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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1992
IMPERIAL- -Erma Viola Cady died February 7, 1992, at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska. She was born November 20, 1902, in Bladen, Nebraska, to Frank and Dereka Augusta Liesveld Fleeming.
In 1936 she moved to Champion, Nebraska, with her parents and infant daughter, Mary Lou. Erma was united in marriage to Franklin La 'Verne" Cady in St. Francis, Kansas, in November 1942 and she became the mother to Vern's daughter, Verna Mae.
Erma made her home in Champion until August 1984. At that time her health was failing and she was no longer able to stay in her home. She then moved to the Imperial Manor with her husband.
She was active in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and later in the Champion Community Church. She was a member of the church, the Busy Bee Club, various extensions and served as song leader in the Champion Church for 25 years.
She was well-known in the Champion community as a clerk in Mrs. Sickinger's Drug Store for more than 25 years. After retiring. she enjoyed her flower garden, crocheting, embroider work and visits from her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, her parents Frank and Dereka Fleming, a sister, Sada Buelah, and a brother, William Frank, who died in infancy.
Erma is survived by her daughters, Mary Lou and husband, Bud Ferebee of Champion, and Verna Mae and husband, Floyd Ross of Aurora, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Doug and wife, Donna Ferebee of Champion, Tamara and husband, Ron Dorothy of Stratton, Nebraska, Dennis and wife, Marie Ross of Lincoln, Nebraska, Terry and wife, Judy Ross and Kevin and wife, Donna Ross, all of Aurora, Nebraska, eight great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Clifford Cady, of Benkelman, Nebraska.
Services were held Monday, February 10, 1992, at 10:30 a.m. at the Champion Community Church in Champion with the Rev. Francis Baker officiating.
Oneta Silvester was the organist and Garneta and Irvin Bauerle the vocalists.
Bearers were Arlyn Cox, Dennis Spady, Don Welch, Burton Beard, LeRoy Adams and Dick Goddard. Interment was in Mt. Home Cemetery in Imperial with Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1997
Jeniece Alice Cady was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Imperial. Neb., to Samuel Martin and Lola Mary (Nedrow) Jaeger. She died at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Neb., Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997, at the age of 74.
Jeniece grew up in Chase County and graduated from Imperial High School in 1941. She met Clifford Adelbert Cady and they were married May 4, 1946, in McCook, Neb. From this marriage three children were born: Bill, Brenda and Bob. Cliff preceded her in death on June 23. 1993.
Jeniece belonged to several organizations including the Busy Bee Club in Champion. Neb., the Methodist Church where she received a 50-year membership pin, Women's Club where she served as card lady until 1996, Garden Club, Legion Auxiliary and VFW. She was involved with the Friendly Neighbors Club in Benkelman, and served on the advisory committee for the Senior Center. She was very active in the Rebekah Lodge in the cities where she, Cliff and the children lived and achieved the rank of Noble Grand in more than one Rebekah Lodge. She was active in the Past Noble Grands Club and was a page in the Grand Lodge. She assisted with the coordination of the bloodmobile in Benkelman.
Jeniece was employed as a bookkeeper for several companies in Imperial and Benkelman and provided child care services for several families.
Jeniece loved to be involved with her many friends and in the various communities where the family lived. She rarely said no when asked to help. However, her main goal was to take care of her family. Jeniece fought for life, determined to beat her illnesses.
She is survived by her son, Bill, his wife, Suzanne, and children, Scott and Danielle, of Lenexa, Kan.: daughter Brenda, and her husband, Jerry McDonald, of Stratton. Neb., and their children; Stephanie and her husband, Chip Owens, of Marietta, Ga., and Chuck. also of Marietta,; son Bob of North Platte, Neb.: two brothers, H. Keith Jaeger of Imperial and Gary L. Jaeger of Haigler, Neb.
Final rites for Jeniece Cady were held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Michael Davis officiating. Betty Erdman was the pianist and Richard Bartholomew sang "One Day At A Time" and "How Great Thou Art."
Bearers were Sam Jaeger, Scott McDonald. David Stogin, Arlyn Myers, Bob Krutsinger and Rod Wiese. Committal was offered by the Sheba Rebekah Lodge No. 321. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial. with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1993
BENKELMAN--Clifford "Cliff' Adelbert Cady was born August 25, 1918, in Champion, Nebraska, to Frank Edison and Francis Elizabeth (Darwin) Cady. He died at his home in Benkelman, Nebraska, Wednesday, June 23, 1993, at the age of 74.
He lived in and attended school in Champion. From 1936 to 1938 he worked at the Champion Mill. Cliff worked at the Imperial, Nebraska, co-op from 1938 until 1948 but did take time out to serve his country during World War II. He was a heavy machine operator in the Army from June 1942 to January 1946 and achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant.
Following an honorable discharge from the military, he met Jeniece Alice Jaeger and they were married May 4, 1946, in McCook, Nebraska. From this marriage three children were created: William "Bill," Brenda and Robert "Bob."
Cliff and his brother, Vern, started a repair shop in 1948 in Champion, which they operated until 1951. Cliff then joined International Harvester in Imperial where he worked until 1959. The family lived in Kearney, Nebraska, from 1959 to 1962 where he was also employed at International Harvester.
Cliff then moved his family to Benkelman where he worked for Harold Knoles, Inc. until his retirement in 1975. Because he disliked wasting time, Cliff started a saw sharpening business at his home, which kept him busy until his current illness forced him to slow down this past May.
Cliff always enjoyed being involved in civic and social affairs. While in Champion, he served as Scoutmaster from 1948-56. During this time he became a member of the Order of the Arrow and served as a commissioner.
The organization to which he served the most time was the International Order of Odd Fellows. Cliff was active in the local lodge, No. 361, and served at the state level as Warden (1983-84), Deputy Grand Master (1984-85) and Grand Master (1985-86). Cliff had also served as the State Grand Treasurer since 1987, a position he held until the time of his death.
Additional organizations to which he belonged were the Benkelman American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Imperial unit, and the Benkelman Housing Authority.
He was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Edward and LaVern, and his sister, Evelyn.
He is survived by his wife, Jeniece; son Bill and his wife, Suzanne, and children, Scott and Danielle, of Lenexa, Kansas; daughter Brenda and her husband, Jerry McDonald, and children, Stephanie and Chuck of Stratton, Nebraska, and son Bob and his wife, Jan, and children, Jeffry and Mathew of Benkelman.
Services were held Saturday, June 26, 1993, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating.
Organist was Gwen Bauer and pianist was Betty Erdman. Musical selections included the prelude, “The Old Rugged Cross," "One Day At A Time" and "How Great Thou Art" sung by Paul Erdman, Wilbur Case, Richard Bartholomew and Urlin McCartney, and the postlude, "Peace In The Valley' and "Rock Of Ages."
Bearers were Ray Bowers, Rod Wiese, Leon Preston, Wayne Clark. Walt Barenberg and Glen Osborn. Honorary bearers were Bud Cline. Lawrence Campbell, Vince Novacek, Keith Neville, Harold Knoles, Bert Porter, Loren Humphreys and Oddfellow Lodge members.
Committals were by I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 361 and the American Legion Post No. 65 of Benkelman with interment in Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ????
IMPERIAL — Jessie May Caffall of Champion died Friday in the Imperial Manor at the age of 90 years.
She is survived by one son, Col. Joseph Caffall of Champion; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Ruth) Bromley, Florissant, Mo.; one sister, Fannie De Groat, Courtland, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Creveling Funeral Home Chapel in Imperial with the Rev. Robert Call officiating. Funeral services will be Wednesday at the Hermann and Sons Funeral Home, 10212 Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis, Mo.
A memorial fund has been established in her memory.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1970
Anton W. Cahoj, 64, well known Rawlins and Cheyenne county and one time Benkelman resident succumbed to a heart attack enroute to the Cheyenne county hospital last Tuesday morning.
Mr. Cahoj and his wife Marie were moving their household effects from a Bird City motel to their mobile home in Bird City on Tuesday morning when he was seized with the attack. A doctor was called and he passed away enroute to the hospital. He had no previous history of heart trouble.
He and his wife lived on their farm near Beardsley in Rawlins county for many years before moving to Benkelman some eleven years ago to enter the general sales and repair field. During their residence here they built a fine home in Smith Addition which they later sold to Sam Jones, and is currently occupied by Dr. and Mrs. Jim Monaghan and family. Mr. and Mrs. Cahoj returned to their Rawlins county farm where Anton continued his work in the general sales field. Last autumn he sold the farm to Bernard Sis and purchased a mobile home in Imperial which he, planned to move to his property in Bird City. However, the October storms postponed the move until spring, during which time Mr. and Mrs. Cahoj resided in Imperial. They moved the mobile home to Bird City during the last week in February and were in the process of moving into it when the end came.
Anton W. Cahoj was born May 7, 1906, in Czechoslovakia, the oldest son of Steve and Julia Cahoj. He entered into rest on March 3, at St. Francis, Kansas.
Anton migrated with his parents to the United States in 1909 and lived in the Atwood-Beardsley communities most of his life.
On October 1, 1930, he was united in marriage to Marie Hajek and they lived on a farm
one-half mile west of Beardsley most of their married life. He was engaged in farming, and later entered into General Sales and Service.
Anton is survived by his wife, Marie, one sister, Alice Faimon of McDonald, Kansas; one brother, Albin, of Atwood, Kansas; nieces and nephews, two uncles; Mike and Joe Cahoj, and many other relatives and friends.
Anton was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. He was a member of the Catholic Church all of his life and a member of the Catholic Workman (K. D.) Lodge,
He was laid to rest on March 6, 1970 following a Requiem Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Atwood, Kansas, with Father Neal Mahaffey Officiating. He was buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. The final blessing at the cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? 1981?
ATWOOD, Kan. — Randy Lee Cahoj, age 25, died Saturday at the Rawlins County Hospital of Atwood.
Mr. Cahoj was born Nov. 14, 1956 in Benkelman to Evelyn and the late Albin S. Cahoj.
Survivors are his mother, Evelyn of Atwood, and two brothers, Albin D. and Greg, both of Atwood.
Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 p.m. in the Williams Funeral Chapel of Atwood. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. John's Catholic Church north of Atwood with the Rev. Didacus Dunn, C.A.P., officiating. Interment will be in St. Cyrils and Methodius Cemetery of north rural Atwood under the direction of the Williams Funeral Home of Atwood.
Memorials have been established to the Beamgard Learning Center, Atwood.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1987
Florence Vera Throne (Cox) Cain, the youngest daughter of William and Mary Catherine (Bugher) Throne, was born August 3, 1891, at New Cambria, Kansas, and died March 10, 1987, at the Autumn Heights Health Care Center, Denver, Colorado, at the age of 95 years, 7 months and 7 days.
Her early years were spent in New Cambia where she attended school. On August 25, 1908, Florence was united in marriage to John Perry Cox and to this union three children were born: Catherine Vera, Harold Loren and Helen Loine. John Perry Cox preceded her in death.
Florence moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1947 where she worked as a dietitian at the YWCA and the National Jewish Hospital. Following her retirement from the National Jewish Hospital she was united in marriage to Fred B. Cain at Denver on December 3, 1972, and they made their home in Benkelman, Nebraska.
Florence was a devoted Christian most of her life, having been affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and later, after her marriage to Fred Cain, transferred her membership to the Benkelman Friends Church. She and Fred had a few years of happiness together but ill health finally made it necessary for her to enter the Hester Memorial Home in 1980. Fred Cain preceded her in death in 1981 and in May of
1982 she transferred to the Autumn Heights Health Care Center in Denver.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, John Cox and Fred Cain; one son, Harold Loren Cox; one grandson, Gerald Dalton Sr., and one great-grandson, Robbie Harding.
She is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Cox and Helen Dalton, both of Denver; one granddaughter, Sharon Horton; four great-grandchildren: Cindy and Julie Harding and Gerald Jr. and Edward Dalton, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Florence will be remembered by her kind and sweet disposition even in the midst of pain and especially her love for her Lord and His word.
Services were held Friday, March 13, 1987, at the Friends Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating.
Organist was Mary Baney. The Singing Friends sang the selections "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."
Bearers were Wilfred Hansen, Eugene Hansen, Tom Hansen, Nason Wilson, Johnny Mays and Mearl Richard.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman. The funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1972
Grace R. Mathews, daughter of Ira Mathews, and Nancy Jane Featherston Mathews, was born February 16, 1892, near Hiawatha, Nebr. and passed away after an extended illness at the Hester Memorial Rest Home at Benkelman, Nebraska. on January 8, 1972 at the age of 79 years, ten months, and 21 days.
She was married at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Mathews, to Fred B. Cain, of Karval, Colo., March 25, 1914, and to this union three sons were born, Ronald L. Cain, of Commerce City, Colo., Lyle V. Cain, now deceased and Freddie M. Cain, also deceased.
Preceding her in death are her parents. her two sons, Lyle and; Freddie, and one grandson, Clarence L. Cain, and three brothers, Joe, Charley and Willard, and two sisters, Elva Louch. and Martha Loescher.
She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Fred B. Cain, of Benkelman, Nebr., her son, Ronald L. Cain, of Commerce City. Colo., and his wife, Thelma and two daughters-in-law, Dorothy V. Smets, of Stockton, Kan., and Jimmie Sue Cain, of Houston, Texas, and four grandchildren and their companions and five great grandchildren, three sistens, Olia E. Hampton, of Imperial, Nebr., Florence Strobridge of Harbor City, Calif., and Doris Williams, of Alton, Kans., and two brothers, Roy Mathews of El Paso, Texas, and Clifford Mathews of Imperial, Nebraska and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.
She was a birthright member of the Friends Church near Hiawatha, Nebr., and at about the age of 18 she was baptized into the Church of Christ, known as the Miller Chapel, near Hiawatha, Nebr., and later became an active member of the Friends Church at Karval, Colo. and remained a faithful member and a faithful servant to her Lord until death.
She was a devoted wife, companion, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all of her relatives and friends.
Grace with her husband and family lived on their homestead near Karval. Colo.. until her hus band answered the call to preach the Gospel, and she spent 44 years in the parsonages as pastors and Evangelists and travelled with her husband as a song leader in Evangelistic work
To know her was to love her and she always had a smile for everyone as long health permitted.
With John the Revelator we can say. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 11th at 1:30 p.m. with the Revs. Merle A. Roe and Bob Sander officiating. Mrs. Ernestine Hendrickson and Martha Wilson were the singers accompanied by Mrs. Betty Erdman on the organ. Casketbearers were Duane Wilson, James Baney, Marvin Hansen, Billy Baney, Nason Wilson and Johnny Mays. Honorary bearers were Edwin Adkinson, Kermit Wilson, Sherman Phifer, Tom Hansen, Tom Humphrey and Malvin Hendrickson.
Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1941
Susan M. (Wiicox) Cain was born October 16, 1850, in Laport, Indiana, and departed this life September 19, 1941, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 3 days.
Her early life was spent in the eastern states with her parents. At 19 years of age she was united in marriage to Alfred L. Cain, during the year of 1870. To this union were born nine children, four girls and five boys, one of whom preceded her in death. Her husband, a Civil war veteran, passed away October 10, 1918.
Mrs. Cain, or Grandma as she was better known to all, came to Nebraska during the early pioneer days and spent the last thirty-eight years of her life in Dundy county. She was a very independent, energetic and charitable woman. Her one great pleasure in life was doing for and pleasing others. She had a wonderful memory and often related many incidents of her life, such as pioneer experiences, incidents of homesteading and about the Indians and as far back as childhood days. Her vivid memory and expressions made her very interesting to converse with.
Grandma was never idle, but spent her later inactive years piecing and fashioning beautiful quilts, even after she had practically lost her eyesight about fifteen years ago. These quilts she delighted in giving to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren which will now be cherished treasures.
Her loved ones were a great pleasure and comfort to her and she was always happy to have them with her.
Grandma was converted in the Christian faith early in life and was a true praying mother, even up until the very last. She took an active part in the family devotions just a few days before going home. She was a devout Bible student and could repeat and explain many passages of scripture and was truly an inspiration in quoting and explaining the word of God.
For several years Grandma Cain was prepared for this life's exit. She had her clothes all selected and prepared for burial, and likewise was spiritually prepared for death.
She leaves sorrowing her departure eight children, Mrs. Ella Young, San Diego, California; Mrs. Jennie Lutgen, Eugene, Oregon; Mrs. Eva M. Jackson, Haigler, Nebraska; Wallace B. Cain, Parks, Nebraska; Fred Cain, Benkelman, Nebraska; G u y Cain, Marshfield, Missouri; Roy Cain, Denver, Colorado and Mrs. Della Edwards, Benkelman, Nebraska; also 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of admiring and sympathizing friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Pleasant Valley church and interment was in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1965
Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday, November 13, at the First Baptist Church for Mrs. Veta Viola Cain, 53, who died November 11 in Kansas City following a lingering illness.
The Rev. Bob Easton officiated at the rites. Mrs. Charles Broughton, Sam Rowland and Charles Ford sang two selections, with Mrs. Lovell Beydler at the organ. Bearers were Max Bough, Bobby Leonard, Elton Bland, J. E. Womble, James Murphy, Merl Millsap. Burial was in Holsapple cemetery, near Collins.
Veta Viola Vittetoe was born August 13, 1912, in St. Clair county, daughter of Pawnee and Ella Vittetoe.
In 1929 she was united in marriage to Laurence Cain, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are three children, Opal Sisco, of Belton, Mo., Ruby Hawkins, Longmont, Colo., and Marvin Cain, Washington, D. C. She also leaves two sisters, Vita Wonderling, Omaha, Neb., Ethel Cantrell, Seymour, Mo.; two brothers, Elmer Vittetoe, Kansas City, Mo., and Marvin Vittetoe, El Dorado Springs; six grandchildren.
She made her home the past few years with her daughter in Belton. She attended the Coleman Baptist church in Peculiar, Missouri.
Mr. Cain was the son of Sal Cain, and was born September 2, 1880 and attained the age of 91, at the time of his passing.
His father, Sol Cain, was a partner of the late J. I. George in the operation of a drug store in Benkelman during the late 80's.
Byron spent the first ten years of his long life in Benkelman, and accompanied his father and family to Denver in the early 1500's, The family later moved to Cripple Creek where the family had mining interests.
Mr. Cain, until recent years, corresponded regularly with his cousin. Byron’s daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Falco, of Santa Clara, informed Fred of her father's death.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1981
Rev. Fred Benton Cain, son of Thomas Benton and Mary Jane (Kelly) Cain, was born June 3, 1889 in Dundy County, NE and passed away Jan. 8, 1981 at the Great Plains
Medical Center, North Platte, NE at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 5 days. He attended school here and elsewhere in moving about with his parents and having lived
in several different states, including Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. In 1910, Fred took out a homestead claim near Karval, CO in Lincoln County near Hugo, CO.
Fred also taught school in the Hiawatha area, northwest of Benkelman far a short time and it was there that he met Grace Mathews who became his bride March 25, 1914. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Ronald, Lyle and Freddie.
Early in 1914 they moved to their homestead in Colorado and encountered the hardships of pioneer life that many early pioneers knew, but always with the will and determination to keep on trying.
Fred received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour in 1927 and was called to the ministry. He preached his first sermon in 1928 and accepted his first pastorate in 1929 in Kutch, CO. From that time on they labored faithfully in the gospel ministry, having pastored in churches in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska and also having served as an evangelist throughout many areas. They retired from active service in 1968 and moved to Benkelman, NE after many years of ministerial and evangelistic service, and more than 50 years of married life. Fred. continued to preach here in the local Friends Church on occasions when there was a vacancy to be filled, and on this past September 14, when the church honored the Retired Ministers and Senior Citizens of our church, Fred gave his last public exhortation, admonishing people to remain faithful to God and His Word, and be prepared to live for and meet God.
In early January of 1972. Fred laid his faithful wife Grace, to rest after having spent over 50 years together.
On Dec. 3, 1972, Fred was united in marriage to Florence V. Cox in Denver, CO., and they continued to live in Benkelman and were faithful in attendance to the Friends Church as long as their health permitted.
Fred was an effective minister of the gospel, leading many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a personal Savior. He loved the church and His Lord very deeply and was faithful in His service to both Christ and the church. He was a member of the local Ministerial association, and had held many contributing positions in the church world throughout his lifetime. He will be remembered as having served as pastor of the Pleasant Valley Friends Church from 1937 to 1940 when they went to Haviland, KS.
Fred also loved writing history and contributed several articles of importance the Benkelman Post after having retired here, relating pioneer experiences of both his and his father and family.
Fred was a very attentive and affectionate husband, a kind father, and faithful friend; he loved people and showed a personal interest in them and their interests ann concerns. He will be sadly missed by the church and community as well as his loved ones. He was a man in strength and character and had gained many years of wisdom and usable knowledge throughout his lifetime. He had enjoyed good health until age took its toll.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Grace, two sons, Lyle ant Freddie and a grandson Clarence Cain; four sisters, Ettie, Minnie, Lillie and Jessie; and a brother Roy.
He is survived by his widow Florence; one son, Ronald and wife Thelma of Commerce City, CO; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren two stepdaughters, Katherine
Cox of Benkelman and Helen Dalton of Denver, CO; two daughters-in-law, Dorothy (Cain) Smetz of Stockton, KS and Jimmie Sue Cain of Houston, TX; one brother-in-law, Roy Mathews and wife Edna of El Paso, TX; four sisters-in-law, Ruth Mathews of Boise, ID, Florence Mathews of Imperial, Doris Williams and Inez Mathews of Benkelrnan, besides many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Mon., Jan. 12, 1981 at 1:30 p.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. Rev Bob Sander and Rev. Merle Roe officiated at the services.
Carol and Robert Sander sang "The Old Rugged Cross Makes a Difference" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Ann Benge on the organ.
Bearers were Lyle Hansen, Wilfred Hansen, Johnny Mays, Tom Hansen, Mearl Richard and Mason Wilson. Honorary bearers included Edwin Adkinson, Roy Mathews, Malvin Hendrickson, Gene Hansen, Sherm Phifer and Lyle Weiss.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, NE.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1951
Fred M. Cain, youngest son of Rev. Fred B. and Grace Cain, and better known to his friends as "Freddie Cain," passed away on his 27th birthday, January 2, 1951, at the Veterans hospital in Houston, Texas.
His sickness, a malignant tumor (cancer) had caused him much suffering and he had undergone five major operations for it since March 17, 1950, The funeral services were conducted by Wayne Conant of Friendswood. and Coopler Beaty of Houston in a funeral home in Houston. Burial was in Brookside Memorial Park, Houston, Texas. Besides his parents and two brothers, Lyle V. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Ronald L. Cain of Denver, Colorado, he leaves to mourn, his wife, Mrs. Jimmie Sue Cain whom he married less than two years ago.
Much prayer had ascended on the behalf of Freddie and as a result he gave his heart to God about a week before his death left a testimony of Divine Grace and Salvation. Two hours before his death he said to his father who was with him, "I'm to be with Jesus, there’s no doubt about it.” He died without a struggle at 5:30 a.m., January 2
His parents and his wife would like to express their appreciation to all those who have helped during Freddie's sickness and to all those who have prayed during his sickness.-The Friend's Bulletin.
Lyle Vernon Cain son of Fred B. and Grace Cain, was born at Karval, Colo., April 9th, 1918, and departed this life to be with his Heavenly Father on June 15, 1951, at the Veteran's Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 33 years, two months and six days.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Adkinson of Benkelman, Nebraska, October 19th. 1941, at which time he was serving in the U. S. Army just prior to Pearl Harbor. He served his country three years when he was given a medical discharge in March, 1944.
He was a member of the Map,' Friends church of Hariland. Kans.
He was a very devoted husband, father, son and brother, and his friends were as numerous as his acquaintances. He leaves to mourn his departure his devoted and faithful wife, two children. Darrell, age eight, and Janice, age six; his parents, pastors of the Friends Church in Houston. Texas; one brother, Ronald of Denver, his grandmother Nancy Mathews of McCook; his.wfze's parents, Edwin and Pearl Adkinson, pastors Chalk Mound Friends Church, Woodston, Kans., and a host other relatives and friends.
His youngest brother, Freddie M. Cain, preceded him in death on January 2, 1951, at the Veteran's Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, by Rev. Merle Roe of Wichita, Kans., General Superintendent of Kansas Yearly Meeting of Friends church at the Smith's chapel in Stockton., Kansas.
Interment was in the Stockton cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1940
Martha Cain, pioneer teacher whose services in that field extended over fifty-two years, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. F. Sager, at Stanberry, Missouri, on July 17, at the age of seventy-nine years. Funeral services were held in Stanberry last Friday and burial was in High Ridge cemetery there. She is survived by Mrs. Sager and another sister, Mrs. Elzora Kay living in Denver. Mrs. 0. E. Higley and Mrs. George Williamson of this county are nieces of Miss Cain and Fred Cain, pastor of the Pleasant Valley church, is a nephew.
Martha Cain came to Dundy county in the middle eighties to homestead and immediately launched her teaching career, teaching school in Ough precinct, the Hiawatha valley, etc., following which she entered the public school system at Denver where she served constantly for thirty-eight years, retiring in 1932 to go to Stanberry to live with her sister.
In her earlier life she built up a friendship circle in Dundy county which she valued highly and she never lost interest in Dundy county friends, having kept in touch with them constantly thru the local paper of which she was a constant reader during the nearly fifty years that it has served Dundy county and she was still a subscriber when death called her.
Martha Cain was a woman of much more than the average ability and talent and in the fifty-two years of constant service in the various school organizations where she labored so diligently and faithfully in molding the lives and character of thousands of children, it is indeed difficult to even attempt to estimate the good accomplished in the scope of a life such as hers.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1933
Word reached Benkelman Wednesday of the death of T.B. Cain, pioneer resident of Dundy County and father of Mrs. George Williamson and Mrs. O.E. Higley.
Mr. Cain was spending the winter with his son, Fred, near Colorado Springs. He had been ill only a short time.
The body is being returned to Benkelman for burial but funeral arrangements had not been completed at the time The Post was printed.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975
Katherine Haman Calhoun was born January 19, 1888 at Chadron, Nebraska to John and Mimie Thomas and died February 28, 1975 at the age of 87 years, one month and nine days.
She came to Colorado in 1898 and married Roy Calhoon at their farm home southwest of Vernon. To this union was born one daughter, Helen.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1972.
She leaves her daughter, Helen and son-in-law, Carl B. Sharp, five grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Katherine Calhoon were held Tuesday afternoon, March 4 at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Wray with Rev. Richard Christensen officiating. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery in Vernon.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1970
Mrs. Rosa E. Calkins, 89, passed away in Keokuk, Iowa, on Thursday, March 19th. Mrs. Calkins, with her husband, the late Milan H. Calkins, lived in Benkelman 48 years before moving to Keokuk to be near their eldest daughter, Mrs. Julia Foster, and husband, Sam, in September 1963. Mrs. Calkins, her husband and family moved to Benkelman from Friend, Nebraska, in 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Calkins, with their family, relatives and friends celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Benkelman on October 15, 1949.
During their residence in Keokuk Mr. and Mrs. Calkins resided at 308 Cleveland Avenue, just two doors from the Foster residence at 2322 McKinley Avenue. She continued to reside at that address after Mr. Calkin's death. She had been in failing health for the past year and suffered a stroke on February 7th and was taken to a hospital by her daughter and husband. Her general health deteriorated from that time. The week-end of March 7th her children were called to Keokuk and she rallied enough that she was able to recognize all of the members of the family and conversed with them briefly. Then she lapsed into unconsciousness and was unconscious until the end. This came Thursday, March 19th. Her daughter, Julia Foster, and husband gave Mrs. Calkins careful attention and care until she was taken to the hospital for the last time.
The following notice appeared in the Keokuk, Iowa, Daily Gate City newspaper on Friday, March 20th.
Mrs. Rosa E. Calkins, 89, of 508 Cleveland Street died at 8:40 p.m. Thursday evening in Graham hospital where she had been a patient for six weeks. She had been in failing health for several years.
The daughter of the late Robert T. and Martha Fisher Crook, she was born on October .3, 1880, in Virginia.
She married Milan Henry Calkins on October 15, 1899, in York, Nebraska, who preceded her in death on October 15, 1964.
Mrs. Calkins was a member of the Bel Air Baptist Church having been a charter member. She was also a member of the Rebekah lodge for over 50 years and was Past Noble Grand of the Rebekahs.
Mrs. Calkins came to Keokuk seven years ago from Benkelman. Nebraska.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Sam (Julya) Foster, Keokuk, Mrs. Etrula Wood, Tacoma, Wash., three sons, Frank L. Calkins, Clarksville, Ark., Claude B. Calkins, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Robert T. Calkins, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Services were at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, March 23rd, in the Schmidt Memorial Home with the Rev. Otis Divine and the Rev. Ellsworth L. Woods officiating. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Keokuk.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 2003
Mildred R. "Millie" Calkins 93, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at the Life Care Center. She was born on July 20, 1910, in Hiawatha, Dundy County, Neb., and had lived in Cheyenne since 1954.
Mrs. Calkins was a teacher at Eastridge Elementary, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, The Travel Group and Alpha Delta Kappa.
She is survived by a son, Jerry Calkins, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; a sister, Dorothy Benge, of Cheyenne; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Calkins was preceded in death by her husband Robert Calkins, on Oct. 22, 1983, and her parents, Frank and Irene Stamm.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2003, at the Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes with the Rev. Janet Forbes officiating. Interment was in the Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1982?
A longtime teacher and principal, Robert T. Calkins, died Saturday, October 22, at Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at the age of 70.
Mr. Calkins served as coach and principal in Parks, Benkelman and Palisade, and was superintendent of schools at Holbrook, before moving to Cheyenne.
At Cheyenne, he was a teacher at McCormick Junior High for two years before becoming principal at Dildine, Buffalo Ridge and Hobbs Elementary Schools, where he retired.
His career in education totaled 44 years.
Mr. Calkins, who moved to Wyoming in 1954, was a supporter of many youth-related activities.
He was born in Virginia, Nebraska, on December 11, 1912, and was married to Mildred Stamm on May 18, 1935, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
During World War II, Calkins served with the Border Patrol and worked with the Red Cross.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and affiliated with the Wyoming Consistory No. 1, the Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 40, AF & AM, State of Wyoming Elementary Principals' Association, the Retired Teachers' Association, the Executive Club and was past president of the Cheyenne Classroom Teachers' Association.
Calkins is survived by his wife, Mildred of Cheyenne; children, Jerry and Connie Calkins of Tucson, Arizona; one sister, Etrula Woods of Tacoma, Washington; and two grandchildren, Julie and Jennifer Calkins, both of Tucson, Arizona.
Services were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eugene Rowbotham officiating.
Graveside services were conducted by the Masonic Blue Lodge. Interment was in Memorial Gardens.
Friends may contribute to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association in his name. Schrader Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2004
Gloria Jean Campbell, 70, of Oshkosh, Neb., died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at the Garden County Hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Cliff Transmeier officiating. Interment was in the Antelope Valley Cemetery north of Oshkosh. Holecheck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She was born on July 12, 1934, in Benkelman, Neb., to Leonard and Josephine Alberta "Bertie" (Mathews) Miller. She grew up in Benkelman and attended school there and later at Haigler, Neb., where she graduated in 1952.
On Nov. 25, 1951, she married Lee Campbell. They made their home at Camp Lejeune, N.C., while Lee was in the service. They later moved to MCB Quantico, Va., before coming to Oshkosh in 1954 and resided on the ranch north of town. Gloria and Lee moved to town in 1966.
In 1961, she went to work as a bookkeeper for the Garden County News, later for Midwec and finally KN Energy for 10 years. In 1976 she went into business with Lee and they later semi-retired in 1983 from the construction business.
Gloria and Lee did everything as a couple from traveling all over the continent, including all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. They also enjoyed hunting and fishing together. She especially liked to crochet, read and go bowling.
She is survived by her husband, Lee, of Oshkosh; children Vernon Campbell of Roseland, Neb., Starla and husband, Jay Queen, of Brule, Neb., Dixann and husband, Jim Krajewski, of Oshkosh and Craig Campbell of Denver, Colo.; sisters Patsy and husband, Eddy Collins, of Oshkosh and Eileen Meager of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1983
Mayme (Nash) Campbell, daughter of Rhoda Francis (Hunter) and Eli F. Nash, was born on a farm near Oshkosh, Nebraska, July 4, 1901, and departed this life June 4, 1983, in the Garden County Hospital following a. stroke, at the age of 81 years and 11 months.
She was united in marriage to Myron Vaile Campbell May 25, 1918, at Scottsbluff, Nebraska. To this union, six children were born.
She is survived by three children: Eileen Peterson of Cleveland, Arkansas; Keith E. Campbell of Lewiston, Idaho, and Lee Campbell of Oshkosh; her daughters-in-law, Helen Mae and Gloria; a son-in-law, Loran; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mattie McConkey of Ontario, Oregon; Hazel Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; Orpha Rick of Nampa, Idaho, and Lucille Melius of Homedale, Idaho; nieces; nephews, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vaile; three sons, Warren, Vernon and a still-born infant; her parents; two sisters and six brothers.
Like all young people of her time, she learned the valuable lesson of helping others. She came from a large family so she shared responsibility early. She worked for other
families in Garden County to support herself early in life and to make living a little easier for others in hard times. She met and married her husband while working in his parents' home. She attended school in the Old Rock Schoolhouse in Oshkosh and other county schools.
Early in her married life she became a Christian and joined the Pilgrim Holiness Church in 1927, where she served faithfully as Sunday School teacher and secretary-treasurer for many years. She was a board member and represented her church at many conferences.
She will be greatly missed by her family, community and her many friends.
Funeral services were held on June 7, 1983, at the Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh, Nebraska, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Long officiating. Organist for the music was Janet Johnson. Rev. Duane Knierim, soloist, sang "Precious Memories" and "Good Night and Good Morning."
Pallbearers were her grandsons: Jim Campbell, Ron Carlson, Orvin Lake, Bill Campbell, Craig Campbell, Jim Krajewski, Robert Cooper and Jay Queen.
Interment was at Antelope Valley Cemetery in Oshkosh, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2005
Helen Mae (Turpin) Campbell, the only child of Lela and Robert N. Turpin, was born on July 2, 1926, in Haigler, Neb. At the age of 4, her parents were divorced and she was raised by her devoted grandparents, Frank and Bess Pearson.
She attended the Haigler schools, graduating in 1943. Helen immediately went to work at the Mountain State Telephone Co. in Wray, Colo., as a switchboard operator. She soon transferred to Southwest Bell in McCook, Neb., and in 1944 to the McCook Air Force Base as a switchboard operator. Later that year she was transferred to McCord Air Base in Omaha, Neb.
Helen married Keith E. Campbell on Nov. 29, 1947, at Wray. They made their home near Haigler on the Cottonwood Ranch. The family soon moved to Benkelman, Neb., in 1948, where Helen went to work at the J.D. Raile Telephone Co. Helen left the telephone office in 1956 as Keith's jobs were in various states.
The family moved to Lewiston, Idaho, in August 1964.She worked as a switchboard operator for the Lewiston Morning Tribune from 1965 to 1970.
Helen especially enjoyed dancing and won several dance contests during the 1940s. She particularly liked the music of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. Another hobby was embroidery work; her children and grandchildren are all recipients of several pieces of her work.
After retirement, Helen's main interest was her grandchildren. She and Keith spent as many hours as possible with them. They were loyal sports fans from T-ball, Boys and Girls Club, on through high school and college. She was very proud of their records and achievements.
Helen died on Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Helen is survived by her husband, Keith; her children: Pat and husband, Ben Martin, of Asotin, Wash., and Vona and her husband, Don Litchfield, of Lewiston; four grandchildren: Jeff Aiken and fiancé, Rachel Jameton, Jill and Rich Copeland, Kirk and Jamie Litchfield and Neil Litchfield, and six great-grandchildren: Ty, Kelsey and Halle Aiken, Bailie, Keith and Cole Copeland, and a new baby arriving in October.
Helen was preceded in death by her mother, grandparents and her aunt, Eloshia Schmutte.
A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 25, at the Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1980
Laura May Campbell, daughter of HeI ry 4A Rose B. Lasley Watt, was jcrn d;Aring a blizzard on Jan. 26, 1889 on a homestead near Wheeler in Cheyenne County, KS and passed away at her home in Benkelman, NE on Dec. 4, 1980 at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 7 days.
She grew up on the farm, attended country schools and later high school in St. Francis for two years. The family moved to Excelsior Springs, MO in 1906 because of the health of her invalid sister who died in 1910. She came to Benkelman, NE in 1910, finished her schooling and taught in rural schools of Dundy County for three years and in the Haigler school for one year.
She was united in marriage with Earl L. Campbell on Aug. 31, 1914 in Benkelman. To this union were born three children, Lawrence and Eva of Benkelman and Leonard of Colorado Springs.
They lived on a farm north of Parks until Nov. 1916 at which time they moved to Benkelman which has been her home since.
Her husband preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1963.
She was a very faithful member of the Church of Christ for all of her adult life.
She is survived by her three children. She was a wonderful wife and mother.
Services were held Sat., Dec. 6, 1980 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Norman Morrow presiding. The selections "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset" were sung by Danette Ragan, Connie Renfro, Willis Burr, and Norman Morrow.
Bearers were Dale Lingo, Harry Steier, Clifford Cady, Harry Grams, Jerry Owens and William Bradley.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with funeral arrangements conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, NE.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1963
Earl Lee Campbell, son of Preston and Christina Campbell, was born on May 8, 1885, in Republic County, Kansas, near Belleville, and passed away at the Pringle Methodist Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, on August 13, 1963. He was one of a family of nine children. When a small child, the family moved to Dundy County, Nebraska, on a farm near Haigler. Later they moved to a farm north of Parks where he lived until 1914.
He was united in marriage with Laura May Watt on August 31, 1914, at Benkelman. To this union were born three children, Lawrence of Benkelman, Eva of McCook and Leonard of Colorado Springs, Colo.
In 1916, he and his family moved to Benkelman where he operated a general store until 1920. At that time he entered the produce business which he operated until his health failed.
In 1962, he suffered a severe heart attack from which he never recovered.
He was baptized into Christ in September 1956 and remained a faithful member of the church.
He is survived by his wife and three children. He was a kind and loving husband and father.
Funeral services were conducted at Jay's Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 15. Gordon Naylor of the Church of Christ officiated at the service. A quartette comprising William Burr, Danny Smith, Albert Smith, and Russell Musselman offered several vocal selections. Casketbearers were Dale Lingo, Vincent Novacek, Bob Arnold, Harry Burr, Harold Allen and Harry Steier. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1974
TRENTON — Earl M. Campbell, 77, died Thursday in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 2, 1897, at Cook, the son of the late Samuel and Nora Campbell. He had spent most of his life in the Air Force and retired as a major in 1946. He served in World War I and II and also served as a commercial airline pilot.
He came to Trenton in 1946 and then moved to Florida in 1951, returning to Trenton, 1967. He was a member of the Culbertson Masonic Lodge and the Trenton American Legion. His wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death May 11, 1974.
Survivors are a granddaughter, Earlyn Pengelly of Mankato, Minn.; six brothers, Page of Grinnell, Kan., Jesse of South Bay, Fla., Sheldon of Herlong, Calif., the Rev. Glen of Sacramento, Calif., Max of Wauchula, Fla., and Brenton of Denver, and one sister, Mrs. Twila Reed of Hays, Kan. A son, Stanley, and a daughter, Hazelee, preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Trenton Methodist Church with the Rev. James Mote officiating. Interment will be in the Trenton Cemetery under the direction of the Herrmann Funeral Home of Trenton.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March ????
Mrs. Dollie Christensen of Phoenix, Arizona informed The Post of the death of her youngest brother, Alfred Campbell, in Emmett, Idaho. Alfred accompanied his parents, the late George and May Campbell, to Idaho in 1936.
Mrs. Christensen's note was postmarked February 26th and the death notice clipped from a Boise, Idaho daily paper reads as follows:
"Services for Henry A. Campbell, 59, Emmett, who died Friday afternoon at an Emmett hospital after a long illness, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Beatty-Potter Chapel by the Rev. Mervin Scherff of the First Christian Church. Interment will be in the Emmett Cemetery by Butte Lodge No. 37, AF&AM.
He was born October 26, 1915 in Benkelman, Nebraska. He came to Emmett in 1936 and had since resided in Emmett. He married Mable Sheridan June 25, 1938, in Mountain Home. He was a carpenter and mechanic and was employed at the Boise Cascade lumber mill until 1973.
He was a member of the Butte Lodge No. 37, AF&AM.
Surviving are his wife of Emmett; two sons, Bill A. and Leroy, both of Emmett; two brothers, Everett of Denver, Colorado and Earl of Milton Freewater, Oregon; four sisters, Mrs. Florence Guy of Emmett; Mrs. Dollie Christensen of Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Nellie Williamson of Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Mrs. Suzie Barnett of Emmett, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Christensen's address is: %Wabash Trailer Court, Space 6, Phoenix, Arizona 85020.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, July 6, 2004
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
Aug. 25, 1916-July 3, 2004
BENKELMAN -- Lawrence R. Campbell, 87, died Saturday (July 3, 2004) at Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
He was born Aug. 25, 1916, to Earl and May (Watt) Campbell on his family's farm north of Parks. The family moved to Benkelman, where he attended school. He graduated from Benkelman High School in 1934, and then went to work for his father and brother in the produce business.
He continued to operated the family business after his father's death in 1963. His health forced his to close the store in October 2003. He then moved to the nursing home.
He was a member of the Church of Christ and former member of the Odd Fellows.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Leonard Campbell.
Survivors include his sister, Eva Lingo and husband, Dale of Benkelman.
Services are Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman with Norman Morrow officiating. Interment will be in Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m., at the funeral chapel.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1981
Leonard Leon Campbell, son of Earl and May (Watt) Campbell was born in Benkelman, Neb., on July 19, 1924, and passed away In the Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 31, 1981, at the age of 57 years and 11 days.
Mr. Campbell died from the effects of an assault, committed upon his person by an intruder into his home in Colorado Springs. The horrible act was made even more contemptible by the fact that Mr. Campbell was afflicted with arthritis and could not fight off the attacker.
He grew up in Benkelman, graduated from high school and then worked with his father in the produce business until December 1, 1960, at which time he moved to Colorado Springs and opened a rare coin shop which he was still operating at the time of his death.
He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors are one sister, Eva Campbell, and one brother, Lawrence Campbell, both of Benkelman.
Services were held Monday, August, 3, 1981, at 10:30 a.m. in Jones Funeral Chapel of Benkleman with Norman Morrow officiating.
Singers were Danette Ragan, Connie Renfro, Willis Burr, Norman Morrow and Troy Burr. Selections chosen were "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond The Sunset".
Bearers were Jay Marquis, Dale Lingo, Donovan Merklin, Gay Bash, Harry Grams, Harold Knoles, Bill Martin, and Harry Steier.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2000
McCOOK--Richard "Todd" Moody-Campbell departed this life on Friday, Oct. 27, 2000, at Bryan LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., as a result of a car accident. He was 23 years old.
Todd was born on June 17, 1977, in McCook, Neb., to Michael Lynn and Jeanne Marie (Monzon) Campbell. He graduated from McCook High School in 1996.
He moved to Lincoln in 1996 and has lived in Roseland, Neb., since 1998. Todd was employed by Armour Foods.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McCook.
Survivors include his father, Michael Campbell, and wife, Tish, of Roseland; his mother, Jeanne Moody, of Benkelman, Neb.; his stepfather, Bradley Moody, of Orange City, Iowa; sisters: Sara and husband, David Case, of Orange City, Deanna Moody of McCook and Erica Campbell of Claremore, Okla.; a stepsister, Trista Peterson, of Roseland; a stepbrother, Jeremy Peterson, of Hastings, Neb.; grandparents Victor and Mary Ellen
Monzon and Gerald and Nadine Moody of McCook and Loren and Margaret Campbell and Wanda Koch of Hastings; a niece and nephew, Alicia and Layn Case, of Orange City; aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Rosary was recited at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Carpenter Breland Chapel in McCook. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. at the chapel on Thursday, Nov. 2, with the Rev. Gary Brethour officiating. Marie Coffey was the organist. Kerri Unger and Shelly Jeffries sang “Wind Beneath My Wings,” "On Eagle's Wings" and "Be Not Afraid." Honorary pallbearers were Jamie and Kim Swanda, Shostal Rogers, Jeff Huff, Tyler Wilcox, Pat and Mike Malcolm, Chad Kehler, Stephanie Guerrero, Matt Sellers, David Case, Mandi Thomsen and Jody Korf. lnurnment was at 11 a.m. at Calvary. Cemetery in McCook on Friday, Nov. 3, with Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1973
Mary Grace King was born July 22, 1883 in Benkelman, Nebraska, the daughter of James R. and Mary Taylor King and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on December 17, 1973 at the age of 90 years, four months and 25 days.
She was married to Elmer Cannon on July 23, 1902 and to this union were born nine children: daughters, Ellen, Vada, Ruby, Ann, Georgia, Marjorie and Esther Grace; two sons, Herman and an infant who did not survive.
She is survived by her son, Herman Cannon and wife Ramona of Blaine, Washington; daughters, Mrs. Ellen Miller and husband Roy, Mrs. Georgia Earnest and husband Max of Benkelman, Ann Neff of Long Beach, California, Marjorie Whalen and husband John of Grants Pass, Oregon and Esther Grace Kirkpatrick and husband Charles of San Bernardino, California. She was preceded in death by an infant son, daughters, Vada and Ruby, her parents and brothers Ralph and Jim King and a sister Anna. She was the last of the King family, pioneer Benkelman merchants.
She was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women and was a 50-year member of Holly Chapter No. 235, Order of the Eastern Star.
Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman on Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Allan W. Martin officiating. Mrs. Gwen Bauer was the pianist and Mrs. Betty Erdman, the organist. The soloist was Mrs. Peggy Bartholomew. Casket bearers were Dale Bauer, Merle Wallace, Neal Custer, Vincent Novacek, Cecil Mosier and Leo Shafer. Honorary bearers were Gay Bash, A. G. Shafer and Harold Barnes. Holly Chapter Order of the Eastern Star performed the committal rites. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of the services.
This is based on a typewritten note which was based on the Benkelman, NE Post of February 3, 1928.
(Researcher note: Not completely sure of the accuracy.)
Mary Melissa Leavitt was born Sept. 22, 1856 in Peoria Illinois and died Jan. 20, 1928 at age 71.
She married Herman Cannon in March of 1872. To this union five children were children, two dying in infancy.
The survivors are Murray A Cannon, Boney, Texas, Elmer S. Cannon and Mrs Alvin Howard of Benkelman.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Cannon handled by Patterson & Macquilon Funeral Home of San Pedro, Calif.
Letter printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1979?
I enclose (Eight dollars)- for one-year's subscription. If this is not sufficient amount for one year's subscription, please let me know by return mail, and I will mail you the balance due.
My mother, Mrs. Eva Cannon, or Mrs. M.A. Cannon, (her maiden name was Eva Schierer) passed away several years past. The family of M.A. Cannon came to Texas in 1908. I was born in Max, NE in 1902, April 17. I have relatives that live in Benkelman. I visited there in 1951, with my Uncle Elmer Cannon.
I am a semi-retired farmer and rancher. I have passed my fifty-first wedding anniversary. There were three children born to this union; two live here in Brazoria County, Texas, and one in Casper, Wyoming. At the time this edition was published, Volume 77, Mr. C.L. (Pat) Kitler, was editor.
The Schierer family moved from Benkelman, to Ponaka, Alberta, Canada, in 1900. My wife and I were to visit our uncle and aunt in Canada four years ago. Uncle is 98 years old last September and aunt is in the rest home. We still write to one another.
Well, so much for this. ..Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year, I remain,
Elmer Cannon Sr.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1988
Clara Louise, daughter of August and Lina (Alietha) Schulze, was born on a farm east of Benkelman, Nebraska, on October 15, 1901, and was baptized in the Lutheran Church when she was a small child.
Clara was married to Arthur Wendland on February 23, 1922. Arthur passed away August 22, 1929, at the Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
Clara lived several years with her sister, Emma, and brother-in-law, Bill Hunter, on their farm south of Max, Nebraska, and with her aging parents in their Benkelman home, helping care for them until her father died in 1938. Her mother passed away in 1942.
Clara and Elmer Cannon were married at Trenton, Nebraska, on December 3, 1941. After only a few years Elmer suffered a stroke and Clara cared for him until he passed away on February 23, 1959, in their Benkelman home.
Clara remained in her home and took great pride in tending her yard and flowers, until her health and eyesight failed. She was very appreciative of everything her friends, neighbors and relatives did for her. When she could no longer care for herself Clara moved to the Hester Memorial Home where she resided until her death on Tuesday, November 1, 1988.
Clara was one of six sisters. Martha Kutz, Anna Hatch, Emma Hunter, Mary Crowe Heater and Katie Wiley all preceded her in death. Three nieces, Mary Mae (Kutz) Duvel, Barbara (Wiley) Helm and Virginia (Wiley) Bobinmyer also preceded her in death.
Surviving relatives are her nieces, Mildred (Hatch) Burk of Phoenix, Arizona, and Marjorie (Wiley) Rousselle of Phillipsburg, Kansas; nephews, Walter Kutz of Hayes Center, Nebraska, and Kelham Hatch of Denver, Colorado, and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Services were held Friday, November 4, 1988, at 3 p.m. in the Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, Nebraska. The Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiated.
Organist was Ruth Shillington and Phyllis Kirkman, soloist, sang "How Great Thou Art" and “We Are Going Down The Valley."
Bearers were Ben Gottschalk, Foster Gerdes, Jerry Hanes, Verle Raichart, Howard Miller and Byron Els.
Interment took place at the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Nebraska. The funeral was conducted by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1959
Elmer, son of Herman and Mary Cannon, was born in Cass county, Nebraska, January 18, 1882. In 1886 his parents moved to Dundy county.
In 1902 he was united in marriage to Grace King. To this union nine children were born. For a short time they lived in Stratton and in the Hiawatha neighborhood. They then moved to his father's farm near Benkelman where they lived until 1928, at which time they moved to Benkelman.
On December 3, 1941, he was married to Clara Wendland. Elmer's health began to fail in 1945. The last six years he was a semi-invalid, but bore his affliction well.
He took great pride and interest in his farm until the last few days. He provided well for his family and was always ready to help others who were in need. He suffered a heart attack February 22 and passed away February 23, 1959.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife Clara and six children—Herman of Fullerton, Calif.; Ann Neff of Long Beach, Calif.; and Esther Grace Kirkpatrick of San Bernardino, Calif.; Marjorie Whalen of Panama; Ellen Miller and Georgia Earnest of Benkelman; five sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren; one sister-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews.
His father, mother, two daughters, Ruby and Vada, and an infant son; one brother and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Otto Michel at the Methodist church Thursday afternoon. Harry Ough, Howard Sautter, John Baer, and Ross D. Druliner, Jr., provided special music with Mrs. Gwen Bauer at the organ. Laughlins had charge of arrangements. Interment was made in the Benkelman cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1945?
Friends will learn with sorrow of the sudden passing of Murray A. Cannon, which occurred on July 6th, his death being in large part due to infected hernia which affected his heart. He was only ill for a week t preceding his death.
Murray was practically reared in this section and it 38 years ago when they decided to leave Dundy county to locate in the section of Texas which was his home until the last. He. like his wife, was popular with everyone during the years that this was their home. They have occasionally visited here at different times since leaving.
The obituary published in his home town paper indicates that he was active and influential in business circles there and that his popularity was as great as it was here.
Here is the obituary:
Funeral services for Murray A. Cannon, who died at a hospital in this county Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church in Bonney with Rev. Roberson of Houston, Rev. J. H. Freeland, pastor of the Denver Presbyterian Houston, and Rev. E. B. Holloway, pastor of the Baptist church at Bonney, conducting the services.
This was one of the most widely attended funeral services ever to be held at Bonney. The body lay state at the Bonney church from ? Sunday until time for the funeral services at 3 o'clock. Entombment was made in Forest Park Cemetery Mausoleum, Houston, with Angleton Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Curtis Mowery, Burl Coleman and W. T. Terry of Sandy Point; W. 0. Mottesheard and Adrain Rooth of Bonney; and B. N. Jamison, Sr., of Angleton.
People attended the Bonney services from this and surrounding counties and there were many attending from Houston and Galveston at the Houston cemetery.
Born in Illinois, he moved with his parents in early life to Nebraska and grew up there. He was married to Miss Eva Scherier at Benkelman, Nebraska, 47 years ago. They moved to Bonney 38 years ago and established their home there and raised a family of two children. A successful stockman and farmer, Mr. Cannon was a tireless worker, being about his business early and late. He was one of the backers in erecting the church at Bonney and one of the main supporters. His heart and hand were ever out to the needy. Born December 29, 1373, he was 72 years and seven months old at the time of his death. He was non-denominational.
Survivors are his widow and two children; a son, Elmer Cannon, Bonney, and a daughter. Mrs. Alice Carlson, of Angleton; a brother, Elmer Cannon; one sister, Mrs. Abbie Howard, of Benkelman, Nebraska. Grandchildren surviving are Cleobeth, Elmer, Jr., and George Herman Cannon, W. M. Harwell and Mrs. W. T. Picard, Angleton; Harold Frank Harwell, Falfurias and Mrs. H. C. Hamilton of Cabimas, Venezuela, South America. There are three great grandchildren.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975
Eleanor Louise Cantin passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver in the early hours of Sunday morning of a heart attack. She had been entered into the hospital on Wednesday after a long illness and was under the care of specialists when the terminal attack developed. Her sister, Lenna Scrivner and husband Forrest were with her at the time and her daughter, Mrs. Wilma Wilkens and sister, Mrs. Lila Dunn were enroute to the city when death came.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Wilma Wilkens, husband John and two children and her sisters, Mrs. Iva Keim, Mrs. Lila Dunn and husband Gaile and Mrs. Lenna Scrivner and husband Forrest, all of Benkelman.
Mrs. Cantin was born in Dundy County, Nebraska on February 5, 1902, the daughter of Olivia E. Williams and James M. O'Neall. She was married to Harry L. Cantin on March 5, 1925 at Benkelman and they made their home on a farm northeast of Benkelman which they developed according to the study of good farming practices. Mr. and Mrs. Cantin built a nice residence in Benkelman and had been retired for several years when death called Harry Cantin on January 5, 1970.
She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Benkelman and the United Presbyterian Women's Association.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Allan Martin and Rev. Delbert Callaway officiating. Anna Benge was the organist and Joan Barker the soloist. Casket bearers were Gay Bash, Roy Davis, Ike Denny, Glen Osborn, Floyd Pettit, Guy Fries, Harold Barnes and Roy Miller. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1978
Josie Blanche Cantin daughter of William Henry and Carrie Belle (Merklin) Cantin was born March 8, 1895 in Kansas City, Kansas and came to Dundy County with her parents when five years of age and remained until death called her June 18, 1978 at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 10 days. She had been in failing health for the past four years and had been a resident of the Hester Memorial Home for the past two and one-half years. She attended school in and around Benkelman.
On November 26, 1914 she was united in marriage to Roy Arthur Turman at her family home two miles south of Benkelman. To this union two sons, Francis Lyle and Leonard Glen, and a daughter, Delores Joan were born.
Josie was baptized into the Benkelman Church of Christ and remained a member until her death. She was a Charter member of the Rebekah Lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary. She had a great love for children and loved flowers and anything pertaining to nature.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Joan, son Lyle, her parents, and sisters Mildred and Edna, and brother Harry. She is survived by her husband, Roy A., son Leonard and wife Leta; grandsons Gary Glen and wife Elaine, James Leon and wife Debbie and four great grandchildren, Jasen, Nathan, Tracey and Micheal, all of Ft. Worth, Texas; a brother Earl Cantin and wife Eva of Colorado Springs, Colorado and a number of nieces and nephews.
Officiating the services was Rev. Allan Martin, organist was Mike Shaw. Soloist Joan Barker sang the selections, "Shall We Gather At The River," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Sweet By and By."
Bearers were Robert Jones, Randall Raile, John Wilkens, Robert Cantin, Casey Cantin and William Cantin.
Interment was held at Benkelman Cemetery with graveside services by Sheba Rebekah Lodge of Benkelman, Nebr.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1984
Earl Henry Cantin was born March 11, 1897, in Wyandotte County, Kansas, to William Henry and Carrie B. Cantin. At the age of three he moved with his parents to Benkelman where he lived until 1942, when he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In Dundy County he was engaged In farming for a time and was employed by the Murphy-Ballard Lumber Company, which also handled John Deere implements. In Colorado Springs he was engaged in the carpentry and building trade where he established his own housing contracting and development company. He retired in 1962.
He was married to Eva Mae McCoy in 1945 and enjoyed many happy years until her death in 1979.
Earl was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; his daughter, Marjorie; his parents, William H. and Carrie B.; three sisters, Josie, Edna and Mildred; one brother, Harry; and one granddaughter, Beverly.
He is survived by a son, Willard W.; a daughter-in-law, Lucille; daughter, Creola ; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 8, at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. Rev. John Kilgore officiated.
Organist Gwen Bauer accompanied Velma and Wilbur Case with selections, "Beyond The Sunset." "Sweet Hour Of Prayer" and "The Old Rugged Cross."
Bearers were Randy Raile, William Cantin, Robert Cantin, Casey Cantin, Stanley Bennett and Jon Schuller.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1970
Harry L. Cantin, a highly regarded member of the community, passed away suddenly while at work Monday. He was known many years as one of Dundy county's best farmers and was generous with his time in the public interest in a number of fields. He retired from the farm several years ago and was employed locally in pursuit of his hobby as a carpenter and was called into service at the court house as an assistant assessor. He was a fine man who merited the respect of all who knew him.
Funeral services were conducted at the United Presbyterian Church on Wednesday afternoon with Pastor F. B. Hockemeyer officiating. Mrs. Anne Benge was the organist accompanying the Presbyterian choir quartette, composed of Mrs . Merle Wallace, Mrs. Gail Manning, Bud DeWester, and George Young. Bearers were Al Reining, Harold Barnes, Bud Lowe, Roy Davis, Roy Miller and Bill Neemann. Jay's Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Harry Louis Cantin, son of William Henry Cantin and Carrie Belle Cantin was born April 16, 1900 at Benkelman, Nebraska, and passed away suddenly January 5, 1970 at the age of 69 years, 8 months and 9 days.
He attended the public schools of Benkelman, and lived his entire life in Dundy County where he was engaged in farming. He was married March 5, 1925 to Eleanor O'Neall at Benkelman, Nebraska. To this union one daughter, Wilma Wilkens was born.
He was a member of the United Presbyterian. Church for many years. He was ordained an elder of the United Presbyterian Church of Benkelman, January 12, 1964, and served two terms, having just completed two successive three year terms before leaving the Session on sabbatical leave, after serving two successive three year terms according to Presbyterian Church law. Prior to being an elder, he served five years on the Board of Trustees of the Church.
He was the chairman of the committee that guided the redecorating program of the church building last winter and spent many hours working along with and guiding the many others who participated in the work.
He was a member of the Benkelman Cemetery board of which he has served for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his daughter, Mrs. Wilma Wilkens and her husband, John of Benkelman, Nebraska; one brother Earl and his wife Eva of Colorado Springs, Colorado: one sister Mrs. Josie Turman and her husband Roy of Benkelman, two grand-children, Janet and Lana Wilkens; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Mildred and Edna.
Harry was a most faithful member and worker in the Church, and his place will be
hard to fill. The congregation, the community aid the family will miss him. The Church and the community extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1939
William H. Cantin passed away at his home in Benkelman shortly after three o'clock Saturday afternoon. Although he had been in poor health for a long time, his death was very much unexpected. He was sitting In a rocking chair when he decided to move to the couch nearby but had scarcely reached the couch when he collapsed and fell over it cross-wise. A doctor was called who said that death had practically been instantaneous.
Funeral services were conducted at the United Presbyterian church Monday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Foster. Singers were R. D. Druliner, Lloyd Boswell, Beth Rickard and Irene Passmore with Mrs. D. L. Ough at the piano. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery.
William Henry Cantin was born March 5, 1864, at Hawley, Pennsylvania and departed this life at his home in Benkelman. Nebraska, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 26 days.
At the age of two and one-half years he was adopted into the home of an aunt and uncle, and these two good people were to him his parents. His own father was killed in the Civil war. His foster father was a steamboat freighter on the Hudson river, so along the river he spent his early boyhood days. At the age of fourteen years he moved with his foster parents to the Black Hills, where he too freighted with team and wagon.
At the age of twenty-nine years he went to Kansas City, Missouri, where he secured work with the Swift Packing company. While there he met Miss Carrie Bell Merklin to whom he was married July 23. 1894. To this union five children were born, Josie, Earl, Harry, Edna and Mildred.
In 1899 they moved from Kansas City to Dundy county which has since been their home. After coming to this part of the state Mr. Cantin worked for the Burlington railroad on the extra gang at McCook. Then he was transferred to the roundhouse at that place. After coming to Benkelman and working on the railroad he was transferred to Parks as section foreman. About 1909 he went in partnership with J. A. McDonald in farming and stock raising on Mr. McDonald's farm south of town where he lived for 13 years. He had lived on different farms near Benkelman..
Last January he suffered a light stroke and thought it best to move to town. He had been a sufferer for many years of Bright’s disease and due to high blood pressure he suffered another stroke which brought this courageous life to a close and relieved him from suffering.
Mr. Cantin became a member of the Methodist church during the time Rev. Hagerman was pastor. After the Rose meetings, he united with the United Presbyterian Church, to which he remained a member until death. He was a member of the Odd Fellow and Mason lodges, in which he took an active part until circumstances forced him to drop his membership.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, three children, Mrs. Josie Turman, Earl and Harry Cantin and nine grandchildren.
His daughter, Mrs. Mildred Diplock, preceded him in death January 3, 1932.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1992
BENKELMAN--Ella Faye Cantrell was born to Levi and Nellie Miller on January 17, 1904, and died at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on Monday, July 20, 1992, at the age of 88 years.
She married Walter Baney in 1922 and to this union two sons and two daughters were born. She later married Martin Cantrell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After his death she moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado, and lived there until entering the Hester Memorial Home in 1985.
Ella was a member of the South Fork Friends Church. She spent her childhood and grew to maturity in the Dundy County, Nebraska, area.
Over the years she worked at Moses Drugstore, Van Deest Hotel and other restaurants. Her main enjoyment was meeting the public, cooking, baking and sharing these with friends and neighbors.
In spite of many hardships, difficulties and health problems, she never lost her faith in God nor her sense of humor.
Preceding her in death were her parents. infant twin brothers and sister, her first husband, Walter Baney, her son, Donald, her granddaughter, Denise, a half-sister, Alma Smith, and a half-brother, Willard Miller.
She is survived by a son, Robert Baney, and his wife, Dorothy, of Sterling, Colorado: her daughters, Idalene Fink of Lake Placid, Florida, and Twila O'Brien of Wichita. Kansas: her half-sister, Luella Troxel, of Salem, Oregon: a half-brother, Allen Miller, of Wellton. Arizona: 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday, July 23, 1992, at 10 a.m. alt the Friends Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Keith Haisch officiating.
Mary Baney was the organist and Colleen Wilson the soloist. Selections included “We Are Going Down The Valley” and a medley, "Sunshine In My Soul/l Shall Not Be Moved."
Bearers were her grandsons, Shawn O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien, Les Baney, Terry O'Brien, Aaron O'Brien and Ted Wernsman.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of the arrangements.
Correspondence will reach Bob Baney at PO Box 544, Sterling, Colorado, 80751-0544.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 2008
BENKELMAN -- Ruth Carol Cappel died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was 74.
She was born March 30, 1934, to Leland Archie and Charlotta Augusta (Bonar) Guthrie in Indianola. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1952.
She married Gaylord Cappel on Sept. 29, 1956, in Indianola. She had lived in McCook more than 40 years before moving to Benkelman in 2004. She enjoyed spending time with her family and going to garage sales.
She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in McCook.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Charlotta; former husband, Gaylord in 2003; two sons, Gary and Kenneth; daughter, Dorothy; three brothers, Carl Guthrie, Dean Guthrie, Lyle Guthrie; three sisters, Opal Madden, Evelyn Harris and Gail Porth.
She is survived by her son, Robert D. Cappel of Everett, Wash.; daughter, Jeanette Wonderly and husband, Tony of Benkelman; brother, Lewis Guthrie and wife, Beverly of Holbrook; sister, Leah Davenport of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Kaleb Paul Wonderly and Brady Lee Wonderly.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at the Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Bruce Lester officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m., to 12 p.m. and Sunday 4 - 8 p.m. Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2003
Gaylord P. Cappel passed away on Friday, March 14, 2003, at his home in McCook, Neb., with his daughter by his side and his family around him. He was 71 years old. He was born to George Peter and Pauline (Koch) Cappel on July 3, 1931, at Campbell, Neb. He was the youngest of five children and spent most of his childhood on a farm.
In 1948, Gaylord married Blanche Ross and to this union one child, Gary, was born. He supported his family by working for a seismograph company.
On Sept. 29, 1956, Gaylord married Ruth Guthrie. To this marriage they brought Gaylord's son, Gary, and Ruth's son, Bob. Gaylord and Ruth were blessed with three more beautiful children: Kenny, Dorothy and Jeanette. His strong faith in the Lord and his love for his children were with him through this time of his life. He worked at numerous jobs in the Indianola and McCook area. He completed his work life with 18 years at the hose plant.
In March 1997, his daughter Jeanette blessed him with a son-in-law, Tony Wonderly, of Benkelman, Neb. In May of 1997 and 1998, Tony and Jeanette blessed him with two precious grandsons, Kaleb and Brady, who Gaylord adored and they adored their Papa.
On Nov. 3, 2001, Gaylord married Ardess (Fisher) Winder. At that time they blended their families of seven adult children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. For 16 months God blessed this couple with complete and total love for one another and all of their families. Together they prayed each day for the health and well-being and for salvation for each family member.
In August 1964, Gaylord accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. In March 1982, Gaylord was baptized. In 2002, Gaylord became a member of the Evangelical Free Church. He was an active member of the church, the Senior Center and the pool players club at the Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Floyd and Robert; a sister, LaVaughn Federoff; a son, Gary, in October 1969; a daughter, Dorothy, in December 1996, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Survivors include sons Bob Cappel of Everett, Wash., and Kenny Cappel of Axtell, Neb.; daughter Jeanette and husband, Tony Wonderly, and grandsons Kaleb and Brady of Benkelman; his wife, Ardess, of McCook; stepdaughter Betty and husband, Bill Butter, of Arapahoe, Neb.; stepsons Doug Winder and wife, Shellie, Dan Winder and wife, Cathy, and Dave Winder and wife, Terri, all of McCook; 11 stepgrandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Isabelle and husband, Carl Zimmerschied, of Aurora, Colo.; former wife, Ruth Cappel, of McCook; brothers and sisters-in-law Lewis and Beverly Guthrie, Frank Porth, Julie Cappel, Mary Lemman, Lila Fisher, Earl and Elsie Winder, and a host of many relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Gaylord Cappel were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the Evangelical Free Church in McCook with Pastor Bruce Lester officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery in McCook.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2005
Kenneth Cameron Cappel, age 48, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at the Mosaic at Bethphage Village in Axtell, Neb.
Kenny was born on July 25, 1957, at McCook, Neb., to Gaylord Paul and Ruth Carol (Guthrie) Cappel. He had been living at Bethphage since 1980.
Kenny enjoyed all the actvities at Bethphage. His favorites were bowling, swimming and going on outings.
Preceding him in death were his father; a brother, Gary; a sister, Dorothy, and grandparents George and Pauline Cappel and Leland and Charlotta “Lottie” Guthrie.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth, of Benkelman; a brother, Robert of Everett, Wash,; a sister, Jeanette, husband, Tony Wonderly, and their sons, Kaleb and Brady, of Benkelman; other relatives and a host of friends and staff of the Mosaic at Bethphage Village.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at the McCook Evangelical Free Church with Pastors Bruce Lester and John Gosswein officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery.
Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1988
Robin Patrick Caress was born December 19, 1960, at McCook, Nebraska, to DeWayne (Shad) and Berenice (Reiman) Caress. He departed this life February 3, 1988, at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville, Colorado, at the age of 27 years, 1 month and 17 days.
Mass of Christian Burial was February 6, 1988, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville with the Rev. Don Brownstein officiating. Casket bearers were Michael Amsberry, Thomas Amsberry, Terry Amsberry, Robert Lovato and Glen Lucero. Organist was Bev Pologar and soloist was Joan Dawson. The selections were "Amazing Grace," "Whispering Hope," "I Walk Alone" and "How Great Thou Art
Robin Patrick Caress was united in marriage January 13, 1984. to Kristen Ann Sanderson. He leaves to mourn, his wife, Kristen; one daughter, Jayme; two sons, Jeremy and Jason; his parents, DeWayne and Berenice; one sister, Roxi Garrett, and husband, Mike; one brother, Robert, and wife Gloria; five nephews; uncles:
Vincent, Glen, and Kenneth and wife, Koda; aunt, Jane, and husband, Dale Amsberry; other relatives and friends.
He was a loving and happy person and devoted to his family. He enjoyed camping and fishing. He worked as a cook at Marriot Resort in Vail, Colorado. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He attended grade school in Benkelman, Nebraska, finishing his schooling at Lake County schools in Lead-vile.
Moynahan-O'Malia Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1981
C. Lyle Carey was born March 29, 1890 at Bancroft, Nebraska to J. E. L. Carey and Delia Gage Carey. He died Nov. 3, 1981 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home at McCook, Neb.
Mr. Carey graduated from Bancroft High School and the University of Nebraska. He married Harriet Burke Oct. 21, 1915. She died August 1955.
Mr. Carey was working in Utah as a civil engineer on the Red Creek Irrigation County Project when World War I broke out. He enlisted and served as a 1st Lt. with the 318th Engineers Company D-6th Division.
For many years, Mr. Carey was employed by the Nebraska Department of Roads as district engineer, living in Fremont, South Sioux City, Ainsworth and McCook where he retired.
One of his most enjoyable memories was working as a young man with the surveying party for the first Trans-Continental Canada Railway. He often spoke of the beauty of that country.
In 1956, he married Dorothy Burke Lambert who preceded him in death in April 1974.
Mr. Carey was a member of the First Congregational Church; the American Legion; dual member of the McCook and Bancroft Masonic Lodge and holder of the Jordan Medal in both. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and the Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Carey lived a full and useful life and was active in civic and community affairs.
He is survived by two stepchildren, Robert Lambert of Las Vegas, Nev. and Dorothy Monroe of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home, McCook was in charge of arrangements. Interment was Nov. 7, 1981 at Bancroft, Neb. with military honors.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975
Marvin Leo Carlock was born to James and Daisy Carlock on May 30, 1921 at Haigler, Nebraska and passed away in the Hitchcock County Hospital at Stratton, Nebraska on February 25, 1975 at the age of 53 years, 8 months and 25 days.
Mr. Carlock was married May 18, 1940 in St. Francis, Kansas to Harriet Long and to this union five children were born.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlock lived in Denver, Colorado during the early years of their marriage, moving to Dundy County, Nebraska in 1944 where they resided for 27 years before moving to Stratton, Nebraska in 1971.
Mr. Carlock was preceded in death by his father and mother. He leaves to mourn his passing, his devoted wife, Harriet; five children, Stanley Carlock and his wife LaNeta of Omaha, Mrs. Cheryl Raile and her husband Sid of Imperial, Mrs. Sandra Magley and her husband Rodney of St. Francis, Kansas and Marvin Carlock, Jr., of Yuma, Colorado; five grandsons; three brothers, Dennis Carlock of Evergreen, Colorado, Richard Carlock of Denver, Colorado, Victor Carlock of Commerce City, Colorado; four sisters. Mrs. Madeline Carter of Haigler, Mrs. Mildred Hartman of Madrid, Mrs. Lillian Mahon of Haigler, Mrs. Josephine Lorance of Norton, Kansas; a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Stratton, Nebraska on Friday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bob Sander officiating. The vocalists were Rev. and Mrs. Bob Sander who were accompanied by Marie Kleinschmidt on the organ. Pall bearers were Roy Rains, John Brennan. Robert Brennan. James Brown. Robert Rooney and Jim Wonderly. Honorary bearers were Arden Ham, Dale Smith, Dick Wheaton and Toni Pearson. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with the Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1992
GREELEY, Colo.--Ralph L. Carlock of Kersey, Colorado, died at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado, on February 5, 1992, at the age of 80.
He was born September 17, 1911, in Trenton, Nebraska, the son of George Franklin and Stella May (Thomas) Carlock.
He was raised in Dundy County, Nebraska, and attended public schools in Haigler, Nebraska.
He moved to Morgan County, Colorado, where he was a mechanic for the county shop. He also farmed and raised cattle in Morgan County. In 1968, he moved to Weld County, Colorado, and was a mechanic for the Weld County shop.
Ralph married Melba Aufenkamp in 1941 in St. Francis, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by one sister, one brother, an infant daughter, Marilyn R. Carlock, one grandson and one granddaughter.
He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Hirschfeld of Snyder, Colorado, and Linda Cundall of Gillette, Wyoming; two sons, Raymond A. Carlock of Gillette and Terry L. Carlock of Golden, Colorado; two brothers, Glen H. Carlock of Wiggins, Colorado, and Thomas F. Carlock of Longmont, Colorado; four sisters, Velma Blecha of Fort Morgan, Colorado, Dorothy Goodell of Wray, Colorado, Delores Douglass of Lincoln, Nebraska and Vernice Cox of Montrose, Colorado; eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 1992, at Allnutt Funeral Service/ Macy Chapel in Greeley. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1980
Funeral services for Robert P. Carlock were held Thurs., April 24, 1980 at the Haigler United Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Urton officiating. Interment was in Haigler Cemetery.
Robert Paul Carlock was born Aug. 17, 1915 at the family home north of Haigler, NE to his parents, George Franklin Carlock and Stella May Thomas Carlock. He spent his childhood north of Haigler and attended the Dundy County rural schools and also attended two years at Haigler High School
As a young man he went to Oregon for awhile and then returned to Nebraska where he worked for several ranchers in the local area. He then joined the Army in September, 1939 and served at Camp Haan, Riverside, CA. He served in the invasion of Attu island during the war. He volunteered for transfer then to 511 11th Airborne Division, Ft. Benning, GA. He was in combat service in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged October 1945 at Ft. Lawton, WA.
He lived in California most of his life. He had two step children by his former wife, Darlene. He had three grandchildren by his step-daughter Mary Ann Reed of Redding, CA.
He is survived by three brothers and their wives: Glen H. and Phyllis Carlock of Ft. Morgan, CO; Ralph L. and Melba Carlock of Greeley, CO and Thomas F. and Naomi Carlock of Longmont, CO; four sisters, Velma and husband Rudalph Blecka of Ft. Morgan, CO; Dorothy Goodell of Haigler, NE; E. Delores Douglas of Neligh, NE; Vernice and husband Victor Cox of Montrose, CO and a host of uncles and aunts, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Irene.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February1989
Delores Jane (Barnes) Carlson was born November 4, 1925. She passed away in Salt Lake City Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah, on the evening of February 8, 1989.
The first daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barnes of Haigler, Nebraska, she grew up in Haigler and graduated with the Class of 42. Shortly after graduation , she, with her mother and step-father, Elsie and Edwin Rose, and sister, Reges, moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked for the telephone company for several years.
She married Hamilton Carlson on January 31, 1947. To this union two sons were born, Dennis and Ronnie.
Delores Jane went to work for a large furniture store where she was head bookkeeper for 25 years, retiring when the store changed hands. She enjoyed traveling, boating, camping and especially bowling.
She is survived by her husband; her mother, Elsie Wiley Rose, of Castle Rock, Colorado; sons, Ronnie of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Dennis and family of
Murry, Utah; sister, Reges Bergstrom, and her husband, Jerry, of Lennox, California; an aunt, Lila Abernathy, and her husband, Delmar, of Englewood. Colorado; Elsie (Kenneth) Wiley of Englewood, Colorado; three grandchildren, Sharon Lee, Tamara Lea and Cory Lee; and three step-grandchildren, Scott, Troy and Donnie; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.
Graveside services and burial were held Saturday, February 11, 1989, at the Murry City Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2002
STRATTON--Lois Marie Carlson, 91, of Stratton, Neb., died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the Community Hospital in McCook, Neb.
She was born March 2, 1911, to Harry and Mertie (Baker) Bowman on her family's farm in Hitchcock County, Neb., near Palisade. At an early age, Lois moved with her family to Trenton, Neb., where she spent her childhood and attended school. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1929 and taught at different country schools near Trenton.
On Aug. 28, 1932, she was united in marriage to Charlie 0. Carlson at Oberlin, Kan. They farmed in Kansas for eight years before moving back to Nebraska where they farmed until 1976. They moved to their home in Stratton in 1977.
Lois was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, Royal Neighbors, MGR Club and the United Methodist Women. She was very active in the church and enjoyed working with young people. She taught Sunday school and was the youth choir director at the church for many years. She and her husband were instrumental in starting 4-H in the area and were charter members of the Freedom Go-Getters 4-H club.
After retirement, Lois continued her church activities and began doing volunteer work at Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton. She was the editor of Grandview's newsletter for many years. She also enjoyed doing volunteer work at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton where she and Charlie would help with bingo. She loved to play cards and was always quick to play a game of pitch.
When Lois wasn't doing volunteer work, she enjoyed doing embroidery and quilting.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will truly be missed by her family and friends, as well as the communities and organizations she blessed with her countless hours of volunteer work.
She was preceded in death by her parents: a daughter, Vaunda, and two brothers, Willard and Harry Bowman.
Those who survive her include her loving husband of more than 69 years, Charlie Carlson, of Stratton: daughter Joyce and husband, Robert Clayton, of Fort Collins, Colo.: son Larry Carlson and wife, Linda, of North Platte, Neb.: brother Archie Bowman of Denver, Colo.: six grandchildren: Lisa and husband, Scott Bare, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Lora and husband, Justin Gubler, stationed in England, Rob Clayton and wife, Kelly, of Colorado Springs, Colo.. Lynne and husband, Paul Boyette, of Kansas City. Kan., Scott Carlson and wife, Kelli. of Kearney, Neb., and Kevin Gabel and wife, Kathy, of Minatare, Neb.: nine great-grandchildren: Andrew, Meghan. Clayton, Taylor, Hayley, Robert, Noel, Ciera and Arrisa: sister-in-law Vera Wray of Trenton, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday,March 16, 2002, at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Marjorie Redfield was the organist, and Mike Pruter sang "Ivory Palaces" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." The congregational hymn was "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."
Casket bearers were Scott Carlson, Kevin Gabel. Rob Clayton and Burdette, Bob and Scott Golding. Honorary bearers were Paul Boyette, Tom Gabel, Earl Bailey, Art Hawkinson and Gene Kleinschmidt. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton. Arrangements were under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family is requesting that memorial contributions be given to Community United Methodist Church or Grandview Retirement Center in
Aug. 24, 1911 - March 31, 2008
STRATTON -- Charlie O. Carlson, 96, of Stratton died Monday (March 31, 2008), at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Aug. 24, 1911, at Stratton, to French and Lena (Kisling) Carlson and graduated from Stratton High School in 1930.
He married Lois M. Bowman in 1932, and together they began a career in farming that would span more than 70 years. Shortly after their marriage, they began farming in Kansas, and then in Nebraska. In 1948, they purchased their own farm.
In 1976, they moved to their new home in Stratton, and retired from farming in 1977. He continued to manage the farmland until 2002, after his wife's death.
He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton, and served on many committees, as well as being a member of the men's Sunday school class for many years. He was also very active at Grandview Retirement Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, French and Lena Carlson; his wife, Lois; and daughter, Vaunda.
Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Clayton and husband, Robert of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Larry Carlson and wife, Linda of North Platte; sister, Vera Wray; sister-in-law, Effie Carlson; brother-in-law, Arch Bowman; son-in-law, Tom Gable; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.
A celebration of his life will continue on Friday at Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton from noon - 3 p.m.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m., at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, April 2008
STRATTON -- Charlie O. Carlson, 96, of Stratton died Monday (March 31, 2008), at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. He was born Aug. 24, 1911, at Stratton, to French and Lena (Kisling) Carlson and graduated from Stratton High School in 1930.
He married Lois M. Bowman in 1932, and together they began a career in farming that would span more than 70 years. Shortly after their marriage, they began farming in Kansas, and then in Nebraska. In 1948, they purchased their own farm. In 1976, they moved to their new home in Stratton, and retired from farming in 1977. He continued to manage the farmland until 2002, after his wife's death.
He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton, and served on many committees, as well as being a member of the men's Sunday school class for many years. He was also very active at Grandview Retirement Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, French and Lena Carlson; his wife, Lois; and daughter, Vaunda.
Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Clayton and husband, Robert of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Larry Carlson and wife, Linda of North Platte; sister, Vera Wray; sister-in-law, Effie Carlson; brother-in-law, Arch Bowman; son-in-law, Tom Gable; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating.
Interment will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.
A celebration of his life will continue on Friday at Grandview Retirement Center in Stratton from noon - 3 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m., at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1999
St. FRANCIS, Kan.--Keith W. Carman died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis after a battle with respiratory problems. He was born March 13, 1921, to Arthur and Ruth (Edmonds) Carman in rural Cheyenne County.
From birth to age 72 he lived in various homes in north Cheyenne County. He and his wife moved to St. Francis in 1993. Keith spent from 1942-45 in the United States Army with the 836th Engineer Battalion during World War II in the South Pacific.
Keith attended Riverside Friends Church north of Wheeler, Kan. He attended Plainview School through his eighth-grade year after which he attended St. Francis High School until the 11th grade and then went to help out on the family farm.
He began his early farming career on his father's farm north of Wheeler. Keith was always ready to help his neighbors in any way.
Although a quiet man, he took on the dare of a letter from Ohio followed by a visit of his future bride and mother-in-law, and then his trip to Ohio where on Aug. 19, 1961, he married Donna "Pat" Dowdle at Sugar Creek. To this union two children were born: Charles Arthur and Cheryl Ann.
You could always find Keith at various sporting events cheering the Indians on to victory or at any local horse show where Cheyenne County youth were participating. He especially enjoyed the Gymkhana Club in which his children, granddaughter Kaycee and nieces performed. He was known as the gate man, letting horsemen in and out of the arena, telling them what a good job they did.
Keith's greatest joy in life was his family, especially his three grandchildren: Kaycee Williams and Jelyne and Kelly Carman.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, son Charles and his two children, and daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Tom Williams and their daughter, all of St. Francis; sisters Helen Passmore of the Hester Home in Benkelman, Neb., and Margaret Sauer of Parker, Colo.; a cousin, Dr. Lucille Stephenson, of St. Francis, and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Chester.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at the First Christian Church in St. Francis with Pastor Joe Briseno and William Leach officiating. Pat Leibbrandt was the organist and Myra Douthit sang "In The Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross."
Bearers were Shawn Blanka, Gary Cooper, Walter Douthit, Wesley Gilstrap, Tom Stevens and Mark Zimbelman. Honorary bearers were Jerdene and Jim Barnhart, Frank Bolio, Leroy Connett, Hurb Graves, Dale Leydig and Carl Williams. Interment, with military honors, was in the St. Francis Cemetery, with arrangements by Knoedel Funeral Home of St. Francis.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1981
Many people attended the funeral services for Dollie (Holliman) Carmichael April 6 at the St. Francis Methodist Chruch. Doilie was a sister of Vera Gorthy of Benkelman and of Sylvia Updike of Craig, CO., the two remaining children of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Holliman.
Dollie spent her childhood days at the west edge of this community and attended the St. Francis High School. She married Roy Carmicheal and they farmed southwest of St. Francis.
They later moved into town and Roy passed away seven years ago. They had eight children of whom seven survive. She leaves also 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1986
Irene D. (Egle) Carpenter was greeted by the Almighty in death May 5, 1986. She was born November 15, 1914, at Stratton, Nebraska, to Dan and Martha Egle.
Irene grew up in the Eden Community of Hitchcock County. She was a graduate of Stratton High School and the University of Nebraska.
She was married to Ellis Carpenter August 1, 1936, and they resided in the Stratton area until moving to North Platte in October, 1983. Previous to her marriage she taught the Eden Rural School in Hitchcock County and was called back into the profession, as there was a need during World War II. She was in this profession for 40 years, of which 25 of those were teaching first grade in the Stratton Public School.
She had a life membership in the Alumni Association of the University of Nebraska, a member of the Who's Who in the Midwest 1982-83 and a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society.
She was dedicated to her God-given ability of "teaching." Caring and loving children as though they were her very own, being encouraged by the loving support of her husband, Ellis.
She was recognized by the association of the "Personalities of America" honoring American leaders.
The greatest reward, however, is now Eternal Life through Jesus Christ, her Lord, made possible because of her personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as her Saviour, wholly following the Lord in baptism, publicly showing the outward manifestation of the inward works of God's Grace.
She was a lifetime member of the Eden Missionary Church where her grandparents were charter members, and enjoyed the fellowship of the Nazarene Church after moving to North Platte.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1984
Charles T. Carpenter was born October 17, 1899, in Ladore, Kansas, to Charles and Maude Carpenter, and passed away Tuesday, February 28, 1984, at the age of 84.
He grew to manhood in Parsons, Kansas, where he attended school.
On November 5, 1927, he was united in marriage to Mary Agnes Phelps at Rock Port, Missouri. "Chick," as he was known by all who loved him, became the father of two daughters, Arlene and Shirley. The family lived in Rock Port until July 1942 when they moved to make their home in Benkelman. He served the community by means of his bakery.
Mr. Carpenter is survived by his daughters, Arlene (Mrs. Elmer) Walz of St. Francis, Kansas, and Shirley (Mrs. Jack) Ballard of Durand, Wisconsin; one brother, Gene of Hemet, California; two sisters, Juanita Reasor of Fort Mills, South Carolina, and Maude Bradley of Yucaipa, California; grandchildren Jana, Marta, Leigh, Lisa, Charla, Dana and great-grandchildren Tara and Jed; sister-in-law Icie Carpenter of Perris, California; and brother-in-law A.T. Sanders of Rock Port, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes, grandson Gregg, brothers William, Orille and Press, and sister Goldie. He was loved and respected by a host of relatives and a multitude of friends.
Charles Carpenter made his profession of faith in his Savior and was a member of the Benkelman Methodist Church. He 'was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.
Services were held Friday, March 2, 1984, at 10:30 a. m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Nebraska. Pastor Ron Sedo officiated.
Betty Erdman, organist, accompanied Velmá and Wilbur Case who sang "Amazing Grace" and "Be Still My Soul."
Pallbearers were the members of Justice Lodge No. 180 A.F. & A.M. Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery in Benkelman, Nebraska. Committal service was held by Justice Lodge No. 180, A.F. & A.M.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1986
Nellie C. Carpenter, 89, of 1201 Daly Drive, New Haven, Indiana, died Monday afternoon, October 6, 1986, at Brighton Hall Nursing home in New Haven.
Mrs. Carpenter, born in Wauneta, Nebraska, had lived in New Haven since 1982. She had lived in Marion, Indiana, from 1951 to 1982. She was a retired dietary worker at the Marion VA Medical Center. She was a member of the Lakeview Wesleyan Church in Marion.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph; a son, Rev. Doyle R. Carpenter of Fort Wayne, Indiana; three daughters: Mrs. Roy (Gwendolyn) Egle of Marion, Mrs. Harold (Arlene) Kimpel of Hicksville, Ohio, and Mrs. Bob (Eldred) Cobb of Stratton, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held on Friday, October 10, at the Raven Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Eugene Cockrell officiating. Burial was in the Grant Memorial Park Cemetery in Marion.
Memorials may be made to the Lakeview Wesleyan Church or to the Parkview Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1975
Ray Eugene Carriker, 72, expired at the McCook Community Hospital on Friday after a brief illness. He had been a resident of McCook for some four years. He is survived by an aunt, Myrtle Porth of Southworth, Washington and several cousins.
Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Chapel on Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Anna Benge was the organist and Monte Crandon, the soloist. Casket bearers were Harold Potthoff, Emory Putz, Walt Barenberg, Foster Gerdes, Gordon Eskew and Loren Mossburgh. Honorary bearers were A. G. Shafer, Miles Jones, Charles Draper, Gaile Dunn, Joe Peirano, Freddie Gerdes and Walt Jensen. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Ray Carriker was born at Harvard, Nebraska on April 6, 1902, the son of Rose L. Thompkins and John Ward Carriker. The family moved to Wauneta in 1910 and to a farm southeast of Benkelman in 1918. Mr. Carriker passed away in June, 1931 and Mrs. Carriker expired on February 1, 1962. Ray retired from active ranching several years ago and moved to McCook four years ago.
Mr. Carriker was very much interested in purebred Herefords and established a reputation herd on the Carriker ranch. He was a great sports fan and an authority in several sports on the national, college and professional level. He liked to engage in sports conversations and in politics in which field he was also fully informed. He was well traveled not only in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but had also taken a sea voyage to the Orient. He was a prophet in world affairs and a number of years ago assessed land as the greatest of all the world's treasures. He said that in every country he had visited, land values were skyrocketing.
He was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church and Elks Lodge No. 1434.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1991
BENKELMAN— Pearl Carroll was born September 26, 1898, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, to Thomas B. and Lydia (Calvert) Herring. She died at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, on Tuesday, May 21, 1991, at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 25 days.
She attended Hastings College, after which she taught school in the Haigler, Nebraska, area for several years. She then attended school to become a hairdresser and had a shop in Benkelman for several years.
After her marriage to Don Carroll, they lived in McCook, Nebraska, and then in Gothenburg, Nebraska, where they owned a hotel. They also lived in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where they owned and managed a trailer court.
After her husband's retirement in the early 1960s, they returned to Benkelman where they built a new home. They remained in their home in Benkelman until early 1988 when they moved to the Hester Home.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star, Holly Chapter No. 233 of Benkelman where she was Worthy Matron in 1977. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Naamah Temple No. 108 of Hastings, Nebraska.
Pearl was a long-time member of the Benkelman Garden Club and she and Don spent many hours watering the plants and shrubs at the Benkelman Cemetery when the garden club established the memorial there.
She was also a veteran member of the Benkelman Woman's Club, serving on the library board. She enjoyed all the children who came to check out their books.
Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; three sisters, Blanche, Grace and Dorothy; two brothers, Thomas and Ted, and a half-sister, Rose.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruth Hoffman of Roswell, New Mexico, and Inez Wigby of Minneapolis, Minnesota, nieces, nephews and friends.
Final rites were held Thursday, May 23, 1991, at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore officiating. Organist was Betty Erdman and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "In The Garden" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand."
Bearers were Urlin McCartney, Lance Antonson, Mason Jones, Kenneth Gardner, Bob Thackery and Byron Ham.
Committal was by O.E.S., Holly Chapter No. 233 with interment in the Benkelman Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1989
Donald Q. Carroll died Tuesday, September 19, 1989, at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, at the age of 95. He was born October 15, 1893, at Deadwood, South Dakota.
He came to Dundy County in 1922. He married Pearl Herring in 1943. He had been a resident of Heritage of Wauneta for the last year.
He was a 60-year member of the Justice Lodge No. 180, A.F.&A.M.; a member of Holly Chapter No. 233, OES; Tehama Shrine and the Scottish Rite, both of Hastings; and the Dundy County Historical Society.
Preceding him in death were his parents and several brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl of the Hester Home in Benkelman; and one daughter, Doris Blackwell of Arlington, Virginia.
Services were held Thursday, September 21, 1989, at 10 a.m. at the Jones Funeral
Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Dr. John Kilgore who officiated.
Soloist Samantha Howsden sang “In The Garden" and "How Great Thou Art" and was accompanied by Gwen Bauer on the organ.
Bearers were members of Justice Lodge #180 A.F.&A.M. Committal was by Justice Lodge #180 A.F.&A.M.
Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1978
Francis Bryan Carroll, the third son born to Frank A. and Coral Gilmore Carroll Aug. 14, 1893 near Haigler, Nebr., passed away March 12, 1978 at Denver, Colo. where he had been dividing his time between two sisters due to his health.
While growing up he attended school near and in Haigler. On Dec. 16, 1914 he was united in marriage with Edith Gentry at Wray, Colo.
He worked on farms and ranches mostly, during the early years of married life and at one time they owned a farm southwest of Wray. He also was employed at times on railroad crews. In the mid-forties they moved back to Haigler where he was employed at the electric plant, bought their home and eventually were custodians at the school which was his last employment.
Jan. 31, 1963, Edith was taken away due to cancer and since he was afflicted with emphysema, his health gradually deteriorated when he decided in July 1973 to go to Denver to seek medical aid but still maintained his home and address at Haigler, hoping to be able to return there to live the rest of his life.
Bryan was preceded in death by his wife Edith, his parents, sister Velda, brothers Charlie, Gayle, Emmett, John, and Bert.
Surviving to mourn his loss is brother Jim, sisters Josephine Cooper, Margaret (Sally) Welch and husband Eldred, sisters-in-law Millie Carroll all of Denver, Anna Gentry, Wray, Elsie Finlay, Gretta Graham and Roberta Fletcher in Washington and Idaho and numerous nieces, nephews including second and third generations and many friends.
Services were held March 15 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Wray and interment was in the family plot at Haigler.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1973
John Earl Carroll was born to Frank A. and Coral Gilmore Carroll at Wray, Colorado, June 7, 1898 and expired at St. Anthony's Hospital, Denver, Colorado, October 25, 1973, at the age of seventy-five years, four months and eighteen days.
He was married to Thelma Emily of Laird, Colorado, in 1926. To this union two daughters were born. He was married to Millie Harwell of Oklahoma City on September 24, 1950.
He worked as a painter and decorator for several years, then held jobs of varied kinds until he was forced to retire due to his health. He had suffered from a heart condition and diabetes for several years.
Surviving in addition to his widow are his daughters, Elizabeth Doreen Joines, Shirley Mae Smaldone and a step-daughter, Marjorie Cunningham, all of Denver; three brothers, Bryan of Haigler, Emmett, West Burlington, Iowa, Jim and two sisters, Josephine Cooper and Margaret Welch of Denver, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews and a host of friends mourn his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charlie, Gayle and Bert, one sister Veronica and grandson Tommy Joines.
Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver on Monday.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1976
Robert Emmett Carroll, a former resident of Haigler, died Sunday, May 16, 1976 at Tama, Iowa, due to a heart attack.
He was born June 4, 1896 and married Isabelle Conklin at Wray, Colo. on July 24, 1916. She passed away February 4, 1975.
Robert was the fourth son of Francis A. and Coral Gilmore Carroll and was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.
He and his family moved to Iowa in 1924 where he farmed and, in late years, worked at the Des Moines county home.
He is survived by sons Leonard and Paul of Rock Island, Illinois, Richard of Davenport and Cecil, U.S. Navy, San Diego, California. a daughter, Hester See Melrose, Iowa, two brothers, Bryan and Jim, two sisters, Josephine Cooper and Sally Welch, all of Denver, seventeen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Burial was beside his wife in Jagger cemetery near Danville, Iowa.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1980
Madeline Melvina Carter was born to James H. Carlock and Daisy Mae Boner on January 15, 1910 at Parks, NE., the eldest of eight children. Madeline joined the Christian Church at the age of 15. She was united in marriage to Buford Carter on June 25, 1927, at Eckley, CO. Madeline and her husband farmed in Yuma County until 1938 when they spent several years in the mountains around Conifer, CO. They retired in 1972 and moved to Haigler, NE. Madeline passed away Dec. 17, 1980 at the Wray Community Hospital.
Madeline was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Marvin. She is survived by her husband Buford, Haigler, NE; their children: Buford J. and wife Sue of Micco, FA.; James William and wife Dorothy of Winton, CA; Wanda and husband Jubal Brynoff of Aurora, CO; Melvin of Littleton, CO; and Bonnie and husband Colin Kelly of LaSalle, CO. She is also survived by three brothers: Dennis and wife Loeta of Evergreen, CO; Richard and wife Jean of Las Cruces, NM; and Victor and wife Daisy of Commerce City, CO; and three sisters: Mildred and husband Eric Hartman of Madrid, NE; Lillian and husband George Mahon of Haigler, NE; and Josephine and husband Al Lorance of Norton, KS. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 20, 1980 at 2 p.m. in the United Methodist Church, Haigler, NE. Rev. Harold Urton officiated the services.
The organist was Florence Daniels who accompanied a quartette made up of LuAnn Wall, Deanna Wolf, Don Harford and Ray Harford. The chosen selections were "Beyond the Sunset" and "The Old Rugged Cross".
Bearers were Calvin Freehling, Wayne Mahon, Lee Bentley, Roger Phipps, Dick Bentley, and Ted Harford. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery, Haigler, NE.
Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of, Benkelman, NE.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2006
PALISADE — Twila Jean Carter of Palisade, died Thursday, Sept.14, 2006, at the Central City Care Center. She was 79 years old.
She was born June 19, 1927, at Hamlet to Samuel Clifford and Anna (Jader)
Ferguson. She grew up in Palisade, attended and graduated from Palisade High School in 1947. She earned a teaching certificate from Kearney State College.
She married Frank F. Carter in Palisade on Jan. 9, 1947. To this union three children were born. She was a lifelong resident of Palisade. She worked for the Hayes Center ASCS office for 27 years and retired in 1987.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Eastern Star, Palisade Community Service Club, Home Study Club and numerous other organizations.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lois Bishop; and seven brothers, Carroll, Cleo (Dutch), Dale, Dean, Donald, Irvin and Merle (all of whom served in World War II).
Survivors include her husband, Frank of Grand Island; a son, Doug Carter and wife, Colleen of Hastings; two daughters, Lynn Jorgensen and husband, Tom of Plano, Texas, and Terri Simpson and husband, Bill of Richardson, Texas; three sisters, Clarice Bauer of McCook, Joyce Coe and husband, DeWayne of North Platte and Joan Laumann and husband, Ted of Sterling, Colo.; seven beloved grandchildren; Jennifer Jorgensen Bailey and husband, Jeremy, Michael Jorgensen, Melanie Carter Wiegert and husband, Chris, Matt Carter and wife, Stephanie, Dan Carter, Rebecca Simpson and Ashley Simpson; and five great-grandchildren: Aidan and Liam Bailey, McKenna Jorgensen, Taylor Blanchard and Audrey Carter.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Palisade United Methodist Church with Pastor Judy Dye officiating. Burial will be in the Palisade Cemetery.
The casket will not be open. Visitation will be on today, 1-8 p.m. Friends may also go on-line at www.carpenterbreland.com to leave condolences.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1975
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon for Grace Augusta Carter who had been a resident of the Max community since 1935. She was 82 years of age and passed away at the Dundy County Hospital Thursday after a short illness. She was the wife of the late James Edward Carter who passed away in March, 1971.
The Rev. Allan Martin was in charge of the service at the Jones Funeral Chapel assisted by Obed Walker. Grace Brynoff was the organist and Phyllis Kirkman, the soloist. Casket bearers were Kenneth Stute, Jim Simer, Barry Carter, Daryl Stute, Jim Dailey and Jimmy Carter. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Grace Augusta Carter, daughter of August and Emma Shoemaker, passed away at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on Thursday, January 16, 1975 at the age of 82 years, two months and nine days. She was born in Norwitch, Kansas November 7, 1892.
Mrs. Carter was united in marriage to James Edward Carter in Goltry, Oklahoma on November 7, 1911. Eight children were born to this union. After making several moves, they finally settled on a farm south of Max, Nebraska in 1935 and lived there until 1958 when they moved to Max and then to the Hester Home in Benkelman until her illness made it necessary to be hospitalized until her passing.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Violet Howard of Max, Nebraska, Mrs. Ethel Gerdes of Benkelman, and Mrs. Ruby Stute of Max; three sons, Melvin and Leonard of Max and Ernest of Russell, Kansas; three sons-in-law, Virgil Howard, Everett Gerdes and Roy Stute; two daughters-in-law, Twila Carter and Edith Carter; 14 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; three brothers, Carl, Harry and Ray Shoemaker; one sister, Olive Norhiem; one sister-in-law, Bertha and a brother-in-law, Bob Norhiem and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Her husband, Ed; two sons, Leo and Franklin; one great-grandson, John; her parents and one sister, Pearl preceded her in death.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1998
NORCATUR, Kan.--Eldon LeRoy Carter, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.
He was born Aug. 3, 1925, at Norcatur to Forrest Bradley and Flossie Irene (Schick) Carter. He was raised in the Norcatur area, attending Norcatur schools and Colby (Kan.) Community College.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
On March 15, 1945, he was united in marriage to Lorretta Breiner at the St. Francis Catholic Church Parish Hall in Norton, Kan. They resided on a farm near Norcatur for most of their married life.
Eldon was a farmer, rancher, and counselor. He raised quarter horses and registered Hereford cattle.
He was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Norton.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Richard, and a grandson, Daniel Seabolt.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Lorretta, of Norcatur; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Carter, of Johnson City, Texas; four daughters and their husbands: Nelda and Larry McCumbers of Altanta, Neb., Linda and Carl Seabolt of Benkelman,
Neb., Carla and Mark Ogorzolka of Kearney, and Carol Ann and John Kennedy of Colby; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bill Hartzler, of Goodland, Kan.; grandchildren Chad and Cindy McCumbers, John and Deborah Bacon, Staci Sohrweid, Torrey, Tawney and Levi Carter, Cheyenn and Shannon Oard, Kylie, Levi, Jessica and Krystal Kennedy, and Chelsey Ogorzolka; a great-grandchild, Daniel Bacon, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Paul’s Funeral Home in Oberlin with the Rev. John Walsh officiating. Idella Frickey was the organist and Betty Hansen sang "Daddy's Hands." Other songs were a taped selection, "Because You Love Me," and the congregational hymn "Amazing Grace."
Honorary casket bearers were Levi Carter, Don Alexander, Levi Kennedy and Arnold Jackson. Casket bearers were Chad McCumbers, Keith Anthony, John Bacon, Michael Helm, Kent Legg and Dean Jolly.
Interment was in the Norcatur Cemetery with military committal rites by the Oberlin American Legion Post #70. Arrangements were by Paul’s Funeral Home of Oberlin.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1971
Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Max Monday afternoon for James Edward Carter, retired Dundy county farmer. Mr. Carter, 81, passed away at the. Hester Memorial Home on Thursday. Mr. Carter and his wife had been guests at the Home for several months.
James Edward Carter, son of James Milton and Jennie Carter, passed away at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman on Thursday, March 4th, 1971 at the age of 81 years, 11 months and four days. He was born in Holbrook, Nebraska.
Mr. Carter was united in marriage to Grace Shoemaker in Goltry, Oklahoma in 1911. Eight children were born to this union. After making several moves they finally settled on a farm south of Max, Nebraska in 1935 and lived there until 1958 when they moved to Max and then to the Home in Benkelman.
Surviving him are his wife, Grace, of the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home; three daughters: Mrs. Violet Howard of Springdale. Arkansas, Mrs. Ethel Gerdes of Benkelman, Mrs. Ruby Stute of Max; three sons,: Melvin of Wood, South Dakota, Leonard of Max and Ernest of Russell, Kansas. Three sons-in-law, Virgil Howard, Everett Gerdes and Roy State; two daughters-in-law, Twila Carter and Edith Carter, 14 grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, brother and sister-in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shoemaker, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Norhiem and Carl and Harry Shoemaker and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Two sons, Leo and Franklin, one great grandson, John, his parents, two brothers, Charles and Alfred, two sisters, Lula and Ella May preceded him in death.
Ed was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Max on Monday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Allan W. Martin officiating. Mrs. Phyllis Kirkman was the soloist accompanied by Mrs. Grace Brynoff at the organ. Pallbearers were Charles Seybold. Wayne Bascue, Kenneth Gardner, Wayne Crow, Jerry McDonald and Leslie Kirkman.
Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Stratton.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1991
MAX--Leonard Eugene Carter died Monday, September 23, 1991, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska, at the age of 67. He was born May 4, 1924, in Slater, Wyoming, to James E. and Grace (Shoemaker) Carter.
He came to Dundy County in May of 1935 with his parents to a farm south of Max, Nebraska. Leonard attended District 5 school and stayed on the family farm.
Leonard and his brother, Melvin, operated the family farm until 1969. For the next 22 years, he resided in Max and was employed by Kenneth Gardner until August of 1989 when he became ill which forced his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Leo, Frank (who died in childhood) and Melvin.
Survivors include three sisters, Violet Howard and her husband, Virgil, of Max, Ethel Gerdes and her husband, Everett, of Benkelman and Ruby Stute of Max; one brother, Ernest and his wife, Twila, of Russell, Kansas; a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Services were held Thursday, September 26, 1991, at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Bearers were Steve Carter, Jimmy Carter, Mark Carter, Barry Carter, Kenneth Stute and Daryl Stute.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1980
Leslie Jon Carter died Sat., March 29, 1980 in Benkelman. He was born at Stratton on Nov. 5, 1964 to Lee F. and Marjorie Powell Carter. Jon was born on his father's birthday.
He is survived by his parents, Lee and Marjorie, one brother, Robin, Robin's wife Peg, also aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends. Jon was a member of the United Methodist Church, having been confirmed two years ago, in 1978.
He was also a member of 4-H. He had much interest in farming. He loved animals and nature. Last year as an 8th grader he was President of his class. At the time of his death, he was vice-president of the freshman class at Stratton High School, where he participated in school sports and band.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Stratton at 11 a.m., April 2, 1980, with the Rev. Prudence Yagmin officiating.
Organist was Marjorie Redfield who accompanied Carl Philo with the selections “My God And I” and “The Holy City.”
Escorts were Gordon Benson, Larry Larreau, Douglas Newcomb, Harvey Wewel, Michael Grandstaff and Charles Watt.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton, Nebraska.
Arrangements were conducted by Jones Funeral Home, Inc. of Stratton.
"I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," God said. "For you to love while he lives and mourn for when he's dead". It may be eight or nine years or twenty-two or three.
"But will you 'til I call him back take care of him for me?" He'll bring his charms to gladden you and shall his stay be brief. You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise he will stay since all from earth returns. But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I've looked this wide world over in my search for, teachers true. And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you. Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?
I fancied that I heard the parents say—"Dear Lord, Thy Will Be Done". For all the joy thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run, We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may, For the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay; But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we've planned, We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1989
Melvin Loyal Carter died Monday, October 2, 1989, at Dundy County Hospital at the age of 67. He was born January 9, 1922, in Slater, Wyoming, to James E. and Grace (Shoemaker) Carter.
He came to Dundy County to a farm south of Max in May 1935 just before the flood on the Republican River. He farmed with his brother, Leonard, until 1969, at which time he spent a few years in South Dakota.
In 1974 he returned to Max where he was residing at the time of death.
He served in the South Pacific with the Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion during World War II.
March 6, 1958, he married Edith Scarrow at Benkelman, Nebraska. He
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Michael and Scott; and two brothers, Leo and Frank, who died in childhood.
Survivors include his wife, Edith; two sons, Robert and his wife, Julie, of Fort Hood, Texas, and Steven and his wife, Stephanie, of Mannheim, Germany; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Misty and Rebecca: two brothers, Leonard of Max and Ernest and his wife, Twila, of Russell, Kansas; three sisters, Violet Howard and her husband, Virgil, of Max, Ethel Gerdes and her husband, Everett, of Benkelman and Ruby Stute of Max; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Services were held Friday, October 6, 1989, at 1:30 p.m. at the Friends Church with the Rev. Jim Brackett officiating. The choir sang the selections "Beyond The Sunset" and “The Old Rugged Cross" while Mary Baney, organist, accompanied.
Bearers were Berry Carter, Jimmy Carter, Mark Carter, Jim Dailey, Daryl Stute and Kenneth Stute.
Committal was by American Legion Post #65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars #4178.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1981
Michael Lee Carter, son of Melvin L. and Edith (Scarrow) Carter, was born March 12, 1959 at Stratton, Neb., and passed away in a car accident on Wednesday night, Sept. 23, 1981, at the age of 22 years, 6 months and 11 days.
Mike, as he was better known, spent his earliest years in this area and when he was 10 years old, his family moved to South Dakota where they lived for five years.
In October of 1974, the family moved back to Max, Neb., where they have lived up to the present time. Mike attended school at Max, Neb., Wood, S.D.; and Benkelman, Neb.
He worked at the Miller Manufacturing Co. a total of four years and was planning to move and start work at the Miller plant in Grand Island, Neb., this week.
Mike was baptized and joined the Rose Bud Valley Baptist Church at Wood, S.D., on Easter Sunday, 1972. He then transferred his membership to the Benkelman Baptist Church.
On Oct. 12, 1980, after receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, Mike joined the Benkelman Friends Church where he sang in the choir and at the time of his death was a member of the building committee.
He fought many battles with life, among which was a crippling tumor on his right leg. This was finally corrected when he was 14 years of age. Mike's heart desired to do the right thing in life but at times the powers of this world were more than that with which he could cope.
He loved music and enjoyed playing tennis and chess. His great enjoyment was getting a group of neighborhood boys together for a good game of football. He loved children and his new little nephew, Nicholas Carter, was a source of deep joy and pride in his life.
Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ed and Grace Carter, and his maternal grandfather, Wilbur Scarrow.
He is survived by his parents, Melvin and Edith Carter of Max, Neb.; three brothers, Robert and his wife, Julie, of Stratton, Neb., Steven and Scott, both of Max; one grandmother, Gracie Scarrow of Rogers, Ark., one nephew, Nicholas Carter, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1989
Scott D. Carter was born October 25, 1968, in Stratton, Nebraska. He died April 23, 1989, at the age of 20 years, 5 months and 29 days.
Scott enjoyed life and he enjoyed people. He graduated in 1987 and a few weeks later he began working at the Hester Memorial Home, where he became known for his quick, easy smile and his easy-going manner. Several of the residents commented that he was very gentle and they appreciated having a strong, young man like him to make their stay in the home easier. In addition to his work in the home, Scott had also helped Vince Reiman rebuild an antique 1941 GMC truck, which he was driving at the time of the accident which claimed his life.
Scott was a favorite friend to many of the young people here. He would often take the time to stop and visit those he met, whether friend or stranger. Scott also was an Associate Member of the Friends Church.
The last couple of weeks, he worked for Ron Ham as a farm hand. He enjoyed the work and delighted in the challenge it brought him. He will be remembered for his willingness to help others and his listening ear. He is missed by all who knew him, young and old.
Scott was preceded in death by one brother, Michael, on September 23, 1981; his maternal grandfather, Wilber Scarrow; and paternal grandparents, Ed and Grace Carter.
Scott is survived by his parents, Melvin and Edith Carter of Max, Nebraska; two brothers, Robert, and his wife. Julie, stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas, and Steven and his wife, Stephanie, stationed in Mannheim, Germany; a nephew, Nicolas; two nieces, Misty and Rebecca; and maternal grandmother, Gracie Scarrow.
Services were held at the Benkelman Friends Church Thursday, April 27, 1989, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Brackett officiating.
The organist was Mary Baney with the Singing Friends singing selections "Amazing Grace" and "The Way Of The Cross Leads Home."
Bearers were Brad Burket, Mark Burket, Jeff Burket, Rocky Sander, Mike Peterson and Scott Thompson.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1936
Mrs. Maud Riley Case, wife of William Theodore Case, living on a farm east of Paola, died at. the University of Kansas hospital, Kansas City, Kans., last Friday, August 28, 1936, in her 41st year. She had been sick only a few days, having been taken to the hospital on the 22nd.
Besides her husband, four small sons and one daughter survive: Clifford, John, Allendale, Billie and Alice. Also she leaves her mother, Mrs. 0. L. Chambers, and her stepfather, Mr. Chambers of Tonkarwa, Oklahoma, and four brothers, Burl, Guy, Floyd and Orville Riley, all of Hunnewell, Kansas.
The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Paola Methodist church, Rev. L. N. Kent, of the Presbyterian church officiating in the absence of the pastor, Rev. E. M. Daniels. The two hymns rendered, "Beautiful Garden of Prayer," and "The Dawn of Eternal Day," were sung by Mrs. 0. M. Barnes and Mrs. Floyd Fickel, with Miss Nancy Chandler at the piano. Burial was in the Paola cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank and George Knoche, Richard Peine, Arnold Alpert, Louis Homrighauien and Ben Attebery.
Mrs. Case's maiden name was Maud A. Riley, daughter of John and Mary Riley. She was born at Pittsburg, Kansas, October 6, 1895, and when five years old went with the family to Caldwell, Kansas. On October 6, 1917, she and Mr. Case were married at Wellington, Kansas. They made their home at Benkelman, Nebraska, until 8 years ago, when they bought the W. C. Peine farm east of Paola, where they have lived ever since.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1988
Dwight W. Case was born at his parents' farm home in Cheyenne County, Kansas, on September 20, 1911. After a brief illness he died in the hospital at Hermiston, Oregon, June 16, 1988. He attended the South Fork grade school and graduated from high school at St. Francis, Kansas, in 1931.
After graduation, he worked on the family farm for several years, then he went to Washington and Oregon. He worked at the Henry Kaiser Shipyards at Portland, and later moved to Hermiston and worked on government dams, including the McNary Dam at Hermiston. Later he retired from the traveling jobs to become the school carpenter at Hermiston.
Dwight married Iris Edmonds, August 12, 1940, and to this union were born a son, Larry, and two daughters, Karen and Joyce. The family was active in the Methodist Church of Hermiston, serving in many ways and Dwight especially enjoyed singing in the choir.
Those preceding him in death were his daughter, Karen, in 1981; his twin brother, Dwayne, in 1932; his parents, Charles and Bernice Case; an infant brother; his brother, the Rev. Lyle Case, in 1979; and his sister, Ruby, the day before his death.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Iris, of Hermiston; his son, Larry, and wife of California; his daughter, Joyce, and husband of Pendleton, Oregon; five grandchildren; and his brother, Wilbur, of Benkelman.
Funeral services were held June 18, 1988, at the Hermiston Methodist Church with interment in the Hermiston Cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1910
Shortly after 9:00 Tuesday evening, August 23, John Case passed to his reward at the ripe old age of 78 years, 9 months and 11 days.
Mr. Case was one of the pioneer residents of this country, having settled on the South Fork over 25 years ago and lived there up till about a year ago, when he moved to Benkelman, where he resided until his death.
The remains were laid to rest in the Benkelman Cemetery.
(Researcher note: John Case was married to Magdalene Bettenger. He was born on 11-6-1831 and died on 8-23-1910.)
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1979
The Rev. L. Lyle Case, 74, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Friday, April 13, 1979 in the Lutheran Hospital. He was a native of St. Francis, Kan., and served 42 years as a Methodist minister.
He had been a resident of Fort Wayne for 23 years.
Mr. Case, who was retired, held his last pastorship as a parish minister at St. Joseph's United Methodist Church. He was chaplain of the United Methodist Home in Warren, Ind., at the time of his death.
Survivors are his wife, Ida; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Janet) Langenwalter; two grandsons; two brothers, Dwight Case of Hermiston, Ore., and Wilbur Case, Benkelman, Neb.; one sister, Ruby Holliman, St. Francis, Kan.
Services were held Tuesday, April 17, in St. Joseph's Methodist Church. Burial was in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are being accepted to the heart fund or the organ fund of St. Joseph's Church.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1997
Wilbur G. Case was born Oct. 24, 1914, in the sod home of his parents, Charles and Bernice (Howell) Case, in the South Fork community, Cheyenne County, Kan. He died while a patient at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley at the age of 83 years.
The youngest of the family and because of his personality, he was nicknamed "Happy."
He attended the South Fork school and church and graduated from the St. Francis (Kan.) High School with the Class of 1933. After graduation, he worked with his father on the family farm and for other farmers in the community. He also worked at a dairy in Denver, Colo., and in the hayfields near Arthur, Nebr.
On Sept. 26, 1940. Wilbur was united in marriage to Velma Hansen and to this union two sons were born: Elmer Lee and James Charles.
They began their married life on the family farm, continuing to help his parents. In 1944 they moved to a farm near Max, Neb., which he developed and improved and was one of the first to utilize irrigation. In 1963 he was honored with the Dundy County Conservation Award and was an active member of the Farm Bureau, Hester Foundation and Church Board. In earlier years, he was a member of the Lions Club and bowling teams and earned the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award.
In 1978 Wilbur and Velma retired to live in Benkelman, but he kept his interest in the farm and received great satisfaction when he was helping Elmer at the farm until August when his health began to fail. It was Wilbur's habit to rise early in the morning to read the Bible and to catch up on the news.
Wilbur and Velma were privileged to travel together to visit their sons while in college and they enjoyed several tours to various places of interest including the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts and Hawaii.
Wilbur gave his life to Christ at the age of 17 and lived a life of devotion to following the Lord and to the love of his family. He was a student of the Bible and lived what he believed; he had a sincere faith and uncompromising stand for truth. Wilbur's life was centered around the church; he served in many offices and taught Bible classes. He was always ready to help whether it be repairing, painting, trimming shrubs or cleaning. Most of all, he loved the music of the church and willingly participated in choirs as well as small groups. God had given him a melodious bass voice and he was asked many times to sing for weddings, funerals and special occasions.
Wilbur was a loving and devoted husband and father. His family was his great delight and he thanked God for his lovely wife, his sons and their families, for their dedication to God and their commitment to serve and use the talents which God has given to them. The harmony of the family was a real delight; they enjoyed working together, playing games and blending their voices in music. He took great pleasure in watching his sons and granddaughters as they participated in school sports.
One of the highlights in his life was the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary when the entire family gave a musical concert remembering the events of their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his four brothers: the Rev. Lyle Case, twin brothers Dwayne and Dwight, and an infant brother, and his sister, Ruby Holliman.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Velma; his son, Elmer Case, his wife, Tally, and their daughters, Heather, Christina and Annette, of Max, and the Rev. Jim Case, his wife, Ruth, and their daughters, Beth, Becky, Wendy and Maria, of Marlette. Mich.
Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Margie, and her husband, Gus Bartels, of Wauneta. Neb.; a brother-in-law, Eugene Hansen, and his wife, Mabel, of Benkelman; sisters-in-law Mabel Hansen and Velma Hansen, both of Benkelman, and Iris Case of Hermiston. Ore.; and nieces and nephews.
Final rites for Wilbur Case were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Revs. Jim Case, Michael Davis and Keith Haisch officiating.
J. Gordon Christensen was the organist and Betty Erdman the pianist. A men's quartet, Derek Beck, Paul Erdman, Richard Bartholomew and Tony Ham, sang "Because He Lives" and "It Is Well With My Soul." Elmer Case sang "Psalm Twenty-Three." The congregational hymn was “Victory In Jesus."
Bearers were Stuart Bartels, Wilfred and Stanley Hansen. Clifford Damrow, Phillip Lampe and Jack Ford.
Honored friends included Urlin and Loraine McCartney, Dr. Greg and Jeanene Burrows, Terry and Verla Martin, Royce and LaNeta Anderson, Don and Virginia Harford, Maurice and Virginia Dixon, Leland and Edna Dicke, Howard and Irene League, Bob and Marian Ellis, and Lee and JoAnn Gallatin.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 2006
Ila Jane (Oakley) Caster was born on Jan. 12, 1931, and passed away at her Santa Rosa, Calif., home on Sunday, April 9, 2006.
Her husband, Eugene Caster, preceded her in death in October 2005. She was the beloved mother of Eugene Hal Caster of Fort Bragg. Calif., Melinda Johnson of Cloverdale. Calif.. and Patti Caster of Santa Rosa
lla Jane Oakley was a 1949 graduate of Benkelman (Neb.) High School
She is survived by sisters Della Morris and Lelia Fortkamp. brother Darrell Oakley. eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
lla grew up in Nebraska and moved to Santa Rosa in 1960. She brought her love nursing with her when she began working at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol and later Warrack Hospital in Santa Rosa.
Antiques became a hobby, and one find was prized journals of Obadiah Smith, a horticulturist with Luther Burbank. She turned these over to University of Southern California
Her handicraft work was displayed in her cornhusk dolls and flowers which won her many ribbons at doll shows and fairs. Her joyful spirit and zest for life will be greatly missed by all.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m on April 15 at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1986
Goldie Agnes Caster was born January 3, 1903, at Fairland, Oklahoma, (Indian country) to Zachariah and Perlina Preston. She departed this life and entered her heavenly home on May 22, 1986, at the Dundy County Hospital.
Agnes spent her childhood and school days at Oglesby and Ramona, Oklahoma. She enrolled in the Denver Business College and after graduation was employed as a stenographer. At this time she met and married Emmett Hines Caster of Benkelman, Nebraska.
Their first home was at Ramona, Oklahoma, where a daughter, Betty, was born. They moved to Harrison, Arkansas, and a son, Eugene, joined the family. They moved to the Caster farm at Doane, Nebraska, in 1930. These were very trying times—the depression years. They quit farming in 1936 and operated the Doane Service Station and the Kellogg Elevators.
Agnes was a faithful and active member in the Baptist Church at Benkelman, Nebraska. She was also active in the P.T.A., Doane Extension Club and was the sewing leader in the 4-H club. She loved to sew and did sewing and alterations for her neighborhood.
Benkelman became their home in 1944. Agnes clerked at the Jackson Variety Store and in the Bock Gamble Store until her husband passed away in 1952. She moved to Whittier, California, in 1953, to be near her parents, sisters and brother. At this time she became manager of a guest home for 15 years. She devoted most of her time in loving care for the elderly ladies in the home. Due to failing health she retired and moved back to Bird City, Kansas, in 1973 to be near her daughter. After spending nine months in Betty and Lee's home, she moved into her little home at LaBow Manor at Bird City where she resided for eight years before entering the Hester Memorial Home at Benkelman, Nebraska.
During the last year that Agnes was in her own home, her daughter-in-law, Ila Caster, asker her to write about her Cherokee heritage. She finished this manuscript. Then her grandson, Hal Caster, asked her to write about her Caster heritage. Daughter-in-law, Ila, had these published into books. She dedicated the Preston book in memory of her dear parents, Zachariah and Perlin Preston, who reared nine children, and who were good parents, neighbors and citizens of our wonderful nation, the United States of America. Thus she is leaving a wonderful heritage to pass down to each generation now living and generations to follow. Agnes dedicated the Caster book to her late husband, Emmett Hines Caster, her son, Eugene H. Caster, and her daughter, Betty (Caster) Beeson, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other generations down the Caster line until the Lord calls us all home.
Agnes leaves to mourn her passing daughter, Betty, and husband, Lee, her son, Eugene, and wife, Ila, of Santa Rosa, California. Five grandchildren; Linda Carroll, Sam Beeson, Hal Caster, Melinda Johnson and Pattie Lea Jones. She had 10 great-grandchildren, Kent and Andrew Carroll, Rebecca and Cody Beeson, Jason and Angela Johnson, Erin and Evan Hale Caster, Bryan and Joann Jones. Also brothers J.D. and wife, Violet Preston, of Denver, Colorado; Chill and Janice Preston of Perris, California; Leon and Helen Preston of Benkelman, Nebraska, and Bob Preston of Whittier, California; sisters: Alice, and husband, Silby Robinson, of Harrison, Arkansas; Mary and husband, Jack Delong, of Fullerton, California, and Martha Lane Clark of Whittier, California; one sister-in-law, Ruby Sawick of Denver, Colorado, and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett, her parents and sister, Estalene.
Services were held Tuesday, May 27, 1986, at 10 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home in Benkelman, Nebraska, with Pastor Charles Miller officiating.
Betty Erdman, organist, accompanied Kenny Oakley, soloist, with the selections "Amazing Grace" , and "No Disappointment In Heaven."
Bearers were Lonnie Coon, William Preston, Jerry Preston, Hal Caster, Gary Leach, Don HoIliman and Larry Carmichael.
Honorary Bearers were Sam Beeson, Jack Maring, Elmer Beeson, Dale Osborn, Glen Osborn, Harold Hall and George Morris.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman, Nebraska, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2005
The year 1929 began the life of Eugene Harold Caster who carved his path of hard work ethics to overcome the poverty of the depression years.
He was born in Harrison. Ark., then moved to Doane, Neb., near Benkelman, where his father, Emmett, and mother, Agnes, operated a gas station.
At age 11 he began his first job, sweeping floors for Max's Meat Market. He made just pennies, so first he walked the miles from his country home. When he had saved enough money, he bought his first bike.
Betty (Beeson), his big sister, worked alongside him when shucking corn for his uncle, Leon Preston, and Roy Stamm. A favorite story of hers was his problem with going barefoot. His solution for the cuts and dirt on his feet was to let his dog Arky lick them clean--Arky, because he was sent by his grandpa from Arkansas. He had left him behind to make the move and missed him terribly. It took a long time for him to come by train and he was real skinny when the crate arrived.
Another remembrance of her brother was hearing him groaning behind the woodshed. She offered to get Mom, but he quickly declined, then told her the reason for his pain. He had chewed all his dad's tobacco! Not only was he dizzy but very sick. He was only 8, but never forgot that lesson.
Cousin Jerry Preston remembers getting rides on that hard-earned bike's handlebars, and being introduced to Cherry Mash candy bars. Gene assured him he couldn't have a bite because they were medicine! Thus, he didn't try one for years because he believed his big cousin.
At 17, during World War II, Gene coaxed his parents into signing for him to enlist and he joined the United States Navy.
Home again he began working in his Aunt Pauline's café. That summer he went to Denver to work for his Uncle Chill Preston doing construction. He realized he really liked working with wood so back in Benkelman Ray Bravard took him under his wing and began teaching him the craft of building homes.
That fall the love of his life walked across the main street and he asked his cousin to set him up a blind date with that pretty, dark-haired Oakley They were married a week after Ila graduated from high school in June 1949. He had already begun work on building their first home on land her dad had given them. He built it of wooden gun shell casing boxes rescued from the old Army Airbase in McCook.
He then built his parents their first home across from the Lutheran Church. Thus began Caster Construction Company, and he built many homes in Benkelman and the surrounding area. He loved cabinetry and fine detail polishing of the wood to bring out its grain.
All the dust from this and the Nebraska dust storms drew him to make a move to Santa Rosa, Calif., in June 1960. He had visited the area as a sailor when he was briefly stationed on Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco. He loved the green rolling hills and salt sea fresh air. Immediately he began work for Young American Homes as a building superintendent. He retired after his first heart attack at age 52.
At home he began building new kitchen cabinets of oak with pewter spoon handles for his sweetheart. When Ila began her cornhusk doll business, he complimented her work by making miniature furniture and replicating Civil War guns or whatever the scene called for. These were detailed works of crafting and carving to include small tables, rockers, lamps, spinning wheels, baby carriages and bicycles.
When the grandchildren came along, he made the boys a chest for their clothes just their size and for the girls he made doll cupboards. These were not small, featuring flour bins, cutting boards and plate holders.
His love for cars was well known. He had the latest Thunderbird, kept on carpet and covered in his garage. He loved to take trips to Branson because he loved country music. He just plain loved to drive, but his cars only he drove. His latest was a pearl white Cadillac that he kept dust-free.
Gene was very proud of his Cherokee Indian heritage; he researched maps for the land grants his mom had received in Oklahoma.
lla and Gene celebrated their 56th anniversary in June. Their children—Hal Eugene, Melinda Jane and Patti Lea--live close. They have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Complications of pneumonia and heart ailments brought this craftsman to meet his Maker, another carpenter, on Oct. 21, 2005. The last four years he had done his greatest work, caring for Ila in her illness—an example to all his love for her and the character of his faith.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2000
HAIGLER--Jordan Robert Castillo passed away at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colo., on Saturday, July 8, 2000, at the tender age of three.
Jordan was born on Aug. 17, 1996, in Rexburg, Idaho, the fifth child of Robert and Mary (Hernandez) Castillo of Haigler, Neb.
Jordan brought great joy to his parents, brothers and sister, to all his family and to all who knew him, especially the community of Haigler.
Jordan lived life to the fullest. He loved sports, especially baseball. He was a great baseball player, even at his young age.
Jordan will be greatly missed, for he was dearly loved.
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Mary, three brothers: Justin, Jonathan and Jeremy, and a sister, Marissa, all of Haigler; a stepbrother, Robert Jr., of Littlefield, Texas; paternal grandparents Johnny and Alice Castillo of Littlefield; maternal grandparents Fausto and Yolanda Hernandez of Lewisville, Idaho, and a host of great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Rosary services were held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray. A funeral mass was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benkelman, Neb., with the Rev. Doug Dietrich officiating at both services. Betty Van Dyke played the guitar and the church choir sang for the mass.
Pallbearers were Paul Castillo, Adam Castillo, Adam Hernandez, Cory Hernandez, Victor Cortez and Brandon Larsen.
Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery, with arrangements by Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1985
Lawrence Joseph Castonguay died November 10, 1985, in Grand Junction, Colorado, after a brief illness. He was 84.
Mr. Castonguay, a Grand Junction resident for 42 years, was a retired mechanic from Fiegel's Implement Company.
He was born June 29, 1901, at Okarche, Oklahoma, to Victor and Laura LaRocque Castonguay. He spent his childhood in Concordia, Kansas, where he graduated from high school.
He married Marie M. Dixon July 28, 1933, in Belleville, Kansas. Mrs. Castonguay, a retired teacher, survives. They also lived in Nebraska where Mr. Castonguay was employed by the state fish and game department at Parks, Nebraska, during the time that Frank Weiss was superintendent.
Mr. Castonguay was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He held the longest membership in the Knights of Columbus Council 1062, and was a kind and gentle man.
His interests included fishing, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a daughter, Terry Colony of Grand Junction; three sons, Tom of Seattle, Washington, Larry of Grand Junction and Bill of Thornton; two sisters, Gladys Martin of Bradley, Illinois, and Madeline Bennett of Kankakee, Illinois; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.
Rosary was recited at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary chapel with Mass of the Resurrection at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Monsignor George Holland officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Castonguay Scholarship Fund in memory of Lawrence Castonguay.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1974
Funeral services for Orah Holliman Cathey of Craig, Colorado were held Monday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Ray Green officiating.
Mrs. Cathey, age 80, was born in St. Francis, Kansas on September 27, 1893. She was the second daughter of Willis and Elizabeth Holliman. She attended school in Cheyenne County.
On May 27, 1914 she was united in marriage to James J. Cathey at Benkelman, Nebraska and to this union one son, Carrol M. Cathey, was born at St. Francis, Kansas.
After farming in the South Fork area of Cheyenne County for two years, they moved to Craig, Colorado in 1917 and homesteaded in the Big Gulch area, northwest of Craig, where they continued ranching until retiring and moving to Craig in 1955.
Mr: and Mrs. Cathey were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Cathey was active in Junior Sunday School, Genealogy and Relief Society. They were married in the Mormon Temple at Salt Lake City on March 4, 1960.
A trio composed of Norma Girard, Katherine Jones and Sally Smith sang two selections, "At the End of a Perfect Day" and "0 My Father".
Claude Myers gave the family prayer and Vern Girard read the obituary. Lewis Livingston was the speaker. Grant Cook gave the benediction.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Holliman, of St. Francis, Kansas.
She is survived by her husband, James; a son, Carrol and wife Betty of Pueblo, Colorado; three sisters, Sylvia Updike of Craig, Colorado, Vera Gorthy of Benkelman, Nebraska and Dollie Carmichael of St. Francis, Kansas; one brother, Chester Holliman of St. Francis, Kansas; three grandchildren, Fredonne Chapman of Craig, Colorado, Dean Cathey of Pensacola, Florida and Carolyn Eaton of Chandler, Arizona; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dean Cathey, Dean Eaton, Carl Chapman, Valden McFarland, Paul Gorthy and Jerry Carmichael.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike Kapshaw, John Sherman, Bill Stevens, Leonard Gray, Joe Laveck, Orson Rollins, Harvey Beaver, Art Allen, Ernest Kline, Fred Klein, Artie Talkington and Willis Lemon.
Interment was in Craig Cemetery with dedication of the grave by Lorence Ellgen.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2002
LINCOLN—Martha Louise (Weary) Catlett, 88, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Tecumseh, Shickley, Haigler, Nelson, Ulysses and Huntley in Nebraska, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002.
She was born on June 25, 1914, at Chester, Neb., to Harvey and Mabel (Fabrique) Weary. Her father was a Methodist minister.
She was a graduate of St. Paul (Neb.) High School and attended Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln. She married John Stewart Catlett, her lifelong sweetheart, in Brady, Neb., on Nov. 24, 1938.
Martha spent her life dedicated to loving her family and being devoted to friends and community. She was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln and a former member of the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and brothers Bob, Gerald, Willard and Herbert.
Surviving her are her sons and daughters-in-law Duane and Jean of Nederland, Colo., Jerry and Ginger of Springfield, Ohio, and Walt and Jolene of North Platte, Neb.; daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Tom Beck and Becky and Jim Hansbrough of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Pearl Catlett, of Lincoln; a brother-in-law and his wife, Lyle and Para Catlett, of Denver, Colo., and a brother-in-law, Willard Catlett, of St. Charles, Mo.
Funeral services for Martha Louise Catlett were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln with the Rev. David Lux officiating. Joy Bartsch was the organist and Ann Moore sang "How Great Thou Art," "Fill My Cup, Lord," "He Touched Me" and "My Tribute." Interment was in the Tecumseh Cemetery at Tecumseh. Arrangements were under the direction of Wherry Mortuary Service.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1981
HIGHLAND, Calif. — Harold G. Catlett, age 74, a 24-year Highland resident, died Sept. 17, 1981 in Loma Linda University Hospital.
Mr. Catlett was born in Bartley, Nebraska, Jan. 6, 1907. He was a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Army, a member of Masonic Damascus Lodge No. 648 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite of Free Masonery, Al Malaikah Temple, San Bernardino Shrine Club, B.P.O. Elks No. 836, National Sojourners, National Retired Officers' Association, Retired Officers' Club and American Legion Post No. 14.
Survivors include his wife, Eloyce; daughter, Marilyn Norman of Glendale, Calif.; step-son, George Hageman of Granada Hills, Calif.; stepdaughter, Joan Winget of Bethlehem, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Masonic services were at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 22, 1981 in the Bobbitt Memorial Chapel and interment was in the Riverside National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations were given to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 3160 Geneva St., Los Angeles, Calif. or Sojourn Edowment Memorial Fund, 8301 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, Va.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 2000
LINCOLN—John Stewart Catlett, 84, of Lincoln, Neb., died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000. He was born in Stratton, Neb., on Sept. 28, 1915, to Charles and Lillie (Burton) Catlett. He graduated from Haigler (Neb.) High School with the Class of 1933. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Nebraska Wesleyan University and his master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On Nov. 24, 1938, he was married to Louise Weary of Chester, Neb., his life-long sweetheart.
The son of a Methodist minister, Stewart spent his entire life dedicated to Nebraska youth and their education. He was superintendent of 13 Nebraska schools throughout his career: High Prairie, 1938; Nickerson, '39; Yutan, '42; Cedar Bluffs, '44; Huntley, '46; Ulysses, '50; Nelson, '53; Haigler, '54; Shickley, '56; Lawrence, '68; Benedict, '70; Venango, '74, and Elk Creek, 1979. He was a World Book Encyclopedia district manager from 1963 to 1965 and Johnson County superintendent from 1983 to 1995.
He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944-46. He was a current member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln and a former member of the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh, Neb.
Survivors include his wife, Louise, of Lincoln; their sons and daughters-in-law: Duane and Jean of Nederland, Colo., Jerry and Ginger of Omaha, Neb., and Walt and Jolene of North Platte, Neb.; daughters: Mary and husband, Tom Beck, and Becky Waldo, all of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers: Dwight and wife, Margaret, of Hastings, Neb., Lyle and wife, Para Mae, of Denver, Colo., and Willard of St. Charles, Mo., and a sister-in-law, Pearl Catlett, of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh with the Rev. Dr. C. Rex Bevins officiating. Burial was in the Tecumseh Cemetery with arrangements by Wherry Brothers Inc. Mortuaries of Tecumseh.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1966
Claude "Gus" Caves, pioneer, part-time resident of Rawlins county, passed away April 2, Gothenberg, Nebraska.
Services for Mr. Caves were held from the Leinwetter Funeral Home in Atwood April 4, with Rev. Paul Irwin officiating. Interment was in Mayflower Cemetery.
Gus Caves was born March 17, 1871, the son of John Caves. He passed away at Gothenberg, Nebraska, on April 2, 1966.
He spent most of his youth on the South Beaver Creek, Rawlins county, and trapping furs on the North Platte River with his father. His later years were spent in wandering from place to place, breaking horses, herding cattle, trapping furs and living in hermit-like conditions.
He was married to May Olson on June 20, 1911, and they lived in the Burntwood vicinity, Rawlins county.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1914, also his father and a sister.
Interment was at Mayflower Cemetery, northeast of McDonald, Kansas.
--Atwood (Kansas) Citizen-Patriot
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1975
Joyce Florence Cawthra, daughter of Nels and Emma Nelson, was born January 18, 1906 at Holbrook, Nebraska, and passed away April 6, 1975 at the age of 69 years, two months and 19 days, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was staying with her son Jim and family. Joyce received her education in the Holdrege, Stratton, Nebraska, and Holyoke, Colorado schools.
She was united in marriage to Ralph S. Cawthra on July 9, 1924. To this union five children were born. An infant son, Robert Wesley, passed away in 1929. Those living are Eldon, Donna, Jim and Bill.
After her marriage, Joyce and Ralph farmed north of Cambridge, Nebraska for 18 years. In 1943 they moved on the farm north of Max. Joyce had moved from the farm home in March of 1974 and in October, 1974, she purchased a home in Benkelman.
Joyce was baptized in the Methodist faith in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in February, 1975. She has been a faithful member of the Max Methodist church.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, son Robert Wesley, her parents, Nels and Emma Nelson, four brothers, Wesley, Raymond, David and Paul and also one sister, Mabel. Joyce is survived by one sister, Vivian, Murry of Lakewood. California, and one daughter and three sons—Donna Hawkins and husband Joe of Teton, Idaho; Eldon Cawthra and wife Marlene of Cozad, Nebraska: James Cawthra and wife Peggy of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bill Cawthra and wife Cindy of Max, Nebraska. She also leaves eight grandchildren. Joyce was a devoted wife and mother. Her pleasures were greatest when she could cheer a lonely soul by a visit, flowers and kind words. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Allan Martin at the Benkelman United Methodist Church on Thursday morning. Ruth Shillinger was the organist and Phyllis Kirkman, the soloist. Casket bearers were Roger Shillinger, Nels Brynoff, Aubrey Shillington, Tom Burrell. Clyde Watters and Torsten Anderson. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. The Jones Funeral Chapel had charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1935
Tragedy walked in the Benkelman community for the second time last week, the first visit claiming the life of Glen Howard and upon its second visitation Friday, the life of Henry I. Cawthra was claimed after his head had been crushed when the blocks supporting a car under which he was working slipped and permitted the heavy machine to fall on him. The accident occurred at near nine o'clock and he died shortly after 11 o'clock and without gaining consciousness.
S. R. McClaury, having charge of the rubber welding department, and William O'Leary, mechanic in the Cawthra garage, were in the building at the time of the accident. Mr. Cawthra had gone to work before six o'clock Friday morning and had been busy up to the time of the accident. He had passed thru the front of the garage just before the accident and visited for a few minutes with Mr. McClaury, the topic of conversation being on the dangers connected with blow outs in tires. He had apparently just got nicely under the car and had begun work when the machine slipped from its mooring and dealt its death blow. Mr. Cawthra's head was caught sideways between a block of wood and the exhaust pipe. After the springs had given with the jolt following the quick contact of the wheels with the cement floor, the springs recoiled to the point that all the pressure was released from the unfortunate man's head, but the damage had already been done. Mr. O'Leary was working at the bench and called McClaury after which he rushed to Doctor Lewis' office for the physician. Mrs. Cawthra and her son were at the Doctor's office at the time and reached Mr. Cawthra at about the same moment. One glance at the unfortunate victim convinced Doctor Lewis that there was no help for him. Both sides of the skull had been crushed and arteries were severed. While he lived for more than two hours, his death was in truth practically instantaneous.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. A. Schwabauer, assisted by Rev. J. C. Faster. A quartette consisting of Mabel Lewis, Anna Gorthy, H. M. Snider and Lloyd Boswell sang a few of the favorite hymns of the deceased, with Mrs. Florence Hopkins presiding at the piano. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. During the nine years that Mr. Cawthra lived in Benkelman he proved himself a valued citizen, an honorable business man, a kind and considerate husband and father and a friend to everybody and the community bows its head In sorrow as it tenders its deepest and most tender sympathies to the bereaved ones in their sudden sorrow and great loss.
Henry Irvin Cawthra was born in DeNova, Colorado, on August 9, 1990, and died in Benkelman, Nebraska, on Friday morning, August 16, 1935, aged 35 years and seven days. Mr. Cawthra spent most of his early life in DeNova, where he worked on his father's farm. He attended both public school and night school at Yuma, Colorado. In early manhood he assumed a responsible place in the church and Sabbath school of his community, serving the latter as superintendent for a time. He was baptized in the Lutheran church in his infancy , and was reared and nurtured in the Christian faith from which he never departed in his sympathy.
On the 28th day of November, 1922, in Benkelman. Nebraska, he was united in marriage to Veda Scott. To this union were born three children, Gerald, Vera Esther and Lorene. Vera Esther died in infancy.
For three years following his marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Cawthra lived at DeNova where he was employed as a government mail carrier. They then moved to Otis, Colorado. where he began to learn his trade and where they resided for nine months. They then moved to Benkelman and during the nine years they have resided here, Mr. Cawthra continued in his trade as an automobile mechanic and garage man, in which line of work he was efficient, faithful and honorable in his dealings and he enjoyed a high standing in the community esteem. At the time of his death he was a member of the Woodman Lodge.
Mr. Cawthra is survived by his wife, two children, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cawthra of Otis, Colorado; three brothers, Fred, Oliver and Harold, and one sister, Eva Harden, all living in Otis, Colorado, and the many more distant relatives and a host of friends.
Relatives and friends from out of town in attendance at the funeral help were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cawthra, Otis, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cawthra, DeNova, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cawthra and daughter Jeanette, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Harden and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Cawthra and Shirley Mae, all of Otis; Mr. and Mrs. Israel Cawthra of Arapahoe, Nebraska; Mrs. Clinton McBride of McCook; Mrs. Ralph Cawthra of Holbrook; Mrs. C. Lathrop and Mrs. B. Lathrop of Holbrook; Arthur Shaw and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Shaw and Charles Dunn and family of Otis; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nelson. Mr. and Mrs. George Shillington, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. J. Audlle Dunn, all of Max, and Mr. and Mrs. John Green and Laurel Dunn of Wauneta, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 2003
James Kendall Cawthra, Sr., was born on Nov. 1, 1941, to Ralph S. and Joyce F. (Nelson) Cawthra at the family home southeast of Orfino, Neb. As a young boy be moved with his family to a farm north of Max, Neb. He attended country schools near his home and started high school at Curtis, Neb. He completed his high school education In Benkelman, Neb., graduating with the Class of 1959.
Jim worked hard and felt privileged to attend the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where he graduated in 1964 as an honorary Sigma Tau with a degree in chemical engineering.
On June 20, 1964, Jim was united in marriage to Peggy Ann Polk at Oshkosh, Neb. To this union two children were born: James K., Jr., and Kimberly Sue.
Jim served as an officer of the United States Air Force from 1964 until 1976. He was honored to receive an award and letter of commendation from President Gerald Ford in 1975 for his contribution to the First Airborne Laser Lab at Kirkland Air Force Base. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was employed by Rockwell International, Rocket-dyne. He worked on such projects as the space shuttle, the emerald laser and the space plane.
He received the Rocket-dyne President's Award in 1989 for his outstanding contribution to the national aeronautic space plane proposal. He was the associate manager for the Space Observatory on the island of Maui, Hawaii, from 1990 to 1992.
He was forced to retire in 1992 after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 1991. He and his wife, Peggy then moved to Lincoln. Neb., to be close to their children and good doctors.
Jim remained proud of his farming heritage, returning each year to the family farm with his growing children. His free time was occupied with his interests in gardening, flying machines and his grandchildren.
Jim entered Into the presence of his Lord on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at the Holmes Lake Manor in Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. Robert.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy, of Lincoln; son James Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; daughter Kim and husband, Mark Rager, of Lincoln; five grandchildren: James III, Rachel and Anna Cawthra and Tessa and Chance Rager; a sister. Donna and husband, Joe Hawkins of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brothers Eldon and wife, Marlene, of Benkelman and Bill and wife, Cindy, of Max, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Rosary was recited at Butherus, Maser & Love Chapel in Lincoln on Friday, March 7, 2003. A funeral mass was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, with Father Thomas Bush as celebrant. Linda Proskovec was the organist and Sandy Danek sang "Amazing Grace,” "Nearer My God To Thee," "On Eagle's Wings," and "Celtic Song Of Farewell."
Casket bearers were Kevin and Martin Cawthra, Mark Rager, Cliff and Tom Polk and Jim Osborn.
Interment was in the Oshkosh Catholic Cemetery on Monday, March 10, with Father Marty Egging officiating. American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5379 was in charge of the military committal. Arrangements were under the direction of Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home.
Memorials have been designated for the American Cancer Society.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1932George M. Cecil
George Cecil, pioneer Haigler man, died at Denver last Sunday and his funeral was held at Haigler Wednesday afternoon.
A number of Benkelman Masonic brethren and friends attended the funeral, among the number being Dan Ough, C.A. Ratcliffe and son, Dr. Forest Ratcliffe, Sam Ewing, J.F. Richardson, Ashby Morrison, John Snavely, Roy Ham and Dr. J.F. Premer.
(Researcher note: Haigler burials show a George M. Cecil was born on 4-22-1864 and died on 10-12-1932. He was married to Martha Cheney-Allison.)
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ???? 1979
Gladys (Cole) Cemer
TRENTON — Gladys Cemer, age 59, died Thursday evening at the Community Hospital of McCook.
Mrs. Cemer was born July 6, 1920 in Hitchcock County to Jasper and Blanche Cole. She grew up in Hitchcock County and was married Jan. 7, 1951 to William (Bud) Cerner. For several years, they managed the Equity Creamery in Trenton and in later years, Mrs. Cemer drove the school bus for the Trenton Public Schools. She was also the dispatcher for the Hitchcock County Sheriff's office.
Survivors include her husband, William of Trenton; one daughter, Mrs. John (Donna) Corliss of North Platte; father, Jasper Cole of Trenton; two brothers, Ray and Elbert Cole, both of Trenton; three sisters, Lilly Faith of Torrington, Wyo., Veda Lewis of Trenton and Louise Perez of North Glenn, Colo.; and three grandchildren.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. in the Church of God at Trenton with the Rev. Millard Knapp officiating. Interment will be in the Cornell Cemetery south of Trenton under the direction of the Herrmann Funeral Home of Trenton.
Memorials may be given in her name mid left at the Funeral Home.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 2001
ARLINGTON-..Clyde E. Chamberlin, 71, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Neb. He was born on May 17, 1930, in Mason City, Neb., and grew up in the rural Mason City area. He was a graduate of Mason City High School.
He moved to Omaha in 1948 and was employed at the Armor Meat Packing Plant. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-50 and then served during the Korean War from 1951-53.
He married Lois Woody on June 21, 1957, in Papillion, Neb. He moved to Millard, Neb., and lived there for 12 years and then moved to Grand Island where he resided for 10 years. He returned to Millard for 12 years and then located in Arlington, Neb., where he resided for the past 10 years. He was employed at Swift & Company (now ConAgra) for more than 36 years. He retired in 1991.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8332 and the American Legion Post 71, both of Arlington.
Survivors include his wife; sons John Schmidthorst of Omaha and Craig Chamberlin and wife, Pam, of Arlington; a brother, Arthur Chamberlin, of Mason City; sisters Effie Mae Beller of Benkelman, Neb., and Norma Chamberlin of Omaha; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a half-brother, Gordon Chamberlain.
Funeral services for Clyde Chamberlin were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Arlington Community Church in Arlington. Military honors were conducted by members of the VFW Post 8332 and American Legion Post 71. Burial was in the Arcadia (Neb.) Cemetery. Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home in Arlington was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1980??
Alvin Allen Chambers of McCook, age 75, died Thursday at the Community Hospital of McCook.
Mr. Chambers was born Sept. 28, 1905 at Norman to Elmer and Melvina Chambers. The family went to Maxwell, N. M. where they lived for two years. They then moved to Kansas and resided in the Lyle neighborhood. In 1921, Mr. Chambers moved to a farm in Harlan Township where he lived until 1973.
He attended church at Lyle and Prairie Chapel and after moving from his home community, he continued to attend Prairie Chapel and the Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook.
Mr. Chambers was involved in the livestock business and in the early 1940's became a partner with Ernest Norton and Fred Schlake in the Oberlin Sale Barn. He was also a partner of a feeding operation in Omaha and bought cattle for the feed lot operated by his father and brother, Harold. 1970 marked the 50th anniversary of the Chambers Cattle feeding operation.
Mr. Chamber's mother died in 1949, his father in 1963, and his brother in 1970. In December 1971, he was married to Dorothy Chambers and he and his wife continued the operation until 1973. They then sold out and have resided in McCook since that time.
Mr. Chambers served on the Harlan Township Board and was a committee member of the National Livestock Feeder's Association. He served as a judge at the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo. and Carlot Feeder's division. Mr. Chambers was also a member of the McCook Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Chambers of McCook.
Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook with the Rev. Mervyn Davidson officiating. Interment will be in the Oberlin Cemetery of Oberlin, Kan. under the direction of the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook.
Memorials are being accepted in his name.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1964
Bruce Chandler, 55, well-known Dundy County native and one-time Benkelman businessman, passed away at his home in Nampa, Idaho, on Saturday. He was the victim of a heart attack, an ailment he had been troubled with for the last three or four years.
Mr. Chandler was reared in the Rollwitz district and lived on the Berry Ranch in that neighborhood until the early '40s.
He later entered a partnership with the late Clarence Randolph in the early '40s, and later operated his own food store business before retiring from the business scene.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1999
BURLINGTON, Colo.--Florence "Flo" (Updike) Chapin, a resident of Burlington, Colo., since 1961 and Kit Carson County, Colo., since 1944, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital in Burlington.
She was born June 4, 1913, in Max, Neb., to John and Nellie (Schwartz) Updike. She graduated from Max High School in 1930 where she was active in music, drama and all women's sports.
She earned a teaching credential at Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., before teaching elementary school for several years in Dundy County, Neb.
On April 12, 1934, she mar-tied her childhood sweetheart, Orville Edward Chapin, in Atwood, Kan. They lived in Max and then Benkelman, Neb., before moving to a farm in the Smoky Hill community southeast of Burlington in 1944.
She was active in Smoky Hill community as a member of the Smoky Hill School Board, a 4-H leader, charter member of the Friendship Circle demonstration club, Sunday school organizer and teacher, and substitute teacher in the Smoky Hill school, and in Burlington in the Methodist Church on the administrative board.
She and her family moved to Burlington in 1961 where she continued to be active in community affairs and in the Methodist church, having served as an officer of the Women's Society of Christian Service and as a frequent piano and organ player.
She also served many years as an election judge for Kit Carson County, the City of Burlington and RE-6J school district, a Welcome Center volunteer and a piano player for the residents of the local rest homes and at Old Town.
Mrs. Chapin was an outstanding cook and loved to share her delicacies with people throughout the community in times of need and celebration.
She was also an avid gardener, bowler and golfer and enjoyed all spectator sports, reading and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, Orville; her daughter Shirley and her husband Larry Woods; her son John Chapin and his wife Sarah; her grandson Tom Woods and his wife, Amanda; her great-grandchildren Bryan, Lindsay, Justin, Lindsey, Emily and Ross; a host of special friends and relatives including former grandson-in-law Darwin Stolz and his wife Kate, Hazel Morton, Vada and Floyd Nicholson, Earl and Wilma Grace Powell, Hazel Powell, Vern and Mary Ann Selby, Gwen and Warren Irelan, Mildred and Wade Eller, Marvin and Shirley Stoutsenberger and Daisy Stoutsenberger, and many others too numerous to mention.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at the Burlington United Methodist Church. Burial was at Burlington Fairview Cemetery.
The Flo Chapin Memorial Fund has been established at the First National Bank in Burlington.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1934
Louis F. Chapin was born at Champayne, Illinois. September 10, 1868. When four years old he with his parents moved to Minneapolis, Kansas, where two years later, his father took a homestead. Here Mr. Chapin grew to manhood.
In 1910 he was united in marriage to Miss Frances Guthrie of Minneapolis. To this union were born four children. Wm. 0, Chapin, who passed away in 1921; Louie F. of Ma, Edna May Stoutsenberger of Los Angeles, California and Orville E. of Max.
In 1906 Mr. and Mrs. Chapin with the family moved to a homestead south of McDonald, Kansas. Then in 1919 they came to Max where they have made their home.
Mr. Chapin passed away December 10, 1934, age 66 years and 3 months.
He leaves to mourn his parting his beloved wife, two sons, Louie and Orville of Max, a daughter Edna May of Los Angeles, two sisters, Mrs. Mary White and Mrs. Alice Feather of Bird City, a brother, Wm. Chapin of McDonald; three grand children, twenty-two nephews and nieces.
Mr. Chapin confessed Christ as his saviour during Bro. Catlett's ministery here. He will be missed by many friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1996
REPUBLICAN CITY--Wayne Eugene Chapin was born on July 31, 1920, in Red Cloud, Neb., to Floyd and Mary (Eastwood) Chapin. He died May 7, 1996, at the Harlan County Hospital in Alma, Neb., after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He moved with his family to Republican City, Neb., while in the second grade. After graduating from high school there in 1939, he farmed in the area and worked on the railroad. He served his country in the Army.
On Dec. 14, 1947, he was united in marriage to Edith (Kennedy) Hunt. To this union was born a daughter, Roma, and a son, Floyd. Wayne was also "dad" to Edith's two sons, Richard Faris and Barry Hunt.
Wayne was a loving husband and dad. He found much delight in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed going to auctions and working in his antique business.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his only brother, Ed, and a sister-in-law, Goldie Hopkins.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Edith, of Republican City; three sons, Richard Faris and wife, Judy, of Aurora, Colo., Barry Hunt and his wife, Debbie, of Lebanon, Kan., and Floyd Chapin and his wife, Lori, of Benkelman, Neb.; a daughter, Roma, and her husband, Stan Grube, of Kearney, Neb.; grandchildren: Nicole and Mikael Faris of Aurora, Michael and Dustin Hunt of Lebanon, Sean and Melanie Grube of Elm Creek, Neb., Shane and Vicki Grube of Kearney, Richelle Grube of Lincoln, Neb., Rachel Grube of Kearney and Kevin, Mary and Luke Chapin of Benkelman; five great-grandchildren: Koby, Kelsey, Kirsten, Trevor and Lacy; a sister-in-law, Hazel Chapin, of Salem, Ore.; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Kennedy and his wife, Iris, of Alma; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
It was Wayne's desire to be cremated. A private family memorial service was held at Republican City.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1988
Fannie M. Chapman was born April 19, 1904, on the family farm south of Franklin, Nebraska, to Emily White Carlson and Henry Carlson. She died September 28, 1988.
She attended rural elementary school and was a graduate of Franklin High School.
She was married to Dick Chapman. To this union two sons were born, Bill and Jack... They lived in Benkelman, Nebraska, for many years where Fannie was employed in restaurant work.
She was later married to Foy Lawson.
Fannie moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she was baptized in the Evangelical Church in 1955. She was employed by a group of medical doctors until her retirement.
She carne to Smith Center, Kansas, to be near her sister, Mrs. Myrtle Overmiller. She enjoyed many extended visits to Moab, Utah, with her son, Bill, and granddaughters.
Fannie was a devout Christian and attended several churches in the area. She was an excellent cook and especially enjoyed making jams and jellies from wild fruits. She was active in the 60 Plus Club of Smith Center.
Fannie became a resident of Bethesda Care Center in June of 1985, where she died September 28, 1988.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Jack and Bill; her parents; brothers and sisters, Margaret Carlson, Blanche Johnson and George Carlson; half-brothers and sisters, May Mankhey, Myrtle Overmiller, Maude Overmiller, Albert Carlson and Harry Carlson.
Fannie is survived by her granddaughters and their husbands, Marcia and Winston Stocks, Janice and Travis Thayn and Shelley and Stanley Madsen; great-grandchildren, Landis and Curtis Thayn, Jessica Stocks and Nathan Madsen, and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Walker, along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends in Bethesda Care Center and in the communities where she had lived.
Several copies of a favorite poem were among her belongings:
"One Night I Had a Dream"
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to me, the other to the Lord. ' When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest time in my life. l questioned the Lord about it, "Lord, You said that once decided to follow You, You would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you most, you would leave." The Lord replied, "My precious child, I would never leave you during your time of trial and suffering. When you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, Octobeer 1976
Bill R. Chapman, long-time Moab resident, passed away Oct. 10 1976 after a lingering illness.
Born Aug. 26, 1933 in Benkelman, Neb. to Richard Day and Fannie Carlson Chapman, he was married to Dorothy J. Knitig and later divorced. He married Helen D. Latham in Salt Lake City.
Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He lived in Moab 16 years and was an active member of the Moab Elks Lodge 2021, American Legion Post 54, Moab Flying Club, Moab Riding Club and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn.
Survivors include his wife, daughters, Marcia, Janice and Shelly; stepsons, Art, Dallas and David Hunsaker, step-daughter, Mrs."Bruce (Shari) Beck, all of Moab; mother, Smith Center, Kansas; and one granddaughter, Moab. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Chapman, and brother Jack Chapman.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Community Baptist Church, Rev. Emil M. Balla officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Hefner's Turner Funeral Home. Graveside services were by American Legion Post 54 and B. P. O. Elks 2021.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1994
LAIRD, Colo.--Bertha Ann Chartier was born July 18, 1896, to George and Minnie Spellman. She died June 27, 1994, at the Renotta Health Care Center in Wray, Colorado, at the age of 97.
She was born near Valentine, Nebraska, in Cherry County where she and her brother, Jess, fished in the nearby Niobrara River as small children.
She traveled with her family by covered wagon to Maywood, Nebraska, at an early age to make their home. When she was 13, they moved to Alvin, Colorado, and she lived in Yuma County the rest of her life.
She married Frank Chartier June 15, 1915, and to this union 12 children were born. One baby boy, Charles Franklin, died at birth. Mrs. Chartier was baptized in the Church of Christ July 18, 1969. She was a devoted wife and mother while raising her 11 children.
Not one stick of wood or corncob was wasted in the cook stove to bake the five loaves of bread, a pan of rolls and, of course, a pan of cinnamon rolls for the family to enjoy.
She fed her family well with hard work and what little they had.
The chickens they raised and the canned food from the garden were for the winter months ahead. She always made sure the turkeys they raised were sold to buy Christmas gifts and no one was left out.
She allowed herself the pleasure in the evening to milk her cow, which she named "High Legs," while Frank and the kids milked the rest of the cows.
She and Frank were active in 4-H for the children and they never missed a county fair or rodeo. In later years she watched her boys ride in the rodeos and she was quick to tell them if they didn't ride real well.
Her humor lasted all of her life and she enjoyed every minute of it. She always did her best to make everyone around her happy. She used to say, "It's hard to get old, but if you don't get old, you have to die young."
She took pleasure in belonging to the Royal Neighbor's Club and was proud to be a member of the Laird Community Club. That was a very important part of her life.
She was grandma to all, and anyone was welcome in her home. No one ever left her house hungry. Even the stray cats and dogs knew they would be fed at Grandma's.
The kids all knew where to go on Halloween as she insisted on making 100 popcorn balls each year. She looked forward to the children's coming.
Her good deeds were many and after each one she would say, "I want to put another jewel in my crown."
Her husband preceded her in death May 17, 1961. She was also preceded in death by four sisters and one brother, a son in infancy, two daughters, Selma Jean Brandner and Leah Madge Haun, and four grandsons.
She is survived by nine children, including Emmett of Fort Collins, Colorado, Keith of Laird, Bill of Longmont, Colorado, Everna 'Tude" Guernsey of Benkelman, Nebraska, Bob of Laird, Don of North Platte, Nebraska, Phyllis Lowe of Haigler, Nebraska, Shirley Trembley of Chandler, Arizona, and Dallas of Benkelman; 29 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren: 16 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, E.T. "Bud" Spellman of Wray, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, 1994, at the Spellman-Schmidt-Baucke Funeral Chapel in Wray with the Rev. Tim Swenson officiating.
Interment was at Grandview Cemetery in Wray with Spellman-Schmidt-Baucke Mortuaries of Wray and Yuma in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1984
Marjorie K. (Wall) Chartier was born June 13, 1923, to Charles R. and Iva (Sharp) Wall in rural Haigler, Nebraska. She died at Great Falls, Montana, on March 11, 1984.
Services were held at the Episcopal Church of Incarnation on March 14 with Rev. John McMillan officiating. Entombment was at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Mausoleum.
Marjorie attended rural grade schools and graduated from Haigler High School in 1940. She was married to Harold R. Chartier at Denver, Colorado, on September 16, 1942, and three children were born to them: Harold Richard, Kathryn (Bennett) and Douglas Maurice. They lived in Denver several years and in Bullhead, Arizona. Her husband is a retired representative for Benjamin Moore paints.
Due to Marjorie's failing health and desire to be near their daughter and her family, Kathy, Ron, Sean and Shelane Bennett, they moved to Great Falls, Montana, in 1983.
One of the highlights of her life was being able to attend graduation exercises for her grandson, Sean Bennett, last spring. Community and family were very important to her and through extreme effort she and her husband drove to Haigler last July to attend a family reunion.
Preceding her in death were her father, C.R. Wall; brothers, Duane and James; and sister, Adah Baker.
Survivors include her husband, Harold; son, Rick Chartier; daughter, Kathy, and husband, Ron Bennett; two grandchildren, Sean and Shelane Bennett, all of Great Falls, Montana; son Doug Chartier of Denver; mother, Iva Wall of Oshkosh, Nebraska; sisters, Violette Wyman of Salt Lake City, Utah, Phyllis Tavenner and Virginia Rathbun of Denver, Emogene Workman of Oshkosh, Nebraska, and Patricia Pickett of Lamar, Colorado; brother, Richard Wall of Haigler, and many nieces and nephews who will always remember the valiant spirit with which she lived.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1972
Amina Ellen Cherry was born to Alice Mellisa Parker Lowe and Joseph Barney Lowe, August 4, 1891 at Marsland, Nebraska and departed this life November 29, 1972 at St. Anthony Hospital, Denver, Colorado.
Along with her parents she moved to a farm north of Bird City, Kansas and later moved to a farm north of McDonald, Kansas. While living there she met and married Newton R. Cherry at Benkelman, Nebr., on January 4, 1908. They lived on a farm in this area for many years and later moved to Colorado in 1929 then on to Utah and Washington, returning to Colorado in 1946. Mr. and Mrs. Cherry celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary in January 1958. Mrs. Cherry lost her husband, Newton who passed away December 15th, 1960.
Amina joined the Calvary Temple Church and was baptized in 1970.
She leaves to mourn her passing her sister, Mrs. Jessie Newman of Pocatello, Idaho; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Lowe and a brother-in-law, Purl Newman, both of Benkelman, Nebraska; many nieces and nephews and their families and a host of friends; two very dear and close friends, Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Sawyer of Denver, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton; her parents, one sister, Ethel; and three brothers, Harry, Fred and Joseph.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. December 2nd at the Berkeley Park Chapel with the Reverend Richard S. Schumann officiating. Pallbearers were Alvin Newman, Charlie Newman, Lorraine Meguire, Leslie O'Donnell, Dallas Hill and Les Hall. Interment was in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1987
Martha Linn Childers was born July 20, 1919, at Bird City, Kansas, to Ernest Linin and Bertha (Leitz ) Linin. Sle passed away July 28, 1987, at 4 p.m. at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Nebraska.
She was baptized in early infancy at St. John Lutheran Church by the Rev. Louis Sittler and confirmed April 14, 1935, by the Rev. T.A. Krueger. Martha attended Red Cross Country School and graduated from the Bird City High School in 1936.
On April 5, 1942, she was united in marriage to Russell Lowell Childers in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at Corpus Christi, Texas, by the Rev. C.H. Bohls. While in the Navy they made their home in Corpus Christi; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jacksonville, Florida; Gardner, Kansas, and then moving to the farm southeast of Bird City in 1948. To this union a daughter was born, Linda Kay.
Martha was always active in the music department of St. John's. She sang her first solo at the age of five and later was soloist for many weddings, special occasions, funerals, quartettes, and sang in the choir for many years and also directed the children's and adult choirs for several years.
Those preceding her in death were her parents; her brothers, Edwin, Bill and Harvey Linn, and her sister, Ella Schlepp.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Russell; daughter, Linda, and her husband, Larry Williams; granddaughter, Courtney Sue Williams of Parks, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law, Roberta Linin of Bird City and Esther Linin of Goodland, Kansas; brother-in-law, Rueben Schlepp of St. Francis; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1940
Jesse Childs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin J. Childs, was born in Howell, Livingston county, Michigan, on September 4, 1869, and departed this life February 28, 1940, age 70 years, 5 months and 24 days, at the home of Mrs. Smock in Benkelman.
Mr. Childs moved to Nuckols county, Nebraska, in the spring of 1876. He lived there until 1885 when he moved to Michigan. In March of 1887 he moved to Dundy county, Nebraska, and lived here the remainder of his life.
In the early nineties he was married to Miss Etta Richards and in 1925 was married a second time to Mrs. Voss.
He leaves to mourn his departure a step-son, Woodrow Wilson Voss; a second cousin, John Updike and family; besides other distant relatives and many friends.
(Researcher note: Jesse Childs is buried in the Benkelman, NE cemetery.)
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1972?
Mrs. Harold Chipperfield, a lifelong resident of the South Fork and Big Timber communities in Cheyenne County, Kansas, south of Benkelman passed away at the family home on Sunday at the age of 70 years. She had been in ill health for several years and had been hospitalized for long periods.
She is survived by her husband, Harold, three sons, Clifford of Cypress, California, Walter of McDonald, Kansas and Frank of Loveland Kansas; her mother, Maude Hoffman, Benkelman; nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Hattie Maude Merklin was born on August 13, 1902 in Cheyenne County, Kansas, the daughter of Maude Ardela Clark and Frank Merklin. She was married to Harold Mitchell Chipperfield on September 11, 1922 at Akron, Colorado. They observed their golden wedding anniversary at a family gathering last September.
Mrs. Chipperfield had been a member of the South Fork Friends Church and for many, years taught Sunday School there and at Big Timber. She was always active in 4-H activities and received recognition as a 4-H leader.
Funeral services were arranged by the Jones Funeral Home for Wednesday afternoon at the Jones Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Allan Martin officiating. Eileen Gilliland was the organist and Mr. and Mrs. Niel Gilliland, the singers. Bearers were Lee Chipperfield, Stanley Chipperfield, Dwight Chipperfield, Frankie Lutz, Arthur Burkhalter and Virgil Hatch. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
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