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Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1952
Mrs: Eliza Boudrie Earl passed away quietly at her home in the early hours of last Thursday morning, bringing to a close a long, useful and inspiring life. Mrs. Earl would have reached her ninety-second year in September and sixty-six years of that period were spent in Dundy county. She was known and loved by people of all ages for she always enjoyed a keen interest in people and affairs and was possessed with a pleasant sense of humor which brought happiness to those with whom she came in contact.
Mrs. Earl came to Dundy county as a young matron with a five-year-old daughter and with her husband she labored long and hard to help conquer the trials of the new West. She was a lady of high determination and her pioneer neighbors found inspiration in her faith in the country. Even as the years passed and the family moved to Benkelman upon the election of her husband, the late Milton Earl, as county clerk, Mrs. Earl continued as the "good neighbor," spreading continued hope, optimism and inspiration.
The last rites were held at St. Joseph's church at nine o'clock Saturday morning with the Rev. Father R. R. Harr officiating. The high requiem mass was rendered with Father Frank L. Sherman at the organ. Mass was sung by Father Robert Colfer, Father Francis Bagan and Father Frank L. Sherman. Pallbearers were Daniel and Joseph Owens, Joe Reining, A. N. Sherbert, True Howard and F. R. Walker. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery. -The Laughlin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Eliza Boudrie Earl was born in Montreal, Canada, September 11, 1861. The family moved to Indiana in 1869. Several years later the family went to Rulo, Nebraska, where Mrs. Earl married Milton Earl in 1879. The first child, Edna, was born in 1881 at Corning, Missouri. In 1886 the Earl family homesteaded in Dundy county, Nebraska. Here three daughters were born, Leta, Fern and Wilda.
Mr. Earl was elected county clerk in 1905 so the family moved to Benkelman in December of that year. Fern died on November 4, 1917. On June 4, 1930, Mr. Earl passed away. Mrs. Earl died on July 3, 1962, at her home in Benkelman.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Edna Brady, Imperial, Nebr.; Mrs. Leta Billinger and Mrs. Wilda Rhodes, Benkelman, Nebr.: three grandchildren. Kathryn Sandin, Tabor, Iowa, Vestal Charlton, Imperial, Nebr., Jim Brady, Imperial, Nebr.; four nephews, Warren Earl, Haigler, Neb., Vincent Boudrie and Earl Boudrie, San Diego, Calif., Boudrie Kraxberger, Salisbury, Mo.; two nieces Vinta Peterson, Medical Lake, Washington, and Emma Bartholomew, Burbank, Calif.; one sister Mrs. Vestana Kraxberger, Salisbury, Missouri.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1970
Warren Edmond Earl was born November 22, 1892, and passed away April 3, 1970, at the age of 77 years, four months and 12 days. He was the second child of Bruce and Sarah Earl and was born on the Earl homestead in Chase county. He ranched and farmed his father's homestead all of his life.
He was married to Clara Ida White on June 16, 1928, and to this union were born two children. They were K. Z. and Betty Lee of Haigler, Nebr.
His wife, Clara, one son, K. Z., and two sisters, Vera and Emma, and one brother, Robin, preceded him in death. Remaining to mourn his departure are one daughter, Betty Lee, one sister, Vinta Peterson, one grandson, five granddaughters, two step children, Clarence White of Champion, Nebr., Mrs. Kenneth Brown of Parks, Nebr., two sons-in-law, Jack Lee and Kenneth Brown, one daughter-in-law, Gloria Earl, of Norfolk., Nebr., and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 6, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Imperial, Nebraska, with Father Zyamund S. Rydz in charge. Honorary escorts were George Harmon, Harold Stinnette, Reid Dickerson, Don Cruise, Logan Brown and Carl Hill. Escorts were Gerald James Lee, Joe Cruise, Jack Browning, Don Welch, Dick Goddard and Jerry Speck. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Nebraska, with the Creveling Funeral Home in charge.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, December 13, 2002
Friday, December 13, 2002
BENKELMAN -- Georgia Earnest, 87, died Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2002) at her home in Benkelman.
She was born Feb. 18, 1915 in Dundy County, to Elmer and Grace (King) Cannon, and attended school in Benkelman where she was a member of the graduating class of 1932.
On Oct. 24, 1936, she married Maxwell Earnest at Benkelman. They owned and operated Earnest's Market on Main Street in Benkelman for many years before selling the business and retiring in 1970.
She was a life-long resident of Dundy County, and a life-long member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Elmer and Grace Cannon; husband, Maxwell Earnest in 1995; one infant brother; five sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include her daughter, Marcia Earnest of Benkelman; son, Samuel Earnest of Beatrice; and sister, Esther Grace (Susie) Kirkpatrick of San Bernardino, Calif.
Graveside services were today, at 2 p.m. (MST), at the Benkelman Cemetery with Carol Coates officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 1937
George Earnest of Bird City died Wednesday morning at his home from a heart attack.
Mr. Earnest was a brother of the late S.C. Earnest of Benkelman and was associated with him in a business way when they first came to Benkelman. He later entered business at Bird City, McDonald and Stratton and finally returned to Bird City a few months ago when he purchased a café.
He was in the neighborhood of 70 years of age when death called him.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1993
ENGLEWOOD. Colo.--George Alden Earnest was born April 18, 1930, to George Henry and Flossye (Alden) Earnest in Goodland, Kansas, and died Monday, February 1, 1993, at a hospital in Denver, Colorado.
He attended school in Stratton, Nebraska.
He was married to Bula Sellens on August 5, 1950.
Those who survive him are his wife, Bula; their children, Mark and his wife, Marti, Christine and her husband, Mike Papajohn, and Ronald and his wife, Jean, all of Denver; two grandchildren, Christy and Mike Papajohn of Denver; one brother, Jim and Beverly Earnest of Stratton, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 5, 1993, at 10 a. m. at the Olinger Mortuary in Englewood.
Correspondence may be sent to the family in care of the mortuary, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80123.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? ????
STRATTON - George Henry Earnest died this morning at the Hester Home in Benkelman. He was born Aug. 15, 1899 in Butte, Mont., to Mr. and Mrs. George Earnest Sr.
He was married to Flossie Alden in September, in Woodward, Okla., 1921 and two sons were born to them.
Survivors are the two sons, George A, Earnest, Denver, and James Earnest, Stratton; seven grandchildren, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a half-brother.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday at the Christian Union Church. The Rev. Bob Kallem will officiate and burial will be in the Bird City, Kan., Cemetery.
The Jones Funeral Home of Stratton is in charge.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1982
Homer Arthur Earnest
Homer Arthur Earnest was born September 12, 1896, at Stratton, Nebraska, to Edward and Lillie Earnest and passed away November 28, 1982, at the El Dorado Manor at Trenton, Nebraska, at 86 years of age.
He lived on a farm northeast of Stratton and later farmed in the area.
The past seven years, he has been a resident of the El Dorado Manor at Trenton, Nebraska.
His parents, Edward and Lillie; a sister, Mae; brothers, Ellsworth, Clarence, Harry,
Lloyd and Floyd, preceded him.
His survivors are Wilma Bowman, niece, of Lakewood, Colorado, and children, Ron, Roxy and Margaret Henderson, as well as several cousins.
Services were held at the Jones Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m., December 1, 1982, with Rev. Dale Coates of the Methodist Church officiating. The organist, Beth Kollmorgen, played "How Great Thou Art" and "In The Garden." Pallbearers were Roy Lewis, Richard Hannah, Harold Baker, Leonard Dye, Kenneth Miller and Pat Lewis. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Stratton.
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, June 11, 2007
James Cloyd Earnest
Monday, June 11, 2007
July 16, 1963 - June 9, 2007
BENKELMAN - James Cloyd Earnest, 43, died Saturday (June 9, 2007) at Benkelman Hospital.
He was born July 16, 1963, to James G. and Bev L. (Sailors) Earnest at Cambridge. He attended Stratton Public Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade and graduated in 1981. After graduation, he attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte studying autobody.
He was active in scouting and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.
He worked for Art Hawkinson Construction and assisted in bringing cable TV to Stratton. On July 22, 1988, he was married to Kristine Boucher in Salina, Kan. They moved to North Platte where he served as the manager of the Spaceport Video Arcade.
They moved to Grand Island where he worked for Nebraska Fire and Safety. In 1992, they returned to Stratton where he owned and operated Kris's Kitchen and Flossye's Café. After selling the two businesses he went back into construction.
He was preceeded in death by his father, James G., in 2004 and grandparents, George and Flossye Earnest and Reverend and Mrs. C.A. Sailors.
Survivors include his wife, Kristine of Benkelman; children, Adam, Elizabeth and Rebecca at home; his mother, Bev Earnest of Stratton; sisters, Jeanie Earnest and Joy and husband, Bob Funk of Culbertson; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Funeral services are Wednesday at 11 a.m. (MT) at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Burial will be in the Bird City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 3 -7 p.m. at the Forch Funeral Home in Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman
Printed in the McCook, NE Daily Gazette, January 30, 2004
James G. Earnest
Friday, January 30, 2004
BENKELMAN -- James G. Earnest, 71, of Stratton died Thursday (Jan. 29, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Nov. 18, 1932, to George and Flossye (Alden) Earnest in Stratton. He attended Stratton Schools.
On July 3, 1957, he married BL "Bev" Sailors of McCook. He worked construction for several years and returned to Stratton where he worked for Wayne Rath at the Skelly Service Station from 1963-1970. In 1970, Jim gained employment at Miller Manufacturing Co., in Stratton where he worked as a painter until the plant closed in 1981. He then opened his own body shop.
He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Stratton and a former member of the Stratton Community Club, the Stratton Volunteer Fire Department and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in McCook.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Flossye Earnest; sister, Novalee; and brother, George Alden.
Survivors include his wife, Bev Earnest of Stratton; daughters, Jeannette Earnest, Joy Funk and husband, Bob, all of Culbertson; son, James Earnest and wife, Kris of Stratton; and seven grandchildren.
Services were today at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment was at the Bird City Cemetery in Bird City.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton is in charge of the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1995
Maxwell "Max" Adam Earnest
Maxwell "Max" Adam Earnest, lifelong resident and businessman of Benkelman, Neb., was born May 31, 1914, in Benkelman, the only child of Samuel Clavin and Myrtle (Frazier) Earnest. He died Friday, Dec. 8, 1995, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
Max attended the Benkelman Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1931. During high school he joined his father in the grocery and meat market business.
In 1936 he married Georgia Cannon. To this union two children were born: Marcia D. and Samuel C. On Oct. 25 of this year, Max and Georgia celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. The couple spent every one of those anniversary days together.
While in business he always contributed to and supported the growth of Benkelman. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the City Booster Club. Max was a lifetime member of the McCook Elks Club.
He retired in 1970 from the grocery business, which gave him more time for the things he enjoyed most—fishing, hunting and traveling. Poor health the last six years forced him indoors where he still enjoyed sports and TV, especially college football.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife and their children.
Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Violet “Tiny" Williams was the organist. Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang "Whispering Hope" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Bearers were Bud Cline, James Owens, Dick McDonald, Pike Ellis, Roger Parker and Jerry McDonald. Honorary bearers were Lawrence Campbell, Royce Anderson, Ellis Gummere, Cecil Decker, Dale Osborn, Dale Bauer, Bill Billington, Merle Wallace, Bob Hardwick, Leo Williams, Jim Powell and John Ham.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery. Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1937
Samuel C. Earnest
Funeral services for the late Samuel C. Earnest of this city were held Friday, March 19, at the Methodist church, the Rev. Schwabauer officiating. A large number of friends attended and many beautiful flowers were sent in his memory. A quartet composed of Mrs. Jack Hollinger, Mrs. Wilda Rhodes, Dan Ough and Maurice Boswell sang "How Tedious and Tasteless," "When I Get to the End of the Way," and "We Are Going Down the Valley," with accompaniment by Mrs. Dan Ough. Interment was made in the family plot in the Benkelman cemetery. The pallbearers ,were Elmer Cannon, Charles Uphouse, Jesse Benge, Reece Hardwick, George Hamburg and Henry DeLaMater, long-time friends of the deceased. The arrangements were by the Benkelman Funeral Home.
Practically all Benkelman business houses were closed during the funeral hour so that local business men could attend the funeral and pay their last respects to the memory of the deceased who had so long been connected with the business interests of our city.
Out of town relatives attending were Mr. and Mrs. George Earnest of Stratton, Nebraska; A. Frazier of Loveland, Colorado; Mrs. Lewis Thompson and Mrs. C. A. Frazier, also of Loveland, Colorado and Mrs. Florence Taylor of Los Angeles, California.
The deceased was born March 25, 1860 at Bedford, Pennsylvania. When but a very young man he came to Eldora, Iowa, later going to the mining districts in Colorado where he spent several years mining. In 1905 he settled at McDonald, Kansas, where he opened a meat market, remaining there until 1912 when he came to Benkelman, Nebraska, where he has made his home and was in business until the time of his death, Wednesday, March 17 ,1937.
He leaves to mourn his passing a wife Mrs. Myrtle Earnest; two sons, Harry and Max of this city; a sister, Mrs. Emma Thurman of Littleton, Colorado; a brother, Gilmore Earnest of Bird City, Kansas, one grandson, Leonard Earnest and a host of relatives and friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, June 2007
Samuel Cannon Earnest
Samuel Cannon Earnest, the son of Max and Georgia Earnest, was born on March 15, 1940 ,and passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2007.
Sam had made his home since 1948 at the Beatrice Developmental Center in Beatrice, Neb.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, ?? ????
Winford (Bud) Easton,
Winford (Bud) Easton, 68, died today at a nursing home in Curtis. He was born May 26, 1910 in Maywood.
Survivors include: widow, Georgia of Curtis; two daughters, Eileen Merrihew of Ashby and Mrs. Gloria Burke of North Platte; one son, Bob of Laramie, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, George of Curtis and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Moore of North Platte and Mrs. Charolette Fritsche of Maywood.
Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Christian Church in Maywood with Pastor Dale Heimer officiating.
Interment in Maywood Cemetery under the direction of the Wetzel Funeral Home of Curtis.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 2004
Opal Lucille (Ireland) Eaton
Opal Lucille (Ireland) Eaton was born on her Grandfather Ireland's farm near St. Elmo, Ill. to Robert L. and Delilah Susan (Sides) Ireland on May 23, 1909. Opal was the oldest of four children. Her family moved to Colorado and homesteaded in 1911. Opal graduated from Julesburg High School in 1928. After many dances and much persuasion from Paul Eaton. they were married on Sept. 25, 1928, in Holyoke, Colo.
Paul was a farmer with his parents. They moved to Nebraska in 1933. They lived on farms in Dundy County in the Hiawatha and Rollwitz communities for 35 years and moved to Imperial in 1976. Three children were born: Betty in 1929, Richard Paul in 1933 and Darla in 1941.
During her early married years, encounters with bed bugs, rats and drafty farm houses were met. Opal always had a delicious meal on the table for threshing crews, corn-shelling crews and any neighborhood function. Her specialties were pot roast and chicken-fried steak and everyone in the family has enjoyed jars of her delicious apple butter.
Along with the milking of cows, raising and dressing chickens, Opal always made sure there was a new dress for Betty and Darla. Dresses for special occasions were from feed sacks to a lace wedding dress. As long as her vision permitted, grandchildren had new clothes and later she crocheted everyone an afghan. Opal believed in clean kids and her children and grandchildren can vouch for the many baths they received at her home. She always fixed the grandchildren their favorite food when they would stay with her.
After moving to town, Opal and Paul enjoyed their home at 447 West 11th until Paul entered the nursing home in 1990. Opal could always see the funny side of things. Her giggling got her in trouble many times from a youngster to an oldster. She enjoyed hearing about the funny stunts the grandkids and great-grandkids did.
Opal entered the Imperial Manor in 1999 and passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29. 2004. She was 95 years of age.
Survivors include daughters Betty and Don Brown of Parks, Neb., and Darla and Ben McAllister of Hastings. Neb., nine grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents: sister Nola: brothers Lloyd and Glenn: husband Paul: son Richard Paul, "Dickie," and great-granddaughter Jessica.
Funeral services for Opal Eaton will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Oct. 6. 2004. at the Imperial Bible Church in Imperial with John Engbrecht officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Imperial. Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1992
Fredrick Paul Eaton
IMPERIAL--Fredrick Paul Eaton, son of Jesse and Nina (Beagle) Eaton, was born December 17, 1904, in Savannah, Missouri. He died November 24, 1992, at Villa Grace in Hastings, Nebraska, where he was a resident for nearly three years.
He lived in Savannah until he was nine years old then moved with his parents to a farm near Savannah. He was a farmer for the remainder of his life.
Paul joined the Methodist Church when he was a teenager. In the fall of 1924, he and his parents moved to a farm north of Sedgwick, Colorado. He later moved to Haxtun, Colorado.
Paul was married to Opal Ireland September 25, 1928, at Holyoke, Colorado. To this union three children were born: Betty, Richard (Dicky) and Darla.
They moved to Nebraska in 1933 where he farmed and ranched until his retirement at the age of 77. Paul and Opal moved to Imperial, Nebraska, in March of 1975.
One of his pet accomplishments was teaching his nine grandchildren how to drive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dicky, and a great-granddaughter, Jessica Kautz.
He leaves to mourn: his wife, Opal; two daughters, Betty Brown and husband, Don, of Parks, Nebraska, and Darla McAllister and husband, Ben Jr., of Hastings; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held Friday, November 27, 1992, at the Imperial Bible Church with Pastor Joe Buckley officiating. Organist was Linda Varilek and music was provided by Irvin and Garneta Baurle, vocalists.
Bearers were Larry Radcliffe, Lyle Nickerson, Don Welch, John Ferguson, Jim Lutz and Deloyce Spady. Honorary bearers were Bob Brown, Ernest Graham, Clarence Jaeger, Jake Welch and Don Roe.
Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial with Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial in charge of arrangements.
A TRIBUTE TO GRAND DAD
The treasures that you've given us,
Money cannot buy
'Cause memories are not for sale
Nor do they ever die.
Your faith in God, your love of life
Your love for God's outdoors
Gave you great pride in work well done
From field to livestock chores.
When friends would ask if you could help
You'd say, "0, yes I can."
We know that we could name you
A real true friend to man.
You believed in discipline.
You were firm but fair
And, Grand Dad, when we needed you
You were always there.
Your family was your pride and joy
With love you did relate
From both your aging parents
Down to your youngest great.
When prayers and tears couldn't bring you back
No matter how we'd try,
We say "We'll see you later,"
We'll never say, "Goodbye."
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1964
Walter Eckenberg, well-known former Benkelman area resident, succumbed to a heart attack at St. Francis, Kansas, on Saturday where he operated a greenhouse. He was 72 years of age.
Mr. Eckenberg was born in Illinois in 1892. His parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Chris Eckenberg, were Benkelman residents for many years.
Walter spent most of his lifetime in the region and was well-known in Benkelman. He leased the W.J. Bro ranch on the South Fork for many years before purchasing a farm southwest of St. Francis. He moved to St. Francis five years ago, where he and his wife owned and operated a greenhouse.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1991
Cassandra"Cassie" Leone Eckhoff
TRENTON--Cassandra"Cassie" Leone Eckhoff was born to Larry and Sandra Eckhoff of Trenton, Nebraska, on October 25, 1990, at North Platte, Nebraska, and died September 19,1991, at the age of 10 months.
Cassandra is survived by her parents and her sister, Desirae, of Trenton; grandparents: Gary and Jeanne Hunkins and Clyde Draper of Trenton, Carl and Judy Eckhoff of Haven, Kansas, and Eric and Bobbi Dittlinger of:Sikeston, Missouri; great grand-parents: Nina Oakley of Max,Nebraska, Blanche Draper of Benkelman, Nebraska, Laurence and Marie Eckhoff and Ed and Helen Osenbaugh of Hutchinson, Kansas, Lucille Adams of DeRidder, Louisiana, Al and Helen Dittlinger of Cape Guardian, Missouri, and Clyde and Arletta Hunkins of Stratton, Nebraska, and a great-great-grandmother, Alma Daugherty, of Hutchinson.
Services were held Saturday, September 21, 1991, at 3 p.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Larry Harvey officiating. Mark and Joshua Harvey sang "Jesus Loves Me."
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, February 1997
Eugene Eldon Eden
SHREVEPORT, La.--Eugene Eldon Eden was born on Dec. 20, 1927, at Elkhart, Kan. He died on Feb. 9, 1997, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was one of 13 children born to Oscar and Lillie Eden.
The family moved to Baca County, Colo., when Gene was very small. He was baptized into the First Baptist Church of Campo, Colo., in February 1942. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Basham, March 13, 1949.
Gene started his career in transportation as a truck driver for Wright Motor Lines of Rocky Ford, Colo., later moving to Cushing, Okla., where he was a dispatcher for Bray Lines Inc. In 1971 he joined Melton Truck Lines, Shreveport, La., as a dispatcher of lumber products in the western United States. He retired from Melton Truck Lines as transportation salesman in July 1990. Gene was widely known in the lumber and transportation industry.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Harold, James, Birchell and Bruce Wayne; a baby brother and a great-granddaughter, Margaret Ann Eden.
He leaves to mourn: his wife, Betty, of Shreveport; three children and their families: Larry Eugene and wife DeAnn of Stratton, Neb., Wayne Eldon and wife Verna Sue of Glenwood, Ark., and Susan and husband Chris Robinson of Abilene, Texas; three grandsons: Matthew Eden, Brian Eden and James Robinson; two step-grandsons: Rick and Randy Caldwell; two granddaughters: Angelia Eden Patrick and Elizabeth Robinson; five brothers: Tom, Bob, Bill, Jack and Oscar Jr., all of Springfield and Campo, Colo., and two sisters: Alice Dalton of Springfield and Letha Riggs of Apache Junction, Ariz.
Funeral services for Eugene Eden were held at the First Baptist Church of Campo on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997. Arrangements were by Rich's Funeral Home of Springfield.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1981
Mr. Sidney Edmisten passed away in Denver September 30, 1981. He was a one-time resident of Max, Neb.
He leaves his wife, Weata, and three granddaughters and their families.
Mrs. Edmisten is the sister to the late Mrs. Les Clark.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1970?
Harold V. Edmonds
Harold V. Edmonds, 59, died Monday morning at the Dundy County Hospital. He had been in ill health for several years. He was born February 28, 1911, near Bird City, Kansas, and was a retired farmer. He was also engaged in the hotel business in Benkelman for several years.
Survivors are his widow. Ona; one daughter, Velda Lambert of Crow Agency, Montana; two sons, Jim of McCook, and Floyd of Longmont, Colorado; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Iris Case of Hermiston, Oregon and Verta Smith of Grand Marais, Minnesota; one brother, Russell of Pendleton. Oregon.
Harold Edmonds was born February 28, 1911, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, near Bird City, the son of Joe and Sarah Baker Edmonds, pioneer residents of northwest Kansas. He succumbed to an illness of almost three years on December 21. at the age of 59 years, nine months and 23 days.
He grew to manhood on his parents' farm, where he learned the art of farming which later in life gained the respect of all his friends and neighbors. He was a very dedicated farmer and took great pride in his work.
On January 29, 1933, he was united in marriage to Ona Beeson. To this union were born three children, all of whom survive.
His parents and family moved to Oregon in the late thirties, but Harold remained in northwest Kansas to continue in his chosen field of agriculture.
In October of 1955 he and his wife entered the business scene in Benkelman as owners and operators of the Shamrock Hotel, later adding the Shamrock Laundromat. He continued to operate both businesses, along with farming interests, until early 1968, when sudden ill health forced him into retirement. Even as his health failed, he strived to remain as active as possible, doing all he could to make life more pleasant for others.
He was a member of the Benkelman Baptist Church, devoted to the works of the church.
He leaves to mourn the sadness of his passing his devoted wife, Ona; three children, Floyd and wife, Carolyn. and two children of Longmont Colo., Jim and wife, Barbara, and two children of McCook. Nebr., and Velda Lambert and husband, Gene, and four children of Crow Agency, Montana; two sisters. Iris Case and husband, Dwight, of Hermiston, Oregon, and Verta Smith and husband, Orville, of Grand Marias, Minnesota; one brother, Russell Edmonds, and family of Pendleton, Oregon: as well as many other relatives and friends throughout northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Fred, in infancy; and a sister, Berta. in infancy.
Funeral services were held at Jay's Funeral Chapel in Benkelman at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, with Rev. Schendel of Bird City, Kansas, officiating. Singers were Mr. and Mrs. Don Egle.
Casket bearers were Dan Owens. Jim Owens, Clinton Munn, Gay Bash, Loyd Maranville and Johnny Magley. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with Jay's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1998
Amelia Irvaleta (Adkinson) Edwards
Amelia Irvaleta (Adkinson) Edwards was born Aug. 27, 1928, to Francis Paul and Winifred R. (Nicholson) Adkinson of rural Benkelman, Neb. She passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
Irvaleta attended the Benkelman High School and graduated in May 1947 and then from the Omaha Cosmetology school in 1948. She operated a beauty shop for some time. She owned and operated the Yarn Room and served as the director of the Dundy County Senior Center in Benkelman for several years.
Irvaleta married Marvin A. Edwards on Jan. 27, 1949. Four children blessed their home: Paul Dee, Scott Mitchell, Mark Alan and Tena Marie.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She was honored to be the first Honored Queen of Jobs Daughters and was a devoted member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Holly Chapter No. 233. She served as Worthy Matron for five terms and remained a faithful member. She was a member of the McCook Chapter of the Daughters of the Nile.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; an infant brother, Glenn; her son, Paul Dee; a grandson, Jason Edwards, and a son-in-law, James Stephens.
She is survived by her brother, Gene Adkinson and his wife, Beverley, of Sidney, Neb.; two sons, Scott and wife, Elizabeth, of Benkelman and Mark and wife, Vickie, of Topeka, Kan.; a daughter, Tena Stephens, of Madrid, Neb.; two granddaughters, Emily Rae Brainard and Alyson Stephens; two grandsons, Aaron Edwards and wife, Dianne, and Josh Stephens; two great-grandchildren, Lynette and Adam Edwards; a step-grandson, Charles Hall; two sisters-in-law, Doris Edwards and Gretchen Williams; several aunts; an uncle; nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends.
Final rites for Mrs. Edwards were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Jackie Wilson was the organist. The congregation sang "Surely The Presence Of The Lord" and “On Eagle's Wings." Bearers were Jim Powell, Mearl Richard, Dick Davis, Roger Shillington, Jack Wilson and Urlin McCartney. Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, September 1999
Barbara Ann (Bascue) Edwards
DENVER– Barbara Ann (Bascue) Edwards of Denver, Colo., 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999, in Porter Hospice in Littleton, Colo. She was born at home on Oct. 11, 1938, in Laird, Colo., to Wayne and Opal (Foster) Bascue.
In 1944, the family moved to her grandparents' farm located six miles north of Max, Neb. She lived there until she graduated from high school as the valedictorian. She went on to McCook Junior College in McCook, Neb., and then to her first teaching job at the age of 17. After moving to Denver, she changed careers. Over the years, she advanced herself in the accounting field. This was quite an accomplishment, for she had no formal education in accounting. She completed her career as a controller with Gold Bug Inc. She retired in 1990.
Barbara married Gary Cunningham on May 19, 1957, in Max. Children born to this marriage include Diane, Gary Mark and Jill.
On May 25, 1968, she married Dwayne Edwards in Broomfield, Colo. Brook Ellen was born to this union.
She loved to fish, bowl, watch baseball and travel. Dwayne and Barb visited all but 3 of the 50 United States. Other travels included England, Australia, Panama Canal and the Caribbean. She had a deep passion for genealogy and left her loved ones a gift of the family's history.
She had a zest for life and a deep love for her family. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Dwayne, of Denver; children: Diane (Ken) Manzanares of Denver, Gary Mark (Elizabeth) Cunningham of Longmont, Colo., Jill (Mark) Lucero of Lakewood, Colo., and Brook (Shaun) Montoya of Broomfield; siblings: Don (Margaret) Bascue of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marilyn (Bill) Helton of Arvada, Colo., and nine grandchildren.
Following cremation of remains, services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at the Christian Church of Broomfield with Pastor David McVey officiating. Memorials may be sent to Porter Hospice, 2420 W. 26th Ave., #200, Denver, CO 80211.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2007
Ruth Belle (Forbes) Edwards
Ruth Belle Edwards, 88, of Newton, Kan., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at the Newton Medical Center. She was born in Pat, Colo., on Oct. 1, 1918, the daughter of Willard Augustus and Permelia Olive (Ross) Forbes.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Friends Church.
Ruth married Herbert Edwards, a Quaker (Friends) preacher, and they were married for 43 years upon his death on Nov. 23, 1979. She subsequently married Herbert's brother, Merle Edwards, who also preceded her in death.
In addition to her husbands, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Bernard; brothers Lewis, Harold and Victor Forbes; a sister, Viola France; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She is survived by daughters Eleanor "Dolly" Ruth Phillips of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lela "Leigh" Arlene Rasmussen of Strong City, Kan., and Mareldine "Deanie" Lucille Anderson of Gilbert, Ariz.; a son, Larry Hugh Edwards, of Cedar Point, Kan.; sisters Ida Whittenburg of Yuma, Colo., Lucille Edwards of Benkelman, Neb., Iona Moberly of St. Francis, Kan., Laura Chapman of Brush, Colo., and Velma Grant of DeSoto, Mo.; brothers Leonard Forbes of Hallsville, Mo., and Delbert Forbes of Fort Morgan, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ruth Edwards were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at the Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home in Salina, Kan., with the Rev. Loran L. Forbes officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Friends Cemetery in Nebraska at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, with the Rev. Terry W. Douglass officiating.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 2005
Jean Marie (Ham) Edwards
Jean Marie (Ham) Edwards was born in Benkelman, Neb., on Jan. 24, 1924, to Earl and Mayme Ham and departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in Tacoma, Wash.
She worked as an x-ray technician in Tacoma until she retired in 1982.
She was a 1941 graduate of the Benkelman High School.
She married Donald Edwards in 1979, and on his retirement in 1986, spent those remaining years with Don "snow-birding" in Arizona and traveling. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, family and friends.
She is survived by her hus -band, Don; daughters Kath -erine Oliver of Fort Collins,
Colo., René Swanson of Seattle, Wash., Sheryl Althauser of Lacey, Wash., and Roberta Diamond of Sumner, Wash.; a son, Eugene Edwards, of Tacoma; brothers Arden Ham of Benkelman and Norlin Ham of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate Jean's life was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in the Mt. View Garden Chapel. Burial of cremains will be in a cemetery in Tacoma.
Correspondence will reach the family at: Don Edwards, 10626 18th Ave. South, #16, Tacoma, WA 98444.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1981
Lena Elizabeth (Hamburg) Edwards
Lena Elizabeth Edwards born February 12, 1897, Ives, Nebraska, (now Parks, Nebraska) in Dundy county to George and Elizabeth (Karl) Hamburg.
Her early years were spent in and about Max, Nebraska, where her father was the road foreman. The Hamburg family moved to Benkelman about 1903, and Lena attended school in Benkelman. Following her graduation in 1915, she taught in rural schools.
In the summer of 1920 Lena married Francis W . Edwards at the Hamburg family home. She and her husband moved to a farm northwest of Benkelman. They attended the Pleasant Valley Church and various community activities. In August of 1937 the family Loved to Benkelman.
Lena was a member of the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, a charter member of the Women's Society of Christian Service, now United Methodist Women, and, during the 1930's and 1940's she worked at the telephone office as a switchboard operator. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Holly Chapter No. 233 for 62 years, and was a Past Worthy Matron of this organization. She had recently made her home at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
Lena passed away at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman on November 9, 1981, at the age of 84 years, 8 months and 27 days, after a lingering illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis, brothers George and Jack Hamburg, sister Catherine (Hamburg) Ralph, two nephews and one niece.
She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Bonnie and husband George Korkisch of Huntsville, Alabama; a son Eugene G. Edwards, and wife Jackie of Lincoln, Neb.; three granddaughters, Pamela Edwards of Dallas, Texas, and Patty and Mary Edwards, both of Lincoln.
Also surviving are two sisters-in-law; one nephew, James Hamburg of San Diego, Calif., and one niece Rita (Hamburg) Moore of Bakersfield, Calif., as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Chapel service was Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1981 at 10 a.m. at the Jones Chapel, Benkelman, Nebraska. Pastor Gary Karoly officiated the service. Organist was Betty Erdman playing "How Great Thou Art" and "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Bearers were Bill Jones, Ron Jones, Willard Raile, Dee Jones, Mason Jones and Lee Gallatin. Interment was held in the Benkelman Cemetery, with Committal Service by Chapter No. 233, O.E.S.
Funeral arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Benkelman, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1950
Flora (Madole) Edwards
Mrs. Flora Edwards, a pioneer of Dundy county, passed away at her home at Escalon, California, on last Thursday evening after a relapse during an illness which had made her a semi-invalid in January of 1949. She was eighty-six years of age and had been a Dundy county resident since 1886 with the exception of the period of her California residence which began in 1943 when she moved there with her son Austin, and her daughter, Mrs. Nina Miller.
Funeral services were conducted at the Laughlin Chapel on Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Frank Woodward assisting Rev. H. T. Slagg. Singers were Lloyd Boswell and Mrs. Beryl Maranville with Mrs. JoAnn Rath at the organ. Pallbearers were Lee Hamilton, Harold Barnes, Reece Hardwick, Lee Balderson, Carson Andrews and Frank Walsh. Interment was in the Benkelman cemetery with grave side services by Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
Flora Madole, daughter of James and Lois Madole, was born at Whitten, Iowa, on the 26th day of January, 1862, and departed this life on Thursday, October 19th, 1950, at her home in Escalon, California, at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 23 days.
She was united in holy wedlock to Calvin B. Edwards at Union, Iowa, on December 12th, 1878. To this union twelve children were born, four of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Edwards came to Dundy county in 1886 with her husband and five children to join other pioneers in building new homes in the west. They settled in Union precinct where they homesteaded near the present site of the Pleasant Valley church. During all the hardships which the pioneers endured to develop the west, Mrs. Edwards always maintained an abiding faith in the land and was an inspiration to others who became discouraged with the failures which plagued the early settlers. She developed the art of practical nursing and served the community in sickness when it was almost impossible to obtain the assistance of a doctor. Even in her latter days on the farm it was not uncommon for her to be helping in the homes of neighbors during, illness and childbirth.
When the Friends church at Pleasant Valley was organized in about 1890 she took an active part in the organization work and was a charter member. She remained faithful to the church during her residence there. She was a member of Holly Chapter, Order of the. Eastern Star and of the Benkelman Sheba Rebekah Lodge.
In 1920 she and her husband retired from farm life and moved to Benkelman where Mr. Edwards passed away in 1937. In 1943, she was induced by her daughter, Nina, and her son Austin, to move to California with them. She found the California climate beneficial to her health and remained there until her passing.
In January, 1949, she was stricken with a malady which left her a semi-invalid but never during her illness did she lose her optimism for the future and she patiently awaited the day when she would walk again. During her illness she kept in intimate contact with the affairs of the world and was an ardent reader of the daily papers.
On the evening of October 19th, she suffered a relapse and passed away in the presence of her daughters, Nina, Sadie and Lois, and her sons, John and Austin.
She leaves to mourn her departure, eight children, Mrs. Sadie Laughlin of Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Lois Case of Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. Nina Miller, Escalon, Calif.; Austin Edwards, Escalon, Calif., Elmer Edwards, Greeley, Colo; Walter Edwards, Benkelman, Nebr., Edward Edwards, Fort Collins, Colo., and John Edwards of Hayward, Calif.; two brothers, James Madole, Eldora, Iowa, and Albert Madole, Oklahoma City, one sister, Mrs. Herb Weaver, Ellsworth, Iowa,; thirty-two grandchildren, fifty great grandchildren, and seventeen great great grandchildren. Her husband, four children, her father and mother, two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1998
Carolyn Kay (Mathews) Edwards
Carolyn Kay Edwards was born Jan. 5, 1944, at Benkelman, Neb., the daughter of Willard and Inez (Williams) Mathews.
She married Robert Dugger at McCook, Neb., in 1961.
On Feb. 17, 1969, she was united in marriage with Ron Edwards at Rapid City, S.D.
A resident of Benkelman since 1968, Carolyn was employed at the Jack & Jill grocery store for 9 years and was a C.S.M. (care staff member) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Nursing Home, working there a total of 20 years. She was also a Mary Kay Cosmetics representative for 15 years.
Carolyn liked to travel. Her work at the Hester Home was very important to her and she liked family get-togethers.
Carolyn had been ill since March 1998. She died at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998, at the age of 54 years, 7 months and 14 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Loyal; an infant brother, and two infant sisters.
She is survived by her husband and her mother-in-law, Lucille Edwards, both of Benkelman; two sons, Dennis Dugger and his wife, Joy, of Giltner, Neb., and Troy Dugger and his wife, Sandy, of Torrington, Wyo.; a daughter, Lynette (Edwards) and her husband, Bobbie Behlke, of Benkelman, and five grandchildren: Jeromie Dugger, Brandon Dugger, Jayde Behlke, Heather Wagner and Samantha Wagner.
She also is survived by four brothers: Willard and his wife, Darlene, of Sun City, Ariz., Gary and his wife, Carol, of Canon City, Colo., Jerry of Benkelman and John of Kearney, Neb.; two sisters, Dorene and her husband, Gary Purdy, of Omaha, Neb., and Jackie Johnson of Avondale, Ariz., and her sister-in-law, Sharon Mathews, of Grand Junction, Colo.
Final rites for Carolyn Edwards were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating. Betty Erdman was the organist and Richard Bartholomew, with guitar accompaniment, sang “The Old Rugged Cross" and "Go Rest High On That Mountain."
Bearers were Rick and Randy Purdy, Marty and Royce Edwards and Jason and Kris Mathews. Honorary bearers were the nurses of the Hester Memorial Home.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, December 1981
Pearl (Paul) Edwards
Pearl Edwards, daughter of William Fred and Emiline Paul, was born Oct. 20, 1891 at Dundy County, Nebraska, and passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1981 at the Dundy County Hospital at the age of 90 years, 2 months, and 2 days. Pearl spent her early years in Dundy County and on Oct. 7, 1909, she was united in marriage to Elmer Y. Edwards at Benkelman. To this union four children were born: two daughters, Ida and Mable; and two sons: Everett "Pete" and Jim.
They farmed in Dundy County until 1946 and then moved to Greeley, Colo., where they farmed until turning their farm into a subdivision.
In 1961 Pearl's husband, Elmer, passed away. She continued living in Greeley until moving back to Benkelman approximately nine years ago where she made her home with her daughter and her husband, Tom and Mabel Hansen.
After approximately five years, Pearl moved to the rest home in Loveland, Colo., and later transferred to the Hester Memorial Home here in Benkelman where she was a resident at the time of her passing.
Pearl loved the Lord and was a member of the Benkelman Friends Church. She was
a hard worker all during her lifetime and her family always came first.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Ida, one son, Everett "Pete", one sister, Ida Scheider, five brothers, Fred, John, Joe, Grover and Edward, one grandson, and one great grandson.
She is survived by one daughter, Mabel and her husband, Tom Hansen of Benkelman; one son, Jim and his wife, Donna Edwards of Loveland, Colo., 12 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 26, 1981 at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, Neb. The Rev. Robert Sander officiated. The organist was Mary Baney, and duets, sung by Carol and Robert Sander, were "Whispering Hope" and "It Is Well With My Soul."
Bearers were Johnny Edwards, Mack McCoy, Tom Hansen, Stanley Hansen, Keith Hansen and Guy Hansen.
Interment was in the Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Colo.
Funeral services were conducted by Jones Funeral Home, Inc., Benkelman, Nebraska.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October 1988
Ada A. (Richardson) Edwards
Ada A. Edwards was born May 1, 1898, in a covered wagon in Flat Head County, Montana, She died October 21, 1988, in McCook Community Hospital, McCook, Nebraska.
Her parents, Charles H. Richardson and Elizabeth Courtright Richardson, were pioneers who helped settle our great country. Growing up within a frontier setting early taught Ada valued work and she thrived on the responsibility that accompanied their life style.
Ada was well-known for her early work with horses where the family often would break horses and train them for use. Her father built a stable in Benkelman and is presently the house of the Jones Funeral Home.
Ada is also remembered for her love of hand work. For years she took high honors and ribbons with her embroidery at fair. Another interest was music. Early she learned to play the fiddle and mouth harp and later she became proficient on the piano. She enjoyed cooking and was active in the Pleasant Valley Church Community. She was a member of Conifer Community Church, Conifer, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Jess C. Edwards and Ted Kuntz. Also preceding her were five sons, Richard, Kenneth, Boyd, James and Glenn; a brother, Mackinley Richardson, and two sisters, Cora and Ethel.
Ada is survived by her children, Carl and wife, Elizabeth Edwards, of Littleton, Colorado, Albert and wife, Maxine Edwards, of Republic, Washington, and Edith E. Peck of Canon City, Colorado; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Those who know her will miss the great stories she would tell of the early days. She was loved by all and will be remembered for the lives she touched.
Services were held Monday, October 24, 1988, at 10 a.m. at Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, Nebraska. Officiating was the Rev. James Brackett.
Mary Baney was the organist, while Joleen Hansen sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Face To Face."
Bearers were Carl Edwards, Roy Edwards, Merle Edwards, Bruce Edwards, Willie Wall and Malvin Hendrickson.
Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Dundy County.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1931
Dundy County experienced the first blizzard of the season last Thursday. Few people realized the ferocity of the blizzard until the news was broadcast to the effect that 6year-old Boyd Edwards was lost in the storm near his home north of Max, having been separated from his brothers after an early school dismissal. Many braved the storm to take part in the search, but tragedy stalked in our presence and left its trail vividly marked in Dundy County's history.
Little Boyd Edwards lost his life in the blizzard. It was the first death to our knowledge in Dundy County directly chargeable to a blizzard and it combined public suspense, heroism, sacrifice, daring, sorrow and physical and mental suffering to an extent possibly never before approached in the history of Nebraska.
On Friday there had not been much organization and everyone followed his own ideas in the search. On Saturday considerable organization was effected and the search was carried on in a more orderly and thorough manner and on Sunday organization was fully effected, the men being in groups of from 50 to 75 and followed out a studied plan.
The body of the little boy, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse C. Edwards, was recovered on Sunday.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J.C. Foster at the Pleasant Valley Church on Tuesday.
(Researcher note: Cemetery records show a date of birth as 5-14-1924 and a date of death as 3-26-1931.)
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1976
Brenda, Rick, Brad and Renee Edwards
Medical and family reports tell us they entered life with a lusty cry and witnesses tell us they departed this life with a song. Each with individual personalities and characters, brought the blended joys and anxieties common to most homes with multiple children.
Brenda, Rick, Brad and Renee were no exception to such—and yet they were. Against the backdrop of living in several communities across several states, these children reflected unusual qualities of mutual love, respect and appreciation for all that is embodied in the "ideal" home. There was a particular fondness for each other, for mom and dad, and for other close relatives and friends. They had been unusually happy with the church, community, and school fellowships which developed so rapidly following their recent move to the Homestead community.
Brenda was born August 23, 1961 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nearly 15, she early developed the quiet, pleasant, never complaining kind of maturity which enable her to
accept responsibilities beyond her age in a support role to her mother, who for a time needed to work to help provide for the children.
Rick entered this life in California on October 15, 1962. Nearing 14, he was ambitious but not reflective. He loved sports, camp, and lots of friends.
Brad was born at Beaver, Oklahoma, on August 17, 1964. He was gifted with a burning curiosity and loved to explore and experiment to help satisfy an inquisitive mind.
Renee was born in Hammond, Indiana, and was the youngest of the six children. She celebrated her seventh birthday on June 3. Always radiant and smiling, she was a typical tease who just oozed love.
These four have two surviving brothers, Todd and Tommy. Last August 22 new joys came into the lives of all six when they stood with Mom and Dad, Becky and Larry, who exchanged with new meaning their marriage vows. In this reunited home, love blossomed because the love of Christ was revealed and responded to by each member of the home, where family-centered activity—especially bike riding with Dad—was important to one and all.
In addition to Todd and Tommy, they are survived by their parents, Larry and Becky Edwards; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Edwards of St. Francis, Kans., and Dr. and Mrs. John Robinson of Wichita, Kans.; great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Forbes, Yuma, Colo.; and a great grandmother, Mrs. Louis Haardt, Friendswood, Tex.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
If there is weeping today it is not for them, because the ultimate dreams for Brenda, Rick, Brad and Renee have been fulfilled. The tears are for us who remain and will miss their loving ways, their beautiful lives, and their empty places.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1988
Brian Edwards of Stratton, Nebraska, was born on March 13, 1973. He died at the age of fifteen on Sunday, August 21, 1988, of injuries incurred in a one-vehicle accident near Cambridge.
Brian is survived by his mother, Cynthia (Cindy), his stepfather, Dennis Dahnke, and his brother Chris Edwards. Brian's grandparents include Stanley (Diggs) and Patrica (Pat) Kotschwar of Stratton. His step-grandparents are Bob and Mary Ellen Dahnke of Stratton. His great-grandmother is Wilma Schleeman of McCook, Nebraska. His aunt, Rhonda Glinsmann, lives in Ravenna, Nebraska. Other aunts, uncles and cousins mourn his passing.
Brian was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, George Schleeman of McCook, and his step-great-grandmother, Florence West of Stratton.
Brian grew up in the Stratton community, where he was involved in many activities. At the Church of Christ he participated in Bible classes, youth activities and summer camp. As a freshman last year at Stratton Public High School, Brian was an "A" student and participated in the academic bowl and band. He represented his class on the student council. He was a member of the "S-Club" and participated in football, basketball and track.
Brian's love for baseball took him to baseball camp the past two years at the University in Lincoln. This summer he was on the Legion baseball team in McCook, which won its district and went to the state playoff at Wayne, Nebraska. He had set his sights on playing professional baseball.
Fishing and hunting were two of Brian's favorite activities.
Brian was an active member of Scout Troop #219 for four years. Having advanced to "Life" rank, he was working on his Eagle advancement and had his Eagle project plans approved on August 3. His project involved improvements at the Stratton Public Library, which he used a great deal. Having been scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 23, the project is presently being carried out by scouts of Troop 219. As a "Star" rank. scout, Chris Edwards is coordinating the project completion in honor of his brother.
Brian's desire to "do his best" is a challenge to all who knew and loved him.
Services were held Wednesday, August 24, at 10 a.m. in the Stratton High School Gymnasium at Stratton, Nebraska. The Rev. Duane Egle officiated. Organist was Marjorie Redfield and Larry Forch Jr. sang "Amazing Grace" and "Alleluia He Is Coining."
Bearers were Brent Williamson, Kenneth Brennan, Don Merrill, Kerry Krutsinger, Dennis Renfro and John Hardy.
Honorary bearers were Steve Pollman, Brian Brennan, John Philo, Greg Brennan, Mark Merrill, John Glasco and Pat Glasco.
Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery at McCook, Nebraska. Jones Funeral Home, Inc., of Stratton, Nebraska, handled the arrangements.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, April 1937
Calvin B. Edwards
Calvin B. Edwards, son of John an Permelia Edwards, was born at Union, Iowa, on the 29th day of February, 1856, and departed this life March 31, 1937, at his home in Benkelman. at the age of 81 years, one month and two days.
When a small child he moved with his parents to Indianapolis, Indiana. At the age of 18, he moved back to Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Flora Madole at Union, Iowa. on the 12th day of December, 1878. To this union 12 children were born, three of whom preceded him in death.
He came to Dundy county, Nebraska, in the spring of 1886 and settled on a homestead in Union precinct where they experienced the trials and hardships of those pioneer days.
About 1890 he joined the Friends Church at Pleasant Valley and remained an active worker in that organization during his residence there. In 1920 he moved to Benkelman to retire from active farm life.
About seven years ago he was stricken with paralysis which left him a semi-invalid. He always looked forward, however, to getting the morning paper and took a great interest in the news.
On the morning of March 30 he suffered another stroke and passed peacefully away March 31, 1937 at 7:30 p. m.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and nine children: Lois of Alliance. Canada; Sadies of Los Angeles, California; John of Denver, Colorado; Edward of Fort Collins. Colorado; Austin, Elmer, Walter, Francis and Nina of Benkelman, besides 32 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren, one sister of University Park, Iowa; one sister of Great. Falls, Montana; one sister of Strong City, Kansas and a brother of Council Bluffs, Iowa. His father and mother, three sisters and five brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 p. m. with Rev. Woodward officiating, assisted by Rev. Schwabauer. Burial was in the Benkelman cemetery.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May1964?
Clarence L. Edwards
Clarence L. Edwards, 81, a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, for the past 39 years, died in a Corvallis hospital on Saturday, May 22, following an extended illness.
The son of Daniel and Alice Jordan Edwards, he was born, September 3, 1883, at Moulton, Iowa. At the age of five he moved with his parents to Benkelman, Nebraska. He was employed as a carpenter for the railroad in Nebraska and Colorado where he was married to Della M. Lepin at Golden, Colorado, on April 13, 1914. The couple made their home in several different towns in Colorado prior to moving to the west coast in 1922 and going to Corvallis in 1926.
Mr. Edwards farmed on Kiger Island until 1932 when they moved to Corvallis and Mr. Edwards worked again as a carpenter. He was a life-member of the Corvallis Moose Lodge and the Beaver Legion.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Marlin L. of Albany. Lloyd R. of Gold Beach one daughter, Mrs. Beulah Hunter, of Corvallis; one brother, S. P. Newman, of Benkelman; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Hundley of Tulelake, California; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren. one great great-grandchild. Two sons, Harold and Charles, are deceased.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 25. at 2 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home with burial in the Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Corvallis.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, October1974
Eric U. Edwards
Eric U. Edwards passed away in St. Luke's Hospital on Tuesday, October 15th and was laid to rest in Fairmont Cemetery on Friday, October 18, 1974. He was born in Dundy County in the Rollwitz area and was reared in Benkelman. Although he had lived in Denver for many years, he still has many friends and relatives living in and around Benkelman. He loved to visit here as long as his health permitted, especially during the hunting season. He started setting poles for Mountain Bell Telephone Company and advanced to an executive position in this firm in the 43 years that he worked for them. A large group of the men he had trained and worked with attended his services as a group. He retired five years ago.
Eric U. Edwards of 645 South Race, Denver, Colorado was born on March 28, 1904 to Emma Z. and Walter L. Edwards and passed away on October 15, 1974. He was married to Margaret Bruce on October 9, 1930. One daughter, Sharon Lee, was born to this union. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon and husband Joe Sveboda of Evergreen, Colorado; two brothers, L. A. (Dick) Edwards and wife Margaret of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Lewis D. Edwards and wife of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Daisy L. Bisgard of Arvada, Colorado and Maude E. Howard and husband Merrel of Benkelman; one brother-in-law, Axel Bruce and wife of Denver, eight nieces and nephews and families. He was preceded in death by his wife, his father and mother, his youngest brother, Gerald, and his parents-in-law. Eric was an uncle of Mrs. Harry P. Martin of Benkelman and Mrs. C. 0. Frasier of Imperial.
Benkelman relatives attending the service were Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Howard and Mrs. Harry Martin.
Printed in the Benkelman Post, November, 1938
Francis W. Edwards
Funeral services for Francis W. Edwards were held at the M. E. Church in Benkelman last Friday afternoon, the pastor conducting the services. It was attended by one of the largest funeral crowds to assemble in Benkelman for a long time. All available space was utilized, including the large church basement and yet there were many standing on the outside and setting in cars who were unable to get inside. The Masonic and Eastern Star lodges attended in a group as did the members of the American Legion. Legionairres from various surrounding towns were likewise in attendance. Singers were Mrs. J. S. Hollinger, Mrs. C. D. Mason, John Baer and Maurice Boswell with Mrs. D. L. Ough at the piano.
The Masonic brethren were in charge of the services at the grave, which were most impressive. Dan Funk of Wray put the work on.
Among relatives present at the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ralph of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. George Hamburg from Maryville, Kansas, and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hamburg of Beloit, Kansas. Mrs. Ralph and George and J. C. Hamburg are sister and brother of Mrs. Edwards. John Edwards, of Denver, youngest brother of the deceased, was likewise present as were other relatives and friends from more distant points.
The tragic death of Francis W. Edwards was not alone a terrific shock to the family and loved ones but to the community as well. Francis was reared in the Benkelman community and was outstanding in many ways. As a lad he was a thrifty, popular and promising young farmer. During the World war he was among the first Dundy county lads to join the colors overseas and when the armistice came he was still in the front trenches in foreign soil. Here he distinguished himself for bravery in action and as a soldier of the highest type in the service of his country. And how inconceivable and unreasonable then did it seem that after facing all of the dangers that the greatest of all wars involved that he should be shot down from the back in his home town in an alley scarcely a block from his own home in a community where he enjoyed the respect and esteem of practically every man, woman and child in the county which had been his home from infancy.
He had served his community in many ways, first as a splendid and devoted husband and father, as a good citizen, a true and respected friend and in industry and business where he had always enjoyed a most honorable record in his dealings, in his lodge where he had passed thru all of the chairs, in the organization and development of the American Legion in Dundy County, in the church and in practically every avenue of community life. It was only Monday preceding his death that he had assumed the important part of Worshipful Master in the Masonic funeral rites for the late Judge W. F. Wood, and the masterful manner in which he executed the part commanded much favorable comment on the part of all those who witnessed the ceremony. But Francis was thorough in everything he undertook because he was a man of ambition and vision and to do things well characterized his entire life.
If his popularity was great, it was well earned and while the wife and children have lost a splendid and loving husband and father and the relatives an outstanding member of the family, the community had likewise lost one of its most esteemed citizens and their sorrow and loss are blended into one in the knowledge that he has departed from us.
Francis W. Edwards, son of Calvin B. and Flora Edwards, was born in Dundy county, Nebraska, on September 16, 1894, and died in Benkelman, Nebraska, on November 16, 1938, at the age of 44 years and 2 months.
Francis grew up in the Pleasant Valley community where he attended school and also lived the most of his life.
He enlisted in the service of his country on October of the year 1917 in the 89th Infantry and served for the rest of the duration of the World war in the A. E. F., when he returned to take up farming and establish a home in the old home community.
On September 1, 1920, he was united in marriage to Lena Elizabeth Hamburg of Benkelman, Nebraska. To this union were born two children, Bonnie Elizabeth and Eugene Glenn.
Brought up in a Christian home he was naturally inclined to faith in God but was led publicly to confess his faith in a revival meeting held in Benkelman some years ago and from then on during his residence in Pleasant Valley was an active worker in the Friends church.
Mr. Edwards was also a very active member of the lodge of A. F. & A. M. in Benkelman, Nebraska, to the life of which he contributed a very fine fraternal spirit.
His great interest was his family. He never could do enough to make them comfortable and happy. He was a good neighbor, helpful where helpfulness was needed, always open hearted and open handed. He gave many a person the necessary lift that would make the pathway of life pleasanter for him.
Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by his father, Calvin B. Edwards; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Buffington and Mrs. Alva Edwards, and one brother, Albert.
He is survived, outside of his immediate family, by his mother, five brothers, Austin, Elmer, Walter, all of Benkelman; Edward of Ft. Collins, Colorado and John of Denver, Colorado and three sisters, Mrs. Sadie Laughlin of Lynwood, California, Mrs. Lois Case, Alliance, Canada, and Mrs. Nina Miller of Benkelman; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other more distant relatives and a host of friends.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1981
Glen Charles Edwards
BENKELMAN — Glen Charles Edwards died Friday at the Dundy County Hospital.
Mr, Edwards was born Nov. 9, 1914 in Dundy County to Jess C. Edwards and Ada A. . Richardson. He was preceded in death by his father, and four brothers, Richard, Kenneth, Boyd and James.
Survivors are his mother, Ada of Benkelman; one sister, Mrs. Fletcher (Edith) Peck of Canon City, Colo.; and two brothers, Carl of Littleton, Colo. and Albert of Republic, Wash.
Committal services will be Monday at 11 a.m. MST in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating. The Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.
(Researcher note: Cemetery records show a date of birth as 11-9-1914 and a date of death as 1-16-1981.)
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1979
Herbert Leonard Edwards
Herbert L. Edwards, Cedar Point, KS, a former Dundy County resident, succumbed to a heart attack while hunting with relatives in Cheyenne County, KS on Fri., Nov. 23, 1979.
Funeral services were conducted at the Jones Funeral Chapel, Benkelman, NE on Sun., Nov. 26, with the Rev. John L. Robinson officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Mary Baney. Singers were Johnnie and Dixie Magley who sang "I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone" and "Take Up The Cross and Follow Me."
Bearers were Robert Ditmar, Stanley Ham, Gene Hansen, Rusty Forbes, Theron Culwell and Tom Hansen.
Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Herbert Leonard Edwards was born in Benkelman, NE July 11, 1913 to Ardella (Cain) and Otis Edwards. He departed his earthy abode Nov. 23, 1979 while hunting with his son, son-in-law and grandson.
He was known by friends far and wide as Herb or Herbie. He had unlimited talents and abilities but was best known for his insights and understanding of people, and a depth of wisdom. He was a recorded (ordained) minister in the Friends Church.
He was married to Ruth Belle Forbes on May 10, 1936. This union was blessed by two sons and three daughters. A son, Bernard James, went to be with Jesus in infancy.
Those who were blessed by his life and who cherish his memory are his wife and companion of 43 years, Ruth, of Cedar Point, KS; his son Larry and his wife, Becky, of Cedar Point; his daughters, Eleanore and her husband Rick Rickard of St Francis, KS; Leigh and her husband, Wayne Rasmussen of St Francis; Deanie and her husband, Jim Anderson of Colorado Springs, CO; four brothers, Malvin, of Benkelman, Merle of Burlington, Colorado, Bruce of Benkelman, and Roy of St Francis; 10 wonderful grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
A glad welcome in heaven awaited him by his mother and daddy; his son and four grandchildren. Helen Steiner Rice said what we all feel: "We give our loved ones back to God. And just as He first Gave them to us and did not lose them in the giving, so we have not lost them in returning them to Him . . . for life is eternal, love is immortal, death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our earthly sight."
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 1994
Jason Gene Edwards
KELLER, Wash.--Jason Gene Edwards was born March 20, 1975, at McCook, Nebraska, the son of Scott and Judy (Bliven) Edwards.
He was baptized as an infant at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman, Nebraska. He attended schools in Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington.
He was artistic and had an aptitude for mechanical work and repairing things. He moved to Keller, Washington, in 1990 where he had worked in the lumber industry and, at the time of his death, was employed by Keller Ferry Marina.
He drowned as the result of a tubing accident in Roosevelt Lake near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington July 5, 1994, at the age of 19 years.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Marvin Edwards, and one uncle, Paul Edwards.
He is survived by his father, Scott Edwards, of Benkelman; his mother, Judy, and her husband, Sonny Moses, of Keller; his brother, Aaron Edwards, and his wife, Diane, and their daughter, Lynette Marie, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a step-brother, Daniel Moses of Keller; his uncle, Mark Edwards, of Topeka, Kansas; his aunt, Tena Stephens, of Benkelman, and his grandparents, Irvaleta Edwards of Benkelman and Jim and Wauneta Bliven of Fremont, Nebraska.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held in the Keller Community Center in Keller with Kent Cremeen officiating. Burial was in the Keller Cemetery with Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service was held Thursday, July 14, 1994, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Douglas Allen officiating.
Betty Erdman was the organist and Kelly Hayward the soloist. Selections included "On The Wings Of A Dove" and "He Touched Me."
Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements for the memorial service.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1981
Lawrence A. (Dick) Edwards
Lawrence A. (Dick) Edwards, 81, of 1402 E. 23rd St. died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 12, 1900 in Nebraska. he was a resident of Cheyenne, Wyo., since 1937.
He married Margaret Edwards on August 3, 1973 in Cheyenne.
A lineman supervisor for Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power for 28 years, Edwards was a member of the Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 40 A.F. and A.M., the IBEW Electrical Union, Wyoming Consistory No. 1, Loyal Order of Moose, Order of Amaranth and attended the Berean Fundamental Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eric Ulric Edwards and Gerald Regnold Edwards.
He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Fern Shumann of Bremerton, Wash.; his stepdaughter, Irene Flohr of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and step-son, Taylor Belt of Alameda, California. Two grandchildren, Vienna (Shuman) McCurdy and husband of El Paso, Texas and David Shuman of El Paso, Texas; one step-granddaughter, Rayenne (Flohr) Groathouse and husband of Laramie, Wyoming; one brother, Lewis Donald Edwards and wife Mildred of Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Daisy Lucile Bisgard of Denver, Colo., and Maude E. Howard and husband Merrel of Benkelman, Nebr. Also a number of nieces and nephews which include Merrella Martin and husband Harry of Benkelman and Elaine Frasier and husband C.O. of Champion, Nebr. He loved his nieces and nephews and their families very much and managed to attend almost all their graduation exercises and weddings.
He loved to hunt and came many times with his brothers and nephew Ernie Bisgard to hunt m this area.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
(Dick) Edwards, as he was commonly known in Benkelman, was born in the Rollwitz area to Walter Louis and Emma (Kirkpatrick) Edwards on Jan. 12, 1900. He passed away March 18, 1981. The family moved from Rollwitz to Kansas, then to Benkelman, Nebr., about 1909. He attended the Benkelman schools, then worked on a wheat farm south of Benkelman for a number of years. He had pneumonia when his call came to go to World War I, so was in the service only a few days when the war ended. He then attained extra education in the electrical field and spent one year in South America helping to build electric lines in that country. After returning home, he drove a truck and worked at the Independent Elevator during the depression years. He was married to Lillie (Crookshank) Euel in 1936. They took Lilies granddaughter, Fern Clack, to raise at her birth as her mother died when she was born.
They moved to Denver where he worked for an electrical company for awhile; then to Cheyenne Wyo., where he was employed with the Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Co. for 28 years after which he retired.
His wife, Lillie, passed away in 1952. He married Margaret Belt on August 3, 1973. She passed away on May 12, 1977.
Interment was in Lake View Cemetery. Friends who prefer may contribute to the Moose Heart Fund and the Moose Lodge.
Services were held March 21 at the Schrader Chapel with the Rev. Ron Smithgall officiating. Pallbearers were Jack Long; Dick Atkins, Arleigh Bee, Sandy Akes, Bob Wallace and Don Wittrup.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, May 1994
Merle Otis Edwards
BURLINGTON, Colo. --Merle Otis Edwards was born to Otis and Della (Cain) Edwards in Benkelman, Nebraska, on May 4, 1916, and died May 22, 1994, at his home in Burlington, Colorado.
He graduated from Benkelman High School in 1935.
He served in the United States Army in the South Pacific on the island of Guam as a radar specialist from March 1942 to December 1945. He was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Edwards was united in marriage to Alberta Neitzel at St. Francis, Kansas, on October 22, 1946. To this union God provided four children and their families: Steve Edwards of Burlington, Lisa and Allen Kaercher and their children, Brittany and Chad, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Nancy and Ken Lipe of Las Vegas and Timothy Edwards of Seattle, Washington.
Alberta preceded him in death in 1974.
Merle farmed in Arriba, Colorado, later moving to Burlington and was employed by the Colorado State Highway Department for 26 years, retiring in 1981.
He was married to Ruth (Forbes) Edwards at Wichita, Kansas, on June 20, 1983, adding to his family these children: Dolly Rickard of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Larry and Becky Edwards of Cedar Point, Kansas, Leigh Rasmussen of Goodland, Kansas, and Deanie and Jim Anderson of Gilbert, Arizona.
Cherishing his memory are his three brothers, Bruce Edwards of Benkelman, Roy Edwards of St. Francis and Malvin Hendrickson of Benkelman, and a host of other relatives and friends.
One brother, Herbert Edwards, and his parents. Otis and Della, preceded him in death.
He is remembered for his quiet and loving spirit and the things he loved most: his family, friends, music and his Lord.
Services were held Wednesday, May 25,1994, at 10 a.m. at the Christian Worship Center in Burlington with Pastor Don Cave officiating. Pianist was Becky Edwards who also sang “There's A New Star In Heaven" and Delbert and Marion Forbes sang "Beyond The Sunset" and "Come Home, It's Suppertime."
Bearers were Alvin Nelson, Ron Hartley. James Duffield, Elmer Renzelman, Percy Salvador and Calvin Zimbelman.
Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery at Burlington with arrangements by Love Funeral Home of Burlington.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, August 1985
Orrin Thomas Edwards
Orrin Thomas Edwards, son of Alvin and Doris (Wilson) Edwards, was born on July 31, 1941, on his Grandfather Wilson's farm northwest of Benkelman, Nebraska, and died on Saturday, August 3, 1985, as the result of a fatal car accident at the age of 44.
Tom attended elementary school in the Hoover precinct in the former District 14. In 1952, his parents moved to a farm southeast of Max, Nebraska, where he attended Max Elementary School. Tom was active in sports while he attended Max Rural High School and was graduated in 1959.
He was united in marriage on January 15, 1961, to Geraldine Reiman of Benkelman. To this union, three children were born: Connie, Michael and Kathy.
Tom spent most of his married life on the family farm southeast of Max where he raised cattle and hogs. He worked for Farmers Livestock Company of Benkelman for many years. He was employed as weigh master at the Imperial sale barn and was a school bus driver for the District 1-A Schools for 15 years. He also served on the Dundy County Extension Board for a number of years and served on the Dundy County Weed Control board. Presently, he was serving as a community committeeman for the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation. He was a member of Justice Lodge 180 AF & AM.
As a young boy, Tom was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman. In later years he attended church with his family at the Benkelman Friends Church.
Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orrin and Bell Wilson and Tom and Bertha Edwards: his father-in-law, Dick Reiman, and a brother-in-law, Wallace Kinney.
Survivors are his wife, Geraldine; their three children, Connie and husband, Terry Akeson, and granddaughter, Megan Kay of Oshkosh, Nebraska; Michael and Kathy at home; his parents, Alvin and Doris Edwards: one sister, Arlene, and husband, Doyle Criger, their children, Jimmy Doyle and Todd; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lena Reiman; sisters-in-law, Ed and Velma Reiman, Bitha Kinney, Richard Reiman, Marge and Bill Bradley, Roger and Neva Shillington, Hazel Reiman. Chester and Laurie Reiman; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Tom was a loving husband and father. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
Services were held Tuesday, August 6, 1985, at 10:30 a.m. at the Friends Church in Benkelman with Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Organist was Mary Raney and Carol and Robert Sander sang "Jesus Will Walk With Me" and "Beyond The Sunset." The congregation sang "When We All Get To Heaven."
Bearers were David Reiman, Robby Reiman, Dick Kinney, Mike Kinney, Allen Reiman, Tim Reiman, Billy Bradley, Bobby Bradley, Alan Shillington, Stan Shillington, Scott Shillington. Matt Reiman, Jimmy Criger and Todd Criger.
Honorary bearers were Orval Johnson, John McDonald, Glen Reiman, Shawn McDonald, Verle Raichart, Jim Russell, Kelly Raichart. Loren Miller, Lloyd Wilson, Jerdene Barnhart, Marlon Kunnemann, Lloyd Foster, Derald Rickard, Bob Ellis, Doran Jessee, Lee Gallatin, Merrill Humphreys. Bob Johnson, LeVoine Humphreys. Frank Tracy and Lonny Stahlecker.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Benkelman.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, March 1971
Paul D. Edwards
Two graduate geology students from the University of Nebraska were killed Friday evening when their compact station wagon slammed head-on into a Salvation Army bus on a weekend excursion.
Killed were Paul D. Edwards, 26, and Daniel A. Yatkola, 28, both of Lincoln, NE.
The driver of the bus, Franklin T. Hutchens, 23, Leavenworth, and one passenger, Keith A. Walton, 13, Leavenworth, suffered minor injuries and were treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
A third passenger, Walter J. Gorski, 24, Leavenworth, was not hurt.
Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Leahew said the accident occurred about 7:00 p.m. at U.S. 24 and Midland, about three miles northwest of Lawrence. The eastbound Edwards car apparently crossed the center line as it rounded the Midland curve and hit the westbound bus head-on.
Leahew said the bus was transporting its passengers to a camp out at Lake Perry. It sustained $900 in damage.
Mr. Edwards was killed on the impact of the collision. Leahew said his body was pinned inside the wreckage for several minutes while rescue crews worked to remove it.
Mr. Yatkola was alive when ambulance workers arrived, Leahew said, but died enroute to LMH. Both men had suffered massive head and chest injuries, Leahew said.
Mr. Edwards and Mr. Yatkola were on their way to Lawrence to consult with Larry Martin, the Kansas University Natural History Museum curator, on a paleontology project.
Leahew said they carried numerous fossil rocks and bones that were damaged in the crash.
James Gunnerson, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, which owns the property, said no monetary value can be assigned to the items. He said the two men were bringing the artifacts to Martin to seek his help in identifying them.
Because fossils frequently are fragmented when they are found, Gunnerson said, he believes it will be possible to restore any damaged material.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwards, Benkelman, Nebraska. Mr. Yatkola is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ellen Yatkola, Templeton, Mass. Services were held for Paul on Tuesday, March 16 from the Benkelman United Methodist Church.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, January 1947
Perry Jess Edwards
Perry J. Edwards was laid at rest in the Pleasant Valley cemetery on December 29th, following funeral services at the Pleasant Valley church in charge of Rev. Carl Patrick. Singers were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mathews, Mrs. Melvin Hendrickson and Carson Andrews with Miss Marjorie Hansen at the piano. Pall hearers were John and Merle Teeter, Bill Jones, Malvin Hendrickson, Art Little and Ellsworth Wilson. Services were in charge of the Laughlin Funeral Home. Interment was in the Pleasant Valley cemetery which was part of the homestead land which was Mr. Edwards' first home in Nebraska when he came here with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Edwards in 1886.
Perry Jess Edwards was born at Union, Iowa, May 25, 1880 and departed this life at Denver, Colorado, December 26, 1946, at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 1 day. His death was due to heart trouble and complications and he passed away after a short illness of three or four days.
At the age of six years he came to Dundy county, Nebraska, with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Edwards who located on a homestead northwest of Benkelman.
In 1917 he returned to Iowa where he engaged in farming until 1926, after which time he returned to Benkelman where he made his home until two years ago when he went to Denver to work.
He was alone in the world, yet willing to befriend others, and had a kind and generous disposition. He was fond of children and a lover of good music. One of his favorite songs was the well known and beloved hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross." During the times he endeavored to live a Christian life he was very diligent in reading and studying the Bible. He liked this western country and was always glad to be in Dundy county and among his friends here.
Perry, or Jack as he was commonly called, was among the early settlers and pioneers in this county and was familiar with the hardships of the early days. When Perry was just a child of three years of age, his father was called by death; his only brother preceded him in 1938 and his mother passed away in 1940.
He is survived by three half brothers and two half sisters, who with their families reside in eastern Iowa. He also has a number of cousins living in Dundy county and elsewhere.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, July 2002
Roy Lyle Edwards
Roy Lyle Edwards was born April 8, 1925, in Dundy County, Neb., and died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, in Memorial Hospital at Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 77 years of age and the youngest son of James Otis and Ardalla (Cain) Edwards.
As a child he attended Pleasant Valley Church located outside of Benkelman, Neb., and went to a one-room school through the eighth grade.
As a teenager, he liked to catch a ride to St. Francis, Kan., where he eventually met and fell in love with Mildred Lorine Neitzel. They dated for a year and as soon as she graduated from high school they were married Aug. 10, 1945, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland, Kan. Born to this union were two daughters: Sheron Lorine and Shirley Luellen. They remained married for 57 years until his death.
Roy was a mechanic for 35 years. He could take a piece of junk and make it run like a top and did that many times in his life. At age 55 he switched to hay baling as a livelihood. Eventually, emphysema and a heart condition forced him to retire. Retirement was hard but as he adjusted he found that if he always kept busy with a project or two he was more content. During the course of his retirement, Roy learned to do many new things. He learned to play the fiddle, tool leather, design and make aggravation boards which he sold and to use the computer. Last year he won a purple grand champion ribbon at the fair for his string art. Most lately he was learning how to work with stained glass with his daughter Shirley.
In 1987, Roy had a quadruple bypass. At that time the doctors gave him up to five years to live. That was 15 years ago. He had a tracheotomy to increase his oxygen.
Roy loved to laugh. The family credits his keen sense of humor for his ability to hang on long after doctors thought otherwise. He loved to make wise cracks and tell jokes. He seemed to see the humor in most situations. Once he had pneumonia and was hospitalized. During his stay he made many friends because of his joking around and his lighthearted attitude. Whether he was watching movies like Maw and Paw Kettle or comedy acts like Red Skelton or Abbott and Costello, he always had time for laughter.
Music was a big part of Roy's life. From the time he was a youngster he played the guitar and piano. Although he never learned to read music, he could play almost any song he wanted to. Roy had a mellow and melodious vice and a style that could not be duplicated. When he was younger he could yodel with the best of them. In his young adulthood he loved to get together with his brothers and play and sing late into the night. He sometimes played at dances. After his retirement he joined a band with his brothers and music buddies and went to retirement homes to entertain the residents. Music was always his pleasure. Sometime he would start playing that special song on the piano for Mildred. It pleased him when she would stop her work and come to sit and listen as he played their special song.
Roy was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church 35 years ago. For a while he went to church with Mildred. But as his health worsened, it became more difficult to be around candles, groups and perfumes. It became obvious that he would have to change his method. He adapted to watching the video tapes of the church services, sometimes watching the tapes repeatedly. In the last 15 years one could notice definite changes in attitudes and thinking, which the family believes was evidence of his spiritual growth.
Since his retirement, Mildred and Roy have connected in a way that they may never have. They did almost everything together including going to appointments, visiting family and even cooking. They got so connected at the end that each one could almost know what the other one was thinking.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Herbert, Bruce and Merle Edwards and most recently Malvin Hendrickson; and a grandson, David Michael Penn.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughters Sheron Penn and Shirley Ridens; a son-in-law, Danny Penn; five grandchildren: Dawn Marie, Gregory Scott, Tina Rae, Katrina Lynn and Shaun Ray; a granddaughter by marriage, Aki Yoshida; a grandson by marriage Tim Schmid, and 12 great-grandchildren: Jami, Daniele, Casey, Samantha, Michael, Braden, Demetrius, Ian, Katie, Tia Dawn, Tyler Renee and Mason.
Funeral services for Roy Edwards were held at 10:30 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in St. Francis with Pastor David Rossbach officiating. Darlene Feikert was the organist. Congregational hymns were "Nearer My God To Thee," "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry" and "On Eagle's Wings." Art Krueger and Keith Dankenbring sang "On The Wings of a Snow White Dove" and "Peace In The Valley."
Casket bearers were Marty Edwards, Kenneth Knorr, Junior Knorr, Larry Edwards, Ron Edwards and Leslie Doggett.
Interment was in the St. Francis Cemetery at St. Francis, with arrangements by Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis.
Printed in the Benkelman, NE Post, November 1961
Walter C. Edwards
Walter C. Edwards passed away at the Pringle Memorial Hospital in Benkelman on Saturday at the age of 69 years. He had been in ill health for the past year.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church with the Rev. W. W. Israel officiating.
Graveside services at the Benkelman cemetery were in charge of WB Ward McGlashan and Justice Lodge No. 180 AF&AM. Mrs. Dale Bauer was the organist and the quartette consisted of Harry Ough, Ross D. Druliner, Jr., Lee Gallatin and Ray Balderson.
Casket bearers were Masonic brethren, Joe Haley, Charles Carpenter, Clifford Ham, Malvin Hendrickson, Robert Hardwick and Kenneth Brown. Honorary bearers were Tom Ballard, Frank Walsh, Elmer Barger, Guy Barger, D. E. Gallatin, Boyd Benge and a group from Martin F. Bowles Post of the American Legion.
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