry Douglass officiating.

Theodore came to the United States with his parents at the age of three years, and lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. where his father worked in the coal mines. Later he moved to Hanna, Wyo., Denver and then with his family to Laird.

At an early age he left home and went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Douglass and this was his home until he took up a homestead in Cheyenne County Kansas in 1905.

July 18, 1911 he was united in marriage to Christina Elizabeth Wall. She died July 25, 1928 leaving Theodore with five small children to raise.

In addition to his own work on the homestead from 1914 to 1923 Mr. Darby walked the five miles to Haigler and worked for Roach Brothers blacksmithing, drilling wells and putting up windmills. He also helped dig the ditches when Haigler put in the water system. In his later years he was helpful wherever he was needed, always ready to help a neighbor in need.

Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; two brothers, Charles and Cashmer; a sister Tina and half-sister Agnes; one grandchild, Larry David Cline; one great grandchild, Alan Dean Edeal.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Jake (Martha) Walter and Mary Stute, both of Haigler; Tressa Downs of Newport, Ky.; Esther Cline of Arkansas City, Kan.; a son Raymond of Haigler; three half sisters, Flo Miller, Ann Brownrige and Lucille Tuttle, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1956
Mary Ann (Carter) Darnell

Mary Ann (Carter) Darnell passed away at the Good Samaritan Village at St. Francis, Kansas, at near two o'clock on Thursday morning after a long and useful life of 91 years. Although in delicate health, her passing was not expected at this time and she apparently passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Mrs. Darnell was of pioneer standing in the community, having come to this area with her husband, the late Judge I. R. Darnell in 1891 as pioneers near Stratton. They came to Benkelman in 1911. Benkelman residents will recall her fine service to the community as an employee at the post office for many years.

A brilliant woman, Mrs. Darnell was an inspiration to many young people in her efforts to guide them to a better education. As a child of fifteen she entered college and was graduated in four years with honors and her reference to education always included the point that education provided a private wealth which could never be taken away from the individual. She was a gracious lady with a great interest in the success and happiness of those with whom she associated.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Benkelman on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. Raymond Sandsted, resident pastor in charge, assisted by Rev. Victor R. Funderburk. The pianist was Mrs. Sam Hopkins and the quartette consisted of Mrs. J. Wm. Woodworth, Mrs. T. E. Maranville, Ray Balderson and Ross D. Druliner, Jr. Casket bearers were Walter Hall of Stratton, Alvin Lorance, Kenneth Stout, Ellis Gum-mere, Roy Davis and Charles Carpenter. Graveside services were by the Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, of which Mrs. Darnell had been a member since 1911. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery and the services were arranged by the Laughlin Funeral Home.

Mary Ann Carter, daughter of Christopher Lawson Carter and Ann Smith Ross, his wife, was born in Palo Pinto county, Texas, on the 4th of November, 1864, and passed away at the Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis, Kansas, on Thursday, May 17, 1956.

She was prepared for college by a private tutor, graduating from Add-Ran College, now Texas Christian University, in 1884.

On August 26, 1887, she married her former tutor, Isham Randolph Darnell. To this union four children were born, Mary Ann, Carter, Shapley Boyle and Ruth Elizabeth.

In 1891, she and her husband moved to Stratton, Nebr., where they lived until 1911 when they moved to Benkelman.

In 1915 she became associated with the Benkelman post office as a clerk in which capacity she served for many years.

Mary C. Darnell was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star, Holly Chapter 233, in 1911. Besides taking an active part in this organization, she was a charter member of the Benkelman Woman's Club and charter member of the Major Francis Grice Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son, Shapley Boyle, his wife, Margaret, and his daughter, Laura; two daughters, Carter and Ruth Elizabeth; one sister, Mrs. W. M. McGregor, and several nieces and nephews.

She has been preceded in death by her husband, Isham Randolph Darnell, and her daughter, Mary Ann.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1996
Mary Elizabeth (Schackleford) (Pflum) Darnell

IMPERIAL—Beth Darnell was born Mary Elizabeth Pflum to Obed and Laura (Pribbeno) Pflum on the family homestead south of Enders, Neb., on Feb. 25, 1910. She died on April 1, 1996, at the age of 86 years, 1 month and 6 days in Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Beth grew up in Chase County, Neb. She attended elementary school in rural Chase County and Wauneta, Neb., and high school in Imperial, Neb. She married Vilas Shackleford in 1926. They lived on farms in Hayes, Hitchcock and Dundy counties. She became involved in the Plains Oil Company with her husband and father, and kept books for the company for many years. In 1950, Beth and Vilas built a beautiful, flagstone home at the corner of East 5th and Wellington in Imperial where she lived until her death. Vilas died in 1966. She married Clinton Darnell in 1968, and they continued to live in Beth's home in Imperial, spending their winters in Harlingen, Texas. Clinton died in 1983.

Mrs. Darnell worked very hard all of her life. She was a dutiful daughter, a loving wife and mother, a revered grandmother and a loyal friend. She served as the director for the First State Bank in Enders and was an active member of the Chase County Senior Center, the United Methodist Church and the AARP. She had a lifelong interest in horticulture and enjoyed countless hours with the beautiful flowers in her garden. She was one of the founders of the Imperial Garden Club and was an active and enthusiastic member of the club for years.

Mrs. Darnell will be remembered as having a very sharp, organized mind, always keeping detailed records of her personal and business dealings. She kept a personal diary that she wrote in religiously on a daily basis. She also had an infallible memory and will be remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for the many stories that she told of her own childhood growing up in southwestern Nebraska.

She also had a great sense of humor and the ability to always see the silver lining in any situation in which she found herself. While she had many friends, she was a private person, often preferring to work quietly in her garden or read a good book to being around other people. She remained very active and healthy throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and two brothers, Walter and Lloyd Pflum.

Survivors include a daughter, Vesta, and son-in-law, Marvin Athey, of Imperial; grandchildren Scott Athey and family of Aurora, Neb., Nikola and her husband, Norman Stroh, of San Angelo, Texas, Tim Athey and his wife, Pat, of Fort Collins, Colo., Beth and her husband, Larry Larson, of Imperial and Pat Athey and his wife, Wendy Woolf, of Anchorage, Alaska; 13 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild; four sisters-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.

Funeral services for Beth Darnell were held Thursday, April 4, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Imperial with the Rev. David Rowe officiating. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial. Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1933
Isham Randolph Darnell

Judge I. R. Darnell passed away at the Stratton hospital last Thursday afternoon following a long period of continued failing health which gradually weakened him to the point where he did not respond to treatment. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. J. C. Foster, assisted by Rev. G. A. Schwabauer. A quartette consisting of H. M. Snider, R. D. Druliner, Lloyd Boswell and D. L. Ough sang several of Mr. Darnell's favorite hymns. Mrs. D. L. Ough presided at the piano. Masonic brethern from Benkelman and Stratton served as pall bearers. The Benkelman and Stratton Masonic lodges of which the deceased was an almost life-time member, conducted Masonic services at the grave.

Judge Darnell will long be remembered because of his fidelity to his friends and to his community. He came to Southwestern Nebraska as a comparatively young man and at once became an active worker in the cause of the development of the country and remained true to the cause of its up-building all thru his active life. He moved to Benkelman from Stratton in 1911 and from that time on was one of Benkelman's trusted and best beloved citizens.

Judge Darnell was different from the average man born and reared in his environment. Born in a family of wealth and influence in the Southland amidst pleasant and easy surroundings, his nature called him to an active life and he went to Texas, later coming to Nebraska. Although of aristocratic birth, Judge Darnell had a commoner spirit and his efforts, sympathies and endeavors were always directed to the common people. He was sympathetic in their trials and troubles and did his utmost to give them help whenever possible. He was a learned man but it never could be said of him that he ever used his knowledge or superior understanding to the detriment of the less informed or capable for his own benefit. On the other hand he championed their cause and did whatever he could for them. During his service to Dundy county as its judge, whenever a case was brought before him with power and money on one side and poverty and distress on the other, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion as to how Judge Darnell would rule if the law gave him a loop hole which in any way would justify his decision. To Judge Darnell the friendship of the man on the street meant more to him than all the pomp and glory any ruler ever enjoyed. Although capable and originally educated for a jurist, Judge Darnell did not enjoy setting as a judge. A hearing involving a wayward boy or girl brought more internal suffering to Judge Darnell than to some of their parents. He had the courage of his conviction and a desire to follow out the letter of the law, but when it came to sentencing a boy or girl, it was a task that he found very difficult to do, and in a few cases where only a fine was involved, he would loan the money himself so that the youth need not serve a jail sentence. Then, time after time, he would go directly to the newspaper office to ask that the account of the boy's trouble be withheld from publication, "because," he would say, "after all he's only a boy and he's going to go straight now and to put his name in print might hurt his future besides his folks feel too badly about it already." That was Judge Darnell. day in and day out, week in and week out. He was always the same. Always fighting for the oppressed or unfortunate, always opposing the strong. Although born in the Southland during the war and being naturally inclined to the cause of the South, he often expressed his admiration for Abraham Lincoln because he held that the Great Emancipator was of the common people and for the common people, and often recalled the words of Lincoln in which he said that with the emancipation of the black man, it was now the nation's duty to see that the great capitalistic tendency did not extend itself to enslave the white man.

Judge Darnell despised pretense and hypocrisy as he hated a serpent and it had no place in his life. He believed in the doctrine of the lowly Nazarene and in the creed of the golden rule. His early training and later business connections in life brought him in contact with many notable people and he enjoyed the friendship of many of them, but his greatest satisfaction and happiness was found in contact with just common folks and he wanted to be one of them.

Perhaps no man in our community enjoyed a greater popularity than did Judge Darnell with young and old alike and perhaps no one appreciated their friendship and confidence more.

Isham Randolph Darnell, son of Aaron Darnell and Catherine Euphrates Hawkins, his wife, was born August 26, 1851, on the old Darnell homestead in Woodford county, Kentucky, and died Thursday, December 28, 1933, at the Stratton hospital.

He attended Dr. Sayers school in Frankfort and later taught in different schools in that section. Due to ill health he went to Texas in 1877 and was tutor in the home of C. L. Carter, whose daughter he later married. In 1883 he became secretary and treasurer of the Kit Carter Cattle Company in which capacity he served until 1894. From 1883 until 1887 he was also Judge of Baylor county. On August 28, 1887, he married Mary Ann Carter. To this union four children were born, Mary Ann, Katherine Carter, Shapley Boyle and Ruth Elizabeth. Upon the death of C. L. Carter he took the responsibility of settling up the estate of his father-in-law and it was in this connection that he finally moved to Stratton. Nebraska, where he lived until 1911 when he moved to Benkelman. At Stratton he was engaged in farming and cattle business, but opened an abstract office in Benkelman in 1906. In 1915 he received the postmaster's appointment for Benkelman and served two terms. He was elected Judge of Dundy county in 1924 and again in 1928.

Isham R. Darnell was initiated into the Masonic lodge at Frankfort. Kentucky, May 5. 1872. Passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft Mason June 10, 1872. Raised to the Sublime degree of a Master Mason July10, 1872. Demitted to the lodge at Palo Pinto, Texas. Then demitted to the Seymour lodge No 604 at Seymour, Texas. Then demitted to Robert Burns Lodge No. 172, Stratton. Nebraska, May 7, 1898.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, Mary Carter Darnell, Katherine Carter of New York City, Shapley Boyle of Milwaukee and Ruth Elizabeth of Benkelman, Mary Ann having died in infancy.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 197?
Katherine Carter Darnell

Word was received here by friends of the illness and death of Katherine Carter Darnell in New York City. She was hospitalized with a stroke for three weeks prior to her death on Friday, October I. She was buried in Virginia by the side of a longtime lady friend. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. I. R. Darnell, and a sister of Shapley Darnell of Milwaukee, Wis. and the late Ruth Darnell of Benkelrnan.

Miss Darnell graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Marquette
was her father's alma mater, and her brother Shapley B. was a later graduate of the school. After her graduation Carter migrated to New York City which was to be her home for the rest of her life. Her first job was with the British Embassy during World War One years. During the next 40 years she spent in the magazine and other publishing fields, namely with Croller's and Parade magazines before her retirement from the commercial field. She occupied her time in short term administrative work which might involve one day to six months during her semi-retirement years.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1972
Ruth Elizabeth Darnell

Miss Ruth Elizabeth Darnell, a resident of Benkelman for the past sixty years, expired at the Dundy County Hospital on Sunday after an illness of two months. She was 64 years of age.

She is survived by a sister, Miss Carter Darnell of New York City, and a brother, Shapley B. Darnell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister who passed away in infancy.

Miss Darnell came to Benkelman with her parents, the late Judge Isham and Mary Ann Carter Darnell in 1911. She was born in Hitchcock county. Her father served as Postmaster in Benkelman and later as the County Judge of Dundy County. Her mother, Mary Darnell, served as a clerk in the Post Office for many years.

Ruth Darnell graduated from the Benkelman high school with the class of 1927. She belonged to the Episcopal Church and was a member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the United Methodist Church. She was a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star and served many offices of the order. In 1970 she was the Worthy Matron of the chapter. Miss Ruth was very devoted to her parents and cared for them at the family home until their passing. She was an excellent seamstress and specialized in fancy work of all kinds. She had many devoted friends in Benkelman.

Funeral services were conducted at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, participated in the service. Mrs. LaNeta Anderson was the soloist and Mrs. Betty Erdman, the organist. Bearers were Walter Fries, Ralph Jones, Marvin Haines. Harry Martin, Robert Hardwick and Kenneth Frasier Sr. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1980
Shapley Darnell

Word was received by friends concerning the death of Shapley Darnell, a former resident of Benkelman.

Shap, as he was affectionately known, was the son of I. R. and Mary C. Darnell.

He became a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for many years and followed the trade of an electrician. He was born April 23, 1903 and died Dec. 31, 1979.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife Margaret and daughter Laurie. He was the last of the Darnell family of Benkelman.

His parents, sisters, Carter Darnell of New York City and Ruth of Benkelman preceded in passing.

Shapley attended grade and high school in Benkelman, graduating with the Class of 1922. He was popular among his classmates and took part in athletics in high school.

His parents were well known in the history of Dundy County. His father was County Judge of Dundy County for many years. His mother, Mary C. Darnell, will be remembered as the postmistress in the Benkelman Post office also for many years.

Thus another pioneer family has passed into the annals of early Dundy County history.

Printed in the Benkelman NE, Post on July 3, 2013
Calvin Cletus Daschofsky

Calvin Cletus Daschofsky was born to Gust and Be¬sie (Benson) Daschofsky on July 30, 1927 in rural Dundy County, Nebraska.

He attended rural grade schools in Chase County and graduated from High School with the class of 1945.

He served in the United States Air Force for a short time before being honorably discharged in order to return home to help on the family farm.

Calvin married Wava Cle¬ments in Imperial on October 22, 1947. They spent their whole lives in Chase County, living together in the same ru¬ral Chase County home until shortly before Calvin's pass¬ing. Calvin supported Wava and his family by farming and ranching.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial, Nebraska.

He enjoyed playing pitch, caring for his large gardens and woodworking. Calvin was capable of making any¬thing that his family asked for; whether it was made from welded metal or from wood.

Calvin passed away Friday afternoon, June 21, 2013 at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home. He was 85 years old.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard Daschofsky, and niece, Cindy Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Wava Dashofsky of Haigler, Nebraska; daughter, Joyce Pankonin and husband, Jim, of Imperial; Grandchildren, Craig Wenzlick and wife, Angela, of Frederick, Colorado, Alicia Scott and Husband, Daniel, of Golden, Colorado, Nathan Wenzlick and Wife, Megan, of Haigler, and Jacob Pankonin and wife, Amanda, of Wauneta, Nebraska; step-grandchildren, Tami Ruch and husband, Dale, of Sterling, Colorado, Sherri Wheeler and husband, Bruce, of Imperial, Jimmie Pankonin and Angela of Imperial, Johnny Pankonin of North Platte, Nebraska; great-grandchildren, Kacen and Ari Wenzlick, Annabelle and Leah Scott; 12 step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Smith and husband, Stanley, of Imperial; and broth¬er-in-law, Frank Clements and wife, Alice, of Imperial.

Funeral services for Calvin were held at 10:30 a.m. (MT), Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church of Im¬perial with Pastor David Kahle officiating.

Organist was Mr. Joel Gros¬bach. Special music was pro¬vided by Mr. Kim Silvester.

Casketbearers were Rod Thayer, Vernon Tropf, Russ Fitzke, Chad Ambrosek, Kimmie Pankonin, and Scott Cle¬ments.

Honorary casketbearers were Calvin's grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.

A memorial has been estab¬lished in Calvin's memory to the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial or the Imperial Lied Library.

Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome. com.

Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1951

Henry William Daum

Life began for Henry William Daum in Findlay, Ohio, on March 19, 1893, and the earthly phase of his work ended Nov. 13, 1951, at Burlington. This ending came suddenly while hoping for actual recovery from an illness of over a month.

Henry Daum was the youngest son of Philip John and Katherine Mary Daum, and was the first to break the circle of children, though the father departed a number of years ago. The mother, living at Parks, Neb., was not able to attend this service, but the other members of the family share this moment of grief and separation in this place. Mrs. Katherine Kehlbeck lives in Denver; Mrs. Rachel Mosher lives at Haigler, Neb., and Mrs. Elisabeth Kuhlman and Louis John Daum are residents of Parks, Neb.

The Daum family moved to the South Fork community near St. Francis, Kan., when Henry was approaching 4 years of age. It was here that he completed his school education and grew to young manhood.

World War 1 found Henry Daum as one of the first to enter service from his community, Cheyenne county in Kansas, being inducted at Camp Funston in the summer of 1917. Service was given for 19 months as a member of the famous 89th Division, 353rd machine gun company. A wound was incurred in the St. Mihiel offensive, and Mr. Daum later was given a citation for meritorious service. This period of service qualified Mr. Daum to become a member of the two Legion posts which he served as commander, ,
namely, the Henry Stephens post of St. Francis, Kan., and the Arthur H. Evans post No. 60 of Burlington, and to be a member of the William Hogate post No. 6491 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Burlington.

Mr. Daum was united in marriage to Alice Esther Queen of Benkelman, Neb., on March 8, 1918. One daughter was born to this union, Mrs. Esther Louise Gibbs, of Billings, Mont. There was unusual devotion between this man and his family, both his own, and that into which he was born. An excellent testimony is spoken by the family of Mrs. Daum, also. The grandchildren, Douglas Edwin, Phil Daum and Renee Louise Gibbs, were the joy of their grandfather's heart.

Mr. and Mrs. Daum came to Bethune in early summer of 1927, where Henry became manager of the Farmer's elevator. Later an elevator became his personal property, and he was manager of the Norris elevator for a number of years. It was only in the late summer that these responsibilities were relinquished as health made it advisable.

The activities of Henry were quite varied. At one time approximately one year was spent as cashier of the bank at Wheeler, Kan., one term was spent as county assessor of Kit Carson county, and some time as undersheriff of this county. Membership was held in these branches of the Masonic organization; Burlington Lodge No. 77, A. F. & A. M.; the Rocky Mountain Consistory Club No. 2 of of Burlington; the Highlands Commandery, and Aurora Chapter No. 73 of the Order of Eastern Star.

The religious life of Mr. Daum began in early young manhood when he entered the fellowship of the Methodist church of St. Francis, Kan. After the move to Bethune and the beginning of work the here by the Evangelical United Brethren church, Mr. and Mrs. Daum became charter members of this organization, to which many years of service as an officer was given. We learn that reading of the bible was a frequent occupation of Henry Daum, even in these last three years of strictly limited activity.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov.17th at one p. m. at the Hendricks mortuary conducted by the Rev. Francis Bayles. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars assisted with the services. The body was taken to St, Francis, Kan., where the Burlington Masonic lodge conducted graveside services before burial. Pall bearers were Gordon Hitchcock, Jerry Guy, Albert Ammon, Earl Chapman, Orin Milburn, Willits Negus. — Burlington (Colo.) Record.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1988
Ada Lucille (Mears) David

Ada Lucille David, eldest daughter of Oscar and Anna Mears, was born August 12, 1896, in Eskridge, Kansas. She passed away May 15, 1988, at the age of 91 years, 9 months and 3 days, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home, in Benkelman.

On June 29, 1915, she married William Curchiville David. To this union four children were born: Ronald, Burneta, Neressa and Lilyth.

Ada was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Sheba Rebekah Lodge No. 321, of Benkelman.

She was a lover of flowers and her yard was always full of them. In later years she crocheted many beautiful afghans to the delight of many who received one as a gift.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Curch; a brother, Alfred Mears; her son, Ronald David, and two daughters, Neressa Schwatz and Lilyth in infancy.

Survivors include one daughter, Burneta Holbert and husband, Don of Phoenix, Arizona; a sister, Rubie David of Benkelman; a daughter-in-law, Lila Hecox; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ada had been a resident of the Hester Memorial Home since September 1984.

Services were held Wednesday, May 18, 1988, at 2 p.m., at the Jones Funeral Chapel. Reverend James Brackett officiated. The organist was Elaine Blank and the soloist was Joan Barker, singing "How Great Thou Art" and "Precious Memories." The bearers were Merle Wallace, Larry Hansen, Glen Osborn, Dale Schrader, Melvin Spears and Floyd Pettit. The committal was by Sheba Rebekah Lodge No. 321. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Jones Funeral Chapel.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1992
Rubie Inez (Mears) David,

BENKELMÁN—Rubie Inez (Mears) David, youngest daughter of Oscar and Anna (Marwick) Mears, was born August 22, 1898, in Eskridge. Kansas, She died June 23, 1992, at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 93 years, 10 months and 1 day.

The Mears family moved to .McDonald, Kansas, in 1902 and Oscar Mears worked at the Chauncey Dewey Ranch south of town. Ruble started school in McDonald.

The family then moved northeast of Bird City, Kansas, and Oscar worked for Doc Pegg and Ruble attended school in a brick school close by.

About two years later, the family homesteaded in Cheyenne County, about five miles south of the Kansas-Nebraska state line. Ruble then attended the Baker School on Big Timber south of Benkelman, and finished her education at the Baker School. Ada, Rubie and Alfred drove a mule and horse to school when they didn't walk.

On October 1, 1917, she married George A. David in McDonald and there were six children born to this union--three daughters. Fannie Nelson, Norma Lamb and Inez Stamm, and three sons, Russell, Donald and Raymond.

George and Rubie homesteaded in Cheyenne County until the fall of 1921 when they moved to George's father's place 10 miles northwest of McDonald. In 1939, they bought the Hank Stevens place 10 miles southeast of Benkelman, but in Kansas.

The family attended church at the rural Mayflower Church north of McDonald, later the rural Evergreen United Brethren Church north of Bird City and then the Federated Church in McDonald and church in Benkelman after they bought the Borchert place west of Benkelman in the early 1960s.

After George's death in May of 1966, Rubie purchased the Shamrock Hotel in Benkelman and resided there with her daughter, Fannie, until she entered the Hester Memorial Home in December 1991.

Ruble had been a member of the Stitch and Chat Extension Club and will long be remembered for her beautiful quilting, crocheting and needlework.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; one son, Russell, in August 1977; an infant granddaughter; two infant great-grandsons, Justin Bradney and Tyler Hayward; one sister, Ada David, and one brother, Alfred Mears.

She leaves to mourn her passing three daughters. Fannie Nelson and Inez and her husband, Gene Stamm, of Benkelman and Norma and her husband, Blaine Lamb, of Dumont, Colorado; two sons, Donald David and his wife, Elmira. of Goodland. Kansas, and Raymond David and his wife, Alice, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; 2 sisters-in-law, Winnie Mears of Atwood. Kansas, and Alice Brown of Kansas City, Missouri; a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Thursday, June 25, 1992, at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of McDonald with the Rev. Wanda Mindt officiating. Organist was Phyllis Wingfield. Al and Becky Antholz sang "Sometime We Will Understand" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were Jim Nelson, George Nelson, Bob Lamb, Stanley Lamb, Mike David, Phil Sandelin, Dave Bradney, Broc Sandelin, George Roger, Jay Fanning, Stan Jones, Casey Hayward, Shawn Jones, Jasper Fanning, Kelly Horton, Jerry David, Gary David. Tim Timmons, Brian Straub, Ron Straub and Casey Lamb.

Interment was in Grace Cemetery at McDonald with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

Correspondence may be sent to Inez Stamm, RR 2, Box 121, Benkelman, NE 6902 1-932 5 or Fannie Nelson, PO Box 471. Benkelman, NE 69021-0471.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2002
Donald Arthur David

GOODLAND, Kan. --Donald Arthur David, 77, a longtime resident of Goodland, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at the Goodland Regional Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 17, 1924, at McDonald, Kan., the son of George Arthur and Rubie (Mears) David. He attended the Walnut Grove School in McDonald.

He farmed with his father at Benkelman, Neb., before serving his country in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 7, 1944, through June 15, 1946. On Aug 17, 1948, he and Elmira Underwood were married at Reno, Nev.

He had retired from being an auctioneer and the superintendent of the Finney Country Road Department in Garden City, Kan. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lowell Coleman Post 1133, and of the Goodland Elks Lodge 1528.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Russell and Raymond David.

Surviving family members include his wife, Elmira, of Goodland; a son, Mike David, and his
wife, Cathy, of Parks, Neb.; a daughter, Patti and her husband, Phil Sandelin, of Lewis, Kan.; six grandchildren: Brigitte and husband, Doug Holtmeier, and their children, Brady and Blake, of Topeka, Kan., Stefani David of Playa Delrey, Calif.; Shanan and husband, Steve Pollmann, and their son, Hayaen, of Wauneta, Neb., Kendall David of Sidney, Neb., Brock Sandelin and wife, Lerae, of Springdale, Ark., and Sage Sandelin of Lewis; three sisters: Fannie Nelson of St. Francis, Kan., Norma Lamb of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Inez and husband, Gene Stamm, of Benkelman.

Funeral services for Donald David were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at Koons Chapel in Goodland with Pastor Loren Strait officiating. Burial was in the Goodland Cemetery. Koons Funeral Home of Goodland was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Don David Memorial Fund, c/o Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1981?
Joel Benjamin David

Joel Benjamin David of 1398 Marshall, Rockvale, Colo., died Friday, April 2, in Rockvale. He was born June 26, 1892, in Harlan County, Neb., and was 89 years old.

A resident of Rockvale the past 32 years, Mr. David had moved there from Towner, Colo. where he had resided for 11 years. He had formerly lived in Kansas, moving there from Nebraska.

Mr. David was a farmer and had also raised horses while living in Kansas. He favored the United Brethren faith and was active in senior citizens' activities in Florence and the Golden Age Center in Canon City.

He was married Aug. 28, 1934, in Leota, Kan., to Ruth Smith. She preceded him in death in 1959. He was married to Chaloie Anderson in 1966. She survives, as does a sister, Alice Brown, of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Ada David and Ruble David, both of Benkelman, Neb. Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews.

Services were held April 6 at the Florence Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Claude H. Sullivan officiating. Burial was in Mountain Vale Memory-Gardens in Canon City.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September1992
Raymond Royce David

FORT DODGE, Iowa--Raymond Royce David, youngest son of George and Rubie David, was born April 20, 1929, at his parents' home near McDonald, Kansas. He died September 10, 1992, in a tractor accident near his home in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

He attended school at rural Walnut Grove and West White Eagle in Cheyenne County, Kansas. Raymond served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

In September 1956, he married Winona Ball. Five children were born to this union, which was later dissolved.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Vivian Berringer, his parents and one brother, Russell.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; two sons, Jerry and wife Tammy and Gary and wife Vickie, all of Texas; three daughters, Sharon and husband George Rogers of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Terry Jo and husband Tim Timms and Lori and husband Kelly Horton, all of Oklahoma; four stepchildren, Dennis Brodsack of Denver, Colorado, Ron Berringer of Des Moines, Iowa, Kay of Fort Dodge and Joyce of Alaska; 12 grandchildren; one brother, Donald and wife Elmira of Goodland, Kansas; three sisters, Fannie Nelson, Inez Stamm and husband Gene of Benkelman, Nebraska, and Norma Lamb and husband Blaine of Dumont, Colorado; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Services were held Monday, September 14, 1992, at Gunderson Funeral Chapel with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Dodge.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1977
Russell Andrew David

Russell Andrew David, eldest son of George and Rubie David, was born in Cheyene County, Kansas on Feb. 6, 1923. He departed this life on August 31, 1977 at Glendora, Calif. at the age of 54 years, 6 months and 25 days.

His early childhood was spent near the place of his birth, and he attended the local schools.

He left this area about 25 years ago. He spent a few years in Phoenix, Ariz., and the last 20 years he has been in California. He was employed as a long-distance truck driver. He was a veteran of World War 2, and in his early years had become a member of the Evergreen Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, May 18, 1966. He is survived by his wife Fran of the home. Also his mother, Mrs. Rubie David of Benkelman, Nebr., by sisters Fannie Nelson, also of Benkelman, Norma Lamb and her husband Blaine of Idaho Springs, Colo., Inez Stamm and husband Gene of Benkelman. There are 2 brothers, Donald and wife Elmira of Garden City Kansas, and Raymond and wife Vivian of Moorland, Iowa. Numerous aunts,uncles, and other relatives and friends all join in mourning his passing.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1996
Arlene A. (Barker) Davis

Arlene A. Davis, age 67, died Friday, Nov. 22, 1996, at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colo. She was born March 9, 1929, in Thurston, Neb., to Henry and Clara (Winnekamp) Barker.

As a small child, Arlene moved to Benkelman, Neb., with her family. It was here that she spent the rest of her years. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1947. In 1950, she was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Davis. From this marriage, four children were born: Gary, Judy, Don and Anne.

As a young woman, Arlene worked at Moses Drugstore and later at Bea's Style Shop. She was then able to share her love for flowers, sewing and crafting while working at the Benkelman Greenhouse and The Yarn Room.  

Arlene enjoyed being involved in her children's activities such as Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. She was also a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she served on the Altar Society for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed crafting, roller skating, bowling and fishing with her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Betty; and two brothers, Delbert "Manny" and Tommy.

Survivors include her husband. Dick, of Benkelman; two daughters, Judy Portz of McCook, Neb., and Anne Davis of Santa Ana, Calif.; two sons, Gary and wife, Nancy, of Oberlin. Kan., and Don and wife, Shirley, of Benkelman; a sister, Marjorie, and her husband. Maynard Traudt, of Glenns Ferry, Idaho; and four grandchildren: Justin Cumming of Kearney, Neb., Joshua Davis of Oberlin and Austin and Jessica Davis of Benkelman.

Mass of the Resurrection was Monday, Nov. 25, 1996, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Mark Pfeiffer as celebrant. Music was by Marjorie Redfield, organist, and the St. Joseph's Catholic Choir. Selections included the entrance, "I Am The Bread Of Life," the offertory, "On Eagles' Wings!" communion. "Only A Shadow," and recessional, “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King."

Bearers were Ron DeWester. Mike Ohrman, Rodney Ellis, Arlyn Myers, Justin Cumming and Maynard Traudt.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1978?
Jennie Etta (Cozad) Davis

Jennie Etta Cozad was born Dec. 19, 1897 at Bartley, NE to Emma and Henry J. Cozad. She was one of 12 children. All but two brothers preceded her in death. She grew to womanhood in Red Willow and Frontier counties.

On July 25, 1914 she was united in marriage to Melvin 0. Davis at Trenton, NE. They resided in Hitchcock County all except one year of their married life. This past year she and Melvin resided at Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman because Melvin was unable to care for himself and her.

Jennie and Melvin celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past July. They have four children, three daughters, and one son. Viola, Mildred, Beulah and Leonard.

Jennie was preceded in death by her husband who departed this life Sept. 15, 1978. She was also preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and four brothers. Jennie was 81 years, 1 month. She is survived by her children, Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Carl of Lincoln, NE; Mr. and Mrs. Merle Thomas of Commerce City, CO; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Beason of Nebraska City, NE; and Leonard of Hester Home in Benkelman. Four grandsons, two step-grandsons, 13 great grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

She leaves two brothers, Harlan and Tom Cozad of California, two brothers-in-law, and three sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1996
Luella Caroline (DeLaMater) Davis

Luella Caroline DeLaMater was born Nov. 30, 1904, at Tannersville, N.Y., the daughter of Henry and Caroline DeLaMater. She completed her schooling in New York state, graduating from high school in Tannersville.

In 1921 she accompanied her family as they set out to move to California. However, after stopping to visit friends in Benkelman, Neb., they decided to remain in Benkelman.
She was united in marriage with Roy Earl Davis on June 27, 1926, in a service at Wray, Colo. She and Roy lived all their married life in Benkelman. Roy operated the Zorn Theater and also had an electrical shop, and then served as city superintendent. He died on May 4, 1981.

Mrs. Davis entered the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman on Dec. 26, 1989. She was hospitalized at Dundy County Hospital on June 24, 1996, and died July 7, 1996, at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 7 days.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; three brothers: Andrew, who died at six months of age, Harry, who died in 1973, and Leon, who died at six months of age.

She is survived by her niece, Leta, and her husband, Tony Ortiz, of Denver, Colo.; her nephews, Kenneth Stroup and his wife, Barbara, of Maywood, Neb., and Harold Stroup and his wife, Barbara, of Westminster, Colo., and 14 grandnieces and grandnephews. Although she and Roy had no children, Luella was like a grandmother to the three children of her niece, Leta.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Benkelman. She was baptized on Oct. 30, 1927, at the Benkelman church by the Rev. J.C. Foster. She and her husband entered the church by confession of faith that same day. She participated actively in the United Presbyterian Women. She had been a member of the Jolly Janes Extension Club and was a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star.

Services were held Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Marilyn Zarkowski sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "It Is Well With My Soul." Bearers were Kenneth and Harold Stroup and Tony, Kim, Rick and Vance Ortiz. Holly Chapter No. 233, 0.E.S., was in charge of the committal. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2003
Agnes I. (Hester) Davis

Funeral services for Agnes I. Davis, 79, were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at the Desert View Baptist Church in Winslow, Ariz., with the Rev. Miller officiating. Interment was in the Desert View Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Greer's Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

Agnes Davis passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, in Winslow. She was born on Feb. 20, 1923, in Hudson, Colo. She married Vernon H. Davis on May 19, 1940.

She is survived by a sister, Hattie Beth Schrader; four children: Gail (Lou Wayne) Davis of Dewey, Ariz., Neal (Cindy) Davis of Flagstaff, Ariz., Charles Davis of Phoenix, Ariz., and Anita (John) Henling of Winslow; seven grandchildren, and five
great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Charles "Chuck" Hester and Donald Hester.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1988
Matilda (Raile) (Yost) Davis

Matilda (Raffle) (Yost) Davis, 79, was born near Odessa, Russia, on February 1, 1909. She died August 4, 1988, in St. Francis, Kansas.

She was the daughter of Modis Raile and Magdelena (Krien) Raffle. She, with her family, came by ship to America when she was four years old. The family settled in the St. Francis area where other relatives had come earlier.

She became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a youth.

She married Ed Yost in 1927 and to this union was born her only son, Robert. They lived in Culbertson, Nebraska, then they moved to a farm south of St. Francis until 1941 when they moved to a ranch north of Haigler. They moved into Benkelman and lived there until Ed died in 1968.

During this time Matilda received her LPN license in nursing and worked as a nurse for 15 years.

Matilda never knew a stranger and thoroughly loved people.

She met and married Irvin Davis in 1972 and moved to a farm near Burlington, Colorado, where they resided until the time of her last illness.

Those preceding Matilda in death, besides her first husband, were her parents, Modis and Lena Raile, her three brothers, Jacob, Gottlieb, and Chris.

Survivors include her husband, Irvin; her son and wife, Bob and Arnita; two grandsons and wives, Steven and Terry Yost, David and Pat Yost; four great-grandchildren, Shelly, Tina, Jason and Jon Yost; two sisters, Mary (Sharpe) Reeder, Caroline Deyle; one brother-in-law, Dan Yost; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held Monday, August 8, 1988, at 10:30 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Francis, Kansas, with Pastor Mike Kessner presiding. Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Ron Witthaus, Rick Ketchum, Bill Krien, Billy Krien, Owney Fisher and Keith Peter.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1972
Clarence A. Davis

Funeral services for Clarence A. Davis were held in the Ertel Memorial Chapel in Cortez, Colorado on Thursday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. David Engle of the Cortez United Methodist Church officiated. A. L. Asa, Neal Davis, John McMillan, Dale Schrader, Harley Graves and Harold Graves were the pallbearers. Interment was in the Cortez cemetery under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home of Cortez.

Mr. Davis, a life-long resident of Colorado and Nebraska passed away in Durango, Colorado on Monday, February 21st. He was born in Morton's Gap, Kentucky on February 10, 1888 and was 84 years old at the time of his death.

Clarence spent his mature life in Colorado and Nebraska. He was married to Dora Bell Combs in Gary, Morgan County, Colorado in September, 1917. Both he had his bride were homesteading some 15 miles south of Brush when they were married. Mr. Davis had proved up on his land, while his bride still had several months to go. He and his wife lived on her claim, and Clarence leased his 320 acres to his brother, Lonnie Davis.

The Davis family remained in Morgan County, Colorado, until the early 1920's when they moved to central Nebraska to spend the remainder of that decade. They moved to Dundy county from Elm Creek in 1929. They leased several farms in Dundy County in the next 24 years, and concluded their residence here in 1953 by moving to Corlez, Colorado to make their retirement home. His wife, Dora Bell, passed away in Cortez three years ago.

Survivors include one son, Vernon Davis of Winslow, Arizona; four grandchildren: Gail Davis of Winslow, Neal Davis of Phoenix, Charles of the U. S. Navy, and Anita Davis of Winslow. Arizona; one brother, Lonnie Davis of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Schrader and Lonnie Davis motored to Cortez on Tuesday, February 22, to attend the funeral services on Thursday. They also visited in the Vernon Davis home in Winslow, Arizona before returning home on Tuesday, February 29.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1993
Jimmy Dale Davis

BENKELMAN—Jimmy Dale Davis, the son of Walter C. and Agnes E. (Sarten) Davis, was born December 16, 1938, at Garrison, Missouri. He died at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, on Friday, March 19, 1993, after being hospitalized for
heart problems. He was 54 years of age.

He was fondly called "limbo" by everyone who knew him.

His latest marriage was to Shirley J. Murray on October 17, 1985, at Imperial, Nebraska.

He was a hard-working man when he worked and he played the same way. He worked for 19 years for the Whitney Gravel Works and the past few years for Walt Barenberg at Southfork Sand & Gravel of Benkelman. Jim was handy with carpenter tools and was always available to help a neighbor in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of Benkelman; 5 sons: Lonnie Beliue and his wife, Cathy, of Mountain Home, Idaho, Jimmie Dean Davis and his wife, Monica, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mike Davis and his wife, Brenda, of North Platte, Nebraska, and Ricky Davis and Ryan Davis, both of Greeley, Colorado; 5 daughters: Julie Beliue and Robin Hutchins of Filer, Idaho; Karen and her husband, J.D. Well, of Columbia, Missouri; Kristy Jo Davis of Texas, and Patty; 18 grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Services were held Monday, March 22, 1993, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating. Organist was Janice Whetstone and Beth Bolio sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and “In The Garden."

Bearers were Junius Swearingen, Joe Kirkpatrick, Rick Hendrix, Steven Barenberg, Jerry Preston and George Atwood.

Committal was by American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 of Benkelman with interment in the Benkelman Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1978
Melvin 0. Davis

Services were held Mon., Sept. 18, 1978 for Melvin 0. Davis, 82, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Stratton, Nebr.

Mr. Davis was born on Dec. 22, 1895 in Hitchcock County, Nebr. and passed away on Sept. 15, 1978 at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebr.

Officiating the services was Elsworth Schilling. Organist was Mrs. Irene Gilliland playing for Ethel Harper and Jan Eiesle the selections, "Beyond the Sunset" and "None But The Christ Can Satisfy."

Bearers were Melton Thomas, Jerry Hasty, Larry Hasty, Donald Keller, Pat Redden and Walter Chipperfield.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton, Nebr.

Arrangements were made by Jones Funeral Home in Stratton, Nebr.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1944
Paul Davis

Our community was grievously shocked and saddened last Saturday afternoon when it became known that Paul Davis had been suddenly called in death at his home near the highway east of town. Paul had not been in good health for the past five years and his condition had gradually grown worse to the point where he was forced to avoid even the most limited physical exertion. A heart and kidney condition was the source of his affliction. In recent months he had been feeling very bad and failed so fast that he even could not consider the idea of moving to town because of the excitement and additional exertion that would be involved. Mrs. Davis had employment in town during the day time, leaving in the forenoon and returning in the later afternoon. Paul said that he would be all right in daytime and for her not to worry. When she returned home at near two o'clock Saturday afternoon she found him quietly sleeping in his chair at the table, but it was the sleep eternal. Evidently he was in the act of eating his dinner when the fatal attack reached him. There was every indication that he had quietly slept away.

Mr. Davis had made his home in Dundy county over a long period of years, first coming here to locate on a farm near Doane and was engaged in farming when elected to the office of county sheriff in which capacity he served for many years, both to the credit of himself and to the satisfaction of the people. After finishing his service as our county sheriff, he entered the filling station business and later operated a cafe in Benkelman. He had hopes of building a modern filling station and café when he secured the location of his present home several years ago but before he got his plans fully under way, the depression hit and he decided to wait a little while longer and then his health began to fail and as the days passed his hopes to carry out his original plans gradually vanished until he reached the point of almost complete invalidism. Paul had many friends in Benkelman and all over the county who respected and admired him for he was upright and honorable in all of his dealings and in all of his contacts, and the sorrowing wife and loved ones have the deepest sympathy of all in their hour of great sorrow and loss.

Paul Davis was born at Albany, Missouri, to E. N. and Jalie Davis. on February 16, 1880, and closed his eyes in rest on May 27, 1944, at the age of 64 years, three months and eleven days. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mrs. Lena Shaw.

He came to Dundy county in 1909, locating on a farm south of Doane where he farmed until 1922 when he was elected county sheriff, which position he held eight years during which time he gained many new friends and became widely known. He was interested in the gasoline business and established several rural service stations in and around Benkelman.

In 1903 he was united in marriage to Minnie Stone of Albany, Missouri. In 1921 his wife was called to her heavenly home following a long period of illness. In 1926 Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Mrs. Georgia A. Smith of Virginia. They established their home in and around Benkelman and have resided here since that time.

He was united with the Methodist church in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1924 and was a faithful member of the King Cyrus Chapter, No. 35, Royal Arch Masons of McCook, Nebraska.

After several years of poor health his condition gradually became more serious during the past few months. He spent most of his time in his latter days reading the war news, writing letters and was much in prayer for himself and his loved ones and friends.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Georgia Davis; one sister, Edna Caster, Denver, Colo.; his nephews, Don Whitley of Bremerton, Wash.; Paul Whitley of Loveland, Colo.; Emmett Caster, Benkelman; his nieces, Mrs. Waldo Hardwick, Benkelman; Mrs. Stanley Sawick, Denver; Mrs. D. R. Rogers, Denver; Pauline Miller, Benkelman; Mrs. Aubry Gaston, St. Petersburg, Florida; two stepdaughters, Mrs. V. D. Stephens of Brooks, Oregon; Mrs. George Young of Buena, Washington and several cousins, besides many sorrowing relatives and friends.

Services were held at the Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Paul Boyles delivering the sermon. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. Singers were Lloyd Boswell, Jacob Bauer, R. D. Druliner and Dent Gallatin. Mrs. Sam Hopkins was at the piano. Pall bearers were J. A. McDonald, Victor Westermark, George Kuhlman, A. W. Woodworth, Charles McGonagle and W. C. Edwards.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1981
Roy Earl Davis

Another fine, respected citizen of Dundy County has answered the call to his Eternal Home.

Roy Earl Davis, a long time resident of Benkelman, was born November 25, 1904 in Washington, Kansas. He was the second son of Robert and Lottie Randall Davis.

His school life began in Haddam, Kansas and the rural school in Dundy County. He entered High School in Benkelman and was graduated with the class of 1924. During his high school years he was an outstanding athlete. He was one of the players on the first football teams that were organized in the Benkelman High School. He and his teammate, the late Arden McDonald, brought many honors to their high school on the football field.

On June 27, 1926 he was united in marriage to Luella DeLamater in Wray, Colorado. They celebrated they golden wedding anniversary in 1976 in the fellowship hall of the United Presbyterian Church. They were married for 55 years, and to the end they remained a devoted husband and wife.

During World War II Roy and Luella resided in McCook, Nebraska where they were
both employed at the McCook air base. They resided here for three years where Roy was engaged in the refrigeration and air conditioning for the military force, the hospital and the prison camp. He was sent to Fitzsimmons Veteran Hospital in Denver for further training in this field.

The Davis's returned to Benkelman in 1943 where Roy continued his work with the R.E.A.

He began his service for the city of Benkelman in the year of 1954 when he was elected to the city council. In 1955 he became the city manager, a position he held until 1972. He served as road superintendent in 1972-73. He then retired from active service for Benkelman.

He became a Master Mason on June 14, 1949, in Justice Lodge A.F. and A.M. in Benkelman, Nebraska. His brothers in the Masonic Lodge elected him to the high office of Worshipful Master in 1958, and he served in that capacity with honor and integrity. He was very active in the plans and construction of the Masonic Temple that was decided in 1958. He also served as the Masonic Guardian of the Job's Daughters, Bethel 41 in Benkelman.

He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America until that group disbanded.

Roy became a member of Holly Chapter No. 233. Order of the Eastenr Star in 1951. He remained a member until his death.

Roy and Luella became members of the United Presbyterian Church in October 1927. During his years of membership he served his church with the greatest respect to his Christian beliefs and its high principles. He was ordained and installed to the high office of Ruling Elder in the Session of the church, beginning in the year of January 1954. This ceremony took place in the church with Dr. Harold Lobaugh, Synodical Field Secretary in from Topeka, KS and Rev. E. J. William Woodworth Allan delivering the charge. The office of Ruling Elder is the highest office in the United Presbyterian System of church government, and is of lifetime membership. Roy became a leader in his church and treated it with Christian dignity and respect, which caused the church members to look to him for leadership, counseling, and interpretation of Christian behavior.

He became a delegate to the General Grand Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church of America in Denver, Colorado. He became well acquainted with the National Church organization and was able to interpret its decisions. He was a ruling elder in the Benkelman church at the time of his death. Roy was a sincere student of the Bible and followed the lessons taught there.

Roy held fast to his Christian beliefs during the days of good health, when adversity, health-wise, became his misfortune in life, his faith in Christ became even greater. His example of faith leaves a great sense of comfort to his family and friends. He could say with the apostle Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith....”

Roy was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Edward. He leaves the memory of this life to his beloved wife Luella, his sister Eleanor Davis Ireland, his niece Leta Stroup Ortiz, his nephews Kenneth and Harold Stroup and their families. His remaining relatives and friends will miss him, but will remember him for his kindly manner and friendly nature, that is a great tribute to a fine Christian gentleman, for indeed we have lost a fine citizen and friend.

Services were held Thursday, May 7, 1981 at 1:30 p.m. in the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska. Rev. Allan Martin officiated at the services.

Organist Anna Benge accompanied Ray Balderson, Lee Gallatin, John Baer and Paul Erdman in singing "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset.”

Bearers were Merle Wallace, Harry Martin, Byron Ham and Dudley Blank. Honorary bearers were Bill Damrow, Melvin Spears, Chris Anderson, Glen Spears, Joe Laughlin, Otis Rickard, Glen Osborn, Ralph Stroup, Bill Wiggins and Forrest Scrivner.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Nebraska. Committal service was by Justus Lodge No. 80, A.F. and A.M.

Arrangements were made by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1996
Vernon H. Davis

WINSLOW, Ariz.--Vernon H. Davis was born Nov. 29, 1918, in Gary, Colo., and later moved to Dundy County, Neb. He died Oct. 14, 1996, at the age of 77, at his home in Winslow, Ariz.

Mr. Davis moved to Winslow some 48 years ago. He was a retired Santa Fe Railroad engineer. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of the V.F.W.

He is survived by his wife, Agnus, of Winslow; three sons: Gail of Winslow; Neal of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Charley of Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Anita Henling, of Winslow; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Although having lived in Winslow for the past 48 years, a small part of his heart remained with his family and friends in Dundy County.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996, at the Desert View Baptist Church, with the Rev. Edgar Miller officiating. Interment was in the Desert View Cemetery in Winslow. Graveside military honors were conducted.

(Researcher note: The following is a rewrite of typewritten notes found in with other obituaries. Mary Dawson is buried in the Benkelman cemetery but I do not know anything about her husband, Andrew.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1906?

Mary Katherine Bernard was born in Washington county, Iowa on August 21, 1856. She died in her home west of Benkelman, Nebraska, April 27, 1906, at the age of 49 years and 8 months.

She married Andrew Dawson on April, 26 1876, and five children were born to this union. Two, Ida and Elsa, survive as does her husband. The family moved to Dundy county in 1886.

Services were held at the M E Church; burial was in the Benkelman cemetery.


Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, August 20, 2004
Irene A. Day

Friday, August 20, 2004

Dec. 30, 1918-Aug. 17, 2004

ST. FRANCIS -- Irene A. Day, 92, of Haigler, died Tuesday (Aug. 17, 2004) at Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis.

She was born Dec. 30, 1918, to Ott and Essie (Martin) Motherhead in Atwood. She spent most of her childhood near the Esban, Kan., area.

On March 10, 1944, she married Keith M. Day. The family moved to the Haigler area in 1954, where she worked part-time at the post office.

She was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church and was actively involved in the United Methodist Women, the Women's Club and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Keith.

Survivors include two daughters, Vonnie Dawes and husband, Claude of Lehigh, Kan., and Dee Wilson and husband, Ron of St. Francis; son, Elmer Day and wife, Anna of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services are Saturday, 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with the Rev. Tony Christians and Bill Anderson officiating. Interment will be at the Haigler Cemetery.

Memorials will be given in her name.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1999
Keith Morrill Day

HAIGLER--Keith Morrill Day, 78, passed away Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. He was born March 18, 1921, in Lincoln, Neb., to Albert and Mable (Morrill) Day.

After the death of his parents at an early age, he went to live with his grandparents in Otego, Kan., where he attended country school. He then moved to Lingle, Wyo., where he attended high school and lived with his cousins, Ivan and Winnie Whipple. He graduated from high school in 1940.

After graduation he joined the United States Air Force in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he earned $21 a month while serving his country.

On March 10, 1944, he was united in marriage to Irene Ellis in St. Francis, Kan. To this union three children were born: Elmer, Vonnie and Deanna.

After receiving his honorable discharge in 1945, he served as postmaster in Otego and did part-time carpentry work. In 1947, Keith and his family moved to Esbon, Kan., where he became a full-time carpenter. The family moved to Haigler, Neb., in 1954 where he worked for the co-op until he retired in 1975.

After his retirement, Keith worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for two years and then returned to carpentry work which he continued doing until his health impaired him a few months ago.

Keith came to know Christ at the age of 12 when he was confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Otego. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Haigler Volunteer Fire Department. He was a faithful community and church worker and will be sadly missed.

His parents preceded him in death.

Those who survive him include his loving wife. Irene; their son, Elmer and his wife. Ann. of Lincoln; daughters Vonnie and husband, Jim Dawes. of Lehigh. Kan., and Deanna and husband, Ron Wilson, of St. Francis; a sister. Joyce Kaser, of Arcadia. Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends and neighbors.

Services for Keith Day were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at the United Methodist Church. in Haigler with the Rev. Theta Dame officiating. Florence Daniels was the organist and Galena Webster and Dale Faylor sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Where He Leads Me."

Bearers were Dean and Earl Erdman, Jack Maupin, Kenny Potthoff, Charles Mulligan and Calvin Freehling. Honorary bearers were Marion Douglass, Marlin Stute, Don Webster, Richard Wall and Don Harford.

Arrangements were by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman, Neb.

Printed in the Benkelman NE, Post on October 23, 2013
Viola Darlene (Hink) Day

Viola Darlene Hink Day of Yuma, CO passed away on October 5th 2013 at the age of 89.

She was born on February 22nd 1924 to Edward (Ted) A. Hink and Pearl E. Lindsey Hink in a farm house north of Haigler where her grandpar¬ents had homesteaded. At the age of 6 she moved to Chase County with her parents. Her Dad rented a farm from Charlie Kimberling where they lived.

Darlene had three younger brothers, Earnest Alvin Hink, Donald Burton Hink, and Leo Edward Hink. As a child she picked up corn cobs and cow chips to furnish heat in their home. She also filled the lanterns with oil. Darlene was timid as a child. Her Dad nick named her Midget which turned into Bridget when her brothers wanted to tease her.

Darlene attended grade school at District 25 near Crete. She and her brothers rode a horse to school. She had the privilege of living with family friends during the week in Imperial in order to attend high school. She graduated with the class of 1941.

Darlene taught school for 3 1/2 years af¬ter graduation. Her classroom was in the country school. She lived in the home of one of her students. Her salary her first year was $35 a month. Her last year she received $165 a month.

Darlene married Clifford Silas Day on December 22nd of 1945 in a simple ceremony at the church parsonage in La¬mar. They lived with Clifford's parents the first year. Clifford's Dad was ill so Clifford took care of the farm and they raised 2000 turkeys.
In 1946 Clifford and Darlene moved to a farm near Yuma, Colorado. Darlene was very involved with helping on the farm; milking cows and run¬ning a tractor as well as raising a large garden, cooking and sewing for her family. She also raised chickens and sold eggs in town.

In these years they attended the Buffalo Grass church. Darlene played the piano, taught Sunday school and Bible School as well as hosting many teen parties for the youth of the community. She could make a big batch of cinna¬mon rolls to feed a crowd. She was also the treasurer for her church for a number of years. She hosted many family and church dinners serving min¬isters and church dignitaries. She also received the distin¬guished service award from her church. In order to serve her community she served as the election judge for many years. The governor even helped her celebrate her birthday with a cake on one Election Day. Dar¬lene didn't feel like she could be a nurse but took up the challenge upon the illness of her father Ted, and husband, Clifford, who were both sick at the same time.

Upon the untimely death of Clifford at the age of 58 in 1982, Darlene and her sons took on the challenge of operat¬ing the farm. In this effort they were able to fulfill the dreams Clifford had for his family and the farm. One of pride in hard work and a job well done. She was a widow for 31 years.

After her children were gone from home Darlene started taking neighborhood children to Sunday school and church with her in her van. The Gordo and Henson children made their commitment to Christian faith during Darlene's ministry to them.

Retirement hobbies for Darlene were embroidery, crochet, and quilting. She always want¬ed to keep her hands busy. We have many items to bring back the memories. She was also a reader. She read her Bible through several times and also enjoyed fiction. Darlene had the gift of hospitality. Her table always had room for one more so many enjoyed dinners at her home.

To her great grandchildren she was known as Grandma Great. She truly was great in their eyes. She loved the time they spent with her. Her sense of humor won their hearts. From their experience they would say just be sure you avoid her fly swatter.

Darlene was blessed in life with six children, 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Pearl; brothers, Earnest, Don, and Leo Hink, husband Clifford, son-in-law Scott Chapman, grandson Nathan Ferguson, and great granddaughter An¬nie Ahern

Those mourning her pass¬ing are two sisters-in-law. Opal Ratzlaff of Bakersfield, CA. and Elaine Hink of Impe¬rial. Darlene's children include Marlyn and husband, Wayne Ferguson of Parks, Donald Day of Prescott Valley, AZ., Bryce and wife, Lynetta Day of Yuma, CO., Charlotte and husband, Darwin Pardoe of Yuma, CO., Charlene and husband, Chuck Huwa of Yuma, CO., and Arlon and wife, Becky Day of Yukon, OK. Grandchildren include: Chad and wife, Sarah Day, Melissa and husband, Ryan Orme, Carla and husband, Josh Taylor, Brian and wife, Keri Chapman, Brandon Chap¬man, Brent and wife, Stacy Chapman, Brad Chapman, Josh and wife, Diedra Huwa, Jordan and wife Ashley Huwa, Robert and wife, Abbey Ah¬ren, Molly and husband, Matt Hansen, Sarah McElyea, and Laura Ahren.

Memorial services were held at First Church of the Nazarene in Yuma, CO. with burial at the Crete cemetery in Champion.

Liewer Funeral Home of imperial was in charge of arrangements


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1982
Marrie M. (Horinek) Dean

Marrie M. Dean, daughter of Stanley and Mary (Kacirek) Horinek, was born July 29, 1927, in rural Atwood, Kan. She departed this life on July 15, 1982, at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., at the age of 54 years, 11 months, 16 days.
Marrie was baptized at the St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church north of Atwood and attended grade school in Rawlins County. She then attended the Notre Dame Academy in Omaha, Neb., and graduated from there in 1945.

She taught school one year in Rawlins County. Marrie was also employed by the telephone company in McCook.

On April 21, 1949, Marrie and Doyle D. Dean were united in marriage at the Naval Chapel in San Diego, Calif. They lived in numerous locations while Dean was in the U.S. Navy.

Marrie was employed as a civilian employee with the Navy as a buyer with the base exchanges while her husband was stationed in Guam and in Norfolk, Va.

In 1967, Dean retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer and the couple made their home in Virginia Beach, Va., until the time of Marrie's passing.

Marrie was devoted to her husband and took great pride in her home. She was a delightful person and loved nature, including birds and flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one niece, Karla Gutting.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Doyle; sisters, Regina and husband, Ellsworth, of McDonald, Kan.; Edith and husband, William Vrbas, of Atwood, Kan., twin sister, Martha, and husband, Clarence, of Trenton, Neb.; and Marge Loveland of Topeka, Kan.; brothers, Dennis Horinek and wife, Peggy, of Joplin, Mo.; and Stanley and wife, Janice, of Concordia, Kan.; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Mae Dean of Benkelman, Neb.

A funeral mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tues., July 20, 1982, at St. John's Catholic Church north of Atwood.

Final resting place was at St. John's Cemetery.

Father Rene Bower, OFM, Cap., officiated. Casket bearers were Ardene Wilkens, Reginald Vrbas, Alleyn Heble, Duane Wilkens, Dana Horinek and Daniel Wilkens.

The lector was Doyle Vrbas and the servers were Jeremy Sis and Daryl Kopriva. The organist was Philip Faimon with hymn provided by the St. John's Choir.

Rosary devotions were conducted at 8 p.m., Mon., July 19, at the Williams Funeral Home. Arrangements were by Williams Funeral Home, Inc.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1992

Dorothy Mae (Martin) Dean
BENKELMAN– Dorothy Mae Dean died on August 2, 1992, at the age of 95 years, at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, after a long illness. She had been a resident of the Wauneta (Nebraska) Heritage Nursing Home for the last four years.

She was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, to Hattie Blanche (Stevens) and William Oscar Martin on July 15, 1897, and attended school in Beatrice until the age of 10.

In 1907 the Martin families and the Stevens families moved by train to Cheyenne County, Kansas, where they homesteaded and all the families built sod houses. All of the children attended a country school.

On October 14, 1912, she married Rufus Cleveland Dean of McDonald, Kansas. at Imperial. To this union were born eight children. The family moved to Dundy County, Nebraska, where they farmed until 1922 and then moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, where she lived until the age of 91.

Mae Dean, as she was known to her friends, accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior on June 19, 1966, and was baptized into the fellowship of Trinity Baptist Church at Benkelman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus; two sons, Clifford and Lein; one daughter, Vada; her parents; two sisters and one brother.

Survivors are daughters Vera Mendenhall of Ogallala, Nebraska; Rosalie Holen of Littleton, Colorado; sons Doyle Dean of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Harold Dean of Prescott, Arizona, and Marvin Dean of Bassett, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, August 8. 1992, at 10 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating. The organist was Janice Whetstone and Misti Woolery sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "Because He Lives."

Bearers were Vernon Gunther, Merle Wallace, Wilmer Seybold, Mearl Richard and Dean Pursley.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2005

Ila Colleen (Rickard) Dean
Ila Colleen (Rickard) Dean was born on Dec. 27, 1933, at Benkelman, Neb., to Floyd

and Elizabeth (Humphrey) Rickard. She passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., at the age of 71 years, 2 months and 19 days.

Ila grew up on a farm two miles east of Benkelman and graduated from the Benkelman High School in 1951. She worked at various jobs in the Benkelman area, including the telephone company in Benkelman.

On Aug. 18, 1956, Ila married Marvin B. Dean (friends and family know him as Ben) and began her journey as wife, mother and life partner. Ben and Ila owned several small businesses over the years, eventually moving to Bassett, Neb., in August 1975.

Ila was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of Bassett; five children: Stormy Dean and wife, Kim, of Ralston, Neb., Jeana Harmon and husband, Bill, Lori Shaul and husband, Jim, and Mitchell Dean, all of Bassett, and Clinton Dean and wife, Kathy, of Omaha; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

All who knew her will remember her as the nicest, kindest person they ever met and someone whose strength and perseverance were an inspiration.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 19. 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Bassett with Janet Davis officiating. Music was provided by Kathy Gurnsey and Stanley Larson. Casket bearers were Tim Hinkhouse, Steve Gurney, Bob Mendenhall, Larry Stahl, Brian Munk and Bert Brown. Honorary bearers were all of Ila's family and friends. Interment was in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery. Hoch Funeral Home of Bassett was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1998
Harold C. Dean

PRESCOTT, Ariz.--Harold C. Dean died Saturday, July 25, ,1998, at his home in Prescott. He was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Benkelman, Neb., to Rufus C. and Dorothy Mae (Martin) Dean.

Mr. Dean moved to Cottonwood, Ariz., in July 1978. He was a baker and retired from Smith's Food and Drug in 1992.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was proudest of his children.

Survivors include his companion, Vivian Anzalone, of Prescott; daughters: Dianna Ivie of Prescott Valley and Dawn and her husband, Larry Groom, of Jordan, Minn.; a son, Dan, and his wife, Jody, of Fort Collins, Colo.; sisters: Vera Mendenhall of Imperial, Neb., and Rosalie Holen of Littleton, Colo.; brothers: Doyle and Marge Dean of Virginia Beach, Va., and Marvin and Ila Dean of Bassett, Neb.; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Visitations were from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 27, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 1998, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Lehman officiating. Private cremation and inurnment were at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests memorials be made in Mr. Dean's name to Hospice Family Care Foundation, 100 E. Sheldon St., Suite 100, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1965
Rufus Cleveland Dean

Funeral services were held at the Trinity Baptist church for R. C. Dean, long time Benkelman resident, on Monday afternoon. Mr. Dean passed away at the Dundy county hospital on Thursday evening after an 18-months illness. He was employed at the municipal light plant as a diesel operator for many years, retiring in 1956. After retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively and enjoyed the retirement years before he was felled by ill health.

The funeral service was held at Trinity Baptist church at 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. The pastor, Rev. 0. W. Vandenberge, officiated. Music was by Trinity Baptist choir conducted by Choir Director Donovan Merklin. Mrs. Rachel Merklin was the pianist. Casket bearers were Gay Bash, Freddie Gerdes, Melvin Pursley, Glen Mullanix, Bill Gooder and Leo Williams. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Rufus Cleveland Dean was born to Eli and Mary C. Dean on October 14, 1886 in Republic, Missouri, and departed from this life on December 2, 1965, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 79 years, one month and 17 days.

He was baptized at the Hopewell Baptist church in Republic, Missouri, at the age of 20 in 1906. He moved to western Kansas in 1911 where he met and married Dorothy Mae Martin on October 17, 1912 at Imperial. Nebraska.

To this union eight children were born; Clifford B. Dean, Magna, Utah; Lein S. Dean, Ogallala, Nebr.; Vera Dean Mendenhall, Ogallala, Nebr., Vada Dean Holden, Kingston, Arkansas; Doyle D. Dean of the U. S. Navy; Harold C. Dean, Goodland, Kansas; Marvin B. Dean, Ogallala and Rosalie Dean Helen of Lincoln, Nebraska. Survivors to mourn his passing include his loving wife, eight children, 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers, Savanah Logan of Delta, Colorado, Mary Zephia Case of Canada, Maggie Mooneyham of California, Naomi Hagewood of Missouri, Ratio Dean of Kansas; also three sons-in-law and five daughters-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. mother, four brothers and two sisters.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 2005
Frieda Leota (Fletcher) Decker

Frieda Leota Decker was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1918, to George Allen and Clara Pearl Fletcher in Hayes County, Nebraska, and passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance, Neb., at the age of 86.

She attended school in a rural one-room schoolhouse and graduated from the eighth grade at Blanche School in Chase County, Nebraska.

Frieda married Robert Louis Stanley in the early 1940s and moved to Washington shortly after their marriage where they lived for two years. After moving back to Chase County, two daughters, Vicky Deanna and Georgia Pauline, were born, but Vicky passed away at four months of age. In February 1947, Robert passed away, leaving Frieda, with the help of her parents, to raise Georgia.

In 1966, Frieda married Cecil Decker. They lived in Benkelman, Neb., for 34 years until they moved to Alliance in 2000 to be closer to their daughter and granddaughter, Georgia and Kylee Stanley.

Frieda had a love for the outdoors. She especially enjoyed the spring when she could start working in the flower bed with her tulips, but the summer days she spent in her rose beds and garden were her favorite. Frieda also enjoyed camping and fishing with her close family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; her daughter Vicky, and her sister Wilma Hill.

Frieda was a loving and compassionate wife, mother and grandmother leaving her husband, Cecil Decker, her daughter, Georgia Stanley, and her granddaughter, Kylee Stanley, all of Alliance, to mourn her passing.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial, Neb., with Marcine Farmer, PMA, officiating. Bates-Gould Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Lakeside Grade School, Lakeside, NE 69351 in care of the Lakeside School Library Fund.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2005

Cecil Beard Decker
Cecil Beard Decker was born on Nov. 13, 1906, to Chester and Nellie Beard Decker on a farm near Oberlin, Kan. He passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, one week prior to his 99th birthday at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

In 1920, he moved with his parents to a farm west of Wauneta, Neb., where he was enrolled in grade school and later attended Wauneta Rural High School and played football. As a young adult, Cecil was diagnosed with cancer, but, with aggressive treatments, overcame the disease. Soon, he moved to Washington where he was a talented mechanic and car salesman for many years.

Upon his return to Nebraska, he married Frieda Stanley, and the two made their home in Benkelman where they owned and managed their own business. After retirement, he spent his time tending his well-manicured lawn, caring for his garden, especially the corn, and fishing with his family.

In August 2000, Cecil and Frieda moved to Alliance to be nearer to their family. Cecil lived in his own home until six months prior to his passing.

On April 7, 2005, his wife, Frieda, passed away. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Loide, and a sister, Mildred Brill. He leaves to mourn Georgia Stanley and his granddaughter, Kylee, of Alliance.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial, Neb.

Because of Cecil's belief in education, a memorial has been established in his memory for the Lakeside School Library Fund. Memorials may be sent to Lakeside Grade School, Lakeside, NE 69351.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1994
Iva (Samson) DeGarmo

BENKELMAN--Iva (Samson) DeGarmo was born to Lewis and May C. (Cross) Samson at Naponee, Nebraska, June 3, 1903. She died January 16, 1994, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman. Nebraska, at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 13 days.

Her mother died when Iva was three years old. The following year, 1907, her father moved the family to Haigler, Nebraska, where his brother, Will Samson, and wife, Maggie, helped him care for the children until Nellie was old enough to keep house for them. They then moved from Will's farm north of Haigler to her father's homestead on north a few miles. Later they moved to town where the children attended school.

Mrs. DeGarmo remembered going to school in the old school that burned and attending school in the new one (which has now been replaced). During her early teen years she worked for her Aunt Maggie in the hotel. It was there she met her husband, Glen DeGarmo.

They were married at Wray, Colorado, July 14, 1920. They lived their entire life at Haigler. Two sons and two daughters were born to them. Virgil LeRoy and Cleo died as infants. Mervin Berdell and Wilma Wioma brought them much enjoyment. Iva gave her heart to the Lord in her early married life, and continued to live a Christian life. She enjoyed going to church and never wanted to miss a worship service.

After her sister, Etta Cooper, died, she took her children, Harold, Ralph and Bonna, and helped raise them for several years. Because of this, they were very special to her.

Mrs. DeGarmo was always ready to help one in need. She sat up at night and cared for many sick people in the Haigler area. She used to do washing and ironing for many. She worked several years in the cafe forJimmy and Velda Smith. Her yard and flowers were much enjoyment for her.

She suffered many sorrows during her lifetime. In August 1943. her son, Mervin, was killed in a military accident during World War II. In June 1944. her nephew, Harold Cooper, was killed in the service. Most recently, in October 1993, she lost a great-grandson, Nathan Ferguson.

Mrs. DeGarmo moved to the Hester Memorial Home in September 1991. She enjoyed the activities of the Home. She always said, “They just don't have enough."

She celebrated her 90th birthday June 3, 1993, with her two nieces, nephew and their spouses along with DeGarmo nieces and nephews and her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and May; a brother, Frank: her sisters, Nellie, Etta and Lillie; her husband, Glen in 1962; infants Virgil and Cleo: a son, Mervin, and a great-grandson, Nathan.

Surviving her are her daughter, Wilma, and her husband, John Ferguson, of Parks, Nebraska; her grandchildren, Wayne Ferguson and his wife, Marlyn. of Parks, Jean and her husband, Robert Beck. of Benkelman and Mark Ferguson of Parks; great-grandchildren Carla Ferguson and Derek and Matthew Beck: a sister-in-law, Julia DeGarmo; a nephew and niece, Ralph Cooper and his wife, Glenda, and Bonna and her husband, Gib Eilers, who remained close to her, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were held Wednesday, January 19, 1994, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Lloyd Bley officiating. Organist was Nina Hallett. Musical selections included a solo, “The Last Mile Of The Way," sung by Dale Faylor, "Good Night And Good Morning" sung by Ray Harford, Dale Faylor and Don Harford and a solo, "Beautiful City Of Gold," sung by Lois Bley.

Honorary friends were Eloshia Schmutte, Raymond Hegwood, Raymond Bley, Violet Rel ph, Charles Hallett, Terry Wilson, Jerry and Linda Olsen and Jimmy and Velda Smith.

Interment was Thursday. January 20, at 2 p.m. in the Crown Hill Cemetery at Denver, Colorado. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2005
Lorna Belle (Schmitt) DeGarmo

HAYES CENTER — Lorna Belle DeGarmo, 90, died Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2005) at El Dorado manor Nursing Home in Trenton.

She was born July 11, 1915, in Akron, Colo., to Willis S. and Ada Valentine (Johnston) Schmitt. She lived in Colorado until moving north of Stratton when she was 12. After high school graduation she attended Bible school in Colorado Springs, Colo., until 1953.

She married Boyd Marshall DeGarmo on May 8, 1953, in Colorado Springs where they made their home. They later moved to Hayes Center and Haigler.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Hayes Center Emmanuel Chapel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Boyd; one brother, Everett Schmitt; and stepsister, Violet Harrison.

Survivors include her three sons, Boyd Willis and wife, Linda of Colorado Springs, Wendell Ray of Hastings and Kenneth Wayne of Parks; stepbrother, Eddie Johnson and wife, Doris of Pueblo, Colo.; stepsister, Louise Dengler of Denver, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, 2 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Morris Hartman officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, until 8 p.m., and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

Condolences can be left at www.carpenterbreland.com.

Memorials are being accepted in her name.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1950
Faith Angeline (Young) DeGarmo

Faith Angeline Young was born in the South Fork community, Cheyenne county Kansas, June 19, 1912, the daughter of Milton and Jennie Young. She died August 1, 1950 at Wichita. Kansas, where she was undergoing treatments at the B S. C clinic.

All her early childhood was spent at the parental home on the South Fork. In 1932 she graduated from the Bird City, Kansas, high school. The following year she took a post-graduate course at the Benkelman high school. Later she attended the Pillar of Fire college at Bellview, Colorado and Colorado University at Boulder.

On August 31, 1932, she was married to Boyd DeGarmo at the Methodist parsonage in Colby, Kansas. They lived in Benkelman, Nebraska, all their married life.

One could almost say Faith had always been "about her Heavenly Father's business" for she became a member of the South Fork church at an early age.

After her marriage she transferred her membership to the United Presbyterian church of Benkelman. On February 12. 1950. both Mr. and Mrs. DeGarmo united with the Friends Church at South Fork where they attended whenever her health permitted.

Faith made teaching her life work and it was a source of real enjoyment to her. She loved children and found pleasure in teaching them. She taught eleven years. While attending the United Presbyterian church she also enjoyed the teaching of Sunday school classes.

She was a member of the Rebekah lodge of Benkelman.

Everything was done for Faith known to medical science at a great sacrifice of time. money and personal comfort of her loved ones, all to no avail.

In spite of failing health. her optimism and ability to overcome obstacles was an inspiration to all who knew her. As her physical weakness increased, she grew in grace and became stronger spiritually.

In passing she leaves her devoted husband, Boyd DeGarmo, of Benkelman, Nebr.; her mother, Mrs. Jennie Young, of Boulder, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Gladys Swehla, of San Bruno, Calif. and four brothers, Royal of Oildale, Calif.: Bernard of Benkelman, Nebr.; Forest of Boulder, Colo., and Gerald of Ness City, Kansas.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Benkelman on August 5 at 2:00 p. m. Rev. Floyd States officiated, assisted by Rev. Joe Hodges. Singers were Mr. and Mrs. John Ramsey and Mrs. and Mrs. John Harvey, accompanied by Mrs. Ruby Holliman at the organ. Pallbearers were Francis Harrison, Ward Harvey, Cecil Holliman Emmor Graves, Brice Murphy and Edwin O'Leary. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.. The Jones Funeral Home of Stratton was in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1988
Boyd Marshall DeGarmo

Boyd Marshall DeGarmo was born to Perry Asbury and Florence DeGarmo on June 26, 1910, north of Stratton, Nebraska, and died August 19, 1988, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Boyd's mother died when he was only seven years old. There were just the two boys in the family and the older brother, Ira Clarence, died as a small child with pneumonia. After his mother's death, Boyd went to live with his grandparents. Several years passed by and one day his father received a letter from him expressing a desire to see him and from then on he lived with his father in Stratton.

His crippled father and he worked in Oakley's Wrecking Yard in Benkelman, and later Boyd purchased a small building and started auto repair and painting. Before long he was on his own, thus helping his father.

On August 31, 1932, Boyd was married to Faith Young. She taught school and he had the Kaiser-Frazer dealership called DeGarmo Motors. Through their diligent efforts they made good, but Faith's health began to fail and in 1951 she was laid to rest.

After Faith's death he moved to Colorado Springs. Colorado, and worked in Croyle's Furniture Store.

In 1953 on May 8, he was united in marriage to Lorna Schmitt and to this union were born three sons: Willis, Wendell and Kenneth. Perhaps the boys best remember their father as an auto body man. He did excellent work and taught his boys many techniques.

Boyd had a desire for spiritual things and several years ago while attending a Sunday morning service in the Emmanuel Chapel in Hayes Center, Nebraska, where he resided, the Lord saved him, blotting out his transgressions and making him a new creature in Christ Jesus. His heart was filled to overflowing with his new-found joy.

Boyd was taken to the hospital the evening of August 13 and early in the morning of August 19, the Lord took him Home to be with Him forever.

Boyd was a good, kind father and a good provider for his family. He was also a loving, considerate husband.

He leaves behind his wile, Lorna; his sons: Willis and his wife, Linda, and their two children of Colorado Springs, Wendell of Hastings, Nebraska, and Kenneth and his wife, Kathy, and two children.

Those preceding him in death are his mother, father and brother.

Services were held Monday, August 22, 1988, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Albert 0. Hartman officiating. Organist was Carol Mattern. David Belize, Ken Bignell, Steven Steidel and Ken Ganger sang "When We See Christ" and "Saved By Grace."

Bearers were Ken Ganger, James Kirk. Ken Bignell, David Beitzel, Tracey Neverve and Robert Echols. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1986

Nellie Etta (Frazell) DeHart
Nellie Etta Frazell DeHart was born October 15, 1887, at Pleasant Green, Illinois, to Jacob H. and Ida Irene Blackman Frazell. She departed this life on December 9, 1986, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at 99 years of age.

Nellie moved to Nebraska in 1893 and settled in Dundy County in the Ough precinct south of Wauneta. She attended school at Ash Grove and on completion of the eighth grade, taught school for six years, including schools at Hiland, Nuding, Hoover, Lincoln, LyNeks and Pink Prairie. She also attended the Franklin Academy at Franklin, Nebraska.

She attended church at the Methodist Valley Church.

Nellie and her sister, Jennie, were owners of a Millinery shop in Wauneta until her marriage.

She was married to Floyd H. DeHart at her parents' home on the South Divide on October 28, 1914. To this union nine children were born: Merle, Leland, Mason, Marvin, Irene, Joan, and one infant son and infant twins who died shortly after birth.

Nellie was a member of the Methodist Church for more than 50 years, a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 124, American Legion Auxiliary, Happy Hour Club and United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; daughter, Merle; son, Marvin; three infant children; her father, mother, three brothers, three sisters and three grandchildren.

Nellie had seen a lot of changes in her time from horse and buggy to the jet age.

Surviving her are son, Leland, and wife, Glendene; son, Mason, and wife, Beulah; daughter, Irene, and husband, Loren Wright; daughter, Joan, and husband, Fred Church; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Vearl Kitt of Bluffington, Ohio., brother and sister-in-law, Malvin and Ernestine Hendrickson of Benkelman; sister-in-law, Mildred Wilson of Grant, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The organist was Betty Maxfield, with music provided by United Methodist Choir.

Pallbearers were Marlin Fortkamp, Steve Clapp, Mason DeHart Jr., Bob Stamm, Bob Wright and Bill Louch.

Honorary pallbearers were Orval Hamilton, Dr. Kenneth Stout, Iville Green, Walter Fox, Joe Green and Robert Hummel.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2006

Glenden Doretta (Louch) DeHart
WAUNETA — Glenden Doretta DeHart, 83, died Thursday (July 20, 2006).

She was born April 13, 1923, to Glen and Ruth (Tremby) Louch, south of Wauneta in the Ough Precinct.

On April 6, 1947, she married Leland M. DeHart. She spent her entire life in Wauneta. She was employed in the grocery and meat cutting and as a cook at the Wauneta Schools.

She is survived by her husband, Leland; two daughters, Ruth DeHart of Spokane, Wash., and Ledene Clapp and husband, Steve of McCook; one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

Memorial services were Monday at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta, with the Rev. Judy Dye officiating. Inurnment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Memorials may be given in her name to the Alzheimer's Association.

Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman NE, Post on December 18, 2013
Beulah Lucretia (Wickizer) DeHart

Beulah Lucretia (Wickizer) DeHart passed away Friday morning, December 6, 2013, at Imperial Manor Nursing Home, Imperial.

Beulah was the youngest of 10 children born to Theodore Foster Wickizer and Jessie May (Cordwell) Wickizer on March 19, 1925. Beulah was born at home on her parents' farmstead north of Max. She grew up north of Max, attend¬ing District 30 Elementary Country School through the 8th grade. Her family moved to Wauneta, where she attended Wauneta High School through the 10th grade.

On August 1, 1941, Beulah married Mason F. DeHart at the Methodist Church in Goodland, Kansas. Beulah and Mason lived in Wauneta, 54 years. They were blessed with four children, Genevieve Lucille, Margaret Elaine, Ma¬son Floyd, Jr. and William Duane Dehart. Beulah was a devoted Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. She loved each of her children, her eight grandchildren and elev¬en great-grandchildren very much, and was very proud of them. Beulah had a pas¬sion for cooking and baking, so she hosted many family holiday dinners. She was an excellent baker, always baking her breads, cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies from scratch instead of using mixes. Her grandchildren praised her saying that Grandma's cook¬ing was the best they had ever eaten. It was never a problem for Beulah to feed extra people in her home, and nobody ever left her home hungry. She was a very caring, compassionate woman who made everyone feel welcome in her home.

Beulah counseled her four children with good advice to help them through life. Her favorite was: "If you can't say something nice, then do not say anything at all". To keep them from ruining their reputation, she advised them to be careful who they spent most of their time with, and not to run with the wild kids because: "You know, birds of a feather flock together". She always told them if you run with the one who is wild, it will ruin your reputation. Her best remembered motto that she lived out in her life was: "If they can live with it, I can live without it".

Even though Beulah worked hard raising four children with Mason, she still worked outside the home to help out financially. She worked as a sales clerk, was a waitress in several cafes, bookkeeper for Johnston's Hardware Store/ Funeral Home in Wauneta, and owned and operated her own restaurants in Wauneta and Cozad. In her semi-retirement years, Beulah worked at T-Junction restaurant in Im¬perial, and also Enders Lake Country Club restaurant as a waitress. Beulah did not have an easy life, she had her share of heart breaks throughout her life. Nothing she acquired here on earth ever came easy for her, she worked very hard for everything she had, and got it honestly.

Beulah enjoyed being a member of the Coffee Club Girls who she had lots of good times with. She was in a square dance club with her husband Mason, and they en¬joyed going to square dances with other couples from Wau¬neta. Beulah crocheted many beautiful afghans for her fam¬ily, handmade many beautiful quilts, and did a lot of textile painting with her friends.

Each year Beulah raised a large garden so she could can the produce from it, and raised chickens to feed her family. She loved canning beef so she could make a quick homemade dinner to feed people who stopped in to visit her family. There was never a person turned away from Beu¬lah's table, she always insisted they join her family for a meal, she always had enough food for all to enjoy. Beulah's home was a place where family and friends congregated for coffee, fellowship and great meals. In her late 70's she still took great pride in caring for her large lawn and flower beds by herself. As the Parkinson's disease progressed she had to give up the yard work, and hire her lawn services done. That was an unexpected blow to Beulah as it was hard to give up working hard each day. Beulah was always a beautiful, strong woman, who would tackle any job, no matter how hard. She was a perfectionist, always attending to every detail, to make sure the job was done right. She will be forever beautiful in our memories, a woman who had a very strong will to succeed in life, even though she had a very limited education. Liv¬ing through the tough times of the Great Depression years
as a child had been forever burned into her memory and that drove her to work harder to better herself in life with great class. Beulah resided the past four years in the Imperial Heights and Imperial Manor in Imperial. She made new friends in the assisted living and rest home, and reconnected with some old friends from Wauneta while residing there.

Three years ago, Beulah trusted in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. She attended church at the Imperial Manor Chapel for the past four years. Pastor Martin Harmon and his wife Dell were her close friends, as well as her pastor who called on her weekly at the Imperial Manor. Pastor Harmon said it well upon hearing of Beulah's passing away, "She just graduated into Heaven. Praise the Lord"! Today we are here to pay Special Tribute to Our Mother and Grandmother Beulah: "Mom, You always made us very proud, and through it all you were always a very classy lady. You will never be forgotten, nor will the lessons you taught us throughout life".

Beulah was preceded in death by her father: Theodore Foster Wickizer; mother: Jes¬sie May (Cordwell) Wickizer; husband: Mason F. DeHart; son: William Duane DeHart; and son-in-law: Donald L. Magee; brothers: Harold, Theodore (Teddy), Tommy, Clarence (Bud), Ernest, and Leo; sisters: Helen May, Opal Troxel, and Mabel Peppler.

Survivors include:
Daughters: Genevieve L. Magee of Atwood, Kansas. Margaret E. Stamm and husband Bob of Benkelman. Son: Mason F. DeHart, Jr. of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Daughter-in-law: Vicky Lee DeHart of Laramie, Wyoming.
Eight Grandchildren: Angela Kay Magee Eades, Albert (Mac) DeHart, Jimmy L. DeHart, Franklin E. Stamm, Chad L. Magee, Michelle DeHart, Ryan W. Stamm, Traci Goddard.
Eleven Great-Grandchil¬dren: Melissa (Dorries) Allison, Justin Dorries, Nathan De-Hart, Austin Dorries, Shantel Dorries, Seth DeHart, Cutter DeHart, Reid DeHart, Justin Junneman, Nolan James Stamm, and JayCee Goddard. Brother and Sister-in-law: Loran and Irene Wright of Palisade. Sister-in-law: Joan Church of Ft. Collins, Colo¬rado.
Also left to mourn her pass¬ing are many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the First United
Methodist Church in Wauneta, at. 11:00 a.m. (MT). In¬terment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta. Visita¬tion was held Tuesday, De¬cember 10, 2013, at the Liewer Funeral Home, Wauneta from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (MT).

A memorial fund has been established in Beulah's name.

Liewer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1936
LeRoy Coleman DeHart

On a beautiful fall day October 11, 1903, a darling son came to gladden the hearts and the home of Mr. and Mrs. James F. DeHart of Lake City, Iowa, whom they chose to call LeRoy Coleman. He spent his sweet, happy baby days in the home of his birthplace. At the age of four years he moved with his parents, his half-brother Floyd, three older sisters, Eva, Hazel and Lela, and a sweet baby sister Ernestine of eight months of age to Benkelman, Nebraska, where he grew to manhood on his father's farm northwest of Benkelman.

He finished the complete grade school at Benkelman and was in his second school year at the agricultural college in Lincoln, Nebraska, when his father passed away, leaving Roy the responsibility of the large farm at the age of 17 years. With the advice and counsel of his loving mother, he carried on for several years.

On December 1, 1921, he was united in marriage to Mildred Darling of Imperial, Nebraska. He continued on the farm after his marriage for three years, after which time he moved into Benkelman to enter the commercial trucking business. He lived here for three years, and just one year ago last September, he moved with his family to Fort 'Morgan, Colorado, locating at 1108 Main Street, where he was residing at the time of his death. Two little girls, whom he loved so dearly, Donna Elaine, age 5, and Delores Ann, age 3, were sent to bless their home.

On Christmas day the remaining members of the family spent the day happily together with sister Lela on the old home place and as they were all departing for their separate homes, planned to all be together again on New Year's day with his brother Floyd DeHart at Wauneta, Nebraska. On the way home to Fort Morgan Wednesday night Roy became very sick with chills and fever. Thursday morning a good doctor was called. Sunday forenoon he was so much worse that he was moved from his home to the Fort Morgan hospital by Dr. Johnson. In the afternoon Sunday, a specialist, Dr. Lusby from Brush was called and a special trained nurse was employed and all that medical skill and kind and loving care could do was done, but of no avail and on Monday, December 30, 1935, at about 1:15, he passed away from pleuro-pneumonia at the age of 32 years, 2 months and 19 days

During the past few months "Roy", as he was known by all, was especially concerned about things eternal and a life with God, mentioning at different times how he wanted his little girls taught and raised and kept away from sin and evil. When mother told him that God could heal his soul and body, he replied, "I hope He does." Special united prayer was held for his soul, and, if it was God's will, his body. In answer to prayer, before he left us he rallied brightly and when asked it he was the Lord's, whatever came, he answered to the same question strong and emphatically, "Yes, yes." After being told that the blood of Jesus Christ was for him to be applied to his soul, he told the loved ones around his bed, "I'm ready."

He leaves to mourn his loving wife and two little daughters, a devoted mother, three sisters and one half-brother, Mrs. Vearl Kitt of Wauneta, Nebraska; Mrs. Arthur Little and Mrs.. Malvin Hendrickson, both of Benkelman and Floyd DeHart of Wauneta, Nebraska, besides a host of other sorrowing and sad relatives and friends. His father and sister Hazel have both preceded him in death.

Roy was quiet, unassuming, patient, and spoke ill of no one. He was loved by all who really knew him.

So this New Year's day we say goodbye on this earth to all that is mortal of our dear Roy, hoping and praying to all meet in heaven.

The singers, a mixed quartette, were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mathews, Mrs. Martha Loescher and Frank Graham, Jr. Mrs. Dan Ough assisted at the piano. The beautiful, consoling songs, "Rock of Ages," "Sometime We'll Understand" and "No Disappointment In Heaven” were used.

The pallbearers were Roy Jones, Merrel Howard, Vern Griffin and Bert Morris, fellow truckers and close friends from Fort Morgan and Cecil Williams and Lee Little, boyhood friends from Benkelman.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation to our kind friends and neighbors for the sympathy shown us both by word and deed during the illness and after the passing of our beloved husband and father, son and brother. Also for the beautiful floral offerings. May God bless you one and all.—Mrs. Roy DeHart and daughters, Mrs. Blanche DeHart, Mrs. Vearl Kitt, Mrs. Arthur Little, Mrs. Malvin Hendrickson, Floyd DeHart and families.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1965
Harry Harrison DeLaMater

Death came on Monday to relieve the suffering of a well-known Benkelman resident, Harry Harrison DeLaMater. He was 64 years of age and had been in ill health for many years. He passed away at the Dundy County Hospital where he had been in critical condition for a fortnight.

He is survived by his wife, Viola Irene; one sister, Louella Caroline Davis, Benkelman; two step-children, Jack Elliott of Fort Polk, La., and Jim Elliott of Denver.

Mr. DeLaMater was born on June 2, 1900, in New York state and had lived in Benkelman since 1921. He was an employee of the Fish and Game Commission at the Benkelman Hatchery for many years and was later a painter. He was active in community affairs, having served for many years as a fireman with the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department and for over thirty years served as the Justice of the Peace for Benkelman. He was active in the Boy Scout movement for many years and many men who are now fathers recall with pleasure his efforts in that area. He was a member of Justice Lodge No. 180, AF&AM.

When illness forced him to retire from active outdoor life, Mr. DeLaMater developed his talents; and interest in gun-smithing and became known in the area as an expert and authority on the subject. He took great pains to restore fine old guns and to make newer guns functional for his clients. Gun hobbyists from far and near knew Mr. DeLaMater and always called on him when they were in the area.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Benkelman United Presbyterian Church on Thursday with interment in the Benkelman Cemetery. Jay's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1993
Iven Wilhelm Johann Denker

WAUNETA--Ivan "Ike" Denker, son of August and Wilhelmina "Minnie" Denker, was born November 26, 1924, and died August 8, 1993, at the age of 68 after suffering a massive heart attack.

Ike was born in Dundy County. Nebraska, and remained in that area for his entire life. He attended a small country school as a young boy, then St. Paul's Lutheran School and finally Wauneta (Nebraska) High School, where he graduated in 1942.

While in high school, Ike excelled in sports, especially football and baseball. In later years, he enjoyed playing and watching golf.

Church records show he was baptized as Iven Wilhelm Johann Denker on December 22, 1924. He was confirmed March 4, 1938, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he was a member for the remainder of his life.

On November 6,1980, Ike and Norma Hohnholt were married at St. Paul's.

He had been employed at various places in the Wauneta area, retiring from the Wauneta Co-op Oil in 1987.

Those preceding him in death were his father, mother, a sister, Ora Nordhausen, and a brother-in-law, Dick Nordhausen.

Ivan is survived by his wife, Norma; four stepchildren, Dennis Hohnholt and his wife, Judy, Judi and her husband, Joe Starnes, Jon Hohnholt and his wife, Jerlyn, and Jim Hohnholt and his wife, Denise; six grandchildren and special friends, Leo and Donna Williams of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Ike will be remembered by his many friends and family as a quiet and gentle man.

Services were held Wednesday, August 11, 1993, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wauneta with Pastor Carlton Hein officiating.

Music was provided by Debra Nordhausen, organist, and the St. Paul's Lutheran Choir singing "Have Thine Own Way Lord" and "How Great Thou Art." The congregational hymn was "Beautiful Savior."

Bearers were Dale Bischoff, Richard Greeley, Harold Anderson, Jack Hunt, Kurt Denker and Allan Nordhausen. Interment was in the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta with Liewer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1970
Mariam Marie Hester Denny

Mrs. Marie Denny, 69, passed away in St. Joseph's hospital in Denver on Thursday, August 6, after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Denny was a native of Dundy county and spent her entire life within the confines of the county. She enjoyed meeting the challenges of each day and numbered a wide acquaintance of friends throughout the years.

Mariam Marie Hester Denny, fourth child of Eli A. Hester and Carrie Belle Strowbridge, was born at the family homestead north of Haigler, Nebraska, March 25, 1901, and departed this life at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver August 6, 1970, at the age of 69 years, four months and 12 days. Marie spent her whole life in Benkelman and closely surrounding areas. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1919 and also attended school in Boulder for a time.

On July 24, 1923. at Imperial, Nebraska. she was united in marriage to William E. Greene. To this union were born two children: Nadine Marie who died in infancy, and Harry Alonzo who gave his life for his country in Germany during World War II.

On July 25. 1932, in Benkelman she was united in marriage to Earl J. Denny. As a result of this marriage Hazel, Berniece, Jesse. and LeRoy Denny became her daughters and sons. She was a devoted mother to them and each fulfilled a great need for the other.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church and reared her family here and in the Rollwitz Church when they were on the farm in that community.

Marie was a loving wife and mother, also wonderful to all her family and anyone who needed her in sickness and distress as reflected in her receiving a good neighbor award as a result of the recommendations of her neighbors and friends in their special recognition of her efforts.

Besides her son and daughter she is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Alice Ewing, two brothers, Georgie and Boone Hester.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Earl, son, Jesse Ike) Denny, and wife, Patty, son, LeRoy (Pete) Denny. and wife, Jeanne, daughter, Hazel Berry, and husband, Buck, daughter, Berniece Nordhausen, and husband, Otto, 13, grandchildren and two great grandchildren, a sister, Joy Miller, and husband, Bennett, of Goodland. Kansas, and brother, Lon Hester, and wife, Ethyl, of Monterey Park, California: sister-in-law, Etta Hester, besides many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. Monday. August 10th, with the Rev. Allan W. Martin officiating. A quartette comprising Harry Ough, Ray Balderson, Paul Erdman and John Baer, accompanied by Mrs. Boyd Benge, the organist, sang several hymns. Casket bearers were Tommy Burrell. Roger Shillington, Aubrey Shillington, Clifford Ham, Clyde Watters and Bill Cawthra. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery under the direction of Jay's Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March1995
Patricia Ann (Hester) Denny

Patricia Ann (Hester) Denny. affectionately known to everyone as "Patty," was born November 10, 1932, the fourth daughter of Boon and Etta (Shrum) Hester, in the same house as her father on the homestead of her grandparents, Eli and Carrie (Strobridge) Hester. located 18 miles north of Haigler, Nebraska, in Dundy County, Nebraska. She died at her home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on March 1, 1995.

On August 10, 1957, she was married to Jesse "Ike" Denny in Benkelman. To this union two daughters were born: Mary Etta and Penny Jo. Also at this time, Pamla Joyce and Jerry Lynn ceased calling her "Aunt Patty" and she became their mom.

Patty attended grade school at the Hester School District 546 and at Rollwitz District 48. She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1950. attended college at McCook. Nebraska. and received her degree from Chadron (Nebraska) State College in 1973.

Her teaching career covered from 1953 to 1970. She taught in Dundy County rural schools, in Haigler and in Benkelman the fifth and sixth grades and in the special education program.

She began employment with the Nebraska Department of Social Services in 1973 and continued this line of work for 22 years. She started in the Benkelman office, was transferred to the Imperial office and had her office there at the time of her death.

As a little girl, Patty attended services with her family at the Rollwitz Church, later becoming a member of the Presbyterian Church in Benkelman and working as a member of the Presbyterian Women's Association.

She was Queen and Past Honored Queen of Job's Daughters and Guardian of Bethel No. 41, all of Benkelman. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary to Post No. 65 of Benkelman. Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Post No. 9155 of Stratton, Nebraska, Daughters of the American Revolution 37th Star Chapter of McCook, Nebraska, and a charter member of the Coffee Cuppers extension club of Benkelman.

Her hobbies included bowling, collecting little glass bells and spending time with her grandchildren. Just as the older ones grew up to scatter to college, jobs and marriage, along came Justin and Eric. Eric added daily to the decor of her refrigerator door and she always made room for one more work of art.

Patty knew the love, happiness and feeling of accomplishment that comes from being part of a close-knit family. The family was together often, as the slightest thing became the reason for a family dinner, which included all of her own family as well as those of her sisters whenever possible.

The family car registered hundreds of miles as she and Ike attended ball games, school programs, graduations, showers, marriages and other events--both for their children as well as for nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister. Betty (Hester) Denny.

Those she leaves with many treasured memories are her husband, Ike, and their children: Mary Etta and her husband, Jim Schrader, and Penny Jo Denny. all of Benkelman. Pamla Joyce and her husband, Vince Brekel, of Fleming. Colorado. and Jerry Lynn Denny and his wife, Joan, of Topeka. Kansas: her grandchildren: Timothy and Lam Brekel: Greg Brekel and his wife, Kendra, of Iliff. Colorado: Janelle, Jennifer and Justin Denny and Eric Schrader: a great-granddaughter, Breanna Brekel: two sisters: Delphia and her husband, Marvin Burr. of Flagler. Colorado. and Billye McGooden of Curtis. Nebraska: two sisters-in-law, Hazel and her husband, Buck Berry. of Lamar, Nebraska, and Berniece and her husband, Otto Nordhausen, of Benkelman: a brother-in-law, Pete Denny and his wife, Jean, of St. George. Utah, and many nieces. nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held Saturday. March 4, 1995. at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Organist was Helen Lutz and Kelly Hayward sang "How Great Thou Art" and “What A Friend We Have in Jesus." The congregation sang "Mansion Over The Hilltop."

Bearers were Greg Brekel, Tim Brekel, Justin Denny, Frank Becvar, Kelly Burr. Jaylin Marquis and Eric Schrader. Honorary bearers were Dudley and Elaine Blank, Cy Ketler, Anna Lamb, Social Service co-workers and the Coffee Cuppers extension club members. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1975
Earl Jesse Denny

Earl Jesse Denny passed away at his home in Benkelman on Thursday. He had been in ill health and suffered a heart attack. He was 74 years of age. In his retirement he has been helping at the television shop operated by Vince Brekel and enjoyed the daily contact with his many friends in the Dundy County area.

Funeral services were conducted at the Jones Funeral Home on Monday morning with Pastor Don Dronen of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and Howard Ochsner, the soloist. Casket bearers were Roy Dean Parker, Boyd Stroup, Clyde Watters, Lawrence Ham, Roger Shillington and Bill Cawthra. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Earl Jesse Denny was born on November 11, 1900 in Rawlins County, Kansas, the son of Guy and Clara Higley. He was reared in farm environment and made that his livelihood as a farmer and rancher. In his later life he moved to Benkelman and operated a drayline for many years.

He was married to Anna C. Roesch on October 4, 1919 who passed away on May 30, 1928. He was later married to Marie M. Hester on July 25, 1932 at Benkelman. She preceded him in death in 1970. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Benkelman.

He is survived by daughters, Berniece Nordhausen and husband, Otto, of Benkelman and Hazel Berry and husband 0. W. of Imperial; sons, Jesse (Ike) Denny and wife Pat of Benkelman and F. L. (Pete) Denny and wife Jeanne of Anaheim, California; brother, Forrest Denny and wife Eva of Colby, Kansas; sisters, Ethel Dean and husband Fred and Sylvia Blakely and husband Jess all of Colby, Kansas. There were thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives, stepson Harry Greene, sister Pearl, a twin and brothers Rollie and Guy Jr.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 2001
Fay LeRoy "Pete" Denny

ANAHEIM, Calif.--Fay LeRoy "Pete" Denny, the son of Earl and Marie Denny, was born in Chardon, Kan., on June 24, 1924. He passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2001.

Pete was a resident of Benkelman, Neb., from early childhood until moving to Anaheim, Calif., in 1956.

Pete attended Rollwitz country school and later Benkelman High School, graduating in 1942.

Pete enlisted in the Merchant Marine on Feb. 1, 1943. He saw service in the Aleutian Islands and carried troops and equipment to Omaha and Utah Beachheads.

Pete worked for many years in Benkelman installing floor coverings for Joe Laughlin and Paul Morris.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; sons Alan, Kim and Jeff; a daughter, Cheryl; daughters-in-law Veronica, Sheryl and Sandy; his son-in-law, Alan Northrop; a brother, Jesse "Ike" Denny, and a sister, Berniece Nordhausen, both of Benkelman.

He is also survived by grandsons Scott and Matthew; granddaughters Alexis, Haven and Nicole; a granddaughter-in-law Elizabeth, and great-grandsons Nicolas, Brandon and Jarrod.

Memorial services were held at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, Calif., on Sunday April 8, 2001.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1986
Ida Belle Deselms

Ida Belle Deselms, youngest child of Jacob and Minnie (Turner) Deselms was born March 12, 1896, in a sod house in the northwest part of Dundy County, Nebraska, and passed away at the Hester Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, June 25, 1986, at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 13 days.

On that farm she spent 68 years of her life. She had a great love of the outdoors. She enjoyed raising gardens and flowers and delighted in sharing her flowers and those things she grew in her garden with friends and relatives.

Ida treasured her friends including those who moved from the area, with whom she maintained correspondence the remainder of her life.

In August, 1964, Ida left the place where she was born and moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, to be near her niece, Virginia Clark, and family. Due to failing health the last year and a half of her life was spent at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, five brothers: Walter, Frank, George, Roy and Charlie; two sisters: Nellie and Vera; five nephews: Marvin Deselms, Glenn Deselms, Vincent Deselms, Milton Deselms and infant Clarence Evans; five nieces: Viola Felt, Goldie Morgus, Nellie B. Porter, Norma Makinster and infant Clara Evans.

Left to mourn her departure are three nephews: Orville Deselms of Brush, Colorado, Arthur Deselms of Holyoke, Colorado, and Harry Deselms and his wife, Irma, of Wray, Colorado; three nieces: Lola Chapman and her husband, Jasper, of Caldwell, Idaho, Ailie May Backora and her husband, Joe, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Virginia Clark and her husband, Leslie, of Benkelman, Nebraska, several great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Creveling Funeral Home in Imperial, Nebraska, with the Reverend Francis Baker officiating. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery at Lamar, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1936
Jacob Vincent Deselms

Jacob Vincent Deselms was born in Kankakee, Illinois, September 17, 1856 to Jonathan and Sarah Deselms and passed away at his home 25 miles north of Haigler, Nebraska, August 24, 1936, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 7 days.

He moved to Nebraska in February 1877, and located in Filmore county. December 3 he was married to Minnie B. Turner, who survives him. To this union eight children were born, all now living except one, Nellie, who was called home at the age of 2 years and 9 months. Walter, the eldest son is now a resident of Edison, Nebraska; Frank and George of Lamar; Roy of Omaha and Charlie of Moyie Springs, Idaho; Mrs. Vera Thompson, the eldest daughter lives on a farm adjoining that of her parents and Ida, the other daughter, remains at home. He also leaves to mourn his departure sixteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Rosa Lee of Lamar, besides a host of friends.

He was one of the pioneers of western, Nebraska, having moved there in 1888 and has lived on the same homestead 42 years. He was for many years an active member of the Odd Fellows lodge of Haigler, Nebraska.

He was a good neighbor and friend, never too busy to lend a helping hand in time of need.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. Short services were held at the house and then at the Christian church at Lamar, Nebraska. Burial was at the Lamar cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1988
Fred E. Desmond

Fred E. Desmond, 79, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, January 4, 1988. He was born February 5, 1908, at Brooklyn, New York, to Joseph and Kathryn Sullivan Desmond.

Mr. Desmond attended New York University, where he obtained two master's degrees. He taught at the graduate level in New York and lived there until he was 65. He came to Lexington in 1980.

Survivors include his wife, the former Thelma Gummere; one son, James, and wife,

Cindy, of Marietta, Georgia; one daughter, Margot, and husband, Donald Hall, of Ocean Side, New York, and one grandson, Peter Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Bernadette.

Services were held Thursday, January 7, at Reynolds-Love Chapel at Lexington with the Rev. Stephen Griffith of the United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1990
Harry DeVinny

LEBANON, Ore.--Harry DeVinny was born April 16, 1904, in Loomis, Nebraska, to Mary and Alexander DeVinny and died Monday, September 24, 1990, at Lebanon, Oregon.

He was the eldest of seven children.

When he was five years old, he moved with his family to Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, where they homesteaded. They returned to the United States to live in Elwood, Nebraska, when he was 14 years old.

Harry married Doris Stute on June 17, 1936, in Benkelman, Nebraska. They farmed for five years. In March of 1941 they moved to Lebanon.

Harry worked at Lebanon Plywood and a pre-fab company in Albany, Oregon. Later he began doing carpentry work until he retired.

Survivors include his sisters: Lillian Steinbrink and Eva Sandquist of Albany, Margaret Field of Sumner, Washington, and Dolores Lee of Gladstone, Oregon, and a brother, Harold of Phoenix, Arizona.

A brother, Albert, preceded him in death in March of this year.

Harry is also survived by three daughters, Marilyn Avery and her husband, Bob, of Tangent, Oregon, Barbara Gisler and her husband, Denny, of Lebanon and Cheryl Dittmer and her husband, Larry, of Albany; a granddaughter, Teresa; three grandsons, Tony, Tom and Lonnie, and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, September 27, 1990, in Lebanon.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975
James Madison “Bud” DeWester

James Madison DeWester, one-time Benkelman mayor and prominent civic leader and businessman, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver on Sunday afternoon. He succumbed to an illness the nature of which had been known to be terminal in nature for many months. He was 54 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Wynona; son, Gary and wife Janice of Wauneta; daughter, Carla Fassler and husband Kim of Culbertson; his mother, Nina DeWester, Benkelman; sisters, Nina Andrews and husband Robert of Benkelman and Darlene Rodenbeck and husband Gene of Florissant, Missouri; brother, Ronald DeWester and wife Pat of Benkelman and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, J. M. DeWester, Sr., and a sister, Eva Gilmore.

Funeral services were planned for Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Benkelman United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. The Jones Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Bud DeWester was reared in Benkelman, having come to the village with his parents, J. M. DeWester, Sr., and Nina Edna Bush to whom he was born on November 25, 1920 at Falls City, Nebraska. His father came here to develop the Benkelman Roller Mills and like his brother and later partner in the business, Ronald DeWester, learned his trade well. In later years, the Mill changed its operations from a principal flour producer to commercial feeds and adopted the name Justus Feed Mill. The brothers maintained high levels of quality in their products and extended their services as times changed to merit the continued patronage of their customers. They maintained a four-square honesty policy which was a standard that commanded the highest respect of the community and enabled them to operate against the strongest corporate competition which invaded the commercial feed industry. The Justus Feed Mills is Benkelman's oldest home industry.

Bud DeWester had a remarkable record of public service which was only cut short by the nature of his illness which was such that his physician asked him to resign from public service. That was in late March, 1971 when he resigned from the position of Mayor of Benkelman. His action at that time closed out a public service record of 14 years of service as a member of the Benkelman Board of Education and the Benkelman City Council. He served the City for eight years and the Board of Education for six years. He was just beginning a term as Mayor when he resigned.

Mr. DeWester was a very popular young man in the Benkelman High School from which he graduated in 1941. He was an outstanding athlete in both football and basketball and was very active in music, playing baritone in the band and orchestra and was a baritone singer with considerable accomplishment in the district contests. He was married to Wynona S. Mullanix on September 7, 1941. He served in the army in World War II and became a loyal member of Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 of the American Legion. He was a very popular brother of the members of the IOOF Lodge No. 361 and a faithful member of the United Presbyterian Church in which he served in several lay positions.

Bud loved outdoor activity. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed guns of all kinds of which he became a collector.

He also was a pilot of considerable experience. He always liked to be counted among those of a progressive nature and supported many community activities in the public interest.

(Researcher note: Date of death: 2-9-1975. Burial in Benkelman cemetery.)



Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, October 28, 2002

Lindsey Jean DeWester
Monday, October 28, 2002

BENKELMAN -- Lindsey Jean DeWester, 14, died Friday (Oct. 25, 2002) in rural Dundy County, north of Benkelman.

She was born Nov. 20, 1987, in Benkelman to Richard (Dick) and Julie DeWester. She was a member of the freshman class at Dundy County High School in Benkelman. She excelled in basketball, volleyball, softball, and the swim team, and was active in Future Business Leaders of America and FCCLA.

She was baptized on Feb. 8, 1989 and was confirmed as a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church on June 11, 2000. She also attended services at Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her parents, Dick and Julie DeWester; brother, Cody DeWester; grandparents, Ron and Pat DeWester, Wilmer (Bill) Seybold, all of Benkelman and Dorothy Seybold of Greeley, Colo. Other survivors include numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Dundy County High School Gymnasium with the Rev. George Matthews and the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, until 4 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. The casket will remain closed. A Rosary will be recited at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman by the Rev. Bernard Lorenz today at 5:30 p.m. Memorials may be given in her name.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March1978
Elmina Mae (Fix) Dexter

Elmina Mae Dexter passed away March 24, 1978 at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 7 days. Mina, as everyone knew her, was at the home of her daughter Marjorie Dabney at the time of her death. She had been in the Swedish hospital one week.

Mina was born April 17, 1886 to Philip and Lodisca (Spencer) Fix, at VVhitewater, Kans. She attended school at Whitewater and Newton, Kans. She taught country school in that community for several years.

She was united in marriage to Guy Raymond Dexter, May 12, 1908 in Newton, Kans. To this union four children were born. James, Richard, Marjorie and Lawrence. Mina was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of U.M.W. of Haigler Methodist Church, Clover Leaf Club and Haigler Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray, two sons Richard and Lawrence, three brothers and two sisters.

Mina is survived by one son James and wife Aline of Haigler, Nebr., one daughter Marjorie and husband Waymon Dabney of Lakewood, Colo., 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one niece and two nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Mon., March 27, 1978 at Bullock Colonial Chapel in Englewood, Colo. with Rev. Gregory Turner of Denver, Colo., officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Kans.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April1994
Aline Elizabeth (Gies) Dexter

DENVER, Colo.--Aline Elizabeth Dexter, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Hill) Gies, was born January 11, 1915, in McCook, Nebraska. She died April 9, 1994, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 29 days.

She was raised in the McCook and Dundy County, Nebraska areas. She was united in marriage September 9, 1937, to James P. Dexter. To this union three daughters and two sons were born.

After living in Aurora, Colorado, for two years they moved to Haigler, Nebraska, where they farmed. They moved to town in March 1954. She cooked for the Friendly K Cafe and helped her husband operate a service station. She drove the elderly women of Haigler to other towns to do their shopping, and worked in a nursing home in Wray, Colorado.

Mrs. Dexter was a member of the Haigler United Methodist Church. She was involved in many clubs around the Haigler area. In 1983 she moved to Aurora to be closer to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim, and two brothers, an infant baby and Harry.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Platon and husband, Ben, of Roseville, California, Gwen Hermansen and husband, Wayne, of LaCrescenta, California, and Joyce Guerrero and husband, Jose, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; her sons, Phil and wife, Carol, of Silverthorne, Colorado, and Gail and wife, Eileen, of Aurora, Colorado; one brother, Ralph Gies and wife, Peggy, of Englewood, Colorado; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren;10 nieces and nephews; other relatives, and a host of friends.

A memorial service was held April 14, 1994, in Aurora, Colorado, at Aspen Meadows with the Rev. J. A. McKenry III officiating.

An inurnment service was held at the Haigler Cemetery April 16 with the Rev. Curtis Carroll officiating. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of the Haigler service.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1978
James Philip Dexter

James Philip Dexter, the son of Guy Raymond and Elmina Mae Fix Dexter was born March 21, 1909 in Newton, Kans. He passed away July 3, 1978 at the age of 69 years, 3 months, 13 days at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebr.

Jim spent his boyhood days growing up around Newton and in southern Colorado , graduating from Trinidad, Colo. High School in 1927.

On Sept. 9, 1937 he was united in marriage to Aline Elizabeth Gies. To this union were born two sons and three daughters. After residing in Aurora, Colo. for two years they came to Haigler, Nebr. where they farmed. They moved to the town of Haigler in March 1954 and Jim worked at the filling station.

Jim was a member of the Methodist Church and for a number of years was Sunday School Supt. He was a charter member of the Wray Elks Lodge No. 2409. He drove a school bus for ten years. Jim was a man who loved sports and working with the Little League boys was his greatest pleasure.

He is survived by his wife Aline, sons Phil and wife Carol of Silverthorne, Colo.; Gail and wife Eileen of Aurora, Colo; daughters, Barbara Platon and husband Lt. Col. Ben of Clark AFB, Philippines, Gwen and husband Wayne Hermansen of LaCrescenta, Calif., and Joyce and husband GMMC Jose of Haigler; one sister Marjorie Dabney and husband Waymon of Lakewood, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Marian Dexter of Englewood, Colo.; seven grandchildren; ten nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Richard and Lawrence.

Funeral services were held July 7, 1978 at the Haigler United Methodist Church, Terry Douglass officiating. Interment was in Haigler Cemetery. Pallbearers were Little League ball players.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Larry Dexter, Littleton, Colo.; Mahon Dexter, Englewood, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Waymon Dabney of Lakewood, Colo.; Ralph Gies, Englewood, Colo.; Michael and Kathy Walter of Raven, Va.; Mary Gies, Wray, Colo.; Don Boyd of Laird, Colo.; Barbara Platon and son Benj of Clark AFB, Philippines; Mrs. Gwen Hermansen and children of LaCrescenta, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Phil Dexter of Silverthorne, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Gail Dexter and family of Aurora, Colo.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1993
Caroline L. (Raffle) Deyle

REDDING, Calif.--According to Charles Deyle, a memorial service will be held in July (date and time to be announced pending final arrangements) for Caroline L. (Raffle) Deyle who died Saturday, May 29, 1993, at. Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California. She was 81 years of age.

She was born January 27, 1912, in Odessa, Russia.

For 60 years Mrs. Deyle owned and operated a cattle ranch in Dundy County, Nebraska, near Benkelman.

Her husband, Charley E. Deyle, predeceased her in 1971.

Survivors are a daughter, Vada Wiltsie of Woodvine, Iowa; a son, Charles Deyle, of Redding; a sister, Mary Reeder, of Grand Junction, Colorado, and two grandchildren.

The remains were cremated.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2000
Charles "Chuck" Albert Deyle

MILLVILLE, Calif.--Charles "Chuck" Albert Deyle died Thursday, June 15, 2000, as the result of an accident at his rural home near Millville. He was 61 years of age.

Chuck was born Jan. 14, 1939, at the Dr. Albert G. Morehouse Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. He grew up with his father and mother, Charles and Caroline (Raile) Deyle, and his sister, Vada June, on the ranch that his grandfather George Deyle had homesteaded before the turn of the century. He attended grade school in a country school three miles from the ranch. He graduated from McDonald (Kan). High School with the Class of 1956. He then completed courses at McCook (Neb.) Junior College and attended college in Riverside, Calif.

Chuck was very athletic and became interested in trick roping, performing at county fairs and other gatherings. While in his teens, he won a free trip to New York and appeared on the Ted Mack Show.

He worked as an instructor in a gym while attending college in Riverside and entered the Mr. California contest where he was asked to read a part for the show “Wish You Were Here," A special part was written for the trick roping act that he did. This launched his acting career of several years.

After several years, Charles became disenchanted with acting and launched a Real Estate career which he pursued until his death.

Charles was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since his youth and supported the Church. He spoke of his love for his Lord and Saviour.

Charles was married to Shirley Nydell on Dec. 5. 1965.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He leaves behind: his wife, Shirley, of Shingletown, Calif., and many friends and relatives in California: his sister, Vada June, her husband, Elmer Wiltse, and nieces Theresa and Karen; a cousin, Bob Yost of St. Francis, Kan., and cousins elsewhere: Joan Hawley, Orvey Sharpe, Venus Willard, Jeanette Overturf, Jacque Diltze and Sidney Raile.

A memorial service was held Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Redding, Calif.. and another service was held on Saturday. July 15, 2000. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Francis. His final resting place will be in the Benkelman Cemetery beside his parents.
(Researcher note: Mr. Deyle was cremated. There is no marker in the Benkelman cemetery.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1981
Edwin E. Deyle

Edwin E. Deyle was born Jan. 11, 1925 at Cheyenne County, Kansas to George F. and Caroline E. (Henkel) Deyle and passed away Saturday, June 20, 1981 at the Dundy County Hospital at the age of 56 years.

He was married in Benkelman to Betty Nelson. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman.

Survivors include his wife Betty; two daughters, Rita (Mrs. Bob) Jones of Benkelman; Kathy (Mrs. Don) Harrison, Colby, Kan., one son, Gary of Benkelman; a sister, Marie (Mrs. Glen) Wood of Littleton, Colo.; three brothers, Walt and Ted Deyle of Kearney and Rudy of Englewood, Colo., and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two infant sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 24, 1981 at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with Pastor Lynn Parsons in charge. Organist was Jackie Wilson who accompanied Shirley Adkinson and Howard Ochsner with the selections: "Beyond The Sunset" and "Precious Memories".

Bearers were Boyce Warning, Sam Jones, Burdette Wilson, Richard Beck, Walt Barenberg, and Noble Dorsch.

Honorary bearers were Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with funeral arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1939
George F. Deyle

George F. Deyle, son of George Deyle and Freda, nee Hauck, was born on the 3rd day of March, 1857, at Calb, Wuertemberg, Germany. In early infancy he became a child of God thru the washing of regeneration in Holy baptism, in compliance with the command of our Lord.

In accordance with the rule of the Lutheran Church. he was instructed in faith and life, which instruction was in strict accordance to God's Holy Word, and having duly confessed his faith, he was made a communicant member of the Lutheran Church at the age of 14 by the solemn rite of confirmation. He remained faithful to his church until the last.

In the late summer of 1881 he emigrated to America. The love for adventure and new prospects prompted him to come west in the spring of 1885 where he homesteaded.

He was married to Anna Marie Geigle at Benkelman on the 24th day of February, 1887. His faithful wife preceded him in death in 1933. Nine children were born to this union, three of whom preceded the father in death, a son Walter at the age of 5 and twin brothers in early infancy. Those surviving are: George F. Deyle, Jr.. Lena Anna Burk, Elizabeth Margaret Gottschalk, Charley Emil, Freda Pauline and Joseph Jacob.

Mr. Deyle was a man of courageous pioneer spirit, a man of vision and intellectual ability. He spent many hours of his declining years in reading. He also kept a daily diary for 55 years.

Mr. Deyle enjoyed good health up until a few months ago, when it was necessary to have medical aid for the relief of his suffering. On November 22nd he submitted to an operation in Mercy Hospital in Denver. His seeming satisfactory recovery was hindered when broncial pneumonia developed. An infection of the blood stream developed and efforts to combat it were in vain. The Lord called him to his eternal rest at 12:10 a. m.. Thursday, December 14th at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 11 days. He leaves to mourn their loss six children, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a large circle of friends. The Lord hath given and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

(Researcher note: Cemetery records show the date of death as: 12-13-1939.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1981
Joseph Jacob Deyle

Joseph Jacob Deyle, son of Anna Marie (Geigle) and George F. Deyle, Sr., was born at the family homestead in Cheyenne County, Kan., on September 23, 1904. He died at St. Catherine's Hospital in Garden City, Kan., on November 14, 1981, at the age of 77.

Through his baptism and confirmation he was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. He attended country grade school and Benkelman High School.

As a young man, he was hard working and ambitious. He loved music and singing.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping, sports and the fellowship of friends until the burden of illness came upon him.

Most of his life was spent in hospitals and rest homes. He suffered several strokes, open-heart surgery, and other surgeries.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Fred, Charley, and Walter; two sisters: Helena Burk and Elizebeth Gottschalk.

He is survived by one sister: Freda Fish and husband, Glenn, a sister-in-law, Caroline Deyle, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1981, at 10:30 a.m. in the Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, with Pastor Lynn Parsons officiating. Organist was Jackie Wilson. She accompanied Shirley Adkinson and Howard Ochsner with the selections: "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

Bearers were Chris Andersen, Foster Gerdes, Ben Gottschalk, Arthur Burk, John Burk, and Elmer Burk.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Benkelman, Neb.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1998
Theodore “Ted" C. Deyle

KEARNEY-Theodore “Ted" C. Deyle, 70, of 620 East 36th Street in Kearney, Neb., died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, at his home after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 7, 1927, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to George F. and Caroline F. (Henkel) Deyle. He grew up and received his schooling at Bird City, Kan. He served in the United States Navy in 1946 and 1947. He lived in McCook, Neb., and Holdrege, Neb., before moving to Kearney in 1959. He owned Deyle Construction Company in Kearney and was a real estate developer for 49 years.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney, a former member of the Nebraska Home Builders Association, National Association of Realtors and the Nebraska Association of Realtors. He was a licensed Real Estate Broker and Appraiser and member of the Buffalo County Board of Realtors. He was also a licensed pilot aviator for many years. He enjoyed his cabin at Johnson Lake where he spent many happy times with his family.

Surviving relatives include his daughter, Jeanne Deyle, of Kearney; two sons: David of Omaha, Neb., and Tom of Odessa, Neb., and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a sister and two infant sisters.

Final rites for Theodore Deyle were held at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney, with the Rev. North P. Sherrill Jr. officiating. The graveside service was held at 2 p.m. MSDT at the Benkelman (Neb.) Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary of Kearney was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September? 1981??
Waiter F. "Walt" Deyle

Waiter F. "Walt" Deyle, 60, of Kearney died Friday morning at his residence.

He was born on his father's homestead in Cheyenne County, Kans., on March 29, 1921, and had been a resident of Kearney for 25 years.

Mr. Deyle attended Benkelman High School, graduating in 1940. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as chief petty officer.

A real estate agent and developer of the Walt Deyle Agency, Mr. Deyle was a two-time president of the Buffalo County Board of Realtors and president of the Nebraska Realtors Association in 1978. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Elks, VFW and American Legion.

He also was past chairman of the civic committee, legislative affairs committee and membership committee of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors are his wife, Yvonne L. Deyle of Kearney; a daughter, Lynne L. Brown of Kearney; a son, Gail D. Deyle of Denver, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Roberta Jamison and Cindy Slocum, both of Lincoln; a stepson, Brad Slocum of Kearney; a sister Marie Wood of Denver; two brothers, Dr. Rudy Deyle of Denver and Ted Deyle of Kearney.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ed; two infant sisters; and a stepson.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ronald A. Ebb and Ralph Ritzen officiating. Burial will be in the Kearney Cemetery. VFW Post No. 759 will be in charge of military rites at graveside.

Memorials are suggested to the First Lutheran Church, Kearney State College Foundation or the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Fund. Horner-Lieske Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1969
Eunice May (Baughman) Dicke

Eunice May Baughman Dicke was born, January 15, 1893, near Max in Dundy County, Nebraska, as the eldest of the two children of John W. and Clara Baughman and passed away on January 12, 1969, after a lingering illness at the Hitchcock County Hospital in Stratton at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 28 days.

Prior to her marriage she called the Max area home except for about a year spent at Gibbon, Nebraska, when she was about four years of age, and a short time in north-central Kansas shortly after.

She received the majority of her education in the Max and Benkelman schools. She then taught school for several terms in and around Max, and one term in Hamlet.

She joined the Methodist church in Max at about the age of 16. She was the church organist for a number of years. Later years she attended the Eden Missionary Church southeast of Wauneta, and' the Christian Union Church in Stratton.

On April 8, 1917, she was united in marriage to Fred W. Dicke at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Stratton. To this union four children were born. For three years they lived on a farm south of Wauneta. In March of 1920 they purchased a farm north of Stratton, where they had resided since. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in April, 1967, with an open house for over 200 relatives and friends.

Eunice was a charter member of the P and F Extension Club. She enjoyed and took pride in her garden and flowers, which she shared with her friends.

She was a devoted wife and a loving mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Edith Foster.

Surviving her are her husband, Fred; and children, Louis and wife Audrey of McCook, Leland and wife Edna of Stratton, Helen and husband Warren Nilson of Marquette, Nebr., Dorothy and husband Leonard Luksik of Humboldt, Nebr.; six grandchildren, Joyce Dicke, Stuart, Byron and Lila Nilson, Melvin and Diane Luksik; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton on Wednesday afternoon, January 15, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Olen C. Schlatter officiating. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Stratton.

Those attending the services from a distance other than the family were: Mr. and Mrs. John Pleines, Seward; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Stoki, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dicke, Mrs. Byron Warlick, Mrs. Agnes St. Onge, and Freida Pleines, all of Lincoln; Carl Hanson, Weeping Water; and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hanson of Elmwood.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1989
Margaret Ida (Meyer) Dicke

Margaret Ida Dicke was born at Uehling, Nebraska, on March 28, 1899, and died on March 3, 1989, at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton, Nebraska, at the age of 89. She was the daughter of John G. and Marie Meyer.

Her childhood was spent in Dodge County and she attended Uehling Public Schools. She attended Fremont High School and graduated in 1917. She also attended Midland College in Fremont.

Margaret was a talented musician and at the early age of four, she was playing the piano. She continued to share this musical gift almost until her time of death, playing all types and varieties of music.

She loved the outdoors and could be found on many late summer days gathering wild fruit and berries to be made into her favorite pies and Jellies.

She taught school in Dodge, Dundy and Hitchcock counties. She met Henry Dicke while teaching in Dundy County and they were married on December 30, 1922, at Hooper, Nebraska. They made their home south of Wauneta and four daughters and two sons were born to this union. They moved to the Stratton community in 1942.

Margaret had been a member of the Willing Workers Quilting Club and the Dundy County Extension Club prior to moving to Stratton. She was an active member of the Stratton Garden Club, a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Ola Chapter 317 at Stratton and a member of the United Methodist Church and WSCS.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Doris Hiergesell and Marjorie Foster; her parents; six sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Henry; two daughters, Donna Warlick and her husband, Byron, and Letha Sutton and her husband, James; two sons, Leonard and his wife, Shirley, and Hank Jr.; one sister, Frieda Wurdeman; one brother, John Meyer and his wife, Cecil; seven granddaughters; seven grandsons; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church Tuesday, March 7, 1989. The service was officiated by the Rev. Randy Goeke.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1976

Gladys Ann (Page) Dicke
Gladys Ann Page, daughter of Wilmert Bailey Page and Eliza Ellen Webster Page, was born March 5, 1904 at Norton, Kansas and died at the Hitchcock County Hospital in Stratton, Nebraska March 9, 1976 at the age of 72 years and 4 days.

She was baptized in the Baptist Church.

On December 30, 1927 Gladys was united in marriage with Albert Arnold Dicke at Crete, Nebraska. To this union three sons were born: Gordon Lee, Kenneth Gene and Dean Wilmert.

Gladys and Albert farmed for many years, first in the Wauneta area then in the Max vicinity and finally in the Stratton locality. They moved into Stratton in the spring of 1948, where they have lived since that time. She worked for 25 years in the Stratton School Cafeteria after moving to Stratton, and she received a plaque in 1973 honoring this service.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Albert, who died May 16, 1973.

Gladys is survived by her three sons and their families: Gordon Lee of Kansas City, Missouri, Kenneth Gene of Lincoln, Nebraska and Dean Wilmert of Decatur, Illinois; eight grandchildren, five brothers: Ivan Page of Grand Junction, Colorado, Orville Page, Eugene Page and Loyal Page all of Portland, Oregon and Lloyd Page of Los Angeles, California; five sisters: Estelle Campbell, Beulah Ervin, Junith Alexander, Lois Myers and Vernell Akiyama all of Portland, Oregon; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Gladys Ann Dicke were held at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton March 12, 1976 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. James Mote officiating. Organist, Marie Kleinschmidt, accompanied Carl Philo who sang "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden." Pallbearers were: Kenneth Stenehjem, Ted Pierce, Stanley Vrbas, Fred Lammel, Gene Kleinschmidt and Roy League. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1990

Mabel Delcenia (Walgren) Dicke
GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Mabel Delcenia Dicke, daughter of Woodie and Vella (Furry) Walgren, was born on June 13, 1909, in Clay County near Saronville, Nebraska. She attended school at District 17 in Dundy County.

Mabel was married to William H. Dicke on April 10, 1926, at Wray, Colorado. They spent most of their married life on their farm south of Wauneta, Nebraska, where they resided at the time of her death.

While visiting her daughter and family in Florida, she suffered a stroke and departed this life on January 31, 1990.

Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant sister, Viola, and a brother, Leslie Walgren.

Surviving Mabel are her husband, William; a daughter, Connie, and her husband, Les Linscott, of Gainesville, Florida; a son, Bill D. Dicke, and his wife, Laurie of McCook, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Nan and Sarah Dicke and Will Linscott; two sisters, Dorothy Baumfalk of Wauneta and Ruby Tatum of Julesburg, Colorado; a sister-in-law, Lillian Walgren of Wauneta; brothers-in-law, Henry Dicke of Trenton, Nebraska, and Robert Baumfalk of Wauneta, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, February 3, 1990, at the First United Methodist Church of Wauneta. The Rev. Carroll A. Plisek officiated.

Internment was at the Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1979

Fredrick W. Dicke
Fredrick W. Dicke, the son of Henry and Anna Elizabeth (Pleines) Dicke, was born in Seward County, NE, June 8, 1893. He died in Central City, NE, July 13, 1979 at the age of 86 years, 1 month, and 5 days.

He spent his early life in Seward County, and attended school there. Fred was confirmed at the Friedens Evangelical Church in Seward.

Feb. 9, 1909 the family moved by railroad to Wauneta, NE. Fred had begun farming at the age of 9 and had continued until the age of 85.

Apr. 8, 1917, he married Eunice Baughman in the Methodist Church parsonage in Stratton, NE. Four children were born to this union: Louis of McCook; Leland of Stratton; Helen, of Marquette; and Dorothy of Humboldt

Fred and Eunice moved from their farm south of Wauneta in 1920 to a farm north of Stratton. He lived there until his death. They had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1967.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife in January, 1969. Also, one daughter-in-law, his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Surviving are his four children, seven grandchildren, two brothers: Henry of Stratton; William of Wauneta; and one sister, Della Maris, of Stratton.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1993
Henry O. Dicke

TRENTON—Henr 0. Dicke, 94, died Monday, April 12, 1993, at the El Dorado Manor Nursing Home in Trenton, Nebraska. He was born May 27, 1898, in Staplehurst, Nebraska, to Henry and Elizabeth (Pleinas) Dicke.

He moved from Seward, Nebraska, to a farm south of Wauneta, Nebraska, in 1909 with his parents, brothers and sisters.

He attended school in Seward County and Ash Grove School in northeast Dundy County, Nebraska.

Henry married Margaret Meyer of Uehling, Nebraska, in the Lutheran Church at Hooper, Nebraska, on December 30, 1922.

They began their married life on a farm 10 miles south of Wauneta. In addition to farming, Henry enjoyed raising livestock and especially enjoyed his Belgian draft horses.

He could often be found on weekends in his early years playing baseball or softball with one of the neighborhood teams and he especially enjoyed playing with the Gaugers team from south of Wauneta.

In 1942 Henry and Margaret and their family moved to the farm just east of Stratton, Nebraska, where he continued farming and raising livestock until he semi-retired in 1965. At that time Henry and Margaret moved to Stratton.

He enjoyed fishing at Swanson Lake with his friends and family and attended many Stratton High School athletic events. He was very pleased when he was made an honorary member of the Letterman's Club and was presented a lifetime pass to Stratton athletic contests.

Henry enjoyed reciting poetry to his grandchildren and entertaining his family and friends with his mouth harp.

He served as a member of the Stratton School Board and was a member of the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge No. 173.

Preceding him in death were his wife on March 3. 1989; his parents; three daughters, Doris Hiergisell, Letha Sutton and Marjorie Foster, three brothers, Fred. Albert and William, and three sisters, Emma Henkel, Adella Maxis and Pauline Redfield.

Survtving him are two sons, Leonard and his wife, Shirley, of McCook, Nebraska, and Henry of Republican City, Nebraska; a daughter, Donna and her husband, Byron Warlick, of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sons-in-law, Richard Hiergisell of Falls Church, Virginia, and James Sutton of Denton, Texas; a sister-in-law, Cecil Meyer, of Scribner, Nebraska; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Services were Friday, April 16, 1993, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating. Organist was Marjorie Redfield. Tally and Elmer Case sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "What A Friend."

Bearers were grandsons Mike Warlick, Dan Warlick. Richard Hiergisell, Larry Dicke and Scott Dicke, a nephew, Bill Dicke, and his friends, Gene Kleinschmidt, Burdette Melchert, Eugene Jones, Eddie Stehno, Earl Bailey, Morrison Sutton, Winston Hunkins, Leland Dicke, Ralph Jones and Roy Rains.

Committal was by Robert Burns Lodge No. 173 A. F. & A. M. with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 2003
Leland William Dicke

STRATTON--Leland William Dicke was born on Nov. 16, 1922, in Hitchcock County, Neb., south of Palisade, to Frederick William and Eunice Mae (Baughman) Dicke. He attended country school near his home through the eighth grade in District 13, and went on to attend high school in Stratton, Neb., where he was a member of the graduating Class of 1940. After graduation, Leland farmed with his father.

On Dec. 2, 1947, Leland was married to Edna Elizabeth Adkinson at Benkelman, Neb., and in 1956 they adopted a little girl whom they named Joyce Ann. They farmed north of Stratton until their retirement in 1996.

Leland enjoyed farming, visiting with his neighbors and traveling. He worked at Miller. Weeder and Miller Manufacturing in Stratton for several years, and after retirement moved into Stratton. He and Edna were members of the Eden Missionary Church of Wauneta, later changing their membership to the Christian Union Church in Stratton in 1954. Leland served on the church board for several years.

Leland entered in the presence of his Lord on Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb., at the age of 80 years, 2 months and 25 days.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Louis; a sister, Helen Nilson, and her husband, Warren.

He leaves to mourn his wife of more than 55 years, Edna Dicke of Stratton; daughter Joyce McDuffee and husband, James, of York, Neb.; three grandchildren: William, Nicole and Dennis; a sister, Dorothy Schinzel; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral services for Leland Dicke were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Christian Union Church in Stratton. Officiating were the Revs. Steven Kellett, Phillip Sorrenson and A. J. Knickerbocker. Tally Case was the pianist, and Elmer Case and Wallace Gummere sang "In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art."

Casket bearers were Leland Maris, Frank Stehno, Stuart Nilson, Gary Winters, Henry Dicke, Jr., and Ed Harrison.

A special friends designation included Raymond Stehno, Ervin and Elaine Bley, Bill and Arda Latta, Harold and Ramona Wilcox, Glen and Shirley Lemon, Don and Iola Egle, Howard and Irene League, Mike and Shirley League, and Gus and Margie Bartels.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1990
Louis Frederick Dicke

STRATTON--Louis Frederick Dicke was born March 10, 1918, in Dundy County, Nebraska. He was the oldest of the four children of Fred and Eunice (Baughman) Dicke.

He died on September 11, 1990, at the Veterans' Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Louis was baptized at the Max, Nebraska, Methodist Church at an early age.

At the age of two years he moved with his parents to a farm north of Stratton, Nebraska, where he lived until 1964. He attended high school in Max, Hamlet and Stratton, graduating from Stratton in 1936.

Louis served in the Armed Forces from April 1942 until December 1945.

On February 14, 1964, he married Audrey Groves at McCook, Nebraska. She died on

January 12, 1970.

In March of 1988, Louis chose to make his home in Stratton.

When his health permitted, he attended the Christian Union Church. He was a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey, and his parents.

He is survived by one brother, Leland, and his wife, Edna, of Stratton; two sisters, Helen and her husband, Warren Nilson, of Marquette, Nebraska, and Dorothy and her husband, Dean Schinzel, of Sutton, Nebraska; several nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; two uncles, Henry Dicke of Trenton, Nebraska, and William Dicke of Wauneta, Nebraska, and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held Friday, September 14, 1990, at 11 a.m. at the Christian Union Church in Stratton with the Rev. Phillip Sorensen officiating. Elmer Case, accompanied by Tally Case at the piano and Beverly Henderson at the organ, sang "23rd Psalm." The congregation also sang hymns.

Bearers were Erwin Bley, Leonard Dicke, Warren Harrison, Gene Meints, Byron Nilson, Stuart Nilson, Byron Warlick and Clifford Tourtellette.

Honorary bearers were Joe Brenning, Ellis Carpenter, Willard Richards, Joe Sidell and Harold Wilcox.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9155. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Stratton.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August1991
William H. "Bill" Dicke

MCCOOK—William H. "Bill" Dicke, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Pleines) Dicke, was born October 14, 1906, in Seward County. Nebraska. He died August 12, 1991, at the Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska, at the age of 84 years.

At the age of three (1909), he came with his family by train to Southwest Nebraska where they had purchased a farm in Dundy County.

He thus became involved in agriculture at an early age and spent most of his life as a farmer and stockman on the family farm. In 1990, he moved to McCook.

As a child, he attended Ash Grove District No. 9 School in Dundy County.

Bill was married to Mabel Walgren on April 10, 1926, in Wray, Colorado. She preceded him in death on January 31, 1990.

Also preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Fred and Albert, and three sisters, Emma Henkel, Della Maris and Pauline Redfield.

Surviving him are one daughter, Connie Linscott, and husband, Les of Gainesville, Florida, and one son, Bill D. Dicke, and wife, Laurie of McCook; three grandchildren, Nan Dicke of Lincoln, Nebraska. Sarah Dicke of McCook and Will Linscott of Gainesville; one brother, Henry Dicke of Trenton, Nebraska, and many relatives and friends.

Services were held Wednesday. August 14, 1991, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wauneta, Nebraska, with the Revs. Carroll Plisek and Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating.

Mike Kitt was the organist and Sharon Walgren the soloist. Selections included "The Old Rugged Cross" and the congregation sang "Hymn Of Promise."

Bearers were Budd Crow, Alwyn West, Rodney Einspahr, Glen Lemon, Eddie Nichols and Terry Nichols.

Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta with Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1990
Dorothy E. (Hannah) Dickman

WAUNETA--Dorothy E. Dickman died at Heritage Home of Wauneta, Nebraska, on Sunday, September 23, 1990, at the age of 80. She was born on August 8, 1910, in Pueblo, Colorado, to Alexander and Elizabeth (Cooper) Hannah.

She lived in Penrose, Colorado, for more than 70 years. She graduated from Penrose High School in 1928. Following graduation, she worked as a telephone operator in Denver.

She married Pete Dickman on August 8, 1929, in Florence, Colorado. He preceded her in death in May of 1984. Because of ill health, she moved to Stratton, Nebraska, in November 1988.

She was a postal clerk for 25 years. She was a member of the DAR and her hobbies included playing bridge and reading books about the pioneers and the Old West. She was a church organist and a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church in Penrose.

She is survived by a daughter, Marie Kleinschmidt, and her husband, Gene, of Stratton, and a son, Ralph, and his wife, Sharon, of Trident, Montana.

She is also survived by six grandchildren, including Ann and Vince Cisar of Denver. Colorado, Susan and Ben Hardin of Benkelman, Nebraska, and Nancy and Loran Wach of Wauneta, Nebraska, and five great-grandchildren, including Lance Wach and Ryan Hardin

Funeral services were held Monday, September 24, 1990, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Graveside services were held in Penrose, Colorado, on Tuesday, September 25, with interment in Beaver Park Cemetery in Penrose. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1973
Violet Stella (Seitz) Ditton

Mrs. Byron Ditton passed away at the Chase County Hospital at Imperial on Sunday at the age of 56 years. She and her husband resided at Lebanon, Nebraska. She had been in ill health for sometime.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Carl Jantz of Burwell, Nebraska officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and LaNeta Anderson the soloist. Casket bearers were Ray Bowers, Bill Seybold, Alva Shaw, Charles Seybold, Gene Terry and Ralph Clark. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Violet Stella Seitz was born in Cheyenne County, Kansas, on May 31, 1917, the daughter of Goldie Grace Amsberry and George William Seitz. She was married to Walter Blankenship on August 5, 1937 and to this union seven children were born, one of which preceded her in death. Mr. Blankenship expired in 1958. She was married to Byron Kenneth Ditton on August 14, 1960 in Benkelman, Nebraska.

She is survived by her husband, Byron Ditton; five daughters, Roberta Kokes, Crook, Colorado, Ruby Terry, Wauneta, Nebraska, Georgia Seybold, Hendley, Nebraska, June Kentopp, Bartley, Nebraska and Miss Evelyn Blankenship, Lincoln, Nebraska; one son, Tom Blankenship, Tempe, Arizona; five sisters. Dorothy Johnson and Bess Hendrix, Benkelman, Ann Ketler and Jessie Stroup, Goodland, Kansas and Alice Brannan, North Platte, Nebraska; one brother, Bob Seitz, North Platte, Nebraska, and other half brothers and half sisters. There are two step-children, Judy Clark, Benkelman and Byron Ditton. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Timothy, husband Walter and sister, Rosie Pettit.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1993
Byron "Kelly" Kenneth Ditton

BENKELMAN--Byron "Kelly" Kenneth Ditton, 79, was born February 21, 1914, at Wauneta, Nebraska, to Ross and Libbie Ditton. He died Friday, May 21, 1993, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, where he had been a patient the past two months.

Most of his early years were spent around Wauneta. He attended both grade school and high school at Wauneta. After graduating from high school in 1933 he attended Tarkio College at Tarkio, Missouri, for one semester before transferring to the University of Nebraska.

He then returned to the Wauneta area where he farmed and ranched. He was married to Eva Hamilton in 1938. To this union two children were born, Byron L. 'Toot" and Judy Jo.

In 1950 they moved west of Benkelman, Nebraska, where he raised cattle and horses. Eva died in 1959. Kelly remained on the farm where he worked and raised his children.

In 1960 he married Violet "Dell" Blankenship, They remained on the farm west of Benkelman. When the farm was sold they moved to Lebanon, Nebraska, until the death of Dell.

Later Kelly returned to Benkelman. One of the many things he did was run the movie projector at the Zorn Theater.

He lived at the Rainbow Fountain Park where he made many good friends who remembered him during his long illness. He will be remembered for cooking the turkey for holidays at the Rainbow Fountain Park.

He was a resident at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman for a short time during his illness.

He was preceded in death by Eva, Dell and a brother, Ray Ditton.

He is survived by a sister, Beulah Terry of Imperial, Nebraska; a son, Toot Dillon of Ogallala, Nebraska; a daughter, Judy Clark, her husband, Bob, and their children, Brad and Jody, of Benkelman; six stepchildren, Roberta Blankenship of Crook, Colorado, Ruby Terry and husband, Pete, of Hamlet, Nebraska, Georgie Seybold and husband, Dick, of Wilsonville, Nebraska, Tom Blankenship of Phoenix, Arizona, June Nothaus and husband, Mike, of Victor, Colorado, and Evelyn Blankenship of Lincoln, Nebraska; 13 step-grandchildren; many great-step-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held Monday, May 24, 1993, at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery of Wauneta with the Rev. Carrol Plisek officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December1978
Ray "Judge" Ditton

Memorial services for Ray "Judge" Ditton were held Dec. 26, 1978, 1:30 p.m. at the Creveling Funeral Home in Wauneta.

Marshall Grant, Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O.E. Lodge 1434, was in charge of the funeral service with accompanying music provided by Mrs. Raymond Maxfield and Mrs. Robert Walgren Fellow lodge members Robert Walgren, Clyde Hoff, Irving Skelton, Otis Knotwell, John Knotwell, and Fay Fanning carried "Judge" to his final resting place at the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta NE.

Ray "Judge" Ditton was born Sept. 1906, in Hayes County, NE to Libbie and Ross Ditton, who both preceded him indeath. Judge was engaged in farming at the family homestead until his retirement in the mid-1960s. After the sale of the family farm he moved to Imperial, NE in 1971, where he shared a home with his sister, Beulah Terry.

Until his ill health in August of this year, Judge was an avid fisherman and enjoyed being a spectator of many sports. He also enjoyed the "Texas” migration each winter along with many of his friends of the surrounding area.

Judge succumbed to his illness Dec. 24, 1978 at the Kinder Kare Center, Wauneta, NE where he had been a patent for the past month.

Immediate survivors include a sister, Beulah Terry, Imperial, a brother Byron Ditton, Benkelman, numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1983
Leila Harriet (Jensen) Dixon

Leila Harriet (Jensen) Dixon was born February 12, 1906, near Orleans, Nebraska, the oldest daughter of James Peter and Ada Florence (Bear) Jensen and died December 27, 1982, at the Alma Hospital at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 15 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis A. Dixon, her parents, J.P. and Ada Jensen, her brothers, William Earl and Walter Ray, her sister, Agnes Florence and her granddaughter, Karon Louise Marble.

Leila was married to Lewis Austin Dixon May 20, 1930.

She taught school, was active in church work, worked at the Alma City library and helped out the elderly ladies of the community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alma.

She is survived by her six children, Virginia and Ronald Marble, LeRoy and Eloise Dixon, Virgil and Liona Dixon, Edwin Dixon, Lela Jane and Richard Stickney, Sr. and Lois June Dixon; her grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marble, Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Kathy Alice) Sechrest, Kaylyn Marble, Winfried, Ray, Gary Dixon, Lee, Allen, Karon and Rosemarie Dixon, Richard Jr. and Jeanne Jo Stickney; her great-granddaughter, Laura Kay Sechrest; her brothers, Floyd and Geneva Jensen, Dallas, Texas, Dean and DeLoise Jensen, Laird, Colorado, Harold and Daisy Jensen, Parks, Nebraska; her sister, Margaret Jensen, Holdrege, Nebraska, and her brother-in-law, John and Vernita Dixon, and her nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, December 31, 1982, at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Alma, Nebraska, with the Rev. Tony Woodword officiating

Organist was Miss Verdeen Leopold. Soloist Del Wolfe sang "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Garden." The congregational hymn was "The Old Rugged Cross."

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Kenneth Marble, Winfried Dixon, Ray Dixon, Gary Dixon, Lee Dixon, Allen Dixon and Richard Stickney Jr.

Interment was in the Alma Cemetery with Bants-Torrey Funeral Home of Alma and Wilcox in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are being accepted in her name. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, her family, her brothers, her sister and nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters, her little great-granddaughter, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1950
Floyd Clarence Dixon

Minden, Neb . March 8—Floyd Clarence Dixon, 36, of Grand Junction, Colo., died in Minden hospital after being found near his blizzard-stalled car yesterday.

His car stalled on U. S. 6 four miles east of Minden in the storm which drifted snow with gusts up to 100 miles an hour. Only a few minutes earlier Dixon had picked up another stalled motorist, William Cooper.

When Dixon's car bogged down, Cooper walked into Minden. He told officials of Dixon's location. Fire Chief Ray Bjorklund left immediately to search for the Coloradan.

Bjorklund found Dixon a short distance from his car. He apparently had sought to find shelter in a culvert. Dixon was rushed to Minden but died shortly after arrival.

He had been in Hastings, Neb., on a vacation trip visiting a brother-in-law and was enroute to McCook, Neb., to visit other relatives.

The body will arrive in Grand Junction tomorrow. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Martin chapel, with the Rev. A. P. Gaines officiating. Burial will be in Veterans' cemetery.

Mr. Dixon was a glass fitter of the Felmlee glass shop.

The deceased was born July 29, 1912, at Parks, Neb., the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dixon; and he spent his childhood near Haigler, Neb. He later resided at Bellevue, Kan., and Grand Island, Neb. He served in the navy from Oct. 25, 1943, to Jan. 9, 1946, and held the rating of gunner's mate third class, USNR, when he was discharged. He moved here after his separation, from service.

Mr. Dixon married Estaline Snyder April 9, 1938, at Concordia, Kan.

Surviving are two daughters, Faye Marie and Shirley Nadine; one son, Floyd Nelson; five brothers, Nelson, Canon City, Wesley, William V., Clyde and Kenneth, Grand Junction; one sister. Mrs. Marie Castonguay, also of this city; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Dixon, Fruitdale, – Grand Junction, Colo., Sentinel.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1914
Joseph Dixon

Joseph Dixon, one of the early settlers of DundyCounty, died in a hospital at Denver,

Colorado, on Thursday, December 17.

The Rev. Frank Woodward conducted the funeral services Friday afternoon and interment took place in the Valley Cemetery.

On April 5, 1867, he was married to Miss Maggie Threw. To this union four children were born, all of whom are living. He was a soldier during the Civil War, serving 4 years and 20 days.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February1971

Marvin W. Dixon

Funeral services were held. Monday morning, February 8, 1971, at Imperial, Nebraska, for Marvin W. Dixon, who passed away at Avondale, Arizona, on February 4, 1971. The son of Harry Lee and Selma Nelson Dixon, he was born in Dundy County on October 31, 1916.

Mr. Dixon grew to manhood on the family farm north of Benkelman, and attended the Benkelman High School. He was united ཕྲ in marriage to Violet Denny on August 23, 1937, at Wray, Colo. Mr. Dixon was a successful farmer living in the Hiawatha community until 1916 when he moved to Pine Bluff, Wyoming, Twin Falls, Idaho, and to Avondale, Arizona, in 1950. He had since worked as a farm-labor manager.

He was preceeded in death by his parents and one brother. Survivors include daughters Mrs. (Gloria) Richard Jones, of Grand View, Missouri; Mrs. (Janean) Dick Stocker, of Twin Falls, Idaho and Mrs. (Shirley) J. R. Clark, Jr., of Clatskanie, Oregon; brothers, Maurice and Mardelle of Benkelman; sisters. Mrs. Madeline (Don) Cox of Imperial, and Mrs. Mildred (Don Humphrey of Phoenix, five grandchildren, six nephews and two nieces, other relatives and friends.

Rev. Richard S. Deems officiated at the funeral services conducted at the United Methodist Church in Imperial. Music was, provided by Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Bauerle accompanied by Mrs Willard Rouze.

Escorts were Clarence Krutsinger, Kenneth Alsbury, Harold Stinnette, Charles K. Leach, Stanley Pribbeno and Stanley Ham.

Interment. was at the Benkelman Cemetery near Benkelman. Creveling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1999
Maurice Marshall Dixon

Maurice Marshall Dixon, 77, was born May 9, 1921, to Harry and Selma (Nelson) Dixon on the Dixon homestead in Dundy County, Neb. He died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo.

He attended the one-room schoolhouse on the family ranch, and from an early age worked alongside his father, brothers and sisters, working the land and tending the cattle.

His long association with 4-H began in 1935. In 1939 he was a member of the Dundy County 4-H Judging Team which was selected to represent Nebraska at the National 4-H Congress held in Chicago, Ill.

Maurice was united in marriage to Virginia Frasier on Aug. 13, 1944, in Imperial, Neb., and two sons were born to this union. He ran Virginia moved to their ranch in the valley near their family homesteads, where they raised their sons, and he worked the land he loved and cared for the ranch.

Maurice was a loving, caring and thoughtful husband, father and grandfather. He and Virginia celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1994, and continued their life together until his passing.

He was always interested in the well-being of his community and continued to be active in 4-H as a leader for many years. He was a member of the 4-H Council in 1967 and in 1975 he served a term on the Dundy County Extension Board. He was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding support. This past year he was truly honored to be chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 1998 Dundy County Fair.

Mr. Dixon also served as a director on the Board of the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb., for six years and was chairman for three years. He was a director on the Imperial Fire Board and an active member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Cattlemen's Association, the Wheat Growers Association and the United Methodist Church in Benkelman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and a brother, Marvin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia, of Benkelman; sons Maurice Jr. of Ojo Caliente, N.M., and Mark and his wife, Lisa, of Nogal, N.M.; six grandchildren: Tancy, Jalana, Cheyenne, Jordan, Lane and Brent Dixon; sisters Mildred Humphrey of Benkelman and Madeline and her husband, Don Cox, of Imperial; his brothers Mardelle and Duanne; numerous beloved nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Ena (Frasier) Phipps and Lena Mae Frasier, and his brothers-in-law, Merle and C.O. Frasier.

He was loved and admired by his family, his extended family of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed--but never forgotten.

Funeral services for Maurice Dixon were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Kelly Hayward sang "In The Garden" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

Bearers were Brad and Harl Dixon, Steve Krug, Tom Harford, Jerry Cox, Russell Mack and Tim and Steve Leibbrandt. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren and all of his friends.

Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were by Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1999
Mardelle Duaine Dixon

Mardelle Duaine Dixon passed away Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at the age of 68. He was born in Dundy County, Neb., on March 11, 1931, on the family homestead to Harry Lee and Selma Alfreda (Nelson) Dixon.

He lived his entire life on the same family ranch and attended the one-room school one mile north of the ranch. After attending Benkelman (Neb.) High School he began his ranching and farming career and soon married Duanne Deane Bremer on Nov. 3, 1952, in McCook, Neb. To this union three children were born: Starla, Harl and Brad.

Mardelle was a progressive farmer and stockman and loved the good soil he grew up on. He took pride in his horses and cattle and raised many successfully bred quarter horses. Mardelle loved to rodeo and race his horses. He served on the board of the Nebraska High School Rodeo and helped coach many local youths in the sport of rodeo. He was a lifetime gold card member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboy's Association.

Mardelle was a good neighbor and friend to many and always offered a helping hand. His generosity and character will be missed by all but never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and two older brothers, Marvin and Maurice.

In his untimely departure he leaves to mourn his kind and loving wife, Duanne; a daughter, Starla Ott, of Palisade, Neb.; two sons: Brad and wife, Mindi, of Wauneta, Neb., and Harl of El Paso, Texas; five grandchildren: Dalyce and Reid Ott and Grant, Taylor and Blair Dixon; two sisters Madeline and husband, Don Cox, of Imperial, Neb., and Mildred Humphrey of Benkelman; a sister-in-law, Virginia Dixon, of Benkelman, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mardelle Dixon were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 1999, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. A cowboy's service was conducted by Lex Thompson, and Kelly Hayward sang "One Day at a Time," "I Think God Must Be a Cowboy" and "I'll See the Stories Get Told," a tribute to Mardelle written by Kelly. A Cowboy's Prayer was also recited. Organist Jackie Wilson provided prelude and postlude music. Casket bearers were Jay Fanning, Marty Fanning, Kelly Hayward, Tom Hanford, Kenny Smith and Bob Stamm. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Forch Funeral Chapel.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1981
Jack B. Doak

Jack B. Doak, son of Waitman and Harriet (Bennett) Doak was born Oct. 15, 1905 at Alton, KS and passed away Thurs., Jan. 8, 1981 in Englewood, CO at the age of 75. On Feb. 15, 1941, he was united in marriage with Dorothy Crane in Denver, CO. They were blessed with the birth of two daughters.

Jack worked in Benkelman, NE for several years before moving to Denver where he was an employee of Sears Roebuck until his retirement. He was a veteran of World War II.

Being an avid gardener, he loved to share his flowers and garden produce with family and friends.

His survivors include his wife Dorothy; two daughters, Jeanne and husband, Ron Tharp and Sharon Gillispie ; grandchildren Angela and Steven Tharp and Stacey Gillispie, two, sisters, Mae Mossburg; Benkelman, Nebr. and Bessie Earl of Woodston KS; several nieces an nephews and a host of friends

Jack was preceded in deal by his parents, two sisters Lulu Swartzlander and Blanche Nicholson, and seven, brothers: Leo, Earnest, Jim, Roy, Perry, Elza and Lon.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 1981 at Fairmont's Little Ivy Chapel and interment in Fairmont Cemetery in Denver. Committed service was held by the Masons, Union Lodge No. 7 AF & AM.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1965
James Alva Doak

James Alva Doak was born Mar. 12, 1885, in the Alton, Kan.,area to Waitman and Harrittie Bennette Doak. He passed away at the Osborne Community Hospital on October 4, 1965, at the age of 80 years, six months and 22 days.

He attended school at Alton and grew to manhood in the Alton community. As a young man he went to Concordia where he met and married Dina Estiped in the year of 1911. They lived on a farm and farmed south of Concordia until 1935, when they moved into Concordia. There his beloved wife passed away in 1936.

After running a truck garden for a number of years, he retired to taking care of race horses and dogs at the Cloud County Fair Grounds until December 1961, when his health failed and he came to live with his sisters, Mae Mossburg and Bessie Earl. In March of this year, he went to live in the Haven of Rest Annex at Osborne, where he received loving care until his passing on Monday morning, October 4.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, six brothers, and three sisters.

Surviving him are two sisters,, Mae Mossburg of Benkelman, Nebr., and Bessie Earl of Woodston, Kans.: two brothers, Perry Doak of McCook, Nebr., and Jack Doak of Englewood, Colo.: six sisters-in-law, Vernie. Jennie, Ethel, Rita, Dorothy and Mary; two brothers-in-law, Bill Mossburg and Irvin Earl; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1970
Lee Waitman Doak

Funeral services were held Saturday. January 30th, for Lee Waitman Doak, 38, of Loveland, Colorado. Mr. Doak lost his life in a car accident near Denver on Tuesday, January 26th. Burial was in the Fort Morgan cemetery.

Lee was the oldest son of the late Lon Doak and Mary (Doak) Williams of Fort Morgan. He was born on the W. 0. Mossburgh farm, east of Benkelman, on August 13, 1932. He was married to Sandy Hill (Sexson) of St. Francis, Kansas. He leaves to mourn his death his wife. Sandy, three stepchildren, Connie, Randy and Kimberly Sexson, all of Loveland, Colorado; his mother, Mary Williams. and a sister, Mrs. Gordon Musgrove. who live in Fort Morgan, and two brothers, Gary and Daiel Doak who live in California. His father preceded him in death.

Those attending the funeral Saturday were Mrs. Mae Mossburgh of Benkelman. Mrs. Bessie Earl of Woodston. Kansas, aunts of the deceased; Betty Delaney and son, James of Woodston, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Draper of St., Francis, Bill Draper of Bird City iriand Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reuber, Jr., of Ludell, Kansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Doak of Englewood, Colorado. Jack is an uncle of the deceased.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1940?
W. Doak

W. Doak, one time resident of the Max .community several years ago, passed away at the home of a daughter at_Alton, Kansas, December 2nd, at the age of 87.

Mr. Doak was born in West Virginia on February 28, 1853, and with his parents moved to western Kansas in 1866, where he homesteaded. He was a member of numerous buffalo hunting parties in western Kansas and Nebraska before the western colonization influx became prominent and the big game on the prairies became extinct.

In 1916 he moved to a farm north of Max which he operated until 1923. He was the father of the Doak boys who used to make Benkelman their home and Mrs. W. Mossburg and Mrs. Blanche Maddox. Interment was in the Concordia, Kansas. municipal cemetery.



Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1965
Edward Layton Dobbs

Mr. E. L. Dobbs passed away May 9 at the Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis. Monie, as he was known to almost everyone, was 96 years of age.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning, May 12, from the Federated Church in McDonald, with Rev. C. L. Swihart officiating.

Edward Layton Dobbs, oldest son of Abram and Lucy Dobbs, was born in Savannah, Mo., on September 24, 1868, and departed this life in St. Francis, Kans., on May 9, 1965, at the age of 96 years, seven months and 15 days.

He attended school and grew to young manhood in Savannah.

In April, 1887, he moved to Bird City, Kansas, with his family. For two years he worked on farms and was relief driver for the stage which ran between Bird City and Benkelman, Nebr. He then began working as a clerk in a general store.

On August 22, 1899, he was united in marriage to Sarah T. Kerndt, a widow who had two young daughters, Hertha and Beulah Kerndt. Mrs. Dobbs preceded him in death in 1938.

In October 1899 this new family moved to McDonald, Kansas, where they had purchased a general store. In 1908, the store was sold and for about a year Mr. Dobbs was vice president of the Citizens State Bank in St. Frantis. The family returned to McDonald in 1909 to again take over the store he had sold where he remained in the mercantile business until 1921.

For the next 17 years he was actively engaged in the insurance and real estate business in the McDonald area.

He was a member of the Federated Church of McDonald, a charter member of McDonald Lodge No. 303 AF&AM, a charter member of Progressive Chapter No. 396 of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a charter member of the McDonald Lions Club.

Monie, as he was fondly known by his family and almost everyone, lived a full and useful life. His philosophy was "I've seen few people I didn't like and there is something good in almost everyone."

He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. C. A. Benkelman and Mrs. Harry D. Harrison, of McDonald, Kansas; three grandsons: Wilmot Benkelman of McDonald, Dr. Ward E. Benkelman of Polson Montana, Dr. Robert K. Benkelman of Denver, Colo.; one great granddaughter; nine great grandsons; two brothers, Claude Dobbs of Meeker, Colo., and Earl of Pacoime, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.—Atwood (Kan.) Citizen-Patriot.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2001
Joan Patricia (Horinek) Dodson

PLATTEVILLE, Colo.--Joan Patricia Dodson, age 70, of Platteville, died Sunday, June 3, 2001,at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. She was born March 9, 1931, in Stratton, Neb., to Wencel M. and Helen A. (Vrbas) Horinek.

Joan grew up on a farm north of Atwood, Kan. After her marriage to Ray Ham in October 1951 in Atwood, the couple moved to his hometown of Benkelman, Neb. In1959, she and Ray moved to Greeley, then to Johnstown, Colo., in 1964. The couple divorced in 1965.

In 1966 she married Donald Dodson in Greeley and they moved to Greeley. She was divorced from Donald in 1982.

She lived with her special friend, Bill Griffith, in Greeley until 1996 when the couple moved to Trenton, Neb., to care for her ailing mother. She and Bill returned to Colorado and resided in Platteville.

She was an active member of the Eagles Lodge of LaSalle, Colo., and the Moose Lodge of Greeley and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Evans and Platteville. She was an avid flower gardener and loved to read and work puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, second husband, Donald Dodson, and special friend Bill Griffith.

She is survived by five children: Michael Ham of Gill, Colo., Randall Ham of Greeley, Jacquelyn (Ham) Gilbert of Fort Collins, Colo., Kristi (Ham) Trawick of Portland, Texas, and Anthony Ham of Benkelman, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2001, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Greeley, with arrangements by Northern Colorado Crematory of Greeley. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1020 9th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1996
Lena Gretchen (Busking) Doetker

WAUNETA— Lena Gretchen Doetker, age 81, died Saturday (Dec. 21, 1996) at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home in Wauneta.

She was born Oct. 26, 1915, at Rosemont to Henry and Lizzie (Schmid) Busking. In the spring of 1917 she moved with her family to the Wauneta vicinity, where she lived the remainder of her life. She attended the parochial school at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the South Divide.

She was united in marriage to John Doetker on Sept. 11, 1934, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. They made their home on the Doetker family farm, eleven miles southeast of Wauneta. In 1979 they moved onto the Busking family farm, eight miles southwest of Wauneta. For the past several months, Lena resided at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Donna in 1958; one grandson, Terry Fortkamp; and three brothers, Harry, Edward, and William.

Survivors include her husband, John, of Wauneta; one daughter, Norma Fortkamp and her husband, Marlin, of Wauneta; two sons, Virgil Doetker and his wife, Judy, of Palisade and Gary Doetker and his wife, Diana, of Wauneta; one brother, Herb Busking and his wife, Eulene, of Palisade; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled today at 10 a.m. MST at St. Pauls' Lutheran Church in Wauneta with Pastor Carlton Hein officiating.

Burial followed in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery at Wauneta.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1929?
Charles Doetker

Grudge-crazed farmer seeks murderous revenge. Kills divorced wife's son, fatally injures her nephew, shoots wife of step-son and then ends bloody chapter by killing himself.

Separation, divorce and alimony award at a recent court session led up to the tragedy.

The shadow of death fell heavily over the horizon for four people Monday morning when Charles Doetker, a German farmer living 16 miles northeast of Max arose from his couch with the avowed intention of closing life's chapter for at least 5 or perhaps 6 persons.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1995
Fern T. (Teel) Dolan

Fern T. Dolan was born October 11, 1901, in Frontier County, Nebraska, to Norman R. and Ida Jane (Shirley) Teel. She died Sunday, August 27, 1995, at Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, where she had made her home for the past three years.

She married William C. Dolan April 19, 1919, and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Mrs. Dolan resided at Rainbow Fountain Park in Benkelman for 20 years where she was an active member of that community.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, William Dale, a casualty of World War II; six brothers, John, Ora, Walter, Norman, Clair and Ami, and five sisters, Elsie, Macy, Marie, Sara and Claudine.

She is survived by her daughters, Gladys Quigley of Denver, Colorado, and Lois Bagshaw of Roseburg, Oregon; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Alta Teel of Benkelman and Mabel Teel Caldwell of Idaho; nieces, and nephews.

Mass of the Resurrection was Wednesday, August 30, 1995, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Mark Pfeiffer celebrant. Organist was Marjorie Redfield. Selections included "I Am The Bread Of Life," "Gift Of Finest Wheat" and "City Of God."

Bearers were Bobbie Behlke, Don Ellis, Doug Lutz, Monty Hansen, Mark Rosenfelt and Thad Lutz.

Interment was in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Indianola, Nebraska.

Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2001
Rosa Bessie (Ahlmann) Dommer

PIERCE— Rosa Bessie Dommer, 94, of Pierce, Neb., passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at the Pierce Manor.

She was born Aug. 2, 1907, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Fred and Anna (Thompsen) Ahlmann. She was baptized Sept. 5, 1912, and confirmed March 20, 1921, by the Rev. H.A. Hilpert at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Pierce.

She attended St. John's Lutheran Parochial School until the eighth grade.

She married Elmer Dommer on March 3, 1926, at St. John's Lutheran Church. Following their marriage they lived in the Pierce area. They moved to El Paso, Texas, where they resided for 1 1/2 years, then returned to Nebraska where they farmed north of Pierce. They moved into Pierce in 1971 when they retired.

Mrs. Dommer, a housewife and homemaker, did volunteer work at the Lutheran Community Hospital in Norfolk, Neb. She had been at the Pierce Manor since August 1996. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce and the Ladies Aid.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on April 17, 1993, a grandson, Keith Dommer, four brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by two sons: Melvin and wife, Anita, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Dennis and wife, Frances, of Columbus, Neb.; two daughters: Esther (Mrs. Lyle) Wiese of Benkelman, Neb.. and Beulah (Mrs. Gene) O'Neal of Camarillo, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren, and two sisters: Marcella Wragge of Pierce and Emma Turek of Princeton, Minn.

Funeral services for Bessie Dommer were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce with the Rev. Gordon Bruce officiating. Celine Fehringer was the organist and accompanied the congregational singing of "I'm But A Stranger Here," "Amazing Grace" and "Just As I Am."

Casket bearers were David Dommer, Patrick O'Neal and Brad, Larry, Scott and Rod Wiese. Honorary bearers were Gerald Goettl, Kevin Kritzer, Justin Locke, Kip Wiese and Robert Willis.

Burial was in the Prospect View Cemetery, rural Pierce.

Stonacek Memorial Chapel of Pierce was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2000
Alice M. (Ivie) Donohue

Alice M. Donohue, 97, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb.

She was born July 12, 1903, at Blackfoot, Idaho, to Thomas and Maude Vaden Ivie, and graduated from high school in Mackay, Idaho.

On Feb. 3, 1925, she was united in marriage to James Harry Donohue at Mackay and the couple moved to Big Timber in Cheyenne County, Kan.

Born to this union were four sons: Wesley, Lester, Eldon and Jim.

Alice and her husband farmed until 1947 when they purchased a hotel in Benkelman, and in 1953 the family moved to the Hastings/ Harvard, Neb., area where Alice was employed at the State Hospital. In 1971, after her husband's passing, Alice moved back to Benkelman to be closer to her family.

She enjoyed gardening and loved raising beautiful flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables that she canned for her family and friends. When not at work in her garden, she enjoyed playing the piano, quilting, crocheting and sewing.

After retiring, Alice enjoyed going to the Senior Center where she participated in many activities and visited with friends. She was also an avid card player and enjoyed playing pitch with her friends and family.

In July 1996, she moved to the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman where she resided until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1970; sisters Viola and Emma; brothers Wesley and Harold, and a granddaughter, Patricia Donohue.

Those who survive her include her sons, Wesley and wife, Wilma, of Benkelman, Lester and wife, Marguerite, also of Benkelman, Eldon, and wife, Katharine, of St.

Paul, Neb., and Jim of Hastings, Neb.; a brother, Dick Ivie, of Arco, Idaho; a sister-in-law, Virginia Ivie of Shoshone, Idaho; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren,. and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Alice Donohue were held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2000, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, P.M.A., officiating. Mary Baney was the organist and Betty Hansen sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Casket bearers were Dan, Tim, Jim and Casey Donohue, Brad Dinnel and Brent Timko. Honorary bearers were Clinton Munn, Floyd Pettit, Alvin Loop and Ron DeWester.

Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Forch Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite B. Donohue
BENKELMAN -- Marguerite B. Donohue, 84, died Tuesday (Feb. 1, 2005) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

She was born Feb. 5, 1920, in Dundy County to Fay and Della (Gagnon) Louch and attended school near her home.

On April 28, 1950, she married Lester T. Donohue in St. Francis. They made their home in Benkelman.

She worked at various jobs in the Benkelman area throughout her lifetime, including the grocery store, drug store and the hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fay and Della Louch; son, Dwayne Donohue; infant twin brothers; sisters, Wilma Smith and Frances Teeter; and one brother, Howard.

Survivors include her husband, Lester Donohue of Benkelman; sisters, Noma Sanchez of Torrance, Calif., and Fayetta West and husband, Al of Pueblo West, Colo.; one granddaughter; and three great-granddaughters.

Funeral services are Friday, 11 a.m. (MST), at Forch Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 1 p.m., to 7 p.m., at the funeral chapel in Benkelman.

Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2004
Wilma Jean (Martin) Donohue

Wilma Jean (Martin) Donohue, the fourth child of Harry and Marjorie Martin, was born on July 19, 1930, in Benkelman, Neb. She passed away at the age of 73 on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Neb.

Wilma married Wesley Michael Donohue on April 17, 1949, in Benkelman. They resided on a farm north of Bird City on the Big Timber Creek in Cheyenne County, Kan. To this union were blessed six children: Peggy, Patti, Dan, Barb, Deb and Don.

Wilma was preceded in death by a daughter, Patti; her parents; a sister, Louise Sumner, and brothers Jack and Max Martin.

Surviving family members include her husband, Wesley; their children: Peggy Dinnel
and fiancé, Dale Anderson, of Yuma, Colo., Dan Donohue and wife, Lois, of Benkelman, Barb Moore and husband, John, of Sutherland, Neb., Deb Flemming and husband, Dave, of Bird City and Don Donohue and wife, Jana, of Gypsum, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at the Benkelman Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1970
James Harry Donohue

James Harry Donohue, the second of three children of Michael John Donohue and Addie nee Trasker, was born in Chillicothe, Illinois on August 17, 1894. At the age of sixteen, he left home and headed for the Northwest. Because of his love for horses, he engaged in construction work, and in hauling supplies to the Flathead Indian reservation in Montana. Later in the Sawtooth mountains of Idaho he was employed in mining and in lumbering and as a Forest Ranger. It appears that in these years he learned the western trait of loyalty to friends which trait characterized him for the. rest of his life.

In June 1918, at Fort Lewis, Washington he enlisted in the Army. He served in the 166th Depot Brigade at the time of his discharge in December 1918.

On February 3, 1925, in Mackey, Idaho, he was married to Alice Ivey. The union was blessed with four sons.

About five months after marriage, the young couple took up farming in the Big Timber community south of Benkelman, Nebraska. They continued farming until the Spring of 1947, when they established a home in Benkelman and Mr. Donohue returned to his first love, that of construction work. He contributed to the building of Swanson and' Enders dams, and of the igloos at the Navy Depot near Hastings, Nebraska. While engaged at Hastings, the family home was transferred from Benkelman to Hastings. Then, on retirement of Mr. Donohue in 1953, a domocile was established at Harvard, Nebraska, and here Mr. Donohue spent the remainder of his life.

After an extended period of critical illness, Mr. Donohue departed this life in the Grand Island Veterans Administration hospital early Thanksgiving day morning, November 26th.

Mourning his departure are these relatives: his wife, Alice; four sons, Wesley and Lester of, Benkelman, Eldon of Grand Island and James of Roseland. Nebraska, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. The following preceded him in death: his parents, one brother, John, and one sister, Julie.

Funeral services were held at Jay's Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 28th with Gustav Duhrkop officiating. Ray Balderson and Ross D. Druliner, Jr., were the singers accompanied by Mrs. Ronald DeWester at the organ. Casket bearers were Vee Conant, Paul Ross, Gary Goesch, Joe Haley, Jim Donohue and Dan Donohue, Graveside services were in charge of Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of Jay’s Funeral Home.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, June 26, 2007
Lester T. Donohue
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
June 8, 1928 - June 24, 2007

BENKELMAN -- Lester T. Donohue, 79, died Sunday (June 24, 2007) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

He was born June 8, 1928, on his family's farm in Cheyenne County south of Benkelman to James Harry and Alice Maude (Ivie) Donohue, and attended school near his home.
On April 28, 1950, he was united in marriage to Margurete Gerdes at St. Francis.

He worked at various jobs for several years, including working in the oil fields in South Dakota and Kansas, and for the REA in Akron, Colo. He worked for the road department in Cheyenne County for a short time before they moved back to Benkelman where he worked for the city.

He was later employed by Dundy County where he worked for the road department, maintaining roads throughout the county for more than 35 years.
Preceding him in death are his parents, James and Alice Donohue; his wife, Margurete; step-son, Dwayne; and sister-in-law, Wilma.

Survivors include three brothers, Wes Donohue of Big Timber, Kan., Eldon Donohue and wife, Katherine of Upland, Jim Donohue and wife, Linda of Hastings; step-daughter-in-law, Fran, and her daughter, Julie; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were today at 2 p.m. at Forch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Interment followed services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name.

Visitation is today until 2 p.m. at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman NE, Post on June 19, 2013
Wesley Michael Donohue

Wesley Michael Donohue was born March 22, 1926 to Harry and Alice (Ivie) Donohue in Cheyenne County, Kansas.

Wes attended school in Bird City, Kansas. He was inducted into the United States Navy on February 10, 1945 and was Honorably Discharged on August 15, 1946. Shortly after his separation from the military, he married Wilma Jean Martin on April 17, 1949 in Benkel¬man, Nebraska. The couple made their home in Dundy County, Nebraska and later in Cheyenne County, Kansas. Wesley was a farmer, rancher and truck driver. He farmed with horses up until the early 1990's.

He enjoyed driving and working with his draft hors¬es. He also loved reading, playing cards with his neigh¬bors on Big Timber Creek, playing with children and meal times.

Wes passed away Wednesday morning, June 12th, at the Yuma Life Care Center in Yuma, Colorado. He was 87 years of age.

Wesley is preceded in death by his parents; wife Wilma Jean; an infant daughter Patricia "Patty" Jean Donohue; and a brother Lester Donohue.

Survivors Include: Daughter: Peggy Dinnel-An¬derson and Husband, Dale, of Yuma, Co.
Son: Dan Donohue and wife, Lois, Bird City, KS Daughter: Barbara Powell, North Platte, NE.
Daughter: Debra Flemming and Husband, Dave, of Bird City, KS.
Son: Donald Donohue and wife Jana, Gypsum, CO.

Fifteen Grandchildren
Twenty-five Great-Grand¬children

Brothers: Eldon Donohue of Upland, NE
Jim Donohue and wife, Linda, of Inland, NE

Graveside Services were held Monday afternoon, June 17, 2013, 2:00 P.M. (MT) at the Benkelman Cem¬etery, Benkelman, NE with Dr. Daniel Marshall officiating.

Visitation was held Sat¬urday afternoon, June 15, 2013, 1:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. (MT) and Monday morning, June 17, 2013, 10:00 A.M. (MT) until service time at Forch Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, NE

A memorial has been established in Wes's memory.

Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome. com

Liewer funeral home of Imperial was in charge of arrangements

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1989
Virginia M. (Francis) Donze

Virginia M. Donze, 64, of Benkelman, Nebraska, died early Monday, January 30, 1989, at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colorado, after a brief illness.

Virginia was born January 7, 1925, in Dundy County, Nebraska, the daughter of Claude and Vera (Harrison) Francis. She was a graduate of Wauneta (Nebraska) High School.

Virginia was united in marriage to John Donze on October 19, 1946, at the Methodist Church in Benkelman. Born into this union were two children, Jerry and Gloria.

John and Virginia farmed in the Wauneta area for eight years. In 1954 they moved to Max, Nebraska, where Virginia was active in the Max Methodist Church, was a 4-H leader for many years and was active in many community activities.

In 1972, Virginia became a member of the staff of Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman where she served as a nurse's aide and worked in all areas of the hospital. Later, she was given the additional responsibility of training new nurse's aides. On December 16, 1988, she was honored as the Employee of the Year by Dundy County Hospital's employees. Virginia's work at the hospital was her natural talent and her fellow employees were much more than friends, they were family. Her work gave her great joy which was exceeded only by her love for her four grandchildren: Scott, Crystal, Sherri and Michele. She found great enjoyment in following the activities of her grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John. She is survived by a son, Jerry Donze, and his wife, Sandra, of Arvada, Colorado; a daughter, Gloria
Bracelin, and her husband, Kenny, of St. Francis, Kansas; four grandchildren, Scott and Michele Donze, Crystal Faulkender and Sherri Bracelin; two brothers, Verle Francis of McCook, Nebraska, and Lyle Francis of Littleton, Colorado, and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman Wednesday, February 1, 1989, at 11 a.m. The service was officiated by the Rev. John Bartlett.

The organist was Phyllis Kirkman. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "Amazing Grace" and "On The Wings Of A Dove."

Bearers were Dean Thoronton, Craig Francis, Scott Donze, Verle Raichart, Duaine Todd and Jim Sis.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1972?
Francis Louella (Harrison) Donze

Francis Louella Donze, 62, died Thursday, November 30th at. the Chase County Hospital in Imperial. She was born October 9, 1910, in Dundy county and was a lifelong resident of the Wauneta community.

Survivors include her husband, John of Wauneta; daughters, Berdeen Yost of Sutherland, Nebraska and Darlene McCollum of Palisade; six grandchildren; a sister, Vera Francis of Max; three brothers, James, Elmer and Roy Harrison all of Wauneta.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, December 3rd. at; the United Methodist Church in Wauneta with Rev. T. J. Fraser officiating. Burial was in the Riverside cemetery in Wauneta under the arrangement of the Brunkhorst Funeral Home of Wauneta.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2004
Delbert Dale Donze

GREELEY, Colo. — Delbert Dale Donze, 75, died Saturday (July 31, 2004) at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born April 26, 1929, to Emil and Phoebe (Gauger) Donze in Wauneta. He attended Fairview School District No. 58 in Dundy County. He assisted his parents in farming and worked for neighbors before entering the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He served from 1950 to 1954 and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He flew B29's as a bombsight and was an auto pilot tech.

After his discharge, Delbert was employed by several trucking firms as a mechanic and driver, making Eaton, Colo., his home. He semi-retired in 1992 and continued to farm the family home near Wauneta.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No.0018, Moose Lodge No. 909 of Eaton and a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Robert, Donald and Ralph.

Survivors include his brother, Dean Donze of Anaheim, Calif.; and sister, Mable Petsch of Albin, Wyo.

Services are Wednesday, 10 a.m. (MST), at the Allnutt Funeral Chapel in Eaton.

Graveside services are Thursday, 11 a.m. (MST), at the Eden Cemetery in rural Wauneta with the Rev. Giles Armstrong officiating. Military rites will be provided by the American Post No. 304 of Wauneta.

A memorial has been established in his name.

Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1992
Donald Arthur Donze

WAUNETA – Donald Arthur Donze, the fourth child of Emil and Phoebe (Gauger) Donze, was born on April 11, 1921. Like his five brothers and one sister, he grew to adulthood on the family farm located near Wauneta, Nebraska.

Donald died on January 25, 1992, in the house where he had been born and lived all his life.

A bachelor and affectionately known as "Boob" by his friends, he was a quiet, calm, proud man who liked being outdoors and having time to pursue his numerous interests. When quite young, he acquired his pilot's license and for many years owned his own craft which he housed in a hangar built on the family farm.

He was proud of the corn, wheat, cane and cattle that he helped raise on the small Nebraska farm. For many years, he did custom farm work traveling south in the spring and following the harvest back home. His Gleaner combine and corn-picker harvested the grain for many farmers during his lifetime.

He liked to go to farm sales and auctions. Many items in his home and around his farm were purchased at these sales. Because Donald was a careful, meticulous man with great mechanical skills, these items were restored to perfect working condition.

He was a master welder, and many foot scrapers, bird baths, paperweights, tractor-seat stools and fireplace implements were fashioned in his workshop from old metal farm machinery parts for friends and family. Most were adorned with a metal or wooden horsehead that he affixed to the object.

During the last few years of his life, he suffered from a weakened heart and his activity was curtailed. During this time his aunt, Virginia Gauger, his cousins, Harold and Beverly Maris, and his friend, Robert Hohl, helped him in any way they could.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three of his brothers, John, Robert and Ralph.

He is survived by one sister, Mabel Petsch of Albin, Wyoming; two brothers, Dean of Irvine, California, and Delbert of Greeley, Colorado, and one sister-in-law, Edna Donze, of Trenton, Nebraska, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, January 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the Eden Cemetery south of Wauneta. Pastor Rick Tunison of the Eden Missionary Church officiated.

Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1986
John Henry Donze

John Henry Donze was born on September 30, 1910, at the Robertson Ranch in Hayes County, Nebraska, to Emil and Phoebe (Gauger) Donze. He passed away on October 20, 1986, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.

John, the eldest of seven children, lived with his family on a farm south of Wauneta for many years.

On October 12, 1940, John entered the Army. He served his country for four years, nine months and 29 days. He was decorated with the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars.

John was united in marriage to Virginia M. Francis on October 19, 1946, at Benkelman, Nebraska. They lived at several farm locations around Wauneta before moving to Max in 1954.

John and Virginia were blessed with two children: Jerry Lynn and Gloria Ann. John loved his children and loved doing things with them and their friends. John logged many miles taking kids to ball games and to many other activities.

John worked for the County as a heavy equipment operator for about 30 years. He was a member of the Max School Board for several years and a member of Martin F. Bowles Post No. 65 and the Max Methodist Church.

His favorite pastime was building things from wood. He was best known for his "Johnny Boxes," windmills, dog and cat houses, wall organizers and many other items always coming from Johnny's garage. When John wasn't busy building things, he was helping Jim Sis with cattle and harvest, or he was at Vince's Repair Shop keeping Vince company.

John's four grandchildren were very important to him. He was always happy when they were staying with him for the weekend. He taught them to drive and fish, They loved the shopping trips he took them on to McCook.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ralph.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Max; one son, Jerry, and wife, Sandra Donze, of Arvada, Colorado; one daughter, Gloria, and husband, Kenny Bracelin, of St. Francis; four grandchildren: Scott and Michele Dome and Crystal and Sherri Bracelin; four brothers: Robert and wife, Edna, of Trenton, Donald of Wauneta, Dean and wife, Karlene, of McCook, and Delbert of Greeley, Colorado; one sister, Mabel Petsch of Albin, Wyoming, other relatives and friends.

Services were held Thursday, October 23, 1986, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

The organist, Phyllis Kirkman, accompanied Carol and Robert Sander with the selection "One Day At A Time."

Bearers were Donald Donze, Jim Sis, Dean Dome, Verle Francis, Delbert Donze and Lyle Francis.

Honorary bearers were Vince Reiman, Wayne Bascue, Wayne Cushing, Pete Crow and Melvin Carter.

Committal service was by the American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1982?
Ralph E. Donze

Ralph E. Donze died on Thursday, June 24th, at his home in Wauneta of a heart attack at the age of 47 years, 3 months and 12 days.

He was born in Dundy County on March 12, 1935, the youngest son of the late Emil and Phoebe (Gauger) Donze.

Ralph attended grade school in the District 58 country school and high school in Wauneta, Nebraska.

He served two years in the military in Germany. On his return from the service, he was engaged in farming south of Wauneta. He moved to Wauneta in 1975 when ill health forced him to retire.

He was a faithful and long-time member of the Wauneta Jaycees.

Survivors are his brothers, John of Max, Robert of Trenton, Donald of Wauneta, Dean of McCook and Delbert of Greeley, Colo.; his sister, Mabel Petsch of Albin, Wyo., and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.

Military services were conducted at the Eden Missionary Church on Monday, June 28th, at 10 a.m. with Don Egle of McCook and the Rev. Steve Werdal officiating.

Interment was at the Eden Cemetery under the direction of the American Legion Post of Wauneta.

Music was provided by the Kitt Quartet with Miss Julie Maris serving as organist.

Escorts were his brothers, John, Donald, Dean and Delbert, and nephews, Virgel Petsch, Jerry Donze and Kenneth Bracelin.

The Creveling Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2003
Florence E. (Bradley) Douglass

Florence E. Douglass, 72, a longtime Haigler, Neb., resident, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colo.

Florence was born on April 8, 1930, in Yuma, Colo., to Carl A. and Evelyn (Covey) Bradley. She attended Yuma schools and was in the Class of 1948. She married Marion Douglass on June 19, 1960, and moved to Haigler where she resided until her death.

Florence was a devoted wife and mother and homemaker. She was a dedicated Christian and a member of the Wray Church of the Nazarene since 1963. She worked diligently in all aspects of God's service, including Sunday school teacher for 22 years, missionary president, board secretary for 15 years, song leader, VBS director and a faithful prayer warrior. In July 1983, the Wray Church of the Nazarene honored Florence with the Distinguished Service Award.

She was well known for her volunteer work, her hospitality and her cooking. Her door was always open and everyone was welcome. Florence was best known for her commitment to God and her family. She never fully recovered from the loss of her beloved husband. Her greatest joy was to have family near, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Bradley, and her husband, Marion. She is survived by her children: Terry and wife, Karen, of Yuma, Ken and wife, Janet, of Winfield, Kan., Pat and husband, Steve Gardner, of Wray and Gayle and husband, Tim White, also of Wray. Her sister-in-law, Mae Bradley, of Golden, Colo., also survives Florence. Surviving grandchildren are Brad and wife, Nancy; Brigette and Rob; Robin and husband, Jeff; Rick and wife, Jennifer; Kevin, Kerri, Becki and husband, Scott; Kelli and husband, Jim; Mike, Kade, Julia, Lynettee and husband, Aaron; Matt, and Lauren. She is also survived by her pride and joy great-grandchildren Brenden, Blayne, Nolan, Brody, Jared, Josh, Jarred, Skylar and Jordan, and a host of relatives and friends.

Services for Florence Douglass were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2003, with the Revs. Noel Sullivan and Terry Douglass officiating at the Wray Church of the Nazarene. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery at Haigler. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Wray Church of the Nazarene.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1990
Edith Leona (McFarland) Douglass

HAIGLER, Neb.--Edith Leona (McFarland) Douglass was born near Charter Oak, Iowa, November 15, 1893, to James and Julia (Trease) McFarland and died November 19, 1990, at the Homestead Health Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

She grew up in pioneer days in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the youngest in the family of nine children.

When she was seven years old, her mother died and she grew up under the supervision of her father. She was close to her sister, Besse, who was three years older. They were life-long friends.

The family moved to southwestern Nebraska in 1906 and lived on a farm north of Haigler near the Dundy-Chase County line.

She was married to Guy C. Douglass on May 21, 1917, and they lived in Haigler for a few years. During this time she became a member of the Methodist Church.

They moved to a farm west of Haigler and later lived four miles east of Haigler.
Four children were born to them: two sons, Clair and Leon, and two daughters: Violet and Betty.

While her children were growing up, Edith was kept busy making clothing for them, helping to provide food for them and supporting their activities.

After the children were grown, she enjoyed quilting for friends and with the church group. She was a member of United Methodist Women, Haigler Woman's Club and Haigler Study.

In 1956, Edith and Guy retired from farming and moved to Haigler. Guy died in 1962. The last eight years of Edith's life, she lived with her daughter, Violet, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Four months ago she went to live at Homestead Health Care where she died.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, three sisters, one grandchild
and her husband, Guy.

Survivors include her sons, Clair and his wife, Beverly, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Leon and his wife, Rita, of Ogallala, Nebraska: her daughters, Violet and Betty and her husband, Keith Newhouse, of Lincoln: eight grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, November 24, 1990, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Haigler with the Rev Terry Douglass officiating.

Organist was Florence Daniels and Virginia Harford, Don Harford, Helen Woods and Ray Harford sang "Day Is Dying In The West" and "How Great Thou Art." The congregation sang "Amazing Grace."

Bearers were Jim Coiner, Marion Douglass, Steve Gardner, David Hunt, Keith Newhouse and Wayne Mahon.

Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1986
Rena (Smith) Douglass

Rena Douglass of Boulder, Colorado, died Wednesday, July 2, 1986, at Boulder Community Hospital. She was 61.

Mrs. Douglass was born in Wauneta, Nebraska, on February 11, 1925. She was the daughter of Clarence G. and Phoebe M. Kennedy Smith.

She married Herbert E. Douglass on February 14, 1944, in Boulder.

Mrs. Douglass and her husband owned and operated Doug's Auto Salvage in Boulder.

She had been a resident of Boulder since 1944, moving there from Haigler, Nebraska.

She was a member of Rocky Mountain Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband of Boulder; two daughters: Constance June Hering of Lafayette, Colorado, and Sharon Ann Crouse of Erie, Colorado; three brothers: Clarence Smith of Hillrose, Colorado, Lloyd Smith of Waterloo, Iowa, and Floyd Smith of Boone, Iowa; four sisters: Agnes Hedges of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, LaVonne Dailey of Gering, Nebraska, and Bernice Douglass and Dorothy Douglass, both of Laramie, Wyoming; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Crist Mortuary with the Reverend Charles Dee officiating.

Burial followed at Mountain View Memorial Park.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1979
Edith Viola (Tidyman) Douglass

Edith Viola Tidyman Douglass daughter of James and Rosa Tidyman was born Apr. 5,1899 near Maywood, NE She lived there until about 1910 when the family moved to the Haigler, NE and Cheyenne County, KS area. On Jan. 22 1913 she was united in marriage to Joseph L. Douglass and they lived together in Cheyenne County, KS until Joe passed away Feb. 13, 1948. She continued to live on the farm until 1957 when she moved to Haigler. In 1976 illness forced Edith to move to the Cedardale Health Care Center in Wray, CO. She passed away Sept. 20, 1979 in Wray.

Joe and Edith had 13 children. Surviving her are daughters Dorothy Larson and husband Volina, St. Francis, KS; Muriel Forbes and husband Rufus, Eckley, CO; sons Albert and wife Evelyn, Vista, CA; Laurence and wife Berneice, Laramie, Wyoming; Vic and wife Ardith, Meeker, CO; Ted and wife Evelyn, Hungington Beach, CA; Marion and wife Florence, Haigler, NE; Glen and wife Donna, Huntington Beach, CA; Robert and wife Shirley, Phoenix, AZ and one daughter-in-law, Veda Douglass, Haigler, NE. Besides her children she leaves three brothers, five sisters, several step-brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and relatives. She was the proud grandmother of 37 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Lloyd of Haigler, one sister, one brother, two infant sons, Benny and Dickie, and an infant daughter.

Edith was educated in country schools in Nebraska and Kansas. Her family was her career, and her pride and joy. She managed to raise her big family during the hard depression years and never lost her love of life. Her mottos were "Never feel sorry for yourself" and "enjoy life to the fullest". She lived up to these mottos, always busy but never too busy to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

She was a member of the Haigler Unit 134 of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as its president several years.

She joined the Wray Church of the Nazarene in 1964 and supported it to the last days of her life.

She was a member of the Wray W.C.T.U.

She will be sadly missed by all who k knew her.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1959

Archie Lee Douglass
Full military rites for S-Sgt. Archie Lee Douglass 28, were conducted at Holyoke, Colorado, at 11 o'clock Wednesday, June 24, 1959. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church with concluding rites and interment at Holyoke Memorial Park.

S-Sgt. Douglass passed away Wednesday, June 17, at Lackland Air Force Base Hospital, San Antonio, Texas, after a three month illness. He entered the Fitzsimmons
Hospital in Denver in May, and was transferred to the hospital at Lackland Air Force Base two weeks ago.

Services were in charge of Chaplin Porter, Lowery Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado. Active pall bearers were Air Force men from Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, South Dakota. Honorary pall bearers, buglers, and the official escort were from Lowry Air Force Base, Denver. The Lewis Funeral Home in Holyoke assisted with the arrangements.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Douglass, Archie Lee was born December 22, 1930, in Cheyenne County Kansas. He moved to Holyoke, Colo., with his parents in the fall of 1933, where he grew to manhood. He attended school at Holyoke and graduated from the Phillips County high school in 1949.

On November 2, 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force and received his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He was then transferred to Amarillo, Texas, and later to Korea where he served for one year. Returning to the States, he was stationed at an Air Field near Austin Texas for some time. At the end of his enlistment period he re-enlisted at Amarillo, Texas, planning to make the Air Force his career. He remained at Amarillo for two years, before being transferred to the Ellsworth Air Force Base at Rapid City, South Dakota. He became ill while stationed there.

He was united in marriage to Bijie Ann Wernet of Holyoke, Colorado, on August 17. 1952, at Amarillo, Texas. To this union two daughters were born, Roxann, five, and Diana, two. Roxann was born while he was over seas.

Surviving S-Sgt. Douglass are his wife, two daughters, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Douglass, of Holyoke, two brothers, Carroll of Ogallala, Nebr., Rex, at home, three sisters, Mrs. Don (Esther) Poe, Mrs. Eddie (Gladys) Walgren, Joan at home, all of Holyoke. One half-sister, Mrs. Amel (Eunice) Peterson, Haigler, Nebraska, one-half brother, Jimmie Douglass, of Blue Lake. California, and many other relatives and friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1988
Don Russell Douglass

Don Russell Douglass was born September 23, 1915, in Rice, Kansas, the son of Ebenezer and Alta (Davis) Douglass, and died at his home in Neligh, Nebraska, on Friday, June 24, 1988. He lived and attended school in Concordia, Kansas, until moving to Haigler, Nebraska, where he grew to manhood.

He was united in marriage to Dolores Carlock on February 26, 1944, and to this union two daughters were born: Susan, (Mrs. Gary) Taylor of Pierce and Dianne (Mrs. Byron Horst) of Neligh.

Following a tour of duty with the United States Army during World War II, he served several Nebraska communities in the public utilities area including Haigler and Benkelman.

He moved to Neligh in 1956 and for many years held the position of water commissioner for the City of Neligh. He worked for North American Builders as a serviceman and also owned and operated Douglass Electric Motor Service. He retired in 1980.

He was united in marriage to Agnes Lawrence on August 14, 1971, in O'Neill, Nebraska.

He was an active member of the American Legion Post 172 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5287.

Surviving him are his wife, Agnes; daughters, Susan and Dianne; stepdaughter, Bonny (John) Smith of O'Neill; stepson, Robert Lawrence of Lakewood, Colorado; brother, Elton of Boulder, Colorado, as well as 6 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.

Services were held June 27, 1988, at the First Congregational Church at Neligh with the Rev. Bryce Hecht officiating. Committal was at Laurel Hill Cemetery at Neligh with military honors.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1971?

Ettie Gertrude Douglass
Middleton, Idaho—Services for Mrs. Ettie Gertrude Douglass, 67, Middleton, who died Thursday, September 16th at a Caldwell hospital after an illness, were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 20th at the First United Methodist Church at Middleton by the Rev. Keith Maxwell. Interment followed at Middleton under direction of Flahiff Chapel, Caldwell.

She was born June 8, 19J4 in Yuma county, Colorado a daughter of James W. and Emily Brown Douglass. She was reared and attended school in Yuma county and was married to Allen L. Douglass, September 13, 1922 at Benkelman, Nebraska. They settled in Cheyenne county, Kansas, then for many years in Colorado. She was a city councilwoman for Grover, Colorado, from 1930-32. They came to Middleton, August 27, 1971 where they had purchased a home. She was a charter member of Bible Baptist Church of Windsor, Colorado.

Survivors include her husband' of Middleton; two daughters. Mrs. Aaron (Allene) Evans of Middleton and Mrs. Willard (Lucille) Cantin of Lincoln, Nebraska; two brothers, Roy Douglass of Holyoke, Colorado and Art Douglass of San Diego, California; two sisters, Mrs.Hazel Douthit of St. Francis, Kansas, and Mrs. Mattie Trembly of Haigler, Nebraska; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter.—Boise. Idaho, daily newspaper.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1987

Jim (Jimmie) Douglass
Jim (Jimmie) Douglass died June 6, 1987, in his home at Coalinga, California. He had been ill for about two years.

Jim was the son of the late Roy and May Douglass of Haigler.

He is survived by his stepmother, Irene Douglass of Holyoke, Colorado; a sister, Eunice Peterson, and husband of Lamar, Nebraska; three stepsisters, Esther Poe and husband of Holyoke, Gladys Wallren and husband of Beaverton, Oregon, and Joan Roskop and husband of Wray, Colorado; and two stepbrothers, Carroll and wife of Norfolk, Nebraska, and Rex and wife of Denver, Colorado.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. His wife died July 3, 1986, at Coalinga.

Jim was born at Haigler, Nebraska, August 14, 1924.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2004
Lawrence A. Douglass

Lawrence A. Douglass, 88, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at Cobre Valley Community Hospital in Globe, Ariz. He was born in Cheyenne County, Kansas, on Dec. 4, 1916, the son of Edith (Tidyman) and Joseph Douglass.

Lawrence proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He worked for the Bureau of Mines (Department of Energy) in Laramie, Wyo., for 18 years. He helped build Baptist churches and was known for always helping someone fix something as he could fix anything. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Those who survive him include his wife of 61 years, Bernice Douglass, of Globe;
daughters Janice Staudte and husband, Bill, of Globe and Marilyn Laddusaw and husband, Bob, of Plano, Texas; brothers Glen of California, Vick of Colorado and Bob of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Muriel Shirmak, of Akron, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and nine-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Ray.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at the Miles Funeral Service Globe Chapel in Globe. Interment was in the Globe Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Wray Southern Baptist Church, Wray, CO 80758, and the Haigler American Legion, Haigler, NE 69030.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1975

Lloyd L. Douglass
This precious husband and Father received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour just prior to his and Veda's marriage and he with his family have faithfully attended the Benkelman Friends church for some time.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his Father, Joseph who passed from this life Febr. 13, 1948, and two brothers, Benny and Dickie.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his mother, Edith Douglass of Haigler, his wife Veda of Haigler, two sons Lloyd and Roger and one daughter Norma all at home and one son Lorenzo and his wife Darlene of Johnson, Kansas, seven brothers, Ted, Glen and Albert of California, Lawrence of Wyoming, Victor, of Colorado, Robert of Arizona, and Marion of Haigler, two sisters, Dorothy of Kansas, and Muriel of Colorado, 70 nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lloyd was a precious husband, always kind and very generous, loving and never one to scold. As a Dad, he was the best in the world, thinking of his children always before himself. He loved God and kept steadfast to his faith and now with the Apostle Paul he can say "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."

(Researcher note: Date of birth: 1-18-1920; date of death: 7-22-1975. Burial was in the Haigler cemetery.)

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2002
Marion C. Douglass

HAIGLER--Marion C. Douglass, 78, a longtime resident of Haigler, Neb., departed this life Friday, June 7, 2002, at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colo.

Marion was born June 20, 1923, in a sod house in Cheyenne County, Kan., to Joseph L. and Edith V. (Tidyman) Douglass. He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Islands. He farmed and did numerous jobs until he started the Douglass Drilling & Well Service in 1958.

On June 19, 1960, he was united in marriage to Florence Bradley, and on March 20,1962, adopted Florence's children, Terry, Pat, Gayle and Ken.

Marion sold his business in1975 and went to work for the Village of Haigler until he retired in 1985. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing the fiddle, building his own machinery and, most of all, the love of family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was willing to help anyone who needed assistance, and was a friend to all.

He was a member of the Wray Church of the Nazarene, Haigler Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was active in Boy Scouts and served on the Volunteer Fire Department.

Marion was preceded in death by his parents, infant brothers Dickie and Benny, Lloyd and Ted and a sister, Dorothy Larson.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of Haigler; sons Terry and wife, Karen, of Yuma, Colo., and Ken and wife, Janet, of Winfield, Kan.; daughters Pat and husband, Steve Gardner, and Gayle and husband, Tim White, all of Wray; grandchildren Brad and wife, Nancy, Brigette, Robin and husband, Jeff, Rick and wife, Jennifer, Kevin, Kerri, Becki and Scott, Kelli and husband, Jim, Mike, Kade, Julia, Lynettee and husband, Aaron, Matt and Lauren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Albert of Vista, Calif., Lawrence of Wray, Glenn of Hemet, Calif., Vic of Meeker, Colo., and Bob of Globe, Ariz.; a sister, Muriel Shernak, of Akron, Colo., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Marion Douglass were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Wray Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Noel Sullivan officiating. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery at Haigler.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray was in charge of the arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1982
Roy William Douglass

Roy William Douglass was born on December 3, 1897, to James and Emily (Brown) Douglass at Beaver City, Neb. His family moved to Yuma County, Colo., when Roy was less than one year old. Roy worked on the Bill Rosencrans sheep ranch south of Laird before entering the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy during World War I, being discharged in 1919.

In the fall of 1919, Roy moved to Pennsylvania and married Mae Jack on January 1, 1920, at Stoneboro, Penn. To this union, two children were born: Eunice Peterson currently of Lamar, Neb., and James, currently of Coalinga, Calif. The family moved to Haigler, Neb., in 1921. Mae passed away in November, 1925.

On February 12, 1930, Roy married Irene Trembly in Wray, Colo. Roy and Irene shared the joy of bringing six children into the world.

This family moved to Holyoke, Colo., in October, 1933, from Haigler. Roy worked for Jim Hoover for several years and then moved to the W .E. Heginbotham ranch southeast of Holyoke in 1935. They lived there until they retired and moved to 319 South High School Street in Holyoke.

Roy and Irene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February, 1980, when all but one of the children were able to be present.

Roy Douglass was a member of the American Legion from 1920 until his death. He was one of three remaining World War I veterans in Holyoke and was voted a life member of the American Legion in 1977.

Roy was a great storyteller and friends came from miles to listen to his humor and wit. His vivid details of what lifestyle was when he was a young man filled many a child (and the parents) with amazement.

Roy William Douglass was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mae, in November, 1925; a son, Archie, in June, 1959; two grandsons, Neil Peterson and Kenneth Roscop, Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Crystal Schwarting, and three sisters and one brother.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, and children: Eunice Peterson and husband, Amel, of Lamar, Neb.; James and his wife, Irene, of Coalinga, Calif.; Esther Poe and her husband, Don, of Holyoke, Colo.; Gladys Walgren and her husband, Ed, of Beaverton, Ore.; Carroll of Stanton, Neb. ; Rex of Denver, Colo.; Joan Roskop and her husband, Ken, of Wray, Colo.; 21 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one brother, Arthur, and his wife, Hallie, of Salina, Km.; two sisters, Mattie Trembly of Haigler and Hazel Douthit of St. Francis; one brother-in-law, Allan Douglas, of Lincoln, Neb., and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and countless friends.

Roy William Douglass passed away at the Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo., on June 13,1982, after a three-week stay in the hospital.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in Holyoke on June 16 with Jim Mort, minister, officiating. Evelyn Keasling played the organ and Gracie Haines and Doris Osmus sang two numbers accompanied by Judy Shivley at the piano.

Pallbearers were grandsons and grand-sons-in-law: Mike Poe, William Douglass, Larry Peterson, Melvin Enabnit, Harlan Petersen and Merlin Enabnit.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2003
Helen Clara (Pochop) Douthit

Helen Clara Douthit died on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2003, at the Good Samaritan Village in St. Francis, Kan., at the age of 92. She was born on Aug. 3, 1911, on a farm north of Beardsley, Kan., to Rudolph and Vincentia Pochop, immigrants from Moravia, Czechoslovakia. She was the second of nine children. She was born three months premature with no fingernails and very thin skin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Douthit; her brother, Vincent Pochop, and sisters Mary Lorens and Agnes Pochop.

She is survived by her five children: Emily Peter of Denver, Colo., Walter Douthit of St. Francis, Roger Douthit and wife, Myra, of St. Francis, Dr. Rudoph Douthit and wife, Pat, of Berthoud, Colo., and Stephen Douthit and wife, Melva, of St. Francis; 17 grandchildren: Deborah, Mark, Jennifer, Michelle, Teresa, Chad, Megan, Jason, Jared, Michael, Amy, Stephanie, Ana, Erica, Margo, Courtney and Thomas; nine great-grandchildren: Adam, Trevor, Sarah, Christopher, Eric, Libby, Jack, Tia and Emily; her sisters: Angie Demmer of Lakewood, Colo., and Margaret Faimon of Stratton. Neb.; her brothers, Frank Pochop and wife, Elizabeth, Victor Pochop and wife, Lucy, and Ralph Pochop and wife, Jean, all of Atwood, Kan.; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Helen's first year of high school was spent at Holy Trinity Catholic boarding school in Brainard, Neb. She then attended and graduated from Stratton High School in Stratton. Neb. After graduation she attended nursing school and began her career by caring for the ill in peoples' homes. She was also a nurse at the St. Francis Hospital working with Dr. Peck. Nursing suited her loving and caring nature, and she was endeared by those for whom she cared.

As a nurse she met Jim while caring for him in the St. Francis Hospital. They were married for 48 years. Being a wife, mother and homemaker filled her life with joy. Helen's life centered around her family and her faith. She enjoyed being outside and tending to her garden, flowers and animals, especially her beloved dog Snoopy. Her spending money came from raising chickens and selling eggs. She also enjoyed playing pinochle, going for Sunday afternoon rides and visiting family and friends. She loved to laugh, had a witty sense of humor and always had little ditties to share with all.

Helen was a very strong and religious person. She was always looking out for those less fortunate. She noticed those who needed to be noticed, those who others overlooked--the handicapped, the needy or those less fortunate, always treating them with dignity when others might not.

She endured many illnesses, always fighting back and living up to the words written about her in high school: "A live wire never gets stepped on."

A scripture and rosary service was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, at Knodel Funeral Home in St. Francis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Helen Douthit were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Beryl Gibson as celebrant. Honorary pallbearers were siblings Frank, Victor and Ralph Pochop. Angie Demmer and Margaret Faimon. Casket bearers were grandchildren Mark Peter, Jason Douthit, Michael Douthit, Jared Douthit, Chad Douthit and Ana Douthit. Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery at St. Francis. Arrangements were by Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1948
Frank Richmond Douthit

Frank Richmond Douthit, son of Stephen and Elizabeth Douthit, was born in Davie County, North Carolina, May 28, 1872, and died at the St. Francis, Hospital, St. Francis, Kansas, Nov. 19, 1948, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 19 days.

Mr. Douthit grew to manhood in North Carolina. His father died when he was just a boy of twelve, so he was left to care for the rest of the family.

His early married life was spent in farming and general merchandising at Yadkinville, N. C:

In 1917, he moved to Benkelman, Nebr., where he engaged in farming until in 1930 they moved to Mount Airy, N. C., where he was engaged in business until 1932, when they returned and settled on a farm near St. Francis, Kans., and again engaged in farming and cattle raising. In the fall of 1945, he retired and moved to St. Francis.

Mr. Douthit was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Styers, on April 15, 1903. To this union were born ten children, six of whom are living, four having preceded him in death, namely, Ann Elizabeth and Stephen Abraham who died in infancy, William Kitchen Douthit in 1945, and Jesse Styers in 1946. His wife, Mary Ellen died in March, 1947.

Those who survive are Frank R. Jr. of Chillicothe, Ill., James and Thaddious, both of St. Francis, Kans., Mrs. E. W. Snedeker, Quantico, Va., Mrs. Paul A. Freehling, Haigler, Nebraska, and Mrs. Lyle Miller, Hastings, Nebr., sixteen grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Minnie Powell, of Mount Airy, N. C., besides a host of friends.

Mr. Douthit attended the Moravin church in his early youth, and in 1925 was baptized and united with the Presbyterian church in Benkelman, Nebraska. He became a Master Mason in Yadkin Lodge, No. 162, of Yadkinville, N. C. on January 20, 1917, later transferring his membership to Benkelman, Nebraska.

He. will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church in St. Francis with the pastor, Rev. I. T. Allen officiating, assisted by Rev. G. Smith, and interment was in the St. Francis cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, November 24, 1948, with Masonic burial service.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1984?
James Walter Douthit

Jim W. Douthit, 72, of St. Francis, Kansas, died Saturday, May 19, at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver after a long illness. Jim was a successful and respected rancher and farmer in the Cheyenne County community for 53 years.

James Walter Douthit was born May 5, 1912, in Yadinville, North Carolina, to Frank R. Douthit and Mary Ellen Styers. In 1931 the family moved from North Carolina to a farm 10 miles northeast of St. Francis. Jim continued to farm this land along with three of his sons until his death.

For the past 41 years Jim and his sons have shown their registered Hereford bulls at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, Kansas Hereford Association, past board member of the Federal Land Bank and Production Credit Association.

Jim was a respected leader in the community. Among the awards that he received were the Bankers Award for Soil Conservation and 4-H Family of the Year award. He was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church.

He was married on September 23, 1936, to Helen C. Pochop at St. John's Catholic Church north of Beardsley, Kansas.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; five children and their families: Emily Ann Peter, Deborah, Mark, Jennifer and Michelle of Denver; Walter Douthit, Teresa, Chad and Megan of St. Francis; Roger and Myra Douthit, Jason and Jared of St. Francis; Rudolph and Pat Douthit, Michael, Amy and Stephanie of Berthoud, Colorado; Stephen and Melva Douthit of St. Francis; one sister, Gladys Freehling, and her husband, Paul, of Haigler; and a host of relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Ellen (Styers) Douthit; brothers, Stephen, Frank, Kitchen, Styers and Thad Douthit; and sisters, Elizabeth Douthit, Edith Miller and Minnie Snedeker.

Jim was an honest man who did things his way. Those who knew him well remember him saying, "Remember to satisfy your needs; not your wants." He was a loving, kind and generous husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family and all those who knew him.

Funeral mass was held May 23 at the St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Gregory Beyer, O.F.M. Cap., officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery. Arrangements were by Kramer Chapel. Casket bearers were F.R. Douthit, Calvin Freehling, Thad Douthit, Neale Miller, Lee Mills and Kenneth Miller.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1978
Thaddious Jacob “Thad” Douthit

Thad Douthit. 63, farmer and rancher in the community for almost 40 years, died at Cheyenne County Hospital Saturday after a brief illness. A respected community leader for many years, Thad was a charter member of the Cheyenne County Fair Board and had served the board as president for the past 15 years.

A Hereford cattle breeder for many years, Thad was a member of the Kansas Hereford Breeders Association and in past years had served in all of the offices of that organization, including president for a year. He also had been a member of the Northwest Kansas Hereford Association since 1940. He served on the school board for 16 years: was a member of the township board for 36 years; was a 4-H leader for 28 years: a member of the Farm Bureau for 37 years; a member of the Masonic lodge and Shrine.

This spring Thad, and his wife Hazel, were named Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker for the year. Selection was made on the basis of excellence in farming, farm living, homemaking and rural citizenship.

Thaddious Jacob Douthit was born Dec. 23, 1914 to Frank and Mary Ellen Steers Douthit in Yadkinville, N.C. Thad was the seventh of ten children in this family. He passed away Sept. 23, the first dayof autumn.

His early years were spent in this area. At the age of 14 Thad's family moved hack to North Carolina. After only six months back in the south his returning alone to the Kansas-Nebraska area was indicative of his determination and love of this countryside.
He was a graduate of St. Francis High School. He then attended William's Institute of Embalming in Kansas City, Kans. which also gave way to the lure hack to the Herefords and grassland.

On June 3, 1939 Hazel Douglass and Thad Douthit took their vows of marriage. To this union four children were born: Jane, Thad Jr., Joyce and Becky. They settled south west of St. Francis in 1941. For the past 37 years Thad and Hazel have watched the ranch grow into a family operation.

Numerous achievements culminated in his receiving the Master Farmer Award last spring.

One of Thad's greatest awards in life was gaining the title of "Grandpa." He was able to know ten grandchildren: Tammy. age 11 years; Troy, 10; T. J., 9; Janet. 8: Tye 6; Janel, 5; Janet 5: Tricia 4: Anny 2: and Ryan 1.

Family preceding Thad in death were his parents. Frank and Mary Ellen Steers Douthit, brothers Stephen. Kitchen. Steers and Frank and sister Elizabeth.

Thad is survived by his wife Hazel; and immediate family Jane and John Cook, Janel. Janet and Janes of Lyons, Kans.: Thad Jr. and Mary Lou Douthit, Tammy, T. J. and Tricia of St. Francis: Joyce and Roger Faulkender, Troy, Tye and Leigh Ann of St. Francis: Becky and Farrell McAtee and 1:0an of Oberlin.

Survivors also include a brother, Jim Douthit and sisters, Minnie Snedeker, Gladys Freeling and Edith Miller. Thad was also blessed with many other relatives and a host of close friendships. Services were held Wed., Sept. 27, at the St. Francis United Methodist Church with Rev. Darrell Hecht officiating. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July? 1980?
Lelia Dowdle

The community was saddened the learn of the death of Lelia Dowdle, July 30.
She had gone into the hospital on Sunday and without warning expired very early Wednesday. Services are scheduled for August 1 at the Kramer Chapel then she will be flown to Ohio for graveside services and burial.

She has been a member of her daughter's home for many years and was definitely a part of the Keith Carman family. She also had a granddaughter here, Vicky Cress of St. Francis, KS. She will be sadly missed by her family, her church, and her neighbors.

Services for Lelia Dowdle were held Fri.. Aug. 1 in St. Francis. William Leach had charge of the services. A family dinner was managed by the Olen Morres and other neighbors. After the chapel service Lelia was flown to Ohio for graveside service and burial. Attending those final services from here were daughter Pat Carman and husband Keith and Helen Passmore. Several of Lelia’s family came from Ohio and Arizona for services here.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1991
David Howard Downing II

BIRD CITY, Kan.--David Howard Downing II died at his home in Bird City, Kansas, August 2, 1991, at the age of 48.

David was born to Robert and Alice Downing on July 29, 1943, in St. Francis, Kansas. He attended Bird City schools and graduated with the Class of 1961. He was engaged in fanning with his grandfather, D.H. Downing, until his death in 1968.

He was involved in a serious accident in 1972 which left him disabled.

He enjoyed just getting in his pickup and driving. He would visit places around Bird City, Benkelman and other communities, have an iced tea and talk to those around. He would visit his children and grandchildren. He would go to Colby, Kansas, to visit his mother, Alice, and sister, Cynthia Bolling, and nieces, Katie and Misty.

David married Sharon Henderson on August 11, 1963. They had three daughters and a son.

Survivors include his daughters, Karla Meissinger and her husband, Stan, of Kanorado, Kansas, Kayla Tatman and Keela Downing of Goodland, Kansas; a son, David Downing and his wife, Krystal, of McCook, Nebraska; six grandchildren; his mother, Alice Brannan, of Colby; his father, Robert and wife of Camp Verde, Arizona; a sister, Cynthia Bolling of Colby; two nieces, Katie and Misty Boling of Colby; aunts, Bess Hendrix of Benkelman,
Nebraska, Jessie Stroup of Goodland, Dorothy Johnson of North Platte, Nebraska, and Minnie Downing of Colorado, and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held Thursday, August 8, at the United Methodist Church in Bird City with Norman Morrow officiating. Interment was in the Bird City Cemetery.

Organist was Marlene Young. The congregation sang "How Great Thou Art" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

Bearers were Dale Henderson, Dave Meyer, Don Boyson, Larry Forsythe, Larry Ketler and Cynthia Bolling.

Arrangements were by Kramer Chapel of St. Francis.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2004
Gregory Alan Downing

Gregory Alan Downing passed on from this life on Nov. 10, 2004. Surrounded by the love of his family, he passed away after a lengthy illness with multiple cancers. He was 50 years, 10 months and 10 days old. Born in Atwood, Kan., on Dec. 30, 1953, to Kermit and Mary (Vachuta) Downing, he was the third youngest of four children. A lifelong resident of Northwest Kansas and Southwest Nebraska, he loved the area and made it his home with his wife and two sons.

He graduated from McDonald High School in 1972 where he had met his future wife, Geraldine Sabatka. In 1974, he graduated from Northwest Kansas Area Vo-Tech School after a course of education in farm and diesel mechanics. That same year he married Geraldine on June 8 at St. John's Catholic Church in Beardsley, Kan. For a short time, the newlyweds made their home in Goodland, Kan. In 1975, they moved to Stratton, Neb., which has been home ever since.

Greg loved the land of the area in which he grew up. He was employed by Stehno Farms as a farmhand for 17 years. A self-proclaimed "jack-of-all-trades," he had an ability to fix or repair nearly anything in the house, yard or shop. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening and caring for his yard. He was a man of integrity and his genuine nature often led him to help others in any way he could volunteer his energy.

He was actively involved in his church, where he took care of the grounds and facilities and also served on the church board. St. Joseph's of Stratton was his church since boyhood. Greg was also involved in the community of Stratton and served on the ambulance crew for 20 years. He was a volunteer fire fighter, a volunteer scoutmaster for Troop #219, and a member of the Stratton Village Board. As his name would suggest, he was a gregarious, social man, with an enthusiasm for life and sense of humor that was ever-apparent. Even while facing adversity in his life and with his health, his attitude was positive and he always looked forward to the next day.

Above all, Greg loved his family. He and Geraldine enjoyed 30 years of marriage together, raised two sons and made a loving home which gave them great pride in their life together.

Surviving Greg are his wife, Geraldine, of Stratton; sons Jason Downing and wife, Amy (Ahlers), and Ryan Downing, and a granddaughter, Hadlea Kay, all of Kearney, Neb.; his mother, Mary Schwerdt, and a brother, Doug, of rural McDonald, and a sister, Jeanette Burkhalter, and her husband, Kevin, of Benkelman. Neb. In addition. he is survived by numerous family members, nieces and nephews, and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Joseph and Marie Vachuta and Daniel and Mary Ethel Downing; his father, Kermit Downing; his stepfather. Don Schwerdt, and a sister. Cheryl Wilkens.

Rosary was recited Friday evening, Nov. 12, 2004, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratton. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratton with the Rev. Sean Redmond as celebrant. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1974
Kermit Willis Downing

Kermit Willis Downing was born August 16, 1927 in Rawlins County, Kansas to the late Daniel and Mary Ethel Downing and passed away January 17, 1974 at the age of 46 years, five months and one day. On December 25, 1947 he was united in marriage to Mary Vachuta. To this union four children were born: Cheryl, Douglas, Gregory and Jeanette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and mother-in-law.

Kermit lived his entire life in Rawlins County. He was an ambitious, hard working farmer until June 1970 when he suffered a stroke and later was stricken with cancer and had been in failing health since. He was a member of the McCook Knights of Columbus and Saint Joseph Catholic Church of Stratton, Nebraska. He was a kind, loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and is sadly missed.

Those to mourn his passing are his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Cheryl Wilkens and husband Larry of Hoxie, Jeanette of the home; two sons, Douglas and wife Diana of Stratton and Gregory of Goodland, Kansas; two granddaughters, Renee and Cherie Wilkens; his father-in-law, Joseph Vachuta; two brothers, Edward of Atwood, Kansas and Dale of Grand Junction, Colorado and many other relatives and friends.

Rosary was January 18th at 8:00 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home and funeral services were January 19th at 10:00 in Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Conrad Marrama officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Holler, Fred Hanson, Royce Smith, Clark Hanson, Frances Lorens, Edward Sis, Edmund Stehno and James Sis with the Knights of Columbus as honorary pallbearers. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home in charge.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2002
Gene T. Doyle

McCOOK – Gene T. Doyle, 74, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln, Neb. He was born July 1, 1928, to Charles and Lillie Belle (Groves) Doyle in McCook, Neb. He graduated from Red Willow High School in 1945.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1950. On Sept. 5, 1950, Doyle married Rose Ellen Koetter in McCook.

He owned and operated Doyle Oil Company from 1955 to 1995 when he retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising miniature horses.

Doyle was a member of the McCook Elks Lodge #1434 and the McCook Eagles Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William, Robert and Ray and sisters Leona Coburn and Velma Ruggles.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, of McCook; sons Terry Doyle and wife Kathy, Ted Doyle, Kelly Doyle and wife Karen and Pat Doyle and wife Paula, all of McCook; daughters Sherry McKillip and husband Randy of McCook, Peggy Morris and husband Danny of Benkelman, Neb., and Tami Potthoff and husband Kevin of McCook; a sister, Helen Bagan, of McCook; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Doyle and Mildred Doyle, both of McCook, and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Father Gary Brethour officiating. Music included the recorded selections "Country Roads," "Old Rugged Cross" and "Lord, You Gave Him A Mountain."

Casket bearers were Larry, Edward and Russ Doyle, Billy Bortner and Gayle and Rick Ruggles. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery at McCook. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of the arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1973
William Bacil Doyle

William Bacil Doyle, son of Daniel and Emma Doyle, was born near McCook, Nebraska, September 15, 1892. Death came at the Wray Community Hospital, September 13, 1973. His age was only two days less than 81 years.

In early life he married Phyllis Mattern of Denver, Colorado and at the time of her death in 1962, they had been married nearly 50 years. Three children came to bless their home, two having died in infancy. The only living child, Alice Doyle McCauley, lives in Colorado Springs.

For many years Bace was a successful rancher north of Laird, Colorado. Due to his wife's ill health, they retired and moved to Wray in 1960. Bace was a good neighbor, a man of diligence, kindness, and integrity. In later life he was baptized and became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

In May, 1967, he married Thelma West, a retired teacher of Haigler, Nebraska. Bace was indeed a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Those who deeply feel their loss are his faithful and devoted wife Thelma; his daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Don McCauley; his only living sister, Cleo Garton of Castle Rock, Colorado; four grandchildren and their spouses, and his six great grandchildren. He also leaves several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, many nephews and nieces, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for William Bacil Doyle were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 17 at the Lockwood Mortuary.

Elder Reuben Johnson of Elm Creek, Nebraska and Pastor Rex Bell brought comforting messages from God's word.

Mrs. Henry Neuswanger sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset". The pianist was Mrs. Dwight Brewer.

Interment was in Highland Cemetery.

The out-of-town relatives and friends who registered at the funeral of William Bacil Doyle were as follows: from Colorado Springs, Don and Alice McCauley, Lawrence and Donna Kroeger, Mike and Bryan, Randy and Carol DeBlieck, Gary and Sandra McCauley, Dawn and Kurt and Don and Phyllis Ames.

Cleo Garton, Castle Rock, Colorado; Elder and Mrs. Reuben Johnson, Elm Creek, Nebraska; Leonard Ackerson, Greeley, Colorado; Matilda Haney and D. T. Doyle, Tryon, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Larington and Emily McCauley, Denver, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Orvie Newell, Oshkosh, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Fritz, North Platte, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Modrell, Julesburg, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Peterson, Sterling, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hanley, Pueblo, Colorado; Eugene Peterson, Atlanta, Georgia; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Purvis, Longmont, Colorado; Mrs. Evelyn Creach, Bird City, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Fisher, Elva Ackerson and Stan Ackerson, Sidney, Nebraska; Pastor Rex Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Holtzman and Mrs. C. H. Kuhnke, Holyoke, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jewell and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Turner, Yuma, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Cox and Frank Cox, Idalia, Colorado; and Mr. and Mrs. George Neukirch, Eckley, Colorado.

From McCook, Nebraska: Mrs. Earl Beebe, Faye Larington, Mr. and Mrs. Don Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Devere Larington.

From Laird, Colorado: Mrs. Everett Myer, Evelyn Noffsinger, Keith Chartier, Bertha Chartier, Audrey Noffsinger, Gertie , McFarland, Lela M. Drommond, Mr. and Mrs. Owney Fisher, DeLorise Jensen and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Brewer.

From Haigler: Mr. and Mrs. Pete Martin, Edith M. Baumfalk, Mr. and Mrs. LaVoine Collicott, Mrs. Gerald Myer, Mr. and Mrs. George Mahon, Ethel Rath, Mabel Bullock, M. A. Haun, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Smith and Mrs. Richard Gregory.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2000
Ethel M. (Burgett) Draper

Ethel M. Draper, 91, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb. She was born July 18, 1909, in Forland, Mo., to Lewis and Vica (Stinnett) Burgett.

At an early age, Ethel moved with her family to their farm south of Max, Neb., in Dundy County. She was a graduate of the Max High School.

On Dec. 5, 1928, she was united in marriage to Earl Dale Draper. They resided in Dundy County until 1933 when they moved to Montana. In the following years she and her husband moved to Mesa, Ariz. In 1968, after the death of her husband, Ethel moved to Benkelman where she maintained her home until 1994, then moved to the Hester Home where she resided until her passing.

Ethel was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Benkelman, and enjoyed numerous crafts, including needlepoint, ceramics and bead work. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1966; a son, James Edwin, and sisters Marjorie Burgett and Lois Long. Those who survive her include her son, Dale Draper and wife, Shirley, of Medford, Ore.; a sister, Cynthia Ellis, of Benkelman; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Blanch Draper of Benkelman and Irene Rose of Hamilton, Mont.; a brother-in-law, Charles Draper, of St. Francis, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service for Ethel Draper was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at the Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. L. Ford Shenk officiating. Jackie Wilson was the organist. Congregational songs were "Amazing Grace" and "Beautiful River." Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Forch Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Hester Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2002
Harriette F. (Mossburgh) Draper

ST. FRANCIS Harriette F. Draper, 85. died Wednesday, July 27, 2002) in St. Francis.

She was born May 1, 1917, to Margaret Mae Mossburgh in Concordia. Kan

She married Charles Draper. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Heather Draper in 1996.

Survivors include her husband, Charles: two sons, Robert Draper of St. Francis and William Draper of Colby, Kan.; four daughters, Ravthel Reuber of Ludell Kan., Phyllis Bexley of St. Francis, Joann Lee of Wheeler, Kan., and Vivian Jones of Lincoln; her mother, Margaret Mae Mosshurgh of St. Francis; 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Services will he Saturday, 2 p.m., at First Christian Church in St. Francis. Interment will be at Grace Cemetery in McDonald.

Visitation is today, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.. and Saturday. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Knodel Funeral Home in St, Francis.

Memorials may he given in her name to Cheyenne County Hospital of St. Francis.

Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis is in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1991
Raymond Donald Draper

BENKELMAN--Raymond Donald Draper, son of Omen and Mamie (Taylor) Draper, was born August 12, 1917, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, near Benkelman, Nebraska. He died January 23, 1991, at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis, Kansas, at the age of 73.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from May 9, 1941, until October 19, 1945, in the South Pacific area. On October 4, 1946. he married Nannie Blanche Ellis in St. Francis, Kansas.

They lived on a farm southwest of Benkelman where he farmed. To this union seven children were born: Wesley, Clyde, Frankie, Elizabeth, Alma, Donna and Barbara.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Omen and Mamie, one infant brother, Robert F., two brothers, Earl and Lemar Draper, and one sister, Hazel Schlatter.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche, of Benkelman; sons, Wes and Frankie, of Benkelman and Clyde of Palo Alto, California; daughters, Liz and husband, Cliff Semler, of St. Francis, Alma and husband, Harry Whittington, of Benkelman, Donna Draper and Barb and husband, Mark Brown, all of St. Francis; one brother, Charles, and wife, Harriet Draper, of St. Francis; one sister, Irene (Draper) Rose of Hamilton, Montana; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Helen Draper of Parker, Arizona, and Ethel Draper of Benkelman, and other close relatives and friends.

Services were held Monday, January 28, 1991, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Benkelman with the Rev. John Corder officiating.

Mary Baney was the organist and Richard Bartholomew the soloist. Selections included “The Old Rugged Cross" and “The Great Speckled Bird."

Bearers were John Fries, Jerry Fries, John Owens, Jerry Owens, Terry Steinbeck and Al Reining.

Committal services were by the American Legion Post No. 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178. Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1996
Thomas Jason Draper

TRENTON--On Nov. 23, 1975, in Benkelman, Neb., Thomas Jason Draper was born.

In 1980, Jason and his sisters, Sandra, Lisa and Kelly, with their folks, Gary and Jeanne Hunkins, moved to Trenton, Neb. That year he started school which wasn't always a fun place as sometimes he was teased because of his Muscular Dystrophy, but that didn't keep him from functioning and developing friendships.

Growing up with three sisters sometimes was a challenge for him. Tying knots, playing with Barbie dolls and Weebles and entertaining his little brother, Jeremy, who was born Feb. 5, 1984, occupied much of Jason's time.

In recent years Larry Eckhoff enjoyed building models with him. Chuck Hudson and Jason spent a good amount of time together. Model boats got the attention of the two of them and when they visited it was hour after hour of just talking.

One of the real special friends in his life was Jody Stamm. She took him for pop and they went to the movies. She made him feel good about himself and never showed any fear of his handicap. She also helped others accept Jason.

On Dec. 16, 1992, Jason received the Young Hero Award and was appointed Honorary Tank Commander by the Nebraska National Guard. In 1994 he received the "I Dare You" award. In May 1995 he graduated from Trenton High School and received the United States Marine Corps Bulldog Award and the Masonic scholarship.

Jason had a fine relationship with God, his heavenly Father. He was completely turned off when people swore and usually told folks how he felt. One of the last things he said to his family was, "Please be good. I want to see you again someday." He believed in the reality of heaven and hell.

At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 1996, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Jason died.

Preceding him in death were his baby niece, Cassandra Eckhoff; his grandfathers, Henry Hanes and Ray Draper, and his uncle, Tom Hanes.

Surviving him are his folks, Gary and Jeanne Hunkins; his father, Clyde Draper; his sisters, Sandra and her husband, Larry Eckhoff, Lisa and her husband, Michael Wright, and Kelly Hunkins; his brother, Jeremy; his grandparents, Nina Oakley, Blanche Draper and Clyde and Arletta Hunkins; his nieces, Desirae, Laryssa and Kaytlynn Eckhoff and Miranda Wright; aunts, uncles and cousins; special folks like Jody Stamm, Chuck Hudson and Jason Leitner; other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, at 11 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Revs. Sandy Evans and Larry Harvey officiating. Musical selections were "Against The Wind" and "Free Bird."

Bearers were Larry Eckhoff, Micheal Wright, Tory Judd, Jamie Hanes, Jeremiah Hanes and Mark Cox. Honorary bearers were Chuck Hudson, Tom Hovey, Dave Anderson, Cliff Johnson and Dave Stogin. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, September 5, 2006
Kenneth G. Drinkwine
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
May 10, 1932-Sept. 1, 2006

STRATTON -- Kenneth G. Drinkwine, 74, died Friday (Sept. 1, 2006) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.

He was born May 10, 1932, at Kenosha, Wis., to Kenneth S. and Esther (Hyatt) Drinkwine and attended school in Kenosha.

He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served his country both at home, and overseas. He retired from the military on Sept. 1, 1971.

On Dec. 27, 1952, he married Doris M. Anderson at Kenosha.

After receiving his Honorable Discharge, he and his family moved to Lincoln where he was employed as a guard at the Nebraska State Correctional Facility. He and his wife, Doris, moved to Stratton in 1997.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth S. and Esther Drinkwine; brother, Robert Drinkwine; and one nephew, David Drinkwine.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Drinkwine of Stratton; daughters, Mary Casement of Utica, Shari Stelling of Lake Tomahawk, Wis., Carrie Drinkwine of Lincoln and Michelle Callihan of Lenexa, Kan; sisters, Shirley Detienne of Aurora, Ill., and Helen Pura of Wis.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service and Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratton, with the Rev. Fr. Sean Redmond as celebrant. Inurnment will follow services at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.

A rosary will be recited today at 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratton.

There will be no visitation or viewing.

A memorial service in Lincoln, Nebraska will be announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be given in Kenneth's name, or to Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1972

Josephine May (Dennon) Druliner

Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon for Mrs. Ross D. Druliner Sr., who expired at the Dundy County Hospital on Wednesday at the age of 84 years. She had been in poor health for many months.

Services were held at the Benkelman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allan Martin and Rev. Homer Clements officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and LaNeta Anderson the soloist. Casket bearers were Don Anderson, Gaile Dunn, Lee Gallatin, Jack Maring, Royce Anderson and Ray Buffington. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Bauer, Harry Ough, Frank Weiss, John Baer, Harold Barnes, Don Carroll, Tom Ballard and E. F. Ham. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.

Josephine May Druliner was born September 17, 1887 in Dundy County, the daughter of Jacob William and Clara Reinhard Dennon. She was married to Ross D. Druliner at Alma, Nebraska on January 1, 1908.

She was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and the WSCS and was a charter member of Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a Gold Star Mother and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Ross D. Druliner, Sr.; two sons, Ross D. Druliner, Jr., of Benkelman and Jerome A. Druliner, Lincoln; three daughters, Mrs. Elaine Ehresmann, Riverside, Calif., Mrs. Shirley O'Conner, Denver and Mrs. Bernice Gorthy, St. Francis, Kansas; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred and Earl Dennon of Alliance and a sister, Mrs. Jennie Stillwell, Omaha. She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Frances, who died of scarlet fever and a son, Glenn, who lost his life while serving as a Navy pilot in World War.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1981
Mary Elizabeth (Zorn) Druliner

Mary Elizabeth Zorn was born on September 30, 1921, on a farm near Oshkosh, Nebraska, and passed away August 27, 1981, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska. She was the eldest daughter of the late Edward Herman Zorn and Marie Josephine Vocke (Voke). At an early age she moved to Benkelman, Nebraska, where she attended school and graduated from the Benkelman High School with the Class of 1939. She attended the Hastings Beauty School.

On January 27, 1941, at Chadron, Nebraska, she was united in marriage to Ross D. Druliner, Jr. To this union three children were born. In January they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with their family.

During Mary's lifetime she was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church, Holly Chapter 233 Order of Eastern Star, Chapter ER of the P.E.O., and the Benkelman Woman's Club.

Mary worked side by side with her husband in the title and abstract profession. She was a registered abstracter and was a member of the Nebraska Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association.

Preceding Mary in death was her father Edward H. Zorn, and one son-in-law, Dr. Gary K. Morton. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Ross Druliner, a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Nadine Druliner of Benkelman; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kathryn Druliner, of Lincoln; a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Larry Kitt of Parks, Nebraska; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew Druliner and Allison and Van Kitt; her mother Marie Zorn of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; sisters, Dorothy and husband Leland Baney, Betty and husband Doug Hillman all of Burlington, Colorado; JoAn Deeds of Bird City, Kansas, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Services were held Monday, August 31, 1981, at 10:30 a.m. in the United Methodist Church, Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Gary Karoly officiating.

Organist was Gwen Bauer. She accompanied Tally and Elmer Case with the selections: "Amazing Grace" and "Jesus Savior Pilot Me".

Bearers were Ernie Schreiner, Harold Hall, Willard Raile, Lee Gallatin, Delman Engel, M.D. Sailors, Harold Knoles and Clinton Munn.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Nebraska. Committal service was conducted by Chapter ER of the PEO. Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Benkelman, Nebraska.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2001
Ross D. Druliner

AURORA--Ross D. Druliner Jr., the son of Ross and Josie M. (Dennon) Druliner, Sr., was born in Benkelman, Neb., on April 13, 1913, and died at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora, Neb. , on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the age of 88 years.

Ross graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and University of Michigan Law School. He practiced law in Benkelman for 40 years, and served numerous terms as Dundy County Attorney.

Ross was a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and Southwest Nebraska Bar Association. He was a former member of Nebraska Land Title Association, serving as its president in 1970. He served on the Nebraska Abstract Examiner's Board. He was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge No. 68, the Tehama Temple Shrine of Hastings, the Order of the Eastern Star No. 93 and the United Methodist Church.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary (Zorn) Druliner; a brother, Glenn, and two sisters, Berniece Gorthy and Frances Druliner.

He leaves behind his wife, Sarah, of Aurora; sons Ed of Toledo, Ohio, and Doug of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Anita Kitt, of Parks, Neb.; stepdaughters Kathy Pollard of Overland Park, Kan., and Patty Newman and Debe Merrick, both of Aurora; 10 grandchildren: Sarah Boch of Albuquerque, N.M., Matthew Druliner of Florence, Colo., Allison Kitt of Lincoln, Neb.,Van Kitt of Rapid City, S.D., Erin Druliner of Denver, Jennifer Pollard of O'Fallon, Ill., Nathan Israelson of Lincoln, and Alex Israelson and Rachel and Chase Newman, all of Aurora; a brother, Jerome Druliner, of Lincoln; two sisters, Elaine Ehresmann of Riverside, Calif.,and Shirley O'Connor of Denver.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2001, at the United Methodist Church in Aurora with Dr. Joe Scahill officiating. Burial of cremains was in the Aurora Cemetery and the Benkelman Cemetery with a private family service at Benkelman on Tuesday, July 31. Higby Mortuary of Aurora was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1974
Ross Dee Druliner, Sr.

Ross Dee Druliner, Sr., Dundy County's elder citizen, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital on Sunday at the age of 101 years. He was well known in Dundy county after many years of service as a lawyer, civic leader and an optimist. He had a remarkable career as a parent, a church worker, a community builder, a Mason and supporter of education. He was the elder statesman of every field of his lifelong interest, a defender of the young, and one of the most devoted athletic fans the Benkelman Tigers will ever have. Even when his eyesight had failed him and he walked with a white cane, he would attend every home game of football or basketball and would share the excitement with friends nearby who would tell him how his team was faring.

He was a man of high principles and severe independence as evidenced by his daily passage through our streets with his white cane even though his life-span had passed the century mark. He was a Past Master of Justice Lodge No. 180 AF&AM and was on the Temple building committee. He served the American Legion for many years as chaplain and was a devoted member. He was among the eldest of the Spanish-American War veterans.

Mr. Druliner was born on February 6, 1873 at New Carlisle, Indiana. He was married to Josephine May Dennon on January 1, 1908 and came to Benkelman to make their home.

He is survived by two sons, Ross D. Druliner, Jr., and wife Mary of Benkelman and
Jerome Druliner and wife Kathryn of Lincoln, Nebraska; three daughters, Elaine Ehresmann and husband Stanley of Riverside, California, Shirley O'Conner and husband, Donald of Denver, Colorado and Bernice Gorthy and husband Paul of St. Francis, Kansas. There are 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Margaret Alter of Lincoln and Edna Druliner of Los Angeles, California. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josephine; daughter, Francis; son, Glenn Earl Druliner; sisters, Mabel and Vernice; brothers, Frank, Harry, George, Burr and Norman and a half-brother, Walter and a half-sister, Mary Druliner Pratt.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Allan Martin and Rev. Homer Clements officiating. Gwen Bauer was the organist and Betty Erdman the pianist and the singers were LaVonne Hudson, Margaret Powell, Neal Custer and John Baer. Justice Lodge No. 180 AF&AM conducted rites at the church and Martin Bowles Post No. 65 conducted committal rites at the Benkelman Cemetery for their departed comrade.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February ????
Blanche Drumm

Blanche Drumm , a former long time resident of the Haigler community died Thursday at the age of 80 at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska.

She Is survived by eight daughters, Mrs. Warren (Arabell) Terwilliger and Mrs. Arsel (Freda) Johnson, both of Imperial, Mrs. Arlie (Lillian) Johnson of Tonasket, Washington, Mrs. George (Edith) Steudler of Paxton, Mrs. Harold (Lucille) Awmiller of Commerce City, Colorado, Mrs. Myron (Velma) Powell of Boise, Idaho, Mrs. Lorraine Stenson of Newburg, Oregon and Mrs. Snyder (Twilla) Zuege of St. Francis, Kansas, twenty-two grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday afternoon February 5 in Imperial, Nebraska at the United Methodist church. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1975
Loren Clifton Drumm

Loren Clifton Drumm, oldest son of Jefferson D. and Arabell (Scarlett) Drumm, was born September 22, 1883 at White Cloud,. Kansas. The family moved to Southeast Nebraska, and it was there that he spent his boyhood years. He always had fond memories of the times when he and his father and brothers would hunt and fish along the Missouri River.

As a young man he came to Chase County in the year 1910 and worked in the Champion Community the first year. Then in 1911, he took out a Homestead in the Blanch Community. On Sept. 20, 1912 he was united in marriage with Blanch Amanda Thompson. They made their home on this newly acquired homestead: To this union eight daughters were born. They are Arabell, Lilian, Freda, Edith, Lucille, Velma, Lorraine and Twilla. He loved farming and worked long hard days to support his family. Farming in those days was done with horses and the only transportation was by wagon or walking.

In 1941 after most of the girls were married and had their own homes they sold the Homestead and moved closer to Imperial. In 1943 they bought a small acreage west of Haigler where they lived until they retired and moved into Haigler.

Loren Drumm tried always to live by the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you." Practicing this philosophy of life, he won many friends. His neighbors discovered that he was never too busy to lend a hand to help them when needed.

He traveled the last mile of his earthly journey and came to the end of the road when he was taken by death at the Chase County Hospital, April 22, 1975, departing this life at the age of 91 years and seven months.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, three brothers, Ormand, Jessie and Roy, one sister, Ethel, an infant granddaughter and two infant great-grandchildren.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Blanch, his eight daughters and their families which include Mr. and Mrs. Warren Terwilliger (Arabell) of Imperial; Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Johnson (Lillian) of Tonaska, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Johnson (Freda) of Imperial; Mr. and Mrs. George Steudler (Edith) of Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Awmiller (Lucille) of Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Myron Powell. (Velma) of Boise, Idaho; Lorraine Stenson, Newburg, Oregon and Mr. and Mrs. Snider Zuege (Twilla) of St. Francis, Kansas.

There are 22 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred Drumm and wife Elemena of Nebraska City; one sister, Ora French of Etiwanda California; two sisters-in-law Mable, and Nellie of Stella, Nebraska. There are many other nieces and nephews and other relatives and a life time accumulation of friends and neighbors who join the family now in sharing, the loss of their loved one.

Funeral services were held April 25 at the United Methodist Church in Imperial with Pastor Melvin Koelling officiating.

Music was provided by Mrs. Willard Rouze as organist with Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Marshall as singers. Escorts were Floyd Johnson, Gene Terwillinger, Carl Peak, Leslie Zuege, Donnie Zuege and Robert Johnson.

Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery near Imperial. Creveling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1993
Ethel Eunice (Gerdes) Dubbert

LOVELAND, Colo.--Ethel Eunice Dubbert, 78, of 1615 James Drive, Loveland, Colorado, died October 2, 1993, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. She was born December 6, 1914, in Benkelman, Nebraska, to Herman and Pearl (Smith) Gerdes.

She was baptized into the family of God as a child in 1922 by the Rev. Meyer at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. Ethel confirmed her faith as a youth in 1928 at Zion Lutheran Church by the Rev. Meyer.

She graduated from Benkelman High School. She played softball and the family moved to Holyoke, Colorado, so that she could play on a semi-professional baseball team.

She married Ervin A.H. Weber in 1937 in Flandreau, South Dakota, and Joseph L. Dubbert in 1947. Both preceded her in death.

She had lived in Holyoke and moved to Loveland in 1955.

She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Bergstresser Glass Company in Loveland and previously as church secretary at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland where she was a member.

She is survived by two sons, Verl D. Weber of Boise, Idaho, and Nolan E. Weber and his wife, Barbara, of Thousand Oaks, California; two brothers, Everett Gerdes and his wife, Ethel, of Benkelman and Lee Gerdes and his wife, Beulah, of Holdrege, Nebraska; two sisters, Lenamae Sloan of Hamburg, Arkansas, and Velda Hartman of McCook, Nebraska; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Lyle, Archie, Rex, Freddie and Leroy, and one sister, Opal Amsberry.

Services were held Tuesday, October 5, 1993, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Glen Schlecht officiating. Interment was in Resthaven Memory Gardens at Loveland.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1996
Lucile (Sidell) Duda

Lucile (Sidell) Duda was born May 28, 1901, at Culbertson, Neb., the older daughter of Clinton J. and Mary Grace (Cole) Sidell. She died Feb. 25, 1996, at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb.

She graduated from Culbertson High School in 1918. Her father wanted her to stay in Culbertson and become a teacher like her mother; however, she moved to Denver and worked as an elevator operator in the old Metropolitan Building.

Lucile was united in marriage to Gabriel Joseph Duda of Chicago, Ill., in Long Beach, Calif., in 1928. "Joe" served in the Navy during World Wars I and II and the Korean conflict. Mrs. Duda was a lady riveter in World War II and met the fleet as a Red Cross volunteer with her coffee and donuts. After a long illness Joe died in January of 1984 at Concord, Calif. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Lucile had her first stroke shortly after his death. She moved to Stratton, Neb., to be with her brothers. Shortly thereafter, she moved into the Hester Home in Benkelman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Elizabeth Sewell, and a brother, Robert Sidell.

Survivors include her brother, Joe Sidell, of the Hester Home., a niece, Dorothy, and her husband, Don Hartzog, of Denver; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday,. Feb. 28, 1996, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Marilyn Zarkowski sang "In The Garden" and "God Be With You." Bearers were Marvin Zimbelman, Ron DeWester, Mearl Richard, Les Kirkman, Frank Conley, Eddie Watt and Byron Ham. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 13, 2007
Virginia M. Duke
Friday, April 13, 2007
April 23, 1923-April 11, 2007

BENKELMAN -- Virginia M. Duke, 83, died Thursday (April 11, 2007), at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.

She was born April 23, 1923, in Otero County, Colo., to Harry P. and Edna (Wisiman) Jones and attended school near her home. She attended and graduated from high school in La Junta, Colo.

She lived for a short time in Oakley, Kan., and parts of Colorado before settling in Sharon Springs, Kan., where she lived until 2000, when she moved to Benkelman to be near her daughter, Carolyn.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Edna Jones; husbands, Edward Rains and Robert Duke; sons, Jeffrey Rains, Kenny Rains, Larry Rains; and one brother, Harry Jones.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Fischer of Wilson, Kan., Cathy John and husband, Terry, of Henley, Kan., and Carolyn Graham of Benkelman; brother, Morgan Jones of Cheraw, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

No local services are planned at this time. A memorial service to celebrate her life will take place in Sharon Springs at a later time.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1951
Sylvester S. Dunagan

The Post recently received a letter from a girl who was once well known in Benkelman and in the Pleasant Valley district telling of the death of her father, S. S. Dunagan at Lamar, Nebraska, on July 16th. The girl in question was known to her friends here as Miss Sylvia Dunagan and later married a man by the name of Harris and more recently was married to S. C. McGonagle, likewise an early Dundy county resident. She operates the Persian Date Garden at El Centro, Calif., specializing in the growing of dates with some ranch activities added as a side issue, and under the new order of things Mr. McGonagle is now assisting in these operations and only recently his brother, C. F. McGonagle, returned from El Centro and other California points where he had visited with his relatives.

Sylvester S. Dunagan was born in Morgan county, Indiana, June 17, 1861, and was married to Mrs. Ellen Bourne on February 18, 1885. Mrs. Bourne had three children at the time of their marriage, two of whom survive him, they being Oscar Dunagan of Elm Creek, Nebraska, and Lillian Smith of Lamar, Nebraska, at whose home Mr. Dunagan lived several years previous to his death and he was making his home with her when he died. The other son died in infancy. Mrs. Dunagan died at San Bernardino, Calif., July 15, 1893, and in 1897 Mr. Dunagan was married to Annie Watkins at Grant, Nebraska.

Mr. Dunagan homesteaded in Perkins county in 1886 and it was there where Mrs. McGonagle and her sister Elva, (now Mrs. Freeman O'Neall) and one son Frank, who died at the age of four months, were born, while Roy W. and Verl Dunagan were born in Dundy county. One other son, Ivan, died in infancy.

The Dunagan family moved to Perkins county in 1886 and then moved from there to Dundy county in 1889 where he engaged in farming in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood for many years. Mr. Dunagan was a very religious man and was early . ordained as a minister in the Friends church where he not alone served as a pastor but as an officer in the Friend's yearly meeting. At one time he was likewise a trustee of the Friend's College at Central City, Nebraska. He held pastorates in the Pleasant Valley church at different times and served two years in the same position at Grant and later continued in charge of churches in eastern Nebraska and in Indiana for several years.

To his first marriage two children survive, they being Mrs. McGonagle of El Centro, Calif., and Mrs. Elva B. O'Neall of Loveland, Colo., and of his second marriage, surviving are Roy V. Dunagan, pastor of the Friends church at Cherokee, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Verl Broyles of El Centro, Calif., along with 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and the two step-children, Oscar Bourne and Lillian Smith of Lamar, Nebr.

Funeral services were held at Venango, Nebraska, in the church in which the deceased had preached years ago and interment was in the Venango cemetery.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1996
Merle O. Dunbar

LAKESIDE, Ore.--Merle 0. Dunbar was born Dec. 13, 1906, at Imperial, Neb., and died July 19, 1996, at his home in Lakeside, Ore., at the age of 89 years.

His early years in Nebraska were spent as a grocery store clerk and a farmhand.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served 4 1/2 years almost all in heavy action during the European campaign of World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France, on D-Day. He received several combat service medals.

After the war, he returned to Benkelman, Neb., and married Emma Morris in 1949. They sold their chicken hatchery and moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1956 where they resided for 35 years. He worked for many years at the Santa Cruz Chicken Hatchery. He retired in 1976.

He was a member of the Church of Christ for nearly 70 years, during which time he voluntarily cared for the garden and custodial duties. He also prepared communion for many years.

Mr. Dunbar had emphysema, prostate cancer and congestive heart failure for the last 10 years. He and Emma moved to Lakeside in 1991 to live with and be cared for by Detta and Jim Thurber. They attended church at Reedsport as often as their health allowed. Emma died in 1993 after being married to Merle for 43 years. They were often heard to say that they had never had a cross word or serious argument in all those years.

Mr. Dunbar was a tolerant and extremely cheerful person during his long illness. In the last three years, he enjoyed car rides with Detta, wildlife watching from his house, baseball games and Puddytat, his beloved cat that he had tamed when she was feral and homeless.

Mr. Dunbar continued in praying and taking communion in the home. During the last three months, he was mostly bedridden and had to struggle for every breath. Family members noted that they have never heard him complain about anything, anytime. He was affectionate and charming in his good-humored jokes and simple, unshakable faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Maud Dunbar; his wife, and a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Emma Dunbar.

Survivors include two stepdaughters and their husbands, Dottie and Eugene Premer of Reedsport, Ore., and Detta and Jim Thurber of Lakeside; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Wilford Miller, of Imperial.

Final rites were held Tuesday, July 23, at Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport with Neil Wicker of the Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in the Reedsport Masonic Cemetery with arrangements by Dunes Memorial Chapel of Reedsport.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1997
Elizabeth (Andrews) Duncan

SOLDOTNA, Alaska--Following a brief illness, former Eugene, Ore., resident Elizabeth (Andrews) Duncan died April 4, 1997, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. She was 86.

Elizabeth Andrews was born Jan. 9, 1911, at Bladen, Neb., the fifth of eight children. She was a 1935 graduate of Bladen High School. She married Lee H. Duncan on Sept. 15, 1940. Both were 1940 graduates of Friends Bible College (now Barclay) at Haviland, Kan., and recorded ministers of the gospel in the Friends Church. In 1945, they moved to the Northwest where they remained to raise their family.

Mrs. Duncan taught elementary grades for many years in Canyon County, Idaho. When she retired, she and Lee lived in Sisters, Ore., until his death in 1983. She lived in Salem, Ore., and Eugene from 1984 until she ventured to Soldotna in 1993.

Her family says, "Always teaching, always learning, her intense energy and love for people were evident in volunteer services in each of the communities in which she resided. She had a passion for quilt-making. A published writer, Elizabeth recently completed her life story. Friends and family will miss her intelligent, optimistic, vibrant character. She and her husband were strong advocates for Christian education."

She is survived by brothers Alfred Andrews of Hillsboro, Ore., and Robert Andrews of Benkelman, Neb.; a sister, Alta Miller, of Benkelman; daughters Linda Winters of Soldotna, Judi Duncan of Seattle, Wash., and Ruth Elizabeth O'Sullivan of Irving, Texas; a son, Lee H. Duncan Jr. of Eugene; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 43 years, Lee H. Duncan Sr., and daughter, Norma Garrett, preceded her in death.

A memorial service was held Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the Kenai Christian Church in Kenai, Alaska, with Robert DeVolld officiating. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels of Kenai.


Family and friends will gather May 10, 1997, for a committal service to bury the cremains with her husband and daughter in the Thomas Alford (Family) Cemetery on Highway 99E between Harrisburg and Halsey, Ore.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2005
Leta Arlene (Goodell) Duncan

Leta Arlene (Goodell) Duncan was born on March 20, 1922, in Haigler, Neb., the fourth child of Leverett and Ethel Goodell.

When Leta was 15, the family moved to Lincoln Heights in Ontario, Ore. Upon graduating in 1940, Leta went to work as a housekeeper at the Duncan Ranch in Rome. In 1942 Leta married Leonard Duncan and the couple worked alongside each other in the hayfields where Leta drove a team of horses on a buck rake. After leaving the ranch in 1948 the couple continued to build fences and drive cattle while settling in Jordan Valley. It was while residing in Jordan Valley that Leta gave birth to her only child, LaVeta, in 1950.

During the next several years Leta worked at a local hotel, was janitor of the grade school and worked at Telleria's Grocery until 1966, when the family moved to Silverton, Leta enjoyed the many apple, cherry and walnut trees on their new acreage while caring for Leonard as his health deteriorated. In 1973 the couple moved to Caldwell to be nearer friends and family. Leonard passed away in the summer of 1982 and Leta moved to Salem, Ore., in the spring of 1983 to be with her daughter's family. Over the next several years, Leta traveled with the family--camping and fishing most summer weekends--and attended her grandchildren's music recitals, school events and Scouting and 4-H activities.

Leta is survived by her daughter, LaVeta, her son-in-law Cruz and her grandchildren Ana and Bryan, all of Salem; brothers Neal of Independence, Ore., Robert of Caldwell and Chester of Meridian, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Kohlerlawn Cemetery, Nampa, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Caldwell.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1998
Erma Arlene (Hardwick) Dunn

Erma Arlene Dunn, daughter of Reece W. and Mayme E. (Morrison) Hardwick was born Aug. 12, 1912, north of Parks in Dundy County, Neb., on the Horsefield farm. At about the age of 3 years, Erma moved with her parents to the farm now farmed by Jim Hardwick, Erma's nephew. It was there that Erma called home and spent her early childhood and teenage years. She attended country schools and graduated from Parks High School in 1932.

In 1934 she was united in marriage to Carl Veal. They had three children: William, Carol and Stanley. Shortly after marriage they moved to Henry, Neb.. where they resided for about a year before moving back to Parks where they where engaged in farming for many years. Carl passed away in 1968. Erma was married to Ed Fuehring in 1970. Ed passed away in 1983. In 1984 she was married to Gaile Dunn. Gaile passed away in 1998.

Erma was an active member of the Presbyterian Church before she experienced failing health, and enjoyed many activities and hobbies. She was appointed to the county election board for several years. She belonged to various card and social groups. Bowling was a special activity that she participated in for many years. She enjoyed cooking, canning and sewing projects that she entered in the county fair. Gardening and flower gardens were also a part of her spring and summers. Ceramic crafts and a vase collection occupied much of her time in later years.

Erma moved into the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb., in 1991 where she resided until death. She was employed in many types of work during the course of her life.

Family was very important to her. She enjoyed entertaining her children and grandchildren for holidays, weekends and other occasions. She was afflicted with a severe heart condition in her last years. Her philosophy through all of life trials and tribulations was to "just make the best of every situation" that we find ourselves in coupled with her faith in God. Erma passed from this life in the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands; a brother, Francis Hardwick; a son, Stanley Veal, and a granddaughter, Kelly.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Bob West, of Omaha, Neb.; her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Glenda Veal, of Milford. Neb.; two sisters: Fern Ham and Louise and her husband Everett Stamm, a brother, Robert Hardwick, and a sister-in-law, Norma Hardwick, all of Benkelman; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild, other relatives and friends.

Final rites for Erma Dunn were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, P.M.A.. and the Rev. Vernon Whetstone officiating. Elaine Raichart was the organist and Joan Vontz sang "How Great Thou Art" and "One Day At A Time." Bearers were Eldon and Jim Hardwick, Gary DeWester, Gary Ham, Tim and Mark Veal and Dan Brown. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1987
Carrie Marie (Johnson) Dunn

Carrie Marie Johnson Dunn was born March 18, 1897, at Holdrege, Nebraska, to Marinus and Katherine Alma Christinson Johnson and departed this life November 18, 1987, at Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial, Nebraska, at the age of 90.

She married John A. Dunn on April 13, 1917, and they lived in Dundy County, Nebraska, until they moved to Imperial.

Family who have preceded her in death include her parents; her husband, John; a daughter, Virginia Satchell; a son, Walter Dunn; her brother, Bill Johnson, and three sisters, Nettie, Elsie and Thelma.

Survivors include one son, Elmer, and his wife, Veronica, of Santa Maria, California; ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Kuepfer of Odell, Nebraska, and one brother, Robert Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska.

Services were held Tuesday, November 24, 1987, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Organist was Betty Erdman. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang the selections "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Bearers were Roger Shillington, Oscar Manning, Burdette Wilson, Dennis Pinkerton, Paul Erdman and Bill Cawthra.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska, with funeral arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1984
Nettie Drusilla (Johnson) Dunn

Nettie Drusilla Johnson Dunn passed away Saturday, February 25, 1984, at Chase County Hospital after a short illness at the age of 87.

She was born July 2, 1896 on a farm in Ragan, Nebraska, to Marinus and Alma Katherine Johnson.

She grew up and graduated from high school in Holdrege, Nebraska. She then taught grade school there and at Republican City.

After moving with her family to the Benkelman area at age 21, she taught school until she married Harvey Alvin Dunn on April 20, 1917, at her parents' home in Max.

She was married in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Carrie, and her brother-in-law, John Dunn.

She and her husband farmed north of Max until 1936 when they moved to Benkelman. They had three children, a daughter who died at birth, a son, Warren Harvey, and a daughter, Bonna Jean Dunn Shaw. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1939, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marinus Johnson.

Following her husband's death, she provided room and board for the local school teachers and later rented rooms to high school girls. During World War II, she worked in the Farm Program and was then employed for several years at Ireland's Department Store.

In 1972, she retired as a bookkeeper from the State Bank after 19 years of service.

After retiring, she moved to the Rainbow Fountain Park where she lived until the last two years, when she moved to the Imperial Manor. She lived there until the time of her death.

She enjoyed crocheting afghans for all of her family, playing the piano and organ and attending her extension and Jolly Jane clubs.

She was baptized and belonged to the Congregational Church of Holdrege. She later became a member of the Methodist Church at Max and then the United Methodist Church of Benkelman, from which she received a 50-year service pin.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Johnson and a brother, William T. Johnson.

She is survived by her daughter and son, two sisters, Carrie Dunn of Imperial and Doris Kuepfer of O'dell, Nebraska; a brother, Robert Johnson of Omaha; five grandchildren, Nancy, Ryan, Linda, Robert and David; and six great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will remember her as a grand lady and it is a very special memory.

Services were held Tuesday, February 28, 1984, at 2 p.m. in the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska. Rev. Huston Green officiated.

Anna Benge, organist, accompanied Joan Barker who sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Pallbearers were Wayne Meyer, Ryan R. Shaw; Delbert Russell, Roger Shillington, Dennis Pinkerton and Bill Cawthra. Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska. Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1980
Lila A. (O’Neall) Dunn

Lila A. Dunn, daughter of James M. and Olivia (Williams) O'Neall, was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Dundy County and passed away suddenly at her home in Benkelman, NE on Jan. 26, 1980 at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 4 days.

She attended the public schools of Benkelman and graduated with the Class of 1931. She attended Chadron State Teachers' College and also Greeley State Teachers' College and was a popular teacher in Dundy County rural schools for nine years.

She was married Dec. 24, 1939 to Gaile E. Dunn at Benkelman, NE. She was employed for many years at local businesses and retired in December 1977.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church for many years and was an active member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in 1972. She was elected treasurer in 1974 and was serving in that office at the time of her death. She was also vice president of the Eastern Star Past Matrons' Club.

She is survived by her husband Gaile; two sisters, Mrs. Iva Keim and Mrs. Leona Scrivner and husband Forrest; two nieces, Mrs. Wilma Wilkens and husband John and family, and Mrs. Betty Sis, husband Jim and family; other relatives, and friends. Mrs. Dunn was preceded in death by her parents, James and Olivia O'Neall, one sister, Mrs. Eleanor Cantin, and two brothers-in-law, Harry Cantin and Leonard Keim.

Mrs. Dunn will be missed in the community by loss of her activities in the church, Eastern Star and her friendly gestures.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1998
Gaile E. Dunn

Gaile E. Dunn, son of Charles and Leona (Jessee) Dunn, was born May 12, 1912, on the Jessee homestead north of Benkelman, Neb. He died Jan. 25, 1998, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He had been a resident of the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman since 1991.

Gaile was raised by his grandmother from a young age and graduated from Benkelman High School. He was married to Lila O'Neall on Dec. 24, 1939. She died on Jan. 26, 1980.

Gaile and Erma (Hardwick) Veal were married Dec. 6, 1984.

The spirit and energy of his younger life was divided among family, Christian fellowship and community. He was a familiar face on Benkelman's main street, having worked at Fred Pringle's store for 20 years, the Quality Market for 6 years and Ireland's store for 20 years.

Gaile was involved in many community and civic activities. He was a member of the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, a 60-year member of the Methodist Church and served on the city council for 18 years.

Gaile is survived by his wife, Erma, of Benkelman; a stepdaughter, Carol, and her husband, Bob West, of Omaha, Neb.; a stepson, Bill Veal, and his wife, Glenda, of Milford, Neb.; a half-brother, Neal Hudson, and his wife, Shirley, of Trenton, Neb.; a half-sister, Dorothy Ogg, of Otis, Colo.; a step-granddaughter, Mindy, and her husband, Bill Hubbard, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two step-grandsons, Tim Veal and his wife, Kim, and Mark Veal, and a step-great-grandson, Conner Veal, all of Colorado Springs.

He was preceded in death by a half-brother, John, and a stepson, Stanley Veal.

Final rites for Gaile Dunn were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, P.M.A., and the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Elaine Raichart was the organist and Betty Hansen sang "How Great Thou Art" and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

Bearers were Eldon Hardwick, Jim Hardwick, Tim Veal, Doran Jessee, Roger Hudson and Gary Ham. Honorary bearers were Lyman Jessee, Al "Bunt" Reining, Wayne Clark, Willard Peter, Lyle Wiese and Arlyn Myers. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1939
Harvie Alvin Dunn

It was with a deep and lasting sense of sorrow that the people of Dundy county and adjoining communities learned of the passing of Harvie A. Dunn at a Stratton hospital on the evening of July 27th, following an illness that became marked in early July and for which he had since been receiving treatment. He seemed to be getting along nicely until earlier that morning when he suffered a severe relapse. The fact that his friends felt that he was recovering added to the shock that came to them in his sudden death which was so much unexpected.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. A. Schwabauer. Singers were Lloyd and Lawrence Boswell and H. D. Druliner and son Ross, Jr., with Florence Hopkins at the piano. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.

Mr. Dunn was an exemplary young man, highly respected and esteemed for his devotion to duty and loved ones and to the community which had so long been his home. He was honorable and upright in his contacts and dealings with all and he was fully worthy of the high place which he had earned for himself in the community and which he deserved so much and hundreds of friends mourn with relatives and loved ones in the great sorrow that has come to them so suddenly in his passing.

Harvie Alvin Dunn, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Dunn was born in Bates county, Missouri, October 27, 1896, and departed this life July 27, 1939, being at the time of his death 42 years and 9 months of age.

At an early age he moved with his parents and older brothers and sisters to Dundy county, Nebraska, where he resided until his death.

He attended the Dundy county rural and Benkelman high schools.

On April 13, 1917, he was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Johnson, and to this union three children were born, one of whom died in infancy.

For many years he was engaged in farming northwest of Max. Failing health forced him to retire from active work. Three years ago he moved with his family to Benkelman, where he has since resided.

About July 1 he became quite ill, and a week later was taken to the Stratton hospital, where for a time, he seemed to be much better. On the morning of July 27, he became much worse and passed away that evening. He was preceded in death by his mother and eldest brother Ellis.

Harvie was an honest and upright man, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. As a young man he mited with the Methodist church at Highland and later transferred his membership to Max.

He leaves to mourn their Into his wife. Nettie; son. Warren and daughter, Bonna Jean; his aged father, J. A. Dunn of Benkelman; two brothers, Charles of Otis, Colorado and J. Audlie of Max and two sisters. Mrs, Iva Shillington of Max and Mrs. May Scott of Benkelman, besides a host of other relatives and friends.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1980
John Audlie Dunn

John Audlie Dunn died Saturday morning, April 29, 1980 at the Chase County Hospital, Imperial, NE. He was born Jan. 19,1891 at Adrian, MO, the son of John A. and Victoria Roupe Dunn.

He was married April 13, 1917 in a double wedding with John's brother Harvie, to Carrie's sister Nettie. Carrie was teaching at Max at the time they met. They settled on. a farm north of Max, NE.

The Dunns originated from London, England. The town of Lourdes was built on land that belonged to the Dunn's. They then migrated to Oil City, PA; on to Adrian, MO and then to Max, NE. When the Dunns arrived from Adrian, MO where no ground was broken or worked, neighbors advised them to stay with cattle but they felt there were crops in the soil which there was.

John started to the University of Nebraska to study medicine when his father became ills he returned home to help his brother. Harvie, and they plowed the ground by walking behind the plow. He also worked with the Triple A office at Benkelman, NE.

John and Carrie retired from the farm to travel. They spent time in the southern states, Oregon, California, Denver, Benkelman and in later years resided at Imperial, NE. He joined the Masons at Benkelman and Imperial. He was a member of the Tehama Shrine of Hastings, NE, all Mason bodies and the Benkelman United Methodist Church. Both of the Dunns did a lot of church work at Max where Mr. Dunn had the young men who came in later years for advice.

Survivors are his widow, Carrie of Imperial; one daughter, Mrs. Aaron (Virginia) Satchell of Imperial; two sons, Walter Dunn of Denver, CO and Elmer Dunn of Santa Maria, CA; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, one sister, Iva Schillington, three brothers, Charlie, Ellis and Harvie; two half-sisters, Mary Roupe and Effie Roupe.

Due to the storm the only members of the family able to attend the funeral service were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dunn, Denver, CO; Elmer Dunn of Santa Maria, CA; Mrs. Robert Shaw, El Paso, TX; Mr. and Mrs. Warren H. Dunn of Omaha, NE; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Dunn, Loral Dunn, Lora Green, all of McCook, NE; Aaron Satchell and Fearne Collins of Imperial, NE; and Gaile Dunn of Benkelman, NE. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kuephfer came to visit Carrie and family later.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1994
Loran "Audlie" Dunn

HESPERIA, Calif. — MSgt. (retired) Loran "Audlie" Dunn, 80, died Sept. 28, 1994, at his home in Hesperia, Calif.

He was born May 24, 1914, in Washington County, Colo., to Franklin Ellis and Lora (Stambaugh) Dunn. He attended schools in Otis and Akron, Colo., Benkelman and Trenton, graduating from Trenton High School in 1932. In his senior year he operated the motion picture projectors for Ed Zorn. He also ran a cream station at Max.

On June 13, 1935, he enlisted in Co. A 2nd Engineers at Fort Morgan, Colo. He transferred to the Signal Corps as a switchboard operator and cable splicer. After three years he received his honorable discharge but was called back into service in February 1940, serving almost a year at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, then to Major's Field, Greenville, Texas, where he had charge of all signal service supplies.

He made five trips to the South Pacific, Okinawa, Guam, Clark and Nichols Fields in the Phillipines. On July 5, 1950, he was injured in Korea and was returned to the states, spending three months in Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio. He returned to active duty at Kelly Field. His last overseas tour was three years with Hq 8th Air Force in London, England. He returned to Fort Monmouth, N.J., where he enlisted for his last time, choosing Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Ore., as his retirement base. After 25 years in the armed forces, he retired Aug. 31, 1960.

He is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1383 of Klamath Falls; and a member of Goodale Masonic Lodge 372 AF&AM in Columbus, Ohio.

He married Ritchie Hudson Nov. 15, 1947, at the home of his mother, Lora Green, in McCook.

Preceding him in death were his parents; stepfather, John R. Green; and one brother, Lyle Dunn.

Survivors include his wife of Hesperia; two daughters, Judyth Hudson of Hagerstown, Ind. and Jerry Filtz of Barstow, Calif.; one brother, Loral Dunn of McCook; one sister, Leta Maloney of Tuscola, Ill., one sister-in-law, Opal Dunn of McCook; one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday at Desert View Memorial Park in California with Victorville Masonic Lodge 634 officiating.

Donations may be sent in memory of Loran Dunn to the National Kidney Foundation.

Kern Hesperia Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1983
Ryann Lee Dunn

Ryann Lee Dunn was born September 27, 1979, at Wray, Colorado, and died August 4, 1983, at Alma, Nebraska, the victim of a drowning incident at Harlan County Reservoir.

His parents are Terry K. Dunn and Edwin Lee Dunn, Jr.

Surviving him are his parents, grandparents Betty and Lester Adams of Haigler, Nebraska, Sharon and Ed Dunn of Salem, Illinois and Glenda and Bob Harper of Brewster, Kansas; great-grandmothers Clara DeWitt of Eckley, Colorado, Betty Dunn of Burlingame, Kansas and Eunice Boyd of Burlingame, Kansas; great-grandparents Billy and Ray McCauley of Olcao, Tennessee and Retha Mae McCauley of Olcao, Tennessee..

Services were Monday, August 8, 1983, at 2 p.m. in the United Methodist Church at Haigler, Nebraska, with Pastor Terry Douglass officiating. Organist was Florence Daniels and singers were Helen Woods and Virginia Harford. Selections were "Cradle Song," "You Light Up My Life" and "Amazing Grace." Wayne Mahon, LaVoine Smith, Tim Anderson and Jim Timme were bearers.

Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1936
Peter Durkin

Peter Durkin, pioneer homesteader and one of the most highly respected citizens of this community, died Sunday, August 23, 1936, at the Crowell Memorial Home in Blair, Nebraska, after an illness of but a few days.

In November 1934 Mr. Durkin. having no living relatives, deeded his property here to the Crowell home and left his friends and neighbors to enter the old people's home, and it was there that he spent the last year and a half of his life. He passed his 81st birthday in June and spent the time visiting old friends here, taking a vacation from the home at that time.

Mr. Durkin was a member of a family of six, born in New York City. When he was fifteen years of age he moved to Metamora, Illinois, where he grew to manhood and completed his common school education. Later he spent three years in the University of Illinois. In 1886 Mr. Durkin came to Nebraska in company with M. W. Nesmith, buying a relinquishment on the south divide. He lived on this land until November 1934.

Since the early days Mr. Durkin always took an active part in politics and the church. The life of this pioneer settler was morally clean and above reproach. He was always interested in church activities and in any movement that was for the good of humanity.

Before coming to Nebraska he became a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge and was instrumental in organizing the Triple Link lodge here. He was also a member of the Masonic lodge A. F. & A. M.

A great reader and thoroughly posted on the affairs of the day, he was :an interesting person to talk to.

With other pioneer settlers he has gone to his reward. His life commanded the respect of all who knew him. The present generation will honor his memory for the part he has played in shaping the community in the early day.

All that was left mortal of this beloved man was layed to rest in the cemetery at Blair. Nebr., on Tuesday afternoon, August 25, 1936.—Wauneta Breeze.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1972?
Mary Mae (Kutz) Duvel

Mary Mae Duvel expired at the Duvel farm home east of Benkelman on Tuesday afternoon. She was 48 years of age. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Jones Funeral Home.

Mrs. Duvel was born to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kutz in Dundy county on November 2, 1924. She graduated from the Benkelman High School in 1942 and was married to August Duvel on November 22, 1943. Mr. Duvel passed away on May 22nd of this year. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She has been employed at the Hester Memorial Home.

She is survived by her father, Adolph Kutz of Benkelman; brother, Walter Kutz of Hayes Center; son, Melvin and wife Gloria of Benkelman and daughter, Margaret Anderjeski and husband Marvin of McCook. There are two grandchildren.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? ????
George Dwinell

George Dwinell, a resident of Benkelman since 1935, died instantly at his home in the Kauffman cabin camp on Tuesday afternoon of a gunshot wound in the head. A coroner's jury inquest was held Wednesday afternoon and determined that the wound was self-inflicted.

Mr. Dwinell came to Benkelman when the sales barn business was in its infancy and he operated commercial trucks for the movement of live stock. He was a man of wide acquaintance and many friends, for from outward appearances he was always in a pleasant frame of mind and was jovial most of the time. During the last year, however, Mr. Dwinell was plagued with considerable ill luck and lost his truck in a mountain accident. He was in the process of obtaining a new truck at the time of his death, but it is understood that he was not financially strong and this situation was causing him considerable consternation. His health had not been ideal for many years for he had been unable to engage in natural sleep, a condition which he believed had been brought on by his many years in truck work in which he stayed on the roads for days and nights and went without any rest at all.

The news of his death came to Sheriff Glenard Phelps on Tuesday evening about nine o'clock when the body was discovered by his doctor, N. H. Lewis, M. D., and Mrs. Edna Williams, who called at his home a few minutes previously. Mrs. Williams had called the Dwinell cabin without receiving an answer and had feared that Mr. Dwinell had been stricken ill and upon passing Dr. Lewis' office, she met the physician enroute to his home and asked that he take her to the Dwinell cabin to inquire of his health. The discovery of the body followed.

Mr. Dwinell took his life with the aid of a .22 caliber pistol pressed against the left side of the head between the ear and the temple. He lay on the bed with the gun lying near his hand in his lap. Dr. Lewis estimated that the shot had been fired four or five hours previous to the discovery of the body.

The inquest was held at the Laughlin Funeral Home by County Attorney Daniel E. Owens. Jurymen were E. D. Ham, J. T. Benge, Tom Ballard, Arch Moores, Guy Presson and Willard Croft. Testimony was given by Mrs. Williams, Dr. N. H. Lewis and Sheriff Phelps.

Funeral services were conducted at the Laughlin Funeral Home onThursday morning at 11 o'clock and interment was to be at Holbrook this state. The services were arranged by Mr. Dwinell’s daughter, Mrs. Letha Messner, of Weldona, Colo., and his son, Leland Dwinell, of Norton, Kansas. He is also survived by his father, Oliver Dwinell of Fort Morgan, Colo.

Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Dorothy A. Dybdahl
 
BENKELMAN -- Dorothy A. Dybdahl, 84, of Benkelman, formerly of Curtis, died Monday (Nov. 5, 2001) at Benkelman.

She was born Oct. 20, 1917, at Smithfield to Clarence and Rosie (Stark) Littell. She lived on the family farm until her early teens when she moved to Maywood and worked for many people in the surrounding communities.

On March 24, 1936, she married Earl Dybdahl at Stockville. After their marriage they farmed east of Curtis and southwest of Maywood for many years. They moved to Curtis in 1962 where they owned and operated a clothing store. She also worked in a clothing store in Curtis owned by Irene Vandamant until it closed. Her husband preceded her in death in April 1979.

She was a past member of the Willing Worker's Club, and the Christian Church, both of Maywood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Myrtle; and four brothers, Lester, Ralph, Frank and Barney.

Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Russell and husband, George of Maywood, Evelyn Rosso and husband, Dwight of North Platte, Sharon Scoggins and husband, Bob of Larkspur, Colo., and Betty Hansen and husband, Larry of Benkelman; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Berean Church in Curtis with the Revs. Rod Forrester and Dale Heimer officiating.

Interment will be at the Maywood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home of Curtis.

Memorials may be given in her name.

Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1987
Bessie Lorena (Davis) Dyke

Bessie Lorena Dyke was born October 28, 1895, near Thurman in Southwest Iowa. She died January 9, 1987, at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 12 days.

She was one of seven children born to Perry Davis and Sarah (Forney) Davis.

At the age of four, Bessie was with her father when he was killed in a run-away of a team of horses. Her mother and her older brother managed, with great hardship, to support and care for the large family.

She was married in 1912 to Albert E. Dyke and to this union one son was born. They lived on a farm in Fremont County, Iowa, until 1926 when they moved to a farm northwest of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Both Bessie and Albert were avid fishermen and after early retirement from farming spent their summers in Yellowstone and winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Bessie was a member of the Methodist Church in Benkelman for 54 years.

She had a talent for humorous readings and will be remembered by young and old for her presentations, in costume, at various conventions, meetings and dinners over a period of 40 years. Her last appearance took place at the age of 90.

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, in 1969; her parents and all of her brothers and sisters.

She leaves her son, Hubert, and wife, Wilma; two granddaughters, Deanna and Glenda; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held Monday, January 12, 1987, at the United Methodsit Church in Benkelman, Nebraska, with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating.

Organist was Betty Erdman. A quartet composed of Richard Bartholomew, M.D. Sailors, Robert Andrews and Paul Erdman sang the selections "How Great Thou Art" and "In The Garden."

Bearers were Dan Brown, Leo Williams, Hal Tecker, Dennis Pinkerton, Bud Cline and Tom Jones.

Honorary bearers were Kenneth Brown, Lawrence Steele, Harold Allen, Lee Gallatin and Ned Tecker.

Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman with the funeral conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 2007
Wilma B. (Wooters) Dyke

Wilma B. Dyke, a long time resident of Dundy County, passed away on December 19, 2007 in Arlington, VA.

Wilma. her four brothers and parents resided at the old Pringle Ranch west of Benkelman for many years. She was a graduate of Parks High School.

She married Hubert E. Dyke and they eventually moved to the family farm north of Parks. They had two daughters and were members of the Parks Methodist Church. In 1955 Hubert was offered a job in Washington DC with the Dept. of Agriculture and the family moved to Arlington VA. Wilma was a homemaker until their daughters moved on and she then worked in the credit department of Sears Roebuck for almost 20 years.

When Hubert passed away in 1998 she lived with her daughter Glenda in Maryland for two years then she moved in with her oldest daughter Deanna in 2000 where she resided until a stroke in June 2007 caused her move to Powhatan Nursing Home. She became ill on December 6 and was taken to Virgina Hospital Center where she passed away.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Hubert E. Dyke brothers Jack. James, William (Buzz) and Robert Wooters, and son-in-law Lawrence Bruno. She is survived by two daughters Danna Druse of Arlington, VA and Glenda Bruno of Myrtle Beach, SC, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1998
Hubert E. Dyke

ARLINGTON, Va.-- Hubert E. Dyke, 85, died Saturday (Oct. 24, 1998) in Arlington.

He was born Nov. 13, 1912, at Thurman, Iowa, to Albert and Bessie Dyke. He graduated from Parks High School in 1930.

On Jan. 20, 1934, he married Wilma Wooters at Benkelman.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma; two daughters, Deanna Druse of Arlington, Glenda and husband, Larry Bruno of Olney, Md.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated and a memorial service in Arlington is pending.

Cards and correspondence will reach Wilma Dyke at 5910 Wilson Blvd., Apt. 207, Arlington, VA 22205.

Announcement courtesy of Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.

Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October ????
Amy Dyson

Thru a letter received from Miss Alice Wilson of Los Angeles under date of October 7th, The Post learns of the death of Miss Amy Dyson in that city on October 1st, after a very brief illness, previous to which she had been in normal good health and her passing came as a surprise to her relatives and friends.

Miss Dyson will be remembered by the older residents of Dundy county because of her active life in the county's development. She was a part of the group that organized the Dundy County Irrigation Company and brought about the construction of one of the leading irrigation systems of that time. She divided her time between looking after her farm and livestock interests and teaching school. She was a very energetic and industrious woman and was a factor in her day and time in our business and agricultural development.

Miss Dyson was born January 15, 1859, at Burlington, Wisconsin. When she was fifteen years old, she and her sister Sarah came to Clay county, Nebraska, where they both taught in the Clay county schools. They came to Benkelman four years later where they homesteaded land. Miss Amy taught for twenty-five years in the public schools of Nebraska. She went to California for the first time in 1902 and had resided there since 1910.

Miss Dyson spent a great deal of her later years in travel to the far corners of the earth. She preferred to travel independently, journeying far into the interior of different countries. She had made two trips around the world and four years ago she made a trip to the South Sea Islands, Australia and New Zealand and thence to Capetown, South Africa where she traveled thru the interior of Africa from Capetown to Cairo. Her latest trip was down the West Coast of South America into the interior and across the Trans-Andean railway to Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro..

Miss Dyson is survived by one sister, Mrs. Charlotte Wilson of Los Angeles, her sister Sarah and one brother having preceded her in death.

The funeral was attended by many old friends and relatives.


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